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October 24, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [PRESENTER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT THE SUREST WAY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
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  • IS THROUGH AGGRESSION,
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  • GETTING NOTICED, AND CLIMBING UP THE RANKS,
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  • BUT THE BIBLE TEACHES JUST THE OPPOSITE.
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  • NOW, THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH AMBITION,
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  • BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE GREAT,
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  • YOU NEED TO FOLLOW A PATH THAT TO MANY FOLKS
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  • SOUNDS UNCONVENTIONAL.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "THE WAY UP IS DOWN"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] FOR JESUS,
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  • PRAYER WAS KEY TO HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • SO IF THE SON OF GOD BELIEVED PRAYER WAS IMPORTANT,
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  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME?
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  • IN HER BRAND NEW BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS",
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  • JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER CHALLENGES YOU TO PRAY BIG THINGS
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  • AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S EVEN BIGGER ANSWERS.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO SEE GOD MOVE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • LIKE NEVER BEFORE?
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  • REQUEST THE BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • YOU MAY REMEMBER, IN FACT SOME OF YOU MAY CONTINUE
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  • TO WATCH THE RERUNS OF THE CLASSIC SITCOM SEINFELD.
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  • IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE SHOW SEINFELD,
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  • ONE OF THE CENTRAL CHARACTERS IN THAT SITCOM
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  • IS A MIDDLE-AGED STOCKY MAN NAMED GEORGE COSTANZA.
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  • AND GEORGE COSTANZA IS A LOSER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD.
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  • I MEAN, HE NEVER WORKS.
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  • HE LIVES AT HOME WITH HIS PARENTS.
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  • HE STRIKES OUT WITH WOMEN ALL OF THE TIME.
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  • BUT IN ONE EPISODE, GEORGE COSTANZA DECIDES
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  • HE WANTS A CHANGE IN HIS LIFE.
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  • AND HE DECIDES THAT THE WAY TO START SUCCEEDING
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  • IS TO DO OPPOSITE OF WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING.
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  • AFTER ALL, YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY
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  • DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN
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  • AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS.
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  • WELL, AS GEORGE COSTANZA DECIDES HE'LL START DOING THINGS
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  • DIFFERENTLY IN HIS LIFE.
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  • INSTEAD OF ORDERING CHICKEN SALAD ON WHITE BREAD
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  • AT THE DINER, HE STARTS ORDERING TUNA ON WHEAT.
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  • INSTEAD OF BEING TIMID AROUND WOMEN,
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  • HE STARTS ACTING FLIRTATIOUSLY.
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  • INSTEAD OF REMAINING SILENT DURING IMPORTANT MEETINGS
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  • AT WORK, HE STARTS TO SPEAK OUT.
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  • AND SUDDENLY HE NOTICES HE BEGINS TO EXPERIENCE
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  • WONDERFUL SUCCESS IN HIS LIFE.
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  • NOW, GEORGE COSTANZA IS AN AGNOSTIC IN THE SHOW.
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  • BUT HE ACTUALLY DEMONSTRATEs A VERY CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLE
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  • THAT YOU FIND THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE.
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  • AND THAT IS IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN LIFE,
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  • USUALLY YOU NEED TO DO JUST OPPOSITE
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  • OF YOUR NATURAL INCLINATION.
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  • INSTEAD OF HOLDING ON TO YOUR LIFE,
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  • JESUS SAYS, "LET GO OF YOUR LIFE."
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  • INSTEAD OF RETALIATING AGAINST YOUR OFFENDER,
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  • FORGIVE YOUR OFFENDER.
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  • INSTEAD OF HATING YOUR ENEMY, LOVE YOUR ENEMY.
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  • DO WHAT IS OPPOSITE YOUR NATURAL INCLINATION.
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  • AND PERHAPS THE GREATEST EXAMPLE OF DOING OPPOSITE
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  • OF WHAT WE NORMALLY WOULD DO HAS TO DO WITH THE SUBJECT
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  • WE'RE LOOKING AT TODAY.
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  • IN MATTHEW 20:26-27, JESUS SAID,
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  • "IT IS NOT SO AMONG YOU BUT WHOEVER WISHES TO BE
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  • "GREAT AMONG YOU SHALL BE YOUR SERVANT,
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  • "AND WHOEVER WISHES TO BE FIRST AMONG YOU
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  • "SHALL BE YOUR SLAVE."
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  • NOTICE JESUS SAYS THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG
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  • WITH WANTING TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE.
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  • THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH WANTING TO BE GREAT.
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  • BUT WHAT JESUS SAID IS IF YOU REALLY WANNA BE GREAT
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  • AND IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT,
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  • YOU NEED TO FOLLOW A DIFFERENT PATH TO SUCCESS
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  • IN THAT WHICH THE WORLD OFFERS.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, THE WORLD SAYS, "LOOK OUT FOR NUMBER ONE."
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  • JESUS SAYS, "LOOK OUT FOR OTHERS."
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  • THE WORLD SAYS, "DESTROY YOUR OPPOSITION."
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  • JESUS SAYS, "LOVE YOUR OPPOSITION."
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  • THE WORLD SAYS, "HOLD ON TO YOUR RIGHTS,
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  • "DON'T LET THEM GO."
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  • JESUS SAID, "LET GO OF YOUR RIGHTS."
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  • THE WORLD SAYS, "IF YOU WANNA BE GREAT, RULE OTHER PEOPLE."
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  • JESUS SAID, "IF YOU WANNA BE GREAT, SERVE OTHER PEOPLE."
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  • THE WORLD SAYS, "PROMOTE YOURSELF."
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  • JESUS SAYS, "HUMBLE YOURSELF."
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  • SOLOMON UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMILITY
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  • TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN LIFE.
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  • AND THROUGHOUT THE BOOK OF PROVERS YOU FIND
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  • ALL KINDS OF WARNINGS AGAINST PRIDE AND EXHORTATIONS
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  • TOWARDS HUMILITY.
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  • JUST JOT DOWN SOME OF THESE VERSES.
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  • WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR YOU TO LOOK THEM UP.
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  • JUST JOT THEM DOWN.
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  • PROVERBS 8:13, "THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS TO HATE EVIL;
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  • "PRIDE AND ARROGANCE AND THE EVIL WAY
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  • "AND THE PERVERTED MOUTH, I HATE," SAYS GOD.
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  • OR PROVERBS 11:2, "WHEN PRIDE COMES, THEN COMES DISHONOR,
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  • "BUT WITH THE HUMBLE IS WISDOM."
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  • OR PROVERBS 15:25, "THE LORD WILL TEAR DOWN THE HOUSE
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  • "OF THE PROUD BUT HE WILL ESTABLISH THE BOUNDARY
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  • "OF THE WIDOW."
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  • OR PROVERBS 16:18 AND 19, "PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION,
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  • "AND A HAUGHTY SPIRIT BEFORE STUMBLING.
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  • "IT IS BETTER TO BE OF A HUMBLE SPIRIT WITH THE LOWLY
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  • "THAN TO DIVIDE THE SPOIL WITH THE PROUD."
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  • PROVERBS 18:12, "BEFORE DESTRUCTION,
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  • "THE HEART OF A MAN IS HAUGHTY,
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  • "BUT HUMILITY GOES BEFORE HONOR."
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  • OR PROVERS 29:23, "A MAN'S PRIDE WILL BRING HIM LOW,
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  • "BUT A HUMBLE SPIRIT WILL OBTAIN HONOR."
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  • IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU FIND THROUGHOUT THESE VERSES,
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  • IT'S SIMPLY THIS:
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  • PRIDE IS A PREREQUISITE TO FAILURE IN LIFE.
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  • HUMILITY IS A PREREQUISITE FOR SUCCESS.
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  • SOMEBODY HAS SAID, "PRIDE IS THE ONLY DISEASE KNOWN
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  • "TO MAN THAT MAKES EVERYONE SICK EXCEPT THE ONE WHO HAS IT."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • NEVERTHELESS, GOD PROMISES THAT THE PERSON
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  • WHO IS INFECTED WITH PRIDE IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO FAIL
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  • BUT THE PERSON WHO LEARNS HUMILITY WILL SUCCEED.
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  • NOW, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HUMILITY,
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  • WHAT DO WE MEAN BY HUMILITY.
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  • UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF US HAVE THE WRONG IDEA
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  • ABOUT HUMILITY, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE A HARD TIME
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  • GETTING EXCITED ABOUT IT.
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  • I'M GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU,
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  • I HAD A HARD TIME GETTING EXITED ABOUT THE MESSAGE THIS WEEK
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  • TALKING ABOUT HUMILITY.
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  • I MEAN, IT'S JUST NOT A REAL RIP-ROARING TOPIC
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  • THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN.
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  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU READ A BESTSELLING BOOK
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  • ON THE TOPIC OF HUMILITY?
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  • I MEAN NOBODY'S INTERESTED IN THAT.
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  • I THINK ONE REASON IS BECAUSE OF THE FALSE IDEA
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  • WE HAVE OF HUMILITY.
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  • WHEN WE THINK OF HUMILITY, WE THINK OF MILQUETOAST MEN
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  • OR WE THINK ABOUT COWERING WOMEN SHUFFLING
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  • BEHIND THEIR HUSBANDS IN SUBMISSION.
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  • WHO WANTS THAT?
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  • WHO WANTS TO BE HUMBLE?
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  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT HUMILITY IS ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD.
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  • THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND HUMILITY BIBLICALLY
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  • IS TO UNDERSTAND THE OPPOSITE OF HUMILITY WHICH IS PRIDE.
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  • ABOVE ALL THINGS THAT GOD HATES IN OUR LIFE, HE HATES PRIDE.
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  • LET ME GIVE YOU THIS DEFINITION OF PRIDE.
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  • PRIDE IS THE ATTITUDE THAT CREDITS OURSELVES
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  • WITH OUR SUCCESSES AND BLAMES OTHERS FOR OUR FAILURES.
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  • BY THE WAY, THAT'S WORTH WRITING DOWN TO.
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  • GOD HATES PRIDE MORE THAN ANY OTHER SIN,
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  • THE BOOK OF PROVERBS TELLS US.
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  • WHAT IS PRIDE?
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  • YOU BETTER GUARD AGAINST IT.
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  • PRIDE IS THE ATTITUDE THAT CREDITS OURSELVES
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  • WITH OUR SUCCESSES AND BLAMES OTHER PEOPLE
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  • FOR OUR FAILURES.
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  • A PRIDEFUL PERSON IS SOMEBODY WHO IS CONVINCED
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  • THAT EVERY GOOD THING IN HIS LIFE IS A RESULT
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  • OF WHAT HE HAS DONE.
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  • THE PRIDEFUL PERSON IS THE ONE WHO BELIEVES
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  • IN EVERY CONFLICT.
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  • HE'S RIGHT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG.
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  • THE PRIDEFUL PERSON IS THE ONE WHO BELIEVES
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  • HE HAS EVERYTHING HE NEEDS.
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  • HE IS SELF-CONTAINED TO HANDLE ANY PROBLEM
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  • THAT ARISES IN LIFE.
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  • ANOTHER WORD FOR PRIDE IS THE WORD ARROGANT.
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  • AND THE HEBREW WORD FOR ARROGANT MEANS TO EXPAND, TO GROW.
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  • AN ARROGANT OR PRIDEFUL PERSON IS SOMEONE
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  • WHO HAS AN EXPANSIVE, A WIDE VIEW OF HIMSELF THAT,
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  • BY THE WAY, MANY TIMES DOES NOT CORRESPOND TO REALITY.
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  • I REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT MUHAMMAD ALI
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  • WHEN HE WAS THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.
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  • ONE DAY HE FOUND HIMSELF IN THE FIRST CLASS SECTION
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  • OF A JUMBO JETLINER THAT WAS PREPARING TO TAKE OFF.
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  • THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT CAME BY AND SAID, MR. ALI,
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  • YOU NEED TO BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELT.
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  • AND ALI GRABBED HIM, SAID,
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  • "SUPERMAN DON'T NEED NO SEATBELT"
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  • TO WHICH THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT SAID,
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  • "SUPERMAN DON'T NEED NO AIRPLANE EITHER."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • A LOT OF TIMES THE BIG IDEA IS WE HAVE ABOUT OURSELVES
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  • DON'T CORRESPOND TO REALITY.
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  • AND THAT'S ONE REASON GOD HATES PRIDE SO MUCH.
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  • IT'S NOT BASED ON REALITY BUT HE ALSO HATES IT
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  • BECAUSE OF THE RESULTS OF PRIDE.
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT PRIDE PRODUCES IN OUR LIFE?
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  • PRIDE, FIRST OF ALL, RESULTS IN INGRATITUDE TOWARD GOD.
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  • IF YOU'RE CONVINCED THAT THE GOOD THINGS IN YOUR LIFE
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  • ARE THE RESULT OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE,
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  • THEN YOU'RE GONNA FAIL TO GIVE GOD THE CREDIT
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  • AND THE PRAISE FOR THE WONDERFUL THINGS
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  • HE'S BROUGHT INTO YOUR LIFE.
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  • I REMEMBER WHEN OUR OLDEST DAUGHTER JULIA WAS TWO.
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  • ONE CHRISTMAS WE HAD GONE TO AMY'S PARENTS
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  • TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS.
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  • AND WE WERE OPENING CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
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  • AND JULIA OPENED UP THIS GIFT AND SHE PULLED IT OUT
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  • OF THE BOX AND IT WAS SOMETHING SHE HAD REALLY WANTED.
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  • AND SHE PULLS IT OUT OF THE BOX AND SHE SAYS,
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  • "GRANDMA! "GRANDMA!"
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  • SHE THOUGHT HER GRANDMOTHER HAD GIVEN HER THAT GIFT.
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  • I'M THE ONE WHO GAVE HER THE GIFT,
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS) AND IT HACKED ME OFF.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • AND THEN IT KINDA HURT MY FEELINGS.
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  • WHY? BECAUSE I WANTED MY DAUGHTER TO KNOW I'M THE ONE
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  • WHO PURCHASED THE GIFT.
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  • I WANTED HER TO KNOW THAT I LOVED HER ENOUGH,
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  • I WANTED TO GIVE HER EXACTLY WHAT SHE WANTED.
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  • NOW WHY DID I FEEL THAT WAY?
  • 00:11:06.210 --> 00:11:07.260
  • WHY DID I FEEL ANGRY AND THEN HURT?
  • 00:11:07.270 --> 00:11:11.230
  • YOU KNOW THE REASON I FELT THAT WAY?
  • 00:11:11.240 --> 00:11:14.060
  • BECAUSE I WAS CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD JUST LIKE YOU ARE.
  • 00:11:14.070 --> 00:11:17.020
  • EVERY PARENT HERE KNOWS THAT FEELING.
  • 00:11:17.030 --> 00:11:20.070
  • YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO KNOW WHEN YOU GIVE THEM A GIFT.
  • 00:11:20.080 --> 00:11:23.130
  • YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO KNOW THAT YOU LOVE THEM
  • 00:11:23.140 --> 00:11:25.270
  • AND CARE FOR THEM.
  • 00:11:25.280 --> 00:11:27.130
  • THE REASON WE FEEL THAT WAY IS BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN CREATED
  • 00:11:27.140 --> 00:11:29.240
  • IN GOD'S IMAGE. GOD IS THE PERFECT PARENT.
  • 00:11:29.250 --> 00:11:32.200
  • HE LOVES TO SHOW HIS CARE AND CONCERN FOR US
  • 00:11:32.210 --> 00:11:36.070
  • BY GIVING US, BY SHOWERING US WITH WONDERFUL GIFTS.
  • 00:11:36.080 --> 00:11:40.190
  • AND WHENEVER WE FAILED TO GIVE GOD THE CREDIT
  • 00:11:40.200 --> 00:11:43.260
  • FOR THE GOOD THINGS IN OUR LIFE, IT HURTS THE HEART OF GOD.
  • 00:11:43.270 --> 00:11:47.100
  • HE FEELS BOTH HURT AND ANGRY
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:49.130
  • WHEN HE DOES NOT RECEIVE THE CREDIT.
  • 00:11:49.140 --> 00:11:52.040
  • THAT'S WHAT PRIDE DOES.
  • 00:11:52.050 --> 00:11:53.110
  • IT LEADS FIRST OF ALL TO INGRATITUDE,
  • 00:11:53.120 --> 00:11:55.100
  • BUT SECONDLY INGRATITUDE LEADS TO INDEPENDENCE.
  • 00:11:55.110 --> 00:11:59.150
  • I MEAN IF WE FALSELY BELIEVE THAT ALL THE GOOD STUFF
  • 00:11:59.160 --> 00:12:02.160
  • IN OUR LIFE IS A RESULT OF WHAT WE'VE DONE
  • 00:12:02.170 --> 00:12:06.020
  • AND WE FAIL TO GIVE GOD A CREDIT FOR IT,
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:08.030
  • THEN WE COME TO THE CONCLUSION WE REALLY DON'T NEED
  • 00:12:08.040 --> 00:12:10.150
  • GOD AT ALL AND WE MOVE AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:13.260
  • THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN PRIDE, INGRATITUDE,
  • 00:12:13.270 --> 00:12:17.240
  • AND INDEPENDENCE FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:17.250 --> 00:12:20.120
  • AND YOU SEE THAT ILLUSTRATED IN THE VERY FIRST SIN
  • 00:12:20.130 --> 00:12:23.210
  • THAT WAS EVER COMMITTED IN THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:12:23.220 --> 00:12:25.290
  • IT HAD TO DO WITH LUCIFER.
  • 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:27.280
  • REMEMBER LUCIFER, HE WAS THE HEAD
  • 00:12:27.290 --> 00:12:30.150
  • OF THE HIGHEST ANGELIC REALM IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:12:30.160 --> 00:12:32.220
  • HE WAS GOD'S RIGHT-HAND ANGEL.
  • 00:12:32.230 --> 00:12:36.210
  • BUT LISTEN TO WHAT HAPPENED TO LUCIFER
  • 00:12:36.220 --> 00:12:39.030
  • AND WHAT LED TO HIS DOWNFALL IN WHICH HE BECAME SATAN.
  • 00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:43.060
  • EZEKIEL 28:15 AND 17 GOD EXPLAINS WHY IT IS
  • 00:12:43.070 --> 00:12:49.020
  • THAT LUCIFER FELL AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:49.030 --> 00:12:50.210
  • HE SAID, "YOU ARE BLAMELESS IN YOUR WAYS FROM THE DAY
  • 00:12:50.220 --> 00:12:53.110
  • "YOU WERE CREATED," UNDERLINE THAT WORD CREATED,
  • 00:12:53.120 --> 00:12:57.010
  • "UNTIL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS WAS FOUND IN YOU."
  • 00:12:57.020 --> 00:13:00.060
  • WHAT IS THAT UNRIGHTEOUSNESS?
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:01.150
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17.
  • 00:13:01.160 --> 00:13:02.230
  • YOUR HEART WAS LIFTED UP BECAUSE OF YOUR BEAUTY.
  • 00:13:02.240 --> 00:13:07.120
  • YOU CORRUPTED YOUR WISDOM BY REASON OF YOUR SPLENDOR.
  • 00:13:07.130 --> 00:13:12.230
  • ONE DAY IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:14.090
  • LUCIFER STARTED DOING SOME SELF-EVALUATION.
  • 00:13:14.100 --> 00:13:16.210
  • HE STARTED THINKING, "YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT IT ALL.
  • 00:13:16.220 --> 00:13:20.000
  • "I'M THE REAL DEAL.
  • 00:13:20.010 --> 00:13:21.160
  • "I'VE GOT EVERYTHING ANYBODY COULD WANT."
  • 00:13:21.170 --> 00:13:24.190
  • BUT LUCIFER MADE THE FATAL MISTAKE OF FORGETTING
  • 00:13:24.200 --> 00:13:27.220
  • HE WAS A CREATURE AND THINKING HE WAS THE CREATOR.
  • 00:13:27.230 --> 00:13:31.170
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT PRIDE,
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:33.130
  • BECAUSE OF HE FORGOT THAT HE WAS A CREATED BEING,
  • 00:13:33.140 --> 00:13:36.200
  • THAT LED, THAT INGRATITUDE LED INTO THE NEXT STEP
  • 00:13:36.210 --> 00:13:39.210
  • WHICH WAS INDEPENDENCE FROM GOD.
  • 00:13:39.220 --> 00:13:42.020
  • WE FIND LUCIFER'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
  • 00:13:42.030 --> 00:13:46.010
  • IN ISAIAH 14:13 AND 14.
  • 00:13:46.020 --> 00:13:49.040
  • GOD EXPLAINS WHY IS IT THAT HE CAST LUCIFER OUT OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:49.050 --> 00:13:53.040
  • AND VERSE 13 SAYS, "BUT YOU, LUCIFER, SAID IN YOUR HEART,
  • 00:13:53.050 --> 00:13:57.080
  • "'I WILL ASCEND TO HEAVEN, AND I WILL RAISE MY THRONE
  • 00:13:57.090 --> 00:14:03.060
  • "'ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD,
  • 00:14:03.070 --> 00:14:04.130
  • "'AND I WILL SIT IN THE MOUNT OF THE ASSEMBLY
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:06.270
  • "'IN THE RECESSES OF THE NORTH,
  • 00:14:06.280 --> 00:14:08.130
  • "'AND I WILL ASCEND ABOVE THE HEIGHTS OF THE CLOUDS,
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:10.290
  • "'AND I WILL MAKE MYSELF LIKE THE MOST HIGH.'"
  • 00:14:11.000 --> 00:14:13.290
  • DO YOU HEAR THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN?
  • 00:14:14.000 --> 00:14:15.070
  • I WILL, I WILL, I WILL, I WILL.
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:19.140
  • NO THOUGHT OF GOD WHATSOEVER.
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:22.010
  • AND FOR THAT REASON, YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY,
  • 00:14:22.020 --> 00:14:24.140
  • GOD CAST LUCIFER OUT OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:24.150 --> 00:14:27.220
  • HE IS NOW NAMED SATAN.
  • 00:14:27.230 --> 00:14:29.280
  • AND EVER SINCE THAT TIME THAT HE WAS CAST OUT OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:14:29.290 --> 00:14:32.210
  • SATAN HAS BEEN TRYING TO CREATE A RIVAL
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:36.160
  • SHADOW EMPIRE AGAINST GOD.
  • 00:14:36.170 --> 00:14:40.110
  • AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE BASIS OF SATAN'S EMPIRE IS?
  • 00:14:40.120 --> 00:14:43.050
  • HERE'S THE PURPOSE STATEMENT OF SATAN'S KINGDOM.
  • 00:14:43.060 --> 00:14:47.200
  • LIFE APART FROM GOD IS BOTH POSSIBLE AND IT'S PREFERABLE.
  • 00:14:47.210 --> 00:14:53.130
  • THAT'S THE BASIS OF SATAN'S KINGDOM.
  • 00:14:53.140 --> 00:14:55.220
  • I DON'T NEED GOD. I CAN LIVE LIFE ON MY OWN.
  • 00:14:55.230 --> 00:15:00.280
  • AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE PRIDE COMES FROM,
  • 00:15:00.290 --> 00:15:03.190
  • THAT IT WAS THE BASIS OF THE FIRST SIN
  • 00:15:03.200 --> 00:15:05.180
  • THAT LED TO THE SATANIC REBELLION AGAINST GOD,
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:08.060
  • YOU UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS THAT OF ALL THE THING
  • 00:15:08.070 --> 00:15:11.070
  • GOD HATES MOST IN OUR LIVES HE HATES PRIDE.
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:15.150
  • THAT IS THE ATTITUDE THAT CREDITS OURSELVES
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:17.240
  • FOR OUR SUCCESSES AND BLAMES OTHER PEOPLE FOR OUR FAILURES.
  • 00:15:17.250 --> 00:15:22.080
  • THE CONTRAST OF PRIDE IS HUMILITY.
  • 00:15:22.090 --> 00:15:26.150
  • WHAT IS HUMILITY?
  • 00:15:26.160 --> 00:15:27.180
  • JOT THIS DOWN. HUMILITY IS THE ATTITUDE THAT REALIZES
  • 00:15:27.190 --> 00:15:32.010
  • EVERYTHING GOOD IN MY LIFE IS THE RESULT
  • 00:15:32.020 --> 00:15:35.020
  • OF WHAT EITHER GOD OR OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR ME.
  • 00:15:35.030 --> 00:15:39.180
  • HUMILITY IS THE ATTITUDE TO RECOGNIZE ANY AND EVERY
  • 00:15:39.190 --> 00:15:42.020
  • GOOD THING IN MY LIFE IS THE RESULT OF EITHER WHAT GOD
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:46.080
  • OR OTHER PEOPLE HAD DONE FOR ME.
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:49.260
  • THERE ARE THREE COMPONENTS OF HUMILITY
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:51.270
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTE ON YOUR OUTLINE.
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:54.010
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMBLE?
  • 00:15:54.020 --> 00:15:55.130
  • IF IT'S THE KEY TO SUCCESS WE BETTER GET THIS
  • 00:15:55.140 --> 00:15:57.140
  • AND UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 00:15:57.150 --> 00:15:58.270
  • HUMILITY, FIRST OF ALL, DEMANDS AN ACCURATE
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:02.000
  • EVALUATION OF OURSELVES.
  • 00:16:02.010 --> 00:16:05.050
  • TO BE TRULY HUMBLE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN ACCURATE
  • 00:16:05.060 --> 00:16:07.060
  • EVALUATION OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:08.270
  • IF SOMEBODY WERE TO ASK YOU,
  • 00:16:08.280 --> 00:16:11.230
  • WHAT ARE YOUR THREE GREATEST STRENGTHS?
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:14.180
  • WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT?
  • 00:16:14.190 --> 00:16:16.220
  • OR WOULD YOU COME AND SAY, OH, I DON'T HAVE ANY STRENGTHS.
  • 00:16:16.230 --> 00:16:18.200
  • I'M JUST A LOWLY WORM, I CAN'T DO ANYTHING.
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:22.130
  • SOMEBODY ASKED YOU WHAT YOUR THREE GREATEST STRENGTHS ARE,
  • 00:16:22.140 --> 00:16:24.080
  • WOULD YOU KNOW?
  • 00:16:24.090 --> 00:16:25.200
  • IF SOMEBODY SAID TO YOU,
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:26.280
  • WHAT ARE YOUR THREE GREATEST WEAKNESSES?
  • 00:16:26.290 --> 00:16:29.200
  • WOULD YOU SAY, "WEAKNESSES?
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:30.190
  • "WHO, ME?"
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:31.250
  • OR WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO NAME SOME WEAKNESSES
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.290
  • THAT YOU HAVE.
  • 00:16:34.000 --> 00:16:35.140
  • SEE, TO BE TRULY HUMBLE MEANS TO HAVE AN ACCURATE
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:37.220
  • EVALUATION OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:16:37.230 --> 00:16:38.290
  • MOST OF US GO TO ONE OF TWO EXTREMES.
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:40.280
  • WE THINK, "OH, I'M WORTHLESS, I CAN'T DO ANYTHING."
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:44.050
  • OR THE OTHER EXTREME IS I'M SO WONDERFUL,
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:46.000
  • HOW CAN THE WORLD GET ALONG WITHOUT ME?
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:49.020
  • NEITHER IS AN ACCURATE VIEW OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:51.280
  • IN ROMANS 12:3, PAUL ENCOURAGES US
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:54.290
  • TO LOOK AT OURSELVES ACCURATELY.
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:57.120
  • HE SAYS, "FOR THROUGH THE GRACE GIVEN TO ME
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:16:59.150
  • "I SAY TO EVERY MAN AMONG YOU NOT TO THINK MORE HIGHLY
  • 00:16:59.160 --> 00:17:03.250
  • "OF HIMSELF THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK;
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:06.130
  • "BUT TO THINK SO AS TO HAVE SOUND JUDGMENT,
  • 00:17:06.140 --> 00:17:09.060
  • "AS GOD HAS ALLOTTED TO EACH A MEASURE OF FAITH."
  • 00:17:09.070 --> 00:17:14.000
  • AND INTERESTINGLY, PAUL USES THAT VERSE
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:17.230
  • AS A LAUNCHING PAD TO TALK ABOUT THE SUBJECT
  • 00:17:17.240 --> 00:17:20.130
  • OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
  • 00:17:20.140 --> 00:17:22.180
  • THAT IS GOD HAS GIVEN EVERY CHRISTIAN
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:25.030
  • A UNIQUE GIFT TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:17:25.040 --> 00:17:29.010
  • SO THERE'S NO REASON FOR US TO FEEL LIKE LOWLY WORMS.
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:31.110
  • WE'RE NOT IF WE'RE IN CHRIST JESUS.
  • 00:17:31.120 --> 00:17:33.130
  • WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A UNIQUE SPIRITUAL GIFT BY GOD
  • 00:17:33.140 --> 00:17:36.060
  • TO ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:17:36.070 --> 00:17:37.160
  • SO DON'T THINK TOO LOWLY OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:40.090
  • ALL OF US HAVE ONE GIFT BUT ON THE OTHER HAND
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:42.230
  • NONE OF US HAS ALL OF THE GIFTS.
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:45.180
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE SHOULDN'T THINK TOO HIGHLY OF OURSELVES.
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:47.190
  • WE DO NEED OTHER PEOPLE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST.
  • 00:17:47.200 --> 00:17:51.210
  • IF YOU'RE TRULY GONNA BE HUMBLE,
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:53.130
  • IT MEANS FIRST OF ALL HAVING
  • 00:17:53.140 --> 00:17:54.240
  • AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT OF YOURSELF.
  • 00:17:54.250 --> 00:17:57.000
  • SECONDLY, HUMILITY INVOLVES AN AUTHENTIC APPRECIATION
  • 00:17:57.010 --> 00:18:01.130
  • OF OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:02.250
  • AN AUTHENTIC APPRECIATION OF OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:05.210
  • JOHN WOODEN, THE FORMER COACH
  • 00:18:05.220 --> 00:18:07.080
  • OF THE UCLA BRUINS BASKETBALL TEAM HAS A GREAT WORD
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:10.110
  • WHEN HE SAYS, "TALENT IS GOD-GIVEN, BE HUMBLE.
  • 00:18:10.120 --> 00:18:14.290
  • "FAME IS MAN-GIVEN, BE THANKFUL.
  • 00:18:15.000 --> 00:18:18.110
  • "CONCEIT IS SELF-GIVEN, BE CAREFUL."
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:22.240
  • GENUINE HUMILITY IS BUILT ON THE RECOGNITION
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:25.230
  • THAT EVERY GOOD THING IN OUR LIFE IS THE RESULT
  • 00:18:25.240 --> 00:18:30.030
  • OF WHAT EITHER GOD OR OTHERS HAVE DONE FOR US.
  • 00:18:30.040 --> 00:18:32.110
  • NOW, MANY PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT.
  • 00:18:32.120 --> 00:18:35.210
  • MANY PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME NOT HAVING
  • 00:18:35.220 --> 00:18:37.240
  • AN INFLATED VIEW OF THEMSELF.
  • 00:18:37.250 --> 00:18:39.290
  • I REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT THE PASTOR WHO WAS DRIVING HOME
  • 00:18:40.000 --> 00:18:42.090
  • ONE DAY WITH HIS WIFE AFTER THE MORNING SERVICE
  • 00:18:42.100 --> 00:18:45.150
  • AND HE WAS FEELING ESPECIALLY GOOD
  • 00:18:45.160 --> 00:18:47.120
  • ABOUT HIS SERMON THAT DAY.
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:49.130
  • AND SO HE SAID TO HIS WIFE, "HONEY, HOW MANY TRULY
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:53.250
  • "GREAT PREACHERS IN AMERICA DO YOU THINK THERE ARE?"
  • 00:18:53.260 --> 00:18:58.040
  • HIS WIFE SAID, "ONE LESS THAN YOU THINK."
  • 00:18:58.050 --> 00:19:01.090
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:19:01.100 --> 00:19:05.280
  • YOU KNOW, PAUL HAD A WAY OF DEFLATING THE CORINTHIANS'
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:10.090
  • EGO AS WELL.
  • 00:19:10.100 --> 00:19:11.250
  • THEY HAD AN INFLATED VIEW OF THEIR OWN IMPORTANCE.
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:15.110
  • SO PAUL ASKED ONE QUESTION THAT COMPLETELY
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:18.190
  • PUT THEM ON THE COURSE TO REALITY.
  • 00:19:18.200 --> 00:19:20.070
  • IN 1 CORINTHIANS 4:7, HE SAID, "YOU CORINTHIANS
  • 00:19:20.080 --> 00:19:22.220
  • "WHO THINK HIGHLY OF YOURSELVES,
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:24.150
  • "LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:26.160
  • "WHO REGARDS YOU AS SUPERIOR?
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:29.130
  • "AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE?
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:33.230
  • "AND IF YOU DID RECEIVE IT, WHY DO YOU BOAST
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:36.240
  • "AS IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT?"
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:39.000
  • YOU KNOW WHAT HE WAS ASKING?
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:40.150
  • HE SAID, BEFORE YOU GET BOASTFUL ABOUT SOME GREAT
  • 00:19:40.160 --> 00:19:43.160
  • ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUR LIFE, SOMETHING YOU HAVE,
  • 00:19:43.170 --> 00:19:46.070
  • ASK YOURSELF THE SIMPLE QUESTION,
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:48.100
  • WHAT GOOD THING IN MY LIFE CAN I ULTIMATELY BE TRACED
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:51.220
  • TO THE HAND OF GOD?
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:54.010
  • YOUR PARENTS.
  • 00:19:54.020 --> 00:19:55.160
  • OH, THE REASON I LOOK SO GREAT IS I WORK OUT
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:57.220
  • AND I EAT RIGHT, THAT'S WHY I LOOK SO GREAT.
  • 00:19:57.230 --> 00:20:00.120
  • WHAT ARE YOU PROUD ABOUT?
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:01.070
  • YOUR POSSESSIONS?
  • 00:20:01.080 --> 00:20:02.240
  • YOUR NET WORTH?
  • 00:20:02.250 --> 00:20:03.190
  • YOUR BALANCE SHEET?
  • 00:20:03.200 --> 00:20:05.040
  • THE MONEY YOU'VE GOT SOCKED AWAY IN STOCKS AND BONDS?
  • 00:20:05.050 --> 00:20:07.130
  • THE BUSINESS YOU'VE BUILT?
  • 00:20:07.140 --> 00:20:09.090
  • OH, MY POSSESSIONS ARE THE RESULT OF ALL MY HARD WORK.
  • 00:20:09.100 --> 00:20:12.090
  • I WORK HARDER THAN ANYBODY AND I'M SO SHREWD IN BUSINESS
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:15.220
  • THAT'S WHY I HAVE WHAT I HAVE TODAY.
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:19.110
  • IS THAT TRUE?
  • 00:20:19.120 --> 00:20:20.190
  • NAH, IT'S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:22.090
  • IF YOU HAD MONEY TODAY, IF YOU HAVE GREAT POSSESSIONS,
  • 00:20:22.100 --> 00:20:26.020
  • IT'S BECAUSE OF GOD'S BLESSING IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:26.030 --> 00:20:30.180
  • AND REMEMBER, WHEN YOU THINK IT'S BECAUSE OF YOUR HARD WORK,
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.030
  • GOD'S THE ONE WHO GIVES YOU THE BREATH
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:35.220
  • TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND GO TO WORK.
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:38.010
  • AND HE COULD TAKE IT AWAY JUST LIKE THAT.
  • 00:20:38.020 --> 00:20:41.200
  • WHAT ARE YOU PROUD ABOUT?
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:42.160
  • YOUR CHILDREN?
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:44.190
  • IN PSALM 127:3, THE PSALMIST REMINDS US,
  • 00:20:44.200 --> 00:20:48.010
  • "BEHOLD, CHILDREN ARE A GIFT OF THE LORD,
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:52.050
  • "THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB IS A REWARD."
  • 00:20:52.060 --> 00:20:56.180
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT PAUL UNDERSTANDS
  • 00:20:56.190 --> 00:20:58.240
  • THAT EVERY GOOD THING IN OUR LIFE IS ULTIMATELY
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:01.210
  • BECAUSE OF GOD'S GRACE,
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:04.000
  • THEN YOU COME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION THAT JAMES DID
  • 00:21:04.010 --> 00:21:06.060
  • IN JAMES 1:17.
  • 00:21:06.070 --> 00:21:07.130
  • REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID.
  • 00:21:07.140 --> 00:21:08.270
  • "EVERY GOOD THING BESTOWED AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT
  • 00:21:08.280 --> 00:21:12.190
  • "IS FROM ABOVE,
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:14.060
  • "COMING DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS WITH WHOM
  • 00:21:14.070 --> 00:21:16.270
  • "THERE IS NO VARIATION OR SHIFTING SHADOW."
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:21.200
  • THROUGH HUMILITY, DEMANDS AND ACCURATE EVALUATION
  • 00:21:21.210 --> 00:21:23.250
  • OF OURSELVES AND AUTHENTIC APPRECIATION OF WHAT
  • 00:21:23.260 --> 00:21:26.060
  • OTHERS OR GOD HAVE DONE FOR US;
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  • AND THIRDLY, AN APPROPRIATE SUBORDINATION OF OUR DESIRES.
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:32.090
  • NOW, EVERY NOW AND THEN, WHEN I'M ON AN AIRPLANE,
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:34.250
  • I PICK UP A MAGAZINE THAT AMERICAN AIRLINES HAS.
  • 00:21:34.260 --> 00:21:37.050
  • IT'S IN THE POCKET OF THE SEAT.
  • 00:21:37.060 --> 00:21:39.080
  • AND THE TITLE OF THE MAGAZINE IS "CELEBRATED LIVING".
  • 00:21:39.090 --> 00:21:43.180
  • AND IT'S FILLED WITH GLOSSY FOUR-COLORED PHOTOGRAPHS
  • 00:21:43.190 --> 00:21:46.120
  • AND ARTICLES LIKE "THE FIVE BEST HOTELS IN THE WORLD",
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  • OR "THE EIGHT BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD,"
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  • OR "THE 10 GREATEST SPAS IN THE WORLD".
  • 00:21:51.290 --> 00:21:54.290
  • IT'S INTERESTING READING BUT THE MAGAZINE
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:57.070
  • COULD JUST BE AS EASILY TITLED "HOW TO PLEASE YOURSELF".
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:22:03.210
  • AND THAT'S REALLY THE THINKING OF OUR CULTURE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:22:03.220 --> 00:22:06.140
  • THAT LIFE IS ABOUT PLEASING OURSELVES.
  • 00:22:06.150 --> 00:22:10.000
  • BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IN LIFE IS
  • 00:22:10.010 --> 00:22:12.130
  • WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS?
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:14.040
  • AM I FULFILLED? AM I HAPPY?
  • 00:22:14.050 --> 00:22:16.140
  • AND THAT BECOMES THE PRISM TO WHICH WE VIEW
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  • EVERYTHING IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:19.050 --> 00:22:20.220
  • WE LOOK AT OUR JOB.
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:22.010
  • WE LOOK AT OUR RELATIONSHIPS.
  • 00:22:22.020 --> 00:22:23.160
  • WE EVEN LOOK AT OUR ACTS OF BENEVOLENCE
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:25.260
  • THROUGH THE LENS OF, "WHAT AM I GETTING OUT OF THIS.
  • 00:22:25.270 --> 00:22:28.210
  • "AM I FULFILLED IN THIS?"
  • 00:22:28.220 --> 00:22:31.190
  • WHAT A CONTRAST TO THE WAY JESUS LIVED.
  • 00:22:31.200 --> 00:22:34.200
  • MUSIC
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  • WE'RE OFTEN SURPRISED BY THE COUNTERINTUITIVE
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  • ADVICE IN PROVERBS.
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  • KING SOLOMON SAID, "IF YOU TRULY WANT TO FIND SUCCESS,
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:47.250
  • THE WAY UP IS DOWN.
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  • AND TODAY I'D LIKE TO SEND YOU A RESOURCE
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  • TO HELP YOU APPLY THESE PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES
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  • FROM GOD'S WORD IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:22:58.130
  • I'M REFERRING TO OUR PATHWAY MAGAZINE.
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  • PATHWAY MAGAZINE CONTAINS DAILY DEVOTIONAL READINGS
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:04.240
  • COMBINED WITH FEATURE ARTICLES ON HOW TO NAVIGATE
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  • THE CHALLENGING ISSUES THAT CONFRONT US ALL.
  • 00:23:08.010 --> 00:23:11.070
  • AND THREE COMPLIMENTARY ISSUES OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE
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  • ARE MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR GOING
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  • TO PTV.ORG OR CALLING THE NUMBER
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  • YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN RIGHT NOW.
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  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
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  • IN ONE YEAR, YOU WENT THROUGH THREE MISCARRIAGES.
  • 00:23:27.110 --> 00:23:31.040
  • THE THIRD MISCARRIAGE WAS DEVASTATING.
  • 00:23:31.050 --> 00:23:33.060
  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSSES.
  • 00:23:33.070 --> 00:23:34.210
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
  • 00:23:34.220 --> 00:23:36.200
  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY
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  • PROBABLY THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.
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  • WE'RE NOT GONNA BE EMBARRASSED TO ASK YOU
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  • FOR EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT.
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  • WE WANT MULTIPLES, WE WANT THREE BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN,
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  • AND WE WANT YOU TO DO MORE THAN ANYTHING WE CAN IMAGINE.
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  • [PRESENTER] IN HER NEW BOOK, JULIA SHARES THE STORY
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  • OF GOD'S LIFE-CHANGING ANSWERS TO BOLD PRAYERS.
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:53.260
  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER
  • 00:23:53.270 --> 00:23:56.110
  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS.
  • 00:23:56.120 --> 00:24:00.040
  • AND I'M EXCITED TO SHARE HER WONDERFUL NEW BOOK
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  • WITH YOU TODAY.
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  • "PRAY BIG THINGS".
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  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING YOUR PARENTS
  • 00:24:06.000 --> 00:24:08.240
  • OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
  • 00:24:08.250 --> 00:24:11.000
  • I WANNA SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU
  • 00:24:11.010 --> 00:24:14.080
  • WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
  • 00:24:14.090 --> 00:24:16.080
  • [PRESENTER] "PRAY BIG THINGS" IS YOURS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:19.150 --> 00:24:22.070
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY PRAYER JOURNAL
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  • TO HELP YOU DOCUMENT HOW GOD ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:24:25.130 --> 00:24:28.250
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE DR. JEFFRESS' TEACHING SERIES
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  • "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK" ON CD AND DVD.
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  • IF JESUS CHRIST FELT IT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
  • 00:24:38.070 --> 00:24:42.170
  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:42.180 --> 00:24:46.090
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER
  • 00:24:46.100 --> 00:24:48.260
  • FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
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  • [PRESENTER] THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT!
  • 00:24:50.120 --> 00:24:52.060
  • AS TOGETHER, WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:24:54.060 --> 00:24:57.170
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:57.180 --> 00:24:59.020
  • GOD PROMISES THAT THE PERSON WHO IS INFECTED WITH PRIDE
  • 00:24:59.030 --> 00:25:02.140
  • WILL ULTIMATELY FAIL,
  • 00:25:02.150 --> 00:25:04.060
  • BUT THE PERSON WHO LEARNS HUMILITY WILL SUCCEED.
  • 00:25:04.070 --> 00:25:08.010
  • AND HUMILITY IS THE ATTITUDE THAT REALIZES
  • 00:25:08.020 --> 00:25:11.050
  • EVERYTHING GOOD IN MY LIFE IS THE RESULT OF WHAT GOD
  • 00:25:11.060 --> 00:25:15.040
  • AND/OR OTHER PEOPLE HAVE DONE FOR ME.
  • 00:25:15.050 --> 00:25:18.180
  • WELL, WE'VE SEEN THAT ONE WAY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
  • 00:25:18.190 --> 00:25:21.060
  • IN LIFE IS BY HUMBLING YOURSELF INSTEAD OF BEING PROUD.
  • 00:25:21.070 --> 00:25:25.190
  • BUT HOW DO WE DEVELOP THIS QUALITY OF HUMILITY?
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:29.240
  • WELL, NEXT TIME I'LL SUGGEST FOUR PRACTICAL WAYS
  • 00:25:29.250 --> 00:25:32.240
  • TO DEMONSTRATE HUMILITY IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
  • 00:25:32.250 --> 00:25:36.060
  • AND ENJOY THE SUCCESS GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:25:36.070 --> 00:25:40.120
  • STAY TUNED FOR OUR PREVIEW WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:40.130 --> 00:25:43.110
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • [PRESENTER] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:48.200 --> 00:25:51.060
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF "PRAY BIG THINGS" BY JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
  • 00:25:53.080 --> 00:25:56.200
  • ALONG WITH THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY PRAYER JOURNAL.
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  • PLUS YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST THREE COMPLIMENTARY ISSUES
  • 00:25:59.050 --> 00:26:02.090
  • OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE, SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
  • 00:26:02.100 --> 00:26:05.020
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
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  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
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  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE
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  • TO GIVE TODAY.
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  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:22.200 --> 00:26:25.290
  • I MEAN JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONE WHO'VE WON
  • 00:26:26.000 --> 00:26:28.090
  • THIS WORLD INTO EXISTENCE BY A SINGLE WORD.
  • 00:26:28.100 --> 00:26:30.250
  • HE CREATED EVERYTHING.
  • 00:26:30.260 --> 00:26:33.040
  • IF ANYONE HAD THE RIGHT TO BE SERVED,
  • 00:26:33.050 --> 00:26:36.200
  • IT WAS JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:26:36.210 --> 00:26:38.230
  • BUT JESUS SAID, "THE REASON I CAME TO EARTH
  • 00:26:38.240 --> 00:26:42.010
  • "WAS NOT TO HAVE PEOPLE SERVE ME,
  • 00:26:42.020 --> 00:26:45.090
  • "BUT SO THAT I COULD SERVE OTHERS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS."
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  • [PRESENTER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE "THE WAY UP IS DOWN"
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • AND MIGHTY GLACIERS WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY: ALASKA CRUISE.
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