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Freedom

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May 22, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • CC BY ABERDEEN CAPTIONING1-800-688-6621WWW.ABERCAP.COM
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  • Allen Jackson: The topicfor the weekend is freedom.
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  • If I had to choose a handfulof words that describes what
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  • Jesus represents in our lives,freedom would have to be
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  • included in that short list.
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  • Jesus brings freedom to us,spiritual freedom to us, freedom
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  • from our sins, freedom from ourfailures, freedom from our past.
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  • He brings physical freedomto us, freedom from our
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  • addictions, freedomfrom sickness and disease,
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  • freedom from generational cursesthat plague us, freedom
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  • from demonic oppression.
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  • He brings us freedom from worry,emotional freedom, so that we
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  • can live in peace and confidenceand not frightened
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  • and threatened and anxious.
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  • Jesus is about freedom.
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  • He does not put you in bondage.
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  • One of the great lies that hassettled over Christendom is
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  • that Christianitywill limit you.
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  • Nothing could be furtherfrom the truth.
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  • It will bring freedom to youthat nothing else will bring.
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  • And whatever your circumstancesare, you know, being
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  • a Christ-follower doesn't meanyou live in complete freedom
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  • 24/7 for the entiretyof your journey.
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  • There are times and seasonswhere God walks us
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  • through places where we learnto trust him, to experience his
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  • power, to recognize the voiceof his spirit, to learn freedom
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  • in new ways.
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  • We continue to growup in the Lord.
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  • One of the surprises to me isthat no matter what season
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  • of your life you're in, you haveto keep growing.
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  • You know, when I was 10 or 12,I thought you got to about 20,
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  • 21, you had all figured out.
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  • And now that I'm into my 30s,I'm still learning.
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  • I'm well into my 30s.
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  • So I want to give you threeor four things that are
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  • necessary as you preparefor freedom.
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  • Everybody got some space in yourlife where a little more
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  • freedom'd be okay with you?
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  • I thought so.
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  • There is power available to setus free.
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  • Jesus said, "You know the truthand it would set you free."
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  • So the more we know the truth,the greater
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  • the freedom we'll have.
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  • For too long we have folded ourarms and said, "I said
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  • the sinners prayer, got dippedin a tank and I'm done."
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  • What a deception!
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  • You may have securedan understanding of eternity
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  • in that, and you may have gainedlegal access to the fullness
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  • of the kingdom of God, but itdoesn't mean that your life is
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  • totally transformed.
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  • You have to walk that out.
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  • Work out your salvation,the scripture says.
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  • So, some components of freedom--one is consecration.
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  • Big, old religious word.
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  • It means to set yourself apartfor God's purposes.
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  • In Joshua chapter 3, Joshua wasgetting ready to lead
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  • the children of Israel,the former slaves of Egypt,
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  • into the promised land.
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  • They'd never been there before.
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  • Moses, the leader recruitedto do that, was not effective.
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  • He wasn't able to completethe assignment.
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  • And now Joshua, Moses'ssuccessor, is ready, and he says
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  • to the people, "Consecrateyourselves, for tomorrow
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  • the Lord will do amazing thingsamong you."
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  • Before God's going to do amazingthings, you have to do something
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  • for yourself.
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  • And consecration in this contextwas about cleansing, physical
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  • cleansing and spiritualcleansing.
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  • You and I have to prepareourselves for God's freedom.
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  • Most of us would be happy if Godwould deliver us from the thing
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  • we've directed his attention to,right?
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  • We want to be deliveredfrom credit card debt.
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  • We want to be deliveredfrom the consequences
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  • of over-eating this week.
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  • We'd like to wake up Mondaymorning 10 pounds thinner.
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  • We're quite happy for Godto bring freedom to the things
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  • that we direct him to.
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  • But the greatest breakthroughsin our lives are when we
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  • cooperate with God directing ustowards his intent.
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  • And to do that, we haveto consecrate ourselves.
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  • We have to willingly setourselves apart for the purposes
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  • of God, be willing to cleanseourselves, repent!
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  • Say, "God, I'm sorry.
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  • I'm not just going to stamp myfoot and demand that you
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  • set me free.
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  • I want to tell you my intent isto honor you with my life,
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  • and forgive me when I've treatedyou casually, when I've treated
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  • your commandments assuggestions, when I've taken
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  • your guidance as prompts, but Ireally haven't intended to honor
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  • you with my life.
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  • God, I'm sorry.
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  • I wanna consecrate myselfto your purposes."
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  • This isn't about who's watchingor what you got caught doing,
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  • this is between youand the Lord.
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  • The goal is freedom,breakthroughs, deliverance,
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  • wholeness!
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  • And it begins with a willingnessto consecrate themselves.
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  • The Israelites that had a verydifficult lesson.
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  • The generation who had leftEgypt, the generation who had
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  • made their way through the brickpits, all died in the wilderness
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  • with the exceptionof two families.
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  • So this is a second generationof Hebrew slaves on their way
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  • to the promised land.
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  • So when Joshua says,"Get yourselves ready."
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  • I'm thinkin' they got a littlefocus, 'cause the last crew that
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  • got up to this gateway didn't doso well.
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  • Not everybody that's giventhe invitation into God's
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  • freedom accepts it.
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  • The second componentis listening.
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  • The willingness to listento God.
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  • There are very few thingsthroughout the breadth
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  • of scripture that are asconsistently presented to us as
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  • a component of the people of Godas those who listen to him.
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  • Jesus said, "My sheep know myvoice."
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  • But all throughout scripture,the Book of Proverbs talks
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  • about wisdom, cryingin the streets for those
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  • who will listen.
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  • God speaks to his people.
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  • He'll speak to you through hisword.
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  • He'll speak to you throughthat still small voice
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  • on the inside of you.
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  • He's given you a conscienceto know right from wrong.
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  • And if you'll learn to listento it, the spirit of God
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  • will amplify it.
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  • If you ignore it, it becomescalloused and insensitive.
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  • Learning to listen to God.
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  • He'll speak intoyour life through
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  • the most improbable places.
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  • Most of us imagined thatthe enemy, evil will tempt you
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  • from almost any possiblevantage point.
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  • Why would we not imagine it evento be more true that God could
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  • speak into our livesin those ways?
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  • I'm not asking you to be strangeor weird, to start listening
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  • to voices from beyond yourself,I'm asking you to become far
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  • more intent on listeningfor what God would say to you.
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  • In the context about any otherdiscussion other than this one,
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  • we champion those notionsof people who are intuitive.
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  • We'll make moviesabout horse-whisperers,
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  • and we'll all watch tearfully.
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  • "What a wonderful gift!"
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  • And then we talk about peoplelistening for God, and we go,
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  • "You're crazy!
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  • Now, I don't want to beone of those kinda--
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  • What is wrong with you?!
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  • What has happened?
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  • You mean you hear voices?"
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  • All of a sudden we get on ourskeptic suits, and we cross our
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  • arms, and we kinda huffand puff and go,
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  • "I don't intend to do--"
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  • I do!
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  • Why would you honor every othersort of listening but refuse
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  • the notion of listening to God?
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  • Don't harden your heartlike that.
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  • "Well, I said thesinner's prayer!"
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  • Well, I'm happy for you!
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  • I hope everybody will say it!
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  • But if you don't intendto listen to God, saying that
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  • prayer has very limited impactfor you.
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  • Happy, happy holidays...
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  • Consecration, listening, numberthree is a desire to please God.
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  • This isn't complicated stuff.
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  • You really have to have,at the heart of your life,
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  • a desire to be pleasingto the Lord.
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  • Not, "What can I get away with?
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  • What's God gonna give to me?
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  • How can I get a little morepower to get my way?"
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  • What would it looklike to please God?
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  • In Daniel chapter 1,you know Daniel's story.
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  • Daniel's Hebrew, Jewish, but helives within the season when
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  • God's judgment is pouredout upon the Israelites,
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  • and the Babylonians come,Jerusalem is destroyed,
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  • and Daniel and his peer group,many of them are carried away
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  • to Babylon.
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  • Daniel lives his whole lifein slavery.
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  • One of the most remarkable menin all of the Bible.
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  • The Bible says God sends angelicmessengers to Daniel more than
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  • once to say, "You are highlyesteemed."
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  • And yet he leads his whole lifeas a slave.
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  • But in Daniel chapter 1,we get a real insight
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  • into Daniel's heart.
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  • The smoke of Jerusalem'sdestruction still lives
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  • in his head.
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  • He's newly arrived in Babylon,they're still trying to sort
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  • out what they're gonna doand what life is gonna be about.
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  • And Daniel has been recruitedto serve in the court
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  • of the Babylonian King.
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  • And it says in Daniel 1, verse8, "Daniel resolved not
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  • to defile himself with the royalfood and wine."
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  • Now, that's a little blindto you and me, because we don't
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  • have a lot of dietaryrestrictions on holiness.
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  • But for an observant Jewish man,keeping the dietary rules that
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  • Moses had given them wasat the heart of their faith.
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  • And now he's in a country wherethe diet's different,
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  • and the rules are differentand Daniel has every reason
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  • to shrug his shoulders and say,"God hasn't dealt fairly
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  • with me.
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  • I've been a godly young man.
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  • I've been a righteous young man.
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  • I have honored the Lord with mylife, and I saw Jerusalem
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  • destroyed and the temple burnedand many of my friends
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  • slaughtered and now I'm a slavein a foreign country."
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  • It would've been so easyfor Daniel to be angry
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  • or embittered or frustrated,right?
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  • You ever been--I've been there with God.
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  • I've stood in the field at nightshaking my fist at heaven 'cause
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  • I didn't like God's jobperformance.
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  • But that's not what Daniel did.
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  • Daniel said--it says of Danielthat he chose not to defile
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  • himself.
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  • He said, "I'm gonna honorthe Lord.
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  • Even with my fork."
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  • Even with my fork.
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  • Now, that idea is gonna holdtrue for the breadth
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  • of Daniel's life.
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  • He'll end up being condemnedto capital punishment, thrown
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  • into a lion's den because hewon't break his commitment
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  • to prayer, and he won't make itprivate.
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  • But that's later in his life.
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  • I really think that lesson wasgalvanized in Daniel early
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  • on in this first chapter when hesaid, "I'm not gonna defile
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  • myself.
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  • I will please the Lord if Ilike what he's doing or I don't
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  • like what he's doing.
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  • If I'm getting my way or I'm notgetting my way.
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  • If the path is easy or hard, Idesire to please the Lord."
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  • I want to ask youto consider it.
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  • Can you say to the Lord, God,I'd like to please you?
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  • to the end, the spirit of Godand the power of God are
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  • connected, even synonymous.
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  • And we all at some point haveplaces in our lives where it
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  • would take no less thanthe power of God to bring
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  • an acceptable outcome.
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  • Allen Jackson: I chose twochapters from the Book of Acts
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  • because they deal with twoof the greatest breakthroughs
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  • in all the New Testament; twobig-picture stories.
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  • One is the recruitment of Saulof Tarsus.
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  • He's a pharisee of the phariseesby his own description.
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  • He's an angry, violent,murderous man,
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  • and Jesus recruits him.
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  • The second is the very nextchapter.
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  • It's about God pouring out hisspirit at the house
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  • of Cornelius, a Roman Centurion.
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  • Now, I want to unpack those,'cause they changed the course
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  • of the New Testament.
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  • The recruitment of Saulof Tarsus and the outpouring
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  • of the spirit of God in Caesareaat Cornelius's house changed
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  • the whole story.
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  • Up until that pointin the narrative, up until we
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  • get to Acts chapter 9, the Jesusstory is overwhelmingly--
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  • 99 & 9/10ths percent--a Jewish story.
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  • And nobody involved in the storythinks it's going to be
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  • anything else.
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  • But we get to Actschapter 9 and 10,
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  • and the script gets flipped.
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  • The Jewish people aren't setaside by any stretch
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  • of the imagination, but the doorgets opened to everybody else.
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  • You should be saying amen,most of you, at this point.
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  • But I want you just to, realquickly, I know the narratives
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  • are familiar to you.
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  • I'm not gonna belabor them.
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  • Acts 9, this is Saul on the roadto Damascus.
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  • He's collected allthe Christ-followers he can get
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  • his hands on in Jerusalem,and he's gotten so many
  • 00:14:03.701 --> 00:14:06.204
  • promotions because of it, nowhe's gettin' letters to go
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  • to other cities.
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  • He's gonna go--he's goingnon-local.
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  • He's planning branchesof hatred, and he's on his way
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  • to Damascus.
  • 00:14:18.983 --> 00:14:21.352
  • And it says, "Suddenly, a lightfrom heaven flashed around him
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  • and he fell to the ground and heheard a voice say to him, 'Saul,
  • 00:14:23.855 --> 00:14:26.491
  • why do you persecute me?'"
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  • Who's talking to him?
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  • Jesus.
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  • If you remember the Book of Actsin Acts chapter 1, Jesus
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  • ascended back to heaven.
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  • And in Acts chapter 9, he'son the Damascus Road shakin'
  • 00:14:38.269 --> 00:14:41.906
  • the love of Pete out of Saul.
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  • He's back!
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  • "What are you doing, son?"
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  • "'Who are you, Lord?'
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  • 'I'm Jesus, whom you'repersecuting.
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  • Now get up, and gointo the city, and you'll be
  • 00:14:55.987 --> 00:14:58.256
  • told what you must do.'" See,I'm thinking pretty much Jesus
  • 00:14:58.289 --> 00:15:03.761
  • knew what he wanted him to do.
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  • How many think that would befair, right?
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  • I'm not messing with the text.
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  • I think Jesus knew right thenand there, right in the dust
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  • of the Damascus Road.
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  • Got his nose in the dirt, "Areyou listening to me, boy?"
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  • See, if I'm in chargeof discipline, I'm going to give
  • 00:15:19.110 --> 00:15:20.845
  • him the rest of the story,"Before I let you up,
  • 00:15:20.878 --> 00:15:22.847
  • let me tell you."
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  • "Sir, yes Sir!
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  • Lord!"
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  • But that's not what Jesus does.
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  • He said, "You get up and you gointo the city and you'll get
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  • your next step."
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  • Alright, it seems odd to me.
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  • I've got the man there.
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  • How about telling me what I wantto know?
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  • How many of you've said, "Lord,if you'll just tell me
  • 00:15:44.168 --> 00:15:47.605
  • everything you want me to do?"
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  • Do you know what a badrequest that is?
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  • I did a wedding coupleof weeks ago.
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  • Imagine if you could sitdown with a couple, their last
  • 00:15:57.181 --> 00:16:00.318
  • premarital session, and youcould show them a highlight
  • 00:16:00.351 --> 00:16:03.454
  • video reel of their marriage.
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  • And we think we'd have lessweddings.
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  • What if we had a new couple,she's pregnant.
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  • Oh?
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  • And you could show 'em the videoreel of everything that's
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  • coming.
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  • God in his mercy and his gracegives us the next step.
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  • That's all you need to goto town.
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  • In Damascus there was a disciplenamed Ananias.
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  • "And the Lord called to himin a vision, 'Ananias?'
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  • 'Yes, Lord?'
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  • 'Go to the house of Judasand ask for a man from Tarsus
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  • named Saul.
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  • He's praying.
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  • In a vision he's seen someonenamed Ananias come and place his
  • 00:16:46.931 --> 00:16:49.600
  • hands on him.'" And Ananiasunderstands God's not
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  • up on social media, doesn'talways catch the news,
  • 00:16:53.671 --> 00:16:57.942
  • so Ananias needs to bring Godup to speed on current events.
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  • Ananias answered, "I've heardmany reports about this man
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  • and all the harm he has doneto your saints in Jerusalem.
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  • And he has come herewith authority from the chief
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  • priests to arrest all who callon your name."
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  • Saul's a bad man.
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  • Before he ever gets to Damascus,the Christians in the city know
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  • he's coming for them.
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  • Ananias is trying to remindthe Lord, 'cause clearly he's
  • 00:17:22.600 --> 00:17:25.470
  • been thinking about other partsof the globe, and he's trying
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  • to bring him up to speedon Damascus.
  • 00:17:29.107 --> 00:17:34.745
  • "But the Lord said, 'Go!
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  • The man is my chosen instrumentto carry my name
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  • before the Gentilesand their Kings.'"
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  • Gentile, in the New Testament,is everybody who's not Jewish.
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  • "Before the Gentiles and theirKings, and to all the people
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  • of Israel."
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  • So, Ananias goes and praysfor him.
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  • Again, this isn't the storythe way I would have written it.
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  • Saul is an angry, murderous,hater of Jesus and any who
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  • follow him.
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  • He has some crazy gifts.
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  • Has a stunning intellect.
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  • He's been trained since he wasa child in the Laws of Moses
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  • and the practice of Judaism.
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  • He's had the best teachersand the best training.
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  • He's a Roman citizen.
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  • He's uniquely positioned.
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  • He has authority over the wholeRoman Empire.
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  • See, if I'd been writing thisnarrative, and I'd have been
  • 00:18:21.359 --> 00:18:23.060
  • God, I'd have thought, "Youknow, that one's a murderer.
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  • I'm going to give those crazygifts to bury.
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  • I mean, after all, if I madeone, I'll make another."
  • 00:18:31.235 --> 00:18:35.606
  • But the beauty of God,the freedom in Jesus, is he
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  • takes you and me in ourbrokenness, in all that we are
  • 00:18:40.845 --> 00:18:45.082
  • not, in all of our failuresand all of our junk,
  • 00:18:45.116 --> 00:18:51.088
  • and transforms us into somethinguniquely valuable in the eternal
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  • Kingdom of God.
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  • In the first chapter of 1Corinthians, it says he does
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  • that so that he's the one whogets the glory.
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  • So, I think one of the reasonswere frustrated is you and I are
  • 00:19:06.337 --> 00:19:08.206
  • still trying to do thingsfor which we think we get
  • 00:19:08.239 --> 00:19:10.208
  • the glory.
  • 00:19:10.241 --> 00:19:11.809
  • God wants to do something in youand through you that
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  • everybody go, "Whoo!
  • 00:19:14.045 --> 00:19:15.680
  • That had to be God."
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  • There's a component of this thatis beyond me, and it's
  • 00:19:20.251 --> 00:19:22.653
  • beyond time.
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  • Look, I'm workin' for somethin'that's ahead of me.
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  • You know the New Testament saysthat run in such a way as to win
  • 00:19:29.493 --> 00:19:31.929
  • the prize, 'cause not everybodygets a prize.
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  • Do you know God's nota socialist?
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  • Let that settle in for a minute,it's the truth.
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  • God's not gonna treat everybodythe same.
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  • When he's building housesfor you next, everybody's not
  • 00:19:51.782 --> 00:19:54.518
  • gettin' the same one.
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  • I can prove it real quickly.
  • 00:19:57.255 --> 00:19:59.257
  • It says in Philippians 2 thatGod gave Jesus the name that's
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:01.692
  • above every name.
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  • That at the name of Jesus,every knee would bow.
  • 00:20:03.094 --> 00:20:04.528
  • Jesus got first, so you'renot gonna get that.
  • 00:20:04.562 --> 00:20:10.568
  • There's a reward.
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  • You're gonna have a little bitof a dream in your heart.
  • 00:20:18.376 --> 00:20:20.044
  • "God, I wanna honor you."
  • 00:20:20.077 --> 00:20:22.446
  • It's not about stadiums filledwith people or arenas or lots
  • 00:20:22.480 --> 00:20:25.349
  • of notoriety or havin' morefollowers in the social media
  • 00:20:25.383 --> 00:20:28.686
  • than anybody else.
  • 00:20:28.719 --> 00:20:30.054
  • If you're faithfulin the assignment God has given
  • 00:20:30.087 --> 00:20:31.956
  • you, he will reward you.
  • 00:20:31.989 --> 00:20:36.494
  • Paul said, "There is in storefor me a crown
  • 00:20:36.527 --> 00:20:39.163
  • of righteousness."
  • 00:20:39.196 --> 00:20:42.366
  • And when he said that, he'sa prisoner in jail with--his
  • 00:20:42.400 --> 00:20:46.504
  • back is rippled with scar tissuefrom the beatings he's taken,
  • 00:20:46.537 --> 00:20:50.041
  • and the churches he's plantedyou wouldn't want to visit.
  • 00:20:50.074 --> 00:20:56.080
  • And he said, "There's a crownof righteousness for me."
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  • Don't let go of that God-dreamin your heart.
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  • Number four, you've gotto expect more than others think
  • 00:21:06.457 --> 00:21:09.560
  • is possible.
  • 00:21:09.593 --> 00:21:12.830
  • You've got to expect more.
  • 00:21:12.863 --> 00:21:14.165
  • You keep your heart open to thatGod component.
  • 00:21:14.198 --> 00:21:17.902
  • God and you make a bigdifference.
  • 00:21:17.935 --> 00:21:21.272
  • Paul, when he's on trialbefore Agrippa, his life is
  • 00:21:21.305 --> 00:21:23.808
  • in the balance, and he's givenhis testimony, the boy's
  • 00:21:23.841 --> 00:21:27.078
  • unrelenting, the man.
  • 00:21:27.111 --> 00:21:30.981
  • "Then Agrippa says to him, 'Doyou think in such a short time
  • 00:21:31.015 --> 00:21:32.983
  • you can persuade me to bea Christian?'
  • 00:21:33.017 --> 00:21:34.485
  • And Paul says, 'Short timeor long, I pray God that not
  • 00:21:34.518 --> 00:21:37.488
  • only you but all who arelistening today, become what I
  • 00:21:37.521 --> 00:21:39.824
  • am, except for these chains.'"Not much backup in Paul.
  • 00:21:39.857 --> 00:21:45.863
  • He's got an expectation.
  • 00:21:46.163 --> 00:21:47.498
  • I attended Oral RobertsUniversity once upon a time,
  • 00:21:47.531 --> 00:21:51.335
  • and I don't know how many of youremember Oral Roberts, but he
  • 00:21:51.369 --> 00:21:53.070
  • used to have these one-liners,you know, "Something good is
  • 00:21:53.104 --> 00:21:57.141
  • gonna happen to you."
  • 00:21:57.174 --> 00:22:00.010
  • Well, on both sidesof the basketball court in big
  • 00:22:00.044 --> 00:22:02.580
  • six-foot letters was"Expect a miracle."
  • 00:22:02.613 --> 00:22:05.950
  • I always thought that wasa little demeaning
  • 00:22:05.983 --> 00:22:07.284
  • to the athletes.
  • 00:22:07.318 --> 00:22:10.054
  • Expect a miracle.
  • 00:22:10.087 --> 00:22:12.456
  • But from this season in my life,I'm thankful for his boldness.
  • 00:22:12.490 --> 00:22:17.862
  • Now, we would mock him asstudents.
  • 00:22:17.895 --> 00:22:20.865
  • I know what you do when youleave here.
  • 00:22:20.898 --> 00:22:26.404
  • One of 'em was breakthroughfrom Heaven in '77,
  • 00:22:26.437 --> 00:22:29.273
  • so we made one up.
  • 00:22:29.306 --> 00:22:31.275
  • Expect a mate in '78,she'll be fine in '79.
  • 00:22:31.308 --> 00:22:37.314
  • And I missed oftentimeswhat he was trying to put
  • 00:22:39.350 --> 00:22:41.318
  • in front of us.
  • 00:22:41.352 --> 00:22:45.089
  • He had tuberculosis as a child.
  • 00:22:45.122 --> 00:22:49.126
  • Came from the poorestof settings, and he watched God
  • 00:22:49.160 --> 00:22:53.130
  • take a broken body and a lifewith seemingly little promise
  • 00:22:53.164 --> 00:22:59.170
  • and used him to impacta generation for the gospel
  • 00:22:59.370 --> 00:23:01.739
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:01.772 --> 00:23:05.309
  • Don't apologize because of yourGod-dream.
  • 00:23:05.342 --> 00:23:09.580
  • Don't be embarrassed.
  • 00:23:09.613 --> 00:23:10.915
  • There'll be folks that'll makefun, people close to you, people
  • 00:23:10.948 --> 00:23:12.650
  • you're sacrificing to givean opportunity to.
  • 00:23:12.683 --> 00:23:15.286
  • I was one of those.
  • 00:23:15.319 --> 00:23:18.789
  • More than half of my tuitioncame from dollars he raised
  • 00:23:18.823 --> 00:23:22.126
  • with his phrases, like, "Expecta miracle," and, "Something good
  • 00:23:22.159 --> 00:23:24.795
  • is gonna happen to you."
  • 00:23:24.829 --> 00:23:26.163
  • And I didn't have the good sensenot to criticize him.
  • 00:23:26.197 --> 00:23:32.203
  • You keep expecting God to be Godanyway.
  • 00:23:32.970 --> 00:23:38.242
  • Don't you let the criticsand the selfish and the unwise
  • 00:23:38.275 --> 00:23:44.014
  • knock you off the path.
  • 00:23:44.048 --> 00:23:46.150
  • Expect more than others thinkis possible.
  • 00:23:46.183 --> 00:23:48.085
  • And finally, you're gonna haveto work more than others think
  • 00:23:48.118 --> 00:23:49.887
  • is necessary.
  • 00:23:49.920 --> 00:23:53.123
  • Folks, there are things God willnot do for you.
  • 00:23:53.157 --> 00:23:57.761
  • Work's not particularlyfashionable these days; it's as
  • 00:23:57.795 --> 00:24:00.164
  • if somebody else should do it.
  • 00:24:00.197 --> 00:24:03.300
  • We want to be visionaries, and Idon't know what we want to be,
  • 00:24:03.334 --> 00:24:05.703
  • but we don't want to work.
  • 00:24:05.736 --> 00:24:09.039
  • I still think callouses aresomething to be proud of.
  • 00:24:09.073 --> 00:24:14.011
  • You need some place in your lifewhere work may not in the moment
  • 00:24:14.044 --> 00:24:18.382
  • feel rewarding but requirea commitment and a diligence.
  • 00:24:18.415 --> 00:24:24.421
  • I've discovered something:For excellence, you'll pay
  • 00:24:27.558 --> 00:24:29.426
  • on the front end.
  • 00:24:29.460 --> 00:24:31.729
  • You're going to makethe investment before you see
  • 00:24:31.762 --> 00:24:33.397
  • the dividend.
  • 00:24:33.430 --> 00:24:35.499
  • Lots of people are willingto get in line at the end when
  • 00:24:35.533 --> 00:24:37.535
  • the dividends are beinghanded out.
  • 00:24:37.568 --> 00:24:40.004
  • But the question is, are yougoing to make the investment
  • 00:24:40.037 --> 00:24:42.406
  • when it's not a sure thing?
  • 00:24:42.439 --> 00:24:44.975
  • Are you going to redirect timeand energy and effort?
  • 00:24:45.009 --> 00:24:47.111
  • Are you gonna say no to otherinvitations and focus yourself
  • 00:24:47.144 --> 00:24:49.847
  • on the Lord or effort whenothers are using the opportunity
  • 00:24:49.880 --> 00:24:53.284
  • to recreate or to indulgethemselves?
  • 00:24:53.317 --> 00:24:58.989
  • This isn't beyond us.
  • 00:24:59.023 --> 00:25:00.357
  • It's not so complicated wecan't understand.
  • 00:25:00.391 --> 00:25:02.560
  • We've got to make the decisionthat we're gonna
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  • pursue God's best.
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