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September 30, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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I'm Confused About My Calling Part 1

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  • - I wanna set you free today
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  • from the feeling
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  • that you have to find
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  • your calling.
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  • Because if I will serve
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  • the purpose of the season
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  • that I'm in in my life
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  • right now,
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  • my calling will find me.
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  • God brought you here today
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  • to let you know
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  • that was My voice calling you,
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  • that was Me
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  • that gave you that talent,
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  • that was Me that made you
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  • good at that,
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  • that was Me
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  • that gave you strength,
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  • that was Me
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  • that gave you that connection.
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  • - There is a passage
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  • of scripture
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  • that has always fascinated me
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  • and I knew it was the one
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  • to start this series with
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  • because most of my sermon ideas
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  • come from a text,
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  • usually a text in the Bible,
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  • but this whole series
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  • came to me through a text
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  • on my phone.
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  • And somebody texted me,
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  • but I didn't have
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  • their number in my contacts,
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  • but they had texted me
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  • before and their name
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  • was in the text.
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  • So, you know, Steve Jobs
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  • is so smart
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  • even from beyond the grave,
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  • he made a suggestion
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  • on my iPhone
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  • and he said, "maybe"
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  • and then it said
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  • it could be this person.
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  • And when I saw it
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  • on my phone,
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  • I realized that
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  • that would make an amazing way
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  • to spend several weeks
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  • in the word of God
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  • talking about those times
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  • where we don't know
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  • if it's God or not.
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  • And so we're trying
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  • to lead our family,
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  • some of us,
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  • or we're trying to get
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  • our education
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  • or we're trying to decide
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  • about jobs or dates
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  • or trying to decide
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  • about moving to a new house
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  • or new apartment
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  • or just trying to figure out
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  • what it is
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  • that we were put here
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  • on earth for.
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  • But the series is called,
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  • "Maybe God".
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  • "Maybe God".
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  • We worship a God
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  • who can be best explained
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  • as mystery,
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  • and yet we live
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  • in a culture
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  • that worships certainty.
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  • And so I wanna talk about that
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  • for several weeks with you.
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  • And I'm so glad you're here.
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  • Touch somebody and say,
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  • "He's so happy you're here.
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  • That preacher
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  • is happy you're here."
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  • That's true.
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  • I'm so glad you're here.
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  • And what I need you to do
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  • right now is give your attention
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  • just to this text
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  • in 1 Samuel 3
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  • where we will encounter
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  • a young man
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  • who's encountering God.
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  • And I pray
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  • that we will encounter God
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  • in the process today.
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  • 1 Samuel 3:1: "The boy Samuel
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  • ministered before
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  • the Lord under Eli.
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  • In those days,
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  • the word of the Lord was rare.
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  • There were not many visions.
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  • One night Eli, whose eyes
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  • were becoming so weak
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  • that he could barely see,
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  • was lying down
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  • in his usual place.
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  • The lamp of God
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  • had not yet gone out."
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  • Touch somebody,
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  • say, "There's still time.
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  • There's still time."
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  • I know you might've got off
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  • track in your life,
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  • but there's still time.
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  • I know there might
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  • be some things
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  • out of order in your house,
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  • but there's still time.
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  • I know you might've
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  • wasted some years
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  • chasing your own ways,
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  • but God brought you here
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  • because there's still time.
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  • God left you here
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  • because there's still time.
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  • If you're still breathing,
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  • there's still time.
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  • [Applause]
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  • I got a friend
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  • named Perry Noble.
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  • His favorite quote is,
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  • "If you're not dead,
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  • God's not done."
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  • And I just believe that.
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  • I believe it.
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  • "So the light had not yet
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  • gone out and Samuel
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  • was lying down
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  • in the house of the Lord
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  • where the ark of God,
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  • which symbolized
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  • the presence of God, was.
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  • And then the Lord called Samuel,
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  • and Samuel answered,
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  • 'Here I am.'
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  • And he ran to Eli
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  • and said, 'Here I am.
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  • You called me.'
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  • But Eli said, 'I didn't call.'"
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  • Go back to sleep, man.
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  • Wake me up in the middle
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  • of the night.
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  • "'I didn't call you.
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  • Go back and lie down.'
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  • So he went and lay down.
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  • Again, the Lord
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  • called, 'Samuel!'
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  • And Samuel got up
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  • and went to Eli and said,
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  • 'Here I am.'"
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  • This is really strange, right?
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  • Like because you expect
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  • when God calls,
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  • it'll sound so deep,
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  • so baritone.
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  • "Samuel."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Apparently, it sounded
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  • so much
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  • like what he was used
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  • to being around
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  • that he ran to the place
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  • where he normally went
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  • and he was like, "'Here I am.
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  • You called me.'
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  • 'My son,' Eli said,
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  • 'I did not call.
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  • Go back and lie down.'"
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  • What you need, an ambient,
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  • a weighted blanket,
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  • some milk, a cookie?'
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  • "Now Samuel
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  • did not yet know the Lord.
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  • The word of the Lord
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  • had not yet
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  • been revealed to him.
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  • A third time,
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  • the Lord called, 'Samuel.'
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  • And Samuel got up
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  • and went to Eli and said,
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  • 'Here I am, you called me.'"
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  • I know you're messing with me.
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  • "Then Eli realized
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  • that the Lord
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  • was calling the boy.
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  • So Eli told Samuel,
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  • 'Go and lie down
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  • and if He calls you,
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  • say speak, Lord,
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  • for your servant is listening.'"
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  • The title of this message
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  • is something
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  • that I have heard people
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  • say to me of all ages,
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  • of all ethnicities,
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  • of all economic
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  • status positions.
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  • I don't want you to look
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  • at the screen for the title
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  • of my message.
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  • It goes like this,
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  • "I'm Confused About My Calling."
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  • "I'm Confused
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  • About My Calling."
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  • I love God
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  • and I love my family
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  • and I wanna make a difference,
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  • but look at somebody
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  • next to you and say,
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  • "You look confused."
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  • Tell 'em, "I am.
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  • I'm confused about my calling."
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  • Lord, have Your way.
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  • Speak Your Word.
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  • We're listening.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • You are forgiven
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  • if when I say calling,
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  • you roll your eyes
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  • a little bit.
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  • It is one of these terms
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  • that is so popular
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  • in culture
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  • that it almost means
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  • nothing anymore,
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  • and it can be frustrating
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  • the older you get
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  • when people talk about
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  • lofty ideals
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  • like finding your calling.
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  • You need to find your calling.
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  • You know, well,
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  • for most of us,
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  • that's way outside of the realm
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  • of our everyday life.
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  • We're trying to pay bills.
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  • It's like, you know,
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  • you need to find your calling.
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  • And you're like, "Well,
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  • I'm doing good to find my keys
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  • in the morning
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  • and you wanna talk about
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  • finding your calling."
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  • And as much as I understand
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  • that I also understand
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  • that there's a reason
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  • that the majority of questions
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  • that I have been asked
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  • as a pastor in these 13 years,
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  • going on 14 years,
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  • the reason for it is
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  • that there is something
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  • inside of you
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  • that wants to find the thing
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  • that you were made to do.
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  • And you will never be satisfied
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  • with anything else.
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  • And no matter how much sex
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  • you have, money you make,
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  • friends you meet,
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  • no matter how big the house
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  • is that you built,
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  • no matter how many cars
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  • you park in the driveway,
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  • there will always
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  • be something unsatisfied
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  • in you until you find
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  • that thing
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  • that we call a calling.
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  • And yet, so much damage
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  • has been done in popular culture
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  • by the concept of calling
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  • that it actually makes us
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  • discontent with our lives
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  • because rather than understand
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  • the real nature of a calling,
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  • we have a concept of a calling
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  • and often we spend
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  • our lives wishing
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  • that we were doing something
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  • that God did not
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  • tell us to do.
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  • The Bible says in Verse 1
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  • that in those days,
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  • while Samuel,
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  • the 12-year-old,
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  • who was apprenticing
  • 00:08:00.130 --> 00:08:01.190
  • in the tabernacle,
  • 00:08:01.190 --> 00:08:02.290
  • because his mother, Hannah,
  • 00:08:02.290 --> 00:08:04.160
  • prayed that she could have a son
  • 00:08:04.160 --> 00:08:05.250
  • and she had trouble conceiving
  • 00:08:05.250 --> 00:08:07.190
  • and when she finally
  • 00:08:07.190 --> 00:08:08.140
  • had the son,
  • 00:08:08.140 --> 00:08:09.160
  • she dedicated him to the Lord
  • 00:08:09.160 --> 00:08:11.040
  • and she dropped him off
  • 00:08:11.040 --> 00:08:12.110
  • at age four and only saw him
  • 00:08:12.110 --> 00:08:13.290
  • once a year and she put him
  • 00:08:13.290 --> 00:08:15.180
  • under Eli who wasn't doing
  • 00:08:15.180 --> 00:08:17.010
  • a very good job.
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  • He was letting his sons
  • 00:08:18.130 --> 00:08:19.190
  • run around in the tabernacle
  • 00:08:19.190 --> 00:08:21.090
  • and have sex with women
  • 00:08:21.090 --> 00:08:23.080
  • at the entrance
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  • to the tabernacle
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  • and he knew about it,
  • 00:08:24.270 --> 00:08:26.040
  • but he wouldn't do
  • 00:08:26.040 --> 00:08:26.200
  • anything about it.
  • 00:08:26.200 --> 00:08:28.090
  • And he was letting his sons
  • 00:08:28.090 --> 00:08:29.090
  • beat people up
  • 00:08:29.090 --> 00:08:30.130
  • who had brought their sacrifice
  • 00:08:30.130 --> 00:08:31.280
  • to the temple.
  • 00:08:31.280 --> 00:08:32.200
  • And they brought
  • 00:08:32.200 --> 00:08:33.160
  • their sacrifice to God,
  • 00:08:33.160 --> 00:08:35.070
  • but the priests
  • 00:08:35.070 --> 00:08:36.050
  • took it for themselves,
  • 00:08:36.050 --> 00:08:37.150
  • Hophni and Phinehas,
  • 00:08:37.150 --> 00:08:38.220
  • Eli's sons,
  • 00:08:38.220 --> 00:08:39.250
  • would send their messenger
  • 00:08:39.250 --> 00:08:40.280
  • out to the tent and say,
  • 00:08:40.280 --> 00:08:42.070
  • "Hey, Hophni said you gotta
  • 00:08:42.070 --> 00:08:43.260
  • give him the fat portion."
  • 00:08:43.260 --> 00:08:45.040
  • And the people who came
  • 00:08:45.040 --> 00:08:45.270
  • would be like,
  • 00:08:45.270 --> 00:08:46.160
  • "Well, that's for the Lord.
  • 00:08:46.160 --> 00:08:47.180
  • They can get the portion
  • 00:08:47.180 --> 00:08:48.120
  • after it burns off.
  • 00:08:48.120 --> 00:08:49.110
  • That's the priest's portion."
  • 00:08:49.110 --> 00:08:50.130
  • But they had gotten confused
  • 00:08:50.130 --> 00:08:52.100
  • about what it meant
  • 00:08:52.100 --> 00:08:52.280
  • to honor God
  • 00:08:52.280 --> 00:08:53.290
  • and they'd started
  • 00:08:53.290 --> 00:08:54.220
  • honoring themselves
  • 00:08:54.220 --> 00:08:56.060
  • and their opinions
  • 00:08:56.060 --> 00:08:57.090
  • and their desires.
  • 00:08:57.090 --> 00:08:58.200
  • And they started
  • 00:08:58.200 --> 00:08:59.050
  • treating God as common.
  • 00:08:59.050 --> 00:09:01.040
  • And so the Bible
  • 00:09:01.040 --> 00:09:01.290
  • says something interesting
  • 00:09:01.290 --> 00:09:02.250
  • in Verse 1.
  • 00:09:02.250 --> 00:09:03.280
  • It says, "In those days,
  • 00:09:03.280 --> 00:09:05.100
  • with all of that going on,
  • 00:09:05.100 --> 00:09:06.260
  • the word of the Lord was rare."
  • 00:09:09.040 --> 00:09:12.040
  • Because they treated
  • 00:09:12.040 --> 00:09:13.260
  • the Lord as common,
  • 00:09:13.260 --> 00:09:15.240
  • the word of the Lord was rare.
  • 00:09:16.070 --> 00:09:19.070
  • Because we live in a day
  • 00:09:19.070 --> 00:09:21.180
  • where it is so easy
  • 00:09:21.200 --> 00:09:24.200
  • to get information,
  • 00:09:24.200 --> 00:09:26.070
  • but so difficult to get truth,
  • 00:09:26.070 --> 00:09:28.160
  • I figured this verse
  • 00:09:28.160 --> 00:09:29.140
  • would apply to us.
  • 00:09:29.140 --> 00:09:32.070
  • Would you agree with me
  • 00:09:32.070 --> 00:09:34.040
  • that we are drowning
  • 00:09:34.040 --> 00:09:35.080
  • in information,
  • 00:09:35.080 --> 00:09:37.000
  • drowning in opinion,
  • 00:09:37.000 --> 00:09:38.240
  • drowning in agenda,
  • 00:09:38.240 --> 00:09:40.210
  • drowning in projections,
  • 00:09:40.210 --> 00:09:43.070
  • but starving for truth?
  • 00:09:43.070 --> 00:09:45.180
  • You know I'm right about it.
  • 00:09:45.180 --> 00:09:47.040
  • It's such a crazy time,
  • 00:09:47.040 --> 00:09:48.170
  • you don't know
  • 00:09:48.170 --> 00:09:49.000
  • who to trust anymore.
  • 00:09:49.000 --> 00:09:50.050
  • You don't know if it's real.
  • 00:09:50.050 --> 00:09:51.170
  • You don't know if it's fake.
  • 00:09:51.170 --> 00:09:52.180
  • You don't know if it's inflated.
  • 00:09:52.180 --> 00:09:54.000
  • You don't know
  • 00:09:54.000 --> 00:09:54.110
  • if it's a statistic.
  • 00:09:54.110 --> 00:09:55.210
  • And, let me give you
  • 00:09:55.210 --> 00:09:56.160
  • a statistic,
  • 00:09:56.160 --> 00:09:57.040
  • 83% of statistics are made up.
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  • That's a statistic.
  • 00:09:59.170 --> 00:10:01.060
  • I made it up.
  • 00:10:01.060 --> 00:10:01.250
  • It's a time where truth
  • 00:10:01.250 --> 00:10:03.090
  • is hard to find.
  • 00:10:03.090 --> 00:10:04.200
  • And it doesn't mean
  • 00:10:04.200 --> 00:10:05.220
  • that there wasn't access
  • 00:10:05.220 --> 00:10:07.210
  • to the Bible.
  • 00:10:07.210 --> 00:10:08.220
  • God knows we have access
  • 00:10:08.220 --> 00:10:10.020
  • to the word of God.
  • 00:10:10.020 --> 00:10:11.260
  • You can pull out your phone
  • 00:10:11.260 --> 00:10:13.050
  • right now and a British person
  • 00:10:13.050 --> 00:10:15.130
  • will read you the Bible
  • 00:10:15.130 --> 00:10:17.040
  • on the Bible app.
  • 00:10:17.040 --> 00:10:19.100
  • That made me think
  • 00:10:19.100 --> 00:10:19.250
  • of something real funny.
  • 00:10:19.250 --> 00:10:21.160
  • One time Graham asked me,
  • 00:10:21.160 --> 00:10:22.260
  • "Do British people find American
  • 00:10:22.260 --> 00:10:24.160
  • accents soothing?"
  • 00:10:24.160 --> 00:10:26.050
  • Probably not.
  • 00:10:30.020 --> 00:10:30.260
  • But here's the thing about it,
  • 00:10:30.260 --> 00:10:32.290
  • it's not accessed
  • 00:10:32.290 --> 00:10:34.100
  • to the word of God,
  • 00:10:34.100 --> 00:10:35.030
  • it's our attitude
  • 00:10:35.030 --> 00:10:37.120
  • to the word of God.
  • 00:10:37.120 --> 00:10:39.180
  • It's our attitude.
  • 00:10:39.180 --> 00:10:41.080
  • It's why some people
  • 00:10:41.080 --> 00:10:42.080
  • can come into church
  • 00:10:42.080 --> 00:10:43.230
  • and look narcoleptic in church.
  • 00:10:44.130 --> 00:10:47.130
  • It's why some people can come
  • 00:10:47.130 --> 00:10:48.200
  • into church and leave
  • 00:10:48.200 --> 00:10:50.080
  • during the invitation
  • 00:10:50.080 --> 00:10:51.200
  • 'cause God forbid it takes you
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:52.260
  • seven minutes
  • 00:10:52.260 --> 00:10:53.200
  • to get to Cracker Barrel.
  • 00:10:53.200 --> 00:10:56.110
  • It's why some people
  • 00:10:56.110 --> 00:10:57.040
  • can click around
  • 00:10:57.040 --> 00:10:57.290
  • to different sermons
  • 00:10:57.290 --> 00:10:59.030
  • and be like,
  • 00:10:59.030 --> 00:10:59.170
  • "Ah, yeah, I don't know.
  • 00:10:59.170 --> 00:11:00.290
  • Furtick's not on today.
  • 00:11:00.290 --> 00:11:01.200
  • I'm gonna go over here
  • 00:11:01.200 --> 00:11:02.130
  • to this one and that one
  • 00:11:02.130 --> 00:11:03.100
  • and that's..."
  • 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:03.270
  • See, when the word of God
  • 00:11:03.270 --> 00:11:05.040
  • becomes common to us,
  • 00:11:05.040 --> 00:11:07.260
  • we will have access
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:08.230
  • to the word of God,
  • 00:11:08.230 --> 00:11:09.270
  • but it will not have impact
  • 00:11:09.270 --> 00:11:11.060
  • on our life.
  • 00:11:11.060 --> 00:11:13.250
  • And so the first thing
  • 00:11:13.250 --> 00:11:14.260
  • I wanted to mention
  • 00:11:14.260 --> 00:11:16.210
  • is the culture.
  • 00:11:16.210 --> 00:11:18.230
  • The culture in Eli's time
  • 00:11:18.290 --> 00:11:21.290
  • was a culture of neglect,
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:24.150
  • a culture where the value
  • 00:11:24.150 --> 00:11:26.270
  • of who God was and what He said
  • 00:11:26.270 --> 00:11:28.100
  • was negotiable
  • 00:11:28.100 --> 00:11:30.070
  • therefore there was an absence
  • 00:11:30.070 --> 00:11:32.210
  • of that special presence of God.
  • 00:11:33.290 --> 00:11:36.290
  • The word of the Lord was rare
  • 00:11:36.290 --> 00:11:39.020
  • because the Lord of the word
  • 00:11:39.020 --> 00:11:40.060
  • had become common.
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:43.040
  • And I just wanna say
  • 00:11:43.040 --> 00:11:45.000
  • to you today that many
  • 00:11:45.000 --> 00:11:47.080
  • of our cultural concepts
  • 00:11:47.080 --> 00:11:49.100
  • of calling are really
  • 00:11:49.100 --> 00:11:51.100
  • just self-help,
  • 00:11:51.100 --> 00:11:53.140
  • individualistic,
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:55.170
  • ambition-oriented delusions
  • 00:11:55.200 --> 00:11:58.200
  • dressed up in Christian clichés.
  • 00:12:00.050 --> 00:12:03.050
  • And because you got a trophy
  • 00:12:07.100 --> 00:12:09.270
  • when you were seven,
  • 00:12:09.270 --> 00:12:11.270
  • does not mean you get to play
  • 00:12:11.270 --> 00:12:13.270
  • major league baseball.
  • 00:12:13.270 --> 00:12:16.260
  • And the culture of our day
  • 00:12:16.260 --> 00:12:18.220
  • is kinda like
  • 00:12:18.220 --> 00:12:20.070
  • instead of worshipping God,
  • 00:12:20.070 --> 00:12:22.260
  • we worship our idea
  • 00:12:22.260 --> 00:12:24.050
  • of God's will.
  • 00:12:24.050 --> 00:12:26.040
  • And rather than being
  • 00:12:26.040 --> 00:12:27.080
  • in relationship with God,
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:30.120
  • we want God to be a resource
  • 00:12:31.020 --> 00:12:34.020
  • who is more like Siri
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:36.120
  • than He is like a Savior.
  • 00:12:36.120 --> 00:12:38.050
  • I don't know if you'll come
  • 00:12:41.190 --> 00:12:42.160
  • back next week the way
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:43.070
  • I'm starting this sermon,
  • 00:12:43.070 --> 00:12:45.260
  • but we need to get something
  • 00:12:45.260 --> 00:12:46.220
  • straight right off the bat.
  • 00:12:46.220 --> 00:12:48.260
  • That until I treasure
  • 00:12:48.260 --> 00:12:50.020
  • the voice of God,
  • 00:12:50.020 --> 00:12:51.120
  • value the voice of God,
  • 00:12:51.120 --> 00:12:53.100
  • harken to the voice of God,
  • 00:12:53.100 --> 00:12:55.190
  • make time for the voice of God,
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:12:57.170
  • consecrate myself,
  • 00:12:57.170 --> 00:12:59.190
  • I can't get it by skimming,
  • 00:12:59.190 --> 00:13:01.250
  • I can't get it by just,
  • 00:13:01.250 --> 00:13:03.190
  • you know, running around
  • 00:13:03.190 --> 00:13:04.220
  • to this person
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:05.160
  • and that person.
  • 00:13:07.220 --> 00:13:10.220
  • It is the revealed
  • 00:13:10.220 --> 00:13:12.090
  • will of God that we're after.
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:15.090
  • It is the revealed will of God.
  • 00:13:15.090 --> 00:13:18.090
  • Now, when I was in my 20s,
  • 00:13:18.090 --> 00:13:20.270
  • I did all of this teaching
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:21.280
  • and preaching and now, you know,
  • 00:13:21.280 --> 00:13:23.220
  • now that I'm wiser,
  • 00:13:23.220 --> 00:13:26.150
  • I turn 40 next year --
  • 00:13:26.150 --> 00:13:28.280
  • Y'all better start working
  • 00:13:28.280 --> 00:13:29.200
  • on my gift now
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:30.130
  • 'cause it's a big one.
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:31.260
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:13:31.260 --> 00:13:32.280
  • It's kinda cringy
  • 00:13:33.160 --> 00:13:36.160
  • for me to look back on
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:38.090
  • the way I spoke about
  • 00:13:38.090 --> 00:13:40.160
  • calling in my 20s
  • 00:13:41.020 --> 00:13:44.020
  • that probably left
  • 00:13:44.020 --> 00:13:45.050
  • people feeling
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:47.140
  • at the very least confused,
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:51.120
  • at worse frustrated
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:52.220
  • and maybe even full
  • 00:13:52.220 --> 00:13:53.150
  • of resentment
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:54.030
  • because the way
  • 00:13:54.030 --> 00:13:55.290
  • it happened in my life
  • 00:13:55.290 --> 00:13:56.200
  • is different for all of us.
  • 00:13:56.200 --> 00:13:57.290
  • Here's Samuel who is receiving
  • 00:13:58.250 --> 00:14:01.270
  • a revelation of God.
  • 00:14:01.270 --> 00:14:04.090
  • And in my life,
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:05.100
  • I never heard anything
  • 00:14:05.100 --> 00:14:06.160
  • audible that God said to me.
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:08.050
  • I never --
  • 00:14:08.050 --> 00:14:09.040
  • you know, the Lord
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:09.280
  • never said, "Furtick, Steve."
  • 00:14:09.280 --> 00:14:12.030
  • Will God call you
  • 00:14:12.030 --> 00:14:12.180
  • by your last name or first?
  • 00:14:12.180 --> 00:14:13.180
  • I don't know.
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:14.020
  • But He never said, you know,
  • 00:14:14.030 --> 00:14:17.030
  • preach to me out loud.
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:20.290
  • There were desires.
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:22.050
  • There were opportunities.
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:23.190
  • I noticed some effectiveness.
  • 00:14:23.190 --> 00:14:25.120
  • It's the weirdest thing.
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:27.000
  • When I first got up to pray
  • 00:14:27.000 --> 00:14:28.250
  • for Pastor Mickey
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:29.270
  • who asked me to pray
  • 00:14:29.270 --> 00:14:31.070
  • at a Lion's Club meeting,
  • 00:14:31.070 --> 00:14:32.200
  • I noticed that people
  • 00:14:32.200 --> 00:14:33.140
  • seemed to be blessed as I prayed
  • 00:14:33.140 --> 00:14:36.050
  • and they connected.
  • 00:14:36.050 --> 00:14:37.200
  • And it took Pastor Mickey
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.210
  • to explain to me
  • 00:14:39.210 --> 00:14:41.140
  • that that was
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:41.260
  • the hand of God on my life.
  • 00:14:41.260 --> 00:14:44.100
  • I didn't know that.
  • 00:14:44.100 --> 00:14:45.150
  • If he hadn't been there
  • 00:14:45.150 --> 00:14:46.120
  • to guide me,
  • 00:14:46.120 --> 00:14:47.260
  • I would've maybe thought
  • 00:14:47.260 --> 00:14:48.190
  • I was just
  • 00:14:48.190 --> 00:14:49.220
  • a charismatic speaker.
  • 00:14:49.220 --> 00:14:51.260
  • But he helped me to see
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:53.110
  • that there was something
  • 00:14:53.110 --> 00:14:54.030
  • supernatural involved
  • 00:14:54.030 --> 00:14:56.050
  • and I was 16 years old
  • 00:14:56.280 --> 00:14:59.280
  • and I had someone
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:15:01.210
  • who had been around long enough
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:03.180
  • to see some things
  • 00:15:03.180 --> 00:15:05.020
  • to tell me it was special.
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:06.110
  • Otherwise, I wouldn't
  • 00:15:06.110 --> 00:15:07.130
  • have known it.
  • 00:15:07.130 --> 00:15:08.000
  • Now, here's what I did
  • 00:15:08.000 --> 00:15:09.100
  • with that knowledge.
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:10.220
  • I preached in my 20s.
  • 00:15:10.220 --> 00:15:12.220
  • That just like God
  • 00:15:12.220 --> 00:15:13.090
  • called me to preach,
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:15.120
  • God has called each Christian
  • 00:15:15.120 --> 00:15:17.080
  • to do something.
  • 00:15:17.110 --> 00:15:20.110
  • You agree with that?
  • 00:15:20.110 --> 00:15:22.210
  • But here's the part
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:24.230
  • that I think was incomplete
  • 00:15:24.230 --> 00:15:26.170
  • while I'd be up there saying
  • 00:15:26.170 --> 00:15:27.290
  • to people you need
  • 00:15:27.290 --> 00:15:28.200
  • to find your calling,
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:29.080
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:30.060
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:31.030
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:31.030 --> 00:15:31.290
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:32.280
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:32.280 --> 00:15:33.270
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:35.000
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:35.000 --> 00:15:36.090
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:36.090 --> 00:15:37.030
  • you need to find your calling,
  • 00:15:37.030 --> 00:15:37.260
  • you need to find your call --
  • 00:15:37.260 --> 00:15:38.220
  • 'Cause see, it gets annoying
  • 00:15:38.220 --> 00:15:39.170
  • after awhile.
  • 00:15:39.170 --> 00:15:40.030
  • Right?
  • 00:15:40.030 --> 00:15:40.170
  • It's like
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:41.110
  • I'm just trying to --
  • 00:15:41.110 --> 00:15:42.200
  • like, I need a job, man.
  • 00:15:42.200 --> 00:15:44.030
  • I don't know about a calling.
  • 00:15:44.030 --> 00:15:46.030
  • I just need a raise right now.
  • 00:15:47.090 --> 00:15:50.090
  • Is that it makes it sound
  • 00:15:50.090 --> 00:15:52.000
  • as if it's something
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:53.230
  • that you can just get
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:55.140
  • and just know.
  • 00:15:55.140 --> 00:15:56.270
  • And yet, did you notice
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:57.260
  • in the passage that even Samuel,
  • 00:15:58.160 --> 00:16:01.180
  • who was the link
  • 00:16:01.180 --> 00:16:03.130
  • between the period of the judges
  • 00:16:03.130 --> 00:16:05.000
  • and the monarchy of Israel,
  • 00:16:05.000 --> 00:16:06.230
  • a thousand years before Jesus,
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:08.060
  • that even Samuel,
  • 00:16:08.060 --> 00:16:10.200
  • who none of His words
  • 00:16:10.200 --> 00:16:11.110
  • fell to the ground,
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:12.080
  • even Samuel didn't get it right
  • 00:16:12.110 --> 00:16:15.110
  • the first time.
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:18.030
  • I don't know why,
  • 00:16:18.030 --> 00:16:18.260
  • but that encourages me.
  • 00:16:18.260 --> 00:16:20.260
  • Just reading this little story
  • 00:16:20.260 --> 00:16:22.200
  • to know that there's someone
  • 00:16:22.200 --> 00:16:24.080
  • that God used
  • 00:16:24.080 --> 00:16:25.280
  • to do something great
  • 00:16:25.280 --> 00:16:27.150
  • and He called him
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:28.210
  • and He chose him,
  • 00:16:28.210 --> 00:16:29.220
  • but even this great prophet
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:32.200
  • didn't get it right
  • 00:16:32.200 --> 00:16:35.120
  • the first time.
  • 00:16:35.120 --> 00:16:37.000
  • I wanna set you free today
  • 00:16:37.000 --> 00:16:39.200
  • from the feeling
  • 00:16:39.200 --> 00:16:41.150
  • that you have to find
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:42.170
  • your calling.
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:44.030
  • That's a cultural concept,
  • 00:16:44.030 --> 00:16:45.080
  • it's not a biblical one.
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:47.030
  • You don't have to find
  • 00:16:47.030 --> 00:16:48.030
  • your calling.
  • 00:16:48.030 --> 00:16:50.060
  • In fact, if the text is correct,
  • 00:16:50.190 --> 00:16:53.190
  • if Samuel is an illustration,
  • 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:56.200
  • then I don't have
  • 00:16:56.200 --> 00:16:57.280
  • to find my calling
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:16:59.290
  • because if I will serve
  • 00:16:59.290 --> 00:17:01.270
  • the purpose of the season
  • 00:17:01.270 --> 00:17:04.180
  • that I'm in in my life
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:05.290
  • right now --
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:07.210
  • watch this,
  • 00:17:07.210 --> 00:17:08.140
  • get ready to shout,
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:10.020
  • -- my calling will find me.
  • 00:17:11.260 --> 00:17:14.260
  • Isn't that good news,
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:15.240
  • Christian soldiers?
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:18.180
  • Aren't you glad to know
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:21.080
  • that when Samuel heard a voice,
  • 00:17:21.080 --> 00:17:23.050
  • and he didn't even know
  • 00:17:23.050 --> 00:17:23.260
  • whose voice it was?
  • 00:17:23.260 --> 00:17:24.140
  • And here's the thing about it,
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:25.160
  • I wanna talk about the culture
  • 00:17:25.160 --> 00:17:27.090
  • and then I wanna talk
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:28.060
  • about the contact.
  • 00:17:28.060 --> 00:17:30.120
  • The contact.
  • 00:17:30.120 --> 00:17:31.150
  • Because when he first heard
  • 00:17:31.150 --> 00:17:32.250
  • the voice,
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:33.240
  • it sounded like something
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:35.090
  • he had heard before.
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:36.180
  • Have you ever noticed
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:37.230
  • it's hard to know the difference
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:39.100
  • between when you're speaking
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:41.110
  • to you and when God
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:42.210
  • is speaking to you?
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:43.270
  • And watch out for the Christians
  • 00:17:43.270 --> 00:17:45.250
  • who're running around so sure
  • 00:17:45.250 --> 00:17:47.230
  • that it's God speaking to them.
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:49.210
  • Those are the weird ones.
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:51.140
  • Those are the crazy ones.
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:53.020
  • I mean, I'm serious,
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:54.170
  • you gotta watch out for 'em.
  • 00:17:54.170 --> 00:17:55.090
  • And they're here at Elevation
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:56.240
  • just like they're
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:57.120
  • at every church.
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:17:57.250
  • And they'll find you
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:17:58.190
  • in the bathroom and they'll say
  • 00:17:58.190 --> 00:17:59.150
  • I have a word from the Lord
  • 00:17:59.150 --> 00:18:00.150
  • for you and they don't even
  • 00:18:00.150 --> 00:18:01.250
  • know you and it's weird
  • 00:18:01.250 --> 00:18:02.220
  • 'cause it's the bathroom.
  • 00:18:02.220 --> 00:18:03.220
  • "Can I wash my hands?
  • 00:18:03.220 --> 00:18:04.270
  • If God spoke to you,
  • 00:18:04.270 --> 00:18:05.210
  • He'll do it in the lobby.
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:07.050
  • But let me finish
  • 00:18:07.050 --> 00:18:07.270
  • using the bathroom."
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:09.000
  • I'm serious, y'all,
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:09.240
  • 'cause I'm a preacher
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:10.180
  • and people always think
  • 00:18:10.180 --> 00:18:11.100
  • I wanna be spiritual
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:12.090
  • and people will stop me
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:13.010
  • in the bathroom sometimes
  • 00:18:13.010 --> 00:18:14.090
  • at a restaurant and give me
  • 00:18:14.090 --> 00:18:15.020
  • a word from the Lord.
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:15.270
  • But if it was really the Lord,
  • 00:18:15.270 --> 00:18:16.240
  • He would've told you
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:17.110
  • it's weird to talk to people
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:18.050
  • in the bathroom and wait
  • 00:18:18.050 --> 00:18:19.110
  • till a man gets outside
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:20.150
  • because there is such as a thing
  • 00:18:20.150 --> 00:18:21.120
  • as germs and God
  • 00:18:21.120 --> 00:18:22.070
  • doesn't cancel out germs.
  • 00:18:22.070 --> 00:18:23.160
  • I don't want your prophetic word
  • 00:18:23.160 --> 00:18:24.120
  • while I'm trying to --
  • 00:18:24.120 --> 00:18:26.110
  • So...
  • 00:18:26.110 --> 00:18:27.050
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:18:27.050 --> 00:18:29.030
  • But because it gets weird,
  • 00:18:29.190 --> 00:18:32.190
  • we still have to realize
  • 00:18:32.190 --> 00:18:34.220
  • that the only way
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:37.290
  • that the will of God
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:41.120
  • or the word of God
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:43.100
  • or the voice of God
  • 00:18:43.100 --> 00:18:45.130
  • can be recognized,
  • 00:18:45.130 --> 00:18:47.160
  • that's what the Bible said
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:48.120
  • that Eli, who was old,
  • 00:18:48.120 --> 00:18:50.190
  • who couldn't see physically.
  • 00:18:50.190 --> 00:18:53.090
  • I've been on this thing lately
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:55.070
  • that we really need people
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:56.090
  • in our life who are older
  • 00:18:56.090 --> 00:18:57.090
  • than us who have been along
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:18:58.030
  • the journey and to respect
  • 00:18:58.030 --> 00:18:59.270
  • the price that they paid
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:01.170
  • and to not just think
  • 00:19:01.170 --> 00:19:02.130
  • that because they don't go
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:03.180
  • on Sound Cloud or because
  • 00:19:03.180 --> 00:19:05.020
  • they don't have a lot
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:05.210
  • Instagram followers
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:06.280
  • that they have nothing
  • 00:19:06.280 --> 00:19:07.170
  • to teach us.
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:08.260
  • I'm really seeing
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:09.180
  • the value in people
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:11.020
  • who they may not have
  • 00:19:11.020 --> 00:19:12.180
  • the physical vision
  • 00:19:12.180 --> 00:19:13.170
  • that they used to have,
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:14.130
  • but they can discern
  • 00:19:14.130 --> 00:19:15.030
  • spiritual things.
  • 00:19:15.030 --> 00:19:16.000
  • And Eli wasn't even
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:17.090
  • a perfect priest.
  • 00:19:17.090 --> 00:19:18.060
  • In fact, God was in the process
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:19.270
  • of moving him out of the way.
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:22.150
  • And even in that transition
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:24.120
  • because the whole passage
  • 00:19:24.120 --> 00:19:25.110
  • is about transition,
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:26.170
  • it's Samuel transitioning
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:28.100
  • from a boy to a man.
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:30.290
  • From...Boys II Men,
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:33.270
  • I was just thinking,
  • 00:19:33.270 --> 00:19:35.100
  • you know,
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:36.120
  • "It's Hard to Say Good-Bye".
  • 00:19:36.120 --> 00:19:37.100
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:37.100 --> 00:19:39.160
  • But when Eli
  • 00:19:40.070 --> 00:19:43.070
  • is transitioning out
  • 00:19:43.070 --> 00:19:44.130
  • and when Samuel
  • 00:19:44.130 --> 00:19:45.000
  • is transitioning up
  • 00:19:45.000 --> 00:19:46.090
  • and he's ultimately stepping
  • 00:19:46.090 --> 00:19:48.090
  • into the thing
  • 00:19:48.090 --> 00:19:48.290
  • God created him for,
  • 00:19:48.290 --> 00:19:50.120
  • God deals with Samuel,
  • 00:19:50.120 --> 00:19:53.120
  • but He does it through Eli.
  • 00:19:53.120 --> 00:19:56.110
  • And whatever God
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:57.020
  • is going to speak
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:19:58.040
  • in your life
  • 00:19:58.040 --> 00:20:00.120
  • is going to come
  • 00:20:00.120 --> 00:20:00.290
  • into context of relationships.
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:04.040
  • And I chose the word contact
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:06.060
  • to describe it
  • 00:20:06.060 --> 00:20:07.280
  • because whoever
  • 00:20:07.280 --> 00:20:10.000
  • you put around you the most
  • 00:20:10.000 --> 00:20:12.100
  • will start to affect
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:15.060
  • the voice inside of you
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:16.090
  • that speaks to you.
  • 00:20:16.090 --> 00:20:18.250
  • And have you ever noticed
  • 00:20:18.250 --> 00:20:19.140
  • that God's voice
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:20.200
  • sometimes in your life
  • 00:20:20.200 --> 00:20:22.200
  • sounds like your wife?
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:25.180
  • Sometimes for me
  • 00:20:25.180 --> 00:20:26.060
  • it sounds like my kids.
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:28.160
  • Sometimes in my life,
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:30.120
  • I've noticed
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:31.290
  • that if I am not selective
  • 00:20:31.290 --> 00:20:34.060
  • about my contacts,
  • 00:20:34.060 --> 00:20:36.170
  • I will start hearing,
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:38.200
  • I don't mean like
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:39.060
  • out loud voices.
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:40.040
  • I don't want you
  • 00:20:40.040 --> 00:20:40.210
  • to send me off
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:41.070
  • after I preach today
  • 00:20:41.070 --> 00:20:42.060
  • or anything like that.
  • 00:20:42.060 --> 00:20:43.160
  • I mean the voice in my mind
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:45.160
  • a lot of times --
  • 00:20:45.160 --> 00:20:46.140
  • when I was going through
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:48.080
  • a counseling session
  • 00:20:48.080 --> 00:20:49.160
  • to try to understand
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:50.070
  • myself better,
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:51.180
  • the one thing that the therapist
  • 00:20:51.180 --> 00:20:53.260
  • would keep saying is
  • 00:20:53.260 --> 00:20:55.150
  • whose voice is that?
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:58.030
  • You know, these things
  • 00:20:58.030 --> 00:20:58.180
  • you say to yourself.
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:20:59.220
  • You go like, you know,
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:01.060
  • I'm so stupid
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:01.250
  • and you never get anything
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:02.250
  • right and, well, of course,
  • 00:21:02.250 --> 00:21:03.210
  • you screwed it up,
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:04.130
  • you screw everything up,
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:05.030
  • you know, all of that.
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:06.040
  • And she keeps saying
  • 00:21:06.040 --> 00:21:06.200
  • whose voice is that?
  • 00:21:06.200 --> 00:21:07.210
  • Whose voice is that?
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:09.070
  • And I didn't know
  • 00:21:09.070 --> 00:21:09.230
  • if she was just trying
  • 00:21:09.230 --> 00:21:10.110
  • to get me to say, you know,
  • 00:21:10.110 --> 00:21:11.220
  • it was my dad,
  • 00:21:11.220 --> 00:21:13.170
  • you know, my mom,
  • 00:21:13.170 --> 00:21:14.110
  • like the point of all therapy.
  • 00:21:14.110 --> 00:21:15.210
  • My diapers were too tight,
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:17.080
  • I admit it.
  • 00:21:17.080 --> 00:21:18.030
  • But what I realized is
  • 00:21:20.140 --> 00:21:23.030
  • that most of us
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:23.280
  • who are not clinically insane
  • 00:21:23.280 --> 00:21:26.170
  • don't actually hear voices,
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:28.020
  • we process thoughts.
  • 00:21:28.020 --> 00:21:30.210
  • Right?
  • 00:21:30.210 --> 00:21:31.080
  • So we say
  • 00:21:31.080 --> 00:21:31.190
  • the voice of God.
  • 00:21:31.190 --> 00:21:32.050
  • How does the voice of God
  • 00:21:32.050 --> 00:21:32.270
  • come into your life?
  • 00:21:32.270 --> 00:21:34.020
  • Through thoughts.
  • 00:21:34.020 --> 00:21:35.240
  • Through thoughts.
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:36.230
  • And that's why Samuel
  • 00:21:36.230 --> 00:21:37.240
  • was confused.
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:38.170
  • Right?
  • 00:21:38.170 --> 00:21:39.210
  • 'Cause he heard something.
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:41.110
  • So he went where he knew to go.
  • 00:21:41.110 --> 00:21:43.160
  • And I wanna point out
  • 00:21:43.160 --> 00:21:44.070
  • something about this.
  • 00:21:44.070 --> 00:21:47.020
  • He did the right thing.
  • 00:21:47.020 --> 00:21:49.100
  • He did the right thing.
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:50.010
  • He ran.
  • 00:21:50.010 --> 00:21:51.170
  • I notice the Bible said
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:52.230
  • that when he heard
  • 00:21:52.230 --> 00:21:53.140
  • his name called, "Samuel,"
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:56.090
  • first of all,
  • 00:21:56.090 --> 00:21:57.080
  • it didn't sound strange to him,
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:22:00.200
  • it sounded like
  • 00:22:00.200 --> 00:22:01.060
  • what he was used to
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:02.240
  • so he ran
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:04.240
  • because that's what he did
  • 00:22:04.240 --> 00:22:06.180
  • because he had
  • 00:22:06.180 --> 00:22:07.130
  • the right passion,
  • 00:22:07.130 --> 00:22:09.190
  • but he ran to the wrong person.
  • 00:22:10.250 --> 00:22:13.250
  • Some of you right now,
  • 00:22:13.250 --> 00:22:15.150
  • you have the right passion,
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:17.270
  • but you're running to
  • 00:22:17.270 --> 00:22:18.260
  • the wrong person
  • 00:22:18.260 --> 00:22:21.000
  • or the wrong place.
  • 00:22:21.000 --> 00:22:22.220
  • Now, this is not only true
  • 00:22:22.220 --> 00:22:24.040
  • in the case of Samuel,
  • 00:22:24.040 --> 00:22:25.100
  • it was true of Moses.
  • 00:22:25.100 --> 00:22:26.280
  • God called him to deliver
  • 00:22:26.280 --> 00:22:28.240
  • His people from the Egyptians.
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:30.280
  • Moses had the right passion,
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:32.250
  • but where he messed up,
  • 00:22:32.250 --> 00:22:34.040
  • listen to this, UC,
  • 00:22:34.040 --> 00:22:35.160
  • when he killed the Egyptian,
  • 00:22:35.160 --> 00:22:37.070
  • it was the right passion,
  • 00:22:37.070 --> 00:22:38.290
  • but it was misplaced.
  • 00:22:38.290 --> 00:22:40.280
  • He tried to do it his way.
  • 00:22:40.280 --> 00:22:42.220
  • He didn't get it right
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:43.270
  • the first time.
  • 00:22:43.270 --> 00:22:45.010
  • And some of the things
  • 00:22:45.010 --> 00:22:46.000
  • that you've gotten wrong
  • 00:22:46.000 --> 00:22:46.270
  • in your life,
  • 00:22:46.270 --> 00:22:48.070
  • some of the mistakes
  • 00:22:48.070 --> 00:22:49.030
  • that you've made,
  • 00:22:49.030 --> 00:22:50.090
  • it was God stirring you up,
  • 00:22:50.090 --> 00:22:52.050
  • but it was Eli that you ran to.
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:55.220
  • You ran to the thing that God
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:57.020
  • was trying to remove
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:22:58.120
  • out of your life
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:22:59.160
  • because that's what
  • 00:22:59.160 --> 00:23:00.150
  • you were used to.
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  • You ran to the thing
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  • that you were familiar with
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  • because it's all your mind
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  • could understand.
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  • And so God gave you a gift,
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  • but you used that gift
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  • for you for a little while
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  • until you found out
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  • unless I offer the gift
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  • back to the giver,
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  • it's gonna come back empty.
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  • But God brought you here today
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  • to let you know:
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  • "That was My voice calling you.
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  • That was Me
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  • that gave you that talent.
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  • That was Me
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  • that made you good at that.
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  • That was Me
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  • that opened the door for you.
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  • That was Me that gave you
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  • that responsibility.
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  • That was Me
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  • that gave you health.
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  • That was Me
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  • that gave you strength.
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  • That was Me that gave you
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  • that connection."
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  • [Applause]
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  • - Hey, it really is
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  • a privilege to share
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  • God's word with you.
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  • 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
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  • and I'd love to take
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  • the conversation
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  • beyond 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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  • you can call
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  • or go online right now
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  • and request exclusive resources
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  • from today's message.
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  • We'll make them available
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  • to you with your gift
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  • of any amount to the ministry.
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  • But I wanna tell you about
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  • something else too.
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  • Live, every single Sunday,
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  • we broadcast a message
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  • from Elevation Church,
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  • the church where I pastor,
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  • and so you can tune in,
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  • worship with us,
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  • hear a message,
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  • experience the ministry live
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  • as it happens.
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  • And what's even better,
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  • you can connect
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  • with a community of people
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  • from all over the world.
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  • We call it eFam.
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  • "E" like Elevation.
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  • "E" like extended.
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  • It means a lot
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  • of different things.
  • 00:24:32.240 --> 00:24:33.210
  • But it's just our way to connect
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  • with you beyond this broadcast.
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  • I would love for you
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  • to join us live this weekend.
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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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  • It will take you directly
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  • to the details
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  • and the times so do it now.
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  • Visit the website.
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  • - I wanna set you free today
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  • from the feeling
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  • that you have
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  • to find your calling.
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  • Because if I will serve
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  • the purpose of the season
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  • that I'm in in my life
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  • right now,
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:08.120
  • my calling will find me.
  • 00:25:09.070 --> 00:25:12.070
  • - So the new season
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  • in my life right now,
  • 00:25:12.280 --> 00:25:13.250
  • I feel like God has placed me
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  • to be a leader over people
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  • that I work with,
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  • and just to serve
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  • and just to help them out.
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  • And I feel like
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  • that's gonna propel me
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  • to the next situation,
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  • the next season in my life
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  • that I'll be able
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  • to flourish more in.
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  • - A lot of the decisions
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  • that you make,
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  • you don't know
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  • if they're big or not
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  • when you're making them.
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  • And then you've got some
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  • decisions that you don't
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  • think are very big,
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  • but they're pivotal.
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  • It means that sometimes
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  • it's the small moves
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  • that set the direction.
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  • God says move toward it,
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  • it may work
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  • and even if it doesn't, I will.
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  • It is the power to move
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  • on a maybe.
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  • - I can remember applying
  • 00:25:50.230 --> 00:25:51.260
  • for a job one time
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  • and just feeling like
  • 00:25:52.240 --> 00:25:53.100
  • really inexperienced
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:54.150
  • and I kind of was moving
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  • on a maybe by applying and,
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  • you know.
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  • God ended up working it
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  • out for me and I was able
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  • to actually get that job
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  • despite how I felt about it.
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  • - My faith is not
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  • the expectation
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  • that circumstances
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  • will be pleasant.
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  • My faith is the expectation
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  • that the voice of the Lord
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Don't put
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  • your expectations
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  • on your situations,
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  • put them on who God is.
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  • Call or go online now
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  • to receive your copy of,
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  • - Worthy is Your name
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  • Jesus
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  • You deserve the praise
  • 00:26:32.090 --> 00:26:35.090
  • Worthy is Your name
  • 00:26:35.240 --> 00:26:38.240
  • Worthy is Your name
  • 00:26:39.110 --> 00:26:42.110
  • Jesus
  • 00:26:43.000 --> 00:26:46.000
  • You deserve the praise
  • 00:26:46.200 --> 00:26:49.200
  • Worthy is Your name
  • 00:26:50.090 --> 00:26:53.090
  • Worthy is Your name
  • 00:26:53.200 --> 00:26:56.200
  • Jesus
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  • You deserve the praise
  • 00:27:00.240 --> 00:27:03.240
  • Worthy is Your name
  • 00:27:04.160 --> 00:27:07.160
  • Worthy is Your name
  • 00:27:08.000 --> 00:27:11.000
  • Jesus
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  • You deserve the praise
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