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August 9, 2016
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Bil Cornelius

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Spy Stories: Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It

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  • - Bil Cornelius: God did not
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  • call you to use someone else's
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  • strategy.
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  • God did not gift you to try
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  • to mimic someone else.
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  • He called you to be you.
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  • If you are not you,
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome,
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  • great to have you today.
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  • We're starting a brand new
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  • series today called
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  • "Spy Stories."
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  • This is going to be a really
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  • fun series.
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  • It's all the rage,
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  • and we love the stories of spies
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  • and espionage.
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  • It's so interesting to see
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  • how much Scripture there is
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  • on spies.
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  • There's actually quite a bit
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  • of stories around spies
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  • and espionage.
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  • And so, we're going to talk
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  • about one today that I've bet
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  • you've never heard of.
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  • If you have, then you're quite
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  • the Bible scholar to know
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  • this one.
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  • It's a great little story tucked
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  • away in the book of Judges.
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  • If you've got your Bibles,
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  • you can turn with me
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  • to Judges chapter 3.
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  • We're talking about a guy
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  • named Ehud.
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  • Ehud was a guy who was
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  • on a special assignment
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  • from Israel from God.
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  • He was literally going to be
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  • an assassin for Israel.
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  • It's a great little story,
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  • but I'm going to warn you
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  • it's a little graphic,
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  • but it's really powerful
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  • what this guy pulls off.
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  • It's quite amazing.
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  • In the same way, you know, my
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  • favorite part about spy stories
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  • is just--it's not just the
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  • intrigue, it's just the
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  • boldness, the fact that these
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  • guys are willing to do stuff
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  • that just seems crazy.
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  • Men and women putting themselves
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  • in harm's way on purpose just
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  • seems so crazy, just so nuts,
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  • but people do it every day.
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  • In the same way, God wants us
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  • to take appropriate risks
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  • for the vision that he gave us
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  • for our lives.
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  • Pull out your notes
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  • if you would.
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  • Today, we're talking about
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  • how to make a bold move.
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  • And so, you know, we have
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  • a mission here at our church,
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  • and your mission,
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  • should you choose to accept it,
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  • is this: to take as many people
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  • to heaven as we can before
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  • we die, period.
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  • That's what we are all about
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  • as a church, that's what God
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  • has called us to do.
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  • And so, let's get started
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  • talking today about how we can
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  • make a bold move for the Lord.
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  • Now, before we jump
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  • into Judges chapter 3,
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  • let me explain something
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  • about Judges.
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  • Judges is another word
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  • for leaders, okay?
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  • So, when you see the word
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  • "judges," you typically think
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  • of a guy in a--you know,
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  • or a woman in--a woman
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  • or a man in a dark robe, right?
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  • With a gavel, banging down
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  • decisions that they make.
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  • You know, that's not what
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  • we're talking about here.
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  • Judges in this context
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  • means leaders.
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  • And so, God always raises up
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  • leaders for Israel when
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  • they are to come out of a time
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  • of distress.
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  • And so, in fact, there's a cycle
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  • that happens in Judges.
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  • And maybe you're
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  • in the middle of a cycle too.
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  • So, Israel honors God, then
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  • eventually they quit honoring
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  • God.
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  • They begin to ignore God.
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  • God warns them, they
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  • don't listen to the warning,
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  • then another land comes in
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  • and takes them over,
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  • and then they're enslaved.
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  • And then they eventually get
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  • so miserable being enslaved
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  • by another land that they
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  • cry out to God again, repent,
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  • and God raises up a deliverer,
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  • and sets them free again.
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  • So, then they're on top again,
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  • honoring God, but then
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  • eventually they quit honoring
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  • God, start to do their own
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  • thing, and they begin to get
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  • overtaken by another land.
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  • Then they get really miserable,
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  • and they begin to repent again.
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  • God honors them by bringing
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  • someone to set them free again,
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  • and now they're on top again.
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  • And this happens over and over
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  • and over again.
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  • This is the cycle of almost all
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  • of our lives that we honor God,
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  • but then we kind of forget him,
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  • and then we get into trouble.
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  • Then we repent, get right
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  • with God, and then we get back
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  • on top again, right?
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  • Where are you in this cycle?
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  • Where are you in this process?
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  • You will find yourself somewhere
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  • in the middle of this.
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  • Well, at this point,
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  • Israel is miserable.
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  • They have been submitted
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  • and subjected to another
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  • foreign king.
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  • And often times in the book of
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  • Judges, they were always taken
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  • over by countries less strong
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  • than they are.
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  • So, they let things weaker than
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  • them topple them, which is not
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  • a sign that they're weak,
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  • it's a sign that the Lord
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  • is not the Lord of their lives.
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  • And so, that's what happens
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  • in our lives too.
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  • Things that are weaker than
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  • us topple us when we're
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  • not honoring God.
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  • Check it out, Judges chapter 3,
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  • verse 14, let's look at
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  • this story.
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  • "And the Israelites served
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  • Eglon of Moab
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  • for eighteen years."
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  • So, they were in slavery
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  • to King Eglon of Moab.
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  • "But when people of Israel--when
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  • the people of Israel cried out
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  • to the Lord for help, the Lord
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  • again raised up a rescuer
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  • to save them.
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  • His name was Ehud son of Gera,
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  • a left-handed man of the tribe
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  • of Benjamin.
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  • The Israelites sent Ehud
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  • to deliver their tribute money
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  • to the King Eglon of Moab."
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  • So, here's what's going on.
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  • They are miserable serving this
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  • king that they should not
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  • be serving, submitted underneath
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  • another kingdom.
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  • Maybe you're miserable right now
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  • serving underneath the world's
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  • kingdom instead of serving
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  • the King of kings.
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  • Maybe you have found yourself
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  • subject to a habit,
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  • a besetting sin, a struggle,
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  • or just circumstances
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  • in general.
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  • And you say,
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  • "God, I need your help."
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  • Well, the first step and the
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  • bold move in your life to change
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  • everything, number one,
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  • is always the same.
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  • Tell God about your problems.
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  • The first step is always
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  • the same for all of us,
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  • to tell God about our problems.
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  • When God, by the way,
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  • makes a plan, he always
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  • chooses a man or a woman.
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  • And so, God raises up Ehud
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  • to be a difference maker.
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  • Maybe God's raising you up to
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  • be a difference maker
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  • in your context.
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  • Maybe in your family,
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  • maybe in your work environment,
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  • in your ministry,
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  • God is raising you up to be
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  • the difference maker.
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  • So, let's see what God does.
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  • He raises up--he raises up
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  • a rescuer to help Israel.
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  • It says here, look what happens
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  • next, verse 16, "So Ehud made
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  • a double-edged dagger
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  • that was about a foot long."
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  • That is a long knife, right?
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  • That's a scary knife.
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  • "And he strapped it to his
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  • right thigh, keeping it hidden
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  • under his clothing.
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  • He brought the tribute money
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  • to Eglon, who was very fat."
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  • So, the king that they serve
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  • was a big guy.
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  • He was a fat guy,
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  • he was very--he was just
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  • morbidly obese, okay?
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  • So, it says here though,
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  • this is interesting that Ehud
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  • chose a weapon.
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  • He had a weapon of choice
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  • that would help him fight
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  • this victory for this victory to
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  • get out from under the slavery
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  • of this king.
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  • So, it says he was left-handed,
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  • so it makes sense then
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  • that he would have his knife,
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  • his dagger on his right thigh
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  • so he could lift up his skirt
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  • if you will, right, his robe,
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  • lift it up and get this dagger
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  • quickly, and be ready to fight,
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  • okay?
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  • So, this weapon fit him
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  • well since he was left-handed to
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  • have it on his right-hand side.
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  • If he was right-handed, he'd
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  • have it on his left-hand side,
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  • right?
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  • What does this tell you and me
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  • today about making a bold move
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  • in our lives?
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  • Number two, would you write
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  • this down?
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  • Choose your weapon to win with.
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  • God has given every one of us
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  • a weapon to win with.
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  • If you told me, "I'm trying
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  • to lose weight," I would say,
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  • "What's your weapon?
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  • Tell me the diet you're going
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  • to go on, tell me the exercise
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  • equipment you're going to wear
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  • out, tell me what you're
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  • going to do," right?
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  • I want to know your weapon.
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  • What's your weapon of choice,
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  • rowing?
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  • Is it jogging?
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  • Is it swimming?
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  • Is it running a marathon,
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  • a half marathon?
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  • Is it joining a gym and getting
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  • a trainer?
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  • What's your weapon of choice?
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  • So, the weapon is always
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  • geared towards the victory
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  • you're looking for.
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  • Choose your weapon to win with.
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  • What is your vehicle of choice?
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  • What is your game plan going
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  • to be?
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  • Now, there are three parts
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  • to your weapon.
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  • You may want to write this down
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  • real quick.
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  • Let me give you A, B, C here,
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  • three parts to your weapon.
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  • The first is the element
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  • of surprise,
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  • the element of surprise.
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  • So, here's what Ehud
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  • was going to do.
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  • He was going to attack Eglon the
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  • king, and the way he was going
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  • to do it would be to surprise
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  • him, right?
  • 00:07:08.180 --> 00:07:09.130
  • And so, if he would have pulled
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  • his knife out in front of all
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  • of the security officers,
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  • it would have been over
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  • before it started, right?
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  • They would have taken him out,
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  • it would have been done.
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  • But he knew, "If I can get close
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  • to him without anyone else
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  • around, I can have my dagger on
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  • me, and I can do a close combat,
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  • quick victory."
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  • And so, it was going to be the
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  • element of surprise was going
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  • to be a part of his victory.
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  • You know, surprise people
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  • with how good your
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  • customer service is.
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  • Surprise your spouse with
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  • how much you care for them.
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  • Surprise your family
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  • by cleaning up the house.
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  • Surprise God by showing up
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  • to him each morning and saying,
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  • "God, I love you,
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  • and I want to be with you,
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  • and I just want to spend time
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  • with you."
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  • The element of surprise
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  • is a powerful thing.
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  • It's simple, but it's powerful.
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  • Overwhelming presence of who you
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  • are when you surprise people,
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  • right, by what you do.
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  • And so, what that really is
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  • is just overwhelming them.
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  • It's important.
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  • You know, even our government,
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  • even our country knows about
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  • this, and this is why one of the
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  • wars we fought years ago,
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  • we called it shock and awe.
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  • We wanted to surprise people by
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  • the power that we could bring.
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  • The display of force was so
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  • overwhelming that it brought
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  • immediate victory.it brought
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  • Literally within hours,
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  • we had gained victory.
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  • The second thing about your
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  • weapon should be--it should be
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  • a weapon that matches you.
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  • David did not fight Goliath
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  • on his terms.
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  • He did not go fight him
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  • hand-on-hand combat.
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  • He would have lost.
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  • Goliath was a huge man.
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  • There's no way he was going
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  • to win that battle.
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  • So, instead he ran towards him,
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  • but not all the way up to him,
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  • and he used his rock,
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  • which was his weapon of choice.
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  • He was good at slinging a rock.
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  • Let me ask you something,
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  • what are you good at?
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  • You should always apply
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  • what you're good at to your
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  • bad situation.
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  • You see, Ehud's faith got him
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  • in to see the king, and his gift
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  • is the one that gave him
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  • the victory, though.
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  • So, he was gifted with a knife,
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  • but his faith to use a knife
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  • was important.
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  • You can have faith,
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  • but without a developed gift,
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  • you won't go very far.
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  • You can have an incredibly
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  • developed gift, but without
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  • faith, you won't ever attempt
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  • anything.
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  • So, you need the faith
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  • to attempt and the gift
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  • to take you there.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • It's not one or the other,
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  • it's both.
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  • And so, a weapon that matches
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  • you.
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  • What are you gifted at?
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  • This is important.
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  • God did not call you to use
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  • someone else's strategy.
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  • God did not gift you to try
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  • to mimic someone else.
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  • He called you to be you.
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  • If you are not you,
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  • no one else will be.
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  • You got to be comfortable,
  • 00:09:22.180 --> 00:09:24.060
  • you got to be comfortable
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  • in your own skin with the way
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  • God made you to be.
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  • The third part here of
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  • your weapon is it's something
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  • that works fast.
  • 00:09:31.100 --> 00:09:33.080
  • It's something that works fast.
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  • What can you do that would
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  • get you immediate results?
  • 00:09:37.220 --> 00:09:40.070
  • Not later, but now.
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  • God wants you to do something
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  • today to get you results today.
  • 00:09:43.200 --> 00:09:46.090
  • Oftentimes, I pray this prayer.
  • 00:09:46.090 --> 00:09:47.060
  • "God, there's all kinds of
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  • different possibilities on how
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  • I could solve this problem
  • 00:09:49.270 --> 00:09:51.050
  • in my life, how I could gain
  • 00:09:51.050 --> 00:09:52.000
  • some momentum in my life.
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  • But Lord,
  • 00:09:53.030 --> 00:09:53.260
  • what is the exponential idea?"
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  • If you've got 20 or 30 problems
  • 00:09:56.050 --> 00:09:57.090
  • you're facing, what's the one
  • 00:09:57.090 --> 00:09:58.080
  • thing I could do that would
  • 00:09:58.080 --> 00:09:59.100
  • solve half of those?
  • 00:09:59.100 --> 00:10:01.050
  • So, here's the exponential
  • 00:10:01.050 --> 00:10:01.240
  • answer for Ehud was this.
  • 00:10:01.240 --> 00:10:02.260
  • There's this king,
  • 00:10:02.260 --> 00:10:04.030
  • he rules our land.
  • 00:10:04.030 --> 00:10:05.130
  • We all have to pay him tribute.
  • 00:10:05.130 --> 00:10:06.290
  • He has a--he has an army that
  • 00:10:06.290 --> 00:10:08.120
  • we--that we're all intimidated
  • 00:10:08.120 --> 00:10:09.170
  • by.
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  • But if I could take out
  • 00:10:10.100 --> 00:10:11.030
  • the king, if I can just kill the
  • 00:10:11.030 --> 00:10:13.000
  • king, if I can assassinate
  • 00:10:13.000 --> 00:10:14.120
  • the man, then there will be such
  • 00:10:14.120 --> 00:10:16.020
  • chaos in the ranks as to who's
  • 00:10:16.020 --> 00:10:17.250
  • in charge, that'll give us time
  • 00:10:17.250 --> 00:10:20.060
  • to then come after them
  • 00:10:20.060 --> 00:10:21.200
  • and take them out.
  • 00:10:21.200 --> 00:10:23.050
  • So, he realized that was
  • 00:10:23.050 --> 00:10:23.290
  • the exponential answer was
  • 00:10:23.290 --> 00:10:25.080
  • to take out the head of state.
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  • If we can take him out,
  • 00:10:27.160 --> 00:10:29.060
  • it changes everything.
  • 00:10:29.060 --> 00:10:30.100
  • Is it any wonder that they've
  • 00:10:30.100 --> 00:10:31.090
  • made international law
  • 00:10:31.090 --> 00:10:32.190
  • that says this is illegal now?
  • 00:10:32.190 --> 00:10:33.220
  • Why?
  • 00:10:33.220 --> 00:10:34.200
  • Because it's such chaos when
  • 00:10:34.200 --> 00:10:36.140
  • the head of state is taken out.
  • 00:10:36.140 --> 00:10:39.010
  • Now, this is important, though,
  • 00:10:39.010 --> 00:10:40.020
  • there's a world of difference
  • 00:10:40.020 --> 00:10:40.260
  • between a good idea
  • 00:10:40.260 --> 00:10:41.180
  • and a God idea.
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  • You need to make sure
  • 00:10:42.250 --> 00:10:43.190
  • this is God leading you
  • 00:10:43.190 --> 00:10:44.200
  • and not just a good idea, like,
  • 00:10:44.200 --> 00:10:45.200
  • "Oh, that'd be cool.
  • 00:10:45.200 --> 00:10:46.260
  • That'd be kind of neat."
  • 00:10:46.260 --> 00:10:47.270
  • Well no, that can also lead you
  • 00:10:47.270 --> 00:10:48.270
  • in the wrong direction.
  • 00:10:48.270 --> 00:10:49.270
  • What is God specifically telling
  • 00:10:49.270 --> 00:10:52.270
  • you to do, and how to do it,
  • 00:10:52.270 --> 00:10:55.140
  • and when to do it?
  • 00:10:55.140 --> 00:10:56.250
  • Follow his instructions.
  • 00:10:56.250 --> 00:10:58.260
  • God will lead you.
  • 00:10:58.260 --> 00:11:00.220
  • But there's a certain weapon
  • 00:11:00.220 --> 00:11:01.190
  • that fits your hands well.
  • 00:11:01.190 --> 00:11:04.090
  • And so, what did God create you
  • 00:11:04.090 --> 00:11:06.040
  • do to?
  • 00:11:06.040 --> 00:11:07.080
  • And what are you gifted
  • 00:11:07.080 --> 00:11:08.100
  • at doing?
  • 00:11:08.100 --> 00:11:09.090
  • Do those things and a multitude
  • 00:11:09.090 --> 00:11:11.240
  • of problems go away if you begin
  • 00:11:11.240 --> 00:11:13.020
  • to use your gifts.
  • 00:11:13.020 --> 00:11:14.180
  • What has God called you to do,
  • 00:11:14.180 --> 00:11:16.180
  • and equipped and gifted you
  • 00:11:16.180 --> 00:11:17.110
  • to do?
  • 00:11:17.110 --> 00:11:18.080
  • Judges chapter 3, verse 18,
  • 00:11:18.080 --> 00:11:19.100
  • look what happens next.
  • 00:11:19.100 --> 00:11:20.160
  • "After delivering the payment,"
  • 00:11:20.160 --> 00:11:21.270
  • so he brought a bunch of food,
  • 00:11:21.270 --> 00:11:23.110
  • and money,
  • 00:11:23.110 --> 00:11:24.180
  • and stuff to the king, right?
  • 00:11:24.180 --> 00:11:25.250
  • "Here, king, we're bringing
  • 00:11:25.250 --> 00:11:26.270
  • all this tribute to you.
  • 00:11:26.270 --> 00:11:27.290
  • We're paying our taxes,
  • 00:11:27.290 --> 00:11:28.280
  • we're bringing all this.
  • 00:11:28.280 --> 00:11:29.240
  • This is what's due to you,
  • 00:11:29.240 --> 00:11:30.290
  • here you go," right?
  • 00:11:30.290 --> 00:11:31.220
  • So, he gives it to him.
  • 00:11:31.220 --> 00:11:32.160
  • Says that after delivering
  • 00:11:32.160 --> 00:11:33.110
  • the payment, Ehud started home
  • 00:11:33.110 --> 00:11:34.120
  • with those who had helped carry
  • 00:11:34.120 --> 00:11:35.090
  • the tribute.
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:36.040
  • There was so much food,
  • 00:11:36.040 --> 00:11:36.260
  • and so much money,
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:37.200
  • and so much stuff they brought
  • 00:11:37.200 --> 00:11:38.130
  • the king, he had a whole group
  • 00:11:38.130 --> 00:11:39.110
  • of people help him bring it.
  • 00:11:39.110 --> 00:11:41.070
  • It says, "But when Ehud reached
  • 00:11:41.070 --> 00:11:42.110
  • the stone idols near Gilgal,
  • 00:11:42.110 --> 00:11:44.040
  • he turned back.
  • 00:11:44.040 --> 00:11:45.080
  • He came to Eglon and said, 'I
  • 00:11:45.080 --> 00:11:46.270
  • have a secret message for you.'
  • 00:11:46.270 --> 00:11:49.110
  • So the king commanded
  • 00:11:49.110 --> 00:11:50.120
  • his servants, 'Be quiet,' and he
  • 00:11:50.120 --> 00:11:51.160
  • sent them all out of the room."
  • 00:11:51.160 --> 00:11:52.280
  • This king makes one of the
  • 00:11:52.280 --> 00:11:54.280
  • dumbest moves you could make.
  • 00:11:54.280 --> 00:11:56.220
  • He is now with someone that is
  • 00:11:56.220 --> 00:11:58.070
  • not a part of his army, alone,
  • 00:11:58.070 --> 00:11:59.120
  • and he sends all of his security
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:00.260
  • out.
  • 00:12:00.260 --> 00:12:02.020
  • This is a foolish move.
  • 00:12:02.020 --> 00:12:04.010
  • He has no security with him
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:06.030
  • at this moment.
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:07.280
  • And so, now is the perfect
  • 00:12:07.280 --> 00:12:09.050
  • place, the perfect time
  • 00:12:09.050 --> 00:12:11.100
  • to take out the king.
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:12.210
  • It says, "Ehud walked over
  • 00:12:12.210 --> 00:12:14.020
  • to Eglon, who was sitting alone
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:16.020
  • in a cool upstairs room.
  • 00:12:16.020 --> 00:12:17.240
  • And Ehud said, 'I have a message
  • 00:12:17.240 --> 00:12:19.040
  • from God for you.'"
  • 00:12:19.040 --> 00:12:20.240
  • Boy did he ever, right?
  • 00:12:20.240 --> 00:12:22.230
  • And so he says, "As King Eglon
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:24.070
  • rose from his feet--from his
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  • seat, Ehud reached with his
  • 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:27.270
  • left hand, pulled out the dagger
  • 00:12:27.270 --> 00:12:29.150
  • strapped to his right thigh,
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:30.260
  • and plunged it into
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:31.230
  • the king's belly."
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:34.050
  • The it says, "The dagger went
  • 00:12:34.050 --> 00:12:35.040
  • so deep," forgive me for being
  • 00:12:35.040 --> 00:12:36.260
  • a little gross here, "that the
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:38.160
  • handle disappeared beneath
  • 00:12:38.160 --> 00:12:39.210
  • the king's fat.
  • 00:12:39.210 --> 00:12:41.010
  • So Ehud did not pull out the
  • 00:12:41.010 --> 00:12:42.260
  • dagger, and the king's bowels
  • 00:12:42.260 --> 00:12:45.070
  • emptied."
  • 00:12:45.070 --> 00:12:47.070
  • This is quite a picture,
  • 00:12:47.070 --> 00:12:47.270
  • is it not?
  • 00:12:47.270 --> 00:12:48.280
  • Like, wow, now that is a picture
  • 00:12:48.280 --> 00:12:51.000
  • of a moment.
  • 00:12:51.000 --> 00:12:51.250
  • This actually happened, right?
  • 00:12:51.250 --> 00:12:52.170
  • So, he takes his--another
  • 00:12:52.170 --> 00:12:53.160
  • translation says--again, forgive
  • 00:12:53.160 --> 00:12:54.150
  • me, but if the Bible teaches it,
  • 00:12:54.150 --> 00:12:55.160
  • we teach it, okay?
  • 00:12:55.160 --> 00:12:56.120
  • It says that he sunk the dagger
  • 00:12:56.120 --> 00:12:58.090
  • in so far, it went out his back.
  • 00:12:58.090 --> 00:13:00.150
  • Another translation says that,
  • 00:13:00.150 --> 00:13:02.000
  • that it poked out his back.
  • 00:13:02.000 --> 00:13:03.040
  • Went all went through him,
  • 00:13:03.040 --> 00:13:04.040
  • he pulled his hand out,
  • 00:13:04.040 --> 00:13:05.010
  • left the dagger in.
  • 00:13:05.010 --> 00:13:05.230
  • Now, let me tell you why
  • 00:13:05.230 --> 00:13:06.170
  • I want to bring this up.
  • 00:13:06.170 --> 00:13:07.130
  • He left the dagger in, okay?
  • 00:13:07.130 --> 00:13:08.280
  • This is important to understand
  • 00:13:08.280 --> 00:13:09.270
  • this.
  • 00:13:09.270 --> 00:13:10.170
  • There is a part of this
  • 00:13:10.170 --> 00:13:11.150
  • that he is now vulnerable.
  • 00:13:11.150 --> 00:13:13.030
  • He has no weapon with him.
  • 00:13:13.030 --> 00:13:14.160
  • He has just killed the king,
  • 00:13:14.160 --> 00:13:15.200
  • security is right outside the
  • 00:13:15.200 --> 00:13:16.180
  • door, he was no weapon with him.
  • 00:13:16.180 --> 00:13:17.100
  • And listen, anytime you make a
  • 00:13:17.100 --> 00:13:19.020
  • plan that God's leading you to,
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:20.080
  • there's still going to be
  • 00:13:20.080 --> 00:13:21.090
  • vulnerabilities.
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:23.000
  • There's still going to be
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:23.200
  • moments that you just have
  • 00:13:23.200 --> 00:13:24.170
  • to trust God.
  • 00:13:24.170 --> 00:13:25.170
  • If you're trying to create
  • 00:13:25.170 --> 00:13:26.220
  • a failsafe plan that doesn't
  • 00:13:26.220 --> 00:13:28.160
  • require trusting God,
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:29.210
  • the only way to have a plan that
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:30.260
  • doesn't require trusting God
  • 00:13:30.260 --> 00:13:32.010
  • is to not risk anything.
  • 00:13:32.010 --> 00:13:34.120
  • But if you're going to take
  • 00:13:34.120 --> 00:13:35.050
  • a risk, you're going to have
  • 00:13:35.050 --> 00:13:36.150
  • to trust God.
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:37.110
  • So, there was a moment here
  • 00:13:37.110 --> 00:13:38.040
  • he is weaponless, and he has
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:39.090
  • just assassinated the king,
  • 00:13:39.090 --> 00:13:40.250
  • and security's right outside
  • 00:13:40.250 --> 00:13:41.250
  • the door.
  • 00:13:41.250 --> 00:13:42.190
  • He is at a vulnerable spot, and
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:45.010
  • you will be too when you make
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:46.080
  • plans that God has for you.
  • 00:13:46.080 --> 00:13:47.150
  • But the reason why God wants us
  • 00:13:47.150 --> 00:13:49.090
  • to make plans where we're
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:50.110
  • vulnerable is because then we
  • 00:13:50.110 --> 00:13:51.150
  • have to trust in him.
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:53.010
  • We have to trust in the Lord.
  • 00:13:53.010 --> 00:13:55.200
  • This is important.
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:56.070
  • Number three, create a bold plan
  • 00:13:56.070 --> 00:13:58.080
  • that leads to victory.
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:14:00.120
  • Create a bold plan that leads
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:02.170
  • to victory.
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:04.140
  • Now, it says here that
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:05.150
  • the king's bowels emptied.
  • 00:14:05.150 --> 00:14:07.030
  • Can we just talk about crap
  • 00:14:07.030 --> 00:14:07.280
  • for a second?
  • 00:14:08.100 --> 00:14:11.100
  • Can you say that in church?
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:12.060
  • We just did.
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:13.110
  • It's okay,
  • 00:14:13.110 --> 00:14:14.050
  • it's in the Word of God, right?
  • 00:14:14.050 --> 00:14:14.280
  • Another translation uses
  • 00:14:14.280 --> 00:14:15.170
  • the word "dung," another one
  • 00:14:15.170 --> 00:14:16.150
  • uses "refuse."
  • 00:14:16.150 --> 00:14:17.260
  • I mean, it's all right there,
  • 00:14:17.260 --> 00:14:18.170
  • right?
  • 00:14:18.170 --> 00:14:19.120
  • It says here the king--now,
  • 00:14:19.120 --> 00:14:20.120
  • I don't know if you know about
  • 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:21.160
  • this, but it's actually not
  • 00:14:21.160 --> 00:14:22.070
  • uncommon that when someone
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:23.070
  • is dying, their muscles relax,
  • 00:14:23.070 --> 00:14:25.110
  • and so this happens, right?
  • 00:14:25.110 --> 00:14:27.020
  • And so, his muscles relax,
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:28.110
  • and so he immediately lets go
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:29.130
  • of his bowels.
  • 00:14:29.130 --> 00:14:30.080
  • Now, I don't mean to be gross,
  • 00:14:30.080 --> 00:14:31.040
  • but I want to help you
  • 00:14:31.040 --> 00:14:31.230
  • with something right now.
  • 00:14:31.230 --> 00:14:32.210
  • You ever heard someone
  • 00:14:32.210 --> 00:14:33.160
  • be really nasty to you?
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:34.280
  • I mean really just they're
  • 00:14:34.280 --> 00:14:35.260
  • saying things, and they're doing
  • 00:14:35.260 --> 00:14:37.100
  • things, and you're like,
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:38.100
  • "Man, they are just crapping
  • 00:14:38.100 --> 00:14:39.090
  • all over me."
  • 00:14:39.090 --> 00:14:41.170
  • There's only one reason
  • 00:14:41.170 --> 00:14:42.200
  • why people do that, and that's
  • 00:14:42.200 --> 00:14:44.240
  • because they're experiencing, by
  • 00:14:44.240 --> 00:14:46.060
  • something you've done, a death.
  • 00:14:46.160 --> 00:14:49.160
  • Maybe you let--you know, people
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:50.180
  • will be nice to you if you're
  • 00:14:50.180 --> 00:14:51.180
  • the boss until you don't pay
  • 00:14:51.180 --> 00:14:52.090
  • them anymore.
  • 00:14:52.090 --> 00:14:53.050
  • All of a sudden, crap comes out
  • 00:14:53.050 --> 00:14:54.010
  • of their mouth you never thought
  • 00:14:54.010 --> 00:14:55.060
  • was there, right?
  • 00:14:55.060 --> 00:14:57.120
  • "Oh, you're going to fire me?
  • 00:14:57.120 --> 00:14:58.150
  • Well, let me tell you a thing
  • 00:14:58.150 --> 00:14:59.070
  • or two.
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:14:59.270
  • Boom, boom, boom, boom."
  • 00:14:59.270 --> 00:15:00.240
  • They just start dumping
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:01.270
  • all over you, right?
  • 00:15:01.270 --> 00:15:02.230
  • Unless you say, "Oh, there's
  • 00:15:02.230 --> 00:15:03.170
  • a severance," and they go,
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:04.110
  • "Oh, I really like you still.
  • 00:15:04.110 --> 00:15:05.100
  • I appreciate you."
  • 00:15:05.100 --> 00:15:08.000
  • Right?
  • 00:15:08.000 --> 00:15:09.050
  • And you have to sign here on the
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:10.010
  • severance that says you're not
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:11.020
  • going to talk bad, right, until
  • 00:15:11.020 --> 00:15:12.020
  • the severance is done, right?
  • 00:15:12.020 --> 00:15:13.050
  • Well, what are you doing?
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:14.180
  • You're saying I have to legally
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:16.000
  • get you bound up because
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:18.000
  • if I don't, you're going to crap
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:18.190
  • all over me and I know it.
  • 00:15:18.190 --> 00:15:19.160
  • Right?
  • 00:15:19.160 --> 00:15:20.260
  • That's how that works, right?
  • 00:15:20.260 --> 00:15:22.030
  • This is why, by the way,
  • 00:15:22.030 --> 00:15:23.080
  • that whoever leads the way,
  • 00:15:23.080 --> 00:15:24.130
  • maybe someone got first chair,
  • 00:15:24.130 --> 00:15:26.160
  • first string, first position,
  • 00:15:26.160 --> 00:15:28.000
  • first in sales,
  • 00:15:28.000 --> 00:15:29.050
  • and everyone else is dumping
  • 00:15:29.050 --> 00:15:30.070
  • all over you.
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:31.020
  • Why?
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:31.240
  • Because you just stole my dream.
  • 00:15:31.240 --> 00:15:34.000
  • And so, well, my dream just had
  • 00:15:34.000 --> 00:15:34.280
  • to die.
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:35.280
  • And when I--and when something
  • 00:15:35.280 --> 00:15:36.280
  • has to die, I just release it
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:38.010
  • all.
  • 00:15:38.010 --> 00:15:39.170
  • And so, maybe it helps
  • 00:15:39.170 --> 00:15:40.140
  • understand why someone seems
  • 00:15:40.140 --> 00:15:41.140
  • to be so nasty to you.
  • 00:15:41.140 --> 00:15:43.140
  • It's what you're doing to them.
  • 00:15:43.140 --> 00:15:44.110
  • You don't even realize you're
  • 00:15:44.110 --> 00:15:45.060
  • doing it.
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:45.290
  • You're not trying to, but there
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:47.030
  • may be a death going on that you
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:48.260
  • may not be aware of.
  • 00:15:48.260 --> 00:15:50.060
  • Now, this is important, look
  • 00:15:50.060 --> 00:15:50.290
  • what happens next in verse 23.
  • 00:15:50.290 --> 00:15:52.150
  • "Then Ehud closed and locked the
  • 00:15:52.150 --> 00:15:54.030
  • doors of the room and escaped
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:55.120
  • down the latrine."
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:15:56.210
  • The latrine is just basically
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:57.130
  • the pipe--basically, this is an
  • 00:15:57.130 --> 00:15:59.130
  • upstairs room where the king
  • 00:15:59.130 --> 00:16:00.120
  • would go to the restroom.
  • 00:16:00.120 --> 00:16:01.230
  • And so, there was a pipe that
  • 00:16:01.230 --> 00:16:02.160
  • went all the way down the back
  • 00:16:02.160 --> 00:16:03.180
  • of the room, and that was,
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:04.290
  • of course, the sewer pipe.
  • 00:16:04.290 --> 00:16:07.030
  • It says, "After Ehud was gone,
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:08.040
  • the king's servants returned
  • 00:16:08.040 --> 00:16:09.110
  • and found the doors
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:10.290
  • to the upstairs room locked.
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:11.280
  • They thought he might be using
  • 00:16:11.280 --> 00:16:13.180
  • the latrine in the room,
  • 00:16:13.180 --> 00:16:14.210
  • so they waited."
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:15.270
  • So, they smelled something.
  • 00:16:15.270 --> 00:16:17.000
  • "Eugh.
  • 00:16:17.000 --> 00:16:18.090
  • Oh wow, I guess the king
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:20.040
  • is relieving himself, right?
  • 00:16:20.040 --> 00:16:22.000
  • That has got to be what's going
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:23.050
  • on, wow, right?"
  • 00:16:23.050 --> 00:16:24.050
  • So they said, "We'll just wait.
  • 00:16:24.050 --> 00:16:25.030
  • He'll be out in a little bit,"
  • 00:16:25.030 --> 00:16:26.040
  • right?
  • 00:16:26.040 --> 00:16:27.110
  • So, they wait.
  • 00:16:27.110 --> 00:16:28.020
  • It says, "But when the king
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:28.280
  • didn't come out after a long
  • 00:16:28.280 --> 00:16:30.030
  • delay, they became concerned
  • 00:16:30.030 --> 00:16:31.050
  • and got a key.
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:32.080
  • And when the opened the door,
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:33.080
  • they found their master dead
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:34.230
  • on the floor.
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:35.280
  • While the servants were waiting,
  • 00:16:35.280 --> 00:16:36.230
  • Ehud escaped, passing the stone
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:38.170
  • idols on his way to Seirah."
  • 00:16:38.170 --> 00:16:40.170
  • This is unbelievable.eirah."
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:41.290
  • So, here's what happens, right?
  • 00:16:41.290 --> 00:16:43.090
  • He takes this knife.
  • 00:16:43.090 --> 00:16:44.200
  • He says, "I got a message
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:45.130
  • from the king for you."
  • 00:16:45.130 --> 00:16:46.080
  • Pulls a knife out,
  • 00:16:46.080 --> 00:16:46.280
  • "Here's the message," boom,
  • 00:16:46.280 --> 00:16:48.160
  • stabs his straight up the gut,
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:49.160
  • right?
  • 00:16:49.160 --> 00:16:50.180
  • All the way in, leaves the knife
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:52.180
  • in him, the king is--he's
  • 00:16:52.180 --> 00:16:53.180
  • freaking out, he immediately
  • 00:16:53.180 --> 00:16:55.060
  • tumbles over, literally craps
  • 00:16:55.060 --> 00:16:57.190
  • his pants.
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:58.150
  • Sorry, forgive me, I know.
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:16:59.190
  • And he literally--he's just left
  • 00:16:59.190 --> 00:17:01.170
  • in a bloody, crappy mess, right?
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:03.270
  • And so immediately Ehud,
  • 00:17:03.270 --> 00:17:04.270
  • what does he do?
  • 00:17:04.270 --> 00:17:05.240
  • He calmly walks over,
  • 00:17:05.240 --> 00:17:06.200
  • wipes up his hands, right?
  • 00:17:06.200 --> 00:17:07.270
  • Because he's got blood
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:08.230
  • all over them.
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:09.190
  • Locks the doors, goes out
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:11.020
  • to the back of--you know,
  • 00:17:11.020 --> 00:17:12.050
  • checks on the king.
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:13.030
  • Goes out to the back while
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:14.050
  • the king is laying there
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:15.020
  • dead on the floor,
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:16.040
  • and goes down out the window,
  • 00:17:16.040 --> 00:17:17.060
  • then he walks out of the kingdom
  • 00:17:17.060 --> 00:17:18.240
  • like nothing happened.
  • 00:17:18.240 --> 00:17:19.150
  • He was like, "Thanks guys,
  • 00:17:19.150 --> 00:17:20.120
  • you all have a good day."
  • 00:17:20.120 --> 00:17:22.130
  • Didn't even tell them,
  • 00:17:22.130 --> 00:17:22.290
  • "Oh, by the way,
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:23.220
  • I just assassinated your king."
  • 00:17:23.220 --> 00:17:25.120
  • I mean, he just calmly
  • 00:17:25.120 --> 00:17:26.280
  • goes on and does this.
  • 00:17:26.280 --> 00:17:27.260
  • I mean, you talk about guts,
  • 00:17:27.260 --> 00:17:29.230
  • you talk about someone who was
  • 00:17:29.230 --> 00:17:31.110
  • not afraid.
  • 00:17:31.110 --> 00:17:32.250
  • This guy is bold as it gets.
  • 00:17:32.250 --> 00:17:35.110
  • Crazy boldness going on
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:36.220
  • right here.
  • 00:17:36.220 --> 00:17:38.030
  • This is important for you and
  • 00:17:38.030 --> 00:17:38.290
  • I to remember, number four,
  • 00:17:38.290 --> 00:17:39.280
  • would you write this down?
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:40.290
  • When the crap hits the floor,
  • 00:17:41.180 --> 00:17:44.180
  • stay calm and continue
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:46.030
  • to execute the plan.
  • 00:17:46.030 --> 00:17:48.220
  • Can I tell you something?
  • 00:17:48.220 --> 00:17:50.090
  • Every one of us are going to
  • 00:17:50.090 --> 00:17:50.290
  • make big plans that God has
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:51.290
  • for us, and those plans
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:53.090
  • are from God.
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:54.220
  • But please remember this,
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:56.090
  • there is always going to be
  • 00:17:56.090 --> 00:17:57.170
  • a moment when the crap
  • 00:17:57.170 --> 00:17:58.150
  • hits the floor.
  • 00:17:58.150 --> 00:18:00.090
  • If you think, "Well, I was going
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:01.190
  • to go to college and get my
  • 00:18:01.190 --> 00:18:02.220
  • degree, but then it got hard."
  • 00:18:02.220 --> 00:18:05.030
  • Right, did you not think
  • 00:18:05.030 --> 00:18:05.250
  • it was going to get hard?
  • 00:18:05.250 --> 00:18:07.100
  • "Well, it's expensive, and I had
  • 00:18:07.100 --> 00:18:08.240
  • this professor that was a real
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:09.210
  • pain."
  • 00:18:09.210 --> 00:18:10.190
  • Right, we all had that.
  • 00:18:10.190 --> 00:18:11.280
  • That's called college.
  • 00:18:11.280 --> 00:18:14.010
  • And so, if you let that stop
  • 00:18:14.010 --> 00:18:15.090
  • you, you'll never get your
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:16.080
  • degree.
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:16.290
  • "Oh, I started this career,
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:17.230
  • but all of a sudden the economy
  • 00:18:17.230 --> 00:18:19.020
  • went bad."
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:20.000
  • Yeah, that's going to happen
  • 00:18:20.000 --> 00:18:20.220
  • in any career you choose.
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:22.000
  • The crap's going to hit
  • 00:18:22.000 --> 00:18:22.240
  • the floor, right?
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:23.240
  • The oil price is going to
  • 00:18:23.240 --> 00:18:24.230
  • hit the floor.
  • 00:18:24.230 --> 00:18:25.290
  • And guess what?
  • 00:18:25.290 --> 00:18:26.220
  • You keep on going, right?
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:28.000
  • "I entered the real estate
  • 00:18:28.000 --> 00:18:28.240
  • market when everything was up."
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:29.260
  • That's when everyone enters
  • 00:18:29.260 --> 00:18:30.190
  • the real estate market.
  • 00:18:30.190 --> 00:18:31.140
  • "But now this thing falls
  • 00:18:31.140 --> 00:18:32.100
  • apart."
  • 00:18:32.100 --> 00:18:32.250
  • Guess what?
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:33.170
  • The market always falls
  • 00:18:33.170 --> 00:18:34.100
  • to the floor.
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:35.020
  • Guess what?
  • 00:18:35.020 --> 00:18:35.250
  • Stay at it.
  • 00:18:35.250 --> 00:18:36.150
  • Why?
  • 00:18:36.150 --> 00:18:37.100
  • Because you have a plan
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:38.070
  • you're executing.
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:38.260
  • If you quit the moment something
  • 00:18:38.260 --> 00:18:39.220
  • bad happens, you'll quit
  • 00:18:39.220 --> 00:18:40.130
  • everything in your life.
  • 00:18:40.130 --> 00:18:42.130
  • If you quit your career
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:43.120
  • the moment things get hard,
  • 00:18:43.120 --> 00:18:44.090
  • you'll never have--your career
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:45.060
  • will look like a patch quilt.
  • 00:18:45.060 --> 00:18:47.110
  • I was this for a while,
  • 00:18:47.110 --> 00:18:48.090
  • then that, then this and that
  • 00:18:48.090 --> 00:18:49.070
  • and that.
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:50.050
  • Every time something got hard,
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:50.230
  • I quit.
  • 00:18:50.230 --> 00:18:51.150
  • Or if you could have
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:52.100
  • a relationship, every time
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:52.280
  • it gets hard, you'll always
  • 00:18:52.280 --> 00:18:53.260
  • quit a relationship.
  • 00:18:53.260 --> 00:18:55.000
  • If you divorce the moment you
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:56.090
  • have a bad year--never decide
  • 00:18:56.090 --> 00:18:57.160
  • whether you're getting divorced
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:18:58.170
  • in a bad year.
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:18:59.080
  • You'll always say yes.
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:01.240
  • You decided the day you said,
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:02.250
  • "Till death do us part,"
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:04.020
  • what you were going to do.
  • 00:19:04.020 --> 00:19:05.190
  • Now stick to your decision.
  • 00:19:05.190 --> 00:19:07.120
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:07.120 --> 00:19:08.230
  • You've got to learn to do
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:09.260
  • whatever God leads you to do
  • 00:19:09.260 --> 00:19:11.030
  • in season and out of season,
  • 00:19:11.030 --> 00:19:12.250
  • whether everything's going great
  • 00:19:12.250 --> 00:19:14.250
  • or the crap proverbially
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:15.170
  • hits the floor.
  • 00:19:15.170 --> 00:19:16.220
  • Are you going to hang in there?
  • 00:19:16.220 --> 00:19:18.210
  • In the words of the great
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:20.070
  • theologian Mike Tyson,
  • 00:19:20.070 --> 00:19:22.090
  • he once said, "Every fighter
  • 00:19:22.290 --> 00:19:25.290
  • got a plan 'til he get hit."
  • 00:19:26.130 --> 00:19:29.130
  • Is that not a great quote
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:30.090
  • or what?
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:31.130
  • Every fighter got a plan
  • 00:19:31.130 --> 00:19:32.240
  • 'til he get hit.
  • 00:19:32.240 --> 00:19:33.200
  • Oh, we all have plans until we
  • 00:19:33.200 --> 00:19:34.170
  • get hit, until something goes
  • 00:19:34.170 --> 00:19:36.050
  • wrong, until things go bad,
  • 00:19:36.050 --> 00:19:38.050
  • until we get betrayed, until
  • 00:19:38.050 --> 00:19:39.250
  • someone hurts our feelings.
  • 00:19:39.250 --> 00:19:41.070
  • We all had plans to honor God
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:42.200
  • until, all of a sudden,
  • 00:19:42.200 --> 00:19:44.080
  • something I didn't expect
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:45.050
  • happens.
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:46.120
  • I wasn't--I didn't see that
  • 00:19:46.120 --> 00:19:47.080
  • coming.
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:48.150
  • You know what?
  • 00:19:48.150 --> 00:19:49.080
  • That's going to happen
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:49.290
  • all of our lives.
  • 00:19:49.290 --> 00:19:50.290
  • You just got to continue
  • 00:19:50.290 --> 00:19:51.290
  • to execute the plan that God
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:53.280
  • gave you.
  • 00:19:53.280 --> 00:19:55.020
  • You know, I want to tell
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:55.230
  • a quick story.
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:56.200
  • I've shared before,
  • 00:19:56.200 --> 00:19:57.150
  • but it's such a powerful story
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:58.080
  • I want to share it again.
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:19:59.170
  • Years ago, my family,
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:01.110
  • we went on sort of one of those
  • 00:20:01.110 --> 00:20:02.130
  • lifetime vacations.
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:04.140
  • You know, we vacation every year
  • 00:20:04.140 --> 00:20:05.030
  • somewhere, but normally
  • 00:20:05.030 --> 00:20:06.110
  • it's kind of the same place.
  • 00:20:06.110 --> 00:20:07.120
  • We have a friend that has
  • 00:20:07.120 --> 00:20:08.200
  • a condo he lets us use for free,
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:09.270
  • and so that's obviously
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:10.260
  • an easy choice.
  • 00:20:10.260 --> 00:20:11.270
  • You always go there, it's free,
  • 00:20:11.270 --> 00:20:12.250
  • you know?
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:13.150
  • And it's really nice, and so we
  • 00:20:13.150 --> 00:20:14.120
  • go, and it's always fun.
  • 00:20:14.120 --> 00:20:15.100
  • But this particular year,
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:16.210
  • my wife had been asking me,
  • 00:20:16.210 --> 00:20:18.030
  • actually for almost 20 years
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:19.020
  • now.
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:19.280
  • She said, "I want to,
  • 00:20:19.280 --> 00:20:20.190
  • for our 20th, to take the kids
  • 00:20:20.190 --> 00:20:22.190
  • and all of us go to Hawaii."
  • 00:20:22.190 --> 00:20:24.120
  • So, I've been putting this
  • 00:20:24.120 --> 00:20:25.120
  • off and putting this off.
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:26.000
  • And 20 year came and went,
  • 00:20:26.000 --> 00:20:27.150
  • and so a year later I was like,
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:29.000
  • "All right, we need to do this.
  • 00:20:29.000 --> 00:20:30.020
  • I told you I would do this.
  • 00:20:30.020 --> 00:20:31.060
  • We're going to do it."
  • 00:20:31.060 --> 00:20:32.000
  • So, ponied up the money,
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:33.270
  • you know, used all the points
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:34.260
  • we could and everything else,
  • 00:20:34.260 --> 00:20:36.000
  • and then, you know,
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:36.230
  • the rest was cash.
  • 00:20:36.230 --> 00:20:37.200
  • We went to Hawaii.
  • 00:20:37.200 --> 00:20:38.200
  • You know, had a great time.
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:39.230
  • So, we're there with our kids
  • 00:20:39.230 --> 00:20:40.200
  • having a good time, and my wife
  • 00:20:40.200 --> 00:20:41.160
  • had kind of scheduled out the
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:42.070
  • whole time that we were there.
  • 00:20:42.070 --> 00:20:43.160
  • And it was a beautiful island
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:45.090
  • we were staying on.
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:46.110
  • And about halfway through the
  • 00:20:46.110 --> 00:20:47.120
  • week, she had scheduled us to
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:48.260
  • go on a tour of these incredible
  • 00:20:48.260 --> 00:20:51.130
  • rain forests, right?
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:53.020
  • So, we meet up with this lady,
  • 00:20:53.020 --> 00:20:55.110
  • and there's three or four other
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:56.080
  • families with us to keep
  • 00:20:56.080 --> 00:20:57.050
  • the price down.
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:20:57.270
  • And so, she walks us through
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:20:58.250
  • the rainforest, and stops us at
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:00.090
  • different places, and we jump in
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:01.080
  • the waterfalls, and swing into
  • 00:21:01.080 --> 00:21:02.050
  • the water, and we eat different
  • 00:21:02.050 --> 00:21:04.040
  • fruits, you know,
  • 00:21:04.040 --> 00:21:05.010
  • from the actual trees,
  • 00:21:05.010 --> 00:21:05.240
  • and plants, and shrubberies.
  • 00:21:05.240 --> 00:21:06.220
  • And it was really a cool
  • 00:21:06.220 --> 00:21:08.010
  • experience, right?
  • 00:21:08.010 --> 00:21:08.280
  • So, we're going through it,
  • 00:21:08.280 --> 00:21:09.230
  • just enjoying ourselves.
  • 00:21:09.230 --> 00:21:10.220
  • And on the way out of the
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:11.280
  • rainforest, we stop at this
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:13.130
  • one last stop and she shows us
  • 00:21:13.130 --> 00:21:14.270
  • this plant.
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:16.070
  • She pulls some of the fruit
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.030
  • off of it and breaks it open.
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:18.020
  • It looks totally weird, like
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:19.000
  • nothing I've seen in my local
  • 00:21:19.000 --> 00:21:20.010
  • grocery store, you know.
  • 00:21:20.010 --> 00:21:21.170
  • And she goes, "This is really
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:22.080
  • good, though, try it."
  • 00:21:22.080 --> 00:21:23.060
  • And she pulls a piece off,
  • 00:21:23.060 --> 00:21:23.250
  • and she eats it.
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:24.160
  • So, I'm like,
  • 00:21:24.160 --> 00:21:25.110
  • "Okay, she didn't die.
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:25.280
  • I'll try it," right?
  • 00:21:25.280 --> 00:21:26.220
  • So, then I take a piece, I eat
  • 00:21:26.220 --> 00:21:28.060
  • it, then she passes it around
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:29.110
  • and everyone gets a little
  • 00:21:29.110 --> 00:21:30.000
  • piece, and it was really good.
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:31.030
  • And so, she told me what kind
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:31.220
  • of tree it was.
  • 00:21:31.220 --> 00:21:32.230
  • I can't remember, it was
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:33.170
  • some kind of different form
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:34.170
  • of a mango tree.
  • 00:21:34.170 --> 00:21:35.110
  • I don't know what it was,
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:36.000
  • but it's something like that.
  • 00:21:36.000 --> 00:21:37.030
  • And so, she shows me this one,
  • 00:21:37.030 --> 00:21:37.250
  • and I just casually ask a
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:39.050
  • question, not preparing to hear
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:41.230
  • what she told me because what
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:43.060
  • she told me was like really,
  • 00:21:43.060 --> 00:21:44.040
  • really cool.
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:45.030
  • She had no idea I was
  • 00:21:45.030 --> 00:21:45.250
  • a preacher, she had no idea how
  • 00:21:45.250 --> 00:21:46.260
  • this would--what this would mean
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:48.140
  • to me, and how I could share
  • 00:21:48.140 --> 00:21:49.260
  • this with you one day.
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:51.040
  • And I said, "Hey, just casually,
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:52.080
  • I'm just curious, how much
  • 00:21:52.080 --> 00:21:53.200
  • fruit will this produce?"
  • 00:21:53.200 --> 00:21:55.000
  • And she said, "This one's not
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:56.000
  • going to produce much fruit."
  • 00:21:56.000 --> 00:21:57.090
  • I said, "Oh, okay, why?"
  • 00:21:57.090 --> 00:21:59.040
  • And she goes, "Well, because
  • 00:21:59.040 --> 00:21:59.270
  • of where it's located,
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:00.240
  • it's just not going to put out
  • 00:22:00.240 --> 00:22:01.160
  • all of its seed."
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:03.040
  • I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:22:03.040 --> 00:22:03.290
  • She goes, "Well, look here."
  • 00:22:03.290 --> 00:22:04.250
  • She goes, "See, you see how
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:05.250
  • shaded it is because we're still
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:06.210
  • in the rainforest?"
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:07.120
  • I was like, "Yeah."
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:08.020
  • She goes, "And there's water
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:08.250
  • dripping all over this,
  • 00:22:08.250 --> 00:22:09.180
  • so this tree's pretty
  • 00:22:09.180 --> 00:22:10.250
  • comfortable, so it's really not
  • 00:22:10.250 --> 00:22:11.260
  • going to put out a whole lot
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:12.250
  • of fruit.
  • 00:22:12.250 --> 00:22:13.230
  • It doesn't need to."
  • 00:22:13.230 --> 00:22:15.000
  • But she goes, "But come here."
  • 00:22:15.000 --> 00:22:15.250
  • Then she leads us out into
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:17.080
  • this--because we're right at
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:18.150
  • the edge of the rainforest,
  • 00:22:18.150 --> 00:22:19.070
  • out of the rainforest
  • 00:22:19.070 --> 00:22:19.290
  • and into this open field,
  • 00:22:19.290 --> 00:22:21.100
  • where it's all nice and hot.
  • 00:22:21.100 --> 00:22:22.140
  • And there's this one little
  • 00:22:22.140 --> 00:22:23.250
  • raggedy tree.
  • 00:22:23.250 --> 00:22:24.240
  • She goes, "Now, this one
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:25.290
  • will produce 20 times the fruit
  • 00:22:25.290 --> 00:22:27.290
  • of that one."
  • 00:22:27.290 --> 00:22:28.240
  • I said, "Why?"
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:29.250
  • She goes, "Oh, it's easy.
  • 00:22:29.250 --> 00:22:30.250
  • See, this one doesn't have
  • 00:22:30.250 --> 00:22:31.230
  • the comfort of being covered
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:33.010
  • by the rainforest.
  • 00:22:33.010 --> 00:22:34.130
  • And so, the sun is bearing down
  • 00:22:34.130 --> 00:22:36.060
  • on it, and it thinks it's going
  • 00:22:36.060 --> 00:22:37.190
  • to die, so it goes into survival
  • 00:22:37.190 --> 00:22:39.190
  • mode and just puts out all
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:41.180
  • of its fruit."
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:47.110
  • I wonder if we thought this
  • 00:22:47.110 --> 00:22:49.170
  • problem we're facing was meant
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:51.280
  • to hurt us when actually God was
  • 00:22:51.280 --> 00:22:54.110
  • saying, "I'm going to get you to
  • 00:22:54.110 --> 00:22:56.090
  • the point where you think
  • 00:22:56.090 --> 00:22:57.060
  • you're going to die.
  • 00:22:57.060 --> 00:22:59.060
  • Because when you get
  • 00:22:59.060 --> 00:23:00.040
  • that desperate for the Lord, and
  • 00:23:00.040 --> 00:23:02.000
  • that desperate to fulfill your
  • 00:23:02.000 --> 00:23:03.050
  • purpose, you will put out
  • 00:23:03.050 --> 00:23:05.000
  • everything you've got."
  • 00:23:05.000 --> 00:23:07.140
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:10.080 --> 00:23:13.080
  • You see, the reason why Ehud was
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:16.140
  • willing to risk it all is the
  • 00:23:16.140 --> 00:23:17.230
  • same reason why our SEAL team 6
  • 00:23:17.230 --> 00:23:19.070
  • risked it all.
  • 00:23:19.070 --> 00:23:20.230
  • It's real simple,
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:21.220
  • for God and country.
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:24.000
  • They went on a suicide mission.
  • 00:23:24.000 --> 00:23:25.100
  • Most of them did not die,
  • 00:23:25.100 --> 00:23:27.020
  • thank the Lord.
  • 00:23:27.020 --> 00:23:28.060
  • Ehud went on a suicide mission,
  • 00:23:28.060 --> 00:23:29.130
  • he did not die, though.
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:31.080
  • But it was worth the risk
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:32.040
  • because he refused to live below
  • 00:23:32.040 --> 00:23:34.030
  • his potential any longer.
  • 00:23:34.070 --> 00:23:37.070
  • That's what makes you and
  • 00:23:37.070 --> 00:23:38.070
  • I take risks is that you finally
  • 00:23:38.070 --> 00:23:39.200
  • realize the riskiest thing
  • 00:23:39.200 --> 00:23:41.050
  • in the world is to never
  • 00:23:41.050 --> 00:23:42.070
  • take risks.
  • 00:23:42.070 --> 00:23:44.190
  • Last Scripture I want to share
  • 00:23:44.190 --> 00:23:45.090
  • with you today, "When he arrived
  • 00:23:45.090 --> 00:23:46.230
  • in the hill country of Ephraim,
  • 00:23:46.230 --> 00:23:47.290
  • Ehud sounded a call to arms.
  • 00:23:47.290 --> 00:23:49.170
  • Then he led a band of Israelites
  • 00:23:49.170 --> 00:23:51.270
  • down from the hills.
  • 00:23:51.270 --> 00:23:52.290
  • 'Follow me,' he said, 'for the
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:54.080
  • Lord has given you victory.'
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:55.220
  • So Moab was conquered by Israel
  • 00:23:55.220 --> 00:23:57.200
  • that day, and there was peace
  • 00:23:57.200 --> 00:23:59.000
  • in the land for eighty years."
  • 00:23:59.000 --> 00:24:02.010
  • You know what 80 years is?
  • 00:24:02.010 --> 00:24:03.280
  • Eighty years
  • 00:24:03.280 --> 00:24:04.260
  • is three generations.
  • 00:24:04.260 --> 00:24:06.270
  • That's you, your kids,
  • 00:24:06.270 --> 00:24:09.100
  • and your grandkids.
  • 00:24:09.100 --> 00:24:10.250
  • Some of us have had the
  • 00:24:10.250 --> 00:24:11.210
  • privilege of knowing our great
  • 00:24:11.210 --> 00:24:12.290
  • grandparents, but probably
  • 00:24:12.290 --> 00:24:15.060
  • not your great-great.
  • 00:24:15.060 --> 00:24:16.050
  • Maybe, but probably not.
  • 00:24:16.050 --> 00:24:18.280
  • And so, three generations
  • 00:24:18.280 --> 00:24:19.250
  • is pretty much tucked into
  • 00:24:19.250 --> 00:24:21.010
  • an 80-year lifespan.
  • 00:24:21.010 --> 00:24:23.200
  • Maybe you have been raised in
  • 00:24:23.200 --> 00:24:25.120
  • a home that it wasn't so great.
  • 00:24:25.120 --> 00:24:28.030
  • Maybe you were taught some
  • 00:24:28.030 --> 00:24:28.270
  • habits from your mama or your
  • 00:24:28.270 --> 00:24:30.110
  • grand-mama, or your daddy,
  • 00:24:30.110 --> 00:24:31.190
  • your grand-daddy that weren't
  • 00:24:31.190 --> 00:24:32.140
  • so good.
  • 00:24:32.140 --> 00:24:33.230
  • Maybe it's time for you to break
  • 00:24:33.230 --> 00:24:35.120
  • the curse and realize that God
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:37.250
  • wants you to live differently
  • 00:24:37.250 --> 00:24:39.020
  • from your generation on.
  • 00:24:39.020 --> 00:24:41.140
  • May your kids say of you,
  • 00:24:41.140 --> 00:24:43.110
  • "My mom, my dad, they're the
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  • ones that changed everything
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  • in our family."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Number five, your leadership
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  • is established after you win
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  • a significant battle.
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  • You want to be a great leader?
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  • Win the battle.
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  • What's your battle?
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  • Maybe your battle
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  • is with weight.
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  • Maybe your battle is with money.
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  • Maybe your battle is with debt.
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  • Maybe your battle is
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  • with emotional health.
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  • Maybe your battle is over
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  • an addiction.
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  • Maybe your battle is just
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  • being miserable, and unhappy,
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  • and depressed,
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  • and overcoming depression.
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  • That's a big battle.
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  • What is your battle?
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  • What is God leading you to do?
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  • What is he saying?
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  • It's time for you to take
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  • the victory that is rightfully
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  • yours.
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  • Ehud was willing to risk it all
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  • because he was not going to live
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  • bound by another king when
  • 00:25:26.010 --> 00:25:27.190
  • he knew he should be serving
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  • the King of kings.
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  • How about you?
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  • - Bil: Wow, God is awesome.
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  • He is clearly moving today.
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  • I got a question
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  • I'd like to ask you.
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  • Have you prayed the simple
  • 00:25:48.080 --> 00:25:49.050
  • prayer to receive Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior?
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  • If you've never done so, would
  • 00:25:52.020 --> 00:25:53.090
  • you pray this simple prayer
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  • with me?
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  • This is actually how you become
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  • a Christian.
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  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:25:57.210 --> 00:25:58.220
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
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  • I realize I need you in my life.
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • to pay the price for all my
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  • sins, and that you rose again
  • 00:26:04.240 --> 00:26:07.010
  • from the grave,
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  • proving that you're God.
  • 00:26:07.290 --> 00:26:09.100
  • And now I ask you, I invite you
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  • to come into my life, change
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  • me from within, be my Lord,
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  • and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus,
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  • for saving me."
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:18.190 --> 00:26:19.130
  • we believe that Christ
  • 00:26:19.130 --> 00:26:20.160
  • has come in your life.
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  • And that's what it means
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  • to become a Christian.
  • 00:26:22.170 --> 00:26:23.290
  • Thanks so much for being
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  • a part of our program today.
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  • We hope you have a great week.
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  • - female announcer: Many of us
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  • face difficulties that challenge
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  • our resolve and keep us from
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  • moving forward.
  • 00:26:33.160 --> 00:26:34.090
  • As a thank you for your support
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  • of Bil Cornelius Ministries,
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  • we would like to send you a copy
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  • In this incredible DVD message,
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  • Pastor Bil teaches the steps
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  • to take when you
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  • feel like giving up.
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  • - Bil: The power of God is so
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  • much bigger and stronger than
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  • anything you're facing today,
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  • that I believe what God wanted
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  • to reveal to you today is not
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  • some crazy, weird stuff.
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  • But he wants to reveal to you
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  • that he is available for
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  • whatever you need right now.
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  • - Bil: The next time the devil
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