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Made for the Moment

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December 1, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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Made for the Moment

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  • The problem is you can miss your moment.
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  • Kerry: When I got my first job as a pastor,
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  • even before I was settled in, I got a call from
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  • a funeral director who asked me to do a funeral for a man.
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  • He said, "Kerry, could you preach this funeral?"
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  • And I said, "Well, did the guy go to our church?"
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  • And he said, "No.
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  • In fact, he was a 35-year-old drug dealer and I just can't get
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  • anyone to preach his funeral."
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  • Well, I found out that there's going to be a lot of teenagers
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  • at the funeral because apparently this guy was
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  • a huge supplier in the area and all these teenagers
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  • bought drugs from him.
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  • So they wanted to come pay their respects.
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  • So it's going to be packed with teenagers.
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  • I thought, "Well, that's a good chance for me to share Christ.
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  • So okay, I'll do it."
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  • And when I got there, the funeral director
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  • said, "Well, the only music in the service is something
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  • that the family really wanted.
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  • It's the song the "Circle of Life" from The Lion King."
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  • And I thought, "Well, "Circle of Life," the theology is not that
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  • great in that song, but if that's what the family
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  • wants during this time, I guess that's okay."
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  • And he said, "Yeah, they brought the soundtrack
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  • for The Lion King.
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  • And so if you'll read the obituary, then I will play
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  • the song over the speakers and then you preach the message."
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  • I said, "Okay, sounds like a good deal."
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  • So I read the obituary, and then the director put the song on
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  • that came over all the speakers.
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  • But instead of putting on the "Circle of Life," he actually
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  • put on "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
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  • And nobody was feeling it,
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  • and that song just went on and on and on and everybody's
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  • looking at me like, "This is kind of weird."
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  • This whole thing seems kind of weird to me.
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  • I mean, I love the song. Don't get me wrong.
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  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" It's a great romantic song,
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  • but it just wasn't the moment for it.
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  • That music wasn't made for that moment.
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  • Have you ever experienced one of those cringe worthy moments
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  • where somebody says something or somebody does something that
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  • just doesn't fit the moment?
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  • The timing is just off.
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  • Well, I'm talking today about how you were made
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  • for the moment.
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  • I was watching a movie about Winston Churchill the other day,
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  • and of course Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of
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  • England who was the only leader in all of Europe that stood
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  • against Nazi aggression and called it out for what
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  • it was and the evil that it was early on.
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  • And then he led all of England to stand up and he really turned
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  • the tide of World War II.
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  • And there would be many times when Winston Churchill would get
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  • depressed or he would get down on himself and his wife would
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  • always say something like this:
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  • "Winston, you were made for this moment."
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  • And it would bolster him up.
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  • "You were made for this moment."
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  • I thought about that.
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  • Sure he was made for that moment, to turn the whole
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  • tide of human history.
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  • But then I thought, "Wait a minute.
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  • You too are made for this moment."
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  • You were made for this moment.
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  • How do I know that?
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  • Because God chose to place you on
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  • this earth at this point in time.
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  • He could have chose to put you on the earth 3.000 years ago,
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  • he could have chosen to put you on the earth 100 years from now,
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  • but he chose to place you on this earth
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  • at this moment in time.
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  • So you were created, you were made for this moment.
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  • The problem is you can miss your moment.
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  • Life is made up of a lot of little moments that if you don't
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  • know how to take advantage of those moments and seize those
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  • moments, you will miss your moment.
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  • I want you to open your Bibles to Ecclesiastes chapter 3.
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  • It's here in Ecclesiastes we see the writer tells us that life
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  • is all about timing.
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  • It's all about moments and knowing what to do
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  • in the moment.
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  • So would you stand in honor of God's Word, Woodlands Church?
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  • And I want to welcome all of you worshiping with us at our
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  • satellite campuses, everyone worshiping with us through our
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  • broadcast and online ministry.
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  • Wherever you are in the world, you are so welcome.
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  • And all of you here in the Woodlands, we're one church
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  • built on the Word of God.
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  • So just follow along with me.
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  • "For everything there is a season, a time for every
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  • activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die,
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  • a time to plant and a time to harvest, a time to kill
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  • and a time to heal, a time to tear down
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  • and a time to build up, a time to cry
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  • and a time to laugh, a time to grieve and a time to dance,
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  • a time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones,
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  • a time to embrace and a time to turn away, a time to search and
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  • a time to quit searching, a time to keep and a time to throw
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  • away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be quiet and
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  • a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for
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  • war and a time for peace.
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  • What do people really get for all the hard work?
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  • I've seen the burden God has placed on us all, yet God has
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  • made everything beautiful for its own time."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • And I want you to underline the first sentence in that whole
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  • passage: for everything there is a season, a time for every
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  • activity under heaven.
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  • You know, success in life is all about timing.
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  • And here we see the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there
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  • is a time for every activity under heaven, but there's a
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  • right time for it and a wrong time for it.
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  • You can do the right thing at the wrong time and it ends up
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  • being the wrong thing. Wouldn't you agree?
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  • And so life is really all about timing and understanding timing.
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  • For example, if on our first date I would have asked Chris to
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  • marry me, that would have probably creeped her out a
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  • little bit.
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  • I mean, think about it.
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  • You know, you take someone out on the first date and then
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  • you--when they come to the door, you just kneel down and go,
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  • "Would you make me the happiest man in the world?"
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  • Some of you single adults say, "That's happened to me.
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  • It is creepy, you know."
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  • I mean--you know, if I would have asked Chris to marry me on
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  • our first date, that probably wouldn't have gone so well.
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  • It worked out fine on the second date, but on the first
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  • date--now, a few months later, the time was perfect that I
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  • asked her.
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  • And so you can do the right thing at the wrong time and it
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  • becomes a very wrong thing.
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  • And so the Scripture here tells us that life is all about
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  • timing.
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  • But so many times we say things at the wrong time, we do things
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  • at the wrong time and it cause us a lot of destruction and pain
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  • and hurt in our relationships.
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  • So if I'm going to really seize the moment that I'm made for,
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  • then there are three things I want you to see, three things
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  • that I have to do that this passage tells me.
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  • First, I have to see the moment.
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  • I have to see the moment clearly.
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  • You can't seize the moment until you see the moment.
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  • You need God's wisdom to see the moment.
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  • In 1 Chronicles chapter 12, it talks about all the tribes that
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  • were coming to join David and to be on his team even before David
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  • was king.
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  • Saul who had turned away from God had banished David and David
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  • was living out in a cave and he was on the run, but there were
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  • tribes that started coming to him in spite of the fact that it
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  • looked like he was going to be the loser.
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  • And in 1 Chronicles 12:32, it tells about one of those tribes.
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  • It says, "From Issachar, men who understood the times and knew
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  • what Israel should do, 200 chiefs with all their relatives
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  • under their command."
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  • Underline that phrase, men who understood the times, and then
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  • underline the phrase, knew what Israel should do, and draw a
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  • line connecting the two.
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  • Because if you want to know what you should do, you got to
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  • understand the times.
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  • You got to understand what this moment calls for.
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  • You got to understand what you need to do in this moment so you
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  • can do the right thing at the right time.
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  • These guys had a wisdom from God where they understood the time.
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  • So they knew what Israel should do, and that's my prayer.
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  • It's my prayer for my life is that God would give me the
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  • wisdom to understand the times so that I'll know what he wants
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  • me to do, so that I will do what he calls me to do in this
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  • moment.
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  • What I want us to do is just go through Ecclesiastes chapter 3
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  • because it gives us so much wisdom on what to do in
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  • the moment so that we can see the moment clearly and know
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  • what to do.
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  • In verse 2 it says there's a time to be born and a time to
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  • die, a time to plant and a time to harvest.
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  • So this is talking about knowing the difference between
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  • the beginning and the end of something.
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  • It's so important to understand the beginning or the end,
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  • and it's not as easy as it might sound.
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  • But can you imagine a farmer who goes out during the planting
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  • season and he plants some seeds--he plants all the seeds,
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  • then the next day he gets all his harvesting equipment and he
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  • comes back and he harvests all that he's planted.
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  • That'd be silly.
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  • Just get a bunch of dirt and seeds, and he would ruin the
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  • harvest for harvest season. Why?
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  • Because it's planting season.
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  • And then can you imagine a farmer who goes out during the
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  • harvest time and he has these huge crops, field after field of
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  • these amazing crops and instead of bringing all the harvest
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  • equipment, he comes out and he just starts planting over those
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  • crops and he never harvest the crops and they die?
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  • It would make no sense, but that's exactly what we do in our
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  • lives so many times.
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  • It's exactly what we do in our relationships.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: The problem is, when are you to be tough and when are
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  • you to be tender?
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  • You need to know what the moment calls for and only God can show
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  • you what the moment calls for because success in life is all
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  • about timing.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus through
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  • television, media, and creative resources.
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  • Now with social media, we have a great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that we can all grow in Christ together.
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  • with you in times of need and celebrating with you in times of
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  • joy.
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  • special events, enjoy inspiring messages, and you can send us
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  • your prayer requests, share praises, and help inspire
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  • others.
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  • Help us lift each other up and get connected today.
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  • Go to kerryshook.org or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and
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  • YouTube.
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ into the
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  • world.
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  • Kerry: So you've got to know the difference between when it's
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  • time to plant and when it's time to harvest, and the only way I
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  • can know that is with God's wisdom.
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  • Well, let's go on because he continues on.
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  • He says in the next passage, look at it with me, "There's a
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  • time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time
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  • to build up."
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  • This is really interesting to me because you think, "Is there a
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  • time to kill? Really?
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  • And a time to heal?"
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  • I know there's a time to heal.
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  • You know, oftentimes when a marriage is hurting or a family
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  • is hurting, they try to heal too quickly.
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  • Oftentimes when a marriage is hurting, someone is trying to
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  • heal it before they really kill the destructive behaviors that
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  • are causing hurt in first place.
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  • And instead of it being time to heal, it's time to kill the
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  • selfishness, the bitterness, the lies that are causing the hurt
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  • because if you try to heal when it's time to kill, then you're
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  • just going to make everything worse.
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  • You're just going to just tear these wounds open over and over
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  • again because you can't heal.
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  • We need to kill off some things that are causing the disease in
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  • the first place.
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  • And so maybe for some of you, it's time to kill.
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  • For some of you though today, it's time to heal.
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  • It's time to heal from your past because in your heart you're
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  • holding on to that hurt and it's turned into bitterness.
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  • And you're still killing the person who hurt you, but really
  • 00:13:20.090 --> 00:13:23.040
  • it's just killing you.
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  • And God says, "For you, it's time to heal."
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  • It's time for you to heal.
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  • It's time for you to choose to forgive for your own sake
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  • because it's only hurting you.
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  • It's not hurting the person that hurts you.
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  • You're holding on to the hurt, it's turned into hate and
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  • bitterness, and it's hurting you.
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  • It's killing you.
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  • So it's time for you to choose to forgive not because you feel
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  • like it, but because God commands it and it's for your
  • 00:13:43.110 --> 00:13:47.040
  • own sake so healing can flow into your life.
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  • You've got to know when it's time to kill and when it's time
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  • to heal.
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  • Verse 4, "A time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to grieve
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  • and a time to dance."
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  • Now notice the time to cry is before the time to laugh, and
  • 00:14:03.020 --> 00:14:05.250
  • the time to grieve comes before the time to dance.
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  • This is important because when you suffer loss, you have to
  • 00:14:08.150 --> 00:14:12.240
  • grieve that loss before you can get over it.
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:15.000
  • A lot of times we try to get over the loss and we don't
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:17.130
  • grieve the loss and we try to dance before we grieve.
  • 00:14:17.140 --> 00:14:22.190
  • And if you dance before you grieve, it'll turn into a dance
  • 00:14:22.200 --> 00:14:25.190
  • of depression or a dance of really bad decisions.
  • 00:14:25.200 --> 00:14:28.050
  • Because if you don't grieve your losses, it will eventually come
  • 00:14:28.060 --> 00:14:31.280
  • out. That grief will come out.
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  • Some of you are experiencing that right now.
  • 00:14:33.090 --> 00:14:35.090
  • You didn't grieve a loss somewhere in your life.
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:39.070
  • You stuffed it down and you just went on, and you didn't grieve
  • 00:14:39.080 --> 00:14:42.100
  • that loss and now it's coming out a lot of bad decisions.
  • 00:14:42.110 --> 00:14:45.090
  • It's coming out in a lot of different ways because you
  • 00:14:45.100 --> 00:14:47.100
  • didn't deal with it 'cause grief is real.
  • 00:14:47.110 --> 00:14:49.010
  • God created grief for us because it's a healing thing and so you
  • 00:14:49.020 --> 00:14:52.090
  • have to go through it.
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  • And you come to the place where you're totally broken and then
  • 00:14:53.170 --> 00:14:56.180
  • God can bring blessedness and then he will turn your mourning
  • 00:14:56.190 --> 00:15:02.150
  • into dancing.
  • 00:15:02.160 --> 00:15:04.090
  • But you can't dance before you grieve.
  • 00:15:04.100 --> 00:15:07.130
  • And some of you, it's time to grieve.
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:08.290
  • It's time to grieve the losses that you've caused in your life,
  • 00:15:09.000 --> 00:15:11.190
  • in your relationships.
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  • It's time for you to admit it to feel the brunt of it, or it's
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:16.070
  • time for you to grieve the losses that you didn't have
  • 00:15:16.080 --> 00:15:19.090
  • anything to do with but came into your life and
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:23.070
  • blindsided you.
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  • It's time for you to grieve those losses and feel the
  • 00:15:24.130 --> 00:15:27.250
  • brokenness in your heart so that God can take it and bring
  • 00:15:27.260 --> 00:15:31.090
  • blessedness out of it.
  • 00:15:31.100 --> 00:15:33.170
  • And then I would say I know that there's someone here, I don't
  • 00:15:33.180 --> 00:15:36.190
  • know who you are, but it's time for you to dance.
  • 00:15:36.200 --> 00:15:39.270
  • You feel like the music has died in your life and you feel like
  • 00:15:39.280 --> 00:15:43.050
  • you'll never be able to dance again and God says, "Put those
  • 00:15:43.060 --> 00:15:46.190
  • dancing shoes on because it's time to dance."
  • 00:15:46.200 --> 00:15:49.280
  • God says, "I can take your deepest hurt and turn it into a
  • 00:15:49.290 --> 00:15:52.190
  • dance floor upon which you can dance the dance of joy."
  • 00:15:52.200 --> 00:15:56.040
  • And I'm just telling you, I know that God is saying to someone,
  • 00:15:56.050 --> 00:16:00.190
  • "It's time to dance.
  • 00:16:00.200 --> 00:16:02.290
  • It's time for you to dance whether you feel like it or not
  • 00:16:03.000 --> 00:16:05.020
  • because your dancing day is coming.
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:08.030
  • Get the dancing shoes on because it's time for you to dance.
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  • It's time for you to celebrate.
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  • The mourning is over.
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  • I'm turning your mourning into dancing."
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  • You see, God gives us the wisdom to know what to do at the right
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  • time.
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  • What does the moment call for?
  • 00:16:25.100 --> 00:16:28.120
  • Well, let's continue on because it says there's a time to
  • 00:16:28.130 --> 00:16:31.160
  • scatter stones and a time to gather stones, a time to embrace
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  • and a time to turn away.
  • 00:16:34.230 --> 00:16:36.090
  • This is knowing when to be tough and when to be tender.
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:39.160
  • As a leader, I know that I have to be tough at times, a really
  • 00:16:39.170 --> 00:16:42.190
  • strong leader, and then there are times I need to be tender
  • 00:16:42.200 --> 00:16:45.000
  • and compassionate.
  • 00:16:45.010 --> 00:16:46.150
  • But I get the two mixed up a lot.
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:48.230
  • Sometimes I get really tough to try to prove I'm the leader.
  • 00:16:48.240 --> 00:16:52.200
  • "I'm the leader here."
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  • And if you have to tell people you're the leader, you're not
  • 00:16:53.290 --> 00:16:55.260
  • really the leader.
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:58.060
  • You know--I mean, if you have to have something on your door
  • 00:16:58.070 --> 00:17:02.080
  • really huge, "I'm the boss," something on your desk, "I'm
  • 00:17:02.090 --> 00:17:05.270
  • your boss," "Hey, don't forget. I'm the boss.
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:08.110
  • I'm the one who assigned your checks."
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  • You know, then you're really not the leader.
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:13.200
  • And so--but there are times where I feel like, "Man, I need
  • 00:17:13.210 --> 00:17:15.280
  • to be really tough here, show them I'm such a great leader."
  • 00:17:15.290 --> 00:17:18.280
  • When it doesn't call for that, it's the wrong moment.
  • 00:17:18.290 --> 00:17:20.290
  • Then there are times that I'm tender when I need to be tough.
  • 00:17:21.000 --> 00:17:27.120
  • You know, I let something slide, "That's okay.
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:30.010
  • No big deal." when it is a big deal.
  • 00:17:30.020 --> 00:17:31.200
  • It's just that I'm tired and I don't feel like dealing with it
  • 00:17:31.210 --> 00:17:33.270
  • because it's a hassle.
  • 00:17:33.280 --> 00:17:35.000
  • For those of you who are parents, you know what I'm
  • 00:17:35.010 --> 00:17:38.010
  • talking about?
  • 00:17:38.020 --> 00:17:39.230
  • There are times you need to be tough, times you need to be
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:41.180
  • tender.
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:42.250
  • And sometimes as a parent when my kids were growing up, I would
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:46.040
  • be tough. I just get mad.
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:48.220
  • You know, I get mad and then get really tough.
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:51.020
  • It would come out all wrong.
  • 00:17:51.030 --> 00:17:52.280
  • And then there were times when I would be tender when I need to
  • 00:17:52.290 --> 00:17:57.210
  • be tough and I wasn't really enforcing the rule.
  • 00:17:57.220 --> 00:18:01.120
  • I was just being tender because I was being lazy and because I
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:05.230
  • didn't feel like it.
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:08.040
  • And so there are times when your kids need you to be tender and
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:11.090
  • just give them a hug.
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:12.230
  • Just give them a hug. "Hey, it's okay.
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:14.100
  • It's okay.
  • 00:18:14.110 --> 00:18:15.190
  • It's okay."
  • 00:18:15.200 --> 00:18:17.280
  • And there times when you need to be tough and say, "I love you
  • 00:18:17.290 --> 00:18:20.130
  • enough to be tough right now.
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  • I love you enough that I'm going to enforce this rule because
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:25.110
  • this is for your own good.
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:26.140
  • I care enough about you to be in the game on this."
  • 00:18:26.150 --> 00:18:30.290
  • The problem is, when are you to be tough and when are you to be
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:33.200
  • tender?
  • 00:18:33.210 --> 00:18:34.280
  • You need to know what the moment calls for and only God can show
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:37.010
  • you what the moment calls for because success in life is all
  • 00:18:37.020 --> 00:18:40.230
  • about timing.
  • 00:18:40.240 --> 00:18:42.270
  • You do the right thing at the wrong time and it's really
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:45.220
  • wrong.
  • 00:18:45.230 --> 00:18:47.130
  • God wants you to do the right thing at the right time.
  • 00:18:47.140 --> 00:18:49.170
  • That's the key to relationships, doing the right thing at the
  • 00:18:49.180 --> 00:18:52.190
  • right time. Well, let's go on.
  • 00:18:52.200 --> 00:18:54.000
  • There's so much in here.
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:55.160
  • Verse 6, "A time to search and a time to quit searching, a time
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:59.050
  • to keep and a time to throw away."
  • 00:18:59.060 --> 00:19:03.180
  • So this is knowing when to hold on and when to let go.
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:06.080
  • Now, sometimes we hold on too tightly to relationship we crush
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:09.150
  • the life out of it when it's time to let go and to give it to
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:11.210
  • God.
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:12.280
  • Sometimes we hold on too tightly to a goal or a dream we crush
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:15.180
  • the life out of it.
  • 00:19:15.190 --> 00:19:16.190
  • It's time to let go and give it to God.
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:18.120
  • For some of you, it's time for you to let go and give it to God
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:21.050
  • because you're trying to control it, you're trying to hold it,
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:23.100
  • and it's too big for you.
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:24.250
  • You got to let go and give it to God.
  • 00:19:24.260 --> 00:19:28.050
  • For some of you, God is saying, "It's time for you to let go.
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:31.040
  • You've been holding on for too long."
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:33.290
  • But then I also know there's someone here who God's saying,
  • 00:19:34.000 --> 00:19:37.190
  • "Hold on.
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:39.070
  • Hold on to me with all your heart, with all your might.
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:42.000
  • Don't let go because you feel like letting go."
  • 00:19:42.010 --> 00:19:44.130
  • You feel like letting go of God, you feel like giving up, you
  • 00:19:44.140 --> 00:19:47.020
  • feel like turning away and God says, "Don't you do it.
  • 00:19:47.030 --> 00:19:50.060
  • You come to me.
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.120
  • You can yell on me, you can curse me, you can pour your
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:55.100
  • heart out to me, but don't you dare let go of me.
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:59.210
  • Hold on. Hold on."
  • 00:19:59.220 --> 00:20:01.180
  • The blessing is just around the corner.
  • 00:20:01.190 --> 00:20:03.180
  • It's always darkest before dawn.
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:05.120
  • So don't give up before the blessing comes.
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:08.130
  • Sometimes we let go right before God is getting ready to come
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:12.110
  • through, and God says, "Don't let go.
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:15.270
  • You hold on.
  • 00:20:15.280 --> 00:20:17.100
  • You hold on with everything you have.
  • 00:20:17.110 --> 00:20:19.010
  • And when you can't hold on any longer, I will hold on to you
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:22.180
  • and never let you go."
  • 00:20:22.190 --> 00:20:24.160
  • So when do I hold on?
  • 00:20:24.170 --> 00:20:26.050
  • When do I let go?
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:28.160
  • God wants us to know.
  • 00:20:28.170 --> 00:20:30.170
  • Then the next verse, "A time to tear and a time to mend, a time
  • 00:20:30.180 --> 00:20:33.190
  • to be quiet and a time to speak."
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:35.260
  • This is knowing when to stand up and be noticed and when to sit
  • 00:20:35.270 --> 00:20:39.040
  • down and blend in and be part of the team.
  • 00:20:39.050 --> 00:20:43.150
  • Sometimes I stand up to be noticed out of pride and
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:46.200
  • insecurity and I stand up at the wrong time, and I try to shine
  • 00:20:46.210 --> 00:20:52.010
  • at the wrong time and it's all about me.
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:55.160
  • And sometimes I sit down and I just blend in when God wants me
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:21:00.200
  • to stand up and make a difference.
  • 00:21:00.210 --> 00:21:03.270
  • When God wants me to stand up or stand up and walk over to
  • 00:21:03.280 --> 00:21:08.190
  • someone who's in need, but I just don't feel like it.
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:15.010
  • So I need, "God show me when to stand up, show me when to sit
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:19.060
  • down, when to stand up for your glory, when to sit down for your
  • 00:21:19.070 --> 00:21:24.090
  • glory.
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:26.110
  • When do I stand up? When do I sit down?"
  • 00:21:26.120 --> 00:21:28.040
  • Look at the next verse.
  • 00:21:28.050 --> 00:21:30.050
  • "A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time
  • 00:21:31.060 --> 00:21:34.140
  • for peace."
  • 00:21:34.150 --> 00:21:35.290
  • That's knowing when to fight and when to surrender.
  • 00:21:36.000 --> 00:21:37.270
  • A lot of times we fight for control when God says, "It's
  • 00:21:37.280 --> 00:21:42.000
  • time to surrender to my care and control."
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:44.210
  • Sometimes we surrender to sin and our flesh when God says,
  • 00:21:44.220 --> 00:21:47.210
  • "It's time to fight with my power."
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:51.120
  • God wants us to know when we surrender and when it's time to
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:55.290
  • fight.
  • 00:21:56.000 --> 00:21:57.010
  • And folks, this all comes down to God's wisdom.
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:21:58.240
  • God says, "If you like wisdom, ask me and I'll give you the
  • 00:21:58.250 --> 00:22:02.010
  • wisdom to know what to do in the moment."
  • 00:22:02.020 --> 00:22:04.050
  • What does the moment call for?
  • 00:22:04.060 --> 00:22:05.190
  • The only way I'll know is with God's wisdom, and that's my
  • 00:22:05.200 --> 00:22:08.100
  • prayer.
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:09.130
  • "God, show me what this moment calls for.
  • 00:22:09.140 --> 00:22:11.130
  • Give me the wisdom to know what to do at this time."
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:16.220
  • And then we have to also stay in the moment.
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:18.210
  • First thing is see the moment clearly.
  • 00:22:18.220 --> 00:22:20.080
  • You got to see the moment before you can seize the moment, then
  • 00:22:20.090 --> 00:22:22.160
  • you stay in the moment.
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:24.000
  • In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says, "He has made everything
  • 00:22:24.010 --> 00:22:26.250
  • beautiful in its time.
  • 00:22:26.260 --> 00:22:28.120
  • He's also set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:31.020
  • fathom what God has done from beginning to end."
  • 00:22:31.030 --> 00:22:34.230
  • Underline that phrase: he has made everything beautiful in its
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:37.080
  • time.
  • 00:22:37.090 --> 00:22:38.110
  • Every moment is beautiful in its time.
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:41.190
  • At the right time, every moment is beautiful.
  • 00:22:41.200 --> 00:22:44.280
  • Even the most painful moments, even the ugliest feeling
  • 00:22:44.290 --> 00:22:49.250
  • moments, God can take them and make something beautiful out of
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:53.140
  • them.
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:54.210
  • But we try to move ahead of the moment and we miss out on the
  • 00:22:54.220 --> 00:22:57.200
  • beautiful thing that God wants to do in our lives.
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:23:00.250
  • You were made for the moment, but the moment is also making
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:04.030
  • you. Don't forget that.
  • 00:23:04.040 --> 00:23:06.160
  • You were made for this moment, but the moment you're in is also
  • 00:23:06.170 --> 00:23:09.080
  • making you.
  • 00:23:09.090 --> 00:23:10.160
  • God's using the moment to make you into what he wants you to
  • 00:23:10.170 --> 00:23:12.140
  • be.
  • 00:23:12.150 --> 00:23:13.200
  • And when you move ahead of God and you move ahead of the
  • 00:23:13.210 --> 00:23:15.100
  • moment, you miss out on what God is trying to make you into and
  • 00:23:15.110 --> 00:23:19.090
  • you miss out on the blessings and the beautiful thing that God
  • 00:23:19.100 --> 00:23:21.210
  • is doing.
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:22.270
  • We move ahead of God and he drops the blessing where we used
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:26.180
  • to be.
  • 00:23:26.190 --> 00:23:28.070
  • Sometimes we don't step with God and we miss the blessing that we
  • 00:23:28.080 --> 00:23:34.040
  • could have received.
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  • You try to run ahead of the Lord, you get worn out.
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  • How do you know if you're running ahead of God?
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  • You're probably worn out in your mind, in your heart.
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  • You're probably close to burn out because you're trying to run
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  • ahead.
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  • You're trying to make something happen that God says, "It's just
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  • time to wait.
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  • If you wait on me, I'm going to come through.
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  • That delay won't stop my plan."
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  • But then there's the third thing in that seize the moment.
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  • You got to see the moment, see it clearly, and then you have to
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  • stay in the moment that God has you in, enjoy every moment, and
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  • then you seize the moment.
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  • I'm talking about those defining moments.
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  • You were made for this moment in time, but God also has made you
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  • or making you to be ready for your defining moments.
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  • And there's always two or three defining moments in every life
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  • that makes so much difference.
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  • It's where you stand in the defining moments of your life
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  • that determine your destiny.
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  • I don't know what the moment is for you.
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  • Maybe it's time for you to start trusting God with your finances
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  • in giving.
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  • Maybe it's time for you to share your faith with a neighbor that
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  • you've been talking with.
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  • I don't know what time it is for you, but I know this.
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  • God has a moment for you.
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  • Did you ever stop and think maybe the reason God has blessed
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  • your business and raise you up to the position he's raised you
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  • up for is so you can make a difference in lives, so that you
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  • can put God first?
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  • Did you ever stop to think that maybe the reason God puts you in
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  • that neighborhood next to that person, next to that neighbor
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  • that you can't stand, that ungodly heathen is because he
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  • wants you to be his love to that neighbor or maybe he just wants
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  • that neighbor to rub off the rough edges of your character?
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  • Maybe that neighbor thinks the same thing about you.
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  • "God, why did you place me next to this neighbor?"
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  • I don't know, but I know this.
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  • God has placed you where he's placed you for a reason.
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  • Chris: We're so glad that you joined us for the message
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  • today, and hope that it impacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know that there's many out there who've
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  • never received Christ, and all you have to do is just pray and
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  • ask for his salvation and say, "Jesus Christ,
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  • forgive me of all my sins.
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  • Come into my life. Be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift of salvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you pray that prayer, Christ will come into your life
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  • and he'll never leave 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 of
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  • giving the best gift to Christ.
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  • Your gifts will help launch projects into the New Year that
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  • 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 balanced biblical
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  • 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, best of
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  • all, hurting people will experience forgiveness, peace,
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  • and abundant eternal life by being introduced to
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • Share the joy this season and, as you give, please know how
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  • much Kerry and Chris appreciate you standing with them
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  • 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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