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The Will of God in Your Life

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October 11, 2020
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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The Will of God in Your Life

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:God has the best will for every
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  • God has the best will for everysingle one of us.
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  • single one of us.He has the best plan for us.
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  • He has the best plan for us.He doesn't keep it a secret.
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  • He doesn't keep it a secret.You don't have to do this, that
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  • You don't have to do this, thatin order to find out what God
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  • in order to find out what Godwants you to do.
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  • wants you to do.You need to ask Him and be
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  • You need to ask Him and bewilling to do what He says.
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  • [music]
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  • [music]- 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, we've seen
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  • Throughout the years, we've seenGod's greatness, his love and
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  • God's greatness, his love andhis blessings in such awesome
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  • his blessings in such awesomeways that we just want everyone
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  • ways that we just want everyoneto know him.
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  • to know him.So, let's open God's Word and
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  • So, let's open God's Word andseek him together.
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  • - Olga Westfall: I was born in
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  • - Olga Westfall: I was born inUkraine, at the time it was
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  • Ukraine, at the time it wasthe Soviet Union.
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  • My mother was a single mother.
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  • My mother was a single mother.She was trying so hard to raise
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  • She was trying so hard to raiseme up and worked very hard.
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  • me up and worked very hard.My mother became sick;
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  • My mother became sick;she became paralyzed.
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  • she became paralyzed.I saw how she often was in pain
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  • I saw how she often was in painsuffering, and I felt like,
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  • suffering, and I felt like,"Why life is so hard?"
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  • "Why life is so hard?"I was depressed and suicidal.
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  • I was depressed and suicidal.For almost two years,
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  • For almost two years,I gave all I had to a fortune
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  • I gave all I had to a fortuneteller so that she would make
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  • teller so that she would makeme happy.
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  • One day, one of my co-workers
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  • One day, one of my co-workersinvited me to an underground
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  • invited me to an undergroundchurch.
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  • church.I had never seen a Bible or
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  • I had never seen a Bible orNew Testament in my life
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  • New Testament in my lifebefore because it was
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  • before because it wasa prohibited book.
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  • a prohibited book.Something was telling me I need
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  • Something was telling me I needto go there.
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  • to go there.Well, my life changed when
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  • In 1990, I had a strong desire
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  • In 1990, I had a strong desireto learn English.
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  • to learn English.I didn't even know why.
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  • I didn't even know why.I borrowed a book, I listened to
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  • I borrowed a book, I listened tocassettes; God started speaking
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  • cassettes; God started speakingto me, and somewhere
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  • to me, and somewheredeep inside that
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  • deep inside thatI would be ministered with
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  • I would be ministered withthe gospel in a different
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  • the gospel in a differentlanguage.
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  • language.Looking back, I would never
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  • Looking back, I would neverbelieved that one day
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  • believed that one dayI would move to America
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  • I would move to Americaand would become a counselor.
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  • and would become a counselor.[music]
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  • [music]I became an active duty
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  • I became an active dutyAir Force chaplain.
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  • Air Force chaplain.It is an honor and pleasure
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  • It is an honor and pleasureand a joy for me to work
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  • and a joy for me to workwith the greatest military
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  • with the greatest militaryin the world and all the
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  • in the world and all thegreatest veterans.
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  • greatest veterans.I like the sound doctrine
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  • I like the sound doctrineof Charles Stanley.
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  • of Charles Stanley.He doesn't compromise.
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  • He doesn't compromise.A lot of people who are
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  • A lot of people who aregoing through sickness--
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  • going through sickness--when they find out that they
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  • when they find out that theyhave cancer or another illness--
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  • have cancer or another illness--they're shocked,
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  • they're shocked,their life changes;
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  • their life changes;they feel a lot of losses.
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  • they feel a lot of losses.But when they read "In Touch"
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  • But when they read "In Touch"magazine, they feel like there
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  • magazine, they feel like thereis God.
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  • is God.They pray and we know that God
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  • They pray and we know that Godanswers when we pray.
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  • answers when we pray.They encourage our personnel,
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  • They encourage our personnel,they give them hope and
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  • they give them hope andstrength that is so necessary
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  • strength that is so necessaryfor us to go through the
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  • for us to go through thetough times in life.
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  • tough times in life.There was a time when I wanted
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  • There was a time when I wantedto kill myself by jumping off
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  • to kill myself by jumping offthe bridge.
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  • the bridge.He didn't just save me,
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  • He didn't just save me,to know him, he wanted me
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  • to know him, he wanted meto share the good news
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  • to share the good newswith others, with other hopeless
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  • with others, with other hopelesspeople who feel like there is
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  • people who feel like there isno tomorrow.
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  • no tomorrow.If he changed my life, he can
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  • If he changed my life, he cando that with anybody else who
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  • do that with anybody else whocries out to Him.
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  • cries out to Him.The freedom that I have
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  • The freedom that I havein Jesus, I want for each person
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • - male announcer: Next on"In Touch," Dr. Charles Stanley
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  • "In Touch," Dr. Charles Stanleybegins his series, "Discovering
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  • begins his series, "Discoveringthe Will of God."
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  • the Will of God."Today's message, "The Will
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Where
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Wheredoes the will of God fit in
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  • does the will of God fit inyour life?
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  • your life?That is, do you ask for His
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  • That is, do you ask for Hisdirection, His guidance,
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  • direction, His guidance,His provision?
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  • His provision?Or you just wake up in the
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  • Or you just wake up in themorning and decide how you're
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  • morning and decide how you'regoing to live for the day?
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  • going to live for the day?Or you don't give it a lot
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  • Or you don't give it a lotof thought.
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  • of thought.You're just sort of one of those
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  • You're just sort of one of thosepersons who sort of walks
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  • persons who sort of walksthrough the same tracks
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  • through the same tracksevery day.
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  • every day.And as long as you have what you
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  • And as long as you have what youwant, what you think you need,
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  • want, what you think you need,you don't really give God a
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  • you don't really give God awhole lot of thought.
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  • whole lot of thought.When I think about that and I
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  • When I think about that and Ithink about how people operate
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  • think about how people operatewithout God in their life.
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  • without God in their life.I'm brought back to when I first
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  • I'm brought back to when I firstcame to First Baptist, I came as
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  • came to First Baptist, I came asan Associate Pastor.
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  • an Associate Pastor.And there were 60 deacons
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  • And there were 60 deaconsand there were seven men who ran
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  • and there were seven men who raneverything.
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  • everything.And so since I had no authority,
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  • And so since I had no authority,I was of, no a danger
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  • I was of, no a dangerto anybody.
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  • to anybody.And they would let me sit in
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  • And they would let me sit inon their meetings.
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  • on their meetings.And so I was sitting in on this
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  • And so I was sitting in on thismeeting, I'll never forget.
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  • meeting, I'll never forget.And they got in a little bit
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  • And they got in a little bitof an argument and discussion.
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  • of an argument and discussion.They couldn't make up their
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  • They couldn't make up theirmind, they couldn't make a
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  • mind, they couldn't make adecision about something.
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  • decision about something.And this just went on probably
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  • And this just went on probablyfor forty-five minutes or longer
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  • for forty-five minutes or longerand I thought,
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  • and I thought,"We're not getting anywhere."
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  • "We're not getting anywhere."And so when I said,
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  • And so when I said,"Why don't we ask what's the
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  • "Why don't we ask what's thewill of God about this?"
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  • will of God about this?"I'll never forget the reaction.
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  • I'll never forget the reaction.The man who sat to my right was
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  • The man who sat to my right wasan attorney and he spoke up and
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  • an attorney and he spoke up andhe said, "Leave God out of this.
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  • he said, "Leave God out of this.This is business."
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  • This is business."Well, when he said that and my
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  • Well, when he said that and myresponse was, "How can you leave
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  • response was, "How can you leaveGod out of God's business?"
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  • God out of God's business?"Because it's the will of God
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  • Because it's the will of Godthat we live a certain way.
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  • that we live a certain way.It's the will of God that
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  • It's the will of God thataffects every single thing that
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  • affects every single thing thatwe do and say.
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  • we do and say.The will of God is our guide.
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  • The will of God is our guide.The will of God is the principle
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  • The will of God is the principleby which all of us should live
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  • by which all of us should liveevery single day.
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  • every single day.Doesn't make any difference who
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  • Doesn't make any difference whoyou are.
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  • you are.But if you never ask God for
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  • But if you never ask God fordirection in your life, what you
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  • direction in your life, what youare saying by your conduct, your
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  • are saying by your conduct, yourattitude is, "I can do without
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  • attitude is, "I can do withoutHim.
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  • Him.I don't need His direction.
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  • I don't need His direction.I don't need His help.
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  • I don't need His help.I can make it without it."
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  • I can make it without it."When you live day after day
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  • When you live day after daywithout consulting with God,
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  • without consulting with God,asking,
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  • asking,"Lord, what's Your will?
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  • "Lord, what's Your will?What pleases You?
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  • What pleases You?What honors You?"
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  • What honors You?"If I live day after day without
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  • If I live day after day withoutasking that, what I'm saying is
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  • asking that, what I'm saying isI don't need Him.
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  • I don't need Him.Oh, you say, "I wouldn't,
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  • Oh, you say, "I wouldn't,I would never say I don't need
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  • I would never say I don't needGod."
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  • God."Well, what about your conduct?
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  • Well, what about your conduct?What about your habits?
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  • What about your habits?Do you act like you don't need
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  • Do you act like you don't needHim or do you act like you need
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  • Him or do you act like you needHim?
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  • Him?If you believe that God has a
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  • If you believe that God has asovereign will for your
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  • sovereign will for yourlife--which He does, if you
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  • life--which He does, if youbelieve what the Bible says
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  • believe what the Bible saysabout God and our relationship
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  • about God and our relationshipto Him, then how do you go day
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  • to Him, then how do you go dayafter day without asking, "Lord,
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  • after day without asking, "Lord,what would you have me to do
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  • what would you have me to doabout this?
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  • about this?In other words, if you go day
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  • In other words, if you go dayafter day and you don't ask for
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  • after day and you don't ask forGod's guidance and direction,
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  • God's guidance and direction,what you're saying is,
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  • what you're saying is,I can handle it.
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  • I can handle it.How foolish.
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  • How foolish.How foolish to think that you
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  • How foolish to think that youcan handle life without God in
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  • can handle life without God inthe society in which you live or
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  • the society in which you live orany society.
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  • any society.And one of the interesting
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  • And one of the interestingthings I want to read in the
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  • things I want to read in theScripture.
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  • Scripture.Here is Jesus on His way to the
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  • Here is Jesus on His way to thecross in the twenty-second
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  • cross in the twenty-secondchapter of Luke if you'd like to
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  • chapter of Luke if you'd like tolook if you'd like to turn there
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  • look if you'd like to turn therefor a moment.
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  • for a moment.Thirty years as a carpenter or
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  • Thirty years as a carpenter orsomewhere thereabouts.
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  • somewhere thereabouts.And now He's been an evangelist
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  • And now He's been an evangelistteaching the Word of God.
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  • teaching the Word of God.And verse thirty-nine of the
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  • And verse thirty-nine of thetwenty-second chapter says, "And
  • 00:09:12.068 --> 00:09:14.503
  • twenty-second chapter says, "AndHe came out and proceeded as was
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  • He came out and proceeded as wasHis custom to the Mount of
  • 00:09:17.306 --> 00:09:18.274
  • His custom to the Mount ofOlives, and the disciples
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  • Olives, and the disciplesfollowed Him."
  • 00:09:19.108 --> 00:09:19.942
  • followed Him."That's where he used to go, that
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  • That's where he used to go, thatwas his place of prayer.
  • 00:09:23.112 --> 00:09:24.013
  • was his place of prayer.Now, what is He doing?
  • 00:09:24.080 --> 00:09:25.681
  • Now, what is He doing?Because the cross is right
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  • Because the cross is rightnext door.
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  • next door.It's, it's coming the next day.
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  • It's, it's coming the next day."When He arrived at the place,
  • 00:09:30.519 --> 00:09:31.053
  • "When He arrived at the place,He said to them, 'Pray that you
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  • He said to them, 'Pray that youmay not enter into temptation.'
  • 00:09:35.224 --> 00:09:37.393
  • may not enter into temptation.'And He withdrew from them about
  • 00:09:37.460 --> 00:09:38.661
  • And He withdrew from them abouta stone's throw, and He knelt
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  • a stone's throw, and He kneltdown and began to pray."
  • 00:09:42.898 --> 00:09:43.666
  • down and began to pray."Listen to what the Son of God
  • 00:09:43.933 --> 00:09:45.234
  • Listen to what the Son of Godis praying.
  • 00:09:46.369 --> 00:09:47.870
  • is praying."Father, if You are
  • 00:09:47.870 --> 00:09:51.574
  • "Father, if You arewilling, remove this cup from
  • 00:09:51.574 --> 00:09:52.241
  • willing, remove this cup fromMe."
  • 00:09:52.241 --> 00:09:52.508
  • Me."That is, is there any other
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  • That is, is there any otherway for us to purchase
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  • way for us to purchaseredemption for all mankind and
  • 00:09:58.314 --> 00:09:58.414
  • redemption for all mankind andescape the cross?
  • 00:10:01.350 --> 00:10:01.417
  • escape the cross?"Yet not My will, but Yours
  • 00:10:04.553 --> 00:10:05.554
  • "Yet not My will, but Yoursbe done."
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  • be done."Jesus, who is the Son of God,
  • 00:10:09.191 --> 00:10:11.394
  • Jesus, who is the Son of God,was asking the Father, "Is there
  • 00:10:11.394 --> 00:10:12.328
  • was asking the Father, "Is thereany other way but the way of the
  • 00:10:13.129 --> 00:10:14.263
  • any other way but the way of thecross?"
  • 00:10:14.263 --> 00:10:14.263
  • cross?"And of course, there was not.
  • 00:10:15.931 --> 00:10:17.333
  • And of course, there was not.Now what do we mean by the will
  • 00:10:17.566 --> 00:10:18.467
  • Now what do we mean by the willof God?
  • 00:10:19.368 --> 00:10:20.536
  • of God?If somebody said to you,
  • 00:10:20.536 --> 00:10:20.703
  • If somebody said to you,"Are you living in the will
  • 00:10:21.837 --> 00:10:22.405
  • "Are you living in the willof God?"
  • 00:10:23.005 --> 00:10:23.906
  • of God?"How would you answer that?
  • 00:10:24.273 --> 00:10:24.940
  • How would you answer that?Well, you couldn't answer unless
  • 00:10:25.107 --> 00:10:25.875
  • Well, you couldn't answer unlessyou know what it is.
  • 00:10:26.409 --> 00:10:27.443
  • you know what it is.So, listen to this.
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  • So, listen to this.The will of God is that which
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  • The will of God is that whichGod approves and determines to
  • 00:10:33.149 --> 00:10:33.582
  • God approves and determines tobring about.
  • 00:10:36.218 --> 00:10:37.119
  • bring about.It concerns God's choices of
  • 00:10:37.887 --> 00:10:38.521
  • It concerns God's choices ofwhat to do and what not to do.
  • 00:10:41.657 --> 00:10:42.558
  • what to do and what not to do.Think about that.
  • 00:10:43.592 --> 00:10:46.796
  • Think about that.That which God approves of,
  • 00:10:46.796 --> 00:10:46.929
  • That which God approves of,determines to bring about.
  • 00:10:51.267 --> 00:10:52.535
  • determines to bring about.It concerns God's choices of
  • 00:10:52.868 --> 00:10:53.803
  • It concerns God's choices ofwhat to do and what not to do.
  • 00:10:56.138 --> 00:10:57.573
  • what to do and what not to do.When is the last time you said,
  • 00:10:57.606 --> 00:10:58.674
  • When is the last time you said,"God, what do You want me to do
  • 00:11:01.143 --> 00:11:01.711
  • "God, what do You want me to doabout this?
  • 00:11:03.212 --> 00:11:04.013
  • about this?God, what about my relationship
  • 00:11:04.480 --> 00:11:05.581
  • God, what about my relationshipto her or to him?
  • 00:11:06.382 --> 00:11:07.950
  • to her or to him?God what about my job?
  • 00:11:10.052 --> 00:11:11.420
  • God what about my job?Lord, where do You want my kids
  • 00:11:12.188 --> 00:11:13.489
  • Lord, where do You want my kidsto go to college?
  • 00:11:14.423 --> 00:11:15.925
  • to go to college?Lord, what about my relationship
  • 00:11:16.726 --> 00:11:18.094
  • Lord, what about my relationshipto this man or to this woman?
  • 00:11:19.995 --> 00:11:20.763
  • to this man or to this woman?Lord, what about where You want
  • 00:11:21.997 --> 00:11:23.532
  • Lord, what about where You wantme to live?
  • 00:11:23.532 --> 00:11:24.200
  • me to live?Lord, what about changing
  • 00:11:24.600 --> 00:11:25.468
  • Lord, what about changingjobs?"
  • 00:11:25.468 --> 00:11:26.001
  • jobs?"When is the last time you opened
  • 00:11:26.669 --> 00:11:27.770
  • When is the last time you openedyourself up to holy God who
  • 00:11:30.072 --> 00:11:30.639
  • yourself up to holy God whoknows everything and has your
  • 00:11:31.574 --> 00:11:32.308
  • knows everything and has yourbest interest at heart?
  • 00:11:32.641 --> 00:11:33.576
  • best interest at heart?When is the last time you opened
  • 00:11:33.943 --> 00:11:34.877
  • When is the last time you openedyour heart to Him and said,
  • 00:11:35.111 --> 00:11:35.978
  • your heart to Him and said,"Lord, show me Your will?
  • 00:11:37.747 --> 00:11:38.681
  • "Lord, show me Your will?What would You have me
  • 00:11:38.748 --> 00:11:40.382
  • What would You have meto do?"
  • 00:11:40.382 --> 00:11:40.549
  • to do?"How often do you ask Him about
  • 00:11:42.017 --> 00:11:42.585
  • How often do you ask Him aboutdecisions that you have to make?
  • 00:11:43.619 --> 00:11:44.286
  • decisions that you have to make?There are always going to be
  • 00:11:45.755 --> 00:11:46.021
  • There are always going to bedecisions.
  • 00:11:46.622 --> 00:11:47.623
  • decisions.We either ask Him or we don't
  • 00:11:47.623 --> 00:11:48.023
  • We either ask Him or we don'task Him.
  • 00:11:48.824 --> 00:11:50.426
  • ask Him.Look in Second Peter 3 for
  • 00:11:51.761 --> 00:11:53.262
  • Look in Second Peter 3 forjust a moment.
  • 00:11:53.362 --> 00:11:55.131
  • just a moment.Second Peter chapter 3.
  • 00:11:55.431 --> 00:11:56.599
  • Second Peter chapter 3.This is a very interesting verse
  • 00:11:56.599 --> 00:11:56.699
  • This is a very interesting verseof Scripture.
  • 00:11:57.967 --> 00:12:00.102
  • of Scripture.Second Peter 3:17.
  • 00:12:00.169 --> 00:12:02.238
  • Second Peter 3:17.Listen to what he says, "You
  • 00:12:02.238 --> 00:12:02.671
  • Listen to what he says, "Youtherefore, beloved, knowing this
  • 00:12:04.974 --> 00:12:07.076
  • therefore, beloved, knowing thisbefore hand, be on your
  • 00:12:07.076 --> 00:12:08.077
  • before hand, be on yourguard so that you are not
  • 00:12:08.778 --> 00:12:10.279
  • guard so that you are notcarried away by the error of
  • 00:12:10.279 --> 00:12:10.713
  • carried away by the error ofunprincipled men and fall from
  • 00:12:14.817 --> 00:12:14.817
  • unprincipled men and fall fromyour own steadfastness."
  • 00:12:16.285 --> 00:12:17.753
  • your own steadfastness."That is, any of us can stumble
  • 00:12:17.753 --> 00:12:17.787
  • That is, any of us can stumbleand fall.
  • 00:12:20.089 --> 00:12:21.891
  • and fall.God wants us looking to Him,
  • 00:12:22.024 --> 00:12:23.225
  • God wants us looking to Him,depending upon Him, trusting Him
  • 00:12:23.559 --> 00:12:23.926
  • depending upon Him, trusting Himso that every day when you and I
  • 00:12:25.628 --> 00:12:27.463
  • so that every day when you and Iwake up, we should be asking the
  • 00:12:28.197 --> 00:12:28.831
  • wake up, we should be asking theLord to give us direction for
  • 00:12:29.799 --> 00:12:31.333
  • Lord to give us direction forour life that day.
  • 00:12:31.734 --> 00:12:32.668
  • our life that day.You don't know who you're going
  • 00:12:32.668 --> 00:12:33.335
  • You don't know who you're goingto meet.
  • 00:12:33.869 --> 00:12:34.503
  • to meet.You don't know whether you're
  • 00:12:34.737 --> 00:12:35.771
  • You don't know whether you'regoing to get to your job or not.
  • 00:12:36.172 --> 00:12:36.872
  • going to get to your job or not.You don't know whether your
  • 00:12:36.872 --> 00:12:36.972
  • You don't know whether yourhusband or wife will be home
  • 00:12:37.807 --> 00:12:38.007
  • husband or wife will be homewhen you get there or not.
  • 00:12:38.874 --> 00:12:39.775
  • when you get there or not.Or what kind of mess your kids
  • 00:12:40.142 --> 00:12:41.243
  • Or what kind of mess your kidsare in college.
  • 00:12:41.577 --> 00:12:43.145
  • are in college.In other words, are you living
  • 00:12:43.145 --> 00:12:44.880
  • In other words, are you livingyour life in relationship to
  • 00:12:45.347 --> 00:12:45.714
  • your life in relationship toGod?
  • 00:12:46.248 --> 00:12:47.817
  • God?Are you seeking His will, His
  • 00:12:47.883 --> 00:12:49.652
  • Are you seeking His will, Hispurpose, His plan for your life?
  • 00:12:49.685 --> 00:12:50.820
  • purpose, His plan for your life?Are you just living it out?
  • 00:12:50.820 --> 00:12:51.921
  • Are you just living it out?And you call upon Him when you
  • 00:12:53.489 --> 00:12:54.723
  • And you call upon Him when youfeel like you really need
  • 00:12:55.291 --> 00:12:56.926
  • feel like you really needHim--when something has reached
  • 00:12:58.127 --> 00:12:59.461
  • Him--when something has reachedbeyond your capacity to handle.
  • 00:13:01.397 --> 00:13:02.998
  • beyond your capacity to handle.God has the best will for every
  • 00:13:03.532 --> 00:13:05.134
  • God has the best will for everysingle one of us.
  • 00:13:05.501 --> 00:13:07.169
  • single one of us.He has the best plan for us.
  • 00:13:07.436 --> 00:13:09.104
  • He has the best plan for us.He doesn't keep it a secret.
  • 00:13:09.104 --> 00:13:09.505
  • He doesn't keep it a secret.You don't have to do this, that
  • 00:13:10.639 --> 00:13:10.873
  • You don't have to do this, thatin order to find out what God
  • 00:13:12.174 --> 00:13:13.175
  • in order to find out what Godwants you to do.
  • 00:13:13.509 --> 00:13:15.244
  • wants you to do.You need to ask Him and be
  • 00:13:15.377 --> 00:13:16.245
  • You need to ask Him and bewilling to do what He says.
  • 00:13:16.679 --> 00:13:17.680
  • willing to do what He says.And yet, most people never stop
  • 00:13:18.914 --> 00:13:19.181
  • And yet, most people never stopto consider, "Should I buy that?
  • 00:13:24.486 --> 00:13:24.820
  • to consider, "Should I buy that?Should I marry him or her?"
  • 00:13:25.888 --> 00:13:26.822
  • Should I marry him or her?"And make decisions on their own
  • 00:13:27.256 --> 00:13:28.891
  • And make decisions on their ownwithout God.
  • 00:13:28.891 --> 00:13:29.658
  • without God.When Jesus, the Son of God, in
  • 00:13:32.761 --> 00:13:32.862
  • When Jesus, the Son of God, inthose critical moments in His
  • 00:13:34.930 --> 00:13:37.399
  • those critical moments in Hislife took a moment longer
  • 00:13:37.466 --> 00:13:38.801
  • life took a moment longerto say,
  • 00:13:38.801 --> 00:13:41.537
  • to say,"Want to be sure--is there
  • 00:13:41.537 --> 00:13:41.604
  • "Want to be sure--is thereany other way?"
  • 00:13:43.339 --> 00:13:44.106
  • any other way?"And of course, the Father
  • 00:13:44.106 --> 00:13:44.540
  • And of course, the Fathersaid, "The way of the
  • 00:13:44.807 --> 00:13:47.042
  • said, "The way of thecross is it."
  • 00:13:47.176 --> 00:13:49.578
  • cross is it."So, would you say you live by
  • 00:13:49.578 --> 00:13:49.612
  • So, would you say you live bythe will of God in your life?
  • 00:13:51.380 --> 00:13:53.182
  • the will of God in your life?Or have you decided that you can
  • 00:13:53.182 --> 00:13:53.182
  • Or have you decided that you canhandle it on your own?
  • 00:13:54.750 --> 00:13:54.984
  • handle it on your own?Now remember this.
  • 00:13:56.085 --> 00:13:56.819
  • Now remember this.Because He's omniscient, God has
  • 00:13:58.721 --> 00:13:59.255
  • Because He's omniscient, God hasa plan and a will for your life.
  • 00:14:01.790 --> 00:14:03.859
  • a plan and a will for your life.He has the best plan and He has
  • 00:14:03.959 --> 00:14:05.394
  • He has the best plan and He hasa will that fits you perfectly.
  • 00:14:06.295 --> 00:14:07.162
  • a will that fits you perfectly.Your talents, your
  • 00:14:07.162 --> 00:14:07.897
  • Your talents, yourabilities, your skills,
  • 00:14:09.064 --> 00:14:11.033
  • abilities, your skills,everything about you fits what
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:12.935
  • everything about you fits whatGod wants to do in your life.
  • 00:14:14.236 --> 00:14:14.904
  • God wants to do in your life.You say, "Well, but I'm not
  • 00:14:17.873 --> 00:14:19.108
  • You say, "Well, but I'm notas skilled as other people."
  • 00:14:19.375 --> 00:14:20.709
  • as skilled as other people."Well, I understand that.
  • 00:14:20.743 --> 00:14:22.077
  • Well, I understand that.For example, if somebody put me
  • 00:14:22.077 --> 00:14:22.845
  • For example, if somebody put meon their ball team, they'd
  • 00:14:23.946 --> 00:14:23.979
  • on their ball team, they'dprobably lose.
  • 00:14:26.115 --> 00:14:27.449
  • probably lose.Or if I was in a mechanic shop,
  • 00:14:27.783 --> 00:14:28.984
  • Or if I was in a mechanic shop,I probably wouldn't know what
  • 00:14:29.051 --> 00:14:29.919
  • I probably wouldn't know whatto do.
  • 00:14:30.085 --> 00:14:31.020
  • to do.There are a lot of things I'm
  • 00:14:31.020 --> 00:14:31.987
  • There are a lot of things I'mnot fit for.
  • 00:14:32.321 --> 00:14:32.888
  • not fit for.Lot of things I'm not equipped
  • 00:14:33.255 --> 00:14:34.423
  • Lot of things I'm not equippedfor.
  • 00:14:34.556 --> 00:14:36.158
  • for.And, but you are equipped
  • 00:14:36.158 --> 00:14:36.258
  • And, but you are equippedfor something.
  • 00:14:37.660 --> 00:14:39.695
  • for something.That is, God did not leave
  • 00:14:39.762 --> 00:14:40.829
  • That is, God did not leaveyou out.
  • 00:14:41.096 --> 00:14:41.931
  • you out.You may feel like well
  • 00:14:41.931 --> 00:14:43.666
  • You may feel like wellsometimes, what does my life
  • 00:14:43.933 --> 00:14:44.767
  • sometimes, what does my lifecount?
  • 00:14:44.800 --> 00:14:46.268
  • count?Your life counts.
  • 00:14:46.268 --> 00:14:47.136
  • Your life counts.Because remember this.
  • 00:14:47.403 --> 00:14:49.471
  • Because remember this.When Jesus died, He had you
  • 00:14:49.505 --> 00:14:51.240
  • When Jesus died, He had youin mind.
  • 00:14:51.240 --> 00:14:51.340
  • in mind.He had every single one of us
  • 00:14:52.775 --> 00:14:54.777
  • He had every single one of usin mind.
  • 00:14:54.777 --> 00:14:54.910
  • in mind.Had the world in mine.
  • 00:14:56.178 --> 00:14:56.211
  • Had the world in mine.You say, "Well that happened two
  • 00:14:57.513 --> 00:14:57.513
  • You say, "Well that happened twothousand years ago.
  • 00:14:58.781 --> 00:14:58.781
  • thousand years ago.Well why does He say we're to
  • 00:14:59.949 --> 00:15:00.416
  • Well why does He say we're topray to Him and talk to Him
  • 00:15:00.983 --> 00:15:01.917
  • pray to Him and talk to Himnow?"
  • 00:15:02.318 --> 00:15:03.152
  • now?"Talk to Him daily, listen to
  • 00:15:03.919 --> 00:15:05.020
  • Talk to Him daily, listen toHim, asking for guidance because
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:05.254
  • Him, asking for guidance becauseGod in heaven is listening.
  • 00:15:08.057 --> 00:15:09.758
  • God in heaven is listening.He wants to hear from us.
  • 00:15:09.992 --> 00:15:11.160
  • He wants to hear from us.There's not a single aspect of
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:11.360
  • There's not a single aspect ofyour life which you should just
  • 00:15:13.329 --> 00:15:14.363
  • your life which you should justerase from your relationship
  • 00:15:15.197 --> 00:15:16.432
  • erase from your relationshipto God.
  • 00:15:16.432 --> 00:15:16.532
  • to God.We need Him about everything.
  • 00:15:18.067 --> 00:15:18.567
  • We need Him about everything.You need Him in your marriage,
  • 00:15:19.301 --> 00:15:19.969
  • You need Him in your marriage,with your children, with your
  • 00:15:20.336 --> 00:15:21.971
  • with your children, with yourjob, with all that mechanical
  • 00:15:21.971 --> 00:15:22.171
  • job, with all that mechanicalthings that happen in your life.
  • 00:15:25.307 --> 00:15:26.942
  • things that happen in your life.All of us need Him.
  • 00:15:26.942 --> 00:15:26.942
  • All of us need Him.And to go day after day and not
  • 00:15:28.510 --> 00:15:28.677
  • And to go day after day and notread His Word, day after
  • 00:15:30.079 --> 00:15:30.813
  • read His Word, day afterday and ask Him for
  • 00:15:30.813 --> 00:15:31.814
  • day and ask Him fordirection and guidance in your
  • 00:15:32.381 --> 00:15:34.984
  • direction and guidance in yourlife is to say,
  • 00:15:35.084 --> 00:15:36.251
  • life is to say,"I don't need Him."
  • 00:15:36.518 --> 00:15:37.553
  • "I don't need Him."Oh yes, I need Him.
  • 00:15:37.553 --> 00:15:37.553
  • Oh yes, I need Him.Well, when did you get on your
  • 00:15:38.587 --> 00:15:39.888
  • Well, when did you get on yourknees and talk to Him?
  • 00:15:40.022 --> 00:15:41.123
  • knees and talk to Him?When did you plead for God to
  • 00:15:41.123 --> 00:15:41.323
  • When did you plead for God togive you wisdom and direction?
  • 00:15:42.958 --> 00:15:43.959
  • give you wisdom and direction?When did you have to make a
  • 00:15:43.959 --> 00:15:44.026
  • When did you have to make abig-time decision and you said,
  • 00:15:45.794 --> 00:15:46.161
  • big-time decision and you said,"Well Lord, I'm not going to
  • 00:15:46.929 --> 00:15:47.629
  • "Well Lord, I'm not going tomake this decision until You
  • 00:15:47.997 --> 00:15:48.931
  • make this decision until Youshow me what to do?"
  • 00:15:50.032 --> 00:15:50.099
  • show me what to do?"Or did you just go ahead and do
  • 00:15:51.233 --> 00:15:51.400
  • Or did you just go ahead and doit without Him?
  • 00:15:52.501 --> 00:15:52.968
  • it without Him?Holy God wants the best for you.
  • 00:15:55.504 --> 00:15:56.405
  • Holy God wants the best for you.There's no where in the
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  • There's no where in theScriptures that you can find
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  • Scriptures that you can findthat God doesn't want the best
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  • that God doesn't want the bestfor you.
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  • for you.But are you asking Him?
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  • But are you asking Him?Are you seeking His direction?
  • 00:16:04.380 --> 00:16:04.580
  • Are you seeking His direction?That is, His will.
  • 00:16:06.015 --> 00:16:06.482
  • That is, His will.Or, are you asking for something
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  • Or, are you asking for somethingelse?
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  • else?But whoever we are, wherever we
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  • But whoever we are, wherever weare in life, seeking the will of
  • 00:16:14.023 --> 00:16:14.356
  • are in life, seeking the will ofGod, the mind of God, the
  • 00:16:15.624 --> 00:16:16.892
  • God, the mind of God, thepurpose of God, the plan of God,
  • 00:16:16.892 --> 00:16:16.892
  • purpose of God, the plan of God,what does He want in the next
  • 00:16:18.427 --> 00:16:18.527
  • what does He want in the nextstep in your life?
  • 00:16:20.662 --> 00:16:21.864
  • step in your life?You have children, you have
  • 00:16:21.864 --> 00:16:22.097
  • You have children, you havegrandchildren.
  • 00:16:22.664 --> 00:16:23.265
  • grandchildren.When's the last time you ever
  • 00:16:23.766 --> 00:16:25.467
  • When's the last time you everbrought up the subject?
  • 00:16:25.467 --> 00:16:25.601
  • brought up the subject?Listen to me carefully.
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  • Listen to me carefully.Very early in that child's life,
  • 00:16:30.806 --> 00:16:34.043
  • Very early in that child's life,you should be introducing them
  • 00:16:34.043 --> 00:16:34.276
  • you should be introducing themto this truth, that God has a
  • 00:16:36.178 --> 00:16:37.880
  • to this truth, that God has awill and a plan for your life.
  • 00:16:38.447 --> 00:16:39.848
  • will and a plan for your life.And I can remember, soon as my
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  • And I can remember, soon as mytwo children were born, I'd get
  • 00:16:41.517 --> 00:16:42.251
  • two children were born, I'd getdown the bed every night that
  • 00:16:43.419 --> 00:16:43.552
  • down the bed every night thatI was home and I'd pray this
  • 00:16:45.154 --> 00:16:46.055
  • I was home and I'd pray thisprayer:
  • 00:16:46.255 --> 00:16:47.589
  • prayer:show Andy, show Becky Your will
  • 00:16:48.323 --> 00:16:48.824
  • show Andy, show Becky Your willfor their life.
  • 00:16:49.258 --> 00:16:50.259
  • for their life.And I'd say that to them over
  • 00:16:50.259 --> 00:16:51.226
  • And I'd say that to them overand over and over again.
  • 00:16:51.660 --> 00:16:52.995
  • and over and over again.You ask God to show you His
  • 00:16:52.995 --> 00:16:53.095
  • You ask God to show you Hiswill for your life.
  • 00:16:54.763 --> 00:16:55.264
  • will for your life.Ask God to show you His will for
  • 00:16:56.031 --> 00:16:56.298
  • Ask God to show you His will foryour life.
  • 00:16:56.832 --> 00:16:58.467
  • your life.They grew up believing that.
  • 00:16:58.467 --> 00:16:58.834
  • They grew up believing that.And you just look what's
  • 00:17:00.402 --> 00:17:00.569
  • And you just look what'shappening in the colleges and
  • 00:17:01.503 --> 00:17:01.503
  • happening in the colleges andlook what's happening: all
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  • look what's happening: allthe drunkenness and sex and all
  • 00:17:05.040 --> 00:17:05.774
  • the drunkenness and sex and allthe mess.
  • 00:17:05.774 --> 00:17:06.675
  • the mess.You know what they're looking
  • 00:17:06.675 --> 00:17:06.875
  • You know what they're lookingfor?
  • 00:17:07.376 --> 00:17:08.444
  • for?Looking for something to satisfy
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  • Looking for something to satisfythem.
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  • them.Gramps, grandmother, granddad,
  • 00:17:10.813 --> 00:17:11.180
  • Gramps, grandmother, granddad,mom and dad, you have a
  • 00:17:12.381 --> 00:17:13.282
  • mom and dad, you have aresponsibility to introduce your
  • 00:17:14.850 --> 00:17:15.851
  • responsibility to introduce yourchildren to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:17.686 --> 00:17:19.088
  • children to Jesus Christ.And not only that, you need to
  • 00:17:19.088 --> 00:17:19.388
  • And not only that, you need tobe a part of their life,
  • 00:17:20.656 --> 00:17:21.490
  • be a part of their life,interfering in their life,
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  • interfering in their life,interjecting your opinion in
  • 00:17:24.693 --> 00:17:26.395
  • interjecting your opinion intheir life, reminding them that
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  • their life, reminding them thatthey cannot be a success at what
  • 00:17:29.064 --> 00:17:30.566
  • they cannot be a success at whatGod's called them to do apart
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  • God's called them to do apartfrom Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:32.568 --> 00:17:33.902
  • from Jesus Christ.They may make a lot of money.
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  • They may make a lot of money.They may do a lot of things.
  • 00:17:36.105 --> 00:17:37.339
  • They may do a lot of things.The world may think they're
  • 00:17:37.773 --> 00:17:38.607
  • The world may think they'reabsolutely fantastic.
  • 00:17:38.974 --> 00:17:40.008
  • absolutely fantastic.I think about all these people
  • 00:17:40.008 --> 00:17:40.209
  • I think about all these peopleyou can't even count their
  • 00:17:41.310 --> 00:17:42.377
  • you can't even count theirmoney, but you can count on
  • 00:17:43.779 --> 00:17:45.180
  • money, but you can count onthis--they're unhappy.
  • 00:17:45.914 --> 00:17:46.748
  • this--they're unhappy.Without God, you can't make
  • 00:17:47.182 --> 00:17:48.283
  • Without God, you can't makeenough money.
  • 00:17:48.884 --> 00:17:50.419
  • enough money.Listen, when you're living in
  • 00:17:50.419 --> 00:17:51.186
  • Listen, when you're living insin, you can't do anything until
  • 00:17:52.654 --> 00:17:53.222
  • sin, you can't do anything untilyou deal with the sin problem.
  • 00:17:55.757 --> 00:17:56.992
  • you deal with the sin problem.And this is why there's so much
  • 00:17:56.992 --> 00:17:57.192
  • And this is why there's so muchof all the other stuff that
  • 00:17:58.293 --> 00:17:59.428
  • of all the other stuff thatwe're talking about.
  • 00:17:59.862 --> 00:18:01.096
  • we're talking about.God loves you.
  • 00:18:01.563 --> 00:18:02.731
  • God loves you.He has a will and a plan for
  • 00:18:02.731 --> 00:18:02.931
  • He has a will and a plan foryour life.
  • 00:18:03.899 --> 00:18:04.733
  • your life.You say, "Well, I'm 50 years old
  • 00:18:05.100 --> 00:18:05.501
  • You say, "Well, I'm 50 years oldand I just got saved.
  • 00:18:06.068 --> 00:18:06.301
  • and I just got saved.What's God's will?"
  • 00:18:07.069 --> 00:18:07.169
  • What's God's will?"He takes you where you are
  • 00:18:09.104 --> 00:18:10.472
  • He takes you where you areand--listen, He knows
  • 00:18:11.206 --> 00:18:12.941
  • and--listen, He knowshow to overcome your past.
  • 00:18:13.308 --> 00:18:14.376
  • how to overcome your past.Erase all the mistakes?
  • 00:18:15.077 --> 00:18:15.444
  • Erase all the mistakes?No, but what He'll do is enable
  • 00:18:16.778 --> 00:18:17.079
  • No, but what He'll do is enableyou to overcome the mistakes,
  • 00:18:19.181 --> 00:18:20.282
  • you to overcome the mistakes,enable you to get a different
  • 00:18:20.749 --> 00:18:22.151
  • enable you to get a differentview on life.
  • 00:18:22.151 --> 00:18:22.284
  • view on life.To enable you to have a
  • 00:18:23.152 --> 00:18:24.086
  • To enable you to have arelationship with Jesus Christ
  • 00:18:24.620 --> 00:18:25.621
  • relationship with Jesus Christthat will amaze you.
  • 00:18:26.054 --> 00:18:27.022
  • that will amaze you.Everybody makes mistakes.
  • 00:18:27.122 --> 00:18:28.257
  • Everybody makes mistakes.Everybody sins.
  • 00:18:28.323 --> 00:18:29.691
  • Everybody sins.Everybody has fallen their times
  • 00:18:29.691 --> 00:18:29.691
  • Everybody has fallen their timesabout somethings.
  • 00:18:30.959 --> 00:18:31.193
  • about somethings.God wants the best for
  • 00:18:32.594 --> 00:18:34.029
  • God wants the best forus--listen--through the last day
  • 00:18:34.930 --> 00:18:36.431
  • us--listen--through the last dayof our life.
  • 00:18:36.965 --> 00:18:37.766
  • of our life.Isn't it interesting what God
  • 00:18:38.033 --> 00:18:38.967
  • Isn't it interesting what Godhas to do sometimes to get us
  • 00:18:39.334 --> 00:18:40.936
  • has to do sometimes to get usto think?
  • 00:18:41.236 --> 00:18:42.638
  • to think?And to think wisely?
  • 00:18:42.971 --> 00:18:45.073
  • And to think wisely?And to think soberly.
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  • And to think soberly.And to ask the right
  • 00:18:45.874 --> 00:18:46.808
  • And to ask the rightquestions: God, what's Your will
  • 00:18:47.342 --> 00:18:48.343
  • questions: God, what's Your willfor my life?
  • 00:18:48.810 --> 00:18:51.446
  • for my life?And Jesus intends for you and I
  • 00:18:51.446 --> 00:18:52.314
  • And Jesus intends for you and Ito live our lives in submission
  • 00:18:54.383 --> 00:18:54.850
  • to live our lives in submissionto His will because that's
  • 00:18:56.084 --> 00:18:57.152
  • to His will because that'swhat's best.
  • 00:18:57.553 --> 00:18:59.888
  • what's best.Do you think that God would have
  • 00:18:59.888 --> 00:19:00.722
  • Do you think that God would havea plan for your life that would
  • 00:19:02.257 --> 00:19:02.958
  • a plan for your life that wouldjust be horrible?
  • 00:19:03.325 --> 00:19:04.526
  • just be horrible?No, He wouldn't.
  • 00:19:04.993 --> 00:19:06.094
  • No, He wouldn't.Does it mean your plan, His plan
  • 00:19:06.228 --> 00:19:07.563
  • Does it mean your plan, His planis always easy?
  • 00:19:07.763 --> 00:19:08.597
  • is always easy?No.
  • 00:19:08.931 --> 00:19:09.731
  • No.There are many people who go
  • 00:19:09.731 --> 00:19:10.232
  • There are many people who gothrough very difficult things
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:12.201
  • through very difficult thingsin life.
  • 00:19:12.668 --> 00:19:13.202
  • in life.It doesn't mean that God
  • 00:19:13.335 --> 00:19:14.670
  • It doesn't mean that Goddoesn't care.
  • 00:19:14.670 --> 00:19:15.037
  • doesn't care.It doesn't mean they're out of
  • 00:19:15.470 --> 00:19:17.439
  • It doesn't mean they're out ofGod's will.
  • 00:19:17.806 --> 00:19:18.941
  • God's will.But it means that God has
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  • But it means that God hastrusted them in a situation and
  • 00:19:21.176 --> 00:19:22.044
  • trusted them in a situation anda circumstance that they have to
  • 00:19:23.212 --> 00:19:24.012
  • a circumstance that they have todepend upon Him in ways that
  • 00:19:24.913 --> 00:19:25.447
  • depend upon Him in ways thatmaybe some of us don't.
  • 00:19:26.882 --> 00:19:27.983
  • maybe some of us don't.And so, when I think about
  • 00:19:27.983 --> 00:19:28.383
  • And so, when I think aboutwhat's the will of God?
  • 00:19:29.851 --> 00:19:30.152
  • what's the will of God?That's the question every single
  • 00:19:31.620 --> 00:19:31.853
  • That's the question every singleone of us should ask.
  • 00:19:33.889 --> 00:19:34.890
  • one of us should ask.So, let me ask you this
  • 00:19:34.890 --> 00:19:35.424
  • So, let me ask you thisquestion.
  • 00:19:35.757 --> 00:19:36.758
  • question.When's the last time you said to
  • 00:19:36.758 --> 00:19:37.059
  • When's the last time you said toHim, "Lord, what's Your will for
  • 00:19:38.193 --> 00:19:39.795
  • Him, "Lord, what's Your will formy life at this point?
  • 00:19:40.362 --> 00:19:40.829
  • my life at this point?You say, "Well I've made
  • 00:19:41.163 --> 00:19:42.931
  • You say, "Well I've mademistakes so there's no hope
  • 00:19:43.298 --> 00:19:43.599
  • mistakes so there's no hopefor me."
  • 00:19:44.032 --> 00:19:45.100
  • for me."Yes, there's hope for you.
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  • Yes, there's hope for you.It begins with confession,
  • 00:19:46.802 --> 00:19:48.203
  • It begins with confession,repentance and the surrender of
  • 00:19:48.637 --> 00:19:49.371
  • repentance and the surrender ofyour life to God.
  • 00:19:49.938 --> 00:19:50.439
  • your life to God.Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:19:51.039 --> 00:19:52.274
  • Listen to me carefully.If you're listening, say amen.
  • 00:19:52.741 --> 00:19:54.309
  • If you're listening, say amen.You can't get in a mess God
  • 00:19:54.576 --> 00:19:57.312
  • You can't get in a mess Godcan't get you out of.
  • 00:19:57.312 --> 00:19:57.312
  • can't get you out of.It may be painful, but He'll get
  • 00:19:59.047 --> 00:19:59.348
  • It may be painful, but He'll getyou through it.
  • 00:20:01.883 --> 00:20:02.384
  • you through it.God loves you.
  • 00:20:04.086 --> 00:20:04.152
  • God loves you.He knows why we make mistakes.
  • 00:20:06.555 --> 00:20:08.056
  • He knows why we make mistakes.And I'm saying to you, friend,
  • 00:20:08.056 --> 00:20:08.991
  • And I'm saying to you, friend,you're going to make a mess of
  • 00:20:09.524 --> 00:20:11.360
  • you're going to make a mess ofyour life if you don't trust God
  • 00:20:11.460 --> 00:20:13.595
  • your life if you don't trust Godto give you guidance and
  • 00:20:13.595 --> 00:20:13.862
  • to give you guidance anddirection for your life.
  • 00:20:14.830 --> 00:20:16.398
  • direction for your life.No one can guide you like
  • 00:20:16.398 --> 00:20:17.132
  • No one can guide you likeGod can.
  • 00:20:17.599 --> 00:20:18.867
  • God can.He knows everything about you.
  • 00:20:18.867 --> 00:20:19.368
  • He knows everything about you.He knows the handicaps in
  • 00:20:20.869 --> 00:20:21.703
  • He knows the handicaps inyour life.
  • 00:20:21.703 --> 00:20:21.870
  • your life.He knows the things that you've
  • 00:20:22.771 --> 00:20:23.939
  • He knows the things that you'vemissed.
  • 00:20:23.939 --> 00:20:24.439
  • missed.He knows the desires of
  • 00:20:24.873 --> 00:20:25.474
  • He knows the desires ofyour heart.
  • 00:20:25.807 --> 00:20:26.775
  • your heart.He knows that you don't have
  • 00:20:26.775 --> 00:20:26.842
  • He knows that you don't havewhat some other people have.
  • 00:20:27.909 --> 00:20:29.077
  • what some other people have.But He knows why He created you
  • 00:20:30.279 --> 00:20:31.113
  • But He knows why He created youand He wants you to have a sense
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  • and He wants you to have a senseof fulfillment in life.
  • 00:20:33.782 --> 00:20:34.816
  • of fulfillment in life.He does not want you miserable.
  • 00:20:34.816 --> 00:20:34.950
  • He does not want you miserable.He wants you to have a sense of
  • 00:20:36.652 --> 00:20:37.319
  • He wants you to have a sense offulfillment in life.
  • 00:20:37.686 --> 00:20:38.854
  • fulfillment in life.You reflect Him if you've
  • 00:20:39.154 --> 00:20:40.589
  • You reflect Him if you'vetrusted Him as your Savior.
  • 00:20:40.989 --> 00:20:43.125
  • trusted Him as your Savior.God wants the best for you, and
  • 00:20:43.258 --> 00:20:45.193
  • God wants the best for you, andHe's willing to make the best
  • 00:20:45.193 --> 00:20:45.527
  • He's willing to make the bestfor you if you will surrender
  • 00:20:46.728 --> 00:20:48.130
  • for you if you will surrenderyour life to Him, yield to Him
  • 00:20:48.730 --> 00:20:50.232
  • your life to Him, yield to Himand ask the question, "God, what
  • 00:20:50.899 --> 00:20:51.500
  • and ask the question, "God, whatwould You have me to do in this
  • 00:20:52.434 --> 00:20:54.002
  • would You have me to do in thissituation?"
  • 00:20:54.336 --> 00:20:55.470
  • situation?"He'll answer that question.
  • 00:20:55.871 --> 00:20:57.773
  • He'll answer that question.God is not going to turn a deaf
  • 00:20:57.773 --> 00:20:58.473
  • God is not going to turn a deafear to you.
  • 00:20:59.074 --> 00:21:00.008
  • ear to you.It doesn't make any difference
  • 00:21:00.542 --> 00:21:01.643
  • It doesn't make any differencewhat you've done, where you've
  • 00:21:01.643 --> 00:21:01.943
  • what you've done, where you'vebeen, who you've done it with
  • 00:21:02.978 --> 00:21:03.412
  • been, who you've done it withand the mess you made of it.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:06.515
  • and the mess you made of it.Will He listen?
  • 00:21:06.782 --> 00:21:07.883
  • Will He listen?If you'll cry out to Him,
  • 00:21:07.883 --> 00:21:09.618
  • If you'll cry out to Him,He will.
  • 00:21:09.718 --> 00:21:10.986
  • He will.If you wonder what He'll do for
  • 00:21:10.986 --> 00:21:12.120
  • If you wonder what He'll do foryou--watch this carefully--
  • 00:21:13.755 --> 00:21:15.924
  • you--watch this carefully--first of all, look at the cross.
  • 00:21:17.259 --> 00:21:19.161
  • first of all, look at the cross.That's how much He loves you.
  • 00:21:19.161 --> 00:21:19.995
  • That's how much He loves you.That's what He's done for you.
  • 00:21:20.362 --> 00:21:20.929
  • That's what He's done for you.First of all, He died in order
  • 00:21:22.164 --> 00:21:24.232
  • First of all, He died in orderthat you may have life and have
  • 00:21:24.232 --> 00:21:24.900
  • that you may have life and haveit more abundantly.
  • 00:21:26.101 --> 00:21:27.803
  • it more abundantly.He died in order to be able to
  • 00:21:27.869 --> 00:21:29.671
  • He died in order to be able toforgive you for the messes
  • 00:21:29.671 --> 00:21:30.238
  • forgive you for the messesyou've made in your life.
  • 00:21:31.473 --> 00:21:32.841
  • you've made in your life.He died in order to make it
  • 00:21:32.941 --> 00:21:34.943
  • He died in order to make itpossible to take you out of
  • 00:21:34.943 --> 00:21:36.511
  • possible to take you out ofthat, to give you a new
  • 00:21:36.511 --> 00:21:37.179
  • that, to give you a newbeginning and a new hope.
  • 00:21:38.146 --> 00:21:38.947
  • beginning and a new hope.I'll never forget a lady who
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  • I'll never forget a lady whositting on the second row one
  • 00:21:41.983 --> 00:21:43.151
  • sitting on the second row oneSunday.
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  • Sunday.I put one of my photographs up
  • 00:21:44.986 --> 00:21:45.020
  • I put one of my photographs upon the screen.
  • 00:21:46.722 --> 00:21:48.790
  • on the screen.It was of a sail-ship.
  • 00:21:48.790 --> 00:21:49.958
  • It was of a sail-ship.It had been wrecked.
  • 00:21:50.125 --> 00:21:51.293
  • It had been wrecked.And so the guy was working on
  • 00:21:51.293 --> 00:21:51.560
  • And so the guy was working onit, and I walked around it just
  • 00:21:52.394 --> 00:21:52.527
  • it, and I walked around it justalong twice and I came back.
  • 00:21:53.762 --> 00:21:53.829
  • along twice and I came back.I said, "I better photograph
  • 00:21:54.963 --> 00:21:55.697
  • I said, "I better photographthat," for some reason.
  • 00:21:56.665 --> 00:21:57.699
  • that," for some reason.Took a picture of it.
  • 00:21:58.333 --> 00:21:59.634
  • Took a picture of it.Well, she was sitting on the
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  • Well, she was sitting on thesecond row.
  • 00:22:01.336 --> 00:22:02.571
  • second row.Two weeks later she said,
  • 00:22:03.105 --> 00:22:04.506
  • Two weeks later she said,"I want to tell you something."
  • 00:22:04.506 --> 00:22:04.539
  • "I want to tell you something."And I can hardly tell you this.
  • 00:22:06.408 --> 00:22:07.976
  • And I can hardly tell you this.She said, "I'd made such a mess
  • 00:22:08.009 --> 00:22:09.344
  • She said, "I'd made such a messof my life, I was ready to
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  • of my life, I was ready togive up.
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  • give up.She said, "When you said about
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  • She said, "When you said aboutthat boat, that old boat will
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  • that boat, that old boat willsail again.
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  • sail again.She said, "God said to me,
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  • She said, "God said to me,'And you will too.
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  • 'And you will too.You'll sail again too.'"
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  • You'll sail again too.'"[audience applauding]
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  • [audience applauding]And I can say to you
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  • And I can say to youthis morning you've
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  • this morning you'vejust heard the truth--
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  • just heard the truth--that's all.
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  • that's all.It may have been comforting or
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  • It may have been comforting orvery discomforting, but I plead
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  • very discomforting, but I pleadwith you in Jesus's name, do not
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  • with you in Jesus's name, do notignore what you've heard because
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  • ignore what you've heard becauseyou have an opportunity for God
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  • you have an opportunity for Godto change your life starting
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  • to change your life startingtoday.
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  • today.Tell you one more story.
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  • Tell you one more story.I purchased a car in another
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  • I purchased a car in anotherstate and so they had to bring
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  • state and so they had to bringit to me.
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  • it to me.It's not because I couldn't have
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  • It's not because I couldn't havebought it here, just happened to
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  • bought it here, just happened tosee what I wanted there.
  • 00:23:06.501 --> 00:23:06.935
  • see what I wanted there.And so, they brought it to me
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  • And so, they brought it to meon this truck.
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  • on this truck.And it was all covered up and
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  • And it was all covered up andthis fellow uncovered it.
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  • this fellow uncovered it.And I can hardly tell you this.
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  • And I can hardly tell you this.When he got my car in the
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  • When he got my car in thegarage, he said,
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  • garage, he said,"Dr. Stanley, I want to tell
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  • "Dr. Stanley, I want to tellyou something.
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  • you something.I was in prison.
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  • I was in prison.I'd really messed up my life.
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  • I'd really messed up my life.And we could listen to tapes and
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  • And we could listen to tapes andsometimes radio."
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  • sometimes radio."He said, "The reason
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  • He said, "The reasonI'm so happy to bring you this
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  • I'm so happy to bring you thiscar is I was listening and God
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  • car is I was listening and Godchanged my life.
  • 00:23:55.383 --> 00:23:57.853
  • changed my life.And I count it an honor just to
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  • And I count it an honor just tobring you this car, to say
  • 00:23:59.488 --> 00:24:00.522
  • bring you this car, to say'Thank you' for preaching the
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  • 'Thank you' for preaching thetruth that got to me and got
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  • truth that got to me and gotme saved."
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  • me saved."[audience applauding]
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  • [audience applauding]And God will save you if you
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  • And God will save you if youlet Him.
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  • let Him.He'll change your life,
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  • He'll change your life,if you'll let Him,
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  • if you'll let Him,and that's my prayer.
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  • and that's my prayer.Father, we love You and praise
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  • Father, we love You and praiseYou and thank You that Your goal
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  • You and thank You that Your goalis not to judge us but to
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  • is not to judge us but tolove us.
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  • love us.Forgive us for our sins, give us
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  • Forgive us for our sins, give usthat awesome second chance.
  • 00:24:34.756 --> 00:24:36.424
  • that awesome second chance.You didn't say we had to
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  • You didn't say we had todeserve it.
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  • deserve it.You just said surrender.
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  • You just said surrender.And I pray that every person who
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  • And I pray that every person whohears this message will not be
  • 00:24:43.331 --> 00:24:44.199
  • hears this message will not beable to escape, not be able to
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  • able to escape, not be able toescape the truth, and be wise
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  • escape the truth, and be wiseenough to surrender their life
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  • enough to surrender their lifeto You.
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  • to You.I pray anyone seated here
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  • I pray anyone seated hereunsaved, would confess their
  • 00:24:58.046 --> 00:24:58.780
  • unsaved, would confess theirsins to You, Lord, surrender
  • 00:24:59.781 --> 00:24:59.781
  • sins to You, Lord, surrendertheir life.
  • 00:25:00.582 --> 00:25:02.050
  • their life.Give them a new beginning.
  • 00:25:03.051 --> 00:25:04.085
  • Give them a new beginning.And anyone watching or
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  • And anyone watching orlistening, wherever they are in
  • 00:25:05.921 --> 00:25:07.255
  • listening, wherever they are inthe world, will realize that You
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  • the world, will realize that Youare there too.
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  • are there too.You'll do for them what we
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  • You'll do for them what wesaid--no matter what, no matter
  • 00:25:14.529 --> 00:25:16.398
  • said--no matter what, no matterwhere they've been, no matter
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  • where they've been, no matterthe mess they've made of life,
  • 00:25:18.867 --> 00:25:21.036
  • the mess they've made of life,You're the God of a second,
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  • You're the God of a second,third, fourth, fifth, tenth,
  • 00:25:22.804 --> 00:25:23.238
  • third, fourth, fifth, tenth,chance.
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  • chance.I pray that You'll bless every
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  • I pray that You'll bless everyperson who turns to You, Lord.
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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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  • - male: Yes, agree.
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  • - male: Yes, agree.- all: Wow.
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  • - all: Wow.- 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,"
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  • "God's Purpose for Your Life,"a new year-long devotional
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  • - male: Salt and light.
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  • - male: Salt and light.That's what Jesus wants from us.
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  • That's what Jesus wants from us.But if you're like me, sometimes
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  • But if you're like me, sometimesit's hard to define.
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  • it's hard to define.Do I add just a pinch of salt or
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  • Do I add just a pinch of salt ordump the whole shaker?
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  • dump the whole shaker?Do I light a candle or reach for
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  • Do I light a candle or reach fora spotlight?
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  • a spotlight?Working through the Beatitudes
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  • Working through the Beatitudesthis year helped me see things
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  • this year helped me see thingsGod's way.
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  • God's way.The question is: how can we add
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  • The question is: how can we addthe essence of His grace and the
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  • the essence of His grace and thelight of His love to change the
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into
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  • a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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