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Watch Freedom Experience
July 5, 2020
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Ed Young creatively presents inspirational and biblical truth for every area of life.

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  • Ed Young: The church should bethe most creative entity in
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  • the world.
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  • The church is where it happens,the church is where we find
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  • purpose and meaning and power.
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  • The church is a living,breathing, body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom though is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes withsomeone that Jesus did not
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  • die for.
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  • Ed Young: Thanks so much forwatching "Ed Young Television."
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  • You know, the next 30 minutes, Ibelieve, can change the course
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  • of your life.
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  • So sit back and lean in,because, I believe God is going
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  • to do some amazing things inyour life and in mine.
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  • Ed Young: The flag, itrepresents
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  • commitment, commitment.
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  • We're a nation of people whopledged themselves to a position
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  • no matter what the cost.
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  • Think back to our forefathers,look at the Constitution, look
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  • at their faith, commitment.
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  • They were willing to take thehard yards, they were willing to
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  • crash through quitting points,they were committed.
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  • America, the land of the freeand the home of the brave, a
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  • land of commitment.
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  • Now when I say commitment andwhen I'm talking about a
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  • God-ordained commitment, thatflies in the face of people who
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  • want comfort.
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  • I mean I like comfort, I likethe easy way, I don't like doing
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  • the hard yards or crashingthrough quitting points all
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  • the time.
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  • But commitment, true commitment,if you're committed to the right
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  • things, is not an easycommodity, it's difficult.
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  • We have a nation, we havecertain people in our nation who
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  • are committed to being notcommitted to the right stuff,
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  • and you have people who want tokeep their options open.
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  • You have people who want to, youknow wet their index finger and
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  • see which way the wind isblowing.
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  • And we want to go no, I wantjust to have everything
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  • available to me, I'm not goingto really pledge myself to a
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  • position no matter what thecost; which happens to be the
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  • definition of commitment.
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  • I was reading Fast CompanyMagazine last week, Fast
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  • Company Magazine, and there wasan extensive article about
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  • commitment versus keeping youroptions open.
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  • And this very bright writer withsome, you know bright people,
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  • who had gone to Harvard and Yaleand studied human behavior and
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  • so forth and so on, like allthose articles do,
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  • they were saying that one wouldthink: if you keep your options
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  • open, your life is better andyou're happier.
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  • What they discovered thoughreally snapped their heads, it
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  • push them back on their heels.
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  • Those people who commit arehappier, they have more joy,
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  • satisfaction, I mean they havefocus and purpose.
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  • I thought that's fascinating,God's been saying that for a
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  • long-long time, commitment.
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  • But I want you to think aboutcommitment for a second,
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  • pledging yourself to a positionno matter what the cost, are you
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  • committed to what God tells youto commit to?
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  • Let's read it together, 1-2-3,"Commit to the Lord whatever you
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  • do, and he will establish yourplans."
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  • Now that's prettystraightforward, "Commit to the
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  • Lord whatever you do."
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  • Whatever you do is whatever youdo, "Commit to him whatever you
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  • do and he will establish yourplans."
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  • When we do life God's way, wewill experience joy.
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  • Is it gonna be easy?
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  • Heck to the no.
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  • Let me tell you this ifyou've not committed
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  • your life to Christ yet.
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  • It's the best thing you'll everdo, but I'm not gonna lie to
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  • you, it's not always easy.
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  • It's not always easy.Think about marriage.
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  • Those of us who aremarried, lift your hand.
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  • Is marriage always easy?
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  • No, no it's not.
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  • Marriage, and I've writtenabout this, can be
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  • the greatest thing, but so oftenit's the hardest thing, but if
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  • you're willing to work andcommit, you will have an
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  • awesome marriage.
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  • Lisa and I have some braceletsthat she had made for us a
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  • couple of years ago, and I'llwear a bracelet some, you know
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  • some guys like wear braceletsall the time.
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  • I'm not a big bracelet personbut I don't have an aversion to
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  • bracelets, I wear this some andthis bracelet-- in fact, I
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  • forgot the wear it today,honey-- this bracelet doesn't
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  • say love on it or, the popularterm, sexy.
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  • I love that, everything in ourworld that is sexy, that's a
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  • whole nother.
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  • "It's a sexy car," what?
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  • "Sexy haircut," "Oh, you look sosexy."
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  • You watch some of these shows ontelevision, you know?
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  • Sex-- anyway, that's a wholenother message, what is sexy?
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  • Anyway, what was I talkingabout?
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  • I mentioned sex, what, Imentioned Lisa, sex, it just
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  • totally, what?
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  • I'm joking, I'm kidding around,come on now, let's laugh, it's
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  • part of life.
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  • What now, what was I saying?
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  • Oh yeah, the bracelet, whoa.
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  • The women are going, "You got aone-track mind, typical guy."
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  • She made me these bracelets, wehave these bracelets, matching
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  • bracelets, and they havecommitment on them, not love,
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  • not your sexy or whatever, andon the back, the definition of
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  • commitment: pledge yourself to aposition no matter what
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  • the cost.
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  • Say it with me, pledge yourselfto a position no matter what the
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  • cost, that's commitment.
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  • The word commitment, in theoriginal language, I will teach
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  • you some Hebrew right now, youwant to learn Hebrew?
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  • Boy, I can tell you do,hopefully you're going to Israel
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  • with Lisa and I; if you're goingto Israel, okay, we're gonna
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  • learn some Hebrew over there.
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  • But here's the Hebrew wordcommit, it's pronounced galal,
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  • galal, say it with me, galal.
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  • So we need some galal, right?
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  • That's committment, what doesgalal mean?
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  • Because when you read the bookof Proverbs, the text I just
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  • read, Proverbs 16:3, when youlook at Psalm 37, it's galal,
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  • really you say galal, by I justlike saying galal, you know?
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  • Ah, ah, galal, it means to roll,to roll.
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  • Oh man, he's on a roll, we say.
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  • I'm just on a roll, what doesthat mean?
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  • Things are just happening foryou, man, you're hot, you're
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  • on fire.
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  • Man, have you seen-- he's on aroll man, in the business world.
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  • Oh, she's on a roll in theathletic field.
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  • You're on a roll, on a roll.
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  • Man, this guy is doing a realestate, he's on a roll, on a
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  • roll, on a roll.
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  • That's what it means to commit;we just roll everything to God.
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  • God, I'm just gonna roll it toyou, because the book of
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  • Proverbs says I'm flawed in mythinking and so are you.
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  • Away from God, I mean mythoughts about myself are pretty
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  • sketchy, I cannot judge myselfaway from God, I'm a
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  • horrible judge.
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  • Ed Young: I just want to say,again, a huge thanks for your
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  • generosity and for youpartnering with us.
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  • No matter where you are, nomatter what age or stage you
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  • find yourself in life, we havetools, we have books, we have
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  • resources to help you in thisendeavor.
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  • So if you're not a part of ourfamily here, we'll love for you
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  • to become a part, you can seewhat to do on the screen.
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  • So again, thanks for yourgenerosity and let's go back to
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  • the message.
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  • Ed Young: Man is flawed inreally judging himself
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  • or herself.
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  • You're going Ed, really?Well yeah really.
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  • Let's look at the context ofProverbs chapter 16.
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  • Okay, these are the two versesbefore verse 3. Verse 3 says
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  • commit, right?
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  • Commit, galal, to roll, allright?
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  • Proverbs chapter 16, verse 1says, I love this, "To humans
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  • belong the plans of the heart."
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  • In other words, I can plan allday and night until the
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  • [mooing] cows come home,
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  • oh I can plan thisand have this agenda and I'm
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  • doing this year, 5 years, 10years, 20 year, long-term
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  • planning,duh-blah-blah-blah-blah.
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  • But, to humans, and you knowwhat?
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  • I talked about our dogs lastnight, our dogs don't really
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  • have a master plan, animalsdon't really plan, you know,
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  • they don't, it's just byinstinct.
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  • I mean yeah, you could arguemaybe a little bit, maybe you
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  • can watch some dolphins in theocean, they kind of corrall some
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  • fish to eat them, and maybeorcas do this or that but they
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  • don't really plan.
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  • They don't have these plans,they they don't really go
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  • through A-B-C, 1-2-3, so that'suniquely human because we're
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  • made in the image of God, we arehigher than the animals, we're
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  • not animals.
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  • Let me say it again, Dr.Weird-Beard will tell you we're
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  • animals, Dr. Fuzzy-Face willtell you we're animals,
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  • were not.
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  • Let me say it just to say it,say I'm not an animal.
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  • 1-2-3, I'm not an animal, good.
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  • I'm not, I'm made in God'simage.
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  • So, "To humans belong the plansof the heart, but from the
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  • Lord," here we go, "Comes theproper answer of the tongue.
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  • All a person's ways seem pure tothem but motives," uh oh, "Are
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  • weighed by the Lord."
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  • Here's why I can't judge myself:pride, envy, greed, lust, a
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  • laundry list of sins, and Idon't even realize how sinful
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  • I am.
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  • I know I'm a sinner but I don'trealize the depth of my sin so I
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  • can't judge myself, I can'tassess myself, I don't care how
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  • great the plans are I can comeup for myself, they pale in
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  • comparison to God.
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  • Now I'm not saying we're idiots,I'm not saying everybody's an
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  • idiot if they're not a Christfollower because they're not.
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  • But on the level that God'stalking about, on this whole
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  • nother dimension, when we commiteverything to God, that gives us
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  • a totally different perspective,we have the ability now to zoom
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  • out and to see what life isabout.
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  • Commitment, it's litteredthroughout the pages of
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  • Scripture, committment.
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  • Think about Adam and Eve, Godwas totally committed to them,
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  • he went on record, "I'mcommitted to you," but remember
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  • we have a freedom of choice,Adam and Eve chose to do what?
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  • To crater and to do what theywanted to do, they established
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  • their own plans away from Godand because of that we have
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  • received the repercussions oftheir sinfulness.
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  • And you could skip over to thehistory of God's people, I mean
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  • the Jews, I mean they're gettingready to enter into the Promised
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  • Land, the land that was justamazing, this tract of real
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  • estate that's just totally andcompletely gorgeous and where
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  • God had planned for them to go.
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  • So they sent out the 12 spies tocheck out the land, secret
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  • reconnaissance mission, theycome back and 10 of the 12
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  • spies, they just becomenegative.
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  • They're like man, we can't doit, they wanted to keep their
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  • options open, maybe we should goback to Egypt.
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  • I'm not sure, this desert is notthat bad, I mean I'm gonna get
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  • tan out here and you know we cancatch rattlesnakes and stuff.
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  • So, I don't know, there's somebig old people in there and
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  • they're like professionalwrestlers, MMA guys who are
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  • inhabiting the land.
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  • I'm not sure about that, itkinda freaks me out, just
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  • want to keep our options open.
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  • Joshua and Caleb, 2 of the 12spies said what are you
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  • guys smoking?
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  • Are you smoking lack ofcommitment?
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  • God's committed to us, we'recommitted to God, he said take
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  • the land, crash through thequitting points, do the
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  • hard yards.
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  • "Commit to the Lord whatever youdo and he'll establish your
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  • plans," yet they didn't do it,what did they do?
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  • They wanted to stone them-- Idon't mean that-- kill them,
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  • take them out, and that alwayshappens to leaders but that's
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  • another teaching.
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  • So because of their lack ofcommitment, what did God do?
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  • God allowed them.
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  • Okay, you want to lack ofcommitment, really?
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  • You don't want to commit to me?
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  • I've told you what to do, I'vetold you where to place your
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  • commitment, I've told you to putyour yes on my yes and your no
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  • on my no.
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  • So okay, okay, here you go, dowhatever you want to do.
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  • And 40 years they wandered inthe wilderness and all these
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  • people, who had these commitmentcramps, clocked out in the
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  • desert because of their lack ofcommitment; that's how serious
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  • God is about it.
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  • But-- you see the quicknessthere, watch this-- but, Joshua
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  • and Caleb, they made it throughand they made it into the P. L.,
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  • Promised Land, because ofcommitment, what are you
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  • committed to?
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  • What are you committed to?Who are you committed to?
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  • Simon Peter, oh Jesus, I'mcommitted to you, I'll give my
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  • life to you, I'm the man, andJesus gave him a nickname, and
  • 00:14:33.786 --> 00:14:38.424
  • the disciples were dying oflaughing.
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  • I'm going to call you "TheRock," and they were like, pft,
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  • haha, Jesus you've got to bejoking, Simon Peter, "The Rock?"
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  • He's not a rock, I mean thisguy's all over the map, he's
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  • like Mugatu, "Zoolander" crazy.
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  • Not Simon Peter, this rash,brash, type-a personality, what?
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  • During Christ's greatest momentof need, Simon Peter-- who said
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  • oh, I'm committed to you, I'mfully committed-- cratered, had
  • 00:15:15.194 --> 00:15:19.765
  • a commitment cramp.
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  • Who?Jesus?
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  • He started cussing and he ranoff, Jesus died on the cross,
  • 00:15:24.903 --> 00:15:33.078
  • rose again, and then hereinstated Simon Peter, he
  • 00:15:33.112 --> 00:15:38.450
  • forgave his lack of commitment,and Simon Peter became one of
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  • the most committed people toever walk on planet Earth.
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  • Commitment, that's what we need.
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  • So God has given us, what wouldyou commit to?
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  • Well, what should we commit to?
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  • Well, several things, here'ssome quick handles, all right,
  • 00:15:55.634 --> 00:16:02.741
  • some holy life hacks.
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  • Number one, pledge yourself,because we're talkin' about
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  • commitment, to the big three.
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  • Say it with me, all campuses,pledge yourself to the
  • 00:16:12.518 --> 00:16:16.722
  • big three.
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  • Personalize it, I'm gonna pledgemyself, I want you to repeat
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  • with me, I'm gonna pledge myselfto the big three, what's the
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  • big three?
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  • Number one, spiritualcommitment,
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  • spiritual commitment.
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  • We could go Friday, I asked afriend of mine I've known for a
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  • long time who's not a followerof Christ, after a long
  • 00:16:35.107 --> 00:16:39.478
  • discussion and years of prayingwith him and for him, I said
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  • Richard, I gotta ask you aquestion, are you a Christian?
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  • And he answered the questionwell, and basically he said,
  • 00:16:51.557 --> 00:16:55.561
  • Yeah, "I'm committed, I'vecommitted my life to Christ," so
  • 00:16:55.594 --> 00:17:01.834
  • we're saved by grace throughfaith.
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  • Now if I see someone that Ithink is a better Christian than
  • 00:17:06.905 --> 00:17:09.608
  • me, and there are a lot of themout there, they just want more
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  • of God than I do.
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  • We're all, think about that one,we're all saved by grace
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  • through faith.
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  • I mean at my best, I'm a filthy,fallible, fallen,
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  • self-centered sinner.
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  • I am, so are you.
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  • Sin is sin; yet God, in hisgrace and mercy, has done
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  • something for us, totallycommitted.
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  • What a brilliant, genius planabout commitment.
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  • We messed up, we got thecommitment cramp, we've been
  • 00:17:43.375 --> 00:17:47.613
  • committing to the wrong things,and God sent Jesus to die, to
  • 00:17:47.646 --> 00:17:51.750
  • rise again, to totally commit.
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  • He gave his best thereby givingus the freedom to either choose
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  • Jesus or not; we either commitor not.
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  • So even faith, even commitmentis a gift from God, but within
  • 00:18:06.832 --> 00:18:13.939
  • that we still have a choice andyou'll never understand that,
  • 00:18:13.972 --> 00:18:18.043
  • don't even try to figure outwhere the sovereignty of God and
  • 00:18:18.076 --> 00:18:22.681
  • where the free will of manmeets, they meet only in the
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  • mind of the Lord, okay?
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  • You're not gonna figure thatout, you can read about it, you
  • 00:18:28.820 --> 00:18:33.792
  • can study it, you can go toyears and years of seminary like
  • 00:18:33.825 --> 00:18:37.229
  • I did, but God's mind, God'sways are higher than our ways.
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  • Jesus though, think about it,when he was dying on the cross
  • 00:18:41.600 --> 00:18:43.735
  • for our sins the devil knew, thedevil knew this is it, and you
  • 00:18:43.769 --> 00:18:48.540
  • know every demon in hell saidjump down from the cross, it's
  • 00:18:48.574 --> 00:18:54.046
  • not worth it; bail out, don'tblast through, I mean leave this
  • 00:18:54.079 --> 00:18:59.184
  • situation, don't last.
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  • Jesus though, loved the world,loved you and me so much, zoom
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  • out, zoom in, he had your sinsand mine on his mind and he
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  • died, was buried and rose again;that's commitment.
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  • I mean you wanna talk aboutcommitment?
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  • Commitment begins with God,you're talking about pledging
  • 00:19:23.775 --> 00:19:26.578
  • yourself to a position no matterwhat the cost, that's God.
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  • Have you made that decision?
  • 00:19:30.849 --> 00:19:32.150
  • Let me ask you, are you aChristian?
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  • I think so, there's no reallythinking.
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  • I was, you know, I was born in aChristian family and grew up in
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  • a church and cut my teeth on apew in a Southern
  • 00:19:46.064 --> 00:19:50.402
  • Baptist Church...
  • 00:19:50.435 --> 00:19:51.737
  • well?
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  • I was confirmed and spritzed andsprinkled as a Catholic or a
  • 00:19:53.138 --> 00:19:55.507
  • Lutheran or whatever-- or,someone told me this the
  • 00:19:55.540 --> 00:19:58.210
  • other night.
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  • I'm a spiritual person, we'reall spiritual, okay, are you
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  • a Christian?
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  • Have you made that decisionto ask Jesus
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  • to infiltrate your life?
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  • Have you open up the lid of yourlife and allowed him to come in?
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  • The moment you do that, thatmakes you a believer-- are you
  • 00:20:16.295 --> 00:20:20.799
  • a Christian?
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  • Have you committed your life toChrist?
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  • So, spiritual commitment, I prayyou make that decision today.
  • 00:20:23.535 --> 00:20:27.773
  • The second of the big three,relational commitment,
  • 00:20:27.806 --> 00:20:33.378
  • relational commitment.
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  • I was in a conversation severalweeks ago with with someone, we
  • 00:20:35.447 --> 00:20:38.550
  • were talking about marriage, andI said to this person, I said
  • 00:20:38.583 --> 00:20:43.522
  • you know, I wanna remind you, asI remind myself, the only
  • 00:20:43.555 --> 00:20:47.326
  • relationship that's is analogousto God's relationship with his
  • 00:20:47.359 --> 00:20:50.062
  • people is that of marriage; theonly ones.
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  • Not parenting, it's not being agrandfather, it's not being an
  • 00:20:52.998 --> 00:20:57.703
  • uncle or aunt, it is what?
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  • Marriage.
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  • Marriage, the only relationshipthat's analogous, are you
  • 00:21:01.707 --> 00:21:07.612
  • committed as a husband?
  • 00:21:07.646 --> 00:21:10.048
  • Are you committed as a wife?
  • 00:21:10.082 --> 00:21:12.417
  • When was the last time youarticulated your commitment to
  • 00:21:12.451 --> 00:21:17.155
  • your spouse?
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  • Commitment, you're not alwaysgonna feel it when you commit,
  • 00:21:20.425 --> 00:21:26.331
  • you're not always gonna havethat commotion of emotion, that
  • 00:21:26.365 --> 00:21:30.235
  • whoo, spring in your step.
  • 00:21:30.268 --> 00:21:33.405
  • You're not always gonna feel, asa husband or wife, sexy.
  • 00:21:33.438 --> 00:21:37.876
  • It's not gonna happen, okay?
  • 00:21:37.909 --> 00:21:41.713
  • But the feelings will follow,and I say this all the time but
  • 00:21:41.747 --> 00:21:46.284
  • I just want you to hear this.
  • 00:21:46.318 --> 00:21:49.121
  • I mean think about that flagright there, think about the
  • 00:21:49.154 --> 00:21:51.256
  • people, the men and women,giving their lives, who've
  • 00:21:51.289 --> 00:21:55.961
  • suffered, who sacrificed, who'vegone through hell and back, do
  • 00:21:55.994 --> 00:22:02.200
  • you think they always felt it?
  • 00:22:02.234 --> 00:22:06.071
  • What does our culture say?
  • 00:22:06.104 --> 00:22:07.439
  • Man, if you don't feel it, it'snot real.
  • 00:22:07.472 --> 00:22:09.941
  • They say I'm feeling you, or doyou feel me, man?
  • 00:22:09.975 --> 00:22:16.848
  • Feelings can get freaky andfunky, it's about commitment;
  • 00:22:16.882 --> 00:22:22.521
  • feelings are important, emotionsare important, but you can see
  • 00:22:22.554 --> 00:22:28.226
  • where feelings and emotions cantake you.
  • 00:22:28.260 --> 00:22:32.564
  • It will totally mess you up, andsome of us are too committed to
  • 00:22:32.597 --> 00:22:37.202
  • our feelings.
  • 00:22:37.235 --> 00:22:40.238
  • Oh, I just don't feel it anymoreso I'm not gonna really read the
  • 00:22:40.272 --> 00:22:43.842
  • Bible, I don't really feel itanymore.
  • 00:22:43.875 --> 00:22:46.244
  • For example, Fellowship Church,and I'm just gonna, I'm
  • 00:22:46.278 --> 00:22:48.814
  • not sure.
  • 00:22:48.847 --> 00:22:50.148
  • I just read an article about amonth ago a Methodist pastor was
  • 00:22:50.182 --> 00:22:54.586
  • writing and he basically said,where, some Methodist preacher,
  • 00:22:54.619 --> 00:23:00.125
  • young guy, cool guy, "Where," hesaid, "are the
  • 00:23:00.158 --> 00:23:03.094
  • committed people?"
  • 00:23:03.128 --> 00:23:04.429
  • And he was talking about hischurch and he was saying half of
  • 00:23:04.463 --> 00:23:08.567
  • the members only show up likeonce every six or eight weeks.
  • 00:23:08.600 --> 00:23:15.273
  • What are you committed to?
  • 00:23:15.307 --> 00:23:16.641
  • I mean I don't wanna throw guilton you but I'm just saying, what
  • 00:23:16.675 --> 00:23:19.611
  • are you committed to?
  • 00:23:19.644 --> 00:23:20.946
  • God has said okay, here's whatyou need to commit to.
  • 00:23:20.979 --> 00:23:23.348
  • Commit to me, I mean, say Lord,I commit to you.
  • 00:23:23.381 --> 00:23:28.186
  • Proverbs 16:3, whatever, I giveit all to you, I roll, I galal,
  • 00:23:28.220 --> 00:23:32.958
  • I commit to you.
  • 00:23:32.991 --> 00:23:35.494
  • Then, relationally, well, howabout with your friends
  • 00:23:35.527 --> 00:23:40.265
  • and things?
  • 00:23:40.298 --> 00:23:41.600
  • You know I talk about friends alot, friends matter.
  • 00:23:41.633 --> 00:23:43.168
  • It doesn't matter if you're 98,like our friend, is that an
  • 00:23:43.201 --> 00:23:47.539
  • amazing video?
  • 00:23:47.572 --> 00:23:48.907
  • Or you're 8.
  • 00:23:48.940 --> 00:23:51.176
  • Well the Bible says, inProverbs 13:20, "Walk
  • 00:23:51.209 --> 00:23:54.112
  • with the wise," huh, "And becomewise," wow, I'm becoming like my
  • 00:23:54.145 --> 00:24:01.052
  • friends, like my best friends,and so are you, "but a companion
  • 00:24:01.086 --> 00:24:05.590
  • of fools suffers harm."
  • 00:24:05.624 --> 00:24:10.762
  • Vocational commitment.
  • 00:24:10.795 --> 00:24:12.831
  • Proverbs talks a lot about ourwork, our work matters to God.
  • 00:24:12.864 --> 00:24:17.168
  • Have you ever said to youremployer, now this would mess
  • 00:24:17.202 --> 00:24:20.672
  • them up, have you ever said toyour boss, your manager, your
  • 00:24:20.705 --> 00:24:24.376
  • CEO, hey, or maybe you're a bigtime CEO and you report to a
  • 00:24:24.409 --> 00:24:29.447
  • board or whatever, have you eversaid hey, I am committed to you?
  • 00:24:29.481 --> 00:24:37.489
  • What did you say?
  • 00:24:37.522 --> 00:24:40.625
  • I'm committed to you.
  • 00:24:40.659 --> 00:24:43.528
  • Again, read this article out ofFast Company Magazine, people
  • 00:24:43.562 --> 00:24:47.299
  • that always have their resumesout, I'm going to be here for a
  • 00:24:47.332 --> 00:24:49.868
  • little while.
  • 00:24:49.901 --> 00:24:51.202
  • I'm thinking about that overthere, and once I do that--
  • 00:24:51.236 --> 00:24:53.171
  • Their level of happiness isn'tthat great, isn't
  • 00:24:53.204 --> 00:24:57.142
  • that interesting?
  • 00:24:57.175 --> 00:24:59.210
  • But those who say I'm in, andI'm not saying, please hear me,
  • 00:24:59.244 --> 00:25:03.982
  • Ed said I should never changejobs and I should be there for
  • 00:25:04.015 --> 00:25:06.885
  • the rest of my life.
  • 00:25:06.918 --> 00:25:08.219
  • I'm not saying that, I'm sayingcommit, don't quit, commit.
  • 00:25:08.253 --> 00:25:16.394
  • So, pledge yourself to victory,make a declaration of your
  • 00:25:16.428 --> 00:25:21.132
  • commitment to others and you'llbe on your way to really
  • 00:25:21.166 --> 00:25:28.206
  • discovering the greatness thatGod has for you.
  • 00:25:28.239 --> 00:25:31.443
  • Because if you plan by yourself,if you divorce God from the
  • 00:25:31.476 --> 00:25:35.513
  • situation, if you say oh, I cando it, I can conjure all this
  • 00:25:35.547 --> 00:25:39.217
  • stuff up, it'll be okay but,"There's a way," the book of
  • 00:25:39.250 --> 00:25:43.755
  • Proverbs says, "That seems rightto man, it only leads to
  • 00:25:43.788 --> 00:25:49.527
  • destruction and death," God'sway works.
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  • Pledge yourself to a position nomatter what the cost.
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