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November 3, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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  • Tony Evans: You see, for many of us,
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  • the problem of us getting along with other people
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  • is our inability to get along with ourselves.
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  • Everything visible and physical is preceded by something
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  • invisible and spiritual.
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  • The consequences we are dealing with in our lives,
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  • in our homes, in our culture, we are dealing with them because
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  • there is a gap between where God is and where we are.
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  • He wants to know that you want him and not just want his stuff.
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  • See, a lot of folk go to church to get God's stuff,
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  • but we don't want the God who gives it.
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  • So if you're in distress, don't let that drive you away.
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  • Draw you near.
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  • When you get close and want to live
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  • for him, want to please him, want to honor him,
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  • want to exalt him, want to draw near to him,
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  • then heaven opens up and he lets you find him.
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  • He lets you find him.
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  • Tony: God tells Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20,
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  • "It's time to say goodbye."
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  • Through the prophet Isaiah, he comes and he says,
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  • "God told me to tell you, set your house in order or get your
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  • affairs settled.
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  • Make sure your will is intact.
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  • Make sure your family understands that it's terminal.
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  • There will be no coming back from this illness.
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  • You're going to die."
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  • Nothing is more painful than to run into a terminal situation,
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  • a situation that offers no solution.
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  • Now, here it was a physical illness,
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  • but terminal situations can show up in all
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  • kinds of shapes and sizes.
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  • Maybe there's a terminal relationship.
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  • Maybe there's a terminal hope.
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  • All hope is gone.
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  • Maybe it's--the economics are terminal.
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  • You don't see any way out and it throws you to tears,
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  • to discouragement, and to hopelessness.
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  • Nobody you know, no place you can go,
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  • and nothing that you can do can fix it.
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  • It is in this context that we read that Hezekiah turned
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  • his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.
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  • He was looking at Isaiah.
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  • But now when he heard the news from the prophet,
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  • he turned his face to the wall, and the Bible says
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  • he wept bitterly.
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  • He wept and cried like a baby to hear the bad news that there
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  • is no solution, and there really is no solution if God
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  • said you're going to die.
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  • 'Cause this came from God.
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  • God said, "It's over."
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  • God said, "It's--get your affairs in order."
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  • What am I going to do if God says it?
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  • The only thing you can do is go to the God who said it.
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  • It says he turned his face to the wall and he went to God
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  • who decreed that it was over.
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  • So today I'm talking to folk who think it's over,
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  • whatever over means for you.
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  • And if you're not in an over situation, keep living.
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  • You're going to hit an over situation,
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  • a situation where it appears to be terminal, hopeless,
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  • no solution and God is right in the mix.
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  • We're told Hezekiah prayed.
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  • And when Hezekiah prayed in verse 3 and 4--mainly verse 3,
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  • he says, "I walk before you.
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  • I was truthful.
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  • I gave you my whole heart and I did what was good."
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  • You know what he gave God?
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  • A credit report.
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  • He says, "God, don't you remember that I hung in there
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  • when another folk quit on you, that I followed you when
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  • other folk ran away from you, that I stuck to the truth
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  • and didn't buy a lie?
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  • Don't you remember?
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  • Look at my credit report."
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  • Now, when he asked God to remember,
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  • God does not have a memory issue.
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  • In chapter 32, verses--of 2 Chronicles, verses 24 to 26,
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  • we're told that he had some issues, issue of pride
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  • and that pride got him sick.
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  • And God says, "You--this is it."
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  • But even though he had a flaw in his credit report,
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  • when you look over the whole of his walk,
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  • there was spiritual consistency without being perfect.
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • If you are in a terminal situation and you show God your
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  • spiritual credit report, how would it read?
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  • "You tell me you're going to spend time with me,
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  • you tell me you're going to get to know me,
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  • you tell me you're going to feast on my Word,
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  • you tell me you're going to be faithful in your
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  • giving, you tell me you're going to give some of your time
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  • for service, but I--click, click, click, click,
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  • checking your report and I don't see consistency here.
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  • I know you're not perfect,
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  • but I don't even see consistency."
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  • On that day when you're going to be in a terminal situation,
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  • what's your credit report look like?
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  • He gives him a credit report and he says,
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  • "I have followed you.
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  • I have hung out with you.
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  • I have stuck with your truth."
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  • He turns to pray.
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  • Why?
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  • Because God will put us in situations where he is our only
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  • way out, where there's no person you can talk
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  • to, no deal you can cut.
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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 working
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  • on my master's degree, another four years working
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  • on my doctorate degree, and then I've been
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  • preaching all of these years and I'm still learning
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  • new things 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, the "Tony Evans Bible Commentary."
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  • It will take all of this training and this teaching
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  • and make it available to you to understand,
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  • utilize, and apply God's most powerful Word.
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  • Tony: It says he wept bitterly,
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  • but he matched his weeping with his credit report.
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  • A lot of times we go God--to God with our tears without a good
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  • report and we wonder why he's not responding.
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  • No, he had a great credit report,
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  • but he was in a terminal situation.
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  • So he prays and he cries out to God.
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  • One day, if it has not come yet, you're going to be,
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  • I'm going to be, we're going to be in a terminal situation.
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  • In other words, a situation we can't fix and nobody else can
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  • help us and the only out is God.
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  • You cannot decide on that day to change your credit report.
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  • You have to have built that up along the way 'cause you're
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  • going to need to cash it in on that day.
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  • Hezekiah cries out to God and says,
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  • "This is my report."
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  • And he's crying for mercy.
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  • God didn't tell us Isaiah who'd gone out into the middle
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  • of the court--the Word of the Lord came to him saying,
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  • verse 5: "Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of my
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  • people, 'Thus saith the Lord God your Father,
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  • 'I have heard your prayer and I've seen your tears.'"
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  • No, you didn't.
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  • "I have heard your prayers and I have seen you tears."
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  • So the first thing is he prayed.
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  • He gave something--he gave God something to hear and it
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  • included his credit report.
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  • Says, "I've heard your prayer, but I've also seen your tears.
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  • I've heard what you said, prayer,
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  • but I've also seen how you feel.
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  • I've heard your words, but I've also read your heart.
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  • I've heard your speech, but I've also felt
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  • the depth of your pain."
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  • Let me tell you something about God.
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  • He's emotional.
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  • Now, we don't talk a lot about the emotions of God,
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  • but we see it all in Scripture.
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  • We see where God gets angry.
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  • The Bible says the joy of the Lord.
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  • So he can get joyful.
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  • The Bible talks about God being pleased or being pleasured,
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  • loving the feeling.
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  • There are all kinds of statements about
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  • God's feelings.
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  • You don't just want to reach God's ears.
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  • You want to touch God's heart 'cause he's a feeling
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  • kind of God.
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  • And he says, "I've heard your words,
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  • but I've also felt your pain."
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  • What the Bible says about Jesus is he came to sympathize
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  • with our hurts.
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  • That's a feeling thing.
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  • That's why when we want to just throw stuff up to God without
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  • trying to connect with God, we want him to hear our
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  • words but not feel our hearts--you know how it is
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  • with people when they talking to us but they
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  • ain't feeling us.
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  • We are not connecting on this point.
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  • And they can repeat back what you said,
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  • but they don't feel why you said it.
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  • We have that in human reactions and dynamics all the time.
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  • God does not want to hear you.
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  • He wants to feel you, and nothing enhances a relationship
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  • like when what is said is also what is felt.
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  • 'Cause when the words touch the heart,
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  • you got a thing going on then.
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  • He said, "I've heard your words and I've seen your tears.
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  • I feel you."
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  • What happened?
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  • He says, "I will heal you.
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  • On the third day, you're going to go up to the
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  • house of the Lord," meaning you will get your praise on.
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  • "You cry in the day, but I'm going to give you a reason
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  • to shout three days from now.
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  • I'm going to heal you."
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  • Wait a minute.
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  • It's just a couple of verses ago he said,
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  • "You're going to die."
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  • It was just a couple of verses ago.
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  • And by the time Isaiah got halfway out in the courtyard,
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  • God, watch this now, changed his mind.
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  • Ooh-ooh.
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  • Did you hear that? God changed his mind.
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  • Now, this puts us in a theological conundrum.
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  • We talked about this a little bit
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  • last week, but let me just go a little further today.
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  • The Bible declares that God does not change.
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  • God says, "I am the Lord that changeth not."
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  • Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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  • God cannot change.
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  • He says that over and over and over again in Scripture,
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  • but we just saw God change.
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  • He said, "'You will die,' thus saith the Lord."
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  • Couple of minutes later, "'You will not die,'
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  • thus saith the Lord."
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  • So we went from a terminal situation to a 15-year reprieve,
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  • and that was only in the center of a couple of minutes 'cause
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  • Isaiah just walked through the middle of the courtyard.
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  • And the only thing that happened between what God said the
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  • first time and what God said the second time was
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  • a prayer full of emotion.
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  • That's the only thing that's happened.
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  • How can a changeless God, his immutability, change?
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  • God's characteristics: mercy, grace, truth,
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  • love, holiness, righteousness,
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  • omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscient,
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  • veracity--God has character qualities.
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  • Those character qualities are unchangeable.
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  • He will always be what he has always been.
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  • You and I go through changes.
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  • We are not the same today as we used to be.
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  • We don't look the same.
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  • We don't act the same.
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  • We don't smell the same.
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  • There are changes that occur in our life over time.
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  • God cannot change his essential nature,
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  • but he changed.
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  • While God cannot change his nature,
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  • he can and does change his action.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • God's nature cannot change, but his actions may change.
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  • How then does God change his action without changing his
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  • nature since his nature cannot change but his action,
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  • as in this case, does change?
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  • So God changes his mind and he says,
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  • "You are going to live.
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  • You are not going to die."
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  • He leveraged influence with God.
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  • So then, please notice something else.
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  • "I'm going to deliver you,"
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  • verse 6, "I'm going to give you 15 years
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  • and when I give you 15 years and deliver you,
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  • I will deliver this city from the hand of the
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  • king of Assyria and defend the city for my own sake
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  • and for the sake of my servant David."
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  • Okay, watch this.
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  • When you are in a terminal situation and God changes his
  • 00:16:28.140 --> 00:16:32.250
  • mind and reverses something and gives you a new lease
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  • on life, whatever that terminal scenario is,
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  • it's not just for you.
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  • It's not just for you.
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  • He says, "When I give you this 15 years,
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  • it's not just so you go out and party.
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  • I'm giving you this 15 years because I want to use you
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  • to deliver my people from the attack of the Assyrians."
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  • In other words, "The only reason I'm turning this around is not
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  • only to give you life 'cause I know that's what you're praying
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  • for, but I also want to give you purpose and I want to give you
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  • a new opportunity to do something for me."
  • 00:17:13.130 --> 00:17:16.130
  • See, most of the time when we're in a terminal situation,
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  • it's only about me, myself, and I and I want God to do
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  • something for me that is in my best interest.
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  • And that's okay, but it can't be limited to you.
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  • When God gives you a new opportunity,
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  • he wants you to be a blessing not just be blessed,
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  • and that's the problem with a lot of this
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  • blessing stuff out here today.
  • 00:17:36.000 --> 00:17:37.090
  • "I want to be blessed. I want to be rich.
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  • I want to have this.
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  • I want to have that," which in itself is not a problem unless
  • 00:17:41.030 --> 00:17:44.070
  • it's by itself, unless it only involves you.
  • 00:17:44.080 --> 00:17:47.180
  • See, the prayer you need to pray is,
  • 00:17:47.190 --> 00:17:48.280
  • "God, I'm in a terminal situation.
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  • I need to affect another part of your character.
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  • I need you to reverse this situation so that not only can
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  • my situation be changed, but so that I can
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  • be a conduit to change somebody else's."
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:06.120
  • So if it's only about you, then you're missing--God said,
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  • "I got a bigger plan for you than just you living 15 years.
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  • I want to deliver, and I want to deliver the whole city
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  • from the Assyrians."
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  • So then he tells Isaiah, "Take a cake of figs."
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  • And he took them and laid it on the boil and he recovered.
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  • Okay, so he's dying from an infection.
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  • He's got a boil that's going to kill him,
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  • which means he has an infection running through his body.
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  • God tells the prophet, "Go get a fig cake.
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  • Put the fig cake on the boil to suck out the infection
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  • so that he can live."
  • 00:18:52.180 --> 00:18:54.260
  • So God gives Isaiah, not the doctor, a medical solution.
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  • Hezekiah is the king so he can get any doctor he wants.
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  • But because this was a spiritual issue and not merely a medical
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  • issue, God comes up with a whole another plan to heal him apart
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  • from the plan that the professionals would use.
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  • 'Cause if the professionals could have used it,
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:23.050
  • he wouldn't be terminally ill in the first place.
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  • God is not against medicine.
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  • In fact, all the medicine you use is birthed from something
  • 00:19:31.020 --> 00:19:33.270
  • God is already made.
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:35.090
  • So any doctors using any medicine has got to depend
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  • on something God has already made to produce the medicine
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  • that we take for our illnesses.
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  • It's nothing wrong with using medicine.
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  • It's everything wrong with using medicine
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  • without God.
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  • See, it started with God. He got right with God.
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  • God said, "I'm going to heal you."
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  • Then the medicine worked.
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  • So he hears a Word from God, Isaiah does,
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:20:01.270
  • to help a sick king.
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  • He puts the fig cake on him.
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  • It sucks out the infection and now he's healed.
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  • But old Hezekiah has a question.
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  • He says this.
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  • He says, "What shall be the sign,"
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  • verse 8, "that the Lord will heal me?"
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  • Okay.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.030
  • Now, he was just told the Lord was going to heal him, okay?
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:35.240
  • But every now and again, you need to see something, okay.
  • 00:20:35.250 --> 00:20:42.230
  • "I heard what you said Prophet Isaiah.
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  • I heard what you said, preacher, and I like kind of believe it.
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  • But part of me is from Missouri.
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  • You got to show me something."
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  • Signs in the Bible were designed to confirm the Word of God.
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  • God is not against confirming signs.
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  • He is against signs that are not seeked with his Word.
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  • So his Word can be confirmed by a visual.
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  • So Isaiah says in the last couple of verses,
  • 00:21:18.230 --> 00:21:21.250
  • he says, "God told me to tell you this will be the sign
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  • and you get to choose.
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  • Do you want the sun to move forward ten steps or do you want
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  • the sun to go back ten steps?"
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  • Translation: this is the first daylight saving
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  • times in history.
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  • "Do you want to spring forward or fall back?"
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  • God offers him a daylight saving time.
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  • He says, "I'll speed up the time or I'll slow down the time.
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  • You choose."
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:55.160
  • Hezekiah says, "Well, speeding up the time,
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  • I'm not sure I'm going to buy that 'cause
  • 00:21:58.130 --> 00:22:00.120
  • that one looks too easy."
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  • It's what he says.
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:03.130
  • He says, "Let me take the harder one.
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  • Let's see you back up the time."
  • 00:22:05.000 --> 00:22:07.070
  • Now, they didn't have watches and clocks like we do.
  • 00:22:07.080 --> 00:22:10.090
  • They had more sundials, and a half step was
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:14.020
  • a sun dial.
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  • So as the afternoon went on, the sun would roll up down the
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  • steps, and it would expand as the sun got brighter.
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  • So when he asked for the sun to go back, he's asking
  • 00:22:23.260 --> 00:22:27.050
  • for a regression of time.
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  • He's asking for the sun to do opposite to what the sun does.
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  • He says, "'Cause that's the harder thing."
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  • Now here's the question.
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:39.060
  • Why did God give him that sign?
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  • I mean, he could have said,
  • 00:22:41.240 --> 00:22:43.220
  • "Well, I'll just show you a sign."
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  • Or he could have given--but he used the sun for the sign.
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  • Well, you remember now that the issue is Assyria
  • 00:22:49.160 --> 00:22:53.120
  • is going to attack.
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  • The name of the Assyrian god is Assur, A-S-S-U-R.
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  • That's the Assyrian god, and he's the god of the sun.
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  • So he gives him a sign tied to the ministry that he wants
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  • him to perform once he's healed.
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:16.010
  • In other words, it's not just any old sign.
  • 00:23:16.020 --> 00:23:18.070
  • It's a relevant sign.
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  • "'Cause I'm going to show you in the sign I give you about your
  • 00:23:21.000 --> 00:23:23.200
  • healing that the job I'm getting ready to give you to take care
  • 00:23:23.210 --> 00:23:27.020
  • of the Assyrians I can handle their god.
  • 00:23:27.030 --> 00:23:30.190
  • And if I can handle their god 'cause their god is supposed
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:33.010
  • to be the god of the sun, but I'm going to their god
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:34.250
  • what's going to happen with the sun and their god's not going
  • 00:23:34.260 --> 00:23:37.220
  • to stop me from doing what my sun what I want done.
  • 00:23:37.230 --> 00:23:41.040
  • So their god is going to know that when I come up and I show
  • 00:23:41.050 --> 00:23:44.150
  • up, their god's not going to be able to help them
  • 00:23:44.160 --> 00:23:46.250
  • against you when you are healed, doing my will because
  • 00:23:46.260 --> 00:23:50.100
  • I'm going to beat their God."
  • 00:23:50.110 --> 00:23:53.040
  • So all this was tied to a sign.
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:58.120
  • And the Bible says Hezekiah said, "Let it roll back."
  • 00:23:58.130 --> 00:24:02.010
  • And it rolled back ten steps.
  • 00:24:02.020 --> 00:24:04.240
  • Time went backwards.
  • 00:24:04.250 --> 00:24:10.000
  • God has you for a greater kingdom purpose and he wants
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:14.120
  • to use you even if he allows a terminal situation,
  • 00:24:14.130 --> 00:24:19.100
  • a situation that looks hopeless.
  • 00:24:19.110 --> 00:24:22.230
  • So I want to challenge you as we wind down.
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:25.240
  • Here's my challenge.
  • 00:24:25.250 --> 00:24:28.160
  • Change your credit report.
  • 00:24:28.170 --> 00:24:33.010
  • Change your credit report 'cause when that time comes,
  • 00:24:33.020 --> 00:24:36.100
  • you want to be able to say to God,
  • 00:24:36.110 --> 00:24:38.260
  • "God, look at my credit report.
  • 00:24:38.270 --> 00:24:42.000
  • I haven't been perfect, I have failed,
  • 00:24:42.010 --> 00:24:44.160
  • but, Lord, I have picked up and I have decided
  • 00:24:44.170 --> 00:24:47.100
  • to surrender to you, to pursue a relationship with you,
  • 00:24:47.110 --> 00:24:51.270
  • to love the Lord my God with all my heart, my mind,
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:54.160
  • my might, and soul, to serve you and to serve others.
  • 00:24:54.170 --> 00:24:58.190
  • God, I am yours. I am yours."
  • 00:24:58.200 --> 00:25:03.150
  • And the good thing about a credit report is that they will
  • 00:25:03.160 --> 00:25:06.110
  • allow you to let it change.
  • 00:25:06.120 --> 00:25:10.010
  • They'll allow bad credit to become medium credit
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:12.170
  • to become awesome credit.
  • 00:25:12.180 --> 00:25:14.030
  • So no matter how bad your credit report used to be, change your
  • 00:25:14.040 --> 00:25:17.180
  • credit so that when terminal day comes you can offer
  • 00:25:17.190 --> 00:25:21.220
  • God something he can respond to.
  • 00:25:21.230 --> 00:25:25.000
  • 00:25:25.010 --> 00:25:33.140
  • Tony: God has flexibility in his sovereign will.
  • 00:25:33.150 --> 00:25:36.020
  • He has such fluidity that will allow him to change
  • 00:25:36.030 --> 00:25:40.220
  • his mind without compromising his sovereignty.
  • 00:25:40.230 --> 00:25:45.100
  • That's a trick that we can't pull off too well, but he can.
  • 00:25:45.110 --> 00:25:48.040
  • God has sovereign boundaries; but within those boundaries he
  • 00:25:48.050 --> 00:25:51.260
  • allows things to shift not in his character,
  • 00:25:51.270 --> 00:25:55.100
  • but in his action or in his reaction,
  • 00:25:55.110 --> 00:26:00.040
  • and one of the things he responds to in changing
  • 00:26:00.050 --> 00:26:03.270
  • his mind is prayer.
  • 00:26:03.280 --> 00:26:06.000
  • When we pray--like when Moses prayed and God repented
  • 00:26:06.010 --> 00:26:10.170
  • about his previously determined action.
  • 00:26:10.180 --> 00:26:14.050
  • Don't you need God to change his mind about
  • 00:26:14.060 --> 00:26:17.050
  • some things in your life?
  • 00:26:17.060 --> 00:26:19.010
  • I know I want him to change his mind about some things in mine.
  • 00:26:19.020 --> 00:26:22.060
  • So I'm going to pray and I want you to pray,
  • 00:26:22.070 --> 00:26:24.060
  • "God, change your mind about the negative actions that we deserve
  • 00:26:24.070 --> 00:26:29.220
  • and have earned and turn them around for our good
  • 00:26:29.230 --> 00:26:33.190
  • and your glory."
  • 00:26:33.200 --> 00:26:35.010
  • 00:26:35.020 --> 00:26:40.190
  • 00:26:41.110 --> 00:26:51.100
  • 00:26:51.110 --> 00:27:01.100
  • 00:27:01.110 --> 00:27:11.100
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  • 00:27:21.110 --> 00:27:26.270