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November 24, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • so much more than the way you're living right now.
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  • You're made for so much more
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  • than what you're experiencing right now.
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  • Kerry: Have you ever had that unsettling feeling
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  • that you were made for more?
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  • That you were made for more than how you're living right now?
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  • You were made for more than what you're experiencing right now?
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  • I mean, maybe everything in your life is okay but every once in
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  • a while you have that gnawing ache, deep down in your soul,
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  • that you have to be made for more than just trying to make it
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  • through another day.
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  • You feel like you're just kind of existing, but you're not
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  • really living the way you were made to live.
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  • Have you ever had that soul ache in your heart that you were made
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  • for more?
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  • First time I ever had that feeling that I was made for more
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  • was when I was 16 years old, just got my driver's license and
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  • the first car that I had to drive was my parents' old
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  • station wagon with the wood side board.
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  • And it was like I would drive that station wagon to school
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  • every day just thinking, "I was made for so much more.
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  • I was made for so much more than this.
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  • I wasn't made for this car and this car wasn't made for me.
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  • I was made for maybe a Camaro, maybe a Firebird, maybe even a
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  • Porsche.
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  • I was made for something more than this."
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  • But my parents, unfortunately, disagreed because they felt that
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  • 16 years of age, that station wagon was exactly what I was
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  • made for.
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  • And I proved them one night when I was trying to drive through
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  • the drive-thru lane at Taco Bell and instead of going through the
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  • drive-thru lane I ran into Taco Bell.
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  • I was just a few feet away from the drive-thru window and I
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  • didn't make the turn in that huge submarine and I just got
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  • stuck on the side of the building and so everyone behind
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  • me in the line at Taco Bell was just so mad, honking their
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  • horns, cussing at me, 'cause they couldn't get their cheesy
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  • gorditas in time and they were so frustrated.
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  • And there I was just stuck and I was going back and forth, just
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  • grinding it, and I was totally stuck until a few people came
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  • out and helped push me off of Taco Bell.
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  • Now, for my parents, that just proved to them that I was made
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  • for that station wagon and that station wagon was made for me.
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  • Now, to me, it just proved that station wagon wasn't made to go
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  • through the drive-thru lane at Taco Bell.
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  • That's all it proved.
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  • But I continued to drive that station wagon with the wood side
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  • board dented in for the rest of my sophomore and junior and high
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  • school until my senior year, I was finally able to get the car
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  • I was made for.
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  • It was a six-year-old red Mustang, stick shift, fully
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  • unloaded.
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  • I mean, it had nothing in it.
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  • But I loved it.
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  • And once I put my stereo in and had my music and I would drive
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  • that car and this is the car I was made for.
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  • And I really believe that that car had something to do with
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  • Chris falling in love with me.
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  • So I love--I look back with great memories on that car and
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  • she says it had nothing to do with it but I just know it did.
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  • It gave me more confidence, I know.
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  • Hey, I want you to open your Bibles to Isaiah chapter 43
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  • because here we see God speaking to the Israelites, telling them,
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  • "You're made for so much more than the way you're living right
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  • now.
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  • You're made for so much more than what you're experiencing
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  • right now."
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  • And the children of Israel were called by God.
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  • They were chosen by God.
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  • They were God's chosen people.
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  • God had led them into the Promised Land and God had given
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  • them a great call to be a light shining God's love to the whole
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  • world and yet they turned away from God and turned away from
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  • their true calling and so God allowed the Babylonians to come
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  • in and to destroy Jerusalem, to demolish the temple and then
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  • they took back most of the Israelites to Babylon which is
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  • modern-day Iraq and took them into captivity for 70 years.
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  • Now that 70-year period when the Israelites were in Babylon in
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  • captivity is known by historians as the Babylonian exile.
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  • So the Israelites were in exile at the time God speaks to them
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  • and he tells them, "You were made for so much more."
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  • And so I want you to open your Bibles to Isaiah 43 and would
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  • you stand in honor of God's Word.
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  • And so I believe when God speaks this promise to the Israelites,
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  • "You were made for so much more than what you're experiencing
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  • and the way you're living," that he wants to speak to us today,
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  • he tells us, "You're made for so much more."
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  • And what a beautiful and powerful promise.
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  • "This is what the Lord says--he who made a way through the sea,
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  • a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the
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  • chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and
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  • they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out
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  • like a wick: 'Forget the former things; do not dwell on the
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  • past.
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  • See, I am doing a new thing!
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  • Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
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  • I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in
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  • the wasteland.'" You can be seated.
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  • I want you to underline the phrase in this passage where God
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  • says, "I am doing a new thing."
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  • God tells the people of Israel, "Hey, you've been living in
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  • exile but I'm getting ready to do something new and powerful
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  • and amazing in your lives.
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  • I don't want you to look back at what's going on right now, I
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  • don't want you to look back at the past.
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  • I want you to look at the new thing that I'm getting ready to
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  • do."
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  • Now, God was speaking these words while the people had been
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  • in exile for many years now.
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  • I mean, for many years they'd been so far away from the land
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  • they were made for and the plan that they were made for.
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  • I mean, they had moved so far away from the Promised Land, so
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  • far away from their calling, and yet God was speaking these words
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  • to them.
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  • They'd been in exile for many years.
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  • It's coming toward the end of the 70 years but they didn't
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  • know it was coming toward the end of the 70 years and in
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  • captivity the conquering Babylonians had treated them
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  • okay.
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  • I mean, they didn't treat them great but history tells us that
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  • they got to live in an Israelite settlement.
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  • Most of them lived fairly normal lives.
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  • The conditions weren't great. They were okay.
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  • I mean, it wasn't an amazing place to live because they were
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  • the ones who had been conquered but they didn't get hassled
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  • too much. I mean, everything was okay.
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  • Wasn't great but it was okay.
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  • It wasn't the Promised Land, it was the land of okay.
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  • And I'm sure the Israelites had been living in the land of okay
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  • for so long that it sort of pushed Jerusalem and the temple
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  • and the Promised Land out of their minds.
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  • And they're thinking, "We're here.
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  • We're gonna probably be here forever.
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  • We're here."
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  • And at first they thought about it a lot but I'm sure it was
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  • sort of out of their minds and almost out of their hearts but
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  • every once in a while I'm sure they would feel that ache in
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  • their soul that they were made for more, that they were far
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  • away from the land they were made for and the plan that they
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  • were made for.
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  • And the people were in this land of okay and they became okay
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  • with okay.
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  • God wanted them to always be looking toward Jerusalem and
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  • thinking about what he was gonna do and that this time would turn
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  • their hearts.
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  • But they'd become okay with just okay.
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  • And some of you today have become okay with okay.
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  • You're just okay right now with God doing a little bit in your
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  • life but not a whole lot.
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  • You're just okay and you're a little afraid to step out of the
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  • comfort zone of okay, to move into the land you were made for
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  • because of the risk, because of the unknown.
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  • And the Israelites were right there.
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  • And so God had to speak to them in this place because they'd
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  • become okay with the land of okay.
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  • And God had to prepare them for more.
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  • And the reason why God speaks to them in this passage and gives
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  • them this amazing promise is he's preparing them for more
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  • because you can't step into more until you're prepared for more.
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  • You have to have the faith.
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  • God has to build your faith to take that step because when all
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  • you're seeing is your circumstances and you got your
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  • head down and you're walking around with your head down and
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  • you're not really looking for what God is doing, God has to
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  • wake you up and give you a wake-up call and say, "Hey,
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  • get your head up. Look up.
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  • I'm getting ready to do something new and amazing in
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  • your life."
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  • And so that's what I want God to do in your life today, to give
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  • you a wake-up call.
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  • If you've been walking around with your head down because
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  • you're just trying to survive and make it through another day
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  • and everything is so difficult and you're just trying to get
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  • through and it's really hard for you to see what God is up to
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  • because you're just trying to survive, I want you to lift your
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  • head up because God has a word for you today through his Word.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: God says, "I want you to remember that I'm the God of
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  • the impossible."
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus through
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  • television, media, and creative resources.
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  • joy.
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • Kerry: So what did he tell the Israelites because it's the
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  • same thing that we need to do to really be prepared to move out
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  • of the land of okay into the land we were made for.
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  • First, remember God's power.
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  • He tells them, "Remember God's power."
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  • Hey, I've read this passage many times because this is one of my
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  • favorite promises in the Bible, "Forget the former things.
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  • Don't dwell on the past."
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  • I love that.
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  • God's used that in my life so many times.
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  • God was telling the Israelites: "I want you to forget all this
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  • exile stuff.
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  • I want you to forget Babylon.
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  • Forget the past. Don't dwell on the past.
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  • One time I told you you need to build houses and dwell but now
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  • it's time, stop dwelling, in your minds, in your hearts, and
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  • soon in your houses in Babylon because I'm getting ready to do
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  • a new thing."
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  • God was getting ready to rescue them from the Babylonians, to
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  • defeat the Babylonians and to bring them back to the Promised
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  • Land and to rebuild the temple.
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  • He was about to bring them back to the land they were made for
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  • and the plan that they were made for, to be a light to shine
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  • God's love to the world.
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  • But God had to prepare their hearts 'cause they'd been
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  • dwelling in the land and he had to get them out of that dwelling
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  • mentality into that stepping out in faith mentality.
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  • And so God tells 'em, "You gotta forget the former things.
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  • Don't dwell on the past."
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  • And I love that passage because that speaks to me all the time
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  • when I read it.
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  • It's like, "Kerry, forget about all your past mistakes and all
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  • your mess and all your sins.
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  • Forget about the past.
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  • I'm getting ready to do something new in your life right
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  • now."
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  • It's so powerful.
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  • I love that and so I have gone back to that passage so many
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  • times in my life.
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  • I've gone back to that promise of God in my life so many times
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  • but what I'd never seen until recently when I was studying
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  • this passage is right before God says, "Forget the past," he
  • 00:12:58.200 --> 00:13:02.280
  • tells the Israelites, "Remember the past."
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  • I never knew that.
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  • It's so interesting.
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  • Right before God says, "I want you to forget the past because
  • 00:13:09.030 --> 00:13:13.010
  • I'm doing something new," he tells them, "I want you to
  • 00:13:13.020 --> 00:13:16.140
  • remember a miracle from your past."
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  • Look at it with me.
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  • And we'll just kind of go through this passage again.
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  • Verse 16 and 17: "This is what the Lord says--he who made a way
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  • through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out
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  • the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements
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  • together, and they lay there, never to rise again,
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  • extinguished, snuffed out like a wick."
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  • And so here, God reminds the Israelites of the miracle of how
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:41.230
  • he rescued them from the Egyptians through the Red Sea,
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  • one of the greatest miracles in Israelites' history.
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  • And so God's getting ready to rescue them from the land of
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  • okay and bring them into the land of more but before he can
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  • rescue them he has to remind them of his power.
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  • Before they can forget the past, they have to remember God's
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  • power.
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  • And that's the first thing that can wake you up to what God is
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  • about to do in your life so you don't miss it.
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  • See, this whole passage is about how not to miss what God is
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:13.180
  • getting ready to do in your life.
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  • And so he says, "Before you can forget the past, you gotta
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  • remember my power.
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  • You gotta focus on me."
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  • And it's the same for us.
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  • So what do we remember about God's power?
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  • Remember God can do the impossible.
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  • God can do the impossible and in verse 16 from The Message
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  • paraphrase, it says: "This is what God says, the God who
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  • builds a road right through the ocean."
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  • You remember the miracle of the Red Sea, how God had led the
  • 00:14:39.170 --> 00:14:43.090
  • Israelites out of Egypt.
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  • They'd been in slavery over 400 years and God delivers them
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  • through Moses, the great leader, and so they leave Egypt.
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  • They go into the wilderness, and they come to the Red Sea right
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  • away and they camp at the Red Sea.
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  • The Egyptians change their mind and they send the whole army
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  • after the Israelites to kill them.
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:15:00.080
  • And so here the Israelites are, the Red Sea in front of them,
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:04.000
  • the Egyptian army bearing down behind them.
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  • They're trapped, they're at a dead end.
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  • They're in an impossible situation.
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  • It was humanly impossible, it was over, and then God builds a
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  • road through the ocean.
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  • He does the impossible.
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  • And he delivers them.
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  • God says, "I want you to remember that I'm the God of the
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  • impossible."
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  • God, you can get us out of Babylon and get us back to the
  • 00:15:26.050 --> 00:15:28.060
  • land that we were made for.
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.260
  • And some of you are facing an impossible situation right now.
  • 00:15:29.270 --> 00:15:32.130
  • It's okay to admit it's humanly impossible.
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:35.220
  • You know, you're facing a situation that you've tried to
  • 00:15:35.230 --> 00:15:37.140
  • fix, you've tried to change, and it's unchangeable, it's
  • 00:15:37.150 --> 00:15:39.130
  • uncontrollable, and you can't fix it, you can't change it.
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  • It's humanly impossible, but God is the God of the impossible.
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  • There's no such thing as a lost cause.
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  • Don't give up hope because you've got a God of the
  • 00:15:50.190 --> 00:15:55.190
  • impossible.
  • 00:15:55.200 --> 00:15:56.230
  • He was basically saying, "Remember how great and big and
  • 00:15:56.240 --> 00:15:59.020
  • powerful I am and how much I love you and I'm gonna rescue
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  • you again.
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:02.290
  • I've got something new and powerful for you."
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  • Then he tells them, "Move to the next step."
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  • That is, remember God's power then deal with the past so you
  • 00:16:08.220 --> 00:16:13.020
  • don't dwell on the past.
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:14.160
  • The second thing: deal with the past so you don't dwell on the
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  • past.
  • 00:16:16.040 --> 00:16:17.100
  • In verse 18, he says: "Forget the former things; do not dwell
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:19.270
  • on the past."
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:21.040
  • Now, usually, we can't forget the past because we haven't
  • 00:16:21.050 --> 00:16:23.100
  • dealt with the past and the past keeps coming up in the present,
  • 00:16:23.110 --> 00:16:26.110
  • affecting everything we do and, really, hurting all our
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:29.130
  • relationships.
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  • And so how do you deal with the past?
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  • Well, you grieve your losses.
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  • First thing you do is you grieve your losses.
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  • Brokenness leads to blessedness but you gotta feel the pain to
  • 00:16:36.010 --> 00:16:38.110
  • the brokenness and the loss.
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:40.220
  • You know, the things that you've done in your past that have
  • 00:16:40.230 --> 00:16:43.100
  • created a lot of loss, they lost 70 years and they had to grieve
  • 00:16:43.110 --> 00:16:47.180
  • that loss. They had to admit that loss.
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  • They dealt with that loss.
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  • They cried, they wept, it says, by the rivers in Babylon.
  • 00:16:52.110 --> 00:16:56.120
  • And too many times, when we experience a loss, a loss that
  • 00:16:56.130 --> 00:17:00.250
  • we caused by our sins or a loss that we had nothing to do with
  • 00:17:00.260 --> 00:17:04.120
  • that was just a tragedy that came into our life, many times
  • 00:17:04.130 --> 00:17:06.290
  • we don't grieve it.
  • 00:17:07.000 --> 00:17:08.230
  • We just keep moving on and when you don't grieve your losses,
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:12.190
  • that grief will come out sideways in a very destructive
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:15.250
  • way.
  • 00:17:15.260 --> 00:17:16.220
  • A lot of times it's a midlife crisis.
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:19.040
  • That grief will come out in some way that will be so destructive.
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:23.240
  • God created us to grieve our losses.
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  • "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted."
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  • It's not, "Blessed are those who plow through."
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:35.060
  • "Blessed are those who mourn, blessed are those who grieve."
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  • We have to come to the place of brokenness and feel the pain of
  • 00:17:37.290 --> 00:17:40.080
  • our brokenness so we can move into blessedness.
  • 00:17:40.090 --> 00:17:44.100
  • And so you grieve your losses.
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  • Sometimes God has to break you before he can make you.
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  • Sometimes God has to break you and you've gotta feel the pain
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  • of that brokenness before he can begin making you into what you
  • 00:17:55.010 --> 00:17:59.080
  • were made for.
  • 00:17:59.090 --> 00:18:00.080
  • And then admit your failures.
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:02.190
  • God knows them anyway.
  • 00:18:02.200 --> 00:18:03.270
  • Just have to be honest about our sins and mistakes, and truthful
  • 00:18:03.280 --> 00:18:06.090
  • and admit them to God.
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  • Admit them to others and experience God's forgiveness and
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:10.120
  • then healing.
  • 00:18:10.130 --> 00:18:11.200
  • We've gotta admit our failures or we'll be stuck in the past.
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:16.070
  • And then forget your successes.
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:19.010
  • The greatest enemy for growth in any organization or business is
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:23.190
  • past success, to say, "Well, we've always done it this way
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:27.020
  • and it's been okay."
  • 00:18:27.030 --> 00:18:29.010
  • So you gotta forget your successes.
  • 00:18:29.020 --> 00:18:30.160
  • Don't matter anymore.
  • 00:18:30.170 --> 00:18:32.010
  • So you can make the changes you need to make to be ready for the
  • 00:18:32.020 --> 00:18:34.110
  • new thing God is doing in your life.
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:37.060
  • Now the crazy thing is, God uses all these things from your past:
  • 00:18:37.070 --> 00:18:40.160
  • your losses, your pain, your successes, your hurts, your
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:45.130
  • failures, your sins.
  • 00:18:45.140 --> 00:18:46.210
  • He uses all of it to make you into what you were made for.
  • 00:18:46.220 --> 00:18:51.220
  • He's making you in what he's made you to be.
  • 00:18:51.230 --> 00:18:54.070
  • But there's a third thing.
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  • Open your eyes to the new thing God is doing.
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:58.030
  • That's so important.
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:18:59.020
  • You gotta open your spiritual eyes.
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  • He's doing it now.
  • 00:19:00.160 --> 00:19:01.280
  • It's happening in your life; you just don't see it.
  • 00:19:01.290 --> 00:19:03.270
  • It may be kind of small right now but you've got to open your
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:06.160
  • spiritual eyes to see it.
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:08.020
  • You can't walk around with your eyes looking down, you've got to
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.230
  • look up he says and you can't look back.
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  • You gotta look up.
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:15.050
  • In verse 19a, God says, "See, I am doing a new thing!"
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:21.130
  • Stop focusing on the past.
  • 00:19:21.140 --> 00:19:22.290
  • God's getting ready to do something new and powerful and
  • 00:19:23.000 --> 00:19:25.130
  • amazing in your life.
  • 00:19:25.140 --> 00:19:26.200
  • You say, "Well, it hasn't happened for a while."
  • 00:19:26.210 --> 00:19:29.140
  • Doesn't matter.
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:30.240
  • God's getting ready to do something new and powerful but
  • 00:19:30.250 --> 00:19:32.290
  • you miss it when you don't open your spiritual eyes.
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:37.090
  • You gotta see beyond your circumstances and see that God
  • 00:19:37.100 --> 00:19:39.290
  • is up to something.
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:42.010
  • God is up to something huge.
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:44.240
  • It may be underground right now.
  • 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:46.160
  • I remember when we built this building, you know, the
  • 00:19:46.170 --> 00:19:48.220
  • foundation of the building took forever and then after that,
  • 00:19:48.230 --> 00:19:51.130
  • things went up really fast.
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:52.200
  • But it was like, I'd come out here every day and go, "Man,
  • 00:19:52.210 --> 00:19:54.100
  • they're doing nothing.
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:56.110
  • You can't see anything."
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:57.230
  • They were working on the foundation, building deep piers
  • 00:19:57.240 --> 00:20:00.280
  • in the ground because why?
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:02.050
  • They were getting ready to build something big.
  • 00:20:02.060 --> 00:20:04.050
  • And whatever God is getting ready to build something big in
  • 00:20:04.060 --> 00:20:06.220
  • your life, he has to prepare you for it.
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:09.230
  • And he has to sometimes prune you to prepare you, sometimes
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:15.020
  • you have to experience pain but he's digging down deep and he's
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:21.180
  • building the foundation strong 'cause he's not building a
  • 00:20:21.190 --> 00:20:24.220
  • little hut.
  • 00:20:24.230 --> 00:20:27.050
  • He's building his big plan for your life.
  • 00:20:27.060 --> 00:20:31.100
  • In verse 19b, the second part, it says: "Now it springs up; do
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:34.070
  • you not perceive it?"
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:35.100
  • Underline the word "now."
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  • Don't look for it in yesterday.
  • 00:20:37.150 --> 00:20:38.190
  • Don't look for it in tomorrow.
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:39.220
  • Look for it now, now.
  • 00:20:39.230 --> 00:20:41.140
  • You see, it's today.
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:44.180
  • Today's the only day you know you have.
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:48.050
  • God's given us this great gift of one day.
  • 00:20:48.060 --> 00:20:51.160
  • One day.
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:52.140
  • That's what you know you have, this day.
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:56.030
  • What are you gonna do with that gift?
  • 00:20:56.040 --> 00:20:57.140
  • How are you gonna unwrap it?
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:58.270
  • Because I'm telling you, what God is doing in your life, he's
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:01.230
  • gonna do it now.
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:03.130
  • Don't look back at the past, don't look at someday.
  • 00:21:03.140 --> 00:21:07.140
  • That's where we get stuck and that someday when things settle
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:11.190
  • down.
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:12.260
  • Things aren't gonna ever settle down.
  • 00:21:12.270 --> 00:21:14.060
  • This is life.
  • 00:21:14.070 --> 00:21:16.010
  • I said it this week.
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:18.010
  • "Someday, you know, when things settle down, you know, right now
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:20.100
  • it's a little busy." You ever said that?
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:22.140
  • "Someday," you're just lying to yourself.
  • 00:21:22.150 --> 00:21:25.280
  • And I'm here to tell you, as your pastor, you are a liar.
  • 00:21:25.290 --> 00:21:30.010
  • You're lying to yourself.
  • 00:21:30.020 --> 00:21:32.090
  • Someday, when things settle down, it's not so stressful,
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:35.200
  • when we get through this problem, I'm gonna really take
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:37.270
  • steps of faith to be who God called me to be.
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:40.020
  • I'm gonna really get more involved in the church, we're
  • 00:21:40.030 --> 00:21:42.120
  • gonna join the church.
  • 00:21:42.130 --> 00:21:43.180
  • I'm gonna start giving, I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna do
  • 00:21:43.190 --> 00:21:45.200
  • that.
  • 00:21:45.210 --> 00:21:46.180
  • I'm gonna spend more time with the kids.
  • 00:21:46.190 --> 00:21:47.210
  • I'm gonna focus in on the family.
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:49.030
  • I'm gonna do what I've always longed to do.
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:50.200
  • I'm gonna follow that dream that God's placed in my heart when
  • 00:21:50.210 --> 00:21:53.040
  • things settle down."
  • 00:21:53.050 --> 00:21:55.160
  • No, you just lie to yourself. Don't believe it.
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:58.290
  • Don't--when you lie to yourself, don't believe yourself, okay?
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:03.280
  • Things are never gonna--I'm here to tell you the harsh truth.
  • 00:22:03.290 --> 00:22:07.050
  • Things will never settle down. This is life.
  • 00:22:07.060 --> 00:22:09.050
  • As long as you have a pulse, you're gonna have problems.
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:12.060
  • This is life.
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:14.090
  • You gotta enjoy every day, live every day.
  • 00:22:14.100 --> 00:22:18.070
  • Step out today.
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  • It's not about tomorrow, it's not about yesterday.
  • 00:22:19.160 --> 00:22:21.190
  • It's about what are you gonna do today?
  • 00:22:21.200 --> 00:22:22.290
  • Take a step of faith to get ready for the more God's gonna
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:25.220
  • give you now.
  • 00:22:25.230 --> 00:22:26.220
  • And then open your eyes to see what God's doing.
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:30.130
  • Open your eyes.
  • 00:22:30.140 --> 00:22:32.040
  • And that's my greatest prayer for you today is that God would
  • 00:22:32.050 --> 00:22:35.080
  • open all of our spiritual eyes so he can--so that we can see
  • 00:22:35.090 --> 00:22:38.050
  • what he's doing in our lives, what he's getting ready to do.
  • 00:22:38.060 --> 00:22:41.040
  • May be small right now but it's gonna spring up.
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  • For our church, for your family, for your life, that we would
  • 00:22:43.280 --> 00:22:49.090
  • open our spiritual eyes so that we could see.
  • 00:22:49.100 --> 00:22:52.200
  • And then he tells us what he's gonna be doing.
  • 00:22:52.210 --> 00:22:56.080
  • In the last verse he says: "I am making a way in the wilderness
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  • and springs in the wasteland."
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  • So what wilderness are you in?
  • 00:23:04.140 --> 00:23:06.150
  • What desert are you in right now?
  • 00:23:06.160 --> 00:23:08.190
  • Maybe you're in a wilderness in your career and God says, "I can
  • 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:12.190
  • make a way to get you to the place that you were made for.
  • 00:23:12.200 --> 00:23:14.200
  • To get you to the career you were made for.
  • 00:23:14.210 --> 00:23:16.280
  • Maybe you're in a wilderness or a desert in your marriage right
  • 00:23:16.290 --> 00:23:23.250
  • now and it just seems like all the love has just dried up and
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:28.070
  • it's just a desert.
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  • God can create springs in the desert and renew your marriage.
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  • Maybe you're in a wilderness of worry right now where the
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  • worried thoughts, the anxiety, have just taken over.
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  • God can flood you with his peace and wash away all those worries.
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  • Maybe you're in a desert of depression and you feel like
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  • you'll never get out.
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  • God wants to give you the springs of joy that come from
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  • within your heart that can't be explained by anything else.
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  • God can make a way where there seems to be no way.
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  • So if you're at a place of dead end right now, I wanna say to
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  • you, "You're blessed because God does his greatest miracles at
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  • the place of dead end."
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  • God does his greatest miracles at the place of dead end.
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  • So many times God has taken me through the stage of it's okay,
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  • then it gets difficult, then there are delays and waiting and
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  • then you hit a dead end, so that you don't settle for okay.
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  • But dead end is really just the stage right before deliverance.
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  • It's a stage you've gotta get to so you turn to him instead of
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  • trying to do it on your own.
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  • And some of you are right there, right now, but you're still
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  • struggling, you're still holding on, you're still trying to do it
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  • yourself and it's time for you to give up and let God take
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  • over.
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  • Chris Shook: We're so glad you joined us for the message
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  • today and we hope it impacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if God really spoke to 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 of salvation, forgiveness, and
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  • heaven one day.
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  • Just pray a prayer right now, a prayer like this: Dear
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  • Jesus Christ, thank you for dying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into my life, forgive me of all my sins,
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  • and I want you to be the Lord of my life.
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  • I want you to be the director from now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your free gift of salvation, in Jesus's name,
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  • amen.
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  • If you prayed that prayer, Christ came into your life and
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  • he'll never leave you.
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  • announcer: Here at the holidays we are especially
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  • reminded of God's love for us and right now, during this
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  • season of giving, you can be part of all that Kerry Shook
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  • Ministries is doing to share this amazing truth with others.
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  • Kerry and Chris invite you to join them in their tradition of
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  • giving the best gift to Christ.
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  • Your gifts will help launch projects into the New Year that
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  • share the gospel of truth to a hurting world.
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  • In your city, your neighborhood, perhaps even in your own home,
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  • people with questions will receive balanced biblical
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  • answers.
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  • The liberating truths of the gospel will come to life in
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  • vivid, visual ways through illustrated sermons and, best of
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  • all, hurting people will experience forgiveness, peace,
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  • and abundant eternal life by being introduced to
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • Share the joy this season and, as you give, please know how
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  • much Kerry and Chris appreciate you standing with them
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  • in ministry.
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  • Call 844-34-KERRY, or go to KERRYSHOOK.ORG to give your best
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  • gift to Christ by helping to share him with the world.
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