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What Should We Do? Part 2

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October 21, 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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  • Allen Jackson: I know manyChristians who imagine
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  • themselves Spirit-filled, andthey'll give you evidence in
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  • their prayer lives, or theirprayer languages, or what--many
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  • expressions of that, but there'sa difference in saying, "I'm
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  • filled with the Spirit," and tolead a life in the power of the
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  • Spirit of God.
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  • We need the power of the Spiritof God to be displayed in
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  • this season.
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  • Our churches have been inert fortoo long.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, it's PastorAllen.
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  • It's great to be with you again.
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  • We're having church outdoorsthese days.
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  • It's the safest way for us to betogether, but it's important for
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  • the church to be together.
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  • I pray the church where you arehas begun meeting again.
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  • If not, I would encourage you tobe an advocate for that.
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  • We've got to overcome thisvirus.
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  • We can't afford to hide from itany longer.
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  • I believe the blood of Jesus issufficient to give us a pathway
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  • through it and the Holy Spiritwill give us the wisdom we need
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  • to come back to life.
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  • Our kids have got to go back toschool, our businesses have to
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  • open up again, our churches needto be worshiping.
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  • You realize that 90% of us thatwere worshiping together in
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  • January have not been worshipingtogether?
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  • That leaves a deficit in ourworld.
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  • It's more valuable than we canimagine.
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  • And if the church doesn'timagine ourselves to be
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  • essential, we shouldn't imagineanybody else to.
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  • I'm honored to have theseminutes with you.
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  • Our topic today is, "God BlessAmerica Again."
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  • Listen, there's no question Godblessed this nation.
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  • I believe he called it intoexistence.
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  • The liberties, the freedoms thatwe have, the abundance that we
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  • enjoy, the privileges that havecome to our children of schools,
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  • and the opportunities that theyhave the travel they've been
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  • exposed to, those are notuniversal in scope.
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  • They're unique to us as a peoplein so many ways and I believe
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  • they come from the hand of God.
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  • We want to be thankful for that.
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  • Maybe you want to just take aminute and thank God for the
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  • blessings he's given you.
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  • I know our lives aren't perfect,but gratitude is the beginning
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  • for so many good things with theLord.
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  • We're gonna look at the Word ofGod today and see if we can
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  • understand what we need to do.
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  • What's our response?
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  • The church has a mission in thisseason that is just as important
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  • as the healthcare people, or theeconomists, or our
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  • political leaders.
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  • We need the church to be thechurch, and we have to believe
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  • in the tools that God has put inour hand, and we have to
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  • implement them.
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  • I'm going to give you someassignments today.
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  • I hope you came with an openheart and a willingness to say
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  • yes to the Lord.
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  • Get out your Bible, get anotepad, take a few minutes.
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  • God is gonna focus us.
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  • We're gonna see the victories ofthe Lord in the land of
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  • the living.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: Well, after Jonahhad a little fishing adventure,
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  • he finally got to the city ofNineveh.
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  • Jonah 3 in verse 4, "On thefirst day, Jonah started into
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  • the city.
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  • He proclaimed, 'Forty more daysand Nineveh will be overturned.'
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  • And the Ninevites believed God.
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  • They declared a fast, and all ofthem, from the greatest to the
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  • least, put on sackcloth.
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  • And when the news reached theking of Nineveh, he rose from
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  • his throne, and he took off hisroyal robes, and covered himself
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  • with sackcloth, and he sat downin the dust.
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  • And he issued a proclamation inthe city, 'By the decree of the
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  • king and his nobles, let everyman or beast, herd or flock
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  • takes nothing.
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  • Let man and beast be coveredwith sackcloth.
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  • Let everyone urgently call onGod.
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  • Let them give up their evil waysand their violence.
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  • Who knows?
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  • God may yet relent and withcompassion turn from his fierce
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  • anger, so that we will notperish.'"
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  • And from the least to thegreatest, the inhabitants of
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  • Nineveh repented.
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  • And in verse 10 it says, "WhenGod saw what they did and how
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  • they turned from their evilways, he had compassion and
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  • didn't bring upon them thedestruction he had threatened."
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  • Some of you are stuck.
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  • You're stuck.
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  • You worship your intellect.
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  • Now, I like education.
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  • I could've been a professionalstudent.
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  • I like to learn, and to read,and to--I'm quite happy in the
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  • stacks of books in a library.
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  • That is old school.
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  • But I have--I had to learn toyield my intellect to God.
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  • He's smarter than we are.
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  • And some of you were stuck.
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  • You think, "I don't have anyidea why missing a meal would
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  • have any impact on the destinyof a nation, or on my own
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  • personal trajectory, or my ownspiritual life."
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  • And apart from the Word of Godand the council it gives us, we
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  • wouldn't have any idea.
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  • But God spared a city becausethey humbled themselves in
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  • prayer and fasting, and changedtheir ways.
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  • Nineveh was spared for more than100 years.
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  • In fact, in a startlingcontrast, Northern Israel did
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  • not repent, refused the calls torepentance that came from
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  • multiple prophets.
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  • Nineveh had one prophet from aforeign nation, and when they
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  • heard the assignment the firsttime, they humbled themselves in
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  • fasting and prayer.
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  • Northern Israel refused to dothat under the tutelage of
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  • multiple prophets.
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  • And Nineveh was the agent thatGod used to discipline
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  • Northern Israel.
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  • I'll give you another example,Esther.
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  • Again, I hope a familiar story.
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  • A young Jewish woman whocoincidentally became the Queen
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  • of Persia.
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  • She had a very powerful positionand there's a threat to the
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  • Jewish people.
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  • In fact, the king has signed anedict that the Jews throughout
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  • his empire are to be slaughteredon an appointed day.
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  • And the man who had rearedEsther, her cousin, sends a
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  • message to her asking her tointercede for her people at some
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  • significant personal risk.
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  • You know, again, it's probablyworth noting as just a matter of
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  • history that when Israel wasfree and independent, and they
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  • were given multiple warnings torepent or destruction would
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  • come, they refused the warnings.
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  • But when Israel lost their placein the land, and their temple
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  • was destroyed, and they'reliving as exiles in foreign
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  • nations, on multiple occasionswe watched the people of God
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  • respond to his invitations tohumble themselves, and fast,
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  • and pray.
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  • When they were in captivity,they were willing to cooperate
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  • with God in a new way.
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  • I took a moment with thatbecause it seems to have a
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  • parallel to us.
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  • We still have a good degree ofour independence.
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  • We still have freedom andliberty to gather, and to
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  • worship, and to come and to go,and to use our resources as we
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  • would choose.
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  • I think the question that isoutstanding is, will those of us
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  • who imagine ourselves to be apart of the body of Christ, will
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  • we humble ourselves and repentor will we imagine that the
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  • problems that vex us are theresponsibility of the wicked?
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  • If we will humble ourselves andpray, I want to read you
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  • Esther's answer.
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  • She said, "Gather together allthe Jews who are in Susa, the
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  • capital city, and fast for me.
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  • Don't eat or drink for threedays, night or day.
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  • I and my maids will fast as youdo.
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  • And when this is done, I'll goto the king, even though it's
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  • against the law.
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  • And if I perish, I perish."
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  • You know, until this day theJewish people celebrate
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  • that victory.
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  • It's another Jewish holiday,Purim.
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  • God responded to the people whenthey humbled themselves.
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  • When they afflicted their souls,the one who had instigated the
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  • annihilation was himselfdestroyed with the plans he had
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  • made for the people.
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  • God supernaturally intervened.
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  • Do you believe that Godintervenes in the course of
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  • human history?
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  • It's important, church.
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  • Why would we trust science morethan we trust God?
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  • And I'm not against science.
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  • I'm grateful for all the workthey do, but the church has to
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  • believe that Almighty God has astronger hand than any force
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  • that a human being can initiate.
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  • I want to finish a bit of thestory.
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  • I think it's relevant.
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  • Esther 5, and verse 1 says, "Onthe third day, Esther put on her
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  • royal robes and she stood in theinner court in the palace in
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  • front of the king's hall.
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  • And the king was sitting on hisroyal throne in the hall, facing
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  • the entrance."
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  • After Esther had fasted andprayed for three days, she put
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  • on her royal robes and went tosee the king.
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  • If you went without a summonsand the king didn't lower his
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  • scepter to welcome, you know thestory, you'd be executed.
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  • It was a harsh time.
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  • And Esther, after she'd prayedand fasted, and all those who
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  • attended her, and all those whowould stand with her, she put on
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  • her royal robes.
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  • I have an image of that.
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  • She's standing there as thequeen, dressed in her
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  • royal finery.
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  • I love the image because I wannasuggest an image to you.
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  • After we've humbled ourselvesand we have repented, we have to
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  • put on our royal robes andpresent ourselves to the King.
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  • If we intend to change history,fasting, and prayer, and
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  • repentance is a pathway.
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  • Listen to Isaiah 61, and verse10, "I delight greatly in
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  • the Lord.
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  • My soul rejoices in my God.
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  • For he has clothed me withgarments of salvation and
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  • arrayed me in a robe ofrighteousness, as a bridegroom
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  • adorns his head like a priestand a bride adorns herself with
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  • her jewels."
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  • When we've humble ourselves, andwe understand we stand in the
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  • righteousness that is ours inChrist, and we stand clothed not
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  • in our self-righteousness, ourfilthy rags, but within the
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  • glorious provision of theredemptive work of God, we can
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  • come boldly, the author ofHebrews says, before the throne
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  • of grace and find mercy to helpus in our time of need.
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  • We have an assignment, church.
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  • It's to be more than spectatorswho consume the news.
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  • And our hearts are filled withanguish and panic.
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  • You've heard of the pilgrims?
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  • We have a holiday where theystill at least get some partial
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  • billing, right?
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  • Buckles on their shoes, turkeys.
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  • Remember the pilgrims?
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  • The pilgrims emerged from thesect within England,
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  • the Puritans.
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  • I don't have time to unpack thedifferences and the
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  • distinctions, but WilliamBradford and the pilgrims who
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  • helped to found this nation orpopulate this continent were
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  • consistently united in publicprayer and fasting.
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  • It was a part of their lives,privately and publicly.
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  • I brought one example.
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  • I could've brought many becauseit's a part of William
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  • Bradford's writings.
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  • They were about to depart on thejourney to cross the ocean.
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  • It says, "Being ready to depart,they had a day of solemn
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  • humiliation, their pastor, JohnRobinson, took his text from
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  • Ezra 8:21."
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  • Sound familiar?
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  • "By the Ahava Canal, Iproclaimed a fast so that we
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  • might humble ourselves beforeour God and ask him for a safe
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  • journey for us and our childrenwith all our possessions."
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  • Bradford goes on to write, "Uponwhich Robinson spent a good part
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  • of the day very profitably, andsuitable to their
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  • present occasion.
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  • The rest of the time was spentin pouring out prayers to the
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  • Lord with great fervency, mixedwith the abundance of tears."
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  • Did you know our nation wasbirthed by a group of people who
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  • stood together in prayer andfasting before they faced the
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  • challenges of their lives?
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  • That's our history.
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  • The practice of setting asidespecial days of prayer and
  • 00:11:47.223 --> 00:11:49.325
  • fasting became an accepted partof life of the Plymouth Colony.
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  • November 15, 1636, a law waspassed that allowed the governor
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  • and his assistants to commandsolemn days of humiliation by
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  • fasting, and also forthanksgiving as the occasion
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  • shall be offered.
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  • What we're doing today is not adeviation from our history.
  • 00:12:06.742 --> 00:12:09.478
  • We're asking God for hisblessing, for his guidance, for
  • 00:12:10.312 --> 00:12:13.082
  • his deliverance upon us in thisseason of our history together.
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  • We refuse to simply consume theblessings of the sacrifices of
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  • those who have gone before us.
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  • We will take our place as thepeople of God in
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  • this generation.
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  • Now, I'm sure there's a skepticor two saying, "Pastor, those
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  • are all Old Testament examples."
  • 00:12:32.234 --> 00:12:34.603
  • You're right, Obi Wan, so let megive you one New Testament
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  • example from a figure I thinkyou'll know.
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  • His name is Jesus.
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  • In Luke 4, in chapter 1 it says,"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:12:44.446 --> 00:12:47.583
  • returned from the Jordan wherehe'd been baptized and was led
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  • by the Spirit into the desert,where for 40 days he was tempted
  • 00:12:51.921 --> 00:12:54.924
  • by the devil.
  • 00:12:54.957 --> 00:12:56.458
  • And he ate nothing during thosedays, and at the end of them he
  • 00:12:56.492 --> 00:12:59.161
  • was hungry."
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  • You think?
  • 00:13:00.529 --> 00:13:01.864
  • Jesus did not begin his publicministry until he'd spent 40
  • 00:13:02.131 --> 00:13:05.801
  • days seeking God with prayer andfasting.
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  • If it was important for thesinless, obedient Son of God
  • 00:13:09.638 --> 00:13:13.576
  • sent to the earth incarnate onan assignment to seek and to
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  • save those which were lost, ifit was necessary for him to fast
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  • and pray to fulfill God'sassignment for his life, can you
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  • imagine that it might berelevant for you and me?
  • 00:13:25.521 --> 00:13:28.424
  • In fact, in that same chapter ofLuke's Gospel, chapter 4, in
  • 00:13:31.193 --> 00:13:34.163
  • verse 14 it says that, "Jesus,after this time of temptation
  • 00:13:34.196 --> 00:13:37.766
  • and fasting, returned toGalilee."
  • 00:13:37.800 --> 00:13:39.869
  • But he says, "This time hereturned in the power of the
  • 00:13:40.369 --> 00:13:42.638
  • Spirit, and news about himspread through the
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  • whole countryside."
  • 00:13:45.241 --> 00:13:46.542
  • His ministry is launched.
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  • It goes viral, if we can borrowa term.
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  • He returned in the power of theSpirit.
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  • I think the distinction betweenbeing filled with the Spirit and
  • 00:13:54.216 --> 00:13:57.186
  • leading a life in the power ofthe Spirit has to do with your
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  • determination to afflict yoursoul, to humble ourselves, and
  • 00:14:00.522 --> 00:14:05.628
  • fast, and seek the face of theLord.
  • 00:14:05.661 --> 00:14:08.330
  • I know many Christians whoimagine themselves Spirit-filled
  • 00:14:09.965 --> 00:14:12.334
  • and they'll give you evidence intheir prayer lives, or their
  • 00:14:12.701 --> 00:14:14.904
  • prayer languages, or what--manyexpressions of that, but there's
  • 00:14:14.937 --> 00:14:19.575
  • a difference in saying, "I'mfilled with the Spirit," and to
  • 00:14:19.608 --> 00:14:21.577
  • lead a life in the power of theSpirit of God.
  • 00:14:21.610 --> 00:14:24.113
  • We need the power of the Spiritof God to be displayed in
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  • this season.
  • 00:14:28.417 --> 00:14:29.852
  • Our churches have been inert fortoo long.
  • 00:14:29.885 --> 00:14:32.154
  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
  • 00:14:37.192 --> 00:14:39.194
  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
  • 00:14:39.228 --> 00:14:42.398
  • the course, and the direction ofour nation.
  • 00:14:42.431 --> 00:14:44.333
  • And I believe because of ourfaith, we have been uniquely
  • 00:14:45.467 --> 00:14:47.937
  • blessed by God.
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  • And our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
  • 00:14:50.372 --> 00:14:53.609
  • the value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
  • 00:14:53.642 --> 00:14:57.046
  • freedoms will not persist.
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  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads.
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  • It's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
  • 00:15:09.925 --> 00:15:11.660
  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of
  • 00:15:13.028 --> 00:15:15.331
  • the wicked.
  • 00:15:15.364 --> 00:15:16.699
  • The great challenge we face isthe indifference of
  • 00:15:16.732 --> 00:15:18.500
  • the faithful.
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  • We've got to have a heartchange.
  • 00:15:19.902 --> 00:15:21.337
  • Well, I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
  • 00:15:21.904 --> 00:15:24.807
  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them
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  • with you.
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  • We put 'em in a book, "God BlessAmerica Again."
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  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation.
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  • He called us into existence andhe has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
  • 00:15:34.917 --> 00:15:37.152
  • of God's people than apolitician, or a political
  • 00:15:37.186 --> 00:15:39.788
  • party, or an election.
  • 00:15:39.822 --> 00:15:41.223
  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now, I want toclose this with an invitation,
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  • and I'd like to highlight thepower of repentance in
  • 00:16:13.255 --> 00:16:15.991
  • our lives.
  • 00:16:16.025 --> 00:16:17.393
  • You see, repentance unleashesbelief, and faith, and
  • 00:16:18.127 --> 00:16:21.130
  • faithfulness in us.
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  • We've been watching of latedemonstrations in the streets of
  • 00:16:23.766 --> 00:16:26.235
  • our cities and we've heard callsfrom multiple fronts for others
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  • to repent.
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  • It seems to me that there's ahigh degree of consciousness,
  • 00:16:34.910 --> 00:16:37.413
  • awareness of the sins of otherpeople and even the sins of
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  • other generations.
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  • But it seems also to me thatwe're much less concerned with
  • 00:16:44.787 --> 00:16:47.990
  • our own heart condition and ourown obedience to God.
  • 00:16:48.023 --> 00:16:50.826
  • We can't repent for others, butwe can repent for ourselves.
  • 00:16:52.528 --> 00:16:56.632
  • When Jesus began his ministry,it says he went into Galilee
  • 00:16:58.300 --> 00:17:01.303
  • proclaiming the good news ofGod.
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  • It's Mark chapter 1. "The timehas come," he said.
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  • "The kingdom of God is near.
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  • Repent and believe the goodnews."
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  • Repentance is the catalyst.
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  • It's the accelerant for belief.
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  • If you're struggling to believe,if there are places where doubt
  • 00:17:16.085 --> 00:17:19.221
  • and skepticism hold a place inyour thoughts and your emotions,
  • 00:17:19.254 --> 00:17:25.260
  • perhaps you doubt that the bloodof Jesus is sufficient to set
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  • you free, that you've failed sogloriously, and so
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  • magnificently, and so frequentlythat you're relegated to the
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  • second class citizenry of thekingdom.
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  • Or perhaps your battle iselsewhere.
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  • You feel like you'd have tolower yourself to believe the
  • 00:17:44.046 --> 00:17:46.515
  • Word of God to be inspired, andauthoritative, and directive.
  • 00:17:46.548 --> 00:17:49.852
  • Whatever the source may be,whatever avenue it's taken,
  • 00:17:51.487 --> 00:17:54.056
  • because our adversary is cleverand he'll put us in bondage with
  • 00:17:54.089 --> 00:17:58.927
  • whatever lie we're willing tolisten to, but if we will pause
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  • and invite the Holy Spirit intoour lives with a spirit of
  • 00:18:03.465 --> 00:18:05.868
  • humility and repentance, thebarriers to belief will crumble.
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  • You'll be able to believe whereyou have stood as a
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  • staunch skeptic.
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  • Jesus gave us the formula,"Repent and believe."
  • 00:18:16.712 --> 00:18:20.215
  • One last verse, Hosea 10, andverse 12 says, "Sow for
  • 00:18:21.483 --> 00:18:26.021
  • yourselves righteousness, reapthe fruit of unfailing love, and
  • 00:18:26.054 --> 00:18:29.224
  • break up your unplowed ground.
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  • It is time to seek the Lorduntil he comes and showers
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  • righteousness on you."
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  • What we're asking God to do iscome by his Spirit and shower
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  • righteousness upon our nation,in our homes, in our schools, in
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  • our college campuses, in thehalls of Congress, in our
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  • hospital corridors.
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  • Would that not--would you notput your face on the ground and
  • 00:18:48.877 --> 00:18:53.815
  • weep to see righteousnessshowered upon our nation?
  • 00:18:53.849 --> 00:18:56.818
  • Well, the prophet gives us thepathway.
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  • He said that we have to break upour unplowed ground.
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  • Some of the older translationssay our fallow ground, the
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  • ground that may have beenfruitful in earlier seasons, but
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  • it's been left untilled,untended.
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  • It was treated presumptively.
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  • It was ignored and now it has tobe broken up again.
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  • Well, repentance is the catalystfor that.
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  • Now, I know if you've beenaround church twice, you're
  • 00:19:22.511 --> 00:19:24.279
  • familiar with the word "repent,"but I honestly don't believe you
  • 00:19:24.313 --> 00:19:28.850
  • can be a faithful disciple ofJesus unless you're very much
  • 00:19:28.884 --> 00:19:32.054
  • familiar and at home with thepractice of repentance.
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  • Repentance isn't something thatthe Pagans need to do,
  • 00:19:35.324 --> 00:19:37.659
  • repentance is the practice ofthe people of God.
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  • And I wanna invite you towards alittle different attitude
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  • towards repentance in your life.
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  • Don't be in a hurry with it.
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  • Ask the Spirit of God to helpyou to thoroughly examine the
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  • state of your heart and see whatcondition you're in.
  • 00:19:51.073 --> 00:19:55.210
  • Check to see if on a daily basisyou're walking with God or if
  • 00:19:55.244 --> 00:20:01.149
  • you're walking with the devil.
  • 00:20:01.183 --> 00:20:03.585
  • And you may need to break yourday into segments.
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  • Do you honor God through thecourse of your day?
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  • And I don't mean for you simplyto glance at your past life and
  • 00:20:09.324 --> 00:20:12.361
  • acknowledge that it was filledwith sin and ungodliness, and
  • 00:20:12.561 --> 00:20:16.098
  • then go to God with a generalconfession are just dump the
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  • whole lot on the ground.
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  • That's not what I'm suggesting.
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  • I'm asking you to look at eachindividual thing that the Spirit
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  • of God brings to your mind, oneat a time.
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  • Take a pen and paper perhaps.
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  • And I'm grateful for technology,I use a computer a lot, but if
  • 00:20:33.215 --> 00:20:36.251
  • I'm really getting serious aboutsomethin', I want a legal pad
  • 00:20:36.285 --> 00:20:38.487
  • and a pen.
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  • I like lists.
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  • And whatever tool is mostcomfortable in your hand, take
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  • some time.
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  • Ask the Spirit of God to helpyou to think of your failures,
  • 00:20:49.331 --> 00:20:51.366
  • your sins.
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  • Don't ignore them.
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  • There's a solution for them,there's a remedy for 'em, but
  • 00:20:54.703 --> 00:20:56.038
  • ignoring them, denying them,hiding them in the past or the
  • 00:20:56.071 --> 00:20:59.374
  • recesses of your memory doesn'tnecessarily bring freedom.
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  • Go over them carefully as if youwere evaluating a bill or
  • 00:21:02.944 --> 00:21:05.814
  • a receipt.
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  • Each time something else comesto mind, put it on the list.
  • 00:21:07.849 --> 00:21:11.053
  • Now the list we're more familiarwith are the sins we commit
  • 00:21:15.057 --> 00:21:17.526
  • overtly, ungodly choices.
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  • I think the one that plaguesthis generation is worldliness,
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  • even within the church.
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  • I think we have sold our soulsto comfort and convenience,
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  • pride, envy.
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  • It seems that our desire formore is insatiable.
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  • Contentment has escaped usbecause we're filled with
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  • covetousness and envy, acritical spirit.
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  • Lack of respect, it's washingover us like an avalanche
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  • because we haven't had it withinthe church.
  • 00:21:52.227 --> 00:21:53.695
  • We haven't even respected God.
  • 00:21:53.729 --> 00:21:55.697
  • Why?
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  • We've got a whole new set ofvocabulary words for the
  • 00:21:59.134 --> 00:22:01.536
  • frequency with which we lie.
  • 00:22:01.570 --> 00:22:03.338
  • We spin things.
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  • We misremember.
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  • Well, that's your truth.
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  • We cheat.
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  • We call it good business if wefind a way to make some
  • 00:22:13.682 --> 00:22:17.219
  • inappropriate profit because theperson we're dealing with is
  • 00:22:17.252 --> 00:22:20.288
  • either unaware or incapable ofunderstanding what's beneath
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  • our profit.
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  • We don't imagine that we arecheating somebody for
  • 00:22:24.393 --> 00:22:25.961
  • personal gain.
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  • We say we've done good business.God forgive us.
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  • I'm not talking about thosebeyond the church.
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  • Our hypocrisy, we rob God.
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  • We don't give.
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  • We find some story about someonemisappropriating funds with
  • 00:22:40.242 --> 00:22:42.944
  • which they were entrusted and wethink that relieves us from our
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  • obligation to lead generouslives.
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  • It seems that our tempers, wehave unleashed them.
  • 00:22:51.119 --> 00:22:53.221
  • We've given ourselves andemotional license.
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  • We've got a whole new vocabularyfor that too, things like
  • 00:22:55.524 --> 00:22:57.492
  • road rage.
  • 00:22:57.526 --> 00:22:58.960
  • We used just to call you a baddriver.
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  • Unforgiveness.
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  • The list goes on and on.
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  • I want to ask you today toconsider joining in the fast
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  • this week.
  • 00:23:11.139 --> 00:23:12.574
  • Choose the part that'sappropriate for you.
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  • But I wanna ask you this morningif you'll take a step of faith
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  • with me, an expression ofrepentance.
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  • I want you to stand with me ifyou will.
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  • I'm done.
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  • If you have been convicted, Iwant to ask you if you'd be
  • 00:23:24.219 --> 00:23:26.521
  • willing to come forward andsimply come and offer a prayer
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  • of repentance to the Lord.
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  • All right, come quickly.
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  • We're not gonna wait long 'causewe're gonna pray.
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  • Let's say it together.
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  • Heavenly Father, forgive us forignoring your counsel and for
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  • choosing our own way.
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  • We have turned our backs on you,on your goodness and
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  • abundant blessings.
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  • We have chosen pride andindulgence over righteousness
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  • and purity.
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  • We humble ourselves today, andin repentance we ask for
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  • your mercy.
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  • We are a people and a nation inneed of healing.
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  • Only Almighty God can restoreour fortunes.
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  • We cry out to you today formercy.
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  • We don't blame others for ourcircumstances.
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  • We have walked this path.
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  • Today, we acknowledge AlmightyGod is the judge of all
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  • the earth.
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  • May the name of Jesus ofNazareth be lifted up in our
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  • homes, in our cities, in ourstates, in our nation, in
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  • our churches.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Allen Jackson: I can tell youthis, that Christianity has been
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  • the single most profoundinfluence in shaping the values,
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  • the course, and the direction ofour nation.
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  • And I believe because of ourfaith, we have been uniquely
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  • blessed by God.
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  • And our nation is not perfect,but if we neglect or set aside
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  • to value sets which spawned ourfreedoms, I assure you our
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  • freedoms will not persist.
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  • Allen Jackson: Our nation is ata crossroads.
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  • It's a line of demarcation.
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  • We're gonna choose a directionvery soon and it's not about
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  • an election.
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  • I believe what's in front of usis as important as Gettysburg
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  • has proven to be in our history.
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  • We need a God perspective.
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  • The challenge that we face isn'tabout the depravity of
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  • the wicked.
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  • The great challenge we face isthe indifference of
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  • the faithful.
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  • We've got to have a heartchange.
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  • Well, I worked for several weeksand put together some lessons
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  • that I've shared with our churchand I want to share them
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  • with you.
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  • We put 'em in a book, "God BlessAmerica Again."
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  • There's no question God hasblessed this nation.
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  • He called us into existence andhe has sustained us.
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  • What we will be in the futurehas more to do with the hearts
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  • of God's people than apolitician, or a political
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  • party, or an election.
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  • We need a prophetic perspectivefrom God right now.
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  • Enjoy the book.
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Church inMurfreesboro.
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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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  • ♪♪♪
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