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Fasting Is Hungering For God

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January 17, 2021
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Pastor Jentezen Franklin brings practical meaning to spiritual truths found in God’s Word.

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Fasting Is Hungering For God

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  • - Welcome to Kingdom Connection
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  • - Welcome to Kingdom Connectionwe are in the middle of an
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  • we are in the middle of anannual time of seeking God,
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  • annual time of seeking God,and fasting and prayer.
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  • and fasting and prayer.And you may say,
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  • And you may say,"Well, I don't know about all
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  • "Well, I don't know about allthat fasting stuff, I don't even
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  • that fasting stuff, I don't evenknow if it works, and number two
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  • know if it works, and number twoit doesn't sound like
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  • it doesn't sound likeit's any fun."
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  • it's any fun."Well, I'll give you the last
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  • Well, I'll give you the lastpoint, it's not fun,
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  • point, it's not fun,but it is powerful.
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  • but it is powerful.And my challenge to you today
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  • And my challenge to you todayis give it a try.
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  • is give it a try.I believe God's gonna speak
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  • I believe God's gonna speakto you about His will
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  • - "Fasting
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  • - "Fastingis Hungering for God".
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  • is Hungering for God".And it sounds so simple,
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  • And it sounds so simple,but I wanna tell you that
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  • but I wanna tell you thatwhen you fast,
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  • when you fast,some things that you probably
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  • some things that you probablyneed to expect, that at some
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  • need to expect, that at somepoint, the fun wears off.
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  • point, the fun wears off.At some point,
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  • At some point,it becomes a grind.
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  • it becomes a grind.At some point, you begin
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  • At some point, you beginto hear the voice,
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  • to hear the voice,"What's the use?
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  • "What's the use?This is stupid.
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  • This is stupid.When you wanna quit the most,
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  • When you wanna quit the most,that is the time that the fast
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  • that is the time that the fastis being most effective.
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  • is being most effective.Not only is God taking
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  • Not only is God takingnotice of you,
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  • notice of you,but Satan is taking notice
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  • but Satan is taking noticeof you when you're fasting.
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  • of you when you're fasting.There is in your body something
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  • There is in your body somethingcalled ghrelin.
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  • called ghrelin.G-H-R-E-L-I-N.
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  • G-H-R-E-L-I-N.Ghrelin, in the simplest way
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  • Ghrelin, in the simplest waythat I can say it,
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  • that I can say it,is what makes
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  • is what makesyour stomach growl.
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  • your stomach growl.Have you ever been sitting,
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  • Have you ever been sitting,maybe it's about to happen
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  • maybe it's about to happennow already,
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  • now already,and this growl comes up,
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  • and this growl comes up,and it's embarrassing,
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  • and it's embarrassing,it's an embarrassing noise
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  • it's an embarrassing noisethat comes from the middle
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  • that comes from the middleof your body, and you have
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  • of your body, and you haveabsolutely no control over it.
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  • absolutely no control over it.Well, ghrelin is this --
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  • Well, ghrelin is this --it's this hormone,
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  • it's this hormone,it's called the hunger hormone,
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  • it's called the hunger hormone,that causes your stomach
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  • that causes your stomachto growl and it's also
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  • to growl and it's alsowhat triggers the feeling
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  • what triggers the feelingof hunger in your body.
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  • of hunger in your body.Nobody has to go around and try
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  • Nobody has to go around and tryto remember to be hungry,
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  • to remember to be hungry,because you have ghrelin,
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  • because you have ghrelin,and ghrelin assaults you
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  • and ghrelin assaults youabout once every two
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  • about once every twoor three hours,
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  • or three hours,and he will -- it grumbles
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  • and he will -- it grumblesand it makes you know that
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  • and it makes you know thatyou need to eat.
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  • you need to eat.It's that growling noise
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  • It's that growling noisein your body that will only stop
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  • in your body that will only stopembarrassing you if you feed it
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  • embarrassing you if you feed ita twinkie,
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  • a twinkie,if you feed it a cookie,
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  • if you feed it a cookie,if you give it a cheeseburger,
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  • if you give it a cheeseburger,it'll calm down.
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  • it'll calm down.And get used to that,
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  • And get used to that,'cause you're gonna hear it
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  • 'cause you're gonna hear ita lot over the next few days.
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  • a lot over the next few days.Nobody tries to remember to eat,
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  • Nobody tries to remember to eat,because you have hunger hormones
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  • because you have hunger hormonesthat stir you up all
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  • that stir you up allthrough the day,
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  • through the day,and say, "Feed me.
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  • and say, "Feed me.You haven't eaten lunch.
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  • You haven't eaten lunch.You haven't eaten breakfast.
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  • You haven't eaten breakfast.Feed me."
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  • Feed me."How many of you have
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  • How many of you havegood ghrelin that works?
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  • good ghrelin that works?Say, "Amen."
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  • Say, "Amen."So here's what
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  • So here's whatI'm saying to you.
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  • I'm saying to you.You're gonna think that God
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  • You're gonna think that Godis recreating the miracle
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  • is recreating the miraclethat He did
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  • that He didin the Book of Joshua,
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  • in the Book of Joshua,when He made
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  • when He madethe sun stand still.
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  • the sun stand still.It's gonna feel like the day
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  • It's gonna feel like the dayis not moving,
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  • is not moving,and you're gonna look at your
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  • and you're gonna look at yourwatch, and you're gonna think,
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  • watch, and you're gonna think,it's gotta be 6:30
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  • it's gotta be 6:30in the afternoon,
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  • in the afternoon,and it's gonna be 9:30
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  • and it's gonna be 9:30in the morning,
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  • in the morning,and you're gonna be so hungry,
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  • and you're gonna be so hungry,and you're gonna think,
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  • and you're gonna think,time has stopped,
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  • time has stopped,this is -- I can't do this,
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  • this is -- I can't do this,this is nuts.
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  • this is nuts.But that's when the fast
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  • But that's when the fastis working.
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  • is working.That's when you will begin
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  • That's when you will beginto understand what Jesus
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  • to understand what Jesusdid and what He commanded
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  • did and what He commandedthat His disciples do in seasons
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  • that His disciples do in seasonsof fasting and prayer.
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  • of fasting and prayer.And my point is this,
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  • And my point is this,I want God to give you such
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  • I want God to give you sucha spiritual ghrelin hormone,
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  • a spiritual ghrelin hormone,spiritual hunger,
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  • spiritual hunger,for God that all through
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  • for God that all throughthis fast, there's a stirring.
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  • this fast, there's a stirring.I need to read my Bible,
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  • I need to read my Bible,I need to pray,
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  • I need to pray,I need to worship, I need Jesus.
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  • I need to worship, I need Jesus.I can't have another year
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  • I can't have another yearlike I had.
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  • like I had.I don't wanna go through
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  • I don't wanna go throughanother year where I just kinda
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  • another year where I just kindago through the motions
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  • go through the motionsof Christianity.
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  • of Christianity.I want to hunger for God,
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  • I want to hunger for God,and I'm praying
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  • and I'm prayingthat spiritually,
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  • that spiritually,there's a growl,
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  • there's a growl,there's a disturbing thing
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  • there's a disturbing thingon the inside of you that says,
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  • on the inside of you that says,"I need God.
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  • "I need God.My family needs God.
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  • My family needs God.I need to fast,
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  • I need to fast,and I need to pray."
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  • and I need to pray."I'm praying that that will
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  • I'm praying that that willbecome so real,
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  • become so real,that you will reach a point
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  • that you will reach a pointthat your spiritual life
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  • that your spiritual lifebecomes as active
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  • becomes as activeas your snack life.
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  • as your snack life.I mean, your snack life,
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  • I mean, your snack life,when that hormone of hunger
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  • when that hormone of hungergets going,
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  • gets going,you're always looking
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  • you're always lookingfor some chips,
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  • for some chips,looking for some salsa,
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  • looking for some salsa,looking for some almonds,
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  • looking for some almonds,looking for this,
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  • looking for this,looking for that.
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  • looking for that.I'm praying that your
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  • I'm praying that yourspiritual hunger for God
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  • spiritual hunger for Godis as active as your
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  • is as active as yourhunger for snacks.
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  • hunger for snacks.When you don't pray,
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  • When you don't pray,you get just as miserable
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  • you get just as miserableas you feel when
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  • as you feel whenyou haven't eaten.
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  • you haven't eaten.And it begins to grip
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  • And it begins to gripyou at some point,
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  • you at some point,this fun thing,
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  • this fun thing,this thing, if you start
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  • this thing, if you startout with a motive,
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  • out with a motive,"Well, I need to lose
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  • "Well, I need to losea few little pounds, and so,
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  • a few little pounds, and so,I'm gonna go," --
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  • I'm gonna go," --I promise you, that's gonna
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  • I promise you, that's gonnawear off real quick
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  • wear off real quickand your mind will tell you,
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  • and your mind will tell you,there's a whole lot easier
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  • there's a whole lot easierways to lose weight than this.
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  • ways to lose weight than this.But when it does,
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  • But when it does,that's when all of these
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  • that's when all of thesedistractions are being
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  • distractions are beingcleared away,
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  • cleared away,and Jesus is becoming real,
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  • and Jesus is becoming real,if you'll let Him,
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  • if you'll let Him,in your life in a powerful,
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  • in your life in a powerful,new way.
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  • new way.And that annoying,
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  • And that annoying,gnawing hunger that we get when
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  • gnawing hunger that we get whenwe don't eat physical food,
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  • we don't eat physical food,I'm telling you,
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  • I'm telling you,that now you're gonna have
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  • that now you're gonna havethat same gnawing
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  • that same gnawingin the spiritual dimension
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  • in the spiritual dimensionfor spiritual food.
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  • for spiritual food.And I pray that somebody says,
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  • And I pray that somebody says,"I want a spiritual
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  • "I want a spiritualhunger to grip me."
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  • hunger to grip me."I wanna ask you a question,
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  • I wanna ask you a question,are you hungry after God?
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  • are you hungry after God?I'm not willing to sit here
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  • I'm not willing to sit hereand just go through the motions,
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  • and just go through the motions,because I'm hungry,
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  • because I'm hungry,and fasting is hungering
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  • and fasting is hungeringfor God.
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  • for God.All along in our journey,
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  • All along in our journey,we need to show God that
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  • we need to show God thatwe hunger for Him.
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  • we hunger for Him.Nothing else can satisfy.
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  • Nothing else can satisfy.In the Book of 2 Kings 7,
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  • In the Book of 2 Kings 7,there's the story,
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  • there's the story,and the Bible said that the city
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  • and the Bible said that the citywas completely surrounded,
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  • was completely surrounded,and Israel had been cut off,
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  • and Israel had been cut off,and all the inhabitants
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  • and all the inhabitantswere under siege.
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  • were under siege.It was such a crisis that
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  • It was such a crisis thatthey had run out of food,
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  • they had run out of food,the rations were gone,
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  • the rations were gone,and they were in a dire,
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  • and they were in a dire,dire condition.
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  • dire condition.They became so desperate,
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  • They became so desperate,because they didn't have
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  • because they didn't haveanything to eat,
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  • anything to eat,they become so hungry
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  • they become so hungrythat the Bible said things
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  • that the Bible said thingsthat would have been
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  • that would have beenunacceptable for consumption,
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  • unacceptable for consumption,now, they're fighting over.
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  • now, they're fighting over.They're so hungry that
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  • They're so hungry thatthey're fighting over things
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  • they're fighting over thingsthat normally they would never
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  • that normally they would nevereven consume and eat.
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  • even consume and eat.For example, the Bible said
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  • For example, the Bible saidthe people in this city
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  • the people in this citybecame so hungry that
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  • became so hungry thatfor 80 pieces of silver,
  • 00:07:44.143 --> 00:07:46.946
  • for 80 pieces of silver,you could buy a donkey's head,
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  • you could buy a donkey's head,and they would peel the skin
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  • and they would peel the skinoff of the donkey's head
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  • off of the donkey's headand cook it,
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  • and cook it,and that was how desperate they
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  • and that was how desperate theywere to have anything to eat.
  • 00:07:54.954 --> 00:07:56.722
  • were to have anything to eat.And if that wasn't bad enough,
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  • And if that wasn't bad enough,the Bible gave another example,
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  • the Bible gave another example,and it said the people were so
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  • and it said the people were sohungry that for five pieces
  • 00:08:02.528 --> 00:08:03.729
  • hungry that for five piecesof silver,
  • 00:08:03.729 --> 00:08:05.331
  • of silver,you could buy a cup
  • 00:08:05.331 --> 00:08:08.034
  • you could buy a cupof dove's dung.
  • 00:08:08.034 --> 00:08:10.836
  • of dove's dung.Dove's waste.
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  • Dove's waste.You see, when you're hungry,
  • 00:08:13.739 --> 00:08:14.874
  • You see, when you're hungry,if you don't consume
  • 00:08:14.874 --> 00:08:17.543
  • if you don't consumethe right things, with --
  • 00:08:17.543 --> 00:08:19.378
  • the right things, with --to fill that hunger,
  • 00:08:19.378 --> 00:08:20.780
  • to fill that hunger,then you will begin to feed
  • 00:08:20.780 --> 00:08:22.715
  • then you will begin to feedon things you never said
  • 00:08:22.715 --> 00:08:25.551
  • on things you never saidyou would consume.
  • 00:08:25.551 --> 00:08:27.653
  • you would consume.I believe with all of my heart,
  • 00:08:27.653 --> 00:08:28.621
  • I believe with all of my heart,if you don't direct
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  • if you don't directyour spiritual hunger
  • 00:08:30.122 --> 00:08:32.925
  • your spiritual hungerin seasons to feed and hunger
  • 00:08:32.925 --> 00:08:35.161
  • in seasons to feed and hungerafter spiritual things,
  • 00:08:35.161 --> 00:08:38.331
  • after spiritual things,that those hungers,
  • 00:08:38.331 --> 00:08:39.298
  • that those hungers,that if you don't direct them
  • 00:08:39.298 --> 00:08:41.100
  • that if you don't direct themtoward God and the Word
  • 00:08:41.100 --> 00:08:42.234
  • toward God and the Wordand worship and a greater
  • 00:08:42.234 --> 00:08:44.070
  • and worship and a greaterrelationship with Jesus,
  • 00:08:44.070 --> 00:08:45.671
  • relationship with Jesus,then those hungers will
  • 00:08:45.671 --> 00:08:48.274
  • then those hungers willdirect you to the wrong things.
  • 00:08:48.274 --> 00:08:49.375
  • direct you to the wrong things.And you'll begin to feed
  • 00:08:49.375 --> 00:08:50.876
  • And you'll begin to feedon things on the internet,
  • 00:08:50.876 --> 00:08:51.978
  • on things on the internet,and you'll begin to feed
  • 00:08:51.978 --> 00:08:54.480
  • and you'll begin to feedon things that are carnal,
  • 00:08:54.480 --> 00:08:56.415
  • on things that are carnal,that begin to leave your soul
  • 00:08:56.415 --> 00:08:58.184
  • that begin to leave your soullean and empty,
  • 00:08:58.184 --> 00:08:59.919
  • lean and empty,and you're drying up,
  • 00:08:59.919 --> 00:09:01.487
  • and you're drying up,and spiritually, it's been
  • 00:09:01.487 --> 00:09:03.923
  • and spiritually, it's beenso long since you had a touch
  • 00:09:03.923 --> 00:09:06.359
  • so long since you had a touchof Jesus, because you're feeding
  • 00:09:06.359 --> 00:09:08.394
  • of Jesus, because you're feedingonly the carnal things,
  • 00:09:08.394 --> 00:09:10.296
  • only the carnal things,and it's really a God hunger
  • 00:09:10.296 --> 00:09:11.731
  • and it's really a God hungerthat's crying out,
  • 00:09:11.731 --> 00:09:13.666
  • that's crying out,"Come back to Me.
  • 00:09:13.666 --> 00:09:15.768
  • "Come back to Me.Come and seek Me in fasting
  • 00:09:15.768 --> 00:09:16.702
  • Come and seek Me in fastingand in prayer and draw near
  • 00:09:16.702 --> 00:09:17.536
  • and in prayer and draw nearto Me, and I'll
  • 00:09:17.536 --> 00:09:18.671
  • to Me, and I'lldraw near to you."
  • 00:09:18.671 --> 00:09:20.673
  • draw near to you."But we don't take time to
  • 00:09:20.673 --> 00:09:23.275
  • But we don't take time toever feed our hunger for God,
  • 00:09:23.275 --> 00:09:24.710
  • ever feed our hunger for God,and when we try
  • 00:09:24.710 --> 00:09:26.912
  • and when we tryto substitute junk food,
  • 00:09:26.912 --> 00:09:34.153
  • to substitute junk food,donkey's heads and dove's dung,
  • 00:09:34.153 --> 00:09:36.022
  • donkey's heads and dove's dung,I believe that if you do not
  • 00:09:36.022 --> 00:09:37.556
  • I believe that if you do notaddress that spiritual hunger
  • 00:09:37.556 --> 00:09:39.058
  • address that spiritual hungerfor more of God,
  • 00:09:39.058 --> 00:09:40.459
  • for more of God,you will start filling it
  • 00:09:40.459 --> 00:09:41.794
  • you will start filling itwith more and more --
  • 00:09:41.794 --> 00:09:43.629
  • with more and more --and we try so desperately
  • 00:09:43.629 --> 00:09:45.698
  • and we try so desperatelyto fill what only God can fill,
  • 00:09:45.698 --> 00:09:46.899
  • to fill what only God can fill,and it's another thing,
  • 00:09:46.899 --> 00:09:47.900
  • and it's another thing,another trip,
  • 00:09:47.900 --> 00:09:49.468
  • another trip,another entertainment,
  • 00:09:49.468 --> 00:09:50.836
  • another entertainment,another distraction,
  • 00:09:50.836 --> 00:09:53.005
  • another distraction,another let's go to the game,
  • 00:09:53.005 --> 00:09:53.773
  • another let's go to the game,let's go to the lake,
  • 00:09:53.773 --> 00:09:54.473
  • let's go to the lake,let's go to the beach,
  • 00:09:54.473 --> 00:09:55.474
  • let's go to the beach,let's go to the mountains,
  • 00:09:55.474 --> 00:09:56.242
  • let's go to the mountains,let's try this,
  • 00:09:56.242 --> 00:09:57.376
  • let's try this,let me get that house,
  • 00:09:57.376 --> 00:09:58.511
  • let me get that house,let me get that car,
  • 00:09:58.511 --> 00:10:00.246
  • let me get that car,let me try this new project.
  • 00:10:00.246 --> 00:10:01.881
  • let me try this new project.And we keep trying to fill
  • 00:10:01.881 --> 00:10:03.683
  • And we keep trying to fillthe God hunger,
  • 00:10:03.683 --> 00:10:04.884
  • the God hunger,but there is a gnawing
  • 00:10:04.884 --> 00:10:06.719
  • but there is a gnawingand a grumbling inside
  • 00:10:06.719 --> 00:10:09.355
  • and a grumbling insidethat says, "Nothing can meet
  • 00:10:09.355 --> 00:10:11.424
  • that says, "Nothing can meetthe need of God in your life
  • 00:10:11.424 --> 00:10:13.092
  • the need of God in your lifebut seeking Him."
  • 00:10:13.092 --> 00:10:14.326
  • but seeking Him."And when He comes,
  • 00:10:14.326 --> 00:10:16.228
  • And when He comes,when you seek Him first,
  • 00:10:16.228 --> 00:10:17.997
  • when you seek Him first,then all of these things
  • 00:10:17.997 --> 00:10:22.068
  • then all of these thingsare added unto you.
  • 00:10:22.068 --> 00:10:23.569
  • are added unto you.The lepers in --
  • 00:10:23.569 --> 00:10:24.603
  • The lepers in --the Bible said that there were
  • 00:10:24.603 --> 00:10:29.075
  • the Bible said that there werelepers outside of that city.
  • 00:10:29.075 --> 00:10:29.975
  • lepers outside of that city.In other words,
  • 00:10:29.975 --> 00:10:31.377
  • In other words,they were outcast, they were --
  • 00:10:31.377 --> 00:10:32.378
  • they were outcast, they were --I mean, it's bad
  • 00:10:32.378 --> 00:10:33.879
  • I mean, it's badto be inside the city,
  • 00:10:33.879 --> 00:10:35.981
  • to be inside the city,literally, where people
  • 00:10:35.981 --> 00:10:38.084
  • literally, where peopleare buying and eating
  • 00:10:38.084 --> 00:10:42.121
  • are buying and eatingdonkey's heads and dove's dung,
  • 00:10:42.121 --> 00:10:43.055
  • donkey's heads and dove's dung,and these guys were
  • 00:10:43.055 --> 00:10:44.123
  • and these guys wereeven more desperate,
  • 00:10:44.123 --> 00:10:45.357
  • even more desperate,because they were lepers,
  • 00:10:45.357 --> 00:10:47.093
  • because they were lepers,and that disease would cause
  • 00:10:47.093 --> 00:10:48.627
  • and that disease would causeliteral parts of your body
  • 00:10:48.627 --> 00:10:49.795
  • literal parts of your bodyto fall off,
  • 00:10:49.795 --> 00:10:51.430
  • to fall off,and spiritually speaking,
  • 00:10:51.430 --> 00:10:52.631
  • and spiritually speaking,their life was falling
  • 00:10:52.631 --> 00:10:54.233
  • their life was fallingto pieces.
  • 00:10:54.233 --> 00:10:56.168
  • to pieces.They were outcast.
  • 00:10:56.168 --> 00:10:57.269
  • They were outcast.They were told, "You're not
  • 00:10:57.269 --> 00:10:58.404
  • They were told, "You're noteven important enough
  • 00:10:58.404 --> 00:11:00.339
  • even important enoughto be on the inside
  • 00:11:00.339 --> 00:11:01.874
  • to be on the insideof the rest of us."
  • 00:11:01.874 --> 00:11:04.376
  • of the rest of us."But they were hungry,
  • 00:11:04.376 --> 00:11:05.845
  • But they were hungry,so hungry that they said,
  • 00:11:05.845 --> 00:11:07.413
  • so hungry that they said,"I can't," --
  • 00:11:07.413 --> 00:11:08.781
  • "I can't," --they asked this question,
  • 00:11:08.781 --> 00:11:14.754
  • they asked this question,"Why sit here until we die?"
  • 00:11:14.754 --> 00:11:16.222
  • "Why sit here until we die?"See, the only thing that will
  • 00:11:16.222 --> 00:11:17.423
  • See, the only thing that willmove you out of your
  • 00:11:17.423 --> 00:11:19.191
  • move you out of yourcomfort zone,
  • 00:11:19.191 --> 00:11:21.727
  • comfort zone,out of complacency,
  • 00:11:21.727 --> 00:11:25.097
  • out of complacency,into the things that only God
  • 00:11:25.097 --> 00:11:25.898
  • into the things that only Godcan do for you,
  • 00:11:25.898 --> 00:11:27.032
  • can do for you,this is what the Lord told me to
  • 00:11:27.032 --> 00:11:28.033
  • this is what the Lord told me totell you, He said,
  • 00:11:28.033 --> 00:11:29.101
  • tell you, He said,"The only thing that will get
  • 00:11:29.101 --> 00:11:32.772
  • "The only thing that will getyou there is hunger."
  • 00:11:32.772 --> 00:11:34.039
  • you there is hunger."The only thing that lifted
  • 00:11:34.039 --> 00:11:36.776
  • The only thing that liftedthem out of their self-pity
  • 00:11:36.776 --> 00:11:38.410
  • them out of their self-pitywas hunger.
  • 00:11:38.410 --> 00:11:39.411
  • was hunger.The only thing that lifted
  • 00:11:39.411 --> 00:11:41.380
  • The only thing that liftedthem out of their excuses,
  • 00:11:41.380 --> 00:11:42.348
  • them out of their excuses,"We might as well,
  • 00:11:42.348 --> 00:11:43.649
  • "We might as well,nobody else is doing anything,
  • 00:11:43.649 --> 00:11:45.050
  • nobody else is doing anything,we're all dying,
  • 00:11:45.050 --> 00:11:46.519
  • we're all dying,so we'll die here together."
  • 00:11:46.519 --> 00:11:47.887
  • so we'll die here together."The only thing that pushed
  • 00:11:47.887 --> 00:11:49.555
  • The only thing that pushedthem was hunger.
  • 00:11:49.555 --> 00:11:51.323
  • them was hunger.The only thing that caused them
  • 00:11:51.323 --> 00:11:52.925
  • The only thing that caused themto begin to move toward their
  • 00:11:52.925 --> 00:11:55.060
  • to begin to move toward theirdestiny and a brighter day
  • 00:11:55.060 --> 00:11:56.362
  • destiny and a brighter daywas hunger,
  • 00:11:56.362 --> 00:11:58.297
  • was hunger,and hunger will drive you
  • 00:11:58.297 --> 00:11:59.431
  • and hunger will drive youand push you,
  • 00:11:59.431 --> 00:12:01.233
  • and push you,and fasting
  • 00:12:01.233 --> 00:12:04.904
  • and fastingis hungering for God.
  • 00:12:04.904 --> 00:12:07.273
  • is hungering for God.The Bible said that there
  • 00:12:07.273 --> 00:12:10.176
  • The Bible said that therewere four of them,
  • 00:12:10.176 --> 00:12:12.912
  • were four of them,and I think probably one of 'em
  • 00:12:12.912 --> 00:12:14.380
  • and I think probably one of 'emwas sitting there,
  • 00:12:14.380 --> 00:12:17.249
  • was sitting there,and he had tacos on his mind.
  • 00:12:17.249 --> 00:12:18.250
  • and he had tacos on his mind.One was sitting there,
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:19.318
  • One was sitting there,and he had fried chicken
  • 00:12:19.318 --> 00:12:21.220
  • and he had fried chickenon his mind,
  • 00:12:21.220 --> 00:12:22.221
  • on his mind,and one was sitting there,
  • 00:12:22.221 --> 00:12:23.589
  • and one was sitting there,and he had Krispy Kreme donuts
  • 00:12:23.589 --> 00:12:26.292
  • and he had Krispy Kreme donutson his mind.
  • 00:12:26.292 --> 00:12:28.828
  • on his mind.But one stood up and said,
  • 00:12:28.828 --> 00:12:31.230
  • But one stood up and said,"I can't sit here.
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:33.632
  • "I can't sit here.I can't have another year
  • 00:12:33.632 --> 00:12:35.601
  • I can't have another yearlike I had.
  • 00:12:35.601 --> 00:12:40.573
  • like I had.We're dying.
  • 00:12:40.573 --> 00:12:43.008
  • We're dying.Why sit here until we die?"
  • 00:12:43.008 --> 00:12:43.909
  • Why sit here until we die?"He says, "You know,
  • 00:12:43.909 --> 00:12:46.111
  • He says, "You know,if we entered the city,
  • 00:12:46.111 --> 00:12:47.046
  • if we entered the city,he'll keep us alive,
  • 00:12:47.046 --> 00:12:48.013
  • he'll keep us alive,and we'll live,
  • 00:12:48.013 --> 00:12:49.415
  • and we'll live,but if they kill us, we'll die."
  • 00:12:49.415 --> 00:12:50.349
  • but if they kill us, we'll die."Now, listen to this thinking.
  • 00:12:50.349 --> 00:12:51.183
  • Now, listen to this thinking.Listen to this.
  • 00:12:51.183 --> 00:12:52.117
  • Listen to this."Now therefore come,
  • 00:12:52.117 --> 00:12:53.219
  • "Now therefore come,let us surrender to the army
  • 00:12:53.219 --> 00:12:54.253
  • let us surrender to the armyof the Syrians.
  • 00:12:54.253 --> 00:12:56.689
  • of the Syrians.If they keep us alive,"
  • 00:12:56.689 --> 00:12:57.823
  • If they keep us alive,"this guy was a college graduate
  • 00:12:57.823 --> 00:13:00.492
  • this guy was a college graduateI'm sure: "We shall live.
  • 00:13:00.492 --> 00:13:04.563
  • I'm sure: "We shall live.If they kill us, we shall die."
  • 00:13:04.563 --> 00:13:08.167
  • If they kill us, we shall die."That's brilliant, isn't it?
  • 00:13:08.167 --> 00:13:13.772
  • That's brilliant, isn't it?But why sit here until we die?
  • 00:13:13.772 --> 00:13:16.742
  • But why sit here until we die?That hunger began to drive them.
  • 00:13:16.742 --> 00:13:18.410
  • That hunger began to drive them.He began to hunger, and he said,
  • 00:13:18.410 --> 00:13:20.512
  • He began to hunger, and he said,"There's gotta be more."
  • 00:13:20.512 --> 00:13:21.914
  • "There's gotta be more."And it was the hunger
  • 00:13:21.914 --> 00:13:24.316
  • And it was the hungerthat began to move him toward
  • 00:13:24.316 --> 00:13:26.619
  • that began to move him towardthe direction of the plan
  • 00:13:26.619 --> 00:13:27.419
  • the direction of the planand the purpose
  • 00:13:27.419 --> 00:13:28.287
  • and the purposeand the miracle
  • 00:13:28.287 --> 00:13:29.355
  • and the miraclethat God had for him,
  • 00:13:29.355 --> 00:13:30.222
  • that God had for him,and I believe with all
  • 00:13:30.222 --> 00:13:31.557
  • and I believe with allof my heart that there
  • 00:13:31.557 --> 00:13:32.691
  • of my heart that thereare things that God will
  • 00:13:32.691 --> 00:13:34.159
  • are things that God willdo for people when they
  • 00:13:34.159 --> 00:13:36.962
  • do for people when theyhunger for Him,
  • 00:13:36.962 --> 00:13:38.530
  • hunger for Him,when they fast and they pray,
  • 00:13:38.530 --> 00:13:40.266
  • when they fast and they pray,fasting is hungering for God,
  • 00:13:40.266 --> 00:13:41.233
  • fasting is hungering for God,and when you begin to hunger
  • 00:13:41.233 --> 00:13:42.701
  • and when you begin to hungerfor God, suddenly,
  • 00:13:42.701 --> 00:13:44.036
  • for God, suddenly,you move up out
  • 00:13:44.036 --> 00:13:46.171
  • you move up outof the challenges
  • 00:13:46.171 --> 00:13:47.539
  • of the challengesand the comfort zone,
  • 00:13:47.539 --> 00:13:48.707
  • and the comfort zone,and you move up out
  • 00:13:48.707 --> 00:13:49.975
  • and you move up outof self-pity,
  • 00:13:49.975 --> 00:13:51.377
  • of self-pity,and up out of depression
  • 00:13:51.377 --> 00:13:52.978
  • and up out of depressionand hopelessness.
  • 00:13:52.978 --> 00:13:55.180
  • and hopelessness.And the hunger began to move,
  • 00:13:55.180 --> 00:13:56.782
  • And the hunger began to move,and they began to take steps,
  • 00:13:56.782 --> 00:13:57.816
  • and they began to take steps,four of them,
  • 00:13:57.816 --> 00:14:00.419
  • four of them,toward the enemy's camp.
  • 00:14:00.419 --> 00:14:03.022
  • toward the enemy's camp.Things even got more desperate
  • 00:14:03.022 --> 00:14:05.391
  • Things even got more desperateinside the walls of that city,
  • 00:14:05.391 --> 00:14:06.725
  • inside the walls of that city,so much so that the Bible
  • 00:14:06.725 --> 00:14:08.861
  • so much so that the Biblegives one more astonishing
  • 00:14:08.861 --> 00:14:10.696
  • gives one more astonishingdescription.
  • 00:14:10.696 --> 00:14:13.966
  • description.They became so hungry that
  • 00:14:13.966 --> 00:14:15.567
  • They became so hungry thatthe Bible said they began
  • 00:14:15.567 --> 00:14:17.503
  • the Bible said they beganto boil and eat their
  • 00:14:17.503 --> 00:14:20.739
  • to boil and eat theirown babies, their own flesh
  • 00:14:20.739 --> 00:14:22.641
  • own babies, their own fleshand blood, and make bargains,
  • 00:14:22.641 --> 00:14:23.609
  • and blood, and make bargains,and say,
  • 00:14:23.609 --> 00:14:25.678
  • and say,"We eat your child today,
  • 00:14:25.678 --> 00:14:28.247
  • "We eat your child today,we eat my child tomorrow."
  • 00:14:28.247 --> 00:14:30.416
  • we eat my child tomorrow."See, we don't understand hunger.
  • 00:14:30.416 --> 00:14:31.450
  • See, we don't understand hunger.We don't understand hunger.
  • 00:14:31.450 --> 00:14:32.484
  • We don't understand hunger.I'm talking about people
  • 00:14:32.484 --> 00:14:34.620
  • I'm talking about peoplewho were so desperate
  • 00:14:34.620 --> 00:14:37.690
  • who were so desperatewith hunger.
  • 00:14:37.690 --> 00:14:38.557
  • with hunger.And what I want you
  • 00:14:38.557 --> 00:14:41.660
  • And what I want youto understand about that is,
  • 00:14:41.660 --> 00:14:43.929
  • to understand about that is,is that when people do not
  • 00:14:43.929 --> 00:14:48.167
  • is that when people do notfill the spiritual hunger
  • 00:14:48.167 --> 00:14:51.370
  • fill the spiritual hungerfor God with spiritual things,
  • 00:14:51.370 --> 00:14:52.738
  • for God with spiritual things,in homes, in families,
  • 00:14:52.738 --> 00:14:54.106
  • in homes, in families,in marriages,
  • 00:14:54.106 --> 00:14:56.375
  • in marriages,when they only feed on donkey's
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  • when they only feed on donkey'sheads and dove's dung
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  • heads and dove's dungand carnality and think
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  • and carnality and thinkthat's enough to hold
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  • that's enough to holdyour marriage
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  • your marriageand bless your family,
  • 00:15:03.716 --> 00:15:05.985
  • and bless your family,when you only feed on carnal
  • 00:15:05.985 --> 00:15:08.120
  • when you only feed on carnalthings and you don't feed
  • 00:15:08.120 --> 00:15:10.356
  • things and you don't feedspiritual hunger for God
  • 00:15:10.356 --> 00:15:12.391
  • spiritual hunger for Godwith a hunger for God,
  • 00:15:12.391 --> 00:15:13.192
  • with a hunger for God,then guess what?
  • 00:15:13.192 --> 00:15:13.993
  • then guess what?You start turning
  • 00:15:13.993 --> 00:15:15.694
  • You start turningon one another.
  • 00:15:15.694 --> 00:15:17.896
  • on one another.You start devouring one another.
  • 00:15:17.896 --> 00:15:20.032
  • You start devouring one another.You start attacking one another,
  • 00:15:20.032 --> 00:15:21.166
  • You start attacking one another,and the enemy comes
  • 00:15:21.166 --> 00:15:22.534
  • and the enemy comesand divides families
  • 00:15:22.534 --> 00:15:23.902
  • and divides familiesand divides homes,
  • 00:15:23.902 --> 00:15:25.704
  • and divides homes,and it's really a sign
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  • and it's really a signof a growl for somebody who
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  • of a growl for somebody whoneeds to begin to consume
  • 00:15:30.142 --> 00:15:32.277
  • needs to begin to consumespiritual appetite and get
  • 00:15:32.277 --> 00:15:33.612
  • spiritual appetite and geta hunger for God that
  • 00:15:33.612 --> 00:15:35.581
  • a hunger for God thatchanges our attitude,
  • 00:15:35.581 --> 00:15:37.116
  • changes our attitude,that opens our eyes
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  • that opens our eyesto the bigger things,
  • 00:15:39.351 --> 00:15:42.888
  • to the bigger things,not just devouring one another.
  • 00:15:42.888 --> 00:15:44.289
  • not just devouring one another.I'm praying that somebody
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  • I'm praying that somebodywill hear me preaching
  • 00:15:45.824 --> 00:15:46.959
  • will hear me preachingthat will say,
  • 00:15:46.959 --> 00:15:47.926
  • that will say,"I cannot have another
  • 00:15:47.926 --> 00:15:49.928
  • "I cannot have anotheryear like I had.
  • 00:15:49.928 --> 00:15:51.330
  • year like I had.I cannot sit in this addiction
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  • I cannot sit in this addictionfor another 12 months.
  • 00:15:53.132 --> 00:15:54.700
  • for another 12 months.I refuse to live
  • 00:15:54.700 --> 00:15:56.035
  • I refuse to livelike this again.
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  • like this again.Something's gotta give,
  • 00:15:57.369 --> 00:15:58.370
  • Something's gotta give,I'm desperate,
  • 00:15:58.370 --> 00:16:00.005
  • I'm desperate,and I've got a hunger for God
  • 00:16:00.005 --> 00:16:01.607
  • and I've got a hunger for Godthat only God can fix
  • 00:16:01.607 --> 00:16:03.809
  • that only God can fixand God can fulfill and God can
  • 00:16:03.809 --> 00:16:05.177
  • and God can fulfill and God cando in my family
  • 00:16:05.177 --> 00:16:09.014
  • do in my familyand in my home."
  • 00:16:09.014 --> 00:16:09.782
  • and in my home."The Bible said
  • 00:16:09.782 --> 00:16:12.718
  • The Bible saidin Lamentations 4:9:
  • 00:16:12.718 --> 00:16:14.286
  • in Lamentations 4:9:"To be slain with the sword
  • 00:16:14.286 --> 00:16:16.188
  • "To be slain with the swordis better than to be slain
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  • is better than to be slainwith hunger."
  • 00:16:17.723 --> 00:16:18.924
  • with hunger."One translation said:
  • 00:16:18.924 --> 00:16:21.794
  • One translation said:"It's better to go down fighting
  • 00:16:21.794 --> 00:16:26.231
  • "It's better to go down fightingthan to sit there and die."
  • 00:16:26.231 --> 00:16:27.399
  • than to sit there and die."For good or bad,
  • 00:16:27.399 --> 00:16:29.535
  • For good or bad,hunger drives you.
  • 00:16:29.535 --> 00:16:30.736
  • hunger drives you.Esau came home from
  • 00:16:30.736 --> 00:16:33.105
  • Esau came home froma hunting trip in the Bible,
  • 00:16:33.105 --> 00:16:34.173
  • a hunting trip in the Bible,and the Bible said he was
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  • and the Bible said he wasso hungry that he was
  • 00:16:35.774 --> 00:16:38.677
  • so hungry that he wasalmost home, but his brother,
  • 00:16:38.677 --> 00:16:41.013
  • almost home, but his brother,Jacob, came out and he said,
  • 00:16:41.013 --> 00:16:43.082
  • Jacob, came out and he said,"Listen, I'll offer you a bowl
  • 00:16:43.082 --> 00:16:44.683
  • "Listen, I'll offer you a bowlof beans,"
  • 00:16:44.683 --> 00:16:46.351
  • of beans,"spiritual hunger,
  • 00:16:46.351 --> 00:16:47.619
  • spiritual hunger,"But I'll offer you a bowl
  • 00:16:47.619 --> 00:16:49.321
  • "But I'll offer you a bowlof beans if you'll give me
  • 00:16:49.321 --> 00:16:51.056
  • of beans if you'll give methe birthright."
  • 00:16:51.056 --> 00:16:52.257
  • the birthright."And in a moment of weakness,
  • 00:16:52.257 --> 00:16:54.493
  • And in a moment of weakness,because he did not feed
  • 00:16:54.493 --> 00:16:56.228
  • because he did not feedthe hunger for God,
  • 00:16:56.228 --> 00:16:58.230
  • the hunger for God,he tried to put carnal things
  • 00:16:58.230 --> 00:17:00.933
  • he tried to put carnal thingsin for the hunger of God,
  • 00:17:00.933 --> 00:17:02.334
  • in for the hunger of God,and that's why fasting
  • 00:17:02.334 --> 00:17:03.535
  • and that's why fastingis so important,
  • 00:17:03.535 --> 00:17:04.403
  • is so important,that's why it's not
  • 00:17:04.403 --> 00:17:06.004
  • that's why it's notfor people all around you,
  • 00:17:06.004 --> 00:17:07.406
  • for people all around you,but it's not for you.
  • 00:17:07.406 --> 00:17:08.974
  • but it's not for you.This is for you, sir.
  • 00:17:08.974 --> 00:17:10.342
  • This is for you, sir.This is for you, dad.
  • 00:17:10.342 --> 00:17:11.210
  • This is for you, dad.This is for you,
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:12.211
  • This is for you,business person.
  • 00:17:12.211 --> 00:17:13.045
  • business person.This is for you,
  • 00:17:13.045 --> 00:17:14.113
  • This is for you,college student.
  • 00:17:14.113 --> 00:17:15.481
  • college student.This is for you.
  • 00:17:15.481 --> 00:17:17.683
  • This is for you.God says, "There are things
  • 00:17:17.683 --> 00:17:20.052
  • God says, "There are thingsthat hunger will take you to
  • 00:17:20.052 --> 00:17:21.954
  • that hunger will take you tothat you will never reach
  • 00:17:21.954 --> 00:17:24.056
  • that you will never reachuntil you hunger for Me,
  • 00:17:24.056 --> 00:17:25.757
  • until you hunger for Me,because I have it all.
  • 00:17:25.757 --> 00:17:27.626
  • because I have it all.I am the one who lifts one up
  • 00:17:27.626 --> 00:17:29.261
  • I am the one who lifts one upand pulls another down.
  • 00:17:29.261 --> 00:17:30.662
  • and pulls another down.I am the one," and you know
  • 00:17:30.662 --> 00:17:32.431
  • I am the one," and you knowwhat He promised in Matthew 5?
  • 00:17:32.431 --> 00:17:35.167
  • what He promised in Matthew 5?"They that hunger and thirst
  • 00:17:35.167 --> 00:17:36.802
  • "They that hunger and thirstfor righteousness
  • 00:17:36.802 --> 00:17:42.274
  • for righteousnessshall be filled."
  • 00:17:42.274 --> 00:17:43.976
  • shall be filled."The Bible said that Esau
  • 00:17:43.976 --> 00:17:46.311
  • The Bible said that Esaulost his birthright,
  • 00:17:46.311 --> 00:17:52.184
  • lost his birthright,because he fed that real hunger
  • 00:17:52.184 --> 00:17:54.019
  • because he fed that real hungerwith donkey's heads,
  • 00:17:54.019 --> 00:17:56.455
  • with donkey's heads,so-to-speak, and dove's dung,
  • 00:17:56.455 --> 00:18:00.058
  • so-to-speak, and dove's dung,instead of a hunger for God.
  • 00:18:00.058 --> 00:18:02.427
  • instead of a hunger for God.I close with this.
  • 00:18:02.427 --> 00:18:03.862
  • I close with this.What got the prodigal son
  • 00:18:03.862 --> 00:18:06.365
  • What got the prodigal sonout of the pig pen?
  • 00:18:06.365 --> 00:18:07.466
  • out of the pig pen?What made him come back
  • 00:18:07.466 --> 00:18:10.936
  • What made him come backhome to the father?
  • 00:18:10.936 --> 00:18:13.272
  • home to the father?What was it?
  • 00:18:13.272 --> 00:18:14.806
  • What was it?It wasn't the smell
  • 00:18:14.806 --> 00:18:17.643
  • It wasn't the smellor the stench.
  • 00:18:17.643 --> 00:18:19.845
  • or the stench.It wasn't the disappointment
  • 00:18:19.845 --> 00:18:21.480
  • It wasn't the disappointmentof the friends
  • 00:18:21.480 --> 00:18:22.681
  • of the friendswho abandoned him
  • 00:18:22.681 --> 00:18:23.549
  • who abandoned himafter he had spent
  • 00:18:23.549 --> 00:18:25.184
  • after he had spentall of his money.
  • 00:18:25.184 --> 00:18:26.518
  • all of his money.It wasn't the filth
  • 00:18:26.518 --> 00:18:28.887
  • It wasn't the filththat he was living in.
  • 00:18:28.887 --> 00:18:30.589
  • that he was living in.None of those things got him
  • 00:18:30.589 --> 00:18:31.557
  • None of those things got himon the path back
  • 00:18:31.557 --> 00:18:34.593
  • on the path backto the father's house.
  • 00:18:34.593 --> 00:18:35.894
  • to the father's house.It was one thing that brought
  • 00:18:35.894 --> 00:18:38.797
  • It was one thing that broughthim back to the father.
  • 00:18:38.797 --> 00:18:41.033
  • him back to the father.In Luke 15:17,
  • 00:18:41.033 --> 00:18:43.969
  • In Luke 15:17,he asked a question.
  • 00:18:43.969 --> 00:18:45.237
  • he asked a question."How many of my father's
  • 00:18:45.237 --> 00:18:48.740
  • "How many of my father'sservants have bread enough
  • 00:18:48.740 --> 00:18:51.376
  • servants have bread enoughto spare," listen:
  • 00:18:51.376 --> 00:18:57.249
  • to spare," listen:"And I perish with hunger?"
  • 00:18:57.249 --> 00:18:58.817
  • "And I perish with hunger?"The thing that drove
  • 00:18:58.817 --> 00:19:01.820
  • The thing that drovethe prodigal son up and out
  • 00:19:01.820 --> 00:19:04.223
  • the prodigal son up and outof the pig pen and the filth,
  • 00:19:04.223 --> 00:19:06.358
  • of the pig pen and the filth,back to the beauty and the love
  • 00:19:06.358 --> 00:19:07.793
  • back to the beauty and the loveand the grace of the father's
  • 00:19:07.793 --> 00:19:12.264
  • and the grace of the father'shouse, he said it himself.
  • 00:19:12.264 --> 00:19:16.668
  • house, he said it himself."I am hungry."
  • 00:19:16.668 --> 00:19:18.136
  • "I am hungry."It's hunger that will
  • 00:19:18.136 --> 00:19:20.606
  • It's hunger that willcause prodigal sons
  • 00:19:20.606 --> 00:19:23.375
  • cause prodigal sonsand daughters, when somebody
  • 00:19:23.375 --> 00:19:25.477
  • and daughters, when somebodyis fasting for them,
  • 00:19:25.477 --> 00:19:26.912
  • is fasting for them,hunger will wake them up
  • 00:19:26.912 --> 00:19:28.447
  • hunger will wake them upin the pig pen.
  • 00:19:28.447 --> 00:19:29.982
  • in the pig pen.Hunger will wake them up
  • 00:19:29.982 --> 00:19:31.550
  • Hunger will wake them upin their addictions.
  • 00:19:31.550 --> 00:19:33.252
  • in their addictions.Hunger will wake up
  • 00:19:33.252 --> 00:19:34.620
  • Hunger will wake upthe backslider, and if they
  • 00:19:34.620 --> 00:19:36.455
  • the backslider, and if theywon't fast for themselves,
  • 00:19:36.455 --> 00:19:38.423
  • won't fast for themselves,when we begin to fast,
  • 00:19:38.423 --> 00:19:40.359
  • when we begin to fast,when we begin to pray
  • 00:19:40.359 --> 00:19:41.460
  • when we begin to prayfor our families,
  • 00:19:41.460 --> 00:19:43.595
  • for our families,for our sons, for our daughters,
  • 00:19:43.595 --> 00:19:46.198
  • for our sons, for our daughters,when we do that, God says,
  • 00:19:46.198 --> 00:19:50.736
  • when we do that, God says,"I will use hunger as the force
  • 00:19:50.736 --> 00:19:53.772
  • "I will use hunger as the forcethat drives and pushes them
  • 00:19:53.772 --> 00:19:55.240
  • that drives and pushes themon to the path back
  • 00:19:55.240 --> 00:19:57.042
  • on to the path backto the father's house."
  • 00:19:57.042 --> 00:19:58.710
  • to the father's house."When nothing else works,
  • 00:19:58.710 --> 00:19:59.845
  • When nothing else works,pleading and trouble
  • 00:19:59.845 --> 00:20:01.513
  • pleading and troublewith the law and all kinds
  • 00:20:01.513 --> 00:20:03.048
  • with the law and all kindsof things, and all kinds
  • 00:20:03.048 --> 00:20:05.117
  • of things, and all kindsof ramifications of that life,
  • 00:20:05.117 --> 00:20:06.952
  • of ramifications of that life,when nothing else works,
  • 00:20:06.952 --> 00:20:08.587
  • when nothing else works,Jesus put it like this
  • 00:20:08.587 --> 00:20:14.126
  • Jesus put it like thisin Mark 9: "This kind cometh
  • 00:20:14.126 --> 00:20:16.795
  • in Mark 9: "This kind comethnot out but by fasting
  • 00:20:16.795 --> 00:20:18.597
  • not out but by fastingand prayer."
  • 00:20:18.597 --> 00:20:19.998
  • and prayer."There's some of our family
  • 00:20:19.998 --> 00:20:21.566
  • There's some of our familymembers, our friends,
  • 00:20:21.566 --> 00:20:23.068
  • members, our friends,our associates, people that
  • 00:20:23.068 --> 00:20:24.136
  • our associates, people thatyou work with,
  • 00:20:24.136 --> 00:20:25.871
  • you work with,people that you do life with,
  • 00:20:25.871 --> 00:20:27.005
  • people that you do life with,and they're lost,
  • 00:20:27.005 --> 00:20:27.839
  • and they're lost,and they're on their way
  • 00:20:27.839 --> 00:20:28.807
  • and they're on their wayto hell,
  • 00:20:28.807 --> 00:20:29.908
  • to hell,and the only thing that's
  • 00:20:29.908 --> 00:20:31.376
  • and the only thing that'sgonna get 'em out of the muck
  • 00:20:31.376 --> 00:20:32.711
  • gonna get 'em out of the muckand the mire,
  • 00:20:32.711 --> 00:20:34.012
  • and the mire,and on the path back
  • 00:20:34.012 --> 00:20:35.147
  • and on the path backto the Father's house,
  • 00:20:35.147 --> 00:20:37.916
  • to the Father's house,is hunger.
  • 00:20:37.916 --> 00:20:39.818
  • is hunger.And fasting is hungering
  • 00:20:39.818 --> 00:20:41.753
  • And fasting is hungeringfor God, and when a church,
  • 00:20:41.753 --> 00:20:43.221
  • for God, and when a church,with thousands and thousands
  • 00:20:43.221 --> 00:20:45.257
  • with thousands and thousandsof people here and the internet
  • 00:20:45.257 --> 00:20:46.625
  • of people here and the internetand at all of our campuses,
  • 00:20:46.625 --> 00:20:48.760
  • and at all of our campuses,comes together
  • 00:20:48.760 --> 00:20:50.095
  • comes togetherand my stomach's growling
  • 00:20:50.095 --> 00:20:52.064
  • and my stomach's growlingat 1 AM, but your stomach
  • 00:20:52.064 --> 00:20:53.999
  • at 1 AM, but your stomachis growling at 2 AM,
  • 00:20:53.999 --> 00:20:55.300
  • is growling at 2 AM,and somebody else that
  • 00:20:55.300 --> 00:20:56.702
  • and somebody else thathas a growl going on,
  • 00:20:56.702 --> 00:20:58.537
  • has a growl going on,and it's like a total irritant
  • 00:20:58.537 --> 00:21:00.272
  • and it's like a total irritantto the devil and demons,
  • 00:21:00.272 --> 00:21:01.840
  • to the devil and demons,and they -- the scripture said,
  • 00:21:01.840 --> 00:21:04.776
  • and they -- the scripture said,"This kind of spirit will only
  • 00:21:04.776 --> 00:21:06.645
  • "This kind of spirit will onlyloose and release its grip
  • 00:21:06.645 --> 00:21:08.547
  • loose and release its gripon people when people
  • 00:21:08.547 --> 00:21:10.048
  • - I love the fact
  • 00:21:21.259 --> 00:21:22.260
  • - I love the factthat every time we preach
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:24.229
  • that every time we preachthe Gospel on television
  • 00:21:24.229 --> 00:21:25.731
  • the Gospel on televisionand now we're on daily
  • 00:21:25.731 --> 00:21:28.033
  • and now we're on dailysomewhere, every day
  • 00:21:28.033 --> 00:21:29.468
  • somewhere, every dayaround the world.
  • 00:21:29.468 --> 00:21:31.203
  • around the world.I get a chance to give people
  • 00:21:31.203 --> 00:21:33.805
  • I get a chance to give peoplean opportunity
  • 00:21:33.805 --> 00:21:35.974
  • an opportunityto say, "Jesus, I want you
  • 00:21:35.974 --> 00:21:37.876
  • to say, "Jesus, I want youto be my Savior."
  • 00:21:37.876 --> 00:21:39.010
  • to be my Savior."Say that name,
  • 00:21:39.010 --> 00:21:41.046
  • Say that name,"Jesus, I believe on you.
  • 00:21:41.046 --> 00:21:42.781
  • "Jesus, I believe on you.Save me, deliver me from these
  • 00:21:42.781 --> 00:21:45.450
  • Save me, deliver me from thesethings that are taking the life
  • 00:21:45.450 --> 00:21:46.418
  • things that are taking the lifeout of me.
  • 00:21:46.418 --> 00:21:48.120
  • out of me.I need you to change me.
  • 00:21:48.120 --> 00:21:50.155
  • I need you to change me.I don't like the way
  • 00:21:50.155 --> 00:21:52.724
  • I don't like the waythat I've turned out.
  • 00:21:52.724 --> 00:21:53.792
  • that I've turned out.Things have happened,
  • 00:21:53.792 --> 00:21:55.894
  • Things have happened,I'm bitter, I'm angry, I'm mad.
  • 00:21:55.894 --> 00:21:58.029
  • I'm bitter, I'm angry, I'm mad.Heal me, Jesus."
  • 00:21:58.029 --> 00:21:59.331
  • Heal me, Jesus."Just say that.
  • 00:21:59.331 --> 00:22:02.467
  • Just say that.He'll save you, He'll touch you.
  • 00:22:02.467 --> 00:22:03.268
  • He'll save you, He'll touch you.In our closing moments,
  • 00:22:03.268 --> 00:22:04.569
  • In our closing moments,I wanna share with you
  • 00:22:04.569 --> 00:22:06.104
  • I wanna share with youan opportunity
  • 00:22:06.104 --> 00:22:07.539
  • an opportunitythat you have in the nation
  • 00:22:07.539 --> 00:22:09.674
  • that you have in the nationof Israel to be a blessing.
  • 00:22:09.674 --> 00:22:11.176
  • of Israel to be a blessing.The next step for our ministry
  • 00:22:11.176 --> 00:22:12.244
  • The next step for our ministryis to keep pouring
  • 00:22:12.244 --> 00:22:15.180
  • is to keep pouringinto the same region in Israel.
  • 00:22:15.180 --> 00:22:17.749
  • into the same region in Israel.These people on the Gaza strip
  • 00:22:17.749 --> 00:22:20.051
  • These people on the Gaza stripare constantly being hit
  • 00:22:20.051 --> 00:22:21.119
  • are constantly being hitwith rockets.
  • 00:22:21.119 --> 00:22:21.887
  • with rockets.I'm talking about
  • 00:22:21.887 --> 00:22:25.123
  • I'm talking aboutit's a daily occasion.
  • 00:22:25.123 --> 00:22:26.992
  • it's a daily occasion.And so we went to this community
  • 00:22:26.992 --> 00:22:28.627
  • And so we went to this communityand we spent some time there,
  • 00:22:28.627 --> 00:22:29.861
  • and we spent some time there,and they said our number one
  • 00:22:29.861 --> 00:22:31.897
  • and they said our number onegoal, or our number one need
  • 00:22:31.897 --> 00:22:34.966
  • goal, or our number one needis to build more bomb shelters.
  • 00:22:34.966 --> 00:22:35.901
  • is to build more bomb shelters.We've already started
  • 00:22:35.901 --> 00:22:37.869
  • We've already startedwe have a beautiful relationship
  • 00:22:37.869 --> 00:22:38.637
  • we have a beautiful relationshipwith our friends
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  • with our friendsat the Jewish National Fund,
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  • at the Jewish National Fund,one of the largest non-profit
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  • one of the largest non-profitJewish organizations
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  • Jewish organizationsin the world and they do such
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  • in the world and they do sucha beautiful work,
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  • a beautiful work,and we are partnering with them
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  • and we are partnering with themto build these community centers
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  • to build these community centersthat are bomb shelters
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  • that are bomb sheltersuniting the generations
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  • uniting the generationsright there in that region.
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  • right there in that region.Thank you so much
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  • Thank you so muchfor helping us,
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  • for helping us,every dime that you give
  • 00:23:01.993 --> 00:23:03.261
  • every dime that you giveis used for three things.
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  • is used for three things.Number one, is to preach
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  • Number one, is to preachthe Gospel through this telecast
  • 00:23:07.199 --> 00:23:08.333
  • the Gospel through this telecastall over the world.
  • 00:23:08.333 --> 00:23:09.835
  • all over the world.Number two, we just keep
  • 00:23:09.835 --> 00:23:11.636
  • Number two, we just keepputting out inspirational
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  • putting out inspirationalprograms and material
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  • programs and materialthat change people's lives,
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  • that change people's lives,and thirdly, great projects
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  • and thirdly, great projectslike the one in the Eshkol
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  • like the one in the Eshkolregion of Israel.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Imagine living
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  • under the fear and stress
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  • of constant enemy attack.
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  • Jewish communities bordering
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  • the Gaza strip have 15 seconds
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  • to run for their lives
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  • and to take shelter from
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  • the ceaseless barrage
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  • of rocket attacks.
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  • That 15 seconds is the same
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  • for a toddler,
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  • or a Holocaust survivor.
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  • Now you can be a part
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  • of fulfilling Biblical prophecy
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  • in the Holy Land by comforting
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  • Jewish families living
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  • within range of rocket attacks
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  • and incendiary fire balloons.
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  • With your best gift
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  • to Jentezen Franklin
  • 00:23:51.309 --> 00:23:52.777
  • Media Ministries this month,
  • 00:23:52.777 --> 00:23:53.578
  • you'll help us go above
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  • and beyond to bring comfort
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  • with grace to help these
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  • precious Jewish families
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  • as we join
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  • with the Jewish National Fund
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  • to help build a fortified
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  • bomb shelter in Moshav Ohad.
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  • This community
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  • is a mile and a half
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  • from the Gaza border,
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  • and children and seniors
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  • will be able to utilize
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  • this safe shelter
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  • when the sirens signal
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  • another attack.
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  • As our thank you
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  • for your gift of $50 or more,
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  • you may request the "Rooted"
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  • bundle today as you give
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  • and experience every good thing
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  • God wants to release
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  • in and through you
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  • this new year.
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  • With your gift of $500 or more,
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  • you may request
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  • the "Rooted" gift set.
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  • You can have a place
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  • to write down everything
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  • God speaks to you and does
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  • in your life
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  • with the Rooted journal.
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  • With your best gift
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  • of $1.000 or more
  • 00:24:34.219 --> 00:24:35.086
  • you can experience
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  • God's best in your life
  • 00:24:36.488 --> 00:24:37.322
  • with this hand picked
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  • "Rooted" collection.
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  • And to show our thanks,
  • 00:24:39.891 --> 00:24:41.326
  • we'll plant a tree in Israel
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  • in your honor.
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  • You can be a part of the miracle
  • 00:24:43.995 --> 00:24:45.330
  • of fulfilling prophecy
  • 00:24:45.330 --> 00:24:46.264
  • in the Holy Land,
  • 00:24:46.264 --> 00:24:47.799
  • and bring comfort with grace
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • - Cherise and I
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  • wanna invite you to join us
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  • on our Holy Land Tour.
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  • It's an amazing trip,
  • 00:26:44.716 --> 00:26:45.750
  • unlike anything
  • 00:26:45.750 --> 00:26:47.886
  • you've ever experienced,
  • 00:26:47.886 --> 00:26:48.887
  • and we'll be on the trip,
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  • we get on the busses,
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  • our family will be on there,
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  • and I promise you,
  • 00:26:52.791 --> 00:26:54.459
  • it will change your life.
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  • You've been thinking about it,
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  • you've been praying about it,
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  • this is the year to go.
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  • God's gonna open your eyes
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  • to things you've never
  • 00:27:00.999 --> 00:27:03.034
  • seen and experienced before
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  • in the holy land.
  • 00:27:04.302 --> 00:27:06.104
  • - We hope you've enjoyed
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  • this teaching
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  • by Jentezen Franklin,
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  • and thank you
  • 00:27:18.883 --> 00:27:20.418
  • for your continued support
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  • of this ministry.
  • 00:27:21.786 --> 00:27:22.554
  • Your prayers
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  • and financial support
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