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Blessed Families: From Broken to Blessed

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July 3, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Blessed Families: From Broken to Blessed

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  • Listen, it's not what I can give you,
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  • it's that you can be with Me.
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  • You're happy because you're with Me,
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  • but when you're with Me, everything I have is yours.
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  • You get it all when you're with Me.
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  • ROBERT: All right, we are in a series called,
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  • Blessed Families,
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  • and we talked about The Broken Family,
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  • Adam and Eve.
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  • We talked about The Blessed Marriage last weekend.
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  • This weekend, I want to talk about,
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  • From Broken to Blessed,
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  • and I want to remind you that we all came
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  • from a broken family, Adam and Eve.
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  • And again, not referring to divorce,
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  • referring to the brokenness of sin. All right?
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  • I want to show you four stages that we all go through
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  • to go from broken to blessed, because we're all born broken.
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  • We're born broken.
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  • So, we're going to talk about how to go
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  • from broken to blessed, all right?
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  • So, these are the four stages.
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  • They all have two words, each point,
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  • and the second word is me in every point.
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  • So, hopefully you can remember these four points, all right?
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  • Number one, the stage is Give me -- Give me.
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  • This is where we all start, every person, every baby,
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  • every spiritual baby, every marriage.
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  • We all start with give me. Let me show it to you
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  • in the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:12.
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  • And the younger of them said to his father,
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  • Father, give me.
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  • Give me the portion of goods that falls to me.
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  • Now, let me say this again. Every baby starts here.
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  • Every baby starts, Give me. Every child starts here.
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  • We desire, as parents, for our children to grow out
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  • of the give me stage. Would you agree?
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  • Some of us are thinking, yeah, I've got a 27 year old
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  • still in the give me stage.
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  • Some of you might be thinking, I've got a 45 year old
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  • and I'm married to him!
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  • All right, but let's not talk about that, all right?
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  • But, we all start here.
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  • We also start here spiritually.
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  • Maybe you've never thought about this,
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  • but we are born again, so we are spiritual babies.
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  • And I want you to understand, God doesn't resent that,
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  • that we're in the give me stage as spiritual babies.
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  • He doesn't resent it.
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  • You don't resent it when your newborn baby wants a bottle.
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  • You don't resent that baby, because you're not expecting
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  • any more out of that baby than to just be a newborn baby.
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  • In the same way, God's not upset because we start out
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  • in the give me stage.
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  • If you think about it, many of us get saved
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  • out of selfishness, and I want you to think about it.
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  • We get saved because we don't want to go to hell.
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  • We get saved because we want God to clean up the mess
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  • that we've made.
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  • We get saved, many times, out of a give me mentality.
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  • In other words, many times we don't get saved,
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  • people don't give their lives to Jesus so they can do
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  • something for God, it's so God can do something for us. Right?
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  • And again, I'm trying to tell you, God's not upset about this.
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  • He understands. He does want us to grow up.
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  • Paul had to address this to the church in Corinth
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  • and say you're still babies, and by now,
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  • you ought to be teachers. You ought to grow up.
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  • You do need to grow up, but we start with the give me stage.
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  • Okay, same with marriages.
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  • Marriages start in the give me stage.
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  • The husband wants the wife to meet his needs,
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  • and the wife wants the husband to meet her needs.
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  • Now, there are some needs that God has designed
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  • a husband can meet in a wife, some needs that God
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  • has designed that a wife can meet in a husband,
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  • but you have to understand, there are some needs
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  • that only God can meet.
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  • And if you're looking for your spouse to meet
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  • the needs that only God can meet,
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  • you're going to be disappointed.
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  • This give me spirit, you can see it
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  • throughout the Scriptures.
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  • Let me show you another famous give me
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  • in one of the disciples that you know about,
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  • the one who betrayed Jesus.
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  • Matthew 26:14-15, Then one of the twelve,
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  • called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,
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  • What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?
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  • And they counted to him thirty pieces of silver.
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  • Give me, that's where we all start.
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  • You know, Debbie and I have grandchildren,
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  • and we love our grandchildren.
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  • Our grandchildren are obviously wonderful.
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  • They're maturing, they're growing,
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  • but they're still children, so they're in the give me stage.
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  • We love to do things with our grandchildren,
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  • but here's what I've noticed about my grandchildren --
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  • we never get to do what I want to do.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • We always do what they want to do.
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  • They never say to me, Pap-Paw, you're such a good Pap-Paw.
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  • What would you like to do today?
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  • So, that's the first stage, Give me.
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  • Here's the second stage, Use me.
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  • Use me. Now, I'm gonna shock you.
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  • There is a use me" that is pure
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  • and from a mature standpoint, and we're going to get to that,
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  • but I'm gonna phrase it a little differently than this.
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  • But, the second stage we move into is use me,
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  • and it's not a good use me. It's use me so I can be seen,
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  • or significant, or feel important.
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  • This is the next stage that every Christian goes through --
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  • Give me, and then, Use me.
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  • It's, we talked about a few weeks ago,
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  • fame, how fame entered in after the fall.
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  • It's that wanting to be significant, wanting to be seen.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • We say give me because of selfishness.
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  • We say use me because of selfish ambition.
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  • Philippians 2:3 says, Let nothing be done
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  • through selfish ambition or conceit,
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  • but in lowliness of mind let each esteem
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  • others better than himself.
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  • Now, I'd underlined selfish ambition.
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  • Here's the reason I underlined it.
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  • That's two words to us in the English.
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  • In the Greek, it's one word. It's only one word.
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  • It's in the New Testament seven times.
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  • Sometimes it says self-seeking.
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  • James 3:14 says about self-seeking.
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  • Okay, but here's the point I want you to notice.
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  • When the Bible talks about ambition,
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  • it puts the word selfish as a part of it.
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  • Now, please hear me, because people say,
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  • Well, isn't there a good ambition?
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  • Listen -- not according to the Bible,
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  • because here's why.
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  • The definition of ambition is self-seeking self-promoting.
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  • So you say, Well, wait a minute,
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  • what about someone who has drive?
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  • That's great.
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  • That's great if they have drive, but why?
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  • See, when I'm looking at training young men
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  • and young women in the gospel and in ministry,
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  • I literally am trying to beat selfish ambition out of them,
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  • because I know it's there. Every person's born with it.
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  • And, that's where we move into.
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  • We move into this give me stage,
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  • and then we move into this use me stage.
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  • Let me show you a verse.
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  • This is talking about Simon the magician.
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  • He sees the laying on of hands and the giving
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  • of the Holy Spirit from Peter and John,
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  • and then this is what he says to them, Acts 8:19.
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  • Saying, Give me, give me, this power also,
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  • that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.
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  • In other words, give me something
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  • so I can feel significant, so I can have power.
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  • Okay, let me relate this again to a marriage.
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  • In a marriage, we start out like,
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  • give me something so I'll feel good about myself
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  • or so I'll be happy, and then we move into,
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  • you're not meeting my needs, you're not making me happy,
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  • so I need to do something to make me happy.
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  • Now, think about this.
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  • Now, I've done a lot of marriage counseling.
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  • Most of the marriage counseling fits around
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  • "he's not meeting my needs," or "she's not meeting my needs."
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  • That's the give me phase.
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  • But then, the next step they move into is, okay,
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  • I've realized I'm not going to get happiness
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  • out of this person, which I thought I would,
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  • so now I need to do something to be happy.
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  • This is normally when divorce occurs.
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  • A person begins to try to do something to get happiness,
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  • and happiness does not come from something,
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  • it comes from someone only. His name is Jesus.
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  • Okay, so in the Prodigal Son's life,
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  • this is when he left, to do something
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  • that would make him happy.
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  • Luke 15:13, And not many days after,
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  • the younger son gathered all together,
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  • journeyed to a far country,
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  • and there wasted his possessions with prodigal,
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  • or sexual immoral, living. That's what that means,
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  • sexually immoral.
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  • Okay, so he decides to do something to make him happy.
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  • How many times have we seen people go through this stage?
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  • Many times it happens at about 10 years in a marriage,
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  • just to say that.
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  • I'm not trying to scare anyone, I'm simply saying
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  • you need to press into God.
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  • Normally, I've watched around 10 years in the marriage,
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  • and then sometimes at 20 and 30 as well,
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  • all of the sudden they get tired of,
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  • this person's not meeting my needs,
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  • so I'm going to try to find my needs met somewhere else.
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  • Now, we're talking about the family,
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  • so let me say something about marriage.
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  • I like to say things that shock you.
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  • One is, it causes you to think.
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  • Secondly, it's just fun, okay?
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  • [Laughter]
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  • But, God did not create marriage to make you happy.
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  • Some of you are thinking, It's working!
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  • [Laughter] Okay.
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  • Here's why God created marriage.
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  • God created marriage...ready?
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  • Here's another shock -- to kill you.
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  • Some of you are thinking, It's working!
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  • It's a slow death, but it's working! Okay.
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  • In essence, yes, He created marriage to make you happy, yes.
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  • But, He knows that the only way that you'll ever be happy
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  • is if you die to self.
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  • So, He created marriage to kill you.
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  • Think about it.
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  • God creates Adam, and He thinks, Okay, the only way
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  • he'll ever be happy is if he's not selfish,
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  • if he dies to self.
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  • So, what can We do to get him to die to self? Oh, I know!
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  • Let's make him live with someone.
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  • And let's make her...listen,
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  • I love this phrase, the opposite sex.
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  • Yeah, let's have him live with someone who's opposite of him.
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  • That'll drive him crazy.
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  • And then, she needs to die to self, too.
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  • So, if living with the man doesn't kill her,
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  • let's give both of them children.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • That will for sure kill them!
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  • So, we go from the give me to the use me stage.
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  • Here's the third stage, Search me.
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  • Now we're beginning to move into maturity --
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  • Search me.
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  • In Luke 15, in the Prodigal Son's life,
  • 00:11:41.230 --> 00:11:44.080
  • the change came, Verse 17. But when he came to himself.
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  • Let me say it another way --
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  • when he began to search his own heart,
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  • when he began to search himself.
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  • This is the way the psalmist says it, Psalm 139:23-24.
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  • Search me, O God, this is probably a Scripture
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  • you've memorized or heard at some point.
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  • Search me, O God, and know my heart.
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  • Try me, and know my thoughts, and see if there be
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  • any wicked way in me.
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  • This is when we stop focusing on someone else meeting our needs,
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  • or what's wrong with our spouse, and we start focusing on
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  • what's wrong with us.
  • 00:12:23.010 --> 00:12:25.060
  • You know, it's amazing when I talk about blessed families
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  • or blessed marriages, here's what many of us are doing.
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  • We're thinking, Way to go, Pastor, fix him.
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  • I'm glad you're gonna preach on family and marriage,
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  • cause she needs it.
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  • Can I just say something' real straightforwardly to you?
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  • You're an immature believer.
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  • You're immature, because the maturation process
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  • is that you stop focusing on give me and use me
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  • so I'll have focus and attention to me, to search me.
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  • I don't want to anymore search and see what I can find out
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  • what's wrong with him, I want to find out
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  • what's wrong with me.
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  • If you really want a blessed marriage
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  • and a blessed family, fix yourself.
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  • Work on yourself.
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  • Quit trying to work on the other one.
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  • Let God take care of that one.
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  • Fix yourself.
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  • And so, this process is when we begin searching.
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  • I want you to think about this.
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  • I remember one time saying to the Lord...
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  • He was getting on to me about an attitude.
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  • And I said, Yeah, but did You see what she did?
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  • And He said to me, No, I was just looking at you.
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  • And He gave me this little vision that I've never shared
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  • with the church, and I want to share it with you.
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  • I want you to think about if God had a tube,
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  • and He put that tube over you, and He was watching you
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  • from heaven, everywhere you went, everything you did.
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  • And then He sees you throw a fit, and He says,
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  • Hey, hey, hey, that's not right!
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  • And we say, Yeah, but God, did You?
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  • No, I'm not looking at her right now.
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  • I'm looking at you.
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  • See, I'm not responsible for anyone else's actions.
  • 00:14:17.210 --> 00:14:22.080
  • I'm only responsible for my actions and my reactions.
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  • By the way, God could have put that tube over His Son,
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  • and every action and every reaction was perfect.
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  • Even when they nailed Him to the cross,
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  • here's what God saw.
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  • God saw His Son say, Father, will You forgive them?
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  • They don't know what they're doing.
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  • See, this is a sign of maturity, when we stop telling God,
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:06.210
  • Look what they did to me, and we start saying,
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  • God, search my heart. Search me, try me.
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  • Search, search, that word, search.
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  • I got to thinking about that word, search.
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  • Our son, James, when he was about two and three years old,
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:25.290
  • went through this little phase of hiding,
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  • and we would have to search for him,
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  • and I mean search for him.
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  • And, he was really good at hiding.
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  • You know how a child will hide, and you can go in a room...
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  • first of all, they hide and you can still see them, you know?
  • 00:15:41.250 --> 00:15:44.110
  • But they don't think you can see their legs sticking out
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  • from under the bed, but you know,
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  • and then they get a little smarter and realize you can see.
  • 00:15:50.050 --> 00:15:52.050
  • Okay, but you can go in a room and you can say, like,
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  • Is James in this room?
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  • You know, and you hear this, He-he-he-he,
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  • and so you know he's there, you know?
  • 00:15:59.180 --> 00:16:01.060
  • Okay, he never "he-he-he'd"...never.
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  • And, he was quiet.
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:06.070
  • I mean, it was just crazy, you know?
  • 00:16:06.100 --> 00:16:09.050
  • And he would hide and, I mean, it scared us.
  • 00:16:09.080 --> 00:16:12.280
  • And literally, I'd go in rooms and say, James,
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  • I'm not playing anymore.
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  • And if you don't come out right now,
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  • I am going to spank you. You understand?
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  • Right now, come out! He wouldn't come out.
  • 00:16:25.150 --> 00:16:28.090
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:29.180
  • But my point is, I thought about this word, search,
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  • and I thought, we used to have to search diligently.
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  • Think about if you lost a child in a mall or something.
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  • Some of you men have done it, but your wives
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:40.190
  • don't know that yet, but... [Laughter]
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:44.270
  • And you just, you frantically search.
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  • Okay, here's my question.
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  • How diligently are you searching your own heart?
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  • Cause that's what David said - Search me, search my heart,
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  • try my faults, and see if there's any wicked way.
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  • This is a sign of maturity.
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  • Here's the fourth stage, is Make me. Make me.
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  • See, we start with give me, we move to use me,
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  • but it's for the wrong reason.
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  • We then start saying, God, search me,
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  • I really want to have purity on the inside.
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  • And then, we move to make me, and let me just fill
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  • in the blank here, a vessel fit for the Master's use.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • Make me a servant, to my spouse, to my family,
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  • to the church, to You, Lord.
  • 00:17:37.240 --> 00:17:39.190
  • Let me show it to you in the Prodigal Son's life, Luke 15:19.
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  • I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
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  • Make me... there they are, those two words.
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  • Make me like one of your hired servants.
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  • Now, you know what I actually think he's saying?
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  • I think he's actually saying, I know I'm your son,
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  • but make me a servant.
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  • I never had a servant's heart
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  • or a servant's attitude. Make me.
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  • Now, when we talk about the Prodigal Son,
  • 00:18:06.210 --> 00:18:10.000
  • sometimes we could have the tendency to say,
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  • Well, that really doesn't relate to me.
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  • I've never gone into sin like that.
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  • Remember that this father had two sons,
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  • and did you know that the same attitude
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  • that was in the younger son was in the older son?
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  • He just didn't leave home.
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  • You remember where the younger son started,
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  • Give me the portion of goods that falls to me?
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  • Give me, we all start with give me?
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  • That's the very first stage?
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  • Watch what the older son...remember,
  • 00:18:43.220 --> 00:18:45.250
  • the younger son comes home, the dad throws the party
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  • and the older son won't go in?
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  • Watch what the older son said.
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  • Luke 15:29, So he answered and said to his father,
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:56.070
  • 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you;
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  • I never transgressed your commandment at any time,
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  • and yet you never gave me.'
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  • He's still in the give me stage.
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  • You never even gave me a young goat
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  • that I might make merry with my friends.
  • 00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:15.130
  • By the way, the father's response,
  • 00:19:15.160 --> 00:19:17.120
  • Verse 31, And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me,
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  • and all that I have is yours.
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  • Can I tell you the answer to the maturing process
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  • and that give me attitude that we all have?
  • 00:19:33.050 --> 00:19:36.000
  • God is trying to tell us,Listen, it's not what
  • 00:19:36.030 --> 00:19:39.130
  • I can give you, it's that you can be with Me.
  • 00:19:39.160 --> 00:19:44.220
  • And when you're with Me, everything I have is yours.
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  • It's not even that I need to give you something
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  • to make you happy anymore.
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  • You're happy because you're with Me.
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:57.020
  • But when you're with Me, everything I have is yours.
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  • You get it all when you're with Me.
  • 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:03.190
  • I was thinking about this series, Blessed Families,
  • 00:20:03.220 --> 00:20:07.120
  • and I want to just remind you that
  • 00:20:07.150 --> 00:20:09.100
  • the word blessed means happy.
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:12.040
  • The word blessed, there's a Hebrew word
  • 00:20:12.070 --> 00:20:13.260
  • for blessed and a Greek word.
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:15.060
  • The Greek word is makarios, and it means happy.
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:19.170
  • If you go to the Beatitudes, and Blessed are the poor
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:22.150
  • in spirit, blessed are you when you are persecuted
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  • for My name's sake, all of the blessed,
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  • Blessed are those who seek God, all of that.
  • 00:20:27.110 --> 00:20:28.290
  • Okay, listen. Well, it means happy.
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:31.200
  • Happy -- so when we talk about being blessed,
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:33.130
  • we're not talking about financial blessings
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:35.140
  • or anything like that.
  • 00:20:35.170 --> 00:20:36.200
  • I'm talking about happy, just being happy,
  • 00:20:36.230 --> 00:20:38.110
  • being happy, joyful -- happy.
  • 00:20:38.140 --> 00:20:42.060
  • Some people, I feel, actually feel guilty
  • 00:20:42.090 --> 00:20:49.010
  • when God starts blessing them, because they've come
  • 00:20:49.040 --> 00:20:52.210
  • from such a brokenness that they don't feel worthy.
  • 00:20:52.240 --> 00:20:57.020
  • Well, you need to know, first of all, you're not worthy,
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:21:01.230
  • but you believed in Jesus, who is worthy.
  • 00:21:01.260 --> 00:21:04.180
  • And the Father wants to bless you,
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:08.030
  • just like you want to bless your kids, same way.
  • 00:21:08.060 --> 00:21:12.090
  • The blessing really doesn't have anything to do
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:14.030
  • with you or your performance, it has to do with Him
  • 00:21:14.060 --> 00:21:15.190
  • and who He is, His nature and character.
  • 00:21:15.220 --> 00:21:18.230
  • But I got to thinking about this blessed
  • 00:21:18.260 --> 00:21:21.020
  • and the word makarios, and I want to just share
  • 00:21:21.050 --> 00:21:23.140
  • in closing a phenomenal, phenomenal testimony.
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:28.140
  • I mentioned Pastor Jack Hayford a moment ago.
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  • About seven or eight years ago, Pastor Jack was walking.
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:35.170
  • He walks around in his neighborhood in the mornings
  • 00:21:35.200 --> 00:21:38.060
  • or the evenings for exercise and to pray and things.
  • 00:21:38.090 --> 00:21:40.210
  • And he was walking, and he just had this thought --
  • 00:21:40.240 --> 00:21:44.090
  • just, a thought came in his mind.
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:46.290
  • You know, years ago he'd had a golden lab,
  • 00:21:47.020 --> 00:21:51.120
  • and he just thought, I'd kind of like a golden lab
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  • again to walk around the block with me.
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  • Had that thought.
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  • And then went right on, never thought about it,
  • 00:22:00.030 --> 00:22:02.140
  • didn't think about it for more than that one statement.
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  • A few days later, this is when his first wife, Anna,
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:08.270
  • was still alive, they were driving to a vacation home
  • 00:22:09.000 --> 00:22:12.010
  • they have out in the country. They came up over a hill.
  • 00:22:12.040 --> 00:22:15.010
  • There was a car parked on the side of the road.
  • 00:22:15.040 --> 00:22:17.120
  • They could see a man saying to a dog, Stay,
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  • and then he got in his car and drove off.
  • 00:22:21.260 --> 00:22:24.260
  • And they thought, I think that man's abandoning that dog.
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:28.170
  • And they drove up, the dog was just sitting there,
  • 00:22:28.200 --> 00:22:31.020
  • and another car was coming the other way,
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  • and the lady stopped and said, Did you all see that?
  • 00:22:33.160 --> 00:22:36.060
  • It looks like that man abandoned that dog.
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  • And they said, We did.
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:39.270
  • And they said, We have a home nearby,
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  • and so, we'll take him and call the vet,
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  • call the shelter, see if someone's missing him.
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:46.020
  • Maybe give the guy the benefit of the doubt.
  • 00:22:46.050 --> 00:22:48.140
  • Maybe he had found the dog himself and thought, no,
  • 00:22:48.170 --> 00:22:51.260
  • the dog needs to go home, and this is where I found him,
  • 00:22:51.290 --> 00:22:54.090
  • and you know, he'll go back home, you know,
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.040
  • or something. I don't know.
  • 00:22:56.070 --> 00:22:57.080
  • So, Jack went over to get him, and he was just...
  • 00:22:57.110 --> 00:22:59.190
  • you know, you can see it in your mind.
  • 00:22:59.220 --> 00:23:00.280
  • He's just wagging' his tail, and big smile on his face.
  • 00:23:01.010 --> 00:23:04.120
  • And so, he named him Mak, short for makarios,
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:10.220
  • which means happy.
  • 00:23:10.250 --> 00:23:11.290
  • And so, he gets this dog, puts him in the back seat,
  • 00:23:12.020 --> 00:23:14.180
  • takes him to the vet, says, Hey, has anyone filed
  • 00:23:14.210 --> 00:23:18.060
  • for a lost dog, or asked? No.
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  • They called the shelters.
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:21.260
  • They check him out when he's there and he said,
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  • He's already had his shots.
  • 00:23:25.020 --> 00:23:27.160
  • You know, the dog is in very good health.
  • 00:23:27.190 --> 00:23:29.170
  • He's one to two years old. It's just perfect,
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:32.170
  • because he's out of that puppy stage where he chews
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:34.240
  • through everything.
  • 00:23:34.270 --> 00:23:36.010
  • And a few weeks went by, and no one called.
  • 00:23:36.040 --> 00:23:38.200
  • And so, they thought, Well, this is just a gift
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:41.110
  • from the Lord, you know?
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  • And so, then he's walking again one day
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  • and he's got the dog beside him, and he came to that same place,
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  • and he remembered that just a few weeks earlier
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  • he'd had that thought, I'd like a golden lab to walk with me,
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  • and now, here's the dog, you know?
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  • And then, he had this thought.
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  • Why would I think that God would arrange
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  • all of those details just because I had the thought
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  • that I wanted a dog?
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  • And he said, As soon as I thought it, he said,
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  • the Lord spoke to me and said, Why wouldn't I arrange
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  • all of those details?
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  • Why wouldn't I, to bless you?
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  • Here's what I want to say to you.
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  • Quit thinking, Why would God want to bless me?
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  • Start thinking, Why wouldn't God?
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  • The God that sent His own Son to die for you
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  • and to purchase your salvation, why wouldn't He want you
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  • to have a blessed family?
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  • ROBERT: Like, I can't even tell you how many times
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  • I go through that cycle where I start out saying,
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  • God, give me, but I end up saying,
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  • God, make me into Your servant.
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  • Make me a person that You can use.
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  • And I pray that you pray that as well today,
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  • and I also pray that God uses our families
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  • to be a blessing to every family that we meet.
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  • Thanks so much for watching.
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  • We're going to continue this series next time.
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  • Every family is different with their own personalities
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  • and struggles and destinies, but what's the secret
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  • to having a truly happy home life?
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  • In the five-part series, Blessed Families,
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  • Pastor Robert talks about God's design of how to live
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  • in His blessing for your family.
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  • You will learn how to live in a blessed family,
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  • and how to experience all that God has planned
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  • for your marriage and your children.
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  • You'll also discover the life transforming benefits
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  • of being adopted into a new spiritual family
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  • through what Jesus has done for you.
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  • In this book, Pastor Robert and Debbie share principles
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  • that they have learned and lived in order to build
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