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Reputation Rehab Part 2

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September 24, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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  • - I got a new name.
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  • I got a new reputation.
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  • I am a child of God.
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  • I am the righteousness of God
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • Don't call me according
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  • to how you memorize me
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  • in my past.
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  • God is doing a new thing
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  • in my life.
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  • I'm not what I did.
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  • And I'm not what I was.
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  • And I'm not what I think.
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  • And I'm not where I'm broken.
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  • And I'm not what they said.
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  • - The Bible says
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  • "They went into Jericho
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  • and entered the house
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  • of a prostitute named Rahab."
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  • Why would you go
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  • into the house of a prostitute
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  • in order to discern
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  • the promise of God?
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  • Let me tell you a little secret.
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  • God uses who He wants to use.
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  • I'm losing Amen's by the minute.
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  • You must be from out of town.
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  • God uses who He wants to use.
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  • And so, isn't it fascinating
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  • that the God who has
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  • a spotless reputation,
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  • when He gets ready
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  • to bring His people
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  • into the promise,
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  • uses a woman
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  • with a reputation?
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  • Not a reputation
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  • like we think God can use.
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  • Not a reputation of perfection.
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  • But God uses someone
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  • with a reputation,
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  • and; furthermore,
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  • someone who the spies
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  • would consider an enemy.
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  • Technically, Rahab,
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  • was an enemy of Israel.
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  • And yet, God used their enemy
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  • to show them who they were.
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  • [cheering and applause]
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  • She said, I know who you are.
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  • And I know that God
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  • has given you the victory.
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  • Is it possible that
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  • your enemy knows more
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  • about who you are, than you do?
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  • And is that why
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  • He's been fighting you?
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  • Like He's been fighting you?
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  • It's just a question, saints.
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  • Is it possible,
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  • just a little bit possible,
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  • that the trial
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  • that you're going through
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  • is actually a testament
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  • to the power that
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  • lives within you?
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  • The devil doesn't waste bullets.
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  • [cheering and applause]
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  • And if the devil
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  • isn't messing with you,
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  • maybe he doesn't even
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  • know you're here.
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  • Like one time
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  • in the "Book of Acts",
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  • these seven sons
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  • of a Jewish priest.
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  • They saw Paul laying hands
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  • on people and they were like,
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  • "Oh, that's cool.
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  • Huh.
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  • Maybe we say what he said,
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  • we could do what he does.
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  • Maybe we can make money
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  • off of it.
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  • Alright:
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  • In the name of Jesus, come out."
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  • And when they said it,
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  • the demons spoke and said,
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  • "I heard you say 'Jesus'.
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  • And we know Him.
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  • I heard you say 'Paul'
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  • and we know him.
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  • We hate him.
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  • We're on assignment
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  • against him.
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  • We send snakes to bite him.
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  • We put Paul through shipwrecks.
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  • We stir up people
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  • and create contention so that
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  • stones are thrown at Paul.
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  • We've heard of Jesus,
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  • we've heard of Paul,
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  • but who are you?"
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  • Look at somebody next to you
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  • and say it in that
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  • falsetto voice,
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  • like I said it.
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  • Like Prince, say,
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  • "Who're you?"
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  • Who're you?
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  • Who're you?
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  • I'm concerned.
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  • I'm concerned that
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  • a lot of times
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  • we are convinced
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  • that our trouble
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  • is an indication
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  • of the absence
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  • of God's presence.
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  • When more times than not
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  • in the scripture,
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  • you can find that trouble
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  • accompanies God's presence.
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  • He is an ever-present help
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  • in the time of trouble.
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  • So if you're in trouble,
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  • you're in God.
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  • [cheering and applause]
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  • Who're you?
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  • Who're you?
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  • The devil's looking
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  • at some of y'all.
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  • Who're you?
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  • I don't even have
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  • to mess with your life.
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  • You're doing a good job
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  • by yourself.
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  • Who're you?
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  • Who're you?
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  • I don't get paid
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  • to argue with you.
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  • No.
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  • So they go to the house
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  • of Rahab, the Prostitute.
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  • And y'all, I probably
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  • would not preach
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  • about a prostitute
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  • if she were only mentioned
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  • in Joshua 2,
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  • because I would figure
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  • that's the "Old Testament".
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  • But a funny thing happened
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  • in the "Book of Matthew".
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  • When the writer
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  • started listing
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  • the genealogy of Jesus
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  • and all of the generations
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  • that He came through.
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  • It's like 14 generations,
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  • and then 14 more,
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  • and then 14 more,
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  • and this is the stuff
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  • that we skip over sometimes
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  • when we're reading
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  • the "Christmas Story" because
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  • it's all these names
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  • that we don't recognize.
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  • And so and so begat
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  • so and so, begat so and so,
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  • begat so and so.
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  • And really all I want to do
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  • is get to verse 18
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  • then King Jesus,
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  • but some of the stuff
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  • you skip is some of the places
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  • where God speaks.
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  • I said some of the stuff
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  • you skip is some of
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  • the stuff God speaks through
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  • and Matthew said
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  • in Matthew 1:5.
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  • I feel like preaching:
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  • "Salmon the father of Boaz,
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  • whose mother was Rahab"
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  • Whose mother was Rahab.
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  • Now to get to Jesus
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  • in the genealogy,
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  • you got to go through
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  • Rahab, the prostitute.
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  • God works through who
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  • He wants to work through.
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  • And all things work together
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  • for the good of them
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  • that love the Lord.
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  • Whose mother was Rahab.
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  • Stop being so stuck-up.
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  • Stop categorizing people
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  • and casting them out
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  • like you don't have issues.
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  • You ought to be glad
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  • to see Rahab's name in there.
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  • Hope for me, too.
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  • If Rehab made it,
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  • maybe I can.
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  • By faith.
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  • Shout it out, "By faith."
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  • - By faith.
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  • - By faith.
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  • So then, you get to Hebrews 11
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  • and not just once,
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  • but for the second time
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  • in the "New Testament",
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  • Rahab gets an honorable mention
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  • in the Hall of Faith.
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  • Where they're inducting
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  • all of the Sunday school heroes.
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  • All of the classic events
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  • on which redemptive
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  • history hinged,
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  • are mentioned in Hebrews 11.
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  • "By faith..."
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  • -- 29:
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  • "the people pass through
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  • the Red Sea on dry land,
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  • but when the Egyptians
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  • tried to do so,
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  • they were drowned."
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  • Side note.
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  • God doesn't bring you
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  • into deep waters to kill you.
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  • He brings you into deep water
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  • to drown your enemies.
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  • He knows they can't swim.
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  • And in deep waters,
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  • that's where you deal
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  • with your doubts.
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  • And in deep waters,
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  • that's where you come
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  • face-to-face
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  • with your dysfunction,
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  • and have to lean
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  • and rely on the grace of God.
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  • So the Egyptians
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  • drowned by faith.
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  • The walls of Jericho fell,
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  • not because they fought so well,
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  • but because the faith
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  • that they had enabled them
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  • to do what made no sense
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  • naturally.
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  • And by faith
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  • the walls of Jericho fell
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  • after the Army
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  • had marched around them
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  • for seven days.
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  • And here comes Rahab.
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  • By faith, the prostitute,
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  • Rahab because
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  • she welcomed the spies,
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  • was not killed with those
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  • who are disobedient.
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  • And what more shall I say?
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  • I don't have time
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  • to tell about Gideon, Barak,
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  • Samson, Jephthah, David,
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  • Samuel, the Prophets.
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  • You mean you don't have time
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  • to talk about David,
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  • the greatest King
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  • that Israel ever knew?
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  • A man after God's own heart,
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  • but you had time
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  • to mention Rahab.
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  • God says,
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  • I don't look at people
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  • based on your standard
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  • of importance.
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  • I don't look at people
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  • based on your standard
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  • of significance.
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  • God doesn't check your followers
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  • to see how much favor
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  • He gives you.
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  • God is looking at your faith.
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  • And then James jumps in.
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  • And for a third time
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  • this harlot is mentioned
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  • alongside the heroes
  • 00:09:20.140 --> 00:09:21.200
  • of scripture.
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  • Hero, harlot.
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  • Harlot, hero.
  • 00:09:25.070 --> 00:09:26.230
  • And now I can't
  • 00:09:26.230 --> 00:09:27.100
  • tell the difference
  • 00:09:27.100 --> 00:09:28.280
  • because God calls someone
  • 00:09:28.280 --> 00:09:30.230
  • that I call a harlot, a hero.
  • 00:09:30.260 --> 00:09:33.260
  • And I know you don't like it.
  • 00:09:33.260 --> 00:09:35.080
  • And I know it doesn't
  • 00:09:35.080 --> 00:09:35.280
  • go down easy.
  • 00:09:35.280 --> 00:09:37.110
  • And I know we can't eat it
  • 00:09:37.110 --> 00:09:38.070
  • with vanilla wafers
  • 00:09:38.070 --> 00:09:39.070
  • and put it on a flannel graph
  • 00:09:39.070 --> 00:09:40.190
  • because the story of Rahab
  • 00:09:40.190 --> 00:09:41.250
  • is R-rated,
  • 00:09:41.250 --> 00:09:42.200
  • and it doesn't teach
  • 00:09:42.200 --> 00:09:43.180
  • very well in e-kids.
  • 00:09:44.210 --> 00:09:47.210
  • But James said, James 2:25:
  • 00:09:47.210 --> 00:09:50.210
  • "'In the same way,
  • 00:09:50.210 --> 00:09:51.290
  • was not even Rahab
  • 00:09:51.290 --> 00:09:54.060
  • the prostitute
  • 00:09:54.060 --> 00:09:56.000
  • considered righteous
  • 00:09:56.000 --> 00:09:57.280
  • for what she did
  • 00:09:57.280 --> 00:09:58.140
  • when she gave lodging
  • 00:09:58.140 --> 00:09:58.290
  • to the spies
  • 00:09:58.290 --> 00:09:59.220
  • and Sent them off
  • 00:09:59.220 --> 00:10:00.150
  • in a different direction?'"
  • 00:10:00.150 --> 00:10:03.110
  • And keep calling her that,
  • 00:10:03.110 --> 00:10:04.080
  • Rahab, the prostitute.
  • 00:10:04.270 --> 00:10:07.270
  • Keep labeling her.
  • 00:10:08.270 --> 00:10:11.270
  • It's crazy,
  • 00:10:11.270 --> 00:10:12.110
  • God didn't change her
  • 00:10:13.020 --> 00:10:16.020
  • before He used her.
  • 00:10:16.020 --> 00:10:18.130
  • [applause]
  • 00:10:23.100 --> 00:10:26.100
  • You know how we think
  • 00:10:26.100 --> 00:10:26.290
  • God can't use me because
  • 00:10:26.290 --> 00:10:28.040
  • I currently struggle with...
  • 00:10:28.040 --> 00:10:30.200
  • It's not like
  • 00:10:30.200 --> 00:10:31.030
  • she was a prostitute
  • 00:10:31.030 --> 00:10:33.060
  • and then she became a prophet.
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:35.030
  • She was still a prostitute.
  • 00:10:35.030 --> 00:10:37.130
  • This doesn't excuse
  • 00:10:37.130 --> 00:10:38.030
  • bad behavior,
  • 00:10:38.030 --> 00:10:39.280
  • but it helps me to see
  • 00:10:39.280 --> 00:10:40.260
  • that the love of God
  • 00:10:40.260 --> 00:10:42.090
  • is not the reward for change.
  • 00:10:42.090 --> 00:10:44.140
  • It is the resource
  • 00:10:44.140 --> 00:10:45.100
  • by which I am changed.
  • 00:10:45.100 --> 00:10:48.080
  • That revelation
  • 00:10:48.080 --> 00:10:50.040
  • of the love of God
  • 00:10:50.040 --> 00:10:50.280
  • is so powerful.
  • 00:10:50.280 --> 00:10:53.190
  • And you know, I was telling you
  • 00:10:53.190 --> 00:10:54.170
  • my son, Graham,
  • 00:10:54.170 --> 00:10:56.060
  • he talks a lot more now.
  • 00:10:56.060 --> 00:10:58.060
  • And he actually says
  • 00:10:58.060 --> 00:10:58.210
  • some really funny stuff.
  • 00:10:58.210 --> 00:11:01.080
  • But all my kids have heard
  • 00:11:01.080 --> 00:11:02.120
  • so many sermons they come up
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:03.140
  • with funny little questions
  • 00:11:03.140 --> 00:11:05.050
  • about the Bible
  • 00:11:05.050 --> 00:11:06.130
  • that I never thought of before.
  • 00:11:06.130 --> 00:11:07.240
  • But just from a child's mind
  • 00:11:07.240 --> 00:11:08.270
  • is so funny.
  • 00:11:08.270 --> 00:11:10.030
  • And Graham asked me
  • 00:11:10.030 --> 00:11:10.240
  • the other day.
  • 00:11:10.240 --> 00:11:13.080
  • He said, "I hear people say
  • 00:11:13.080 --> 00:11:14.100
  • all the time,
  • 00:11:14.100 --> 00:11:15.170
  • 'When I get to heaven
  • 00:11:15.170 --> 00:11:16.290
  • I want to see Jesus.'"
  • 00:11:16.290 --> 00:11:18.260
  • And he said,
  • 00:11:18.260 --> 00:11:19.110
  • "But have you ever thought about
  • 00:11:19.110 --> 00:11:20.120
  • how long the line is gonna be?"
  • 00:11:20.120 --> 00:11:22.000
  • [laughter]
  • 00:11:22.090 --> 00:11:25.090
  • And we had just been
  • 00:11:25.090 --> 00:11:25.270
  • to Disneyland so he had that
  • 00:11:25.270 --> 00:11:27.140
  • in his mind like the --
  • 00:11:27.140 --> 00:11:28.200
  • You know.
  • 00:11:28.200 --> 00:11:30.150
  • And he said,
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:32.040
  • it's gonna be a long line
  • 00:11:32.040 --> 00:11:32.290
  • to see Jesus.
  • 00:11:32.290 --> 00:11:34.090
  • I wonder if you could get
  • 00:11:34.090 --> 00:11:35.040
  • somebody to hold your place
  • 00:11:35.040 --> 00:11:36.260
  • in line to see Jesus,
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:38.290
  • and then go see some
  • 00:11:38.290 --> 00:11:39.250
  • of the other characters
  • 00:11:39.250 --> 00:11:41.050
  • in The Bible?
  • 00:11:42.180 --> 00:11:45.180
  • So I kind of played it out.
  • 00:11:45.180 --> 00:11:47.180
  • And I was thinking, you know,
  • 00:11:47.180 --> 00:11:48.230
  • you probably could.
  • 00:11:48.230 --> 00:11:49.240
  • There probably some characters
  • 00:11:49.240 --> 00:11:51.190
  • in the Bible that no one will
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:52.290
  • want to selfie with.
  • 00:11:52.290 --> 00:11:53.230
  • And you could probably
  • 00:11:53.230 --> 00:11:54.090
  • just walk right up to him.
  • 00:11:54.090 --> 00:11:55.100
  • Like Jonah.
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:57.170
  • Who wants to meet Jonah?
  • 00:11:57.170 --> 00:11:59.140
  • He's the most dysfunctional,
  • 00:11:59.140 --> 00:12:00.290
  • discouraging prophet
  • 00:12:00.290 --> 00:12:02.010
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:12:02.010 --> 00:12:03.000
  • He preached
  • 00:12:03.000 --> 00:12:03.130
  • and God sent a Revival,
  • 00:12:03.130 --> 00:12:04.260
  • and he went outside
  • 00:12:04.260 --> 00:12:05.150
  • and wanted to die.
  • 00:12:05.150 --> 00:12:07.240
  • So Jonah is available.
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:08.270
  • You could go see Jonah
  • 00:12:08.270 --> 00:12:09.200
  • for a few minutes.
  • 00:12:09.200 --> 00:12:10.240
  • Few hundred years
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:11.110
  • while you wait to see Jesus.
  • 00:12:11.110 --> 00:12:12.190
  • You know, eternities long.
  • 00:12:12.190 --> 00:12:14.150
  • And then you could
  • 00:12:14.150 --> 00:12:15.130
  • probably go see,
  • 00:12:15.130 --> 00:12:16.050
  • you could probably go see
  • 00:12:16.050 --> 00:12:16.290
  • Bartholomew.
  • 00:12:18.040 --> 00:12:21.040
  • Apostle Paul might be
  • 00:12:21.040 --> 00:12:21.240
  • unavailable.
  • 00:12:21.240 --> 00:12:23.110
  • And John the Disciple,
  • 00:12:23.110 --> 00:12:24.110
  • whom Jesus loved.
  • 00:12:24.110 --> 00:12:25.150
  • He might have a little
  • 00:12:25.150 --> 00:12:26.170
  • wait list.
  • 00:12:26.170 --> 00:12:28.100
  • But you can probably see
  • 00:12:28.100 --> 00:12:29.060
  • Bartholomew.
  • 00:12:31.240 --> 00:12:34.240
  • Jewish legend says that
  • 00:12:34.240 --> 00:12:36.140
  • Rahab was one of the most
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:38.270
  • four beautiful women
  • 00:12:38.270 --> 00:12:40.030
  • who ever lived.
  • 00:12:40.030 --> 00:12:42.080
  • I don't know if that's true.
  • 00:12:42.080 --> 00:12:44.030
  • But maybe you want to see
  • 00:12:44.030 --> 00:12:44.250
  • for yourself, you know,
  • 00:12:44.250 --> 00:12:46.040
  • get to heaven.
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:48.210
  • There's Samson.
  • 00:12:48.210 --> 00:12:51.120
  • Walk over to the front desk.
  • 00:12:51.120 --> 00:12:52.210
  • There's Peter, got his iPad.
  • 00:12:55.130 --> 00:12:58.130
  • And you say,
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:12:59.100
  • "Hey, I'm in line to see Jesus,
  • 00:12:59.100 --> 00:13:02.010
  • I'm number 15.973.223.
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:06.220
  • While I'm waiting.
  • 00:13:06.220 --> 00:13:08.230
  • I was kind of strange request.
  • 00:13:08.230 --> 00:13:10.080
  • Could I see...
  • 00:13:10.080 --> 00:13:11.230
  • Could I see Rahab,
  • 00:13:11.230 --> 00:13:12.190
  • the prostitute?"
  • 00:13:14.050 --> 00:13:17.050
  • Peter's loud,
  • 00:13:17.050 --> 00:13:17.280
  • Rahab the prostitute,
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:19.020
  • let me check.
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:21.250
  • Sounds bad man.
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:23.100
  • Keep it down.
  • 00:13:27.290 --> 00:13:30.290
  • Oh, I'm sorry.
  • 00:13:30.290 --> 00:13:33.220
  • We do have a Rahab up here,
  • 00:13:35.190 --> 00:13:38.190
  • but you said
  • 00:13:38.190 --> 00:13:39.000
  • 'Rahab, the prostitute?'
  • 00:13:40.140 --> 00:13:43.140
  • There's nobody here
  • 00:13:43.140 --> 00:13:44.040
  • by that name.
  • 00:13:47.180 --> 00:13:50.180
  • Because up here
  • 00:13:50.180 --> 00:13:53.130
  • we don't call people
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:54.230
  • what they were.
  • 00:13:55.120 --> 00:13:58.120
  • We don't call people
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:13:59.120
  • what they did.
  • 00:14:00.110 --> 00:14:03.110
  • We don't call people
  • 00:14:03.110 --> 00:14:04.120
  • what they were labeled.
  • 00:14:04.290 --> 00:14:07.290
  • Up here,
  • 00:14:07.290 --> 00:14:08.160
  • she doesn't go by that name.
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:11.130
  • So you can see Rahab,
  • 00:14:11.130 --> 00:14:13.160
  • but make sure you call her
  • 00:14:13.160 --> 00:14:15.100
  • by her new name.
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:16.090
  • Up here, we call her
  • 00:14:16.090 --> 00:14:18.060
  • Rahab, the righteous.
  • 00:14:18.060 --> 00:14:19.200
  • There is a righteousness
  • 00:14:19.200 --> 00:14:22.020
  • that comes from God by faith.
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:25.050
  • I said there is a righteousness
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:27.190
  • that is not of works
  • 00:14:27.190 --> 00:14:29.130
  • so that no one can boast.
  • 00:14:29.130 --> 00:14:32.030
  • And I don't know about you,
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:33.280
  • but I'm grateful
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:34.120
  • for the blood of Jesus
  • 00:14:34.120 --> 00:14:36.160
  • that covered my path.
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:39.120
  • I'm not what I did.
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:41.080
  • And I'm not what I was.
  • 00:14:41.080 --> 00:14:43.030
  • And I'm not what I think.
  • 00:14:43.030 --> 00:14:44.250
  • And I'm not where I'm broken.
  • 00:14:44.250 --> 00:14:46.230
  • And I'm not what they said.
  • 00:14:46.230 --> 00:14:48.210
  • I got a new name.
  • 00:14:53.050 --> 00:14:56.050
  • I got a new name.
  • 00:14:56.120 --> 00:14:59.120
  • Not got a new reputation.
  • 00:14:59.120 --> 00:15:01.070
  • I am a child of God.
  • 00:15:01.090 --> 00:15:04.090
  • I am the righteousness of God
  • 00:15:04.090 --> 00:15:06.260
  • in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:09.090
  • Look at somebody say,
  • 00:15:09.090 --> 00:15:10.010
  • "Don't call me that."
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:12.150
  • "You don't know me like that."
  • 00:15:12.150 --> 00:15:13.290
  • Don't call me according
  • 00:15:13.290 --> 00:15:15.090
  • to how you memorize me
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:16.190
  • in my past.
  • 00:15:16.190 --> 00:15:17.260
  • God is doing a new thing
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:19.020
  • in my life.
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:26.060
  • And when condemnation comes in,
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:28.000
  • you know to remind you
  • 00:15:28.000 --> 00:15:30.040
  • of all of those reasons
  • 00:15:30.040 --> 00:15:31.080
  • that God can't use you.
  • 00:15:31.080 --> 00:15:33.020
  • Remember Rahab.
  • 00:15:33.020 --> 00:15:35.270
  • Remember Rahab,
  • 00:15:35.270 --> 00:15:38.090
  • who had nothing to offer
  • 00:15:38.090 --> 00:15:39.260
  • except faith.
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:43.020
  • And God said,
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:44.180
  • even she was considered
  • 00:15:44.180 --> 00:15:46.220
  • righteous.
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:49.140
  • Because that's what church is.
  • 00:15:53.240 --> 00:15:56.240
  • It's a place for you
  • 00:15:56.240 --> 00:15:57.220
  • to come and leave
  • 00:15:57.220 --> 00:16:00.070
  • all of the labels
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:02.150
  • that you've accumulated
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:03.090
  • in your life
  • 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:03.250
  • because of your behaviors.
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:06.100
  • Oh, yeah, some of the stuff
  • 00:16:06.100 --> 00:16:07.260
  • people said about you is facts.
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:11.230
  • It's not always
  • 00:16:11.230 --> 00:16:12.080
  • that they were lying.
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:14.190
  • It's just that there is
  • 00:16:14.190 --> 00:16:15.120
  • a greater truth that supersedes
  • 00:16:16.270 --> 00:16:19.270
  • whatever they can say
  • 00:16:19.270 --> 00:16:20.240
  • about you and every weakness,
  • 00:16:21.210 --> 00:16:24.210
  • is potential straight.
  • 00:16:24.210 --> 00:16:27.060
  • But when I was writing
  • 00:16:27.060 --> 00:16:28.050
  • this message,
  • 00:16:28.050 --> 00:16:29.210
  • I made a critical mistake.
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:31.170
  • I was typing so fast
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:33.020
  • in my phone,
  • 00:16:33.020 --> 00:16:33.250
  • I kept misspelling
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:35.060
  • Rahab's name.
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:37.110
  • And I kept spelling it
  • 00:16:37.110 --> 00:16:38.130
  • R-E-H-A-B,
  • 00:16:39.060 --> 00:16:42.060
  • because I was writing fast,
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:43.120
  • not because my IQ is low.
  • 00:16:45.200 --> 00:16:48.200
  • After writing it down
  • 00:16:48.200 --> 00:16:49.200
  • 10 times, I noticed,
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:50.240
  • I keep spelling it Rehab.
  • 00:16:51.070 --> 00:16:54.070
  • And God said,
  • 00:16:54.070 --> 00:16:55.080
  • "You got it right,
  • 00:16:55.080 --> 00:16:57.040
  • because what I want you
  • 00:16:57.040 --> 00:16:58.030
  • to tell the people
  • 00:16:58.030 --> 00:16:58.270
  • when you preach it,
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:01.110
  • is that I am in
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:02.020
  • the business
  • 00:17:02.020 --> 00:17:03.200
  • of rehabilitating."
  • 00:17:04.150 --> 00:17:07.150
  • Give my title again
  • 00:17:07.150 --> 00:17:08.060
  • on the screen.
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:10.140
  • You did not come to
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:11.110
  • a religious service today.
  • 00:17:11.240 --> 00:17:14.240
  • You came to rehab.
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:19.100
  • And the place that starts
  • 00:17:19.100 --> 00:17:20.220
  • is not with what others
  • 00:17:20.220 --> 00:17:22.010
  • think of you.
  • 00:17:22.010 --> 00:17:22.220
  • We spend so much time on that.
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:25.250
  • We fail to realize that, really,
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:28.070
  • the issue is how you see you.
  • 00:17:29.190 --> 00:17:32.190
  • The greatest place
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:33.250
  • my reputation needs repair
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:35.250
  • is within myself,
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:36.240
  • because I've let myself down
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:38.130
  • so many times,
  • 00:17:38.130 --> 00:17:39.240
  • and I've made promises to myself
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:41.150
  • and others over and over again.
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:43.090
  • And I'm really gonna have
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.100
  • a better attitude this time.
  • 00:17:44.100 --> 00:17:45.220
  • And I'm really gonna this time.
  • 00:17:45.220 --> 00:17:47.060
  • And I'm really gonna this time.
  • 00:17:47.060 --> 00:17:48.270
  • And some of you have
  • 00:17:48.270 --> 00:17:49.200
  • a developed a reputation
  • 00:17:49.200 --> 00:17:51.260
  • with yourself that does
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:52.230
  • not reflect your reputation
  • 00:17:52.230 --> 00:17:54.190
  • with Heaven.
  • 00:17:54.190 --> 00:17:55.290
  • God doesn't see you like that.
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:59.240
  • Doesn't see you like that.
  • 00:17:59.280 --> 00:18:03.000
  • And the gap between
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:03.270
  • your reality and your reputation
  • 00:18:03.270 --> 00:18:05.170
  • with yourself could cost you
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:08.240
  • the opportunity to see God
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:11.000
  • use you in the future,
  • 00:18:11.000 --> 00:18:12.040
  • if you don't deal with that.
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:14.200
  • It costs the spies.
  • 00:18:14.200 --> 00:18:17.030
  • 10 of the 12 said,
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:17.280
  • "We can't go in."
  • 00:18:17.280 --> 00:18:19.210
  • That's 83.66666% of the people
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:24.000
  • that went into the land
  • 00:18:24.000 --> 00:18:24.280
  • came back with the wrong report.
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:27.170
  • And I think 83.66666% of stuff
  • 00:18:28.020 --> 00:18:31.020
  • I tell myself,
  • 00:18:31.020 --> 00:18:32.150
  • is probably wrong.
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  • At least.
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  • At least.
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  • And if I don't deal with that,
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  • I can have a new reality,
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:41.050
  • a new nature.
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  • I could be chosen by God.
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  • Loved by God.
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  • Accepted by God.
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  • And He can even have
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  • an assignment for me.
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  • He can even want to use
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  • my house to bring forth
  • 00:18:50.110 --> 00:18:52.020
  • the promise.
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  • If I don't see
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:18:54.210
  • myself that way,
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:57.290
  • I'll be like those spies.
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  • The reason they didn't go
  • 00:19:00.280 --> 00:19:02.070
  • into the land wasn't
  • 00:19:02.070 --> 00:19:03.060
  • how they saw God.
  • 00:19:03.060 --> 00:19:05.180
  • Was how they saw themselves.
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  • And the reason
  • 00:19:09.100 --> 00:19:09.230
  • they saw themselves as small
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  • is because they had
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:12.100
  • spent 430 years enslaved.
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  • And sometimes you carry
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:17.020
  • that with you.
  • 00:19:17.020 --> 00:19:17.290
  • The Bible actually says that
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  • before they could
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  • go into the land,
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  • God had to roll away
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  • the reproach of Egypt.
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  • Their past, their shackles,
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:29.180
  • their former condition.
  • 00:19:29.180 --> 00:19:32.080
  • When you carry forward
  • 00:19:32.080 --> 00:19:33.120
  • with you the reproach
  • 00:19:33.120 --> 00:19:35.110
  • of different things
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:35.270
  • that you struggled with
  • 00:19:35.270 --> 00:19:36.250
  • or currently struggle with,
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:38.050
  • it will always keep you
  • 00:19:38.050 --> 00:19:39.080
  • from realizing
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:39.280
  • your righteousness in Christ.
  • 00:19:39.280 --> 00:19:41.190
  • Always.
  • 00:19:41.190 --> 00:19:43.240
  • Always.
  • 00:19:43.240 --> 00:19:45.120
  • When you see your life
  • 00:19:45.120 --> 00:19:46.040
  • through the lens of self,
  • 00:19:46.040 --> 00:19:47.020
  • it's very small.
  • 00:19:47.020 --> 00:19:48.120
  • That's what the spies
  • 00:19:48.120 --> 00:19:48.280
  • came back and said.
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:49.230
  • They had totally lost sight
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:50.230
  • of God's reputation,
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  • because they were so concerned
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:53.240
  • about their own.
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:56.110
  • Numbers 13:33 says:
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  • "That they gave the man of God,
  • 00:19:58.010 --> 00:20:00.110
  • Moses this report.
  • 00:20:00.110 --> 00:20:00.280
  • They said,
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:01.120
  • 'We saw the Nephilim there...'"
  • 00:20:01.260 --> 00:20:04.260
  • The Nephilim were giants.
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  • It might represent
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:08.090
  • anything in your life
  • 00:20:08.090 --> 00:20:09.160
  • that's too powerful for you
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:10.190
  • and your own strength.
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:12.100
  • It might represent your fear,
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:13.280
  • or your insecurity.
  • 00:20:13.280 --> 00:20:16.220
  • That chronic thing keeps
  • 00:20:16.220 --> 00:20:18.200
  • creeping into your life,
  • 00:20:18.200 --> 00:20:20.180
  • taking you down.
  • 00:20:20.180 --> 00:20:21.240
  • Thought pattern.
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  • Doesn't have to be
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  • a physical giant
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  • or a physical enemy.
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:27.040
  • In fact, the Bible says,
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:27.250
  • "We wrestle not against
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  • flesh and blood."
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:29.180
  • There's a good chance
  • 00:20:29.180 --> 00:20:30.160
  • that your Nephilim
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.060
  • has a different name.
  • 00:20:32.060 --> 00:20:35.060
  • "'And we saw the Giants.
  • 00:20:35.060 --> 00:20:37.150
  • And we seemed like grasshoppers
  • 00:20:37.150 --> 00:20:39.240
  • in our own eyes..."
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:42.160
  • -- Wait, why are you comparing
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:44.270
  • yourself to the Giants?
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:46.010
  • You are supposed to be
  • 00:20:46.010 --> 00:20:46.280
  • comparing your giants
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.160
  • to your God.
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:50.020
  • But you lost sight of that,
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:50.260
  • didn't you?
  • 00:20:51.270 --> 00:20:54.270
  • You start thinking
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:56.270
  • what's wrong with me
  • 00:20:56.270 --> 00:20:58.000
  • is more powerful than
  • 00:20:58.000 --> 00:20:58.270
  • what's right with God.
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:03.200
  • "'We looked like grasshoppers
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:04.180
  • in our own eyes,
  • 00:21:04.180 --> 00:21:06.150
  • and we look the same to them.'"
  • 00:21:06.150 --> 00:21:09.070
  • Because when you don't know
  • 00:21:09.070 --> 00:21:10.280
  • who you are,
  • 00:21:10.280 --> 00:21:11.140
  • you depend on the rest
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:12.150
  • of the world to tell you.
  • 00:21:12.150 --> 00:21:14.140
  • And now you're empty.
  • 00:21:14.140 --> 00:21:16.160
  • And now you're projecting.
  • 00:21:16.160 --> 00:21:18.200
  • And now you're trying
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:19.140
  • to perfect this reputation.
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:21.220
  • But God brought you here
  • 00:21:21.220 --> 00:21:22.170
  • for Rehab.
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:24.190
  • God brought you here
  • 00:21:24.190 --> 00:21:25.120
  • for a reminder of who He is.
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:29.210
  • The Lord, the Lord,
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:31.250
  • slow to anger abounding in love,
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:33.150
  • maintaining faithfulness
  • 00:21:33.150 --> 00:21:34.140
  • to a thousand generations.
  • 00:21:34.140 --> 00:21:35.240
  • That's who He is.
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:37.020
  • He has a reputation.
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:39.060
  • He's picked up people like you
  • 00:21:39.060 --> 00:21:41.180
  • and like me
  • 00:21:41.180 --> 00:21:42.250
  • at our lowest point.
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:45.010
  • He's picked up people
  • 00:21:45.010 --> 00:21:45.270
  • like you and me
  • 00:21:45.270 --> 00:21:46.270
  • on our highest mountaintop.
  • 00:21:46.270 --> 00:21:49.080
  • He specializes in imperfection.
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:52.060
  • Would you stand to your feet?
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:53.050
  • No one leaving.
  • 00:21:53.050 --> 00:21:53.230
  • No one moving.
  • 00:21:53.230 --> 00:21:55.220
  • I'd like to pray
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:56.090
  • for you, please.
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:59.260
  • If this word has
  • 00:21:59.260 --> 00:22:00.170
  • ministered to you today,
  • 00:22:01.220 --> 00:22:04.220
  • and there is a reproach
  • 00:22:04.220 --> 00:22:05.240
  • that you have been
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:06.140
  • carrying forward
  • 00:22:06.140 --> 00:22:08.020
  • into your future
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:08.280
  • that needs to be rolled
  • 00:22:08.280 --> 00:22:10.290
  • into your past.
  • 00:22:11.110 --> 00:22:14.110
  • I would like to pray for you
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:15.200
  • today that God would
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:17.190
  • remind you of His reputation.
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:21.250
  • He's never lost a battle.
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:26.070
  • He's never met a need
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:27.050
  • that He couldn't meet.
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:31.230
  • He never created a life
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:32.250
  • He did not intend to use.
  • 00:22:33.020 --> 00:22:36.020
  • And so we find hope today
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:38.190
  • in this story of Rahab.
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:44.090
  • That God is rehabilitating
  • 00:22:44.160 --> 00:22:47.160
  • our eyes that we could see Him
  • 00:22:47.160 --> 00:22:48.260
  • as He really is.
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:49.200
  • Father, I pray that
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:52.250
  • not one of your children
  • 00:22:52.260 --> 00:22:55.260
  • would brush this message off.
  • 00:22:56.050 --> 00:22:59.050
  • I pray that it would not
  • 00:22:59.050 --> 00:22:59.290
  • fall on deaf ears.
  • 00:22:59.290 --> 00:23:01.010
  • And I pray that our pride
  • 00:23:01.010 --> 00:23:02.080
  • would not keep us
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:02.260
  • from receiving it.
  • 00:23:02.260 --> 00:23:04.210
  • 'Cause, probably,
  • 00:23:04.210 --> 00:23:05.040
  • we could think,
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:05.160
  • 'Well, I'm not that bad.
  • 00:23:05.160 --> 00:23:06.140
  • I'm not some prostitute.
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:08.080
  • I'm not some...'
  • 00:23:08.080 --> 00:23:10.140
  • -- We all have broken places.
  • 00:23:10.140 --> 00:23:12.260
  • We all have many reasons
  • 00:23:13.020 --> 00:23:16.020
  • why we feel
  • 00:23:16.020 --> 00:23:16.130
  • useless and unworthy.
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:20.180
  • And yet, You call us
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:21.130
  • righteous by faith.
  • 00:23:22.070 --> 00:23:25.070
  • Speak over
  • 00:23:25.070 --> 00:23:25.190
  • your people today, Lord.
  • 00:23:25.190 --> 00:23:28.030
  • In direct contradiction
  • 00:23:28.030 --> 00:23:30.200
  • to every lie that the enemy
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:32.060
  • has planted in their mind.
  • 00:23:32.060 --> 00:23:34.060
  • It is not so
  • 00:23:34.060 --> 00:23:34.220
  • and it will not prevail.
  • 00:23:34.220 --> 00:23:36.270
  • Whatever has been spoken
  • 00:23:36.270 --> 00:23:38.080
  • over their life by others
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:39.170
  • or by themselves
  • 00:23:39.170 --> 00:23:40.170
  • that does not align
  • 00:23:40.170 --> 00:23:41.060
  • with Your word,
  • 00:23:41.060 --> 00:23:42.280
  • we come against it now
  • 00:23:42.280 --> 00:23:43.270
  • in the name that is above
  • 00:23:43.270 --> 00:23:44.210
  • every name,
  • 00:23:44.210 --> 00:23:45.040
  • the name of Jesus.
  • 00:23:45.040 --> 00:23:47.020
  • The name that is able
  • 00:23:47.020 --> 00:23:47.270
  • to heal, save, deliver,
  • 00:23:47.270 --> 00:23:49.060
  • and set free,
  • 00:23:49.060 --> 00:23:50.030
  • in the name of Jesus.
  • 00:23:50.030 --> 00:23:51.190
  • The name that is above
  • 00:23:51.190 --> 00:23:52.110
  • every name,
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:53.050
  • the name that is above
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:54.000
  • every Nephilim,
  • 00:23:54.000 --> 00:23:54.230
  • the name that is above
  • 00:23:54.230 --> 00:23:55.150
  • every dysfunction,
  • 00:23:55.150 --> 00:23:56.190
  • the name that is above
  • 00:23:56.190 --> 00:23:57.150
  • all shame and sin.
  • 00:23:57.150 --> 00:23:59.230
  • And we ask You that,
  • 00:23:59.230 --> 00:24:01.080
  • in this moment of worship,
  • 00:24:01.080 --> 00:24:03.210
  • we would remember
  • 00:24:03.210 --> 00:24:05.260
  • - Well, you must be important.
  • 00:24:10.270 --> 00:24:12.180
  • How do you feel
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:13.040
  • when you hear that?
  • 00:24:13.040 --> 00:24:14.020
  • Are you like, me?
  • 00:24:14.020 --> 00:24:16.050
  • Are you serious?
  • 00:24:16.050 --> 00:24:17.110
  • I know that when we look
  • 00:24:17.110 --> 00:24:18.030
  • in the mirror a lot of times
  • 00:24:18.030 --> 00:24:19.230
  • all we see is the things
  • 00:24:19.230 --> 00:24:21.010
  • that we don't like
  • 00:24:21.010 --> 00:24:21.180
  • about ourselves.
  • 00:24:21.180 --> 00:24:22.240
  • And a lot of times
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:23.190
  • and we reflect on our lives,
  • 00:24:23.190 --> 00:24:25.090
  • it doesn't feel like
  • 00:24:25.090 --> 00:24:26.240
  • our day-to-day existence
  • 00:24:26.240 --> 00:24:27.290
  • matters much in the broad scope
  • 00:24:27.290 --> 00:24:29.260
  • of over 7 billion people
  • 00:24:29.260 --> 00:24:31.060
  • on the planet.
  • 00:24:31.060 --> 00:24:32.240
  • But I believe God wants you
  • 00:24:32.240 --> 00:24:33.230
  • to stop seeing yourself
  • 00:24:33.230 --> 00:24:35.080
  • as insignificant
  • 00:24:35.080 --> 00:24:36.220
  • and realize the tremendous value
  • 00:24:36.220 --> 00:24:38.170
  • that He places on your life.
  • 00:24:38.170 --> 00:24:40.220
  • And today, for your gift
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  • of any amount,
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  • I wanna send you
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  • It's called,
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  • "You Must Be Important".
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  • It's about the lengths
  • 00:24:47.140 --> 00:24:48.140
  • that God goes to,
  • 00:24:48.140 --> 00:24:49.220
  • to show His love.
  • 00:24:49.220 --> 00:24:50.240
  • And it's also about
  • 00:24:50.240 --> 00:24:52.010
  • finding a vision
  • 00:24:52.010 --> 00:24:53.120
  • for your life
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:53.280
  • through understanding
  • 00:24:53.280 --> 00:24:55.180
  • your value in Christ.
  • 00:24:55.180 --> 00:24:57.150
  • I know that's like
  • 00:24:57.150 --> 00:24:58.080
  • a huge mouthful,
  • 00:24:58.080 --> 00:24:59.120
  • tongue twister.
  • 00:24:59.120 --> 00:25:00.210
  • But I want you to get it.
  • 00:25:00.210 --> 00:25:02.160
  • Because when you understand
  • 00:25:02.160 --> 00:25:03.210
  • your value through other people,
  • 00:25:03.210 --> 00:25:05.170
  • or even through accomplishments,
  • 00:25:05.170 --> 00:25:07.090
  • or try to figure out
  • 00:25:07.090 --> 00:25:08.240
  • what your life is worth
  • 00:25:08.240 --> 00:25:09.250
  • through what you feel
  • 00:25:09.250 --> 00:25:10.230
  • like right now,
  • 00:25:10.230 --> 00:25:12.130
  • you're always going
  • 00:25:12.130 --> 00:25:13.060
  • to be fluctuating.
  • 00:25:13.060 --> 00:25:14.190
  • But there is a better way.
  • 00:25:14.190 --> 00:25:15.220
  • And I want to show you
  • 00:25:15.220 --> 00:25:16.170
  • that better way.
  • 00:25:16.170 --> 00:25:17.210
  • Through God's word,
  • 00:25:17.210 --> 00:25:18.100
  • we're going to discover
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  • what God says about
  • 00:25:19.110 --> 00:25:20.160
  • how to walk in purpose.
  • 00:25:20.160 --> 00:25:22.080
  • Maybe you've lost
  • 00:25:22.080 --> 00:25:22.200
  • your focus, lately?
  • 00:25:22.200 --> 00:25:24.030
  • Maybe you let some things
  • 00:25:24.030 --> 00:25:25.000
  • distract you,
  • 00:25:25.000 --> 00:25:25.230
  • get you off track.
  • 00:25:25.230 --> 00:25:26.280
  • Or maybe, even right now
  • 00:25:26.280 --> 00:25:28.020
  • you've been asking God,
  • 00:25:28.020 --> 00:25:29.080
  • show me what I'm on earth for.
  • 00:25:29.080 --> 00:25:30.180
  • I don't even know
  • 00:25:30.180 --> 00:25:31.140
  • what I'm doing here.
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  • I believe this message series
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  • is going to inspire you,
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  • equip you, instruct you,
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  • and move you forward.
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  • I don't want you to wait,
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  • it's too important.
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  • You're too important.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Amidst
  • 00:25:58.200 --> 00:25:59.070
  • an immeasurable universe,
  • 00:25:59.070 --> 00:26:02.090
  • billions of people
  • 00:26:02.090 --> 00:26:03.240
  • spanning across the globe,
  • 00:26:03.240 --> 00:26:05.260
  • all staring up
  • 00:26:05.260 --> 00:26:07.130
  • into a boundless night sky.
  • 00:26:07.290 --> 00:26:10.290
  • Countless waves
  • 00:26:10.290 --> 00:26:11.260
  • crash with a thundering roar.
  • 00:26:12.040 --> 00:26:15.040
  • Majestic trees and mountains
  • 00:26:15.040 --> 00:26:16.250
  • tower above us.
  • 00:26:16.250 --> 00:26:18.030
  • [fire crackling]
  • 00:26:18.030 --> 00:26:19.070
  • But what about you?
  • 00:26:19.070 --> 00:26:21.120
  • How could you be important?
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  • That the God of the vast,
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  • would look through
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  • all of creation
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  • and handcraft you?
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  • [waves crashing]
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  • The offer of creation
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  • doesn't just focus
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  • on the vast.
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  • He is precise in His work
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  • because the smallest detail
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  • is what completes
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  • the whole picture.
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  • And you are
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  • the important detail.
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  • He created you.
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  • You were put together
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  • piece by piece
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  • for a purpose.
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  • There is value placed
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  • on every cell
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  • The lengths that God went to,
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  • to make sure
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  • you could see His love,
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  • His grace...
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  • It's all around you,
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