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Before You Step Out of the Will of God

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November 15, 2020
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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Before You Step Out of the Will of God

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Before
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Beforeyou step out of the will of God,
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  • you step out of the will of God,you mark this down, there is a
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  • you mark this down, there is aprice to pay.
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  • price to pay.There is always a price to pay
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  • There is always a price to paywhen you step out of the will of
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  • when you step out of the will ofGod.
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  • God.When God tells you to do
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  • When God tells you to dosomething and you don't do it,
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  • something and you don't do it,mark it down, there's a price to
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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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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • - male announcer: Next on "InTouch, "Before You Step Out of
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  • - Dr. Stanley: God has made it
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  • - Dr. Stanley: God has made itvery clear in His Word that He
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  • very clear in His Word that Hehas a purpose and a plan and a
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  • has a purpose and a plan and awill for our life.
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  • will for our life.Have you ever thought about that
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  • Have you ever thought about thatin your life?
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  • in your life?Think about this, He not only
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  • Think about this, He not onlyhas a plan and a purpose and
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  • has a plan and a purpose andwill for our life, but He sent
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  • will for our life, but He sentthe Holy Spirit to live within
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  • the Holy Spirit to live withinus in order to make that plan
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  • us in order to make that plancrystal clear.
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  • crystal clear.Not only to make the plan clear,
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  • Not only to make the plan clear,but also to enable us, whatever
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  • but also to enable us, whateverwe face in life, to live out
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  • we face in life, to live outthat plan.
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  • that plan.You and I cannot look at someone
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  • You and I cannot look at someoneelse and say, "This is God's
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  • else and say, "This is God'splan for your life."
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  • plan for your life."God makes His plan known to us
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  • God makes His plan known to usindividually.
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  • individually.Sometimes it's clearer than at
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  • Sometimes it's clearer than atother times.
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  • other times.And because He's made a will and
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  • And because He's made a will anda purpose and a plan for our
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  • a purpose and a plan for ourlife, He has chosen the best for
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  • life, He has chosen the best foryour life.
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  • your life.Whoever you are, wherever you
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  • Whoever you are, wherever youare, God's choice is the best.
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  • are, God's choice is the best.Now, whether you choose to
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  • Now, whether you choose tofollow that best or not is
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  • follow that best or not isanother question.
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  • another question.But when I think about the
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  • But when I think about theScriptures, I think about it in
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  • Scriptures, I think about it inthis light: life at its best is
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  • this light: life at its best isa life lived in the will of God.
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  • a life lived in the will of God.That's the best life.
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  • That's the best life.Now, you have a choice.
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  • Now, you have a choice.You don't have to walk in His
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  • You don't have to walk in Hiswill.
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  • will.He has a plan, a purpose, a
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  • He has a plan, a purpose, awill.
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  • will.You don't have to walk in it.
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  • You don't have to walk in it.You can choose to do whatever
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  • You can choose to do whateveryou choose.
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  • you choose.But I want to remind you of one
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  • But I want to remind you of onething: when you choose to live
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  • thing: when you choose to liveoutside the will of God, you
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  • outside the will of God, youchoose to pay the price of
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  • choose to pay the price ofdisobedience to God.
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  • disobedience to God.How foolish, when the all loving
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  • How foolish, when the all lovingGod has chosen the best for you
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  • God has chosen the best for youand you choose what is not the
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  • and you choose what is not thebest, but what you think is the
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  • best, but what you think is thebest, that will bring you the
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  • best, that will bring you themost enjoyment or the most
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  • most enjoyment or the mostpleasure.
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  • pleasure.So, when I think about all that,
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  • So, when I think about all that,I think about oftentimes the
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  • I think about oftentimes thepainful consequences that people
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  • painful consequences that peoplego through when they're choices
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  • go through when they're choicesthey make, and then they wonder
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  • they make, and then they wonderwhy, "Why does God bless so and
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  • why, "Why does God bless so andso this way, and why does he
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  • so this way, and why does heallow this to happen to my
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  • allow this to happen to mylife."
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  • life."Well, we can't always explain
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  • Well, we can't always explainthat.
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  • that.But one thing is for certain, if
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  • But one thing is for certain, ifyou know that you're living in
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  • you know that you're living inthe will of God, He's going to
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  • the will of God, He's going toturn it for your good.
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  • turn it for your good.When you know that you're living
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  • When you know that you're livingoutside the will of God, you're
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  • outside the will of God, you'regoing to suffer the
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  • going to suffer theconsequences.
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  • consequences.And I think about the title of
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  • And I think about the title ofthis message, and I had to think
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  • this message, and I had to thinkabout it a long time.
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  • about it a long time.The title is this, "Before You
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  • The title is this, "Before YouStep Out of the Will of God."
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  • Step Out of the Will of God."That's the title.
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  • That's the title.Before you step out of the will
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  • Before you step out of the willof God, what?
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  • of God, what?The best consequences are having
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  • The best consequences are havingit His way.
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  • it His way.The worst consequences, having
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  • The worst consequences, havingit your way.
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  • it your way.But most people won't discover
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  • But most people won't discoverthat and understand that until
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  • that and understand that untilit's rather late in their life.
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  • it's rather late in their life.So we've been talking about the
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  • So we've been talking about thewill of God, the purpose of God,
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  • will of God, the purpose of God,the plan of God for your life,
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  • the plan of God for your life,where you have been, where you
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  • where you have been, where youare, where you intend to be, and
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  • are, where you intend to be, andif you intend to make whatever
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  • if you intend to make whateverchanges are necessary in order
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  • changes are necessary in orderthat God may have His perfect
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  • that God may have His perfectwill in your life from this
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  • will in your life from thispoint on.
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  • point on.Does He forgive us for the past?
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  • Does He forgive us for the past?Yes.
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  • Yes.Is He willing to pick us up
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  • Is He willing to pick us upwhere we are and lead us to
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  • where we are and lead us towhere He wants us to be?
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  • where He wants us to be?Yes, He is.
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  • Yes, He is.So, we can't change the past,
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  • So, we can't change the past,but we can change the direction
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  • but we can change the directionthat we're living in today and
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  • that we're living in today andthe way we're thinking, what our
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  • the way we're thinking, what ourhabits are, where are we intend
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  • habits are, where are we intendto be in the future.
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  • to be in the future.We can change that, because we
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  • We can change that, because wehave the Person of the Holy
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  • have the Person of the HolySpirit living within us to
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  • Spirit living within us toenable us to make any change
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  • enable us to make any changethat is absolutely necessary.
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  • that is absolutely necessary.So, I want you to consider the
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  • So, I want you to consider theinescapable consequences of
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  • inescapable consequences ofliving outside the will of God.
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  • living outside the will of God.Now, you say, "Well, that's sort
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  • Now, you say, "Well, that's sortof what you think."
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  • of what you think."No, no, no.
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  • No, no, no.These are not my opinions.
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  • These are not my opinions.We're talking about the
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  • We're talking about theinescapable, inescapable
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  • inescapable, inescapableconsequences that happened in a
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  • consequences that happened in aperson's life, different people,
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  • person's life, different people,different consequences, as a
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  • different consequences, as aresult of living outside the
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  • result of living outside thewill of God.
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  • will of God.As a result of saying, "You know
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  • As a result of saying, "You knowwhat?
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  • what?I want to live my life my way.
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  • I want to live my life my way.I know what I think I want in
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  • I know what I think I want inlife and I'm willing to go get
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  • life and I'm willing to go getit.
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  • it.I'm willing to have it at
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  • I'm willing to have it atwhatever price it is, but I want
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  • whatever price it is, but I wantto live it my way."
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  • to live it my way."Well, you can have it your way
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  • Well, you can have it your wayif you choose.
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  • if you choose.But I want you to turn to the
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  • But I want you to turn to thebook of Colossians.
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  • book of Colossians.Colossians is one of the most
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  • Colossians is one of the mostbeautiful epistles, informative
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  • beautiful epistles, informativeepistles, in the New Testament.
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  • epistles, in the New Testament.And the Apostle Paul has been
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  • And the Apostle Paul has beentalking about how to live out
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  • talking about how to live outthe Christian life, and he comes
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  • the Christian life, and he comesdown to the eighteenth verse and
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  • down to the eighteenth verse andhe starts talking about husbands
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  • he starts talking about husbandsand wives, how they're to treat
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  • and wives, how they're to treateach other with their children
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  • each other with their childrenand so forth.
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  • and so forth.And then, I--he also talks about
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  • And then, I--he also talks aboutthe servants, how they should be
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  • the servants, how they should betreated.
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  • treated.And then he says, listen to
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  • And then he says, listen tothis, beginning in verse
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  • this, beginning in versetwenty-three of this third
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  • twenty-three of this thirdchapter of Colossians, "Whatever
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  • chapter of Colossians, "Whateveryou do, do your work heartily."
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  • you do, do your work heartily."That is, put your whole heart to
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  • That is, put your whole heart toit, "As for the Lord," as if
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  • it, "As for the Lord," as ifyou're working for Him, "rather
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  • you're working for Him, "ratherthan for men, knowing that from
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  • than for men, knowing that fromthe Lord you will receive the
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  • the Lord you will receive thereward of the inheritance.
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  • reward of the inheritance.It is the Lord Christ whom you
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  • It is the Lord Christ whom youserve."
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  • serve."And sometimes we think, you
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  • And sometimes we think, youknow, we're just doing our own
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  • know, we're just doing our ownthing.
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  • thing.No, the truth is once you're
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  • No, the truth is once you'resaved, you and I become servants
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  • saved, you and I become servantsof the Lord Jesus Christ and we
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ and wemust not forget that every day
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  • must not forget that every daywe're serving Him.
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  • we're serving Him.And if you don't think about Him
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  • And if you don't think about Himand you don't read the Word of
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  • and you don't read the Word ofGod and you don't pray in the
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  • God and you don't pray in themorning before you start your
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  • morning before you start yourday, it's all about you and your
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  • day, it's all about you and yourwork and your friends.
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  • work and your friends.But the Scripture says that we
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  • But the Scripture says that weare, listen, "Whatever you do,
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  • are, listen, "Whatever you do,do your work heartily, as for
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  • do your work heartily, as forthe Lord rather than for men,
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  • the Lord rather than for men,knowing that from the Lord you
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  • knowing that from the Lord youwill receive the reward of the
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  • will receive the reward of theinheritance.
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  • inheritance.It is the Lord Christ whom you
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  • It is the Lord Christ whom youserve."
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  • serve."Now, watch that.
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  • Now, watch that.Do you see that?
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  • Do you see that?"It is the Lord Christ whom you
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  • "It is the Lord Christ whom youserve."
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  • serve."When you wake up tomorrow
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  • When you wake up tomorrowmorning, remember that.
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  • morning, remember that.Whatever you're doing, wherever
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  • Whatever you're doing, whereveryou're working, it's Jesus whom
  • 00:07:13.716 --> 00:07:14.383
  • you're working, it's Jesus whomyou are serving.
  • 00:07:14.650 --> 00:07:15.184
  • you are serving.He's the One you give an account
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  • He's the One you give an accountto.
  • 00:07:16.953 --> 00:07:16.953
  • to.Now, watch this, "For he who
  • 00:07:19.922 --> 00:07:20.923
  • Now, watch this, "For he whodoes wrong will receive the
  • 00:07:22.692 --> 00:07:23.292
  • does wrong will receive theconsequences of the wrong which
  • 00:07:25.528 --> 00:07:28.097
  • consequences of the wrong whichhe has done, and that without
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  • he has done, and that withoutpartiality."
  • 00:07:29.532 --> 00:07:30.099
  • partiality."Look at that verse, "For he who
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  • Look at that verse, "For he whodoes wrong will receive the
  • 00:07:34.403 --> 00:07:34.971
  • does wrong will receive theconsequences of the wrong which
  • 00:07:36.172 --> 00:07:37.840
  • consequences of the wrong whichhe has done, and that without
  • 00:07:37.840 --> 00:07:38.341
  • he has done, and that withoutpartiality."
  • 00:07:39.509 --> 00:07:40.042
  • partiality."Now, we've been talking about
  • 00:07:40.743 --> 00:07:41.210
  • Now, we've been talking aboutHis will, His purpose, His plan,
  • 00:07:44.647 --> 00:07:45.114
  • His will, His purpose, His plan,and there's a warning.
  • 00:07:46.148 --> 00:07:47.483
  • and there's a warning.And the warning is simply this:
  • 00:07:50.353 --> 00:07:51.921
  • And the warning is simply this:you cannot live outside the will
  • 00:07:52.455 --> 00:07:53.089
  • you cannot live outside the willof God and be happy.
  • 00:07:55.424 --> 00:07:55.925
  • of God and be happy.You may try.
  • 00:07:56.659 --> 00:07:57.760
  • You may try.And be successful.
  • 00:07:57.760 --> 00:07:58.294
  • And be successful.You may be successful in some
  • 00:07:59.495 --> 00:07:59.896
  • You may be successful in someareas, but not when it comes to
  • 00:08:01.063 --> 00:08:01.297
  • areas, but not when it comes toliving.
  • 00:08:02.498 --> 00:08:02.999
  • living.And so he says, notice, notice
  • 00:08:05.101 --> 00:08:06.936
  • And so he says, notice, noticehow he says it.
  • 00:08:06.936 --> 00:08:08.638
  • how he says it.He says it, "For he who does
  • 00:08:08.771 --> 00:08:09.839
  • He says it, "For he who doeswrong will receive the
  • 00:08:09.972 --> 00:08:11.107
  • wrong will receive theconsequences of the wrong which
  • 00:08:11.574 --> 00:08:13.776
  • consequences of the wrong whichhe has done, and that," what's
  • 00:08:13.776 --> 00:08:14.510
  • he has done, and that," what'sthat last phrase?
  • 00:08:14.977 --> 00:08:15.578
  • that last phrase?"Without partiality."
  • 00:08:17.013 --> 00:08:17.647
  • "Without partiality."That is, it doesn't make any
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  • That is, it doesn't make anydifference what your occupation
  • 00:08:19.982 --> 00:08:19.982
  • difference what your occupationis, God's laws apply to every
  • 00:08:23.352 --> 00:08:25.021
  • is, God's laws apply to everysingle one of us the same way.
  • 00:08:25.488 --> 00:08:26.088
  • single one of us the same way.When I stand before Him, I give
  • 00:08:26.856 --> 00:08:27.557
  • When I stand before Him, I givean account for all my
  • 00:08:27.924 --> 00:08:28.424
  • an account for all myopportunities, and with the way
  • 00:08:29.492 --> 00:08:30.459
  • opportunities, and with the wayI responded.
  • 00:08:30.459 --> 00:08:30.993
  • I responded.You stand before Him, you'll
  • 00:08:31.727 --> 00:08:32.628
  • You stand before Him, you'llgive an account to your
  • 00:08:32.628 --> 00:08:32.662
  • give an account to youropportunities and the way you
  • 00:08:34.363 --> 00:08:34.463
  • opportunities and the way youresponded.
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  • responded.Notice what he says, no
  • 00:08:36.499 --> 00:08:38.768
  • Notice what he says, nopartiality.
  • 00:08:38.768 --> 00:08:39.268
  • partiality.Think about that.
  • 00:08:40.836 --> 00:08:41.304
  • Think about that.God is impartial.
  • 00:08:43.639 --> 00:08:44.040
  • God is impartial.No partiality.
  • 00:08:45.074 --> 00:08:45.608
  • No partiality.That is, I'm not going to get by
  • 00:08:46.809 --> 00:08:48.444
  • That is, I'm not going to get bywith something that somebody
  • 00:08:48.444 --> 00:08:48.544
  • with something that somebodyelse wouldn't, and neither are
  • 00:08:49.679 --> 00:08:50.746
  • else wouldn't, and neither areyou.
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  • you.There's no exception.
  • 00:08:51.948 --> 00:08:52.381
  • There's no exception.Now, what I want to do is take
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  • Now, what I want to do is takeyou through a short journey on
  • 00:08:58.220 --> 00:08:59.689
  • you through a short journey onwhat it means when you step out
  • 00:08:59.689 --> 00:08:59.989
  • what it means when you step outof the will of God.
  • 00:09:01.324 --> 00:09:01.657
  • of the will of God.Because what we're talking
  • 00:09:02.258 --> 00:09:03.559
  • Because what we're talkingabout, the phrase, the title is
  • 00:09:05.061 --> 00:09:05.728
  • about, the phrase, the title is"Before You Step Out of the Will
  • 00:09:06.362 --> 00:09:06.729
  • "Before You Step Out of the Willof God."
  • 00:09:07.396 --> 00:09:07.897
  • of God."And so, before you step out of
  • 00:09:09.665 --> 00:09:09.899
  • And so, before you step out ofthe will of God, let's look at
  • 00:09:10.900 --> 00:09:11.767
  • the will of God, let's look atit.
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  • it.Adam and Eve had it perfectly.
  • 00:09:15.972 --> 00:09:16.505
  • Adam and Eve had it perfectly.They could have been no
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  • They could have been noadditions and no improvements in
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  • additions and no improvements inthe garden of Eden.
  • 00:09:21.344 --> 00:09:21.644
  • the garden of Eden.They chose by an act of their
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  • They chose by an act of theirwill to disobey God, and to
  • 00:09:26.682 --> 00:09:27.917
  • will to disobey God, and tolisten to the wrong voice and to
  • 00:09:29.485 --> 00:09:30.386
  • listen to the wrong voice and tostep out of the perfect will of
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  • step out of the perfect will ofGod where there was no want, no
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  • God where there was no want, noissues but to live in the
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  • issues but to live in thepresence of Almighty God with
  • 00:09:39.328 --> 00:09:41.931
  • presence of Almighty God withHis perfect creation and enjoy
  • 00:09:42.264 --> 00:09:43.399
  • His perfect creation and enjoylife and enjoy each other
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  • life and enjoy each otherforever.
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  • forever.But that's what they did.
  • 00:09:48.070 --> 00:09:48.337
  • But that's what they did.Then I want you to think about
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  • Then I want you to think aboutthe wickedness of Noah's day.
  • 00:09:51.340 --> 00:09:51.641
  • the wickedness of Noah's day.Lot of things went on from Adam
  • 00:09:54.110 --> 00:09:54.210
  • Lot of things went on from Adamand Eve till Noah's day.
  • 00:09:57.446 --> 00:10:00.416
  • and Eve till Noah's day.And men had totally resigned
  • 00:10:00.883 --> 00:10:02.485
  • And men had totally resignedthemselves to live in the life
  • 00:10:02.485 --> 00:10:04.587
  • themselves to live in the lifethe way they wanted to live it.
  • 00:10:04.587 --> 00:10:05.054
  • the way they wanted to live it.It got so bad in the eyes of
  • 00:10:05.955 --> 00:10:06.522
  • It got so bad in the eyes ofGod, He said, "I'm going to
  • 00:10:07.156 --> 00:10:07.490
  • God, He said, "I'm going todestroy the whole thing."
  • 00:10:09.158 --> 00:10:09.458
  • destroy the whole thing."But God found somebody, Noah,
  • 00:10:14.363 --> 00:10:17.133
  • But God found somebody, Noah,who decided to obey God.
  • 00:10:17.133 --> 00:10:17.900
  • who decided to obey God.And so, God said, "It's gotten
  • 00:10:19.035 --> 00:10:21.103
  • And so, God said, "It's gottenso bad, I'm going to wipe out
  • 00:10:21.671 --> 00:10:22.772
  • so bad, I'm going to wipe outeverything on the face of this
  • 00:10:23.205 --> 00:10:24.340
  • everything on the face of thisearth and start all over again."
  • 00:10:26.742 --> 00:10:27.109
  • earth and start all over again."You say, "Well, that doesn't
  • 00:10:27.710 --> 00:10:28.144
  • You say, "Well, that doesn'tsound very fair."
  • 00:10:28.477 --> 00:10:28.844
  • sound very fair."Yes, it is.
  • 00:10:29.545 --> 00:10:30.046
  • Yes, it is.Watch this, there's no
  • 00:10:30.813 --> 00:10:31.347
  • Watch this, there's nopartiality with God.
  • 00:10:33.349 --> 00:10:33.649
  • partiality with God.We reap what we sow, more than
  • 00:10:34.817 --> 00:10:35.017
  • We reap what we sow, more thanwe sow, later than we sow.
  • 00:10:35.985 --> 00:10:36.886
  • we sow, later than we sow.You can't change that.
  • 00:10:37.286 --> 00:10:37.887
  • You can't change that.Adam and Eve had it perfectly,
  • 00:10:39.388 --> 00:10:39.822
  • Adam and Eve had it perfectly,they walked away.
  • 00:10:41.190 --> 00:10:41.590
  • they walked away.Noah's day, it got so bad, God
  • 00:10:43.526 --> 00:10:45.695
  • Noah's day, it got so bad, Godsaved him out of a society that
  • 00:10:46.395 --> 00:10:48.564
  • saved him out of a society thatwas hard to describe.
  • 00:10:48.564 --> 00:10:48.831
  • was hard to describe.Then of course, God chose a
  • 00:10:51.801 --> 00:10:52.101
  • Then of course, God chose anation, named them Israel, and
  • 00:10:57.106 --> 00:10:57.473
  • nation, named them Israel, andthey served hundreds of years in
  • 00:10:59.742 --> 00:11:00.109
  • they served hundreds of years inEgyptian bondage.
  • 00:11:02.478 --> 00:11:04.080
  • Egyptian bondage.And God chose to save them out
  • 00:11:05.214 --> 00:11:05.781
  • And God chose to save them outof Egyptian bondage.
  • 00:11:07.883 --> 00:11:08.117
  • of Egyptian bondage.And then they walked through a
  • 00:11:09.285 --> 00:11:09.819
  • And then they walked through aperiod of time when they
  • 00:11:10.386 --> 00:11:11.020
  • period of time when theyreceived the Ten Commandments
  • 00:11:11.687 --> 00:11:12.722
  • received the Ten Commandmentsand God was teaching them how to
  • 00:11:13.556 --> 00:11:14.557
  • and God was teaching them how tolive and how to worship Him,
  • 00:11:15.591 --> 00:11:16.992
  • live and how to worship Him,offering them the very, very
  • 00:11:17.093 --> 00:11:20.062
  • offering them the very, verybest.
  • 00:11:20.062 --> 00:11:20.362
  • best.They disobeyed Him.
  • 00:11:22.264 --> 00:11:22.932
  • They disobeyed Him.They obeyed Him.
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  • They obeyed Him.They disobeyed Him.
  • 00:11:24.500 --> 00:11:25.301
  • They disobeyed Him.But God had something in mind.
  • 00:11:27.069 --> 00:11:27.303
  • But God had something in mind.Because His purpose and plan and
  • 00:11:28.637 --> 00:11:28.771
  • Because His purpose and plan andwill for their lives was to give
  • 00:11:30.806 --> 00:11:30.873
  • will for their lives was to givethem a land in which they could
  • 00:11:32.842 --> 00:11:34.810
  • them a land in which they couldserve God freely.
  • 00:11:34.810 --> 00:11:35.311
  • serve God freely.God would be their God.
  • 00:11:36.846 --> 00:11:37.179
  • God would be their God.He would demonstrate His awesome
  • 00:11:38.380 --> 00:11:39.448
  • He would demonstrate His awesomelove for them because He chose
  • 00:11:40.049 --> 00:11:41.784
  • love for them because He chosethem.
  • 00:11:41.784 --> 00:11:42.017
  • them.And so, they had the opportunity
  • 00:11:43.285 --> 00:11:43.719
  • And so, they had the opportunityof taking the land.
  • 00:11:45.688 --> 00:11:46.455
  • of taking the land.And so, when the time came, they
  • 00:11:48.424 --> 00:11:48.457
  • And so, when the time came, theysaid, "Well, we don't know about
  • 00:11:50.493 --> 00:11:50.526
  • said, "Well, we don't know aboutthat.
  • 00:11:51.494 --> 00:11:51.994
  • that.There are giants in the land."
  • 00:11:53.696 --> 00:11:53.896
  • There are giants in the land."And they began to take their
  • 00:11:55.030 --> 00:11:55.898
  • And they began to take theireyes off God and look at what
  • 00:11:57.333 --> 00:11:57.867
  • eyes off God and look at whatthey heard about.
  • 00:11:59.201 --> 00:11:59.502
  • they heard about.They heard about giants and they
  • 00:12:00.469 --> 00:12:00.770
  • They heard about giants and theyheard about the land and they
  • 00:12:01.804 --> 00:12:03.205
  • heard about the land and theyheard about how fruitful it was,
  • 00:12:03.973 --> 00:12:05.174
  • heard about how fruitful it was,but they also heard that there
  • 00:12:05.941 --> 00:12:07.243
  • but they also heard that therewould be dangers and some people
  • 00:12:07.543 --> 00:12:09.645
  • would be dangers and some peoplewould lose their lives.
  • 00:12:09.645 --> 00:12:09.879
  • would lose their lives.So, God had a purpose and a plan
  • 00:12:11.180 --> 00:12:11.213
  • So, God had a purpose and a planand a will.
  • 00:12:12.248 --> 00:12:12.615
  • and a will.Now, remember this, whatever
  • 00:12:14.183 --> 00:12:14.483
  • Now, remember this, whateverpurpose and plan and will God
  • 00:12:15.818 --> 00:12:17.286
  • purpose and plan and will Godhas for your life, remember
  • 00:12:17.386 --> 00:12:20.022
  • has for your life, rememberthis, you have the omnipotence,
  • 00:12:20.823 --> 00:12:22.057
  • this, you have the omnipotence,omniscience, and omnipresence of
  • 00:12:22.691 --> 00:12:23.959
  • omniscience, and omnipresence ofGod with you through every
  • 00:12:24.727 --> 00:12:25.795
  • God with you through everysingle stage of your life.
  • 00:12:26.595 --> 00:12:26.962
  • single stage of your life.Did you hear that?
  • 00:12:28.697 --> 00:12:28.964
  • Did you hear that?Well, some of you did.
  • 00:12:30.599 --> 00:12:30.866
  • Well, some of you did.So, remember, you have the
  • 00:12:32.334 --> 00:12:32.635
  • So, remember, you have thepurpose, the plan, and the will
  • 00:12:33.702 --> 00:12:34.003
  • purpose, the plan, and the willof God, His omnipotence,
  • 00:12:35.271 --> 00:12:35.571
  • of God, His omnipotence,omniscience, and omnipresence to
  • 00:12:37.373 --> 00:12:37.473
  • omniscience, and omnipresence towalk with you through anything
  • 00:12:39.375 --> 00:12:39.608
  • walk with you through anythingGod has you to walk through.
  • 00:12:42.444 --> 00:12:42.611
  • God has you to walk through.But they decided maybe it won't
  • 00:12:44.613 --> 00:12:44.647
  • But they decided maybe it won'tbe as beautiful as Joshua and
  • 00:12:46.715 --> 00:12:46.982
  • be as beautiful as Joshua andall these fellows tell it's
  • 00:12:47.750 --> 00:12:49.318
  • all these fellows tell it'sgoing to be, and so we're not
  • 00:12:49.318 --> 00:12:49.385
  • going to be, and so we're notgoing to do it.
  • 00:12:51.086 --> 00:12:51.353
  • going to do it.They spent the night weeping,
  • 00:12:55.524 --> 00:12:55.858
  • They spent the night weeping,talking among themselves, I'm
  • 00:12:56.926 --> 00:12:59.128
  • talking among themselves, I'msure, and doing what?
  • 00:13:00.129 --> 00:13:00.396
  • sure, and doing what?Rebelling against God because
  • 00:13:02.264 --> 00:13:03.299
  • Rebelling against God becausethey did not believe that God's
  • 00:13:05.267 --> 00:13:06.836
  • they did not believe that God'spurpose, God's plan, and God's
  • 00:13:07.069 --> 00:13:08.804
  • purpose, God's plan, and God'swill was best.
  • 00:13:08.804 --> 00:13:09.271
  • will was best.They thought theirs was best.
  • 00:13:10.439 --> 00:13:11.040
  • They thought theirs was best.You know what theirs was best
  • 00:13:11.540 --> 00:13:12.741
  • You know what theirs was bestabout?
  • 00:13:12.741 --> 00:13:13.008
  • about?God said here's the result.
  • 00:13:15.010 --> 00:13:17.346
  • God said here's the result.Forty long years back in the
  • 00:13:17.379 --> 00:13:19.281
  • Forty long years back in thewilderness with all the
  • 00:13:19.281 --> 00:13:19.582
  • wilderness with all theserpents, looking for something
  • 00:13:21.317 --> 00:13:22.651
  • serpents, looking for somethingto eat, all the enemies you're
  • 00:13:23.219 --> 00:13:23.552
  • to eat, all the enemies you'regoing to face.
  • 00:13:24.386 --> 00:13:24.920
  • going to face.And it cost them forty years, a
  • 00:13:26.589 --> 00:13:27.823
  • And it cost them forty years, awhole generation.
  • 00:13:29.892 --> 00:13:30.159
  • whole generation.Now, think about that.
  • 00:13:32.862 --> 00:13:33.095
  • Now, think about that.Before you step out of the will
  • 00:13:34.129 --> 00:13:34.430
  • Before you step out of the willof God, you mark this down,
  • 00:13:36.632 --> 00:13:37.867
  • of God, you mark this down,there is a price to pay.
  • 00:13:40.202 --> 00:13:40.502
  • there is a price to pay.There is always a price to pay
  • 00:13:42.438 --> 00:13:42.671
  • There is always a price to paywhen you step out of the will of
  • 00:13:43.639 --> 00:13:44.607
  • when you step out of the will ofGod.
  • 00:13:44.607 --> 00:13:44.940
  • God.Canaan, with everything Almighty
  • 00:13:47.076 --> 00:13:47.343
  • Canaan, with everything AlmightyGod could create for them, He
  • 00:13:49.211 --> 00:13:50.880
  • God could create for them, Hecreated for them.
  • 00:13:50.880 --> 00:13:51.680
  • created for them.He would defeat their enemies.
  • 00:13:53.182 --> 00:13:53.716
  • He would defeat their enemies.And they chose out of fear and
  • 00:13:56.652 --> 00:13:59.054
  • And they chose out of fear anddoubt, listening to the wrong
  • 00:13:59.521 --> 00:14:00.890
  • doubt, listening to the wrongvoices.
  • 00:14:00.890 --> 00:14:01.156
  • voices.They chose not to take His
  • 00:14:02.324 --> 00:14:02.391
  • They chose not to take Hispurpose, not to follow His plan,
  • 00:14:05.427 --> 00:14:05.928
  • purpose, not to follow His plan,not to believe in His power to
  • 00:14:06.962 --> 00:14:08.430
  • not to believe in His power todo it.
  • 00:14:08.430 --> 00:14:08.631
  • do it.Forty years, a whole generation
  • 00:14:13.035 --> 00:14:13.269
  • Forty years, a whole generationdied in the wilderness because
  • 00:14:16.438 --> 00:14:17.506
  • died in the wilderness becausethey thought their plan was
  • 00:14:18.073 --> 00:14:19.074
  • they thought their plan wasbest.
  • 00:14:19.074 --> 00:14:19.508
  • best.Let me tell you something,
  • 00:14:20.576 --> 00:14:21.110
  • Let me tell you something,there's a whole generation today
  • 00:14:23.379 --> 00:14:23.913
  • there's a whole generation todaywho have chosen to live in the
  • 00:14:27.516 --> 00:14:27.750
  • who have chosen to live in thedesert, chosen to live in the
  • 00:14:29.919 --> 00:14:30.853
  • desert, chosen to live in thespiritual desert, chosen to live
  • 00:14:32.821 --> 00:14:34.556
  • spiritual desert, chosen to livewithout God, chosen to live
  • 00:14:34.890 --> 00:14:36.592
  • without God, chosen to liveapart from God; not God's
  • 00:14:37.026 --> 00:14:37.960
  • apart from God; not God'spurpose, not God's plan, not
  • 00:14:38.560 --> 00:14:39.261
  • purpose, not God's plan, notGod's will; their own plan,
  • 00:14:40.262 --> 00:14:40.763
  • God's will; their own plan,their own will, and their own
  • 00:14:41.530 --> 00:14:42.398
  • their own will, and their ownpurpose.
  • 00:14:42.398 --> 00:14:42.865
  • purpose.You can't improve on God.
  • 00:14:45.367 --> 00:14:45.634
  • You can't improve on God.He has a purpose, a plan, and a
  • 00:14:46.702 --> 00:14:46.802
  • He has a purpose, a plan, and awill.
  • 00:14:47.303 --> 00:14:47.536
  • will.This isn't somebody else's
  • 00:14:48.337 --> 00:14:49.271
  • This isn't somebody else'spurpose, plan, and will.
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  • purpose, plan, and will.This is Holy God's purpose,
  • 00:14:51.874 --> 00:14:51.941
  • This is Holy God's purpose,plan, and will for our life: to
  • 00:14:53.175 --> 00:14:54.643
  • plan, and will for our life: toobey Him in the midst of a
  • 00:14:55.177 --> 00:14:56.345
  • obey Him in the midst of ageneration of people who do not
  • 00:14:56.545 --> 00:14:58.447
  • generation of people who do notwant to obey Him, who want to
  • 00:14:58.447 --> 00:14:58.747
  • want to obey Him, who want tohave it their way.
  • 00:15:01.383 --> 00:15:01.617
  • have it their way.And you read the Scriptures,
  • 00:15:02.751 --> 00:15:03.419
  • And you read the Scriptures,when you want it your way and
  • 00:15:04.920 --> 00:15:05.220
  • when you want it your way andyou don't want it God's way, you
  • 00:15:06.755 --> 00:15:07.222
  • you don't want it God's way, youcan have it your way.
  • 00:15:09.024 --> 00:15:09.258
  • can have it your way.His purpose, His plan, His will,
  • 00:15:10.659 --> 00:15:13.028
  • His purpose, His plan, His will,you throw aside.
  • 00:15:13.028 --> 00:15:13.262
  • you throw aside.You know, many people, some of
  • 00:15:14.263 --> 00:15:14.596
  • You know, many people, some ofthem you work with, some of them
  • 00:15:15.331 --> 00:15:15.631
  • them you work with, some of themmaybe in your family, some of
  • 00:15:16.865 --> 00:15:18.767
  • maybe in your family, some ofthem your friends, not God's
  • 00:15:18.834 --> 00:15:20.002
  • them your friends, not God'spurpose, not God's plan, not
  • 00:15:20.302 --> 00:15:21.370
  • purpose, not God's plan, notGod's will; their own.
  • 00:15:22.104 --> 00:15:22.538
  • God's will; their own.There is a consequence.
  • 00:15:23.772 --> 00:15:24.340
  • There is a consequence.There is a penalty.
  • 00:15:25.174 --> 00:15:25.641
  • There is a penalty.There is always a price of
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  • There is always a price ofstepping out of the will of God
  • 00:15:29.778 --> 00:15:30.112
  • stepping out of the will of Godor ignoring the will of God.
  • 00:15:32.214 --> 00:15:32.581
  • or ignoring the will of God.And so, I said I'd take you on a
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  • And so, I said I'd take you on ashort journey to show you that
  • 00:15:35.384 --> 00:15:35.484
  • short journey to show you thatover and over and over again,
  • 00:15:36.752 --> 00:15:37.519
  • over and over and over again,the same thing.
  • 00:15:37.519 --> 00:15:37.820
  • the same thing.Now, let's get onto somebody
  • 00:15:38.554 --> 00:15:39.888
  • Now, let's get onto somebodypersonal.
  • 00:15:39.888 --> 00:15:40.122
  • personal.Let's say, for example, let's
  • 00:15:41.890 --> 00:15:45.027
  • Let's say, for example, let'ssay, let's take Samson.
  • 00:15:45.027 --> 00:15:45.394
  • say, let's take Samson.God blessed Samson with awesome,
  • 00:15:48.230 --> 00:15:48.497
  • God blessed Samson with awesome,almost miraculous power.
  • 00:15:50.566 --> 00:15:51.166
  • almost miraculous power.He gave him a secret and He said
  • 00:15:53.202 --> 00:15:53.769
  • He gave him a secret and He saidto him, "You must never cut your
  • 00:15:54.269 --> 00:15:55.838
  • to him, "You must never cut yourhair.
  • 00:15:55.838 --> 00:15:56.171
  • hair.The day you cut your hair,
  • 00:15:57.339 --> 00:15:58.374
  • The day you cut your hair,you'll lose your strength."
  • 00:16:00.442 --> 00:16:00.676
  • you'll lose your strength."And so, the early years of his
  • 00:16:02.211 --> 00:16:02.444
  • And so, the early years of hislife, he defeated the wicked
  • 00:16:03.946 --> 00:16:04.179
  • life, he defeated the wickedover and over and over again.
  • 00:16:06.849 --> 00:16:07.016
  • over and over and over again.And then he met Delilah.
  • 00:16:10.352 --> 00:16:10.686
  • And then he met Delilah.And so, the enemy found Delilah
  • 00:16:13.555 --> 00:16:15.124
  • And so, the enemy found Delilahand offered her a big price if
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  • and offered her a big price ifshe'd find his secret.
  • 00:16:18.594 --> 00:16:18.927
  • she'd find his secret.Over and over and over again,
  • 00:16:20.195 --> 00:16:22.264
  • Over and over and over again,she tempted him, and he turned
  • 00:16:22.431 --> 00:16:24.433
  • she tempted him, and he turnedher down because God had a
  • 00:16:24.433 --> 00:16:24.833
  • her down because God had apurpose and a plan and a will
  • 00:16:25.701 --> 00:16:25.834
  • purpose and a plan and a willfor his life: defeat the enemies
  • 00:16:27.436 --> 00:16:27.436
  • for his life: defeat the enemiesof God, to defeat the enemies of
  • 00:16:30.205 --> 00:16:31.573
  • of God, to defeat the enemies ofGod, and he had the power to
  • 00:16:32.041 --> 00:16:33.442
  • God, and he had the power todo it.
  • 00:16:33.442 --> 00:16:34.076
  • do it.And you know the story.
  • 00:16:35.978 --> 00:16:36.311
  • And you know the story.And finally, in a moment of
  • 00:16:39.281 --> 00:16:39.548
  • And finally, in a moment ofweakness, he told her his
  • 00:16:41.850 --> 00:16:42.117
  • weakness, he told her hissecret, his God-given secret,
  • 00:16:46.655 --> 00:16:47.156
  • secret, his God-given secret,cut his hair.
  • 00:16:48.524 --> 00:16:48.791
  • cut his hair.She cut his hair.
  • 00:16:51.093 --> 00:16:51.293
  • She cut his hair.Where did he end up?
  • 00:16:51.994 --> 00:16:52.361
  • Where did he end up?In prison.
  • 00:16:54.129 --> 00:16:54.797
  • In prison.The next think you know, he was
  • 00:16:55.297 --> 00:16:58.767
  • The next think you know, he wasblinded.
  • 00:16:58.767 --> 00:16:59.034
  • blinded.Next thing you know, he was
  • 00:16:59.668 --> 00:17:00.869
  • Next thing you know, he wasgoing round and round in a mill.
  • 00:17:03.639 --> 00:17:03.906
  • going round and round in a mill.And then when they brought him
  • 00:17:04.673 --> 00:17:05.207
  • And then when they brought himout to demonstrate his defeat,
  • 00:17:07.676 --> 00:17:08.243
  • out to demonstrate his defeat,God used him in his repentance
  • 00:17:09.411 --> 00:17:10.546
  • God used him in his repentanceattitude toward God, and he
  • 00:17:11.547 --> 00:17:13.115
  • attitude toward God, and hewrecked the whole coliseum,
  • 00:17:14.349 --> 00:17:15.317
  • wrecked the whole coliseum,bringing death to the enemy.
  • 00:17:16.518 --> 00:17:16.819
  • bringing death to the enemy.God's purpose, God's plan, and
  • 00:17:18.053 --> 00:17:19.088
  • God's purpose, God's plan, andGod's will for his life, he was
  • 00:17:19.755 --> 00:17:19.988
  • God's will for his life, he wasa symbol of strength and power
  • 00:17:21.390 --> 00:17:21.490
  • a symbol of strength and powerof God for godly people.
  • 00:17:24.927 --> 00:17:25.828
  • of God for godly people.And for whatever she offered
  • 00:17:26.528 --> 00:17:28.697
  • And for whatever she offeredhim, it cost him everything.
  • 00:17:31.500 --> 00:17:31.700
  • him, it cost him everything.God's plan is perfect.
  • 00:17:33.469 --> 00:17:33.769
  • God's plan is perfect.If I insist on having my will,
  • 00:17:35.571 --> 00:17:35.871
  • If I insist on having my will,my purpose, and my plan, I can
  • 00:17:37.039 --> 00:17:37.272
  • my purpose, and my plan, I canhave it, at a price.
  • 00:17:39.341 --> 00:17:39.775
  • have it, at a price.Don't forget this sermon.
  • 00:17:41.777 --> 00:17:42.111
  • Don't forget this sermon.There is a penalty that is
  • 00:17:45.747 --> 00:17:45.948
  • There is a penalty that isunavoidable for ignoring
  • 00:17:48.484 --> 00:17:49.184
  • unavoidable for ignoringAlmighty God, no matter who you
  • 00:17:51.386 --> 00:17:51.553
  • Almighty God, no matter who youare.
  • 00:17:52.821 --> 00:17:53.155
  • are.There's a penalty for ignoring
  • 00:17:54.356 --> 00:17:54.723
  • There's a penalty for ignoringthe will of God.
  • 00:17:57.726 --> 00:17:57.926
  • the will of God.And then there's David.
  • 00:18:00.429 --> 00:18:01.230
  • And then there's David.We know him as the shepherd boy
  • 00:18:02.164 --> 00:18:02.598
  • We know him as the shepherd boythat killed Goliath.
  • 00:18:04.399 --> 00:18:04.900
  • that killed Goliath.And we know what a wonderful
  • 00:18:07.069 --> 00:18:07.636
  • And we know what a wonderfulyoung man he was.
  • 00:18:09.605 --> 00:18:09.972
  • young man he was.And he was best friend of the
  • 00:18:12.541 --> 00:18:13.442
  • And he was best friend of theking's son.
  • 00:18:15.511 --> 00:18:16.979
  • king's son.And we know so many good things
  • 00:18:16.979 --> 00:18:17.012
  • And we know so many good thingsabout David.
  • 00:18:18.614 --> 00:18:18.914
  • about David.And how many parents name their
  • 00:18:19.915 --> 00:18:20.249
  • And how many parents name theirchildren after David?
  • 00:18:23.252 --> 00:18:23.519
  • children after David?And so, one day when he should
  • 00:18:25.621 --> 00:18:26.155
  • And so, one day when he shouldhave been out with his soldiers
  • 00:18:28.757 --> 00:18:29.158
  • have been out with his soldiersfighting the enemy, he decided
  • 00:18:31.393 --> 00:18:31.693
  • fighting the enemy, he decidedto stay at home.
  • 00:18:33.929 --> 00:18:34.163
  • to stay at home.And then Satan set him up.
  • 00:18:36.865 --> 00:18:37.166
  • And then Satan set him up.Watch this carefully.
  • 00:18:37.933 --> 00:18:39.201
  • Watch this carefully.Satan will set you up with
  • 00:18:41.103 --> 00:18:42.271
  • Satan will set you up withwhatever is necessary to bring
  • 00:18:43.305 --> 00:18:44.940
  • whatever is necessary to bringyou down, if you're not purposed
  • 00:18:45.574 --> 00:18:46.175
  • you down, if you're not purposedin your heart to live according
  • 00:18:47.843 --> 00:18:48.243
  • in your heart to live accordingto the will and purpose and plan
  • 00:18:49.211 --> 00:18:49.378
  • to the will and purpose and planof God.
  • 00:18:50.245 --> 00:18:50.445
  • of God.So, my title, and what is it?
  • 00:18:51.980 --> 00:18:52.648
  • So, my title, and what is it?"Before You Step Out of the Will
  • 00:18:53.348 --> 00:18:54.316
  • "Before You Step Out of the Willof God," think, pray, think,
  • 00:18:57.986 --> 00:18:58.954
  • of God," think, pray, think,think, think, pray, turn to God.
  • 00:19:01.256 --> 00:19:01.490
  • think, think, pray, turn to God.So, he was walking around in the
  • 00:19:02.791 --> 00:19:02.891
  • So, he was walking around in theevening, happens to look over
  • 00:19:06.094 --> 00:19:06.295
  • evening, happens to look overthe rail, and sees Bathsheba
  • 00:19:08.697 --> 00:19:08.931
  • the rail, and sees Bathshebadown there taking a bath.
  • 00:19:11.166 --> 00:19:11.366
  • down there taking a bath.He saw enough of her that he
  • 00:19:12.734 --> 00:19:13.302
  • He saw enough of her that hecouldn't get that out of his
  • 00:19:13.635 --> 00:19:14.703
  • couldn't get that out of hismind.
  • 00:19:14.703 --> 00:19:15.070
  • mind.So, what did he do?
  • 00:19:16.738 --> 00:19:16.972
  • So, what did he do?He forgot about God.
  • 00:19:18.006 --> 00:19:18.707
  • He forgot about God.He forgot about how blessed he
  • 00:19:19.374 --> 00:19:20.142
  • He forgot about how blessed hewas.
  • 00:19:20.142 --> 00:19:20.375
  • was.He was nothing but a shepherd
  • 00:19:22.144 --> 00:19:23.245
  • He was nothing but a shepherdboy.
  • 00:19:23.245 --> 00:19:23.478
  • boy.Now he was the king of all of
  • 00:19:24.713 --> 00:19:25.948
  • Now he was the king of all ofIsrael, the power to rule the
  • 00:19:26.949 --> 00:19:27.916
  • Israel, the power to rule thewhole nation of God.
  • 00:19:29.918 --> 00:19:30.252
  • whole nation of God.And for one night, one look, one
  • 00:19:34.890 --> 00:19:35.257
  • And for one night, one look, onecall, one adulterous act, he
  • 00:19:40.229 --> 00:19:44.733
  • call, one adulterous act, heruined his life.
  • 00:19:45.033 --> 00:19:45.300
  • ruined his life.There is a price to pay when we
  • 00:19:47.536 --> 00:19:47.669
  • There is a price to pay when weignore His purpose, His plan,
  • 00:19:50.172 --> 00:19:51.173
  • ignore His purpose, His plan,and His will for our life.
  • 00:19:54.076 --> 00:19:54.343
  • and His will for our life.Then of course, Jonah decided
  • 00:19:59.681 --> 00:20:00.849
  • Then of course, Jonah decidedthat he was not going to do the
  • 00:20:01.250 --> 00:20:02.084
  • that he was not going to do thewill of God.
  • 00:20:02.084 --> 00:20:02.484
  • will of God.He was not going to preach to
  • 00:20:03.352 --> 00:20:04.219
  • He was not going to preach topeople whom he hated, and so he
  • 00:20:05.754 --> 00:20:06.488
  • people whom he hated, and so hetakes a boat ride.
  • 00:20:07.856 --> 00:20:08.123
  • takes a boat ride.You can't escape God.
  • 00:20:09.925 --> 00:20:10.259
  • You can't escape God.And we think about this story
  • 00:20:11.093 --> 00:20:11.660
  • And we think about this storyand we laugh.
  • 00:20:11.827 --> 00:20:12.227
  • and we laugh.God had a purpose and a plan and
  • 00:20:13.028 --> 00:20:13.028
  • God had a purpose and a plan anda will.
  • 00:20:13.695 --> 00:20:13.996
  • a will.His purpose, plan, and will was,
  • 00:20:15.998 --> 00:20:16.531
  • His purpose, plan, and will was,"Jonah, I want you to go to
  • 00:20:17.566 --> 00:20:19.401
  • "Jonah, I want you to go toNineveh and I want you to preach
  • 00:20:19.401 --> 00:20:19.701
  • Nineveh and I want you to preachthe truth that they might be
  • 00:20:20.769 --> 00:20:21.470
  • the truth that they might besaved."
  • 00:20:21.470 --> 00:20:21.937
  • saved."He was so prejudiced against
  • 00:20:23.038 --> 00:20:23.572
  • He was so prejudiced againstNinevites, that's the last thing
  • 00:20:25.107 --> 00:20:25.407
  • Ninevites, that's the last thinghe wanted to do, and he chose,
  • 00:20:28.076 --> 00:20:28.443
  • he wanted to do, and he chose,foolishly, just like people do,
  • 00:20:30.746 --> 00:20:32.014
  • foolishly, just like people do,I'm not going to do what God
  • 00:20:32.481 --> 00:20:34.149
  • I'm not going to do what Godsaid do and I'm just going to
  • 00:20:34.149 --> 00:20:35.517
  • said do and I'm just going totake myself a vacation.
  • 00:20:35.717 --> 00:20:38.587
  • take myself a vacation.I'm heading out of here.
  • 00:20:38.587 --> 00:20:38.920
  • I'm heading out of here.Many a men and women have chosen
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  • Many a men and women have chosento walk away from God to be
  • 00:20:43.825 --> 00:20:44.226
  • to walk away from God to beswallowed up in a lifestyle that
  • 00:20:46.628 --> 00:20:46.862
  • swallowed up in a lifestyle thatthey hate and almost destroy
  • 00:20:49.298 --> 00:20:50.232
  • they hate and almost destroythem, and oftentimes did and
  • 00:20:51.800 --> 00:20:53.835
  • them, and oftentimes did andhas.
  • 00:20:53.835 --> 00:20:53.969
  • has.And so what happened?
  • 00:20:56.672 --> 00:20:57.606
  • And so what happened?When God brought him to the
  • 00:20:57.606 --> 00:20:58.240
  • When God brought him to thepoint of death, he escaped from
  • 00:21:01.743 --> 00:21:01.777
  • point of death, he escaped fromthe whale and he couldn't get to
  • 00:21:04.246 --> 00:21:05.113
  • the whale and he couldn't get toNineveh fast enough.
  • 00:21:06.948 --> 00:21:07.282
  • Nineveh fast enough.And then of course, there's
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  • And then of course, there'sPeter.
  • 00:21:11.486 --> 00:21:11.620
  • Peter.Peter was one of Jesus's choice
  • 00:21:13.388 --> 00:21:13.455
  • Peter was one of Jesus's choicedisciples, strong, great
  • 00:21:16.725 --> 00:21:16.825
  • disciples, strong, greatfisherman.
  • 00:21:18.460 --> 00:21:18.827
  • fisherman.He'd seen miracle after miracle.
  • 00:21:21.630 --> 00:21:21.897
  • He'd seen miracle after miracle.And the night Jesus was taken,
  • 00:21:26.168 --> 00:21:29.304
  • And the night Jesus was taken,and here he was in the purpose
  • 00:21:29.504 --> 00:21:30.706
  • and here he was in the purposeand plan and will of the Lord,
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:33.408
  • and plan and will of the Lord,and some little girl looked at
  • 00:21:33.408 --> 00:21:33.842
  • and some little girl looked athim and said, "I think you're
  • 00:21:35.177 --> 00:21:35.711
  • him and said, "I think you'reone of those, I think you're
  • 00:21:37.813 --> 00:21:38.613
  • one of those, I think you'reone of those followers of
  • 00:21:38.613 --> 00:21:38.814
  • one of those followers ofJesus."
  • 00:21:40.649 --> 00:21:40.816
  • Jesus."And he said, "No, I'm not.
  • 00:21:45.187 --> 00:21:45.253
  • And he said, "No, I'm not.No, I'm not."
  • 00:21:48.223 --> 00:21:48.290
  • No, I'm not."And the Scripture says at this
  • 00:21:50.425 --> 00:21:50.726
  • And the Scripture says at thisparticular moment, "And Jesus
  • 00:21:51.927 --> 00:21:52.260
  • particular moment, "And Jesuswalked by and turned and looked
  • 00:21:55.297 --> 00:21:57.065
  • walked by and turned and lookedupon Peter," and I'll never
  • 00:21:57.165 --> 00:21:58.400
  • upon Peter," and I'll neverforget this phrase in the Bible,
  • 00:21:59.334 --> 00:22:00.869
  • forget this phrase in the Bible,"and Peter remembered."
  • 00:22:01.603 --> 00:22:02.104
  • "and Peter remembered."What did he remember?
  • 00:22:04.172 --> 00:22:04.272
  • What did he remember?Three wonderful, awesome,
  • 00:22:06.408 --> 00:22:09.111
  • Three wonderful, awesome,indescribable years of walking
  • 00:22:09.177 --> 00:22:13.715
  • indescribable years of walkingwith Jesus and seeing Him heal
  • 00:22:13.715 --> 00:22:14.116
  • with Jesus and seeing Him healand perform one miracle after
  • 00:22:14.916 --> 00:22:16.051
  • and perform one miracle afterthe other, walking on top of the
  • 00:22:17.052 --> 00:22:17.819
  • the other, walking on top of thewater he'd fished on all those
  • 00:22:19.221 --> 00:22:21.823
  • water he'd fished on all thoseyears.
  • 00:22:21.823 --> 00:22:22.157
  • years.And he said it, "I don't know
  • 00:22:23.425 --> 00:22:26.428
  • And he said it, "I don't knowHim."
  • 00:22:26.428 --> 00:22:26.661
  • Him."Before you willingly, knowingly
  • 00:22:29.030 --> 00:22:29.531
  • Before you willingly, knowinglystep out of the will of God,
  • 00:22:30.665 --> 00:22:31.299
  • step out of the will of God,you'd better think three times,
  • 00:22:34.503 --> 00:22:34.836
  • you'd better think three times,not once.
  • 00:22:37.172 --> 00:22:37.439
  • not once.Can you say today, as best I
  • 00:22:39.474 --> 00:22:39.574
  • Can you say today, as best Iknow my heart, I'm living in the
  • 00:22:41.510 --> 00:22:42.144
  • know my heart, I'm living in thewill of God?
  • 00:22:43.812 --> 00:22:44.146
  • will of God?As best I know my heart, I'm
  • 00:22:45.414 --> 00:22:45.647
  • As best I know my heart, I'msurrendered to Him.
  • 00:22:47.816 --> 00:22:48.083
  • surrendered to Him.The best I know my heart, my
  • 00:22:49.084 --> 00:22:49.951
  • The best I know my heart, mywitness, my testimony before
  • 00:22:50.619 --> 00:22:53.955
  • witness, my testimony beforeothers is good because I attempt
  • 00:22:54.423 --> 00:22:56.291
  • others is good because I attemptto live daily in His will and
  • 00:22:56.658 --> 00:22:57.826
  • to live daily in His will andway and purpose for my life.
  • 00:23:00.829 --> 00:23:01.129
  • way and purpose for my life.A will, a purpose, a plan, He
  • 00:23:02.564 --> 00:23:02.931
  • A will, a purpose, a plan, Heloves you enough to have planned
  • 00:23:05.066 --> 00:23:05.500
  • loves you enough to have plannedthe best.
  • 00:23:07.602 --> 00:23:07.903
  • the best.And the reason I go through
  • 00:23:08.737 --> 00:23:09.538
  • And the reason I go throughthese particular persons is
  • 00:23:11.473 --> 00:23:11.606
  • these particular persons isbecause I want you to see there
  • 00:23:13.909 --> 00:23:14.509
  • because I want you to see thereis a price.
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  • is a price.There is always a price.
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  • There is always a price.There is a cost of disobedience
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  • There is a cost of disobedienceto God.
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  • to God.And you don't want to have to
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  • And you don't want to have topay that price.
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  • pay that price.He says, "If we confess our
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  • He says, "If we confess oursins, He's faithful and just to
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  • sins, He's faithful and just toforgive us of our sins, and to
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  • forgive us of our sins, and tocleanse us from all
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  • cleanse us from allunrighteousness."
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  • unrighteousness."We've all had to claim that
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  • We've all had to claim thatverse, probably many times.
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  • verse, probably many times.But have you ever claimed the
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  • But have you ever claimed theOne that's called you?
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  • One that's called you?"Whosoever shall call upon the
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  • "Whosoever shall call upon thename of the Lord shall be
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  • name of the Lord shall besaved."
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  • saved."Have you ever responded to that
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  • Have you ever responded to thatverse?
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  • verse?Have you ever trusted Jesus
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  • Have you ever trusted JesusChrist as your personal Savior?
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  • Christ as your personal Savior?He doesn't say you have to
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  • He doesn't say you have torecount all your sins.
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  • recount all your sins.You confess the fact that you
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  • You confess the fact that youare a sinner, that you've
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  • are a sinner, that you'vedisobeyed God.
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  • disobeyed God.But you have the privilege by
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  • But you have the privilege bythe grace of God of confessing
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  • the grace of God of confessingthat sin, asking Him to forgive
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  • that sin, asking Him to forgiveyou, and then choosing to step
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  • you, and then choosing to stepin the will of God.
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  • in the will of God.Doesn't mean you'll live a
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  • Doesn't mean you'll live aperfect life, but it means by
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  • perfect life, but it means byHis grace and goodness and love
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  • His grace and goodness and loveand mercy and help, you can live
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  • and mercy and help, you can livea godly life because you have
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  • a godly life because you havethe indwelling Holy Spirit there
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  • the indwelling Holy Spirit thereto help you.
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  • to help you.Father, we love you and praise
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  • Father, we love you and praiseyou, that you have given us your
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  • you, that you have given us yourprecious Word as a warning, as
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  • precious Word as a warning, asan encouragement, as a help, as
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  • an encouragement, as a help, asa source of strength, a source
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  • a source of strength, a sourceof healing.
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  • of healing.May the truth of your Word sink
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  • May the truth of your Word sinkdeep into every heart that hears
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  • deep into every heart that hearsit.
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  • it.May there be definite, definite,
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  • May there be definite, definite,clear, absolutely unquestionable
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  • clear, absolutely unquestionablechange in the attitude and in
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  • change in the attitude and inthe actions of every person who
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  • the actions of every person whohears this, who has never
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  • hears this, who has nevertrusted Christ as their Savior.
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  • trusted Christ as their Savior.And of all us who have, would
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  • And of all us who have, wouldlook at our lives to see, are we
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  • look at our lives to see, are wewalking in the light of the
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  • walking in the light of thetruth of Jesus Christ?
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  • truth of Jesus Christ?I pray so, dear God, in Jesus's
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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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  • - 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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  • - 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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  • - 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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