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December 28, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Blessed New Year.
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  • I can't believe it's 2020 already.
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  • What a great opportunity God has given us
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  • to close 2019 strong for the work of the kingdom.
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  • I am so glad that God has moved so many of you to participate.
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  • I pray that if you haven't participated yet,
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  • listen to the announcement.
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  • announcer: Throughout this last year,
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  • your faithfulness and generosity have helped "Leading the Way"
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  • take the light of Christ
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  • into some of the darkest places on the globe.
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  • As we seek to finish 2019 strong,
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  • Dr. Youssef and leading the way are more determined than ever
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  • to stand firm in the truth of God's Word
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  • as we impact our world for Christ.
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  • Will you partner with us in this exciting work today?
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  • This is the last week you can triple your impact
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  • when you give to "Leading The Way" this December.
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  • For every dollar you give, ministry friends
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  • have committed to give $2.
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  • That means your $100 gift becomes $300.
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  • A $500 gift becomes $1.500.
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  • A $1.000 donation becomes $3.000,
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  • all up to $2.1 million.
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  • This is the last week you can triple your impact
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  • when you give to "Leading The Way".
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  • Please consider a generous gift today.
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  • You can call, write, or visit us online at LTW.ORG.
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  • Dr. Youssef: The Roman god Janus,
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  • from which we get the Word, "January,"
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  • first month of the year, and Janus was considered to be
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  • the ancient Roman god of new beginnings.
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  • Janus is depicted, as you can see on the screen,
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  • two faces.
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  • One face looks back at the year that passed and that side
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  • of that face bears the traces of sorrow,
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  • dismay, and perplexity.
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  • The other face looks forward to the new year
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  • and that forward-looking face is personified with hope
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  • and confidence.
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  • This is, of course, superstition and worship of false gods.
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  • It's no wonder that each year you find in the secular media
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  • they are obsessed or even possessed almost
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  • with that spirit or the theme of wanting to look back
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  • and look forward and wanna look back and look forward.
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  • It's a fact that many people make New Year's resolution.
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  • I'm not gonna ask you to raise your hand if you are making one,
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  • have made one, but the truth is a lot of people do
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  • and the best statistics that I have read is that
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  • 90% of people who make resolutions
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  • are forgotten in 2 weeks' time.
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  • I'm not against New Year's resolutions, and really I'm not,
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  • especially if those are made at the guidance and the leadership
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  • and of the Holy Spirit of God, if they're made in confidence
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  • in the Lord's power and the Lord's strength
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  • to do some great and new things for God.
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  • I am not against that at all.
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  • God has set times and seasons.
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  • He set festivals and all for the purpose of renewal,
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  • because God is a God-- a renewing God.
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  • In the New Testament, however,
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  • tells us that we are to renew
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  • our minds on a daily basis, not even moment-by-moment basis.
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  • It is a continuous renewal.
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  • It is not occasions, and it's not certain times,
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  • although I thank God for those new beginnings.
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  • You say, "How do you do this?"
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  • By allowing the Holy Spirit of God to help us to let go
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  • of the past, whether it be that past sin and the past guilt,
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  • by genuine confession of that sin,
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  • by genuine repentance of that sin,
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  • by allowing the Holy Spirit of God,
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  • which is the wind of God-- you know,
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  • the word "ruach" in Hebrew actually means,
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  • "spirit, wind, and breath," same word.
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  • And I do pray daily, I said, "Lord, let the wind
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  • of the Holy Spirit today pull the sails of my life.
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  • Guide me this day.
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  • Let that wind of the Holy Spirit be the power that pulls me
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  • through this day or this week or this month or this year."
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  • Here is the problem
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  • that most of you will understand,
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  • because it happens even among God's people,
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  • is that they keep on looking back at the past,
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  • not so that they may learn to let go of the past,
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  • but in order to dwell in the past.
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  • And literally, by doing so, they create fear and anxiety
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  • of the present and the future.
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  • Others still, they look back, and they get caught
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  • to what I call in the paralysis of analysis,
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  • and they never move forward.
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  • So, what is the answer?
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  • Well, the Word of God gives us the answer.
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  • Thank God the Word of God gives us the answers.
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  • I don't have the answer.
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  • I have it in the Word of God.
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  • If you turn with me to Philippians 3,
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  • and I want to look at verses 13 and 14,
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  • but I'm gonna translate it like a home-spun translation.
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  • It's a--I always tell you it's a Youssef translation,
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  • so I promise you it is accurate.
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  • Here is what the Apostle Paul is saying,
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  • and I'm gonna put it in context in a minute.
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  • "Brethren, I count not myself to have made it."
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  • I haven't made it yet.
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  • I haven't reached it yet.
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  • "But one thing that I do--"
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  • It's obviously the one thing
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  • that occupies his mind,
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  • the one thing that constantly impacting
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  • every aspect of his life.
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  • "The one thing I do is, I forget those things
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  • that are in my past, and I strain forward.
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  • I mean, strenuously, hard, I strain forward to the future.
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  • I press hard toward the goal or the finishing line,
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  • the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus."
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  • Listen carefully. Here is what he's saying.
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  • Rather than dwelling in the past,
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  • whether it is failure or success, makes no difference,
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  • by all means learn from the past and don't live in it.
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  • By all means, let the past propel you forward,
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  • not pull you back.
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  • By all means glean lessons from the past,
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  • but don't bask in it.
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  • In fact, the Apostle Paul's lesson to all of us,
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  • and your pastor is included, forgetting or letting go
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  • of the past and striving forward with every energy,
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  • with every ounce of energy that I have toward the future
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  • should not be one of many things that we do,
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  • but should be the one thing that impacts everything that we do.
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  • An old-time preacher used to say,
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  • "The Apostle Paul said, 'One thing I do.'"
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  • The average Christian today says,
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  • "There are 20 things I dabble in."
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  • I couldn't agree more.
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  • What is that, the one thing, for the Apostle Paul
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  • that he focuses on, that he allows it to be
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  • the driving force for all his decisions,
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  • for all his lifestyle?
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  • Why is that the one thing that he pushes for?
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  • Now, think with me, okay?
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  • I'm gonna explain to you why.
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  • The Apostle Paul singlehandedly accomplished
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  • more for the work of God, for the gospel of Jesus Christ
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  • than anybody else, including the 12 disciples
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  • who walked and lived with Jesus for 3 years, right?
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  • He did.
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  • Keep thinking with me, okay?
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  • I'm getting somewhere.
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  • If Paul was like many of us who tends to live in the past,
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  • if he allowed his past sins to haunt him,
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  • if he allowed his past blaspheming of the name of Jesus
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  • to weigh him down, if he constantly lived
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  • with the past guilt of persecuting Christians
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  • to be heavy on his heart, if he continuously allowed
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  • that vision in his mind, which was very visual to him,
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  • of standing there holding the clothes of Steven,
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  • the very first Christian martyr,
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  • and he was there literally participating.
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  • He was there watching the last stone
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  • that came and hit him and that ended his life.
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  • Just think about this.
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  • If he allowed that vision to continue in his life,
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  • he would be living in nightmares day in and day out.
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  • He would have been totally paralyzed
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  • from doing anything that is worthwhile.
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  • He would have been prevented from doing what he did
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  • in the power of God and that has impacted the whole world
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  • with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • Not only in his day, but even to this day,
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  • but he also knew that the forgetfulness of the past,
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  • or letting go of the past, or moving forward from the past,
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  • he knew that this only can take place
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  • because of God's forgiveness.
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  • Beloved, please listen to me.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • When sin or sins are confessed, when sin or sins
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  • are repented of, when sins are covered
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  • by the blood of Jesus Christ, it must be forgotten.
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  • Now, I believe the Apostle Paul has a very clear objective here.
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  • Listen carefully, please.
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  • How to face an uncertain future.
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  • I believe that was all.
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  • That's the intention of that verse here,
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  • and I think most people in their honest moment,
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  • when they really kinda come clean with God,
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  • most people are apprehensive about the future.
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  • Different things plague different people.
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  • In fact, that is why they look back and they stay back,
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  • because they are apprehensive about the future.
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  • The truth is this.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • Most people are anxious about something in the future,
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  • whether it will be about their children,
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  • their children's future, whether it be about the economy,
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  • of how it's gonna fair next year or the jobs,
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  • whether they'll still have a job, or health,
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  • whether the financial security, and list goes on and on and on.
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  • And I want you to hear me right, because uncertainty
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  • about the future plagues a lot of people.
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  • It really does, but listen to me.
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  • For the child of God who has placed his or her complete trust
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  • in Jesus Christ need not be afraid of the future
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  • and one of the reasons and one of the keys to do that
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  • is to let go of the past.
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  • There is nothing that will happen to you
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  • which is not already foreseen by your heavenly Father.
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  • God sees the future as a present reality,
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  • and God said, "I knew you before you were formed in the womb."
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  • He knows you when you were a little baby.
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  • He knows you, and he knows what happens before it happens.
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  • So, question: how do you face uncertain future?
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  • By trusting that the same God, the same heavenly Father
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  • who protected you in the past with all of its grief
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  • and pain and joy, the one who took care of you
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  • in the past, he is gonna take care
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  • of the present and the future, amen?
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  • And that is why Paul said, "I press forward, I strain.
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  • I'm putting every energy in this."
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  • And when you keep your eye on this finishing line,
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  • when you keep your eye on the prize,
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  • you're not gonna waste your time as you're running on the trash
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  • that you see along the road, but think--Paul said
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  • all of the great honors that he accomplished and achieved,
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  • he calls them trash.
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  • Actually worse than that, but he's not gonna focus
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  • on the trash no matter how valuable in the eyes
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  • of the world it may be.
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  • You are not going to stop to entertain the spectators.
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  • No, when you are pressing strenuously toward the goal,
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  • you are not gonna waste your time on trivia.
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  • You're not gonna waste your time on things that are passing.
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  • You're not gonna waste your time on losses of things.
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  • They're things.
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  • You're not gonna waste your time on your critics.
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  • They will always be there.
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  • You're not gonna waste your time on your detractors.
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  • They will always be there, or those who hate you
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  • for whatever their reason may be.
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  • Paul said, "No, I refuse to do this, but the one thing I do,
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  • I keep pressing to the finishing line.
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  • I keep pressing to the finishing line."
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  • Someone said if you aim at nothing
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  • you'll most surely hit it.
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  • I couldn't agree more.
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  • Beloved, your finish line, my finish line is that audience
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  • of one I'm telling you about on that final day.
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  • Therefore, don't look at the past.
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  • It's already been forgiven.
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  • It's under the blood of Jesus.
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  • It's like Corrie ten Boom used to say,
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  • "Jesus has thrown your sins into the deepest sea,
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  • and you better not go fishing for them."
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  • Don't look to the sideline.
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  • Put blinders on.
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  • Refuse to look back, because if you do you're gonna stumble.
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  • Most certainly you're gonna stumble,
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  • and you're gonna fall.
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  • In Luke chapter 9, verse 61, the Lord Jesus tells something
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  • that is really very similar to what Paul is saying here.
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  • And you say, "Well, where did Paul get his idea?"
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  • He got it from Jesus.
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  • Remember, he spent years trying to learn what did Jesus say.
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  • He probably debriefed the writers of the gospels
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  • before they wrote the stuff down.
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  • He was anxious to know everything that Jesus said
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  • or did, and he was listening to James.
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  • He was listening to the other apostles, disciples.
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  • Paul learned this stuff from Jesus.
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  • And so, Luke said that Jesus told three men to follow him.
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  • I'm not gonna focus on all of them.
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  • Just one.
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  • "Follow me."
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  • Well, this man said, "Oh, yeah, I will follow you,
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  • but let me go first home and say goodbye to my family."
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  • Reasonable request don't you think?
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  • You agree?
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  • Yeah, it's a reasonable request, but Jesus, who knew all things,
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  • Jesus, who knew all hearts,
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  • Jesus, who knew all motives,
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  • said to him, "No.
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  • No one who puts his hand on the plow and looks back is fit
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  • for the kingdom of God," is fit for the service of God.
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  • Oh, isn't that a bit harsh?
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  • Yeah, our political-correct society is,
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  • "Jesus is very harsh."
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  • Really?
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  • No.
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  • See, the plow is pulled by a strong and wild ox.
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  • If you are not holding that thing with every ounce
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  • of your attention and energy,
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  • yeah, you're gonna really be dead meat.
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  • You take your eye off that ox, and he could
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  • literally crush you.
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  • Controlling and managing of that ox that is pulling
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  • the plow should be a total forward-looking
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  • and complete concentration.
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  • Please, whatever you do, don't look back.
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  • Don't go back.
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  • Don't waste your time on the past.
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  • Whatever-- if it's in regard to fail--
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  • past failures, or past successes,
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  • or past wrong judgments,
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  • or past wrong decisions that you have made,
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  • or past wrong choices, or past wrong action,
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  • strain forward.
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  • Strive forward, and the Bible gives us many examples
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  • of those who have looked back and stayed back.
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  • Demas was the companion of the Apostle Paul,
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  • but he went back, and Paul said he loved the present age.
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  • John Mark, though later on accomplished great things,
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  • but in the early days of his ministry he went
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  • with Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey,
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  • but he got cold feet.
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  • He got homesick, and he said, "I wanna go home."
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  • And Paul said, "You go home.
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  • You're not going to be with me again."
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  • Beloved, on this end of the year I wonder how many of us today--
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  • and it's between you and God.
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  • Are you caught in what I call the retrospective glance?
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  • Only you know.
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  • Now, again, when I reflected on this profound piece of trivia,
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  • I really decided that there is a spiritual lesson here.
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  • There are some who cannot focus on the future.
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  • There really are.
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  • There are some who are not able to strain forward
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  • toward the goal.
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  • Why?
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  • Because they are committed to looking backward.
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  • They really are.
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  • The two are connected.
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  • Examine what I'm saying and reflect on it today.
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  • When the great Apostle Paul said,
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  • "Forgetting what lays behind," it means forgetting everything,
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  • everything in the past that is evil,
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  • everything that is questionable, everything that is improper,
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  • everything that is sinful, everything that is hurtful,
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  • everything that he's ever done in his whole life
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  • that is displeasing to the Lord, everything.
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  • But not only that.
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  • He also talks about every achievements in the past.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Say, "Amen."
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  • 'Cause there are some people who say,
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  • "Oh, look what I did back then," and they stay there.
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  • They stay there and don't strain forward.
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  • Sometimes, my beloved friends, past successes can hamper us
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  • just as much as past failures.
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  • Please, I want you to hear me out in this one.
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  • Whatever your past, you must deliberately
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  • and definitively bring it and throw it in the deepest sea,
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  • for that's exactly what God did with them.
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  • But there is more.
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  • There is more.
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  • In fact, there is a whole lot more I want to---
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  • say on this subject, but I've got a limited time.
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  • You need to be willing to burn past bridges,
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  • these bridges that constantly beckoning you to come back
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  • to the old territories that you have walked away from
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  • a long time ago, or maybe just a short time ago.
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  • Burn the bridges.
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  • Say it with me.
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  • congregation: Burn the bridges.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Do you want to do great things for the Lord
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  • in the coming year?
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  • Do you want to be used of God mightily in a mighty way somehow
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  • in the coming year?
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  • Do you wanna live in victory?
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  • Do you wanna be set free from whatever the past may be?
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  • Begin by burning your past bridges.
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  • All the bridges that keep taking you back to the old territories
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  • that are unpleasing to the Lord, burn them today literally.
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  • If you'd write down all the items that have held you back:
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  • defeat, failure, even success, it doesn't matter.
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  • And after you write these down-- I'm gonna be writing mine
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  • as you write yours, so we're gonna be
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  • writing together at the same time.
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  • Whatever past sorrow may be, whatever past sins may be,
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  • whatever past guilt may be, whatever past defeat may be,
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  • you write them down.
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  • Whatever chains have held you in the past,
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  • I want you to watch with joy offering this to the Lord
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  • in order that he might replace them with his strength,
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  • with his power, with the promises of God,
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  • with the grace of God, and the mercy of God.
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  • But one last thing I want to say before I start writing,
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  • this is symbolic.
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  • That means this afternoon, tomorrow morning, that Tuesday,
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  • Wednesday, Thursday, every single day you renew this.
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  • It's not just one act, and it's over.
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  • No, it is the first step to a life of constant renewal, amen?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Our Loving Father, we're so grateful to you
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  • that even in the symbolism, you, Lord Jesus,
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:13.270
  • have established your table as a symbol,
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  • as a reminder of the incredible sacrifice
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  • you made on the cross of Calvary.
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  • Lord, these things are just pieces of paper.
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  • They're just symbols of the fact that we are renewing
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  • our covenant with you, that we are placing
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  • all of the past sins and failure and successes,
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  • anything that is holding us from going forward
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  • and being in service of you and putting our hand
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  • on the plow so we look forward rather than backward.
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  • Father, accept this symbolism as a heart that is offered to you,
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  • a heart that is burning for you, a heart that is longing for you,
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  • because, Lord Jesus, we know that without you
  • 00:22:53.030 --> 00:22:55.090
  • we can do nothing, but we can do all things
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  • through the Christ who strengthens us.
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  • Amen.
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  • Dr. Youssef: He will never accuse you of being weak.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Hello, listening friends.
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  • Dr. Youssef: I want welcome you to a new series of messages.
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  • Dr. Youssef: There are two components to find--
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  • Dr. Youssef: I am the most surprised of all people
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  • of how God is using this ministry to touch
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  • tens of millions of lives around the world.
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  • I am so grateful to the Lord
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  • because it's all about him and his glory.
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  • And so, if you have not participated
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  • in the matching program, this is your last chance.
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  • Let's hear from you, and I know you will be blessed.
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