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Convictions That Will Change Your World

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February 9, 2021
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Elijah’s second “secret” for living an extraordinary life is “determining to influence your culture.” Elijah understood that God never intended His followers to isolate themselves from a corrupt world; but to influence the world. Today we are going to discover three foundational convictions that allowed Elijah to be a true “world-changer.”

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AT TIMES, WE'REWOEFULLY SHORT-SIGHTED.
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  • THE RESPONSIBILITIESTHAT FILL OUR DAY
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  • TEND TO OVERSHADOW OUR LONG-TERMDREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS.
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  • YOU SEE, GOD HAS A MUCHBIGGER PLAN FOR YOU
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  • THAN SIMPLY SURVIVINGONE MORE DAY.
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  • I BELIEVE THE KEYS TO BREAKINGOUT OF OUR MUNDANE PATTERNS
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  • ARE FOUND IN THEREMARKABLE LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • AND ON TODAY'S PROGRAM,
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  • WE'LL DISCOVER THREEFOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS
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  • THAT ALLOWED ELIJAH TOBE A TRUE WORLD CHANGER.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED
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  • "CONVICTIONS THAT WILLCHANGE YOUR WORLD,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] LIFE IS RICH
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  • WHEN IT'S FILLED WITHPURPOSE AND MEANING.
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  • ALL OF US LONG FOR SUCCESS,SIGNIFICANCE AND SATISFACTION,
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  • BUT THE REAL QUESTIONIS, HOW DO WE GET THERE?
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  • IN HIS BESTSELLING BOOK,"CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY
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  • LIFE," DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSOUTLINES SEVEN BIBLICAL
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  • PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING ANORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NO MATTER WHAT YOURAGE OR STAGE OF LIFE,
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  • GOD CAN USE YOU TODO GREAT THINGS.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ELIJAH IN THE NINTH CENTURY BC
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  • WAS DROPPED IN THE MIDDLEOF A CORRUPT CULTURE,
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  • A DETERIORATING CULTURE,
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  • BUT ELIJAH UNDERSTOODTHAT HIS PURPOSE
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  • WAS TO INFLUENCETHAT CULTURE FOR GOD.
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  • I CLOSED LAST TIME'S MESSAGE
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  • BY QUOTING MY OLDPROFESSOR, HOWARD HENDRICKS.
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  • HE SAID THAT AT THATTIME, ELIJAH'S TIME,
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  • ISRAEL WAS, QUOTE, "ANATION ON THE SKIDS."
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  • HE GOES ON TO SAY,"THERE WAS A MANIA
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  • OF MEDIOCRITY IN ISRAEL.
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  • 7000 BELIEVERS WERE HUDDLEDIN A CAVE IN SILENT PROTEST.
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  • "WE DON'T WANT TO GETINVOLVED," WAS THEIR CRY.
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  • BUT THIS MAN ELIJAH STANDSOUT LIKE A SPIRITUAL COLOSSUS
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  • IN THE MIDST OF A GENERATION
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  • OF PERVERTS ANDSPIRITUAL PYGMIES.
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT MADEELIJAH A GIANT IN HIS TIME?
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  • IT WAS EMBRACINGTHREE CONVICTIONS
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  • THAT NOT ONLYMOLDED HIS OWN LIFE,
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  • BUT ALLOWED HIM TOCHANGE THE WORLD.
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  • AND TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO TALKABOUT THOSE THREE CONVICTIONS
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  • THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE ANDCHANGE THE WORLD AROUND YOU.
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  • CONVICTION NUMBER ONE IS THIS,
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  • AND THAT IS GOD IS ALIVEAND ACTIVE IN THE CULTURE.
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  • IF YOU'RE GOING TOCHANGE YOUR WORLD,
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  • YOU HAVE TO BELIEVEGOD IS ACTUALLY ALIVE
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  • AND HE'S ACTIVE IN THE CULTURE.
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  • WHEN ELIJAH STOOD BEFOREEVIL KING AHAB AND JEZEBEL,
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  • 1 KINGS 17:1, HE SAID,
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  • "AS THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAELLIVES, BEFORE WHOM I STAND."
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  • AND ELIJAH DIDN'T BELIEVE HEWAS SERVING A SET OF IDEAS.
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  • HE WAS SERVING A LIVINGBEING NAMED JEHOVAH GOD,
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  • WHO HAD REAL CHARACTERISTICS,REAL ATTRIBUTES.
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  • AND IF YOU WANT TOKNOW WHO THAT GOD IS,
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  • THERE ARE TWO WAYSTO DISCOVER HIM.
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  • ONE IS THROUGH THEWRITTEN WORD OF GOD.
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  • THIS BOOK WILL TELL YOU
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  • EVERYTHING YOU NEEDTO KNOW ABOUT GOD.
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  • AND THEN SECONDLY,
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  • THROUGH THE LIVING WORD OFGOD, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF.
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  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO GODIS, LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST.
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  • JESUS SAID, "I ANDTHE FATHER ARE ONE.
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  • HE WHO HAS SEEN MEHAS SEEN THE FATHER."
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  • AND BY THE WAY, THATSAME JESUS CHRIST,
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  • WHO IS THE EMBODIMENT OFGOD, SAID IN JOHN 14:6,
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  • "I AM THE WAY, THETRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
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  • NO MAN COMES TO THEFATHER BUT BY ME."
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  • THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO WORSHIP
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  • THE GOD OF THEIROWN UNDERSTANDING
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  • ARE ON THE HIGHWAY TO HELL.
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  • THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD,
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  • AND THERE'S ONLYONE WAY TO THAT GOD,
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  • AND THAT IS THROUGHFAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • (CONGREGANTS APPLAUDING)
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  • THE NATION OF ISRAEL,GOD'S OWN PEOPLE,
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  • HAD COME TO THE POINT WHERETHEY WEREN'T UNDERSTANDING THAT.
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  • THEY WERE WORSHIPING THE GODOF THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING.
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  • AND TODAY, WHATWE CALL TOLERANCE,
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  • INCLUSIVISM,
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  • PLURALISM.
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  • GOD HAD ANOTHER NAME FORIT. HE CALLED IT IDOLATRY.
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  • TO WORSHIP ANY OTHERGOD WAS IDOLATROUS,
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  • AND GOD WAS FED UP WITH IT.
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  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, HE SENTHIS MAN, ELIJAH, TO SAY,
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  • "AS I SERVE THE LIVINGGOD, THERE IS ONE GOD,
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  • AND HIS NAME IS JEHOVAH."
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  • IF WE'RE GOING TOINFLUENCE OUR CULTURE,
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  • WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT CONVICTION,
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  • THAT GOD IS ALIVE, HE'S REAL,
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  • AND HE'S ACTIVE IN THE CULTURE.
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  • CONVICTION NUMBER TWO.
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  • IF WE'RE GOING TO CHANGETHE WORLD AROUND US,
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  • WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
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  • THAT WE ARE GOD'SREPRESENTATIVE TO THE CULTURE.
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  • WE'RE GOD'S REPRESENTATIVETO THE CULTURE.
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  • NOW, AS YOU SEARCHTHROUGH SCRIPTURE,
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  • YOU'LL DISCOVER THE BIBLEUSES THREE ANALOGIES
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  • TO DESCRIBE OUR RELATIONSHIPTO THE CULTURE AROUND US.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THE BIBLE USESTHE ANALOGY OF AN AMBASSADOR.
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  • AN AMBASSADOR.
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  • LOOK AT 2 CORINTHIANS 5:18-20.
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  • PAUL WRITES, "NOW ALLTHESE THINGS ARE FROM GOD
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  • WHO RECONCILED US TOHIMSELF THROUGH CHRIST,
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  • AND GAVE US THE MINISTRYOF RECONCILIATION.
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  • NAMELY THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST,
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  • RECONCILING THEWORLD TO HIMSELF,
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  • NOT COUNTING THEIRTRESPASSES AGAINST THEM,
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  • AND HE HAS COMMITTED TO USTHE WORD OF RECONCILIATION."
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  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE MESSAGEGOD IS SHOUTING TO THE WORLD?
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  • NOT THAT HE HATES PEOPLE,BUT THAT HE LOVES PEOPLE.
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  • HE LOVES THEM SO MUCH,
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  • HE WANTS TO BERECONCILED WITH THEM.
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  • THAT'S THE MESSAGE GOD WANTSARTICULATED IN THE WORLD.
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  • GOD WANTS TO BERECONCILED TO MAN.
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  • BUT HOW DOES GODDELIVER THAT MESSAGE?
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  • HE DOES IT THROUGH YOU AND ME.
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  • THAT'S WHY HE SAYS IN VERSE 20,
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  • "THEREFORE WE AREAMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST.
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  • AS THOUGH GOD WERE ENTREATING,BEGGING THROUGH US,
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  • WE BEG YOU ON BEHALF OFCHRIST, BE RECONCILED TO GOD."
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  • THE WAY GOD VOICES HIS MESSAGEOF LOVE AND RECONCILIATION
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  • AND THE GOSPEL OFCHRIST TO THE WORLD
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  • IS THROUGH YOU.
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  • YOU ARE GOD'S MOUTHPIECE.YOU ARE HIS AMBASSADOR.
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  • GOD HAS CHARGED YOUWITH THAT MINISTRY
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  • OF SHARING WITH OTHERS HOWTO BE RECONCILED TO GOD.
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  • NOW, WHAT IT'SIMPORTANT TO NOTE IS,
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  • AMBASSADORS DO NOTSPEAK THEIR OWN MESSAGE.
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  • THEIR JOB IS NOT TOMANUFACTURE A MESSAGE,
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  • BUT TO ARTICULATETHE KING'S MESSAGE.
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  • IN PAUL'S DAY, AN AMBASSADORWAS A REPRESENTATIVE
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  • OF THE KING OR EMPERORIN A FOREIGN LAND.
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  • HE WOULD GO THERE TOREPRESENT THE KING'S INTEREST,
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  • TO SPREAD THE KING'S KINGDOM,
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  • TO SHARE THE MIND OF THEKING ON A VARIETY OF TOPICS,
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  • NOT TO SHARE HIS OWN OPINION.
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  • OUR JOB AS AN AMBASSADORIS NOT TO MANUFACTURE,
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  • BUT TO ARTICULATETHE KING'S MESSAGE.
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  • WE ARE HIS AMBASSADORS.
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  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD THAT.
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  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD WHETHER HEWAS CONDEMNING AHAB AND JEZEBEL
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  • OR WHETHER HE WAS DEALINGWITH THE FALSE PROPHETS
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  • OF THE BAAL AND THE ASHERAH,
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  • WHETHER HE WAS CALLINGDOWN FIRE FROM HEAVEN,
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  • HE WAS SIMPLY DOINGTHE KING'S BIDDING.
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  • AND AS LONG AS AN AMBASSADORDOES THE KING'S BIDDING,
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  • HE ENJOYS THE POWER ANDTHE PROTECTION OF THE KING.
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  • GOD IS LOOKING FOR MENAND WOMEN JUST LIKE ELIJAH
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  • WHO WILL DARE TOBE HIS SPOKESMEN,
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  • HIS REPRESENTATIVE IN THE WORLD.
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  • ONE OF MY FAVORITEVERSES OF SCRIPTURE
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  • IS 2 CHRONICLES 16:9.
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  • "THE EYES OF THE LORD MOVE TOAND FRO THROUGHOUT THE EARTH
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  • THAT HE MAY STRONGLY SUPPORT
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  • THOSE WHOSE HEARTIS COMPLETELY HIS."
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  • NOW, WHEN WE DECIDE
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  • THAT WE'RE GOING TO BETHAT AMBASSADOR FOR GOD,
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  • DOESN'T MEAN OUR ASSIGNMENTIS ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASY,
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  • BUT EVERY DAY, YOU'REFACED WITH A DECISION,
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  • OF WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO BEGOD'S AMBASSADOR WHERE YOU ARE,
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  • IN YOUR WORKPLACE,
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  • IN THAT CLASSROOM THAT MAYBE HOSTILE TO CHRISTIANITY,
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  • IN A FAMILY FILLEDWITH UNBELIEVERS.
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  • BEING AN AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST
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  • ISN'T ALWAYS CONVENIENTOR COMFORTABLE,
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  • BUT IT'S WHAT GOD HASLEFT US HERE TO DO.
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  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD THAT.
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  • HE WAS GOD'S REPRESENTATIVETO THE CULTURE.
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  • GOD USES THE ILLUSTRATIONOF AN AMBASSADOR.
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  • THE SECOND ILLUSTRATIONANALOGY HE USES IS SALT.
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  • WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST TIME.
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  • MATTHEW 5:13, "YOU ARETHE SALT OF THE EARTH,
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  • BUT IF THE SALT HASBECOME TASTELESS,
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  • HOW WILL IT BE MADE SALTY AGAIN?
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  • IT IS GOOD FOR NOTHING ANYMORE
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  • EXCEPT TO BE THROWN OUT ANDTRAMPLED UNDER FOOT BY MEN."
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  • IN JESUS' DAY, SALTWAS A PRESERVATIVE.
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  • SALT DID NOT PREVENTTHE DECAY OF MEAT.
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  • IT DELAYED THEDECAY OF THE MEAT.
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  • IT GAVE THE MEAT ALONGER SHELF LIFE.
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  • AND JESUS SAID ONEREASON HE'S LEFT US HERE
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  • AS HIS REPRESENTATIVESIN THE WORLD
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  • IS TO HELP DELAY THEDECAY OF THIS WORLD,
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  • SO WE HAVE LONGERTO SHARE THE GOSPEL.
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  • SALT DOES NOTHING IF ITREMAINS IN THE SHAKER.
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  • WE CAN'T ISOLATE OURSELVESFROM THE CULTURE.
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  • JESUS ALSO SAID SALT ISUSELESS IF IT BECOMES DILUTED,
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  • THAT IT DOESN'T RETAINITS DISTINCTIVENESS.
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  • NO, SALT IS ONLY GOOD IFIT PENETRATES THE CULTURE
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  • AND INFLUENCES THE CULTURE.
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  • THAT'S WHAT GOD HASCALLED US TO DO,
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  • TO BE SALT IN THIS WORLD.
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  • AND THEN THE THIRD ANALOGYHE USES IS WE ARE LIGHT.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES 14TO 16 OF MATTHEW 5.
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  • "YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
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  • A CITY SET ON A HILLCANNOT BE HIDDEN,
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  • NOR DOES ANYONE LIGHT A LAMPAND PUT IT UNDER A BASKET,
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  • BUT ON THE LAMPSTAND,
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  • AND IT GIVES LIGHT TOALL WHO ARE IN THE HOUSE.
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  • LET YOUR LIGHT SOSHINE BEFORE MEN
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  • THAT THEY MAY SEEYOUR GOOD WORKS
  • 00:10:47.636 --> 00:10:49.672
  • AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER,WHO IS IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:10:49.672 --> 00:10:52.608
  • YOU KNOW, WHAT'SINTERESTING TO ME?
  • 00:10:52.608 --> 00:10:54.176
  • IN JOHN 8:12, JESUS SAID, "IAM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD."
  • 00:10:54.176 --> 00:11:00.516
  • BUT NOW THAT JESUS IS INHEAVEN, HE SAYS IN THIS PASSAGE,
  • 00:11:00.516 --> 00:11:04.253
  • "YOU ARE THE LIGHTOF THE WORLD."
  • 00:11:04.253 --> 00:11:07.590
  • THE WORLD CAN'T SEE JESUS.
  • 00:11:07.590 --> 00:11:09.225
  • HE'S GONE. HE'S IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:09.225 --> 00:11:11.827
  • BUT HE SHINES HIS LIGHTTHROUGH YOU TO OTHERS.
  • 00:11:11.827 --> 00:11:15.664
  • NOW, THE ONLY WAY LIGHT ISANY GOOD IS IF IT'S VISIBLE.
  • 00:11:15.664 --> 00:11:20.402
  • WE CAN'T REMAIN IN OURHOLY HUDDLES IN CHURCHES
  • 00:11:20.402 --> 00:11:23.372
  • LIKE SO MANY CHRISTIANSARE ADVOCATING WE DO TODAY.
  • 00:11:23.372 --> 00:11:26.275
  • NO, WE HAVE TOCONFRONT THE DARKNESS
  • 00:11:26.275 --> 00:11:28.377
  • WITH THE LIGHT OFGOD'S WORD.
  • 00:11:28.377 --> 00:11:31.180
  • NOW, ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD THAT.
  • 00:11:31.180 --> 00:11:33.048
  • HE UNDERSTOOD HEWAS AN AMBASSADOR,
  • 00:11:33.048 --> 00:11:34.884
  • HE WAS SALT, AND HE WAS LIGHT,
  • 00:11:34.884 --> 00:11:37.319
  • BUT HE WENT THROUGHPERIODS OF DISCOURAGEMENT.
  • 00:11:37.319 --> 00:11:39.889
  • HE THOUGHT HE WAS ALLALONE, HAVING NO IMPACT.
  • 00:11:39.889 --> 00:11:42.925
  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THATIN THE WEEKS AHEAD.
  • 00:11:42.925 --> 00:11:45.261
  • IF WE'RE NOT CAREFUL,
  • 00:11:45.261 --> 00:11:46.796
  • AS THIS WORLD CONTINUESTO DETERIORATE AND DARKEN,
  • 00:11:46.796 --> 00:11:49.532
  • WE CAN GET DISCOURAGED,
  • 00:11:49.532 --> 00:11:51.433
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO HAVE
  • 00:11:51.433 --> 00:11:53.002
  • THIS THIRD AND FINAL CONVICTION,
  • 00:11:53.002 --> 00:11:55.004
  • AND THAT IS GOD IS ABLETO CHANGE THE CULTURE.
  • 00:11:55.004 --> 00:12:01.010
  • NOW, WHILE IT'S TRUEWE'RE AMBASSADORS,
  • 00:12:01.010 --> 00:12:03.045
  • WE'RE SALT, WE'RE LIGHT,
  • 00:12:03.045 --> 00:12:05.114
  • BY OURSELVES, WE AREABSOLUTELY USELESS
  • 00:12:05.114 --> 00:12:08.751
  • IN CHANGING THE CULTURE.
  • 00:12:08.751 --> 00:12:09.885
  • WE CAN'T CHANGE ANYBODY.
  • 00:12:09.885 --> 00:12:12.988
  • GOD IS THE ONE WHOCHANGES PEOPLE.
  • 00:12:12.988 --> 00:12:15.825
  • GOD IS THE ONE WHOCHANGES THE WORLD,
  • 00:12:15.825 --> 00:12:17.726
  • BUT HE DOES IT THROUGH US.
  • 00:12:17.726 --> 00:12:20.029
  • HE HAS CHOSEN TO PARTNER WITH US
  • 00:12:20.029 --> 00:12:23.632
  • IN THIS MISSION TOCHANGE THE WORLD.
  • 00:12:23.632 --> 00:12:27.102
  • ISN'T THAT WHATPHILIPPIANS 2:13 SAYS?
  • 00:12:27.102 --> 00:12:29.238
  • "FOR IT IS GOD WHO ISAT WORK WITHIN YOU,
  • 00:12:29.238 --> 00:12:32.908
  • GIVING YOU THE POWER ANDTHE DESIRE TO DO HIS WILL."
  • 00:12:32.908 --> 00:12:37.513
  • GOD IS WORKING THROUGH YOU
  • 00:12:37.513 --> 00:12:39.682
  • TO BE THAT CHANGEAGENT IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:12:39.682 --> 00:12:43.886
  • HOW DO WE PARTNER WITH GODEFFECTIVELY TO CHANGE OUR
  • 00:12:43.886 --> 00:12:46.655
  • CULTURE AND CHANGE OUR WORLD?
  • 00:12:46.655 --> 00:12:48.424
  • BY FOLLOWING THEPATTERN OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:12:48.424 --> 00:12:51.493
  • THIS PROPHET WE'RE STUDYING.
  • 00:12:51.493 --> 00:12:53.295
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICETHREE THINGS ELIJAH DID
  • 00:12:53.295 --> 00:12:56.699
  • THAT WE MUST DO IF WE'RE GOINGTO PARTNER EFFECTIVELY WITH GOD
  • 00:12:56.699 --> 00:12:59.568
  • IN CHANGING THE WORLD.
  • 00:12:59.568 --> 00:13:01.103
  • FIRST OF ALL, WE MUST TRUSTIN THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:01.103 --> 00:13:06.976
  • WE MUST TRUST IN THE POWER OFGOD'S WORD TO CHANGE PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:06.976 --> 00:13:09.411
  • REMEMBER WHEN ELIJAH STOODBEFORE AHAB AND JEZEBEL AND
  • 00:13:09.411 --> 00:13:12.715
  • SAID, "IT IS NOT GOING TO RAINFOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS
  • 00:13:12.715 --> 00:13:16.452
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR IDOLATRY."
  • 00:13:16.452 --> 00:13:17.953
  • HE DIDN'T JUST PULL THATPROPHECY OUT OF HIS HEAD.
  • 00:13:17.953 --> 00:13:20.990
  • HE WAS QUOTING DEUTERONOMY 11AND DEUTERONOMY 28,
  • 00:13:20.990 --> 00:13:24.927
  • WHEN, HUNDREDS OF YEARS EARLIER,
  • 00:13:24.927 --> 00:13:26.528
  • GOD HAD SAID TO THENATION OF ISRAEL,
  • 00:13:26.528 --> 00:13:29.198
  • "IF YOU FOLLOW AFTER OTHER GODS,
  • 00:13:29.198 --> 00:13:31.700
  • I WILL TURN OFF THE FAUCETOF BLESSING FROM HEAVEN."
  • 00:13:31.700 --> 00:13:35.638
  • ELIJAH WAS BASING HIS MESSAGEON THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:35.638 --> 00:13:40.009
  • 900 YEARS AFTERELIJAH SAID THAT,
  • 00:13:40.009 --> 00:13:42.745
  • THE WRITER OF HEBREWS SAIDTHE SAME THING IN HEBREWS 4:12
  • 00:13:42.745 --> 00:13:45.948
  • ABOUT THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:45.948 --> 00:13:48.284
  • "FOR THE WORD OF GOD ISLIVING AND IT'S ACTIVE,
  • 00:13:48.284 --> 00:13:51.921
  • AND IT'S SHARPER THANANY TWO-EDGED SWORD
  • 00:13:51.921 --> 00:13:54.990
  • AND PIERCING AS FAR AS THEDIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT
  • 00:13:54.990 --> 00:13:58.127
  • OF BOTH JOINTS AND MARROW,
  • 00:13:58.127 --> 00:13:59.929
  • AND IS ABLE TOJUDGE THE THOUGHTS
  • 00:13:59.929 --> 00:14:02.197
  • AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART."
  • 00:14:02.197 --> 00:14:05.634
  • PEOPLE ARE NOT CHANGED BYYOUR WORDS OR MY WORDS,
  • 00:14:05.634 --> 00:14:08.137
  • BUT THEY ARE CHANGEDBY THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:14:08.137 --> 00:14:11.006
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS LIKEA SURGEON'S SCALPEL.
  • 00:14:11.006 --> 00:14:14.877
  • THINK ABOUT A SURGEON'S SCALPEL
  • 00:14:14.877 --> 00:14:16.412
  • IN THE DAYS BEFORE ANESTHESIA,
  • 00:14:16.412 --> 00:14:18.914
  • WHEN THE SURGEON, THEDOCTOR WOULD CUT INTO YOU,
  • 00:14:18.914 --> 00:14:21.083
  • THAT WAS VERY PAINFUL.
  • 00:14:21.083 --> 00:14:23.118
  • BUT WITHOUT THE HURTING,THERE COULD BE NO HEALING.
  • 00:14:23.118 --> 00:14:27.056
  • THAT WAS THE POWER OF GOD'SWORD, TO HURT AND TO HEAL.
  • 00:14:27.056 --> 00:14:31.961
  • AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO CHANGETHE WORLD AROUND YOU LIKE
  • 00:14:31.961 --> 00:14:35.164
  • ELIJAH, YOU HAVE TO BE CONVINCEDTHAT THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE
  • 00:14:35.164 --> 00:14:39.735
  • AND IT'S ACTIVE AND IT'S SHARPERTHAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
  • 00:14:39.735 --> 00:14:44.006
  • SECONDLY, WE MUST PRACTICETHE POWER OF PRAYER.
  • 00:14:44.006 --> 00:14:47.776
  • IF WE'RE GOING TOCHANGE THIS WORLD,
  • 00:14:47.776 --> 00:14:49.211
  • WE HAVE TO PRACTICETHE POWER OF PRAYER.
  • 00:14:49.211 --> 00:14:51.680
  • IN JAMES 5:16-18,IT SAYS THIS ABOUT ELIJAH.
  • 00:14:51.680 --> 00:14:55.417
  • "FOR THE EFFECTIVEPRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN
  • 00:14:55.417 --> 00:14:58.187
  • ACCOMPLISHES MUCH."
  • 00:14:58.187 --> 00:14:59.955
  • AND THEN JAMES USES THISILLUSTRATION, VERSE 17.
  • 00:14:59.955 --> 00:15:02.825
  • "ELIJAH WAS A MAN WITHA NATURE LIKE OURS,
  • 00:15:02.825 --> 00:15:06.228
  • AND HE PRAYED EARNESTLYTHAT IT MIGHT NOT RAIN,
  • 00:15:06.228 --> 00:15:08.998
  • AND IT DID NOT RAIN ON EARTH
  • 00:15:08.998 --> 00:15:10.666
  • FOR THE THREE YEARSAND SIX MONTHS.
  • 00:15:10.666 --> 00:15:12.901
  • AND HE PRAYED AGAIN,AND THE SKY POURED RAIN,
  • 00:15:12.901 --> 00:15:16.372
  • AND THE EARTHPRODUCED ITS FRUIT."
  • 00:15:16.372 --> 00:15:19.775
  • JAMES ATTRIBUTESTHAT LACK OF RAIN
  • 00:15:19.775 --> 00:15:21.910
  • AND THEN THE ABUNDANCE OF RAIN
  • 00:15:21.910 --> 00:15:23.912
  • THROUGH THE PRAYER LIFEOF THE PROPHET ELIJAH.
  • 00:15:23.912 --> 00:15:28.317
  • MARK THIS DOWN.REMEMBER IT FOREVER.
  • 00:15:28.317 --> 00:15:31.120
  • IF WE'RE TO INFLUENCEOUR CULTURE,
  • 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:32.888
  • WE HAVE TO BEGIN ON OUR KNEES.
  • 00:15:32.888 --> 00:15:36.125
  • SHOW ME A PERSON WHO'SEFFECTIVE IN PUBLIC,
  • 00:15:36.125 --> 00:15:39.061
  • AND I'LL SHOW YOU SOMEBODYWHO'S EFFECTIVE IN PRIVATE
  • 00:15:39.061 --> 00:15:41.997
  • IN THEIR PRAYER TIME WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:41.997 --> 00:15:44.099
  • IF WE'RE GOING TO SPEAKPERSUASIVELY TO THE CULTURE,
  • 00:15:44.099 --> 00:15:46.869
  • WE HAVE TO SPEAK FIRSTPASSIONATELY WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:46.869 --> 00:15:50.406
  • A PERSON WHO IS GOINGTO CHANGE THIS WORLD
  • 00:15:50.406 --> 00:15:53.609
  • CERTAINLY TRUSTS IN THEPOWER OF GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:15:53.609 --> 00:15:56.412
  • BUT HE PRACTICESTHE POWER OF PRAYER.
  • 00:15:56.412 --> 00:16:00.149
  • AND THIRDLY, IF WE'REGOING TO CHANGE OUR WORLD,
  • 00:16:00.149 --> 00:16:02.684
  • WE MUST DEPEND ON THEPOWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:16:02.684 --> 00:16:07.423
  • YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING,
  • 00:16:07.423 --> 00:16:08.924
  • AS YOU LOOK THROUGH ELIJAH'SLIFE, 1 KINGS AND 2 KINGS,
  • 00:16:08.924 --> 00:16:12.227
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT'S NOTMENTIONED ONE TIME BY NAME,
  • 00:16:12.227 --> 00:16:16.598
  • BUT HIS FINGERPRINTS AREALL OVER ELIJAH'S LIFE.
  • 00:16:16.598 --> 00:16:20.502
  • WHETHER IT'S IN THE CASEOF THAT CALL HE RECEIVED,
  • 00:16:20.502 --> 00:16:23.405
  • AS WE'LL LOOK AT NEXT TIME,
  • 00:16:23.405 --> 00:16:24.740
  • TO HIDE HIMSELF BYTHE BROOK AT KERITH,
  • 00:16:24.740 --> 00:16:27.910
  • OR HIS POWER TO RAISE THEWIDOW'S SON FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:16:27.910 --> 00:16:31.313
  • OR HIS ABILITY TO CALLDOWN FIRE FROM HEAVEN,
  • 00:16:31.313 --> 00:16:34.583
  • OR EVEN LISTENING TOTHAT STILL SMALL VOICE
  • 00:16:34.583 --> 00:16:37.252
  • IN THE WILDERNESS,
  • 00:16:37.252 --> 00:16:38.487
  • THE HOLY SPIRITEMPOWERED ELIJAH.
  • 00:16:38.487 --> 00:16:42.057
  • BUT DID YOU KNOW THATYOU AND I HAVE A BENEFIT
  • 00:16:42.057 --> 00:16:44.660
  • THAT ELIJAH OR ANYONE IN THEOLD TESTAMENT DIDN'T HAVE,
  • 00:16:44.660 --> 00:16:48.530
  • AND THAT IS, WE HAVE THE POWER
  • 00:16:48.530 --> 00:16:51.400
  • OF THE PERMANENT INDWELLINGHOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
  • 00:16:51.400 --> 00:16:55.771
  • ELIJAH AND ALL THEOLD TESTAMENT SAINTS,
  • 00:16:55.771 --> 00:16:57.706
  • AT TIMES THE SPIRIT CAME UPONTHEM FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
  • 00:16:57.706 --> 00:17:01.410
  • BUT THEY DIDN'T ENJOY
  • 00:17:01.410 --> 00:17:02.845
  • THE PERMANENT INDWELLINGOF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:17:02.845 --> 00:17:05.180
  • BUT JESUS SAID INJOHN 14:16-17,
  • 00:17:05.180 --> 00:17:09.051
  • "I WILL ASK THE FATHER, ANDHE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HELPER,
  • 00:17:09.051 --> 00:17:12.754
  • THAT HE MAY BE WITH YOU FOREVER,
  • 00:17:12.754 --> 00:17:15.991
  • AND THAT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH,
  • 00:17:15.991 --> 00:17:18.360
  • WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE,
  • 00:17:18.360 --> 00:17:20.395
  • BECAUSE IT DOES NOTSEE HIM OR KNOW HIM,
  • 00:17:20.395 --> 00:17:23.165
  • BUT YOU KNOW HIM BECAUSEHE ABIDES WITH YOU
  • 00:17:23.165 --> 00:17:26.435
  • AND WILL BE IN YOU."
  • 00:17:26.435 --> 00:17:28.737
  • IF YOU'RE A CHILD OF GOD,
  • 00:17:28.737 --> 00:17:30.639
  • YOU HAVE THE PERMANENTINDWELLING HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
  • 00:17:30.639 --> 00:17:35.444
  • HE'S POWERFUL.
  • 00:17:35.444 --> 00:17:37.045
  • HE'S WORKING NOT ONLYTO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
  • 00:17:37.045 --> 00:17:40.349
  • AND MAKE YOU MORE LIKE CHRIST,
  • 00:17:40.349 --> 00:17:42.484
  • BUT HE IS AT WORK IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:17:42.484 --> 00:17:44.686
  • TO INFLUENCE THELIVES OF OTHERS.
  • 00:17:44.686 --> 00:17:48.223
  • WE SAID GOD IS THE ONEWHO WORKS THROUGH US
  • 00:17:48.223 --> 00:17:52.528
  • TO WORK IN OUR WORLD,
  • 00:17:52.528 --> 00:17:53.962
  • AND THAT MEANS TO WORKIN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES.
  • 00:17:53.962 --> 00:17:56.532
  • YOU SAY, "WELL, WHAT IS IT
  • 00:17:56.532 --> 00:17:57.799
  • THAT THE HOLY SPIRITIS DOING THROUGH ME
  • 00:17:57.799 --> 00:17:59.801
  • IN THE LIFE OF OTHER PEOPLE?"
  • 00:17:59.801 --> 00:18:01.236
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE HOLY SPIRITIS WORKING IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:18:01.236 --> 00:18:05.307
  • TO LEAD OTHERS TOFAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:18:05.307 --> 00:18:08.010
  • HE HAS ENTRUSTED THAT MESSAGEOF SALVATION TO YOU AND ME.
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:11.747
  • JOHN 16:8 SAYS, "AND THEHOLY SPIRIT, WHEN HE COMES,
  • 00:18:11.747 --> 00:18:16.051
  • WILL CONVICT THEWORLD CONCERNING SIN
  • 00:18:16.051 --> 00:18:18.787
  • AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGMENT."
  • 00:18:18.787 --> 00:18:21.356
  • THE WAY THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTSTHE WORLD IS THROUGH YOU,
  • 00:18:21.356 --> 00:18:25.260
  • BY EMPOWERING YOU TO BE GOD'SREPRESENTATIVE IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:29.398
  • HE DOESN'T DO IT APARTFROM YOU, APART FROM ME.
  • 00:18:29.398 --> 00:18:35.103
  • ONE OF THE MINISTRIESOF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:18:35.103 --> 00:18:38.073
  • IN OUR LIFE TO OTHERS
  • 00:18:38.073 --> 00:18:39.508
  • IS TO LEAD THEM TOFAITH IN CHRIST.
  • 00:18:39.508 --> 00:18:40.909
  • BUT DID YOU KNOW ANOTHER WAY
  • 00:18:40.909 --> 00:18:42.144
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT ISWORKING IN OUR LIFE?
  • 00:18:42.144 --> 00:18:44.112
  • HE'S USING US TO RESTRAINEVIL IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:18:44.112 --> 00:18:48.116
  • YOU HARDLY EVER HEAR THIS TALKEDABOUT IN THE CHURCH TODAY,
  • 00:18:48.116 --> 00:18:51.587
  • BUT DID YOU KNOW THE WAYGOD IS RESTRAINING EVIL
  • 00:18:51.587 --> 00:18:54.823
  • IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW
  • 00:18:54.823 --> 00:18:56.558
  • IS THROUGH THEHOLY SPIRIT IN US.
  • 00:18:56.558 --> 00:18:58.760
  • LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF2 THESSALONIANS 2:6-7.
  • 00:18:58.760 --> 00:19:02.998
  • NOW, I WANT YOU TO LOOKAT THIS VERY CAREFULLY.
  • 00:19:02.998 --> 00:19:05.667
  • PAUL IS TALKINGABOUT THE END TIMES
  • 00:19:05.667 --> 00:19:07.769
  • AND THE RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST,THE GREAT WORLD DICTATOR.
  • 00:19:07.769 --> 00:19:11.406
  • HE SAYS, "AND YOU KNOWWHAT RESTRAINS HIM,"
  • 00:19:11.406 --> 00:19:14.142
  • THAT'S TALKING ABOUTTHE ANTICHRIST NOW,
  • 00:19:14.142 --> 00:19:16.044
  • "SO THAT IN HIS TIMEHE MAY BE REVEALED."
  • 00:19:16.044 --> 00:19:19.715
  • SOMETHING IS RESTRAININGTHAT ANTICHRIST
  • 00:19:19.715 --> 00:19:22.618
  • FROM COMING ON THEWORLD SCENE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:19:22.618 --> 00:19:24.886
  • "FOR THE MYSTERY OFLAWLESSNESS IS ALREADY AT WORK.
  • 00:19:24.886 --> 00:19:29.124
  • ONLY HE WHO NOWRESTRAINS WILL DO SO
  • 00:19:29.124 --> 00:19:32.227
  • UNTIL HE IS TAKENOUT OF THE WAY."
  • 00:19:32.227 --> 00:19:34.196
  • THAT'S WHAT GOD SAYSWE ARE HERE TO DO.
  • 00:19:34.196 --> 00:19:36.231
  • WE ARE THAT RESTRAINER OF EVIL,
  • 00:19:36.231 --> 00:19:38.533
  • THE HOLY SPIRITWORKING WITHIN US,
  • 00:19:38.533 --> 00:19:40.335
  • AND THAT'S WHY,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:19:40.335 --> 00:19:41.803
  • WE DON'T HAVE ANY CHOICE
  • 00:19:41.803 --> 00:19:43.505
  • BUT TO GET ENGAGED WITHTHE CULTURE AROUND US.
  • 00:19:43.505 --> 00:19:46.675
  • THAT'S WHAT GOD HASCALLED US TO DO.
  • 00:19:46.675 --> 00:19:50.279
  • NOW, ADMITTEDLY, THAT CANBE DISCOURAGING AT TIMES.
  • 00:19:50.279 --> 00:19:56.685
  • BEING THAT RESTRAINER OF EVIL,BEING THAT SALT AND LIGHT,
  • 00:19:56.685 --> 00:19:59.187
  • BEING THAT AMBASSADOR IS NEITHERCOMFORTABLE NOR CONVENIENT,
  • 00:19:59.187 --> 00:20:05.327
  • BUT THAT'S WHAT GODCALLED US TO DO,
  • 00:20:05.327 --> 00:20:06.595
  • EVEN WHEN WE DON'T THINKWE'RE BEING SUCCESSFUL.
  • 00:20:06.595 --> 00:20:09.765
  • A LOT OF TIMES, WE MAYBE TAKING A STAND FOR GOD
  • 00:20:09.765 --> 00:20:15.637
  • THINKING WE'RE UTTERLY FAILING,
  • 00:20:15.637 --> 00:20:17.139
  • BUT NOT KNOWING THOSE WEARE INFLUENCING AROUND US.
  • 00:20:17.139 --> 00:20:20.842
  • YOU KNOW, I THINKABOUT THIS STORY,
  • 00:20:20.842 --> 00:20:22.311
  • THE TRUE STORY OF OUR SIXTHPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
  • 00:20:22.311 --> 00:20:25.647
  • JOHN QUINCY ADAMS.
  • 00:20:25.647 --> 00:20:28.750
  • JOHN QUINCY ADAMS FELT LIKEGOD'S PURPOSE FOR HIM ON EARTH
  • 00:20:28.750 --> 00:20:33.555
  • WAS TO REMOVE THESCOURGE OF SLAVERY
  • 00:20:33.555 --> 00:20:37.192
  • FROM THE UNITEDSTATES OF AMERICA.
  • 00:20:37.192 --> 00:20:40.228
  • AFTER HE FINISHED HISTERM AS PRESIDENT,
  • 00:20:40.228 --> 00:20:42.164
  • HE ACTUALLY WENT BACK INTOTHE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
  • 00:20:42.164 --> 00:20:45.667
  • AND THERE IN THE HOUSEOF REPRESENTATIVES,
  • 00:20:45.667 --> 00:20:47.903
  • HE FOUGHT FOR NINE YEARSTO REMOVE THE GAG RULE
  • 00:20:47.903 --> 00:20:52.474
  • THAT KEPT SLAVERY FROMEVEN BEING DISCUSSED
  • 00:20:52.474 --> 00:20:55.277
  • ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.
  • 00:20:55.277 --> 00:20:56.712
  • AND ONCE HE SUCCESSFULLYREMOVED THAT GAG RULE,
  • 00:20:56.712 --> 00:21:00.215
  • HE SPOKE PASSIONATELY REGULARLY
  • 00:21:00.215 --> 00:21:03.051
  • ABOUT WHAT AN ABOMINATION IT WAS
  • 00:21:03.051 --> 00:21:05.320
  • TO ENSLAVE OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.
  • 00:21:05.320 --> 00:21:08.123
  • BUT REGARDLESS OF WHAT HE SAID,
  • 00:21:08.123 --> 00:21:10.058
  • HE WAS VOTED DOWN EVERY TIME.
  • 00:21:10.058 --> 00:21:13.762
  • JOHN QUINCY ADAMSWENT TO HIS DEATHBED
  • 00:21:13.762 --> 00:21:16.665
  • FEELING LIKE HE WAS A FAILURE
  • 00:21:16.665 --> 00:21:18.834
  • IN ACHIEVING GOD'SPURPOSE IN HIS LIFE.
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  • BUT WHAT ADAMS DIDN'T KNOW WAS,
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  • EVERY TIME HE STOOD UP TO SPEAK,
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  • IN THE BACK OF THE CHAMBER
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  • THERE WAS A LITTLE-KNOWNCONGRESSMAN FROM ILLINOIS
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  • -NAMED ABRAHAM LINCOLN,-(CONGREGANTS APPLAUDING)
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  • WHO LISTENED PASSIONATELYTO WHAT ADAMS SAID,
  • 00:21:37.085 --> 00:21:41.590
  • AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS SO MOVED
  • 00:21:41.590 --> 00:21:43.959
  • BY THE PASSION OF JOHN ADAMS,
  • 00:21:43.959 --> 00:21:46.928
  • THAT THROUGH GOD'S GUIDING HAND,
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  • HE NOT ONLY ISSUED THEEMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION,
  • 00:21:49.297 --> 00:21:52.534
  • BUT HE SUCCEEDED IN RATIFYING
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  • THE 13TH AMENDMENTOF THE CONSTITUTION,
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  • WHICH FOREVER FORBIDS SLAVERY.
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  • THAT'S THE POWER OF ONE PERSON.
  • 00:22:00.475 --> 00:22:03.678
  • JOHN ADAMS REMINDS US THATONE PERSON WITH COURAGE
  • 00:22:03.678 --> 00:22:09.551
  • EQUALS A MAJORITY.
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  • ELIJAH REMINDS USTHAT ONE BELIEVER
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  • EMPOWERED BY THEWORD OF GOD, PRAYER,
  • 00:22:15.991 --> 00:22:19.928
  • AND THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD
  • 00:22:19.928 --> 00:22:22.397
  • EQUALS A TRUE WORLD CHANGER.
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  • CHANGING THE WORLD HAPPENSONE PERSON AT A TIME.
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  • YOU CAN BEGIN THEADVENTURE TODAY
  • 00:22:34.810 --> 00:22:37.479
  • BY APPLYING THESE BIBLICALPRINCIPLES IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:37.479 --> 00:22:41.316
  • AND SPEAKING OF CHANGING THEWORLD ONE PERSON AT A TIME,
  • 00:22:41.316 --> 00:22:44.619
  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE DOING
  • 00:22:44.619 --> 00:22:46.922
  • WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:22:46.922 --> 00:22:50.659
  • FOR EXAMPLE, I RECENTLYHEARD FROM ERIC IN ARIZONA,
  • 00:22:50.659 --> 00:22:53.762
  • WHO WROTE, "PASTOR JEFFRESS,
  • 00:22:53.762 --> 00:22:55.831
  • YOU ONCE TOLD A STORYABOUT A PRAIRIE FIRE,
  • 00:22:55.831 --> 00:22:59.167
  • AND YOU SAID,
  • 00:22:59.167 --> 00:23:00.635
  • "THE FIRE CANNOT COMEWHERE IT'S ALREADY BEEN."
  • 00:23:00.635 --> 00:23:04.005
  • WITH ALL THE FOREST FIRESIN OUR COUNTRY THESE DAYS,
  • 00:23:04.005 --> 00:23:07.108
  • I'VE THOUGHT ABOUTYOUR TEACHING.
  • 00:23:07.108 --> 00:23:09.177
  • I'M GRATEFUL THAT JESUSTOOK THE FIRE OF GOD'S WRATH
  • 00:23:09.177 --> 00:23:12.848
  • SO THAT WE WOULDN'T SUFFER.
  • 00:23:12.848 --> 00:23:15.016
  • IT GIVES ME COURAGE BECAUSETHE FIRE OF GOD'S WRATH
  • 00:23:15.016 --> 00:23:18.420
  • CANNOT COME TO A PLACEWHERE IT HAS ALREADY BEEN."
  • 00:23:18.420 --> 00:23:22.324
  • WELL SAID, ERIC,
  • 00:23:22.324 --> 00:23:23.859
  • AND FRIENDS, DO YOUR PARTIN GIVING GENEROUSLY,
  • 00:23:23.859 --> 00:23:27.329
  • SO THAT WE CONTINUE TOREACH LISTENERS LIKE ERIC.
  • 00:23:27.329 --> 00:23:30.632
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR PARTNERSHIPTO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:30.632 --> 00:23:34.135
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:23:34.135 --> 00:23:36.137
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:36.137 --> 00:23:37.339
  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL OF ELIJAH,
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  • IDENTIFIES SEVENBIBLICAL SECRETS
  • 00:23:48.016 --> 00:23:50.051
  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
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  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:23:54.089 --> 00:23:57.325
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
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  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY,
  • 00:23:59.594 --> 00:24:03.465
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE, WEALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
  • 00:24:03.465 --> 00:24:07.435
  • OF PURPOSE, POWER, AND PASSION.
  • 00:24:07.435 --> 00:24:10.272
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,
  • 00:24:10.272 --> 00:24:12.173
  • YOUR HOME,
  • 00:24:12.173 --> 00:24:13.775
  • YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:24:13.775 --> 00:24:15.410
  • YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:15.410 --> 00:24:17.012
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOUTHERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:17.012 --> 00:24:19.447
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFECAN BE DESCRIBED AS THE STORY
  • 00:24:19.447 --> 00:24:23.752
  • GOD CREATED FOR YOUTO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • NO MATTER YOUR AGEOR SEASON OF LIFE,
  • 00:24:33.528 --> 00:24:36.164
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU
  • 00:24:36.164 --> 00:24:39.267
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSION,AND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
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  • GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
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  • 00:24:57.819 --> 00:25:00.689
  • [ANNOUNCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
  • 00:25:00.689 --> 00:25:01.923
  • YOU CHOOSE THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:01.923 --> 00:25:04.359
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:25:04.359 --> 00:25:07.362
  • FROM "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:07.362 --> 00:25:12.901
  • SOME PEOPLE BELIEVETHAT EVEN IF GOD EXISTS,
  • 00:25:12.901 --> 00:25:16.137
  • HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT WHAT'SHAPPENING IN OUR LIVES,
  • 00:25:16.137 --> 00:25:19.240
  • BUT IT'S CLEAR FROM SCRIPTURE
  • 00:25:19.240 --> 00:25:20.909
  • AND FROM EXAMPLESIN HUMAN HISTORY
  • 00:25:20.909 --> 00:25:23.445
  • THAT GOD IS INTENSELYCONCERNED ABOUT YOU AND ME.
  • 00:25:23.445 --> 00:25:27.449
  • GOD IS ALIVE AND HE'S ACTIVE.
  • 00:25:27.449 --> 00:25:30.118
  • HE'S ABLE TOTRANSFORM OUR CULTURE,
  • 00:25:30.118 --> 00:25:33.254
  • AND HE USES ORDINARY PEOPLELIKE YOU AND ME TO DO IT.
  • 00:25:33.254 --> 00:25:37.826
  • WELL, I HOPE YOU'REENCOURAGED BY THIS SERIES
  • 00:25:37.826 --> 00:25:40.328
  • ON CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
  • 00:25:40.328 --> 00:25:43.298
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL MOVEFORWARD TO SECRET NUMBER THREE,
  • 00:25:43.298 --> 00:25:47.168
  • TO WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING.
  • 00:25:47.168 --> 00:25:49.771
  • IN A WORLD OF INSTANT MEALSAND SAME-DAY SHIPPING,
  • 00:25:49.771 --> 00:25:52.707
  • MOST PEOPLE STRUGGLEWITH WANTS AND DESIRES
  • 00:25:52.707 --> 00:25:56.177
  • THAT ARE PUT ON HOLD,
  • 00:25:56.177 --> 00:25:57.979
  • BUT SOMETIMES, GOD CALLS US TOHIT THE PAUSE BUTTON ON LIFE.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:26:02.317 --> 00:26:05.020
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
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  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:42.857 --> 00:26:46.394
  • IF YOU LOOK THROUGHTHE SCRIPTURE,
  • 00:26:46.394 --> 00:26:47.762
  • YOU'LL DISCOVERTHE MEN AND WOMEN
  • 00:26:47.762 --> 00:26:49.764
  • GOD USED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY
  • 00:26:49.764 --> 00:26:52.534
  • HAD TO LEARN HOWTO WAIT UPON GOD.
  • 00:26:52.534 --> 00:26:55.737
  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:26:55.737 --> 00:26:57.205
  • GOD CALLED NOAH TO A GREATASSIGNMENT, TO BUILD THE ARK,
  • 00:26:57.205 --> 00:27:00.675
  • AND YET NOAH HADTO WAIT 120 YEARS
  • 00:27:00.675 --> 00:27:04.212
  • FOR THE FIRST DROP OF THEPREDICTED RAIN TO FALL.
  • 00:27:04.212 --> 00:27:07.482
  • THERE ARE SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW
  • 00:27:07.482 --> 00:27:09.284
  • WHO ARE IN THE WAITING PLACE.
  • 00:27:09.284 --> 00:27:11.386
  • THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN GOD'S PLAN
  • 00:27:11.386 --> 00:27:13.254
  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING TOHAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DV-RAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE "SECRET #3:WAITING ON GOD'S TIMING,"
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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