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Save Your Strength Part 2

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September 19, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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Save Your Strength Part 2

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  • - How can you expect God
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  • to be your strength
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  • if He didn't set your standards?
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  • Why should I expect God
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  • to bless something
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  • that I am not invested in?
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  • This is my year to bring
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  • my best to God,
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  • to bring Him a worthy offering.
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  • I will not offer the Lord
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  • that which costs me nothing.
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  • The standard comes
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  • before the strength.
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  • "He will be a spirit of justice
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  • to the one who sits in judgment,
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  • and 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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  • The standard,
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  • then the strength.
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  • - I want to speak
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  • to you today about,
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  • "Save Your Strength",
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  • for the battles
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  • that really matter,
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  • to have a prioritized life
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  • so that you don't
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  • waste time chasin'
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  • down stuff that ought
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  • to be running from you.
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  • God will strengthen
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  • the will of the one
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  • 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 started,
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  • that 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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  • So, the same God
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  • that is the source
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  • 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
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  • God's standards?
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  • That's why I feel
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  • weak sometimes,
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  • because I'm asking God
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  • to strengthen me,
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  • but I have given away
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  • my strength because
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  • I have lowered my standard!
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  • And then the enemy comes
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  • in like a flood,
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  • Who set your standard?
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  • Have you even thought about it
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  • or did you just inherit it?
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  • Who set your standard?
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  • You're looking to celebrities
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  • for your standard,
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  • really?
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  • Them?
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  • The ones who
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  • are so miserable
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  • they can only be happy
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  • when they have attention?
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  • Really?
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  • That's your standard?
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  • Who set your standard?
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  • Who set your standard
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  • of what you will
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  • and will not listen to?
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  • Who set your standard?
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  • Oh, you think
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  • you're better than us.
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  • That's what they'll say
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  • when you start living
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  • with standards.
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  • Oh, you think
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  • you're better than us.
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  • No, it's just that I know
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  • how much I need a source
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  • that is not me,
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  • cause I am weak without Him.
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  • In fact, I'm nothing
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  • without Him.
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  • So, excuse me,
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  • but the battle that I'm in
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  • is too real for me
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  • to play around
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  • and live my life
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  • with exposed places
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  • and low standards,
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  • so I gotta get this right
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  • I like that boy right there.
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  • He looks like a teenager
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  • with standards.
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  • Right, sittin' there,
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  • leanin' in in church.
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  • Some kids would be texting
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  • in church, but not you.
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  • You look like you
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  • want somethin' from God, boy!
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  • You look like
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  • you've got a mission!
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  • You look like God might use you!
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  • Don't you lift down
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  • to the level of your friends.
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  • Your friends don't know
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  • anything yet.
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  • God is taking you places!
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  • Stand up on your feet right now!
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  • Yeah, you!
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  • Stand up right now!
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  • Raise the standard,
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  • don't lower it!
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  • When you show up at school,
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  • God walks through the halls!
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  • When you show up at school,
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  • Raise the standard!
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  • You really gonna let
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  • your unmarried friends tell you
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  • I'll tell you,
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  • if I had a wife,
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  • I wouldn't --
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  • Uh-huh, you said
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  • all I needed to hear
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  • in that "if I had a wife" part.
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  • If I wanted what you had,
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  • I'd do what you're doin',
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  • What's your standard?
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  • Sometimes our standards
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  • need to be lowered.
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  • Yeah, no, sometimes they do,
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  • because sometimes it takes
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  • too much to make us happy.
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  • Who set the standard
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  • for what it takes
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  • to make you happy?
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  • Who set the standard
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  • for what it takes
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  • to have a good day?
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  • I'm bad about this.
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  • One bad meeting
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  • and I had a bad day.
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  • No, no, no.
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  • It's like that old man
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  • told me that time.
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  • I said, "How're you doin'?"
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  • He said, "I'm alive."
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  • I thought, well,
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  • you didn't answer me.
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  • And then I realized, yes,
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  • he did, because for him,
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  • He woke up, it's a good day.
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  • He woke up, it's a good day.
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  • Who's setting your standards?
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  • I mean, when did we come
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  • to the point when kids
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  • For a trip to Target --
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  • I used to have to ride
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  • four hours with a crayon
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  • and a book,
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  • and now you need Elsa
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  • to get to Harris Teeter!
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  • Who set the standard?
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  • The one time,
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  • I was complaining.
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  • I preached on a Saturday night.
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  • My friend came.
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  • He's on staff at another church,
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  • and I was apologizing to him
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  • cause the crowd
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  • was a little down,
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  • cause I was used to bein'
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  • packed out in Elevation
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  • on Saturday night.
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  • I said, "I'm sorry, man.
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  • It was kinda --
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  • it was kinda down today."
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  • He said, "Your down day
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  • I needed that,
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  • cause sometimes
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  • you let your standard
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  • get out of control.
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  • Sometimes, as the church,
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  • we want to put a standard
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  • on the world that we ourselves
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  • don't even exemplify.
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  • We can't even figure out
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  • racial reconciliation
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  • within the context
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  • of the community of faith,
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  • but then we want to judge it
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  • But, God's got a remnant.
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  • God always has a remnant.
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  • I believe God is raising up
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  • Elevation Church
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  • as a remnant in this day,
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  • to raise the standard
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  • of what church can be
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  • and how broad
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  • this message really is,
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  • and we're here
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  • to raise the standard.
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  • I wonder who set your standard?
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  • See, how can you expect God
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  • to be your strength
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  • if He didn't set your standards?
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  • How can I expect success
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  • if I don't have
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  • a standard of excellence?
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  • If I have not established
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  • a standard of excellence
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  • in my life,
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  • why would I expect God
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  • to bless my blemished offerings?
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  • You could take a little time off
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  • your sermons, you know,
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  • nobody would notice.
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  • But, why would I ask God
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  • to bless something
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  • that my whole heart wasn't in?
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  • It's hard to preach
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  • this in church,
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  • because in church people think
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  • that if it's for God,
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  • it doesn't have to be good.
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  • Church can become a place
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  • where we just bring God
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  • any old thing.
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  • We show up on time for something
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  • we buy a ticket for,
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  • but we're 35 minutes late
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  • to get to church
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  • and it doesn't matter,
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  • cause it's like
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  • the preliminary stuff
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  • or something like that,
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  • and just bring God
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  • any old thing.
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  • And listen,
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  • I am not talking about
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  • keeping God's standards
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  • so that you'll earn His love.
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  • This is not about keeping rules
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  • so that God will love you,
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  • it's because living right
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  • Not living up to a standard,
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  • but living out of a standard.
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  • Christ in you,
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  • the hope of glory,
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  • or as Romans says,
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  • that "The righteous requirements
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  • of the law might be fully met
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  • in us who walk
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  • not after the flesh,
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  • but the Spirit."
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  • For years, I read it that
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  • the righteous requirements
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  • of the law might be met by us.
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  • Now I realize it's not something
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  • God wants from me,
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  • it's something
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  • that He wants for me.
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  • He has given me a standard.
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  • He has called me His child,
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  • and to live beneath that
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  • is to be like Eve
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  • and to speak to something
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  • But a lot of times,
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  • we have an expectation
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  • with no standard.
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  • A standard of excellence means
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  • doing the best
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  • with what you have.
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  • And until I've done the best
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  • with what I have,
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  • I don't feel like
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  • I should ask God to do
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  • what He can do if I haven't done
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  • what I can do.
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  • And you run into all kinds
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  • of problems with this, you know,
  • 00:09:11.250 --> 00:09:13.160
  • even from early in the church.
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  • Early in the church,
  • 00:09:15.180 --> 00:09:16.140
  • I wanted to have
  • 00:09:16.140 --> 00:09:17.010
  • a standard, you know?
  • 00:09:17.010 --> 00:09:18.120
  • And we didn't have money,
  • 00:09:18.120 --> 00:09:19.110
  • but I wanted a standard.
  • 00:09:19.110 --> 00:09:21.070
  • And we didn't have equipment,
  • 00:09:21.070 --> 00:09:22.150
  • but I wanted a standard.
  • 00:09:22.150 --> 00:09:23.250
  • So, I was the worship leader
  • 00:09:23.250 --> 00:09:24.250
  • when we started.
  • 00:09:24.250 --> 00:09:26.060
  • The standard was way lower
  • 00:09:26.060 --> 00:09:27.290
  • than it is now!
  • 00:09:27.290 --> 00:09:29.210
  • I got in at a good time, okay?
  • 00:09:29.210 --> 00:09:31.260
  • I was the only one available.
  • 00:09:31.260 --> 00:09:33.190
  • And so, so I had
  • 00:09:34.020 --> 00:09:37.020
  • to organize the band,
  • 00:09:37.020 --> 00:09:38.100
  • and I brought in this guitar
  • 00:09:38.100 --> 00:09:40.040
  • player for one
  • 00:09:40.040 --> 00:09:41.060
  • of our first rehearsals,
  • 00:09:41.060 --> 00:09:42.200
  • and he came in
  • 00:09:42.200 --> 00:09:43.220
  • and he didn't practice.
  • 00:09:43.220 --> 00:09:45.030
  • He said, I got busy this week.
  • 00:09:45.030 --> 00:09:46.160
  • I haven't practiced
  • 00:09:46.160 --> 00:09:47.010
  • this week, but I'm good.
  • 00:09:47.010 --> 00:09:49.110
  • So, I let him practice with us,
  • 00:09:49.110 --> 00:09:51.160
  • then after practice
  • 00:09:51.160 --> 00:09:52.230
  • I pulled him aside,
  • 00:09:52.230 --> 00:09:53.120
  • cause I didn't want
  • 00:09:53.120 --> 00:09:53.280
  • to embarrass him.
  • 00:09:53.280 --> 00:09:54.250
  • I said, hey, man,
  • 00:09:54.250 --> 00:09:55.160
  • we won't be needing you Sunday,
  • 00:09:55.160 --> 00:09:56.290
  • cause you didn't practice.
  • 00:09:56.290 --> 00:09:59.080
  • He said, "Really?
  • 00:09:59.080 --> 00:10:00.180
  • He said, "You're gonna kick me
  • 00:10:00.180 --> 00:10:01.140
  • out the church
  • 00:10:01.140 --> 00:10:02.070
  • cause I didn't practice?"
  • 00:10:02.070 --> 00:10:02.250
  • I said, "No,
  • 00:10:02.250 --> 00:10:03.070
  • you can come to church,
  • 00:10:03.070 --> 00:10:03.250
  • you just can't come
  • 00:10:03.250 --> 00:10:04.150
  • with a guitar on
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:05.090
  • and stand on the stage.
  • 00:10:05.090 --> 00:10:07.170
  • You can come to church
  • 00:10:07.170 --> 00:10:08.050
  • all you want.
  • 00:10:08.050 --> 00:10:08.160
  • I'll save you a seat,
  • 00:10:08.160 --> 00:10:09.090
  • but yo ain't playing."
  • 00:10:09.090 --> 00:10:11.110
  • And I gave him a $50 gas card.
  • 00:10:11.240 --> 00:10:14.240
  • I said, "Here you go, man.
  • 00:10:14.240 --> 00:10:17.070
  • And, but you're not playin'."
  • 00:10:17.070 --> 00:10:19.170
  • He said, "Your standards
  • 00:10:19.170 --> 00:10:20.060
  • are too high."
  • 00:10:21.050 --> 00:10:24.050
  • He said, "Nobody's gonna want
  • 00:10:24.050 --> 00:10:25.210
  • to be a part of this ministry,
  • 00:10:25.210 --> 00:10:27.250
  • cause the standards
  • 00:10:27.250 --> 00:10:28.110
  • are too high,"
  • 00:10:28.110 --> 00:10:29.030
  • and he was right.
  • 00:10:29.030 --> 00:10:30.190
  • Nobody --
  • 00:10:30.190 --> 00:10:31.200
  • I heard a story,
  • 00:10:37.080 --> 00:10:37.250
  • listen to this.
  • 00:10:37.250 --> 00:10:38.120
  • I heard a story last night
  • 00:10:38.120 --> 00:10:39.200
  • from an e-group in our church.
  • 00:10:39.200 --> 00:10:41.230
  • The couple that came
  • 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:42.220
  • a couple of years ago,
  • 00:10:42.220 --> 00:10:43.170
  • they were sharing their story
  • 00:10:43.170 --> 00:10:44.080
  • how they got here.
  • 00:10:44.080 --> 00:10:45.010
  • They said, "We hated it
  • 00:10:45.010 --> 00:10:45.220
  • when we first came."
  • 00:10:45.220 --> 00:10:47.080
  • And I was waitin'
  • 00:10:47.080 --> 00:10:47.260
  • for the twist, you know?
  • 00:10:47.260 --> 00:10:50.130
  • Cause you're here now,
  • 00:10:50.130 --> 00:10:52.000
  • and you came years ago.
  • 00:10:52.000 --> 00:10:53.130
  • They said, "We came in
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:54.140
  • and somebody at the door said
  • 00:10:54.140 --> 00:10:55.180
  • we couldn't bring
  • 00:10:55.180 --> 00:10:56.120
  • our Starbucks in church,
  • 00:10:56.120 --> 00:10:59.040
  • and we had just spent $5
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:00.140
  • each on our Starbucks.
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:03.280
  • And I sat through
  • 00:11:03.280 --> 00:11:04.150
  • the first part of the sermon
  • 00:11:04.150 --> 00:11:06.070
  • all mad about my Starbucks,
  • 00:11:06.140 --> 00:11:09.140
  • but then in the middle
  • 00:11:09.140 --> 00:11:10.280
  • of the sermon,
  • 00:11:10.280 --> 00:11:11.170
  • I started cryin'.
  • 00:11:11.170 --> 00:11:12.290
  • And then when we left
  • 00:11:12.290 --> 00:11:14.040
  • the church, we were getting
  • 00:11:14.040 --> 00:11:15.050
  • in our car,
  • 00:11:15.050 --> 00:11:17.000
  • and somebody chased us down,
  • 00:11:17.000 --> 00:11:19.210
  • the same person that told us
  • 00:11:19.210 --> 00:11:20.140
  • we couldn't have our Starbucks
  • 00:11:20.140 --> 00:11:21.190
  • in church.
  • 00:11:21.190 --> 00:11:23.040
  • They said,
  • 00:11:23.040 --> 00:11:23.190
  • 'While you were in service,
  • 00:11:23.190 --> 00:11:25.050
  • we went and got you
  • 00:11:25.050 --> 00:11:25.250
  • a Starbucks gift card,'"
  • 00:11:25.250 --> 00:11:27.150
  • and chased them down
  • 00:11:27.150 --> 00:11:28.150
  • And it wasn't even my sermon
  • 00:11:36.250 --> 00:11:37.260
  • that won them to Christ,
  • 00:11:37.260 --> 00:11:38.220
  • But it was a standard,
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:43.040
  • see, because I feel like
  • 00:11:43.040 --> 00:11:44.070
  • why should I ask people
  • 00:11:44.070 --> 00:11:45.290
  • to tithe to this ministry
  • 00:11:45.290 --> 00:11:47.280
  • and then have lazy staff members
  • 00:11:47.280 --> 00:11:49.190
  • who don't even want
  • 00:11:49.190 --> 00:11:50.080
  • to practice?
  • 00:11:50.080 --> 00:11:51.060
  • Why should I expect you
  • 00:11:51.060 --> 00:11:52.060
  • to invite your friends
  • 00:11:52.060 --> 00:11:53.030
  • to church,
  • 00:11:53.030 --> 00:11:53.250
  • and not have a standard
  • 00:11:53.250 --> 00:11:55.000
  • of excellence on this stage?
  • 00:11:55.000 --> 00:11:56.220
  • Why should I expect God
  • 00:11:56.220 --> 00:11:58.150
  • to bless something
  • 00:11:58.150 --> 00:11:59.140
  • that I am not invested in?
  • 00:11:59.140 --> 00:12:01.100
  • Why should we expect God
  • 00:12:01.100 --> 00:12:03.070
  • to bless our lives with success
  • 00:12:03.070 --> 00:12:05.110
  • when we have not established
  • 00:12:05.110 --> 00:12:07.000
  • a standard of excellence?
  • 00:12:07.000 --> 00:12:09.070
  • This is my year
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:10.110
  • to bring my best to God,
  • 00:12:10.110 --> 00:12:12.160
  • to bring Him a worthy offering.
  • 00:12:12.160 --> 00:12:14.110
  • I will not offer the Lord
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:16.040
  • How can I expect God
  • 00:12:22.030 --> 00:12:23.030
  • to bless me with success
  • 00:12:23.030 --> 00:12:25.250
  • when I have no standard
  • 00:12:25.250 --> 00:12:26.160
  • of excellence?
  • 00:12:26.160 --> 00:12:28.010
  • How can I expect God
  • 00:12:28.010 --> 00:12:29.210
  • to bless me with abundance
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:31.010
  • when I have no standard
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:31.230
  • of stewardship?
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:34.120
  • The standard comes
  • 00:12:34.120 --> 00:12:35.050
  • before the strength.
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:36.160
  • "He will be a spirit of justice
  • 00:12:36.160 --> 00:12:37.260
  • to the one who sits in judgment,
  • 00:12:37.260 --> 00:12:39.150
  • and a source of strength to him
  • 00:12:39.150 --> 00:12:41.040
  • who turns back the battle
  • 00:12:41.040 --> 00:12:41.270
  • at the gate."
  • 00:12:41.270 --> 00:12:42.240
  • The standard,
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:43.190
  • then the strength.
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:44.240
  • The standard,
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:45.170
  • then the strength.
  • 00:12:45.170 --> 00:12:46.180
  • So, if I want God
  • 00:12:46.180 --> 00:12:47.270
  • to be my provider,
  • 00:12:47.270 --> 00:12:49.140
  • I have to make a plan.
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:50.230
  • Why would God give me provision
  • 00:12:50.230 --> 00:12:52.200
  • if I don't have a plan for it?
  • 00:12:52.200 --> 00:12:54.220
  • Why would God bless me
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:56.060
  • with more when I'm not even
  • 00:12:56.060 --> 00:12:57.240
  • generous with what I have?
  • 00:12:57.240 --> 00:12:59.250
  • Why would He pour out
  • 00:12:59.250 --> 00:13:00.260
  • of His resources
  • 00:13:00.260 --> 00:13:01.260
  • into closed hands?
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:03.180
  • I need a standard!
  • 00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:07.200
  • That's why I give
  • 00:13:07.200 --> 00:13:08.110
  • the first 10% to God.
  • 00:13:08.110 --> 00:13:10.040
  • That's my standard.
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:11.110
  • He's first.
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:12.120
  • This is off limits.
  • 00:13:12.120 --> 00:13:13.250
  • It's not for negotiation.
  • 00:13:13.250 --> 00:13:15.210
  • This is my standard.
  • 00:13:15.210 --> 00:13:17.070
  • God comes first!
  • 00:13:18.170 --> 00:13:21.170
  • Your children
  • 00:13:21.170 --> 00:13:22.010
  • shouldn't even have to ask you,
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:23.180
  • are we going to church
  • 00:13:23.180 --> 00:13:24.090
  • this week,
  • 00:13:24.090 --> 00:13:26.130
  • unless you got the flu!
  • 00:13:27.260 --> 00:13:30.260
  • Of course,
  • 00:13:30.260 --> 00:13:31.110
  • we're going to church!
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:33.090
  • It's our standard!
  • 00:13:33.090 --> 00:13:35.150
  • I don't care who's playin'.
  • 00:13:35.150 --> 00:13:37.100
  • It's our standard!
  • 00:13:37.100 --> 00:13:38.280
  • I don't care who's preachin'.
  • 00:13:38.280 --> 00:13:40.130
  • It's our standard!
  • 00:13:40.130 --> 00:13:41.270
  • I don't care how bad
  • 00:13:41.270 --> 00:13:43.080
  • the parking lot is,
  • 00:13:43.080 --> 00:13:44.150
  • it's our standard
  • 00:13:44.150 --> 00:13:45.180
  • and God is worth it!
  • 00:13:46.000 --> 00:13:49.000
  • I'll sit in traffic,
  • 00:13:49.000 --> 00:13:50.010
  • I got standards.
  • 00:13:55.230 --> 00:13:58.000
  • I got standards, see,
  • 00:13:58.000 --> 00:14:00.090
  • and that's where my strength
  • 00:14:00.090 --> 00:14:01.190
  • comes from, my standards.
  • 00:14:01.190 --> 00:14:03.060
  • I don't have to waste time
  • 00:14:03.060 --> 00:14:04.070
  • making decisions about standards
  • 00:14:04.070 --> 00:14:05.210
  • that I should've set
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:06.130
  • a long time ago.
  • 00:14:06.130 --> 00:14:09.060
  • I don't have to negotiate
  • 00:14:09.060 --> 00:14:09.280
  • between the gates.
  • 00:14:09.280 --> 00:14:12.050
  • I have standards.
  • 00:14:12.050 --> 00:14:14.160
  • How can I expect God to give me
  • 00:14:14.160 --> 00:14:16.060
  • stability if I don't have
  • 00:14:16.060 --> 00:14:18.290
  • a standard of integrity?
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:22.170
  • A lot of times we ask God
  • 00:14:22.170 --> 00:14:23.150
  • to help us feel better,
  • 00:14:23.150 --> 00:14:25.260
  • but sometimes
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:26.100
  • we're not gonna feel better
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:27.030
  • And when you're managing secrets
  • 00:14:34.100 --> 00:14:34.290
  • that you won't bring before God
  • 00:14:34.290 --> 00:14:36.130
  • and confess to Him
  • 00:14:36.130 --> 00:14:37.100
  • so that He can begin
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:38.000
  • the process of healing,
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:39.000
  • you will always feel off inside.
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:42.250
  • God can't be the source
  • 00:14:42.250 --> 00:14:44.110
  • of your strength
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:45.010
  • if He's not the source
  • 00:14:45.010 --> 00:14:46.230
  • of your standards.
  • 00:14:46.230 --> 00:14:47.170
  • How can I expect God
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:48.150
  • to give me influence
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:49.080
  • if I will not embrace
  • 00:14:49.080 --> 00:14:50.100
  • the standard of sacrifice
  • 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:51.140
  • that influence requires?
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:57.060
  • I want the influence,
  • 00:14:57.060 --> 00:14:59.230
  • but not the sacrifice.
  • 00:14:59.230 --> 00:15:00.240
  • I want the resurrection,
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:02.080
  • but not the crucifixion.
  • 00:15:04.020 --> 00:15:07.020
  • The same standards.
  • 00:15:07.020 --> 00:15:09.140
  • How can I expect to live
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:11.040
  • in freedom if I do not embrace
  • 00:15:11.040 --> 00:15:12.110
  • God's standard of forgiveness?
  • 00:15:13.110 --> 00:15:16.110
  • If I hold onto every offense,
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:17.230
  • and let it all in the gate
  • 00:15:17.230 --> 00:15:19.200
  • and don't turn back the battle,
  • 00:15:19.200 --> 00:15:21.280
  • if I'm looking for reasons
  • 00:15:21.280 --> 00:15:23.030
  • to be offended,
  • 00:15:23.030 --> 00:15:25.000
  • looking for reasons to be angry,
  • 00:15:25.000 --> 00:15:27.100
  • I should not be surprised
  • 00:15:27.100 --> 00:15:28.150
  • when I find myself
  • 00:15:28.150 --> 00:15:29.110
  • in a low emotional state.
  • 00:15:29.110 --> 00:15:32.080
  • How can I be free from
  • 00:15:32.080 --> 00:15:33.150
  • what I let walk
  • 00:15:33.150 --> 00:15:34.110
  • right through my front door?
  • 00:15:35.260 --> 00:15:38.260
  • How can I expect to walk
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:39.280
  • in freedom if I have not chosen
  • 00:15:39.280 --> 00:15:42.250
  • to walk in forgiveness?
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:47.290
  • It is the standard
  • 00:15:47.290 --> 00:15:48.250
  • of forgiveness that enables me
  • 00:15:48.250 --> 00:15:50.260
  • to live in freedom.
  • 00:15:50.260 --> 00:15:51.260
  • I don't forgive you for you.
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:55.250
  • I forgive you
  • 00:15:55.250 --> 00:15:56.070
  • because I wanna be free.
  • 00:15:59.000 --> 00:16:02.020
  • How can I expect God's peace
  • 00:16:02.050 --> 00:16:05.050
  • in my life if I don't control
  • 00:16:05.050 --> 00:16:07.190
  • my meditation?
  • 00:16:07.280 --> 00:16:10.280
  • How can I receive strength
  • 00:16:10.280 --> 00:16:12.140
  • that God is trying to give me
  • 00:16:12.140 --> 00:16:13.250
  • if I just let any thought in?
  • 00:16:14.050 --> 00:16:17.050
  • How can I expect to live
  • 00:16:17.050 --> 00:16:18.050
  • in a state of joyful celebration
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:20.290
  • of my progress if I allow myself
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:22.270
  • to constantly complain?
  • 00:16:23.190 --> 00:16:26.190
  • And sometimes I'm complaining,
  • 00:16:26.190 --> 00:16:28.090
  • or criticizing.
  • 00:16:28.090 --> 00:16:29.210
  • I can be real critical,
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:30.280
  • cause I got
  • 00:16:30.280 --> 00:16:31.100
  • that excellence thing,
  • 00:16:31.100 --> 00:16:33.020
  • and the flip side of excellence
  • 00:16:33.020 --> 00:16:34.120
  • is judgmental,
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:36.030
  • when I try to put
  • 00:16:36.030 --> 00:16:38.000
  • my standard on you,
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:40.120
  • which is always wrong,
  • 00:16:40.120 --> 00:16:42.060
  • which is always wrong.
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:44.120
  • And so, now I've opened my mouth
  • 00:16:44.120 --> 00:16:46.090
  • and I thought I was complaining,
  • 00:16:46.090 --> 00:16:47.230
  • or I thought I was criticizing,
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:48.260
  • and I told myself,
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:49.250
  • I'm just lettin' it out.
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:51.280
  • No, I'm lettin' it in.
  • 00:16:52.100 --> 00:16:55.100
  • I left my gate
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:55.280
  • wide open to the enemy,
  • 00:16:55.280 --> 00:16:58.010
  • because I have no standard.
  • 00:16:58.010 --> 00:17:00.070
  • But when I set a standard
  • 00:17:00.070 --> 00:17:01.150
  • for my speech and my thoughts,
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:04.160
  • I turn back the battle
  • 00:17:04.160 --> 00:17:05.100
  • at the gate,
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:07.030
  • and now I'm not
  • 00:17:07.030 --> 00:17:08.040
  • in the stranglehold of a system
  • 00:17:08.040 --> 00:17:10.050
  • of thought that I allowed myself
  • 00:17:10.050 --> 00:17:12.100
  • to flirt with,
  • 00:17:12.100 --> 00:17:12.280
  • and now I'm living
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:14.030
  • in a state of joy
  • 00:17:14.030 --> 00:17:15.130
  • and I'm living at a level
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:16.170
  • above the serpent,
  • 00:17:16.170 --> 00:17:17.290
  • and he's under my feet,
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:19.150
  • and I am not negotiating
  • 00:17:19.150 --> 00:17:21.090
  • with what God called me
  • 00:17:21.090 --> 00:17:22.050
  • to trample on.
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  • I said, I'm not going
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  • to conversate with what God
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  • has given me the ability
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  • to crush!
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  • I'm taking my stand
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  • and I'm setting my standard.
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  • How can I expect God's strength
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  • if I do not embrace
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  • God's standard?
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  • How can we expect God
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  • to give our nation unity
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  • if we do not embrace
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  • We will be a spirit of justice
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  • to the one who sits in judgment,
  • 00:18:05.160 --> 00:18:08.090
  • and when we allow inequality,
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  • and prejudice,
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  • and stereotypes,
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:13.050
  • and oppression to go unchecked,
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  • and then ask God to make us one,
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:19.040
  • we are violating
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:19.290
  • the very principle
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  • And then we come up
  • 00:18:31.060 --> 00:18:32.040
  • on a weekend
  • 00:18:32.040 --> 00:18:32.150
  • and we celebrate Dr. King,
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:35.030
  • rightfully, but we celebrate him
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:38.020
  • at the wrong level,
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:40.100
  • because we celebrate
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:41.060
  • his speeches.
  • 00:18:44.000 --> 00:18:47.000
  • But Dr. King's life
  • 00:18:47.000 --> 00:18:49.070
  • was not about speeches,
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:50.270
  • And I'm so afraid
  • 00:18:58.010 --> 00:19:00.180
  • that we want God,
  • 00:19:00.180 --> 00:19:02.130
  • we want God to be our mascot.
  • 00:19:04.030 --> 00:19:07.030
  • We want God to be like
  • 00:19:07.030 --> 00:19:07.260
  • one of those little, you know,
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.250
  • those little stuffed animals,
  • 00:19:09.250 --> 00:19:12.010
  • the ones that talk
  • 00:19:12.010 --> 00:19:13.080
  • when you pull the string,
  • 00:19:13.080 --> 00:19:14.250
  • and we got our little Jesus doll
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:16.020
  • that we pull out,
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:17.120
  • and we pull the string
  • 00:19:17.120 --> 00:19:18.090
  • and Jesus has about
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:19.000
  • three little things
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:19.210
  • that He says, you know?
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  • Love your neighbor,
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  • and love your enemies,
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  • and we pull the string.
  • 00:19:23.280 --> 00:19:25.170
  • We pull the string
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:26.250
  • and He just says
  • 00:19:26.250 --> 00:19:27.100
  • these little sayings,
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  • and we don't want His standards,
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:29.210
  • we just want His sayings.
  • 00:19:32.210 --> 00:19:35.210
  • And we'll listen to speeches.
  • 00:19:35.210 --> 00:19:37.090
  • We'll listen
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:38.030
  • to "I Have a Dream",
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  • but a dream without action,
  • 00:19:40.260 --> 00:19:42.120
  • and a dream without process,
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:44.040
  • and a dream without justice
  • 00:19:44.040 --> 00:19:46.100
  • is a delusion,
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:47.220
  • so we've gotta raise
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:49.140
  • the standard
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  • and declare that some things
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:51.080
  • are not all right!
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:55.070
  • There has to be a standard!
  • 00:19:55.070 --> 00:19:57.070
  • We are the people of God!
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:19:59.040
  • And we can't wait
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:10.050
  • for anybody else
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:11.080
  • to set our standard.
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:12.130
  • We are the church!
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:14.020
  • We are the light of the world!
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:15.250
  • We are the ones in the King!
  • 00:20:15.250 --> 00:20:17.260
  • And He cannot be the source
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:27.220
  • of our strength
  • 00:20:27.220 --> 00:20:28.150
  • if He is not the source
  • 00:20:28.150 --> 00:20:29.120
  • of our standards.
  • 00:20:29.120 --> 00:20:31.190
  • We cannot poison the well
  • 00:20:31.190 --> 00:20:32.260
  • and then complain
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:33.140
  • Do you hear
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:41.020
  • what I'm trying to say?
  • 00:20:41.020 --> 00:20:43.050
  • We've got to stop it
  • 00:20:43.050 --> 00:20:45.060
  • at the source,
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:46.260
  • to draw a bloodline
  • 00:20:46.260 --> 00:20:48.290
  • in the name of Jesus
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:50.060
  • and say, this stops here.
  • 00:20:50.120 --> 00:20:53.120
  • These are my standards.
  • 00:20:53.120 --> 00:20:54.280
  • I will not apologize.
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:56.250
  • I will not always
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:20:57.220
  • live up to them,
  • 00:20:57.220 --> 00:20:58.290
  • but I am pressing toward
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:01.130
  • the mark for the prize
  • 00:21:01.130 --> 00:21:03.130
  • of the high calling!
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:07.130
  • I've got a high calling,
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:09.050
  • and I will not live
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:10.050
  • God is looking for somebody
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:19.070
  • to turn back the battle
  • 00:21:19.070 --> 00:21:21.200
  • at the gate, at the gate,
  • 00:21:21.200 --> 00:21:24.000
  • at the very beginning
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:24.260
  • of the year.
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:25.210
  • You know, most people
  • 00:21:25.210 --> 00:21:26.220
  • want to get out
  • 00:21:26.220 --> 00:21:27.180
  • of the gate strong.
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:29.100
  • We want to get
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:29.260
  • in the gate strong,
  • 00:21:31.040 --> 00:21:34.040
  • take ownership
  • 00:21:34.040 --> 00:21:34.280
  • and responsibility
  • 00:21:34.280 --> 00:21:35.280
  • for our attitudes.
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:40.250
  • "And he will be a spirit
  • 00:21:40.250 --> 00:21:43.050
  • of justice to the one
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:44.030
  • who sits in judgment,
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:47.060
  • the source of strength
  • 00:21:47.060 --> 00:21:47.240
  • to the one who turns back
  • 00:21:47.240 --> 00:21:48.170
  • the battle at the gate."
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:51.250
  • If you wanna be one of those
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:54.040
  • that he speaks about,
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:56.170
  • who will turn back
  • 00:21:56.170 --> 00:21:58.020
  • the battle at the gate,
  • 00:21:58.020 --> 00:21:59.250
  • I want you to stand
  • 00:21:59.250 --> 00:22:00.180
  • to your feet right now
  • 00:22:00.180 --> 00:22:01.280
  • in every campus,
  • 00:22:02.050 --> 00:22:05.050
  • because I believe God
  • 00:22:05.050 --> 00:22:05.230
  • has given us an opportunity.
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:08.240
  • The gates of change
  • 00:22:08.240 --> 00:22:10.280
  • start with our standards.
  • 00:22:12.240 --> 00:22:15.240
  • I kinda wish
  • 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:16.070
  • we could sit down after this.
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:19.070
  • I kinda wish we could take
  • 00:22:19.070 --> 00:22:20.260
  • a moment and look at areas
  • 00:22:20.260 --> 00:22:23.000
  • of your life
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:24.130
  • where you're feeling weak
  • 00:22:24.130 --> 00:22:26.160
  • and you need strength,
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:28.160
  • because in the area
  • 00:22:28.160 --> 00:22:29.060
  • where you need strength,
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:30.130
  • that's where you need standards.
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:33.110
  • I'm not talking about 20 rules
  • 00:22:33.110 --> 00:22:35.040
  • for you to keep that you tried
  • 00:22:35.040 --> 00:22:36.080
  • to keep last year.
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:38.170
  • I'm not talking about
  • 00:22:38.170 --> 00:22:39.020
  • that kind of religious spirit
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:41.220
  • that builds a ladder
  • 00:22:41.220 --> 00:22:42.120
  • for you to climb to God.
  • 00:22:42.120 --> 00:22:43.140
  • I'm talking about a ladder
  • 00:22:43.140 --> 00:22:44.050
  • that came down to you,
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:47.200
  • and the first step
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:50.010
  • of these changes is standards.
  • 00:22:50.230 --> 00:22:53.230
  • Standards, what
  • 00:22:53.230 --> 00:22:54.160
  • are your standards?
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:55.040
  • Who set them?
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:57.240
  • Who set the standard for you
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:22:58.230
  • of what it means to be a man?
  • 00:22:58.230 --> 00:23:01.250
  • Who set the standard
  • 00:23:01.250 --> 00:23:02.170
  • for you of what it means
  • 00:23:02.170 --> 00:23:03.130
  • to be a Christian?
  • 00:23:03.130 --> 00:23:05.160
  • Just to pray a prayer one time?
  • 00:23:05.160 --> 00:23:07.220
  • Show up to church
  • 00:23:07.220 --> 00:23:08.100
  • when it's convenient?
  • 00:23:08.100 --> 00:23:10.160
  • Try not to cuss too much?
  • 00:23:10.160 --> 00:23:12.150
  • The devil is a liar.
  • 00:23:12.150 --> 00:23:13.150
  • There's a higher standard.
  • 00:23:13.150 --> 00:23:15.070
  • This thing is meant to consume
  • 00:23:15.070 --> 00:23:16.100
  • all of my life.
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:17.000
  • It changes the way I see,
  • 00:23:17.000 --> 00:23:18.080
  • the way I speak,
  • 00:23:18.080 --> 00:23:18.270
  • the way I think,
  • 00:23:18.270 --> 00:23:19.180
  • the way I treat my brother,
  • 00:23:19.180 --> 00:23:22.130
  • the way I treat my sister.
  • 00:23:25.040 --> 00:23:28.040
  • I got a new standard here,
  • 00:23:28.220 --> 00:23:31.220
  • and God is looking for people
  • 00:23:31.220 --> 00:23:33.020
  • at the beginning of this year
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:34.110
  • who will raise the standard.
  • 00:23:34.250 --> 00:23:37.250
  • The beautiful thing about it is
  • 00:23:37.250 --> 00:23:39.050
  • that He is not going to
  • 00:23:39.050 --> 00:23:41.060
  • cause you to have to reach
  • 00:23:41.060 --> 00:23:43.270
  • the standard,
  • 00:23:43.270 --> 00:23:44.280
  • He's only calling you
  • 00:23:44.280 --> 00:23:46.070
  • to raise it.
  • 00:23:46.070 --> 00:23:48.220
  • And He will give you the grace
  • 00:23:49.230 --> 00:23:52.230
  • to draw a line and say,
  • 00:23:52.230 --> 00:23:55.090
  • it stops here.
  • 00:23:55.090 --> 00:23:57.120
  • Are there some things
  • 00:23:57.120 --> 00:23:58.020
  • in your life today
  • 00:23:58.020 --> 00:23:58.260
  • that you need to say,
  • 00:23:58.260 --> 00:24:01.220
  • it stops here?
  • 00:24:01.220 --> 00:24:03.080
  • I'm not gonna talk that way,
  • 00:24:03.080 --> 00:24:04.250
  • think that way, live that way.
  • 00:24:04.250 --> 00:24:06.150
  • I'm not gonna just allow
  • 00:24:06.150 --> 00:24:07.270
  • unrestricted access
  • 00:24:07.270 --> 00:24:09.000
  • to everything that wants to come
  • 00:24:09.000 --> 00:24:10.010
  • into my space or my spirit
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:12.040
  • to dominate my life
  • 00:24:12.040 --> 00:24:12.290
  • and sabotage my soul
  • 00:24:12.290 --> 00:24:15.150
  • I'm raising the standard.
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:23.160
  • And when the enemy
  • 00:24:23.160 --> 00:24:24.020
  • comes in like a flood,
  • 00:24:24.020 --> 00:24:26.060
  • the Spirit of the Lord
  • 00:24:26.060 --> 00:24:26.260
  • will raise a standard
  • 00:24:26.260 --> 00:24:28.200
  • against him.
  • 00:24:28.200 --> 00:24:29.240
  • He will be a spirit of justice,
  • 00:24:30.230 --> 00:24:33.230
  • - I want to tell you
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  • about a special offer today
  • 00:24:36.020 --> 00:24:36.260
  • called, "Soul Control".
  • 00:24:36.260 --> 00:24:38.150
  • This is a six-part series
  • 00:24:38.150 --> 00:24:39.200
  • that we're making available
  • 00:24:39.200 --> 00:24:41.070
  • for a limited time for a gift
  • 00:24:41.070 --> 00:24:43.110
  • of any amount to the ministry.
  • 00:24:43.110 --> 00:24:45.070
  • And this is a game-changer,
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  • because, in this six-part
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  • DVD series,
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  • I'm going to teach you
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  • how to take control
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  • of your mind, will, and emotions
  • 00:24:51.180 --> 00:24:54.140
  • and align them with the purpose
  • 00:24:54.140 --> 00:24:55.250
  • that God has for your life.
  • 00:24:55.250 --> 00:24:57.240
  • Really, our soul
  • 00:24:57.240 --> 00:24:58.250
  • is the battleground.
  • 00:24:58.250 --> 00:25:00.160
  • It's the place
  • 00:25:00.160 --> 00:25:01.000
  • where we make decisions
  • 00:25:01.000 --> 00:25:02.150
  • and if we allow
  • 00:25:02.150 --> 00:25:03.050
  • all kinds of weeds to come up
  • 00:25:03.050 --> 00:25:04.280
  • and choke out the fruit,
  • 00:25:04.280 --> 00:25:07.020
  • choke out what God
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:08.020
  • is producing in our lives,
  • 00:25:08.020 --> 00:25:09.250
  • over time we can begin
  • 00:25:09.250 --> 00:25:11.080
  • to become weary
  • 00:25:11.080 --> 00:25:12.170
  • and wonder why faith
  • 00:25:12.170 --> 00:25:13.200
  • isn't working for us,
  • 00:25:13.200 --> 00:25:15.030
  • but the key is
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:16.130
  • you have to take control.
  • 00:25:16.130 --> 00:25:18.040
  • You have to own your soul
  • 00:25:18.040 --> 00:25:20.030
  • and we're going to talk about
  • 00:25:20.030 --> 00:25:20.270
  • how to do that as we get deep
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  • into God's word together.
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  • I can't wait to walk you
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  • through these concepts.
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  • How to keep your heart healthy
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  • when people offend you.
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  • How to make sure
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  • you are managing your moods.
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:31.260
  • Making sure that you are staying
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  • in a place of faith
  • 00:25:33.220 --> 00:25:34.100
  • from day to day.
  • 00:25:34.100 --> 00:25:35.060
  • All of that and more is covered
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  • in this series, "Soul Control".
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  • Have you been drained lately?
  • 00:25:38.210 --> 00:25:40.170
  • You feel like there's not enough
  • 00:25:40.170 --> 00:25:41.110
  • of you to go around?
  • 00:25:41.110 --> 00:25:42.190
  • Well, you're more
  • 00:25:42.190 --> 00:25:43.090
  • than a conqueror through Him
  • 00:25:43.090 --> 00:25:44.090
  • who loved you.
  • 00:25:44.090 --> 00:25:45.030
  • And I want to show you
  • 00:25:45.030 --> 00:25:45.250
  • how to tap into that reality
  • 00:25:45.250 --> 00:25:47.200
  • and take control of your soul
  • 00:25:47.200 --> 00:25:49.090
  • and take control of your life
  • 00:25:49.090 --> 00:25:50.200
  • in Jesus name.
  • 00:25:50.200 --> 00:25:52.010
  • So, stop whatever you're
  • 00:25:52.010 --> 00:25:52.270
  • doing right now.
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  • Call or go online
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  • and request your copy
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  • of "Soul Control".
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  • This series might set
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  • something off that moves
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  • your forward into your future.
  • 00:26:00.130 --> 00:26:02.080
  • Here's a look at
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  • - God has given you
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  • editing software
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  • in your spirit to choose
  • 00:26:08.060 --> 00:26:11.060
  • what you call to your mind
  • 00:26:11.060 --> 00:26:13.230
  • and what you recall
  • 00:26:13.230 --> 00:26:15.160
  • to your mind
  • 00:26:15.160 --> 00:26:16.260
  • determines the revelation
  • 00:26:16.260 --> 00:26:18.130
  • that you will have
  • 00:26:18.130 --> 00:26:19.230
  • and the faith
  • 00:26:19.230 --> 00:26:20.210
  • that you can walk in
  • 00:26:20.210 --> 00:26:22.050
  • and the contentment
  • 00:26:22.050 --> 00:26:23.120
  • that you will enjoy.
  • 00:26:23.120 --> 00:26:25.060
  • Maybe this won't take
  • 00:26:25.060 --> 00:26:25.290
  • your pain away,
  • 00:26:25.290 --> 00:26:28.130
  • but if you would start seeing
  • 00:26:28.130 --> 00:26:29.140
  • your pain as preparation,
  • 00:26:29.200 --> 00:26:32.200
  • I'm not saying
  • 00:26:32.200 --> 00:26:33.110
  • God's the One who hurt you,
  • 00:26:33.110 --> 00:26:35.160
  • I'm saying, in His hands,
  • 00:26:36.010 --> 00:26:39.010
  • whatever hurt you
  • 00:26:39.010 --> 00:26:40.280
  • will become healing
  • 00:26:40.280 --> 00:26:43.150
  • for where He's taking you.
  • 00:26:43.150 --> 00:26:46.130
  • The place of conflict,
  • 00:26:46.130 --> 00:26:47.100
  • that's the place of calling.
  • 00:26:47.100 --> 00:26:49.010
  • But you have
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  • to be comfortable hiding
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  • in the midst of hardships
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  • to know that God is your refuge,
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  • your strong tower
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  • in the battle, not from it.
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  • How can I look to culture
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  • for my standards
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  • and then look to God
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  • for my strength?
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  • How can I look for the world
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  • to tell me how to live
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  • and then expect God
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  • to give me strength
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  • for a standard
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  • that was not His?
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  • I don't live
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  • by people's compliments
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  • 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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