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Treasures in Darkness

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January 1, 2020
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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:
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  • I'm gonna talk to you about
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  • "The Treasures of Darkness."
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  • God said, "I will give you
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  • the treasures of darkness."
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  • This is gon' 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 doin'
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  • great exploits
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  • in the midst of your people.
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  • I believe you for greatness
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  • to move in this house.
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  • Great God that you are,
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  • have 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
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  • here with us this morning.
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  • Early in the morning will I seek
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  • thee in Jesus's name.
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  • The Potter's Touch
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  • - Bishop Jakes: On the road
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  • to Damascus, and the Bible says
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  • that Saul saw a great light,
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  • a great light that
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  • knocked him off of 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 comin'.
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  • Don't worry about what's comin'.
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  • God's gettin' ready to knock it
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  • off its beast.
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  • He's gettin' 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
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  • of its feet.
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  • My God, I feel like runnin',
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  • 'course, I'm not gon' do it,
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  • but I feel like runnin'.
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  • When I was young, I used to
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  • shout and dance, and they'd have
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  • to put me in the car, and I'd
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  • still be dancin', and now that
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  • I'm older, I act like I'm gon'
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  • shout.
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  • I say, "Oh."
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  • And then I think about my back,
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  • and I think about my ankles,
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  • and I think about--
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  • and then I say, "Yes, Lord."
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  • I know I got a witness
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  • in the house.
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  • I know I got somebody
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  • Oh, Saul, of the tribe of
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  • Benjamin, Hebrew of Hebrews,
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  • a Pharisee, is on his way to do
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  • what he thinks is God's service.
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  • People will destroy you and
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  • think they're workin' for God.
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  • Watch out for anybody's ministry
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  • that is based on what
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  • their 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
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  • about doctrine.
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  • It will lock people out,
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  • but relationship will open
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  • its arms wide and say,
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  • "Whosoever will, let 'em come."
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  • That's what I love
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  • about 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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  • to the cross, hallelujah.
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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, and there on the floor,
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  • he has 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's 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 worship Jesus.
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  • But Jesus said, "When you fight
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  • my children, you fight me too."
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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
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  • in here, when you hate on us,
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  • you 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
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  • Oh, yes, oh, yes, 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.
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  • It's God's battle.
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  • Leukemia is not my battle.
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  • It's God's battle.
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  • Divorce is not my battle.
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  • It's God's battle.
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  • Oh, my God, I feel the power
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  • And the Bible says that it
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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,
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  • until this encounter occurred,
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  • Saul was leading a band of men
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  • on the road to Damascus, but
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  • after his encounter with Jesus,
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  • the men he was leading are now
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  • leaving him because the light
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  • 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 eye
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  • was not designed to embrace and
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  • 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
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  • of light that is so bright that
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  • But he was blind for a purpose
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  • because God said in Isaiah,
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  • "I will give you the treasures
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  • of darkness--"
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  • You wondered
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  • how I was gon' tie that up,
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  • didn't you?
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  • "I got it.
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  • I got it."
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  • Gotta stay with me.
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  • "I got it.
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  • I got it."
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  • God said, I would give you
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  • the treasures of darkness.
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  • In other words, "I can show you
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  • some things blind
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  • that I couldn't show you
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  • What I'm trying to teach
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  • this morning is that sometimes
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  • eyesight is a disadvantage, "For
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  • we walk by faith and not by--"
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  • oh, you awake this mornin'.
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  • I'm checkin',
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  • and you're awake this mornin'.
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  • You had at least
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  • two cups of coffee.
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  • You're good to go.
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  • You're good to go.
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  • If you had one more cup of
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  • coffee, you'd have shouted off
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  • of that, "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
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  • your life that you couldn't see
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  • no way out, and God made a way
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  • out of no way.
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  • Think about the time that you
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  • had no plans, and you just
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  • stumbled into a blessin'.
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  • Is there anybody in here
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  • You can't even take credit for
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  • it, but while you were groping
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  • in the dark, you stumbled
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  • into somethin'
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  • that changed your life.
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  • "To God be the glory."
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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
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  • see, and sometimes what we see
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  • is 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,
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  • you will make decisions based
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  • on eyesight, so God took away
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  • his eyesight so that
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  • he might attain insights.
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  • Oh, you didn't hear that.
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  • God took away his eyesight
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  • so that he might attain insight.
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  • Insight is stronger
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  • than 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 ya 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,
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  • "Don't go in that room.
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  • There's somethin' about it.
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  • You don't need to go
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  • in there."
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  • I would rather have insight
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  • than eyesight.
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  • They asked a woman, they said,
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  • "Oh, it's such a shame,
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  • such a shame, such a shame,
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  • that 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
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  • The woman was Helen Keller.
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  • Helen Keller said,
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  • "It is better to be blind and
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  • have vision than to have sight
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  • and have no vision."
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  • The thing I would never want
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  • to 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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  • you are following somebody--
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  • Oh, you didn't get that.
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  • You're following somebody
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  • who had a vision.
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  • The reason that seat
  • 00:11:49.070 --> 00:11:50.130
  • is right where it is, is because
  • 00:11:50.130 --> 00:11:52.000
  • somebody had a vision.
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:53.250
  • The reason there is
  • 00:11:53.250 --> 00:11:55.050
  • a Lakewood Church
  • 00:11:55.050 --> 00:11:56.210
  • is because somebody--
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  • You're sittin' in vision.
  • 00:12:01.040 --> 00:12:03.050
  • You're wearing vision.
  • 00:12:03.050 --> 00:12:05.050
  • You're driving vision.
  • 00:12:05.050 --> 00:12:06.270
  • You're living in vision.
  • 00:12:06.270 --> 00:12:08.140
  • So, when the moment was over,
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:19.040
  • he had lost his sight for
  • 00:12:19.040 --> 00:12:20.150
  • three days, but he had gained
  • 00:12:20.150 --> 00:12:22.160
  • his insight, and insight
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:25.120
  • is better than eyesight.
  • 00:12:25.210 --> 00:12:28.210
  • We should take just a moment
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:30.070
  • and pray that God
  • 00:12:30.070 --> 00:12:31.100
  • increase your insight.
  • 00:12:31.100 --> 00:12:33.180
  • There are some decisions that
  • 00:12:33.180 --> 00:12:34.270
  • you need to make, that you're
  • 00:12:34.270 --> 00:12:36.110
  • gonna need a deeper insight
  • 00:12:36.110 --> 00:12:38.050
  • in order to make
  • 00:12:38.050 --> 00:12:39.050
  • the right decision.
  • 00:12:39.050 --> 00:12:40.110
  • We should take just a moment and
  • 00:12:40.110 --> 00:12:41.180
  • ask God to increase your insight
  • 00:12:41.180 --> 00:12:44.000
  • because your emotions
  • 00:12:44.000 --> 00:12:45.170
  • are responding to your eyesight,
  • 00:12:45.170 --> 00:12:48.020
  • but your spirit is moved
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:49.110
  • by your insight.
  • 00:12:49.110 --> 00:12:51.050
  • We should take just a moment
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:52.060
  • and ask God to give you insight
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:53.150
  • about every predicament
  • 00:12:53.150 --> 00:12:55.090
  • that you're dealing with
  • 00:12:55.090 --> 00:12:56.250
  • in your life right now.
  • 00:12:56.250 --> 00:12:58.050
  • There is a insight that
  • 00:12:58.050 --> 00:12:59.190
  • will turn that thing around.
  • 00:12:59.190 --> 00:13:01.030
  • Father, open up our insight.
  • 00:13:01.030 --> 00:13:03.040
  • Let us see more clearly
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:04.190
  • than we've ever seen before.
  • 00:13:04.190 --> 00:13:06.150
  • Let us see on the inside.
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  • In spite of what we see
  • 00:13:08.100 --> 00:13:09.220
  • on the outside, I thank you
  • 00:13:09.220 --> 00:13:11.140
  • for the treasures of darkness.
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  • The treasure, my treasure is
  • 00:13:13.210 --> 00:13:15.220
  • in this dark place.
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  • My treasure is in the place
  • 00:13:17.130 --> 00:13:19.030
  • where the enemy has tried to set
  • 00:13:19.030 --> 00:13:20.260
  • me up, but I will not leave till
  • 00:13:20.260 --> 00:13:22.290
  • I get it, in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • If you receive it,
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:27.090
  • - male: You are impacting
  • 00:13:44.200 --> 00:13:45.200
  • so many lives in so many places,
  • 00:13:45.200 --> 00:13:47.250
  • in so many--through
  • 00:13:47.250 --> 00:13:49.010
  • so many generations as well.
  • 00:13:49.010 --> 00:13:50.200
  • You are a blessing, and thanks
  • 00:13:50.200 --> 00:13:51.260
  • for pourin' out your heart and
  • 00:13:51.260 --> 00:13:53.220
  • your mind and your spirit and
  • 00:13:53.220 --> 00:13:55.080
  • not holding it all to yourself,
  • 00:13:55.080 --> 00:13:56.290
  • so that others may be blessed
  • 00:13:56.290 --> 00:13:58.070
  • through your ministry.
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  • We love you.
  • 00:13:58.270 --> 00:13:59.120
  • - Bishop Jakes: Anything
  • 00:14:07.190 --> 00:14:08.100
  • you don't engage in, you can't
  • 00:14:08.100 --> 00:14:09.140
  • change, and what I wanna do
  • 00:14:10.240 --> 00:14:13.240
  • is be in the room where
  • 00:14:13.240 --> 00:14:16.090
  • - Bishop Jakes: I bought
  • 00:14:49.050 --> 00:14:50.030
  • buildings because of insight.
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:52.130
  • I started businesses
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:53.190
  • because of insight.
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:55.140
  • I made choices
  • 00:14:55.140 --> 00:14:56.220
  • because of the insight.
  • 00:14:56.220 --> 00:14:57.290
  • I said, "Yes," to some things,
  • 00:14:57.290 --> 00:14:59.110
  • and "No," to some things because
  • 00:14:59.110 --> 00:15:00.190
  • of insight.
  • 00:15:00.190 --> 00:15:01.240
  • Sometimes I couldn't even
  • 00:15:01.240 --> 00:15:02.240
  • explain to somebody
  • 00:15:02.240 --> 00:15:03.190
  • why I walked away from it,
  • 00:15:03.190 --> 00:15:04.290
  • but I just had an insight.
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:06.140
  • In the eyesight, it didn't make
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:08.290
  • any sense, but in the insight,
  • 00:15:08.290 --> 00:15:10.290
  • I sensed that,
  • 00:15:10.290 --> 00:15:12.040
  • "This was not a good deal."
  • 00:15:12.040 --> 00:15:13.050
  • Sometimes there were people who
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:14.140
  • tried to befriend me.
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:15.170
  • My eyesight said they were
  • 00:15:15.170 --> 00:15:16.220
  • friends.
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:17.220
  • My insight said, "Be careful."
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:19.160
  • My insight is my protection.
  • 00:15:19.160 --> 00:15:21.170
  • My insight is my guard.
  • 00:15:21.170 --> 00:15:23.190
  • My insight is my guide.
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:25.220
  • Is there anybody in here
  • 00:15:25.220 --> 00:15:27.050
  • that's had supernatural insight
  • 00:15:27.050 --> 00:15:29.120
  • in your life?
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:30.240
  • And he was led blind
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:43.190
  • to Ananias's house, and he had
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:46.160
  • no eyesight, but he had insight
  • 00:15:46.160 --> 00:15:49.160
  • every step of the way, and it
  • 00:15:49.160 --> 00:15:51.120
  • all happened along the way.
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:56.200
  • Now, I'm as goal-oriented
  • 00:15:56.200 --> 00:15:58.080
  • as the next person,
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:16:00.080
  • and I admit that I am.
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:02.060
  • I set goals for myself.
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:04.000
  • I have goals in decades, where I
  • 00:16:04.000 --> 00:16:05.280
  • wanna be in ten years, and where
  • 00:16:05.280 --> 00:16:07.240
  • I wanna be in the next ten
  • 00:16:07.240 --> 00:16:09.120
  • years, and where I wanna be
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:11.040
  • in the next ten years, and where
  • 00:16:11.040 --> 00:16:12.220
  • I wanna be--oh, wait, I might
  • 00:16:12.220 --> 00:16:13.280
  • not have that many ten years
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:15.020
  • but--take about three of 'em,
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:16.030
  • then let me be with Jesus.
  • 00:16:16.030 --> 00:16:17.170
  • But I have goals as much as
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:21.130
  • anybody, goals are important,
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:23.030
  • and goals are a great thing to
  • 00:16:23.030 --> 00:16:24.200
  • have, but I would rather have
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:27.150
  • the insight of understanding
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:29.210
  • that it is not the destination
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:32.170
  • that we ought to be the most
  • 00:16:32.170 --> 00:16:33.250
  • concerned about because
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:36.030
  • it is not the God that we meet
  • 00:16:36.030 --> 00:16:38.150
  • at the end of the destination.
  • 00:16:38.150 --> 00:16:40.130
  • It's the God that
  • 00:16:40.130 --> 00:16:41.140
  • Everything happens
  • 00:16:47.240 --> 00:16:49.080
  • along the way.
  • 00:16:49.080 --> 00:16:50.090
  • That's what seems to be leaving
  • 00:16:50.090 --> 00:16:51.270
  • us as a people and as a society
  • 00:16:51.270 --> 00:16:53.200
  • and as a generation.
  • 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:55.110
  • We are so destination-oriented,
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:57.190
  • that we don't notice the things
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.060
  • that happened along the way.
  • 00:16:59.060 --> 00:17:01.100
  • We want the promises, but we
  • 00:17:01.100 --> 00:17:03.060
  • don't want the process.
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:06.080
  • We want the results, but we
  • 00:17:06.080 --> 00:17:08.020
  • don't wanna take the journey,
  • 00:17:08.020 --> 00:17:09.210
  • and it is the journey that makes
  • 00:17:09.210 --> 00:17:11.120
  • you able to stand up to the
  • 00:17:11.120 --> 00:17:13.030
  • destination.
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:15.180
  • If you don't go through the
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:16.270
  • process, you can't handle the
  • 00:17:16.270 --> 00:17:18.090
  • promise.
  • 00:17:18.090 --> 00:17:19.260
  • It is the process that equips
  • 00:17:19.260 --> 00:17:21.100
  • you to be able to stand on the
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:23.110
  • promises of God.
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:25.140
  • When you go through a process,
  • 00:17:25.140 --> 00:17:27.100
  • you won't let just anybody take
  • 00:17:27.100 --> 00:17:28.290
  • your promise because you went
  • 00:17:28.290 --> 00:17:31.040
  • through too much to get it to
  • 00:17:31.040 --> 00:17:33.030
  • let anybody take it away from
  • 00:17:33.030 --> 00:17:35.110
  • you.
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:36.200
  • Oh, God, hallelujah.
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:38.110
  • It is the things that happened
  • 00:17:38.110 --> 00:17:40.000
  • along the way.
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:41.250
  • And so there's Saul, who becomes
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:44.200
  • the apostle Paul.
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.220
  • When he begins to write
  • 00:17:46.220 --> 00:17:47.240
  • to Ephesus, he now has
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:49.290
  • an appreciation for insight.
  • 00:17:50.270 --> 00:17:53.270
  • So he does not go to Ephesus
  • 00:17:53.270 --> 00:17:56.030
  • and pray that they would have
  • 00:17:56.030 --> 00:17:57.230
  • greater eyesight, keener vision,
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:01.150
  • bifocals, eyeglasses,
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:04.230
  • or contacts.
  • 00:18:04.230 --> 00:18:06.210
  • He prays that the eyes
  • 00:18:06.210 --> 00:18:09.190
  • of their understanding might be
  • 00:18:09.190 --> 00:18:12.030
  • enlightened.
  • 00:18:12.030 --> 00:18:14.090
  • The eyes of your understanding.
  • 00:18:14.090 --> 00:18:17.020
  • He's praying for your insight,
  • 00:18:17.020 --> 00:18:19.160
  • that your insight might be
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:22.060
  • enlightened,
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:24.200
  • not outer light--inner lights.
  • 00:18:25.180 --> 00:18:28.180
  • Shine a light on the inside.
  • 00:18:28.220 --> 00:18:31.220
  • If you give me greater
  • 00:18:31.220 --> 00:18:34.080
  • understanding, and the eyes
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:36.020
  • of my understanding are
  • 00:18:36.020 --> 00:18:37.280
  • enlightened, a lot of my worries
  • 00:18:37.280 --> 00:18:40.040
  • would just fall off.
  • 00:18:40.080 --> 00:18:43.080
  • If I would've had the insight to
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:44.260
  • know that God was working on my
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:46.280
  • daughter through what she went
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:49.000
  • through, I would've had so much
  • 00:18:49.000 --> 00:18:51.100
  • more peace going through it,
  • 00:18:51.100 --> 00:18:53.280
  • but because I didn't have
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:18:55.060
  • the insight to see the treasures
  • 00:18:55.060 --> 00:18:57.140
  • of darkness, I thought God's
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:02.280
  • strategy was a demonic attack,
  • 00:19:03.020 --> 00:19:06.020
  • but when I look back at it in
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:07.220
  • retrospect, I'd say it was good
  • 00:19:07.220 --> 00:19:09.120
  • for me that I was afflicted.
  • 00:19:09.240 --> 00:19:12.240
  • If I had not been afflicted,
  • 00:19:12.240 --> 00:19:14.140
  • I would have never seen
  • 00:19:14.140 --> 00:19:15.260
  • the glory of God.
  • 00:19:15.260 --> 00:19:17.100
  • Who am I talkin'
  • 00:19:17.100 --> 00:19:18.080
  • to this mornin'?
  • 00:19:18.180 --> 00:19:21.180
  • If I'm comin' right down
  • 00:19:21.180 --> 00:19:23.000
  • your alley, make some noise
  • 00:19:23.000 --> 00:19:25.010
  • I can't hear you.
  • 00:19:34.230 --> 00:19:37.230
  • In summary, I'm tryin' to make
  • 00:19:37.230 --> 00:19:39.020
  • you understand that some of the
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:41.080
  • toughest places and the darkest
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:42.290
  • places in your life are the
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:45.000
  • places where God gives you the
  • 00:19:45.000 --> 00:19:46.120
  • greatest glory.
  • 00:19:46.120 --> 00:19:48.060
  • Both in this message and in the
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:49.110
  • book, I'm tryin' to tell you
  • 00:19:49.110 --> 00:19:50.160
  • that, when you feel pressure and
  • 00:19:50.160 --> 00:19:52.030
  • when you feel crushed and when
  • 00:19:52.030 --> 00:19:53.210
  • you feel at your wits' end, and
  • 00:19:53.210 --> 00:19:55.070
  • when you feel like, "Where is
  • 00:19:55.070 --> 00:19:56.210
  • God?"
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.000
  • he is always there.
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:19:59.270
  • Jehovah-Shammah, he is a present
  • 00:19:59.270 --> 00:20:02.120
  • help in the midst of trouble.
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:04.200
  • He is right there in the middle
  • 00:20:04.200 --> 00:20:06.200
  • of your problem, and God wants
  • 00:20:06.200 --> 00:20:09.080
  • to give you treasures,
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:13.040
  • treasures in the darkness.
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:16.260
  • While all of your friends flee
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:18.110
  • for the comfort, stay right
  • 00:20:18.210 --> 00:20:21.210
  • where he puts you because
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:23.240
  • there's treasures in the
  • 00:20:23.240 --> 00:20:26.020
  • darkness that God has for you
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:29.190
  • that will make you stronger,
  • 00:20:29.190 --> 00:20:31.150
  • that will make you wiser, that
  • 00:20:31.150 --> 00:20:33.000
  • will make you brighter, that
  • 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:34.140
  • will make you fuller, that will
  • 00:20:34.140 --> 00:20:36.030
  • make you richer, that will make
  • 00:20:36.030 --> 00:20:37.220
  • you more complete in him, and
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:40.070
  • when you come out on the other
  • 00:20:40.070 --> 00:20:41.210
  • side, you can disciple somebody.
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:44.110
  • You can witness to somebody.
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:46.020
  • You can teach somebody.
  • 00:20:46.020 --> 00:20:47.180
  • You can train somebody.
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:49.070
  • God can use you like he never
  • 00:20:49.070 --> 00:20:50.290
  • used you before.
  • 00:20:50.290 --> 00:20:53.060
  • It is not my good times that
  • 00:20:53.060 --> 00:20:55.160
  • reveal God the most in my life.
  • 00:20:55.180 --> 00:20:58.180
  • It's not the shouting times that
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:00.160
  • reveal God the most in my life.
  • 00:21:00.160 --> 00:21:03.030
  • It is time when all hell was
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:05.050
  • breakin' loose in my life
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:06.290
  • that I saw God's glory shine
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:09.140
  • the brightest.
  • 00:21:09.140 --> 00:21:11.040
  • "Let there be light,"
  • 00:21:11.040 --> 00:21:13.040
  • he shouted out,
  • 00:21:13.040 --> 00:21:16.040
  • My brothers and sisters, I came
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:22.140
  • to Lakewood to tell you that
  • 00:21:22.140 --> 00:21:25.080
  • there's more treasure for you,
  • 00:21:26.050 --> 00:21:29.050
  • there's more promises for you,
  • 00:21:29.050 --> 00:21:31.250
  • there's more blessings for you,
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:34.160
  • there's more of what God has
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:36.050
  • written in his Word you're going
  • 00:21:36.050 --> 00:21:37.180
  • to experience in your life, but
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:39.270
  • when he gets ready to bring the
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:41.050
  • greatest treasure, it may be
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:43.050
  • wrapped in the greatest
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:45.090
  • No one takes treasure
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:49.230
  • and leaves it in the spotlight.
  • 00:21:50.250 --> 00:21:53.250
  • If you have any valuables,
  • 00:21:53.250 --> 00:21:55.080
  • you always lock them up in a
  • 00:21:55.080 --> 00:21:56.260
  • dark place, and the level of the
  • 00:21:57.050 --> 00:22:00.070
  • treasure that God is goin' to
  • 00:22:00.100 --> 00:22:03.100
  • release in this season of your
  • 00:22:03.100 --> 00:22:05.130
  • light is not in the open places
  • 00:22:05.130 --> 00:22:08.080
  • where everybody can see.
  • 00:22:08.100 --> 00:22:11.100
  • It's how you go through
  • 00:22:11.100 --> 00:22:14.050
  • your dark places.
  • 00:22:14.170 --> 00:22:17.170
  • To anybody in this room who has
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:20.200
  • ever been or is in the middle
  • 00:22:21.210 --> 00:22:24.210
  • of a dark place, don't be so
  • 00:22:25.040 --> 00:22:28.040
  • overwhelmed by the darkness that
  • 00:22:28.040 --> 00:22:30.140
  • you forget to get the treasure.
  • 00:22:31.200 --> 00:22:34.200
  • There's treasure in that place
  • 00:22:34.200 --> 00:22:37.040
  • for you.
  • 00:22:37.040 --> 00:22:38.000
  • Would you stand?
  • 00:22:39.240 --> 00:22:42.240
  • Reach out to your brother
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:43.200
  • and sister and leave
  • 00:22:43.200 --> 00:22:44.210
  • no one untouched.
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  • I hate to go to a church
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  • and not be touched.
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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.
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  • It's your child or your husband
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  • or your wife or your
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  • grandchildren, but everybody
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  • in here has somebody that
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  • you love that's in a dark place,
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  • and you need to realize that
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  • there is going to be treasure
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  • 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
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  • that God has for your life
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  • until you withstand what
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  • you're goin' through right now.
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  • As simple as unhappiness,
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  • discontentment,
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  • and restlessness, God is going
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  • to bring you treasure
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  • if you hold onto what you have.
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  • Squeeze that hand
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  • you're 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 workin' out right now.
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  • I thank you for those who are
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  • feeling and healing and touching
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  • and blessing and moving
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  • right now by your power,
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  • 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.
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  • We receive it now in the name of
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  • Jesus, and every believer gave
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  • God the highest praise
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  • My God.
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  • While we're yet standing, if
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  • there's one amongst us who does
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  • not know the Lord and the free
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  • pardon of their sins, if there's
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  • one amongst us who's gotten out
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  • of the way and gotten on the
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  • wrong path and gone in the wrong
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  • direction, and you wanna come to
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  • Christ, or you need Christ in
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  • your life, right where you are,
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  • would you just raise your hand
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  • up and say, "I need Christ in my
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  • life"?
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  • God bless you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Put 'em up high.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Right where you are, if you're
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  • sitting near someone who raised
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  • their hand, just reach out to
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  • them.
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  • Right where you are, we're gonna
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  • pray, "Lord Jesus, I thank you
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  • that you've given me this
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  • opportunity to accept you in my
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  • life.
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  • Forgive me of my sins.
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  • Wash me in your blood.
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  • I'm going to serve you.
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  • I know I'm not perfect.
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  • I may make mistakes, but I make
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  • this commitment.
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  • I'm going to serve you the rest
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  • of my life in Jesus's name,
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  • 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
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  • of secret places."
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  • It's time to end the year
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  • strong, embracing God's
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  • - Bishop Jakes: 'Cause the
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  • little things will not stop you
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  • from doing the great things.
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:17.260
  • "I can do all things through
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  • of any amount, you'll receive
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  • Don't wait.
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  • something would be ignited
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  • down inside of you that changes
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  • next time on,
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  • "The Potter's Touch."
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