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January 17, 2021
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  • Kerry: I believe every one of usknows intuitively that God has
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  • placed us here on thisearth for a purpose.
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  • Deep down, we all know that wewere made for something good and
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  • grand and that God has agood plan for our lives.
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  • But life can be so hard andsometimes it feels like you're
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  • being buried under anavalanche of difficulties
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  • and disappointments.
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  • And you begin to doubt thatGod does have a good plan.
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  • You begin to wonder ifthere's even a purpose at all.
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  • You can become frozen in yourpain and forget about
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  • your purpose.
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  • Or maybe you've made some badchoices that have sort of left
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  • you out in the cold in life andyou're feeling the freezing rain
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  • of all your failures.
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  • And you can look back on yourlife and think, "Maybe there was
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  • a purpose, maybe God did havea good plan, but I've blown it.
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  • I'm so far off track now,I can't get back on track.
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  • I don't have a purpose anymore.
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  • God can never use me again."
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  • You've lost your purpose in ablizzard of bad decisions and
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  • sins and failures.
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  • And you think you cannever get it back again.
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  • But I want you to know no matterhow many failures and mistakes
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  • you've made, no matter how muchpain you've experienced, no
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  • matter how iced over God'spurpose for your life is, God
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  • wants to come alongside youtoday and breathe his fire into
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  • your soul and thaw your purposeand reignite his plan for
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  • your life.
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  • And it's a good plan.
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  • But you have to cooperatewith God's warming process.
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  • See, God has this warmingprocess where he melts away all
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  • of the barriers that keep usfrom experiencing his good
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  • purpose for our lives.
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  • He has this warming processwhere he's gotta melt away all
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  • the ice to get down to thatfrozen dream, to get down to
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  • that frozen purpose.
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  • Now, a lot of times, the warmingprocess doesn't feel like
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  • sitting next toa warm cozy fire.
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  • A lot of times, God pulls out ablowtorch to melt away all the
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  • things in our character thatdon't look like Christ, to melt
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  • away all the barriers that weput up that keep God from doing
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  • all that he wantsto do in our lives.
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  • Sometimes, it's a blowtorchand some of you are feeling the
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  • blowtorch right now.
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  • God's blowtorch.
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  • You're feeling the heat.
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  • You're wondering why God isallowing this problem,
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  • this pain.
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  • You're feeling the pressure andit's just that God is melting
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  • away all those things thatkeep you from God's best.
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  • He's melting away the bad.
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  • He's melting away even the good,so you can experience
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  • God's best.
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  • He did this for Moses.
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  • That's who we'regonna look at today.
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  • Moses was born a Hebrewslave and yet, through divine
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  • providence he grew up inPharaoh's palace, the prince
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  • of Egypt.
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  • He was on track to be the nextpharaoh but then God gave him a
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  • greater purpose.
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  • God called him to be the greatdeliverer, to deliver his people
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  • out of slavery in Egypt.
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  • Moses knew God had calledhim to a grand purpose.
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  • He knew.
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  • He was going to be thedeliverer, but he thought he had
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  • the influence, the talent, andthe abilities to get the
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  • job done.
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  • And one day, he saw an Egyptianbeating a Hebrew slave and he
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  • took matters into his own hands.
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  • He thought, "I'm the delivererso I'm gonna deliver this
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  • Israelite from this Egyptian,"and he killed the Egyptian.
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  • Bad decision because soon thewhole kingdom knew about it.
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  • Pharaoh was angry.
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  • Moses had to run for hislife into the desert.
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  • The great deliverer isnow a desert dweller.
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  • And there in the desert,he's tending sheep.
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  • He's no longer thinking aboutbeing the great deliverer, he's
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  • just trying to get the sheepgo in the right direction.
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  • He's just tending--he's a lowlyshepherd where no one knows his
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  • past, no one knowswhat he's done.
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  • No one knows what his purposewas supposed to be, but him and
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  • in the desert he had a lot oftime to think and I'm sure many
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  • times he asked himself, "Howdid I get so far away from
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  • my purpose?
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  • How did I get here?
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  • How did I blow it?
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  • How did I get so far away fromGod's great purpose for my life?
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  • I was gonna be the next pharaohand then God called me to an
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  • even greater purpose.
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  • I was gonna be the greatdeliverer but now I'm just a
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  • desert dweller."
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  • He felt like it was all over,that God can never use
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  • him again.
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  • But then God uses his blowtorchto come right down into that
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  • wilderness of wasted opportunityto resurrect his purpose in
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  • Moses' life, to reignite hispassion and his good plan in
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  • Moses' life and he uses hisblowtorch to set on fire a
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  • burning bush and itgets Moses' attention.
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  • And it is my prayer today thatGod will get your attention
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  • through this message.
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  • That God will light a fire inyour soul through his word today
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  • and through Moses' story to showyou that God is the God of the
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  • second chance, the thirdchance, the fourth chance.
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  • See, Moses felt like it wasall over, that he'd lost
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  • his purpose.
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  • But he didn't realize that Godis the God of the second chance.
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  • And so I want us to open ourBibles to Exodus chapter 3 and
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  • would you stand in honor ofGod's Word, Woodlands Church?
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  • I'm gonna begin reading withverse 3: "So Moses thought, 'I
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  • will go over and see thisstrange sight--why the bush does
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  • not burn up.'
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  • When the Lord saw that he hadgone over to look, God called to
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  • him from withinthe bush, 'Moses!
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  • Moses!'
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  • And Moses said, 'Here I am.'
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  • 'Do not come anycloser,' God said.
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  • 'Take off your sandals, for thisplace where you're standing is
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  • holy ground.'
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  • Then he said, 'I am the God ofyour father, the God of Abraham,
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  • the God of Isaac,the God of Jacob.'
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  • At this, Moses hid his face,because he was afraid to
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  • look at God.
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  • The Lord said, 'I have indeedseen the misery of my people
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  • in Egypt.
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  • I have heard them crying outbecause of their slave drivers,
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  • and I am concernedabout their suffering.
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  • So I have come down to rescuethem from the hand of the
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  • Egyptians and to bring them upout of that land into a good and
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  • spacious land, a landflowing with milk and honey.
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  • So now, go.
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  • I am sending you to Pharaoh tobring my people the Israelites
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  • out of Egypt.'"
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  • You can be seated.
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  • God appears to Moses through aburning bush that doesn't burn
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  • up, so that he can melt away allthe barriers in Moses' life that
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  • were keeping himfrom his purpose.
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  • And the barriers that Moses hadput on God are the same barriers
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  • and limits that we place on God.
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  • Hey, God is limitless.
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  • He can't be denied.
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  • He can't be stopped.
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  • He can't be contained, but yethe allows us to put limits on
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  • what he does in our lives.
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  • We have to take the limitsoff God and let God be God.
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  • As long as we're trying to beGod in our lives, he can't be
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  • all God in our hearts and lives.
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  • And so Moses had put thesebarriers to limit God, the same
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  • barriers we use thatkeep us from our purpose.
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  • And God has to come alongsidewith his blowtorch and melt away
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  • those barriersthat hold us back.
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  • The first one is thebarrier of my weaknesses.
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  • Moses brought up the barrier ofhis weaknesses right away to God
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  • when God called him again andsaid, "Hey, my purpose
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  • still remains.
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  • You're gonna be the greatdeliverer but this time it's
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  • gonna be my way.
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  • It's gonna be my purpose foryour life because I know what's
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  • best for you."
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  • In Exodus 4:10, it says: "ButMoses pleaded with the Lord, 'O
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  • Lord, I'm not verygood with words.
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  • I never have been, and I'm notnow, even though you have spoken
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  • to me.
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  • I get tongue-tied, andmy words get tangled.'
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  • " Moses says, "God, you can'tuse me because I've got a lot of
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  • weaknesses and one of mygreatest weaknesses is
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  • public speaking.
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  • When I get up in front of peopleto speak I get really nervous.
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  • I start to stutter, I start tostammer, I don't make any sense.
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  • I look like an idiot,I can't do it, God.
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  • I have a weakness,a terrible weakness.
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  • There's no way that I can standbefore Pharaoh and speak and
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  • lead 'cause I can'tcommunicate very well."
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  • And God said, "Moses, I knowyour weaknesses; I created you.
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  • But I'm gonna take that weaknessand I will be your strength in
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  • the middle of your weakness.
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  • I'll be your mouth.
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  • I'll speak through you with mypower so people will know
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  • it's me."
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  • Well, Moses still protested soGod said, "Okay, well, I'll send
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  • someone else.
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  • I'll send Aaron to be yourassistant because I made him
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  • a really good communicator andhe will be your mouthpiece.
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  • You'll be the leader buthe'll be your mouthpiece.
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  • I'll give youwhatever you need."
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  • You see, when God calls you todo something, he gives you the
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  • strength to do it.
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  • You ought to write that down.
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  • When God calls you to dosomething, he gives you the
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  • power you need to do it.
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  • When God calls you to dosomething, he gives you the
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  • provision you need to do it.
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  • When God calls you to dosomething great for him, he'll
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  • give you whatever you need toget it done, but it'll come
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  • from him.
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  • And so many times, God will useyour weakness and he will bring
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  • his strength about through theweakness and we think of our
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  • weakness as a great barrierbut it's the barrier of your
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  • weakness that many times Goduses as the very bridge to
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  • accomplish his purpose.
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  • God has given me a little bit ofability, a little bit of talent.
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  • He's given me a fewgifts, not many.
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  • And I focus on becoming betterwith those gifts, developing
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  • those gifts and using thosegifts for God's glory but I can
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  • say this: it's my weaknessesthat God has used to the
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  • greatest degree.
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  • God uses our little abilitiesand our strengths and we need to
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  • develop them, focus in on them,but God has taken my greatest
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  • weaknesses and shown me hisgreatest strength through me.
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  • God's used me much greater in myweaknesses than in my strengths.
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  • When I was in high school, Ihad a terrible fear of
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  • public speaking.
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  • Whenever I would be in speechclass or any class where I had
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  • to give a public presentation,you know, I'd just almost
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  • freak out.
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  • You know, I wanted to besick that day, I would never
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  • volunteer, I wouldnever raise my hand.
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  • I never wanted to be infront of people, speaking.
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  • And if you would have told meback in high school that "one
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  • day you'll be preaching in frontof thousands every weekend and
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  • millions who will be watchingthrough the broadcast and online
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  • ministry, and--"
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  • I mean, I would have juststepped in front of a bus right
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  • then and there, that's for sure.
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  • I mean, I thought, "Noway is that happening.
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  • That's one of mybiggest weaknesses."
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  • But you know, God has taken oneof my greatest weaknesses and he
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  • has shown himself ingreat strength through it.
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  • And every time I come out hereto preach, there's a little
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  • place back here where I kneeland I pray and I just say, "God,
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  • I give you the church.
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  • It's your church.
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  • I resign from being the pastorof your church because it's your
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  • church, I want youto do whatever you want.
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  • I can't really change one life.
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  • I can't work one miracle.
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  • You're gonna haveto do it through me.
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  • I'm weak without you, but thankyou that I have your strength so
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  • preach through me becauseyou know what people need.
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  • And I prepare, I pray, I getready, but I have to trust God
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  • But it's in my weakness heraises me up and speaks through
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  • Kerry: But then there wasa second barrier that
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  • Moses put up.
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  • That barrier of insecurities.
  • 00:13:54.817 --> 00:13:57.620
  • He was frozen by his fears.
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  • He had a barrier of insecuritiesthat just covered his life.
  • 00:14:01.190 --> 00:14:05.394
  • In Exodus 3:11, it says: "ButMoses protested to God, 'Who am
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  • I to appear before Pharaoh?
  • 00:14:08.464 --> 00:14:10.532
  • Who am I to lead the peopleof Israel out of Egypt?'"
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  • Moses was saying, "God, Ican't fulfill a great purpose
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  • because I'm not great,I'm ordinary.
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  • You know, I made a mess ofthings and you need someone
  • 00:14:20.542 --> 00:14:23.312
  • great and I'm a nobody.
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  • You need a somebody,I'm ordinary.
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  • You need someone extraordinaryto do an extraordinary purpose.
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  • I can't do this purpose, God.
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  • Who am I to leadall these people?
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  • I'm just a lowly shepherd now.
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  • Who am I, God, tofulfill a great call?
  • 00:14:39.695 --> 00:14:42.731
  • Who am I that I would be calledto do something great with
  • 00:14:42.765 --> 00:14:44.900
  • my life?
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  • Who am I?"
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  • He had an I problem.
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  • You know, it sounds reallyhumble, saying, "Who am I, God,
  • 00:14:50.406 --> 00:14:52.474
  • to do this?
  • 00:14:52.508 --> 00:14:54.176
  • Who am I, God, tofulfill a great call?
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  • Who am I?"
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  • But really, that's pride becauseit's focused on me, I, I, I,
  • 00:14:58.380 --> 00:15:02.551
  • rather than focused on God.
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  • God said to Moses, "Moses,you've got the wrong focus.
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  • It's not about who youare; it's about who I am.
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  • It's not about yourordinariness; it's about
  • 00:15:13.095 --> 00:15:14.897
  • my extraordinariness.
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  • It's not about your weakness;it's about my strength.
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  • It's not about what you can do;it's about what I can do
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  • through you.
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  • That's what it's all about."
  • 00:15:23.939 --> 00:15:25.808
  • But Moses expressedhis insecurities.
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  • He was frozen by his fears andthen he said, "Hey, by the way,
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  • if I go back there, then I'mgonna have to tell them who sent
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  • me because they know thatI failed the first time.
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  • The people aren'tgonna follow me.
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  • So who do I tell them?
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  • I can't tell 'em aburning bush sent me.
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  • God, you know,what's your name?"
  • 00:15:44.994 --> 00:15:48.297
  • And look what the Lord says toMoses in verse 14: "God said to
  • 00:15:48.330 --> 00:15:51.533
  • Moses, 'I am who I am.
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  • That is what you say to theIsraelites: "I am has sent me
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  • to you."'"
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  • God says, "My name is I am."
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  • I love that.
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  • "It's not about who you are;it's about who I am," God says.
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  • I am whatever you need.
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  • God's name is "I am."
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  • He says to you today, "Iam whatever you need."
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  • You say, "Well, I don't havemuch wisdom and I'm really
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  • confused right now.
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  • I don't know how to make thistough decision," and God says,
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  • "That's great newsbecause I am wisdom."
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  • "God, I feel reallyweak right now.
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  • I don't have the strength toreally make it through
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  • this hardship."
  • 00:16:26.735 --> 00:16:28.070
  • And God says, "That's okaybecause I am strength."
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  • "And God, I'm reallyanxious right now."
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  • And God says, "That'sokay because I am peace."
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  • God says, "I amwhatever you need."
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  • So you look to the great I am.
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  • And I look to the great I am andhe says, "I am whatever you
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  • need today.
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  • I am, not I was.
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  • Not I will be, but I am whateveryou need right now in the
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  • present time."
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  • God is the God of the present.
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  • God is the God oftoday, the great I am.
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  • He says, "I am whatever youneed," so what do you
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  • need today?
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  • I don't know what you needbut you'll find it in God.
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  • But then there's thebarrier of my failures.
  • 00:17:09.478 --> 00:17:12.347
  • Moses made all these excusesand he still had one.
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  • Exodus 4:13: "But Moses said, 'OLord, please send someone else
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  • to do it.'"
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  • What a lousy excuse.
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  • He's just run out.
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  • It's like, "Justsend someone else."
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  • He was thinking about allhis failures, I believe.
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  • Moses was saying, "God,you've got the wrong guy.
  • 00:17:28.297 --> 00:17:30.399
  • I tried this delivererstuff and it didn't work.
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  • I failed."
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  • But he forgot that God isthe God of the second chance.
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  • And Moses did something in thenext segment of our passage that
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  • if we will do these threethings, God will melt away all
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  • the barriers that keep us fromexperiencing God's great purpose
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  • for our lives.
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  • God can thaw outthe frozen dreams.
  • 00:17:50.986 --> 00:17:53.422
  • God can melt away the barriersthat keep us from his good plan
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  • for our lives, if we'lldo these three things.
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  • First, you gotta let go.
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  • Just like the song in "Frozen"says, you gotta let it go.
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  • You gotta let go of some thingsso you can take hold of the
  • 00:18:03.999 --> 00:18:08.804
  • right thing.
  • 00:18:08.837 --> 00:18:10.606
  • You gotta let it go.
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  • You gotta let go of someof the pain from your past.
  • 00:18:12.674 --> 00:18:16.245
  • You've gotta let go of allthe things that distract you.
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  • You gotta let go.
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  • Look what God said to Moses.
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  • He asked him a really importantquestion: "Then the Lord said to
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  • him, 'What is thatin your hand?'
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  • 'A staff,' he replied.
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  • The Lord said, 'Throw it on theground,' and it became a snake,
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  • and he ran from it."
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  • God asked Moses, "What'sthat in your hand, Moses?"
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  • And Moses said, "This?
  • 00:18:36.231 --> 00:18:38.367
  • This is just an old crookedshepherd staff, just this.
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  • This is nothing."
  • 00:18:41.436 --> 00:18:43.372
  • And God says, "Well, if it'snothing, then throw it down
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  • and give it to me."
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:47.676
  • You see, that shepherd staffwas about all Moses had left.
  • 00:18:47.709 --> 00:18:50.746
  • It was sort of his securityblanket because if he was gonna
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  • stay in the wilderness of wastedopportunity and be a lowly
  • 00:18:53.182 --> 00:18:57.452
  • shepherd then he would needthat staff to fight off the wild
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  • animals that would try to attackthe sheep, to direct those sheep
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  • in the right direction.
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  • He would need it to leanon when he was worn out.
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  • It was about the onlything he had left.
  • 00:19:11.800 --> 00:19:13.735
  • It was his security blanketand he was holding it tightly.
  • 00:19:13.769 --> 00:19:16.939
  • But God asked him, "What is thatyou're holding onto so tightly?
  • 00:19:16.972 --> 00:19:21.376
  • Throw it down and give it to me.
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  • Throw it down."
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  • And that's the questionGod asks you today.
  • 00:19:27.816 --> 00:19:30.185
  • What is it you'reholding onto so tightly?
  • 00:19:30.219 --> 00:19:33.956
  • What is it that you'reholding onto and trusting in?
  • 00:19:33.989 --> 00:19:36.725
  • What is it you placeyour security in?
  • 00:19:36.758 --> 00:19:39.528
  • Even good things when you holdit too tightly, you crush the
  • 00:19:39.561 --> 00:19:42.097
  • life out of it.
  • 00:19:42.130 --> 00:19:44.566
  • And when you try to control itso much, everything starts to
  • 00:19:44.600 --> 00:19:46.268
  • spin out of control.
  • 00:19:46.301 --> 00:19:48.103
  • You gotta lay it down, you gottalay it down, you gotta lay
  • 00:19:48.136 --> 00:19:49.938
  • it down.
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  • God says, "What isin your hand today?
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  • I love you.
  • 00:19:54.176 --> 00:19:55.644
  • You can trust me.
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  • Throw it down."
  • 00:19:57.179 --> 00:19:58.547
  • And Moses did, and itturned into a snake.
  • 00:19:58.580 --> 00:20:00.315
  • And Moses ran away in fear.
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  • He runs away but he comes back.
  • 00:20:03.719 --> 00:20:07.389
  • He comes back and Godworks another miracle.
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  • You see, it turned into a snakeand this is really important.
  • 00:20:12.761 --> 00:20:18.800
  • Whenever you have a dream fromGod, whenever you have a purpose
  • 00:20:18.834 --> 00:20:21.837
  • from God, there's always a snakeof selfishness in it, a little
  • 00:20:21.870 --> 00:20:25.374
  • snake of pride in it that you'vegot to give it over to God.
  • 00:20:25.407 --> 00:20:29.278
  • That's why I give the churchover to God constantly because,
  • 00:20:29.311 --> 00:20:32.681
  • if not, there can be a snake ofselfishness, some pride in it,
  • 00:20:32.714 --> 00:20:36.451
  • the dark side can get in and soI've got to surrender it all
  • 00:20:36.485 --> 00:20:39.421
  • to him.
  • 00:20:39.454 --> 00:20:40.789
  • And when you give a dream toGod, when you give something
  • 00:20:40.822 --> 00:20:42.758
  • over to God, he'll either giveit back to you anointed and
  • 00:20:42.791 --> 00:20:47.863
  • he'll take the snake out of it,the snake of selfishness
  • 00:20:47.896 --> 00:20:49.798
  • and pride.
  • 00:20:49.831 --> 00:20:51.433
  • It'll be totally anointed.
  • 00:20:51.466 --> 00:20:53.068
  • Or, he'll take it away becausehe has something better for you.
  • 00:20:53.101 --> 00:20:56.071
  • But you have to trust him.
  • 00:20:56.104 --> 00:20:58.507
  • God always knows what's best forus so we give it over to
  • 00:20:58.540 --> 00:21:00.542
  • him, everything.
  • 00:21:00.575 --> 00:21:02.611
  • We give it over to him so thatwe can take hold of all that he
  • 00:21:02.644 --> 00:21:06.148
  • wants us to take hold of.
  • 00:21:06.181 --> 00:21:08.417
  • And so we let go and he gives itback but he takes the snake of
  • 00:21:08.450 --> 00:21:11.153
  • selfishness and pride out of itand it's anointed, it's
  • 00:21:11.186 --> 00:21:13.789
  • powerful now.
  • 00:21:13.822 --> 00:21:15.624
  • It can be used ofGod for his glory.
  • 00:21:15.657 --> 00:21:18.727
  • And Moses did that.
  • 00:21:18.760 --> 00:21:20.762
  • He gives it over, and really,he was relinquishing his past
  • 00:21:20.796 --> 00:21:23.865
  • because if he was gonna staystuck in the wilderness of
  • 00:21:23.899 --> 00:21:28.070
  • wasted opportunity, he wouldneed that shepherd staff, but he
  • 00:21:28.103 --> 00:21:31.373
  • was going, "God,I give it to you.
  • 00:21:31.406 --> 00:21:33.675
  • It's all yours.
  • 00:21:33.709 --> 00:21:35.277
  • I'm ready forwhatever you want."
  • 00:21:35.310 --> 00:21:37.412
  • And somebody neededthis passage today.
  • 00:21:37.446 --> 00:21:39.681
  • God wanted to speak this promiseto someone today through me.
  • 00:21:39.715 --> 00:21:43.418
  • It's in Isaiah 43:18, God says,"Forget the former things; do
  • 00:21:43.452 --> 00:21:47.389
  • not dwell on the past.
  • 00:21:47.422 --> 00:21:49.324
  • See, I am doing a new thing!
  • 00:21:49.358 --> 00:21:51.426
  • Now it springs up; doyou not perceive it?
  • 00:21:51.460 --> 00:21:53.695
  • I am making a way in thewilderness and streams in
  • 00:21:53.729 --> 00:21:55.797
  • the wasteland."
  • 00:21:55.831 --> 00:21:58.633
  • For someone today, God issaying, "Forget the past.
  • 00:21:58.667 --> 00:22:01.603
  • I've got something new that I'mgonna do in your life, something
  • 00:22:01.636 --> 00:22:04.706
  • great and grand.
  • 00:22:04.740 --> 00:22:07.075
  • Forget the formermistakes and failures.
  • 00:22:07.109 --> 00:22:08.977
  • Forget the pain.
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:10.779
  • Forget the past because I'mdoing something new right now in
  • 00:22:10.812 --> 00:22:13.382
  • your life and you've got to letgo of the past so you can take
  • 00:22:13.415 --> 00:22:16.551
  • hold of my purpose."
  • 00:22:16.585 --> 00:22:19.454
  • And that's the secondthing: take hold.
  • 00:22:19.488 --> 00:22:22.157
  • Take hold.
  • 00:22:22.190 --> 00:22:25.026
  • So Moses lets go, the staffturns into a snake, and then God
  • 00:22:25.060 --> 00:22:26.862
  • says, "Okay, I want you topick it up by the tail."
  • 00:22:26.895 --> 00:22:29.297
  • And Moses, I'm sure, thinks,"This makes no sense."
  • 00:22:29.331 --> 00:22:32.801
  • Sometimes, God will ask you todo something that doesn't make
  • 00:22:32.834 --> 00:22:34.503
  • any sense at the time soyou'll learn to trust him.
  • 00:22:34.536 --> 00:22:39.007
  • And in Exodus 4:4 it says: "SoMoses reached out and took hold
  • 00:22:39.040 --> 00:22:41.877
  • of the snake and it turnedback into a staff in his hand."
  • 00:22:41.910 --> 00:22:46.381
  • Underline "took hold."
  • 00:22:46.415 --> 00:22:49.251
  • He reached down and took holdof the snake, but really he was
  • 00:22:49.284 --> 00:22:51.720
  • reaching out and taking holdof obedience and trust in God.
  • 00:22:51.753 --> 00:22:56.825
  • He let go of what he wastrusting in, everything, and
  • 00:22:56.858 --> 00:22:59.694
  • then he took hold of God alone.
  • 00:22:59.728 --> 00:23:02.764
  • Sometimes, God will ask you todo something that makes no sense
  • 00:23:02.798 --> 00:23:04.766
  • or you don't feel like doing atthe time, but you take a step of
  • 00:23:04.800 --> 00:23:07.769
  • faith and obey and yousee God open a door.
  • 00:23:07.803 --> 00:23:12.274
  • You see God's anointingand God's power in it.
  • 00:23:12.307 --> 00:23:15.811
  • And it builds your faith.
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  • Corrie ten Boom, who survived aNazi concentration camp, said,
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  • "Whenever you're in a trainand you're going through a dark
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  • tunnel and you can't seemuch, you don't get all upset.
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  • You don't get confused.
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  • You don't tear up your ticketand then jump off the train.
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  • No, you trust the conductor thathe's going to get you where you
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  • need to go.
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  • This is just part of thejourney, going through the
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  • dark tunnel."
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  • And it's the same with God.
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  • Some of you are going througha dark tunnel today where you
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  • can't see what God is doing.
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  • It doesn't make any sense.
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  • It's hard to see.
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  • It can be confusing.
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  • But you don't tear up theticket and jump off the train.
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  • You trust God, the conductor.
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  • He's gonna get you to yourpurpose and there's no pain that
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  • can derail God's purpose.
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  • But we have to trust God andobey, keep following him, keep
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  • taking steps of faith,keep trusting him.
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  • And Moses reached out and hetook hold of that snake and it
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  • turned back into the staff.
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  • But it really wasn'tthe staff anymore.
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  • God took the snake ofselfishness and pride out of it.
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  • It had became themighty staff of God.
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  • It was no longer acrooked shepherd's staff.
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  • It was the mighty staff of God,the same mighty staff of God
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  • that touched the Nile Riverand it turned to blood.
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  • The same mighty staff of Godthat Moses raised up over the
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  • Red Sea and it parted right downthe middle and the people walked
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  • through on dry ground.
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  • The same mighty staff of Godthat Moses raised up over the
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  • enemies and they were defeated.
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  • It was no longer a crookedshepherd's staff anymore.
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  • It was the mighty and powerfulstaff of the Almighty God, that
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  • God used to formmiracle after miracle.
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  • And when you give something toGod and he gives it back to you,
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  • and it's all his dream, all hispurpose for your life, and the
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  • selfishness is out of it,God anoints it powerfully
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  • for his glory.
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  • It's never the same again.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: We're so glad youjoined us for the message today
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  • and we hope it impactsyour life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know thatthere's many out there who've
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  • never received Christ, and allyou have to do is just pray and
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  • ask for his salvationand say, "Jesus Christ,
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  • forgive me of all my sins.
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  • Come into my life.Be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift ofsalvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you prayed that prayer,Christ will come into your life
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • announcer: As we begin 2021,it's more important than ever to
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  • stay focused on Christ andhis desires for our life.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, wewanna help you make goals,
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  • break bad habits, and striveto accomplish more than
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  • ever before.
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  • This year, as you assess yourlife and make goals, Pastors
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  • Kerry and Chris Shook want tohelp lead you on a journey of
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  • spiritual clarity and discovery.
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  • Today with your best gift ofsupport, they wanna send you a
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  • book, "One Month to Live,"along with their best-selling
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  • Together, these resources willprepare you to face both the
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  • challenging andrewarding days ahead.
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  • This special bundle may be justwhat you need to step into what
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  • God has in storefor you this year.
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  • Call us now at 844-34-KERRY orgo online to kerryshook.org to
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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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  • We wanna stay connected to youthroughout your week, standing
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  • with you in times of needand celebrating with you
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  • in times of joy.
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  • Your participation willcarry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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