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Finding the Answers

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July 28, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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Finding the Answers

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  • Dr. Ed Young: Ecclesiastes is a very bright book.
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  • It is bright because it is written under the dazzling
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  • background of darkness, and that darkness is death.
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  • You read Ecclesiastes, and Solomon is always couching
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  • everything under the background of death.
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  • And he asks over and over again, in many, many ways,
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  • "What is life for under the sun?"
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  • He asks, "What does your life mean?"
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  • And by the way, it's interesting to observe as you read
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  • Ecclesiastes, he talks in general terms,
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  • and then he talks about, "I, I, I."
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  • Remember when he said how narcissistic Solomon is?
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  • "I, I, I, I, I, I," But we come to the 5th chapter,
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  • which we're going to look at, and he says: "You,"
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  • second person singular, he says, "You."
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  • He changed from, "I, I, I," and general kind of teaching to,
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  • "You."
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  • He makes it very pointed, and the question he keeps asking is,
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  • "What does your life mean?
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  • What difference does your life make under the sun?
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  • What are you here for?
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  • What can you and I do in this life that has not only meaning
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  • now, but meaning 100 years or 1.000 years that will have
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  • any significance in all of eternity?"
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  • And he keeps asking that question,
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  • and it's a very uncomfortable question.
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  • But, folks, that question is the greatest question
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  • that can be asked, the most important, significant question
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  • that we have to face.
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  • "What are you here for?"
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  • Now we come to the 5th chapter of Ecclesiastes,
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  • and here we see Solomon takes on a whole new characteristic.
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  • And it's stunning, but we see now Solomon,
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  • I think, goes back to the early years of his life.
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  • He was a young man, discipled by a godly man,
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  • a godly prophet.
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  • How he became king.
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  • How he built the temple.
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  • How he dedicated the temple.
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  • How he prayed in the temple.
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  • How he brought sacrifices to the temple.
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  • How he studied the Word and obeyed the Word.
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  • But now he's an old man, and he didn't finish well.
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  • All of a sudden, he'd married all these women from all over
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  • the world for so-called, "Political reasons."
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  • And now they've brought all their pagan altars into Israel.
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  • All these mice had come, and now he'd moved away from God.
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  • And we see that, incidentally, in a little interesting thing.
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  • Don't miss this.
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  • In the book of Ecclesiastes, the Hebrew word that is used for God
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  • is usually "Elohim," which is just a pedestrian word.
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  • It's just a reference to God in a general sense.
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  • The covenant word for God in the Bible,
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  • mentioned 500 times, it's an interesting word.
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  • It's the word "Jehovah" or "Yahweh."
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  • In other words, Solomon writes, knowing that somehow
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  • he had drifted away from having a covenant with God.
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  • What does it mean to have a covenant with God,
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  • this word that is used?
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  • It means there is an understanding of grace.
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  • It means there is a hope that the Messiah would come
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  • and change this world.
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  • You see, that's the covenant relationship God has
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  • with Israel, and those are the words.
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  • Solomon does not use that word.
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  • He knows somehow he has moved out from under the covenant,
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  • the protection, the umbrella of Almighty God,
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  • so he does not use the word "Yahweh" or "Jehovah."
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  • Interesting, isn't it?
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  • But he comes her and tells us, "Let me tell you about worship."
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  • He built the temple. He knew about worship.
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  • His dad, David, who had experienced so powerfully
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  • the grace of God, was a man after God's own heart.
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  • He knew worship.
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  • Solomon had worshiped, and now he tells us in these
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  • seven verses, follow me carefully, how to worship
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  • and how not to worship.
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  • That's big, isn't it?
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  • Did you know one of the things that distinguishes us
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  • from animals is that we can worship?
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  • Animals can't worship.
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  • We can worship.
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  • We're made in the image of God.
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  • We can call upon God.
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  • We can know God.
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  • The human beings, we have the capacity to worship,
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  • awe to God.
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  • He tells us, first of all, how to worship.
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  • Look at it, verse 1, chapter 5: "Guard your steps as you go
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  • to the house of God and draw near to listen."
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  • In other words, when you came to church this morning to worship,
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  • did you guard your steps?
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  • Before you came, did you pray, "Lord, speak to me today.
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  • Lord, I need a word from you today.
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  • Come and tabernacle among us today."
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  • Did you come with expectation?
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  • Did you come that a hope in God would break through and heal,
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  • restore, in form, guide, bring you through this dark place,
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  • or lift you up in the place of opportunity you're in so
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  • you'll maximize your life?
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  • Did you come praying?
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  • That's what he's saying.
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  • "Guard your steps when you go in the of God."
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  • Don't go into church casually or flat-footed.
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  • Anticipation, you see, for worship to take place,
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  • not only must there be testimony in word and song and the
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  • teaching of the Book, but there has to be those who receive,
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  • those who come with open minds, open hearts, wanting to feel
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  • the touch, the reality of the living God, see?
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  • It's a twofold way.
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  • And he says, "We come to listen.
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  • We come to listen.
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  • We draw near to listen."
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  • That's the first, he says, "This is how you worship."
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  • You could sit in a pew, go through the motions,
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  • check all the box, "I went to church.
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  • It was okay," and say, "Boy, you know,
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  • he didn't perform as good today."
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  • But you see, we come and say, "Lord Jesus, I need your Word.
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  • Let your Spirit come and bring my life into reality with you.
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  • I wanna catch fire, have meaning, significance,
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  • and confidence, hope."
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  • All of that happens in worship, private worship,
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  • and corporate worship like we engaged in now.
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  • Come in tiptoe.
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  • Come with great expectancy.
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  • "Come near and listen."
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  • And then he tells us how not to worship.
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  • And look, these are strong, strong words.
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  • They're a little frightening to me as I kept looking at them.
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  • He says, "Rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools;
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  • as they do not know they are doing evil."
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  • In other words, phony worship, foolish worship,
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  • it is coming like a fool to church,
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  • coming like a fool when you do your quiet time,
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  • coming like a fool.
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  • And he says, "When you come as a hypocrite,
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  • without sincerity, look what happens."
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  • He says, "It's not just not a good thing to do."
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  • He said, "It is an evil thing to do."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, it is absolutely dangerous
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  • to go to church.
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  • It's a ferocious thing. It's a frightening thing.
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  • It's an overwhelming thing to go and say,
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  • "I'm going to worship," and not worship.
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  • It is the worship or the sacrifice of fools.
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  • And then he tells us exactly, precisely what the sacrifice,
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  • what phony, hypocritical worship is all about.
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  • Look what he says first of all in verse 2.
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  • He says: "Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought
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  • to bring up a matter in the presence of God.
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  • For God is in heaven and you are on earth."
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  • What is he saying?
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  • He said, "Fools worship foolishly,
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  • engage in foolish worship when we forget who God is."
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  • We forget who God is.
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  • I had a member of the staff once in a meeting said,
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  • "Oh, we need to have a come-to-Jesus movement."
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  • Let me tell you something. I don't like that terminology.
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  • No, no, no, we use Christ as an expletive, of all things.
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  • We gotta remember who God is.
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  • Who is God?
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  • He is omniscient, he's all-knowing.
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  • There's no thought we've ever had, no emotion
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  • we've ever experienced, nothing we've ever done
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  • or said or not done that he doesn't know about.
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  • You don't have any secrets from God.
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  • I don't have any secrets from God.
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  • He's omniscient, he's all-knowing.
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  • He is omnipotent. He is all-powerful.
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  • He speaks, and it happens, all-powerful.
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  • Whew, this is who God is.
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  • He's omnipresent, he's present everywhere.
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  • That's the reason I'm always sort of uneasy when somebody
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  • with a pious twang in their voice says,
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  • "Lord Jesus Christ, we welcome you and your Holy Spirit
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  • in this place."
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  • Let me tell ya, the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • the Holy Spirit is already there, anytime, anywhere,
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  • any place, anywhere you go.
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  • He is omnipotent. He is omniscient.
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  • He is omnipresent. Don't have to invite him.
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  • He's already there.
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  • So we have to understand worship, worship.
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  • And then he would say that worship has to transform
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  • areas of your life.
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  • A number of years ago, it just stands out in my mind,
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  • I got up and I had my quiet time.
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  • I was in the Word.
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  • It's one of those times when heaven opens, you know,
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  • and God speaks.
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  • And I guess I cried and I confessed and he came close
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  • and I was inspired, and it was one of those mountaintop
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  • moments, you know, you have, not every day.
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  • It was just a mountaintop moment,
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  • and I went in and ate breakfast with Jo Beth and the kids,
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  • and I went and got dressed in my suit,
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  • and I just was walking out, and I kissed Jo Beth,
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  • and I went out, and she said, "Would you mind takin' out
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  • the trash?"
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  • And I wanted to say, "Yeah, I mind," but I didn't.
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  • And I went back and I got the trash,
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  • knowing that my oldest son had walked by that trash four times
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  • already that morning, and he hadn't even made up his bed.
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  • I'm sure of that.
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  • But I went back to get the trash,
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  • and there were some--it wasn't tied up with one of the little
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  • tie things then, you know?
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  • And I saw some old apples there.
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  • By the way, while I'm here, let me tell ya one of my pet peeves.
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  • One pet peeve is when people park over the line
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  • and take two places.
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  • That just--I think that oughtta be capital punishment.
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  • But I've got a greater pet peeve than that.
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  • That is those little sticky things they put on fruit.
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  • Whatever government regulation brought that to bear,
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  • they oughtta go to jail forever.
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  • And they put 'em on evidently with permanent glue.
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  • I mean, it's unbelievable.
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  • What in the world does that do?
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  • Can anybody tell me?
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  • No, it's some gimmick, some company that--I'd love to be
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  • the guy that makes those little sticky things they put on
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  • all the fruit in America.
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  • Anyway, back to the trash.
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  • And I got all the trash together,
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  • and I put it on, and it was full, and I take it out.
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  • And I remember I got to slam dunk it outside in
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  • the trash thing, and some of it came out on my pants,
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  • and Jo Beth says, "We've got another one."
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  • Boy, I went stormin' back in there,
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  • and I got that other one, and I went out and I--this was the guy
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  • who just a little bit before in the holy of holies of prayer,
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  • this is a guy who is covered in shekinah, takin' out trash.
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  • You see, my problem then, and many times since,
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  • and probably yours is we don't transfer our worship to how we
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  • live, how we think, what we do, because worship is to transform
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  • your life and my life and the mundane things as well as
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  • the big, big things that we encounter, is it not?
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  • So he says, "We are fools engaged in foolish worship
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  • when we forget him with whom we are dealing with,
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  • him whom we are worshiping."
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  • And then he says to us, the second thing involved here
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  • about foolish worship, the sacrifice of fools.
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  • Look at it, verse 3, he says: "For the dream comes through
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  • much effort and the voice of a fool through many words."
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  • You are a fool engaged in foolish worship,
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  • and I am when our worship is filled with words and dreams.
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  • We go to God and we've got our agenda,
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  • "God, let me tell you what I believe you need to say to me,
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  • and I wanna make this deal with you.
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  • And God, God, God," and we talk, and we talk,
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  • and we have all our dreams and our aspirations and what we
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  • think and what we know and how we cut a special deal with God
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  • and we just talk--when God wants to say somethin' to you and me,
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  • when in the world is he going to say it,
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  • even when we're trying to worship,
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  • when our mind and our tongues are just babbling?
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  • You have an appointment with Bill Gates, oh.
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  • And you sit down with Mr. Gates and said, "Mr. Gates,
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  • I wanna tell you what I think about the Internet,
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  • about the computer industry, and about IT," and you spend
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  • all your time telling him what you know about the iPhone
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  • and all the rest of us, and you walk--is that stupid?
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  • Man, you were the man who started some of this.
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  • Or down with Albert Einstein, "Dr. Einstein,
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  • I had a course in physics when I was in high school,
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  • and I wanna tell you what I have figured out
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  • about this physical--"
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  • You're with Albert Einstein.
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  • Is that insane?
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  • We are with God.
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  • He might wanna say somethin' to us, speak a word.
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  • But we're just [mumbling] talkin' about dreams,
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  • and we quote Scripture to God.
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  • I never understand that.
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  • Sometimes we just wait and be still.
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  • Elijah wanted to meet with God.
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  • Man, he'd had a tough time, had a victory,
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  • now he was depressed.
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  • He's in a cave.
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  • He said, "Oh, God, I need a word from you."
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  • He needed to worship, and boy, here comes a tornado,
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  • winds blowing.
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  • And he said, "Boy, God is gonna be in this tornado.
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  • I know he's gonna speak to me in this mighty tornado."
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  • But the Bible says, "The Lord didn't say a word to him."
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  • Huh, huh, tornado, God didn't speak.
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  • And then there was the earthquake.
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  • Man, the earth begins to separate, it's rattling.
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  • That'll get your attention.
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  • Surely, God is going to speak to his Prophet Elijah
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  • in the earthquake, but God didn't say a word.
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  • Then there was a fire. Oh, that's how God speaks.
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  • Here's a giant fire.
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  • In the middle of the fire, God is gonna really zap Elijah
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  • and say the word that he needs.
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  • God wasn't in the fire.
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  • Then the Bible says, "God spoke the way he usually speaks,
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  • a still small voice."
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  • We're fools engaged in foolish worship when we just spend
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  • that time battling around.
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  • Maybe God wants to say something to you and me.
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  • Let's learn how to still and quiet ourselves so he can speak,
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  • okay?
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  • And then he talks about another kind of fools who engage
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  • in foolish worship, this foolish sacrifice.
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  • And look at it. It starts in verse 4.
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  • He said: "When you make a vow to the Lord,
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  • do not be late in paying it; for he takes no delight in fools."
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  • And he talks about vows.
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  • Have you ever said to God, "God, if I get a good report
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  • on this health situation, I'm going to--"?
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  • Or, "I'm going to start"? Or, "I'm going to stop"?
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  • Made promises to God; he takes that seriously, yeah.
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  • You see, if I tell you something,
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  • I want to keep my word.
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  • If I tell God something, I certainly wanna keep my word.
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  • It's a vow.
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  • We made a vow when we got married, a vow.
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  • We know Jonah made a vow at the temple,
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  • "Oh, Lord, I'll serve you."
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  • But God said, "I've got an assignment for you, Jonah.
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  • I want you to go to Nineveh."
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  • Jonah says, "I hate those Ninevites."
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  • So he runs and heads out for Tarshish.
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  • You know the story. He's shipwrecked.
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  • He's thrown over the sea.
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  • He's swallowed by a giant fish, remember?
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  • And he's living in that fish.
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  • And I love this passage.
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  • It says, "He was in the fish three days and three nights,
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  • and then he prayed."
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  • I don't believe it'd have taken me that long.
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  • That's how far he got away.
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  • And his prayer is tremendous, but he ends up by saying,
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  • "I will keep the vow that I made to serve you,
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  • to go where you want me to go."
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  • He ends up in Nineveh and has one of the greatest turnings
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  • to God that you see in all of history,
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  • and the sorriest sermon he preached there you've
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  • ever heard: "Repent, or 40 days, you've had it."
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  • I mean, that doesn't have any glamour to it, does it?
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  • But they came to Christ, amazing.
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  • Keep your word to God.
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  • You say, "Well, God is a God of grace,
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  • a God of forgiveness.
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  • You know, he'll forgive me when I break my word."
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  • Go back to that vow.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • God's love and God's grace is not gonna bail us time and time
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  • again until, first of all, we meet the next thing that we read
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  • here in our Scripture, and that is genuine worship.
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  • It's found in that 7th verse, and it's so clear: "For in many
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  • dreams and many words there is emptiness."
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  • Worship of fools, forgot who God is.
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  • Worship of fools, many words.
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  • Worship of fools, "I made these vows to God
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  • and I didn't keep them."
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  • But now he said, "Let me tell ya how you worship me."
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  • He says, "Fear God," "Fear God."
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  • Listen, God is holy, ladies and gentlemen.
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  • All this pedestrianism, this, "Somebody up there likes me."
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  • "Oh, God is so sweet."
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  • And listen, the fear of God is where we begin,
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  • our awesome God.
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  • He's Abba to be sure, but also he is a God
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  • not to be trifled with.
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  • That's our God.
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  • You read Moses there.
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  • He was a shepherd.
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  • He walked by that burning bush.
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  • He said, "There's a bush that's on fire that's not
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  • being consumed.
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  • I'm going to go over there and see what's happening."
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  • And he went toward the bush and God speaks and says,
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  • "Moses, take off your shoes.
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  • You're on holy ground."
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  • And it says that Moses hid his face in fear.
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  • It's not a fear of bodily harm, that lightning's gonna
  • 00:22:40.210 --> 00:22:44.020
  • strike us, but it is a fear of deep conviction
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  • of where we are with him.
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  • You see, if there's active sin in your life and my life,
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:54.020
  • you can go to church, give to church, sing, praise,
  • 00:22:54.030 --> 00:22:57.290
  • solo, preach sermons.
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  • You can do everything in the world,
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  • but God's not gonna deal with you and me
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  • until we get clean with him.
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  • So it begins so many times with confession and repentance,
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  • does it not?
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  • Confession and repentance.
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  • The fear of God, that's where we begin,
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  • an awesome God, a loving God, a triumphant God,
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:23.040
  • a caring God, a God who came down to this earth to meet us
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  • exactly where we are in Jesus Christ.
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  • That is the God whom we are to worship.
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  • This is how you worship. This is how you do not worship.
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  • You begin with the fear, the reverence to a holy God.
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  • The word "fan" in the original Latin means,
  • 00:23:43.290 --> 00:23:47.090
  • "passionate devotion to God."
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  • Isn't that something?
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  • A fan, passionately devoted to God.
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  • And that's what we are to become as worshipers.
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  • We're to be fans of God, celebrate him, love him,
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  • listen to him.
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  • Don't offer the sacrifice, the worship of fools,
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  • but go to him in openness and let him touch and deal
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  • and lead and heal and forgive.
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  • We are to be fans of him.
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  • And what the bottom line here is,
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  • how are we to worship him?
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  • Wholeheartedly, wholeheartedly, we're to love the Lord our God
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  • with all our strength, with all of our power,
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  • with all of our might, with our mind, with our souls,
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  • with the whole shootin' match of your life and my life,
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  • wholeheartedly.
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  • How do you land this plane?
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  • I think we land it in a psalm that pretty well sums
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  • all of this up, the 100th Psalm: "Make a joyful noise
  • 00:25:01.180 --> 00:25:07.270
  • unto the Lord all ye lands.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness.
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  • Come before his presence with singing.
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  • Know ye that the Lord, he is God.
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  • It is he that hath made us and not we ourselves.
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  • We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
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  • Enter into his gates," come into church,
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:27.080
  • "with thanksgiving, into his courts with praise.
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  • Be thankful unto him and bless his name,
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  • for the Lord is good.
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  • His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth
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  • to all generations."
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  • That is wholehearted worship, and it sums up these verses
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  • as well as they can be summed up.
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  • Let me tell you something, ladies and gentlemen.
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  • We learn to worship like that, just a little bit of that,
  • 00:25:58.020 --> 00:26:04.120
  • wholehearted worship as fans of the Lord God Almighty,
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  • it will absolutely change our lives.
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  • (Dr. Ed Young): We all have regrets in our lives.
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  • Regrets in relationship, careers, finances, and health.
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  • We always wish we had done things differently.
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  • King Solomon had everything you could ever want,
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  • and he did everything you could ever imagine.
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  • And in the end, just like you and me,
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  • he was left with regret.
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  • Join me in my series Living Life with No Regrets,
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  • where we'll go through the life of Solomon to
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  • identify the ungodly choices that led him astray and discover
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  • at the same time principles of wisdom for living a life that
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  • pleases God & leaves us, with no regrets.
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  • To get a set of Living Life with No Regrets
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  • for yourself or someone you love,
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  • Ed: What is the number-one priority in your life?
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  • It's what you worship, that's it.
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  • It's God's desire for us to worship him.
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  • He has created us for that very purpose.
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  • When we come into his presence with a sense of expectancy,
  • 00:27:30.160 --> 00:27:35.000
  • he transforms our lives and we'll never be the same.
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  • Question, do you need this kind of transformation in your life?
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  • Call the number on your screen.
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  • We would love to speak with you and help you start a personal
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  • relationship with God, and let me thank you for watching today
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  • as we take another step in the winning walk.
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