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When You Fast

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January 10, 2021
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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.
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  • The church is where we findpurpose, and meaning, and power.
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  • The church is the 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: Thanks so much for watching"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's going to
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  • do some amazing things in yourlife and in mine.
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  • Ed: We make all these New Year'sresolutions, and research
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  • reveals by the 12th of January,we pretty much mail the
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  • resolutions in, we're done.
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  • I'm serious, very, very,depressing, very depressing.
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  • I like resolutions, though.
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  • We make these resolutions.
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  • I'm going to start working out.
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  • I want to eat right.
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  • I want to travel more.
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  • I want to stop smoking.
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  • Whatever it is, we make theseresolutions, and I think
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  • resolutions are really great.
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  • What if though, instead ofstarting with ourselves, we
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  • started with God?
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  • What if we said to ourselves,"You know what?
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  • I'm going to start with you,God?
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  • I want what you want for me,"and especially over the next ten
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  • years, because we're talkin'about in the year 2030, 3.650
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  • days from now.
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  • What are you gonna be doing?
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  • Where do you want to be?
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  • Pretty good question.
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  • Think back to 2010.
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  • Where were you in 2010, andwhere are you today?
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  • We're all the sum total ofchoices that we've made.
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  • We have this opportunity to makethese decisions, because life
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  • is short.
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  • I know that sounds flippant, Iknow it sounds a little bit
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  • trite, but life is short.
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  • It's amazing, it's stunning howquickly time just flies.
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  • All of a sudden, it'll be 2030.
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  • What will you look like in 2030?
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  • Have you seen this face app?
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  • Have you seen that?
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  • Well, I plugged my picture in,because I wanted to see what I
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  • would look like ten years fromnow, and here's the photo.
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  • I don't know what you're gonnalook like, but that's me.
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  • And Lisa was really thrilledwhen she saw that picture.
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  • Isn't that funny?
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  • I read some reactions of theface app, and a lot of people
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  • don't like it.
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  • They think it's disgusting anddepressing, because it pretty
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  • much reveals the inevitable,that we're not gonna be here
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  • that long.
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  • In the year 2030, where do youwant to be?
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  • Well, let's clear the decks andgo, "God, where do you want me
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  • to be?"
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  • That's the issue.
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  • God, what do you want for me?
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  • Not my wants, but yours.
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  • We have an opportunity, becauseGod is a God who has given us
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  • the ability to make choices, tochoose what God wants us to do.
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  • God wants us to havesupernatural,
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  • spiritual symmetry.
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  • And Jesus talked a lot aboutspiritual symmetry.
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  • Jesus, in the greatest sermonever preached, I was there just
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  • a couple of days ago, on theshores of the Sea of Galilee.
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  • Jesus, one day, was walking onthe shores, and he stopped, and
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  • he talked to several thousandpeople.
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  • The acoustics are crazy there.
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  • You can talk in just a normalvoice, and it's just earth
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  • shattering how you can hear itfrom all over the place.
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  • So, Jesus talked about this, andin this tremendous talk, he
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  • mentioned spiritual symmetry.
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  • What we can do in order toglorify God, in order to get the
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  • most out of our one and onlylife, which has to do not with
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  • you and me, it has to do withGod.
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  • Here's what he said.
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  • "When you fast," I heard yourstomachs growl.
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  • "When you pray, and when yougive."
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  • Those three things, that simple.
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  • "When you fast, when you pray,when you give."
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  • He assumed that we would havethose in our rhythm, and
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  • routine, and ritual.
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  • "When you fast, when you pray,when you give."
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  • And we're gonna unpack thosethings over the next couple
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  • of weeks.
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  • When you fast.
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  • When you fast.
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  • Kinda sounds depressing.
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  • Fasting, doing without food.
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  • Why would you do that?
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  • The Bible says that theChristian life is like a race,
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  • we're running.
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  • So, as a follower, I should bemoving fast, because time is
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  • going fast.
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  • So, followers fast to followfast.
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  • This is what Jesus was and isdriving at.
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  • You remember back in the day, Ithink in 1943, I wasn't alive
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  • then, but I studied it.
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  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, youremember that?
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  • He said something revolutionary.
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  • He said that the greatest needsof a man are food and water.
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  • Whoa, have you ever thoughtabout your greatest need?
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  • Those of you who are married,the guys are going, "Oh, I know
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  • what her greatest need is,shopping."
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  • And she's like, "Oh, no, no, Iknow on my husband's greatest
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  • need is, sex."
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  • No, it's not.
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  • You can laugh there, too.
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  • Every time I mention sex, no onelaughs.
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  • So, the greatest need we have isthat of hunger, of thirst.
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  • Jesus told us, in no uncertainterms, to fast.
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  • Now, why would Jesus tell us tofast?
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  • Why would he think that shouldbe part of our rhythm, and
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  • ritual, and routine?
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  • Because as I've thought aboutfasting, I've said to myself,
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  • "Wow, I don't really do itenough."
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  • And we're not told how manytimes to do it.
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  • Like, you know, a year, or we'renot to fast necessarily once a
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  • quarter, or once a week.
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  • We are though to fast regularly.
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  • And most fasts in the Bible wereabout 24 hours, yet
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  • people fasted.
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  • Why do we fast?
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  • What's the purpose of fasting?
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  • Have you ever thought aboutthat?
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  • It's basically to dial intoGod's desires.
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  • Say it with me, "To dial intoGod's desires."
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  • I'm just gonna dial into God'sdesires.
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  • God knew our tendency to thinkthat everything's gonna be about
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  • us, so he gave us the need forfood and water.
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  • Also, he's challenged us tofast, because when I fast, it
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  • shows my frailty.
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  • It shows that I'm dependent onhim.
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  • The purpose of fasting.
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  • It's a sort of a boldinterruption to the rhythm and
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  • routine of life.
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  • When we do this, it is aninterruption to our appetites,
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  • our stomachs.
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  • Our stomachs, our stomachs arepowerful.
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  • Pat your stomach for a second.
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  • For some, that's a big pat,others a small one.
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  • I have a six pack and my handjust bounces.
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  • The stomach is the epicenter ofour desires.
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  • It's sort of like AT&T stadium.
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  • There's a game going on in ourstomach.
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  • Greed, you could say, comes fromthe stomach.
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  • Lust from the stomach.
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  • Anger, angst from the stomach.
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  • You're like goin,' "Are youkidding me?"
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  • No, no, no, think about Adam andEve.
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  • Adam and Eve were back in theGarden of Eden.
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  • The Garden of Eden.
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  • I just made that up.
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  • Help me, help me.
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  • I just flow.
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  • And the enemy offered them aHappy Meal, and they ate the
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  • Happy Meal, and when the HappyMeal settled in their stomach,
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  • it became an unhappy meal.
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  • They ate themselves out, I toldyou it's a stadium, out of
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  • the garden.
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  • Esau, Esau was out on the hunt,he's having a good time, he was
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  • bow hunting, this and that, hecame back in, and his brother,
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  • Jacob, who liked to watch allthese cooking shows and stuff,
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  • you know, he had the skinnyjeans on, and he was the
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  • quintessential millennial,pour-over coffee.
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  • So, Esau was like, "I want abowl of your beans," and Jacob
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  • said, "If you sell me yourbirthright and the blessings,
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  • you can have it," and he did.
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  • He ate himself out of thebirthright and
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  • blessing, stomach.
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  • Children of Israel, rememberthese people?
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  • Millions of them following Mosesout of Egypt into the
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  • Promised Land.
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  • They began to whine andcomplain.
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  • "Oh, we want food.
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  • We want food.
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  • We will carbs.
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  • We want a carbs."
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  • So, God rained down manna fromheaven, a carb-like substance.
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  • Then they got tired of that, "Wewant keto, we want keto," then
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  • he rained down quail, and theychoked on that.
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  • I had quail last night.
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  • You ever been to this restaurantin Dallas called Javier's?
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  • I love that place.
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  • Order the quail.
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  • Chips and hot sauce.
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  • I knew, see, we were fasting, soI just loaded up last night.
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  • I love that place.
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  • So, they choked on quail, andthey ate themselves out of the
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  • Promised Land.
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  • The stomach, the stomach.
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  • So, fasting is dialing intoGod's desires.
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  • Here's what fasting is not.
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  • Fasting is not some spiritualquid pro quo, it's not.
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  • Fasting is not me getting moreof God, it's God getting more
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  • of me.
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  • It's not me trying to be goodenough, and I'm turning God into
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  • my UPS boy.
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  • Oh, I want that blessing.
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  • I want that favor.
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  • Because I could write a list ofthe blessings that I want on
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  • this piece of paper right here,and you could, too, and we can
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  • turn them in to God.
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  • God, here's my wish list.
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  • Here's my blessing list, God.
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  • God will bless us.
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  • Let me say it.
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  • Categorically, unequivocally,irrevocably, God will bless us
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  • when we fast, when we pray, whenwe give, applause sign.
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  • He will, but I have to turn inmy blessings, and say, God, you
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  • know best.
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  • Your ways are higher than myways.
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  • Now, sometimes my blessings, ora miracle that I'm praying for,
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  • or a breakthrough syncs up withGod's, sometimes it doesn't.
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  • So, we've got to trust him.
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  • There's power in fasting.
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  • Like, what do you mean?
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  • Well, think about all the peoplein the Bible who fasted.
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  • You ever thought about this?
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  • I'll give you the top ten.
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  • You're probably wondering today,"I wonder who the top ten people
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  • are in Scripture who fasted."
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  • Moses fasted after the TenCommandments, Moses, that's
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  • pretty good.
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  • David fasted, and this is sad,he fasted for his child to be
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  • healed, but his child died.
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  • Elijah fasted after he won thebattle on Mount Carmel,
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  • that's cool.
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  • Ezra fasted for the children ofIsrael to come back to God, for
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  • his people to come back to God.
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  • Esther fasted, because she knewshe had to talk to the king
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  • about genocide issues with herpeople.
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  • Darrius fasted, because Danielwas gonna be in the lion's den.
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  • Daniel fasted, because God wasgonna give him a word through
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  • an angel.
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  • Yet, the Prince of Persia, theenemy, was trying to block the
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  • word, so he fasted, and he wasable to hear what God wanted him
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  • to say.
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  • The Apostle Paul fasted afterthe Damascus road experience.
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  • Here, he was killing Christiansand persecuting the church, and
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  • that quick he had to see changein his life.
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  • And ultimately, Jesus fasted,Jesus did.
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  • And he fasted, as you read inMatthew chapter 4, right before
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  • this tremendous talk called TheSermon on the Mount.
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  • It's important to understand thecontext.
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  • Jesus went public with hisministry when he was 30
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  • years old.
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  • When did that happen?
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  • John the Baptist, John thebaptizer saw him, and said,
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  • "There is the Lamb of God, whotakes away the sins of
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  • the world."
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  • Jesus was baptized in the JordanRiver.
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  • Ed: I just want to say again ahuge thanks for your generosity
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  • and for you partnering 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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  • to become a part.
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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: When he came out of thewater, you had a lot of things
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  • going on.
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  • The Trinity, God the Father,saying, "This is my Son in whom
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  • I'm well pleased."
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  • You have the Son saying, "Okay,here I am Lord, I'm Yours."
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  • You have the Holy Spiritdescending on Jesus in the form
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  • of a dove.
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  • So, you have the Trinity ineffect right there after
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  • the baptism.
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  • Now, if that would have been youor me, in our culture, we would
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  • have done a selfie.
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  • "Hey, John the Baptist, come onin.
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  • Now, the Holy Spirit, yeah,right there.
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  • Hey, let me do that again.
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  • I don't look at it," andeverything.
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  • Alright, and then hashtag goingpublic.
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  • That's what we would have done.
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  • Jesus, you know what he did?
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  • He gone out into the wildernessafter this defining
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  • moment, what?
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  • Out into the wilderness, and youcan see the wilderness, what
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  • it's like.
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  • You can just picture it.
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  • And that's an area where mostpeople believe Jesus was
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  • tempted, and it was a rocky,barren area.
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  • For 40 days and 40 nights,fasted, Jesus did, and
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  • what happened?
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  • The enemy came in, and that'swhat's gonna happen as we
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  • undertake this fast.
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  • The enemy will attack you andme.
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  • It's gonna happen, because hedoes not want us to dial into
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  • God's desires.
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  • It's gonna happen.
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  • You might find it even hard topray some.
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  • This is gonna happen.
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  • So, the enemy came after Jesus,and why did he come after him?
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  • Because he wanted Jesus to misshis purpose.
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  • His purpose was to liverighteously, to die
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  • sacrificially, to rise bodily,and he knew if he could get him
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  • off of his game, right, that thedevil would win.
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  • Jesus said no, no, no, no, no,no, every single time.
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  • He quoted back to the enemyScripture.
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  • The enemy goes, "See thoserocks?
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  • They look like loaves of bread.
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  • Come on, Jesus, you can do itlike that.
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  • Turn those into bread.
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  • You haven't eaten for 40 days."
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  • The Bible says in Matthew 4verses 1 through 4, "Then Jesus
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  • was led by the Spirit into thewilderness to be tempted by
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  • the devil.
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  • After fasting 40 days and 40nights, he was hungry.
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  • The tempter came to him andsaid, 'If you are the Son of
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  • God, tell these stones to becomebread.'
  • 00:17:27.392 --> 00:17:30.896
  • Jesus answered, 'It is written,man shall not live on bread
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  • alone, but on every word thatcomes from the mouth of God.'"
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  • And then in Matthew chapter 5verse 6, Jesus said, "Blessed
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  • are those who hunger and thirstfor righteousness, for they will
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  • be filled."
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  • Fasting, followers fast.
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  • Jesus said win, win, win.
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  • That's a win, win, winsituation, isn't it?
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  • Win, a moment in time, when?
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  • Fasting is doing, fasting isdoing what God wants you to do,
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  • so you can be who God wants youto be.
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  • How amazing is that?
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  • How great is that?
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  • It's a spiritual discipline.
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  • It's like marriage.
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  • You know, I've written a lot ofbooks on marriage.
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  • Lisa and I have had theopportunity, because of God's
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  • grace, to travel the world andlecture people about marriage.
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  • I've talked to a lot of peoplewho have had bad marriages,
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  • a lot.
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  • I've talked to some who've beenmarried, like, five times.
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  • I've talked to some who haveokay marriages.
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  • I've talked to others who havejust hot marriages, hot
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  • monogamy, great marriages.
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  • And those people that have greatmarriages do just several
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  • simple things.
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  • It's not like, "Oh, it's socomplex, I just don't
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  • understand marriage."
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  • No, it's not.
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  • Simple things like a date night,mate night.
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  • Date your spouse, what you usedto get her, guys, is what you
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  • use to keep her, very simple.
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  • You just that into your rhythmand routine.
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  • Spend time alone, try to, evenwith kids, every day.
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  • Don't put the kids down whenthey're ready, put them down
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  • when you are ready, simple,
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  • and even grandkids.
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  • So, this is revolutionary.
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  • Take a vacation without yourkids.
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  • Yeah, I like to vacation with myfamily.
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  • That's not a vacation, no,that's a family outing.
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  • You need a vacation after thefamily outing.
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  • You do some of those things,simple things, in your rhythm,
  • 00:19:59.044 --> 00:20:02.481
  • your routine, your schedule, andobviously seek the Lord first,
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  • you're gonna have a greatmarriage.
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  • This is what Jesus was drivingat at, this spiritual symmetry.
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  • Roll these things into yourschedule, make them a part of
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  • your rhythm, your ritual, yourroutine, and one of those
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  • is fasting.
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  • Fasting, as I said in my openingremarks, let me say it again,
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  • demonstrates my frailty beforeGod.
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  • There are many differentexamples of fasting where some
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  • of the people dealt with sin,with their behavior.
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  • Fasting is a way of absorbingthat and feeling that.
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  • I'm very big on, becauseScripture is pinpointing,
  • 00:21:01.306 --> 00:21:06.478
  • believing God for certain thingswhen you're fasting.
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  • Could be a healing.
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  • I've seen people healed during afast.
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  • Others I've seen ultimately passaway, and that was God's will,
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  • although I don't alwaysunderstand it.
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  • Have you ever thought aboutthis?
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  • Even the people that Jesushealed died.
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  • You might be thinking aboutsomeone in your family who does
  • 00:21:34.740 --> 00:21:40.479
  • not know Jesus personally.
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  • Write their names down.
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  • Maybe you're thinking about awayward child.
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  • Write the child's name down.
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  • Maybe you need a breakthrough.
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  • In other words, just aperspective, write that down.
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  • I believe we need to believe Godfor these things, and pray for
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  • these things, and fast for thesethings.
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  • So, it demonstrates our frailty.
  • 00:22:12.511 --> 00:22:16.648
  • It demonstrates how real lifeis, how real sin is, how real
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  • our salvation is.
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  • That God's the source ofeverything.
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  • It gives us access to the voiceof God.
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  • We hear God.
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  • I have a, it's kinda weird, butI have a magnifying glass app on
  • 00:22:33.298 --> 00:22:37.669
  • my phone.
  • 00:22:37.702 --> 00:22:39.037
  • Do you have one of those?
  • 00:22:39.070 --> 00:22:40.572
  • Well, you need to.
  • 00:22:40.605 --> 00:22:41.940
  • You need to get one.
  • 00:22:41.973 --> 00:22:45.644
  • You need to have that app, theage app, and the Fellowship
  • 00:22:45.677 --> 00:22:48.547
  • Church app.
  • 00:22:48.580 --> 00:22:49.881
  • You do all that today.
  • 00:22:49.915 --> 00:22:52.217
  • But this magnifying glass app, Iused it in Israel.
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:57.689
  • Wow, all of a sudden, yourobject's big, and the things
  • 00:22:57.722 --> 00:23:02.260
  • around it appear small.
  • 00:23:02.294 --> 00:23:04.930
  • I thought, "Lord, that'sfasting," I'm fasting, and this
  • 00:23:04.963 --> 00:23:10.368
  • Daniel diet, I'm redirecting mydesires, my
  • 00:23:10.402 --> 00:23:15.540
  • appetites heavenward.
  • 00:23:15.574 --> 00:23:17.943
  • God gets bigger, and the otherthings get smaller.
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  • In this Scripture just leaps offthe page, so often, in your life
  • 00:23:22.881 --> 00:23:27.652
  • and mine.
  • 00:23:27.686 --> 00:23:30.088
  • Also too, it brings perspectivein blessing.
  • 00:23:30.121 --> 00:23:33.592
  • Perspective, that's themagnifying thing, and blessings,
  • 00:23:33.625 --> 00:23:38.396
  • it's the power of the first, andthis is throughout Scripture.
  • 00:23:38.430 --> 00:23:43.602
  • God gave his firstborn, blessthe rest, of course that
  • 00:23:43.635 --> 00:23:46.705
  • was Jesus.
  • 00:23:46.738 --> 00:23:49.508
  • We give God the first portion ofour day, he blesses the rest.
  • 00:23:49.541 --> 00:23:53.445
  • First portion of our week, heblesses the rest.
  • 00:23:53.478 --> 00:23:56.281
  • First portion of our income, heblesses the rest.
  • 00:23:56.314 --> 00:23:58.984
  • First portion of the year, heblesses the rest.
  • 00:23:59.017 --> 00:24:01.486
  • First portion of the decade, heblesses the rest.
  • 00:24:01.520 --> 00:24:06.157
  • So, I guess the net effect ofwhat I'm saying is this.
  • 00:24:06.191 --> 00:24:10.862
  • It's the 30-20-10 principle,have you ever heard of
  • 00:24:10.896 --> 00:24:13.231
  • that before?
  • 00:24:13.265 --> 00:24:14.599
  • No, because I just said it.
  • 00:24:14.633 --> 00:24:16.001
  • The 30-20-10 principle, 30 daysof prayer, 30 days, 20 days of
  • 00:24:16.034 --> 00:24:21.640
  • fasting, and that's the Danieldiet.
  • 00:24:21.673 --> 00:24:24.976
  • Daniel diet, fruits vegetables,as I've said.
  • 00:24:25.010 --> 00:24:28.880
  • It's water, juice, coffee,because coffee comes from a
  • 00:24:28.914 --> 00:24:33.752
  • bean, it's natural.
  • 00:24:33.785 --> 00:24:40.025
  • I do think it's importantthough, to fast.
  • 00:24:40.058 --> 00:24:42.494
  • Now, if you're like abodybuilder, or maybe your
  • 00:24:42.527 --> 00:24:45.497
  • preggo, that's the way you sayit now, if you're cool.
  • 00:24:45.530 --> 00:24:49.801
  • That's what my kids told me.
  • 00:24:49.834 --> 00:24:52.304
  • TMZ, they say that, right,preggo.
  • 00:24:52.337 --> 00:24:54.372
  • So, if you're preggo, you needsome protein, well, you can
  • 00:24:54.406 --> 00:24:58.777
  • eat quail.
  • 00:24:58.810 --> 00:25:00.111
  • No, I'm kidding.
  • 00:25:00.145 --> 00:25:02.213
  • No, you can have chicken, orfish, or whatever, you don't
  • 00:25:02.247 --> 00:25:04.282
  • have to be super legalisticabout it, but you know, do
  • 00:25:04.316 --> 00:25:07.719
  • without something like that, youknow what I'm saying to you?
  • 00:25:07.752 --> 00:25:11.122
  • So then, and then ten, 30-20-10,ten would be the 10% of what we
  • 00:25:11.156 --> 00:25:16.761
  • make to God's house.
  • 00:25:16.795 --> 00:25:19.297
  • It's the 30-20-10 principle, andit's gonna be thrilling.
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  • I know it's hard to clap,because we're talking
  • 00:25:27.005 --> 00:25:28.340
  • about fasting.
  • 00:25:28.373 --> 00:25:32.877
  • Followers fast to follow fast.
  • 00:25:32.911 --> 00:25:35.814
  • Say it with me, "Followers fastto follow fast."
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  • You want to upgrade your decade?
  • 00:25:40.151 --> 00:25:42.487
  • God wants you to, fast.
  • 00:25:42.520 --> 00:25:49.260
  • Ed: As we approach the end of2020, and I know a lot of us are
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