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My Spirit - My Responsibility

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  • - Brian Houston: "My Spirit,
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  • My Responsibility."
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  • Proverbs 25:28's
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  • talking about your spirit.
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  • It says, "Whoever has no rule
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  • over their own spirit
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  • is like a city broken down,
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  • without walls."
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  • Think about a city,
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  • an old world, walled city.
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  • And of course, that wall
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  • around a city is important
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  • in terms of defending the city.
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  • And so, in an old world city,
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  • if the walls are broken down,
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  • it's open to every kind of
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  • attack you can imagine.
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  • And that's what the Bible
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  • describes us like if we don't
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  • know how to take responsibility
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  • for our own spirit.
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  • You're like a city
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  • with its walls broken down.
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  • Every kind of attack,
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  • lack of wisdom, poor choices,
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  • an emotional roller coaster,
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  • finding yourself constantly,
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  • constantly, constantly with
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  • things ruling your spirit that
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  • God never intended to be
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  • in your spirit.
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  • And it's amazing how your spirit
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  • makes a way for you in life.
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  • Daniel found that out.
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  • The book of Daniel chapter 6,
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  • verse 3, it describes Daniel as
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  • having an excellent spirit, and
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  • that spirit made a way for him.
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  • It says, "Daniel distinguished
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  • himself above the governors
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  • and the satraps, because
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  • an excellent spirit was in him;
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  • and the king gave thought
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  • to setting him
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  • over the whole realm."
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  • So, what was the key
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  • to Daniel's future?
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  • It was an excellent spirit.
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  • I wonder, if you would describe
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  • Daniel's spirit as an excellent
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  • spirit--David cried out to God
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  • to renew a right spirit in him.
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  • Daniel wanted
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  • an excellent spirit.
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  • David had--or wanted--
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  • a right spirit.
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  • In the same prayer, David
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  • describes God as having a free
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  • spirit or a generous spirit.
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  • He says, "Take not
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  • the Holy Spirit from me."
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  • Listen to it.
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  • "Restore unto me the joy of
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  • Your salvation, and uphold me
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  • with Your free Spirit."
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  • Other Scriptures say
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  • "steadfast--" translations say
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  • "steadfast."
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  • Some say "free."
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  • Some say "generous."
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  • But you can see that God,
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  • his Spirit--his Spirit
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  • is to be attained to.
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  • And so, what would your spirit
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  • be described as?
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  • You see, oftentimes, we think
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  • it's everything else and
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  • everybody else who's holding us
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  • back.
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  • If we just took charge of our
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  • own spirit, made sure that we
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  • keep our spirit like God's
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  • that was free.
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  • A generous spirit really is a
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  • spirit that there's nothing
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  • holding it back.
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  • There's nothing keeping it
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  • tight.
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  • It's generous.
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  • And so often, people allow life
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  • to put things and leave its mark
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  • on their spirit.
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  • In a way, that's stopping you
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  • from entering into so much of
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  • what God has for you.
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  • And like Daniel,
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  • his opportunity was gonna
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  • come out of his spirit.
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  • And you know, many years ago,
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  • when Hillsong Church wasn't
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  • known globally, it was late in
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  • the late 1980s,
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  • I remember going to America.
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  • It was one of the first times
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  • I had ever been to America.
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  • And whilst there, I had the
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  • opportunity to go and visit
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  • a man called Casey
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  • who was building a church
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  • which was exploding.
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  • And so, I went up there to
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  • Seattle and I thought, "Well,
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  • maybe I'll get an appointment
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  • with Casey."
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  • But instead of that, he just
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  • hung out with me for 3 days.
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  • Then, just after that, I come
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  • back to Australia and I got
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  • a letter, an epistle, from--
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  • that's how far back it was--
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  • from Casey asking me to come
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  • and speak at his conference.
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  • And I mean, I was amazed.
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  • He had never heard me preach.
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  • And so, I went, and I spoke,
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  • and afterwards, I asked, I said,
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  • "Why did you ask me to speak?
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  • You've never even heard me
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  • preach."
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  • He said, "I liked your spirit."
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  • I never forgot that, 'cause
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  • I wanna keep the kind of spirit
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  • where my spirit opens doors
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  • and makes a way for me.
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  • You can try and push doors down
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  • with the wrong kind of spirit
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  • and still find yourself
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  • frustrated, or you can live
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  • taking charge of your own spirit
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  • with the belief that what's in
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  • you is gonna provide the way for
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  • God to do what he wants to do
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  • through you, in Jesus' name.
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  • So number one, a right spirit
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  • and obedience.
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  • Obedience is a Bible word,
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  • but it's not necessarily
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  • the most popular Bible word.
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  • I believe the Bible is clear
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  • that obedience
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  • is even better than sacrifice.
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  • You can be sacrificial
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  • in the way you live your life.
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  • "Well, I tithe, and I give to
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  • the poor," and you can talk
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  • about sacrifice.
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  • But you can talk about
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  • sacrifice, but live your life in
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  • a way where you give no one
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  • the right to speak into your
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  • life because of what's
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  • in your spirit.
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  • And there's certain spirits
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  • that can't be taught.
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  • You can't teach pride.
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  • Pride is, in and of itself,
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  • unteachable, and yet humility
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  • cannot stay untaught.
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  • Have you got the kind of spirit
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  • where not just anyone--
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  • if you listen to every voice,
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  • you're gonna end up confused,
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  • but you have the right people
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  • who can speak into your life and
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  • you give them that permission.
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  • Because I feel all of us
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  • need that.
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  • And so, have you got a
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  • right spirit when it comes
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  • to being teachable?
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  • Jesus talked to that rich,
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  • young ruler.
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  • There's a hard combination right
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  • there, 'cause here is a guy
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  • who's used to being in charge.
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  • He's a ruler.
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  • So, you can see this is not
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  • necessarily a person who is
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  • going to be easily taught,
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  • and that's exactly how
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  • it turned out.
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  • Because he said to Jesus,
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  • "Good Teacher, what do I need
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  • to do to be saved?"
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  • And Jesus said, "Well, you know
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  • the Ten Commandments?"
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  • And he said, "Well, I've done
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  • those things since I was
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  • a little boy."
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  • And Jesus says, "Well,
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  • this is what you need to do."
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  • It's in Mark 10, verse 21, and
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  • it says there that, "Jesus,
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  • looking at him, loved him,
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  • and said to him."
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  • Think of that combination.
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  • Jesus looked at him,
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  • loved him, and said to him.
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  • And what Jesus had to say
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  • is not what
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  • the young man wanted to hear.
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  • Who do you allow to look you in
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  • the eye and love you enough not
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  • to tell you what you wanna hear,
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  • but tell you what you need
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  • to hear?
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  • "Jesus, looking at him, loved
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  • him, and said to him that,
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  • 'You need to take what you have,
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  • sell it, give it to the poor.'"
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  • That's what Jesus said.
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  • "One thing you lack: go your
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  • way, sell whatever you have,
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  • give it to the poor and you
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  • will have treasure in heaven.
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  • Come take up the cross,
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  • follow me."
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  • The only other people Jesus
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  • told to take up his cross
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  • became his disciples.
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  • It just makes me wonder what
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  • Jesus may have had in store
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  • for this young man.
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  • You never know what God
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  • had in store because
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  • he went away sorrowful.
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  • He couldn't accept that.
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  • And not only did it sting
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  • and hurt at the time,
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  • so he was sad at the time,
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  • but he went away sorrowful.
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  • In other words, that's what he
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  • took with him and we never hear
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  • about him again.
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  • Let's live our lives
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  • in a teachable way.
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  • Moses, on the other hand, was
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  • a leader of millions of people.
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  • He's a leader of millions of
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  • people and his father-in-law
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  • Jethro comes to visit him in
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  • Exodus 18.
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  • And well, it's a well-known
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  • portion of Scripture because
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  • it's a perfect example of true
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  • mentorship, if you like, because
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  • Jethro, his father-in-law,
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  • is watching the way that Moses
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  • is leading.
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  • And Moses is micro-managing
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  • everything and everybody.
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  • He's involved in everyone's
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  • business.
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  • And he's really down here,
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  • and Jethro sees that he needs
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  • to lift his eyes up here.
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  • So, Jethro says to him in
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  • Exodus 18:17 "Moses, what you're
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  • doing is not good," and then he
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  • gives him another way to lead.
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  • And in verse 24, it says,
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  • "And Moses heeded the voice
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  • of his father-in-law
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  • and did all that he had said."
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  • Moses did what he was told,
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  • even though he was a leader
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  • of millions.
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  • Are we living our lives in a way
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  • where we can be taught?
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  • Because we need people
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  • who can save us from ourselves.
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  • You need them, I need them.
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  • Saul in the Old Testament, God
  • 00:08:08.080 --> 00:08:11.010
  • gave him a specific instruction
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  • through a man of God, Samuel.
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  • He said, "You gotta go to this
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  • particular area
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  • and wipe everything out."
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  • It's Old Testament, remember.
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  • "Wipe out everything.
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  • Leave nothing alive."
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  • Saul, he wiped it all out,
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  • except he kept a little bit of
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  • livestock for himself and
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  • he kept some of the treasures
  • 00:08:27.090 --> 00:08:28.230
  • for himself.
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  • And when Samuel, the man of God,
  • 00:08:30.030 --> 00:08:32.040
  • confronted him, Saul said,
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  • "Well, you know, you
  • 00:08:33.180 --> 00:08:34.220
  • said, so I did, and God didn't."
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  • He was full of excuses,
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  • so he interpreted.
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  • And I feel in life, sometimes if
  • 00:08:38.280 --> 00:08:40.250
  • we don't have the right spirit,
  • 00:08:40.250 --> 00:08:42.110
  • we interpret things to suit
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  • our agenda rather than just live
  • 00:08:44.170 --> 00:08:46.170
  • our lives in humility
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  • and being obedient.
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  • So, right spirit is obedient.
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  • And second, let me talk about
  • 00:08:51.160 --> 00:08:53.070
  • a right spirit and position.
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  • Psalm 75 says, "Promotion
  • 00:08:55.250 --> 00:08:57.150
  • doesn't come from the east,
  • 00:08:57.150 --> 00:08:58.160
  • nor the west."
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  • In other words,
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  • it doesn't come from anything
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  • or anyone around us.
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  • Ultimately, if you trust God,
  • 00:09:02.260 --> 00:09:04.250
  • then promotion comes from
  • 00:09:04.250 --> 00:09:06.290
  • heaven itself.
  • 00:09:06.290 --> 00:09:08.100
  • And when you trust God to make
  • 00:09:08.100 --> 00:09:10.000
  • a way for you in life and you
  • 00:09:10.000 --> 00:09:12.060
  • keep your spirit right when it
  • 00:09:12.060 --> 00:09:13.060
  • comes to position, when it comes
  • 00:09:13.060 --> 00:09:14.240
  • to title, when it comes to just
  • 00:09:14.240 --> 00:09:17.110
  • even being honored and feeling
  • 00:09:17.110 --> 00:09:19.230
  • like you're respected, when you
  • 00:09:19.230 --> 00:09:21.030
  • trust God and you keep a good
  • 00:09:21.030 --> 00:09:22.250
  • spirit, well, just like for
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  • Daniel, whose spirit put it on
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  • the king's heart to give him
  • 00:09:28.220 --> 00:09:31.120
  • leadership over the whole realm,
  • 00:09:31.120 --> 00:09:33.090
  • then God, I believe, can have
  • 00:09:33.090 --> 00:09:35.030
  • his way in your life and open
  • 00:09:35.030 --> 00:09:36.050
  • the doors that he wants to open.
  • 00:09:36.050 --> 00:09:38.090
  • Trusting God is trusting God.
  • 00:09:38.090 --> 00:09:40.030
  • And if God puts something on
  • 00:09:40.030 --> 00:09:42.090
  • your life, no one can take it
  • 00:09:42.090 --> 00:09:43.260
  • from you, but if God doesn't put
  • 00:09:43.260 --> 00:09:46.130
  • something on your life, then no
  • 00:09:46.130 --> 00:09:48.080
  • title, no position, no striving,
  • 00:09:48.140 --> 00:09:51.140
  • nothing is gonna give it to you.
  • 00:09:51.140 --> 00:09:54.070
  • And that's why we got to keep
  • 00:09:54.070 --> 00:09:55.100
  • a right spirit when it comes to
  • 00:09:55.100 --> 00:09:56.250
  • our position.
  • 00:09:56.250 --> 00:09:59.040
  • Because well, 2 Corinthians 10,
  • 00:09:59.040 --> 00:10:01.120
  • verse 12, that's where Paul
  • 00:10:01.120 --> 00:10:03.100
  • says, "We dare not class
  • 00:10:03.100 --> 00:10:04.130
  • ourselves or compare ourselves
  • 00:10:04.130 --> 00:10:06.010
  • with those who
  • 00:10:06.010 --> 00:10:07.010
  • commend themselves.
  • 00:10:07.010 --> 00:10:07.280
  • Because they, measuring
  • 00:10:07.280 --> 00:10:08.220
  • themselves by themselves, and
  • 00:10:08.220 --> 00:10:10.010
  • comparing themselves amongst
  • 00:10:10.010 --> 00:10:11.120
  • themselves, are not wise.
  • 00:10:11.120 --> 00:10:13.040
  • We, however, will not boast
  • 00:10:13.040 --> 00:10:14.120
  • beyond measure, but within
  • 00:10:14.120 --> 00:10:15.210
  • the sphere which you have
  • 00:10:15.210 --> 00:10:18.160
  • appointed us," Paul says.
  • 00:10:18.160 --> 00:10:21.010
  • Those who class themselves, if
  • 00:10:21.010 --> 00:10:23.130
  • we wanna start living by what we
  • 00:10:23.130 --> 00:10:25.020
  • deserve, we're in big trouble.
  • 00:10:25.020 --> 00:10:27.030
  • Because but by the grace of God,
  • 00:10:27.030 --> 00:10:28.250
  • where would we be?
  • 00:10:28.250 --> 00:10:30.160
  • You start living by position,
  • 00:10:30.160 --> 00:10:32.140
  • and what you feel you deserve,
  • 00:10:32.140 --> 00:10:34.030
  • and you start striving out of
  • 00:10:34.030 --> 00:10:35.190
  • that, you get that into your
  • 00:10:35.190 --> 00:10:36.270
  • spirit, you'll find yourself
  • 00:10:36.270 --> 00:10:38.050
  • rejoicing over someone else's
  • 00:10:38.050 --> 00:10:39.220
  • weeping and weeping over
  • 00:10:39.220 --> 00:10:41.150
  • someone else's rejoicing.
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  • And you apply it to your life
  • 00:10:43.080 --> 00:10:44.130
  • and wherever, you know, your
  • 00:10:44.130 --> 00:10:47.060
  • station in life is, and just
  • 00:10:47.060 --> 00:10:49.040
  • guide your spirit against a poor
  • 00:10:49.040 --> 00:10:51.030
  • attitude towards position,
  • 00:10:51.030 --> 00:10:52.260
  • and promotion, and opportunity.
  • 00:10:52.260 --> 00:10:55.040
  • And you trust God and keep your
  • 00:10:55.040 --> 00:10:56.190
  • spirit right, because it's your
  • 00:10:56.190 --> 00:10:57.230
  • spirit that will actually
  • 00:10:57.230 --> 00:10:58.230
  • open the doors
  • 00:10:58.230 --> 00:11:00.060
  • and make a way for you.
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  • Number three, a right spirit
  • 00:11:01.120 --> 00:11:03.210
  • and partnership.
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  • No matter who you are, there are
  • 00:11:04.270 --> 00:11:07.140
  • people we're called to do life
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:08.190
  • with in different ways at
  • 00:11:08.190 --> 00:11:09.280
  • different levels, and I think
  • 00:11:09.280 --> 00:11:11.190
  • you can underestimate that.
  • 00:11:11.190 --> 00:11:13.030
  • And if in your own spirit you've
  • 00:11:13.030 --> 00:11:14.110
  • got this independence, or you
  • 00:11:14.110 --> 00:11:15.150
  • somehow feel that this is all
  • 00:11:15.150 --> 00:11:17.020
  • about you, and all the blessings
  • 00:11:17.020 --> 00:11:18.180
  • are only because of you, and
  • 00:11:18.180 --> 00:11:19.250
  • everyone else is just living off
  • 00:11:19.250 --> 00:11:20.220
  • your blessing, it's sad how
  • 00:11:20.220 --> 00:11:23.120
  • people can be brought down to
  • 00:11:23.120 --> 00:11:24.210
  • the ground when suddenly they
  • 00:11:24.210 --> 00:11:26.100
  • start taking the credit or
  • 00:11:26.100 --> 00:11:29.100
  • deciding that we don't need
  • 00:11:29.100 --> 00:11:30.190
  • the other people that God's put
  • 00:11:30.190 --> 00:11:31.240
  • in our lives.
  • 00:11:31.240 --> 00:11:32.250
  • Paul and Barnabas, they were
  • 00:11:32.250 --> 00:11:35.210
  • called in ministry together.
  • 00:11:35.210 --> 00:11:38.060
  • And the Bible talks specifically
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:39.120
  • about the work to which God
  • 00:11:39.120 --> 00:11:41.180
  • appointed or separated them.
  • 00:11:42.010 --> 00:11:45.010
  • So, basically, they together
  • 00:11:45.010 --> 00:11:47.210
  • were separated for the work.
  • 00:11:47.210 --> 00:11:50.120
  • They were anointed for the work.
  • 00:11:50.120 --> 00:11:51.220
  • It's Acts 13, verse 2.
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  • And it says, "As they ministered
  • 00:11:53.100 --> 00:11:55.020
  • to the Lord," the apostles
  • 00:11:55.020 --> 00:11:56.020
  • ministered to the Lord, "and
  • 00:11:56.020 --> 00:11:56.190
  • fasted, the Holy Spirit said,
  • 00:11:56.190 --> 00:11:57.280
  • 'Now separate to Me Barnabas and
  • 00:11:57.280 --> 00:11:59.280
  • Saul for the work to which
  • 00:11:59.280 --> 00:12:02.110
  • I have called them.'"
  • 00:12:02.110 --> 00:12:04.190
  • Well, they made the great
  • 00:12:04.190 --> 00:12:06.090
  • mistake of underestimating
  • 00:12:06.090 --> 00:12:08.090
  • the power and the anointing
  • 00:12:08.090 --> 00:12:09.170
  • that was on them.
  • 00:12:09.170 --> 00:12:11.030
  • They had a big dispute about
  • 00:12:11.030 --> 00:12:12.070
  • someone else, and ultimately,
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:13.260
  • they fell out, went their own
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:16.070
  • way, and I don't think that it's
  • 00:12:16.070 --> 00:12:18.020
  • coincidental that we literally
  • 00:12:18.020 --> 00:12:19.180
  • never hear the name Barnabas
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:21.010
  • in the Bible again.
  • 00:12:21.010 --> 00:12:22.150
  • We have no idea where he went.
  • 00:12:22.150 --> 00:12:23.240
  • We have no idea what he did.
  • 00:12:23.240 --> 00:12:25.130
  • Maybe, maybe,
  • 00:12:25.130 --> 00:12:28.040
  • they underestimated the power
  • 00:12:28.040 --> 00:12:29.270
  • of that "them."
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:31.100
  • So, in life,
  • 00:12:31.100 --> 00:12:32.010
  • who are your "them"?
  • 00:12:32.010 --> 00:12:33.080
  • And you notice though,
  • 00:12:33.080 --> 00:12:34.210
  • life doesn't have seasons and
  • 00:12:34.210 --> 00:12:35.270
  • times God does move people on.
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:38.060
  • That's all part of it.
  • 00:12:38.060 --> 00:12:39.130
  • But when people, they don't move
  • 00:12:39.130 --> 00:12:41.170
  • on because it's the right time,
  • 00:12:41.170 --> 00:12:42.280
  • they move on because something's
  • 00:12:42.280 --> 00:12:43.290
  • wrong inside their spirit,
  • 00:12:43.290 --> 00:12:45.120
  • then sadly, I think they always
  • 00:12:45.280 --> 00:12:48.280
  • end up paying the price.
  • 00:12:48.280 --> 00:12:51.000
  • 'Cause suddenly, doors that were
  • 00:12:51.000 --> 00:12:52.070
  • open seem to be shut, and
  • 00:12:52.070 --> 00:12:54.070
  • suddenly we come to the ground
  • 00:12:54.070 --> 00:12:55.220
  • and find out, "Hey, maybe I need
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:56.270
  • these other people in my life
  • 00:12:56.270 --> 00:12:58.000
  • more than I thought."
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:12:59.240
  • 2 Corinthians 6, verse 14 says,
  • 00:12:59.240 --> 00:13:01.260
  • "Do not be unequally yoked
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:03.110
  • together with unbelievers.
  • 00:13:03.110 --> 00:13:05.130
  • For what fellowship has
  • 00:13:05.130 --> 00:13:06.140
  • righteousness and lawlessness?"
  • 00:13:06.140 --> 00:13:08.220
  • I'm speaking about partnership.
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:10.150
  • And the Bible makes it clear
  • 00:13:10.150 --> 00:13:12.010
  • that, well, we should not
  • 00:13:12.010 --> 00:13:13.180
  • get unequally yoked
  • 00:13:13.180 --> 00:13:14.160
  • with unbelievers.
  • 00:13:14.160 --> 00:13:16.220
  • Do you know there's unbelieving
  • 00:13:16.220 --> 00:13:17.270
  • unbelievers, but worse than that
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.210
  • is believing unbelievers.
  • 00:13:19.210 --> 00:13:21.200
  • Believing unbelievers are
  • 00:13:21.200 --> 00:13:23.070
  • people, "Oh, I'm a believer,"
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:24.280
  • until God says, "Try me now in
  • 00:13:24.280 --> 00:13:27.050
  • this and see if I don't open
  • 00:13:27.050 --> 00:13:29.040
  • the windows of heaven and
  • 00:13:29.040 --> 00:13:30.080
  • pour out such a blessing."
  • 00:13:30.080 --> 00:13:32.000
  • "Oh yeah, but you know,
  • 00:13:32.000 --> 00:13:33.020
  • I don't believe..."
  • 00:13:33.020 --> 00:13:35.060
  • Are you dragging the chain
  • 00:13:35.060 --> 00:13:36.140
  • in the partnership?
  • 00:13:36.140 --> 00:13:37.290
  • Are you the one whose faith is
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:39.140
  • holding the other person back?
  • 00:13:39.140 --> 00:13:41.090
  • Because to me, sadly, that's
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:42.220
  • a wrong spirit in partnership.
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:45.000
  • Let's make sure that we are not
  • 00:13:45.000 --> 00:13:46.260
  • the one who's always, sort of,
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:48.180
  • the anchor in relationship and
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:50.210
  • partnership.
  • 00:13:50.210 --> 00:13:51.230
  • And if I could say one more
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:52.210
  • thing about partnership, if you
  • 00:13:52.210 --> 00:13:54.210
  • think just because someone's
  • 00:13:54.210 --> 00:13:56.010
  • a Christian they're gonna make
  • 00:13:56.010 --> 00:13:57.030
  • a good partner, you could be
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:13:59.030
  • sadly mistaken.
  • 00:13:59.030 --> 00:14:01.060
  • And I think it's sad because
  • 00:14:01.060 --> 00:14:02.030
  • businesspeople do.
  • 00:14:02.030 --> 00:14:03.090
  • They somehow think, "Well,
  • 00:14:03.090 --> 00:14:04.030
  • because we're Christians and
  • 00:14:04.030 --> 00:14:05.060
  • they're Christians," but just
  • 00:14:05.060 --> 00:14:06.170
  • make sure that it's God-ordained
  • 00:14:06.170 --> 00:14:08.280
  • and make sure that the fruit
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:10.030
  • in somebody's life is what you
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:11.110
  • would wanna be attached to.
  • 00:14:11.110 --> 00:14:13.030
  • And when it comes to your
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:13.250
  • kingdom cause and your kingdom
  • 00:14:13.250 --> 00:14:15.180
  • goals, is that partnership
  • 00:14:15.180 --> 00:14:17.080
  • gonna bring that together?
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:19.080
  • Let's keep a good spirit
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:20.200
  • towards partnership, because
  • 00:14:20.200 --> 00:14:22.000
  • we need people in our lives.
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:23.200
  • Number four,
  • 00:14:23.200 --> 00:14:25.220
  • a right spirit in failure.
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:28.250
  • The person who never made
  • 00:14:28.250 --> 00:14:30.200
  • a mistake never made anything.
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:33.210
  • Sometimes in life we have our
  • 00:14:33.210 --> 00:14:35.110
  • disappointments.
  • 00:14:35.110 --> 00:14:36.210
  • Some things we thought God was
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:38.030
  • gonna bless didn't work out the
  • 00:14:38.030 --> 00:14:39.230
  • way we expected.
  • 00:14:39.230 --> 00:14:41.060
  • Sometimes we, in our own lack of
  • 00:14:41.130 --> 00:14:44.130
  • wisdom, make decisions that we
  • 00:14:44.130 --> 00:14:46.190
  • end up paying the price for.
  • 00:14:46.190 --> 00:14:48.090
  • Failure is actually
  • 00:14:48.090 --> 00:14:49.290
  • a part of life.
  • 00:14:49.290 --> 00:14:51.050
  • And I mean, I wish life was
  • 00:14:51.050 --> 00:14:52.150
  • always just success, after
  • 00:14:52.150 --> 00:14:54.170
  • success, after success, but
  • 00:14:54.170 --> 00:14:57.090
  • I feel like failure, if we have
  • 00:14:57.090 --> 00:14:58.270
  • the right spirit in it,
  • 00:14:58.270 --> 00:14:59.280
  • God can use it to really
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:15:02.140
  • bring a much better day.
  • 00:15:02.140 --> 00:15:04.080
  • A wrong spirit blames and
  • 00:15:04.080 --> 00:15:06.010
  • excuses, and it's always someone
  • 00:15:06.010 --> 00:15:07.070
  • else's fault, and takes no
  • 00:15:07.070 --> 00:15:08.160
  • accountability whatsoever.
  • 00:15:08.160 --> 00:15:10.190
  • And you know something?
  • 00:15:10.190 --> 00:15:11.180
  • God can use our failures if we
  • 00:15:11.180 --> 00:15:14.070
  • just keep the kind of spirit
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:15.150
  • where we take responsibility
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:16.270
  • for our own lives.
  • 00:15:16.270 --> 00:15:18.200
  • Don't give someone else
  • 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:20.010
  • the power to have the power
  • 00:15:20.270 --> 00:15:23.270
  • over your success or failure.
  • 00:15:23.270 --> 00:15:26.160
  • If we have the right spirit
  • 00:15:26.160 --> 00:15:28.160
  • towards failure, then we take
  • 00:15:28.160 --> 00:15:30.170
  • it upon ourselves.
  • 00:15:30.170 --> 00:15:32.030
  • Yes, that person ripped me off,
  • 00:15:32.030 --> 00:15:33.170
  • and yes, this happened and that
  • 00:15:33.170 --> 00:15:34.250
  • happened, but I put myself
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:36.150
  • in a position where that could
  • 00:15:36.150 --> 00:15:38.050
  • happen, so how can I learn not
  • 00:15:38.050 --> 00:15:40.050
  • to let that happen to me again?
  • 00:15:40.050 --> 00:15:42.220
  • And live your life different
  • 00:15:42.220 --> 00:15:43.240
  • when it comes to failure.
  • 00:15:43.240 --> 00:15:45.060
  • And then, when it just comes to
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:46.240
  • godly wisdom, the Bible says,
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:48.020
  • "Don't go guarantor."
  • 00:15:48.020 --> 00:15:49.260
  • That's what the Bible says.
  • 00:15:49.260 --> 00:15:51.190
  • So, if you decide that somehow,
  • 00:15:51.190 --> 00:15:53.160
  • because, well, that need, and
  • 00:15:53.160 --> 00:15:55.050
  • you go guarantor for somebody,
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:57.090
  • and then suddenly you find that
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:15:59.150
  • you fall flat on your face,
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  • Godly wisdom says don't do it
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  • in the first place.
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  • I personally think if you can't
  • 00:16:04.090 --> 00:16:05.190
  • afford to lose it,
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:06.170
  • don't loan it.
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  • Live your life in the kind of
  • 00:16:09.050 --> 00:16:09.270
  • wisdom where you take
  • 00:16:09.270 --> 00:16:10.270
  • responsibility, you stay
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:12.130
  • generous, you stay open, you
  • 00:16:12.130 --> 00:16:14.050
  • stay wanting to live your life
  • 00:16:14.050 --> 00:16:16.080
  • in a way where you're a blessing
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:17.160
  • to other people.
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:19.000
  • But if we take responsibility
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:20.280
  • for our own mistakes and just
  • 00:16:21.200 --> 00:16:24.200
  • understand it's a part of life,
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:26.190
  • and sometimes we win,
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:29.240
  • and sometimes we learn.
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:33.180
  • In other words, if you keep
  • 00:16:33.180 --> 00:16:36.010
  • the right spirit towards failure
  • 00:16:36.010 --> 00:16:37.110
  • you never ultimately lose.
  • 00:16:37.110 --> 00:16:39.040
  • You just learn.
  • 00:16:39.040 --> 00:16:40.180
  • And as you keep learning,
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:41.110
  • you keep moving on into all
  • 00:16:41.110 --> 00:16:43.190
  • that God's got for you ahead.
  • 00:16:43.190 --> 00:16:45.180
  • Number five,
  • 00:16:46.180 --> 00:16:49.180
  • a right spirit in success.
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  • Do you know, success
  • 00:16:52.000 --> 00:16:53.190
  • is interesting.
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:54.180
  • Because number one, we might
  • 00:16:54.180 --> 00:16:55.160
  • measure success in different
  • 00:16:55.160 --> 00:16:57.100
  • ways, and maybe sometimes people
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:16:59.200
  • out there, you know, in everyday
  • 00:16:59.200 --> 00:17:01.210
  • secular life, they might have
  • 00:17:01.210 --> 00:17:03.150
  • a much different measure
  • 00:17:03.150 --> 00:17:04.220
  • for success than you do, but
  • 00:17:04.220 --> 00:17:06.050
  • whichever way you measure it,
  • 00:17:06.050 --> 00:17:08.080
  • the big question is,
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:09.000
  • do you wear it well?
  • 00:17:09.000 --> 00:17:11.000
  • 'Cause some people wear success
  • 00:17:11.000 --> 00:17:12.250
  • well and some people don't wear
  • 00:17:12.250 --> 00:17:14.240
  • it very well at all.
  • 00:17:14.240 --> 00:17:16.250
  • If you wear it well,
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:18.080
  • it means you'll never forget
  • 00:17:18.080 --> 00:17:20.120
  • from whence you came.
  • 00:17:20.120 --> 00:17:21.260
  • You change in all the right
  • 00:17:21.260 --> 00:17:23.170
  • ways, but you don't change
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:24.180
  • when it comes to authenticity.
  • 00:17:24.180 --> 00:17:26.180
  • You don't change when it
  • 00:17:26.180 --> 00:17:27.200
  • comes to loyalty to people.
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:29.100
  • You don't change when it comes
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:30.240
  • to the things that really,
  • 00:17:30.240 --> 00:17:32.100
  • ultimately matter in life.
  • 00:17:32.230 --> 00:17:35.230
  • I don't think success destroys
  • 00:17:36.020 --> 00:17:39.020
  • anyone, but it will bring out
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:41.230
  • what's really
  • 00:17:41.230 --> 00:17:42.160
  • in a person's heart.
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:43.220
  • In other words, if there's poor
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:45.030
  • character, then it will come
  • 00:17:45.030 --> 00:17:47.120
  • through in a person's success.
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:49.170
  • And if you wanna wear it well,
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:50.230
  • you always give God the glory.
  • 00:17:50.230 --> 00:17:52.260
  • You never forget from whence you
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.170
  • came and you just don't change
  • 00:17:54.170 --> 00:17:56.210
  • when it comes to the important
  • 00:17:56.210 --> 00:17:59.070
  • things in life.
  • 00:17:59.070 --> 00:18:01.220
  • And I pray we will always be
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:03.190
  • changing, but not when it
  • 00:18:03.190 --> 00:18:05.020
  • comes to the important things.
  • 00:18:05.020 --> 00:18:07.020
  • Joshua chapter 1, verse 8,
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:08.080
  • the promise of God to Joshua
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:09.080
  • was good success.
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:10.250
  • He said, "I'll make your way
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:11.220
  • prosperous, and you will have
  • 00:18:11.220 --> 00:18:12.270
  • good success."
  • 00:18:12.270 --> 00:18:14.080
  • So to me, if you can have good
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:15.100
  • success, it must be possible
  • 00:18:15.100 --> 00:18:17.160
  • to have bad success.
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:19.240
  • And bad success to me is obvious
  • 00:18:19.240 --> 00:18:22.170
  • if people are dishonest, then
  • 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:26.000
  • somehow they've taken shortcuts.
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:27.190
  • Well, number one, you'll reap
  • 00:18:27.190 --> 00:18:29.250
  • what you sow, because the Bible
  • 00:18:29.250 --> 00:18:31.010
  • says pretty well that if that's
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:34.130
  • the way you live, if you build
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:36.250
  • not by which is right, the Bible
  • 00:18:36.250 --> 00:18:39.000
  • says, not by what is right,
  • 00:18:39.000 --> 00:18:41.070
  • then it's gonna come to an end.
  • 00:18:41.070 --> 00:18:43.270
  • And so, good success, it means
  • 00:18:44.050 --> 00:18:47.050
  • your life--everything about
  • 00:18:47.050 --> 00:18:48.100
  • your life is still bringing
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:49.060
  • glory to God.
  • 00:18:49.060 --> 00:18:50.080
  • It means you really are
  • 00:18:50.080 --> 00:18:51.110
  • that same person.
  • 00:18:51.110 --> 00:18:53.020
  • I mean, it's amazing how
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:54.060
  • some people, they allow success
  • 00:18:54.060 --> 00:18:56.140
  • to change them.
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:57.100
  • What was their priorities
  • 00:18:57.100 --> 00:18:58.040
  • before?
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:18:59.000
  • The house of God,
  • 00:18:59.000 --> 00:18:59.210
  • being in church.
  • 00:18:59.210 --> 00:19:00.150
  • Because I was praying that when
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:01.120
  • God blessed my business that
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:03.170
  • I was really gonna honor him
  • 00:19:03.170 --> 00:19:04.180
  • and put him first.
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:05.260
  • And yet, when the pressure and
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:06.230
  • busyness comes, the first thing
  • 00:19:06.230 --> 00:19:07.260
  • to suffer is that commitment.
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.280
  • And maybe it's some other ways
  • 00:19:09.280 --> 00:19:11.220
  • that you allow success to change
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:14.100
  • you, but to me,
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:15.270
  • that's always sad.
  • 00:19:15.270 --> 00:19:17.140
  • We wanna be growing and changing
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:19.080
  • when it comes to being more
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:20.190
  • like Jesus.
  • 00:19:20.190 --> 00:19:21.210
  • But you know, criticism
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:23.060
  • can move people far too much,
  • 00:19:23.060 --> 00:19:24.050
  • and so can accolade.
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:25.220
  • And if you're too moved by
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:27.100
  • the accolades, by the blessing,
  • 00:19:27.100 --> 00:19:29.040
  • by the success, or you're
  • 00:19:29.040 --> 00:19:30.090
  • too moved by the negativity and
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:32.090
  • the criticism, the opposition
  • 00:19:32.090 --> 00:19:33.210
  • that may come your way,
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:35.030
  • then I feel like you just need
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:36.100
  • to basically change what's in
  • 00:19:36.100 --> 00:19:38.220
  • your spirit and live your life
  • 00:19:38.220 --> 00:19:40.250
  • in a different way than that.
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:43.150
  • If being successful suddenly
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:46.080
  • makes you a control freak,
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:47.260
  • then to me,
  • 00:19:47.260 --> 00:19:48.160
  • you're not wearing it well.
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:50.080
  • If all of a sudden
  • 00:19:50.080 --> 00:19:51.190
  • it means you're unteachable,
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:52.180
  • you're not wearing it well.
  • 00:19:52.180 --> 00:19:54.160
  • If suddenly you're building all
  • 00:19:54.160 --> 00:19:56.030
  • the wrong people into your life
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:57.170
  • and you only surround yourself
  • 00:19:57.170 --> 00:19:59.200
  • with people who don't challenge
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:01.180
  • you, they just will keep bowing
  • 00:20:01.180 --> 00:20:02.270
  • and scraping,
  • 00:20:02.270 --> 00:20:04.030
  • then you're not doing it well.
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:06.240
  • Let's handle success well in our
  • 00:20:07.130 --> 00:20:10.130
  • lives, and ultimately,
  • 00:20:10.130 --> 00:20:12.210
  • when it comes to authenticity,
  • 00:20:12.210 --> 00:20:14.170
  • don't change.
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:16.200
  • God's blessed our church.
  • 00:20:16.200 --> 00:20:18.210
  • God's blessed our church.
  • 00:20:18.250 --> 00:20:21.250
  • And my prayer is that at
  • 00:20:21.250 --> 00:20:23.030
  • the heart of that church,
  • 00:20:23.030 --> 00:20:24.230
  • we're still the same authentic,
  • 00:20:24.230 --> 00:20:27.000
  • Jesus-loving, love God,
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:29.180
  • love people, love life people
  • 00:20:29.180 --> 00:20:31.240
  • that we always were.
  • 00:20:31.240 --> 00:20:33.160
  • Because success, momentum,
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:35.190
  • sometimes
  • 00:20:35.190 --> 00:20:36.200
  • it can hide the cracks.
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:38.110
  • And when momentum comes,
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:39.190
  • you feel that, well,
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:40.150
  • nothing could go wrong.
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:41.270
  • You feel like, basically,
  • 00:20:41.270 --> 00:20:43.170
  • everything just keeps going
  • 00:20:43.170 --> 00:20:45.090
  • forward, and there could be
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:46.140
  • cracks that success
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:48.060
  • is causing you to ignore.
  • 00:20:48.060 --> 00:20:49.220
  • And ultimately, they'll catch up
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:51.060
  • with you and momentum can come
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:52.160
  • to a dead halt pretty quick.
  • 00:20:52.160 --> 00:20:55.040
  • So, number six,
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.130
  • a right spirit and sabotage.
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:59.090
  • Who or what would you allow
  • 00:20:59.090 --> 00:21:01.190
  • to sabotage God's blessing
  • 00:21:02.050 --> 00:21:05.050
  • in your life?
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:06.130
  • Would you take on
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:07.210
  • someone else's offense?
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:09.120
  • Would you take on
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:10.200
  • someone else's negativity,
  • 00:21:10.200 --> 00:21:12.160
  • someone else's cynicism,
  • 00:21:12.160 --> 00:21:14.090
  • someone else's critical spirit.
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:16.170
  • Psalm 101, verse 3, listen to
  • 00:21:16.170 --> 00:21:18.280
  • what David says.
  • 00:21:18.280 --> 00:21:20.120
  • He says, "I hate the works of
  • 00:21:20.120 --> 00:21:22.040
  • those who fall away;
  • 00:21:22.040 --> 00:21:23.220
  • It shall not cling to me."
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:26.010
  • It shall not cling to me.
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:27.240
  • It's amazing how stuff gets
  • 00:21:27.240 --> 00:21:28.270
  • on you.
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:29.190
  • And you think it's different for
  • 00:21:29.190 --> 00:21:30.170
  • you than everyone else, but it's
  • 00:21:30.170 --> 00:21:32.020
  • amazing how stuff gets on you.
  • 00:21:32.020 --> 00:21:34.130
  • Someone else's negativity,
  • 00:21:34.130 --> 00:21:35.150
  • someone else's criticism,
  • 00:21:35.150 --> 00:21:36.160
  • someone else's offense.
  • 00:21:36.160 --> 00:21:37.240
  • It kinda--you know, when you
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:38.250
  • walk away from somebody
  • 00:21:38.250 --> 00:21:39.250
  • and you just don't feel good
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:40.160
  • on the inside?
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.050
  • It gets on you.
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:43.200
  • And you think it doesn't,
  • 00:21:43.200 --> 00:21:44.120
  • then suddenly you start looking
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:46.110
  • at life through
  • 00:21:46.110 --> 00:21:47.050
  • that person's offense.
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:48.280
  • You start looking through
  • 00:21:48.280 --> 00:21:49.160
  • a different lens and you start
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:50.210
  • seeing things
  • 00:21:50.210 --> 00:21:51.130
  • you didn't see before.
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:52.240
  • All of a sudden, it gets on you
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:54.000
  • and you've gotta guard your
  • 00:21:54.000 --> 00:21:55.170
  • spirit from someone else's
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:56.260
  • spirit sabotaging yours.
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:59.260
  • Because see, one thing about
  • 00:21:59.260 --> 00:22:01.220
  • being 60 and being in ministry
  • 00:22:01.220 --> 00:22:03.000
  • for 40 years is
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:04.110
  • you've seen a lot.
  • 00:22:04.110 --> 00:22:05.240
  • And I've seen over and over
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:06.290
  • again how people have allowed
  • 00:22:06.290 --> 00:22:09.080
  • someone else's spirit to
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:10.200
  • sabotage their spirit.
  • 00:22:10.200 --> 00:22:12.030
  • They allowed it to get on them.
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:13.060
  • Psalm 101:3, David said,
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:14.160
  • "It will not cling to me."
  • 00:22:14.160 --> 00:22:17.080
  • I'm not gonna let this
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:18.070
  • get on me.
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:19.040
  • And in verse 4, he goes on
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:20.220
  • and talks about those people
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:23.170
  • being perverse.
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:25.040
  • He said, "A perverse heart
  • 00:22:25.040 --> 00:22:26.070
  • shall depart from me."
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:27.230
  • And the word "perverse"
  • 00:22:27.230 --> 00:22:28.200
  • means twisted.
  • 00:22:28.200 --> 00:22:29.220
  • That's what it means.
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:31.000
  • It just means something's
  • 00:22:31.000 --> 00:22:31.250
  • shifted in people.
  • 00:22:31.250 --> 00:22:33.290
  • Something's shifted.
  • 00:22:33.290 --> 00:22:34.290
  • And when that something shifts,
  • 00:22:34.290 --> 00:22:36.260
  • you've gotta make your mind up
  • 00:22:36.260 --> 00:22:38.070
  • about guiding your own spirit.
  • 00:22:38.070 --> 00:22:40.190
  • because otherwise, like
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:42.130
  • a city without walls, you're
  • 00:22:42.130 --> 00:22:43.250
  • open to all kind of attack.
  • 00:22:43.250 --> 00:22:46.230
  • Number seven,
  • 00:22:46.230 --> 00:22:48.020
  • a right spirit and opposition.
  • 00:22:48.230 --> 00:22:51.230
  • A right spirit and opposition,
  • 00:22:51.230 --> 00:22:53.190
  • 'cause Jesus told you
  • 00:22:53.190 --> 00:22:54.130
  • it would come.
  • 00:22:54.130 --> 00:22:55.100
  • "In this world,
  • 00:22:55.100 --> 00:22:56.140
  • you will have trials.
  • 00:22:56.140 --> 00:22:58.140
  • You will have opposition.
  • 00:22:58.140 --> 00:23:01.000
  • In this world," Jesus said, too,
  • 00:23:01.000 --> 00:23:02.250
  • "offenses will come."
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:05.100
  • He also said, by the way,
  • 00:23:05.100 --> 00:23:06.150
  • that he's overcome the world.
  • 00:23:06.150 --> 00:23:08.260
  • So in other words, "Greater is
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:11.020
  • he that's in us than he that
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:12.060
  • fights against us."
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:14.080
  • Opposition,
  • 00:23:14.080 --> 00:23:15.260
  • sometimes it's natural.
  • 00:23:15.260 --> 00:23:17.030
  • You start getting blessed,
  • 00:23:17.030 --> 00:23:18.090
  • it's amazing how people can be
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:19.140
  • threatened by your blessing.
  • 00:23:19.140 --> 00:23:20.220
  • And sadly, sometimes it comes
  • 00:23:20.220 --> 00:23:21.240
  • from the people
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:22.230
  • you would never expect,
  • 00:23:22.230 --> 00:23:23.180
  • the people closest to you.
  • 00:23:23.180 --> 00:23:25.080
  • Literally, maybe your own
  • 00:23:25.080 --> 00:23:26.040
  • brother, your own sisters.
  • 00:23:26.040 --> 00:23:27.240
  • Sometimes opposition doesn't
  • 00:23:27.240 --> 00:23:29.100
  • come from way up there,
  • 00:23:29.100 --> 00:23:30.140
  • it comes from in here,
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:31.130
  • and that's why it hurts so much.
  • 00:23:31.130 --> 00:23:33.190
  • But keeping a right spirit in
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:35.090
  • opposition, your future
  • 00:23:35.090 --> 00:23:36.140
  • depends on it.
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:37.290
  • And you know, sometimes
  • 00:23:37.290 --> 00:23:38.200
  • opposition is natural.
  • 00:23:38.200 --> 00:23:39.290
  • It comes from people.
  • 00:23:39.290 --> 00:23:40.230
  • Other times,
  • 00:23:40.230 --> 00:23:41.090
  • it's purely spiritual.
  • 00:23:41.090 --> 00:23:42.230
  • You just know that whatever's
  • 00:23:42.230 --> 00:23:43.240
  • going on, you're not getting
  • 00:23:43.240 --> 00:23:44.280
  • the breakthrough and you feel
  • 00:23:44.280 --> 00:23:46.110
  • like every force in
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  • hell's coming against you.
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  • But it's never about the people.
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  • "We don't fight against flesh
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  • and blood," the Bible says.
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  • "It's against principalities
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  • and powers."
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  • It's never about people,
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  • so don't fight something
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  • at this level when you need
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  • to be fighting it at that level.
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  • And you gotta trust God.
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  • And again, don't let someone
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  • else's spirit rule your spirit.
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  • No one is gonna rule my spirit
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  • in a negative way.
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  • That's my commitment in life.
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  • So, if I'm going to bed and
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  • I'm all stirred up because
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  • such-and-such did something,
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  • I need to deal with it.
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  • And that might take me some
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  • time, 'cause sometimes it does.
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  • It might take me some time.
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  • Just like grief and other
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  • things, you've gotta
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  • give it time.
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  • But I have a commitment in life
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  • that no one else's spirit
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  • is gonna sabotage my spirit.
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  • So, I keep on going to God
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  • and dealing with my own spirit,
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  • not allowing other people's
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  • attitude, or thinking,
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  • or their negativity.
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  • I mean, when you've been
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  • pastoring the same church for,
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  • whatever it is now, 31 years,
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  • well, of course stuff happens.
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  • And so, I'm not gonna be living
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  • back there in what happened
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  • there, 'cause I've gotta lead
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  • this church now.
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  • And you need me to be able to
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  • get up here with a free spirit,
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  • not all full of anger,
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  • and regret, and jealousy,
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  • and negativity, and bitterness
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  • over someone else's pain.
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  • If I'm gonna minister freely,
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  • then I can't have that stuff
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  • in my spirit, and nor can you.
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  • So, who do you need to forgive?
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  • What do you need to let go of?
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  • What offense are you holding?
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  • Here it is again.
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  • No mature Christian who is
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  • seasoned in the word has
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  • any reasonable excuse
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  • to live their life offended.
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  • Jesus told us offenses would
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  • come, but if you understand
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  • the word of God and you take
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  • the word of God as your source
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  • in life, then you have
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  • no reasonable excuse
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  • to stay offended.
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  • You've gotta live your life in
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  • a way where you let go
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  • and move on.
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  • Let's guide our spirits well.
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  • Let's rule our own spirit.
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  • Listen, just look after your
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  • spirit, because
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  • it's an engine room for life.
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  • It's the part of you
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  • where God lives.
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  • He resides there, so make sure
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  • there's room in the house
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  • for the Holy Spirit.
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  • Not because of us, but because
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  • we're wise enough to just
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  • keep charge of our spirit,
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  • take responsibility, address
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  • the issues, and keep living your
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  • life with God's generous,
  • 00:26:16.290 --> 00:26:18.180
  • free Spirit.
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  • - Brian: Well, I'm so glad you
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  • watched the program today.
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  • The whole purpose of sharing
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  • God's word is
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  • to build people's lives.
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  • There is nothing more
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  • encouraging,
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  • there is nothing more powerful
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  • than the word of God.
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  • So, Bobbie and I,
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  • we're thankful for your prayers.
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  • We thank God that you joined
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  • with us in seeing the word of
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  • God go out to people
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  • all around the globe.
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  • I believe, for you, that
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  • truly the best is yet to come.
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  • So, have a great week
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  • When You pour out
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  • Your Spirit
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  • One the old and the young
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  • In the power
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  • of Your presence
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  • Holy Spirit rain
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  • Falling like a flood
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  • Break upon my praise
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  • As I sing of Your love
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  • Holy Spirit fire
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  • Burn within my soul
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  • As I call on Your name
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  • Dreams and visions
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  • of the Son
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  • As we stand in Your presence
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  • Revelations of Your love
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  • Holy Spirit rain
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