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November 4, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST
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  • CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS, AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • THE BIBLE INCLUDES A COLLECTION OF AMAZING STORIES
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  • THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
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  • BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS STILL WRITING STORIES?
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  • AND HE'S WRITING THOSE STORIES
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  • THROUGH YOUR LIFE.
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  • TODAY, WE'RE BEGINNING A NEW SERIES
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  • CALLED "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE:
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  • GOD'S SEVEN SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE".
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  • AND DURING THE NEXT HALF HOUR,
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  • WE'LL SEE HOW THESE SEVEN SECRETS
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  • EMERGE FROM THE LIFE OF ELIJAH AND HIS STORY,
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  • AND HOW THOSE PRINCIPLES APPLY TO YOU.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, "DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] MANY OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAME
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  • ELIJAH, BUT FEW OF US KNOW THE BOLD STANCE HE TOOK
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  • FOR GOD. NOR THE DETAILS OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NOW, YOU CAN TRACE ELIJAH'S FOOTSTEPS WITH
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP. A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF THE KEY EVENTS IN
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  • ELIJAH'S LIFE. THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE
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  • WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • JUST LIKE YOU AND ME IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • YESTERDAY I CAME ACROSS A GREAT DEFINITION
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  • OF COUNTRY MUSIC: THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH.
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  • THAT SUMMARIZED MOST COUNTRY MUSIC SONGS, DOESN'T IT?
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  • THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH.
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  • IT REMINDED ME OF CARL SANDBURG, THE POET'S, DEFINITION OF LIFE.
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  • HE DEFINES LIFE NOT IN THREE CHORDS,
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  • BUT IN THREE WORDS: BORN, TROUBLED, DIED.
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  • ACCORDING TO SANDBURG,
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  • THAT'S THE WHOLE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE:
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  • BORN, TROUBLED, DIED. ONE CHICAGO SEWER WORKER
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  • EXPANDED THAT DEFINITION A LITTLE BIT
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  • AS HE DESCRIBED HIS LIFE.
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  • HE SAID, "I DIG THE DITCH, TO EARN THE MONEY
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  • TO BUY THE FOOD, TO GET THE STRENGTH TO DIG THE DITCH".
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  • UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S THE CYCLE MOST PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED IN
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  • IN THEIR DAILY LIVES.
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  • BUT GOD MEANS MORE FOR US THAN SIMPLY
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  • THAT KIND OF MEANINGLESS EXISTENCE.
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  • JESUS SAID IN JOHN 10:10,
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  • "I HAVE COME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE LIFE
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  • AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY".
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  • BEYOND JUST AN EVERYDAY EXISTENCE,
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  • GOD WANTS US TO HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • NOT JUST WHEN WE DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN,
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  • BUT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW AND EXTENDING THROUGH ETERNITY.
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  • AND TODAY WE HAVE COME TO THAT FIRST AND FOUNDATIONAL SECRET
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  • FOR LIVING A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • AND THAT IS DISCOVERING YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE.
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  • YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS, YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE
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  • CAN BE DESCRIBED AS THE STORY
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  • GOD CREATED YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • THAT'S WHAT YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IS,
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  • IT IS THAT SPECIAL STORY GOD HAS UNIQUELY CREATED
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  • FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • BUT YOUR SPECIFIC STORY IS CONNECTED TO A BIGGER STORY
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  • THAT GOD IS TELLING THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE.
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  • SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT BIGGER STORY
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  • THAT YOU AND I ARE A PART OF.
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  • GOD'S GENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYBODY WHO LIVES.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • TURN TO GENESIS 1:27. GOD HAS A GENERAL
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  • PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
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  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
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  • THAT IS A PART OF THAT LARGER PURPOSE.
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  • LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD'S GENERAL PURPOSE
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  • FOR EVERY PERSON. GENESIS 1 :27.
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  • "GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE,
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  • IN THE IMAGE OF GOD HE CREATED HIM;
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  • MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM."
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  • GOD CREATED YOU AND ME TO BE IMAGE-BEARERS
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  • OF ALMIGHTY GOD. AND THAT IS THROUGH OUR LIVES,
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  • WE ARE REFLECTING TO THE WORLD
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  • THAT TRUE ENJOYMENT AND SATISFACTION
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  • IN LIFE CAN ONLY COME FROM KNOWING AND SERVING GOD.
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  • THAT IS THE GENERAL PURPOSE
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  • THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN CREATED FOR,
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  • TO TURN PEOPLE TOWARD GOD.
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  • TO BE A LIVING DEMONSTRATION OF THE SATISFACTION AND JOY
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  • THAT COMES FROM KNOWING AND OBEYING GOD.
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  • THEOLOGIANS HAVE SUMMARIZED THAT PURPOSE LIKE THIS:
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  • "MAN'S CHIEF END IS TO GLORIFY GOD
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  • AND ENJOY HIM FOREVER."
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  • THAT'S THE REASON WE WERE CREATED:
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  • TO GLORIFY GOD AND ENJOY HIM FOREVER.
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  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GLORIFYING GOD,
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  • WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS MAKING GOD LOOK HEAVY,
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  • SUBSTANTIAL, TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD.
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  • WE WERE CREATED TO POINT PEOPLE TOWARD GOD.
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  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD THAT TRUTH.
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  • HE UNDERSTOOD THAT HIS WHOLE EXISTENCE
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  • REVOLVED AROUND DEMONSTRATING TO AN UNBELIEVING WORLD
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  • THAT THE GOD OF ISRAEL WAS THE ONLY TRUE GOD.
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  • WE HAVE BEEN CREATED TO GLORIFY GOD.
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  • BUT SECONDLY, WE HAVE BEEN CREATED TO ENJOY GOD.
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  • ENJOYING GOD IS ALSO A PART OF THE REASON FOR OUR EXISTENCE.
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  • AND THAT IN ITSELF GIVES GLORY TO GOD.
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  • JOHN PIPER SAID ONCE,
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  • "GOD IS MOST GLORIFIED WHEN WE ARE MOST SATISFIED IN HIM".
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  • IT IS WHEN WE ARE HAPPY IN GOD,
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  • JOYFUL, I DON'T MEAN GIDDY ALL THE TIME,
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  • BUT I MEAN THERE IS A JOY IN OUR LIFE,
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  • THAT IS WHEN WE GLORIFY HIM. PSALM 16 :11 SAYS,
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  • "YOU WILL MAKE KNOWN TO ME THE PATH OF LIFE;
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  • IN YOUR PRESENCE IS FULLNESS OF JOY;
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  • IN YOUR RIGHT HAND THERE ARE PLEASURES FOREVER".
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  • AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT ELIJAH, HE'S A CASE STUDY.
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  • AND SOMEBODY WHO GLORIFIED GOD AND ALSO ENJOYED GOD.
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  • REMEMBER, ELIJAH WAS NOT A SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN,
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  • HE WAS A SPIRITUAL EVERYMAN.
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  • JAMES 5:17 SAYS HE WAS A MAN WITH A LIGHT NATURE AS OURS.
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  • HE STRUGGLED WITH THE SAME THINGS YOU AND I STRUGGLE WITH,
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  • NEVERTHELESS GOD USED HIM IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • LET'S LOOK AT ELIJAH'S BEGINNING.
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  • TURN TO 1 KINGS 17:1. "NOW ELIJAH THE TISHBITE,
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  • WHO WAS OF THE SETTLERS OF GILEAD,
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  • SAID TO KING AHAB,
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  • 'AS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL LIVES,
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  • BEFORE WHOM I STAND,
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  • SURELY THERE WILL BE NEITHER DEW NOR RAIN THESE YEARS,
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  • EXCEPT BY MY WORD'." NOW IN THIS SINGLE VERSE,
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THREE THINGS ABOUT ELIJAH.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, HIS NAME. HIS NAME.
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  • LITERALLY HIS NAME MEANS JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • NOW THAT'S THE NAME HIS PARENTS GAVE HIM.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • I WANT YOU TO IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT
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  • WHAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE TO GROW UP
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  • HAVING THAT BE YOUR NAME.
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD, CAN YOU IMAGINE?
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  • I MEAN, HE GREW UP HIS WHOLE LIFE HEARING,
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  • JEHOVAH IS MY GOD, JEHOVAH IS MY GOD,
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  • NO WONDER WHEN HE BURST ON THE SCENE IN VERSE 1
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  • HE SAYS, "AS THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL LIVES
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  • BEFORE WHOM I STAND," HE GREW UP WITH A GOD-AWARENESS,
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  • A GOD-CONSCIOUSNESS, JEHOVAH IS MY GOD.
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  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING HOW THE CHARACTERS IN THE BIBLE
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  • HAD SIGNIFICANT NAMES THAT MIRRORED THEIR FUTURE?
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  • ELIJAH DID THAT. HE HAD AN IMPORTANT NAME.
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  • SECONDLY, NOTICE HIS HOME.
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  • IT SAID THAT HE WAS THE TISHBITE.
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  • HE CAME FROM THE TOWN OF TISHBE
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  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WAS SIGNIFICANT
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  • WAS NOT THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION OF HIS HOME,
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  • IT WAS THE SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE IN HIS HOME.
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  • BECAUSE WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT ELIJAH'S HOUSE
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  • IS HIS PARENTS TAUGHT HIM THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIS PARENTS,
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  • BUT WE KNOW THEY TAUGHT HIM THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • YOU SAY, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT, PASTOR?
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  • WELL, BECAUSE OF WHAT HE SAID TO AHAB
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  • IN THIS OPENING VERSE.
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  • HE SAYS, "I SAY TO YOU, IT SHALL NEITHER,
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  • DEW, THERE SHALL BE NEITHER DEW NOR RAIN
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  • THESE YEARS EXCEPT BY MY WORD."
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  • HOW DID ELIJAH COME UP WITH THAT PROPHECY?
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  • HE DIDN'T JUST MAKE IT UP ON HIS OWN.
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  • DID YOU KNOW HE WAS QUOTING FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
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  • BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY WHEN HE SAID THAT?
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  • SEE, WE THINK WELL, ELIJAH LIVED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
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  • THE OLD TESTAMENT HAD NOT BEEN YET WRITTEN.
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  • WELL, SOME OF IT HAD ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN.
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  • THE PENTATEUCH, MOSES' WRITINGS HAD BEEN WRITTEN.
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  • AND IN DEUTERONOMY 11:17,
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  • GOD HAD SAID TO THE ISRAELITES WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM
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  • IF THEY BEGAN TO WORSHIP OTHER GODS.
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  • IN DEUTERONOMY 11:17, GOD SAID,
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  • "I WOULD SHUT UP THE HEAVENS
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  • SO THAT THERE WILL BE NEITHER RAIN
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  • AND THE GROUND WILL NOT YIELD ITS FRUIT
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  • AND YOU WILL PERISH QUICKLY FROM THE GOOD LAND
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  • WHICH THE LORD IS GIVEN YOU."
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  • ELIJAH KNEW THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • IT WAS THE FOUNDATION OF HIS LIFE.
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  • PARENTS, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO
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  • IS TO INSTILL IN YOUR CHILDREN A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE ONLY HAVE OUR KIDS FOR 18 OR SO YEARS,
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  • AND THEY ARE GONE SO QUICKLY.
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  • LOOK, YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY,
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  • THIS ISN'T POPULAR TO SAY BUT IT'S TRUE,
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  • YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY
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  • IS NOT FOR THEIR SCHOLASTIC DEVELOPMENT,
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  • OR THEIR ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT, OR THEIR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
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  • YOUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS THEIR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.
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  • TEACHING THEM THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE
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  • IS KNOWING AND OBEYING GOD. THIRDLY, HIS MANNER. HIS MANNER.
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  • ELIJAH WAS NOT A MAN TO MINCE WORDS.
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  • I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE
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  • FOR ELIJAH TO STAND IN FRONT OF A HOSTILE KING,
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  • AN UNBELIEVING KING,
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  • AND DELIVER THIS CONDEMNING AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT WORD:
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  • YOU'VE HAD IT, AHAB. UNTIL YOU SHAPE UP,
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  • IT IS NOT GONNA RAIN IN THIS LAND FOREVER.
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  • THAT TOOK COURAGE. BUT THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • HE KNEW HIS PURPOSE IN LIFE. THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • GOD HAD GIVEN HIM THE GENERAL PURPOSE THAT WE ALL HAVE
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  • OF GLORIFYING GOD.
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  • BUT HIS SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT WAS TO DELIVER THIS HARD MESSAGE
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  • TO A WICKED AND WAYWARD NATION.
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  • NOW BEFORE WE DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN DISCOVER YOUR STORY,
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  • YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE I WANT TO TALK FOR JUST A MOMENT
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  • ABOUT THE THREE BENEFITS
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  • OF DISCOVERING GOD'S UNIQUE PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • TURN OVER, HOLD YOUR PLACE HERE, AND TURN TO EPHESIANS 5.
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  • EPHESIANS 5:15-17. AND I WANT TO READ THIS FROM THE
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  • PHILLIPS PARAPHRASE. THIS IS PAUL WRITING, NOTICE WHAT HE
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  • SAYS HERE. "LIVE LIFE WITH A DUE SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY,
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  • NOT AS MEN WHO DO NOT KNOW THE MEANING
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  • AND PURPOSE OF LIFE, BUT AS THOSE WHO DO.
  • 00:11:51.280 --> 00:11:55.090
  • MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME,
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:57.130
  • DESPITE ALL THE DIFFICULTIES OF THESE DAYS.
  • 00:11:57.140 --> 00:12:00.180
  • DON'T BE VAGUE BUT FIRMLY GRASP
  • 00:12:00.190 --> 00:12:04.140
  • WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE THE WILL OF GOD."
  • 00:12:04.150 --> 00:12:09.000
  • KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE, THE SPECIFIC STORY
  • 00:12:09.010 --> 00:12:12.030
  • YOU WERE CREATED TO TELL,
  • 00:12:12.040 --> 00:12:14.110
  • CLARIFIES THREE CHALLENGES WE ALL FACE IN LIFE.
  • 00:12:14.120 --> 00:12:17.050
  • FIRST OF ALL, KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE
  • 00:12:17.060 --> 00:12:19.210
  • CLARIFIES YOUR PRIORITIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:23.020
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THE SPECIFIC STORY
  • 00:12:23.030 --> 00:12:25.090
  • GOD CREATED YOU TO TELL,
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:26.240
  • IT HELPS YOU ARRANGE YOUR PRIORITIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:12:26.250 --> 00:12:30.250
  • WHEN PAUL SAYS, "MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME",
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:33.010
  • LITERALLY HE'S SAYING, BUY UP THE TIME.
  • 00:12:33.020 --> 00:12:36.260
  • THAT IS, PURCHASE THE VERY BEST THINGS
  • 00:12:36.270 --> 00:12:39.260
  • YOU CAN WITH YOUR TIME.
  • 00:12:39.270 --> 00:12:41.270
  • HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT CHOOSING BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL,
  • 00:12:41.280 --> 00:12:44.140
  • WE ALL KNOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO RUN FROM EVIL,
  • 00:12:44.150 --> 00:12:47.050
  • BUT HE'S SAYING WHEN YOU KNOW YOUR PURPOSE,
  • 00:12:47.060 --> 00:12:49.060
  • IT GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE
  • 00:12:49.070 --> 00:12:51.160
  • BETWEEN THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE AND THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE.
  • 00:12:51.170 --> 00:12:56.150
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT PURPOSE IS,
  • 00:12:56.160 --> 00:12:58.140
  • THAT GOD HAS CREATED YOU,
  • 00:12:58.150 --> 00:12:59.290
  • IT HELPS YOU LEARN TO SAY NO TO OTHER GOOD THINGS,
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:02.160
  • BUT THINGS THAT DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR PURPOSE.
  • 00:13:02.170 --> 00:13:05.140
  • SO, KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE CLARIFIES PRIORITIES IN LIFE.
  • 00:13:05.150 --> 00:13:08.180
  • SECONDLY, KNOWING YOUR PRIORITIES
  • 00:13:08.190 --> 00:13:10.240
  • CLARIFIES UNCERTAINTIES IN LIFE. PAUL SAID WE OUGHTTA BE WISE
  • 00:13:10.250 --> 00:13:16.180
  • WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WILL FOR OUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:19.260
  • AND WHEN YOU FACE A DIFFICULT DECISION IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:13:19.270 --> 00:13:22.250
  • KNOWING YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IS LIKE A BEACON
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:26.000
  • THAT GIVES YOU DIRECTION IN THE DARKNESS
  • 00:13:26.010 --> 00:13:28.070
  • AND EVEN IN THE FOG. BUT KNOWING WHAT YOUR PURPOSE IS
  • 00:13:28.080 --> 00:13:31.210
  • CAN HELP CLARIFY UNCERTAINTIES
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:34.100
  • IN DECISIONS THAT YOU MAKE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:34.110 --> 00:13:37.020
  • THIRDLY, AND THIS IS SO IMPORTANT,
  • 00:13:37.030 --> 00:13:39.080
  • KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE CLARIFIES DIFFICULTIES IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:39.090 --> 00:13:43.290
  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR SPECIFIC STORY
  • 00:13:44.000 --> 00:13:46.150
  • YOU WERE CREATED TO TELL,
  • 00:13:46.160 --> 00:13:48.090
  • THAT GIVES YOU A PRISM THROUGH WHICH TO VIEW
  • 00:13:48.100 --> 00:13:50.280
  • EVEN HARD THINGS THAT COME INTO YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:50.290 --> 00:13:54.010
  • HOW DO YOU DISCOVER WHAT THE UNIQUE STORY IS
  • 00:13:54.020 --> 00:13:56.250
  • GOD WANTS TO TELL THROUGH YOU?
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:58.260
  • WELL I WANT US TO TAKE THAT WORD STORY
  • 00:13:58.270 --> 00:14:01.150
  • S-T-O-R-Y.
  • 00:14:01.160 --> 00:14:03.290
  • USE IT AS AN ACROSTIC THAT WILL HELP YOU REMEMBER
  • 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:07.210
  • FIVE WAYS TO DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE.
  • 00:14:07.220 --> 00:14:14.030
  • THE "S" IN STORY STANDS FOR "START WITH SCRIPTURE".
  • 00:14:14.040 --> 00:14:19.060
  • SCRIPTURE, GOD'S WORD IS THE BEGINNING PLACE,
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:21.160
  • NOT THE ENDING PLACE, BUT THE BEGINNING PLACE
  • 00:14:21.170 --> 00:14:23.250
  • FOR DISCOVERING YOUR UNIQUE STORY.
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.190
  • 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 SAYS,
  • 00:14:26.200 --> 00:14:29.110
  • "ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:32.140
  • AND IS PROFITABLE FOR TEACHING, FOR REPROOF,
  • 00:14:32.150 --> 00:14:35.060
  • FOR CORRECTION, FOR TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:14:35.070 --> 00:14:38.050
  • THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE ADEQUATELY EQUIPPED
  • 00:14:38.060 --> 00:14:41.260
  • FOR EVERY GOOD WORK".
  • 00:14:41.270 --> 00:14:44.090
  • NOW LET'S BE HONEST, YOU COULD READ THE BIBLE
  • 00:14:44.100 --> 00:14:46.170
  • FROM COVER TO THE MAPS,
  • 00:14:46.180 --> 00:14:48.050
  • AND NOT FIND YOUR SPECIFIC PROFESSION IN SCRIPTURE,
  • 00:14:48.060 --> 00:14:54.140
  • UNLESS YOU'RE INTO TAX-COLLECTING, SHEPHERDING,
  • 00:14:54.150 --> 00:14:56.190
  • OR FISHING, BUT IF IT'S NOT THOSE THREE,
  • 00:14:56.200 --> 00:14:59.000
  • YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A HARD TIME
  • 00:14:59.010 --> 00:15:00.140
  • FINDING YOUR PROFESSION IN SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:15:00.150 --> 00:15:03.050
  • BUT READING THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:04.180
  • SATURATING YOUR MIND WITH THE STORIES
  • 00:15:04.190 --> 00:15:06.220
  • OF MEN AND WOMEN WHOM GOD HAS USED IN A POWERFUL WAY
  • 00:15:06.230 --> 00:15:09.280
  • CAN BE A GREAT FOUNDATION FOR LISTENING TO GOD'S VOICE
  • 00:15:09.290 --> 00:15:13.100
  • WHEN HE SPEAKS TO YOU. START WITH SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:15:13.110 --> 00:15:16.140
  • THE "T" STANDS FOR "TALK TO OTHERS".
  • 00:15:16.150 --> 00:15:20.200
  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:22.200
  • GET WISE COUNSEL FROM OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:25.230
  • PROVERBS 13:10 AND 20 SAYS,
  • 00:15:25.240 --> 00:15:29.080
  • "WISDOM IS WITH THOSE WHO RECEIVE COUNSEL.
  • 00:15:29.090 --> 00:15:32.120
  • HE WHO WALKS WITH WISE MEN WILL BE WISE."
  • 00:15:32.130 --> 00:15:38.200
  • WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
  • 00:15:38.210 --> 00:15:39.290
  • GOD HAS PLACED AROUND YOU PEOPLE
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:42.140
  • IN VERY DIFFERENT ROLES WHO CAN BE A GREAT HELP
  • 00:15:42.150 --> 00:15:45.050
  • IN UNCOVERING THAT PURPOSE FOR YOU.
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:48.000
  • YOU KNOW, THEOLOGIANS AND PASTORS
  • 00:15:48.010 --> 00:15:49.210
  • OFTEN REFER TO A PERSON'S UNIQUE PURPOSE AS THEIR CALLING.
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:54.150
  • HAVE YOU HEARD THAT BEFORE? THEIR CALLING.
  • 00:15:54.160 --> 00:15:57.160
  • ONE THEOLOGIAN DESCRIBES CALLING AS,
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:59.290
  • "AN INNER DESIRE GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:16:00.020 --> 00:16:03.090
  • THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD,
  • 00:16:03.100 --> 00:16:04.240
  • AND CONFIRMED BY THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST."
  • 00:16:04.250 --> 00:16:09.060
  • WHEN GOD CALLS PEOPLE, AND BY THE WAY,
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:11.020
  • HE DOESN'T JUST CALL PASTORS AND MISSIONARIES,
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:13.160
  • EVERY PERSON IS CALLED BY GOD FOR A UNIQUE PURPOSE.
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:17.070
  • AND THAT PURPOSE BEGINS WITH AN INNER VOICE,
  • 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:20.200
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD,
  • 00:16:20.210 --> 00:16:22.060
  • BUT IT'S CONFIRMED BY OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:24.160
  • GOD PLACES AROUND YOU.
  • 00:16:24.170 --> 00:16:27.110
  • WHEN GOD CALLS YOU TO DO SOMETHING,
  • 00:16:27.120 --> 00:16:29.050
  • THERE'S GOING TO BE CONFIRMING SIGNS.
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:31.160
  • PEOPLE THAT GOD PLACES IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:33.260
  • WHO'LL TELL YOU THIS IS WHAT YOU OUGHT TO BE DOING.
  • 00:16:33.270 --> 00:16:37.040
  • THE THIRD COMPONENT FOR DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE,
  • 00:16:37.050 --> 00:16:40.040
  • THE "O" IS "OBEY YOUR PASSIONS".
  • 00:16:40.050 --> 00:16:44.060
  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW HOW YOU OUGHTTA SPEND YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:16:44.070 --> 00:16:47.070
  • WHAT'S YOUR UNIQUE WAY TO TELL GOD'S STORY,
  • 00:16:47.080 --> 00:16:50.030
  • ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION,
  • 00:16:50.040 --> 00:16:52.150
  • WHAT WOULD I LIKE TO DO?
  • 00:16:52.160 --> 00:16:55.020
  • IF MONEY AND EDUCATION WERE NO LIMIT,
  • 00:16:55.030 --> 00:16:58.040
  • AND I COULD DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO DO,
  • 00:16:58.050 --> 00:17:00.280
  • WHAT WOULD IT BE? YOU SAY, PASTOR, ASK YOURSELF?
  • 00:17:00.290 --> 00:17:06.050
  • SEE WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART?
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:08.060
  • PASTOR, DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS,
  • 00:17:08.070 --> 00:17:09.290
  • THE HEART IS WICKED AND DECEITFUL,
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:12.200
  • AND WHO CAN POSSIBLY KNOW IT?
  • 00:17:12.210 --> 00:17:14.140
  • YOU CAN'T TRUST YOUR DESIRES, CAN YOU?
  • 00:17:14.150 --> 00:17:17.000
  • WELL THAT'S YOUR HEART BEFORE YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:19.260
  • BUT ONCE YOU'RE SAVED, YOUR HEART GETS TRANSFORMED.
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:22.250
  • AND THE CLOSER YOU WALK WITH GOD,
  • 00:17:22.260 --> 00:17:24.230
  • THE MORE YOUR DESIRES REFLECT GOD'S DESIRES FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:24.240 --> 00:17:30.290
  • ISN'T THAT WHAT WE READ JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO,
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:32.020
  • IN PSALM 37:4 AND 5? "DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD,
  • 00:17:32.030 --> 00:17:37.150
  • AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.
  • 00:17:37.160 --> 00:17:40.240
  • COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD,
  • 00:17:40.250 --> 00:17:42.290
  • TRUST ALSO IN HIM, AND HE WILL DO IT".
  • 00:17:43.000 --> 00:17:47.230
  • YOU KNOW, ANOTHER WORD FOR DESIRE IS THE WORD PASSION.
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:51.270
  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE AND STORY IS,
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:55.100
  • ASK YOURSELF, WHAT IS THE PASSION,
  • 00:17:55.110 --> 00:17:57.240
  • THE FIRE GOD HAS PUT IN MY HEART?
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:18:00.120
  • GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A PASSION AS WELL.
  • 00:18:00.130 --> 00:18:03.120
  • FREDERICK BIGNER HAS WRITTEN, "THE PLACE GOD CALLS YOU
  • 00:18:03.130 --> 00:18:07.040
  • IS TO THE PLACE WHERE YOUR DEEP GLADNESS
  • 00:18:07.050 --> 00:18:10.170
  • AND THE WORLD'S DEEP HUNGER MEET".
  • 00:18:10.180 --> 00:18:13.280
  • ISN'T THAT GREAT? THAT'S WHERE GOD'S CALLING YOU.
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:16.160
  • WHERE YOUR PASSION AND THE WORLD'S NEED MEET.
  • 00:18:16.170 --> 00:18:20.160
  • FOURTH, THE "R" STANDS FOR
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:22.130
  • "RECOGNIZE YOUR GIFTS AND YOUR ABILITIES".
  • 00:18:22.140 --> 00:18:26.080
  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE,
  • 00:18:26.090 --> 00:18:28.260
  • LOOK AT THE AREAS IN WHICH YOU'RE GIFTED.
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:31.140
  • PHILIPPIANS 2:13, AGAIN IN THE PHILIPS SAYS,
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:34.080
  • "IT IS GOD WHO IS AT WORK WITHIN YOU,
  • 00:18:34.090 --> 00:18:37.130
  • GIVING YOU THE WILL"- THAT MEANS PASSION-
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:40.280
  • "AND THE POWER"- THAT MEANS GIFTS AND ABILITIES-
  • 00:18:40.290 --> 00:18:43.240
  • "TO ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSE".
  • 00:18:43.250 --> 00:18:45.050
  • YOU HEAR WHAT PAUL'S SAYING?
  • 00:18:45.060 --> 00:18:46.130
  • GOD HAS GIVEN YOU NOT ONLY A DESIRE,
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:48.140
  • BUT HE'S GIVEN YOU THE GIFTS AND THE ABILITIES
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:51.030
  • TO FULFILL THAT DESIRE.
  • 00:18:51.040 --> 00:18:52.140
  • YOU KNOW, WE SAY TO PEOPLE ALL THE TIME,
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:56.140
  • AND WE TELL OUR CHILDREN THIS, YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:19:00.070
  • WANT TO BE. NO THEY CAN'T. [CONGREGATION LAUGHING]
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:05.100
  • NO THEY CAN'T. NEITHER CAN YOU, OR NEITHER CAN I.
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:08.090
  • WE CAN'T BE WHATEVER WE WANT TO BE,
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:11.210
  • BUT WE HAVE THE POWER TO BE WHATEVER GOD WANTS US TO BE.
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:15.180
  • GOD HAS GIVEN US EVERY GIFT, EVERY ABILITY WE NEED
  • 00:19:15.190 --> 00:19:19.220
  • TO FULFILL HIS UNIQUE PURPOSE FOR OUR LIFE.
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:23.000
  • THAT'S WHY AGAIN, PAUL SAYS IN ROMANS 12:3,
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:25.040
  • "I SAY TO EVERYONE, DON'T THINK MORE HIGHLY
  • 00:19:25.050 --> 00:19:28.110
  • OF HIMSELF THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK,
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:30.080
  • BUT THINK SO AS TO HAVE SOUND JUDGMENT".
  • 00:19:30.090 --> 00:19:34.030
  • I MEAN, DO AN INVENTORY OF YOUR GIFTS AND ABILITIES.
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:35.270
  • MAYBE YOU DESIRE TO BE A DOCTOR,
  • 00:19:35.280 --> 00:19:39.020
  • BUT YOU FAINT AT THE SIGHT OF BLOOD.
  • 00:19:39.030 --> 00:19:41.060
  • YOU MAY WANNA RETHINK YOUR CALLING THERE.
  • 00:19:41.070 --> 00:19:44.070
  • OR MAYBE YOU ENVISION YOURSELF PREACHING
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:46.160
  • TO THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE,
  • 00:19:46.170 --> 00:19:49.010
  • BUT YOU BREAK OUT IN A COLD SWEAT
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:50.200
  • WHEN YOU'RE IN A GROUP OF 10.
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:53.030
  • OR MAYBE YOU HAVE THE GIFT
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:54.100
  • OF PUTTING PEOPLE TO SLEEP WHEN YOU SPEAK,
  • 00:19:54.110 --> 00:19:55.260
  • AGAIN YOU MAY WANNA RETHINK WHAT YOUR CALLING IS.
  • 00:19:55.270 --> 00:19:58.260
  • IF GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO SOMETHING,
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:00.190
  • HE'S GIVEN YOU THE GIFTS TO GO ALONG WITH THAT CALLING.
  • 00:20:00.200 --> 00:20:03.110
  • YES, I KNOW THERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:06.270
  • WHERE GOD HAS CALLED SOMEBODY TO DO SOMETHING
  • 00:20:06.280 --> 00:20:09.090
  • OUTSIDE OF HIS AREA OF GIFTEDNESS,
  • 00:20:09.100 --> 00:20:12.070
  • BUT THAT'S THE EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE.
  • 00:20:12.080 --> 00:20:14.080
  • USUALLY, OUR GIFTING REVEALS OUR CALLING.
  • 00:20:14.090 --> 00:20:18.270
  • FINALLY, THE "Y" IN THIS ACROSTIC STORY,
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:21.220
  • THE "Y" STANDS FOR "YIELD TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT".
  • 00:20:21.230 --> 00:20:26.100
  • YIELD TO THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:28.240
  • YOU CAN START WITH SCRIPTURE, TALK TO OTHERS,
  • 00:20:28.250 --> 00:20:30.280
  • OBEY YOUR PASSIONS, RECOGNIZE YOUR GIFTS,
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:33.170
  • BUT THERE COMES THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU HAVE TO SAY,
  • 00:20:33.180 --> 00:20:35.230
  • 'YES, LORD', TO HIS LEADING AND CALLING IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:39.150
  • ROMANS 12:1-2 SAYS, "I URGE YOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN,
  • 00:20:39.160 --> 00:20:43.170
  • BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, TO PRESENT YOUR BODIES,
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:46.210
  • A LIVING AND HOLY SACRIFICE, ACCEPTABLE TO GOD,
  • 00:20:46.220 --> 00:20:50.220
  • WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUAL SERVICE OF WORSHIP.
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:53.200
  • AND DON'T BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD,
  • 00:20:53.210 --> 00:20:55.210
  • BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND,
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:58.260
  • THAT YOU MAY PROVE WHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS,
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:02.260
  • THAT WHICH IS GOOD, ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT."
  • 00:21:02.270 --> 00:21:07.100
  • YOU HAVE TO YIELD TO GOD'S CALLING
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:09.210
  • ONCE YOU'VE IDENTIFIED IT.
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:11.190
  • I KNOW GOD GAVE ME THE INTERESTS THAT WERE NEEDED
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:16.070
  • AT THIS TIME IN THE CHURCH'S LIFE
  • 00:21:16.080 --> 00:21:19.000
  • TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:21.210
  • AND HE'S DONE THE SAME FOR YOU AS WELL.
  • 00:21:21.220 --> 00:21:25.000
  • NOW LISTEN TO ME, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:27.160
  • IN FULL-TIME CHRISTIAN SERVICE WHICH MEANS
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:31.280
  • GET YOUR CHECK FROM THE CHURCH OR A MISSION ORGANIZATION.
  • 00:21:31.290 --> 00:21:34.170
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT TO TELL A UNIQUE STORY FOR GOD.
  • 00:21:34.180 --> 00:21:38.280
  • BUT WHATEVER YOUR DAY JOB IS, YOUR REAL JOB IS TO GLORIFY GOD.
  • 00:21:38.290 --> 00:21:44.160
  • AND THE SPECIFIC WAY YOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT
  • 00:21:44.170 --> 00:21:47.090
  • IS THROUGH THAT PASSION,
  • 00:21:47.100 --> 00:21:49.070
  • AND THROUGH THE GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN TO YOU.
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:53.200
  • MAX LUCADO THE WRITER AND PASTOR SAYS IT SO WELL,
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:57.260
  • A FORMULA FOR DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE,
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:22:00.120
  • HE SAID, "USE YOUR UNIQUENESS, WHAT YOU DO,
  • 00:22:00.130 --> 00:22:04.010
  • TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF GOD, WHY YOU DO IT.
  • 00:22:04.020 --> 00:22:08.000
  • EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE, THAT'S WHERE YOU DO IT,
  • 00:22:08.010 --> 00:22:10.260
  • AT THE CONVERGENCE OF ALL THREE,
  • 00:22:10.270 --> 00:22:13.090
  • YOU'LL FIND YOUR SWEET SPOT."
  • 00:22:13.100 --> 00:22:15.240
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SWEET SPOT, YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE,
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:22.080
  • IS THE FOUNDATION FOR LIVING A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:22:22.090 --> 00:22:28.070
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:28.080 --> 00:22:33.040
  • THE BIBLE IS QUITE CLEAR.
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:35.030
  • GOD HAS CREATED YOU FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE.
  • 00:22:35.040 --> 00:22:38.250
  • IN FACT, HE'S WRITING A STORY THROUGH YOU
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:41.180
  • THAT HE WANTS TO TELL TO THE ENTIRE WORLD.
  • 00:22:41.190 --> 00:22:44.210
  • AND NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO RESPOND TO HIS CALL.
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:48.070
  • ARE YOU READY TO BREAK OUT OF YOUR ROUTINE
  • 00:22:48.080 --> 00:22:50.130
  • AND FIND THAT SWEET SPOT OF HIS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE?
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE" IDENTIFIES 7 BIBLICAL
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  • SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • [JEFFRESS] GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY
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  • PEOPLE, JUST LIKE YOU AND I,
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  • TO DO HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK.
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  • IN MY BOOK, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE"
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  • I REVEAL 7 SECRETS THAT RESULT IN A LIFE MARKED BY
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  • SIGNIFICANCE, SATISFACTION, AND SUCCESS.
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  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU: YOUR HOME,
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  • YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR FAMILY,
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  • GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
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  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS
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  • [JEFFRESS] GOD HAS A GENERAL PURPOSE FOR
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  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T CONSIDER THEMSELVES EXTRAORDINARY.
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  • BUT GOD HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS
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  • FOR THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
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  • AND HE WANTS TO DO THE SAME THING THROUGH YOU.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO LET GOD TELL A REMARKABLE STORY
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  • THROUGH YOUR LIFE?
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  • IT ALL STARTS WITH DISCOVERING YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE.
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  • WELL, THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO COVER ON THIS TOPIC
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  • OF CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • I'VE IDENTIFIED SEVEN SECRETS FROM THE LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • AND THIS IS ONLY SECRET NUMBER ONE.
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  • NEXT TIME, WE'LL LOOK AT SECRET NUMBER TWO:
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  • "DETERMINE TO INFLUENCE YOUR CULTURE".
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  • WITHOUT A DOUBT, ELIJAH CARED ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING
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  • IN HIS WORLD.
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  • AND WE OUGHT TO HAVE THE SAME PASSION
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  • FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE NATIONS AND THE INSTITUTIONS
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  • AROUND US.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT MESSAGE
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE",
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  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP AS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE
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  • THAT GOD HAS NO INTEREST IN WHAT IS HAPPENING
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  • IN THE WORLD. AND YET, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,
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  • GOD GAVE MAN THE MANDATE TO TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD
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  • IN WHICH HE PLACED HIM.
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  • EXTEND BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS OF THE CHURCH.
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  • GOD IS NOT ONLY INTERESTED IN RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS.
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  • DETERMINE TO INFLUENCE YOUR CULTURE"
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