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January 17, 2021
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  • Dr. Ed Young: Four hundredyears, the Children of Israel.
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  • We have the Israelites righthere together in this bunch,
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  • 400 years in slavery.
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  • God working through Mosesbrought them into freedom,
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  • but still they thoughtlike a slave, acted
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  • like a slave, and they could notunderstand freedom even though
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  • they had been liberated.
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  • So Moses brought themacross the sea, and it took them
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  • 11 days to lead 2 million-plusthere to Sinai, and there they
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  • stayed for one year.
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  • Moses wentup with the Commandments, came
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  • down, idolatry, brokethe commandments, went back up,
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  • got a second copy, came down,and what did they do there
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  • for a year?
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  • They learned about moral law,they'd forgotten; civil law, how
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  • to run a nation, a country,a family; and ceremonial law,
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  • reminding them of Godworking in the history
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  • of the Jewish people.
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  • Remember, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,Joseph, they once had possessed
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  • the land, but they'd move backinto Egypt, they'd become
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  • slaves, and now the land stillbelong to God's people,
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  • but God's people now had to goback and claim again the land
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  • that they owned and the landthat God had given to them.
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  • So they sent out those 12 spies,remember?
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  • And they traveled over 500 milesall over Israel, spying
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  • out the land to seeing about allthose -ites that occupied
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  • the land: the Canaanites,the Moabites, and all the rest
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  • of the -ites.
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  • And they came back and gavea report, and 10 of the 12
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  • tribes said, let me tell ya,the land is fabulous,
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  • it's plush.
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  • Man, there's there's fruit,there's produce, there's
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  • animals; it's got everything youwant in land.
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  • Water, irrigation, it isa bountiful land.
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  • There's only one problem.
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  • The people who inhabit that landhave fortified cities and a lot
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  • of 'em are giants, and they aremilitant, they are warriors.
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  • And the 10 tribes'representatives reported back
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  • and said we can't take the land.
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  • We're not strong enough, wedon't have enough courage, we're
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  • not militant people.
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  • We can't take the land.
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  • But Caleb and Joshua--by the way, can anybody here
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  • name any one of those 10 spieswho gave the majority report?
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  • Anybody know have a name,without looking in your Bible?
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  • We can't remember them,but Caleb and Joshua we know.
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  • They said, look, everything theysaid about the land is true.
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  • And boy, they're a militantpeople that inhabit that land,
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  • but they said you know God hasgiven us that land, and he'll
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  • give us the ability to takeover that land.
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  • Let's go and claim that whichbelongs to us.
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  • And they voted.
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  • The vote was 2 million and 10to 2.
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  • That's how committees operate,isn't it?
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  • By the way, a camel is the onlyanimal on the Earth that was put
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  • together by a committee.
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  • And I don't know about you,but I'm fed up with committees
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  • and study groups and everybodyspend all their time studying
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  • and looking and examining.
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  • Enough, enough, is enough.
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  • Then and now!
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  • And so, they wanderedaround in the wilderness--
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  • desert place for 40 years, 40years, until everybody died
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  • of that generation except Caleband Joshua.
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  • All who were over 20 yearsof age died
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  • off in the wildernesswanderings, and there you have
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  • the largest funeral marchin history.
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  • Two things took place.
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  • Complaining and death.
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  • And all of that unbelievinggeneration died out, and now
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  • there was a new generation.
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  • And now they're ready to goand to take that land
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  • of promise.
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  • And if you follow along in yourscripture reading, they had
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  • everything together as to howyou relate, how you do business,
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  • how you live in thosemultiplicity of laws and rules
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  • and regulations.
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  • If you've read it, it is justoverwhelming.
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  • And then finally, they crossover the Jordan, and they're
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  • in the promised land,and the manna does not come.
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  • Now they eat from the land.
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  • And they, all the males arecircumcised as a sign, as a seal
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  • of the covenant they hadwith God.
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  • Then they participatein the Passover meal.
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  • Then they were praying, theywere prepared to go in the land,
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  • and then we have an unusualexperience takes place.
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  • And we'll look at that becauseit's a pivotal moment
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  • in the history of God's people.
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  • Remember the purposefor all of this.
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  • It is God's people, the Jews,who are to become a holy
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  • worshiping people, understandinghow to live life
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  • before the living Godand to live life with one
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  • another.
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  • And their call by God wasto take and to inform all
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  • the rest of the world.
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  • In the Bible, if you're nota Jew, you're a gentile.
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  • So this Jewish community wantsto take and give God's word
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  • and God's truth to the restof the world.
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  • Now, let's just pause herea moment and go to the Lord
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  • in prayer.
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  • Father, we are walkingthrough years and years
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  • of biblical history.
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  • Give us insight, and not onlythe lessons we are to learn
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  • but the lifestyles we areto adopt, is our prayer
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  • in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • A man named Wilbur Reese wrotethis, and he said, "I want
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  • to buy $3 worth of God.
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  • Not enough to explode my soulor to disturb my peace, but just
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  • enough produce a cup of warmmilk or a snooze
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  • in the sunshine.
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  • I wanna enough of him to make melove people.
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  • No, not make me love peopleof other races or to pick fruit
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  • with migrants.
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  • Oh no.
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  • I won't ecstasy, nottransformation.
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  • I want the warmth of the womband not a new birth.
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  • I want a pound of the eternalin a paper sack to buy about $3
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  • worth of God.
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  • I'll take the plastic Christ.
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  • No, no, no.
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  • Not the flesh and blood one.
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  • He will soil my linen and breakmy strand of matched pearls.
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  • I can't put up with punditsfrom Persia or sweaty shepherds
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  • trampling all over my nyloncarpet with their muddy feet.
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  • You see, my name isn't Mary.
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  • I want no living, breathingChrist.
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  • I want one I can keep in hiscrib.
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  • A plastic one will do just fine.
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  • I want, you know, only $3 worthof God."
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  • There's a time in my life that'sreally all I wanted of God,
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  • about $3 worth.
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  • I was brought up in a moderatelyChristian home.
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  • My dad was not a Christian, mymother was.
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  • And when my mother wentto church, I begged her to let
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  • me stay at home with dad,because church was anything
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  • but fun or exciting.
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  • And so I was brought up in thatkind of a home, but when I was
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  • about 11 years old I wentto vacation Bible School,
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  • and there I heard about JesusChrist in a clear way, and I
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  • made a decision.
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  • And I understood Christmas,understood the cross was Jesus
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  • died for my sins.
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  • I thought that was a good thing,and I celebrated Easter and I
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  • was baptized and I believed,but you know the truth was I
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  • didn't want what about$3 worth God.
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  • I didn't want him messingaround the way I talked, the way
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  • I lived, the way I handle myselfon dates, my future.
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  • No, no, no.
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  • I just want enough of God justto, just to get me
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  • through in case somethinghappened I would go zapped
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  • into heaven.
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  • I wanted just about, you know,$3 worth of God.
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  • That'd be enough for me.
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  • But as a freshman at Universityof Alabama, God dealt with me
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  • in a very profoundand a personal way,
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  • which is a long, long story.
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  • And finally, one nightabout 2:15 in the morning, AM,
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  • I was on an old stumpin the middle of an athletic
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  • field praying, and I lookedup to heaven, and I said, "Lord,
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  • I give you all that I am and allthat I'll ever be."
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  • All of a sudden, I knew that $3of God wasn't enough, I had
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  • to have all of him, and Iunderstood that he demanded
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  • all of me.
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  • That's surrender.
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  • That's surrender.
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  • And that wasn't justa one shot deal.
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  • Whoa I've got--no, no, no!
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  • It's a constant,daily lifestyle.
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  • The first thing I do everymorning, the first thing I do
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  • every night is fall on my knees,and I start off by saying, "I
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  • surrender."
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  • It's an ongoing lifestyle.
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  • So we see, this was a callupon God's people.
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  • They were prepared to goin the promised land, and they
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  • said, "Lord, I want you to leadus in that promised land.
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  • I want to claim that whichyou're given."
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  • But what were they lacking?
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  • They were lacking then probablywhat they lacked when they
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  • didn't go in 40 yearsbefore then.
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  • And if you were in Bible studythis morning, your teacher
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  • taught you Joshua chapter 1,and you find there four times,
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  • four times in the Bible it issaid, talking about strength
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  • and courage in that firstchapter.
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  • By the way, how many of you werein Bible study this morning?
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  • Lift your hands, good.
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  • How many of you heard yourteacher emphasize that four
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  • times here, in Joshua, they wereasked for strength
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  • and for courage?
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  • How many of you heard that?
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  • The rest of the Bible teachersdidn't read that chapter very
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  • carefully!
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  • Because when God says somethingone time--you know it, two
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  • times, three, four times in onechapter, I think he's trying
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  • to make a statement, right?
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  • And how you needed strengthand courage.
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  • Where do you get strengthand courage?
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  • We all need strength, we allneed courage.
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  • Many times we don't havecourage.
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  • By the way, courage is a veryimportant commodity to have.
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  • Read the Book of Revelation,toward the last chapter it talks
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  • about all of those who hadthrown in the fiery pit, they're
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  • thrown in the fiery furnace,they're thrown into the fire
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  • of judgment, and it's a toughlist.
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  • Adulterers, slanderers, liars,cheats, 40--I mean, it goes
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  • on and on.
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  • And on that list it says thosewho are cowards.
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  • I didn't know they're cowardswas such a bad thing.
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  • But you see, we need courageand strength, and that's what
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  • these Israelites were lackingthere.
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  • When they got rightto the promised land, they
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  • didn't felt they didn't haveenough strength to win
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  • the battle, they didn't haveenough courage to believe God
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  • and his promises.
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  • So, now Joshua says,"Man, we need strength,
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  • and we need courage."
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  • Then the question comes:how do you get strength?
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  • Well, you work out.
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  • How did you get courage?
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  • Oh, Lord, I'm gonna be strongthis time, I'm going to be...
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  • How do you get that?
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  • We discover, in a fabulouslittle verse in the Bible.
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  • But before that, I want to setout just three principles for us
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  • to just sit down on beforewe get to our principal
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  • primary text.
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  • Number one, people are people.
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  • Well, better write that down.
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  • You know, we look at the peoplein the Bible, we say, boy,
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  • here's a great Biblicalcharacter.
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  • Boy, I could never belike Esther.
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  • Man, to think I could belike Joshua.
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  • Man, that these are way beyond.
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  • And we look at people and we saythey're so abnormally gifted.
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  • They're so privileged.
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  • They they talked with God.
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  • Listen, people are people.
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  • Doesn't matter if you droveup in a Porsche or 1983 Chevy,
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  • people are people.
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  • I've met President of the UnitedStates who could quote Bible,
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  • and they would tell you they'rea Christian, and I've met
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  • someone who didn't have hardlythe shirt on their back,
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  • and didn't know where their nextmeal would come, and they say
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  • they're a Christian.
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  • People are people.
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  • There's not those who haveand those who have not.
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  • There are not those who, well,they're real smart and those who
  • 00:14:30.092 --> 00:14:32.962
  • are real, real dumb.
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  • No, no, no, people are peopleare people are people.
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  • And that's what we need to see,is read the Bible.
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  • People are people.
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  • We look at biblicalpersonalities, we give them
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  • too high a position.
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  • And many times we give Godsuch a low position.
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  • We see someone who isa celebrity, and we say, oh,
  • 00:14:50.079 --> 00:14:53.082
  • there's somebody who is justsuper special.
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  • No, no, no, no,people are people.
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  • We have to understand that.
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  • God looks at you and looksat me, and at the foot
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  • of the cross it is just as levelas it can be.
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  • It is level, level, level.
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  • God is no respecter of persons.
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  • We have to understand thatpeople are people.
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  • Now the second thing:God is God.
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  • Better write that down!
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  • Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christis the same yesterday, today,
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  • and forever."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • It means God doesn't change.
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  • How God operated yesterday, heoperates today.
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  • How he operates tomorrow isthe way he operate today.
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  • There is a consistencyabout the unchanging God.
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  • God is God.
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  • We take people and make them toogodly, and we take God and make
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  • God too much like people.
  • 00:15:53.142 --> 00:15:56.245
  • A fourth grade class was askedif God understood
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  • nuclear energy?
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  • 62% of the class said no,nuclear energy has come
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  • about since God.
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  • People are people, God is God.
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  • How he operated in the Bible ishow he operates today in his
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  • general principles in your life,and in my life, and all
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  • around this world.
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  • And the third thing--principle:Miracles are miracles.
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  • What is a miracle?
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  • A miracle is when somethingtakes place that's outside
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  • the norm and it is of sucha degree that there is no
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  • possible human explanation,and this that takes place gives
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  • glory to God.
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  • That's a miracle.
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  • Not normal, abnormal,supernatural, it gives glory
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  • to God.
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  • And miracles are miracles,and miracles still take place.
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  • Now, you don't have miraclesunder every bush.
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  • Some people say praise God,hallelujah every other breath.
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  • Some people never saypraise God, Hallelujah
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  • every other breath.
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  • And so my point is but God isoperating in this domain,
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  • and in his economy heperformed miracles.
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  • In one sense they are rare,in one sense
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  • they're commonplace.
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  • In one sense they stand out,but in another sense they
  • 00:17:23.866 --> 00:17:27.402
  • operate in a subtle way in life.
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  • Last week 3:00 AMin the morning--about 3:05--
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  • I wake up, and a namecomes to my mind.
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  • A man in our church.
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  • I hadn't thought of him, I'd hadno reference to him in I don't
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  • know how long, but a name comesup, and I said, "Well,
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  • I'll pray for him."
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  • And I did.
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  • The next morning when I checkedthe hospital list, as I do
  • 00:17:51.026 --> 00:17:54.329
  • virtually every morning, Ilooked and there was his name!
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  • He hadn't been inthe hospital before.
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  • I said, "You know, that was Godsomehow, in the family of faith,
  • 00:18:00.502 --> 00:18:03.906
  • touching my heart and lifeto pray for the--"
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  • That happens to allof us, right?
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  • Someone comes to your mind,and you call them--
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  • family, friend, or somebodyout of the blue--and it's
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  • amazing when we followup on that how they were
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  • prepared and how our call or ourtouch made a great difference
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  • to them in that particularmoment.
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  • Is that a miracle?
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  • It's how God operatesin the family of faith.
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  • People are people, God is God,miracles are miracles.
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  • And we come here and we tryto ask the question, well, do
  • 00:18:29.331 --> 00:18:32.000
  • the Israelites need a miracleto go in?
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  • Well, first of all, they hadto take down Jericho, a strong
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  • city with double walls.
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  • And now we read a little obscurepassage of scripture that I
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  • think is ever so powerful.
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  • Look at the Book of Joshuachapter number 5
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  • verse 13, following.
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  • It reads, "And it came to pass,when Joshua was by Jericho, that
  • 00:18:58.293 --> 00:19:03.465
  • he lifted up his eyesand looked."
  • 00:19:03.498 --> 00:19:05.400
  • Now, when was the last timeJoshua was in Jericho?
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  • Man, it's been, oh gosh,how many years ago?
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  • They wander aroundfor 40 years, there.
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  • It's been 40 years.
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  • He's one of the spies, remember?
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  • And now he goes back to Jericho,and he's looking over the city
  • 00:19:18.480 --> 00:19:21.817
  • they were going to haveto capture.
  • 00:19:21.850 --> 00:19:23.452
  • "It stood right therebefore him, and he lifted his
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  • eyes and looked, and behold,a Man stood opposite him
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  • with His sword drawnin His hand.
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  • And Joshua went to him and said,'Are You for us or
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  • for our adversaries?"'
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  • Stay with me.
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  • Joshua goes over and looksat that vast city, and he says,
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  • "My, how are we gonna do this?"
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  • He's trying to find strengthand courage.
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  • He was the Commanderof the army of the Lord.
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  • He was the leader.
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  • And there standing before himwas a man with a sword drawn!
  • 00:19:55.550 --> 00:20:00.756
  • And he's standing there,and Joshua--
  • 00:20:00.789 --> 00:20:03.258
  • notice Joshua went to him.
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  • Very important.
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  • And I think Joshua went to him,and he had his hand on his
  • 00:20:09.131 --> 00:20:12.234
  • sword, and he went to the manwith the sword drawn, he said,
  • 00:20:12.267 --> 00:20:16.071
  • "Are you for us orfor our adversary?"
  • 00:20:16.104 --> 00:20:20.208
  • In other words, whose sideare your on?
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  • Are you on my side?
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  • Are you on the other side?
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  • Are you for me, orare you against me?
  • 00:20:26.748 --> 00:20:30.652
  • Now, notice this answer.
  • 00:20:30.686 --> 00:20:32.688
  • It is so strong yet so subtlebut so informative.
  • 00:20:32.721 --> 00:20:39.628
  • So words, "And he drewthe sword.
  • 00:20:39.661 --> 00:20:41.763
  • Are you for me or against me?"
  • 00:20:41.797 --> 00:20:44.099
  • And verse 14, this is the manwith the drawn sword--
  • 00:20:44.132 --> 00:20:48.236
  • "Said 'No!'"How about that?
  • 00:20:48.270 --> 00:20:53.275
  • "Are you for me or against me?
  • 00:20:53.308 --> 00:20:54.910
  • No!"
  • 00:20:54.943 --> 00:20:56.878
  • What does he say?
  • 00:20:56.912 --> 00:20:57.879
  • He says I'm not for you, and I'mnot against you.
  • 00:20:57.913 --> 00:21:02.884
  • And then he goes, it said, "Butas Commander of the army
  • 00:21:02.918 --> 00:21:07.255
  • of the Lord I have now come."
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  • You get that?
  • 00:21:11.626 --> 00:21:14.496
  • He says as the Commanderof the army of the Lord,
  • 00:21:14.529 --> 00:21:17.866
  • I have now come.
  • 00:21:17.899 --> 00:21:19.501
  • And next passage it says Joshuafell down and worshipped him.
  • 00:21:19.534 --> 00:21:25.140
  • And worshiped him.
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  • What's it what's he saying here?
  • 00:21:27.109 --> 00:21:29.411
  • He's saying that the Commanderof the army of the Lord has now
  • 00:21:29.444 --> 00:21:35.350
  • come, and Joshua, I'm notfor you, I'm not against you.
  • 00:21:35.384 --> 00:21:40.922
  • The Commander of the armyof the Lord has now come,
  • 00:21:40.956 --> 00:21:44.726
  • and all you have to do is enrollin my army!
  • 00:21:44.760 --> 00:21:50.232
  • And you see what happened?
  • 00:21:50.265 --> 00:21:52.134
  • Joshua fell downand worshiped him.
  • 00:21:52.167 --> 00:21:54.369
  • He says, "Oh, Lordwhat am I to do?"
  • 00:21:54.403 --> 00:21:58.607
  • He said, "Just take off yourshoes, because this is holy
  • 00:21:58.640 --> 00:22:02.644
  • ground, and worship me."
  • 00:22:02.677 --> 00:22:06.014
  • We need to understand something.
  • 00:22:06.047 --> 00:22:09.151
  • Lord, are you for meor against me?
  • 00:22:09.184 --> 00:22:11.753
  • The Lord saying, "I'm notfor you, I'm not against you,
  • 00:22:11.787 --> 00:22:14.956
  • you just worship me.
  • 00:22:14.990 --> 00:22:16.358
  • The Lord God Almighty has come."
  • 00:22:16.391 --> 00:22:18.760
  • Understand this, ladiesand gentlemen, Jesus doesn't
  • 00:22:18.794 --> 00:22:21.963
  • come to help you and help mefulfill our agenda, fulfill our
  • 00:22:21.997 --> 00:22:26.435
  • program, that which I think isgood, and that would say I think
  • 00:22:26.468 --> 00:22:31.072
  • is right, that's which I thinkis beautiful, the Lord God
  • 00:22:31.106 --> 00:22:34.543
  • doesn't come as Commanderof the army to sign up as
  • 00:22:34.576 --> 00:22:38.713
  • a lieutenant while you are stillthe general.
  • 00:22:38.747 --> 00:22:43.051
  • God isn't a lieutenant, he isa general.
  • 00:22:43.084 --> 00:22:45.720
  • And the verse is very clear,the Commander of the army
  • 00:22:45.754 --> 00:22:49.524
  • of the Lord has come.
  • 00:22:49.558 --> 00:22:51.426
  • Joshua, it's not that I'mfor you, I'm against you,
  • 00:22:51.460 --> 00:22:55.163
  • I'm here to take overthe whole enterprise.
  • 00:22:55.197 --> 00:22:58.300
  • You just sign up and get in lineas a private.
  • 00:22:58.333 --> 00:23:06.007
  • Lot of us come to Christ, say,"Boy, what God can do for me,
  • 00:23:06.041 --> 00:23:10.612
  • what Christ can help me.
  • 00:23:10.645 --> 00:23:12.180
  • Boy, I need healing, I needlife, I need a job, I need
  • 00:23:12.214 --> 00:23:16.017
  • forgiveness."
  • 00:23:16.051 --> 00:23:17.285
  • We come for all that Jesus cangive us, and all that is part
  • 00:23:17.319 --> 00:23:21.823
  • of it, but that's notthe primary thing.
  • 00:23:21.857 --> 00:23:24.159
  • We come primarily to say,"Lord, I want you to come
  • 00:23:24.192 --> 00:23:27.162
  • and run my life."
  • 00:23:27.195 --> 00:23:29.598
  • You lack courage or strength?
  • 00:23:29.631 --> 00:23:32.667
  • That's when I'm running my life,you're running your life.
  • 00:23:32.701 --> 00:23:36.137
  • I lack courage and strengthand fear comes, and we fail
  • 00:23:36.171 --> 00:23:39.040
  • over and over again, but whenthe Commander of the army of God
  • 00:23:39.074 --> 00:23:43.245
  • comes and fills our life, thenwe don't have a problem
  • 00:23:43.278 --> 00:23:46.748
  • with courage or strength,because we rely on his courage
  • 00:23:46.781 --> 00:23:50.585
  • and his strength operatingthrough you and operating
  • 00:23:50.619 --> 00:23:54.356
  • through me.
  • 00:23:54.389 --> 00:23:56.191
  • And that is what happened hereto Joshua.
  • 00:23:56.224 --> 00:23:58.627
  • "What must I do Lord?"
  • 00:23:58.660 --> 00:24:00.228
  • "Nothing, you just worship."
  • 00:24:00.262 --> 00:24:01.763
  • Remember the purpose...
  • 00:24:01.796 --> 00:24:03.765
  • what God wanted to buildout of these Israelites, these
  • 00:24:03.798 --> 00:24:06.067
  • Jews, to teach them that God washoly, that he wants them to be
  • 00:24:06.101 --> 00:24:10.171
  • holy and different and separateand to be worshipers of him,
  • 00:24:10.205 --> 00:24:14.509
  • and when that happened,the Children of Israel were
  • 00:24:14.543 --> 00:24:17.412
  • absolutely bulletproof.
  • 00:24:17.445 --> 00:24:20.448
  • When Jesus Christ becomesCommander-in-Chief of a life,
  • 00:24:20.482 --> 00:24:23.385
  • of a family, of a nation,healing always takes place,
  • 00:24:23.418 --> 00:24:28.156
  • every single time!
  • 00:24:28.189 --> 00:24:29.558
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • So what are we to do?
  • 00:24:35.230 --> 00:24:39.067
  • Take our shoes off.
  • 00:24:39.100 --> 00:24:41.636
  • Let's take our shoes off,worship him.
  • 00:24:41.670 --> 00:24:45.807
  • Say, "Lord, this is it.
  • 00:24:45.840 --> 00:24:50.912
  • Not my agenda.
  • 00:24:50.946 --> 00:24:54.215
  • I want your agenda.
  • 00:24:54.249 --> 00:24:56.885
  • Not my goals, what I think.
  • 00:24:56.918 --> 00:24:59.054
  • I want what you know and whatyou have planned, I surrender."
  • 00:24:59.087 --> 00:25:05.927
  • And through surrender alwayscomes victory.
  • 00:25:05.961 --> 00:25:11.967
  • Ed: It is not always easy tokeep track
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  • of all God does foryou and for me.
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  • from the book of Proverbs
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  • your prayers, and answers toprayer
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  • so you can remember what God hasdone in your life.
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  • I know this will become atreasured record
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  • of your time spent with Him.
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  • And no good soldier getsentangled in the affairs
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  • the one who enlisted himthe army.
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  • When God becomes yourCommander-in-Chief, you'll be
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  • ready to follow wherever heleads.
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  • When the trouble comes, if Godis in charge there is never any
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  • doubt about the outcome, the endresult: victory is certain!
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