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Beyond the Bubble: Bursting Your Control Bubble

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November 15, 2020
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Breaking out of a me-first mindset.

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Beyond the Bubble: Bursting Your Control Bubble

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  • Kerry Shook: Hate to burstyour bubble, but most of
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  • life is out ofour control.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Kerry: Now, we'rekickin' off a new series
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  • today, and that's why Ihave this big ball up here.
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  • Some of you know this iscalled a "Zorb," and a
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  • Zorb is basically a bigplastic bubble that you
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  • can get inside.
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  • Zorbing was invented inNew Zealand in the 1990s,
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  • and zorbing is the sportof rolling down a hill in
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  • a Zorb.
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  • If you're crazy enoughto do that, that's what
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  • zorbing is, or you can getin a Zorb, and you can
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  • bounce into someone elsein another Zorb and try to
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  • knock them flying, andthat's a lot of fun
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  • as well.
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  • And a Zorb can also float,so you can put it on the
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  • water and use it astransportation if you're
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  • tryin' to get across theocean or any body of
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  • water--just takes you alittle while and a lot of
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  • extra work.
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  • But I have a Zorb up heretoday and because most of
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  • us have an invisiblelittle orb around us.
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  • We try to create a worldthat revolves around us,
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  • and we get stuck in alittle bubble of our own
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  • making, our own littlebubble, and it's really
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  • hard to see past it.
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  • And we don't mean to, butwithout even realizing it,
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  • we get stuck in a bubbleof self-interest, where
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  • our whole focus is on ourneeds, our wants, our
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  • desires, our feelings, ourhurts, our perspective,
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  • and we can't seem to breakfree from it to care about
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  • anyone else, and itreally tears down our
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  • closest relationships.
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  • Or maybe today you'vejust become stuck in this
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  • bubble ofanxiety and fear.
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  • It just seems to surroundyou wherever you go, and
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  • it suffocates the joyright out of your life.
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  • Or maybe you find yourselfstuck in a bubble of hurt
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  • and resentment.
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  • It's like an orb that goeswith you wherever you go,
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  • and you can't seem tobreak free from it to get
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  • to a place of healing.
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  • Every one of us have thesebubbles that we create in
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  • our lives that we getstuck in, and that's why
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  • we're starting this newseries that we're calling
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  • "Beyond the Bubble."
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  • It's really how to breakfree from trying to create
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  • a world that revolvesaround us and experiencing
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  • the world that revolvesaround God and his
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  • purposes for our lives andexperiencing his blessings
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  • that he wants to give us.
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  • Now, the New Agephilosophy says that the
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  • universe revolves aroundyou, that the universe is
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  • here to bless you, and ifyou have enough positive
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  • vibes that you send out tothe universe, the universe
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  • will send you backpositive things, that the
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  • universe revolvesaround you.
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  • Folks, nothing could befurther from the truth.
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  • The universe doesn'trevolve around you.
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  • The Bible says theuniverse revolves around
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  • God and his purposesand his plan.
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  • Now, the great news isGod wants to bless you to
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  • fulfill his purposeand his plan.
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  • So the universe doesn'trevolve around me.
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  • It doesn't revolvearound you.
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  • And when we begin torealize that, when we
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  • start experiencing a worldthat revolves around God
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  • and his purpose andplan for our lives, we
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  • experience hisblessings, his peace.
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  • He surrounds us with hisstrength and protection
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  • and peace, andwe find joy.
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  • We find ourpurpose in life.
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  • Now, today, we're gonnastart by talking about
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  • somethin', really, abubble that we all have
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  • trouble with if we'rehonest, and that's the
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  • "control bubble" becausethere's a little bit of
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  • control freak inevery one of us.
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  • If you haven't realizedthat by now, you ought to.
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  • Some of you say, "Well,I'm not a control freak.
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  • I mean, I don't try tocontrol things and other
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  • people, and I'mpretty laid back."
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  • But, really, we all havea little bit of control
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  • freak in us.
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  • See, some people arecontrolling by being these
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  • super-planners.
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  • They just plan everythingout, every little thing,
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  • every detail.
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  • They've got a ten-yearplan, and they've got it
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  • all planned out.
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  • They've planned out theirlives and your life and
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  • everyone else's life.
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  • They've got everythingall planned out.
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  • They control in that way.
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  • Then a pandemic comesalong and blows up their
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  • plans, and it reallyfreaks them out.
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  • Or someone else startsplanning something other
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  • than what they've planned,and those plans clash, and
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  • they get reallyfrustrated, you know,
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  • because things don't gothe way they planned.
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  • And there's a little bitof control freak in all of
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  • us because some peoplesay, "Well, I'm not a
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  • planner at all.
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  • You know, I just wing it.
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  • I just go with the flow,you know, and just
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  • enjoy life."
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  • But when you refuse toplan at all, that's really
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  • being a control freakbecause what you're doing
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  • is saying, "I'm not gonnacommit to anything so I
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  • can keep my optionsopen so I can
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  • control everything.
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  • I don't wanna losecontrol to anyone.
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  • I wanna control everything,"and you miss out.
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  • It's like goin' througha buffet line, and, you
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  • know, you first--you'regoin', "I'm gonna save
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  • room on my plate because Idon't wanna get all this
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  • stuff that's good for me.
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  • I'm gonna wait for all theother stuff, you know, and
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  • load up my plate."
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  • And then you've come tothe end of the line, and
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  • you don't have anything onyour plate because you're
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  • holdin' out, you know,waiting, not making any
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  • decisions, not makingany commitments.
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  • And some people are gonnacome to the end of their
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  • life and not have anythingon their plate to show for
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  • it because they didn'treally commit to anything.
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  • Committed to a thousandthings maybe halfheartedly
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  • but nothing withall their heart.
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  • And so even people whosay, "Well, I don't plan
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  • at all," they're stilla--some control freak.
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  • And some people controlby tryin' to intimidate.
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  • You know, they controlby being forceful and
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  • intimidating others, andother people control by
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  • pouting, and it's like,"Well, if we don't do
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  • that, they're gonnapout, so it's gonna be
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  • a problem."
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  • Some people control bybeing a worry wart because
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  • they think, "The more Iworry, the more I can
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  • control things," andthat's just really dumb
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  • because worryis worthless.
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  • It doesn't doanything for you.
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  • It just hurts youremotions, it hurts your
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  • physical health, it hurtsyour relationships, and it
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  • doesn't help anything.
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  • But we all have a littlebit of control freak
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  • in us.
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  • Every one of us at timestries to control
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  • the uncontrollable.
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  • We construct in our mindswhat I call this illusion
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  • of control, this bubble tokeep all the trouble out,
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  • and we try to controlthe uncontrollable.
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  • We try to controlcircumstances we were
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  • never made to control.
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  • In fact, sociologists dida study at casinos where
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  • they found that, whenpeople were rolling the
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  • dice, if they needed toget a higher number, they
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  • would roll the dice harderwith more force, but when
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  • they needed to get a lowernumber, they would roll
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  • the dice softer becausethey're in control.
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  • It's an illusionof control.
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  • You know, we tryto control what
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  • is uncontrollable.
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  • We try to control ourcircumstances, and we
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  • can't, and it'sfrustrating.
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  • Most of life is justout of our control.
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  • We try to controlother people.
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  • Sometimes we try to put abubble of control on other
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  • people because they reallyneed to be controlled
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  • because they're goin' thewrong direction, and we
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  • get really frustrated whenthey don't appreciate our
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  • littlepersonal-improvement
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  • bubble that we've designedjust for them that would
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  • work perfectly if theywould only wear it.
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  • And sometimes we put aprotective bubble around
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  • us, a comfort bubblebecause we wanna steer
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  • around any problems andcontrol our pain in life
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  • to keep pain away, and wetry to control everything,
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  • but things justspin out of control.
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  • You see, we think we cancontrol, but we can't.
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  • God is the only one thatreally is in control.
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  • No matter how hard youtry, it's kind of like
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  • these bubbles thatI'm gonna make.
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  • This is fun.
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  • Kind of relaxing, but nomatter how hard you try to
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  • make your bubble ofcontrol--eventually
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  • it bursts.
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  • Those bubbles are gonnapop because we try to make
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  • these bubbles of control,and really, it's just an
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  • illusion, and God willallow your bubble of
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  • control to be popped whereyou realize that--not
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  • really in control.
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  • Hate to burst your bubblebut most of life is out of
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  • our control.
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  • But then a lot of peoplesay, "Well, I agree
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  • with that.
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  • Most of life isout of control.
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  • In fact, nothing is incontrol, and no one is
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  • control, and everythingthat happens in life is
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  • just a random accident.
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  • It's sort of like you'rejust a bubble, you know,
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  • just blowing in the windwherever it may go, and
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  • there's really noone in control.
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  • Life is just random, andso, yeah, that's
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  • right, Kerry.
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  • Control is just anillusion, and everything
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  • happens by chance, andthere's no purpose
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  • in life.
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  • There's no such thingas anyone in control."
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  • But that's just not true.
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  • Really, what this wholeseries comes down to is
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  • God is in control,and you're not God.
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  • female announcer: Stillto come with Pastor
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  • Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: The Bible says wewere made in the image of
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  • God, but the problem todayis we try to make God into
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  • our own image.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: This holiday season,as we give thanks and celebrate
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  • the gift of Christ, we shouldalso recognize the gift we
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  • have in each day.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries,we are dedicated to
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  • sharing that Gospel truthall over the world through
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  • inspiring, creativebiblical teaching, and
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  • life-transformingministry, but we don't do
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  • it alone.
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  • It's only with the helpof friends like you.
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  • That's why today, as aspecial thank you for your
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  • support, pastors Kerry andChris want to send you
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  • Kerry: God wants you torealize that he's in
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  • control--thatyou're not God.
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  • And so I want you to openyour Bibles to Isaiah
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  • chapter 40, beginning withverse 25, because God
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  • really wants to saysomethin' directly to
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  • us today.
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  • So would you stand inhonor of God's Word, and
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  • just follow along with me.
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  • This is God speakingdirectly to us: "'To whom
  • 00:11:35.111 --> 00:11:39.849
  • will you compare me?
  • 00:11:39.882 --> 00:11:41.684
  • Or who is my equal?'says the Holy One.
  • 00:11:41.717 --> 00:11:43.919
  • Lift up your eyes andlook to the heavens.
  • 00:11:43.953 --> 00:11:46.422
  • Who created all these?
  • 00:11:46.455 --> 00:11:48.557
  • He who brings out thestarry host one by one and
  • 00:11:48.591 --> 00:11:50.960
  • calls forth eachof them by name.
  • 00:11:50.993 --> 00:11:53.529
  • Because of his great powerand mighty strength, not
  • 00:11:53.562 --> 00:11:55.431
  • one of them is missing.
  • 00:11:55.464 --> 00:11:57.700
  • Why do youcomplain, Jacob?
  • 00:11:57.733 --> 00:11:59.368
  • Why do you say, Israel,'My way is hidden from the
  • 00:11:59.401 --> 00:12:01.303
  • Lord; my cause isdisregarded by my God'?
  • 00:12:01.337 --> 00:12:05.107
  • Do you not know?
  • 00:12:05.141 --> 00:12:06.876
  • Have you not heard?
  • 00:12:06.909 --> 00:12:08.611
  • The Lord is theeverlasting God, the
  • 00:12:08.644 --> 00:12:10.613
  • Creator of theends of the earth.
  • 00:12:10.646 --> 00:12:13.349
  • He will not grow tiredor weary, and his
  • 00:12:13.382 --> 00:12:15.951
  • understanding noone can fathom.
  • 00:12:15.985 --> 00:12:18.921
  • He gives strength to theweary and increases the
  • 00:12:18.954 --> 00:12:20.890
  • power of the weak.
  • 00:12:20.923 --> 00:12:22.892
  • Even youths grow tiredand weary, and young men
  • 00:12:22.925 --> 00:12:24.860
  • stumble and fall, butthose who hope in the Lord
  • 00:12:24.894 --> 00:12:28.497
  • will renew their strength.
  • 00:12:28.531 --> 00:12:30.132
  • They will soar onwings like eagles.
  • 00:12:30.166 --> 00:12:32.468
  • They will run andnot grow weary.
  • 00:12:32.501 --> 00:12:34.170
  • They will walkand not be faint."
  • 00:12:34.203 --> 00:12:37.540
  • You can be seated, andhere God is speaking
  • 00:12:37.573 --> 00:12:40.109
  • directly to us, and he'ssaying, "You have to break
  • 00:12:40.142 --> 00:12:42.845
  • free from the controlbubble, or you'll never
  • 00:12:42.878 --> 00:12:45.548
  • experience my care andcontrol in your life.
  • 00:12:45.581 --> 00:12:47.950
  • You have to break freefrom this bubble of
  • 00:12:47.983 --> 00:12:50.286
  • control or you'll neverfeel surrounded by my
  • 00:12:50.319 --> 00:12:53.189
  • peace and my strength andmy joy and my blessings.
  • 00:12:53.222 --> 00:12:58.727
  • God wants you toexperience that.
  • 00:12:58.761 --> 00:13:01.263
  • And so I just wanna sharewith you two things, two
  • 00:13:01.297 --> 00:13:03.465
  • really simple thingsthat'll change your life
  • 00:13:03.499 --> 00:13:06.068
  • forever, two really simplethings, but they are
  • 00:13:06.101 --> 00:13:10.172
  • life-changing from thispassage on how you can
  • 00:13:10.206 --> 00:13:13.542
  • break free from a controlbubble, how you can break
  • 00:13:13.576 --> 00:13:17.079
  • free from trying to createa world that revolves
  • 00:13:17.112 --> 00:13:19.315
  • around you, and you canexperience a world that
  • 00:13:19.348 --> 00:13:21.650
  • revolves around God andhis blessings in
  • 00:13:21.684 --> 00:13:23.886
  • your life.
  • 00:13:23.919 --> 00:13:25.921
  • First, see God as he is.
  • 00:13:25.955 --> 00:13:29.158
  • See God as he is.
  • 00:13:29.191 --> 00:13:31.694
  • Did you know your view ofGod is the most important
  • 00:13:31.727 --> 00:13:33.529
  • mind-set you canhave in life?
  • 00:13:33.562 --> 00:13:35.331
  • Your view of Goddetermines everything
  • 00:13:35.364 --> 00:13:37.967
  • about your life.
  • 00:13:38.000 --> 00:13:39.702
  • It's the most importantthing in your life because
  • 00:13:39.735 --> 00:13:41.770
  • your view of God willdetermine all
  • 00:13:41.804 --> 00:13:44.073
  • your decisions.
  • 00:13:44.106 --> 00:13:45.441
  • It'll affect allyour decisions.
  • 00:13:45.474 --> 00:13:46.976
  • It'll affect everyrelationship in your life.
  • 00:13:47.009 --> 00:13:48.811
  • It'll affect your purpose.
  • 00:13:48.844 --> 00:13:50.779
  • Your view of God affectseverything in your life.
  • 00:13:50.813 --> 00:13:53.482
  • So what is yourview of God?
  • 00:13:53.515 --> 00:13:58.821
  • You see, many times, wetry to put God into our
  • 00:13:58.854 --> 00:14:01.790
  • own little bubble of ourmaking, and we try to fit
  • 00:14:01.824 --> 00:14:05.594
  • God into our own littlecreation, our own little
  • 00:14:05.628 --> 00:14:09.098
  • bubble, and we try tolimit God so we can
  • 00:14:09.131 --> 00:14:11.567
  • understand him betterso that he can kind of
  • 00:14:11.600 --> 00:14:14.069
  • revolve around us, and hecan exist kind of to meet
  • 00:14:14.103 --> 00:14:16.472
  • our needs and our wants,and we try to fit God into
  • 00:14:16.505 --> 00:14:21.076
  • our own little bubble, andwe try to make God small.
  • 00:14:21.110 --> 00:14:25.047
  • It makes other peoplearound us big.
  • 00:14:25.080 --> 00:14:27.850
  • It makes our problemsreally big when we make
  • 00:14:27.883 --> 00:14:30.319
  • God small, but sometimesit makes us feel better
  • 00:14:30.352 --> 00:14:33.789
  • and more in control.
  • 00:14:33.822 --> 00:14:36.492
  • The Bible says we weremade in the image of God,
  • 00:14:36.525 --> 00:14:38.494
  • but the problem today iswe try to make God into
  • 00:14:38.527 --> 00:14:40.496
  • our own image.
  • 00:14:40.529 --> 00:14:43.999
  • I talk to people a lot whoknow I'm a pastor, and
  • 00:14:44.033 --> 00:14:48.203
  • sometimes they'll say,knowing I'm a pastor,
  • 00:14:48.237 --> 00:14:51.473
  • "Well, I just believethis about God.
  • 00:14:51.507 --> 00:14:54.743
  • I don't know what youteach exactly, but I just
  • 00:14:54.777 --> 00:14:56.946
  • believe this about God."
  • 00:14:56.979 --> 00:14:59.515
  • And they'll go on to tellme their concept of God,
  • 00:14:59.548 --> 00:15:01.283
  • or "I just--my concept ofGod is this," and they'll
  • 00:15:01.317 --> 00:15:03.953
  • go on to tell me what theyfeel God is like, and I
  • 00:15:03.986 --> 00:15:06.622
  • always wanna say, "Whocares what you think God
  • 00:15:06.655 --> 00:15:09.525
  • is like?
  • 00:15:09.558 --> 00:15:11.260
  • Who cares what Ithink God is like?
  • 00:15:11.293 --> 00:15:13.028
  • All that matters iswhat God is like."
  • 00:15:13.062 --> 00:15:16.899
  • C.S. Lewis said, "I don'twant my image of God.
  • 00:15:16.932 --> 00:15:20.903
  • I want God."
  • 00:15:20.936 --> 00:15:23.505
  • You see, we can't put Godin our own little bubble,
  • 00:15:23.539 --> 00:15:26.542
  • in our own little making,making him into our own
  • 00:15:26.575 --> 00:15:29.345
  • little image forour purposes.
  • 00:15:29.378 --> 00:15:32.448
  • No, God will burst thatbubble because God will
  • 00:15:32.481 --> 00:15:36.051
  • not be contained.
  • 00:15:36.085 --> 00:15:37.886
  • God cannot be controlled.
  • 00:15:37.920 --> 00:15:39.521
  • God's purpose willnot be denied.
  • 00:15:39.555 --> 00:15:42.891
  • God's plan will not bestopped because he is
  • 00:15:42.925 --> 00:15:46.729
  • ever-present, all-knowing,all-seeing Almighty God.
  • 00:15:46.762 --> 00:15:52.835
  • He is all-powerful God,and he can't be limited,
  • 00:15:52.868 --> 00:15:56.972
  • but a lot of times we makeGod so small, and it makes
  • 00:15:57.006 --> 00:15:58.907
  • our problems really big,and it causes us to create
  • 00:15:58.941 --> 00:16:01.710
  • this bubble where we justfocus on our own needs and
  • 00:16:01.744 --> 00:16:05.948
  • feelings and wants anddesires, and we can't see
  • 00:16:05.981 --> 00:16:09.618
  • anything else.
  • 00:16:09.651 --> 00:16:11.253
  • Well, we gotta see God ashe is, not how we want him
  • 00:16:11.286 --> 00:16:14.923
  • to be, but as he is.
  • 00:16:14.957 --> 00:16:17.259
  • Isaiah 40:25, says, "'Towhom will you compare me?
  • 00:16:17.292 --> 00:16:21.163
  • Or who is my equal?'says the Holy One."
  • 00:16:21.196 --> 00:16:24.400
  • He's sayin', you can'tcompare me with
  • 00:16:24.433 --> 00:16:25.968
  • anyone else.
  • 00:16:26.001 --> 00:16:27.936
  • You can't compare meto a human being."
  • 00:16:27.970 --> 00:16:31.173
  • You see, when we think ofGod, we like to think of
  • 00:16:31.206 --> 00:16:33.642
  • him as just a betterversion of ourselves.
  • 00:16:33.675 --> 00:16:37.446
  • Yeah, you know, I mean,"He's just better than
  • 00:16:37.479 --> 00:16:39.915
  • we are.
  • 00:16:39.948 --> 00:16:42.017
  • He's just a better versionof myself," and so that it
  • 00:16:42.051 --> 00:16:43.919
  • helps me kind ofunderstand and put him
  • 00:16:43.952 --> 00:16:45.921
  • into my own little bubblewhere I can kind of grasp
  • 00:16:45.954 --> 00:16:47.923
  • and understand God.
  • 00:16:47.956 --> 00:16:49.658
  • And it's like we think ofthe most loving person
  • 00:16:49.691 --> 00:16:52.127
  • that we've ever heard of.
  • 00:16:52.161 --> 00:16:53.829
  • We know God is all loving,so we think of the most
  • 00:16:53.862 --> 00:16:55.664
  • loving person we everheard of, maybe Mother
  • 00:16:55.697 --> 00:16:57.499
  • Teresa, and we think,"Mother Teresa was
  • 00:16:57.533 --> 00:16:59.968
  • so loving.
  • 00:17:00.002 --> 00:17:01.537
  • She gave her life to thepoorest of the poor in
  • 00:17:01.570 --> 00:17:03.272
  • Calcutta, India.
  • 00:17:03.305 --> 00:17:04.673
  • She would just loveanyone--anyone.
  • 00:17:04.706 --> 00:17:06.275
  • No matter what they weregoin' through, she would
  • 00:17:06.308 --> 00:17:07.676
  • just love everyonethat came in.
  • 00:17:07.709 --> 00:17:09.278
  • She would just love them."
  • 00:17:09.311 --> 00:17:10.813
  • And so we think of God.
  • 00:17:10.846 --> 00:17:12.748
  • "God, he must love 100times more than
  • 00:17:12.781 --> 00:17:14.349
  • Mother Teresa.
  • 00:17:14.383 --> 00:17:16.318
  • Yeah, I mean, maybe, maybeGod loves 1.000 times more
  • 00:17:16.351 --> 00:17:18.220
  • than Mother Teresa."
  • 00:17:18.253 --> 00:17:21.323
  • But God says, "No,I'm incomparable.
  • 00:17:21.356 --> 00:17:25.794
  • You can't compare me toanother human being.
  • 00:17:25.828 --> 00:17:28.297
  • It's worthless.
  • 00:17:28.330 --> 00:17:30.065
  • My love is so farbeyond human love.
  • 00:17:30.099 --> 00:17:33.936
  • My divine, unconditionallove is beyond anything
  • 00:17:33.969 --> 00:17:36.905
  • you could ever fathom."
  • 00:17:36.939 --> 00:17:39.741
  • It's so far beyond ourgrasp, our all-loving God,
  • 00:17:39.775 --> 00:17:44.880
  • but we wanna try tounderstand him by makin'
  • 00:17:44.913 --> 00:17:47.049
  • him smaller, and God says,"Don't do that because
  • 00:17:47.082 --> 00:17:51.653
  • that'll just makeyour problems bigger.
  • 00:17:51.687 --> 00:17:53.222
  • That'll just make otherpeople bigger than they
  • 00:17:53.255 --> 00:17:55.290
  • are, and you'll try toplease other people."
  • 00:17:55.324 --> 00:17:57.893
  • If you make God small,you make people big.
  • 00:17:57.926 --> 00:18:00.295
  • If you make God small, youmake your problems big
  • 00:18:00.329 --> 00:18:01.697
  • because God is biggerthan any problem.
  • 00:18:01.730 --> 00:18:06.135
  • God is greater than anyperson, but we can't even
  • 00:18:06.168 --> 00:18:08.804
  • compare him.
  • 00:18:08.837 --> 00:18:10.706
  • He's incomparable.
  • 00:18:10.739 --> 00:18:13.509
  • In Isaiah 40:28, God says,"Lift up your eyes and
  • 00:18:13.542 --> 00:18:16.912
  • look to the heavens.
  • 00:18:16.945 --> 00:18:18.280
  • Who created all these?
  • 00:18:18.313 --> 00:18:19.681
  • He who brings out thestarry host one by one and
  • 00:18:19.715 --> 00:18:21.283
  • calls forth eachof them by name.
  • 00:18:21.316 --> 00:18:23.118
  • Because of his great powerand mighty strength, not
  • 00:18:23.152 --> 00:18:25.354
  • one of them is missing."
  • 00:18:25.387 --> 00:18:27.656
  • He's sayin', "Lift up yourhead out of your little
  • 00:18:27.689 --> 00:18:29.758
  • bubble and lookup at the sky.
  • 00:18:29.791 --> 00:18:33.529
  • Stop looking at yourcircumstances and look at
  • 00:18:33.562 --> 00:18:35.998
  • the sky, the night sky,and see the stars, the
  • 00:18:36.031 --> 00:18:38.867
  • billions upon billions ofstars that I created in
  • 00:18:38.901 --> 00:18:41.770
  • this infinite universe."
  • 00:18:41.803 --> 00:18:44.273
  • You see, if you look up atthe night sky on a clear
  • 00:18:44.306 --> 00:18:48.177
  • night and you see thosestars, you feel really
  • 00:18:48.210 --> 00:18:52.381
  • small because you get alittle glimpse of how big
  • 00:18:52.414 --> 00:18:55.217
  • God is and how we can'tfathom how great and
  • 00:18:55.250 --> 00:19:00.255
  • powerful God is and how wecan't control God, and we
  • 00:19:00.289 --> 00:19:04.793
  • can't put God in ourown little bubble.
  • 00:19:04.826 --> 00:19:06.862
  • He's gonna burstthat bubble.
  • 00:19:06.895 --> 00:19:08.597
  • He will not be controlled.
  • 00:19:08.630 --> 00:19:10.666
  • He will not be contained.
  • 00:19:10.699 --> 00:19:12.634
  • God is all powerful, andso I've gotta see God as
  • 00:19:12.668 --> 00:19:15.304
  • he is, not what I want himto be, but as he really is
  • 00:19:15.337 --> 00:19:18.874
  • and let God beGod in my life.
  • 00:19:18.907 --> 00:19:20.909
  • And then, secondly, I'vegotta surrender to God
  • 00:19:20.943 --> 00:19:22.544
  • just as I am, just asI am without a plea.
  • 00:19:22.578 --> 00:19:27.749
  • In Isaiah 40:29, it says,"He gives strength to the
  • 00:19:27.783 --> 00:19:30.452
  • weary and increasesthe power of the weak.
  • 00:19:30.485 --> 00:19:32.254
  • Even youths grow tiredand weary, and young men
  • 00:19:32.287 --> 00:19:34.256
  • stumble and fall."
  • 00:19:34.289 --> 00:19:37.759
  • What a powerful verse.
  • 00:19:37.793 --> 00:19:40.562
  • If I come to God and admitI'm worn out from trying
  • 00:19:40.596 --> 00:19:42.397
  • to control, I admit myfailure, I admit my
  • 00:19:42.431 --> 00:19:45.767
  • weakness, I admit mybrokenness, then he's
  • 00:19:45.801 --> 00:19:48.303
  • gonna wrap me in his arms.
  • 00:19:48.337 --> 00:19:50.539
  • "I admit, God, mycontrol bubble burst.
  • 00:19:50.572 --> 00:19:55.244
  • I give up," and he willwrap us and surround us
  • 00:19:55.277 --> 00:19:58.280
  • with his arms and hold usup, and we can soar in
  • 00:19:58.313 --> 00:20:01.750
  • his strength.
  • 00:20:01.783 --> 00:20:04.286
  • What a powerful thing.
  • 00:20:04.319 --> 00:20:06.088
  • "Even youths grow tiredand weary, and young men
  • 00:20:06.121 --> 00:20:07.656
  • stumble and fall."
  • 00:20:07.689 --> 00:20:09.491
  • See, every oneof us had failed.
  • 00:20:09.524 --> 00:20:10.993
  • Every one ofus are broken.
  • 00:20:11.026 --> 00:20:12.628
  • Doesn't matter what youlook like on the outside.
  • 00:20:12.661 --> 00:20:13.996
  • You can make everything onthe outside look pretty
  • 00:20:14.029 --> 00:20:15.864
  • good, but on the inside,we all have a hidden hurt.
  • 00:20:15.897 --> 00:20:19.334
  • I don't know everythingabout you, all of you
  • 00:20:19.368 --> 00:20:20.702
  • worshipping online withus, everyone here at the
  • 00:20:20.736 --> 00:20:22.871
  • Woodlands campus or youguys at the Atascocita
  • 00:20:22.904 --> 00:20:25.507
  • campus or theNorthpointe campus.
  • 00:20:25.540 --> 00:20:27.576
  • I don't know everythingabout you, but I know one
  • 00:20:27.609 --> 00:20:29.111
  • thing about you I'mcertain of: You have a
  • 00:20:29.144 --> 00:20:31.179
  • hidden hurt.
  • 00:20:31.213 --> 00:20:32.581
  • You carry a hurt becausewe're all broken on
  • 00:20:32.614 --> 00:20:34.583
  • the inside.
  • 00:20:34.616 --> 00:20:35.984
  • May look reallygood on the outside.
  • 00:20:36.018 --> 00:20:37.352
  • We're all brokenon the inside.
  • 00:20:37.386 --> 00:20:38.754
  • Maybe it's a brokenrelationship, maybe it's a
  • 00:20:38.787 --> 00:20:40.355
  • broken heart, maybe it's abroken dream, maybe it's
  • 00:20:40.389 --> 00:20:43.792
  • just broken hope, brokenemotions--we all have
  • 00:20:43.825 --> 00:20:49.798
  • brokenness in ourlives, every one of us.
  • 00:20:49.831 --> 00:20:52.868
  • Maybe it's a broken body.
  • 00:20:52.901 --> 00:20:54.436
  • We all have brokennessin our lives.
  • 00:20:54.469 --> 00:20:56.872
  • We all have a hiddenhurt that we carry.
  • 00:20:56.905 --> 00:21:00.309
  • Everyone you meet ishurting, but here's the
  • 00:21:00.342 --> 00:21:02.744
  • great news: When I bringmy brokenness to God, he
  • 00:21:02.778 --> 00:21:05.580
  • can bring blessednessout of it.
  • 00:21:05.614 --> 00:21:08.183
  • That brokenness is thereto burst my control bubble
  • 00:21:08.216 --> 00:21:11.320
  • so that I can turn to theonly one who can really
  • 00:21:11.353 --> 00:21:13.922
  • care for me.
  • 00:21:13.955 --> 00:21:16.024
  • In his care and control,I can find peace.
  • 00:21:16.058 --> 00:21:20.762
  • The other bubble thoughthat the enemy wants us to
  • 00:21:20.796 --> 00:21:23.498
  • stay stuck in is thebubble of "I'm all alone."
  • 00:21:23.532 --> 00:21:28.036
  • The bubble of "I'm theonly one," and that's his
  • 00:21:28.070 --> 00:21:30.906
  • most effective bubble thathe tries to put into
  • 00:21:30.939 --> 00:21:33.075
  • our lives.
  • 00:21:33.108 --> 00:21:34.643
  • We'll think we'rethe only one hurting.
  • 00:21:34.676 --> 00:21:36.178
  • It's like everyone elseis happy at church.
  • 00:21:36.211 --> 00:21:37.512
  • "Everyone else, man,they're all happy,
  • 00:21:37.546 --> 00:21:39.147
  • praising God,and I'm grieving.
  • 00:21:39.181 --> 00:21:42.884
  • I'm all alone though."
  • 00:21:42.918 --> 00:21:45.721
  • It's just not true.
  • 00:21:45.754 --> 00:21:47.723
  • It's just not true.
  • 00:21:47.756 --> 00:21:49.558
  • "I'm the only onestruggling with this sin.
  • 00:21:49.591 --> 00:21:51.760
  • Everyone else, man,they've got victory all
  • 00:21:51.793 --> 00:21:53.662
  • the time.
  • 00:21:53.695 --> 00:21:55.364
  • God just worksmiracles in their life.
  • 00:21:55.397 --> 00:21:56.765
  • I'm the only onestruggling."
  • 00:21:56.798 --> 00:21:58.367
  • Just not true.
  • 00:21:58.400 --> 00:21:59.768
  • You're not alone.
  • 00:21:59.801 --> 00:22:02.270
  • You're not alone.
  • 00:22:02.304 --> 00:22:04.639
  • There are so many othersin our congregation.
  • 00:22:04.673 --> 00:22:06.942
  • They're goin' through thesame thing or have gone
  • 00:22:06.975 --> 00:22:08.310
  • through the same thing.
  • 00:22:08.343 --> 00:22:09.711
  • "Well, I'm the only onewho's got this huge
  • 00:22:09.745 --> 00:22:11.313
  • problem that'sweighing me down.
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  • No one else has this.
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  • I'm the only one."
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  • The enemy will try to puton you the "I'm the only
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  • one" bubble.
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  • Break out of that becausethat is the biggest lie
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  • you'll ever hear.
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  • You are not alone, and youwill make it through with
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  • God's power because he'sin the boat with you.
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  • If Christ is in the boatwith you, you're gonna
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  • make it.
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  • He's gonna see you through.
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  • You're not alone.
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  • Look what this nextpassage says, Isaiah 40:31,
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  • "But those who hopein the Lord will renew
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  • their strength.
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  • They will soar onwings like eagles.
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  • They will run andnot grow weary.
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  • They will walkand not be faint."
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  • He's sayin' that when Iburst my control bubble,
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  • and I go, "God, I give up, Isurrender, I'm not in control,
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  • I come to you just as I am, I'mweak, I'm worn out, I failed,"
  • 00:22:53.622 --> 00:22:59.060
  • that's when he wrapshis arms around you,
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  • and then he helps yousoar, and your spirit will
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  • just soar.
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  • You'll feel the joy andthe release from just
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  • giving up all theburden to God.
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  • "Yes, God, I've tried tofix that relationship.
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  • I can't, so I give it toyou to do whatever
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  • you want.
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  • There's nothin' Ican do about it.
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  • I've tried.
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  • God, I give youthat problem.
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  • I can't control this one.
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  • I give it to you to dowhat you want, so I have
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  • to trust you with it."
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  • That's when you feel hispeace and his strength
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  • wrap around you and holdyou up when you can't
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  • go on.
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  • Now, sometimes, when Isurrender to God--and I do
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  • this just about everyday--when I come to the
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  • end of myself, I go,"God, I can't do it.
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  • I give up.
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  • You know, I'm tryin' tocontrol again," and he
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  • wraps his arms around me,and I just feel my spirit
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  • soaring like an eagle,like eagles that get into
  • 00:23:45.040 --> 00:23:47.309
  • those thermals in the air,in the atmosphere, and it
  • 00:23:47.342 --> 00:23:50.045
  • just takes them up withouteven flapping their wings,
  • 00:23:50.078 --> 00:23:52.214
  • and sometimes Godjust takes me up.
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  • It's like, "Wow."
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  • I give it to God.
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  • He works his miracle,and I'm just soaring.
  • 00:23:56.785 --> 00:23:59.020
  • But then there are othertimes that I'm stumbling,
  • 00:23:59.054 --> 00:24:02.257
  • and I'm falling, tryingto control everything.
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:03.992
  • "Oh, God, I give it up toyou," and he gives me the
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  • strength to keep running,to keep running, to keep
  • 00:24:05.694 --> 00:24:09.064
  • running forward, even ifthe wind is in my face.
  • 00:24:09.097 --> 00:24:11.967
  • And then there are othertimes that I'm just flat
  • 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:14.903
  • on my face, and I give upto God, and God gives me
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  • the power to takethe next step.
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  • He says, "You will walkand not be faint."
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  • Sometimes that's the mostpowerful thing of all
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  • because sometimes he givesme the strength just to
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  • plod, just to keepplodding on, to not give
  • 00:24:32.721 --> 00:24:37.692
  • up, just to keep ploddingon, even though it's
  • 00:24:37.726 --> 00:24:40.529
  • messy, just tokeep plodding on.
  • 00:24:40.562 --> 00:24:42.597
  • Blessed are the plodders,for they will eventually
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  • make it.
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  • Just keep plodding.
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  • If all you're gonna do isplod, that is a powerful,
  • 00:24:47.369 --> 00:24:49.471
  • spiritual thing, ploddingin God's power, takin'
  • 00:24:49.504 --> 00:24:53.308
  • another step in God'spower, takin' another step
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  • in God's power.
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  • I give up to him, and it'slike he's gonna give me
  • 00:24:56.811 --> 00:24:58.346
  • the strength to keepplodding on, and I'm gonna
  • 00:24:58.380 --> 00:25:00.549
  • make it with his power,and you're gonna make it
  • 00:25:00.582 --> 00:25:03.418
  • with his power.
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  • Maybe you're soaringtoday, maybe you're
  • 00:25:05.020 --> 00:25:06.588
  • plodding along.
  • 00:25:06.621 --> 00:25:08.256
  • Doesn't matter as long asyou're movin' forward.
  • 00:25:08.290 --> 00:25:09.858
  • Winston Churchill said,"When you're goin' through
  • 00:25:09.891 --> 00:25:11.259
  • hell, keep going."
  • 00:25:11.293 --> 00:25:13.295
  • Good advice.
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  • Keep going, keep plodding,don't give up.
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  • Maybe you feel like you'regoin' through hell today.
  • 00:25:18.166 --> 00:25:19.801
  • Just keep going.
  • 00:25:19.834 --> 00:25:21.303
  • Take another step towardheaven, another step
  • 00:25:21.336 --> 00:25:22.737
  • toward heaven, anotherstep toward heaven, and he
  • 00:25:22.771 --> 00:25:24.739
  • will see you through oneday at a time, one moment
  • 00:25:24.773 --> 00:25:27.075
  • at a time with his power,his strength, on the wings
  • 00:25:27.108 --> 00:25:34.082
  • of our Lord and Savior.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook:We're so glad that you
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  • joined us for the messagetoday and hope that
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  • impacts your lifeall week long.
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  • Kerry: And, Chris, I knowthat there's many out
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  • there who've neverreceived Christ, and all
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  • you have to do is justpray and ask for his
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  • salvation and say, "JesusChrist, forgive me of all
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  • my sins.
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  • Come into my life.
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  • Be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift ofsalvation and heaven
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  • one day."
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  • And if you pray thatprayer, Christ will come
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  • into your life, andhe'll never leave you.
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  • and celebrate the gift ofChrist, we should also
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