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Know God Or No God Part 3

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January 20, 2021
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Know God Or No God Part 3

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  • Allen Jackson: You don't want tobe at arm's length 'cause
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  • there's all sorts of things hecan get you with, but if you're
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  • right there next to thatshoulder all you have to do is
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  • hold on, you keep turning himwith you, he can't hurt you.
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  • I've gone 'round and 'round withsome angry, strong beasts.
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  • You know the best place you canbe is close to them?
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  • In the most broken places ofyour life, with the greatest
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  • mistakes and the darkestproblems, you want to get as
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  • close to him as you know how.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again.
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  • This is the third part in thismessage, if you missed the other
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  • two parts you can go to thewebsite and you can see the
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  • entire message as a whole.
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  • We're going to complete thislist of the ten traits or
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  • aspects of God's character thatsustain us in the greatest
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  • seasons of shaking thatcome to our lives.
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  • If you know God's character, nomatter what around you shifts,
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  • you have a stable place fromwhich you can move forward,
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  • it's transformational.
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  • It will help you, it hassustained me in the darkest
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  • times in my life.
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  • I'm gonna end this session witha story from some years ago when
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  • I was in the Philippines.
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  • God was just beginning to movein my life and called me to
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  • serve him in some new ways, anda part of that was a revelation
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  • of my frailty and the magnitudeof the God we serve.
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  • Honoring the Lord with your lifeis the greatest invitation
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  • you'll ever have, it's moreimportant than any degree you'll
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  • earn or the components ofyour family or your IQ.
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  • Grab your Bible, open yourheart, God's got a call
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  • for you today.
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  • Allen Jackson: He can route anarmy of tens of thousands with
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  • a few hundred, he can change ourhearts and minds, he can expose
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  • what's hidden in the darkness,he's all-powerful.
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  • You need to know this about Godbecause we will yield, we will
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  • compromise, we will forfeit ourintegrity before the power of
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  • human beings, before electedofficials or august bodies that
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  • have been orchestrated becausethey want their favor or their
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  • blessing, and we will relinquishthe truth and step into the
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  • shadows because we don't reallybelieve that the one we worship
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  • is all-powerful.
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  • Think of Peter and John beforethe Sanhedrin, the Sanhedrin had
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  • orchestrated Jesus's execution;they were powerful, no question
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  • about it.
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  • If they decided you were goingto die, there was very little
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  • that could be done to reversetheir opinion.
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  • And they said to Peter and John,"Don't ever mention the name in
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  • this city again, if we hearJesus on your lips--" Remember
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  • what they said?
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  • "You do what you need to do, butwe cannot stop."
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  • They'd put them in prison, whenthey'd get out again they go
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  • back to it; they would beatthem, and when they'd let them
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  • out they'd go back to it; theywould kill their leaders, and
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  • they'd keep telling the story.
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  • They understood he wasall-powerful, we struggle with
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  • that more.
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  • I know we struggle because Ihear the discussions, "Well
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  • do you believe inpraying for the sick?
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  • Do you go to doctorsor pray for the sick?"
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  • Yes, "Well do you pray aboutlittle things?"
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  • Yes, 'cause if I hadn't prayedabout little things I'm not
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  • gonna have any muscles to pickup the bigger things.
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  • He's all-powerful.
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  • "Well I prayed and nothinghappened?"
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  • Do you give your childeverything he asks for?
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  • I hope not, sometimes they askamiss, and sometimes so do we.
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  • "But I wanted it," duh.
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  • God is all-powerful and you canto add to that, number eight,
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  • God knows, he's all-knowing.
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  • He knows more than we do, we sayit but we don't believe it,
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  • "Well I was explaining to him."
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  • Listen to the way you pray,"God, you know Aunt Susie, she
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  • doesn't have a lot, she's alone,she's kinda stubborn, she's not
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  • a great cook."
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  • God knows, and if it helps youto get it all lined up in your
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  • head you can keep praying thatway, but it's not like you gotta
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  • read God in on the story.
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  • We don't really treat him likehe knows.
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  • I'm messing with you a littlebit, 'cause somehow, we imagine
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  • we're smarter than God.
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  • People say to me with somefrequency, "You know Pastor,
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  • with my education, it's justhard for me to believe
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  • my Bible."
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  • Well bless your heart, if you'llunpack that intellect we'll put
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  • wheels on it, we'll help youpull it around 'cause clearly
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  • it's an incredible burden.
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  • We all do it, we all do it.
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  • "God, you don't understand howmy circumstance, so if you'll
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  • just give me your attention fora moment, I'm gonna tell you how
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  • it really is."
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  • See, I have founda place of comfort.
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  • I told you the truth, this is mylist when I'm the most broken,
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  • and I'll say, "God, I knowyou understand.
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  • I'm quite confident I don'tunderstand, I don't even know
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  • my own heart, but I wait on you'cause I know
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  • you're all-powerful.
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  • And I know you know everythingand you're just and you're
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  • faithful, and you're a God whodisciplines.
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  • And I know you're a God of love,and I want to be as close to you
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  • as I know how to be."
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  • One of the lessons my dad taughtme; when I was a little fellow I
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  • used to help him take care ofhorses, and they scared me a
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  • lot; my assignment was to holdthe horse.
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  • Now, that doesn't sound bad'cause, you know, if you see
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  • a horse in a stall and you gohold its halter and you feed it
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  • a carrot or you give it a cubeof sugar from the palm of your
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  • hand, no harm, no foul, they'rekind of happy to see you.
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  • But if you're holding the horsewhen the veterinarian is there
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  • he's gonna find somethingthat hurts and poke it.
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  • And then he's gonna think of theleast pleasant thing he can do;
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  • to whatever that is, he will dothat and then he's gonna
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  • bill you for it.
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  • That's how thatarrangement works.
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  • And so I'm holding the horsewhile he's very displeased with
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  • whatever is being done to him,scared the love of Jesus out of
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  • me but my dad taughtme a lesson.
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  • If you've got a hold of thathorse's halter the safest place
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  • you can be is right next to thathorse's shoulder.
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  • You don't wanna be at arm'slength 'cause there's all sorts
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  • of things he can get you with,but if you're right there next
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  • to that shoulder all you have todo is hold on, you keep turning
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  • him with you, he can't hurt you.
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  • I've gone round and round withsome angry, strong beasts.
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  • You know, the best place you canbe is close to the Lord?
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  • In the most broken places ofyour life with the greatest
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  • mistakes and the darkestproblems you want to get as
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  • close to him as you know how, hewill help you.
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  • He will help you, he'sall-powerful, he's all-knowing.
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  • Number nine, God's jealous, youneed to know this.
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  • He tells it flat out, it's atthe beginning of the list of the
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  • big Ten: "You can have no othergods before me," it's Exodus 20.
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  • "You can't make for yourself anidol or a likeness in heaven
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  • above or on earth beneath or inthe water...
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  • You shall not worship them orserve them."
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  • It's not just about havingcarved statues, he said, "I'm
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  • the Lord your God, I'ma jealous God."
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  • I won't tolerate pretenders,he said, there is nothing to
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  • compare, I won't tolerate that.
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  • So if you give somethingpriority in your life above God,
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  • it draws his attention.
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  • 2020 has been helping us withthat, hasn't it?
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  • We've had a lot of idols, we'vebeen torqued, we've been bent
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  • out of shape a lot 'cause therewere things we wanted and things
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  • that we were counting on andthings that we liked and things
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  • that were important to us.
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  • And number 10, God isredemptive, God is redemptive.
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  • Ephesians 1:7 says, "In him, wehave redemption through his
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  • blood, the forgiveness of sins,in accordance with the riches
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  • of his grace."
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  • He's redemptive, that means heintervenes on our behalf.
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  • Literally, he buys us out ofplaces that we can't free
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  • ourselves from, and the ultimatepurchase price for us was the
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  • blood of Jesus.
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  • Revelation 5:9 gives us a windowinto this, it says, "They sang a
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  • new song: 'You are worthy totake the scroll and to open its
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  • seals, because you were slain,and with your blood you
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  • purchased men for God from everytribe and language and people
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  • and nation.'"
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  • Our God is redemptive.
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  • Now there's a list of 10 things.
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  • If you'll make those a part ofyou, tuck them in your heart,
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  • walk around and think aboutthem, evaluate your current
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  • circumstances in light of thoseattributes.
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  • You can expand your list, it'snot an inclusive list but it's a
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  • wonderful beginning point.
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  • If we know God's character whenwe don't trust the information
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  • that's coming to us, when we'recaught in the midst of
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  • propaganda storms, wheneverything is up in upheaval and
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  • turmoil and swirling and it'sdifficult to get your bearings,
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  • and "What do we do?"
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  • You can say, "I know this aboutGod, I know this about God."
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  • Let it take root in your heart.
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  • Say, "My circumstances may beunpleasant today, I may not like
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  • where I am but I knowthis about God.
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  • He's redemptive, he'll come forme, he will come for me,
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  • I belong to him.
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  • He knows my name, he knows thenumber of hairs on my head, he
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  • knows my address, he knows mycircumstance."
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  • What did he say about the Hebrewslaves?
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  • He said, "I've heard theircries, I've come for them."
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  • It's a principle in Scripture,it's not a one-time event,
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  • he knows you.
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  • Say, "I'm uncomfortable,does he know that?"
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  • I think he does, "Why doeshe leave it?"
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  • I don't know, but he'sall-knowing and I'll trust him.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, thisis Pastor Allen.
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  • Thank you for letting me aninterrupt the lesson for just
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  • a moment, but I wanted a minutewith you at the beginning
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  • of this year, first of all, tocelebrate: thank God,
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  • we survived 2020.
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  • We didn't just survive, we'vecome through stronger, we're
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  • more focused and more preparedfor the purposes of God than
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  • we've ever been before, butwe're not finished with the
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  • turmoil yet.
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  • I know I'd like it to go awaywith a new calendar as much as
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  • you would but the reality iswe've still got a path to travel
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  • and we're gonna have to do itand the strength of the Lord.
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  • So I wanted a minute with you atthe beginning of this year,
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  • I want to plant a seed.
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  • Let's determine to begin to putsome things in place to keep us
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  • strong spiritually no matterwhat is presented to us in
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  • this year.
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  • We've thought a lot in recentweeks and months about how to
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  • maintain a healthy immunesystem, how to maintain your
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  • physical health.
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  • Well in the same way, we've gotto think about how to be
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  • strong spiritually.
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  • So I put a tool together that Ithink it'll help you, it's a
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  • daily devotional, it'scalled "Standing Firm."
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  • That's our goal in 2021,we wanna stand firm.
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  • You know the Ephesians 6passage, it says, "Having done
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  • everything you know to do,stand therefore."
  • 00:12:42.754 --> 00:12:45.757
  • Well the attacks aren't goingaway, the challenges aren't
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  • going to just evaporate, theenemy is alive and well on
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  • planet Earth but Jesus is Lord.
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  • Take the time for your dailyBible reading, do a few minutes
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  • in a daily devotional, we'll beon TBN every day if you need a
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  • little boost spiritually; thereare resources available to you.
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  • Together, we're gonna standfirm and declare Jesus as victor
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  • in our lives.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male announcer: God calls us tostand firm in our faith, we need
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  • to be engaged.
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  • To help you recognize deceptionand guard your heart in these
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  • unpredictable times, we'll sendyou Pastor Allen's sermon DVD
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  • from the "End of this Age"series, called "Stand Firm,"
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  • Allen Jackson: Don't give yourattention to the expressions of
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  • evil, focus your heart and yourthoughts and your mind and your
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  • emotions on what God is doing,it will keep you and protect
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  • you, it'll bring a joy to you.
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  • We have rejected the truth ofGod, we've set it aside,
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  • we don't wanna be encumbered byGod's truth and his ideas, it's
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  • inconvenient to us; we wantpower and we want authority.
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  • The only peace that will come tohumanity will come from
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  • the Prince of Peace.
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  • It's only the transformation ofthe human heart that allows us
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  • to live together in unity andrespect and love and kindness
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  • and dignity.
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  • I would encourage you, not justin this season but in the season
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  • to come, guard your heart, becareful what you kneel before.
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  • Allen Jackson: I want to close.
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  • You learn to trust the Lord.
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  • You learn to trust the Lord,it's not an automatic thing.
  • 00:14:44.842 --> 00:14:50.548
  • In the same way you learnEnglish, the same way you learn
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  • an exercise routine, the sameway you learn to cook, the same
  • 00:14:53.251 --> 00:14:55.753
  • way you learn to do business youlearn to trust the Lord.
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  • It comes through information, itcomes through repetition, it
  • 00:14:58.990 --> 00:15:01.960
  • comes through experience, all ofthose things feed that.
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  • I'm sorry, I'm sorry you've beencoached to attend church,
  • 00:15:05.129 --> 00:15:07.799
  • attending church is not the sameas learning to trust God.
  • 00:15:07.832 --> 00:15:11.202
  • There's a value in attendingchurch, I attend church a lot,
  • 00:15:11.235 --> 00:15:16.808
  • and I promise you it isn't justa job description for me.
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  • It's a very helpful tool for mein learning to trust God but my
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  • agenda in being with you isgreater than just being here, I
  • 00:15:24.983 --> 00:15:27.919
  • want to learn to trust the Lord.
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  • I want to share a passage ofScripture, it's personal to me,
  • 00:15:30.655 --> 00:15:34.025
  • and I'll close with a story andthen we'll make a proclamation,
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  • but it's 2 Timothy chapter 1.Paul writes it from a Roman
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  • prison to a young man who he'smentoring, and there's a lot of
  • 00:15:40.832 --> 00:15:46.537
  • emotion in 2 Timothy 'cause Paulis expecting to be executed;
  • 00:15:46.571 --> 00:15:51.275
  • he knows it, his closestfriends know it.
  • 00:15:51.309 --> 00:15:52.810
  • In fact, most of his friendshave abandoned him because the
  • 00:15:52.844 --> 00:15:54.879
  • price of being Paul's friend hasbecome too high, it's a season
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  • that's not so hard for us toimagine anymore.
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  • And Paul writes to Timothy thesefirst words, he says, Don't be
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  • ashamed to testify about ourLord or ashamed of me
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  • his prisoner.
  • 00:16:11.529 --> 00:16:14.499
  • How hard would that be the writeto someone that you have coached
  • 00:16:14.532 --> 00:16:18.469
  • and mentored and you've pouredyour life, I don't want you to
  • 00:16:18.503 --> 00:16:20.271
  • be ashamed of me?
  • 00:16:20.304 --> 00:16:23.041
  • My circumstances aren't verygood, there's no one to speak on
  • 00:16:23.074 --> 00:16:27.345
  • my behalf, I'm in prison.
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  • I don't want you to be ashamedof me, "Join with me in
  • 00:16:33.251 --> 00:16:36.788
  • suffering for the Gospel,by the power of God.
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  • And of this Gospel I wasappointed a herald and an
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  • apostle and a teacher, that'swhy I'm suffering as I am."
  • 00:16:44.095 --> 00:16:47.899
  • Timothy, I'm not here becauseI'm a thief or a murderer, I'm
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  • here because I've been anadvocate for Jesus of Nazareth,
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  • "Yet I am not ashamed."
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  • I don't want you to be ashamed,but Timothy, "I'm not ashamed,
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  • because I know whom I havebelieved, and I'm convinced that
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  • he's able to guard what I'veentrusted to him for that day."
  • 00:17:02.914 --> 00:17:06.984
  • "I know in whom I have believed,and what I have entrusted
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  • to him."
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  • I don't understand everythingabout 2020, I have more
  • 00:17:12.590 --> 00:17:15.760
  • questions than I have answers,it's not a year that has really
  • 00:17:15.793 --> 00:17:19.397
  • garnered a great deal of trustin institutions and people
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  • and organizations.
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  • It's been a year of awakening,the lights are coming up, and
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  • I'm very grateful for that, I'dmuch rather have the light up
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  • than to have stayed in thedarkness of my own perspective.
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  • So I'm not throwing rocks atanybody but that passage from 2
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  • Timothy is personal to me.
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  • When I graduated from college,I went to the Philippines
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  • for the summer.
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  • I knew God had invited me toserve him but I was a reluctant
  • 00:17:46.324 --> 00:17:49.060
  • recruit, I didn't like publicspeaking, I didn't like
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  • Christians all that much, and Ireally didn't like large groups
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  • of Christians.
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  • My spiritual formation has nottaken place inside the organized
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  • church and I just could notimagine a role for myself in
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  • that world and I was struggling,I was having a hard time sorting
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  • it out with God.
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  • I wanted to be in control, Iwanted to control my income
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  • stream, I knew, I justhad a plan.
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  • I didn't want to be a pagan, Ididn't wanna be a muslim, I just
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  • didn't want Godencroaching too much.
  • 00:18:20.424 --> 00:18:24.629
  • And I graduated and I'd taken aheavy course load so I thought,
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  • "Well I'll do one of the summermissions programs," it was a
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  • possibility at the school Iattended and I applied.
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  • I wanted to go to Sweden orFrance, I think Australia, I put
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  • three down, Sweden, Australia,France, I was willing to suffer
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  • for Jesus that summer.
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  • And I went to the meeting wherethey were handing out the
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  • assignments, I'll never forgetit, the first country, they
  • 00:18:45.917 --> 00:18:47.919
  • said, "We have we have oneassignment," they said
  • 00:18:47.952 --> 00:18:50.254
  • that was different.
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  • "We've only put guys on thistrip, you're going to a remote
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  • place, we need to people froma rural environment, we need
  • 00:18:53.858 --> 00:18:57.161
  • people that seem to have donemanual labor and were familiar
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  • being around animalsand livestock."
  • 00:18:59.564 --> 00:19:06.437
  • I remember sitting therethinking, "God, that's just not,
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  • it's not even funny."
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  • I knew I was on the list, theysaid you're going to the
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  • Philippines, to the remote partof the Philippines in the inner
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  • part of the islands.
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  • We don't know how safe it is,it's gonna be hard work so we're
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  • just sending a group of guys.
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  • My name wasn't first, but thethird one, my name showed up,
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  • and so with about as muchenthusiasm as you can expect, if
  • 00:19:30.795 --> 00:19:33.364
  • I'd had a hangnail I'd havestayed home.
  • 00:19:33.397 --> 00:19:36.467
  • I mean, if I had had thesniffles, a cough, if my hair
  • 00:19:36.500 --> 00:19:41.939
  • hadn't parted in the right waythe morning I was supposed to
  • 00:19:41.973 --> 00:19:44.141
  • leave, but everything seemedto be okay.
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  • So off I went and I spent thesummer there, it changed
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  • my life.
  • 00:19:50.915 --> 00:19:54.285
  • It did it begrudgingly, I had noimagination of doing ministry,
  • 00:19:54.318 --> 00:19:58.923
  • I told you the truth, I didn'tlike being in front of groups
  • 00:19:58.956 --> 00:20:00.825
  • of people, but I got up everymorning and we were in the
  • 00:20:00.858 --> 00:20:03.227
  • middle part of the Philippineson a little island, and I'd get
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  • up and go play basketball with auniversity basketball team and
  • 00:20:06.330 --> 00:20:08.833
  • made friends with those guys.
  • 00:20:08.866 --> 00:20:13.271
  • And by the time we'd left thatsummer, the the Spirit of God
  • 00:20:13.304 --> 00:20:16.440
  • moved and there was a group ofcollege students there that
  • 00:20:16.474 --> 00:20:18.342
  • accepted the Lord and werefilled with the Spirit, and some
  • 00:20:18.376 --> 00:20:20.911
  • of them are serving the Lorduntil today; not because of any
  • 00:20:20.945 --> 00:20:22.980
  • expertise I had, it was in spiteof me, there was a group of
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  • us there.
  • 00:20:25.116 --> 00:20:27.952
  • But we took, I forget, it was aweek or 10 days, and they said,
  • 00:20:27.985 --> 00:20:31.689
  • we were in a little city ona college campus, they said,
  • 00:20:31.722 --> 00:20:34.458
  • "We're gonna take you into themost remote part of the island."
  • 00:20:34.492 --> 00:20:38.062
  • I didn't really knowwhat that meant.
  • 00:20:38.095 --> 00:20:39.397
  • They took us on a bus and thiswas a few years ago, there were
  • 00:20:39.430 --> 00:20:46.203
  • boxes of chickens on the seatnext to me and goats tied on
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  • the roof, everythingyou could imagine.
  • 00:20:49.373 --> 00:20:52.977
  • And we got to the end of theroad and they said, "This is
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  • where you get off," and therewas nothing there, and then we
  • 00:20:54.912 --> 00:20:57.915
  • hiked into the mountains aways.
  • 00:20:57.948 --> 00:21:00.384
  • For several days, we stayed inthis little village, there was
  • 00:21:00.418 --> 00:21:02.553
  • no electricity and no runningwater, we were in a bamboo hut
  • 00:21:02.586 --> 00:21:06.891
  • and it was on stilts above theground, the nipa hut, the
  • 00:21:06.924 --> 00:21:09.427
  • livestock of the ownerswas beneath us.
  • 00:21:09.460 --> 00:21:12.930
  • And we just did whatever wecould do, we did puppet shows
  • 00:21:12.963 --> 00:21:15.900
  • for kids, had some big fails inthat place.
  • 00:21:15.933 --> 00:21:19.570
  • They said there was a young boythat was tormented by demons in
  • 00:21:19.603 --> 00:21:23.641
  • the village that was a few milesaway and I wanted to know if
  • 00:21:23.674 --> 00:21:25.409
  • we'd pray for him, and whatcould you say?
  • 00:21:25.443 --> 00:21:28.379
  • So we said, "Yeah, we'll prayfor him," and we hiked one
  • 00:21:28.412 --> 00:21:31.048
  • afternoon and by the time we gotthere it was just turning dark.
  • 00:21:31.082 --> 00:21:35.152
  • And he was in a bamboo hut withonly a candle to illuminate it,
  • 00:21:35.186 --> 00:21:38.022
  • and his parents didn't want usto be there 'cause the witch
  • 00:21:38.055 --> 00:21:39.990
  • doctor had been there and toldthem that we shouldn't be there.
  • 00:21:40.024 --> 00:21:42.226
  • And so the parents werescreaming and tagalog and they
  • 00:21:42.259 --> 00:21:45.963
  • didn't want us in the nipa hut,and the group I was with turned
  • 00:21:45.996 --> 00:21:48.332
  • to me and said, "Why don'tyou go in and pray?"
  • 00:21:48.366 --> 00:21:53.904
  • And I was scared out of my mind,I was so out of my element.
  • 00:21:53.938 --> 00:22:00.511
  • Well, I had a college degree and20 years of church attendance
  • 00:22:00.544 --> 00:22:03.247
  • but I had no clue.
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:06.717
  • So I prayed some polite prayerand then we walked, we hiked
  • 00:22:06.751 --> 00:22:09.320
  • home; I was useless.
  • 00:22:09.353 --> 00:22:13.858
  • So it wasn't a week oftremendous triumphs, yeah,
  • 00:22:13.891 --> 00:22:15.626
  • we had some services and somegood things happen but--So at
  • 00:22:15.659 --> 00:22:19.830
  • the end of that, however manydays it was, we hiked back down
  • 00:22:19.864 --> 00:22:22.400
  • that dirt road and we're sittingunder trees waiting for the bus
  • 00:22:22.433 --> 00:22:26.871
  • to come get us to take usback to civilization.
  • 00:22:26.904 --> 00:22:28.873
  • We've had no running water for aweek so the closest thing we've
  • 00:22:28.906 --> 00:22:31.075
  • had to refreshment we'd dippedout of a barrel of some dubious,
  • 00:22:31.108 --> 00:22:36.180
  • 'cause they were hand-carryingwater several miles for us.
  • 00:22:36.213 --> 00:22:41.118
  • I was hot and I was tired, I wasgrumpy and I was homesick, and
  • 00:22:41.152 --> 00:22:46.757
  • I wasn't feelingvery triumphant.
  • 00:22:46.791 --> 00:22:50.795
  • I was bored and I reached intomy pack and I pulled out my
  • 00:22:50.828 --> 00:22:53.264
  • Bible, it's all I had to read,and I opened my Bible to that
  • 00:22:53.297 --> 00:22:56.333
  • verse that I just read you from2 Timothy, where Paul said,
  • 00:22:56.367 --> 00:23:06.243
  • "I know who I haveentrusted my life to."
  • 00:23:06.277 --> 00:23:13.651
  • And I was so convicted, thetears began to run down my face
  • 00:23:13.684 --> 00:23:18.923
  • 'cause I wasn't trusting theLord with my life, I was busting
  • 00:23:18.956 --> 00:23:23.627
  • my backside to put myself incontrol of my life and I knew
  • 00:23:23.661 --> 00:23:30.601
  • I was so guilty.
  • 00:23:30.634 --> 00:23:33.571
  • I was on a mission trip and Iwas hot and dirty for Jesus but
  • 00:23:33.604 --> 00:23:36.740
  • I was just checking the boxes.
  • 00:23:36.774 --> 00:23:41.979
  • I said, "God, I'm sorry," Imean, I just did it quietly
  • 00:23:42.012 --> 00:23:47.251
  • 'cause I'm sitting there withother people that were just as
  • 00:23:47.284 --> 00:23:48.719
  • nasty as I was, "But if you'llhelp me, I want to learn to walk
  • 00:23:48.752 --> 00:23:56.260
  • with you."
  • 00:23:56.293 --> 00:23:57.928
  • I want to encourage you not tobe disappointed or angry
  • 00:23:57.962 --> 00:24:00.397
  • or frustrated, trust the Lord,tell him the truth.
  • 00:24:00.431 --> 00:24:06.871
  • Say, "God, I've been way contentto be churched or religious
  • 00:24:06.904 --> 00:24:09.306
  • or polite or whatever, whateveryour take on that, but I haven't
  • 00:24:09.340 --> 00:24:12.409
  • really known you.
  • 00:24:12.443 --> 00:24:13.744
  • I haven't known your power, Ihaven't known your authority
  • 00:24:13.777 --> 00:24:16.647
  • because I really didn't need it,I could get a pretty acceptable
  • 00:24:16.680 --> 00:24:19.450
  • outcome if I'd just would focusa little bit.
  • 00:24:19.483 --> 00:24:23.454
  • God, I'd like to know you."
  • 00:24:23.487 --> 00:24:26.290
  • He'll help you, he maydiscipline you a little bit,
  • 00:24:26.323 --> 00:24:32.730
  • it's good for you.
  • 00:24:32.763 --> 00:24:34.832
  • Discipline is always good forthe other person, "I feel
  • 00:24:34.865 --> 00:24:38.903
  • healthier just seeing anathlete, I just want to eat some
  • 00:24:38.936 --> 00:24:42.806
  • ice cream to celebratetheir hard work."
  • 00:24:42.840 --> 00:24:46.911
  • Same way you like to be aroundsomebody that you know knows
  • 00:24:46.944 --> 00:24:48.779
  • the Lord, "Ah, it's such a joybeing with them," they've worked
  • 00:24:48.812 --> 00:24:53.984
  • hard for that.
  • 00:24:54.018 --> 00:24:57.821
  • Decide you want toknow the Lord.
  • 00:24:57.855 --> 00:25:00.524
  • I brought you a proclamation,it's more than just a prayer,
  • 00:25:00.558 --> 00:25:02.993
  • it's a pronouncementover your life.
  • 00:25:03.027 --> 00:25:05.429
  • I built it out of Revelationchapter 3, it's not just my
  • 00:25:05.462 --> 00:25:07.898
  • opinion, but it's a declarationof how we want to close 2020 and
  • 00:25:07.932 --> 00:25:12.202
  • how we wanna step into 2021.
  • 00:25:12.236 --> 00:25:14.572
  • Would you like to makeit with me?
  • 00:25:14.605 --> 00:25:15.940
  • Why don't you stand, whicheversanctuary you're in, if you're
  • 00:25:15.973 --> 00:25:17.775
  • watching online you can do itwith me, if you're outdoors use
  • 00:25:17.808 --> 00:25:20.077
  • your outdoor voice.
  • 00:25:20.110 --> 00:25:22.479
  • It's a better day to be outsidethan it was Christmas Eve, brr,
  • 00:25:22.513 --> 00:25:26.850
  • I thawed out byChristmas morning.
  • 00:25:26.884 --> 00:25:32.590
  • Here we go, let's sayit together.
  • 00:25:32.623 --> 00:25:34.458
  • "I accept the counsel of thefaithful and true witness, the
  • 00:25:34.491 --> 00:25:38.462
  • ruler of God's creation, I knowthat nothing is hidden from him.
  • 00:25:38.495 --> 00:25:43.601
  • I repent of my indifferenceand ambivalence.
  • 00:25:43.634 --> 00:25:47.137
  • In pride, I have imagined Iwas self-sufficient and
  • 00:25:47.171 --> 00:25:50.808
  • had no needs.
  • 00:25:50.841 --> 00:25:52.142
  • I was unaware of my desperatecircumstance and stood
  • 00:25:52.176 --> 00:25:55.879
  • arrogantly declaring myown righteousness.
  • 00:25:55.913 --> 00:25:59.350
  • I repent.
  • 00:25:59.383 --> 00:26:00.684
  • In Christ alone can I facethe future triumphantly.
  • 00:26:00.718 --> 00:26:04.722
  • Only through the blood of Jesusam I cleansed,
  • 00:26:04.755 --> 00:26:08.492
  • justified and sanctified.
  • 00:26:08.525 --> 00:26:10.427
  • It is through the blood of Jesusthat I have been redeemed,
  • 00:26:10.461 --> 00:26:14.164
  • made holy, and set apart to God.
  • 00:26:14.198 --> 00:26:17.034
  • Thank you for disciplining mein your great love.
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  • I choose to overcome, in thename of my Lord and King,
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  • Jesus of Nazareth, amen."
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  • God bless you.
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  • announcer: Join usevery week for another
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  • exciting message fromPastor Allen Jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • to the next level.
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find, solook us up when you're
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  • traveling through.
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  • And don't forget to connectwith Pastor Jackson every day
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part
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  • of this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next time,for another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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