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A Faith That Anchors Me In Storms Part 2

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  • Rick Warren: You know, todayin your life right now, there
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  • are three kinds of forces thatare beating on you, and they're
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  • trying to tear up yourlife and your relationships,
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  • and tear them all apart.
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  • The first stormis the culture we
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  • live in, theculture we live in.
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  • The second is thechanges that we live with.
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  • And the third is thecrises that we live through.
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  • And of course, we're in acrisis right now with this
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  • pandemic all around the world.
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  • Now, the only way to makeit through these storms
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  • is to be anchored and fixedand attached to something
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  • rock-solid that is unchanging.
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  • And I'm here to tell you todaythat there's only one thing on
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  • this planet that'snever going to change.
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  • Everything else is gonna change,but there's one thing on this
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  • planet that's never gonnachange: the truth of God's Word.
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  • Because truth is always true.
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  • If it was true 10.000years ago, it'll be true
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  • in 10.000 years from today.
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  • It's not anopinion, it's the truth.
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  • Truth is eternal.
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  • And in a crisis, youreally need to anchor
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  • your life on God's Word.
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  • It's the only thing thatyou can completely rely on.
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  • How do I anchor my life on God'sWord so that I'm not blown away
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  • in a storm likethis current crisis?
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  • Well, James answers at theend of his first chapter.
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  • And if you'll takethese practical steps
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  • this week that we'regonna look at--it's not
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  • gonna take me long toshare this with you.
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  • If you'll take thesepractical steps, you're
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  • going to find yourselfwith greater stability,
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  • greater confidence,greater wisdom, and even
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  • God's blessing on your life.
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  • God promises it, he promises it.
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  • Here's the first step,if you're writing notes.
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  • Number one, first, if you'regoing to anchor your soul to
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  • something that never changes,treat God's Word as a gift.
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  • Treat God's Word as agift to me personally.
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  • You know, in Isaiah chapter 59,verse 21, the Bible says this,
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  • "The Lord says: 'My people,I promise to give you
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  • my Spirit and my Word.
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  • And these will be my gifts toyou and your families forever.'"
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  • Now, James adds to what Isaiahsays, that he says, "I'm gonna
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  • give you my Spirit and I'mgonna give you my Word."
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  • In James chapter 1, thepassage we're looking at
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  • today, verse 17 and18, James continues,
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  • "Every good gift and everyperfect gift, every perfect
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  • present comes from God,
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  • comes from God our Fatherabove, who created all
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  • the lights in the heavens."
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  • He's talking about the sunand the moon and the stars.
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  • "But unlike those lights," thesun and the moon and the stars,
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  • "that create shifting shadows,"it says, "God never changes."
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  • God never changes.
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  • And he says, "God chose to giveus life by giving us his Word,
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  • his Word of truth,so that we could be
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  • his most important creation."
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  • Do you realize that you areGod's most important creation?
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  • You matter to God morethan the birds or the cows
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  • or the worms or thehorses or the fish.
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  • And in that passage I justread, okay, James--I don't know
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  • if you saw it, he mentionsabout five aspects of
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  • God's gift of his Word.
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  • He says, "Everygood gift and every
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  • perfect presentcomes from God."
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  • Everything in this bookwas given to give you hope.
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  • Everything in this book, eventhe parts you don't understand,
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  • was given to give you hope.
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  • And he says through thisbook, you're given endurance,
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  • that's the ability tokeep on keeping on when
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  • you feel like givingup, and encouragement,
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  • the two things you needright now in this pandemic.
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  • They're in this book.
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  • If you don't have endurance andyou don't have encouragement,
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  • it's because you'renot in this book.
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  • And if you're feelingdiscouraged these days,
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  • it tells me one thing.
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  • You're not spending enough timein this book, because this is
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  • the book that gives youendurance, and this is the book
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  • that gives you encouragement.
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  • So, here's the secondstep for anchoring my
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  • life on a solid foundation.
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  • It's the next verse in Jameschapter 1, it's verse 21.
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  • "I humbly acceptwhatever God says."
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  • I humbly acceptwhatever God says.
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  • I may not understand it, Imay have a hard time with it,
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  • it may not seem--it mayseem crazy, but I humbly
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  • accept whatever God says.
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  • First, I accept this asa gift, and then I humbly
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  • accept whatever God says.
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  • James chapter 1, verse 21,the next verse, says this:
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  • "So get rid of all the filthand evil in your lives, and
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  • humbly accept," circle that,"humbly accept the message that
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  • God has planted," circle thatword "planted," "in your hearts
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  • for it's strongenough to save your soul."
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  • You need your soulsaved, it's right here.
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  • You humbly accept the Wordof God planted in your heart.
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  • Circle "humbly accept"and the word "planted."
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  • You know, in the Bible, Godoften compares our accepting
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  • his Word to gardening.
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  • It's like God is planting seedsin our hearts and in our minds.
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  • And he says, "I want youto humbly accept what I'm
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  • planting in your heart."
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  • That word "accept" in theGreek is the word "dechomai,"
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  • it's a hospitality term.
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  • It literally means toreceive like a stranger,
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  • welcome him in fully.
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  • You are to welcome theWord into your life.
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  • You say, "As I'm reading thisbook, okay, God, come on in.
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  • God, come on"--it is an attitude of acceptance.
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  • Before I even read your Wordtoday, I'm already saying,
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  • "I am already accepting it.
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  • God said it, I believeit, that settles it."
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  • I say, "No, no, no, God saidit, that settles it whether you
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  • believe it or not," 'causeit's settled and it's the truth.
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  • But notice in that verse,did you notice what he--
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  • I skipped it over at the start.
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  • Notice you have to dosome weeding before
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  • you can do the seeding, okay?
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  • In order to accept God'shumble--Word humbly planted in
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  • my heart, it says, first Igot to clean out some stuff.
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  • Okay, it says get rid ofthe filth and the stuff.
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  • I got to clean out, I gotto do some spring cleaning.
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  • I've got to takeout the garbage.
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  • I've got to clean up, I've gotto make space in my heart so
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  • God's Word can be planted.
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  • It says, "Get rid of all thefilth and evil in your life."
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  • Before you can acceptGod's Word, you gotta
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  • do a little housecleaning.
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  • How do you do that?
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  • Confession, you just admit it.
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  • Confession cleanses.
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  • And you need to say,"God, I'm getting ready here.
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  • And I accept this Bible as yourgift, and I'm gonna read it, and
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  • I'm gonna humbly acceptwhatever you tell me.
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  • But you've said before theseeding and before the feeding
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  • comes the weeding.
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  • So, I'm going to do a littlehousecleaning here, and I've got
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  • this junk I need to get ridof," and you confess to God.
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  • Now, I treatGod's Word as a gift.
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  • I humbly acceptwhat God says to me.
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  • And whatever he wantsto say, that's fine.
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  • Here's the third step:study, then do whatever he says.
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  • Study, then do whatever he says.
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  • That's the next severalverses in James chapter 1.
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  • James 1:22-25 says this:
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  • "Don't merely listen to the
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  • Word, and so deceive yourself."
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  • You know, you think,"Well, I'm listening
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  • to it, then I'm doing it."
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  • No, no, you'rejust listening to it.
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  • Says, "Don't justmerely listen to the
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  • Word, and deceive yourself.
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  • Do what it says!
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  • Anyone who listens to the Wordbut does not do what it says is
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  • like a man who looks athis face in a mirror."
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  • Now, we're going tocome back to this analogy.
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  • Says that God's Wordis like a mirror.
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  • "He's like a man wholooks in the mirror and,
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  • after looking at himself, hegoes away and immediately
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  • forgets what he looks like."
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  • Okay, in other words,it didn't do any good.
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  • "But if you keep looking," thisis what the Bible says, "if you
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  • keep looking intently into theperfect law that gives freedom,"
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  • this is the truth that sets usfree, "and you continue to do
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  • this, not forgetting whatyou've learned, but doing it"--
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  • he just gave me fouractions right there.
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  • He says--or five.
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  • He says, "You will beblessed in whatever you do."
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  • Hang on there.
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  • If you're taking notes,underline that, "You will be
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  • blessed in whatever you do."
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  • You want to be blessedin whatever you do in the
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  • middle of this COVID-19 crisis?
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  • Then you need to do those fivethings in that verse that the
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  • Bible just tells youto do about the Bible.
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  • God says you will beblessed in whatever you do,
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  • but there are some conditions.
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  • There's some premises for thatpromise that you have to fulfill
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  • in order toreceive his blessing.
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  • Now, in those four verses that Ijust read, James gives us five
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  • ways that we are to anchorour lives to God's Word.
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  • Okay, I want you to circle them.
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  • First is the word "listen."
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  • He says "listen."
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  • When you're listening, that'sa way to anchor God's Word.
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  • Then he says "keeplooking intently."
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  • We'll come back to that,circle "keep looking intently."
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  • Then he says "continue,"circle the word "continue."
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  • And then he says "notforgetting," circle
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  • the word "not forgetting."
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  • And then he says "doing,"circle the word "doing."
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  • To get blessed by the Bible,to get blessed in every area of
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  • your life, you have to do allfive things with the Bible.
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  • If you want all the blessing,you got to do all five things,
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  • and they're all inthose four verses.
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  • All right, let's justreview them real quick.
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  • First, he says,"listen to God's Word."
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  • Now, that's whatyou're doing right now.
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  • I am teaching you God's Word.
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  • But you know, we forget 90%to 95% of everything we hear
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  • in about 72 hours.
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  • So, you need to do a lotmore than just listen.
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  • If you're sitting therelistening to this and not taking
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  • any notes, you're going toforget this all within 72 hours.
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  • So, listening is good,but it's not the best way
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  • to learn the Word of God.
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  • And that anchor needs tohave more than just listening.
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  • Second, he says,"keep looking intently."
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  • Okay, what's that,"keep looking intently"?
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  • He says when you're lookingintently in the Bible, there's
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  • a word for that,it's called studying.
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  • Keeping looking intentlyis not listening,
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  • it's studying the Bible.
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  • You look intently, you search.
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  • Now, the difference--do you knowthe difference between reading
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  • the Bible andstudying the Bible?
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  • It's just one thing:you use a pencil or pen.
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  • You write things down.
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  • When you see something inthe Bible, you write it down.
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  • If you don't write anythingdown, you're not studying the
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  • Bible, you're just reading it.
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  • Reading means I'm reading it.
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  • Studying means I'm not justreading it, but now I'm writing
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  • something down aboutwhat God has said to me.
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  • That's calledstudying the Bible.
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  • And he says lookintently and keep studying it.
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  • Then the third thing hesays is "continue to do this."
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  • What does it mean to continue?
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  • It means you make it ahabit, you make it a habit.
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  • It means you do it daily.
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  • Now, I want to recommend a habitto you that I want you to try
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  • for the next seven days, okay?
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  • Okay, and if you'll dothis, I guarantee you
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  • it's going to change your life.
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  • It's a very simple habit, butI want you to do it every day,
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  • morning and night, forthe next seven days.
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  • It's called "his Wordfirst and his Word last."
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  • Or "his Word firstWord, his Word last Word."
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  • H-W-F-W, H-W-L-W.
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  • His Word first Wordand his Word last Word.
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  • Here's what I want you to do.
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  • Put an open Bibleby your bedside.
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  • Leave it open,don't close it, okay?
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  • When you wake up tomorrowmorning, before you read
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  • anything else, before you lookat your phone, before you listen
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  • to anything else, before youturn on "Good Morning America"
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  • or whatever you're doing, or goto your Internet site, you read
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  • a portion of Scripturebefore you get out of bed.
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  • That's making his Wordthe first Word, HWFW.
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  • Then you do it at the end of theday, HWLW, his Word last Word.
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  • Leave your Bible openand by your bedside.
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  • And before you go to sleep atnight, after you've finished all
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  • your, you know, TV, you know,downloading and whatever you've
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  • done, you're going to read aportion of this book as the last
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  • thing you do, his Word lastWord, before you go to sleep.
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  • Now friends, you're going to beamazed at how much this simple
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  • habit will strengthen your life.
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  • You're going to findyour patience going up.
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  • You're going to findyour anxiety going down.
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  • It's going to make majorchanges in your attitude.
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  • It will strengthen your life,and it will bring the blessing
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  • of God in your life.
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  • female announcer:The room is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath andbegin to think about God's
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  • plan for your life and thedecisions you're facing.
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through thedoors God has for you starts by
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  • growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God, hewill show you the doors to walk
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  • through, and itwill change your life.
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  • That's why Pastor Rickwants to help you with a
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  • daily devotional bookcalled "Open Doors."
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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  • the love, trust, andfreedom that comes from
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  • a deeper relationship with him.
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  • Request your copy of "OpenDoors" today as Pastor Rick's
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  • thank you for your gift today.
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  • Simply call the number on thescreen, or visit pastorrick.com
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  • Your gift will help Pastor Rickand the ministry of Daily Hope
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  • reach more of ourhurting world with the gospel.
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  • Call today, open the door togreater intimacy with God, and
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  • experience a deeperrelationship with him.
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  • Rick: James has said, "Iwant you to hear the Word,
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  • I want you to study theWord," he said, "I want you
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  • to continue it as a habit."
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  • And then fourth, he says, "Iwant you to memorize it," you
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  • need to memorize Bible versesthat are important to you.
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  • You don't have to memorizethe whole Bible, but that's
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  • the "not forgetting"part that he says there.
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  • You might--if you circle it,
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  • not forgetting, howdo you not forget?
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  • By memorizing it.
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  • So, here's whatI want you to do.
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  • Anytime you read a verse thatreally speaks to you, don't just
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  • underline it in your Bible.
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  • Copy it onto a little cardthat you can keep with you.
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  • And then you can readthat several times a day.
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  • You can put it inyour visor in your car.
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  • You can put it onyour bathroom mirror.
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  • You can put it onyour refrigerator.
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  • And the key to memorizinganything, actually, is saying
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  • it aloud over and over.
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  • You remember things throughyour ear, not through your eye.
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  • You can read somethingover and over and over
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  • and never memorize it.
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  • But if you'll read it aloud, itwill--your ear will hear it, and
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  • that's how you're going tolearn to remember verses.
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  • Now, nothing will do more tostrengthen your spiritual life
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  • and give you the stability ofhaving your life anchored to the
  • 00:16:19.937 --> 00:16:24.976
  • rock, as Jesus said,than memorizing Scripture.
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  • You say, "I can't do that."Yeah, you can.
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  • "So I can't remember anything."You remember what's important.
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  • I know people say they can'tremember--they can give you
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  • every baseball statisticfor the last 30 seasons.
  • 00:16:35.286 --> 00:16:38.623
  • Or they can give you the top30 lyrics for all the songs.
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  • Or they can giveyou the stock market.
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  • You remember what'simportant to you.
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  • You can remember a recipe.
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  • You remember what'simportant to you.
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  • Now, the Bible word forremembering and reviewing God's
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  • Word is called "meditation."
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  • And I don't really have timeto get into it, it just means
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  • seriously thinkingabout God's Word.
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  • But I will say this:
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  • God promises to do many, manygreat things in your life if
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  • you'll do one thing, ifyou'll learn to meditate.
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  • That means seriously thinkabout his Word every day.
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  • Now, you say, "Well, whatdoes it mean to meditate?"
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  • Well, it doesn't meanput your mind in neutral
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  • and go "Om," you know.
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  • It doesn't mean toforget everything.
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  • Let me just say this:Do you know how to worry?
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  • Yeah, you do, you know how.Some of you are pros at worry.
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  • If you know how to worry,you know how to worship,
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  • and you know how to meditate.
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  • When you take a negativethought and you think about
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  • it over and over andover, that's called worry.
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  • When you take the Word of Godand you think about it over
  • 00:17:40.918 --> 00:17:43.254
  • and over and over,that's called meditating.
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  • So, use the same skills youuse in worrying to meditate.
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  • It's not somethingspiritual that's
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  • way out there for superstars.
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  • If you know how to worry, youalready know how to meditate.
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  • Now, there are many promisesabout this, but I want to just
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  • give you one, Joshua chapter1, verse 8, and it says this:
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  • "Do not let this Bookof the Law depart
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  • from your mouth,"talk about it.
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  • "Meditate on it," thinkabout it seriously,
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  • "day and night, sothat you're careful
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  • to do everythingwritten in it."
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  • This is the samethings James just said.
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  • He says, "Then you will beprosperous and successful."
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  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,you want to be prosperous in
  • 00:18:25.863 --> 00:18:28.299
  • your life, you want to besuccessful in your life?
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  • That is the only promiseof success in the Bible,
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  • and God says if you'lldo this one thing, you will
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  • be successful and prosperous.
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  • Meditate on my Word dayand night, day and night.
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  • His Word first Word,his Word last Word.
  • 00:18:41.913 --> 00:18:44.615
  • Now, that leads me to thelast step in anchoring
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  • your life to God's Word.
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  • Okay, finally, after I havetreated this as a gift, after I
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  • have humbly accepted it, say,"I'm going to believe it even if
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  • it's hard to understand.
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  • And I've cleaned out myheart and I'm receiving
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  • the planted Word, and I'mgoing to hear it, and read it,
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  • and study it, and memorizeit, meditate on it."
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  • Here's the final thing God says:
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  • Do it.Do it.
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  • Just do it.
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  • Do what it says.
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  • Remember that James says,you know, a lot of people are
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  • like--when they read the Bible,it's like they look in a mirror,
  • 00:19:18.616 --> 00:19:24.021
  • but then they walk away andthey don't do anything about it.
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  • If you don't improve yourselfwhen you look in a mirror,
  • 00:19:27.291 --> 00:19:31.062
  • what's the purpose oflooking in a mirror?
  • 00:19:31.062 --> 00:19:33.764
  • If you don't comb yourhair or, you know,
  • 00:19:33.764 --> 00:19:36.133
  • fix something that'swrong on your face,
  • 00:19:36.133 --> 00:19:38.603
  • what's the importanceof looking in a mirror?
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  • This Word is God's mirror.
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  • It helps you seeyourself accurately.
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  • Not the way the world sees you,not the way your parents see
  • 00:19:45.176 --> 00:19:47.378
  • you, not the way your husband orwife sees you, but the way God
  • 00:19:47.378 --> 00:19:50.248
  • sees you, which is the true way.
  • 00:19:50.248 --> 00:19:52.016
  • When you look in themirror, you see yourself.
  • 00:19:52.016 --> 00:19:54.218
  • But if you don't do anythingabout it, how--what's the use of
  • 00:19:54.218 --> 00:19:58.756
  • looking in the mirror?
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  • When God speaks to youthrough his Word, write down
  • 00:20:00.758 --> 00:20:03.995
  • an action step and then do it.
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  • The blessing doesn'tcome from reading.
  • 00:20:07.431 --> 00:20:10.468
  • The blessing comes in doing.
  • 00:20:10.468 --> 00:20:13.804
  • So, I want you to practicethese simple steps this week.
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  • Listen to the Word of God.
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  • There are podcasts out there.
  • 00:20:20.177 --> 00:20:21.846
  • There are--if you haven'tlistened to all of the
  • 00:20:21.846 --> 00:20:24.682
  • messages in thisseries, catch up.
  • 00:20:24.682 --> 00:20:27.652
  • Listen to the Word of God, readthe Word of God, study, that
  • 00:20:27.652 --> 00:20:31.622
  • means make some notes, memorize,meditate on the Word of God,
  • 00:20:31.622 --> 00:20:35.726
  • and then do it.
  • 00:20:35.726 --> 00:20:37.828
  • And that's how you anchoryourself, anchor yourself to the
  • 00:20:37.828 --> 00:20:44.869
  • rock-solid truth of God'sWord, and that's how you get
  • 00:20:44.869 --> 00:20:47.638
  • stability that you're going toneed in life when everything
  • 00:20:47.638 --> 00:20:51.242
  • around you is changing.
  • 00:20:51.242 --> 00:20:53.177
  • You know, I--this week in mypersonal Bible reading, I came
  • 00:20:53.177 --> 00:20:57.982
  • across a very unusual verse,but I want to close with it.
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  • You know, in Scripture, Godoften tells us to study animals.
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  • He says, "Consider theant, how industrious it is."
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  • It says, "Consider this."
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  • And he says, "You know, you canlearn a lot just from nature."
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  • In Proverbs 30:26--I had neverseen this verse before, I'm sure
  • 00:21:15.132 --> 00:21:19.270
  • I read it many times, but I hadnever seen it the way it hit me.
  • 00:21:19.270 --> 00:21:22.306
  • It says this in Proverbs 30:26,"Rock badgers are neither strong
  • 00:21:22.306 --> 00:21:28.846
  • nor powerful but they'rewise enough to live in
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  • the safety of solid rock."
  • 00:21:32.683 --> 00:21:35.519
  • And I thought, whoa, a rockbadger doesn't have a very big
  • 00:21:35.519 --> 00:21:40.224
  • brain, I'm sure, but it saysit's weak, it's vulnerable,
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  • it's not very strong.
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  • But it's wise enough to livein the safety of solid rock.
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  • Are you?
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  • Are you wise enough to live inthe safety of the solid rock?
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  • "On Christ the solid rock Istand, all other ground is
  • 00:21:58.909 --> 00:22:01.846
  • sinking sand, all otherground is sinking sand."
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  • During this pandemic, youmay not feel very strong.
  • 00:22:05.149 --> 00:22:09.954
  • You may not feel very powerful.
  • 00:22:09.954 --> 00:22:11.522
  • But you can be wise.
  • 00:22:11.522 --> 00:22:13.324
  • And the wise thing to do is toanchor your life on the rock of
  • 00:22:13.324 --> 00:22:18.729
  • God's unchangingtruth, the Bible.
  • 00:22:18.729 --> 00:22:24.001
  • Let me close by readingagain what Jesus said.
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  • We started with thispassage, I want to end with it.
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  • Jesus said, "Everyone who paysattention to my Word and puts it
  • 00:22:29.507 --> 00:22:36.046
  • into practice is like a wiseperson who built his house on
  • 00:22:36.046 --> 00:22:41.385
  • a solid rock foundation.
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  • And then the storm arose.
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  • And the rain poureddown, and the floodwaters
  • 00:22:45.723 --> 00:22:48.592
  • rose, and the storm windsbeat hard against it, that
  • 00:22:48.592 --> 00:22:52.396
  • house; yet it did not collapse!
  • 00:22:52.396 --> 00:22:56.233
  • Nothing moved it because itwas anchored to the rock.
  • 00:22:56.233 --> 00:23:00.805
  • But everybody who hears myWord and doesn't practice it,"
  • 00:23:00.805 --> 00:23:05.743
  • doesn't put it into practice,"is like a foolish person who
  • 00:23:05.743 --> 00:23:08.479
  • built his house on sand.
  • 00:23:08.479 --> 00:23:10.681
  • And when the storm hit, andthe rain poured down, and the
  • 00:23:10.681 --> 00:23:13.617
  • floodwaters rose, and the windsblew against that house, it
  • 00:23:13.617 --> 00:23:16.987
  • completely collapsedwith a huge crash."
  • 00:23:16.987 --> 00:23:23.394
  • What are youbuilding your life on?
  • 00:23:23.394 --> 00:23:25.396
  • You building it on pop culture?
  • 00:23:25.396 --> 00:23:27.531
  • You building it onpersonal opinion?
  • 00:23:27.531 --> 00:23:29.567
  • Or are you building iton the unchanging rock
  • 00:23:29.567 --> 00:23:32.436
  • of God's eternal truth?
  • 00:23:32.436 --> 00:23:35.773
  • If you're feeling unstablethis morning, get in this book.
  • 00:23:35.773 --> 00:23:41.479
  • Get in it and read it, studyit, memorize it, meditate,
  • 00:23:41.479 --> 00:23:45.382
  • and do it, and do it.
  • 00:23:45.382 --> 00:23:47.985
  • Now, every week, we do threethings at the end of our service
  • 00:23:47.985 --> 00:23:52.723
  • here at Saddleback Church.
  • 00:23:52.723 --> 00:23:54.191
  • First, we recommit ourlives to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:54.191 --> 00:23:58.362
  • I want to do this rightnow, I want to pray with you.
  • 00:23:58.362 --> 00:24:01.699
  • Maybe you've never invitedJesus Christ into your life.
  • 00:24:01.699 --> 00:24:05.603
  • Last week, I invited people topray this prayer, and I asked
  • 00:24:05.603 --> 00:24:09.907
  • them to text me afterthey had prayed the prayer.
  • 00:24:09.907 --> 00:24:13.677
  • Over 2.500 people said, "Iprayed that prayer and gave my
  • 00:24:13.677 --> 00:24:18.349
  • life to Jesus Christ," 2.500.
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  • Let's bow our heads right nowand let me lead you in a prayer.
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  • Just say, "Dear Jesus Christ."Just say it in your mind.
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  • If you're at home and you'reby yourself, say it aloud.
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  • "Dear Jesus Christ,as much as I know how,
  • 00:24:31.595 --> 00:24:36.467
  • I open my life to you."
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  • Just say that, say, "I want tobuild my life on the rock-solid
  • 00:24:40.638 --> 00:24:45.209
  • truth of your Word.
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  • I don't want to build mylife on popular opinion
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  • or what culture says.
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  • I don't want to build my lifeon the opinions of other people.
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  • But I want to be anchored tothe rock so that I have the
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  • stability when thestorms of life come.
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  • I open my life to you, JesusChrist, and I humbly accept your
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  • Word into my life andyour Spirit into my life.
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  • I'm humbly accepting that today.
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  • And I ask you to help me tobecome a person of the Word,
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  • that during this time whensporting events are canceled and
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  • concerts are canceled and goingout to dinner's canceled and I
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  • have a lot of free time, may Ispend that time in your Word,
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  • getting to know you, tobecome a man of the Word
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  • or a woman of the Word.
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  • And I ask you to accept meinto your family by your grace.
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  • I'm putting my faith in you,in Jesus's name I pray, amen."
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  • announcer: The room is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath and beginto think about God's plan for
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through thedoors God has for you starts by
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  • growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God, hewill show you the doors to walk
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  • through, and itwill change your life.
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