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November 22, 2020
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While he worked in the palace; Joseph walked in true prosperity. In “The Palace Test;” Pastor Robert uncovers the principles of stewardship that lead to God-given success.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS:Well, the key to prospering
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  • is the presence of the Lord.And let me tell you why.
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  • Because God never fails.
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  • God's never failedin anything He's done.
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  • So if we walk withthe presence of the Lord,
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  • if we walk with God,we're gonna prosper
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  • because God'sgonna prosper.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: All right.We're continuing our series,
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  • "From Dream to Destiny".I want you to turn
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  • to two passagesof Scripture:
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  • Genesis 39, --open your Bibles --
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  • and then put amarker at Hebrews 3.
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  • And later in the message,we'll turn over to Hebrews 3.
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  • So, Genesis 39, Hebrews 3.
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  • So, this week isthe palace test.
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  • Pride test, pittest, palace test.
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  • By the way, the nextweek is the purity test,
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  • then the prison test.
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  • Yes, they all begin withP because I am gifted.
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  • So...[Laughter]
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  • this isthe palace test.
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  • Genesis 39:1."Now Joseph had been taken
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  • down to Egypt and Potiphar,an officer of Pharaoh..."
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  • They both beginwith P, by the way,
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  • "Captain of the guard,an Egyptian, bought him
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  • from the Ishmaelites."Now, we know
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  • they were Midianite traders.Midian was the region
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  • they were from, Ishmael wasthe descendant they were from.
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  • "From the Ishmaelites whohad taken him down there."
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  • Now watch versetwo carefully.
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  • "The Lord was with Joseph,and he was a successful man."
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  • I hope you see the connectionbetween those two phrases.
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  • The Lord was with him andhe was a successful man.
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  • "And he was in the houseof his master, the Egyptian.
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  • And his master saw thatthe Lord was with him."
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  • Remember.His master was an unbeliever.
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  • "Saw that the Lord was withhim and that the Lord
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  • made all he did toprosper in his hand.
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  • So Joseph found favor inhis sight and served him.
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  • Then he made himoverseer of his house,
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  • and all that he had heput under his authority.
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  • So it was from the timethat he made him overseer
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  • of his house and all thathe had that the Lord blessed
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  • the Egyptian's housefor Joseph's sake.
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  • And the blessing of theLord was on all that he had
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  • in the houseand in the field.
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  • Thus he left all thathe had in Joseph's hand
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  • and he did notknow what he had
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  • except for thebread which he ate.
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  • Now, Joseph was handsomein form and appearance."
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  • I liken myself toJoseph in the Bible.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I think the reason itsays that last phrase
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  • is because it's about togo into the purity test,
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  • how Potiphar's wifepursued Joseph.
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  • So it's telling us hewas a handsome person.
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  • And so next week, by theway, is the purity test.
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  • You don't wanna miss that.All right.
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  • Here's what thistalks about.
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  • It's an amazing statement.
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  • By the way, he's inPotiphar's house
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  • and Potiphar makeshim second in command.
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  • And he just giveshim everything.
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  • He says, "Just runthe whole thing."
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  • And then he windsup in prison.
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  • The keeper of the prisondoes the same thing.
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  • By the way, then he windsup back in the palace
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  • with Pharaoh and Pharaohdoes the same thing.
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  • But look down at theend of that chapter --
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  • chapter 39 verse 23.This is when he was in prison.
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  • It says, "The keeper ofthe prison did not look
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  • into anything that wasunder Joseph's authority
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  • because the Lordwas with him.
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  • And whatever he did,the Lord made it prosper."
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  • I have a very simplequestion for you.
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  • Would that beokay with you?
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  • Whatever you do, theLord makes it prosper.
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  • Well, I feel like the Lordhas given me four simple keys
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  • to being successful,to being prosperous,
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  • to being promoted ineverything that we do:
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  • our job, our health,our finances, our family,
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  • our marriage, to beingsuccessful in whatever
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  • that God's called us to.Whatever we put our hand to.
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  • So, here are thefour keys, all right?
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  • Here's number one.
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  • I want you towrite these down.
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  • Number one.The key to prospering
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  • is the presenceof the Lord.
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  • The key to prospering isthe presence of the Lord.
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  • Write that down.It's very important.
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  • And notice how many times itsaid the Lord was with him
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  • so he prospered.Now, the first thing
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  • we need to talk about hereis that the word prosperity
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  • is not a bad word.
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  • I know that there is ahyper prosperity teaching
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  • and I do not agree with it.I know that it's wrong.
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  • I know you cannotsupport it by Scripture.
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  • I understand that.But the problem is
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  • that the rest of us nowhave heard the hyper teaching
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  • and we've even pulled backfrom the Biblical understanding
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  • of the word prospering.
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  • God wants to prosper you,to make you successful
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  • in your life,in your marriage,
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  • in your family,in your health,
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  • in your job, in yourcareer, in your finances.
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  • He wants to prosper youso you can prosper others.
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  • He wants to blessyou so you can be
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  • a blessing toother people.
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  • And prosperity isnot a bad word.
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  • It's all through Scripture.
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  • As a matter of fact,the word prosperity
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  • in the Hebrew meansto push forward.
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  • It literally meansto push forward.
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  • It's used one time -- 63times in the Old Testament.
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  • One of the times,it's when Samson --
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  • when the Spirit ofthe Lord came on Samson
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  • and he defeated his enemies.In other words,
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  • God came on Samsonand pushed him forward.
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  • Now again, I wanna ask you.
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  • Would that be allright with you?
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  • Would it be all right if,in your job, in your career,
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  • in your family, God was alwaysthe -- Lord -- God -- God.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Just pushing you forward.
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  • Well, the key to prosperingis the presence of the Lord.
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  • And let me tell you why.Because God never fails.
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  • God's never failed inanything He's done.
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  • So, if we walk with thepresence of the Lord,
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  • if we walk with God,we're gonna prosper
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  • because God'sgonna prosper.
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  • Find out what God'sdoing and get in on it.
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  • Wherever God's going --and here's the problem.
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  • People go out from thepresence of the Lord.
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  • You know, it's not thatGod removes His presence.
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  • It's that we walkaway from the Lord.
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  • It says -- the biblesays that Cain went out
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  • from the presenceof the Lord.
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  • God came to Adam, gavehim a chance to repent.
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  • He came to Eve, gaveher a chance to repent.
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  • He came to Cain and gavehim a chance to repent
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  • and Cain wouldnot repent.
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  • And so Cain went out fromthe presence of the Lord
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  • because God waswalking one way
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  • and Cain decided towalk another way.
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  • When you walk with God,you're successful.
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  • When you don't walk withGod, you're not successful.
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  • So, let me show you a fewScriptures you can study
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  • right there Genesis 39.Genesis 26:12-13.
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  • "Then Isaac sowed inthat land and reaped
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  • in the same yeara hundred fold.
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  • And the Lord blessed him."Now, watch and see if God
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  • shies away from youseeing the word prosperity
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  • just because of the hyperprosperity teachers.
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  • Verse 13."The man began to prosper
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  • and continued prospering untilit became very prosperous."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • It looks likeit's in the Bible.
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  • Deuteronomy 29:9."Therefore, keep the words
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  • of this covenant and dothem that you may prosper
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  • in all that you do."2 Kings 18:7.
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  • "The Lord was with him.He prospered wherever he went."
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  • And 3 John 2 says,"Beloved, I pray that you
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  • may prosper in all thingsand be in health
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  • just as your soul prospers."I want you to know
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  • that God would like to pushyou forward in your career,
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  • push you forwardin your family,
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  • push you forward in allthat you put your hand to.
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  • But the key to prosperingis the presence of the Lord.
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  • Even an unbeliever,Potiphar, recognized
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  • that the Lord was withJoseph and that his house,
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  • Potiphar's house, was blessedbecause the Lord was with him.
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  • Here's a good question.Does your employer --
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  • whether he's a believeror an unbeliever.
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  • Does your employer believethat he's being blessed
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  • because you workfor his company?
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  • That's what happenedwith Joseph.
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  • So, the key to prosperingis the presence of the Lord.
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  • So, you might say,"Well, what's the key
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  • to the presenceof the Lord then?
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  • If that's it,I wanna prosper.
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  • So, what's the key tothe presence of the Lord?"
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  • Well, I'm ahead of you.
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  • I've got it all figuredout here, all right?
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  • The key to the presence --here's number two.
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  • The key to the presenceof the Lord is obedience.
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  • The key to the presenceof the Lord is obedience.
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  • Let me read yousome Scriptures.
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  • 2 Chronicles 17:3."Now the Lord was
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  • with Jehoshaphat because..."Here's why He was with him.
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  • "Because he walkedin the former ways
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  • of his father David.He did not seek the Baals."
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  • In other words,because he obeyed.
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  • He walked in obedience.
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  • 1 Samuel 18:14."And David behaved..."
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  • We could stop right there.
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  • And David behavedwisely in all his ways,
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  • and the Lord was with him."Now, we know that David
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  • didn't do everything right.
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  • We know that.It's in the Bible.
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  • But when he did messup, he repented.
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  • He came back to the Lord.He humbled himself.
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  • When his -- when the prophetcame to him, he humbled himself
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  • and he came back.1 Samuel 18:12.
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  • "Now, Saul was afraid ofDavid because the Lord
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  • was with him but haddeparted from Saul."
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  • Here's a very, verysimple couple of questions.
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  • Why was the Lord with David?Because he obeyed.
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  • And why had the Lorddeparted from Saul?
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  • Because he disobeyed.Let me show you
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  • another Scripture.Deuteronomy 11:26-28.
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  • "Behold, I set before youtoday a blessing and a curse".
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  • Now, here's God saying,"I'mma let you choose."
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  • "A blessing and acurse: the blessing,
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  • if you obey the commandmentsof the Lord your God
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  • which I command you today;and the curse, if you do not
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  • obey the commandmentsof the Lord your God".
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  • Listen to me carefully.This is not a works doctrine.
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  • We are saved bygrace through faith.
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  • We go to Heaven by grace.
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  • But if you wannasucceed on this Earth,
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  • you're gonna have to obey.
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  • If you obey and walk with God,you will walk in success.
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  • Doesn't mean everything'llgo right for you.
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  • Doesn't mean you'llnever go through a storm.
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  • But it means Godwill take you
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  • through thosestorms successfully.
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  • Let me read youanother Scripture.
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  • Job 36:11-12.
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  • "If they obeyand serve Him,"
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  • God.Capital H.
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  • "They shall spend theirdays in prosperity,
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  • and their yearsin pleasures.
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  • But if they do not obey, theyshall perish by the sword,
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  • and they shall diewithout knowledge."
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  • Proverbs 28:13."He who covers his sins",
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  • in other words,walks in disobedience,
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  • "will not prosper,but whoever confesses
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  • and forsakes them",turns from them,
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  • "will have mercy."
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  • You know that Ibelieve in grace.
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  • I believe sostrongly in grace --
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  • that we're saved by grace.
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  • If it's based on works,you've already lost it.
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  • You're already in trouble.
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  • Let me just assureyou of that.
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  • Grace is a gift.
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  • If it's a gift,it can't be earned.
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  • I believe in grace.
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  • But I also believein obedience.
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  • And I have seen that whenI walk with God in obedience,
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  • I'm blessed.
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  • Everything I put myhand to is blessed.
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  • And when I walk away fromGod, there's a curse.
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  • Now listen to me.It's not God cursing me.
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  • It's like -- we live in acursed -- it's not like.
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  • We live in a cursed word.We live in a cursed world.
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  • It's like -- this is whatI was gonna say -- we--
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  • there's a hailstormgoing on around us
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  • with huge chunks ofhail about that big
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  • falling allover the place.
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  • And there is thissteel umbrella over God
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  • and whoever walks with Him.
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  • So, we walk with Godand this thing protects us.
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  • We are protected andblessed and covered.
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  • But when we chooseto walk away from God,
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  • we choose to walk outthere in this hailstorm
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  • and hope we candodge them.
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  • But we're not gonnabe able to dodge them.
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  • So, the key to prosperingis the presence of the Lord.
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  • The key to the presenceof the Lord is obedience.
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  • Now, here's what someof you are thinking.
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  • "Well, I just don't obey.I'd like to obey,
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  • but I just don't obey.And I just don't --
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  • I just -- so, PastorRobert, I'm gonna need
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  • the key to obedience."I got that covered.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • The key to obedience --here's point number three.
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  • The key toobedience is faith.
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  • The key toobedience is faith.
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  • Do you know whya farmer plants?
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  • Because he believes thathe's gonna receive a reward.
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  • Listen.Many of us have more faith
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  • in the hot water heater...[Laughter]
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  • than we do in God.'Cause what happens?
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  • When you turn the hot waterfaucet on, it's not hot.
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  • It's cold.And we just stand there.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Waiting.Right?
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  • I lived in one house.
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  • The house I lived in beforeI live in now,
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  • they located the hot water
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  • three houses down --the hot water heater.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I could turn the hot wateron and go write a sermon
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  • and come back.[Laughter]
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  • Still not be hot.But what do --
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  • we just stand.You know why?
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  • We know.We know we turn that faucet on,
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  • it may feel cold,it's gonna get hot.
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  • Listen to me.You turn the faucet
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  • of obedience on,it may feel cold.
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  • It's gonna get hot.It's going to.
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  • Because you just --you gotta believe.
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  • And here's the problem.
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  • We don't believe that thereare rewards if we obey
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  • and there areconsequences if we disobey.
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  • If we believedthat, we would obey.
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  • But many times, we feellike we can disobey
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  • and get away with it.You don't get away with it.
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  • The reason children obeyis because they believe
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  • they'll be rewardedif they obey.
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  • And they believethey'll be --
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  • they'll sufferconsequences if they don't.
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  • Ephesians 6:1-3."Children obey your parents
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  • in the Lord forthis is right.
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  • Honor your father and mother,which is the first commandment,
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  • with promise"or with a reward
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  • "that it may be well withyou and that you may live
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  • long on the Earth."
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  • I've asked people before andsomehow they forget part of it.
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  • I'll say, "What's the --what's the promise
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  • if you obey or honoryour mother and father?"
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  • They said, "That youmay live long."
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  • That's only part of it.
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  • The promise is that thingsmay go well with you.
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  • And I don't even knowif you wanna live long
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  • if things aren't going well.That things may go well.
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  • There's a reward.And if children believe
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  • that they'll berewarded if they obey,
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  • and if they believethere are consequences --
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  • and Proverbs tells us thoseconsequences are spankings.
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  • If they believe thatif they disobey
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  • there's a consequence,they will obey.
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  • We had these people in ourhome one time and they're --
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  • they had a 2-year old son andhe was tearing our house up.
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  • He's just running all overthe place doing stuff
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  • and they're justsitting there talking.
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  • How many of you have ever --have you ever been around
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  • parents like that?Doesn't that bother you?
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  • I mean, they wereacting like it's --
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  • they're justoblivious to this.
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  • And I'm -- we're watchingthis child tear up our house.
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  • And so, I said to them,"Excuse me just a moment.
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  • Do you know that your sonis tearing up our house?"
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  • [Laughter]
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  • And they said,"Well, boys will be boys."
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  • And I said, "Not in my house."And so, I said to them --
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  • I didn't think they were gonnarespond the way they did
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  • but I said to them, "If youdon't spank him, I will."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • And they said,"Be our guest."
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  • [Laughter]So...
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  • [Laughter]
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  • In a moment -- rightafter they said that,
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  • this kid comesover beside me.
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  • We had one ofthese plants there.
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  • I think it's calledthe banana plant
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  • with these bigleaves, you know.
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  • He starts stripping theleaves off of our plant.
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  • And he's right beside me.
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  • And I said to him, "Hey."I said, "Look at me, son."
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  • I said, "If you pull onemore leaf off of that plant,
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  • I'm going to spank you."Just like that.
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  • He looked at me for a minute,then he went like this.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Now, the great thingwas to get the leaf
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  • all the way off,he had to bend down.
  • 00:17:53.888 --> 00:17:55.790
  • [Laughter]
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  • It was a perfect target.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, I popped himjust like that.
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  • And he was shocked.He -- like that.
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  • And he just turn around,walked out of the room
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  • just like that.
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  • About a week later, theycame back over to our home.
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  • The first thing he did --we opened the front door.
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  • He walked right pasteverybody, he walked over
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  • to that plant, and hesaid, "Robert spank."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • He obeyed in our house.You wanna know why?
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  • 'Cause he believed.[Laughter]
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  • I helped him believe.[Laughter]
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  • I built faith in thatyoung man's life.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I also said to him --because I believe
  • 00:18:41.636 --> 00:18:43.337
  • not only consequences.I believe in rewards.
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  • God is a rewarder.I did this with our children.
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  • I said to him, "If you'llobey when you're here,
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  • I'll give you $1."And every time he'd come
  • 00:18:50.678 --> 00:18:54.248
  • and he would obey,I would give him $1.
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  • And I believe that God -- thereare not only consequences.
  • 00:18:56.751 --> 00:18:59.153
  • I believe there are rewards.Listen to me.
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  • If you believe thatif you worked hard
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  • for your employer eventhough he was an unbeliever
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  • that God would reward you,you'd be a good worker.
  • 00:19:09.230 --> 00:19:12.867
  • You know, there are a lot ofpeople that say, "You know,
  • 00:19:12.967 --> 00:19:14.602
  • when I get a better job andI work for a better person,
  • 00:19:14.702 --> 00:19:17.738
  • I'll work hard."You're not gonna
  • 00:19:17.838 --> 00:19:19.073
  • get a better job.
  • 00:19:19.173 --> 00:19:22.577
  • Because if you're notfaithful where you are,
  • 00:19:22.677 --> 00:19:25.146
  • why would Godgive you more?
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  • Let me read you anotherScripture on this.
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  • Colossians 3:22-25."Bondservants, obey -
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  • obey in all things yourmasters according to the flesh,
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  • not with eyeservice,as men-pleasers,
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  • but in sincerity ofheart, fearing God.
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  • And whatever you do, do itheartily, as to the Lord
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  • and not to men,knowing that from the Lord
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  • you will receive thereward of the inheritance;
  • 00:19:55.743 --> 00:19:58.913
  • for you servethe Lord Christ.
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  • But he who does wrong will berepaid for what he has done,
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  • and there is no partiality."Now, turn to Hebrews 3.
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  • I'm taking a littlemore time on this point
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  • because I thinkit's so important.
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  • Because all ofus want to obey.
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  • We want to dothe right thing.
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  • But how do you obey?
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  • Well, you obeyif you have faith.
  • 00:20:18.266 --> 00:20:20.001
  • So, in Hebrews 3, whenI saw this Scripture,
  • 00:20:20.101 --> 00:20:23.504
  • I thought, "That's it.That's it right there."
  • 00:20:23.604 --> 00:20:25.473
  • As a matter of fact,I thought of this Scripture
  • 00:20:25.573 --> 00:20:27.308
  • when God gave me this point.Hebrews 3:18-19.
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  • "And to whom did he swear thatthey would not enter his rest."
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  • This is the rewardof the Promised Land,
  • 00:20:37.451 --> 00:20:39.954
  • who would not receive thereward of the Promised Land.
  • 00:20:40.054 --> 00:20:42.323
  • "But to those whodid not obey?"
  • 00:20:42.423 --> 00:20:45.993
  • Now, watch this carefully.Verse 19 says, "So, we see
  • 00:20:46.093 --> 00:20:50.331
  • that they could notenter in because of",
  • 00:20:50.431 --> 00:20:54.568
  • watch, "Unbelief."What?
  • 00:20:54.669 --> 00:20:58.272
  • Where did thatword come from?
  • 00:20:58.372 --> 00:21:00.041
  • He was talkingabout obeying.
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  • You would think it wouldsay, "Those who did not obey
  • 00:21:01.575 --> 00:21:04.779
  • could not receive the reward."So, we see they could not
  • 00:21:04.879 --> 00:21:08.249
  • receive it becausethey did not obey.
  • 00:21:08.349 --> 00:21:10.584
  • No. It says becausethey did not believe.
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  • Because of unbelief.Listen to me.
  • 00:21:13.254 --> 00:21:15.222
  • Faith produces obedience.If they had believed
  • 00:21:15.323 --> 00:21:19.960
  • that God would reward them,then they would've obeyed.
  • 00:21:20.061 --> 00:21:24.165
  • They disobeyed becausethey didn't believe.
  • 00:21:24.265 --> 00:21:27.101
  • So, the key to prosperingis the presence of the Lord.
  • 00:21:27.201 --> 00:21:30.738
  • Because if you're walkingwith God, God always succeeds.
  • 00:21:30.838 --> 00:21:34.408
  • The key to the presenceof the Lord is obedience.
  • 00:21:34.508 --> 00:21:38.979
  • The key toobedience is faith.
  • 00:21:39.080 --> 00:21:41.849
  • So, some of youare thinking,
  • 00:21:41.949 --> 00:21:45.286
  • "Well, what's thekey to faith?"
  • 00:21:45.386 --> 00:21:47.822
  • Well, this is the mostpractical one of all.
  • 00:21:47.922 --> 00:21:49.824
  • And it's simple.And listen to me.
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  • All of you can do it.Everyone here can do it.
  • 00:21:51.659 --> 00:21:54.161
  • You'll choosewhether you wanna --
  • 00:21:54.261 --> 00:21:55.296
  • you'll choose whetheryou wanna prosper.
  • 00:21:55.396 --> 00:21:58.032
  • Won't be me.Won't be anyone else.
  • 00:21:58.132 --> 00:21:59.400
  • Won't be your boss.Won't be anyone.
  • 00:21:59.500 --> 00:22:01.335
  • You have no excusefor not prospering.
  • 00:22:01.435 --> 00:22:03.137
  • You'll choose whetheryou wanna prosper,
  • 00:22:03.237 --> 00:22:04.905
  • whether you wantthe presence of God,
  • 00:22:05.005 --> 00:22:06.540
  • to walk with thepresence of God,
  • 00:22:06.640 --> 00:22:07.575
  • whether you'regonna obey,
  • 00:22:07.675 --> 00:22:08.676
  • whether you'regonna have faith,
  • 00:22:08.776 --> 00:22:09.777
  • because this right hereis something you can do.
  • 00:22:09.877 --> 00:22:11.846
  • I promise you.Everyone can do it.
  • 00:22:11.946 --> 00:22:13.481
  • The key -- here'spoint number four.
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  • The key to faithis hearing the Word.
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  • The key to faithis hearing the Word.
  • 00:22:23.357 --> 00:22:27.895
  • Now, listen to me.You might think I'd say,
  • 00:22:27.995 --> 00:22:30.197
  • "Doing the Word."I believe in obedience.
  • 00:22:30.297 --> 00:22:32.500
  • I've alreadytalked about that.
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  • But that's not what producesfaith according to the Bible.
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  • Romans 10:17 says "Sothen faith comes by hearing,
  • 00:22:37.438 --> 00:22:42.443
  • and hearing by theWord of the Lord."
  • 00:22:42.543 --> 00:22:45.579
  • Faith comes byhearing the Word.
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  • Listen to me.You wanna have faith?
  • 00:22:49.984 --> 00:22:51.919
  • Hear the Word.
  • 00:22:52.019 --> 00:22:52.920
  • Listen to as manysermons as you can.
  • 00:22:53.020 --> 00:22:55.322
  • Download them.Get the iPod.
  • 00:22:55.423 --> 00:22:57.391
  • Listen to CD's of sermons -- ofsermons that preach the Word,
  • 00:22:57.491 --> 00:23:01.128
  • that teach the Word.Not just the guys
  • 00:23:01.228 --> 00:23:02.596
  • that give you fivepoints for better health
  • 00:23:02.696 --> 00:23:04.565
  • and all that stuff,but the ones that really
  • 00:23:04.665 --> 00:23:06.400
  • preach and teach the Word.Get in the Word of God,
  • 00:23:06.500 --> 00:23:08.903
  • read the Word yourself,memorize the Word of God,
  • 00:23:09.003 --> 00:23:11.806
  • put it on your iPhone.
  • 00:23:11.906 --> 00:23:13.240
  • When you have a fewminutes, read it.
  • 00:23:13.340 --> 00:23:15.142
  • Put it on notecards,put it on your mirror.
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  • You know, obviouslywhere you can still see
  • 00:23:17.945 --> 00:23:19.213
  • what's behind you.Kind of to the side.
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  • But...[Laughter]
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  • Memorize it, meditate on it,study it, get the Word in you.
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  • Here's why the Biblesays hearing the Word
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  • builds faith in you.Listen very carefully.
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  • Because the Word has thepower to change your life.
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  • The Word of God is living,and active, and sharper
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  • than any two-edged sword.
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  • And the Word becameflesh and dwelt among us,
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  • and His name isthe Word of God,
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  • and the Word ofGod is corrupt --
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  • is not a corruptible seedbut incorruptible seed
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  • which lives andabides forever.
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  • And Heaven andEarth will pass away,
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  • but His Word never will, andHis Word will never return void
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  • without accomplishingwhat He sent it to do.
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  • CONGREGATION: Amen.[Applauding]
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  • ROBERT: Learn the Word of God.Know the Word of God.
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  • I'm telling you.I don't know how
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  • to impress upon you tospend time with the Word,
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  • to get to know the Word.Now, I want you to even think
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  • about these last three points.All right?
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  • I talked about prosperingand the presence of the Lord,
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  • but obeying, havingfaith or believing,
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  • and hearing the Word.
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  • And that's whatI'm telling you.
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  • It's very simple.You can prosper.
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  • You can prosper becauseyou're walking with God.
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  • You're gonna walk withGod because you obey.
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  • You obey becauseyou believe.
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  • But you believe and have faithbecause you hear God's Word.
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  • That's how simple it is.
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  • ROBERT: I wanna encourageyou to hear God's Word
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  • even as you listento this program.
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  • But not just listeningto this program
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  • or other programs,but attending church,
  • 00:24:46.667 --> 00:24:48.802
  • reading your Bible.
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  • Because as we hear God'sword, we develop faith.
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  • And that faith thenhelps us to be able
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  • to walk in obedience.And that obedience brings
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  • the presence of theLord in our lives.
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  • And just likeJoseph was successful
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  • because of God'spresence in his life,
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  • I want you to besuccessful as well.
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  • And I want you to step intothe destiny that God has
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  • for your life.I am so encouraged
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  • because you watch andbecause you're hungry
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  • for God's Word.We are gonna continue
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  • this series next week.We're gonna talk about
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  • how to move from yourdream to your destiny.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Throughoutthe Bible, the number seven
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  • appears repeatedly to signifycompleteness or perfection.
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  • It's no wonder that Godheralded the entry of His Son
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  • into the world with sevenunique, prophetic words
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  • that still speak to us today.These words are gifts
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  • He wants to give eachone of us as we celebrate
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  • the birth of Jesus.The "Seven Words of Christmas"
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  • is sure to be a blessingenjoyed by the whole family.
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