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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • Dr. Ed Young: What will be your legacy, Dad?
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  • What will be your legacy?
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  • Everybody has a legacy.
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  • So, the question is, Dad, what will be your legacy?
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  • Imagine, for a moment, that you're attending
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  • a funeral service and you're seated in the back,
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  • and the casket is down front.
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  • It is open, and you watch people as they file by
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  • and look in the casket.
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  • And some weep, and they move on.
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  • Some just stand there and look at the remains and they walk by.
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  • Until finally, they're seated and then the pastor comes
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  • to the pulpit.
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  • He asks everyone to stand, and the family walks in.
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  • And to your amazement, that family is your family.
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  • There's your wife.
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  • There's your children.
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  • And you're stunned.
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  • And then it dawns on you that you are attending
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  • your own funeral.
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  • Oh, all of a sudden, everything is increased
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  • to a high level of anticipation.
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  • What is going to happen?
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  • What is going to be said?
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  • The pastor stands up and he reads your eulogy.
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  • He makes some flattering remarks.
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  • Then he has some very nice, generic comments.
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  • He reads a Scripture.
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  • And then he asks your children to come forward and say a word
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  • about their dad.
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  • Whew, now you are really interested,
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  • and you are listening with both ears to everything
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  • because you know what your children say, Dad,
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  • is your legacy.
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  • It's frightening to think about a legacy.
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  • We all have one.
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  • And as we look at God's man, Elijah,
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  • we see what a legacy he had, and we have to understand.
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  • You say, "That's far out of range for me."
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  • Not so, because James has already told us,
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  • "Elijah was human like everybody else."
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  • We looked at Elijah as he came out of the cave on Sinai.
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  • He was trying to get a word from the Lord,
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  • and he thought, "Surely, God would be in the wind."
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  • God didn't say a word in the wind.
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  • "Surely, God would be in the earthquake.
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  • I mean, if God doesn't speak in an earthquake,
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  • when is he going to speak?
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  • Or surely, God would be in fire."
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  • Elijah had seen that time and time again in his life,
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  • but God did not speak through those supernatural events.
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  • He spoke in a still, small voice.
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  • He whispered.
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  • It's almost like God was saying to Elijah,
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  • "Sometimes I speak in the dramatic,
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  • but most of the time I speak quietly in your heart,
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  • in your mind, in your perception."
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  • And what did God say to Elijah?
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  • He said, "I'm not finished with you yet.
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  • Get up, Elijah.
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  • You thought this was the end.
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  • You went through despair and despondency and depression,
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  • but get up Elijah."
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  • And he sent Elijah to the wilderness of Damascus,
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  • where he commissioned some individuals
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  • who would become king.
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  • But primarily, he sent him to set aside,
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  • to call a man by the name of Elisha,
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  • and he found Elisha plowing some oxen in a field,
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  • and Elijah went over to him and took off his mantle,
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  • his cloak, and put it on young Elisha,
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  • sweating there in the fields.
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  • And Elisha looked at the mantle, understood that was the call
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  • of God to be Elijah's protégé, successor, son,
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  • and he went and slaughtered some of the oxen as a sacrifice.
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  • And for the next ten years, Elijah and Elisha
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  • were like father, like son in all of the ministry.
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  • And now we come to the last 24 hours in the life of Elijah,
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  • and it's interesting how he spent his time.
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  • Evidently, he was vibrant.
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  • He was healthy.
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  • And look what he did.
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  • 2 Kings chapter 2: "And it came about when the Lord was
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  • about to take up Elijah by a whirlwind to heaven,
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  • that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal."
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  • And then look at verse 3. They go to Bethel.
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  • Look at verse 4. They go to Jericho.
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  • And then look over in verse 6. They go to the Jordan.
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  • What is that all about?
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  • I call it, "Elijah's legacy tour."
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  • He's got 24 hours to live.
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  • These are four areas that are right down at the bottom
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  • of the Jordan River.
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  • If you can see a map of Israel, you see the Dead Sea right down
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  • at the bottom of the Jordan, close to where Jesus was
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  • baptized, incidentally, and you have these little communities.
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  • You have Gilgal.
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  • There was a school of prophets there,
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  • perhaps established by Samuel, but sorta rekindled by Elijah.
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  • And so, first of all, they went to Gilgal.
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  • And in Gilgal, we can imagine, Elijah spoke to those young men
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  • who were there, who would be learning
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  • about the things of God.
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  • And in the process there, he says,
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  • "God has called me to leave Gilgal and go on to Bethel."
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  • Now, Gilgal, why do you think he went there?
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  • If you know your Bible, Gilgal pops in your mind,
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  • that was the place of beginning.
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  • When the Israelites came out of the wilderness and they crossed
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  • the Jordan, they were at Gilgal.
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  • That's where the men were circumcised as a reinstitution
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  • of the covenant with God.
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  • That's where Joshua took the troops and developed them,
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  • and perhaps that was the essential headquarters
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  • of the army of Israel for about four years.
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  • And they went out from Gilgal, and they conquered Canaan.
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  • It was there they prayed.
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  • It was there they prepared.
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  • It's for there they had strategy.
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  • It was the place of beginning.
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  • Why would Elijah go to Gilgal?
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  • To speak to the school of the prophets,
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  • to be sure, but also to remind Elisha of the first steps
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  • of his people, to say,
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  • "Remember the history of God's people and how God
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  • has worked in your life and in my life."
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  • And then they went from Gilgal, they went to Bethel.
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  • Second stop, Bethel.
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  • "Bethel" means "house of God."
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  • What happened at Bethel?
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  • That's where Abraham built an altar.
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  • By the way, study Abraham and Lot,
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  • you'll notice that Abraham built an altar and pitched his tent.
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  • Lot built his tent and just pitched his altar.
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  • By the way, is that what you do?
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  • "Boy, I'm building my tent, my business my life,
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  • my house, my stuff, my things.
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  • I just pitch my altar."
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  • Look what happened to Lot. Look what happened to Abraham.
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  • You need to build your altar and just pitch your tent.
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  • And so he took him there and I imagine he explained to him,
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  • he said, "Elisha, you know, I've built an altar
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  • there at Cherith."
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  • Remember the bubbling brook, remember?
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  • "And I built a altar there, and I learned how to depend on God."
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  • And he said, "I built an altar at Zarephath,
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  • and I learned how to be obedient to God,
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  • and saw miracles take place."
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  • He built an altar.
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  • He was reminding Elisha to build an altar every step of the way.
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  • And then he went to Jericho.
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  • What is Jericho? That's the place of battle.
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  • I imagine he said, "You know, I've known some battles,
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  • Elisha."
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  • He was reminding him, recalling, working through his mind.
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  • He said, "I had a battle on Mount Carmel
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  • with all those pagan priests."
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  • He said, "I had a bigger battle in my own heart and life
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  • in Beersheba when I went through the valley of deep,
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  • deep depression.
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  • I understand conflict.
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  • And he took him there to Jericho,
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  • reminding of the victory of God's people
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  • when the walls came down."
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  • There will be battles in your life.
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  • There'll be battles there.
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  • Then he took him to Jordan.
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  • That's where he was going to be taken up into heaven.
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  • He was saying, "You're going to learn to die to yourself."
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  • There has to be a self-death before you're ready to live.
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  • The calling of God isn't, "Boy, what can I do?
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  • What can I get out of it? How can I be important?
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  • What will happen to me?"
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  • But a selfless kind of service.
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  • That was the call that he was laying on him.
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  • Now, this was a little heritage tour.
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  • You see it?
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  • "This was where we started, first steps.
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  • This is, you learn how to talk to God.
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  • Bethel, to pray.
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  • You're gonna have battles in your life, Elisha.
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  • And certainly, there's gonna be a time of death in your life so
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  • you can truly serve and be free to serve and live for the Lord."
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  • Now, interesting thing here.
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  • In this little heritage tour, you have Elijah saying something
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  • to Elisha three different times.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • "Elijah said to Elisha," verse 2,
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  • "'Stay here please, for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.'
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  • But Elisha said, 'As the Lord lives and as you yourself live,
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  • I will not leave you.'
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  • So they went down to Bethel."
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  • That happened every time.
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  • They were at Gilgal.
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  • They were at Bethel.
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  • They were at Jericho.
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  • Every time, Elijah said, "You don't have to go
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  • any further than this, Elisha.
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  • You stay right here."
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  • Elisha said, "Let me tell you something.
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  • I'm gonna stick with you."
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  • You see the wide receivers in football, you know,
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  • sometimes they don't catch a pass,
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  • and the announcer'll point out, and he said,
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  • "That defensive back, he's been inside his jersey
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  • this whole game.
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  • He couldn't get away from him."
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  • That's the way it was with Elisha.
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  • Elijah said, "You don't have to go any further."
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  • What was he doing?
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  • He was testing Elisha.
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  • He said, "Elisha, you can stop here at Gilgal,
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  • take the first steps of faith, remember, that's all you need.
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  • Take care of this school of prophets."
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  • He said, "No, I'm going with you."
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  • "Well, you can go to Bethel, learn how to pray."
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  • "Oh, no, I'm goin' on."
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  • "Well, we're goin' to Jericho. There's gonna be a battle."
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  • "Oh, no, I'm goin' on."
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  • "You're going with me all the way across Jordan?"
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  • "Yes, I'm going the full way with you."
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  • You see, Elisha was picking up upon his heritage,
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  • upon that which was his.
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  • Then we have the wonderful picture of crossing Jordan,
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  • a powerful, powerful story.
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  • Listen to it, verse 7: "Now fifty men of the sons
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  • of the prophets went and stood opposite them at a distance,
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  • while the two of them stood by Jordan.
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  • And Elijah took his mantle, folded together,
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  • struck the waters, and they were divided here and there,
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  • so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
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  • And when they crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha,
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  • 'Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.'
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  • And Elisha said, 'Please give me a double portion
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  • of your spirit upon me.'"
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  • Now, I want you to see this.
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  • They're crossing Jordan.
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  • He takes his mantle off. Bang, pops the water.
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  • They walk through on the other side out of God's land.
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  • This is the picture we get, by the way, of death.
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  • We talk about crossing Jordan, that's it.
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  • Crossing Jordan, and they walk over on the other side.
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  • And when they're there, Elijah looks at Elisha and says,
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  • "What can I do for ya?
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  • I'm about to be taken up to heaven.
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  • What can I do for you?"
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  • And Elisha, I think, shocks Elijah.
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  • He said, "I want twice of the power of God
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  • that you've had in your life.
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  • I want to be a double-portion guy.
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  • You know what that would be like?
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  • Here's a 24-year-old kid that's been following Dr. Billy Graham
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  • around, and Graham's in the fourth quarter of his life.
  • 00:13:47.130 --> 00:13:50.160
  • He says, "Son, what can I do for you?"
  • 00:13:50.170 --> 00:13:53.060
  • He said, "Mr. Graham, I wanna have twice as much
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  • of the influence and the power of God
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  • in my life as you've had."
  • 00:13:58.250 --> 00:14:01.290
  • Does that sound a little presumptuous to anybody?
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  • Here's Billy Graham, who's spoken to more people
  • 00:14:06.120 --> 00:14:08.080
  • in the flesh than anybody who's ever lived,
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  • anybody, anybody, more people in the flesh,
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  • anybody who's ever lived.
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  • And here's this little kid sayin',
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  • "Well, I wanna just be doubled up on what you've done."
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  • Let me tell you somethin'. I like Elisha's request.
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  • I like that, as this young protégé,
  • 00:14:27.010 --> 00:14:29.100
  • he knew that his God was a big God.
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  • I want you to see the answer to this,
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  • the response to this.
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  • It's interesting, Elijah said, "You have asked a hard thing."
  • 00:14:40.260 --> 00:14:44.260
  • Elijah's had a pretty dramatic career, has he not?
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  • "He said, 'You've asked a hard thing.
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  • Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you,
  • 00:14:50.160 --> 00:14:55.100
  • it shall be so for you; but if not,
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  • it shall not be so.'"
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:15:00.070
  • In other words, Elijah's saying,
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:02.040
  • "Elisha, I can't give you this double portion
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  • of everything I've had.
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  • That's not mine to give.
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  • God can do it.
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  • But I'll tell you what, if you see me when I'm taken up
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  • into heaven, then you gonna be a double-portion man.
  • 00:15:11.030 --> 00:15:16.190
  • Now, I want you to listen to the Scripture now when this happens
  • 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:20.150
  • because they're on the other side of the Jordan,
  • 00:15:20.160 --> 00:15:22.190
  • and I love the little phrase here.
  • 00:15:22.200 --> 00:15:24.000
  • It says, verse 11: "And they were going along and talking."
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  • Just walking, Elijah and Elisha.
  • 00:15:28.120 --> 00:15:33.060
  • "Behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses
  • 00:15:33.070 --> 00:15:37.020
  • of fire which separated the two of them.
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  • And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven."
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  • Verse 12: "Elijah saw it and cried out,
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  • 'My father, my father, the chariots of Israel
  • 00:15:47.180 --> 00:15:50.010
  • and its horsemen!'
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:51.260
  • And he saw Elijah no more.
  • 00:15:51.270 --> 00:15:55.080
  • Then he took hold of his own clothes
  • 00:15:55.090 --> 00:15:57.270
  • and tore them in two pieces."
  • 00:15:57.280 --> 00:16:00.080
  • What was happening?
  • 00:16:00.090 --> 00:16:02.030
  • They were walking along, and Elisha did see Elijah
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:06.220
  • when the chariots of fire and the horses of fire took him
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:11.230
  • all the way up into heaven in that whirlwind.
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  • Wonderful dramatic moment.
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  • You thought Carmel was dramatic.
  • 00:16:18.290 --> 00:16:20.180
  • What about this moment?
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:22.090
  • And Elisha is tearing his clothes and saying,
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  • "My father, my father," and he's grieving
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  • the graduation of Elijah.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • When a man or woman of God leaves this earth,
  • 00:16:33.280 --> 00:16:38.040
  • nothing of God is lost.
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:41.250
  • Nothing of God is lost.
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  • There are those in the wings. There are those ready.
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  • There are those prepared to stand up and be there.
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  • How important it is we understand that.
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  • I'm privileged to have some Elijahs in my life,
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  • Jim Baloche and others.
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  • I'm privileged to have Elishas in my life.
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  • We all need an Elijah.
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  • We all need Elishas who will stand with us and encourage us
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  • and speak the truth to us in love and be with us
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  • at those moments.
  • 00:17:10.220 --> 00:17:12.160
  • And now we know that Elisha was there for Elijah,
  • 00:17:12.170 --> 00:17:16.050
  • and he's grieving the graduation.
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  • But then we see a dramatic thing happen.
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  • We see the heritage, the inheritance
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:26.080
  • of what Elijah leaves Elisha.
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  • What was Elisha's inheritance from Elijah?
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  • We see it in the following verses.
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  • Look at it, verse 13: "He also took the mantle of Elijah that
  • 00:17:39.230 --> 00:17:44.240
  • fell from him and returned and stood by the bank of the Jordan.
  • 00:17:44.250 --> 00:17:50.210
  • He took the mantle of Elijah that fell form him and struck
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  • the waters and said, 'Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?'
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:59.210
  • And when he had struck the waters,
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:01.250
  • they were divided here and there;
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:03.210
  • and Elisha crossed over."
  • 00:18:03.220 --> 00:18:06.080
  • Verse 15: "Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:10.040
  • opposite him saw him, they said, 'The spirit of Elijah
  • 00:18:10.050 --> 00:18:13.230
  • rests on Elisha.'"
  • 00:18:13.240 --> 00:18:17.100
  • What happened here? It is the legacy.
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:21.180
  • It is what Elijah leaves Elisha.
  • 00:18:21.190 --> 00:18:23.260
  • What is it?
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:25.070
  • He leaves him his mantle.
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  • Whoo, whirlwind, Elijah's caught up,
  • 00:18:27.240 --> 00:18:31.010
  • fire, horses, chariots, he's gone,
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  • and everything is blowing around.
  • 00:18:33.290 --> 00:18:36.010
  • And Elisha is mourning the graduation of Elijah.
  • 00:18:36.020 --> 00:18:40.000
  • But he looks over there in a bush.
  • 00:18:40.010 --> 00:18:41.290
  • He says, "What is that?
  • 00:18:42.000 --> 00:18:44.040
  • What is that?
  • 00:18:44.050 --> 00:18:46.120
  • Well, that's his mantle, his mantle,
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:50.000
  • the mantle that he put over me when I was called there
  • 00:18:50.010 --> 00:18:53.000
  • ten years ago."
  • 00:18:53.010 --> 00:18:54.200
  • The mantle of his office indicated that he was a prophet.
  • 00:18:54.210 --> 00:18:58.280
  • Now, Elisha had a choice.
  • 00:18:58.290 --> 00:19:01.210
  • He could have looked at the mantle and said,
  • 00:19:01.220 --> 00:19:03.290
  • "Tut, man, that old thing.
  • 00:19:04.000 --> 00:19:06.080
  • I don't want any of that."
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:08.220
  • He could have gone over and got the mantle,
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:10.260
  • the cloak out of the bush, and looked at it,
  • 00:19:10.270 --> 00:19:12.200
  • and says, "You know, I'm gonna be my own man.
  • 00:19:12.210 --> 00:19:14.290
  • I'm not gonna just be what Elijah was.
  • 00:19:15.000 --> 00:19:17.130
  • I'm my own man."
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:18.250
  • But he didn't.
  • 00:19:18.260 --> 00:19:20.140
  • He got that mantle.
  • 00:19:20.150 --> 00:19:22.150
  • He picked it up, and he put it on.
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:25.250
  • In other words, he understood what Elijah was telling him.
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  • He had the call of God upon him.
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  • Parents, fathers, we need to make sure our kids understand
  • 00:19:31.290 --> 00:19:36.010
  • that God has a plan for their life.
  • 00:19:36.020 --> 00:19:39.180
  • He has a design for their life.
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:41.050
  • He has a purpose for their life, and they need to hear that
  • 00:19:41.060 --> 00:19:44.200
  • from us all the time as they are growing up in our homes.
  • 00:19:44.210 --> 00:19:49.010
  • God has something special for you because you are
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:52.260
  • special to God.
  • 00:19:52.270 --> 00:19:55.000
  • See, that's that mantle.
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:56.210
  • That's that call that's upon all of our children.
  • 00:19:56.220 --> 00:20:00.020
  • And we see the mantle was picked up
  • 00:20:00.030 --> 00:20:01.280
  • and put on the back of Elisha.
  • 00:20:01.290 --> 00:20:03.170
  • And he went over to the river and he struck the river,
  • 00:20:03.180 --> 00:20:06.190
  • and the river divided.
  • 00:20:06.200 --> 00:20:09.060
  • He said, "Where is the God of Elijah?"
  • 00:20:09.070 --> 00:20:12.140
  • And all the prophets were looking at him and said,
  • 00:20:12.150 --> 00:20:14.290
  • "He's right there with Elisha."
  • 00:20:15.000 --> 00:20:16.250
  • The power is not in the mantle.
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:19.050
  • It's the God that Elijah worshiped is the God
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:23.140
  • that Elisha will serve and follow.
  • 00:20:23.150 --> 00:20:26.150
  • What did he leave him?
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:27.250
  • He left him his mantle and he left him his God.
  • 00:20:27.260 --> 00:20:31.160
  • And he built that relationship with him.
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:34.200
  • Now, what did Elisha ask for?
  • 00:20:34.210 --> 00:20:37.160
  • A double portion.
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:39.250
  • Study the life of Elisha, and you know what you'll find out?
  • 00:20:39.260 --> 00:20:44.090
  • He served the Lord twice the amount of years
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:47.180
  • that Elijah served him.
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:48.280
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:51.060
  • How many miracles did Elijah perform?
  • 00:20:51.070 --> 00:20:53.240
  • Eight, eight miracles.
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:20:56.190
  • How many miracles do you think Elisha performed?
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:59.110
  • Anybody wanna guess?
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:01.190
  • Sixteen.
  • 00:21:01.200 --> 00:21:04.060
  • And you study Elisha, you see that he had
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:07.110
  • more compassion than Elijah.
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:09.180
  • His miracles were compassionate miracles,
  • 00:21:09.190 --> 00:21:11.240
  • not dramatic so much like Elijah.
  • 00:21:11.250 --> 00:21:14.140
  • You see he had more wisdom than Elijah.
  • 00:21:14.150 --> 00:21:17.040
  • You study Elisha's life.
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:19.040
  • He's not as famous and well-known as Elijah
  • 00:21:19.050 --> 00:21:21.290
  • in biblical circles, but he was a double-portion man,
  • 00:21:22.000 --> 00:21:25.250
  • doubly blessed, doubly used by God.
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:30.240
  • Amazing, isn't it?
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:32.250
  • The legacy that he was left, how important it is.
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:37.170
  • Today, people tryin' to enhance, build,
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:40.190
  • change their legacy.
  • 00:21:40.200 --> 00:21:42.070
  • But, Dad, the time to start is now.
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:44.180
  • You say, "Well, it's too late."
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:45.280
  • No, it's not.
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:47.100
  • Start where you are now and say, "I'm gonna be a man of God.
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:51.120
  • I want my kids, my grandkids to know
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:53.130
  • they have the call of God on their life.
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:56.130
  • And I want them to know the Lord as I am seeking now
  • 00:21:56.140 --> 00:22:00.090
  • to know and serve the Lord."
  • 00:22:00.100 --> 00:22:02.080
  • What will your legacy be, Dad?
  • 00:22:02.090 --> 00:22:05.230
  • You say, "Well, I'm going to leave some money.
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:07.250
  • I'm gonna give this to my kids."
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:09.110
  • The important thing is not what we give to our kids.
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:12.250
  • It's what we pour into our kids of time, of love,
  • 00:22:12.260 --> 00:22:19.080
  • of listening, of encouragement, of being there, of embracing,
  • 00:22:19.090 --> 00:22:25.270
  • of mentoring, and modeling.
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:30.050
  • That's your legacy.
  • 00:22:30.060 --> 00:22:32.120
  • Not what you give to them, not what you leave to them.
  • 00:22:32.130 --> 00:22:35.010
  • It's what you pour into them from yourself
  • 00:22:35.020 --> 00:22:39.000
  • and from your heart of hearts.
  • 00:22:39.010 --> 00:22:42.280
  • Some of you will remember a movie that has come and gone,
  • 00:22:42.290 --> 00:22:47.120
  • "Mr. Holland's Opus."
  • 00:22:47.130 --> 00:22:50.270
  • How many of you remember, have seen it, or heard of it?
  • 00:22:50.280 --> 00:22:53.050
  • Lift your hand.
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:54.150
  • Yeah, yeah, happened a long time ago.
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:56.000
  • I don't agree with a lot of stuff that was in the movie.
  • 00:22:56.010 --> 00:22:58.270
  • Richard Dreyfus was the star, but the theme was fabulous.
  • 00:22:58.280 --> 00:23:03.180
  • You remember that Mr. Holland had in his mind an ability.
  • 00:23:03.190 --> 00:23:08.200
  • He wanted to write an opus, a musical.
  • 00:23:08.210 --> 00:23:11.260
  • He wanted to write a piece of music as a musician that would
  • 00:23:11.270 --> 00:23:15.180
  • be powerful, that would express all the music he felt
  • 00:23:15.190 --> 00:23:19.140
  • in his heart and mind and soul.
  • 00:23:19.150 --> 00:23:23.030
  • But he was having trouble getting it down, so he thought,
  • 00:23:23.040 --> 00:23:26.110
  • in the interim, he would take a job as a public school
  • 00:23:26.120 --> 00:23:29.220
  • music teacher in a little underprivileged section
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:33.070
  • of a city.
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:34.260
  • He said, "I'll just sign up for a year while
  • 00:23:34.270 --> 00:23:36.280
  • I'm writing my opus."
  • 00:23:36.290 --> 00:23:39.040
  • And he signed up for 1 year, 2 years, and finally,
  • 00:23:39.050 --> 00:23:41.280
  • 10, 15, 20 years go by,
  • 00:23:41.290 --> 00:23:44.050
  • and they defund the arts and the music in this school.
  • 00:23:44.060 --> 00:23:49.280
  • And now Mr. Holland is an old man,
  • 00:23:49.290 --> 00:23:54.020
  • and he has to retire.
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:57.000
  • And he goes, he's picking up his stuff in his little classroom,
  • 00:23:57.010 --> 00:24:00.040
  • thinking, "My life has been a failure.
  • 00:24:00.050 --> 00:24:04.000
  • I wanted to write this wonderful opus,
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:06.050
  • this musical piece that would just go on and on,
  • 00:24:06.060 --> 00:24:09.080
  • but, man, I've just taught kids all these years."
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:14.110
  • And as he's walking out of the door, defeated, broken,
  • 00:24:14.120 --> 00:24:19.120
  • feelin' like he'd thrown his life away, the principal comes
  • 00:24:19.130 --> 00:24:22.100
  • over and says, "Mr. Holland, would you step
  • 00:24:22.110 --> 00:24:25.020
  • into the auditorium with me for a moment?"
  • 00:24:25.030 --> 00:24:27.040
  • He said, "Oh, yeah."
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:29.060
  • So, he walks in, and the auditorium is filled,
  • 00:24:29.070 --> 00:24:34.200
  • hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of his former students,
  • 00:24:34.210 --> 00:24:38.040
  • now grown, now with families.
  • 00:24:38.050 --> 00:24:40.020
  • And he walks in, and they cheer, and they applaud,
  • 00:24:40.030 --> 00:24:43.070
  • and they stand up, and they cry.
  • 00:24:43.080 --> 00:24:45.130
  • And the governor of the state, and all kinds of people in
  • 00:24:45.140 --> 00:24:48.030
  • different vocations, they stand up and give witness to what
  • 00:24:48.040 --> 00:24:51.100
  • Mr. Holland had meant to them in teaching them to love music,
  • 00:24:51.110 --> 00:24:55.270
  • appreciate music, to sing, and to know something about music.
  • 00:24:55.280 --> 00:24:59.030
  • It was an emotional time, a fabulous time.
  • 00:24:59.040 --> 00:25:04.080
  • What is the thesis?
  • 00:25:04.090 --> 00:25:06.100
  • Mr. Holland looked around that packed,
  • 00:25:06.110 --> 00:25:08.250
  • packed auditorium and he thought, "Here is my opus.
  • 00:25:08.260 --> 00:25:15.260
  • It's all these students.
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:18.110
  • That's my legacy."
  • 00:25:18.120 --> 00:25:20.140
  • How powerful, how meaningful, how significant.
  • 00:25:20.150 --> 00:25:25.120
  • Dad, look at your kids tonight before you tuck 'em in
  • 00:25:25.130 --> 00:25:33.230
  • and pray with 'em and tell 'em a story because I can tell ya,
  • 00:25:33.240 --> 00:25:42.230
  • your sons and your daughters and your grandsons
  • 00:25:42.240 --> 00:25:45.280
  • and your granddaughters, that is your opus.
  • 00:25:45.290 --> 00:25:52.140
  • male announcer: Our lives go through many seasons.
  • 00:25:56.090 --> 00:25:58.170
  • There are times of confidence and joy,
  • 00:25:58.180 --> 00:26:00.250
  • and there are times of doubt and desperation.
  • 00:26:00.260 --> 00:26:04.040
  • Despite these changing seasons, how can we make sure
  • 00:26:04.050 --> 00:26:07.060
  • that we're living the life God wants for us?
  • 00:26:07.070 --> 00:26:10.110
  • In his series "Elijah, Truth for All Seasons,"
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  • Dr. Young leads us through the life of the Prophet Elijah,
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  • a great man of God who stood for truth in the face
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  • of a pagan king and an idolatrous nation.
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  • However, like many of us today, he faced anxiety,
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  • burnout, and depression.
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  • Despite his weakness, God used Elijah in mighty ways.
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  • In this series, you'll discover how God works out his purposes
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  • even in times of deep despair, and how he can do that
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  • in your life, too.
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  • To get the "Elijah, Truth for All Seasons" series,
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  • call the number on your screen or go online at winningwalk.org.
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  • It's our gift to you for your financial support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • Dr. Young: Let me ask you a question.
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  • How will you be remembered?
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  • Think about it.
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  • After you have left this earth, what will people say about you?
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  • Have you left a heritage of faith for your friends,
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  • your family, and coworkers to see?
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  • Elijah was a man of God who lived a life of faith
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  • and was an example for those who came after him.
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  • What kind of legacy will you leave?
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  • You'll leave a legacy.
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  • What kind will it be?
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  • God has a unique plan for you, and it's absolutely unique.
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  • He wants to build a legacy in your life.
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  • Are you willing to die to yourself today
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  • and begin living the life God has called you to live?
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  • Call the number on your screen.
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  • We want to share with you how to start a life of faith today.
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  • And thank you for watching.
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  • And join me again next week right here,
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  • same time, same place, on "The Winning Walk."
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