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November 26, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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I Know How This Story Ends Part 2

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  • - You don't know what day
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  • God wants to use you,
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  • you don't know
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  • what conversation
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  • is going to turn things around.
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  • You don't know what moment
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  • is going to be holy.
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  • You don't know when a bush
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  • is going to burst into flames
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  • and spontaneously combust
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  • with the presence of God
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  • and the direction
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  • for the next step of your life.
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  • You don't know this,
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  • but if you don't show up,
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  • watch this, and do the ordinary,
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  • with a good attitude,
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  • it could have ended
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  • - David did this move,
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  • that I want to learn how to do.
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  • when I realize I'm fighting
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  • the wrong enemy.
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  • When I realize I'm fighting
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  • something outside,
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  • when I really need to be dealing
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  • with something inside.
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  • When I realize I'm trying
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  • to control how other people
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  • are versus trying
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  • to have self-control,
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  • the fruit of the Spirit
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  • for myself.
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  • This is a word today.
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  • This is a word today.
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  • It said that David
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  • did something very strategic.
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  • And this is like the turning
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  • point of the story.
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  • It said in verse 30,
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  • that when Eliab was going back
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  • and forth, and David,
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  • David hit him real quick
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  • with an insult just to let
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  • him know, I'm not a punk.
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  • And then after he said,
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  • what he had to say,
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  • watch what he did.
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  • David turned
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  • and ask somebody else
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  • and watch this.
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  • When he turns away from Eliab,
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  • it positions him
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  • to face Goliath.
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  • [applause]
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  • So, whoever it's for,
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  • you'll never
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  • even get to Goliath,
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  • you will never even get
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  • to the insecurity
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  • that is causing the issue,
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  • if you keep blaming the people
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  • who are bringing it out
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  • for you to look at.
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  • Eliab wasn't the giant,
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  • Eliab wasn't the enemy.
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  • Eliab was his brother
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  • that he was supposed
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  • to fight for.
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  • So now we've watched David,
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  • two different alternate endings.
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  • If he argues with Eliab
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  • then he misses Goliath.
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  • If he doesn't obey his father
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  • in a simple thing,
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  • then he misses Goliath.
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  • It coulda' --
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  • Graham was so prophetic.
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  • He said,
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  • "It could have ended
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  • a whole lot different."
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  • I was so mad at my mom
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  • for forgiving my dad,
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  • I didn't think he deserved it.
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  • What would that funeral
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  • had been like,
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  • if she had listened
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  • to me rather
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  • than listening to God,
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  • if we weren't even on speaking
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  • terms when he died.
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  • It could have ended --
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  • And I only bring it up
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  • because every story in this room
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  • is still being written.
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  • And sometimes you think
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  • you know how it ends,
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  • but what if it's not over yet?
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  • What if it's not over yet?
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  • I'm a preach you through
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  • that little facade
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  • that you have right now.
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  • What if it's not over yet?
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  • What if, what if you've wasted
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  • a lot of time,
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  • but what if God really is able
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  • to redeem the years
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  • that the locusts have eaten?
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  • What if it's not over yet?
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  • I'm just posing a question.
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  • What if it's not over yet?
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  • What is your best days
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  • are not behind you?
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  • What if the devil is a liar?
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  • What is everything
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  • that you have been through
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  • can serve a greater purpose?
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  • What if a generational curse
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  • was being broken through
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  • your battle.
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  • What if God brought you
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  • to the valley of E-la,
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  • 'cause He's the God
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  • of the turn around?
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  • The God of a second chance,
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  • the God of a new beginning,
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  • and the God of a new ending!
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  • Mary and Martha said,
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  • I know how this story ends.
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  • But one thing they didn't know
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  • is that Jesus doesn't
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  • provide resurrection,
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  • He is resurrection.
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  • So if he's on the scene,
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  • watch this, when David
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  • showed up, he said,
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  • I come against you
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  • in the name of the Lord.
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  • Now, one more thing,
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  • I gotta show you.
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  • Y'all calm down!
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  • It's a Bible study,
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  • not a football game,
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  • it's not a basketball game.
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  • There's nothing
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  • to be excited about in here.
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  • It's not like the Blood of Jesus
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  • is enough for you.
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  • It's not like
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  • the depression is defeated.
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  • It's not like the devil
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  • has to back up when you call
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  • on the name of your God.
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  • It's not like worship
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  • can push back darkness.
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  • It's not like praise
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  • can break chains.
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  • Y'all sit down.
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  • Because now he has to go
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  • through Saul.
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  • The one that should have
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  • been celebrating him.
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  • The one that should have
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  • been supporting him.
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  • David kills Goliath.
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  • Stop being so boring
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  • when you read the Bible.
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  • The Bible's boring.
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  • You're boring.
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  • Read it better.
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  • This thing could have had
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  • so many endings.
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  • It could have ended
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  • when David had a bad attitude
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  • toward the ordinary.
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  • It could have ended when David
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  • was fighting against
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  • who he was supposed
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  • to be fighting for.
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  • He could got offended.
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  • It could have ended
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  • with ordinary it could have
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  • ended with offense and it could
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  • have ended with only.
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  • Do you know, only?
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  • The spirit of lack
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  • and limitation.
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  • Do you know only?
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  • What Saul said to David?
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  • David was like showing Saul
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  • his resume.
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  • He's like, I'm pretty good
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  • at beating stuff
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  • that's bigger than me.
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  • I beat a lion one time.
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  • I beat a bear.
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  • Put me in coach.
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  • [laughter]
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  • And Saul said,
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  • You're only a boy.
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  • I wonder what you're only,
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  • in your own mind.
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  • Remember, Saul
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  • wasn't the enemy.
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  • Saul was supposed
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  • to be the friend.
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  • You ever have something
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  • inside of you turn on you?
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  • You're only.
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  • I had it this week.
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  • I was thinking
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  • that I'm just a preacher.
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  • Because I was thinking
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  • how really influencing culture
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  • is done through rappers
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  • and fashion and others and --
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  • and I was thinking about
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  • changing a generation
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  • and I felt discouraged about it,
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  • like I'm only a preacher
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  • but there's this one verse
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  • that always comes up
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  • when I think that way,
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  • and God told Jeremiah
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  • one time, He said,
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  • Do not say I am only.
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  • While I was thinking about that,
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  • I know this isn't exactly
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  • what the text means,
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  • but I was thinking
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  • how God's name is I am,
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  • so when you say I am only,
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  • and you're supposed
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  • to take God's name,
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  • you mess up the name
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  • that he gave you by diminishing
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  • it in your own sight.
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  • I am only.
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  • Do not say, I am only.
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  • Do not say, I am only.
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  • I'm only a boy.
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  • But David said, No, no, no.
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  • I've never faced
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  • this giant before.
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  • Get ready to shout.
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  • But I brought the same God
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  • to this valley that I brought
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  • to the last valley.
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  • Because the only reason
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  • I'm preaching it,
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  • is because you're standing
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  • in front of something right now,
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  • you've never seen this before.
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  • But David said,
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  • here's the common pattern
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  • I've noticed, okay,
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  • I dropped the lion.
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  • I dropped the bear.
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  • It only stands to reason
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  • that if the lion
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  • didn't stand a chance,
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  • if the bear
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  • didn't stand a chance,
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  • because they opposed
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  • my father's business,
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  • if this giant opposes
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  • the purpose of God,
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  • I predict an upset victory
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  • over everything in your life
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  • that is bigger than you,
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  • that opposes the purpose
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  • of God within you.
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  • Come on, He's the God
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  • So, I know.
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  • Somebody shout,
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  • I know how this story ends
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  • 'cause I know who wrote it.
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  • I know who wrote it.
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  • He is the author
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  • and the perfecter off my faith.
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  • She looked at me last weekend
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  • on our date night,
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  • and this movie was going
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  • to have a nice ending.
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  • But then she remembered
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  • that the writer
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  • of this particular movie
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  • is noted for everybody
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  • dying in the end.
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  • And she looked at me,
  • 00:08:56.270 --> 00:08:57.180
  • now I want you to get this
  • 00:08:57.180 --> 00:08:58.160
  • when I say okay?
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  • She said, It can't be over.
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  • I just remembered
  • 00:09:02.250 --> 00:09:04.010
  • who wrote it.
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  • [applause]
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  • Come on, you know
  • 00:09:09.090 --> 00:09:10.200
  • it's the word for you.
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  • You know there's some
  • 00:09:12.180 --> 00:09:13.080
  • things 'cause --
  • 00:09:13.080 --> 00:09:14.000
  • 'cause we tell ourselves
  • 00:09:14.000 --> 00:09:15.030
  • these stories.
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  • But if God wrote it,
  • 00:09:16.200 --> 00:09:18.150
  • it's not over 'til we win.
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  • It's not over
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  • until the light overcomes
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  • the darkness.
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  • Come on Nairobi.
  • 00:09:25.160 --> 00:09:26.200
  • Come on Gaston.
  • 00:09:26.200 --> 00:09:28.050
  • Come on Ballentine.
  • 00:09:28.050 --> 00:09:29.190
  • It's not over!
  • 00:09:29.190 --> 00:09:32.110
  • It could have been a whole
  • 00:09:39.080 --> 00:09:41.080
  • different story.
  • 00:09:41.150 --> 00:09:44.150
  • And I want to suggest
  • 00:09:44.150 --> 00:09:45.080
  • that maybe it's still can be,
  • 00:09:46.130 --> 00:09:49.130
  • because I know in church
  • 00:09:49.130 --> 00:09:50.080
  • we talk a lot about
  • 00:09:50.080 --> 00:09:50.280
  • new beginnings.
  • 00:09:50.280 --> 00:09:53.030
  • What about new endings?
  • 00:09:54.260 --> 00:09:57.260
  • What about putting
  • 00:09:57.260 --> 00:09:58.210
  • two more periods
  • 00:09:58.210 --> 00:09:59.140
  • behind that one
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:00.090
  • that you thought ended
  • 00:10:00.090 --> 00:10:01.000
  • the sentence and making it
  • 00:10:01.000 --> 00:10:02.260
  • and ellipses?
  • 00:10:02.260 --> 00:10:04.000
  • What about new endings?
  • 00:10:04.000 --> 00:10:06.150
  • What about To be continued?
  • 00:10:06.150 --> 00:10:09.050
  • What about the third day?
  • 00:10:09.050 --> 00:10:11.080
  • What about Sunday morning?
  • 00:10:11.080 --> 00:10:13.110
  • What about Jesus?
  • 00:10:13.170 --> 00:10:16.170
  • I know how the story ends,
  • 00:10:16.170 --> 00:10:17.270
  • so when I see him on the cross,
  • 00:10:17.270 --> 00:10:18.290
  • I'm not worried.
  • 00:10:18.290 --> 00:10:19.220
  • The disciples didn't know that.
  • 00:10:19.220 --> 00:10:21.050
  • This is the challenge.
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  • To know how the story ends
  • 00:10:23.050 --> 00:10:24.140
  • even when you don't know
  • 00:10:24.140 --> 00:10:25.070
  • how it's going to get there.
  • 00:10:25.200 --> 00:10:28.200
  • Might not be a straight line.
  • 00:10:28.200 --> 00:10:31.170
  • It might not be perfect,
  • 00:10:31.170 --> 00:10:32.120
  • it might not look like
  • 00:10:32.120 --> 00:10:33.000
  • somebody else's situation.
  • 00:10:33.000 --> 00:10:34.150
  • You get in the worst trouble
  • 00:10:34.150 --> 00:10:35.190
  • of your life trying
  • 00:10:35.190 --> 00:10:36.080
  • to wear Saul's armor.
  • 00:10:36.290 --> 00:10:39.290
  • Trying to fight like
  • 00:10:39.290 --> 00:10:40.150
  • everybody else fights.
  • 00:10:40.150 --> 00:10:41.180
  • Yours might be messier.
  • 00:10:41.180 --> 00:10:43.180
  • Can I say something for somebody
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:44.120
  • that God put on my heart?
  • 00:10:44.120 --> 00:10:46.020
  • Yours might look laughable.
  • 00:10:48.100 --> 00:10:51.100
  • I'm only High School
  • 00:10:51.100 --> 00:10:52.050
  • educated, good.
  • 00:10:52.050 --> 00:10:53.020
  • God's going to get
  • 00:10:53.020 --> 00:10:53.190
  • that much more glory
  • 00:10:53.190 --> 00:10:54.240
  • because you didn't have
  • 00:10:54.240 --> 00:10:55.280
  • a college degree.
  • 00:10:55.280 --> 00:10:58.050
  • Now, when people look at you,
  • 00:10:58.050 --> 00:10:59.180
  • they're gonna have to know it
  • 00:10:59.180 --> 00:11:01.130
  • had to be God.
  • 00:11:01.130 --> 00:11:02.080
  • I know your GPA.
  • 00:11:02.080 --> 00:11:03.200
  • It had to be God.
  • 00:11:03.200 --> 00:11:05.040
  • God's purpose advances.
  • 00:11:05.040 --> 00:11:07.040
  • I know your GPA.
  • 00:11:07.040 --> 00:11:08.220
  • You weren't smart enough,
  • 00:11:08.220 --> 00:11:10.190
  • good enough, pretty enough,
  • 00:11:10.190 --> 00:11:12.020
  • you didn't pray enough,
  • 00:11:12.020 --> 00:11:12.250
  • you didn't do the right things.
  • 00:11:12.250 --> 00:11:14.110
  • It could have been
  • 00:11:14.110 --> 00:11:15.110
  • a whole different story,
  • 00:11:15.110 --> 00:11:17.150
  • but the grace of God stepped in,
  • 00:11:17.150 --> 00:11:20.080
  • just in the nick of time.
  • 00:11:21.000 --> 00:11:24.000
  • Spoiler alert,
  • 00:11:31.090 --> 00:11:32.240
  • Goliath goes down.
  • 00:11:34.290 --> 00:11:37.290
  • Plot twist,
  • 00:11:37.290 --> 00:11:40.040
  • Goliath goes down.
  • 00:11:40.090 --> 00:11:43.090
  • And guess what?
  • 00:11:43.090 --> 00:11:45.220
  • That's not how the story ends.
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  • I'm sorry.
  • 00:11:48.110 --> 00:11:50.050
  • I know it looks great
  • 00:11:50.050 --> 00:11:51.180
  • on the flannel graph.
  • 00:11:51.180 --> 00:11:54.080
  • David's awfully cute
  • 00:11:54.080 --> 00:11:55.090
  • with a slingshot.
  • 00:11:55.090 --> 00:11:56.220
  • Especially, especially
  • 00:11:56.220 --> 00:11:57.220
  • when it's one
  • 00:11:57.220 --> 00:11:58.070
  • that you pull back.
  • 00:11:58.070 --> 00:11:59.150
  • You know, like it's a spit ball.
  • 00:11:59.150 --> 00:12:01.190
  • Like it's God's.
  • 00:12:01.190 --> 00:12:02.120
  • Like it's a spirit --
  • 00:12:02.120 --> 00:12:03.110
  • spiritual spit ball, boom.
  • 00:12:03.110 --> 00:12:05.140
  • You know, I know it's
  • 00:12:05.140 --> 00:12:06.200
  • the it's the cartoon version.
  • 00:12:06.200 --> 00:12:07.290
  • Here's the grownup version.
  • 00:12:07.290 --> 00:12:09.070
  • You ready?
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:10.220
  • David never read
  • 00:12:10.220 --> 00:12:11.220
  • 1 Samuel 17:50.
  • 00:12:11.220 --> 00:12:14.020
  • Most of us never read
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:15.060
  • 1 Samuel 17:51.
  • 00:12:16.060 --> 00:12:19.060
  • All apologies to all
  • 00:12:19.060 --> 00:12:20.090
  • the children's Bible teachers.
  • 00:12:20.090 --> 00:12:23.060
  • But you don't really know
  • 00:12:23.060 --> 00:12:23.260
  • how the story ended.
  • 00:12:23.260 --> 00:12:25.120
  • Because David,
  • 00:12:25.120 --> 00:12:26.020
  • when he hit Goliath
  • 00:12:26.020 --> 00:12:27.030
  • with the rock,
  • 00:12:27.030 --> 00:12:27.240
  • stunned him.
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:32.030
  • But then David had something
  • 00:12:32.030 --> 00:12:33.160
  • else that he had to do.
  • 00:12:33.160 --> 00:12:35.230
  • In the spirit of Mortal Kombat,
  • 00:12:35.230 --> 00:12:37.180
  • look at your neighbor
  • 00:12:37.180 --> 00:12:38.060
  • and say, Finish him.
  • 00:12:44.220 --> 00:12:47.220
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:12:47.220 --> 00:12:49.180
  • that after he knocked him down,
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:51.010
  • because some of us are content
  • 00:12:51.010 --> 00:12:52.070
  • just to stun our enemy,
  • 00:12:52.070 --> 00:12:54.000
  • you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:12:54.000 --> 00:12:54.200
  • Just just to come into church,
  • 00:12:54.200 --> 00:12:56.170
  • feel good for a few hours,
  • 00:12:56.170 --> 00:12:58.040
  • get a little word, go home,
  • 00:12:58.040 --> 00:13:00.020
  • forget about it,
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:00.240
  • go right back
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:01.190
  • into the same stuff.
  • 00:13:01.190 --> 00:13:03.000
  • Go right back
  • 00:13:03.000 --> 00:13:03.180
  • into the same cycle,
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:04.230
  • go right back
  • 00:13:04.230 --> 00:13:05.170
  • into the same deadlock.
  • 00:13:05.170 --> 00:13:07.000
  • Go right back
  • 00:13:07.000 --> 00:13:07.210
  • into the same pretending,
  • 00:13:07.210 --> 00:13:09.070
  • go right back
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:10.040
  • into the same image.
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:11.010
  • But David said something,
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:11.270
  • he said something.
  • 00:13:11.270 --> 00:13:12.210
  • He said something, he said,
  • 00:13:12.210 --> 00:13:14.190
  • I didn't just come down here
  • 00:13:14.190 --> 00:13:16.260
  • to bring cheese and bread.
  • 00:13:18.030 --> 00:13:21.030
  • See, I always thought
  • 00:13:21.030 --> 00:13:22.010
  • that David was the delivery boy.
  • 00:13:22.240 --> 00:13:25.240
  • But it turns out
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:27.140
  • that the way the story ends,
  • 00:13:27.140 --> 00:13:30.100
  • David wasn't the delivery boy,
  • 00:13:31.000 --> 00:13:34.000
  • Goliath was.
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:37.140
  • So now, I'm gonna
  • 00:13:37.140 --> 00:13:39.050
  • preach us home.
  • 00:13:39.050 --> 00:13:39.230
  • You ready?
  • 00:13:39.230 --> 00:13:40.270
  • What did Goliath have
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:42.100
  • that David needed that David
  • 00:13:42.100 --> 00:13:43.280
  • didn't know that he would need?
  • 00:13:43.280 --> 00:13:46.090
  • It's right in verse 50.
  • 00:13:46.090 --> 00:13:48.020
  • It's right in verse 50.
  • 00:13:48.020 --> 00:13:49.200
  • It said he came to the battle
  • 00:13:49.200 --> 00:13:51.210
  • without a sword
  • 00:13:51.210 --> 00:13:52.290
  • in his hand.
  • 00:13:52.290 --> 00:13:54.030
  • Spoiler alert,
  • 00:13:54.030 --> 00:13:55.070
  • he left with one.
  • 00:13:55.070 --> 00:13:56.260
  • Who was carrying it?
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:58.020
  • His enemy.
  • 00:13:58.020 --> 00:13:59.180
  • I declare, come on, y'all.
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:01.130
  • I'm trying to be good.
  • 00:14:01.130 --> 00:14:02.140
  • But I declare,
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.030
  • I know how this story ends!
  • 00:14:05.150 --> 00:14:08.150
  • Goliath has got your sword.
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:11.160
  • Goliath has got your grace,
  • 00:14:11.160 --> 00:14:14.130
  • and if you want to see
  • 00:14:14.130 --> 00:14:15.220
  • the victory, you're going
  • 00:14:15.220 --> 00:14:17.230
  • to have to defeat
  • 00:14:17.230 --> 00:14:18.270
  • what's standing in front of you,
  • 00:14:18.270 --> 00:14:20.280
  • but you don't have to do it
  • 00:14:20.280 --> 00:14:21.290
  • on your own.
  • 00:14:21.290 --> 00:14:24.150
  • [applause]
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:28.290
  • Come on,
  • 00:14:28.290 --> 00:14:29.150
  • let's stir something up,
  • 00:14:29.150 --> 00:14:30.200
  • all over the whole church,
  • 00:14:30.200 --> 00:14:32.010
  • University City, Blakeney,
  • 00:14:32.010 --> 00:14:34.030
  • I want every single warrior,
  • 00:14:34.030 --> 00:14:36.000
  • every single worshiper,
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:37.190
  • to declare, I know
  • 00:14:37.190 --> 00:14:40.010
  • how this story ends,
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:42.190
  • and tell the person next to you,
  • 00:14:42.190 --> 00:14:43.230
  • I know how your story ends.
  • 00:14:44.240 --> 00:14:47.240
  • Tell them, Your story,
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:49.200
  • ends with glory.
  • 00:14:49.200 --> 00:14:52.160
  • God's gonna get the glory
  • 00:14:52.160 --> 00:14:54.050
  • out of every situation
  • 00:14:54.050 --> 00:14:55.030
  • I know how it ends.
  • 00:15:09.030 --> 00:15:12.030
  • Some jet ski is going
  • 00:15:12.030 --> 00:15:13.030
  • to bring me the kayak.
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:14.100
  • I don't know who God's
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:14.280
  • got in the water.
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:19.250
  • But even now, somehow,
  • 00:15:19.250 --> 00:15:22.060
  • the sister said to Jesus,
  • 00:15:22.060 --> 00:15:24.150
  • God will give you
  • 00:15:24.150 --> 00:15:25.030
  • what you want.
  • 00:15:25.160 --> 00:15:28.160
  • So, David stands over the giant,
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:33.230
  • I always read it
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:35.070
  • as being the final sequence
  • 00:15:35.070 --> 00:15:36.190
  • in the battle,
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:37.200
  • that after knocking him down,
  • 00:15:37.200 --> 00:15:40.080
  • he, look at the verse,
  • 00:15:40.080 --> 00:15:42.010
  • he took the sword
  • 00:15:42.010 --> 00:15:43.070
  • from the scabbard.
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:45.290
  • Anybody ever said scabbard
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:47.020
  • in the last 10 years?
  • 00:15:47.140 --> 00:15:50.140
  • He took the sword --
  • 00:15:50.150 --> 00:15:53.150
  • little things like that keep me
  • 00:15:53.150 --> 00:15:54.200
  • preaching, you know.
  • 00:15:55.080 --> 00:15:58.080
  • And after he killed him,
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:16:00.110
  • he's already dead,
  • 00:16:00.110 --> 00:16:02.080
  • he cut off his head.
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:04.090
  • Why did he do it?
  • 00:16:04.090 --> 00:16:05.170
  • For a trophy.
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:08.080
  • 'Cause this wouldn't be
  • 00:16:08.080 --> 00:16:08.280
  • his last giant.
  • 00:16:10.040 --> 00:16:13.040
  • Now, I always thought
  • 00:16:13.040 --> 00:16:15.110
  • that the story was over,
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:17.010
  • when David cut off his head.
  • 00:16:17.010 --> 00:16:19.050
  • How much more savage
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:20.220
  • can you be?
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:22.190
  • The head is off,
  • 00:16:22.190 --> 00:16:24.000
  • the giant's down,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:26.150
  • but that's not how
  • 00:16:26.150 --> 00:16:27.030
  • the story ends.
  • 00:16:27.030 --> 00:16:28.170
  • See, we only think
  • 00:16:28.170 --> 00:16:29.100
  • we know how it ends.
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:31.010
  • You tell your story,
  • 00:16:31.010 --> 00:16:31.170
  • you're like,
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:32.080
  • ...and then I got a divorce.
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:33.220
  • That's not the end
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:34.090
  • of your story.
  • 00:16:34.090 --> 00:16:36.220
  • That's not the last time
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:37.170
  • you can love or be loved.
  • 00:16:37.170 --> 00:16:40.170
  • That's not the end
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:41.040
  • of your story.
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:43.180
  • You know, they were
  • 00:16:43.180 --> 00:16:44.030
  • doing pretty good
  • 00:16:44.030 --> 00:16:44.220
  • and then they did this.
  • 00:16:44.220 --> 00:16:45.260
  • That's not the end of the story.
  • 00:16:45.260 --> 00:16:48.110
  • That's just
  • 00:16:48.110 --> 00:16:48.270
  • character development.
  • 00:16:49.120 --> 00:16:52.120
  • It can't be over
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:16:59.010
  • because I know who wrote it.
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:01.030
  • I said it can't be over
  • 00:17:01.030 --> 00:17:02.050
  • 'cause I know who wrote it.
  • 00:17:04.040 --> 00:17:07.040
  • It's not the end of my story.
  • 00:17:07.040 --> 00:17:09.180
  • I know how this story ends.
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:12.110
  • I know how I'm leaving
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:13.290
  • this battlefield.
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:14.260
  • I'm not leaving empty handed.
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:16.280
  • I'm leaving with a sword.
  • 00:17:16.280 --> 00:17:18.050
  • I'm leaving with the lesson.
  • 00:17:18.050 --> 00:17:19.120
  • I'm leaving with a testimony.
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:21.070
  • I'm leaving with a brighter day
  • 00:17:21.070 --> 00:17:23.000
  • on my mind.
  • 00:17:23.000 --> 00:17:23.260
  • I'm leaving
  • 00:17:23.260 --> 00:17:24.110
  • with a new praise in my spirit.
  • 00:17:24.110 --> 00:17:26.060
  • I'm leaving with a prophecy.
  • 00:17:26.060 --> 00:17:27.210
  • I'm leaving
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:28.080
  • with a word from God.
  • 00:17:28.080 --> 00:17:29.160
  • You know, what's so crazy
  • 00:17:30.130 --> 00:17:33.130
  • is that the whole point
  • 00:17:33.130 --> 00:17:34.190
  • of the story
  • 00:17:34.190 --> 00:17:35.040
  • has nothing to do
  • 00:17:35.040 --> 00:17:35.290
  • with David to begin with.
  • 00:17:35.290 --> 00:17:38.160
  • It says that after Goliath died,
  • 00:17:38.160 --> 00:17:41.040
  • that all of the Philistines,
  • 00:17:41.040 --> 00:17:42.200
  • do you see it?
  • 00:17:42.200 --> 00:17:43.070
  • When they saw that
  • 00:17:43.070 --> 00:17:43.260
  • their hero was dead,
  • 00:17:43.260 --> 00:17:44.290
  • they turned and ran.
  • 00:17:45.020 --> 00:17:48.020
  • Your story
  • 00:17:48.020 --> 00:17:48.210
  • is not even about you.
  • 00:17:49.090 --> 00:17:52.090
  • What you're going
  • 00:17:52.090 --> 00:17:52.240
  • through right now,
  • 00:17:52.240 --> 00:17:53.130
  • might not even be about you.
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  • You know how many people
  • 00:17:54.280 --> 00:17:55.170
  • I've seen come out of grief,
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  • and release their greatest gift
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:17:59.240
  • from their greatest grief.
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  • Goliath has got your sword.
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  • Goliath has got your sword.
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  • You're gonna be sitting
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  • across from somebody
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  • who needs it in five years
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:10.090
  • and telling them,
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  • I've been right there
  • 00:18:10.280 --> 00:18:11.260
  • in the battle,
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  • but here's what I found out,
  • 00:18:12.200 --> 00:18:14.050
  • the sword that came to kill you,
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  • it's gonna be the one
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  • that God uses to deliver you.
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  • [applause]
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  • And he killed Goliath
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  • with his own sword.
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  • Your giant has got your sword.
  • 00:18:28.030 --> 00:18:31.030
  • But that's not how
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:31.270
  • the story ends.
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  • He cuts off his head,
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  • sends the sword
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  • to the temple at Knob,
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:40.250
  • which was where Ahimelech
  • 00:18:40.250 --> 00:18:42.040
  • was the superintendent?
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  • A little while later,
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  • David goes back
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  • to Saul's palace,
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  • Saul starts going absolutely
  • 00:18:49.130 --> 00:18:51.100
  • crazy trying to kill David.
  • 00:18:52.060 --> 00:18:55.060
  • David has to run from Saul.
  • 00:18:55.060 --> 00:18:57.100
  • Remember now, Goliath was not
  • 00:18:57.100 --> 00:19:00.100
  • the last giant
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  • that David would face.
  • 00:19:02.010 --> 00:19:05.010
  • You don't want to stay stuck
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:06.020
  • in just one victory
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:07.280
  • of your life.
  • 00:19:07.280 --> 00:19:09.010
  • The Bible says he leads us
  • 00:19:09.010 --> 00:19:10.160
  • from glory to glory,
  • 00:19:10.160 --> 00:19:12.280
  • from strength to strength.
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:15.040
  • Stand up.
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:15.210
  • I'm trying to close.
  • 00:19:15.210 --> 00:19:16.240
  • I'm trying so hard.
  • 00:19:16.240 --> 00:19:18.250
  • Don't leave, but stand up
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:19.260
  • and clap your hands if you know
  • 00:19:19.260 --> 00:19:21.120
  • this is not my last one.
  • 00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:23.080
  • This is not my last victory.
  • 00:19:23.080 --> 00:19:24.290
  • I come against midlife crisis
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:26.220
  • in the name of the Lord.
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:27.220
  • There's more for you to do,
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:29.140
  • you have a legacy to pass on,
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:31.130
  • you're gonna make
  • 00:19:31.130 --> 00:19:32.030
  • a bigger difference
  • 00:19:32.030 --> 00:19:33.000
  • in your future days.
  • 00:19:33.040 --> 00:19:36.040
  • Your latter days
  • 00:19:36.040 --> 00:19:36.230
  • shall be greater...
  • 00:19:37.010 --> 00:19:40.010
  • 'Cause I know how
  • 00:19:40.010 --> 00:19:41.270
  • - Yes I know how
  • 00:19:46.190 --> 00:19:49.070
  • This story ends
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:51.120
  • - Okay, hang on a second.
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:52.260
  • So David runs down
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  • to the temple, right?
  • 00:19:54.020 --> 00:19:54.290
  • He's running from Saul.
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:56.210
  • He's already killed Goliath.
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.190
  • And he has to leave so quickly
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:20:00.060
  • that he doesn't have a sword.
  • 00:20:00.060 --> 00:20:02.030
  • He runs to the temple attendant.
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:04.040
  • He says, Hey, man,
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:05.140
  • I need a weapon.
  • 00:20:05.140 --> 00:20:06.240
  • How many of you need a weapon
  • 00:20:06.240 --> 00:20:07.250
  • to fight something
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:08.160
  • in your life today?
  • 00:20:08.160 --> 00:20:09.200
  • You need a strategy.
  • 00:20:09.200 --> 00:20:10.200
  • You need an insight.
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:11.170
  • Come on.
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:12.020
  • You need a breakthrough.
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:13.030
  • You need a turn around.
  • 00:20:13.030 --> 00:20:13.240
  • Alright.
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:14.270
  • [applause]
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:16.120
  • David said
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:17.130
  • to Ahimelech,
  • 00:20:17.130 --> 00:20:18.000
  • Don't you have a spear
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:19.240
  • or a sword here?
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:20.210
  • I haven't brought my sword
  • 00:20:20.210 --> 00:20:22.170
  • or any other weapon
  • 00:20:22.170 --> 00:20:24.050
  • because the Kings business
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.070
  • was urgent.
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:28.110
  • The Priest said,
  • 00:20:28.110 --> 00:20:29.210
  • Man, I'm sorry, David.
  • 00:20:29.210 --> 00:20:32.090
  • I mean, I got one sword,
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:34.180
  • it's the sword of Goliath
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:38.040
  • the Philistine."
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:39.170
  • At least it used to be
  • 00:20:39.170 --> 00:20:42.020
  • until you killed him.
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:44.090
  • But now, the very weapon
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:46.200
  • that you took from your enemy,
  • 00:20:48.060 --> 00:20:51.060
  • the very strength you gained
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:52.230
  • from the thing you survived,
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:55.030
  • the sword of Goliath,
  • 00:20:55.030 --> 00:20:57.040
  • the word that God
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:58.020
  • spoke over your life --
  • 00:20:58.020 --> 00:20:59.060
  • How many know His Word
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:00.040
  • is a sword?
  • 00:21:00.040 --> 00:21:01.040
  • "It's sharper than any double
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:02.150
  • edged sword," Hebrews 4:12.
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:05.260
  • The sword of Goliath,
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:08.040
  • who you killed
  • 00:21:08.040 --> 00:21:09.030
  • in the valley of Elah, is here,
  • 00:21:09.030 --> 00:21:10.270
  • it's wrapped in a cloth
  • 00:21:10.270 --> 00:21:12.240
  • behind the ephod.
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:14.160
  • If you want it, take it.
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:16.170
  • There is no sword here,
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:18.100
  • but that one:
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:19.100
  • and David said,
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:20.190
  • There's none like it.
  • 00:21:20.190 --> 00:21:21.260
  • Give it to me.
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:24.170
  • He started with a sling,
  • 00:21:24.170 --> 00:21:26.180
  • he ended with a sword
  • 00:21:26.270 --> 00:21:29.270
  • and the difference
  • 00:21:29.270 --> 00:21:31.040
  • was the enemy,
  • 00:21:31.040 --> 00:21:32.150
  • that he was willing to confront.
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:38.230
  • And I know how this
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:43.120
  • Now, I don't know exactly
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:44.140
  • how long this story
  • 00:21:44.140 --> 00:21:45.100
  • is going to take,
  • 00:21:45.100 --> 00:21:46.290
  • and I don't know
  • 00:21:46.290 --> 00:21:47.180
  • all the details of it, but...
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:49.190
  • I know how
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:52.180
  • This story ends
  • 00:21:52.190 --> 00:21:55.190
  • We got the drop on David,
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:57.030
  • we read verse 50.
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:21:58.190
  • We got the drop on David.
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:21:59.270
  • We've been to the empty tomb.
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:02.000
  • We got the drop on David.
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:03.240
  • We know how this story ends.
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:07.120
  • I know that the sufferings
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:09.080
  • of this present time
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:10.290
  • are not worthy...
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:12.160
  • Do you hear me preaching
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:13.200
  • to you right there
  • 00:22:13.200 --> 00:22:14.130
  • in your living room?
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:15.150
  • Do you hear me preaching
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:16.110
  • to you right there
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:17.050
  • in your kitchen?
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:17.280
  • You hear me preaching to you.
  • 00:22:17.280 --> 00:22:19.090
  • You're in a hospital room
  • 00:22:19.090 --> 00:22:20.220
  • with a loved one right now.
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:22.090
  • But the God of all healing,
  • 00:22:22.090 --> 00:22:24.040
  • Jehovah-Ropheka,
  • 00:22:24.040 --> 00:22:25.170
  • is in the hospital room
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:26.200
  • with you.
  • 00:22:26.200 --> 00:22:27.110
  • I know how this story ends.
  • 00:22:27.190 --> 00:22:30.190
  • I know.
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:33.060
  • I know, no weapon
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:35.110
  • that is formed against me
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:37.150
  • shall prosper.
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:39.190
  • Now the Bible doesn't say
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:41.040
  • that the weapon
  • 00:22:41.040 --> 00:22:41.210
  • won't be formed.
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:43.060
  • It just says
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:43.280
  • that it won't work.
  • 00:22:43.280 --> 00:22:45.260
  • So watch this.
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:47.180
  • The weapon was formed
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:49.040
  • by my enemy.
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:50.050
  • Isaiah 54:17
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:52.080
  • is on the screen right now.
  • 00:22:52.080 --> 00:22:53.270
  • The weapon was formed
  • 00:22:53.270 --> 00:22:55.160
  • by the hand of my enemy,
  • 00:22:55.160 --> 00:22:57.080
  • what you're going through
  • 00:22:57.080 --> 00:22:58.110
  • it might not have been from
  • 00:22:58.110 --> 00:22:59.210
  • the hand of God,
  • 00:22:59.210 --> 00:23:00.230
  • but you gotta read verse 16,
  • 00:23:00.230 --> 00:23:03.040
  • to understand verse 17.
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:05.040
  • Because Isaiah 54:16,
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:07.040
  • God says, 'Behold, I have
  • 00:23:07.040 --> 00:23:08.150
  • created the blacksmith,
  • 00:23:08.150 --> 00:23:10.120
  • who made the weapon.'
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:11.200
  • So God said, 'The enemy
  • 00:23:11.200 --> 00:23:13.280
  • might have formed the weapon,
  • 00:23:13.280 --> 00:23:15.110
  • but I formed the enemy
  • 00:23:15.110 --> 00:23:17.160
  • and there is nothing
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:19.070
  • that that enemy
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:20.160
  • can bring against you'
  • 00:23:20.160 --> 00:23:22.120
  • Come on, there is nothing,
  • 00:23:22.120 --> 00:23:24.270
  • 'cause I know, I know!
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:29.050
  • I know!
  • 00:23:29.050 --> 00:23:31.180
  • Get your hands up.
  • 00:23:31.180 --> 00:23:33.070
  • Get your hands up.
  • 00:23:33.120 --> 00:23:36.120
  • Get your faith up.
  • 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:41.160
  • Come on, tell Goliath,
  • 00:23:41.160 --> 00:23:42.250
  • "You've come against me
  • 00:23:42.250 --> 00:23:44.080
  • with addiction,
  • 00:23:44.080 --> 00:23:45.140
  • you come against me
  • 00:23:45.140 --> 00:23:46.280
  • with anxiety,
  • 00:23:46.280 --> 00:23:48.200
  • but I come against you,
  • 00:23:48.200 --> 00:23:50.070
  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:23:54.180 --> 00:23:55.130
  • a privilege
  • 00:23:55.130 --> 00:23:56.010
  • to share God's Word with you.
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:57.150
  • Thank you for joining me.
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  • But, each week we just have
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  • a little bit of time together,
  • 00:24:00.080 --> 00:24:01.260
  • and, I'd love to take
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  • just a TV program.
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  • So, if you wanna go deeper,
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  • if you wanna connect
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  • on another level,
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  • with your gift of any amount
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  • But, I wanna tell you about
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  • something else, too.
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  • the church where I pastor.
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  • But, it's just our way,
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  • to connect with you
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  • beyond this broadcast.
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  • to join us, live,
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  • And, you can go online:
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  • StevenFurtick.com/Live.
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  • Don't forget the "slash Live";
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  • - God says,
  • 00:25:06.150 --> 00:25:07.070
  • "I made you in My image
  • 00:25:07.070 --> 00:25:08.290
  • because I see Myself in you."
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  • That's what a mirror does
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  • and that's why
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  • God wants to tell you,
  • 00:25:12.080 --> 00:25:13.150
  • "It's not about what you're not;
  • 00:25:13.150 --> 00:25:15.060
  • it's about what I am.
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  • I'm your Maker,
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  • and I'm your mirror.
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  • And I want you to look to Me
  • 00:25:19.050 --> 00:25:21.010
  • for what's unique about you."
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  • And sometimes the pressure
  • 00:25:22.130 --> 00:25:23.280
  • that we feel to be special
  • 00:25:23.280 --> 00:25:26.040
  • comes from culture,
  • 00:25:26.040 --> 00:25:27.140
  • who tells you that
  • 00:25:27.140 --> 00:25:28.200
  • you've got to be
  • 00:25:28.200 --> 00:25:29.080
  • so special, so different,
  • 00:25:29.080 --> 00:25:31.040
  • so unique, so set apart,
  • 00:25:31.040 --> 00:25:32.180
  • but you already are.
  • 00:25:33.010 --> 00:25:36.010
  • You already are.
  • 00:25:36.010 --> 00:25:38.020
  • When you live out of that place,
  • 00:25:38.020 --> 00:25:39.210
  • it affects you to be able
  • 00:25:39.210 --> 00:25:42.030
  • to do it for purpose,
  • 00:25:42.030 --> 00:25:44.150
  • and not for proof.
  • 00:25:44.150 --> 00:25:45.060
  • It's true, I made
  • 00:25:45.060 --> 00:25:46.080
  • some mistakes in my life,
  • 00:25:46.080 --> 00:25:48.030
  • but it's also true
  • 00:25:48.030 --> 00:25:49.020
  • that my greatest mistake
  • 00:25:49.020 --> 00:25:50.230
  • has the potential to become
  • 00:25:50.230 --> 00:25:51.290
  • my greatest miracle.
  • 00:25:51.290 --> 00:25:53.240
  • And you don't have
  • 00:25:53.240 --> 00:25:54.100
  • to own the story
  • 00:25:54.100 --> 00:25:55.060
  • that you were handed
  • 00:25:55.060 --> 00:25:56.040
  • if it does not match
  • 00:25:56.040 --> 00:25:57.050
  • the reality of
  • 00:25:57.050 --> 00:25:57.250
  • what God has spoken,
  • 00:25:57.250 --> 00:25:59.210
  • not another day.
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  • I've got a new truth;
  • 00:26:00.270 --> 00:26:02.080
  • maybe God doesn't see you
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  • through the lens
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  • of your mistake.
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  • Maybe, He sees you through
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  • the lens of His grace.
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  • Maybe, when He looks at you,
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  • He sees the finished work
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • Have you ever thought
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  • about the fact that
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  • if they didn't make you,
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  • they can't define you?
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  • - ANNOUNCER: If we're made
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  • in the image of God,
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  • we should walk
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  • in who He says we are.
  • 00:26:27.120 --> 00:26:29.090
  • It's about trading in
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  • an artificial facade,
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  • for a God-given truth.
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  • Call or go online now
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  • and get your copy of
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  • - Your love for me
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  • Oh, we sing
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  • Hallelujah
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  • Hallelujah
  • 00:26:46.060 --> 00:26:49.060
  • We sing
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  • Hallelujah
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  • Hallelujah
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  • We sing
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  • Hallelujah
  • 00:27:06.120 --> 00:27:09.050
  • Hallelujah
  • 00:27:09.050 --> 00:27:12.040
  • We sing
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  • Hallelujah
  • 00:27:18.000 --> 00:27:20.230
  • Hallelujah
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