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How To Be Sure of God's Will: Discovering the Will of God Part 4

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November 8, 2020
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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How To Be Sure of God's Will: Discovering the Will of God Part 4

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: He's
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: He'swilling to step into your life
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  • willing to step into your lifeat any moment, at any place
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  • at any moment, at any placeyou're willing to welcome Him
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  • you're willing to welcome Himand ask Him to straighten things
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  • and ask Him to straighten thingsout.
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  • out.God, I know I'm heading in the
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  • God, I know I'm heading in thewrong direction.
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  • wrong direction.I'm asking You to forgive me.
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  • I'm asking You to forgive me.Would You please give me
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  • Would You please give medirection for my life at this
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  • direction for my life at thispoint?
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  • point?Will He?
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decadesago, we started In Touch
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  • ago, we started In TouchMinistries to lead people
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  • Ministries to lead peopleworldwide into a growing
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  • worldwide into a growingrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.Throughout the years,
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  • Throughout the years,we've seen God's greatness,
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  • we've seen God's greatness,his love and his blessings
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  • his love and his blessingsin such awesome ways
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  • in such awesome waysthat we just want everyone
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  • that we just want everyoneto know him.
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  • to know him.So, let's open God's Word
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • - Shirley Combs: First thing I
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  • do when I open my eyes is say,
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  • "Thank you, Jesus."
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  • I'm just grateful to be in the
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  • day, and I'm always asking God
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  • to help me to be a witness to
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  • I've always wanted to drive a
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  • school bus.
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  • Cookin' and drivin' a school bus
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  • was two of the major things that
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  • I've been drivin' the bus five
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  • years.
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  • My son came home one day and he
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  • said there was a restaurant
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  • next-door to his barber shop and
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  • he wanted me to open it.
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  • So, of course, I told him it's
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  • crazy.
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  • That's when he come back and
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  • said to me, "Well, Mom, you pray
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  • about everything else, so pray
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  • about it and let the Lord lead
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  • you and maybe see what the Lord
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  • - Dr. Stanley: We have an
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  • almighty God who is committed to
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  • guiding us.
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  • Once you trust him as your
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  • Savior--
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  • - Shirley: The Scripture said,
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  • "This is the day that the Lord
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  • has made, and we will rejoice
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  • and be glad in it."
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  • And we're lettin' him know we're
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  • glad to be in his day.
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  • Every morning before we go to
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  • work, we have a devotion.
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  • - Shirley: The Holy Spirit who
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  • lives within you shine from your
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  • face.
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  • You have a different glow about
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  • you when you have the Spirit of
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  • the Lord in you.
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  • Even though we've got these
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  • masks on, we still gotta look
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  • like Jesus.
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  • - Shirley: They always start
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  • your day with Christ, and it'll
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  • go well.
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  • And listenin' to Charles Stanley
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  • helped me be able to explain a
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  • lot of it to 'em too, because I
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  • remember what he says about
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  • certain things.
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  • He really, really helps me a lot
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  • to be the evangelist that the
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  • Lord want me to be.
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  • It's a boost for the beginning
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  • In a day, you anxious to see who
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  • comes through the door.
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  • And every opportunity that you
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  • have to share with them,
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  • especially to share something
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  • about Christ is--that is my
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  • prayer, and that He has not let
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  • me down yet, it's always
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  • somebody I can share Him with.
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  • Well, the first day we opened
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  • and, you know, I was just very
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  • excited and just thinking, you
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  • know, a lot of people could show
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  • up to eat, but nobody came.
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  • I had a homeless man that come
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  • by and looked like he was
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  • hungry, so he went and found me
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  • a lot of homeless people and I
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  • started--and I fed every one of
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  • 'em that day because I had no
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  • customers.
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  • It does not matter how many
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  • paying customers we serve, what
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  • matters is the people that come
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  • through the back door.
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  • And every time they come, I just
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  • get a feeling of joy that I felt
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  • like, wow, this is what I'm
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  • supposed to be doing.
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  • That started the ministry that
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  • the Lord was trying to give me
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  • to be able to take care of the
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  • less fortunate.
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  • You be in business 20 years,
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  • you know a lot of people.
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  • As these people that come
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  • through, and they like family,
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  • and they help me to be able to
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  • do what I need to do.
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  • So, some of them will say, "You
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  • know, it's just amazing
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  • what you do."
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  • And I say, "Well, you know what,
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  • you can do the same thing.
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  • It don't matter.
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  • You can do the same thing."
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  • We have more homeless people
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  • than we realize.
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  • We so busy seeing our own self
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  • that we really don't see what's
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  • really going on in other
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  • people's lives.
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  • Shirley's Sole Food Restaurant
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  • opened in 2000.
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  • I had been prayin' about a
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  • homeless shelter.
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  • The Lord saw fit that we could
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  • get one, and we did in 2007.
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  • Through Shirley's Shelter, we've
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  • been able to help anywhere from
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  • 250 to 300 people, men and
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  • women.
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  • The ones that I have in the
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  • shelter are--I'm involved to the
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  • fact that I fed their mind, they
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  • belong to me.
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  • I always tell them, "Now," if
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  • they're ready to change their
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  • life and live for Christ, "this
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  • is the shelter that you want to
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  • be in."
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  • I believe that the Lord has been
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  • very good to me in blessing me
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  • just because obedience.
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  • Obedience been a sacrifice,
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  • and I just believe that He know
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  • my heart, He know that I'm
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  • willing to do what He say do.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: When you listen
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  • to Him and trust Him and obey
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  • Him, you're going to find
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  • yourself growing in your
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  • Christian life.
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  • - Shirley: In 2013, I had a
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  • heart attack.
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  • And I may get fooled when I say
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  • this, but they put a stint in,
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  • and they said to me that, "You
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  • have another blockage.
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  • We can't fix it."
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  • I looked at the doctor and I
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  • said, "I know who can."
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  • And I said, "His name is Jesus."
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  • But I believe the Lord healed
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  • me, and I--and every time I
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  • think about that, it makes me
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  • want to do more and more for Him
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  • 'cause he ain't leave me here
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  • just to be here, but he left me
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  • here to be a light that others
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  • can see Him within me.
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  • I haven't thought about the
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  • future much, but it's the only
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  • way to go with God.
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  • I have no idea where this is
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  • going to lead, but it's leading
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  • somewhere, and all I can say is
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  • wherever it leads, I'm gonna
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  • follow it because I know it's
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  • the Lord.
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • - male announcer: Next on "InTouch," "How to be Sure of God's
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  • - Dr. Stanley: If
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Ifsomebody should ask you the
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  • somebody should ask you thequestion what do you Christians
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  • question what do you Christiansmean by the will of God, what
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  • mean by the will of God, whatwould you say?
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  • would you say?How would you answer that
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  • How would you answer thatquestion?
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  • question?They deserve an answer.
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  • They deserve an answer.Would you say the will of God
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  • Would you say the will of Godrefers to the purpose of God,
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  • refers to the purpose of God,the plan of God, the desire of
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  • the plan of God, the desire ofthe heart of God?
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  • the heart of God?If you did, that's right.
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  • If you did, that's right.God has a plan and a purpose and
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  • God has a plan and a purpose anda desire for all of us.
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  • a desire for all of us.And oftentimes people never
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  • And oftentimes people neverthink about the fact that God
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  • think about the fact that Godhas a personal interest in them.
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  • has a personal interest in them.They think God is just thinking
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  • They think God is just thinkingof this--worldwide kind of
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  • of this--worldwide kind ofthings.
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  • things.He--the Bible says once you
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  • He--the Bible says once youtrust Jesus as your Savior, your
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  • trust Jesus as your Savior, yourname is written in the Lamb's
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  • name is written in the Lamb'sBook of Life.
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  • Book of Life.So, when you think about your
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  • So, when you think about yourrelationship to God--and we talk
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  • relationship to God--and we talkabout the will of God, we're
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  • about the will of God, we'retalking about His purpose, His
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  • talking about His purpose, Hisplan, His desire for your life.
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  • plan, His desire for your life.That is, God didn't ignore you
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  • That is, God didn't ignore youwhen you were born.
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  • when you were born.His purpose, His plan, His
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  • His purpose, His plan, Hisdesire for your life.
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  • desire for your life.And I wonder when is the last
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  • And I wonder when is the lasttime you ever stopped to think,
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  • time you ever stopped to think,now Lord, where am I in Your
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  • now Lord, where am I in Yourplan?
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  • plan?Where am I in Your purpose?
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  • Where am I in Your purpose?Where am I in Your will for my
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  • Where am I in Your will for mylife?
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  • life?And I want us to think about in
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  • And I want us to think about inthis message is can we be sure?
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  • this message is can we be sure?Can we be sure of God's will and
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  • Can we be sure of God's will andpurpose and plan for our life?
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  • purpose and plan for our life?And when I think about that, I
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  • And when I think about that, Ithink about what He says in the
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  • think about what He says in thefortieth Psalm in the eighth
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  • fortieth Psalm in the eighthverse, "I delight to do Your
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  • verse, "I delight to do Yourwill, O my God, Your Law is
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  • will, O my God, Your Law iswritten in my heart."
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  • written in my heart."And I think about the people who
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  • And I think about the people whosit in church week after week,
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  • sit in church week after week,go to all kind of churches,
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  • go to all kind of churches,never think about the fact of
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  • never think about the fact ofwhat's God's plan?
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  • what's God's plan?Not just what's--what am I to do
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  • Not just what's--what am I to dotoday?
  • 00:09:07.029 --> 00:09:07.797
  • today?What's--what does God want me to
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  • What's--what does God want me todo in this particular situation?
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  • do in this particular situation?But what's His plan, what's His
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  • But what's His plan, what's Hispurpose, what's He trying to
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  • purpose, what's He trying toaccomplish in my life?
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  • accomplish in my life?And when I think about that, I
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  • And when I think about that, Ithink about the people who go
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  • think about the people who gothrough difficulty, hardship,
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  • through difficulty, hardship,suffering, pain, all kinds of
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  • suffering, pain, all kinds ofthings and they have a right to
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  • things and they have a right toask, "Well, God, if You have a
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  • ask, "Well, God, if You have awill for my life, how does all
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  • will for my life, how does allthis fit into Your will?"
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  • this fit into Your will?"Well, when you and I are walking
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  • Well, when you and I are walkingin the will of God, whatever He
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  • in the will of God, whatever Heallows is for our good.
  • 00:09:36.425 --> 00:09:36.826
  • allows is for our good.That's hard to take sometimes,
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  • That's hard to take sometimes,but it is true.
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  • but it is true.And so, when we talk about the
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  • And so, when we talk about thewhole question of can we be
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  • whole question of can we besure?
  • 00:09:44.033 --> 00:09:44.467
  • sure?Yes, we can be sure.
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  • Yes, we can be sure.So, I want to give you a number
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  • So, I want to give you a numberof statements that'll help you
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  • of statements that'll help youconfirm in your own mind and
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  • confirm in your own mind andheart this is or this is not the
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  • heart this is or this is not thewill of God.
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  • will of God.So, a test to confirm God's
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  • So, a test to confirm God'swill.
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  • will.Here's the first question.
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  • Here's the first question.Is this decision consistent with
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  • Is this decision consistent withor in agreement with the Word of
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  • or in agreement with the Word ofGod?
  • 00:10:06.522 --> 00:10:07.256
  • God?Is this decision you're making,
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  • Is this decision you're making,is it in agreement with the Word
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  • is it in agreement with the Wordof God?
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  • of God?And you and I can think of a lot
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  • And you and I can think of a lotof things that are not in
  • 00:10:13.963 --> 00:10:14.530
  • of things that are not inagreement with the Word of God
  • 00:10:14.997 --> 00:10:15.698
  • agreement with the Word of Godthat people practice.
  • 00:10:16.432 --> 00:10:17.099
  • that people practice.This is a part of confirming His
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  • This is a part of confirming Hiswill for your life.
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  • will for your life.And then, is it a wise decision?
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  • And then, is it a wise decision?And you say, "Well, how can I
  • 00:10:25.975 --> 00:10:26.942
  • And you say, "Well, how can Itell whether it's a wise
  • 00:10:26.942 --> 00:10:27.176
  • tell whether it's a wisedecision or not?"
  • 00:10:28.210 --> 00:10:28.911
  • decision or not?"Here's how you tell.
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  • Here's how you tell.Listen carefully.
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  • Listen carefully.You ask yourself the question:
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  • You ask yourself the question:What are the consequences?
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  • What are the consequences?If I do thus and so, what will
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  • If I do thus and so, what willthe consequences be?
  • 00:10:37.620 --> 00:10:38.387
  • the consequences be?Not what I'd like for them to
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  • Not what I'd like for them tobe, what will they be?
  • 00:10:41.057 --> 00:10:41.657
  • be, what will they be?And this is why we should teach
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  • And this is why we should teachour children and grandchildren,
  • 00:10:43.659 --> 00:10:44.293
  • our children and grandchildren,early in life, that there are
  • 00:10:45.161 --> 00:10:46.495
  • early in life, that there areconsequences to your decisions.
  • 00:10:48.364 --> 00:10:48.798
  • consequences to your decisions.You can't make decisions without
  • 00:10:50.733 --> 00:10:51.033
  • You can't make decisions withoutsome consequence.
  • 00:10:52.368 --> 00:10:52.935
  • some consequence.It may be a good consequence,
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  • It may be a good consequence,certainly we'd hope so.
  • 00:10:55.438 --> 00:10:57.373
  • certainly we'd hope so.Maybe not.
  • 00:10:57.373 --> 00:10:58.007
  • Maybe not.But it depends upon your motive,
  • 00:10:59.041 --> 00:10:59.675
  • But it depends upon your motive,depends upon your relationship
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  • depends upon your relationshipto God.
  • 00:11:01.243 --> 00:11:01.911
  • to God.Because, watch this, think about
  • 00:11:02.511 --> 00:11:03.279
  • Because, watch this, think aboutthis.
  • 00:11:03.279 --> 00:11:03.646
  • this.You're living out the will of
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  • You're living out the will ofGod, or out of the will of God
  • 00:11:07.183 --> 00:11:08.451
  • God, or out of the will of Godevery moment of your life you're
  • 00:11:08.718 --> 00:11:10.486
  • every moment of your life you'reawake.
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  • awake.You could lie in the bed on
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  • You could lie in the bed onSunday morning and not come to
  • 00:11:12.955 --> 00:11:13.355
  • Sunday morning and not come tochurch.
  • 00:11:13.622 --> 00:11:14.190
  • church.What's the will of God?
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  • What's the will of God?His will is that you be
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  • His will is that you besomewhere worshipping Him.
  • 00:11:17.760 --> 00:11:18.327
  • somewhere worshipping Him.So, is it a wise decision?
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  • So, is it a wise decision?What are the consequences?
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  • What are the consequences?Then number three, can I
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  • Then number three, can Ihonestly ask God to enable me to
  • 00:11:25.267 --> 00:11:25.901
  • honestly ask God to enable me toachieve whatever I'm going
  • 00:11:27.136 --> 00:11:28.070
  • achieve whatever I'm goingthrough or this decision?
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  • through or this decision?Can I honestly ask Him to help
  • 00:11:31.073 --> 00:11:31.774
  • Can I honestly ask Him to helpme to achieve it?
  • 00:11:32.274 --> 00:11:32.942
  • me to achieve it?So, think about the last big
  • 00:11:33.809 --> 00:11:34.243
  • So, think about the last bigdecision in your life.
  • 00:11:35.911 --> 00:11:36.679
  • decision in your life.Did you ask God about that
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  • Did you ask God about thatdecision?
  • 00:11:40.082 --> 00:11:40.549
  • decision?You say, "What do you mean big?"
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  • You say, "What do you mean big?"Well, you know what a very
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  • Well, you know what a veryserious decision is.
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  • serious decision is.Did you ask Him about it?
  • 00:11:46.589 --> 00:11:47.156
  • Did you ask Him about it?There are some decisions none of
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  • There are some decisions none ofus, not a one of us is adequate
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  • us, not a one of us is adequateto make wisely without God's
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  • to make wisely without God'sdirection and help for the
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  • direction and help for thesimple reason we live in a world
  • 00:11:57.500 --> 00:11:58.534
  • simple reason we live in a worldthat's opposed to God, that's
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  • that's opposed to God, that'sopposed to righteousness, that's
  • 00:12:00.770 --> 00:12:01.003
  • opposed to righteousness, that'sopposed to godly decisions.
  • 00:12:03.205 --> 00:12:03.706
  • opposed to godly decisions.And so, one thing you have to
  • 00:12:04.907 --> 00:12:06.776
  • And so, one thing you have toremember: decisions we make will
  • 00:12:08.043 --> 00:12:09.779
  • remember: decisions we make willaffect us no matter what we
  • 00:12:09.779 --> 00:12:09.879
  • affect us no matter what wethink.
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  • think.Somebody says, "Well, you know,
  • 00:12:11.714 --> 00:12:12.248
  • Somebody says, "Well, you know,that just happened once."
  • 00:12:13.883 --> 00:12:14.483
  • that just happened once."Yes, that's right.
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  • Yes, that's right.Sometimes things happen once,
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  • Sometimes things happen once,but have a lifetime of
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  • but have a lifetime ofconsequences.
  • 00:12:20.122 --> 00:12:20.790
  • consequences.Then of course, do I have
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  • Then of course, do I havegenuine peace?
  • 00:12:23.759 --> 00:12:24.927
  • genuine peace?Do I have genuine peace about
  • 00:12:25.728 --> 00:12:26.295
  • Do I have genuine peace aboutthis decision I'm facing?
  • 00:12:27.663 --> 00:12:28.297
  • this decision I'm facing?And one of those questions that
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  • And one of those questions thatcomes along with that is this.
  • 00:12:30.933 --> 00:12:32.334
  • comes along with that is this.Is this the right timing?
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  • Is this the right timing?Watch this carefully, it may be
  • 00:12:34.804 --> 00:12:35.971
  • Watch this carefully, it may bethe will of God that you do or
  • 00:12:36.605 --> 00:12:38.641
  • the will of God that you do orwhatever that may be, but is it
  • 00:12:38.641 --> 00:12:38.808
  • whatever that may be, but is itthe right timing?
  • 00:12:40.176 --> 00:12:40.943
  • the right timing?And people make serious
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  • And people make seriousdecisions that cost, very costly
  • 00:12:44.647 --> 00:12:44.647
  • decisions that cost, very costlydecisions because they stepped
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  • decisions because they steppedahead of God or were too late.
  • 00:12:49.351 --> 00:12:49.952
  • ahead of God or were too late.You say, "Well, what's this
  • 00:12:50.653 --> 00:12:51.287
  • You say, "Well, what's thispeace got to do with it?"
  • 00:12:51.954 --> 00:12:52.588
  • peace got to do with it?"When you are walking in the will
  • 00:12:53.889 --> 00:12:54.089
  • When you are walking in the willof God, and you ask Him about a
  • 00:12:56.892 --> 00:12:58.828
  • of God, and you ask Him about aquestion, some decision you're
  • 00:12:58.828 --> 00:12:58.994
  • question, some decision you'rehaving to make, when it's His
  • 00:13:01.564 --> 00:13:01.764
  • having to make, when it's Hiswill, He will give you a sense
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  • will, He will give you a senseof peace.
  • 00:13:04.967 --> 00:13:05.334
  • of peace.Now, you say, "What do you mean
  • 00:13:06.402 --> 00:13:07.002
  • Now, you say, "What do you meanby peace?"
  • 00:13:07.203 --> 00:13:07.670
  • by peace?"I mean there will be a sense of
  • 00:13:10.439 --> 00:13:10.873
  • I mean there will be a sense ofquietness in your spirit.
  • 00:13:12.541 --> 00:13:13.209
  • quietness in your spirit.There will be no sense of
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  • There will be no sense ofirritation going on within you.
  • 00:13:16.445 --> 00:13:17.146
  • irritation going on within you.There will not be any crowding
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  • There will not be any crowdingof doubts into your mind.
  • 00:13:20.549 --> 00:13:21.050
  • of doubts into your mind.You won't be asking somebody
  • 00:13:21.784 --> 00:13:22.484
  • You won't be asking somebodyelse, "What do you think?"
  • 00:13:23.219 --> 00:13:23.853
  • else, "What do you think?"When you have the peace of God,
  • 00:13:24.920 --> 00:13:25.788
  • When you have the peace of God,there's this overwhelming sense
  • 00:13:27.022 --> 00:13:28.023
  • there's this overwhelming senseof, yes, Lord.
  • 00:13:28.858 --> 00:13:29.291
  • of, yes, Lord.Thank You, Jesus.
  • 00:13:29.725 --> 00:13:30.226
  • Thank You, Jesus.Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
  • 00:13:31.160 --> 00:13:32.695
  • Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.Yes, yes, yes.
  • 00:13:32.695 --> 00:13:33.262
  • Yes, yes, yes.You're--and somebody says,
  • 00:13:34.630 --> 00:13:36.031
  • You're--and somebody says,"Well, I don't know that I've
  • 00:13:36.031 --> 00:13:36.298
  • "Well, I don't know that I'veever had that feeling."
  • 00:13:37.199 --> 00:13:37.666
  • ever had that feeling."It's because you haven't stopped
  • 00:13:38.434 --> 00:13:38.934
  • It's because you haven't stoppedto ask God, "Lord, what would
  • 00:13:40.803 --> 00:13:41.170
  • to ask God, "Lord, what wouldYou have me to do?"
  • 00:13:41.737 --> 00:13:42.204
  • You have me to do?"Listen, watch this, God's not
  • 00:13:43.873 --> 00:13:44.373
  • Listen, watch this, God's notgoing to keep a secret from you
  • 00:13:45.841 --> 00:13:46.909
  • going to keep a secret from youwhen you want to do the right
  • 00:13:47.476 --> 00:13:48.978
  • when you want to do the rightthing.
  • 00:13:48.978 --> 00:13:49.378
  • thing.He's going to show you what to
  • 00:13:50.246 --> 00:13:51.046
  • He's going to show you what todo every time.
  • 00:13:52.181 --> 00:13:52.648
  • do every time.And God will give us peace when
  • 00:13:53.916 --> 00:13:54.516
  • And God will give us peace whenthat's exactly what we need.
  • 00:13:55.818 --> 00:13:56.352
  • that's exactly what we need.And then you have to ask
  • 00:13:56.852 --> 00:13:59.922
  • And then you have to askyourself the question: Is this
  • 00:13:59.922 --> 00:13:59.989
  • yourself the question: Is thisconsistent with the way God
  • 00:14:02.258 --> 00:14:02.424
  • consistent with the way Godworks?
  • 00:14:03.425 --> 00:14:03.692
  • works?In other words, with the way He
  • 00:14:05.027 --> 00:14:06.495
  • In other words, with the way Heworks in the Scriptures through
  • 00:14:06.629 --> 00:14:07.396
  • works in the Scriptures throughdifferent characters in the
  • 00:14:07.763 --> 00:14:09.365
  • different characters in theBible?
  • 00:14:09.365 --> 00:14:09.465
  • Bible?Can I do this and know that I
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:11.367
  • Can I do this and know that Ihave His approval?
  • 00:14:12.935 --> 00:14:13.168
  • have His approval?Listen, if it's consistent with
  • 00:14:14.370 --> 00:14:14.703
  • Listen, if it's consistent withthe will of God, it'll be
  • 00:14:15.404 --> 00:14:16.338
  • the will of God, it'll beconsistent with the Word of God.
  • 00:14:17.206 --> 00:14:17.706
  • consistent with the Word of God.So, if you're in the process of
  • 00:14:18.440 --> 00:14:18.841
  • So, if you're in the process ofmaking a decision, and you
  • 00:14:20.209 --> 00:14:21.143
  • making a decision, and youshould teach your children very,
  • 00:14:22.011 --> 00:14:24.747
  • should teach your children very,very early in life that when
  • 00:14:24.747 --> 00:14:24.780
  • very early in life that whenthey're making the decision,
  • 00:14:26.048 --> 00:14:27.549
  • they're making the decision,before they make a decision, ask
  • 00:14:27.549 --> 00:14:27.549
  • before they make a decision, askGod about it.
  • 00:14:28.784 --> 00:14:29.184
  • God about it.You say, "Well, what does that
  • 00:14:30.185 --> 00:14:30.819
  • You say, "Well, what does thattwelve-year old kid know about
  • 00:14:31.620 --> 00:14:32.087
  • twelve-year old kid know aboutasking God?"
  • 00:14:32.521 --> 00:14:32.855
  • asking God?"I can tell you.
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  • I can tell you.I believe anybody who genuinely
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  • I believe anybody who genuinelywants to know the will of God
  • 00:14:38.627 --> 00:14:38.861
  • wants to know the will of Godfor their life, God will show
  • 00:14:40.296 --> 00:14:41.196
  • for their life, God will showthem.
  • 00:14:41.196 --> 00:14:41.463
  • them.Now, if you're living in sin and
  • 00:14:42.498 --> 00:14:42.898
  • Now, if you're living in sin anddistant from Him, that's a whole
  • 00:14:43.766 --> 00:14:44.066
  • distant from Him, that's a wholedifferent question.
  • 00:14:44.500 --> 00:14:44.800
  • different question.What He's going to show you is
  • 00:14:45.567 --> 00:14:45.768
  • What He's going to show you isyou need to get right with Him.
  • 00:14:47.670 --> 00:14:48.070
  • you need to get right with Him.But the question is: Is this
  • 00:14:50.139 --> 00:14:50.906
  • But the question is: Is thisconsistent with what God says?
  • 00:14:51.740 --> 00:14:51.974
  • consistent with what God says?You say, "Well, how will I know
  • 00:14:52.808 --> 00:14:52.875
  • You say, "Well, how will I knowthat?"
  • 00:14:53.642 --> 00:14:53.976
  • that?"You turn to the Word of God.
  • 00:14:55.811 --> 00:14:55.945
  • You turn to the Word of God.You say, "Well, I don't know
  • 00:14:56.712 --> 00:14:57.980
  • You say, "Well, I don't knowwhere to turn."
  • 00:14:57.980 --> 00:14:58.113
  • where to turn."I'll tell you what I learned.
  • 00:15:00.082 --> 00:15:00.249
  • I'll tell you what I learned.I had my mother's big Bible and
  • 00:15:01.717 --> 00:15:02.918
  • I had my mother's big Bible andhad a big index.
  • 00:15:02.918 --> 00:15:03.118
  • had a big index.If I wanted to know something
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  • If I wanted to know somethingabout anything, I'd get her
  • 00:15:06.488 --> 00:15:07.723
  • about anything, I'd get herBible, turn to the index, and
  • 00:15:08.691 --> 00:15:11.327
  • Bible, turn to the index, andsee if I found a word that had
  • 00:15:11.460 --> 00:15:12.361
  • see if I found a word that hadto do with what I was
  • 00:15:12.361 --> 00:15:12.494
  • to do with what I wasdealing with.
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  • dealing with.You can find something about any
  • 00:15:14.863 --> 00:15:15.064
  • You can find something about anysubject.
  • 00:15:16.332 --> 00:15:16.999
  • subject.So, sometimes I think people are
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  • So, sometimes I think people areafraid to open the Word of God
  • 00:15:23.138 --> 00:15:25.374
  • afraid to open the Word of Godbecause what it will do, it will
  • 00:15:25.374 --> 00:15:25.841
  • because what it will do, it willexpose your life.
  • 00:15:28.711 --> 00:15:30.145
  • expose your life.It will expose your life.
  • 00:15:30.879 --> 00:15:31.647
  • It will expose your life.If you're being obedient to God,
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  • If you're being obedient to God,yes, you'll know it.
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  • yes, you'll know it.If you're being disobedient to
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  • If you're being disobedient toGod, He will lead you to the
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  • God, He will lead you to theverses that warn you not to
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  • verses that warn you not topartake in a particular area of
  • 00:15:43.759 --> 00:15:44.693
  • partake in a particular area ofyour life.
  • 00:15:45.327 --> 00:15:46.028
  • your life.Then, of course, does this fit
  • 00:15:48.998 --> 00:15:49.798
  • Then, of course, does this fitwho I am as a follower of Jesus
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  • who I am as a follower of JesusChrist?
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  • Christ?And that should settle a lot of
  • 00:15:53.702 --> 00:15:54.470
  • And that should settle a lot ofthings.
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  • things.Does this action fit who I am as
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  • Does this action fit who I am asa follower of Jesus?
  • 00:15:58.574 --> 00:15:59.541
  • a follower of Jesus?Not as a church member.
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  • Not as a church member.Not as somebody who claims
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  • Not as somebody who claimsthey're a Christian, but as a
  • 00:16:03.512 --> 00:16:04.279
  • they're a Christian, but as afollower of Jesus, that is, born
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  • follower of Jesus, that is, bornagain, claim to be saved by the
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  • again, claim to be saved by thegrace of God, want to do His
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  • grace of God, want to do Hiswill.
  • 00:16:10.352 --> 00:16:10.352
  • will.Does this fit that?
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  • Does this fit that?Does this fit who I am as a
  • 00:16:16.525 --> 00:16:17.226
  • Does this fit who I am as afollower of Jesus Christ?
  • 00:16:19.028 --> 00:16:19.495
  • follower of Jesus Christ?For example, does my language
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  • For example, does my languagefit that?
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  • fit that?Does my dress fit that?
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  • Does my dress fit that?Does my responses fit that?
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  • Does my responses fit that?Do my actions fit that?
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  • Do my actions fit that?That is, does it fit?
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  • That is, does it fit?When you obey the Lord Jesus
  • 00:16:35.044 --> 00:16:35.244
  • When you obey the Lord JesusChrist, what's going to happen
  • 00:16:36.879 --> 00:16:38.781
  • Christ, what's going to happenis this, your actions are going
  • 00:16:39.081 --> 00:16:41.583
  • is this, your actions are goingto fit who you claim to be.
  • 00:16:44.219 --> 00:16:44.787
  • to fit who you claim to be.So people who know you as a
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  • So people who know you as afollower of Jesus, as a
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  • follower of Jesus, as aChristian, would they say of
  • 00:16:49.525 --> 00:16:51.326
  • Christian, would they say ofyou, "Well, their conversation
  • 00:16:51.593 --> 00:16:52.361
  • you, "Well, their conversationfits that."
  • 00:16:53.662 --> 00:16:54.797
  • fits that."Certainly, she dresses like
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  • Certainly, she dresses likethat.
  • 00:16:56.932 --> 00:16:58.767
  • that.Certainly, he treats people like
  • 00:16:58.767 --> 00:16:58.934
  • Certainly, he treats people likethat.
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  • that.That is, in other words, it's
  • 00:17:01.336 --> 00:17:02.104
  • That is, in other words, it'sreal simple.
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  • real simple.Here's what He says.
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  • Here's what He says.The question is: How do I act?
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  • The question is: How do I act?What do I say?
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  • What do I say?How do I respond?
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  • How do I respond?How do I dress?
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  • How do I dress?Since I'm a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:17:12.614 --> 00:17:13.449
  • Since I'm a follower of Jesus,does this really and truly fit
  • 00:17:14.183 --> 00:17:15.117
  • does this really and truly fitwho I am?
  • 00:17:15.217 --> 00:17:16.085
  • who I am?Then of course, another
  • 00:17:16.118 --> 00:17:18.253
  • Then of course, anotherquestion.
  • 00:17:18.253 --> 00:17:18.754
  • question.Does this act fit God's overall
  • 00:17:21.323 --> 00:17:21.390
  • Does this act fit God's overallplan for my life?
  • 00:17:24.760 --> 00:17:25.427
  • plan for my life?For example, let's say you got
  • 00:17:26.295 --> 00:17:27.596
  • For example, let's say you gotsaved and you want to be
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  • saved and you want to bebaptized and you ask a question,
  • 00:17:29.665 --> 00:17:30.699
  • baptized and you ask a question,it's a simple one.
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  • it's a simple one.Should I get baptized?
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  • Should I get baptized?Well, what does the Word of God
  • 00:17:33.469 --> 00:17:33.969
  • Well, what does the Word of Godsay?
  • 00:17:33.969 --> 00:17:34.636
  • say?Sure, you should.
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  • Sure, you should.So not a question about that.
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  • So not a question about that.But then there are those
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  • But then there are thosedecisions like in your office,
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  • decisions like in your office,they're having a big party and
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  • they're having a big party andyou know they're going to drink
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  • you know they're going to drinkand carouse and whatever it
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  • and carouse and whatever itmight be.
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  • might be.And do you have to ask God shall
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  • And do you have to ask God shallI go or not?
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  • I go or not?You shouldn't have to ask Him.
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  • You shouldn't have to ask Him.Because it is an atmosphere you
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  • Because it is an atmosphere youdon't fit in.
  • 00:17:54.022 --> 00:17:54.890
  • don't fit in.It's an atmosphere that you're
  • 00:17:55.524 --> 00:17:56.525
  • It's an atmosphere that you'renot comfortable in.
  • 00:17:56.658 --> 00:17:57.993
  • not comfortable in.It's an atmosphere that doesn't
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  • It's an atmosphere that doesn'tfit who you claim to be and who
  • 00:17:59.895 --> 00:18:00.329
  • fit who you claim to be and whoyou are.
  • 00:18:01.163 --> 00:18:01.663
  • you are.So you ask yourself the
  • 00:18:02.231 --> 00:18:03.198
  • So you ask yourself thequestion: Well, Lord, does what
  • 00:18:06.368 --> 00:18:08.670
  • question: Well, Lord, does whatI do fit who I claim to be?
  • 00:18:11.340 --> 00:18:12.708
  • I do fit who I claim to be?In your family, where you work,
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  • In your family, where you work,or in school, or whatever it
  • 00:18:14.576 --> 00:18:14.943
  • or in school, or whatever itmight be, does your action, your
  • 00:18:19.948 --> 00:18:21.483
  • might be, does your action, yourconversation, your conduct fit
  • 00:18:22.818 --> 00:18:24.520
  • conversation, your conduct fitwho you claim to be?
  • 00:18:25.888 --> 00:18:27.356
  • who you claim to be?So ask yourself that question.
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  • So ask yourself that question.There should be consistency.
  • 00:18:30.192 --> 00:18:30.659
  • There should be consistency.Here's who I say I am.
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  • Here's who I say I am.Here's the way I act.
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  • Here's the way I act.But if here's what I say I am
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  • But if here's what I say I amand this is the way I act,
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  • and this is the way I act,probably the greatest hindrance
  • 00:18:37.799 --> 00:18:39.468
  • probably the greatest hindranceto the Christian life is
  • 00:18:39.668 --> 00:18:41.136
  • to the Christian life isChristians acting other than who
  • 00:18:43.372 --> 00:18:44.039
  • Christians acting other than whothey say they are.
  • 00:18:45.741 --> 00:18:47.009
  • they say they are.Our testimony, our witness, our
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  • Our testimony, our witness, ourinfluence.
  • 00:18:48.911 --> 00:18:51.146
  • influence.You teach your children and your
  • 00:18:51.213 --> 00:18:53.615
  • You teach your children and yourgrandchildren how they are to
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  • grandchildren how they are torespond to situations and
  • 00:18:55.083 --> 00:18:56.318
  • respond to situations andcircumstances.
  • 00:18:56.318 --> 00:18:56.385
  • circumstances.Is that the way you act?
  • 00:18:58.720 --> 00:18:59.988
  • Is that the way you act?And then, of course, will this
  • 00:19:00.589 --> 00:19:02.157
  • And then, of course, will thisdecision honor God?
  • 00:19:03.425 --> 00:19:04.793
  • decision honor God?If you make a decision, can you
  • 00:19:05.360 --> 00:19:06.628
  • If you make a decision, can yousay that it's in keeping with
  • 00:19:08.430 --> 00:19:09.498
  • say that it's in keeping withthe Word of God?
  • 00:19:10.265 --> 00:19:11.366
  • the Word of God?That I can make this decision,
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  • That I can make this decision,and when I get on my knees, or
  • 00:19:13.135 --> 00:19:13.135
  • and when I get on my knees, orwhen you pray before you go to
  • 00:19:14.469 --> 00:19:16.138
  • when you pray before you go tobed at night, you don't have any
  • 00:19:16.138 --> 00:19:16.972
  • bed at night, you don't have anyof this ruffling, scuffling
  • 00:19:17.606 --> 00:19:19.808
  • of this ruffling, scufflinggoing on in your heart because
  • 00:19:20.342 --> 00:19:22.077
  • going on in your heart becauseyou obeyed Him.
  • 00:19:22.878 --> 00:19:24.112
  • you obeyed Him.Listen carefully, any decision
  • 00:19:25.314 --> 00:19:25.948
  • Listen carefully, any decisionthat keeps you awake at night
  • 00:19:27.549 --> 00:19:29.084
  • that keeps you awake at nightand you can't sleep, you should
  • 00:19:30.719 --> 00:19:31.954
  • and you can't sleep, you shouldask yourself the question: Why?
  • 00:19:33.855 --> 00:19:34.890
  • ask yourself the question: Why?When God brings something to
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  • When God brings something toyour mind, don't let it pass
  • 00:19:37.993 --> 00:19:38.160
  • your mind, don't let it passwithout dealing with it.
  • 00:19:40.562 --> 00:19:41.563
  • without dealing with it.Do you know why He does that?
  • 00:19:41.830 --> 00:19:42.898
  • Do you know why He does that?To protect you, watch over you,
  • 00:19:44.800 --> 00:19:45.701
  • To protect you, watch over you,care for you, because He loves
  • 00:19:46.368 --> 00:19:47.135
  • care for you, because He lovesyou.
  • 00:19:47.135 --> 00:19:48.136
  • you.God will send things into our
  • 00:19:48.370 --> 00:19:49.538
  • God will send things into ourlife that we don't like to
  • 00:19:50.405 --> 00:19:52.040
  • life that we don't like toprotect us from things that He
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:52.507
  • protect us from things that Heknows we wouldn't like if we got
  • 00:19:54.243 --> 00:19:54.676
  • knows we wouldn't like if we gotinto it.
  • 00:19:56.245 --> 00:19:57.346
  • into it.He's a loving God.
  • 00:19:59.114 --> 00:20:00.649
  • He's a loving God.He has the best plan.
  • 00:20:01.984 --> 00:20:02.784
  • He has the best plan.And the reason--why do you think
  • 00:20:03.652 --> 00:20:05.087
  • And the reason--why do you thinkpeople--why do people get on
  • 00:20:05.120 --> 00:20:06.355
  • people--why do people get ondrugs?
  • 00:20:06.355 --> 00:20:07.656
  • drugs?Why do they become addicts or
  • 00:20:08.257 --> 00:20:09.291
  • Why do they become addicts oralcoholics?
  • 00:20:09.825 --> 00:20:11.059
  • alcoholics?What is it going on in a
  • 00:20:11.526 --> 00:20:13.228
  • What is it going on in aperson's heart that would cause
  • 00:20:13.528 --> 00:20:15.897
  • person's heart that would causethem to drink so much they can't
  • 00:20:15.897 --> 00:20:16.565
  • them to drink so much they can'tbe themselves and know that one
  • 00:20:17.432 --> 00:20:17.966
  • be themselves and know that oneof these days they could have an
  • 00:20:18.900 --> 00:20:19.901
  • of these days they could have anaccident or they could just die?
  • 00:20:22.304 --> 00:20:23.405
  • accident or they could just die?What is it people are trying to
  • 00:20:23.438 --> 00:20:24.439
  • What is it people are trying tocover up?
  • 00:20:24.439 --> 00:20:24.573
  • cover up?I can't answer that question.
  • 00:20:26.775 --> 00:20:27.943
  • I can't answer that question.I wouldn't even attempt to try.
  • 00:20:29.444 --> 00:20:30.345
  • I wouldn't even attempt to try.But I don't have to answer
  • 00:20:30.345 --> 00:20:30.912
  • But I don't have to answerquestion for them.
  • 00:20:31.413 --> 00:20:32.481
  • question for them.You and I have to answer the
  • 00:20:32.481 --> 00:20:32.681
  • You and I have to answer thequestion for ourselves.
  • 00:20:33.915 --> 00:20:35.350
  • question for ourselves.Here's where we are.
  • 00:20:35.517 --> 00:20:36.718
  • Here's where we are.Here's where God has led us so
  • 00:20:36.718 --> 00:20:37.219
  • Here's where God has led us sofar.
  • 00:20:37.819 --> 00:20:39.921
  • far.And my purpose and plan is to be
  • 00:20:39.921 --> 00:20:40.255
  • And my purpose and plan is to beobedient to God through the last
  • 00:20:41.923 --> 00:20:42.090
  • obedient to God through the lastmoment of my life.
  • 00:20:44.660 --> 00:20:45.961
  • moment of my life.And you can't ever go wrong with
  • 00:20:45.961 --> 00:20:46.728
  • And you can't ever go wrong withthat.
  • 00:20:46.828 --> 00:20:47.996
  • that.Then of course, the question is:
  • 00:20:49.798 --> 00:20:50.866
  • Then of course, the question is:Will this decision result in
  • 00:20:51.600 --> 00:20:52.668
  • Will this decision result inunrest and regret for the rest
  • 00:20:55.103 --> 00:20:55.504
  • unrest and regret for the restof my life?
  • 00:20:58.373 --> 00:20:59.408
  • of my life?There are decisions people make
  • 00:21:01.209 --> 00:21:02.277
  • There are decisions people makethey never outlive.
  • 00:21:03.645 --> 00:21:04.880
  • they never outlive.They never get over it.
  • 00:21:06.281 --> 00:21:07.382
  • They never get over it.They're still talking about it
  • 00:21:08.250 --> 00:21:09.885
  • They're still talking about itin their latter years of life.
  • 00:21:10.385 --> 00:21:10.919
  • in their latter years of life.Think about this, God has your
  • 00:21:13.355 --> 00:21:14.089
  • Think about this, God has yourvery best in mind.
  • 00:21:15.757 --> 00:21:16.625
  • very best in mind.He works to get you to do the
  • 00:21:19.127 --> 00:21:19.828
  • He works to get you to do theright thing.
  • 00:21:21.029 --> 00:21:22.297
  • right thing.And if you ignore Him, there are
  • 00:21:22.297 --> 00:21:22.864
  • And if you ignore Him, there areconsequences.
  • 00:21:24.399 --> 00:21:25.100
  • consequences.Then, can I expect God to reward
  • 00:21:26.868 --> 00:21:27.135
  • Then, can I expect God to rewardme for this decision?
  • 00:21:31.073 --> 00:21:31.807
  • me for this decision?Think about the decisions you
  • 00:21:32.307 --> 00:21:32.941
  • Think about the decisions youmake, or thinking about making.
  • 00:21:35.077 --> 00:21:35.677
  • make, or thinking about making.Can God reward you for making
  • 00:21:37.679 --> 00:21:38.180
  • Can God reward you for makingthat decision?
  • 00:21:41.717 --> 00:21:42.217
  • that decision?If you'll think about it, there
  • 00:21:43.185 --> 00:21:43.885
  • If you'll think about it, thereare some big time, serious
  • 00:21:44.953 --> 00:21:46.054
  • are some big time, seriousdecisions you have to make in
  • 00:21:46.054 --> 00:21:46.288
  • decisions you have to make inlife, serious decisions that
  • 00:21:48.890 --> 00:21:50.125
  • life, serious decisions thataffect not only you, but other
  • 00:21:50.125 --> 00:21:50.292
  • affect not only you, but otherpeople.
  • 00:21:51.326 --> 00:21:52.027
  • people.So you ask yourself the
  • 00:21:52.661 --> 00:21:55.063
  • So you ask yourself thequestion: Can I expect God to
  • 00:21:55.364 --> 00:21:58.367
  • question: Can I expect God toreward me for treating her or
  • 00:21:58.834 --> 00:21:59.901
  • reward me for treating her orhim this way?
  • 00:22:00.836 --> 00:22:01.536
  • him this way?Or doing this or that?
  • 00:22:02.237 --> 00:22:02.971
  • Or doing this or that?Or going here or there?
  • 00:22:03.872 --> 00:22:04.606
  • Or going here or there?Or participating in this?
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:05.941
  • Or participating in this?Can I expect God to bless me,
  • 00:22:07.309 --> 00:22:07.476
  • Can I expect God to bless me,reward me as a result of that?
  • 00:22:11.246 --> 00:22:11.713
  • reward me as a result of that?God has a plan, a purpose, and a
  • 00:22:12.881 --> 00:22:13.081
  • God has a plan, a purpose, and adesire for your life.
  • 00:22:14.649 --> 00:22:15.617
  • desire for your life.And He's all for what's best for
  • 00:22:16.752 --> 00:22:17.586
  • And He's all for what's best foryou.
  • 00:22:17.586 --> 00:22:18.220
  • you.He's all for what's good for
  • 00:22:18.987 --> 00:22:19.821
  • He's all for what's good foryou.
  • 00:22:19.821 --> 00:22:20.255
  • you.Your name is written in the
  • 00:22:20.822 --> 00:22:21.289
  • Your name is written in theLamb's Book of Life and He wants
  • 00:22:22.290 --> 00:22:22.591
  • Lamb's Book of Life and He wantsto keep everything else right.
  • 00:22:24.760 --> 00:22:25.894
  • to keep everything else right.And you and I have to decide: Am
  • 00:22:27.396 --> 00:22:28.630
  • And you and I have to decide: AmI going to trust Him with my
  • 00:22:28.630 --> 00:22:28.864
  • I going to trust Him with mylife?
  • 00:22:29.631 --> 00:22:30.132
  • life?Watch this, think about this for
  • 00:22:31.099 --> 00:22:34.136
  • Watch this, think about this fora moment, you trusted Him with
  • 00:22:34.970 --> 00:22:37.172
  • a moment, you trusted Him withyour eternity.
  • 00:22:37.172 --> 00:22:37.773
  • your eternity.You were born again.
  • 00:22:39.541 --> 00:22:40.041
  • You were born again.Your name is written in the
  • 00:22:40.442 --> 00:22:41.009
  • Your name is written in theLamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:22:41.576 --> 00:22:42.077
  • Lamb's Book of Life.And you said, "God, I'm trusting
  • 00:22:43.612 --> 00:22:45.247
  • And you said, "God, I'm trustingYou that when I die I'm going to
  • 00:22:46.715 --> 00:22:47.382
  • You that when I die I'm going tobe in heaven with You."
  • 00:22:48.717 --> 00:22:49.284
  • be in heaven with You."Now, if you can trust God for
  • 00:22:50.352 --> 00:22:50.852
  • Now, if you can trust God forthat, which is an eternal
  • 00:22:53.488 --> 00:22:55.991
  • that, which is an eternaldecision, can you not trust Him
  • 00:22:57.225 --> 00:22:57.826
  • decision, can you not trust Himfor daily decisions that are not
  • 00:22:59.161 --> 00:22:59.761
  • for daily decisions that are notnearly so important?
  • 00:23:01.797 --> 00:23:02.264
  • nearly so important?Yes, you can.
  • 00:23:04.199 --> 00:23:04.633
  • Yes, you can.God has a purpose, a plan, a
  • 00:23:05.600 --> 00:23:05.834
  • God has a purpose, a plan, adesire for your life.
  • 00:23:07.068 --> 00:23:07.803
  • desire for your life.You say, "Well, suppose I missed
  • 00:23:08.703 --> 00:23:09.237
  • You say, "Well, suppose I missedabout half of it?"
  • 00:23:11.139 --> 00:23:11.606
  • about half of it?"Well, is God disappointed?
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  • Well, is God disappointed?Well, He knew you were going to
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  • Well, He knew you were going tomiss half of it before you were
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  • miss half of it before you wereborn.
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  • born.So, God isn't disappointed.
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  • So, God isn't disappointed.He's willing to step into your
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  • He's willing to step into yourlife at any moment, at any place
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  • life at any moment, at any placeyou're willing to welcome Him
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  • you're willing to welcome Himand ask Him to straighten things
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  • and ask Him to straighten thingsout.
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  • out.God, I know I'm heading in the
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  • God, I know I'm heading in thewrong direction.
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  • wrong direction.I'm asking You to forgive me.
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  • I'm asking You to forgive me.Would You please give me
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  • Would You please give medirection for my life at this
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  • direction for my life at thispoint?
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  • point?Will He?
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  • Will He?Yes, He will.
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  • Yes, He will.Let me tell you how that starts.
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  • Let me tell you how that starts.If you have never trusted Jesus
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  • If you have never trusted Jesusas your Savior, this is not
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  • as your Savior, this is notgoing to work.
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  • going to work.It's when you surrender your
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  • It's when you surrender yourlife to Him, confessing your
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  • life to Him, confessing yoursins, repenting of them, turning
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  • sins, repenting of them, turningaway from them, surrendering
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  • away from them, surrenderingyour life to Him, then you
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  • your life to Him, then youbecome a child of God.
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  • become a child of God.Then the two of you, from that
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  • Then the two of you, from thatmoment on, make decisions
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  • moment on, make decisionstogether, if you're willing to
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  • together, if you're willing tolisten.
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  • listen.But right now, you're--without
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  • But right now, you're--withoutJesus, you're by yourself.
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  • Jesus, you're by yourself.You can't expect God to give you
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  • You can't expect God to give youwisdom if you have rejected His
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  • wisdom if you have rejected HisSon.
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  • Son.You may luck out, as you say,
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  • You may luck out, as you say,and do a few things right.
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  • and do a few things right.Or you may do really well as far
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  • Or you may do really well as faras the world is concerned, but
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  • as the world is concerned, butthere's a payday coming, and you
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  • there's a payday coming, and youwill have to give an account for
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  • will have to give an account fora life in disobedience and
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  • a life in disobedience andrebellion that paid off for you,
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  • rebellion that paid off for you,that made you rich, made you
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  • that made you rich, made youfamous, you name it, but all out
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  • famous, you name it, but all outof the will of God, all in
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  • of the will of God, all inopposition to God's purpose and
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  • opposition to God's purpose andplan for your life.
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  • plan for your life.And remember this, you'll never
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  • And remember this, you'll nevermake enough money to pay off
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  • make enough money to pay offGod.
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  • God.You'll never be famous enough
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  • You'll never be famous enoughthat you'll be accepted by God.
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  • that you'll be accepted by God.It's the blood of Jesus that
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  • It's the blood of Jesus thatcleanses us from sin, that makes
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  • cleanses us from sin, that makesus one of His children.
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  • us one of His children.Father, we love You, and praise
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  • Father, we love You, and praiseYou, and thank You that You love
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  • You, and thank You that You loveus enough to take personal
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  • us enough to take personalinterest in our life.
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  • interest in our life.And I pray that every person who
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  • And I pray that every person whohears this message will take it
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  • hears this message will take itseriously, eternally serious,
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  • seriously, eternally serious,for it is the truth, that
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  • for it is the truth, thatwherever they may be at this
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  • wherever they may be at thismoment, surrender their life to
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  • moment, surrender their life toYou, their Savior and Lord, and
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  • You, their Savior and Lord, andsurrender their life to You as a
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  • surrender their life to You as ahabit, as a natural part of
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  • habit, as a natural part oftheir life every day, in Jesus's
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  • their life every day, in Jesus'sname.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • - announcer: If you've beenblessed by today's program,
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  • [music]
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  • - all: Wow.
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  • - all: Wow.- male: Wow, wow.
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  • - male: Wow, wow.- male: Surprise.
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  • - male: Surprise.- female: Thank you, guys.
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  • - female: Thank you, guys.- female: The flowers are
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  • - female: The flowers arebeautiful.
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  • beautiful.- female: Yes, looking forward
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  • - female: Yes, looking forwardto it.
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  • to it.- female announcer: Even though
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  • - female announcer: Even thoughlife might take turns you
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.- announcer: God created you
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  • - announcer: God created youwith a plan to fulfill an
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  • You may not realize how
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  • You may not realize howprofoundly God desires to
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  • profoundly God desires towork in you and impact others
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  • Just imagine what your life
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  • Just imagine what your lifemight look like a year from now
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  • might look like a year from nowafter connecting daily with your
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  • after connecting daily with yourheavenly Father.
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  • heavenly Father."God's Purpose for Your Life," a
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  • "God's Purpose for Your Life," anew year-long devotional
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  • - female announcer: Looking for
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  • - female announcer: Looking forsomething meaningful to give
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  • something meaningful to giveyour loved ones this Christmas?
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  • your loved ones this Christmas?Like your nephew, who is
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  • Like your nephew, who isgraduating and trying to figure
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  • graduating and trying to figureout his next steps?
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  • out his next steps?How about your daughter, who
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  • How about your daughter, wholoves to journal during her
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  • loves to journal during hermorning devotions?
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  • morning devotions?Or your neighbor whose family is
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  • Or your neighbor whose family isin need of biblical wisdom?
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  • in need of biblical wisdom?And you can't forget about the
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  • And you can't forget about thelittle ones.
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  • little ones.The In Touch Christmas catalog
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  • The In Touch Christmas catalogis a collection of biblical
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  • is a collection of biblicalresources that will make an
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  • resources that will make aneternal difference in the lives
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  • eternal difference in the livesof your friends and loved ones.
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  • of your friends and loved ones.Give the gifts that bless this
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into a
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  • growing relationship with Jesus
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  • Christ and strengthening the
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  • local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by In
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  • Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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