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Frequency: I'm a Friend

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December 12, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • is how to hear the voice of God.
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  • God's greatest motivation to talk to us is friendship.
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  • God wants to be the type of friend who sits
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  • and talks with us.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris, as he encourages each of us
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  • to learn who God is and take time
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  • to speak with Him daily.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: Alright, we're in a series called
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  • "Frequency: Tune In, Hear God".
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  • I want you to turn to two passages of Scripture, John 15
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  • and Genesis 18, and we'll actually start in John 15,
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  • we'll go back to Genesis 18, and then we'll come
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  • back around John 15.
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  • But, if you can only turn to one, turn to Genesis 18,
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  • because it's a longer passage and I want you to see that.
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  • This week, the title of the message is, "I'm a Friend".
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  • "I'm a Friend."
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  • Let me give you an illustration of two types
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  • of a friend, and you see which type you would prefer, alright?
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  • Let's say that you're in the hospital, and you and I
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  • are friends, and so you ask me to come by and visit you.
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  • And I come to the front desk, and I drop off some
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  • of the books that I've written, and I say, would you deliver
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  • them to this room?
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  • But I never see you, never talk to you, never sit
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  • at your bedside, and yet, we've been friends for 20 years.
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  • But, I just drop off some books that I've written for you.
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  • Or, I show up at the hospital every morning
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  • before I go to work, sit with you for an hour or so and talk,
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  • I text you a few times during the day,
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  • come in the evening, sit with you again,
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  • sneak you in some fast food.
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  • Okay, I want to take a little poll here.
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  • How many of you have ever had a friend or a family member
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  • in the hospital, and you snuck in food?
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  • Can I?
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  • That's what I thought.
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  • Yeah, yeah, all the rule-breakers.
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  • Alright, so which friend would you rather me be,
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  • the guy that drops off some books that I've written, or
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  • the guy that comes and actually sits and talks with you?
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  • Okay, I hope you never forget this.
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  • God wants to be the type of friend that sits
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  • and talks with you.
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  • He doesn't want to just drop off some books
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  • that He's written for you to read.
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  • Now, I'm not minimizing God's Word at all, at all.
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  • I'm simply saying that that is not the extent of God's
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  • friendship with you, that He just wants you to read
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  • the books that He wrote.
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  • He wants to sit and talk with you, especially
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  • if you're in a bed of pain.
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  • He wants to talk with you.
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  • He wants to be that type of friend.
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  • So, in John 15, look at Verse 15.
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  • It's easy to remember, John 15:15.
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  • Jesus says, "No longer do I call you servants,
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  • for a servant does not know what his master is doing,
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  • but I have called you", what? Friends.
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  • "I have called you friends, for all things that I heard
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  • from my Father I have made known to you."
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  • And this, made known, in the English we have two words,
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  • but it's only one Greek word, and it means spoken.
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  • I've told you. Why?
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  • Why does God talk to us?
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  • Because we're friends.
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  • Okay, so let me give you three things about God speaking to us,
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  • alright?
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  • Here's number one.
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  • God does not speak to robots.
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  • God does not speak to robots.
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  • Okay, you may have never thought about this,
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  • but we communicate two ways on earth.
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  • We communicate mechanically and personally.
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  • Mechanically and personally.
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  • In other words, when we communicate to a machine,
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  • we communicate mechanically.
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  • But when we communicate to a person,
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  • we communicate personally.
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  • Now, you might say, well, I don't communicate with machines.
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  • Yeah, you probably have yelled at your car before,
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  • but that's not what I'm talking about.
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  • You do communicate mechanically to machines.
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  • For instance, if you want your car to go,
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  • you communicate for it to go by pressing the gas pedal.
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  • If you want it to stop, you press the brake pedal.
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  • See, you are communicating mechanically.
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  • Does everyone understand?
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  • If you want words to appear on your computer screen,
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  • you communicate mechanically to your computer.
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  • You press the G letter when you want the G to appear.
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  • You save the document.
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  • You tell it to print.
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  • You know, things like that.
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  • You know, I can remember, years ago,
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  • when I first got my computer.
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  • You know, I hit print.
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  • My son knew about it, but I didn't know about those things.
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  • I hit print, and do you know what it said?
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  • The computer cannot find the printer.
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  • I turned to the monitor.
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  • I said, it's right there!
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  • So, but you communicate two ways,
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  • mechanically and personally.
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  • I'm telling you, God does not want to communicate
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  • mechanically with you.
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  • He wants to communicate personally.
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  • He wants to talk to you.
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  • Now, as we're talking about this, when we talk about
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  • communicating with our car, and I'm not talking about
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  • yelling at your car, but I would like to just ask
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  • the question and see if I'm the only one here, do you ever
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  • talk to other cars?
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  • What are you doing?
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  • I do that all the time, and let me tell you, let me just
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  • get something off my chest because, you know,
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  • there's 30.000 of you here, all of the affiliate churches,
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  • all of the people watching on the internet,
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  • and all of the people watching on television.
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  • Let me -- please, listen.
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  • Get out of my lane. Please!
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  • And I'm going to help you, because some of you don't
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  • understand this.
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  • There's a slow lane, and a fast lane.
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  • Get out of my lane, okay?
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  • Come on!
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  • And listen, I know some of you do it because you're stubborn.
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  • You think, I'm going the speed limit.
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  • He can just -- you know, he should.
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  • Listen. The right lane is for driving.
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  • The left lane is for passing.
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  • Get out of my lane! Please.
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  • And then, when you can finally get a place where you
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  • can move over, you don't move over, and then I have
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  • to go around you on the right.
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  • And it is standard procedure, if you have to go
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  • around someone on the right, you give them the look.
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  • Is that right?
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  • Now, don't give them the gesture.
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  • That's not right for believers.
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  • But, give them the look.
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  • I went around a guy a while back.
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  • I gave him the look, because you're supposed
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  • to give them the look.
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  • And then about 30 seconds later, my phone rings.
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  • This guy said, Pastor, did I do something wrong?
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Okay, I'm telling you though, God does not want
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  • to communicate with you mechanically.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • God is not trying to just input data into your life
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  • to get a desired result.
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  • God wants to be your friend.
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  • Have you ever thought about, what is the main reason
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  • that we want to hear God?
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  • You know, unfortunately, the main reason that most of us
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  • want to hear God is for direction.
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  • Now, here's the way I say unfortunately.
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  • I think God does want to give us direction,
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  • but I don't think that's the main reason that He
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  • wants to communicate with us.
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  • I think the main reason He wants to communicate with us
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  • is because He loves us, is because He actually wants
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  • to be our friend.
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  • It's one of the most amazing truths in the Bible,
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  • that God wants to be your friend.
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  • He wants to talk to you.
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  • All right, so look at Genesis 18.
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  • I just love this.
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  • We're talking about God speaking to humans.
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  • It's all through Scripture, and here is a great
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  • conversation with God that Abraham had.
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  • Genesis 18.
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  • It's a long conversation, but I think we need to look at it.
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  • And, here's what I want you to do.
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  • You might not be in the habit of laughing when you read
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  • the Bible, but there are things in the Bible that are funny.
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  • And I just want you to watch what Abraham does, alright?
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  • Because I think God laughed, personally.
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  • Genesis 18, look at Verse 17.
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  • Now the first part here, by the way, He's talking
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  • to Abraham and some other men.
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  • There are other people hearing this conversation, alright?
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  • "And the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham
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  • what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great
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  • mighty nation, and all of the nations of the earth shall
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  • be blessed in him?
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  • For I have known him."
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  • Again, this word means talked to him.
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  • "In order that he may command his children and his
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  • household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord,
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  • to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord
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  • may bring to Abraham what He has", what?
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  • "Spoken to him."
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  • No doubt, God speaks to people.
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  • "And the Lord said, "Because the outcry against Sodom
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  • and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
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  • I will go down now and see whether they have done
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  • altogether according to the outcry against it that has come
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  • to Me, and if not, I will know."
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  • Now, watch Verse 22.
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  • "Then the men", that's the other men,
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  • "turned away from there and went toward Sodom."
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  • See, there were other men standing there.
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  • "But Abraham", watch carefully, "still stood before the Lord.
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  • And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy
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  • the righteous with the wicked?"
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  • Now, before we go on, I just want you to -- if you want
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  • to know how to hear God, two things right there.
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  • Stop what you're doing and draw near.
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  • I mean, look how simple that was.
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  • The rest of the men walked away.
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  • Abraham stopped what he was doing and drew near to God.
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  • So, it's very, very simple.
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  • Stop what you're doing, and draw near to God.
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  • Alright? Now, watch.
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  • This is where, to me, it'll start getting funny
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  • with Abraham.
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  • Verse 24, "Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city.
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  • Would You also destroy the place and not spare it for
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  • the fifty righteous that were in it?"
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  • Watch this.
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  • "Far be it from you to do such a thing as this."
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  • I can't even imagine.
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  • He's trying to manipulate God here.
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  • "To slay the righteous with the wicked, so that
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  • the righteous should be as the wicked, far be it from you.
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  • Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
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  • So, the Lord said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous
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  • within the city, then I will spare all the place
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  • for their sakes".
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  • Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed now, I who am
  • 00:10:53.220 --> 00:10:56.120
  • but dust and ashes, and I have taken it upon myself
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  • to speak to the Lord."
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  • And I just think that he's just really laying it on thick here.
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  • "Suppose there were five less than fifty righteous.
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  • Would You destroy all of the city for a lack of five?"
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  • So He said, "If I find there forty-five,
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  • I will not destroy it".
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  • And he spoke to Him yet again and said,
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  • "Suppose there should be forty found there?"
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  • So He said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty".
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  • Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak.
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  • Suppose thirty should be found there?"
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  • So He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there".
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  • And then he said, "Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself
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  • to speak to the Lord.
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  • Suppose twenty should be found there?"
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  • So He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty."
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  • Then he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak.
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  • But once more, suppose ten should be found there?"
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  • And He said, "I will not destroy it for the sake of ten."
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  • So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished
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  • speaking with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place."
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  • Now, here's the reason I wanted to show you this.
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  • The Lord went His way and Abraham returned.
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  • Here's what I think the Lord did.
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  • I think He turned around, walks over to, you know,
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  • this could have been Jesus talking to him.
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  • So, He walks over to the Father, and the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:12:04.150 --> 00:12:06.170
  • maybe Gabriel and Michael were there, and I think He said
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  • something like this.
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  • I like that guy!
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  • That guy is so cool.
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  • Did you hear him say, "Far be it from you"?
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  • Did you hear that?
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  • And, he knew he was going to ten, but he started at fifty.
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  • Did you see that?
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  • And then he said, I'm just dust and ashes, you know.
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  • Here's what I think God said.
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  • I think he and I are going to become good friends.
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  • I think we're going to become good friends.
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  • I'm telling you, I think God liked that conversation.
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  • He likes talking to people.
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  • So, He doesn't speak to robots.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • God speaks to people.
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  • God speaks to people.
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  • We just read a record of a conversation of God speaking
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  • to a man, but we have lots of them, Abraham, Isaac,
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  • Jacob, Adam and Eve in the very beginning, Moses, David,
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  • Solomon, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Nahum,
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  • Habbakuk, Zephaniah, Zachariah, Malachi.
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  • And in the New Testament, all of the disciples, and Paul,
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  • and Luke, and even Cornelius, who was an unbeliever.
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  • It's amazing!
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  • So, we read this record and here's what
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  • I want to say to you.
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  • Why would we think that the indwelling Holy Spirit,
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  • the indwelling Holy Spirit, would speak less to people
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  • than He spoke in the Bible?
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  • Why would we think that God would send His Spirit to dwell
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  • within us, and yet make Him mute?
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  • Now, you can't talk to them though,
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  • because I wrote them a book.
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  • That's what people say!
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  • Because God wrote the book, He doesn't speak anymore.
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  • He's got to be about to burst up there in heaven!
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  • And the Holy Spirit's living inside of you,
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  • and He's like [gurgling].
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  • I wish I could tell him, but I can't talk,
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  • I'm not supposed to talk. Okay.
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  • Well, that's exactly the opposite of what Jesus
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  • said about the Holy Spirit.
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  • Back in John 16, we were in 15 a while ago.
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  • Here's John 16:12.
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  • Jesus said, "I still have many things", many things,
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:16.290
  • "to say to you", not impress upon you,
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  • but to say to you, "but you cannot bear them now.
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  • However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will
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  • guide you into all truth."
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  • Now, someone might say, yeah, but it says guide,
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  • it doesn't say speak.
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  • Hold on before you talk, okay?
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  • Look what it says.
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  • "For He will not speak on His own authority,
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  • but whatever He hears He will", what?
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  • "Speak."
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  • The Holy Spirit will speak to you,
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  • "and He will tell you things to come".
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  • That's Jesus talking, telling us about the Holy Spirit.
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  • He will speak to you, and He'll tell you things to come.
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  • See, I think that one of the biggest problems we have about
  • 00:15:03.020 --> 00:15:07.010
  • hearing the voice of God is that we think
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  • that He spoke differently to people in the Bible.
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  • We think that it was audible, and it might
  • 00:15:14.240 --> 00:15:17.180
  • have been sometime.
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  • It might have been.
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  • But, Elijah said it was a still, small voice.
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  • We think about it being this booming voice,
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  • and there are times when God speaks as thunder
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:30.230
  • and others around heard it, too. Okay?
  • 00:15:30.260 --> 00:15:34.100
  • But I'm wondering if sometimes when He spoke,
  • 00:15:34.130 --> 00:15:36.210
  • He spoke just like He does now, and He speaks to our hearts.
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  • Here's the reason I wonder that.
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  • Hebrews 11, we call it the hall of faith, not fame, faith.
  • 00:15:42.250 --> 00:15:47.140
  • We've got all of these people that by faith,
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  • they did something by faith.
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  • Okay, if it was so undeniably God, why would
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  • they have to do it by faith?
  • 00:15:56.230 --> 00:16:00.190
  • Moses was talking to a bush, and said,
  • 00:16:00.220 --> 00:16:06.160
  • what's your name, you know?
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  • Abraham said, let me know this is you.
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  • Gideon, everyone knows about Gideon's fleece.
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  • Here's what Gideon said, Judges 6:17.
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  • "Show me a sign that it is you who talked with me."
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  • Well, if it was this big, booming voice,
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:29.040
  • why would he say that?
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:31.040
  • You know, we think it's this big, booming voice,
  • 00:16:31.070 --> 00:16:32.180
  • and we think, like in the cartoons, that their hair went
  • 00:16:32.210 --> 00:16:35.070
  • straight back, like that, and God just --
  • 00:16:35.100 --> 00:16:38.130
  • just spoke, you know, like that.
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  • Okay, if that's the case, then Hebrews 11 wouldn't
  • 00:16:39.240 --> 00:16:42.050
  • have said by faith, it would have said by fear.
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  • They were scared to death, so that's why they did what
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  • God told them to.
  • 00:16:50.210 --> 00:16:52.170
  • Why would it say by faith?
  • 00:16:52.200 --> 00:16:55.060
  • Faith, they had to believe that it was God
  • 00:16:55.090 --> 00:16:57.200
  • speaking to them.
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  • I submit to you that many people that heard God
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:01.110
  • in the Bible might have heard God the same way we hear God,
  • 00:17:01.140 --> 00:17:06.090
  • in their hearts, and that's why they had to move by faith.
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  • God speaks still today.
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  • He never says anything contrary to this Word,
  • 00:17:11.150 --> 00:17:14.190
  • but He does speak.
  • 00:17:14.220 --> 00:17:16.120
  • So, God doesn't speak to robots, He speaks to people,
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:19.120
  • and here's number three.
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  • God speaks to friends.
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  • God speaks to friends.
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  • Exodus 33:11, "So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face,
  • 00:17:28.080 --> 00:17:35.230
  • as a man speaks to his friend".
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:40.240
  • James 2:23, "And the Scripture was fulfilled
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:45.030
  • which says Abraham believed God, and it was accounted
  • 00:17:45.060 --> 00:17:48.140
  • to him for righteousness, and he was called the" what?
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:54.120
  • "The friend of God."
  • 00:17:54.150 --> 00:17:59.170
  • You know, we're going to be talking in this series about
  • 00:17:59.200 --> 00:18:01.140
  • how to hear God's voice, but this message is really
  • 00:18:01.170 --> 00:18:05.050
  • why we want to hear God's voice, and I'm telling you, because
  • 00:18:05.080 --> 00:18:09.130
  • God wants to be your friend.
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:12.100
  • He could have created robots, but He didn't.
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  • He created people with wills and with the ability
  • 00:18:16.170 --> 00:18:22.050
  • to hear and speak. Why?
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:25.020
  • Because He wanted to, and we know He wanted to do this,
  • 00:18:25.050 --> 00:18:27.110
  • because this is what they did before the fall.
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  • Listen.
  • 00:18:29.010 --> 00:18:30.020
  • He created us, listen, to walk and talk with us
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  • in the cool of the day.
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  • That's what He was doing before Adam and Eve fell,
  • 00:18:39.050 --> 00:18:42.160
  • and that's what He wants to restore us to,
  • 00:18:42.190 --> 00:18:46.040
  • to be able to talk to Him.
  • 00:18:46.070 --> 00:18:47.230
  • And I'll tell you something else.
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:49.180
  • He calls you a friend even when you don't act the way
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:53.190
  • you should, and even when I don't act the way I should.
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:58.090
  • Let me show you a couple of Scriptures.
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  • Zechariah 13:6, "If someone asked Him", this is
  • 00:18:59.210 --> 00:19:03.140
  • a Messianic Scripture in the Old Testament about Jesus,
  • 00:19:03.170 --> 00:19:06.050
  • "what are these wounds on your body?
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  • He will answer, "The wounds I was given at the house
  • 00:19:10.020 --> 00:19:15.230
  • of my friends."
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  • Matthew 26, when Judas betrayed Him, Verse 48.
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  • "Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying,
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:24.190
  • "Whomever I kiss, He is the One, seize Him".
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:28.030
  • Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings,
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:30.210
  • Rabbi", and kissed Him, but Jesus said to Him, "Friend,
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:38.200
  • why have you come?"
  • 00:19:38.230 --> 00:19:41.120
  • And then they came and laid hands on Jesus
  • 00:19:41.150 --> 00:19:43.060
  • and took Him away."
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  • That blows me away.
  • 00:19:45.230 --> 00:19:49.060
  • The one who betrayed Him, Jesus still called him a friend.
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:55.250
  • And then in John 15, where we started,
  • 00:19:55.280 --> 00:19:57.260
  • two verses before where we started, Verse 13.
  • 00:19:57.290 --> 00:20:01.080
  • "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down
  • 00:20:01.110 --> 00:20:05.090
  • one's life for his friends."
  • 00:20:05.120 --> 00:20:12.030
  • This past February was my 35th birthday, spiritual birthday.
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:18.180
  • In other words, February the 16th, 1981, is when I was saved.
  • 00:20:18.210 --> 00:20:23.050
  • So, for 35 years now, I've been a believer.
  • 00:20:23.080 --> 00:20:27.160
  • April the 23rd, 2000, is when Gateway Church started,
  • 00:20:27.190 --> 00:20:34.070
  • 16 years ago this weekend.
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:38.050
  • And I'm going to say something that might shock you,
  • 00:20:38.080 --> 00:20:41.050
  • but my greatest memories over the past 16 years
  • 00:20:41.080 --> 00:20:45.090
  • and the past 30 years are not what God has done for me,
  • 00:20:45.120 --> 00:20:51.280
  • but they are what God has said to me.
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  • I can go back to the things that God has spoken to me
  • 00:20:57.220 --> 00:21:01.290
  • and they've changed my life, and I want your life changed, too.
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:07.260
  • One morning, I was having my quiet time,
  • 00:21:07.290 --> 00:21:12.130
  • and I was giving God my to-do list.
  • 00:21:12.160 --> 00:21:16.120
  • We call that prayer.
  • 00:21:16.150 --> 00:21:19.160
  • But, you know what I'm saying.
  • 00:21:19.190 --> 00:21:20.250
  • I was telling God the things He needed to do while I was out,
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:23.260
  • you know, doing things for Him, okay?
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:26.040
  • These are things I need you go get done,
  • 00:21:26.070 --> 00:21:28.100
  • and I'm going through the list, and I didn't have much time.
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:32.060
  • But, I'm going to pray before I go, you know,
  • 00:21:32.090 --> 00:21:34.120
  • so I'm giving God this to-do list.
  • 00:21:34.150 --> 00:21:36.120
  • I didn't realize I was, but that's what I was doing, and the
  • 00:21:36.150 --> 00:21:39.090
  • Lord just stopped me and said, hey, hey, hey, hey, like that.
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:44.010
  • He said, I know this is important to you, and I know
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:48.020
  • that I've said for you to bring your petitions
  • 00:21:48.050 --> 00:21:51.030
  • to me and let your requests be made known.
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  • I understand all of that.
  • 00:21:52.280 --> 00:21:54.010
  • I understand all of that.
  • 00:21:54.040 --> 00:21:55.020
  • But, He said, but I know you, and I know
  • 00:21:55.050 --> 00:21:58.210
  • you're about to leave.
  • 00:21:58.240 --> 00:22:01.040
  • I know you.
  • 00:22:01.070 --> 00:22:02.000
  • I know you have an appointment.
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:02.280
  • I know you're about to leave.
  • 00:22:03.010 --> 00:22:04.150
  • So, He said, so let me just tell you.
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  • I'm going to take care of your list.
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:08.160
  • I'll take care of that, okay?
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:11.280
  • But before you rush out of here, could we just talk
  • 00:22:12.010 --> 00:22:16.270
  • for a few minutes?
  • 00:22:17.000 --> 00:22:21.230
  • Would you just talk to me, and let me talk to you?
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  • Can we just be friends?
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  • That's what I'm asking.
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:32.160
  • I'm asking every person, every campus,
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:37.220
  • will you just be God's friend?
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  • I'll promise you, He's the best friend you'll ever have.
  • 00:22:40.050 --> 00:22:44.170
  • PASTOR ROBERT: Isn't it amazing?
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  • God wants to speak to us.
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:49.190
  • He wants to have a friendship with us.
  • 00:22:49.220 --> 00:22:52.140
  • Jesus said, "No longer do I call you servants,
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:55.010
  • because a servant doesn't know what his master is doing,
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:58.240
  • but I call you friends".
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:00.180
  • The Bible says that God spoke to Moses
  • 00:23:00.210 --> 00:23:03.030
  • as a man speaks to his friend.
  • 00:23:03.060 --> 00:23:06.010
  • This is one of the most amazing truths in the Bible,
  • 00:23:06.040 --> 00:23:09.140
  • that God speaks to people.
  • 00:23:09.170 --> 00:23:11.050
  • He doesn't speak to robots, as I said in the message.
  • 00:23:11.080 --> 00:23:14.030
  • He speaks to people.
  • 00:23:14.060 --> 00:23:15.120
  • He created us in His image, and He is a communicative God.
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:21.210
  • I'm so happy that God wants us to speak to Him
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  • and He wants to speak to us.
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  • In this series, we're going to learn how to really hear
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  • God's voice, how to know for sure that it's God
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  • talking to us.
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  • I'm going to talk to you about the different ways
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  • that God speaks in the Bible, and I want
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  • to encourage you to do something.
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  • I want to encourage you to order the book, the CDs,
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  • or the DVDs, however you want to listen, because I want you
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  • to hear the whole series and I want you to hear all
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  • of the truths that the Lord is speaking through this series.
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  • I really believe that God is speaking to us all the time.
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  • If we simply tune in to the right frequency, we can hear
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  • His voice, and think about all of the issues in our lives
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  • that we need a Word from God.
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  • Hey, thanks so much for watching.
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  • Tune in next week because we're going to continue this series,
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  • "Frequency: Tune In, Hear God".
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for watching today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares a message
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  • from his series, "Frequency".
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  • Have you ever found yourself asking, "How can I hear God?"
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  • "Does God still speak?"
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  • Or, "Is He really speaking to me?"
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  • The good news is, yes, God is speaking.
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  • And like a radio host broadcasting His voice
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  • into the airwaves, God speaks to us all the time.
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  • The question is, are you tuned it to the right frequency?
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  • In this series Pastor Robert explains how you can connect
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  • with God and hear His voice.
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  • We would love to send you these life-transforming messages
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  • to help you learn the biblical principles to hearing,
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  • and following God's voice.
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  • And so for your best gift today, we'll send you the "Frequency"
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  • series on CD or digital download.
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  • If you share a gift of $35 or more we will send you
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  • this series on CD, and DVD or as a digital download.
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  • And for your gift of $55 or more, we'll send you
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  • this series on CD and DVD and include the book, "Frequency"
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  • by Pastor Robert.
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  • This book dives deeper into these powerful truths,
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  • and will help you grow closer to the Lord as you learn
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  • to hear Him when He speaks to you.
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  • We always love hearing from you, so please take a moment
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  • to call us or visit us online at PastorRobert.com
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  • to request your copy of this series,
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  • to share your prayer requests,
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  • and to find other teaching resources that will help you
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  • learn how to tune into God's voice and experience more
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  • of His love.
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  • As always, we want to thank you for watching,
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  • and for your continued support
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  • of Pastor Robert Morris Ministries.
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  • Oh, oh, oh, yeah
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  • We stand in the glory of the King, Knowing that you're here
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  • And you have set us free
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  • You're here, let our worship be your throne
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  • Amazed by who you are, Your presence makes us whole
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  • Breathe on us, Spirit come, You're our hearts' desire
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  • Breathe on us, Spirit come, You're our hearts' desire
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  • ANNOUNCER: You had a dream.
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  • Not the kind that disappears with the morning.
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  • This dream was planted by God.
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  • And while it may've gone dormant, it never died.
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  • Now, your dream is in reach at the King's University.
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  • Online, under the stewardship of Gateway Church,
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  • TKU is equipping Christ-like servant leaders through
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  • the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • God gave you those dreams, the next step is yours.
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