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It's A No Go Part 2

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August 18, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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It's A No Go Part 2

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  • - Just because God says no
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  • doesn't mean it's over.
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  • I prophetically proclaim
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  • that over someone's life today.
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  • I don't know
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  • what no you've been told by God,
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  • by life, by the doctor,
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  • by another person.
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  • I don't know what the no is.
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  • But I don't have to know
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  • what the no is.
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  • Here's what I know
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  • because He who began a good work
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  • in you will be faithful
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  • to complete it.
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  • It's not over.
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  • - If God started a good work
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  • in you guess
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  • what He's gonna do?
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  • He's gonna finish it.
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  • Now you won't know
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  • all the details
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  • when it starts
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  • but God is not like you
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  • so He knows the end
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  • from the beginning.
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  • God saw the last frame
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  • of the movie
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  • before he started casting
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  • or directing.
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  • So God reveals
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  • these things to us in reverse.
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  • It's like Abraham,
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  • I'm gonna bless
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  • the whole Earth
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  • through you.
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  • OK.
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  • Can you tell me how?
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  • No.
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  • Go to the land
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  • I will show you
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  • and the details will unfold
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  • as your obedience does.
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  • So Paul says I remember
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  • how this started.
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  • I know who started it.
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  • It was God.
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  • Because I wasn't even trying
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  • to get to Philippi.
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  • Actually, when I think
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  • about how I came to you,
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  • how we started,
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  • it was almost
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  • an accidental miracle.
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  • So Paul he has like
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  • a faith flashback.
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  • David did the same thing.
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  • There's Goliath.
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  • He's big.
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  • Lion was big.
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  • The bear was big.
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  • The bigger they come --
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  • So if the lion went --
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  • and the bear went --
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  • Goliath is about to go --
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  • Just call it faith flashback.
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  • Paul says I remember.
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  • I'm released and reversed.
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  • It's kind of weird.
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  • In order to go forward
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  • with faith,
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  • I gotta remember
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  • how I went out preaching
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  • and I went to the Jews first
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  • but as I was preaching
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  • to the Jews
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  • the Gentiles wanted
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  • to hear it too.
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  • And the message was too big
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  • 'cause God told Abraham
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  • I'll bless all people
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  • through you.
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  • So God started using me
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  • to do what He said He would do.
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  • He chose me.
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  • In fact, Acts 9 calls Paul
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  • God's chosen vessel.
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  • We've been talking
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  • about choices.
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  • Always remember
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  • you didn't choose God.
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  • He chose you.
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  • If He started it
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  • He's the Author and Finisher
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  • of your faith.
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  • So I started preaching,
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  • went on a little tour,
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  • started some churches.
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  • Galatia.
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  • Went really all around.
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  • I wanted to take
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  • the Gospel farther.
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  • When I got home the people
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  • who should've been celebrating
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  • were suspicious.
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  • 'Cause sometimes we don't like
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  • when God doesn't meet our rules
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  • of who He's supposed to reach
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  • and who He's supposed to bless.
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  • You wore what to church?
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  • You listen to what?
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  • Come on man.
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  • You can't be a Christian.
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  • This is what they thought.
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  • You know, you have
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  • to keep the Sabbath.
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  • You have to be circumcised.
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  • Now let me tell you
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  • what that did.
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  • That shut down
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  • the men's ministry.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Paul was like
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  • no I don't think so.
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  • I think it's about the inside.
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  • I don't think it's about
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  • the outside.
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  • I think that's what
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  • Jesus came for.
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  • So we could stop fixing
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  • things up on the outside
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  • and smiling pretty like our life
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  • is Pinterest and get real
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  • and come into the presence
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  • of God imperfect.
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  • I don't think
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  • it's really important
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  • what you wear
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  • or if you can say
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  • the right words.
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  • I don't think that matters.
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  • I don't think
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  • that's the priority.
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  • So he just shared the gospel
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  • freely with everybody.
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  • The grace of God.
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  • When we got home
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  • had to have a little meeting
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  • to decide could the gentiles
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  • come in to the church.
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  • And it was a rowdy meeting.
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  • But ultimately they said,
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  • you know, we probably
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  • should just go with God.
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  • Imagine that.
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  • If God's doing something
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  • we should probably stay
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  • out of His way.
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  • So go ahead, Paul.
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  • Not that we really like you
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  • anymore but we're not gonna stop
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  • you so go preach.
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  • Now Paul leaves
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  • to go preach again.
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  • But this time he has an idea.
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  • He's like I need to go check
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  • on the churches that I started
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  • and see how they're doing.
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  • I need to go back
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  • to some of the places
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  • where we planted a church
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  • and see if the seeds
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  • have become trees.
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  • I need to go strengthen people
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  • in the faith that began
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  • and I wanna see
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  • if they're still moving.
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  • I wanna see if their choices
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  • are becoming habits,
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  • are becoming automatic.
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  • Can you bring me that?
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  • Yeah.
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  • So Paul, perfect,
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  • I was like I'll make sure
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  • there's no missing pieces.
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  • I wanna make sure
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  • that what God started
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  • gets completed.
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  • Come here Tyler.
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  • So he goes
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  • on this preaching tour.
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  • Hashtag strengthen the Saints.
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  • Hashtag checking on the church.
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  • Now you can't take Barnabus.
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  • Barnabus was the first Christian
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  • that liked Paul.
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  • Most the Christians
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  • didn't like Paul 'cause Paul
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  • used to kill Christians.
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  • It's kinda hard to apply
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  • for a senior pastor job
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  • with that on your resume.
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  • Our guest speaker
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  • tonight --
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  • Ahh!
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  • You know.
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  • But Barnabus
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  • was like naw he's cool.
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  • Then Paul and Barnabus
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  • got in a fight about John Mark.
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  • 'Cause it doesn't matter
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  • how delivered you get.
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  • You never fully
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  • I left that church.
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  • There was too much drama.
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  • What church are you gonna join?
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  • [Laughter]
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  • 'Cause the moment
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  • you join that one
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  • will have drama too.
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  • Anyway.
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  • So Paul goes preaching.
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  • Now I wanna illustrate
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  • this to you
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  • how the grace of God
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  • was unleashed and really
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  • that's what the whole book
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  • of Galatians is about
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  • one of the places Paul
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  • went to check on.
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  • He went to Galatia.
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  • And this might be
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  • a little complicated
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  • for just like
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  • a normal sermon.
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  • But maybe you could study
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  • it on your own time.
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  • I try to put enough
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  • in these messages
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  • that you can take home
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  • some Tubberware
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  • and then go back
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  • and visit things
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  • that you wanna look more into.
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  • But, Paul had an idea
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  • to go check on the churches
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  • and God didn't tell him
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  • to do it.
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  • In fact,
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  • Paul in this
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  • particular scenario,
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  • he's not so much being led
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  • by God to do it
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  • as he is being led
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  • by his burden to do it.
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  • The only reason I point that out
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  • is 'cause I think
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  • that a lot of us think
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  • that God leading us
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  • looks like this.
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  • You know?
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  • That's almost
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  • how we follow Christ.
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  • Like, OK, God.
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  • Come on Tyler.
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  • Make the face.
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  • OK God.
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  • Ugh.
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  • You're not making the face.
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  • You look too happy.
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  • OK.
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  • But actually,
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  • it was more like this.
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  • Paul set out.
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  • Go ahead.
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  • So that's a simple principle.
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  • Divine empowerment
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  • often awaits human initiative.
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  • So Paul went out
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  • and he went to check
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  • on the churches.
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  • It was a very effective trip.
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  • A very effective preaching tour.
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  • He couldn't take Barnabus
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  • so he took Silas which is good
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  • 'cause Silas liked to sing.
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  • They needed to sing at midnight
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  • when everyone's chains
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  • were so tight
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  • so that everyone's chains
  • 00:09:03.200 --> 00:09:04.290
  • could come loose.
  • 00:09:04.290 --> 00:09:06.110
  • Because God will put
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  • in your life who you need
  • 00:09:07.230 --> 00:09:10.080
  • for the season that you're in.
  • 00:09:10.080 --> 00:09:12.110
  • Just because Barnabus left
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  • doesn't mean God did.
  • 00:09:15.020 --> 00:09:17.040
  • So pick up Silas
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  • and hit the road.
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  • Paul said let's go.
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  • Let's go.
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  • Acts 16:4 records
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  • what happened next.
  • 00:09:26.100 --> 00:09:27.050
  • The traveled from town to town
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  • and they told all the churches
  • 00:09:29.130 --> 00:09:30.150
  • good news we met
  • 00:09:30.150 --> 00:09:32.060
  • with the counsel of Jerusalem.
  • 00:09:32.060 --> 00:09:34.050
  • You don't have
  • 00:09:34.050 --> 00:09:34.200
  • to be circumcised.
  • 00:09:34.200 --> 00:09:36.170
  • And all the men said?
  • 00:09:36.260 --> 00:09:39.260
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:09:39.260 --> 00:09:42.010
  • So Paul's like alright
  • 00:09:43.050 --> 00:09:46.050
  • put down your knives.
  • 00:09:46.050 --> 00:09:47.070
  • We're not doing that anymore.
  • 00:09:47.070 --> 00:09:49.180
  • Just here's what you do.
  • 00:09:49.180 --> 00:09:51.010
  • Don't worship idols.
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  • Don't eat food
  • 00:09:51.280 --> 00:09:53.270
  • with the blood still in it,
  • 00:09:53.270 --> 00:09:55.100
  • strangled animals.
  • 00:09:55.100 --> 00:09:57.030
  • And you can come
  • 00:09:57.030 --> 00:09:58.140
  • to the Kingdom.
  • 00:09:58.140 --> 00:09:59.130
  • They went around delivering it
  • 00:09:59.130 --> 00:10:00.270
  • and watch what happened.
  • 00:10:00.270 --> 00:10:02.100
  • Next verse.
  • 00:10:02.100 --> 00:10:03.280
  • "So the churches
  • 00:10:03.280 --> 00:10:04.260
  • were strengthened
  • 00:10:04.260 --> 00:10:05.140
  • in the faith..."
  • 00:10:05.140 --> 00:10:06.010
  • Everywhere Paul went
  • 00:10:06.010 --> 00:10:07.230
  • God gave him the grace to go
  • 00:10:07.230 --> 00:10:10.090
  • and God gave him the evidence.
  • 00:10:10.090 --> 00:10:12.000
  • "...and grew daily in numbers."
  • 00:10:13.260 --> 00:10:16.260
  • And then verse 6 happens.
  • 00:10:17.030 --> 00:10:20.030
  • Verse 6 says, "Paul
  • 00:10:20.030 --> 00:10:21.160
  • and his companions traveled..."
  • 00:10:21.160 --> 00:10:23.190
  • Let's go.
  • 00:10:23.190 --> 00:10:24.220
  • "...throughout the region
  • 00:10:24.220 --> 00:10:25.140
  • of Phrygia and Galatia,
  • 00:10:25.140 --> 00:10:27.200
  • having been kept by the..."
  • 00:10:28.260 --> 00:10:31.260
  • Devil from preaching
  • 00:10:31.260 --> 00:10:33.080
  • the word in the province.
  • 00:10:33.080 --> 00:10:36.070
  • Rick Parker, you sound upset.
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:37.140
  • What's wrong?
  • 00:10:37.140 --> 00:10:40.110
  • Did I mispronounce Phrygia?
  • 00:10:41.070 --> 00:10:44.070
  • Did I say the verse wrong?
  • 00:10:44.070 --> 00:10:46.290
  • Having been kept
  • 00:10:46.290 --> 00:10:47.210
  • by the Oh the Holy Spirit?
  • 00:10:50.110 --> 00:10:53.110
  • Having been kept
  • 00:10:53.110 --> 00:10:54.130
  • by the Holy Spirit
  • 00:10:54.130 --> 00:10:55.200
  • from preaching?
  • 00:10:57.030 --> 00:11:00.050
  • I understand the Holy Spirit
  • 00:11:00.050 --> 00:11:01.070
  • keeps me from doing
  • 00:11:01.070 --> 00:11:02.030
  • certain things.
  • 00:11:02.030 --> 00:11:04.230
  • Please don't look at me like
  • 00:11:04.230 --> 00:11:05.160
  • you've never had the Holy Spirit
  • 00:11:05.160 --> 00:11:06.240
  • have to restrain you.
  • 00:11:06.240 --> 00:11:09.210
  • Please don't look at me like
  • 00:11:09.210 --> 00:11:10.150
  • there's never been cuss words
  • 00:11:10.150 --> 00:11:11.150
  • coming out of your mouth
  • 00:11:11.150 --> 00:11:13.030
  • and something that was God
  • 00:11:13.030 --> 00:11:14.230
  • on the inside of you
  • 00:11:14.230 --> 00:11:15.230
  • yanked 'em back in
  • 00:11:15.230 --> 00:11:17.050
  • and it was like swallowing
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:18.110
  • down vomit to get it
  • 00:11:18.110 --> 00:11:19.220
  • from coming out.
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:20.150
  • It tasted bad.
  • 00:11:20.160 --> 00:11:23.160
  • Graphic illustration.
  • 00:11:25.020 --> 00:11:28.020
  • I understand the Holy Spirit
  • 00:11:28.020 --> 00:11:29.010
  • kept me from going off.
  • 00:11:29.180 --> 00:11:32.180
  • I understand the Holy Spirit
  • 00:11:32.180 --> 00:11:34.030
  • kept me from certain parties.
  • 00:11:35.060 --> 00:11:38.060
  • But I didn't know
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:38.270
  • the Holy Spirit
  • 00:11:38.270 --> 00:11:39.190
  • would keep you from preaching.
  • 00:11:40.240 --> 00:11:43.240
  • I haven't been kept --
  • 00:11:43.240 --> 00:11:44.170
  • Isn't that a weird verse?
  • 00:11:44.170 --> 00:11:46.020
  • You've heard this sermon.
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:46.250
  • This is the third time
  • 00:11:46.250 --> 00:11:47.190
  • you heard this sermon.
  • 00:11:48.190 --> 00:11:51.190
  • Haven't been kept by the --
  • 00:11:52.030 --> 00:11:55.030
  • I wanna blame the Devil here.
  • 00:11:55.030 --> 00:11:57.190
  • Because everything
  • 00:11:57.190 --> 00:11:58.060
  • that I want to happen in my life
  • 00:11:58.060 --> 00:12:00.110
  • that doesn't happen
  • 00:12:00.110 --> 00:12:01.070
  • I give the Devil credit for it.
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:04.280
  • Every dream that I have
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:06.050
  • that doesn't come true
  • 00:12:06.050 --> 00:12:07.210
  • it's the Devil.
  • 00:12:07.210 --> 00:12:09.210
  • It's the Devil.
  • 00:12:09.210 --> 00:12:10.180
  • The Devil is more popular
  • 00:12:10.180 --> 00:12:11.180
  • than God in most sermons.
  • 00:12:11.180 --> 00:12:14.020
  • It's the Devil.
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:15.270
  • It's just nothin' but the Devil.
  • 00:12:16.170 --> 00:12:19.170
  • The Lord really spoke to me
  • 00:12:19.170 --> 00:12:20.240
  • the last time I went down
  • 00:12:20.240 --> 00:12:21.230
  • that line of logic.
  • 00:12:24.150 --> 00:12:27.150
  • The sense that I got is He
  • 00:12:27.150 --> 00:12:28.170
  • was telling me stop giving
  • 00:12:28.170 --> 00:12:29.150
  • the Devil credit for stuff
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:31.060
  • I'm trying to do in your life.
  • 00:12:31.220 --> 00:12:34.220
  • Particularly stop
  • 00:12:34.220 --> 00:12:37.030
  • giving the Devil credit
  • 00:12:37.030 --> 00:12:39.060
  • for the moments
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:40.150
  • where I hold you back.
  • 00:12:40.150 --> 00:12:43.060
  • Because Paul was the most
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:44.070
  • brilliant preacher
  • 00:12:44.070 --> 00:12:44.280
  • that ever lived.
  • 00:12:44.280 --> 00:12:45.270
  • There was nobody better
  • 00:12:45.270 --> 00:12:47.000
  • to preach in Asia than Paul.
  • 00:12:47.000 --> 00:12:49.050
  • Watch what he says.
  • 00:12:49.050 --> 00:12:50.050
  • He said I wanted to do
  • 00:12:50.050 --> 00:12:51.140
  • a good thing.
  • 00:12:51.140 --> 00:12:52.210
  • My desire was right.
  • 00:12:52.210 --> 00:12:54.170
  • It wasn't out of bad motives.
  • 00:12:54.170 --> 00:12:56.230
  • I was trying to strengthen
  • 00:12:56.230 --> 00:12:57.290
  • the church.
  • 00:12:57.290 --> 00:12:59.010
  • I was trying to build
  • 00:12:59.010 --> 00:13:00.110
  • people up in their faith.
  • 00:13:00.110 --> 00:13:01.280
  • I was trying to do
  • 00:13:01.280 --> 00:13:03.210
  • what I thought
  • 00:13:03.210 --> 00:13:04.180
  • God told me to do.
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:05.250
  • I went to Galatia
  • 00:13:05.250 --> 00:13:06.210
  • and God let me.
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:07.250
  • I went to Phrygia
  • 00:13:07.250 --> 00:13:09.010
  • and God let me.
  • 00:13:09.010 --> 00:13:10.010
  • But when I tried to go
  • 00:13:10.010 --> 00:13:11.280
  • to the border of Mysia
  • 00:13:11.280 --> 00:13:14.180
  • and enter Bithynia
  • 00:13:14.180 --> 00:13:15.140
  • watch what it says next.
  • 00:13:15.140 --> 00:13:16.220
  • "The Spirit of Jesus
  • 00:13:16.220 --> 00:13:17.260
  • would not allow them to."
  • 00:13:17.260 --> 00:13:20.240
  • What's up with God
  • 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:21.290
  • holding Paul back
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.090
  • from preaching the Gospel?
  • 00:13:23.110 --> 00:13:26.110
  • Why would God send his Son
  • 00:13:26.190 --> 00:13:29.190
  • and not spare His Son?
  • 00:13:29.190 --> 00:13:32.050
  • Then Paul goes to try
  • 00:13:32.050 --> 00:13:33.130
  • to preach and God says no!
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:37.160
  • So Jesus says go
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:38.280
  • into all the world
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:39.160
  • and preach the gospel.
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:40.080
  • Paul's like OK.
  • 00:13:40.080 --> 00:13:41.070
  • God says no not there.
  • 00:13:43.230 --> 00:13:46.230
  • I'm just trying to do
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:47.200
  • what you told me to do!
  • 00:13:47.200 --> 00:13:50.120
  • Try again.
  • 00:13:50.120 --> 00:13:51.070
  • Maybe we can get in Mysia.
  • 00:13:51.070 --> 00:13:52.260
  • They goin' to Mysia.
  • 00:13:52.260 --> 00:13:53.240
  • Got to the border.
  • 00:13:53.240 --> 00:13:54.150
  • No.
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:57.250
  • Most of us right here
  • 00:13:57.260 --> 00:14:00.280
  • would have gone back home.
  • 00:14:01.280 --> 00:14:04.280
  • Because the moment
  • 00:14:04.280 --> 00:14:05.250
  • that we make progress
  • 00:14:05.250 --> 00:14:07.120
  • and then the progress stops --
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:09.180
  • And I know your wrist
  • 00:14:09.180 --> 00:14:10.060
  • is starting to hurt
  • 00:14:10.060 --> 00:14:10.290
  • and there'll be a reward
  • 00:14:10.290 --> 00:14:11.190
  • in Heaven and a crown
  • 00:14:11.190 --> 00:14:12.120
  • with some big jewel in it
  • 00:14:12.120 --> 00:14:13.220
  • when you get done with
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:14.230
  • this sermon and an ice pack.
  • 00:14:18.090 --> 00:14:21.090
  • But see, here's the thing
  • 00:14:21.090 --> 00:14:22.140
  • about being a good parent.
  • 00:14:22.140 --> 00:14:24.040
  • You really don't know
  • 00:14:24.040 --> 00:14:24.240
  • what kind of parent you are
  • 00:14:24.240 --> 00:14:27.140
  • until you have to tell
  • 00:14:27.140 --> 00:14:28.040
  • your kids no.
  • 00:14:28.070 --> 00:14:31.070
  • Yeah.
  • 00:14:31.070 --> 00:14:32.270
  • True.
  • 00:14:32.270 --> 00:14:35.040
  • 'Cause I play
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:35.200
  • this game with the kids
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:38.210
  • and I know it's terrible.
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:39.210
  • But sometimes I ask them
  • 00:14:39.210 --> 00:14:40.190
  • who would they choose
  • 00:14:40.190 --> 00:14:41.050
  • to live with.
  • 00:14:41.050 --> 00:14:43.260
  • It's just a game.
  • 00:14:44.070 --> 00:14:47.070
  • You look
  • 00:14:47.070 --> 00:14:47.200
  • so disturbed, sweetheart.
  • 00:14:47.200 --> 00:14:48.230
  • It's just a game.
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:49.250
  • It's not real.
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:51.100
  • Yeah, it's just a terrible
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:53.100
  • evil game that I play
  • 00:14:53.100 --> 00:14:54.110
  • with my kids.
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:56.240
  • I used to feel like
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:57.230
  • it was a compliment
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:14:59.120
  • when they said me
  • 00:14:59.120 --> 00:15:01.050
  • until I realized
  • 00:15:01.290 --> 00:15:04.290
  • that the one
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:05.270
  • they would choose to live with
  • 00:15:05.270 --> 00:15:07.100
  • is usually the parent
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:09.180
  • who doesn't know
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:11.020
  • how to say no.
  • 00:15:13.260 --> 00:15:16.260
  • You say God
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:17.130
  • is a good good Father.
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:21.070
  • It's who you are.
  • 00:15:21.280 --> 00:15:24.280
  • I like the song too.
  • 00:15:24.280 --> 00:15:27.230
  • But is He still good
  • 00:15:27.230 --> 00:15:28.210
  • when He says
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:29.150
  • what every good parent
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:30.140
  • has to say every once
  • 00:15:30.140 --> 00:15:31.280
  • and a while, "no"?
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:35.220
  • No, I'm not gonna
  • 00:15:35.220 --> 00:15:36.130
  • make it easier.
  • 00:15:36.130 --> 00:15:38.210
  • No, I'm not gonna bring them
  • 00:15:38.210 --> 00:15:39.210
  • back into your life.
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:42.060
  • No, I'm not gonna take
  • 00:15:42.060 --> 00:15:43.070
  • the thing away.
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:45.030
  • See, Paul had experience
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:46.120
  • with this you understand.
  • 00:15:46.120 --> 00:15:48.050
  • 'Cause he had something
  • 00:15:48.050 --> 00:15:49.130
  • that he called a thorn
  • 00:15:49.130 --> 00:15:50.180
  • in his flesh,
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:53.140
  • something that he wanted
  • 00:15:53.140 --> 00:15:54.130
  • God to take away.
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:56.100
  • Because he thought
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:57.080
  • I could be so much more
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:15:58.050
  • effective if it wasn't
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:15:59.010
  • for this thing
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:15:59.190
  • that's holding me back.
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:01.050
  • And we all have that thing.
  • 00:16:01.050 --> 00:16:02.040
  • So, Paul asked God take it away
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:03.280
  • and God said no.
  • 00:16:04.090 --> 00:16:07.090
  • So, Paul came back
  • 00:16:07.090 --> 00:16:08.100
  • a second time
  • 00:16:08.100 --> 00:16:08.280
  • and he said pretty please.
  • 00:16:08.280 --> 00:16:11.070
  • And God said no.
  • 00:16:11.070 --> 00:16:13.170
  • He asked him a third time
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:15.070
  • with a cherry on top
  • 00:16:15.070 --> 00:16:16.130
  • and God said no.
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:19.010
  • The answer is still no.
  • 00:16:19.010 --> 00:16:21.020
  • This is my question.
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:22.290
  • Is He still good
  • 00:16:22.290 --> 00:16:25.120
  • when the answer is still no?
  • 00:16:27.170 --> 00:16:30.170
  • Or do you have
  • 00:16:30.280 --> 00:16:33.280
  • a conditional faith
  • 00:16:33.280 --> 00:16:35.260
  • that when God says no
  • 00:16:35.260 --> 00:16:37.290
  • you go home?
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:40.190
  • That when it doesn't
  • 00:16:40.190 --> 00:16:41.050
  • happen overnight
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:42.290
  • and that when you don't see
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:43.270
  • results right away
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:45.080
  • not only do you quit the gym
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:47.040
  • but you quit church
  • 00:16:47.040 --> 00:16:48.290
  • and you quit praying.
  • 00:16:48.290 --> 00:16:51.290
  • So we tried here
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:53.130
  • and we tried there
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:54.140
  • and God said no.
  • 00:16:54.140 --> 00:16:55.210
  • So I guess it must be God's will
  • 00:16:56.070 --> 00:16:59.070
  • for us to go back home.
  • 00:16:59.070 --> 00:17:00.110
  • But Paul didn't see it that way.
  • 00:17:00.150 --> 00:17:03.150
  • Paul knew that just
  • 00:17:03.150 --> 00:17:04.000
  • because God says no
  • 00:17:04.000 --> 00:17:06.230
  • doesn't mean it's over.
  • 00:17:06.230 --> 00:17:09.220
  • I prophetically proclaim
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:11.030
  • that over someone's life today.
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:14.020
  • I don't know what no
  • 00:17:14.020 --> 00:17:15.070
  • you've been told by God,
  • 00:17:15.070 --> 00:17:17.290
  • by life, by the doctor,
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:20.010
  • by another person.
  • 00:17:20.010 --> 00:17:22.010
  • I don't know what the no is.
  • 00:17:22.010 --> 00:17:23.200
  • But I don't have to know
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:24.140
  • what the no is.
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:25.250
  • Here's what I know
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:27.010
  • because He who began a good work
  • 00:17:27.010 --> 00:17:29.180
  • in you will be faithful
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:32.080
  • to complete it.
  • 00:17:32.080 --> 00:17:34.070
  • It's not over.
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:36.170
  • It's not over.
  • 00:17:36.170 --> 00:17:38.050
  • Show 'em on the screen.
  • 00:17:38.050 --> 00:17:39.120
  • It's not over.
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:41.080
  • In fact, here's what
  • 00:17:41.080 --> 00:17:42.140
  • I learned about God.
  • 00:17:42.140 --> 00:17:44.030
  • Sometimes when He says no
  • 00:17:44.030 --> 00:17:46.210
  • it's because there's
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:47.220
  • a greater opportunity
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:49.190
  • that I don't know about yet
  • 00:17:49.190 --> 00:17:52.120
  • and God is so good.
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:54.000
  • Help me preach now.
  • 00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:54.270
  • I'm closing the message.
  • 00:17:54.270 --> 00:17:56.250
  • But this is for somebody
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  • who's been told no and the pain
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  • hasn't gone away and the memory
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  • hasn't gone away.
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  • It hasn't gotten easier.
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  • The seeds haven't gotten smother
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  • and it doesn't seem
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  • to be changing
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  • in your situation.
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  • But God came
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  • to give you strength
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  • in your spirit.
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  • It's not over.
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  • Just because God said no
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  • doesn't mean
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  • He's left you alone.
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  • He is with you in the no
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  • like He was with you
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  • in the yes.
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  • He knows what's on
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  • the other side of no.
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  • So don't go home.
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  • Don't go home
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  • just because God said no.
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  • Oh but I'm trying so hard.
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  • I asked God.
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  • I told my e-group leader?
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  • I guess it wasn't meant to be.
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  • I guess it wasn't meant for me.
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  • Paul said no.
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  • Let's go to Troas.
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  • It's at verse 8.
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  • When they went to Troas
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  • they passed by Mysia.
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  • That's where Paul wanted to go.
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  • Go ahead.
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  • And God wouldn't let him.
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  • So they had to pass by.
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  • Sometimes you have to pass
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  • by your plans
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  • Hear me with spiritual ears
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  • he passed by what he planned
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  • to get to what God purposed.
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  • So he passes by Mysia.
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  • See ya.
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  • And goes to Troas
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  • where he waits in confusion.
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  • But he's chained to grace
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  • and he waits 'cause he knows
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  • that if God says no
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  • I won't remove it.
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  • The obstacle.
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  • The thorn.
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  • I will give you a grace
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  • that is greater
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  • so that you can overcome it.
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  • It's a no go.
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  • It's not over.
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  • It's a greater opportunity.
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  • because while Paul was at Troas,
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  • not the place he planned.
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  • The place God purposed.
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  • He saw a vision in the night.
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  • This vision,
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  • it wasn't a vision of God.
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  • It was a vision of a man
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  • from Macedonia
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  • and he was standing there
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  • beginning Paul.
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  • Come over to Macedonia
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  • and help us.
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  • God didn't show up
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  • looking like an angel.
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  • God showed up
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  • looking like a need.
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  • God might be speaking to you
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  • about your next season
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  • in the context of the need
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  • that's standing right
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  • in front of you.
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  • I feel that so deep
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  • for somebody, man.
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  • Because they're just about
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  • to go home.
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  • Just go home.
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  • It's over.
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  • That's what the enemy
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  • has been telling you.
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  • Just quit trying to be free.
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  • Just quit trying.
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  • Just give in.
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  • That's just who you are.
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  • No, I'm loved by God.
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  • That's who I am.
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  • He's a good Father.
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  • If He says no there's something
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  • that He knows that I don't know.
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  • That's what makes Him God
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  • and that's why I worship Him
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  • and I serve Him.
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  • He doesn't serve me.
  • 00:21:43.180 --> 00:21:46.180
  • So verse 10.
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  • "After Paul had seen the vision,
  • 00:21:47.160 --> 00:21:49.230
  • we got ready..."
  • 00:21:49.230 --> 00:21:51.040
  • Luke says.
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  • At once.
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  • And we left
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  • "...for Macedonia,
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  • concluding that God
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  • had called us to preach
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  • the gospel to them.
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  • Eleven.
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  • From Troas..."
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  • The place
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  • where we were uncertain.
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:02.270
  • "...we put out to sea
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  • and sailed straight
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  • for Samothrace,
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  • and the next day
  • 00:22:06.040 --> 00:22:06.210
  • we went on to Neapolis.
  • 00:22:06.260 --> 00:22:09.260
  • From there we traveled
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  • to Philippi".
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  • I thank my God
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  • in every remembrance of you
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  • in every prayer with joy
  • 00:22:19.090 --> 00:22:20.050
  • for your partnership
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:20.290
  • in the gospel
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  • from the first day until now.
  • 00:22:22.120 --> 00:22:24.290
  • We got to Philippi.
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  • The place we didn't plan for
  • 00:22:28.090 --> 00:22:30.260
  • but the place God
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  • wanted us to be all along.
  • 00:22:31.140 --> 00:22:34.030
  • See, because Philippi
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  • was "a Roman colony
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  • and the leading city
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  • of that district of Macedonia."
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  • Philippi was the first place
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  • in Europe where Paul
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  • established a church.
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  • In fact, it was the first place
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  • in the western world
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  • that Paul established a church.
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  • Those of us in the western world
  • 00:22:57.260 --> 00:22:59.050
  • we are a part of a church
  • 00:22:59.120 --> 00:23:02.140
  • that started
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  • And I just wondered today
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:16.200
  • what's on the other side
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  • of your no that you will miss
  • 00:23:17.150 --> 00:23:19.270
  • if you go home
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:20.210
  • because you're disappointed?
  • 00:23:21.060 --> 00:23:24.060
  • If you receive
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  • God's yes with praise
  • 00:23:30.030 --> 00:23:33.030
  • why not receive
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  • I just wanna minister, man.
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:44.100
  • I know we're out of time
  • 00:23:44.100 --> 00:23:45.070
  • but people are frustrated
  • 00:23:45.070 --> 00:23:46.090
  • and hurting and disappointed
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:48.090
  • and been struggling with stuff
  • 00:23:48.090 --> 00:23:49.260
  • for generations and generations.
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:53.120
  • You keep thinking that
  • 00:23:53.120 --> 00:23:54.060
  • because it didn't turn out
  • 00:23:54.060 --> 00:23:55.000
  • the way that you planned
  • 00:23:55.000 --> 00:23:57.280
  • that you must be outside
  • 00:23:57.280 --> 00:23:58.220
  • of God's will.
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:24:00.250
  • You're where
  • 00:24:00.250 --> 00:24:01.060
  • you're supposed to be.
  • 00:24:01.060 --> 00:24:03.060
  • You're who
  • 00:24:03.060 --> 00:24:03.190
  • you're supposed to be.
  • 00:24:03.190 --> 00:24:06.170
  • It was Him all along.
  • 00:24:06.170 --> 00:24:09.010
  • It was Him in the yeses.
  • 00:24:09.010 --> 00:24:10.290
  • It was Him in the nos.
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:13.010
  • It was Him on the mountaintop
  • 00:24:13.010 --> 00:24:14.270
  • when you had it.
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  • When you were succeeding.
  • 00:24:15.280 --> 00:24:17.060
  • When you felt it.
  • 00:24:17.060 --> 00:24:18.070
  • It's Him in the valleys.
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  • He's the same God yesterday,
  • 00:24:19.280 --> 00:24:22.230
  • today, and forever.
  • 00:24:22.230 --> 00:24:25.100
  • Would you praise Him
  • 00:24:25.100 --> 00:24:26.140
  • right now for His purpose?
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:29.060
  • That He who began a good work
  • 00:24:29.060 --> 00:24:31.230
  • in you will be faithful
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:34.010
  • - I want you to know today
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:36.220
  • that in Christ
  • 00:24:36.220 --> 00:24:37.090
  • you are no longer a prisoner
  • 00:24:37.090 --> 00:24:38.240
  • to your situation.
  • 00:24:38.240 --> 00:24:39.290
  • You are not a prisoner
  • 00:24:39.290 --> 00:24:41.080
  • to the opinions of others
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:42.140
  • or the schemes of the enemy.
  • 00:24:42.140 --> 00:24:44.280
  • So you have
  • 00:24:44.280 --> 00:24:45.190
  • the freedom in Christ
  • 00:24:45.190 --> 00:24:46.150
  • to declare today
  • 00:24:46.150 --> 00:24:47.060
  • I'm not a hostage.
  • 00:24:47.060 --> 00:24:48.280
  • God has given us
  • 00:24:48.280 --> 00:24:49.170
  • an internal freedom
  • 00:24:49.170 --> 00:24:51.210
  • that no one or no thing
  • 00:24:51.210 --> 00:24:53.050
  • can take away.
  • 00:24:53.050 --> 00:24:54.120
  • But the key to receiving
  • 00:24:54.120 --> 00:24:55.290
  • and walking in this freedom
  • 00:24:55.290 --> 00:24:57.090
  • is not for things
  • 00:24:57.090 --> 00:24:58.010
  • around you to change.
  • 00:24:58.010 --> 00:24:59.180
  • It's for your perspective
  • 00:24:59.180 --> 00:25:00.200
  • to shift.
  • 00:25:00.200 --> 00:25:02.030
  • You can't always control
  • 00:25:02.030 --> 00:25:03.000
  • what happens to you
  • 00:25:03.000 --> 00:25:04.100
  • but you can always
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:04.290
  • choose your response.
  • 00:25:04.290 --> 00:25:06.110
  • It's simple but it's true.
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  • We have a brand-new resource,
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  • a series to help you to walk
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  • in this reality.
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  • It's called "Not a Hostage".
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  • I love the title.
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  • It has attitude on it.
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  • It's something
  • 00:25:15.200 --> 00:25:16.050
  • you can say to the Devil.
  • 00:25:16.050 --> 00:25:17.070
  • It's something
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  • you can remind yourself.
  • 00:25:17.190 --> 00:25:18.180
  • I'm not a hostage.
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  • We're gonna give you
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  • four keys to real freedom
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  • in any situation.
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  • So get out your phone,
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  • go online,
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  • call the number
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  • on the screen.
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  • Tell 'em I want a copy
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  • of "Not a Hostage".
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  • This series is available
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  • to the ministry.
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  • And remember,
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  • just because you feel stuck
  • 00:25:35.090 --> 00:25:36.290
  • or might be in a tight place
  • 00:25:36.290 --> 00:25:38.200
  • right now doesn't make you
  • 00:25:38.200 --> 00:25:40.090
  • a prisoner to it
  • 00:25:40.090 --> 00:25:41.100
  • or your feelings.
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  • You have the ability
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  • right now to take action
  • 00:25:43.120 --> 00:25:44.210
  • and experience freedom.
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  • I can't wait
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  • right now.
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  • And here's some more details.
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  • - I want you to see
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  • how today's choices
  • 00:25:54.260 --> 00:25:56.250
  • become tomorrow's chains.
  • 00:25:56.250 --> 00:25:59.150
  • Choices don't stay choices.
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  • They become habits.
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  • It's just a little thing
  • 00:26:05.210 --> 00:26:06.160
  • but then it becomes a habit
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  • and now you keep doing it
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  • and now it's automatic.
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  • You don't even choose anymore.
  • 00:26:13.000 --> 00:26:15.040
  • Now it's the default setting.
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  • Before long,
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  • it's not just what I do
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  • becomes my identity,
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  • now it's who I am.
  • 00:26:23.050 --> 00:26:24.240
  • I'm a child of God
  • 00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:25.190
  • but I feel like a slave to sin.
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  • You don't even
  • 00:26:28.060 --> 00:26:28.180
  • wanna do it anymore.
  • 00:26:28.180 --> 00:26:29.260
  • But you think it's who you are.
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  • You think it's your nature.
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  • Some of us spend decades
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  • being dragged around
  • 00:26:36.180 --> 00:26:38.090
  • by the decisions
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  • that we made in our past
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  • that are already covered
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  • by the blood of Jesus Christ.
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  • I don't have to spend
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  • the rest of my life
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  • being dragged around.
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  • I don't have to stay
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  • in these chains.
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  • I know a name
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  • - ANNOUNCER: It's time
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  • to stop seeing yourself
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  • as a prisoner
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  • and realize
  • 00:27:02.220 --> 00:27:03.100
  • that you are not a hostage.
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  • The key to your freedom
  • 00:27:05.120 --> 00:27:06.210
  • is your perspective.
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  • While you can't control
  • 00:27:08.110 --> 00:27:09.120
  • what happens to you,
  • 00:27:09.120 --> 00:27:10.240
  • you have the ability
  • 00:27:10.240 --> 00:27:11.270
  • to choose how you respond.
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  • Call or go online today
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  • to get your copy
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  • of "Not a Hostage"
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  • and discover the four keys
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  • to real freedom
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