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December 9, 2020
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In his book Greater; pastor and author Steven Furtick encourage us to pursue "greater" instead of good enough.

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  • - [Narrator] Tonight onPraise, from Charlotte,
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  • founder and lead pastorof Elevation Church,
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  • songwriter and best-sellingauthor, Steven Furtick.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - I preached a sermon one time
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  • called, God is great,but I'm no good.
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  • And a lot of the firstsection of the book
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  • focuses on this idea
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  • that, yeah, I know that Godis awesome, God is Holy,
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  • God is incredible, butI'm stuck in this place
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  • of feeling like I'mnever good enough.
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  • So a lot of Christians livein this place of mediocrity,
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  • just good enough,but a lot of people
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  • live in a place of condemnation,I'll never be good enough.
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  • So one of the things
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  • that is really interestingabout Elisha's life,
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  • is that the firstthing that God checked
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  • when he was calling Elisha,
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  • wasn't whether or notElisha was able to do
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  • what God was calling himto do, 'cause he wasn't,
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  • God knew that, Elisha knew that.
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  • When God called Elishaout of the field,
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  • he didn't check to seeif Elisha was able,
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  • but to see if Elishawas available.
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  • And that's why the first step
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  • that Elisha made toward God,
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  • was to not onlyfollow after Elijah,
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  • which represented God'spurpose for his life,
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  • but to actually burn his plows
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  • so he had nothing to go back to.
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  • Because the first step
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  • to being used by Godfor greater things,
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  • before you can even walkthrough that doorway,
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  • before you can even enterinto what God has for you,
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  • you've gotta be surrendered.
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  • Are you're going to take yourhands off of certain things,
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  • are you gonna get in line?
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  • And I think God says thatto each one of us, you know,
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  • because we're like, "Oh, God,I want you to use my life
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  • "in a greater way.
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  • "Yeah, I believe God has greaterthings for me, my marriage,
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  • "my business, my future."
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  • And God as a producer is like,
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  • "Well, if we're gonna do this,
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  • "you're gonna to have to letme have the ultimate control.
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  • "You're gonna have tobe what we would call
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  • "surrendered to God's process."
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  • Now, here's aninteresting New Testament,
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  • parallel to the story of Elisha.
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  • We've got a man in afield who burns his plows.
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  • In the New Testament,in Romans Chapter 11,
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  • there's this great passageall about how great God is.
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  • "Oh, the depth of the wisdom
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  • "of the riches andknowledge of God,
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  • "how unsearchable his judgments
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  • "and his pathsbeyond tracing out.
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  • "Who has known themind of the Lord
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  • "and who has been His counselor?
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  • "Who has ever given to Godthat God should repay him?
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  • "For from Him and through Himand to Him are all things,
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  • "and all of the glory belongsto him forever. Amen."
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  • Now I love that passage.
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  • It's all about God is great,God is great, God is great.
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  • But then you get toRomans Chapter 12:1,
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  • and you see ourresponse to that.
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  • "Therefore, I want youto offer your bodies,
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  • "in view of God's mercyand how great He is,
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  • "offer your bodies asa living sacrifice,
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  • "holy and pleasing to God
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  • "so that it can be acceptable,
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  • "and this is yourspiritual act of worship."
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  • The first thing thatGod is calling you to,
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  • in order to fulfill agreater purpose in your life,
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  • is a greater postureof surrender.
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  • I wonder if before wejourney any further
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  • into this experience,
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  • you need to acknowledgea few things
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  • about how great God is,
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  • how he surpasses everythingelse in the world
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  • that you could aimfor or aspire to.
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  • And that you'll neverbe great on your own.
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  • When Jesus called us to dogreater things in John 14:12,
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  • He wasn't calling usto be greater than Him,
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  • He was calling us tobe greater through Him,
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  • by his power living inside of us
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  • so we could do greaterthings for His glory.
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  • Now, before you go on todo the greater things,
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  • you've gotta dealwith the question,
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  • am I sacrificed andsurrendered to God?
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  • I just believe beforewe go any further,
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  • before we even can enter in,
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  • before God can begin
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  • to make somethinggreater out of our life,
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  • before we can step into thelife that we're wanting,
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  • we've got to give God allof the life that we have
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  • because He gave itto us to begin with.
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  • Have you given control of eachof those areas of your life
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  • over to God?
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  • See, when you realizehow great God is,
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  • it shouldn't create asense of condemnation,
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  • God is great, but I'm no good.
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  • That's where somany people live.
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  • Actually, if youhear this correctly,
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  • a powerful sense of affirmation
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  • like, because God is great,
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  • and because He is so great,He can take someone like me,
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  • who apart from Himcan do no good,
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  • and do greaterthings through me.
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  • That's part of the breakthrough
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  • of the message of "Greater,"
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  • is that we can walkright into this gap
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  • between how greatwe know that God is,
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  • and the great things that webelieve He's calling us to do,
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  • and know that Jesushas filled the gap.
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  • It's through surrender,not through condemnation,
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  • but through asense of dedication
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  • where Elisha slaughtered,not only as his animals
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  • as a sacrifice, but heslaughtered the very instruments
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  • that the animals pull just tosay, "I'm never going back."
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  • You know what'sinteresting to me,
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  • that's not the only timethat happened in the Bible.
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  • When Jesus called the disciples,
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  • I remember how the firstthing that he asked them to do
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  • was to let him use their boat.
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  • Which is really interestingbecause in Matthew Chapter 14,
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  • Jesus walks out to thedisciples on water.
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  • So Jesus didn'treally need a boat,
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  • have you everthought about that?
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  • Jesus, didn't ask Peter,
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  • "Hey, can I borrow your boat?"
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  • Because he needed amode of transportation,
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  • but he wanted to test Peter'ssense of surrender and trust.
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  • Can I use your boat?
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  • Maybe that's what Godis saying to you today.
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  • Will you burn your plows?
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  • Can I use your boat?
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  • Will you offer yourselfas a living sacrifice?
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  • And here's the beauty of it,
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  • God doesn't take thingsaway from our life
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  • because he'shateful or spiteful.
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  • I thought that for so long,
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  • that God just wanted to ripall the pleasure and joy
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  • out of my life.
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  • I think that's whysometimes so many teenagers
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  • have a hard time givingtheir life over to God
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  • in this surrendered way.
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  • Is because they believe thatGod came to beat them down.
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  • But I believe He speaks intoour life to raise us up.
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  • That's why Ephesians 3:20 says,
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  • He's able to doimmeasurably more
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  • than we can ask or imagine,
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  • according to Hispower, He is great.
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  • And he wants greaterthings for me
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  • than I can imagine for myself.
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  • So when I take aposture of surrender,
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  • when I say, "God, here itis, You're the producer,
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  • "tell me what to play.
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  • "You're my leader,tell me where to go.
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  • "You're my commanderand overseer in my life,
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  • "I'm completelysurrendered to you."
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  • That God has the ability tolead us into great places.
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  • And it really comes down tohearing the voice of God.
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  • That's a lot of what themessage of the book is.
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  • God will call differentpeople to do different things,
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  • but it's alwayssomething greater.
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  • And it's not necessarily
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  • that when you embrace God'sgreater vision for your life,
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  • you're always gonna quityour job, sell everything,
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  • move away, or make amajor life transition.
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  • Sometimes it's that Godis going to call you to do
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  • what you're alreadydoing in a greater way.
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  • You know, HebrewsChapter 3 says,
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  • "Today, if you hear God'svoice, don't harden your heart,
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  • "respond to him in obedience."
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  • You can still getyour hearing back
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  • if you're hearingGod speak to you,
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  • feeling the vibrationsof the sounds around you.
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  • There's something thatGod wants to build.
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  • So before we move anydeeper into this experience,
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  • before we go any closer
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  • to seeing what greaterthings God has for you,
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  • let's just make up our mindsright now to accept His ways,
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  • which are higher than our ways,
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  • and His thoughts, which arehigher than our thoughts,
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  • and say, "God, I'm open toyour greater plan for my life
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  • "whatever that may be.
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  • "You call me to burn theplows, I'm burning them.
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  • "You wanna use my boat?
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  • "You can use it.
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  • "Here I am, a living sacrificecompletely available to you."
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  • And when you do that, you canwalk straight into the door,
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  • knowing that Jesushas bridged the gap,
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  • accepting once and for all
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  • His perfect performanceon your behalf.
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  • And then beginning tosee Him use your life
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  • for greater thingsthan you ever imagined.
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  • Did you know God hasa vision for your life
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  • greater than you everimagined possible?
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  • (air whooshes)
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  • (gentle music)
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  • - When you think about it,
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  • everybody wants tosee God do a miracle.
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  • Everybody has aplace in their life
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  • where they'd like to see God
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  • use them in a greater way
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  • or answer their prayers more
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  • or just feel closer to God
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  • or more peace in their lives.
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  • Everybody wants great faith,
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  • everybody wants agreat relationship
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  • with God and with others.
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  • But a lotta people don'twanna dig the ditches.
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  • I love that scene inElisha's story in 2 Kings 3.
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  • It's one of the first miraclesthat he ever performs.
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  • In fact, it's kind of odd
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  • because the kings needGod to send them water,
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  • they're in a complete drought.
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  • And Elisha givesthem an instruction
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  • to start digging ditches.
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  • It's interesting howhe called for a harpist
  • 00:11:46.895 --> 00:11:49.697
  • to start playing music beforehe started prophesying.
  • 00:11:49.697 --> 00:11:53.668
  • And once the musicstarted playing
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  • and Elisha startedgiving the instructions,
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  • he made it pretty clear he wasgetting this message across
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  • that if you wantGod to do the super,
  • 00:12:02.544 --> 00:12:05.079
  • you're gonna haveto do the natural.
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  • And that's one of the ofthings that I wanna make sure
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  • that we really dig into inthis experience together
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  • in this teaching, in themessage of this book,
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  • is that in order for Godto do things in your life
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  • that only He can do,
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  • He expects you to do somethings in preparation
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  • that only you can do.
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  • This is one way I'veheard it said before,
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  • if you don't move,
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  • God won't move.
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  • And a lot of people,
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  • when they talk aboutwhat they want God to do,
  • 00:12:34.676 --> 00:12:36.611
  • a marriage thatneeds to be restored
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  • or provision or something thatthey're praying God would do
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  • that would just behuge, bigger than life,
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  • I wanna do great things for God.
  • 00:12:43.418 --> 00:12:45.486
  • But, you know, I find overand over again in Scripture,
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  • like in the bookof James chapter 2,
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  • where he says that ifyou don't have works,
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  • then your faith is dead.
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  • And so the idea ofthese dichotomies,
  • 00:12:54.963 --> 00:12:57.265
  • where we're like, it'snot about what we do,
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  • it's all about what God can do,
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  • I think where we try toput an either or situation,
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  • like either I'mgonna believe God
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  • and trust Him to do big things,
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  • I'm just gonna prayabout the situation
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  • and give it to God;
  • 00:13:08.643 --> 00:13:09.611
  • or I'm gonna do all I can do
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  • and I'm gonna workas hard as I can;
  • 00:13:10.879 --> 00:13:12.347
  • where we say either or,
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  • God is big enough for both.
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  • So the message of "Greater"
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  • is that only Godcan send the rain,
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  • but He expects youto dig some ditches.
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  • So I want you to begin toanswer this question mentally.
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  • What ditches is Godcalling me to dig
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  • in response to the dreamthat He's given me,
  • 00:13:32.667 --> 00:13:35.670
  • in response to what Ibelieve He's called me to do,
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  • and in preparation forsomething that only He can do?
  • 00:13:39.140 --> 00:13:43.411
  • In other words, when you don'tfeel like you have enough
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  • to do what God hascalled you to do,
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  • just the simple actof taking a step
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  • can be enough to cause toGod to act in your life.
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  • Sometimes it's just a stepGod wants you to take.
  • 00:13:52.587 --> 00:13:56.190
  • Sometimes it's just a generalmove in the right direction.
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  • In one of the chapters,
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  • I talk about a widow who hadjust a little bit of oil.
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  • She felt like what she hadwasn't even significant enough
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  • to bring up to Elisha.
  • 00:14:06.701 --> 00:14:08.202
  • But Elisha offered thatlittle bit of oil to God,
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  • and the widow's faith,just to bring what she had,
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  • was enough to cause God togive His infinite resource
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  • and to provide His abundantsupply for her situation.
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  • (indistinct) challenge you
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  • to discuss with thosepeople around you
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  • and to really internalize thisquestion inside of yourself:
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  • Is there a ditchyou can dig today
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  • in preparation for the rainthat you're expecting tomorrow?
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  • I guarantee you this,
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  • everyone that you seewho has an effective,
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  • exciting, invigoratedrelationship with God,
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  • they didn't get therejust by praying.
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  • They got there by digging, too.
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  • Is there a chapter of Scripture
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  • that God would callyou to memorize?
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  • I remember one of the ways
  • 00:14:55.717 --> 00:14:56.918
  • that I tried tomake Holly notice me
  • 00:14:56.918 --> 00:14:59.754
  • when we were in college together
  • 00:14:59.754 --> 00:15:01.122
  • before we started dating
  • 00:15:01.122 --> 00:15:02.623
  • was I tried to bereal spiritual,
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  • 'cause she was agood Christian girl.
  • 00:15:04.225 --> 00:15:05.960
  • And I asked her could wememorize Romans 8 together.
  • 00:15:05.960 --> 00:15:09.597
  • It was like myChristian pickup line,
  • 00:15:09.597 --> 00:15:11.265
  • hey baby, let's memorizeone of Paul's epistles.
  • 00:15:11.265 --> 00:15:14.435
  • But you know, we memorized it,
  • 00:15:14.435 --> 00:15:16.270
  • and to this day, because Ihid God's word in my heart,
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  • it still is working for me
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  • that I might notsin against God.
  • 00:15:22.443 --> 00:15:24.746
  • It's putting God'sword in our heart,
  • 00:15:24.746 --> 00:15:26.581
  • it's putting in andinvesting the time
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  • thorough studies like this,
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  • even by participatingin this experience,
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  • you're digging a ditch.
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  • And I promise youthat God can fill it.
  • 00:15:35.223 --> 00:15:37.959
  • You know, ever sinceI was in high school,
  • 00:15:37.959 --> 00:15:39.594
  • I was on the wrestling team,
  • 00:15:39.594 --> 00:15:41.195
  • I remember this weird thingthat would always happen
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  • when you're lifting weights,back in high school,
  • 00:15:43.398 --> 00:15:46.801
  • the thing was how muchcan you bench press.
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  • Your whole identityand worth as a human
  • 00:15:48.936 --> 00:15:51.706
  • was tied to yourbench press number.
  • 00:15:51.706 --> 00:15:53.941
  • And so I remember Iwould put as much weight
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  • as I could get on there,
  • 00:15:55.810 --> 00:15:57.245
  • I think the highest I ever got
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  • was up to, like, 245 pounds.
  • 00:15:58.479 --> 00:16:02.216
  • And I remember I wouldbring the bar down,
  • 00:16:02.216 --> 00:16:05.553
  • and when I would goto push it back up,
  • 00:16:05.553 --> 00:16:07.288
  • I had a spotter.
  • 00:16:07.288 --> 00:16:08.489
  • Now the spotter wouldbe lifting it up,
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  • and he would screamat me the whole time.
  • 00:16:10.425 --> 00:16:13.027
  • He'd be lifting theweight off of me,
  • 00:16:13.027 --> 00:16:14.695
  • 'cause it would be aboutto crush my sternum,
  • 00:16:14.695 --> 00:16:17.098
  • and he'd say, "It's allyou, man, it's all you."
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  • Now I know good and well
  • 00:16:21.302 --> 00:16:23.037
  • that he's helping mebring this thing up,
  • 00:16:23.037 --> 00:16:24.639
  • and yet he's tellingme it's all you
  • 00:16:24.639 --> 00:16:26.641
  • to encourage me to keep going.
  • 00:16:26.641 --> 00:16:28.042
  • And then you rack it,
  • 00:16:28.042 --> 00:16:29.243
  • and you feel like youlifted the weight,
  • 00:16:29.243 --> 00:16:30.745
  • but that poor guy back there,
  • 00:16:30.745 --> 00:16:31.913
  • he basically curledit off of you.
  • 00:16:31.913 --> 00:16:33.881
  • And the whole time hesaid, "It's all you."
  • 00:16:33.881 --> 00:16:36.084
  • What an interesting image forhow God works in our lives.
  • 00:16:36.084 --> 00:16:38.986
  • Think of God as being a spotter.
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  • So He calls you to do something,
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  • He challenges your faith,
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  • and you're like (groans),
  • 00:16:43.891 --> 00:16:45.526
  • and God is the onedoing the heavy lifting,
  • 00:16:45.526 --> 00:16:47.395
  • and He's like, "It'sall you, it's all you."
  • 00:16:47.395 --> 00:16:49.564
  • It's not that God is lying;
  • 00:16:49.564 --> 00:16:51.532
  • it's just a matterof perspective.
  • 00:16:51.532 --> 00:16:53.768
  • And what God really wants
  • 00:16:53.768 --> 00:16:55.603
  • is for you to giveall that you've got,
  • 00:16:55.603 --> 00:16:57.605
  • like, give all of you.
  • 00:16:57.605 --> 00:16:59.273
  • That doesn't meanthat He's not helping,
  • 00:16:59.273 --> 00:17:00.808
  • that doesn't mean He's gonnalet the weight drop on you.
  • 00:17:00.808 --> 00:17:03.010
  • That doesn't mean that it'sup to you to make it rain.
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:05.379
  • He just wants it tobe all of your heart,
  • 00:17:05.379 --> 00:17:08.616
  • all of your soul,
  • 00:17:08.616 --> 00:17:10.451
  • all of your strength.
  • 00:17:10.451 --> 00:17:11.519
  • And when you love God that way,
  • 00:17:11.519 --> 00:17:12.987
  • He says now that you'vegiven fully of yourself,
  • 00:17:12.987 --> 00:17:16.591
  • you've pushedyourself to the limit
  • 00:17:16.591 --> 00:17:18.426
  • of what you physicallythink you're able to do,
  • 00:17:18.426 --> 00:17:20.795
  • I can lift this weight with You,
  • 00:17:20.795 --> 00:17:22.730
  • and together we canaccomplish something great.
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  • Are you giving allof you to the vision?
  • 00:17:26.100 --> 00:17:29.403
  • Are you giving all of you
  • 00:17:29.403 --> 00:17:30.671
  • to all that youunderstand about God?
  • 00:17:30.671 --> 00:17:32.173
  • Is there a ditch Hewants you to dig today
  • 00:17:32.173 --> 00:17:34.442
  • in the valley of your life?
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  • I believe that ifyou'll start digging,
  • 00:17:35.910 --> 00:17:38.079
  • He'll be faithfulto send the rain.
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  • - So many times in ourlives, the first perspective
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  • So often the first report,isn't always the final report,
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  • especially whenyou're going to live
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  • God's greater visionfor your life.
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  • There will always be a lesseropinion from somebody else,
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  • even from yourself.
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  • It could come from your past,
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  • and then there's thelesser perspective.
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  • I think probably themost meaningful chapters
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  • of the book to write,
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  • were the ones thatdealt with this idea
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  • of trusting God whenyour faith seems wasted,
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  • and to realize thatnothing is ever wasted.
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  • If you continue tobring back to God
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  • all those deadsituations in your life,
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  • that he can revive hope,he can restore dreams.
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  • Sometimes, in orderto believe the truth
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  • about what God has said,
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  • you have to get past the facts
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  • and stand onsomething more solid.
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  • See, often what we see,isn't what God has said.
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  • And the question really is,
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  • if you're faced withsomething that you see
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  • that contradictswhat God has said,
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  • whose report will you believe?
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  • Are you gonna believethe promise of God,
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  • or are you gonna believe thepredicament that you're in?
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  • I mean, a huge part ofthe message of greater
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  • is that God is interested inthe practical implications
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  • of our faith and ourrelationship with him,
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  • that, in other words,
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  • we don't just blindly launchout to do things for God
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  • and then blame him whenthey don't work out
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  • because we didn't apply wisdom.
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  • No, we face the facts.
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  • So the fact may be right now
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  • that you're strugglingwith an addiction
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  • and everybody in your familystruggled with that addiction,
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  • but the truth isbigger than the facts.
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  • So the truth is that whom theSon sets free, is free indeed.
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  • The truth is that thespirit of the Lord
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  • can destroy all bondage.
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  • The spirit of the Lordcan lift every head.
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  • The spirit of theLord can overcome
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  • whatever is holding you back.
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  • So you believe the truth,
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  • even while you'refacing the facts.
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  • The word of God is the finalword concerning any situation.
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  • So if the word of God says,you're more than a conqueror,
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  • you're more than a conqueror.
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  • When the devilstarts telling you
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  • that you can't make itthrough this situation,
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  • don't try to ignore him
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  • because he's not gonnajust go away that easily.
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  • "The thief comes,"John 10:10 says,
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  • "To kill steal and destroy."
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  • All he wants to do is getyou to doubt everything
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  • that God has said.
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  • So instead of trying to ignoreit and hope it'll go away,
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  • take that feeling of doubtand finish the devil's sermon.
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  • You can actuallyquote back mentally
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  • some scripturesthat you've learned.
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  • So the devil says, "You'llnever make it through,"
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  • finish his sermon for him.
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  • Say, "Yeah, you're right, devil,
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  • "because that is true, on my own
  • 00:22:35.643 --> 00:22:37.578
  • "I'll never make it through,but I'm not on my own.
  • 00:22:37.578 --> 00:22:40.147
  • "I have a friend that stickscloser than a brother.
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  • "Jesus said he would neverleave me or forsake me.
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  • "He said he would be with mealways to the end of the age.
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  • "So I would never make italone if God wasn't with me,
  • 00:22:47.955 --> 00:22:51.225
  • "but he is with me.
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  • "And so I'm gonna makeit through this trial."
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  • Now, what you've just done
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  • is you've taken what thedevil intended to destroy you,
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  • and like Joseph saidin Genesis 50:20,
  • 00:22:57.731 --> 00:23:00.534
  • or like the apostle Paulsaid in the book of Romans,
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  • you've taken somethingthat was meant for evil,
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  • and God's gonna use it for good.
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  • As we close thisexperience together,
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  • this journey that we've been on,
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  • I want you to realizethat in so many ways,
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  • this is really a beginning.
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  • Where is the Lordin your situation?
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  • It may be uncertainto you right now,
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  • what God's gonna do next.
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  • In fact, it probably should be,
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  • if you think you'vegot God's will
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  • and his plan all figured out,
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  • you're probably notseeing God's true plan
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  • because he rarely gives allthe details at one time.
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  • Most believers though, theygo through studies like this
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  • and they read books andthey survey the land
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  • and look around, butthey never enter in
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  • and take possession.
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  • I wanna encourageyou to go forward
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  • and embrace the journeythat God is calling you to
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  • because the destinationis a mirage.
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  • This book is called "Greater."
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  • The Bible says that wego from glory to glory,
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  • ever increasing in gloryby the spirit of God.
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  • And this walk with Jesusis always about progress.
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  • He's the only one who everarrived and could rightfully say
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  • "It is finished," but foryou, it's just beginning.
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  • And these two thingshave helped me so much,
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  • and I want to impart them to you
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  • as we close our experience.
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  • The first thing Iwould tell you is,
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  • stay close to the guide.
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  • The first step thatyou need to take
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  • as you move forwardin this journey,
  • 00:24:32.326 --> 00:24:34.295
  • look, you're going forward,
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  • God's best blessingsare ahead of you.
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  • There's a greaterplan in store for you,
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  • but you gotta stayclose to the guide.
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  • If you're gripped bya Holy determination
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  • as we leave this series,
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  • that I'm gonna stayclose to the God,
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  • that nothing's gonnaget between me and God,
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  • then I've gotgreat news for you.
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  • No matter what is againstyou in the future,
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  • you'll have theconfidence to know
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  • that not only is God'spresence with you,
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  • but his power isfighting for you.
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  • I wanted to tell you aswe leave these sessions,
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  • to cancel the audition,stop trying out
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  • for the part that Godhas already given you,
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  • and just live out thatpart wholeheartedly.
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  • And now I wanna pray for you.
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  • I pray that the same spirit
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  • that raised JesusChrist from the dead
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  • would now come and give lifeto all of your dead dreams,
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  • that you would start smallwith simple obedience,
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  • but dream big forthe glory of God.
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  • And that His vision, Hisgreater vision for your life,
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  • would be ignited in a way
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  • that would changethe world forever.
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  • (gentle music)
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