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  • - He wants you tolive the blessed life.
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  • - [Narrator] Robert Morris,a gifted communicator
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  • with more than 20 yearsof Biblical teaching,
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  • Morris reaches believersin the end church
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  • with his passionate,
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  • practical
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  • and often humorous presentation.
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  • (laughs)
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  • As Founding Senior Pastor
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  • of Gateway Churchin Dallas, Texas,
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  • Morris has seenexponential growth
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  • since the inception ofhis multi-campus church
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  • from its humblebeginnings in 2000.
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  • The church has grown to morethan 39.000 active members.
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  • Morris is featured on thedaily television program,
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  • "The Blessed Life",
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  • seen in 90 millionhomes in the U.S.
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  • He's about to share amessage you don't wanna miss.
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  • Robert Morris, here on "Praise."
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  • (rock music)
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  • Tonight on Praisefrom Southlake, Texas.
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  • Chancellor of theKing's University
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  • and senior pastorof Gateway Church,
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  • Robert Morris andhis wife Debbie.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • And now Matt and Laurie Crouch.
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  • - We welcome you tothe stage right here
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  • at beautiful Gateway Church
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  • and that pastor Robert Morris
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  • just kinda set up
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  • for those that don'tknow your life message.
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  • - Well my life messagereally is giving
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  • and I wanna clarifythat it is not getting.
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  • Unfortunately, alot of people say
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  • that they bring, theypreach on giving.
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  • They're actuallypreaching on getting,
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  • - Wow.
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  • - You know, the Bible says
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  • "Give and it shallbe given to you.
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  • "Good measure, pressed down,
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  • "Shaken together, running over."
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  • We all know the scripture,
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  • but most of the timeI think we preach it
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  • from the wrong motivation.
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  • - Okay.
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  • - In other words, when God says,
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  • "Give and it shallbe given to you"
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  • if you back upjust a little bit,
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  • Luke six there, he says,
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  • "Give to everyonewho asks of you
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  • "And if he, if youneed your coat,
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  • "Give him your shirt too,
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  • "And if you loan him the money,
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  • "Don't even ask himto pay you back."
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  • He's talking about anattitude of the heart
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  • and when we givewith a right heart,
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  • God does reward us.
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  • But really whenyou think about it,
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  • well why did God inventgiving in the first place?
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  • It's not becausehe needs the money.
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  • It's not even to supportthe work of the Kingdom.
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  • It's really not.
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  • Because God coulddo it another way.
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  • He could send Ravens,
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  • he can send manna, you know,
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  • he can support his work.
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  • It's to do a work in my heart.
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  • It's to get greed andselfishness out of my heart.
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  • And when God does that,
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  • then he can actually trustme with more resources.
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  • And so I think what God didin me very early on was,
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  • he puts something in my heart
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  • that I wanted everyone to know
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  • this Jesus son metin a motel room
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  • and I began to give.
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  • When I began to give,
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  • he began to give me more,
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  • but I didn't thenstart thinking,
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  • "Oh, I'm going to give to get."
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  • I just thought I have, nowhave more resources to give.
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  • And I really believe
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  • it's because God says"Hey i can trust you.
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  • "I can give you resources."
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  • And he does rewardus for giving,
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  • but he rewards givingfrom a right heart.
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  • - Okay.
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  • There was a dramatic day
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  • where you lookedat your lovely wife
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  • and said,(laughs)
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  • "Oh, by the way"
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  • Pick the story up from there
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  • and then we need to hear,- Yes
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  • - Her side of the story(mumbles)
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  • (laughs)
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  • - Yeah, there was a daywhen the Lord asked us
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  • to give him everything,
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  • All of our fund, all savings,
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  • all retirement,
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  • cars
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  • and our home.
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  • And so, people askDebbie all the time,
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  • "How'd you feel whenyour husband said
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  • let's give our house away?"
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  • So how, how'd you feel?
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  • (laughs)
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  • - I was actually excited.
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  • We had been on a Godjourney of giving.
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  • So, and I knew he had atrack record of hearing God,
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  • but I had greatconfidence in our God.
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  • You know, 'cause we hadjust seen so much happen
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  • that was truly amazing.
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  • We couldn't explain it on paper
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  • how the finances hadworked prior to that.
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  • So we, we just hada great confidence
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  • that God would somehow,it would work out.
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  • - Yeah.- So.
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  • - Before we had, wecame to that moment
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  • where we gave everything,
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  • we were actually giving70% of our income
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  • at that time to away.
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  • And so as she said,
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  • we had a track record
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  • that if we heard God and obeyed,
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  • then he would takecare of the rest.
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  • Just give everything God says
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  • and the same blessing comeson every person when we obey,
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  • no matter what the amount is,
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  • the blessing is the obedience.
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  • It's almost like me saying,
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  • you know, we werecrossing a desert,
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  • there was an army chasing us.
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  • We came to an ocean
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  • and the ocean parted
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  • and we walked across andthen the army drowned.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • And you think, are you sure?
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  • Well, you know,that's what it's like
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  • and our God stilldoes miracles today.
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  • - Yes he does.
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  • - Our God still does.
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  • And that's what our story is.
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  • We did what he said
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  • and the ocean parted.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - And so even evenas I share today,
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  • that's what I want you to get.
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  • If you, as youwatch this message
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  • is God really doeswant to bless you,
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  • but he wants to bless youso you can be a blessing.
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  • - [Narrator] Wehope you're enjoying
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  • today's specialedition of "Praise"
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  • as Matt and Laurie visit GatewayChurch near Dallas, Texas
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  • to talk with pastorRobert and Debbie Morris.
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  • They're exploring what havinga blessed life really means
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  • as revealed in pastorRobert's bestselling book,
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  • "The Blessed Life."
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  • His practical, yetspiritually powerful book,
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  • offers you a roadmapfor living a life
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  • that is blessed inevery dimension.
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  • Blessed in health,
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  • emotions,
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  • relationships,
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  • and yes, blessed financially.
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  • This extensive set ofeight messages on audio CD,
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  • will equip and empower you
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  • to experience alife of blessing,
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  • not just in your finances,
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  • but in literally everyarea of your life.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - This is such animportant message
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  • that we have to catch it.
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  • It's called The Principlesof Multiplication.
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  • Would it be all right with you
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  • if God multipliedyour resources?
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  • Would that be allright with you?
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  • Okay.(crowd applauding)
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  • We've seen othermathematical terms.
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  • You know, we've seen addition,
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  • praise the Lord.
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  • We've seen subtraction,
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  • we've seen division sometimes,
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  • but what about multiplication?
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  • So Luke 9 andverse 12 all right,
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  • Luke nine verse 12 it says,
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  • "When the daybegan to wear away,
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  • "The 12,
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  • there's the number
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  • "Came and said to him,
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  • "Send the multitude away
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  • "that they may go into thesurrounding towns and country
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  • "And lodge and get provisions;
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  • "For we in adeserted place here.
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  • "But he said to them,
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  • "You give themsomething to eat."
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  • "And they said,
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  • "Well, we have nomore than five loaves
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  • "And two fish unlesswe go and buy food
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  • "For all these people.
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  • "For there were about 5.000 men
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  • "And he said to his disciples,
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  • "Make them sit downin groups of 50.
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  • There's another number.
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  • "And they did so and theymade them all sit down.
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  • "And then he tookthe five loaves
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  • "And the two fish andlooking up to heaven,
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  • "He blessed and broke them
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  • "And gave them to the disciplesto set before the multitude.
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  • Now again,
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  • I think probably Peterprobably probably said,
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  • "Hey, give me one ofthe rolls here, here,
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  • "Lord here, prayover mine first here,
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  • "Pray for mine, pray for mine,
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  • "Here, pray for mine.
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  • So watch, watch, watch.
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  • "Pray for mind Lord."
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  • (crowd laughs)
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  • And Jesus takes thispiece of bread from Peter,
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  • lifts it up and says,"Father bless it."
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  • Breaks it and handshalf of it back to Peter
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  • (crowd laughs)
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  • It grows,
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  • in Peter's hands
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  • and he says, "Youcan have some more."
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  • (laughs)(crowd laughs)
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  • Listen, the miracle did nothappen in the master's hands.
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  • It happened in thedisciples hands.
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  • - [Crowd] Amen.
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  • - This is very important.
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  • So from this story,
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  • there are two principlesof multiplication.
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  • If you're taking notes,
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  • I want you to write these down.
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  • If you're not taking notes,
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  • write these down.
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  • All right.(crowd laughs)
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  • Here's number one.
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  • It has to be blessedbefore it can multiply.
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  • It has to be blessedbefore it can multiply.
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  • Think about this.
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  • What if the discipleshad given the fish
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  • and the loaves outwithout Jesus blessing it.
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  • It never would've multiplied.
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  • It was the blessing of Jesus
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  • that gave it thepotential to multiply.
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  • There are many, many peoplewho give a little here
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  • and give a little there,
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  • but they never see theirfinances multiplied
  • 00:09:23.719 --> 00:09:26.122
  • and the reason is they'renot blessed by Jesus,
  • 00:09:26.122 --> 00:09:29.158
  • and the Bible tellsus very, very clearly
  • 00:09:29.158 --> 00:09:31.060
  • that the way Jesusblesses our finances
  • 00:09:31.060 --> 00:09:34.630
  • is we give the first10% to the house of God.
  • 00:09:34.630 --> 00:09:38.768
  • And when we give the first10% to the house of God,
  • 00:09:38.768 --> 00:09:42.505
  • the rest is blessed.
  • 00:09:42.505 --> 00:09:44.373
  • So number one, it has to beblessed before it can multiply.
  • 00:09:44.373 --> 00:09:48.077
  • Number two, it has to be givenaway before it can multiply.
  • 00:09:48.077 --> 00:09:52.915
  • It has to be given awaybefore it can multiply.
  • 00:09:52.915 --> 00:09:55.985
  • Again, think about this story.
  • 00:09:55.985 --> 00:09:58.087
  • I got saved at 19 inJake's motel, room 12
  • 00:09:58.087 --> 00:10:01.624
  • and I startedsharing my testimony
  • 00:10:01.624 --> 00:10:03.492
  • and then I just wentto Bible College
  • 00:10:03.492 --> 00:10:04.860
  • and then I startedpreaching Youth Revivals
  • 00:10:04.860 --> 00:10:06.929
  • and things like this.
  • 00:10:06.929 --> 00:10:08.164
  • And in a few yearsthe Lord said to me,
  • 00:10:08.164 --> 00:10:10.232
  • listen, this statement'svery important.
  • 00:10:10.232 --> 00:10:11.701
  • You might even wannawrite this down.
  • 00:10:11.701 --> 00:10:13.235
  • He said, "I want you toget your finances in order
  • 00:10:13.235 --> 00:10:16.138
  • "So I can bless them."
  • 00:10:16.138 --> 00:10:17.473
  • Yeah, you need tounderstand something.
  • 00:10:19.141 --> 00:10:20.309
  • God cannot,
  • 00:10:20.309 --> 00:10:21.577
  • it would be against his nature.
  • 00:10:21.577 --> 00:10:23.212
  • God cannot bless somethingthat's not in order.
  • 00:10:23.212 --> 00:10:26.449
  • So he said,
  • 00:10:26.449 --> 00:10:27.683
  • "I want you to getyour finances in order
  • 00:10:27.683 --> 00:10:28.517
  • "So I can bless them."
  • 00:10:28.517 --> 00:10:30.086
  • So I said, "Well, Lord oncewhat do you want me to do?"
  • 00:10:30.086 --> 00:10:31.353
  • He said three things
  • 00:10:31.353 --> 00:10:32.421
  • and then I want you,
  • 00:10:32.421 --> 00:10:33.622
  • you could writethese down as well.
  • 00:10:33.622 --> 00:10:34.990
  • I put them on thescreen for you.
  • 00:10:34.990 --> 00:10:37.159
  • Number one, he said,"Get out of debt."
  • 00:10:37.159 --> 00:10:39.328
  • Now, every time Godspeaks something us,
  • 00:10:39.328 --> 00:10:42.031
  • God will clarify what he means.
  • 00:10:42.031 --> 00:10:43.699
  • For us,
  • 00:10:43.699 --> 00:10:44.934
  • the first thing thathad to go was our car.
  • 00:10:44.934 --> 00:10:46.869
  • We had a car withthis big payment.
  • 00:10:46.869 --> 00:10:48.571
  • It was actually too big for us.
  • 00:10:48.571 --> 00:10:50.206
  • We knew it was.
  • 00:10:50.206 --> 00:10:51.273
  • So we sold that car
  • 00:10:51.273 --> 00:10:52.708
  • and we bought a carfor cash for $750.
  • 00:10:52.708 --> 00:10:57.146
  • That was all we could afford.
  • 00:10:57.146 --> 00:10:58.380
  • But we loved that car.
  • 00:10:58.380 --> 00:10:59.715
  • We prayed over it.
  • 00:10:59.715 --> 00:11:01.283
  • We anointed with oilabout a quarter a week.
  • 00:11:01.283 --> 00:11:03.819
  • (crowd laughs)
  • 00:11:03.819 --> 00:11:06.789
  • And we drove that car.
  • 00:11:06.789 --> 00:11:08.057
  • The second thingGod said to me was,
  • 00:11:09.391 --> 00:11:11.360
  • "Don't manipulate."
  • 00:11:11.360 --> 00:11:12.962
  • Now by this time again,
  • 00:11:12.962 --> 00:11:14.196
  • I'm in ministryand I'm traveling
  • 00:11:14.196 --> 00:11:15.765
  • and speaking in churches.
  • 00:11:15.765 --> 00:11:17.199
  • He said, "Don't manipulate."
  • 00:11:17.199 --> 00:11:18.734
  • I said, "Lord, what do youmean don't manipulate?"
  • 00:11:18.734 --> 00:11:20.035
  • He said, "I wantyou to know that I,
  • 00:11:20.035 --> 00:11:22.805
  • "I am your source."
  • 00:11:22.805 --> 00:11:24.406
  • So he said, "From now on,
  • 00:11:24.406 --> 00:11:25.608
  • "When a pastorasked you, you know,
  • 00:11:25.608 --> 00:11:27.610
  • "What are your financialrequirements for coming?
  • 00:11:27.610 --> 00:11:30.112
  • "You say, I have no financialrequirements for coming."
  • 00:11:30.112 --> 00:11:33.115
  • So the Lord said,"Get out of debt.
  • 00:11:33.115 --> 00:11:34.483
  • "Don't manipulate.
  • 00:11:34.483 --> 00:11:35.417
  • Number three he said, "Give."
  • 00:11:35.417 --> 00:11:36.852
  • And I said, "WellLord, I do give a give.
  • 00:11:38.220 --> 00:11:40.356
  • "I tithe."
  • 00:11:40.356 --> 00:11:41.290
  • Now listen to what he said.
  • 00:11:41.290 --> 00:11:42.091
  • He said, "Son, giving,
  • 00:11:42.091 --> 00:11:43.359
  • "Tithing is not giving.
  • 00:11:43.359 --> 00:11:44.994
  • "Tithing is returning.
  • 00:11:44.994 --> 00:11:46.395
  • He said, "The tithebelongs to me.
  • 00:11:48.597 --> 00:11:50.065
  • He said, "You only have twochoices with the tithes.
  • 00:11:50.065 --> 00:11:52.134
  • "You bring it tothe house of God
  • 00:11:52.134 --> 00:11:53.702
  • "Or you steal it."
  • 00:11:53.702 --> 00:11:54.804
  • It's only your only choice.
  • 00:11:55.871 --> 00:11:57.006
  • According to scripture,
  • 00:11:57.006 --> 00:11:58.207
  • there's no otherchoice in scripture.
  • 00:11:58.207 --> 00:12:00.376
  • And so he's, I said, "Well Lord,
  • 00:12:00.376 --> 00:12:02.311
  • hear this, aren'tthese good questions?
  • 00:12:02.311 --> 00:12:03.979
  • I said, "Well Lord,
  • 00:12:03.979 --> 00:12:04.914
  • "How will I know when the give?
  • 00:12:04.914 --> 00:12:06.715
  • "How will I know what to give?
  • 00:12:06.715 --> 00:12:07.917
  • "How will I know where to give?"
  • 00:12:07.917 --> 00:12:09.919
  • Listen to what hesaid. So simple.
  • 00:12:09.919 --> 00:12:11.353
  • Listen, he said, "I'll tell ya.
  • 00:12:11.353 --> 00:12:13.189
  • "I'll tell ya."
  • 00:12:14.824 --> 00:12:15.658
  • "See my sheep, hear my voice."
  • 00:12:16.592 --> 00:12:18.828
  • So the very nextmeeting I go to,
  • 00:12:18.828 --> 00:12:21.197
  • now, this is all of, this is it.
  • 00:12:21.197 --> 00:12:22.865
  • This is all I do now is I,
  • 00:12:22.865 --> 00:12:24.099
  • at that time I traveledand spoke at churches.
  • 00:12:24.099 --> 00:12:26.735
  • I said, I have nofinancial requirements.
  • 00:12:26.735 --> 00:12:28.437
  • And I went, I had onemeeting for the whole month,
  • 00:12:28.437 --> 00:12:30.806
  • for the whole month.
  • 00:12:30.806 --> 00:12:32.007
  • And it was a Sundayevening meeting,
  • 00:12:32.007 --> 00:12:34.109
  • not a whole week,
  • 00:12:34.109 --> 00:12:35.144
  • and it was about 60 people.
  • 00:12:35.144 --> 00:12:37.346
  • And so I go and I speak
  • 00:12:37.346 --> 00:12:38.814
  • and at the end thepastor gets up and said,
  • 00:12:38.814 --> 00:12:40.616
  • "This guy told me something
  • 00:12:40.616 --> 00:12:41.851
  • "no minister's eversaid to me ever.
  • 00:12:41.851 --> 00:12:45.154
  • "He said he had no financialrequirements to come here.
  • 00:12:45.154 --> 00:12:47.189
  • He said, "I want us togive an offering to him."
  • 00:12:47.189 --> 00:12:49.959
  • And so they gave an offering
  • 00:12:49.959 --> 00:12:51.193
  • and he came up to me atthe end of the service
  • 00:12:51.193 --> 00:12:52.628
  • and he said, "Look atthis, look at this."
  • 00:12:52.628 --> 00:12:54.196
  • He was excited, we'dnever done this.
  • 00:12:54.196 --> 00:12:55.698
  • And he said, "Look howmuch this offering is.
  • 00:12:55.698 --> 00:12:58.234
  • "I'm so excited."
  • 00:12:58.234 --> 00:12:59.768
  • And I looked down and it wasenough for the whole month.
  • 00:12:59.768 --> 00:13:02.504
  • And at this time I had a staff
  • 00:13:02.504 --> 00:13:04.473
  • and I had an officeand I had expenses.
  • 00:13:04.473 --> 00:13:06.775
  • So it was enough, not justfor my personal income,
  • 00:13:06.775 --> 00:13:09.678
  • but for the ministry'sincome for the whole month.
  • 00:13:09.678 --> 00:13:12.514
  • And I thought, God,you are so good.
  • 00:13:12.514 --> 00:13:14.250
  • That's amazing.
  • 00:13:14.250 --> 00:13:15.451
  • I'm standing theretalking to the pastor
  • 00:13:15.451 --> 00:13:16.685
  • and I glance over his shoulder
  • 00:13:16.685 --> 00:13:18.120
  • and at the back of the room
  • 00:13:18.120 --> 00:13:19.588
  • is a missionary that spokeright before I spoke.
  • 00:13:19.588 --> 00:13:22.291
  • And this voice said to me,"Give him the offering."
  • 00:13:22.291 --> 00:13:25.394
  • And the Lord said, "Itold you, I'd tell ya.
  • 00:13:25.394 --> 00:13:27.863
  • "I told you, I'd tellyou where to give,
  • 00:13:27.863 --> 00:13:30.432
  • "When to give andhow much to give.
  • 00:13:30.432 --> 00:13:33.969
  • "And I'm telling you togive him the offering."
  • 00:13:33.969 --> 00:13:36.038
  • So I went up to the missionarywhen no one else was looking.
  • 00:13:36.038 --> 00:13:38.741
  • I made sure no one saw me
  • 00:13:38.741 --> 00:13:40.776
  • and I endorsed the cheque
  • 00:13:40.776 --> 00:13:41.877
  • and I folded in half
  • 00:13:41.877 --> 00:13:43.379
  • and I said, "I'm gon' give yousomething on two conditions.
  • 00:13:43.379 --> 00:13:44.914
  • "Number one, you don't lookat it until after you leave,
  • 00:13:44.914 --> 00:13:47.116
  • "Because it was a very,very large cheque.
  • 00:13:47.116 --> 00:13:50.052
  • "Number two, I said,
  • 00:13:50.052 --> 00:13:51.553
  • "You'll never ever tell anyoneI gave this to you. Never."
  • 00:13:51.553 --> 00:13:55.057
  • And I gave him the cheque
  • 00:13:55.057 --> 00:13:56.659
  • and we walked out to our car,
  • 00:13:56.659 --> 00:13:57.960
  • Debbie and I,
  • 00:13:57.960 --> 00:13:59.428
  • and there were some peoplestanding there talking
  • 00:13:59.428 --> 00:14:00.095
  • and they said,
  • 00:14:00.095 --> 00:14:01.363
  • "Hey, would y'all liketo go get some pizza?"
  • 00:14:01.363 --> 00:14:02.164
  • And we said, "Yeah"
  • 00:14:02.164 --> 00:14:03.098
  • You know, 'cause we were broke.
  • 00:14:03.098 --> 00:14:04.433
  • And so we said,
  • 00:14:04.433 --> 00:14:05.634
  • "yeah, we'd, yeah,(crowd laughs)
  • 00:14:05.634 --> 00:14:06.435
  • sure we'd love to."
  • 00:14:06.435 --> 00:14:07.503
  • And so we went to pizza
  • 00:14:07.503 --> 00:14:08.704
  • and there werefive other couples,
  • 00:14:08.704 --> 00:14:10.472
  • six couples total,
  • 00:14:10.472 --> 00:14:11.674
  • Debbie and I andfive other couples.
  • 00:14:11.674 --> 00:14:13.842
  • And the six ladies saton one end of the table,
  • 00:14:13.842 --> 00:14:16.011
  • and the six guys sat onone end of the table.
  • 00:14:16.011 --> 00:14:18.147
  • And I was on this end,
  • 00:14:18.147 --> 00:14:19.381
  • Debbie was downon the other end.
  • 00:14:19.381 --> 00:14:20.883
  • And all of a sudden thesefour guys got to talking
  • 00:14:20.883 --> 00:14:23.252
  • and this guy across the tablefrom me leaned over like that.
  • 00:14:23.252 --> 00:14:27.222
  • And so, you know, Ikinda leaned over,
  • 00:14:27.222 --> 00:14:29.124
  • I don't know what he'sabout to say, you know.
  • 00:14:29.124 --> 00:14:30.993
  • (crowd laughs)
  • 00:14:30.993 --> 00:14:32.261
  • And all of a suddenhe just said to me,
  • 00:14:32.261 --> 00:14:33.495
  • "How much was thelove offering?"
  • 00:14:33.495 --> 00:14:34.897
  • And so I told him,
  • 00:14:35.965 --> 00:14:37.132
  • and it was an offering,
  • 00:14:37.132 --> 00:14:38.200
  • not an honorarium.
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:39.668
  • The difference is an honorariumis around amount with zeros,
  • 00:14:39.668 --> 00:14:42.438
  • like $500 or $1.000or something.
  • 00:14:42.438 --> 00:14:45.174
  • This was an offering soit had dollars and cents.
  • 00:14:45.174 --> 00:14:47.776
  • And so I told him every number,
  • 00:14:47.776 --> 00:14:49.311
  • I told him theexact amount of it
  • 00:14:49.311 --> 00:14:50.746
  • and he shook his head like this.
  • 00:14:50.746 --> 00:14:51.981
  • And then he said,"Where's the cheque?
  • 00:14:51.981 --> 00:14:53.882
  • "You gave it away, didn't you?"
  • 00:14:54.817 --> 00:14:56.385
  • And I said, "How did you,
  • 00:14:57.419 --> 00:14:58.253
  • "How do you know that?"
  • 00:14:58.253 --> 00:14:59.488
  • He said, "Because God told me."
  • 00:14:59.488 --> 00:15:01.256
  • And he reached in his pocket
  • 00:15:02.157 --> 00:15:03.258
  • and he pulled out a cheque
  • 00:15:03.258 --> 00:15:04.760
  • that he had written beforethe service that night.
  • 00:15:04.760 --> 00:15:07.696
  • And he opened it up
  • 00:15:07.696 --> 00:15:08.998
  • and it was made outto our ministry.
  • 00:15:08.998 --> 00:15:10.532
  • And remember our,
  • 00:15:10.532 --> 00:15:11.800
  • the check I gave awayhad dollars and cents.
  • 00:15:11.800 --> 00:15:13.902
  • He opened up
  • 00:15:13.902 --> 00:15:14.837
  • and it was exactly 10 times
  • 00:15:14.837 --> 00:15:17.206
  • the amount of the chequeI'd just given away.
  • 00:15:17.206 --> 00:15:19.541
  • (crowd applauding)
  • 00:15:19.541 --> 00:15:20.376
  • Exactly, exactly.
  • 00:15:20.376 --> 00:15:21.577
  • (crowd applauding)
  • 00:15:21.577 --> 00:15:22.978
  • You he said, "Here, take this."
  • 00:15:22.978 --> 00:15:24.713
  • And he's holding the top of it.
  • 00:15:24.713 --> 00:15:25.948
  • And I reached out and Itook the bottom of it,
  • 00:15:25.948 --> 00:15:27.649
  • but he wouldn't let it go.
  • 00:15:27.649 --> 00:15:29.118
  • (crowd laughs)
  • 00:15:29.118 --> 00:15:31.353
  • And I realized he wantedto say something to me.
  • 00:15:31.353 --> 00:15:33.822
  • I know now therewas an impartation
  • 00:15:33.822 --> 00:15:36.725
  • from a person who hadthe gift of giving.
  • 00:15:36.725 --> 00:15:39.028
  • But he's holding the top,
  • 00:15:39.028 --> 00:15:40.162
  • I'm holding the bottom.
  • 00:15:40.162 --> 00:15:41.630
  • And I looked right acrossthe top of that cheque
  • 00:15:41.630 --> 00:15:42.865
  • right in his eyes.
  • 00:15:42.865 --> 00:15:44.400
  • And he said, "God's aboutto teach you about giving
  • 00:15:44.400 --> 00:15:46.101
  • "So you can teachthe body of Christ."
  • 00:15:46.101 --> 00:15:49.038
  • and he let the check go.- [Crowd] Wow.
  • 00:15:49.038 --> 00:15:50.539
  • And when he did,
  • 00:15:50.539 --> 00:15:52.441
  • this revelation
  • 00:15:52.441 --> 00:15:55.677
  • came on me.
  • 00:15:55.677 --> 00:15:56.678
  • This is God's money.
  • 00:15:56.678 --> 00:15:57.780
  • And every penny Iget is God's money.
  • 00:15:59.181 --> 00:16:01.417
  • And so I said to Debbie,"This is God's money.
  • 00:16:02.618 --> 00:16:04.720
  • "We need to ask Godwhat he wants us to do."
  • 00:16:04.720 --> 00:16:06.622
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:16:06.622 --> 00:16:07.823
  • Every believer needsthat revelation
  • 00:16:07.823 --> 00:16:10.559
  • about every cheque we get.
  • 00:16:10.559 --> 00:16:12.461
  • This is God's money.
  • 00:16:12.461 --> 00:16:13.662
  • "God, what do you wantme to do with it?"
  • 00:16:13.662 --> 00:16:15.497
  • And so we said, "Lord, what doyou want us to do with this?"
  • 00:16:15.497 --> 00:16:18.400
  • He said, "Buy a carfor single mom."
  • 00:16:18.400 --> 00:16:19.601
  • We still had the $750 car.
  • 00:16:19.601 --> 00:16:22.404
  • We didn't go ourselves,buy ourselves a new car.
  • 00:16:22.404 --> 00:16:24.139
  • We bought a car for single mom.
  • 00:16:24.139 --> 00:16:25.441
  • Then the Lord's seat said,
  • 00:16:25.441 --> 00:16:26.675
  • "See that go over therewho's out of the work,
  • 00:16:26.675 --> 00:16:28.143
  • "You pay his salary untilhe gets another job."
  • 00:16:28.143 --> 00:16:30.512
  • That was thousandsof dollars a month.
  • 00:16:30.512 --> 00:16:32.114
  • We started givingso extravagantly
  • 00:16:32.114 --> 00:16:35.150
  • and God just began toprovide from all over.
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:38.087
  • And then one day theLord spoke to me.
  • 00:16:38.087 --> 00:16:40.322
  • I was having my quiet time.
  • 00:16:40.322 --> 00:16:41.423
  • And Lord said to me,
  • 00:16:41.423 --> 00:16:42.424
  • "Would you give me everything?
  • 00:16:43.525 --> 00:16:45.027
  • "Would you give me everything?
  • 00:16:46.395 --> 00:16:47.596
  • And I knew immediately,
  • 00:16:47.596 --> 00:16:48.897
  • he meant everything inour checking account,
  • 00:16:48.897 --> 00:16:51.100
  • everything in oursavings account,
  • 00:16:51.100 --> 00:16:53.102
  • everything in theministry checking account,
  • 00:16:53.102 --> 00:16:54.503
  • everything in theministry savings account,
  • 00:16:54.503 --> 00:16:56.939
  • our retirement,
  • 00:16:58.874 --> 00:16:59.842
  • both our vehicles
  • 00:17:00.909 --> 00:17:02.177
  • and our house.
  • 00:17:04.346 --> 00:17:05.280
  • So please hear me.
  • 00:17:06.448 --> 00:17:07.649
  • When I say that,
  • 00:17:07.649 --> 00:17:08.851
  • when I tell yousomething like that,
  • 00:17:08.851 --> 00:17:10.119
  • I am not asking youto give everything.
  • 00:17:10.119 --> 00:17:11.653
  • Listen, I am asking you togive everything God says.
  • 00:17:11.653 --> 00:17:14.890
  • I'm asking you to do that.
  • 00:17:14.890 --> 00:17:15.991
  • Okay?
  • 00:17:15.991 --> 00:17:16.925
  • Just what God tells you to do.
  • 00:17:16.925 --> 00:17:18.660
  • So anyway, we sat down,
  • 00:17:18.660 --> 00:17:19.828
  • Debbie and I,
  • 00:17:19.828 --> 00:17:21.330
  • and we talked about whereto give everything and all,
  • 00:17:21.330 --> 00:17:22.464
  • and we, you know, Debbie like,
  • 00:17:22.464 --> 00:17:24.333
  • it took us several monthsto do this by the way,
  • 00:17:24.333 --> 00:17:26.235
  • to distribute everything.
  • 00:17:26.235 --> 00:17:28.036
  • And the next day I'mhaving my quiet time
  • 00:17:28.036 --> 00:17:29.805
  • and I was addingit up in my mind
  • 00:17:29.805 --> 00:17:31.573
  • and the phone rang.
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  • And I picked up the phone
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  • and this guy on the otherend of the phone said,
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  • "Robert, God told me to helpyou with your transportation."
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  • Here's what I thought.
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  • "He's going to give us a car."
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  • And, and that's good'cause you know,
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  • we don't have a car
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  • and you know,
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  • but Lord, even ifhe gives us a car,
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  • I just gave awayeverything I own
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  • and two cars.
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  • And at that time we'dgiven nine cars away.
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  • Nine.
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  • So I thought, even ifhe gives us his car,
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  • thank you but I still got you.
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  • And I said, "What didthe Lord tell you to do?"
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  • He said, "He told meto buy you an airplane
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  • (crowd laughs)
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  • and I'm gonna pay for the gas.
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  • I'm gonna pay for the hanger,
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  • the insurance,
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  • the maintenance,
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  • and I've hired a pilot
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  • and I'm gonna pay his salary.
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  • Here's his name and number.
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  • You just call him and tellhim where you wanna go
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  • and when you wanna go.
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  • And the Lord said, "Gotcha.
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  • (crowd laughs)
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  • "Gotcha."
  • 00:18:20.088 --> 00:18:20.923
  • Now and listen to me,
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  • this is not a message,
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  • give and you get an airplane.
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  • Okay? Listen.
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  • (crowd laughs)
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  • I want you to livethe blessed life
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  • I want every memberof Gateway Church
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  • and every person watchingto live this happy life.
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  • And I wanna know, "What isGod saying to you today?"
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  • Some of you has struggledfor years to tithe,
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  • to give the whole titheto the house of God.
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  • The first 10% of yourgross income undesignated.
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  • I'm pleading with you,
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  • step out in faith.
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  • You may have to sell somethinglike Debbie and I had to.
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  • You may have to loweryour standard of living,
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  • but you will neverever regret it.
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  • - [Narrator] Wehope you're enjoying
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  • today's specialedition of "Praise"
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  • as Matt and Laurie visit GatewayChurch near Dallas, Texas
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  • to talk with pastorRobert and Debbie Morris.
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  • They're exploring what havinga blessed life really means
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  • as revealed in pastorRobert's bestselling book,
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  • "The Blessed Life."
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  • His practical, yetspiritually powerful book
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  • offers you a roadmapfor living a life
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  • that is blessed inevery dimension.
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  • Blessed in health,
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  • emotions,
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  • relationships,
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  • and yes, blessed financially.
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  • So to thank you for yourgift of support to TBN.
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  • Matt and Laurie want tosend you your own copy
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  • of "The Blessed Life"
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  • and an appreciation of yourspecial gift of $50 or more.
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  • We'll also send you theblessed life collection.
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  • This extensive set ofeight messages on audio CD,
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  • will equip and empower you toexperience a life of blessing,
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  • not just in your finances,
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  • but in literally everyarea of your life.
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  • Why not take a momentright now to call
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  • or visit us securelyand conveniently online
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  • to choose your level of support
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  • and request your resourcesby pastor Robert Morris.
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  • Your support makes youa media missionary.
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  • Taking the hopeand grace of Jesus
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  • to people next door
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  • and all around the globethrough TBN's 30 plus networks,
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  • broadcasting in 17 languages.
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  • You really can havea blessed life.
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  • Call, click orwrite the TBN today.
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  • - This is not a messagethat you've heard.
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  • This is a life that was lived.
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  • This is being willing to diefor something you believe in.
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  • This is not, this iswhen you reach over,
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  • if I ran over there andgave him a big bear hug,
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  • this is what comesout of Robert Morris,
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  • is this life message.
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  • And I know it's an impartation.
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  • How did what, whathappened in your opinion
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  • that started getting thisgiving message kind of,
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  • out of balance?
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  • What do you think happened?
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  • - Well, I think whathappens really is that,
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  • what Jesus called mammon,a spirit of mammon.
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  • Mammon is an Aramaic word,
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  • but it comes from theSyrian God of riches.
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  • And I think what happens is,
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  • when we're youngand starting out,
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  • we just give everything to God.
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  • But our everythingisn't that much.
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  • And so we give everything to God
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  • and then God blesses us
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  • and we continue to give.
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  • But then the blessing,
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  • somehow our heartbegins to shift
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  • from the blesserto the blessing.
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  • And just even asRomans one says,
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  • "We begin to worshipand serve the creation
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  • "Rather than the creator."
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  • And we've had to deal with that
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  • because God has givenus more to steward now,
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  • we've had to deal with,are we still willing?
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  • Are we still willing to giveeverything God asks us to give?
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  • And I think that's theway it happens sometimes.
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  • Is that the enemy comes in
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  • and begins to putour focus on things.
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  • And a very famousscripture, you know,
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  • Matthew six, Jesus said,
  • 00:22:07.249 --> 00:22:09.050
  • "Seek first the Kingdom
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  • "And all these thingsthey'll be added."
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  • But he said the gentiles,
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  • I think he wasreferring to them,
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  • the people thatdidn't know his ways.
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  • "They seek these things,
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  • "But you don't needto seek those things.
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  • "You seek me and I'll takecare of those things."
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  • And I think giving is anopportunity every week,
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  • every two weeks, every month,
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  • every time we get paid.
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  • It's a way to put Godin first place again.
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  • At that first 10% that tithegoes to our local church.
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  • And then we give over and above
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  • to ministries like TBN
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  • and missionaries and things.
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  • But we give that first toGod every time we get paid.
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  • And what we're doing
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  • is we're kinda keepinghim in first place
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  • so that we don'tget out of balance.
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  • - This, life message bypastor Robert Morris.
  • 00:22:52.661 --> 00:22:56.898
  • it's his two years
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  • and just wanna giveyou an opportunity
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  • just for the final word,
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  • just to our audience.
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  • - I'd like to ask you totake a step right now.
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  • You know, if I werepreaching on salvation,
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  • receiving Jesus,
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  • I'd lead you in thesinner's prayer right now.
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  • And if you needto come to Christ,
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  • I do want you to calland accept Christ.
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  • If I were preaching onreceiving the Holy Spirit,
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  • I'd lead you to help you receivethe Holy Spirit right now.
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  • But today I preached on giving.
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  • So what I wanna do
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  • is lead you in a response.
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  • Ask God what hewants you to give.
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  • That's all I'm saying.
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  • That's all Matt's saying.
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  • That's all Laurie's saying,
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  • it's all Debbie saying.
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  • We're not trying to getyou to give by compulsion.
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  • As a matter of fact,
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  • the Bible says,
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  • "God doesn't want usto give by compulsion,
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  • "But he wants us to givegenerously and cheerfully."
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  • So you can take a stepof faith right now.
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  • Just ask the Holy spirit.
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  • It's real simple.
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  • "What do you wantme to give today."
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  • "Lord, what do youwant me to give?"
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  • And God will put anamount on your heart.
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  • Now let me just say,
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  • it could be anextravagant amount.
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  • There are a lot of extravagantgifts in the Bible.
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  • Abraham giving his sonobviously an extravagant gift,
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  • being willing to do that.
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  • David's gift to the temple.
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  • Here's an extravagant gift
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  • that a lot of peopledon't think about
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  • the widow's two mites.
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  • For her, that was extravagant.
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  • So what's the Holyspirit saying to you?
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  • And I wanna ask you
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  • and I wanna encourage you,
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  • call today,
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  • call right now
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  • and do what God'stelling you to give.
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  • Step out in faith andwatch what God does.
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  • That's one of thegreatest parts of giving
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  • is to hear God and obey.
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  • That's fantastic.
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  • So let me just pray foryou just for a moment
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  • and then I wanna encourage you
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  • to do what God'stelling you to do today.
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  • All right.
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  • Lord, thank you.
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • Lord I'm overwhelmed withyour goodness in my life,
  • 00:24:52.681 --> 00:24:57.218
  • but Lord, in so manypeople's lives that I know
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  • that have stepped out
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  • in this area ofgiving and generosity,
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  • and they've told me my lifewill never be the same.
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  • Lord, I pray right now forevery person watching this,
  • 00:25:07.162 --> 00:25:11.566
  • that right now you'llspeak an amount.
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  • They'll step out in faith
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  • and they'll do what you'reputting on their hearts do,
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  • and Lord, then I trust you
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  • that you will rebuke thedevour for our sakes.
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  • You'll open thewindows of heaven
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  • and pour out such blessing
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  • here will not be roomenough to receive it.
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  • In other words, Lord,
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  • we'll be able to givemore to the Kingdom,
  • 00:25:29.150 --> 00:25:31.386
  • or I pray that you will bless us
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  • so that we can be ablessing in Jesus name.
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  • Amen.
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  • (rock music)
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