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December 15, 2019
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  • that you think will miss pass over, ignored;
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  • on God's clock,
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  • he knows how to bring that thing back up at the right time
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  • to accomplish his bigger purposes.
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  • You don't know who you're dealing with.
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  • So you can praise the Lord today
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  • that Goliath does not have the last say
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  • over your life, over your circumstance,
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  • over your family, over your feelings,
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  • over your world
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  • 'cause you know somebody up there
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  • that's bigger than the somebody you're facing down here.
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  • And if he will not remove himself
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  • from ruining your life,
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  • he's got enough forces to remove them from you.
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  • Bless the name of the Lord.
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  • He can turn your Goliath around 'cause he's a game changer.
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  • My closing question this morning is,
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  • does anybody need a reversal?
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  • Is anybody here today who's terminal?
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  • Is anybody here who's in a crisis
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  • and you can't fix it?
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  • It's too big. It's too deep.
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  • You can't get your arms around it
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  • and you are literally dying.
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  • It's killing you.
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  • God knows the right time to turn a situation around.
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  • I'm trying to tell you, you don't know
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  • who you're dealing with.
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  • That's what you do in communion.
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  • "Do this in remembrance of me, that I defeated them on Calvary
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  • and I'm still whipping them today."
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  • I want to challenge you to live
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  • under the providential hand of God
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  • even when it looks like it's not working out.
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  • Tony: The context is Jesus declaring that those
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  • who believe in him would never die.
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  • And they can't believe Jesus is talking like this,
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  • the religious leaders, and say,
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  • "Whose authority can you say that?"
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  • I mean, they say, "Look at Abraham.
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  • He lived 2.000 years ago.
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  • He died. All the prophets died.
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  • Who do you think you are? You're a demon.
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  • You're right from the devil talking crazy like that."
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  • Jesus tells them, "No, I ain't the crazy one.
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  • No, it's not me. I know the Father.
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  • And if I said that he's not going to die
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  • who believes in me, he not going to die."
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  • They said, "But wait a minute. Abraham our father died.
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  • You're not even 50 years old. He died 2.000 years ago.
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  • On what basis can you make such a crazy statement,
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  • such a demonic statement about death
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  • and you're not even 50 years old?"
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  • And that's when Jesus gives us our name for today,
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  • and it is a doozy.
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  • Jesus looks at them and says-- he says to them in verse 58,
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  • "Truly, truly, sure enough, sure enough I say to you,
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  • 'Before Abraham was born--'"
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  • So we can skip the death part.
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  • I'm going to start off at the birth.
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  • "Before Abraham was born, I am."
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  • The name we're going to talk about today is the name I Am.
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  • "Before Abraham was born, I am."
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  • It says when they heard him say that in verse 59,
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  • they picked up stones to kill him.
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  • Why would you kill him for such a statement?
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  • Because they knew what he was saying.
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  • If he just wanted to talk about predating Abraham,
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  • then he would have said, "Before Abraham was, I was."
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  • But he doesn't say, "Before Abraham was I was,"
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  • he says, "Before Abraham was, I am."
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  • That sent them into the ionosphere of anger
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  • so that they sought to kill him
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  • because they knew what he was saying.
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  • You see, Jesus in identifying his name,
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  • bypasses Abraham and jumps to Moses.
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  • So the reason they were throwing rocks at Jesus
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  • when he declared his name to be I Am
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  • was because they knew that he was using the term
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  • God used to define himself to Moses
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  • at the burning bush in Exodus chapter 3.
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  • So they knew Jesus was declaring himself
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  • to be the God who actually talked to Moses.
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  • What does "I am" mean?
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  • "I am" is made up of four letters.
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  • All four letters are consonants with no vowels,
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  • which made it unpronounceable.
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  • You couldn't pronounce it
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  • because it was all consonants with no vowels.
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  • It was God's use in identifying himself
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  • with four consonants that you could never say.
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  • So therefore his name was viewed by Israel
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  • as the unspeakable name because there was no way
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  • to recite the four consonants.
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  • In order to talk about God,
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  • what they did was they took vowels
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  • from the Hebrew word Adonai,
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  • which means boss or supervisor or manager,
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  • and they took the vows
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  • and they put it with the four consonants
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  • so that you can now say the word Yahweh.
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  • So Yahweh are the four consonants
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  • with the vowels from Adonai so they could speak the name.
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  • When the name Yahweh got translated into English,
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  • it is Jehovah.
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  • So Jehovah, God, is Yahweh, Hebrew,
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  • which is the tetragrammaton four letters
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  • with some borrowed vowels.
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  • The question is, what does "I am" mean?
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  • First of all, "I am" is personal.
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  • I.
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  • So when you get a personal pronoun,
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  • that tells you that this is a person talking.
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  • So when God uses this name, he is saying to you,
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  • "I want to relate to you person to person."
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  • Not only is he personal,
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  • but he's personal in the present tense, "I am."
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  • Not I was, nor I will be. I am.
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  • So let me tell you something about God's name.
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  • God has no past and he has no future.
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  • He has no yesterday and he has no tomorrow.
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  • Everything about God is now. It's in the present tense.
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  • You and I can't relate to that because we live life linearly.
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  • That is, we go from one to ten, A to Z,
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  • beginning to end, first to last.
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  • That's how we live life
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  • because we live life in time and space,
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  • but God lives outside of time and space.
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  • So the first thing is he's a person.
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  • Second thing is he's present tense.
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  • So everything is now.
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  • Now, the reason why I throw this in,
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  • the reason why this is important
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  • is that means whatever God has prophesied in the future;
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  • we're waiting on, he's not waiting on.
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  • That's why you can bank on anything
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  • that God says that has not happened yet
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  • that he declares will happen
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  • because as far as he's concerned it's now.
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  • Tony: I studied the Bible in college for four years,
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  • I studied the Bible for four years
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  • working on my master's degree,
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  • another four years working on my doctorate degree,
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  • and then I've been preaching all of these years
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  • and I'm still learning new things
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  • from this awesome, inexhaustible book,
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  • the Word of God.
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  • That's why I'm so excited about the "Tony Evans Study Bible"
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  • and its accompanying works,
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  • "The Tony Evans Bible Commentary."
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  • It will take all of this training in this teaching
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  • and make it available to you
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  • to understand, utilize, and apply
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  • God's most powerful Word.
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  • Tony: So he's not waiting like we are waiting.
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  • We are waiting for fulfillment
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  • of what is now in his reality, okay?
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  • Because we're talking about another reality.
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  • Of course Jesus is saying, "I am."
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  • Well, he doesn't just say, "I am,"
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  • he says, "I am that I am," okay?
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  • He talks about himself twice in the "I am" signature.
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  • Why is he saying "I am that I am"?
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  • Number one, he is who he declares himself to be.
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  • He is not who you may want him to be,
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  • and a lot of misconceptions about God
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  • because men want to define him in man's terms.
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  • And he says, "No, I am who I am."
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  • Now, because he is who he is and he's defined by himself
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  • and everything is now,
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  • that means he is who he is eternally
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  • because he always lives in the same state:
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  • state of being.
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  • So he is an eternal being.
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  • It's built into the nature of God
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  • to be who he is and to forever be that way
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  • because he changes not.
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  • Now somebody may say,
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  • "But doesn't the Bible say God repented,
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  • that God changed his mind?"
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  • Even though James 1:17 says,
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  • "Every good and perfect gift comes from above.
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  • It comes from the father of light
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  • in whom there is no shifting shadow."
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  • He does not change,
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  • yet the Bible talks about him changing his mind
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  • or changing this or changing that.
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  • Let me help you with that.
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  • God does not change in his essence,
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  • but he will change in his methods.
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  • So when people adjust to God,
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  • it may look like God is changing.
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  • But God is not changed,
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  • he's just responding to the fact that you have turned.
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  • That's why repentance
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  • is so important to experience God.
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  • It means you got to turn
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  • if you want to experience more of God.
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  • Because if you're not turning right,
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  • then you're not experiencing the side of God
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  • that you want to experience.
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  • He says, "I am who I am.
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  • I am defined by myself. I am self-defined.
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  • I do not have to go outside of myself or anything."
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  • He says, "I am that I am,
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  • that it is my view of me that you should be dealing with."
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  • So God is the I Am, totally self-contained,
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  • self-sufficient, personal in the present being
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  • who wants to communicate with you.
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  • And Jesus says, "Before Abraham was, I am."
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  • So when you are talking about Jesus,
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  • you're talking about the God who speaks in the Old Testament,
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  • you're talking about the eternally-created God
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  • who became a man;
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  • and his name is I Am, the eternally present one.
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  • Now, having established that,
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:54.100
  • that God lives in the eternal now
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  • and Jesus claims to be that God,
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  • there are seven I Ams in the Book of John.
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  • So let's look at the seven concepts of I Am
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  • in the book of John and see why they matter,
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  • and then talk about you and me today.
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  • John chapter 6, verse 35 is the first of the seven I Ams.
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  • And Jesus says in John 6, verse 35,
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  • "Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life.
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  • He who comes to me will not hunger,
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  • and he who believes in me will never thirst.'"
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  • He's talking about the Old Testament in the wilderness
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  • when the bread of life
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  • came down from heaven called manna.
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  • Manna in Hebrew is a question.
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  • It means "what is it;"
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  • or depending on where you're from, what it is.
  • 00:13:45.280 --> 00:13:48.250
  • But it was a question, what is it?
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:51.250
  • Why would God send cornflakes from above?
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  • They were little wafers that floated down from heaven,
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  • literally angel food,
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  • and it floated down from heaven
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  • and they ate it six days of the week.
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  • And they called it "what is it," manna.
  • 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:07.050
  • The reason they called it "what is it," question,
  • 00:14:07.060 --> 00:14:10.010
  • is because they had to answer the question;
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  • and the answer to the question of "what is it,"
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  • it was the supernatural provision of God
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  • for his people from heaven.
  • 00:14:18.260 --> 00:14:21.100
  • Verse 41 says, "I am the bread of life.
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  • Come down from heaven."
  • 00:14:24.020 --> 00:14:26.070
  • So what Jesus is saying is,
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  • "What God fed you physically in the wilderness,
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  • my job is to feed you spiritually
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  • in your day-to-day life.
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  • My name is I Am and I am the bread of life.
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  • It is me who's designed to fill you spiritually,
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  • and nothing else you do can do that.
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  • No place you can go, no person you can talk to
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  • can be spiritual bread for your soul,
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  • which is the essence of yourself.
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  • I am the bread of life."
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:14:59.030
  • And he brings in the incarnation because he says,
  • 00:14:59.040 --> 00:15:01.260
  • "And I've come down from heaven," which means,
  • 00:15:01.270 --> 00:15:03.260
  • "I was already existing in heaven
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  • before I came down to you as bread.
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  • So I preexisted up there.
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  • I came down here,
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  • and one of the reasons I came is to feed somebody."
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:13.280
  • Chapter 8, verse 12,
  • 00:15:13.290 --> 00:15:15.080
  • "Then Jesus spoke to them again saying,
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:17.020
  • 'I am the light of the world.
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  • He who follows me will not walk in darkness
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  • but will have the light of life.'"
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  • Oh, I love this.
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  • Jesus says, "I'm the bread, I feed you,
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  • but I'm also the light, I'll illuminate you."
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  • Okay, when the sun rises in the morning,
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  • that's illumination 'cause you can see.
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  • The darkness goes away and now you can see straight
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  • because now you have light.
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  • Jesus says, "If you will follow me,
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  • I'll let you see where you're going."
  • 00:15:50.280 --> 00:15:53.040
  • 'Cause a lot of us don't know where we going,
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:55.270
  • and the reason--the proof that a lot of us
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  • don't know where we're going
  • 00:15:58.250 --> 00:15:59.290
  • is we keep going down the wrong streets, wrong alleys,
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  • and making bad decisions.
  • 00:16:02.190 --> 00:16:04.070
  • He says, "But if you let me be the illumination of your life,
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  • then you will find the way to go."
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:11.020
  • So if you're here today
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  • and you don't have direction or clarity
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:14.270
  • but you definitely want it and you want it from God,
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  • he said, "You got to follow me.
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  • You got to find out what I say, what I think,
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  • and you got to do that
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  • regardless of what your peeps say,
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  • regardless of what your posse says,"
  • 00:16:26.230 --> 00:16:29.020
  • and here's the big one, "regardless of what you think."
  • 00:16:29.030 --> 00:16:34.060
  • Chapter 10, verse 7, "Truly, truly, sure enough,
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  • sure enough I say to you, 'I am the door of the sheep.'"
  • 00:16:40.260 --> 00:16:48.090
  • Shepherds had a gate,
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  • the door where the sheep could enter.
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:54.040
  • And he says, "If you come through me,"
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  • verse 9, "If anyone--"
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  • Somebody say, "Anyone." 'Cause that means includes you.
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  • "If anyone enters through me, he will be saved."
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:07.260
  • Okay, he'll go to heaven, but that's not all.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:10.170
  • He will go in and out.
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  • He'll find freedom, and he'll find pasture.
  • 00:17:12.150 --> 00:17:16.210
  • "I'll satisfy him."
  • 00:17:16.220 --> 00:17:18.180
  • Abundant life means fully realizing
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:21.120
  • what God wants done in your life.
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:23.210
  • But he says, "You got to come through this door
  • 00:17:23.220 --> 00:17:26.180
  • 'cause I'm the door."
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:28.190
  • Okay? The next "I am."
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  • He says in chapter 10, verses 11 and 14,
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  • "I am the good shepherd.
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  • The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."
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  • That's the cross.
  • 00:17:38.290 --> 00:17:40.210
  • Fourteen, "I am the good shepherd,
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  • and I know my own and my own know me."
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  • He says, "I'm the good shepherd."
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  • A shepherd, he opens the door for the sheep,
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  • but the shepherd does something else.
  • 00:17:55.280 --> 00:17:57.280
  • He watches over the sheep.
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  • See, a shepherd is responsible for the sheep.
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  • Let's keep going.
  • 00:18:03.050 --> 00:18:04.230
  • Chapter 11, verse 25. It's good stuff.
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:08.270
  • It says in chapter 11, verse 25 to Martha,
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  • "I am the resurrection and the life.
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  • He will believes in me will live even if he dies,
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  • and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
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  • Do you believe this?"
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.260
  • Lazarus has just died.
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  • Jesus is the incarnation of the Word.
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:27.050
  • And so he says,
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:28.110
  • "If you let the Word drive you to me,
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:32.090
  • then the reason you're going to get up out that grave
  • 00:18:32.100 --> 00:18:34.150
  • when everybody else says you're dead
  • 00:18:34.160 --> 00:18:36.060
  • is 'cause of me, not just some theology about me."
  • 00:18:36.070 --> 00:18:40.000
  • It will be that relationship that will make the difference.
  • 00:18:40.010 --> 00:18:42.210
  • Okay, let's keep going.
  • 00:18:42.220 --> 00:18:44.060
  • He says now in chapter 14, verse 6.
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  • Got two more. Chapter 14, verse 6.
  • 00:18:47.180 --> 00:18:51.200
  • He says, "Jesus said to them,
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:53.280
  • 'I am the way and the truth and the life.
  • 00:18:53.290 --> 00:18:57.270
  • No one comes to the Father but through me.'"
  • 00:18:57.280 --> 00:19:01.150
  • I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life, okay?
  • 00:19:01.160 --> 00:19:05.080
  • Number one, I am the way. I know where I'm going, okay?
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:09.050
  • Most of us hope we know where we going.
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:12.000
  • We desire to go somewhere with our life,
  • 00:19:12.010 --> 00:19:13.280
  • with our career, with our plan.
  • 00:19:13.290 --> 00:19:15.160
  • Jesus says, "I know the way," okay?
  • 00:19:15.170 --> 00:19:18.130
  • "You don't have to guess.
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:19.220
  • I'm GPS all over, all up in here, all up in here.
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:23.000
  • I know where I am going.
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:24.240
  • I know the way, the way to eternity first
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:29.070
  • and then the way for living your life."
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:31.110
  • That's what he concludes with. I am the truth, okay?
  • 00:19:31.120 --> 00:19:35.020
  • Don't misread this. I'm not a truth, okay?
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:41.240
  • I'm not one among many truths, okay?
  • 00:19:41.250 --> 00:19:45.210
  • It goes back to I think stuff, okay?
  • 00:19:45.220 --> 00:19:48.080
  • "I'm not a truth, I am the truth," okay?
  • 00:19:48.090 --> 00:19:51.210
  • Jesus says, "I am the truth.
  • 00:19:51.220 --> 00:19:53.100
  • I am the absolute standard by which reality is measured.
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:57.000
  • So save yourself some time.
  • 00:19:57.010 --> 00:19:58.270
  • Find out what I say and adjust your thinking to it."
  • 00:19:58.280 --> 00:20:02.220
  • Because if you're a Christian, you have the mind of Christ.
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:07.090
  • I am the truth.
  • 00:20:07.100 --> 00:20:08.200
  • And then he says, "And I am the life.
  • 00:20:08.210 --> 00:20:11.210
  • You want to live? Go my way.
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:14.260
  • Go my way and then you will live.
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:18.030
  • You won't exist.
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:19.230
  • You won't just be trying to make it,
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:21.210
  • trying to get over, doing the best you can.
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:25.250
  • You'll have life that is my life."
  • 00:20:25.260 --> 00:20:28.060
  • Finally, he says in John 15, verses 1 and verse 5
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:32.260
  • these words: "I am the true vine.
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:36.270
  • My father is the vinedresser."
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:39.050
  • Verse 5, "I am the vine and you are the branches.
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:43.270
  • He who abides in me and I in him,
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:46.160
  • he bears much fruit for apart from me
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:49.130
  • you can do nothing."
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:51.000
  • Oh, okay. Watch this then.
  • 00:20:51.010 --> 00:20:53.120
  • He says, "I am the true vine."
  • 00:20:53.130 --> 00:20:55.050
  • That means I am the real deal, okay?
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:58.030
  • "Abide in me. Stay with me.
  • 00:20:58.040 --> 00:21:00.180
  • You got to run with me.
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:02.080
  • You got--you want running buddies?
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:03.190
  • Run with me.
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:05.100
  • And if you run with me, you'll be fruity."
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:07.230
  • Now, the last time I checked,
  • 00:21:07.240 --> 00:21:10.260
  • fruit exists for the benefit of somebody else.
  • 00:21:10.270 --> 00:21:15.180
  • So when's the last time
  • 00:21:15.190 --> 00:21:16.270
  • somebody wanted to take a bite out of your life?
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:19.190
  • Because they see Jesus doing so much in you that they want...
  • 00:21:19.200 --> 00:21:23.030
  • They want to get a piece of that.
  • 00:21:23.040 --> 00:21:25.050
  • They want to get a piece of that.
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:26.220
  • Everybody like to say, "Come on, you want a piece of me?"
  • 00:21:26.230 --> 00:21:29.090
  • Okay?
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:30.170
  • People should want a piece of you because you're fruity.
  • 00:21:30.180 --> 00:21:32.060
  • The only fruit that eats itself is rotten.
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:36.080
  • Rotten fruit is the only fruit that eats itself.
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:38.110
  • So if you're all about you, only about you,
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:42.280
  • "It's about me, myself, and I,"
  • 00:21:42.290 --> 00:21:45.070
  • that's 'cause you're a rotten Christian.
  • 00:21:45.080 --> 00:21:47.210
  • You're rotten fruit.
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:48.240
  • 'Cause the only fruit that eats itself is rotten.
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:51.040
  • The reason Jesus wants us to be fruitful
  • 00:21:51.050 --> 00:21:53.120
  • is he wants us to be impacting the lives of others
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:56.120
  • while he abides in us and gives--and impacts us
  • 00:21:56.130 --> 00:22:00.100
  • so that it goes to us, through us, and from us
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:03.240
  • so that others are taking a bite out of our lives
  • 00:22:03.250 --> 00:22:07.060
  • because of what Christ is doing in us.
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:09.240
  • He wants you to be fruity saints.
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:14.080
  • When God told Moses, "My name is I Am,"
  • 00:22:14.090 --> 00:22:20.140
  • it was in the midst of a contradiction.
  • 00:22:20.150 --> 00:22:23.110
  • The best time to experience the I amness of Jesus
  • 00:22:23.120 --> 00:22:27.230
  • is when things aren't making sense in your life.
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:31.120
  • The best time to experience the I amness of Almighty God
  • 00:22:31.130 --> 00:22:36.040
  • in the person of Christ
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:37.260
  • is when things have gone haywire and they don't make sense.
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:43.100
  • When you throw up the question "Why?"
  • 00:22:43.110 --> 00:22:45.280
  • and you're trying to live for God,
  • 00:22:45.290 --> 00:22:47.120
  • you're trying to please God--
  • 00:22:47.130 --> 00:22:48.210
  • I'm not talking about somebody's rebelling,
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:50.040
  • I'm talking about somebody who's trying to please God
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:51.250
  • and it's all contradictory and you can't make sense of it.
  • 00:22:51.260 --> 00:22:55.220
  • You're in the perfect position to hear him call your name.
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:59.280
  • That is to reveal himself to you.
  • 00:22:59.290 --> 00:23:02.170
  • And what did he reveal? He revealed to him his purpose.
  • 00:23:02.180 --> 00:23:06.050
  • He says, "I want you to go to Pharaoh and tell him,
  • 00:23:06.060 --> 00:23:07.230
  • 'Let my people go.'"
  • 00:23:07.240 --> 00:23:08.280
  • He gave him a reason for living.
  • 00:23:08.290 --> 00:23:11.000
  • He gave him his purpose,
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  • and let me tell you something about his purpose.
  • 00:23:12.030 --> 00:23:13.070
  • His purpose was bigger than anything
  • 00:23:13.080 --> 00:23:15.070
  • he could do on his own.
  • 00:23:15.080 --> 00:23:17.150
  • 'Cause this was a big deal to tell Pharaoh,
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:19.280
  • "Let my people go,"
  • 00:23:19.290 --> 00:23:20.270
  • and to lead the children of Israel.
  • 00:23:20.280 --> 00:23:23.010
  • Psalm chapter 9, verse 10 says that when you know God's name,
  • 00:23:23.020 --> 00:23:27.090
  • you trust him.
  • 00:23:27.100 --> 00:23:29.190
  • You don't have to see it yet 'cause you know his name,
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:31.260
  • and you know "I am" means he's already been there
  • 00:23:31.270 --> 00:23:34.040
  • and he's come back.
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  • And I like the fact, I like the fact
  • 00:23:35.260 --> 00:23:37.180
  • in John chapter 18, verses 4 to 9.
  • 00:23:37.190 --> 00:23:40.100
  • In John 18, they were getting ready to arrest Jesus,
  • 00:23:40.110 --> 00:23:43.180
  • all the Roman soldiers.
  • 00:23:43.190 --> 00:23:44.290
  • They're coming to arrest Jesus, they're coming to arrest Jesus;
  • 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:47.020
  • going to lock him up and they said,
  • 00:23:47.030 --> 00:23:50.130
  • "Are you he, are you this Jesus that we're looking for?"
  • 00:23:50.140 --> 00:23:55.090
  • And Jesus stood there and said, "I Am."
  • 00:23:55.100 --> 00:23:58.170
  • And the Bible says and when Jesus said, "I Am,"
  • 00:23:58.180 --> 00:24:01.060
  • all the soldiers fell back and collapsed on the ground
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:05.020
  • 'cause the I amness was overwhelming.
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  • I don't know what's after you,
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  • I don't know what situation is threatening you,
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  • I don't know what difficulty is facing you;
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  • but when they run into the great I Am,
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  • they got to back up, they got to back up
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  • 'cause I Am only gets taken when he's ready to be taken.
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  • So what I'm challenging us today in this name,
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  • the I amness of God that he is the God
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  • who speaks in the Old Testament,
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  • but he is the personal God for you right now.
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  • If you've received him as your Savior
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  • and you are following him as your Lord,
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  • then you have access to the I amness of Jesus Christ.
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  • Tony: One of the all encompassing names for God
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  • in Scripture is I Am.
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  • God told Moses when Moses asked his name,
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  • "Who shall I say sent me?"
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  • And God said, "You tell them I Am that I Am sent you."
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  • That spoke of God's eternality,
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  • that he lives in the ever present tense.
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  • His self-sufficiency that is I Am takes care of I Am.
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  • He takes care of himself.
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  • Doesn't need anything outside of himself to be himself,
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  • and his self-existence.
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  • Just like the sun doesn't have to be made hot,
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  • that's just the way it is.
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  • God doesn't have to be made God.
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  • All of his attributes, that's just who he is.
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  • So it shouldn't surprise us that Jesus's enemies
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  • got real upset when he used the name of God
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  • in the Old Testament to name himself, to say,
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  • "Before Abraham was, I am,"
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  • and it was crystal clear what he meant;
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  • that he was the same God
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  • who spoke to Moses in the Old Testament.
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  • Oh, that brought a little irony.
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  • That's because Jesus Christ
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  • is not just some superstar human being in history,
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  • he's actually the superstar of the universe being God,
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  • or very God become man.
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  • What's in a name?
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  • Well, when it comes to Jesus Christ,
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  • all of deity is in a name.
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  • Because all that makes God, God,
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  • is resident in the person of Jesus Christ.
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  • And that's why you can't treat him casually,
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  • you can't treat him
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  • just as another great teacher or example.
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  • You got to recognize when you're dealing with Jesus,
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  • you're dealing with all that God is.
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