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When God Says No: What To Do When God Says No

Watch When God Says No: What To Do When God Says No
January 24, 2017
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Bil Cornelius

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When God Says No: What To Do When God Says No

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  • - Bil Cornelius: Maybe God
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  • just needs you to know
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  • that the ambition he put in you
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  • that you can't explain that's
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  • way bigger than you even need
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  • is actually from him.
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  • It's very arrogant of you
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  • to take the dream God put
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  • in your heart and squelch it.
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  • Take your abilities and have
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  • to mask that dream and push
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  • that down.
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  • The humble thing is to become
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  • all you can.
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • Great to have you here today.
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  • Thanks so much for joining us.
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  • Today we're starting
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  • a brand-new series called
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  • "When God Says No."
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  • 'Cause sometimes we
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  • have to learn to deal with that
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  • because there's a God who loves
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  • you, but sometimes he
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  • just says no.
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  • And so, what do you do
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  • when you're just disappointed,
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  • when you're just frustrated,
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  • when you just feel like,
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  • "Man, I really thought this is
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  • what God had for me,"
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  • and then it just--it wasn't it.
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  • Man, when I was in high school,
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  • I wanted so bad to be
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  • an athlete.
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  • I wanted so bad to make
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  • the football team, to be
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  • on the basketball team,
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  • just to be a part of the elite
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  • athletes of my school.
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  • That's just what I wanted.
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  • But I'm telling you,
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  • God said no.
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  • That was not gonna happen
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  • for me.
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  • This body was not built
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  • for athletics.
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  • I'm telling you right now.
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  • And I was the size of an amoeba
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  • in high school,
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  • which did not help.
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  • I mean, so I'm telling ya,
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  • I got pushed around so bad.
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  • When I was in junior high,
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  • I made a team.
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  • I didn't know the reason I made
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  • the team in junior high was
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  • because everyone made the team.
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  • And so, I felt so cool to be
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  • on the team.
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  • You know, on game day we'd have
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  • our jerseys and wear those
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  • around, I felt so cool.
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  • And then my uniform.
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  • I looked so good in my uniform.
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  • Even after the game, I still
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  • looked good in my uniform.
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  • It had no blemishes on it
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  • whatsoever 'cause I never went
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  • on the field so, you know?
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  • Yeah, I mean, I'm telling ya,
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  • it was horrible.
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  • I wanted so bad to be
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  • an athlete.
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  • And then I remember
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  • in junior high, in eighth grade,
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  • they wanted
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  • all the football players
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  • to go out for basketball.
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  • And I remember I walked
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  • into the gym.
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  • There's like a hundred guys
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  • in the gym.
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  • I grabbed a basketball.
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  • I dribbled three or four times,
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  • shot the ball,
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  • heard a whistle blow and say,
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  • "Cornelius, hit the showers."
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  • That was my tryout.
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  • I was done.
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  • I dribbled like 5 feet.
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  • It was that bad.
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  • Clearly, I was not going to be
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  • an athlete.
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  • God had said no.
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  • But, you know, it's funny now,
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  • but at the time,
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  • it was pretty painful.
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  • I really wanted to be that.
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  • You ever felt like you're
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  • on plan B, like plan A's
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  • out the window?
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  • I got some good news for you.
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  • You're plan B
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  • was always God's plan A.
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  • And so, what do you do when you
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  • hear no, when things
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  • don't work out like you thought?
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  • It happens to all of us.
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  • It even happened to King David.
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  • And David in the Bible,
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  • last time I checked,
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  • was a man after God's own heart.
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  • That's what the Bible said
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  • about him.
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  • He wrote the Psalms.
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  • I mean, if ever someone
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  • should get some yeses from God,
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  • it should be David, right?
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  • This guy was faithful
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  • to the Lord, loved God,
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  • but yet God told him no.
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  • In fact, God told him no
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  • after 40 years of faithfulness
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  • to him God said, "Nope."
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  • Let's look at the Scripture
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  • where God tells David no.
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  • Look at 1 Chronicles chapter 28
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  • with me, would ya?
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  • 1 Chronicles 28.
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  • "King David rose to his feet
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  • and said: 'Listen to me,
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  • my fellow Israelites, my people.
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  • I had it in my heart,"
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  • would ya underline "my heart"?
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  • So, you got acknowledged that,
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  • "this is something
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  • that's on my heart."
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  • He said, "I had it in my heart
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  • to build a house
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  • as a place of rest
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  • for the ark of the covenant
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  • of the Lord,
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  • for the footstool of our God,
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  • and I made plans to build it.
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  • But God said to me, 'You are not
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  • to build a house for my Name,
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  • because you are a warrior
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  • and have shed blood.'"
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  • He said, "You're not gonna
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  • do that.
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  • That's not what I called you
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  • to do."
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  • Now, some people at a quick
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  • reading of this verse think, "Oh
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  • okay, that means anyone
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  • who, like, served in the army,
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  • anyone who's taken
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  • someone else's life
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  • shouldn't work in the church,
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  • or shouldn't build a temple,
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  • or shouldn't be a part
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  • of God's house."
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  • That's not what this says
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  • at all.
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  • If you read it
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  • through cursory quick reading,
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  • that may be what you think,
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  • but that's not what this
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  • is referring to at all
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  • because there's many times
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  • in Scripture where David
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  • did build an altar to God
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  • and God was always honored
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  • by it.
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  • So we know that there's not
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  • a problem with him serving
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  • the Lord in his house
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  • or at his altar.
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  • That's not the problem.
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  • What he was actually saying
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  • to David was this, and this is
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  • important, he was saying,
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  • "David, you're really good
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  • at what you do.
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  • Keep doing that and let
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  • someone else build a temple."
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  • I have people that come to me
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  • sometimes and they say, "Pastor,
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  • man, my dream is to one day when
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  • I make enough money and have
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  • a couple million in the bank,"
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  • or whatever the magic number is
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  • for you.
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  • "And then when I have that much,
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  • I'm gonna retire and give
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  • all my time to the church."
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  • And I always tell them,
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  • "Please don't do that."
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  • They say, "Well, why?
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  • Wouldn't that be great?"
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  • I'm like, "Okay,
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  • in that statement is
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  • a built-in assumption
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  • that your best uses for God
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  • is working in the church
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  • and that would not be accurate.
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  • If everyone did that, no one
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  • would fund the work of God."
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  • Some of my good friends,
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  • and actually part of my family,
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  • are missionaries.
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  • Thank God there are
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  • business people
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  • that are knocking it out
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  • in the business world that fund
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  • them to go to Honduras and do
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  • surgery in the middle
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  • of the bush or else they
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  • wouldn't be able to do it.
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  • So the reality is that when he
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  • said, "David, David, David,
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  • you're such a good king.
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  • You're an amazing warrior.
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  • Like, you are really good
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  • at going out and taking
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  • new towns, and new territory,
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  • and conquering new lands,
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  • and opening new businesses,
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  • and all this great--keep
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  • doing that.
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  • Let someone else build
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  • a temple."
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  • He was saying it in a nice way,
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  • "David, write a check."
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  • And this is not to say
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  • that there aren't people
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  • that are called by God
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  • to build a temple.
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  • That's a great thing, but you
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  • gotta know the lane you run in.
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  • It's okay for him to hear a no
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  • 'cause he wasn't saying,
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  • "David, you're a bad guy.
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  • You wouldn't know
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  • what you're doing."
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  • He wasn't saying anything,
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  • he was just saying,
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  • "This is your best gift.
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  • This is the best use
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  • of your energy.
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  • Keep being the king.
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  • Keep doing that.
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  • I've got something else for you
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  • to do in that area,
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  • but in this particular area
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  • that you're dreaming of,
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  • you have a role to play,
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  • but that's not your role."
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  • In the same way all through
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  • the Bible you see David
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  • would take new ground
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  • for the Lord and he would go
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  • to the priest, right?
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  • And he would be like,
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  • "Okay, what does God want me
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  • to do next?
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  • Okay, I'll do it."
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  • So there was definitely
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  • a tandem, a relationship,
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  • between the kings and queens
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  • of the world and the priests
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  • of the world.
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  • So, when we begin to understand
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  • our role in the marketplace that
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  • we can do for God's kingdom,
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  • it'll make you work harder.
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  • And the reason why I wanted
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  • to mention this, and this really
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  • isn't what the sermon's about,
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  • but I just want to touch on this
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  • 'cause maybe this is something
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  • God brought you here today
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  • and you just didn't know it.
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  • Maybe God just needed you
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  • to know that the ambition he
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  • put in you that you
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  • can't explain that's way bigger
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  • than you even need
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  • is actually from him.
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  • It's very arrogant of you
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  • to take the dream God put
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  • in your heart and squelch it,
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  • to take your abilities
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  • and having to mask that dream
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  • and push it down.
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  • The humble thing is to become
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  • all you can be.
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  • It's for the kingdom of God.
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  • It's to make an impact.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • So you can have influence
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  • and affluence far beyond what
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  • you can just do in your area.
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  • So he was saying,
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  • "David, keep being a king, man,
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  • you're great at it.
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  • And let's use the influence
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  • and affluence that you
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  • have to do something great
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  • for the kingdom God."
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  • So go ahead and excel
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  • in the military, excel
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  • in education, excel in research,
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  • excel in the business world,
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  • excel in your investments,
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  • and just do it
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  • for the glory of God.
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  • Maybe God had that for you
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  • today.
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  • I don't know, maybe.
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  • Anyone have that for you today?
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  • Is anyone saying, "Man,
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  • that was what God--I needed
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  • to hear that today."
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  • Praise God.
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  • So, he says, "Hey David, look,
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  • you're good at what you do,
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  • and so, because of that,
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  • I want you to keep doing that,
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  • but you're not gonna build
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  • the church."
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  • So he's a little disappointed.
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  • David's like, "I'm gonna build
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  • a temple, God,
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  • it's gonna be great."
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  • "No, you're not."
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  • "Oh, I'm not?"
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  • "No."
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  • "But Lord, it's in my heart."
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  • "I know it's in your heart.
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  • And the answer's no."
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  • So can God put something
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  • in your heart and then
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  • tell you no?
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  • Yes, he can, but it's not
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  • to frustrate you.
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  • This is what God's trying
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  • to tell you today,
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  • I believe this,
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  • he's trying to say this,
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  • he's trying to say,
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  • "You're on to me,
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  • but that's not quite it."
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  • He's saying, "You're on to me,
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  • so your heart's right."
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  • "The fact that this is
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  • in my heart, I feel like, man,
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  • this is in my heart, God.
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  • I feel like I'm
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  • supposed to build a temple."
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  • And the Lord was like, "You are,
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  • you're just not gonna be
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  • the architect."
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  • So what God will put
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  • on your heart, he will give that
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  • to you but it may be
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  • in a different way than you
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  • are thinking.
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  • Look what happens next.
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  • Verse 4, "Yet the Lord,
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  • the God of Israel, chose me
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  • from my whole family to be
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  • the king over Israel forever.
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  • He was pleased to make me
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  • king over all of Israel.
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  • Of all my sons, and the Lord
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  • has given me many, he
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  • has chosen my son Solomon
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  • to sit on the throne
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  • of the kingdom of the Lord
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  • over Israel."
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  • So, would you underline
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  • "chose me"?
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  • See, God did choose you
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  • for some very specific things
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  • and this is really important.
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  • Notice that David doesn't go,
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  • "Well, I can't believe that God
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  • said no, mmm."
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  • He doesn't get all mad, right?
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  • "I mean, all I wanted was
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  • this one thing and God said
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  • no, mmm..."
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  • He doesn't get ungrateful.
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  • He doesn't get mean.
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  • He doesn't get dispirited.
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  • He doesn't be like,
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  • "I can't believe all this.
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  • And I worked so hard and then
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  • the Lord just tells me to--why
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  • would he do that?"
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  • See, David understood something.
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  • "God chose me.
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  • He allowed me to be king.
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  • What an honor."
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  • One of the things that I believe
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  • the reason why God blessed David
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  • so much was 'cause David was
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  • grateful.
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  • And so, please do not focus
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  • on the one "no" you have
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  • from God when he's already given
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  • you a hundred "yeses."
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  • God's done so much for us.
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  • For us to focus on the one thing
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  • we don't have is pretty selfish
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  • when God has blessed us
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  • in so many ways.
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  • Maybe you don't have the man
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  • or woman of your dreams,
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  • but you've got great friends,
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  • and you've got great family,
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  • and you have your health.
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  • Praise God for that.
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  • And I would even argue that you
  • 00:09:08.170 --> 00:09:09.100
  • don't have the man or woman
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  • of your dreams yet,
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:12.260
  • but God may still have that
  • 00:09:12.260 --> 00:09:13.170
  • for you if it's in your heart.
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  • And so, for me, I would tell you
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  • that not everything
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  • I've always wanted has happened
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  • the way I want it to happen.
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  • I have big things
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  • that I've heard "no"
  • 00:09:20.170 --> 00:09:21.290
  • from the Lord on,
  • 00:09:21.290 --> 00:09:22.150
  • but I've just decided,
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  • "You know what, Lord?
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  • You've been so good to me,
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  • I'm not gonna cry a river
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  • over one or two things
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  • that have not worked out exactly
  • 00:09:27.160 --> 00:09:29.110
  • like I want them to work out.
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  • God, you've been such a blessing
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  • to me."
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  • Aren't we just grateful for God
  • 00:09:32.110 --> 00:09:33.140
  • today?
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  • Can we just say, "God, thank you
  • 00:09:33.290 --> 00:09:34.210
  • for all the yeses,
  • 00:09:34.210 --> 00:09:37.020
  • all the things you say "yes" to
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  • to be grateful."
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  • Number two, be grateful
  • 00:09:41.280 --> 00:09:42.230
  • for all God has done for you,
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  • and the Lord has done a lot
  • 00:09:44.230 --> 00:09:46.060
  • for us.
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  • You see, it's one thing
  • 00:09:47.050 --> 00:09:47.260
  • to worship the Lord when things
  • 00:09:47.260 --> 00:09:49.030
  • are going good, but it's
  • 00:09:49.030 --> 00:09:50.010
  • a whole nother level of worship
  • 00:09:50.010 --> 00:09:51.130
  • when you can worship God when
  • 00:09:51.130 --> 00:09:52.080
  • things are going bad, when you
  • 00:09:52.080 --> 00:09:54.000
  • say, "God, I still worship you.
  • 00:09:54.000 --> 00:09:54.240
  • I still love you.
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  • I still follow you."
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  • If you can worship God
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  • in your dark moments,
  • 00:09:58.090 --> 00:09:59.080
  • you can really worship God.
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  • The greatest sermon I'll ever
  • 00:10:01.150 --> 00:10:02.290
  • preach is nothing I'll preach.
  • 00:10:02.290 --> 00:10:04.060
  • It's what I do when things
  • 00:10:04.060 --> 00:10:05.250
  • don't go well.
  • 00:10:05.250 --> 00:10:07.270
  • Job, his whole life fell apart
  • 00:10:07.270 --> 00:10:09.020
  • all of a sudden because
  • 00:10:09.020 --> 00:10:10.250
  • the devil went to God and said,
  • 00:10:10.250 --> 00:10:11.270
  • "Lord, you know, consider
  • 00:10:11.270 --> 00:10:13.110
  • your servant Job, you know?"
  • 00:10:13.110 --> 00:10:14.280
  • And the devil says, "You know,
  • 00:10:14.280 --> 00:10:15.290
  • I mean I know you're talking
  • 00:10:15.290 --> 00:10:16.290
  • all big about how Job loves you,
  • 00:10:16.290 --> 00:10:18.100
  • but look at him.
  • 00:10:18.100 --> 00:10:19.100
  • He's super rich.
  • 00:10:19.100 --> 00:10:20.010
  • Got this amazing family.
  • 00:10:20.010 --> 00:10:21.100
  • He's super blessed.
  • 00:10:21.100 --> 00:10:22.050
  • Of course he loves you because
  • 00:10:22.050 --> 00:10:23.150
  • you put a hedge of protection
  • 00:10:23.150 --> 00:10:24.210
  • around him."
  • 00:10:24.210 --> 00:10:25.140
  • He said, "You let me mess
  • 00:10:25.140 --> 00:10:26.070
  • with him and see if he
  • 00:10:26.070 --> 00:10:26.230
  • still loves you."
  • 00:10:26.230 --> 00:10:28.090
  • The Lord reluctantly agreed,
  • 00:10:28.090 --> 00:10:30.260
  • and then what happened?
  • 00:10:30.260 --> 00:10:32.050
  • Satan took his family.
  • 00:10:32.050 --> 00:10:34.010
  • His wife, his kids all died
  • 00:10:34.010 --> 00:10:35.140
  • in tragic accident.
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  • His businesses went under.
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  • His health went down.
  • 00:10:37.250 --> 00:10:39.060
  • And here is Job, no health left,
  • 00:10:39.060 --> 00:10:41.030
  • thinking he's gonna die,
  • 00:10:41.030 --> 00:10:41.290
  • no family, no business,
  • 00:10:41.290 --> 00:10:43.040
  • totally broke, and he lifts
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  • his hand and says
  • 00:10:44.120 --> 00:10:45.130
  • in Job chapter 13,
  • 00:10:45.130 --> 00:10:46.130
  • "Though you slay me,
  • 00:10:46.130 --> 00:10:47.130
  • I will worship you.
  • 00:10:47.130 --> 00:10:48.130
  • God, even if everything falls
  • 00:10:48.130 --> 00:10:49.090
  • apart, I am still your servant
  • 00:10:49.090 --> 00:10:50.250
  • and I will still worship you."
  • 00:10:50.250 --> 00:10:52.250
  • Wow.
  • 00:10:52.250 --> 00:10:54.230
  • He still honored God.
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  • Unbelievable.
  • 00:10:57.060 --> 00:10:59.060
  • Could that be said of you or me?
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  • Are we willing to worship God
  • 00:11:00.020 --> 00:11:01.080
  • when everything's falling apart?
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  • There a story
  • 00:11:03.000 --> 00:11:03.150
  • from a hundred-something years
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:04.290
  • ago of a guy named Ira Sankey,
  • 00:11:04.290 --> 00:11:07.220
  • kind of a funny name.
  • 00:11:07.220 --> 00:11:08.100
  • But Ira was actually
  • 00:11:08.100 --> 00:11:09.220
  • the worship leader for a guy
  • 00:11:09.220 --> 00:11:11.220
  • named D.L. Moody.
  • 00:11:11.220 --> 00:11:12.240
  • So, I'm gonna take you
  • 00:11:12.240 --> 00:11:13.110
  • back in history a little bit.
  • 00:11:13.110 --> 00:11:14.070
  • Got a couple of older stories
  • 00:11:14.070 --> 00:11:15.050
  • today.
  • 00:11:15.050 --> 00:11:16.010
  • Ira Sankey was
  • 00:11:16.010 --> 00:11:16.210
  • the worship leader
  • 00:11:16.210 --> 00:11:17.060
  • for D.L. Moody.
  • 00:11:17.060 --> 00:11:17.210
  • D.L. Moody was like
  • 00:11:17.210 --> 00:11:18.220
  • the Joel Osteen
  • 00:11:18.220 --> 00:11:20.030
  • or the Billy Graham of today.
  • 00:11:20.030 --> 00:11:22.020
  • He was--he did
  • 00:11:22.020 --> 00:11:22.240
  • these huge crusades
  • 00:11:22.240 --> 00:11:23.190
  • all over America
  • 00:11:23.190 --> 00:11:24.250
  • and all over the world
  • 00:11:24.250 --> 00:11:25.150
  • and just, you know,
  • 00:11:25.150 --> 00:11:26.180
  • hundreds of thousands of people
  • 00:11:26.180 --> 00:11:27.190
  • got saved
  • 00:11:27.190 --> 00:11:28.060
  • because of their ministry.
  • 00:11:28.060 --> 00:11:29.060
  • So, Ira Sankey was basically
  • 00:11:29.060 --> 00:11:30.060
  • his worship leader.
  • 00:11:30.060 --> 00:11:31.230
  • So, one day he was traveling
  • 00:11:31.230 --> 00:11:33.270
  • on a boat going down
  • 00:11:33.270 --> 00:11:34.280
  • the Delaware River.
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  • That was their, you know,
  • 00:11:36.000 --> 00:11:37.170
  • form of transportation
  • 00:11:37.170 --> 00:11:38.140
  • back in the day.
  • 00:11:38.140 --> 00:11:39.050
  • They didn't have planes,
  • 00:11:39.050 --> 00:11:40.020
  • and so they went by boat.
  • 00:11:40.020 --> 00:11:41.120
  • So, he was
  • 00:11:41.120 --> 00:11:41.270
  • on basically a passenger boat
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:43.150
  • and someone recognizes him.
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:44.120
  • Was reading the paper, saw him
  • 00:11:44.120 --> 00:11:45.040
  • was like, "You're Ira Sankey.
  • 00:11:45.040 --> 00:11:46.190
  • I see you right here.
  • 00:11:46.190 --> 00:11:47.080
  • Aren't you the guy that's gonna
  • 00:11:47.080 --> 00:11:48.060
  • be singing for the big crusade?"
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  • "Yeah, that's me."
  • 00:11:48.280 --> 00:11:49.240
  • "Oh, that's great.
  • 00:11:49.240 --> 00:11:50.100
  • Hey, would you sing something
  • 00:11:50.100 --> 00:11:51.100
  • for us?"
  • 00:11:51.100 --> 00:11:52.070
  • And then he said something.
  • 00:11:52.070 --> 00:11:52.260
  • He said, "I don't wanna sing
  • 00:11:52.260 --> 00:11:53.250
  • one of my songs,
  • 00:11:53.250 --> 00:11:54.260
  • but I'll sing a song for you."
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:56.230
  • So he sang a song called
  • 00:11:56.230 --> 00:11:57.210
  • "Savior Like A Shepherd,
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  • Lead Us."
  • 00:11:58.190 --> 00:11:59.150
  • And as he began to sing
  • 00:11:59.150 --> 00:12:00.240
  • that song, there's a part
  • 00:12:00.240 --> 00:12:02.000
  • in the song where he says
  • 00:12:02.000 --> 00:12:02.270
  • basically, lift up his hand
  • 00:12:02.270 --> 00:12:04.020
  • and he says, "You are
  • 00:12:04.020 --> 00:12:05.110
  • the guardian of my way.
  • 00:12:05.110 --> 00:12:07.010
  • You protect me, God."
  • 00:12:07.010 --> 00:12:08.210
  • And he sings this line,
  • 00:12:08.210 --> 00:12:10.090
  • and as he sings it,
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:12.110
  • there was a guy in the crowd.
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:13.220
  • As soon as he's done singing
  • 00:12:13.220 --> 00:12:14.090
  • the guy walks up and says,
  • 00:12:14.090 --> 00:12:14.260
  • "Excuse me.
  • 00:12:14.260 --> 00:12:16.040
  • I wanna ask you a question,
  • 00:12:16.040 --> 00:12:18.060
  • did you ever serve
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:18.230
  • in the Union Army?"
  • 00:12:18.230 --> 00:12:20.290
  • He's like, "Yeah,
  • 00:12:20.290 --> 00:12:22.040
  • as a matter of fact I did,
  • 00:12:22.040 --> 00:12:23.210
  • during the war I did."
  • 00:12:23.210 --> 00:12:24.070
  • And then he goes, "Okay, did you
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:25.290
  • ever do picket duty
  • 00:12:25.290 --> 00:12:27.100
  • like around 1862?"
  • 00:12:27.270 --> 00:12:30.270
  • He got chills all over.
  • 00:12:30.270 --> 00:12:31.250
  • He said, "Yes, I did.
  • 00:12:31.250 --> 00:12:34.020
  • How would you know that?
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:35.270
  • You must have been--oh, were you
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:37.170
  • in the Union Army too?"
  • 00:12:37.170 --> 00:12:39.060
  • He says, "No, I wasn't.
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:40.290
  • I was in the Confederate Army."
  • 00:12:40.290 --> 00:12:43.180
  • "What?"
  • 00:12:43.180 --> 00:12:44.200
  • Now, let me just give you
  • 00:12:44.200 --> 00:12:45.110
  • a little background.
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:45.280
  • Picket duty, by the way,
  • 00:12:45.280 --> 00:12:47.260
  • the pickets was what was
  • 00:12:47.260 --> 00:12:49.000
  • the outline line
  • 00:12:49.000 --> 00:12:50.170
  • where the enemy was.
  • 00:12:50.170 --> 00:12:51.270
  • And so, they--if you had
  • 00:12:51.270 --> 00:12:52.220
  • to guard that night in the line,
  • 00:12:52.220 --> 00:12:54.160
  • it was the worst job,
  • 00:12:54.160 --> 00:12:55.120
  • no one wanted it,
  • 00:12:55.120 --> 00:12:56.020
  • they had to rotate 'cause it was
  • 00:12:56.020 --> 00:12:57.040
  • the most dangerous position
  • 00:12:57.040 --> 00:12:58.030
  • there was.
  • 00:12:58.030 --> 00:12:58.180
  • You were walking in line
  • 00:12:58.180 --> 00:12:59.050
  • to make sure the enemy
  • 00:12:59.050 --> 00:12:59.240
  • didn't sneak in while everyone
  • 00:12:59.240 --> 00:13:00.210
  • was sleeping.
  • 00:13:00.210 --> 00:13:01.270
  • He says, "Yeah, I recognized you
  • 00:13:01.270 --> 00:13:04.140
  • the moment you sang that song
  • 00:13:04.170 --> 00:13:07.170
  • because the last time I saw you,
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:09.050
  • I had my musket in my hands.
  • 00:13:09.050 --> 00:13:11.140
  • I was in the shadows
  • 00:13:11.140 --> 00:13:12.070
  • and you didn't see me,
  • 00:13:12.070 --> 00:13:13.020
  • but you were in my sights.
  • 00:13:13.090 --> 00:13:16.090
  • And I said to myself,
  • 00:13:16.090 --> 00:13:17.090
  • I'm about to kill this guy
  • 00:13:17.090 --> 00:13:18.100
  • right now.
  • 00:13:18.100 --> 00:13:19.000
  • I'm about to take him out.
  • 00:13:19.000 --> 00:13:20.170
  • And as I lined it up to kill you
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:23.000
  • and I was aiming right at you,
  • 00:13:23.000 --> 00:13:25.080
  • you looked up and began
  • 00:13:25.080 --> 00:13:26.050
  • to sing that song,
  • 00:13:26.050 --> 00:13:27.150
  • 'The Lord Is My Guardian.'
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:30.040
  • As you sang it, I remembered
  • 00:13:30.040 --> 00:13:32.120
  • immediately my mother
  • 00:13:32.120 --> 00:13:33.090
  • used to sing that song to me.
  • 00:13:33.090 --> 00:13:35.270
  • I grew up in a religious home
  • 00:13:35.270 --> 00:13:38.010
  • and it brought all these great
  • 00:13:38.010 --> 00:13:38.240
  • memories back of my mom,
  • 00:13:38.240 --> 00:13:40.030
  • and of God, and of church.
  • 00:13:40.030 --> 00:13:42.230
  • And for some reason, my arm
  • 00:13:42.230 --> 00:13:43.180
  • just went limp and the gun
  • 00:13:43.180 --> 00:13:44.220
  • dropped and God saved your life
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:46.250
  • that night as you sang to him.
  • 00:13:46.280 --> 00:13:49.280
  • And I thought if God can save
  • 00:13:49.280 --> 00:13:50.240
  • this man's life and he doesn't
  • 00:13:50.240 --> 00:13:52.020
  • even know it, then he must be
  • 00:13:52.020 --> 00:13:53.190
  • real and it deepened my faith
  • 00:13:53.190 --> 00:13:55.240
  • in God too."
  • 00:13:55.240 --> 00:13:57.250
  • You see, if you can sing to God
  • 00:13:57.250 --> 00:13:59.190
  • when everything's on the line,
  • 00:13:59.190 --> 00:14:01.060
  • if you can worship God when
  • 00:14:01.060 --> 00:14:02.160
  • you're in the most dangerous
  • 00:14:02.160 --> 00:14:03.160
  • spot, in the most vulnerable
  • 00:14:03.160 --> 00:14:04.290
  • spot, God protects you.
  • 00:14:05.180 --> 00:14:08.180
  • God looks out for you.
  • 00:14:08.180 --> 00:14:10.080
  • Can we worship God
  • 00:14:10.080 --> 00:14:11.080
  • when we're broke?
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:12.140
  • Can we worship God
  • 00:14:12.140 --> 00:14:13.080
  • when we've been divorced,
  • 00:14:13.080 --> 00:14:15.080
  • when someone broke up with us,
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:16.150
  • when we've been betrayed,
  • 00:14:16.150 --> 00:14:17.150
  • when we've been hurt,
  • 00:14:17.150 --> 00:14:18.080
  • when things are falling apart?
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:19.070
  • Can you keep your hands lifted
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:20.100
  • to God anyways and say,
  • 00:14:20.100 --> 00:14:21.070
  • "Lord, though he slay me,
  • 00:14:21.070 --> 00:14:22.110
  • I will worship him.
  • 00:14:22.110 --> 00:14:23.080
  • I love you anyways, God.
  • 00:14:23.080 --> 00:14:24.180
  • Life doesn't have to be
  • 00:14:24.180 --> 00:14:25.160
  • going good for you to have
  • 00:14:25.160 --> 00:14:26.140
  • my devotion.
  • 00:14:26.140 --> 00:14:27.080
  • I'm devoted to you just because
  • 00:14:27.080 --> 00:14:28.140
  • I love ya, Lord, not because
  • 00:14:28.140 --> 00:14:30.040
  • everything always goes my way."
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:33.070
  • That's real worship.
  • 00:14:33.070 --> 00:14:35.050
  • That's real worship.
  • 00:14:35.050 --> 00:14:38.020
  • So, he says, "God, ya chose me.
  • 00:14:38.020 --> 00:14:39.250
  • Yeah, I don't get to build
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:40.150
  • a temple but that's okay, Lord.
  • 00:14:40.150 --> 00:14:41.200
  • You've been so good to me.
  • 00:14:41.200 --> 00:14:42.120
  • I'm just so grateful."
  • 00:14:42.120 --> 00:14:43.050
  • And he worshiped God anyways.
  • 00:14:43.050 --> 00:14:45.050
  • Look what happens next.
  • 00:14:45.050 --> 00:14:45.230
  • It says in verse 6, "He said
  • 00:14:45.230 --> 00:14:47.060
  • to me: 'Solomon your son is
  • 00:14:47.060 --> 00:14:48.240
  • the one who will build my house
  • 00:14:48.240 --> 00:14:50.190
  • and my courts, for I have chosen
  • 00:14:50.190 --> 00:14:51.260
  • him to be my son, and I will be
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:53.050
  • his father.
  • 00:14:53.050 --> 00:14:53.260
  • I will establish his kingdom
  • 00:14:53.260 --> 00:14:54.290
  • forever if he is unswerving
  • 00:14:54.290 --> 00:14:57.030
  • in carrying out my commands
  • 00:14:57.030 --> 00:14:58.240
  • and laws, as is being done
  • 00:14:58.240 --> 00:15:00.160
  • at this time.'"
  • 00:15:00.160 --> 00:15:02.070
  • So, he says, "Hey, David,
  • 00:15:02.070 --> 00:15:03.080
  • you're not gonna build a temple
  • 00:15:03.080 --> 00:15:04.040
  • because I got that for Solomon
  • 00:15:04.040 --> 00:15:04.280
  • to do.
  • 00:15:04.280 --> 00:15:05.130
  • See, if you did everything
  • 00:15:05.130 --> 00:15:06.140
  • for Israel, David,
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:07.270
  • then what would your son do?"
  • 00:15:07.270 --> 00:15:10.030
  • Basically, the way you establish
  • 00:15:10.030 --> 00:15:11.050
  • your leadership, by the way, is
  • 00:15:11.050 --> 00:15:12.180
  • when you take on a large task.
  • 00:15:12.180 --> 00:15:14.050
  • Let me say that again 'cause
  • 00:15:14.050 --> 00:15:14.270
  • that may help those of you
  • 00:15:14.270 --> 00:15:15.200
  • who want to be a leader.
  • 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:16.230
  • The way you establish
  • 00:15:16.230 --> 00:15:17.230
  • your leadership in anything
  • 00:15:17.230 --> 00:15:18.190
  • is to take on a large task
  • 00:15:18.190 --> 00:15:20.190
  • and accomplish it.
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:21.050
  • That's how you establish
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:22.010
  • your leadership.
  • 00:15:22.010 --> 00:15:23.130
  • And so, he said,
  • 00:15:23.130 --> 00:15:24.040
  • "David, you've built Israel.
  • 00:15:24.040 --> 00:15:26.020
  • You've rebuilt the walls.
  • 00:15:26.020 --> 00:15:28.020
  • You made this place great.
  • 00:15:28.020 --> 00:15:29.060
  • If you build a temple,
  • 00:15:29.060 --> 00:15:29.290
  • what's Solomon gonna do?
  • 00:15:29.290 --> 00:15:32.140
  • And so, you're not gonna build
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:33.180
  • a temple, your son's going to."
  • 00:15:33.260 --> 00:15:36.260
  • "Oh, okay, Lord, well,
  • 00:15:36.260 --> 00:15:38.040
  • I didn't know that."
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:39.100
  • He's like, "Yeah, because
  • 00:15:39.100 --> 00:15:39.260
  • Solomon, I need to establish
  • 00:15:39.260 --> 00:15:41.020
  • his leadership after you're gone
  • 00:15:41.020 --> 00:15:44.020
  • so he's going to build
  • 00:15:44.020 --> 00:15:45.210
  • the temple."
  • 00:15:45.210 --> 00:15:46.280
  • So, the real thing God
  • 00:15:46.280 --> 00:15:48.040
  • was saying to David is
  • 00:15:48.040 --> 00:15:49.270
  • the same thing he's saying
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:50.130
  • to you.
  • 00:15:50.130 --> 00:15:50.270
  • He's saying, "I'm saying "no"
  • 00:15:50.270 --> 00:15:51.240
  • to you because I have a larger
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:52.250
  • "yes" and the larger "yes" is,
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:54.010
  • David, this is about the legacy
  • 00:15:54.010 --> 00:15:55.030
  • beyond you."
  • 00:15:55.030 --> 00:15:56.230
  • And so, he was saying,
  • 00:15:56.230 --> 00:15:57.080
  • "I'm gonna include other people.
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:15:58.100
  • This isn't just about what you
  • 00:15:58.100 --> 00:15:59.010
  • can do.
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:15:59.160
  • It's about what your son can do
  • 00:15:59.160 --> 00:16:00.070
  • as well."
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:01.040
  • And so, number three
  • 00:16:01.040 --> 00:16:01.190
  • is to recognize God must have
  • 00:16:01.190 --> 00:16:02.150
  • a larger yes for you.
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:04.150
  • When God says "no"
  • 00:16:04.150 --> 00:16:05.140
  • in one particular area,
  • 00:16:05.140 --> 00:16:06.130
  • God has a larger "yes" for you.
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:07.160
  • When God said "no"
  • 00:16:07.160 --> 00:16:08.030
  • in that relationship you
  • 00:16:08.030 --> 00:16:08.250
  • really wanted, that means
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:09.150
  • there's a "yes" down the road.
  • 00:16:09.150 --> 00:16:10.180
  • Mr. Yes or Mrs. Yes
  • 00:16:10.180 --> 00:16:11.230
  • is still out there.
  • 00:16:11.230 --> 00:16:13.080
  • So, God says no
  • 00:16:13.080 --> 00:16:14.060
  • to Mr. and Mrs. No like I
  • 00:16:14.060 --> 00:16:16.150
  • thought they were it,
  • 00:16:16.150 --> 00:16:17.090
  • but that's not it.
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:18.020
  • God has someone else for you.
  • 00:16:18.020 --> 00:16:20.150
  • God says this, he says
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:21.110
  • in Jeremiah 29, "'For I know
  • 00:16:21.110 --> 00:16:22.200
  • the plans I have for you,'
  • 00:16:22.200 --> 00:16:23.200
  • declares the Lord.
  • 00:16:23.200 --> 00:16:24.250
  • 'Plans to prosper you,
  • 00:16:24.250 --> 00:16:25.200
  • not to harm you.'"
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:26.050
  • He says,
  • 00:16:26.050 --> 00:16:26.200
  • "I want to bless your life."
  • 00:16:26.200 --> 00:16:28.050
  • And so God has a bigger "yes"
  • 00:16:28.050 --> 00:16:29.210
  • for you so he'll say "no"
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:31.140
  • in an area you really want
  • 00:16:31.140 --> 00:16:32.290
  • 'cause God has
  • 00:16:32.290 --> 00:16:33.170
  • something even better for you.
  • 00:16:33.170 --> 00:16:36.070
  • I didn't know this at the time,
  • 00:16:36.070 --> 00:16:37.030
  • but since I didn't play football
  • 00:16:37.030 --> 00:16:38.150
  • and I wasn't
  • 00:16:38.150 --> 00:16:39.000
  • on the basketball team
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:39.280
  • or any other teams like that,
  • 00:16:39.280 --> 00:16:41.240
  • I kind of had some time
  • 00:16:41.240 --> 00:16:42.120
  • on my hands and God opened up
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:44.060
  • some doors for me to do
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:45.130
  • some things.
  • 00:16:45.130 --> 00:16:46.070
  • And there was
  • 00:16:46.070 --> 00:16:46.220
  • a little Christian club
  • 00:16:46.220 --> 00:16:47.170
  • in our school and I went to it.
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:49.120
  • And one day they were doing
  • 00:16:49.120 --> 00:16:50.000
  • little election things.
  • 00:16:50.000 --> 00:16:50.280
  • "Okay, who's gonna be
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:51.190
  • the president?"
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:52.130
  • You know, I was like,
  • 00:16:52.130 --> 00:16:53.140
  • "I'll try for that.
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:54.040
  • That sounds cool."
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:54.240
  • And I got the role.
  • 00:16:54.240 --> 00:16:56.200
  • And they said, "Yeah, we want
  • 00:16:56.200 --> 00:16:57.080
  • you to lead the little group."
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:16:58.150
  • And the little group was about,
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:16:59.040
  • you know, 20 or 30 students.
  • 00:16:59.040 --> 00:17:00.050
  • So now I'm leading
  • 00:17:00.050 --> 00:17:00.280
  • this little Christian group
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:01.190
  • and the little Christian group
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:02.100
  • goes from 30, the first day we
  • 00:17:02.100 --> 00:17:03.180
  • had 125 students.
  • 00:17:03.180 --> 00:17:05.120
  • I freaked out.
  • 00:17:05.120 --> 00:17:07.100
  • God began to bless us.
  • 00:17:07.100 --> 00:17:08.230
  • I remember I began to speak
  • 00:17:08.230 --> 00:17:10.200
  • on any week we couldn't get
  • 00:17:10.200 --> 00:17:11.220
  • some youth minister to come in,
  • 00:17:11.220 --> 00:17:13.020
  • I was like, there's no one
  • 00:17:13.020 --> 00:17:13.230
  • to do it.
  • 00:17:13.230 --> 00:17:14.080
  • So it was like me or my buddy,
  • 00:17:14.080 --> 00:17:14.280
  • "Are you gonna do it?
  • 00:17:14.280 --> 00:17:15.130
  • Am I gonna do it?
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:15.280
  • I don't know."
  • 00:17:15.280 --> 00:17:16.130
  • So, I began to learn how to talk
  • 00:17:16.130 --> 00:17:17.140
  • in front of people by default.
  • 00:17:17.140 --> 00:17:20.090
  • And then one particular day
  • 00:17:20.090 --> 00:17:21.170
  • a teacher came and said, "Hey,
  • 00:17:21.170 --> 00:17:22.290
  • would you do this little talk
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:25.090
  • for our teachers?"
  • 00:17:25.090 --> 00:17:26.130
  • "I want you to do--" now, it
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:27.010
  • wasn't a spiritual thing.
  • 00:17:27.010 --> 00:17:27.210
  • It was like they gave me stuff
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:28.290
  • they wanted me to cover so I
  • 00:17:28.290 --> 00:17:30.080
  • just was like, "Yeah, I'll
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:31.010
  • go over this for you, sure."
  • 00:17:31.010 --> 00:17:32.040
  • It was like a presentation.
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:32.210
  • So I got up and I did
  • 00:17:32.210 --> 00:17:33.270
  • the presentation
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:34.120
  • for the teachers.
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:34.290
  • And I remember at the end,
  • 00:17:34.290 --> 00:17:36.110
  • one of the teachers--I didn't
  • 00:17:36.110 --> 00:17:37.220
  • even know who she was.
  • 00:17:37.220 --> 00:17:38.110
  • She came to me she said,
  • 00:17:38.110 --> 00:17:39.000
  • "Can I talk to you
  • 00:17:39.000 --> 00:17:39.150
  • for a second?"
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:40.000
  • I was like, "Sure."
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:40.250
  • And she says, "I just wanna tell
  • 00:17:40.250 --> 00:17:42.040
  • you somethin'."
  • 00:17:42.040 --> 00:17:42.220
  • I was like, "Okay."
  • 00:17:42.220 --> 00:17:43.080
  • She goes,
  • 00:17:43.080 --> 00:17:43.230
  • "That was really good."
  • 00:17:43.230 --> 00:17:45.100
  • I was like, "Oh, thanks."
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:46.190
  • She goes, "No, no, no, no.
  • 00:17:46.190 --> 00:17:47.220
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:49.020
  • That was really good.
  • 00:17:49.020 --> 00:17:50.070
  • You should consider speaking."
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:52.120
  • I was like, "I don't know
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:53.040
  • what you mean?"
  • 00:17:53.040 --> 00:17:53.190
  • She was like, "You should go out
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:54.100
  • for speech.
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:54.280
  • This should be something you try
  • 00:17:54.280 --> 00:17:55.270
  • to develop in your life."
  • 00:17:55.270 --> 00:17:56.220
  • I'm like, I wanna be
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:17:57.180
  • a football player.
  • 00:17:57.180 --> 00:17:58.190
  • I don't wanna do speech.
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:01.230
  • I'm not gonna have
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:02.080
  • a leather jacket
  • 00:18:02.080 --> 00:18:02.240
  • with a set of lips on it.
  • 00:18:02.240 --> 00:18:03.190
  • I'm not doing that.
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:08.200
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:18:08.200 --> 00:18:09.080
  • I was like,
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:10.150
  • that's not what I want.
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:12.290
  • But God began to show me
  • 00:18:12.290 --> 00:18:14.090
  • some things that he had
  • 00:18:14.090 --> 00:18:15.050
  • something different for me
  • 00:18:15.050 --> 00:18:16.290
  • and I began to realize
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:17.160
  • God's "no" was really
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:19.000
  • a grander "yes."
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:21.140
  • God's "no" in your life is not
  • 00:18:21.140 --> 00:18:22.210
  • about limiting you, it's about
  • 00:18:22.210 --> 00:18:25.140
  • saying, "I have something bigger
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:26.260
  • on the other side."
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:27.110
  • But you know what keeps us
  • 00:18:27.110 --> 00:18:27.270
  • from getting to the "yes"?
  • 00:18:27.270 --> 00:18:29.060
  • Ungratefulness.
  • 00:18:29.060 --> 00:18:31.180
  • There was a young man, again,
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:32.150
  • in a story from, you know,
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:34.030
  • a hundred something years ago,
  • 00:18:34.030 --> 00:18:35.180
  • over a hundred something years
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:36.070
  • ago.
  • 00:18:36.070 --> 00:18:37.030
  • There was a man that was--
  • 00:18:37.120 --> 00:18:40.120
  • he started a business
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:41.020
  • with his partner.
  • 00:18:41.020 --> 00:18:42.170
  • It didn't go well.
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:43.160
  • He really thought that was like,
  • 00:18:43.160 --> 00:18:44.230
  • "This is it.
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:45.110
  • This is what I'm gonna do
  • 00:18:45.110 --> 00:18:45.280
  • with my life.
  • 00:18:45.280 --> 00:18:46.140
  • It's gonna be great."
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:48.030
  • Man, it could not have gone
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:49.020
  • worse.
  • 00:18:49.020 --> 00:18:49.280
  • I mean, they were totally broke,
  • 00:18:49.280 --> 00:18:51.110
  • had no money.
  • 00:18:51.110 --> 00:18:52.130
  • This particular day he
  • 00:18:52.130 --> 00:18:53.190
  • was sitting on the porch
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:55.070
  • of his business, right?
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:56.250
  • Little dusty town in the middle
  • 00:18:56.250 --> 00:18:57.210
  • of nowhere, sitting
  • 00:18:57.210 --> 00:18:59.020
  • on the porch of his business.
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:18:59.260
  • His partner and him just had
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:00.200
  • a discussion about how they
  • 00:19:00.200 --> 00:19:01.130
  • needed to dissolve
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:02.020
  • the whole business,
  • 00:19:02.020 --> 00:19:02.200
  • sell all the assets,
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:03.190
  • and try to pay off their debts,
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:05.160
  • and just get out without having
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:06.200
  • any debt.
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:07.120
  • That was their goal.
  • 00:19:07.120 --> 00:19:08.170
  • And as they were talking
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:09.180
  • about this, he turned
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:10.120
  • to his business partner said,
  • 00:19:10.120 --> 00:19:11.030
  • "You know what?
  • 00:19:11.030 --> 00:19:13.140
  • Maybe there's something else
  • 00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:14.010
  • for me to do.
  • 00:19:14.010 --> 00:19:14.240
  • Maybe this isn't it.
  • 00:19:14.240 --> 00:19:15.160
  • Obviously, this business
  • 00:19:15.160 --> 00:19:16.070
  • isn't working.
  • 00:19:16.070 --> 00:19:16.260
  • Maybe I should do
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:18.070
  • something else.
  • 00:19:18.070 --> 00:19:18.220
  • You know, honestly--"
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:19.170
  • And he told,
  • 00:19:19.170 --> 00:19:20.020
  • just in an honest moment
  • 00:19:20.020 --> 00:19:20.290
  • 'cause his business partner was
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:21.180
  • his best buddy.
  • 00:19:21.180 --> 00:19:22.070
  • He said, "You know, honestly,
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:22.280
  • what would be really cool is
  • 00:19:22.280 --> 00:19:24.130
  • if we could sell
  • 00:19:24.130 --> 00:19:25.020
  • everything we have
  • 00:19:25.020 --> 00:19:25.210
  • and just pay off our debts
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:26.190
  • and if I just had
  • 00:19:26.190 --> 00:19:27.050
  • just enough money to buy
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:28.270
  • one particular book."
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:30.110
  • And the book was called
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:31.020
  • "Blackstone's Commentary
  • 00:19:31.020 --> 00:19:32.170
  • On English Law."
  • 00:19:32.170 --> 00:19:34.040
  • It was like
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:34.190
  • a real well-known book
  • 00:19:34.190 --> 00:19:35.220
  • for people that wanted
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:36.150
  • to become lawyers.
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:37.120
  • He said, "Man, if I could
  • 00:19:37.120 --> 00:19:37.290
  • just get enough money to buy
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:39.170
  • that one book, at least I
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:40.220
  • could study that,
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:41.290
  • and maybe go to law school,
  • 00:19:41.290 --> 00:19:44.010
  • and become a lawyer, and who
  • 00:19:44.010 --> 00:19:44.270
  • knows what's after that."
  • 00:19:44.270 --> 00:19:47.070
  • He walked back in the store.
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:47.270
  • As he had said that as he
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:49.090
  • was walking back in the store,
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:51.040
  • as his partner's walking
  • 00:19:51.040 --> 00:19:52.010
  • back in the store,
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:52.160
  • he's sitting on the porch here,
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:55.010
  • a horse and wagon rolls up.
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:57.130
  • That's how long ago this was.
  • 00:19:57.130 --> 00:19:58.280
  • As it rolls up, there's a guy
  • 00:19:58.280 --> 00:20:00.180
  • hops off and walks up and says,
  • 00:20:00.180 --> 00:20:03.040
  • "Excuse me, sir.
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:04.090
  • We're trying to get out west.
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:05.270
  • We've ran out of money."
  • 00:20:05.270 --> 00:20:07.230
  • And he said, "See that barrel
  • 00:20:07.230 --> 00:20:08.110
  • right there?"
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:09.260
  • "Yeah."
  • 00:20:09.260 --> 00:20:10.110
  • He goes, "I'll sell you
  • 00:20:10.110 --> 00:20:11.160
  • that barrel for 50 cents."
  • 00:20:11.160 --> 00:20:13.250
  • Fifty cents back then was
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:14.270
  • a little bit more than we think
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:16.000
  • today.
  • 00:20:16.000 --> 00:20:16.150
  • It was maybe like 50 bucks,
  • 00:20:16.150 --> 00:20:17.230
  • you know?
  • 00:20:17.230 --> 00:20:18.090
  • So, okay.
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:20.080
  • And, of course,
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:20.230
  • the guy on the porch is like,
  • 00:20:20.230 --> 00:20:22.120
  • "You have no idea who you're
  • 00:20:22.120 --> 00:20:23.120
  • asking to buy something
  • 00:20:23.120 --> 00:20:24.140
  • right now.
  • 00:20:24.140 --> 00:20:25.070
  • I'm totally broke."
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:26.250
  • But as he looked at the barrel
  • 00:20:26.250 --> 00:20:27.200
  • 'cause the man was really trying
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:28.120
  • to sell it to him.
  • 00:20:28.120 --> 00:20:29.010
  • "No, it's a good barrel.
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:29.270
  • I think it'll be really great
  • 00:20:29.270 --> 00:20:30.150
  • for you.
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:31.020
  • You can hold a lot of stuff
  • 00:20:31.020 --> 00:20:31.230
  • in it and so 50 cents,
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:33.010
  • the barrel can be yours."
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:34.070
  • And as he looked at the barrel
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:35.000
  • just to be nice, he noticed
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:36.160
  • the man's wife sitting
  • 00:20:36.160 --> 00:20:38.010
  • in front of the barrel
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:39.140
  • on the back of the wagon.
  • 00:20:39.140 --> 00:20:40.130
  • She was emaciated.
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:41.210
  • She clearly had not eaten
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:42.150
  • in weeks.
  • 00:20:42.150 --> 00:20:45.070
  • He didn't look at the barrel,
  • 00:20:45.070 --> 00:20:46.000
  • he looked at her.
  • 00:20:46.000 --> 00:20:48.010
  • He put his hand in his pocket.
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:49.230
  • He had his last 50 cents.
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.260
  • He pulled it out, he looked
  • 00:20:51.260 --> 00:20:52.210
  • at it he said, "You know, I
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:54.190
  • could really use a good barrel."
  • 00:20:54.210 --> 00:20:57.210
  • He gave that man
  • 00:20:57.210 --> 00:20:58.060
  • his last 50 cents.
  • 00:20:58.060 --> 00:20:59.230
  • The man said,
  • 00:20:59.230 --> 00:21:00.100
  • "Oh, that'd be great.
  • 00:21:00.100 --> 00:21:00.290
  • Thank you so much."
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:02.110
  • He hopped up on the back
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:03.040
  • of the wagon and rolled
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:04.060
  • the big barrel out,
  • 00:21:04.060 --> 00:21:05.080
  • put it on the ground,
  • 00:21:05.080 --> 00:21:05.230
  • rolled it up,
  • 00:21:05.230 --> 00:21:06.080
  • put it on the porch.
  • 00:21:06.080 --> 00:21:06.230
  • He said,
  • 00:21:06.230 --> 00:21:07.080
  • "Thank you so much, sir."
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:09.010
  • He said, "Absolutely."
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:09.210
  • He looked over
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:10.070
  • and the man's wife was like,
  • 00:21:10.070 --> 00:21:11.200
  • "Thank you very much."
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:13.140
  • And he knew that they
  • 00:21:13.140 --> 00:21:13.290
  • were gonna go eat.
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:16.070
  • As the man sat there looking
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.040
  • at the barrel he thought, "Well,
  • 00:21:17.040 --> 00:21:19.150
  • I guess I am bad at business.
  • 00:21:19.150 --> 00:21:21.100
  • Maybe this isn't what I
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:21.290
  • was supposed to do."
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:23.020
  • He took the barrel and he
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:23.250
  • kind of looked at it.
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:24.100
  • He began to roll it around
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:25.010
  • and thought,
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:25.160
  • "Well, wonder what I bought."
  • 00:21:25.160 --> 00:21:26.130
  • And he began to reach down
  • 00:21:26.130 --> 00:21:27.120
  • in the barrel 'cause there was
  • 00:21:27.120 --> 00:21:28.050
  • some papers there and he began
  • 00:21:28.050 --> 00:21:29.020
  • to pull the papers out
  • 00:21:29.020 --> 00:21:29.200
  • just to see what they were.
  • 00:21:29.200 --> 00:21:30.140
  • And as he was doing that,
  • 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:31.000
  • he began to rustle
  • 00:21:31.000 --> 00:21:31.220
  • down in the bottom of the barrel
  • 00:21:31.220 --> 00:21:32.250
  • with his long arms and he felt
  • 00:21:32.250 --> 00:21:33.290
  • something hard down there and he
  • 00:21:33.290 --> 00:21:36.010
  • pulled it up, and it was
  • 00:21:36.010 --> 00:21:38.270
  • "Blackstone's Commentary
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:40.200
  • On English Law."
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:43.270
  • He knew at that moment he said
  • 00:21:43.270 --> 00:21:44.230
  • in his memoir,
  • 00:21:44.230 --> 00:21:46.160
  • "That was God speaking to me.
  • 00:21:46.160 --> 00:21:48.230
  • That was providence."
  • 00:21:48.230 --> 00:21:49.160
  • That was saying,
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:50.240
  • "You're on the right track now.
  • 00:21:50.240 --> 00:21:52.220
  • The business didn't work because
  • 00:21:52.220 --> 00:21:53.280
  • that wasn't supposed to work.
  • 00:21:53.280 --> 00:21:55.260
  • Go into law and who knows
  • 00:21:55.260 --> 00:21:57.190
  • what God has next."
  • 00:21:57.190 --> 00:21:59.150
  • That young man became
  • 00:21:59.150 --> 00:22:00.130
  • our 16th president
  • 00:22:00.160 --> 00:22:03.160
  • and he abolished slavery.
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:07.070
  • Thank God Abraham Lincoln's
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:08.250
  • business didn't work.
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:15.210
  • God used that man to correct
  • 00:22:15.210 --> 00:22:16.280
  • one of the greatest sins
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:17.260
  • of our country and it changed
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:19.170
  • the course of our history.
  • 00:22:19.170 --> 00:22:21.060
  • Recognize God's larger "yes."
  • 00:22:21.060 --> 00:22:23.150
  • And number four, last thing I
  • 00:22:23.150 --> 00:22:24.080
  • wanna leave you with is this,
  • 00:22:24.080 --> 00:22:25.190
  • 1 Chronicles 28:8 says this,
  • 00:22:25.190 --> 00:22:28.070
  • "So now I charge you:
  • 00:22:28.070 --> 00:22:29.180
  • Be careful to follow
  • 00:22:29.180 --> 00:22:30.140
  • all the commands
  • 00:22:30.140 --> 00:22:31.040
  • of the Lord your God,
  • 00:22:31.040 --> 00:22:32.000
  • that you may possess
  • 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:32.220
  • this good land and pass it on
  • 00:22:32.220 --> 00:22:33.250
  • as an inheritance.
  • 00:22:33.250 --> 00:22:35.270
  • 'And you, my son Solomon,
  • 00:22:35.270 --> 00:22:37.100
  • acknowledge God, and serve him
  • 00:22:37.100 --> 00:22:38.210
  • with wholehearted devotion
  • 00:22:38.210 --> 00:22:40.000
  • and a willing mind.'"
  • 00:22:40.000 --> 00:22:41.030
  • Notice he says, "Wholehearted
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:41.250
  • devotion and a willing mind."
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:43.000
  • You can be devoted to God
  • 00:22:43.000 --> 00:22:44.000
  • but not have a willing mind.
  • 00:22:44.000 --> 00:22:45.020
  • Let me explain.
  • 00:22:45.020 --> 00:22:46.170
  • There's a lot of people
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:47.020
  • that really know the Lord
  • 00:22:47.020 --> 00:22:47.250
  • and you're praying for God
  • 00:22:47.250 --> 00:22:48.250
  • to do something big
  • 00:22:48.250 --> 00:22:49.110
  • in your life, but you're not
  • 00:22:49.110 --> 00:22:50.080
  • willing to do anything about it.
  • 00:22:50.080 --> 00:22:52.240
  • "Oh Lord, please bless
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:53.290
  • my marriage.
  • 00:22:53.290 --> 00:22:54.290
  • I just need it to turn around."
  • 00:22:54.290 --> 00:22:56.020
  • And God begins to speak
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:56.190
  • in your heart about doing
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:57.110
  • something for your spouse
  • 00:22:57.110 --> 00:22:58.070
  • and you go, "That's not
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:22:58.290
  • gonna make a difference."
  • 00:22:58.290 --> 00:23:01.040
  • So, you had devotion,
  • 00:23:01.040 --> 00:23:02.170
  • not a willing mind.
  • 00:23:02.170 --> 00:23:04.150
  • So, you had the devotion of God
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:05.140
  • and a willingness to do when God
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:06.240
  • speaks to you something, do it.
  • 00:23:06.240 --> 00:23:08.190
  • Try it.
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:09.260
  • See if God's in it.
  • 00:23:09.260 --> 00:23:11.210
  • A devotion to God
  • 00:23:11.210 --> 00:23:12.110
  • and a willing mind.
  • 00:23:12.110 --> 00:23:13.290
  • It goes on to say this,
  • 00:23:13.290 --> 00:23:14.230
  • "Consider now, for the Lord
  • 00:23:14.230 --> 00:23:15.150
  • has chosen you to build a house
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:17.170
  • as the sanctuary.
  • 00:23:17.170 --> 00:23:18.090
  • Be strong and do the work."
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:20.050
  • I love that, "be strong and do
  • 00:23:20.050 --> 00:23:20.250
  • the work" 'cause we forget
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:21.280
  • that the way God blesses us
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:23.010
  • with opportunity is opportunity
  • 00:23:23.010 --> 00:23:24.200
  • always comes camouflaged
  • 00:23:24.200 --> 00:23:26.290
  • in work.
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:29.130
  • What I'm trying to tell you
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:30.000
  • in a nice way is be spiritual,
  • 00:23:30.000 --> 00:23:31.030
  • but roll up your sleeves.
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  • You're gonna have to go to work,
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  • whatever it is you want in life.
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  • We have a generation that thinks
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  • that they should be handed
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  • things.
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  • Listen, you're not gonna get
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  • where you want to go
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  • without working, so you
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  • gotta know anything great
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  • in life is gonna require
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  • a lifetime of work.
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  • You want a great marriage?
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  • Work at it.
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  • You want a great business?
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  • Work at it.
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  • Whatever you want, work at it.
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  • And if you will put in the work,
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  • God can do great things
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  • through you.
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  • It says, "Then David gave
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  • his son Solomon the plans
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  • for the portico of the temple,
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  • its buildings, its storerooms,
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  • its upper parts,
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  • its inner rooms.
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  • He gave him instructions
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  • for the divisions of the priests
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  • and Levites,
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  • and for all the work of serving
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  • in the temple of the Lord,
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  • as well as for all the articles
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  • to be used in its service."
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  • Then this is what happened,
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  • David said, "Okay, Lord told me
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  • "no," I can't build a temple.
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  • But Solomon,
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  • here's the blueprints.
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  • Here's all the plans.
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  • Here's the work orders
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  • that you're gonna need.
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  • Here's all the numbers
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  • of the guys that can do
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  • the work.
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  • Here's how--here's the workflow.
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  • Here's how you create
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  • the whole project.
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  • And here's how you lay out
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  • the project and schedule it
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  • so that this can all happen
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  • on time and you can get
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  • this whole thing under budget
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  • and get it done on time."
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  • And so, he basically lays out
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  • the whole thing for Solomon.
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  • He says, "The Lord won't let me
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  • do it but I'm gonna do
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  • everything up to that point."
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  • That's a powerful principle.
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  • Work as if it's all up to you
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  • and trust God
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  • as if it's all up to him.
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  • Tweet that.
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  • It's really true, guys.
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  • That is what really works.
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  • What does this mean?
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  • Number four, make sure
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  • you're obeying God, then do
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  • what you can with what you have
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  • where you are.
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  • Do what you can with what you
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  • have where you are.
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  • Could it be that God's not
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  • saying "no" to you, he could be
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  • saying, "No, you're not ready
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  • for me to bless you
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  • in this way."
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  • "Oh, Lord, I don't know why I
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  • didn't get the promotion.
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  • You said 'no.' I mean, I wanted
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:16.160
  • that promotion so bad."
  • 00:25:16.160 --> 00:25:17.180
  • And God says, "You don't
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  • even show up for work on time."
  • 00:25:19.030 --> 00:25:22.030
  • So, you want God to bless
  • 00:25:22.050 --> 00:25:25.050
  • your laziness.
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  • Doesn't work like that.
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  • So God may be saying,
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  • "Let's get ourselves right.
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  • Let's work on us.
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  • Let's get some things in place
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  • 'cause even if I did--"
  • 00:25:34.230 --> 00:25:35.270
  • God may be saying,
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  • "Even if I open the door
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  • for you, you have to have
  • 00:25:37.140 --> 00:25:38.090
  • the character to keep
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  • that door open."
  • 00:25:38.290 --> 00:25:41.030
  • So do you have the character,
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  • and the work ethic,
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  • and are you prepared to do
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  • the things necessary to have
  • 00:25:44.130 --> 00:25:45.100
  • that opportunity?
  • 00:25:45.100 --> 00:25:48.020
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much
  • 00:25:55.200 --> 00:25:56.080
  • for watching the program today.
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  • I've got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:59.120 --> 00:26:00.080
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:26:00.080 --> 00:26:02.190
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you will go
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:06.010
  • to heaven because you know
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  • Jesus?
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  • Would you pray this prayer
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  • with me right now?
  • 00:26:09.080 --> 00:26:10.140
  • You can just say this out loud.
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  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:11.160 --> 00:26:12.270
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:26:12.270 --> 00:26:14.270
  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • for me to pay the price
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  • for my sins and I believe you
  • 00:26:17.110 --> 00:26:19.020
  • rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:20.090 --> 00:26:21.190
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • - announcer: All of us
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  • have someone in our lives
  • 00:26:30.040 --> 00:26:31.070
  • who drives us crazy.
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  • In his new DVD message,
  • 00:26:33.080 --> 00:26:34.260
  • Pastor Bil teaches us
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  • how to deal
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  • with the difficult people
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  • in our lives.
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  • - Bil Cornelius: These are
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  • the kind of people
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  • that everyone else avoids
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  • in your office, everyone else
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  • avoids at church, everyone else
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  • avoids in your small group,
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  • everyone else avoids them
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  • at your family reunion,
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  • but instead of avoiding them,
  • 00:26:48.100 --> 00:26:49.130
  • we need to be like Jesus
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  • and go directly to them.
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