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From Broken to Blessed

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January 27, 2021
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Pastor Robert shares the steps to go from broken relationships to families blessed by God.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Godis trying to tell us,
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  • “Listen, it's notwhat I can give you,
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  • it's that you canbe with Me.
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  • You're happy becauseyou're with Me,
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  • but when you're with Me,everything I have is yours.
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  • You get it all whenyou're with Me.”
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: All right,we are in a series called,
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  • “Blessed Families”,
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  • and we talked about“The Broken Family”,
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  • Adam and Eve.
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  • We talked about “The BlessedMarriage” last weekend.
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  • This weekend,I want to talk about,
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  • “From Broken to Blessed”,
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  • and I want to remind youthat we all came
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  • from a broken family,Adam and Eve.
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  • And again, notreferring to divorce,
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  • referring to the brokennessof sin. All right?
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  • I want to show you four stagesthat we all go through
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  • to go from broken to blessed,because we're all born broken.
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  • We're born broken.
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  • So, we're going to talkabout how to go
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  • from broken to blessed,all right?
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  • So, these arethe four stages.
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  • They all have two words,each point,
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  • and the second wordis “me” in every point.
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  • So, hopefully you can rememberthese four points, all right?
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  • Number one, the stageis “Give me” -- “Give me.”
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  • This is where we all start,every person, every baby,
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  • every spiritual baby,every marriage.
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  • We all start with “give me.”Let me show it to you
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  • in the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:12.
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  • “And the younger of themsaid to his father,
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  • “Father, give me.”
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  • “Give me the portionof goods that falls to me.”
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  • Now, let me say this again.Every baby starts here.
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  • Every baby starts, “Give me.”Every child starts here.
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  • We desire, as parents,for our children to grow out
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  • of the “give me” stage.Would you agree?
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  • Some of us are thinking, yeah,I've got a 27 year old
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  • still in the“give me” stage.
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  • Some of you might be thinking,I've got a 45 year old
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  • and I'm married to him!
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  • All right, but let's nottalk about that, all right?
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  • But, we all start here.
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  • We also starthere spiritually.
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  • Maybe you've neverthought about this,
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  • but we are born again,so we are spiritual babies.
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  • And I want you to understand,God doesn't resent that,
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  • that we're in the “give me”stage as spiritual babies.
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  • He doesn't resent it.
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  • You don't resent it when yournewborn baby wants a bottle.
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  • You don't resent that baby,because you're not expecting
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  • any more out of that babythan to just be a newborn baby.
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  • In the same way, God's not upsetbecause we start out
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  • in the “give me” stage.
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  • If you think about it,many of us get saved
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  • out of selfishness, and I wantyou to think about it.
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  • We get saved because wedon't want to go to hell.
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  • We get saved because we wantGod to clean up the mess
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  • that we've made.
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  • We get saved, many times,out of a “give me” mentality.
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  • In other words, many timeswe don't get saved,
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  • people don't give their livesto Jesus so they can do
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  • something for God, it's so Godcan do something for us. Right?
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  • And again, I'm trying to tellyou, God's not upset about this.
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  • He understands.He does want us to grow up.
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  • Paul had to address thisto the church in Corinth
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  • and say you're stillbabies, and by now,
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  • you ought to be teachers.You ought to grow up.
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  • You do need to grow up, but westart with the “give me” stage.
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  • Okay, same with marriages.
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  • Marriages start inthe “give me” stage.
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  • The husband wants the wifeto meet his needs,
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  • and the wife wants the husbandto meet her needs.
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  • Now, there are some needsthat God has designed
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  • a husband can meet in a wife,some needs that God
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  • has designed that a wifecan meet in a husband,
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  • but you have to understand,there are some needs
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  • that only God can meet.
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  • And if you're looking foryour spouse to meet
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  • the needs thatonly God can meet,
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  • you're going to be disappointed.
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  • This “give me” spirit,you can see it
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  • throughout the Scriptures.
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  • Let me show you anotherfamous “give me”
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  • in one of the disciplesthat you know about,
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  • the one who betrayed Jesus.
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  • Matthew 26:14-15,“Then one of the twelve,
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  • called Judas Iscariot, wentto the chief priests and said,
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  • “What are you willing to give meif I deliver Him to you?”
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  • And they counted to himthirty pieces of silver.”
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  • “Give me”, that'swhere we all start.
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  • You know, Debbie and Ihave grandchildren,
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  • and we love our grandchildren.
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  • Our grandchildrenare obviously wonderful.
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  • They're maturing,they're growing,
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  • but they're still children, sothey're in the “give me” stage.
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  • We love to do thingswith our grandchildren,
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  • but here's what I've noticedabout my grandchildren --
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  • we never get to dowhat I want to do.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • We always do whatthey want to do.
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  • They never say to me, “Pap-Paw,you're such a good Pap-Paw.
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  • What would youlike to do today?”
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  • So, that's the firststage, “Give me”.
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  • Here's the secondstage, “Use me”.
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  • “Use me.”Now, I'm gonna shock you.
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  • There is a “use me"that is pure
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  • and from a mature standpoint,and we're going to get to that,
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  • but I'm gonna phrase ita little differently than this.
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  • But, the second stagewe move into is “use me”,
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  • and it's not a good “use me.”It's use me so I can be seen,
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  • or significant,or feel important.
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  • This is the next stage thatevery Christian goes through --
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  • “Give me”, and then, “Use me.”
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  • It's, we talkedabout a few weeks ago,
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  • fame, how fame enteredin after the fall.
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  • It's that wanting to besignificant, wanting to be seen.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • We say “give me”because of selfishness.
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  • We say “use me” becauseof selfish ambition.
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  • Philippians 2:3 says,“Let nothing be done
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  • through selfishambition or conceit,
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  • but in lowlinessof mind let each esteem
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  • others better than himself.”
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  • Now, I'd underlined“selfish ambition.”
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  • Here's the reasonI underlined it.
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  • That's two words tous in the English.
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  • In the Greek, it's one word.It's only one word.
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  • It's in the New Testamentseven times.
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  • Sometimes it says“self-seeking.”
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  • James 3:14 saysabout self-seeking.
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  • Okay, but here's the pointI want you to notice.
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  • When the Bibletalks about ambition,
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  • it puts the word “selfish”as a part of it.
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  • Now, please hear me,because people say,
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  • “Well, isn't therea good ambition?”
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  • Listen -- not accordingto the Bible,
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  • because here's why.
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  • The definition of ambitionis self-seeking self-promoting.
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  • So you say, “Well,wait a minute,
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  • what about someonewho has drive?”
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  • That's great.
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  • That's great if theyhave drive, but why?
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  • See, when I'm lookingat training young men
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  • and young women in the gospeland in ministry,
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  • I literally am trying to beatselfish ambition out of them,
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  • because I know it's there.Every person's born with it.
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  • And, that's wherewe move into.
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  • We move into this“give me” stage,
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  • and then we moveinto this “use me” stage.
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  • Let me show you a verse.
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  • This is talking aboutSimon the magician.
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  • He sees the layingon of hands and the giving
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  • of the Holy Spiritfrom Peter and John,
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  • and then this is whathe says to them, Acts 8:19.
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  • “Saying, “Give me”, give me,“this power also,
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  • that anyone on whom I lay handsmay receive the Holy Spirit.”
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  • In other words,give me something
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  • so I can feel significant,so I can have power.
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  • Okay, let me relatethis again to a marriage.
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  • In a marriage,we start out like,
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  • give me something so I'llfeel good about myself
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  • or so I'll be happy,and then we move into,
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  • you're not meeting my needs,you're not making me happy,
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  • so I need to do somethingto make me happy.
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  • Now, think about this.
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  • Now, I've done a lotof marriage counseling.
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  • Most of the marriagecounseling fits around
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  • "he's not meeting my needs,"or "she's not meeting my needs."
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  • That's the “give me” phase.
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  • But then, the next stepthey move into is, okay,
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  • I've realized I'm notgoing to get happiness
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  • out of this person,which I thought I would,
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  • so now I need to dosomething to be happy.
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  • This is normallywhen divorce occurs.
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  • A person begins to try to dosomething to get happiness,
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  • and happiness does notcome from something,
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  • it comes from someone only.His name is Jesus.
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  • Okay, so inthe Prodigal Son's life,
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  • this is when he left,to do something
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  • that would make him happy.
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  • Luke 15:13, “And notmany days after,
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  • the younger songathered all together,
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  • journeyed to a far country,
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  • and there wasted hispossessions with prodigal”,
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  • or sexual immoral, “living.”That's what that means,
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  • sexually immoral.
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  • Okay, so he decides to dosomething to make him happy.
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  • How many times have we seenpeople go through this stage?
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  • Many times it happensat about 10 years in a marriage,
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  • just to say that.
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  • I'm not trying to scare anyone,I'm simply saying
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  • you need to press into God.
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  • Normally, I've watchedaround 10 years in the marriage,
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  • and then sometimesat 20 and 30 as well,
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  • all of the suddenthey get tired of,
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  • this person's notmeeting my needs,
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  • so I'm going to try to findmy needs met somewhere else.
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  • Now, we're talkingabout the family,
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  • so let me say somethingabout marriage.
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  • I like to say thingsthat shock you.
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  • One is, it causesyou to think.
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  • Secondly, it'sjust fun, okay?
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  • [Laughter]
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  • But, God did not createmarriage to make you happy.
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  • Some of you are thinking,“It's working!”
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  • [Laughter]Okay.
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  • Here's why God created marriage.
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  • God created marriage...ready?
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  • Here's another shock --to kill you.
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  • Some of you are thinking,“It's working!
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  • It's a slow death,but it's working!” Okay.
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  • In essence, yes, He createdmarriage to make you happy, yes.
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  • But, He knows that the only waythat you'll ever be happy
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  • is if you die to self.
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  • So, He createdmarriage to kill you.
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  • Think about it.
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  • God creates Adam, and He thinks,“Okay, the only way
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  • he'll ever be happyis if he's not selfish,
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  • if he dies to self.
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  • So, what can We do to get himto die to self? Oh, I know!
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  • Let's make himlive with someone.
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  • And let's makeher”...listen,
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  • I love this phrase,”the opposite sex.
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  • Yeah, let's have him live withsomeone who's opposite of him.
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  • That'll drive him crazy.
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  • And then, she needsto die to self, too.
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  • So, if living withthe man doesn't kill her,
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  • let's give bothof them children.”
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  • [Laughter]
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  • That will forsure kill them!
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  • So, we go from the “give me”to the “use me” stage.
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  • Here's the third stage,“Search me.”
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  • Now we're beginningto move into maturity --
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  • “Search me.”
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  • In Luke 15, in the ProdigalSon's life,
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  • the change came, Verse 17.“But when he came to himself.”
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  • Let me say it another way --
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  • when he beganto search his own heart,
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  • when he beganto search himself.
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  • This is the way the psalmistsays it, Psalm 139:23-24.
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  • “Search me, O God”,this is probably a Scripture
  • 00:12:01.212 --> 00:12:03.214
  • you've memorized or heardat some point.
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  • “Search me, O God,and know my heart.
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  • Try me, and know my thoughts,and see if there be
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  • any wicked way in me.”
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  • This is when we stop focusing onsomeone else meeting our needs,
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  • or what's wrong with our spouse,and we start focusing on
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  • what's wrong with us.
  • 00:12:23.134 --> 00:12:25.303
  • You know, it's amazing whenI talk about blessed families
  • 00:12:25.403 --> 00:12:28.106
  • or blessed marriages, here'swhat many of us are doing.
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  • We're thinking, “Way to go,Pastor, fix him.
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  • I'm glad you're gonna preachon family and marriage,
  • 00:12:36.247 --> 00:12:38.016
  • ‘cause she needs it.”
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  • Can I just say something'real straightforwardly to you?
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  • You're an immature believer.
  • 00:12:44.589 --> 00:12:47.725
  • You're immature,because the maturation process
  • 00:12:47.826 --> 00:12:51.796
  • is that you stop focusingon “give me” and “use me”
  • 00:12:51.896 --> 00:12:55.500
  • so I'll have focus and attentionto me, to “search me.”
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  • I don't want to anymore searchand see what I can find out
  • 00:13:00.438 --> 00:13:02.907
  • what's wrong with him,I want to find out
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  • what's wrong with me.
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  • If you really wanta blessed marriage
  • 00:13:06.611 --> 00:13:08.179
  • and a blessed family,fix yourself.
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  • Work on yourself.
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  • Quit trying to workon the other one.
  • 00:13:13.384 --> 00:13:14.819
  • Let God takecare of that one.
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  • Fix yourself.
  • 00:13:16.287 --> 00:13:17.755
  • And so, this process iswhen we begin searching.
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  • I want you tothink about this.
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  • I remember one timesaying to the Lord...
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  • He was getting onto me about an attitude.
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  • And I said, “Yeah, but didYou see what she did?”
  • 00:13:33.471 --> 00:13:38.343
  • And He said to me, “No,I was just looking at you.”
  • 00:13:38.443 --> 00:13:47.285
  • And He gave me this littlevision that I've never shared
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  • with the church, and I wantto share it with you.
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  • I want you to thinkabout if God had a tube,
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  • and He put that tube over you,and He was watching you
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  • from heaven, everywhereyou went, everything you did.
  • 00:14:01.299 --> 00:14:04.035
  • And then He sees youthrow a fit, and He says,
  • 00:14:04.135 --> 00:14:08.306
  • “Hey, hey, hey,that's not right!”
  • 00:14:08.406 --> 00:14:11.142
  • And we say, “Yeah,but God, did You?
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  • “No, I'm not lookingat her right now.
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  • I'm looking at you.”
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  • See, I'm not responsiblefor anyone else's actions.
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  • I'm only responsible formy actions and my reactions.
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  • By the way, God could haveput that tube over His Son,
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  • and every action and everyreaction was perfect.
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  • Even when they nailedHim to the cross,
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  • here's what God saw.
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  • God saw His Son say,“Father, will You forgive them?
  • 00:14:50.281 --> 00:14:58.056
  • They don't knowwhat they're doing.”
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  • See, this is a sign of maturity,when we stop telling God,
  • 00:15:01.492 --> 00:15:06.764
  • “Look what they did to me,”and we start saying,
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  • “God, search my heart.Search me, try me.”
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  • Search, search,that word, “search.”
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  • I got to thinkingabout that word, “search.”
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  • Our son, James, when he wasabout two and three years old,
  • 00:15:19.510 --> 00:15:26.050
  • went through thislittle phase of hiding,
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  • and we would haveto search for him,
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  • and I mean search for him.
  • 00:15:32.457 --> 00:15:33.424
  • And, he was reallygood at hiding.
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  • You know how a child will hide,and you can go in a room...
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  • first of all, they hide and youcan still see them, you know?
  • 00:15:41.933 --> 00:15:44.469
  • But they don't think you cansee their legs sticking out
  • 00:15:44.569 --> 00:15:48.239
  • from under the bed,but you know,
  • 00:15:48.339 --> 00:15:50.174
  • and then they get a littlesmarter and realize you can see.
  • 00:15:50.274 --> 00:15:52.276
  • Okay, but you can go in a roomand you can say, like,
  • 00:15:52.377 --> 00:15:55.947
  • “Is James in this room?”
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  • You know, and youhear this, “He-he-he-he,”
  • 00:15:58.049 --> 00:15:59.617
  • and so you knowhe's there, you know?
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  • Okay, he never"he-he-he'd"...never.
  • 00:16:01.352 --> 00:16:05.023
  • And, he was quiet.
  • 00:16:05.123 --> 00:16:06.290
  • I mean, it was justcrazy, you know?
  • 00:16:06.391 --> 00:16:09.227
  • And he would hide and,I mean, it scared us.
  • 00:16:09.327 --> 00:16:12.997
  • And literally, I'd go inrooms and say, “James,
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  • I'm not playing anymore.
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  • And if you don'tcome out right now,
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  • I am going to spank you.You understand?
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  • Right now, come out!”He wouldn't come out.
  • 00:16:25.576 --> 00:16:28.379
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:16:28.479 --> 00:16:29.680
  • But my point is, I thoughtabout this word, “search”,
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  • and I thought, we used tohave to search diligently.
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  • Think about if you losta child in a mall or something.
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  • Some of you men have doneit, but your wives
  • 00:16:38.990 --> 00:16:40.725
  • don't know that yet, but...[Laughter]
  • 00:16:40.825 --> 00:16:44.996
  • And you just,you frantically search.
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  • Okay, here's my question.
  • 00:16:47.665 --> 00:16:50.234
  • How diligently are yousearching your own heart?
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  • ‘Cause that's what David said -“Search me, search my heart,
  • 00:16:54.539 --> 00:16:59.177
  • try my faults, and seeif there's any wicked way.”
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  • This is asign of maturity.
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  • Here's the fourth stage,is “Make me.” “Make me.”
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  • See, we start with “give me”,we move to “use me”,
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  • but it's for the wrong reason.
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  • We then start saying,“God, search me,
  • 00:17:15.626 --> 00:17:18.296
  • I really want to havepurity on the inside.”
  • 00:17:18.396 --> 00:17:20.798
  • And then, we move to “make me”,and let me just fill
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  • in the blank here, a vessel fitfor the Master's use.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • Make me a servant,to my spouse, to my family,
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  • to the church, to You, Lord.
  • 00:17:37.882 --> 00:17:39.717
  • Let me show it to you in theProdigal Son's life, Luke 15:19.
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  • “I am no longer worthyto be called your son.
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  • Make me”... there they are,those two words.
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  • “Make me like oneof your hired servants.”
  • 00:17:51.295 --> 00:17:53.664
  • Now, you know what I actuallythink he's saying?
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  • I think he's actually saying,“I know I'm your son,
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  • but make me a servant.
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  • I never had a servant's heart
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  • or a servant's attitude.Make me.”
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  • Now, when we talkabout the Prodigal Son,
  • 00:18:06.744 --> 00:18:10.047
  • sometimes we could havethe tendency to say,
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  • “Well, that reallydoesn't relate to me.
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  • I've never goneinto sin like that.”
  • 00:18:17.989 --> 00:18:20.491
  • Remember that thisfather had two sons,
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  • and did you knowthat the same attitude
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  • that was in the younger sonwas in the older son?
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  • He just didn't leave home.
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  • You remember wherethe younger son started,
  • 00:18:35.740 --> 00:18:38.042
  • “Give me the portionof goods that falls to me?”
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  • “Give me”, we allstart with “give me?”
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  • That's the very first stage?
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  • Watch what the olderson...remember,
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  • the younger son comes home,the dad throws the party
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  • and the older son won't go in?
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  • Watch what the older son said.
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  • Luke 15:29, “So he answeredand said to his father,
  • 00:18:52.623 --> 00:18:56.327
  • 'Lo, these many yearsI have been serving you;
  • 00:18:56.427 --> 00:18:58.529
  • I never transgressed yourcommandment at any time,
  • 00:18:58.629 --> 00:19:01.032
  • and yet you never gave me.'”
  • 00:19:01.132 --> 00:19:06.470
  • He's still inthe “give me” stage.
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  • “You never even gave mea young goat
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  • that I might make merrywith my friends.”
  • 00:19:13.511 --> 00:19:15.479
  • By the way,the father's response,
  • 00:19:15.580 --> 00:19:17.448
  • Verse 31, “And he said to him,'Son, you are always with me,
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  • and all that I have is yours.'”
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  • Can I tell you the answerto the maturing process
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  • and that “give me” attitudethat we all have?
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  • God is trying to tellus,“Listen, it's not what
  • 00:19:36.167 --> 00:19:39.503
  • I can give you, it's thatyou can be with Me.
  • 00:19:39.604 --> 00:19:44.809
  • And when you're with Me,everything I have is yours.
  • 00:19:44.909 --> 00:19:50.681
  • It's not even that I needto give you something
  • 00:19:50.781 --> 00:19:52.717
  • to make you happy anymore.
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  • You're happy becauseyou're with Me.
  • 00:19:55.052 --> 00:19:57.154
  • But when you're with Me,everything I have is yours.
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  • You get it allwhen you're with Me.”
  • 00:20:00.758 --> 00:20:03.728
  • I was thinking about thisseries, “Blessed Families”,
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  • and I want to justremind you that
  • 00:20:07.598 --> 00:20:09.433
  • the word “blessed” means happy.
  • 00:20:09.533 --> 00:20:12.236
  • The word “blessed”,there's a Hebrew word
  • 00:20:12.336 --> 00:20:13.971
  • for blessed and a Greek word.
  • 00:20:14.071 --> 00:20:15.306
  • The Greek word is “makarios”,and it means happy.
  • 00:20:15.406 --> 00:20:19.677
  • If you go to the Beatitudes,and “Blessed are the poor
  • 00:20:19.777 --> 00:20:22.613
  • in spirit, blessed are youwhen you are persecuted
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  • for My name's sake”,all of the blessed,
  • 00:20:25.716 --> 00:20:27.385
  • “Blessed are thosewho seek God”, all of that.
  • 00:20:27.485 --> 00:20:29.086
  • Okay, listen.Well, it means happy.
  • 00:20:29.186 --> 00:20:31.789
  • Happy -- so when we talkabout being blessed,
  • 00:20:31.889 --> 00:20:33.557
  • we're not talking aboutfinancial blessings
  • 00:20:33.658 --> 00:20:35.593
  • or anything like that.
  • 00:20:35.693 --> 00:20:36.794
  • I'm talking about happy,just being happy,
  • 00:20:36.894 --> 00:20:38.496
  • being happy, joyful -- happy.
  • 00:20:38.596 --> 00:20:42.333
  • Some people, I feel,actually feel guilty
  • 00:20:42.433 --> 00:20:49.173
  • when God starts blessing them,because they've come
  • 00:20:49.273 --> 00:20:52.843
  • from such a brokennessthat they don't feel worthy.
  • 00:20:52.943 --> 00:20:57.214
  • Well, you need to know,first of all, you're not worthy,
  • 00:20:57.315 --> 00:21:01.852
  • but you believed in Jesus,who is worthy.
  • 00:21:01.952 --> 00:21:04.689
  • And the Father wantsto bless you,
  • 00:21:04.789 --> 00:21:08.192
  • just like you wantto bless your kids, same way.
  • 00:21:08.292 --> 00:21:12.396
  • The blessing reallydoesn't have anything to do
  • 00:21:12.496 --> 00:21:14.198
  • with you or your performance,it has to do with Him
  • 00:21:14.298 --> 00:21:15.733
  • and who He is,His nature and character.
  • 00:21:15.833 --> 00:21:18.869
  • But I got to thinkingabout this “blessed”
  • 00:21:18.969 --> 00:21:21.172
  • and the word “makarios,”and I want to just share
  • 00:21:21.272 --> 00:21:23.574
  • in closing a phenomenal,phenomenal testimony.
  • 00:21:23.674 --> 00:21:28.579
  • I mentioned Pastor Jack Hayforda moment ago.
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  • About seven or eight years ago,Pastor Jack was walking.
  • 00:21:31.949 --> 00:21:35.686
  • He walks around in hisneighborhood in the mornings
  • 00:21:35.786 --> 00:21:38.322
  • or the evenings for exerciseand to pray and things.
  • 00:21:38.422 --> 00:21:40.825
  • And he was walking,and he just had this thought --
  • 00:21:40.925 --> 00:21:44.428
  • just, a thoughtcame in his mind.
  • 00:21:44.528 --> 00:21:47.098
  • You know, years agohe'd had a golden lab,
  • 00:21:47.198 --> 00:21:51.535
  • and he just thought,“I'd kind of like a golden lab
  • 00:21:51.635 --> 00:21:55.639
  • again to walk aroundthe block with me.”
  • 00:21:55.740 --> 00:21:58.976
  • Had that thought.
  • 00:21:59.076 --> 00:22:00.077
  • And then went right on,never thought about it,
  • 00:22:00.177 --> 00:22:02.546
  • didn't think about it for morethan that one statement.
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  • A few days later, this is whenhis first wife, Anna,
  • 00:22:05.883 --> 00:22:08.986
  • was still alive, they weredriving to a vacation home
  • 00:22:09.086 --> 00:22:12.123
  • they have out in the country.They came up over a hill.
  • 00:22:12.223 --> 00:22:15.126
  • There was a car parkedon the side of the road.
  • 00:22:15.226 --> 00:22:17.495
  • They could see a man sayingto a dog, “Stay”,
  • 00:22:17.595 --> 00:22:21.866
  • and then he gotin his car and drove off.
  • 00:22:21.966 --> 00:22:24.969
  • And they thought, I thinkthat man's abandoning that dog.
  • 00:22:25.069 --> 00:22:28.672
  • And they drove up, the dogwas just sitting there,
  • 00:22:28.773 --> 00:22:31.175
  • and another car was comingthe other way,
  • 00:22:31.275 --> 00:22:33.544
  • and the lady stopped and said,“Did you all see that?
  • 00:22:33.644 --> 00:22:36.313
  • It looks like that manabandoned that dog.”
  • 00:22:36.414 --> 00:22:38.916
  • And they said, “We did.”
  • 00:22:39.016 --> 00:22:40.017
  • And they said, “We havea home nearby,
  • 00:22:40.117 --> 00:22:42.520
  • and so, we'll take himand call the vet,
  • 00:22:42.620 --> 00:22:44.288
  • call the shelter, see ifsomeone's missing him.”
  • 00:22:44.388 --> 00:22:46.190
  • Maybe give the guythe benefit of the doubt.
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:48.592
  • Maybe he had found the doghimself and thought, no,
  • 00:22:48.692 --> 00:22:51.996
  • the dog needs to go home,and this is where I found him,
  • 00:22:52.096 --> 00:22:54.432
  • and you know, he'll goback home, you know,
  • 00:22:54.532 --> 00:22:56.267
  • or something.I don't know.
  • 00:22:56.367 --> 00:22:57.401
  • So, Jack went over to gethim, and he was just...
  • 00:22:57.501 --> 00:22:59.770
  • you know, you can seeit in your mind.
  • 00:22:59.870 --> 00:23:01.005
  • He's just wagging' his tail,and big smile on his face.
  • 00:23:01.105 --> 00:23:04.475
  • And so, he named him Mak,short for makarios,
  • 00:23:04.575 --> 00:23:10.815
  • which means happy.
  • 00:23:10.915 --> 00:23:12.049
  • And so, he gets this dog,puts him in the back seat,
  • 00:23:12.149 --> 00:23:14.685
  • takes him to the vet, says,“Hey, has anyone filed
  • 00:23:14.785 --> 00:23:18.289
  • for a lost dog,or asked?” No.
  • 00:23:18.389 --> 00:23:20.758
  • They called the shelters.
  • 00:23:20.858 --> 00:23:21.959
  • They check him out whenhe's there and he said,
  • 00:23:22.059 --> 00:23:25.062
  • “He's already had his shots.
  • 00:23:25.162 --> 00:23:27.631
  • You know, the dog isin very good health.
  • 00:23:27.731 --> 00:23:29.667
  • He's one to two years old.”It's just perfect,
  • 00:23:29.767 --> 00:23:32.670
  • because he's out of thatpuppy stage where he chews
  • 00:23:32.770 --> 00:23:34.905
  • through everything.
  • 00:23:35.005 --> 00:23:36.140
  • And a few weeks went by,and no one called.
  • 00:23:36.240 --> 00:23:38.776
  • And so, they thought,“Well, this is just a gift
  • 00:23:38.876 --> 00:23:41.479
  • from the Lord,” you know?
  • 00:23:41.579 --> 00:23:42.880
  • And so, then he's walkingagain one day
  • 00:23:42.980 --> 00:23:46.217
  • and he's got the dog beside him,and he came to that same place,
  • 00:23:46.317 --> 00:23:49.220
  • and he remembered that justa few weeks earlier
  • 00:23:49.320 --> 00:23:52.823
  • he'd had that thought, “I'd likea golden lab to walk with me,”
  • 00:23:52.923 --> 00:23:58.562
  • and now, here'sthe dog, you know?
  • 00:23:58.662 --> 00:24:01.265
  • And then, he hadthis thought.
  • 00:24:01.365 --> 00:24:04.702
  • “Why would I thinkthat God would arrange
  • 00:24:04.802 --> 00:24:08.839
  • all of those details justbecause I had the thought
  • 00:24:08.939 --> 00:24:13.143
  • that I wanted a dog?”
  • 00:24:13.244 --> 00:24:15.145
  • And he said, “As soon asI thought it”, he said,
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  • “the Lord spoke to me and said,“Why wouldn't I arrange
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  • all of those details?
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  • Why wouldn't I,to bless you?”
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  • Here's what I wantto say to you.
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  • Quit thinking, “Why wouldGod want to bless me?”
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  • Start thinking,“Why wouldn't God?”
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  • The God that sent His ownSon to die for you
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  • and to purchase your salvation,why wouldn't He want you
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  • to have a blessed family?
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  • ROBERT: Like, I can't eventell you how many times
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  • I go through that cyclewhere I start out saying,
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  • “God, give me,” butI end up saying,
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  • “God, make me into Your servant.
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  • Make me a personthat You can use.”
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  • And I pray that you praythat as well today,
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  • and I also praythat God uses our families
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  • to be a blessing to everyfamily that we meet.
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  • Thanks so much for watching.
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  • We're going to continuethis series next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad youjoined us for today's program
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  • on Blessed Families.
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  • Be encouraged and confident thatGod really does have a plan
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  • for your family,
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  • no matter where you findyourself today.
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  • Every family is different.
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  • With their own wins, struggles,and personalities,
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  • but what's the secret to havinga truly happy home life?
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  • In this five-part series, PastorRobert talks about God's design
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  • for families, and how to live inHis blessing.
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  • You'll learn how to go frombeing a broken family
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  • to being a blessed family,and how to experience
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  • all that God has planned foryour marriage and for
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  • your children.
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  • You'll also discover thelife-transforming benefits
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  • of being adopted into a newspiritual family.
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  • For your gift of any amounttoday, we want to send you
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  • this five-part series on eitherCD or as a digital download.
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  • Additionally, for your gift of$45 or more,
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  • we will send you the "BlessedFamilies" series
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  • on both CD and DVD.
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  • Don't let another day go bywithout living in God's
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  • very best for your family.
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  • Be sure to call or visit usonline today to request
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  • these resources, and startapplying the principles
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  • from God's word for a moreunited and blessed home.
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  • And while online atPastorRobert.com,
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  • you can share your prayer needswith us,
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  • or let us know what God has doneas a result of applying
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  • these truths from His word inyour life.
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  • You can also request this seriesas an audio and video
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  • digital download.
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  • We look forwardto hearing from you,
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  • and as always, we thank you foryour generous support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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