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December 18, 2020
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  • Stewardship refers to how wemanage someone else's property.
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  • Whatever measure you usewill be measured back to you.
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  • More than time or money, weneed to learn to steward
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  • what God speaks to us.
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  • Join my pastor, RobertMorris, as he walks us through
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  • ten biblical ways God speaks,and how we can steward
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  • His spoken word.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: So we're talkingabout tuning in, hearing God.
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  • This week, the title of themessage is,
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  • "Steward His Spoken Word".
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  • We're talking about, inthis series, hearing God.
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  • So obviously, we need to begood stewards of the written
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  • Word of God.
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  • We need to honor it as theinfallible, inherent,
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  • inspired scripture.
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  • No matter what culture says,this book never changes.
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  • So we need to honor thisscripture, the written word.
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  • We need to memorize it,meditate on it, read it,
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  • study it, the written word.
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  • But what we're talkingabout in this series is God
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  • speaking to our hearts, ashis children, which would
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  • never disagree withobviously the written word.
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  • So certainly, we shouldsteward the written word,
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  • but I'm saying are youstewarding the spoken word?
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  • In other words, when Godspeaks something to your heart,
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  • what doyou do with it?
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  • Think about it this way.
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  • Let's say God wants to encouragesomeone with a Scripture.
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  • And so He puts a Scriptureon your heart and speaks to you
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  • to send a note or a card to thisperson with a Scripture on it.
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  • And He already knows that whenthey get the card there's --
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  • it's -- that day,they're going
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  • to be reading that passage.
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  • He knows that, so He prompts youa week or so in advance
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  • to do thisbut you don't do it.
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  • In other words, He speaksto you, He gives you a Word.
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  • We want to hear Him, butthen we don't steward
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  • the Word that He gave us.
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  • We don't doanything with it.
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  • So He speaks to someoneelse and that person
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  • sends the card.
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  • If you're God, the nexttime you want to get a Scripture
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  • to someone, whoare you going to speak to?
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  • To the person that didn'tdo it and thought,
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  • “Well, maybe that's just me,”or the person that
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  • immediately obeyed you?
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  • It's very important --and see, when we talk about
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  • stewardship, we talk aboutstewarding our time,
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  • our energy, our resources.
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  • And all that's important.
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  • But we have to have this messagein a series about hearing God,
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  • how do you steward the word Godspeaks to you?
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  • So let me give you three ways tosteward the word
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  • that God speaks to you.
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  • Alright.
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  • Number one, stewardwhat you hear.
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  • Steward what you hear.
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  • Now, I said a moment ago,we're used to the word
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  • stewardship when wetalk about finances.
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  • We know that we return thefirst 10% to the house of God,
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  • and we live below our means, andwe know financial
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  • stewarding principles.
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  • There's a scripture, though,that is used,
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  • that Jesus uses it, talkingabout giving.
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  • And let me just seeif you remember it.
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  • Do you remember this phrase,"With the same measure you use,
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  • it will bemeasured back to you"?
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  • Do you remember that phrase?Okay.
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  • He uses that, talkingabout giving, in Luke 6.
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  • But did you know he usesthe same phrase,
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  • that's a stewarding phrase,about what you hear?
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  • Let me show it to you.
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  • Mark 4:24-25.
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  • "Then he said to them,'Take heed what you hear.
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  • With the same measure youuse, it will be measured to you.
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  • And to you who hear,'" orsteward what you hear,
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  • "More will be given."
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  • More words will be given.
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  • He's talking aboutwhat you hear.
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  • "For whoever has," orstewards what he has,
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  • what he hears: "To him more,"words: "Will be given."
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  • I'm just giving youthe context of it.
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  • "But whoever does not have,"or doesn't steward what God
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  • gives them when he speaks to'em, "Even what he has will
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  • be taken away from him."
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  • So we all want to hear God.
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  • But when God speaks,what do you do with it?
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  • Are you a good stewardof God's spoken word?
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  • Because we're in this series Iwant to give you the ten ways
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  • that God speaks.
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  • And I'm not saying this isall the ways God speaks.
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  • I'm not saying it's anexhaustive list, but this is
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  • just the ten ways Ifound that God speaks.
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  • Alright?
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  • The first one isthrough circumstances.
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  • We'll talk about this later,but Jonah is an example.
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  • God spoke to himwith his voice.
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  • He didn't heed his voice,so God spoke to him
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  • through circumstances.
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  • Number two, through counsel.
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  • In Proverbs all these versesabout godly counsel.
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  • God speaks through counsel.
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  • I just want you to know, ifyou wonder if God speaks,
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  • there are a lot ofways God speaks.
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  • Number three, through peace.
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  • We covered Colossians 3:15.
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  • "Let the peace of God rule,"or umpire: "In your heart."
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  • Philippians 4:7.
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  • "The peace of God will guardyour heart and your mind."
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  • So God speaks through peace.
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  • Number four, through people.
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  • Lots of examples in the Bible,but I gave you one in Acts 21,
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  • where Agabus, a prophet, gave aword from God to Paul.
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  • Now, this is a New Testamentexample of God speaking.
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  • Number five, throughdreams and visions.
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  • I just listed a few peoplethat had a dream or a vision.
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  • Solomon, Jacob, Peter, John,Paul, you could put Joseph
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  • in there.
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  • We'll talk about Josephlater in the message.
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  • Through thoughts.
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  • God can speak to youthrough your thoughts.
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  • Matthew 1:20 says that whenJoseph, the earthly father
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  • of Jesus, thought on thesethings, the Lord spoke to him.
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  • He sent the angel of theLord, came and spoke to him.
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  • The word of the Lord cameto him when he thought.
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  • Number seven, throughnatural manifestations.
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  • Romans 1, that what can beknown of God through nature.
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  • God can speakthrough nature.
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  • John 12:29, God spoke toJesus, some heard a voice,
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  • some heard it thunder.
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  • And then, the Book ofRevelation has all sorts
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  • of natural manifestations whereGod is speaking through those.
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  • Then not only throughnatural manifestations,
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  • number eight would besupernatural manifestations.
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  • A burning bush.
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  • That's a supernaturalmanifestation.
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  • The fleece with Gideon.
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  • A donkey, with Balaam.
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  • Alright?Supernatural.
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  • Number nine,through the Bible.
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  • Obviously, God speaksthrough the Bible.
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  • Romans 10:17.
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  • "Faith comes by hearing,"we're talking about hearing God,
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  • "And hearingby the word."
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  • God speaks through the Bible.
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  • And then, number ten,through a still, small voice.
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  • 1 Kings 19:12.
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  • Elijah described his voiceas a still, small voice.
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  • Just a few waysthat God speaks.
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  • So the point isthat God speaks.
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  • Now, I titled this series,"Frequency: Tune In, Hear God",
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  • because I'm using the example ofGod speaking on a certain
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  • frequency, and we can tune in.
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  • There are other voices, too.
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  • In the garden, there weretwo people trying
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  • to talk to Adam and Eve.
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  • God, and Satan.
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  • So this is what Jesus said.
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  • "Take heed what you hear."In other words,
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  • be careful to what you listen.
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  • Be careful.
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  • Be very, very carefulwhat you listen to.
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  • Be very careful.
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  • Be careful.
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  • Because Satan speaks.
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  • Isn't it amazing that Satanis called the prince
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  • and power of the air?
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  • Did you know that when youspeak, when the words come
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  • out of your mouth, beforethey enter
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  • the other person's ear, theytravel through what?
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  • The air.
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  • Do you think Satan mighttry to twist your words?
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  • You ever had that happen?
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  • For instance, have youever had a conversation
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  • with someone and laterthat person said to you,
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  • “Well, you said--” and youknow you didn't say that?
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  • Has that ever happened?
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  • That's what they heard.
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  • I remember one time Debbieand I were arguing and she said,
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  • “Well, you said--”Then she said,
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  • “And don't tell me it wasthe devil either.
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  • It was you.”
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • "Take heed what youhear."
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  • It's not just God broadcasting.
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  • There's someoneelse broadcasting.
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  • And let me saysomething else, too.
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  • Sometimes, you can hear yourown thoughts and think it's God.
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  • Jesus said, "Be carefulwhat you hear."
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  • Alright, here's the secondthing.
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  • Steward how you hear.
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  • Not just steward what youhear, steward how you hear.
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  • Now, watch this in Luke 8.
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  • This is incredible.
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  • Jesus uses --
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  • same scripture, but he changesthe wording a little bit.
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  • Luke 8:18.
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  • "Therefore take heed how youhear."
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  • There it is.
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  • Take heed how you hear.
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  • "For whoever has, to himmore will be given."
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  • More words, whoever's -- whoeverstewards well what he hears.
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  • "But whoever does not have,even what he seems to have,"
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  • well, those are somestrong words,
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  • "Will be taken away from him."
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  • So how do you hear when Godspeaks to you?
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  • Let's just say that God sayssomething like this to you.
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  • "You're going to minister tothousands."
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  • Where's the emphasis, in yourmind?
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  • Is it that you are going tominister to thousands,
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  • and people ought to recognizehow great you are?
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  • Or is it that God is goingto reach thousands of people?
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  • Whether he does itthrough you or not.
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  • I had some dreams yearsago, a dream, about millions,
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  • some large numbers,millions of people.
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  • The elders and I makedecisions today that affect
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  • millions of peopleand sometimes cost
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  • millions of dollars.
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  • But let me tell you why wecan be trusted
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  • with those decisions.
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  • Because we made gooddecisions when we were making
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  • decisions for hundreds ofdollars that affected
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  • hundreds of people.
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  • There's astewardship that's--
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  • I hope you're catchingwhat I'm saying.
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  • Everybody says, "Pastor,
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  • I want to hear those big wordsfrom God."
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  • What are youdoing with the little words?
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  • If you can't be faithfulwith a little,
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  • you can't be faithful witha lot.
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  • You've got to steward andone way --
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  • what you hear in one way is tosteward how you hear it.
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  • Joseph gets a dream from Godthat his brothers
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  • are going to bow down.
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  • What does he do?
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  • Goes and tells his brothers.
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  • Now, the dream was from God.
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  • But the dream wasn't to tryto tell him, "Hey, you're going
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  • to be in power one day."
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  • The dream was to tell him,"You're going to have power
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  • one day to lead," and listen tome, please hear this,
  • 00:12:00.879 --> 00:12:04.783
  • leadership in the Kingdom is nothow many people
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  • you can get to serve you.
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  • It's how many peopleyou can serve.
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  • That's what leadership is.
  • 00:12:13.124 --> 00:12:15.093
  • He was actually telling him,"You're going to get to serve
  • 00:12:15.193 --> 00:12:18.263
  • your family one day."
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  • So how do you hear?
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  • James 4:6-7.
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  • Now, this is going to be --part of this verse is one
  • 00:12:25.837 --> 00:12:28.606
  • of the most amazing things I'veever read in the Bible.
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  • Alright?Watch this.
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  • "But he," that's God, "Givesmore grace."
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  • Okay, stop just for a minute.
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  • Grace is prettycool, isn't it?
  • 00:12:39.584 --> 00:12:42.187
  • Grace is pretty amazing,like the song says.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • Can you imaginegetting more grace?
  • 00:12:46.391 --> 00:12:49.828
  • God gives more grace.
  • 00:12:49.928 --> 00:12:53.064
  • So how do youget more grace?
  • 00:12:53.164 --> 00:12:55.233
  • "Therefore," or because, "Hesays: 'God resists,'" and
  • 00:12:55.333 --> 00:13:00.872
  • I want you to notice thatword resists, "Resists
  • 00:13:00.972 --> 00:13:02.707
  • the proud, but gives grace," andthe context is more grace,
  • 00:13:02.807 --> 00:13:07.212
  • "To the humble.'Therefore submit to God.
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  • Resist the devil and he willflee from you."
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  • Okay.
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  • Just want you to notice,there are two resists
  • 00:13:14.285 --> 00:13:15.954
  • in this verse --in these verses.
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  • Resist the devil andhe will flee from you.
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  • We all know that.
  • 00:13:19.791 --> 00:13:20.992
  • But God resists the proud.
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  • Listen to me.
  • 00:13:23.161 --> 00:13:24.262
  • You can't resist the devilwhen God is resisting you.
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  • The only way you can resistthe devil is to get more grace
  • 00:13:31.336 --> 00:13:35.506
  • from God, and the onlyway you get more grace
  • 00:13:35.607 --> 00:13:37.709
  • is to be humble.
  • 00:13:37.809 --> 00:13:39.310
  • If you're prideful, youcan't resist the devil.
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  • As a matter of fact,God is resisting you.
  • 00:13:42.513 --> 00:13:45.950
  • This word resist means toplay on the opposing team.
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  • It's from a sporting term,I've told you how several
  • 00:13:53.825 --> 00:13:57.028
  • Greek words are used formilitary --
  • 00:13:57.128 --> 00:13:58.796
  • have a military background.
  • 00:13:58.897 --> 00:14:00.465
  • Several have sportingbackgrounds.
  • 00:14:00.565 --> 00:14:03.301
  • This one has asporting background.
  • 00:14:03.401 --> 00:14:05.403
  • It means to play onthe opposing team.
  • 00:14:05.503 --> 00:14:06.771
  • God opposes the proud.
  • 00:14:06.871 --> 00:14:08.239
  • He plays on theopposing team.
  • 00:14:08.339 --> 00:14:11.276
  • Okay, so let meexplain this.
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  • The Kingdom's fantastic.
  • 00:14:13.378 --> 00:14:14.646
  • It's really cool to be in theKingdom, because in the Kingdom,
  • 00:14:14.746 --> 00:14:17.649
  • God lets usrun with the ball.
  • 00:14:17.749 --> 00:14:22.353
  • No matter what you do,whatever your spiritual gift is,
  • 00:14:22.453 --> 00:14:24.789
  • whether it's leading asmall group or giving,
  • 00:14:24.889 --> 00:14:27.759
  • or praying for someone, orsharing or witnessing,
  • 00:14:27.859 --> 00:14:33.264
  • or ministering tosomeone who's sick.
  • 00:14:33.364 --> 00:14:35.033
  • Whatever it is, God letsyou run with the ball.
  • 00:14:35.133 --> 00:14:38.136
  • Here's what he says, though.
  • 00:14:38.236 --> 00:14:39.570
  • God says, "Just stay behind me."
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  • "Just stay behind me.
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  • Here's the ball, butstay behind me."
  • 00:14:45.209 --> 00:14:47.512
  • Okay.
  • 00:14:47.612 --> 00:14:48.680
  • Now, here's what we saywhenever we start whatever
  • 00:14:48.780 --> 00:14:50.982
  • ministry God's called us to.
  • 00:14:51.082 --> 00:14:52.483
  • "God, I can't runwith the ball.
  • 00:14:52.583 --> 00:14:55.019
  • I just can't do this.
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  • I can't.
  • 00:14:55.887 --> 00:14:56.587
  • God, I can't do this.
  • 00:14:56.688 --> 00:14:57.722
  • You need to choosesomeone else.
  • 00:14:57.822 --> 00:14:59.023
  • I just can't do this, God.
  • 00:14:59.123 --> 00:15:00.425
  • This just -- Ican't lead a group.
  • 00:15:00.525 --> 00:15:01.726
  • I can't do this, God.
  • 00:15:01.826 --> 00:15:03.394
  • I can't teach a class.
  • 00:15:03.494 --> 00:15:04.262
  • I just can't do this."
  • 00:15:04.362 --> 00:15:05.430
  • God says, "Listen, you can do it
  • 00:15:05.530 --> 00:15:07.298
  • if you just stay behind me."
  • 00:15:07.398 --> 00:15:09.033
  • So what do we do?
  • 00:15:09.133 --> 00:15:10.168
  • We are, like, rightbehind God, right?
  • 00:15:10.268 --> 00:15:12.704
  • I mean, we stayright behind Him.
  • 00:15:12.804 --> 00:15:14.405
  • That first small group weteach, right behind Him.
  • 00:15:14.505 --> 00:15:17.308
  • God's walking down thefield, kind of like this.
  • 00:15:17.408 --> 00:15:20.712
  • Just knocking every --the enemy out of the way.
  • 00:15:20.812 --> 00:15:23.214
  • We get to the end zone,and God says, "Look.
  • 00:15:23.314 --> 00:15:25.316
  • Look, you made a touchdown."
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  • Oh, boy.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • But please don't everask me to do that again.
  • 00:15:29.587 --> 00:15:33.391
  • But then we getasked to do it again.
  • 00:15:33.491 --> 00:15:35.693
  • And so we stay right behind Godagain and then we do it again
  • 00:15:35.793 --> 00:15:37.462
  • and then we do it again.
  • 00:15:37.562 --> 00:15:38.730
  • Pretty soon now, we're not anintern anymore.
  • 00:15:38.830 --> 00:15:40.999
  • Now we're a section leader.
  • 00:15:41.099 --> 00:15:43.267
  • And so they say, “Hey, can youcome teach my Life Group?”
  • 00:15:43.368 --> 00:15:47.005
  • “I can take care of it,” right?
  • 00:15:47.105 --> 00:15:53.411
  • And then we even say sometimesto our spouse afterwards,
  • 00:15:53.511 --> 00:15:56.948
  • “Did you hear the hush when Imade that point?
  • 00:15:57.048 --> 00:16:01.352
  • Did you hear that?
  • 00:16:01.452 --> 00:16:03.154
  • And then the closingillustration.
  • 00:16:03.254 --> 00:16:04.856
  • I tell you, it was just likePastor Robert.
  • 00:16:04.956 --> 00:16:06.290
  • It was just like PastorRobert.”
  • 00:16:06.391 --> 00:16:11.796
  • And so, God says,"Okay, here.
  • 00:16:11.896 --> 00:16:13.598
  • Run with the ball.
  • 00:16:13.698 --> 00:16:14.832
  • Just stay behind me."
  • 00:16:14.932 --> 00:16:16.367
  • And we don't say this, buthere's kind of the way we feel.
  • 00:16:16.467 --> 00:16:19.370
  • "Lord, I've been doingthis for awhile now.
  • 00:16:19.470 --> 00:16:23.141
  • And you can justsit this one out.
  • 00:16:23.241 --> 00:16:26.511
  • You can just sit on thebench, God."
  • 00:16:26.611 --> 00:16:28.913
  • But God doesn't sit on thebench.
  • 00:16:29.013 --> 00:16:32.116
  • He plays on theopposing team.
  • 00:16:32.216 --> 00:16:37.622
  • So God says, "Here, just staybehind me."
  • 00:16:37.722 --> 00:16:39.223
  • And we say, "Lord, I don't needyou to block for me."
  • 00:16:39.323 --> 00:16:43.594
  • Oh, okay.
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  • Come on.
  • 00:16:48.800 --> 00:16:51.536
  • Come on.
  • 00:16:51.636 --> 00:16:52.703
  • Let's see how faryou get without me.
  • 00:16:52.804 --> 00:16:54.172
  • Come on.
  • 00:16:54.272 --> 00:16:55.306
  • You say, "Well, whywould God do that?"
  • 00:16:55.406 --> 00:16:57.175
  • Because he tacklesus lovingly.
  • 00:16:57.275 --> 00:17:04.315
  • And he wants to tackle usbefore the enemy tackles us,
  • 00:17:04.415 --> 00:17:08.186
  • and takes usout of the game.
  • 00:17:08.286 --> 00:17:11.589
  • That's why he playson the opposing team.
  • 00:17:11.689 --> 00:17:14.092
  • God resists the proud.
  • 00:17:14.192 --> 00:17:17.495
  • But he gives graceto the humble.
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  • Take heed how you hear.
  • 00:17:20.898 --> 00:17:26.437
  • I was in the church one timespeaking and the pastor said,
  • 00:17:26.537 --> 00:17:29.307
  • “I'm having trouble with one ofthe elders' wives right now.
  • 00:17:29.407 --> 00:17:33.344
  • She's got this word fromGod, she says, but she's not
  • 00:17:33.444 --> 00:17:36.247
  • being kind about it.
  • 00:17:36.347 --> 00:17:37.849
  • She's being very critical.
  • 00:17:37.949 --> 00:17:40.017
  • She's being mean-spirited.
  • 00:17:40.118 --> 00:17:41.285
  • She's saying negative things topeople in the church.”
  • 00:17:41.385 --> 00:17:43.955
  • He said, “Would youmeet with this couple?”
  • 00:17:44.055 --> 00:17:45.089
  • I said, “Sure,” so I wasmeeting this couple.
  • 00:17:45.189 --> 00:17:47.291
  • The wife was talking anddoing kind of all the talking,
  • 00:17:47.391 --> 00:17:50.261
  • and her husband was just kind ofsitting there, you know.
  • 00:17:50.361 --> 00:17:52.230
  • And in a moment shesaid--she kept saying
  • 00:17:52.330 --> 00:17:53.898
  • to me, she said,“But I've heard God.
  • 00:17:53.998 --> 00:17:56.634
  • I've heard God.”
  • 00:17:56.734 --> 00:17:58.503
  • So I said to her, I said,“Well, I just want to ask
  • 00:17:58.603 --> 00:18:00.004
  • you a question.
  • 00:18:00.104 --> 00:18:01.205
  • Is it possible, is itjust in the realm of possibility
  • 00:18:01.305 --> 00:18:08.179
  • that youmight have missed God?”
  • 00:18:08.279 --> 00:18:10.982
  • This is whatshe said to me.
  • 00:18:11.082 --> 00:18:11.916
  • She said,“I've never missed God.”
  • 00:18:12.016 --> 00:18:16.354
  • When she said that, the Lordsaid to me,
  • 00:18:16.454 --> 00:18:19.323
  • “That's a demonic spirit.”
  • 00:18:19.423 --> 00:18:22.059
  • It's called afamiliar spirit.
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:24.695
  • It's a spirit that talksto you so much that you believe
  • 00:18:24.795 --> 00:18:27.999
  • it's Godtalking to you.
  • 00:18:28.099 --> 00:18:30.801
  • And the Lord said,“Anytime someone tells you
  • 00:18:30.902 --> 00:18:33.471
  • that he's never missedGod, he's under the control
  • 00:18:33.571 --> 00:18:37.074
  • of the enemy.”
  • 00:18:37.175 --> 00:18:38.843
  • And you can't believe since
  • 00:18:38.943 --> 00:18:40.211
  • then how many people saidto me, “I never miss God.”
  • 00:18:40.311 --> 00:18:45.016
  • Well, let me tellyou something.
  • 00:18:45.116 --> 00:18:45.950
  • We all miss God.
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:48.286
  • “For all have missed themark.” I got a Scripture on it.
  • 00:18:48.386 --> 00:18:55.693
  • Romans 3:23, “All have sinned.”
  • 00:18:55.793 --> 00:18:57.328
  • Hamartanó, the Greek word,
  • 00:18:57.428 --> 00:18:58.496
  • means missedthe mark like an arrow misses
  • 00:18:58.596 --> 00:19:00.731
  • the bull's eye.
  • 00:19:00.831 --> 00:19:01.966
  • We've all missedthe bull's eye.
  • 00:19:02.066 --> 00:19:04.001
  • So take heed how you hear.
  • 00:19:04.101 --> 00:19:05.369
  • And here's the thirdpoint, heed what you hear.
  • 00:19:05.469 --> 00:19:10.441
  • Heed what you hear.
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  • Mark 4 and Luke 8 say takeheed, they both begin
  • 00:19:13.377 --> 00:19:15.913
  • with those two words.
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  • Take heed.
  • 00:19:17.081 --> 00:19:18.549
  • Heed what you hear.
  • 00:19:18.649 --> 00:19:19.850
  • So you rememberthe story of Jonah?
  • 00:19:19.951 --> 00:19:21.319
  • I said we'd back to it.
  • 00:19:21.419 --> 00:19:22.420
  • Jonah 1:2-3.
  • 00:19:22.520 --> 00:19:24.822
  • God says, ""Arise, go toNineveh, that great city,
  • 00:19:24.922 --> 00:19:28.859
  • and cry out against it.
  • 00:19:28.960 --> 00:19:31.495
  • For their wickedness hascome up before me.'
  • 00:19:31.596 --> 00:19:33.965
  • But Jonah arose to flee toTarshish," -- now, this is a
  • 00:19:34.065 --> 00:19:37.235
  • very important phrase, "Fromthe presence of the Lord.
  • 00:19:37.335 --> 00:19:44.141
  • He went down to Joppa, andhe found a ship going
  • 00:19:44.242 --> 00:19:46.244
  • to Tarshish," which is theopposite direction.
  • 00:19:46.344 --> 00:19:48.613
  • You've probably heardthat many times.
  • 00:19:48.713 --> 00:19:49.914
  • "So he paid the fare, andwent down into it,"
  • 00:19:50.014 --> 00:19:52.683
  • into the ship, "To go with themto Tarshish," -- watch,
  • 00:19:52.783 --> 00:19:56.854
  • "From the presence of the Lord."
  • 00:19:56.954 --> 00:20:00.358
  • Listen to me very carefully.
  • 00:20:00.458 --> 00:20:02.193
  • When you don't obey the wordof the Lord, you leave
  • 00:20:02.293 --> 00:20:07.531
  • the presence of God.
  • 00:20:07.632 --> 00:20:09.300
  • It's that simple.
  • 00:20:09.400 --> 00:20:10.935
  • You leave his presence.
  • 00:20:11.035 --> 00:20:13.537
  • You're fleeingfrom his presence.
  • 00:20:13.638 --> 00:20:17.842
  • God spoke to Jonahwith his voice.
  • 00:20:17.942 --> 00:20:19.844
  • Jonah didn't listen.
  • 00:20:19.944 --> 00:20:20.878
  • So he spoke with himwith circumstances.
  • 00:20:20.978 --> 00:20:22.613
  • Okay.
  • 00:20:22.713 --> 00:20:24.115
  • Have you ever been in aplace -- now, all of us have.
  • 00:20:24.215 --> 00:20:26.550
  • Have you ever been in aplace where you just didn't
  • 00:20:26.651 --> 00:20:28.085
  • feel like youwere hearing God?
  • 00:20:28.185 --> 00:20:29.353
  • Right?
  • 00:20:29.453 --> 00:20:30.221
  • All of us havebeen there, right?
  • 00:20:30.321 --> 00:20:32.023
  • Okay.
  • 00:20:32.123 --> 00:20:33.124
  • Go back to the last placethat God spoke to you,
  • 00:20:33.224 --> 00:20:38.329
  • and ask yourself, did you obey?
  • 00:20:38.429 --> 00:20:42.466
  • See, Jonah did not hear Godspeak again until he repented.
  • 00:20:42.566 --> 00:20:50.141
  • God caused his circumstancesto close in around him,
  • 00:20:50.241 --> 00:20:56.047
  • so he would repent, and thenGod delivered him
  • 00:20:56.147 --> 00:20:59.050
  • from his circumstances.
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:02.053
  • Some of you right now haveyour circumstances closing
  • 00:21:02.153 --> 00:21:06.624
  • in around you.
  • 00:21:06.724 --> 00:21:08.893
  • The reason is because God spoketo you, and you didn't obey.
  • 00:21:08.993 --> 00:21:13.764
  • This is one of the mostimportant aspects
  • 00:21:13.864 --> 00:21:15.700
  • of hearing God.
  • 00:21:15.800 --> 00:21:17.101
  • Jesus said, "Take heed whatyou hear and how you hear it.
  • 00:21:17.201 --> 00:21:22.506
  • And then, take heed."
  • 00:21:22.606 --> 00:21:23.541
  • Take action.
  • 00:21:23.641 --> 00:21:24.475
  • Do something about it.
  • 00:21:24.575 --> 00:21:26.877
  • Because if you do, morewill be given to you.
  • 00:21:26.977 --> 00:21:32.249
  • You'll get more words fromGod if you'll just act
  • 00:21:32.350 --> 00:21:34.051
  • on the words you get.
  • 00:21:34.151 --> 00:21:36.587
  • But if you don't, even whatyou seem to have will be taken
  • 00:21:36.687 --> 00:21:41.926
  • away from you.
  • 00:21:42.026 --> 00:21:45.730
  • Several years ago, Debbieand I were ministering
  • 00:21:45.830 --> 00:21:48.999
  • in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:52.503
  • And when we went to NewZealand, we ate at a restaurant
  • 00:21:52.603 --> 00:21:57.475
  • with the pastor and his wife,and a waitress
  • 00:21:57.575 --> 00:21:59.744
  • came to our table,and waited on us.
  • 00:21:59.844 --> 00:22:01.212
  • And I felt this littleimpression, you need
  • 00:22:01.312 --> 00:22:03.414
  • to invite her to church.
  • 00:22:03.514 --> 00:22:05.616
  • And then, we neversaw her again.
  • 00:22:05.716 --> 00:22:07.852
  • We found out later,she went on break.
  • 00:22:07.952 --> 00:22:09.854
  • Another lady brought us ourfood, and brought us our check,
  • 00:22:09.954 --> 00:22:13.257
  • and we never saw her.
  • 00:22:13.357 --> 00:22:15.359
  • And so, we left therestaurant, and I kept thinking,
  • 00:22:15.459 --> 00:22:17.661
  • well, Lord, was that you?
  • 00:22:17.762 --> 00:22:18.763
  • Was that me?
  • 00:22:18.863 --> 00:22:19.997
  • Was -- I mean, and it -- the --it got so strong, I said
  • 00:22:20.097 --> 00:22:22.433
  • to Debbie and the pastor'swife, I've got to go back
  • 00:22:22.533 --> 00:22:24.935
  • in and find this waitress.
  • 00:22:25.035 --> 00:22:26.804
  • I've just gotto go find her.
  • 00:22:26.904 --> 00:22:28.639
  • So I went back in.
  • 00:22:28.739 --> 00:22:29.407
  • I said, "Is she still here?"
  • 00:22:29.507 --> 00:22:30.474
  • They said, "Yeah, she'son a break."
  • 00:22:30.574 --> 00:22:32.076
  • I said, "I know --
  • 00:22:32.176 --> 00:22:33.177
  • I don't want to interrupt herbreak, but this
  • 00:22:33.277 --> 00:22:34.512
  • is very important.
  • 00:22:34.612 --> 00:22:35.613
  • I have something veryimportant to tell her."
  • 00:22:35.713 --> 00:22:37.014
  • So she comes out, and Isay, "I'm so sorry
  • 00:22:37.114 --> 00:22:39.083
  • for interrupting your break.
  • 00:22:39.183 --> 00:22:40.050
  • I understand everyone needs abreak."
  • 00:22:40.151 --> 00:22:42.753
  • But I said, "I have to tell you,God told me
  • 00:22:42.853 --> 00:22:47.925
  • to invite you to church.
  • 00:22:48.025 --> 00:22:50.661
  • The church where I'mspeaking this weekend."
  • 00:22:50.761 --> 00:22:52.630
  • Now, when we talked to her thefirst time, we found out
  • 00:22:52.730 --> 00:22:55.332
  • that she and her husbandwere from the States,
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  • and he had taken a jobover there recently.
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  • I said, "God told mespecifically to invite you
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  • to church this weekend."
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  • She started crying, and shesaid, "My husband and I
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  • have never gone to church."Never.
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  • Weddings, funerals,she named that.
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  • Weddings, funerals,like that counted.
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  • Now, I don't mean that wrong,but to her mind, you know?
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  • We were there for afuneral, you know?
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  • So -- and she said, "Butwe've never gone to church."
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  • And sometimes,Easter or Christmas.
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  • She said, "We moved overhere three or four months ago
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  • for his job, andwe don't know anybody.
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  • And this week, I said tohim, 'What about if we went
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  • to a church, to tryto meet some people?'
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  • And he said, 'I've beenthinking the same thing,
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  • but I wouldn't have any idea ofwhat church to go to.'"
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  • And she said, "This morning, onthe way to work, I said, God,
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  • I don't evenknow if you exist.
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  • But if you exist, if you'rereal, would you have someone
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  • invite us to churchsomewhere we could go?
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  • Would you just havesomeone invite us?"
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  • What are you going to dowhen God speaks to you?
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  • Just do it.
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  • Just step out.
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  • Steward what he gives you,and he'll give you more.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I want toencourage you to not only
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  • hear God's voice,but to heed God's voice.
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  • In other words, when Godspeaks to you, step out,
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  • and share what God'stelling you to share.
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  • Just like I did with thatwaitress in that restaurant,
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  • and she said, "I just can'tbelieve you're inviting us
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  • to church, becausewe've been praying
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  • about a church to go to."
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  • So I want toencourage you,
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  • we all get those littleimpressions from God.
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  • And when it's an impressionto help someone, bless someone,
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  • or strengthen someone, step out,and encourage someone by
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  • speaking God's word to 'em.
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  • Hey, I have soenjoyed this series.
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  • We have one more week, soI want you to tune in next week
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  • as we finish our series,"Frequency: Tune In,
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  • And Hear God".
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you forwatching today's program
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  • as Pastor Robertshares a message
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  • from his series, "Frequency".
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  • Have you ever found yourselfasking, "How can I hear God?"
  • 00:25:24.682 --> 00:25:28.252
  • "Does God still speak?"
  • 00:25:28.352 --> 00:25:29.653
  • Or, "Is He reallyspeaking to me?"
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  • The good news is, yes,God is speaking.
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  • And like a radio hostbroadcasting His voice
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  • into the airwaves, God speaks tous all the time.
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  • The question is, are you tunedit to the right frequency?
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  • In this series Pastor Robertexplains how you can connect
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  • with God and hear His voice.
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  • We would love to send you theselife-transforming messages
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  • to help you learn the biblicalprinciples to hearing,
  • 00:25:51.775 --> 00:25:53.911
  • and following God's voice.
  • 00:25:54.011 --> 00:25:56.013
  • And so for your best gift today,we'll send you the "Frequency"
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  • series on CDor digital download.
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  • If you share a gift of $35 ormore we will send you
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  • this series on CD, and DVD or asa digital download.
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  • And for your gift of $55 ormore, we'll send you
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  • this series on CD and DVD andinclude the book, "Frequency"
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  • by Pastor Robert.
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  • This book dives deeper intothese powerful truths,
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  • and will help you grow closer tothe Lord as you learn
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  • to hear Him whenHe speaks to you.
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  • We always love hearing from you,so please take a moment
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  • to call us or visit us online atPastorRobert.com
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  • to request your copyof this series,
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  • to share your prayer requests,
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  • and to find other teachingresources that will help you
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  • learn how to tune into God'svoice and experience more
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  • of His love.
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  • As always, we want to thank youfor watching,
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  • and for your continued support
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  • of PastorRobert Morris Ministries.
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  • ♪ ♪
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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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  • ♪ ♪
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