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September 3, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL, GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • IT'S ALWAYS A JOY TO COME INTO
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  • YOUR HOMES.
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  • IF YOU'RE EVER IN OUR AREA
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  • PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A PART
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  • OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES.
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  • I PROMISE YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU
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  • FEEL RIGHT AT HOME.
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  • BUT THANKS SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN
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  • TODAY AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR
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  • COMING OUT.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY.
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  • I HEARD ABOUT THIS LITTLE GIRL.
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  • SHE WAS SITTING IN HER
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  • GRANDFATHER'S LAP.
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  • SHE NOTICED HOW WRINKLED HIS
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  • FACE WAS.
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  • AS SHE CONTEMPLATED THE
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  • DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIS AND HERS
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  • SHE ASKED, "GRANDDADDY, DID GOD
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  • MAKE YOU?"
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  • HE KIND OF LAUGHED AND SAID,
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  • "YES, HONEY. HE MADE ME A LONG
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  • TIME AGO."
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  • SHE THEN ASKED, "DID GOD MAKE
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  • ME?"
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  • HE SAID, "YES, HE MADE YOU JUST
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  • A LITTLE WHILE AGO."
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  • THOUGHT ABOUT IT A MOMENT, SAID,
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  • "GRANDDADDY, GOD'S GETTING
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  • BETTER ISN'T HE?"
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  • (LAUGHTER/APPLAUSE)
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  • HOLD UP YOUR BIBLES.
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  • SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT.
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  • THIS IS MY BIBLE.
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  • I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.
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  • I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.
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  • I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO.
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  • TODAY I WILL BE TAUGHT THE WORD
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  • OF GOD.
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  • I BOLDLY CONFESS: MY MIND IS
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  • ALERT.
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  • MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.
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  • I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME.
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  • GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY
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  • ABOUT SECRET FRUSTRATIONS.
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  • WE CAN BE BLESSED IN MANY AREAS,
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  • WITH GOOD HEALTH, GOOD FAMILY, A
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  • GOOD JOB, BUT THEN JUST HAVE ONE
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  • THING THAT'S NOT RIGHT.
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  • ONE TEMPTATION WE CAN'T SEEM TO
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  • OVERCOME.
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  • ONE THING IN A RELATIONSHIP
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  • THAT'S NOT FULFILLING.
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  • OR MAYBE ONE NAGGING HEALTH
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  • ISSUE.
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  • NOBODY CAN SEE IT.
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  • ON THE OUTSIDE WE SEEM FINE BUT
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  • ON THE INSIDE WE'RE FRUSTRATED.
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  • I TALKED TO A LADY LAST WEEK.
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  • SHE VOLUNTEERS AS ONE OF OUR
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  • PRAYER PARTNERS.
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  • SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAVE BEEN
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  • BELIEVING TO HAVE A BABY FOR
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  • MANY YEARS WITH NO SUCCESS.
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  • EVERY SO OFTEN DURING THE
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  • SERVICES SHE'LL PRAY FOR PEOPLE
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  • IN THAT SAME SITUATION - TO HAVE
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  • A CHILD.
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  • OVER TIME, AGAIN AND AGAIN,
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  • THEY'LL BRING THEIR BABIES BACK,
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  • SO HAPPY.
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  • SHE SEES THEIR PRAYERS BEING
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  • ANSWERED BUT HER OWN PRAYERS NOT
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  • BEING ANSWERED.
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  • SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE'S ON TOP OF
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  • THE WORLD.
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  • SHE'S BEAUTIFUL, SUCCESSFUL,
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  • GREAT HUSBAND.
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  • BUT WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE IS THIS
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  • SECRET FRUSTRATION, THAT ONE
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  • THING SHE CAN'T UNDERSTAND.
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  • LIFE IS FULL OF CONTRADICTIONS.
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  • YOU'RE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE GET
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  • WELL BUT YOU DON'T FEEL THAT
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  • WELL.
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  • YOUR COWORKERS ARE ALL BEING
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  • PROMOTED.
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  • YOU'RE WORKING JUST AS HARD,
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  • PRODUCING JUST AS MUCH, BUT
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  • NOBODY NOTICES YOU.
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  • IF WE'RE HONEST WE ALL HAVE
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  • THESE SECRET FRUSTRATIONS,
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  • THINGS THAT WE KNOW GOD COULD
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  • CHANGE.
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  • WE KNOW HE COULD OPEN THE DOOR.
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  • HE COULD REMOVE THE TEMPTATION.
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  • HE COULD GIVE US THE BABY WE'VE
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  • BEEN DREAMING ABOUT.
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  • BUT IT'S NOT HAPPENING.
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  • WE HAVE TO REALIZE GOD IS A
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  • SOVEREIGN GOD.
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  • WE'RE NOT GOING TO UNDERSTAND
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  • WHY EVERYTHING HAPPENS.
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  • THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT GOD
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  • DOESN'T REMOVE, SOME SITUATIONS
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  • HE WAITS A LONG TIME TO CHANGE.
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  • YOU HAVE TO TRUST THAT HE KNOWS
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  • WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU.
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  • EVERYTHING THAT'S NOT CHANGING,
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  • WHAT HE IS NOT REMOVING, IF YOU
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  • WILL KEEP THE RIGHT ATTITUDE, IT
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  • WON'T WORK AGAINST YOU.
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  • IT WILL WORK FOR YOU.
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  • DON'T LET THE CONTRADICTIONS OF
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  • LIFE CAUSE YOU TO BE SOUR AND
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  • GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS.
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  • THE APOSTLE PAUL WROTE OVER
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  • HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
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  • HE CAME FROM AN INFLUENTIAL
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  • FAMILY, WAS HIGHLY EDUCATED.
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  • GOD USED HIM IN INCREDIBLE WAYS.
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  • BUT AS EFFECTIVE AS PAUL WAS HE
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  • HAD THIS SECRET FRUSTRATION.
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  • HE CALLED IT A THORN IN HIS
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  • FLESH.
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  • SCHOLARS HAVE DEBATED FOR YEARS
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  • WHETHER THAT WAS A PHYSICAL
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  • CONDITION, SOME KIND OF ILLNESS,
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  • OR WHETHER IT WAS EMOTIONAL, THE
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  • PEOPLE COMING AGAINST HIM, THE
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  • PERSECUTION.
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  • BUT WHATEVER THIS THORN WAS,
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  • WHATEVER WAS BOTHERING PAUL, HE
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  • ASKED GOD THREE TIMES TO REMOVE
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  • IT.
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  • ONE VERSION SAYS, "HE IMPLORED
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  • GOD TO TAKE IT AWAY."
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  • THAT MEANS HE GAVE IT HIS BEST
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  • ARGUMENT.
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  • "GOD, YOU KNOW I'M BEING MY
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  • BEST, SERVING YOU, WRITING ALL
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  • THESE BOOKS. THE LEAST YOU
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  • COULD DO IS HEAL ME."
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  • IF ANYBODY HAD PULL WITH GOD IT
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  • WOULD HAVE BEEN PAUL.
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  • BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING IS GOD
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  • DIDN'T REMOVE THE THORN.
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  • HE SAID, "PAUL, MY GRACE IS
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  • SUFFICIENT FOR YOU. MY POWER
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  • SHOWS UP BEST IN WEAKNESS."
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  • IS THERE SOMETHING YOU'VE BEEN
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  • IMPLORING GOD TO CHANGE?
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  • SITUATION IN YOUR HEALTH, YOUR
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  • FINANCES, A RELATIONSHIP?
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  • YOU'VE ASKED AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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  • NOTHING IS IMPROVING.
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  • I'M NOT SAYING TO GIVE UP AND
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  • SETTLE THERE.
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  • WHAT I'M SAYING IS UNTIL GOD
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  • REMOVES IT DON'T LET IT STEAL
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  • YOUR JOY.
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  • DON'T LET IT SOUR YOUR LIFE.
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  • YOU HAVE THE GRACE TO BE THERE.
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  • THE RIGHT ATTITUDE IS, "I'M NOT
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  • GOING TO LET THIS SECRET
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  • FRUSTRATION, THIS THORN IN MY
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  • FLESH SO TO SPEAK, FRUSTRATE ME
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  • ANYMORE. GOD, I BELIEVE YOUR
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  • GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. I KNOW AT
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  • THE RIGHT TIME YOU WILL CHANGE
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  • IT. BUT EVEN IF YOU DON'T
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  • CHANGE IT I'M STILL GOING TO BE
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  • MY BEST AND HONOR YOU."
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND
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  • THAT IF YOUR SPOUSE NEVER
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  • CHANGES, IF YOUR HEALTH NEVER
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  • IMPROVES, IF YOU HAVE TO PUT UP
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  • WITH THAT GROUCHY BOSS THE REST
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  • OF YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE NOT GOING
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  • TO COMPLAIN.
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  • YOU ARE NOT GOING TO USE IT AS
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  • AN EXCUSE TO SLACK OFF.
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO TAP INTO THIS
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  • GRACE.
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  • IT IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU.
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  • HERE'S A KEY. DON'T STAY
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  • FOCUSED ON THE FRUSTRATION.
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  • IF PAUL WOULD HAVE GONE AROUND
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  • THINKING, "GOD, WHY WON'T YOU
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  • REMOVE THIS THORN? WHY WON'T
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  • YOU CHANGE MY CHILD? WHY WON'T
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  • YOU HELP MY BUSINESS GROW?"
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  • IF HE WOULD HAVE STAYED FOCUSED
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  • ON THE WHY'S OF LIFE HE WOULD
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  • HAVE NEVER FULFILLED HIS
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  • DESTINY.
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  • FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD WHEN LIFE
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  • DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.
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  • A MAN NAMED SMITH WIGGLESWORTH
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  • WAS ONE OF THE GREAT MINISTERS
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  • OF THE EARLY 1900'S.
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  • HE WOULD HAVE LARGE MEETINGS
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  • WHERE HE WOULD SEE HUNDREDS OF
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  • PEOPLE HEALED, ALL KINDS OF
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  • MIRACLES.
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  • BUT MOST OF WIGGLEWORTH'S LIFE
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  • HE SUFFERED FROM KIDNEY STONES.
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  • MANY TIMES HE WOULD LEAVE THE
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  • SERVICES IN SO MUCH PAIN THAT HE
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  • COULDN'T WALK.
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  • HAVE TO GO HOME, LAY ON THE
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  • FLOOR, HOUR AFTER HOUR, TRY TO
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  • GET SOME KIND OF RELIEF.
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  • HERE HE HAD JUST SEEN ALL THESE
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  • GREAT MIRACLES BUT HE DIDN'T
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  • RECEIVE HIS OWN MIRACLE.
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  • HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN BITTER.
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  • "GOD, THIS IS NOT FAIR. YOU
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  • HEALED THEM. WHY DON'T YOU
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  • HEAL ME?"
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  • NO, HE HAD THIS ATTITUDE,
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  • "YOUR GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR
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  • EVERY SITUATION. EVEN WHEN I
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  • DON'T UNDERSTAND IT. EVEN WHEN
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  • IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. GOD, I
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  • TRUST YOU. I'M NOT GOING TO LET
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  • THIS SECRET FRUSTRATION KEEP ME
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  • FROM MY DESTINY."
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  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO REACH YOUR
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  • HIGHEST POTENTIAL YOU CAN'T BE
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  • A WEAKLING. YOU HAVE TO BE A
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  • WARRIOR. THERE WILL BE THINGS
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  • YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, THINGS
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  • THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE, BUT GOD
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  • KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. HIS
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  • WAYS ARE BETTER THAN OUR WAYS.
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  • HE IS THE POTTER. WE ARE THE
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  • CLAY.
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  • WHEN IT'S TIME TO BE REMOVED
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  • HE WILL REMOVE IT.
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  • UNTIL THEN, DIG YOUR HEELS IN
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  • AND FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF
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  • FAITH. YOU HAVE THE GRACE YOU
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  • NEED FOR EVERY SITUATION.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WHEN JESUS HEALED THE MAN THAT
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  • HAD BEEN CRIPPLED FOR 38 YEARS
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  • THERE BY THE POOL OF BETHESDA
  • 00:07:16.150 --> 00:07:18.080
  • HE TOLD HIM TO GET UP, TAKE UP
  • 00:07:18.080 --> 00:07:20.110
  • HIS BED AND WALK. I BELIEVE IT
  • 00:07:20.110 --> 00:07:22.200
  • WAS SIGNIFICANT THAT HE ASKED
  • 00:07:22.200 --> 00:07:24.190
  • HIM TO TAKE HIS BED WITH HIM.
  • 00:07:24.190 --> 00:07:27.180
  • HE DIDN'T NEED IT ANYMORE AFTER
  • 00:07:27.180 --> 00:07:28.260
  • ALL.
  • 00:07:28.260 --> 00:07:30.040
  • BUT GOD WAS SAYING, "THIS THING
  • 00:07:30.040 --> 00:07:31.260
  • THAT'S HELD YOU BACK, THIS THING
  • 00:07:31.260 --> 00:07:34.090
  • THAT'S KEPT YOU FROM BEING YOUR
  • 00:07:34.090 --> 00:07:35.220
  • BEST FOR SO MANY YEARS, I WANT
  • 00:07:35.220 --> 00:07:37.160
  • YOU TO TAKE IT WITH YOU AS A
  • 00:07:37.160 --> 00:07:39.210
  • REMINDER OF WHAT I'VE DONE IN
  • 00:07:39.210 --> 00:07:41.210
  • YOUR LIFE."
  • 00:07:41.210 --> 00:07:43.150
  • EVEN THOUGH HE COULD WALK,
  • 00:07:43.150 --> 00:07:45.110
  • EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN'T NEED THE
  • 00:07:45.110 --> 00:07:46.240
  • BED, IT REMAINED A PART OF HIS
  • 00:07:46.240 --> 00:07:48.160
  • LIFE. IT WAS A CONTRADICTION.
  • 00:07:48.230 --> 00:07:51.230
  • "I'M HEALED. I'M HEALTHY. I CAN
  • 00:07:51.230 --> 00:07:53.090
  • WALK. BUT I'VE STILL GOT MY
  • 00:07:53.090 --> 00:07:54.180
  • BED."
  • 00:07:54.180 --> 00:07:56.140
  • I CAN IMAGINE HIM GOING TO HELP
  • 00:07:56.140 --> 00:07:57.140
  • SOMEONE ELSE THAT WAS
  • 00:07:57.140 --> 00:07:58.100
  • STRUGGLING. THEY LOOK AT HIM
  • 00:07:58.100 --> 00:07:59.210
  • AND SAY, "HOW CAN YOU HELP ME?
  • 00:07:59.210 --> 00:08:02.060
  • YOU'VE STILL GOT THE BED.
  • 00:08:02.060 --> 00:08:03.180
  • YOU'RE STILL CARRYING AROUND
  • 00:08:03.180 --> 00:08:04.220
  • THAT THING THAT HELD YOU BACK."
  • 00:08:04.220 --> 00:08:05.250
  • HE SAID, "NO. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU
  • 00:08:05.250 --> 00:08:07.020
  • THINK. IT'S NOT A LIMITATION TO
  • 00:08:07.020 --> 00:08:09.130
  • SLOW ME DOWN. IT'S A TESTIMONY
  • 00:08:09.200 --> 00:08:12.200
  • OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN MY
  • 00:08:12.200 --> 00:08:13.270
  • LIFE." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:08:13.270 --> 00:08:15.190
  • "THIS BED MAY LOOK LIKE A
  • 00:08:15.190 --> 00:08:17.110
  • LIABILITY, BUT REALLY, IT'S AN
  • 00:08:17.110 --> 00:08:19.240
  • ASSET. EVERY TIME I SEE IT, IT
  • 00:08:19.240 --> 00:08:22.110
  • REMINDS ME TO GIVE GOD PRAISE.
  • 00:08:22.110 --> 00:08:24.260
  • IT REMINDS ME WHERE HE BROUGHT
  • 00:08:24.260 --> 00:08:26.070
  • ME FROM. IT REMINDS ME THAT IF
  • 00:08:26.070 --> 00:08:28.090
  • HE DID IT FOR ME ONCE HE CAN DO
  • 00:08:28.090 --> 00:08:29.270
  • IT FOR ME AGAIN." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:08:29.270 --> 00:08:31.190
  • WHAT AM I SAYING?
  • 00:08:31.190 --> 00:08:32.290
  • EVEN THOUGH GOD FREES YOU
  • 00:08:32.290 --> 00:08:34.270
  • FROM CERTAIN THINGS YOU MAY
  • 00:08:34.270 --> 00:08:36.130
  • STILL HAVE YOUR BED. YOU MAY
  • 00:08:36.130 --> 00:08:38.150
  • STILL BE TEMPTED IN THAT SAME
  • 00:08:38.150 --> 00:08:40.160
  • AREA. THE WEAKNESS, THE
  • 00:08:40.160 --> 00:08:42.140
  • LIMITATION, MAY NOT TOTALLY GO
  • 00:08:42.140 --> 00:08:44.010
  • AWAY. BUT ONE REASON GOD
  • 00:08:44.010 --> 00:08:46.100
  • DOESN'T REMOVE THE BED TOTALLY.
  • 00:08:46.100 --> 00:08:48.170
  • NOT TO SLOW YOU DOWN, GIVE
  • 00:08:48.170 --> 00:08:50.050
  • YOU AN EXCUSE TO GO BACK.
  • 00:08:50.050 --> 00:08:51.200
  • BUT RATHER, TO REMIND YOU
  • 00:08:51.200 --> 00:08:53.170
  • OF WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
  • 00:08:53.170 --> 00:08:55.260
  • THAT BED IS NOT THERE TO
  • 00:08:55.260 --> 00:08:57.000
  • DISCOURAGE YOU BUT TO INSPIRE
  • 00:08:57.000 --> 00:08:58.090
  • YOU.
  • 00:08:58.090 --> 00:09:00.070
  • I'VE BEEN MINISTERING NOW FOR
  • 00:09:00.070 --> 00:09:01.190
  • CLOSE TO FIFTEEN YEARS.
  • 00:09:01.190 --> 00:09:03.110
  • WHEN I STARTED I WAS SO NERVOUS
  • 00:09:03.110 --> 00:09:05.070
  • AND INTIMIDATED.
  • 00:09:05.070 --> 00:09:07.120
  • I WAS INSECURE. I DIDN'T REALLY
  • 00:09:07.120 --> 00:09:09.070
  • FEEL QUALIFIED. OVER THE LAST
  • 00:09:09.070 --> 00:09:11.080
  • FEW YEARS OF COURSE I'VE GROWN,
  • 00:09:11.080 --> 00:09:12.290
  • BECOME MORE CONFIDENT.
  • 00:09:12.290 --> 00:09:14.100
  • BUT THE TRUTH IS GOD DIDN'T MAKE
  • 00:09:14.100 --> 00:09:16.240
  • ME INTO A DIFFERENT PERSON.
  • 00:09:16.240 --> 00:09:18.290
  • WHEN I GET UP HERE YOU MAY NOT
  • 00:09:18.290 --> 00:09:20.150
  • SEE IT BUT I STILL HAVE MY BED.
  • 00:09:20.150 --> 00:09:23.030
  • THOSE WEAKNESSES, THOSE
  • 00:09:23.030 --> 00:09:24.120
  • LIMITATIONS, COME BACK FROM
  • 00:09:24.120 --> 00:09:26.000
  • TIME TO TIME. BUT I DON'T SEE
  • 00:09:26.000 --> 00:09:27.260
  • THEM THE SAME WAY. THEY DON'T
  • 00:09:27.260 --> 00:09:29.270
  • INTIMIDATE ME. THEY REMIND ME
  • 00:09:29.270 --> 00:09:32.190
  • OF MY DEPENDENCY ON GOD.
  • 00:09:32.190 --> 00:09:34.220
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:09:34.220 --> 00:09:36.210
  • ANOTHER REASON GOD DOESN'T
  • 00:09:36.210 --> 00:09:38.180
  • TOTALLY REMOVE THE BED BECAUSE
  • 00:09:38.180 --> 00:09:40.250
  • IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT ALL
  • 00:09:40.250 --> 00:09:42.070
  • ON YOUR OWN AND YOU'VE GOT IT
  • 00:09:42.070 --> 00:09:43.270
  • ALL FIGURED OUT. YOU DON'T NEED
  • 00:09:43.270 --> 00:09:45.090
  • HIS HELP. BEFORE LONG YOU'LL BE
  • 00:09:45.090 --> 00:09:46.260
  • RIGHT BACK TO WHERE YOU WERE.
  • 00:09:46.260 --> 00:09:48.250
  • BUT IF YOU'LL SEE THE WEAKNESS,
  • 00:09:48.250 --> 00:09:50.260
  • THE TEMPTATION, AS A REMINDER TO
  • 00:09:50.260 --> 00:09:52.180
  • ASK GOD FOR HIS HELP, TO SHOW
  • 00:09:52.180 --> 00:09:54.270
  • YOUR DEPENDENCY ON HIM,
  • 00:09:54.270 --> 00:09:57.010
  • THEN YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RISE
  • 00:09:57.010 --> 00:09:58.130
  • HIGHER IN SPITE OF WHAT COMES
  • 00:09:58.130 --> 00:09:59.280
  • AGAINST YOU. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:09:59.280 --> 00:10:02.090
  • NOW I CAN SAY I'VE GOT MY BED
  • 00:10:02.090 --> 00:10:03.180
  • I'M THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:10:03.180 --> 00:10:05.170
  • I'VE GOT MY BED BUT I'M LIVING
  • 00:10:05.170 --> 00:10:06.190
  • HEALTHY, HAPPY, VICTORIOUSLY.
  • 00:10:06.190 --> 00:10:09.130
  • THE OLD TESTAMENT, GOD TOLD
  • 00:10:09.130 --> 00:10:11.050
  • MOSES TO GO TELL PHARAOH TO
  • 00:10:11.050 --> 00:10:12.200
  • LET THE PEOPLE GO. MOSES SAID,
  • 00:10:12.200 --> 00:10:15.060
  • "GOD, HOW WILL HE KNOW THAT
  • 00:10:15.060 --> 00:10:17.130
  • YOU SENT ME? I DON'T COME FROM
  • 00:10:17.130 --> 00:10:19.030
  • AN INFLUENTIAL FAMILY. WHAT
  • 00:10:19.030 --> 00:10:20.200
  • MAKES YOU THINK PHARAOH IS
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:22.000
  • GOING TO LISTEN TO ME?"
  • 00:10:22.000 --> 00:10:23.150
  • GOD TOLD MOSES TO THROW HIS
  • 00:10:23.150 --> 00:10:24.210
  • STAFF ON THE GROUND. WHEN HE
  • 00:10:24.210 --> 00:10:26.280
  • DID IT TURNED INTO A SNAKE.
  • 00:10:26.280 --> 00:10:29.020
  • HE PICKED IT BACK UP AND IT
  • 00:10:29.020 --> 00:10:30.100
  • TURNED BACK INTO A STAFF.
  • 00:10:30.100 --> 00:10:32.250
  • HE TOLD HIM TO PUT HIS ARM IN
  • 00:10:32.250 --> 00:10:34.090
  • HIS COAT AND WHEN HE PULLED IT
  • 00:10:34.090 --> 00:10:35.200
  • OUT IT WAS FILLED WITH LEPROSY.
  • 00:10:35.200 --> 00:10:38.120
  • HE PUT IT IN. PULLED IT BACK
  • 00:10:38.120 --> 00:10:39.040
  • OUT. IT WAS CLEAN AS CAN BE.
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:41.080
  • GOD WAS SHOWING HIM THESE
  • 00:10:41.080 --> 00:10:42.250
  • SIGNS SO HE WOULD GO IN WITH
  • 00:10:42.250 --> 00:10:44.120
  • CONFIDENCE KNOWING THAT
  • 00:10:44.120 --> 00:10:46.000
  • PHARAOH WOULD LISTEN TO HIM.
  • 00:10:46.000 --> 00:10:47.290
  • BUT MOSES HAD ANOTHER CONCERN.
  • 00:10:47.290 --> 00:10:50.150
  • HE SAID, "GOD, I CAN'T STAND
  • 00:10:50.150 --> 00:10:51.160
  • BEFORE PHARAOH. I STUTTER.
  • 00:10:51.160 --> 00:10:53.250
  • I'VE GOT A PROBLEM WITH MY
  • 00:10:53.250 --> 00:10:54.230
  • SPEECH."
  • 00:10:54.230 --> 00:10:56.050
  • YOU WOULD THINK SINCE GOD JUST
  • 00:10:56.050 --> 00:10:57.280
  • SHOWED HIM THESE GREAT
  • 00:10:57.280 --> 00:10:59.030
  • MIRACULOUS SIGNS GOD WOULD
  • 00:10:59.030 --> 00:11:01.060
  • SIMPLY TOUCH HIS TONGUE, MAKE
  • 00:11:01.060 --> 00:11:02.200
  • HIM NORMAL, TAKE AWAY THE
  • 00:11:02.200 --> 00:11:04.110
  • STUTTERING.
  • 00:11:04.110 --> 00:11:06.040
  • BUT GOD DIDN'T DO THAT.
  • 00:11:06.040 --> 00:11:07.260
  • HE DIDN'T REMOVE THE PROBLEM.
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:09.240
  • HE WAS SAYING TO MOSES WHAT HE
  • 00:11:09.240 --> 00:11:11.080
  • SAID TO PAUL.
  • 00:11:11.080 --> 00:11:12.210
  • "MY POWER SHOWS UP BEST IN
  • 00:11:12.210 --> 00:11:14.220
  • WEAKNESSES. AND MOSES, IF I
  • 00:11:14.220 --> 00:11:16.230
  • NEEDED TO REMOVE THAT
  • 00:11:16.230 --> 00:11:18.020
  • STUTTERING SO THAT YOU COULD
  • 00:11:18.020 --> 00:11:19.280
  • FULFILL YOUR DESTINY I WOULD
  • 00:11:19.280 --> 00:11:21.100
  • HAVE REMOVED IT."
  • 00:11:21.100 --> 00:11:23.040
  • ARE YOU WAITING FOR GOD TO
  • 00:11:23.040 --> 00:11:24.210
  • REMOVE SOMETHING BEFORE YOU
  • 00:11:24.210 --> 00:11:26.070
  • CAN BE HAPPY? BEFORE YOU CAN
  • 00:11:26.070 --> 00:11:28.150
  • PURSUE A DREAM? BEFORE YOU
  • 00:11:28.150 --> 00:11:29.230
  • CAN FINISH SCHOOL?
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:31.130
  • NO, IF GOD HASN'T REMOVED IT
  • 00:11:31.130 --> 00:11:33.000
  • IT'S NOT AN ACCIDENT. YOU DON'T
  • 00:11:33.000 --> 00:11:35.080
  • HAVE TO PUT YOUR LIFE ON HOLD
  • 00:11:35.080 --> 00:11:37.070
  • BECAUSE YOU HAVE A SECRET
  • 00:11:37.070 --> 00:11:38.230
  • FRUSTRATION. YOU HAVE
  • 00:11:38.230 --> 00:11:40.040
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO FULFILL
  • 00:11:40.040 --> 00:11:42.030
  • YOUR DESTINY. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:11:42.030 --> 00:11:44.280
  • THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT
  • 00:11:44.280 --> 00:11:46.000
  • HOW WE HAVE TREASURE IN
  • 00:11:46.000 --> 00:11:47.030
  • THESE EARTHEN VESSELS.
  • 00:11:47.030 --> 00:11:49.190
  • ALL OF US HAVE IMPERFECTIONS
  • 00:11:49.190 --> 00:11:51.260
  • IN OUR CLAY VESSELS. IN OTHER
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:54.010
  • WORDS, THERE'S PROBABLY AT
  • 00:11:54.010 --> 00:11:55.240
  • LEAST ONE THING THAT GOD IS NOT
  • 00:11:55.240 --> 00:11:57.250
  • REMOVING THAT WE COULD EASILY
  • 00:11:57.250 --> 00:11:59.200
  • BE IRRITATED BY, LIVE
  • 00:11:59.200 --> 00:12:01.060
  • FRUSTRATED.
  • 00:12:01.060 --> 00:12:02.160
  • "JOEL, IF I DIDN'T HAVE THIS
  • 00:12:02.160 --> 00:12:03.190
  • BACK PAIN OR HAVE TO STRUGGLE
  • 00:12:03.190 --> 00:12:05.060
  • WITH THIS WEIGHT ISSUE. THEN I
  • 00:12:05.060 --> 00:12:06.290
  • HAVE THIS COWORKER THAT GETS
  • 00:12:06.290 --> 00:12:08.090
  • ON MY NERVES. THIS LEGAL
  • 00:12:08.090 --> 00:12:09.100
  • PROBLEM."
  • 00:12:09.100 --> 00:12:11.050
  • OR HOW ABOUT, "IF I HADN'T OF
  • 00:12:11.050 --> 00:12:12.190
  • GONE THROUGH A BAD CHILDHOOD,
  • 00:12:12.190 --> 00:12:13.230
  • THE DIVORCE, THE HURT, THE
  • 00:12:13.230 --> 00:12:15.070
  • PAIN."
  • 00:12:15.070 --> 00:12:16.080
  • WHATEVER YOUR THORN IS GOD IS
  • 00:12:16.080 --> 00:12:18.230
  • SAYING TO US WHAT HE SAID TO
  • 00:12:18.230 --> 00:12:20.110
  • PAUL. "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT."
  • 00:12:20.110 --> 00:12:23.090
  • QUIT FIGHTING IT. QUIT LETTING
  • 00:12:23.090 --> 00:12:25.070
  • IT STEAL YOUR JOY. WHEN IT'S
  • 00:12:25.070 --> 00:12:27.000
  • TIME TO BE REMOVED GOD WILL
  • 00:12:27.000 --> 00:12:28.270
  • REMOVE IT. UNTIL THEN TAP INTO
  • 00:12:28.270 --> 00:12:30.260
  • THIS GRACE.
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:32.190
  • "GOD, MY LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS.
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:35.030
  • YOU KNOW WHAT I WANT. YOU KNOW
  • 00:12:35.030 --> 00:12:37.000
  • MY DREAMS. YOU KNOW WHAT'S
  • 00:12:37.000 --> 00:12:38.290
  • BOTHERING ME. I MAY NOT
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:40.290
  • UNDERSTAND IT. IT MAY NOT MAKE
  • 00:12:40.290 --> 00:12:42.190
  • SENSE, BUT GOD, I TRUST YOU."
  • 00:12:42.190 --> 00:12:45.080
  • HERE'S A KEY. IF GOD IS NOT
  • 00:12:45.080 --> 00:12:47.290
  • REMOVING IT IT'S NOT AN
  • 00:12:47.290 --> 00:12:49.240
  • ACCIDENT. THERE IS A REASON.
  • 00:12:49.240 --> 00:12:52.120
  • PAUL THOUGHT THE THORN IN HIS
  • 00:12:52.120 --> 00:12:53.220
  • FLESH WAS TO KEEP HIM FROM
  • 00:12:53.220 --> 00:12:55.140
  • BEING PUFFED UP AND TOO PROUD.
  • 00:12:55.140 --> 00:12:57.070
  • MAYBE THAT WAS TRUE. ONLY GOD
  • 00:12:57.070 --> 00:12:58.090
  • KNOWS. BUT THAT SECRET
  • 00:12:58.090 --> 00:12:59.230
  • FRUSTRATION MAY JUST BE A TIME
  • 00:12:59.230 --> 00:13:02.160
  • OF TESTING WHERE YOU HAVE TO
  • 00:13:02.160 --> 00:13:04.180
  • PROVE TO GOD THAT YOU'RE GOING
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:06.130
  • TO BE CONTENT AND DO YOUR BEST
  • 00:13:06.130 --> 00:13:08.200
  • EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT GOING YOUR
  • 00:13:08.200 --> 00:13:10.090
  • WAY. YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:12.020
  • GIVING EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE NOT
  • 00:13:12.020 --> 00:13:13.160
  • RECEIVING. YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:15.110
  • HONORING HIM EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE
  • 00:13:15.110 --> 00:13:17.280
  • NOT SEEING THINGS CHANGE.
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:20.230
  • GOD COULD BE USING THAT TO
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:21.220
  • GROW YOU UP AND DEVELOP
  • 00:13:21.220 --> 00:13:23.150
  • YOUR CHARACTER.
  • 00:13:23.150 --> 00:13:25.070
  • SOME THINGS WE CAN ONLY LEARN
  • 00:13:25.070 --> 00:13:27.060
  • THROUGH EXPERIENCE. YOU CAN'T
  • 00:13:27.060 --> 00:13:29.060
  • LEARN THROUGH READING A BOOK,
  • 00:13:29.060 --> 00:13:30.110
  • LISTENING TO A MESSAGE.
  • 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:31.210
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "OUR
  • 00:13:31.210 --> 00:13:32.250
  • FAITH IS TRIED IN THE FIRE OF
  • 00:13:32.250 --> 00:13:35.000
  • AFFLICTION."
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:36.240
  • THAT'S WHERE OUR SPIRITUAL
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:37.200
  • MUSCLES ARE DEVELOPED.
  • 00:13:37.200 --> 00:13:39.180
  • YOU CAN'T GET STRONGER IF
  • 00:13:39.180 --> 00:13:40.270
  • YOU'RE NOT PUT UNDER ANY
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:42.160
  • PRESSURE. YOU HAVE TO WORK
  • 00:13:42.160 --> 00:13:44.050
  • OUT, EXERCISE YOUR FAITH.
  • 00:13:44.050 --> 00:13:46.260
  • IT MAY NOT BE COMFORTABLE.
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:48.180
  • YOU MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT IF
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:50.030
  • YOU'LL STICK WITH IT IT'S NOT
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:51.130
  • WORKING AGAINST YOU. IT'S
  • 00:13:51.130 --> 00:13:52.290
  • WORKING FOR YOU. YOU'RE
  • 00:13:52.290 --> 00:13:54.180
  • GROWING. YOU'RE COMING UP
  • 00:13:54.180 --> 00:13:56.090
  • HIGHER. YOU'RE GETTING
  • 00:13:56.090 --> 00:13:57.060
  • PREPARED FOR NEW LEVELS.
  • 00:13:57.060 --> 00:13:59.280
  • SEE, YOU CAN'T BE PROMOTED
  • 00:13:59.280 --> 00:14:01.250
  • WITHOUT PREPARATION.
  • 00:14:01.250 --> 00:14:04.050
  • GOD WON'T GIVE YOU A 100 POUND
  • 00:14:04.050 --> 00:14:06.060
  • BLESSING IF HE KNOWS YOU CAN
  • 00:14:06.060 --> 00:14:08.120
  • ONLY LIFT 50 POUNDS. IF HE GAVE
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:10.260
  • YOU THE 100 POUNDS IT WOULDN'T
  • 00:14:10.260 --> 00:14:12.190
  • BE A BLESSING. IT WOULD BE A
  • 00:14:12.190 --> 00:14:14.100
  • BURDEN. IT WOULDN'T HELP YOU.
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:16.030
  • IT WOULD HURT YOU.
  • 00:14:16.030 --> 00:14:17.060
  • HE'S GOT TO GET YOU PREPARED.
  • 00:14:17.060 --> 00:14:19.230
  • YOUR GIFTS CAN TAKE YOU TO A
  • 00:14:19.230 --> 00:14:20.290
  • CERTAIN LEVEL BUT IF YOU DON'T
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:22.280
  • HAVE THE CHARACTER TO MATCH
  • 00:14:22.280 --> 00:14:24.130
  • YOU WON'T STAY THERE VERY LONG.
  • 00:14:24.130 --> 00:14:27.010
  • CHARACTER IS DEVELOPED IN THE
  • 00:14:27.010 --> 00:14:28.220
  • TOUGH TIMES. WHEN WE'RE NOT
  • 00:14:28.220 --> 00:14:30.160
  • GETTING OUR WAY BUT WE KEEP
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:32.070
  • DOING THE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:14:32.070 --> 00:14:34.080
  • LIKE PAUL, WE'VE ASKED GOD A
  • 00:14:34.080 --> 00:14:35.260
  • LOT MORE THAN THREE TIMES TO
  • 00:14:35.260 --> 00:14:37.030
  • REMOVE IT. "GOD, GET THIS
  • 00:14:37.030 --> 00:14:38.200
  • PERSON OUT OF MY LIFE THAT GETS
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:40.000
  • ON MY NERVES."
  • 00:14:40.000 --> 00:14:41.070
  • "GOD, GIVE ME THAT CHILD."
  • 00:14:41.070 --> 00:14:42.280
  • "GOD, CHANGE MY SPOUSE."
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:45.100
  • NO, WHILE GOD IS CHANGING IT,
  • 00:14:45.100 --> 00:14:47.210
  • UNTIL HE REMOVES IT, IF YOU WILL
  • 00:14:47.210 --> 00:14:49.120
  • STAY IN FAITH, NOT GET BITTER,
  • 00:14:49.120 --> 00:14:51.270
  • NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS,
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:54.060
  • HERE'S THE BEAUTY.
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:55.090
  • EVEN IF THE SITUATION DOESN'T
  • 00:14:55.090 --> 00:14:57.080
  • CHANGE YOU WILL CHANGE.
  • 00:14:57.080 --> 00:14:59.230
  • GOD IS GROWING YOU UP, GETTING
  • 00:14:59.230 --> 00:15:01.100
  • YOU PREPARED FOR NEW LEVELS
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:03.070
  • OF YOUR DESTINY. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:15:03.070 --> 00:15:05.220
  • I'VE LEARNED YOUR CHARACTER IS
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:07.120
  • MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR
  • 00:15:07.120 --> 00:15:08.170
  • TALENT. YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE
  • 00:15:08.170 --> 00:15:10.240
  • TALENT IN THE WORLD BUT IF YOU
  • 00:15:10.240 --> 00:15:12.260
  • DON'T HAVE STRONG CHARACTER
  • 00:15:12.260 --> 00:15:14.110
  • YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GO VERY
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:15.120
  • FAR. WE CAN ALL TRUST GOD IN
  • 00:15:15.120 --> 00:15:17.200
  • THE GOOD TIMES. THAT'S EASY.
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:20.030
  • I'M ASKING YOU CAN YOU TRUST
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:21.210
  • HIM WITH THE SECRET
  • 00:15:21.210 --> 00:15:23.080
  • FRUSTRATIONS, THE THINGS THAT
  • 00:15:23.080 --> 00:15:25.050
  • ARE NOT CHANGING? YOU PRAYED
  • 00:15:25.050 --> 00:15:26.260
  • AND BELIEVED BUT HE IS NOT
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:28.030
  • REMOVING IT. THE QUESTION IS
  • 00:15:28.030 --> 00:15:30.250
  • NOT ONLY CAN YOU TRUST GOD,
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:33.010
  • BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, CAN GOD
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:35.160
  • TRUST YOU? WILL YOU PASS THE
  • 00:15:35.160 --> 00:15:37.020
  • TEST, STAY IN FAITH EVEN WHEN
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:39.180
  • YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IT?
  • 00:15:39.180 --> 00:15:41.170
  • MY PARENTS STARTED LAKEWOOD
  • 00:15:41.170 --> 00:15:43.000
  • CHURCH WITH 90 PEOPLE IN 1959.
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:46.020
  • A FEW YEARS LATER MY FATHER
  • 00:15:46.020 --> 00:15:47.270
  • PUT SOMEBODY ELSE IN CHARGE
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:50.000
  • SO HE COULD LEAVE THE CHURCH
  • 00:15:50.000 --> 00:15:51.170
  • AND TRAVEL THE WORLD. HE WOULD
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.130
  • GO HOLD THESE LARGE CRUSADES
  • 00:15:53.130 --> 00:15:55.220
  • - 50.000 PEOPLE - IN OTHER
  • 00:15:55.220 --> 00:15:57.040
  • COUNTRIES. HE WAS LIVING HIS
  • 00:15:57.040 --> 00:15:58.210
  • DREAM. LIFE WAS GOOD.
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:16:00.180
  • BUT AROUND 1966, HE KNEW HE
  • 00:16:00.180 --> 00:16:03.140
  • WAS SUPPOSED TO COME BACK AND
  • 00:16:03.140 --> 00:16:04.230
  • PASTOR LAKEWOOD ONCE AGAIN.
  • 00:16:04.230 --> 00:16:07.170
  • MY MOM SAID, "JOHN, WHEN HOUSTON
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:09.090
  • HEARS YOU'RE BACK THEY'RE GOING
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:10.190
  • TO COME OUT BY THE THOUSANDS."
  • 00:16:10.190 --> 00:16:12.200
  • WELL, HOUSTON HEARD BUT
  • 00:16:12.200 --> 00:16:13.130
  • HOUSTON DIDN'T CARE. THEY
  • 00:16:13.130 --> 00:16:15.040
  • STAYED AWAY BY THE THOUSANDS.
  • 00:16:15.040 --> 00:16:16.130
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:17.210
  • NOW, INSTEAD OF SPEAKING TO BIG
  • 00:16:17.210 --> 00:16:19.050
  • CROWDS LIKE MY DAD WAS USED
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:20.240
  • TO HE WAS SPEAKING TO THESE
  • 00:16:20.240 --> 00:16:22.160
  • 90 PEOPLE, THREE TIMES A WEEK,
  • 00:16:22.160 --> 00:16:25.060
  • YEAR AFTER YEAR. HE THOUGHT,
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:27.030
  • "GOD, I KNOW I HAVE MORE IN ME.
  • 00:16:27.030 --> 00:16:29.150
  • I'M BEING MY BEST. I'M HONORING
  • 00:16:29.150 --> 00:16:31.050
  • YOU BUT NOTHING IS CHANGING.
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:33.150
  • I'M NOT SEEING ANY GROWTH."
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:35.130
  • A SECRET FRUSTRATION.
  • 00:16:35.130 --> 00:16:37.150
  • BUT WHAT MY FATHER DIDN'T
  • 00:16:37.150 --> 00:16:38.180
  • REALIZE IS SOMETHING WAS
  • 00:16:38.180 --> 00:16:40.090
  • CHANGING. NOT THE SIZE OF THE
  • 00:16:40.090 --> 00:16:42.130
  • CONGREGATION. HE WAS CHANGING.
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:45.180
  • HE WAS DEVELOPING CHARACTER.
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:46.200
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:16:46.200 --> 00:16:47.270
  • HE WAS PROVING TO GOD THAT HE
  • 00:16:47.270 --> 00:16:49.100
  • WOULD BE FAITHFUL IN THE TOUGH
  • 00:16:49.100 --> 00:16:50.150
  • TIMES.
  • 00:16:50.150 --> 00:16:51.290
  • IF YOU'RE NOT FAITHFUL IN THE
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:53.070
  • WILDERNESS HOW CAN GOD TRUST
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:55.080
  • YOU TO BE FAITHFUL IN THE
  • 00:16:55.080 --> 00:16:56.130
  • PROMISED LAND?
  • 00:16:56.130 --> 00:16:58.130
  • MY FATHER, ON THE OUTSIDE, WAS
  • 00:16:58.130 --> 00:17:00.160
  • HAPPY, GAVE HIS BEST TO THOSE 90
  • 00:17:00.160 --> 00:17:02.220
  • PEOPLE BUT DEEP DOWN HE HAD TO
  • 00:17:02.220 --> 00:17:04.270
  • DEAL WITH THIS SECRET
  • 00:17:04.270 --> 00:17:06.220
  • FRUSTRATION.
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:08.080
  • IN 1972, IT WAS LIKE GOD OPENED
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:10.040
  • UP A FAUCET. PEOPLE STARTED
  • 00:17:10.040 --> 00:17:12.010
  • COMING TO LAKEWOOD FROM ALL
  • 00:17:12.010 --> 00:17:13.150
  • OVER THE CITY, GREW AND GREW TO
  • 00:17:13.150 --> 00:17:15.070
  • A CHURCH OF THOUSANDS.
  • 00:17:15.070 --> 00:17:16.230
  • STILL GROWING TODAY.
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:18.150
  • BUT MAYBE LIKE MY FATHER YOU'RE
  • 00:17:18.150 --> 00:17:19.210
  • DOING THE RIGHT THING BUT NOT
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:20.290
  • SEEING ANY GROWTH, NOT BEING
  • 00:17:20.290 --> 00:17:22.250
  • PROMOTED. IT'S FRUSTRATING.
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:24.200
  • IT MAY NOT LOOK LIKE ANYTHING
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:27.070
  • IS HAPPENING ON THE OUTSIDE BUT
  • 00:17:27.070 --> 00:17:28.240
  • IF YOU'LL KEEP BEING YOUR BEST
  • 00:17:28.240 --> 00:17:29.260
  • SOMETHING IS HAPPENING ON
  • 00:17:29.260 --> 00:17:31.110
  • THE INSIDE. GOD IS CHANGING
  • 00:17:31.110 --> 00:17:33.140
  • YOU. HE IS GROWING YOU UP.
  • 00:17:33.140 --> 00:17:35.230
  • HE IS GETTING YOU PREPARED.
  • 00:17:35.230 --> 00:17:37.150
  • NOW, KEEP DOING THE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:17:37.150 --> 00:17:39.210
  • KEEP BEING GOOD TO OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:41.190
  • KEEP HAVING THAT SPIRIT OF
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:43.030
  • EXCELLENCE.
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:44.180
  • TOO MANY PEOPLE LET THESE
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:45.190
  • SECRET FRUSTRATIONS CAUSE
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:47.060
  • THEM TO GET BITTER, GIVE UP ON
  • 00:17:47.060 --> 00:17:48.280
  • THEIR DREAMS, LOSE THEIR
  • 00:17:48.280 --> 00:17:50.180
  • PASSION. RECOGNIZE IT'S A TEST.
  • 00:17:51.070 --> 00:17:54.070
  • IF YOU WILL STAY IN FAITH GOD
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:55.220
  • WILL GET YOU TO WHERE YOU'RE
  • 00:17:55.220 --> 00:17:56.180
  • SUPPOSED TO BE.
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:17:58.130
  • GENESIS 29, THERE IS THE STORY
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:01.050
  • OF TWO SISTERS - RACHEL AND
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:03.000
  • LEAH. WHEN A YOUNG MAN NAMED
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:05.060
  • JACOB SAW RACHEL HE FELL HEAD
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:08.070
  • OVER HEELS FOR HER. IT WAS LOVE
  • 00:18:08.070 --> 00:18:10.040
  • AT FIRST SIGHT. YOU SEE, RACHEL
  • 00:18:10.040 --> 00:18:12.120
  • WAS EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE.
  • 00:18:12.120 --> 00:18:15.040
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "SHE WAS
  • 00:18:15.040 --> 00:18:16.220
  • BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY WAY WITH A
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:18.290
  • LOVELY FACE AND A SHAPELY
  • 00:18:18.290 --> 00:18:20.120
  • FIGURE."
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:22.050
  • LET ME TELL YOU, WHEN GOD SAYS
  • 00:18:22.050 --> 00:18:23.220
  • YOU'RE FINE, YOU ARE BAD TO
  • 00:18:23.220 --> 00:18:24.270
  • THE BONE. (LAUGHTER) RACHEL
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.250
  • HAD IT GOING ON. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:18:27.160 --> 00:18:30.160
  • JACOB, HE DIDN'T EVEN THINK
  • 00:18:30.160 --> 00:18:31.100
  • TWICE. HE WENT STRAIGHT TO HER
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:32.170
  • DAD, LABAN, AND SAID, "CAN I
  • 00:18:32.170 --> 00:18:34.040
  • MARRY YOUR DAUGHTER?"
  • 00:18:34.040 --> 00:18:36.130
  • LABAN SAID, "YES, YOU CAN. BUT
  • 00:18:36.130 --> 00:18:38.050
  • YOU HAVE TO FIRST WORK FOR ME
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:39.240
  • FOR SEVEN YEARS." HE WORKED
  • 00:18:39.240 --> 00:18:41.140
  • THOSE SEVEN YEARS, WAS SO
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:42.230
  • EXCITED. BUT LABAN TRICKED
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:44.130
  • JACOB. AT THE WEDDING, IN THOSE
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:46.290
  • DAYS, THEY WORE VERY THICK
  • 00:18:46.290 --> 00:18:48.090
  • VEILS. YOU COULDN'T TELL WHO
  • 00:18:48.090 --> 00:18:50.030
  • WAS IN THERE. AND OF COURSE
  • 00:18:50.030 --> 00:18:51.280
  • HE THOUGHT IT WAS RACHEL BUT
  • 00:18:51.280 --> 00:18:53.190
  • IN FACT IT WAS LEAH.
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:56.020
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "LEAH HAD
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:57.180
  • WEAK EYES AND WAS DULL
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:18:59.170
  • LOOKING." (LAUGHTER) I'M NOT
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:01.170
  • SURE WHAT WEAK EYES MEANS
  • 00:19:01.170 --> 00:19:03.250
  • BUT I KNOW WHAT DULL LOOKING
  • 00:19:03.250 --> 00:19:05.000
  • IS. (LAUGHTER) I'VE GOT A
  • 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:06.290
  • BROTHER NAMED PAUL. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:09.100
  • I COULDN'T RESIST.
  • 00:19:11.280 --> 00:19:14.280
  • NO OFFENSE TO LEAH BUT RACHEL
  • 00:19:14.280 --> 00:19:17.010
  • GOT THE LOOKS IN THE FAMILY.
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:19.250
  • SO AT THE WEDDING JACOB HAD A
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:21.200
  • LITTLE TOO MUCH TO DRINK.
  • 00:19:21.200 --> 00:19:23.040
  • HE WOKE UP THE NEXT MORNING,
  • 00:19:23.040 --> 00:19:25.020
  • LOOKED OVER IN BED AND THERE WAS
  • 00:19:25.020 --> 00:19:27.020
  • WEAK EYES STARING BACK AT HIM.
  • 00:19:27.020 --> 00:19:29.000
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:19:29.000 --> 00:19:29.290
  • HE NEARLY PASSED OUT.
  • 00:19:29.290 --> 00:19:31.080
  • HE RAN TO LABAN'S HOUSE.
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:32.140
  • "WHAT DO YOU MEAN? THIS IS NOT
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:33.260
  • THE DEAL WE CUT. I WANTED
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:35.140
  • RACHEL, NOT LEAH." HE SAID,
  • 00:19:35.140 --> 00:19:36.270
  • "I UNDERSTAND, JACOB. BUT IT'S
  • 00:19:36.270 --> 00:19:39.000
  • OUR CUSTOM THAT THE OLDER
  • 00:19:39.000 --> 00:19:40.250
  • DAUGHTER HAS TO GET MARRIED
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:41.270
  • OFF FIRST. WORK FOR ME ANOTHER
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:43.120
  • SEVEN YEARS AND I'LL LET YOU
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:45.120
  • MARRY RACHEL." HE DID IT.
  • 00:19:45.120 --> 00:19:47.060
  • FINALLY GOT TO MARRY HER. LOVE
  • 00:19:47.060 --> 00:19:48.260
  • MAKES YOU DO DUMB THINGS.
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:50.090
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:19:50.090 --> 00:19:52.110
  • I'M SURE WHEN PEOPLE SAW
  • 00:19:52.110 --> 00:19:53.210
  • RACHEL AROUND TOWN, SO
  • 00:19:53.210 --> 00:19:55.010
  • BEAUTIFUL, SO FRIENDLY, THEY
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:56.110
  • THOUGHT, "THAT'S ONE BLESSED
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:58.040
  • WOMAN. SHE'S SO STUNNING.
  • 00:19:58.040 --> 00:20:00.190
  • SHE HAS A HUSBAND THAT ADORES
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:01.260
  • HER. SHE COMES FROM A GOOD
  • 00:20:01.260 --> 00:20:03.050
  • FAMILY."
  • 00:20:03.050 --> 00:20:04.220
  • BUT WHAT THEY COULDN'T SEE WAS
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:06.090
  • RACHEL HAD A SECRET FRUSTRATION.
  • 00:20:06.090 --> 00:20:08.200
  • HER DREAM WAS TO HAVE A BABY
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:10.210
  • BUT SHE WAS BARREN. SHE
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:12.080
  • COULDN'T CONCEIVE. YEAR AFTER
  • 00:20:12.080 --> 00:20:14.000
  • YEAR NO BABY. I CAN HEAR HER
  • 00:20:14.000 --> 00:20:16.000
  • EVERY NIGHT, "GOD, PLEASE GIVE
  • 00:20:16.000 --> 00:20:17.130
  • ME A CHILD. PLEASE REMOVE THIS
  • 00:20:17.130 --> 00:20:19.110
  • BARRENNESS. GOD, I WANT A
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:20.200
  • BABY."
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:22.030
  • ON THE OTHER HAND, HER SISTER
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:23.280
  • LEAH GAVE JACOB ONE SON AFTER
  • 00:20:23.280 --> 00:20:26.040
  • ANOTHER - FOUR BOYS - STRONG,
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:28.270
  • HANDSOME, GOOD LOOKING.
  • 00:20:28.270 --> 00:20:31.070
  • LIFE WAS GOOD FOR LEAH.
  • 00:20:31.070 --> 00:20:33.130
  • SHE WAS SEEING A DREAM COME TO
  • 00:20:33.130 --> 00:20:34.160
  • PASS - A HEALTHY FAMILY. BUT
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:36.050
  • LEAH, TOO, HAD A SECRET
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:38.190
  • FRUSTRATION. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS
  • 00:20:38.190 --> 00:20:40.280
  • THAT JACOB LOVED RACHEL MORE
  • 00:20:40.280 --> 00:20:43.220
  • THAN LEAH. I CAN HEAR LEAH
  • 00:20:43.220 --> 00:20:46.110
  • EVERY NIGHT, "GOD, WHY WON'T MY
  • 00:20:46.110 --> 00:20:48.020
  • HUSBAND LOVE ME MORE?" THE
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:49.250
  • POINT IS EVERYONE IS DEALING
  • 00:20:49.250 --> 00:20:52.030
  • WITH SOMETHING. WHETHER YOU'RE
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:54.030
  • A RACHEL, BLESSED IN THIS AREA,
  • 00:20:54.030 --> 00:20:56.080
  • OR A LEAH, BLESSED IN THIS
  • 00:20:56.080 --> 00:20:58.000
  • AREA. THERE WILL BE THINGS THAT
  • 00:20:58.000 --> 00:20:59.070
  • CAN FRUSTRATE YOU, THINGS THAT
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:01.000
  • YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, THINGS
  • 00:21:01.000 --> 00:21:02.240
  • THAT GOD IS NOT REMOVING.
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:05.070
  • YOU HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND
  • 00:21:05.070 --> 00:21:06.210
  • YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LET IT
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:08.050
  • SOUR YOUR LIFE. DO WHAT YOU
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:09.220
  • CAN. TRUST GOD TO DO WHAT YOU
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:11.290
  • CAN'T. THE RIGHT ATTITUDE IS,
  • 00:21:12.040 --> 00:21:15.040
  • IF THIS NEVER CHANGES, IF I
  • 00:21:15.040 --> 00:21:16.280
  • NEVER HAVE A CHILD, I'M STILL
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:18.180
  • GOING TO BE HAPPY." "IF MY
  • 00:21:18.180 --> 00:21:20.000
  • MARRIAGE NEVER IMPROVES I'M
  • 00:21:20.000 --> 00:21:21.270
  • STILL NOT GOING TO BE SOUR."
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:24.130
  • "IF I SEE SOMEBODY THAT'S MORE
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:26.070
  • TALENTED, MORE BEAUTIFUL, HAS
  • 00:21:26.070 --> 00:21:27.160
  • MORE, I'M NOT GOING TO BE
  • 00:21:27.160 --> 00:21:29.030
  • ENVIOUS, JEALOUS. I'M AT PEACE
  • 00:21:29.030 --> 00:21:30.220
  • WITH WHO I AM."
  • 00:21:30.220 --> 00:21:33.190
  • WHEN YOU STAY IN PEACE, NOT
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:35.080
  • TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THEY
  • 00:21:35.080 --> 00:21:36.290
  • COULD HAVE THE BABY, WHY SHE'S
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:38.070
  • MORE BEAUTIFUL, WHY HER
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:39.100
  • HUSBAND LOVES HER MORE.
  • 00:21:39.100 --> 00:21:40.250
  • NO, LET THAT GO. YOU'RE NEVER
  • 00:21:40.250 --> 00:21:42.140
  • GOING TO UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:44.110
  • IF YOU'LL LIVE IN PEACE GOD
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:45.250
  • WILL REMOVE WHAT NEEDS TO BE
  • 00:21:45.250 --> 00:21:47.220
  • REMOVED. HE WILL CHANGE WHAT
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:49.040
  • NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:52.080
  • THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH
  • 00:21:52.080 --> 00:21:52.290
  • RACHEL. YEARS LATER, GOD
  • 00:21:52.290 --> 00:21:55.070
  • REMOVED THE BARRENNESS.
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:57.050
  • SHE HAD A SON NAMED JOSEPH.
  • 00:21:57.050 --> 00:21:59.100
  • THAT SECRET FRUSTRATION WAS
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:00.150
  • TAKEN AWAY. FOR MOST OF MY
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:02.260
  • FATHER'S LIFE HE STRUGGLED WITH
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:04.250
  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. HE WAS
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:06.080
  • CONSTANTLY TRYING TO FIND NEW
  • 00:22:06.080 --> 00:22:07.180
  • MEDICINE TO CONTROL IT. MANY
  • 00:22:07.180 --> 00:22:09.190
  • TIMES THE SIDE EFFECTS WOULD
  • 00:22:09.190 --> 00:22:11.070
  • MAKE HIM FEEL BAD. NOBODY KNEW
  • 00:22:11.070 --> 00:22:13.150
  • THE SCRIPTURE MORE THAN MY DAD.
  • 00:22:13.150 --> 00:22:15.050
  • NOBODY HAD ANY MORE FAITH. BUT
  • 00:22:15.050 --> 00:22:16.200
  • FOR SOME REASON GOD DIDN'T TAKE
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:18.030
  • IT AWAY.
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:19.250
  • BUT I NEVER HEARD MY FATHER
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:20.240
  • COMPLAIN. HIS ATTITUDE WAS,
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  • "GOD, I'M GOING TO BE MY BEST
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  • WHETHER YOU HEAL ME FROM THIS
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  • HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE OR
  • 00:22:26.040 --> 00:22:27.130
  • WHETHER YOU DON'T." HE HAD A
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  • MADE UP MIND. TOWARD THE END
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  • OF HIS LIFE THE MEDICINE WOULD
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  • MAKE HIM DIZZY. HE COULDN'T
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  • SLEEP A LOT OF NIGHTS BUT HE
  • 00:22:34.080 --> 00:22:36.050
  • WOULD COME IN ON SUNDAYS AND
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:37.190
  • PREACH HIS HEART OUT.
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  • NOBODY EVEN KNEW IT. HE COULD
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  • HAVE THOUGHT, "GOD, I'VE SERVED
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:41.090
  • YOU FOR OVER 50 YEARS. THE
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:42.280
  • LEAST YOU COULD DO IS ANSWER
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  • MY PRAYER."
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  • NO, HE DIDN'T LET THE SECRET
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  • FRUSTRATION KEEP HIM FROM HIS
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:48.260
  • DESTINY. HE TRUSTED GOD WHEN
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:51.080
  • IT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE. WHEN HE
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:53.060
  • WAS 77 YEARS OLD HE HAD TO
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:55.080
  • GO ON DIALYSIS. HE COULDN'T
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  • SLEEP ONE NIGHT. HE CALLED MY
  • 00:22:56.280 --> 00:22:58.190
  • BROTHER-IN-LAW GARY AND ASKED
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  • IF HE WOULD COME OVER AND
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  • VISIT WITH HIM. AROUND 1:00 IN
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  • THE MORNING THEY WERE TALKING
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  • AND GARY ASKED MY FATHER WHAT
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:06.250
  • HE THOUGHT ABOUT THE
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:08.000
  • DIFFICULTIES HE WAS GOING
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:09.080
  • THROUGH. MY DAD SAID, "GARY,
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:11.140
  • I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT ALL BUT
  • 00:23:11.140 --> 00:23:13.110
  • I KNOW THIS. HIS MERCY ENDURES
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  • FOREVER."
  • 00:23:15.290 --> 00:23:17.260
  • THOSE WERE THE LAST WORDS MY
  • 00:23:17.260 --> 00:23:19.070
  • FATHER EVER SPOKE. A FEW
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:21.050
  • SECONDS LATER HE HAD A HEART
  • 00:23:21.050 --> 00:23:22.190
  • ATTACK AND WENT TO BE WITH THE
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:23.260
  • LORD. BUT I LOVE THE FACT THAT
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:25.120
  • EVEN THOUGH GOD DIDN'T REMOVE
  • 00:23:25.120 --> 00:23:27.030
  • IT DADDY DIDN'T GET BITTER. HE
  • 00:23:27.030 --> 00:23:28.270
  • DIED IN FAITH.
  • 00:23:28.270 --> 00:23:31.030
  • WHATEVER SECRET FRUSTRATION
  • 00:23:31.030 --> 00:23:33.090
  • YOU'RE FACING YOU HAVE TO MAKE
  • 00:23:33.090 --> 00:23:35.040
  • THIS DECISION LIKE MY FATHER
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:37.020
  • THAT EVEN IF IT NEVER CHANGES
  • 00:23:37.020 --> 00:23:39.060
  • YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP BELIEVING.
  • 00:23:39.060 --> 00:23:41.030
  • WE TOO ARE GOING TO DIE IN
  • 00:23:41.030 --> 00:23:42.200
  • FAITH. (APPLAUSE)
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  • THIS IS WHAT THREE TEENAGERS
  • 00:23:44.220 --> 00:23:46.030
  • DID IN THE SCRIPTURE. THEY
  • 00:23:46.030 --> 00:23:47.110
  • WOULDN'T BOW DOWN TO THE
  • 00:23:47.110 --> 00:23:48.170
  • KING'S GOLDEN IDOL. HE WAS SO
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:50.160
  • FURIOUS HE WAS GOING TO HAVE
  • 00:23:50.160 --> 00:23:52.000
  • THEM THROWN INTO A FIERY
  • 00:23:52.000 --> 00:23:53.130
  • FURNACE. THEY SAID, "KING,
  • 00:23:53.130 --> 00:23:55.000
  • WE'RE NOT WORRIED. WE KNOW
  • 00:23:55.000 --> 00:23:56.150
  • OUR GOD WILL DELIVER US BUT
  • 00:23:56.150 --> 00:23:59.050
  • EVEN IF HE DOESN'T WE'RE STILL
  • 00:23:59.050 --> 00:24:01.200
  • NOT GOING TO BOW DOWN."
  • 00:24:01.200 --> 00:24:04.010
  • THAT'S THE KEY. BELIEVE FOR
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:05.200
  • YOUR DREAMS. BELIEVE FOR GOD
  • 00:24:05.200 --> 00:24:07.010
  • TO TURN THE SITUATION AROUND.
  • 00:24:07.010 --> 00:24:09.020
  • THEN TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER.
  • 00:24:09.020 --> 00:24:11.000
  • "EVEN IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN MY
  • 00:24:11.000 --> 00:24:12.130
  • WAY, EVEN IF I DON'T GET
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:14.130
  • DELIVERED, GOD, I'M STILL GOING
  • 00:24:14.130 --> 00:24:16.020
  • TO BE HAPPY. GOD, IF YOU TURN
  • 00:24:16.020 --> 00:24:18.030
  • IT AROUND I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU
  • 00:24:18.030 --> 00:24:19.080
  • PRAISE AND IF YOU DON'T TURN IT
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:20.290
  • AROUND I'M STILL GOING TO GIVE
  • 00:24:20.290 --> 00:24:22.130
  • YOU PRAISE." YOU LIVE LIKE THAT
  • 00:24:22.130 --> 00:24:24.170
  • AND ALL THE FORCES OF DARKNESS
  • 00:24:24.170 --> 00:24:25.270
  • CANNOT STOP YOU. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:27.240
  • FRIENDS, DON'T LET THESE SECRET
  • 00:24:27.240 --> 00:24:29.200
  • FRUSTRATIONS KEEP YOU FROM
  • 00:24:29.200 --> 00:24:31.170
  • YOUR DESTINY. HAVE A NEW
  • 00:24:31.170 --> 00:24:33.040
  • PERSPECTIVE. YOU HAVE THE GRACE
  • 00:24:33.040 --> 00:24:34.200
  • YOU NEED FOR EVERY SITUATION.
  • 00:24:34.200 --> 00:24:37.130
  • IF GOD IS NOT REMOVING IT THERE
  • 00:24:37.130 --> 00:24:38.270
  • IS A REASON. DON'T TRY TO
  • 00:24:38.270 --> 00:24:40.190
  • FIGURE IT OUT. TRUST HIM.
  • 00:24:40.190 --> 00:24:42.170
  • IF YOU DO THIS, I BELIEVE AND
  • 00:24:42.170 --> 00:24:43.280
  • DECLARE, GOD IS GOING TO CHANGE
  • 00:24:43.280 --> 00:24:45.230
  • WHAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. HE
  • 00:24:45.230 --> 00:24:47.210
  • IS GOING TO REMOVE WHAT NEEDS
  • 00:24:47.210 --> 00:24:49.020
  • TO BE REMOVED. YOU'RE GOING TO
  • 00:24:49.020 --> 00:24:50.210
  • RISE HIGHER, OVERCOME OBSTACLES
  • 00:24:50.210 --> 00:24:53.000
  • AND BECOME EVERYTHING GOD HAS
  • 00:24:53.000 --> 00:24:55.120
  • CREATED YOU TO BE. IN JESUS'
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:24:56.230
  • NAME. IF YOU RECEIVE IT CAN YOU
  • 00:24:56.230 --> 00:24:58.170
  • SAY, "AMEN" TODAY? (AMEN.)
  • 00:24:58.170 --> 00:25:00.170
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:25:00.170 --> 00:25:02.090
  • WELL, WE NEVER LIKE TO CLOSE
  • 00:25:02.090 --> 00:25:02.280
  • OUR BROADCAST WITHOUT GIVING
  • 00:25:02.280 --> 00:25:04.060
  • YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
  • 00:25:04.060 --> 00:25:05.240
  • JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:05.240 --> 00:25:07.130
  • WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME?
  • 00:25:07.130 --> 00:25:09.050
  • JUST SAY, "LORD JESUS, I REPENT
  • 00:25:09.050 --> 00:25:11.170
  • OF MY SINS. COME IN TO MY
  • 00:25:11.170 --> 00:25:13.240
  • HEART. I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND
  • 00:25:13.240 --> 00:25:16.230
  • SAVIOR."
  • 00:25:16.230 --> 00:25:18.160
  • FRIENDS, IF YOU PRAYED THAT
  • 00:25:18.160 --> 00:25:19.210
  • SIMPLE PRAYER WE BELIEVE YOU
  • 00:25:19.210 --> 00:25:20.270
  • GOT BORN AGAIN. GET IN A GOOD
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  • BIBLE-BASED CHURCH. KEEP GOD
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  • FIRST PLACE. HE IS GOING TO
  • 00:25:24.020 --> 00:25:25.270
  • TAKE YOU PLACES THAT YOU'VE
  • 00:25:25.270 --> 00:25:27.030
  • NEVER DREAMED.
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:28.050
  • > ANNCR: AS A THANK YOU FOR
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  • YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR MINISTRY
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  • IN THIS INSPIRATIONAL 4-PART
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  • SERIES, JOEL OSTEEN SHOWS
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  • YOU HOW TO RELEASE YOUR
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  • FAITH AND STAND ON GOD'S
  • 00:25:42.290 --> 00:25:44.180
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  • 00:25:44.180 --> 00:25:47.020
  • PERFECT. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO
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  • WAIT FOR PERFECT CONDITIONS.
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  • EVERY SEASON. GET READY
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  • TO RECEIVE POWERFUL
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  • ENCOURAGEMENT.
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  • > VICTORIA: GOD DOESN'T
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  • WASTE ANYTHING WE GO
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  • THROUGH. WE ALL EXPERIENCE
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  • HARDSHIPS, THINGS WE DON'T
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  • UNDERSTAND. BUT GOD KNOWS
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  • FAITH. GOD IS USING EVERY
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  • SEASON TO POSITION YOU FOR
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  • SUCCESS.
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  • > JOEL: YOUR BEST DAYS ARE
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  • STILL IN FRONT OF YOU. GOD
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