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Encountering the Power of God

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December 27, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: And Jesus says,"This is the amen talking.
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  • This is the one who's not goingto tell you
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  • what you want to hear.
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  • I'm going to tell youlike it really is."
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  • God wants you to fear himmore than you fear what's wrong.
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  • He wants your fear of him to begreater than your fear
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  • of your problem.
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  • Truth is God's viewon any subject matter.
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  • If there is no truth,
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  • there can beno legitimate unity.
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  • I'm here to tell you Jesussaw Satan had you caged.
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  • But on the cross, he has nowopened the cage door
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  • so that he who the Sonsets free is free indeed.
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  • Tony: Today, I want to lookat an encounter
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  • with God's power.
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  • And this encounterwith God's power comes
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  • in the context of a dilemma.
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  • So, a dilemma is whenyou're in a no win situation.
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  • Anybody here ever beenin a dilemma?
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  • It's no win.
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  • I mean, any directionthat you look in is a lose-lose.
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  • You're in a dilemma.
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  • The most noted storyin Israel's history,
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  • the crossing of the Red Sea,which was its biggest celebrated
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  • miracle, happened when they weresimultaneously in a dilemma.
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  • What I want you to catch todayis that they had their divine
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  • encounter with God's problemin the context of a dilemma.
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  • So, I want to prepare you todayfor an encounter with God,
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  • but I also want to prepare youfor a dilemma that provides
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  • the context for that encounter.
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  • Now, the backgroundto this is very clear.
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  • Moses has comethrough the 12 plagues,
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  • the 10 plagues,and he's now leading
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  • the children of Israelout of Egypt.
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  • Pharaoh has respondednow finally to Moses's call
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  • to let my people go.
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  • And so, the people now areon their way out
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  • from slavery to freedom.
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  • They're excited,they're looking forward.
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  • They've been told thatthere's this Promised Land,
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  • this purpose of God thatGod is going to take them to,
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  • and things are looking rosy.
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  • As they leave, on their way out,it says in verse 17
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  • of chapter 13 that, "God did notlead them by way
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  • of the land of the Philistines,even though it was near."
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  • I want you to catch verse 18,"Hence God led them."
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  • So, watch this.
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  • Their dilemma is going to comeabout when God is leading them.
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  • Their dilemma is gonna happenwhen they're in the will of God.
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  • Their dilemma is going to occurwhen they are being obedient.
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  • 'Cause it saysGod was leading them.
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  • Not only was God leading theminto what would be a dilemma,
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  • it says God led themthe long way around.
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  • He did not lead themin the short distance.
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  • Not only that, but Godwas going before them,
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  • verse 21 of chapter 13 says,"In a pillar of cloud by day,
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  • and a pillar of fire by night."
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  • He's walking with themin every step of the way.
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  • And when they are doing thiszigzag through the wilderness,
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  • it says in chapter 14, "Pharaohwill say to the sons of Israel,"
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  • verse 3, "they are wanderingaimlessly in the land,
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  • and the wildernesshas shut them in."
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  • And the wildernesswill shut them in.
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  • So, when he says,
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  • "And the wildernessshall shut them in,"
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  • they're going to bein a no-win situation
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  • that they can't get out ofwithout coming back toward us.
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  • And it says, "And Godwas leading them."
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  • He was leading theminto a cul-de-sac,
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  • or what you and I would calla trap.
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  • See, a lot of us figureGod wouldn't do that.
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  • Oh, God does do that.
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  • And the reasonGod does that is 'cause only
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  • in those contexts will you seethat he's God.
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  • Because the one thingabout a dilemma is,
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  • you can't get out of it.
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  • The one thing about a dilemmais you don't see an exit,
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  • and every directionyou look in is a trap.
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  • When God is ready to move youto a new spiritual experience
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  • with him, he will regularlydo it in the midst
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  • of a contradictionand a conflict.
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  • And that is their scenario.
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  • Verse 4 says of chapter 14,"Thus I will harden
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  • Pharaoh's heart,and he will chase after them."
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  • To harden a heart means to makeyou more rebellious
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  • than you already were.
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  • To harden the heart meansto make you meaner
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  • than you already were.
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  • To harden the heart is to makeyou worse than you already were.
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  • I think the verse says,
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  • "And God hardenedPharaoh's heart."
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  • Because when God is readyto give you a new experience
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  • with him, he will allow youto be put into a situation
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  • that only he can get you out of.
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  • When God is readyto make this move,
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  • doesn't matter who you know,what contacts you have,
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  • how much money you possess,or where you live,
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  • or the car you drive.
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  • When God is ready to give youa new experience with him,
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  • he will regularly trap youwhere you are.
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  • Verse 8 of chapter 14 says,
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  • "The Lord hardened the heartof Pharaoh, king of Egypt,
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  • and he chasedafter the sons of Israel."
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  • They finally get out of Egypt,they've been praying
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  • to get out of Egypt,he lets them out of Egypt,
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  • then he hardens Pharaoh'sheart to come after them.
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  • "As Pharaoh drew near,"verse 10,
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  • "the sons of Israel looked,and behold,
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  • the Egyptians were marchingafter them.
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  • And they became scared."
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  • It says they werevery frightened.
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  • "And so, the sons of Israelcried out to the Lord."
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  • Water here, Pharaohand his chariots here,
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  • and they're closing inon the Jews.
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  • And so, they are terrified.
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  • And so, they do whatmany Christians do,
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  • they cry out to God,"Help, help,"
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  • while simultaneouslycomplaining to man.
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  • Verse 11, "They said to Moses,'Is it because there were
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  • no graves in Egypt that you havetaken us away to die
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  • in the wilderness?
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  • Why have you dealt with usin this way,
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  • bringing us out of Egypt?
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  • Is this not the word thatwe spoke to you in Egypt,
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  • saying, "Leave us alone,that we may serve
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  • the Egyptians"?
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  • For it would have been betterfor us to serve the Egyptians
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  • than to die in the wilderness.'"
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  • So, the conflictthat they are in,
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  • the Red Sea and the Egyptians,
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  • produces a spiritual conflictwithin them.
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  • Because on the one hand, it saysthey cried out onto God.
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  • But then,on the other hand,
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  • it says they complainedto Moses.
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  • So, I'm calling on God,but I'm blaming man.
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  • Not only that, but I'm confused'cause a dilemma
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  • will confuse you.
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  • They said, "Did not we tell youleave us alone?
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  • We were happy being a slavein them corn fields.
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  • We were--we were happy beinga slave picking that cotton.
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  • We were--we were just--we were just swing low,
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  • sweet chariot.
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  • We were just happy slaves."
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  • Never mind that they had beencrying out to God
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  • all the time for God to get themout of here.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: I'm sure you would agreewith me that this year
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  • has been very challenging.
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  • And "The Urban Alternative"has been being bombarded
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  • with people with questionsas we faced one crisis
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  • on top of another crisis,on top of another crisis.
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  • All over the nation andfrom even around the world,
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  • people are asking,"What does God have to say
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  • about what we are facingand dealing with?"
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  • Well, we believe thatGod does have answers
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  • and that his Word is truth.
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  • And so, we've been seekingto provide that through
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  • expanding our ministry not onlyon radio and television,
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  • but online and every mechanismpossible because God has used
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  • this crisis to open up a doorof opportunity.
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  • Your generous support for uswill allow us
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  • to keep giving divine answersfor our human dilemma.
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  • Never has there beena greater opportunity
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  • for God's Word to penetratethe lives, the families,
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  • the churches, and eventhe communities of people
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  • who are desperate for a wordfrom heaven.
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  • And we're committedto giving that word.
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  • Would you help us in this yearvery strong
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  • and launch into the new yearstronger than ever
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  • through your generous year-endcontribution?
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  • We've never needed it more,and the world has never needed
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  • to hear from God more.
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  • We're going to give that wordto the world with your help.
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  • Thank you for your support,and God bless you.
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  • Tony: So, let me give yousomething you must do
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  • when you're caughtin a dilemma
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  • and God himselfis confusing you.
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  • You must appeal to someone,if you cannot appeal
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  • to yourself, who hasa spiritual perspective.
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  • See, if you confusedand you only talking
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  • to other confused people,who do not share
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  • a proper view of God,then all you're going to do
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  • is reinforce the frustrationof your dilemma.
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  • If God has allowed you to bethere because you're
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  • in the will of God even thoughyou are confused,
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  • then God alone hasto give you clarity.
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  • And so, even though theywere complaining about Moses,
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  • only Moses could give themthe proper perspective
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  • because Moses wasin touch with God.
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  • So, Moses said to the people,'cause they're crying out to God
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  • and complainingat the same time.
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  • So, Moses says to the people,"Do not fear.
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  • Stand by and seethe salvation of the Lord."
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  • So, he bringsin a spiritual perspective
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  • to their human dilemma.
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  • "Which he will accomplishfor you.
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  • The Egyptianswhom you have seen today,
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  • you will never see them again.
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  • The Lord will fight for youwhile you are silent,
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  • not while you are talking."
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  • What he is referring to wasthe complaining they were doing,
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  • not the crying out to God,but the complaining.
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  • God will fight for youwhile you keep silent.
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  • They were now in the positionof submitting
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  • to spiritual authority.
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  • You must havespiritual authority
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  • in your life,spiritual people
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  • to whom you can appealwhen you don't have
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  • spiritual answers yourself,and all you can see
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  • are the circumstances.
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  • Ah, verse 15, "Then the Lordsaid to Mo.
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  • The Lord said to Moses,'Why are you crying out to me?
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  • Tell the sons of Israelto go forward.'"
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  • He says to Moses,"Why are you crying out to me?
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  • Tell Israel to go forward."
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  • Now, the problem with that verseis there's nothing stated
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  • about Moses crying out to him.
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  • There's no statementabout Moses crying,
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  • it's that the people cried out.
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  • But then God turnsto Moses and says,
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  • "Why are you crying out?"
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  • Says, "What I want you to do istell the people
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  • now it's time to move.
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  • Tell them to move forward."
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  • Now, here is a principle.
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  • He had just said stand still,do nothing.
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  • But now, he gets another messagethat says tell them now
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  • to go forward, so here it is.
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  • When God puts you in a dilemmaand there is nothing
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  • that you can do or should do,you do nothing.
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  • When God hasn't given yousomething to do, that means he--
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  • there is not somethinghe wants you to do yet.
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  • But now, he tells themto move forward.
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  • It says, "By faith,they crossed the Red Sea."
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  • Remember, faith is in your feet,not in your feelings.
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  • Hebrews 11:29 says they did itby faith because
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  • faith often has to operatewhen fear is present, okay?
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  • Faith does not automaticallyeradicate fear.
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  • But faith, when it is operating,overrides fear
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  • because fear immobilizes.
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  • Faith moves even whenyou are fearful.
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  • But when he gives yousomething to do, you move.
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  • He says, "Tell the peopleto move."
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  • And so, the people move.
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  • "Moses, lift up your staff."
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  • He lifts up the rod,now called the rod of God.
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  • He says, "I will,"again this word in verse 17,
  • 00:16:00.375 --> 00:16:02.610
  • "harden the heartof the Egyptians.
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  • I'm going to make them harder.
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  • I'm going to make themhate you more.
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  • I'm going to make them comeafter you worse than before,
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  • so that they will goin after them,
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  • and I will be honoredthrough Pharaoh and his army,
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  • through his chariotsand his horsemen."
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  • So, Moses stretches outhis hand with the rod, verse 21,
  • 00:16:23.865 --> 00:16:27.668
  • "And the Lord swept the sea backby a strong wind all night,
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  • and turned the sea into dry landso the waters were divided.
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  • The sons of Israelwent through."
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  • Verse 23, "Then the Egyptianstook up pursuit."
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  • To see a sea open up,the water wall on both sides,
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  • this whole army of almost2 million people
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  • walking through,and you go in there after them,
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  • you got to be crazy.
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  • But they were made crazyby God hardening their heart.
  • 00:17:03.604 --> 00:17:09.610
  • So, God may be hardeningthe heart of your coworker,
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  • making them treat you bad,worse.
  • 00:17:12.814 --> 00:17:16.484
  • He may be hardeningthe heart of your boss,
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  • making him treat you worse,or that person in your life,
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  • or that circumstance.
  • 00:17:24.358 --> 00:17:26.027
  • See, that's why you got to bein the will of God,
  • 00:17:26.060 --> 00:17:28.563
  • because when he makes it worse,he's using it.
  • 00:17:28.596 --> 00:17:33.768
  • "I will harden Pharaoh's heart,and the Egyptians
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  • will come after you."
  • 00:17:36.938 --> 00:17:39.607
  • It says in verse 31,"When Israel saw," say saw.
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  • See, not they ain't heard,they saw.
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  • "When Israel saw the great powerwhich the Lord had used
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  • against the Egyptians,the people feared the Lord,
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  • and they believed in the Lordand in his servant Moses."
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  • Why does God put youin a dilemma
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  • when you're in his will?
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  • So you can see something.
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  • Says when they sawthe power of the Lord,
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  • they encountered God's power.
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  • They said--you knowwhat those people are saying?
  • 00:18:17.645 --> 00:18:19.313
  • They said, "Take usback to Egypt."
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  • You know whatGod was trying to do?
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  • He was trying to deliver themfrom something in their past.
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  • Egypt was their past.
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  • But you can get so usedto yesterday that,
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  • when the day goes bad on you,you want to go back.
  • 00:18:32.360 --> 00:18:37.431
  • He says, "I'm gonna deliver youfrom yesterday
  • 00:18:37.465 --> 00:18:40.968
  • because I havea different tomorrow.
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  • But for me to deliver youfrom yesterday to take you to
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  • a different tomorrow, I'm goingto create confusion today."
  • 00:18:47.475 --> 00:18:50.978
  • So, I want you to lookat your dilemma
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  • that you're either in orthat you will face differently.
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  • If you're not walking by faith,but only walking by sight,
  • 00:18:59.787 --> 00:19:03.658
  • begin to walk by faithand no longer live
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  • a life of complaining.
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  • Acknowledging the reality,but not blaming man
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  • for something God has done.
  • 00:19:16.037 --> 00:19:18.072
  • Because you now havethis bigger view of God,
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  • who wants to show you his powerso that he can blow
  • 00:19:20.942 --> 00:19:25.413
  • your mind in a catch-22.
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  • I want to conclude my timewith telling you
  • 00:19:28.849 --> 00:19:32.587
  • one of my dilemma moments.
  • 00:19:32.620 --> 00:19:35.389
  • We were meeting at a school inthe early days of our ministry.
  • 00:19:35.423 --> 00:19:42.496
  • The school board saidwe could no longer meet there,
  • 00:19:42.530 --> 00:19:45.132
  • we would have to in a coupleof weeks find another place.
  • 00:19:45.166 --> 00:19:49.237
  • We were in a catch-22.
  • 00:19:49.270 --> 00:19:51.806
  • We were in a dilemma,what would we tell the people?
  • 00:19:51.839 --> 00:19:55.643
  • We went back to the school boardand asked them
  • 00:19:55.676 --> 00:19:58.079
  • for an extension of time.
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  • They said they do not thinkwe can get it because
  • 00:20:00.181 --> 00:20:03.551
  • there were too many boardmembers with this whole thing
  • 00:20:03.584 --> 00:20:07.054
  • of church and statethat were against
  • 00:20:07.088 --> 00:20:09.290
  • the church meeting in a school.
  • 00:20:09.323 --> 00:20:13.194
  • But then they said,"But we will have a final,
  • 00:20:13.227 --> 00:20:15.930
  • official vote."
  • 00:20:15.963 --> 00:20:17.298
  • But the personwho we talked to said,
  • 00:20:17.331 --> 00:20:19.166
  • "Let me tell you now there aretoo many people against you."
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:24.438
  • All we did was call on Godto intervene
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  • and to do somethingthat was out of our hands.
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  • It was now the dayof the vote,
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  • and we knew the voteswere against us.
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  • We had been told thatby an insider.
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  • The meeting was supposedto happen at a certain time,
  • 00:20:40.855 --> 00:20:45.259
  • but the time wenton and on and on.
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  • I guess we were sittingout there close to two hours,
  • 00:20:47.495 --> 00:20:50.498
  • when it should've been finishedin 30 minutes,
  • 00:20:50.531 --> 00:20:53.267
  • waiting for a decision.
  • 00:20:53.301 --> 00:20:56.637
  • Finally, a lady comesout of the meeting.
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  • She says, "I am sorryit's taken so long,
  • 00:21:00.941 --> 00:21:05.613
  • but two of our board membersare missing.
  • 00:21:05.646 --> 00:21:09.150
  • They have not yet gottento the meeting.
  • 00:21:09.183 --> 00:21:11.585
  • So, we tried to wait for themso we could have
  • 00:21:11.619 --> 00:21:13.821
  • a full council vote,but they have not showed up,
  • 00:21:13.854 --> 00:21:18.092
  • and we have decided to go aheadwith the vote.
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  • We went ahead with the vote,and by one vote
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  • you have gotten approvalto stay in the school."
  • 00:21:26.467 --> 00:21:30.905
  • By one vote.
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  • When she finished coming out,
  • 00:21:33.541 --> 00:21:35.509
  • the two who weremissing rushed in.
  • 00:21:35.543 --> 00:21:40.047
  • The two who were missingrushed in,
  • 00:21:40.081 --> 00:21:42.350
  • but the vote had alreadybeen taken.
  • 00:21:42.383 --> 00:21:46.020
  • Oh, but that's not the good partof the story.
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  • The good part of the story iswhy they were late.
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  • These two decidedto ride together.
  • 00:21:51.759 --> 00:21:56.330
  • When they decidedto ride together,
  • 00:21:56.364 --> 00:21:58.733
  • they got off of Polkand 67 and there was an accident
  • 00:21:58.766 --> 00:22:03.571
  • at the light.
  • 00:22:03.604 --> 00:22:05.673
  • The accident at the light heldup traffic for almost two hours,
  • 00:22:05.706 --> 00:22:11.278
  • where the trafficcould not move.
  • 00:22:11.312 --> 00:22:14.215
  • So, within that two hours,the vote was taken.
  • 00:22:14.248 --> 00:22:17.885
  • So, by the time the traffic gotcleared away and they rushed in,
  • 00:22:17.918 --> 00:22:22.723
  • it was too late 'causeGod had already set up a block.
  • 00:22:22.757 --> 00:22:30.531
  • The story in Exodus chapter 18says that the cloud
  • 00:22:30.564 --> 00:22:35.736
  • and the pillar of fire wentfrom in front of the Jews,
  • 00:22:35.770 --> 00:22:40.141
  • and went to the back of the Jewsto create a block so that
  • 00:22:40.174 --> 00:22:44.812
  • Pharaoh's army could not getto them until they crossed over.
  • 00:22:44.845 --> 00:22:49.450
  • So, what God did was he tookthe angel of the Lord,
  • 00:22:49.483 --> 00:22:52.987
  • and he led from in frontof Oak Cliff,
  • 00:22:53.020 --> 00:22:55.623
  • he went to the backof Oak Cliff,
  • 00:22:55.656 --> 00:22:57.992
  • he went down to Polk and 67,allowed an accident to occur
  • 00:22:58.025 --> 00:23:03.397
  • at just the right time for justthe right amount of cars
  • 00:23:03.431 --> 00:23:08.102
  • in order to block whatGod's purpose was.
  • 00:23:08.135 --> 00:23:11.972
  • He created a dilemma.
  • 00:23:12.006 --> 00:23:14.141
  • Now, the good newsof that for you is
  • 00:23:14.175 --> 00:23:16.710
  • that I have never forgotten it.
  • 00:23:16.744 --> 00:23:18.913
  • So, anytime now we runinto a dilemma,
  • 00:23:18.946 --> 00:23:21.916
  • I remember what happenedat the end of the 1970s.
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  • Anytime we run into a problem,I remember that God
  • 00:23:27.054 --> 00:23:30.925
  • is the same yesterday,today, and forever.
  • 00:23:30.958 --> 00:23:35.463
  • I remember to tell you let'smove forward when God says move,
  • 00:23:35.496 --> 00:23:40.701
  • even though we don't seehow it's going to work out.
  • 00:23:40.734 --> 00:23:43.337
  • 'Cause the God who can create anaccident at just the right time
  • 00:23:43.370 --> 00:23:48.375
  • can do whatever he decides todo in the dilemmas in our lives,
  • 00:23:48.409 --> 00:23:53.547
  • as long as we are inthe center of his will.
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  • Come on and praise him,somebody,
  • 00:23:57.184 --> 00:24:00.120
  • because he's worthy,because he wants you
  • 00:24:00.154 --> 00:24:02.790
  • to see him for yourselfin the dilemma of your life.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: The power of God isoften most clearly seen
  • 00:24:19.974 --> 00:24:24.912
  • in the contradictions of life.
  • 00:24:24.945 --> 00:24:27.948
  • When you're caught betweena rock and a hard place.
  • 00:24:27.982 --> 00:24:32.319
  • When you find yourselfstuck out on a limb.
  • 00:24:32.353 --> 00:24:36.857
  • When you find yourself upa creek without a paddle.
  • 00:24:36.891 --> 00:24:42.663
  • When in every directionyou look, you feel trapped.
  • 00:24:42.696 --> 00:24:48.502
  • It is in the midst of thatreality that God's power
  • 00:24:48.536 --> 00:24:53.440
  • is most clearly visible.
  • 00:24:53.474 --> 00:24:57.011
  • Now, to be sure, his poweris always there,
  • 00:24:57.044 --> 00:24:59.780
  • it's just not always seenuntil sometimes he allows things
  • 00:24:59.813 --> 00:25:06.954
  • to get so out of hand thathis power is your only option.
  • 00:25:06.987 --> 00:25:13.561
  • So, when life crushes in on you,when hopelessness seems
  • 00:25:13.594 --> 00:25:17.798
  • to reign, and there isno way out,
  • 00:25:17.831 --> 00:25:21.835
  • when you look north and southand east and west
  • 00:25:21.869 --> 00:25:28.242
  • and all you see is calamityclosing in on you,
  • 00:25:28.275 --> 00:25:32.947
  • then in a uniqueand special way,
  • 00:25:32.980 --> 00:25:37.985
  • God often breaks throughand lets you know
  • 00:25:38.018 --> 00:25:40.688
  • he alone is your answer.
  • 00:25:40.721 --> 00:25:43.824
  • That's why Job could say,
  • 00:25:43.857 --> 00:25:45.426
  • "I looked for himand couldn't find him.
  • 00:25:45.459 --> 00:25:48.128
  • In every direction I looked,he was invisible to me."
  • 00:25:48.162 --> 00:25:54.735
  • But then he rememberedthe power of God, and he says,
  • 00:25:54.768 --> 00:25:57.171
  • "When I get through this,when I get through this travail,
  • 00:25:57.204 --> 00:26:03.143
  • I'm going to knowhow real God is."
  • 00:26:03.177 --> 00:26:07.081
  • So, I don't know where you needGod's power right now.
  • 00:26:07.114 --> 00:26:11.819
  • I do know his power is availableno matter how deep the pit
  • 00:26:11.852 --> 00:26:15.289
  • you find yourself in.
  • 00:26:15.322 --> 00:26:17.891
  • Don't give up, look up.
  • 00:26:17.925 --> 00:26:20.394
  • His power is still there.
  • 00:26:20.427 --> 00:26:22.930
  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:33.140 --> 00:26:43.117
  • ♪♪♪
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