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Save Your Strength Part 1

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September 18, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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  • - Sometimes the best place
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  • to fight the battle
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  • is before it ever begins.
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  • To draw a line and say,
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  • "I'm not even going there.
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  • I'm not even playing with this.
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  • This is not going to be a part
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  • of my children's legacy.
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  • I can't control
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  • what it's been until now,
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  • but from this day forward,
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  • by the grace of God,
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  • I am a new creation in Christ.
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  • And I'm gonna beat it
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  • in the bloodline.
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  • I'm gonna make a stand
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  • for the next generation.
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  • There are going to be some
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  • - I thought I would take
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  • a moment and just illustrate how
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  • sometimes where something
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  • shows up is not
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  • where it started.
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  • This sermon that you're hearing
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  • today came from a note
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  • that I made last year.
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  • And sometimes where something
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  • shows up isn't where it starts.
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  • By the time you hear the sermon,
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  • in the process of me thinking
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  • about it for a long time.
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  • 'Cause I don't wanna just
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  • think of something Saturday
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  • and say it on Sunday.
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  • I even realized
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  • that about your life.
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  • You showed up today
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  • but I don't really see what
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  • it took for you to get here.
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  • Or what is affecting
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  • your mind as I preach.
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  • Sometimes people would say,
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  • "That's the best sermon
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  • you ever preached."
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  • And I'll say, "That's just
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  • the best you ever listened.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Wasn't that good."
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  • But the sermon starts
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  • before it starts.
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  • I always tell the parking team,
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  • "Hey help me out.
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  • When people are coming in
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  • smile at 'em, wave at 'em,
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  • put 'em in a good mood.
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  • It'll make my job easier.
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  • 'Cause the sermon starts
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  • before it starts.
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  • It starts before it starts.
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  • It starts checking in your kids,
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  • it starts -- so make sure,
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  • make sure that you get
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  • as good of a start as possible.
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  • And this time of year we're
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  • so focused on new beginnings,
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  • but the longer you live
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  • the less you really believe
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  • in new beginnings.
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  • And the clichés don't really
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  • comfort you in the same way
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  • or inspire you
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  • at the same level anymore.
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  • "New year, new you."
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  • Nope.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I didn't grow three inches.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • No, I'm the same me.
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  • You can't really get
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  • a new start to your story.
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  • What you can do
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  • is change the ending.
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  • And the only real way for you
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  • to affect the ending is to
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  • understand the starting place.
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  • It's very important that
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  • we understand the scripture
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  • that I read in the context
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  • of the times because there
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  • would have been an outside gate,
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  • the outer wall of the city
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  • with a gate for entrance,
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  • and an inner gate --
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  • as a line of defense --
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  • and then this space
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  • between the gate where justice
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  • was supposed to be served.
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  • Negotiations happened,
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  • and people would buy and sell.
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  • That was the space
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  • between the gates,
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  • where the negotiations of life
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  • and the deliberations
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  • took place.
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  • But between the gates.
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  • The realm of your decisions,
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  • the realm of your
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  • thought process.
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  • The space between
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  • what you see with your eyes
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  • and what you do in your life.
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  • What you hear with your ears
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  • and how you act
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  • when you go home.
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  • That's space, that's where
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  • the battle is won and lost.
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  • Now, by the time the battle
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  • is won, there has already
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  • been significant work done.
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  • Nobody wins the Olympics
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  • at the race.
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  • They won the Olympics
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  • in the dark, at 4:30.
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  • Where their success showed up is
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  • not where their success started.
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  • Usually when you see an issue
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  • in somebody's life,
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  • where it showed up
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  • is not where it started.
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  • It's the same with victories
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  • that it is with defeat.
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  • I told a story last week
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  • about my dad.
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  • And the reason I like to tell so
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  • many stories about my dad
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  • is 'cause he's not here
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  • to correct them.
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  • I can tell 'em
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  • how I wanna tell 'em.
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  • The one I told
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  • about him last week
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  • made him sound kinda bad,
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  • but I thought I would tell
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  • a good one about him.
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  • No, my dad was a good dad.
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  • especially if you compare him
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  • to the standard that
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  • he didn't have a dad
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  • to show him how to do it
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  • and he was making it up
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  • when he was doing it.
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  • He was just kinda --
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  • he was winging it.
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  • And I have mad respect for that,
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  • 'cause it's hard enough
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  • to be a dad when
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  • you've seen a dad,
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  • but he had to make it up.
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  • So some of his tactics
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  • were not FDA approved.
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  • Some of his tactics were
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  • kinda street tactics.
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  • One time I told my mom
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  • I wanted to kill him.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Not my finest moment.
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  • "I'll kill him!
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  • I wanna kill him!"
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  • And when he picked me up
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  • from school that day,
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  • early dismissal,
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  • picked me up from school
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  • and said he had two guns
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  • in the back of the truck
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  • and I was gonna get one
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  • and was gonna get one
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  • 'cause he heard I wanted
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  • to kill him and if I didn't
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  • shoot he was going to.
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  • And that is not the necessarily
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  • the type of parenting you hear
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  • about on Focus On The Family.
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  • But he was doing
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  • the best he could.
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  • And he didn't actually do it,
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  • he let me cry for 10 minutes
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  • and think that
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  • he was gonna do it.
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  • But I never said it again.
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  • One of his finest moments,
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  • though -- I don't know where
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  • he got the idea to do this.
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  • Was when he began
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  • to talk to me about addiction.
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  • He began to talk to me about
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  • addiction because his father
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  • committed suicide
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  • and had been a very mean drunk.
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  • His father's father
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  • had been an alcoholic.
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  • And somewhere along the line
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  • he made the decision
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  • that I can't go back
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  • and rewrite how this story
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  • started in our bloodline,
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  • but I'm gonna impart a vision
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  • to my son so that
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  • he might be the one
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  • to write a different ending.
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  • You can't create
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  • a new beginning,
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  • but you can write a new ending.
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  • That's what I'm trying to say.
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  • [Applause]
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  • You can't change who
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  • wasn't there for you,
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  • but you can write a new ending.
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  • And maybe we should start
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  • this year not as an expectation
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  • of new beginnings,
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  • but new endings.
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  • I said from this point forward.
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  • Paul said, I press
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  • towards the mark,
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  • this one thing I do
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  • forgetting what is behind me.
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  • There is no strength
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  • in what's behind me.
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  • I stretch toward what's ahead.
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  • And so my dad,
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  • he would pull me aside,
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  • even from a really young age.
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  • Like, I was eight years old
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  • and he would pull me aside
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  • and start talking to me about
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  • Eight years old!
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  • And he would tell me,
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  • "My dad was a drunk,
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  • and his dad was a drunk,
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  • and his dad was a drunk."
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  • And he would say,
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  • "You could be the first Furtick
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  • that wasn't an alcoholic."
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  • He put it out there
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  • like a challenge to me.
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  • Like, you could go to the moon.
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  • You could be the first Furtick.
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  • And I kinda liked that.
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  • I was only eight!
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  • I was eight.
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  • I don't know what he thought
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  • that kids were bringing
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  • to school in their juice boxes
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  • like what temptation
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  • he thought I was under.
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  • You could be the first Furtick.
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  • And it got through to me
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  • even when I got a little older,
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  • I could be the first Furtick.
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  • This is not a sermon about
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  • don't drink, by the way.
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  • Okay, I don't want you
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  • to get all nervous, like that.
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  • I'm not one of those preachers.
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  • 'Cause I have noticed that a lot
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  • of preachers who don't drink
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  • are 80 pounds overweight so
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  • apparently they skipped all
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  • the verses about gluttony and --
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  • Okay, okay.
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  • You didn't come for all that.
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  • Let's get back to the scripture.
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  • Isaiah said, that,
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  • "He will be..."
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  • -- is anybody leaving?
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  • I can't see
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  • very well back there.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Y'all still there?
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  • Okay.
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  • "... a source of strength to him
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  • who turns back the battle
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  • at the gate."
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  • In other words, God will
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  • strengthen the will of
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  • the one who makes the decision.
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  • It stops here.
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  • I'm taking my place in the gate
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  • to say that I cannot affect
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  • how the story has started.
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  • But my dad said if you really
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  • wanna be the first Furtick
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  • to beat this, you gotta
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  • beat it in your blood.
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  • Because if you taste it,
  • 00:07:57.170 --> 00:07:59.000
  • you're gonna like it.
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  • So I wanna challenge you,
  • 00:08:00.170 --> 00:08:02.030
  • just don't ever fight it.
  • 00:08:02.030 --> 00:08:04.120
  • He was trying to get me to see
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  • that sometimes the best place
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  • to fight the battle
  • 00:08:08.070 --> 00:08:10.110
  • is before it ever begins.
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  • To draw a line and say,
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  • "I'm not even going there.
  • 00:08:14.290 --> 00:08:17.030
  • I'm not even playin' with this.
  • 00:08:17.030 --> 00:08:19.040
  • This is not going to be a part
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  • of my children's legacy.
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  • I can't control
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  • what it's been until now,
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  • but from this day forward,
  • 00:08:25.200 --> 00:08:28.020
  • by the grace of God,
  • 00:08:28.020 --> 00:08:29.210
  • I am a new creation in Christ.
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  • And I'm gonna beat it
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  • in the bloodline.
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  • I'm gonna make a stand
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  • for the next generation.
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  • There are going to be
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  • some changes at the gate."
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  • [Applause]
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  • The place to beat it
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  • is before it begins.
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  • Because if you let it in,
  • 00:08:51.100 --> 00:08:53.090
  • you've already let it win.
  • 00:08:53.140 --> 00:08:56.140
  • It's like this in marriage
  • 00:08:56.140 --> 00:08:57.260
  • by the time you let
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  • resentment in, you've already
  • 00:08:59.040 --> 00:09:00.210
  • let bitterness win.
  • 00:09:01.070 --> 00:09:04.070
  • It's like this in our
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  • thought process by the time
  • 00:09:05.130 --> 00:09:07.070
  • we let worry in, we've already
  • 00:09:07.070 --> 00:09:09.050
  • let anxiety win.
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:12.290
  • And this is the year
  • 00:09:12.290 --> 00:09:13.180
  • we no longer fight
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  • the devil on his level.
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  • [Applause]
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  • Because Isaiah said
  • 00:09:21.160 --> 00:09:22.100
  • there is a strategy.
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  • You can turn back
  • 00:09:24.240 --> 00:09:26.120
  • the battle at the gate.
  • 00:09:27.240 --> 00:09:30.240
  • It's a powerful thought.
  • 00:09:30.240 --> 00:09:33.220
  • Sometimes people make fun of me
  • 00:09:33.220 --> 00:09:34.220
  • when we go out to eat.
  • 00:09:34.220 --> 00:09:35.150
  • They say, "Oh yeah, I forgot,
  • 00:09:35.150 --> 00:09:36.200
  • you don't drink."
  • 00:09:36.200 --> 00:09:38.160
  • You know, it's fine
  • 00:09:38.160 --> 00:09:39.060
  • I'm not judging you,
  • 00:09:39.060 --> 00:09:40.130
  • drink what you wanna drink.
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  • a day I got no judgement
  • 00:09:42.150 --> 00:09:43.170
  • for your liquid consumption.
  • 00:09:43.170 --> 00:09:45.280
  • I just got a different drug.
  • 00:09:45.280 --> 00:09:46.290
  • What I'm saying is
  • 00:09:46.290 --> 00:09:48.270
  • this is a decision I made.
  • 00:09:50.000 --> 00:09:53.000
  • It's a standard that I have set.
  • 00:09:54.260 --> 00:09:57.260
  • And the problem in Isaiah is
  • 00:09:57.260 --> 00:10:00.170
  • who should have been setting
  • 00:10:03.050 --> 00:10:03.250
  • the standard for the people
  • 00:10:03.250 --> 00:10:06.070
  • have lowered the standard
  • 00:10:06.070 --> 00:10:07.070
  • and left the people vulnerable.
  • 00:10:08.290 --> 00:10:11.290
  • This has no relevance to
  • 00:10:11.290 --> 00:10:12.240
  • our modern day of course.
  • 00:10:12.240 --> 00:10:14.290
  • The Bible is an ancient book.
  • 00:10:16.200 --> 00:10:19.200
  • In fact, Isaiah says,
  • 00:10:19.200 --> 00:10:20.210
  • he gives a picture of it.
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:21.180
  • He says that the leaders who are
  • 00:10:21.180 --> 00:10:23.140
  • supposed to be sitting in their
  • 00:10:23.140 --> 00:10:25.220
  • seat of judgement rendering
  • 00:10:25.220 --> 00:10:27.020
  • decisions of virtue and justice,
  • 00:10:28.000 --> 00:10:31.000
  • verse 7 he says,
  • 00:10:31.000 --> 00:10:33.020
  • "They stagger from wine
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  • and reel from beer.
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  • The priests and the prophets..."
  • 00:10:37.050 --> 00:10:39.050
  • Wouldn't this make church
  • 00:10:39.050 --> 00:10:39.220
  • more interesting?
  • 00:10:39.220 --> 00:10:41.130
  • The priests and the prophets
  • 00:10:41.130 --> 00:10:43.080
  • stagger from beer
  • 00:10:43.080 --> 00:10:45.280
  • and are befuddled with wine.
  • 00:10:45.280 --> 00:10:47.140
  • Y'all I have a hard
  • 00:10:47.140 --> 00:10:48.020
  • enough time making sense
  • 00:10:48.020 --> 00:10:49.000
  • when I'm up here sober.
  • 00:10:49.000 --> 00:10:50.170
  • Could you imagine what I would
  • 00:10:50.170 --> 00:10:51.090
  • sound like if I had a few.
  • 00:10:53.220 --> 00:10:56.220
  • He said, "They stagger
  • 00:10:56.220 --> 00:10:57.200
  • when seeing visions..."
  • 00:10:57.200 --> 00:10:59.240
  • They cannot see correctly
  • 00:10:59.240 --> 00:11:01.270
  • so how can they lead correctly?
  • 00:11:03.190 --> 00:11:06.190
  • "...they stumble when
  • 00:11:06.190 --> 00:11:07.270
  • rendering decisions."
  • 00:11:07.270 --> 00:11:10.110
  • They are the ones who
  • 00:11:10.110 --> 00:11:11.070
  • are supposed to calibrate
  • 00:11:11.070 --> 00:11:12.170
  • the calling of the nation.
  • 00:11:12.220 --> 00:11:15.220
  • And yet they are so drunk --
  • 00:11:15.220 --> 00:11:16.290
  • maybe it's a metaphor.
  • 00:11:16.290 --> 00:11:18.080
  • Maybe it's not just that
  • 00:11:18.080 --> 00:11:19.140
  • they are drunk on alcohol,
  • 00:11:19.140 --> 00:11:21.100
  • maybe they're drunk on pride.
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:24.290
  • Maybe they're intoxicated
  • 00:11:24.290 --> 00:11:26.060
  • with power.
  • 00:11:26.060 --> 00:11:28.160
  • Maybe it's self aggrandizement
  • 00:11:28.160 --> 00:11:30.070
  • that has caused the leaders
  • 00:11:30.070 --> 00:11:31.190
  • of this day to begin
  • 00:11:31.190 --> 00:11:33.000
  • to weigh self interest
  • 00:11:33.000 --> 00:11:35.050
  • in a different scale than
  • 00:11:35.050 --> 00:11:36.080
  • the best interest of the people.
  • 00:11:36.080 --> 00:11:38.050
  • [Cheering and Applause]
  • 00:11:39.200 --> 00:11:42.200
  • And yet Isaiah says something
  • 00:11:42.200 --> 00:11:45.100
  • that rings true today.
  • 00:11:45.100 --> 00:11:47.180
  • That God will be a source
  • 00:11:47.180 --> 00:11:49.210
  • of strength to those who turn
  • 00:11:49.230 --> 00:11:52.230
  • back the battle at the gate.
  • 00:11:52.230 --> 00:11:55.000
  • Notice he says that no matter
  • 00:11:55.000 --> 00:11:56.250
  • who sits in the gate,
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:58.140
  • God is still the source of
  • 00:11:58.140 --> 00:12:00.060
  • strength to those who turn back
  • 00:12:00.060 --> 00:12:02.170
  • the battle at the gate.
  • 00:12:03.240 --> 00:12:06.240
  • It would be worth answering
  • 00:12:06.240 --> 00:12:07.150
  • the question, who is
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:08.280
  • the source of your strength?
  • 00:12:08.280 --> 00:12:11.100
  • If you haven't decided it by now
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:12.060
  • you need to decide it
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:12.260
  • really quickly because
  • 00:12:12.260 --> 00:12:15.010
  • if the source of your strength
  • 00:12:15.010 --> 00:12:17.010
  • is who you're sitting beside,
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:19.270
  • you will live
  • 00:12:19.270 --> 00:12:20.080
  • a very disappointed life.
  • 00:12:21.070 --> 00:12:24.070
  • If the source of your strength
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:25.270
  • is a number at the bottom
  • 00:12:25.270 --> 00:12:26.230
  • of your balance sheet,
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:27.220
  • something will hit your life
  • 00:12:27.220 --> 00:12:28.210
  • so hard that you can't
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:29.150
  • buy your way out of it
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:30.230
  • and you will find out
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:31.130
  • really quickly that net worth
  • 00:12:31.130 --> 00:12:32.250
  • is a terrible place
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:34.090
  • to put your self-sense value.
  • 00:12:34.090 --> 00:12:37.030
  • If the source of your strength
  • 00:12:37.030 --> 00:12:38.140
  • is how people look at you,
  • 00:12:38.140 --> 00:12:40.020
  • or treat you,
  • 00:12:40.020 --> 00:12:40.180
  • or think about you,
  • 00:12:40.180 --> 00:12:42.120
  • if the source of your strength
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:43.160
  • on any given day
  • 00:12:43.160 --> 00:12:44.240
  • is the condition of your health
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:46.120
  • you will always be
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:47.020
  • susceptible to the elements.
  • 00:12:47.020 --> 00:12:49.200
  • And so Isaiah says,
  • 00:12:49.200 --> 00:12:50.240
  • "He will be a spirit of justice
  • 00:12:50.240 --> 00:12:52.020
  • to the one who sits in judgement
  • 00:12:52.020 --> 00:12:54.030
  • and a source of strength
  • 00:12:54.030 --> 00:12:55.050
  • to those who turn back
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:56.150
  • the battle at the gate."
  • 00:12:56.150 --> 00:12:58.250
  • To make God the source
  • 00:12:58.250 --> 00:12:59.260
  • of your strength means
  • 00:12:59.260 --> 00:13:01.010
  • that you depend on Him.
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:02.210
  • As one psalmist said,
  • 00:13:02.210 --> 00:13:03.250
  • "You lift your eyes
  • 00:13:03.250 --> 00:13:04.220
  • to the hills, from whence cometh
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:05.280
  • your help, your help cometh
  • 00:13:05.280 --> 00:13:07.060
  • from the Lord, the maker
  • 00:13:07.060 --> 00:13:08.040
  • of Heaven and Earth
  • 00:13:08.040 --> 00:13:08.280
  • and He will not suffer
  • 00:13:08.280 --> 00:13:09.200
  • your foot to be moved.
  • 00:13:09.200 --> 00:13:10.190
  • The Lord that keepeth thee
  • 00:13:10.190 --> 00:13:11.210
  • will not slumber, nor sleep.
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:13.010
  • The Lord is your keeper,
  • 00:13:13.010 --> 00:13:13.280
  • the Lord is your shade
  • 00:13:13.280 --> 00:13:14.220
  • upon your right hand.
  • 00:13:14.220 --> 00:13:15.280
  • The sun will not smite thee
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:16.260
  • by day, nor the moon by night.
  • 00:13:16.260 --> 00:13:18.110
  • He will preserve your soul,
  • 00:13:18.110 --> 00:13:19.110
  • even forevermore."
  • 00:13:19.110 --> 00:13:21.120
  • To know that all
  • 00:13:21.120 --> 00:13:21.280
  • your help comes from God.
  • 00:13:21.280 --> 00:13:24.010
  • That all of your help comes
  • 00:13:26.050 --> 00:13:27.150
  • not from the right,
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:28.190
  • not from the left,
  • 00:13:28.190 --> 00:13:29.210
  • not from the north,
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:30.220
  • not from the south,
  • 00:13:30.220 --> 00:13:31.260
  • not from the economy,
  • 00:13:31.260 --> 00:13:33.050
  • not from the job.
  • 00:13:33.050 --> 00:13:34.130
  • Tell somebody, say,
  • 00:13:34.130 --> 00:13:35.060
  • "Not you.
  • 00:13:35.060 --> 00:13:36.220
  • God is my source."
  • 00:13:36.220 --> 00:13:39.010
  • Go ahead and clap right now
  • 00:13:39.010 --> 00:13:40.010
  • if you know God's got your back.
  • 00:13:40.010 --> 00:13:41.220
  • [Applause]
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:43.140
  • and shout about it.
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:45.230
  • If God is your source
  • 00:13:45.230 --> 00:13:47.150
  • in every season of your life.
  • 00:13:47.150 --> 00:13:50.040
  • In every famine
  • 00:13:50.040 --> 00:13:51.050
  • I have a friend named Jesus.
  • 00:13:51.050 --> 00:13:53.060
  • [Applause]
  • 00:13:56.010 --> 00:13:59.010
  • He is my source.
  • 00:14:00.180 --> 00:14:03.180
  • I am so tempted to preach
  • 00:14:03.180 --> 00:14:04.240
  • on this part of the verse
  • 00:14:04.240 --> 00:14:06.160
  • that I almost forgot
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:07.250
  • what came before it.
  • 00:14:07.250 --> 00:14:10.160
  • Isaiah said, "In that day
  • 00:14:10.160 --> 00:14:12.240
  • the Lord Almighty will be
  • 00:14:12.240 --> 00:14:13.190
  • a glorious crown,
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:15.000
  • a beautiful wreath for
  • 00:14:15.000 --> 00:14:15.260
  • the remnant of His people."
  • 00:14:15.260 --> 00:14:17.260
  • Now what is a wreath
  • 00:14:17.260 --> 00:14:18.220
  • and what is a remnant?
  • 00:14:18.220 --> 00:14:19.260
  • Besides a Christmas decoration,
  • 00:14:19.260 --> 00:14:21.240
  • a wreath symbolizes victory.
  • 00:14:21.280 --> 00:14:24.280
  • And He is preaching victory
  • 00:14:24.280 --> 00:14:26.010
  • to people who are about
  • 00:14:26.010 --> 00:14:26.220
  • to experience defeat.
  • 00:14:26.220 --> 00:14:29.190
  • He's preaching of course about
  • 00:14:29.190 --> 00:14:31.130
  • the impending Assyrian invasion
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:33.220
  • to the northern territory of
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:36.030
  • Sumeria the crown jewel of
  • 00:14:36.030 --> 00:14:37.100
  • the northern kingdom of Israel,
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:38.220
  • set on a fertile valley.
  • 00:14:38.220 --> 00:14:40.210
  • He's speaking to them
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:41.210
  • about their potential.
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:44.230
  • And He's telling them how
  • 00:14:44.230 --> 00:14:45.120
  • their protection is gone.
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:47.210
  • And so now they're gonna face
  • 00:14:47.210 --> 00:14:49.050
  • a season of defeat.
  • 00:14:49.190 --> 00:14:52.190
  • And in the same breath that
  • 00:14:52.190 --> 00:14:53.210
  • He promises to be a source
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:54.280
  • of strength, He warns them
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:55.280
  • of a coming defeat.
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:57.250
  • But He speaks about victory
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:14:59.250
  • in the context of defeat.
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:01.240
  • He says, "In that day,
  • 00:15:01.240 --> 00:15:02.120
  • the Lord Almighty will be
  • 00:15:02.120 --> 00:15:03.100
  • a glorious crown,
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:05.040
  • a beautiful wreath,
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:06.130
  • for the remnant of His people."
  • 00:15:06.130 --> 00:15:07.290
  • God said He will be
  • 00:15:07.290 --> 00:15:09.100
  • a wreath for the remnant.
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:11.230
  • The wreath symbolizes victory,
  • 00:15:11.230 --> 00:15:13.090
  • the remnant represents
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:14.070
  • what's left.
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:16.020
  • God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:16.020 --> 00:15:18.170
  • No matter what
  • 00:15:18.170 --> 00:15:18.280
  • you've lost in your life
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:19.290
  • or who walked away from you,
  • 00:15:19.290 --> 00:15:21.070
  • God always leaves a remnant.
  • 00:15:21.120 --> 00:15:24.120
  • No matter how wicked this world
  • 00:15:24.120 --> 00:15:25.140
  • gets or how dark the times
  • 00:15:25.140 --> 00:15:26.160
  • that we live in may seem to be,
  • 00:15:26.160 --> 00:15:28.000
  • God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:28.000 --> 00:15:30.040
  • In every office,
  • 00:15:30.040 --> 00:15:30.290
  • God has a remnant.
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:32.240
  • In every church,
  • 00:15:32.240 --> 00:15:33.140
  • God has a remnant.
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:34.220
  • In every city and every
  • 00:15:34.220 --> 00:15:35.110
  • generation, God has a remnant.
  • 00:15:35.130 --> 00:15:38.130
  • God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:38.130 --> 00:15:39.250
  • There's always a little bit
  • 00:15:39.250 --> 00:15:40.160
  • of oil in the house
  • 00:15:40.160 --> 00:15:41.120
  • even if you feel like
  • 00:15:41.120 --> 00:15:42.070
  • you're starving to death.
  • 00:15:42.070 --> 00:15:43.020
  • God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:45.150
  • There's always a little boy
  • 00:15:45.150 --> 00:15:46.120
  • with a lunch if you call him
  • 00:15:46.120 --> 00:15:47.130
  • forward and put it in the hands
  • 00:15:47.130 --> 00:15:48.130
  • of the Master it will multiply
  • 00:15:48.130 --> 00:15:50.070
  • because God always
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:51.150
  • has a remnant.
  • 00:15:51.150 --> 00:15:53.020
  • No matter how many leave Gideon,
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:54.160
  • there will always be 300.
  • 00:15:54.160 --> 00:15:56.140
  • And God is able
  • 00:15:56.140 --> 00:15:57.080
  • to win with the remnant.
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  • God said, "I'm gonna bless
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  • what's left.
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  • I will not be limited
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  • by what you lost.
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  • I will be a wreath
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  • for the remnant.
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  • I'm gonna bless what's left.
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  • I'm gonna bless what's left.
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  • Stop weeping over what's lost.
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  • I'm gonna bless what's left."
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  • I want you to shout right now
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  • over what you've got left.
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  • I want you to shout right now
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  • over the gift you have,
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  • the strength you have,
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  • the friends you have,
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  • the opportunities you have,
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  • the time you have.
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  • God said, "I'm gonna bless
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  • what you've got left,
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  • if you will not stay stuck
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  • in what walked away.
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  • I gonna bless
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  • what you've got left.
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  • You can win with
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  • what you got left."
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  • [Cheering and Applause]
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  • Feel like preaching.
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  • I feel like preaching
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  • to the remnant.
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  • Where's the remnant at?
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  • We are the ones who
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  • went through the fire
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  • and came out unbound?
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  • [Applause]
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  • Gonna bless what's left.
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  • No matter what happens
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  • at the leadership level,
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  • I'm looking for someone
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  • who will turn back
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  • the battle at the gate.
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  • "And in that day
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  • the Lord Almighty will be
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  • a glorious crown,
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  • a beautiful wreath
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  • for the remnant of his people."
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:18.010
  • Then he mentions
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  • two different spirits,
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  • watch this in verse 6,
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  • can we study the Bible?
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  • "He will be a spirit of justice
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  • to the one who
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  • sits in judgement..."
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  • That's the first one,
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  • and, "...a source of strength
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  • to those who turn back
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  • the battle at the gate."
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  • So you've got the spirit
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  • of justice to the one
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  • who sits in judgement.
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  • And the source of strength
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  • to those who turn back
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  • the battle at the gate.
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  • Studied that text all week
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  • and I thought I was talking
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  • about two different things.
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  • But the more I read it the more
  • 00:17:51.050 --> 00:17:52.160
  • I realized that this is two
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  • functions of the same spirit.
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  • He will be a spirit of justice
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  • to the one who
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  • sits in judgement,
  • 00:18:01.100 --> 00:18:03.150
  • a source of strength
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  • to those who turn back
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  • the battle at the gate.
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  • The first part of the verse
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  • is about standards.
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  • He will be a spirit of justice.
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:14.260
  • He will decide
  • 00:18:14.260 --> 00:18:15.140
  • what is wrong and right.
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:17.110
  • To the one who
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:17.260
  • sits in judgement,
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:18.250
  • He will be a spirit of justice.
  • 00:18:18.250 --> 00:18:20.250
  • And a source of strength
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.130
  • to the one who turns back
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  • the battle at the gate.
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  • So the same God that is
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  • the source of our strength
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  • is to also be the source
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  • of our standards.
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  • And here's the question
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  • that I came to ask today.
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  • How can I expect God's strength
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  • if I do not embrace
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:41.140
  • God's standards?
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  • I'm about to throw
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  • this mic, brother.
  • 00:18:45.260 --> 00:18:47.050
  • [Applause]
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  • See how can I call God
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  • if I have not made Him
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  • the source of my standards?
  • 00:18:57.120 --> 00:19:00.030
  • He will be a spirit of justice
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  • to the one who
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  • sits in judgement.
  • 00:19:02.260 --> 00:19:04.170
  • Now if I have left
  • 00:19:04.170 --> 00:19:05.160
  • that seat open and I have left
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:08.110
  • culture to tell me
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  • what's right and wrong,
  • 00:19:12.160 --> 00:19:14.150
  • how can I look to culture
  • 00:19:14.150 --> 00:19:16.090
  • look to God for my strength?
  • 00:19:18.270 --> 00:19:21.270
  • [Cheering and Applause]
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  • How can I look for the world
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  • to tell me how to live
  • 00:19:25.100 --> 00:19:27.110
  • and then expect God to give me
  • 00:19:27.110 --> 00:19:29.190
  • strength for a standard
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  • that was not His?
  • 00:19:31.220 --> 00:19:34.220
  • How can I call God the source
  • 00:19:34.220 --> 00:19:37.040
  • of my strength if He is not
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:38.290
  • the source of my standards?
  • 00:19:38.290 --> 00:19:40.150
  • How can I expect His strength
  • 00:19:40.150 --> 00:19:42.200
  • and resist His standards?
  • 00:19:44.190 --> 00:19:47.190
  • It's good right?
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  • - CONGREGATION: Yes.
  • 00:19:48.190 --> 00:19:49.190
  • - That's why I feel
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:50.090
  • weak sometimes.
  • 00:19:50.090 --> 00:19:52.000
  • Because I'm asking God
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:53.110
  • to strengthen me, but I have
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:55.070
  • given away my strength because
  • 00:19:55.070 --> 00:19:57.230
  • I have lowered my standard.
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:01.210
  • And then the enemy
  • 00:20:01.210 --> 00:20:02.080
  • comes in like a flood,
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:03.150
  • but I don't have a standard.
  • 00:20:09.050 --> 00:20:12.050
  • And then I asked God
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:14.080
  • to give me joy.
  • 00:20:14.080 --> 00:20:15.230
  • You know, in Your presence
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:16.180
  • fills with joy.
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:17.100
  • The joy of the Lord
  • 00:20:17.100 --> 00:20:17.280
  • is my strength.
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:19.150
  • And I want His strength,
  • 00:20:19.150 --> 00:20:20.110
  • I want His joy, but if I have
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:23.110
  • not applied His standard
  • 00:20:23.110 --> 00:20:25.240
  • my mind think whatever it wants
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:30.070
  • to think, and I go to God
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:32.200
  • for strength, but I did not
  • 00:20:32.200 --> 00:20:34.230
  • go to Him for standards,
  • 00:20:34.230 --> 00:20:37.010
  • I am asking Him
  • 00:20:37.010 --> 00:20:37.250
  • to violate the very nature
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:39.170
  • of our relationship.
  • 00:20:39.170 --> 00:20:41.280
  • How can He be the source
  • 00:20:41.280 --> 00:20:42.280
  • of my strength if I won't
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:44.020
  • let Him be the source
  • 00:20:44.020 --> 00:20:45.030
  • Who set your standards?
  • 00:20:49.100 --> 00:20:52.100
  • Who set your standards?
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:54.260
  • Was it God,
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:58.230
  • that set your standards?
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:20:59.270
  • I was talking to one guy
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:00.250
  • the other day and became
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:02.230
  • apparent to me, pretty quickly,
  • 00:21:02.230 --> 00:21:05.170
  • that he sets his own standards
  • 00:21:05.170 --> 00:21:07.010
  • for right and wrong.
  • 00:21:07.010 --> 00:21:09.100
  • And I admire him for that 'cause
  • 00:21:09.100 --> 00:21:10.200
  • I don't trust myself that much.
  • 00:21:10.200 --> 00:21:13.070
  • I mean, he must be really
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:14.200
  • perfect to have his own standard
  • 00:21:14.200 --> 00:21:17.070
  • for right and wrong.
  • 00:21:17.070 --> 00:21:18.000
  • See I need a God.
  • 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:20.070
  • I need a God who's
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:20.280
  • bigger than me, wiser than me,
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:24.000
  • who's been around
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:24.180
  • longer than me.
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:25.290
  • I need a God who can
  • 00:21:25.290 --> 00:21:26.240
  • see around the next corner
  • 00:21:26.240 --> 00:21:28.150
  • and know how this decision
  • 00:21:28.150 --> 00:21:29.200
  • is going to affect my destiny.
  • 00:21:29.200 --> 00:21:32.180
  • I don't wanna
  • 00:21:32.180 --> 00:21:33.010
  • occupy that seat.
  • 00:21:33.010 --> 00:21:35.130
  • I need a God.
  • 00:21:35.130 --> 00:21:37.080
  • And sometimes we're so crazy
  • 00:21:37.080 --> 00:21:38.210
  • as Christians, we will allow
  • 00:21:38.210 --> 00:21:40.160
  • the world to set our standards
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.080
  • as a church.
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:44.110
  • And tell us what the church
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:45.160
  • ought to be and not be.
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:47.210
  • And put us in a box and call us
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:50.040
  • by our denomination.
  • 00:21:50.040 --> 00:21:51.270
  • But I will not be standardized
  • 00:21:51.270 --> 00:21:53.180
  • by a dysfunctional world.
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:55.180
  • I have a higher standard.
  • 00:21:55.180 --> 00:21:57.250
  • We are a chosen people.
  • 00:21:57.250 --> 00:22:00.080
  • A royal priesthood.
  • 00:22:00.080 --> 00:22:02.030
  • A holy nation to the declare
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:03.240
  • the praises of Him
  • 00:22:03.240 --> 00:22:05.040
  • - Well, we've put together
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  • a special, new resource for you
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  • This has the power to change
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:14.230
  • how you see yourself,
  • 00:22:14.230 --> 00:22:16.160
  • how you see the world around you
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:17.290
  • because you can't always
  • 00:22:17.290 --> 00:22:19.120
  • control circumstances,
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:20.260
  • but God has given you
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:22.000
  • charge of your soul.
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:23.220
  • We're calling this
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  • the key to sustaining strength
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  • in a draining world.
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  • 'Cause I know it's a struggle
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:30.010
  • to be healthy in a world
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  • that constantly shows
  • 00:22:31.070 --> 00:22:32.140
  • images of perfection
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  • that are impossible to achieve.
  • 00:22:34.120 --> 00:22:36.070
  • Then you find yourself
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  • feeling insecure.
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  • You got anxiety and stress
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  • and you feel trapped
  • 00:22:40.150 --> 00:22:41.040
  • within yourself.
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  • Like you are never enough.
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:43.180
  • And over time, this takes a toll
  • 00:22:43.180 --> 00:22:45.210
  • on you and your soul.
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  • And it starts to
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  • spill out into your life.
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  • That's why we put this
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  • new resource together,
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  • "Soul Control".
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  • It's not just a collection
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  • of sermons, though.
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  • It's more like a toolkit
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  • for your soul.
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  • To help you build
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  • the right foundation that
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:22:59.220
  • will set you up for success
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  • in all areas of your life.
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  • And we're gonna tackle this
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  • on all fronts so through this
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  • series you'll discover how to be
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  • content no matter what you face.
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  • Because the condition
  • 00:23:10.060 --> 00:23:10.260
  • of your soul matters the most.
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  • We're gonna focus on our hearts.
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  • We're gonna talk about
  • 00:23:15.030 --> 00:23:15.210
  • three steps to keeping
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  • your heart healthy.
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  • So you live in a place of joy.
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  • And we're gonna do some
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  • work on our minds.
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  • You know that crazy place
  • 00:23:21.290 --> 00:23:23.060
  • where the battle is waged
  • 00:23:23.060 --> 00:23:25.030
  • every single day?
  • 00:23:25.030 --> 00:23:26.140
  • The enemy is trying to
  • 00:23:26.140 --> 00:23:27.040
  • keep you trapped in cycles of
  • 00:23:27.040 --> 00:23:28.250
  • negative thinking and cynicism.
  • 00:23:28.250 --> 00:23:30.160
  • It's time to break free
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  • from them.
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  • We put some bonus messages
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  • Prepare for a healthier life,
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  • better relationships, and come
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  • Take control right now of that
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  • soul that God has given you --
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  • your mind, will, and emotions
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  • and get them to align
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  • that you can walk in
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  • and the contentment
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  • Maybe this won't take
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  • your pain away, but if you
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  • would start seeing your pain
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  • as preparation, I'm not saying
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  • God's the one who hurt you,
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  • I'm saying, in His hands,
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  • whatever hurt you
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  • will become healing
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  • for where He's taking you.
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  • The place of conflict,
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  • it's the place of calling.
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  • But you have to be comfortable
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  • hiding in the midst of hardships
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  • to know that God is your refuge,
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  • your strong tower in the battle,
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  • not from it.
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  • How can I look to culture
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  • for my standards and then
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  • look to God for my strength?
  • 00:25:05.280 --> 00:25:08.090
  • How can I look for the world
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  • to tell me how to live and then
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  • expect God to give me strength
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  • for a standard that was not His?
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  • I don't live by people's
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  • compliments because if I live
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  • by their compliments,
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  • I would die by their criticism.
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  • - O come to the altar
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  • The Father's arms
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  • Are open wide
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  • Forgiveness
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  • Was bought with
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  • The precious blood
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  • Oh what a Savior
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  • Isn't He wonderful
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  • Sing, Hallelujah
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  • Christ is risen
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  • Bow down before Him
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  • For He is Lord of all
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  • Sing, Hallelujah
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  • Christ is risen
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  • O come to the altar
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  • The Father's
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  • - Well, you've experienced
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  • Elevation as a TV program,
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  • but now I wanna invite you to be
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  • a part of our church family.
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  • We call it the e-fam.
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  • It's our extended church family
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  • all around the world.
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  • Did you know you can join us
  • 00:26:48.280 --> 00:26:50.030
  • every single week live
  • 00:26:50.030 --> 00:26:51.160
  • from wherever you are?
  • 00:26:51.160 --> 00:26:52.180
  • We stream our entire
  • 00:26:52.180 --> 00:26:53.280
  • worship experience,
  • 00:26:53.280 --> 00:26:55.060
  • the music, the preaching,
  • 00:26:55.060 --> 00:26:57.060
  • you can be current.
  • 00:26:57.060 --> 00:26:58.060
  • We also feature on-demand
  • 00:26:58.060 --> 00:26:59.260
  • in case you don't get
  • 00:26:59.260 --> 00:27:00.170
  • a chance to watch live.
  • 00:27:00.170 --> 00:27:01.240
  • You can watch that week's
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  • worship experience
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  • whenever, wherever.
  • 00:27:04.170 --> 00:27:05.230
  • So, here's what
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  • I want you to do.
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  • Go online,
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  • StevenFurtick.com/live.
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  • They'll have
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  • all the information.
  • 00:27:12.150 --> 00:27:13.280
  • How you can become
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  • a part of our church
  • 00:27:14.180 --> 00:27:16.040
  • every single weekend.
  • 00:27:16.040 --> 00:27:17.130
  • So, maybe write down
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  • the website.
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  • Put it in your phone,
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  • bookmark the page.
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  • StevenFurtick.com/live.
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  • We wanna invite you
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  • into the family, the e-fam,
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  • and we can't wait
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