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I'm Glad It Happened

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September 1, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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  • - I don't always
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  • understand the reason,
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  • but I praise God for the result.
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  • This takes faith.
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  • Can you praise God
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  • for the result
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  • of a situation
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  • that is not yet resolved?
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  • I'm not glad about the pain;
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  • I'm glad that in the pain
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  • is a purpose.
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  • I'm glad about it.
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  • I've cried enough about it.
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  • I spent enough time
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  • wishing it would go away,
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  • but now I'm standing here
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  • with my praise intact,
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  • in my right mind.
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  • - The context
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  • of this message
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  • will determine whether or not
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  • you can receive it
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  • at a level that will make it
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  • effective in your life.
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  • And starting
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  • in Philippians 1:12, Paul says:
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  • "Now I want you to know,
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  • brothers and sisters,
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  • that what has happened to me
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  • has actually served
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  • to advance the gospel.
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  • As a result,
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  • it has become clear throughout
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  • the whole palace guard
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  • and to everyone else
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  • that I am in chains
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  • for Christ.
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  • And because of my chains..."
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  • -- not in spite of my chains,
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  • but the power of God
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  • is being released
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  • through the thing
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  • that you might pity me for.
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  • Because of my chains,
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  • because of my confinement,
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  • there is a great purpose
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  • unfolding where I am positioned.
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  • "As a result,
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  • it has become clear throughout
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  • the whole palace guard
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  • and to everyone else
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  • that I am in chains for Christ.
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  • And because of my chains,
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  • most of the brothers
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  • and sisters
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  • have become confident
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  • in the Lord
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  • and dare all the more
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  • to proclaim the gospel
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  • without fear.
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  • It is true that some preach
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  • Christ out of envy and rivalry,
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  • but others out of love,
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  • knowing that I am put here..."
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  • -- see, when you understand
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  • that God is positioning you,
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  • you don't fear what people
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  • might do to you,
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  • because there is not
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  • a situation that
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  • they can put you in,
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  • in the midst of.
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  • Don't make me preach,
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  • 'cause I'm just trying
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  • to read the scripture,
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  • and I hadn't even
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  • really set it up
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  • appropriately yet,
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  • and I only got so long
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  • on this clock.
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  • But as those Hebrew boys
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  • who went into a fiery furnace,
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  • if a fourth man won't step in.
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  • Just when it gets cranked up
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  • seven times hotter
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  • than it's supposed to be,
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  • and the only thing
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  • in the fire
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  • is the ropes
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  • that had you bound.
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  • God lets you be in
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  • the fire to set you free.
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  • And so, he said,
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  • "The former..."
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  • Philippians 1:17:
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  • "...preach Christ out
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  • of selfish ambition,
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  • not sincerely,
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  • supposing they can stir up
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  • trouble for me
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  • while I am in chains."
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  • This is a cool part
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  • that only an old man can say:
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  • "'But what does it matter?'"
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  • I lived long enough
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  • to let some of my concerns
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  • fall off of me.
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  • Now, I have a sense of priority,
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  • and I'm not concerned
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  • about what they say.
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  • And I'm not concerned
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  • about their motives,
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  • because God's intention
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  • is always more powerful
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  • than human motive.
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  • "'The important thing is
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  • that in every way,
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  • whether from
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  • false motives or true,
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  • Christ is preached.
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  • And because of this..."
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  • "...because of this..."
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  • "...I rejoice."
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  • Not because of a new car,
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  • but because of a calling.
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  • Because of this I rejoice.
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  • "Yes, and I will continue
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  • to rejoice,
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  • for I know that
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  • through your prayers
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  • and God's provision
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  • of the Spirit of Jesus Christ
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  • what has happened to me
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  • will turn out
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  • for my deliverance.
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  • I eagerly expect and hope that
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  • I will in no way be ashamed,
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  • but will have sufficient courage
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  • so that now as always
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  • Christ will be exalted
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  • in my body,
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  • whether by life
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  • or by death."
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  • Now, I read all that
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  • just to go back
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  • to Philippians 1:12,
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  • where I started.
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  • "Now I want you to know,
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  • brothers and sisters,
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  • that what has happened to me..."
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  • -- what has happened to me --
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  • "...has actually served
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  • to advance the gospel."
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  • So two questions
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  • I wanna hang over your head
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  • as you sit there tonight
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  • on whatever campus,
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  • or around whatever screen,
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  • however you're viewing this,
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  • Are you where you want to be?
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  • And are you ready
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  • for what's next?
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  • God brought you here tonight
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  • to give you the opportunity
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  • to reflect, and to expect,
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  • so as I reflect,
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  • am I where I want to be?
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  • And as I expect,
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  • am I ready for what's next?
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  • you gotta understand
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  • that reflection
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  • must be done correctly
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  • in order to be productive.
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  • There is a way of reflecting
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  • on your life,
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  • and I think this is why
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  • some of us
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  • avoid looking back,
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  • that can leave you
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  • paralyzed in a sense.
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  • There is a type of reflection
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  • that does not energize you,
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  • there is a type of reflection
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  • that can bring you
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  • into a state of resentment.
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  • And when you reflect,
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  • it's important that
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  • you avoid resentment
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  • on one level,
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  • but I think also
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  • you should be very careful
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  • when you reflect,
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  • because not only can you
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  • begin to resent opportunities
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  • that you didn't get,
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  • or maybe ways that
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  • you were not acknowledged,
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  • which can bring you into
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  • a state of resentment,
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  • but you also gotta
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  • watch out for regret.
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  • This is like the devil's R&R.
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  • You know, regret and resentment.
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  • Now, they're really the same.
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  • Regret is just
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  • There is a type
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  • of reflection
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  • that leads to regret,
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  • there is a type of reflection
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  • that leads to resentment.
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  • But the right kind of reflection
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  • will lead to resolution.
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  • The right kind of reflection,
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  • by the Apostle Paul
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  • in Philippians 1,
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  • from, I believe,
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  • a Roman prison cell,
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  • which was really
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  • a rented home
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  • where he was allowed
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  • to see people,
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  • but remember now,
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  • he's been waiting for a trial
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  • for maybe as much as four years.
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  • And still, after four years
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  • of bouncing around
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  • from prelate to prelate,
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  • from governor to governor,
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  • there's still no resolution
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  • for his situation.
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  • Yet, Paul exhibits
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  • the kind of attitude
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  • in Philippians 1
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  • that I am striving
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  • to see manifest
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  • in my own life.
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  • As he reflects,
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  • he demonstrates
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  • that your spirit
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  • does not have to be
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  • a reflection of your situation.
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  • What I'm trying to say is,
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  • you do not have to allow
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  • your outlook to be defined
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  • by the events that brought you
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  • to this point.
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  • Paul proves it clearly in
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  • Philippians 1:12-20.
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  • And so, Paul is focusing here
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  • not on what is happening to him,
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  • but what is happening
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  • through him.
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  • The story that you tell
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  • is dependent on
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  • the point-of-view
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  • that you have.
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  • And so, while others
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  • are looking at Paul's life
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  • from the outside-in,
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  • they are judging him
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  • a failure.
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  • While others are looking at
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  • Paul's life from the outside-in,
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  • they're saying
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  • he's going down now.
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  • While others are looking at
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  • Paul's life from
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  • the outside-in,
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  • far away from Philippi,
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  • across the Mediterranean Sea,
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  • it doesn't look good for Paul.
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  • But Paul is not looking
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  • at his situation
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  • from the outside-in,
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  • he's looking at his situation
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  • from the inside-out.
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  • Now, the inside is where
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  • the Spirit of God lives.
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  • And if the Spirit of God
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  • lives in you:
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  • "Greater is He that is in you
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  • than he that is in the world."
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  • So it means that no matter
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  • what resistance is against me --
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  • somebody shout,
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  • "I'm glad it happened."
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  • There are some things
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  • that I went through
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  • this year that I didn't like.
  • 00:08:25.220 --> 00:08:28.050
  • There are some things
  • 00:08:28.050 --> 00:08:29.000
  • that I went through this year
  • 00:08:29.000 --> 00:08:30.090
  • that hurt.
  • 00:08:30.090 --> 00:08:31.130
  • And I'm not saying
  • 00:08:31.130 --> 00:08:32.120
  • that they didn't hurt,
  • 00:08:32.120 --> 00:08:33.180
  • they hurt.
  • 00:08:33.180 --> 00:08:34.230
  • I'm not saying that
  • 00:08:34.230 --> 00:08:35.180
  • they didn't hurt,
  • 00:08:35.180 --> 00:08:36.190
  • they hurt like hell.
  • 00:08:36.190 --> 00:08:38.180
  • I'm not saying that
  • 00:08:38.180 --> 00:08:39.260
  • I would've chosen them
  • 00:08:39.260 --> 00:08:41.010
  • if I had had the opportunity.
  • 00:08:41.010 --> 00:08:43.070
  • But now that
  • 00:08:43.070 --> 00:08:43.250
  • I've been through it,
  • 00:08:43.250 --> 00:08:45.070
  • there is something
  • 00:08:45.070 --> 00:08:46.100
  • that I learned through,
  • 00:08:46.100 --> 00:08:47.240
  • what I went through,
  • 00:08:47.240 --> 00:08:49.010
  • that made me who I am,
  • 00:08:49.010 --> 00:08:51.060
  • and I'm standing today.
  • 00:08:51.060 --> 00:08:53.010
  • Y'all didn't come
  • 00:08:53.010 --> 00:08:53.210
  • to give Him praise.
  • 00:08:53.210 --> 00:08:55.010
  • "I'm glad."
  • 00:08:55.280 --> 00:08:56.290
  • [Applause]
  • 00:09:04.150 --> 00:09:07.150
  • They probably
  • 00:09:07.150 --> 00:09:07.260
  • felt sorry for Paul.
  • 00:09:07.260 --> 00:09:09.110
  • They were probably
  • 00:09:09.110 --> 00:09:10.040
  • signing petitions
  • 00:09:10.040 --> 00:09:12.020
  • to their senators
  • 00:09:12.020 --> 00:09:14.020
  • Paul said, "Stop all
  • 00:09:17.150 --> 00:09:18.210
  • your petitions.
  • 00:09:18.210 --> 00:09:21.030
  • Don't feel sorry for me.
  • 00:09:21.030 --> 00:09:24.020
  • I know I got these chains on me.
  • 00:09:24.100 --> 00:09:27.100
  • But I'm freer than all y'all."
  • 00:09:30.010 --> 00:09:33.010
  • Now, I didn't
  • 00:09:33.010 --> 00:09:33.200
  • like it at the time,
  • 00:09:33.200 --> 00:09:35.250
  • I didn't get it at the time.
  • 00:09:35.250 --> 00:09:38.090
  • It didn't make sense
  • 00:09:38.090 --> 00:09:39.150
  • while I was in it.
  • 00:09:39.150 --> 00:09:41.250
  • long enough
  • 00:09:42.160 --> 00:09:43.110
  • to recognize,
  • 00:09:43.110 --> 00:09:44.280
  • and I've been through
  • 00:09:44.280 --> 00:09:45.180
  • enough storms to know,
  • 00:09:45.180 --> 00:09:47.240
  • and I held onto
  • 00:09:47.240 --> 00:09:48.220
  • the planks of the boat
  • 00:09:48.220 --> 00:09:50.060
  • and made it across the sea,
  • 00:09:50.060 --> 00:09:52.020
  • and saw God's...
  • 00:09:53.050 --> 00:09:56.050
  • ...provision at a level
  • 00:09:56.050 --> 00:09:56.240
  • that now I can tell you
  • 00:09:56.240 --> 00:09:59.240
  • God is up to something.
  • 00:10:02.040 --> 00:10:05.030
  • I was confused at first,
  • 00:10:05.030 --> 00:10:06.100
  • because he said,
  • 00:10:06.100 --> 00:10:06.280
  • "I want you to know,
  • 00:10:06.280 --> 00:10:07.170
  • brothers and sisters,
  • 00:10:07.170 --> 00:10:09.080
  • that what has happened to me, "
  • 00:10:09.080 --> 00:10:10.080
  • but then he gives no detail
  • 00:10:10.080 --> 00:10:11.170
  • about what actually
  • 00:10:11.170 --> 00:10:12.140
  • happened to him.
  • 00:10:12.140 --> 00:10:15.070
  • All he talks about
  • 00:10:15.070 --> 00:10:17.010
  • is what God did
  • 00:10:17.010 --> 00:10:18.020
  • through the events
  • 00:10:18.020 --> 00:10:20.030
  • that he could've been
  • 00:10:20.030 --> 00:10:20.210
  • bitter about.
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:23.130
  • I'm not a hostage.
  • 00:10:23.130 --> 00:10:25.150
  • Don't feel sorry for me.
  • 00:10:25.150 --> 00:10:28.030
  • In fact, Paul might say,
  • 00:10:28.030 --> 00:10:29.270
  • "I always wanted to go to Rome
  • 00:10:29.270 --> 00:10:31.240
  • to preach the gospel.
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:35.050
  • I didn't think
  • 00:10:35.050 --> 00:10:35.250
  • I'd have to drag
  • 00:10:35.250 --> 00:10:36.120
  • these shackles
  • 00:10:36.120 --> 00:10:38.010
  • through the streets to do it,
  • 00:10:38.010 --> 00:10:40.110
  • but it actually works out
  • 00:10:40.110 --> 00:10:41.110
  • pretty good,
  • 00:10:41.110 --> 00:10:43.020
  • 'cause all these guards
  • 00:10:43.020 --> 00:10:44.070
  • any time I open my mouth."
  • 00:10:46.210 --> 00:10:49.210
  • I'm not a hostage.
  • 00:10:49.210 --> 00:10:52.050
  • I'm not a hostage
  • 00:10:52.050 --> 00:10:53.090
  • to your opinions.
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:56.020
  • I'm not a hostage
  • 00:10:56.020 --> 00:10:57.190
  • to what went wrong.
  • 00:10:57.190 --> 00:10:59.190
  • I hear God shouting
  • 00:10:59.190 --> 00:11:00.240
  • into your iPhone 10,
  • 00:11:00.240 --> 00:11:02.120
  • I hear this message,
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:03.170
  • I hear Paul saying,
  • 00:11:03.170 --> 00:11:04.290
  • "I'm not a hostage.
  • 00:11:04.290 --> 00:11:06.170
  • I'm a weapon."
  • 00:11:06.170 --> 00:11:08.040
  • [Cheering]
  • 00:11:09.150 --> 00:11:12.150
  • Anywhere God puts me,
  • 00:11:12.150 --> 00:11:15.090
  • there's a purpose for it.
  • 00:11:15.090 --> 00:11:17.210
  • I'm not a hostage.
  • 00:11:17.210 --> 00:11:19.060
  • You better shove
  • 00:11:19.060 --> 00:11:19.180
  • your neighbor right now, say,
  • 00:11:19.180 --> 00:11:21.020
  • "I'm not a hostage."
  • 00:11:21.020 --> 00:11:23.050
  • I'm a weapon,
  • 00:11:23.050 --> 00:11:24.280
  • formed in the fire,
  • 00:11:24.280 --> 00:11:26.220
  • held steady
  • 00:11:26.220 --> 00:11:27.110
  • in the hand of God,
  • 00:11:27.110 --> 00:11:28.280
  • Somebody shout,
  • 00:11:32.250 --> 00:11:33.130
  • "I'm a weapon."
  • 00:11:33.130 --> 00:11:35.150
  • Watch out, devil.
  • 00:11:35.150 --> 00:11:36.230
  • Every time you come on me,
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:38.220
  • you make me sharper.
  • 00:11:40.280 --> 00:11:43.280
  • I'm loaded now.
  • 00:11:43.280 --> 00:11:45.060
  • I'm focused now.
  • 00:11:45.060 --> 00:11:46.270
  • I'm aimed now.
  • 00:11:46.270 --> 00:11:48.040
  • I know what matters now.
  • 00:11:48.040 --> 00:11:50.010
  • Feels like the Spirit of God
  • 00:11:55.010 --> 00:11:56.240
  • is breaking out
  • 00:11:56.240 --> 00:11:57.200
  • on this side
  • 00:11:57.200 --> 00:11:58.190
  • of the church.
  • 00:11:58.190 --> 00:11:59.260
  • Somebody thought
  • 00:11:59.260 --> 00:12:00.170
  • you were trapped.
  • 00:12:00.170 --> 00:12:01.280
  • It's not you
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:02.130
  • that's trapped,
  • 00:12:02.130 --> 00:12:03.140
  • it's the enemy.
  • 00:12:03.140 --> 00:12:04.220
  • You've got the devil on-the-run.
  • 00:12:04.220 --> 00:12:06.200
  • Don't you back down.
  • 00:12:06.200 --> 00:12:08.060
  • [Cheering]
  • 00:12:12.120 --> 00:12:15.120
  • Let's set the record straight.
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:18.070
  • I came here in chains,
  • 00:12:18.220 --> 00:12:21.220
  • but because I'm here,
  • 00:12:21.220 --> 00:12:23.110
  • somebody's gonna get set free.
  • 00:12:23.110 --> 00:12:25.210
  • God put me here.
  • 00:12:25.210 --> 00:12:28.110
  • Not Caesar.
  • 00:12:28.110 --> 00:12:30.250
  • Not Festus.
  • 00:12:31.070 --> 00:12:34.070
  • It wasn't the boat
  • 00:12:34.070 --> 00:12:34.260
  • that brought me here,
  • 00:12:34.260 --> 00:12:35.220
  • it was the purpose of God.
  • 00:12:36.240 --> 00:12:39.240
  • Because I found something out.
  • 00:12:39.240 --> 00:12:40.290
  • I found out that --
  • 00:12:40.290 --> 00:12:43.190
  • I got, like, 26 minutes.
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:45.210
  • I found out that progress
  • 00:12:47.120 --> 00:12:50.120
  • is relative to priorities.
  • 00:12:53.160 --> 00:12:56.160
  • Did you write down revision?
  • 00:12:56.160 --> 00:12:58.260
  • Because there's some parts
  • 00:12:58.260 --> 00:12:59.170
  • of your story
  • 00:12:59.170 --> 00:13:00.030
  • you need to rewrite.
  • 00:13:00.030 --> 00:13:00.200
  • Because if you carry
  • 00:13:00.200 --> 00:13:01.130
  • the mentality
  • 00:13:01.130 --> 00:13:01.280
  • that you are trapped
  • 00:13:01.280 --> 00:13:03.050
  • in a situation or trapped
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:04.280
  • in what they thought
  • 00:13:04.280 --> 00:13:05.270
  • or trapped in what they did
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:06.230
  • or trapped in the event
  • 00:13:06.230 --> 00:13:08.080
  • somebody shout
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:08.240
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:13:08.240 --> 00:13:10.180
  • And here's why.
  • 00:13:10.180 --> 00:13:11.050
  • Number two.
  • 00:13:11.050 --> 00:13:12.130
  • 'Cause I'm focused
  • 00:13:12.130 --> 00:13:12.290
  • on the results.
  • 00:13:14.140 --> 00:13:17.140
  • I don't have to like the event
  • 00:13:17.140 --> 00:13:20.060
  • to celebrate the result.
  • 00:13:20.060 --> 00:13:22.260
  • I don't know if you saw it,
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:23.220
  • but Paul said it clearly.
  • 00:13:23.220 --> 00:13:24.210
  • He said as a result.
  • 00:13:25.030 --> 00:13:28.030
  • That's 13a if they wanna
  • 00:13:28.030 --> 00:13:29.120
  • reinforce it with
  • 00:13:29.120 --> 00:13:29.280
  • screen support.
  • 00:13:29.280 --> 00:13:31.070
  • As a result.
  • 00:13:33.000 --> 00:13:36.000
  • Paul isn't writing about
  • 00:13:36.000 --> 00:13:37.010
  • how wonderful the food is.
  • 00:13:37.010 --> 00:13:39.240
  • Paul is not writing about
  • 00:13:39.240 --> 00:13:41.040
  • how strong the wifi signal
  • 00:13:41.040 --> 00:13:43.140
  • is in the Roman prison system.
  • 00:13:44.080 --> 00:13:47.080
  • What he's talking about
  • 00:13:47.080 --> 00:13:48.100
  • is the results.
  • 00:13:48.100 --> 00:13:50.270
  • He's saying I don't necessarily
  • 00:13:50.270 --> 00:13:53.130
  • like what I'm going through.
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:54.210
  • And I'm not saying
  • 00:13:54.210 --> 00:13:55.110
  • that it's fair.
  • 00:13:55.110 --> 00:13:56.000
  • That's not the point.
  • 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:57.260
  • The point is that God
  • 00:13:57.260 --> 00:13:59.020
  • is achieving a purpose
  • 00:13:59.020 --> 00:14:00.100
  • through this.
  • 00:14:00.100 --> 00:14:01.250
  • That is making it clearer
  • 00:14:01.250 --> 00:14:03.170
  • and clearer what He put me
  • 00:14:03.170 --> 00:14:05.040
  • on the Earth for.
  • 00:14:05.040 --> 00:14:06.050
  • So touch somebody
  • 00:14:06.050 --> 00:14:06.290
  • and say I'm making progress.
  • 00:14:07.040 --> 00:14:10.040
  • I'm making progress.
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:11.140
  • As long as I know
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:12.080
  • I'm making progress
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:13.100
  • I can endure anything.
  • 00:14:13.100 --> 00:14:15.010
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:17.000
  • I don't always understand
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:18.070
  • the reason but I praise God
  • 00:14:18.070 --> 00:14:20.280
  • for the result.
  • 00:14:20.280 --> 00:14:23.030
  • This takes faith.
  • 00:14:23.030 --> 00:14:24.290
  • Can you praise God
  • 00:14:24.290 --> 00:14:26.290
  • for the result of a situation
  • 00:14:26.290 --> 00:14:29.120
  • that is not yet resolved?
  • 00:14:30.140 --> 00:14:33.140
  • Not to say ten years later
  • 00:14:33.140 --> 00:14:34.290
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:14:34.290 --> 00:14:36.140
  • But while you are still sitting
  • 00:14:36.140 --> 00:14:39.010
  • in a Roman prison cell
  • 00:14:39.010 --> 00:14:41.080
  • can you say: God,
  • 00:14:41.080 --> 00:14:44.070
  • if you're gonna get some glory
  • 00:14:44.070 --> 00:14:46.130
  • out of this I'm glad.
  • 00:14:47.070 --> 00:14:50.070
  • God is going to get some glory
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:53.040
  • out of everything
  • 00:14:53.040 --> 00:14:54.070
  • I've gone through!
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:57.280
  • The more I've gone through
  • 00:14:57.280 --> 00:14:59.240
  • the greater the glory!
  • 00:14:59.240 --> 00:15:01.140
  • Shout about that!
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:03.000
  • I'm glad about it.
  • 00:15:09.280 --> 00:15:11.150
  • I'm glad about it.
  • 00:15:11.150 --> 00:15:13.040
  • I'm not glad about the pain.
  • 00:15:13.040 --> 00:15:15.150
  • I'm glad that in the pain
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:17.140
  • is a purpose.
  • 00:15:17.140 --> 00:15:18.280
  • I'm glad about it.
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:21.030
  • Somebody say I'm glad about it.
  • 00:15:21.030 --> 00:15:23.290
  • I'm glad about it.
  • 00:15:23.290 --> 00:15:24.260
  • I cried enough about it.
  • 00:15:24.260 --> 00:15:26.110
  • I spent enough time
  • 00:15:26.110 --> 00:15:27.100
  • wishing it would go away.
  • 00:15:27.100 --> 00:15:28.250
  • But now I'm standing here
  • 00:15:28.250 --> 00:15:30.220
  • in my right mind.
  • 00:15:32.160 --> 00:15:34.020
  • I'm glad about it.
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:36.030
  • [Applause]
  • 00:15:40.030 --> 00:15:43.030
  • I'm glad.
  • 00:15:43.030 --> 00:15:45.260
  • I'm glad they rejected me.
  • 00:15:47.050 --> 00:15:50.050
  • Showed me that God was enough
  • 00:15:50.050 --> 00:15:51.150
  • Where'd y'all go on that one?
  • 00:15:57.060 --> 00:15:58.090
  • I didn't hear anything
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:15:59.060
  • on that one.
  • 00:15:59.060 --> 00:16:00.150
  • [Applause]
  • 00:16:02.170 --> 00:16:05.170
  • So Paul makes
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:06.180
  • a resolution now.
  • 00:16:06.180 --> 00:16:08.210
  • He made the revision.
  • 00:16:08.210 --> 00:16:09.120
  • He set the record straight.
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:11.260
  • He said I want you to know
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:13.040
  • what was really happening here.
  • 00:16:13.040 --> 00:16:14.270
  • 'Cause y'all are feeling
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:15.160
  • sorry for me but don't feel
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:17.180
  • sorry for me.
  • 00:16:17.180 --> 00:16:19.110
  • I'm getting results.
  • 00:16:19.110 --> 00:16:21.280
  • God's getting some glory
  • 00:16:21.280 --> 00:16:23.010
  • through my life.
  • 00:16:24.090 --> 00:16:27.090
  • Don't feel sorry for me.
  • 00:16:27.090 --> 00:16:29.050
  • I am glad it happened.
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:32.070
  • I'm glad.
  • 00:16:32.070 --> 00:16:33.210
  • I might not be able to smile
  • 00:16:33.210 --> 00:16:35.000
  • when I say it
  • 00:16:35.000 --> 00:16:35.150
  • but I'm gettin' there.
  • 00:16:35.290 --> 00:16:38.290
  • I'm glad.
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:41.120
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:16:41.140 --> 00:16:44.140
  • He said I made a resolution.
  • 00:16:46.110 --> 00:16:49.110
  • This is 18b.
  • 00:16:49.110 --> 00:16:51.000
  • "Yes, and I will continue
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:56.080
  • to rejoice."
  • 00:16:56.080 --> 00:16:58.050
  • Now that's the resolution.
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:03.030
  • I worry about that word rejoice
  • 00:17:03.030 --> 00:17:05.130
  • because I think that
  • 00:17:05.130 --> 00:17:06.200
  • you might think that
  • 00:17:06.200 --> 00:17:08.050
  • it only means this or this.
  • 00:17:11.200 --> 00:17:14.200
  • No, he's making a decision
  • 00:17:14.200 --> 00:17:16.250
  • or a resolution
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:18.110
  • because remember resolution
  • 00:17:18.110 --> 00:17:20.140
  • is a decision, not an event.
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:24.100
  • I'm not waiting to see
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:25.080
  • how this turns out
  • 00:17:25.080 --> 00:17:27.090
  • before I make my decision
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:28.160
  • about my faith.
  • 00:17:28.240 --> 00:17:31.240
  • So I reflect and I expect
  • 00:17:33.190 --> 00:17:36.190
  • and Paul says I don't know
  • 00:17:36.190 --> 00:17:37.250
  • how this is gonna turn out yet.
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:38.230
  • They might kill me.
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:40.100
  • I don't know
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:40.250
  • what you're going through
  • 00:17:40.250 --> 00:17:41.140
  • right now but it ain't this bad.
  • 00:17:41.140 --> 00:17:44.090
  • That's why I brought Paul
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:44.290
  • to the praise party.
  • 00:17:45.090 --> 00:17:48.090
  • 'Cause if I say this crap
  • 00:17:48.090 --> 00:17:49.040
  • you might just think
  • 00:17:49.040 --> 00:17:49.200
  • I haven't ever been
  • 00:17:49.200 --> 00:17:50.100
  • through anything.
  • 00:17:50.100 --> 00:17:51.020
  • But you haven't been through --
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:51.290
  • You haven't had your life
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:53.030
  • on the line for the gospel.
  • 00:17:53.030 --> 00:17:54.270
  • Not yet.
  • 00:17:54.270 --> 00:17:57.140
  • So Paul says I want you to know
  • 00:17:57.140 --> 00:17:59.140
  • I made my resolution
  • 00:17:59.140 --> 00:18:00.140
  • and I will continue to rejoice.
  • 00:18:00.140 --> 00:18:02.140
  • Oh, Paul did you get good news?
  • 00:18:02.140 --> 00:18:04.090
  • Don't know.
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:07.020
  • Resolution is not an event.
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:09.180
  • It's a decision.
  • 00:18:09.180 --> 00:18:11.190
  • Now watch the decision.
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  • It's verse 20.
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  • Verse 20 he says --
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  • We gotta get 19 as well.
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  • It's just too good.
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  • I can't do this to 19.
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  • I can't leave 19 sittin'
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  • all pretty.
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  • "For I know that through
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  • your prayers and God's provision
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  • of the spirit of Jesus Christ
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  • what has happened."
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  • Somebody say
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  • I'm glad it happened.
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  • I want that ringing
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  • in your spirit
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  • so you go out
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  • really confessing it
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  • and really declaring it
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  • and really living
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  • in that state of rejoicing
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  • that is not dependant
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  • on the outcome
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  • of your situation.
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  • I know that what has happened
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  • to me will turn out
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  • for my deliverance.
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  • Here's the Word.
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  • "I eagerly expect..."
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  • How many remember I preached
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  • a whole sermon on the Greek word
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  • that Paul made up
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  • because he couldn't find
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  • a word in the lexicon
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  • that described how he felt about
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  • the situation.
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  • 'Cause he couldn't say
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  • "I have a good feeling
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  • about this.
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  • I don't know
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  • I'm enthusiastic Bill."
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  • It wasn't one of those things.
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  • It was a from the gut gladness
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  • that only comes
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  • when your sole priority
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  • is the glory of God
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  • and nothing else holds weight
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  • in the court of your reasoning.
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:30.090
  • So he made up a word
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  • from three different words.
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  • Remember?
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  • Apokaradokia.
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  • Three words.
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  • Apo- to look away.
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  • Kara - head.
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  • Dokia- stretch.
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  • Paul said I'm chained
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  • to the floor but these chains
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  • make a good sermon prop.
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  • 'Cause my feet are bound
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  • but my mind is free.
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  • I can't change
  • 00:19:56.140 --> 00:19:57.090
  • my situation right now
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  • but I can make up my mind.
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  • And here's what I've decided
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  • and I need about 130 people
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  • who will make this decision.
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  • I eagerly expect --
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  • In other words,
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  • I stretch my head
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  • toward my future.
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  • [Applause]
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  • High five your neighbor, say,
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  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:20:20.260 --> 00:20:23.030
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:20:23.030 --> 00:20:25.110
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:27.130
  • Now I want you
  • 00:20:27.130 --> 00:20:28.010
  • to do me a favor.
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  • Everybody.
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  • Every campus.
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  • Even the cool people
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:30.150
  • who are too cool to high five
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:31.130
  • your neighbor every time
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  • I tell you to high five
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  • your neighbor.
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  • I want you to turn around
  • 00:20:35.250 --> 00:20:38.000
  • 180 degrees.
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:45.020
  • Now if you
  • 00:20:45.020 --> 00:20:45.190
  • are geometrically challenged
  • 00:20:45.190 --> 00:20:46.260
  • you should be facing
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  • the opposite direction
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  • of a moment ago.
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:54.060
  • Alright.
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:21:00.060
  • The Word of God
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  • on this pulpit represents
  • 00:21:00.270 --> 00:21:02.230
  • the promises that God
  • 00:21:02.230 --> 00:21:03.200
  • has made to you and the future
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:04.260
  • that He has in store.
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:06.280
  • We came tonight to reflect
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  • but also to expect.
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  • You can't go into what's next
  • 00:21:17.040 --> 00:21:20.040
  • that has your name on it --
  • 00:21:20.040 --> 00:21:22.070
  • Your next assignment,
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:24.190
  • your next breakthrough,
  • 00:21:24.190 --> 00:21:26.130
  • your next level of influence,
  • 00:21:26.130 --> 00:21:29.080
  • your next season of real joy.
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:32.130
  • You can't go into it facing
  • 00:21:32.130 --> 00:21:34.180
  • this way.
  • 00:21:37.050 --> 00:21:40.050
  • What happened, happened.
  • 00:21:40.150 --> 00:21:43.150
  • It happened.
  • 00:21:44.050 --> 00:21:47.050
  • Whether you wanted it to or not.
  • 00:21:48.020 --> 00:21:51.020
  • Whether it was
  • 00:21:51.020 --> 00:21:51.190
  • your fault or not.
  • 00:21:51.190 --> 00:21:54.100
  • It happened.
  • 00:21:54.100 --> 00:21:56.210
  • Acknowledge it.
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:21:59.020
  • There were some
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:21:59.190
  • disappointments this year.
  • 00:21:59.250 --> 00:22:02.270
  • Some stuff
  • 00:22:02.270 --> 00:22:03.120
  • that broke your heart.
  • 00:22:07.110 --> 00:22:10.110
  • But you cannot experience
  • 00:22:10.110 --> 00:22:13.060
  • the purpose of God
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:15.270
  • with your head in your past.
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:21.010
  • I hear the spirit of God
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:21.290
  • saying tonight
  • 00:22:21.290 --> 00:22:23.270
  • [Applause]
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  • It's turn around time.
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  • Don't turn around yet.
  • 00:22:34.160 --> 00:22:36.050
  • Messin' up my illustration.
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:41.080
  • Paul said
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:41.240
  • I eagerly expect, what?
  • 00:22:41.240 --> 00:22:43.060
  • That what has happened to me
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:44.140
  • will turn out
  • 00:22:44.140 --> 00:22:46.180
  • for my deliverance.
  • 00:22:46.180 --> 00:22:47.220
  • Now I want you
  • 00:22:47.220 --> 00:22:48.070
  • 90 degrees.
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  • Just 90.
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  • Just 90.
  • 00:22:50.190 --> 00:22:52.130
  • Just 90 degrees.
  • 00:22:52.130 --> 00:22:53.210
  • I don't care which 90.
  • 00:22:53.210 --> 00:22:54.130
  • Just 90.
  • 00:22:54.130 --> 00:22:56.130
  • Preferably so you're facing
  • 00:22:56.130 --> 00:22:57.090
  • someone else.
  • 00:22:57.090 --> 00:22:58.100
  • Could you face somebody?
  • 00:22:58.100 --> 00:23:01.120
  • Hey.
  • 00:23:01.120 --> 00:23:03.290
  • Now shut up
  • 00:23:03.290 --> 00:23:04.120
  • don't strike up
  • 00:23:04.120 --> 00:23:04.260
  • a conversation.
  • 00:23:04.260 --> 00:23:07.200
  • Listen.
  • 00:23:07.200 --> 00:23:08.090
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:10.010
  • You cannot look to them
  • 00:23:10.010 --> 00:23:12.110
  • and compare yourself to them
  • 00:23:12.110 --> 00:23:14.100
  • and compare your situation
  • 00:23:14.100 --> 00:23:15.100
  • to theirs.
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:17.100
  • Not in going to the future
  • 00:23:17.100 --> 00:23:18.100
  • that God has for you.
  • 00:23:18.100 --> 00:23:19.240
  • Paul said I want you to know
  • 00:23:19.240 --> 00:23:20.250
  • that what has happened to me,
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:22.160
  • what God has for me
  • 00:23:22.160 --> 00:23:23.240
  • is for me.
  • 00:23:23.240 --> 00:23:26.130
  • Sometimes we are so busy
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:29.200
  • comparing our situation
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:31.000
  • to the situation of others.
  • 00:23:31.000 --> 00:23:33.160
  • We are locked in cycles
  • 00:23:33.160 --> 00:23:34.190
  • of resentment and regret.
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:38.030
  • But it's turn around time.
  • 00:23:38.030 --> 00:23:40.040
  • Somebody shout
  • 00:23:40.040 --> 00:23:40.190
  • it's turn around time.
  • 00:23:40.190 --> 00:23:43.170
  • Now I want you to turn
  • 00:23:43.170 --> 00:23:44.090
  • another 90 degrees
  • 00:23:44.090 --> 00:23:45.140
  • and we all should be
  • 00:23:45.140 --> 00:23:47.050
  • facing forward.
  • 00:23:47.240 --> 00:23:50.240
  • This is where I'm facing.
  • 00:23:54.060 --> 00:23:57.060
  • I got my eyes --
  • 00:23:57.240 --> 00:24:00.260
  • Put the camera on the pulpit.
  • 00:24:00.260 --> 00:24:03.160
  • I got my eyes on the Word
  • 00:24:03.170 --> 00:24:06.170
  • that God spoke to me.
  • 00:24:06.200 --> 00:24:09.200
  • My eyes are on the high calling
  • 00:24:09.210 --> 00:24:12.210
  • of God in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:24:13.070 --> 00:24:16.070
  • I got my head out my past.
  • 00:24:16.070 --> 00:24:18.220
  • I got my feet in my lane.
  • 00:24:18.220 --> 00:24:21.070
  • I got my eyes on the prize
  • 00:24:21.070 --> 00:24:23.150
  • for which God called me
  • 00:24:23.150 --> 00:24:25.070
  • heavenward in Christ.
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:30.050
  • I'm glad it happened.
  • 00:24:31.270 --> 00:24:34.270
  • I'm glad for the dangers,
  • 00:24:34.270 --> 00:24:36.230
  • the toils, the snares.
  • 00:24:36.230 --> 00:24:39.140
  • I'm glad for the battles.
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:41.020
  • I'm glad for the blessings.
  • 00:24:41.020 --> 00:24:43.090
  • I came tonight to give you
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:45.040
  • praise for all of it, God.
  • 00:24:45.140 --> 00:24:48.140
  • All things work together
  • 00:24:48.140 --> 00:24:50.290
  • for the good!
  • 00:24:50.290 --> 00:24:52.150
  • - Thank you so much
  • 00:24:55.010 --> 00:24:55.240
  • for joining us today.
  • 00:24:55.240 --> 00:24:57.120
  • Each week, we have such
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:24:58.140
  • a short time together,
  • 00:24:58.140 --> 00:24:59.240
  • and I'd love to take
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  • this conversation beyond
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  • a single TV broadcast.
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  • If you want more of
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  • you can call or go online,
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  • right now, to request
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  • exclusive resources
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  • from today's message.
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  • And, we'll get those to you
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  • with your gift of any amount
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  • to the ministry.
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  • But, there's another thing
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  • I wanna tell you about;
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  • did you know that we go live
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  • from our church,
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  • Elevation Church
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  • When you log on,
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  • you can worship with us,
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  • you'll get to hear a message,
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  • but even better than that,
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  • you can connect to
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  • a community of people
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  • from all over the world.
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  • We call it our "e-Fam",
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  • because it's like,
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  • our extended family.
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  • And it's our way to connect
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  • in an extended way,
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  • with those of you
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  • who love this ministry
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  • and want more of it.
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  • And, since it's Sunday,
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  • I'd love for you
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  • to join us live, today.
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  • If you recorded this,
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  • and you're watching it later,
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  • don't worry;
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  • All you need to do is visit
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  • StevenFurtick.com.
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  • All the details are there,
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  • you can find the times,
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  • the resources
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  • from today's message.
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  • So, go online right now,
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  • - I know breakthrough
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  • Is coming
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  • By faith
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  • I see a miracle
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  • My God made me a promise
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  • I know breakthrough
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  • Is coming
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  • By faith, I see a miracle
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  • My God made me a promise
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  • I know breakthrough
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  • Is coming
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  • By faith, I see a miracle
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  • My God made me a promise
  • 00:26:43.270 --> 00:26:46.270
  • And it won't stop now
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  • I know breakthrough
  • 00:26:52.050 --> 00:26:54.130
  • Is coming
  • 00:26:54.130 --> 00:26:55.290
  • By faith I see a miracle
  • 00:26:56.280 --> 00:26:59.280
  • My God made me a promise
  • 00:26:59.280 --> 00:27:03.000
  • And it won't stop now
  • 00:27:03.000 --> 00:27:05.150
  • Won't stop now
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