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A Faith That Can Heal Illness Part 2

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January 3, 2021
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Pastor Rick shares biblical truth and practical tools for living the full life God desires for everyone.

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A Faith That Can Heal Illness Part 2

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  • Rick Warren: Jameschapter 5, verses 13 to 18,
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  • says this.
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  • James 5, starting with verse 13.
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  • "Are you hurting?Then you should pray.
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  • Are you happy?
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  • Then you shouldsing songs of praise.
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  • Are you sick?
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  • Then you should call the churchelders to pray over you
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  • and anoint you with oil inthe name of the Lord.
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  • And the prayer that is offeredin faith will heal
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  • the sick person; and the Lordwill raise him up.
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  • And if you've sinned,you'll be forgiven.
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  • Therefore, confess your faultsto each other and pray
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  • for each other thatyou may be healed.
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  • The earnest prayer ofa believing person
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  • is powerful and effective.
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  • For example, Elijah was ahuman being just like us.
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  • Yet when he prayed earnestlythat no rain would fall,
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  • there was no rainfor 3 1/2 years!
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  • And then, he prayed that itwould rain, and it poured down
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  • and everythingbegan to grow again!"
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  • You know, I really love thatlast phrase where it says after
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  • Elijah prayed, "Andeverything began to grow again."
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  • Friends, that's a verse of hope.
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  • That's a verse of hope that weall need in this season of the
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  • COVID-19 global pandemic.
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  • I'm praying for everythingto start growing
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  • in your life again.
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  • So many people need healingtoday, not just those
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  • who are sick physically.
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  • Some of 'em are sick from thepandemic and others are sick
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  • from other kinds of illnesses,but there are so many people
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  • needing healing today, not justphysical healing but economic
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  • healing, financial healing, theeconomy's sick, our culture
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  • is sick, our nations are sick.
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  • And we need healing inso many, many areas.
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  • That's why this is animportant message today.
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  • And I want you to notice that inthat passage I just read,
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  • James 5, in just six versesJames mentions prayer
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  • seven times.
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  • If you're taking notes, go backand circle the word "pray"
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  • or "prayer."
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  • Seven times in six verses.
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  • He didn't want you to missthe point and here it is.
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  • Healing comes through prayer.
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  • Not through healers.
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  • Healing comes through prayer.
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  • When someone prays for you,there is the healing there.
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  • So what I wanna do in just thelast few minutes is simply ask
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  • four questions.
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  • When should I pray for healing?
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  • Number two: Why aren't peoplehealed every time we pray?
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  • Number three: Whocan pray for healing?
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  • And finally: How do I prayfor healing for myself
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  • and for other people?
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  • This is a very important messageso I would encourage you
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  • to take notes on it.
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  • Number one: Whenshould I pray for healing?
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  • Well, in that passage Ijust read, James mentions
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  • four specific times topray for healing.
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  • And we find these fourcircumstances in
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  • the four different wordsand phrases he uses.
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  • First, he says:"Are you hurting?"
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  • And then he says:"Are you sick?"
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  • That's astheneo, which means,"I feel weak," or
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  • "I feel sick," or "I feel ill."
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  • It could be weakness or illness.
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  • Then he says: "The sick person."
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  • That's the Greek word "kamno"which means "I'm weary,
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  • I'm worn out, I feel like givingup, I'm tired, I'm drained."
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  • That's the word "kamno."
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  • And then he says, "And Elijahprayed and it didn't rain
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  • for 3 1/2 years."
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  • And so he prayed for rainand it sent a gullywasher.
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  • And no rain for 3 1/2 years.
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  • He's talking about adrought, a dry spell.
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  • Some of you, right now, aregoing through a dry spell in
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  • your life becauseof this pandemic.
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  • Everything's beenshut down in your life.
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  • You're going through a spiritualdry spell or a physical dry
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  • spell or an emotional dry spell.
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  • Things have driedup in your life.
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  • So, based on those four thingshe just said in that passage,
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  • here's the answer tothe first question, okay?
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  • Write this down.When should I pray for healing?
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  • Four things: anytime I'mhurting, sick, tired, or empty.
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  • Some of you are thinking, "Rick,those four words describe the
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  • totality of my life, right now.
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  • I'm sick and tiredand empty and hurting."
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  • Well, then, this is the time topray for healing in your life.
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  • And have other people prayfor healing in your life.
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  • Next question,question number two:
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  • Why aren't peoplehealed every time?
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  • Well, the answeris pretty simple.
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  • We simply don't knowGod's will.
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  • God's not gonna give yousomething against his will
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  • 'cause God alwayswants what's best for you.
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  • You don't always knowwhat's best for you.
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  • You know, I could pray forthings that really wouldn't be
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  • good for me but Idon't know God's will.
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  • And God usesillnesses in many ways.
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  • So when we pray for healing,we're asking God for healing
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  • 'cause all we know is--all wecan see is our side
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  • and God says, "Just praywhat you ask for.
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  • Pray what you desire.
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  • Pray the desires of your heart."
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  • But then we trust God that ifit's not his will because he
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  • knows something else, he's notgonna answer with a yes on that.
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  • God answers every prayer,sometimes "Yes," sometimes "No,"
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  • sometimes "Wait," sometimes"You've gotta be kiddin'."
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  • We don't have time to list allthe ways that God uses illness
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  • and sickness in our lives,but let me just mention three.
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  • Why does God sometimesallow sickness in my life?
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  • Three reasons.
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  • Number one: To get myattention and to redirect me.
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  • To get myattention and redirect me.
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  • Sometimes God has to lay youflat on your back in order to
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  • get you to look up to God.
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  • "He makes me lie downin green pastures."
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  • Psalm 119, verse 71 saysthis: "It was good for me to be
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  • afflicted so that Imight learn your decrees."
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  • Another good verse is Proverbs20, verse 30: "Sometimes it
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  • takes a painful experienceto make us change our ways."
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  • Ha, ha, ha, ha, anybody wannagive a testimony on that one?
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  • You could all give a storyin your Small Group on how it
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  • takes--sometimes it takes apainful experience to make us
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  • change our ways.
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  • Now, this first reason is whatthe Bible calls a sickness
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  • for discipline or asickness for training.
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  • The old English word is asickness under chastisement.
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  • But this is--sometimes Godallows a sickness to redirect
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  • us, get ourattention and redirect us.
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  • Second reason: sometimesGod allows a sickness
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  • to be a testimony for others.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • He knows he can trust you withan illness and he knows that
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  • you'll be a good exampleto other people,
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  • particularly unbelievers.
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  • Paul says in Philippians chapter1, verse 12: "I want you to
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  • know, my dear brothers andsisters, that what has happened
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  • to me has helpedspread the Good News."
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  • Where is Paul?
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  • He's sick and in prison inRome when he writes that.
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  • And he says, "I want you to knowthat what's happened has helped
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  • spread the Good News."
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  • I could spend a whole message onthis but I'll just say it like
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  • this: After walking with Godfor six decades, I've been
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  • a Christian now 60 years, Ihave come to the conclusion
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  • that maybe the greatest witnessyou--you will ever have in front
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  • of unbelievers and other peoplewho don't know Jesus yet
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  • is your example of the wayyou handle pain.
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  • I have found that tobe true in my own life.
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  • Christians aren'texempt from problems.
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  • We have the same oneseverybody else does.
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  • We just have our relationshipto Christ to strengthen us and
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  • comfort us, encourage us,and give us hope and wisdom.
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  • And sometimes, God lets you beill 'cause he can trust you to
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  • be an example of patienceand godliness to others and
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  • the Bible calls this kind ofsickness a sickness to
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  • the glory of God.
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  • A sickness untothe glory of God.
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  • Jesus talks about it.
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  • When Jesus went to heal Lazaruswho had died--that was a deadly
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  • illness, Jesus announced,"This sickness," this is
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  • John 11--chapter 11, verse 4.
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  • "This sickness willnot end in death.
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  • It is an illness for the gloryof God, to bring glory
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  • to the Son of God."
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  • Did you know that there havebeen illnesses in your life that
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  • God wanted to use tobring glory to himself?
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  • Now, if you're griping andcomplaining and being bitter
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  • the whole time, there's noglory going to God on that.
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  • But when you respond to pressureand pain in a positive way,
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  • it brings glory to God.
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  • So there's a sickness fordiscipline and training,
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  • there's a sickness forbringing glory to God.
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  • But sometimes, God just allowsa sickness, number three,
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  • to take us into eternity,to take us in.
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  • This is called--the Bible callsthis a sickness unto death, and
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  • he said about Lazarus, "That'snot a sickness unto death.
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  • It's the second kind."
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  • A sickness unto death--if youcould be healed, every--by every
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  • illness just by having enoughfaith, then if you had enough
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  • faith, you'd never die.
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  • And you'd end up living on thisearth for ever 'cause anybody
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  • had a lot of faith wouldjust never, never die.
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  • And that certainlyisn't God's will.
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  • Hebrews chapter 9, verse 27,says this: "God has already
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  • appointed a time thateach of us will die."
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  • Did you know that?
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  • It's one appointmentyou're not gonna be late for.
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  • "God has already appointeda time that each of us
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  • will die and then our liveswill be judged by God."
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  • So one of the reasons God allowsillness is sometimes
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  • he wants to take you home, okay?
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  • He wants to take you to heaven.
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  • Your time on earth is done.
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  • And if you could be healedevery time by everything,
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  • then you'd never die.
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  • So what I'm saying is we prayfor healing, trusting for God's
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  • will to be done.
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  • As Jesus prayed in the Gardenof Gethsemane, "Father,
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  • if it's possible," and he says,"I know it's possible.
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  • Take this cup from me.
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  • Don't wanna gothrough this pain.
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  • Nevertheless, thywill be done, not mine."
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  • And that's what wedo when we pray.
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  • "God, it's mydesire that you heal me.
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  • It's my desire that you healmy son, my wife, my brother,
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  • my sister, my friend.
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  • Nevertheless, thy will be done."
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  • 1 John 5:14 says this: "This isthe confidence that we have in
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  • approaching God: that if we askanything according to his will,"
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  • underline that, "anythingaccording to his will,"
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  • "he will hear us."
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  • female announcer: Theroom is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath and beginto think about God's plan
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  • for your life and thedecisions you're facing.
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through thedoors God has for you starts
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  • by growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God,he will show you the doors
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  • to walk through and it willchange your life.
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  • Rick: All right, so we'velooked at when we can pray
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  • for healing, fourdifferent times.
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  • We've looked at what happens whysome people don't get healed,
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  • why every prayer isn'tanswered with "Yes."
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  • Number three: Who--whocan pray for healing?
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  • Do you have to be the Pope ora pastor or missionary
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  • or somebody super-holy?
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  • Who can pray for healing?Write this down.
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  • Any child of Godcan pray for healing.
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  • Any child of Godcan pray for healing.
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  • You can come to yourheavenly Father and say,
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  • "Daddy, I'm sick.
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  • I need your healing."
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  • This is what James 5,verses 16 and 17 says.
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  • Let me read it again to you.
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  • "The earnest prayer ofa believing person is
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  • powerful and effective."
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  • Now let me stop there.
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  • "The earnest prayer ofa believing person."
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  • It doesn't say youhave to be a super-saint.
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  • You just have to bea believing person,
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  • and you have to be earnest.
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  • "The earnest prayer of abelieving person is powerful
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  • and effective."
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  • For example, he says Elijah wasa human being just like us, yet
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  • when he "prayed earnestly," andyou know the rest of the story.
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  • All those miracles happened.
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  • Elijah's life was filled withone miracle after another,
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  • but the most comforting thingabout that verse is this:
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  • Elijah was just like us.
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  • He's just like you.
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  • He's just like me.
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  • He wasn't some super-saint.
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  • God used him because hedared to pray for miracles.
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  • He dared to prayfor healing, okay?
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  • He didn't have tobe somebody special.
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  • He said he was just like us.
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  • That means he had the sametemptations, he had the same
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  • weaknesses, he had thesame sins, same faults.
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  • If God only heard the prayers ofperfect people, nobody's prayers
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  • would ever be heard.
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  • God hears the prayers ofsinners, of failures,
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  • of all of us who are imperfect.
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  • You know, earlier in this text,James says: "You can call
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  • the elders of your churchto pray for you
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  • and anoint you with oil."
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  • And of course, we dothat at Saddleback Church.
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  • We do it all the time.
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  • And we've talkedabout this many times.
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  • But in our church, we've onlygot about a dozen elders, we've
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  • got about 30.000 members, so wecan't keep up with everybody.
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  • Now, what does it--what's hetalking about there, he says,
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  • "While you pray,anoint with oil"?
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  • Well, we've talkedabout this before.
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  • Oil is simply asymbol of the Holy Spirit.
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  • That's all it is.
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  • Just like water in baptism is asymbol of your death and burial
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  • and resurrection in Christ.
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  • Just like water in baptism,oil in praying for healing.
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  • It's just a symbol ofyour faith and trust.
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  • There is no healingpower in any kind of oil.
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  • So don't go writing off forsome kind of special oil.
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  • It--you know, you coulduse Crisco or whatever.
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  • It's just oil, just like thewater in a baptistery
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  • is just normal water.
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  • But it's a symbol of your faith.
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  • That's what matters, asymbol of your trust.
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  • Now, you don't have to be anelder to pray for other people.
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  • There are many, many, many otherScriptures in the New Testament
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  • talk about praying for eachother, praying for healing
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  • for each other.
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  • And we even anoint eachother in the name of the Lord.
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  • Why?
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  • Because Jesus said this inJohn 14, verses 12 to 14.
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  • Jesus said, "I tell you thetruth, anyone who has faith
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  • in me will do what Ihave been doing."
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  • What was he doing?
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  • He was just--the verse rightbefore that, he's talking about
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  • the miracles that he'd done,all the miracles he'd done.
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  • And he says--then he turns tohis disciples after talking
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  • about the miracles, and he says,"I tell you the truth, anybody
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  • who has faith in me willdo what I've been doing.
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  • He will even do greatermiracles than these,
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  • because I'm going to the Father.
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  • And I will do whatever youask in my name," in his prayer.
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  • "I'll do whatever you ask in myname, so that the Son
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  • may bring glory tothe Father," wow.
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  • Now, I don't see many of usdoing greater works
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  • than Jesus Christ.
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  • How in the world are we gonnado greater works than Jesus?
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  • Well, I'll tell you how.
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  • Because when Jesus was herein this physical body,
  • 00:16:51.766 --> 00:16:54.869
  • he could only be in oneplace at one time.
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  • So he could only heal one personhere and then one person there.
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  • He couldn't be in China andin Europe and in Africa
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  • at the same time.
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  • But now, the body of Christ isspread all around the world.
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  • We are the body of Christ, and2.3 billion people can pray for
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  • healing for people at thesame time in every continent and
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  • every country and every city andevery state and every province.
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  • So that's how we do the greaterworks together, together.
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  • We're not limited to one body.
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  • The body of Christ is nowspread out all around the world.
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  • Finally, let's look atreal simply how do
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  • I pray for healing?
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  • How do I pray for healing formyself and, for that matter,
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  • how do I pray forhealing for others?
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  • Did you know that God wants tomake you to be a healing agent?
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  • Yeah, you, normal you.
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  • You don't have to be an elder.
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  • God wants to use you to prayfor healing in people's lives.
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  • It's not that complicated.
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  • Just three thingsJames teaches us.
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  • Number one: make sure myheart is clean from sin, okay?
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  • That's the starting point.
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  • I can't have--be holding on tounconfessed sin and then go out
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  • and pray for either myselfor for somebody else
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  • at the same time.
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  • That's why in verse 16, he saysthis: "Confess your faults to
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  • each other and pray for eachother that you may be healed."
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  • Revealing your feeling isthe beginning of healing.
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  • Confess yourfaults to each other.
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  • Clean out your life,take out the garbage.
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  • Confess your sins.
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  • Get 'em out, get rid of 'em.
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  • Now, you're nevergonna be perfect.
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  • You've heard me say before,you will never be sinless
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  • but it is possible to sin less.
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  • You're never gonna besinless but you can sin less.
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  • And you can confess and becleaned out inside,
  • 00:18:57.258 --> 00:19:00.428
  • revealing your feeling.
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  • Confess your faults to eachother, pray for each other
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  • that you may be healed.
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  • That's step one.
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  • Step two: bespecific when I ask.
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  • Be specific when I ask.
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  • Too many people areafraid to put God in a box.
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  • And so they won't even askspecifically for healing.
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  • They'll say, "Lord, be with thissick person and show 'em your
  • 00:19:19.914 --> 00:19:23.117
  • love and help 'em to knowyou're with 'em, and--"
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  • That's all fine and good
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  • but over 20 timesin the New Testament
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  • we are commanded toask--ask, seek, knock.
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  • "If you ask anything inmy name, I'll do it."
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  • And you need to be specific.
  • 00:19:37.365 --> 00:19:39.000
  • James says in verse--chapter4, verse 2: "You don't have,
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  • because you don't ask."
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  • And I have been with many,many people who say,
  • 00:19:44.772 --> 00:19:46.874
  • "Pray for me; I'm sick."
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  • And they say, "Lord, we just askyou be with 'em and bless 'em."
  • 00:19:48.576 --> 00:19:50.812
  • What's a blessing?
  • 00:19:50.845 --> 00:19:53.214
  • How would you--if a blessinghits you in the face,
  • 00:19:53.248 --> 00:19:55.149
  • how would you knowit had hit you?
  • 00:19:55.183 --> 00:19:57.452
  • I mean, sometimes, a blessingis an illness,
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  • if you don't know that.
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  • Is that whatyou're really praying?
  • 00:20:01.823 --> 00:20:03.224
  • So be specific.
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  • You don't have, because youdon't--and I often say it like
  • 00:20:05.026 --> 00:20:07.729
  • this: God, you've told us manytimes in your Word to ask
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  • and you've told usto pray for healing,
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  • so I'm just obeying you.
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  • I'm asking for youto heal this person.
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  • Just heal 'em, okay?
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  • It's up to you, Ican't control it.
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  • I don't have any power in mebut you've told us to ask.
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  • I'm asking you to heal 'em.
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  • I'm doing what you say to do.
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  • Keep your promise.
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  • Keep your word.
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  • Heal 'em, okay?
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  • Be specific when you ask, andnumber three: it's real simple.
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  • Ask in faith.Ask in faith.
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  • That's the third thingJames says to do.
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  • James chapter 1, verse 6: "Whenyou ask, you must believe and
  • 00:20:42.664 --> 00:20:47.735
  • not doubt, for the doublemindedman is unstable
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  • in all of his ways."
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  • So, if you don't thinkGod's gonna heal, if you don't
  • 00:20:54.108 --> 00:20:57.745
  • believe, don't even ask 'causeyou're just wasting your breath.
  • 00:20:57.779 --> 00:21:03.217
  • But he says, "When you ask,you must believe and not doubt."
  • 00:21:03.251 --> 00:21:05.820
  • Why?
  • 00:21:05.853 --> 00:21:07.422
  • Because God has hispromises in his Word.
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  • I'm trusting God for his willto be done but I'm gonna
  • 00:21:11.759 --> 00:21:14.862
  • do what God says to do.
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  • I say, "God, you've told us topray, you've told us to ask,
  • 00:21:16.764 --> 00:21:19.200
  • you've told us to pray forhealing, I'm praying for
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  • healing, I'm asking,now keep your word."
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  • And then you justleave it up to God.
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  • I wanna close rightnow by praying for you.
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  • But in order for this to beeffective, I would like for you
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  • to think of an area that youneed healing in your life, okay?
  • 00:21:36.417 --> 00:21:41.456
  • And so you can bespecific about it.
  • 00:21:41.489 --> 00:21:44.258
  • Now, I don't have to know it.
  • 00:21:44.292 --> 00:21:45.660
  • God knows it and you know it.
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  • It doesn't matter to me about--Idon't have to know it
  • 00:21:47.295 --> 00:21:49.564
  • to pray for you.
  • 00:21:49.597 --> 00:21:51.733
  • So--but think about something,an area--do you need
  • 00:21:51.766 --> 00:21:54.769
  • a relationship thatneeds to be healed?
  • 00:21:54.802 --> 00:21:58.339
  • Do you have a physicalailment that needs to be healed?
  • 00:21:58.373 --> 00:22:02.343
  • Do you have a mentalillness that needs to be healed?
  • 00:22:02.377 --> 00:22:08.082
  • Well, we're gonna ask.
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  • We're gonna pray right now.
  • 00:22:10.651 --> 00:22:12.754
  • We're going totrust God in his Word.
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  • We're gonna leave the results tohim, but we're gonna do
  • 00:22:15.256 --> 00:22:17.125
  • what God says to do.
  • 00:22:17.158 --> 00:22:19.560
  • And if he says to do it, thenwe have to obey him and do it.
  • 00:22:19.594 --> 00:22:22.864
  • So I want you to think ofsomething in your life where you
  • 00:22:22.897 --> 00:22:25.466
  • need healing: financial healing,or maybe from depression,
  • 00:22:25.500 --> 00:22:31.973
  • or from worry, from anxiety,or maybe you need a job,
  • 00:22:32.006 --> 00:22:36.277
  • maybe you're out of work.
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  • Whatever it is, I wantyou to think about that.
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  • I'm gonna give you about tenseconds here to think about it,
  • 00:22:41.516 --> 00:22:44.619
  • and then I'm gonnaclose in prayer, all right?
  • 00:22:44.652 --> 00:22:46.954
  • Let's bow our heads.
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  • So just think of what you wantto ask God to be healed of and
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  • it won't hurt for you to shareit with your Small Group
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  • and ask them to heal--prayfor your healing too.
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  • That's powerful.
  • 00:23:06.240 --> 00:23:08.309
  • But I'm gonna pray for youand you pray for you
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  • and then you can get otherpeople to do that too.
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  • Lord, I don't know all of thehundreds, even thousands,
  • 00:23:14.415 --> 00:23:16.951
  • of issues that are gonna bebrought before you right now.
  • 00:23:16.984 --> 00:23:22.256
  • You're not too busy, youcan--your circuits don't get
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:25.293
  • overloaded, you can handlemillions, billions of request
  • 00:23:25.326 --> 00:23:30.097
  • at the same time.
  • 00:23:30.131 --> 00:23:33.067
  • And so, as each of us come toyou in our point of need,
  • 00:23:33.100 --> 00:23:37.872
  • where we need maybe ahealing from bitterness.
  • 00:23:37.905 --> 00:23:42.210
  • There are people here, Lord, whoneed healing in their bodies, in
  • 00:23:42.243 --> 00:23:46.681
  • their organs, in their muscles,in their backs, in their brains,
  • 00:23:46.714 --> 00:23:51.619
  • in their bones, intheir digestive system.
  • 00:23:51.652 --> 00:23:54.155
  • There are people who needphysical healing, right now.
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  • We're just doing what you say.
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  • You've told us to ask, you'vetold us to believe, you've told
  • 00:24:00.995 --> 00:24:04.298
  • us to trust, so we're asking youto keep your word right now and
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  • we come to you not in doubt,but in confidence that if we ask
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  • anything according toyour will, it will be done.
  • 00:24:13.908 --> 00:24:17.245
  • We say, like Jesus,"Lord, this is what we want.
  • 00:24:17.278 --> 00:24:21.282
  • Nevertheless, thywill be done, not ours."
  • 00:24:21.315 --> 00:24:25.253
  • But that's not a lack of faith.
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  • Our faith is in you.
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  • We want your will in our lives.
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  • And if that happens to bethis healing, so be it.
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  • May we not stand in the wayof the gift you wanna give.
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  • Lord, there are people herewho have never opened
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  • their lives to Jesus Christ.
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  • They've never received healingfor all of their sins--for all
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  • of their--the guilt, thebad things in their lives.
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  • May they, right now,receive your salvation.
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  • If you've never asked himto do that, say,
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  • "Jesus Christ, save me.
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  • Forgive all my sins.
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  • Accept me into your family.
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  • Make me a new person.
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  • I wanna be your child.
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  • I wanna be in your family.
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  • I wanna learn to know you."
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  • Just say that, and say, "Jesus,I want to believe in you today
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  • and I wanna trust you, andI'm asking you to save me."
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  • Father, whatever the needs areas the pastor, a shepherd of
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  • this flock, I'm asking you tohear these prayers and I pray
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  • that whether the glory comesthrough us seeing a miracle or
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  • whether the glory comes throughus being a witness of the right
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  • attitude, that eitherway you will get glory.
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  • We pray this in your name, amen.
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  • announcer: The room is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath and beginto think about God's plan
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  • for your life and thedecisions you're facing.
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through thedoors God has for you starts
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  • by growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God, hewill show you the doors
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  • to walk through and it willchange your life.
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  • That's why Pastor Rick wants tohelp you with a daily devotional
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  • book called "Open Doors."
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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  • the love, trust, andfreedom that comes from
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  • a deeper relationship with him.
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  • Request your copy of "OpenDoors" today as Pastor Rick's
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  • thank you for your gift today.
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  • Simply call the number on thescreen or visit PASTORRICK.COM
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  • Your gift will help Pastor Rickand the ministry of Daily Hope
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  • reach more of ourhurting world with the gospel.
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  • Call today.
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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  • a deeper relationship with him.
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