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Pivotal Decisions Part 2

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October 30, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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  • - When you find yourself
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  • beyond your understanding,
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  • you got to pivot to the purpose.
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  • God, I don't
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  • like this right now.
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  • I don't get this right now.
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  • I can't explain this right now.
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  • I can't rationalize it
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  • right now.
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  • But if You started it,
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  • You'll finish it.
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  • There is power in the pivot.
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  • There is power in praise.
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  • And there is a purpose
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  • in your situation.
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  • God's trying to pick a fight
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  • with the devil
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  • and He wants to break
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  • some things free
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  • and shut some things down
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  • and get some things through.
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  • And He's gonna use this too.
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  • - Today, I wanna share with you
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  • in this part two
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  • on the subject
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  • of pivotal decisions.
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  • A lot of the decisions
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  • that you make,
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  • you don't know if they're
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  • big or not when you're
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  • making them,
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  • 'cause you got some
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  • big decisions you're making.
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  • And then you've got some
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  • decisions that you don't think
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  • are very big,
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  • but they're pivotal.
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  • It means that sometimes
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  • it's the small moves
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  • that set the direction.
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  • See, we always wanna see
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  • God's hand,
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  • but sometimes you gotta
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  • watch His feet because
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  • sometimes He wants to set
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  • a different direction to say,
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  • "You're not even looking
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  • at the right side of this.
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  • Watch the pivot."
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  • And when He pivots,
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  • you gotta be quick
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  • to go with Him and say, "God,
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  • I don't want Your hand,
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  • I want Your face.
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  • I wanna know You.
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  • I wanna understand
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  • what You know I need
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  • to understand."
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  • And so since it's from the Lord,
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  • then I need Him to show me
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  • how to do it.
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  • But sometimes He won't
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  • answer the question
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  • that I ask,
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  • instead He will give me
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  • the wisdom that I need
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  • because He knows
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  • a better question.
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  • That's the pivot.
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  • That's where you find God,
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  • - And so everything
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  • you can name, that's not God.
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  • Everything you can explain,
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  • that's not God.
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  • Everything you can figure out
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  • on your own and you can
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  • make it work and you can do it,
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  • But everything you can't name,
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  • that's God.
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  • And we've been looking
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  • for a name for God,
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  • that's why we need so many
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  • and that's why He had
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  • to tell Moses in a very
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  • special way, "I am."
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  • 'Cause I need to leave room
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  • for you to know that
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  • when you get past the point
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  • of your ability
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  • to reconcile your situation,
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  • when you get beyond
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  • that's where I am.
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  • That's where I live.
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  • That's where I dwell.
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  • In the mystery,
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  • in the uncertainty,
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  • in the tension beyond
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  • your understanding."
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  • And we keep trying
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  • to find God in our logic,
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  • but He is not found with logic.
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  • He is beyond your logic.
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  • "Then Manoah took a young goat
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  • and together with
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  • the grain offering
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  • and sacrificed it
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  • on a rock to the Lord."
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  • And since the word
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  • came from the Lord,
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  • I'm gonna make the offering
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  • to the Lord.
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  • And since my breath
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  • came from the Lord,
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  • I'm gonna offer it
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  • back to the Lord.
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  • And since this situation
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  • came from the Lord,
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  • I'm gonna need the Lord
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  • to deal with it.
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  • I can't do it on my own.
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  • "And the Lord did
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  • something amazing
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  • while Manoah
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  • and his wife watched.
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  • As the flame blazed up
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  • from the altar
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  • toward the heaven,
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  • the angel of the Lord
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  • ascended into flame."
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  • He was not found in the logic,
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  • He was found in the flame.
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  • Not in figuring it out,
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  • but in the fire of sacrifice
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  • and needing God.
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  • That's where
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  • you're gonna find Him.
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  • That's where
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  • you're gonna get it.
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  • That's where you're gonna
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  • unlock it and that's where
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  • it'll be unleashed.
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  • Now, I wish I could
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  • preach about Jesus
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  • for 30 seconds right now
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  • because see, all my hope
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  • is in His blood,
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  • all my faith is in His cross,
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  • all my righteousness
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  • is in His sacrifice.
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  • And when the flames went up,
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  • the revelation came through.
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  • And he was like --
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  • Manoah was like, "I think
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  • we just saw God.
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  • 'Cause when the angel of
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  • the Lord did not show
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  • himself again," Verse 21,
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  • "to Manoah and his wife,
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  • Manoah realized it was
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  • the angel of the Lord.
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  • 'We're gonna die,'
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  • he said to his wife,
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  • 'we've seen God.'
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  • But his wife answered,
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  • 'If He meant to kill us..."
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  • -- If God was out to get you,
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  • you'd be got.
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  • That's how I know He still
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  • has mercy for my mistakes
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  • 'cause I already made enough.
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  • If He was gonna squash me
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  • for screwing up,
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  • I'd be a bug on this stage.
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  • "If the Lord had
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  • meant to kill us,
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  • He would've done it.
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  • He wouldn't have
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  • accepted the offering.
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  • He would've wiped us out.
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  • He wouldn't have shown us
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  • all these things."
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  • He wouldn't have shown you
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  • all these things.
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  • He wouldn't have seen you
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  • through all these things.
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  • Look at all He's shown you.
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  • Look at how many times
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  • you were off the path
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  • and somehow He got you back.
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  • Look at all the times
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  • you were going this way
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  • and something just --
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  • you know, He just
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  • turned stuff around.
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  • I mean, just like you
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  • couldn't do it
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  • and you were making
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  • all these plans for it,
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  • but it was the pivot
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  • that brought you back.
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  • "Then the woman gave birth,"
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  • 24, "to a boy..."
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  • Oh, I forgot to tell you this.
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  • "And named him Samson."
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  • I forgot to tell you
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  • the guy that got the haircut,
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  • you remember?
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  • 'Cause we always wanna
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  • remember people by their
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  • But Samson, the strong one,
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  • who was bench-pressing
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  • 305 in seventh grade.
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  • Samson.
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  • This is how it started.
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  • And a lot of people didn't know
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  • that because all they ever saw
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  • was his head in Delilah's lap,
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  • but it was decisions.
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  • It was decisions.
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  • It was decisions.
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  • but you get to make decisions.
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  • And God is sovereign,
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  • but you're responsible.
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  • And so how you process
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  • your desires
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  • and your decisions right now
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  • is really critical.
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  • So she has a baby,
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  • she names him Samson.
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  • "And the Lord blessed him..."
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  • He grew biceps, triceps,
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  • lats and delts,
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  • and 'bout all the names
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  • of the quadriceps,
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  • calf muscles.
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  • And it's about all I know.
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  • "And the Lord blessed him,
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  • and the Spirit of the Lord
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  • began to stir him
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  • while he was in..."
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  • [Indiscernible] --
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  • I pronounced that wrong.
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  • He was in this place.
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  • Now he's growing up,
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  • and it's going good,
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  • and God's hand
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  • is on this boy's life.
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  • He's a star football player.
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  • He learned to ride his bike
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  • at the age of three.
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  • Good things have happened.
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  • Then the pivot.
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  • Then the pivot.
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  • Now, if you just watch my feet
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  • and don't think about it,
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  • you go like, "Well,
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  • about the pivot?"
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  • Well, see,
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  • how big the move is
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  • until you walk it out.
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  • 'Cause if I walk this way
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  • and if I kept walking that way,
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  • it would be a different,
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  • a completely --
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  • but if I walk this way
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  • and all I did was this,
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  • it's a small move,
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  • but it sets the direction.
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  • And that's what's happening
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  • in your life.
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  • When you decide like
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  • how to speak to people,
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  • when you decide like
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  • whether or not
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  • you're gonna come back
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  • next weekend to church,
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  • it's a small decision,
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  • but it sets a direction.
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  • When you decide
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  • am I gonna tithe
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  • and put God first.
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  • Oh, yeah,
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  • I'm gonna put tithing
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  • in the sermon series.
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  • I'm gonna put it in
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  • because it's a decision.
  • 00:08:04.020 --> 00:08:05.010
  • It's the will of God for you
  • 00:08:05.010 --> 00:08:05.280
  • to put Him first.
  • 00:08:05.280 --> 00:08:07.010
  • And when you decide
  • 00:08:07.010 --> 00:08:07.200
  • like I'm gonna do that,
  • 00:08:07.200 --> 00:08:09.000
  • it sets a direction
  • 00:08:09.000 --> 00:08:10.200
  • to seek God first.
  • 00:08:10.200 --> 00:08:12.140
  • When you decide like,
  • 00:08:12.140 --> 00:08:13.210
  • you know what,
  • 00:08:13.210 --> 00:08:14.070
  • I'm gonna text my wife,
  • 00:08:14.130 --> 00:08:17.130
  • I'm gonna text her
  • 00:08:17.130 --> 00:08:18.110
  • and tell her I'm gonna be home
  • 00:08:18.110 --> 00:08:19.100
  • at a certain time
  • 00:08:19.100 --> 00:08:19.260
  • and I'm actually gonna
  • 00:08:19.260 --> 00:08:20.150
  • be home at that time.
  • 00:08:20.150 --> 00:08:21.150
  • It's a little decision,
  • 00:08:21.150 --> 00:08:22.270
  • but it sets a direction.
  • 00:08:22.270 --> 00:08:24.120
  • Because when you
  • 00:08:24.120 --> 00:08:24.260
  • set a direction, you know,
  • 00:08:24.260 --> 00:08:25.230
  • I can count on you
  • 00:08:25.230 --> 00:08:27.050
  • and you're gonna do it.
  • 00:08:27.050 --> 00:08:28.010
  • When you show up
  • 00:08:28.010 --> 00:08:28.200
  • and eat with your family,
  • 00:08:28.200 --> 00:08:30.040
  • that's not a big decision.
  • 00:08:30.040 --> 00:08:31.100
  • We want big decisions,
  • 00:08:31.100 --> 00:08:32.270
  • big things from God.
  • 00:08:32.270 --> 00:08:34.010
  • No, no.
  • 00:08:34.010 --> 00:08:34.160
  • It's the pivotal decisions.
  • 00:08:34.160 --> 00:08:36.160
  • It's just --
  • 00:08:36.160 --> 00:08:36.280
  • it's the little things
  • 00:08:36.280 --> 00:08:37.290
  • that you do that
  • 00:08:37.290 --> 00:08:38.240
  • set the direction for your day
  • 00:08:38.240 --> 00:08:41.090
  • and for your decade,
  • 00:08:41.140 --> 00:08:44.140
  • and even for
  • 00:08:44.140 --> 00:08:44.280
  • generations to come.
  • 00:08:44.280 --> 00:08:46.240
  • Now, it's all going good
  • 00:08:46.250 --> 00:08:49.250
  • until one day...
  • 00:08:49.250 --> 00:08:51.170
  • -- Judges 14:1 says this:
  • 00:08:51.170 --> 00:08:53.110
  • "Samson pivoted
  • 00:08:53.150 --> 00:08:56.150
  • and went down to Timnah."
  • 00:08:56.250 --> 00:08:59.250
  • Went down to Timnah.
  • 00:08:59.250 --> 00:09:00.280
  • Not very far from where
  • 00:09:00.280 --> 00:09:03.190
  • he was living at the time.
  • 00:09:03.190 --> 00:09:06.150
  • "But when he got there,
  • 00:09:06.150 --> 00:09:08.280
  • he saw a young
  • 00:09:08.280 --> 00:09:09.190
  • Philistine woman."
  • 00:09:09.190 --> 00:09:12.060
  • Who was he supposed to deliver
  • 00:09:12.060 --> 00:09:13.180
  • his people from?
  • 00:09:13.180 --> 00:09:16.100
  • So now, he's in love with
  • 00:09:16.100 --> 00:09:17.140
  • what he's called to defeat.
  • 00:09:20.040 --> 00:09:23.040
  • And he has a desire.
  • 00:09:23.040 --> 00:09:25.070
  • Have you got some desires
  • 00:09:25.070 --> 00:09:26.270
  • that don't look anything
  • 00:09:26.270 --> 00:09:27.280
  • like Bible verses,
  • 00:09:27.280 --> 00:09:29.040
  • just at least one or two?
  • 00:09:29.040 --> 00:09:30.060
  • I do.
  • 00:09:30.160 --> 00:09:33.160
  • He saw this young woman.
  • 00:09:33.160 --> 00:09:35.100
  • This is not Delilah.
  • 00:09:35.100 --> 00:09:36.230
  • That's the only woman
  • 00:09:36.230 --> 00:09:37.110
  • we ever talk about
  • 00:09:37.110 --> 00:09:37.290
  • in Samson's life.
  • 00:09:37.290 --> 00:09:38.290
  • You know, the --
  • 00:09:38.290 --> 00:09:40.110
  • combed his hair
  • 00:09:40.110 --> 00:09:41.270
  • and set him up
  • 00:09:41.270 --> 00:09:42.200
  • and got his eyes gouged out.
  • 00:09:42.270 --> 00:09:45.270
  • That's in Chapter 16.
  • 00:09:45.270 --> 00:09:47.020
  • We're not even close
  • 00:09:47.020 --> 00:09:48.130
  • to that yet.
  • 00:09:48.130 --> 00:09:49.160
  • This is just his pivotal moment.
  • 00:09:50.100 --> 00:09:53.100
  • Some of you are
  • 00:09:53.100 --> 00:09:53.260
  • in a pivotal moment right now,
  • 00:09:53.260 --> 00:09:55.150
  • deciding things.
  • 00:09:55.150 --> 00:09:56.280
  • "And he came back and said
  • 00:09:57.010 --> 00:10:00.010
  • to his father and mother,"
  • 00:10:00.010 --> 00:10:00.290
  • Verse 2,
  • 00:10:00.290 --> 00:10:01.100
  • "I have seen
  • 00:10:01.100 --> 00:10:01.250
  • a Philistine woman..."
  • 00:10:01.250 --> 00:10:02.250
  • Oh, by the way,
  • 00:10:02.250 --> 00:10:03.260
  • the key verse
  • 00:10:03.260 --> 00:10:04.160
  • in the Book of Judges says
  • 00:10:04.160 --> 00:10:06.050
  • many different times,
  • 00:10:06.050 --> 00:10:07.220
  • I don't know how many,
  • 00:10:07.220 --> 00:10:08.230
  • but it says at least three times
  • 00:10:08.230 --> 00:10:10.130
  • "they did what was right
  • 00:10:10.130 --> 00:10:11.180
  • in their own eyes".
  • 00:10:11.180 --> 00:10:13.010
  • And so Samson says, "I saw..."
  • 00:10:13.010 --> 00:10:15.040
  • With my senses.
  • 00:10:15.040 --> 00:10:16.130
  • "I saw..."
  • 00:10:16.130 --> 00:10:17.280
  • My senses, my feelings,
  • 00:10:17.280 --> 00:10:19.090
  • my emotions.
  • 00:10:19.090 --> 00:10:20.150
  • "I saw a Philistine woman
  • 00:10:20.150 --> 00:10:21.290
  • in Timnah.
  • 00:10:21.290 --> 00:10:22.280
  • Now, get her for me as my wife."
  • 00:10:23.140 --> 00:10:26.140
  • "And his father
  • 00:10:26.140 --> 00:10:26.290
  • and mother replied..."
  • 00:10:26.290 --> 00:10:27.250
  • Think how heartbreaking this is.
  • 00:10:27.250 --> 00:10:30.120
  • He's on the path, he's growing,
  • 00:10:30.120 --> 00:10:31.150
  • he's being blessed,
  • 00:10:31.150 --> 00:10:32.020
  • Spirit of the Lord
  • 00:10:32.020 --> 00:10:32.190
  • is stirring him.
  • 00:10:32.190 --> 00:10:33.180
  • Oh, it's just like I thought
  • 00:10:33.180 --> 00:10:34.170
  • it was gonna be, you know.
  • 00:10:34.170 --> 00:10:36.070
  • I graduated college.
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:37.120
  • I got the job.
  • 00:10:37.120 --> 00:10:38.070
  • I did the thing.
  • 00:10:38.070 --> 00:10:39.000
  • life will just pivot on you.
  • 00:10:41.100 --> 00:10:44.060
  • And the kid was so cute,
  • 00:10:44.060 --> 00:10:47.000
  • so cute until
  • 00:10:47.000 --> 00:10:49.090
  • they started saying words.
  • 00:10:52.160 --> 00:10:55.160
  • So cute till they started
  • 00:10:55.160 --> 00:10:57.090
  • saying, "Mine."
  • 00:10:57.090 --> 00:10:58.290
  • You know, not just
  • 00:10:58.290 --> 00:10:59.180
  • with children,
  • 00:10:59.180 --> 00:11:00.160
  • but things in our life
  • 00:11:00.160 --> 00:11:01.120
  • like it's headed this way,
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:03.100
  • it's headed this way,
  • 00:11:03.100 --> 00:11:04.040
  • just like this, oh,
  • 00:11:04.040 --> 00:11:05.000
  • "Trust in the Lord
  • 00:11:05.000 --> 00:11:05.230
  • with all your heart,
  • 00:11:05.230 --> 00:11:06.110
  • lean not on your
  • 00:11:06.110 --> 00:11:07.010
  • own understanding..."
  • 00:11:07.010 --> 00:11:08.010
  • I hear you, Proverbs 3:5-6,
  • 00:11:08.010 --> 00:11:09.290
  • "In all your ways
  • 00:11:09.290 --> 00:11:10.250
  • acknowledge Him..."
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:11.210
  • And, you know,
  • 00:11:11.210 --> 00:11:12.200
  • I didn't drink
  • 00:11:12.200 --> 00:11:14.010
  • the fermented drink
  • 00:11:14.010 --> 00:11:15.030
  • like the angel said
  • 00:11:15.030 --> 00:11:15.180
  • and I didn't eat
  • 00:11:15.180 --> 00:11:16.040
  • the unclean food and so --
  • 00:11:16.040 --> 00:11:18.030
  • and he's doing right
  • 00:11:18.030 --> 00:11:18.240
  • and all of a sudden,
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:19.130
  • Samson said,
  • 00:11:19.130 --> 00:11:19.250
  • "I saw something in Timnah."
  • 00:11:19.250 --> 00:11:21.000
  • Whoa.
  • 00:11:21.000 --> 00:11:22.090
  • Come back.
  • 00:11:22.090 --> 00:11:23.060
  • And now watch this.
  • 00:11:23.070 --> 00:11:26.070
  • is threatened
  • 00:11:28.180 --> 00:11:28.290
  • by Samson's bad decision.
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:33.020
  • And the parents are like,
  • 00:11:33.020 --> 00:11:33.270
  • "Please, please make
  • 00:11:33.270 --> 00:11:35.110
  • a better decision.
  • 00:11:35.110 --> 00:11:36.260
  • Please quit hanging out
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:38.110
  • with those friends.
  • 00:11:38.110 --> 00:11:39.150
  • Please, I'm telling you,
  • 00:11:39.150 --> 00:11:41.090
  • it's dangerous.
  • 00:11:41.090 --> 00:11:42.050
  • I'm telling you it's wrong.
  • 00:11:42.050 --> 00:11:43.150
  • Because the Philistines
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:44.190
  • were known for child sacrifice.
  • 00:11:44.190 --> 00:11:46.190
  • for worshipping other Gods.
  • 00:11:47.280 --> 00:11:49.150
  • The Philistines were known
  • 00:11:49.150 --> 00:11:50.220
  • for every abusive practices
  • 00:11:50.260 --> 00:11:53.260
  • that were contrary
  • 00:11:53.260 --> 00:11:55.000
  • to the word of God.
  • 00:11:55.000 --> 00:11:56.100
  • "And his father and mother
  • 00:11:56.100 --> 00:11:57.130
  • replied, 'Isn't there
  • 00:11:57.130 --> 00:11:59.000
  • an acceptable woman
  • 00:11:59.000 --> 00:12:00.050
  • among your relatives
  • 00:12:00.050 --> 00:12:01.090
  • or among all our people?
  • 00:12:01.090 --> 00:12:02.270
  • Must you go to
  • 00:12:02.270 --> 00:12:04.080
  • the uncircumcised Philistines
  • 00:12:04.080 --> 00:12:06.110
  • to get a wife?'"
  • 00:12:06.200 --> 00:12:09.200
  • But Samson had already
  • 00:12:09.200 --> 00:12:12.070
  • made his decision.
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:16.070
  • And now this child,
  • 00:12:16.070 --> 00:12:18.170
  • I'm just thinking as a parent,
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:20.040
  • who had so much promise,
  • 00:12:20.040 --> 00:12:22.140
  • so much potential.
  • 00:12:22.220 --> 00:12:25.220
  • Needs a haircut,
  • 00:12:25.220 --> 00:12:26.240
  • but even that's intentional.
  • 00:12:27.170 --> 00:12:30.170
  • Now, he's making
  • 00:12:30.170 --> 00:12:32.170
  • the dumbest decision
  • 00:12:32.170 --> 00:12:34.000
  • he could possibly make,
  • 00:12:34.000 --> 00:12:35.270
  • to run to what
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:37.160
  • he's supposed to be
  • 00:12:37.160 --> 00:12:38.090
  • delivering the people from.
  • 00:12:38.210 --> 00:12:41.210
  • And they can't convince him.
  • 00:12:41.210 --> 00:12:43.040
  • Now, this is where
  • 00:12:43.040 --> 00:12:44.050
  • it gets tricky
  • 00:12:44.050 --> 00:12:44.240
  • 'cause it's hard enough
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:45.220
  • to make your own
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:46.210
  • good decisions.
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:50.070
  • But then you start
  • 00:12:50.070 --> 00:12:51.050
  • throwing in the decisions
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:53.090
  • that other people make
  • 00:12:53.090 --> 00:12:55.200
  • that you can't affect or control
  • 00:12:55.200 --> 00:12:58.120
  • no matter how hard you try.
  • 00:12:58.120 --> 00:13:01.130
  • And everybody who writes
  • 00:13:01.130 --> 00:13:02.200
  • parenting books,
  • 00:13:02.200 --> 00:13:04.020
  • I wanna give 'em just
  • 00:13:04.020 --> 00:13:04.210
  • one bad kid and see
  • 00:13:04.210 --> 00:13:05.240
  • would they still
  • 00:13:05.240 --> 00:13:06.090
  • write it the same way,
  • 00:13:06.090 --> 00:13:07.240
  • because all this seven ways
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:09.100
  • to raise your kid
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:10.050
  • -- with the, you know,
  • 00:13:10.050 --> 00:13:11.100
  • from the Book of Ruth, whatever.
  • 00:13:11.100 --> 00:13:13.000
  • I give you one demon child
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:15.010
  • with a strong will
  • 00:13:15.010 --> 00:13:16.010
  • and you will burn your own book.
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:17.150
  • Get out of my face
  • 00:13:17.150 --> 00:13:18.240
  • 'cause some stuff
  • 00:13:18.240 --> 00:13:19.200
  • you can't control.
  • 00:13:19.200 --> 00:13:20.200
  • Hello.
  • 00:13:21.190 --> 00:13:24.190
  • He was determined.
  • 00:13:24.190 --> 00:13:27.000
  • He was determined.
  • 00:13:27.000 --> 00:13:27.270
  • He was already --
  • 00:13:27.270 --> 00:13:30.000
  • He was already gone.
  • 00:13:30.000 --> 00:13:31.130
  • So they went with him.
  • 00:13:31.130 --> 00:13:34.100
  • And this is the pivotal moment
  • 00:13:34.100 --> 00:13:36.100
  • of my message.
  • 00:13:36.100 --> 00:13:37.290
  • This is the part
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:39.200
  • God showed me that got me
  • 00:13:39.200 --> 00:13:41.250
  • so excited because everyone
  • 00:13:41.250 --> 00:13:44.070
  • in here knows what it is
  • 00:13:44.070 --> 00:13:46.230
  • to have the plan that you made,
  • 00:13:46.230 --> 00:13:48.230
  • right, in your head,
  • 00:13:48.230 --> 00:13:49.250
  • the model that you had
  • 00:13:49.250 --> 00:13:51.040
  • that you're living.
  • 00:13:52.070 --> 00:13:53.110
  • And now all of a sudden Samson,
  • 00:13:53.110 --> 00:13:55.170
  • whose name means son,
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:56.230
  • Samson, who's radiant,
  • 00:13:56.230 --> 00:13:58.150
  • Samson, who's blessed,
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:14:00.060
  • Samson, who's strong,
  • 00:14:00.060 --> 00:14:02.010
  • Samson, who carries
  • 00:14:02.010 --> 00:14:02.230
  • the expectation of
  • 00:14:02.230 --> 00:14:03.290
  • the deliverance of the nation
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:05.110
  • on his shoulders
  • 00:14:05.110 --> 00:14:06.140
  • is making a dumb decision.
  • 00:14:06.140 --> 00:14:07.290
  • And it doesn't have to be
  • 00:14:07.290 --> 00:14:08.280
  • a kid and it doesn't have to be
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:10.140
  • a spouse,
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:11.040
  • it doesn't have to be
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:11.270
  • a relationship at all.
  • 00:14:11.270 --> 00:14:13.020
  • some situations in your life
  • 00:14:14.250 --> 00:14:16.200
  • that you will pray about,
  • 00:14:16.200 --> 00:14:18.020
  • plead about, and plan about,
  • 00:14:18.020 --> 00:14:20.090
  • and none of it will work
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:21.150
  • and you will be faced
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:22.170
  • with the question,
  • 00:14:22.170 --> 00:14:23.280
  • "Now what do I do?"
  • 00:14:23.280 --> 00:14:25.080
  • I wanna suggest
  • 00:14:25.080 --> 00:14:27.120
  • that when this happens
  • 00:14:27.120 --> 00:14:29.140
  • that you consider
  • 00:14:29.140 --> 00:14:31.230
  • the parentheses.
  • 00:14:32.150 --> 00:14:35.150
  • that Samuel put into the record.
  • 00:14:38.030 --> 00:14:41.030
  • And he was writing this record
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:43.210
  • long after the events
  • 00:14:43.210 --> 00:14:45.050
  • had happened.
  • 00:14:45.050 --> 00:14:47.000
  • And all Samson's parents knew
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:49.100
  • was this is trouble.
  • 00:14:49.100 --> 00:14:51.060
  • If he marries her,
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:52.270
  • it's gonna lead to all
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:53.210
  • kinds of clashing values.
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:55.140
  • If he goes through with this --
  • 00:14:55.140 --> 00:14:56.290
  • when we're in it is our plan.
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:15:01.140
  • But watch how the text pivots
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:05.010
  • with a parenthetical insert.
  • 00:15:05.010 --> 00:15:06.170
  • Have you studied any
  • 00:15:06.170 --> 00:15:07.220
  • grammar books lately?
  • 00:15:07.220 --> 00:15:08.210
  • The parentheses
  • 00:15:08.210 --> 00:15:10.040
  • is when you wanna put something
  • 00:15:10.040 --> 00:15:11.200
  • in the sentence,
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:12.280
  • but the sentence
  • 00:15:12.280 --> 00:15:13.190
  • makes sense without it.
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:15.050
  • But you add it in
  • 00:15:15.050 --> 00:15:16.130
  • to give additional information
  • 00:15:16.130 --> 00:15:18.170
  • that might be helpful
  • 00:15:18.170 --> 00:15:19.180
  • to the person reading it,
  • 00:15:19.180 --> 00:15:21.040
  • but the sentence would
  • 00:15:21.040 --> 00:15:22.010
  • make sense without it.
  • 00:15:22.010 --> 00:15:23.170
  • But the parentheses
  • 00:15:23.170 --> 00:15:24.220
  • in Judges 14:4 says,
  • 00:15:25.110 --> 00:15:28.110
  • "His parents did not know
  • 00:15:28.110 --> 00:15:30.250
  • that this was from the Lord."
  • 00:15:32.290 --> 00:15:35.290
  • They knew Samson
  • 00:15:35.290 --> 00:15:37.280
  • was from the Lord
  • 00:15:37.280 --> 00:15:39.170
  • because the angel spoke it
  • 00:15:39.170 --> 00:15:42.000
  • and her womb was barren
  • 00:15:42.000 --> 00:15:43.270
  • so the only way
  • 00:15:43.270 --> 00:15:44.260
  • it could have happened
  • 00:15:44.260 --> 00:15:46.190
  • was that it was from the Lord.
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:48.190
  • But now they've got to
  • 00:15:48.190 --> 00:15:49.170
  • look at a disappointment.
  • 00:15:49.170 --> 00:15:51.110
  • Look, it's no problem
  • 00:15:51.110 --> 00:15:52.210
  • to look at your gifts,
  • 00:15:52.210 --> 00:15:53.170
  • your blessings,
  • 00:15:53.170 --> 00:15:54.070
  • and your strengths and say,
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:55.130
  • "This is from the Lord.
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  • I praise You for another day.
  • 00:15:56.190 --> 00:15:58.120
  • How great and mighty You are.
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  • And I lift Your name on high."
  • 00:16:00.090 --> 00:16:02.090
  • But this.
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:04.040
  • This.
  • 00:16:04.040 --> 00:16:05.120
  • Have you ever had to walk
  • 00:16:05.120 --> 00:16:06.270
  • through a situation
  • 00:16:06.270 --> 00:16:07.210
  • where you thought really, God,
  • 00:16:07.210 --> 00:16:09.060
  • this?
  • 00:16:09.060 --> 00:16:10.110
  • Like I didn't drink any wine
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:12.180
  • and I didn't eat
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:13.030
  • any unclean foods
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:14.130
  • and I did everything
  • 00:16:14.130 --> 00:16:15.160
  • the angel told me and now this.
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:17.220
  • You're really gonna let
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:18.130
  • this breakout in my life.
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:19.290
  • And the author said, "Yeah,
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:21.130
  • this was from the Lord
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:24.000
  • because He was seeking
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:25.230
  • an occasion..."
  • 00:16:25.230 --> 00:16:27.000
  • The Hebrew really means
  • 00:16:27.000 --> 00:16:28.160
  • He was picking a fight.
  • 00:16:28.160 --> 00:16:30.060
  • God wanted to set
  • 00:16:30.060 --> 00:16:31.020
  • His people free
  • 00:16:31.020 --> 00:16:32.040
  • from the Phoenicians,
  • 00:16:32.040 --> 00:16:33.050
  • from the Philistines
  • 00:16:33.050 --> 00:16:34.110
  • and He was gonna do it,
  • 00:16:34.110 --> 00:16:35.190
  • but He wanted to do it
  • 00:16:35.190 --> 00:16:36.250
  • not through a good decision,
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:38.140
  • but through a bad decision.
  • 00:16:38.140 --> 00:16:40.040
  • So watch what He does because
  • 00:16:40.040 --> 00:16:41.090
  • He's sovereign and almighty
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:43.160
  • and the Lord is His name.
  • 00:16:43.160 --> 00:16:45.040
  • And He is beyond understanding.
  • 00:16:45.040 --> 00:16:46.240
  • And His ways no man can fathom.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:48.160
  • Watch what He does.
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:50.000
  • He uses Samson's dumb decision
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:53.070
  • to deliver a nation.
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:55.020
  • Now if He did that for Samson,
  • 00:16:55.020 --> 00:16:57.280
  • won't He do it for you?
  • 00:17:03.210 --> 00:17:06.210
  • Won't He use this too?
  • 00:17:09.060 --> 00:17:12.060
  • The more things
  • 00:17:12.060 --> 00:17:13.080
  • that I can look at my life
  • 00:17:13.080 --> 00:17:15.090
  • and say this is from the Lord.
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:19.070
  • Look, He didn't --
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:20.140
  • give me my verse again, Verse 4.
  • 00:17:20.140 --> 00:17:21.220
  • It's so good.
  • 00:17:21.220 --> 00:17:22.150
  • And it's in parentheses
  • 00:17:22.150 --> 00:17:23.240
  • because the sentence
  • 00:17:23.240 --> 00:17:24.090
  • will make sense without it,
  • 00:17:24.090 --> 00:17:25.080
  • but your life will not
  • 00:17:25.080 --> 00:17:26.010
  • make sense without this.
  • 00:17:26.070 --> 00:17:29.070
  • Try to make sense of it,
  • 00:17:29.070 --> 00:17:31.140
  • you need to put
  • 00:17:31.140 --> 00:17:31.290
  • a parentheses on it
  • 00:17:31.290 --> 00:17:34.200
  • and be like there's something
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:35.180
  • that the author knows
  • 00:17:35.180 --> 00:17:37.270
  • that I don't know yet.
  • 00:17:38.030 --> 00:17:41.030
  • And He who began --
  • 00:17:41.170 --> 00:17:44.170
  • I'm looking for whoever
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:45.120
  • God gave me this sermon for
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:47.080
  • 'cause it couldn't have
  • 00:17:47.080 --> 00:17:47.250
  • just been me.
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:49.250
  • Touch somebody, say,
  • 00:17:49.250 --> 00:17:50.200
  • "Put a purpose on it.
  • 00:17:50.200 --> 00:17:52.260
  • Put a purpose on it."
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:55.100
  • Because when you find yourself
  • 00:17:55.100 --> 00:17:56.240
  • beyond your understanding,
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:58.170
  • you got to pivot to the purpose.
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:18:00.170
  • God, I don't
  • 00:18:00.170 --> 00:18:01.000
  • like this right now.
  • 00:18:01.000 --> 00:18:02.120
  • I don't get this right now.
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:04.040
  • I can't explain this right now.
  • 00:18:04.040 --> 00:18:06.070
  • I can't rationalize it
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:07.080
  • right now.
  • 00:18:07.080 --> 00:18:08.090
  • But if You started it,
  • 00:18:08.090 --> 00:18:09.190
  • You'll finish it.
  • 00:18:09.190 --> 00:18:10.280
  • There is power in the pivot.
  • 00:18:10.280 --> 00:18:12.280
  • There is power in praise.
  • 00:18:12.280 --> 00:18:15.000
  • And there is a purpose
  • 00:18:15.000 --> 00:18:16.010
  • in your situation.
  • 00:18:17.100 --> 00:18:20.100
  • There's a purpose in it.
  • 00:18:20.100 --> 00:18:22.150
  • There's a purpose in it.
  • 00:18:22.150 --> 00:18:24.080
  • God's trying to pick
  • 00:18:24.080 --> 00:18:25.080
  • a fight with the devil
  • 00:18:25.080 --> 00:18:26.200
  • and He wants to break
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:27.190
  • some things free and shut
  • 00:18:27.190 --> 00:18:29.050
  • some things down
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:30.210
  • and get some things through.
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:32.110
  • This is from the Lord.
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:37.220
  • I'm making a decision right now,
  • 00:18:37.220 --> 00:18:39.230
  • a pivotal decision.
  • 00:18:39.230 --> 00:18:41.060
  • I'm gonna turn from facing this
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:43.030
  • and I'm facing this.
  • 00:18:43.030 --> 00:18:44.150
  • I'm gonna turn from what
  • 00:18:44.150 --> 00:18:45.150
  • I don't understand
  • 00:18:45.150 --> 00:18:47.000
  • to the God who according
  • 00:18:47.000 --> 00:18:48.290
  • to the mystery of His will
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:50.210
  • has predestined,
  • 00:18:50.210 --> 00:18:51.270
  • according to His good pleasure
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:53.190
  • that all things work together
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:55.100
  • for His purpose.
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:56.280
  • who can take an instrument
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:18:59.120
  • of death called a Roman cross,
  • 00:18:59.120 --> 00:19:01.110
  • hang on it,
  • 00:19:01.110 --> 00:19:02.100
  • and then get down in the ground
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:03.260
  • and come forth talking about
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:05.210
  • I am resurrection power
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:07.180
  • and I have the keys of
  • 00:19:07.180 --> 00:19:08.270
  • death, hell, and the grave.
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:15.140
  • I hear the Spirit of God saying,
  • 00:19:15.140 --> 00:19:17.150
  • "Put a purpose on it.
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:19.000
  • I know you're going through
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:19.270
  • some pain and I know your past
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:21.280
  • was kind of rough
  • 00:19:21.280 --> 00:19:22.270
  • and you made a lot of mistakes,
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:24.170
  • but put a purpose on it."
  • 00:19:25.190 --> 00:19:28.190
  • God, would You use even
  • 00:19:28.190 --> 00:19:31.130
  • the dumb stuff that I did
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:36.090
  • to deliver Your purpose?
  • 00:19:36.170 --> 00:19:39.170
  • This is bigger than me.
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:41.160
  • This is bigger than
  • 00:19:41.160 --> 00:19:42.050
  • what I feel right now.
  • 00:19:42.050 --> 00:19:43.220
  • This is bigger than
  • 00:19:43.220 --> 00:19:44.100
  • what my mind can fathom.
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:46.020
  • This is bigger than
  • 00:19:46.020 --> 00:19:46.240
  • what my heart can know.
  • 00:19:46.240 --> 00:19:48.260
  • This is bigger than my senses.
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:51.020
  • This is bigger than my --
  • 00:19:51.020 --> 00:19:52.230
  • this is bigger than
  • 00:19:52.230 --> 00:19:53.190
  • this setback.
  • 00:19:53.190 --> 00:19:54.100
  • This is bigger.
  • 00:19:54.100 --> 00:19:55.140
  • This is bigger.
  • 00:19:55.140 --> 00:19:56.020
  • This is bigger.
  • 00:19:56.020 --> 00:19:56.290
  • He called me, He chose me,
  • 00:19:56.290 --> 00:19:59.030
  • and I'm gonna trust Him
  • 00:19:59.030 --> 00:20:00.240
  • that this is from the Lord.
  • 00:20:03.020 --> 00:20:06.020
  • With a parenthetical insert,
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:07.080
  • the NIV Translation Committee
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:08.180
  • decided to let us know
  • 00:20:08.180 --> 00:20:11.170
  • that there are some things
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:12.110
  • that don't make sense
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:13.040
  • in your life,
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:16.240
  • but the parentheses,
  • 00:20:16.240 --> 00:20:17.280
  • that's where you see
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:18.150
  • the purpose.
  • 00:20:18.150 --> 00:20:20.150
  • You just gotta pivot and trust
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:21.150
  • that it's there even when
  • 00:20:21.150 --> 00:20:22.050
  • you can't fill it in yet.
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:24.110
  • I don't have to explain why.
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:27.160
  • People in this room
  • 00:20:27.160 --> 00:20:28.060
  • had children die,
  • 00:20:28.060 --> 00:20:29.040
  • husbands that left them,
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:31.000
  • addictions that were
  • 00:20:31.000 --> 00:20:31.290
  • passed onto them.
  • 00:20:31.290 --> 00:20:33.040
  • I'm not talking about
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:33.210
  • whether God did that or not.
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:35.010
  • We know that humans
  • 00:20:35.010 --> 00:20:35.290
  • make decisions,
  • 00:20:35.290 --> 00:20:36.220
  • but God is a bigger God
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:41.150
  • than you've given Him credit for
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:42.220
  • and He's above
  • 00:20:42.220 --> 00:20:43.180
  • every human decision.
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:44.020
  • God is bigger
  • 00:20:44.020 --> 00:20:45.280
  • than human decisions.
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:51.160
  • And if Samson
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:52.010
  • didn't marry that woman,
  • 00:20:52.010 --> 00:20:53.260
  • the one that he wasn't
  • 00:20:53.260 --> 00:20:54.190
  • supposed to marry --
  • 00:20:54.190 --> 00:20:57.020
  • yeah, I know it's crazy
  • 00:20:57.020 --> 00:20:58.080
  • 'cause we teach like
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:20:58.230
  • if you make good choices,
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:00.120
  • God can use your life.
  • 00:21:00.120 --> 00:21:01.190
  • I'm saying this too
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:03.140
  • was from the Lord.
  • 00:21:03.140 --> 00:21:05.280
  • He was looking for something.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:08.250
  • He's looking for something
  • 00:21:08.250 --> 00:21:10.190
  • that He can work through
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:12.080
  • and He'll even use
  • 00:21:12.080 --> 00:21:13.210
  • 'Cause if he didn't marry
  • 00:21:16.100 --> 00:21:17.080
  • this woman, right,
  • 00:21:17.080 --> 00:21:19.010
  • when he was going down
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:20.080
  • to get her and to pay the dowry
  • 00:21:20.080 --> 00:21:22.110
  • for her with his parents
  • 00:21:22.110 --> 00:21:24.170
  • and killed the lion
  • 00:21:24.170 --> 00:21:25.100
  • and ripped the lion apart
  • 00:21:25.100 --> 00:21:26.200
  • and then came back
  • 00:21:26.200 --> 00:21:27.200
  • by after he came back
  • 00:21:27.200 --> 00:21:29.110
  • for the wedding and saw honey
  • 00:21:29.110 --> 00:21:30.150
  • in the lion's carcass
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:31.150
  • and gave the honey,
  • 00:21:31.150 --> 00:21:32.120
  • which he wasn't supposed to do
  • 00:21:32.120 --> 00:21:33.140
  • 'cause he wasn't supposed
  • 00:21:33.140 --> 00:21:34.070
  • and gave it to his parents
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:35.270
  • to lick some
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:36.170
  • and then went to the wedding
  • 00:21:36.170 --> 00:21:37.200
  • and sat around the table
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:38.210
  • with 30 boys talking about
  • 00:21:38.210 --> 00:21:39.290
  • I got a riddle for you.
  • 00:21:39.290 --> 00:21:40.230
  • Out of the strong came
  • 00:21:40.230 --> 00:21:41.190
  • something to eat
  • 00:21:41.190 --> 00:21:42.060
  • and out of the eater
  • 00:21:42.060 --> 00:21:42.250
  • came something to eat
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:43.150
  • and out of the strong
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:44.040
  • came something sweet.
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:44.180
  • If you can solve my riddle,
  • 00:21:44.180 --> 00:21:45.110
  • I'll give you 30 sets
  • 00:21:45.110 --> 00:21:46.210
  • of linen clothing.
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:47.190
  • But if you can't solve it,
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:48.260
  • you're gonna give me
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:49.120
  • 30 sets of clothing.
  • 00:21:49.120 --> 00:21:50.100
  • And the boys got to his wife
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:51.160
  • and they were like
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:52.020
  • tell us the riddle
  • 00:21:52.020 --> 00:21:52.180
  • or we're gonna kill
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:53.040
  • your whole family.
  • 00:21:53.040 --> 00:21:54.010
  • And then she was like
  • 00:21:54.010 --> 00:21:54.200
  • tell me the riddle, Samson.
  • 00:21:54.200 --> 00:21:56.040
  • Tell me the riddle.
  • 00:21:56.040 --> 00:21:56.190
  • And then he said okay,
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:57.090
  • well, I'll tell it to you,
  • 00:21:57.090 --> 00:21:58.020
  • but don't tell it to them.
  • 00:21:58.020 --> 00:21:58.250
  • But then she told it to them
  • 00:21:58.250 --> 00:21:59.220
  • and then they solved the riddle.
  • 00:21:59.220 --> 00:22:00.240
  • And then he had to go
  • 00:22:00.240 --> 00:22:01.170
  • to Ashkelon to kill 30 men
  • 00:22:01.170 --> 00:22:03.120
  • and beat 'em up and kill 'em,
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:04.120
  • to take their clothes,
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:05.000
  • to bring 'em back because
  • 00:22:05.000 --> 00:22:05.260
  • of his dumb decision.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:06.280
  • But that's what set him
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:07.170
  • on a course to be able
  • 00:22:07.170 --> 00:22:08.130
  • to have an opportunity
  • 00:22:08.130 --> 00:22:10.130
  • to then go back home.
  • 00:22:10.130 --> 00:22:11.090
  • And after the wedding,
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:11.260
  • he went back home
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:12.110
  • and he was so mad at his wife
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:13.120
  • for betraying him that he went
  • 00:22:13.120 --> 00:22:14.260
  • back home and didn't even
  • 00:22:14.260 --> 00:22:15.170
  • stay with her.
  • 00:22:15.170 --> 00:22:16.060
  • And by the time he got back,
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:17.090
  • she'd been married
  • 00:22:17.090 --> 00:22:17.230
  • to another man because
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:19.030
  • his father-in-law betrayed him
  • 00:22:19.030 --> 00:22:20.130
  • because he figured you'll
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:21.040
  • never wanna marry her now
  • 00:22:21.040 --> 00:22:21.280
  • after what she did to you.
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:22.200
  • But he came back and got so mad
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:23.210
  • that he took 300 foxes
  • 00:22:23.210 --> 00:22:25.030
  • and tied their tails
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:25.260
  • together in pairs,
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:26.190
  • lit 'em on fire,
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:27.050
  • sent 'em loose in
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:27.210
  • the Philistine fields.
  • 00:22:27.210 --> 00:22:28.180
  • And when they tore up
  • 00:22:28.180 --> 00:22:29.080
  • the fields,
  • 00:22:29.080 --> 00:22:29.210
  • the Philistines were mad,
  • 00:22:29.210 --> 00:22:30.190
  • but Samson killed them
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:31.200
  • because he was strong.
  • 00:22:31.200 --> 00:22:32.190
  • Now, he never would've
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:33.060
  • killed them
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:33.260
  • if they hadn't hurt him.
  • 00:22:33.260 --> 00:22:35.040
  • And he never would have
  • 00:22:35.040 --> 00:22:35.240
  • been hurt by them
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:36.160
  • if he hadn't made
  • 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:37.030
  • the wrong decision.
  • 00:22:37.030 --> 00:22:38.110
  • And so it goes to show
  • 00:22:38.110 --> 00:22:40.100
  • that God is using everything.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:42.010
  • If he never would've set
  • 00:22:42.010 --> 00:22:42.200
  • the foxes loose,
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:43.150
  • they never would've come
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:44.010
  • to Judah and tied him up
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:44.260
  • and tried to deliver him
  • 00:22:44.260 --> 00:22:45.280
  • so he could break 'em free
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:46.280
  • and kill a thousand of them
  • 00:22:46.280 --> 00:22:47.230
  • with a jawbone of a donkey.
  • 00:22:47.230 --> 00:22:49.130
  • If it never would've happened
  • 00:22:49.130 --> 00:22:50.060
  • the way it happened,
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:51.090
  • it couldn't be what it is.
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:52.060
  • So stop looking at what it was
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:54.290
  • and ask God
  • 00:22:54.290 --> 00:22:56.040
  • what He wants it to be.
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:22:57.140
  • God wants to use
  • 00:22:57.140 --> 00:22:58.110
  • the dumb stuff too.
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  • You can't control it anyway.
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  • Spirit of the Lord is on you.
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  • The Spirit of the Lord
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  • is on you.
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  • If the lion comes
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  • to attack you,
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  • He will give you
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  • the ability to rip it open
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  • because the Spirit
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  • of the Lord is on you.
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  • And it's a pivotal decision
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  • that you make
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  • when you find yourself
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  • in these disappointing
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  • situations where it seems like
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  • you can't win,
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  • whether I'm going to believe
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  • that there is a bigger picture
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  • or if I'm gonna to minimize
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  • God's presence to the level
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  • of my understanding.
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  • Right here, right now,
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  • let's turn it around.
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  • Let's turn it around
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  • and instead of trying
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  • to tell God what's best for us
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  • and instead of trying to do
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  • what's right in our own eyes,
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  • let's turn it around.
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  • Instead of groveling
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  • in the guilt of things
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  • that are already over,
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  • I'm telling you,
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  • God uses the weirdest things
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  • about you.
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  • God uses that big nose
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  • that you hate and that
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  • little habit that you have.
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  • He uses that 'cause
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  • when He delivers you from it,
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  • you can be a testimony
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  • and He's gonna use that too.
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  • This is from the Lord.
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  • How?
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  • I don't know.
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  • I don't know the plan.
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  • But when I don't know the plan,
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  • - Hey, it really is
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  • a privilege
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  • to share God's Word with you.
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  • Thank you for joining me.
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  • But, each week we just have
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  • a little bit of time together,
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  • and, I'd love to take
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  • the conversation beyond
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  • just a TV program.
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  • So, if you wanna go deeper,
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  • if you wanna connect
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  • on another level,
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  • But, I wanna tell you about
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  • something else, too.
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  • the church where I pastor.
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  • it means a lotta
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  • different things.
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  • But, it's just our way,
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  • to connect with you
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  • beyond this broadcast.
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  • to join us, live,
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  • this weekend.
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  • And, you can go online:
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  • StevenFurtick.com/Live.
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  • to the details and the times,
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  • so do it now, visit the website.
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  • - I wanna set you free today
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  • from the feeling
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  • that you have
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  • to find your calling.
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  • Because if I will serve
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  • the purpose of the season
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  • that I'm in, in my life
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  • right now,
  • 00:26:00.230 --> 00:26:02.030
  • my calling will find me.
  • 00:26:02.280 --> 00:26:05.280
  • - So, in this season
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  • in my life, right now,
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  • I feel like God's placed me
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  • to be a leader over people
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  • that I work with,
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  • and just to serve
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  • and just to help them out.
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  • And I feel like
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  • that's gonna propel me
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  • to the next situation,
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  • the next season in my life
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  • that I'll be able
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  • to flourish more in.
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  • - A lot of the decisions
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  • that you make,
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  • you don't know
  • 00:26:20.160 --> 00:26:21.150
  • if they're big or not
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  • when you're making them.
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  • And then you've got some
  • 00:26:25.280 --> 00:26:26.220
  • decisions that you don't
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  • think are very big,
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  • but they're pivotal.
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  • It means that sometimes
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  • it's the small moves
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  • that set the direction.
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  • God says move toward it,
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  • it may work
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  • and even if it doesn't, I will.
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  • It is the power
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  • to move on a maybe.
  • 00:26:42.130 --> 00:26:44.110
  • - -- remember applying
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  • for a job one time
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  • and just feeling like
  • 00:26:46.180 --> 00:26:47.070
  • really inexperienced
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  • and I kinda was
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  • moving on a maybe
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  • by applying and, you know.
  • 00:26:49.100 --> 00:26:51.000
  • God ended up working it out
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  • for me and I was able
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  • to actually get that job
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  • - My faith is not
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  • the expectation
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  • that circumstances
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  • will be pleasant.
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  • My faith is the expectation
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  • that the voice of the Lord
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Don't put
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  • your expectations
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  • on your situations,
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  • Call or go online now
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