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December 1, 2019
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The Potter's Touch with T. D. Jakes

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Treasures in Darkness

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  • - Bishop T.D. Jakes: I'm gonna
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  • talk to you about the treasures
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  • of darkness.
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  • God said, "I will give you the
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  • treasures of darkness."
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  • This is gonna bless your socks
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  • right off in the floor.
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  • Glory to God.
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  • Are you ready for this?
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  • Holy Spirit, take over this room
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  • as we share the Word of the Lord
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  • with your people today.
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  • I thank you for doing great
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  • exploits in the midst of your
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  • people.
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  • I believe you for greatness to
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  • move in this house.
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  • Great God that you are, have
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  • your way.
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  • You are omnipotent, omnipresent,
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  • and omniscient, and I believe
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  • you to manifest your glory here
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  • with us this morning.
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  • "Early in the morning will I
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  • seek thee."
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  • In Jesus' name, somebody shout
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  • The Potter's Touch
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  • - Bishop Jakes: On the road to
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  • Damascus and the Bible said that
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  • Saul saw a great light, a great
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  • light that knocked him off of
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  • his beast.
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  • God is terminating the agenda of
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  • your enemies that are coming
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  • against you to destroy you.
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  • I speak to every anxiety that
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  • has kept you up at night,
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  • worrying about what's coming.
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  • Don't worry about what's coming.
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  • God's getting ready to knock it
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  • off its beast.
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  • He's getting ready to shut it
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  • completely down.
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  • He wanted you to be here this
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  • morning to get this word so that
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  • you could be at peace that God
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  • can stop it and knock it off of
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  • My God, I feel like running.
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  • 'Course, I'm not gonna do it.
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  • But I feel like running.
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  • When I was young I used to shout
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  • and dance, and they'd have to
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  • put me in the car, and I'd still
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  • be dancing; and now that I'm
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  • older, I act like I'm gonna
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  • shout.
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  • And then I think about my back,
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  • and I think about my ankles, and
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  • I think about--and then I say,
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  • I know I got a witness in the
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  • house.
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  • I know I got somebody in here
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  • Saul of the tribe of Benjamin,
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  • Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee,
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  • is on his way to do what he
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  • thinks is God's service.
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  • People will destroy you and
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  • Watch out for anybody's ministry
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  • that is based on what they're
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  • against, rather than what
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  • they're for, 'cause religion
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  • will divide the body.
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  • It will split hairs about
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  • doctrine.
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  • It will lock people out.
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  • But relationship will open its
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  • arms wide and say, "Whosoever
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  • will, let 'em come."
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  • That's what I love about
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  • Lakewood.
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  • You open your arms and say,
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  • "Whosoever will, let 'em come,"
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  • without judgment, without
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  • condemnation.
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  • It's God's business who he draws
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  • And then it occurred to me that
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  • Saul saw a great light in the
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  • middle of the day.
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  • Now that's a great light.
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  • That's a great light that it
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  • shines in daylight.
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  • It has to be a great light, for
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  • the greatest light we have on
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  • earth is the sun, but there is a
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  • light that will outshine the
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  • sun.
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  • There is a light that is more
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  • glorious than any glory you have
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  • ever seen before, and it was
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  • such a bright light that even
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  • the beast didn't know what to
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  • do.
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  • It had never seen such a light.
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  • The beast stumbled in the light
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  • of the glory of God and Saul
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  • fell off his beast and onto the
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  • floor.
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  • And there, on the floor, he has
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  • a conversation with God.
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  • "Who is it, Lord?"
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  • And the answer came back, "It is
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  • Jesus whom thou persecuteth."
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  • Now wait a minute, wait a
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  • minute, wait a minute, wait a
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  • minute.
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  • Saul never persecuted Jesus.
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  • He never persecuted Jesus.
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  • Nowhere in the Bible will you
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  • find where he persecuted Jesus.
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  • He just persecuted the people
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  • who worshiped Jesus but Jesus
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  • said, "When you fight my
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  • I wanna warn every one of your
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  • enemies, when they fight you,
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  • they fight Jesus, too.
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  • Oh, I wanna warn every hater in
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  • here, when you hate on us, you
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  • hate on Jesus, too.
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  • In fact, the battle is not mine.
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  • It belongs to God.
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  • I need three seconds of crazy
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  • - Bishop Jakes: Oh, yes.
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  • Oh, yes.
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  • Oh, yes.
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  • Touch three people and say,
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  • "It's not my battle."
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  • It's not my battle.
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  • Yeah, yeah, it's not my battle.
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  • It's not my battle.
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  • It's not my battle.
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  • It's God's battle.
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  • Cancer is not my battle; it's
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  • God's battle.
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  • Leukemia is not my battle; it's
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  • God's battle.
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  • Divorce is not my battle; it's
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  • God's battle.
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  • Oh, my God, I feel the power of
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  • And the Bible says that they
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  • knocked Saul off his beast and
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  • he had an encounter with God.
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  • Now, interestingly enough, until
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  • this encounter occurred, Saul
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  • was leading a band of men on the
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  • road to Damascus.
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  • But after his encounter with
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  • Jesus, the men he was leading
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  • are now leading him because the
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  • light left him blind.
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  • There is a light so bright that
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  • it will take away your sight.
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  • There are certain lights that
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  • are so all-encompassing that the
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  • eye was not designed to embrace
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  • and receive that level of light.
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  • It is blinding light.
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  • That is the light of the glory
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  • of God.
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  • Can you imagine the kind of
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  • light that is so bright that it
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  • left Saul blind?
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  • But he was blind for a purpose,
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  • because God said in Isaiah, "I
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  • will give you the treasures of
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  • darkness."
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  • You wondered how I was gonna tie
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  • that up, didn't you?
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  • I got it, I got it.
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  • Yeah, stay with me.
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  • I got it, I got it.
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  • God said, "I will give you the
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  • treasures of darkness."
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  • In other words, "I can show you
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  • some things blind that I
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  • couldn't show you with your eyes
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  • What I'm trying to teach this
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  • morning is that sometimes
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  • eyesight is a disadvantage.
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  • "For we walk by faith and not
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  • by--"
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  • - audience: "Sight."
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  • - Bishop Jakes: Oh, you're
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  • awake this morning.
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  • I'm checking and you're awake
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  • this morning.
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  • You had at least two cups of
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  • coffee, you're good to go.
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  • You're good to go.
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  • If you'd have had one more cup
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  • of coffee, you'd have shouted
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  • off of that.
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  • Thank you, Jesus.
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  • Thank you, Jesus.
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  • Thank you, Jesus.
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  • Think about the times in your
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  • life that you couldn't see no
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  • way out and God made a way out
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  • of no way.
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  • Think about the times that you
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  • had no plan and you just
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  • stumbled into a blessing.
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  • Is there anybody in here that's
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  • You can't even take credit for
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  • it.
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  • But while you were groping in
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  • the dark, you stumbled into
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  • something that changed your
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  • life.
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  • The reason that eyesight can be
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  • a problem is because eyesight
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  • teaches us to assess what we see
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  • and sometimes what we see is
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  • arbitrary to what we believe.
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  • Sometimes when we look at our
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  • circumstances, our circumstances
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  • do not reflect what we believe.
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  • And if you're not careful, you
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  • will make decisions based on
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  • eyesight.
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  • So God took away his eyesight so
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  • Oh, you didn't hear that.
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  • God took away his eyesight so
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  • that he might attain insight.
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  • Insight is stronger than
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  • eyesight.
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  • Insight creates innovation.
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  • Insight creates productivity.
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  • Insight produces wisdom.
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  • Insight tells you when to hold
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  • your peace.
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  • Insight tells you who's your
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  • friend and who's your enemy.
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  • Insight tells you don't go in
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  • that room, there's something
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  • about it.
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  • You don't need to go in there.
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  • I would rather have insight than
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  • eyesight.
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  • There's a woman they said, "Oh,
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  • it's such a shame.
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  • Such a shame, such a shame that
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  • you've been born blind and
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  • you've never been able to see."
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  • And she said, "Oh," she said,
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  • "being blind is not so bad."
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  • She said, "There are things
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  • worse than being blind.
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  • I could have been born with
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  • The woman was Helen Keller.
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  • Helen Keller said, "It is better
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  • to be blind and have vision than
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  • to have sight and have no
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  • vision."
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  • The thing I would never want to
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  • do is have no vision.
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  • I don't even like to be around
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  • people who have no vision.
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  • I don't wanna be led by anybody
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  • who has no vision.
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  • The reason you are in this
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  • building right now is because
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  • Oh, you didn't get that.
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  • You're following somebody who
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  • had a vision.
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  • The reason that seat is right
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  • where it is, is because somebody
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  • had a vision.
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  • The reason there is a Lakewood
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  • Church is because
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  • You're sitting in vision.
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  • You're wearing vision.
  • 00:12:03.030 --> 00:12:04.280
  • You're driving vision.
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:06.260
  • You're living in vision.
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  • Without a vision, the people--
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  • - Bishop Jakes: So when the
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  • moment was over, he had lost his
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:19.250
  • sight for three days, but he had
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:22.080
  • gained his insight.
  • 00:12:22.080 --> 00:12:24.290
  • And insight is better than
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  • eyesight.
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  • We should take just a moment and
  • 00:12:28.200 --> 00:12:30.040
  • pray that God increase your
  • 00:12:30.040 --> 00:12:31.100
  • insight.
  • 00:12:31.100 --> 00:12:33.140
  • There are some decisions that
  • 00:12:33.140 --> 00:12:34.200
  • you need to make that you're
  • 00:12:34.200 --> 00:12:36.030
  • gonna need a deeper insight in
  • 00:12:36.030 --> 00:12:38.010
  • order to make the right
  • 00:12:38.010 --> 00:12:39.040
  • decision.
  • 00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:40.070
  • We should take just a moment and
  • 00:12:40.070 --> 00:12:41.150
  • ask God to increase your insight
  • 00:12:41.150 --> 00:12:44.020
  • because your emotions are
  • 00:12:44.020 --> 00:12:45.200
  • responding to your eyesight, but
  • 00:12:45.200 --> 00:12:48.040
  • your spirit is moved by your
  • 00:12:48.040 --> 00:12:49.170
  • insight.
  • 00:12:49.170 --> 00:12:50.290
  • We should take just a moment and
  • 00:12:50.290 --> 00:12:52.070
  • ask God to give you insight
  • 00:12:52.070 --> 00:12:53.290
  • about every predicament that
  • 00:12:53.290 --> 00:12:55.220
  • you're dealing with in your life
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:57.020
  • right now.
  • 00:12:57.020 --> 00:12:58.010
  • There is a insight that will
  • 00:12:58.010 --> 00:12:59.170
  • turn that thing around.
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  • Father, open up our insight.
  • 00:13:01.020 --> 00:13:03.100
  • Let us see more clearly than
  • 00:13:03.100 --> 00:13:04.270
  • we've ever seen before.
  • 00:13:04.270 --> 00:13:06.150
  • Let us see on the inside in
  • 00:13:06.150 --> 00:13:08.160
  • spite of what we see on the
  • 00:13:08.160 --> 00:13:09.270
  • outside.
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  • I thank you for the treasures of
  • 00:13:10.290 --> 00:13:12.250
  • darkness, the treasure.
  • 00:13:12.250 --> 00:13:14.260
  • My treasure is in this dark
  • 00:13:14.260 --> 00:13:16.150
  • place.
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  • My treasure is in the place
  • 00:13:17.110 --> 00:13:19.020
  • where the enemy has tried to set
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:20.220
  • me up, but I will not leave 'til
  • 00:13:20.220 --> 00:13:23.040
  • I get it, in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • If you receive it, shout the
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  • - Bishop Jakes: Shout the house
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  • - Bishop Jakes: Shout the house
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  • - Bishop Jakes: If you look to
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:45.220
  • me I hear your thoughts, I know
  • 00:13:45.220 --> 00:13:48.020
  • your face, I know your needs.
  • 00:13:48.020 --> 00:13:50.150
  • It means I'll expedite your
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:51.230
  • service.
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:52.170
  • I'll take you through things
  • 00:13:52.170 --> 00:13:53.130
  • quicker than other people went
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:54.230
  • through it because you are
  • 00:13:54.230 --> 00:13:56.010
  • chosen.
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  • Do you understand the words that
  • 00:13:57.070 --> 00:13:59.170
  • are coming out of my mouth?
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  • You didn't make it because you
  • 00:14:01.160 --> 00:14:02.090
  • were smart.
  • 00:14:02.090 --> 00:14:03.100
  • You didn't make it because you
  • 00:14:03.100 --> 00:14:04.020
  • were slick.
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  • You didn't make it because you
  • 00:14:05.010 --> 00:14:05.270
  • were tough.
  • 00:14:05.270 --> 00:14:06.250
  • You made it because you were
  • 00:14:06.250 --> 00:14:07.210
  • chosen.
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  • God snatched you out of stuff.
  • 00:14:08.290 --> 00:14:11.010
  • He delivered you from stuff.
  • 00:14:11.010 --> 00:14:12.170
  • - Bishop Jakes: Our goal and
  • 00:14:15.110 --> 00:14:16.020
  • purpose in life under Christ is
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:17.260
  • to love and to help one another.
  • 00:14:17.260 --> 00:14:20.050
  • And that's the mission of GPS.
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  • Together, we can touch lives,
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  • helping the hurting, encouraging
  • 00:14:25.040 --> 00:14:26.110
  • the hopeless, feeding the
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  • hungry, and so much more.
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  • - announcer: Visit
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  • GPSPARTNER.ORG and find out how
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  • you can help and find out how
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  • you can impact the lives of
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  • generations to come.
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  • We are all one global family,
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  • touching the world with God's
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  • touching the world with God's
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  • - Bishop Jakes: I bought
  • 00:14:46.290 --> 00:14:49.290
  • buildings because of insight.
  • 00:14:49.290 --> 00:14:52.020
  • I started businesses because of
  • 00:14:52.020 --> 00:14:54.010
  • insight.
  • 00:14:54.010 --> 00:14:55.090
  • I made choices because of
  • 00:14:55.090 --> 00:14:56.250
  • insight.
  • 00:14:56.250 --> 00:14:57.250
  • I said yes to some things and no
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:14:59.140
  • to some things because of
  • 00:14:59.140 --> 00:15:00.230
  • insight.
  • 00:15:00.230 --> 00:15:01.250
  • Sometimes I couldn't even
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:02.150
  • explain to somebody why I walked
  • 00:15:02.150 --> 00:15:04.030
  • away from it, but I just had an
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:05.220
  • insight.
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  • On the--in the eyesight it
  • 00:15:06.230 --> 00:15:08.030
  • didn't make any sense, but in
  • 00:15:08.030 --> 00:15:09.170
  • the insight I sensed that this
  • 00:15:09.170 --> 00:15:11.170
  • was not a good deal.
  • 00:15:11.170 --> 00:15:12.260
  • Sometimes there was people who
  • 00:15:12.260 --> 00:15:14.020
  • tried to befriend me.
  • 00:15:14.020 --> 00:15:15.080
  • My eyesight said they were
  • 00:15:15.080 --> 00:15:16.170
  • friends.
  • 00:15:16.170 --> 00:15:17.090
  • My insight said, "Be careful."
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  • My insight is my protection.
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  • My insight is my guard.
  • 00:15:21.080 --> 00:15:23.100
  • My insight is my guide.
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  • Is there anybody in here that's
  • 00:15:25.100 --> 00:15:27.010
  • had supernatural insight in your
  • 00:15:27.010 --> 00:15:29.170
  • life?
  • 00:15:29.170 --> 00:15:30.130
  • And he was led blind to
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:43.290
  • Ananias's house and he had no
  • 00:15:43.290 --> 00:15:46.050
  • eyesight but he had insight
  • 00:15:46.100 --> 00:15:49.100
  • every step of the way.
  • 00:15:49.100 --> 00:15:51.100
  • And it all happened along the
  • 00:15:51.260 --> 00:15:54.260
  • way.
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:56.110
  • Now, I'm as goal-oriented as the
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:58.040
  • next person.
  • 00:15:58.040 --> 00:15:59.290
  • I admit that I am.
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  • I set goals for myself.
  • 00:16:01.280 --> 00:16:03.230
  • I have goals in decades: where I
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:05.190
  • wanna be in ten years, and where
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:07.070
  • I wanna be in the next ten
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:08.130
  • years, and where I wanna be in
  • 00:16:08.130 --> 00:16:09.210
  • the next ten years, and where I
  • 00:16:09.210 --> 00:16:10.270
  • wanna be--oh, wait, I might not
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:12.050
  • have that many ten years, but
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:13.160
  • take about three of 'em then let
  • 00:16:13.160 --> 00:16:16.050
  • me be with Jesus.
  • 00:16:16.050 --> 00:16:17.140
  • But I have goals as much as
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:21.090
  • anybody.
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:22.050
  • And goals are important, and
  • 00:16:22.050 --> 00:16:23.010
  • goals are a great thing to have.
  • 00:16:23.010 --> 00:16:25.220
  • But I would rather have the
  • 00:16:25.220 --> 00:16:27.200
  • insight of understanding that it
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:30.040
  • is not the destination that we
  • 00:16:30.040 --> 00:16:32.280
  • ought to be the most concerned
  • 00:16:32.280 --> 00:16:34.010
  • about, because it is not the God
  • 00:16:34.130 --> 00:16:37.130
  • that we meet at the end of the
  • 00:16:37.130 --> 00:16:39.030
  • destination.
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  • It's the God that we encounter
  • 00:16:40.140 --> 00:16:42.030
  • Everything happens along the
  • 00:16:47.250 --> 00:16:49.110
  • way.
  • 00:16:49.110 --> 00:16:50.020
  • That's what seems to be leaving
  • 00:16:50.020 --> 00:16:51.100
  • us as a people and as a society
  • 00:16:51.100 --> 00:16:53.250
  • and as a generation.
  • 00:16:53.250 --> 00:16:55.030
  • We are so destination-oriented
  • 00:16:55.030 --> 00:16:57.190
  • that we don't notice the things
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.050
  • that happen along the way.
  • 00:16:59.050 --> 00:17:00.290
  • We want the promises, but we
  • 00:17:00.290 --> 00:17:03.020
  • don't want the process.
  • 00:17:03.040 --> 00:17:06.040
  • We want the results, but we
  • 00:17:06.040 --> 00:17:08.010
  • don't wanna take the journey,
  • 00:17:08.010 --> 00:17:09.160
  • and it is the journey that makes
  • 00:17:09.160 --> 00:17:11.080
  • you able to stand up to the
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:14.070
  • destination.
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:15.150
  • If you don't go through the
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:16.150
  • process, you can't handle the
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:18.110
  • promise.
  • 00:17:18.110 --> 00:17:19.190
  • It is the process that equips
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:21.030
  • you to be able to stand on the
  • 00:17:21.030 --> 00:17:23.280
  • promises of God.
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:25.070
  • When you go through a process,
  • 00:17:25.070 --> 00:17:27.050
  • you won't let just anybody take
  • 00:17:27.050 --> 00:17:29.020
  • your promise, because you went
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:31.040
  • through too much to get it to
  • 00:17:31.040 --> 00:17:33.050
  • let anybody take it away from
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:35.010
  • you.
  • 00:17:35.010 --> 00:17:36.090
  • Oh, God, hallelujah.
  • 00:17:36.090 --> 00:17:38.210
  • It is the things that happen
  • 00:17:38.210 --> 00:17:39.220
  • along the way, and so there's
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:42.280
  • Saul who becomes the apostle
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:45.030
  • Paul.
  • 00:17:45.030 --> 00:17:46.200
  • When he begins to write to
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:47.270
  • Ephesus, he now has an
  • 00:17:47.270 --> 00:17:50.160
  • appreciation for insight.
  • 00:17:50.210 --> 00:17:53.210
  • So he does not go to Ephesus and
  • 00:17:53.210 --> 00:17:56.070
  • pray that they would have
  • 00:17:56.070 --> 00:17:57.170
  • greater eyesight, keener vision,
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:01.070
  • bifocals, eyeglasses, or
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:04.160
  • contacts.
  • 00:18:04.160 --> 00:18:06.080
  • He prays that the eyes of their
  • 00:18:06.150 --> 00:18:09.150
  • understanding might be
  • 00:18:09.150 --> 00:18:12.050
  • enlightened.
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:14.040
  • The eyes of your understanding.
  • 00:18:14.040 --> 00:18:16.260
  • He's praying for your insight,
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:19.140
  • that your insight might be
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:22.040
  • enlightened.
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  • Not outer light; inner light.
  • 00:18:25.050 --> 00:18:28.050
  • Shine a light on the inside.
  • 00:18:28.230 --> 00:18:31.230
  • If you give me greater
  • 00:18:31.230 --> 00:18:34.020
  • understanding and the eyes of my
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:36.200
  • understanding are enlightened, a
  • 00:18:36.200 --> 00:18:39.030
  • lot of my worries will just fall
  • 00:18:39.030 --> 00:18:41.020
  • off.
  • 00:18:41.020 --> 00:18:43.040
  • If I would have had the insight
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:44.250
  • to know that God was working on
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:46.280
  • my daughter through what she
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:48.170
  • went through, I would have had
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:51.030
  • so much more peace going through
  • 00:18:51.030 --> 00:18:52.190
  • it.
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:53.230
  • But because I didn't have the
  • 00:18:53.230 --> 00:18:54.250
  • insight to see the treasures of
  • 00:18:54.250 --> 00:18:57.110
  • darkness, I thought God's
  • 00:18:59.200 --> 00:19:02.220
  • strategy was a demonic attack.
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:05.250
  • But when I look back at it in
  • 00:19:05.250 --> 00:19:07.150
  • retrospect, I say, "It was good
  • 00:19:07.150 --> 00:19:10.000
  • for me that I was afflicted.
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:12.150
  • If I had not been afflicted, I
  • 00:19:12.150 --> 00:19:14.050
  • would have never seen the glory
  • 00:19:14.050 --> 00:19:16.110
  • of God."
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:17.050
  • Who am I talking to this
  • 00:19:17.050 --> 00:19:18.000
  • If I'm coming right down your
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:23.030
  • alley, make some noise in this
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:24.180
  • In summary, I'm trying to make
  • 00:19:37.190 --> 00:19:39.000
  • you understand that some of the
  • 00:19:39.000 --> 00:19:41.070
  • toughest places and the darkest
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:42.290
  • places in your life are the
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:45.010
  • places where God gives you the
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:46.070
  • greatest glory.
  • 00:19:46.070 --> 00:19:48.060
  • Both in this message and in the
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:49.070
  • book I'm trying to tell you that
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:50.210
  • when you feel pressure, and when
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:52.040
  • you feel crushed, and when you
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:54.040
  • feel at your wit's end, and when
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:55.170
  • you feel like, "Where is God,"
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:57.290
  • he is always there.
  • 00:19:57.290 --> 00:19:59.230
  • Jehovah-Shammah, he is a present
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:02.070
  • help in the midst of trouble.
  • 00:20:02.070 --> 00:20:04.110
  • He is right there in the middle
  • 00:20:04.110 --> 00:20:07.040
  • of your problem.
  • 00:20:07.040 --> 00:20:08.200
  • And God wants to give you
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:10.030
  • treasures.
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:13.040
  • Treasures in the darkness, while
  • 00:20:13.220 --> 00:20:16.220
  • all of your friends flee for the
  • 00:20:16.220 --> 00:20:19.040
  • comfort.
  • 00:20:19.040 --> 00:20:21.010
  • Stay right where he put you,
  • 00:20:21.010 --> 00:20:23.070
  • because there's treasures in the
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:25.270
  • darkness that God has for you
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:29.160
  • that will make you stronger,
  • 00:20:29.160 --> 00:20:31.080
  • that will make you wiser, that
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:32.270
  • will make you brighter, that
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:34.080
  • will make you fuller, that will
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:35.260
  • make you richer, that will make
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:37.140
  • you more complete in him.
  • 00:20:37.140 --> 00:20:40.030
  • And when you come out on the
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:41.040
  • other side, you can disciple
  • 00:20:41.040 --> 00:20:43.050
  • somebody, you can witness to
  • 00:20:43.050 --> 00:20:44.290
  • somebody, you can teach
  • 00:20:44.290 --> 00:20:46.110
  • somebody, you can train
  • 00:20:46.110 --> 00:20:47.290
  • somebody.
  • 00:20:47.290 --> 00:20:49.030
  • God can use you like he'd never
  • 00:20:49.030 --> 00:20:51.040
  • used you before.
  • 00:20:51.040 --> 00:20:53.050
  • It is not my good times that
  • 00:20:53.050 --> 00:20:55.290
  • reveal God the most in my life.
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:58.090
  • It's not the shouting times that
  • 00:20:58.090 --> 00:21:00.230
  • reveal God the most in my life.
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:03.020
  • It is the times when all hell
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:05.050
  • was breaking loose in my life
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:07.050
  • that I saw God's glory shine the
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:10.030
  • brightest.
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:11.010
  • Let there be light.
  • 00:21:11.010 --> 00:21:13.030
  • He shined it out.
  • 00:21:13.030 --> 00:21:15.190
  • And the darkness had to flee.
  • 00:21:17.040 --> 00:21:20.040
  • My brothers and sisters, I came
  • 00:21:20.040 --> 00:21:22.210
  • to Lakewood to tell you that
  • 00:21:22.210 --> 00:21:25.030
  • there's more treasure for you.
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:29.020
  • There's more promises for you.
  • 00:21:29.020 --> 00:21:31.220
  • There's more blessings for you.
  • 00:21:31.220 --> 00:21:34.030
  • There's more of what God has
  • 00:21:34.030 --> 00:21:35.190
  • written in his Word you're going
  • 00:21:35.190 --> 00:21:37.050
  • to experience in your life.
  • 00:21:37.050 --> 00:21:39.220
  • But when he gets ready to bring
  • 00:21:39.220 --> 00:21:41.030
  • the greatest treasure it may be
  • 00:21:41.030 --> 00:21:43.230
  • wrapped in the greatest
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  • darkness.
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  • No one takes treasure and leaves
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  • it in the spotlight.
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  • If you have any valuables, you
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  • always lock them up in a dark
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  • place.
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  • And the level of the treasure
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  • that God is gonna release in
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  • this season of your light is not
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  • in the open places where
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  • everybody can see.
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  • It's how you go through your
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  • dark places.
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  • To anybody in this room who has
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  • ever been or is in the middle of
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  • a dark place, don't be so
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  • overwhelmed by the darkness that
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  • you forget to get the treasure.
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  • There's treasure in that place
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  • for you.
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  • Reach out to your brother and
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  • sister.
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  • Leave no one untouched.
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  • I hate to go to a church and not
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  • This may be the only place where
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  • the person you're touching can
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  • find other believers to come
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  • into agreement with them.
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  • And sometimes, it is not you
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  • that's in the dark place; it's
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  • your child, or your husband, or
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  • your wife, or your
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  • grandchildren.
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  • But everybody in here has
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  • somebody that you love that's in
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  • a dark place and you need to
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  • realize that there is going to
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  • be treasure in that place.
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  • You need to understand that you
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  • will not have olive oil without
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  • crushing the olive, that you'll
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  • never drink wine until a grape
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  • is crushed, that you'll never
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  • see the treasure that God has
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  • for your life until you
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  • withstand what you're going
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  • through right now.
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  • As simple as unhappiness,
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  • discontentment, and
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  • restlessness, God is going to
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  • bring you treasure if you hold
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  • on to what you have.
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  • Squeeze that hand you're
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  • holding.
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  • The Bible said: "Where two or
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  • three are gathered together in
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  • my name there am I in the midst
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  • of them."
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  • Father, I thank you for being in
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  • the midst of us right now.
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  • I thank you, Lord, for what
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  • you're working out right now.
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  • I thank you for those you are
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  • feeding, and healing, and
  • 00:23:57.230 --> 00:23:59.010
  • touching, and blessing, and
  • 00:23:59.010 --> 00:24:00.170
  • moving right now by your power,
  • 00:24:00.170 --> 00:24:02.250
  • by your Spirit.
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  • We receive this Word.
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  • We receive this revelation.
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  • We receive this treasure.
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  • We receive this gift.
  • 00:24:10.040 --> 00:24:12.040
  • We receive it now in the name of
  • 00:24:13.100 --> 00:24:16.100
  • Jesus, and every believer gave
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  • God the highest praise they've
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  • - Bishop Jakes: My God.
  • 00:24:43.010 --> 00:24:45.030
  • While we're yet standing, if
  • 00:24:45.030 --> 00:24:46.090
  • there's one amongst us who does
  • 00:24:46.090 --> 00:24:47.250
  • not know the Lord and the free
  • 00:24:47.250 --> 00:24:49.160
  • pardon of their sins, if there's
  • 00:24:49.160 --> 00:24:50.280
  • one amongst us who's gotten out
  • 00:24:50.280 --> 00:24:52.200
  • of the way, and gotten on the
  • 00:24:52.200 --> 00:24:53.280
  • wrong path, and gone in the
  • 00:24:53.280 --> 00:24:56.050
  • wrong direction, and you wanna
  • 00:24:56.050 --> 00:24:58.050
  • come to Christ, and you need
  • 00:24:58.050 --> 00:24:59.090
  • Christ in your life, right where
  • 00:24:59.090 --> 00:25:01.010
  • you are would you just raise
  • 00:25:01.010 --> 00:25:02.090
  • your hand up and say, "I need
  • 00:25:02.090 --> 00:25:03.290
  • Christ in my life."
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:08.010
  • God bless you.
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  • Put 'em up high.
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  • Right where you are.
  • 00:25:15.070 --> 00:25:16.230
  • If you're sitting near someone
  • 00:25:16.230 --> 00:25:17.260
  • who raised their hand, just
  • 00:25:17.260 --> 00:25:19.090
  • reach out to them.
  • 00:25:19.090 --> 00:25:21.010
  • Right where you are, we're gonna
  • 00:25:21.010 --> 00:25:22.020
  • pray.
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  • Lord Jesus, I thank you that
  • 00:25:24.230 --> 00:25:27.230
  • you've given me this opportunity
  • 00:25:27.280 --> 00:25:30.280
  • to accept you in my life.
  • 00:25:31.070 --> 00:25:34.070
  • Forgive me of my sins, wash me
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  • in your blood.
  • 00:25:37.160 --> 00:25:39.280
  • I'm going to serve you.
  • 00:25:39.280 --> 00:25:42.150
  • I know I'm not perfect.
  • 00:25:42.150 --> 00:25:45.050
  • I may make mistakes, but I make
  • 00:25:45.050 --> 00:25:47.170
  • this commitment.
  • 00:25:47.170 --> 00:25:49.160
  • I'm going to serve you the rest
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  • of my life, in Jesus' name,
  • 00:25:52.210 --> 00:25:55.210
  • amen.
  • 00:25:55.210 --> 00:25:56.190
  • amen.
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  • - male announcer: "I will give
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  • you the treasures of darkness
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  • and hidden riches of secret
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  • places."
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  • It's time to end the year
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  • strong, embracing God's divine
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  • destiny for your life.
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  • little things will not stop you
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  • from doing the great things.
  • 00:26:16.270 --> 00:26:19.070
  • Say it again: "I can do all
  • 00:26:19.070 --> 00:26:20.090
  • things through Christ which
  • 00:26:20.210 --> 00:26:23.210
  • strengthens me."
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