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November 20, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues the A Way in the Wilderness series with a message that God still heals and works miracles today.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS:Please understand this,
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  • if you're a believer in Jesus,
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  • God will never punishyou for your sins,
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  • because He alreadypunished Jesus.
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  • He's a just God.
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  • He cannot punish twopeople for the same sin,
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS:So we're in a series called,
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  • "A Way in the Wilderness,"
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  • and what we're talking aboutis we're coming out of Isaiah35,
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  • which is a Messianic chapter,
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  • and it's telling uswhat the Messiah will do
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  • when the Messiah comes,but we know
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  • the Messiah's already come.All right?
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  • And this weekend, the titleof the message is “Signs,”
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  • that when the Messiah comes,or He has already come,
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  • we know, but Isaiah'stelling us when He comes,
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  • He'll do signs and wonders.
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  • He'll bring signs andwonders with Him, all right?
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  • So, we stoppedat Verse 4 last week,
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  • so this week we'regonna start at Verse 5.
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  • Isaiah 35:5 says, “Then the eyesof the blind shall be opened,
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  • and the earsof the deaf unstopped.
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  • Then shall the lame manleap like a deer,
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  • and the tongueof the mute sing for joy.”
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  • So, what he's sayingis the Messiah's
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  • gonna come withsigns and wonders.
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  • Now, I want youto understand something.
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  • It's natural for Godto be supernatural.
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  • That's normal for God.I'm going to say something.
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  • The first part of thissentence is tongue in cheek.
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  • If God wakes upin the morning,
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  • He's going to doa miracle that day.
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  • And obviously,He never sleeps or slumbers,
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  • but He just does miracles.It's normal.
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  • God does signs and wonders.
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  • Jesus did miracleswhen He was on this earth.
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  • But, here's what we needto know and we need to remember,
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  • that the Bible tellsus Jesus is the same
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  • yesterday, today, and forever.
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  • And, there were miraclesgoing on, signs and wonders,
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  • before Jesus ever cameto this earth.
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  • God was doing miracles.
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  • So, I have three pointsthat I want to share with you.
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  • Here's number one,God does signs and wonders.
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  • God does signs and wonders.
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  • And I love that word, “wonder,”
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  • because what I thinkit means is,
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  • is that you can'tfigure it out,
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  • you just haveto wonder about it.
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  • I don't know whyGod decided to say,
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  • but signs and wondersare all through the Bible.
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  • And the reasonI'm saying that to you
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  • is because for some of you,your mind is one
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  • of your greatest assets andone of your greatestliabilities,
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  • because you haveto figure everything out,
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  • and I just want you to knowyou can't figure out God.
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  • You just can't.
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  • You can learn about Himand you can get to know Him,
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  • but God is infinite.
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  • So, God doessigns and wonders.
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  • So, let me show youa few Scriptures
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  • about signs and wonders.
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  • Exodus 7:3 says, “And Iwill harden Pharaoh's heart,
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  • and multiply My signs and Mywonders in the land of Egypt.”
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  • Here we have the secondbook of the Bible
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  • and God talking aboutsigns and wonders.
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  • Psalm 135:9, “He sent signs andwonders into the midst of you.”
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  • Daniel 4:3, “How greatare His signs,
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  • and how mighty His wonders!”
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  • And then, Acts 2:22,
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  • “Men of Israel,hear these words:
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  • Jesus of Nazareth,a Man attested by God to you
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  • by miracles,wonders, and signs,
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  • which God did throughHim in your midst.”
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  • Acts 2:43, “Then fearcame upon every soul,
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  • and many wonders and signs
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  • were done through theapostles.”So, they keep going.
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  • Romans 15:18, “I will notdare to speak to you,”
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  • this is Paul talkingto the Romans,
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  • “to any of thosethings which Christ
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  • has not accomplished through me,in word and deed,
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  • to make theGentiles obedient -
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  • in mighty signs and wonders.”Paul did signs and wonders.
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  • Of course, God did themthrough him.
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  • Hebrews 2:4, “God alsobearing witness
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  • both with signs and wonders,with various miracles,
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  • and gifts of the Holy Spirit.”
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  • Now, I like this justbecause I just want to say
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  • that some people will saygifts of the Holy Spirit
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  • have passed away.
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  • They say miraclesand wonders have passed away,
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  • signs havepassed away. Okay.
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  • The only problem with that is,is that God has not passed away.
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  • So, what God doeshasn't stopped either.
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  • God is God.He can never stop being God.
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  • God is a God of the miraculous.
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  • So, just don't believeany theology that tries
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  • to tell you that Goddoesn't do miracles anymore,
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  • because God has to do miracles,because God's God!
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  • That's just God is God!That's just what God does.
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  • [Applause]
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  • So again, years ago,God just...
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  • I don't know what happened,
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  • but somehow Godput it on my heart.
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  • We met this familyand they couldn't conceive,
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  • and I prayed for and I'd beenreading in the Scripture
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  • about how God opens wombs,
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  • and I'll show you thoseScriptures in just a moment.
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  • And so, I just prayed that Godwould open this woman's womb,
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  • and she got pregnant.
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  • Then before you know it,there was another,
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  • and then another, and another.
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  • And so, anyway,years and years ago,
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  • probably around 35 or 36,because I'm not quite sure
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  • how old my nephew is,
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  • but Debbie's sisterand her husband,
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  • who are now members of ourchurch and wonderful people,
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  • but they were tryingto get pregnant.
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  • And so, we werestaying with them
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  • for a vacation or something,
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  • and Debbie just said, “Hey,Robert prays for ladies
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  • that are trying to conceive,and it's just God
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  • has just given himfaith in this area.
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  • Would you like for himto pray with you?”
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  • And she and her husbandboth said, "Absolutely,
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  • we'd love that."You know?
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  • And so I prayed,but while I was praying,
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  • I heard this statement,and I've learned
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  • to just say what I hear whenI pray and trust the Lord.
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  • And so I said, “You will havea son in less than a year.”
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  • Now, you think you'vegot a year there,
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  • but you really don't.You've got three months.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, the Lord has taught mewhen I prophesy something
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  • that the next stepis to pray earnestly,
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  • and so I prayed earnestly,you know, for the next fewmonths.
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  • But, here's the thing.
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  • I said, “In less than a year,you'll have a son.”
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  • Eleven months,two weeks later, she had a son.
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  • And then, she gotpregnant again very quickly,
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  • and then she had a daughter.
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  • Then she got pregnantagain very quickly,
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  • and their childrenwere like, first, second,
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  • and third grade, you know -sophomore, junior, senior.
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  • You know, they werethat way, just a year apart,
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  • and all three of their children.
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  • But when she got pregnantthe third time,
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  • she called Debbie and said,“Tell Robert to stop praying.”
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, number one, God doessigns and wonders.
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  • That's just normal.That's normal for God.
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  • Here's number two,God heals spiritually.
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  • He doesn't just heal physically,He heals spiritually.
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  • And it's very importantfor us to know this,
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  • because I want to just talkto you about something.
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  • It said the blind are gonna see,the deaf are gonna hear,
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  • the lame are gonna walk,and the mute are gonna speak.
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  • Would it be all right if Godhealed your spiritual lives?
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  • And I just want to tell you,that's pretty important
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  • when you can open this book
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  • and it jumps offthe page at you,
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  • and you see that thisis a spiritual book
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  • written by a spiritual beingto spiritual beings.
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  • It's pretty fun, and it's funwhen you get to hear God.
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  • God opens your spiritualears and you can hear God
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  • speak somethingto your heart.
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  • And it's fun when God healsyour lameness in an area
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  • of your life and you can walkin the Spirit in that area,
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  • and it's fun when God loosesyour tongue when you're afraid
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  • to speak to people,and now you can speak to people
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  • and share aboutyour faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • And in Acts 2,when God loosed their tongues
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  • at the coming ofthe Holy Spirit at Pentecost,
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  • it says, “They heardthem speaking
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  • the wonderful works of Godin their own languages.”
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, we want Godto also do it spiritually.
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  • So I want to show you somethingabout this to let you know
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  • that if you're saved,the Messiah's done this for you.
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  • He's made you whole.He's made you whole.
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  • So, in Lukethere's a story about
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  • ten lepers that God healed.
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  • You've probablyread the story.
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  • And one leper,who was a Samaritan,
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  • the other nine were Jews,came back to say thank You.
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  • And then, Jesus says this.
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  • “Jesus answered and said,“Were there not ten cleansed?
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  • Where are the other nine?
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  • Were there not any foundwho returned to give glory
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  • to God except this foreigner?”
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  • And He said to him,“Arise, go your way.
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  • Your faith has,” now watch this,“made you well.”
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  • One version says,“made you whole.”
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  • Now, this “made you well”is one Greek word.
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  • These three words, “made youwell,”or “made you whole..."
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  • Now, ten of them were healed,one of them was made whole,
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  • made well completely -made whole,
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  • spirit, soul, and body.It's a Greek word.
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  • It's pronouncedsode-zo - sodezo.
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  • But, it means to be made whole -to be healed, spirit, soul,
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  • and body, to be made whole,to be made well.
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  • And, this word is inthe New Testament 110 times,
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  • this Greek word, “sozo.”
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  • 93 times, though -- thinkabout this, 85% of the time.
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  • 93 out of 110 it's translated“save” or “saved.”
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  • As a matter of fact, here'sone of the most famous verses,
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  • and this is the word “sozo.”
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  • “Whoever calls on the name ofthe Lord shall be made whole.”
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  • Okay, here's whyI'm telling you this.
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  • If you've calledon the name of the Lord,
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  • then He's alreadyopened your spiritual eyes.
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  • He's already openedyour spiritual ears.
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  • He's already healedyour lameness.
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  • He's already loosed your tongue.He's already done this for you.
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  • It's like last weekwhen I was saying
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  • the Messiah brings strength,
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  • but here's how you receive thatstrength in your everyday walk.
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  • Here are some thingsyou need to do. Okay.
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  • So, I want you to know Godhas already made you whole.
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  • He's already done that becauseyou came to Jesus on the cross.
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  • So, let me just show youa few verses on opening
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  • your spiritual eyes and ears.
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  • Jeremiah 5:21, “Here this now,
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  • O foolish peoplewithout understanding.”
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  • See, you don't understand
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  • if you don't haveyour spiritual eyes open.
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  • “Who have eyes and see not,and who have ears and hearnot.”
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  • Ezekiel 12:2, “Son of man,you dwell in the midst
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  • of a rebellious house, which haseyes to see but does not see,
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  • and ears to hearbut does not hear.”
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  • Remember, by the way, when Paul,who was called Saul before,
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  • on the Damascus Roadhe meets Jesus.
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  • He's blinded, literally,in the natural.
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  • But when Ananias comes andlays hands on him, Acts 9:18,
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  • “Immediately there fellfrom his eyes
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  • something like scales,and he received his sight atonce.”
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  • Well, he not only receivedhis physical sight,
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  • he received his spiritual sight.
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  • Because when you readthe writings of Paul,
  • 00:11:50.725 --> 00:11:53.962
  • some of the thingsare pretty hard to understand
  • 00:11:54.062 --> 00:11:57.365
  • is what the Bible says,and this guy began to see
  • 00:11:57.465 --> 00:11:59.934
  • in the Spirit, and I thinkit's fantastic
  • 00:12:00.034 --> 00:12:02.303
  • when God opensyour spiritual eyes.
  • 00:12:02.403 --> 00:12:04.038
  • So, but Jesus talkedconstantly to His disciples
  • 00:12:04.139 --> 00:12:08.276
  • about you have eyes,but you can't see,
  • 00:12:08.376 --> 00:12:12.080
  • and I've preached on this
  • 00:12:12.180 --> 00:12:13.481
  • in several differenttypes of series
  • 00:12:13.581 --> 00:12:16.151
  • that our spiritual eyescan be opened.
  • 00:12:16.251 --> 00:12:17.986
  • You have eyes,but you can't see.
  • 00:12:18.086 --> 00:12:19.954
  • Now, I've thought about thisbecause ladies, to me,
  • 00:12:20.054 --> 00:12:29.197
  • can see things many timesthat men can't see,
  • 00:12:29.297 --> 00:12:34.469
  • and I'm not just talkingabout in the spiritual.
  • 00:12:34.569 --> 00:12:36.104
  • They can see thingsin the spiritual,
  • 00:12:36.204 --> 00:12:37.172
  • but sometimes they seethings in the natural.
  • 00:12:37.272 --> 00:12:40.041
  • For instance, I will look inmy closet for a certain shirt.
  • 00:12:40.141 --> 00:12:47.749
  • I will go through every shirtindividually, looking for it.
  • 00:12:47.849 --> 00:12:52.821
  • And then I will sayto Debbie, “Sugar,
  • 00:12:52.921 --> 00:12:55.857
  • I know that shirt's here,but I can't see it.”
  • 00:12:55.957 --> 00:12:58.760
  • She walks in and says,“It's right here.”
  • 00:12:58.860 --> 00:13:01.396
  • [Laughter]Okay.
  • 00:13:01.496 --> 00:13:03.765
  • So, then she said to meone time, “You have eyes,
  • 00:13:03.865 --> 00:13:07.268
  • but you can't see.”
  • 00:13:07.368 --> 00:13:08.536
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:08.636 --> 00:13:10.638
  • Okay.
  • 00:13:10.738 --> 00:13:12.140
  • But I've decided it's notjust that she can see things,
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:14.843
  • I think she can make thingsappear that aren't there!
  • 00:13:14.943 --> 00:13:17.178
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:17.278 --> 00:13:20.682
  • So, God not onlyheals naturally,
  • 00:13:20.782 --> 00:13:22.317
  • God heals spiritually as well.
  • 00:13:22.417 --> 00:13:25.486
  • So, here's number three,God opens wombs.
  • 00:13:25.587 --> 00:13:30.658
  • Now, this is scriptural,God opens wombs.
  • 00:13:30.758 --> 00:13:33.528
  • Now, I'm gonna show yousomething at first
  • 00:13:33.628 --> 00:13:35.196
  • and you may wonder whyI'm showing it to you,
  • 00:13:35.296 --> 00:13:37.532
  • but I want to explain it to you.
  • 00:13:37.632 --> 00:13:40.235
  • If you remember, Abraham liedabout Sarah being his wife
  • 00:13:40.335 --> 00:13:44.172
  • because he thoughtthey would kill him,
  • 00:13:44.272 --> 00:13:46.474
  • and Abimelech, the king,took her into his harem,
  • 00:13:46.574 --> 00:13:49.911
  • but he didn't sleep with her.
  • 00:13:50.011 --> 00:13:51.579
  • And of course, God shows upin a dream and, you know,
  • 00:13:51.679 --> 00:13:54.515
  • says to him, you're a dead man,you know, to Abimelech,
  • 00:13:54.616 --> 00:13:57.385
  • and he obviouslygives Sarah back.
  • 00:13:57.485 --> 00:13:59.854
  • But, Genesis 20:18 says,“For the Lord had closed up
  • 00:13:59.954 --> 00:14:04.893
  • all the wombs of the houseof Abimelech because of Sarah,
  • 00:14:04.993 --> 00:14:07.896
  • Abraham's wife.”
  • 00:14:07.996 --> 00:14:09.264
  • Okay, so not onlydoes God open wombs,
  • 00:14:09.364 --> 00:14:11.633
  • it says God closes wombs.
  • 00:14:11.733 --> 00:14:13.902
  • Now, please, please,I've got to explain this.
  • 00:14:14.002 --> 00:14:17.305
  • Well, this was for judgment,but listen to me.
  • 00:14:17.405 --> 00:14:20.875
  • If you're a believer in Jesus,
  • 00:14:20.975 --> 00:14:23.211
  • God would never closeyour womb for judgment -
  • 00:14:23.311 --> 00:14:26.848
  • never, because Jesus hasalready taken your judgment.
  • 00:14:26.948 --> 00:14:30.985
  • If you don't hear anythingthat I ever say in no matter
  • 00:14:31.085 --> 00:14:34.589
  • how many years you attend here,please understand this.
  • 00:14:34.689 --> 00:14:37.325
  • If you're a believer in Jesus,
  • 00:14:37.425 --> 00:14:38.793
  • God will never punish youfor your sins,
  • 00:14:38.893 --> 00:14:42.363
  • because He alreadypunished Jesus.
  • 00:14:42.463 --> 00:14:44.966
  • He's a just God.
  • 00:14:45.066 --> 00:14:47.669
  • He cannot punish two peoplefor the same sin,
  • 00:14:47.769 --> 00:14:52.273
  • and so many times we think this.
  • 00:14:52.373 --> 00:14:55.176
  • We're on the way to workand we get a flat tire,
  • 00:14:55.276 --> 00:14:57.679
  • and we think, yes, yes,I didn't have my quiet time
  • 00:14:57.779 --> 00:15:00.081
  • this morning, so --I see, God.
  • 00:15:00.181 --> 00:15:03.685
  • You know, You're punishing mefor not having my quiet time.
  • 00:15:03.785 --> 00:15:06.854
  • And then it starts to rainand we're like, oh, nice touch.
  • 00:15:06.955 --> 00:15:09.257
  • That's a nice touch, God.
  • 00:15:09.357 --> 00:15:10.391
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:15:10.491 --> 00:15:13.461
  • Okay, you didn't get a flat tire
  • 00:15:13.561 --> 00:15:14.629
  • because you're underthe judgment of God!
  • 00:15:14.729 --> 00:15:16.931
  • Let me give youthe theological reason
  • 00:15:17.031 --> 00:15:18.266
  • you got a flat tire - a nail.
  • 00:15:18.366 --> 00:15:20.468
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:15:20.568 --> 00:15:23.237
  • But if you're a believer,
  • 00:15:23.338 --> 00:15:25.039
  • God is not punishing youfor your sins.
  • 00:15:25.139 --> 00:15:28.843
  • There's no sentenceof guilt against you,
  • 00:15:28.943 --> 00:15:30.611
  • because God said it.
  • 00:15:30.712 --> 00:15:31.813
  • So if you've had difficultyconceiving, listen to me.
  • 00:15:31.913 --> 00:15:37.285
  • It's nothingyou've done wrong.
  • 00:15:37.385 --> 00:15:40.154
  • It's nothing you've done wrong.
  • 00:15:40.254 --> 00:15:41.522
  • You've got to know that,because God doesn't do that.
  • 00:15:41.622 --> 00:15:44.759
  • He punished Jesusfor all of our sin. Okay?
  • 00:15:44.859 --> 00:15:48.129
  • So, but I want to showyou another place
  • 00:15:48.229 --> 00:15:49.630
  • where He closed a womband talk about where God
  • 00:15:49.731 --> 00:15:51.632
  • might close a womb for a season.
  • 00:15:51.733 --> 00:15:53.901
  • I want to show it to you,1 Samuel 1:5.
  • 00:15:54.002 --> 00:15:57.372
  • “But to Hannah he,”that's her husband,
  • 00:15:57.472 --> 00:16:01.109
  • “would give a double portion,for he,” that's her husband,
  • 00:16:01.209 --> 00:16:04.345
  • “loved Hannah, althoughthe Lord had closed her womb.”
  • 00:16:04.445 --> 00:16:11.652
  • Now, He wasn't punishing Hannah,
  • 00:16:11.753 --> 00:16:14.288
  • but the Lordhad closed her womb.
  • 00:16:14.389 --> 00:16:16.924
  • Okay, so why would Godclose a womb?
  • 00:16:17.025 --> 00:16:18.926
  • Well, I know some people thatcould not conceive and adopted,
  • 00:16:19.027 --> 00:16:24.632
  • and right after theyadopted, they conceived.
  • 00:16:24.732 --> 00:16:28.703
  • But you've got to remember,if you're a believer,
  • 00:16:28.803 --> 00:16:30.972
  • God's workingall things for good,
  • 00:16:31.072 --> 00:16:34.909
  • and God wanted that childraised in a Christian home.
  • 00:16:35.009 --> 00:16:39.180
  • And so, He may haveworked those circumstances out
  • 00:16:39.280 --> 00:16:42.183
  • for you to consider something
  • 00:16:42.283 --> 00:16:43.184
  • you wouldn't haveeven considered.
  • 00:16:43.284 --> 00:16:44.752
  • Are you following me?
  • 00:16:44.852 --> 00:16:45.820
  • So, you've got to alwayslook at God according
  • 00:16:45.920 --> 00:16:47.755
  • to His character and His nature.
  • 00:16:47.855 --> 00:16:49.657
  • Another reason that Godmight close a womb
  • 00:16:49.757 --> 00:16:52.160
  • for a seasonis that He was waiting --
  • 00:16:52.260 --> 00:16:55.997
  • I'm gonna say it this way.
  • 00:16:56.097 --> 00:16:56.998
  • He was doing a workin Hannah's heart,
  • 00:16:57.098 --> 00:16:59.367
  • because He needed Samuelto grow up in the temple
  • 00:16:59.467 --> 00:17:04.238
  • and learn to hear God'svoice from an early age,
  • 00:17:04.338 --> 00:17:07.875
  • and Hannah was so gratefulshe dedicated him
  • 00:17:07.975 --> 00:17:11.079
  • to the Lord then.See?
  • 00:17:11.179 --> 00:17:13.147
  • So, He was doing a workin her heart during the time,
  • 00:17:13.247 --> 00:17:15.049
  • but here's another thing.
  • 00:17:15.149 --> 00:17:16.384
  • God needed Samuelborn at the exact time
  • 00:17:16.484 --> 00:17:20.021
  • to anoint Davidas the king of Israel.
  • 00:17:20.121 --> 00:17:23.825
  • See, God, He wants your childborn at exactly the right time
  • 00:17:23.925 --> 00:17:30.965
  • to meet the right mate.
  • 00:17:31.065 --> 00:17:34.535
  • See, there are so manyreasons that God does things,
  • 00:17:34.635 --> 00:17:37.472
  • but they're all for our good.That's what you have to know.
  • 00:17:37.572 --> 00:17:40.975
  • When Debbie wasin the second grade,
  • 00:17:41.075 --> 00:17:44.345
  • at the end of the secondgrade the teacher said
  • 00:17:44.445 --> 00:17:47.048
  • there were some areasthat she just felt like
  • 00:17:47.148 --> 00:17:50.551
  • it'd be better if she wouldrepeat the second grade.
  • 00:17:50.651 --> 00:17:52.820
  • It wasn't like she failed,but the teacher said
  • 00:17:52.920 --> 00:17:55.623
  • it would be better if you would,because of these areas,
  • 00:17:55.723 --> 00:17:59.160
  • and I don't remember whatthose areas were right now,
  • 00:17:59.260 --> 00:18:01.462
  • so she was heldback a year. Okay.
  • 00:18:01.562 --> 00:18:04.065
  • What you may not know,and I have to be careful
  • 00:18:04.165 --> 00:18:07.268
  • how I say this, is Debbieis a little older than I am.
  • 00:18:07.368 --> 00:18:13.474
  • So, 11 months and 1 week, okay?
  • 00:18:13.574 --> 00:18:17.612
  • So, for three weeks of theyear we're the same age,
  • 00:18:17.712 --> 00:18:21.115
  • and so it's a really funthing that I get to do
  • 00:18:21.215 --> 00:18:24.318
  • for 11 months and 1 week.
  • 00:18:24.418 --> 00:18:26.587
  • But I've told her severaltimes, “You know,
  • 00:18:26.687 --> 00:18:28.823
  • when you're 100,I'll only be 99.”
  • 00:18:28.923 --> 00:18:31.159
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:18:31.259 --> 00:18:34.128
  • But, here's the thing.
  • 00:18:34.228 --> 00:18:35.796
  • She was put back one class,but that was my class.
  • 00:18:35.897 --> 00:18:44.005
  • I might not haveever met her.
  • 00:18:44.105 --> 00:18:46.741
  • And so, what seemed likea bad thing to her at the time
  • 00:18:46.841 --> 00:18:50.645
  • was actually Godjust arranging things
  • 00:18:50.745 --> 00:18:54.081
  • for what He wantedto do in the future.
  • 00:18:54.182 --> 00:18:55.950
  • It was for her goodand for my good.
  • 00:18:56.050 --> 00:18:58.519
  • You follow me?So, God opens a womb.
  • 00:18:58.619 --> 00:19:01.689
  • Now, let me show yousome Scriptures
  • 00:19:01.789 --> 00:19:02.757
  • about Him opening wombs,and of course,
  • 00:19:02.857 --> 00:19:04.692
  • we know He openedHannah's womb.
  • 00:19:04.792 --> 00:19:06.827
  • Genesis 29:31, “When the Lordsaw that Leah was unloved,
  • 00:19:06.928 --> 00:19:11.332
  • He opened her womb;but Rachel was barren.”
  • 00:19:11.432 --> 00:19:15.603
  • Genesis 30:22, “Then Godremembered Rachel,
  • 00:19:15.703 --> 00:19:19.540
  • and God listened to herand opened her womb.”
  • 00:19:19.640 --> 00:19:23.778
  • Now, the reason I wantedto show you this part is,
  • 00:19:23.878 --> 00:19:26.347
  • “God listened to her.”In other words, she prayed.
  • 00:19:26.447 --> 00:19:29.984
  • You need to pray.You need to ask God.
  • 00:19:30.084 --> 00:19:33.621
  • And, sometimes we havedifferent personalities,
  • 00:19:33.721 --> 00:19:35.890
  • and my personalityis to kind of go for it.
  • 00:19:35.990 --> 00:19:38.626
  • And I didn't realize this,Debbie's personality
  • 00:19:38.726 --> 00:19:41.662
  • is not the sameas my personality,
  • 00:19:41.762 --> 00:19:43.664
  • and when we gotmarried, I mean,
  • 00:19:43.764 --> 00:19:44.865
  • I knew it wasa little different,
  • 00:19:44.966 --> 00:19:45.933
  • but we started growingand learning more things
  • 00:19:46.033 --> 00:19:48.603
  • about each other.
  • 00:19:48.703 --> 00:19:50.104
  • So, God gave methe names of both of my sons
  • 00:19:50.204 --> 00:19:53.474
  • before they were born.
  • 00:19:53.574 --> 00:19:54.875
  • He actually gave methe day that James
  • 00:19:54.976 --> 00:19:56.811
  • would be born, the exact day.
  • 00:19:56.911 --> 00:20:00.147
  • And so, God would speakto me, and so I knew
  • 00:20:00.248 --> 00:20:03.117
  • I would have a son named Josh,and then a son named James.
  • 00:20:03.217 --> 00:20:06.520
  • When I thought we weregonna have a daughter,
  • 00:20:06.621 --> 00:20:07.855
  • that was three years later,and then I started praying
  • 00:20:07.955 --> 00:20:10.891
  • for a daughter,‘cause I wanted a daughter,
  • 00:20:10.992 --> 00:20:12.927
  • and it was five yearsuntil we had Elaine.
  • 00:20:13.027 --> 00:20:15.296
  • But, one of the thingsthat happened was during
  • 00:20:15.396 --> 00:20:17.665
  • that time I said to Debbie,
  • 00:20:17.765 --> 00:20:19.967
  • “Hey, when we prayfor a daughter,
  • 00:20:20.067 --> 00:20:22.870
  • I mean, are youwith me on this?
  • 00:20:22.970 --> 00:20:25.172
  • Are you agreeing?
  • 00:20:25.273 --> 00:20:26.240
  • Do you not wantany more children?
  • 00:20:26.340 --> 00:20:28.175
  • Do you not want” --you know.
  • 00:20:28.276 --> 00:20:29.343
  • She said, “No, I do,and I want a daughter.”
  • 00:20:29.443 --> 00:20:31.946
  • And then she said somethingthat I just didn't realize
  • 00:20:32.046 --> 00:20:34.915
  • that she was thinking this way.
  • 00:20:35.016 --> 00:20:36.083
  • She said, “I don't reallywant to pray about it,
  • 00:20:36.183 --> 00:20:39.987
  • because if I pray aboutit I'll get my hopes up,
  • 00:20:40.087 --> 00:20:42.490
  • and I might get disappointed.”
  • 00:20:42.590 --> 00:20:46.560
  • And that's a very realsense that people have,
  • 00:20:46.661 --> 00:20:49.897
  • and I want youto understand, ladies,
  • 00:20:49.997 --> 00:20:51.632
  • it's important that you pray.It's important that you pray.
  • 00:20:51.732 --> 00:20:55.436
  • “Make your requestsknown to God.”
  • 00:20:55.536 --> 00:20:56.804
  • It's important.
  • 00:20:56.904 --> 00:20:57.872
  • And I could show you many,many Scriptures,
  • 00:20:57.972 --> 00:20:59.840
  • but I just want to show you one,Matthew 20:29-34.
  • 00:20:59.940 --> 00:21:05.146
  • “Now as they wentout of Jericho,
  • 00:21:05.246 --> 00:21:06.947
  • a great multitude followed Him.
  • 00:21:07.048 --> 00:21:08.482
  • And behold, two blind mensitting by the road,
  • 00:21:08.582 --> 00:21:11.052
  • when they heard that Jesuswas passing by, cried out,
  • 00:21:11.152 --> 00:21:13.988
  • saying, “Have mercy on us,O Lord, Son of David!”
  • 00:21:14.088 --> 00:21:17.191
  • Then the multitude warned themthat they should be quiet;
  • 00:21:17.291 --> 00:21:20.461
  • but they cried outall the more, saying,
  • 00:21:20.561 --> 00:21:21.962
  • “Have mercy on us,O Lord, Son of David!”
  • 00:21:22.063 --> 00:21:24.231
  • So Jesus stood stilland called them, and said,”
  • 00:21:24.332 --> 00:21:28.436
  • now listen to what He said,
  • 00:21:28.536 --> 00:21:29.737
  • “What do you want Meto do for you?”
  • 00:21:29.837 --> 00:21:32.340
  • They're blind!
  • 00:21:32.440 --> 00:21:34.175
  • “Have mercy on us,Son of David.”
  • 00:21:34.275 --> 00:21:36.077
  • But He asked them, “What doyou want Me to do for you?”
  • 00:21:36.177 --> 00:21:38.846
  • They said to Him, “Lord,that our eyes may be opened.”
  • 00:21:38.946 --> 00:21:41.282
  • So Jesus had compassionand touched their eyes.
  • 00:21:41.382 --> 00:21:43.517
  • And immediately their eyesreceived sight,
  • 00:21:43.617 --> 00:21:45.119
  • and they followed Him.”
  • 00:21:45.219 --> 00:21:46.520
  • Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus,“What do you want Me to do?”
  • 00:21:46.620 --> 00:21:49.857
  • Jesus asked the father -remember, the father
  • 00:21:49.957 --> 00:21:52.760
  • whose son was demonized.
  • 00:21:52.860 --> 00:21:54.762
  • The father said,“If you can do anything,”
  • 00:21:54.862 --> 00:21:59.233
  • and Jesus said - in essenceHe said, if I can do anything?
  • 00:21:59.333 --> 00:22:04.138
  • He said, “No,if you can believe,
  • 00:22:04.238 --> 00:22:08.943
  • then all things are possible.”
  • 00:22:09.043 --> 00:22:10.077
  • And then he madea great response,
  • 00:22:10.177 --> 00:22:12.179
  • and it's okayto say this to God.
  • 00:22:12.279 --> 00:22:14.582
  • “Lord, I believe;help my unbelief.”
  • 00:22:14.682 --> 00:22:18.152
  • Jesus said to a man
  • 00:22:18.252 --> 00:22:19.620
  • who was laying 38 years,“Do you want to be made well?”
  • 00:22:19.720 --> 00:22:24.291
  • Why would He do this?Because it's important.
  • 00:22:24.392 --> 00:22:27.161
  • I don't know why.I really don't know why.
  • 00:22:27.261 --> 00:22:29.897
  • It's importantthat you ask God.
  • 00:22:29.997 --> 00:22:33.401
  • You know, the Biblesays He knows
  • 00:22:33.501 --> 00:22:35.336
  • what you need before you ask.
  • 00:22:35.436 --> 00:22:38.506
  • Here's the waywe interpret that verse -
  • 00:22:38.606 --> 00:22:40.307
  • He knows what we need,so don't ask.
  • 00:22:40.408 --> 00:22:44.845
  • But, that's not what it says.
  • 00:22:44.945 --> 00:22:46.714
  • He knows what you needbefore you ask -
  • 00:22:46.814 --> 00:22:48.816
  • He wants you to ask.
  • 00:22:48.916 --> 00:22:51.419
  • So, remember I told youabout Debbie's sister.
  • 00:22:51.519 --> 00:22:54.722
  • Well, so, our niece, which isthe daughter of Debbie's sister,
  • 00:22:54.822 --> 00:23:00.060
  • a year and a half agoat Thanksgiving,
  • 00:23:00.161 --> 00:23:03.063
  • Debbie and I were sitting acrossthe table from them
  • 00:23:03.164 --> 00:23:05.466
  • at a family Thanksgiving.
  • 00:23:05.566 --> 00:23:07.468
  • And, they'd been prayingand wanting to have a child.
  • 00:23:07.568 --> 00:23:10.938
  • And, I startedfeeling compassion.
  • 00:23:11.038 --> 00:23:14.975
  • Miracles start with compassion.
  • 00:23:15.075 --> 00:23:17.578
  • And I started asking the Lord,“Lord, do you want me
  • 00:23:17.678 --> 00:23:20.881
  • to pray for them?Do you want me to prophesy?
  • 00:23:20.981 --> 00:23:24.418
  • I just feel,” --and I felt like the Lord
  • 00:23:24.518 --> 00:23:25.986
  • was speaking something to me.
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  • So I said to them,“I'm going to ask you a question
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  • and I know the answer,but it's important
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  • that you answer out loud.”
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  • I said to each,to the husband and the wife,
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  • I said, “Do you wantto have a child?”
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  • They said, “Yes.”
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  • And I said, “You'll be holdingyour child next Thanksgiving.”
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  • And this Thanksgiving,they were holding their baby.
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  • The baby was born October 29th,just a few weeks
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  • before Thanksgiving.[Applause]
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Jesus askeda lame man,
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  • “Do you want to be made well?”
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  • He asked the blind man,“What do you want Me to do foryou?”
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  • I'm asking you today, whatdo you want God to do for you?
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  • God is a miracle working god.He can't change.
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  • Jesus is the same yesterday,today, and forever.
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  • You're watchingtoday for a reason -
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  • because God wants to doa miracle in your life.
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  • Maybe it's to heal youspiritually from something
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  • from the past that'skept you in bondage.
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  • Maybe it's like, as weprayed for ladies who wanted
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  • to have children who couldn't,
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  • maybe God wants to openyour womb today.
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  • Maybe He wantsto heal you physically.
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  • But I'm asking you,I'm asking you,
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  • what do you want Godto do for you today,
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  • and I want to prayfor you right now.
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  • Lord, I pray for my brothersand sisters in Christ.
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  • I pray for miracles today.
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  • And Lord, we're not askingbecause of selfish reasons.
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  • We know that in the sameway that we want to bless
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  • our children,You want to bless us,
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  • and that Youare a God of miracles.
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  • So, Lord, we ask You formiracles today, in Jesus' name.
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  • Hey, I love you guys so much.
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  • Thank you for watching.
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  • I want you to watch next time,
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  • because I'm gonnacontinue this series.
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  • I'll see you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad youjoined us for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert sharesa message from his series,
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  • “A Way in the Wilderness.”
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  • Taken from the book of Isaiah,Pastor Robert explains
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  • how God's people forfeitedHis protection and blessings
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  • when they forgot about Himand went their own way.
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  • Isaiah prophesiedthe arrival of a Messiah
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  • who would make a wayin the wilderness,
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  • and bring a dry, barren,and desolate land
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  • back to life again.
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  • Pastor Robert shows ushow Jesus is the fulfillment
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  • of Isaiah's propheciesabout the coming Messiah;
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  • and because we have placedour hope and trust in Jesus,
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  • He transforms our wildernessinto a lush garden
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  • overflowing with abundance.
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  • We want you to have a copyof this life changing series
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  • We'd also love to hear aboutwhat God is doing in your life
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  • as a result of applyingthese truths from His word.
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