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How to Overcome Brokenness

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  • and friends of CrefloDollar Ministries.
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  • announcer: Coming up next onChanging Your World.
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  • Creflo Dollar: You know, it'spainful to look into an honest
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  • mirror and see who we are.
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  • To recognize, while you'relooking at an honest mirror,
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  • what we've done as people whoare capable of horrible things.
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  • I'm believing God that today,maybe you will find an honest
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  • mirror so that you can look intothat mirror and allow
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  • self-afflicted brokenness tobring you to a place
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  • of wholeness.
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  • Creflo Dollar: If you have yourBibles, go with me to the book
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  • of Psalms.
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  • The book of Psalms chapter 34and verse 17.
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  • Psalms 34 and verse 17.
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  • I began to recognize something,and this is something that's so
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  • so very important.
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  • It's the fact that we are livingin a broken world with a whole
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  • lot of broken systems.
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  • We are living around a whole lotof broken people, and there's
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  • just a lot of things that aregoing on that we need
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  • to understand.
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  • And so several weeks ago I beganto minister to you on the
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  • subject of brokenness, and howwe need to begin to
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  • overcome brokenness.
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  • And I got some some things, Isaw people were saying, Well,
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  • I'm not broken.
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  • Well, I gotta make sure youunderstand it, that no one makes
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  • it through life avoidingbrokenness.
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  • And that just said to me that alot of people just don't
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  • understand what brokenness is,and what brokenness is
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  • all about.
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  • You know, I've broken pencils inmy life, I've broken Christmas
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  • ornaments, when we used to putthe little ornament on the
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  • silver tree and drop it and itbroke.
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  • You know, I've experiencedbroken promises, I broke my
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  • collarbone one time, I've hadbroken friendships, I've had
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  • broken dreams, I've had a brokenheart, and I've felt fevers
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  • break after, you know, being onmy body and after shivering.
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  • And since that, my will, I'veseen that broken after a long
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  • internal struggle, I heardtensions and few silence break,
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  • I've heard soft and gentle orloud or angry voices break.
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  • You see, there's a whole lot ofways to be broken.
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  • And from our souls to ourfingertips, brokenness is woven
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  • throughout all of our humanexperiences.
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  • And so the meaning of brokennessin the Bible, it's deep and
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  • it's rich.
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  • It's varied, but closely relatedto all sides of things that are
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  • goin' on.
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  • And yet I don't want us to getto a place to today, where we
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  • are using brokenness as like acliche.
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  • Some people use the wordbrokenness to kind of
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  • demonstrate their spiritualdeepness.
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  • Other people use the wordbrokenness as an excuse or a
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  • crutch to be where they are orto stay where they are.
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  • I don't want us to do that.
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  • I want us to find out the realmeaning of brokenness, and to
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  • see God's commitment and God'splan for our life where
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  • brokenness is concerned, and isit gonna last always.
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  • Because, I guarantee you, peoplewho are depending on systems,
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  • those systems are broke.
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  • People that are depending oncertain areas of government to
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  • help you, they're broke.
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  • You're depending on otherpeople.
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  • We're living in a broken world.
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  • We're surrounded by people thatare broken.
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  • You know, during the time ofshelter in place, abuse going on
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  • in relationships and with peoplebecause they're broken.
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  • There's an issue here and weneed to deal with that issue.
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  • And so as we begin, let's lookat this Scripture.
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  • Psalms 34:17-18, because God iscommitted to walking with us
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  • where brokenness in our life isconcerned, and I believe, and
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  • many may not believe with metoday, but I believe that
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  • brokenness may be a bridge whereyou can see promotion, where you
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  • can finally get to the placewhere you need to be.
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  • Look what he says here in Psalms34 verse 17, as we began to talk
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  • about today overcomingbrokenness.
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  • He says, "The righteous cry, andthe Lord heareth, and delivereth
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  • them out of all their troubles."
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  • So you gotta understand, youknow, even though you're a
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  • Christian, you're gonna havetrouble.
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  • If somebody told you that, youknow, now that you're saved
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  • you're not gonna have trouble,no, you're gonna have trouble.
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  • He says, "The Lord is near ornigh unto them that are of a
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  • broken heart."
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  • So here's God's commitment.
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  • That, if you have brokenness inyour life God says, I'm
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  • near you.
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  • But then he also says, "and hesaveth such as be of a
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  • contrite spirit."
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  • So brokenness may come in yourheart, but at the same time, a
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  • repentant or a contrite spiritcould be the results of that.
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  • Verse 18, he says, "Many are theafflictions of the righteous,
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  • but the Lord delivereth him outof them all."
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  • So many, if you're righteous,many are the afflictions of the
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  • righteous, but God's promise ishe will deliver you out of
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  • every affliction.
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  • He will deliver you out ofeverything that you've
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  • gone through.
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  • He will deliver you.
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  • And that's the good news today,that God has made a promise to
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  • deliver you out of yourbrokenness.
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  • So I want to really deal withthe first part of this message,
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  • the real Bible meaning ofbrokenness.
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  • Let's look at what it means.
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  • So, to be broken, it meanshaving been fractured or
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  • damaged, no longer in one piece.
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  • No longer in working order.
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  • That's literally what it means.
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  • Fractured, damaged, no longer inone piece.
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  • Not feeling like you're inworking order.
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  • Previously, I defined brokennessas the flawed condition of
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  • humanity that creates a tendencyor propensity for people to hurt
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  • themselves and for people tohurt others.
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  • You know, one of the facts ofbeing human that I've discovered
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  • is that we don't always getthings right.
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  • The Bible says in Romans 3:10,"For we all have sinned and come
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  • short of the glory of God."
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  • But now notice brokenness inyour life that maybe you've
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  • never dealt with before,
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  • maybe it's never been resolvedbefore,
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  • may infiltrate yourrelationships.
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  • And like I said before, a lot ofthings you do, a lot of things
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  • about your character, you know,being mean, being selfish, being
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  • defensive, all those things maycome because that brokenness has
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  • never been dealt with, and ithas infiltrated
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  • your relationships.
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  • Now please understand this.
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  • You will not be able to seeprogress in your life above the
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  • level of your unresolvedbrokenness.
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  • You're not gonna see progress inyour life above the level of
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  • your own brokenness.
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  • So this is so very important andI believe that, over the next
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  • few weeks, we're gonna learnsome things.
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  • And like I said before, no onemakes it through life avoiding
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  • this area of brokenness.
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  • So let's begin this way.
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  • I want you to think about thisstatement.
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  • If God allows brokenness, if heallows brokenness in your life,
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  • he's going to use it.
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  • If he allows it, he's going touse it.
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  • He's going to bring good out ofit, he's going to bring us
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  • through it.
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  • So if brokenness is there, he'sgonna use it, he's gonna bring
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  • good out of it, and he's gonnabring you through it.
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  • God works through ourbrokenness, I believe, to make
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  • us whole.
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  • I believe that, ultimately, whatGod wants this for is to
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  • be whole.
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  • And he will work throughbrokenness to bring you to that
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  • place of wholeness.
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  • I'm reminded of David in 2Samuel chapter 12 verses 1-12.
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  • I won't read all of it, butDavid in 2 Samuel was confronted
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  • by the prophet.
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  • And in this situation, Davidbegan to experience what I call
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  • later on self-inflictedbrokenness.
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  • He was responsible for, youknow, committin' adultery and
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  • man, it was something.
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  • So Nathan the prophet showed upand told David about this story
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  • in a parable.
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  • And David responds like this inverse 5, "And David's anger was
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  • greatly kindled against the man,and he said to Nathan, 'As the
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  • Lord liveth, the man that hathdone this thing shall
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  • surely die.
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  • And he shall restore the lambsfourfold, because he had
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  • no pity.'"
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  • And then in verse 7, "And Nathansaid to David, 'You're the man.
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  • Thus saith the Lord God ofIsrael, I anointed thee king
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  • over Israel, and I deliveredthee out of the hand of Saul.
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  • And I gave thee thy master'shouse, and thy master's wives
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  • into thy bosom, then I gave theethe house of Israel and of
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  • Judah, and if that had been toolittle, I would moreover have
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  • given unto these such and suchthings.
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  • Wherefore thou has despised thecommandments of the Lord to do
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  • evil in his sight?
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  • Thou hast killed Uriah theHittite with the sword, has
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  • taken his wife to be thy wife,and hast slain him with the
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  • sword of the children ofAmmon.'"
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  • Now as a result of this, inPsalms 51 verse 17, Psalms 51
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  • verse 17, David was so, oh man,so broken.
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  • He was so broken because of hisown sin that verse 17 says, "The
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  • sacrifices of God are a brokenspirit, a broken and a contrite
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  • heart, O God, thou will notdespise."
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  • He was so broken, but I want youto notice that that brokenness
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  • turned him, turned his heart,into repentance.
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  • He had a contrite spirit, and Ibegan to ask God, What is a
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  • broken heart?
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  • What is a contrite spirit?
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  • Listen to me.
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  • Those who have a broken heart,and you're really broken before
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  • God, those who have a contritespirit, are willing to do
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  • anything and everything that Godasks of them without resistance
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  • or without resentment.
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  • Now all of a sudden you're readyto just go God's way.
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  • We cease doing things our wayand we learn to do things God's
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  • way instead when you've reallyexperienced a broken heart.
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  • Let me show you what the Biblesays.
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  • Look at Psalms 34:18 in the NIV.
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  • Psalms 34:18 in the NIV.
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  • Well, Brother Dollar, are yousaying that there's some good
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  • that can come out of brokenness?
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  • Well, the deal is, once he wasbroken, he fell in the will of
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  • God for his life.
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  • The deal is, is that somehowbrokenness can allow you to land
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  • in the right place.
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  • I mean, God's desire for you togo down this road, to do this,
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  • to accomplish this, but youignored him, you weren't paying
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  • attention to him.
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  • And now all of a sudden whenbrokenness shows up in your
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  • life, could it be that now youhave landed in the arms of God?
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  • Now you're ready to trust God.
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  • Now you're ready to do what youknow you're supposed to do.
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  • You're no longer resisting.
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  • You're no longer in resentment.
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  • David was no longer gonna resistGod.
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  • He was no longer gonna be inresentment.
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  • When he was broken, the nextthing I see is David, he didn't
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  • sin after that, he was willingto do what God had called him
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  • to do.
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  • Look what he says in Psalms34:18, he says, "The Lord is
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  • close to the brokenhearted andhe saves those who are crushed
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  • in spirit."
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  • He's close to the brokenheartedand he saves those who are
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  • crushed in spirit.
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  • Let me show you a couple ofScriptures here.
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  • Isaiah 57 verse 15 in the NewLiving Translation.
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  • Isaiah 57:15 in the New LivingTranslation.
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  • I believe that something happensas a result of brokenness.
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  • I look at brokenness in my ownlife, and how I landed in the
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  • arms of God, and how I wanted todo what God wanted me to do, how
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  • I was wanting to hear God's planfor my life, how I was wanting
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  • to carry it out.
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  • Look at what he says here inverse 15, "The high and lofty
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  • one who lives in eternity, theHoly One, says this, 'I live in
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  • the high and holy place withthose whose spirits are contrite
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  • and humble.'"
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  • He says, I'm there with thosespirits who are contrite
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  • and humble.
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  • You see, I believe brokennesswill cause you to have a
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  • repentant heart.
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  • I think brokenness in its way,and God using it, can use it to
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  • cause you to change your yourmind and change your direction.
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  • And the whole time you've beendoin' what you wanna do and now
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  • brokenness shows up and you'reno longer really interested in
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  • doing it the way that you'vebeen doing it.
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  • In fact, I looked at Saint Johnchapter 12, and verse 24.
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  • Never thought about this when hetalked about how important it is
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  • for a seed to die.
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  • But look at this, John chapter12 verse 24, because I really
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  • believe we have to die toself-reliance.
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  • I really believe that God canuse brokenness to deliver you
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  • from self-reliance andself-preservation and all the
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  • things that concern self.
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  • I mean, what do you do whenyou're broken and things around
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  • you are broken, andrelationships are broken?
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  • And that's where the whole worldis right now.
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  • They're still tryin' to trusteverything else except God.
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  • You know, I heard this lady theother day, says, Well, I did, I
  • 00:16:47.986 --> 00:16:50.823
  • defeated COVID-19, and she wasglorifyin' herself.
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  • I mean, I'm thinking, well,can't Jesus get a little of
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  • this glory?
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  • Do you actually think you didthis all by yourself?
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  • Well, some people do.
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  • That's what humanism is allabout, it's about what you can
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  • do through your own ability.
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  • And so I mean, what is it thatyou have to go through to
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  • finally get to a place where yourecognize that it's God that
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  • good to me?
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  • That it's God that delivers me.
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  • That it's God that brings me outof these situations.
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  • You know, I look at thisScripture, he says, "Verily,
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  • verily, I say unto you, except acorn of wheat fall into the
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  • ground and die, it abidethalone, but if it die, it
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  • bringeth forth much fruit."
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  • And I just heard this in myspirit.
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  • That, you know, when brokennessoccurs and when people allow the
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  • death of self-reliance to showup, they'll bring forth
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  • much fruit.
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  • And I believe, and this is why Idon't believe that anybody will
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  • live on this planet withoutexperiencing some type of
  • 00:17:48.046 --> 00:17:51.316
  • brokenness in your life, becauseI believe that it's--that things
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  • need to grow.
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  • I believe that there's fruitthat you need to bear.
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  • And so as I speak about thesethings, and I'm talkin' about
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  • this, now it becomes veryimportant to really define it.
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  • Because if you're listening tome right now, if you're looking
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  • at what I'm saying through thewrong lens, or through the lens
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  • of your understanding that yougot from school, or your
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  • understanding you got from thepsychologists, or your
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  • understanding that you got fromyour friends concerning
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  • brokenness, then you're notgonna see what I'm seeing
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  • right now.
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  • So I want to spend the rest ofmy time dealing with the
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  • Bible meaning.
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  • I want to give you fivedefinitions of brokenness from
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  • the Word of God
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  • that is the lens that we need tosee this through,
  • 00:18:39.264 --> 00:18:42.568
  • definitions from God's Word, thelens that we need to see
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  • this through.
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  • So the first definition.
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  • I call this first oneself-inflicted brokenness.
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  • Self-inflicted brokenness.
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  • Well, what does that mean?
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  • This kind of brokenness isinward.
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  • This kind of brokenness, this isa contrite spirit over our
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  • own sinfulness.
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  • A contrite spirit, a repentantheart over our own sinfulness,
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  • which leads to, I believe, it'lllead to humility, it'll lead to
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  • surrender, it will lead to Godlyrepentance.
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  • I'm talking about self-inflictedbrokenness.
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  • I'm talkin' about you're brokenbecause of the sin in your life.
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  • You're broken because of of thethings you know you do.
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  • You know, it's painful to lookinto an honest mirror and see
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  • who we are.
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  • That's painful.
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  • To look into an honest mirrorand recognize who you are.
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  • To recognize, while you'relooking in that honest mirror,
  • 00:19:58.810 --> 00:20:03.015
  • what we've done as people whoare capable of horrible things.
  • 00:20:03.048 --> 00:20:10.555
  • Looking in that honest mirror.
  • 00:20:10.589 --> 00:20:14.092
  • And yet we have to experiencethis personal brokenness.
  • 00:20:14.126 --> 00:20:19.431
  • Personal brokenness.
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  • Because we see who we reallyare.
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  • When's the last time you lookedin the mirror and you see that
  • 00:20:24.736 --> 00:20:27.939
  • you are a liar?
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  • When's the last time youlooked in that mirror and you
  • 00:20:30.108 --> 00:20:31.943
  • see that you are a selfishperson?
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  • That you see that you are adeceptive person?
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  • That you see that you have donethings to hurt people
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  • and wound people?
  • 00:20:46.858 --> 00:20:48.960
  • That you see that you're adeceived person looking into
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  • that honest mirror?
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  • Because I believe that when youdo that, then that's gonna lead
  • 00:20:54.266 --> 00:21:00.672
  • to humility, that's gonna leadto surrender, that's gonna lead
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  • to Godly repentance.
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  • I believe that when you finallysee that and you see that
  • 00:21:05.744 --> 00:21:09.281
  • personal brokenness, there'sgonna also be an opportunity for
  • 00:21:09.314 --> 00:21:12.551
  • restoration and for us toauthentically enjoy our
  • 00:21:12.584 --> 00:21:16.855
  • relationship with God again.
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  • Self-inflicted brokenness.
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  • That's what David went through.
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  • Self-afflicted brokenness.
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  • Sitting around like he had donenothing.
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  • He should've been on thebattlefield, but he's on the
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  • balcony lusting and had a spiritof adultery with another
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  • man's wife.
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  • And then he set it up, becausehe was king, to have her
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  • husband delivered.
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  • And then he's sleeping with hiswife and just kinda carrying on,
  • 00:21:46.918 --> 00:21:50.055
  • won't look at himself.
  • 00:21:50.088 --> 00:21:51.456
  • And then the day came where thereflection came through a
  • 00:21:51.490 --> 00:21:55.293
  • prophet, and he saw himself.
  • 00:21:55.327 --> 00:22:00.065
  • He saw his sin, and it brokehim.
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  • And yet he ended up, praise God,in the hands of God.
  • 00:22:04.436 --> 00:22:09.708
  • And that brokenness led torestoration, that brokenness led
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  • to humility, that brokenness ledto Godly repentance.
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  • David, a man after God's ownheart.
  • 00:22:17.816 --> 00:22:21.987
  • And while we're there,self-inflicted brokenness, you
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  • remember Peter?
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  • In Matthew chapter 14:66-72,when Peter denied the Lord
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  • three times.
  • 00:22:31.430 --> 00:22:33.165
  • He denied the Lord three times.
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  • And after declaring there's noway I'm going to deny you, Lord.
  • 00:22:35.200 --> 00:22:39.538
  • And he had to take a look andhe's--had to see the man in
  • 00:22:39.571 --> 00:22:41.840
  • the mirror.
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  • And that brokenness led him to arepentant place, a place of
  • 00:22:43.208 --> 00:22:47.913
  • humility, a place where Godcould really use him like
  • 00:22:47.946 --> 00:22:52.217
  • never before.
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:53.952
  • I'm believing God that today,maybe you will find an
  • 00:22:53.985 --> 00:22:57.722
  • honest mirror
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  • so that you can look into thatmirror and allow self-afflicted
  • 00:22:59.658 --> 00:23:05.063
  • brokenness to bring you to aplace of wholeness,
  • 00:23:05.096 --> 00:23:08.567
  • self-afflicted brokenness tobring you a place where you can
  • 00:23:08.600 --> 00:23:13.138
  • be restored in that rightrelationship with God.
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  • Amen.
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