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January 31, 2021
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The Winning Walk is the international teaching ministry of Dr. Ed Young.

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  • Dr. Ed Young: And as we lookback on Solomon,
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  • this as you may know was hisautobiography, his memoirs,
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  • and he has walked us througha tough, tough place.
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  • He is talk aboutmeaninglessness, and he says,
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  • "I've tried power, possessions,pleasure, projects."
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  • He said, "I've done everythingI can do under the sun
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  • "to find some meaningin life," and he says,
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  • "Let me tell you whatI've found, zero, zilch!"
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  • He says, "Life is nonsense.
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  • "Life is silly.
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  • "Life has no permanent value."
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  • Now if you're not depressed yet,
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • you haven't been hereas we walk through
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  • these first six Chapters.
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  • Man, it's a downer!
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  • And people wonderwhy in the world
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  • we're studying Ecclesiastes.
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  • It is a Book ofsheer philosophy.
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  • And a lot of scholars say,
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  • "How in the worlddid this Book end up
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  • "in the Bible, in the Canon?"
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  • Sheer philosophy!
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  • It's because Ecclesiastesalmost forces you,
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  • and forces me to ask somebig, hairy, pregnant,
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  • strong questions that wenormally would not ask.
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  • Now we're going on therest of Chapter Seven,
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  • and he pushes us rightback down in the ditch!
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  • Look what he does, Verse 15.
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  • "I have seen everything duringmy lifetime of futility."
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  • Man, we got through withvanity, now it's futile!
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  • He said, "My wholelife is futile."
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  • Said, "Solomon, you'vejust been telling us
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  • "how God's tryingto make us valuable.
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  • "Now you say alllife is foolishness?
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  • "It's futility, it has nomeaning, no rhyme, no reason,
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  • "no purpose, no background, nopast, no present, no future?
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  • "It's all futile?"
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  • And if that's not toughenough, he asks us
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  • one of the hardest questionsanybody can ever be asked.
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  • He said, "There is arighteous man who perishes
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  • "in his righteousness,and there is a wicked man
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  • "who prolongs his lifein his wickedness."
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  • Did you get that?
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  • You know what he's saying?
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  • "Why does bad thingshappen to good people?"
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  • There's the big one!
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  • Solomon, we werecruising all right,
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  • now you've thrownthis one at us!
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  • Why does bad thingshappen to good people?
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  • And the reverse of that,
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  • which really disturbs mealmost as much as that,
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  • why does good thingshappen to bad people?
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  • That really upsets me, becauseit all speaks of injustice!
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  • One thing we're allinto is justice,
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  • unless we're concerned with it.
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  • If there's a problem, wesay, "Boy, I want justice,"
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  • but I'm talking about you,
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  • "Well, let's waitawhile before we get to
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  • "this justice businessand think a little bit
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  • "about grace, you know?"
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • Good things happen to goodpeople, that's just, right?
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  • Anybody have aproblem with that one?
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  • Good things happento good people?
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  • Bad things happen to bad people?
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  • That's justice...
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  • Anybody have aproblem with that?
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  • No, that's the way it works.
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  • Boy, when bad thingshappen to good people,
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  • good things (stammering)that's good,
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  • and when good thingshappen to bad people,
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  • man, that frustrates me!
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  • That's injustice, isn't it?
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  • We need an explanation forthis, and there's no simple one.
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  • Why?
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  • Because, ladies and gentlemen,
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  • you are not God,and I am not God.
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  • Does God know what He's doing?
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  • God, let me give you just onelittle thing God has done.
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  • God took and hungthose stars into space.
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  • Does that impress anybody?
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  • God knows what He's doing.
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  • I don't know, and that'sthe reason we have to
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  • stay in contactwith Isaiah 55:9-10.
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  • Isaiah 55 says, "Histhoughts are not my thoughts.
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  • "His ways are not my ways, oryour ways, or our thoughts."
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  • God knows what He's doing.
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  • And that old song that we'veheard most of our lives,
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  • "He's Got the WholeWorld in His Hands."
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  • He's got the MiddleEast in His hands.
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  • He's got Syria in His hands.
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  • He's got Iraq and China.
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  • He's got America.
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  • He's got all theworld in His hand.
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  • He's got you and me,brother, you and me, sister.
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  • He's got everybody in His hands.
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  • He is sovereign!
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  • (audience applauds)
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  • In light of that,
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  • when we have theseunbelievable tragedies,
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  • and things in yourlife and in my life,
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  • we just have to look up and say,
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  • "God, I don't get it, I willnever get it in this life,
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  • "but there will be a day,as we read in the Scripture,
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  • "we will know as wehave been known."
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  • And that, it willall come together.
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  • In the meantime,I keep on my desk
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  • a little poem that I haveto read periodically.
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  • I think it speaks toright where we are,
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  • trying to deal withthis big question.
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  • "If God wants to drilla man, and thrill a man,
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  • "and skill a man; whenGod wants to mold a man
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  • "to play the noblestparts, when He yearns
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  • "with all his heart to createso great and bold a man
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  • "that all the worldwould be amazed,
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  • "watch His methods,watch His ways!
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  • "How He ruthlessly perfectswhom He royally elects.
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  • "How He hammers him, and hurtshim, and with mighty blows,
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  • "converts him intofrail shapes of clay,
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  • "which only God understands.
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  • "When his portraitheart is crying,
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  • "and he lifts beseeching hands,
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  • "how he bends but never breaks,
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  • "while His good he undertakes.
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  • "How He uses whom He chooses,
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  • "and with everypurpose infusing him,
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  • by every act induces himto try His splendor out.
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  • "God knows what He's about."
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  • So he deals with this question.
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  • But he doesn't stop there.
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  • Looks like that'senough, time out!
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  • We've got it.
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  • Why does, why do bad thingshappen to good people?
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  • My glory!
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  • And then he challenges us again.
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  • By the way, a good teacheralways challenges you,
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  • always forces you to think,
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  • always brings up things youwish they hadn't brought up,
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  • always comes atsomething at an angle
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  • you never would have thought of.
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  • That's what good teachersdo, ladies and gentlemen.
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  • I've sat under a lotof teachers and said,
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  • "How long am I gonna be here?"
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  • And I said to otherteachers, said,
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  • "My. (whistles)man, what, what..."
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  • That's what good,he's a good teacher!
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  • So he keeps on challenging us,and look what he does next.
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  • It gets even moreferocious for me.
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  • Verse 16.
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  • He said: "Do not beexceedingly righteous."
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  • Huh.
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  • "And do not be overly wise.
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  • "Why should you ruin yourself?"
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  • Verse 17, "Do not beexcessively wicked
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  • "and do not be a fool.
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  • "Why should you diebefore your time?"
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  • "It is good thatyou grasp one thing,
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  • "and also not let goof the other thing."
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  • Did you hear that?
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  • Were you really listening?
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  • He says, "Look,self-righteousness,unrighteousness."
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  • He said, "Hold them together."
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  • He's saying don't be too wicked,
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  • don't be too righteousat first glance.
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  • But what's he saying?
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  • He's saying first of all,don't be self-righteous.
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  • The most unattractivething anyone can do
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  • who names the Name of JesusChrist is to be self-righteous.
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  • I meet people all the timewho want to out-pious me.
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  • I let them win!
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • The more pious theyget, the more I confess
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  • the sinner that I am,which is very easy.
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  • "Oh, they're quotin'the language of Zion!
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  • "Praise God! Hallelujah!
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  • "I don't brush my teethwithout asking God
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  • "if it's His will."
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • Oh yeah, oh yeah,I run into 'em!
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  • And you get so pious,so self-righteous.
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  • Do you not read the Biblethat Jesus was harder
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  • on the people whowere self-righteous
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  • than He was on prostitutes?
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  • Did you pick thatup in the Scripture?
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  • Absolutely true!
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  • We can be so pious,so self-righteous,
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  • it just takes thelife out of anybody.
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  • And we bump intothis periodically.
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  • Solomon says self-righteous.
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  • Then he goes the other thing,he says unrighteousness.
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  • Oh man, you mean you gotto be a little wicked?
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  • You gotta hold onto that too?
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  • It's like telling your wife,
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  • "You know, I'm 90% faithful,don't worry about me, I'm a..."
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  • How's that workin' for you?
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  • (audience laughs).
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  • So he's saying keep alittle unrighteousness here?
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  • No, no, no.
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  • What's the theme here?
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  • The theme is righteousness.
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  • What is righteousness?
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  • That's an old-fashioned KingJames Version, isn't it?
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  • We don't hear it inmodern conversation.
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  • "Well, how's your, howrighteous are you?"
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  • (chuckling)
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  • Nobody's ever asked me that.
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  • But it's a very big word.
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  • the word righteous literallymeans to be right wise.
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  • Right wise.
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  • It means in the sight of Godand His wisdom, you are a-okay!
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  • You are all right!
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  • And therefore, righteousnesshas three parts to it.
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  • A righteous person issomeone who's right with God.
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  • How did he get right with God?
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  • By the way, I've triedto get right with God
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  • and I've got a perfectrecord, I failed every time!
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  • What about you?
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • We get right with God by theprovision made by Jesus Christ,
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  • and we take off theold and put on the new,
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  • we take off ourselfand put on Jesus,
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  • and He is, in Hisrighteousness we abide,
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  • and therefore when God theFather looks at someone
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  • who's put on Jesus,He doesn't see you,
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  • or He doesn't see me.
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  • God sees His Son,Jesus Christ and said,
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  • "Hey, he or she is righteous!
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  • "My son, My daughterin My family."
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  • That's the first thing.
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  • We have to be righteous.
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  • That's how we become righteous.
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  • The second part of righteous is
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  • the right relationshipwith yourself.
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  • A lot of us don't have a rightrelationship with ourself.
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  • We don't get along with ourself.
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  • We don't spend a lotof time by ourselves
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  • unless there's racket goingon, or we're doing something
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  • because we don't likethe person we're with.
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  • It's right, it's me, it's you.
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  • So if you're righteous, youget along with yourself.
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  • A little Verse we'regonna bump into,
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  • says here, he says, you know,
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  • "I tried this myself.
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  • "I didn't make it."
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  • He went deep.
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  • He said, "I couldn't find it."
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  • And look how he handles it.
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  • He handles it so,so strategically.
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  • He talks about, perfectionist,and he talks about criticism.
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  • Verse 20, "Indeed there isnot a righteous man on earth
  • 00:12:50.982 --> 00:12:55.386
  • "who continually doesgood and who never sins."
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  • There are two wordsfor sin in the Bible.
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  • One word is, youmissed the mark.
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  • That's shortcoming.
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  • I don't mind that.
  • 00:13:04.362 --> 00:13:06.130
  • "Well, Edwin, you fell short."
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  • Yeah, okay, yeah...
  • 00:13:07.999 --> 00:13:10.235
  • But the other word for sinsays, "You crossed the line."
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  • Ohhh, that's a littleworse, isn't it?
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  • If you fall short, I'vegot some shortcomings.
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  • We, oh, we don'tmind saying that!
  • 00:13:18.776 --> 00:13:20.645
  • But there's a line, a moralline that has been drawn,
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  • and you and I have gone over
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  • that moral linewith intentionality.
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  • That's another depthof sin, is it not?
  • 00:13:28.786 --> 00:13:31.990
  • Solomon said we've all sinned.
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  • We've all fallen short.
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  • I read about a, probably aspurious story about a zoo.
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  • The gorilla got sick, and thegorilla was a big attraction.
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  • People stopped coming,
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  • the gorilla was beingtreated by the vets,
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  • and so they had to getsomebody to play the gorilla,
  • 00:13:51.075 --> 00:13:53.745
  • so they found somebodywho's a body builder,
  • 00:13:53.778 --> 00:13:56.881
  • and he always worethose short shirts.
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  • I've never seen anybodybuilt like me wear
  • 00:14:01.052 --> 00:14:02.921
  • those short shirts,I don't know.
  • 00:14:02.954 --> 00:14:05.023
  • (audience laughs) I don'tknow what that means.
  • 00:14:05.056 --> 00:14:06.691
  • He wore these short shirts, man,
  • 00:14:06.724 --> 00:14:08.059
  • he had muscles comingout his toenails,
  • 00:14:08.092 --> 00:14:10.094
  • and they hired himto play the gorilla.
  • 00:14:10.128 --> 00:14:13.665
  • They got a gorilla suit;they dressed him up.
  • 00:14:13.698 --> 00:14:15.500
  • Said, "You play the gorilla.
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  • "We gotta have agorilla to get a crowd,"
  • 00:14:16.801 --> 00:14:18.603
  • and this guy got in there,and he liked the role!
  • 00:14:18.636 --> 00:14:21.105
  • I mean, he was eatin'bananas, he was clowed,
  • 00:14:21.139 --> 00:14:24.208
  • he was beatin' on his chest!
  • 00:14:24.242 --> 00:14:25.843
  • He was swingin' on the tires!
  • 00:14:25.877 --> 00:14:27.645
  • He was flippin' onthe trapeze, and boy!
  • 00:14:27.679 --> 00:14:30.481
  • He was just lovin' it!
  • 00:14:30.515 --> 00:14:32.417
  • But about the third day,he got on the trapeze.
  • 00:14:32.450 --> 00:14:34.585
  • He got so carried away,
  • 00:14:34.619 --> 00:14:35.853
  • he flipped and felloff in the lion's den.
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  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:14:38.356 --> 00:14:39.891
  • And a lion came up to him.
  • 00:14:39.924 --> 00:14:41.426
  • He said, "Oh, I'm not a gorilla!
  • 00:14:41.459 --> 00:14:42.894
  • "I'm not a gorilla!"
  • 00:14:42.927 --> 00:14:44.195
  • And the lion says,
  • 00:14:44.228 --> 00:14:45.430
  • "Shut up, or we'llboth be without a job!"
  • 00:14:45.463 --> 00:14:47.699
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:14:47.732 --> 00:14:51.336
  • Solomon said, "We'veall struck out, folks!
  • 00:14:51.369 --> 00:14:55.606
  • "Be careful of a perfectionist."
  • 00:14:55.640 --> 00:14:59.177
  • To be around a perfectionist,
  • 00:14:59.210 --> 00:15:00.611
  • you're gonna stay in troubleall the time, are you not?
  • 00:15:00.645 --> 00:15:04.615
  • And then he talksabout criticism.
  • 00:15:04.649 --> 00:15:06.951
  • He says, "When yourservant criticizes you,"
  • 00:15:06.985 --> 00:15:09.387
  • someone that knows you well,that would be the context,
  • 00:15:09.420 --> 00:15:12.290
  • "someone who knows youwell criticizes you,
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  • "what do you do about it?"
  • 00:15:14.792 --> 00:15:15.827
  • What do you do about criticism?
  • 00:15:15.860 --> 00:15:18.529
  • I tell you what I do.
  • 00:15:18.563 --> 00:15:20.698
  • When criticism comes, I firstof all consider the source.
  • 00:15:20.732 --> 00:15:26.070
  • Then I look at it andtake it before God.
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  • I say, "God, is thereany validity here?
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  • "What's going on here?
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  • "Let me hear it, letme understand it.
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  • "You speak to me," and He does.
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  • If there's validity,I try to deal with it.
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  • Ask for forgiveness.
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  • Go make something right.
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  • Criticism.
  • 00:15:41.085 --> 00:15:42.887
  • And the rest of thecriticism, I do with it,
  • 00:15:42.920 --> 00:15:44.555
  • I take it and I just punt it!
  • 00:15:44.589 --> 00:15:47.759
  • That's what youdo with criticism.
  • 00:15:47.792 --> 00:15:50.895
  • That's what he's saying here.
  • 00:15:50.928 --> 00:15:52.663
  • He's saying, "We're allgonna receive criticism."
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  • You wanna not receiveany criticism?
  • 00:15:55.466 --> 00:15:57.301
  • Just don't do anything!
  • 00:15:57.335 --> 00:16:03.207
  • Solomon here is going tothe depths of our being,
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  • trying to figure out if there'sany way to find meaning,
  • 00:16:07.211 --> 00:16:10.148
  • and he goes on andtalks about his search.
  • 00:16:10.181 --> 00:16:12.383
  • Look what he says in Verse 25,
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  • "I directed my mind toknow, to investigate,
  • 00:16:14.952 --> 00:16:17.355
  • to seek wisdom andan explanation,
  • 00:16:17.388 --> 00:16:19.991
  • and to know the evil of follyand the foolish of madness."
  • 00:16:20.024 --> 00:16:23.995
  • I mean, he says, "I went down."
  • 00:16:24.028 --> 00:16:25.530
  • He talked to everybody,listened to everybody,
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  • read everything,studied everything,
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  • looked at every situation,trying to get to the depth
  • 00:16:29.767 --> 00:16:32.603
  • and find somemeaning, and he said,
  • 00:16:32.637 --> 00:16:34.572
  • "Man, it's all sosilly and so crazy,
  • 00:16:34.605 --> 00:16:36.808
  • "I didn't come upwith anything!"
  • 00:16:36.841 --> 00:16:39.477
  • Isn't that something?
  • 00:16:39.510 --> 00:16:41.546
  • And then he goeson and just says,
  • 00:16:41.579 --> 00:16:44.949
  • "I've come up withtwo little things."
  • 00:16:44.982 --> 00:16:47.752
  • Listen to these littlethings he's come up with.
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  • Verse 26, "I've discoveredmore bitter than death,
  • 00:16:49.954 --> 00:16:55.026
  • "the woman whose heartis snares and nets,
  • 00:16:55.059 --> 00:16:58.629
  • "and whose hands are chains.
  • 00:16:58.663 --> 00:17:01.365
  • "one who is pleasing toGod will escape from her,
  • 00:17:01.399 --> 00:17:06.104
  • "but the sinner willbe captured by her.
  • 00:17:06.137 --> 00:17:08.940
  • "Behold, I have discoveredthis," says the preacher,
  • 00:17:08.973 --> 00:17:11.776
  • "adding one thing to anotherto find an explanation
  • 00:17:11.809 --> 00:17:15.179
  • "which I am still seeking,but have not found.
  • 00:17:15.213 --> 00:17:18.583
  • "I have found oneman in a thousand,
  • 00:17:18.616 --> 00:17:21.552
  • "but have not found awoman among all of these."
  • 00:17:21.586 --> 00:17:27.191
  • Say, "Boy, he's amale chauvinist.
  • 00:17:27.225 --> 00:17:28.926
  • "He's misogynist."
  • 00:17:28.960 --> 00:17:32.029
  • No he's not.
  • 00:17:32.063 --> 00:17:33.798
  • What's he saying?
  • 00:17:33.831 --> 00:17:35.366
  • First of all, whenSolomon talks about women,
  • 00:17:35.399 --> 00:17:38.336
  • I think I'd listen to him!
  • 00:17:38.369 --> 00:17:41.539
  • He had a lot of experience.
  • 00:17:41.572 --> 00:17:45.576
  • A thousand of them!
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  • Concubine and wives...
  • 00:17:47.145 --> 00:17:49.347
  • Man, he was something!
  • 00:17:49.380 --> 00:17:50.982
  • Solomon talks aboutwomen, you can't,
  • 00:17:51.015 --> 00:17:52.583
  • "Boy, he doesn't knowwhat he's talking about!"
  • 00:17:52.617 --> 00:17:54.152
  • Ohhhhh!
  • 00:17:54.185 --> 00:17:55.286
  • He's way ahead ofanybody I know,
  • 00:17:55.319 --> 00:17:57.054
  • anybody I'll everknow, anybody you'll...
  • 00:17:57.088 --> 00:17:59.290
  • So he talks about women,he says, "Be careful.
  • 00:17:59.323 --> 00:18:01.993
  • "They'll get you in anet, they'll snare you!"
  • 00:18:02.026 --> 00:18:04.996
  • He said, "The onlyway you can escape
  • 00:18:05.029 --> 00:18:06.998
  • "is to live a lifethat's pleasing to God."
  • 00:18:07.031 --> 00:18:10.168
  • Then he talks about men.
  • 00:18:10.201 --> 00:18:12.436
  • He says, "I have looked at men.
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  • "I found one man,"boy, what he's saying,
  • 00:18:14.772 --> 00:18:17.074
  • it's hard to finda man, or a woman,
  • 00:18:17.108 --> 00:18:19.577
  • or anybody who's gonna bejust right there with you 100%
  • 00:18:19.610 --> 00:18:24.715
  • and hang with you throughevery situation in life.
  • 00:18:24.749 --> 00:18:27.285
  • He said it's veryrare to find that.
  • 00:18:27.318 --> 00:18:31.756
  • What he's saying, turn to God.
  • 00:18:31.789 --> 00:18:34.592
  • Lean on Christ.
  • 00:18:34.625 --> 00:18:35.793
  • Count on Him, andall of this, he says,
  • 00:18:35.826 --> 00:18:39.530
  • is vanity, vanity, vanity.
  • 00:18:39.564 --> 00:18:42.333
  • But then he turns ona little light here.
  • 00:18:42.366 --> 00:18:46.370
  • Puts it in theologicalcontext in Verse 29.
  • 00:18:46.404 --> 00:18:49.574
  • "Behold, I have found onlythis, that God made man upright,
  • 00:18:49.607 --> 00:18:56.714
  • but they have soughtout many devices."
  • 00:18:56.747 --> 00:19:00.484
  • Is not that true?
  • 00:19:00.518 --> 00:19:02.687
  • Adam and Eve!
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  • There's the word, man, Adam.
  • 00:19:04.322 --> 00:19:05.890
  • God made man, Adam andEve upright in the Garden,
  • 00:19:05.923 --> 00:19:09.994
  • but they sought out manydevices in the fruit,
  • 00:19:10.027 --> 00:19:13.531
  • and we sought out many devices,and God made us upright
  • 00:19:13.564 --> 00:19:16.867
  • in His image; but we have goneand lived out our own lives
  • 00:19:16.901 --> 00:19:22.139
  • in our own terms.
  • 00:19:22.173 --> 00:19:24.742
  • Man is the only animal thatwas made in the image of God.
  • 00:19:24.775 --> 00:19:29.213
  • Mankind is the only livingbeings on this earth
  • 00:19:29.247 --> 00:19:34.785
  • who can worship.
  • 00:19:34.819 --> 00:19:35.820
  • No, no other animal worship.
  • 00:19:35.853 --> 00:19:37.888
  • No other animal worships.
  • 00:19:37.922 --> 00:19:39.690
  • No other animal has thecapacity that we have,
  • 00:19:39.724 --> 00:19:41.792
  • but how they lost that capacity!
  • 00:19:41.826 --> 00:19:43.995
  • We were born upright.
  • 00:19:44.028 --> 00:19:45.529
  • We began to live our own lives.
  • 00:19:45.563 --> 00:19:47.164
  • We begin to be bent.
  • 00:19:47.198 --> 00:19:49.600
  • We, we got down, and webecome in one sense, animals,
  • 00:19:49.634 --> 00:19:53.671
  • which the secular world saysthat's all mankind is anyway,
  • 00:19:53.704 --> 00:19:56.707
  • a high class animal.
  • 00:19:56.741 --> 00:19:58.175
  • But the Bible persists thatwe're made in the image of God
  • 00:19:58.209 --> 00:20:00.678
  • and were born upright.
  • 00:20:00.711 --> 00:20:02.680
  • And then he comes on and says,
  • 00:20:02.713 --> 00:20:04.315
  • "There can be lightin your life."
  • 00:20:04.348 --> 00:20:08.219
  • Now I read this lastVerse of Chapter Seven,
  • 00:20:08.252 --> 00:20:11.689
  • and I said, "My goodness!
  • 00:20:11.722 --> 00:20:14.125
  • "That's a terrible ending.
  • 00:20:14.158 --> 00:20:16.394
  • "Take us back tothe Garden of Eden!
  • 00:20:16.427 --> 00:20:18.162
  • "My, my, my!
  • 00:20:18.195 --> 00:20:19.964
  • That won't work."
  • 00:20:19.997 --> 00:20:21.699
  • And then I remembered somethingwe ought to always remember.
  • 00:20:21.732 --> 00:20:25.102
  • The Bible did not haveVerses and Chapters in it.
  • 00:20:25.136 --> 00:20:28.639
  • These were added later.
  • 00:20:28.673 --> 00:20:32.009
  • And then I said, "Well,maybe," and I read
  • 00:20:32.043 --> 00:20:35.146
  • Verse One of Chapter Eight,and it concludes Chapter Seven!
  • 00:20:35.179 --> 00:20:39.050
  • Look at it!
  • 00:20:39.083 --> 00:20:40.718
  • He said, "Who islike the wise man
  • 00:20:40.751 --> 00:20:44.488
  • "who knows theinterpretation of a matter?"
  • 00:20:44.522 --> 00:20:49.827
  • Who is like a, whocan interpret matters,
  • 00:20:49.860 --> 00:20:52.797
  • life, all the challenges of,who in the world can do that?
  • 00:20:52.830 --> 00:20:56.667
  • He says it is a wise man.
  • 00:20:56.701 --> 00:21:01.706
  • Remember, worshipleads to wisdom.
  • 00:21:01.739 --> 00:21:06.944
  • Worship and wisdomare interchangeable.
  • 00:21:06.977 --> 00:21:09.280
  • The fear of God in the Bible
  • 00:21:09.313 --> 00:21:11.282
  • means that you are a worshipper.
  • 00:21:11.315 --> 00:21:13.184
  • The most importantthing you and I
  • 00:21:13.217 --> 00:21:16.120
  • are to do as Christiansis to worship!
  • 00:21:16.153 --> 00:21:21.058
  • But we run into worship,we run into what?
  • 00:21:21.092 --> 00:21:25.062
  • The Bible, and prayer, quickly.
  • 00:21:25.096 --> 00:21:29.867
  • Most of us would say that Godanswers all of our prayers.
  • 00:21:29.900 --> 00:21:33.738
  • No He doesn't.
  • 00:21:33.771 --> 00:21:35.873
  • You say, "Well, Hesays 'Yes, no, wait."
  • 00:21:35.906 --> 00:21:38.876
  • Sometimes.
  • 00:21:38.909 --> 00:21:40.511
  • There are two thingsthat have to be in place
  • 00:21:40.544 --> 00:21:44.348
  • for God to answer yourprayer and my prayer.
  • 00:21:44.382 --> 00:21:47.051
  • First of all, we haveto be a Christian.
  • 00:21:47.084 --> 00:21:48.619
  • We've talked aboutthat a million times.
  • 00:21:48.652 --> 00:21:51.722
  • But two things haveto be in place.
  • 00:21:51.756 --> 00:21:54.191
  • Number one, we have tobe on praying ground.
  • 00:21:54.225 --> 00:21:59.530
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:21:59.563 --> 00:22:01.198
  • "Who will ascendunto this holy place?
  • 00:22:01.232 --> 00:22:03.167
  • "He that has cleanhands and a pure heart.
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:05.936
  • "The effectual, ferventprayer of a righteous person,"
  • 00:22:05.970 --> 00:22:10.274
  • there's our word, "is powerful."
  • 00:22:10.307 --> 00:22:13.411
  • So first of all, forprayer to be answered,
  • 00:22:13.444 --> 00:22:16.380
  • you and I have to havelives that are clean.
  • 00:22:16.414 --> 00:22:20.284
  • We confess to God,God deals with us.
  • 00:22:20.317 --> 00:22:22.453
  • Our hands are clean,our hearts are clean,
  • 00:22:22.486 --> 00:22:24.255
  • our minds are clean.
  • 00:22:24.288 --> 00:22:25.556
  • That's the first thingthat has to be there
  • 00:22:25.589 --> 00:22:27.324
  • for God to answer yourprayer and my prayer.
  • 00:22:27.358 --> 00:22:30.694
  • Next thing, we haveto pray in accordance
  • 00:22:30.728 --> 00:22:32.830
  • with the will and the purposeof God, with the mind of God.
  • 00:22:32.863 --> 00:22:36.867
  • Those two things active, Heanswers every single prayer
  • 00:22:36.901 --> 00:22:41.338
  • that you pray and Ipray because His plan,
  • 00:22:41.372 --> 00:22:46.444
  • His purpose, Isaiah55, is right on target
  • 00:22:46.477 --> 00:22:51.415
  • for His purpose for you andfor me, and for His Kingdom.
  • 00:22:51.449 --> 00:22:55.453
  • Two things!
  • 00:22:55.486 --> 00:22:56.754
  • That comes when we worship.
  • 00:22:56.787 --> 00:22:58.989
  • And then what's theresult of worship?
  • 00:22:59.023 --> 00:23:00.958
  • We get the wisdom of God,
  • 00:23:00.991 --> 00:23:02.460
  • and then the later partof this Verse is fabulous.
  • 00:23:02.493 --> 00:23:05.563
  • Look what he says.
  • 00:23:05.596 --> 00:23:07.731
  • "Who is like thewise man who knows
  • 00:23:07.765 --> 00:23:09.834
  • "the interpretationof, of a matter?
  • 00:23:09.867 --> 00:23:13.504
  • "It's those who havewisdom, those who worship.
  • 00:23:13.537 --> 00:23:15.773
  • "A man's wisdom,"look what it does,
  • 00:23:15.806 --> 00:23:18.776
  • "illuminates himor her and causes
  • 00:23:18.809 --> 00:23:21.879
  • "his, her stern face to shine."
  • 00:23:21.912 --> 00:23:28.452
  • Some of you look alittle stern out there.
  • 00:23:28.486 --> 00:23:31.822
  • Listen!
  • 00:23:31.856 --> 00:23:33.824
  • God's trying to make adiamond out of you and me.
  • 00:23:33.858 --> 00:23:36.060
  • He's trying to lightHis light in your life
  • 00:23:36.093 --> 00:23:39.530
  • and in my life so ourfaces will shine, oh!
  • 00:23:39.563 --> 00:23:42.900
  • Remember those twodiamond prospectors
  • 00:23:42.933 --> 00:23:45.202
  • who discovered diamonds?
  • 00:23:45.236 --> 00:23:46.504
  • They didn't tell anybody, butthey went to the little town
  • 00:23:46.537 --> 00:23:49.006
  • and everybody saw thatthey had found diamonds,
  • 00:23:49.039 --> 00:23:51.141
  • and they said, "We didn't tellanybody-how did you know?"
  • 00:23:51.175 --> 00:23:53.644
  • And they said, "Wesaw it in your face!"
  • 00:23:53.677 --> 00:23:58.816
  • In Christ, ladies and gentlemen,
  • 00:23:58.849 --> 00:24:02.052
  • He comes inside of us likea fire inside of a diamond,
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  • the fire inside ofsomeone who worships
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  • and God gives wisdom,begins to light up your life
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  • and light up my life, and thatsternness, that staleness,
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  • that coldness will suddenlybecome a bright, luminous light!
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  • And they'll say, "I don'tknow what's happened to Sally!
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  • "What in the worldhas gotten into Jim?"
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  • The light of Christ,expressed in the countenance.
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  • And suddenly, like adiamond has character,
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  • you and I beginto have character
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  • because Jesus Christ startsthat fire inside of us
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  • and lights up our life,and lights up the life
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  • of everybody who comesin contact with us.
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  • Ed: It is not always easy tokeep track
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  • of all God does foryou and for me.
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  • That is why we put together theIlluminate Journal.
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  • It can help you take new stepsin your walk with the Lord
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  • as you record what God is doingin your life.
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  • Each page contains inspirationalscripture
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  • from the book of Proverbs
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  • and space for you to record yourthoughts,
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  • your prayers, and answers toprayer
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  • so you can remember what God hasdone in your life.
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  • I know this will become atreasured record
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  • of your time spent with Him.
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  • So, in whatever situation youfind yourself today,
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  • I encourage you to get thisjournal so you can
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  • look back over what the Lord hasdone for you
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  • and give praise to Him.
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  • Ed: When the bottom falls outof your life and my life,
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  • many times webegin to doubt God.
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  • We may even ask, "whyam I having to suffer
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  • "through this trial in my life?"
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  • But remember this.
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  • God is in control,God is sovereign.
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  • Despite what may be goingon in the world around us,
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  • inside of us, we can know forsure that God is still God,
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  • and that He is in control.
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  • Trust that God isworking in and through
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  • your life and my life,through our past,
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  • our present, and our future.
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  • Maybe you're going througha trial and just need
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  • someone to listen toyou and pray for you.
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  • Call the number on your screen.
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  • We would love todo exactly that.
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  • And let me personallythank you today
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  • for watching The WinningWalk, right here.
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  • Tune in next week,same time, same station
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  • and we'll walk togetherwith Jesus Christ.
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