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3 Habits of a Healthy Heart

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September 16, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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3 Habits of a Healthy Heart

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  • - The attacks are gonna come,
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  • and the missiles are gonna fly,
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  • and the doubts and discouraging
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  • thought are gonna try to set
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  • your heart on the decline.
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  • Do you know where to hide,
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  • when discouragement comes
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  • flying past your head?
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  • When attacks come,
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  • I've learned where to run.
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  • You are my hiding place,
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  • and I pointed my heart in
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  • the direction of my destiny.
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  • I know where to hide.
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  • I know what to hate,
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  • - This teaching is going to
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  • require your full attention,
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  • and I don't just mean
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  • with your mind.
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  • I mean your emotional attention,
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  • and kinda while I get set up
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  • here to teach you today
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  • three habits of a healthy heart,
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  • how many know real
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  • lasting change has
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  • to happen in your heart?
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  • Talk to me please.
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  • - CONGREGATION: Yes.
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  • - I said, how many know
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  • real lasting change
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  • has to happen in your heart?
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  • [Cheering and Applause]
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  • It doesn't start with the heart,
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  • it starts with the habits.
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  • Your habits create
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  • the condition of your heart.
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  • It is good.
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  • Every once in a while, you gotta
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  • stop and clap for the word
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  • of God speaks through you.
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  • [Applause]
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  • I feel like God is going to
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  • help somebody set your heart
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  • on things above, get your heart
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  • set in the right direction,
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  • but it's gonna require
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  • some habits, and they're all
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  • right there in the Psalm.
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  • I wanna read you the next two
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  • verses because my three habits
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  • are right there in the verses,
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  • "Forever to the end, I set my
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  • heart to perform your statues.
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  • I hate," this is 113.
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  • "I hate, I hate," what's that
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  • word doing in the Bible?
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  • I thought we were supposed
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  • to love everything.
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  • "No, I hate the double minded,
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  • but I love your law."
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  • I don't think we should go on
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  • until we talk about that.
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  • He said, "I hate this,
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  • I hate the double minded.
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  • I hate," and it's not
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  • a person I hate,
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  • it's I hate the condition
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  • of double mindedness.
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  • I hate it.
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  • And see the thing about,
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  • the thing about hate is
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  • hate is the most powerful
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  • motivation to change, not love.
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  • And so, before you start with
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  • wanting to reach your goals,
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  • maybe the first thing for you
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  • to do... is make a decision
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  • about some things that you hate,
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  • and it's gonna be complicated
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  • because you know as for me,
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  • I have a love-hate relationship
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  • with some of the things,
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  • I feel kinda like David.
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  • One time, David's son Absalom
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  • died, and Joab came to him.
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  • He said, "Your son is dead,"
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  • and David started weeping,
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  • and Joab was mad because
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  • Absalom was trying to take
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  • the throne from David,
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  • and so Absalom
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  • had become David's enemy.
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  • But David's heart was connected
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  • to Absalom, so he was crying,
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  • and Joab said, "You need to get
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  • it together, you hate those
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  • who love you and you love
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  • those who hate you.
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  • You hate what's trying to
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  • deliver you, and you love
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  • what's trying to destroy you,"
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  • and I feel that way about
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  • certain things in my life,
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  • certain actions,
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  • certain behaviors in my life.
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  • I love how they feel
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  • for a minute.
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  • [Cheering]
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  • But I hate the crash.
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  • And certain things in my life
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  • I hate how they feel
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  • when I'm doing them.
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  • I hate to plank.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Exhibit A, I mean, I was
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  • for years, I was one of
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  • these people, I would tell you
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  • to your face I hate to exercise.
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  • You could go back
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  • and watch my sermon videos
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  • from three years ago.
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  • I would stand on the stage
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  • and say, "I hate to exercise."
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  • You know why I hated it?
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  • 'Cause it wasn't a habit.
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  • I didn't do it
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  • enough to love it.
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  • I hated it.
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  • But you don't have to accept
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  • your default attitude
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  • toward anything.
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  • I incline my heart.
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  • I'm gonna teach today,
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  • you came out, I'm gonna make it
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  • worth your while,
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  • I'm gonna teach today.
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  • Get that elevation pin ready,
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  • we're gonna burn it up today,
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  • and get a new one next week.
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  • I grew, I grew to hate,
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  • I think the moment of
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  • realization for me was
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  • when I was paying Andy $450.00
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  • to come over to my house
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  • and let my pants out.
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  • I hated it.
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  • I looked at Andy and I said,
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  • "I hate this man.
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  • I could be using this money
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  • to buy new clothes,
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  • and I'm paying it to you
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  • to make my clothes bigger.
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  • I hate this."
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  • And he said hey, "Keep eating,
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  • it's job security for me."
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  • That's what my tailor said.
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  • I said, "No man, I hate this.
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  • I hate this feeling."
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  • And sometimes, sometimes
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  • before you can make a change,
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  • you have to be motivated by,
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  • I know it's a strong word,
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  • it's not very pastoral,
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  • you have to hate it,
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  • you have to hate it.
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  • You have to, you have to
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  • hate self-pity.
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  • And the problem with hating
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  • self-pity years is, ooh,
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  • it feels good like a bag
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  • of Doritos on your tongue.
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  • See, it's not that I hate
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  • the taste of Doritos,
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  • I just hated what
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  • it did to my waist.
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  • This is so good.
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  • Sounds simple but
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  • it's real deep.
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  • He said, "I hate
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  • the double minded.
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  • I love your law.
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  • Before I can do what I love,
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  • I have to know what to hate.
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  • I hate this.
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  • I hate the way,
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  • I hate the way...
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  • Now, watch, watch --
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  • I love what it does for me,
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  • but I hate what it does to me.
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  • It's a complicated relationship.
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  • A bag of Doritos
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  • does something for me.
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  • It might not
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  • do anything for you,
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  • it does something for me.
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  • I have a longstanding
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  • relationship with carbohydrates.
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  • They have been there for me
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  • in the midnight hour when
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  • I couldn't call on anybody else.
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  • I could call on chocolate.
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  • So, I love it, but I hate --
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  • I love what it does for me,
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  • but I hate what it does to me.
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  • I hate all this.
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  • I hate anger.
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  • Oh, it makes me feel good.
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  • It even gets me some results.
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  • I have a complicated
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  • relationship with anger.
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  • If you get mad enough you can
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  • get people to do what you want,
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  • but then you're all alone
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  • after they do it.
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  • [Cheering]
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  • Nobody wants to be with you.
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  • I hate being angry,
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  • 'cause I hate being alone.
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  • Somebody shout, "Outcome."
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  • - CONGREGATION: Outcome.
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  • - I hate the outcome
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  • of this and that.
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  • I hate it, I hate
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  • what it does to my marriage.
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  • I hate what it does
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  • to my relationships.
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  • I hate how it disturbs my inner
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  • peace and puts me in a state
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  • of turmoil and it's complicated.
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  • It's a complicated relationship
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  • that I have with complaining.
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  • I love to complain.
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  • Ooh, I love to tell somebody.
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  • I -- You can look at there
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  • at me, 'Well the Bible says
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  • don't do it.'
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  • The Bible says, "Don't do it,"
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  • but it didn't say
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  • it don't feel good.
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  • Amen, it feels real good
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  • to complain, feels like
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  • a choice morsel going down.
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  • I mean just as it's coming
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  • outta your mouth,
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  • just to unload on them.
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  • When somebody says,
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  • "How're you doing?"
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  • Just let them know for five
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  • minutes every ache, every pain.
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  • every disappointment,
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  • every struggle.
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  • But guess what, the next time
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  • they see you coming,
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  • they're going the other way.
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  • [Laughter and Applause]
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  • Because it's... the law
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  • of diminishing returns.
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  • It gets you high for a minute.
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  • I love to talk bad
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  • about people, I do.
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  • I shouldn't say these things.
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  • I tell myself every week
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  • after I finish on Sunday
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  • when I'm watching
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  • back my sermon,
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  • Furtick, don't say stuff
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  • like that, people put it
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  • on YouTube and use it
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  • against you as a weapon.
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  • But I just gotta tell you
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  • I love, it makes me feel
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  • really good about my dysfunction
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  • to spend a little time
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  • discussing yours.
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  • I love to talk about
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  • other people's dumb decisions.
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  • I love it, it's just,
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  • it's a natural high,
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  • 'cause if can I get you
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  • down here, then I feel
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  • like I'm right here,
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  • only problem is...
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  • I'm setting myself up
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  • ...for a decline.
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  • And now the next time I see you
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  • I can't treat you better
  • 00:08:35.090 --> 00:08:36.080
  • than I talk about you,
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  • so it ruins my relationships.
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  • I love what it does for me,
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  • it does something for me.
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  • Come on, how many will admit
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  • it does something for you
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  • to talk about what Henry did,
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  • and was Suzy wore,
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  • and what they should've done,
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  • and what their kids are like.
  • 00:08:52.210 --> 00:08:54.010
  • But it, but by the same measure
  • 00:08:54.010 --> 00:08:56.170
  • you judge you will be judged.
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  • I love the taste,
  • 00:09:01.040 --> 00:09:03.210
  • but I hate the outcome.
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  • I hate it.
  • 00:09:06.130 --> 00:09:09.080
  • The problem with...
  • 00:09:09.080 --> 00:09:10.190
  • a lot of our resolutions
  • 00:09:10.190 --> 00:09:12.140
  • for change is that they
  • 00:09:12.140 --> 00:09:14.160
  • are not motivated
  • 00:09:14.160 --> 00:09:16.080
  • by a healthy kinda of hate,
  • 00:09:16.080 --> 00:09:19.070
  • healthy hate, yeah,
  • 00:09:19.070 --> 00:09:20.120
  • there is a healthy way to hate.
  • 00:09:20.120 --> 00:09:23.090
  • I hate racism.
  • 00:09:23.090 --> 00:09:25.230
  • I hate poverty.
  • 00:09:25.230 --> 00:09:27.200
  • That's the only thing
  • 00:09:27.200 --> 00:09:28.110
  • that will motivate me
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  • to do anything about it,
  • 00:09:29.050 --> 00:09:30.120
  • is I've gotta hate it.
  • 00:09:30.120 --> 00:09:32.220
  • I hate bullying.
  • 00:09:32.220 --> 00:09:34.210
  • I hate bullying.
  • 00:09:34.210 --> 00:09:36.000
  • I was bullied.
  • 00:09:36.000 --> 00:09:37.000
  • Tony Wigfall jacked me up
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  • against the wall.
  • 00:09:38.070 --> 00:09:39.110
  • I still remember my head
  • 00:09:39.110 --> 00:09:40.120
  • cracking against the wall and my
  • 00:09:40.120 --> 00:09:41.210
  • friend Hamilton looking at me
  • 00:09:41.210 --> 00:09:42.200
  • saying, "Don't look at me man."
  • 00:09:42.200 --> 00:09:44.050
  • I still remember the view
  • 00:09:44.050 --> 00:09:45.160
  • from up there, and I can't see
  • 00:09:45.160 --> 00:09:48.010
  • somebody being picked on without
  • 00:09:48.010 --> 00:09:49.060
  • seeing myself from up there,
  • 00:09:49.060 --> 00:09:50.130
  • just wondering 'Is this guy
  • 00:09:50.130 --> 00:09:51.130
  • gonna break my face?'
  • 00:09:52.260 --> 00:09:55.260
  • I hate it, I hate it.
  • 00:09:56.250 --> 00:09:59.250
  • Holly said to me the other day,
  • 00:09:59.250 --> 00:10:01.190
  • she said, "I hate being late."
  • 00:10:01.190 --> 00:10:03.080
  • Notice she didn't say,
  • 00:10:03.080 --> 00:10:04.010
  • "I love being early,"
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  • 'cause she doesn't.
  • 00:10:05.000 --> 00:10:05.270
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:10:07.010 --> 00:10:10.010
  • But you gotta get to the point.
  • 00:10:10.010 --> 00:10:11.100
  • We were gonna see somebody,
  • 00:10:11.100 --> 00:10:12.100
  • she said, "I don't wanna walk
  • 00:10:12.100 --> 00:10:13.120
  • in like that," and until you
  • 00:10:13.120 --> 00:10:15.060
  • hate being late more than
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  • you love hitting snooze
  • 00:10:16.140 --> 00:10:17.140
  • you won't make the change.
  • 00:10:17.240 --> 00:10:20.240
  • Get that thing on your mind,
  • 00:10:20.240 --> 00:10:21.200
  • that bag of Doritos and say,
  • 00:10:21.200 --> 00:10:22.220
  • "I hate it."
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  • Look at your neighbor,
  • 00:10:24.050 --> 00:10:24.220
  • say "I hated it."
  • 00:10:24.220 --> 00:10:26.030
  • Not, "I hate you,"
  • 00:10:26.030 --> 00:10:26.180
  • "I hate it."
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  • I hate it, I hate it.
  • 00:10:29.270 --> 00:10:32.270
  • I hate the double minded.
  • 00:10:32.270 --> 00:10:34.230
  • I hate indecision, I hate it.
  • 00:10:35.220 --> 00:10:38.220
  • I'd rather make a bad decision,
  • 00:10:38.220 --> 00:10:40.210
  • than make no decision.
  • 00:10:40.210 --> 00:10:42.170
  • I hate procrastination,
  • 00:10:42.170 --> 00:10:44.210
  • I hate it.
  • 00:10:44.210 --> 00:10:45.140
  • I did it a lot, but I finally
  • 00:10:45.140 --> 00:10:47.220
  • got to the point where I hated
  • 00:10:47.220 --> 00:10:48.280
  • -- now I hate the discipline
  • 00:10:48.280 --> 00:10:50.180
  • of preparation, too, but I hate
  • 00:10:50.180 --> 00:10:53.180
  • the pain of procrastination
  • 00:10:53.180 --> 00:10:55.090
  • more than I hate --
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  • [Cheering and Applause]
  • 00:11:00.260 --> 00:11:03.260
  • I hate it, and I actually said
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  • to somebody the other day,
  • 00:11:05.220 --> 00:11:06.190
  • I said I never thought
  • 00:11:06.190 --> 00:11:07.080
  • I'd hear myself say this
  • 00:11:07.080 --> 00:11:08.080
  • and I used to hate people
  • 00:11:08.080 --> 00:11:09.050
  • who said this:
  • 00:11:09.050 --> 00:11:10.200
  • I think I like exercise.
  • 00:11:11.200 --> 00:11:14.200
  • After three years of doing it
  • 00:11:14.200 --> 00:11:17.090
  • five days a week and finding out
  • 00:11:17.090 --> 00:11:18.290
  • what works for me, I think
  • 00:11:19.070 --> 00:11:22.070
  • I'm one of those people
  • 00:11:22.080 --> 00:11:25.080
  • that I used to roll my eyes at
  • 00:11:25.080 --> 00:11:27.090
  • I think I will like to exercise.
  • 00:11:27.090 --> 00:11:29.200
  • I think I've reset my heart.
  • 00:11:30.120 --> 00:11:33.120
  • I declare a reset.
  • 00:11:33.120 --> 00:11:35.180
  • I declare a reset.
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  • There are some things
  • 00:11:37.040 --> 00:11:38.130
  • in your life that have
  • 00:11:38.130 --> 00:11:39.230
  • been on the decline,
  • 00:11:39.230 --> 00:11:41.150
  • but God brought you to church
  • 00:11:41.150 --> 00:11:43.060
  • on the first weekend of the year
  • 00:11:43.060 --> 00:11:45.150
  • and you're setting your heart
  • 00:11:45.150 --> 00:11:47.080
  • in a different direction.
  • 00:11:47.080 --> 00:11:49.040
  • Come on, you're gonna love
  • 00:11:49.040 --> 00:11:50.050
  • the presence of God this year.
  • 00:11:50.050 --> 00:11:52.050
  • You're gonna love the Word
  • 00:11:52.050 --> 00:11:52.260
  • of God this year, you're gonna
  • 00:11:52.260 --> 00:11:54.210
  • love the right things this year.
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  • [Cheering and Applause]
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  • Train your brain to hate it,
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  • train your brain.
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  • I know that's what my dad
  • 00:12:03.110 --> 00:12:04.130
  • was trying to do when he made us
  • 00:12:04.130 --> 00:12:06.130
  • eat all the food on our plate
  • 00:12:06.130 --> 00:12:08.140
  • when we overfilled it
  • 00:12:08.140 --> 00:12:09.280
  • at Ryan's Buffet.
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:12.030
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:12:12.030 --> 00:12:13.130
  • Vacation memories.
  • 00:12:13.130 --> 00:12:15.010
  • He said," You're gonna eat
  • 00:12:15.010 --> 00:12:15.250
  • every bite on the plate,"
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  • and me and my brother
  • 00:12:17.230 --> 00:12:18.190
  • took turns causing diversions,
  • 00:12:18.190 --> 00:12:20.110
  • while the other one
  • 00:12:20.110 --> 00:12:21.000
  • stuffed our pockets.
  • 00:12:21.000 --> 00:12:22.160
  • And we walked out of Ryan's
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:24.000
  • with pockets full of food,
  • 00:12:24.000 --> 00:12:25.140
  • never forget it.
  • 00:12:25.140 --> 00:12:26.180
  • He wanted me to have
  • 00:12:26.180 --> 00:12:27.100
  • an association.
  • 00:12:27.100 --> 00:12:28.140
  • He said, "I want you
  • 00:12:28.140 --> 00:12:29.030
  • to hate waste."
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:31.130
  • Maybe that's why sometimes
  • 00:12:31.130 --> 00:12:32.130
  • God loves us get so low.
  • 00:12:34.100 --> 00:12:37.100
  • So, I hate it.
  • 00:12:37.100 --> 00:12:39.120
  • So, I will despise Egypt
  • 00:12:39.120 --> 00:12:40.260
  • 'cause if I didn't despise it,
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:42.080
  • I would be tempted to go back.
  • 00:12:42.080 --> 00:12:43.240
  • [Cheering and Applause]
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:49.270
  • Hate the double minded
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  • and I love Your law.
  • 00:12:55.290 --> 00:12:58.290
  • And I know what to hate
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:03.020
  • and, -- this is healthy habit
  • 00:13:03.020 --> 00:13:05.220
  • number two --
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  • I know where to hide.
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:10.080
  • Do you know where to hide?
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  • You better.
  • 00:13:12.190 --> 00:13:15.190
  • Because the attacks are
  • 00:13:15.190 --> 00:13:16.110
  • gonna come, and the missiles
  • 00:13:16.110 --> 00:13:18.040
  • are gonna fly and the doubts
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:20.160
  • and discouraging thought
  • 00:13:20.160 --> 00:13:21.190
  • are gonna try to
  • 00:13:21.190 --> 00:13:22.060
  • set your heart on the decline,
  • 00:13:22.060 --> 00:13:24.250
  • get you off track,
  • 00:13:24.250 --> 00:13:26.270
  • take you back where you been.
  • 00:13:27.070 --> 00:13:30.070
  • Keep you stuck
  • 00:13:30.070 --> 00:13:30.200
  • from moving forward.
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:32.250
  • Do you know where to hide
  • 00:13:32.250 --> 00:13:35.040
  • when discouragement comes
  • 00:13:35.040 --> 00:13:36.220
  • flying past your head?
  • 00:13:36.220 --> 00:13:39.120
  • Or do you run to the same
  • 00:13:39.120 --> 00:13:40.240
  • enemy that is attacking you
  • 00:13:40.280 --> 00:13:43.280
  • in an effort to hide?
  • 00:13:44.190 --> 00:13:47.190
  • I'm not talking about physical
  • 00:13:47.190 --> 00:13:48.180
  • places, because the hiding
  • 00:13:49.230 --> 00:13:52.230
  • places that we create
  • 00:13:52.230 --> 00:13:54.230
  • that destroy us are usually
  • 00:13:54.230 --> 00:13:56.000
  • the ones in our heart.
  • 00:13:56.090 --> 00:13:59.090
  • Emotional states.
  • 00:13:59.090 --> 00:14:01.280
  • He said, "You are
  • 00:14:01.280 --> 00:14:03.070
  • my hiding place, Lord.
  • 00:14:03.070 --> 00:14:06.030
  • You are my shield."
  • 00:14:06.030 --> 00:14:08.250
  • That's a powerful thought,
  • 00:14:08.250 --> 00:14:09.180
  • isn't it?
  • 00:14:09.180 --> 00:14:10.190
  • Look at what he says,
  • 00:14:10.190 --> 00:14:12.150
  • "You are my hiding place
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:14.220
  • and my..."
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:18.190
  • When attacks come,
  • 00:14:18.190 --> 00:14:20.070
  • I've learned where to run.
  • 00:14:20.070 --> 00:14:22.180
  • And the reason that I'm moving
  • 00:14:22.180 --> 00:14:23.210
  • forward in my life this year
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:25.010
  • isn't because I won't be
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:25.250
  • attacked, it's because I know
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:28.110
  • what the run to when I am.
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:30.290
  • Help me preach this.
  • 00:14:30.290 --> 00:14:31.280
  • [Applause]
  • 00:14:31.280 --> 00:14:33.130
  • The expectation of no attack
  • 00:14:33.130 --> 00:14:35.020
  • is a setup for disappointment,
  • 00:14:35.020 --> 00:14:37.160
  • but the psalmist said, "I set
  • 00:14:37.160 --> 00:14:38.120
  • myself up for success,
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:40.050
  • because I designated in advance
  • 00:14:40.050 --> 00:14:42.110
  • where I would hide
  • 00:14:42.110 --> 00:14:43.190
  • when the attack came."
  • 00:14:43.190 --> 00:14:45.060
  • [Cheering]
  • 00:14:45.060 --> 00:14:47.260
  • You can't find the place
  • 00:14:47.260 --> 00:14:48.220
  • to hide once the attack starts.
  • 00:14:48.220 --> 00:14:50.070
  • [Cheering and Applause]
  • 00:14:51.020 --> 00:14:54.020
  • Where do you hide
  • 00:14:54.230 --> 00:14:57.230
  • when it gets hard?
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:15:00.040
  • You better set it up in advance
  • 00:15:01.090 --> 00:15:04.090
  • that I'm running to the places
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:08.240
  • where there's real protection,
  • 00:15:08.240 --> 00:15:10.010
  • not the illusion of protection,
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:11.270
  • because some of us hide
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:13.120
  • in places that seem safe.
  • 00:15:15.070 --> 00:15:18.070
  • He said, "You are my
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:19.130
  • hiding place."
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:20.040
  • Elijah went and hid in a cave
  • 00:15:20.040 --> 00:15:21.170
  • because it seemed safe.
  • 00:15:21.170 --> 00:15:23.070
  • It was far away from Jezebel,
  • 00:15:23.070 --> 00:15:24.270
  • and she was threatening
  • 00:15:24.270 --> 00:15:26.030
  • his very life.
  • 00:15:26.030 --> 00:15:27.000
  • This is an Old Testament story
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:28.110
  • that's worth reading
  • 00:15:28.110 --> 00:15:29.070
  • if you haven't read it,
  • 00:15:29.070 --> 00:15:30.050
  • because the whisper of God
  • 00:15:30.050 --> 00:15:31.220
  • came into the cave as Elijah
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:33.190
  • ran from his calling.
  • 00:15:33.190 --> 00:15:34.250
  • Are you running from
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:35.240
  • the conflict or are you running
  • 00:15:35.240 --> 00:15:38.090
  • into the conflict?
  • 00:15:38.090 --> 00:15:40.020
  • Because the place of conflict is
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:41.150
  • the place of calling, but you
  • 00:15:41.150 --> 00:15:43.070
  • have to be comfortable hiding in
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:45.070
  • the midst of hardships to know
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:46.210
  • that God is your refuge,
  • 00:15:46.210 --> 00:15:49.060
  • your strong tower in the battle,
  • 00:15:49.060 --> 00:15:51.010
  • not from it.
  • 00:15:51.260 --> 00:15:54.260
  • And Elijah ran south as far as
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:56.100
  • he could go, went in a cave
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:58.200
  • and spent the night,
  • 00:15:58.200 --> 00:16:00.170
  • and the voice of the Lord
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:01.100
  • went in the cave and said,
  • 00:16:01.100 --> 00:16:02.180
  • "What are you doing
  • 00:16:02.180 --> 00:16:03.030
  • here, Elijah?
  • 00:16:03.030 --> 00:16:05.020
  • Why are you hiding here?
  • 00:16:05.200 --> 00:16:08.200
  • Why would you choose to hide
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:10.170
  • in the place that would
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:11.180
  • keep you confined
  • 00:16:11.180 --> 00:16:13.230
  • when your calling is out there?
  • 00:16:13.230 --> 00:16:16.040
  • Did I not protect you
  • 00:16:16.040 --> 00:16:17.130
  • on Mount Carmel?
  • 00:16:17.130 --> 00:16:18.190
  • Did I not send down
  • 00:16:18.190 --> 00:16:19.240
  • fire from heaven?"
  • 00:16:19.260 --> 00:16:22.260
  • You can hide in plain sight
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:25.010
  • when you trust
  • 00:16:25.010 --> 00:16:26.200
  • in the goodness of God.
  • 00:16:26.200 --> 00:16:27.280
  • I will see the goodness
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:29.070
  • of the Lord in the land
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:30.200
  • of the living, but I won't
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:33.000
  • experience life in dead places,
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:35.020
  • so it gotta know where to hide.
  • 00:16:36.010 --> 00:16:39.010
  • One of the staff members that
  • 00:16:39.010 --> 00:16:41.120
  • heard this teaching when
  • 00:16:41.120 --> 00:16:42.000
  • I taught it to the staff,
  • 00:16:42.000 --> 00:16:43.290
  • she said that her
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:46.040
  • hiding place is blame.
  • 00:16:46.040 --> 00:16:48.090
  • She said, "When I'm confronted
  • 00:16:48.090 --> 00:16:50.230
  • with a need to change,
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:52.070
  • I hide behind blame."
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:54.220
  • Something goes wrong,
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:56.080
  • "Well if the kids hadn't..."
  • 00:16:56.080 --> 00:16:59.020
  • Well if the car hadn't..."
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:03.000
  • You know blame, just,
  • 00:17:03.000 --> 00:17:04.050
  • it's a convenient hiding place
  • 00:17:04.050 --> 00:17:06.150
  • because it will shield you from
  • 00:17:06.150 --> 00:17:08.270
  • the inconvenience of change.
  • 00:17:10.120 --> 00:17:13.120
  • And for somebody else
  • 00:17:13.120 --> 00:17:13.290
  • that needs to change,
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:16.070
  • it's a convenient hiding place
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:19.070
  • for a little while.
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:21.160
  • But it a...
  • 00:17:21.160 --> 00:17:23.200
  • It's a paper-mache shield.
  • 00:17:23.250 --> 00:17:26.250
  • It can only, it can only
  • 00:17:26.250 --> 00:17:28.290
  • keep you from so much.
  • 00:17:29.030 --> 00:17:32.030
  • She said, "I blame,
  • 00:17:32.030 --> 00:17:32.230
  • I blame everybody.
  • 00:17:32.230 --> 00:17:33.210
  • I blame everything.
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  • I blame the way I was raised.
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  • I blame my parents for being
  • 00:17:37.270 --> 00:17:38.280
  • too hard on me, and then I blame
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  • 'em for being too easy on me.
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  • I blame 'em if they
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  • would've made me stick
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  • with piano lessons,
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  • and then I blame 'em
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  • that they made me show up
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  • to choir practice.
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  • I mean I blame them.
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  • I blame, I blame what I did get
  • 00:17:48.160 --> 00:17:50.160
  • I blame what I didn't get."
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  • Blame was her hiding place.
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:54.040
  • What's yours?
  • 00:17:54.080 --> 00:17:57.080
  • What's yours?
  • 00:17:57.080 --> 00:17:57.280
  • Elijah had a cave.
  • 00:17:57.280 --> 00:18:00.040
  • She had blame.
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:00.280
  • I wonder, do you hide behind
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:01.290
  • low expectations?
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  • This one is real common,
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:06.160
  • because if you don't expect
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  • much, you can't be disappointed.
  • 00:18:09.090 --> 00:18:12.090
  • [Applause]
  • 00:18:13.160 --> 00:18:16.160
  • And so, you learn how
  • 00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:17.270
  • to hide behind this fake smile.
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  • You don't really
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  • have a whole heart.
  • 00:18:23.030 --> 00:18:24.040
  • You have a fake smile
  • 00:18:24.040 --> 00:18:25.100
  • to cover up your half-hearted
  • 00:18:25.100 --> 00:18:28.020
  • ...interior life.
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  • And we hide ourselves from
  • 00:18:30.120 --> 00:18:31.200
  • even those closest to us.
  • 00:18:31.200 --> 00:18:33.280
  • And we hide ourselves,
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:34.240
  • 'cause if I hide behind
  • 00:18:34.240 --> 00:18:35.280
  • an image that I present, I don't
  • 00:18:36.080 --> 00:18:39.080
  • have to deal with who I am.
  • 00:18:40.010 --> 00:18:43.010
  • And the call of God is coming
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  • forth like the voice of the Lord
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:45.220
  • went into the cave.
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  • The voice of the Lord is coming
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  • into your heart today,
  • 00:18:48.080 --> 00:18:49.090
  • saying, come out.
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  • Come out of hiding.
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  • Come out of fear.
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  • Come out of low expectations.
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  • Come out of hypocrisy.
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  • Come out from this
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:00.130
  • fake spirituality.
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  • Come out, come out
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  • wherever you are."
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  • You know when you hide
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  • in the shadow of the Most High,
  • 00:19:07.230 --> 00:19:09.240
  • you can abide under the shadow
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  • of the Almighty.
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  • I have a shelter.
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  • I don't have to hide behind
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  • anything but God.
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:17.140
  • [Applause]
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  • You gotta know where to hide
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  • or you'll be running,
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:25.280
  • doing your thing this year,
  • 00:19:25.280 --> 00:19:27.060
  • and just collapse,
  • 00:19:27.060 --> 00:19:27.290
  • the doctor said, 'cause you
  • 00:19:27.290 --> 00:19:30.160
  • didn't know where to hide.
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  • I know where to hide.
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  • I don't always do it,
  • 00:19:36.140 --> 00:19:37.070
  • but I know where,
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  • and that's a start.
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  • I know where to hide.
  • 00:19:42.000 --> 00:19:42.230
  • Somebody shout, "I know where
  • 00:19:42.230 --> 00:19:43.190
  • to hide."
  • 00:19:43.190 --> 00:19:44.060
  • - CONGREGATION: I know where
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:44.250
  • to hide.
  • 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:45.180
  • - My kids were playing
  • 00:19:45.180 --> 00:19:46.070
  • hide-and-seek one time, and they
  • 00:19:46.070 --> 00:19:47.130
  • got locked in the crawl space.
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  • That's what you
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:49.000
  • don't wanna do.
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:50.060
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:50.060 --> 00:19:51.050
  • And sometimes it's like that.
  • 00:19:51.050 --> 00:19:52.070
  • You're running from something,
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:53.110
  • thinking you're hiding,
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:54.070
  • but you end up locking yourself.
  • 00:19:54.070 --> 00:19:55.260
  • [Cheering and Applause]
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:59.160
  • I mean you can lock yourself
  • 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:00.190
  • in a pattern and an attitude in
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:02.020
  • an effort to escape something,
  • 00:20:02.020 --> 00:20:03.100
  • and what you get
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:03.270
  • locked in is worse than
  • 00:20:03.270 --> 00:20:04.270
  • what you were running from.
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:05.260
  • [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:08.050
  • Preaching to myself
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:08.270
  • on the New Year sermon.
  • 00:20:09.110 --> 00:20:12.110
  • And you need a better
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:13.010
  • hiding place.
  • 00:20:13.010 --> 00:20:13.260
  • You gotta hide somewhere.
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:15.160
  • So, memorize some songs,
  • 00:20:15.160 --> 00:20:17.000
  • the little songs you that
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:17.230
  • you like, the little songs
  • 00:20:17.230 --> 00:20:19.020
  • we sing in the church.
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:20.180
  • You can sing them
  • 00:20:20.180 --> 00:20:21.030
  • other than Sunday.
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:23.250
  • You can run the name
  • 00:20:23.250 --> 00:20:24.140
  • of the Lord is a strong tower,
  • 00:20:24.140 --> 00:20:26.150
  • the righteous run into it.
  • 00:20:26.150 --> 00:20:28.070
  • So, you might have to sing in
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:30.000
  • the shower to incline your heart
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:32.170
  • to keep His commands.
  • 00:20:32.170 --> 00:20:34.080
  • You might have to hide
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:35.160
  • in a different place.
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:38.180
  • Where else are you gonna hide?
  • 00:20:38.180 --> 00:20:39.180
  • You're gonna hide in
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:40.030
  • feeling sorry for yourself?
  • 00:20:42.140 --> 00:20:45.140
  • Are you gonna hide in
  • 00:20:45.140 --> 00:20:46.030
  • enemy-held territory
  • 00:20:46.030 --> 00:20:47.140
  • and expect to be saved there?
  • 00:20:48.130 --> 00:20:51.130
  • I know where to hide.
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:52.230
  • The psalmist said, "I know where
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:54.000
  • to go to reset my heart.
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  • It's not that
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:56.130
  • the missiles never fly.
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:58.030
  • I've just learned how to duck,
  • 00:20:58.030 --> 00:20:59.210
  • and I know where to hide.
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:02.240
  • And I've pointed my heart
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:03.170
  • in the direction of my destiny.
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:06.210
  • I know where to hide,
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:08.250
  • I know what to hate,
  • 00:21:08.250 --> 00:21:10.180
  • and my heart knows how to hope."
  • 00:21:10.180 --> 00:21:12.100
  • I want you to stand up
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:13.030
  • if you have hope.
  • 00:21:13.030 --> 00:21:14.120
  • It's good to have hope.
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  • I said it's good to have hope.
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:23.220
  • [Cheering]
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:26.130
  • I preached a whole Christmas
  • 00:21:26.130 --> 00:21:27.090
  • sermon on we have this hope.
  • 00:21:27.250 --> 00:21:30.250
  • I hope everybody at every
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:31.180
  • location is standing up
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:32.260
  • 'cause you have hope.
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:35.010
  • But the psalmist doesn't say
  • 00:21:35.010 --> 00:21:36.170
  • in this particular instance,
  • 00:21:36.170 --> 00:21:39.000
  • "I have hope."
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:41.100
  • He says, "I hope."
  • 00:21:41.270 --> 00:21:44.270
  • And I'm not sure if I learned
  • 00:21:44.270 --> 00:21:47.030
  • this in third-grade English
  • 00:21:47.030 --> 00:21:48.270
  • or fourth, but when he says,
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:51.110
  • "I hope" instead of saying,
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:54.080
  • "I have hope," that makes it
  • 00:21:54.080 --> 00:21:56.240
  • a verb and not a noun.
  • 00:21:56.240 --> 00:21:59.070
  • Any English teachers
  • 00:21:59.070 --> 00:21:59.260
  • can verify what I just said?
  • 00:22:01.210 --> 00:22:04.210
  • It's not just something I have,
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:07.150
  • it's something that I... what?
  • 00:22:07.150 --> 00:22:10.060
  • - CONGREGATION: Do.
  • 00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:11.020
  • - It's something that I do.
  • 00:22:11.020 --> 00:22:12.160
  • It's an active hope.
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:15.090
  • And you cannot go into
  • 00:22:15.090 --> 00:22:17.000
  • another year of your life
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:20.050
  • hoping it gets better.
  • 00:22:21.160 --> 00:22:24.160
  • Like the lady I sat
  • 00:22:24.160 --> 00:22:25.100
  • next to on the plane.
  • 00:22:25.100 --> 00:22:26.080
  • She said, "Here's my philosophy.
  • 00:22:27.280 --> 00:22:30.280
  • Hope for the best,
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:31.270
  • expect the worst."
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:35.080
  • That's clever, but it's crap.
  • 00:22:37.020 --> 00:22:40.020
  • Hope doesn't just wish it would.
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:43.190
  • And I'll tell you what,
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:44.080
  • if you don't know how to hope,
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:45.150
  • if you think hope is just --
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:46.250
  • when we say, "I hope
  • 00:22:46.250 --> 00:22:48.020
  • in Your word," that's not
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:49.110
  • a bookmark in your Bible
  • 00:22:49.110 --> 00:22:50.180
  • that you look at
  • 00:22:50.180 --> 00:22:51.040
  • every once in a while,
  • 00:22:51.040 --> 00:22:52.070
  • or something on your coffee mug.
  • 00:22:52.070 --> 00:22:53.210
  • It is a way of living.
  • 00:22:54.010 --> 00:22:57.010
  • I hope.
  • 00:22:57.010 --> 00:22:57.130
  • Somebody say, "I hope."
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:58.130
  • - CONGREGATION: I hope.
  • 00:22:58.130 --> 00:22:59.140
  • - I hope.
  • 00:22:59.140 --> 00:22:59.280
  • Not just I wish, I hope.
  • 00:22:59.280 --> 00:23:01.280
  • What does hope do?
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:02.270
  • Hope puts its hand to work.
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:09.090
  • Hope, not just in my heart,
  • 00:23:09.090 --> 00:23:11.040
  • but hope, look,
  • 00:23:11.040 --> 00:23:12.060
  • have you put your hand to
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:14.000
  • what you're hoping for?
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:16.100
  • Because faith is the substance
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:18.130
  • of things hoped for
  • 00:23:18.200 --> 00:23:21.200
  • and the evidence
  • 00:23:21.200 --> 00:23:23.020
  • of things not seen.
  • 00:23:23.030 --> 00:23:26.030
  • And God wants to open your heart
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:27.160
  • this new year to possibility,
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:31.010
  • but you're going to have to...
  • 00:23:31.010 --> 00:23:32.040
  • [Clapping]
  • 00:23:32.040 --> 00:23:33.190
  • ...put your hand to
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:35.230
  • ...what you're hoping for.
  • 00:23:35.230 --> 00:23:37.000
  • In other words, you've gotta
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:38.130
  • work your window.
  • 00:23:39.250 --> 00:23:42.250
  • And watch this --
  • 00:23:42.250 --> 00:23:44.160
  • I don't hope it's not cold
  • 00:23:44.200 --> 00:23:47.200
  • ...I wear a coat.
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:49.250
  • I don't hope it's not cold.
  • 00:23:49.250 --> 00:23:51.200
  • I put on a coat
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:53.010
  • and go outside anyway.
  • 00:23:53.010 --> 00:23:55.030
  • I don't hope it's not hard,
  • 00:23:55.030 --> 00:23:56.190
  • My hope is not in the path,
  • 00:24:04.240 --> 00:24:05.250
  • my hope is in the promise.
  • 00:24:05.250 --> 00:24:07.000
  • So, the path can look like this,
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:08.240
  • but I'm still
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:09.110
  • headed to the promise.
  • 00:24:09.110 --> 00:24:10.200
  • "I hope in Your word."
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:13.290
  • How many received
  • 00:24:13.290 --> 00:24:14.110
  • something from the Lord today?
  • 00:24:14.110 --> 00:24:15.210
  • - I'm realizing more and more
  • 00:24:18.020 --> 00:24:18.280
  • in my walk with God how little
  • 00:24:18.280 --> 00:24:20.100
  • I actually control.
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:22.290
  • There are so many events
  • 00:24:22.290 --> 00:24:24.060
  • and circumstances and people
  • 00:24:24.100 --> 00:24:27.100
  • that no matter how I try
  • 00:24:27.100 --> 00:24:28.240
  • to manipulate them
  • 00:24:28.240 --> 00:24:29.240
  • they have a mind of their own.
  • 00:24:29.240 --> 00:24:31.200
  • But, there is one thing
  • 00:24:31.200 --> 00:24:32.110
  • I can always control.
  • 00:24:32.110 --> 00:24:33.230
  • My soul.
  • 00:24:33.230 --> 00:24:35.040
  • My response.
  • 00:24:35.040 --> 00:24:36.140
  • Doesn't mean I won't have fear.
  • 00:24:36.140 --> 00:24:38.100
  • I don't have to be
  • 00:24:38.100 --> 00:24:38.290
  • controlled by it.
  • 00:24:38.290 --> 00:24:39.260
  • Doesn't mean I won't have
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:40.200
  • anxious thoughts,
  • 00:24:40.200 --> 00:24:41.240
  • but I don't have to take them
  • 00:24:41.240 --> 00:24:42.200
  • and move according to them.
  • 00:24:42.200 --> 00:24:44.210
  • We put together a six part
  • 00:24:44.210 --> 00:24:45.180
  • message series that I want you
  • 00:24:45.180 --> 00:24:47.070
  • to request today called
  • 00:24:47.070 --> 00:24:48.170
  • "Soul Control".
  • 00:24:48.170 --> 00:24:50.170
  • It's about sustaining strength
  • 00:24:50.170 --> 00:24:51.240
  • in a draining world.
  • 00:24:51.240 --> 00:24:53.260
  • You ever just feel exhausted,
  • 00:24:53.260 --> 00:24:55.120
  • depleted, like all my energy
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:24:57.080
  • went to all these
  • 00:24:57.080 --> 00:24:58.290
  • different places.
  • 00:24:58.290 --> 00:25:00.110
  • And now, I have nothing left
  • 00:25:00.110 --> 00:25:01.050
  • for me.
  • 00:25:01.050 --> 00:25:02.260
  • Well I don't want you to live
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:04.070
  • on the leftovers,
  • 00:25:04.070 --> 00:25:05.040
  • and neither does God.
  • 00:25:05.040 --> 00:25:06.170
  • So, this six part series
  • 00:25:06.170 --> 00:25:08.070
  • is going to give you
  • 00:25:08.070 --> 00:25:08.280
  • practical tools
  • 00:25:08.280 --> 00:25:10.020
  • so you can keep
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:10.220
  • your mind focused on Christ,
  • 00:25:10.220 --> 00:25:11.170
  • and maintain a healthy heart
  • 00:25:11.170 --> 00:25:13.020
  • and attitude.
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:14.270
  • We're spending millions
  • 00:25:14.270 --> 00:25:15.220
  • of dollars to build our bodies
  • 00:25:15.220 --> 00:25:17.040
  • and be healthy externally,
  • 00:25:17.040 --> 00:25:18.230
  • but how about internally?
  • 00:25:18.230 --> 00:25:20.020
  • How is your soul?
  • 00:25:20.020 --> 00:25:21.240
  • It's time to get
  • 00:25:21.240 --> 00:25:22.170
  • your emotions in check.
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:23.120
  • And that's just a start.
  • 00:25:23.120 --> 00:25:24.190
  • We also have some sermons
  • 00:25:24.190 --> 00:25:25.280
  • that'll help you take steps
  • 00:25:25.280 --> 00:25:27.030
  • to set the right standards
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:28.120
  • in your life, and prepare before
  • 00:25:28.120 --> 00:25:30.160
  • the attacks
  • 00:25:30.160 --> 00:25:31.070
  • ever come against you.
  • 00:25:31.070 --> 00:25:32.270
  • trust me when I say,
  • 00:25:32.270 --> 00:25:33.240
  • this is the type of teaching
  • 00:25:33.240 --> 00:25:35.000
  • I believe we all need
  • 00:25:35.000 --> 00:25:36.110
  • a little bit of right now.
  • 00:25:36.110 --> 00:25:38.010
  • How to take control
  • 00:25:38.010 --> 00:25:38.220
  • of your soul.
  • 00:25:38.220 --> 00:25:40.040
  • That's what the psalmist did,
  • 00:25:40.040 --> 00:25:41.080
  • "Bless the Lord, O my Soul".
  • 00:25:41.080 --> 00:25:43.040
  • How do you do that.
  • 00:25:43.040 --> 00:25:44.000
  • I want to walk you through it
  • 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:45.050
  • practically in this
  • 00:25:45.050 --> 00:25:45.290
  • six part series.
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  • So call or go online right now,
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  • and get your copy
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  • of "Soul Control",
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  • the key to sustaining strength
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  • in a draining world.
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  • Don't wait, don't say,
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  • "I'm going to do it tomorrow".
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  • Do it right now.
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  • This is your permission slip,
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  • to live a healthier life
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  • in Christ,
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  • and take control of your soul.
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  • Stay tuned for a look
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  • - God has given you
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  • editing software
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  • in your spirit to choose
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  • what you call to your mind.
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  • And what you recall to your mind
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  • determines the revelation
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  • that you will have
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  • and the faith
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  • that you can walk in
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  • and the contentment
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  • that you will enjoy.
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  • Maybe this won't take
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  • your pain away.
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  • But if you would start seeing
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  • your pain as preparation,
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  • I'm not saying
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  • God's the one who hurt you.
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  • I'm saying in His hands,
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  • whatever hurt you,
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  • will become healing
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  • for where He's taking you.
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  • The place of conflict
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  • is the place of calling,
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  • but you have to be
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  • comfortable hiding
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  • in the midst of hardships
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  • to know that God
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  • is your refuge.
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  • Your strong tower in the battle,
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  • not from it.
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  • How can I look to culture
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  • for my standards, and then look
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  • to God for my strength?
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  • How can I look for the world
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  • to tell me how to live,
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  • and then expect God to give me
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  • strength for a standard
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  • that was not His?
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  • I don't live by
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  • people's compliments,
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  • because if I live
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  • by their compliments,
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  • I would die by their criticism.
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