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Why Am I Here: My Career Calling

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August 20, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Why Am I Here: My Career Calling

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  • I would take the ark with me, and when Absalom came,
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  • I'd be standing right beside him, but he said, listen,
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  • God's in control.
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  • The ark means to stay with the people.
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  • The presence of God needs to stay with the people.
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  • At some time or another, we've all asked, why am I here?
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  • You were born for a reason, and God has a specific answer
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  • to your question that He's the only one who can give it to you.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris, as he discusses the question,
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  • "Why Am I Here?"
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  • ROBERT: This is the third part
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  • of a three-week series called "Why Am I Here?"
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  • and the title of today's message is, "My Career Calling"
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  • and most people already know their career
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  • and they're in their career.
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  • Some of the young people would be like, great,
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  • tell me how I can know my career.
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  • So, what are you saying?
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  • And the Lord began to show me that what He was referring
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  • to when He gave me this word was our life calling,
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  • our specific purpose for being on earth.
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  • In other words, why am I here?
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  • Not just why are we here, why am I here?
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  • For my whole life, what does God have for me?
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  • Yes, to be a believer and serve.
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  • Yes, we have gifts, and we have some sort of ministry God
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  • has given us, but what's my life purpose, and that's really
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  • what began to happen.
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  • So, before I tell you what your purpose is, I have three
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  • points again, but I want to tell you two things
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  • that your purpose is not.
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  • That's very important to understand.
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  • So, here's number one: Your purpose
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  • is not your position.
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  • Your purpose is not your position.
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  • Another way to say that is your identity is not your position
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  • no matter what your position is.
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  • All right.
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  • 1 Samuel 16 if you're there.
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  • Let me show you.
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  • This is where Samuel comes to anoint David as king.
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  • All right?
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  • 1 Samuel 16:10 says, "Thus Jesse made seven of his sons
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  • pass before Samuel.
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  • And Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen these."
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  • And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?"
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  • Then he said, "There remains yet the youngest,
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  • and there he is, keeping the sheep."
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  • And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him.
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  • For we will not sit down until he comes here."
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  • So, he sent and brought him in.
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  • Now he was ruddy," the word ruddy means red.
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  • Some say David had red hair.
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  • Some refer to that he probably had red skin
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  • because of being a shepherd and being outside so much,
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  • but that's what the word ruddy means.
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  • It just means red.
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  • "Now he was ruddy with bright eyes,
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  • and good-looking."
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  • I related to David a lot.
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  • I'm just joking.
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  • "And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him;
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  • for this is the one!"
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  • So, if you were a young person, and you were wondering
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  • what your career was going to be, how cool would it be
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  • for the prophet of God, the prophet of God at that time,
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  • to show up and tell you what your career was.
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  • That's pretty cool, isn't it, and he got a pretty cool
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  • career too.
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  • You know?
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  • He said, okay, let's see.
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  • Your career.
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  • You're going to get to be the boss of everyone.
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  • Now, you don't want to admit it, but several of you would
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  • like to be the boss of everyone.
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  • You're going to be the boss of everyone.
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  • Now, again, these words aren't in the text.
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  • I'm just kind of surmising this because I want to make
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  • a point from this.
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  • You know, you're going to get to be the king.
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  • You're going to be rich.
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  • You're going to have servants, and you're going to live
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  • in a castle, but I wonder what would have happened if Samuel
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  • while he was turning leave made this statement,
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  • "and people are going to try to kill you for the rest
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  • of your life."
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  • Then David might have said, "Well, wait, wait, wait.
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  • What did you say?"
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  • "I said you were going to get to be the king."
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  • "Yeah, after that."
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  • "Rich, servants, and the castle."
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  • "Yeah, after that.
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  • The part about people trying to kill me for the rest
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  • of my life."
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  • See, Samuel didn't tell him that.
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  • When God gave Joseph the dream of his brothers bowing down,
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  • God conveniently left out the part about slavery and prison.
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  • So, you say, well, why are you telling me that?
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  • Because I'm telling you that you're going to go through
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  • seasons, and some of them you won't like.
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  • Even David, when we talk about a career, he had several
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  • different jobs before he was king.
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  • He was a shepherd.
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  • He was a musician.
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  • He actually became a musician for Saul.
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  • He was in the military, and then he became king,
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  • but he went through seasons.
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  • So, no matter what your life calling is,
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  • there are seasons.
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  • Let me give you an example.
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  • Let's say that your life calling, one of the primary
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  • purposes you're on this earth is to be a mom
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  • which is a huge high calling, and when you think about how
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  • generations get more evil from generation
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  • to generation, we need more Godly moms and dads.
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  • So, it's a high calling.
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  • So, let's just say that's a calling you feel
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  • like this is the life purpose for me.
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  • Well, you're going to go through seasons.
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  • You're going to have the season of young children,
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  • and this season will pass, but you're in a season now.
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  • So, you'll have young children.
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  • You'll have a time when they start school; a season.
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  • You'll have a season when they become teenagers,
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  • God help you.
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  • You'll have a season where they go to college.
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  • You'll have a season where you're helping them finding
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  • a mate and praying about that.
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  • You'll have a season where they get married and leave home.
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  • You'll have a season where they have young children.
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  • You'll have a season where your children have teenagers,
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  • God help them.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Any time I say the word teenager,
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  • God help just kind of comes out.
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  • But you'll go through seasons.
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  • Okay?
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  • So, the first thing I need you to know is your purpose
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  • is not your position at the time.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • If you don't like your boss right now and you don't
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  • like your job, it will pass.
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  • It's just a season, and you need to ask God what He's trying
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  • to teach you because if you don't learn
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  • it with this boss, you'll get one even worse.
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  • So, there are seasons.
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  • David was the king, but he went through seasons.
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  • All right?
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  • So, here's number two.
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  • Your purpose is not your provision.
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  • Your purpose is not your provision.
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  • Now, as we know our purpose from a career, so a lot of times
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  • your purpose lines up with your career.
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  • Sometimes it doesn't, but sometimes it does, but you need
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  • to know your job is not your provision.
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  • God is your provision, and I don't just mean
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  • your financial provision.
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  • I mean, God provides everything we need.
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  • He'll provide the right spouse.
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  • If we'll wait.
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  • He'll provide the right house at the right time.
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  • He provides the right job, but we have to know
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  • that God is our provider.
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  • Now, 2 Samuel 15, if you have your Bible open there,
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  • 2 Samuel 15, let me show you a season in David's life
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  • after he's king.
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  • He had a son named Absalom, and look at Verse 1,
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  • 2 Samuel 15:1, "After this, it happened that Absalom
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  • provided himself."
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  • Now, it just happens that God led me to this passage,
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  • and here is the word provided.
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  • He provided himself.
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  • God didn't provide it for him, "with chariots
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  • and horses and 50 men to run before him."
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  • Now, Absalom would rise early and stand besides
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  • the way to the gate so it was whenever anyone who had
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  • a lawsuit came to the king for a decision that Absalom
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  • would call to him and say what city are you from?
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  • And he would say your servant is from such-and-such a tribe
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  • of Israel.
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  • Then, Absalom would say to him, look, your case is good
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  • and right, but there's no deputy of the king to hear you.
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  • Moreover, Absalom would say, oh, that I were made a judge
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  • in the land and everyone who has any suit or cause would come
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  • to me, and then I would give him justice.
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  • And so it was whenever anyone came near to bow down
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  • to him that he would put out his hand and take him
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  • and kiss him.
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  • In his manner, Absalom acted toward all Israel who came
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  • to the king for judgement, so Absalom stole the hearts
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  • of the men of Israel.
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  • So, David's got a coup on his hands.
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  • It's happening, and Absalom, by the way, did this for many,
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  • many years, it says.
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  • Absalom was trying to provide a position and a purpose
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  • for himself instead of letting God provide
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  • his position and his purpose.
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  • By the way, if you have to manipulate to get it,
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  • you'll have to manipulate to keep it, but if God gives
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  • it to you, no one can take it away from you.
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  • It's a whole lot better to let God raise up one
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  • and put down another.
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  • Asaph, the chief musician, wrote promotion doesn't come
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  • from the east or the west.
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  • It comes from the Lord, and he was the chief musician
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  • under David, so I'm sure he learned that from David.
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  • Listen, God is the one who promotes.
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  • So, Absalom creates this coup, goes to Hebron
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  • and declares himself king and after this, David,
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  • he leaves the city.
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  • Now, you've got to remember, this is a great warrior,
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  • but he's trusting God as his provision.
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  • So, he leaves the city.
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  • Now, while he's leaving the city, there's a famous story
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  • that a lot of people know.
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  • Shimei, this guy named Shimei, throws rocks at David
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  • and curses him, and Abishai who is Joab's brother,
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  • one of David's mighty men.
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  • Today, we'd say David's tough dudes, one of David's
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  • tough dudes said who is this dead dog to curse the king,
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  • and then he says let me go over and take his head off.
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  • Now, you can read it.
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  • Let me go take his head off, and that's what he said,
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  • and here's the thing that hopefully you know this.
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  • He could have done it.
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  • Abishai could have done it, and David said, no,
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  • maybe God sent him.
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  • We'll just trust the Lord.
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  • Okay, a lot of people know that story.
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  • I even said to my wife when I was talking about this,
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  • Debbie, I said do you remember what happened when David
  • 00:11:26.280 --> 00:11:29.070
  • was leaving, and she said that guy cursed him
  • 00:11:29.100 --> 00:11:31.240
  • and threw rocks at him.
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  • I said, yeah, but do you know what happened
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  • with the Ark of the Covenant?
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  • She said, no, I don't.
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  • I never even heard of that at all.
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  • Now, you've got to remember that the Ark of the Covenant
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  • was where God dwelled.
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  • It wasn't representative of the presence of God.
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  • It is where God dwelled.
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  • It says He dwelled between the wings of the wings
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  • of the cherubim.
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  • When you have the Ark of the Covenant in your camp, you won.
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  • When you didn't, you didn't.
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  • So, you would think if someone is coming after you
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  • to kill you, you'd take the Ark with you, right?
  • 00:12:01.060 --> 00:12:03.050
  • By the way, this is the Ark that Indiana Jones
  • 00:12:03.080 --> 00:12:06.000
  • discovered in 1981.
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  • There's a movie about it.
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:09.030
  • So, let me show you, though, how David knew God
  • 00:12:09.060 --> 00:12:14.290
  • was his provision.
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  • This is absolutely phenomenal to me.
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:19.070
  • 2 Samuel 15:25-26, "Then the king said to Zadok,
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:24.230
  • "Carry the ark of God back into the city.
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  • If I find favor in eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back
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  • and show me both it and His dwelling place.
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  • But if he says, 'Thus, I have no delight in him,
  • 00:12:36.040 --> 00:12:38.210
  • then here I am.
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  • If I have no delight in you, then here I am; let him
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  • do to me whatever seems good to him."
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  • That's amazing to me.
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  • I would take the Ark with me, and when Absalom came,
  • 00:12:48.150 --> 00:12:51.210
  • I'd be standing right beside it, but he said, listen,
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  • God is in control.
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  • The Ark needs to stay with the people.
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  • The presence of God needs to stay with the people,
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  • and if God wants to bring me back as the people's leader,
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  • God will take care of me.
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  • He's big enough.
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  • So, this is God is in control.
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  • You see?
  • 00:13:10.100 --> 00:13:12.270
  • Debbie and I have talked about this,
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:14.070
  • and she has gotten through.
  • 00:13:14.100 --> 00:13:15.140
  • She has won the battle in this area, but she's had some
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  • tough times because all of our children, all the guys,
  • 00:13:17.230 --> 00:13:23.110
  • work at the church; two sons and a son-in-law,
  • 00:13:23.140 --> 00:13:26.080
  • and I consider Ethan my son, part of our family now,
  • 00:13:26.110 --> 00:13:29.290
  • but they never planned to work at the church.
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  • Josh got a degree in film and never planned
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:34.240
  • to go into the ministry.
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  • He's one of our pastors now.
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  • James studied business and went into business,
  • 00:13:37.090 --> 00:13:40.080
  • and then he's in our stewardship department, and Ethan
  • 00:13:40.110 --> 00:13:44.030
  • got a degree in accounting and used to work at Ernst and Young,
  • 00:13:44.060 --> 00:13:46.120
  • and now he's our young adults' pastor.
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  • There are times when they'll be a little frustrated
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  • about something and Debbie will hear it from the girls,
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:59.000
  • and she'll say to me, did you know what so-and-so
  • 00:13:59.030 --> 00:14:03.010
  • is going through, and I say, yeah, I know.
  • 00:14:03.040 --> 00:14:07.090
  • She'll say, well, you're the boss, and I've had
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:15.110
  • to say to her, but Debbie, I don't do that.
  • 00:14:15.140 --> 00:14:19.290
  • I have 680 employees, and I set the system up this way.
  • 00:14:20.020 --> 00:14:26.060
  • No one else set it up.
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  • I'm the one that started it in my house.
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  • I set it up where I don't set my kids' positions or salaries
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:35.230
  • and let me tell you two reasons why I did that,
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  • and here's the second one.
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  • This isn't the first one.
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  • The second one is I trust the team.
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  • I really do trust the people around me,
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  • but the first one is I trust God.
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  • God is big enough.
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  • If there is a boss that's mistreating one of my kids,
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  • God is big enough.
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  • He's big enough to take care of it.
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  • You need to know something.
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  • No one can thwart your destiny but you.
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  • No boss, no company, no person.
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  • Actually, there's only one person that can mess up
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  • your destiny, and that's you, but no one else can.
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  • David understood that his purpose
  • 00:15:19.010 --> 00:15:22.070
  • was not his provision.
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  • God was his provision.
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  • And here's number three; your purpose is your pursuit.
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  • This is what it is.
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  • It's what you pursue.
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  • Now obviously, we pursue God.
  • 00:15:31.240 --> 00:15:33.240
  • What we pursue serving God, we pursue loving God.
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  • We pursue what God's call is on our lives.
  • 00:15:38.100 --> 00:15:42.270
  • Here's a great Scripture, Acts 13:36, "For David,
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  • after he had served the purpose of God in his own
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  • generation fell asleep and was laid with his fathers."
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  • He served the purpose of God for his generation,
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  • but there was a time, we're all familiar with it,
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:16:01.120
  • when David messed up.
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  • Let me tell you why he messed up.
  • 00:16:03.270 --> 00:16:05.260
  • He quit pursuing his purpose, the purpose of God
  • 00:16:05.290 --> 00:16:10.000
  • that was on his life.
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  • Let me read it to you, 2 Samuel 11:1-2,
  • 00:16:11.130 --> 00:16:14.290
  • "It happened in the spring of the year at the time
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:18.020
  • when kings," David is the king,
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:20.220
  • "go out to battle that David sent,"
  • 00:16:20.250 --> 00:16:24.070
  • notice he didn't go, "Joab and his servants with him
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  • and all Israel, and they destroyed the people of Amman
  • 00:16:28.190 --> 00:16:31.090
  • and besieged Rabbah, but David remained at Jerusalem,
  • 00:16:31.120 --> 00:16:34.190
  • and then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:37.070
  • and walked on the roof of the king's house and from the roof,
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:39.250
  • he saw a woman bathing and that woman was very beautiful
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  • to behold."
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  • If David had been pursuing the purpose of God on his life,
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  • he never would have even seen that Bathsheba.
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  • Here's the reason I think that we stop pursuing
  • 00:16:54.280 --> 00:16:57.130
  • the purpose of God.
  • 00:16:57.160 --> 00:16:59.010
  • It's because we go through seasons, and we accomplish
  • 00:16:59.040 --> 00:17:02.000
  • something, and we don't go back to God
  • 00:17:02.030 --> 00:17:05.020
  • then for what the next season is for our life.
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:08.120
  • Let me use a term that a lot of people use.
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:10.280
  • We call it mid-life crisis.
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  • It's like, well, I've done all this.
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  • I really don't know what else I'm supposed to do,
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:19.280
  • and I'm not getting any meaning.
  • 00:17:20.010 --> 00:17:21.180
  • So, you've got to understand.
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:22.190
  • You don't get meaning out of your career.
  • 00:17:22.220 --> 00:17:25.190
  • You get meaning out of your relationship with God,
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  • and you go through a mid-life crisis.
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  • Actually, what you're going through is a change in season.
  • 00:17:31.040 --> 00:17:34.020
  • You need to go back and ask God, God what's next for me?
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  • What do you have for me?
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  • I feel like, personally, I've been through two
  • 00:17:38.280 --> 00:17:40.250
  • mid-life crises.
  • 00:17:40.280 --> 00:17:43.250
  • I feel like you go through more than one.
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  • The first one was a few years before I planted
  • 00:17:47.150 --> 00:17:50.190
  • Gateway Church.
  • 00:17:50.220 --> 00:17:52.030
  • I was an associate pastor at Shady Grove Church which is our
  • 00:17:52.060 --> 00:17:54.130
  • Grand Prairie campus, and I started getting bored.
  • 00:17:54.160 --> 00:17:58.060
  • It was the change of a season, but I just felt like
  • 00:17:58.090 --> 00:18:00.180
  • I can't accomplish anymore where
  • 00:18:00.210 --> 00:18:03.000
  • I am in this position,
  • 00:18:03.030 --> 00:18:04.160
  • and I don't know what God has for me next, and so Pastor
  • 00:18:04.190 --> 00:18:06.200
  • Olan, he's a great pastor.
  • 00:18:06.230 --> 00:18:08.130
  • He's one of our apostolic elders now.
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:10.030
  • Pastor Olan was meeting with all the elders
  • 00:18:10.060 --> 00:18:14.000
  • and saying where do you want to be in five years and what
  • 00:18:14.030 --> 00:18:15.250
  • is God saying to you?
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:18.010
  • And so he was asking the spouses as well, and so,
  • 00:18:18.040 --> 00:18:21.250
  • he said to Debbie, he asked Debbie, and she said something,
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:24.130
  • and she had not told me this, and I remember afterwards,
  • 00:18:24.160 --> 00:18:26.160
  • I said why did you not tell me that?
  • 00:18:26.190 --> 00:18:28.210
  • She said, I didn't know it.
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:30.230
  • I didn't know it until it just came out, but he asked
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:35.150
  • her about my future, and she said, I'm concerned,
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:42.100
  • I'm very concerned.
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:43.290
  • And he said, why are you concerned?
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:45.140
  • And she said because Robert for the first time since he's
  • 00:18:45.170 --> 00:18:47.230
  • been saved has lost his passion for ministry.
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:52.210
  • He's always been passionate about ministering the people
  • 00:18:52.240 --> 00:18:55.110
  • always, but because he doesn't feel challenged right now,
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:59.200
  • he's lost his passion for ministry, and then she said
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:02.190
  • this, and I'm afraid because he's lost his passion
  • 00:19:02.220 --> 00:19:06.290
  • for ministry and I've never seen this, I'm afraid that next
  • 00:19:07.020 --> 00:19:10.220
  • he'll lose his passion for the Lord, and then he'll lose
  • 00:19:10.250 --> 00:19:14.040
  • his passion for me.
  • 00:19:14.070 --> 00:19:19.130
  • It was a wake-up call for me, and we went home that night,
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:23.140
  • and we stayed up most of the night talking,
  • 00:19:23.170 --> 00:19:25.010
  • and I said I'm so sorry.
  • 00:19:25.040 --> 00:19:26.230
  • I'm not going to do that.
  • 00:19:26.260 --> 00:19:29.100
  • So, here's what I did.
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:30.150
  • I began to pursue my purpose in prayer.
  • 00:19:30.180 --> 00:19:37.010
  • I wasn't trying to get an advancement or trying to figure
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:39.080
  • out a promotion or if I should plant a church
  • 00:19:39.110 --> 00:19:42.210
  • or go be a senior pastor.
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:44.000
  • I just began to pursue it in prayer, and that's when God,
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:47.120
  • after that, about a year later, spoke to me about
  • 00:19:47.150 --> 00:19:49.180
  • Gateway Church, but something had changed in my
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:52.010
  • heart because God called me back to my purpose,
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:56.130
  • and let me tell you what my purpose is so maybe
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:58.260
  • it will help you.
  • 00:19:58.290 --> 00:19:59.290
  • My purpose is to help people develop an intimate
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:02.110
  • relationship with God.
  • 00:20:02.140 --> 00:20:05.080
  • That's my life purpose; to help people develop
  • 00:20:05.110 --> 00:20:09.150
  • an intimate relationship with God, and I know that,
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:12.040
  • and that's what excites me.
  • 00:20:12.070 --> 00:20:13.290
  • That thrills me.
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:15.140
  • I mean, more than anything.
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:16.180
  • I'll tell you about a conversation I had sitting
  • 00:20:16.210 --> 00:20:18.210
  • on the beach with a couple beside us when we were
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:21.270
  • on vacation, and it wasn't work for me.
  • 00:20:22.000 --> 00:20:25.070
  • I was helping them develop an intimate relationship
  • 00:20:25.100 --> 00:20:27.070
  • with God, and I told you I feel like I've gone through
  • 00:20:27.100 --> 00:20:32.210
  • two mid-life crises.
  • 00:20:32.240 --> 00:20:34.050
  • I feel like I've gone through another one in the last
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:35.190
  • couple of years because I began to say God,
  • 00:20:35.220 --> 00:20:40.080
  • what's next, what's next for me?
  • 00:20:40.110 --> 00:20:43.170
  • Because I know you put in my heart to build, obviously,
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:47.250
  • God builds His church but to use me to build a large
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:51.190
  • apostolic influential church in the world,
  • 00:20:51.220 --> 00:20:54.210
  • and I've done that, and you've put it in my heart to preach
  • 00:20:54.240 --> 00:20:58.180
  • the word through television and to really reach out,
  • 00:20:58.210 --> 00:21:01.210
  • and our television ministry has become very successful
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:04.100
  • and is doing great, and you put it in my heart
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:07.180
  • to write best-selling books.
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:09.140
  • That was specifically my prayer because if you write
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:11.260
  • a book and only three people read it,
  • 00:21:11.290 --> 00:21:13.180
  • you haven't helped a lot.
  • 00:21:13.210 --> 00:21:15.130
  • So, you know, your wife and your kids read it, okay,
  • 00:21:15.160 --> 00:21:17.200
  • great, but I wasn't doing it for financial reasons,
  • 00:21:17.230 --> 00:21:21.260
  • but for books and most of you know because my best-selling
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:25.060
  • book, I've given all the royalties away to,
  • 00:21:25.090 --> 00:21:27.130
  • and that is in the millions of dollars.
  • 00:21:27.160 --> 00:21:29.150
  • So, it was, Lord, what now?
  • 00:21:29.180 --> 00:21:32.040
  • Those were like three goals I had; to build a church,
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:35.120
  • Gateway, to where it would really be an influential church
  • 00:21:35.150 --> 00:21:37.270
  • in the world, and the television ministry,
  • 00:21:38.000 --> 00:21:40.210
  • and then books.
  • 00:21:40.240 --> 00:21:42.040
  • And so, I've been asking the Lord for a couple of years
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:44.110
  • what do you want me to do, what do you want me to do?
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  • And this sabbatical answered me.
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:49.250
  • You know what he said to me?
  • 00:21:49.280 --> 00:21:51.220
  • He said, son, you've confused goals with purpose,
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:58.290
  • and yes, you've reached some goals, but your purpose
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:01.250
  • is the same, and now you need to ask me what the next
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:04.290
  • goals are, and He gave me three goals on sabbatical,
  • 00:22:05.020 --> 00:22:10.200
  • and I'll just list them out to you, but preaching,
  • 00:22:10.230 --> 00:22:13.160
  • number one is preaching and teaching God's word.
  • 00:22:13.190 --> 00:22:15.200
  • I love to preach and teach God's word.
  • 00:22:15.230 --> 00:22:17.290
  • Two, inspiring pastors and leaders.
  • 00:22:18.020 --> 00:22:21.010
  • That floats my boat or downloads my app.
  • 00:22:21.040 --> 00:22:25.160
  • I don't know how you want to say it for your generation.
  • 00:22:25.190 --> 00:22:32.210
  • Inspiring pastors and leaders.
  • 00:22:32.240 --> 00:22:34.040
  • I love to do that.
  • 00:22:34.070 --> 00:22:35.040
  • And three, mentoring the next generation.
  • 00:22:35.070 --> 00:22:41.010
  • These three goals get me excited for the next ten
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  • or 15 years, whatever it is.
  • 00:22:44.150 --> 00:22:46.230
  • I've got to do this.
  • 00:22:46.260 --> 00:22:47.230
  • Now, here's what I want to tell you.
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  • I wrote these down.
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:50.280
  • I have these written down.
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  • I heard from the Lord.
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  • I'm excited.
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  • I'm passionate, but I can't write your purpose down
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  • for you, and I can't tell you what it is.
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  • Habbakuk 2:2, he says write the vision and make it plain,
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  • but Verse 1, he talks about, so I set myself apart,
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  • and I spent time with God.
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  • Okay, I can't do that for you, but before God ever gave
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  • him the vision to write, he had to spend time with God.
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  • So, I want you to know something.
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  • God has a specific answer to the question why am I here, God?
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  • He has a specific answer, but He's the only one
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  • who can give it to you.
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  • I'm really praying for you that you will discover why
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  • you are here, why specifically you're here.
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  • What is your calling?
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  • What has God called you to do that if you don't do it,
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  • it's not going to get done, and this has been the last
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  • in a series of messages where we've talked about why
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  • am I here and God's specific calling on our lives,
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  • and maybe this is the only one you've heard.
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  • I would encourage you to get the whole set.
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  • Get the whole series and let God speak to you, but just
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  • like I said in this message, maybe you should take some time
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  • and just sit down and write what do I like to do,
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  • what do I want to do.
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  • You'll be surprised because, you see, God is the one who
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  • gives us those desires.
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  • You know, there's a Scripture that I think a lot
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  • of people misunderstand.
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  • It says delight yourself in the Lord,
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  • and He will give you the desires of your heart.
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  • Somehow, we think that means if we delight in the Lord,
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  • God will give us what we want, but I want to say
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  • it another way, delight yourself in the Lord,
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  • and He will give you or He will put desires in your heart.
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  • He'll give you the desires of your heart.
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  • When you delight in the Lord, you'll find yourself
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  • desiring to help people in some way, and that could
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  • be your purpose, your life calling.
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  • God has something specific for you.
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  • I promise you, and God wants to show you what that is
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  • and let you live out a fantastic life of building His kingdom
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  • on this earth.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Each one of us has found ourselves asking questions
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  • such as, what am I supposed to do with my life?
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  • Or, what is my purpose on earth?
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  • And why am I even here?
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  • It's time to find the answers to these questions.
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  • In this teaching series, Pastor Robert answers these common,
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  • yet difficult questions, and will help you discover
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  • practical truths from God's word about your unique calling.
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  • Your calling involves much more than the job or career
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  • you choose, and it doesn't have to wait till you finish
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  • with school, and it definitely doesn't end with retirement.
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  • ROBERT: This is your number one thing, it's your priority,
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  • and this is hour priority as disciples, to be with Him,
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  • because the power to do, comes from the power to be.
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  • I want you to be with me, and the disciples needed to learn
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  • to be with Him.
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  • So, at whatever stage you're in right now,
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  • this is the time to explore the eternal value of your
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  • unique calling.
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  • For your gift of any amount today, we would like to send you
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  • the "Why Am I Here" series on CD, and for your gift of $35
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  • or more, we'll send you this three part teaching series
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  • on both CD and DVD.
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  • As you study along with Pastor Robert in this series,
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  • you begin to discover more than just what you're supposed
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  • to do with your life, in fact you'll discover that your
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  • true calling is more than just what you do, it's about who
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  • you are and who you are called to be.
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  • Visit us online at PastorRobert.com,
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  • or give us a call today.
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  • And as always, thank you for your support of our ministry.
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  • ROBERT: Are you ready to get out of debt?
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  • Do you want to eliminate all financial stress from your life?
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  • As a pastor, when I see people living
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  • under financial stress, it breaks my heart.
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  • There are many resources to help us get our finances in order,
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  • but most people don't know the secrets
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  • about how to operate their finances
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  • according to biblical principles,
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  • and I reveal these principles in my new book "Beyond Blessed".
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  • Purchase your copy today wherever books are sold.
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