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September 15, 2019
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  • announcer: In his new book, "Counting Stars In An Empty Sky:
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  • Trusting God's Promises For Your Impossibilities,"
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  • pastor and author, Dr. Michael Youssef
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  • uses the life of a familiar Bible hero, Abraham,
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  • to encourage readers to keep their faith in God's promises.
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  • Dr. Youssef would like to send you a copy of his new book,
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  • "Counting Stars In An Empty Sky" for your gift of any amount.
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  • Call, write or visit us online at ltw.org to request
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  • your copy today.
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Abraham is the central figure
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • He kept on counting stars regardless of the circumstances,
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  • regardless of the discouragement.
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  • He kept on counting stars when he could see none.
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  • I discovered that the place of blessing
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  • is in the place of obedience.
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  • The place of blessing is where he wanted me to be,
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  • not where I want to go.
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  • When you place your whole confidence
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  • and trust in God's Word,
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  • even when you see no evidence whatsoever,
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  • counting stars in an empty sky, that is faith.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Fear of failure keeps many a person
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  • from reaching their full potential for God.
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  • Fear of criticism holds people back from accomplishing
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  • great things for God.
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  • Fear of the unknown, my goodness, I mean,
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  • it chains some people into what is comfortable
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  • and into what is familiar, and they refuse to be challenged
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  • and they refuse to take steps of faith.
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  • But do you know that there is a type of fear that
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  • only manifests itself after a great victory,
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  • after a great success, after a great blessing?
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  • I'm gonna explain that.
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  • There is a type of fear that only moves in on us
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  • after a great achievement or a great accomplishment.
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  • And the Bible gives us many examples of this.
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  • Whenever you see God saying to someone,
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  • "Fear not," it's because that person is fearful.
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  • He may not have said it, he might not have verbalized it,
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  • but God does not waste words.
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  • God does not use words superfluously.
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  • And I want you to turn with me to Genesis chapter 15, verse 1.
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  • Here comes God in a vision to Abraham,
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  • and he said to him,
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  • "Fear not, I am your shield; and your great reward."
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  • Now, just to take a moment and bring you up to speed,
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  • we saw first of all,
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  • Abraham left the Ur of Chaldeans, his home.
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  • Then, due to the influence of his moon-worshiping father,
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  • they get to Haran.
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  • There they stayed.
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  • They took a detour from where God told them to go.
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  • And then, when his father, Terah, dies,
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  • Abraham continues on his way to where God promised him to go,
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  • the land of Canaan.
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  • And when he gets to Canaan, not only that
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  • the Canaanites were there, sitting there smiling at him,
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  • but there was a shortage of food.
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  • There was no food in Canaan.
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  • So, Abraham takes matters into his own hands,
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  • doesn't go back to the Lord and ask for help.
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  • He goes to Egypt.
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  • Egypt was not dependent on rain like Canaan is.
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  • Egypt is dependent on the River Nile,
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  • so they always had food.
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  • And so, he goes to Egypt, but he goes there,
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  • in order to survive, he schemes,
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  • he lies, he plans, and he plots.
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  • But God supernaturally deliver and keep Sarah's honor
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  • by striking Pharaoh.
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  • And finally, Pharaoh says to him,
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  • "Get out of here and leave.
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  • You lied to me and you told me Sarah was your sister
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  • when she is your wife."
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  • And so, they get out, go back to Canaan.
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  • When they get to Canaan, they look over the land,
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  • and his greedy nephew who has been tagging along
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  • on his journey, Lot, looks at the land
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  • and he sees the lush one.
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  • He sees the fertile land and he said, "I want that one."
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  • The magnanimous, generous, gracious Uncle Abraham
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  • was contented to take the land that is less productive,
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  • and he gave him what he wanted.
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  • That land was the land of Sodom and Gomorrah.
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  • Now you can look at chapter 14.
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  • Here, you're gonna find that the promise of counting stars
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  • has turned Abraham into an Old Testament Rambo.
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  • There were terrorists in the area,
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  • and these terrorists came to Sodom and Gomorrah,
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  • to these little towns down in the Dead Sea,
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  • and they not only ransacked the whole town,
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  • but they took some hostages with them.
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  • These gunmen took these hostages by force.
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  • Look at verse 12.
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  • Among those were taken hostage was Abraham's nephew, Lot.
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  • These terrorists from Shinar, Ellasar, Elam, and Goyim.
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  • They kidnapped Lot and his family for a ransom.
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  • One of the kidnapped boys cuts loose, runs back,
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  • goes to Uncle Abraham, and he said,
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  • "Your nephew Lot and his family, he has been taken hostage."
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  • And so, magnanimous, generous, loving Uncle Abraham
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  • springs to action.
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  • Now, I want you to remember, he was 85.
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  • Okay, just keep that in your head, all right?
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  • Armed with the promise of God to count stars when there are none,
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  • imbued by God's supernatural intervention
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  • and delivering him from the consequences of his own sin,
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  • empowered by genuine compassion, Abraham takes 318 Green Berets,
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  • rescue squad, and he storms the place.
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  • Now, it's not in your Bible.
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  • Just like a friend of mine said, I'm not exaggerating,
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  • I'm just blowing it up so you can see it.
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  • But that's really what happened.
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  • I'd like to have those boys around.
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  • Hear me right, please.
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  • You can be absolutely sure that when Abraham
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  • and his 318 Green Beret commandos came back to town,
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  • they received a hero's welcome, because they came
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  • with all the hostages, and all the goodies
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  • that were stolen, and they marched
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  • through the town,
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  • and there they received a hero's welcome.
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  • That excitement was so impactful that the King of Sodom
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  • who lost his country and got it back got so excited that
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  • he hands Abraham a blank check with only his signature on it.
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  • He said, "Fill in the amount."
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  • Now, here's an important point. Don't miss this.
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  • Had Abraham accepted this offer, he would've been what kids say,
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  • a gazillionaire.
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  • His empire stretched from sea to sea,
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  • and there is no doubt the offer was tempting.
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  • He's made of flesh and blood, right?
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  • It was tempting.
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  • But here, Abraham remembers the promise of God,
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  • counting stars without seeing any,
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  • because God is the one who's gonna bless him,
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  • and he turns that generous offer flat down.
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  • Look at verses 22 and 23, chapter 14,
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  • "I have sworn to the Lord God Most High,
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  • possessor of heaven and earth."
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  • Not a gazillion dollars, but possessor
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  • of all of heaven and all of earth.
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  • "I will not take a thread of anything from you,
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  • lest you should say, 'I made Abraham rich.'"
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  • All I want to say is wow.
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  • The reason so many people get squirmish, and worried,
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  • and anxious about their so-called
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  • financial security, do you know why they do that?
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  • Do you know why so many people leave God out of their finances,
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  • and they'll work diligently organizing their finances?
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  • Listen, you can spin it any which way you want to,
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  • but I'm gonna give you the bottom line,
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  • and the bottom line is because they have failed to recognize
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  • that God and only God is their provider.
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  • When you come to the realization that none but God is
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  • your provider, that he always keeps his promises,
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  • you will not be insecure.
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  • You will live in fear about financial future if you think
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  • somebody and someone or somewhere is your provider
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  • and is your blesser.
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  • To compound this incredible trust in the provision of God,
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  • when Melchizedek shows up from nowhere,
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  • Abraham takes not 10% of his income,
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  • not 10% of his salary, 10% of his entire net worth,
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  • and he gives it to him.
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  • Melchizedek, which means,
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  • "The king of righteousness and the king of peace,"
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  • Hebrews chapter 7 tells us he's a type of Christ.
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  • He's a type of Christ.
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  • Abraham gives him 10% of everything.
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  • Not only did Abraham turn down this big fortune
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  • because he's trusting in God as his provider,
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  • but he turns around and gives away a tenth
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  • of everything that he owns.
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  • And so, Melchizedek brings wine and bread
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  • and he has communion with Abraham.
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  • He's a type of Christ.
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  • Melchizedek, Psalm 110 said, "It's the High Priest
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  • of the highest order, and his name is Jesus."
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  • This is the pre-incarnate Jesus, and he appeared many times
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • Theologians have a big name to describe this.
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  • They call it theophany.
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  • That's when Jesus appeared.
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  • The pre-incarnate Jesus appeared in the Old Testament
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  • and we see that in a number of occasions.
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  • After this great military victory,
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  • after turning down a huge fortune,
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  • after taking 10% of everything he owns and gives it to God,
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  • Abraham gets into a funk.
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  • Have you ever been there?
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  • I have.
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  • Some of you know what I'm talking about.
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  • I mean, when you are physically, and emotionally, and spiritually
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  • absolutely spent, wiped out.
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  • If you've ever experienced a great victory
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  • over the enemy of your soul, if you ever battled
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  • in the spiritual battle and you came on the winning side,
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  • you know what I'm talking about.
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  • You will understand the absolute drain that takes place
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  • after you made a sacrifice for the Lord.
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  • You get so wiped out because you are fighting doubt,
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  • you are fighting apprehension, and you're fighting remorse,
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  • and you're fighting all kinds of feelings inside of you.
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  • Some of you are saying, "Wait a minute, Michael.
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  • When I experience that kind of thing,
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  • I'm on top of the world."
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  • How come Abraham feels down after he's securely home?
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  • I read something years, and years, and years ago,
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  • and it stayed with me and I'll never forget it,
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  • and it goes something like this.
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  • Cowards fear before the battle, but heroes fear
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  • after the battle.
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  • This was Abraham.
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  • This was true of Abraham.
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  • You say, "Well, how do you know that?"
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  • Well, that's where you get back to 15:1, chapter 15, verse 1.
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  • "The Word of the Lord came to Abraham in a vision, saying:
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  • 'Do not fear, Abraham.'"
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  • God doesn't waste words.
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  • "Do not fear, Abraham, I am your shield;
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  • and your great reward."
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  • Abraham steps down from the pinnacle of victory
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  • and he was about to plunge into depression
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  • when the gracious hand of God grabbed him in mid-fall.
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  • Isn't that wonderful?
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  • That's why I love the Word of God.
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  • I really love the Word of God because it tells you everything.
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  • It doesn't give you the stuff that you just wanna know
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  • or to make you feel good.
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  • It tells you everything.
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  • So, don't miss what I'm gonna tell you.
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  • God did not say to Abraham, "Abraham, don't fear.
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  • Remember my promise of telling you to count stars
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  • when you can't even see any?
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  • Abraham, don't fear.
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  • Remember, I protected you against Pharaoh in Egypt
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  • and I got you out whole?
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  • Abraham, don't be afraid.
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  • Can't you see how I gave you the strength of a hundred men
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  • and you took on all those four armies?"
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  • You know, that would've been fine.
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  • If the Lord said that, that would've been fine.
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  • But God said, "The reason you should not be afraid is
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  • because I am your shield."
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  • A shield completely covers you from all of the enemy's weapons.
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  • As if to say to Abraham,
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  • "Abraham, you are under my impenetrable cover.
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  • Abraham, you are under my strong care.
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  • Abraham, you are in my protection program.
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  • Abraham, your enemies will not be able to get to you
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  • before they get to me first."
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  • He says in addition to being a shield, he said,
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  • "I am your great reward.
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  • I am your great reward."
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  • All that God is, all that God has,
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  • "I am your great reward.
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  • Not only that you are under my cover,
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  • not only you are under my protection program,
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  • but when you receive me," and this is a Word of God
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  • to everyone who's listening, and he is saying,
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  • "I will satisfy your lonely heart.
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  • I will fill your empty void.
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  • I am the only one who give joy to the joyless.
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  • I am the only one who compensate the victims.
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  • I am the only one who vindicate the righteous.
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  • I am the only one who supply all of your needs according
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  • to the riches of glory, Christ Jesus," amen.
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  • When you trust God as your true provider,
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  • true provider, when you trust God
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  • with your tithe and offerings, when you trust God,
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  • when you take tangible steps of faith and say,
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  • "Well, when this happen, I do this."
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  • No, you say, "Lord, I'm gonna take
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  • a step of faith at the front end."
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  • God not only meet all of your needs,
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  • but he's gonna give you himself.
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  • What does God mean, "I am your great reward"?
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  • It means that you will share everything that God has.
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  • Listen, Abraham received many revelations.
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  • We saw some, and we're gonna see some more.
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  • The Lord revealed himself to him in his lifetime.
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  • All of them, all of them has God's name attached to it.
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  • Abraham got to know God as Jehovah-jireh, his provider.
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  • He got to know God as El Elyon, the Most High God,
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  • Creator of all things.
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  • He got to know God as his protector.
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  • He got to know God as his defender.
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  • Now, beloved, if you have placed your whole trust in Jesus,
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  • here's what Paul said in Romans 8:17.
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  • Memorize it.
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  • Paul is talking about the adoption,
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  • God adopting us as his children, and he said,
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  • "If we are children, then we are heirs--
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  • heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ."
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  • There is a world of difference
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  • between a single heir and being one of ten.
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  • A single heir inherits everything.
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  • If you're one of ten, you're gonna get only 10%,
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  • right?
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  • Am I right?
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  • But if you are co-heirs, that's very different.
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  • Even if you are one of a billion,
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  • everyone inherits the whole thing.
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  • I told you, it's mind-blowing.
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  • Everyone inherits the whole thing, undivided.
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  • That means that everything belongs to Christ is yours,
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  • all of it.
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  • And yours, and yours, and yours, all of it.
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  • We're not just gonna get a piece of the action,
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  • we're gonna get the whole enchilada.
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  • In Genesis 15:2-3, you see Abraham
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  • yearning for assurance.
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  • Again, that's okay.
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  • You would think verse 1 would've been sufficient
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  • when he said to him, "I am your shield;
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  • I am your great reward," and yet in verses 2 and 3,
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  • particularly 2, you see a note of despair,
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  • a note of disappointment, a note of discouragement
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  • in Abraham's voice.
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  • All of us can sympathize with Abraham.
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  • I know God does and God did.
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  • See, God made him a promise ten years ago.
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  • He was 75 years old.
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  • Now, ten years later and the biological clock,
  • 00:20:01.240 --> 00:20:05.230
  • not only his, but Sarah's.
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  • And he began to say, "God, I trust you,
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  • but what's going on here?
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  • It's been ten years."
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  • And by the way, there's still more.
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:21.260
  • You know what?
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  • Most of us give up in ten days, or ten weeks, or ten months.
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  • Here he is, going around introducing himself
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  • as the man who's counting stars.
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  • And probably some of his neighbors are saying,
  • 00:20:41.080 --> 00:20:43.080
  • "Abe, how many kids do you have?"
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  • "Well, actually, I have none, but God promised me."
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  • They're probably snickering behind his back,
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  • and maybe people are beginning to wonder
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  • if he's okay up in the head.
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  • Some of you who read my book, "Trust and Obey",
  • 00:21:02.280 --> 00:21:04.170
  • know I was 18 when God made me a promise
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  • that he supernaturally is gonna deliver me.
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:12.270
  • And I made the mistake of sharing it
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  • with some Christian friends.
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  • Be very careful what you share with Christian friends.
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  • And so, 18 months later, nothing happened.
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  • Some of them went to my older siblings and they said,
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  • "We're really, deeply concerned about Michael's state of mind.
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:30.210
  • And I heard about it, I went back to the Lord,
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  • and the Lord fulfilled it to the T.
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  • Beloved, God's delay are never his denial.
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  • Can you say that with me?
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  • audience: God's delay is never his denial.
  • 00:21:46.060 --> 00:21:50.010
  • Michael: But you need to be absolutely sure that
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  • you are hearing God and not hearing yourself,
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  • 'cause a lot of people hear themselves and they say,
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  • "Well, God told me."
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  • Verse 3, Abraham was doing his estate planning.
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  • I think everybody should do estate planning.
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  • And he was doing his estate planning,
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  • and he decided to share his estate plan with God.
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  • He said, "My faithful servant," this is the chief of staff,
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:19.210
  • "Eliezer of Damascus, he's gonna inherit my estate."
  • 00:22:19.220 --> 00:22:25.290
  • He's still looking for that assurance from God,
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  • and God was so gracious to him in response.
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  • He was so gracious to him and he renews his promise
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  • to Abraham.
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  • In verse 6 of chapter 15, it says,
  • 00:22:37.160 --> 00:22:40.100
  • "Abraham believed the Lord, and he credited to him
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  • as righteousness."
  • 00:22:44.230 --> 00:22:46.130
  • I can tell you before God, I could take three sermons
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:49.200
  • on that one verse.
  • 00:22:49.210 --> 00:22:51.010
  • But suffice it to say,
  • 00:22:52.160 --> 00:22:55.080
  • and if this is not gonna bless you and keep you on high,
  • 00:22:55.090 --> 00:22:58.260
  • not just today, but for the rest of your life,
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  • I'll be surprised, because here it is.
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  • God gave him the faith to believe,
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  • and then he gives him credit for it.
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  • Isn't that like our God? Isn't that like our God?
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  • Let me tell you this as I conclude.
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  • It doesn't matter where you are, it doesn't matter the degree
  • 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:21.120
  • of your despair, it doesn't matter the length
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  • of your waiting for him,
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  • you can begin to trust him afresh now, today,
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  • this very moment.
  • 00:23:32.230 --> 00:23:34.050
  • And then, you can say with Peter--
  • 00:23:34.060 --> 00:23:36.080
  • remember Peter was fishing all night and he caught nothing?
  • 00:23:36.090 --> 00:23:38.200
  • And Jesus comes in, and he says, in the middle of the day--
  • 00:23:38.210 --> 00:23:42.080
  • fishes go to sleep in the middle of the day, you know?
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  • "Get out there, cast the net."
  • 00:23:45.040 --> 00:23:47.190
  • And Peter says, "Lord, we've been trying all night.
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  • We know when we can catch fish.
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  • But on the strength of your Word,
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  • we'll cast the nets."
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:23:59.060
  • Even if you see no hope, even if you see no glimmer,
  • 00:23:59.070 --> 00:24:02.230
  • you can say to God, "I have been fishing all night,
  • 00:24:02.240 --> 00:24:06.210
  • but on the strength of your Word,
  • 00:24:06.220 --> 00:24:08.130
  • I'll cast my nets."
  • 00:24:08.140 --> 00:24:09.270
  • 00:24:09.280 --> 00:24:19.280
  • Dr. Youssef: Most of us have stood before a mountain
  • 00:24:20.080 --> 00:24:22.140
  • of impossibilities and said, "There is no way out of this.
  • 00:24:22.150 --> 00:24:25.220
  • There is no way out of this disease.
  • 00:24:25.230 --> 00:24:27.090
  • There's no way out of these financial difficulties."
  • 00:24:27.100 --> 00:24:29.270
  • Trusting God even in the difficult times
  • 00:24:29.280 --> 00:24:32.160
  • when you cannot see a way out, that is honoring to God.
  • 00:24:32.170 --> 00:24:37.000
  • male: "Counting Stars in an Empty Sky" is a call to us
  • 00:24:37.010 --> 00:24:39.260
  • as modern believers to put our faith in God and himself,
  • 00:24:39.270 --> 00:24:44.010
  • not in what we can tangibly see or feel or count in front of us.
  • 00:24:44.020 --> 00:24:49.040
  • Dr. Youssef: I wrote the book because I want to mobilize,
  • 00:24:49.050 --> 00:24:52.100
  • encourage the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:24:52.110 --> 00:24:55.270
  • to begin to live in the land of the impossible.
  • 00:24:55.280 --> 00:25:00.140
  • male: One of the things that impacted me the most was
  • 00:25:00.150 --> 00:25:02.190
  • the fact that no matter where you are in your walk with God,
  • 00:25:02.200 --> 00:25:06.190
  • he will always keep his promises even if we don't.
  • 00:25:06.200 --> 00:25:09.050
  • male: What hit me was that Michael was so honest,
  • 00:25:11.230 --> 00:25:13.260
  • and Scripture is so honest about their failings.
  • 00:25:13.270 --> 00:25:16.170
  • These are the heroes of the Bible,
  • 00:25:16.180 --> 00:25:18.220
  • and Michael does a great job of drawing out the ancient stories
  • 00:25:18.230 --> 00:25:23.150
  • of Abraham and Sarah and showing how it applies
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:26.080
  • directly to our lives today.
  • 00:25:26.090 --> 00:25:28.060
  • male: I would recommend Dr. Youssef's book,
  • 00:25:28.070 --> 00:25:30.090
  • "Counting Stars in an Empty Sky,"
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:32.060
  • because no matter where you are with your walk with Christ,
  • 00:25:32.070 --> 00:25:34.280
  • you can always relate to Abraham's story.
  • 00:25:34.290 --> 00:25:37.110
  • Dr. Youssef: This book is going to transform
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  • your life completely.
  • 00:25:39.020 --> 00:25:40.290
  • It's going to transform your life from seeing things
  • 00:25:41.000 --> 00:25:43.070
  • from the earthly perspective to seeing things
  • 00:25:43.080 --> 00:25:46.020
  • from the heavenly perspective, to have a vision for God
  • 00:25:46.030 --> 00:25:49.110
  • and a vision for life like you've never had before.
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  • This book is going to encourage you.
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  • It will transform your life completely
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  • and you will be on a different terrain.
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  • announcer: As a token of his appreciation
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  • for your faithfulness, Dr. Youssef would like
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  • to send you a copy of his new book,
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  • "Counting Stars in an Empty Sky,"
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  • for your gift of any amount.
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  • Dr. Youssef: At the Church of the Apostles
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  • in Atlanta, Georgia, every Sunday,
  • 00:26:59.160 --> 00:27:02.270
  • I meet people from all over the United States,
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  • from Maine to California, and they love the experience.
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  • They said, "For years,
  • 00:27:09.080 --> 00:27:10.170
  • we've been wanting to come and visit."
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  • And so, if you're ever in Atlanta, Georgia,
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  • I would love for you to come and visit, shake my hand.
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  • And I wanna thank you in advance for making that to be
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  • a priority in your life, visiting Apostles, God bless.
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  • ...
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