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Fight for Your Family

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August 14, 2019
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Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin

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Fight for Your Family

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  • - Look with me in Nehemiah 4,
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  • and I'll begin reading
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  • with Nehemiah 4:13.
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  • "Therefore I position men
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  • behind the lower parts
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  • of the wall, at the openings.
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  • I set the people according
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  • to their families,
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  • with their swords,
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  • and their spears,
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  • and their bows.
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  • And I looked, and arose
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  • and said to the nobles,
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  • and the leaders,
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  • and the rest of the people,
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  • 'Do not be afraid of them.
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  • Remember the Lord
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  • is great and awesome.
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  • Fight for your brothers,
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  • fight for your sons,
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  • fight for your daughters,
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  • fight for your wives,
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  • and for your houses.'"
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  • Nehemiah 4:20.
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  • "Whenever you hear the sound
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  • of the trumpet,
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  • rally to us there.
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  • Our God will fight for us."
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  • What he's saying
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  • is if you'll fight
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  • for your family,
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  • God will fight for you.
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  • I want to talk to you about
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  • fight for your family,
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  • "Fight For Your Family."
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  • The attack in the 21st century
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  • is upon the home.
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  • We have got to understand
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  • that the values
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  • that we cherish and the ideas
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  • that we hold dear
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  • are worth fighting for.
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  • The family, as we know it,
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  • between a man
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  • and a woman and children,
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  • is worth fighting for.
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  • Marriage is worth fighting for.
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  • Our homes are worth
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  • fighting for.
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  • We have to take a stand
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  • for our kids,
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  • for our marriages,
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  • for our homes,
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  • for our values.
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  • Nehemiah encountered opposition
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  • in rebuilding the walls,
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  • and he said to his enemies
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  • in verses --
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  • in the same chapter, he said:
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  • "You'll have no portion here."
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  • He said, "We are rebuilding
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  • the walls of our cities,
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  • because we're going to rebuild
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  • our families and our homes."
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  • And he said to the enemies:
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  • "You have no portion here."
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  • He went on to say,
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  • "The city does
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  • not belong to you.
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  • Our homes do not belong to you,
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  • the God of Heaven,
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  • He will help us,
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  • He will prosper us.
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  • And we are committed
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  • to our families."
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  • Young couples better settle
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  • two things in this day and time:
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  • number one,
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  • you better be committed to God,
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  • and you better be committed
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  • to your marriage
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  • and to your family.
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  • Because if you have
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  • any looseness in your commitment
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  • to God or to your family,
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  • the enemy will move in
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  • and divide and conquer.
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  • God said, "If you will
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  • fight for your family,"
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  • to Nehemiah and that people,
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  • he said, "If you will fight
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  • for your brothers and fight," --
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  • look at Nehemiah 4:14 again.
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  • He said:
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  • "Fight for your brothers,
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  • fight for your sons,
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  • fight for your daughters,
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  • fight for your wife,"
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  • I'm going to say this singular,
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  • wife, because back then,
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  • it was plural, but it's wife.
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  • Come on, say, "Amen."
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  • "Fight for your houses,"
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  • and he said, "If you'll fight
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  • for your house,
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  • fight for your family,
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  • then God will fight for you."
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  • I'm not afraid to raise kids
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  • in this day and time.
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  • Because the Bible
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  • has promised us --
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  • you know, it's almost like
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  • a spirit of fear
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  • that can come on you,
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  • that the times are so perilous,
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  • but I'm not afraid
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  • to raise kids
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  • and raise grandkids
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  • in this time,
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  • because we have the promise
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  • that no weapon formed
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  • against the home
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  • that is built
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  • upon the rock will prosper.
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  • Nehemiah rebuilt the walls,
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  • no matter what the enemy
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  • has done to your family
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  • and done to your home,
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  • he rebuilt the walls,
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  • and those walls
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  • are still standing today.
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  • If you go to Jerusalem,
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  • the walls around Jerusalem
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  • that he rebuilt
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  • are still standing today.
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  • They pray at that wall,
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  • that he helped rebuild,
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  • because there was a man
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  • who took a stand, and he said,
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  • "I'm going to fight
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  • for my family."
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  • There's a cause
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  • worth fighting for.
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  • Our families are
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  • worth fighting for.
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  • It's not easy.
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  • It's not easy to hold
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  • your family together.
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  • It's not easy to raise children,
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  • in the times in which we live.
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  • Everything seems to be
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  • against the family,
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  • and against the home.
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  • But when we decide that
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  • our families are a cause
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  • worth fighting for, God said,
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  • "Then I will fight for you."
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  • Fight for your family.
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  • Fight for your marriage.
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  • Don't give up on it,
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  • fight for it.
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  • Fight for your wife.
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  • Fight for your husband.
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  • Fight for your sons
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  • and your daughters,
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  • because Satan is on a rampage.
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  • And he wants
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  • to destroy the church,
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  • but he can't destroy
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  • the church without
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  • destroying the home.
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  • The first institution
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  • before the nation
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  • was the church,
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  • and before the church,
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  • there were races of people.
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  • And before the races of people,
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  • the only thing to precede
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  • the home was God Himself.
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  • If the home is the number one
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  • priority of the Devil,
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  • then we better make sure
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  • it's the number one
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  • priority of our lives.
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  • I thank God for my home.
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  • I'm glad and thankful
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  • that God gave me Cherise.
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  • I'm glad that God gave me
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  • Courteney and Caressa
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  • and Caroline
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  • and Conner and Drake,
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  • and my son-in-laws.
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  • I'm thankful for them.
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  • I'm thankful
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  • that God has blessed me.
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  • The happiest times of our life
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  • are with our family.
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  • Enjoy your family.
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  • Love your family.
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  • Because the enemy wants to do
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  • everything he can to divide
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  • and conquer and destroy.
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  • He wants to make
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  • your family miserable.
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  • He wants to make
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  • your marriage miserable.
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  • He wants to make
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  • your relationship
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  • with your children miserable,
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  • and we are not ignorant
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  • of his devices.
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  • The Bible said that
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  • we're to fight with love.
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  • That's why the Scripture said,
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  • "Husbands, love your wives,
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  • as Christ loved the church..."
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  • The husband is the house-band.
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  • He's the band around the house
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  • that holds it together.
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  • And you fight with love.
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  • We fight because the Bible said,
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  • when we fight, that God will
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  • come along beside us
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  • and fight for our families.
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  • It's costly commitment.
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  • It costs you something
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  • to hold your family together,
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  • to hold your marriage together,
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  • to hold your children together.
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  • The famous story is
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  • told of a man
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  • who was in his 60s
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  • at the peak of his career
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  • as a college professor,
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  • and he told of how that his wife
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  • had Alheizmer's,
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  • and he resigned
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  • from the board of a known
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  • university, and at his peak,
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  • and his board of directors
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  • begged him to stay.
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  • And they said,
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  • "We don't understand.
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  • She doesn't even know
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  • what your name is."
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  • And he looked back in response
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  • and said, "She needs me,
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  • and she may not know
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  • what my name is,
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  • but I know what her name is.
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  • She may not know who I am,
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  • but I know who she is."
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  • It's costly commitment,
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  • it's 'til death do we part.
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  • The Bible said of Noah,
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  • when he built the Ark,
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  • for the saving of his family,
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  • in the Book of Peter,
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  • it gives us a little bit more
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  • insight when it said:
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  • "He was in --
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  • he was the eighth one
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  • to go on the Ark."
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  • Now, he had eight children --
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  • or he had six children
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  • and a wife, so here's the point.
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  • When he built the Ark,
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  • before the gang plank
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  • could close, and before
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  • he could get on that Ark,
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  • he went out, and the Bible said
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  • he was the eighth to enter in.
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  • That simply means that he made
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  • sure my children are on the Ark.
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  • He looked around and he counted,
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  • one, two, three, four,
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  • five, six, seven,
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  • and the scripture's specific
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  • that he was the eighth one
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  • on the Ark.
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  • Why?
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  • Because he was making sure
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  • that his family was on the Ark,
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  • so that when judgment
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  • came down on the Earth,
  • 00:08:30.130 --> 00:08:32.000
  • and the church began to rise,
  • 00:08:32.000 --> 00:08:34.030
  • a picture of the Rapture,
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  • I say to fathers
  • 00:08:35.280 --> 00:08:37.260
  • and I say to mothers,
  • 00:08:37.260 --> 00:08:38.260
  • make sure your family
  • 00:08:38.260 --> 00:08:40.250
  • is on the Ark.
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  • Make sure your sons
  • 00:08:42.080 --> 00:08:43.280
  • and your daughters --
  • 00:08:43.280 --> 00:08:44.230
  • he was the last one,
  • 00:08:44.230 --> 00:08:46.080
  • and when the door closed,
  • 00:08:46.080 --> 00:08:48.060
  • he knew, my family are here.
  • 00:08:48.060 --> 00:08:51.020
  • And that's what
  • 00:08:51.020 --> 00:08:51.210
  • we're called to do,
  • 00:08:51.210 --> 00:08:53.040
  • to fight for our families.
  • 00:08:53.040 --> 00:08:54.170
  • He wanted to make sure
  • 00:08:54.170 --> 00:08:55.260
  • that they were on that Ark.
  • 00:08:55.260 --> 00:08:57.200
  • Don't leave it up
  • 00:08:57.200 --> 00:08:58.170
  • to the preacher,
  • 00:08:58.170 --> 00:08:59.100
  • to save your family.
  • 00:08:59.100 --> 00:09:00.260
  • Don't leave it up
  • 00:09:00.260 --> 00:09:01.250
  • to the youth director
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:03.080
  • or the youth program
  • 00:09:03.080 --> 00:09:04.120
  • or the church or somebody else.
  • 00:09:04.120 --> 00:09:06.210
  • Don't even leave it
  • 00:09:06.210 --> 00:09:07.140
  • to the mother, Dad,
  • 00:09:07.140 --> 00:09:08.290
  • to do your praying.
  • 00:09:08.290 --> 00:09:10.060
  • But get your family,
  • 00:09:10.060 --> 00:09:11.160
  • make sure your family
  • 00:09:11.160 --> 00:09:13.140
  • is in the Ark.
  • 00:09:13.140 --> 00:09:14.240
  • I love the words of Joshua,
  • 00:09:14.240 --> 00:09:16.230
  • when he said: "As for me
  • 00:09:16.230 --> 00:09:18.120
  • and my house,
  • 00:09:18.120 --> 00:09:19.270
  • we will serve the Lord."
  • 00:09:19.270 --> 00:09:22.270
  • Job had a job.
  • 00:09:22.270 --> 00:09:24.080
  • The word Job is spelled
  • 00:09:24.080 --> 00:09:25.200
  • just like job,
  • 00:09:25.200 --> 00:09:27.000
  • and he had a job in Job 1.
  • 00:09:27.020 --> 00:09:30.020
  • He said that:
  • 00:09:30.020 --> 00:09:31.040
  • "He would build an altar
  • 00:09:31.040 --> 00:09:32.280
  • and put a sacrifice according
  • 00:09:32.280 --> 00:09:35.160
  • to the number of his household,"
  • 00:09:35.160 --> 00:09:38.150
  • everyday, and it said,
  • 00:09:38.150 --> 00:09:40.270
  • "This Job did continually."
  • 00:09:40.270 --> 00:09:43.160
  • I want you to see
  • 00:09:43.160 --> 00:09:44.080
  • Job everyday of his life,
  • 00:09:44.080 --> 00:09:46.140
  • he had ten children,
  • 00:09:46.140 --> 00:09:47.260
  • and he had his wife.
  • 00:09:47.260 --> 00:09:49.060
  • And everyday, he said,
  • 00:09:49.060 --> 00:09:50.180
  • "I'm Job and I have a job.
  • 00:09:50.180 --> 00:09:52.280
  • My job is to,
  • 00:09:52.280 --> 00:09:54.240
  • for every one of my children,"
  • 00:09:54.240 --> 00:09:57.060
  • and he would name
  • 00:09:57.060 --> 00:09:57.240
  • that first child,
  • 00:09:57.240 --> 00:09:59.050
  • that firstborn child,
  • 00:09:59.050 --> 00:10:00.160
  • and he would slay an animal,
  • 00:10:00.160 --> 00:10:02.100
  • and build an altar,
  • 00:10:02.100 --> 00:10:03.170
  • and put that blood
  • 00:10:03.170 --> 00:10:04.210
  • on that altar,
  • 00:10:04.210 --> 00:10:05.290
  • and call that child's name
  • 00:10:05.290 --> 00:10:07.100
  • out before God.
  • 00:10:07.100 --> 00:10:08.200
  • And he would go to child
  • 00:10:08.200 --> 00:10:09.210
  • number two, and he put blood
  • 00:10:09.210 --> 00:10:11.200
  • on that altar,
  • 00:10:11.200 --> 00:10:12.130
  • and build a second altar.
  • 00:10:12.130 --> 00:10:14.030
  • And he did this continually,
  • 00:10:14.030 --> 00:10:16.110
  • day after day after day,
  • 00:10:16.220 --> 00:10:19.220
  • he was fighting for his family.
  • 00:10:19.220 --> 00:10:22.050
  • He was saying to demons,
  • 00:10:22.050 --> 00:10:24.100
  • he was saying
  • 00:10:24.100 --> 00:10:25.070
  • to wrong relationships,
  • 00:10:25.070 --> 00:10:27.250
  • he was saying to drugs
  • 00:10:27.250 --> 00:10:29.100
  • and alcoholism,
  • 00:10:29.100 --> 00:10:30.230
  • "Get away from my family,
  • 00:10:30.230 --> 00:10:32.260
  • I plead the blood
  • 00:10:32.260 --> 00:10:34.040
  • of Jesus over my children,
  • 00:10:34.040 --> 00:10:36.040
  • one after another
  • 00:10:36.040 --> 00:10:37.170
  • after another."
  • 00:10:37.170 --> 00:10:38.140
  • And people say
  • 00:10:38.140 --> 00:10:39.070
  • that's old-fashioned,
  • 00:10:39.070 --> 00:10:40.090
  • that's old school.
  • 00:10:40.090 --> 00:10:41.240
  • You call it what you trust
  • 00:10:41.240 --> 00:10:43.010
  • in psychology, and you trust
  • 00:10:43.010 --> 00:10:44.190
  • in a child book that you read,
  • 00:10:44.190 --> 00:10:47.090
  • that somebody who didn't
  • 00:10:47.090 --> 00:10:48.010
  • have children wrote.
  • 00:10:48.010 --> 00:10:49.030
  • But -- and weren't trying
  • 00:10:49.030 --> 00:10:50.150
  • to live for Jesus,
  • 00:10:50.150 --> 00:10:51.180
  • but as for me and my house,
  • 00:10:51.180 --> 00:10:53.090
  • we're going to serve the Lord,
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:54.170
  • and I've learned that
  • 00:10:54.170 --> 00:10:55.140
  • that old stuff works,
  • 00:10:55.140 --> 00:10:57.060
  • that they may drink
  • 00:10:57.060 --> 00:10:58.060
  • from the rivers of rebellion
  • 00:10:58.060 --> 00:10:59.290
  • and they may go down
  • 00:10:59.290 --> 00:11:01.100
  • the wrong path,
  • 00:11:01.100 --> 00:11:02.170
  • but if you put enough
  • 00:11:02.170 --> 00:11:03.050
  • blood on 'em
  • 00:11:03.050 --> 00:11:04.000
  • and enough prayer on 'em
  • 00:11:04.000 --> 00:11:05.080
  • and enough intercession on 'em,
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:06.280
  • there's no hell hole
  • 00:11:06.280 --> 00:11:08.140
  • that can hold 'em.
  • 00:11:08.140 --> 00:11:09.180
  • God will bring 'em out.
  • 00:11:09.180 --> 00:11:11.170
  • If you'll fight for your family,
  • 00:11:11.170 --> 00:11:13.210
  • God will fight for you.
  • 00:11:13.210 --> 00:11:15.280
  • Give Him a great praise
  • 00:11:15.280 --> 00:11:17.070
  • if you believe
  • 00:11:17.070 --> 00:11:18.020
  • I'm preaching the truth.
  • 00:11:18.020 --> 00:11:20.260
  • We're not going to let hell
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:21.290
  • raise our children,
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:23.080
  • we're not going to let gangs
  • 00:11:23.080 --> 00:11:24.130
  • raise our children.
  • 00:11:24.130 --> 00:11:25.220
  • We're not going to let
  • 00:11:25.220 --> 00:11:26.160
  • Hollywood raise our children.
  • 00:11:26.160 --> 00:11:28.080
  • We need to raise our children,
  • 00:11:28.080 --> 00:11:30.130
  • and we need to put them
  • 00:11:30.130 --> 00:11:32.070
  • on the altar.
  • 00:11:32.070 --> 00:11:33.130
  • He put his wife on the altar,
  • 00:11:33.130 --> 00:11:35.010
  • he put his children
  • 00:11:35.010 --> 00:11:36.010
  • on the altar, and this,
  • 00:11:36.010 --> 00:11:38.020
  • Job did continually.
  • 00:11:38.170 --> 00:11:41.170
  • That's your job.
  • 00:11:41.170 --> 00:11:43.120
  • Your job is to cover
  • 00:11:43.120 --> 00:11:45.000
  • your family.
  • 00:11:45.000 --> 00:11:46.000
  • Keep close watch
  • 00:11:46.000 --> 00:11:47.060
  • on your children.
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:48.250
  • Often, people fail to fight.
  • 00:11:50.200 --> 00:11:53.200
  • But if ever there was
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:54.240
  • a cause to fight for,
  • 00:11:54.240 --> 00:11:56.050
  • it is our families.
  • 00:11:56.050 --> 00:11:58.220
  • Often people fail to fight,
  • 00:11:59.270 --> 00:12:02.290
  • but if ever there was a cause
  • 00:12:02.290 --> 00:12:04.290
  • to fight for,
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:06.000
  • it is our families.
  • 00:12:06.000 --> 00:12:08.070
  • Ahab and Jezebel were reckless
  • 00:12:08.070 --> 00:12:10.120
  • in their lifestyle.
  • 00:12:10.120 --> 00:12:12.150
  • They were godless in their ways,
  • 00:12:12.150 --> 00:12:14.290
  • and listen to this.
  • 00:12:14.290 --> 00:12:16.160
  • They had 70 children
  • 00:12:16.210 --> 00:12:19.210
  • and grandchildren,
  • 00:12:19.210 --> 00:12:21.140
  • and great-grandchildren.
  • 00:12:21.140 --> 00:12:22.280
  • Seventy.
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:24.280
  • And the Bible said that
  • 00:12:24.280 --> 00:12:26.170
  • when judgment came,
  • 00:12:26.170 --> 00:12:29.130
  • that an army invaded
  • 00:12:29.130 --> 00:12:31.260
  • and cut off the heads
  • 00:12:31.260 --> 00:12:34.140
  • of all of their children
  • 00:12:34.140 --> 00:12:36.110
  • and their grandchildren
  • 00:12:36.110 --> 00:12:38.020
  • and their great-grandchildren.
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:39.240
  • And killed 70, the whole family
  • 00:12:40.190 --> 00:12:43.190
  • was blotted out.
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:47.190
  • There's another man
  • 00:12:47.190 --> 00:12:48.120
  • in the Bible, and the only
  • 00:12:48.120 --> 00:12:49.160
  • other man in the Bible
  • 00:12:49.160 --> 00:12:50.210
  • that I could find that
  • 00:12:50.210 --> 00:12:52.190
  • has 70 children, grandchildren,
  • 00:12:52.220 --> 00:12:55.220
  • and great-grandchildren,
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:57.040
  • and his name was Obed-Edom.
  • 00:12:57.100 --> 00:13:00.120
  • We're not told his wife's name.
  • 00:13:00.160 --> 00:13:03.160
  • And they had 70 children,
  • 00:13:03.160 --> 00:13:05.140
  • just like Ahab and Jezebel
  • 00:13:05.140 --> 00:13:08.020
  • had 70 children
  • 00:13:08.020 --> 00:13:09.280
  • and great-grandchildren.
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:13.240
  • Who was Obed-Edom?
  • 00:13:13.240 --> 00:13:15.000
  • He was the man who moved
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:16.060
  • the Ark of the Covenant
  • 00:13:16.060 --> 00:13:17.180
  • into his home.
  • 00:13:17.180 --> 00:13:19.170
  • David danced behind that Ark,
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:21.190
  • but it was Obed-Edom
  • 00:13:21.190 --> 00:13:23.010
  • that brought it into his home,
  • 00:13:23.010 --> 00:13:25.110
  • and for three months,
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:26.140
  • it stayed in his home.
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:29.050
  • And all 70 of those children
  • 00:13:29.050 --> 00:13:31.210
  • and grandchildren
  • 00:13:31.210 --> 00:13:33.000
  • and great-grandchildren
  • 00:13:33.000 --> 00:13:34.160
  • that were exposed
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:35.260
  • to the Ark of the Covenant
  • 00:13:35.260 --> 00:13:36.270
  • in their home,
  • 00:13:36.270 --> 00:13:38.030
  • in the presence of God,
  • 00:13:38.030 --> 00:13:39.290
  • were so touched by it
  • 00:13:39.290 --> 00:13:42.040
  • that not one of them
  • 00:13:42.040 --> 00:13:43.250
  • failed to work in the temple.
  • 00:13:43.250 --> 00:13:45.140
  • The Bible said
  • 00:13:45.140 --> 00:13:46.070
  • all 70 worked in the temple.
  • 00:13:46.160 --> 00:13:49.160
  • From bloodline to bloodline,
  • 00:13:49.160 --> 00:13:51.250
  • the blessing flowed.
  • 00:13:51.250 --> 00:13:53.090
  • From generation to generation,
  • 00:13:53.090 --> 00:13:55.220
  • the blessing flowed.
  • 00:13:55.220 --> 00:13:57.230
  • I want to say to parents
  • 00:13:57.230 --> 00:13:59.290
  • and people who are here,
  • 00:13:59.290 --> 00:14:01.210
  • fight for your family.
  • 00:14:01.210 --> 00:14:03.070
  • Stay in their business
  • 00:14:03.070 --> 00:14:05.020
  • and stay in their lives,
  • 00:14:05.020 --> 00:14:07.050
  • and when you have to stand up
  • 00:14:07.050 --> 00:14:08.270
  • and correct them, correct them.
  • 00:14:08.270 --> 00:14:10.270
  • If it hinders and hurts
  • 00:14:10.270 --> 00:14:13.250
  • and you have all kinds of stuff
  • 00:14:13.250 --> 00:14:15.150
  • going on,
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:16.080
  • stand for what's right.
  • 00:14:16.080 --> 00:14:17.160
  • Fight for what's right.
  • 00:14:17.160 --> 00:14:18.240
  • Stand on the truth,
  • 00:14:18.240 --> 00:14:20.100
  • and you know what?
  • 00:14:20.100 --> 00:14:21.140
  • They may go,
  • 00:14:21.140 --> 00:14:21.260
  • "Wow," they may get crazy,
  • 00:14:21.260 --> 00:14:23.290
  • and they may get mad.
  • 00:14:23.290 --> 00:14:25.010
  • They may go off,
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:26.090
  • but if you have raised
  • 00:14:26.090 --> 00:14:27.130
  • them right, if you have
  • 00:14:27.130 --> 00:14:29.020
  • raised them in the house,
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:30.100
  • you don't have to be
  • 00:14:30.100 --> 00:14:31.040
  • a perfect family,
  • 00:14:31.040 --> 00:14:32.120
  • but if you've done your best
  • 00:14:32.120 --> 00:14:35.040
  • to bring 'em
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:35.190
  • to the House of God,
  • 00:14:35.190 --> 00:14:36.260
  • and to serve the Lord
  • 00:14:36.260 --> 00:14:38.090
  • before them, and you've done
  • 00:14:38.090 --> 00:14:39.250
  • your best to have
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:40.250
  • God's presence in your home,
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:42.220
  • and in your life,
  • 00:14:42.220 --> 00:14:43.270
  • there's something that gets
  • 00:14:43.270 --> 00:14:45.120
  • on your family
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:46.220
  • that they will never be ever,
  • 00:14:46.220 --> 00:14:48.280
  • ever, ever be able
  • 00:14:48.280 --> 00:14:50.100
  • to get away from.
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.080
  • As a matter of fact,
  • 00:14:51.080 --> 00:14:52.010
  • I just want to tell you,
  • 00:14:52.010 --> 00:14:53.100
  • there's nothing more important
  • 00:14:53.100 --> 00:14:55.010
  • than what you're doing
  • 00:14:55.010 --> 00:14:56.050
  • right now.
  • 00:14:56.050 --> 00:14:57.040
  • It's more important
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:57.250
  • than a ball game,
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:14:58.250
  • it's more important.
  • 00:14:58.250 --> 00:15:00.080
  • We've lost that, see,
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:01.100
  • we don't believe
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:01.250
  • this old stuff anymore.
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:02.270
  • But I'm going to tell you,
  • 00:15:02.270 --> 00:15:03.270
  • beware of dangerous distractions
  • 00:15:04.040 --> 00:15:07.040
  • that take you and your family
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:08.220
  • away at critical times,
  • 00:15:08.220 --> 00:15:10.150
  • where the children
  • 00:15:10.150 --> 00:15:11.220
  • need to be in the House of God.
  • 00:15:11.230 --> 00:15:14.230
  • We're fighting for our families.
  • 00:15:14.230 --> 00:15:16.250
  • Every time we get up
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:18.100
  • and bring 'em to church,
  • 00:15:18.100 --> 00:15:19.130
  • every time we open the Bible
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:21.110
  • and pray,
  • 00:15:21.110 --> 00:15:22.040
  • we're fighting for our families.
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:29.060
  • Philemon 1:2.
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:33.060
  • "To the church that is
  • 00:15:33.060 --> 00:15:34.250
  • in your house," Paul wrote
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:36.280
  • a letter and he said, "I --
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:38.140
  • most of the time,
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:39.060
  • I'm writing my letters
  • 00:15:39.060 --> 00:15:40.050
  • to churches," but he said,
  • 00:15:40.050 --> 00:15:41.230
  • "The church that I'm writing
  • 00:15:41.230 --> 00:15:43.270
  • this letter to
  • 00:15:43.270 --> 00:15:45.030
  • is in somebody's house."
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:47.280
  • Do you have
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:48.270
  • any church in your house?
  • 00:15:49.190 --> 00:15:52.190
  • Is God present in your house?
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:56.280
  • The Bible said that
  • 00:15:58.160 --> 00:16:01.180
  • when we honor God,
  • 00:16:01.180 --> 00:16:04.120
  • when we provide a place for Him,
  • 00:16:04.120 --> 00:16:07.010
  • when we fight for our families,
  • 00:16:07.010 --> 00:16:09.000
  • and I'm just here today
  • 00:16:09.000 --> 00:16:10.160
  • to encourage dads
  • 00:16:10.160 --> 00:16:12.120
  • and moms to not give up.
  • 00:16:12.120 --> 00:16:14.220
  • That if the enemy
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:15.180
  • has come in like a flood,
  • 00:16:15.180 --> 00:16:17.120
  • we know what it is.
  • 00:16:17.120 --> 00:16:18.270
  • Cherise and I know
  • 00:16:18.270 --> 00:16:19.210
  • what it is, and usually,
  • 00:16:19.210 --> 00:16:21.190
  • he'll come out of nowhere,
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:22.260
  • and it's not one battle,
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:24.100
  • but it's multiple battles.
  • 00:16:24.100 --> 00:16:26.020
  • And his strategy
  • 00:16:26.020 --> 00:16:27.210
  • is to divide and conquer,
  • 00:16:27.210 --> 00:16:29.110
  • divide and conquer.
  • 00:16:29.110 --> 00:16:30.100
  • And when you're fighting
  • 00:16:30.100 --> 00:16:31.270
  • for your family,
  • 00:16:31.270 --> 00:16:32.280
  • when you're fighting
  • 00:16:32.280 --> 00:16:33.240
  • for those teenagers
  • 00:16:33.240 --> 00:16:35.010
  • or those college students,
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:36.100
  • when addiction is trying
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:37.140
  • to get 'em or the wrong people,
  • 00:16:37.140 --> 00:16:39.200
  • and the wrong crowd,
  • 00:16:39.200 --> 00:16:40.260
  • that's when you go
  • 00:16:40.260 --> 00:16:41.210
  • to your prayer place,
  • 00:16:41.210 --> 00:16:42.200
  • that's when you open this Book,
  • 00:16:42.200 --> 00:16:44.140
  • and you declare
  • 00:16:44.140 --> 00:16:45.090
  • the promises of God.
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:47.000
  • And I'm giving you
  • 00:16:47.000 --> 00:16:47.260
  • a great one this morning,
  • 00:16:47.260 --> 00:16:49.050
  • that if you will fight
  • 00:16:49.050 --> 00:16:50.260
  • for your family,
  • 00:16:50.260 --> 00:16:52.050
  • Don't give up.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:02.250
  • And I want to say in closing,
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:08.290
  • that it's important
  • 00:17:08.290 --> 00:17:10.160
  • that we understand
  • 00:17:10.160 --> 00:17:11.110
  • the impact that we have
  • 00:17:11.110 --> 00:17:13.020
  • on our children
  • 00:17:13.020 --> 00:17:14.150
  • and our children's children.
  • 00:17:14.150 --> 00:17:16.090
  • The story is told
  • 00:17:16.090 --> 00:17:17.250
  • in the Northeast
  • 00:17:17.250 --> 00:17:19.040
  • of a famous attorney,
  • 00:17:20.260 --> 00:17:23.260
  • who had an alcohol problem.
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:28.060
  • And he's very successful,
  • 00:17:28.060 --> 00:17:29.000
  • and on the way everyday
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:30.010
  • to his law practice,
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:32.220
  • he would walk on the streets
  • 00:17:32.220 --> 00:17:35.040
  • of Chicago past a bar,
  • 00:17:35.040 --> 00:17:37.290
  • and he would slip in
  • 00:17:37.290 --> 00:17:39.000
  • for a morning drink.
  • 00:17:39.000 --> 00:17:41.100
  • And then go onto his office,
  • 00:17:41.100 --> 00:17:42.180
  • and he did it everyday.
  • 00:17:42.180 --> 00:17:44.200
  • One day, as he was walking,
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.170
  • the snow was lightly falling,
  • 00:17:47.050 --> 00:17:50.050
  • he heard a noise
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:51.000
  • and turned around,
  • 00:17:51.000 --> 00:17:52.010
  • and he saw his little
  • 00:17:52.010 --> 00:17:52.270
  • six-year-old boy.
  • 00:17:52.270 --> 00:17:54.270
  • Somehow, he had slipped away
  • 00:17:54.270 --> 00:17:56.100
  • from his mother
  • 00:17:56.100 --> 00:17:57.060
  • and slipped out of the house,
  • 00:17:57.060 --> 00:17:58.220
  • and when he looked,
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:00.240
  • the little boy was putting
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:02.040
  • his little foot
  • 00:18:02.040 --> 00:18:04.130
  • in the big footprint
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:05.220
  • of his dad.
  • 00:18:05.220 --> 00:18:08.040
  • The dad had left
  • 00:18:08.040 --> 00:18:08.260
  • that footprint
  • 00:18:08.260 --> 00:18:09.200
  • in the freshly fallen snow,
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:12.240
  • and the little boy
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:14.250
  • would put his little foot
  • 00:18:14.250 --> 00:18:17.010
  • in the footprint
  • 00:18:17.010 --> 00:18:18.090
  • of the big steps
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:19.150
  • that his dad was taking.
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:22.000
  • And suddenly,
  • 00:18:22.000 --> 00:18:22.220
  • as he was standing outside
  • 00:18:22.220 --> 00:18:24.060
  • the door of that bar,
  • 00:18:24.060 --> 00:18:25.070
  • and he looked back
  • 00:18:25.070 --> 00:18:26.010
  • and saw that that boy
  • 00:18:26.010 --> 00:18:27.040
  • was stepping in every one
  • 00:18:27.040 --> 00:18:28.220
  • of his footsteps.
  • 00:18:29.000 --> 00:18:32.000
  • And he was smitten
  • 00:18:32.000 --> 00:18:34.070
  • with conviction,
  • 00:18:34.070 --> 00:18:35.150
  • and he ran and scooped
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:36.040
  • the boy up, and took him home,
  • 00:18:36.040 --> 00:18:37.190
  • and put him in the arms
  • 00:18:37.190 --> 00:18:38.160
  • of his mother,
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:39.130
  • and ran downstairs.
  • 00:18:39.130 --> 00:18:40.180
  • And he says he fell
  • 00:18:40.180 --> 00:18:41.120
  • to his knees,
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:42.220
  • and he began to weep and cry.
  • 00:18:42.220 --> 00:18:44.210
  • And he said, "Oh God,
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:47.220
  • help me to never,
  • 00:18:47.220 --> 00:18:49.060
  • ever again allow my footsteps
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:53.060
  • to lead my children to a bar,
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:57.070
  • but let my footsteps
  • 00:18:57.070 --> 00:18:58.270
  • lead my children to You,
  • 00:18:58.270 --> 00:19:01.290
  • from this day forward."
  • 00:19:01.290 --> 00:19:04.220
  • I want to ask you a question.
  • 00:19:06.240 --> 00:19:09.240
  • Where are your
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:10.080
  • footprints leading?
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:13.140
  • All that's going to matter
  • 00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:15.130
  • when you are on your death bed
  • 00:19:15.200 --> 00:19:18.200
  • is where did my footprints
  • 00:19:18.200 --> 00:19:21.050
  • lead them?
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:23.180
  • If you're leading
  • 00:19:23.180 --> 00:19:24.160
  • your children to Jesus,
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:27.040
  • if you're leading them
  • 00:19:27.040 --> 00:19:28.100
  • to serve Him above all,
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:31.120
  • prioritizing Him above all,
  • 00:19:33.290 --> 00:19:36.290
  • then you're leaving
  • 00:19:36.290 --> 00:19:37.260
  • the greatest legacy any parent
  • 00:19:37.260 --> 00:19:40.150
  • can ever leave their children.
  • 00:19:41.040 --> 00:19:44.040
  • I remember when my father died.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:48.210
  • And I decided to help Mom,
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:51.140
  • because I -- we stayed,
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:52.290
  • Cherise and I stayed a few days
  • 00:19:52.290 --> 00:19:54.250
  • at the house where she had
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:56.010
  • to move out of pretty quick.
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:20:01.000
  • And one day, we went up
  • 00:20:01.000 --> 00:20:02.140
  • into the bedroom,
  • 00:20:02.140 --> 00:20:03.280
  • and it was my job to take
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:08.130
  • my dad's shoes,
  • 00:20:08.130 --> 00:20:11.130
  • and he used to wear
  • 00:20:11.130 --> 00:20:12.050
  • these wing-tipped shoes.
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:14.020
  • Anybody know
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:14.260
  • what I'm talking about?
  • 00:20:14.260 --> 00:20:15.290
  • The wing-tips.
  • 00:20:15.290 --> 00:20:18.120
  • They're bad, amen.
  • 00:20:18.140 --> 00:20:21.140
  • Dad liked to dress good.
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:26.100
  • And I had cried
  • 00:20:26.100 --> 00:20:27.160
  • and I had broken, you know,
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:30.200
  • through the funeral
  • 00:20:30.200 --> 00:20:31.180
  • and through the loss,
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:32.240
  • and all of that.
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:33.230
  • It was very unexpected.
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.020
  • He was an amazing preacher,
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:36.270
  • powerful preacher.
  • 00:20:36.270 --> 00:20:39.000
  • One of his favorite sermons is,
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:40.080
  • "When the Holy Ghost
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:41.110
  • Comes to Town."
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:43.180
  • He could preach it, too.
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:46.190
  • But I'll never forget
  • 00:20:46.190 --> 00:20:47.250
  • that Cherise was helping me,
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:51.110
  • and we were cleaning
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:52.030
  • the closet and helping Mom,
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:53.150
  • and getting some of his suits,
  • 00:20:53.150 --> 00:20:55.190
  • and some of his clothes.
  • 00:20:55.190 --> 00:20:58.140
  • And I reached down
  • 00:20:58.140 --> 00:20:59.070
  • and took that big, old foot.
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:00.190
  • I forget what size it was,
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:02.020
  • it must've been 11-and-a-half
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:03.230
  • or something like that.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:04.140
  • It was huge.
  • 00:21:04.160 --> 00:21:07.160
  • And there's something about
  • 00:21:07.160 --> 00:21:08.070
  • those shoes
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:11.210
  • that it all came crashing in.
  • 00:21:11.210 --> 00:21:14.190
  • And I heard the Lord
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:15.170
  • speak to me, and say,
  • 00:21:15.170 --> 00:21:16.270
  • "You've got big shoes to fill."
  • 00:21:17.220 --> 00:21:20.220
  • And so often, we sing
  • 00:21:20.220 --> 00:21:22.070
  • and I had this thought hit me --
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:23.280
  • so often, we sing,
  • 00:21:23.280 --> 00:21:26.280
  • or the little children sing
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:28.110
  • in children's church,
  • 00:21:28.110 --> 00:21:29.190
  • "Be careful little feet,
  • 00:21:29.190 --> 00:21:30.180
  • where you go.
  • 00:21:30.180 --> 00:21:31.160
  • Be careful little eyes,"
  • 00:21:31.160 --> 00:21:32.140
  • but really, we ought
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:34.200
  • to turn it around and sing it
  • 00:21:34.200 --> 00:21:35.170
  • as an adult song.
  • 00:21:35.170 --> 00:21:38.160
  • "Be careful big feet,
  • 00:21:38.160 --> 00:21:41.090
  • where you go.
  • 00:21:41.090 --> 00:21:43.030
  • Be careful big eyes,
  • 00:21:43.030 --> 00:21:44.210
  • what you see."
  • 00:21:44.210 --> 00:21:46.290
  • Because where the big feet go,
  • 00:21:46.290 --> 00:21:49.280
  • the little feet
  • 00:21:49.280 --> 00:21:50.150
  • are going to follow.
  • 00:21:50.150 --> 00:21:53.030
  • Where the big eyes go,
  • 00:21:53.030 --> 00:21:54.110
  • the little eyes
  • 00:21:54.110 --> 00:21:55.070
  • are going to follow.
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:57.000
  • Where the big heart is devoted,
  • 00:21:57.000 --> 00:21:59.120
  • the big -- the little hearts
  • 00:21:59.120 --> 00:22:01.040
  • are going to follow.
  • 00:22:01.040 --> 00:22:03.260
  • And we need to understand
  • 00:22:03.260 --> 00:22:06.230
  • and ask the question,
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:07.270
  • where are my footprints --
  • 00:22:07.270 --> 00:22:10.220
  • where are they leading
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:11.140
  • my children
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:12.130
  • and my children's children?
  • 00:22:12.130 --> 00:22:14.010
  • Fight for your marriage.
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:17.060
  • Fight for your family.
  • 00:22:17.060 --> 00:22:19.100
  • Fight for the children
  • 00:22:19.100 --> 00:22:20.170
  • that are addicted,
  • 00:22:20.170 --> 00:22:21.190
  • that God used you
  • 00:22:21.190 --> 00:22:22.250
  • to give birth to.
  • 00:22:22.250 --> 00:22:23.220
  • Don't give up on them,
  • 00:22:23.220 --> 00:22:25.010
  • because if you raise them
  • 00:22:25.010 --> 00:22:26.160
  • in church, and even
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:27.120
  • if you didn't, God said,
  • 00:22:27.120 --> 00:22:28.270
  • "Where sin abounds,
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:30.060
  • grace does much more abound."
  • 00:22:33.040 --> 00:22:36.040
  • But I cannot underscore
  • 00:22:36.040 --> 00:22:38.080
  • how critical it is
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:40.160
  • that the footprints
  • 00:22:40.160 --> 00:22:41.290
  • that you're leaving,
  • 00:22:41.290 --> 00:22:43.040
  • if a child gets up
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:44.110
  • and asks you,
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:45.090
  • "Are we going to church today,
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:47.150
  • Mommy and Daddy?"
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:48.240
  • It's a sign you're not being
  • 00:22:48.240 --> 00:22:51.080
  • the parent
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:52.100
  • you're supposed to be.
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:55.220
  • If they dare have to ask,
  • 00:22:55.270 --> 00:22:58.270
  • it's a sign your footprints
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:01.160
  • are not moving
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:03.070
  • in the right direction.
  • 00:23:03.070 --> 00:23:05.180
  • That's hard, isn't it?
  • 00:23:05.180 --> 00:23:08.000
  • But this stuff
  • 00:23:08.000 --> 00:23:08.160
  • will save your family.
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:10.260
  • This stuff --
  • 00:23:10.260 --> 00:23:11.140
  • I'd rather have my family
  • 00:23:11.140 --> 00:23:13.010
  • serving God than have anything
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:15.280
  • Where are your footprints
  • 00:23:25.230 --> 00:23:26.240
  • taking the next generation?
  • 00:23:27.040 --> 00:23:30.040
  • Stand to your feet.
  • 00:23:30.040 --> 00:23:32.180
  • I feel a burden
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:33.060
  • for families today.
  • 00:23:33.060 --> 00:23:34.270
  • I feel a burden for homes
  • 00:23:34.270 --> 00:23:36.240
  • that are under attack.
  • 00:23:36.240 --> 00:23:38.230
  • The walls can be rebuilt.
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:41.190
  • The enemy may have devastated,
  • 00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:43.280
  • fight for what's left.
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:45.270
  • Fight for what's left.
  • 00:23:45.270 --> 00:23:47.230
  • Fight for what's left.
  • 00:23:47.230 --> 00:23:50.060
  • Fight for what's left.
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:52.180
  • Rebuild the walls.
  • 00:23:53.020 --> 00:23:56.020
  • Rebuild off of what is left.
  • 00:23:57.070 --> 00:24:00.090
  • "Pastor, pray for me.
  • 00:24:00.160 --> 00:24:03.160
  • I know I'm not following.
  • 00:24:03.160 --> 00:24:05.260
  • I know I'm not living
  • 00:24:05.260 --> 00:24:06.270
  • like I ought to live,
  • 00:24:06.270 --> 00:24:08.180
  • and I want to surrender my life
  • 00:24:08.180 --> 00:24:10.200
  • to Jesus Christ today.
  • 00:24:10.200 --> 00:24:13.080
  • Pray for me.
  • 00:24:13.080 --> 00:24:14.190
  • I want to get right with God."
  • 00:24:14.190 --> 00:24:16.010
  • If that's you,
  • 00:24:16.010 --> 00:24:16.240
  • I want you to pray this prayer,
  • 00:24:16.240 --> 00:24:18.050
  • and everybody out loud,
  • 00:24:18.050 --> 00:24:19.180
  • say these words.
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:21.030
  • "Lord Jesus,
  • 00:24:21.030 --> 00:24:23.050
  • as for me and my house,
  • 00:24:23.050 --> 00:24:26.000
  • we choose to serve the Lord.
  • 00:24:26.170 --> 00:24:29.170
  • We make You Lord of our home,
  • 00:24:29.170 --> 00:24:31.230
  • Lord of our family.
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:33.280
  • We rebuild the walls
  • 00:24:33.280 --> 00:24:36.150
  • by Your mighty power,
  • 00:24:36.150 --> 00:24:38.160
  • we are forgiven.
  • 00:24:38.160 --> 00:24:40.190
  • I receive Your forgiveness.
  • 00:24:40.190 --> 00:24:43.100
  • The miracle starts with me,
  • 00:24:43.140 --> 00:24:46.140
  • and let it spread to my family.
  • 00:24:46.140 --> 00:24:49.070
  • Until all of them
  • 00:24:49.070 --> 00:24:50.150
  • are on the Ark of Safety,
  • 00:24:50.150 --> 00:24:53.070
  • and ready for Your soon return.
  • 00:24:53.070 --> 00:24:56.030
  • Lord Jesus,
  • 00:24:56.030 --> 00:24:57.280
  • I give You my life,
  • 00:24:57.280 --> 00:24:59.290
  • and I give You my family.
  • 00:24:59.290 --> 00:25:02.080
  • Let my footprints always
  • 00:25:02.080 --> 00:25:04.260
  • lead the next generation
  • 00:25:04.260 --> 00:25:07.250
  • to Your feet."
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:09.280
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  • Divine Conference 2019
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  • featuring Dawnchere Wilkerson,
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  • Jentzen Franklin,
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