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This Isn't What I Pictured Part 2

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December 25, 2020
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Pastor Steven Furtick teaches us how to start making sense of setbacks.

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This Isn't What I Pictured Part 2

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  • - ANNOUNCER: If you're looking
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  • but this is more
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  • than just a TV episode,
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  • it's an opportunity to connect
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  • with a growing community
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  • in the community
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  • of people tuning in,
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  • just like yourself.
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  • Join us online this weekend
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  • - Beautiful verse
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  • - Beautiful versein the Bible.
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  • in the Bible.It says, "Joseph, son of David,
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  • It says, "Joseph, son of David,do not be afraid
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  • do not be afraidto take Mary home as your wife
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  • to take Mary home as your wifebecause what is conceived in her
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  • because what is conceived in heris from the Holy Spirit."
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  • is from the Holy Spirit.""What's in her is from Me.
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  • "What's in her is from Me.What's in her is from Me.
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  • God says, "What's in you
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  • God says, "What's in youis from Me.
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  • is from Me.What's in you is from Me."
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  • What's in you is from Me."And I'm just comforted by that,
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  • And I'm just comforted by that,because sometimes,
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  • because sometimes,I feel pressure
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  • I feel pressureabout what I perceive to be
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  • about what I perceive to bemissing pieces.
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  • missing pieces.Even as a preacher,
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  • Even as a preacher,I always wish that I could
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  • that I see.
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  • that I see.And I'll tell you exactly
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  • And I'll tell you exactlywho I wanna preach like.
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  • who I wanna preach like.You know the guys
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  • You know the guysthat stand still,
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  • that stand still,[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]and they are just so profound,
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  • that never moves,
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  • that never moves,and they just -- it's just so --
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  • and they just -- it's just so --they're so calm?
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  • they're so calm?And I like that.
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  • And I like that.And I go on Amazon
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  • And I go on Amazonlooking for robes
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  • looking for robesand I think, "Man,
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  • and I think, "Man,that would be cool."
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  • that would be cool."Because it expends
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  • Because it expendsa lot of energy,
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  • a lot of energy,all this moving around.
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  • all this moving around.And even sometimes I come up
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  • And even sometimes I come upand I try to preach
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  • and I try to preachlike one of them, you know,
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  • like one of them, you know,but then something just --
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  • [Cheering]
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  • [Cheering]I mean, I really don't
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  • I mean, I really don'tplan to freak out
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  • plan to freak outand spazz out,
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  • and spazz out,and I watch myself back
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  • and I watch myself backand I'm like, "Why do you
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  • and I'm like, "Why do youhave to be like that?
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  • have to be like that?Why can't you be dignified?"
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  • Why can't you be dignified?"But something inside of me
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  • But something inside of mewhen I start doing it,
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  • when I start doing it,I just gotta do it how I do it.
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  • I just gotta do it how I do it.I gotta do it like the pieces
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  • I gotta do it like the piecesin my box are meant
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  • in my box are meantfor the picture.
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  • for the picture.Y'all won't help me preach.
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  • Y'all won't help me preach.[Cheering]
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  • [Cheering]What's in you is from God.
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  • What's in you is from God.What's in me is from Him.
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  • What's in me is from Him.I've got every piece:
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  • I've got every piece:I've got wisdom,
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  • I've got wisdom,I've got strength,
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  • I've got strength,I've got anointing,
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  • I've got anointing,I've got authority
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  • I've got authorityin the name of Jesus
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  • in the name of Jesusto overcome every wicked thing
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  • to overcome every wicked thingthat rises to oppose me.
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  • that rises to oppose me.Now shove three people.
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  • Now shove three people.Say, "It's in you.
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  • Say, "It's in you.It's in you.
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  • It's in you.It's in you right now
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  • It's in you right nowand it's growing,
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  • and it's growing,and it's kicking,
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  • and it's kicking,and it's meant to be,
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  • and it's meant to be,and you're not missing anything.
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  • and you're not missing anything.You got it all.
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  • You got it all.You got every piece
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  • You got every piecefor the picture.
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  • for the picture.For in the beginning
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  • For in the beginningwas the Word
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  • was the Wordand the Word was with God..."
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  • and the Word was with God..."[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]And watch this.
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  • And watch this."The Word was God."
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  • "The Word was God."[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]So, let me ask you a question.
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  • So, let me ask you a question.Let's take a vote.
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  • Let's take a vote.This is the first church vote
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  • This is the first church votethat I remember
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  • that I rememberin the history
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  • in the historyof Elevation Church.
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  • of Elevation Church.But let's be Baptist
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  • But let's be Baptistfor the next 30 seconds.
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  • for the next 30 seconds.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Who had the harder job?
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  • Who had the harder job?Mary or Joseph?
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  • Mary or Joseph?Before you answer this --
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  • Before you answer this --because in just a moment,
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  • because in just a moment,I'm gonna call on you
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  • I'm gonna call on youto raise your hand
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  • to raise your handat every location.
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  • at every location.If you are married,
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  • If you are married,I wanna strongly
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  • I wanna stronglyencourage you --
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  • encourage you --[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]-- to consider carefully
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  • -- to consider carefullythe cost of answering
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  • the cost of answeringthis question honestly.
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  • this question honestly.But who says Mary
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  • But who says Maryhad the harder job?
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  • had the harder job?You know, there they are.
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  • You know, there they are.All the women who have born
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  • All the women who have bornchildren into this world.
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  • children into this world.Come on.
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  • Come on.Let's celebrate
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  • Let's celebrateMother's Day early.
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  • Mother's Day early.Thank God for you.
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  • Thank God for you.Amen.
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  • Amen.Raise your hand
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  • Raise your handif you say it's Mary.
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  • if you say it's Mary.It's Mary, right?
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  • It's Mary, right?Because she had
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  • Because she hadvery little choice.
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  • very little choice.She was already pregnant
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  • She was already pregnantby the time she found out
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  • by the time she found outabout the purpose.
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  • about the purpose."Too late if you don't like it."
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  • "Too late if you don't like it."And then you got Joseph.
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  • And then you got Joseph.So, who believes that Joseph
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  • So, who believes that Josephhad the harder job?
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  • had the harder job?Raise your hand.
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  • Raise your hand.I applaud your courage.
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  • I applaud your courage.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]It's an unpopular stance.
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  • It's an unpopular stance.I kind of see
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  • I kind of seewhere you're coming from.
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  • where you're coming from.I kind of see
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  • I kind of seewhere you're coming from,
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  • where you're coming from,because Matthew 1:21 tells us
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  • because Matthew 1:21 tells usMary's job and Joseph's job.
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  • Matthew 1:21.
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  • Matthew 1:21."She will give birth
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  • "She will give birthand you are to give Him
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  • and you are to give Himthe name".
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  • [Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Give birth or give the name?
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  • Give birth or give the name?And so physically,
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  • And so physically,there's no argument.
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  • there's no argument.But see, what is striking to me
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  • But see, what is striking to meabout Joseph,
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  • about Joseph,you never heard
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  • you never heardthe Christmas Carol
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  • the Christmas Carol"Joseph did you know".
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  • "Joseph did you know".[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Now, Mary knew.
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  • Now, Mary knew.Mary knew, because it was
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  • Mary knew, because it washer body.
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  • her body.Mary knew that this
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  • Mary knew that thishas to be God,
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  • whether or not she has been
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  • whether or not she has beenwith another man.
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  • with another man.And I'm gonna leave it at that
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  • And I'm gonna leave it at thatin case you didn't get your kids
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  • in case you didn't get your kidsto eKids this morning.
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  • to eKids this morning.I'm not gonna --
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  • I'm not gonna --kind of -- details on this.
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  • kind of -- details on this.But Mary knew,
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  • But Mary knew,"This has to be God,
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  • "This has to be God,because I consulted
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  • because I consultedmy experience,
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  • my experience,and I'm a virgin,
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  • and I'm a virgin,and I haven't been with a man.
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  • and I haven't been with a man.So, if I'm carrying something,
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  • So, if I'm carrying something,it didn't come from human means.
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  • it didn't come from human means.I know it, 'cause it's my body."
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  • I know it, 'cause it's my body."Joseph didn't know,
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  • Maybe that's the hardest
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  • Maybe that's the hardestjob of all,
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  • job of all,to believe what you can't see,
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  • to believe what you can't see,to believe what you can't
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  • to believe what you can'tbe sure of,
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  • be sure of,to believe what you can't prove.
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  • to believe what you can't prove.Joseph said, "I never knew."
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  • Joseph said, "I never knew."You know, the rest of his life
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  • You know, the rest of his lifehe would live probably
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  • he would live probablyhalfway wondering,
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  • halfway wondering,"Was it really God
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  • "Was it really Godthat got her pregnant,
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  • that got her pregnant,and not -- "
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  • and not -- "You go into --
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  • You go into --[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Right?
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  • Right?You go into Men's Group
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  • You go into Men's Groupand you're like,
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  • and you're like,"Guys, it's good.
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  • "Guys, it's good.I was praying,
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  • I was praying,the Lord told me --
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  • the Lord told me --I was actually sleeping.
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  • I was actually sleeping.I was in a dream,
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  • I was in a dream,and the Lord told me.
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  • and the Lord told me.And don't worry,
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  • And don't worry,Mary saw a vision, too,
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  • Mary saw a vision, too,and we're gonna work this out
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  • and we're gonna work this outand we're gonna go home."
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  • and we're gonna go home."Do you not think Joseph
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  • Do you not think Josephspent the rest of his life
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  • spent the rest of his lifelooking cross-eyed at people
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  • looking cross-eyed at peopletrying to figure out,
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  • trying to figure out,"Now, your nose
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  • "Now, your noselooks kind of like -- "
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  • looks kind of like -- "[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]"That long nose with -- "
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  • "That long nose with -- "Checking out those ears.
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  • Checking out those ears."You know, Ronnie has
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  • "You know, Ronnie haskind of long ears right there.
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  • kind of long ears right there.I saw Ronnie and Mary -- "
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  • I saw Ronnie and Mary -- "'cause Joseph didn't know,
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  • 'cause Joseph didn't know,because faith does not operate
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  • because faith does not operateby sensory knowledge.
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  • by sensory knowledge.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Because faith enables us
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  • Because faith enables usto understand
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  • to understandthat God is with us
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  • that God is with useven if we do not see Him
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  • even if we do not see Himin the picture.
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  • in the picture.I need you to receive this
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  • "You are to give Him
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  • "You are to give Himthe name Jesus,
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  • the name Jesus,because He will save His people
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  • because He will save His peoplefrom their sins."
  • 00:08:01.277 --> 00:08:02.545
  • from their sins."Now, here's the culmination
  • 00:08:02.545 --> 00:08:03.946
  • Now, here's the culminationof the text that I want
  • 00:08:03.946 --> 00:08:04.947
  • of the text that I wantto share with you.
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  • to share with you.All this took place.
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  • All this took place.Everything you didn't picture,
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  • Everything you didn't picture,everything you don't understand.
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  • everything you don't understand.All this took place
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  • All this took placeto fulfill what the Lord
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  • to fulfill what the Lordhad said through the prophet.
  • 00:08:18.561 --> 00:08:22.598
  • had said through the prophet.And then he quotes Isaiah 7:14,
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  • And then he quotes Isaiah 7:14,which says, "The virgin
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  • which says, "The virginwill be with child
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  • will be with childand give birth to a son.
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  • and give birth to a son.And they will call him Immanuel,
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  • And they will call him Immanuel,which means God with us."
  • 00:08:35.177 --> 00:08:35.912
  • which means God with us."And I've been listening
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  • "Even when I don't see it,
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  • "Even when I don't see it,You're working.
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  • You're working.And even when I don't feel it,
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  • And even when I don't feel it,You're working."
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  • You're working."And I need you to make
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  • And I need you to makea declaration by faith.
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  • a declaration by faith.Every mouth in this room,
  • 00:08:46.956 --> 00:08:47.790
  • Every mouth in this room,open up and say,
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  • open up and say,"God is with me right now."
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  • "God is with me right now."- CONGREGATION: God is with me
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  • - CONGREGATION: God is with meright now.
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  • right now.- God is with me right now.
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  • - God is with me right now.Come on.
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  • Come on.Say it again.
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  • Say it again."God is with me right now."
  • 00:08:55.264 --> 00:08:55.898
  • "God is with me right now."Some of y'all
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  • Some of y'allat another campus,
  • 00:08:56.666 --> 00:08:57.433
  • at another campus,you're not saying it.
  • 00:08:57.433 --> 00:08:58.568
  • you're not saying it.But you're not saying it to me,
  • 00:08:58.568 --> 00:09:00.069
  • But you're not saying it to me,so say it out loud for yourself.
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  • so say it out loud for yourself.Say, "God is with me right now."
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  • Say, "God is with me right now."- CONGREGATION: God is with me
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  • - CONGREGATION: God is with meright now.
  • 00:09:03.239 --> 00:09:04.840
  • right now.- And remember that the things
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  • - And remember that the thingswhich are seen are not made
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  • which are seen are not madewith things that do appear.
  • 00:09:09.812 --> 00:09:11.480
  • with things that do appear.So, God does not build
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  • So, God does not buildwith carpenter material
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  • with carpenter materialthat you can see
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  • that you can seeand fabricate your faith
  • 00:09:15.985 --> 00:09:18.087
  • and fabricate your faithwith your physical senses.
  • 00:09:18.087 --> 00:09:19.789
  • with your physical senses.When God builds something,
  • 00:09:19.789 --> 00:09:21.257
  • When God builds something,it will not look like
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  • it will not look likewhat you pictured.
  • 00:09:22.525 --> 00:09:24.860
  • what you pictured.He has a different picture,
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  • He has a different picture,and He builds
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  • and He buildsaccording to His picture.
  • 00:09:27.663 --> 00:09:31.400
  • according to His picture.Now, the message of Christmas
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  • Now, the message of Christmasis about His presence,
  • 00:09:33.302 --> 00:09:34.403
  • is about His presence,not my picture.
  • 00:09:34.403 --> 00:09:38.207
  • not my picture.[Cheering]
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  • [Cheering]The message of Christmas says
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  • The message of Christmas saysthat the worlds
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  • that the worldswere framed -- frame.
  • 00:09:45.247 --> 00:09:45.681
  • were framed -- frame.Frame.
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  • Frame.I know they use it
  • 00:09:46.315 --> 00:09:47.216
  • I know they use itin a construction way,
  • 00:09:47.216 --> 00:09:49.518
  • in a construction way,but this is a visual term.
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  • but this is a visual term.Frame.
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  • Frame.They frame it.
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  • They frame it.They frame the world.
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  • They frame the world.Did you get your picture
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  • Did you get your picturefrom the world
  • 00:09:57.360 --> 00:10:00.029
  • from the worldor from the Word?
  • 00:10:00.029 --> 00:10:01.130
  • or from the Word?Did you get your picture
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  • Did you get your pictureof what a man is supposed to be,
  • 00:10:03.065 --> 00:10:03.799
  • of what a man is supposed to be,of what a woman is
  • 00:10:03.799 --> 00:10:04.834
  • of what a woman issupposed to be,
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  • supposed to be,of what success is,
  • 00:10:06.435 --> 00:10:07.937
  • of what success is,of what fulfillment is,
  • 00:10:07.937 --> 00:10:08.504
  • of what fulfillment is,of what --
  • 00:10:08.504 --> 00:10:10.206
  • of what --did you get it from the Word
  • 00:10:10.206 --> 00:10:10.840
  • did you get it from the Wordor the world?
  • 00:10:10.840 --> 00:10:11.540
  • or the world?Because the Bible says
  • 00:10:11.540 --> 00:10:12.942
  • Because the Bible saysthat by faith we understand
  • 00:10:12.942 --> 00:10:14.877
  • that by faith we understandthat the worlds were framed
  • 00:10:14.877 --> 00:10:16.879
  • that the worlds were framedby the Word of God.
  • 00:10:16.879 --> 00:10:18.414
  • by the Word of God.Framed.
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  • Framed.And are you framing
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  • And are you framingthis season of your life
  • 00:10:22.184 --> 00:10:23.519
  • this season of your lifewith your faith
  • 00:10:23.519 --> 00:10:25.988
  • with your faithor with your fear?
  • 00:10:25.988 --> 00:10:26.856
  • or with your fear?Honestly now.
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  • Honestly now.Answering honestly as you look
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  • Answering honestly as you lookat what you cannot understand
  • 00:10:30.192 --> 00:10:31.460
  • at what you cannot understandin your life right now.
  • 00:10:31.460 --> 00:10:32.662
  • in your life right now.Because every hand in the room
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  • Because every hand in the roomthat I saw went up when I said,
  • 00:10:34.664 --> 00:10:35.331
  • that I saw went up when I said,"Is it different
  • 00:10:35.331 --> 00:10:38.434
  • "Is it differentthan what you pictured?"
  • 00:10:38.434 --> 00:10:39.135
  • than what you pictured?"Is it different than what
  • 00:10:39.135 --> 00:10:39.935
  • Is it different than whatyou pictured?
  • 00:10:39.935 --> 00:10:41.637
  • you pictured?Someone -- this was an insult.
  • 00:10:41.637 --> 00:10:42.571
  • Someone -- this was an insult.Someone said to me one time
  • 00:10:42.571 --> 00:10:43.506
  • Someone said to me one timewhen I walked in --
  • 00:10:43.506 --> 00:10:44.407
  • when I walked in --they said, "Oh,
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  • I listened to your Podcast.
  • 00:10:47.043 --> 00:10:48.244
  • I listened to your Podcast.You're not what I pictured."
  • 00:10:48.244 --> 00:10:52.682
  • You're not what I pictured."[Laughter]
  • 00:10:52.682 --> 00:10:53.949
  • [Laughter]I said, "What did you picture?"
  • 00:10:53.949 --> 00:10:54.350
  • I said, "What did you picture?"They said,
  • 00:10:54.350 --> 00:10:55.418
  • They said,"I pictured you bigger."
  • 00:10:55.418 --> 00:11:02.491
  • "I pictured you bigger."[Laughter]
  • 00:11:02.491 --> 00:11:04.927
  • [Laughter]"I pictured you bigger.
  • 00:11:04.927 --> 00:11:08.698
  • "I pictured you bigger.I pictured it bigger.
  • 00:11:08.698 --> 00:11:10.766
  • I pictured it bigger.I pictured, at this age,
  • 00:11:10.766 --> 00:11:11.500
  • I pictured, at this age,I would be past
  • 00:11:11.500 --> 00:11:12.768
  • I would be pastsome certain things."
  • 00:11:12.768 --> 00:11:14.403
  • some certain things."- CONGREGATION: Wow.
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  • I pictured parenting
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  • I pictured parentingway different.
  • 00:11:21.277 --> 00:11:22.244
  • way different.I thought we'd be doing
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  • I thought we'd be doingdrive time devotionals
  • 00:11:26.048 --> 00:11:27.450
  • drive time devotionalsfrom the original Greek
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  • from the original Greekof Philippians.
  • 00:11:28.884 --> 00:11:29.952
  • of Philippians.I thought we'd be doing
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  • I thought we'd be doingBible sword drills.
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  • Bible sword drills.I didn't know they'd be
  • 00:11:32.588 --> 00:11:33.789
  • I didn't know they'd bepulling out real swords
  • 00:11:33.789 --> 00:11:35.491
  • pulling out real swordsstabbing each other with forks
  • 00:11:35.491 --> 00:11:37.293
  • stabbing each other with forksin the kitchen before --
  • 00:11:37.293 --> 00:11:38.994
  • in the kitchen before --y'all are looking at me so holy.
  • 00:11:38.994 --> 00:11:40.062
  • y'all are looking at me so holy.It's different than what
  • 00:11:40.062 --> 00:11:41.330
  • It's different than whatyou picture.
  • 00:11:41.330 --> 00:11:42.331
  • you picture.It's better,
  • 00:11:42.331 --> 00:11:44.800
  • It's better,but it's different.
  • 00:11:44.800 --> 00:11:46.335
  • but it's different.It's different.
  • 00:11:46.335 --> 00:11:47.069
  • It's different.Ministry is different
  • 00:11:47.069 --> 00:11:47.903
  • Ministry is differentthan what I pictured.
  • 00:11:47.903 --> 00:11:48.704
  • than what I pictured.Let me go all the way.
  • 00:11:48.704 --> 00:11:51.907
  • Let me go all the way.Adulthood is different
  • 00:11:51.907 --> 00:11:53.275
  • Adulthood is differentthan what I pictured.
  • 00:11:53.275 --> 00:11:56.345
  • than what I pictured.[Applauding]
  • 00:11:56.345 --> 00:11:58.013
  • [Applauding]Can we be real with one another
  • 00:11:58.013 --> 00:11:59.381
  • Can we be real with one anotherfor a moment?
  • 00:11:59.381 --> 00:12:00.583
  • for a moment?It's different.
  • 00:12:00.583 --> 00:12:02.218
  • It's different.They sold us something
  • 00:12:02.218 --> 00:12:03.486
  • They sold us somethingthat isn't real.
  • 00:12:03.486 --> 00:12:04.820
  • that isn't real.We're supposed to have it
  • 00:12:04.820 --> 00:12:05.988
  • We're supposed to have itfigured out.
  • 00:12:05.988 --> 00:12:08.290
  • figured out.I'm supposed to have good sense.
  • 00:12:08.290 --> 00:12:09.158
  • I'm supposed to have good sense.I'm supposed to be
  • 00:12:09.158 --> 00:12:11.327
  • I'm supposed to bea fully cooked turkey by now,
  • 00:12:11.327 --> 00:12:12.862
  • a fully cooked turkey by now,and I'm coming out the oven,
  • 00:12:12.862 --> 00:12:14.230
  • and I'm coming out the oven,and I'm still raw,
  • 00:12:14.230 --> 00:12:15.931
  • and I'm still raw,and I've got mouths to feed.
  • 00:12:15.931 --> 00:12:18.267
  • and I've got mouths to feed.It's different than the picture.
  • 00:12:18.267 --> 00:12:24.340
  • So, when they put
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  • So, when they putthe sermon online
  • 00:12:28.778 --> 00:12:30.312
  • the sermon onlinefor the video,
  • 00:12:30.312 --> 00:12:31.347
  • for the video,they have to switch between
  • 00:12:31.347 --> 00:12:32.114
  • they have to switch betweendifferent shots,
  • 00:12:32.114 --> 00:12:34.650
  • different shots,and they have instructions
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  • and they have instructionsto use of what shots
  • 00:12:36.318 --> 00:12:37.920
  • to use of what shotsthey put on the screen
  • 00:12:37.920 --> 00:12:40.489
  • they put on the screeneven now while I'm preaching.
  • 00:12:40.489 --> 00:12:41.490
  • even now while I'm preaching.And 'cause I move around
  • 00:12:41.490 --> 00:12:42.892
  • And 'cause I move aroundso much,
  • 00:12:42.892 --> 00:12:44.293
  • so much,like the spastic preacher
  • 00:12:44.293 --> 00:12:46.328
  • like the spastic preacherthat I am,
  • 00:12:46.328 --> 00:12:47.263
  • that I am,these are highly-trained,
  • 00:12:47.263 --> 00:12:49.765
  • these are highly-trained,competent individuals.
  • 00:12:49.765 --> 00:12:50.800
  • competent individuals.Somehow, they always keep me
  • 00:12:50.800 --> 00:12:53.736
  • Somehow, they always keep mein the center of the picture.
  • 00:12:53.736 --> 00:12:54.770
  • in the center of the picture.But what if the switcher
  • 00:12:54.770 --> 00:12:57.339
  • But what if the switcherfell asleep, you know?
  • 00:12:57.339 --> 00:12:58.140
  • fell asleep, you know?Just real quick,
  • 00:12:58.140 --> 00:13:00.042
  • Just real quick,I'mma do an example,
  • 00:13:00.042 --> 00:13:01.677
  • I'mma do an example,'cause I want you to see this.
  • 00:13:01.677 --> 00:13:02.478
  • 'cause I want you to see this.Imagine if the person
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  • Imagine if the personon the switcher
  • 00:13:03.212 --> 00:13:04.613
  • on the switcherthat goes from the tight shot
  • 00:13:04.613 --> 00:13:05.614
  • that goes from the tight shotto the wide shot,
  • 00:13:05.614 --> 00:13:06.649
  • to the wide shot,and moves the thing
  • 00:13:06.649 --> 00:13:07.917
  • and moves the thingon the thing.
  • 00:13:07.917 --> 00:13:08.918
  • on the thing.That's the technical terms.
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  • That's the technical terms.[Laughter]
  • 00:13:11.420 --> 00:13:14.757
  • [Laughter]What if they --
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  • What if they --first, show them what
  • 00:13:15.324 --> 00:13:16.158
  • first, show them whatyou're supposed to do.
  • 00:13:16.158 --> 00:13:17.459
  • you're supposed to do.Okay?
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  • Okay?Let's say I do
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  • Let's say I doa lateral movement over here
  • 00:13:19.161 --> 00:13:19.829
  • a lateral movement over hereto the side.
  • 00:13:19.829 --> 00:13:20.996
  • to the side.Look.
  • 00:13:20.996 --> 00:13:22.431
  • Look.You got a shot for that.
  • 00:13:22.431 --> 00:13:23.566
  • You got a shot for that.But suppose they didn't.
  • 00:13:23.566 --> 00:13:25.334
  • But suppose they didn't.Put it on that other shot.
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  • Put it on that other shot.Now for the maximum benefit
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  • Now for the maximum benefitof this illustration,
  • 00:13:27.636 --> 00:13:28.571
  • of this illustration,if you are at Ballantyne,
  • 00:13:28.571 --> 00:13:30.039
  • if you are at Ballantyne,watch the screen.
  • 00:13:30.039 --> 00:13:32.541
  • watch the screen.[Laughter]
  • 00:13:32.541 --> 00:13:33.442
  • [Laughter]If you're at another campus,
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  • If you're at another campus,you got the competitive
  • 00:13:34.543 --> 00:13:35.778
  • you got the competitiveadvantage right now.
  • 00:13:35.778 --> 00:13:38.514
  • advantage right now.[Laughter]
  • 00:13:38.514 --> 00:13:42.718
  • [Laughter]'Cause sometimes God does this.
  • 00:13:42.718 --> 00:13:43.485
  • 'Cause sometimes God does this.[Applauding]
  • 00:13:43.485 --> 00:13:45.354
  • [Applauding]Watch the screen.
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  • Watch the screen.Watch the screen.
  • 00:13:49.091 --> 00:13:54.563
  • Watch the screen.Sometimes, God does this.
  • 00:13:54.563 --> 00:13:56.632
  • Sometimes, God does this.Now, the only conclusion
  • 00:13:56.632 --> 00:13:58.701
  • Now, the only conclusionyou can come to if you
  • 00:13:58.701 --> 00:14:00.936
  • you can come to if youare using your eyes
  • 00:14:00.936 --> 00:14:02.838
  • are using your eyesis that the person
  • 00:14:02.838 --> 00:14:04.707
  • is that the personwho was in the picture
  • 00:14:04.707 --> 00:14:08.377
  • who was in the pictureis no longer in the building.
  • 00:14:08.377 --> 00:14:10.145
  • is no longer in the building.The only way for you to know
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  • The only way for you to knowI'm still here is to go
  • 00:14:13.115 --> 00:14:16.518
  • I'm still here is to gonot by what you see,
  • 00:14:16.518 --> 00:14:20.022
  • not by what you see,but by what you hear.
  • 00:14:20.022 --> 00:14:22.091
  • but by what you hear.So right now, those of you
  • 00:14:22.091 --> 00:14:23.259
  • So right now, those of youwho cannot see me
  • 00:14:23.259 --> 00:14:24.159
  • who cannot see meon the screen --
  • 00:14:24.159 --> 00:14:25.027
  • on the screen --watch the screen.
  • 00:14:25.027 --> 00:14:25.928
  • watch the screen.Y'all are disobedient.
  • 00:14:25.928 --> 00:14:26.762
  • Y'all are disobedient.Watch the screen.
  • 00:14:26.762 --> 00:14:28.264
  • Watch the screen.[Laughter]
  • 00:14:28.264 --> 00:14:29.798
  • [Laughter]You can't see me
  • 00:14:29.798 --> 00:14:31.300
  • You can't see meon the screen.
  • 00:14:31.300 --> 00:14:33.836
  • on the screen.But if you know my voice --
  • 00:14:33.836 --> 00:14:36.772
  • But if you know my voice --[Cheering]
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  • [Cheering][Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]If you know my voice,
  • 00:14:40.776 --> 00:14:43.112
  • If you know my voice,you will know that I did not
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  • you will know that I did notleave you nor forsake you.
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  • leave you nor forsake you.In the beginning was the Word,
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  • In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was here
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  • and the Word was herebefore you were.
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  • before you were.And the Word was spoken
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  • And the Word was spokenbefore you saw your frame.
  • 00:14:57.693 --> 00:14:59.929
  • before you saw your frame.So when I don't feel Him,
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  • So when I don't feel Him,He's with me,
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  • He's with me,'cause His name is Immanuel.
  • 00:15:04.466 --> 00:15:05.834
  • 'cause His name is Immanuel.I can't see Him,
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  • I can't see Him,but I trust Him,
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  • but I trust Him,'cause He spoke it.
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  • 'cause He spoke it.And I will see it
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  • And I will see itwith the eyes of my faith.
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  • with the eyes of my faith.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]He's with me on my good day.
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  • He's with me on my good day.He's with me on my bad day.
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  • He's with me on my bad day.He's with me when I've got it.
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  • He's with me when I've got it.He's with me when I don't even
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  • He's with me when I don't evenknow where to look.
  • 00:15:30.826 --> 00:15:33.529
  • know where to look.He's with me when they like me.
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  • He's with me when they like me.He's with me when nobody
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  • He's with me when nobodywill return my text.
  • 00:15:37.433 --> 00:15:40.102
  • will return my text.He's with me when I'm married.
  • 00:15:40.102 --> 00:15:42.838
  • He's with me when I'm married.He's with me when I'm divorced.
  • 00:15:42.838 --> 00:15:44.239
  • He's with me when I'm divorced.He's with me
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  • He's with me when I don't see
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  • He's with me when I don't seea way to pay it.
  • 00:15:49.345 --> 00:15:52.081
  • a way to pay it.He's with me when I'm well.
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  • He's with me when I'm well.He's with me when I'm sick.
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  • He's with me when I'm sick.He's with me with a clear sky.
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  • He's with me with a clear sky.He's with me in the storm.
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  • He's with me in the storm.He didn't leave.
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  • He didn't leave.I just gotta change my frame.
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  • I just gotta change my frame.If he spoke it,
  • 00:16:06.061 --> 00:16:07.529
  • If he spoke it,you will see it.
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  • you will see it.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Come on.
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  • He's with you.
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  • He's with you.He's with me.
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  • He's with me.He's with me.
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  • He's with me."What's in me is from me,
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  • "What's in me is from me,and my God is for me."
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  • and my God is for me."[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]He's with me.
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  • He's with me.So don't be afraid to go home
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  • So don't be afraid to go homeand do what God told you.
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  • and do what God told you.Don't be afraid
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  • Don't be afraidto face your fears
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  • to face your fearswith a frame of faith.
  • 00:16:44.066 --> 00:16:45.234
  • with a frame of faith.'Cause the things which are seen
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  • 'Cause the things which are seenwere made by the things
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  • were made by the thingswhich don't appear.
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  • which don't appear.I know it ain't
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  • I know it ain'twhat you pictured.
  • 00:16:53.375 --> 00:16:54.076
  • what you pictured.I know it ain't
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  • I know it ain'twhat you planned.
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  • what you planned.You remember when we were
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  • You remember when we werein the nursing home
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  • in the nursing homefor Thanksgiving?
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  • for Thanksgiving?My Dad was 60, uh, 62.
  • 00:17:06.822 --> 00:17:08.590
  • My Dad was 60, uh, 62.Something like that.
  • 00:17:08.590 --> 00:17:09.525
  • Something like that.62-years old
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  • 62-years oldin the nursing home.
  • 00:17:11.260 --> 00:17:11.927
  • in the nursing home.Not because we didn't
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  • Not because we didn'twanna keep --
  • 00:17:12.494 --> 00:17:15.397
  • wanna keep --it was so tense in our family
  • 00:17:15.397 --> 00:17:16.331
  • it was so tense in our familythat he decided that he wouldn't
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  • that he decided that he wouldn'twanna live with any of us.
  • 00:17:17.066 --> 00:17:18.367
  • wanna live with any of us.We couldn't take care of him.
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  • We couldn't take care of him.He had Lou Gehrig's disease,
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  • He had Lou Gehrig's disease,and we tried to take
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  • and we tried to takecare of him.
  • 00:17:20.702 --> 00:17:21.470
  • care of him.We couldn't take care of him.
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  • We couldn't take care of him.We were eating
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  • We were eatingmicrowaved Thanksgiving
  • 00:17:24.339 --> 00:17:25.908
  • microwaved Thanksgivingin the nursing home with my dad,
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  • in the nursing home with my dad,knowing good and well
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  • knowing good and wellwe wanted him in our house.
  • 00:17:28.477 --> 00:17:29.078
  • we wanted him in our house.And nobody was
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  • And nobody wason speaking terms.
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  • Ham doesn't taste right
  • 00:17:37.186 --> 00:17:39.354
  • Ham doesn't taste rightwhen you try to microwave it.
  • 00:17:39.354 --> 00:17:42.491
  • when you try to microwave it.None of us pictured this.
  • 00:17:42.491 --> 00:17:45.160
  • None of us pictured this.I know you didn't picture this.
  • 00:17:45.160 --> 00:17:46.595
  • I know you didn't picture this.God isn't building your picture;
  • 00:17:46.595 --> 00:17:48.230
  • God isn't building your picture;He's building His purpose.
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  • He's building His purpose.[Cheering]
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  • [Cheering][Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]So, Joseph.
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  • So, Joseph.Joe.
  • 00:18:01.810 --> 00:18:03.779
  • Joe.Joe.
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  • Joe.Did you know?
  • 00:18:06.248 --> 00:18:08.851
  • Did you know?Joseph would say, "No.
  • 00:18:08.851 --> 00:18:10.552
  • Joseph would say, "No.Uh-uh.
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  • Uh-uh.I just believed.
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  • I just believed.I had one thing in mind.
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  • I had one thing in mind.God had another thing in store.
  • 00:18:19.561 --> 00:18:21.530
  • God had another thing in store.I went with God.
  • 00:18:21.530 --> 00:18:22.898
  • I went with God.God went with me."
  • 00:18:22.898 --> 00:18:26.602
  • "And I have what I need
  • 00:18:29.338 --> 00:18:31.773
  • "And I have what I needin the box to be the picture
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  • in the box to be the picturethat He created in His heart.
  • 00:18:34.643 --> 00:18:35.077
  • that He created in His heart.So, no.
  • 00:18:35.077 --> 00:18:35.711
  • So, no.I'm not trying to build
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  • I'm not trying to buildsomebody else's life
  • 00:18:37.880 --> 00:18:38.847
  • somebody else's lifeor somebody else's idea
  • 00:18:38.847 --> 00:18:40.482
  • or somebody else's ideaof what I'm supposed to be.
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  • of what I'm supposed to be.Not anymore.
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  • Not anymore.I tried that.
  • 00:18:43.385 --> 00:18:45.220
  • I tried that.It is so stressful.
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:46.588
  • It is so stressful.I can't afford the doctor bill,
  • 00:18:46.588 --> 00:18:47.856
  • I can't afford the doctor bill,or the stomach medicine
  • 00:18:47.856 --> 00:18:49.091
  • or the stomach medicinefor that kind of living.
  • 00:18:49.091 --> 00:18:50.759
  • for that kind of living.I gotta build what God
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  • I gotta build what Godput inside of me for the picture
  • 00:18:53.829 --> 00:18:55.330
  • put inside of me for the picturethat He sees,
  • 00:18:55.330 --> 00:18:58.233
  • that He sees,and the world's
  • 00:18:58.233 --> 00:18:58.934
  • and the world'sthe frame."
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  • Switch the picture.
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  • Switch the picture.Switch the picture.
  • 00:19:07.809 --> 00:19:10.078
  • Switch the picture.Be who God called you to be.
  • 00:19:10.078 --> 00:19:12.648
  • Be who God called you to be.Celebrate what He gave you.
  • 00:19:12.648 --> 00:19:13.615
  • Celebrate what He gave you.Pull everything close
  • 00:19:13.615 --> 00:19:14.816
  • Pull everything closethat you still have left,
  • 00:19:14.816 --> 00:19:15.817
  • that you still have left,wrap your arms around it,
  • 00:19:15.817 --> 00:19:17.052
  • wrap your arms around it,and make the most of it.
  • 00:19:17.052 --> 00:19:18.086
  • and make the most of it.Switch the picture.
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  • Switch the picture.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Yeah, it's gonna be
  • 00:19:19.688 --> 00:19:20.455
  • Yeah, it's gonna bea different Christmas
  • 00:19:20.455 --> 00:19:22.457
  • a different Christmasfor some of us.
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  • for some of us.I understand that.
  • 00:19:24.226 --> 00:19:28.964
  • I understand that.But God pictured it all along.
  • 00:19:28.964 --> 00:19:30.966
  • But God pictured it all along.You know when Isaiah said
  • 00:19:30.966 --> 00:19:32.701
  • You know when Isaiah saida virgin will conceive?
  • 00:19:32.701 --> 00:19:34.970
  • a virgin will conceive?He saw that hundreds of years
  • 00:19:34.970 --> 00:19:36.972
  • He saw that hundreds of yearsbefore it happened.
  • 00:19:36.972 --> 00:19:37.739
  • before it happened.God was already
  • 00:19:37.739 --> 00:19:39.675
  • God was alreadybuilding the picture.
  • 00:19:39.675 --> 00:19:40.976
  • building the picture.42 generations,
  • 00:19:40.976 --> 00:19:43.645
  • 42 generations,and God knew the picture.
  • 00:19:43.645 --> 00:19:44.746
  • and God knew the picture.If you get too tightly
  • 00:19:44.746 --> 00:19:46.281
  • If you get too tightlyzoomed in to this one scene,
  • 00:19:46.281 --> 00:19:47.149
  • zoomed in to this one scene,or this one moment,
  • 00:19:47.149 --> 00:19:48.083
  • or this one moment,or this one struggle,
  • 00:19:48.083 --> 00:19:49.117
  • or this one struggle,or this one issue,
  • 00:19:49.117 --> 00:19:49.851
  • or this one issue,you're gonna miss
  • 00:19:49.851 --> 00:19:50.786
  • you're gonna missthe bigger picture.
  • 00:19:50.786 --> 00:19:52.354
  • the bigger picture.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]God knows where to put you,
  • 00:19:56.291 --> 00:19:59.561
  • God knows where to put you,He knows what He put in you,
  • 00:19:59.561 --> 00:20:00.362
  • He knows what He put in you,and He knows what He wants
  • 00:20:00.362 --> 00:20:02.664
  • and He knows what He wantsto do through you.
  • 00:20:02.664 --> 00:20:06.835
  • to do through you."So take Mary home, by faith,
  • 00:20:06.835 --> 00:20:07.469
  • "So take Mary home, by faith,and do what the angel
  • 00:20:07.469 --> 00:20:08.637
  • and do what the angelof the Lord commanded you
  • 00:20:08.637 --> 00:20:09.071
  • of the Lord commanded youto do."
  • 00:20:09.071 --> 00:20:09.671
  • to do."Not what you feel,
  • 00:20:09.671 --> 00:20:11.974
  • Not what you feel,or what you thought, or --
  • 00:20:11.974 --> 00:20:14.209
  • or what you thought, or --Switch the picture.
  • 00:20:14.209 --> 00:20:15.077
  • Switch the picture.Everyone standing.
  • 00:20:15.077 --> 00:20:16.979
  • Everyone standing.I wanna pray for people
  • 00:20:16.979 --> 00:20:19.014
  • I wanna pray for peoplethis Christmas season
  • 00:20:19.014 --> 00:20:23.986
  • this Christmas seasonwho need to switch the picture,
  • 00:20:23.986 --> 00:20:27.823
  • who need to switch the picture,switch the picture
  • 00:20:27.823 --> 00:20:28.924
  • switch the pictureand put God back
  • 00:20:28.924 --> 00:20:32.294
  • and put God backin the center of the frame.
  • 00:20:32.294 --> 00:20:32.894
  • in the center of the frame.Put His presence,
  • 00:20:32.894 --> 00:20:34.696
  • Put His presence,and His joy, and His peace --
  • 00:20:34.696 --> 00:20:38.066
  • and His joy, and His peace --see, when you understand
  • 00:20:38.066 --> 00:20:38.834
  • see, when you understandhow He came,
  • 00:20:38.834 --> 00:20:39.835
  • how He came,you can understand
  • 00:20:39.835 --> 00:20:42.604
  • you can understandwhy He came.
  • 00:20:42.604 --> 00:20:44.072
  • why He came.Please answer me.
  • 00:20:44.072 --> 00:20:45.007
  • Please answer me.Who was, this message,
  • 00:20:45.007 --> 00:20:45.941
  • Who was, this message,it was just for you?
  • 00:20:45.941 --> 00:20:46.575
  • it was just for you?It was just for you?
  • 00:20:46.575 --> 00:20:47.209
  • It was just for you?It was just for you?
  • 00:20:47.209 --> 00:20:49.444
  • It was just for you?Okay.
  • 00:20:49.444 --> 00:20:50.279
  • Okay.I'mma tell you three things
  • 00:20:50.279 --> 00:20:52.047
  • I'mma tell you three thingsabout how He came.
  • 00:20:52.047 --> 00:20:54.049
  • about how He came.I'll give them to you so quick.
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  • I'll give them to you so quick.Number one.
  • 00:20:55.584 --> 00:20:56.885
  • Number one.He came through someone
  • 00:20:56.885 --> 00:20:57.853
  • He came through someonethat everyone else thought
  • 00:20:57.853 --> 00:21:00.722
  • that everyone else thoughtwas insignificant.
  • 00:21:00.722 --> 00:21:01.323
  • was insignificant.So, the first word
  • 00:21:01.323 --> 00:21:01.890
  • So, the first wordyou need to know
  • 00:21:01.890 --> 00:21:02.724
  • you need to knowabout how He came
  • 00:21:02.724 --> 00:21:04.793
  • about how He cameis insignificant.
  • 00:21:04.793 --> 00:21:05.627
  • is insignificant.He did not come
  • 00:21:05.627 --> 00:21:06.762
  • He did not comethrough a matriarch
  • 00:21:06.762 --> 00:21:07.763
  • through a matriarchof royal lineage.
  • 00:21:07.763 --> 00:21:09.731
  • of royal lineage.He came through a little girl
  • 00:21:09.731 --> 00:21:10.899
  • He came through a little girlwho was so scared
  • 00:21:10.899 --> 00:21:12.100
  • who was so scaredthat when the angel came,
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:13.468
  • that when the angel came,she said, "How can this be?"
  • 00:21:13.468 --> 00:21:14.503
  • she said, "How can this be?"He came through someone
  • 00:21:14.503 --> 00:21:15.904
  • He came through someonewho saw no way that what
  • 00:21:15.904 --> 00:21:17.439
  • who saw no way that whatGod wanted to do for the world
  • 00:21:17.439 --> 00:21:18.507
  • God wanted to do for the worldcould happen through her.
  • 00:21:18.507 --> 00:21:21.209
  • could happen through her.And so it has always been.
  • 00:21:21.209 --> 00:21:22.511
  • And so it has always been.I know we get excited
  • 00:21:22.511 --> 00:21:24.579
  • I know we get excitedwhen an actor, or an actress,
  • 00:21:24.579 --> 00:21:26.648
  • when an actor, or an actress,or a celebrity, or a politician,
  • 00:21:26.648 --> 00:21:28.350
  • or a celebrity, or a politician,or rock star, or a rapper
  • 00:21:28.350 --> 00:21:30.185
  • or rock star, or a rappergets excited about Jesus,
  • 00:21:30.185 --> 00:21:31.320
  • gets excited about Jesus,but Christ is born
  • 00:21:31.320 --> 00:21:32.354
  • but Christ is bornin every heart that will
  • 00:21:32.354 --> 00:21:33.922
  • in every heart that willreceive Him by faith,
  • 00:21:33.922 --> 00:21:35.824
  • receive Him by faith,and God is using you
  • 00:21:35.824 --> 00:21:37.292
  • and God is using youif you are a coach,
  • 00:21:37.292 --> 00:21:38.593
  • if you are a coach,if you are a student,
  • 00:21:38.593 --> 00:21:41.263
  • if you are a student,if you are a businessman,
  • 00:21:41.263 --> 00:21:44.399
  • if you are a businessman,if you are a police officer,
  • 00:21:44.399 --> 00:21:45.434
  • if you are a police officer,if you are nothing more --
  • 00:21:45.434 --> 00:21:46.468
  • if you are nothing more --you're like, "I'm just a -- "
  • 00:21:46.468 --> 00:21:47.636
  • you're like, "I'm just a -- "Stop saying that.
  • 00:21:47.636 --> 00:21:49.938
  • Stop saying that.God always chooses to use
  • 00:21:49.938 --> 00:21:53.075
  • God always chooses to usewhat people deem insignificant.
  • 00:21:53.075 --> 00:21:54.176
  • what people deem insignificant.So, there is nothing
  • 00:21:54.176 --> 00:21:55.777
  • So, there is nothinginsignificant about your
  • 00:21:55.777 --> 00:21:57.679
  • insignificant about yourpieces for your picture.
  • 00:21:57.679 --> 00:22:00.082
  • pieces for your picture.That's number one.
  • 00:22:00.082 --> 00:22:01.750
  • That's number one.Number two.
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  • Number two.It was impossible.
  • 00:22:03.785 --> 00:22:06.254
  • It was impossible.It was a virgin womb.
  • 00:22:06.254 --> 00:22:06.955
  • It was a virgin womb.Because God wanted
  • 00:22:06.955 --> 00:22:07.923
  • Because God wantedto let you know
  • 00:22:07.923 --> 00:22:11.026
  • to let you knowthat impossible situations
  • 00:22:11.026 --> 00:22:11.860
  • that impossible situationsare the places
  • 00:22:11.860 --> 00:22:14.930
  • are the placeswhere faith is born.
  • 00:22:14.930 --> 00:22:15.797
  • where faith is born.So, if that is
  • 00:22:15.797 --> 00:22:17.566
  • So, if that isimpossible for you,
  • 00:22:17.566 --> 00:22:21.870
  • impossible for you,it is fertile for God.
  • 00:22:21.870 --> 00:22:23.238
  • it is fertile for God.If you understand how He came,
  • 00:22:23.238 --> 00:22:24.573
  • If you understand how He came,through a virgin womb --
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  • through a virgin womb --He didn't have to do that.
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  • He didn't have to do that.But He wanted you to know
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  • But He wanted you to knowif you are facing something
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  • if you are facing somethingwhere you don't see a way --
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  • where you don't see a way --if you don't' see it
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  • if you don't' see itbut He spoke it
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  • but He spoke itand you will believe it,
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  • and you will believe it,by faith it will come to pass.
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  • by faith it will come to pass.That's how He came.
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  • That's how He came.He came for impossible
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  • He came for impossiblesituations, broken hearts,
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  • situations, broken hearts,broken homes, broken lives.
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  • But what I love the most --
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  • But what I love the most --what I love the very most
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  • what I love the very mostis that it was intimate.
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  • is that it was intimate.He came in the most
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  • He came in the mostintimate way.
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  • intimate way.He was born of a virgin,
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  • He was born of a virgin,and He comes into your heart
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  • and He comes into your heartwhen you receive Him by faith.
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  • when you receive Him by faith.He longs to be personal with you
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  • He longs to be personal with youthis season.
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  • this season.But if you get
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  • But if you getsomebody else's picture
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  • somebody else's pictureand try to put something
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  • and try to put somethingtogether that's not in you,
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  • together that's not in you,you will miss His presence.
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  • you will miss His presence.He wants to speak to you,
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  • He wants to speak to you,use you, bless you,
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  • use you, bless you,help you.
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  • help you.This is personal.
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  • - Right now, in this moment,
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  • - Right now, in this moment,your life is being
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  • your life is beingsteered in a direction.
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  • steered in a direction.It may be toward your calling,
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  • It may be toward your calling,it may be away
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  • it may be awayfrom your calling.
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  • from your calling.But your life is being
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  • like a ship in the water.
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  • like a ship in the water.The destination is determined
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  • The destination is determinedby who or what is at the wheel.
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  • by who or what is at the wheel.If you're steering
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  • If you're steeringby your feelings,
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  • by your feelings,instead of by the spirit of God,
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  • instead of by the spirit of God,it's just a matter of time
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  • it's just a matter of timebefore you get off course.
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  • before you get off course.Sometimes, it happens slowly.
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  • Sometimes, it happens slowly.We don't even realize
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  • We don't even realizethe gradual drift.
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  • the gradual drift.Because, the world's gets us
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  • Because, the world's gets uswalking in its ways;
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  • walking in its ways;what we see, what we feel,
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  • what we see, what we feel,what we think.
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  • what we think.But as children of God,
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  • But as children of God,we have to learn how to
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  • because feelings come and go.
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  • because feelings come and go.I mean, one minute,
  • 00:24:21.723 --> 00:24:22.824
  • I mean, one minute,you're telling yourself that
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  • you're telling yourself thatyou can take on the world.
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  • you can take on the world.And the next minute,
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  • And the next minute,all you wanna do
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  • all you wanna dois get under the covers
  • 00:24:26.862 --> 00:24:28.129
  • is get under the coverswith some cookies.
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  • with some cookies.I know you know
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  • I know you knowwhat I'm saying.
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  • what I'm saying.God's truth
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  • God's truthis the only constant.
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  • is the only constant.It's time to fix your focus
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  • It's time to fix your focuson the provision of God
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  • on the provision of Godnot the lack in your life,
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  • not the lack in your life,the protection of God,
  • 00:24:38.373 --> 00:24:39.508
  • the protection of God,not the danger around you.
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  • not the danger around you.And the purposes of God
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  • And the purposes of Godinstead of whatever
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  • instead of whateverlittle urgent crisis
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  • little urgent crisispops up in your day.
  • 00:24:45.547 --> 00:24:46.681
  • pops up in your day.You can survive the storms
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  • - In a year that hasn't gone
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  • the way anyone expected,
  • 00:24:52.587 --> 00:24:53.388
  • it's easy to feel like
  • 00:24:53.388 --> 00:24:55.023
  • things won't get better.
  • 00:24:55.023 --> 00:24:55.991
  • For some, it feels like
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  • storm after storm.
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  • Situation after situation.
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  • Just surviving
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  • has been considered success,
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  • but what if there was a purpose
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  • in the storm?
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  • What if it's less about
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  • the reason all this happened,
  • 00:25:08.603 --> 00:25:09.304
  • and more about
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  • discovering who God is
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  • - None of us pictured this.
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  • - None of us pictured this.I know you didn't picture this.
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  • I know you didn't picture this.God isn't building your picture,
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  • God isn't building your picture,He's building His purpose.
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  • He's building His purpose.God has given you the power
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  • God has given you the powernot only to survive the storm,
  • 00:25:30.091 --> 00:25:31.026
  • not only to survive the storm,but He gave you the power
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  • but He gave you the powerfor miracles
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  • - In our new series,
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  • "Making Sense of Setbacks",
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  • Pastor Steven Furtick
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  • will help you discover
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  • that even when
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  • you can't make sense
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  • of the situations you face,
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  • God is still with you in them.
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  • Call today to request your copy
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  • - ♪ For if my God is for me ♪
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  • ♪ Then what have I to fear ♪
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  • ♪ And I will not deny ♪
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  • ♪ The glory that is His ♪
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  • ♪ Heaven will prevail ♪
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  • ♪ And strongholds ♪
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  • ♪ Will be moved ♪
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  • ♪ Spirits will be silenced ♪
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  • ♪ And cower at His rule ♪
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  • ♪ I know my God is for me ♪
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  • ♪ So what have I to fear ♪
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  • ♪ For nothing will deny Him ♪
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