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My Career Calling

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February 11, 2021
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Pastor Robert concludes Why Am I Here? with “My Career Calling;” as he explains why it’s important to know our purpose and how it differs from our career.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: That'samazing to me.
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  • I would take the ark with me,and when Absalom came,
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  • I'd be standing right besidehim, but he said, listen,
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  • God's in control.
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  • The ark means tostay with the people.
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  • The presence of God needsto stay with the people.
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  • At some time or another,we've all asked, why am I here?
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  • You were born for a reason,and God has a specific answer
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  • to your question that He's theonly one who can give it to you.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris,as he discusses the question,
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  • "Why Am I Here?"
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: This is the third part
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  • of a three-week seriescalled "Why Am I Here?"
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  • and the title of today'smessage is, "My Career Calling"
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  • and most peoplealready know their career
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  • and they're in their career.
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  • Some of the young peoplewould be like, great,
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  • tell me how I can know mycareer.
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  • So, what are you saying?
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  • And the Lord began to show methat what He was referring
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  • to when He gave me this word wasour life calling,
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  • our specific purpose for beingon earth.
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  • In other words,why am I here?
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  • Not just why are we here, why amI here?
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  • For my whole life, whatdoes God have for me?
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  • Yes, to be abeliever and serve.
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  • Yes, we have gifts, and wehave some sort of ministry God
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  • has given us, but what's my lifepurpose, and that's really
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  • what began to happen.
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  • So, before I tell you whatyour purpose is, I have three
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  • points again, but Iwant to tell you two things
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  • that your purpose is not.
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  • That's very importantto understand.
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  • So, here's number one:Your purpose
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  • is not your position.
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  • Your purpose isnot your position.
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  • Another way to say that is youridentity is not your position
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  • no matterwhat your position is.
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  • All right.
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  • 1 Samuel 16 if you're there.
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  • Let me show you.
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  • This is where Samuel comesto anoint David as king.
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  • All right?
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  • 1 Samuel 16:10 says, "ThusJesse made seven of his sons
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  • pass before Samuel.
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  • And Samuel said to Jesse,"The Lord has not chosen these."
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  • And Samuel said to Jesse,"Are all the young men here?"
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  • Then he said, "There remainsyet the youngest,
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  • and there he is, keeping thesheep."
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  • And Samuel said to Jesse,"Send and bring him.
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  • For we will not sit downuntil he comes here."
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  • So, he sent andbrought him in.
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  • Now he was ruddy," theword ruddy means red.
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  • Some say David had red hair.
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  • Some refer to that heprobably had red skin
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  • because of being a shepherdand being outside so much,
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  • but that's what theword ruddy means.
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  • It just means red.
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  • "Now he was ruddywith bright eyes,
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  • and good-looking."
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  • I related to David a lot.
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  • I'm just joking.
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  • "And the Lord said, "Arise,anoint him;
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  • for this is the one!"
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  • So, if you were a youngperson, and you were wondering
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  • what your career was going tobe, how cool would it be
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  • for the prophet of God, theprophet of God at that time,
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  • to show up and tell you whatyour career was.
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  • That's pretty cool, isn'tit, and he got a pretty cool
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  • career too.
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  • You know?
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  • He said, okay, let's see.
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  • Your career.
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  • You're going to get tobe the boss of everyone.
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  • Now, you don't want to admitit, but several of you would
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  • like to be theboss of everyone.
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  • You're going to bethe boss of everyone.
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  • Now, again, these wordsaren't in the text.
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  • I'm just kind of surmisingthis because I want to make
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  • a point from this.
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  • You know, you're goingto get to be the king.
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  • You're going to be rich.
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  • You're going to have servants,and you're going to live
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  • in a castle, but I wonder whatwould have happened if Samuel
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  • while he was turning leave madethis statement,
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  • "and people are going to try tokill you for the rest
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  • of your life."
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  • Then David might have said,"Well, wait, wait, wait.
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  • What did you say?"
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  • "I said you were goingto get to be the king."
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  • "Yeah, after that."
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  • "Rich, servants,and the castle."
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  • "Yeah, after that.
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  • The part about people tryingto kill me for the rest
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  • of my life."
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  • See, Samuel didn'ttell him that.
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  • When God gave Joseph the dreamof his brothers bowing down,
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  • God conveniently left out thepart about slavery and prison.
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  • So, you say, well, whyare you telling me that?
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  • Because I'm telling you thatyou're going to go through
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  • seasons, and some ofthem you won't like.
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  • Even David, when we talkabout a career, he had several
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  • different jobsbefore he was king.
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  • He was a shepherd.
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  • He was a musician.
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  • He actually became amusician for Saul.
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  • He was in the military, andthen he became king,
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  • but he went through seasons.
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  • So, no matter what yourlife calling is,
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  • there are seasons.
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  • Let me give you an example.
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  • Let's say that your lifecalling, one of the primary
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  • purposes you're on thisearth is to be a mom
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  • which is a huge high calling,and when you think about how
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  • generations get moreevil from generation
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  • to generation, we need moreGodly moms and dads.
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  • So, it's a high calling.
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  • So, let's just say that's acalling you feel
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  • like this is the life purposefor me.
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  • Well, you're going togo through seasons.
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  • You're going to have theseason of young children,
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  • and this season will pass,but you're in a season now.
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  • So, you'll haveyoung children.
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  • You'll have a time when theystart school; a season.
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  • You'll have a season whenthey become teenagers,
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  • God help you.
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  • You'll have a seasonwhere they go to college.
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  • You'll have a season whereyou're helping them finding
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  • a mate and prayingabout that.
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  • You'll have a season wherethey get married and leave home.
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  • You'll have a season wherethey have young children.
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  • You'll have a season where yourchildren have teenagers,
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  • God help them.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Any time I say the wordteenager,
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  • God help just kind of comes out.
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  • But you'll gothrough seasons.
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  • Okay?
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  • So, the first thing I need youto know is your purpose
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  • is not your positionat the time.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • If you don't like your bossright now and you don't
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  • like your job, it will pass.
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  • It's just a season, and youneed to ask God what He's trying
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  • to teach you becauseif you don't learn
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  • it with this boss,you'll get one even worse.
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  • So, there are seasons.
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  • David was the king, buthe went through seasons.
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  • All right?
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  • So, here's number two.
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  • Your purpose isnot your provision.
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  • Now, as we know our purposefrom a career, so a lot of times
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  • your purpose linesup with your career.
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  • Sometimes it doesn't, butsometimes it does, but you need
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  • to know your jobis not your provision.
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  • God is your provision,and I don't just mean
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  • your financial provision.
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  • I mean, God provideseverything we need.
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  • He'll providethe right spouse.
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  • If we'll wait.
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  • He'll provide the righthouse at the right time.
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  • He provides the right job,but we have to know
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  • that God is our provider.
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  • Now, 2 Samuel 15, if you haveyour Bible open there,
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  • 2 Samuel 15, let me show youa season in David's life
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  • after he's king.
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  • He had a son named Absalom,and look at Verse 1,
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  • 2 Samuel 15:1, "After this,it happened that Absalom
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  • provided himself."
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  • Now, it just happens thatGod led me to this passage,
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  • and here is theword provided.
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  • He provided himself.
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  • God didn't provide it forhim, "with chariots
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  • and horses and 50 mento run before him."
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  • Now, Absalom would riseearly and stand besides
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  • the way to the gate so it waswhenever anyone who had
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  • a lawsuit came to the kingfor a decision that Absalom
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  • would call to him and saywhat city are you from?
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  • And he would say your servant isfrom such-and-such a tribe
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  • of Israel.
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  • Then, Absalom would say tohim, look, your case is good
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  • and right, but there's nodeputy of the king to hear you.
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  • Moreover, Absalom would say,oh, that I were made a judge
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  • in the land and everyone whohas any suit or cause would come
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  • to me, and then Iwould give him justice.
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  • And so it was wheneveranyone came near to bow down
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  • to him that he would put outhis hand and take him
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  • and kiss him.
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  • In his manner, Absalom actedtoward all Israel who came
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  • to the king for judgement,so Absalom stole the hearts
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  • of the men of Israel.
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  • So, David's got acoup on his hands.
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  • It's happening, and Absalom,by the way, did this for many,
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  • many years, it says.
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  • Absalom was trying toprovide a position and a purpose
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  • for himself insteadof letting God provide
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  • his position and his purpose.
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  • By the way, if you have tomanipulate to get it,
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  • you'll have to manipulate tokeep it, but if God gives
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  • it to you, no one can takeit away from you.
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  • It's a whole lot better tolet God raise up one
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  • and put down another.
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  • Asaph, the chief musician,wrote promotion doesn't come
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  • from the east or the west.
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  • It comes from the Lord, andhe was the chief musician
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  • under David, so I'm sure helearned that from David.
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  • Listen, God is theone who promotes.
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  • So, Absalom creates thiscoup, goes to Hebron
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  • and declares himself king andafter this, David,
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  • he leaves the city.
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  • Now, you've got to remember,this is a great warrior,
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  • but he's trusting Godas his provision.
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  • So, he leaves the city.
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  • Now, while he's leaving thecity, there's a famous story
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  • that a lot of people know.
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  • Shimei, this guy namedShimei, throws rocks at David
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  • and curses him, andAbishai who is Joab's brother,
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  • one ofDavid's mighty men.
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  • Today, we'd say David'stough dudes, one of David's
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  • tough dudes said who is thisdead dog to curse the king,
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  • and then he says let me goover and take his head off.
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  • Now, you can read it.
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  • Let me go take his head off,and that's what he said,
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  • and here's the thing thathopefully you know this.
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  • He could have done it.
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  • Abishai could have done it,and David said, no,
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  • maybe God sent him.
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  • We'll just trust the Lord.
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  • Okay, a lot of peopleknow that story.
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  • I even said to my wife whenI was talking about this,
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  • Debbie, I said do you rememberwhat happened when David
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  • was leaving, and she said thatguy cursed him
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  • and threw rocks at him.
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  • I said, yeah, but do youknow what happened
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  • with the Ark of the Covenant?
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  • She said, no, I don't.
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  • I never evenheard of that at all.
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  • Now, you've got to rememberthat the Ark of the Covenant
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  • was where God dwelled.
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  • It wasn't representativeof the presence of God.
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  • It is where God dwelled.
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  • It says He dwelled betweenthe wings of the wings
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  • of the cherubim.
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  • When you have the Ark of theCovenant in your camp, you won.
  • 00:11:54.672 --> 00:11:56.908
  • When you didn't, you didn't.
  • 00:11:56.908 --> 00:11:58.476
  • So, you would think ifsomeone is coming after you
  • 00:11:58.476 --> 00:12:01.246
  • to kill you, you'd takethe Ark with you, right?
  • 00:12:01.246 --> 00:12:03.314
  • By the way, this is theArk that Indiana Jones
  • 00:12:03.314 --> 00:12:06.151
  • discovered in 1981.
  • 00:12:06.151 --> 00:12:07.552
  • There's a movie about it.
  • 00:12:07.552 --> 00:12:09.254
  • So, let me show you,though, how David knew God
  • 00:12:09.254 --> 00:12:15.126
  • was his provision.
  • 00:12:15.126 --> 00:12:17.028
  • This is absolutelyphenomenal to me.
  • 00:12:17.028 --> 00:12:19.397
  • 2 Samuel 15:25-26, "Then theking said to Zadok,
  • 00:12:19.397 --> 00:12:24.936
  • "Carry the ark of Godback into the city.
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  • If I find favor in eyes ofthe Lord, He will bring me back
  • 00:12:29.307 --> 00:12:33.011
  • and show me both it andHis dwelling place.
  • 00:12:33.011 --> 00:12:36.214
  • But if he says, 'Thus, Ihave no delight in him,
  • 00:12:36.214 --> 00:12:38.883
  • then here I am.
  • 00:12:38.883 --> 00:12:40.084
  • If I have no delight in you,then here I am; let him
  • 00:12:40.084 --> 00:12:42.620
  • do to me whateverseems good to him."
  • 00:12:42.620 --> 00:12:47.225
  • That's amazing to me.
  • 00:12:47.225 --> 00:12:48.593
  • I would take the Ark withme, and when Absalom came,
  • 00:12:48.593 --> 00:12:51.896
  • I'd be standing right besideit, but he said, listen,
  • 00:12:51.896 --> 00:12:55.700
  • God is in control.
  • 00:12:55.700 --> 00:12:57.769
  • The Ark needs tostay with the people.
  • 00:12:57.769 --> 00:12:59.504
  • The presence of God needs tostay with the people,
  • 00:12:59.504 --> 00:13:02.140
  • and if God wants to bring meback as the people's leader,
  • 00:13:02.140 --> 00:13:04.309
  • God will take care of me.
  • 00:13:04.309 --> 00:13:06.277
  • He's big enough.
  • 00:13:06.277 --> 00:13:08.446
  • So, this is Godis in control.
  • 00:13:08.446 --> 00:13:10.381
  • You see?
  • 00:13:10.381 --> 00:13:13.051
  • Debbie and I have talkedabout this,
  • 00:13:13.051 --> 00:13:14.385
  • and she has gotten through.
  • 00:13:14.385 --> 00:13:15.620
  • She has won the battle inthis area, but she's had some
  • 00:13:15.620 --> 00:13:17.822
  • tough times because allof our children, all the guys,
  • 00:13:17.822 --> 00:13:23.528
  • work at the church;two sons and a son-in-law,
  • 00:13:23.528 --> 00:13:26.431
  • and I consider Ethan my son,part of our family now,
  • 00:13:26.431 --> 00:13:30.134
  • but they never planned towork at the church.
  • 00:13:30.134 --> 00:13:33.004
  • Josh got a degree in filmand never planned
  • 00:13:33.004 --> 00:13:34.973
  • to go into the ministry.
  • 00:13:34.973 --> 00:13:35.940
  • He's one of our pastors now.
  • 00:13:35.940 --> 00:13:37.375
  • James studied business andwent into business,
  • 00:13:37.375 --> 00:13:40.445
  • and then he's in our stewardshipdepartment, and Ethan
  • 00:13:40.445 --> 00:13:44.282
  • got a degree in accounting andused to work at Ernst and Young,
  • 00:13:44.282 --> 00:13:46.584
  • and now he's ouryoung adults' pastor.
  • 00:13:46.584 --> 00:13:50.755
  • There are times when they'llbe a little frustrated
  • 00:13:50.755 --> 00:13:54.926
  • about something and Debbie willhear it from the girls,
  • 00:13:54.926 --> 00:13:59.197
  • and she'll say to me, did youknow what so-and-so
  • 00:13:59.197 --> 00:14:03.167
  • is going through, and Isay, yeah, I know.
  • 00:14:03.167 --> 00:14:07.438
  • She'll say, well, you're theboss, and I've had
  • 00:14:07.438 --> 00:14:15.513
  • to say to her, but Debbie,I don't do that.
  • 00:14:15.513 --> 00:14:20.118
  • I have 680 employees, and Iset the system up this way.
  • 00:14:20.118 --> 00:14:26.357
  • No one else set it up.
  • 00:14:26.357 --> 00:14:27.358
  • I'm the one thatstarted it in my house.
  • 00:14:27.358 --> 00:14:29.327
  • I set it up where I don't set mykids' positions or salaries
  • 00:14:29.327 --> 00:14:35.934
  • and let me tell you two reasonswhy I did that,
  • 00:14:35.934 --> 00:14:37.869
  • and here's the second one.
  • 00:14:37.869 --> 00:14:38.836
  • This isn't the first one.
  • 00:14:38.836 --> 00:14:39.938
  • The second one isI trust the team.
  • 00:14:39.938 --> 00:14:42.507
  • I really do trust the peoplearound me,
  • 00:14:42.507 --> 00:14:45.009
  • but the first one is I trustGod.
  • 00:14:45.009 --> 00:14:48.579
  • God is big enough.
  • 00:14:48.579 --> 00:14:51.282
  • If there is a boss that'smistreating one of my kids,
  • 00:14:51.282 --> 00:14:55.086
  • God is big enough.
  • 00:14:55.086 --> 00:14:57.221
  • He's big enough totake care of it.
  • 00:14:57.221 --> 00:14:59.757
  • You need to know something.
  • 00:14:59.757 --> 00:15:01.459
  • No one can thwartyour destiny but you.
  • 00:15:01.459 --> 00:15:05.997
  • No boss, nocompany, no person.
  • 00:15:05.997 --> 00:15:13.137
  • Actually, there's only oneperson that can mess up
  • 00:15:13.137 --> 00:15:15.540
  • your destiny, and that's you,but no one else can.
  • 00:15:15.540 --> 00:15:19.077
  • David understood thathis purpose
  • 00:15:19.077 --> 00:15:22.380
  • was not his provision.
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  • God was his provision.
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  • And here's number three;your purpose is your pursuit.
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  • This is what it is.
  • 00:15:29.687 --> 00:15:31.055
  • It's what you pursue.
  • 00:15:31.055 --> 00:15:31.856
  • Now obviously,we pursue God.
  • 00:15:31.856 --> 00:15:33.958
  • What we pursue servingGod, we pursue loving God.
  • 00:15:33.958 --> 00:15:38.396
  • We pursue what God'scall is on our lives.
  • 00:15:38.396 --> 00:15:43.067
  • Here's a great Scripture,Acts 13:36, "For David,
  • 00:15:43.067 --> 00:15:46.504
  • after he had served thepurpose of God in his own
  • 00:15:46.504 --> 00:15:50.074
  • generation fell asleep andwas laid with his fathers."
  • 00:15:50.074 --> 00:15:54.912
  • He served the purpose ofGod for his generation,
  • 00:15:54.912 --> 00:15:58.349
  • but there was a time, we're allfamiliar with it,
  • 00:15:58.349 --> 00:16:01.519
  • when David messed up.
  • 00:16:01.519 --> 00:16:03.921
  • Let me tell youwhy he messed up.
  • 00:16:03.921 --> 00:16:05.990
  • He quit pursuing hispurpose, the purpose of God
  • 00:16:05.990 --> 00:16:10.128
  • that was on his life.
  • 00:16:10.128 --> 00:16:11.462
  • Let me read it to you, 2Samuel 11:1-2,
  • 00:16:11.462 --> 00:16:15.099
  • "It happened in the spring ofthe year at the time
  • 00:16:15.099 --> 00:16:18.202
  • when kings," David is the king,
  • 00:16:18.202 --> 00:16:20.872
  • "go out tobattle that David sent,"
  • 00:16:20.872 --> 00:16:24.375
  • notice he didn't go, "Joaband his servants with him
  • 00:16:24.375 --> 00:16:28.679
  • and all Israel, and theydestroyed the people of Amman
  • 00:16:28.679 --> 00:16:31.449
  • and besieged Rabbah,but David remained at Jerusalem,
  • 00:16:31.449 --> 00:16:34.786
  • and then it happened one eveningthat David arose from his bed
  • 00:16:34.786 --> 00:16:37.388
  • and walked on the roof of theking's house and from the roof,
  • 00:16:37.388 --> 00:16:39.991
  • he saw a woman bathing and thatwoman was very beautiful
  • 00:16:39.991 --> 00:16:43.061
  • to behold."
  • 00:16:43.061 --> 00:16:45.196
  • If David had been pursuingthe purpose of God on his life,
  • 00:16:45.196 --> 00:16:48.633
  • he never would haveeven seen that Bathsheba.
  • 00:16:48.633 --> 00:16:55.006
  • Here's the reason I thinkthat we stop pursuing
  • 00:16:55.006 --> 00:16:57.608
  • the purpose of God.
  • 00:16:57.608 --> 00:16:59.210
  • It's because we go throughseasons, and we accomplish
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.113
  • something, and we don't goback to God
  • 00:17:02.113 --> 00:17:05.183
  • then for what the next seasonis for our life.
  • 00:17:05.183 --> 00:17:08.519
  • Let me use a term thata lot of people use.
  • 00:17:08.519 --> 00:17:11.055
  • We call it mid-life crisis.
  • 00:17:11.055 --> 00:17:16.160
  • It's like, well,I've done all this.
  • 00:17:16.160 --> 00:17:18.629
  • I really don't know whatelse I'm supposed to do,
  • 00:17:18.629 --> 00:17:20.064
  • and I'm not getting any meaning.
  • 00:17:20.064 --> 00:17:21.732
  • So, you've gotto understand.
  • 00:17:21.732 --> 00:17:22.767
  • You don't get meaningout of your career.
  • 00:17:22.767 --> 00:17:25.770
  • You get meaning out of yourrelationship with God,
  • 00:17:25.770 --> 00:17:29.640
  • and you go through amid-life crisis.
  • 00:17:29.640 --> 00:17:31.175
  • Actually, what you're goingthrough is a change in season.
  • 00:17:31.175 --> 00:17:34.212
  • You need to go back and askGod, God what's next for me?
  • 00:17:34.212 --> 00:17:37.181
  • What do you have for me?
  • 00:17:37.181 --> 00:17:38.983
  • I feel like, personally, I'vebeen through two
  • 00:17:38.983 --> 00:17:40.985
  • mid-life crises.
  • 00:17:40.985 --> 00:17:43.988
  • I feel like you gothrough more than one.
  • 00:17:43.988 --> 00:17:47.558
  • The first one was a fewyears before I planted
  • 00:17:47.558 --> 00:17:50.795
  • Gateway Church.
  • 00:17:50.795 --> 00:17:52.263
  • I was an associate pastor atShady Grove Church which is our
  • 00:17:52.263 --> 00:17:54.599
  • Grand Prairie campus,and I started getting bored.
  • 00:17:54.599 --> 00:17:58.369
  • It was the change of a season,but I just felt like
  • 00:17:58.369 --> 00:18:00.705
  • I can't accomplish anymore where
  • 00:18:00.705 --> 00:18:03.107
  • I am in this position,
  • 00:18:03.107 --> 00:18:04.642
  • and I don't know what God hasfor me next, and so Pastor
  • 00:18:04.642 --> 00:18:06.777
  • Olan, he'sa great pastor.
  • 00:18:06.777 --> 00:18:08.546
  • He's one of ourapostolic elders now.
  • 00:18:08.546 --> 00:18:10.214
  • Pastor Olan wasmeeting with all the elders
  • 00:18:10.214 --> 00:18:14.118
  • and saying where do you wantto be in five years and what
  • 00:18:14.118 --> 00:18:15.953
  • is God saying to you?
  • 00:18:15.953 --> 00:18:18.156
  • And so he was asking thespouses as well, and so,
  • 00:18:18.156 --> 00:18:21.959
  • he said to Debbie, he askedDebbie, and she said something,
  • 00:18:21.959 --> 00:18:24.562
  • and she had not told me this,and I remember afterwards,
  • 00:18:24.562 --> 00:18:26.664
  • I said whydid you not tell me that?
  • 00:18:26.664 --> 00:18:28.833
  • She said, I didn't know it.
  • 00:18:28.833 --> 00:18:30.902
  • I didn't know it until itjust came out, but he asked
  • 00:18:30.902 --> 00:18:35.640
  • her about my future, and shesaid, I'm concerned,
  • 00:18:35.640 --> 00:18:42.480
  • I'm very concerned.
  • 00:18:42.480 --> 00:18:44.115
  • And he said, whyare you concerned?
  • 00:18:44.115 --> 00:18:45.616
  • And she said because Robertfor the first time since he's
  • 00:18:45.616 --> 00:18:47.919
  • been saved has losthis passion for ministry.
  • 00:18:47.919 --> 00:18:52.857
  • He's always been passionateabout ministering the people
  • 00:18:52.857 --> 00:18:55.526
  • always, but because he doesn'tfeel challenged right now,
  • 00:18:55.526 --> 00:18:59.830
  • he's lost his passion forministry, and then she said
  • 00:18:59.830 --> 00:19:02.733
  • this, and I'm afraid becausehe's lost his passion
  • 00:19:02.733 --> 00:19:07.071
  • for ministry and I've never seenthis, I'm afraid that next
  • 00:19:07.071 --> 00:19:10.841
  • he'll lose his passion for theLord, and then he'll lose
  • 00:19:10.841 --> 00:19:14.245
  • his passion for me.
  • 00:19:14.245 --> 00:19:19.550
  • It was a wake-up call for me,and we went home that night,
  • 00:19:19.550 --> 00:19:23.588
  • and we stayed upmost of the night talking,
  • 00:19:23.588 --> 00:19:25.156
  • and I said I'm so sorry.
  • 00:19:25.156 --> 00:19:26.891
  • I'm not going to do that.
  • 00:19:26.891 --> 00:19:29.460
  • So, here's what I did.
  • 00:19:29.460 --> 00:19:30.628
  • I began to pursue mypurpose in prayer.
  • 00:19:30.628 --> 00:19:37.168
  • I wasn't trying to get anadvancement or trying to figure
  • 00:19:37.168 --> 00:19:39.403
  • out a promotion or ifI should plant a church
  • 00:19:39.403 --> 00:19:42.840
  • or go be a senior pastor.
  • 00:19:42.840 --> 00:19:44.141
  • I just began to pursue it inprayer, and that's when God,
  • 00:19:44.141 --> 00:19:47.545
  • after that, about a yearlater, spoke to me about
  • 00:19:47.545 --> 00:19:49.747
  • Gateway Church, butsomething had changed in my
  • 00:19:49.747 --> 00:19:52.183
  • heart because God called meback to my purpose,
  • 00:19:52.183 --> 00:19:56.587
  • and let me tell you what mypurpose is so maybe
  • 00:19:56.587 --> 00:19:59.023
  • it will help you.
  • 00:19:59.023 --> 00:20:00.124
  • My purpose is to helppeople develop an intimate
  • 00:20:00.124 --> 00:20:02.526
  • relationship with God.
  • 00:20:02.526 --> 00:20:05.429
  • That's my life purpose;to help people develop
  • 00:20:05.429 --> 00:20:09.667
  • an intimate relationship withGod, and I know that,
  • 00:20:09.667 --> 00:20:12.303
  • and that's what excites me.
  • 00:20:12.303 --> 00:20:14.138
  • That thrills me.
  • 00:20:14.138 --> 00:20:15.640
  • I mean, more than anything.
  • 00:20:15.640 --> 00:20:16.774
  • I'll tell you about aconversation I had sitting
  • 00:20:16.774 --> 00:20:18.876
  • on the beach with a couplebeside us when we were
  • 00:20:18.876 --> 00:20:22.079
  • on vacation, and itwasn't work for me.
  • 00:20:22.079 --> 00:20:25.416
  • I was helping them developan intimate relationship
  • 00:20:25.416 --> 00:20:27.418
  • with God, and I told you Ifeel like I've gone through
  • 00:20:27.418 --> 00:20:32.890
  • two mid-life crises.
  • 00:20:32.890 --> 00:20:34.358
  • I feel like I've gonethrough another one in the last
  • 00:20:34.358 --> 00:20:35.826
  • couple of years becauseI began to say God,
  • 00:20:35.826 --> 00:20:40.464
  • what's next, what's next for me?
  • 00:20:40.464 --> 00:20:43.768
  • Because I know you put in myheart to build, obviously,
  • 00:20:43.768 --> 00:20:48.039
  • God builds His church butto use me to build a large
  • 00:20:48.039 --> 00:20:51.842
  • apostolic influential churchin the world,
  • 00:20:51.842 --> 00:20:54.912
  • and I've done that, and you'veput it in my heart to preach
  • 00:20:54.912 --> 00:20:58.816
  • the word through television andto really reach out,
  • 00:20:58.816 --> 00:21:01.852
  • and our television ministry hasbecome very successful
  • 00:21:01.852 --> 00:21:04.488
  • and is doing great, and you putit in my heart
  • 00:21:04.488 --> 00:21:07.758
  • to write best-selling books.
  • 00:21:07.758 --> 00:21:09.627
  • That was specifically myprayer because if you write
  • 00:21:09.627 --> 00:21:12.029
  • a book and only three peopleread it,
  • 00:21:12.029 --> 00:21:13.764
  • you haven't helped a lot.
  • 00:21:13.764 --> 00:21:15.599
  • So, you know, your wife andyour kids read it, okay,
  • 00:21:15.599 --> 00:21:17.835
  • great, but I wasn't doing itfor financial reasons,
  • 00:21:17.835 --> 00:21:22.039
  • but for books and most of youknow because my best-selling
  • 00:21:22.039 --> 00:21:25.376
  • book, I've given all theroyalties away to,
  • 00:21:25.376 --> 00:21:27.611
  • and that is in the millionsof dollars.
  • 00:21:27.611 --> 00:21:29.680
  • So, it was, Lord, what now?
  • 00:21:29.680 --> 00:21:32.316
  • Those were like three goalsI had; to build a church,
  • 00:21:32.316 --> 00:21:35.586
  • Gateway, to where it wouldreally be an influential church
  • 00:21:35.586 --> 00:21:38.089
  • in the world, and thetelevision ministry,
  • 00:21:38.089 --> 00:21:40.891
  • and then books.
  • 00:21:40.891 --> 00:21:42.326
  • And so, I've been asking theLord for a couple of years
  • 00:21:42.326 --> 00:21:44.562
  • what do you want me to do,what do you want me to do?
  • 00:21:44.562 --> 00:21:47.031
  • And this sabbaticalanswered me.
  • 00:21:47.031 --> 00:21:50.034
  • You know what he said to me?
  • 00:21:50.034 --> 00:21:51.936
  • He said, son, you'veconfused goals with purpose,
  • 00:21:51.936 --> 00:21:59.176
  • and yes, you've reached somegoals, but your purpose
  • 00:21:59.176 --> 00:22:01.979
  • is the same, and now you needto ask me what the next
  • 00:22:01.979 --> 00:22:05.116
  • goals are, and He gave methree goals on sabbatical,
  • 00:22:05.116 --> 00:22:10.821
  • and I'll just list themout to you, but preaching,
  • 00:22:10.821 --> 00:22:13.691
  • number one is preachingand teaching God's word.
  • 00:22:13.691 --> 00:22:15.826
  • I love to preach andteach God's word.
  • 00:22:15.826 --> 00:22:18.129
  • Two, inspiringpastors and leaders.
  • 00:22:18.129 --> 00:22:21.198
  • That floats my boator downloads my app.
  • 00:22:21.198 --> 00:22:25.703
  • I don't know how you want tosay it for your generation.
  • 00:22:25.703 --> 00:22:32.877
  • Inspiring pastorsand leaders.
  • 00:22:32.877 --> 00:22:34.311
  • I love to do that.
  • 00:22:34.311 --> 00:22:35.312
  • And three, mentoringthe next generation.
  • 00:22:35.312 --> 00:22:41.218
  • These three goals get meexcited for the next ten
  • 00:22:41.218 --> 00:22:44.588
  • or 15 years, whatever it is.
  • 00:22:44.588 --> 00:22:46.957
  • I've got to do this.
  • 00:22:46.957 --> 00:22:47.958
  • Now, here's what Iwant to tell you.
  • 00:22:47.958 --> 00:22:50.060
  • I wrote these down.
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:51.128
  • I have these written down.
  • 00:22:51.128 --> 00:22:52.863
  • I heard from the Lord.
  • 00:22:52.863 --> 00:22:54.398
  • I'm excited.
  • 00:22:54.398 --> 00:22:55.599
  • I'm passionate, but I can'twrite your purpose down
  • 00:22:55.599 --> 00:23:00.471
  • for you, and I can'ttell you what it is.
  • 00:23:00.471 --> 00:23:07.244
  • Habbakuk 2:2, he says writethe vision and make it plain,
  • 00:23:07.244 --> 00:23:11.081
  • but Verse 1, he talksabout, so I set myself apart,
  • 00:23:11.081 --> 00:23:13.651
  • and I spenttime with God.
  • 00:23:13.651 --> 00:23:15.152
  • Okay, I can't do that foryou, but before God ever gave
  • 00:23:15.152 --> 00:23:18.522
  • him the vision to write, he hadto spend time with God.
  • 00:23:18.522 --> 00:23:24.428
  • So, I want you toknow something.
  • 00:23:24.428 --> 00:23:26.030
  • God has a specific answer tothe question why am I here, God?
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:33.404
  • He has a specific answer,but He's the only one
  • 00:23:33.404 --> 00:23:35.005
  • who can give it to you.
  • 00:23:35.005 --> 00:23:36.907
  • I'm really praying foryou that you will discover why
  • 00:23:36.907 --> 00:23:40.711
  • you are here, whyspecifically you're here.
  • 00:23:40.711 --> 00:23:43.681
  • What is your calling?
  • 00:23:43.681 --> 00:23:46.517
  • What has God called you todo that if you don't do it,
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  • it's not going to get done,and this has been the last
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  • in a series of messageswhere we've talked about why
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  • am I here and God's specificcalling on our lives,
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  • and maybe this is theonly one you've heard.
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  • I would encourage youto get the whole set.
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  • Get the whole series and letGod speak to you, but just
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  • like I said in this message,maybe you should take some time
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  • and just sit down andwrite what do I like to do,
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  • what do I want to do.
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  • You'll be surprised because,you see, God is the one who
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  • gives us those desires.
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  • You know, there's aScripture that I think a lot
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  • of people misunderstand.
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  • It says delight yourself inthe Lord,
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  • and He will give you the desiresof your heart.
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  • Somehow, we think that meansif we delight in the Lord,
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  • God will give us what wewant, but I want to say
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  • it another way, delightyourself in the Lord,
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  • and He will give you or He willput desires in your heart.
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  • He'll give you thedesires of your heart.
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  • When you delight in theLord, you'll find yourself
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  • desiring to help people insome way, and that could
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  • be your purpose,your life calling.
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  • God has somethingspecific for you.
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  • I promise you, and God wantsto show you what that is
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  • and let you live out a fantasticlife of building His kingdom
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  • on this earth.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Each one of us hasfound ourselves asking questions
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  • such as, what am I supposed todo with my life?
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  • Or, what is my purpose on earth?
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  • And why am I even here?
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  • It's time to find the answers tothese questions.
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  • In this teaching series, PastorRobert answers these common,
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  • yet difficult questions, andwill help you discover
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  • practical truths from God's wordabout your unique calling.
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  • Your calling involves much morethan the job or career
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  • you choose, and it doesn't haveto wait till you finish
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  • with school, and it definitelydoesn't end with retirement.
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  • ROBERT: This is your number onething, it's your priority,
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  • and this is hour priority asdisciples, to be with Him,
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  • because the power to do, comesfrom the power to be.
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  • I want you to be with me, andthe disciples needed to learn
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  • to be with Him.
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  • So, at whatever stage you're inright now,
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  • this is the time to explore theeternal value of your
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  • unique calling.
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  • For your gift of any amounttoday, we would like to send you
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  • the "Why Am I Here" series onCD, and for your gift of $35
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  • or more, we'll send you thisthree part teaching series
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  • on both CD and DVD.
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  • As you study along with PastorRobert in this series,
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  • you begin to discover more thanjust what you're supposed
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  • to do with your life, in factyou'll discover that your
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  • true calling is more than justwhat you do, it's about who
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  • you are and who you are calledto be.
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  • Visit us online atPastorRobert.com,
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  • or give us a call today.
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  • And as always, thank you foryour support of our ministry.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: You feel it.
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  • Inside you beats aheart for ministry.
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  • A sense that you're calledto serve God in a greater way.
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  • But perhaps, you feel stuck,not knowing how to get
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  • from where you are to thatenvisioned place.
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  • Let The King's University Onlinebe the bridge to your calling.
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  • Under the stewardshipof Gateway Church,
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  • TKU is equipping Christ-likeservant leaders
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  • through the powerof the Holy Spirit.
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  • Imagine what could happenif you took the first step.
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