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December 17, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues the Frequency series with a message titled, “Call for Confirmation,” where he explains how to confirm a word you receive from God.

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  • How do you know if God'svoice is what you're hearing?
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  • Following God takes faith.
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  • He never leads through fear.
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  • Seeking confirmationfrom God doesn't upset him.
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  • It's biblical.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris,as he explains how to use
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  • the whole Bibleand Godly counsel
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  • to confirm his wordin our lives.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: This week,the title of the message is,
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  • "Call for Confirmation."Call for confirmation.
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  • I told you when we beganthe series, the number question
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  • that I've been asked,after 35 years of ministry,
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  • is how can I hear God?
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  • Probably the number two questionwould be
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  • how can I know it's God?
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  • How do I know it's God and notjust me or my own thoughts
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  • or my own desires?
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  • So I'm going to give you how youknow for sure that it's God.
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  • And I want you to understandthat it's not wrong to ask God
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  • to confirm his word.
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  • As a matter of fact,it's scriptural.
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  • God will alwaysconfirm His Word.
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  • So we do need confirmation tomake sure that we're hearing
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  • God correctly.
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  • And I'll show it to youin Scripture.
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  • But let me give you a fewscriptures before we get
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  • to Judges 6.
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  • Mark 16:20 says: "And they wentout and preached everywhere,
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  • the Lord working with themand," -- watch
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  • these three words:"Confirming the word through
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  • the accompanying signs."
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  • Amen.
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  • This is a verse about Godconfirming his word,
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  • where Jesus is quoting the law,quoting from Deuteronomy.
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  • And he's talking about whenyou have an offended brother,
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  • you go to him firstby yourself, and then you
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  • take someone else with youif he doesn't hear you.
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  • Matthew 18:16.
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  • "But if he will not hear,take with you one or two more,
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  • that," -- now, here's the quotefrom the Old Testament:
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  • "By the mouthof two or three witnesses,
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  • every word may be established."
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  • This word established meansmade firm.
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  • Every word may be made firm,which is actually what
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  • the word confirm means.
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  • It means to makesomething firm.
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  • So that's when we ask God toconfirm it, to establish it,
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  • to make it firm.
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  • And then Paul quotes this verseas well from the Old Testament.
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  • 2 Corinthians 13:1.
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  • Says: "This will be thethird time I'm coming to you."
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  • It's actually the third letterthat he wrote,
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  • even though we callit 2 Corinthians.
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  • "This will be the third timeI'm coming to you.
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  • By the mouth of two or threewitnesses, every word
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  • shall be established."
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  • So how do we callfor confirmation?
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  • How do we ask Godto confirm it?
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  • Let's start in Judges 6.
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  • If you remember, thisis the story of Gideon.
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  • He asked a fleece.
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  • Everyone knows aboutGideon's fleece.
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  • But even before he asked forthe fleece,
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  • he asked God to confirmhis word.
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  • All right?
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  • And I want to explainsomething to you.
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  • There were so much -- somany scriptures I could read,
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  • so let's go backto the quiet time.
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  • Read all of Judges 6 and 7,you'll love it.
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  • But it says that the angelof the Lord came and set under
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  • a terebinth tree, and beganto talk with Gideon.
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  • Now, I need you to understandthat most theologians,
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  • and I would be one ofthose included in this category,
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  • believe that whenthe Old Testament says
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  • the angel of the Lord,that it's referring to Jesus.
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  • It's referringto God himself.
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  • Not an angel,but the angel of the Lord.
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  • And it's normally alwayscapitalized, but here's one of
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  • the proof texts of whywe believe that it's God.
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  • Because four times in Judges 6,when Gideon is talking to
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  • the angel of the Lord,it will say,
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  • "And the Lord said to him,"and it's referring to
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  • the angel of the Lord.
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  • But it says -- so Gideonsaid this, "And the Lord,"
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  • he's talking to the angel ofthe Lord, but it says,
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  • the Bible says, "And the Lordsaid to him."
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  • So this is just one of thepassages that we believe
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  • is a proof text that showsthe angel of the Lord
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  • is the Lord himself, or Jesus.
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  • All right?
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  • So we're picking upon this, all right?
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  • Judges 6:16.
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  • "And the Lord said to him,'Surely I will be with you,
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  • and you shall defeat theMidianites as one man.'
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  • Then he," -- this is Gideon:"Said to him," capital H again,
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  • Him: "If now I found favorin your sight,
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  • then show me a sign that it isyou who talk with me."
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  • Even Gideon asked forconfirmation that he was
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  • hearing God's voice.
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  • Judges 6:18.
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  • He said: "'Do not departfrom here, I pray,
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  • until I come to you and bringout my offering
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  • and set it before you.'
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  • And he," -- capital H, God.
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  • Jesus, "Said, 'I will waituntil you come back.'"
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  • Now, I need to saysomething about this.
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  • This, to me, is one ofthe most amazing passages
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  • in the Bible.
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  • The Lord comes to the earth,talks to Gideon,
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  • and Gideon says, "Show me a signthat it is you
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  • who talks with me.
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  • I need to know it's you, God."
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  • Okay, it didn't offend God.
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  • And Gideon says,"Here's the sign.
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  • Let me prepare an offeringfor you."
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  • And God says, "I'll wait."
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  • Please, let this dawn on you.
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  • God will wait for youto know that it's him.
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  • He's okay.
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  • He has all eternity.
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  • He's okay.
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  • So God sits under a tree
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  • while Gideon goes and preparesan offering,
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  • but we just don't thinkabout this,
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  • because of our society today.
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  • There were no drive-thru's.
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  • There were no microwaves.
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  • He had to kill the goat,and clean it,
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  • separate the muscle from thesinew, and I don't want to
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  • go in too much detail.
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  • It's bloody.
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  • It took a while.
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  • He didn't have a propane grill.
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  • He had to get the fire going.
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  • He had to wait'til there were coals.
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  • This was a severalhour process.
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  • And then, he brings it back.
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  • Remember, he's askingfor a sign.
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  • He brings it back.
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  • The Lord has a staff inhis hand, is what it says.
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  • He took the staff,and he touched --
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  • Gideon put the meat,cooked meat, on a rock.
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  • Poured broth over it.
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  • The Lord touched it withthe end of the staff,
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  • and this is what it says:"And fire came out of
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  • the rock and consumedall of it."
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  • I would say he got a sign.
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  • What do you think?
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  • Would that be a sign?
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  • Okay.
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  • After he gets the sign,guess what he does?
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  • Asks for another sign.
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  • And it doesn't make God mad.
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  • Look, let's read down.
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  • Look at Judges 6:36.
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  • This is wherethe fleece comes in.
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  • A fleece is woolfrom a lamb.
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  • "So Gideon said to God,'If you will save Israel
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  • by my hand as you have said --look, I shall put
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  • a fleece of wool onthe threshing floor.
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  • If there is dewon the fleece only,
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  • and it is dry on all the ground,then I shall know that you will
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  • save Israel by my hand,as you have said.'
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  • And it was so.
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  • When he rose early the nextmorning and squeezed
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  • the fleece together, he wrungthe dew out of the fleece,
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  • a bowlful of water."
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  • Okay.
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  • There's another sign.
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  • Would you believe now?
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  • Next verse, Judges 6:39.
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  • "Then Gideon said to God,'Do not be angry with me,
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  • but let me speak just oncemore," --
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  • look at the patience of God.
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  • You would think at some point,he'd say,
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  • "I'm going to goto someone else.
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  • This is -- now you're askingfor a third sign."
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  • "'Let me test, I pray, just oncemore with the fleece.
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  • Let it now be dry only onthe fleece, but on all
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  • the ground let there be dew.'
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  • And God did so that night.
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  • It was dry on the fleece only,but there was dew
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  • on all the ground."
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  • I just want to get this soingrained in us that God's okay
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  • with us asking for a sign.
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  • Lord, I just want to know I'mhearing You.
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  • It's not You speaking,it's my ability to hear.
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  • I can get my own thoughts,my own desires.
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  • I just want tomake sure it's You.
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  • It's okay, as a matter of fact,it's not an okay, it's biblical.
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  • So then -- let me just go onwith the story some,
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  • and then the points we'llcover kind of quickly.
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  • But this is justsuch a great story.
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  • So Gideon calls forthe whole army of Israel.
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  • 32.000 men show up.
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  • And the Lord says,"This is too many.
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  • Because if you win with32.000 men, you'll take
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  • the glory for yourself.
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  • You'll all think it'sbecause your army
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  • was big and strong."
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  • So he says, "I want youto make an announcement
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  • that anyone whois afraid can go home."
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  • Now, remember,think of the number.
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  • 32.000 men are there.
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  • Gideon says, "If anyone isafraid, you can go home."
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  • 22.000 left.
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  • I could just seethe announcement.
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  • "If anyone's afraid,you can go home."
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  • "I'm kind of afraid.
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  • You afraid?"
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  • "Bless you.
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  • Hey, we're goingto head out.
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  • But our prayers are with you."
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  • "We'll be praying for you,Gideon."
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  • 10.000 left,so he's still thinking,
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  • hey, I got at least 10.000.
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  • You know what God says?
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  • "Too many.
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  • You'll stilltake the credit.
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  • So take 'em down to the river,and every man who laps water
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  • like a dog, you set himover to the side."
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  • Now, you know Gideon's thinking,oh, this is great.
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  • We're going to get ridof the crazies.
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  • So they go down, and 9.700 ofthem drink they way
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  • you and I would drink,you know, like this.
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  • 300 of them go [lapping]
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  • you ever seen a dog lap water?
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  • It's not pretty.
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  • And God says,"Take the dog lappers with you.
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  • That's your army.
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  • The dog lappers."
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  • You know, there's a guyover there, going --
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  • you know, like -- okay.
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  • And then, listen.
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  • Gideon needs another sign.
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  • And God says, "Sneak down tothe Midian camp at night.
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  • I have prepared anencouraging word for you."
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  • He goes down.
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  • Gets behind a tree or something.
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  • Hears a Midianite soldiertelling other soldiers,
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  • "I had a dream last night.
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  • I had dreamed that a loaf ofbread rolled down the hill
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  • and hit my tent.
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  • It knocked it over flat,and then it went through
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  • and knocked overall of our tents."
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  • And one of the othersoldiers says,
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  • "That means that it's Gideon.
  • 00:12:00.869 --> 00:12:04.139
  • That's the sword of Gideon.
  • 00:12:04.239 --> 00:12:06.107
  • God's on his side,God's not on our side,
  • 00:12:06.207 --> 00:12:09.744
  • and we're going to lose."
  • 00:12:09.844 --> 00:12:11.112
  • And encouraged Gideon.
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  • I hope you're catching this.
  • 00:12:16.217 --> 00:12:18.853
  • I'm telling you not only willGod speak to you,
  • 00:12:18.953 --> 00:12:21.556
  • but He'll speak to you over andover and over and over again
  • 00:12:21.656 --> 00:12:27.061
  • until you get it through yourthick skull. He's good!
  • 00:12:27.162 --> 00:12:34.369
  • So, there are threeconfirmations in scripture that
  • 00:12:34.469 --> 00:12:40.408
  • get this, they work every time,for every person.
  • 00:12:40.508 --> 00:12:44.045
  • His word, his wisdom,and his ways.
  • 00:12:44.145 --> 00:12:48.249
  • Okay, look at this.
  • 00:12:48.349 --> 00:12:49.484
  • His principles, his people,and his peace.
  • 00:12:49.584 --> 00:12:54.856
  • His principles.
  • 00:12:54.956 --> 00:12:56.291
  • His word, his principles.
  • 00:12:56.391 --> 00:12:57.892
  • His wisdom, his people.
  • 00:12:57.992 --> 00:12:59.027
  • We're going to knowabout counsel.
  • 00:12:59.127 --> 00:13:00.128
  • His ways, his peace.
  • 00:13:00.228 --> 00:13:02.430
  • All right,here are three more.
  • 00:13:02.530 --> 00:13:03.431
  • His character, his counsel,or his calm.
  • 00:13:03.531 --> 00:13:07.769
  • For all you pastorshere watching,
  • 00:13:07.869 --> 00:13:09.304
  • just gave you three greatoutlines, all right?
  • 00:13:09.404 --> 00:13:11.806
  • So, you can -- we're going toleave this up for a little while
  • 00:13:11.906 --> 00:13:14.042
  • if you wantto write them down.
  • 00:13:14.142 --> 00:13:15.243
  • The only reason I do thatis so you can remember.
  • 00:13:15.343 --> 00:13:17.512
  • I just want you to remember,"What are the three ways
  • 00:13:17.612 --> 00:13:18.880
  • that Pastor Robert said thatI could test a word from God,"
  • 00:13:18.980 --> 00:13:23.084
  • all right?
  • 00:13:23.184 --> 00:13:24.152
  • So we'll leave them up alittle while if you want
  • 00:13:24.252 --> 00:13:24.853
  • to write them.
  • 00:13:24.953 --> 00:13:26.187
  • So here's point number one:does it line up with the Bible?
  • 00:13:26.287 --> 00:13:27.922
  • Does it line up with God'sword, his principles,
  • 00:13:28.022 --> 00:13:34.195
  • and his character?
  • 00:13:34.295 --> 00:13:35.697
  • Does it line upwith the Bible?
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  • Hear this.
  • 00:13:38.466 --> 00:13:39.567
  • God's voice will neverdisagree with God's word.
  • 00:13:39.667 --> 00:13:44.839
  • God's voice will never disagreewith God's word.
  • 00:13:44.939 --> 00:13:48.276
  • Matthew 19:3-4.
  • 00:13:48.376 --> 00:13:51.045
  • "Then the Pharisees alsocame to him, testing him,
  • 00:13:51.145 --> 00:13:54.816
  • and saying to him, 'Is it lawfulfor a man to divorce his wife
  • 00:13:54.916 --> 00:13:58.853
  • for just any reason?' "
  • 00:13:58.953 --> 00:14:01.856
  • Now, you needto know something.
  • 00:14:01.956 --> 00:14:02.924
  • The word just was addedby the translators.
  • 00:14:03.024 --> 00:14:05.226
  • It's not in the Greek.
  • 00:14:05.326 --> 00:14:07.562
  • So what they said was,"Is it lawful for a man
  • 00:14:07.662 --> 00:14:09.998
  • to divorce his wifefor any reason?"
  • 00:14:10.098 --> 00:14:13.902
  • Any reason.
  • 00:14:14.002 --> 00:14:15.103
  • Watch his answer.
  • 00:14:15.203 --> 00:14:16.905
  • "And he answered and said tothem, 'Have you not read,'"
  • 00:14:17.005 --> 00:14:22.543
  • -- okay.
  • 00:14:22.644 --> 00:14:23.311
  • Now, he goes on.
  • 00:14:23.411 --> 00:14:24.445
  • They said, "Yeah, but Mosessaid because the --
  • 00:14:24.545 --> 00:14:25.613
  • you know, he permittedthe divorce."
  • 00:14:25.713 --> 00:14:27.115
  • Jesus said, "Yes, because ofthe hardness of your heart."
  • 00:14:27.215 --> 00:14:29.817
  • I know when I speak on divorcethat it's a horrible thing
  • 00:14:29.918 --> 00:14:33.855
  • that many, manypeople have experienced.
  • 00:14:33.955 --> 00:14:35.823
  • I want you to understandthat in no way--in no way do I
  • 00:14:35.924 --> 00:14:40.428
  • or does anyone at this churchsee you as a second-class
  • 00:14:40.528 --> 00:14:44.632
  • citizen or anything like that ifyou've experienced it.
  • 00:14:44.732 --> 00:14:47.902
  • But I still have totalk about it, okay?
  • 00:14:48.002 --> 00:14:49.971
  • With love in myheart I promise you.
  • 00:14:50.071 --> 00:14:52.340
  • When God says He hatesdivorce, you need to understand
  • 00:14:52.440 --> 00:14:55.777
  • it doesn't sayHe hates divorced people.
  • 00:14:55.877 --> 00:14:58.680
  • It's the same thing as if Godsaid, "I hate car wrecks."
  • 00:14:58.780 --> 00:15:02.717
  • God hates divorce becausedivorce hurts people
  • 00:15:02.817 --> 00:15:05.453
  • and He loves people.
  • 00:15:05.553 --> 00:15:07.488
  • It's the same if He said, "Ihate car wrecks
  • 00:15:07.588 --> 00:15:09.157
  • 'cause car wrecks hurt peopleand I love people."
  • 00:15:09.257 --> 00:15:11.159
  • You understandwhat I'm saying?
  • 00:15:11.259 --> 00:15:12.260
  • Okay, so but here's thereason they were asked
  • 00:15:12.360 --> 00:15:14.295
  • this question and here's thereason Moses permitted
  • 00:15:14.395 --> 00:15:16.197
  • to--for to get a divorce.
  • 00:15:16.297 --> 00:15:17.398
  • Is because these men actuallywere marrying other wives
  • 00:15:17.498 --> 00:15:19.968
  • at this time and theywere treating their first wife
  • 00:15:20.068 --> 00:15:23.237
  • as a sex slave, theywere verbally abusing her,
  • 00:15:23.338 --> 00:15:25.974
  • physically abusing her,and sexually abusing her.
  • 00:15:26.074 --> 00:15:29.310
  • And she wouldn't be free.
  • 00:15:29.410 --> 00:15:30.378
  • She couldn't go.
  • 00:15:30.478 --> 00:15:31.612
  • And so God -- Moses goes toGod and God says, "Listen,
  • 00:15:31.713 --> 00:15:34.215
  • if that's the way they'regoing to do it, if they're
  • 00:15:34.315 --> 00:15:35.583
  • not going to treat her likea queen 'cause I created her
  • 00:15:35.683 --> 00:15:37.852
  • to be a queen -- if they'renot going to treat her right,
  • 00:15:37.952 --> 00:15:40.121
  • have them give her acertificate of divorce
  • 00:15:40.221 --> 00:15:42.857
  • so she can at least get outfrom under the abuse."
  • 00:15:42.957 --> 00:15:45.360
  • That's where thiscame from, all right?
  • 00:15:45.460 --> 00:15:47.862
  • But here's the point.
  • 00:15:47.962 --> 00:15:49.364
  • They said, "We'd likea word from God."
  • 00:15:49.464 --> 00:15:53.134
  • He said, "Why don't you readthe Bible?
  • 00:15:53.234 --> 00:15:55.903
  • You want a word from God,on marriage and divorce?
  • 00:15:56.004 --> 00:15:59.207
  • Read the Bible."
  • 00:15:59.307 --> 00:16:00.575
  • "Have you not read," --God's word speaks.
  • 00:16:00.675 --> 00:16:05.279
  • Don't ever tell me you havea word from God,
  • 00:16:05.380 --> 00:16:08.282
  • and the Bible doesn't agreewith it.
  • 00:16:08.383 --> 00:16:10.184
  • And here's what people do.
  • 00:16:10.284 --> 00:16:11.219
  • They'll take one scriptureout of context,
  • 00:16:11.319 --> 00:16:14.122
  • and they'll try to prove it.
  • 00:16:14.222 --> 00:16:17.358
  • They'll say, "Yeah,but I got a scripture on it."
  • 00:16:17.458 --> 00:16:18.993
  • Okay.
  • 00:16:19.093 --> 00:16:19.961
  • We're not talking aboutone scripture.
  • 00:16:20.061 --> 00:16:20.995
  • Now, the Bible will nevercontradict itself,
  • 00:16:21.095 --> 00:16:22.897
  • but your interpretationof the Bible
  • 00:16:22.997 --> 00:16:24.966
  • might contradict the whole word.
  • 00:16:25.066 --> 00:16:26.667
  • So we're talkingabout the whole word.
  • 00:16:26.768 --> 00:16:27.735
  • Number two:does Godly counsel agree?
  • 00:16:27.835 --> 00:16:32.807
  • Does Godly counsel agree?
  • 00:16:32.907 --> 00:16:35.443
  • Not goodly counsel.
  • 00:16:35.543 --> 00:16:39.180
  • Here's what people do.
  • 00:16:39.280 --> 00:16:41.182
  • They'll go to someone, say,"What do you think?"
  • 00:16:41.282 --> 00:16:42.550
  • They say, "I don't thinkthat's God."
  • 00:16:42.650 --> 00:16:43.584
  • They go to someone else."What do you think?"
  • 00:16:43.684 --> 00:16:45.086
  • "I don't think that's God,"They go to someone else.
  • 00:16:45.186 --> 00:16:46.587
  • "What do you think?"
  • 00:16:46.687 --> 00:16:47.188
  • "I think that's good."
  • 00:16:47.288 --> 00:16:47.989
  • "I agree with you."
  • 00:16:48.089 --> 00:16:48.956
  • That's not Godly counsel.
  • 00:16:49.057 --> 00:16:50.024
  • Let me tell you whatgodly counsel is.
  • 00:16:50.124 --> 00:16:51.459
  • The simplest definition.
  • 00:16:51.559 --> 00:16:53.928
  • It's people who really know God,know his word, and know you.
  • 00:16:54.028 --> 00:17:02.170
  • It's really good if they knowhow impetuous you are sometimes,
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:06.541
  • and they can say, "I thinkyou're going a little fast."
  • 00:17:06.641 --> 00:17:10.578
  • So don't just go to anybody.
  • 00:17:10.678 --> 00:17:14.115
  • Go to a Godly,mature believer.
  • 00:17:14.215 --> 00:17:16.517
  • Let me give you a few scriptureson counsel.
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  • Proverbs 12:15.
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  • "The way of a fool is rightin his own eyes,
  • 00:17:20.188 --> 00:17:24.792
  • but he who heeds counselis wise."
  • 00:17:24.892 --> 00:17:28.429
  • Proverbs 19:20-21.
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  • "Listen to counseland receive instruction,
  • 00:17:30.798 --> 00:17:35.670
  • that you may be wisein your latter days.
  • 00:17:35.770 --> 00:17:39.373
  • There are many plans in aman's heart, nevertheless
  • 00:17:39.474 --> 00:17:43.845
  • the Lord's counsel," --not just good counsel,
  • 00:17:43.945 --> 00:17:47.348
  • God's counsel: "The Lord'scounsel -- that will stand."
  • 00:17:47.448 --> 00:17:51.686
  • Proverbs 24:6.
  • 00:17:51.786 --> 00:17:52.954
  • "For by wise counsel youwill wage your own war,
  • 00:17:53.054 --> 00:17:58.359
  • and in a multitude of counselorsthere is safety."
  • 00:17:58.459 --> 00:18:04.565
  • Is it wise counsel?
  • 00:18:04.665 --> 00:18:06.567
  • Here's a good question.
  • 00:18:06.667 --> 00:18:07.635
  • Is it stupid counsel?
  • 00:18:07.735 --> 00:18:09.770
  • Rehoboam takes over as king,says to his father's counselors,
  • 00:18:09.871 --> 00:18:16.110
  • "What should I do?"
  • 00:18:16.210 --> 00:18:17.812
  • They said -- this is amazingfor any leadership position
  • 00:18:17.912 --> 00:18:21.382
  • you ever serve in.
  • 00:18:21.482 --> 00:18:22.583
  • They said to him, "If youwill serve the people,
  • 00:18:22.683 --> 00:18:25.987
  • they will beyour servants forever."
  • 00:18:26.087 --> 00:18:28.556
  • But it says Rehoboam didn'tlisten to the counselors
  • 00:18:28.656 --> 00:18:31.826
  • of his father.
  • 00:18:31.926 --> 00:18:32.960
  • Instead, he wentto his friends.
  • 00:18:33.060 --> 00:18:36.831
  • His friends said,"You tell them if you think
  • 00:18:36.931 --> 00:18:39.400
  • my father's hand was heavy,my little finger
  • 00:18:39.500 --> 00:18:42.637
  • is heavier than his whole hand."
  • 00:18:42.737 --> 00:18:45.006
  • Get this.
  • 00:18:45.106 --> 00:18:46.941
  • Have you ever heard ofthe Northern Kingdom
  • 00:18:47.041 --> 00:18:49.277
  • and the Southern Kingdom?
  • 00:18:49.377 --> 00:18:50.945
  • That happenedbecause of Rehoboam.
  • 00:18:51.045 --> 00:18:54.182
  • It divided the church.
  • 00:18:54.282 --> 00:18:58.452
  • It split God's people.
  • 00:18:58.553 --> 00:19:00.888
  • Please, get Godly counsel.
  • 00:19:00.988 --> 00:19:03.591
  • So does it line up with theBible, does Godly counsel agree?
  • 00:19:03.691 --> 00:19:07.528
  • Here's number three:do I have peace?
  • 00:19:07.628 --> 00:19:11.632
  • Do I have peace?
  • 00:19:11.732 --> 00:19:12.466
  • You can't imaginehow big this is.
  • 00:19:12.567 --> 00:19:14.368
  • How God created you withthis gauge inside of you.
  • 00:19:14.468 --> 00:19:20.041
  • Whether you havepeace or not.
  • 00:19:20.141 --> 00:19:22.310
  • Colossians 3:15 says:"And the peace of God --
  • 00:19:22.410 --> 00:19:26.247
  • let the peace of God rule inyour hearts," --
  • 00:19:26.347 --> 00:19:28.950
  • now, you know the New Testamentwas written in Greek.
  • 00:19:29.050 --> 00:19:31.852
  • Some of the words that Pauluses are from sporting events.
  • 00:19:31.953 --> 00:19:36.757
  • This is one of 'em.
  • 00:19:36.857 --> 00:19:37.992
  • This word actuallymeans umpire.
  • 00:19:38.092 --> 00:19:40.995
  • It's from a sporting event,and it's the umpire.
  • 00:19:41.095 --> 00:19:44.599
  • "Let the peace of God umpirein your heart."
  • 00:19:44.699 --> 00:19:48.502
  • Let God's peace tell you whetherthis is safe for you,
  • 00:19:48.603 --> 00:19:53.007
  • or whether you should get outof this situation.
  • 00:19:53.107 --> 00:19:57.111
  • Now, I want you to thinkabout this.
  • 00:19:57.211 --> 00:19:58.346
  • How many times haveyou not had peace?
  • 00:19:58.446 --> 00:20:01.682
  • And many times,we do it anyway.
  • 00:20:01.782 --> 00:20:04.318
  • God never leadsthrough fear.
  • 00:20:04.418 --> 00:20:08.189
  • He always leadsthrough faith.
  • 00:20:08.289 --> 00:20:10.858
  • Always.
  • 00:20:10.958 --> 00:20:11.659
  • If you don't have peace,get out.
  • 00:20:11.759 --> 00:20:12.994
  • Philippians 4:7.
  • 00:20:13.094 --> 00:20:14.729
  • "And the peace of God, whichsurpasses all understanding," --
  • 00:20:14.829 --> 00:20:18.532
  • this word for understandingis the word reasoning.
  • 00:20:18.633 --> 00:20:21.902
  • Logic.
  • 00:20:22.003 --> 00:20:23.871
  • Passes all of yourlogical reasonings.
  • 00:20:23.971 --> 00:20:27.608
  • The peace of God: "Willguard your hearts and minds
  • 00:20:27.708 --> 00:20:32.947
  • through Christ Jesus."
  • 00:20:33.047 --> 00:20:34.548
  • The word guard herefrom the Greek
  • 00:20:34.649 --> 00:20:35.549
  • is a military term.
  • 00:20:35.650 --> 00:20:36.751
  • Not a sporting term,it's a military term,
  • 00:20:36.851 --> 00:20:38.085
  • and it means a garrisonof soldiers.
  • 00:20:38.185 --> 00:20:41.756
  • A garrison of soldiers.
  • 00:20:41.856 --> 00:20:44.759
  • A garrison of God's angelswill guard your heart
  • 00:20:44.859 --> 00:20:50.398
  • and your mind if youwalk in peace.
  • 00:20:50.498 --> 00:20:52.800
  • How many times has yourmind been troubled,
  • 00:20:52.900 --> 00:20:54.535
  • and you hadn't been ableto go to sleep?
  • 00:20:54.635 --> 00:20:56.437
  • It's 'cause you'regoing somewhere,
  • 00:20:56.537 --> 00:20:57.605
  • and you don't have peace.
  • 00:20:57.705 --> 00:20:59.040
  • If you just simply say,"God, I'll stop."
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:02.276
  • The peace comes back,just like that.
  • 00:21:02.376 --> 00:21:04.211
  • I'm not going to move.
  • 00:21:04.312 --> 00:21:05.446
  • If you don't -- if I don'thave peace, I'm not moving.
  • 00:21:05.546 --> 00:21:08.049
  • This is what God does.
  • 00:21:08.149 --> 00:21:10.751
  • God will give you a word,and he'll confirm that word.
  • 00:21:10.851 --> 00:21:15.056
  • It will line upwith his word.
  • 00:21:15.156 --> 00:21:16.724
  • It -- Godly counsel will agree,and you will have peace.
  • 00:21:16.824 --> 00:21:20.928
  • Let me tell youabout a time.
  • 00:21:21.028 --> 00:21:23.097
  • A friend of mine and I wentinto former Yugoslavia
  • 00:21:23.197 --> 00:21:26.200
  • during the civil war.
  • 00:21:26.300 --> 00:21:28.035
  • We actually were preachingabout 30 miles
  • 00:21:28.135 --> 00:21:29.804
  • from the civil war.
  • 00:21:29.904 --> 00:21:30.938
  • We could hear bombs,and guns going off.
  • 00:21:31.038 --> 00:21:33.708
  • And when we got up tothe border,
  • 00:21:33.808 --> 00:21:36.010
  • there was this big, long line.
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:37.411
  • And he had a Red Cross badge.
  • 00:21:37.511 --> 00:21:41.649
  • And so, when they saw that,we -- they said,
  • 00:21:41.749 --> 00:21:45.152
  • "Oh, you come this way."
  • 00:21:45.252 --> 00:21:46.187
  • So we go right aroundeverybody, show 'em
  • 00:21:46.287 --> 00:21:47.888
  • the Red Cross badge.
  • 00:21:47.988 --> 00:21:49.090
  • Boom.
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:49.990
  • They just let us in,just like that.
  • 00:21:50.091 --> 00:21:51.625
  • So we got in, and then hewent one way to preach
  • 00:21:51.726 --> 00:21:55.196
  • in a church.
  • 00:21:55.296 --> 00:21:56.163
  • I went another way to preachin a church.
  • 00:21:56.263 --> 00:21:57.732
  • We're going down the road,
  • 00:21:57.832 --> 00:21:59.300
  • and we come up to a checkpoint.
  • 00:21:59.400 --> 00:22:00.801
  • There's a guard on our sideof the road, and a guard
  • 00:22:00.901 --> 00:22:02.603
  • on the other side of the road.
  • 00:22:02.703 --> 00:22:03.504
  • He stops us.
  • 00:22:03.604 --> 00:22:04.372
  • Says to me, "Papers."
  • 00:22:04.472 --> 00:22:07.241
  • Now, I didn't have any papers.
  • 00:22:07.341 --> 00:22:09.510
  • I didn't have a clue what hewas talking about, you know?
  • 00:22:09.610 --> 00:22:11.512
  • And I'm just sitting there.
  • 00:22:11.612 --> 00:22:13.080
  • I don't know what to do.
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:14.148
  • Now, while he's going aroundthe three guys,
  • 00:22:14.248 --> 00:22:18.719
  • this pretty girl on a bicyclepulls up on the other side
  • 00:22:18.819 --> 00:22:22.490
  • of the road, and startstalking to the guard.
  • 00:22:22.590 --> 00:22:25.092
  • Our guard startslooking over.
  • 00:22:25.192 --> 00:22:29.430
  • He wants to be over therewith the pretty girl.
  • 00:22:29.530 --> 00:22:31.065
  • And then, the driver fromYugoslavia says,
  • 00:22:31.165 --> 00:22:34.935
  • "He's from Dallas."
  • 00:22:35.035 --> 00:22:38.205
  • He didn't say Texas,and we're overseas,
  • 00:22:38.305 --> 00:22:41.008
  • in another country.
  • 00:22:41.108 --> 00:22:42.042
  • Most people would say, "USA."
  • 00:22:42.143 --> 00:22:44.211
  • He said, "Dallas."
  • 00:22:44.311 --> 00:22:45.646
  • "He's from Dallas."
  • 00:22:45.746 --> 00:22:46.414
  • Here's what the guard did.
  • 00:22:46.514 --> 00:22:47.381
  • The guard went,"Oh, Dallas Cowboys."
  • 00:22:47.481 --> 00:22:55.890
  • I said, "Yes,
  • 00:22:55.990 --> 00:22:56.590
  • Dallas Cowboys."
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  • He said, "Go on."
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  • So we take off, and I'm just --I'm kind of laughing,
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  • I think it's funny.
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  • These three guysaren't laughing.
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  • I said, "What's going on?"
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  • They said, "Well, we went toget your VISA last week,
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  • and we couldn't get it.
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  • And you don't have any papers."
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  • And I said, "Well,what does that mean?"
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  • They said, "Well last year,we had a passenger from America.
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  • He didn't have papers,and they put him in jail
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  • for six months."
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  • Praise the Lord.
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  • Well, as the day went on,that realization began
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  • to minister to me.
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  • And I got scared.
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  • And that night,I couldn't sleep.
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  • And I got up,and I walked outside.
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  • And I said, "God,I got to have a word.
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  • I got to have a word from you."
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  • And I looked up,and I saw the Big Dipper.
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  • And then God --and God said to me,
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  • "I hold those stars in place,and I'll take care of you."
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  • And that lines up with His Word.
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  • And all godly counsel agree andGod's peace came.
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  • And I went in and went to sleep.
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  • I was talking with that pastorjust a few years ago
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  • and he said to me, "The revivalthat spread across
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  • former Yugoslavia started whenyou and that other pastor
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  • came 20-something years ago.
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  • We've been inrevival ever since."
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  • Because God spoke.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: You know I was ina situation in that
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  • foreign country whereI needed a word from God.
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  • And I'm wondering if you'rein a situation right now,
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  • and you need aword from God.
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  • I want to encourage youto take some time
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  • and enter his presence,and seek the Lord.
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  • And then, just simply askthese three questions.
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  • Does it line upwith the Bible?
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  • Would Godly counsel agree?
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  • And do I have peace?
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  • God is speaking.
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  • Hey, thanks somuch for watching.
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  • I want to encourage you totune in next week,
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  • because we're going to continuethis series, "Frequency:
  • 00:25:17.932 --> 00:25:20.801
  • Tune In, and Hear God."
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you forwatching today's program
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  • as Pastor Robertshares a message
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  • from his series, "Frequency".
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  • Have you ever found yourselfasking, "How can I hear God?"
  • 00:25:30.711 --> 00:25:34.281
  • "Does God still speak?"
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  • Or, "Is He reallyspeaking to me?"
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  • The good news is, yes,God is speaking.
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  • And like a radio hostbroadcasting His voice
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  • into the airwaves, God speaks tous all the time.
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  • The question is, are you tunedit to the right frequency?
  • 00:25:46.927 --> 00:25:50.397
  • In this series Pastor Robertexplains how you can connect
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  • with God and hear His voice.
  • 00:25:52.766 --> 00:25:55.035
  • We would love to send you theselife-transforming messages
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  • to help you learn the biblicalprinciples to hearing,
  • 00:25:57.805 --> 00:25:59.940
  • and following God's voice.
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  • And so for your best gift today,we'll send you the "Frequency"
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  • series on CDor digital download.
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  • If you share a gift of $35 ormore we will send you
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  • this series on CD, and DVD or asa digital download.
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  • And for your gift of $55 ormore, we'll send you
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  • this series on CD and DVD andinclude the book, "Frequency"
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  • by Pastor Robert.
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  • This book dives deeper intothese powerful truths,
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  • and will help you grow closer tothe Lord as you learn
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  • to hear Him whenHe speaks to you.
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  • We always love hearing from you,so please take a moment
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  • to call us or visit us online atPastorRobert.com
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  • to request your copyof this series,
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  • to share your prayer requests,
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  • and to find other teachingresources that will help you
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  • learn how to tune into God'svoice and experience more
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  • of His love.
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  • As always, we want to thank youfor watching,
  • 00:26:46.387 --> 00:26:48.255
  • and for your continued support
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  • of PastorRobert Morris Ministries.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Throughoutthe Bible, the number seven
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  • appears repeatedly to signifycompleteness or perfection.
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  • It's no wonder that Godheralded the entry of His Son
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  • into the world with sevenunique, prophetic words
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  • that still speak to us today.These words are gifts
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  • He wants to give eachone of us as we celebrate
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  • the birth of Jesus.The "Seven Words of Christmas"
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  • is sure to be a blessingenjoyed by the whole family.
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  • ♪ ♪
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