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The Most Powerful Words on Earth

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August 4, 2019
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Gregory Dickow: Power to Change Today

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The Most Powerful Words on Earth

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  • Gregory Dickow
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  • Gregory Dickow:
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  • Gregory Dickow: Bu
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  • Gregory Dickow: But
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm no
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not tr
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not tryi
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to co
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to come
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to come u
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to come up
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to come up wi
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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's--I'm not trying to come up with
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  • something that will make you happy you
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  • something that will make you happy you ca
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  • something that will make you happy you came
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  • something that will make you happy you came to
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  • something that will make you happy you came to chur
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  • something that will make you happy you came to church
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  • something that will make you happy you came to church tod
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  • something that will make you happy you came to church today
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  • something that will make you happy you came to church today.
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  • I'm trying to come up with--show you
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  • I'm trying to come up with--show you what God has already
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  • I'm trying to come up with--show you what God has already come
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  • out your purpose when you learn
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  • out your purpose when you learn
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  • gratitude that comes from remember
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  • gratitude that comes from remembering
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  • gratitude that comes from remembering what God
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  • gratitude that comes from remembering what God has
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  • gratitude that comes from remembering what God has don
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  • gratitude that comes from remembering what God has done.
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  • Gregory: The most powerful words on earth.
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  • Do you remember when Lazarus died?
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  • And Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha.
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  • And so, Jesus knew Mary and Martha.
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  • He knew Lazarus. He loved them.
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  • They loved him.
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  • And Lazarus dies suddenly, and they reach out,
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  • and hey send somebody, "Could you tell Jesus that
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  • our brother Lazarus has died?"
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  • And so, word got to Jesus but he was delayed in coming,
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  • either he delayed himself or he allowed himself to be delayed
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  • because he didn't need to come at the exact time
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  • that they wanted him to come.
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  • God's timing is always the right time,
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  • and it's never too late with God.
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  • Say that, "It's never too late."
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  • Boy, I believe that about God, that his timing is always
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  • perfect and it's never too late, no matter
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  • how bad the situation is.
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  • You remember when that--when Jairus,
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  • his daughter was sick, and he sent for Jesus,
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  • and he said, "Send Jesus a message.
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  • Please come and heal my daughter.
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  • She's sick."
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  • And Jesus says, "I'm gonna go and do it."
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  • And on his way back with Jairus, his daughter dies.
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  • Isn't it interesting that as soon as Jesus got involved with
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  • Jairus, the situation got worse.
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  • How many have ever thought, "Man, as soon as I started
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  • following God, as soon as I started tithing, as soon as
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  • I started forgiving, and as soon as I started going to
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  • church, especially that church--" come on, help me now.
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  • As soon as I started doing what I thought God
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  • said, things got worse.
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  • But you know what, sometimes it gets worse
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  • before it gets better, but that's okay because God's not
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  • limited by the current condition of the situation.
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  • Because even though she was sick,
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  • and when Jesus started going with him, she died,
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  • Jesus still came and raised her from the dead.
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  • "Talitha cumi; little girl, I say to you arise."
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  • And she was healed and she was
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  • miraculously--she miraculously recovered.
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  • He raised the dead.
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  • Well, it's never too late for God.
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  • No matter what situation you're in,
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  • it's never too late, amen?
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  • So, Jesus waits four days before coming to Lazarus's tomb.
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  • Lazarus is now dead for four days, and Jesus gets there.
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  • And in verse 38, Jesus was moved with compassion.
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  • Jesus said in verse 39, "'Remove the stone.'
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  • And Martha said to him, the sister of Lazarus, 'Lord,
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  • by this time there's a stench, for he's been dead four days.'
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  • But Jesus said to her, 'Did I not say to you,
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  • if you believe, you will see the glory of God?'"
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  • Now, that ought to teach us something right there,
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  • that if you believe, you will see.
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  • Now, this is what living by faith is all about.
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  • It's believing God's Word before you see it.
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  • It's believing God's promises before you see
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  • them show up in your life.
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  • Well, if you have to see it to believe it, then it's not faith
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  • at all, but if you'll believe it, you'll eventually see it.
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  • Anybody believe that here today?
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  • He said, "Didn't I say if you would believe,
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  • you would see the glory of God?"
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  • Or you would see God's power show up.
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  • The word "glory" here is the manifestation of God's power.
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  • If you believe, you will see the glory of God.
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  • But here, verse 41, "And so they removed the stone,
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  • and Jesus lifted up his eyes."
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  • In verse 41, "Jesus lifted up his eyes and he
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  • said, 'Father, I thank you.'"
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  • Father, I thank you. Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you. Father, I thank you.
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  • Notice how Jesus prayed, "Father, I thank you."
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  • Father--he didn't say, "Father, give me the power.
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  • Father, raise him from the dead.
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  • Father, help me."
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  • No, "Father, thank you."
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  • Not, "Father, will you?"
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  • Not, "Father, can you?"
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  • But, "Father, thank you."
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  • Now, these are the most powerful words on earth.
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  • The most powerful words on earth are, "Father, thank you.
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  • Father, thank you."
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  • You know, this is how Jesus prayed.
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  • He didn't pray, "Father, will you?"
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  • But how many times have we prayed that?
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  • "Father, can you?"
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  • How many times have we prayed that?
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  • "Father, if you don't--I need this."
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  • No, that's not how Jesus prayed.
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  • He prayed, "Father, thank you.
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  • Father, thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you."
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  • And listen, this isn't the first time that he prayed this way.
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  • He prayed this way in Matthew chapter 11 when he said,
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  • "Father, I thank you that you have not revealed these things
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  • to the wise and the intelligent, but to the babes,
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  • to the innocent, to the pure, to the humble."
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  • This is what Jesus--this is how
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  • Jesus prays, "Father, thank you."
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  • Now, remember, thankfulness is the gateway to three things.
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  • Thankfulness is the gateway to happiness.
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  • I think that we have to realize that happiness is not some
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  • secular, worldly, unspiritual thing.
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  • Happiness was God's idea.
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  • The Bible says, "Happy is the man who
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  • knows his sins are forgiven."
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  • The Bible says, "Happy is the one
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  • that does not condemn himself."
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  • The Bible says, "Happy is the man that finds
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  • wisdom and gets understanding."
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  • We can go through the Bible and say--and
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  • see Scripture after Scripture.
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  • In Jeremiah chapter 17, he said, "Happy is the man that trusts in
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  • the Lord and whose trust is the Lord."
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  • We can go and find it from Genesis to Revelation,
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  • how God's--God is the source and author of all happiness and all
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  • of the things in the Bible that tell us that these things will
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  • make us happy, that God says that when you know your sins
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  • are forgiven, you'll be happy.
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  • When you trust God, you'll be happy.
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  • Happiness is not some worldly feeling.
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  • Happiness is God's idea.
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  • Happiness was God's idea.
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  • Happiness is God's idea.
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  • In fact, if you look at your life, everything you do today,
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  • everything you'll do tomorrow is in some
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  • way done to make you happy.
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  • Whether it's going to work so you can have money so that you
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  • can give and pay your bills, why?
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  • So you'll be happy.
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  • Whether it's treating somebody in a
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  • good way, why will you do that?
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  • Because it'll make them happy; it'll make you happy.
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  • Whether it's leading somebody to Jesus Christ and seeing somebody
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  • get born again by sharing your faith,
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  • why are you doing it?
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  • Because it makes them happy, it makes God happy,
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  • and it makes you happy.
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  • You might think this is such a limited word about happiness,
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  • and yet everything we do is done to make us happy.
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  • Studies show that everything people do in their lives,
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  • their actions, their behaviors, are done to make them happy.
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  • But the fact is is that we do what we do in order to obtain
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  • happiness, and God wants us to obtain it his way.
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  • And I'm telling you, thankfulness is
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  • the gateway to happiness.
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  • It's the gateway to happiness.
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  • Thankfulness is the gateway to the miraculous.
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  • We talked about that a little bit and I'm gonna show you here
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  • how it's the gateway to the miraculous.
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  • And thirdly, it's the gateway to your purpose.
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  • It's the gateway to your purpose.
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  • If you could get ahold of this, I think that every one of us
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  • could say today we're seeking today to be happy,
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  • we're seeking a miracle, or we're seeking to discover our
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  • purpose, and our destiny, and God's will for our lives.
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  • Is there anybody here that could agree with that with me today?
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  • Every one of us is seeking one of those things or a
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  • combination of all of them.
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  • We're seeking happiness.
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  • We're seeking the miraculous.
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  • We're seeking purpose.
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  • And yet, gratitude and thankfulness is the gateway to
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  • all three of those things.
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  • So, let's take the shortcut to those three things.
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  • Let's take the shortcut to our purpose by being grateful.
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  • Let's take the shortcut to the miraculous by being thankful.
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  • Let's take the shortcut to happiness by being thankful.
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  • It works every time.
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  • So, let's look at this miracle in John 11, verse 41.
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  • So, Jesus comes to this dead man.
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  • Four days he's been dead, and Jesus
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  • says, "Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you."
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  • Now, let's talk about this for a minute.
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  • What is he thanking him for?
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  • The power is in the specificity of what you're thanking God for.
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  • And notice specifically what Jesus thanks the Father for.
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  • "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
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  • I thank you that you have heard me."
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  • Boy, when you come to realize that God hears you,
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  • it will make you thankful.
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  • You see, it's in the reality of knowing that he hears you that
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  • causes Jesus to thank the Father.
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  • He's not thanking him out of a ritual, he's thanking him
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  • because he believes the Father has heard him.
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  • You know, something happens when you believe God has heard you.
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  • It affects you.
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  • It affects your emotions.
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  • It affects your attitude.
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  • It affects your perspective.
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  • I love this verse in Psalm 116, verse 1.
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  • He says, "I love the Lord because he heard
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  • my voice and my prayer."
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  • I love the Lord 'cause he heard my voice and my prayer.
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  • Knowing that God hears him caused David to love God.
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  • Knowing that God heard him caused Jesus
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  • to thank the Father.
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  • Father, I thank you. Father, I thank you.
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  • See, it's not a ritual.
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  • It's not a religion.
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  • It's not a learn--it's not a manner.
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  • Now, there's nothing wrong with being--with
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  • having thankful manners.
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  • That's way better than being unthankful and
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  • having bad manners, right?
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  • It's better to have good manners than bad, but that's
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  • not what we're talking about, our manners.
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  • We're talking about the most powerful words on earth
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  • are, "Father, I thank you."
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  • Again, in John 11:41, Jesus prays, "Father, I thank you."
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  • Notice this, "I thank you that you have heard me."
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  • And then notice what he says in verse 42,
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  • "I know that you always hear me, but because of the people who
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  • are standing here, that's why I said this,
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  • so that they will believe that you sent me."
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  • And then verse 43, he says, "And so, when he had said these
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  • things, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth!'"
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  • And what happens, verse 44?
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  • Picture this, folks.
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  • Look at verse 44, "And he who had died came out,
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  • bound hand and foot with grave clothes,
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  • around his face wrapped with a cloth.
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  • And Jesus said, 'Loose him and let him go.'"
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  • And all of this happened, this miracle, the power of
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  • the miraculous, comes from the power of gratitude.
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  • "Father, I thank you," and a miracle takes place.
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  • "Father, I thank you that you've heard me
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  • and you always hear me."
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  • You wanna know how to be heard by God is it's found in 1 John
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  • chapter 5, verse 14, 'cause God hears you too.
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  • But here's how your prayers get answered, "Ask anything
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  • according to his will, and he hears you."
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  • And if you have confidence that he hears you,
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  • you can have confidence in whatever you've asked,
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  • you receive from him.
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  • Boy, God knows how to tie this thing up,
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  • and to make it plain and make it simple.
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  • It's really simple.
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  • He hears you when you pray.
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  • And you know how to know his will?
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  • Look in the Bible. What has he left?
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  • Seven thousand promises that not one of them are maybe and not
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  • one of them are no, but all of them are yes and amen in Christ.
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  • All the promises of God, all the promises of God
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  • are yes and amen in Christ.
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  • If you're born again, God says yes to all of his promises.
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  • All that you need to do is ask him.
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  • And the way to ask him is not, "Father, will you?"
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  • It's not, "Father, can you?"
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  • It's, "Father, thank you."
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  • Thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • It's not, "Father, I wonder about you.
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  • Father, I wonder if you can do it."
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  • It's, "Father, I thank you that you've heard me
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  • and you always hear me."
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  • He always hears the cry of his children.
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  • And any promise that is uttered out of your mouth is a prayer
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  • that God says yes to.
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  • And especially when it begins with, "Thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you. Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you."
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  • Oh, the power of thankfulness.
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  • It produces the miraculous, it produces happiness,
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  • and it produces purpose.
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  • It is the gateway to your happiness, it is the gateway to
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  • your purpose, and it is the gateway to the miraculous.
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  • Father, I thank you that no matter what weapons are formed
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  • against me, none of them will prosper.
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  • No matter what, Father, I thank you.
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  • See, these are the most powerful words on earth.
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  • Father, I thank you that no matter who is for me,
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  • God, you are for me.
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  • No matter who's against me, God, you are for me.
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  • Death, life, angels, or principalities,
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  • none of them can separate me from the love of God.
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  • Father, I thank you that you love me.
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  • I thank you that you're for me.
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  • I thank you that you're with me.
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  • It's all about gratitude for who God is and what he's already
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  • done, and that's where our focus needs to be.
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  • And I might sound--I might sound like a broken record.
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  • I might sound like a broken record,
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  • but that's how I memorized all the songs that I know by heart
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  • is when I used to play 'em on my little phonograph.
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  • Anybody remember what a phonograph is?
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  • Not photograph.
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  • Most people don't even know what that is.
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  • But a phonograph was a record player.
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  • Anybody ever heard of a record?
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  • Somebody said, "What record did you break?"
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  • I broke all of them.
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  • They all skipped first though, and all of
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  • my records--you know the grooves?
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  • The grooves on the needle--the grooves in
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  • the vinyl and then the needle.
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  • I think they're popular now again,
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  • or they've made a comeback a little bit,
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  • that people listen to--go buy these vinyl records.
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  • But what would happen is I had--my favorite album was
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  • "The Jackson 5 Greatest Hits."
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  • And, ooh, that's controversial these days too, sorry.
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  • You can't say anything in life today without somebody taking
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  • offense to it and reading it the wrong way, reading into it
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  • the wrong way, but I loved the Jackson 5 when I was a kid.
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  • And you know, I remember the one song I
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  • used to play all the time.
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  • "Got to be there--got to be there--got to be there--got
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  • to--" it never would get to,
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  • Be there.
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  • That's bad, I used to be able to sing that high.
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  • In the morning.
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  • "Got to be--got to be--got to be--got to be--got to be there."
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  • So, you'd have to put--you'd have to press down on the needle
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  • so would go--it would get into the groove
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  • and it would keep playing.
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  • That's how we listened to music back in the day.
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  • You know what I'm talking about?
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  • But if I sound like a broken record, it's so you can get it.
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  • "Got to--got to--got to--got to--got to be there."
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  • It's so you will truly get ahold of this.
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  • This is not some fancy sermon.
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  • It's not fancy at all. It's not a sermon at all.
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  • But I'm not trying to come up with something that will make
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  • you happy you came to church today.
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  • I'm trying to come up with--show you what God has already come up
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  • with that will make you happy for life, and it'll make you
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  • powerful, and you'll walk in the miraculous, and you'll live
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  • out your purpose when you learn the beauty of thankfulness
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  • and gratitude that comes from remembering what God has done.
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  • It comes from--it comes from remembering.
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  • The cure to being offended is not protecting your life
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  • so that nobody offends you.
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  • The cure to be an offended is not by getting rid of all your
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  • friends and not having any relationships.
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  • The cure to be an offended is not to jump from this church to
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  • another church 'cause something somebody did offended you.
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:04.050
  • The cure to be an offended is to be grateful.
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  • The cure to being offended is not to jump from
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  • one relationship to the next.
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  • It's not to leave people.
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  • It's not to abandon people.
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  • The cure to being offended is not to be a holy
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  • person and be perfect all the time.
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  • The cure to being offended is simply to be grateful,
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  • to be thankful for what God has done,
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  • to be thankful that God's power is greater.
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  • What God has done for you is greater than what
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  • people have done to you.
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  • Just get a hold of that for a minute, that what God has done
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  • for you is greater than what people have done to you.
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  • You can only be offended if you believe that what people have
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  • done to you is greater than what God has done for you.
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  • Romans 1 verse 21, notice what he says here, "For although they
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  • knew God, they did not glorify him as God."
  • 00:17:50.000 --> 00:17:54.110
  • In other words, they didn't magnify the Lord.
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  • They put the magnifying glass on themselves rather than on God.
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  • "Nor did they give him thanks, but their thinking became futile
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  • and their foolish hearts were darkened."
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  • How did their thinking become futile?
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:11.080
  • Because they did not give him thanks.
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  • And what does it mean to be futile in your thinking?
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  • The word "futile" means without purpose.
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  • Without purpose.
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  • You miss your purpose when you're not thankful.
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  • But when you're thankful, it brings you into purposeful
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  • life and purposeful direction.
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  • And when you're ungrateful and unthankful,
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  • it makes your thoughts futile.
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  • You live a life without purpose, without focus, without aim.
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  • I choose thankfulness for what God has done.
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  • How about you?
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  • Boy, if we get ahold of this, if we get ahold of this,
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  • that how do you express thankfulness?
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  • To be thankful, it requires you to be humble and it requires
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  • you to use your memory.
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  • We gotta remember that it is he that gives.
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  • It is he that gives. It is he that gives.
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  • And we need to be humble, meaning--
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:15.170
  • what does it mean to be humble?
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  • The word "humble," the word "humility," comes from the Latin
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  • word "humus," which means--it means the earth.
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  • It means--it means the earth, versus
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  • "hubris," which is arrogance.
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  • It means to see yourself above the earth and to see
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  • yourself better than others.
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  • But humility is to be the earth, that other people can walk on
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  • the path of your life to get to God's destiny for their lives.
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  • It's to become a path for others.
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  • Humility is to be thankful and to be--and to remember what
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  • God has done and to become a path for others.
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  • We become the earth for others.
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  • We're low to the ground, meaning we don't think more highly of
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:06.150
  • ourselves, but doesn't mean we think bad of ourselves.
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  • It means that we don't think that
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  • we're better than other people.
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  • And the goal is not to be better than somebody else,
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  • it's to be the best version of yourself.
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  • To be humble is to be made of earth, to realize that you're
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  • down to earth, to be a down-to-earth person, a
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  • person who you let God use you for other people to find
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  • the path, to find a path to Jesus, to find a path to
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  • kindness, to find a path to God's will for their lives.
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  • Don't you want that?
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  • Don't you wanna be a path for somebody else?
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  • That's humility.
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  • And to--and using that humility and that memory to
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  • remember it is he that gives.
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  • It is he that gives.
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  • Everything good that you have came from God.
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  • That'll make you thankful.
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  • That'll keep you humble.
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  • Gregory: Well, it's so true, the most powerful words on
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:06.260
  • earth, "Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you."
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  • You know, if you're joining me today and you haven't believed
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:14.000
  • the promise of salvation yet, if you have no received Jesus as
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:17.070
  • your Savior and Lord, before I go any further,
  • 00:21:17.080 --> 00:21:20.100
  • let me pray with you right where you are.
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  • And you know what, it doesn't matter what you've been through.
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  • It doesn't matter what you're going through.
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  • It doesn't matter what you're about to do.
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  • It's all about to change.
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  • Would you just pray this with me if
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  • you're not sure you're going to heaven?
  • 00:21:31.080 --> 00:21:32.170
  • You can be sure right now just by saying this.
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  • Jesus, I believe you died for my sins and you rose from the dead.
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  • Heavenly Father, I receive the grace,
  • 00:21:42.040 --> 00:21:46.160
  • the gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus.
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  • My faith and my trust is in you from this moment forward, amen.
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  • You know, it really is that simple.
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  • Jesus did the hard part.
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  • All we simply do is receive the free gift of salvation.
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  • If you prayed along with me, you are now a child of God.
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  • Welcome home and welcome to the family.
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  • And I really wanna invite you to email me at the address on your
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  • screen and I'll send you my free book called "The Power of a New
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  • Life" to take you through the next steps of your
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  • victorious walk with God.
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  • And today, I've been talking about how gratitude changes it
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  • all and how thankfulness is the gateway to the most important
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  • things we all need in our lives: our happiness,
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:29.190
  • the miraculous, and our purpose.
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  • You see, when we remember what God has done for us,
  • 00:22:32.050 --> 00:22:34.090
  • it causes us to be thankful.
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  • David said, "Forget none of his benefits."
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  • And then he says, "He satisfies us with good things."
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  • In other words, when we realize all the good things he has done
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  • for us, we are satisfied.
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  • Jeremiah went on to say, "Happy is the man who trusts in the
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  • Lord and whose trust is the Lord."
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  • You see, happiness is God's idea.
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:53.290
  • And thankfulness is also the gateway to happiness and it's
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  • the gateway to the miraculous.
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  • When Jesus took the loaves, he gave thanks.
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  • And what's the next thing that happened?
  • 00:23:01.080 --> 00:23:02.290
  • There was a miraculous multiplication.
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  • That's the power of thanks.
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  • And then of course, thankfulness is a gateway to our purpose.
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  • This is the will of God. In everything, give thanks.
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  • Thanks launches us into our God-given purpose
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  • and his will for our lives.
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  • Now, before I finish today, I want you to know something and I
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  • want you to be a part of something really special.
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  • I'm on a mission to see 30 million souls saved and lives
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  • transformed, and I need your help today.
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  • Really, it's pretty urgent because we wanna
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  • reach 30.000 people in Haiti.
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  • It'll take us $50.000 because we're gonna be sending several
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  • the urgency of this need.
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  • those that are helpless, forgotten, minimized.
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  • Jesus said, "Whatever you've done to the least of these,
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  • you've done it unto me."
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  • That's why I need your urgent help today.
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  • Your gift makes it possible for me to get these powerful audio
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  • Bibles, these solar-powered Bibles into the hands of
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  • precious people who have been forgotten,
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  • people that are blind, people that can't read,
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  • people in third-world countries.
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  • By getting this into their hands,
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  • they can hear the whole Bible.
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  • They can hear the plan of salvation and our greatest
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  • teachings that we do in this ministry that I know
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  • will change people's lives.
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  • So, I encourage you to do that.
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  • And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook,
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  • or Instagram, or Twitter, I'm there.
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  • I'll do my very best to personally respond to each and
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  • every one of you that reaches out.
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  • So listen, don't miss our next broadcast.
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  • Remember to set your DVR so you never have to miss one of them.
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  • I can't wait to see you then.
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  • God bless.
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