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Live the Let-Go Life | Episode 10

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December 25, 2017
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Joseph Prince: Live the Let-Go Life

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Live the Let-Go Life | Episode 10

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  • Lost someone close to you?
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  • Faced mounting debts?
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  • Experienced one defeat after another?
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  • Are you overwhelmed with feelings of fear,
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  • panic, and isolation?
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  • We all have moments like this in life.
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  • Maybe you are still struggling with those feelings today,
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  • but you don't have to.
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  • You were never meant to.
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  • Hi, I'm Joseph Prince.
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  • Are you ready to breathe a little easier,
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  • stand a little straighter, and live a little freer?
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  • Here's the good news, with God on your side,
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  • you can let your troubles go.
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  • The rest of the world seeks to de-clutter life
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  • from the outside in.
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  • But in my new book, "Live the Let-Go Life,"
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  • we explore practical ways you can clear out the clutter
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  • of life from the inside out, and see positive change
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  • in your outward circumstances.
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  • I hope you'll join me today.
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  • You can live worry-free, stress-free and healthier.
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  • You can live the let-go life.
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  • (Brandon) Hi, I'm Brandon.
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  • Sir, just listen to me.
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  • I don't think I can do this.
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  • (male announcer) Modern life comes at a frantic pace.
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  • (female) I'm late again.
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  • (announcer) Every day is a race against unending to-do lists,
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  • obligations, and interruptions.
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  • [baby crying]
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  • Stress takes a toll.
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  • The harder we try to hold on, the harder it is to keep up.
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  • But what if we could let it all go,
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  • free ourselves from fear and anxiety,
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  • because we weren't designed to live a life of stress.
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  • Well, now you can walk lighter, breathe easier,
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  • and live happier as you discover how to live the let-go life.
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  • We all have moments where we can be overwhelmed
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  • by the stress of life, whether you're a preacher,
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  • parent, or plumber.
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  • So first, I want to encourage you not to be hard on yourself
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  • when you find yourself troubled by worries and anxieties.
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  • It takes time and practice to live the let-go life
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  • on a daily basis.
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  • We need to be intentional about living the life of rest
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  • and peace that God has designed for us.
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  • This is a journey that God has taken me on personally.
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  • I still remind myself daily to let go,
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  • be conscious of the Lord's provision,
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  • and trust him for the supply to flow into my areas of stress.
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  • So, don't beat yourself up when you fail to live
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  • the let-go life.
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  • Living the let-go life is a daily journey of faith.
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  • Every day, there is a battle for our minds.
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  • New issues can arise, and we can find ourselves
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  • faced with multiple challenges coming at us.
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  • Whether you are dealing with a serious medical condition,
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  • a crisis at home, or a frustrating situation
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  • in your workplace, you are presented
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  • with a choice.
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  • You can choose to allow your mind to go into overdrive,
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  • stressing out over all the possible
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  • worst case scenarios you can think of,
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  • or you can choose to step into the river of faith
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  • and start practicing the let-go life.
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  • I know life can be overwhelming.
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  • Many times, things don't happen the way we want them to happen.
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  • And despite our best efforts, we can fail.
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  • There are times we look at the results and wonder,
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  • "Why even try?"
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  • Sometimes, it may feel like the breakthroughs never come,
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  • or things happen to us or to our loved ones
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  • and there is just no answer to the question, "Why?"
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  • If you are in that place of despair right now,
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  • let me share this beautiful Scripture with you.
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  • "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock
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  • "that is higher than I.
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  • "For you have been a shelter for me,
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  • "a strong tower from the enemy.
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  • "I will abide in your tabernacle forever.
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  • I will trust in the shelter of your wings."
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  • When everything around you seems to be shaken,
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  • I want you to know that there is a strong,
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  • unshakeable rock that is higher than you.
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  • His name is Jesus.
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  • His everlasting love towards you will never fail.
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  • He is the strong tower that you can run to
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  • when your enemies surround you.
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  • And in the shelter of his wings, you can safely rest.
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  • John 10 says that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
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  • He would love nothing more than to steal your joy,
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  • kill your motivation, and destroy your life.
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  • Have you ever felt hopeless or ready to throw in the towel
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  • of loss and depression?
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  • Depression is a worldwide epidemic,
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  • destroying quality of life, relationships, and lives.
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  • The National Institute of Mental Health found
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  • that anxiety disorders are the most common
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  • mental illness in the United States,
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  • affecting 40 million adults in the US aged 18 and older.
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  • And according to the World Health Organization,
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  • 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
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  • Depression is also the leading cause of disability worldwide
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  • and a major contributor to the overall global burden
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  • of disease.
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  • These stats are staggering.
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  • Does God care when we are discouraged and depressed?
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  • My friend, he cares more than you know.
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  • I want to share with you the story of a man in the Bible
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  • who was so discouraged and depressed that,
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  • at one point, he became suicidal.
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  • That man is none other than Elijah,
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  • a man of God and a prophet in the Old Testament.
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  • I believe the Holy Spirit plays his story in the Scriptures
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  • to show us that God does not leave us.
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  • He continues to watch over us with love,
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  • even when we get disheartened.
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  • I want you to see God's heart of tenderness towards Elijah
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  • when he was at his lowest moments.
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  • I believe we can learn from the story of Elijah because
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  • he wasn't some mighty man of God with no weaknesses.
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  • James 5 tells us that he was a man with a nature like ours,
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  • with the same physical, mental.
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  • and spiritual limitations and shortcomings.
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  • So, let's follow Elijah's story.
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  • In 1 Kings 16, we read that there was a dark period
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  • in Israel's history when Ahab the king did evil
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  • in the sight of the Lord, more than all
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  • who were before him.
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  • King Ahab married Jezebel, a Phoenician princess,
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  • and went on to worship her gods, Baal and Asherah.
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  • Jezebel was an evil woman.
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  • She massacred the prophets of the Lord and raised up
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  • 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah.
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  • It was at this point when Elijah came onto the scene.
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  • He went before Ahab and declared,
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  • as recorded in the 1 Kings 17,
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  • "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand,
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  • there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word."
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  • And from the time that Elijah spoke,
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  • there was no rain for 3 1/2 years.
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  • In fact, the Bible records that there was
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  • a severe famine in Samaria.
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  • Baal worshipers believed that it was Baal who provided rain,
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  • blessed their crops, and controlled the weather.
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  • So, God sent Elijah to demonstrate that
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  • Baal could do nothing and was of no effect
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  • in the midst of the famine.
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  • But throughout the famine,
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  • God took care of Elijah.
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  • First, he told Elijah to hide by the Brook Cherith,
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  • where he could drink from the brook.
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  • God commanded ravens to feed him there,
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  • bringing him bread and meat every morning and evening.
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  • When the brook dried up because there had been no rain
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  • in the land, God told Elijah to go to Zarephath,
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  • where he had commanded a widow to provide for him.
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  • The widow only had a handful of flour in a bin
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  • and a little oil in a jar, but God multiplied the flour
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  • and the oil so that they never ran out.
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  • So, God fed Elijah as well as the widow's household
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  • throughout the famine.
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  • And even when Elijah was in hiding,
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  • God used him mightily.
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  • During the time Elijah was staying with the widow,
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  • her son became sick and died.
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  • But God used Elijah to bring the boy back to life.
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  • Finally, 3 years after the drought had started,
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  • God told Elijah to present himself to King Ahab.
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  • Elijah did so and told Ahab to gather all the Israelites,
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  • as well as the prophets of Baal and Asherah,
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  • on Mount Carmel.
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  • He then issued a challenge to prove once and for all
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  • if Baal or God was the true God.
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  • He told the prophets of Baal to choose one bull,
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  • cut it in pieces, lay it on the wood,
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  • and put no fire under it.
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  • He would prepare another bull and do the same.
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  • Then he told the prophets of Baal to call on the name
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  • of their gods, and he would call on the name of the Lord.
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  • "The God who answers by fire," declared Elijah, "he is God."
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  • The Bible records how the prophets of Baal
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  • then called on the name of Baal from morning till noon saying,
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  • "Oh Baal, hear us."
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  • But there was no voice and no one answered.
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  • All day, they leaped about the altar,
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  • even cutting themselves until blood gushed out,
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  • but still no one answered.
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  • When it was Elijah's turn, Elijah took 12 stones
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  • according to the number of the tribes of Israel,
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  • and with these stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord
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  • and made a trench around the altar.
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  • After he had cut the bull into pieces,
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  • he laid it on the wood, and he got the people
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  • to pour water all over the sacrifice
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  • and the wood over and over again.
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  • Twelve pots of water were poured over the sacrifice in total
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  • until water ran all around the altar and filled the trench.
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  • At the time of the evening sacrifice,
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  • Elijah prayed, and the fire of the Lord fell and consumed
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  • the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dust,
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  • and even all the water that was in the trench.
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  • When the people saw this, they fell on their faces
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  • and said, "The Lord, he is God.
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  • The Lord, he is God."
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  • In Hebrew, they cried out, "Yahweh, he is Elohim.
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  • Yahweh, he is Elohim."
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  • The true name of God was proclaimed.
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  • Elijah then executed all the prophets of Baal,
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  • and told Ahab to get ready for rain was coming.
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  • In that same day, heavy rain poured down,
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  • ending years of drought.
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  • What a mighty victory God wrought through Elijah.
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  • Elijah called down fire from heaven.
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  • The prophets of Baal were dead, so when Jezebel,
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  • the evil wife of Ahab, found out what had happened,
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  • she sent a message to Elijah saying she's going to kill him.
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  • You would've thought that Elijah would've said something like,
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  • "Oh yeah?
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  • Go ahead, make my day," but that wasn't what happened.
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  • 1 Kings 19 tells us that when Elijah saw that,
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  • he arose and ran for his life.
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  • Why did Elijah run for his life?
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  • After everything that God had done through him,
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  • why was he suddenly afraid?
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  • I submit to you that it was because Elijah
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  • started to walk by sight.
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  • The verse we read just now, when he saw that.
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  • Aren't we like that too?
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  • When we see our finances dwindling,
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  • we get discouraged.
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  • When we see our economy on the downtrend,
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  • we get dejected.
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  • When we see the bills chasing us or the debts we have to pay,
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  • we get dismayed.
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  • When we see the lump growing in our bodies,
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  • we despair.
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  • We get snared by the visible things that are temporal,
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  • and we lose sight of the invisible God
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  • who is eternal.
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  • Elijah forgot the God who led him to Cherith.
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  • He forgot the God who brought the ravens that fed him
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  • by day and by evening.
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  • He forgot about the widow whom God commanded to feed him.
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  • And he forgot the barrel of meal and the jar of oil
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  • that never ran out.
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  • He forgot the God of the resurrection
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  • who raised the boy from the dead through him.
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  • He forgot the God who answered by fire
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  • and the rain that followed.
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  • Like Elijah, any of us can lose sight of a good God.
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  • Even if we walked in the greatest faith yesterday,
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  • we can go back to walking by sight today.
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  • What else happened to Elijah?
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  • The Bible tells us in 1 Kings 19 that Elijah
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  • went on a day's journey into the wilderness, sat under a tree,
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  • and prayed that he might day, saying, "It's enough!
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  • Now, Lord, take my life, I'm no better than my fathers!"
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  • He wasn't only fearful, he also became depressed and suicidal.
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  • Suicide may seem like an extreme decision for some of us.
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  • Sadly, the reality is that feelings of extreme despair
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  • and distress are driving many in our society today
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  • to self-destructive means.
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  • Today, if you are at a place where you are discouraged
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  • and depressed, I want you to see how the Lord dealt with Elijah.
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  • Did God leave Elijah when he had thoughts of suicide?
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  • No.
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  • We are going to see what God did and where we can find him
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  • when we feel like we have no more strength to go on.
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  • Join me after this break.
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  • Welcome back to the program.
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  • If you've ever asked, "Does God care that
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  • I'm so discouraged that I just feel like giving up?"
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  • then stay with me as we continue to look into the story of Elijah
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  • when he was at his lowest point.
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  • We saw how the Lord used Elijah to bring about
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  • a landslide victory over the prophets of Baal.
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  • But then Elijah heard that Jezebel was after him
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  • and Elijah ran.
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  • Not only that, but he became so discouraged,
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  • he wanted to die.
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  • Maybe you can identify with that today.
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  • Perhaps you are feeling discouraged because it seems
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  • as if all that you have done in your life has all amounted
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  • to nothing.
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  • Maybe you have poured your life into your ministry or job,
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  • or into your family or relationship,
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  • and it feels like you have nothing left to give.
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  • Maybe you feel like you have failed,
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  • failed as a minister or as a mother.
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  • Perhaps you are depressed and disappointed with God.
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  • Perhaps you feel like your best years are behind you.
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  • I want you to see what God did for Elijah because
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  • I believe that it will lift you out of your darkness.
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  • In the rest of Elijah's story in 1 Kings 19,
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  • we see how, as Elijah lay and slept under a tree,
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  • an angel touched him and said to him,
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  • "Arise and eat."
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  • He looked around and there by his head was some bread
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  • baked over hot coals and a jar of water.
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  • He ate and drank, and then he lay down again.
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  • And the angel of the Lord came back the second time,
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  • and touched him and said, "Arise and eat because
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  • the journey is too great for you."
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  • So, he got up and ate and drank.
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  • Strengthened by that food, he travelled 40 days
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  • and 40 nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
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  • Did you notice how the Lord provided for Elijah
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  • and strengthened him?
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  • I want you to know that the same Jesus who cared for Elijah
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  • and provided sustenance for him when he was
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  • in deep despair is the same Jesus
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  • who is reaching out to you today and saying to you,
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  • "Arise and eat because the journey is too great for you."
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  • If you are going through a difficult season in your life
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  • right now, I believe the Lord wants to speak to you
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  • through this passage today.
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  • Maybe when you look at the commitments that
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  • you have in front of you, the payments you have to make,
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  • and the deadlines that stretch before you,
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  • all you can say is, the journey is too great.
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  • I want you to know that God knows how you feel.
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  • He loves you, and he cares for you intimately and practically.
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  • Never doubt that.
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  • In the natural, your journey may be too great,
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  • but you have food from heaven that can strengthen you
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  • and sustain you.
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  • Keep feeding on his Word.
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  • Keep partaking of Jesus in the Word.
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  • Keep eating of the bread of life.
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  • Know this, one word from God can cause you
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  • to go in his strength.
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  • I want you to see this as well.
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  • When Elijah spent a night in a cave at Horeb,
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  • God said to him,
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  • "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
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  • Now, for God to say, "What are you doing here?"
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  • it means that God was also there with him.
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  • God had been with Elijah every step of the way.
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  • My friend, God will never leave you nor forsake you.
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  • God has not forsaken you.
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  • He's still on this journey with you.
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  • Let that truth encourage your heart today.
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  • I used to have the impression that if I was discouraged,
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  • God would not hear my prayers.
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  • After all, I was in no state to pray the prayer of faith
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  • and to say with no doubt in my heart to any mountain,
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  • "Be removed and be thrown into the sea."
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  • Do you know what the Bible actually records?
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  • If you forget anything else, don't forget this.
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  • In the day of Elijah's faith, ravens fed him,
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  • and the widow sustained him.
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  • But in the day of his depression,
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  • angels waited on him, and God himself fed him.
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  • What a God.
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  • His mercies fail not.
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  • They are new every morning.
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  • God will not forsake you in your day of depression.
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  • In fact, he seeks you out to strengthen you during
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  • your times of discouragement.
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  • I believe that's what the Lord is doing for you.
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  • He could be speaking to you through this program right now.
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  • He wants this message from his Word to get to you.
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  • "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid
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  • "of them; for the Lord your God, he is the one who goes with you.
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  • He will not leave you nor forsake you."
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  • Sometimes we get discouraged because, when we look around us,
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  • we think, like Elijah did, "I alone am left."
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  • We think that God has left us all alone and we have to fight
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  • for our own survival.
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  • The enemy wants you to feel isolated and alone.
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  • He wants you to think that God doesn't care about you.
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  • It's easy to keep you in the bondage of stress
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  • when you feel isolated, and it's easy to keep you
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  • trapped in the Spirit of discouragement and despair
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  • when you believe the lie that God is against you,
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  • that he doesn't care about you, or that he has left you alone.
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  • Know this, you are not alone.
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  • Do you want to know how God responded to Elijah's outcry
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  • that he was all alone, no one else was serving God?
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  • God told Elijah,
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  • "I have reserved 7.000 in Israel,
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  • all whose knees who have not bowed to Baal."
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  • Wow, Elijah was not alone by any measure,
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  • but he did not know it because he did not see those 7.000.
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  • When you cannot see the good that God is doing,
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  • trust his heart for you.
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  • Trust in the invisible, infallible God who loves you.
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  • Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, "I am with you always,
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  • even to the end of the world."
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  • The Lord Jesus himself is with you, always.
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  • He is with you right now.
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  • When you feel like no one understands,
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  • when you feel all alone, what do you do?
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  • David wrote these lines in a beautiful psalm,
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  • "My heart has heard you say, 'Come and talk with me.'
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  • And my heart responds, 'Lord, I am coming.'"
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  • The Lord is the still, small voice that is talking
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  • to you right now and saying to you,
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  • "Come and talk with me."
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  • Whatever cares or anxieties may be weighing you down,
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  • Jesus wants you to tell them to him.
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  • You don't have to craft perfect prayers or follow
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  • some strict religious formula when you talk to him,
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  • just talk to him like a friend.
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  • You can be real with him and tell him what's troubling you.
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  • As you tell him about your worries,
  • 00:22:02.280 --> 00:22:05.030
  • do you know that you are actually letting go
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  • of your cares to him?
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  • Do you know that simply by talking to him,
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  • you are exercising your faith?
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  • It doesn't have to be a mountain-moving,
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  • Mark 11:23 prayer,
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  • but when you are feeling despondent and feel like
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  • you have no faith, just tell it to Jesus like the words of this
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  • beautiful hymn, "Are you weary?
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  • "Are you heavy-hearted?
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  • "Tell it to Jesus. Tell it to Jesus.
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  • "Are you grieving over joys departed?
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  • "Tell it to Jesus alone.
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  • "Tell it to Jesus. Tell it to Jesus.
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  • "He's a friend that's well known.
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  • "You have no other such a friend or brother.
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  • Tell it to Jesus alone."
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  • Letting go is all about talking to Jesus.
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  • It's all about being real with him and talking to him
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  • about what's on your heart.
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  • When you keep it all inside you, your worries and stress
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:58.260
  • become like poison to your soul and body.
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:01.260
  • But when you seek the Lord and tell him what's bothering you,
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  • all your fears and toxic emotions will just drain away.
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  • In turn, you will find his peace guarding your heart and mind.
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  • Everything I share about in my new book,
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  • "Live the Let-Go Life," is rooted in a deeply
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  • personal relationship with our loving Lord Jesus.
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  • So, whenever you get discouraged, tell him.
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  • Whenever you are feeling down, tell him.
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  • Proverbs 18 tells us, "He's a wonderful friend
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  • who sticks closer than a brother."
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  • As you learn to cast your cares to him every day,
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  • you will begin to live the let-go life,
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  • free from fear, stress, and anxiety.
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  • Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,
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  • and I will give you rest."
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  • If your heart is heavy, the Lord is asking you to come to him.
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  • Come to him with all your hurts, your disappointments,
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  • and your failures.
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  • Come to him with all your bitterness and all your pains.
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  • He wants to give you his rest.
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  • Living the let-go life is having an authentic relationship
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  • with the Lord.
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  • It's about coming to him and letting him minister
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  • his love to you.
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  • You won't cast your cares and let go of your worries to him
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  • unless you first believe he really cares about you.
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  • When you worry, you clog up his supply.
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  • But when you rest in his love and in all that he has
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  • accomplished for you, you can let go
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  • and let his supply flow.
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  • Let me just take this time now to pray for you,
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  • wherever you are watching this right now.
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  • Put your hand on your heart and just believe with me
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  • for your complete deliverance from a life of discouragement,
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  • despair, and depression.
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  • Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus,
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  • I pray for every viewer watching this right now.
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  • I pray for them and for their loved ones.
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  • Father in heaven, I thank you that when Jesus died
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  • on the cross, he wore that crown of thorns in our place so that
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  • we can wear the crown of peace, that aggressive peace
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  • that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
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  • I release that peace right now in the name of Jesus
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  • into the hearts and minds of every viewer watching this,
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  • into the hearts and lives of their loved ones.
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  • In the mighty name of Jesus, I command every spirit
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  • of depression and discouragement to loose you
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  • and let you go right now in the name of Jesus.
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  • Father, let your peace just blanket them right now.
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  • And from this day forth, give them abundance of grace,
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  • Lord, to live the let-go life.
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  • (announcer) Do you feel the weight of worry today?
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  • Are your problems piling?
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  • Is your life crowded with cares?
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  • If that's you, today you can clear away the clutter
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  • from the inside out.
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  • God invites you to cast all your cares upon him
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  • because he cares for you.
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  • So, take a moment, take a breath,
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  • turn your worries over to God, and enter his rest.
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  • You can walk lighter, breathe deeper, live happier.
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