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Discover Your Unique Purpose Part 1

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February 3, 2021
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The foundation for living an extraordinary life is discovering the unique purpose for which God created and gifted you. Your ultimate purpose in life will always be related to glorifying God; as Elijah’s life illustrates.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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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,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • THE BIBLE REPRESENTS ACOLLECTION OF AMAZING STORIES,
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  • BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT GODIS STILL WRITING STORIES,
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  • AND HE'S WRITING THOSESTORIES THROUGH YOU.
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  • WELL, TODAY I'LLCONTINUE OUR SERIES,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE:
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  • GOD'S SEVEN SECRETS FORSUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE,"
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  • AND DURING THE NEXT HALF HOUR,
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  • WE'LL SEE HOWTHESE SEVEN SECRETS
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  • EMERGED FROM THE LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • AND HOW THOSESECRETS APPLY TO YOU.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED"DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE"
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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,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS OUTLINESSEVEN BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES
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  • 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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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • YESTERDAY, I CAME ACROSS
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  • A GREAT DEFINITIONOF COUNTRY MUSIC.
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  • THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH.
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  • THAT SUMMARIZED MOST COUNTRYMUSIC SONGS, DOESN'T IT?
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  • THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH.
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  • IT REMINDED ME OF CARL SANDBURG
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  • THE POET'S DEFINITION OF LIFE.
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  • HE DEFINES LIFE NOTIN THREE CHORDS,
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  • BUT IN THREE WORDS,
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  • BORN, TROUBLED, DIED.
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  • ACCORDING TO SANDBERG, THAT'STHE WHOLE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE,
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  • BORN, TROUBLED, DIED.
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  • ONE CHICAGO SEWER WORKER
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  • EXPANDED THATDEFINITION A LITTLE BIT
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  • AS HE DESCRIBED HIS LIFE.
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  • HE SAID, "I DIG THEDITCH TO EARN THE MONEY
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  • TO BUY THE FOOD TO GET THESTRENGTH TO DIG THE DITCH."
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  • UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S THE CYCLEMOST PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED IN
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  • IN THEIR DAILY LIVES,
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  • BUT GOD MEANS MORE FOR US
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  • THAN SIMPLY THAT KIND OFMEANINGLESS EXISTENCE.
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  • JESUS SAID IN JOHN 10:10,
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  • "I HAVE COME THATYOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE
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  • AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY."
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  • BEYOND JUST ANEVERYDAY EXISTENCE,
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  • GOD WANTS US TO HAVEAN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • NOT JUST WHEN WE DIEAND GO TO HEAVEN,
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  • BUT BEGINNING NOW ANDEXTENDING THROUGH ETERNITY.
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  • AND THAT'S THE BASISFOR OUR NEW SERIES,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
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  • WE ARE LOOKING AT THE OLDTESTAMENT CHARACTER ELIJAH,
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  • ADMITTEDLY AN ORDINARY PERSON
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  • WHOM GOD USED AND INAN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • AND IN THIS SERIES, WE'RELOOKING AT THE SEVEN SECRETS
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  • FOR SPIRITUALSIGNIFICANCE AND SUCCESS
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  • THAT ELIJAH DISCOVEREDAND LIVED OUT.
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  • AND TODAY, WE HAVE COME TO
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  • THAT FIRST ANDFOUNDATIONAL SECRET
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  • FOR LIVING A TRULYEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • AND THAT IS DISCOVERINGYOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE.
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  • YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS, YOURSPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE
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  • CAN BE DESCRIBED AS THE STORY
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  • GOD CREATED YOUTO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • THAT'S WHAT YOURUNIQUE PURPOSE IS.
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  • IT IS THAT SPECIAL STORY
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  • GOD HAS UNIQUELY CREATEDFOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD,
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  • BUT YOUR SPECIFIC STORY ISCONNECTED TO A BIGGER STORY
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  • THAT GOD IS TELLINGTHROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE.
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  • SO LET'S TALK ABOUTTHAT BIGGER STORY
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  • THAT YOU AND I ARE A PART OF,
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  • GOD'S GENERAL PURPOSEFOR EVERYBODY WHO LIVES.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • TURN TO GENESISCHAPTER ONE, VERSE 27.
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  • GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
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  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
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  • THAT IS A PART OFTHAT LARGER PURPOSE.
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  • LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD'S GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERY PERSON.
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  • GENESIS 1:27.
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  • "GOD CREATED MANIN HIS OWN IMAGE,
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  • IN THE IMAGE OFGOD, HE CREATED HIM;
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  • MALE AND FEMALEHE CREATED THEM."
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  • GOD CREATED YOU ANDME TO BE IMAGE BEARERS
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  • OF ALMIGHTY GOD,
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  • AND THAT IS, THROUGH OUR LIVES,
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  • WE ARE REFLECTING TO THE WORLD
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  • THAT TRUE ENJOYMENT ANDSATISFACTION IN LIFE
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  • CAN ONLY COME FROMKNOWING AND SERVING GOD.
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  • THAT IS THE GENERAL PURPOSE
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  • THAT WE HAVE ALLBEEN CREATED FOR,
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  • TO TURN PEOPLE TOWARD GOD,
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  • TO BE A LIVING DEMONSTRATIONOF THE SATISFACTION AND JOY
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  • THAT COMES FROM KNOWINGAND OBEYING GOD.
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  • THEOLOGIANS HAVE SUMMARIZEDTHAT PURPOSE LIKE THIS.
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  • MAN'S CHIEF END IS TO GLORIFYGOD AND ENJOY HIM FOREVER.
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  • THAT'S THE REASONWE WERE CREATED,
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  • TO GLORIFY GOD ANDENJOY HIM FOREVER.
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  • NOW, LET'S UNPACKTHOSE TWO WORDS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, GLORIFYING GOD.
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  • WE WERE CREATED TO GLORIFY GOD.
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  • THAT WORD GLORIFY COMESFROM A HEBREW WORD
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  • THAT LITERALLY MEANSHEAVY OR SUBSTANTIVE.
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  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUTGLORIFYING GOD,
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  • WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
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  • IS MAKING GOD LOOKHEAVY, SUBSTANTIAL
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  • TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD.
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  • WE WERE CREATED TOPOINT PEOPLE TOWARD GOD.
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  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD THAT TRUTH.
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  • HE UNDERSTOOD THATHIS WHOLE EXISTENCE
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  • REVOLVED AROUND DEMONSTRATINGTO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD
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  • THAT THE GOD OF ISRAELWAS THE ONLY TRUE GOD.
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  • WE HAVE BEEN CREATEDTO GLORIFY GOD,
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  • BUT SECONDLY, WE'VE BEENCREATED TO ENJOY GOD.
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  • ENJOYING GOD IS ALSO A PART OFTHE REASON FOR OUR EXISTENCE,
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  • AND THAT IN ITSELFGIVES GLORY TO GOD.
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  • JOHN PIPER SAID ONCE,
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  • "GOD IS MOST GLORIFIED WHENWE ARE MOST SATISFIED IN HIM."
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  • CHRISTIANS WHO GO AROUND MOPING,
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  • LOOKING LIKE THEY HAVELOST THEIR BEST FRIEND,
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  • COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS AND THAT,
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  • THEY'RE TERRIBLEADVERTISEMENTS FOR GOD,
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  • WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
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  • YOU KNOW, THEY OUGHTTO BE FOLLOWERS
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  • OF ISLAM OR SOME OTHER RELIGION.
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  • PLEASE, IF YOU'RE GOING TOGO AROUND LIKE THAT,
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  • DON'T CLAIM TO BE A CHRISTIAN.
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  • YOU'RE A HORRIBLEWITNESS FOR CHRIST.
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  • IT IS WHEN WE ARESATISFIED IN GOD,
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  • IT IS WHEN WE AREHAPPY IN GOD, JOYFUL,
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  • I DON'T MEAN GIDDY ALL THE TIME,
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  • BUT I MEAN, THERE ISA JOY IN OUR LIFE.
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  • THAT IS WHEN WE GLORIFY HIM.
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  • PSALM 16:11 SAYS, "YOUWILL MAKE KNOWN TO ME
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  • THE PATH OF LIFE;
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  • IN YOUR PRESENCEIS FULLNESS OF JOY;
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  • IN YOUR RIGHT HAND THEREARE PLEASURES FOR EVER."
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  • AND WHEN YOU LOOK ATELIJAH, HE'S A CASE STUDY
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  • IN SOMEBODY WHO GLORIFIEDGOD AND ALSO ENJOYED GOD.
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  • REMEMBER, ELIJAH WAS NOTA SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN.
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  • HE WAS A SPIRITUAL EVERYMAN.
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  • JAMES 5:17 SAYS HE WAS A MANWITH A LIKE NATURE AS OURS.
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  • HE STRUGGLED WITH THE SAMETHINGS YOU AND I STRUGGLE WITH.
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  • NEVERTHELESS, GOD USED HIMIN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • LET'S LOOK ATELIJAH'S BEGINNING.
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  • TURN TO 1 KINGSCHAPTER 17, VERSE ONE.
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  • LAST TIME, WE LOOKEDAT WHAT WAS HAPPENING
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  • IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
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  • IT WASN'T UNLIKE WHAT ISHAPPENING IN AMERICA TODAY.
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  • THE NATION WAS SLIDING FURTHERAND FURTHER AWAY FROM GOD
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  • IN MORAL DEBAUCHERYAND SPIRITUAL DARKNESS,
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  • YET AGAINST THAT DARK BACKDROPOF ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE,
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  • ELIJAH BURST ON THE SCENEWITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S TRUTH.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHINGREALLY ABOUT ELIJAH'S PAST.
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  • HE JUST APPEARS IN 1 KINGS 17:1.
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  • LOOK AT THIS.
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  • "NOW ELIJAH THE TISHBITE, WHOWAS OF THE SETTLERS OF GILEAD,
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  • SAID TO KING AHAB,
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  • "AS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAELLIVES, BEFORE WHOM I STAND,
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  • SURELY THERE WILL BE NEITHERDEW NOR RAIN THESE YEARS,
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  • EXCEPT BY MY WORD."
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  • NOW, IN THIS SINGLE VERSE,
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICETHREE THINGS ABOUT ELIJAH.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, HIS NAME.
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  • HIS NAME.
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  • ELIJAH COMES FROMTHREE COMPONENTS.
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  • EL, ELOHIM, MEANING GOD.
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  • JAH, J-A-H, ANABBREVIATION FOR JEHOVAH.
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  • I, A PERSONAL PRONOUN.
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  • IF YOU PUT IT ALL TOGETHER,
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  • LITERALLY HIS NAMEMEANS JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • NOW, THAT'S THE NAMEHIS PARENTS GAVE HIM.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • I WANT YOU TOIMAGINE FOR A MOMENT
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  • WHAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE
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  • TO GROW UP HAVINGTHAT BE YOUR NAME.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • CAN YOU IMAGINE?
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  • HEARING YOUR MOM SHOUTOUT: "JEHOVAH IS MY GOD,
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  • HURRY UP AND WASH UP FORSUPPER BEFORE THE MEATLOAF
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  • GETS COLD!" OR CAN YOUIMAGINE HIS FRIENDS COMING
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  • OVER AND KNOCKING ON THEDOOR, AND SAYING TO
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  • ELIJAH'S MOTHER: CANJEHOVAH IS MY GOD
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  • COME OUT AND PLAY TODAY?
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  • I MEAN, HE GREW UPHIS WHOLE LIFE HEARING
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • NO WONDER, WHEN HE BURST ON THESCENE IN VERSE ONE, HE SAYS,
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  • "AS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAELLIVES, BEFORE WHOM I STAND."
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  • HE GREW UP WITH A GODAWARENESS, A GOD CONSCIOUSNESS.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • MAY I STOP HERE?
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  • JUST GIVE A WORD OF PASTORALADVICE TO YOU PARENTS,
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  • YOUNG PARENTS WHO AREBUILDING YOUR FAMILY RIGHT NOW
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  • AND YOU WANT TOREAR GODLY CHILDREN.
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  • IT STARTS IN THE NAMINGOF YOUR CHILDREN.
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  • SELECT A NAME FOR YOUR CHILDREN
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  • THAT HAS SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • DON'T JUST PULL ANAME OUT OF A HAT
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  • FROM SOME TVCHARACTER YOU ENJOY,
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  • OR SOME CHARACTER IN SOMENOVEL YOU THOUGHT WAS GREAT,
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  • OR SOME NAME THATHAPPENS TO BE IN VOGUE.
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  • MAKE SURE THE NAME HAS SOMESPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE TO IT.
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  • MAYBE YOU'RE NAMING YOURCHILD AFTER A RELATIVE
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  • WHO WALKED WITHTHE LORD CLOSELY,
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  • AND YOU'D LIKE YOURCHILD TO EMULATE THAT.
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  • MAYBE IT'S A NAME FROM THEBIBLE OF A MAN OR WOMAN,
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  • GODLY MAN OR WOMAN IN THE BIBLE.
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  • MAYBE THE NAME ITSELF HASA SPECIAL MEANING TO IT,
  • 00:11:02.384 --> 00:11:06.422
  • A GODLY MEANING TO IT.
  • 00:11:06.455 --> 00:11:08.324
  • IT ALWAYS STARTS WITHTHE NAMING OF THAT CHILD.
  • 00:11:08.357 --> 00:11:10.993
  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING HOWTHE CHARACTERS IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:11:11.026 --> 00:11:13.796
  • HAD SIGNIFICANT NAMES THATMIRRORED THEIR FUTURE?
  • 00:11:13.829 --> 00:11:18.033
  • ELIJAH DID THAT.
  • 00:11:18.067 --> 00:11:19.068
  • HE HAD AN IMPORTANT NAME.
  • 00:11:19.101 --> 00:11:21.270
  • SECONDLY, NOTICE HIS HOME.
  • 00:11:21.303 --> 00:11:23.773
  • IT SAID THAT HEWAS THE TISHBITE.
  • 00:11:23.806 --> 00:11:27.309
  • HE CAME FROM THE TOWN OF TISHBE,
  • 00:11:27.343 --> 00:11:30.279
  • DO YOU KNOW UNTIL VERY,VERY RECENTLY WE HAD NO
  • 00:11:30.312 --> 00:11:32.715
  • IDEA WHERE TISHBE IS? THEARCHEOLOGISTS DISCOVERED IT,
  • 00:11:32.748 --> 00:11:36.786
  • AND GUESS WHAT - IT ISABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
  • 00:11:36.819 --> 00:11:39.355
  • IT IS AS NOTHING TODAY AS IT WASBACK THEN. IT WASN'T A
  • 00:11:39.388 --> 00:11:43.058
  • THRIVING METROPOLIS. ITWAS A FORK IN THE ROAD.
  • 00:11:43.092 --> 00:11:46.462
  • IT WOULD BE LIKE TODAYMUD LICK, KENTUCKY;
  • 00:11:46.495 --> 00:11:52.067
  • OATMEAL, TEXAS; OR MY FAVORITEBOOGERTOWN, NORTH CAROLINA.
  • 00:11:52.101 --> 00:11:59.108
  • DID YOU KNOW THOSEARE ALL REAL TOWNS?
  • 00:11:59.141 --> 00:12:01.544
  • BUT I BET YOU HADN'THEARD OF THEM BEFORE.
  • 00:12:01.577 --> 00:12:03.846
  • WELL THAT WAS TISHBEIN ELIJAH'S DAY.
  • 00:12:03.879 --> 00:12:06.649
  • BUT YOU KNOW, WHATWAS SIGNIFICANT
  • 00:12:06.682 --> 00:12:08.484
  • WAS NOT THE GEOGRAPHICALLOCATION OF HIS HOME.
  • 00:12:08.517 --> 00:12:11.854
  • IT WAS THE SPIRITUALTEMPERATURE IN HIS HOME,
  • 00:12:11.887 --> 00:12:15.758
  • BECAUSE WHAT WE KNOWABOUT ELIJAH'S HOUSE
  • 00:12:15.791 --> 00:12:18.127
  • IS HIS PARENTS TAUGHTHIM THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:12:18.160 --> 00:12:24.266
  • WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHINGABOUT HIS PARENTS,
  • 00:12:24.300 --> 00:12:25.467
  • BUT WE KNOW THEY TAUGHTHIM THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:12:25.501 --> 00:12:26.769
  • YOU SAY, "HOW DO YOUKNOW THAT, PASTOR?"
  • 00:12:26.802 --> 00:12:29.071
  • WELL, BECAUSE OF WHAT HE SAIDTO AHAB IN THIS OPENING VERSE.
  • 00:12:29.104 --> 00:12:33.976
  • HE SAYS, "I SAY TO YOU,IT SHALL NEITHER DEW,
  • 00:12:34.009 --> 00:12:38.280
  • THERE SHALL BE NEITHERDEW NOR RAIN THESE YEARS,
  • 00:12:38.314 --> 00:12:40.816
  • EXCEPT BY MY WORD."
  • 00:12:40.850 --> 00:12:43.352
  • HOW DID ELIJAH COMEUP WITH THAT PROPHECY?
  • 00:12:43.385 --> 00:12:45.988
  • HE DIDN'T JUST MAKEIT UP ON HIS OWN.
  • 00:12:46.021 --> 00:12:48.023
  • DID YOU KNOW HE WAS QUOTING
  • 00:12:48.057 --> 00:12:49.291
  • FROM THE OLD TESTAMENTBOOK OF DEUTERONOMY
  • 00:12:49.325 --> 00:12:51.660
  • WHEN HE SAID THAT?
  • 00:12:51.694 --> 00:12:53.195
  • SEE, WE THINK, WELL, ELIJAHLIVED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:12:53.229 --> 00:12:55.631
  • THE OLD TESTAMENT HADNOT BEEN YET WRITTEN.
  • 00:12:55.664 --> 00:12:57.666
  • WELL, SOME OF IT HADALREADY BEEN WRITTEN.
  • 00:12:57.700 --> 00:13:00.102
  • THE PENTATEUCH, MOSES'WRITINGS, HAD BEEN WRITTEN,
  • 00:13:00.135 --> 00:13:02.905
  • AND IN DEUTERONOMY 11, VERSE 17,
  • 00:13:02.938 --> 00:13:06.041
  • GOD HAD SAID TO THE ISRAELITESWHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM
  • 00:13:06.075 --> 00:13:09.478
  • IF THEY BEGAN TOWORSHIP OTHER GODS.
  • 00:13:09.511 --> 00:13:11.747
  • IN DEUTERONOMY 11:17, GOD SAID,
  • 00:13:11.780 --> 00:13:14.483
  • "I WOULD SHUT UP THE HEAVENS
  • 00:13:14.516 --> 00:13:16.518
  • SO THAT THERE WILLBE NEITHER RAIN
  • 00:13:16.552 --> 00:13:18.587
  • AND THE GROUND WILLNOT YIELD ITS FRUIT;
  • 00:13:18.621 --> 00:13:20.789
  • AND YOU WILL PERISHQUICKLY FROM THE GOOD LAND
  • 00:13:20.823 --> 00:13:23.425
  • WHICH THE LORD IS GIVING YOU."
  • 00:13:23.459 --> 00:13:27.263
  • ELIJAH KNEW THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:13:27.296 --> 00:13:28.564
  • IT WAS THE FOUNDATIONOF HIS LIFE.
  • 00:13:28.597 --> 00:13:31.367
  • PARENTS, THE MOSTIMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO
  • 00:13:31.400 --> 00:13:34.436
  • IS TO INSTILL IN YOUR CHILDRENA KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:34.470 --> 00:13:40.910
  • YOU KNOW, WE ONLY HAVE OURKIDS FOR 18 OR SO YEARS,
  • 00:13:40.943 --> 00:13:43.145
  • AND THEY ARE GONE (SNAPSFINGERS) SO QUICKLY.
  • 00:13:43.178 --> 00:13:46.215
  • HOW IMPORTANT IT ISTO USE THOSE YEARS
  • 00:13:46.248 --> 00:13:49.351
  • TO TEACH THEM THETRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:49.385 --> 00:13:52.354
  • YOU KNOW, I'VE TALKEDTO YOU LAST TIME
  • 00:13:52.388 --> 00:13:53.555
  • ABOUT MY OWN PARENTS,WHO ARE IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:13:53.589 --> 00:13:56.158
  • AND HOW THEY CAME TOTHIS CHURCH AND SO FORTH.
  • 00:13:56.191 --> 00:13:59.161
  • MY FATHER WASREALLY THE SPIRITUAL
  • 00:13:59.194 --> 00:14:02.164
  • FOUNDATION OF OUR HOME.HE WAS A VERY QUIET MAN.
  • 00:14:02.197 --> 00:14:04.700
  • MANY PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW HIM,
  • 00:14:04.733 --> 00:14:05.968
  • BUT HE WAS THE SPIRITUALFOUNDATION OF THE HOME.
  • 00:14:06.001 --> 00:14:08.237
  • HE WAS NOT ONLY RESPONSIBLEFOR LEADING MY MOM TO CHRIST,
  • 00:14:08.270 --> 00:14:11.206
  • BUT ALL OF US AS WELL,
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:13.208
  • AND HE WORKED FORBRANIFF AIRLINES,
  • 00:14:13.242 --> 00:14:15.577
  • ALONG WITH ORVILLE ROGERS,
  • 00:14:15.611 --> 00:14:17.179
  • AND HE WORKED FOR BRANIFF,
  • 00:14:17.212 --> 00:14:19.081
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THEY WOULDGET FREE PASSES TO TRAVEL.
  • 00:14:19.114 --> 00:14:22.618
  • WHEN I WAS TWO YEARS OLD, MYDAD GOT ONE OF THOSE PASSES,
  • 00:14:22.651 --> 00:14:26.655
  • AND HE FLEW TOCHICAGO, ILLINOIS,
  • 00:14:26.689 --> 00:14:29.224
  • TO GO TO THE BOOKSTORE,THE CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE
  • 00:14:29.258 --> 00:14:32.661
  • AT THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE.
  • 00:14:32.695 --> 00:14:34.630
  • THAT WAS IN THEDAYS BEFORE AMAZON.
  • 00:14:34.663 --> 00:14:36.532
  • IF YOU WANTED A BOOK,YOU ACTUALLY HAD
  • 00:14:36.565 --> 00:14:38.367
  • TO GO TO A BOOKSTORE,
  • 00:14:38.400 --> 00:14:39.568
  • AND THE BIGGESTBOOKSTORE IN THE COUNTRY,
  • 00:14:39.601 --> 00:14:41.704
  • CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE, WAS ATTHE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE.
  • 00:14:41.737 --> 00:14:44.807
  • HE WENT THERE WHEN I WASTWO YEARS OLD, THIS IS 1957,
  • 00:14:44.840 --> 00:14:50.846
  • TO BUY $200 WORTH OFCHRISTIAN BOOKS FOR ME.
  • 00:14:50.879 --> 00:14:56.018
  • THAT WAS ONE MONTH'S SALARY
  • 00:14:56.051 --> 00:14:57.152
  • HE SPENT ON CHRISTIANBOOKS FOR ME.
  • 00:14:57.186 --> 00:14:59.288
  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE THOUGHT IWAS GOING TO DO WITH THOSE BOOKS
  • 00:14:59.321 --> 00:15:01.357
  • AT TWO YEARS OF AGE,
  • 00:15:01.390 --> 00:15:02.791
  • BUT HE WANTED TO BE SURE
  • 00:15:02.825 --> 00:15:04.026
  • I STARTED READING THEMAS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:15:04.059 --> 00:15:07.496
  • PARENTS, LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU
  • 00:15:07.529 --> 00:15:08.697
  • TO MAKE WHATEVERSACRIFICE NECESSARY
  • 00:15:08.731 --> 00:15:11.533
  • TO MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS HAVEA SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION.
  • 00:15:11.567 --> 00:15:14.903
  • LOOK, YOUR PRIMARYRESPONSIBILITY,
  • 00:15:14.937 --> 00:15:18.640
  • THIS ISN'T POPULAR TOSAY, BUT IT'S TRUE.
  • 00:15:18.674 --> 00:15:20.476
  • YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY
  • 00:15:20.509 --> 00:15:22.177
  • IS NOT FOR THEIRSCHOLASTIC DEVELOPMENT
  • 00:15:22.211 --> 00:15:26.048
  • OR THEIR ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENTOR THEIR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
  • 00:15:26.081 --> 00:15:29.785
  • YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY ISTHEIR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT,
  • 00:15:29.818 --> 00:15:34.523
  • TEACHING THEM THAT THE MOSTIMPORTANT THING IN LIFE
  • 00:15:34.556 --> 00:15:37.226
  • IS KNOWING AND OBEYING GOD.
  • 00:15:37.259 --> 00:15:40.562
  • AND FORTUNATELY YOU DON'THAVE TO DO THAT BY YOURSELVES.
  • 00:15:40.596 --> 00:15:43.866
  • WE HAVE THE MOSTMARVELOUS PROGRAM
  • 00:15:43.899 --> 00:15:45.968
  • HERE AT OUR CHURCHMINISTRY OF TEACHING OUR
  • 00:15:46.001 --> 00:15:48.270
  • PRESCHOOLERS, OURCHILDREN, OUR YOUTH THE
  • 00:15:48.303 --> 00:15:51.073
  • WORD OF GOD. THEY DON'TJUST GET BABYSAT, THEY ARE
  • 00:15:51.106 --> 00:15:54.476
  • HERE BEING INSTRUCTED INTHE LORD; AND IF I WERE A
  • 00:15:54.510 --> 00:15:57.012
  • PARENT RIGHT NOW, I WOULDMAKE SURE I HAD MY
  • 00:15:57.046 --> 00:16:00.616
  • CHILDREN AND YOUTH HEREEVERY TIME THE CHURCH DOOR
  • 00:16:00.649 --> 00:16:03.485
  • IS OPEN. THAT'S WHATELIJAH'S PARENTS DID.
  • 00:16:03.519 --> 00:16:05.921
  • WE'VE LOOKED AT HIS NAME,HIS HOME,
  • 00:16:05.954 --> 00:16:09.358
  • THIRDLY, HIS MANNER.
  • 00:16:09.391 --> 00:16:11.493
  • HIS MANNER.
  • 00:16:11.527 --> 00:16:12.895
  • ELIJAH WAS NOT AMAN TO MINCE WORDS.
  • 00:16:12.928 --> 00:16:16.598
  • HE WAS NOT LIKEMANY PASTORS TODAY.
  • 00:16:16.632 --> 00:16:19.601
  • MY SEMINARY PROFESSORONCE DESCRIBED
  • 00:16:19.635 --> 00:16:21.770
  • AS SO MANY PASTORS TODAY,
  • 00:16:21.804 --> 00:16:23.472
  • BEING MILD-MANNERED MENPREACHING MILD-MANNERED SERMONS,
  • 00:16:23.505 --> 00:16:29.711
  • TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TOBE MORE MILD-MANNERED.
  • 00:16:29.745 --> 00:16:33.015
  • THAT WASN'T ELIJAH.
  • 00:16:33.048 --> 00:16:34.249
  • THERE WAS NOTHINGMILD-MANNERED ABOUT HIM.
  • 00:16:34.283 --> 00:16:36.318
  • HE BURST ON THE SCENEAND HE CONFRONTS AHAB,
  • 00:16:36.351 --> 00:16:40.255
  • THE WICKED AHAB AND JEZEBEL,
  • 00:16:40.289 --> 00:16:42.324
  • AND SAYS, "AS THE LORD LIVES,
  • 00:16:42.357 --> 00:16:44.993
  • IT IS GOING TO RAIN NOLONGER IN THIS LAND
  • 00:16:45.027 --> 00:16:47.529
  • 'TIL YOU GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER."
  • 00:16:47.563 --> 00:16:49.398
  • THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT HE SAYS.
  • 00:16:49.431 --> 00:16:51.133
  • NOW, THAT TOOK GUTS TO DO THAT,
  • 00:16:51.166 --> 00:16:54.136
  • TO STAND BEFOREAHAB AND HIS WIFE,
  • 00:16:54.169 --> 00:16:56.872
  • WHO MADE A SPORT OFKILLING GOD'S PROPHETS,
  • 00:16:56.905 --> 00:16:59.641
  • TO MAKE THAT KINDOF BOLD DECLARATION.
  • 00:16:59.675 --> 00:17:02.911
  • YOU KNOW, I CAN ONLY IMAGINEWHAT IT WAS LIKE FOR ELIJAH
  • 00:17:02.945 --> 00:17:07.783
  • TO STAND IN FRONT OF A HOSTILEKING, AN UNBELIEVING KING,
  • 00:17:07.816 --> 00:17:12.121
  • AND DELIVER THIS CONDEMNINGAND POLITICALLY INCORRECT WORD.
  • 00:17:12.154 --> 00:17:15.891
  • "YOU'VE HAD IT, AHAB.
  • 00:17:15.924 --> 00:17:17.826
  • UNTIL YOU SHAPE UP,
  • 00:17:17.860 --> 00:17:19.828
  • IT IS NOT GOING TO RAININ THIS LAND FOREVER."
  • 00:17:19.862 --> 00:17:21.997
  • THAT TOOK COURAGE,
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:24.333
  • BUT THAT WAS ELIJAH.
  • 00:17:24.366 --> 00:17:25.501
  • HE KNEW HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE.
  • 00:17:25.534 --> 00:17:28.437
  • THAT WAS ELIJAH.
  • 00:17:28.470 --> 00:17:29.872
  • GOD HAD GIVEN HIM THE GENERALPURPOSE THAT WE ALL HAVE
  • 00:17:29.905 --> 00:17:33.242
  • OF GLORIFYING GOD,
  • 00:17:33.275 --> 00:17:34.977
  • BUT HIS SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT WASTO DELIVER THIS HARD MESSAGE
  • 00:17:35.010 --> 00:17:39.448
  • TO A WICKED AND WAYWARD NATION.
  • 00:17:39.481 --> 00:17:42.518
  • NOW, BEFORE WE DISCOVER HOWYOU CAN DISCOVER YOUR STORY,
  • 00:17:42.551 --> 00:17:46.655
  • YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE,
  • 00:17:46.688 --> 00:17:48.524
  • I WANT TO TALK FOR JUST AMOMENT ABOUT THE THREE BENEFITS
  • 00:17:48.557 --> 00:17:52.361
  • OF DISCOVERING GOD'S UNIQUEPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:52.394 --> 00:17:56.398
  • TURN OVER, HOLD YOUR PLACE HERE,
  • 00:17:56.431 --> 00:17:57.733
  • AND TURN TO EPHESIANSCHAPTER FIVE.
  • 00:17:57.766 --> 00:18:00.969
  • EPHESIANS FIVE, VERSES 15 TO 17,
  • 00:18:01.003 --> 00:18:04.640
  • AND I WANT TO READ THIS FROMTHE PHILLIPS PARAPHRASE.
  • 00:18:04.673 --> 00:18:08.644
  • THIS IS PAUL WRITING.
  • 00:18:08.677 --> 00:18:09.745
  • NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS HERE.
  • 00:18:09.778 --> 00:18:12.181
  • "LIVE LIFE WITH A DUESENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY,
  • 00:18:12.214 --> 00:18:16.685
  • NOT AS MEN WHO DO NOT KNOW THEMEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE
  • 00:18:16.718 --> 00:18:20.589
  • BUT AS THOSE WHO DO.
  • 00:18:20.622 --> 00:18:22.291
  • MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME,
  • 00:18:22.324 --> 00:18:24.459
  • DESPITE ALL THEDIFFICULTIES OF THESE DAYS.
  • 00:18:24.493 --> 00:18:27.529
  • DON'T BE VAGUE
  • 00:18:27.563 --> 00:18:29.364
  • BUT FIRMLY GRASP WHAT YOUKNOW TO BE THE WILL OF GOD."
  • 00:18:29.398 --> 00:18:35.938
  • KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE,
  • 00:18:35.971 --> 00:18:37.606
  • THE SPECIFIC STORY YOUWERE CREATED TO TELL,
  • 00:18:37.639 --> 00:18:41.310
  • CLARIFIES THREE CHALLENGESWE ALL FACE IN LIFE.
  • 00:18:41.343 --> 00:18:44.146
  • FIRST OF ALL,KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE
  • 00:18:44.179 --> 00:18:46.648
  • CLARIFIES YOURPRIORITIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:18:46.682 --> 00:18:50.052
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE SPECIFICSTORY GOD CREATED YOU TELL,
  • 00:18:50.085 --> 00:18:53.755
  • IT HELPS YOU ARRANGEYOUR PRIORITIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:18:53.789 --> 00:18:57.793
  • WHEN PAUL SAYS, "MAKE THEBEST USE OF YOUR TIME,"
  • 00:18:57.826 --> 00:19:00.062
  • LITERALLY HE'S SAYINGBUY UP THE TIME.
  • 00:19:00.095 --> 00:19:03.932
  • THAT IS, PURCHASETHE VERY BEST THINGS
  • 00:19:03.966 --> 00:19:06.935
  • YOU CAN WITH YOUR TIME.
  • 00:19:06.969 --> 00:19:08.937
  • HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUTCHOOSING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL.
  • 00:19:08.971 --> 00:19:11.506
  • WE ALL KNOW WE'RESUPPOSED TO RUN FROM EVIL,
  • 00:19:11.540 --> 00:19:14.243
  • BUT HE'S SAYING WHENYOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE,
  • 00:19:14.276 --> 00:19:16.245
  • IT GIVES YOU THE ABILITY
  • 00:19:16.278 --> 00:19:18.013
  • TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEGOOD THINGS IN LIFE
  • 00:19:18.046 --> 00:19:20.782
  • AND THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE.
  • 00:19:20.816 --> 00:19:23.418
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTANDWHAT THAT PURPOSE IS
  • 00:19:23.452 --> 00:19:25.420
  • THAT GOD HAS CREATED YOU,
  • 00:19:25.454 --> 00:19:26.888
  • IT HELPS YOU TO LEARN TOSAY NO TO OTHER GOOD THINGS,
  • 00:19:26.922 --> 00:19:29.424
  • BUT THINGS THAT DON'TCONTRIBUTE TO YOUR PURPOSE.
  • 00:19:29.458 --> 00:19:32.794
  • YESTERDAY, I WAS GOINGTHROUGH MY FILES,
  • 00:19:32.828 --> 00:19:35.831
  • AND I HAVE A FILE FOLDER
  • 00:19:35.864 --> 00:19:37.666
  • WHERE I KEEP ALL OF MYGOALS AND PRIORITIES THAT,
  • 00:19:37.699 --> 00:19:40.802
  • GOING BACK 30 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:19:40.836 --> 00:19:43.538
  • AND I PULLED OUT THIS OLD,
  • 00:19:43.572 --> 00:19:45.107
  • IT WAS A REALLYOLD PIECE OF PAPER.
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:50.045
  • IT WAS DATED NOVEMBER OF 1984,
  • 00:19:50.078 --> 00:19:53.815
  • AND I REMEMBER THEDATE VERY WELL.
  • 00:19:53.849 --> 00:19:57.419
  • IT WAS WHEN I WAS SITTINGIN THE COFFEE SHOP
  • 00:19:57.452 --> 00:19:59.755
  • AT THE HOUSTONINTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT
  • 00:19:59.788 --> 00:20:03.158
  • AND I WAS STRUGGLING
  • 00:20:03.191 --> 00:20:04.426
  • WITH SOME DECISIONS INMY LIFE AT THAT TIME,
  • 00:20:04.459 --> 00:20:06.495
  • AND IT REALLY WAS A ADAY I HAD AN EPIPHANY
  • 00:20:06.528 --> 00:20:10.098
  • OF WHAT GOD'S UNIQUEPURPOSE FOR MY LIFE WAS.
  • 00:20:10.132 --> 00:20:13.935
  • AND I REMEMBER I WROTE IT THERE,
  • 00:20:13.969 --> 00:20:15.370
  • AND I LOOKED AT THISPIECE OF PAPER YESTERDAY.
  • 00:20:15.404 --> 00:20:17.072
  • I WROTE AT THE TOP,
  • 00:20:17.105 --> 00:20:18.573
  • "TO BE AN EFFECTIVECOMMUNICATOR OF GOD'S WORD."
  • 00:20:18.607 --> 00:20:23.312
  • THAT WAS MY GOAL 30 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:20:23.345 --> 00:20:25.314
  • I KNEW GOD HAD GIVENME A PASSION TO DO,
  • 00:20:25.347 --> 00:20:28.850
  • AND THAT UNIQUE PURPOSESTATEMENT FOR MY LIFE
  • 00:20:28.884 --> 00:20:32.321
  • BECAME THE BEACONTHAT GAVE ME DIRECTION
  • 00:20:32.354 --> 00:20:35.057
  • THROUGHOUT THE REST OFMY LIFE AND MINISTRY.
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:38.126
  • YOU KNOW, AS A PASTOROF A CHURCH LIKE THIS,
  • 00:20:38.160 --> 00:20:40.095
  • THERE'S SO MANY THINGS ICOULD FILL UP MY TIME DOING.
  • 00:20:40.128 --> 00:20:43.532
  • I COULD COUNSEL PEOPLE24/7 A DAY, IF I WANTED TO,
  • 00:20:43.565 --> 00:20:48.103
  • PEOPLE WANTING TO COMEIN AND COUNSEL WITH ME.
  • 00:20:48.136 --> 00:20:51.540
  • NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
  • 00:20:51.573 --> 00:20:53.175
  • THAT'S A GOOD THINGTO DO TO HELP PEOPLE.
  • 00:20:53.208 --> 00:20:56.144
  • NOW, MY ONLY THING ISI'M NOT GIFTED AT THAT.
  • 00:20:56.178 --> 00:20:59.414
  • I TELL PEOPLE I WOULDN'T GOTO MYSELF FOR COUNSELING,
  • 00:20:59.448 --> 00:21:02.351
  • MUCH LESS RECOMMENDSOMEBODY ELSE GO,
  • 00:21:02.384 --> 00:21:05.520
  • BUT IT'S NOT THAT THAT'SNOT A GOOD THING TO DO,
  • 00:21:05.554 --> 00:21:07.856
  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHATI'M CREATED TO DO.
  • 00:21:07.889 --> 00:21:09.791
  • THAT'S NOT THE BESTUSE OF MY TIME.
  • 00:21:09.825 --> 00:21:11.493
  • WE HAVE OTHER PEOPLE ONTHE STAFF TO DO THAT.
  • 00:21:11.526 --> 00:21:13.628
  • YOU KNOW, THEREARE OTHER PASTORS.
  • 00:21:13.662 --> 00:21:15.230
  • THEY TAKE MISSION TRIPS.
  • 00:21:15.263 --> 00:21:16.465
  • THEY'RE GONE 10, 12WEEKS OUT OF THE YEAR
  • 00:21:16.498 --> 00:21:18.367
  • TAKING GROUP AFTER GROUP HEREAND THERE AND THERE AND THERE.
  • 00:21:18.400 --> 00:21:21.236
  • WONDERFUL MINISTRY.
  • 00:21:21.269 --> 00:21:22.504
  • THAT'S A GREAT THING TO DO,
  • 00:21:22.537 --> 00:21:24.172
  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHATI'M CREATED TO DO.
  • 00:21:24.206 --> 00:21:26.475
  • I WAS CREATED TO BE AN EFFECTIVECOMMUNICATOR OF GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:21:26.508 --> 00:21:30.412
  • AND THAT GIVES ME A PRISMTHROUGH WHICH I VIEW,
  • 00:21:30.445 --> 00:21:33.615
  • OKAY, IS THIS AN ACTIVITYI OUGHT TO BE INVOLVED IN?
  • 00:21:33.648 --> 00:21:36.451
  • IS THIS CONTRIBUTINGTO THE STORY
  • 00:21:36.485 --> 00:21:38.787
  • GOD HAS CREATED ME TO TELL?
  • 00:21:38.820 --> 00:21:41.256
  • SO KNOWING YOUR PURPOSECLARIFIES PRIORITIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:21:41.289 --> 00:21:44.359
  • SECONDLY, KNOWINGYOUR PRIORITIES
  • 00:21:44.393 --> 00:21:46.561
  • CLARIFIES UNCERTAINTIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:21:46.595 --> 00:21:50.432
  • PAUL SAID WE OUGHT TO BE WISE
  • 00:21:50.465 --> 00:21:52.401
  • WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDINGGOD'S WILL FOR OUR LIFE,
  • 00:21:52.434 --> 00:21:55.670
  • AND WHEN YOU FACE A DIFFICULTDECISION IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:21:55.704 --> 00:21:58.640
  • KNOWING YOUR UNIQUEPURPOSE IS LIKE A BEACON
  • 00:21:58.673 --> 00:22:01.843
  • THAT GIVES YOU DIRECTIONIN THE DARKNESS,
  • 00:22:01.877 --> 00:22:04.045
  • AND EVEN IN THE FOG.
  • 00:22:04.079 --> 00:22:05.547
  • FOR EXAMPLE, MAYBE YOUR COMPANYHAS OFFERED YOU A PROMOTION
  • 00:22:05.580 --> 00:22:10.118
  • THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO A LARGERCITY, WITH A LARGER SALARY.
  • 00:22:10.152 --> 00:22:13.488
  • THE ONLY THING IS, IT'S GOING TOMEAN MORE HOURS AT WORK.
  • 00:22:13.522 --> 00:22:17.125
  • SHOULD YOU DO THAT OR NOT?
  • 00:22:17.159 --> 00:22:19.761
  • WELL, IT DEPENDS.
  • 00:22:19.795 --> 00:22:20.929
  • IF YOU'VE GOT YOUNGCHILDREN STILL AT HOME
  • 00:22:20.962 --> 00:22:23.231
  • AND YOUR PRIMARY PURPOSEIS TO RAISE GODLY CHILDREN
  • 00:22:23.265 --> 00:22:26.668
  • WHO WILL CARRY ONYOUR LEGACY OF FAITH,
  • 00:22:26.701 --> 00:22:29.371
  • THAT MAY NOT BE THEBEST THING TO DO.
  • 00:22:29.404 --> 00:22:31.039
  • YOU MAY SAY NO TO THAT.
  • 00:22:31.072 --> 00:22:32.707
  • IF IT'S LATER IN LIFE
  • 00:22:32.741 --> 00:22:33.909
  • AND YOUR CHILDRENARE OUT OF THE HOUSE,
  • 00:22:33.942 --> 00:22:36.511
  • MAYBE YOU CAN SEE HOWTAKING THAT POSITION
  • 00:22:36.545 --> 00:22:39.214
  • WOULD INCREASE YOURINFLUENCE FOR GOD.
  • 00:22:39.247 --> 00:22:42.184
  • BUT KNOWING WHAT YOUR PURPOSE IS
  • 00:22:42.217 --> 00:22:44.286
  • CAN HELP CLARIFY UNCERTAINTIES
  • 00:22:44.319 --> 00:22:46.988
  • AND DECISIONS THATYOU MAKE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:47.022 --> 00:22:49.724
  • THIRDLY, AND THISIS SO IMPORTANT,
  • 00:22:49.758 --> 00:22:51.927
  • KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE CLARIFIESDIFFICULTIES IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:51.960 --> 00:22:56.665
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTANDYOUR SPECIFIC STORY
  • 00:22:56.698 --> 00:22:59.167
  • YOU WERE CREATED TO TELL,
  • 00:22:59.201 --> 00:23:01.036
  • THAT GIVES YOU A PRISMTHROUGH WHICH TO VIEW
  • 00:23:01.069 --> 00:23:03.638
  • EVEN HARD THINGS THATCOME INTO YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:23:03.672 --> 00:23:06.908
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  • 00:23:06.942 --> 00:23:12.080
  • THE BIBLE IS QUITE CLEAR.
  • 00:23:12.113 --> 00:23:13.915
  • GOD HAS CREATED YOUFOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE.
  • 00:23:13.949 --> 00:23:17.419
  • IN FACT, HE'S WRITTENA STORY THROUGH YOU
  • 00:23:17.452 --> 00:23:19.554
  • THAT HE WANTS TO TELL THE WORLD,
  • 00:23:19.588 --> 00:23:21.857
  • AND WE'LL LEARN MOREON TOMORROW'S EDITION
  • 00:23:21.890 --> 00:23:24.493
  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:23:24.526 --> 00:23:26.528
  • IN CLOSING, PLEASE KNOW THATWHEN YOU GIVE FINANCIALLY
  • 00:23:26.561 --> 00:23:29.831
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:23:29.865 --> 00:23:32.634
  • YOU'RE ACCOMPLISHING FAR MORE
  • 00:23:32.667 --> 00:23:34.236
  • THAN SIMPLY ADDING RESOURCESTO YOUR COLLECTION.
  • 00:23:34.269 --> 00:23:37.806
  • YOU'RE ALSO MAKINGAN ETERNAL IMPACT
  • 00:23:37.839 --> 00:23:40.175
  • ON THOSE WHO HEAR OR WATCH
  • 00:23:40.208 --> 00:23:42.143
  • THIS DAILY BIBLETEACHING PROGRAM.
  • 00:23:42.177 --> 00:23:44.946
  • YOUR GENEROUS GIFT IS THE FUELTHAT EMPOWERS THIS MINISTRY,
  • 00:23:44.980 --> 00:23:49.518
  • AND WE ARE TRULY GRATEFULFOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP.
  • 00:23:49.551 --> 00:23:52.821
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:52.854 --> 00:23:54.055
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:23:54.089 --> 00:23:56.491
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:23:58.393 --> 00:24:01.363
  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS'SBEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • IDENTIFIES SEVENBIBLICAL SECRETS
  • 00:24:08.003 --> 00:24:10.005
  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:24:10.038 --> 00:24:12.107
  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
  • 00:24:12.140 --> 00:24:14.042
  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:24:14.075 --> 00:24:17.546
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:24:17.579 --> 00:24:19.714
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY,
  • 00:24:19.748 --> 00:24:23.585
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE,
  • 00:24:23.618 --> 00:24:24.786
  • WE ALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
  • 00:24:24.819 --> 00:24:27.522
  • OF PURPOSE, POWER, AND PASSION.
  • 00:24:27.556 --> 00:24:30.358
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,
  • 00:24:30.392 --> 00:24:32.260
  • YOUR HOME,
  • 00:24:32.294 --> 00:24:33.862
  • YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:24:33.895 --> 00:24:35.530
  • YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:35.564 --> 00:24:36.965
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOUTHERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:36.998 --> 00:24:39.534
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSEIN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
  • 00:24:39.568 --> 00:24:42.337
  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATEDFOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST DR.JEFFRESS'S BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • [ROBERT] NO MATTER YOURAGE OR SEASON OF LIFE,
  • 00:24:53.682 --> 00:24:56.284
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU
  • 00:24:56.318 --> 00:24:59.087
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSION
  • 00:24:59.120 --> 00:25:01.590
  • AND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:25:01.623 --> 00:25:03.925
  • [ANNOUNCER] AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVETHE COMPLETE UNEDITED
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • [ROBERT] GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
  • 00:25:14.202 --> 00:25:17.806
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:17.839 --> 00:25:20.775
  • [ANNOUNCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
  • 00:25:20.809 --> 00:25:22.010
  • YOU CHOOSE THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:22.043 --> 00:25:24.479
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST
  • 00:25:24.512 --> 00:25:25.947
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" FROM "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:29.517 --> 00:25:33.154
  • TODAY, I BEGAN BY IDENTIFYING
  • 00:25:33.188 --> 00:25:35.190
  • GOD'S GENERAL PURPOSEFOR EVERY PERSON,
  • 00:25:35.223 --> 00:25:38.059
  • OR AS I LIKE TO CALL IT,
  • 00:25:38.093 --> 00:25:39.494
  • THE BIGGER STORYTHAT GOD IS TELLING
  • 00:25:39.527 --> 00:25:41.963
  • THROUGH YOUR LIFETHROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:25:41.997 --> 00:25:45.033
  • BUT WHAT IS THE UNIQUE STORY
  • 00:25:45.066 --> 00:25:46.935
  • THAT GOD WANTS TOTELL THROUGH YOU?
  • 00:25:46.968 --> 00:25:49.604
  • I THINK THAT'S THEQUESTION THAT EVERYONE IS
  • 00:25:49.638 --> 00:25:52.273
  • REALLY INTERESTED INHEARING THE ANSWER FOR
  • 00:25:52.307 --> 00:25:54.709
  • AND IT'S GOING TO BEOUR TOPIC NEXT TIME,
  • 00:25:54.743 --> 00:25:57.612
  • AS I WALK YOUTHROUGH AN ACROSTIC
  • 00:25:57.646 --> 00:25:59.547
  • THAT WILL HELP YOU REMEMBER
  • 00:25:59.581 --> 00:26:01.282
  • FIVE WAYS TO DISCOVER YOURUNIQUE PURPOSE IN THIS LIFE.
  • 00:26:01.316 --> 00:26:05.887
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW
  • 00:26:05.920 --> 00:26:07.288
  • OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXTON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:07.322 --> 00:26:11.426
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:11.459 --> 00:26:13.595
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:26:13.628 --> 00:26:16.297
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFERS'SBESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:26:18.600 --> 00:26:20.568
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
  • 00:26:20.602 --> 00:26:22.937
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAPIS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:22.971 --> 00:26:25.807
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:25.840 --> 00:26:29.077
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:29.110 --> 00:26:32.047
  • WE'LL ALSO SENDYOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • TEACHING SERIESON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:35.717 --> 00:26:38.853
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:38.887 --> 00:26:40.889
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT,
  • 00:26:40.922 --> 00:26:42.757
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:42.791 --> 00:26:44.592
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:44.626 --> 00:26:46.761
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:46.795 --> 00:26:50.031
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE INFULL-TIME CHRISTIAN SERVICE,
  • 00:26:50.065 --> 00:26:54.936
  • WHICH MEANS GET YOUR CHECK
  • 00:26:54.969 --> 00:26:56.738
  • FROM THE CHURCH OR AMISSION ORGANIZATION.
  • 00:26:56.771 --> 00:26:59.074
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT TOTELL A UNIQUE STORY FOR GOD.
  • 00:26:59.107 --> 00:27:03.211
  • BUT WHATEVER YOUR DAY JOB IS,
  • 00:27:03.244 --> 00:27:05.680
  • YOUR REAL JOB IS TO GLORIFY GOD,
  • 00:27:05.714 --> 00:27:08.950
  • AND THE SPECIFIC WAYYOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT
  • 00:27:08.983 --> 00:27:11.553
  • IS THROUGH THAT PASSION
  • 00:27:11.586 --> 00:27:13.488
  • AND THROUGH THE GIFTSGOD HAS GIVEN TO YOU.
  • 00:27:13.521 --> 00:27:16.958
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:16.991 --> 00:27:19.027
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:27:19.060 --> 00:27:20.495
  • "SECRET NUMBER ONE: DISCOVERYOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE"
  • 00:27:20.528 --> 00:27:23.832
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:27:23.865 --> 00:27:25.533
  • ♪ MUSIC
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