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Choosing to Grow Up

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September 10, 2019
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Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin

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Choosing to Grow Up

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  • - There is something
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  • that makes a plant grow.
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  • I'm not a botanist,
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  • but if you look it up,
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  • there's something in every plant
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  • life, whether it's a tree,
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  • a flower, a bush.
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  • It has something
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  • called meristem.
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  • The meristem,
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  • or the meristem line.
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  • And it's where the plant
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  • takes in -- a certain spot
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  • on that plant -- where all
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  • the nutrients that
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  • the plant takes in,
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  • when it breaks out of the seed
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  • and comes up above earth.
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  • The meristem line on every
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  • living tree or plant is at
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  • the base of that tree,
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  • where it goes into the ground.
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  • And it receives the nutrients,
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  • divides parts of those
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  • nutrients, and causes part
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  • of the tree to grow up.
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  • And it says to other
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  • nutrients -- I don't know
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  • how it does it, but it says
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  • you'll go down, and if you look
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  • well enough, you can see it.
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  • Sometimes, it looks like a knot.
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  • Sometimes, it's a different
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  • color in the tree, if you were
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  • to cut the tree down,
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  • and look at the bark.
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  • You would see this different
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  • colored line that goes
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  • through it.
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  • It's where a decision is made.
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  • The particular spot
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  • in the plant,
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  • where the plant takes
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  • what it's given,
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  • and determines that I'm going
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  • to use this that I'm being given
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  • to cause this to go
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  • down or go up.
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  • To cause you to go high,
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  • or go low.
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  • But the decision is made
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  • at the meristem line.
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  • What's interesting about
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  • it is it's similar to cells
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  • in our body.
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  • The body basically makes
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  • decisions from the cells
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  • and the nutrients that it's
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  • receiving from its mother,
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  • the nutrients.
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  • Coming to the infant's body,
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  • a decision is made.
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  • You would make a good
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  • heart cell.
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  • And at the stem cell line
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  • for the body, you would make
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  • a good eye cell.
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  • You would make a good ear cell.
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  • And they said that the cells
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  • that don't get identified
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  • can become dangerous cells,
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  • and actually can --
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  • unidentified cells can sometimes
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  • multiply into bad cells.
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  • Now, it's what's coming
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  • in and that can cause cancer
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  • if it's not sent and put
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  • in the right place.
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  • So what I want you to understand
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  • is simply this,
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  • it's how the body handles
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  • what it's given.
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  • It's how the plant handles
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  • what it's given that determines
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  • if it's good or if it's bad.
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  • There is a decision
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  • that is made.
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  • It doesn't have a lot to say
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  • about what nutrients
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  • it's given, but it decides.
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  • You would make --
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  • you would do good --
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  • I'm going to let you take me up,
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  • or I'm going to let you go down.
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  • I'm going to let you take me
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  • high, or I'm going to let you
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  • take me low.
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  • And the tree makes that decision
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  • at the meristem line.
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  • The body makes that decision
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  • at the stem cell line.
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  • And it's an amazing thing.
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  • And when you think about it,
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  • 2 Corinthians 2:16 said that
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  • the gospel that is preached
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  • is a saver of life unto some,
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  • and a saver of death
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  • unto others.
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  • In other words, some people
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  • can hear the gospel,
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  • and take in life, and their
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  • family is blessed,
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  • and they grow,
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  • and they get strong in the Lord,
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  • and there are people
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  • under the sound of my voice
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  • this morning who will hear
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  • the same gospel,
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  • and it does nothing for them.
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  • It's possible that there are
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  • people who are going through
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  • hard circumstances right now,
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  • and I've seen this,
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  • I've pastored a long time,
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  • and I've watched people
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  • go through similar
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  • circumstances, where there's
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  • bereavement of the loss
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  • of a child, or a husband,
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  • or a wife, or cancer diagnosis,
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  • or some tragedy that happens.
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  • They go through hard
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  • circumstances, and what
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  • is amazing is that some people
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  • get bitter from it,
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  • and some people get better from
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  • it, but it's all according
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  • to what they do with
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  • what they take in.
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  • You can't choose everything life
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  • will give you, but what I'm
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  • saying to you is simply this.
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  • It's not what happens to me,
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  • it's what happens in me
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  • that makes the difference.
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  • You're going to do something
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  • with the trials you're going
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  • through, and they can either
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  • take you up, or they can
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  • take you down.
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  • They can either cause you to
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  • bear fruit upward as Isaiah
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  • said, or they can cause you
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  • to have roots that go downward,
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  • and Hebrews 12 talks
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  • about the root of bitterness.
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  • And there's a lot of people,
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  • when something happens
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  • in their life,
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  • instead of letting it take
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  • them upward and bear fruit,
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  • and letting that, even though
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  • you wouldn't choose that trial,
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  • you wouldn't ask for that trial,
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  • since that's what life
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  • is giving you and God
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  • is allowing, you have to make
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  • a decision at the spiritual
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  • meristem line of your soul,
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  • I'm either going to let this
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  • take me up,
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  • or take me down.
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  • It's either going to make me
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  • better, or it's going to make
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  • me bitter,
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  • and I make the choice.
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  • Not God.
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  • I do.
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  • Problems are going to come.
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  • It's what your attitude is.
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  • What are you going to do
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  • with what life gives you?
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  • A lot of people go to church,
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  • but that doesn't mean
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  • you're going to get anything
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  • out of it.
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  • What are you going to do with
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  • what life gives you?
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  • What are you going to --
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  • where are you going to send it?
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  • Are you going to let it make
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  • you better, or are you going
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  • to let it make you worse?
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  • You'll have 10.000 chances
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  • to get bitter in life.
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  • Somebody will hurt you.
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  • Something will happen.
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  • Some disappointment
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  • will take place.
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  • Some injustice.
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  • Something will happen
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  • in your life, and you either,
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  • at that moment, at the spiritual
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  • meristem line of your soul,
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  • you make a decision.
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  • I am not going to let this grow
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  • a root of bitterness,
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  • and Hebrews said, by the way,
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  • that out of that root
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  • of bitterness,
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  • you defile many.
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  • It doesn't just affect you
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  • when you get bitter,
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  • not just at people, but at God,
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  • when something happens,
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  • a car wreck, or some tragedy,
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  • and someone is taken,
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  • or some bad -- it's easy to let
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  • a root of bitterness,
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  • and it can take you down,
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  • or that -- I've seen the same --
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  • I've seen people go through
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  • almost the exact same thing,
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  • and instead of taking
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  • 'em down into roots
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  • of bitterness,
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  • they bear fruit upward.
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  • They grow more.
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  • They go deeper in God.
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  • Are you going to let it become
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  • a bad cancer cell to your soul,
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  • or you can take that same
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  • circumstance, and say,
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  • "You'd make a mighty
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  • good heart cell."
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  • And you decide if it becomes
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  • a good heart cell
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  • or if it becomes a spiritual
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  • cancer cell to your soul.
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  • You decide.
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  • I'm saying to you today that God
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  • said to the tribe of Judah,
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  • the Assyrians are coming.
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  • And you are going to see
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  • them decimate My people,
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  • and this nation.
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  • He said but there's going to
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  • be a remnant, and out
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  • of that remnant -- in Isaiah 34,
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  • out of that remnant will come
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  • fruit that will take you upward
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  • and roots that will take
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  • you downward.
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  • There is a place in our soul,
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  • a spiritual meristem line,
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  • that whatever's going on,
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  • you can use it to cause you
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  • to grow bitter, or you can
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  • produce the fruits
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  • of the spirit.
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  • Galatians 5:22.
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  • He said fruit that grows upward,
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  • that bears fruit upward,
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  • Galatians 5:22.
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  • What fruit is that?
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  • The fruit of the Spirit is love,
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  • joy, peace, kindness,
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  • gentleness, goodness,
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  • faithfulness, self-control.
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  • God says if you will allow
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  • the trials, if you will allow
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  • what life gives you,
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  • I will not let you just go
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  • through it, and gain nothing
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  • from it.
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  • But out of it will come the --
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  • if you let it,
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  • it'll take you up.
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  • And instead of getting bitter
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  • and hateful and cynical
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  • and offended, you can let
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  • it take you up,
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  • and produce love.
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  • The fruits of the Spirit.
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  • Joy, peace, kindness.
  • 00:08:48.190 --> 00:08:51.190
  • I shouldn't bless you because
  • 00:08:51.190 --> 00:08:53.180
  • you said something
  • 00:08:53.180 --> 00:08:54.230
  • that hurt me, but I'm not
  • 00:08:54.230 --> 00:08:56.120
  • going to let it take me down,
  • 00:08:56.120 --> 00:08:57.230
  • I'm going to let it take me up.
  • 00:08:57.230 --> 00:08:59.160
  • And I'm going to produce
  • 00:08:59.160 --> 00:09:00.170
  • the fruits of the Spirit.
  • 00:09:00.200 --> 00:09:03.200
  • There's a place in God where
  • 00:09:03.200 --> 00:09:05.090
  • we're supposed to do that.
  • 00:09:05.090 --> 00:09:07.160
  • What you see above the ground
  • 00:09:07.160 --> 00:09:08.260
  • is what we love,
  • 00:09:08.260 --> 00:09:11.000
  • but what happens underneath
  • 00:09:11.000 --> 00:09:12.110
  • the ground is what determines
  • 00:09:12.110 --> 00:09:14.180
  • what happens above the ground.
  • 00:09:14.180 --> 00:09:16.130
  • If your root system is going
  • 00:09:16.130 --> 00:09:18.090
  • down, it's a matter of time
  • 00:09:18.090 --> 00:09:20.140
  • before your fruit system
  • 00:09:20.140 --> 00:09:21.240
  • starts bearing fruit up.
  • 00:09:22.030 --> 00:09:25.030
  • You know that it takes 1.000
  • 00:09:25.030 --> 00:09:26.240
  • hours of cold weather
  • 00:09:27.160 --> 00:09:30.160
  • for a peach tree to bear fruit?
  • 00:09:30.160 --> 00:09:33.000
  • And the reason that we have
  • 00:09:33.000 --> 00:09:34.070
  • peach trees in Georgia,
  • 00:09:34.070 --> 00:09:36.120
  • but they don't have 'em in a lot
  • 00:09:36.120 --> 00:09:38.010
  • of other places, is because
  • 00:09:38.010 --> 00:09:39.200
  • there's too much sunshine
  • 00:09:39.200 --> 00:09:41.060
  • and warm days.
  • 00:09:41.060 --> 00:09:42.260
  • In order to produce the fruit
  • 00:09:42.260 --> 00:09:45.040
  • of peach, you have to have
  • 00:09:45.130 --> 00:09:48.130
  • at least 1.000 hours
  • 00:09:48.130 --> 00:09:50.290
  • of cold weather.
  • 00:09:50.290 --> 00:09:53.250
  • Are you still interested
  • 00:09:53.250 --> 00:09:54.270
  • in bearing fruit?
  • 00:09:54.270 --> 00:09:57.010
  • Then the Holy Spirit comes
  • 00:09:57.010 --> 00:09:58.090
  • along and says, "Then there
  • 00:09:58.090 --> 00:09:59.190
  • are going to have
  • 00:09:59.190 --> 00:10:00.120
  • to be some cold days."
  • 00:10:00.120 --> 00:10:02.110
  • It's not enough just to come
  • 00:10:02.110 --> 00:10:03.210
  • to church and have blessing,
  • 00:10:03.210 --> 00:10:05.000
  • blessing, blessing, blessing.
  • 00:10:05.000 --> 00:10:06.220
  • But God will allow
  • 00:10:06.220 --> 00:10:07.240
  • into your life cold days, too.
  • 00:10:08.160 --> 00:10:11.160
  • But it's out of the cold days
  • 00:10:11.160 --> 00:10:13.100
  • that we bear fruit upward.
  • 00:10:13.290 --> 00:10:16.290
  • You know what this is?
  • 00:10:16.290 --> 00:10:19.040
  • I'm -- this is not plastic.
  • 00:10:19.040 --> 00:10:21.050
  • This is a real tree.
  • 00:10:21.050 --> 00:10:22.150
  • Did you know you can take
  • 00:10:22.150 --> 00:10:23.120
  • any tree, and you can turn
  • 00:10:23.120 --> 00:10:25.070
  • it into a bonsai tree?
  • 00:10:25.070 --> 00:10:26.280
  • You can take it --
  • 00:10:26.280 --> 00:10:27.200
  • this could be an oak tree,
  • 00:10:27.200 --> 00:10:28.190
  • this could be a pine tree.
  • 00:10:28.190 --> 00:10:30.100
  • All you have to do,
  • 00:10:30.100 --> 00:10:31.140
  • what they do is they let
  • 00:10:31.140 --> 00:10:32.130
  • it be birthed.
  • 00:10:32.130 --> 00:10:34.290
  • It starts growing
  • 00:10:34.290 --> 00:10:36.280
  • at the meristem line.
  • 00:10:36.280 --> 00:10:38.100
  • There's cells that are being
  • 00:10:38.100 --> 00:10:39.190
  • sent, nutrients that are
  • 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:40.230
  • being sent up.
  • 00:10:40.230 --> 00:10:41.260
  • Nutrients that are being
  • 00:10:41.260 --> 00:10:42.200
  • sent down,
  • 00:10:42.200 --> 00:10:44.020
  • and it's growing in two ways.
  • 00:10:44.020 --> 00:10:45.210
  • But what they do is at a certain
  • 00:10:45.210 --> 00:10:46.270
  • point, they take it out
  • 00:10:46.270 --> 00:10:48.030
  • of the box, and they take a --
  • 00:10:49.090 --> 00:10:52.090
  • some shears, and they take it,
  • 00:10:52.130 --> 00:10:55.130
  • and they cut the roots.
  • 00:10:55.250 --> 00:10:58.250
  • And then, they put it back
  • 00:10:58.250 --> 00:10:59.230
  • in the box, and they keep
  • 00:10:59.230 --> 00:11:01.220
  • trimming those roots for awhile,
  • 00:11:01.220 --> 00:11:03.180
  • until it just goes so high
  • 00:11:03.180 --> 00:11:06.140
  • and it doesn't grow anymore.
  • 00:11:06.140 --> 00:11:09.050
  • The bonsai tree is important,
  • 00:11:09.050 --> 00:11:12.020
  • because it doesn't die.
  • 00:11:12.020 --> 00:11:14.000
  • It's not that you're not saved.
  • 00:11:14.000 --> 00:11:16.040
  • It just never grows.
  • 00:11:16.040 --> 00:11:18.160
  • It never gets bigger.
  • 00:11:18.160 --> 00:11:20.180
  • It just stays tiny and dwarfed.
  • 00:11:21.140 --> 00:11:24.140
  • Because Satan just comes along
  • 00:11:24.140 --> 00:11:27.030
  • and trims those roots.
  • 00:11:27.180 --> 00:11:30.180
  • And keeps you where you are,
  • 00:11:30.180 --> 00:11:31.290
  • and you never grow.
  • 00:11:31.290 --> 00:11:33.260
  • You never get into your own
  • 00:11:33.260 --> 00:11:35.090
  • walk with God,
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:36.270
  • and all you are is you're going
  • 00:11:36.270 --> 00:11:38.010
  • to heaven, but man,
  • 00:11:38.010 --> 00:11:39.070
  • you sure aren't fulfilling
  • 00:11:39.070 --> 00:11:40.180
  • the purpose.
  • 00:11:40.180 --> 00:11:41.130
  • You were not --
  • 00:11:41.130 --> 00:11:42.090
  • God didn't give you life
  • 00:11:42.090 --> 00:11:45.050
  • to be a bonsai tree.
  • 00:11:45.050 --> 00:11:47.140
  • Psalm 92 said they that are
  • 00:11:47.140 --> 00:11:49.280
  • planted in the house of the Lord
  • 00:11:49.280 --> 00:11:51.240
  • will flourish in the courts
  • 00:11:51.240 --> 00:11:53.260
  • of our God, and they'll
  • 00:11:53.260 --> 00:11:55.040
  • be like one of the cedars
  • 00:11:55.040 --> 00:11:56.210
  • of Lebanon.
  • 00:11:57.120 --> 00:12:00.140
  • This could speak
  • 00:12:00.140 --> 00:12:01.060
  • of your relationship with God.
  • 00:12:01.140 --> 00:12:04.140
  • You got born again,
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:05.130
  • I'm so glad you did.
  • 00:12:05.130 --> 00:12:06.240
  • But this is not the end
  • 00:12:06.240 --> 00:12:08.150
  • of your Christian walk.
  • 00:12:08.190 --> 00:12:11.190
  • Jesus didn't bleed and die
  • 00:12:11.190 --> 00:12:13.120
  • so that you could just be saved,
  • 00:12:13.120 --> 00:12:16.100
  • and never produce fruit,
  • 00:12:16.100 --> 00:12:18.020
  • and never have roots of prayer,
  • 00:12:18.020 --> 00:12:20.030
  • and roots --
  • 00:12:20.030 --> 00:12:21.050
  • it's the unseen part of our life
  • 00:12:21.050 --> 00:12:22.260
  • that produces the outward
  • 00:12:22.260 --> 00:12:24.020
  • fruit of our life.
  • 00:12:24.020 --> 00:12:25.170
  • Do you have a prayer life?
  • 00:12:25.170 --> 00:12:26.290
  • Do you have a word life?
  • 00:12:26.290 --> 00:12:28.120
  • Do you have something in you
  • 00:12:28.120 --> 00:12:30.030
  • that's going --
  • 00:12:30.030 --> 00:12:31.070
  • when we're not together,
  • 00:12:31.070 --> 00:12:32.180
  • that's not seen.
  • 00:12:32.180 --> 00:12:33.200
  • The secret to a tall tree
  • 00:12:33.200 --> 00:12:36.100
  • is the unseen roots.
  • 00:12:36.250 --> 00:12:39.250
  • And He said, "Judah, you're
  • 00:12:39.250 --> 00:12:40.230
  • going to go through something."
  • 00:12:40.230 --> 00:12:42.190
  • And when life gives you trouble,
  • 00:12:42.190 --> 00:12:45.110
  • and life gives you trials,
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:47.000
  • you can either let it drive you
  • 00:12:47.000 --> 00:12:48.160
  • down, or you can let it take
  • 00:12:48.160 --> 00:12:51.070
  • you up, and bear fruit.
  • 00:12:52.180 --> 00:12:55.180
  • But it's not God's decision,
  • 00:12:55.180 --> 00:12:57.000
  • it's yours.
  • 00:12:57.110 --> 00:13:00.130
  • I wish you wouldn't have
  • 00:13:00.130 --> 00:13:01.070
  • gotten the report.
  • 00:13:01.070 --> 00:13:02.070
  • I wish you wouldn't have --
  • 00:13:02.070 --> 00:13:03.080
  • it wouldn't have happened
  • 00:13:03.080 --> 00:13:04.030
  • to your family.
  • 00:13:04.030 --> 00:13:05.040
  • But what are you going to do
  • 00:13:05.040 --> 00:13:06.110
  • with it, since that's part
  • 00:13:06.110 --> 00:13:07.170
  • of life?
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:10.020
  • As you have to say,
  • 00:13:10.020 --> 00:13:11.280
  • "I'm not going to grow roots
  • 00:13:11.280 --> 00:13:12.290
  • of bitterness, but out of this,
  • 00:13:13.150 --> 00:13:16.150
  • God's going to make me more
  • 00:13:16.150 --> 00:13:17.100
  • like Jesus, 'cause Jesus
  • 00:13:17.100 --> 00:13:18.250
  • is the epitome of the fruits
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:20.260
  • of the Spirit."
  • 00:13:20.260 --> 00:13:22.210
  • When they beat Him,
  • 00:13:22.210 --> 00:13:23.170
  • when they attacked Him,
  • 00:13:23.170 --> 00:13:24.120
  • He just turns around and,
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:25.110
  • "Father, forgive them.
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:26.290
  • They know not what they do."
  • 00:13:28.180 --> 00:13:31.180
  • The devil's got a lot of shears.
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:34.140
  • He's got a lot of scissors.
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:37.060
  • And he'll stop you from growing,
  • 00:13:37.060 --> 00:13:40.030
  • and bearing fruit upward,
  • 00:13:40.030 --> 00:13:42.120
  • if he can cut you off
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:43.110
  • from your roots.
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:45.130
  • Whatever life sends you,
  • 00:13:45.130 --> 00:13:46.280
  • listen to me now.
  • 00:13:46.280 --> 00:13:48.160
  • When it arrives at your
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:49.180
  • spiritual meristem line,
  • 00:13:49.180 --> 00:13:52.080
  • somewhere deep inside
  • 00:13:52.080 --> 00:13:54.070
  • of your soul, when something
  • 00:13:54.070 --> 00:13:56.110
  • happens that you weren't
  • 00:13:56.110 --> 00:13:57.230
  • planning on,
  • 00:13:57.230 --> 00:13:59.130
  • you have to make a decision.
  • 00:13:59.130 --> 00:14:01.050
  • This is not taking me down.
  • 00:14:02.070 --> 00:14:05.070
  • I'll let --
  • 00:14:05.070 --> 00:14:06.010
  • I'll go through it.
  • 00:14:06.010 --> 00:14:06.290
  • God allowed it.
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:08.270
  • And I'll let the Holy Spirit
  • 00:14:08.270 --> 00:14:10.070
  • take it, and produce in me,
  • 00:14:10.070 --> 00:14:12.200
  • through the cold days, fruit
  • 00:14:12.280 --> 00:14:15.280
  • that I can't get any other way.
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:20.290
  • Let it develop you.
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:23.290
  • Bear fruit, become stronger.
  • 00:14:23.290 --> 00:14:26.200
  • Don't get offended.
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:30.070
  • What I'm saying to you
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:31.040
  • is it's all in how you respond.
  • 00:14:31.140 --> 00:14:34.140
  • There are two marks
  • 00:14:34.140 --> 00:14:35.130
  • of a great person, always.
  • 00:14:35.130 --> 00:14:37.190
  • Two marks of a great person.
  • 00:14:38.240 --> 00:14:41.240
  • Number one, they give.
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:45.020
  • They're givers.
  • 00:14:45.020 --> 00:14:46.050
  • I've never met a person
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:47.000
  • who was great who
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:48.000
  • was not a giver.
  • 00:14:48.000 --> 00:14:49.000
  • They're just a giver.
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:50.100
  • You -- they just give love,
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.200
  • they just give kindness,
  • 00:14:51.200 --> 00:14:52.280
  • they just give resources.
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:54.020
  • They're a giver.
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:55.270
  • If you want to be great,
  • 00:14:55.270 --> 00:14:56.260
  • there's two marks
  • 00:14:56.260 --> 00:14:57.200
  • of a great person.
  • 00:14:57.200 --> 00:14:59.010
  • They give, and they forgive.
  • 00:15:00.210 --> 00:15:03.210
  • The only way you'll reach
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:04.210
  • greatness in the kingdom
  • 00:15:04.210 --> 00:15:05.270
  • is if you give and you give
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:10.010
  • and you give, not just
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:11.050
  • to the people who do you good,
  • 00:15:11.050 --> 00:15:13.100
  • but even to your enemies,
  • 00:15:13.100 --> 00:15:14.200
  • even to those that you could
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:15.280
  • crush, you give.
  • 00:15:15.280 --> 00:15:18.020
  • And you forgive.
  • 00:15:18.110 --> 00:15:21.110
  • That's the marks of greatness.
  • 00:15:24.030 --> 00:15:27.030
  • It's my attitude.
  • 00:15:27.090 --> 00:15:30.090
  • It's my attitude.
  • 00:15:30.090 --> 00:15:31.180
  • Not my achievements
  • 00:15:31.180 --> 00:15:32.240
  • that give me happiness.
  • 00:15:32.240 --> 00:15:35.110
  • It's my attitude.
  • 00:15:35.110 --> 00:15:36.120
  • I can take the same sun
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:38.190
  • that melts butter, hardens clay.
  • 00:15:40.030 --> 00:15:43.030
  • And I can either get hardened,
  • 00:15:43.030 --> 00:15:45.070
  • or I can get softened, tender,
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:47.260
  • bear fruit.
  • 00:15:47.260 --> 00:15:49.090
  • Love, joy, peace, kindness,
  • 00:15:49.090 --> 00:15:51.030
  • gentleness, patience,
  • 00:15:51.030 --> 00:15:53.060
  • long suffering.
  • 00:15:53.060 --> 00:15:54.080
  • Or I can get offended,
  • 00:15:54.080 --> 00:15:56.070
  • and mean, and angry, and mad,
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:59.060
  • and go around like a victim
  • 00:15:59.060 --> 00:16:00.250
  • all the time,
  • 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:01.250
  • and it's the same thing.
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:03.010
  • Two people going through
  • 00:16:03.010 --> 00:16:03.260
  • the same thing, and one gets
  • 00:16:03.260 --> 00:16:05.070
  • better, and one gets bitter.
  • 00:16:05.140 --> 00:16:08.140
  • And it all happens
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:10.220
  • at that spiritual meristem line,
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:13.190
  • where somebody says,
  • 00:16:13.190 --> 00:16:15.200
  • "I didn't ask for this."
  • 00:16:15.200 --> 00:16:18.000
  • But I like what Paul said.
  • 00:16:18.000 --> 00:16:19.280
  • He said, "But these light
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:21.250
  • afflictions are but
  • 00:16:21.250 --> 00:16:24.230
  • for a moment.
  • 00:16:24.230 --> 00:16:26.080
  • They work in us an exceeding,
  • 00:16:26.080 --> 00:16:28.220
  • far, great, and eternal weight
  • 00:16:28.220 --> 00:16:31.210
  • of glory."
  • 00:16:31.210 --> 00:16:33.130
  • Let me finish this message,
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:34.230
  • but listen.
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:36.200
  • Ephesians 3:17.
  • 00:16:41.060 --> 00:16:44.060
  • "That Christ may dwell
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:45.090
  • in your hearts through faith."
  • 00:16:45.190 --> 00:16:48.190
  • Listen.
  • 00:16:48.190 --> 00:16:49.230
  • "That you, being rooted
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:53.080
  • and grounded in love,
  • 00:16:53.280 --> 00:16:56.280
  • may be able to comprehend
  • 00:16:56.280 --> 00:16:58.150
  • with all the saints what
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:16:59.190
  • is the width and the length
  • 00:16:59.190 --> 00:17:01.090
  • and the depth," --
  • 00:17:01.090 --> 00:17:03.250
  • there's your roots downward.
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:05.130
  • "And the height,"
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:06.170
  • there's your fruit upward.
  • 00:17:06.170 --> 00:17:08.240
  • "Of all the fullness of God,"
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:11.070
  • what the love of Christ is.
  • 00:17:11.070 --> 00:17:14.050
  • And to that person,
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:15.170
  • Ephesians 3:20 says:
  • 00:17:15.170 --> 00:17:16.200
  • "Now unto Him who is able to do
  • 00:17:17.070 --> 00:17:20.070
  • exceedingly abundantly above
  • 00:17:20.070 --> 00:17:21.260
  • all we could ask or think,
  • 00:17:21.260 --> 00:17:22.270
  • according to the power
  • 00:17:22.270 --> 00:17:24.100
  • that works," where?
  • 00:17:25.050 --> 00:17:28.050
  • You mean God's exceeding
  • 00:17:28.050 --> 00:17:29.170
  • power is waiting on the decision
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:33.080
  • that I make at my spiritual
  • 00:17:33.080 --> 00:17:34.260
  • meristem line?
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:38.170
  • And when I decide
  • 00:17:38.170 --> 00:17:39.250
  • with the right attitude what I'm
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:41.090
  • going through is not going
  • 00:17:41.090 --> 00:17:42.160
  • to take me down,
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:43.260
  • it's going to take me up,
  • 00:17:43.260 --> 00:17:45.000
  • I'm not just going to grow roots
  • 00:17:45.000 --> 00:17:46.220
  • of rejection and roots
  • 00:17:46.220 --> 00:17:48.010
  • of offense and roots of,
  • 00:17:48.290 --> 00:17:51.290
  • you know, just upset and roots
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:53.280
  • of -- that make me hate God,
  • 00:17:53.280 --> 00:17:56.030
  • and bitter against God.
  • 00:17:56.030 --> 00:17:57.130
  • A root of bitterness.
  • 00:17:57.130 --> 00:17:58.170
  • I'm not going to be bitter
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:17:59.190
  • against people, but I'm going
  • 00:17:59.190 --> 00:18:01.000
  • to bear fruit upward.
  • 00:18:01.000 --> 00:18:02.200
  • He says, "I'll do exceedingly
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  • abundantly above all
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:08.100
  • that you could ask or think,
  • 00:18:08.100 --> 00:18:10.010
  • according to the power
  • 00:18:10.010 --> 00:18:12.070
  • that works in you."
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  • What you're going through
  • 00:18:14.140 --> 00:18:15.210
  • right now will either take
  • 00:18:15.210 --> 00:18:18.120
  • you up or take you down.
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:21.080
  • The trial your marriage
  • 00:18:21.080 --> 00:18:22.140
  • is going through right now,
  • 00:18:22.140 --> 00:18:23.170
  • it can take your marriage down,
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:25.080
  • or it can take it up.
  • 00:18:25.180 --> 00:18:28.180
  • And God's word to you today
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:30.120
  • is you're not going to grow
  • 00:18:31.220 --> 00:18:34.220
  • if you allow the enemy to do
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:36.050
  • what he wants to do through
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:37.180
  • your trials, but when you submit
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.100
  • to God and say,
  • 00:18:39.100 --> 00:18:40.060
  • "Lord, I'm Yours."
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:42.170
  • He said you will grow roots
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:44.260
  • downward, that's like
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:47.000
  • the tree planted by the rivers
  • 00:18:47.000 --> 00:18:49.050
  • of water.
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  • It will not be moved,
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:51.110
  • and you'll bear fruit upward.
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:55.040
  • And I thought about
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:56.250
  • the family tree.
  • 00:18:56.270 --> 00:18:59.270
  • What's your family tree
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:00.280
  • of faith like?
  • 00:19:00.280 --> 00:19:02.220
  • The enemy wants you to be saved,
  • 00:19:02.220 --> 00:19:04.130
  • and none of your children
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:06.060
  • to be connected
  • 00:19:06.060 --> 00:19:07.040
  • to your salvation.
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:09.000
  • But when you allow it,
  • 00:19:09.000 --> 00:19:11.140
  • Jesus will take your roots
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:14.020
  • downward, and your fruit upward.
  • 00:19:14.210 --> 00:19:17.210
  • And when He does,
  • 00:19:17.210 --> 00:19:19.280
  • it will not just affect one
  • 00:19:19.280 --> 00:19:21.140
  • generation, but it will affect
  • 00:19:21.140 --> 00:19:24.050
  • your children,
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:25.240
  • and your children's children,
  • 00:19:25.240 --> 00:19:27.260
  • and your children's children.
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:30.250
  • Hallelujah.
  • 00:19:30.250 --> 00:19:33.050
  • How many of you believe that?
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:36.280
  • I want you, right now,
  • 00:19:36.280 --> 00:19:37.260
  • before we do anything else,
  • 00:19:37.260 --> 00:19:39.130
  • to lift up both hands toward
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  • heaven, and I want you to say,
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:43.110
  • "Lord, the stuff that's
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:44.190
  • coming at me,
  • 00:19:44.190 --> 00:19:47.050
  • I'm going to make a decision.
  • 00:19:47.050 --> 00:19:50.020
  • I'm going to have this attitude,
  • 00:19:50.030 --> 00:19:53.030
  • that it's not going
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:53.260
  • to take me down.
  • 00:19:53.260 --> 00:19:56.120
  • I'm going to bear fruit upward.
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:59.020
  • It's going to cause
  • 00:19:59.020 --> 00:19:59.280
  • me to go higher.
  • 00:19:59.280 --> 00:20:01.180
  • If I've got deep roots,
  • 00:20:01.180 --> 00:20:03.250
  • it's only because I'm going
  • 00:20:03.250 --> 00:20:06.030
  • higher in fruit."
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:09.140
  • In Jesus' name.
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:14.080
  • There is no doubt in my mind
  • 00:20:14.080 --> 00:20:16.110
  • that I'm talking to people
  • 00:20:16.110 --> 00:20:17.170
  • right now that you never dreamed
  • 00:20:19.010 --> 00:20:22.010
  • you would be where you are,
  • 00:20:22.010 --> 00:20:23.140
  • going through what you're
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:24.120
  • going through.
  • 00:20:24.120 --> 00:20:26.200
  • And this is a word in season
  • 00:20:26.200 --> 00:20:28.270
  • for your life.
  • 00:20:28.270 --> 00:20:30.190
  • It doesn't have to take
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:31.280
  • you into bitterness, anger,
  • 00:20:33.190 --> 00:20:36.190
  • but the same situation
  • 00:20:36.190 --> 00:20:38.250
  • that causes one to go one
  • 00:20:38.250 --> 00:20:40.040
  • direction down, can cause
  • 00:20:40.040 --> 00:20:41.240
  • the same person or another
  • 00:20:41.240 --> 00:20:43.150
  • person to go straight up
  • 00:20:43.150 --> 00:20:46.000
  • and bear fruit.
  • 00:20:46.000 --> 00:20:48.220
  • I'm saying to you that Romans 8
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:50.250
  • said all things work together
  • 00:20:50.250 --> 00:20:52.080
  • for the good,
  • 00:20:52.080 --> 00:20:53.280
  • to them that are called
  • 00:20:53.280 --> 00:20:54.270
  • according to His purpose.
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:56.290
  • "Pastor, pray for me.
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:57.260
  • I would like to receive
  • 00:20:57.260 --> 00:20:59.010
  • Jesus Christ as my Savior."
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  • I won't embarrass you.
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:01.220
  • I'm going to pray for you.
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:03.000
  • But He never comes where
  • 00:21:03.000 --> 00:21:04.010
  • He's not invited.
  • 00:21:04.010 --> 00:21:05.010
  • "Pray for me, Pastor."
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  • I want to see your hand
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:06.210
  • if that's you.
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:08.000
  • Here in this room,
  • 00:21:08.000 --> 00:21:08.250
  • up in the balcony,
  • 00:21:08.250 --> 00:21:09.280
  • in the overflow, raise it high.
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:11.150
  • "Pastor, I want to receive
  • 00:21:11.150 --> 00:21:12.210
  • Jesus as my Savior.
  • 00:21:12.210 --> 00:21:14.110
  • I want to be forgiven.
  • 00:21:14.110 --> 00:21:15.120
  • I want to be cleansed."
  • 00:21:15.120 --> 00:21:16.110
  • That's awesome.
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:17.090
  • I see those precious hands.
  • 00:21:17.090 --> 00:21:18.290
  • Every one of you that raised
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:20.000
  • your hand, slip right out
  • 00:21:20.000 --> 00:21:21.240
  • of your seat,
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:22.160
  • don't talk yourself out of it.
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:23.250
  • You can bring a friend
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:24.210
  • if you want, but get out
  • 00:21:24.210 --> 00:21:25.170
  • of your seat, and come stand.
  • 00:21:25.170 --> 00:21:26.240
  • I'm going to pray
  • 00:21:26.240 --> 00:21:27.180
  • a prayer with you.
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:28.130
  • No one moving.
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:29.260
  • Come on.
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:30.160
  • They're coming.
  • 00:21:30.160 --> 00:21:31.040
  • Clap your hands.
  • 00:21:31.040 --> 00:21:31.290
  • Chains are breaking.
  • 00:21:31.290 --> 00:21:33.150
  • Prison doors are opening.
  • 00:21:33.150 --> 00:21:35.200
  • Victory is being declared
  • 00:21:35.200 --> 00:21:37.200
  • over people's lives.
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:39.160
  • You don't have to live
  • 00:21:39.160 --> 00:21:40.160
  • in that addiction.
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:41.130
  • You don't have to live
  • 00:21:41.130 --> 00:21:42.070
  • in the past.
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:43.080
  • You don't have to see your life
  • 00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:44.290
  • decimated by the enemy.
  • 00:21:44.290 --> 00:21:46.260
  • There's a remnant that will grow
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:49.070
  • roots downward,
  • 00:21:49.070 --> 00:21:51.090
  • and bear fruit upward.
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:56.180
  • Anyone else?
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:57.270
  • Wonderful, wonderful,
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:21:59.100
  • wonderful, wonderful.
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:00.280
  • Everybody, let's pray
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:02.010
  • this prayer together.
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:03.030
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:05.190
  • Those of you who have come
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:06.130
  • forward, say these words.
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:08.180
  • Lord Jesus, I surrender
  • 00:22:08.180 --> 00:22:11.180
  • my life to You.
  • 00:22:12.000 --> 00:22:15.000
  • I believe when You died
  • 00:22:15.000 --> 00:22:17.180
  • on the cross,
  • 00:22:17.180 --> 00:22:19.170
  • Your blood was precious blood.
  • 00:22:20.120 --> 00:22:23.120
  • It cleanses me from all sin.
  • 00:22:25.010 --> 00:22:28.010
  • I receive that forgiveness.
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:30.130
  • I don't earn it.
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:32.080
  • I don't deserve it.
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:34.010
  • I just receive it.
  • 00:22:34.010 --> 00:22:35.150
  • And that's Your gift to me.
  • 00:22:35.150 --> 00:22:38.100
  • I am forgiven.
  • 00:22:38.100 --> 00:22:40.220
  • I am loved.
  • 00:22:40.220 --> 00:22:42.270
  • I am chosen.
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:45.080
  • And I will grow upward,
  • 00:22:46.090 --> 00:22:49.090
  • and bear fruit.
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:51.110
  • People will see Jesus
  • 00:22:51.110 --> 00:22:53.270
  • on the outside, because I've got
  • 00:22:53.270 --> 00:22:56.260
  • roots that are unseen
  • 00:22:57.090 --> 00:23:00.110
  • on the inside.
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:01.270
  • Thank You, Lord, that You give
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:03.260
  • me life and You
  • 00:23:03.260 --> 00:23:05.170
  • give me forgiveness.
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:07.160
  • From this day forward,
  • 00:23:07.160 --> 00:23:09.180
  • I belong to You.
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:11.220
  • Let's give Jesus the biggest
  • 00:23:11.220 --> 00:23:12.250
  • cheer of the morning.
  • 00:23:12.270 --> 00:23:15.270
  • Oh, hallelujah.
  • 00:23:15.270 --> 00:23:17.280
  • - In our closing moments
  • 00:23:24.180 --> 00:23:25.200
  • of this program,
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:26.260
  • I wanna share with you
  • 00:23:26.260 --> 00:23:28.000
  • a humbling opportunity
  • 00:23:28.000 --> 00:23:30.130
  • that we have to bless
  • 00:23:30.130 --> 00:23:32.010
  • God's chosen people,
  • 00:23:32.010 --> 00:23:33.190
  • and God's chosen land;
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:35.100
  • the Nation of Israel.
  • 00:23:35.100 --> 00:23:37.140
  • God spoke to my heart
  • 00:23:37.140 --> 00:23:38.180
  • while I was in Israel
  • 00:23:38.180 --> 00:23:39.250
  • this last time, and He said,
  • 00:23:39.250 --> 00:23:42.140
  • "I want you to
  • 00:23:42.140 --> 00:23:45.060
  • fulfill Isaiah 61,
  • 00:23:45.060 --> 00:23:48.020
  • where the promise is:
  • 00:23:48.020 --> 00:23:49.210
  • 'For ashes,
  • 00:23:49.210 --> 00:23:51.270
  • people will receive beauty...'"
  • 00:23:51.270 --> 00:23:54.250
  • -- And, He's gonna use
  • 00:23:54.250 --> 00:23:55.140
  • you and me to do this very thing
  • 00:23:55.170 --> 00:23:58.170
  • in the nation of Israel,
  • 00:23:58.170 --> 00:23:59.280
  • together -- and that's the key;
  • 00:23:59.280 --> 00:24:02.040
  • together, we're going to help
  • 00:24:02.040 --> 00:24:03.260
  • these Jewish families
  • 00:24:03.260 --> 00:24:06.030
  • rebuild, replant, and restore
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:09.240
  • this whole community.
  • 00:24:09.240 --> 00:24:11.130
  • It's a miracle and I believe
  • 00:24:11.130 --> 00:24:13.090
  • you are supposed to be
  • 00:24:13.090 --> 00:24:14.250
  • a part of it.
  • 00:24:14.250 --> 00:24:15.180
  • You see, while I was in Israel,
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:17.170
  • this time, the Lord spoke
  • 00:24:17.170 --> 00:24:19.010
  • the Scripture from Isaiah
  • 00:24:19.010 --> 00:24:21.040
  • that said, "Comfort ye,
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:23.140
  • comfort ye My people..."
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:25.260
  • -- Maybe, you've been
  • 00:24:25.260 --> 00:24:26.120
  • through a fire,
  • 00:24:26.120 --> 00:24:27.150
  • maybe, you've been
  • 00:24:27.150 --> 00:24:28.120
  • through something that
  • 00:24:28.120 --> 00:24:29.240
  • was so destructive
  • 00:24:29.240 --> 00:24:31.020
  • that you didn't know
  • 00:24:31.020 --> 00:24:32.160
  • what you were gonna do,
  • 00:24:32.160 --> 00:24:33.090
  • but you have seen
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:34.050
  • God turn your ashes into beauty,
  • 00:24:34.050 --> 00:24:36.270
  • and now, He says,
  • 00:24:36.270 --> 00:24:37.230
  • "I want you to help My people,
  • 00:24:37.230 --> 00:24:40.120
  • the Jewish people.
  • 00:24:40.120 --> 00:24:42.140
  • As they have been going through
  • 00:24:42.140 --> 00:24:43.290
  • the fires of terrorism,
  • 00:24:43.290 --> 00:24:45.290
  • I want you
  • 00:24:45.290 --> 00:24:46.120
  • to show them My love."
  • 00:24:46.120 --> 00:24:47.290
  • Whatever you can do,
  • 00:24:47.290 --> 00:24:49.040
  • the very best that you can do,
  • 00:24:49.040 --> 00:24:51.010
  • I promise you, there's something
  • 00:24:51.010 --> 00:24:53.000
  • that will happen in your life,
  • 00:24:53.000 --> 00:24:54.250
  • when you begin to sow
  • 00:24:54.250 --> 00:24:56.110
  • and give and bless
  • 00:24:56.110 --> 00:24:58.130
  • the nation of Israel.
  • 00:24:58.130 --> 00:24:59.260
  • God can turn
  • 00:24:59.260 --> 00:25:00.230
  • your ashes into beauty.
  • 00:25:00.230 --> 00:25:03.020
  • Make it happen for someone else,
  • 00:25:03.020 --> 00:25:05.080
  • and He'll bless you.
  • 00:25:05.080 --> 00:25:06.250
  • You'll reap favor and blessing
  • 00:25:06.250 --> 00:25:08.210
  • back on your family
  • 00:25:08.210 --> 00:25:10.030
  • and on your life,
  • 00:25:10.030 --> 00:25:10.240
  • so don't delay.
  • 00:25:10.240 --> 00:25:12.030
  • Here's my announcer to share
  • 00:25:12.030 --> 00:25:14.070
  • how you can be a part
  • 00:25:14.070 --> 00:25:15.180
  • of this exciting opportunity
  • 00:25:15.180 --> 00:25:17.220
  • to bless the people
  • 00:25:17.220 --> 00:25:19.200
  • - ANNOUNCER: Terrorism
  • 00:25:22.120 --> 00:25:22.280
  • in Israel is not just a threat;
  • 00:25:22.280 --> 00:25:24.280
  • it's a reality.
  • 00:25:24.280 --> 00:25:26.070
  • Today, hundreds of thousands
  • 00:25:26.070 --> 00:25:27.150
  • of Jewish families and children
  • 00:25:27.150 --> 00:25:29.020
  • We can help fulfill
  • 00:25:33.190 --> 00:25:34.180
  • Biblical prophecy
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  • and see God's favor
  • 00:25:35.240 --> 00:25:36.270
  • released in our lives,
  • 00:25:36.270 --> 00:25:38.110
  • when we honor His command to,
  • 00:25:38.110 --> 00:25:39.160
  • "Comfort My people".
  • 00:25:39.160 --> 00:25:41.030
  • Isaiah 61:3 declares that
  • 00:25:41.030 --> 00:25:42.210
  • God will give beauty for ashes
  • 00:25:42.210 --> 00:25:44.140
  • in cities that've been
  • 00:25:44.140 --> 00:25:45.120
  • terrorized, like
  • 00:25:45.120 --> 00:25:46.110
  • Moshav Mevo Modi'in.
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  • When you partner with
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  • Jentezen Franklin today,
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  • to this community
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  • that lost everything.
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  • Your gift today,
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  • of human needs,
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  • and a custom print of Isaiah 61,
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  • reminding you
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  • of your partnership
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  • in fulfilling Biblical prophecy.
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  • of $1.000 or more this month,
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  • God has called us
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  • to comfort His people
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  • in their time of desperate need,
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  • but we cannot do it
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  • without your help.
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  • - We hope you've enjoyed
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  • this teaching
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  • by Jentezen Franklin,
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  • and thank you
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  • for your continued support
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