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December 11, 2019
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The Potter's Touch with T. D. Jakes

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  • The Potter's Touch
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  • - Bishop T.D. Jakes:
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  • He allows distractions
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  • that he does not tolerate
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  • at the end.
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  • He goes to the marriage at Cana
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  • and he goes there to attend a
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  • function and his mother comes up
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  • to him and says, "Lord,
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  • we're running out of wine."
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  • And he says, "Woman,
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  • what am I to do with thee?
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  • My hour has not yet come."
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  • I'm not supposed to be
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  • doing this.
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  • This is not on my schedule,
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  • it's not on my itinerary.
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  • But, oh, bring the water,
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  • bring the water.
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  • I'll do it.
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  • I'll do it.
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  • I'll just do it.
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  • I'll do it.
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  • And so the marriage at Cana,
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  • though I think it has biblical
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  • significance and we'll talk
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  • about that on another day,
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  • was really a distraction because
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  • his hour had not yet come.
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  • This text starts out by saying
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  • that Jesus's hour has now come.
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  • Do you know when it's your hour?
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  • The point and stage where things
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  • become valuable to you and
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  • become important enough to you
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  • that you cannot afford
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  • distractions?
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  • Says, "My hour has come," and
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  • in fact, I wanna say just like,
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  • "And it came to pass,
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  • when the time was come
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  • that he should be received up,
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  • he steadfastly set his face."
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  • The time made him "set his face
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  • to go to Jerusalem."
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  • Don't look over that.
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  • The time made him set his face
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  • to go to Jerusalem.
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  • Because of what time it was,
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  • he had to focus.
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  • There are some things that you
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  • can receive in life without
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  • focusing but the greater
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  • blessing that God wants to
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  • release in your life cannot be
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  • done casually, superficially,
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  • part-time, with a spirit of
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  • indifference.
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  • In order to really step into the
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  • fullness of your purpose,
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  • you have to set your face.
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  • I'm surrounded by people
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  • all the time who have never set
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  • their face a day in their life.
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  • They have glanced at it.
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  • They have looked at it.
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  • They've taken pictures of it.
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  • They've done selfies with it.
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  • But they've never really stepped
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  • into their purpose.
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  • They got little glimpses of it.
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  • They've hit at it like that.
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  • They slapped it a couple
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  • of times.
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  • But they have never experienced
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  • how powerful you are when you
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  • set your face.
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  • Wonder what would happen
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  • if you would focus.
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  • The Bible says Jesus has set
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  • his face to go to Jerusalem.
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  • There's no ambiguity,
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  • there's no confusion about it.
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  • He is no more saying, "I'm gonna
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  • go hang out at the well and
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  • wait on this woman to come down
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  • so we can talk to her."
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  • No more, no more, no more.
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  • No more of that.
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  • No more of that.
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  • No more of him disappearing in
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  • the crowd and having to catch up
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  • with them by walking on the
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  • water to meet them on the boat.
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  • No more of that.
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  • No more disappearing.
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  • No more going behind the rocks
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  • to pray.
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  • No, he has set his face to go
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  • to Jerusalem.
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  • Until you set your face to go
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  • to your purpose or destiny,
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  • going to church
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  • on Sunday morning will be hard.
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  • It's inconvenient.
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  • You don't feel like it.
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  • "I'm tired.
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  • I gotta--"
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  • Until you set your face,
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  • if somebody takes
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  • your parking space or
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  • I'm not preaching that Sunday,
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  • you'll drive back home.
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  • Until you set your face to go
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  • to Jerusalem, you will leave
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  • this church 'cause somebody--
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  • your ex-boyfriend came here
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  • and you just--it just made you
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  • uncomfortable and you don't
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  • wanna be around him and he sat
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  • over there with somebody else
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  • and you can't take it anymore.
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  • to go to Jerusalem.
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  • He sent a team ahead of him
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  • to go scout out in areas.
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  • He's moving toward Jerusalem
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  • and they went down to Samaria.
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  • And when they got down
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  • to Samaria, the Samaritans
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  • would not make room for Jesus.
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  • And it's a mess because Jesus
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  • has spent time at the well, made
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  • an investment in Samaria, caused
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  • them to be converted in Samaria,
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  • supposed to be a growing,
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  • thriving group of believers in
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  • Samaria, but at the moment he
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  • needed Samaria they had no room.
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  • Isn't it funny how people have
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  • room when they need you?
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  • Oh, I'm going to mess
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  • with somebody today.
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  • It's gonna be a rough one
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  • in here today.
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  • Fasten your seatbelt.
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  • They got all kind of room when
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  • they're on the receiving end,
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  • but when it's your time
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  • to receive something, they say,
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  • "Oh, no, we don't--"
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  • So they said,
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  • "Send him somewhere else."
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  • And James and John, of all
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  • people, I was shocked at James
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  • and John 'cause this really
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  • sounds more like something Peter
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  • would do 'cause they said,
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  • "Lord, do you want us to call
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  • fire down from heaven and
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  • burn 'em up like Elijah did?
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  • Let's kill all of 'em."
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  • Wait, wait a minute,
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  • wait a minute, wait a minute.
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  • They just didn't let us
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  • spend the night.
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  • We don't have to kill everybody
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  • just because they didn't
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  • give you the response.
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  • Why is it that people wanna kill
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  • you just because you don't
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  • respond the way they want you to
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  • respond and now, see, y'all
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  • don't hear what I'm saying to
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  • you.
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  • It don't seem like to me that
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  • this required that kind of
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  • reaction.
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  • "You can't stay with me tonight"
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  • is different from dropping a
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  • bomb and killing my kids.
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  • "Let's call fire down from
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  • heaven and kill everybody."
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  • And that's when my heart got
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  • heavy.
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  • I wasn't so heavy because the
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  • Samaritans didn't receive him.
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  • My heart was heavy that the men
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  • who were with him, James
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  • and John who were close to him,
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  • they were in the right place
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  • but they had the wrong spirit.
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  • Samaria had no room.
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  • They had no room for Jesus.
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  • Don't they understand that Jesus
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  • is used to people not having
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  • no room?
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  • He was born in a manger.
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  • He was wrapped
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  • in swaddling clothes.
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  • He started his life in a barn
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  • because people had no room.
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  • Isn't it funny how life comes
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  • around full circle and
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  • everything old is new again?
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  • If you live long enough you'll
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  • notice that Satan cannot create,
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  • he can only imitate so he's got
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  • to bring the same stuff back
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  • over and over again.
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  • And Jesus has said, "Hey, this
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  • didn't stop my mama and it's not
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  • gonna stop me.
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  • I'm not gonna be bothered just
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  • because you don't have room."
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  • Whenever somebody shuts a door,
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  • it's always a sign that
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  • God's about to open a door.
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  • Y'all don't hear
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  • what I'm saying.
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  • I'm about to start preaching
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  • in here this morning.
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  • The Lord told me to tell you
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  • there is another village.
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  • I don't know who that's for,
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  • but there is another village.
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  • Just because they don't open up
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  • for you in Samaria,
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  • there is another village.
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  • God has a place that is prepared
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  • for you and if they said no,
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  • they're not in,
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  • there is another village.
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  • I've got to find
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  • another village.
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  • I've got to find
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  • another village.
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  • I've got to find
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  • another village.
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  • Notice they don't give
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  • the name of the village.
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  • They don't give the name
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  • of the village.
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  • You've got to seek it because
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  • what's a village for me might
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  • not be a village for you.
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  • So I can't tell you exactly
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  • where it is,
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  • but there is another village.
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  • Somewhere beyond Samaria,
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  • somewhere beyond your anger
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  • about Samaria,
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  • is another village.
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  • If you call fire down from
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  • heaven on Samaria, it's a sign
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  • you don't believe that there is
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  • another village.
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  • Your anger is a manifestation of
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  • unbelief that you don't believe
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  • anything better is coming.
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  • And the reason you're upset
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  • about your old boyfriend is that
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  • you don't believe your new one
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  • is coming.
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  • And so you've got a right to be
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  • mad.
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  • That's why you wanna call down
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  • fire.
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  • Anytime people wanna call down
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  • fire, they have lost hope.
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  • But as long as you've got hope
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  • you don't have time to spend
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  • your energy calling down fire
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  • because my life is not over yet.
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  • There is another village.
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  • My God, I feel the presence
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  • of the Holy Ghost coming
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  • - male: You are impacting
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  • so many lives in so many places
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  • in so many--through so many
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  • generations as well, you are a
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  • blessing and thanks for--thanks
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  • for pouring out your heart and
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  • your mind and your spirit and
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  • not holding it all to yourself
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  • so that others may be blessed
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  • through your ministry.
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  • We love you.
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  • - Bishop Jakes: If you are not
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  • in the room where changes
  • 00:11:25.240 --> 00:11:27.110
  • are occurring, you are stuck
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  • in the yard where consequences
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  • - Bishop Jakes: So since
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  • Samaria didn't distract him and
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  • calling fire down from heaven
  • 00:12:12.160 --> 00:12:15.010
  • didn't distract him,
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  • so here comes a guy says,
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  • "I wanna follow you
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  • whithersoever thou goest."
  • 00:12:22.210 --> 00:12:25.210
  • "I'm with you.
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  • I'm down for you.
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  • I'm going all the way with you."
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  • And Jesus turns and looks at him
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  • and says, "Foxes have holes, and
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  • the birds of the air have nests;
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  • but the Son of man
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  • has no place to lay his head."
  • 00:12:52.190 --> 00:12:55.190
  • In other words,
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  • following me ain't easy.
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  • If you follow me,
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:05.010
  • you've got to pick up a cross.
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  • Can you drink from the cup
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  • that I drink from?
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  • I have a baptism
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  • to be baptized with.
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  • Can you be baptized with
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  • the baptism I'm baptized with?
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  • Foxes have holes.
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  • In other words, watch this.
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  • Foxes have holes, birds of the
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  • air have nests; the Son of man
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  • has no place to lay his head.
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  • Jesus is now teaching us
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  • that we were never meant to fit
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  • And the phrase that the Lord
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  • gave me when I was studying
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  • this to share with you was,
  • 00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:50.060
  • "casual Christians."
  • 00:13:52.100 --> 00:13:55.100
  • Casual Christians want a little
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  • bit of Jesus in their life.
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  • Don't change my life,
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  • just ride with me in case
  • 00:14:13.250 --> 00:14:15.150
  • we run into trouble.
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  • No, you can't have my life.
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  • I'll just come
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  • and visit you on Sunday.
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  • I'm not willing to really commit
  • 00:14:30.110 --> 00:14:32.160
  • to this thing but I'll date you.
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  • I hang out with you, Jesus.
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  • I give you a little praise
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  • sometime but really, really
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  • becoming the substratum of
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  • my existence, the opiate of my
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  • affection, the center of my joy,
  • 00:14:53.080 --> 00:14:56.080
  • I really hadn't considered that.
  • 00:14:56.130 --> 00:14:59.130
  • I had just decided
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  • that I would come to church.
  • 00:15:02.040 --> 00:15:05.040
  • And so you can try and define
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:07.210
  • where you fit in the world and
  • 00:15:09.250 --> 00:15:12.250
  • Jesus says, "I made holes for
  • 00:15:12.250 --> 00:15:15.170
  • foxes, I made nests for birds,
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  • but your home is not
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  • of this world."
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  • But the Jesus who ran away
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:28.280
  • the man who asked to follow him
  • 00:15:30.080 --> 00:15:33.080
  • then turns around and
  • 00:15:33.080 --> 00:15:34.220
  • asked another guy to follow him.
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  • He asked him to follow him.
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  • You just ran that other guy off.
  • 00:15:45.020 --> 00:15:48.020
  • "I knew he wasn't about nothing,
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  • I ran him off.
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  • He saw me as a position,
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  • not a person."
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:05.150
  • You know what the biggest thing
  • 00:16:05.150 --> 00:16:08.130
  • I lost as I grew in ministry?
  • 00:16:08.130 --> 00:16:11.090
  • Is personhood.
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  • Most people see me
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  • as an opportunity.
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  • When people see you as an
  • 00:16:21.160 --> 00:16:22.230
  • opportunity, they cease to talk
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  • to you like you're a person.
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  • Do you understand?
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  • You understand, yeah.
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  • Everybody got a angle.
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  • And what the guy was looking
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  • for was a position.
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:45.290
  • And Jesus said,
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  • "Foxes have holes,
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  • and the birds of the air
  • 00:16:49.050 --> 00:16:50.080
  • have nests, and the Son of man
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:51.290
  • has no place to lay his head."
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:55.020
  • In other words, so don't come
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  • to me for a position.
  • 00:17:05.000 --> 00:17:08.000
  • You understand me, don't you?
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:11.000
  • Now Jesus turns to another man
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  • and says, "Follow me."
  • 00:17:14.040 --> 00:17:17.040
  • And this man says,
  • 00:17:17.040 --> 00:17:19.250
  • "I gotta go bury my father."
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:30.130
  • And that seems to me to be
  • 00:17:30.130 --> 00:17:31.240
  • a good excuse, a really
  • 00:17:31.240 --> 00:17:34.010
  • good excuse, you know?
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:38.030
  • But Jesus didn't have time
  • 00:17:39.010 --> 00:17:42.010
  • for excuses.
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:45.230
  • His hour had come.
  • 00:17:46.260 --> 00:17:49.260
  • He needed somebody that would
  • 00:17:49.260 --> 00:17:52.130
  • respond without excuse.
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  • Listen--now, we know Jesus is
  • 00:17:57.010 --> 00:17:58.250
  • not cold 'cause he cried
  • 00:17:58.250 --> 00:18:00.110
  • at the tomb of Lazarus.
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  • He stopped the widow of Nain and
  • 00:18:02.210 --> 00:18:04.030
  • laid hands on her casket and
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:05.170
  • raised her son from the dead.
  • 00:18:05.170 --> 00:18:07.200
  • This is the same Jesus--the same
  • 00:18:09.060 --> 00:18:12.060
  • Jesus that went into Jairus's
  • 00:18:12.060 --> 00:18:14.060
  • daughter and raised her up from
  • 00:18:14.060 --> 00:18:16.210
  • the dead.
  • 00:18:16.210 --> 00:18:17.210
  • This is same Jesus that looks
  • 00:18:17.210 --> 00:18:19.240
  • at him, because it's late now,
  • 00:18:19.240 --> 00:18:22.090
  • "Let the dead bury the dead."
  • 00:18:24.180 --> 00:18:27.180
  • See how his attitude
  • 00:18:27.180 --> 00:18:28.160
  • has changed?
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:30.260
  • He used to would have gone
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:32.010
  • and woke his father up,
  • 00:18:36.010 --> 00:18:39.010
  • but it's late now.
  • 00:18:39.010 --> 00:18:41.160
  • Touch your neighbor and say,
  • 00:18:41.160 --> 00:18:42.030
  • "It's late now."
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:44.080
  • Don't expect me to do what I
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:45.200
  • used to do 'cause it's late now.
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:49.080
  • Don't expect me to go through
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:50.200
  • what I used to go through
  • 00:18:50.200 --> 00:18:52.110
  • 'cause it's late now.
  • 00:18:52.110 --> 00:18:54.120
  • Let the dead bury the dead.
  • 00:18:54.120 --> 00:18:56.070
  • If you will follow me,
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:58.010
  • you're gonna have to make me
  • 00:18:58.010 --> 00:18:59.060
  • a priority.
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:02.170
  • You can't be a casual Christian.
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:10.200
  • Everybody I ever know
  • 00:19:10.200 --> 00:19:12.050
  • who ever excelled at anything,
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:19.010
  • whoever broke loose
  • 00:19:19.010 --> 00:19:21.160
  • and excelled and became
  • 00:19:21.160 --> 00:19:22.190
  • excellent at anything,
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:25.170
  • they always give you trophies
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:27.050
  • and put you in a Hall of Fame
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:28.220
  • and recognize you
  • 00:19:28.220 --> 00:19:30.040
  • for what you ran to.
  • 00:19:32.110 --> 00:19:35.110
  • But it's not what you ran to.
  • 00:19:37.210 --> 00:19:40.210
  • Your strength is always
  • 00:19:40.210 --> 00:19:41.250
  • in what you were running from.
  • 00:19:44.160 --> 00:19:47.160
  • When you have been
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:48.140
  • through certain things
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:49.180
  • in your yesterday,
  • 00:19:49.180 --> 00:19:51.250
  • you can't afford to slack up
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:53.130
  • like other people slack up
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:55.060
  • 'cause when you get a shot
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:56.280
  • you take full advantage of it.
  • 00:19:57.100 --> 00:20:00.100
  • It is not just your ambition
  • 00:20:00.100 --> 00:20:02.120
  • and your drive and your goals.
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:04.270
  • It's know that you can't afford
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:06.180
  • to look back because if you
  • 00:20:06.180 --> 00:20:08.190
  • look back, you're gonna go back
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:10.210
  • and you don't have nothing
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:12.020
  • to go back to.
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:14.020
  • Who am I talking to today?
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:18.090
  • I came to tell you who came from
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:20.200
  • the most hellish situations,
  • 00:20:21.000 --> 00:20:24.000
  • it was a setup.
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:27.270
  • If your life would have been
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:29.010
  • better, you'd have been lazy.
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:33.210
  • Paul, who was the chief sinner,
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:36.070
  • became the head apostle.
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:40.110
  • Whenever you're gonna build
  • 00:20:40.110 --> 00:20:41.050
  • a building real high,
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:43.010
  • you dig a foundation real deep.
  • 00:20:43.140 --> 00:20:46.140
  • "It was good for me
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:47.210
  • that I have been afflicted."
  • 00:20:53.210 --> 00:20:56.210
  • Now here's the point.
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:20:59.210
  • This is why Jesus says, "No man,
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:04.240
  • having put his hand to the plow,
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:10.050
  • and looking back, is fit,"
  • 00:21:16.150 --> 00:21:19.150
  • fit, is in good shape,
  • 00:21:19.150 --> 00:21:22.110
  • "for the kingdom of God."
  • 00:21:22.110 --> 00:21:25.040
  • When you put your hand to the
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:27.180
  • plow, the reason you gotta keep
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:31.170
  • forward, keep moving forward,
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:35.210
  • keep going forward, keep running
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:37.160
  • forward, is because you have
  • 00:21:41.110 --> 00:21:44.110
  • The hardest people
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:21:59.240
  • to make successful
  • 00:21:59.240 --> 00:22:01.160
  • It's rich folks' kids because
  • 00:22:09.110 --> 00:22:12.040
  • rich folk make the mistake
  • 00:22:12.040 --> 00:22:13.240
  • of giving their kids everything
  • 00:22:13.240 --> 00:22:16.080
  • except what made you great,
  • 00:22:17.070 --> 00:22:20.070
  • and that's a hard time.
  • 00:22:23.260 --> 00:22:26.260
  • So they have nothing
  • 00:22:26.260 --> 00:22:27.230
  • to run from.
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:30.170
  • That's why they back
  • 00:22:30.170 --> 00:22:31.020
  • on your couch.
  • 00:22:42.130 --> 00:22:45.130
  • Heads bowed, eyes closed,
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:46.170
  • and listen to this.
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:48.230
  • Little Johnny,
  • 00:22:48.230 --> 00:22:50.150
  • every night he lay in the bed.
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:53.220
  • In the middle of the night,
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:55.170
  • he would fall out in the floor,
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:58.220
  • start crying and Mama would have
  • 00:22:58.220 --> 00:22:59.290
  • to get up and put him back
  • 00:22:59.290 --> 00:23:01.140
  • in the bed.
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:03.110
  • Next night it would happen
  • 00:23:03.110 --> 00:23:04.040
  • again.
  • 00:23:04.040 --> 00:23:06.080
  • By the third night, little
  • 00:23:06.080 --> 00:23:07.190
  • Johnny said, "Mama, I'm so
  • 00:23:07.190 --> 00:23:08.290
  • frustrated, I don't understand
  • 00:23:08.290 --> 00:23:10.110
  • why this keeps happening to me.
  • 00:23:10.110 --> 00:23:13.020
  • Why do I keep falling out
  • 00:23:13.020 --> 00:23:14.090
  • of the bed?"
  • 00:23:14.090 --> 00:23:16.150
  • And Mama said, "Johnny,
  • 00:23:16.150 --> 00:23:17.180
  • the reason you keep falling
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:19.000
  • out of the bed is because
  • 00:23:19.000 --> 00:23:21.160
  • Squeezing in.
  • 00:23:32.160 --> 00:23:34.060
  • Maybe the reason that
  • 00:23:34.060 --> 00:23:36.030
  • you keep falling out is because
  • 00:23:36.030 --> 00:23:39.020
  • you never got all the way in.
  • 00:23:39.210 --> 00:23:42.210
  • If you get all the way in,
  • 00:23:42.210 --> 00:23:44.100
  • God will perform miracles
  • 00:23:44.100 --> 00:23:45.250
  • in your life.
  • 00:23:45.250 --> 00:23:47.280
  • If you get all the way in,
  • 00:23:47.280 --> 00:23:50.030
  • God will complete
  • 00:23:50.030 --> 00:23:51.080
  • his assignment in your life.
  • 00:23:51.080 --> 00:23:53.180
  • If you get all the way in and
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:55.260
  • stop visiting Jesus and flirting
  • 00:23:55.260 --> 00:23:58.130
  • with Jesus and winking at Jesus
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:24:01.240
  • and playing games with Jesus,
  • 00:24:05.060 --> 00:24:08.060
  • for where you are in life now,
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:12.170
  • there is no room
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:16.210
  • for distractions.
  • 00:24:19.120 --> 00:24:22.120
  • Father, those that value you,
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:26.010
  • follow you.
  • 00:24:26.170 --> 00:24:29.170
  • Those that value you, serve you.
  • 00:24:29.170 --> 00:24:32.160
  • Those that value you,
  • 00:24:32.160 --> 00:24:33.240
  • seek your face.
  • 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:34.200
  • Not perfectly; we are flawed.
  • 00:24:36.260 --> 00:24:39.260
  • Not without the need to repent;
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:41.130
  • we are human.
  • 00:24:41.130 --> 00:24:44.040
  • But no matter how many times
  • 00:24:44.040 --> 00:24:45.050
  • we get knocked down,
  • 00:24:45.050 --> 00:24:46.070
  • we keep getting back up again
  • 00:24:46.070 --> 00:24:47.100
  • because we need you.
  • 00:24:53.010 --> 00:24:56.010
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  • of darkness and hidden riches
  • 00:25:05.170 --> 00:25:06.140
  • of secret places."
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  • from doing the great things.
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  • Say it again: "I can do
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  • For your gift of $200 or more
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  • you will also receive the
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  • "Inspiration for Every Season"
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  • devotional as well as
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  • the 2020 Vision calendar,
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  • "Treasures in the Darkness"
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  • and "The Best
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  • of Bishop T.D. Jakes."
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  • Don't wait.
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  • - Bishop Jakes: I pray that
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  • something would be ignited down
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  • inside of you that changes
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  • - Bishop Jakes: No room,
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  • no room,
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  • no room for distraction.
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  • No room, no room,
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  • no room for distraction.
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  • No room, no room,
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  • no room for distraction.
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  • Ushers, open up the doors.
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  • Open up the doors.
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  • I drive every distraction out
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  • of this place.
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  • Get out!
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  • Get out of my house.
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  • Get out of my joy.
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  • Get out of my peace.
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  • Get out of my children.
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  • Get out of my body.
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  • - Serita: Feel free to reach
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  • out to us on social media and
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  • share your story of how God is
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  • impacting your life.
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  • We look forward to seeing you
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  • next time on,
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  • "The Potter's Touch."
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  • The Potter's Touch
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