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The Principle of Priority

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January 11, 2021
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In this episode, Pastor Robert begins the RELAT10NSHIP series with a message about the meaning behind the first of the Ten Commandments.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: But that's agreat thing because Jesus
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  • then can live through you.
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  • The more you enter His presence,the more that you can reckon
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  • the old man dead,and the new man can be raised
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  • to walk a new lifein Christ Jesus.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: All right,so I want to begin
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  • a new series.
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  • It's called "RelationshipThrough God's Top Ten List".
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  • Now, I want you to know thatGod's the first one to have
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  • a top ten list.
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  • I know a lot of people,they have top ten lists.
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  • God came outwith the first one.
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  • As a matter of fact, we callthem the Ten Commandments.
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  • We call themthe Ten Commandments
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  • because the Bible calls themthe Ten Commandments
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  • in three different places -once in Exodus,
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  • twice in Deuteronomy.
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  • I'll show youthe one in Exodus.
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  • We'll get to Chapter 20in a minute.
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  • Exodus 34:28, "So he",speaking of Moses,
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  • "was there with the Lordforty days and forty nights.
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  • He neither ate bread nordrank water, and he wrote
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  • on the tablets the wordsof the covenant,
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  • the Ten Commandments."
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  • So, God calls themthe Ten Commandments.
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  • And so, I began this past summeron my study break
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  • to just see the Ten Commandmentsin a different way
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  • than I've ever heard anyoneteach or preach them.
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  • I got books on the TenCommandments this last fall.
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  • I got some video teachings.
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  • But I actually did notcomplete any of them,
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  • because as I started them,none of them fit the burden
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  • that the Lord's given me.
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  • They were all good, but theyjust don't fit the burden
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  • God's given me, and here's whatI mean by that.
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  • I don't think God was giving usa list of rules.
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  • I don't think He was giving usa list of dos and don'ts.
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  • I think He was giving usprinciples for living,
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  • and those principles enhanceour relationship with God
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  • and other people.
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  • And I think if we'd look atthe Ten Commandments...
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  • I understand theyare commandments.
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  • They are commandments.
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  • But I think if we would likeat them this way and say,
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  • what's the principle behindthis commandment
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  • that's going to enhancemy relationship with God
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  • and other people, I think we'llsee some things
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  • we've never seen before.
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  • So, I literally havea principle for all ten.
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  • I've already gone throughthem for several months now.
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  • I have a one-word principlefor all ten, and the first one
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  • I'm calling the principleof priority.
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  • So, this is what I believethat the first commandment is.
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  • I think it's teaching usthe principle of priority.
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  • So, in a new series,you have to kind of introduce
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  • the series, and then kindof go into the first point.
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  • So I've got three points,but my first point is going to
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  • deal with kind of helpingus understand the whole series,
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  • and then I'll have two pointstalking about priority.
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  • So, here's point number one.
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  • It's about relationship.
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  • The giving ofthe Ten Commandments
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  • is about relationship.
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  • You have to remember thatGod's a God of relationship.
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  • He created Adam and Evefor relationship.
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  • He redeems the childrenof Israel for relationship.
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  • He redeemed youfor relationship.
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  • And when He starts withthe Ten Commandments,
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  • He actually remindsthe children of Israel
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  • that it's about relationship.
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  • I want to show you.
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  • Okay, so if you're inExodus 20, look at Verse 1.
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  • Exodus 20:1, and by the way,the Ten Commandments are in
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  • Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.
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  • So if you want to read themin Deuteronomy,
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  • they're in Chapter 5.
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  • Exodus 20:1, "And God spokeall of these words, saying,
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  • "I am the Lord your God."
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  • I am your God.
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  • I am your God.
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  • We have a relationship.
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  • That's where He startsthe Ten Commandments.
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  • "Who brought you out ofthe land of Egypt,
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  • out of the house of bondage."
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  • And then, He gives the firstcommandment in Verse 3.
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  • "You shall have no other godsbefore Me."
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  • But, before He gives themthe Ten Commandments,
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  • here's what He does.
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  • He reminds them,I bought you back.
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  • I redeemed you out of bondageand out of slavery
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  • so we could havea relationship.
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  • Now, that's what He did forthe house of Israel,
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  • but all of us know He didthe exact same thing for us.
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  • He redeemed us out of slavery,out of bondage.
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  • Let me read you the Scripture.
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  • Romans 6:6, "Knowing this,that our old man was crucified
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  • with Him, that the body of sinmight be done away with,
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  • that we should no longerbe slaves of sin".
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  • So, we were all slaves.
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  • We were slaves of sin.
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  • God redeemed us out ofslavery, out of bondage to sin.
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  • And then when we look backat the Ten Commandments,
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  • here's what we see.
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  • We see ten principles thatwill deepen our relationship
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  • with God.
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  • That's what I want you to see.
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  • Most people see theseas a list of rules.
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  • Most people see these as thingsto do and things not to do.
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  • So, I don't want you tothink about that anymore.
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  • It's not something to do orsomething not to do, okay?
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  • God redeemed us forrelationship, okay?
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  • But, listen to me.
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  • You determine the depth ofyour relationship with God.
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  • I want to say that again,because that's very important.
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  • That's the main burden ofthis point that the Lord
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  • gave me.
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  • You determine the depth ofyour relationship with God.
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  • Okay, so we'vegot Exodus 20.
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  • If you're there in your Bibles,you've got 1 through 17,
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  • starting in Verse 3, really.
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  • Verse 1 and 2, "I amthe Lord your God,
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  • who redeemed you".
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  • Verses 3 through 17, thoseare the Ten Commandments.
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  • Watch what happens immediatelyafter He gives
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  • the Ten Commandments,in Verse 18.
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  • All right?
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  • Exodus 20:18, "Now allthe people witnessed
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  • the thunderings,the lightning flashes,
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  • the sound of the trumpet,and the mountain smoking,
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  • and when the people saw it,they trembled
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  • and stood afar off.
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  • Then they said to Moses,"You speak with us
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  • and we will hear, but let notGod speak with us, lest we die".
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  • And Moses said to the people,"Do not fear,
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  • for God has come to test you",or prove you in fire,
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  • make you better, "and that Hisfear may be before you",
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  • his honor may be before you,"so that you may not sin."
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  • God is giving you someprinciples to help you get
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  • out of this bondage of sinthat you're in,
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  • is what he's saying.
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  • But, watch Verse 21.
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  • "So the people stood afar off,but Moses drew near
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  • the thick darknesswhere God was."
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  • Moses determined that he wantedto have a deeper relationship
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  • with God, and the peopledetermined that they wanted
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  • to have a relationshipwith God through Moses.
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  • Watch what they said.
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  • You speak to God and cometell us what He says.
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  • What do youthink about that?
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  • How similar is thatto many churches today?
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  • Pastor, you meet with Godduring the week,
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  • you go up the mountain,you hear God,
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  • and then you come backand tell us on the weekend
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  • what God is saying.
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  • Well, we're not going tomeet with God personally.
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  • Here's the reason,by the way, too.
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  • They said, "lest we die".
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  • Can I tell you something?
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  • Flesh always diesin the presence of God.
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  • It's true.
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  • You do die when you go intoHis presence,
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  • but that's a great thing,because Jesus then can live
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  • through you.
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  • The more you enter His presence,the more that you can reckon
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  • the old man dead,and the new man can be raised
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  • to walk a new lifein Christ Jesus.
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  • But, they said we want todetermine the depth
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  • of our relationship,and we want you to have
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  • a personal relationship,and we want to have
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  • a relationship with Godthrough you.
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  • Okay, because of that,here's another Scripture
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  • to me that goes rightalong with this.
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  • Psalm 103:7, "He made knownHis ways to Moses, His acts
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  • to the children of Israel".
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  • Do you see the difference?
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  • You might even wantto look at it again.
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  • "He made known His ways",His ways, "to Moses,
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  • His acts to the childrenof Israel."
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • The children of Israelknew what He did.
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  • Moses knew why He did it.
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  • Moses understood the ways ofGod, he didn't just see
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  • the acts of God.
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  • I want to be someonewho knows His ways.
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  • So, let me sayit another way.
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  • Do you want to have arelationship with God based on
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  • thou shalt not,thou shalt not,
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  • thou shalt not?
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  • Or do you want to havea relationship with God
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  • based on principles that allowyou to go deeper with God
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  • and get to know Him better?
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  • So, it's all about relationship.
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  • So now, we're talking aboutthe principle and priority,
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  • so we're going to go deeperinto the first commandment.
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  • So here's point number two,while I'm summing up
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  • the first commandment.
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  • Worship God only.
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  • Worship God only.
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  • Now, let's look at thefirst commandment, Verse 3.
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  • "You shall have no other godsbefore Me."
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  • "You shall have no other godsbefore Me."
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  • Now, remember I like grammar,so I look at this statement
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  • and I see some thingsgrammatically in it,
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  • and then of course, I gointo the original language,
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  • the Hebrew.
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  • But I need to clarify something,because it says,
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  • "You shall have no othergods before Me",
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  • it almost sounds like you canhave other gods, as long
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  • as they're not in front of me.
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  • Do you see what I'm saying?
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  • "You shall have no other godsbefore Me."
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  • But if you have some after me,that's okay.
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  • That's not what He's saying.
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  • The word before can bea conjunction
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  • or a preposition.
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  • Now I know you say, I didn'tcome to church to learn grammar.
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  • I got out of school,and I hated it,
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  • and don't ever...okay.
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  • But listen to me, okay?
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  • It's important.
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  • A conjunction joinstwo thoughts.
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  • A preposition clarifiesa thought.
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  • So, this is not a conjunction.
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  • It's not joining two thoughts,it's clarifying
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  • the first thought.
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  • A prepositional phrase...oh,please, I can already see.
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  • My wife's eyes are justglazing over right now.
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  • There he goes again,in the grammar.
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  • Okay.
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  • A prepositional phrase, listen,is not part of the main part
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  • of the sentence.
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  • It can be taken out of thesentence, and the sentence
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  • will mean the same.
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  • Here's the statement.
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  • "You shall haveno other gods", period.
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  • Then He clarifies it,"before Me".
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  • Why did He clarify it?
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  • Because they had just beenin Egypt, 430 years,
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  • and Egypt had more gods thanany other society or culture
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  • that has ever lived.
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  • They were polytheists.
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  • In other words, poly, fromthe Greek word meaning many,
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  • theist, meaning god.
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  • They believed in many gods.
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  • They had 29 main gods,and 2.000 lesser gods.
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  • 29 main gods...as a matterof fact, here are the names.
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  • I decided to justshow you the names.
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  • Here are the 29 namesof the main gods.
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  • They're in alphabetical order,so if you look at the H's,
  • 00:11:58.399 --> 00:12:01.169
  • they've got one named Hapy,but he didn't make you happy.
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  • If you go to the N's,they've got one named Nun
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  • and Nut.
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  • So, you know, they've got...so, here's what God was saying,
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  • because He had a peoplethat came out of Egypt,
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  • and He made the statement,"You shall have no other gods."
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  • No gods.
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  • And then He was saying,none, none at all.
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  • For instance, this word before,it's in the Hebrew
  • 00:12:27.996 --> 00:12:30.598
  • over a thousand timesin the Old Testament.
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  • It's only translatedbefore a few times.
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  • Let me give you some othertranslations of it.
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  • One of them is besides.
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  • You shall have noother gods beside Me.
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  • You shall have no other godsin front of Me.
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  • You shall have no other godsbehind Me.
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  • You shall have no other godsbecause of Me.
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  • You shall have no other godsin my face, in front of Me,
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  • in the sight of Me.
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  • You shall have no other godsagainst Me.
  • 00:12:58.893 --> 00:13:00.728
  • There's another wayit's translated.
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  • You shall have no other gods,listen, other than Me.
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  • And you have to take everyScripture and have it be
  • 00:13:08.303 --> 00:13:11.105
  • congruent with the restof Scripture.
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  • Here's Isaiah 45:5.
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  • "I am the Lordand there is no other."
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  • In other words,there is no other Lord.
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  • There is no god beside Me.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, I just want to clarify.
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  • When He says, "You shallhave no other gods before Me",
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  • He's not saying you canhave some others,
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  • as long as I'm first.
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  • He's saying, the bodyof the statement is,
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  • you shall have no other gods,and since you just came out
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  • of a culture that has more godsthan any other culture,
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  • I want you to know,you should have
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  • no other gods at all beside Me,other than Me.
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  • Because when you have anothergod in your life,
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  • it's not going to work.
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  • So, He's giving us a principlefor living that enhances
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  • our relationship with Him.
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  • You know, we're the brideof Christ.
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  • This principle of priorityworks in marriage as well.
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  • I want you tothink about this.
  • 00:14:09.430 --> 00:14:10.498
  • Many of you know that Debbieand I had a difficult...
  • 00:14:10.598 --> 00:14:13.534
  • about the first seven yearsof our marriage,
  • 00:14:13.635 --> 00:14:16.204
  • because of me, because ofmy past and my sin.
  • 00:14:16.304 --> 00:14:20.041
  • But, when God really gotahold of my life and I decided,
  • 00:14:20.141 --> 00:14:25.613
  • you know what?
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  • I want to be a good husband,and a good father,
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  • and a good Christian.
  • 00:14:28.549 --> 00:14:30.418
  • And I stepped out of ministryto get my life right
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  • with the Lordand right with my family.
  • 00:14:32.320 --> 00:14:34.289
  • One day, during my quiet time,the Lord said to me,
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  • I want you to writeyour priorities.
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  • So I got up and I gota piece of paper,
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  • and I wrote, number one, God.
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  • And the Lord said to me, Ididn't tell you to write that.
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  • And I said, yeah, but I knewwhat you were going to say,
  • 00:14:48.303 --> 00:14:54.175
  • because see, God,I've actually taught this,
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  • so I know about this.
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  • It's God, family, business.
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  • Y'all ever heard that?
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  • God, family, business.
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  • God's number one, then family,then business, all right?
  • 00:15:05.186 --> 00:15:07.822
  • So, I know whatyou're going to say.
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  • You're going to saynumber one, God.
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  • And the Lord said, I didn'ttell you to write that.
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  • So I threw the piece ofpaper away, got another
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  • piece of paper out,wrote, number one.
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  • He said, I didn't tell youto write that.
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  • Got ready and He said,number one.
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  • Yeah, so?
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  • I knew you weregoing to say that!
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  • So, I wrote number one.
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  • And then this iswhat the Lord said.
  • 00:15:30.411 --> 00:15:31.846
  • Debbie.
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  • And I said to Him, now Lord,that's not right.
  • 00:15:37.385 --> 00:15:45.259
  • You're supposedto be number one.
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  • And here's what He said,and it's changed my life.
  • 00:15:48.062 --> 00:15:50.164
  • He said, son,when you're married,
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  • if you'll put your spouseas number one,
  • 00:15:53.267 --> 00:15:55.570
  • you are putting me number one,because if you can't
  • 00:15:55.670 --> 00:15:59.574
  • serve her,then you can't serve Me.
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  • I've never forgotten that.
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  • There's a principleof priority,
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  • and when you understand thisprinciple, it will enhance
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  • your relationship with Godand your relationship
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  • with other people.
  • 00:16:15.023 --> 00:16:16.257
  • And here's point three -another way to say the principle
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  • of priority is put God first.
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  • It's the first commandment.
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  • He's saying put Me first.
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  • Put Me in first placein your life,
  • 00:16:25.833 --> 00:16:27.101
  • above everything else.
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  • So, what's really first placein your life?
  • 00:16:30.171 --> 00:16:31.739
  • This principle runsall through Scripture.
  • 00:16:31.839 --> 00:16:34.275
  • When they went intothe Promised Land, God said,
  • 00:16:34.375 --> 00:16:36.144
  • bring all of the silver and goldfrom Jericho
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  • into the house of God.
  • 00:16:38.613 --> 00:16:40.181
  • Why did He say that?
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  • It's very, very simple,because Jericho
  • 00:16:41.716 --> 00:16:43.184
  • was the first city.
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  • He said when you're firstbornhas an offspring,
  • 00:16:45.420 --> 00:16:49.724
  • sacrifice it to Me.
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  • Give Me the firstborn.
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  • Why did He say that?
  • 00:16:52.827 --> 00:16:54.062
  • He said, the firstbornbelongs to Me.
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  • It's first.
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  • It's the principle of first.
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  • Think about this.
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  • He didn't say when yoursheep has ten lambs...
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  • you can wait until you have ten,and then give Me one,
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  • and you can give Me the one thatyou don't like, that keeps
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  • getting in your garden.
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  • He said, give Me the firstone before you have
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  • the other nine.
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  • He said, when you havea harvest,
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  • give the first fruits to Me.
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  • Not the last fruits.
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  • Don't pay all of your billsfirst and see if you have
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  • enough left over.
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  • Give Me the first fruits.
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  • All through Scripture.
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  • This is the reason Godaccepted Abel's offering
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  • and He didn't accept Cain's,and this was 2.500 years before
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  • the Ten Commandments, 2.500years before the law was given,
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  • 2.500 years before God evenspoke about giving the tithe.
  • 00:17:36.571 --> 00:17:40.508
  • There was a principlewith God that the firstborn
  • 00:17:40.608 --> 00:17:44.412
  • and first fruits belongedto Him, so, many people thought,
  • 00:17:44.512 --> 00:17:47.448
  • why did He acceptAbel's offering
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  • and didn't accept Cain's?
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  • Let me read it to you.
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  • It's really simple.
  • 00:17:51.052 --> 00:17:51.652
  • Genesis 4:3-5.
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  • "And in the process of time",those words are very important.
  • 00:17:53.121 --> 00:17:56.591
  • "In the process of time,it came to pass",
  • 00:17:56.691 --> 00:18:00.161
  • it just kind of happened,"that Cain brought an offering
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  • of the fruit of the groundto the Lord."
  • 00:18:04.499 --> 00:18:05.900
  • Notice it never saysfirst fruits, never.
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:09.370
  • "Abel also brought of thefirstborn of his flock,
  • 00:18:09.470 --> 00:18:12.306
  • and of their fat, and the Lordrespected", or received,
  • 00:18:12.406 --> 00:18:15.276
  • "Abel and his offering,but He did not respect Cain
  • 00:18:15.376 --> 00:18:17.778
  • and his offering."
  • 00:18:17.879 --> 00:18:19.814
  • This is a principle that runsall through Scripture.
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  • God says it only workswhen you put Me first.
  • 00:18:21.883 --> 00:18:25.319
  • And Jesus comes and reiteratesthe same thing.
  • 00:18:25.419 --> 00:18:29.657
  • Matthew 6, here's what He says.
  • 00:18:29.757 --> 00:18:31.826
  • You know the verse.
  • 00:18:31.926 --> 00:18:33.261
  • "Seek first."
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  • "Seek firstthe kingdom of God."
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  • Put God first, and all ofthese things
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  • will be added to you.
  • 00:18:39.834 --> 00:18:41.102
  • There's a story in 1 Kings 17where there's a famine
  • 00:18:41.202 --> 00:18:45.907
  • in the land, a drought,and God is providing
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  • for Elijah beside a brook,and sending ravens
  • 00:18:49.844 --> 00:18:53.481
  • to bring him food in the morningand the evening,
  • 00:18:53.581 --> 00:18:55.583
  • and then the brook dries up.
  • 00:18:55.683 --> 00:18:56.584
  • And He says, go to Zarephath.
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  • There's a woman there, a widow,that will provide for you.
  • 00:18:58.519 --> 00:19:02.523
  • Now we pick upthe story there.
  • 00:19:02.623 --> 00:19:04.292
  • He goes and he asks her forsome water, and then asks her
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  • for some bread, and then lookwhat she says.
  • 00:19:05.960 --> 00:19:10.064
  • "So she said, "As the Lordyour God lives,
  • 00:19:10.164 --> 00:19:12.800
  • I do not have bread, onlya handful of flour in a bin,
  • 00:19:12.900 --> 00:19:16.904
  • and a little oil in a jar,and see, I am gathering
  • 00:19:17.004 --> 00:19:19.273
  • a couple of sticks that I may goin and prepare it for myself
  • 00:19:19.373 --> 00:19:22.443
  • and my son, that we mayeat it, and die."
  • 00:19:22.543 --> 00:19:26.214
  • That's all she had left.
  • 00:19:26.314 --> 00:19:27.348
  • "And Elijah said to her,"Do not fear.
  • 00:19:27.448 --> 00:19:29.283
  • Go and do as you have said,but", watch what he says
  • 00:19:29.383 --> 00:19:32.486
  • to this widow, a widow!
  • 00:19:32.587 --> 00:19:34.722
  • "Make me a small cake from it",what word?
  • 00:19:34.822 --> 00:19:39.393
  • First.
  • 00:19:39.493 --> 00:19:41.696
  • Put God's kingdomfirst in your life.
  • 00:19:41.796 --> 00:19:44.665
  • "First, and bring it to me,and afterward make some
  • 00:19:44.765 --> 00:19:47.935
  • for yourself and your son.
  • 00:19:48.035 --> 00:19:49.237
  • For thus says the Lord Godof Israel, this bin of flour
  • 00:19:49.337 --> 00:19:53.007
  • shall not be used up, norshall the jar of oil run dry,
  • 00:19:53.107 --> 00:19:57.812
  • until the day that the Lordsends rain on the earth."
  • 00:19:57.912 --> 00:20:01.449
  • So she went away and didaccording to the word of Elijah,
  • 00:20:01.549 --> 00:20:05.920
  • and she, and he,and her household,
  • 00:20:06.020 --> 00:20:08.623
  • ate for many days.
  • 00:20:08.723 --> 00:20:09.924
  • The bin of flour was notused up, nor did the jar
  • 00:20:10.024 --> 00:20:12.326
  • of oil run dry, according tothe Word of the Lord,
  • 00:20:12.426 --> 00:20:15.463
  • which He spoke by Elijah."
  • 00:20:15.563 --> 00:20:17.832
  • Now, listen to me.
  • 00:20:17.932 --> 00:20:18.866
  • Many, many people believe,and think,
  • 00:20:18.966 --> 00:20:21.135
  • and God does dual purposes.
  • 00:20:21.235 --> 00:20:23.237
  • God can be doing onething and something else.
  • 00:20:23.337 --> 00:20:25.473
  • So, one of the purposes wasHe sent Elijah there and said,
  • 00:20:25.573 --> 00:20:28.542
  • I have commanded awidow to provide for you.
  • 00:20:28.643 --> 00:20:30.811
  • So yes, God sent him, Elijah,there for the widow
  • 00:20:30.911 --> 00:20:33.814
  • to provide for him,but listen.
  • 00:20:33.914 --> 00:20:35.716
  • Think about this.
  • 00:20:35.816 --> 00:20:36.951
  • God sent Elijah there to providefor the widow also.
  • 00:20:37.051 --> 00:20:43.257
  • She had one meal left.
  • 00:20:43.357 --> 00:20:46.127
  • She and her sonwere about to die.
  • 00:20:46.227 --> 00:20:48.696
  • They were about to die!
  • 00:20:48.796 --> 00:20:50.264
  • And God sends a man of Godand this is what he says.
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  • Do this first.
  • 00:20:55.903 --> 00:20:57.672
  • Put God first, and watchwhat happens to your flour bin
  • 00:20:57.772 --> 00:21:01.475
  • and your jar of oil.
  • 00:21:01.575 --> 00:21:04.845
  • Watch what happenswhen you put God first.
  • 00:21:04.945 --> 00:21:07.448
  • In Gateway Church we havea stewardship ministry
  • 00:21:07.548 --> 00:21:10.751
  • to try to help peoplewith their finances.
  • 00:21:10.851 --> 00:21:14.422
  • We're trying to help you,I promise.
  • 00:21:14.522 --> 00:21:16.023
  • That's the whole reasonwe started it, is to try
  • 00:21:16.123 --> 00:21:17.658
  • to help you, because manypeople have no understanding
  • 00:21:17.758 --> 00:21:20.461
  • of how to handle finances.
  • 00:21:20.561 --> 00:21:22.363
  • My son is one of thestewardship pastors, James,
  • 00:21:22.463 --> 00:21:26.033
  • and James told me,a couple of years ago,
  • 00:21:26.133 --> 00:21:28.869
  • a widow came to him.
  • 00:21:28.969 --> 00:21:31.272
  • She was tithing and she hadmade a commitment to
  • 00:21:31.372 --> 00:21:34.342
  • Heart for the Kingdomfor $5 a month.
  • 00:21:34.442 --> 00:21:36.310
  • I am asking every personthat attends Gateway
  • 00:21:36.410 --> 00:21:39.513
  • to make a commitment,and I'm not asking you
  • 00:21:39.613 --> 00:21:41.482
  • to make a commitment so morefunds will come in.
  • 00:21:41.582 --> 00:21:43.684
  • I'm asking you to make acommitment so you'll let God
  • 00:21:43.784 --> 00:21:45.920
  • do something in your life.
  • 00:21:46.020 --> 00:21:47.521
  • I promise you.
  • 00:21:47.621 --> 00:21:48.889
  • So here she made a commitment,$5 a month, but because of debt
  • 00:21:48.989 --> 00:21:52.793
  • that she had and some things,she had $2 a day for food.
  • 00:21:52.893 --> 00:21:58.299
  • And she said, I want todo my finances God's way.
  • 00:21:58.399 --> 00:22:02.069
  • I want to put God firstin my finances.
  • 00:22:02.169 --> 00:22:05.406
  • And so, my son, James, beganto work with her and help her.
  • 00:22:05.506 --> 00:22:08.209
  • When Christmas came,she said, I have
  • 00:22:08.309 --> 00:22:10.378
  • 12 grandchildren, and I'vealways given them a gift,
  • 00:22:10.478 --> 00:22:13.314
  • but I know I don't havethe finances to give a gift
  • 00:22:13.414 --> 00:22:16.884
  • to my children,my grandchildren.
  • 00:22:16.984 --> 00:22:19.120
  • So, James told her the storyabout one Christmas when
  • 00:22:19.220 --> 00:22:21.555
  • Debbie and I didn't havemoney to give our kids gifts,
  • 00:22:21.655 --> 00:22:23.991
  • and what God spoke to mewas to give them
  • 00:22:24.091 --> 00:22:26.560
  • spiritual gifts.
  • 00:22:26.660 --> 00:22:28.362
  • And so, I prayed overour children and imparted
  • 00:22:28.462 --> 00:22:30.464
  • spiritual gifts to them.
  • 00:22:30.564 --> 00:22:32.099
  • Here's the amazing thing.
  • 00:22:32.199 --> 00:22:33.300
  • They're all three usingthose gifts today,
  • 00:22:33.401 --> 00:22:35.936
  • all three of them.
  • 00:22:36.036 --> 00:22:37.037
  • And it actually causeda little stir,
  • 00:22:37.138 --> 00:22:39.306
  • because they were going toa Christian school,
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  • and when they went backto school,
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  • the teacher had everyonego around and tell
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  • the gifts they got.
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  • My kids told the gifts,and all of the kids got mad,
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  • went home and toldtheir parents.
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  • Josh got the gift of leadership,and James got prophecy!
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  • But James told her that,and so she gave all of
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  • her grandchildren a spiritualgift that year, prayed about it,
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  • and prophesied,and the whole family said
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  • it's one of the best Christmasesthey've ever had.
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  • But God began to bless her,and then one day
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  • she gets a phone call.
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  • She had done a reverse mortgageon her house,
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  • and the guy called and said,listen, your house is worth
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  • more money than what it waswhen we started this,
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  • and by the contract, we don'thave to give you any more,
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  • but my boss told me to call youand tell you we want to give you
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  • more money.
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  • And so, she told James about it,and James said,
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  • let me call and check this out.
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  • Let me make surewhat's happening,
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  • because this is very strange.
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  • So he called the guy and said,why are you doing this?
  • 00:23:37.398 --> 00:23:40.367
  • He said, I don't know,my boss told me to do it.
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  • He said, are youcalling everyone?
  • 00:23:42.803 --> 00:23:43.971
  • He said, no, my boss, forsome reason...I love the words,
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  • for some reason.
  • 00:23:49.243 --> 00:23:52.546
  • For some reason he pulledher file and he said,
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  • her house is worth more,I want to give her more money,
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  • and she's a widow.
  • 00:24:02.356 --> 00:24:04.024
  • And James checked it all outto make sure it was all
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  • above board.
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  • They sent her a check fortens of thousands of dollars
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  • that paid off all of her debtand put money in her
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  • savings account, in one check,just like that.
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  • God still takes careof the widows today.
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  • He takes care of all of Hiskids, if you'll put Him first,
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  • if you'llput Him first.
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  • ROBERT: Isn't it amazing?
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  • When this widow, who loves Godwith all of her heart,
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  • she's a member of our church,when she put this principle,
  • 00:24:38.959 --> 00:24:42.463
  • the principle of priority,the first commandment -
  • 00:24:42.563 --> 00:24:45.833
  • when she put this principleto work in her life,
  • 00:24:45.933 --> 00:24:48.802
  • God blessed herwith thousands of dollars
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  • from a veryunexpected source.
  • 00:24:52.506 --> 00:24:54.808
  • I want you to join us forthis series,
  • 00:24:54.909 --> 00:24:57.244
  • "Relationship Through God'sTop Ten",
  • 00:24:57.344 --> 00:24:59.813
  • because I believe thatthere's a principle behind
  • 00:24:59.914 --> 00:25:02.550
  • each of the Ten Commandments,that when we look at
  • 00:25:02.650 --> 00:25:05.886
  • the top ten,these Ten Commandments,
  • 00:25:05.986 --> 00:25:08.289
  • as principles of life,God puts something
  • 00:25:08.389 --> 00:25:10.724
  • into our lifethat brings about life.
  • 00:25:10.824 --> 00:25:13.861
  • So, I want to encourage you,tune in next time.
  • 00:25:13.961 --> 00:25:15.796
  • I want to continuethis series,
  • 00:25:15.896 --> 00:25:17.898
  • "Relationship Through God'sTop Ten".
  • 00:25:17.998 --> 00:25:21.068
  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for joiningus for today's program
  • 00:25:21.168 --> 00:25:23.504
  • as Pastor Robert shares amessage from his series
  • 00:25:23.604 --> 00:25:26.040
  • "Relationship".
  • 00:25:26.140 --> 00:25:28.208
  • God really loves you and wantsto have a closer relationship
  • 00:25:28.309 --> 00:25:30.945
  • with you, however, when we thinkof the ten commandments,
  • 00:25:31.045 --> 00:25:33.948
  • many of us think of a list ofrules telling us what not to do.
  • 00:25:34.048 --> 00:25:37.384
  • But the truth is, God designedthe ten commandments as a way
  • 00:25:37.484 --> 00:25:40.754
  • for us to have a relationshipwith Him.
  • 00:25:40.854 --> 00:25:43.591
  • You are so valuable to God,and His plan for your life
  • 00:25:43.691 --> 00:25:46.327
  • has always been for you tothrive in your relationship
  • 00:25:46.427 --> 00:25:48.896
  • with Him, and in therelationships with people
  • 00:25:48.996 --> 00:25:51.498
  • around you.
  • 00:25:51.599 --> 00:25:52.900
  • In fact, relationship with youhas always been,
  • 00:25:53.000 --> 00:25:55.569
  • and always will be His numberone priority.
  • 00:25:55.669 --> 00:25:59.039
  • Throughout this in-depthteaching series, Pastor Robert
  • 00:25:59.139 --> 00:26:01.508
  • will walk you through the tencommandments,
  • 00:26:01.609 --> 00:26:03.477
  • and help you discover how eachcommandment is actually
  • 00:26:03.577 --> 00:26:06.046
  • a principle that draws us into adeeper relationship with Him.
  • 00:26:06.146 --> 00:26:10.851
  • As you find relationship throughGod's top ten,
  • 00:26:10.951 --> 00:26:13.220
  • your relationship with the Lordwill begin to grow to new
  • 00:26:13.320 --> 00:26:15.623
  • depths, and you'll learn moreabout His heart
  • 00:26:15.723 --> 00:26:18.092
  • in designing these principleswith you in mind.
  • 00:26:18.192 --> 00:26:21.662
  • As our way of saying thank youfor your gift of any amount
  • 00:26:21.762 --> 00:26:23.731
  • today, we'll send you thisteaching series on CD
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  • or as a digital download.
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  • And for your gift of $55 ormore, we'll send you
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  • the Relationship series on bothCD and DVD.
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  • Call us or visit us online todayat PastorRobert.com
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  • to request this series.
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  • When you contact us, be sure toshare your prayer needs
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  • and praise reports with us.
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  • Thank you for your continuedgenerous support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morrisministries.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • [Phone ringing]
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  • NARRATOR: One day you wake upasking yourself.
  • 00:27:02.503 --> 00:27:04.638
  • WOMAN: When will it ever end?
  • 00:27:04.738 --> 00:27:06.407
  • [Dishes clanking]No, no, no, no...
  • 00:27:06.507 --> 00:27:09.043
  • It's due when?
  • 00:27:09.143 --> 00:27:10.678
  • No, no, no, no,no, no, no, no!
  • 00:27:12.379 --> 00:27:14.581
  • [Whimpering]
  • 00:27:14.682 --> 00:27:15.749
  • [Clock ticking]
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  • [Snoring]
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  • Our fourth quarter TPS --SON: He followed me home.
  • 00:27:18.652 --> 00:27:20.421
  • [Screaming]Can I keep him?
  • 00:27:20.521 --> 00:27:21.588
  • WOMAN: So, when does it all end?
  • 00:27:21.689 --> 00:27:23.424
  • I discovered itcan end every week.
  • 00:27:23.524 --> 00:27:27.428
  • HUSBAND: Hey, tomorrow'sour day off.
  • 00:27:27.528 --> 00:27:29.997
  • [Sighing]
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