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The Blind Spot

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December 21, 2020
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Everyone has a blind spot. However, we must live in clarity, not allowing our virtues to wane out of view.

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  • Bishop T.D. Jakes: Blind spots,blind spots are the places that
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  • we allow ourselves not to bechanged, areas that you won't
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  • allow your faith to touch, whereyour faith is not penetrating,
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  • and you don't see it.
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  • Vengeance and anger and hurtcreate blind spots.
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  • I'm not talking about goodpeople and evil people, right
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  • people and wrong people.
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  • I'm talking about places wherethere should be love,
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  • but there's hate,like maybe your heart.
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  • I wonder what isin your blind spot.
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  • What I am asking you to do is toreflect the mercy you have
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  • been given.
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  • The reason I have to be mercifulis because I have received
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  • mercy, and every timeI want to be judgmental,
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  • I keep remembering somethingthat God did in my life.
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  • ♪ The Potter's TouchThe Potter's Touch ♪
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  • Bishop T.D. Jakes:I coined this term,"spiritual saturation."
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  • It's worth jotting down.
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  • Spiritual saturation deals withhow much of your spirituality
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  • has saturatedinto your behavior.
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  • Because Jonah seems to have apipeline to God enough to be
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  • able to hear from God, but hisattitude toward the people
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  • is suspect.
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  • Some of the most spiritualpeople can often be the most
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  • obnoxious people, and it begsthe question, how could your
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  • vertical be so strong and yourhorizontal be so weak?
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  • Your vertical relationshipwith God.
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  • I just saw you, you were cryingin worship, you were prostrate
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  • in the floor, you cursed me outin the parking lot--
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  • I'm confused.
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  • How could you walk in such gloryand hate your ex-husband?
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  • I'm just wondering, I'm tryingto measure, at what point is
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  • your vertical going to saturateinto your horizontal?
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  • Because at whatever point thatis, then you become a Christian.
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  • I told you it was gonna be toughif I preach this this morning.
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  • See, see, saturation has a lotto do with substance.
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  • Now, one thing I want you tounderstand: when I talk about
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  • saturation, I'm talkingabout a crucified life.
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  • I'm talking about your verticaland your horizontal
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  • are connected.
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  • I'm talking about that I can seeyour love for God by how you
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  • love people.
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  • And yet, that doesn't alwayshappen, that doesn't always
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  • happen the way it's supposed to,and sometimes
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  • it is the substance.
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  • There is a text in the Bible--
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  • I won't pull it up right now,but there's a text in the Bible
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  • that says, "The Lord hardenedthe heart of Pharaoh."
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  • You remember that?
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  • The Lord hardened the heart ofPharaoh, and it always--the text
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  • made me uncomfortable, Dr. J.,because I didn't want to admit
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  • that God hardenedpeople's hearts.
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  • Especially when another textsays, "Harden not your heart,"
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  • and then it turns around andsays, "The Lord hardened the
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  • heart of Pharaoh."
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  • And it troubled me.
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  • I couldn't understand how Godwould be in the business of
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  • hardening hearts.
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  • And one scholar said this, andit never left my mind.
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  • He said, "The same sun thatmelts the wax, hardens
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  • the clay."
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  • The same sun that melts the wax,hardens the clay.
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  • So the problem is not in thesun, it's in the substance of
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  • the thing it touches.
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  • If it would've hit wax,it would've melted it,
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  • but if it hit clay, it wouldhave hardened it.
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  • And you wonder how we could beso hard-hearted that we have
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  • children in cages, you wonderwhy we could be so hard-hearted
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  • that we separate mothers andfathers and family, you wonder
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  • why we could be so hard-heartedthat we would drive into a
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  • building and kill people wedon't even know, you wonder why
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  • we can be so hard-hearted,especially while we light up
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  • crosses and especially while wesay we are Christian.
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  • You have to conclude that thesun must have hit clay.
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  • I don't believe that all thesepeople are bad people.
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  • I just think they livein blind spots.
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  • And nor do I think this is a newidea, because the Bible said,
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  • Jesus said, "You killed theprophets and think you do
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  • God's service."
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  • So there has always been peoplewho lived in the blind spot, who
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  • thought they were doing God'swill and killing God's people.
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  • That's always been--that didn'tjust start in Charlottesville,
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  • that didn't just start in yourgeneration.
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  • All the way back to the days ofJesus, people have always kill
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  • people in the name of God.
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  • I wanna read just for a moment,1 John chapter 4, verse 17
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  • through 21.
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  • 1 John chapter 4: "Herein is ourlove made perfect, that we may
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  • have boldness in the day ofjudgment; because as he is, so
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  • are we in this world."
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  • Herein is our love made mature.
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  • Love made mature gives usboldness in the day of judgment.
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  • Boldness, I can come bold in theday of judgment when my Love is
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  • mature, when I start loving youas he would, when I start seeing
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  • you as he would.
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  • As he is, the text says,so are we in this world.
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  • Give me more, come on,I feel this.
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  • "There is no fearin love," hallelujah.
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  • You don't have to beafraid of me.
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  • "There is no fear in love; aperfect love casteth out fear;
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  • because," because, because,"fear hath torment.
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  • He that feareth is not madeperfect in love."
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  • My God, give me some more.
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  • "We love him, becausehe first loved us."
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  • I'mma work this thing.
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  • "If a man say,I love God,
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  • and hateth his brother,he is a liar;
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  • for he that loveth not hisbrother whom he hath seen,
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  • how can he love Godwhom he hath not?"
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  • God says, "I reject your lovefor me until I see your love
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  • for them."
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  • So you can put your hymn bookdown, you can stop clapping your
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  • hand, you can stop waving yourhands until you learn how to
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  • love people.
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  • The Bible then says,"You're a liar."
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  • I didn't say it,the Bible said it.
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  • I never will forget my firsttrip, though I've made many,
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  • to Elmina in Ghana, and thereI was, looking at the slave
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  • castles and going through theslave castles, and fairly trying
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  • to feel my ancestors andreconnect with my ancestry, and
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  • looking at the chains andlooking at the place where the
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  • women were raped and where theywere hosed off so that they
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  • would be clean enough to beraped and--packed up like
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  • sardines, men in a can,and the smell of feces is still
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  • in Elmina, is still there,is still there today.
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  • And I was shocked at all ofthat, but what really blew me
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  • away is when I came up out ofthe dungeons and upstairs was
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  • a church.
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  • And I said, "You mean to tell methat the same people who killed
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  • and mutilated and raped sanghymns and worship and
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  • praise God?"
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  • And I stood there staring at thechurch, trying to reconcile--
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  • how can you say that you loveGod and hate me?
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  • And then I was reminded thereare churches that hate each
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  • other, there are denominationsthat hate each other, there are
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  • preachers that hate each other.
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  • I'm talking about placeswhere there should be love,
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  • but there's hate,like maybe your heart.
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  • Should be a sanctuary,but is it?
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  • Is your heart a sanctuary or isit hiding a slave dungeon?
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  • You want me to go ahead?
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  • Like family--the contrastbetween the slavery and the
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  • sanctuary is not just in Elmina.
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  • Anytime you should be safe andyou get violated, that sanctuary
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  • has made you a slave, and thecontradiction is amazing.
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  • And families should be a placeof sanctuary, but I know sisters
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  • that hate each other, I knowkids that hate their parents,
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  • I know parentsthat hate their kids.
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  • And some of you hate when yourown family comes over because
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  • your sanctuary is a schoolfor the blind.
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  • I know wives that cannot lay intheir husbands' laps and
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  • husbands that cannot lay in thewives' lap, though they
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  • live together.
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  • They have lost their sanctuary,and it is a school for
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  • the blind.
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  • Can I go deeper with this?
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  • Anytime you have no sanctuary,anytime you are connected to
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  • somebody who says they love Godand yet they don't forgive,
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  • they don't apologize,they never say "I'm sorry,"
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  • they never say "I'm wrong,"they never take it back--
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  • I doubt you arelegitimate Christian.
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  • I doubt it, I doubt it,I doubt it.
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  • You see, the reason I'm talkingto you about this is because
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  • there are blind spots where yourfaith is not--your faith is not
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  • penetrating certain areas ofyour life, and you don't see it,
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  • like I didn't see the car.
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  • And the wreck is really becauseyou have allowed a blind spot.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • female announcer: What isGPS partnership?
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  • male: Coming into agreementwith God's Word.
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  • female: Reaching outto people in need.
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  • male: Showing themthat God cares.
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  • female: Personal commitment.
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  • female: And keeping my word.
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  • male: Being a part of somethingbigger than me.
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  • male: My GPS partnershipmeans that when
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  • Bishop Jakes ministers.
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  • female: Anywhere in the world.
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  • all: I'm there too.
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  • Bishop T.D. Jakes: I have aunique compassion to reach
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  • all people of all racesand all colors and all kinds
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  • with the love of Jesus Christ.
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  • But without your partnership,my vision dies in my heart.
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  • It is when I touch you that itis birthed around the world.
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  • female announcer: When GPSpartners make the decision to
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  • bless others, heal the hurting,and help save the lost, they
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  • open themselves up to God, andhe blesses them in ways they
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  • never could have imagined.
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  • Join T.D. Jakes's GlobalPartner System or increase your
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  • partnership level today.
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  • GPS: we are changinglives together.
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  • female announcer: "Every goodgift and every perfect gift is
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  • from above, coming down from theFather of lights with whom there
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  • is no variation or shadowdue to change."
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  • From our hearts to yours, thePotter's House is wishing you
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  • and your family a very merryChristmas and happy holidays.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Bishop T.D. Jakes: He's angrywith God for being merciful,
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  • and he has a boldness toadmit it.
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  • And what makes me upset withhim, point three, is that he has
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  • selective amnesia.
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  • How could you be angry with Godfor forgiving Nineveh?
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  • After--is not this is a God thatheard you cry out of the belly
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  • of the fish when you were inyour mess, and did not he pull
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  • you up from the bottom of themountains and give you a second
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  • chance after you had totallydisobeyed him and anointed you
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  • and use you and bless you--and now you don't want me?
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  • You don't want me to havethe same mercy?
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  • I'm upset with him because hedoesn't seem to see--he doesn't
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  • seem to understand that mercydoesn't end with you.
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  • Mercy begins with you,
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  • and you who have beenforgiven the most--
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  • how dare you hold a grudge?
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  • How dare you hold a grudge?
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  • How dare you have the nerve totalk about who you can't stand?
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  • When you know it's by his mercythat you take your next breath,
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  • you know you should have beendead, you know you could've been
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  • killed, you know you should havedied of AIDS, but God had mercy.
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  • I wish he would fight me, I'llfight you back.
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  • See, selective amnesia is astrange type of amnesia.
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  • It's where you remember somethings but not others.
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  • And normally it's, like, notremembering how to play the
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  • piano, not remembering how to dosomething that you used to know
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  • how to do, selective amnesia.
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  • But in the--for the purpose ofthis message, selective amnesia
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  • is forgetting that you needed tobe forgiven.
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  • Selective amnesia is, there youare, sitting up under a hut,
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  • waiting on God to get me.
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  • And the thing you're angry withGod about is the very thing that
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  • you needed God to do for you.
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  • What I am asking you to do is toreflect the mercy you have
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  • been given.
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  • What I'm asking me to do is toreflect the mercy I have
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  • been given.
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  • The reason I have to be mercifulis because I have received
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  • mercy, and every time I want tobe judgmental, I keep
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  • remembering something that Goddid in my life.
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  • Can I get a witness up in here?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • And I am trying, by the help ofGod, to remove the blind spot.
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  • God let a gourd grow up over hishead, a plant to give him shade
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  • from the sun.
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  • And the same God who gave himthe shade gave him the worm that
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  • ate it up.
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  • That's a whole 'nother sermon,that's a whole 'nother sermon.
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  • God gave the plant, then he gavethe worm, then he gave
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  • the correction.
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  • He said, now you're upsetbecause the shade is gone.
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  • Because God will shade ignorancefor a while, but sooner or
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  • later, God will give a worm totake the shade off the ignorance
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  • and expose it for what it is.
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  • I feel like preachingthis morning.
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  • Y'all are not fooling me today.
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  • Just because judgment is notexecuted speedily against the
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  • wicked doesn't mean that itwon't be executed.
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  • The same God that sends theplant sends the worm.
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  • And so in the morning, he sentthe plant, and then in the night
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  • he sent the worm, and the wormate the plant and the
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  • plant died.
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  • And Jonah is angry because Jonahloves plants more than people.
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  • And God says to Jonah, "If youcould get angry about a plant
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  • that you didn't plant, youdidn't grow, and yet you're
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  • trying to protect the plant andhoping the people perish."
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  • I'm just talking aboutblind spots.
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  • And so this Sunday morning, Iwant to ask you before I take my
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  • seat: What's in your blind spot?
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  • Who is in your--
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  • Who is sufferingin your blind spot
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  • for the lack of something thatyou refuse to give?
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  • A mercy that you think you own.
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  • Who are you to denysomeone else mercy?
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  • Now, I wanna challenge you,because you could easily shout
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  • over this message real easy aslong as you don't apply it.
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  • But if you apply it, you oughtto be feeling a little bit funny
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  • right now, because this ought tobring up something in your heart
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  • somewhere, in your heartsomewhere, in your heart
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  • somewhere, where in spite of allof them Scriptures you know, and
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  • in spite of all those charitablecauses you give to, there's
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  • still somebody that's gaspingfor air because they are cursed
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  • to live in your blind spot.
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  • I could've killed that guy.
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  • I didn't mean to.
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  • I just didn't see it right.
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  • As I close this message thismorning, there must be a reason
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  • why God has me warning you aboutblind spots, and I sense through
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  • the Holy Spirit that there arepeople in this room, literally
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  • in this room, that are living inyour blind spot that you are
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  • really angry with, that they areasphyxiating for the lack of
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  • your love and attention becauseyou're holding them hostage
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  • because they did something thatwas undeniably wrong.
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  • But haven't you?
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  • And there are people in yourhouse and in your life that have
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  • to suffer the wrath of yourblind spot because maybe your
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  • arrogance won't let you melt, sothe longer you've been around
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  • you've become hard.
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  • And the same sun that hardensthe clay melts the wax.
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  • And I'm wondering this morningif God's presence would melt
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  • you, or are you so good at beinghard--and your mama was hard,
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  • and your grandmama was hard, andyour daddy was hard, and your
  • 00:23:54.316 --> 00:23:57.052
  • granddaddy was hard, and youruncle was hard--are you so
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  • hard-hearted that you're likethese 13-year-olds who going to
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  • these funerals where the other13-year-old has been shot to
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  • death in a gang killing, andthey'd be talking about "Yo"
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  • at the casket.
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  • Yo?Are you crazy?
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  • Are you--the Bible says in thelast days people would lose
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  • natural affections.
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  • When I was young I thought itmeant one thing,
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  • now that I'm older--to lose the ability to melt?
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  • You 13 and hard.
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  • What happened to you that youturned to clay and not wax?
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  • And you have lost naturalaffections, natural compassion.
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  • I don't want you to dance.
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  • I don't want you to run theaisle and throw $20 at
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  • the altar.
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  • I'm wondering if God would begracious enough to me this
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  • morning to melt you, to meltdown the places the blind spots
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  • that exist in your life thatcause you to sit by in your
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  • arrogance and wait for people tocrumble because you got your
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  • feelings hurt, your littlefeelings hurt.
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  • You want to wreck my wholefuture with your vengeance.
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  • And because I am your pastor,because I am your spiritual
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  • father, and because I have doneit myself, I wanted to warn you
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  • about blind spots.
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  • Bishop T.D. Jakes:The Bible says,
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  • "Let the redeemed ofthe Lord say so."
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  • Don't be redeemed and keep it asecret, don't be redeemed and be
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  • an undercover agentfor the Lord.
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  • God don't need no secret agents,he needs you to say so.
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