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The Paradox of Progress Part 2

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September 12, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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The Paradox of Progress Part 2

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  • - God's presence
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  • creates awareness.
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  • Awareness of your need.
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  • Awareness of His grace.
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  • Awareness of His greatness.
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  • Awareness of His glory.
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  • And you start to see
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  • that all have sinned and fallen
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  • short of the glory of God.
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  • And I don't have
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  • any judgment to give.
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  • And I don't have any hell
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  • to put anybody in.
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  • And I'm writing off
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  • all the things
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  • that I thought I knew
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  • to know the One who made me.
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  • The closer you get,
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  • the further you feel
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  • you have to go.
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  • This is the paradox
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  • - The title I wanna give
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  • this message
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  • is "The Paradox of Progress".
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  • The essence
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  • of the Gospel is paradox.
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  • And it's different
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  • than a contradiction.
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  • A contradiction is two things
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  • that cannot possibly
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  • be true at the same time.
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  • But with God we find paradox
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  • and that is that on the surface,
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  • it seems as if both
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  • cannot be true,
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  • but He's bigger than that.
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  • Nowhere is the paradox
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  • of the Gospel as played out
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  • in the practical implications
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  • of our everyday life
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  • more apparent than Philippians 3
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  • where Paul says,
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  • "I had ascended
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  • to the heights
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  • of the resume virtues
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  • of religion within Judaism.
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  • But now I've made a decision.
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  • I'm going to write
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  • all of those things off
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  • and I'm going to reach towards
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  • something better and bigger.
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  • And the thing about it is,
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  • as I am living in Christ,
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  • I am dying to self."
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  • It's a paradox.
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  • Because sometimes Paul shows us
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  • that what's most important
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  • is least impressive.
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  • Change your approach
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  • and stop trying to grow
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  • into stuff that is glamorous
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  • and noticed by people.
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  • Paul said,
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  • "I wanna know Christ."
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  • That's one of those
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  • little phrases
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  • that I don't think
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  • we really know what it means.
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  • It's like sort of.
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  • I wanna know Christ.
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  • You know what that means?
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  • Sort of.
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  • I've heard it before.
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  • It's like quoting Bible, right?
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  • Stop smoking stuff
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  • like that.
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  • Pray a lot.
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  • Missions trips.
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  • Like, yeah...
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  • "To know Him,"
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  • Paul said, "I had to go
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  • into partnership
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  • with His sufferings
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  • to experience closeness."
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  • And this is why Jesus
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  • was forsaken by those
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  • that He called,
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  • loved, shepherded, and taught,
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  • imparted into
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  • is because the closer you get,
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  • the further you feel.
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  • This is the paradox of progress
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  • and this is why
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  • you are growing in your faith
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  • at the same time
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  • that you're about
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  • to give up on it
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  • because it's a paradox
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  • of progress.
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  • The closer Jesus
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  • got to the cross,
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  • the more confused
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  • His disciples became.
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  • And sometimes the closer
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  • you get to God
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  • and the more you walk
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  • in His ways,
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  • the more questions
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  • you will have as you give up
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  • on the answers
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  • that were simple for one stage.
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  • But the closer you get,
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  • the more mature you become,
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  • the more progress you make,
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  • you find that the answers
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  • don't come so easy.
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  • You're no longer content
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  • with clichés
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  • because you wanna know Him.
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  • You wanna know
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  • who He really is.
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  • Now they loved Him
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  • on Palm Sunday.
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  • Remember?
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  • They put those
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  • palm branches down.
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  • I don't even know
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  • where they got it
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  • from because that was from
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  • the other festival.
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  • They didn't even use
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  • those at Passover.
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  • But whether or not
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  • it's two different accounts
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  • merged together,
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  • we'll never know.
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  • They put the palm branches down
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  • in this passage
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  • in all of the Gospels
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  • that recorded
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  • and they were like
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  • in a loud voice,
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  • "Hosanna.
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  • Hosanna.
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  • Blessed is He who comes
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  • in the name of the Lord.
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  • Hosanna."
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  • Here's what's weird
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  • about it.
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  • The Pharisees are like,
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  • "Shut 'em up."
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  • Jesus is like, "I can't.
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  • If they stop, the rocks
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  • will start shouting
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  • because who I am creates praise.
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  • Who I am creates expectation.
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  • When My presence shows up things
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  • have to change.
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  • Things have to change."
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  • If you're sitting next
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  • to somebody who doesn't like
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  • you clap then tell 'em,
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  • "If I don't do it,
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  • the chair will.
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  • Something's gotta praise God.
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  • Something's gotta glorify Him.
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  • It might as well be something
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  • with breath.
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  • So now, back to the text.
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  • He's going in
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  • and they're like, "Hosanna.
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  • Blessed is the King who comes
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  • in the name of the Lord.
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  • Peace in heaven,
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  • and glory..."
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  • Doxa.
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  • Doxa.
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  • Remember doxa, glory,
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  • doxology, doxa.
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  • "Glory in the highest..."
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  • Doxa.
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  • "Peace in heaven,
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  • glory in the highest."
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  • Some Pharisees were like,
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  • "Shut 'em up."
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  • He's like, "And the stones
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  • will cry out."
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  • But then what's crazy to me
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  • is this paradox.
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  • Remember, I love that word.
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  • I want you to love that word.
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  • I'm gonna preach on that word
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  • until you love that word.
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  • Paradox, it's like
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  • a contradiction
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  • only it happens to be true.
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  • And sometimes
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  • when you are frustrated
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  • with yourself
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  • because you feel like
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  • a contradiction.
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  • Right?
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  • I love God,
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  • but I love certain sins.
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  • I love God, but I still love
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  • this thing over here
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  • that I shouldn't love.
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  • It's not a contradiction,
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  • it's a paradox
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  • because His strength
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  • is made perfect in your weakness
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  • and His grace needs
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  • a place to operate.
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  • So He leaves a weakness
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  • in your life so that the King
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  • can ride in on a colt
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  • so that they won't celebrate
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  • what He rode in on.
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  • They'll celebrate Him
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  • Where was I at?
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  • Oh, Verse 41,
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  • "As He approached Jerusalem
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  • and saw the city..."
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  • You got it, 19:21.
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  • "He wept over it."
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  • Wow.
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  • They were shouting,
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  • He was weeping.
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  • They were cheering
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  • and He was crying.
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  • He wasn't on the cross yet.
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  • That's not why He was crying.
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  • He wasn't in the garden yet.
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  • That's not why He was crying.
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  • There was no physical pain.
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  • He was crying
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  • because He knew
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  • they were celebrating
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  • the wrong thing.
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  • He knew that they thought
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  • that He was coming to fix it
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  • and He was coming to fix them.
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  • They thought He was coming
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  • to change the situation
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  • and the kingdom
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  • would come at once.
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  • But what He was really coming
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  • to do was deeper.
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  • He said, "Jerusalem..."
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  • The name of the city
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  • means peace.
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  • City of peace.
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  • Jeru Salem.
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  • Salem, sounds
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  • like shalom, right?
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  • Peace.
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  • City of peace.
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  • You were supposed
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  • to be the city of peace.
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  • And look at Verse 42,
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  • "If you, even you,
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  • had only known on this day
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  • what would bring you peace,
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  • but now it is hidden
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  • from your eyes."
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  • What would bring you peace
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  • is at your gait
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  • and you will reject it
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  • because it comes riding
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  • on a colt looking common,
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  • looking ordinary.
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  • You will reject it
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  • because you do not
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  • understand the cross.
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  • And the closer Jesus
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  • got to His purpose,
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  • the further He got
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  • from their plan.
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  • Have your plans
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  • been disrupted lately?
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  • You might be getting closer.
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  • You know how we used to play
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  • closer, closer, closer.
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  • I always thought
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  • it was interesting how Paul
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  • was blinded
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  • when he first got converted
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  • by Jesus on the Damascus Road.
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  • And it must have been weird
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  • because he had never
  • 00:08:10.130 --> 00:08:12.050
  • been closer to God
  • 00:08:12.050 --> 00:08:14.030
  • than he was in that moment.
  • 00:08:14.030 --> 00:08:15.080
  • He'd been close to religion,
  • 00:08:15.080 --> 00:08:16.150
  • he had climbed that ladder.
  • 00:08:16.150 --> 00:08:17.160
  • But now he can't see.
  • 00:08:17.160 --> 00:08:19.280
  • And there's a sense in which
  • 00:08:19.280 --> 00:08:21.280
  • when you really make progress
  • 00:08:21.280 --> 00:08:23.180
  • in your walk with God,
  • 00:08:23.180 --> 00:08:24.230
  • at first you think
  • 00:08:24.230 --> 00:08:26.220
  • you know everything
  • 00:08:26.220 --> 00:08:29.140
  • and now you've got the answer.
  • 00:08:29.140 --> 00:08:31.060
  • But Jesus is the answer.
  • 00:08:31.060 --> 00:08:32.140
  • What's the answer?
  • 00:08:32.140 --> 00:08:33.120
  • Jesus is the answer.
  • 00:08:33.120 --> 00:08:34.070
  • What's the answer
  • 00:08:34.070 --> 00:08:34.270
  • for America?
  • 00:08:34.270 --> 00:08:35.160
  • Jesus is the answer
  • 00:08:35.160 --> 00:08:36.120
  • for America.
  • 00:08:36.120 --> 00:08:37.100
  • What's the answer
  • 00:08:37.100 --> 00:08:37.270
  • for our young people
  • 00:08:37.270 --> 00:08:38.230
  • and the drug epidemic
  • 00:08:38.230 --> 00:08:39.220
  • in the Appalachian?
  • 00:08:39.220 --> 00:08:40.230
  • Jesus is the answer,
  • 00:08:40.230 --> 00:08:41.240
  • you know.
  • 00:08:41.240 --> 00:08:42.110
  • What's the answer
  • 00:08:42.110 --> 00:08:43.030
  • for the inner --
  • 00:08:43.030 --> 00:08:43.210
  • Jesus is the answer.
  • 00:08:43.210 --> 00:08:44.220
  • What's the answer
  • 00:08:44.220 --> 00:08:45.080
  • for alcohol?
  • 00:08:45.080 --> 00:08:45.280
  • Jesus is the answer.
  • 00:08:45.280 --> 00:08:47.090
  • But overtime you start asking
  • 00:08:47.090 --> 00:08:49.160
  • better questions.
  • 00:08:49.160 --> 00:08:51.220
  • And as you ask deeper questions,
  • 00:08:51.220 --> 00:08:53.260
  • when you first start
  • 00:08:53.260 --> 00:08:54.260
  • you think you're awesome.
  • 00:08:54.260 --> 00:08:56.160
  • Like Elijah
  • 00:08:56.160 --> 00:08:57.140
  • is making beats rights now
  • 00:08:57.140 --> 00:08:59.000
  • and I'm so proud of 'em
  • 00:08:59.000 --> 00:09:00.110
  • and they're good.
  • 00:09:00.110 --> 00:09:01.260
  • The first one he made,
  • 00:09:01.260 --> 00:09:03.250
  • he thought it was ready
  • 00:09:03.250 --> 00:09:04.180
  • for radio.
  • 00:09:04.180 --> 00:09:06.040
  • He was ready to send it
  • 00:09:06.040 --> 00:09:07.060
  • to Punk, Uzi,
  • 00:09:07.060 --> 00:09:09.080
  • all the other Lils
  • 00:09:09.080 --> 00:09:10.200
  • that I don't really like
  • 00:09:10.200 --> 00:09:11.090
  • to listen to.
  • 00:09:11.090 --> 00:09:12.180
  • And he's like,
  • 00:09:12.180 --> 00:09:13.120
  • "Dad, this is amazing.
  • 00:09:13.120 --> 00:09:14.160
  • Listen to my beat."
  • 00:09:14.160 --> 00:09:15.160
  • But then he messed around
  • 00:09:15.160 --> 00:09:16.070
  • and got good enough
  • 00:09:16.070 --> 00:09:18.280
  • to know how much better
  • 00:09:18.280 --> 00:09:20.180
  • he needed to be.
  • 00:09:20.180 --> 00:09:22.220
  • When you first started
  • 00:09:22.220 --> 00:09:23.160
  • something, you know, --
  • 00:09:23.160 --> 00:09:26.030
  • when I first started
  • 00:09:26.030 --> 00:09:26.220
  • playing guitar,
  • 00:09:26.220 --> 00:09:27.150
  • I told you about this last week,
  • 00:09:27.150 --> 00:09:28.250
  • I thought I was amazing.
  • 00:09:28.250 --> 00:09:30.060
  • When I first started preaching,
  • 00:09:30.060 --> 00:09:31.150
  • I thought I was Billy Graham
  • 00:09:31.150 --> 00:09:33.080
  • just waiting for a Tokyo
  • 00:09:33.080 --> 00:09:34.240
  • crusade to call me.
  • 00:09:34.240 --> 00:09:37.100
  • But today I stand before you
  • 00:09:37.100 --> 00:09:38.210
  • and I understand that ever --
  • 00:09:38.210 --> 00:09:41.190
  • more than ever before
  • 00:09:41.190 --> 00:09:42.250
  • at this point
  • 00:09:42.250 --> 00:09:44.050
  • that even the attempt
  • 00:09:44.050 --> 00:09:45.230
  • to describe the ways of God
  • 00:09:45.230 --> 00:09:47.080
  • is an exercise in futility
  • 00:09:47.080 --> 00:09:50.020
  • so it took me getting
  • 00:09:50.020 --> 00:09:51.170
  • good enough at it to know
  • 00:09:51.170 --> 00:09:54.030
  • how good at it I was not.
  • 00:09:54.030 --> 00:09:56.160
  • It took me getting
  • 00:09:56.160 --> 00:09:58.120
  • just good enough at it
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:10:00.200
  • to know I'm not good
  • 00:10:00.200 --> 00:10:01.150
  • at it at all.
  • 00:10:01.150 --> 00:10:02.220
  • Paul said, "The more that
  • 00:10:02.220 --> 00:10:04.240
  • I press toward to the mark..."
  • 00:10:04.240 --> 00:10:07.070
  • The more I realize
  • 00:10:07.070 --> 00:10:09.020
  • that I have so far to go
  • 00:10:09.170 --> 00:10:12.170
  • and so much to learn
  • 00:10:12.170 --> 00:10:14.220
  • and so many things in me.
  • 00:10:14.220 --> 00:10:16.050
  • You know, when you first start
  • 00:10:16.050 --> 00:10:17.290
  • trying to walk with God,
  • 00:10:17.290 --> 00:10:19.060
  • you get the mechanics down
  • 00:10:19.060 --> 00:10:20.230
  • and you do this
  • 00:10:20.230 --> 00:10:21.160
  • and you don't do that.
  • 00:10:21.160 --> 00:10:22.140
  • But then God starts
  • 00:10:22.140 --> 00:10:23.100
  • challenging your motives.
  • 00:10:23.100 --> 00:10:26.050
  • And now it's no longer
  • 00:10:26.050 --> 00:10:27.000
  • just about doing
  • 00:10:27.000 --> 00:10:27.260
  • the right things
  • 00:10:27.260 --> 00:10:28.110
  • and saying the right things
  • 00:10:28.110 --> 00:10:29.190
  • and learning the right words
  • 00:10:29.190 --> 00:10:30.290
  • and changing these protocols,
  • 00:10:30.290 --> 00:10:32.120
  • now it's about something
  • 00:10:32.120 --> 00:10:33.180
  • so much deeper.
  • 00:10:33.180 --> 00:10:35.060
  • But the good news is
  • 00:10:35.060 --> 00:10:36.260
  • if you feel like
  • 00:10:36.260 --> 00:10:37.220
  • you've got so far to go,
  • 00:10:37.220 --> 00:10:39.220
  • that is a good sign
  • 00:10:39.220 --> 00:10:41.110
  • that you are actually
  • 00:10:41.110 --> 00:10:42.160
  • getting closer to God.
  • 00:10:42.160 --> 00:10:44.110
  • God's presence
  • 00:10:44.110 --> 00:10:45.150
  • creates awareness.
  • 00:10:45.150 --> 00:10:47.100
  • Awareness of your need.
  • 00:10:47.100 --> 00:10:49.050
  • Awareness of His grace
  • 00:10:49.050 --> 00:10:50.260
  • Awareness of His greatness.
  • 00:10:50.260 --> 00:10:52.260
  • Awareness of His glory.
  • 00:10:52.260 --> 00:10:54.210
  • And you start to see
  • 00:10:54.210 --> 00:10:56.000
  • that all have sinned
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:56.240
  • and fallen short
  • 00:10:56.240 --> 00:10:57.290
  • of the glory of God.
  • 00:10:57.290 --> 00:10:59.130
  • And I don't have
  • 00:10:59.130 --> 00:11:00.060
  • any judgment to give.
  • 00:11:00.060 --> 00:11:01.160
  • And I don't have any hell
  • 00:11:01.160 --> 00:11:02.270
  • to put anybody in.
  • 00:11:02.270 --> 00:11:03.260
  • And I'm writing off
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:04.290
  • all the things
  • 00:11:04.290 --> 00:11:05.170
  • that I thought I knew to know
  • 00:11:05.170 --> 00:11:07.090
  • the One who made me.
  • 00:11:09.000 --> 00:11:12.000
  • The closer you get,
  • 00:11:12.000 --> 00:11:14.090
  • the further you feel
  • 00:11:14.090 --> 00:11:15.090
  • you have to go.
  • 00:11:15.090 --> 00:11:17.050
  • This is the paradox
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:19.050
  • of progress.
  • 00:11:19.050 --> 00:11:21.030
  • It's the paradox of Jesus
  • 00:11:21.030 --> 00:11:23.110
  • hanging on the cross
  • 00:11:23.110 --> 00:11:24.150
  • and He's never been
  • 00:11:24.150 --> 00:11:25.020
  • more powerful
  • 00:11:25.020 --> 00:11:25.250
  • and He's never
  • 00:11:25.250 --> 00:11:26.110
  • looked weaker.
  • 00:11:26.140 --> 00:11:29.140
  • So I wanna address
  • 00:11:29.140 --> 00:11:30.010
  • what Paul said
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:30.230
  • before we finish today
  • 00:11:30.230 --> 00:11:33.020
  • 'cause it always confused me,
  • 00:11:33.020 --> 00:11:34.030
  • it always seemed like a paradox.
  • 00:11:34.030 --> 00:11:36.110
  • Do you know what that means?
  • 00:11:36.110 --> 00:11:37.240
  • Paradox?
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:39.290
  • Sort of.
  • 00:11:39.290 --> 00:11:41.020
  • [laughter]
  • 00:11:41.020 --> 00:11:42.150
  • You know what I'm saying.
  • 00:11:42.150 --> 00:11:45.020
  • Like the idea that God
  • 00:11:45.020 --> 00:11:45.210
  • is sovereign,
  • 00:11:45.210 --> 00:11:46.060
  • but I'm responsible.
  • 00:11:46.060 --> 00:11:47.230
  • It's a paradox.
  • 00:11:47.230 --> 00:11:48.270
  • That's what makes Him God.
  • 00:11:48.270 --> 00:11:50.170
  • If I could explain it,
  • 00:11:50.170 --> 00:11:52.070
  • I wouldn't have to have faith
  • 00:11:52.070 --> 00:11:53.030
  • to believe it.
  • 00:11:53.030 --> 00:11:55.110
  • I'm completely comfortable.
  • 00:11:55.110 --> 00:11:56.090
  • How can you serve
  • 00:11:56.090 --> 00:11:57.130
  • and love God when God --
  • 00:11:57.130 --> 00:11:58.120
  • I'm completely comfortable
  • 00:11:58.120 --> 00:12:00.190
  • with that.
  • 00:12:00.190 --> 00:12:01.060
  • He's great big God,
  • 00:12:01.060 --> 00:12:02.050
  • I'm little ole me,
  • 00:12:02.050 --> 00:12:03.110
  • that settles it for me.
  • 00:12:03.110 --> 00:12:04.270
  • I understand how His ways
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:06.280
  • are higher than my ways,
  • 00:12:06.280 --> 00:12:08.200
  • His thoughts are higher
  • 00:12:08.200 --> 00:12:10.180
  • than my thoughts.
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:14.140
  • So Paul says,
  • 00:12:14.200 --> 00:12:17.200
  • "I wanna know Him,
  • 00:12:17.200 --> 00:12:20.040
  • and the power
  • 00:12:20.040 --> 00:12:20.210
  • of His resurrection..."
  • 00:12:20.210 --> 00:12:21.210
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • 00:12:21.210 --> 00:12:22.070
  • I want some of that
  • 00:12:22.070 --> 00:12:22.280
  • resurrection power.
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:25.250
  • "And participation
  • 00:12:25.250 --> 00:12:26.230
  • in the fellowship
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:27.090
  • of His sufferings."
  • 00:12:27.160 --> 00:12:30.160
  • At first, I thought he meant
  • 00:12:30.160 --> 00:12:32.180
  • that he wanted to die
  • 00:12:32.180 --> 00:12:33.100
  • for Christ and ultimately
  • 00:12:33.100 --> 00:12:35.240
  • he was on house arrest
  • 00:12:35.240 --> 00:12:36.270
  • at the end of the Book of Acts
  • 00:12:36.270 --> 00:12:38.040
  • when he did suffer.
  • 00:12:38.040 --> 00:12:39.070
  • Many imprisonments
  • 00:12:39.070 --> 00:12:40.020
  • and eventual death
  • 00:12:40.020 --> 00:12:40.240
  • for Christ.
  • 00:12:40.240 --> 00:12:41.260
  • Right?
  • 00:12:41.290 --> 00:12:44.290
  • But I read it differently.
  • 00:12:44.290 --> 00:12:46.020
  • He said, "I wanna participate
  • 00:12:46.020 --> 00:12:47.270
  • in His sufferings,
  • 00:12:47.270 --> 00:12:49.160
  • in His death while I live."
  • 00:12:49.160 --> 00:12:51.070
  • That's the paradox.
  • 00:12:51.070 --> 00:12:52.030
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:12:52.030 --> 00:12:54.080
  • Lord, help me deliver this.
  • 00:12:54.080 --> 00:12:56.240
  • Paul's not saying I wanna die
  • 00:12:56.240 --> 00:12:58.130
  • like Christ died,
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:13:01.040
  • he's saying I wanna live
  • 00:13:01.040 --> 00:13:03.120
  • like Christ died.
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:07.290
  • And that means
  • 00:13:07.290 --> 00:13:08.270
  • that I'm constantly
  • 00:13:08.270 --> 00:13:11.080
  • going through cycles of death
  • 00:13:11.080 --> 00:13:13.160
  • and resurrection.
  • 00:13:13.160 --> 00:13:15.290
  • That means I'm constantly
  • 00:13:15.290 --> 00:13:17.060
  • having to die
  • 00:13:17.060 --> 00:13:19.160
  • to shallow desires
  • 00:13:20.110 --> 00:13:23.110
  • so that He can give me
  • 00:13:23.110 --> 00:13:24.080
  • the desires of my heart
  • 00:13:24.080 --> 00:13:26.080
  • and do a new thing in me.
  • 00:13:26.230 --> 00:13:29.230
  • And whatever I have to let go
  • 00:13:29.230 --> 00:13:32.170
  • and whatever I have to write off
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:35.000
  • and whatever I have
  • 00:13:35.000 --> 00:13:36.020
  • to let you have --
  • 00:13:36.020 --> 00:13:36.240
  • you know, some things
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:37.230
  • are not worth me fighting
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:39.000
  • for anymore.
  • 00:13:39.000 --> 00:13:39.140
  • Whatever was gained,
  • 00:13:39.140 --> 00:13:40.230
  • whatever I thought
  • 00:13:40.230 --> 00:13:41.070
  • was important,
  • 00:13:41.070 --> 00:13:43.010
  • I'm giving it up
  • 00:13:43.010 --> 00:13:43.280
  • for something more important.
  • 00:13:43.280 --> 00:13:45.100
  • I want to know
  • 00:13:45.100 --> 00:13:47.260
  • connection with Christ.
  • 00:13:48.150 --> 00:13:51.150
  • And I wanna live like He died
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:52.220
  • so when people insult me,
  • 00:13:52.230 --> 00:13:55.230
  • I wanna learn to let
  • 00:13:55.230 --> 00:13:56.120
  • that go like He did.
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:59.260
  • I wanna live like He died.
  • 00:13:59.260 --> 00:14:01.000
  • You wanna die like He died?
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:02.020
  • No, I wanna live
  • 00:14:02.020 --> 00:14:04.040
  • like He died.
  • 00:14:04.040 --> 00:14:06.170
  • And what it will look
  • 00:14:06.170 --> 00:14:07.190
  • like sometimes,
  • 00:14:07.190 --> 00:14:08.070
  • people will think I'm losing,
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:11.120
  • but really I'm winning.
  • 00:14:12.030 --> 00:14:15.030
  • It'll seem like
  • 00:14:15.030 --> 00:14:16.210
  • and feel like I'm losing.
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:19.080
  • Now the Lord told me
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:19.280
  • it was really important
  • 00:14:19.280 --> 00:14:20.230
  • to say this.
  • 00:14:20.230 --> 00:14:21.290
  • Some of you have been convinced
  • 00:14:21.290 --> 00:14:23.250
  • you're in a losing season
  • 00:14:23.250 --> 00:14:25.140
  • right now because you feel
  • 00:14:25.140 --> 00:14:27.090
  • very discombobulated
  • 00:14:27.090 --> 00:14:29.020
  • on the inside.
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:29.260
  • You're not so certain
  • 00:14:29.260 --> 00:14:31.010
  • about certain things
  • 00:14:31.010 --> 00:14:31.290
  • that are going on
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:32.160
  • in your life right now.
  • 00:14:32.160 --> 00:14:34.000
  • It is not a loss.
  • 00:14:34.000 --> 00:14:35.140
  • In fact, it is a new level.
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:37.170
  • It is actually you going deeper
  • 00:14:37.170 --> 00:14:40.020
  • into the things of God
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:41.270
  • to understand His heart
  • 00:14:41.270 --> 00:14:43.100
  • at a level
  • 00:14:43.100 --> 00:14:43.290
  • that you couldn't have before.
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:45.250
  • So Paul said,
  • 00:14:45.250 --> 00:14:46.250
  • "If I have to take an ill,
  • 00:14:46.250 --> 00:14:48.170
  • if I have to go through
  • 00:14:48.170 --> 00:14:49.240
  • some things
  • 00:14:49.240 --> 00:14:50.210
  • that are painful for me,
  • 00:14:50.210 --> 00:14:52.040
  • if I have to be a colt,
  • 00:14:52.040 --> 00:14:53.190
  • if I have to look like a donkey,
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:55.260
  • if I have to ride
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:14:57.040
  • in looking ridiculous
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:58.180
  • for the purpose of God
  • 00:14:58.180 --> 00:15:00.030
  • to be fulfilled,
  • 00:15:00.030 --> 00:15:01.100
  • I wanna live like He died."
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:04.020
  • If I have to hang
  • 00:15:04.020 --> 00:15:05.190
  • on a cross to bring forth
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:07.030
  • "If I have to go to Jerusalem,
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:16.270
  • and if I have to face the jeers
  • 00:15:16.270 --> 00:15:18.140
  • and the taunts
  • 00:15:18.140 --> 00:15:19.080
  • and the ridicule
  • 00:15:19.080 --> 00:15:20.020
  • and the rejection,
  • 00:15:20.020 --> 00:15:22.170
  • if I have to pray
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:23.090
  • in the Garden of Gethsemane,
  • 00:15:23.090 --> 00:15:24.280
  • nevertheless not my will,
  • 00:15:24.280 --> 00:15:26.060
  • but Yours be done,
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:28.230
  • I'm willing to do it.
  • 00:15:28.230 --> 00:15:31.080
  • It's not a goal,
  • 00:15:31.080 --> 00:15:33.160
  • it's a gift.
  • 00:15:34.160 --> 00:15:37.160
  • What you're reaching for,
  • 00:15:37.160 --> 00:15:40.050
  • is already yours.
  • 00:15:40.050 --> 00:15:43.020
  • Paul said,
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:43.280
  • "All I'm trying to do..."
  • 00:15:43.280 --> 00:15:45.100
  • Don't sit down,
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:45.240
  • I'm closing.
  • 00:15:45.240 --> 00:15:47.270
  • [laughter]
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:48.250
  • "Is take hold of that
  • 00:15:48.250 --> 00:15:51.240
  • for which Christ
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:52.140
  • already took hold of me."
  • 00:15:52.290 --> 00:15:55.290
  • I'm not trying to arrive
  • 00:15:55.290 --> 00:15:57.110
  • at a place
  • 00:15:57.110 --> 00:15:58.060
  • where God loves me.
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  • I'm just trying to live
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  • out of the love
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  • that He has already demonstrated
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:07.060
  • and express His glory, doxology.
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:11.140
  • I'm trying to express
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  • His glory through my weakness.
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  • I'm trying to ride into town
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  • like a little donkey
  • 00:16:18.140 --> 00:16:21.050
  • so I can carry
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  • the purpose of God in my life.
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  • And it might seem small
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  • and sometimes it feels like
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  • I'm going backwards
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  • and sometimes it feels like
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  • it'd be easier
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  • just not to come
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  • to church altogether
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  • and quit trying
  • 00:16:33.090 --> 00:16:33.280
  • and just give
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  • into my tendencies.
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  • But the paradox
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  • of progress is this,
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  • it's already yours.
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  • The grace that you need
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  • to change is already yours.
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  • The grace that you need
  • 00:16:50.170 --> 00:16:51.200
  • to go forward is already yours.
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  • The grace that you need
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  • to rise up is already yours.
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  • The grace that you need to do it
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  • in the face of adversity
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  • and uncertainty,
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  • it's already yours.
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  • What you are reaching for
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  • is already yours.
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:11.260
  • And I wanna pray
  • 00:17:11.260 --> 00:17:12.130
  • for some people today.
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  • Are you gonna play?
  • 00:17:13.160 --> 00:17:14.290
  • I wanna pray
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  • for some people today
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  • who have been moving forward,
  • 00:17:16.220 --> 00:17:19.010
  • but it's been a fight
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  • and it's been frustrating
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  • every step of the way
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  • and you are going to have
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  • to let go of some things
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  • to reach for your purpose.
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  • What I'm gonna pray today,
  • 00:17:30.210 --> 00:17:33.210
  • the instruction
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  • that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:35.170
  • is giving me
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  • is that you would experience
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  • Philippians 3:16
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  • and live up to what
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  • you have already attained.
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  • Isn't that a beautiful verse
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  • to say, "I'm moving forward,
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:49.070
  • but I already made it.
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  • I wanna be more like Christ,
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:56.200
  • but not so He
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  • will love me more.
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  • I wanna move forward
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  • toward my purpose,
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  • but not to prove something.
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  • I just wanna carry
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  • the King into Jerusalem.
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  • I just wanna carry
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  • the purpose of God."
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  • You know what,
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  • I wanna raise those three kids
  • 00:18:16.020 --> 00:18:17.090
  • God has given me.
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  • I wanna love my wife in a way
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  • that she can be proud
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  • to be my wife.
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  • I wanna pastor the church
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  • that He gave me in a way
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  • that would be honorable.
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  • I wanna preach messages
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  • that would help people.
  • 00:18:27.260 --> 00:18:28.260
  • And I don't have to be anything
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  • other than what
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  • I am to do it.
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  • Jesus said,
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  • "I wanna ride on a colt.
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  • I wanna little donkey.
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  • I wanna little horse.
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  • I want a little thing.
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  • I want a little thing
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  • so I can ride in on something
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  • We celebrate
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  • the wrong stuff, y'all.
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  • We celebrate the wrong stuff.
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  • The Lord rejoices to see
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  • the plumb line in the hand
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  • of Zerubbabel.
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  • He rejoices to see
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  • the beginning of a thing.
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:05.030
  • And the King
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  • comes riding in on a colt.
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  • We've gotta celebrate steps.
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  • We've gotta celebrate crosses.
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  • We've gotta celebrate
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  • even our sufferings,
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  • not because we're going
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  • through them,
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  • but because they achieve
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  • in us a glory, a doxa,
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  • that outweighs
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  • So God, help me celebrate
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  • what I see as a setback now.
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  • Help me celebrate
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  • what I see as confusion.
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  • Help me feel around
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  • in the darkness
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  • and find my way down
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  • the Damascus Road
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  • until I can see
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  • what you've called me to be.
  • 00:19:40.180 --> 00:19:42.060
  • I wanna know Him
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  • in the fellowship
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  • of His suffering
  • 00:19:44.200 --> 00:19:45.230
  • so that I can experience
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  • the resurrection power
  • 00:19:48.200 --> 00:19:51.200
  • of the humbled King,
  • 00:19:51.200 --> 00:19:54.040
  • the King of weakness,
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:56.280
  • who is our strength.
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  • With your heads bowed
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  • and your eyes closed today,
  • 00:20:00.050 --> 00:20:03.050
  • I declare that the devil
  • 00:20:03.050 --> 00:20:04.000
  • has been lying to you.
  • 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:05.090
  • You are making progress.
  • 00:20:05.090 --> 00:20:08.080
  • You are making progress.
  • 00:20:09.090 --> 00:20:12.090
  • And progress isn't pretty.
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  • Um-mmm.
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  • Usually, yards
  • 00:20:17.160 --> 00:20:18.090
  • are hard fought when you really
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:19.110
  • wanna live for God,
  • 00:20:19.160 --> 00:20:22.160
  • especially you've been doing
  • 00:20:22.160 --> 00:20:23.110
  • it a little while.
  • 00:20:23.130 --> 00:20:26.130
  • I mean it gets harder
  • 00:20:26.130 --> 00:20:27.170
  • and harder and harder.
  • 00:20:27.170 --> 00:20:29.080
  • That's the paradox of progress.
  • 00:20:29.080 --> 00:20:30.140
  • This should be easy by now.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:33.160
  • How come I have to forgive
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:34.120
  • this person
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  • for the 791st time?
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:37.280
  • I thought I did it already.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:41.240
  • The paradox of progress
  • 00:20:41.240 --> 00:20:42.240
  • is every time you do it,
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:43.220
  • you do it deeper,
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  • and God is dealing
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:46.100
  • with something different.
  • 00:20:46.100 --> 00:20:49.080
  • I pray today that God
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:49.260
  • would show you a glimpse
  • 00:20:49.260 --> 00:20:51.010
  • of your progress.
  • 00:20:51.010 --> 00:20:53.150
  • I really want you to see it
  • 00:20:53.150 --> 00:20:54.130
  • because it's important
  • 00:20:54.130 --> 00:20:55.100
  • that you know it on the inside
  • 00:20:55.100 --> 00:20:57.090
  • even if people don't see it.
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:20:58.290
  • You know, they might not notice.
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:00.120
  • People will come up and say,
  • 00:21:00.120 --> 00:21:01.060
  • "Oh, you've lost weight."
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:03.000
  • But they won't say,
  • 00:21:03.000 --> 00:21:03.170
  • "Oh, you've lost bitterness."
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:06.080
  • [laughter]
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  • They don't know
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:06.280
  • how to compliment that
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:08.220
  • 'cause usually
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:09.270
  • what's the most important
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:11.140
  • isn't the most impressive.
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:13.250
  • But may the Lord give you
  • 00:21:13.250 --> 00:21:14.180
  • the priorities today to know.
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:16.270
  • I'll count it all loss.
  • 00:21:16.270 --> 00:21:18.140
  • I'll write it all off
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:20.100
  • what they think,
  • 00:21:20.100 --> 00:21:21.000
  • what they say
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:21.290
  • for the sake of being
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:23.090
  • connected to Christ.
  • 00:21:23.090 --> 00:21:25.000
  • That matters to me.
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:26.190
  • That matters to me.
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:28.040
  • For the sake
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:29.000
  • of fulfilling my calling,
  • 00:21:29.000 --> 00:21:30.090
  • that matters to me.
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:32.230
  • Lord, I delivered Your Word
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:35.110
  • like the donkey
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:36.010
  • that I am today.
  • 00:21:36.010 --> 00:21:37.220
  • Just one stumbling step
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:38.260
  • after another to get it
  • 00:21:38.260 --> 00:21:40.010
  • to the people.
  • 00:21:40.010 --> 00:21:41.260
  • Now it's between You and them.
  • 00:21:41.260 --> 00:21:44.010
  • Whatever You spoke to them
  • 00:21:44.010 --> 00:21:45.030
  • in these moments, seal it.
  • 00:21:45.230 --> 00:21:48.230
  • It's so important to me
  • 00:21:48.230 --> 00:21:50.010
  • that today they sense Your grace
  • 00:21:50.120 --> 00:21:53.120
  • and that they apprehend that
  • 00:21:53.120 --> 00:21:54.140
  • for which You have
  • 00:21:54.140 --> 00:21:55.100
  • apprehended them.
  • 00:21:55.100 --> 00:21:57.030
  • Let 'em know
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:21:58.180
  • that You've got them
  • 00:21:58.180 --> 00:21:59.260
  • in Your grip.
  • 00:21:59.260 --> 00:22:01.290
  • That they might be trying
  • 00:22:01.290 --> 00:22:03.280
  • to hold onto something,
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:05.240
  • but You're holding onto them
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:08.000
  • so that as we take hold of that
  • 00:22:08.000 --> 00:22:09.280
  • for which You took hold of us,
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:12.050
  • we are not striving
  • 00:22:12.050 --> 00:22:13.220
  • and straining,
  • 00:22:13.220 --> 00:22:15.030
  • but trusting
  • 00:22:15.030 --> 00:22:16.130
  • and believing.
  • 00:22:16.130 --> 00:22:18.070
  • - Well, I don't know
  • 00:22:19.260 --> 00:22:20.160
  • if you're like me,
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:21.040
  • but it's easy for me
  • 00:22:21.040 --> 00:22:22.010
  • to feel stuck.
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:23.200
  • Stuck in a pattern,
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:25.100
  • stuck in a way of thinking,
  • 00:22:25.100 --> 00:22:26.230
  • even stuck in a mistake,
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:28.270
  • and all of a sudden,
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:29.150
  • it feels like
  • 00:22:29.150 --> 00:22:30.090
  • all the progress I made
  • 00:22:30.090 --> 00:22:31.110
  • was for nothing,
  • 00:22:31.110 --> 00:22:32.150
  • my priorities
  • 00:22:32.150 --> 00:22:33.050
  • are out of whack.
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:34.130
  • And once you know you're stuck,
  • 00:22:34.130 --> 00:22:36.240
  • it's difficult
  • 00:22:36.240 --> 00:22:37.120
  • to find your way out, 'cause
  • 00:22:37.120 --> 00:22:38.110
  • you've lost your momentum.
  • 00:22:38.110 --> 00:22:40.070
  • And, I wonder if
  • 00:22:40.070 --> 00:22:40.220
  • you find yourself stuck
  • 00:22:40.220 --> 00:22:41.180
  • in an area of your life today?
  • 00:22:41.180 --> 00:22:43.120
  • this new four-part message
  • 00:22:44.060 --> 00:22:45.170
  • series, called, "Flip the Flow".
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:48.020
  • It's one of my favorite
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:48.210
  • titles of a serious, ever,
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:50.170
  • but it's also some of
  • 00:22:50.170 --> 00:22:51.220
  • my favorite teaching.
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:53.050
  • We're talking about
  • 00:22:53.050 --> 00:22:54.060
  • turning it around,
  • 00:22:54.060 --> 00:22:55.110
  • getting your momentum
  • 00:22:55.110 --> 00:22:56.020
  • headed in the right direction.
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:57.240
  • This isn't just
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:22:58.150
  • a collection of sermons,
  • 00:22:58.150 --> 00:22:59.200
  • it's really a resource
  • 00:22:59.200 --> 00:23:01.100
  • for change and I'm excited
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:03.040
  • to see how God will use this
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:05.070
  • to redirect your life.
  • 00:23:05.070 --> 00:23:06.200
  • So, stop whatever
  • 00:23:06.200 --> 00:23:07.220
  • you're doing right now,
  • 00:23:07.220 --> 00:23:09.110
  • call or go online
  • 00:23:09.110 --> 00:23:10.060
  • and request your copy of
  • 00:23:10.060 --> 00:23:11.190
  • "Flip the Flow",
  • 00:23:11.190 --> 00:23:12.200
  • here's a look at
  • 00:23:12.200 --> 00:23:13.100
  • - When Moses had crossed over
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:16.170
  • the Red Sea with the nation,
  • 00:23:16.170 --> 00:23:18.180
  • he stretched his staff
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:20.010
  • back over the sea,
  • 00:23:20.010 --> 00:23:21.170
  • and that sea collapsed
  • 00:23:21.170 --> 00:23:22.270
  • on their enemies,
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:24.100
  • so God said to tell you
  • 00:23:24.100 --> 00:23:26.130
  • it's time for you
  • 00:23:26.130 --> 00:23:27.280
  • to "Flip the Flow".
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:29.060
  • Instead of concentrating
  • 00:23:29.060 --> 00:23:30.180
  • on all the moments that
  • 00:23:30.180 --> 00:23:31.200
  • it didn't go your way this year,
  • 00:23:31.200 --> 00:23:33.240
  • "Flip the Flow".
  • 00:23:33.240 --> 00:23:34.290
  • What went right?
  • 00:23:34.290 --> 00:23:36.010
  • What did work out?
  • 00:23:36.010 --> 00:23:37.060
  • Who did stay?
  • 00:23:37.060 --> 00:23:38.200
  • How did He meet your needs?
  • 00:23:38.200 --> 00:23:40.130
  • How did He come through?
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:41.270
  • Did He come through for you?
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  • Let's flip it,
  • 00:23:45.020 --> 00:23:46.000
  • from what we went through,
  • 00:23:46.000 --> 00:23:47.180
  • to why we went through.
  • 00:23:47.180 --> 00:23:49.250
  • God said, "I'm about
  • 00:23:49.250 --> 00:23:50.240
  • to flip everything
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:52.180
  • that you have been through,
  • 00:23:52.180 --> 00:23:54.090
  • and it is going to now
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:55.150
  • be to your advantage."
  • 00:23:55.150 --> 00:23:57.170
  • If anybody flipped the flow,
  • 00:23:57.170 --> 00:23:58.190
  • it was Jesus.
  • 00:23:58.190 --> 00:24:00.030
  • Every need that you experienced
  • 00:24:00.030 --> 00:24:01.280
  • in your life was pointing you
  • 00:24:01.280 --> 00:24:03.260
  • to a deeper place in God
  • 00:24:03.260 --> 00:24:05.120
  • that you can access;
  • 00:24:05.120 --> 00:24:06.150
  • a deeper place of strength,
  • 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:08.000
  • a deeper place of confidence.
  • 00:24:08.000 --> 00:24:09.230
  • If your help comes from Him,
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  • you can predict in advance
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  • how this comes out.
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  • Even before
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  • I go through the trial,
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  • I know how this comes out
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  • because He who began
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  • a good work in me,
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  • will be faithful to complete it.
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  • Come on, let's flip it.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: This could be
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  • the momentum shift you need.
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  • Your only one change away
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  • from the life you desire.
  • 00:24:37.280 --> 00:24:39.250
  • Call or go online now
  • 00:24:39.250 --> 00:24:40.270
  • to receive your copy
  • 00:24:40.270 --> 00:24:41.270
  • - We sing
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  • Hallelujah
  • 00:24:45.030 --> 00:24:48.020
  • Hallelujah
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:50.280
  • Hallelujah
  • 00:24:51.210 --> 00:24:54.210
  • We sing
  • 00:24:54.210 --> 00:24:56.170
  • Hallelujah
  • 00:24:56.170 --> 00:24:59.130
  • Hallelujah
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  • - Oh
  • 00:25:08.000 --> 00:25:11.000
  • Oh, the broken people
  • 00:25:11.000 --> 00:25:12.150
  • - "This telephone
  • 00:25:40.100 --> 00:25:40.250
  • has too many shortcomings
  • 00:25:40.250 --> 00:25:41.280
  • to be seriously considered
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  • as a means of communication.
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:45.060
  • The device is inherently
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  • of no value to us."
  • 00:25:46.280 --> 00:25:48.010
  • - Western Union
  • 00:25:48.010 --> 00:25:48.250
  • internal memo, 1876.
  • 00:25:49.060 --> 00:25:52.060
  • - "The horse
  • 00:25:52.060 --> 00:25:52.190
  • is here to stay,
  • 00:25:52.190 --> 00:25:53.140
  • but the automobile
  • 00:25:53.140 --> 00:25:54.020
  • is only a novelty, a fad."
  • 00:25:54.020 --> 00:25:56.220
  • - President of the Michigan
  • 00:25:56.220 --> 00:25:57.140
  • Savings Bank
  • 00:25:57.140 --> 00:25:58.060
  • - "Television won't last
  • 00:26:03.020 --> 00:26:04.070
  • because people will soon
  • 00:26:04.070 --> 00:26:05.060
  • get tired of staring
  • 00:26:05.060 --> 00:26:06.050
  • at a plywood box every night."
  • 00:26:06.050 --> 00:26:08.080
  • - Darryl Zanuck, movie producer,
  • 00:26:08.080 --> 00:26:09.220
  • 20th Century Fox, 1946.
  • 00:26:09.220 --> 00:26:11.280
  • - -- entire family,
  • 00:26:11.280 --> 00:26:12.220
  • we all wore royal blue.
  • 00:26:12.220 --> 00:26:14.000
  • - "There's no reason
  • 00:26:14.000 --> 00:26:15.020
  • for any individual to have
  • 00:26:15.020 --> 00:26:16.170
  • a computer in his home."
  • 00:26:16.170 --> 00:26:18.140
  • - World Future Society
  • 00:26:18.140 --> 00:26:19.060
  • Meeting, 1977.
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  • - Narrator: Throughout
  • 00:26:22.240 --> 00:26:23.100
  • the years,
  • 00:26:23.100 --> 00:26:23.260
  • people have made some
  • 00:26:23.260 --> 00:26:25.000
  • pretty inaccurate assumptions.
  • 00:26:25.000 --> 00:26:27.280
  • Technologies that were
  • 00:26:27.280 --> 00:26:28.250
  • only supposed to be
  • 00:26:28.250 --> 00:26:29.190
  • an expensive fad
  • 00:26:29.190 --> 00:26:31.000
  • have shaped an entire society.
  • 00:26:31.010 --> 00:26:34.010
  • It is our main form
  • 00:26:34.010 --> 00:26:35.170
  • of communication of connecting
  • 00:26:35.170 --> 00:26:38.030
  • with like-minded people,
  • 00:26:38.030 --> 00:26:40.200
  • of bettering ourselves,
  • 00:26:40.200 --> 00:26:42.250
  • of bettering our communities.
  • 00:26:43.130 --> 00:26:46.130
  • It connects us in ways no one
  • 00:26:46.130 --> 00:26:48.040
  • - Hey, Daddy,
  • 00:26:51.010 --> 00:26:51.210
  • welcome to my tea party.
  • 00:26:52.180 --> 00:26:55.180
  • Hey, Daddy,
  • 00:26:55.180 --> 00:26:56.060
  • welcome to my tea party.
  • 00:26:56.060 --> 00:26:57.270
  • - Hey, Mom,
  • 00:26:57.270 --> 00:26:58.130
  • [gasping]
  • 00:27:01.200 --> 00:27:02.170
  • - Oh, my...
  • 00:27:02.170 --> 00:27:02.280
  • - Narrator: We aren't
  • 00:27:02.280 --> 00:27:03.180
  • just limited
  • 00:27:03.180 --> 00:27:04.140
  • to physical locations anymore.
  • 00:27:04.140 --> 00:27:06.110
  • - Take their first flight
  • 00:27:06.110 --> 00:27:07.120
  • into space.
  • 00:27:07.120 --> 00:27:08.110
  • -- aerodynamic structure
  • 00:27:08.110 --> 00:27:09.210
  • - Industries thrive
  • 00:27:12.170 --> 00:27:13.150
  • on the ability to utilize
  • 00:27:13.150 --> 00:27:14.260
  • technology to connect
  • 00:27:14.260 --> 00:27:15.260