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November 8, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • Dr. Ed Young: Four hundred years, the Children of Israel.
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  • We have the Israelites right here together in this bunch,
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  • 400 years in slavery.
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  • God working through Moses brought them into freedom,
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  • but still they thought like a slave, acted
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  • like a slave, and they could not understand freedom even though
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  • they had been liberated.
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  • So Moses brought them across the sea, and it took them
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  • 11 days to lead 2 million-plus there to Sinai, and there they
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  • stayed for one year.
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  • Moses went up with the Commandments, came
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  • down, idolatry, broke the 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 God working 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 back into Egypt, they'd become
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  • slaves, and now the land still belong to God's people,
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  • but God's people now had to go back and claim again the land
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  • that they owned and the land that 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 miles all over Israel, spying
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  • out the land to seeing about all those -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 gave a 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 you want in land.
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  • Water, irrigation, it is a bountiful land.
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  • There's only one problem.
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  • The people who inhabit that land have fortified cities and a lot
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  • of 'em are giants, and they are militant, 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, we don'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 spies who 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 they said about the land is true.
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  • And boy, they're a militant people that inhabit that land,
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  • but they said you know God has given us that land, and he'll
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  • give us the ability to take over that land.
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  • Let's go and claim that which belongs to us.
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  • And they voted.
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  • The vote was 2 million and 10 to 2.
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  • That's how committees operate, isn't it?
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  • By the way, a camel is the only animal 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 everybody spend 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 wandered around in the wilderness--
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  • desert place for 40 years, 40 years, until everybody died
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  • of that generation except Caleb and Joshua.
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  • All who were over 20 years of age died
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  • off in the wilderness wanderings, and there you have
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  • the largest funeral march in history.
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  • Two things took place.
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  • Complaining and death.
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  • And all of that unbelieving generation died out, and now
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  • there was a new generation.
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  • And now they're ready to go and to take that land
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  • of promise.
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  • And if you follow along in your scripture reading, they had
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  • everything together as to how you relate, how you do business,
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  • how you live in those multiplicity of laws and rules
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  • and regulations.
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  • If you've read it, it is just overwhelming.
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  • And then finally, they cross over 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 are circumcised as a sign, as a seal
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  • of the covenant they had with God.
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  • Then they participate in the Passover meal.
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  • Then they were praying, they were prepared to go in the land,
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  • and then we have an unusual experience takes place.
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  • And we'll look at that because it's a pivotal moment
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  • in the history of God's people.
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  • Remember the purpose for 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, understanding how to live life
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  • before the living God and to live life with one another.
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  • And their call by God was to take and to inform all
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  • the rest of the world.
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  • In the Bible, if you're not a Jew, you're a gentile.
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  • So this Jewish community wants to take and give God's word
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  • and God's truth to the rest of the world.
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  • Now, let's just pause here a moment and go to the Lord
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  • in prayer.
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  • Father, we are walking through years and years
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  • of biblical history.
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  • Give us insight, and not only the lessons we are to learn
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  • but the lifestyles we are to adopt, is our prayer
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  • in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • A man named Wilbur Reese wrote this, and he said, "I want
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  • to buy $3 worth of God.
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  • Not enough to explode my soul or to disturb my peace, but just
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  • enough produce a cup of warm milk or a snooze
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  • in the sunshine.
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  • I wanna enough of him to make me love people.
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  • No, not make me love people of 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, not transformation.
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  • I want the warmth of the womb and not a new birth.
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  • I want a pound of the eternal in 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 break my strand of matched pearls.
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  • I can't put up with pundits from Persia or sweaty shepherds
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  • trampling all over my nylon carpet with their muddy feet.
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  • You see, my name isn't Mary.
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  • I want no living, breathing Christ.
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  • I want one I can keep in his crib.
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  • A plastic one will do just fine.
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  • I want, you know, only $3 worth of God."
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  • There's a time in my life that's really all I wanted of God,
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  • about $3 worth.
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  • I was brought up in a moderately Christian home.
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  • My dad was not a Christian, my mother was.
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  • And when my mother went to 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 that kind of a home, but when I was
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  • about 11 years old I went to vacation Bible School,
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  • and there I heard about Jesus Christ 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 messing around the way I talked, the way
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  • I lived, the way I handle myself on dates, my future.
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  • No, no, no.
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  • I just want enough of God just to, just to get me
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  • through in case something happened 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 University of Alabama, God dealt with me
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  • in a very profound and a personal way,
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  • which is a long, long story.
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  • And finally, one night about 2:15 in the morning, AM,
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  • I was on an old stump in the middle of an athletic
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  • field praying, and I looked up to heaven, and I said, "Lord,
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  • I give you all that I am and all that I'll ever be."
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  • All of a sudden, I knew that $3 of God wasn't enough, I had
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  • to have all of him, and I understood that he demanded
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  • all of me.
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  • That's surrender. That's surrender.
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  • And that wasn't just a 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 every morning, 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 call upon God's people.
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  • They were prepared to go in the promised land, and they
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  • said, "Lord, I want you to lead us in that promised land.
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  • I want to claim that which you're given."
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  • But what were they lacking?
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  • They were lacking then probably what they lacked when they
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  • didn't go in 40 years before then.
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  • And if you were in Bible study this 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 is said, talking about strength
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  • and courage in that first chapter.
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  • By the way, how many of you were in Bible study this morning?
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  • Lift your hands, good.
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  • How many of you heard your teacher emphasize that four
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  • times here, in Joshua, they were asked 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 teachers didn't read that chapter very
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  • carefully!
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  • Because when God says something one time--you know it, two
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  • times, three, four times in one chapter, I think he's trying
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  • to make a statement, right?
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  • And how you needed strength and courage.
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  • Where do you get strength and courage?
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  • We all need strength, we all need courage.
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  • Many times we don't have courage.
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  • By the way, courage is a very important 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 had thrown 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 tough list.
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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 those who are cowards.
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  • I didn't know they're cowards was such a bad thing.
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  • But you see, we need courage and strength, and that's what
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  • these Israelites were lacking there.
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  • When they got right to the promised land, they
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  • didn't felt they didn't have enough strength to win
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  • the battle, they didn't have enough 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 strong this time, I'm going to be...
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  • How do you get that?
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  • We discover, in a fabulous little verse in the Bible.
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  • But before that, I want to set out just three principles for us
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  • to just sit down on before we 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 people in the Bible, we say, boy,
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  • here's a great Biblical character.
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  • Boy, I could never be like Esther.
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  • Man, to think I could be like Joshua.
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  • Man, that these are way beyond.
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  • And we look at people and we say they'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 drove up in a Porsche or 1983 Chevy,
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  • people are people.
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  • I've met President of the United States who could quote Bible,
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  • and they would tell you they're a Christian, and I've met
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  • someone who didn't have hardly the shirt on their back,
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  • and didn't know where their next meal 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 have and those who have not.
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  • There are not those who, well, they're real smart and those who
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  • are real, real dumb.
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  • No, no, no, people are people are 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 biblical personalities, we give them
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  • too high a position.
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  • And many times we give God such a low position.
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  • We see someone who is a celebrity, and we say, oh,
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  • there's somebody who is just super 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 looks at me, and at the foot
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  • of the cross it is just as level as 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 that people 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 Christ is 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, he operates today.
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  • How he operates tomorrow is the way he operate today.
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  • There is a consistency about the unchanging God.
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  • God is God.
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  • We take people and make them too godly, and we take God and make
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  • God too much like people.
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  • A fourth grade class was asked if 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 is how 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 something takes place that's outside
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  • the norm and it is of such a 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 miracles under every bush.
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  • Some people say praise God, hallelujah every other breath.
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  • Some people never say praise God, Hallelujah
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  • every other breath.
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  • And so my point is but God is operating in this domain,
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  • and in his economy he performed 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
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  • operate in a subtle way in life.
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  • Last week 3:00 AM in the morning--about 3:05--
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  • I wake up, and a name comes to my mind.
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  • A man in our church.
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  • I hadn't thought of him, I'd had no reference to him in I don't
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  • know how long, but a name comes up, 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 checked the hospital list, as I do
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  • virtually every morning, I looked and there was his name!
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  • He hadn't been in the hospital before.
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  • I said, "You know, that was God somehow, in the family of faith,
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  • touching my heart and life to pray for the--"
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  • That happens to all of us, right?
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  • Someone comes to your mind, and you call them--
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  • family, friend, or somebody out of the blue--and it's
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  • amazing when we follow up on that how they were
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  • prepared and how our call or our touch made a great difference
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  • to them in that particular moment.
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  • Is that a miracle?
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  • It's how God operates in 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 try to ask the question, well, do
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  • the Israelites need a miracle to go in?
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  • Well, first of all, they had to take down Jericho, a strong
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  • city with double walls.
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  • And now we read a little obscure passage of scripture that I
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  • think is ever so powerful.
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  • Look at the Book of Joshua chapter 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
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  • he lifted up his eyes and looked."
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  • Now, when was the last time Joshua was in Jericho?
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  • Man, it's been, oh gosh, how many years ago?
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  • They wander around for 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
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  • they were going to have to capture.
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  • "It stood right there before 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 drawn in 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 looks at 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 strength and courage.
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  • He was the Commander of the army of the Lord.
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  • He was the leader.
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  • And there standing before him was a man with a sword drawn!
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  • And he's standing there, and Joshua--
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  • 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
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  • sword, and he went to the man with the sword drawn, he said,
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  • "Are you for us or for our adversary?"
  • 00:20:17.100 --> 00:20:21.070
  • In other words, whose side are 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, or are you against me?
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  • Now, notice this answer.
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  • It is so strong yet so subtle but so informative.
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  • So words, "And he drew the sword.
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  • Are you for me or against me?"
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  • And verse 14, this is the man with the drawn sword--
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  • "Said 'No!'" How about that?
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  • "Are you for me or against me?
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  • No!"
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  • What does he say?
  • 00:20:57.130 --> 00:20:58.220
  • He says I'm not for you, and I'm not against you.
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:03.010
  • And then he goes, it said, "But as Commander of the army
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  • of the Lord I have now come."
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  • You get that?
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  • He says as the Commander of the army of the Lord,
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  • I have now come.
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  • And next passage it says Joshua fell down and worshipped him.
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  • And worshiped him.
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  • What's he saying here?
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  • He's saying that the Commander of the army of the Lord has now
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  • come, and Joshua, I'm not for you, I'm not against you.
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:42.050
  • The Commander of the army of the Lord has now come,
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  • and all you have to do is enroll in my army!
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  • And you see what happened?
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  • Joshua fell down and worshiped him.
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  • He says, "Oh, Lord what am I to do?"
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  • He said, "Just take off your shoes, because this is holy
  • 00:22:00.020 --> 00:22:03.260
  • ground, and worship me."
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  • We need to understand something.
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  • Lord, are you for me or against me?
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:12.140
  • The Lord saying, "I'm not for you, I'm not against you,
  • 00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:16.060
  • you just worship me.
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  • The Lord God Almighty has come."
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  • Understand this, ladies and gentlemen, Jesus doesn't
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  • come to help you and help me fulfill our agenda, fulfill our
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  • program, that which I think is good, and that would say I think
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  • is right, that's which I think is beautiful, the Lord God
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  • doesn't come as Commander of the army to sign up as
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  • a lieutenant while you are still the general.
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  • God isn't a lieutenant, he is a general.
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  • And the verse is very clear, the Commander of the army
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  • of the Lord has come.
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  • Joshua, it's not that I'm for you, I'm against you,
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  • I'm here to take over the whole enterprise.
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  • You just sign up and get in line as a private.
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  • Lot of us come to Christ, say, "Boy, what God can do for me,
  • 00:23:06.260 --> 00:23:11.190
  • what Christ can help me.
  • 00:23:11.200 --> 00:23:13.140
  • Boy, I need healing, I need life, I need a job, I need
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  • forgiveness."
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  • We come for all that Jesus can give us, and all that is part
  • 00:23:18.200 --> 00:23:22.280
  • of it, but that's not the primary thing.
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:25.060
  • We come primarily to say, "Lord, I want you to come
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  • and run my life."
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  • You lack courage or strength?
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  • That's when I'm running my life, you're running your life.
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  • I lack courage and strength and fear comes, and we fail
  • 00:23:36.290 --> 00:23:40.130
  • over and over again, but when the Commander of the army of God
  • 00:23:40.140 --> 00:23:44.060
  • comes and fills our life, then we don't have a problem
  • 00:23:44.070 --> 00:23:47.210
  • with courage or strength, because we rely on his courage
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  • and his strength operating through you and operating
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  • through me.
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  • And that is what happened here to Joshua.
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  • "What must I do Lord?"
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  • "Nothing, you just worship."
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  • Remember the purpose...
  • 00:24:02.170 --> 00:24:04.130
  • what God wanted to build out of these Israelites, these
  • 00:24:04.140 --> 00:24:06.270
  • Jews, to teach them that God was holy, that he wants them to be
  • 00:24:06.280 --> 00:24:11.030
  • holy and different and separate and to be worshipers of him,
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  • and when that happened, the Children of Israel were
  • 00:24:15.060 --> 00:24:18.060
  • absolutely bulletproof.
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  • When Jesus Christ becomes Commander-in-Chief of a life,
  • 00:24:21.000 --> 00:24:24.120
  • of a family, of a nation, healing always takes place,
  • 00:24:24.130 --> 00:24:28.240
  • every single time!
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • So what are we to do?
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  • Take our shoes off.
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  • Let's take our shoes off, worship him.
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  • Say, "Lord, this is it.
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  • Not my agenda.
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  • I want your agenda.
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  • Not my goals, what I think.
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  • I want what you know and what you have planned, I surrender."
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:06.030
  • And through surrender always comes victory.
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  • Dr. Ed Young: What's the one thing you could do today that
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  • would radically change your life?
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  • with the Almighty.
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  • each of us to be a good soldier of Christ.
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  • And no good soldier gets entangled in the affairs
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  • of everyday life.
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  • Instead, he focuses on his top priority, and that is to please
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  • the one who enlisted him the army.
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  • When God becomes your Commander-in-Chief, you'll be
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  • doubt about the outcome, the end result: victory is certain!
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  • Jesus Christ is the Commander-in-Chief
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