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Faith & Future Part 1

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November 24, 2019
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Casey Treat

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Faith & Future Part 1

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  • - Pastor Casey Treat: Hi, I'm
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  • Casey Treat.
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  • Thirty-five years ago, I was an
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  • addict with no hope and no
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  • future.
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  • It was then that I realized a
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  • simple truth that changed my
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  • life forever.
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  • The truth is, you can change.
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  • Whatever the circumstance, you
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  • can make choices that change
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  • your life forever.
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  • Join me on this journey of
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  • change as we examine living in
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  • our world and finding out what
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  • - Casey Treat: So good to have
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  • you with us on the program
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  • today.
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  • You're gonna love it.
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  • We're having some fun talking
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  • about biblical issues in a
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  • practical way, and that's the
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  • way I like it, biblical,
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  • spiritual, but practical and
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  • powerful, meaningful for
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  • everyday life.
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  • Those are the things we're
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  • talking about in the program.
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  • You can always connect with me
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  • at caseytreat.com.
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  • Send a question, find the other
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  • teachings that we've archived
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  • there, get connected to two new
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  • books and new opportunities to
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  • be a part of our ministry,
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  • caseytreat.com.
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  • I'm praying you love today's
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  • - Casey: Let's start in a
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  • familiar passage, Hebrews,
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  • chapter 11.
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  • Do you know Hebrews 11, the hall
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  • of faith, right?
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  • Every industry has its Hall of
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  • Fame, but the Bible has the hall
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  • of faith and Hebrews chapter 11
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  • is that.
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  • It starts by saying, "Now faith
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  • is."
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  • What is faith?
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  • It's the substance of things
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  • hoped for, it's the evidence of
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  • things not seen.
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  • By faith we obtained a good
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  • report or a good testimony.
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  • By faith we understand the
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  • worlds were framed by the Word
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  • of God so things which are seen
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  • were not made things which are
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  • visible.
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  • Amazing concept, faith gives
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  • substance to what you're hoping
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  • for.
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  • So, if I'm hoping for a chair,
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  • I'm hoping for a place to sit,
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  • I'm hoping for something that I
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  • can use to relax, I'm hoping for
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  • it.
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  • I can see it in my mind.
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  • I wish I had one.
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  • I'm dreaming if I only had a
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  • chair, right?
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  • It's in me, it's inside my
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  • thoughts and my desires.
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  • Well, faith is the substance of
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  • things hoped for.
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  • Faith will bring me the material
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  • that I need.
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  • Faith will bring me the skills
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  • that I need.
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  • Faith will bring me the
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  • relationships that I need and
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  • one day, voila, the thing that I
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  • hoped for became substance and I
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  • can relax in my chair.
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  • And, in fact, everything started
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  • in that way.
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  • Before this podium was ever
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  • manufactured, somebody saw it,
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  • somebody dreamed about it,
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  • somebody thought about it,
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  • somebody designed it and then
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  • they created materials for it,
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  • and probably some relationships.
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  • And it all came together and we
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  • see it tangible here today.
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  • Faith is the substance of what
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  • you're hoping for.
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  • One day you were hoping for a
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  • marriage and family, or you were
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  • hoping for a home, or you were
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  • hoping for a car, whatever.
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  • And then those hopes become
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  • manifested as we begin to
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  • believe, and as we begin to
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  • work, and as we began to save
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  • the finances, or whatever it
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  • took to bring it to pass.
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  • So everything in our world
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  • functions that way, even from
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  • the natural sense, right?
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  • Your faith, your hope, your
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  • belief, your vision, becomes a
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  • company.
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  • It becomes a building, it
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  • becomes whatever we have.
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  • Everything starts that way.
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  • So, did the Bible say everything
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  • comes out of nothing?
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  • Didn't say that, did it?
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  • Well, how can something come
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  • from nothing?
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  • Didn't say that.
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  • It said it comes from things not
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  • seen.
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  • It's a big difference, isn't it?
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  • Things not seen isn't nothing.
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  • Things not seen just means you
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  • can't see it.
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  • So, the intangible creates the
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  • tangible, the not seen becomes
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  • the seen.
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  • And it's important that we get
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  • this because if we don't get
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  • this, then we start doubting and
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  • we start worrying.
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  • We start thinking, "I can never
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  • get out of debt because I can't
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  • see how it could happen.
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  • I'll never have a home because I
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  • can't see how it will happen.
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  • I will never be able to have
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  • that job, or career, or college
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  • degree, or relationship, or
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  • whatever."
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  • We begin to worry and doubt
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  • because we can't see how it
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  • would happen.
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  • But we need to recognize from
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  • these Scriptures, it doesn't
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  • matter if you can't see it
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  • because faith is the evidence of
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  • things not seen.
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  • And Jesus said it like this,
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  • have faith in God and speak to
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  • your mountains, right?
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  • So, he wasn't saying have faith
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  • that the mountain will move,
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  • that the problem will change,
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  • that the circumstance will
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  • change.
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  • He said have faith in God, and
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  • then these other things will
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  • happen.
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  • So, let's make sure that our
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  • faith is in God, our hope is in
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  • God.
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  • It's not in the prayer shawl.
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  • It's not in some person who
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  • prays for us.
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  • It's in our connection with him,
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  • and that's where we receive
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  • those things that God has
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  • planned for us.
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  • So, let's get our faith, let's
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  • get our hope connected to God.
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  • I will say it like this, your
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  • faith in God will decide what
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  • you see, what you believe, what
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  • you reach for, what you achieve
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  • in your future, your faith in
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  • God, not your faith in stuff,
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  • not your faith in the chair, not
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  • your faith in the things, not
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  • your faith in a person, your
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  • How many people have left church
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  • because they got hurt?
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  • They never were connecting with
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  • God.
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  • They were just part of the group
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  • and when the group hurt them,
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  • they're out 'cause they didn't
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  • really have a connection with
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  • God, right?
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  • How many people have given up on
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  • their faith life because they
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  • did the steps, they did the
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  • Catechism, they did the things
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  • and nothing changed and then so
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  • it didn't work?
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  • Well, but you didn't plug in
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  • with God, you were plugged into
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  • other stuff.
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  • So, it's faith in God.
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  • Jesus said have faith in God.
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  • In Jeremiah 29, and verse 11,
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  • famous passage, right?
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  • We hear it often.
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  • The prophet speaks by the Holy
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  • Spirit.
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  • He said, "I know the thoughts
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  • that I think towards you, says
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  • the Lord, thoughts of peace, and
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  • not of evil, to give you a
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  • future and a hope.
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  • And you'll call upon me and go
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  • and pray to me, and I'll listen
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  • to you.
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  • And you'll seek me and find me
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  • when you search for me with all
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  • your heart."
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  • Wendy and I memorized this
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  • Scripture.
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  • We were brand-new Christians,
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  • right, young Christians, we
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  • memorized that Scripture.
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  • You'll find him when we search
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  • for him, when we seek for him
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  • with all our heart.
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  • You know the difference, right?
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  • When you think you've misplaced
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  • something, you're kind of
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  • looking forward to, then you get
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  • distracted and you're doing
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  • something else.
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  • That's a lot different than when
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  • you're searching for something
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  • with all your heart, right?
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  • Man, you're just focused, you're
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  • just committed, "We gotta find
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  • it.
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  • We can't go until we find the
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  • key," or whatever it is.
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  • And when you get focused and
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  • give full attention, then you
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  • begin to search for that with
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  • all your heart.
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  • And here it says your future
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  • from God is dependent on you
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  • seeking for him with all your
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  • heart.
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  • You know, anything that's
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  • important to us, we can get, we
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  • can get into it, can't we?
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  • You know, you talk to the golfer
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  • who's loving his golf, oh man,
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  • he's into it.
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  • He's checking his club length.
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  • He's checking his loft, and his
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  • line, and he's thinking about
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  • his backswing, and his
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  • follow-through, and he's
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  • watching lessons on how to get
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  • better.
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  • And he'll buy strange things if
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  • they will give him five extra
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  • yards of his ball.
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  • And, you know, he's just into
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  • it, and he's focused, and he's
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  • searching and seeking how to get
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  • better.
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  • But the same thing is true for
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  • you who love to cook.
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  • "Whoo, I'm gonna try a pinch of
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  • this and a pinch of that.
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  • Maybe it will change the
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  • flavor."
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  • And we're into it, and we're
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  • buying things, that we're
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  • studying.
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  • We're watching the Food Channel
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  • because we're excited about this
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  • new salad, which, by the way,
  • 00:09:50.230 --> 00:09:52.050
  • they've been making salads for
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  • hundreds of years.
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  • It's a salad.
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  • But we get into it, don't we?
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  • And we seek, we search, we're
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  • studying, and we're excited
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  • about it, right?
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  • We go to the mall and we're
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  • shopping.
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  • They've been kind of making
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  • clothes and shoes for a long
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  • time, but this is a different
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  • color, and this is a different
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  • style, and it's one inch higher.
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  • And so, it's a V neck, not a
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  • round neck.
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  • I gotta have it, right?
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  • We get into our stuff.
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  • Who's into God like that?
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  • Who's seeking God like that?
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  • Who's studying God like that?
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  • Who's reading, and meditating,
  • 00:10:33.140 --> 00:10:35.240
  • and praying?
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  • God, move in my life.
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  • God, what's the future?
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  • What's the plan?
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  • How do I get where you want me
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  • to be?
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  • See, if we'll search for him
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  • with all our heart, "I will be
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  • found by you," says the Lord.
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  • Isn't it amazing how many people
  • 00:10:55.270 --> 00:10:57.230
  • have been Christians for a long
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  • time, but still not sure of
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:02.060
  • God's will for their lives,
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  • still just kind of hoping, kind
  • 00:11:03.140 --> 00:11:05.230
  • of wondering?
  • 00:11:05.230 --> 00:11:06.220
  • But the Bible said you can find
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  • him and you can know when you
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  • search, when you seek with all
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  • your heart, and this is the same
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  • thing that we read in Hebrews,
  • 00:11:15.230 --> 00:11:18.050
  • isn't it?
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  • That diligence.
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  • "I will reward those who seek me
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  • diligently."
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  • So, a real relationship, I'm not
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  • trying to make it sound hard or
  • 00:11:28.250 --> 00:11:30.100
  • sound like a job because your
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  • golf isn't your job, and cooking
  • 00:11:32.190 --> 00:11:34.230
  • may not be your job, and
  • 00:11:34.230 --> 00:11:36.130
  • clothing may not be your job,
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:38.090
  • but you can still get into it,
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  • be excited about it, and be, you
  • 00:11:39.270 --> 00:11:41.200
  • know, studying it.
  • 00:11:41.200 --> 00:11:43.280
  • When do we do that in our
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  • relationship with God, and what
  • 00:11:45.130 --> 00:11:47.210
  • if that was the key to your
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  • future?
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  • What if that is the key to your
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  • children's future, and to your
  • 00:11:54.180 --> 00:11:57.130
  • career, and to those things that
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  • you're hoping for?
  • 00:12:00.290 --> 00:12:03.290
  • Do you think God has a plan for
  • 00:12:03.290 --> 00:12:06.080
  • your future?
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  • We say that a lot, don't we?
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  • Stuff like that.
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  • The Lord has a plan.
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  • Let go, let God.
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  • Who came up with that one?
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  • Let go, let God.
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  • I guess it's good.
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  • It's cool.
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  • It's cute.
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  • Do you believe God has a plan
  • 00:12:25.220 --> 00:12:28.220
  • for my future?
  • 00:12:28.250 --> 00:12:31.250
  • So, when I was sitting in a
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  • rehab center and trying to
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  • decide if I could make it
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  • through a day without shooting
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  • dope, did God have a vision of
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  • me being a pastor, teaching the
  • 00:12:41.240 --> 00:12:44.050
  • Bible, talking about connecting
  • 00:12:44.050 --> 00:12:46.170
  • with him?
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  • Did God see that?
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  • Did God plan that?
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  • And what's he planning for you?
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  • What does he have for you?
  • 00:12:53.270 --> 00:12:55.130
  • But remember, there's this human
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  • side.
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  • So, I had to get involved with
  • 00:12:57.180 --> 00:12:58.190
  • that plan, didn't I?
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  • I had to call on the name of the
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  • Lord.
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  • I had to seek after the Lord.
  • 00:13:02.150 --> 00:13:04.190
  • I had to study, right, study the
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  • the Word of God to find what God
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  • had for me.
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  • Well, you say, that's for you,
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  • Pastor."
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  • I know but what's his plan in
  • 00:13:12.020 --> 00:13:13.080
  • your life?
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  • That's what I did.
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  • What's his plan in your life and
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  • how will you move in to that
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  • business, or that career, that
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  • ministry, whatever, that family,
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:25.060
  • that future, that he has planned
  • 00:13:25.060 --> 00:13:27.290
  • for you?
  • 00:13:27.290 --> 00:13:29.090
  • But let's start with the basics.
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:30.270
  • Do you believe God has a plan
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  • for your life, and do you
  • 00:13:34.240 --> 00:13:36.130
  • believe you're in it, you're
  • 00:13:36.130 --> 00:13:38.080
  • moving in it, you're walking in
  • 00:13:38.080 --> 00:13:40.000
  • it, you're on the path, you're
  • 00:13:40.000 --> 00:13:41.090
  • on the way?
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  • In Ephesians 1 and verse 3 it
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  • said, "Blessed be the God and
  • 00:13:45.240 --> 00:13:47.000
  • Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
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  • who has blessed us."
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  • One of the things that hangs us
  • 00:13:53.110 --> 00:13:55.100
  • up is we keep waiting for God to
  • 00:13:55.100 --> 00:13:56.260
  • do something, right?
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:57.280
  • "God, bless me, God, help me,
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  • God, heal me.
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  • God, show me.
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  • God--"
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:03.000
  • But the Bible said he has
  • 00:14:03.000 --> 00:14:04.050
  • blessed us, so we need to move
  • 00:14:04.050 --> 00:14:06.010
  • with confidence that God's
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  • working, that it's already a
  • 00:14:07.150 --> 00:14:08.240
  • done deal, that he's done his
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  • part and all we gotta do is move
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  • into it.
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  • You know, if you jumped off a
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  • building, but you had your eyes
  • 00:14:18.020 --> 00:14:20.010
  • closed so you couldn't see the
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  • bottom, but you believed there
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  • was a swimming pool there,
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  • right, or you believed there
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  • was, you know, one of those big
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  • air-filled bags that would catch
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  • you safely.
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  • So, you can't see the bottom,
  • 00:14:33.100 --> 00:14:35.130
  • but you just jump off anyway
  • 00:14:35.130 --> 00:14:38.010
  • because you have confidence
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  • that, you know, the pool is
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:41.070
  • there, or the bag is there, and
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  • you're gonna be fine.
  • 00:14:44.040 --> 00:14:46.020
  • Most of us are kind of on that
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  • ledge.
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:49.020
  • We're ready to leap out into our
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  • future, but we're not sure.
  • 00:14:52.100 --> 00:14:55.100
  • And we keep, "God, if you would
  • 00:14:55.100 --> 00:14:56.230
  • give me a sign.
  • 00:14:56.230 --> 00:14:58.040
  • God, if you would speak to me.
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  • God, if you would talk to me.
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:01.130
  • God, if you would help me.
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:02.130
  • God, if you would show me."
  • 00:15:02.130 --> 00:15:03.230
  • And we just won't go because we
  • 00:15:03.230 --> 00:15:06.130
  • don't believe he has blessed us
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:10.100
  • with every spiritual blessing.
  • 00:15:11.040 --> 00:15:14.040
  • In other words, his part is done
  • 00:15:14.040 --> 00:15:16.030
  • and now we can move forward
  • 00:15:16.030 --> 00:15:17.200
  • with confidence.
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:20.060
  • And then verse 4 said he has
  • 00:15:20.060 --> 00:15:21.190
  • chose us, chose us.
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:26.060
  • I wonder if the ancestry
  • 00:15:27.060 --> 00:15:30.060
  • attraction, the desire to know
  • 00:15:30.140 --> 00:15:33.140
  • our roots, the excitement to
  • 00:15:35.080 --> 00:15:38.080
  • find out about our past, I
  • 00:15:38.190 --> 00:15:41.190
  • wonder if that is partly because
  • 00:15:42.190 --> 00:15:45.190
  • of our lack of confidence in our
  • 00:15:46.230 --> 00:15:49.230
  • future and our lack of belief
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:57.260
  • that we're chosen, that we're
  • 00:15:57.260 --> 00:15:59.120
  • adopted, that God is Father and
  • 00:16:02.250 --> 00:16:05.250
  • he has a wonderful plan for us.
  • 00:16:05.250 --> 00:16:08.000
  • It is kind of fun, right?
  • 00:16:08.000 --> 00:16:09.120
  • I've been talking with some of
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:10.170
  • the folks who paid the money and
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:12.270
  • got their ancestry, and they
  • 00:16:12.270 --> 00:16:14.140
  • didn't even know, "I'm Irish.
  • 00:16:14.140 --> 00:16:17.010
  • I thought I was always this, and
  • 00:16:17.010 --> 00:16:19.110
  • I found out that I'm that,"
  • 00:16:19.110 --> 00:16:21.270
  • which would kind of, that would
  • 00:16:21.270 --> 00:16:22.270
  • be kind of weird, wouldn't it?
  • 00:16:22.270 --> 00:16:24.040
  • Maybe, maybe mom always told you
  • 00:16:24.040 --> 00:16:26.240
  • that you were, you know, from
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:28.120
  • German descendants and then you
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:31.050
  • find out that you're, you have a
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:34.030
  • Jewish family in your past.
  • 00:16:34.030 --> 00:16:36.120
  • That would be a mind shift and a
  • 00:16:36.240 --> 00:16:39.240
  • lot of people go through that
  • 00:16:39.240 --> 00:16:40.200
  • because they assumed one thing,
  • 00:16:40.200 --> 00:16:43.000
  • and then they find out something
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:44.080
  • different.
  • 00:16:44.080 --> 00:16:45.090
  • And it's interesting, you know,
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:47.240
  • it's fine and yeah, I guess it's
  • 00:16:47.240 --> 00:16:50.140
  • cool.
  • 00:16:50.140 --> 00:16:51.210
  • But I've never been interested
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:53.050
  • in it because I really believe
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:55.040
  • that God chose me and wherever I
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:58.120
  • came from.
  • 00:16:58.120 --> 00:16:59.130
  • I mean, I could just make
  • 00:16:59.130 --> 00:17:00.100
  • something up.
  • 00:17:00.100 --> 00:17:01.110
  • My family came over on the, one
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:04.220
  • of Christopher Columbus' boats,
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:09.020
  • not that we ever believed in him
  • 00:17:09.020 --> 00:17:10.130
  • because we knew he wasn't a good
  • 00:17:10.130 --> 00:17:11.180
  • guy, but we were on the Santa
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:14.140
  • Maria, and what was the name?
  • 00:17:14.140 --> 00:17:17.140
  • Right, that's my family, I don't
  • 00:17:25.010 --> 00:17:26.020
  • know where your family.
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:27.130
  • Your family came on a rubber
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:28.250
  • raft or something.
  • 00:17:28.250 --> 00:17:31.190
  • But the fact is, the Bible said
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:33.050
  • God chose us.
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:36.020
  • God chose us.
  • 00:17:36.020 --> 00:17:38.050
  • So, who cares about my ancestry?
  • 00:17:39.090 --> 00:17:42.090
  • I'm more excited about this
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:44.040
  • family that I'm in now.
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:46.100
  • I'm adopted by God.
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  • I'm a son and daughter of God.
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:51.020
  • I'm connecting with God.
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:52.200
  • I have faith in God because God
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:54.220
  • has his future planned for me.
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:57.010
  • Whoo, I'm moving on.
  • 00:17:57.010 --> 00:17:58.120
  • See, that energizes our life,
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:18:01.190
  • that shakes off the chains of
  • 00:18:01.190 --> 00:18:03.120
  • fear and doubt, that releases us
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:06.000
  • from the worry.
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:07.100
  • "Well, my family never believed
  • 00:18:07.100 --> 00:18:08.130
  • in me."
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:09.020
  • Who cares?
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:09.270
  • God chose you.
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:11.130
  • God adopted you.
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:13.200
  • "Well, my family's never had
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:14.160
  • very much."
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:15.120
  • Who cares?
  • 00:18:15.120 --> 00:18:16.170
  • God owns everything, right?
  • 00:18:16.170 --> 00:18:19.020
  • We're in a whole new family.
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:20.130
  • We're in a whole new realm and
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:22.020
  • that changes everything in terms
  • 00:18:22.020 --> 00:18:24.030
  • of how we live our life.
  • 00:18:24.030 --> 00:18:26.010
  • But I'm thinking so many people
  • 00:18:26.010 --> 00:18:28.230
  • come to God in church and get
  • 00:18:28.230 --> 00:18:31.180
  • born again, but never really get
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:34.170
  • the faith in God so nothing
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:37.060
  • really changes.
  • 00:18:37.060 --> 00:18:39.010
  • They're still attached to their
  • 00:18:39.010 --> 00:18:40.220
  • ancestors.
  • 00:18:40.220 --> 00:18:42.230
  • They're still attached to their
  • 00:18:42.230 --> 00:18:43.290
  • past.
  • 00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:44.250
  • They're still attached to the--
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:46.280
  • "Well, my family goes through
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:48.140
  • divorce, and my family's had a
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:49.290
  • lot of heart problems.
  • 00:18:49.290 --> 00:18:51.000
  • My family's always been poor.
  • 00:18:51.000 --> 00:18:52.290
  • My family's always had the--"
  • 00:18:52.290 --> 00:18:54.190
  • But what about this new family?
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:57.070
  • What about faith in God?
  • 00:18:57.070 --> 00:18:59.230
  • So, all those things no longer
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:01.110
  • matter.
  • 00:19:01.110 --> 00:19:03.020
  • But now I realize I'm adopted,
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:06.090
  • and I'm blessed, and he chose
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:08.270
  • me.
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:09.270
  • And he's--and verse 5 says he
  • 00:19:09.270 --> 00:19:12.040
  • predestined us to adoption by
  • 00:19:12.180 --> 00:19:15.180
  • his Son Jesus Christ, according
  • 00:19:16.090 --> 00:19:19.090
  • to the good pleasure of his
  • 00:19:19.090 --> 00:19:20.200
  • will.
  • 00:19:20.200 --> 00:19:22.160
  • In verse 11, we've obtained an
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:24.180
  • inheritance, wow, being
  • 00:19:25.030 --> 00:19:28.030
  • predestined--I'm in Ephesians
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  • 1:11 and 12--have this
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  • inheritance, and I've been
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  • predestined according to the
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  • purpose of him.
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  • Whoo, that changes everything,
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  • doesn't it?
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  • So, have you got there?
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  • Are you there?
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  • You believe that?
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  • You connect with that?
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  • You think that?
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  • You think that so strongly, it
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:53.010
  • changes how you live your life?
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  • That's what I'm hoping, I'm
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  • believing when we come to
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  • Christian faith, it's not just
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  • another service, but our faith
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  • changes how we live our life.
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  • That's my prayer, faith that's
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  • real, faith that changes how we
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  • live.
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  • Paul prayed three things for the
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  • church there that they would get
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  • it, that they would grasp this.
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  • Paul prayed three things.
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  • He says, "I'm praying that the
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  • Father of glory will give to you
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  • the spirit of wisdom and
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:28.100
  • revelation in the knowledge of
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  • God."
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  • So, you gotta know God,
  • 00:20:30.130 --> 00:20:31.070
  • knowledge of God.
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  • You gotta pray, and you gotta
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  • study, and you gotta connect
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  • with the knowledge of God.
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  • You got knowledge about you golf
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:39.190
  • game, you got knowledge about
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  • your cookbook, you got knowledge
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  • about your car and knowledge
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  • about whatever's important to
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  • you.
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  • You're online, you're YouTubing,
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  • you're looking, you're
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  • searching.
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  • Do that for God.
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  • Get the knowledge of God.
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:56.230
  • Paul prayed, first of all.
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  • Secondly, he prayed that you
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  • would know the hope of his
  • 00:21:00.070 --> 00:21:01.210
  • calling, right?
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:03.250
  • Nobody's called you to, your
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:05.210
  • call into business, your call to
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  • prosper so you can be a
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  • blessing.
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:10.020
  • You're called into education.
  • 00:21:10.020 --> 00:21:11.210
  • You're called to help people, to
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  • teach people, to help them get
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  • education.
  • 00:21:16.040 --> 00:21:17.000
  • You're called into finance.
  • 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:19.180
  • You're called into areas of
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  • ministry.
  • 00:21:21.190 --> 00:21:22.270
  • What's the hope of your calling,
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  • that thing you get excited
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  • about, that thing you love to
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  • do?
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  • Teaching children, or you love
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  • building, you just stand back
  • 00:21:30.240 --> 00:21:33.080
  • and look at the home you built
  • 00:21:33.080 --> 00:21:35.040
  • and not only the financial
  • 00:21:35.040 --> 00:21:36.160
  • blessing, but just the act of
  • 00:21:36.160 --> 00:21:38.210
  • doing it is your hope and your
  • 00:21:38.210 --> 00:21:41.110
  • dream.
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  • You just love it, right?
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  • My brother's a carpenter, and he
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  • carpenters things.
  • 00:21:46.170 --> 00:21:49.170
  • Frank, we had Frank up here the
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:51.040
  • other day, right?
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  • And Frank is tearing stuff up.
  • 00:21:52.010 --> 00:21:53.200
  • I'm like, when did Frank become
  • 00:21:53.200 --> 00:21:54.170
  • a carpenter?
  • 00:21:54.170 --> 00:21:57.020
  • Not a very good one, right?
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:21:59.050
  • But my brother, and then he
  • 00:21:59.050 --> 00:22:00.150
  • shows, "We built these cabinets,
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:02.240
  • we built this kitchen, we built
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:04.250
  • this bookstore, we built this
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:06.160
  • office.
  • 00:22:06.160 --> 00:22:07.180
  • Look at this.
  • 00:22:07.180 --> 00:22:08.030
  • Look at this."
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:08.210
  • He's showing me pictures, why?
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:09.170
  • Because it's the hope of his
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  • calling.
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:11.260
  • He's just doing what God called
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:13.090
  • him to do.
  • 00:22:13.090 --> 00:22:14.040
  • He's just loving it.
  • 00:22:14.040 --> 00:22:15.090
  • And yeah, he needs to make money
  • 00:22:15.090 --> 00:22:16.260
  • and he has all these other
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:18.030
  • components, but he knows the
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:20.020
  • hope of his calling.
  • 00:22:20.020 --> 00:22:22.250
  • And number three, Paul prayed
  • 00:22:22.250 --> 00:22:24.090
  • you would know the exceeding
  • 00:22:24.090 --> 00:22:25.210
  • great power that you have
  • 00:22:25.210 --> 00:22:27.180
  • through Christ, whom God raised
  • 00:22:27.180 --> 00:22:29.250
  • from the dead.
  • 00:22:29.250 --> 00:22:31.010
  • So, those three things are found
  • 00:22:31.010 --> 00:22:32.080
  • in Ephesians chapter 1, verses
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  • 15 to 20.
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  • So, those three things are
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:38.240
  • important to you to connect with
  • 00:22:38.240 --> 00:22:41.170
  • God and your future.
  • 00:22:41.170 --> 00:22:43.290
  • Connect with God and your
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  • future.
  • 00:22:45.080 --> 00:22:46.220
  • And so, we pray that you would
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:47.240
  • know this great power that you
  • 00:22:47.240 --> 00:22:50.130
  • have in Christ.
  • 00:22:50.130 --> 00:22:51.180
  • "Well, I just don't have time."
  • 00:22:51.180 --> 00:22:52.250
  • But you got the power of God.
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:54.290
  • "I don't know if I can afford
  • 00:22:54.290 --> 00:22:55.220
  • it."
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:56.110
  • But the power of Jesus, the same
  • 00:22:56.110 --> 00:22:58.270
  • power that raised him from the
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:00.230
  • dead.
  • 00:23:00.230 --> 00:23:01.100
  • "Well, I don't know.
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:02.200
  • You know, I'm kind of tired."
  • 00:23:02.200 --> 00:23:04.130
  • But the power of God is living
  • 00:23:04.130 --> 00:23:06.180
  • in you, right?
  • 00:23:06.180 --> 00:23:09.080
  • So, we get focused on our
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:10.260
  • fatigue, and on our schedule,
  • 00:23:10.260 --> 00:23:13.130
  • and on our lack, and on those
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:16.100
  • issues, but we forget these
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:18.090
  • three things Paul prayed, that
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:20.280
  • you would know, that you would
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:23.010
  • have knowledge of God, that you
  • 00:23:23.010 --> 00:23:24.090
  • would know hoping in your
  • 00:23:24.090 --> 00:23:26.040
  • calling, and the power of Christ
  • 00:23:26.200 --> 00:23:29.200
  • that lives in us.
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:32.020
  • So, if we could grasp that, if
  • 00:23:32.020 --> 00:23:34.010
  • we could connect with that,
  • 00:23:34.010 --> 00:23:35.210
  • whoo, it's gonna move as
  • 00:23:35.210 --> 00:23:37.180
  • forward.
  • 00:23:37.180 --> 00:23:38.080
  • It's gonna move us to our
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:39.040
  • future.
  • 00:23:39.040 --> 00:23:41.040
  • I want to close with this
  • 00:23:41.040 --> 00:23:42.020
  • thought.
  • 00:23:42.020 --> 00:23:43.120
  • Why did God pick Abraham?
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  • Abraham wasn't perfect.
  • 00:23:48.020 --> 00:23:50.110
  • Abraham had some issues, had
  • 00:23:50.110 --> 00:23:51.200
  • some problems, right, made some
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:53.160
  • mistakes.
  • 00:23:53.160 --> 00:23:55.260
  • Why did God pick Abraham?
  • 00:23:55.270 --> 00:23:58.270
  • There's one answer, there's one
  • 00:23:58.270 --> 00:24:00.040
  • reason: Abraham believed God.
  • 00:24:02.190 --> 00:24:05.190
  • He didn't believe in blessing.
  • 00:24:05.190 --> 00:24:08.060
  • He didn't believe God was gonna,
  • 00:24:08.060 --> 00:24:10.050
  • you know, prosper his sheep.
  • 00:24:10.250 --> 00:24:13.250
  • It wasn't about God even giving
  • 00:24:13.250 --> 00:24:16.210
  • him a son 'cause he was willing
  • 00:24:16.210 --> 00:24:18.230
  • to sacrifice that son, remember?
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:22.180
  • Abe put Isaac on the altar.
  • 00:24:23.000 --> 00:24:26.000
  • Isaac was trying to crawl off,
  • 00:24:26.110 --> 00:24:29.110
  • Abraham tied him up.
  • 00:24:29.110 --> 00:24:32.020
  • Why would God pick Abraham?
  • 00:24:32.020 --> 00:24:33.230
  • Because Abraham believed God and
  • 00:24:34.100 --> 00:24:37.100
  • the Bible calls him the father
  • 00:24:37.100 --> 00:24:39.110
  • of our faith, not the father of
  • 00:24:39.150 --> 00:24:42.150
  • our prosperity, not the father
  • 00:24:42.150 --> 00:24:44.150
  • of our healing, although all
  • 00:24:44.150 --> 00:24:46.080
  • those things came, but he's the
  • 00:24:46.080 --> 00:24:48.240
  • father of our faith.
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:51.100
  • Faith in God will take you to
  • 00:24:51.100 --> 00:24:53.270
  • your future.
  • 00:24:53.270 --> 00:24:55.150
  • Faith in God will cause your
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:57.190
  • future to be predestined.
  • 00:24:57.240 --> 00:25:00.260
  • So, we'll get back to Abraham in
  • 00:25:01.080 --> 00:25:04.080
  • next week's lesson.
  • 00:25:04.080 --> 00:25:06.250
  • But I want to ask, do you
  • 00:25:06.250 --> 00:25:09.120
  • believe?
  • 00:25:09.120 --> 00:25:11.220
  • Do you trust?
  • 00:25:11.220 --> 00:25:14.170
  • Do you look to God for
  • 00:25:14.170 --> 00:25:16.240
  • everything in your life?
  • 00:25:17.020 --> 00:25:20.020
  • Just like you trust the chair,
  • 00:25:20.020 --> 00:25:21.140
  • you trust your car, you trust
  • 00:25:21.140 --> 00:25:22.150
  • the microwave, do you trust God?
  • 00:25:23.100 --> 00:25:26.100
  • Do you believe God has a plan
  • 00:25:26.100 --> 00:25:28.220
  • for you?
  • 00:25:28.220 --> 00:25:30.230
  • The beginning of our
  • 00:25:30.230 --> 00:25:31.190
  • relationship with God is that
  • 00:25:31.190 --> 00:25:33.030
  • we're born again, right?
  • 00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:34.210
  • We get born of his Spirit, and
  • 00:25:34.210 --> 00:25:36.220
  • then we get filled with his
  • 00:25:36.220 --> 00:25:37.270
  • Spirit, and then we pray with
  • 00:25:37.270 --> 00:25:40.030
  • his Spirit.
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:40.290
  • This is part of seeking after
  • 00:25:40.290 --> 00:25:42.240
  • him with all our hearts.
  • 00:25:42.240 --> 00:25:44.170
  • "Well, I don't want to do that."
  • 00:25:44.170 --> 00:25:45.120
  • Okay, well, you'll never know
  • 00:25:45.120 --> 00:25:46.120
  • what God has for you then
  • 00:25:46.120 --> 00:25:49.100
  • because if you'll seek for him,
  • 00:25:49.100 --> 00:25:50.260
  • and search for him with all your
  • 00:25:50.260 --> 00:25:52.210
  • heart, you'll find him.
  • 00:25:52.210 --> 00:25:55.200
  • And those who seek diligently
  • 00:25:55.280 --> 00:25:58.280
  • will find the rewards that God
  • 00:25:58.280 --> 00:26:01.090
  • - Casey: Thanks for being with
  • 00:26:04.180 --> 00:26:05.070
  • me today.
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  • Remember, you can always connect
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:07.270
  • with us at caseytreat.com.
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  • There you'll find today's
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  • lesson.
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  • You can get CDs, DVDs, or other
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  • great teaching that will help to
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  • encourage and empower your life.
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  • If you've been around Wendy and
  • 00:26:19.150 --> 00:26:20.190
  • I at all, you know, we're
  • 00:26:20.190 --> 00:26:22.180
  • keeping it practical and we're
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  • keeping it spiritual.
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  • That's the way we want it, real
  • 00:26:26.180 --> 00:26:28.150
  • but powerful, something you can
  • 00:26:28.150 --> 00:26:30.250
  • live every day, but something
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  • that will connect you with God
  • 00:26:32.230 --> 00:26:34.210
  • and God's plan for your life.
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  • So, go to caseytreat.com and
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  • - Casey: Can a Christian have
  • 00:26:43.100 --> 00:26:43.280
  • tattoos?
  • 00:26:43.280 --> 00:26:44.260
  • - Wendy Treat: Well, I don't
  • 00:26:44.260 --> 00:26:45.140
  • know, Casey.
  • 00:26:45.140 --> 00:26:46.030
  • That question is beyond
  • 00:26:46.030 --> 00:26:47.240
  • everything, because there's so
  • 00:26:47.240 --> 00:26:50.020
  • much conflict.
  • 00:26:50.020 --> 00:26:51.250
  • And it's so funny if you're in
  • 00:26:51.250 --> 00:26:53.040
  • this part of the globe, or if
  • 00:26:53.040 --> 00:26:54.060
  • you're in this part of the
  • 00:26:54.060 --> 00:26:55.010
  • globe, I mean, it's a great
  • 00:26:55.010 --> 00:26:56.170
  • question.
  • 00:26:56.170 --> 00:26:57.110
  • - Casey: But doesn't it come
  • 00:26:57.110 --> 00:26:57.290
  • down to if you're young or if
  • 00:26:57.290 --> 00:26:58.230
  • you're old?
  • 00:26:58.230 --> 00:27:00.240
  • I think if you're old, you can't
  • 00:27:00.240 --> 00:27:03.120
  • do the tattoo.
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  • - Casey: Hey, before I go, make
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  • sure and send me your question.
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  • Love to hear it and love to get
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