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Dancing on a Tightrope: Embrace the Place

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November 8, 2020
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Learn to live in the tension by trusting God and letting go.

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Dancing on a Tightrope: Embrace the Place

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  • it changes everything.
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  • Kerry: Well, we just startedthis new series we're calling
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  • "Dancing on A Tightrope,"because a lot of times in life,
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  • we feel like we're ona tightrope of tension,
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  • in the middle of a problem,in the middle of confusion,
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  • in the middle of stress, inthe middle of a relationship
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  • conflict, in the middleof a family crisis.
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  • We feel like we're out on atightrope of tension with no
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  • net below.
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  • Now, I have here a little beamthat I'm trying to keep my
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  • balance on, and I have to admit,even though I'm not very good at
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  • keeping my balance, I don'tfeel a lot of tension,
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  • because it's not veryfar off the ground.
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  • Now, if you put this beam20 stories up in the air,
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  • it would freak meout a little bit.
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  • Even 20 feet in theair, I'd be freaked out.
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  • I'd be really freaked out ifI had to dance on this beam 20
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  • stories up in the air, becausethat would converge my two
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  • greatest fears, thefear of heights,
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  • and the fear of dancing.
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  • Several years ago.
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  • Chris and I took a dance class,and I was the worst in the
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  • class, the teacherpointed that out.
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  • Chris was so embarrassed, andshe gave up on me when it comes
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  • to dancing, and we'venever been back.
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  • I was raised Baptist,so I have an excuse.
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  • I just can't dance.
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  • Usually though, when we'reout on the tightrope of life,
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  • in the middle of thetension, we think it's bad.
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  • We just naturally thinkwe're in a bad place.
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  • We naturally thinkthis is a bad thing,
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  • but the tension of lifeis not a bad place to be,
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  • really it's the best placeto be to learn to trust God.
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  • In fact, it's only in thetension of life where we can
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  • truly learn to trust God.
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  • It's only out on thetightrope of tension,
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  • in that place of in between,where we truly learn to dance.
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  • Now, when we're on thetightrope of tension,
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  • we usually make themistake of thinking,
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  • "If I can just get to theother side of the tightrope,
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  • there'll be no more tension."
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  • You know, if I can just get tothe other side of this stressful
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  • season, then everythingwill settle down.
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  • If I can just get to the otherside of this big problem,
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  • then I'll be problem-free.
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  • Well, folks, the only placethat's problem-free is heaven.
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  • And we find ourselves inthis place of in between.
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  • In between where we used to beand where we really wanna be
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  • in life.
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  • And, you see, the problem iswhen we try to race past the
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  • tightrope to getto the other side,
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  • and when we try to get out ofthis place of in between because
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  • it feels so bad, what we findis just another tightrope of
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  • tension waiting for us.
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  • Just another problem.
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  • Just some more stress.
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  • Because once we get to theother side of a tightrope,
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  • there's always anothertightrope of tension,
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  • another stressful season.
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  • It may look at little different,but stress and problems.
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  • And whenever we find ourselvescaught in this place of in
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  • between, and we don't likeit, it doesn't feel right,
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  • it feels bad, we wanna hurryand get to the other side of the
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  • tightrope, we miss themiracle that's in the moment.
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  • We miss the miracle that's inthe moment that God has for us.
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  • And so, today my message iscalled "Embrace the Place,"
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  • because you have to embracethe place of in between.
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  • If you don't embrace the place,then you'll try to race right
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  • past the place, and you'll missthe miracle that God has for
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  • you, and you'll never learnhow to dance on the tightrope.
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  • Well, last week we lookedat Moses and his place of
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  • in between.
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  • He was supposed to be the greatdeliverer to deliver his people
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  • from slavery in Egypt, andyet he fails miserably.
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  • He ends up in the desert, whichwas his place of in between.
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  • And God meets him right there inhis place of in between through
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  • the burning bush, andwe saw that last week.
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  • And we saw that God showed upright there in the place of
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  • in between.
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  • It was right where hewanted Moses to be.
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  • And if you feel like you'rein the place of in between,
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  • I want you to know you'reright were God wants you to be,
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  • so that he can show upright where you are,
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  • right in the very place you'reat, and meet your needs.
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  • So, today we're gonna learn howto embrace the place and not
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  • race past the place.
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  • How to enjoy the moment.
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  • How to embrace theplace where God has you,
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  • and to experience themiracle that he has for you.
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  • So, open your Bibles to Exoduschapter 3 and we'll begin with
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  • verse 3.
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  • And we're gonna kinda pick upwhere we left off last week
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  • looking at Moses.
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  • "So he thought, 'Why isn'tthis bush burning up?
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  • I must go over and seethis strange sight.'
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  • When the Lord saw that Moseshad come over to see it,
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  • God called to him fromthe bush, 'Moses, Moses,'
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  • and Moses answered,'Here I am.'
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  • And God said, 'Don'tcome any closer.
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  • Take off your sandals becausethe place where you are standing
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  • is holy ground.'"
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  • Well, God shows up in Moses'place of in between in
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  • the dessert.
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  • God meets Moses in the place ofin between, and he says, "Moses,
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  • right now this placeis holy ground."
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  • I've just turned this place ofin between into holy ground.
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  • Have you ever been to a placewhere people considered it
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  • sacred ground?
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  • If you've been to GlacierMountain National Park in
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  • Montana, then you've been to aplace that the Blackfeet tribe
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  • consider sacred lands.
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  • Chris and I have been toMount Moriah in Jerusalem,
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  • the temple mount where Jewsconsider it a sacred place,
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  • because the templeonce stood there.
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  • Muslims also considerit a sacred place,
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  • because the Dome of theRock shrine is there.
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  • Chris and I have also been acouple years ago to Gettysburg,
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  • Pennsylvania, and that'sconsidered hallowed ground,
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  • because from July1-3, 1863, Gettysburg,
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  • Pennsylvania was the sight ofthe bloodiest battle ever fought
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  • on American soil, over50.000 casualties.
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  • But right after the battle,those rolling hills,
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  • and wheat fields, and peachorchards of Gettysburg were
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  • considered anythingbut sacred ground.
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  • I mean, it was a place of justhorrific human carnage and
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  • death, destruction,blood-soiled ground.
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  • But just a few months later,standing on the same ground,
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  • President Lincoln uttered 275words that changed that place
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  • from hellish groundto hallowed ground.
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  • In the Gettysburg Address, whichlasted less than three minutes,
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  • Lincoln spoke words that turnedthat place from a place of
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  • horror into hallowed ground.
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  • Now, Moses didn't realize he wason holy ground when he was in
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  • the desert, thisplace of in between.
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  • To him it looked likeGod-forsaken ground,
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  • and he thought God hadforgotten him out there.
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  • It looked like desolate ground.
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  • It looked like hopeless ground.
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  • I mean, he used to be inthe palace of Pharaoh,
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  • and now he's outhere in the desert.
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  • It looks like hopeless ground,but God shows up and he says,
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  • "Moses, I'm turning this placefrom hopeless ground to hallowed
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  • ground, and you're standingon holy ground right now.
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  • Moses, I'm turning this placefrom desolate ground to
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  • divine ground."
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  • When God shows upand God speaks,
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  • he says this place of in betweenis holy because I am here.
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  • And God makes any place whereyour feet are standing holy
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  • ground, because he's there.
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  • He shows up.
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  • And maybe today you feel likeyou're standing on shaky ground.
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  • Or maybe you feel like you'restanding on uncertain ground and
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  • you just don't knowwhat's gonna happen next.
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  • Maybe you feel like you'restanding on fearful ground,
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  • or anxious ground, or maybe youfeel like you're standing on
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  • lonely ground and it just feelslike you're all alone in what
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  • you're going through.
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  • Or maybe you feel like you'restanding on hopeless ground.
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  • God shows up today,and he says, "No,
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  • you're not standingon hopeless ground,
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  • you're standing on holy ground,because I'm changing this
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  • hopeless groundinto holy ground.
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  • I'm changing this anxiousground into peaceful ground.
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  • I am changing theplace where you are,
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  • this place of in between,it's holy because I am here."
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  • When God shows up inthat place of in between,
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  • it changes everything.
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  • From hopeless groundto holy ground,
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  • and you're standingon holy ground.
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  • Right now, you're standingon holy ground because God
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  • is there.
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  • And he wants to do somethingamazing in your life.
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  • And God shows up best inthe place of in between.
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  • God does his greatest miraclesin the place of in between,
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  • because he has our attention.
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  • And so, God shows up, andhe turns the place into
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  • holy ground.
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  • Well, Lincoln ended thatnation-defining speech of the
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  • Gettysburg Addresswith these words.
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  • "That we here highly resolvethat these dead shall not have
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  • died in vain.
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  • That this nation, under God,shall have a new birth of
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  • freedom, and that governmentby the people, for the people,
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  • shall not perishfrom the earth."
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  • He was saying we're not gonnalet this pain be in vain.
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  • They're not going tohave died in vain.
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  • The reason why we embrace theplace of in between is because
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  • you don't wanna gothrough the pain in vain.
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  • You don't wanna waste the place.
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  • You could be in the place of inbetween and it not do anything
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  • for your life, and you miss themiracle because you're always
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  • looking to get past the place.
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  • If you don't embrace theplace, you race past the place,
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  • and you waste the place.
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  • So many times we wastethe place of in between,
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  • and God says this is whereI have you right now,
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  • and this is wherethe miracle is.
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  • I have so much for you to learn.
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  • Don't waste the place.
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  • Don't experiencethe pain in vain.
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  • You can go through the place ofin between and just get bitter,
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  • or you can go through the placeof in between and embrace it,
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  • and God will make it better.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: When you givesomething over to God,
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  • and he gives it back to you,he takes all the ego out of it,
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  • and he puts the power into it.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • the gift of Christ, we shouldalso recognize the gift we have
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  • Kerry: Let me give you threepractical steps that Moses
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  • experienced here.
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  • Three practical principleshow you embrace the place.
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  • First, learn to let go inthe place of in between.
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  • You gotta learn to let go.
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  • In Exodus 4:2, it says,"So the Lord asked him,
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  • 'What are you holding?'
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  • 'A walking stick,' heanswered, and the Lord said,
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  • 'Throw it on the ground.'
  • 00:12:50.986 --> 00:12:53.489
  • And when Moses threw it on theground, it turned into a snake,
  • 00:12:53.522 --> 00:12:55.858
  • and he ran away from it."
  • 00:12:55.891 --> 00:12:59.528
  • And so, God comes toMoses, and he asked him,
  • 00:12:59.562 --> 00:13:02.531
  • "What's that you're holding?"
  • 00:13:02.565 --> 00:13:05.067
  • "What's that you'reholding in your hand?"
  • 00:13:05.100 --> 00:13:07.169
  • And Moses said, "This?
  • 00:13:07.203 --> 00:13:09.205
  • Oh, it's just my shepherd staff.
  • 00:13:09.238 --> 00:13:11.407
  • I mean, I found it a few yearsago out in the wilderness,
  • 00:13:11.440 --> 00:13:13.509
  • and I've been whittlingit ever since,
  • 00:13:13.542 --> 00:13:15.377
  • and I'm kind of proud of it,because I turned it into a
  • 00:13:15.411 --> 00:13:17.313
  • really useful staff.
  • 00:13:17.346 --> 00:13:19.248
  • I use it every day in mywork, but it's no big deal."
  • 00:13:19.281 --> 00:13:22.117
  • And God says, "Well,if it's no big deal,
  • 00:13:22.151 --> 00:13:23.986
  • then throw it on the groundand surrender it to me."
  • 00:13:24.019 --> 00:13:26.355
  • You see, I believe it was one ofMoses' last possessions that he
  • 00:13:26.388 --> 00:13:30.726
  • was holding on to.
  • 00:13:30.759 --> 00:13:32.728
  • He had lost just abouteverything from living in the
  • 00:13:32.761 --> 00:13:35.531
  • palace, and now he'sout in the desert.
  • 00:13:35.564 --> 00:13:38.300
  • And God was saying, "Moses, Iwant you to learn to surrender
  • 00:13:38.334 --> 00:13:41.103
  • everything you have to me,because I love you so much and
  • 00:13:41.136 --> 00:13:44.707
  • you can trust mewith everything."
  • 00:13:44.740 --> 00:13:47.142
  • And until you learn tosurrender everything,
  • 00:13:47.176 --> 00:13:49.645
  • you can never learn to dancein the place of in between.
  • 00:13:49.678 --> 00:13:52.314
  • I want you to dancethe dance of joy,
  • 00:13:52.348 --> 00:13:54.216
  • and the only way you canever discover it is
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.051
  • through surrender.
  • 00:13:56.085 --> 00:13:58.020
  • And if you're holding onto anything too tightly,
  • 00:13:58.053 --> 00:14:00.155
  • then you can't really take holdof all that I have for you.
  • 00:14:00.189 --> 00:14:04.760
  • And so, I need youto surrender this.
  • 00:14:04.793 --> 00:14:07.296
  • And you see, God looks at me,and he looks right in my heart,
  • 00:14:07.329 --> 00:14:11.166
  • and God looks at you, and helooks right in your heart,
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:13.802
  • and he asks youthe same question.
  • 00:14:13.836 --> 00:14:15.671
  • He asks me the same question.
  • 00:14:15.704 --> 00:14:18.040
  • What's that you'reholding too tightly?
  • 00:14:18.073 --> 00:14:22.544
  • What is that you'reholding too tightly?
  • 00:14:22.578 --> 00:14:25.281
  • Is it a business?
  • 00:14:25.314 --> 00:14:27.917
  • Well, God, I mean, youdo the spiritual stuff,
  • 00:14:27.950 --> 00:14:29.952
  • but my business is my business.
  • 00:14:29.985 --> 00:14:32.221
  • What is that you'reholding too tightly,
  • 00:14:32.254 --> 00:14:34.089
  • you're trying to control,you're worrying over?
  • 00:14:34.123 --> 00:14:35.891
  • What is that you'reholding too tightly?
  • 00:14:35.925 --> 00:14:38.060
  • Is it that relationship thatyou're holding too tightly that
  • 00:14:38.093 --> 00:14:40.396
  • you're crushingthe life out of it?
  • 00:14:40.429 --> 00:14:43.065
  • What is it?
  • 00:14:43.098 --> 00:14:44.934
  • Is it your finances?
  • 00:14:44.967 --> 00:14:46.835
  • Is it that dream?
  • 00:14:46.869 --> 00:14:48.771
  • What is it that you'reholding too tightly?
  • 00:14:48.804 --> 00:14:51.840
  • God says I want you to throwit down, because I love you.
  • 00:14:51.874 --> 00:14:55.444
  • I want you to surrender it,because until I come to the
  • 00:14:55.477 --> 00:14:58.881
  • place where I say,"God, I give up.
  • 00:14:58.914 --> 00:15:01.884
  • I'm tired of tryingto control this.
  • 00:15:01.917 --> 00:15:04.687
  • I'm worn out.
  • 00:15:04.720 --> 00:15:06.388
  • I'm not God, and you are.
  • 00:15:06.422 --> 00:15:08.157
  • I give up.
  • 00:15:08.190 --> 00:15:09.792
  • I surrender it all to you.
  • 00:15:09.825 --> 00:15:11.593
  • It's all yours."
  • 00:15:11.627 --> 00:15:13.662
  • I can never dance that dance ofjoy in the place of in between.
  • 00:15:13.696 --> 00:15:15.864
  • And God wants you to learn todance the dance of joy in the
  • 00:15:15.898 --> 00:15:17.766
  • place of in between.
  • 00:15:17.800 --> 00:15:19.768
  • And he wants you to learnthat you could trust him with
  • 00:15:19.802 --> 00:15:21.637
  • everything that you have,everything that you are.
  • 00:15:21.670 --> 00:15:23.639
  • What is it you're holdingon to too tightly?
  • 00:15:23.672 --> 00:15:27.276
  • Is it that problem that you'retrying to solve because it means
  • 00:15:27.309 --> 00:15:30.913
  • so much and you'vegot to solve it?
  • 00:15:30.946 --> 00:15:32.915
  • You've gotta fix it, what is it?
  • 00:15:32.948 --> 00:15:35.284
  • Is it another personyou're trying to change?
  • 00:15:35.317 --> 00:15:37.453
  • What is it you'reholding onto too tightly?
  • 00:15:37.486 --> 00:15:39.254
  • Have you come to the placewhere you can't hold on anymore?
  • 00:15:39.288 --> 00:15:41.790
  • That's where God wants you to bewhere you just give everything
  • 00:15:41.824 --> 00:15:43.859
  • up to him.
  • 00:15:43.892 --> 00:15:45.894
  • And that's when you canbegin to feel his peace,
  • 00:15:45.928 --> 00:15:48.130
  • and you can begin to learnto dance in the place of
  • 00:15:48.163 --> 00:15:50.499
  • in between.
  • 00:15:50.532 --> 00:15:52.434
  • To embrace the place, yougotta let go of all that you're
  • 00:15:52.468 --> 00:15:55.804
  • holding on to andsurrender it all to God.
  • 00:15:55.838 --> 00:15:59.441
  • Well, Moses does this.
  • 00:15:59.475 --> 00:16:01.477
  • He surrenders it to God.
  • 00:16:01.510 --> 00:16:05.614
  • He gives it over to God.
  • 00:16:05.647 --> 00:16:08.217
  • And in the place of in between,he finds everything that
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:12.154
  • he needs.
  • 00:16:12.187 --> 00:16:14.123
  • It's in the place of in between,when you surrender everything to
  • 00:16:14.156 --> 00:16:16.492
  • God, that you find everythingyou need, remember Abraham?
  • 00:16:16.525 --> 00:16:22.498
  • God called Abraham to be thefather of a great nation.
  • 00:16:22.531 --> 00:16:25.000
  • But he and his wife, Sarah,were unable to have children.
  • 00:16:25.034 --> 00:16:28.570
  • But finally in their old age,God works a miracle and Abraham
  • 00:16:28.604 --> 00:16:32.041
  • and Sarah have a son.
  • 00:16:32.074 --> 00:16:34.109
  • They name him Isaac.
  • 00:16:34.143 --> 00:16:36.011
  • God promised Abraham he'd bethe father of a great nation,
  • 00:16:36.045 --> 00:16:38.280
  • and then God worked a miracle,and now it looks like it's
  • 00:16:38.313 --> 00:16:41.050
  • gonna happen.
  • 00:16:41.083 --> 00:16:43.252
  • But then, when Isaacis a young child,
  • 00:16:43.285 --> 00:16:45.554
  • God comes to Abraham and says,"I want you to go to Mount
  • 00:16:45.587 --> 00:16:47.689
  • Moriah and sacrifice yourson, Isaac, on the altar."
  • 00:16:47.723 --> 00:16:53.028
  • And Abraham, who's supposed tobe the father of a great nation,
  • 00:16:53.062 --> 00:16:57.766
  • God promised him that, and thenGod's telling him to sacrifice
  • 00:16:57.800 --> 00:17:01.303
  • your only son?
  • 00:17:01.336 --> 00:17:04.273
  • And it doesn't make sense, God.
  • 00:17:04.306 --> 00:17:07.643
  • I mean, I'm supposed to bethe father of a great nation,
  • 00:17:07.676 --> 00:17:10.479
  • and yet, and you gave me thisson, and now I don't get it,
  • 00:17:10.512 --> 00:17:14.817
  • but Abraham knew thegoodness of God by this time.
  • 00:17:14.850 --> 00:17:18.120
  • He also knew how he hadmessed up things so much,
  • 00:17:18.153 --> 00:17:21.123
  • how Abraham himself,by trying to help God,
  • 00:17:21.156 --> 00:17:23.759
  • and work miracles for God, andhelp God with a miracle had
  • 00:17:23.792 --> 00:17:25.994
  • really messed up.
  • 00:17:26.028 --> 00:17:28.130
  • And so, by this time, he wasat the place of surrender,
  • 00:17:28.163 --> 00:17:30.566
  • and he knew the goodness of God.
  • 00:17:30.599 --> 00:17:32.468
  • That God loved himand loved Isaac,
  • 00:17:32.501 --> 00:17:36.071
  • and God would take care of it.
  • 00:17:36.105 --> 00:17:37.840
  • And so, as Abraham and Isaacbegan to walk toward Mount
  • 00:17:37.873 --> 00:17:40.075
  • Moriah, the place where thetemple would be later built,
  • 00:17:40.109 --> 00:17:42.444
  • and they began to walk,little Isaac asked, "Dad,
  • 00:17:42.478 --> 00:17:47.483
  • we've got everything thatwe need for the sacrifice.
  • 00:17:47.516 --> 00:17:50.919
  • We got the wood,we got, you know,
  • 00:17:50.953 --> 00:17:53.922
  • everything we needto build the altar,
  • 00:17:53.956 --> 00:17:56.091
  • but where's theanimal to sacrifice?"
  • 00:17:56.125 --> 00:17:58.594
  • And Abraham just looked athis precious son, and said,
  • 00:17:58.627 --> 00:18:01.964
  • "The Lord will provide."
  • 00:18:01.997 --> 00:18:04.032
  • "The Lord will provide."
  • 00:18:04.066 --> 00:18:06.401
  • And when they got there,Abraham puts Isaac on the altar,
  • 00:18:06.435 --> 00:18:13.609
  • and he takes out a knife,because the Bible later tells us
  • 00:18:13.642 --> 00:18:16.678
  • that Abraham knew thatGod would provide,
  • 00:18:16.712 --> 00:18:20.315
  • and he knew that he would bethe father of a great nation,
  • 00:18:20.349 --> 00:18:22.751
  • and he knew thatGod loved his son,
  • 00:18:22.784 --> 00:18:25.687
  • and so he believedthat if it came to it,
  • 00:18:25.721 --> 00:18:28.690
  • God was gonna raise Isaac fromthe dead to do whatever it took.
  • 00:18:28.724 --> 00:18:31.660
  • But right as he raised theknife, God stopped him,
  • 00:18:31.693 --> 00:18:34.930
  • and said this, andhow powerful is this?
  • 00:18:34.963 --> 00:18:39.801
  • "'Do not lay a handon the boy,' he said.
  • 00:18:39.835 --> 00:18:43.071
  • 'Do not do anything to him.
  • 00:18:43.105 --> 00:18:45.474
  • Now I know that you fear God,because you have not withheld
  • 00:18:45.507 --> 00:18:48.377
  • from me your son,your only son.'
  • 00:18:48.410 --> 00:18:50.746
  • Abraham looked up, and there ina thicket he saw a ram caught by
  • 00:18:50.779 --> 00:18:53.315
  • its horns.
  • 00:18:53.348 --> 00:18:55.184
  • He went over and took the ramand sacrificed it as a burnt
  • 00:18:55.217 --> 00:18:56.985
  • offering instead of his son.
  • 00:18:57.019 --> 00:18:59.188
  • So Abraham called thatplace The Lord Will Provide.
  • 00:18:59.221 --> 00:19:02.524
  • And to this day, it is said,'On the mountain of the Lord,
  • 00:19:02.558 --> 00:19:05.060
  • it will be provided.'"
  • 00:19:05.093 --> 00:19:07.563
  • There on Mount Moriah wherethe temple would later be built,
  • 00:19:07.596 --> 00:19:10.199
  • where one day thetemple will be rebuilt,
  • 00:19:10.232 --> 00:19:13.635
  • he surrenders everything,his most precious little boy,
  • 00:19:13.669 --> 00:19:19.141
  • and God gives himexactly what he needs.
  • 00:19:19.174 --> 00:19:23.378
  • You see, when we learnto let go to God,
  • 00:19:23.412 --> 00:19:26.748
  • then we receive everythingthat we've ever longed for.
  • 00:19:26.782 --> 00:19:31.453
  • "If you seek to save your life,you'll lose it," Jesus said.
  • 00:19:31.486 --> 00:19:34.790
  • "Seek me first and my kingdom,and all these other things will
  • 00:19:34.823 --> 00:19:37.492
  • be added unto you," Jesus said.
  • 00:19:37.526 --> 00:19:40.295
  • And so, all the thingsthat you're striving for,
  • 00:19:40.329 --> 00:19:42.731
  • that you're trying tohold on so tightly to,
  • 00:19:42.764 --> 00:19:44.700
  • that you're tryingto reach for to get,
  • 00:19:44.733 --> 00:19:47.035
  • God says if you'll just let go,I'll give you everything that
  • 00:19:47.069 --> 00:19:49.671
  • you need.
  • 00:19:49.705 --> 00:19:51.907
  • Your deepest longings, thethings that you really need.
  • 00:19:51.940 --> 00:19:54.743
  • And I care about the things thatare precious in your life more
  • 00:19:54.776 --> 00:19:57.479
  • than you care about them, sogive them over to me for
  • 00:19:57.512 --> 00:20:00.082
  • their sake.
  • 00:20:00.115 --> 00:20:02.651
  • We have to learn to let go,and when we do, God provides.
  • 00:20:02.684 --> 00:20:06.955
  • "The Lord will provide."
  • 00:20:06.989 --> 00:20:08.724
  • Maybe some of you just neededto hear me say this to you.
  • 00:20:08.757 --> 00:20:10.892
  • God's speaking toyou through his word,
  • 00:20:10.926 --> 00:20:13.929
  • "The Lord will provide."
  • 00:20:13.962 --> 00:20:16.064
  • What is it that you need?
  • 00:20:16.098 --> 00:20:17.833
  • "The Lord will provide."
  • 00:20:17.866 --> 00:20:19.668
  • Surrender, and theLord will provide.
  • 00:20:19.701 --> 00:20:21.503
  • Surrender, and theLord will provide.
  • 00:20:21.536 --> 00:20:23.372
  • Give it to him, andthe Lord will provide.
  • 00:20:23.405 --> 00:20:25.040
  • Throw it down, andthe Lord will provide.
  • 00:20:25.073 --> 00:20:29.177
  • "The Lord will provide."
  • 00:20:29.211 --> 00:20:31.680
  • Learn to let go in theplace of in between.
  • 00:20:31.713 --> 00:20:34.049
  • But then, secondly, you gottalearn to take hold in the place
  • 00:20:34.082 --> 00:20:36.818
  • of in between.
  • 00:20:36.852 --> 00:20:38.787
  • So, Moses surrenders his staff,and it turns into a snake,
  • 00:20:38.820 --> 00:20:40.722
  • and then God says, "Pick it up."
  • 00:20:40.756 --> 00:20:43.058
  • In Exodus 4:4, it says, "SoMoses reached and took hold of
  • 00:20:43.091 --> 00:20:46.261
  • the snake, and it turnedinto a staff in his hand."
  • 00:20:46.295 --> 00:20:49.865
  • And so, he obeyed God, andhe took hold of the snake.
  • 00:20:49.898 --> 00:20:53.168
  • He surrendered to God,and he took hold of it,
  • 00:20:53.201 --> 00:20:58.173
  • and did what God told him to do.
  • 00:20:58.206 --> 00:21:00.108
  • God says, "Take hold."
  • 00:21:00.142 --> 00:21:02.144
  • Okay, you've let go, nowit's time to take hold.
  • 00:21:02.177 --> 00:21:03.879
  • And he takes hold of the snake,and it turns back into a staff,
  • 00:21:03.912 --> 00:21:08.383
  • but it's not thesame staff anymore.
  • 00:21:08.417 --> 00:21:11.219
  • It's no longer an old shepherd'sstaff and walking stick,
  • 00:21:11.253 --> 00:21:14.056
  • it is now the staffof Almighty God.
  • 00:21:14.089 --> 00:21:19.528
  • It's the same staff that Moseswould touch the Nile River with
  • 00:21:19.561 --> 00:21:22.998
  • and it would turn it into blood.
  • 00:21:23.031 --> 00:21:25.133
  • The same staff that he wouldraise above the Red Sea,
  • 00:21:25.167 --> 00:21:27.502
  • and it would split in two, andthe people would walk across on
  • 00:21:27.536 --> 00:21:30.038
  • dry ground.
  • 00:21:30.072 --> 00:21:32.040
  • It was the same staff that Moseswould lift above the enemies of
  • 00:21:32.074 --> 00:21:34.076
  • Israel, and their enemieswould be defeated,
  • 00:21:34.109 --> 00:21:37.312
  • and Israel would be victorious,because it was no longer just an
  • 00:21:37.346 --> 00:21:39.881
  • ordinary walking stick, it wasnow the staff of Almighty God.
  • 00:21:39.915 --> 00:21:45.620
  • And when you give something overto God and he gives it back to
  • 00:21:45.654 --> 00:21:47.689
  • you, he changes it completely.
  • 00:21:47.723 --> 00:21:49.691
  • He changes the purpose.
  • 00:21:49.725 --> 00:21:51.560
  • He changes the power of it.
  • 00:21:51.593 --> 00:21:54.096
  • You give your houseto God, he changes it.
  • 00:21:54.129 --> 00:21:56.331
  • Now it's God's house to beused for your enjoyment,
  • 00:21:56.365 --> 00:22:00.669
  • but for God's glory.
  • 00:22:00.702 --> 00:22:02.904
  • And you start having yourlife group in that house.
  • 00:22:02.938 --> 00:22:05.006
  • Maybe you turn itinto a house church.
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:08.043
  • You use it for God's glory.
  • 00:22:08.076 --> 00:22:10.779
  • You see, when you givesomething over to God,
  • 00:22:10.812 --> 00:22:15.317
  • and he gives it back to you,he takes all the ego out of it,
  • 00:22:15.350 --> 00:22:18.019
  • and he puts the power into it.
  • 00:22:18.053 --> 00:22:20.355
  • He takes the ego out of it, andhe puts the purpose into it.
  • 00:22:20.389 --> 00:22:22.891
  • And maybe you got a dreamyou're holding onto tightly,
  • 00:22:22.924 --> 00:22:27.195
  • maybe it's a relationship.
  • 00:22:27.229 --> 00:22:29.297
  • Give it over to God, and he'lleither give it back to you with
  • 00:22:29.331 --> 00:22:33.001
  • a whole new purpose,a whole new power,
  • 00:22:33.034 --> 00:22:36.171
  • or he'll give yousomething better.
  • 00:22:36.204 --> 00:22:39.207
  • And sometimes we don'tsee it at the time.
  • 00:22:39.241 --> 00:22:43.145
  • It doesn't feel likesomething better,
  • 00:22:43.178 --> 00:22:46.014
  • but God always has a purpose,and God always has a plan,
  • 00:22:46.047 --> 00:22:49.384
  • and he loves you, and he caresabout you more than you can even
  • 00:22:49.418 --> 00:22:52.387
  • care for yourself.
  • 00:22:52.421 --> 00:22:54.723
  • So, we have to giveour cares to him.
  • 00:22:54.756 --> 00:22:56.725
  • "Cast your cares upon him,because he cares for you."
  • 00:22:56.758 --> 00:23:00.295
  • And so, Moses lets go, and thenhe takes hold of what God has
  • 00:23:00.328 --> 00:23:07.235
  • for him.
  • 00:23:07.269 --> 00:23:09.938
  • Well, in the placeof in between,
  • 00:23:09.971 --> 00:23:11.807
  • we've gotta learn to let go, andwe've gotta learn to take hold,
  • 00:23:11.840 --> 00:23:13.809
  • but then we've got to learn togo forward in the place of
  • 00:23:13.842 --> 00:23:16.077
  • in between.
  • 00:23:16.111 --> 00:23:18.046
  • That's the third thingI want us to get.
  • 00:23:18.079 --> 00:23:20.248
  • In Exodus 3:10,God said, "Now go,
  • 00:23:20.282 --> 00:23:22.350
  • I am sending you to Pharaoh sothat you can bring my people
  • 00:23:22.384 --> 00:23:24.653
  • Israel out of Egypt."
  • 00:23:24.686 --> 00:23:27.088
  • Moses had been makingall these excuses to God,
  • 00:23:27.122 --> 00:23:29.257
  • and God finally says, "Just go.
  • 00:23:29.291 --> 00:23:31.593
  • Would you just go?"
  • 00:23:31.626 --> 00:23:33.462
  • Sometimes we get stuck inthe place of in between.
  • 00:23:33.495 --> 00:23:36.031
  • God has us in theplace of in between,
  • 00:23:36.064 --> 00:23:38.400
  • but he doesn't wantus to stay stuck,
  • 00:23:38.433 --> 00:23:40.602
  • he wants us to take steps.
  • 00:23:40.635 --> 00:23:43.205
  • Steps of faith to move forward.
  • 00:23:43.238 --> 00:23:45.640
  • It's kind of like riding a bike.
  • 00:23:45.674 --> 00:23:47.476
  • When you're going forward,it's easier to turn,
  • 00:23:47.509 --> 00:23:49.244
  • and God says when you take stepsforward, then I can guide you,
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  • I can turn you whereyou need to be.
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  • And so, it's time for you to go.
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  • Take a step of faith, get going.
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  • In the place of in between, Godsays to you, "Hey, get going.
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  • You're stuck right now, it'stime for you to get going and
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  • I'll take it from there.
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  • I'll give you the powerto take the next step,
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  • and I'll guide you to the nextstep, but you gotta get going."
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  • Stop waiting to live.
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  • One of the greatest mistakes wemake in that place of in between
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  • is we wait to live.
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  • And God says, "Start living,this is your one and only life.
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  • Get going, and I'lltake it from there."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: We're so gladyou joined us for the message
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  • today, and we hope it impactsyour life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if God really spoketo you and you've never
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  • received Christ into your life,all you have to do is just
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  • receive his free gift ofsalvation, forgiveness,
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  • and heaven, one day.
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  • Just pray a prayer right now, aprayer like this: "Dear Jesus
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  • Christ, thank you fordying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into mylife, forgive me of all my sins,
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  • and I want you to bethe Lord in my life.
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  • I want you to be the directorfrom now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your free gift ofsalvation, in Jesus's
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  • name, amen."
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  • If you prayed that prayer,Christ came into your life, and
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  • he'll never leave ya.
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  • announcer: Kerry ShookMinistries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providingthe tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in theirrelationship with Jesus through
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  • television, media, andcreative resources.
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  • Now, with social media, we havea great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another, sothat we can all grow in
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  • Christ together.
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  • standing with youin times of need,
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  • and celebrating withyou in times of joy.
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  • announcer: Thisholiday season,
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  • as we give thanks andcelebrate the gift of Christ,
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  • we should also recognize thegift we have in each day.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, weare dedicated to sharing that
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  • gospel truth all over the worldthrough inspiring, creative,
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  • Biblical teaching, andlife-transforming ministry.
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  • But we don't do it alone, it'sonly with the help of friends
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  • like you.
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  • That's why, today, as a specialthank you for your support,
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  • Pastors Kerry and Chris wantto send you their latest book,
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  • This popular bundle also makesa perfect gift for a loved one.
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  • To request yours, callus now at 844-34-KERRY,
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  • or go to KerryShook.org.
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