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December 12, 2020
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Pastor Paul Daugherty and his wife Ashley lead a new generation with a practical; life-transforming message; a message of love; hope; healing and forgiveness.

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  • - God wants to supersedeyour prayer request.
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  • God knows that water will onlyhelp you for a little bit,
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  • what you reallyneed is deliverance.
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  • What good is it if Godpays off your debt,
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  • but you still havestrife in your house?
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  • What good is it ifGod gives you a car,
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  • but you're still addictedto all of these strongholds,
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  • the drugs, the alcohol,the sexual sins?
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  • Don't just ask me for the money,
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  • because what you reallyneed is deliverance.
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  • I'm Paul, you'rehere on purpose.
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  • God's not finished with you yet.
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  • Your best days areright in front of you.
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  • And you havevictory in your life
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  • because Jesus lives in you.
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  • (applause)
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  • The Israelites, thechildren of God,
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  • they were in need of a miracle.
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  • They needed God to do something.
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  • They were in a time of lack.
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  • They were in atime of deficiency.
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  • They needed God to show up.
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  • And the way thatGod showed up is
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  • that He asked themto do their part.
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  • Faith without worksis dead, right?
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  • And what we're gonnafind out today is
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  • that if we will show our faith,
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  • God will show His faithfulness.
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  • If we will dig the ditches,God will bring the rain.
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  • If we will preparefor the harvest,
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  • God will make surethat the harvest comes.
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  • If He knows He canget it through you,
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  • then He will absolutelyget it to you,
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  • whatever you're facing.
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  • And so in 2 Kings chapterthree, verse nine,
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  • the king of Israel,the king of Judah
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  • and the king ofEdom started out on
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  • what proved to be a loopingdetour, a looping detour.
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  • In other words, theywere going in circles,
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  • and they weren'tgetting anywhere.
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  • It seemed like everytime they thought they
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  • were getting close tosomewhere, it was just a detour.
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  • Have you ever felt like yourlife was just in a detour,
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  • that you were just goingin a looping detour?
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  • Some of us havebeen there before.
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  • And I remember, in college,
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  • there was a long, two-yearseason that felt like 20 years.
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  • Sometimes one year canfeel like 20 years,
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  • especially in 2020.
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  • But this was a season whereit just felt like I was
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  • in a looping detour.
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  • I was waiting on somethings I was praying for.
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  • I had been going to church.
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  • I'd been trying to do my best.
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  • And yet it seemed likeI was just in a detour,
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  • I was stuck in thislooping detour.
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  • That's where theIsraelites were.
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  • After seven days,they ran out of water.
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  • God let them run out of water.
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  • God didn't stopit from happening.
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  • Sometimes God will let youget to a place of deficiency,
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  • so that way you find out Heis your sole sufficiency.
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  • They ran out of water,they were dying,
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  • they were on a detour,they were discouraged,
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  • they were defeated,they were deflated,
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  • and then in verse 10,the king of Israel said,
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  • "Bad news, guys."
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  • We were like, "Yeah, we know."
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  • But watch what he does,he plays the blame game.
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  • Anytime you have a problem,
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  • we start looking forwho we can blame.
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  • Who got us into this mess?
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  • Who's the Jonah thatcaused the storm
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  • to come across this water?
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  • Who do we need tothrow off the boat?
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  • You know, who's the reason,
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  • who's the one who gotus into this difficulty?
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  • And as long as youkeep blaming people,
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  • you'll neverdiscover the answer.
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  • As long as you keep blamingGod, you'll never discover
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  • that God is not theauthor of your problems,
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  • He's the author of theanswer to your problems.
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  • That God wants to getinvolved in your problems.
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  • Instead of describingour problems to God,
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  • we should be invitingGod into our problems.
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  • So Jehoshaphat's says,"Isn't there a prophet?"
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  • There's one guy in thegroup named Jehoshaphat.
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  • He's the one guy thathas a spiritual backbone.
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  • He's got a connection with God.
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  • And he says, "Isn't therea prophet of God anywhere
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  • around here, throughwhom we can consult?"
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  • So one of the servants ofthe King of Israel said,
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  • "There is a man named Elisha.
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  • He was mentored by Elijah.
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  • And I know he'ssomewhere around here.
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  • In fact, he wasElijah's right-hand man.
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  • He watched Elijah turn on therain and turn off the rain.
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  • He watched Elijah callfire down from heaven.
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  • He watched Elijah do allthe mighty miracles."
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  • So there was this guy namedElisha and Jehoshaphat said,
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  • "Let's go get him.
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  • He's a man we can trust.Let's get this guy."
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  • So they come to Elishaand Elisha says,
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  • "What do you andI have in common?"
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  • He says this tothe king of Israel.
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  • "Go consult your puppet prophets
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  • that your father andmother consulted."
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  • I love Elisha is just,
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  • he doesn't care aboutbeing politically correct.
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  • He doesn't care aboutsugarcoating the truth.
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  • He's like, "Go talkto your puppets.
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  • Why are you comingto talk to me?
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  • You know I'm not gonnasugarcoat it for you."
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  • The king of Israel said, "Never.
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  • It's God's fault.
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  • God's the one who gotus into this debt.
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  • God's the one whomessed up our business.
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  • God's the one whomessed up our marriage.
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  • God's the one whomessed up our kids.
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  • God's the one who plaguedus with this virus."
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  • In other words, he's blamingGod for all of his problems.
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  • God got us into this mess.
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  • Watch what happensin the next verse.
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  • Elisha says, "As God ofthe angel armies lives
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  • and before whom Istand ready to serve,
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  • if it weren't for the respectthat I have for Jehoshaphat,
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  • I wouldn't give youthe time of day."
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  • He was, he was just gangster.
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  • I love Elisha.
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  • He was like, "I don't even,
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  • I don't even wannamess with you.
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  • I don't even wanna talk to you.
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  • But because you have aconnection with Jehoshaphat."
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  • Can I tell you something?
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  • The devil loves to make usfeel ashamed for our problems,
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  • loves to make us feel like wedon't deserve God's goodness.
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  • When you call on God, evenwhen you've missed it,
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  • God's character is notdependent on your character.
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  • God's goodness is not dependenton your great credit score.
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  • God's not looking, going,"Well, they've earned my favor.
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  • They've earned."
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  • God says, "When you callon My name, I answer.
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  • I'm close to the brokenhearted."
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  • God reaches out to thosewho have been faithless,
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  • even those who have not hadall the, done the right stuff.
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  • That's good news.
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  • You're at church,you're tuning in,
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  • God wants to meet your needs.
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  • God wants to show up.
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  • He wants to help you becauseyou have a high priest
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  • who is your lawyer,He's your attorney.
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  • He stands in front of you.
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  • He says, "I know this man's sin.
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  • I know this lady's sin, butI stand in front of them.
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  • I went to the crossfor their sin.
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  • I paid the price."
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  • In the New Testament,Jesus is our Jehoshaphat.
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  • He is the one whoconnects us to the favor
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  • that God wants to bring us.
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  • Some of us got it backwards,
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  • we think we got toearn God's favor.
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  • You just gotta believe in God,
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  • you gotta put your faith in God.
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  • You gotta trust in God.
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  • And so Elisha says,"Because of Jehoshaphat,
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  • I'm going to help you."
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  • But he says, "Bringme an instrumentalist.
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  • Bring me the music."
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  • There's somethingpowerful when preaching
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  • and music connect together.
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  • I want the bandto come out,
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  • because when I'm preachingand the band starts to play,
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  • there's something spiritualthat shifts in the room.
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  • There's a changein the atmosphere
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  • when it's just words to whenthe words connect with music.
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  • (soft instrumental music)
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  • Elisha says, "Bring,bring out the band,
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  • bring out the worship.
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  • Before I prophesy, Iwanna get the worship
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  • in front of these words.
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  • I wanna get the music in front
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  • of what God's about to speak."
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  • As the band began to play,he began to prophesy,
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  • he began to speak it out.
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  • And he said, "God's Word."
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  • Everybody say, God's Word.-God's Word.
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  • Stop listening to CNN's word,
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  • stop listening tothe doctor's word,
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  • stop listening tothe counselor's word,
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  • stop listening tohis word or her word
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  • or your friend'swords, God's word.
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  • And then he says, "Digditches, dig ditches.
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  • Don't just dig one ditch.
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  • Don't just dig two pitches,
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  • dig ditches allover this valley."
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  • I know you're in a valley,
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  • but God's about toturn this valley
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  • into an ocean of His provision.
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  • God's about to turn the holes
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  • that you're seeingall around you,
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  • the bankruptcy, the debt,
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  • God's about to turnyour deficiency
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  • into an all sufficiency.
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  • God's about to show upwhere you need a miracle.
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  • God says, "Dig ditches, digditches all over this valley,
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  • get your shovel out."
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  • And I could just hear thearmy saying, "This hard...
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  • this ground is hard,this ground is rocky.
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  • This won't be easy."
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  • Elisha said, "I know.
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  • But if you dig the ditches,
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  • God's gonna bring the rain.
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  • For every ditch that you dig,
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  • God's gonna pour out His favor.
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  • There's gonna be a flashflood of His miracles.
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  • There's gonna be a flashflood of His provision."
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  • But, Elisha, we've beencircling this desert for days.
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  • We've been on adetour for weeks.
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  • We've been out here andwe haven't seen anything.
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  • Elisha says, "God's Word."
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  • Everybody say God's Word.
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  • God's Word, God'sway, God's plan.
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  • Dig ditches, dig ditches.
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  • By this time tomorrow,
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  • the rain is going tofill up these ditches.
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  • You won't see the wind, youwon't even see the rain.
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  • The water's gonnacome out of nowhere,
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  • and everywhere thatyou've seen lack,
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  • everywhere that you'veseen deficiency,
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  • everywhere thatyou've seen problems,
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  • everywhere that you'vebeen having mental lapses,
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  • everywhere that you'vebeen having just bondages
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  • in your family, God'sabout to break through.
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  • And then he says,"This is an easy thing.
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  • This is an easy thing.
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  • You think this is hard?
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  • Zoom out for a moment.
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  • He says, "Your army willdrink to their full.
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  • Your animals willdrink to their fill.
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  • This is an easything for God to do.
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  • And not only is He gonna giveyou the water that you need,
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  • He's gonna give you thedeliverance that you need."
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  • See, you're asking for water,
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  • but God wants tosupersede your ask,
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  • God wants to supersedeyour prayer request.
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  • God knows that water will onlyhelp you for a little bit,
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  • what you reallyneed is deliverance.
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  • What good is it if Godpays off your debt,
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  • but you still havestrife in your house?
  • 00:09:25.181 --> 00:09:27.316
  • What good is it ifGod gives you a car,
  • 00:09:27.316 --> 00:09:29.318
  • but you're still addictedto all of these strongholds,
  • 00:09:29.318 --> 00:09:32.054
  • the drugs, the alcohol,the sexual sins?
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  • What good is it if God getsyou a college scholarship,
  • 00:09:34.624 --> 00:09:37.660
  • but you still havebondages in your life?
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  • God says, "I'llgive you the water.
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  • I'll pay for the scholarship,
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  • but I'm also gonnaheal your marriage.
  • 00:09:42.999 --> 00:09:44.900
  • I'll multiply your business,
  • 00:09:44.900 --> 00:09:46.435
  • but I'm gonna deliveryou from that addiction
  • 00:09:46.435 --> 00:09:48.537
  • that's so toxicon your marriage.
  • 00:09:48.537 --> 00:09:50.673
  • Don't just ask me for the money,
  • 00:09:50.673 --> 00:09:52.208
  • because what you reallyneed is deliverance.
  • 00:09:52.541 --> 00:09:54.977
  • You really need to getfree from the slavery
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  • that you've been wrappedup in for so long,
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  • ever since thatthing happened to you
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  • when you were five years old.
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  • You think water'sgonna fix your problem,
  • 00:10:02.084 --> 00:10:04.654
  • but what you needis you need healing
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  • from a father wound, fromwhat happened years ago,
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  • because I can pay off your debt.
  • 00:10:09.158 --> 00:10:11.293
  • But if you're still a slaveto that sin, then the,
  • 00:10:11.293 --> 00:10:14.363
  • then the money won'teven be enough."
  • 00:10:14.363 --> 00:10:16.766
  • The Israelites theywere asking for water,
  • 00:10:16.766 --> 00:10:19.535
  • but God says, "Yes, I cando that, and that's easy,
  • 00:10:19.535 --> 00:10:22.772
  • but I'm also gonnagive you freedom.
  • 00:10:22.772 --> 00:10:25.307
  • I'm going to give youvictory over the enemies
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  • that have been wreakinghavoc on your family.
  • 00:10:28.277 --> 00:10:30.813
  • I'm about to give youvictory over this virus
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  • that has sucked so muchlife out of your country,
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  • that has tried todeplete your economy,
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  • that's been messingwith your marriage,
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  • that's been messingwith your business.
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  • I'm about to give youvictory over this thing
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  • that has been tryingto eat away at you.
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  • I'm gonna restore
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  • to you everything thatthe devil stole."
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  • You think peoplecould get along?
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  • You think they canstop fighting,
  • 00:10:54.537 --> 00:10:56.238
  • stop killing each other?
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  • Do you think there's a future?
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  • Do you think there's revival?
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  • Ezekiel answers God, he says,
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  • "God, You're theonly one who knows.
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  • You're the only one who knowswhether these bones can live."
  • 00:11:05.014 --> 00:11:08.417
  • And God says, "Iknow what I know,
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  • but I wanna know what you know.
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  • I wanna know if you know thepower of your own words."
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  • - This building you'resitting in was a flood plain.
  • 00:12:21.090 --> 00:12:24.860
  • This was a soccerfield that would fill
  • 00:12:24.860 --> 00:12:26.629
  • up with rain all the time.
  • 00:12:26.629 --> 00:12:28.564
  • I used to play soccerwhere you're sitting,
  • 00:12:28.564 --> 00:12:30.166
  • in the very back, back there,
  • 00:12:30.166 --> 00:12:31.433
  • except for I wasdown about 300 feet.
  • 00:12:31.667 --> 00:12:33.869
  • There was nothing here.
  • 00:12:35.504 --> 00:12:36.939
  • This used to be a cowpasture across the street
  • 00:12:36.939 --> 00:12:39.041
  • from Oral Roberts University.
  • 00:12:39.041 --> 00:12:40.409
  • Before Oral RobertsUniversity was built,
  • 00:12:40.409 --> 00:12:42.344
  • it was a cow pasture,
  • 00:12:42.344 --> 00:12:44.079
  • until one guy startedto see something
  • 00:12:44.079 --> 00:12:46.015
  • that no one else could see.
  • 00:12:46.015 --> 00:12:48.017
  • That's what leaders do,
  • 00:12:48.017 --> 00:12:48.884
  • they see it beforeanyone else sees it.
  • 00:12:48.884 --> 00:12:50.853
  • You get it in your heartand you begin to believe.
  • 00:12:50.853 --> 00:12:52.888
  • And once you begin to believe,
  • 00:12:52.888 --> 00:12:54.423
  • God causes the universe toconspire on your behalf,
  • 00:12:54.423 --> 00:12:58.394
  • to say, "That man rightthere has a vision
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  • to build a spirit-filleduniversity,
  • 00:13:00.830 --> 00:13:03.132
  • that's gonna raise upyoung men and women.
  • 00:13:03.132 --> 00:13:05.167
  • That young girl overthere has a vision
  • 00:13:05.167 --> 00:13:07.570
  • to save the Israelitesfrom a holocaust
  • 00:13:07.636 --> 00:13:10.206
  • that's about to happen.
  • 00:13:10.206 --> 00:13:11.407
  • God's looking for peoplethat will partner with Him
  • 00:13:13.008 --> 00:13:15.044
  • to have a vision, tobelieve for the impossible.
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  • How do you dig a ditch?You dig with believing.
  • 00:13:18.214 --> 00:13:20.583
  • Number one, yougotta believe it,
  • 00:13:20.583 --> 00:13:22.084
  • before you even dig the ditch.
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  • The Israelites had to believe
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  • that what Elisha said was true.
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  • It all starts with believing.
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  • Mark chapter nine saysanyone who believes
  • 00:13:29.892 --> 00:13:32.962
  • that anything ispossible, it will happen.
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  • If you can believe it,God can achieve it.
  • 00:13:35.464 --> 00:13:38.500
  • Here's what I realized,the older I got,
  • 00:13:38.500 --> 00:13:39.902
  • the more that I began topray, the more I realized,
  • 00:13:40.002 --> 00:13:42.204
  • what I need to askfor is I need to ask
  • 00:13:42.204 --> 00:13:44.306
  • that God would be glorifiedthrough whatever it is
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  • that I'm believing for,
  • 00:13:47.343 --> 00:13:49.044
  • that whatever it iswe're believing for.
  • 00:13:49.044 --> 00:13:50.412
  • So I started prayingmore mature prayers.
  • 00:13:50.412 --> 00:13:53.482
  • I started praying,"Lord, open my eyes
  • 00:13:53.482 --> 00:13:55.417
  • to see the peoplethat I need to bless,
  • 00:13:55.417 --> 00:13:57.586
  • and help me to becourageous enough,
  • 00:13:58.287 --> 00:14:00.322
  • generous enough,that when You tell me
  • 00:14:00.322 --> 00:14:03.359
  • to give that $20 bill,
  • 00:14:03.359 --> 00:14:04.927
  • when You tell me to giveaway my favorite coat,
  • 00:14:05.594 --> 00:14:08.230
  • when You tell me to pay forJuan's part of the trip,
  • 00:14:08.964 --> 00:14:12.334
  • when You tell me to help outthat family that's in need,
  • 00:14:12.401 --> 00:14:15.104
  • when You tell me togive my savings away,
  • 00:14:15.604 --> 00:14:17.306
  • because that's what happened.
  • 00:14:17.306 --> 00:14:19.408
  • I had saved up all thismoney to buy Ashley a ring.
  • 00:14:19.408 --> 00:14:23.245
  • And I had saved upall of this money
  • 00:14:23.245 --> 00:14:25.247
  • for a down paymenton our first condo
  • 00:14:25.247 --> 00:14:27.983
  • that we would, wewould move into.
  • 00:14:27.983 --> 00:14:30.519
  • And God said,"Give it all away."
  • 00:14:30.519 --> 00:14:32.154
  • See, you believeGod for greater,
  • 00:14:34.023 --> 00:14:35.658
  • and then God asks youto sacrifice, and I did.
  • 00:14:35.658 --> 00:14:40.029
  • You say, "Thatseems kinda crazy."
  • 00:14:40.696 --> 00:14:42.765
  • But I knew that was justa ditch that I was digging.
  • 00:14:44.566 --> 00:14:48.570
  • I was putting seed into soil.
  • 00:14:49.605 --> 00:14:51.540
  • And when I sowed that seedinto the kid's building,
  • 00:14:53.175 --> 00:14:56.278
  • in 2007, I sowed it.
  • 00:14:56.278 --> 00:14:59.181
  • My dad cast a vision thatwe would build this building
  • 00:14:59.181 --> 00:15:03.385
  • that now VictoryChristian School
  • 00:15:03.385 --> 00:15:04.853
  • is now beginning to occupy
  • 00:15:04.853 --> 00:15:06.355
  • because Victory ChristianSchool Elementary is continuing
  • 00:15:06.388 --> 00:15:08.724
  • to just grow, and moreand more kids are coming
  • 00:15:08.724 --> 00:15:11.093
  • from all different places,
  • 00:15:11.093 --> 00:15:13.162
  • because they're lookingfor a Christian education,
  • 00:15:13.162 --> 00:15:15.431
  • a place where they can getraised in the Word of God
  • 00:15:15.431 --> 00:15:18.167
  • and the presence of God,with the power of God.
  • 00:15:18.167 --> 00:15:20.469
  • And some of you, you'rebelieving for a scholarship
  • 00:15:21.003 --> 00:15:22.871
  • to Victory Christian School.
  • 00:15:22.871 --> 00:15:24.340
  • I believe God's about tosupersede your expectations.
  • 00:15:24.340 --> 00:15:27.710
  • I believe that ifyou dig the ditch,
  • 00:15:27.710 --> 00:15:29.511
  • God will bring the rain.
  • 00:15:29.511 --> 00:15:30.746
  • Some of you go, "Thathappens for certain people,
  • 00:15:31.880 --> 00:15:34.016
  • but not for me."
  • 00:15:34.016 --> 00:15:35.050
  • Stop discounting yourself.
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:37.386
  • Stop throwing away your shovel.
  • 00:15:37.386 --> 00:15:39.888
  • That's what you're doing.
  • 00:15:39.888 --> 00:15:41.690
  • God's handed you a shovel.
  • 00:15:41.690 --> 00:15:43.892
  • And He's saying, "Man,if you did the ditch."
  • 00:15:43.892 --> 00:15:45.661
  • But, God, you don't see my soil.
  • 00:15:45.661 --> 00:15:48.163
  • My soil is rocky.
  • 00:15:48.163 --> 00:15:49.999
  • Have you seen mykids? They're crazy.
  • 00:15:49.999 --> 00:15:52.801
  • Have you, have youtalked to my wife?
  • 00:15:52.801 --> 00:15:54.670
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:15:55.404 --> 00:15:58.874
  • She's amazing.
  • 00:15:58.874 --> 00:16:00.175
  • (congregation laughingand applauding)
  • 00:16:00.175 --> 00:16:04.146
  • Have you met my?
  • 00:16:04.146 --> 00:16:05.447
  • (laughs)
  • 00:16:05.447 --> 00:16:06.248
  • Anyways, the bottomline is this,
  • 00:16:06.248 --> 00:16:07.816
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:16:07.816 --> 00:16:08.917
  • God says, "I didn't askyou if your soil is hard,
  • 00:16:09.518 --> 00:16:12.121
  • I asked you to dig the ditch.
  • 00:16:12.121 --> 00:16:13.655
  • I didn't ask you if youwere handed a bad card,
  • 00:16:15.557 --> 00:16:18.127
  • I didn't ask you if you grew up
  • 00:16:18.127 --> 00:16:19.194
  • on the wrong side of the tracks,
  • 00:16:19.194 --> 00:16:20.229
  • I didn't ask you what bad thingshave happened in your life,
  • 00:16:20.396 --> 00:16:23.832
  • I just asked you todig a ditch today.
  • 00:16:23.832 --> 00:16:25.768
  • I can't, I can't changewhat happened yesterday,
  • 00:16:26.402 --> 00:16:29.438
  • but if you want somethingdifferent to happen tomorrow,
  • 00:16:29.438 --> 00:16:31.673
  • then you gotta dosomething different today.
  • 00:16:31.673 --> 00:16:33.442
  • You gotta stop complainingabout the lack in your life,
  • 00:16:33.442 --> 00:16:36.278
  • and you gotta start diggingsome ditches with your faith.
  • 00:16:36.278 --> 00:16:38.847
  • You gotta start believingme for greater things.
  • 00:16:38.847 --> 00:16:41.150
  • You gotta startexercising your faith."
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:43.552
  • You've gotta believe God.
  • 00:16:44.053 --> 00:16:45.721
  • Mark 11 says anyone whobelieves that this mountain
  • 00:16:45.721 --> 00:16:48.157
  • would be cast into the sea,
  • 00:16:48.157 --> 00:16:49.958
  • and says it withoutdoubt in their heart,
  • 00:16:49.958 --> 00:16:51.693
  • it will happen for them.
  • 00:16:51.693 --> 00:16:53.729
  • But you gottabelieve it in here.
  • 00:16:53.729 --> 00:16:55.964
  • You gotta believe it in here.
  • 00:16:55.964 --> 00:16:57.299
  • By the way, I sowedthat entire savings
  • 00:16:58.967 --> 00:17:01.470
  • into the building thatwas needed at that time.
  • 00:17:01.470 --> 00:17:04.640
  • My grandma and mydad both called me.
  • 00:17:04.640 --> 00:17:07.843
  • And they said, "We saw youroffering come in, Paul,
  • 00:17:08.610 --> 00:17:14.983
  • are you sure youhave that money?
  • 00:17:14.983 --> 00:17:17.352
  • Is this check gonna bounce?"
  • 00:17:17.352 --> 00:17:19.154
  • I was like, "I'm good for it.
  • 00:17:19.154 --> 00:17:21.423
  • I'm good for it."
  • 00:17:21.423 --> 00:17:22.458
  • And they said, "Are yousure you're supposed
  • 00:17:24.326 --> 00:17:25.627
  • to give all your savings?
  • 00:17:25.627 --> 00:17:27.296
  • Aren't you getting readyto propose to Ashley?"
  • 00:17:27.296 --> 00:17:29.131
  • I said, "God's got it."
  • 00:17:29.131 --> 00:17:31.066
  • And they were like, "Wow,we're surprised by your faith."
  • 00:17:31.066 --> 00:17:33.302
  • I was like, God's got it."
  • 00:17:33.602 --> 00:17:35.104
  • In less than one year,
  • 00:17:35.104 --> 00:17:37.039
  • God multiplied what Ihad in that savings.
  • 00:17:37.039 --> 00:17:39.141
  • What took me 20 yearsto save up as a kid,
  • 00:17:39.141 --> 00:17:41.944
  • from all the lawns Ihad mowed, from all...
  • 00:17:41.944 --> 00:17:43.645
  • I was a realtor, from allthe jobs I had worked,
  • 00:17:43.645 --> 00:17:45.547
  • I was Rudy the Roosterfor the Tulsa 66ers.
  • 00:17:45.614 --> 00:17:48.250
  • I used to have likeeight different jobs.
  • 00:17:48.250 --> 00:17:49.852
  • I was a mascot, I wasall kinds of stuff.
  • 00:17:49.852 --> 00:17:51.954
  • I got paid like 20 bucks a game.
  • 00:17:51.954 --> 00:17:53.589
  • Anyways, bottom line is this.
  • 00:17:53.589 --> 00:17:54.957
  • It took me 20 years tosave up all of that.
  • 00:17:54.957 --> 00:17:57.559
  • In less than one year,
  • 00:17:57.559 --> 00:17:58.760
  • God multiplied it threetimes into the account.
  • 00:17:58.760 --> 00:18:01.530
  • (congregation cheeringand applauding)
  • 00:18:01.530 --> 00:18:02.798
  • And you might go, "Well, thatdoesn't happen for everyone."
  • 00:18:02.798 --> 00:18:05.100
  • See, Hollywood, thereare so many people
  • 00:18:05.868 --> 00:18:08.203
  • who aren't even Christianswho have discovered
  • 00:18:08.203 --> 00:18:10.038
  • the power of believing.
  • 00:18:10.038 --> 00:18:12.107
  • And they're trying totap into some Hindu,
  • 00:18:12.107 --> 00:18:14.409
  • you know, Buddha like some,some other humanistic, it's God.
  • 00:18:14.409 --> 00:18:18.881
  • God is the Creator.
  • 00:18:18.881 --> 00:18:20.482
  • God spoke in thebeginning of Genesis.
  • 00:18:20.482 --> 00:18:23.185
  • He got it in His heart.
  • 00:18:23.185 --> 00:18:24.553
  • I see a sun, let there be light.
  • 00:18:24.553 --> 00:18:26.788
  • I see stars, let therebe stars in the sky.
  • 00:18:26.788 --> 00:18:29.458
  • I see a giraffe, ;let therebe animals on the land
  • 00:18:29.458 --> 00:18:31.894
  • and fish in the sea.
  • 00:18:31.894 --> 00:18:33.128
  • He got it in here, andthen He spoke it out there.
  • 00:18:33.128 --> 00:18:35.731
  • What was he doing? Hewas digging ditches.
  • 00:18:35.731 --> 00:18:37.633
  • And sure enough,the universe filled
  • 00:18:37.633 --> 00:18:39.568
  • up with every singlething that God saw in here
  • 00:18:39.568 --> 00:18:42.504
  • and spoke out here.
  • 00:18:42.504 --> 00:18:43.772
  • The second thing you gottado to dig is you gotta speak.
  • 00:18:43.872 --> 00:18:47.209
  • 2 Corinthians five says,
  • 00:18:47.209 --> 00:18:48.377
  • "We believe andtherefore we speak."
  • 00:18:48.377 --> 00:18:50.379
  • If you believe it, thenrelease it out of your mouth.
  • 00:18:50.379 --> 00:18:52.948
  • Begin to declare it.
  • 00:18:53.615 --> 00:18:54.650
  • Ezekiel 37, I wantthe keys to come out.
  • 00:18:54.750 --> 00:18:56.451
  • Ezekiel 37, 'cause, you know,I preach better with the band.
  • 00:18:56.618 --> 00:18:59.788
  • Ezekiel 37, God brings thisprophet out to this valley.
  • 00:19:00.355 --> 00:19:04.927
  • And He says, "What do you see?"
  • 00:19:05.460 --> 00:19:06.528
  • He said, "I see dry bones,dead, dry, stale bones."
  • 00:19:06.528 --> 00:19:09.698
  • That's what some ofyou see right now
  • 00:19:09.798 --> 00:19:10.966
  • in your current season,dead, dry, stale.
  • 00:19:10.966 --> 00:19:13.769
  • And God says, "Can thesebones live, Ezekiel?"
  • 00:19:15.170 --> 00:19:18.407
  • That's an interesting thing,
  • 00:19:18.407 --> 00:19:19.541
  • that God would consult a man,
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  • that God would ask a human,who's flawed, who's not perfect.
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  • Ezekiel was not theMessiah, he was just a guy.
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  • And yet God says, "Ezekiel,what do you think?
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  • You think the situationcould turn around?
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  • What do you think about this?
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  • What do you think about America?
  • 00:19:38.961 --> 00:19:41.096
  • Is there hope?
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  • You think peoplecould get along?
  • 00:19:42.664 --> 00:19:44.533
  • You think they canstop fighting,
  • 00:19:44.533 --> 00:19:46.335
  • stop killing each other?
  • 00:19:46.335 --> 00:19:48.136
  • Do you think there's a future?
  • 00:19:48.136 --> 00:19:50.339
  • Do you think there's revival?
  • 00:19:50.339 --> 00:19:51.440
  • Ezekiel answers God, he says,
  • 00:19:51.640 --> 00:19:53.108
  • "God, You're theonly one who knows.
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  • You're the only one who knowswhether these bones can live."
  • 00:19:55.177 --> 00:19:58.513
  • And God says, "Iknow what I know,
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  • but I wanna know what you know.
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  • I wanna know if you knowthe power of your own words.
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  • 'Cause I know how tospeak to dead, dry things.
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  • I know how to speak lifewhere there's death.
  • 00:20:10.826 --> 00:20:13.395
  • I know how to speak lightwhere there's darkness,
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  • but I wanna see you speak."
  • 00:20:15.831 --> 00:20:17.699
  • That's what God said to Ezekiel.
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  • He said, "I want you toprophesy over the dead,
  • 00:20:18.934 --> 00:20:22.070
  • dry bones in front ofyou, because these dead,
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:25.207
  • dry bones representyour country right now.
  • 00:20:25.207 --> 00:20:27.843
  • It represents what's going on.
  • 00:20:27.843 --> 00:20:29.344
  • Your country is in so muchdivision, so much strife.
  • 00:20:29.344 --> 00:20:32.414
  • And I'm looking forsomeone who will open up,
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  • someone who will stand up,someone who will speak up,
  • 00:20:35.651 --> 00:20:38.220
  • someone who will prophesy.
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  • Stop cursing the darknessand start lighting a match.
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  • Dig into the fallowground of your country,
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  • and believe that I pourout the rain of my revival,
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  • that I will pour outthe rain of my Spirit,
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  • that it will be a flash floodof people coming back to God."
  • 00:20:51.400 --> 00:20:55.737
  • So Ezekiel began to prophesy,"Bones, come together.
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  • Skin, come on the bones.
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  • Muscles and tendons,come on the skin.
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  • Stand up, O bones."
  • 00:21:06.214 --> 00:21:08.617
  • And as Ezekielbegan to prophesy,
  • 00:21:08.617 --> 00:21:11.053
  • every single thing thathe said came to pass.
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  • The bones came together,the skin came on.
  • 00:21:13.255 --> 00:21:15.157
  • You can read Ezekiel 37.
  • 00:21:15.157 --> 00:21:16.858
  • And God said, "This isthe vision for Israel.
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  • I'm about to revive whatthe world has said is over,
  • 00:21:19.628 --> 00:21:22.864
  • what the world has said is done,
  • 00:21:22.864 --> 00:21:24.766
  • what the doctorsaid is impossible."
  • 00:21:24.766 --> 00:21:26.935
  • I speak a life overyou in Jesus' name
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  • in the hospital room.
  • 00:21:29.504 --> 00:21:30.772
  • What the physicians and thenurses said cannot even happen,
  • 00:21:30.772 --> 00:21:33.809
  • it's impossible, there's no way,
  • 00:21:33.809 --> 00:21:35.777
  • scientifically, youcan't get pregnant.
  • 00:21:35.777 --> 00:21:38.080
  • What people said wouldnever happen, God says,
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  • "If you'll dig the ditches,and if you'll start believing,
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  • if you'll start speaking,if you'll stop just agreeing
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  • with every negativereport in your life,
  • 00:21:46.288 --> 00:21:48.190
  • if you'll start standing upand speaking a word of faith
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:51.093
  • in the midst of fear."
  • 00:21:51.093 --> 00:21:52.728
  • You see, fear and faith,both ask the same question,
  • 00:21:52.728 --> 00:21:55.230
  • they ask you tobelieve in something
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  • that hasn't happened yet.
  • 00:21:56.398 --> 00:21:57.566
  • Fear says, "Believe that theeconomy is gonna get worse.
  • 00:21:58.734 --> 00:22:01.269
  • Believe that thingswon't get better.
  • 00:22:01.269 --> 00:22:02.871
  • Believe you're going to notget out of this hospital bed."
  • 00:22:02.871 --> 00:22:05.307
  • Fear asks you tobelieve, it really does.
  • 00:22:05.307 --> 00:22:08.176
  • And so many people buyinto the belief of fear.
  • 00:22:08.176 --> 00:22:11.012
  • They buy into the beliefof stress and anxiety,
  • 00:22:11.012 --> 00:22:13.482
  • and accept the worstpossible negative report.
  • 00:22:13.482 --> 00:22:16.318
  • So one, you gotta believe,two, you gotta speak,
  • 00:22:17.285 --> 00:22:19.821
  • three, you gotta act on it.
  • 00:22:19.821 --> 00:22:21.890
  • I think about the woman whopressed through the crowd
  • 00:22:21.890 --> 00:22:23.892
  • to get her miracle.
  • 00:22:23.892 --> 00:22:25.293
  • What was she doing? Shewas acting with faith.
  • 00:22:25.293 --> 00:22:27.396
  • She believed, if I can justtouch the hem of His garment,
  • 00:22:27.396 --> 00:22:29.831
  • if I can just dig one ditch.
  • 00:22:30.799 --> 00:22:32.734
  • Remember, Elishasaid, "Dig ditches."
  • 00:22:33.969 --> 00:22:36.905
  • Everybody say, ditches.
  • 00:22:36.905 --> 00:22:38.306
  • - [Congregation] Ditches.
  • 00:22:38.306 --> 00:22:39.875
  • - Dig ditches.
  • 00:22:39.875 --> 00:22:40.976
  • If you dig the ditches,God will bring the rain.
  • 00:22:43.111 --> 00:22:46.214
  • God is the one whoproduces the rain,
  • 00:22:46.214 --> 00:22:48.183
  • but He asks you todig the ditches.
  • 00:22:48.183 --> 00:22:51.620
  • I think about thiscouple that I knew
  • 00:22:51.620 --> 00:22:53.021
  • that was trying to get pregnant.
  • 00:22:53.021 --> 00:22:54.322
  • For seven years, theyhad miscarriages.
  • 00:22:54.322 --> 00:22:56.792
  • The doctors said, "It'sjust not gonna happen.
  • 00:22:57.492 --> 00:22:59.294
  • It's not in the cards foryou guys to have a kid.
  • 00:22:59.628 --> 00:23:02.397
  • Biologically, you could adopt,
  • 00:23:02.397 --> 00:23:04.032
  • you could go throughthe process."
  • 00:23:04.032 --> 00:23:06.435
  • But they held onto that prayer.
  • 00:23:06.435 --> 00:23:08.069
  • I remember going up tothem and asking them,
  • 00:23:08.069 --> 00:23:09.971
  • "How's things goingon, you know, adoption,
  • 00:23:09.971 --> 00:23:12.174
  • and on getting a kid?"
  • 00:23:12.174 --> 00:23:14.109
  • And they said, "Wefinished the baby room."
  • 00:23:14.109 --> 00:23:16.378
  • I was like, "You did?
  • 00:23:16.378 --> 00:23:17.579
  • So you got a baby?"
  • 00:23:17.579 --> 00:23:18.480
  • And they were like, "Not yet."
  • 00:23:18.480 --> 00:23:20.081
  • I was like, "So, soyou're in the process
  • 00:23:20.081 --> 00:23:21.783
  • of adopting a foster baby or?"
  • 00:23:21.817 --> 00:23:24.786
  • They said, "Not yet."
  • 00:23:24.786 --> 00:23:26.254
  • I said, "Are you pregnant?"
  • 00:23:26.254 --> 00:23:27.656
  • They said, "Not yet."
  • 00:23:27.656 --> 00:23:29.024
  • And I said, "So howdid, how did you, what,
  • 00:23:31.493 --> 00:23:35.597
  • what gave you the,what made you decide
  • 00:23:35.597 --> 00:23:38.400
  • to build the baby room?"
  • 00:23:38.400 --> 00:23:39.768
  • They said, "We're gettingready for the baby.
  • 00:23:39.768 --> 00:23:42.003
  • We're getting readyfor our baby."
  • 00:23:46.174 --> 00:23:47.943
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:23:47.943 --> 00:23:51.046
  • I said, "I'm about to cry."
  • 00:23:51.046 --> 00:23:52.614
  • I said, "If you got thefaith to believe it,
  • 00:23:52.614 --> 00:23:55.550
  • if you got the shovel, ifyou're gonna dig the ditch,
  • 00:23:55.550 --> 00:23:58.820
  • then God's gonna meet you."
  • 00:23:58.820 --> 00:24:00.689
  • Show me your faith and I'llshow you His faithfulness.
  • 00:24:00.689 --> 00:24:03.358
  • Show me your ditch digging.
  • 00:24:04.826 --> 00:24:06.828
  • It's hard to dig ditches
  • 00:24:06.828 --> 00:24:08.129
  • when you've beentold it's impossible,
  • 00:24:08.129 --> 00:24:09.898
  • when the doctorssay it's impossible.
  • 00:24:09.898 --> 00:24:11.967
  • Start believingfor the impossible.
  • 00:24:11.967 --> 00:24:14.336
  • Stand up on yourfeet this morning.
  • 00:24:14.336 --> 00:24:16.304
  • You know what's so crazy?
  • 00:24:16.304 --> 00:24:17.372
  • As they dug their ditches,and they just didn't dig one,
  • 00:24:17.506 --> 00:24:21.009
  • I love that theydug their ditches
  • 00:24:22.577 --> 00:24:24.045
  • and God would bring the water,
  • 00:24:24.045 --> 00:24:25.380
  • but He would alsobring the deliverance.
  • 00:24:25.380 --> 00:24:26.882
  • It says, in themorning, verse 20,
  • 00:24:27.148 --> 00:24:29.317
  • in the morning, afterthey had been digging,
  • 00:24:29.317 --> 00:24:31.219
  • at the hour ofmorning sacrifice,
  • 00:24:31.219 --> 00:24:33.421
  • the water had arrived.
  • 00:24:33.421 --> 00:24:35.190
  • Man, I just felt ashift in the room.
  • 00:24:35.190 --> 00:24:37.125
  • The water showed up.
  • 00:24:37.125 --> 00:24:39.027
  • The water came pouringin from the west.
  • 00:24:39.027 --> 00:24:41.363
  • From Edom, the water came.
  • 00:24:41.363 --> 00:24:42.797
  • Like a flash flood, the waterbegan to fill the valley.
  • 00:24:42.797 --> 00:24:46.735
  • Every hole was filled,
  • 00:24:46.735 --> 00:24:48.236
  • every ditch was filled,every cavern was filled,
  • 00:24:48.236 --> 00:24:51.406
  • every crack was filled.
  • 00:24:51.406 --> 00:24:52.974
  • Not only that, but Godbegan to give them victory
  • 00:24:52.974 --> 00:24:55.977
  • over their enemies.
  • 00:24:55.977 --> 00:24:56.878
  • He handed the Moabitesinto their hands.
  • 00:24:56.878 --> 00:24:59.014
  • They began to takeback everything
  • 00:24:59.014 --> 00:25:00.715
  • that had been stolen from them,
  • 00:25:00.715 --> 00:25:02.117
  • everything thathad depleted them.
  • 00:25:02.183 --> 00:25:04.252
  • It's like that couple that wasgetting the baby room ready.
  • 00:25:04.252 --> 00:25:06.421
  • I forgot to tell you,they got pregnant.
  • 00:25:06.421 --> 00:25:08.557
  • It was a miracle.
  • 00:25:08.557 --> 00:25:09.758
  • They have a baby.
  • 00:25:09.758 --> 00:25:10.959
  • That room is full, now,of laughter and crying
  • 00:25:10.959 --> 00:25:14.429
  • and diaper changingand stinky diapers.
  • 00:25:14.429 --> 00:25:17.666
  • And they're praising God becausethey knew what it was like
  • 00:25:17.666 --> 00:25:21.169
  • to dig while they werewaiting for the rain.
  • 00:25:21.169 --> 00:25:23.605
  • Hey, friend, it's timeto dig some ditches.
  • 00:25:24.606 --> 00:25:27.442
  • I don't know whatyou're believing for,
  • 00:25:27.442 --> 00:25:29.077
  • what you're asking God for.
  • 00:25:29.077 --> 00:25:30.745
  • Maybe it's a dream, maybeit's a desire in your heart,
  • 00:25:30.745 --> 00:25:33.214
  • maybe you forgot about it.
  • 00:25:33.214 --> 00:25:34.683
  • Maybe you're watchingright now and you go,
  • 00:25:34.683 --> 00:25:36.117
  • "I don't know if Godreally wants me to live
  • 00:25:36.117 --> 00:25:38.153
  • with that kind of faith."
  • 00:25:38.186 --> 00:25:39.421
  • I'm telling you rightnow, you can live in fear,
  • 00:25:39.421 --> 00:25:42.524
  • or you can live in faith.
  • 00:25:42.524 --> 00:25:43.992
  • You can live with apathy, oryou can live with expectancy
  • 00:25:43.992 --> 00:25:47.896
  • and excitement about life.
  • 00:25:47.896 --> 00:25:49.764
  • I would rather live withexpectancy, faith, and hope,
  • 00:25:49.764 --> 00:25:53.468
  • than live in a ditch offear and apathy and laziness
  • 00:25:53.468 --> 00:25:57.238
  • and not doing anythingto prepare for my future.
  • 00:25:57.238 --> 00:25:59.674
  • So, I wanna encourage you today,
  • 00:25:59.674 --> 00:26:01.109
  • choose which sideyou wanna live on.
  • 00:26:01.109 --> 00:26:03.044
  • Why not live with faith?Why not dig some ditches?
  • 00:26:03.044 --> 00:26:05.814
  • Why not prepare yourheart for the blessings,
  • 00:26:05.814 --> 00:26:08.516
  • the promises, the victories,the dreams fulfilled
  • 00:26:08.516 --> 00:26:12.187
  • that God wants tobring into your life?
  • 00:26:12.187 --> 00:26:14.422
  • Like you saw in the message,
  • 00:26:14.422 --> 00:26:15.857
  • one of my friends was praying
  • 00:26:15.857 --> 00:26:17.192
  • that one day theywould get pregnant,
  • 00:26:17.192 --> 00:26:18.793
  • that they would have a child.
  • 00:26:18.793 --> 00:26:20.261
  • Doctors said it's impossible,you'll never get pregnant.
  • 00:26:20.261 --> 00:26:22.897
  • But just like youheard in the sermon,
  • 00:26:22.897 --> 00:26:24.532
  • they built a room for that baby.
  • 00:26:24.532 --> 00:26:26.701
  • They began to pray, they evengot a name for that baby.
  • 00:26:26.701 --> 00:26:29.237
  • And after seven years,they got pregnant.
  • 00:26:29.237 --> 00:26:31.172
  • They saw the promise fulfilled.
  • 00:26:31.172 --> 00:26:33.274
  • What were they doing?
  • 00:26:33.274 --> 00:26:33.942
  • They were digging ditcheswith their prayers.
  • 00:26:34.242 --> 00:26:35.910
  • They were getting theirfaith in a radical way
  • 00:26:35.910 --> 00:26:38.213
  • of preparing for the miracle.
  • 00:26:38.213 --> 00:26:40.315
  • I wanna encourage you today,
  • 00:26:40.315 --> 00:26:41.349
  • never stop believing that Godcan do a miracle in your life.
  • 00:26:41.583 --> 00:26:44.319
  • Pray this with me right now.
  • 00:26:44.319 --> 00:26:45.353
  • Just say Jesus, helpme to live with faith.
  • 00:26:45.353 --> 00:26:48.556
  • Help me to overcomedoubt and unbelief.
  • 00:26:48.556 --> 00:26:51.393
  • Help me to believe thatnothing is impossible for You.
  • 00:26:51.393 --> 00:26:54.329
  • In Jesus' name, amen.
  • 00:26:54.329 --> 00:26:56.431
  • Hey, we love you,we're praying for you.
  • 00:26:56.431 --> 00:26:58.333
  • Never forget, your best daysare right in front of you.
  • 00:26:58.333 --> 00:27:00.568
  • If you're ever in Tulsa,
  • 00:27:00.802 --> 00:27:01.803
  • come to one of our services,
  • 00:27:01.803 --> 00:27:03.304
  • right here in Tulsa,Oklahoma, at Victory Church.
  • 00:27:03.304 --> 00:27:06.174
  • We got church happeninglive in person,
  • 00:27:06.174 --> 00:27:08.910
  • or you can join usonline at Victory.com.
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  • Again, God bless you.
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  • Have an amazingrest of your week.
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