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Invitation to Happiness

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  • Gregory Dickow: Hi, I'm Gregory Dickow, and welcome to
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  • "The Power to Change Today."
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  • And today, I want to talk to you about a topic I call
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  • "An Invitation to Happiness."
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  • Listen, people are down right now.
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  • They're down because they're lonely.
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  • They're struggling financially.
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  • Their health is down, the economy is down,
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  • the country is down.
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  • I can understand a little bit of what David, King David may have
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  • meant whenever he said, "If the Lord had not been my helper,
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  • my soul would have settled in silence."
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  • He says that in Psalm 94.
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  • He said, "My soul would have settled in silence."
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  • Do you know what a silent mind or a depressed mind is?
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  • No more dreams, no more creative thoughts.
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  • You just can't think straight.
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  • No more hope; your hope seems taken away.
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  • You're not making decisions to--on what's
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  • right to go forward.
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  • There's no joy, no celebration, no peace.
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  • You're not fulfilled.
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  • Well, I want to show you how to change all that today, along
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  • with seven simple steps to break out of unhappiness,
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  • loneliness, and depression.
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  • And I know this is for somebody you care about,
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  • and I know it'll encourage you as well.
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  • So, let's get right back into the Word of God
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  • with you right after this.
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  • Watch this.
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  • Gregory: Well, did you know the gospel is
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  • an invitation to happiness?
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  • And that's what this program is all about today,
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  • your invitation to happiness.
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  • Yes, God wants you happy.
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  • We're not inviting people to a funeral.
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  • We're inviting people to a wedding feast.
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  • And we're the bride of Christ.
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  • And every bride wants a big, joyous wedding.
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  • And God has spared no expense to give you his best, to join you
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  • to him, and to give you a life beyond your wildest dreams.
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  • You know, Revelation chapter 19, verse 7 says,
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  • "Let us rejoice and be glad."
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  • Why, why are so many Christians not rejoicing?
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  • Why are so many Christians not glad?
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  • He says, "For the marriage of the Lamb has come and
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  • the bride has made herself ready."
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  • It's a marriage, it's a wedding.
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  • And this is your invitation to happiness.
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  • And God loves us too much to leave us in the hell of
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  • unhappiness that comes from trying to do his job
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  • rather than trusting him.
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  • Nowadays, children are singing--instead of children
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  • singing, "Jesus loves me, this I know," it's been replaced
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  • with, "Hey mom, my medication is wearing off."
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  • I mean, you think about it.
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  • And there's nothing wrong if your--there's nothing wrong
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  • with you if you need to take medication prescribed
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  • by a doctor and you follow the prescription.
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  • But there's so much abuse now of prescribed medication because
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  • people are so discouraged, and they're so down,
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  • and they're so unhappy.
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  • And now did you know that preschoolers actually lead the
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  • growth in anti-depressant use, up more than 50% among
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  • children 5 years old and under?
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  • The use of paroxetine and other anti-depressant medications
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  • continues to grow by about 10% annually among children
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  • and adolescents, according to psychiatric services.
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  • And a few years--in just 4 or 5 years, the fastest growing
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  • segment of users of anti-depressant medication
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  • was found to be preschoolers aged 0 to 5 years old.
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  • It's so sad when you think about it with use among girls
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  • doubling, and use among boys growing by 65%.
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  • But where is that all learned from?
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  • Well, we got it from Adam and Eve.
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  • You see, every bit of emotional pain, loneliness, or depression
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  • and fear came from Adam and Eve after they were shamed
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  • into sinning by the devil.
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  • Where did it come from?
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  • Genesis chapter 3, verse 5 and 6, the whole goal of the enemy
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  • is to get God's people to feel shame.
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  • Satan convinced Eve that there was something wrong with her.
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  • Notice she didn't sin because there was something wrong with
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  • her because she was made in God's image, perfect.
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  • But he convinced her that she was missing something.
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  • He convinced her that there was something wrong with her.
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  • And Satan is constantly trying to tell you there's something
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  • wrong with you, even though you're born again.
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  • You see, we don't sin because we're so evil.
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  • We sin because we're trying to fix something.
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  • Originally, Adam and Eve weren't focused on what was wrong with
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  • them because there wasn't anything wrong with them until
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  • the devil deceived them into thinking that there was
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  • something missing in their lives.
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  • This caused shame in their lives.
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  • And shame is that feeling that there's something wrong with us.
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  • And it caused Eve to reach for that tree, that fruit on that
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  • tree in the middle of the garden.
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  • She didn't sin because there was something wrong with her, or
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  • there was something missing in her life.
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  • She sinned because she thought there was
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  • something wrong with her.
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  • But the gospel, the invitation to happiness makes us new again,
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  • and brings us back to the garden of Eden before Adam
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  • and Eve were shamed into sinning.
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  • Listen, before they sinned, Adam and Eve--the garden of Eden for
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  • Adam and Eve was the center of happiness and joy.
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  • The curse that came upon Adam and Eve when they sinned began
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  • with sorrow, an unhappy life, an unhappy existence.
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  • So, the curse of unhappiness began in the garden of Eden.
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  • And we can get that happiness back when we discover what I'm
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  • going to share with you today, and what I'm
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  • sharing with you today.
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  • So, let's continue.
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  • Adam's sin and shame put into motion the curse
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  • of misery and unhappiness.
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  • God told Eve here in Genesis 3:16, "In sorrow and depression
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  • you're going to bring forth children."
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  • Well, if you've had children, you know that sometimes,
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  • bringing them up, it's not just having them birthed, but it's
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  • bringing them up, it can be sad, it can be depressing sometimes.
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  • But notice what happened and what caused
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  • this unhappiness in Adam and Eve's life.
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  • He said that Eve would bring children forth with unhappiness,
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  • with sorrow, and sadness.
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  • Now, notice what happened and what caused this unhappiness.
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  • Number one, they stopped believing what God said, the
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  • first thing that caused unhappiness in their life.
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  • And this shows all about an invitation to happiness.
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  • But the first thing that caused unhappiness in their life was
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  • they stopped believing what God said.
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  • In Genesis 3:1, Satan says, "Has God really said?"
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  • You see, questioning God's Word or doubting
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  • God's Word leads to depression.
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  • True joy comes from believing God's Word.
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  • Jesus said in John 15, "I write these things to you that you
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  • might have joy, the fullness of joy."
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  • So, the first thing that happened was they were unhappy
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  • because they stopped believing God's Word.
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  • And the second thing that caused them to be unhappy is they
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  • started blaming each other.
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  • In Genesis 3:15, they started dominating each other,
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  • and blaming each other.
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  • "And the woman who you put in the garden made me do it."
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  • And then Eve said, "The devil who you--the serpent who
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  • you put in the garden, he made me do it."
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  • So, they started blaming and shifting the blame.
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  • And unhappiness always comes when we stop believing God's
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  • Word and when we start blaming other people for our situation.
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  • Then condemnation set in. They knew they were naked.
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  • They were ashamed.
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  • They started living by the sweat of their brow,
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  • independent from God.
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  • And when you live independent from God,
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  • you're always going to be unhappy.
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  • You're always going to be constantly striving to survive,
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  • living by the sweat of your brow, living from paycheck
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  • to paycheck, just trying to get your needs met.
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  • Listen, and so we're going to break free from that today.
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  • And I want to give you some examples of depression and
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  • unhappiness and loneliness in the Bible so that you know
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  • you're not the only one, or your family member's not
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  • the only one going through this.
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  • We all go through this.
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  • Job in Job chapter 3, the Bible says he was without hope.
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  • He felt in verse--John chapter--Job chapter 7, verse 6,
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  • "God doesn't care about me."
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  • In verse 8, he felt bitter.
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  • Moses in Numbers chapter 11, he felt burdened, and burdensome,
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  • and suicidal in verse 15.
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  • Elijah in 1 Kings chapter 19 felt fearful, suicidal,
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  • and felt self-pity.
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  • David in Psalm 42, his soul was in despair.
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  • It says he was disturbed, he was rejected, he was in morning.
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  • Asaph in Psalm 73, envious and questioning God's power
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  • and God's will, and he felt embittered.
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  • How about Jonah in the Bible?
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  • The Bible says in Jonah chapter 4 he was displeased,
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  • he was angry.
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  • He was even suicidal.
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  • In Jesus, in Matthew chapter 26 and Mark chapter 14, verse 33,
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  • it says he was--his soul was sorrowful to the point of death.
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  • His soul was sorrowful.
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  • It's okay that you've had these feelings.
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  • It's okay that you've had these emotions.
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  • But we're going to break out of them, and I'm going to show you
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  • seven steps out of them so that you can be free, and you can
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  • walk in this joy, in this happy life.
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  • You see, everyone knows what it's like to feel lonely,
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  • and depressed, and afraid.
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  • The pressure against our emotions can be
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  • overwhelming at times.
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  • Who hasn't felt those waves of darkness trying
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  • to take over their soul?
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  • I think we've all felt that at time.
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  • The devil wants you to get into a place of darkness, and keep
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  • you there so you'll lose hope and quit.
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  • But the truth is that Jesus has destroyed the works
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  • of the devil, 1 John 3:18.
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  • 1 John 3:8 says Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil,
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  • but we lose sight of that sometimes.
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  • So, what the enemy tries to do is he tries to paint this
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  • picture of a hopeless life, a life where we've become so
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  • discouraged, and where we feel lonely and depressed.
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  • You may feel like that right now, or your husband may feel
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  • like that, or a child you have, or a parent
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  • you have might feel like that.
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  • And this is for them.
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  • So, I want to now talk you through how to break
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  • out of this dark place, this sadness, this depression,
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  • this loneliness, this shame.
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  • Psalm 119, verse 30 days, "The entrance of God's
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  • Word brings light."
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  • So, as we flood the light of God's Word into our hearts,
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  • then darkness, and depression, and unhappiness,
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  • and loneliness, they're going to flee.
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  • And David knew what that was like.
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  • I want to take you to a Scripture in Psalm 143 because
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  • he knew what it was like to go through depressing times.
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  • And listen, can I just tell you?
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  • Everybody gets depressed at times.
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  • Everybody feels lonely at times.
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  • Everybody feels unhappy at times.
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  • It's not bad, or wrong, or sinful that you feel that.
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  • But God has a way out of that. And it's wrong to stay in it.
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  • It's wrong to stay feeling sorry for yourself.
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  • It's nothing wrong with feeling sorry for yourself,
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  • just don't stay there.
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  • It's nothing wrong with feeling depressed,
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  • just don't stay there.
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  • Let me show you the way out.
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  • Let me show you the seven steps out of this.
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  • Now, in Psalm 143, let's look at verse 3.
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  • And David says something very powerful.
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  • He says--he says, "The enemy pursues me.
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  • He crushes me to the ground."
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  • He says--verse 3, he said, "Lord, what is--"
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  • Excuse me, he says, he says, "For the enemy has persecuted
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  • my soul; he has smitten my life down to the ground; he has
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  • made me to dwell in darkness as those who have been long dead.
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  • Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed
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  • and grows faint within me.
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  • My heart within me is depressed and dismayed," depending
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  • on what translation that you're reading out of.
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  • Now, notice as this darkness sweeps over his soul and
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  • overwhelms him, notice what he says.
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  • "But I remember the days of old.
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  • I remember all your works, and I think
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  • about the work of your hand."
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  • Notice he remembers the Word of God and
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  • the testimonies of others.
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  • He remembers the Word of God and the testimony
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  • of what others have gone through.
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  • When you feel overwhelmed, when you feel depressed,
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  • when you feel unhappy, remember the Word of God.
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  • Remember now, remember when Adam and Eve first started
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  • to be unhappy, it was when they stopped believing God's Word,
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  • depression set in.
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  • Their sense of lack set in. Their sense of need set in.
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  • But when they--but David here shows us that when he remembers
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  • the Word of God, it begins to break him out
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  • of depression and darkness.
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  • In fact, here are the seven simple steps of--out of
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  • depression, out of unhappiness, out of loneliness
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  • based on Psalm 143.
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  • Number one is found in verse 5, when he says,
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  • "I remember the days of long ago.
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  • I meditate on your works, and I consider what you've done."
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  • If we're going to break out of, if we're going to live in a
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  • spirit of happiness, in a spirit of joy, we have to
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  • remember what God has done.
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  • When you remember what God has done, it brings joy.
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  • When you remember--we got to deliberately go back and look at
  • 00:13:37.140 --> 00:13:40.010
  • what God has already done for other people in the Bible, and
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  • deliberately go back and look at what God has done in your life.
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  • And if you're saying, "Man, I can't--I can't even think
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  • about--I can't even remember the last time God has done something
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  • good in my life," then go back to read about David.
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  • And go back to read about what God did for Moses.
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  • And go back and read about what God did for Abraham.
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  • And go back and read about what God did for Joshua.
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  • And go back and read about what God did for these great men
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  • and women in the Bible.
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  • Rahab, how he delivered her.
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  • And Esther, how he delivered a whole nation through her.
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  • They--the secret here is what we remember.
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  • God has given us the power to remember.
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  • And I think one of the reasons why we forget some things in our
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  • lives is because we block out the--we try to block out the bad
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  • things, but it sometimes blocks out the good things too.
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  • We have to deliberately remember.
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  • That's point number one.
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  • You want to step out of a life of unhappiness, a life of
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  • depression, and accept your invitation today to happiness.
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  • Remember what God has done.
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  • Write down what you can remember.
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  • Take a moment right now, in fact, and just think of one good
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  • thing God has done in your life in the last year.
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  • Maybe he answered your prayer when you
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  • were going through some sickness.
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  • Maybe your child came back, and you had a
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  • moment of reconciliation.
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  • Maybe you received a job, or you received a check
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  • in the mail, or a bonus, or a promotion in your life.
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  • Think about how God rescued you from the
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  • accident that you nearly got in.
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  • That's something to remember too.
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  • Sometimes, we only remember the things that did happen to us,
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  • but we need to remember the things that almost happened to
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  • us that would have killed us had it not been for God,
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  • who was on our side.
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  • The second thing that is found here in Psalm chapter 143,
  • 00:15:32.060 --> 00:15:35.140
  • it has all 7 steps, is number 2 is found in verse 6.
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  • He says, "And I stretch forth my hands, and my soul
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  • thirsts for you as in the dry land."
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  • He said, "Or as in a thirsty land."
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  • I spread out my hands. I spread out my hands.
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  • The second secret to David accepting this invitation to
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  • happiness was he spread out his hands to worship God.
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  • Worship God. Don't wait for a feeling.
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  • Worship him when you feel overwhelmed.
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  • Worship him when you feel depressed.
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  • Worship him when you feel discouraged.
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  • No matter what it feels like, spread out your hands, lift your
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  • hands, and lift your voice to God in thanks.
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  • Worship him because he's good, even when things
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  • don't look so good.
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  • Worship him because he's good. He loves you.
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  • Worship him because he died for your sins.
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  • Worship him because he rose from the dead.
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  • Worship him because he's coming back again.
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  • Worship him because he gave you his promises.
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  • Worship him because he gave you the Holy Spirit.
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  • The first thing we have to do is we have to remember
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  • what he's done.
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  • And then the second thing we do is spread our hands
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  • and worship him.
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  • Spread your hands right now and worship him, and darkness,
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  • depression, fear is going to leave your life.
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  • The third thing that David did and the third step that we can
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  • take to break out of depression, unhappiness, and sorrow, and
  • 00:16:59.240 --> 00:17:03.040
  • loneliness is it says in verse 7,
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  • "Answer me, O Lord, speedily."
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  • Now, listen for God's immediate response.
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:14.190
  • This is the point, listen for God's immediate response.
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  • He says, "Answer me speedily."
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  • In other words, ask for a quick response from God, and expect
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:24.270
  • to hear an answer, expect a door to open.
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  • Sometimes, we idolize--sometimes,
  • 00:17:27.170 --> 00:17:31.280
  • we idolize waiting.
  • 00:17:31.290 --> 00:17:35.180
  • But I want to encourage you, expect an answer today.
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  • Except a door to open today.
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  • Expect something good to happen in your life today.
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  • Now, number four, the Bible says in verse 8, "Let the morning
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  • bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put
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  • my trust in you."
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  • Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.
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  • In other words, what's the next step we take to really bring
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:12.290
  • forth joy, and to live the happy life, and
  • 00:18:13.000 --> 00:18:16.000
  • accept the invitation to happiness?
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  • Greet your day--as soon as you wake up, greet your day
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  • meditating on God's love for you.
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  • This sets the course of my day.
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  • I set the course of my day, saying,
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  • "Father, thank you that you love me."
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  • This is a great prayer.
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  • Just pray this every morning, "Father, thank you
  • 00:18:32.180 --> 00:18:34.180
  • that you love me."
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  • And go on with your day.
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  • If you don't have any more time to pray, pray that.
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  • I hope you have more time, but if you don't have any time,
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:42.090
  • pray that, "Lord, thank you that you love me.
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  • Father, I want to thank you that you love me."
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  • Greet your day, the morning.
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  • He said, "I will face the morning meditating
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  • on your great love for me."
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  • The greatest happiness in life is the assurance
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  • that we're loved.
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  • So, find one verse each day about God's love.
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  • There's hundreds of them.
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  • And until it drives out unhappiness, until
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:02.180
  • it drives out loneliness, until it drives out fear,
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  • until it drives out depression.
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  • Greet every morning meditating on the love of God.
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  • Greet this day with love.
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  • I've got a little saying that I picked up a while back.
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  • And it's called, "I Greet This Day with Love."
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  • I greet this day with love in my heart.
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  • And if you want, I'll send it to you at the end of the broadcast.
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:24.290
  • If you ask me for it, I'll send it to you.
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  • I just thought of it, and I remember, man, this is a great
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  • little--I greet this day with love in my heart, and I go
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:31.200
  • through a whole paragraph about how you can wake
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  • up every day with love.
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  • And it will drive unhappiness out of your life.
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  • All right, you ready?
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  • Number 5, it says in verse 8, "Show me the way I should go,
  • 00:19:40.050 --> 00:19:43.070
  • for to you I entrust my life."
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  • Show me the way I should go.
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  • So, the next point to get out of unhappiness and depression
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  • is ask God for wisdom.
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  • Ask him to show you the way you should go today.
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  • Ask him to give you wisdom.
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  • James 1:5 says, "If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:02.060
  • who gives to all men generously."
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  • Just ask him today for wisdom, and he'll give it to you,
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:08.290
  • he'll show you the way.
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  • And then number six is found in the next verse.
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  • It says, "Teach me to do your will."
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  • Notice here in verse 10, "Teach me to do your will.
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  • May your good spirit lead me on level ground."
  • 00:20:19.080 --> 00:20:22.130
  • So, the next point here, point number six to accept your
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:26.220
  • invitation to happiness, is invite the Holy Spirit to lead
  • 00:20:26.230 --> 00:20:31.000
  • you, and teach you, and empower you today.
  • 00:20:31.010 --> 00:20:35.090
  • Jesus told his disciples, "Don't go anywhere until
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:38.020
  • you've received power from on high."
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:40.130
  • So, invite the Holy Spirit to teach you, to lead you,
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  • and empower you today.
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  • Man, isn't this powerful?
  • 00:20:45.260 --> 00:20:47.200
  • You follow these simple steps right from this verse, Psalm
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  • 143, and you will never be unhappy
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  • another day in your life.
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  • And finally, number seven, he says, "For your name's sake,
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:21:00.070
  • Lord," in verse 11, "preserve my life; in your righteousness,
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:04.160
  • bring me out of trouble."
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  • In your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
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  • So, verse 11 tells us to remind God of his covenant.
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  • He swore with his blood that he would keep his promises to you.
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  • Remind him of his promises. Remind him.
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  • So first, the first step, remember, was to remind
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:23.290
  • ourselves of what God has done.
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:26.050
  • But the seventh step is to remind him of what he has said
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  • because all his promises are yes and amen.
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  • Remind him of his covenant.
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  • Ask him to deliver you completely out of the
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:38.070
  • specific trouble you're in.
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  • Remember now, it's the entrance of his Word that brings light.
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  • Darkness has to flee when you turn the light on.
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  • And today, I brought you seven steps that will bring light and
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  • happiness, and deliver you from depression
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  • and sadness and darkness.
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  • It will flee if you follow these steps.
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  • And I want to encourage you today, take one step at a time.
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:07.270
  • How about take one step each day, or take all 7 steps each
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  • day in 5 minutes of prayer?
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  • Listen, God loves you. He's with you.
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:19.000
  • He's on your side.
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  • He has--he hasn't intended for this to be hard.
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  • He hasn't intended for you to struggle with this
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  • the rest of your life.
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  • When you believe God's on your side, he wants you to have joy.
  • 00:22:28.290 --> 00:22:31.180
  • Joy was his idea.
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  • Sadness wasn't, depression wasn't,
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  • but we all go through it.
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  • But we don't have to stay there.
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  • We walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but we
  • 00:22:40.230 --> 00:22:42.230
  • don't have to stay in the valley of the shadow of death.
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:45.140
  • Now listen, there's just too much that I want to share
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:49.200
  • with you about this topic.
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  • I can't share at all in 28 minutes on this program, so my
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  • announcer's going to come and share with you how you can
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  • continue flooding your heart with God's Word, with the light
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  • of God's Word that'll bring joy, that'll break you out of
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  • discontentment, sadness, unhappiness, depression.
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  • And you might be watching right now, and you're saying,
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  • "Oh, I'm good, I'm good."
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  • But I know you know somebody who's not good.
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  • So, get this for them.
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  • Get this teaching for them, and I'll be right back
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  • to pray for you.
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  • Check this out.
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  • male announcer: The statistics are alarming.
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  • Depression, fear, and anxiety have reached epidemic
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  • proportions in our generation.
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  • Even worse, God's children, those that should be standing
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  • in the joy of the Lord, are suffering.
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  • Doctor visits and medical bills are piling up, all
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  • in the search to find just one moment of relief.
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  • But life does not have to be this way.
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  • There is a solution to achieving true happiness
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  • that's not found in pills, prescriptions, or medication.
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  • The joy of the Lord is real, and Pastor Dickow will show you how
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  • to receive it with his all-new ultimate happiness collection.
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  • Never before offered on television, this collection is
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  • God's surefire way to true and lasting biblical joy.
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  • The centerpiece of this bestselling collection is the
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  • three-part series "How to Find Ultimate Happiness."
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  • In this intriguing and innovative presentation, Pastor
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  • Dickow shares the secrets to lifelong happiness that will
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  • allow you to defeat depression, sadness, and anxiety.
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  • Next, you'll receive the four-part CD series
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  • "How You Can Truly Be Happy."
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  • In these easy to follow sermons, you'll learn how to access God's
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  • supernatural power even in the midst of life's
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  • most challenging circumstances.
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  • This series will shift your perspective
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  • on what true happiness is.
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  • And you'll also receive a special prayer card
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  • personally designed by Gregory Dickow entitled
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  • "Greet This Day with Love."
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  • This convenient keepsake will help you start each and every
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  • day with a special prayer of hope and thanksgiving
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  • to your heavenly Father.
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  • The prayer contained on this card is the same
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  • prayer Pastor Dickow uses to jumpstart his day.
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  • The entire Ultimate Happiness collection is available today
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  • for your generous love gift of $30 or more.
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  • Just think, your one-time $30 gift will bring you the joy
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  • you've desperately looked for and not gotten from the medical
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  • community, pills, and prescriptions.
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  • You, your family, and your children will get the divine
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  • relief they deserve straight from heaven.
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  • Call now and say yes to your joy, and to help this
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  • ministry continue its mission.
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  • Gregory Dickow's ministry is shaking this generation through
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  • his efforts in the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago
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  • and impoverished nations like Haiti, India, and Peru.
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  • Every $30 gift sown into this ministry helps take the message
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  • of grace and much needed resources
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  • to each of these critical areas.
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  • You need this revelation and anointing to eliminate fear,
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  • depression, anxiety, and more.
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  • As Pastor Dickow said moments ago, darkness has to flee
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  • when you turn the light on.
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  • So, flip the switch right now and find out how to achieve
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  • ultimate happiness with over 7 hours of power-packed teaching
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  • that will put you on the road to a better tomorrow.
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  • Call right now.
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  • Gregory: Well, I want to pray for you in just a moment.
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  • But before I do, I want to thank you for your partnership.
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  • Every seed you sow is changing people's lives.
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  • People are getting saved around the world.
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  • One of our just recent missionary trips, we saw
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  • hundreds of people coming to the Lord and hundreds of pastors
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  • that we ministered to in the nation of Haiti.
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  • And they went out, and then they ministered to their nation, and
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  • they just spread all over their country with the power of God.
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  • We're changing the poorest nation
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  • in the world by training pastors.
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  • And so, every seed you sow is helping us do that, and it's
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  • helping us reach people in so many other places around the
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  • world, whether it be India, or whether it be Peru, or whether
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  • it be Haiti, as I mentioned, and so many places.
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  • And right here in America as well, there's such a need for
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  • the gospel of God's love, an invitation to his happiness.
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  • Now, let me pray for you today.
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  • Father, thank you for your sweet word that changes our lives.
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  • Give every person watching right now, give them hope that
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  • things can change beginning today.
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  • Give them the confidence that you love them, and that
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  • happiness and joy is their strength, and you want it
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  • for them in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Well, we're out of time, but thanks for joining us.
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  • Remember, God's not mad at you, he is mad about you.
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  • And don't miss our next broadcast.
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  • I can't wait to see you then, God bless.
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