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John Bevere: God, Where Are You?!

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May 1, 2019
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Keys for finding strength and purpose when going through the wilderness experience.

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John Bevere: God, Where Are You?!

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  • (upbeat rock music)
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  • - [Announcer] Tonight on Praise from Los Angeles
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  • best selling author,
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  • conference speaker and evangelist,
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  • John Bevere!
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  • (upbeat rock music)
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  • And now, Matt and Laurie Crouch!
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  • (audience cheers)
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  • - [Matt] Right here in southern California.
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  • - Our guest, John Bevere, what are we talking about tonight?
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  • - I wanna talk about this new book, God, Where Are You?
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  • It's a very prophetic message.
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  • What do mean, God, where are you?
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  • Well, let me just ask anybody watching right now,
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  • have you ever been in your Christian life,
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  • and if you've been saved over a few months,
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  • you'll know what I'm talking about,
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  • in a situation where you thought, "God, where are you?"
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  • where you feel like his presence is a million miles away
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  • and his promise that he's made to you is every further?
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  • That's what we're talking about tonight.
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  • And the thing that I'm gonna show you in this program
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  • is that God is not far from you,
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  • you have not been put on a shelf,
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  • you are not in a negative place,
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  • you're not being punished, you are being prepared
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  • for something very important.
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  • - [Host] Wow, beautiful.
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  • - So this is what we're gonna talk about tonight
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  • because here's the thing.
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  • When we understand, the Bible says there's a purpose
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  • for every season under heaven.
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  • If we understand the purpose, then we behave correctly
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  • - The children of Israel didn't understand
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  • the purpose of the wilderness,
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  • so they behaved incorrectly.
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  • The result was,
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  • what was only supposed to be a one-year short stint
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  • ended up becoming a lifetime.
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  • And so what my passion right now is,
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  • I don't want to see believers in the body of Christ,
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  • I don't want to see them spend a lifetime in the wilderness.
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  • You can't shorten a wilderness season,
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  • but you can certainly lengthen it.
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  • And I don't want to see anybody lengthen it
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  • longer than it needs to be.
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  • It's a very important time
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  • that we're gonna talk about in this program,
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  • but if we don't behave correctly,
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  • if we don't have the why, the understanding,
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  • we will, because we'll feel like God's abandoned us,
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  • and so that's what I really want to talk about tonight.
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  • - If we're introducing him to you, take a look at this,
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  • it's a little bit of a bio piece.
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  • Watch this, John Bevere.
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  • (bright music) - [Narrator] John Bevere,
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  • internationally sought-after speaker
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  • known for his bold teaching of the Word.
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  • His messages, focused on grace
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  • and intimacy with God,
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  • have positioned him as a best selling author.
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  • John and his wife Lisa are the founders
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  • of Messenger International in Palmer Lake, Colorado.
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  • A ministry committed to developing
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  • followers of Christ who transform our world.
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  • With his eyes set on strengthening the local church,
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  • John's mobilized the translation
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  • of more than 10 million resources
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  • for pastors and leaders in developing countries.
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  • Today, he continues leading people on a great adventure
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  • of discovering God's best for their lives, John Bevere.
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  • - I've gone through seasons of wilderness in my life, okay?
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  • The first two were both about 18 months long each.
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  • And most of this book is written out of those experiences
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  • because I was so frustrated.
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  • I kept saying, God I don't get it.
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  • I remember, you know, when I got saved,
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  • you know I was raised in the church, and I didn't know God.
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  • I had no relationship with God.
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  • So it was very obvious.
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  • So people are witnessing to me
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  • in high school, right?
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  • They're witnessing to me in college.
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  • My sophomore year, one of, and athletics was my life,
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  • one of the most phenomenal athletes in Purdue University
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  • was in my fraternity.
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  • He came up to my room one night.
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  • While he's sharing with me, I realize,
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  • God really wanted to reveal Himself to me, personally,
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  • that He cared about me deeply,
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  • that He loved me uniquely, that He actually wanted
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  • to make promises to me, as a father would make
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  • to his children, right?
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  • That He actually had crafted a plan for my life.
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  • Well, that night, as he shared,
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  • my eyes were opened and I received Jesus,
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  • and what was so amazing to me, Laurie,
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  • is the presence of God,
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  • and it's a part of our Christian life,
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  • because Jesus said, "I will manifest myself to you."
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  • - Right. - So manifest means
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  • bring from the unseen into the seen,
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  • the unheard into the heard,
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  • the unknown into the known.
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  • It's when God makes Himself real to our senses.
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  • His presence was like overwhelming and I'm
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  • like all the success I had in tennis,
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  • the success I had in school,
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  • the girls I dated,
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  • the masses that I went to every week,
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  • what none of that could fill,
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  • He instantly filled with his presence
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  • so the first couple years I'm walking with God
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  • it's like I just whisper His name and He's there.
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  • But then all of a sudden
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  • after a couple years, His presence became very elusive
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  • and He's not answering prayers quickly
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  • and it seems like I'm not moving towards promises,
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  • I'm moving away from promises
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  • that He's made me.
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  • And the over arching question
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  • in my heart was God, where are you?
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  • And this is what I wanna help people understand
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  • because the first thing you start thinking
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  • is what sin have I committed, okay.
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  • That's where your mind goes immediately.
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  • - That you're in trouble.
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  • - Am I not reading the bible enough?
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  • Am I not praying, that is
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  • so ridiculous. - Okay.
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  • - And I want that off your mind right now.
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  • No, you didn't commit a sin.
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  • If you have, you'll know, confess it,
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  • but I'm looking for something that's not there.
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  • I mean, with all my heart, I'm living the best I can.
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  • I'm in love with Jesus, and you're abandoning me.
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  • - [Host] Wow. - So I go through 18 months
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  • of this, and the cries that I had in my heart,
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  • I just couldn't get it.
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  • But then one day, I saw what Job said.
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  • Job said, "Look, I go forward, but he's not there,
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  • "and backward, I can't perceive him.
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  • "When he works on my right hand,"
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  • so he's working on Job's behalf,
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  • but Job can't perceive it.
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  • He said, "But when he's tested me,
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  • "I shall come forth as pure gold."
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  • Oh, there's so much in this.
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  • I mean, I could literally go for an hour on this.
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  • First of all, God has not put you on a shelf,
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  • because God says don't waste time, right?
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  • He's the one that says in the Bible, "Redeem the time."
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  • So he's not put you on a shelf
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  • - Until he wants to use you.
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  • He's not abandoned you because you've done something wrong.
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  • He's not punishing you.
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  • He is preparing you.
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  • - [Man] That's beautiful. Beautiful.
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  • - We are gonna be sitting with John Bevere.
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  • The subject matter is God, Where are You?
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  • We prepared a rolling, take a peek at this.
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  • - [Narrator] We hope you're enjoying today's presentation
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  • of Praise as Matt and Laurie welcome John Bevere.
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  • They're talking about those times in life
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  • when God seems silent,
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  • when you feel alone and disconnected from the LORD.
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  • We, as believers, tend to call these times
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  • a wilderness experience,
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  • and especially after a season where you felt
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  • close to the Father, the wilderness experience can
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  • leave you discouraged and likely feeling defeated.
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  • In his new book God, Where are You?,
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  • bestselling author John Bevere
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  • brings you can encouraging and empowering bit of good news.
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  • (Hopeful, upbeat background music)
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  • - God is not far from you, you have not been put on a shelf,
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  • you are not in a negative place, you're not being punished,
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  • you are being prepared for something very important.
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  • - [Narrator] The truth is, God will use
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  • wilderness experiences to prepare and
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  • equip you for your destiny, if you'll
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  • walk through these times in faith.
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  • John is bringing us such a hope-filled message
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  • that TBN wants to send you your own copy
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  • of his book in gratitude for your
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  • (Spiritual rock music)
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  • No room for fear and doubt
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  • No matter what I'm facing
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  • the song of my heart is ringing out
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  • I'll stand on your promise
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  • I will not be moved
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  • Nothing can tear us apart
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  • My faith won't be shaken
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  • - [Lisa] He chooses to see us through
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  • the righteousness of Christ.
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  • The song of my heart
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  • (vocalizing)
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  • You're the song of my heart
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  • (vocalizing)
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  • Hey
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  • (vocalizing)
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  • - [Toure] When he was raised up,
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  • free and victorious,
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  • that was a promise to you that if you hang in there,
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  • "I will raise you up too."
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  • The song of my heart
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  • (audience cheers)
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  • (audience applauding) -John's book
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  • - God, Where Are You? is available,
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  • all the information is on the screen.
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  • That 800 number on the screen is specifically
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  • for this offer, so the people that answer that phone
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  • are prepared to hear you ask them about this book.
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  • It's really kinda fun that we get that all prepared.
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  • John, you've really brought some revelation out here,
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  • and we need to jump into--
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  • - Well, what I love about it
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  • is that he gives us tips for the journey.
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  • - Right.
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  • - And so, first of all, the things we go through now
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  • isn't for us now, it's for eternity.
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  • And the decisions we make, and what we do is to bring
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  • the glory of God when we get, right?
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  • - Right.
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  • God, when He, He does this with every child.
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  • There's a three step pathway to our destiny.
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  • First of all, He'll make us a promise.
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  • Okay? He does it with every child.
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  • He'll give you glimpses of where you're going, right?
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  • I have a file folder
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  • in my desk of things god showed me,
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  • in 1981, that I didn't start fulfilling
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  • until I was in my 50s.
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  • Okay, so, he'll make promises,
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  • and if you're thinking out there,
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  • "well that hasn't happened with me",
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  • I'm gonna challenge you, and please,
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  • understand I'm saying this out of a deep, deep love for you.
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  • The Bible says that God rewards those
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  • who diligently seek him in faith.
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  • The Bible does not say that God will reward those
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  • who casually seek him in wonder and doubt.
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  • So, I'm young, I'm in college, I literally,
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  • this is gonna seem stupid, but I believe it was smart,
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  • I walked off the tennis team
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  • at Purdue University as a starter,
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  • because I had no time for God.
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  • Because the studies were Engineering,
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  • and they were too difficult.
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  • So, I've never regretted that decision, not once, okay?
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  • But what I did, is I'm out, y'know, near my fraternity,
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  • on the golf course at night, praying, crying out to god,
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  • - God's given me glimpses.
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  • Once that happens, he gives you a promise,
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  • then comes the process.
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  • The process is the wilderness.
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  • Okay, this is where he develops in you
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  • the character to handle the promise
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  • and then the third step
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  • is the promotion
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  • which is the promise fulfilled.
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  • If you look at Joseph,
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  • when he shows up on the scene, the second verse
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  • it says he told his dad some bad things
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  • that his brothers were doing
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  • so he's a tattletale, all right?
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  • Verse eight, verse eight, he is bragging
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  • about he's got the robe of many colors
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  • so he's proud, right?
  • 00:12:03.100 --> 00:12:05.250
  • And then verse eight in the New Living says it so well,
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  • that he was speaking down to his brothers.
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  • So we got a tattletale, a boaster
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  • and somebody and he's bragging about his dreams
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  • and he's talking down to people.
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  • If God would have fulfilled the vision
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  • of that leadership at that time,
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  • we would have had a very narcissistic, insecure leader.
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  • See, Saul never went through a wilderness,
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  • David did.
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  • Saul did not finish well, he had this this humility
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  • that looked like
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  • it was real, but it wasn't.
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  • I mean, he's hiding in the equipment when he's called,
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  • his name is called.
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  • But if you look at his first major victory,
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  • he builds a monument to himself.
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  • His humility was completely-- - Off the radar. (chuckling)
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  • - It was superficial, it wasn't genuine humility.
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  • I think it's really funny if you look at Moses,
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  • he goes through a 40-year wilderness,
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  • and yet he writes in Number 12
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  • Moses was the most humble man in the whole earth.
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  • I mean, who writes that they are
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  • the most humble man in the whole earth?
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  • Somebody who's truly humble because he understands
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  • what true humility is, his complete utter dependence on God
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  • and his passionate love for other people.
  • 00:13:08.150 --> 00:13:10.150
  • But here goes Joseph, sold as a slave for 10 years.
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  • Okay, so let's think, 10 years ago,
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  • that's a long time ago, right?
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  • All right, so God's always blessing you,
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  • no matter where you were.
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  • He's doing all right, but something very bad is happening.
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  • The master's wife, 'cause he's in one
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  • of the king's officer's home as a slave,
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  • his wife gets the hots for him.
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  • - She doesn't approach him once,
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  • she approaches him every day, okay?
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:37.070
  • Now, think about it.
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  • This woman's dressed in the best, she's scented in the best,
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  • and she's got a seducing spirit probably up to her eyeballs.
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  • Right?
  • 00:13:43.200 --> 00:13:44.250
  • She doesn't approach him just once.
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  • She approaches him every day.
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  • And I love how he obeys the word of God.
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  • He goes, no, no.
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  • He resists it, every day.
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  • Now, the thing we've gotta remember is
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  • he doesn't have a connect group,
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  • he doesn't have a pastor.
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  • Nobody knows who he is.
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  • - [Man] Yeah.
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  • - Yet he's still obeying God.
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  • But now, we're looking at 10 years
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  • where not one ounce of the vision
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  • that God's givin' him has come to pass,
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  • yet he's still obeying God.
  • 00:14:04.200 --> 00:14:06.060
  • This is what people do when they go into a desert time.
  • 00:14:06.060 --> 00:14:09.060
  • They get passive aggressive, and they say,
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  • I'm gonna take it out on God by not obeying you!
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:14.150
  • Now, none of us would ever say that,
  • 00:14:14.150 --> 00:14:17.110
  • but this is the way people think deep down.
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  • It's almost like, I'm gonna get a little revenge,
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  • because God, you're not movin' the way
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  • I think you should be movin' in my life!
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  • - [Woman] (laughs)
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  • - Okay?
  • 00:14:24.280 --> 00:14:26.060
  • But he doesn't do this, he obeys.
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  • And I love what Paul says to the Philippian Church,
  • 00:14:27.230 --> 00:14:29.100
  • he says in Philippians 2:12, "As you have obeyed, in
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  • My presence, even now and much more, obey in my absence
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  • and work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
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  • I love that.
  • 00:14:38.020 --> 00:14:39.090
  • So, Joseph fears God, which means,
  • 00:14:39.090 --> 00:14:41.170
  • that's not Paul speaking to Philippians,
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  • that's God speaking to us.
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  • It's easy to obey God when we're in the conference,
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  • the anointing's there, somebody's worshiping,
  • 00:14:47.260 --> 00:14:49.260
  • we got tears pouring down our face,
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:51.100
  • but what about when you been gossiped about at work,
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  • and you're losing your job,
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  • or your kid is throwing up at midnight.
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  • That's when the rubber meets the road.
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:15:00.060
  • And what Paul's saying is, you have done so well,
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:02.190
  • and this is actually God saying,
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  • you have obeyed even in my absence
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  • and the absence of my presence.
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:08.010
  • Joseph's in Egypt.
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  • No church, no fellowship, no Bible.
  • 00:15:09.110 --> 00:15:12.140
  • And yet he's obeying God.
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:13.280
  • He's resisting, right?
  • 00:15:13.280 --> 00:15:16.010
  • So then she grabs him by the road.
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:17.220
  • One day, they're in the house alone.
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:20.020
  • You know, she's probably working it up.
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:22.170
  • She's got a little breast showing,
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:23.260
  • she's probably got a leg out one side
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:25.130
  • of the slit of her outfit, and she comes up and goes,
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:28.250
  • nobody is gonna know, nobody is
  • 00:15:28.250 --> 00:15:31.170
  • going to know.
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  • Come on, I'm all yours.
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  • My husband's away
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  • and I love what this man does.
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  • He flees sexual immorality.
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  • He does exactly what the word of God says.
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  • What does it end up getting him?
  • 00:15:42.070 --> 00:15:43.130
  • It gets him the dungeon.
  • 00:15:43.130 --> 00:15:44.260
  • Now, in America, our prisons are country clubs
  • 00:15:44.260 --> 00:15:48.000
  • compared to a middle-eastern dungeon.
  • 00:15:48.000 --> 00:15:49.280
  • I just preached in the largest prison
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:51.080
  • in the United States six months ago, okay.
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:53.120
  • It's called Angola, it's in Louisiana,
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:55.040
  • it's unbelievable.
  • 00:15:55.040 --> 00:15:56.080
  • So, I've been in middle-eastern dungeons.
  • 00:15:56.080 --> 00:15:58.270
  • They're usually huned out cisterns,
  • 00:15:58.270 --> 00:16:00.250
  • they're about four feet tall
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  • and the bible says they laid his feet
  • 00:16:03.120 --> 00:16:05.040
  • in irons and hurt his feet with feathers, right?
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:08.190
  • They're four feet tall,
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  • no sun, it's usually damp
  • 00:16:09.250 --> 00:16:11.240
  • 'cause it used to be a cistern, okay?
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:14.220
  • He's chained, this is no,
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:18.180
  • there's no television, there's no basketball courts.
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:22.150
  • He's in the rut
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:23.240
  • and they would give them the bread of affliction
  • 00:16:23.240 --> 00:16:25.130
  • which is this.
  • 00:16:25.130 --> 00:16:27.020
  • They don't want him to die
  • 00:16:27.020 --> 00:16:28.010
  • because dying's too easy
  • 00:16:28.010 --> 00:16:29.160
  • so they give him just enough bread and water to
  • 00:16:29.160 --> 00:16:31.140
  • keep them alive because they want him to suffer.
  • 00:16:31.190 --> 00:16:34.070
  • So he's in this dungeon, and then god brings
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:37.110
  • the greatest test to Joseph, what is it?
  • 00:16:37.110 --> 00:16:40.000
  • He brings two men, the butler and the baker,
  • 00:16:40.000 --> 00:16:41.150
  • we all know that, right, right?
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:43.000
  • They just had dreams last night, what's the test?
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:46.150
  • Can Joseph proclaim to the the faithfulness of god?
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:49.220
  • - [Woman] In a dream.
  • 00:16:49.220 --> 00:16:51.160
  • - When he hasn't seen--
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:53.050
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:54.160
  • - One ounce of faithfulness of god in his life
  • 00:16:54.160 --> 00:16:56.170
  • in regard to his dream in over ten years.
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:59.110
  • - [Man] Yeah.
  • 00:16:59.110 --> 00:17:00.110
  • - Think about it, god says
  • 00:17:00.110 --> 00:17:01.180
  • your brothers are gonna serve you,
  • 00:17:01.180 --> 00:17:02.160
  • you're gonna be a leader,
  • 00:17:02.160 --> 00:17:04.000
  • your brothers will serve you, and even your mom and dad
  • 00:17:04.000 --> 00:17:04.280
  • will be under your leadership,
  • 00:17:04.280 --> 00:17:06.120
  • and he doesn't see one ounce of it come to pass.
  • 00:17:06.120 --> 00:17:08.080
  • On top of that, he just preaches the dream
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:11.050
  • that gets him the pit and slavery,
  • 00:17:11.050 --> 00:17:12.080
  • he resists and obeys god
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:14.010
  • and flees sexual immorality, and it gets him the dungeon.
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:16.090
  • So the more he's obeying god in the wilderness,
  • 00:17:16.090 --> 00:17:18.270
  • the worse his life becomes.
  • 00:17:18.270 --> 00:17:20.050
  • - [Man] Wow.
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:21.210
  • - Now, can he proclaim to the butler and the baker
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:23.170
  • the faithfulness of god when he hasn't seen
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:25.070
  • one shred of evidence in it in his own life in ten years?
  • 00:17:25.070 --> 00:17:28.170
  • If Joseph wouldn't been like a lot of us
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:30.100
  • you know what he would've said?
  • 00:17:30.100 --> 00:17:31.250
  • - You had a dream last night?
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:32.240
  • - [Matt] Yeah.
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:33.120
  • - Leave me alone.
  • 00:17:33.120 --> 00:17:34.060
  • I had a dream once.
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:35.080
  • Dreams don't come true.
  • 00:17:35.120 --> 00:17:36.160
  • - [Matt] Wow.
  • 00:17:36.160 --> 00:17:37.060
  • Leave me alone.
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:38.200
  • - Now, if he were to have done that
  • 00:17:38.260 --> 00:17:40.260
  • he would have died in that dungeon.
  • 00:17:40.260 --> 00:17:42.030
  • Do you know what he would have died saying?
  • 00:17:42.040 --> 00:17:42.280
  • God's not faithful.
  • 00:17:42.290 --> 00:17:43.270
  • He doesn't keep is promises.
  • 00:17:43.270 --> 00:17:45.030
  • - Wow.
  • 00:17:45.030 --> 00:17:46.100
  • - When in reality, God is faithful
  • 00:17:46.100 --> 00:17:47.260
  • and God was using all of this
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:49.110
  • to prepare Joseph to have the character to handle
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:51.090
  • because we see he interprets the dreams.
  • 00:17:51.090 --> 00:17:54.270
  • The sky obeys God when nothing is going right.
  • 00:17:54.270 --> 00:17:58.010
  • And so, the guy gets promoted and he forgets about him!
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:02.060
  • Now, he's in there for two more years.
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:03.140
  • Think about being in that condition.
  • 00:18:03.140 --> 00:18:05.030
  • Bred of affliction, chains
  • 00:18:05.030 --> 00:18:06.240
  • in a dungeon for two more years.
  • 00:18:06.240 --> 00:18:09.290
  • - Seeing other people's dreams come true.
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:11.240
  • - Knowing that - Yes.
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:12.190
  • his family is all having
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:14.030
  • living the high life. - oh, they forgot about him.
  • 00:18:14.030 --> 00:18:15.290
  • - So now, one day we all know Pharaoh has a dream.
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:19.000
  • The butler goes, "Oh, my gosh.
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:20.070
  • "I forgot all about the guy in the dungeon."
  • 00:18:20.070 --> 00:18:21.280
  • He gets promoted to number two in all of Egypt,
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:23.280
  • and really number two in the world
  • 00:18:23.280 --> 00:18:25.060
  • because Egypt's the most powerful nation.
  • 00:18:25.060 --> 00:18:26.150
  • So then, we got seven years of plenty
  • 00:18:26.150 --> 00:18:29.030
  • and now we have two more years of famine.
  • 00:18:29.030 --> 00:18:31.020
  • So, we're taking nine-
  • 00:18:31.020 --> 00:18:32.030
  • - teen years, and finally here comes the brothers.
  • 00:18:32.080 --> 00:18:36.100
  • So we can see that the dream that God gave him,
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:39.200
  • it took 19 years, and it said Joseph remembered.
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:42.140
  • That word remembered doesn't go, "Oh, I just remembered."
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:44.260
  • That word remembered means he kept it
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:46.140
  • before him the whole way,
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:47.200
  • and that's what kept him obeying God
  • 00:18:47.200 --> 00:18:48.260
  • the whole way. - Wow.
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:50.030
  • - So now, if he would have been in the dungeon
  • 00:18:50.030 --> 00:18:52.220
  • saying, "If I ever get ahold of these guys, I'll kill them,"
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:55.140
  • God would have had to leave him
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:56.120
  • in the dungeon to rot, too, why?
  • 00:18:56.120 --> 00:18:58.130
  • Because he would have killed 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel,
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:19:00.230
  • including Judah whom Jesus and David came through.
  • 00:19:00.230 --> 00:19:03.060
  • - Wow? - Right?
  • 00:19:03.060 --> 00:19:04.210
  • But he blesses them, and he gives one of them five times.
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:08.150
  • So Joseph now has the character
  • 00:19:08.150 --> 00:19:11.130
  • to handle this position of leadership.
  • 00:19:11.130 --> 00:19:13.250
  • So whenever God is doing something in you,
  • 00:19:13.250 --> 00:19:16.000
  • you have to say to yourself, "Wow, he's going to entrust me
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:20.130
  • "with the ability to impact other people's lives
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:22.260
  • "in a profound way that I could never do,
  • 00:19:22.260 --> 00:19:24.290
  • "and he's preparing me for the character to have it."
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:27.240
  • - [Hostess] I love it.
  • 00:19:27.240 --> 00:19:29.030
  • - That's the way we need to view the wilderness.
  • 00:19:29.030 --> 00:19:30.290
  • - You're really talking
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:32.060
  • about a wilderness, that, you know,
  • 00:19:32.070 --> 00:19:34.220
  • the viewers and me would have thought were a punishment,
  • 00:19:34.220 --> 00:19:39.030
  • a distancing, a disciplinary action,
  • 00:19:39.030 --> 00:19:43.060
  • and you're really flipping that and calling it
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:45.280
  • a place of preparation.
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  • - [Narrator] We hope you're enjoying today's
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  • presentation of Praise as Matt and Laurie
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  • welcome John Bevere.
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  • They're talking about those times in life
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  • when God seems silent,
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  • when you feel alone and disconnected from the LORD.
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  • We, as believers, tend to call these times
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  • a wilderness experience,
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  • and especially after a season where you felt close
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  • to the Father, the wilderness experience can leave you
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  • discouraged, and likely feeling defeated.
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  • In his new book God, Where are You?,
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  • bestselling author John Bevere brings you
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  • an encouraging and empowering bit of good news.
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  • - God is not far from you.
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  • You have not been put on a shelf.
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  • You are not in a
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  • negative place. you're not being punished,
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  • You are being prepared for something very important.
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  • (clapping)
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  • - [Narrator] The truth is god will use wilderness
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  • experiences to prepare and equip you for your destiny.
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  • If you'll walk through these times in faith.
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  • John is bringing us such a hope filled message
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  • that TBN wants to send you your own copy of his book.
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  • In gratitude for your gift of support to TBN this month.
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  • Why not take a moment right now
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  • Don't just survive thrive in the wilderness.
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  • Call, click, or write us today.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - [Narrator] We welcome you this
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  • beautiful evening to Durres Albania.
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  • - We are just a little ways, about an hour drive
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  • from the capital city of Tirana.
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  • So our first trip to Albania,
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  • what are we gonna be talking about today,
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  • Media 7,
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  • Christian radio,
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  • Christian television, for this part of the world.
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  • - God's proved himself faithful
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  • in these 15 years and,
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  • we're just taking another step by faith.
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  • - Every time we had a vision,
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  • every time we had a desire,
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  • and a need that we need to advance something,
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  • God brought the right people.
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  • (inspiring music)
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  • - Albania is a blank canvas,
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  • ready for Christian television,
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  • ready for Media 7 to take over this part of the world.
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  • (mellow music)
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  • Wilderness has been redefined,
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - While we've been sitting here.
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  • It's preparation.
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  • If you don't complain,
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  • you get to see
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  • - What God took you to the wilderness to show you
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  • and then you get to confess it, walk away from it,
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  • and be prepared for something new.
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  • - Peter makes this statement.
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  • He says, "As Christ suffered for us in the flesh,
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  • "arm yourselves also with the same mind,
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  • "for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin."
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  • That is such a loaded Scripture.
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  • - [Host] Wow.
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  • - He who suffered in the flesh has ceased
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  • from living a selfish life, is what he's saying, right?
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  • But what really gets my attention
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  • is as Christ suffers for us in the flesh, arm yourselves.
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  • Can you imagine a military going to a battle
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  • with no guns, no knives, no bullets,
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  • no tanks, no planes?
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  • It'd be ridiculous, they'd be defeated in a day.
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  • Yet, so many Christians are not armed.
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  • When the wilderness hits, when adversity hits,
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  • how they go into a state of shock,
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  • a state of bewilderment, a state of amazement,
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  • and they react instead of act. - [Host] Wow.
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  • - Okay, now who's armed?
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  • Let's talk about somebody who's armed.
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  • The first person that comes to mind
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  • when I think of somebody who's armed
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  • is a commercial airline pilot.
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  • Every six months, they have to go through
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  • recurrent training, they put them into a simulator.
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  • I've literally talked to simulator operators,
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  • and they look at me with a sadistic smile, and say,
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  • we throw so much junk at those guys.
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  • We throw everything at them that could possibly go wrong,
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  • historically, that we know with a plane,
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  • and they may crash a time or two, but then they get it.
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  • So there was actually a black box recording,
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  • back in the days before 2001,
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  • where a plane crashed, and it was one of the smaller planes
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  • that didn't have a door
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  • between the pilots and the passengers.
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  • When the catastrophe hit, the pilot was like,
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  • feather the engines, co-pilot, check,
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  • pull up the landing gear, check, do this, check.
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  • They could hear the passengers.
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  • They were screaming in hysteria.
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  • The pilots were armed, the passengers were unarmed.
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  • Many aviation disasters have been averted
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  • because of arming those pilots.
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  • - Yeah. - What we're doing tonight
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  • with our friends is we're arming them,
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  • and that's what we're doing.
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  • We're arming you tonight, so that you correctly handle,
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  • you're like the pilot, you're not reacting,
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  • you're acting. - Yeah.
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  • - This subject-- - Survival tips.
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  • - Came-- - Yeah.
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  • - At the right time.
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  • For many viewing, pick up the phone,
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  • get this book, get it for someone,
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  • we all have been through this, and what is so important
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  • for me to think about tonight is that you can think
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  • about a wilderness experience, not as a correction,
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  • but a preparation.
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  • Why don't you take an opportunity just to look in the camera
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  • and pray for the people that are watching,
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  • that are here in this studio?
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  • - Absolutely.
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  • You know, I know, you don't even have to tell me,
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  • I know you've been going through such struggles.
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  • You're going through the same questions of God,
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  • why does it seem like I'm going backward?
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  • You've made me promises, and yet,
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  • I'm not moving towards them, I'm moving away from them.
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  • Why is it that I'm having so much turmoil in my home,
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  • on my job, in the church, whatever it is?
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  • And you just can't figure it out.
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  • Listen to me well.
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  • The most valuable times of my life are those wildernesses
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  • that I wrote about. - Yeah.
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  • - I hated them, when I was in the middle of them.
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  • - Yeah. - I absolutely
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  • couldn't stand them, but I looked back,
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  • and I realized, that is where God revealed Himself to me.
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  • God has privileged you to go through this time,
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  • because He's got something much bigger
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  • than you could ever handle, with the character you had
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  • before you went into this season.
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  • And so, I pray that your faith doesn't fail.
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  • Father, I pray for every man and woman--
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  • - Thank you, Father. - Every young man and woman,
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  • that's watching right now.
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  • They're in a time, they're in a time of testing,
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  • and a time of testing is not negative,
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  • like midterms and finals.
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  • Father, it is a time where we will come forth
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  • as pure gold, and I speak to the demonic forces
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  • that have lied to you, and I command them to stop
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  • their attacks against my brother and sister,
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  • but this is what I most pray for them, Father.
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  • I pray that their faith doesn't fail.
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  • - Thank you, Lord. - Because Lord,
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  • you said, these trials that we go,
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  • they show that our faith is genuine.
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  • I pray that God shows you.
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  • He knows your faith is genuine,
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  • that you see that your faith is genuine,
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  • and that you keep speaking His promises
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  • and don't forget what He has promised you,
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  • because He is faithful to bring it to pass,
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  • so Lord, strengthen my brothers and sisters,
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  • and may their faith grow stronger in this season.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • - Finding Strength and Purpose in your Wilderness
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  • is the subtitle of God, Where Are You?
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  • It is our offer right here, right now.
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  • John Bevere, thank you so much for being with us.
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  • - It's been a pleasure. (audience applauding)
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  • - We'll see you next time.
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  • Call the number right now.
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