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Find the Way, the Why, and the Wow of Life

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December 1, 2019
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Gregory Dickow: Power to Change Today

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Find the Way, the Why, and the Wow of Life

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  • Gregory Dickow: I am putting my faith in the bigness of God, not
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  • in the bigness of my regret, and my resentment, and what they
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  • did to me.
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  • That does not have power over my future unless I give it power
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  • over my future.
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  • And I refuse to give anything anybody's ever done to me power
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  • over my future, and I refuse to give my mistakes power
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  • over my future.
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  • Gregory Dickow: Boy, there's somethin' very exciting
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  • and there's something very thrilling about knowing that
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  • your life is made by design, made for a design, made for--
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  • by purpose, for a purpose, on purpose.
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  • You're not an accident.
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  • You're not a mistake.
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  • No matter how you got here, you came--it was--you came
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  • from God.
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  • You might have come through your parents.
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  • Might have?
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  • Obviously you came through your parents.
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  • We all came through our parents, but we came from God.
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  • You were God's idea.
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  • Say, "I was God's idea."
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  • Boy, I could never say that enough about myself.
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  • I can never say that enough about you.
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  • It's something very reassuring when you realize you were
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  • God's idea.
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  • And God's ideas work and God's ideas succeed.
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  • How many know many of our ideas don't succeed, but all of God's
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  • ideas work.
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  • All of God's ideas succeed.
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  • God never has a bad idea.
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  • And you are his idea, so you have a great purpose.
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  • You have a great destiny.
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  • You have a great--you have great potential because of God's
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  • divine purpose in your life.
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  • And what I love about this verse in Jeremiah 29:11, he says,
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  • "For I know."
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  • God is saying to his people, "For I know."
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  • I know. I know.
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  • Now I know he's saying, "I know the plans that I have for you,"
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  • but I like to stop with those first two words right there when
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  • he says, "I know."
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  • And I've talked about this before, but I want to remind you
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  • that God knows.
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  • God knows what you've been through.
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  • God knows what you're going through.
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  • God knows what you're going to go through.
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  • Listen to me, he knows what you've done wrong.
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  • He knows what's been done wrong to you.
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  • He knows what you're going to fail at.
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  • He knows what you're going to succeed at over the next few
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  • days, weeks, months, and years.
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  • He knows what hurts you.
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  • He knows what mystifies you.
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  • He knows what troubles you.
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  • He knows what angers you.
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  • He knows what is--what has done--what has been done that
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  • has abused you.
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  • He knows the mistakes you've made.
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  • He knows everything about you.
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  • He knows, and yet him knowing those things does not stop him
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  • dead in his tracks.
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  • He said, "I know the plans that I have for you."
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  • So not only does he know all that has happened to us, all
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  • that is happening to us, and all that will ever happen to us, all
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  • that we've done, all that we're doing, and all that we will do,
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  • good, bad, and ugly, he knows all of those things, and yet his
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  • plan goes on.
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  • His plan continues.
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  • He doesn't say, "Whoa, I didn't know you were gonna do that.
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  • Boy, I don't have a plan for that."
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  • He's got a plan for everything.
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  • He's got a plan for when you make a good decision.
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  • He's got a plan for when you make a bad decision.
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  • He's got a plan for when somebody treats you right.
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  • He's got a plan for when somebody treats you wrong.
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  • It wasn't his will for them to treat you that way, it wasn't
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  • his will for you to make a bad decision, but he has a plan
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  • in the midst of it.
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  • "I know the plans that I have for you," he says.
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  • "Plans for good, for welfare, for wellbeing, plans of peace,
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  • and not calamity, and not fear, and not evil," he says, "but
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  • to give you a future and to give you a hope."
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  • How many know these are gifts today?
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  • Your future is a gift and your hope is a gift.
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  • These are gifts from God.
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  • You don't have to struggle over your future.
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  • God has given you, and he has a good future to give you,
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  • and he has a good hope to give you.
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  • These are gifts from him, and I want you to get ahold of this,
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  • that he's got a plan.
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  • No matter what you've done, no matter where you've been, no
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  • matter how far away you are from north, no matter how far
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  • away you are from your best version of yourself, no matter
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  • how far away you are from the path that you were once
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  • on, or no matter how far you feel like you are from God's
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  • best for your life, he has a plan to get you there.
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  • He has a plan.
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  • Say that, say, "God knows, and God plans, and God gives."
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  • He says--he says all that right here in this verse.
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  • He said, "I know, I plan, and I give."
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  • So he knows what he's doing in your life, he's got a plan
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  • for what he's doing in your life, and he gives you what you
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  • need for him to bring to pass his purpose and his will
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  • for your life.
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  • God knows.
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  • Say it again, "God knows, God plans, and God gives."
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  • Boy, you can rest.
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  • You can have peace when you know those three things.
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  • Let's talk about that though because someone said people lose
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  • their way when they lose their why.
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  • People lose their way when they lose their why.
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  • And I thought, wow, that's a very powerful statement, that
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  • we lose our way, we end up making bad decisions, we end
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  • up goin' down wrong paths, we end up missing the will
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  • or purpose of God for our lives when we don't understand
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  • the why, when we don't understand that we have
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  • a purpose.
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  • We abuse our lives when we don't understand the purpose
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  • of our lives.
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  • See, here's the thing that'll really help you to navigate
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  • through life, and that is that when you don't understand
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  • the purpose of something, that's when you'll abuse that thing.
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  • So when you don't understand the purpose of your body, you'll
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  • abuse your body.
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  • When you don't understand the purpose of sex, you'll
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  • abuse sex.
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  • When you don't understand the purpose of marriage, you'll
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  • abuse your marriage.
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  • When you understand the purpose of children and the purpose
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  • of parenting, you'll abuse your kids.
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  • And maybe you won't hit them or hurt them physically,
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  • but you'll--you will abuse their potential if you don't
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  • understand their purpose.
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  • And if you don't understand your purpose, you'll abuse
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  • your potential.
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  • You'll use your gifts, you'll use your talents, you'll use
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  • your--all the strength and all the what's available to you
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  • in life for the wrong reason, and you miss out.
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  • You miss out on your potential.
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  • When you don't understand the purpose, then you don't--
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  • you end up abusing that thing or misusing that thing.
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  • And so, I--and money is another example, is that when people
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  • don't understand the purpose of money, they abuse money
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  • or they misuse or mishandle money.
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  • So, if you think money is something, a tool to make you
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  • happy, you'll abuse money.
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  • You'll use it to get people to do things for you, and make
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  • things happen, and try to find things that money was not
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  • created to give you.
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  • Money was created by God.
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  • Money is God's idea as a medium of exchange and as a way
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  • to to trust him so that he can trust you, and you can be
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  • faithful with the little, then faithful with much, and you can
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  • use money for powerful purposes to see souls saved,
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  • to see lives changed.
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  • You see, when you don't understand the purpose
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  • of a thing, that's when you abuse it or that's when you
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  • misuse it.
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  • When I heard that statement, that people lose their way when
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  • they lose their why, I also added to it and thought, wow,
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  • people also lose their wow when they lose their why.
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  • We lose our way when we lose our why and we lose our wow when we
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  • lose our why.
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  • In other words, life becomes boring when you don't understand
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  • you have a purpose, when you don't understand what you're
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  • on earth for, what you're living for.
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  • Life becomes boring.
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  • You lose the wow of life.
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  • You lose the excitement of life.
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  • You lose the joy of life.
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  • You lose the celebration.
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  • You see, when you just live in the--in your current
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  • situation and see that as the whole picture, then you lack
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  • perspective and you are subjected to whatever that
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  • circumstance is--whatever emotions that circumstance has
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  • awakened in you, whatever emotions are created by that
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  • circumstance, you're under the control or you're
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  • imprisoned by that circumstance, 'cause you see that as your--as
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  • the picture of your life.
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  • You've got to step back and look at the bigger picture, and then
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  • each circumstance, and each event in your life, and each
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  • mistake in your life, and when somebody does something to you,
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  • those things don't control you because you step back and you
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  • see the bigger picture.
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  • So when somebody wrongs you, you can look at that as the final
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  • sentence on your life or you can look at that and say, "Well,
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  • this is how I'm gonna look at life now.
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  • I'm going to look at it from a wounded standpoint,
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  • from a victim mentality, from a feeling like people have
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  • betrayed me, and people have hurt me, and people are
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  • mistreated me."
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  • But if you step back and say, "You know what?
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  • God is going to turn this thing around because my faith is not
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  • in what somebody does to me or does for me, or doesn't do
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  • to me or doesn't do for me.
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  • My faith is in the God who will create a way where there is no
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  • way, who will open a door where no man can close, who will close
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  • a door that no man can open.
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  • I'm trusting in a God who can more than make up for and more
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  • than compensate for whatever has been done to me."
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  • So now I'm looking at the bigger picture and realizing, wait
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  • a minute, God is not limited by the things that we think
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  • limit us.
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  • God's not limited by your past.
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  • God's not limited by your pain.
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  • God's not limited by anything except what you believe.
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  • He's only limited by what you believe.
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  • That's the only thing that limits a person from gettin'
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  • saved is they they refuse to believe that Jesus is
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  • the way, so they reject Jesus.
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  • And guess what?
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  • They have limited God from giving them salvation
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  • because they have rejected the way that he has given them
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  • to be saved.
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  • And so, when we get ahold of this why in life, why are we
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  • here, it's the search that everybody seeks, it's what
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  • everybody seeks after, their why.
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  • We have an opportunity to truly change our lives and change
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  • the world when we understand the value that each of us has.
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  • And when we truly understand one another's value, then we can
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  • truly walk in God's purpose for our lives.
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  • And I can encourage you about your value, your worth,
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  • that I'm not here to condone your lifestyle, but I'm not here
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  • to condemn your lifestyle.
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  • Somebody say, "You better preach against that person's sin
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  • over there."
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  • Well, what about your sin?
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  • And what about that person?
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  • And if I was preaching about everybody's sin, that's
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  • all we'd ever be talkin' about, everybody's sin, and then mine
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  • would take up the most time of all.
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  • So, I'm not--I am not--my philosophy is not to condone
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  • your lifestyle or to condemn your lifestyle, but to cultivate
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  • your worth and your sense of value.
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  • Because when you understand your sense of value, you will
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  • understand a higher sense of purpose.
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  • And when you live for a higher sense of purpose, life's not
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  • boring anymore.
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  • Purpose breaks the power of boredom.
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  • Purpose breaks the power of distraction.
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  • Purpose breaks the power of depression.
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  • Purpose breaks the power of fear.
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  • And purpose breaks the power of our past.
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  • I wish I could talk to you about each of those, but it
  • 00:11:39.040 --> 00:11:41.030
  • breaks the power of depression because even Jesus
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  • got depressed.
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  • Depression is not a sin.
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  • There's nothing sinful about feeling feelings.
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  • There's nothing sinful about being depressed.
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  • There's nothing sinful about being anxious.
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  • Sinful--sin comes from allowing those emotions to determine your
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  • decisions, and then your decisions lead you to bad
  • 00:12:03.180 --> 00:12:07.000
  • behavior when it's a negative emotion.
  • 00:12:07.010 --> 00:12:09.260
  • But Jesus learned--Jesus knew how to process his emotion.
  • 00:12:09.270 --> 00:12:13.120
  • So when he's in the Garden of Gethsemane, it says in Mark
  • 00:12:13.130 --> 00:12:17.040
  • chapter 14, he said, "My soul is in anguish."
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  • One translation says, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful."
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  • Equals depression.
  • 00:12:27.170 --> 00:12:28.270
  • One translation even uses that word, "My soul is depressed.
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  • My soul is sad.
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  • My soul is sorrowful."
  • 00:12:34.110 --> 00:12:35.260
  • Jesus said that.
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  • But what he did about it was what determined the outcome
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  • of his life.
  • 00:12:41.260 --> 00:12:43.050
  • And what did he do about it?
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:44.160
  • He took it to God and he said, "Father, I don't want to
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  • do this.
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  • If this cup can pass from me, let it pass."
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  • But what did he say?
  • 00:12:52.130 --> 00:12:53.220
  • Come on, help me now.
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  • C'mon, Bible scholars.
  • 00:12:55.030 --> 00:12:56.130
  • But what did he say?
  • 00:12:56.140 --> 00:12:57.230
  • "Not my will, but thy will be done."
  • 00:12:57.240 --> 00:12:59.240
  • And when he said that, he was-- that was his purpose, to die
  • 00:12:59.250 --> 00:13:05.150
  • for our sins and to destroy the power of death, and destroy
  • 00:13:05.160 --> 00:13:10.170
  • the power of the devil, and destroy the power of sin,
  • 00:13:10.180 --> 00:13:13.020
  • and his purpose powered him through his emotions and powered
  • 00:13:13.030 --> 00:13:18.130
  • him through his depression.
  • 00:13:18.140 --> 00:13:20.020
  • So, purpose broke the power of depression.
  • 00:13:20.030 --> 00:13:23.120
  • What if he would've let his depression determine his
  • 00:13:23.130 --> 00:13:25.270
  • decision?
  • 00:13:25.280 --> 00:13:27.070
  • Then depression would have broken the power of his purpose.
  • 00:13:27.080 --> 00:13:30.150
  • But his purpose broke the power of the depression.
  • 00:13:30.160 --> 00:13:34.190
  • Purpose breaks the power of fear.
  • 00:13:34.200 --> 00:13:37.220
  • You know, if I took you to the top of a cliff that was
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:42.110
  • 50 feet from the water and I said, "Why don't you just go
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:46.130
  • ahead and jump off, and just be bold, and just take a risk--"
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:50.170
  • 50 feet is a long way.
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  • It's five stories.
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  • Most people are gonna be like, "Heck no, let me off of
  • 00:13:53.210 --> 00:13:57.110
  • this thing.
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:58.210
  • Who are you, the devil? Tryin' to push me off a cliff?"
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  • But if I took you to that same top of the cliff and said, "Your
  • 00:14:03.010 --> 00:14:07.260
  • child is in the water drowning," what would you do?
  • 00:14:07.270 --> 00:14:12.050
  • Immediately jump and immediately save your child, why?
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:16.060
  • 'Cause purpose breaks the power of fear.
  • 00:14:16.070 --> 00:14:20.180
  • Purpose breaks the power of fear.
  • 00:14:20.190 --> 00:14:23.230
  • And knowing the purpose of saving your child is greater
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:29.240
  • than the limitations that you've put on yourself and the fear
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:33.080
  • of the ramifications or the consequences of what
  • 00:14:33.090 --> 00:14:35.260
  • might happen when you splash.
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:38.290
  • Purpose will break the power of fear.
  • 00:14:39.000 --> 00:14:41.210
  • What am I trying to say?
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:43.020
  • I'm tryin' to say we cannot be driven by resentment
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  • and unforgiveness.
  • 00:14:45.030 --> 00:14:46.120
  • We can't be driven by guilt.
  • 00:14:46.130 --> 00:14:47.230
  • The third thing that we can't be driven by is we can't be driven
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:50.040
  • by fear, and yet this is what drives people.
  • 00:14:50.050 --> 00:14:52.120
  • The reason we make the decisions we make, the reason we live
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:55.200
  • the lifestyles we make--live, the reason why we have
  • 00:14:55.210 --> 00:14:59.060
  • the boundaries we have, it's because we're afraid.
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:01.190
  • We do certain things because we're afraid of what will happen
  • 00:15:01.200 --> 00:15:03.280
  • if we don't and we constantly let fear drive us.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:07.080
  • But if you'd let purpose drive you, "God created me on purpose,
  • 00:15:07.090 --> 00:15:11.020
  • for a purpose, for a design, with a design," and you then
  • 00:15:11.030 --> 00:15:15.000
  • will break barriers in your life.
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  • You won't live behind a wall of fear.
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  • You will live in faith.
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  • You will live in--coming up out of the water.
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  • Gettin' out of the boat.
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  • Peter said, "Lord, if that's you, command me to come."
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  • Everybody else was afraid.
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:28.030
  • Thank God for Peter.
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.140
  • At least he got out of the boat.
  • 00:15:29.150 --> 00:15:30.240
  • People think of Peter and they say, "Oh, but he sank
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:32.170
  • in the water."
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:33.280
  • But at least he walked out there.
  • 00:15:33.290 --> 00:15:35.230
  • At least he gave it a whirl.
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  • At least he gave it a college try, better than a college try.
  • 00:15:37.230 --> 00:15:40.090
  • He walked on water.
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  • He took a few steps, but then he became afraid.
  • 00:15:41.210 --> 00:15:44.050
  • But the point is is he got out of his fear by getting
  • 00:15:44.060 --> 00:15:47.000
  • out of the water and knowing that there was a purpose.
  • 00:15:47.010 --> 00:15:50.030
  • I'm goin' to meet Jesus there in the middle of the water.
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  • I'm gonna see him.
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  • "Lord, if it's you, command me to come."
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  • Jesus said, "Come."
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:15:56.220
  • And so what did Peter do?
  • 00:15:56.230 --> 00:15:58.020
  • He got out of the boat and walked, and he broke
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  • out of the barrier of fear because he decided, "Fear is not
  • 00:15:59.140 --> 00:16:02.260
  • driving me, faith is driving me.
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  • I'm livin' by faith, not by fear."
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  • You start living that way, living by faith.
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  • "Abide these three: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest
  • 00:16:10.190 --> 00:16:13.050
  • of these is love."
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  • This is how we live.
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  • This is what should drive us, this is what should motivate us,
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  • and this is what will change the world.
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  • It starts by changing the way you think.
  • 00:16:18.250 --> 00:16:20.240
  • It starts by changing the way you look at things.
  • 00:16:20.250 --> 00:16:23.020
  • It starts by changing the way you look at life.
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  • The why, the reason why I'm here.
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  • Well, let me just--let me just tell you something about how we
  • 00:16:28.160 --> 00:16:31.170
  • sometimes think that our mistakes will limit us
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:35.290
  • from God's great purpose for our lives.
  • 00:16:36.000 --> 00:16:38.130
  • Let me remind you, because this is why we allow these other
  • 00:16:38.140 --> 00:16:41.120
  • things to drive us.
  • 00:16:41.130 --> 00:16:42.230
  • Whether it's guilt, resentment, fear, money, or the need
  • 00:16:42.240 --> 00:16:45.220
  • for approval, the reason why we allow these things to drive us
  • 00:16:45.230 --> 00:16:48.210
  • is because we feel disqualified from a life of greatness.
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:55.240
  • Our mistakes disqualify us.
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  • As long as we're doing good, we're qualified, but as soon as
  • 00:16:57.120 --> 00:16:59.200
  • we make a mistake or as soon as we blow it, we're disqualified.
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.060
  • And God wants you to know your mistakes do not disqualify you
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:05.140
  • and cannot--and cannot derail God's purpose for your life.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:11.020
  • Consider for a moment some of the great men and women
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:14.100
  • of the Bible and what they did that could have or should have
  • 00:17:14.110 --> 00:17:18.220
  • derailed them but didn't.
  • 00:17:18.230 --> 00:17:21.070
  • Abraham lied, tried to give away his wife twice.
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  • Anybody try that?
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  • It doesn't work.
  • 00:17:29.130 --> 00:17:34.000
  • He slept with his wife's maidservant.
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  • These are the things that Abraham did, yet Abraham became
  • 00:17:38.050 --> 00:17:43.190
  • the father of many nations.
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  • Sarah laughed when God said, "You're gonna be--you're gonna
  • 00:17:45.290 --> 00:17:49.190
  • have a child."
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  • Sarah doubted.
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  • She was suspicious.
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  • She was angry.
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  • She became bitter at Hagar and Hagar's child that she
  • 00:17:55.020 --> 00:17:58.250
  • allowed to happen, Ishmael, and yet she became the mother
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  • of many nations, a woman of faith, as God defines her
  • 00:18:04.080 --> 00:18:09.000
  • in Hebrews 11.
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:10.130
  • Elijah suffered depression and was suicidal, yet he called
  • 00:18:10.140 --> 00:18:15.000
  • down fire from heaven, outran a chariot, and became one
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  • of the greatest prophets that ever lived, until
  • 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:21.040
  • John the Baptist.
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:22.150
  • Joseph in the Bible became boastful when he had his dream.
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:26.070
  • He was abused by his brothers, betrayed by his brothers, sold
  • 00:18:26.080 --> 00:18:29.120
  • into slavery by his brothers, and yet he became the Prime
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:32.220
  • Minister of Egypt and over the entire world,
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:35.280
  • and saved the world from starvation.
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:38.040
  • Job lost his family and his fortunes when he lived in fear,
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:42.250
  • saying, "What I have feared has come upon me.
  • 00:18:42.260 --> 00:18:45.210
  • My children are gonna curse God and die.
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:47.110
  • My children are gonna curse God and die."
  • 00:18:47.120 --> 00:18:49.030
  • And he lived in fear and he lost everything he had, and yet he
  • 00:18:49.040 --> 00:18:52.060
  • became the man that we know as a person that was blessed double
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:55.220
  • for his trouble, and God blessed him, and God restored all of his
  • 00:18:55.230 --> 00:18:59.010
  • lost fortunes and all of his lost family, and gave him
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:01.230
  • a better family, a better fortune, a better future,
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:03.280
  • a better life in a period of nine months.
  • 00:19:03.290 --> 00:19:06.070
  • When everybody looks at the book of Job and says, "I'm goin'
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:08.150
  • through a Job period of my life."
  • 00:19:08.160 --> 00:19:10.020
  • How long you've been goin' through that?
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:11.120
  • "Oh, about the last 40 years or so."
  • 00:19:11.130 --> 00:19:12.260
  • Well, Job only went through it for nine months because it just
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:17.060
  • takes nine months to give birth to anything.
  • 00:19:17.070 --> 00:19:19.090
  • And what we need to realize is that God--with all these
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:23.100
  • mistakes these people made and all these misfortunes that
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:26.100
  • came upon them, it didn't stop God's purpose for their life.
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:32.130
  • Moses was a stutterer.
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:34.160
  • He suffered social anxiety, yet he became the great
  • 00:19:34.170 --> 00:19:38.000
  • deliverer of the people of God.
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:40.110
  • Gideon was fearful.
  • 00:19:40.120 --> 00:19:41.210
  • He felt inferior, and yet he became a mighty man of valor
  • 00:19:41.220 --> 00:19:44.180
  • and saved Israel.
  • 00:19:44.190 --> 00:19:45.280
  • Samson was driven and controlled by lust, yet he took out more
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:48.240
  • enemies in his death than in his entire life.
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:51.180
  • Rahab was a prostitute, yet rescued Joshua and Caleb,
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:58.100
  • and hid them and saved the nation of Israel.
  • 00:19:58.110 --> 00:20:02.280
  • The woman at the well had been divorced five times, yet became
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:07.100
  • the first woman evangelist in history.
  • 00:20:07.110 --> 00:20:12.080
  • What's stopping you?
  • 00:20:12.090 --> 00:20:15.100
  • What's holding you back?
  • 00:20:15.110 --> 00:20:16.290
  • I'm telling you, there is one thing and one thing only.
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:19.100
  • It's your limiting beliefs.
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:21.110
  • It's your limiting belief about your value.
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.280
  • It's your limiting belief about your potential.
  • 00:20:23.290 --> 00:20:26.270
  • It's your limiting belief about the power, the beauty,
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:31.230
  • and the value of your soul.
  • 00:20:31.240 --> 00:20:34.090
  • Remember, your soul is so valuable that God didn't
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:39.200
  • replace it.
  • 00:20:39.210 --> 00:20:41.050
  • He renewed it and he is renewing it still.
  • 00:20:41.060 --> 00:20:45.250
  • Your soul is so valuable.
  • 00:20:45.260 --> 00:20:48.180
  • We're made up of spirit, soul, and body, and yet God gives us
  • 00:20:48.190 --> 00:20:51.020
  • a new spirit.
  • 00:20:51.030 --> 00:20:52.130
  • So, he considered that our old spirit was replaceable.
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:55.110
  • He's gonna give us a new body when we get to heaven, so he
  • 00:20:55.120 --> 00:20:57.140
  • considers our body to be replaceable.
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:59.210
  • But the one thing he's not gonna give us a new one of and he's
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:02.000
  • not gonna replace is our soul, why?
  • 00:21:02.010 --> 00:21:04.110
  • Because he considers it so valuable.
  • 00:21:04.120 --> 00:21:07.200
  • It contains your memories.
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:09.030
  • It contains your mind to think, your heart to feel, and your
  • 00:21:09.040 --> 00:21:12.010
  • will to choose.
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:13.120
  • It contains your personality.
  • 00:21:13.130 --> 00:21:15.040
  • It contains your resilience.
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:17.000
  • It contains your ability to bounce back.
  • 00:21:17.010 --> 00:21:19.090
  • Inside of your soul contains your ability to make good
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:22.080
  • decisions or to rebound from bad ones.
  • 00:21:22.090 --> 00:21:24.120
  • Inside of your soul contains the ability to bounce back
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:27.050
  • from the worst failures, to bounce back from the worst
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:29.130
  • mistakes, to bounce back from the times that people have
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:31.200
  • thrown down on you, pushed you down, held you down, kept you
  • 00:21:31.210 --> 00:21:34.160
  • down, and yet God says, "Greater is he that is in you than he
  • 00:21:34.170 --> 00:21:37.250
  • that's in the world."
  • 00:21:37.260 --> 00:21:39.050
  • You have a living soul that is durable.
  • 00:21:39.060 --> 00:21:40.160
  • You have a living soul that is on design, by design, that has
  • 00:21:40.170 --> 00:21:43.070
  • the duration of eternity.
  • 00:21:43.080 --> 00:21:44.170
  • It will never die.
  • 00:21:44.180 --> 00:21:45.270
  • Your soul will live forever. Your soul will never die.
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:48.150
  • It will not die in heaven.
  • 00:21:48.160 --> 00:21:49.250
  • It will not die in hell. It will not die on this earth.
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:52.050
  • It will live forever.
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:53.240
  • It will live forever in heaven if you accept Jesus Christ as
  • 00:21:53.250 --> 00:21:55.060
  • Savior and Lord.
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:56.270
  • It will live forever in hell if you reject him.
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:21:58.080
  • But you have so much value, you have so much worth, that your
  • 00:21:58.090 --> 00:22:01.080
  • soul is going to last forever, and ever, and ever, and ever.
  • 00:22:01.090 --> 00:22:05.110
  • Gregory Dickow: Well, your soul has so much value and so much
  • 00:22:09.290 --> 00:22:12.050
  • worth, and not even Solomon's wealth could compare
  • 00:22:12.060 --> 00:22:15.120
  • to the value and the worth of your soul.
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:18.040
  • In fact, just as a way of comparison, he had received
  • 00:22:18.050 --> 00:22:20.270
  • 25 tons of gold for every year of his 39 years as king, which
  • 00:22:20.280 --> 00:22:26.150
  • means Solomon's net worth had peeked somewhere around
  • 00:22:26.160 --> 00:22:29.150
  • $2 trillion.
  • 00:22:29.160 --> 00:22:31.070
  • And the Bible says even in all of his glory, his wealth did not
  • 00:22:31.080 --> 00:22:36.100
  • compare to the wealth and the value of your
  • 00:22:36.110 --> 00:22:40.130
  • human soul.
  • 00:22:40.140 --> 00:22:41.240
  • Jesus died for it.
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:43.040
  • That's why it's so valuable.
  • 00:22:43.050 --> 00:22:44.150
  • The most valuable asset we have is our soul.
  • 00:22:44.160 --> 00:22:46.100
  • I want you to think about that for a moment, that when you
  • 00:22:46.110 --> 00:22:48.270
  • finally see yourself the way God sees you, everything changes.
  • 00:22:48.280 --> 00:22:53.080
  • When you understand your real value, you're going to live
  • 00:22:53.090 --> 00:22:56.220
  • for a higher sense of purpose, when you start living on purpose
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  • because you have your worth and value intact.
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  • We're here to elevate and cultivate your worth.
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  • And when you understand that, it breaks the power of depression,
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  • it breaks the power of your past, it breaks the power
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  • of distraction and boredom.
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  • Boy, when you're living on purpose, it is the greatest
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  • joy that you'll ever experience in your life, and your purpose
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  • will power you through your pain.
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  • It'll elevate your decisions.
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  • It'll elevate your reason for living.
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  • It'll elevate your impact in other people's lives.
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  • And that's what this ministry is all about, it's all
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  • about impact.
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  • It's impacting your life and the lives of so many others.
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  • And when you support this ministry, I want to personally
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  • thank you today by sending you a few life-changing messages
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  • that will change the way you think about your value and it
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  • will obliterate wrong thinking in your life.
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  • So, listen to my announcer for a moment
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  • and I'll be right back.
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  • Watch this.
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  • male announcer: Christmas is truly one of the most wonderful
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  • times of the year.
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  • For many, there are warm parties, cozy homes, fond
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  • traditions to celebrate, and gifts to be shared.
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  • Sadly though, this is not the reality for many children
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  • who will spend their Christmas confined in a hospital as they
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  • battle life-threatening diseases.
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  • And at the same time, there are also countless impoverished
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  • children in the inner city whose families are struggling just
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  • to make ends meet.
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  • For every $25 gift that you sow into this life-changing
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  • outreach, one of our child savvy shoppers will handpick
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  • an age-appropriate gift for a child on our list.
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  • For a gift of $25 or more, Gregory Dickow will send you his
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  • teaching, entitled, "Healing the Soul," along with today's
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  • teaching in its entirety.
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  • Ask for offer 1201A.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, you will also receive Pastor
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  • Dickow's four-CD series called, "Restore."
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  • Ask for offer 1201B.
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  • And with a very special gift of $250 or more, you will
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  • receive a personally signed copy of Gregory Dickow's bestselling
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  • hardback book, "The Power to Change Today."
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  • Plus if you call right now and ask for offer 1201C, Pastor
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  • Dickow will include his series, "What's Holding You Back."
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  • Please don't wait.
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  • Pick up the phone and call the number on the screen or go
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  • to gregorydickow.tv.
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  • Gregory Dickow: Well, you know, our Christianity is best
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  • expressed, especially this time of year, through the love
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  • of God, demonstrating the love of God in action and sharing
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  • the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • And our focus this Christmas is really ministering to the least
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  • of these, the children who are sick and struggling this
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  • Christmas, and that's why need your urgent help.
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  • I want to thank you in advance because your gift makes it
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  • possible for me to get gifts to these children, to really
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  • help them experience the love of God this Christmas.
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  • And you know, maybe you're joining me today and I really
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  • want to encourage you to open your heart up and reach
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  • out to somebody that maybe doesn't know Jesus today.
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  • Because you might think, "You don't know my past.
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  • You don't know what I'm doing.
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  • How could you--how could there be hope for me?"
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  • But you know what?
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  • There's hope for everybody.
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  • If you haven't believed in the promise of salvation yet,
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  • if you haven't received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord,
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  • let me pray with you right now, right where you are.
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  • And just pray this simple prayer or call one of your friends
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  • or loved ones and get them to pray this simple prayer if
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  • they're not saved.
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  • Just pray this out loud.
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  • Just say, "Heavenly Father, I invite Jesus Christ into my life
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  • as my Savior and Lord."
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  • Just pray that.
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  • Say, "I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose
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  • from the dead.
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  • And from this moment forward, I'm a child of God, amen."
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  • You know, it's that simple.
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  • If you prayed along with me, you are now a child of God.
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  • Welcome home.
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  • And I wanna encourage you to email me at the address
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  • on your screen.
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  • I'll send you my free book called,
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  • "The Power of a New Life."
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  • It'll take you through the next steps of your victorious walk
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  • with God.
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  • Don't forget to connect with me on Facebook or Instagram.
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  • I'm there.
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  • I'll do my very best to personally respond to each
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  • and every one of you that reaches out.
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  • Don't miss our next broadcast.
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  • Remember to set your DVR so you never have missed another one.
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  • And I can't wait to see you then.
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  • God Bless and Merry Christmas.
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