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January 4, 2020
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: And we
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  • live in a world that is against
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  • God, against the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ and opposed to so many
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  • things that you and I believe.
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  • So we have to decide am I going
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  • to live by my emotions?
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  • Am I going to live by what other
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  • people are doing?
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  • Or am I going to live by the one
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  • thing that I know will
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  • absolutely give me clear, true,
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  • true, true guidance every single
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years,
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  • we've seen God's greatness,
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  • his love and his blessings
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  • in such awesome ways
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  • that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • [music]
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  • Why You ever chose me
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  • Has always been a mystery
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  • All my life, I've been told
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  • I belong at the end
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  • Of the line with all the
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  • other "Not Quites."
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  • And all the
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  • "Never-Get-It-Rights."
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  • But it turns out they're the
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  • ones
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  • You were lookin' for all
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  • this time
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  • I'm just a nobody, trying to
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  • tell everybody
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  • All about Somebody who saved
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  • my soul
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  • Ever since You rescued me
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  • You gave my heart a song to
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  • sing
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • Moses had stage fright and
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  • David
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  • Brought a rock to a sword
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  • fight
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  • You picked twelve outsiders
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  • Nobody would've chosen
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  • And they would change the
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  • world
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  • The moral of the story is
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  • Everybody's got a purpose
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  • So when I hear that devil
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  • start talking to me
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  • Saying "Who do you think you
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  • are?"
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  • I'm just a nobody, trying to
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  • tell everybody
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  • All about Somebody who saved
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  • my soul
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  • Ever since You rescued me
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  • You gave my heart a song to
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  • sing
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • So let me go down, down
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  • down in history
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  • As another blood bought
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  • Faithful member of the
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  • family
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  • And if they all forget my
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  • name
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  • Well that's fine with me
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • So let me go down
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  • Down, down in history
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  • Yes
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  • As another blood bought
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  • Faithful member of the
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  • family
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  • And if they all forget my
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  • name
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  • Well that's fine with me
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • I'm just a nobody, trying to
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  • tell everybody
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  • All about Somebody who saved
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  • my soul
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  • Ever since You rescued me
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  • You gave my heart a song to
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  • sing
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • Ever since You rescued me
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  • You gave my heart a song to
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  • sing
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  • I'm living for the world to
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  • see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • Living for the world to see
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • Nobody but Jesus
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  • Living for the world to see
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Who or
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  • what is guiding your life?
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  • Think for just a moment.
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  • When you think about a given day
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  • in your life, who's really
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  • guiding your thinking, your
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  • attitude, your wishes, your
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  • desires, how you operate, how
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  • you work, whatever it might be?
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  • Are you guided by someone, by
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  • some philosophy or attitude
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  • you have in life?
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  • Or are you guided by your
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  • feelings and your emotions?
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  • Some people live by their
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  • feelings, their emotions: up
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  • today and down tomorrow, in and
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  • out; and so they have no real
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  • stability in life because
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  • they're living by feelings.
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  • And God does not intend for us
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  • to live by feelings.
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  • He intends for us to live by a
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  • relationship that we have with
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  • Him who gives us stability and
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  • strength and clarity and
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  • guidance in every area of our
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  • life.
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  • Well, we've been in the book of
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  • Exodus, and the Hebrew children
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  • are out of Egyptian bondage, and
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  • they're on their way across the
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  • desert and to the Promised Land.
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  • It should take them a few weeks,
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  • but it took them forty years
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  • because of their unbelief.
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  • If they had obeyed God on
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  • exactly what He had said, they'd
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  • have reached the Promised Land a
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  • whole lot easier and a whole lot
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  • earlier.
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  • But, like many other people,
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  • they took their eyes off God,
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  • started thinking about something
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  • else, looked at where they were
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  • going and who was there, and so
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  • their fear overtook them, and
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  • they, as you and I would say,
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  • backslid and missed it and spent
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  • forty years wandering around in
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  • the wilderness, dying off, when
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  • they could have been living in
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  • the Promised Land.
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  • So, I want to talk about this
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  • whole issue of being guided by
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  • God.
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  • If you name the name of Jesus as
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  • your Savior, you should be
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  • guided by the Word of God.
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  • And when I think about that, I
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  • think about the fact that God
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  • has given us a compass, really.
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  • And that compass is really the
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  • Holy Spirit who lives inside of
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  • us, to give us guidance and
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  • direction every day of our life.
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  • So, I want to think for just a
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  • moment about the fact that these
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  • Hebrews were walking, living in
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  • a strange country now.
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  • They're out of captivity, and
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  • they have, the Scripture says, a
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  • cloud by day and a fire by
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  • night.
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  • And more than likely, if you'll
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  • think about it, that cloud by
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  • day also kept a little bit of
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  • the sun off of them, but it also
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  • acted like a compass, as a
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  • guide.
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  • They also had fire in the
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  • evening, which probably kept
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  • them a little warm from a desert
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  • breeze.
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  • And so, God is leading them out
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  • of Egyptian bondage, and He's
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  • leading them to a whole
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  • different perspective.
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  • If they will follow Him, they
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  • will be in Canaan shortly, the
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  • place that God has preserved for
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  • them.
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  • And yet, that's not what
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  • happens.
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  • And so, what I want us to think
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  • about for just a moment is this
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  • whole idea of who guides us.
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  • We have this as our guide.
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  • So we don't have to wonder about
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  • how God thinks about certain
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  • things and--or how He feels
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  • about certain things.
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  • We have the Word of God to give
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  • us guidance and direction, and
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  • we thank God for that.
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  • So, the issue is this: when I
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  • think about what they had, a
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  • pillar of cloud and fire, to
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  • guide them, keep them warm, keep
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  • them cool, lead them to the
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  • Promised Land.
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  • What do we have?
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  • And that's this Book.
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  • There's not any direction of
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  • your life that's not covered
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  • here.
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  • Whatever you're looking for,
  • 00:08:58.080 --> 00:08:59.280
  • whatever you're seeking,
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  • whatever guidance you desire in
  • 00:09:00.280 --> 00:09:03.030
  • life, you open the Word of God
  • 00:09:03.030 --> 00:09:05.050
  • and He will give you that.
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  • Living in this world, reading
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  • the Bible every now and then is
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  • not sufficient.
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  • We live in a wicked, vile world
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  • that's very evident from what we
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  • see happening.
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  • And we live in a world that is
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  • against God, against the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ and opposed to so
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  • many things that you and I
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  • believe.
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  • So we have to decide am I going
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  • to live by my emotions?
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  • Am I going to live by what other
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  • people are doing?
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  • Or am I going to live by the one
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  • thing that I know will
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  • absolutely give me clear, true,
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  • true, true guidance every single
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  • day of my life?
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  • That's the Word of God.
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  • So, I want us to think about
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  • that.
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  • And when I think about what God
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  • says, number one, meditating
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  • upon the Word of God.
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  • Now, those Hebrews didn't have
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  • this.
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  • We have something they didn't
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  • have.
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  • And if you will look at the
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  • hundred and nineteenth Psalm for
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  • a moment, and I want you to
  • 00:10:02.280 --> 00:10:04.260
  • notice a verse here.
  • 00:10:04.260 --> 00:10:06.290
  • And the Scripture says in this
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  • hundred and nineteenth Psalm and
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  • verse one-o-five, "Your word is
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  • a lamp to my feet and a light to
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  • my path."
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  • Now, look at that.
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  • Do you believe that the Word of
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  • God is a lamp to your feet,
  • 00:10:21.240 --> 00:10:24.080
  • which means He will always show
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  • you the right path to take?
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  • And a light to my path, that is,
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  • what the cloud and the fire were
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  • to Israel in those days of
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  • desert times, the Word of God is
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  • to us.
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  • What is it?
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  • A light to my path and a lamp to
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  • my feet.
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  • That is, if you want to go and
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  • you want to be in the right
  • 00:10:48.070 --> 00:10:49.060
  • place, the right time, you get
  • 00:10:49.060 --> 00:10:50.230
  • in the Word of God.
  • 00:10:50.230 --> 00:10:52.130
  • You say, "Well, the Word of God
  • 00:10:52.130 --> 00:10:53.190
  • doesn't know everything about
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  • me."
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  • Listen, the God who penned these
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  • words knows exactly where you
  • 00:10:57.190 --> 00:10:59.200
  • are, what you're facing in life,
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  • and, listen, there is a passage
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  • of Scripture here somewhere in
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  • this Book that applies to who
  • 00:11:06.170 --> 00:11:08.200
  • you are, where you are today, no
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  • matter who you are, and it is an
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  • adequate word to give you
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  • guidance and direction.
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  • The problem is not that we don't
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  • have direction.
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  • The problem is we've closed the
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  • Book.
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  • And if the nation of Israel had
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  • said, "Forget the cloud and
  • 00:11:23.020 --> 00:11:26.020
  • forget the fire, let's just go
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  • where we want to go."
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  • That's exactly the way people
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  • are living.
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  • And many people only open the
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  • Word of God when they're in
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  • trouble.
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  • A lamp to my feet.
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  • A light to your path.
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  • Listen, you and I should always
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  • be walking in the path of
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  • righteousness and what's good.
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  • We have, we know which way to
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  • walk, and God has told us that.
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  • Secondly, we need to be
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  • sensitive to the leadership of
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • And one of the things that Jesus
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  • made very, very clear to His
  • 00:11:56.270 --> 00:11:59.090
  • apostles, He said, "I'm not
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  • going to leave you alone."
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  • He says, "I will come to you."
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  • And He was speaking of the Holy
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:07.150
  • Spirit.
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  • And in the Scriptures, He makes
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  • it very, very clear.
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  • The sixteenth chapter and in
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  • this thirteenth verse, He says,
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  • "But when He, the Spirit of
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  • truth, comes," and all of us
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  • have the Holy Spirit living
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  • within us, "He will guide you,"
  • 00:12:22.100 --> 00:12:24.260
  • listen to this, "He will guide
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  • you into all the truth."
  • 00:12:26.150 --> 00:12:29.060
  • So that if you own a copy of the
  • 00:12:29.060 --> 00:12:31.010
  • Word of God, you don't have any
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:32.270
  • excuse for not being able to
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:35.000
  • discern what is right and what
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  • is wrong, what is true and what
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  • is untrue, what's good, what's
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  • evil.
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  • We live in a world with all kind
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  • of philosophies.
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  • And telling us that, "Well, you
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  • know, Jesus, that's the ancient
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  • times."
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  • No.
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  • Jesus is alive living within us
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  • today.
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  • And He says, "When He, the
  • 00:12:51.210 --> 00:12:53.000
  • Spirit of truth, comes, He will
  • 00:12:53.000 --> 00:12:54.130
  • guide you into all the truth,
  • 00:12:54.130 --> 00:12:56.060
  • for He will not speak on His own
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  • initiative, but whatever He
  • 00:12:59.000 --> 00:13:00.280
  • hears, He will speak, and He
  • 00:13:00.280 --> 00:13:02.250
  • will disclose it to you," that
  • 00:13:02.250 --> 00:13:05.170
  • is, "what is to come."
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  • That is, watch, think about
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  • this, when you wake up every
  • 00:13:08.040 --> 00:13:10.040
  • morning, as a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:12.120
  • you have abiding within you,
  • 00:13:12.220 --> 00:13:15.220
  • living within you, in all of His
  • 00:13:15.220 --> 00:13:18.040
  • eternal power and being, the
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:20.130
  • very person of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:13:20.130 --> 00:13:22.180
  • to give you guidance, direction,
  • 00:13:22.180 --> 00:13:24.180
  • strength, energy, discernment,
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  • and all the rest all day long.
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  • We have everything we need to
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  • live a godly life.
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  • And so, when somebody says,
  • 00:13:33.140 --> 00:13:34.220
  • "Well, I got saved way back
  • 00:13:34.220 --> 00:13:36.100
  • yonder, and somewhere, I just
  • 00:13:36.100 --> 00:13:39.040
  • felt like God left me."
  • 00:13:39.040 --> 00:13:40.100
  • No, He didn't leave you.
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  • And you may be seated here today
  • 00:13:41.280 --> 00:13:43.180
  • and you're just absolutely a
  • 00:13:43.180 --> 00:13:45.180
  • backslidden Christian.
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:47.060
  • You're living in sin,
  • 00:13:47.060 --> 00:13:48.170
  • disobedient to God, looking back
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:50.170
  • and thinking about what your
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  • mother taught you years ago,
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:53.150
  • it's brought back to you some
  • 00:13:53.150 --> 00:13:54.260
  • things that you learned right
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  • after you got saved, and when
  • 00:13:56.120 --> 00:13:58.060
  • you were surrendered to Jesus
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:13:59.190
  • and you look back and you ask
  • 00:13:59.190 --> 00:14:01.040
  • yourself this question: how did
  • 00:14:01.040 --> 00:14:03.000
  • I get where I am?
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  • I'll tell you how.
  • 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:05.050
  • You got where you are because
  • 00:14:05.050 --> 00:14:06.210
  • you closed this Book, you
  • 00:14:06.210 --> 00:14:08.130
  • stopped listening to the Holy
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:09.200
  • Spirit who's living within you.
  • 00:14:09.200 --> 00:14:11.080
  • You decided to make some choices
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:12.280
  • apart from God, now you're in a
  • 00:14:12.280 --> 00:14:14.210
  • mess.
  • 00:14:14.210 --> 00:14:15.220
  • You cannot blame it on your
  • 00:14:15.220 --> 00:14:16.250
  • parents, on your children, who
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:19.060
  • you work for, your friends, or
  • 00:14:19.060 --> 00:14:20.290
  • whatever it might be.
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:22.050
  • God gave us the Book as a
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  • guidebook.
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  • Think about this: every one of
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:27.220
  • us is responsible to Almighty
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:29.230
  • God to be good stewards of the
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  • knowledge and experience that
  • 00:14:32.140 --> 00:14:34.280
  • the Word of God tells us about,
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  • about every single circumstance
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  • of our life.
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  • We're to be guided by the
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  • Spirit.
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  • Then one of the things we have
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:45.090
  • to wait for if we're going to
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:46.150
  • follow the Lord is to wait for
  • 00:14:46.150 --> 00:14:48.060
  • His timing.
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  • And one of my favorite verses is
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:52.160
  • Isaiah sixty-four, and when I
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  • think about this verse and how
  • 00:14:56.130 --> 00:14:59.130
  • many times I've read it and have
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:02.140
  • said, "Yes, Lord, please give me
  • 00:15:02.140 --> 00:15:04.080
  • wisdom enough to do exactly what
  • 00:15:04.080 --> 00:15:06.220
  • it says."
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  • And so, here's what it says in
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  • this sixty-fourth chapter.
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  • Listen to this, "For from days
  • 00:15:12.030 --> 00:15:13.230
  • of old, they have not heard or
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:15.250
  • perceived by ear, nor has the
  • 00:15:15.250 --> 00:15:18.130
  • eye seen a God besides You," or
  • 00:15:18.130 --> 00:15:20.140
  • like You.
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  • Listen, "A God who acts in
  • 00:15:21.190 --> 00:15:24.110
  • behalf of the one who waits for
  • 00:15:24.110 --> 00:15:26.170
  • Him."
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  • So, ask yourself the
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  • question--let's say when you get
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  • up in the morning, you're going
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  • to start the day off with
  • 00:15:31.170 --> 00:15:32.140
  • prayer.
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  • You get up and you get on your
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  • knees or you read the Scripture
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:35.180
  • and then you just take off.
  • 00:15:35.260 --> 00:15:38.260
  • What does the Bible say about
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:39.270
  • waiting upon God?
  • 00:15:41.010 --> 00:15:44.010
  • If you're going to read the Word
  • 00:15:44.010 --> 00:15:45.040
  • of God, listen carefully.
  • 00:15:45.040 --> 00:15:46.240
  • Let's just say you're going to
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  • read the twenty-third Psalm,
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  • which you already know by heart.
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  • You know what makes the
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:52.240
  • Scriptures stick in your life?
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  • What makes it register in your
  • 00:15:55.140 --> 00:15:57.260
  • mind, in your brain?
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  • What causes you to be able to
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:01.260
  • remember it is when you read it,
  • 00:16:02.220 --> 00:16:05.220
  • you think about it.
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  • You forget everything else for
  • 00:16:07.190 --> 00:16:08.200
  • the moment and you ask yourself
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:10.130
  • this question and you talk to
  • 00:16:10.130 --> 00:16:11.240
  • God about it: Lord, help me to
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:14.060
  • remember what You're saying.
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  • Don't let me forget this simple
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  • verse.
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  • You act in behalf of those who
  • 00:16:18.240 --> 00:16:21.160
  • wait upon You.
  • 00:16:21.160 --> 00:16:22.290
  • How much time do we spend
  • 00:16:22.290 --> 00:16:24.100
  • waiting upon Him?
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  • We say, "Well, I read my
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:26.050
  • Scripture this morning and I had
  • 00:16:26.050 --> 00:16:27.220
  • to hurry off."
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  • Think about this: every single
  • 00:16:29.000 --> 00:16:31.050
  • day of your life and my life is
  • 00:16:31.050 --> 00:16:33.040
  • totally uncertain.
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  • And what's happening about us is
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:37.010
  • very evident of that.
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:38.250
  • We need to begin every day in
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:42.000
  • the Word, even if it's one verse
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:45.170
  • or a whole chapter, or whatever
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:47.170
  • it might be, remembering that
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:49.230
  • the Spirit of God who lives
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:53.270
  • within us takes that Word,
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:58.000
  • drives it to our mind, to our
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  • heart, to our spirit, and does
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:02.230
  • what?
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  • Intends to use it to guide us
  • 00:17:03.200 --> 00:17:05.210
  • throughout the day.
  • 00:17:05.210 --> 00:17:07.140
  • God has given you the most
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:09.000
  • treasured thing you own.
  • 00:17:09.000 --> 00:17:11.250
  • You can stack up all of your
  • 00:17:11.250 --> 00:17:13.100
  • stocks and bonds and money over
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:14.290
  • here, and cars and houses and
  • 00:17:14.290 --> 00:17:17.060
  • farms and whatever it might be
  • 00:17:17.060 --> 00:17:18.220
  • over here, none of that, or all
  • 00:17:18.220 --> 00:17:20.240
  • of it together can equal this.
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:23.250
  • Because none of that can get you
  • 00:17:23.250 --> 00:17:25.040
  • to heaven.
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  • Only the Word of God can get you
  • 00:17:27.050 --> 00:17:28.240
  • to heaven.
  • 00:17:28.240 --> 00:17:29.240
  • And only the Word of God can
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:31.190
  • give you clear instruction for
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:33.050
  • your life.
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:34.020
  • So, likewise, if I'm following
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:38.250
  • Him, I'm going to be able to
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:40.150
  • walk sometimes where it's not
  • 00:17:40.150 --> 00:17:42.170
  • clear.
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:43.140
  • I want you to turn to one of my
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:44.170
  • favorite passages, Proverbs
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:46.020
  • three, speaking of guidance and
  • 00:17:46.020 --> 00:17:48.170
  • direction, verse five, "Trust in
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:51.080
  • the Lord with all your heart, do
  • 00:17:52.090 --> 00:17:55.090
  • not lean on your own
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:57.150
  • understanding.
  • 00:17:57.150 --> 00:17:59.050
  • In all your ways," not some of
  • 00:17:59.050 --> 00:18:01.130
  • them, "acknowledge Him."
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:03.200
  • Look to Him, listen to Him, wait
  • 00:18:03.200 --> 00:18:05.140
  • for Him, "And He will make your
  • 00:18:05.140 --> 00:18:07.210
  • paths straight," instead of
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:10.170
  • crooked.
  • 00:18:10.170 --> 00:18:11.170
  • Listen to this, "Do not be wise
  • 00:18:11.180 --> 00:18:14.180
  • in your own eyes, fear the Lord
  • 00:18:15.100 --> 00:18:18.100
  • and turn away from evil."
  • 00:18:18.100 --> 00:18:19.250
  • And he says here's what you can
  • 00:18:19.250 --> 00:18:21.080
  • expect, "It'll be healing to
  • 00:18:21.080 --> 00:18:23.120
  • your body and refreshment to
  • 00:18:23.120 --> 00:18:25.160
  • your bones."
  • 00:18:25.160 --> 00:18:26.260
  • Where they--what can promise you
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:29.160
  • that?
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:30.230
  • When you read this passage of
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:32.070
  • Scripture daily or quote it to
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:35.140
  • yourself, and you'll find
  • 00:18:35.140 --> 00:18:37.010
  • yourself quoting it to yourself
  • 00:18:37.010 --> 00:18:38.110
  • often.
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:39.110
  • What happens?
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:40.090
  • Something turns on inside of
  • 00:18:40.090 --> 00:18:41.260
  • you.
  • 00:18:41.260 --> 00:18:42.190
  • And you know what that is?
  • 00:18:42.190 --> 00:18:43.210
  • That is your awareness of the
  • 00:18:43.210 --> 00:18:45.260
  • Spirit of the Living God who
  • 00:18:45.260 --> 00:18:47.210
  • will guide you, enable you,
  • 00:18:47.210 --> 00:18:49.100
  • empower you, give you
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:50.210
  • understanding how to face every
  • 00:18:50.210 --> 00:18:52.140
  • circumstance of life today.
  • 00:18:52.140 --> 00:18:54.200
  • Listen, God has given us this
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  • because He knows we can't live a
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  • successful life from His
  • 00:18:59.250 --> 00:19:01.240
  • perspective, or even from our
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:03.070
  • own, unless we're doing what?
  • 00:19:03.100 --> 00:19:06.100
  • We have--they had their eyes on
  • 00:19:06.100 --> 00:19:08.090
  • the cloud by day and the fire by
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  • night to be sure they walked in
  • 00:19:09.200 --> 00:19:11.140
  • the right direction.
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  • We have the Word of God to do
  • 00:19:12.160 --> 00:19:14.230
  • what?
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:15.160
  • To give us clarity,
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  • understanding, and insight so we
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:20.200
  • can walk in a holy way, every
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  • day of our life.
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:25.030
  • The Word of God, we're talking
  • 00:19:25.030 --> 00:19:27.030
  • about being guided by it, here's
  • 00:19:27.030 --> 00:19:29.160
  • some verses that I just want you
  • 00:19:29.160 --> 00:19:31.030
  • to remember.
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  • So, I want you to turn to
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:33.080
  • Joshua, for example, and let's
  • 00:19:34.130 --> 00:19:37.130
  • look at the first chapter of
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:39.060
  • Joshua.
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  • Another one of my favorite
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:41.090
  • passages, because I've had to
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:45.120
  • turn to this many times.
  • 00:19:45.120 --> 00:19:47.050
  • I remember when I preached my
  • 00:19:47.050 --> 00:19:49.210
  • first sermon, I can still see my
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:52.080
  • mom.
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  • She called me--she came into my
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:54.250
  • bedroom and she says, "I want
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:56.160
  • you to read this before you
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:59.060
  • preach your first sermon
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:00.170
  • tonight, 'cause she knew I was a
  • 00:20:00.170 --> 00:20:02.010
  • little bit frightened.
  • 00:20:02.010 --> 00:20:03.010
  • But here's what my mother gave
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:04.130
  • me.
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:06.130
  • She says, "I want you to read
  • 00:20:06.130 --> 00:20:07.190
  • this verse," "Have I not
  • 00:20:07.190 --> 00:20:09.110
  • commanded you to be strong and
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:12.160
  • courageous!
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:14.060
  • Do not tremble or be dismayed,
  • 00:20:14.060 --> 00:20:16.270
  • for the Lord your God is with
  • 00:20:16.270 --> 00:20:18.060
  • you wherever you go."
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  • Watch this carefully, if you
  • 00:20:20.180 --> 00:20:23.050
  • walk in the Spirit of God,
  • 00:20:23.050 --> 00:20:25.010
  • you'll have to be strong and
  • 00:20:25.010 --> 00:20:26.150
  • courageous.
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  • Because God's going to tell you,
  • 00:20:27.170 --> 00:20:29.070
  • "Don't go here."
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  • And you have to decide whether
  • 00:20:30.180 --> 00:20:31.210
  • you're strong enough to be
  • 00:20:31.210 --> 00:20:33.020
  • obedient to God or you'll yield
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  • to pressure from somebody else
  • 00:20:34.120 --> 00:20:36.060
  • or whatever.
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:37.010
  • "Be strong and courageous.
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  • Fear not, neither be thou
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  • dismayed for the Lord your God's
  • 00:20:39.230 --> 00:20:41.170
  • with you."
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  • How blessed we are to have the
  • 00:20:43.020 --> 00:20:44.230
  • Word of God.
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:46.220
  • And it's our light and our fire
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:49.200
  • and our direction and our help
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:51.270
  • and our hope and our strength
  • 00:20:51.270 --> 00:20:53.250
  • and our energy.
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:20:54.270
  • And there's something about
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:55.290
  • reading the Word of God that
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:57.040
  • does energize us.
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:58.290
  • You and I have the written,
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:01.070
  • living, perfect Word of God to
  • 00:21:02.030 --> 00:21:05.030
  • give us direction about every
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:07.140
  • single solitary aspect of our
  • 00:21:07.140 --> 00:21:10.020
  • life with no exception.
  • 00:21:10.020 --> 00:21:12.080
  • You can't think of anything the
  • 00:21:12.080 --> 00:21:13.280
  • Word of God doesn't have an
  • 00:21:13.280 --> 00:21:15.130
  • answer for.
  • 00:21:15.130 --> 00:21:18.020
  • There are some people who say,
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:18.250
  • "Well, I've asked God about some
  • 00:21:18.250 --> 00:21:20.020
  • things, He didn't answer."
  • 00:21:20.020 --> 00:21:21.130
  • Well, you probably weren't
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:22.060
  • listening very carefully.
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:23.150
  • Or probably you didn't like His
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:27.130
  • answer, but everywhere in the
  • 00:21:27.130 --> 00:21:29.220
  • Word of God, He's got a word for
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  • us.
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:32.050
  • So, I think about we're going to
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:35.230
  • find ourselves facing conflict,
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:37.260
  • and so somebody says, "Well, you
  • 00:21:37.260 --> 00:21:39.110
  • don't know where I work.
  • 00:21:39.110 --> 00:21:40.130
  • I go to work every single day,
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:42.280
  • and I go to work in a situation
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:44.250
  • that's not very helpful, not
  • 00:21:44.250 --> 00:21:46.200
  • very encouraging."
  • 00:21:46.200 --> 00:21:47.270
  • And so, I want to give you this
  • 00:21:47.270 --> 00:21:50.000
  • passage of Scripture, Acts
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  • chapter five and verse
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  • twenty-nine; listen to what he
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  • says.
  • 00:21:57.110 --> 00:22:00.130
  • "Peter and the apostles
  • 00:22:00.130 --> 00:22:02.100
  • answered," to those who were
  • 00:22:02.100 --> 00:22:03.100
  • persecuting them, "'We must obey
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  • God rather than men.
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  • The God of our fathers raised up
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  • Jesus, whom you had put to death
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  • by hanging Him on a cross.
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  • He is the one whom God exalted
  • 00:22:16.250 --> 00:22:19.210
  • to His right hand as a Prince
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:21.250
  • and a Savior, to grant
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  • repentance to Israel, and
  • 00:22:23.180 --> 00:22:25.030
  • forgiveness of sins.
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  • We are witnesses of these
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:28.270
  • things, and so is the Holy
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:31.020
  • Spirit, whom God has given to
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:33.040
  • those of us who obey Him.'"
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  • Listen, you have the treasure of
  • 00:22:35.210 --> 00:22:38.210
  • God deposited in your life to do
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:42.020
  • what?
  • 00:22:42.020 --> 00:22:42.230
  • For guidance and direction.
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  • Think about this: would God ask
  • 00:22:45.070 --> 00:22:47.280
  • you to do something He wouldn't
  • 00:22:47.280 --> 00:22:49.070
  • help you do?
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  • No.
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  • But if you don't know about the
  • 00:22:51.170 --> 00:22:52.190
  • Holy Spirit, you would end up
  • 00:22:52.190 --> 00:22:54.170
  • doing it in your own strength
  • 00:22:54.170 --> 00:22:56.050
  • and energy.
  • 00:22:56.050 --> 00:22:57.140
  • And this is why oftentimes
  • 00:22:57.140 --> 00:22:58.210
  • people, they say, "Well, I've
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:01.050
  • tried to live a Christian life,
  • 00:23:01.050 --> 00:23:02.110
  • but somehow, I'm not doing too
  • 00:23:02.110 --> 00:23:03.090
  • well."
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  • The Spirit of God who indwells
  • 00:23:04.020 --> 00:23:06.150
  • one of us is the Spirit of God
  • 00:23:06.150 --> 00:23:08.020
  • who indwells every single one of
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  • us.
  • 00:23:09.130 --> 00:23:10.110
  • And He has equipped us and
  • 00:23:10.110 --> 00:23:12.160
  • enabled us to face difficulty
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  • and hardship and opposition.
  • 00:23:14.160 --> 00:23:16.090
  • So, if I should ask you this
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:17.230
  • morning: how many of you have
  • 00:23:17.230 --> 00:23:19.110
  • been through a tough time in
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:20.130
  • your life and the only thing you
  • 00:23:20.130 --> 00:23:21.280
  • had was God?
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  • Was He there?
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  • All of you'd raise your hand.
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  • You--if you know that He's been
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  • there and you know that there've
  • 00:23:28.290 --> 00:23:30.070
  • been times when all you had was
  • 00:23:30.070 --> 00:23:32.120
  • God.
  • 00:23:32.120 --> 00:23:33.290
  • The bottom dropped out, the
  • 00:23:33.290 --> 00:23:35.060
  • sides fell off, the top
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:36.230
  • disappeared, and there you are,
  • 00:23:36.230 --> 00:23:38.280
  • helpless and hopeless, and the
  • 00:23:38.280 --> 00:23:40.240
  • only thing you have is Almighty
  • 00:23:40.240 --> 00:23:42.130
  • God.
  • 00:23:42.130 --> 00:23:45.020
  • And the Spirit of God, the
  • 00:23:45.020 --> 00:23:47.180
  • Spirit of God came to live in
  • 00:23:47.180 --> 00:23:49.200
  • our life to do what?
  • 00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:50.240
  • To give us assurance, so that we
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:52.220
  • don't have to worry about today.
  • 00:23:52.220 --> 00:23:54.140
  • We just live in His presence,
  • 00:23:54.140 --> 00:23:56.130
  • knowing that He's within us.
  • 00:23:56.130 --> 00:23:58.110
  • He is our guide and our guard
  • 00:23:58.110 --> 00:24:00.220
  • and our health and our strength
  • 00:24:00.220 --> 00:24:02.060
  • and everything we need, so we
  • 00:24:02.060 --> 00:24:03.190
  • can live happily.
  • 00:24:03.190 --> 00:24:05.040
  • We can live with a discerning
  • 00:24:05.040 --> 00:24:07.030
  • spirit to know some things that
  • 00:24:07.030 --> 00:24:09.120
  • are not wise for us to do.
  • 00:24:09.120 --> 00:24:11.010
  • And if for example, if
  • 00:24:11.010 --> 00:24:12.030
  • God--let's say you headed into
  • 00:24:12.030 --> 00:24:13.260
  • some store or something, or
  • 00:24:13.260 --> 00:24:15.200
  • whatever it might be, and you
  • 00:24:15.200 --> 00:24:17.060
  • had a reservation in your
  • 00:24:17.060 --> 00:24:18.180
  • spirit, don't do that.
  • 00:24:18.290 --> 00:24:21.290
  • And you say, "Well, why not?"
  • 00:24:21.290 --> 00:24:24.130
  • Let me just say this to you.
  • 00:24:24.130 --> 00:24:25.170
  • When the Spirit of God tells you
  • 00:24:25.170 --> 00:24:27.090
  • something, do exactly what He
  • 00:24:27.090 --> 00:24:29.190
  • says.
  • 00:24:29.190 --> 00:24:30.220
  • He--if He tells you, "Don't do
  • 00:24:31.200 --> 00:24:34.200
  • that," don't argue with Him and
  • 00:24:34.200 --> 00:24:36.200
  • ask Him to tell you why.
  • 00:24:36.200 --> 00:24:38.140
  • He is under no obligation to
  • 00:24:38.140 --> 00:24:40.200
  • answer your why.
  • 00:24:40.200 --> 00:24:42.030
  • His obligation is to give you
  • 00:24:42.030 --> 00:24:44.010
  • direction, guidance, and
  • 00:24:44.010 --> 00:24:46.190
  • protection.
  • 00:24:46.190 --> 00:24:47.120
  • If I disobey Him, I suffer the
  • 00:24:47.150 --> 00:24:50.150
  • consequence.
  • 00:24:50.190 --> 00:24:53.190
  • God speaks to all of His
  • 00:24:53.190 --> 00:24:54.200
  • children.
  • 00:24:54.200 --> 00:24:55.130
  • Once you trusted Him as your
  • 00:24:55.130 --> 00:24:56.270
  • personal Savior, the Spirit came
  • 00:24:56.270 --> 00:24:58.040
  • into your life to do what?
  • 00:24:58.040 --> 00:24:59.060
  • To give you direction and all
  • 00:24:59.060 --> 00:25:00.170
  • these other things we have
  • 00:25:00.170 --> 00:25:01.170
  • talked about.
  • 00:25:01.170 --> 00:25:02.250
  • Many of God's people are living
  • 00:25:02.250 --> 00:25:05.150
  • oblivious to the very presence
  • 00:25:05.150 --> 00:25:08.010
  • of Holy God who lives within
  • 00:25:08.010 --> 00:25:10.010
  • them.
  • 00:25:10.010 --> 00:25:11.100
  • And so, they wonder why they get
  • 00:25:11.100 --> 00:25:12.170
  • in trouble, do things they
  • 00:25:12.170 --> 00:25:13.250
  • shouldn't do, go where they
  • 00:25:13.250 --> 00:25:15.010
  • shouldn't go, see, you name it.
  • 00:25:15.010 --> 00:25:17.110
  • It's not because God doesn't
  • 00:25:17.110 --> 00:25:18.270
  • care.
  • 00:25:18.270 --> 00:25:19.210
  • It's not because God's not
  • 00:25:19.210 --> 00:25:21.080
  • speaking.
  • 00:25:21.080 --> 00:25:22.170
  • It's because we're not
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:23.190
  • listening.
  • 00:25:23.190 --> 00:25:24.170
  • Listen carefully, it's
  • 00:25:24.170 --> 00:25:25.210
  • dangerous, absolutely dangerous
  • 00:25:26.050 --> 00:25:29.050
  • in this day and time to live
  • 00:25:29.050 --> 00:25:31.230
  • closed to God.
  • 00:25:31.280 --> 00:25:34.280
  • We all need Him, and He's just
  • 00:25:34.280 --> 00:25:37.030
  • that clear.
  • 00:25:37.030 --> 00:25:38.030
  • Now, you may be seated here and
  • 00:25:38.030 --> 00:25:39.110
  • you may be thinking, "Well, I
  • 00:25:39.110 --> 00:25:40.110
  • don't think that's absolutely
  • 00:25:40.110 --> 00:25:42.050
  • necessary, and I don't think--I
  • 00:25:42.240 --> 00:25:45.240
  • just don't think God would speak
  • 00:25:45.240 --> 00:25:47.040
  • to me that way."
  • 00:25:47.040 --> 00:25:48.070
  • Yes, He will.
  • 00:25:48.120 --> 00:25:51.120
  • Ask and, listen to this, "Ask
  • 00:25:51.120 --> 00:25:53.240
  • and it shall be given you, seek
  • 00:25:53.240 --> 00:25:56.040
  • and ye shall find, knock and it
  • 00:25:56.040 --> 00:25:58.010
  • shall be opened unto you."
  • 00:25:58.010 --> 00:25:59.170
  • Everyone who asks, receives;
  • 00:25:59.170 --> 00:26:01.150
  • seeks, finds; knocks, opens.
  • 00:26:01.150 --> 00:26:03.230
  • That's a promise.
  • 00:26:03.230 --> 00:26:04.290
  • So, do you believe the Word of
  • 00:26:04.290 --> 00:26:06.060
  • God?
  • 00:26:06.060 --> 00:26:08.020
  • If you believe the Word of God,
  • 00:26:08.020 --> 00:26:09.060
  • you must believe that when you
  • 00:26:09.060 --> 00:26:10.280
  • come to Him and ask, whatever
  • 00:26:10.280 --> 00:26:12.270
  • the situation is, He will answer
  • 00:26:13.130 --> 00:26:16.130
  • your petition.
  • 00:26:16.130 --> 00:26:18.150
  • I believe one of the most
  • 00:26:18.150 --> 00:26:19.180
  • important lessons we learn as a
  • 00:26:19.180 --> 00:26:21.090
  • believer is how do you listen to
  • 00:26:21.090 --> 00:26:24.080
  • God?
  • 00:26:24.080 --> 00:26:26.070
  • Now, you've heard me say this
  • 00:26:26.070 --> 00:26:27.240
  • many, many times.
  • 00:26:27.240 --> 00:26:29.280
  • Obey God and do what?
  • 00:26:32.200 --> 00:26:35.200
  • Is that what you're doing?
  • 00:26:35.200 --> 00:26:38.040
  • Are you obeying God and leaving
  • 00:26:38.040 --> 00:26:39.100
  • all the consequences to Him?
  • 00:26:39.150 --> 00:26:42.150
  • What that says is obey God,
  • 00:26:42.150 --> 00:26:44.250
  • trust Him with everything.
  • 00:26:44.250 --> 00:26:47.060
  • Would you say that God is
  • 00:26:47.060 --> 00:26:48.160
  • trustworthy, that He can handle
  • 00:26:48.160 --> 00:26:50.150
  • your everything?
  • 00:26:50.150 --> 00:26:52.090
  • Absolutely.
  • 00:26:52.250 --> 00:26:55.250
  • For the Hebrews, it was cloud by
  • 00:26:55.250 --> 00:26:58.060
  • day, fire by night and trusting
  • 00:26:59.160 --> 00:27:02.180
  • Moses.
  • 00:27:02.180 --> 00:27:04.160
  • For us, it's the Living Word of
  • 00:27:07.170 --> 00:27:10.170
  • God that we have with us every
  • 00:27:10.260 --> 00:27:13.260
  • day of our life.
  • 00:27:13.260 --> 00:27:16.090
  • We can find out whatever we need
  • 00:27:16.090 --> 00:27:17.240
  • to find out.
  • 00:27:17.240 --> 00:27:19.050
  • We can find clear direction for
  • 00:27:19.050 --> 00:27:21.050
  • every single issue in life.
  • 00:27:22.060 --> 00:27:25.060
  • You say, "Well, you mean to tell
  • 00:27:25.060 --> 00:27:26.050
  • me if you you believe that God
  • 00:27:26.050 --> 00:27:27.220
  • will give you direction for
  • 00:27:27.220 --> 00:27:28.220
  • every single thing in your
  • 00:27:28.220 --> 00:27:29.180
  • life?"
  • 00:27:29.180 --> 00:27:30.040
  • Yes.
  • 00:27:30.040 --> 00:27:31.130
  • Like what would He not give you
  • 00:27:31.130 --> 00:27:33.030
  • direction for?
  • 00:27:33.050 --> 00:27:36.050
  • God, listen, God doesn't act
  • 00:27:36.050 --> 00:27:37.180
  • like we do.
  • 00:27:37.180 --> 00:27:39.180
  • God is true to His Word.
  • 00:27:39.180 --> 00:27:42.150
  • And in these days, this Book is
  • 00:27:42.150 --> 00:27:44.220
  • the most important possession
  • 00:27:44.220 --> 00:27:46.210
  • you have because here's the
  • 00:27:46.250 --> 00:27:49.250
  • source of all the promises of
  • 00:27:49.250 --> 00:27:51.150
  • Almighty God.
  • 00:27:51.220 --> 00:27:54.220
  • And so many of us here are
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  • grandparents.
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  • What have you ever said to your
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  • grandchildren about the Bible?
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  • Have you ever made that an issue
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  • with them?
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  • Who do you talk to about the
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  • Word of God?
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  • Or do you just take it for
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  • granted?
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  • This, to us, is like a cloud by
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  • day, fire by night.
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  • And Moses was their leader, the
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  • Holy Spirit is our leader.
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  • So, look how precious we--look
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  • how good God is to us.
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  • He let us be born in a time when
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  • we got it right here and the
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  • Holy Spirit to guide us and lead
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  • us.
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  • If you've never trusted Jesus as
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  • your Savior, you should do so
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  • immediately.
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  • You say, "How do I do that?"
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  • You ask God to forgive you of
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  • your sins.
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  • You acknowledge to Him that you
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  • believe that His death on the
  • 00:28:44.060 --> 00:28:45.130
  • cross paid your sin debt in
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  • full.
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  • And that if you confess your
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  • sins and surrender your life to
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  • Him and accept Him as your
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  • Savior by faith, that He
  • 00:28:52.000 --> 00:28:54.090
  • forgives your sins, writes your
  • 00:28:54.090 --> 00:28:55.220
  • name in the Lamb's Book of Life
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  • and you're forever a child of
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  • God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit
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  • who will help you interpret His
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  • Word the rest of your life.
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  • That's who you are.
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  • Father, we bless You and praise
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  • You, worship You and adore You,
  • 00:29:06.270 --> 00:29:09.090
  • treasure, dear God, Your
  • 00:29:09.090 --> 00:29:12.080
  • precious Word.
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  • And pray that You will lead
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  • every person who hears or
  • 00:29:17.030 --> 00:29:19.090
  • watches this message to know the
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  • truth and to walk in Your ways.
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  • But we ask it in Jesus's name,
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  • - announcer: Coming up
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  • in just a moment,
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  • - male: I'm 68 years old.
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  • I came from abject poverty,
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  • but God had his hand on me.
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  • I still have questions:
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  • Why did I have to go through
  • 00:29:49.250 --> 00:29:51.010
  • all of that?
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  • Lord, have I achieved
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  • what you want me to achieve?
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  • Searching for what God
  • 00:29:57.010 --> 00:29:58.090
  • wanted for my life,
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: All the
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  • things that you face in life,
  • 00:30:12.270 --> 00:30:14.080
  • let Him give you guidance and
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  • direction.
  • 00:30:16.040 --> 00:30:17.050
  • Because that will be life at its
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  • very, very best.
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  • I say again, it doesn't mean
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  • you're not going to have any
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  • problems, heartaches and
  • 00:30:23.150 --> 00:30:24.010
  • burdens.
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  • But listen, it's one thing to
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  • struggle through life on your
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  • own.
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  • It's something else to walk
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  • through life in the power of the
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • Touch," we begin our 2020 focus,
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  • "Blessed to Be."
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  • Today's message, "The Key to the
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Would it shock
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  • you if I told you I just can't
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  • live this Christian life?
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  • - male: Yes.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Thank you, sir.
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  • Would I shock you if I told you
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  • neither can you?
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  • - male: Amen.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Do I get another
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  • amen?
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  • Well, one of the happiest days
  • 00:31:10.050 --> 00:31:11.100
  • of my life is when I discovered
  • 00:31:12.220 --> 00:31:15.220
  • that I couldn't, He knew I
  • 00:31:15.220 --> 00:31:18.030
  • couldn't and it was okay, He was
  • 00:31:18.080 --> 00:31:21.080
  • going to show me what the truth
  • 00:31:21.080 --> 00:31:22.220
  • was.
  • 00:31:22.220 --> 00:31:25.030
  • Because you see, I, like a lot
  • 00:31:25.030 --> 00:31:26.090
  • of other people, had struggled
  • 00:31:26.090 --> 00:31:28.050
  • and struggled and struggled.
  • 00:31:28.050 --> 00:31:29.090
  • And when I was saved at the age
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  • of twelve, the pastor said,
  • 00:31:31.160 --> 00:31:34.160
  • "Charles, you grow up and be a
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  • good boy.
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  • And one of these days you'll go
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  • to heaven," or something like
  • 00:31:37.260 --> 00:31:38.230
  • that.
  • 00:31:38.230 --> 00:31:39.200
  • Or, "God will bless you."
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  • And so, I did what He said.
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  • I tried to grow up and be a good
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  • boy.
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  • And sometimes I was and
  • 00:31:47.140 --> 00:31:49.110
  • sometimes I wasn't all that
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  • good.
  • 00:31:50.190 --> 00:31:52.060
  • And somewhere along the way, I
  • 00:31:52.060 --> 00:31:54.080
  • figured I had a problem.
  • 00:31:54.080 --> 00:31:56.110
  • And I think a lot of people have
  • 00:31:56.110 --> 00:31:57.170
  • felt that way.
  • 00:31:57.170 --> 00:31:58.260
  • They've listened to somebody
  • 00:31:58.260 --> 00:31:59.260
  • preach the gospel, they've
  • 00:31:59.260 --> 00:32:01.010
  • trusted Christ as their Savior
  • 00:32:01.010 --> 00:32:02.210
  • and they think, "I'm going to
  • 00:32:02.210 --> 00:32:04.030
  • have a new life and it's going
  • 00:32:04.030 --> 00:32:05.060
  • to be fantastic."
  • 00:32:05.060 --> 00:32:06.100
  • And didn't take them very long
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  • to think, "I sort of feel like
  • 00:32:07.200 --> 00:32:09.250
  • what I used to feel."
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  • And things aren't going as
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  • way--the way I thought they
  • 00:32:12.150 --> 00:32:14.000
  • ought to.
  • 00:32:14.000 --> 00:32:15.050
  • And so, there's--sometimes
  • 00:32:15.050 --> 00:32:16.030
  • there's confusion.
  • 00:32:16.030 --> 00:32:18.140
  • I'd been a pastor for quite some
  • 00:32:18.140 --> 00:32:19.220
  • time, and I still struggle with
  • 00:32:19.220 --> 00:32:22.060
  • that.
  • 00:32:22.060 --> 00:32:23.060
  • And I would fast and pray and
  • 00:32:23.060 --> 00:32:24.270
  • ask God to give me wisdom and
  • 00:32:24.270 --> 00:32:26.060
  • direction and show me the truth.
  • 00:32:26.060 --> 00:32:28.070
  • And I came to the conclusion
  • 00:32:28.070 --> 00:32:29.100
  • there had to be something
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  • better, really.
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  • Or some something that I didn't
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  • know.
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  • Somewhere I've missed something.
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  • I remember there used to be one
  • 00:32:36.020 --> 00:32:37.040
  • man who came down the aisle that
  • 00:32:37.040 --> 00:32:38.250
  • particular church at least twice
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  • a month.
  • 00:32:40.280 --> 00:32:41.160
  • And that's no exaggeration.
  • 00:32:41.160 --> 00:32:43.020
  • He came down as sincere as he
  • 00:32:43.020 --> 00:32:44.160
  • could be and he would tell me he
  • 00:32:44.160 --> 00:32:45.200
  • was rededicating his life.
  • 00:32:45.200 --> 00:32:47.230
  • Well, it got to the point that I
  • 00:32:47.230 --> 00:32:49.110
  • thought, "Wait a minute, either
  • 00:32:49.110 --> 00:32:51.020
  • I don't have an answer for this
  • 00:32:51.020 --> 00:32:52.210
  • man or I keep saying, 'Yes, I
  • 00:32:52.210 --> 00:32:54.030
  • understand,'" we'd pray and he'd
  • 00:32:54.030 --> 00:32:55.070
  • go back up the aisle.
  • 00:32:55.070 --> 00:32:56.290
  • Wonderful man, very sincere.
  • 00:32:56.290 --> 00:32:59.000
  • But somehow, he just couldn't
  • 00:32:59.000 --> 00:33:01.090
  • live it and he couldn't figure
  • 00:33:01.090 --> 00:33:02.180
  • out why.
  • 00:33:02.180 --> 00:33:04.180
  • And so, that bothered me a
  • 00:33:04.190 --> 00:33:07.190
  • little bit, but then I was
  • 00:33:07.190 --> 00:33:09.110
  • preaching through the book of
  • 00:33:09.110 --> 00:33:10.220
  • Galatians.
  • 00:33:10.220 --> 00:33:12.240
  • And I was coming to the fifth
  • 00:33:12.240 --> 00:33:13.220
  • chapter, which said, "The fruit
  • 00:33:13.220 --> 00:33:15.010
  • of the Spirit is love, joy,
  • 00:33:15.010 --> 00:33:17.020
  • goodness, peace, mercy," all
  • 00:33:17.020 --> 00:33:18.190
  • those things.
  • 00:33:18.190 --> 00:33:19.110
  • And I thought, "Lord, I don't
  • 00:33:19.110 --> 00:33:20.240
  • have that."
  • 00:33:20.240 --> 00:33:21.260
  • I may have it on Sunday, but I
  • 00:33:21.260 --> 00:33:23.020
  • don't have it on Mondays
  • 00:33:23.020 --> 00:33:23.280
  • sometimes.
  • 00:33:23.280 --> 00:33:25.040
  • And when I think about all
  • 00:33:25.040 --> 00:33:26.140
  • through the week, a lot of times
  • 00:33:26.140 --> 00:33:27.180
  • I don't have patience and I
  • 00:33:27.180 --> 00:33:28.240
  • don't always have self-control.
  • 00:33:28.240 --> 00:33:30.180
  • And so, I was struggling with
  • 00:33:30.180 --> 00:33:32.080
  • that.
  • 00:33:32.080 --> 00:33:34.030
  • I got on my face before the Lord
  • 00:33:34.030 --> 00:33:36.250
  • and God spoke to my heart and
  • 00:33:36.250 --> 00:33:38.020
  • revealed to me something so
  • 00:33:38.020 --> 00:33:39.120
  • simple, so plain, so easy,
  • 00:33:40.080 --> 00:33:43.080
  • absolutely revolutionized my
  • 00:33:43.080 --> 00:33:45.080
  • life.
  • 00:33:45.080 --> 00:33:46.130
  • And then I realized why I'd
  • 00:33:46.130 --> 00:33:48.150
  • failed so many times.
  • 00:33:48.150 --> 00:33:50.160
  • And that's what I want to talk
  • 00:33:50.160 --> 00:33:51.160
  • about in this message, and that
  • 00:33:51.160 --> 00:33:53.080
  • is: the key to the
  • 00:33:53.080 --> 00:33:54.010
  • Christian life.
  • 00:33:54.010 --> 00:33:54.260
  • And I want you to listen
  • 00:33:54.260 --> 00:33:55.210
  • carefully because it'll go right
  • 00:33:55.210 --> 00:33:58.020
  • by you if you don't listen
  • 00:33:58.020 --> 00:33:59.200
  • carefully.
  • 00:33:59.200 --> 00:34:00.110
  • Because I know that many of you
  • 00:34:00.110 --> 00:34:01.150
  • feel just like I felt.
  • 00:34:01.150 --> 00:34:02.210
  • "Well, this isn't working.
  • 00:34:02.210 --> 00:34:03.130
  • Well, something's wrong with the
  • 00:34:03.130 --> 00:34:04.110
  • Christian life.
  • 00:34:04.110 --> 00:34:05.030
  • Where's God in all this?"
  • 00:34:05.030 --> 00:34:06.170
  • So, I want you to turn, if you
  • 00:34:06.170 --> 00:34:07.140
  • will, to Colossians chapter
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  • three.
  • 00:34:08.290 --> 00:34:11.030
  • Colossians chapter three, and I
  • 00:34:11.030 --> 00:34:12.180
  • want us to read these first
  • 00:34:12.180 --> 00:34:14.020
  • seven verses of this chapter.
  • 00:34:14.020 --> 00:34:16.280
  • And Paul begins by saying,
  • 00:34:16.280 --> 00:34:18.070
  • "Therefore if you have been
  • 00:34:18.070 --> 00:34:20.060
  • raised up with Christ, keep
  • 00:34:20.060 --> 00:34:22.140
  • seeking the things above, where
  • 00:34:22.140 --> 00:34:24.160
  • Christ is seated at the right
  • 00:34:24.160 --> 00:34:25.230
  • hand of God.
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  • Set your mind on the things
  • 00:34:27.080 --> 00:34:30.000
  • above, not on the things that
  • 00:34:30.000 --> 00:34:31.210
  • are on earth.
  • 00:34:31.210 --> 00:34:33.160
  • For you have died and your life
  • 00:34:33.160 --> 00:34:36.080
  • is hidden with Christ in God.
  • 00:34:36.280 --> 00:34:39.280
  • When Christ, who is our life is
  • 00:34:39.280 --> 00:34:41.090
  • revealed, then you also will be
  • 00:34:41.090 --> 00:34:43.260
  • revealed with Him in glory.
  • 00:34:43.260 --> 00:34:45.220
  • Therefore consider the members
  • 00:34:45.220 --> 00:34:47.230
  • of your earthly body as dead,"
  • 00:34:47.230 --> 00:34:50.170
  • to what?
  • 00:34:50.170 --> 00:34:51.120
  • "Immorality, impurity, passion,
  • 00:34:51.120 --> 00:34:54.030
  • evil desires, and greed, which
  • 00:34:54.030 --> 00:34:56.140
  • amounts to idolatry.
  • 00:34:56.140 --> 00:34:58.050
  • For it is because of these
  • 00:34:58.050 --> 00:34:59.090
  • things that the wrath of God
  • 00:34:59.090 --> 00:35:01.160
  • will come upon the sons of
  • 00:35:01.160 --> 00:35:02.190
  • disobedience, and in them you
  • 00:35:02.190 --> 00:35:05.070
  • also once walked, when you were
  • 00:35:05.070 --> 00:35:07.190
  • living in them."
  • 00:35:07.190 --> 00:35:09.130
  • Now, I want you to look at this
  • 00:35:09.130 --> 00:35:10.180
  • particular verse, verse four.
  • 00:35:10.180 --> 00:35:13.160
  • Listen to this, "When Christ,
  • 00:35:13.170 --> 00:35:16.170
  • who is our life, when Christ,
  • 00:35:18.110 --> 00:35:21.110
  • who is our life, is revealed,
  • 00:35:21.110 --> 00:35:24.000
  • then you also will be revealed
  • 00:35:24.000 --> 00:35:25.210
  • with Him in glory."
  • 00:35:25.210 --> 00:35:27.020
  • Now, what in the world does he
  • 00:35:27.020 --> 00:35:28.000
  • mean by that?
  • 00:35:28.000 --> 00:35:28.280
  • Here is the key to the whole
  • 00:35:28.280 --> 00:35:30.220
  • Christian life.
  • 00:35:30.220 --> 00:35:31.250
  • And I think for us to understand
  • 00:35:31.250 --> 00:35:33.060
  • it fully and simply, let's begin
  • 00:35:33.070 --> 00:35:36.070
  • with the first thing that's
  • 00:35:36.070 --> 00:35:37.060
  • necessary for us to understand,
  • 00:35:37.060 --> 00:35:38.220
  • and that is this life before our
  • 00:35:38.220 --> 00:35:41.050
  • salvation.
  • 00:35:41.050 --> 00:35:42.250
  • And that is, let's think about
  • 00:35:42.250 --> 00:35:43.270
  • it for just a moment.
  • 00:35:43.270 --> 00:35:45.160
  • You were living the life that
  • 00:35:45.160 --> 00:35:47.030
  • you were living, whatever that
  • 00:35:47.030 --> 00:35:48.080
  • might be, and finally somewhere
  • 00:35:48.080 --> 00:35:50.030
  • along the way, you heard the
  • 00:35:50.030 --> 00:35:51.280
  • truth of the gospel.
  • 00:35:51.280 --> 00:35:53.160
  • And when you did, several things
  • 00:35:53.160 --> 00:35:54.250
  • happened.
  • 00:35:54.250 --> 00:35:55.230
  • Number one, you got under
  • 00:35:55.230 --> 00:35:57.040
  • conviction.
  • 00:35:57.040 --> 00:35:58.190
  • That is, the spirit of God
  • 00:35:58.190 --> 00:35:59.280
  • convicted you of your sin.
  • 00:35:59.280 --> 00:36:02.150
  • And there was a sense of regret,
  • 00:36:02.150 --> 00:36:05.050
  • a sense of shame, a sense of
  • 00:36:05.050 --> 00:36:06.240
  • guilt.
  • 00:36:06.240 --> 00:36:07.290
  • And maybe a little bit of fear
  • 00:36:07.290 --> 00:36:09.190
  • that you'd been living your life
  • 00:36:09.190 --> 00:36:10.270
  • outside the will of God and not
  • 00:36:10.270 --> 00:36:13.140
  • recognizing what God had been
  • 00:36:13.140 --> 00:36:15.190
  • trying to say to you.
  • 00:36:15.190 --> 00:36:17.110
  • And so, what did you do?
  • 00:36:17.110 --> 00:36:19.220
  • You made a decision at that
  • 00:36:19.220 --> 00:36:20.250
  • point.
  • 00:36:20.250 --> 00:36:21.280
  • And so, what transpires here is
  • 00:36:21.280 --> 00:36:24.150
  • this awesome change.
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  • Does not the Bible say that we
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  • are born again?
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  • That means I got a new life.
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  • Something's happened to me.
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  • And as many as believe in Him,
  • 00:36:32.050 --> 00:36:34.020
  • "To them gave He the power to
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  • become the sons of God."
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  • I got a new relationship.
  • 00:36:36.120 --> 00:36:38.000
  • Therefore, He says in Christ
  • 00:36:38.000 --> 00:36:39.290
  • Jesus, "Old things are passed
  • 00:36:39.290 --> 00:36:41.040
  • away, all things have become
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  • new."
  • 00:36:42.130 --> 00:36:42.290
  • So, what do I have?
  • 00:36:42.290 --> 00:36:43.190
  • I have a brand-new life, have a
  • 00:36:43.190 --> 00:36:45.220
  • brand-new attitude.
  • 00:36:45.220 --> 00:36:47.130
  • And so, my life has changed.
  • 00:36:47.130 --> 00:36:49.190
  • I was dead in trespasses and
  • 00:36:49.190 --> 00:36:51.070
  • sins, now I'm alive through the
  • 00:36:51.070 --> 00:36:53.220
  • work of the Lord Jesus Christ at
  • 00:36:53.220 --> 00:36:55.070
  • the cross.
  • 00:36:55.070 --> 00:36:56.120
  • But after you're saved, we have
  • 00:36:56.120 --> 00:36:58.020
  • two big problems.
  • 00:36:58.020 --> 00:36:59.190
  • One of them is this: we have to
  • 00:36:59.190 --> 00:37:01.130
  • live in a world where there is
  • 00:37:01.130 --> 00:37:03.290
  • rebellion, disobedience, all
  • 00:37:03.290 --> 00:37:06.210
  • kinds of corruption, evil,
  • 00:37:06.210 --> 00:37:08.170
  • wickedness, Satan loose.
  • 00:37:08.170 --> 00:37:10.050
  • And all kind of things we have
  • 00:37:10.050 --> 00:37:11.090
  • to deal with all around us.
  • 00:37:11.090 --> 00:37:12.150
  • We have to live among people who
  • 00:37:12.150 --> 00:37:13.220
  • don't like what we believe and
  • 00:37:13.220 --> 00:37:15.060
  • who live for the devil and
  • 00:37:15.060 --> 00:37:16.060
  • who--and it's all about them.
  • 00:37:16.060 --> 00:37:18.250
  • That's one thing, and we can't
  • 00:37:18.250 --> 00:37:20.080
  • change that.
  • 00:37:20.080 --> 00:37:21.000
  • That'll always be till Jesus
  • 00:37:21.000 --> 00:37:22.010
  • comes.
  • 00:37:22.010 --> 00:37:22.260
  • But the second thing I have to
  • 00:37:22.260 --> 00:37:24.080
  • deal with even though I'm saved,
  • 00:37:24.080 --> 00:37:26.080
  • my name is written in the Lamb's
  • 00:37:26.080 --> 00:37:27.030
  • Book of Life, is this: I still
  • 00:37:27.030 --> 00:37:30.010
  • have within me, like every
  • 00:37:30.010 --> 00:37:31.190
  • believer does because we're
  • 00:37:31.190 --> 00:37:33.220
  • still living in these fleshly
  • 00:37:33.220 --> 00:37:35.020
  • bodies and we're on earth,
  • 00:37:35.020 --> 00:37:37.020
  • we still have that fleshliness
  • 00:37:38.000 --> 00:37:41.000
  • in us.
  • 00:37:41.000 --> 00:37:41.190
  • That's what Paul called it:
  • 00:37:41.190 --> 00:37:42.190
  • living in the flesh.
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  • Which is that propensity or
  • 00:37:44.030 --> 00:37:45.280
  • that, listen, that desire that
  • 00:37:46.000 --> 00:37:49.000
  • crops up in us once in a while,
  • 00:37:49.000 --> 00:37:50.280
  • and all of a sudden, we want to
  • 00:37:50.280 --> 00:37:52.160
  • do something that we know is not
  • 00:37:52.160 --> 00:37:53.250
  • the will of God.
  • 00:37:53.250 --> 00:37:55.120
  • So, I have two things I have to
  • 00:37:55.120 --> 00:37:56.270
  • deal with as a as a believer.
  • 00:37:56.270 --> 00:37:58.180
  • I've got this world I've got to
  • 00:37:58.180 --> 00:37:59.180
  • live in.
  • 00:37:59.180 --> 00:38:00.100
  • And secondly, I have this
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  • something within me as long as I
  • 00:38:01.200 --> 00:38:04.130
  • live in this life, some people
  • 00:38:04.130 --> 00:38:06.000
  • call it the old nature.
  • 00:38:06.000 --> 00:38:07.250
  • You can call it anything you
  • 00:38:07.250 --> 00:38:08.120
  • want to.
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  • One thing for certain, we all
  • 00:38:09.070 --> 00:38:10.280
  • have it, amen?
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  • We all have it.
  • 00:38:12.170 --> 00:38:13.120
  • That's a little light, but I
  • 00:38:13.120 --> 00:38:14.090
  • know it's in you.
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  • We all have it.
  • 00:38:15.240 --> 00:38:18.030
  • And we have to deal with it
  • 00:38:18.030 --> 00:38:20.070
  • because that's where the problem
  • 00:38:20.070 --> 00:38:22.060
  • comes.
  • 00:38:22.060 --> 00:38:22.230
  • If I don't understand what God
  • 00:38:22.230 --> 00:38:25.140
  • really arranged for me, then I'm
  • 00:38:25.140 --> 00:38:26.220
  • going to have to struggle with
  • 00:38:26.220 --> 00:38:27.150
  • it and struggle with it and
  • 00:38:27.150 --> 00:38:28.170
  • struggle with it.
  • 00:38:28.170 --> 00:38:29.120
  • Now I'm not saying that you ever
  • 00:38:29.120 --> 00:38:30.130
  • reach a stage in your life where
  • 00:38:30.130 --> 00:38:31.270
  • you live perfect from there on,
  • 00:38:31.270 --> 00:38:33.120
  • no more sin.
  • 00:38:33.120 --> 00:38:34.070
  • It would be absolutely wonderful
  • 00:38:34.070 --> 00:38:35.060
  • if it were.
  • 00:38:35.060 --> 00:38:36.050
  • Only when we get to heaven.
  • 00:38:36.050 --> 00:38:37.160
  • We live in this sinful world.
  • 00:38:37.160 --> 00:38:39.030
  • And we have within us, as long
  • 00:38:39.030 --> 00:38:41.040
  • as we're living in the flesh and
  • 00:38:41.040 --> 00:38:42.120
  • our eyes and our ears, we can
  • 00:38:42.120 --> 00:38:43.240
  • hear this and see that and feel
  • 00:38:43.240 --> 00:38:45.060
  • and touch the other, then we
  • 00:38:45.060 --> 00:38:46.170
  • have to deal with it.
  • 00:38:46.170 --> 00:38:48.230
  • Now that you're saved from sin
  • 00:38:48.230 --> 00:38:51.150
  • and disobedience and rebellion
  • 00:38:51.150 --> 00:38:52.260
  • toward God, then how is it that
  • 00:38:52.260 --> 00:38:55.060
  • you and I can live the Christian
  • 00:38:55.060 --> 00:38:56.170
  • life?
  • 00:38:56.170 --> 00:38:57.120
  • Well, look at this passage now
  • 00:38:57.120 --> 00:38:59.190
  • and notice what Paul said in
  • 00:38:59.190 --> 00:39:02.100
  • Colossians three.
  • 00:39:02.100 --> 00:39:04.120
  • He said, if you'll notice, verse
  • 00:39:04.170 --> 00:39:07.170
  • four, "When Christ, who is our
  • 00:39:09.200 --> 00:39:12.200
  • life," what is the key to living
  • 00:39:12.200 --> 00:39:15.160
  • the Christian life?
  • 00:39:15.160 --> 00:39:16.150
  • The key to living the Christian
  • 00:39:16.150 --> 00:39:17.190
  • life is to recognize this.
  • 00:39:17.220 --> 00:39:20.220
  • Watch this carefully, when you
  • 00:39:20.220 --> 00:39:22.080
  • trusted Jesus Christ as your
  • 00:39:22.080 --> 00:39:23.210
  • personal Savior, He came into
  • 00:39:23.240 --> 00:39:26.240
  • your life to dwell and to live
  • 00:39:27.030 --> 00:39:30.030
  • in you and through you the life
  • 00:39:30.030 --> 00:39:32.210
  • that He's provided and planned
  • 00:39:32.210 --> 00:39:34.050
  • for each and every one of us.
  • 00:39:34.050 --> 00:39:35.180
  • You remember what Jesus said to
  • 00:39:35.180 --> 00:39:36.280
  • His disciples that night before
  • 00:39:36.280 --> 00:39:39.240
  • He was going to be crucified the
  • 00:39:39.240 --> 00:39:41.090
  • next day?
  • 00:39:41.090 --> 00:39:41.270
  • He said, "Now I'm going away."
  • 00:39:41.270 --> 00:39:43.210
  • But He said, "I don't want you
  • 00:39:43.210 --> 00:39:45.000
  • to feel like orphans because I'm
  • 00:39:45.000 --> 00:39:46.070
  • going to come back to you."
  • 00:39:46.070 --> 00:39:47.220
  • He said, "My Father's going to
  • 00:39:47.220 --> 00:39:49.070
  • send you the Holy Spirit, one
  • 00:39:49.070 --> 00:39:51.110
  • just like me.
  • 00:39:51.110 --> 00:39:52.160
  • And when He comes, here's what
  • 00:39:52.160 --> 00:39:54.180
  • He'll do."
  • 00:39:54.180 --> 00:39:55.060
  • And He gives us those things.
  • 00:39:55.060 --> 00:39:57.020
  • So, what happens?
  • 00:39:57.020 --> 00:39:59.230
  • When you and I trusted Jesus
  • 00:39:59.230 --> 00:40:01.120
  • Christ as our Savior, He came
  • 00:40:01.120 --> 00:40:03.000
  • into our life to seal us as a
  • 00:40:03.000 --> 00:40:05.010
  • child of God.
  • 00:40:05.010 --> 00:40:07.000
  • And now we have within us the
  • 00:40:07.000 --> 00:40:09.180
  • life of Christ.
  • 00:40:09.180 --> 00:40:11.280
  • "When Christ, who is your life,
  • 00:40:11.280 --> 00:40:13.200
  • shall appear."
  • 00:40:13.200 --> 00:40:15.280
  • And if you'll look in Galatians
  • 00:40:15.280 --> 00:40:18.070
  • chapter two for a moment, and if
  • 00:40:18.070 --> 00:40:20.040
  • you'll notice what Paul says
  • 00:40:20.040 --> 00:40:22.030
  • here.
  • 00:40:22.030 --> 00:40:22.180
  • And there are many verses, but I
  • 00:40:22.180 --> 00:40:23.190
  • just want you to get a few of
  • 00:40:23.190 --> 00:40:25.070
  • these down in your thinking.
  • 00:40:25.070 --> 00:40:26.150
  • Paul says, "I have been
  • 00:40:26.150 --> 00:40:28.100
  • crucified with Christ," and he
  • 00:40:28.100 --> 00:40:30.050
  • uses a perfect tense, which
  • 00:40:30.050 --> 00:40:31.160
  • means this: something happened
  • 00:40:31.160 --> 00:40:33.170
  • to me in the past and the effect
  • 00:40:33.170 --> 00:40:35.180
  • of that is continuing even now.
  • 00:40:35.180 --> 00:40:37.230
  • "I have been crucified with
  • 00:40:37.230 --> 00:40:40.060
  • Christ," and he says, "And it is
  • 00:40:41.040 --> 00:40:44.040
  • no longer I who live, but Christ
  • 00:40:47.000 --> 00:40:50.000
  • lives in me," listen, Christ
  • 00:40:50.140 --> 00:40:53.140
  • lives in me, "and the life which
  • 00:40:53.140 --> 00:40:55.140
  • I now live in the flesh I live
  • 00:40:55.140 --> 00:40:57.150
  • by faith in the Son of God, who
  • 00:40:57.150 --> 00:40:59.000
  • loved me and gave Himself for
  • 00:40:59.000 --> 00:41:00.270
  • me."
  • 00:41:00.270 --> 00:41:01.280
  • When the Holy Spirit indwelt
  • 00:41:01.280 --> 00:41:03.260
  • your life at salvation, the
  • 00:41:03.260 --> 00:41:06.150
  • Spirit of--the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:41:06.150 --> 00:41:08.090
  • listen, a person of the Trinity,
  • 00:41:08.090 --> 00:41:10.050
  • His primary responsibility is to
  • 00:41:10.050 --> 00:41:12.140
  • live out through us the very
  • 00:41:12.140 --> 00:41:14.090
  • life of Jesus.
  • 00:41:14.090 --> 00:41:15.260
  • And so, when Paul says when you
  • 00:41:15.260 --> 00:41:18.080
  • have Christ, you have
  • 00:41:18.160 --> 00:41:21.160
  • everything.
  • 00:41:21.160 --> 00:41:22.020
  • You have Jesus.
  • 00:41:22.020 --> 00:41:23.090
  • You--he says He is our life.
  • 00:41:23.240 --> 00:41:26.240
  • What did you have before?
  • 00:41:26.240 --> 00:41:28.090
  • You had death.
  • 00:41:28.090 --> 00:41:29.120
  • What do you have now as a
  • 00:41:29.120 --> 00:41:30.120
  • believer?
  • 00:41:30.120 --> 00:41:31.020
  • You have life.
  • 00:41:31.020 --> 00:41:31.220
  • You have eternal life, the Son
  • 00:41:31.220 --> 00:41:34.010
  • of God living within you.
  • 00:41:34.010 --> 00:41:36.100
  • Now, listen to this carefully.
  • 00:41:36.100 --> 00:41:37.130
  • You listening?
  • 00:41:37.130 --> 00:41:38.010
  • Say amen.
  • 00:41:38.010 --> 00:41:39.250
  • In Christ makes me fit for
  • 00:41:39.250 --> 00:41:42.080
  • heaven.
  • 00:41:42.080 --> 00:41:44.080
  • Christ in me makes me fit for
  • 00:41:44.230 --> 00:41:47.230
  • this life.
  • 00:41:47.230 --> 00:41:48.280
  • And you've got to have both.
  • 00:41:48.280 --> 00:41:51.210
  • I in Christ, our being in Christ
  • 00:41:51.260 --> 00:41:54.260
  • makes us fit for heaven.
  • 00:41:54.260 --> 00:41:56.080
  • Christ in me enables me to live
  • 00:41:56.180 --> 00:41:59.180
  • a godly life in this life, here
  • 00:41:59.180 --> 00:42:01.090
  • and now.
  • 00:42:01.090 --> 00:42:02.030
  • So, look what he says in
  • 00:42:02.030 --> 00:42:03.110
  • Philippians chapter one.
  • 00:42:03.110 --> 00:42:05.240
  • Just one verse, I'll read a
  • 00:42:05.240 --> 00:42:06.270
  • short one.
  • 00:42:06.270 --> 00:42:07.210
  • Verse twenty one, "For to me, to
  • 00:42:07.210 --> 00:42:10.110
  • live is Christ and to die is
  • 00:42:10.160 --> 00:42:13.160
  • gain."
  • 00:42:13.160 --> 00:42:14.120
  • He's saying that because Christ
  • 00:42:14.120 --> 00:42:16.260
  • is living within us, when you
  • 00:42:16.260 --> 00:42:18.270
  • and I are alive, Christ is
  • 00:42:18.270 --> 00:42:21.220
  • living in and through you.
  • 00:42:21.220 --> 00:42:23.160
  • Now, remember this, what makes
  • 00:42:23.160 --> 00:42:25.050
  • the difference between us and
  • 00:42:25.050 --> 00:42:26.170
  • the rest of the world is that
  • 00:42:26.170 --> 00:42:27.180
  • Jesus, God in the person of His
  • 00:42:27.200 --> 00:42:30.200
  • Son through the Holy Spirit, is
  • 00:42:30.200 --> 00:42:32.110
  • living His life in us.
  • 00:42:32.110 --> 00:42:34.170
  • That's what makes us different.
  • 00:42:34.170 --> 00:42:37.100
  • Now, if you'll notice, let's go
  • 00:42:38.060 --> 00:42:41.060
  • back to John chapter seventeen
  • 00:42:41.060 --> 00:42:42.290
  • for a moment because I want to
  • 00:42:42.290 --> 00:42:44.010
  • just show you something else
  • 00:42:44.010 --> 00:42:45.090
  • here.
  • 00:42:45.090 --> 00:42:45.270
  • John chapter seventeen, and
  • 00:42:45.270 --> 00:42:47.200
  • listen to what this is, Jesus's
  • 00:42:47.200 --> 00:42:48.260
  • prayer to the Father before He
  • 00:42:49.040 --> 00:42:52.040
  • is crucified.
  • 00:42:52.040 --> 00:42:54.010
  • And look, if you will, in this
  • 00:42:54.010 --> 00:42:56.180
  • twenty-third verse of the
  • 00:42:56.180 --> 00:42:57.220
  • prayer.
  • 00:42:57.220 --> 00:42:59.080
  • Let's start with twenty-two.
  • 00:42:59.080 --> 00:43:01.060
  • "The glory which You have given
  • 00:43:01.060 --> 00:43:02.190
  • me, I've given to them, that
  • 00:43:02.190 --> 00:43:04.240
  • they may be one, just as We are
  • 00:43:04.240 --> 00:43:06.230
  • one," watch this, "I in them and
  • 00:43:08.030 --> 00:43:11.030
  • You in Me," listen to that, "I
  • 00:43:11.030 --> 00:43:13.280
  • in them."
  • 00:43:13.280 --> 00:43:14.190
  • That is, Jesus in us.
  • 00:43:14.190 --> 00:43:16.140
  • And He says, "God in Christ."
  • 00:43:16.160 --> 00:43:19.160
  • "You in Me."
  • 00:43:19.160 --> 00:43:20.230
  • Verse twenty-six, "And I've made
  • 00:43:20.230 --> 00:43:22.130
  • Your name known to them, and
  • 00:43:22.130 --> 00:43:24.050
  • will make it known, so that the
  • 00:43:24.050 --> 00:43:25.270
  • love which You--with which You
  • 00:43:25.270 --> 00:43:27.200
  • loved Me may be in them, and I
  • 00:43:27.200 --> 00:43:30.130
  • in them."
  • 00:43:30.130 --> 00:43:32.070
  • What I want you to see--you say,
  • 00:43:32.070 --> 00:43:33.190
  • "Why do you keep repeating this?
  • 00:43:33.190 --> 00:43:34.170
  • Because here's the key: if I
  • 00:43:34.170 --> 00:43:36.290
  • understand that Jesus Christ is
  • 00:43:37.080 --> 00:43:40.080
  • living within me moment by
  • 00:43:40.080 --> 00:43:42.080
  • moment, every single day of my
  • 00:43:42.080 --> 00:43:43.260
  • saved life, that He's living
  • 00:43:43.260 --> 00:43:46.140
  • within me and that the Christian
  • 00:43:46.140 --> 00:43:48.250
  • life is, in essence, Christ
  • 00:43:49.010 --> 00:43:52.010
  • Jesus living in me and through
  • 00:43:52.270 --> 00:43:55.270
  • me His life.
  • 00:43:55.270 --> 00:43:58.000
  • That's what the Christian life's
  • 00:43:58.000 --> 00:43:59.000
  • all about.
  • 00:43:59.000 --> 00:44:00.030
  • And it you can go verse after
  • 00:44:00.030 --> 00:44:01.210
  • verse.
  • 00:44:01.210 --> 00:44:02.070
  • And there are many other verses
  • 00:44:02.070 --> 00:44:03.140
  • that we could come to to mention
  • 00:44:03.140 --> 00:44:05.000
  • that.
  • 00:44:05.000 --> 00:44:05.230
  • But the question is, just ask
  • 00:44:05.230 --> 00:44:07.150
  • the question: why did He come?
  • 00:44:07.150 --> 00:44:09.110
  • That is, we know that He came to
  • 00:44:09.110 --> 00:44:10.290
  • save us.
  • 00:44:10.290 --> 00:44:11.190
  • But He came to do
  • 00:44:11.190 --> 00:44:12.080
  • more than that.
  • 00:44:12.080 --> 00:44:12.230
  • He came to live His life in and
  • 00:44:12.230 --> 00:44:14.120
  • through us because He knew we
  • 00:44:14.120 --> 00:44:16.240
  • couldn't do it.
  • 00:44:16.240 --> 00:44:18.000
  • So, we ask the question:
  • 00:44:18.000 --> 00:44:19.250
  • why does Jesus, why did He come
  • 00:44:19.250 --> 00:44:22.060
  • to live His life in us?
  • 00:44:22.060 --> 00:44:23.260
  • Well, the first one is simply
  • 00:44:23.260 --> 00:44:24.250
  • this: because He knew we
  • 00:44:24.250 --> 00:44:26.110
  • couldn't.
  • 00:44:26.110 --> 00:44:28.040
  • That's why He said to His
  • 00:44:28.040 --> 00:44:29.020
  • disciples, "Now look," He said,
  • 00:44:29.020 --> 00:44:31.030
  • "I'm coming back."
  • 00:44:31.030 --> 00:44:32.230
  • In other words, He's not talking
  • 00:44:32.230 --> 00:44:34.040
  • about His resurrection at that
  • 00:44:34.120 --> 00:44:37.120
  • particular point.
  • 00:44:37.120 --> 00:44:38.020
  • But He said, "I'm coming back."
  • 00:44:38.020 --> 00:44:39.050
  • That is, "I'm going to be
  • 00:44:39.050 --> 00:44:40.130
  • crucified and going to die, but
  • 00:44:40.130 --> 00:44:42.120
  • I'm going to be with you."
  • 00:44:42.120 --> 00:44:44.050
  • And here's why He said to them,
  • 00:44:44.050 --> 00:44:45.200
  • "Don't you dare go preaching and
  • 00:44:45.200 --> 00:44:47.090
  • teaching and trying to heal
  • 00:44:47.090 --> 00:44:48.120
  • anybody until Pentecost."
  • 00:44:48.120 --> 00:44:50.090
  • He said, "Sit down and wait till
  • 00:44:50.090 --> 00:44:52.020
  • Pentecost," because that's when
  • 00:44:52.160 --> 00:44:55.160
  • the Holy Spirit came, at that
  • 00:44:55.160 --> 00:44:57.200
  • time, to begin to dwell in the
  • 00:44:57.200 --> 00:44:59.190
  • church.
  • 00:44:59.190 --> 00:45:00.080
  • That is, every single believer
  • 00:45:00.080 --> 00:45:01.260
  • from that point on has, who
  • 00:45:01.260 --> 00:45:03.210
  • receives Christ as Savior, is
  • 00:45:03.210 --> 00:45:05.170
  • indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:45:05.170 --> 00:45:06.230
  • Because the Spirit of God came,
  • 00:45:06.230 --> 00:45:08.190
  • listen, to begin to work in the
  • 00:45:08.190 --> 00:45:10.250
  • life of the followers of Jesus
  • 00:45:10.250 --> 00:45:13.080
  • in a supernatural way.
  • 00:45:13.080 --> 00:45:15.140
  • They weren't ready till then.
  • 00:45:15.140 --> 00:45:17.010
  • So, what makes me think that I'm
  • 00:45:17.010 --> 00:45:18.280
  • ready today in my own strength
  • 00:45:18.280 --> 00:45:20.070
  • and energy and own wisdom and
  • 00:45:20.070 --> 00:45:21.250
  • knowledge and whatever it might
  • 00:45:21.250 --> 00:45:22.270
  • be?
  • 00:45:22.270 --> 00:45:23.170
  • Because He said He knew they
  • 00:45:24.040 --> 00:45:27.040
  • couldn't do it.
  • 00:45:27.040 --> 00:45:28.150
  • And every one of us, if we're
  • 00:45:28.150 --> 00:45:29.260
  • honest, we'd have to admit that
  • 00:45:29.260 --> 00:45:31.100
  • since we've been saved, we've
  • 00:45:31.100 --> 00:45:32.270
  • blown it, as we would say.
  • 00:45:32.270 --> 00:45:34.180
  • We've sinned against Him.
  • 00:45:34.180 --> 00:45:35.160
  • We tried.
  • 00:45:35.160 --> 00:45:36.070
  • We promised Him.
  • 00:45:36.070 --> 00:45:36.270
  • We begged.
  • 00:45:36.270 --> 00:45:37.240
  • We said this, we said that.
  • 00:45:37.240 --> 00:45:39.110
  • In spite of that, weak moments,
  • 00:45:39.110 --> 00:45:40.270
  • we did it again.
  • 00:45:40.270 --> 00:45:41.220
  • You promised Him, "Now, I
  • 00:45:41.220 --> 00:45:42.080
  • promise You, God, just forgive
  • 00:45:42.080 --> 00:45:44.040
  • me one more time.
  • 00:45:44.040 --> 00:45:45.090
  • I promise You, Jesus, here's
  • 00:45:45.090 --> 00:45:46.150
  • what I'm going to do."
  • 00:45:46.150 --> 00:45:48.000
  • And you know what?
  • 00:45:48.000 --> 00:45:48.170
  • What does He do?
  • 00:45:48.170 --> 00:45:49.040
  • He forgives it knowing we're
  • 00:45:49.040 --> 00:45:50.000
  • going to do it again.
  • 00:45:50.000 --> 00:45:52.190
  • And so, it's not that God's
  • 00:45:52.190 --> 00:45:54.000
  • looking down with this...
  • 00:45:54.000 --> 00:45:56.220
  • I think about how gracious God
  • 00:45:56.220 --> 00:45:58.050
  • is to recognize how ignorant
  • 00:45:58.150 --> 00:46:01.170
  • most people are of the truth.
  • 00:46:01.170 --> 00:46:04.150
  • And they struggle and they
  • 00:46:04.150 --> 00:46:05.150
  • struggle and they struggle.
  • 00:46:05.150 --> 00:46:06.190
  • It isn't God's judgment.
  • 00:46:06.190 --> 00:46:08.110
  • It's God's patience and love for
  • 00:46:08.110 --> 00:46:10.160
  • us and forgiveness because He
  • 00:46:10.160 --> 00:46:11.230
  • wants us to know the truth.
  • 00:46:11.230 --> 00:46:13.120
  • That what the Christian life is
  • 00:46:13.120 --> 00:46:14.280
  • all about, it's not all about
  • 00:46:14.280 --> 00:46:16.100
  • me.
  • 00:46:16.100 --> 00:46:17.080
  • And when people usually talk
  • 00:46:17.080 --> 00:46:18.150
  • about I this and I that and I,
  • 00:46:18.150 --> 00:46:20.090
  • I, I, it's all about Jesus.
  • 00:46:20.120 --> 00:46:23.120
  • And once I understand that it's
  • 00:46:23.120 --> 00:46:24.280
  • about Him and that it's His
  • 00:46:24.280 --> 00:46:27.050
  • life, once I can just grasp it
  • 00:46:27.070 --> 00:46:30.070
  • is Jesus Christ living His life
  • 00:46:30.070 --> 00:46:32.190
  • in and through me, that's what
  • 00:46:32.190 --> 00:46:34.000
  • it's about.
  • 00:46:34.000 --> 00:46:34.180
  • Now, why?
  • 00:46:34.180 --> 00:46:36.070
  • Number one, simply because He
  • 00:46:36.070 --> 00:46:38.000
  • knows we can't live without Him.
  • 00:46:38.000 --> 00:46:40.010
  • Number two, listen, this is the
  • 00:46:40.010 --> 00:46:42.090
  • way He gets His work done.
  • 00:46:42.090 --> 00:46:44.110
  • Jesus gets His work done on
  • 00:46:44.110 --> 00:46:46.180
  • earth by living in and through
  • 00:46:46.190 --> 00:46:49.190
  • people like yourself and myself.
  • 00:46:49.190 --> 00:46:51.260
  • We're not perfect.
  • 00:46:51.260 --> 00:46:53.060
  • We'll never be perfect.
  • 00:46:53.060 --> 00:46:54.140
  • We'll make mistakes.
  • 00:46:54.140 --> 00:46:55.170
  • We'll sin at times in our life.
  • 00:46:55.170 --> 00:46:57.090
  • We ask Him to forgive us and to
  • 00:46:57.090 --> 00:46:58.160
  • cleanse us.
  • 00:46:58.160 --> 00:46:59.070
  • And we keep going and what
  • 00:46:59.070 --> 00:47:00.110
  • happens?
  • 00:47:00.110 --> 00:47:01.000
  • Paul never claimed to be
  • 00:47:01.000 --> 00:47:02.000
  • perfect.
  • 00:47:02.000 --> 00:47:03.200
  • He just says, "Look, I've
  • 00:47:03.200 --> 00:47:05.040
  • finished the course.
  • 00:47:05.040 --> 00:47:06.080
  • I've fight the--I have fought
  • 00:47:06.080 --> 00:47:08.030
  • the fight.
  • 00:47:08.030 --> 00:47:08.210
  • I've finished the course.
  • 00:47:08.210 --> 00:47:09.220
  • And now the reward's coming."
  • 00:47:09.220 --> 00:47:11.190
  • We all have to say that.
  • 00:47:11.190 --> 00:47:12.250
  • We all have to say we've fought
  • 00:47:12.250 --> 00:47:13.260
  • the fight at times in life when
  • 00:47:13.260 --> 00:47:15.100
  • there've been difficulties and
  • 00:47:15.100 --> 00:47:16.080
  • hardships.
  • 00:47:16.080 --> 00:47:16.270
  • But the key is who's doing the
  • 00:47:16.270 --> 00:47:18.220
  • fighting?
  • 00:47:18.220 --> 00:47:20.100
  • If we do the fighting and we
  • 00:47:20.100 --> 00:47:21.260
  • struggle with life in our own
  • 00:47:21.260 --> 00:47:23.220
  • effort and abilities and talents
  • 00:47:23.220 --> 00:47:25.120
  • and skills and wisdom and
  • 00:47:25.120 --> 00:47:26.180
  • knowledge and understanding and
  • 00:47:26.180 --> 00:47:27.250
  • ignorance, what happens?
  • 00:47:27.250 --> 00:47:29.010
  • No wonder people got high blood
  • 00:47:29.010 --> 00:47:31.080
  • pressure and this, that, and the
  • 00:47:31.080 --> 00:47:32.150
  • other, and can hardly make it in
  • 00:47:32.150 --> 00:47:33.250
  • life.
  • 00:47:33.250 --> 00:47:34.170
  • What I want you to see is, and
  • 00:47:34.170 --> 00:47:35.190
  • I've said it again and again and
  • 00:47:35.190 --> 00:47:36.150
  • again, He is your life.
  • 00:47:36.240 --> 00:47:39.240
  • Because before you were born
  • 00:47:39.240 --> 00:47:41.040
  • again, you didn't have any life.
  • 00:47:41.040 --> 00:47:42.230
  • You were a walking dead man, a
  • 00:47:42.230 --> 00:47:44.280
  • walking dead woman, spiritually
  • 00:47:44.280 --> 00:47:47.060
  • disconnected from God, no
  • 00:47:47.060 --> 00:47:49.070
  • relationship whatsoever.
  • 00:47:49.070 --> 00:47:50.220
  • One of the reasons Jesus Christ
  • 00:47:50.220 --> 00:47:52.280
  • came to live His life in us is
  • 00:47:52.280 --> 00:47:55.030
  • not only to do the things we've
  • 00:47:55.030 --> 00:47:56.250
  • just said.
  • 00:47:56.250 --> 00:47:58.160
  • But also, listen, to do what He
  • 00:47:58.160 --> 00:48:01.120
  • desires above everything else,
  • 00:48:01.120 --> 00:48:03.120
  • to have an intimate, personal
  • 00:48:03.120 --> 00:48:05.290
  • relationship with us.
  • 00:48:06.010 --> 00:48:09.010
  • The Christian life is not about
  • 00:48:09.010 --> 00:48:10.090
  • doing things.
  • 00:48:10.090 --> 00:48:11.120
  • The Christian life is about a
  • 00:48:11.120 --> 00:48:12.270
  • personal, intimate relationship.
  • 00:48:12.270 --> 00:48:14.210
  • For example, what is marriage
  • 00:48:14.210 --> 00:48:16.160
  • about?
  • 00:48:16.160 --> 00:48:18.260
  • Is marriage about having a house
  • 00:48:18.260 --> 00:48:21.190
  • together, sleeping together,
  • 00:48:21.190 --> 00:48:24.020
  • driving the same car, having a
  • 00:48:24.020 --> 00:48:25.140
  • car?
  • 00:48:25.140 --> 00:48:26.010
  • In other words, is it about
  • 00:48:26.010 --> 00:48:26.260
  • having jobs and going here and
  • 00:48:26.260 --> 00:48:27.280
  • going?
  • 00:48:27.280 --> 00:48:28.170
  • What's marriage about?
  • 00:48:28.170 --> 00:48:30.190
  • It's about a relationship.
  • 00:48:30.190 --> 00:48:33.000
  • And now, listen, and the more
  • 00:48:33.000 --> 00:48:34.070
  • intimate and loving that
  • 00:48:34.070 --> 00:48:36.000
  • relationship, the more
  • 00:48:36.000 --> 00:48:37.130
  • satisfying everything is about
  • 00:48:37.130 --> 00:48:39.170
  • those two people's lives.
  • 00:48:39.170 --> 00:48:42.080
  • Why do you get married?
  • 00:48:42.080 --> 00:48:44.170
  • Well, don't answer that.
  • 00:48:44.170 --> 00:48:45.210
  • I mean, that--don't answer that.
  • 00:48:45.210 --> 00:48:47.200
  • But let's put it this way: why
  • 00:48:47.200 --> 00:48:50.110
  • should you marry someone?
  • 00:48:51.030 --> 00:48:54.030
  • Because you love them and
  • 00:48:54.030 --> 00:48:56.070
  • because you want to have an
  • 00:48:56.070 --> 00:48:57.280
  • intimate relationship with them.
  • 00:48:57.280 --> 00:48:59.130
  • I'm not talking about sex.
  • 00:48:59.130 --> 00:49:01.020
  • That's part of it, but I'm
  • 00:49:01.020 --> 00:49:02.020
  • talking about--genuine intimacy
  • 00:49:02.020 --> 00:49:04.220
  • does not stop with flesh.
  • 00:49:04.220 --> 00:49:07.170
  • It stops in the innermost being
  • 00:49:07.170 --> 00:49:10.060
  • of a person's heart.
  • 00:49:10.060 --> 00:49:12.170
  • What is it that Jesus wants?
  • 00:49:12.170 --> 00:49:14.170
  • He wants a relationship.
  • 00:49:14.170 --> 00:49:15.160
  • And remember this: He didn't--He
  • 00:49:15.160 --> 00:49:17.140
  • doesn't need us.
  • 00:49:17.140 --> 00:49:18.050
  • He didn't have to create us.
  • 00:49:18.050 --> 00:49:20.130
  • Why did He create us?
  • 00:49:20.130 --> 00:49:21.110
  • We could think of a thousand
  • 00:49:21.110 --> 00:49:22.170
  • things, but the primary reason
  • 00:49:22.170 --> 00:49:24.100
  • that God created you and me is
  • 00:49:24.100 --> 00:49:26.090
  • because He wanted an intimate
  • 00:49:26.090 --> 00:49:28.280
  • relationship with His created
  • 00:49:28.280 --> 00:49:31.090
  • beings upon whom He could just
  • 00:49:31.090 --> 00:49:33.130
  • lavish His love and goodness and
  • 00:49:33.130 --> 00:49:35.180
  • kindness and forgiveness.
  • 00:49:35.180 --> 00:49:36.220
  • And at the same time, from whom
  • 00:49:36.220 --> 00:49:38.130
  • He could receive love and
  • 00:49:39.020 --> 00:49:42.020
  • obedience and loyalty and
  • 00:49:42.020 --> 00:49:44.060
  • faithfulness.
  • 00:49:44.060 --> 00:49:46.130
  • It's all about that
  • 00:49:46.130 --> 00:49:47.040
  • relationship.
  • 00:49:47.040 --> 00:49:48.210
  • It, listen, it is the most
  • 00:49:48.210 --> 00:49:51.050
  • important thing in anybody's
  • 00:49:51.050 --> 00:49:53.250
  • life in the world.
  • 00:49:53.250 --> 00:49:55.040
  • It's the most important thing.
  • 00:49:55.040 --> 00:49:56.230
  • A personal, intimate
  • 00:49:56.230 --> 00:49:57.290
  • relationship with God through
  • 00:49:57.290 --> 00:49:59.140
  • His Son Jesus.
  • 00:49:59.140 --> 00:50:00.220
  • And in order for that to be
  • 00:50:00.220 --> 00:50:01.180
  • true, Jesus must be living
  • 00:50:01.180 --> 00:50:03.170
  • within us so that we can have a
  • 00:50:05.240 --> 00:50:08.240
  • relationship with God.
  • 00:50:08.240 --> 00:50:10.190
  • Remember, God is in Christ,
  • 00:50:10.190 --> 00:50:12.260
  • Christ is in God, they're in us.
  • 00:50:13.130 --> 00:50:16.130
  • That's what it's all about.
  • 00:50:16.130 --> 00:50:18.100
  • The things that we do are
  • 00:50:18.100 --> 00:50:19.050
  • something else.
  • 00:50:19.050 --> 00:50:19.260
  • It's all about relationship.
  • 00:50:19.260 --> 00:50:22.120
  • And once you have Him, you have
  • 00:50:22.120 --> 00:50:25.110
  • everything.
  • 00:50:25.110 --> 00:50:26.180
  • Because everything worthwhile
  • 00:50:26.180 --> 00:50:27.270
  • comes in that intimate
  • 00:50:27.270 --> 00:50:28.270
  • relationship.
  • 00:50:28.270 --> 00:50:30.280
  • The key to living the Christian
  • 00:50:30.280 --> 00:50:32.040
  • life is allowing Jesus to live
  • 00:50:33.220 --> 00:50:36.220
  • His life in and through you.
  • 00:50:36.220 --> 00:50:38.000
  • You say, "Well, okay, now wait a
  • 00:50:38.000 --> 00:50:38.290
  • minute, I think I got that."
  • 00:50:38.290 --> 00:50:40.030
  • But so, what do I do?
  • 00:50:40.030 --> 00:50:41.130
  • What steps do I take?
  • 00:50:41.130 --> 00:50:43.000
  • Well, I think steps are always
  • 00:50:43.000 --> 00:50:44.240
  • important because it's--if I
  • 00:50:44.240 --> 00:50:46.130
  • just left you, there you'd say,
  • 00:50:46.130 --> 00:50:47.170
  • "Well, now what?"
  • 00:50:47.170 --> 00:50:49.080
  • So, I put these on the mag
  • 00:50:49.080 --> 00:50:50.140
  • screens so you can just jot them
  • 00:50:50.140 --> 00:50:51.260
  • down.
  • 00:50:51.260 --> 00:50:53.180
  • To make it very simple, several
  • 00:50:53.180 --> 00:50:55.070
  • things.
  • 00:50:55.070 --> 00:50:56.110
  • I've got to admit my failure.
  • 00:50:56.110 --> 00:50:58.060
  • I've tried and tried and tried.
  • 00:50:58.060 --> 00:50:59.230
  • Tried and tried to live a
  • 00:50:59.230 --> 00:51:00.220
  • Christian life, can't do it very
  • 00:51:00.220 --> 00:51:01.230
  • well.
  • 00:51:01.230 --> 00:51:02.200
  • So, I admit my failure.
  • 00:51:02.200 --> 00:51:04.270
  • That's number one.
  • 00:51:04.270 --> 00:51:05.240
  • Number two, I confess my
  • 00:51:05.240 --> 00:51:08.230
  • inadequacy.
  • 00:51:08.230 --> 00:51:10.160
  • Not only have I failed at it,
  • 00:51:10.160 --> 00:51:11.250
  • but Lord, I've tried and tried,
  • 00:51:11.250 --> 00:51:13.100
  • so I don't know what to do at
  • 00:51:13.100 --> 00:51:14.260
  • this point.
  • 00:51:14.260 --> 00:51:15.130
  • I don't know how to do this.
  • 00:51:15.130 --> 00:51:18.090
  • And number three, I've got to
  • 00:51:18.090 --> 00:51:20.240
  • believe that Jesus will not only
  • 00:51:21.050 --> 00:51:24.050
  • live His life in and through me.
  • 00:51:24.050 --> 00:51:25.180
  • But that He is sufficient, being
  • 00:51:25.180 --> 00:51:28.180
  • God to meet every need I have,
  • 00:51:28.180 --> 00:51:31.180
  • give me wisdom in every
  • 00:51:31.180 --> 00:51:32.160
  • decision, give me guidance, give
  • 00:51:32.160 --> 00:51:34.160
  • me strength.
  • 00:51:34.160 --> 00:51:35.040
  • In other words, He, listen, He
  • 00:51:35.040 --> 00:51:36.280
  • is the sum total of everything
  • 00:51:36.280 --> 00:51:39.120
  • I need in life.
  • 00:51:40.280 --> 00:51:43.280
  • Because He is.
  • 00:51:43.280 --> 00:51:45.290
  • Then I must be willing, listen,
  • 00:51:45.290 --> 00:51:47.180
  • I must be willing to abandon
  • 00:51:50.090 --> 00:51:53.090
  • my life to Him.
  • 00:51:53.090 --> 00:51:55.160
  • That is, you see, we don't like
  • 00:51:55.160 --> 00:51:56.120
  • the word surrender.
  • 00:51:56.120 --> 00:51:57.100
  • That's why I just changed the
  • 00:51:57.100 --> 00:51:58.070
  • word.
  • 00:51:58.070 --> 00:51:58.240
  • Same thing.
  • 00:51:59.100 --> 00:52:02.120
  • If I want Jesus Christ to live
  • 00:52:02.120 --> 00:52:04.170
  • His life in me, then I've got to
  • 00:52:04.170 --> 00:52:07.030
  • let Him do it.
  • 00:52:07.180 --> 00:52:10.180
  • And that means I have to say to
  • 00:52:10.180 --> 00:52:11.250
  • Him, "Lord Jesus, I tried, I
  • 00:52:12.070 --> 00:52:15.070
  • failed, I didn't know any better
  • 00:52:15.070 --> 00:52:17.210
  • at the point; but beginning
  • 00:52:17.210 --> 00:52:19.000
  • today, Lord, I want You to live
  • 00:52:19.000 --> 00:52:21.190
  • Your life in me.
  • 00:52:21.190 --> 00:52:23.070
  • And I'm just washing my hands,
  • 00:52:23.070 --> 00:52:26.060
  • now watch this, before you sit
  • 00:52:26.060 --> 00:52:27.100
  • there and think, "Yeah, you
  • 00:52:27.100 --> 00:52:28.130
  • can't do that."
  • 00:52:28.130 --> 00:52:29.010
  • Watch this, I'm washing my
  • 00:52:29.010 --> 00:52:30.240
  • hands of depending on my efforts
  • 00:52:31.060 --> 00:52:34.060
  • and my power and my strength and
  • 00:52:34.060 --> 00:52:35.240
  • my knowledge and my this and my
  • 00:52:35.240 --> 00:52:37.130
  • that and my the other.
  • 00:52:37.130 --> 00:52:39.110
  • And I'm just saying, "Lord
  • 00:52:39.110 --> 00:52:40.090
  • Jesus, because You are living
  • 00:52:40.090 --> 00:52:42.290
  • Your life in me, beginning right
  • 00:52:42.290 --> 00:52:45.100
  • now, I confess it to be true.
  • 00:52:48.250 --> 00:52:51.250
  • And I surrender to Your will.
  • 00:52:51.260 --> 00:52:54.260
  • I want You to have Your way in
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  • my life.
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  • And I yield myself at this
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  • moment for You to live through
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  • me Your life."
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  • If you are wise, you will let
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  • the Son of God who indwells you
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  • and the person of the Holy
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  • Spirit, you will allow Him to
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  • make your decisions, direct your
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  • life.
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  • All the things that you face in
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  • life, let Him give you guidance
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  • and direction.
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  • Because that will be life at its
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  • very, very best.
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  • I say again, it doesn't mean
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  • you're not going to have any
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  • problems, heartaches and
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  • burdens.
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  • But, listen, it's one thing to
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  • struggle through life on your
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  • own.
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  • It's something else to walk
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  • through life in the power of the
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  • living God who lives within you.
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  • And that is His promise.
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  • "When Christ, who is our life,
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  • appears," we live here with Him.
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  • If you're not a Christian, let
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  • me just say this to you: you may
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  • not have liked what I said about
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  • where you are in your
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  • relationship to Him, but I just
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  • told you the truth.
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  • And you don't want to watch or
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  • listen to anybody who's not
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  • going to tell you the truth.
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  • I'm telling you the truth
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  • because I want to see your life
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  • changed, because I want the best
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  • for you.
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  • And I know that He is the very
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  • best.
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  • And it is my prayer at this very
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  • moment, whether you're seated
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  • here or whether you're seated
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  • somewhere else, watching or
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  • listening, that you would be
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  • willing to confess your sins to
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Asking Him to forgive you and to
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  • cleanse you.
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  • And tell Him that today, right
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  • now, wherever you are, "I'm
  • 00:54:29.150 --> 00:54:31.160
  • accepting Jesus Christ's death
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  • at Calvary as payment for my
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  • sin."
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  • I'm confessing.
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  • I repent of it.
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  • I receive You as my personal
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  • Savior, Lord and Master.
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  • And, Lord Jesus, I want You
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  • truly to live Your life through
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  • me.
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  • And I'm going to trust You to
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  • enable me to do it.
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  • And He will.
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  • The important thing this morning
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  • is this: that you heard the
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  • truth.
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  • Jesus is your life.
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  • It isn't your struggle.
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  • Here's what it is: it's your
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  • bowing before Him, trusting in
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  • Him, resting in Him, relying
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  • upon Him, and watching Him do
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  • His awesome work in your life.
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  • Amen?
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  • Father, how grateful we are, now
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  • would You do Your work
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  • in all of us?
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - female: Keep the change.
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  • - male: Have a blessed day.
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  • - male: Have a blessed day.
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  • What does that really mean?
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  • No matter what we do, where we
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  • go, or what we achieve, we
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  • always want more.
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  • - male: We are up 19 points.
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  • Man, I know that's a lot of
  • 00:55:53.290 --> 00:55:54.260
  • money.
  • 00:55:54.260 --> 00:55:55.120
  • - male: More time, more money,
  • 00:55:55.120 --> 00:55:58.090
  • more peace.
  • 00:55:58.090 --> 00:56:00.120
  • But isn't it a blessed life that
  • 00:56:00.120 --> 00:56:02.120
  • we're really chasing after?
  • 00:56:02.120 --> 00:56:05.070
  • The problem is our culture.
  • 00:56:05.070 --> 00:56:08.000
  • Our culture makes it really
  • 00:56:08.000 --> 00:56:08.250
  • difficult to know what that is.
  • 00:56:08.260 --> 00:56:11.260
  • Jesus made it all clear when he
  • 00:56:11.260 --> 00:56:14.130
  • gave his Sermon on the Mount in
  • 00:56:14.130 --> 00:56:16.060
  • the Gospel of Matthew.
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  • He describes a life that doesn't
  • 00:56:17.120 --> 00:56:19.190
  • depend on your pocketbook, where
  • 00:56:19.190 --> 00:56:22.110
  • you live or work or what you
  • 00:56:22.110 --> 00:56:23.200
  • own.
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  • It's a life richer than that,
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  • one full of blessing the world
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  • - announcer: Join us for
  • 00:56:31.160 --> 00:56:32.060
  • "Blessed to Be," our year-long
  • 00:56:32.060 --> 00:56:34.000
  • focus on the Beatitudes, and
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  • experience the life you were
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  • - female: So, I see "Pray with
  • 00:56:39.160 --> 00:56:40.180
  • God" as a gift that empowers me
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  • because He gives me direction.
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  • - male: I feel like He's
  • 00:56:46.140 --> 00:56:47.080
  • guiding my life and I can sense
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  • that, I can feel it.
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  • - female: Prayer has
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  • transformed my relationship with
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  • God in that it has deepened my
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  • faith.
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  • - male: The more time I spend
  • 00:56:56.030 --> 00:56:57.150
  • with God, the more I invest into
  • 00:56:57.190 --> 00:57:00.210
  • that relationship,
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  • I guess you could say.
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  • - female: So, prayer could be
  • 00:57:02.210 --> 00:57:03.110
  • your biggest time saver because,
  • 00:57:03.110 --> 00:57:05.010
  • with that, you can clearly hear
  • 00:57:05.010 --> 00:57:06.130
  • the voice of God and you
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  • know exactly
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
  • 00:57:11.120 --> 00:57:12.160
  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
  • 00:57:14.010 --> 00:57:15.150
  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
  • 00:57:17.070 --> 00:57:19.050
  • This program is sponsored
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  • by In Touch Ministries,
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  • and is made possible
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  • by the grace of God and
  • 00:57:23.100 --> 00:57:24.190
  • - Jim Mansfield: My job was
  • 00:57:46.050 --> 00:57:46.280
  • more important to me than my
  • 00:57:46.280 --> 00:57:48.070
  • family and I started drinking
  • 00:57:48.070 --> 00:57:50.060
  • a lot, staying out of town.
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  • It took a toll on me.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: You may be as
  • 00:57:54.290 --> 00:57:55.230
  • low as the prodigal, but you are
  • 00:57:55.230 --> 00:57:58.160
  • not hopelessly, helplessly lost
  • 00:57:58.160 --> 00:58:01.150
  • if you will listen to what I'm
  • 00:58:01.150 --> 00:58:02.170
  • about to say.
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  • - Jim: Sitting on that couch
  • 00:58:03.240 --> 00:58:05.010
  • watching that sermon, something
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  • had happened to us.
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  • I'm talking about the joy and
  • 00:58:08.220 --> 00:58:10.180
  • love in our hearts.
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