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The Circus of Life: The Strongman

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November 10, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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The Circus of Life: The Strongman

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  • daily giving Christ control.
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  • Kerry: We're in a series we're calling "The Circus of Life,"
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  • because it's just so easy to get caught up in the circus
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  • of selfishness that is our culture today that we miss out
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  • on the greatest show on earth, God's purpose for your life.
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  • In the circuses of the early 1900s there was always a
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  • strongman who would astound the audiences with these superhuman
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  • feats of strength and they would lift barbells over their heads,
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  • they would bend iron bars.
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  • There was even one guy who would catch a cannonball
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  • at point blank range.
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  • I said they were strongmen,
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  • I didn't say they were smart men.
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  • They'd do some crazy stuff.
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  • It wasn't a circus without a strongman.
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  • And in this circus of life in which we live today
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  • we desperately need strongmen who will take a step of faith
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  • and step out of the side of fear into the side of faith.
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  • We desperately need strongmen who will have the guts to stop
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  • following the crowd and start following Christ.
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  • We desperately need strongmen who will stop following
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  • after their lust and follow after the Lord.
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  • We desperately need strongmen today who will take a step of
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  • faith out of selfishness into a life of serving others.
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  • Our world is crying out for strongmen because we live in
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  • this circus of selfishness.
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  • God created every man with this deep divine desire to be truly
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  • strong, and he created every woman with this divine desire to
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  • be truly beautiful, to be cherished and treasured.
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  • But we both look into the distorted
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  • mirrors of our culture.
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  • It's like the funhouse mirror at the circus.
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  • We've looked into those distorted mirrors
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  • and we have a distorted reflection of what real strength
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  • and real beauty is coming back to us.
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  • And so for men, we have this deep insecurity that we don't
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  • have what it takes and most women have a deep insecurity
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  • that they're just not enough.
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  • That they'll never be enough.
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  • And here's real strength:
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  • just admitting those deep insecurities.
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  • Real strength is admitting my weakness
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  • so I can turn to God and find his strength.
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  • Real strength is admitting my insecurities so I turn to him
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  • and find security.
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  • That's real strength.
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  • I have a strength tester over here, a real strength tester.
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  • I guess it's the hammer and the bell but we have a couple of 'em
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  • out in the plaza, on our midway on the plaza, and so we invite
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  • everyone after the service to go out there, have some food
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  • and fun, but also to test your strength, guys.
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  • We want you to test your strength.
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  • Now I know that a lot of you will do it but there'll be some
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  • of you who won't do it because you're afraid that you'll look
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  • weak because we're always afraid we're gonna look weak.
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  • So I'm gonna help you out and look really weak
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  • in front of you to lead the way, okay?
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  • Men, we naturally and divinely desire
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  • to feel strong, significant.
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  • That's why most men won't try things that they don't feel like
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  • they'll be competent in, any areas they feel like they might
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  • be incompetent in, and that's why they don't try new things
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  • a lot of times.
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  • And that's why a lot of men leave it to their wives
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  • for the spiritual stuff.
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  • It's like, I'm competent in golf, in my business,
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  • but I don't know much about that spiritual stuff, you know?
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  • So I'll just leave that to my wife.
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  • It's ridiculous.
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  • The only way you become really strong is admit that you're not
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  • so that you can start learning and growing and changing
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  • but you got to be willing to admit I'm weak
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  • and I need your strength, God.
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  • And so I'm gonna try this out and see how this goes,
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  • if I can lift this thing up, so here we go.
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  • [bell ringing]
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  • Kerry: Yeah, that felt really good but here's the thing.
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  • They released most of the tension, okay?
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  • I'm just gonna go ahead and admit that to you
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  • because I'm in church.
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  • I wasn't going to but God convicted me.
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  • I mean, that was so easy.
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  • And I just don't want you to go out there and it's gonna go
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  • about halfway and you're gonna--some of you muscle guys
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  • are gonna hit it as hard as you can.
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  • It's just gonna go up a little bit and you're gonna go,
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  • "Wow, Pastor Kerry's amazing."
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  • That's what I wanted but God wouldn't let me do that, so.
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  • Hey, folks, real strength is being willing to take off the
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  • façade of false strength and just admitting that you feel
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  • insecure, that you feel like you don't have what it takes so you
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  • turn to the one who does, who fills you up with his strength
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  • and gives you what it takes.
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  • We're gonna look at a passage today where we see the strongest
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  • one who ever walked on this earth walk on water.
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  • But what I want us to really focus in on is not Jesus walking
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  • on water but Simon Peter walking on water.
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  • So would you stand in honor of God's Word, Woodlands Church,
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  • and just follow along with me.
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  • "Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land,
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  • for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.
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  • About 3 o'clock in the morning Jesus came toward them,
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  • walking on the water.
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  • When the disciples saw him walking on the water,
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  • they were terrified.
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  • In their fear, they cried out, 'It's a ghost!' But Jesus spoke
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  • to them at once.
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  • 'Don't be afraid,' he said. 'Take courage. I am here!'
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  • Then Peter called to him, 'Lord, if it's really you,
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  • tell me to come to you, walking on the water.'
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  • 'Yes, come,' Jesus said.
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  • So Peter went over the side of the boat
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  • and walked on the water toward Jesus.
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  • But when he saw the strong wind and the waves,
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  • he was terrified and he began to sink.
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  • 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted.
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  • And Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.
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  • 'You have so little faith,' Jesus said.
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  • 'Why did you doubt me?'
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  • When they climbed back into the boat,
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  • the wind stopped.
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  • Then the disciples worshiped him.
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  • 'You really are the Son of God!' they exclaimed."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • I want you to underline the last phrase of that passage
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  • where the disciples say, "You really are the Son of God."
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  • You know, here they'd been with him for a long time
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  • and now they're saying, "Yes, you really are the Son of God,"
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  • and Jesus is like, "Oh, oh, that's great.
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  • Thank you."
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  • You know, it's like, "Of course I'm the Son of God.
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  • I've been doing all these miracles."
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  • But they just needed to be reminded again
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  • because they'd started trying to take control.
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  • They would always try to control things and take control.
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  • They were trying to control the storm and fix the situation.
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  • But Jesus stopped the storm and they realized again,
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  • "Wait a minute, we're not God. He's God.
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  • I'm not God, he's God."
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  • And they worshiped him and worship just means surrendering
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  • control to God, focusing on God and giving him control.
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  • And so the secret to real strength
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  • is daily giving Christ control.
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  • Daily surrendering control of your life to Christ.
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  • Realizing he's God. I'm not God.
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  • I'm powerless to control everything
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  • but I've been trying to.
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  • I've been trying to play God so I give up to his care and his
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  • control because he's the only one who's stronger
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  • than the wind and the waves.
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  • Unfortunately, to get to that place and that's a place
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  • that I get to every day, but unfortunately,
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  • to get to that place usually God has to send us into a storm,
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  • a storm that's stronger than we are so we'll realize
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  • that we need his strength.
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  • In the passage before, Jesus tells the disciples,
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  • "Get in the boat and go to the other side of the lake.
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  • I'll catch up later.
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  • You guys go ahead, go to the other side of the lake."
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  • So Jesus who is God himself, who knows everything,
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  • who knows the weather, knew that he was sending them
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  • right into a storm.
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  • See, Jesus who knew what they were thinking and what they were
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  • going through knew that they were following him
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  • but they were having trouble still trying to control
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  • some things in their lives.
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  • They still felt like they had some things under control,
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  • that they were strong enough to control it,
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  • that they could fix situations.
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  • And so he was saying, "Okay, you guys,
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  • I want you to get into the boat.
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  • I'm gonna send you into a storm without me
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  • and see if you can control that."
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  • You see, God loves us so much that when we're trying to
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  • control everything and trying to play God, it's wearing us out,
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  • we're wearing a façade of false strength, that he will send us
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  • into a storm to show us that we're not in control.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: We experience God the most in the storms of life.
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  • to sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary
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  • into the world.
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  • Kerry: In verse 24, the first part of the verse,
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  • it says the disciples were in trouble far away from land,
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  • so they were in the middle of the lake when the storm hit.
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  • So they had no place to go for safety.
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  • They had lost their security and sometimes God allows a storm to
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  • come into our life to wash away everything that we've been
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  • trusting in so that we'll find the only one who never changes,
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  • the only one who never fails, the only one
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  • that you can trust in completely.
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  • In verse 24, the next part says: "For a strong wind had risen,
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  • and they were fighting heavy waves."
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  • Underline the words "strong wind and heavy waves."
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  • The disciples were experienced sailors.
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  • They were strong sailors.
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  • They had faced many storms on the Sea of Galilee.
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  • And I'm sure they thought that they could handle any situation
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  • because they'd just about seen it all.
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  • But they'd never seen a storm like this.
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  • This storm was too strong for their experience.
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  • This storm was too strong for them to get through.
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  • The waves were too heavy for their boat to stay afloat.
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  • And when you're depending on your own strength,
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  • it's guaranteed eventually you will face a storm
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  • that's too strong for you to control, I guarantee it.
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  • Right now, maybe everything's going great
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  • and you feel like you've got it under control.
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  • Right now, you feel like that you can control things, that
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  • you're strong enough that you can fix it, it's gonna be okay.
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  • But I guarantee you there will come a day
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  • where you will face a storm that's too strong
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  • for you to control.
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  • Really, the slightest wind is just too strong for us.
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  • The smallest wave is really too strong for us without God.
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  • It's just that we don't realize it.
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  • Well, the disciples were starting to realize it but look
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  • what it says here: "They were fighting heavy waves."
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  • And some of you are still fighting,
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  • still fighting for control.
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  • I mean, the boat of your life is being dashed to pieces on the
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  • rocks and is disintegrating and you're sinking without a life
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  • jacket but you're still going, "I got it under control."
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  • "Hey, do you need help over there?"
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  • "No, I think I'm gonna be okay."
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  • That's called denial.
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  • I mean, the disciples were still fighting.
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  • Some of you are still fighting, still fighting, and still
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  • fighting, and you're worn out.
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  • It's time for you to give up.
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  • And when you do, God says,
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  • "Finally, I was waiting for that.
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  • Now I can fill you with my strength and my power."
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  • I want you to know God brings me to that place every day
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  • where I start trying to do things in and of my own strength
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  • and then I can't fix it, I can't figure something out.
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  • I can't solve the situation.
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  • I can't love my family the way they need to be loved.
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  • I get selfish and so, like, "God, I can't do.
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  • You'll have to do it through me. I give up."
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  • You gotta come to that place every day.
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  • But look at the next part.
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  • 25a says: "About 3 o'clock in the morning,"
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  • the storm hit in the middle of the night, complete darkness,
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  • no visibility.
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  • And sometimes, God allows storms to come into our lives
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  • where we can't see what God is up to.
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  • And everything looks terrible. Everything looks dark.
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  • Everything looks bad.
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  • And God wants us to learn to trust him
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  • even when we can't see and we can't sense what he's up to.
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  • Just to say, "God, I know you're good
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  • and you're gonna get me through.
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  • I don't get it right now."
  • 00:13:46.200 --> 00:13:48.010
  • Because he wants us to learn to trust him and not our feelings
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  • and not our senses.
  • 00:13:51.130 --> 00:13:54.100
  • Well then, everything starts to change with the next verse
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  • as Jesus enters the storm.
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  • In verse 26 it says: "When the disciples saw him
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  • walking on the water, they were terrified.
  • 00:14:00.130 --> 00:14:02.060
  • In their fear, they cried out, 'It's a ghost!'"
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  • So Jesus comes to them, walking on the water,
  • 00:14:04.260 --> 00:14:07.220
  • in the middle of the storm.
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:09.020
  • And they didn't recognize him at first because they didn't expect
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  • to see Jesus coming to them in the storm.
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:15.070
  • And we don't expect to see God coming to us in the storms.
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  • We expect to experience God at church.
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  • We expect to experience God when we're having our quiet time,
  • 00:14:22.080 --> 00:14:24.190
  • reading God's Word, but we don't expect to experience
  • 00:14:24.200 --> 00:14:29.170
  • Jesus in the storm.
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  • We don't expect to see Jesus come to us
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  • in a business failure.
  • 00:14:33.090 --> 00:14:34.210
  • We don't expect to see Jesus come to us
  • 00:14:34.220 --> 00:14:37.000
  • in a marriage problem.
  • 00:14:37.010 --> 00:14:38.270
  • We don't expect to see Jesus come right there into our lives
  • 00:14:38.280 --> 00:14:44.070
  • and into our midst in the dark cloud of depression.
  • 00:14:44.080 --> 00:14:47.220
  • We don't expect to see Jesus in an illness.
  • 00:14:47.230 --> 00:14:51.270
  • But Jesus comes to us in the storms of life.
  • 00:14:51.280 --> 00:14:54.060
  • We experience God the most in the storms of life.
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  • And it's in the storms of life, some of you are in a storm right
  • 00:14:57.290 --> 00:15:00.080
  • now and I want you to know God is right there.
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:03.090
  • Start looking for him. He is right there.
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  • He's closer than ever before.
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  • He will be right there with you in the storm.
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:10.090
  • We experience God the most, he changes our lives
  • 00:15:10.100 --> 00:15:13.000
  • the most, in the storm because he gets our attention.
  • 00:15:13.010 --> 00:15:15.190
  • We have spiritual ADD and he gets our attention in the storm.
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  • We need him every day, desperately.
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  • We just don't realize it when there's sunny skies
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  • a lot of times.
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  • But it's in the storm we realize we need him desperately
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  • and we turn to him.
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  • We understand the storm is too strong for us.
  • 00:15:31.170 --> 00:15:34.100
  • Well, they were understanding that the storm
  • 00:15:34.110 --> 00:15:36.140
  • was too strong for them.
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  • Now, here's the whole point of the message, though.
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  • I want us to look at Simon Peter because he gives us
  • 00:15:39.070 --> 00:15:43.060
  • an example of what it means to be a strongman here.
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:46.020
  • In verse 28 and 29 it says: "Then Peter called to him,
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  • 'Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you,
  • 00:15:48.260 --> 00:15:51.120
  • walking on the water.' 'Yes, come,' Jesus said.
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  • So Peter went over the side of the boat
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  • and walked on the water toward Jesus."
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:58.130
  • Underline that sentence, "Peter went over the side of the boat
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  • and walked on the water."
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:05.150
  • All throughout the centuries, Peter's gotten a bad rap
  • 00:16:05.160 --> 00:16:09.000
  • for his lack of faith here.
  • 00:16:09.010 --> 00:16:11.060
  • Theologians, Bible scholars, preachers, have said, thousands
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  • upon thousands of times that Peter had a lack of faith
  • 00:16:15.210 --> 00:16:19.260
  • when he got his eyes off Jesus, looked at the waves,
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  • and he sank.
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:25.050
  • But that's not the point.
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  • We've kinda skipped over the big deal here.
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  • The astonishing thing to me is he got out of the boat.
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  • Think about it.
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  • He was the only one in the middle of the night,
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:41.160
  • in the middle of the storm, in the middle of the lake,
  • 00:16:41.170 --> 00:16:43.000
  • that got out of the boat.
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:44.280
  • See, I think Peter was saying, "Jesus, I need you in my boat
  • 00:16:44.290 --> 00:16:47.280
  • so desperately.
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  • You're not in my boat so I can't wait for you to get to the boat,
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  • I'm gonna come to you, I need you so desperately."
  • 00:16:51.230 --> 00:16:55.210
  • And here's the point: if you wanna walk on water,
  • 00:16:55.220 --> 00:16:57.240
  • you gotta get out of the boat.
  • 00:16:57.250 --> 00:16:59.230
  • Most won't get out of the boat.
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  • We'll stay in our little boat of safety,
  • 00:17:01.260 --> 00:17:04.080
  • our little boat of comfort, our little boat of
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:05.210
  • pride, because we'd rather look strong than actually be strong.
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  • What would I have done?
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  • I think I would have just hunkered down and going,
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  • "You know what?
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  • That's great, Peter, go for that.
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  • But I'll take my chances in the boat.
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  • You go to Jesus.
  • 00:17:19.060 --> 00:17:20.160
  • I'll take my chances in this boat,
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  • even though they're not very good."
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:24.170
  • He stepped out in spite of his fears.
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  • And here's the real point.
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  • If you want real strength, you have to be willing
  • 00:17:31.130 --> 00:17:34.070
  • to look like a fool to follow Jesus.
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  • He looked like a fool when he started to sink.
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  • But he's the only one that walked on water.
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  • And if you wanna walk on water
  • 00:17:42.120 --> 00:17:43.220
  • you've gotta get out of the boat.
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  • I want you to turn to your neighbor and say,
  • 00:17:45.030 --> 00:17:46.120
  • "Get out of the boat." Get out of the boat.
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  • Get out of the boat because if you wanna walk on water,
  • 00:17:48.080 --> 00:17:50.080
  • you've gotta get out of the boat.
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  • He wants you to get out of the boat and take a step of faith
  • 00:17:54.210 --> 00:17:57.200
  • and when you follow Jesus you've gotta risk looking like a fool.
  • 00:17:57.210 --> 00:18:00.080
  • You've gotta be willing to risk what people think about you,
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  • risk the approval of others, risk your reputation.
  • 00:18:04.000 --> 00:18:06.290
  • You've got to be willing to risk looking like a fool to follow
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  • Jesus or you'll never experience the greatest show on earth,
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:15.010
  • God's purpose for your life.
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:16.190
  • Most people live their entire lives
  • 00:18:16.200 --> 00:18:18.010
  • and never get out of the boat.
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:20.060
  • Hey, and then that boat sails into the final harbor
  • 00:18:20.070 --> 00:18:24.150
  • and they never really left.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Peter walked on water because he got out
  • 00:18:29.230 --> 00:18:33.260
  • of the boat and some of you men today
  • 00:18:33.270 --> 00:18:35.270
  • are afraid of risking in faith,
  • 00:18:35.280 --> 00:18:38.250
  • taking steps in faith, just putting God first in your life.
  • 00:18:38.260 --> 00:18:44.220
  • You're afraid to put God first and be the spiritual leader
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:48.270
  • of your family to say, "You know what?
  • 00:18:48.280 --> 00:18:50.090
  • I'm not as spiritually strong as my wife but I'm gonna lead and
  • 00:18:50.100 --> 00:18:54.190
  • step in faith and I'm gonna make sure our family's in church
  • 00:18:54.200 --> 00:18:57.160
  • every week because that's the most important thing
  • 00:18:57.170 --> 00:19:00.060
  • is to meet with God.
  • 00:19:00.070 --> 00:19:01.170
  • And I'm gonna start spending time with God
  • 00:19:01.180 --> 00:19:02.290
  • every day for ten minutes.
  • 00:19:03.000 --> 00:19:04.090
  • I'm not good at praying, I don't even know how to do that really,
  • 00:19:04.100 --> 00:19:06.240
  • but I'm gonna grab my wife's hand every night and just say,
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:09.240
  • "What can I pray for you about?
  • 00:19:09.250 --> 00:19:11.090
  • God, help us here and we need you here and bless us and--"
  • 00:19:11.100 --> 00:19:15.060
  • You're gonna step out in faith.
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:16.210
  • You're gonna risk looking like a fool.
  • 00:19:16.220 --> 00:19:18.210
  • You're gonna risk looking awkward because you care more
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:21.240
  • about following Jesus than you do following the crowd.
  • 00:19:21.250 --> 00:19:25.090
  • That's what we need today.
  • 00:19:25.100 --> 00:19:27.170
  • You're gonna choose to put God first in your finances
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:32.000
  • and you're not gonna say, "God, I know about my finances
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:35.020
  • here and, you know,
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:36.120
  • we'll do the spiritual thing but not my finances."
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:38.200
  • You're gonna put God first in your work, in your business,
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:41.120
  • because God knows more than you do about everything
  • 00:19:41.130 --> 00:19:46.200
  • because he's God, you're not.
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:48.090
  • You're not really in control.
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:50.080
  • Only God is.
  • 00:19:50.090 --> 00:19:52.230
  • And when you come to that place, you say,
  • 00:19:52.240 --> 00:19:54.030
  • "God, I'm gonna put you first in the things that matter to me,
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:56.060
  • my relationships, my finances.
  • 00:19:56.070 --> 00:19:58.100
  • I'm gonna give you the first 10%.
  • 00:19:58.110 --> 00:20:00.090
  • God, I'm gonna give you the first part of my day.
  • 00:20:00.100 --> 00:20:03.000
  • God, I'm gonna step out in faith.
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:04.190
  • I'm gonna believe you. I'm gonna get out of the boat."
  • 00:20:04.200 --> 00:20:08.040
  • That's when you experience life.
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:10.130
  • That's when you experience your purpose,
  • 00:20:10.140 --> 00:20:12.150
  • when you start putting God first.
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:15.090
  • Always wondering, "How do I find my purpose?
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:18.220
  • How do I find the path, God?
  • 00:20:18.230 --> 00:20:20.080
  • What decision do I need to make?"
  • 00:20:20.090 --> 00:20:21.250
  • Just follow Jesus.
  • 00:20:21.260 --> 00:20:23.050
  • If he's out on the lake, you go out on the lake.
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:28.120
  • If he's not in your boat, that boat's going under.
  • 00:20:28.130 --> 00:20:34.200
  • I'd rather be with Jesus than the safety of the boat
  • 00:20:34.210 --> 00:20:39.040
  • without him.
  • 00:20:39.050 --> 00:20:40.180
  • I'd rather be with Jesus out in the wind and the waves
  • 00:20:40.190 --> 00:20:42.150
  • than the safety of the boat and my pride without him.
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:47.260
  • And so be willing.
  • 00:20:47.270 --> 00:20:49.230
  • Step in faith because when you do, there'll be times
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:52.270
  • you get your eyes off Jesus and you start to sink,
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:54.240
  • but that's okay.
  • 00:20:54.250 --> 00:20:56.040
  • It's just a chance for you to be rescued by the Savior.
  • 00:20:56.050 --> 00:20:57.220
  • The point is it wasn't that he sank.
  • 00:20:57.230 --> 00:21:02.160
  • The point is not that he failed.
  • 00:21:02.170 --> 00:21:06.100
  • 'Course he failed, because we all get our eyes
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:08.170
  • off Jesus at times.
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:09.270
  • It's that he got out of the boat.
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:11.130
  • The end of my life, I wanna be one of those guys
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:13.090
  • that got out of the boat.
  • 00:21:13.100 --> 00:21:19.090
  • If you're gonna walk on water,
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:20.200
  • you've gotta get out of the boat.
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:23.220
  • I was talking to the high school seniors the other day because
  • 00:21:23.230 --> 00:21:27.150
  • every year we have the high school senior Bible study
  • 00:21:27.160 --> 00:21:29.130
  • at our house, the last two sessions, and we grill for 'em,
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:33.200
  • we have a fun time.
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:35.110
  • We eat together and then we have a little Bible study that our
  • 00:21:35.120 --> 00:21:39.070
  • student pastors do every Sunday night with them and we just do
  • 00:21:39.080 --> 00:21:42.160
  • the last two because we wanna give them kind of a charge
  • 00:21:42.170 --> 00:21:44.210
  • as they go out, as they're gonna be going to college,
  • 00:21:44.220 --> 00:21:47.100
  • they're gonna be going to the workforce.
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:49.070
  • And so I taught on this passage but what I pointed out
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:53.130
  • was this prayer of Peter.
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:55.210
  • When you're talking to Jesus, you're praying.
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:58.180
  • And I want you to underline the phrase, "Lord, if it's really
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:01.190
  • you, tell me to come to you, walking on water."
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:05.210
  • I'd never thought of that before but that's a prayer.
  • 00:22:05.220 --> 00:22:09.160
  • "Lord, if it's really--" How did he even think of that prayer?
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:11.270
  • "Lord, if that's really you, tell me to come to you and walk
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:14.260
  • on water, and I'll come."
  • 00:22:14.270 --> 00:22:16.060
  • And Jesus said, "Yes, come."
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:18.100
  • That's a walking on water kind of prayer and I told those
  • 00:22:18.110 --> 00:22:21.060
  • seniors, I said, "Would you be willing to pray a walking
  • 00:22:21.070 --> 00:22:24.000
  • on water kind of prayer?"
  • 00:22:24.010 --> 00:22:26.180
  • I mean, something that you've never done before,
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:28.230
  • that you've never seen before, but you know what?
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:30.200
  • It's in your heart and you're afraid to even mention it
  • 00:22:30.210 --> 00:22:32.220
  • because you just don't think it could ever happen.
  • 00:22:32.230 --> 00:22:34.220
  • You think you're gonna fail. There's no way.
  • 00:22:34.230 --> 00:22:37.070
  • But would you be willing to pray a walking on water prayer?
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:39.280
  • "God, if this is really you, then tell me to come to you
  • 00:22:39.290 --> 00:22:42.250
  • and I'll take the next step.
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  • I'll get out of the boat.
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  • And you gotta take me the rest of the way.
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  • I can't do this."
  • 00:22:47.130 --> 00:22:49.010
  • And they wrote those prayers down in an envelope and we have
  • 00:22:49.020 --> 00:22:53.060
  • them here at church and we're gonna mail them back to them
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:54.250
  • next year and we're just gonna encourage them to say, you know
  • 00:22:54.260 --> 00:23:00.100
  • what, I mean, you may pray a walking on water prayer and
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:03.010
  • maybe then God says, "No, I don't want you to go this way.
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:05.160
  • I'm gonna lead you this way."
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:06.280
  • And that's great.
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:09.160
  • But until you start praying walking on water
  • 00:23:09.170 --> 00:23:11.070
  • kind of prayers, you'll never get out of the boat.
  • 00:23:11.080 --> 00:23:15.290
  • A walking on water kind of prayer.
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  • What is your walking on water prayer today that you're afraid
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  • to even ask God because what if it doesn't come through?
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  • All you're saying is, "God, if you want me to come to you on
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  • the water, then say, 'Yes, come.'"
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  • And then take the next step.
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  • He's the one that's gotta bring you to himself
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  • as you look to him.
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  • Be willing to pray a walking on water kind of prayer.
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  • I have found that God, in his will, will always call you to do
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  • something you can't do in and of your own strength.
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  • And if you're not doing anything that's impossible right now,
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  • that you can handle, that you control,
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  • you're not in God's will.
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  • Because God will always call you to step out of the boat to do
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  • something that you can't do in and of your own strength.
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  • Maybe it's just love someone that you can't stand.
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  • You can't do that in your own strength.
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  • What is it that God's calling you to do to step out
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  • of the boat?
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  • Look at the last verse.
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  • "Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.
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  • 'You have so little faith,' Jesus said.
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  • 'Why did you doubt me?'
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  • When they climbed back in the boat, the wind stopped.
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  • Then the disciples worshiped him.
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  • 'You really are the Son of God!' they exclaimed."
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  • So again, they gave up control.
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  • They said, "Wait a minute. We're not in control.
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  • This storm is too strong for us to control so we give up
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  • to your control, Jesus.
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  • Thank you."
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  • And they worshiped him.
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  • But I just wanna challenge you,
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  • will you risk looking like a fool to follow Jesus?
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  • I would rather be a fool following Jesus than look like
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  • the wisest and strongest man in the world and live for myself.
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  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:25:02.220
  • Kerry: The most important decision you can ever make
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  • is to receive Christ into your life.
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  • You see, it's not about religion;
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  • it's about a relationship with God
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  • through his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • In fact, I don't like religion, to be honest.
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  • Religion is really man trying to work our way up to God.
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  • It's humankind trying to do enough good works and to follow
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  • rules, rituals, and regulations so that God looks down at us
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  • and says, "Okay, I accept you."
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  • But the problem is God is perfect and holy
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  • and we're all sinners.
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  • None of us are perfect but that's why Christ came.
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  • He came and he became one of us and he died on a cross.
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  • And I don't understand it completely
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  • but I know this with all my heart.
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  • What he did on that cross gives me forgiveness of all my sins.
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  • It just takes away my guilt
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  • and it's about a relationship with Christ.
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  • It's not about religion.
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  • It's a relationship with Jesus and all you have to do is
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  • just say, "Jesus Christ, I need you.
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  • I can't save myself, so I ask you to come
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  • into my life and save me.
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  • Forgive me of all my sins and just be the Lord of my life."
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  • And when you do that, Christ comes into your life
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  • and he says, "I'll never leave you and never forsake you."
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  • announcer: Here at the holidays we are especially
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  • reminded of God's love for us and right now, during this
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  • season of giving, you can be part of all that Kerry Shook
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  • Ministries is doing to share this amazing truth with others.
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  • Kerry and Chris invite you to join them in their tradition
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  • of giving the best gift to Christ.
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  • Your gifts will help launch projects into the New Year
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  • that share the gospel of truth to a hurting world.
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  • In your city, your neighborhood, perhaps even in your own home,
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  • people with questions will receive
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  • balanced biblical answers.
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  • The liberating truths of the gospel will come to life in
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  • vivid, visual ways through illustrated sermons and,
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  • best of all, hurting people will experience forgiveness,
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  • peace, and abundant eternal life by being introduced
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  • to Jesus Christ.
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  • Share the joy this season and, as you give,
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  • please know how much Kerry and Chris
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  • appreciate you standing with them in ministry.
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  • Call 844-34-KERRY, or go to KERRYSHOOK.ORG to give your best
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  • gift to Christ by helping to share him with the world.
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