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November 19, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • 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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  • WE DON'T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT IT MUCH
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  • BUT THE FACT IS WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE SOMEDAY.
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  • FOR SOME OF US, DEATH MAY BE DECADES AWAY.
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  • FOR OTHERS, THE END IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.
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  • BUT REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS,
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  • THE CERTAINTY OF OUR DEATH
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  • SHOULD IMPACT THE WAY WE LIVE EVERY DAY.
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  • TODAY AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY ON THE LIFE OF ELIJAH
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  • WE'LL DISCOVER THAT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LEAD
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  • AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE LIVE WITH THE END IN MIND.
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  • WE'RE LOOKING AT SECRET NUMBER SEVEN
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  • FOR CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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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 ELIJAH
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  • BUT FEW OF US KNOW THE BOLD STANCE HE TOOK FOR GOD,
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  • NOR THE DETAILS OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NOW YOU CAN TRACE ELIJAH'S FOOTSTEPS WITH THE ELIJAH MAP,
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  • A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF THE KEY EVENTS
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  • IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND
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  • HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU AND ME
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  • 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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  • MANY OF YOU KNOW BOTH OF MY PARENTS
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  • DIED AT A RELATIVELY EARLY AGE.
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  • IN FACT EVERY YEAR THAT I GROW OLDER,
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  • IT SEEMS YOUNGER AND YOUNGER THAT THEY DIED.
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  • BUT IT WAS INTERESTING, BOTH OF THEM DIED WITHIN A FEW YEARS
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  • OF ONE ANOTHER AND THEY BOTH ALMOST HAD EXACTLY
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  • THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCE THAT LED TO THEIR DEATHS.
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  • THEY WEREN'T FEELING WELL, THEY WENT TO THE DOCTOR,
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  • HE RAN SOME TESTS,
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  • DECIDED TO DO SOME EXPLORATORY SURGERY ON THEM.
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  • DURING THE OPERATION FOUND THEY HAD INOPERABLE CANCER.
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  • HE GAVE THEM EACH FOUR MONTHS TO LIVE,
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  • AND THEY DIED ALMOST EXACTLY TO THE DATE
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  • THAT THE DOCTOR PREDICTED THEY WOULD DIE.
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  • BUT THEY ALSO SHARED SOMETHING ELSE THAT WAS SIMILAR.
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  • BOTH MY MOM AND DAD WENT THROUGH A RITUAL
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  • THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF THEIR LIFE.
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  • THEY WANTED TO HAVE ONE FINAL GOODBYE
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  • TO THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AND TO THEIR FRIENDS
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  • SO THEY SCHEDULED TIMES TO SPEAK TO THEM
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  • AND THEN THEY HAD ME TAKE THEM ON A TOUR,
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  • A ROAD TRIP AROUND DALLAS AND SURROUNDING AREAS
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  • TO SOME SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT PLACES IN THEIR LIVES.
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  • BOTH MY MOM AND DAD HAD ME DRIVE THEM
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  • TO THEIR FAVORITE HAMBURGER JOINT
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  • WHERE WE ENJOYED ONE FINAL MEAL TOGETHER.
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  • THEY WANTED TO VISIT THEIR CHILDHOOD HOMES
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  • AND SO WE DROVE THERE.
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  • THEY ACTUALLY HAD ME DRIVE THEM TO OUR FAMILY CEMETERY PLOT
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  • WHERE THEY WOULD BE BURIED IN A FEW WEEKS.
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  • BUT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST, THE PLACES THEY WANTED TO VISIT,
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  • THEY WANTED TO VISIT PLACES WHERE THEY FELT LIKE
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  • THEY HAD MADE A LASTING DIFFERENCE.
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  • AND SO MY MOM HAD ME DRIVE HER TO THE HIGH SCHOOL
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  • WHERE SHE HAD INVESTED 30 YEARS OF HER LIFE,
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  • POURING HER LIFE INTO THE LIVES OF HER STUDENTS.
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  • INTERESTINGLY, MY DAD HAD ME DRIVE HIM TO THIS CHURCH
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  • WHERE HE HAD JOINED FIRST AND THEN MY MOM
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  • AND ALL OF OUR FAMILY AND THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST PLACES
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  • HE WANTED TO COME AS WELL.
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  • I'VE OFTEN THOUGHT IF I GOT THE NEWS
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  • THAT I ONLY HAD A FEW MONTHS TO LIVE
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  • WHAT PEOPLE WOULD I WANNA TALK TO?
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  • WHAT WOULD I SAY TO THEM?
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  • WHAT WOULD I WANT THEM TO REMEMBER?
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  • WHAT SIGHTS WOULD I GO TO VISIT WHERE I FELT LIKE
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  • I HAD MADE AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE?
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  • AFTER I'M GONE, WHERE WOULD I WANT MY CHILDREN
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  • AND GRANDCHILDREN TO COME AND SAY,
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  • THAT'S WHERE DAD, GRANDDAD
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  • MADE A LASTING DIFFERENCE.
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  • WHAT ABOUT YOU?
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  • IF THAT TIME WERE TO COME FOR YOU,
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  • WHO WOULD YOU WANNA TALK TO?
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  • WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
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  • WHERE COULD YOU POINT TO AND SAY
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  • YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR ETERNITY HERE?
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  • THE FACT IS THOSE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE
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  • AN EXTRAORDINARY, SIGNIFICANT LIFE
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  • LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH ONE EYE ON THE CLOCK
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  • AS IT WINDS DOWN TO MARK THEIR DEPARTURE DATE.
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  • AND THEY KEEP THE OTHER EYE ON A CALCULATOR
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  • DETERMINING HOW TO MULTIPLY THEIR INFLUENCE
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  • FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
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  • SIMPLY PUT, SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE
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  • LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH THE END IN VIEW.
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  • ONE OF THE CONSTANT THEMES THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE IS
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  • DEATH IS INEVITABLE FOR EVERY ONE OF US.
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  • HEBREWS 9:27 SAYS, IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE
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  • AND THEN THE JUDGMENT.
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  • YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, HAVE YOU COME TO GRIPS WITH THAT FACT?
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  • YOU ARE GOING TO DIE,
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  • YOU ARE NOT GONNA LIVE ON THIS EARTH FOREVER.
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  • WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE AND LIKE MY PARENTS
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  • YOU MAY GET ADVANCE WARNING OF YOUR DEATH
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  • OR IT MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO YOU.
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  • BUT IT WON'T BE A SURPRISE TO GOD.
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  • DO YOU KNOW HE HAS WRITTEN DOWN IN INDELIBLE INK
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  • ON HIS CALENDAR THE DAY, THE HOUR OF YOUR DEATH
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  • AND NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT.
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  • IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT, LISTEN TO WHAT DAVID SAID
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  • IN PSALM 139:16.
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  • HE SAID, IN THY BOOK WERE ALL WRITTEN,
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  • THE DAYS WHICH WERE ORDAINED FOR ME,
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  • WHEN AS YET THERE WAS NOT ONE OF THEM.
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  • BEFORE YOU DREW YOUR FIRST BREATH,
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  • GOD WROTE DOWN ON HIS CALENDAR
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  • NOT ONLY THE DAY OF YOUR BIRTH AND THE DAY OF YOUR DEATH
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  • BUT HE WROTE DOWN AND SCHEDULED ALL OF THE DAYS
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  • IN BETWEEN THOSE TWO EVENTS REPRESENTED BY THAT LITTLE DASH
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  • BETWEEN YOUR BIRTH DATE AND YOUR DEATH DATE.
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  • ALL OF YOUR DAYS ARE ALREADY WRITTEN IN GOD'S BOOK.
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  • AND EVERY SECOND THAT PASSES MOVES YOU FURTHER AND FURTHER
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  • TO THAT DATE OF YOUR DEPARTURE ON GOD'S CALENDAR.
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  • WHAT KIND OF LEGACY WILL YOU LEAVE
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  • WHEN THAT DAY COMES?
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  • LASTING LEGACIES ARE NOT BUILT BY
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  • SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS SCROLLING THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
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  • OR IN FRONT OF THE GLARE OF A TELEVISION SET.
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  • LASTING LEGACIES AREN'T EVEN BUILT UPON SUCCESSFUL CAREERS
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  • OR GREAT FORTUNES THAT YOU MIGHT AMASS.
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  • ALL OF THOSE THINGS, 1 CORINTHIANS 3:12 SAYS
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  • WILL BE NOTHING MORE THAN WOOD, HAY, AND STRAW
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  • IN THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GOD.
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  • IF SOMEBODY SAID THE BEST USE OF OUR LIFE RIGHT NOW
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  • IS TO SPEND IT ON SOMETHING THAT WILL OUTLAST IT.
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  • TODAY WE'VE COME TO THE FINAL SECRET FROM ELIJAH'S LIFE
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  • FOR A SIGNIFICANT AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
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  • AND THAT IS SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES
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  • WITH THE END IN VIEW.
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  • THAT IS THEY'RE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE LEGACY
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO LEAVE BEHIND.
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  • ALL OF US ARE GONNA LEAVE A LEGACY BEHIND.
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  • IT MAY BE A LEGACY OF EVIL, IT MAY BE A LEGACY FOR GOOD,
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  • IT MAY BE A LEGACY OF MAKING NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER
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  • BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY
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  • FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD, IT MEANS WE HAVE TO HAVE
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  • THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE ABOUT LIFE.
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  • SECONDLY, WE HAVE TO UTILIZE THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE FOR LIVING
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  • AND THIRDLY, WE HAVE TO EMBRACE THE RIGHT PRIORITY.
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  • TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
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  • HAVING THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE FOR A LASTING LEGACY.
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  • AND THE PERSPECTIVE IS SIMPLY THIS, YOUR PAST
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  • IS PROLOGUE TO YOUR FUTURE.
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  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT KIND OF LEGACY
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO LEAVE BEHIND, JUST LOOK AT WHERE
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  • YOU'VE ALREADY TRAVELED IN LIFE.
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  • LEGACIES DON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.
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  • THEY'RE THE CUMULATION, ACCUMULATION OF MANY DAYS
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  • AND MONTHS AND YEARS, AND IF YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT
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  • PEOPLE ARE GONNA REMEMBER ABOUT YOU,
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  • WHAT LEGACY YOU'RE GONNA LIVE,
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  • TAKE A MOMENT AND LOOK AT YOUR PAST.
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  • DID YOU KNOW GOD WAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGING THE ISRAELITES
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  • TO STOP AND TO LOOK BACKWARDS AT WHERE THEY HAD BEEN?
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  • TO REMIND THEM THAT THEY WEREN'T PEOPLE
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  • WHO CAME FROM NOWHERE OR NO ONE, THEY HAD A PAST.
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  • IN ISAIAH 51:1 WHILE THE ISRAELITES WERE IN BABYLON
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  • IN CAPTIVITY BECAUSE OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE,
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  • GOD ENCOURAGED HIS PEOPLE TO LOOK BACK.
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  • HE SAID, LOOK TO THE ROCK FROM WHICH YOU WERE HEWN
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  • AND TO THE QUARRY FROM WHICH YOU WERE DUG.
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  • YOU DIDN'T POP OUT OF NOWHERE.
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  • LOOK AT YOUR PAST, HE WAS SAYING.
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  • LATER WHEN THE ISRAELITES RETURNED BACK TO THE LAND
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  • AFTER THEIR JUDGMENT, THE PEOPLE SOON FELL AWAY FROM GOD.
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  • BUT THERE WERE A FEW GODLY ISRAELITES WHO WANTED
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  • TO ENCOURAGE THE PEOPLE TO LIVE GODLY LIVES
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  • AND SO THESE PEOPLE ENCOURAGED THE ISRAELITES
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  • TO MAKE OR TO WRITE DOWN WHAT THEY CALLED
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  • A BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
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  • IT'S FOUND IN MALACHI 3:16.
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  • IT WAS INTERESTING HOW ELIJAH
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  • SPENT THE FINAL DAY OF HIS LIFE.
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  • AS WE'RE GONNA SEE TODAY IN 2 KINGS 2,
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  • ELIJAH KNEW HIS TIME OF DEPARTURE HAD COME
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  • SO HE TOOK HIS PROTEGE, ELISHA, ON A TRIP.
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  • NOT TO THEIR FAVORITE HAMBURGER JOINT
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  • BUT THEY WENT TO SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT PLACES
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  • IN ELIJAH'S LIFE WHERE ELIJAH LEARNED SOME IMPORTANT
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  • LESSONS FROM GOD.
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  • THESE WERE NOT RANDOM PLACES THAT ELIJAH WENT TO.
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  • THEY WERE PLACES THAT HAD DEEP, SPIRITUAL MEANING
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  • BOTH FOR ELIJAH AND THE ISRAELITES.
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  • AND I THINK THEY'RE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE THINGS
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  • THAT WE NEED TO REMIND THOSE WE LEAVE BEHIND
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  • ABOUT REGARDING OUR LIFE AS WELL.
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  • NOTICE THE FIRST PLACE THAT ELIJAH TOOK ELISHA
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  • WAS A PLACE CALLED GILGAL.
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  • IT WAS THE PLACE OF BEGINNING.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 1 OF 2 KINGS 2.
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  • AND IT CAME ABOUT WHEN THE LORD WAS ABOUT TO
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  • TAKE UP ELIJAH BY A WHIRLWIND TO HEAVEN,
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  • THAT ELIJAH WENT WITH ELISHA FROM GILGAL.
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  • NOW ACCORDING TO JOSHUA 4:19, GILGAL WAS THE FIRST PLACE
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  • THAT THE ISRAELITES CAMPED OUT
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  • AFTER THEY CROSSED THE JORDAN RIVER INTO THE PROMISED LAND.
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  • AND SO ELIJAH WANTED TO GO THERE TO REMIND HIMSELF
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  • AND ELISHA THAT THERE WAS A SPIRITUAL BEGINNING
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  • IN OUR LIVES, A SPIRITUAL BEGINNING IN OUR NATION
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  • AND HERE IT IS.
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  • IS THERE A PLACE OR A TIME YOU CAN POINT TO
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  • TO THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND AND SAY,
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  • THIS IS WHERE, WITHOUT A DOUBT,
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  • I TRUSTED IN CHRIST AS MY SAVIOR
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  • AND YOU CAN KNOW FOR SURE I'M IN HEAVEN BECAUSE OF THAT.
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  • WE ALL NEED THOSE GILGALS, THOSE PLACES OF BEGINNING.
  • 00:11:32.080 --> 00:11:37.230
  • SECONDLY, ELIJAH TOOK ELISHA TO BETHEL.
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:41.010
  • THIS WAS A PLACE OF PRAYER.
  • 00:11:41.020 --> 00:11:43.070
  • LOOK AT VERSE 2.
  • 00:11:43.080 --> 00:11:44.190
  • AND ELIJAH SAID TO ELISHA, STAY HERE PLEASE,
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:47.020
  • FOR THE LORD HAS SENT ME AS FAR AS BETHEL.
  • 00:11:47.030 --> 00:11:50.060
  • BUT ELISHA SAID, AS THE LORD LIVES AND AS YOU YOURSELF LIVE,
  • 00:11:50.070 --> 00:11:53.150
  • I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.
  • 00:11:53.160 --> 00:11:54.270
  • SO THEY WENT DOWN TO BETHEL.
  • 00:11:54.280 --> 00:11:56.230
  • THE NAME BETHEL MEANS HOUSE OF GOD.
  • 00:11:56.240 --> 00:12:00.130
  • AND YOU REMEMBER THIS IS THE PLACE
  • 00:12:00.140 --> 00:12:02.080
  • WHERE ABRAHAM BUILT A MEMORIAL.
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:04.290
  • IT WAS REALLY A PILE OF ROCKS TO GOD.
  • 00:12:05.000 --> 00:12:08.020
  • IT WAS A PLACE HE PRAYED, HE SACRIFICED,
  • 00:12:08.030 --> 00:12:10.140
  • AFTER GOD MADE HIM THE PROMISE OF BEING A GREAT,
  • 00:12:10.150 --> 00:12:13.070
  • GREAT NATION, GENESIS 12:8, BETHEL.
  • 00:12:13.080 --> 00:12:19.210
  • IT WAS A PLACE OF PRAYER, A PLACE OF COMMUNING WITH GOD.
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:21.260
  • I'M SURE AS ELIJAH AND ELISHA WALKED DOWN THE STREETS
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:24.230
  • OF BETHEL, THEY THOUGHT ABOUT NOT ONLY
  • 00:12:24.240 --> 00:12:28.240
  • ABRAHAM'S EXPERIENCE THERE,
  • 00:12:28.250 --> 00:12:31.010
  • BUT I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT ELIJAH
  • 00:12:31.020 --> 00:12:32.180
  • PROBABLY TOLD ELISHA ABOUT THE BETHELS THROUGHOUT ISRAEL.
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:36.250
  • PLACES, MEMORIALS, PLACES OF PRAYER WHERE ELIJAH
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:42.210
  • HAD POURED OUT HIS HEART TO GOD.
  • 00:12:42.220 --> 00:12:44.180
  • PART OF OUR BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE IS BEING ABLE TO POINT OUT
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:47.220
  • THOSE BETHELS, THOSE PLACES OF PRAYER IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:52.250
  • THE THIRD SIGHT THAT ELIJAH WANTED TO GO
  • 00:12:52.260 --> 00:12:55.090
  • BEFORE HE WAS TRANSLATED INTO HEAVEN WAS TO JERICHO,
  • 00:12:55.100 --> 00:12:59.050
  • WHICH REPRESENTED THE PLACE OF BATTLE.
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:02.170
  • LOOK AT VERSE 4 OF 2 KINGS 2.
  • 00:13:02.180 --> 00:13:05.030
  • ELIJAH SAID TO HIM, ELISHA, PLEASE SAY HERE,
  • 00:13:05.040 --> 00:13:08.110
  • FOR THE LORD HAS SENT ME TO JERICHO.
  • 00:13:08.120 --> 00:13:11.030
  • BUT HE SAID, AS THE LORD LIVES, AND AS YOU YOURSELF LIVE,
  • 00:13:11.040 --> 00:13:14.130
  • I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.
  • 00:13:14.140 --> 00:13:17.000
  • SO THEY CAME TO JERICHO.
  • 00:13:17.010 --> 00:13:19.180
  • NOW YOU REMEMBER THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JERICHO.
  • 00:13:19.190 --> 00:13:22.040
  • SOMEBODY HAD SAID THAT JERICHO REPRESENTED TO THE ISRAELITES
  • 00:13:22.050 --> 00:13:26.010
  • WHAT NORMANDY REPRESENTS TO THE ALLIED FORCES.
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:30.010
  • IT WAS THE PLACE OF CONQUEST RECLAIMING BATTLEGROUND
  • 00:13:30.020 --> 00:13:34.190
  • THAT HAD BEEN FORFEITED TO THE ENEMY.
  • 00:13:34.200 --> 00:13:37.260
  • I THINK PROBABLY ELIJAH, AS HE TALKED TO ELISHA,
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:42.000
  • NOT ONLY RECOUNTED THAT STORY ABOUT JOSHUA
  • 00:13:42.010 --> 00:13:45.100
  • TO HIS YOUNG MENTOREE, BUT I THINK HE PROBABLY
  • 00:13:45.110 --> 00:13:48.100
  • ALSO TALKED TO ELISHA QUITE HONESTLY ABOUT HIS OWN JERICHOS
  • 00:13:48.110 --> 00:13:54.140
  • THE OWN BATTLES HE HAD FACED IN HIS LIFE.
  • 00:13:54.150 --> 00:13:56.190
  • AND I THINK PART OF THE LEGACY YOU AND I LEAVE BEHIND
  • 00:13:56.200 --> 00:13:59.290
  • TO OUR FAMILY, TO OUR FRIENDS,
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:02.060
  • IS NOT TO TELL THEM EVERYTHING
  • 00:14:02.070 --> 00:14:05.020
  • BUT TO TELL THEM, HONESTLY,
  • 00:14:05.030 --> 00:14:06.190
  • SOME OF THE THINGS WE'VE STRUGGLED WITH,
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:09.100
  • AND HONESTY ABOUT THOSE BATTLES AND HOW YOU OVERCAME THEM
  • 00:14:09.110 --> 00:14:12.140
  • WITH GOD'S HELP.
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:14.040
  • I THINK THAT'S WHAT ELIJAH DID AT JERICHO,
  • 00:14:14.050 --> 00:14:16.180
  • THE PLACE OF BATTLE.
  • 00:14:16.190 --> 00:14:18.280
  • AND THEN FINALLY HE TOOK ELISHA TO THE JORDAN RIVER
  • 00:14:18.290 --> 00:14:22.290
  • WHICH REPRESENTED THE PLACE OF DEPARTURE FOR ELIJAH.
  • 00:14:23.000 --> 00:14:25.150
  • LOOK AT VERSE 6.
  • 00:14:25.160 --> 00:14:27.030
  • THEN ELIJAH SAID TO ELISHA,
  • 00:14:27.040 --> 00:14:29.170
  • PLEASE STAY HERE FOR THE LORD
  • 00:14:29.180 --> 00:14:31.090
  • HAS SENT ME TO THE JORDAN.
  • 00:14:31.100 --> 00:14:33.060
  • AND HE SAID, AS THE LORD LIVES,
  • 00:14:33.070 --> 00:14:35.020
  • AND AS YOU YOURSELF LIVE,
  • 00:14:35.030 --> 00:14:36.210
  • I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU.
  • 00:14:36.220 --> 00:14:39.020
  • SO THE TWO OF THEM WENT ON.
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:42.100
  • NOW THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE GOD WOULD CATCH ELIJAH UP
  • 00:14:42.110 --> 00:14:46.190
  • INTO THE WHIRLWIND AND HE WOULD GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:49.270
  • LET'S LOOK AT THE ACCOUNT OF ELIJAH'S DEPARTURE
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:53.120
  • BEGINNING 2 KINGS 2:8.
  • 00:14:53.130 --> 00:14:55.090
  • AND ELIJAH TOOK HIS MANTLE.
  • 00:14:55.100 --> 00:14:57.260
  • NOW HIS MANTLE WAS NOT SOME BIG PIECE OF WOOD OR METAL.
  • 00:14:57.270 --> 00:15:00.240
  • IT REPRESENTED HIS CLOAK, AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING.
  • 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:04.020
  • AND ELIJAH TOOK HIS MANTLE AND FOLDED IT TOGETHER,
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:07.080
  • SEE, AND STRUCK THE WATERS AND THEY WERE DIVIDED
  • 00:15:07.090 --> 00:15:10.180
  • HERE AND THERE, SO THAT THE TWO OF THEM CROSSED OVER
  • 00:15:10.190 --> 00:15:13.170
  • ON DRY GROUND.
  • 00:15:13.180 --> 00:15:14.260
  • NOW IT CAME ABOUT WHEN THEY HAD CROSSED OVER
  • 00:15:14.270 --> 00:15:17.000
  • THAT ELIJAH SAID TO ELISHA,
  • 00:15:17.010 --> 00:15:19.180
  • ASK WHAT I SHALL DO FOR YOU
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:21.140
  • BEFORE I AM TAKEN FROM YOU.
  • 00:15:21.150 --> 00:15:23.200
  • AND ELISHA SAID,
  • 00:15:23.210 --> 00:15:25.080
  • PLEASE, LET A DOUBLE PORTION
  • 00:15:25.090 --> 00:15:27.260
  • OF YOUR SPIRIT BE UPON ME.
  • 00:15:27.270 --> 00:15:30.000
  • WHAT WAS HE ASKING FOR?
  • 00:15:30.010 --> 00:15:32.210
  • HE WAS REFERRING TO AN ISRAELITE INHERITANCE LAW
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:36.290
  • THAT SAID THE FIRSTBORN SHOULD RECEIVE A DOUBLE PORTION
  • 00:15:37.000 --> 00:15:40.210
  • OF THE FATHER'S ESTATE.
  • 00:15:40.220 --> 00:15:43.010
  • NOW ELISHA DIDN'T CARE ABOUT MONEY
  • 00:15:43.020 --> 00:15:45.060
  • BUT BY ASKING FOR A DOUBLE PORTION OF GOD'S SPIRIT,
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:49.110
  • HE WAS SAYING,
  • 00:15:49.120 --> 00:15:50.240
  • ELIJAH, I WANT TO BE YOUR SPIRITUAL FIRSTBORN.
  • 00:15:50.250 --> 00:15:53.220
  • I WANT TO BE YOUR SUCCESSOR.
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:56.140
  • THAT'S WHAT I'M ASKING FOR.
  • 00:15:56.150 --> 00:15:58.230
  • AND LOOK AT VERSE 10.
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:16:00.200
  • AND HE SAID, YOU HAVE ASKED A HARD THING.
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:03.100
  • NEVERTHELESS, IF YOU SEE ME
  • 00:16:03.110 --> 00:16:05.070
  • WHEN I AM TAKEN FROM YOU,
  • 00:16:05.080 --> 00:16:06.190
  • IT SHALL BE SO FOR YOU;
  • 00:16:06.200 --> 00:16:08.090
  • BUT IF NOT, IT SHALL NOT BE SO.
  • 00:16:08.100 --> 00:16:12.060
  • NOW ELIJAH BELIEVED ELISHA WAS TO BE HIS SUCCESSOR.
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:15.240
  • GOD HAS SAID THAT.
  • 00:16:15.250 --> 00:16:17.080
  • HE HAD SPENT TIME TRAINING ELISHA.
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:19.250
  • BUT WHAT HE WAS SAYING TO ELISHA IS,
  • 00:16:19.260 --> 00:16:21.140
  • ULTIMATELY THIS IS GOD'S DECISION
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:24.140
  • AND THE WAY YOU WILL KNOW WHETHER OR NOT
  • 00:16:24.150 --> 00:16:26.080
  • YOU ARE MY SUCCESSOR IS IF YOU SEE ME
  • 00:16:26.090 --> 00:16:28.060
  • WHEN I'M TRANSLATED INTO HEAVEN,
  • 00:16:28.070 --> 00:16:29.250
  • THEN YOU WILL KNOW YOU'RE THE ONE TO FOLLOW ME.
  • 00:16:29.260 --> 00:16:32.250
  • VERSE 11, THEN IT CAME ABOUT AS THEY WERE GOING ALONG
  • 00:16:32.260 --> 00:16:36.030
  • AND TALKING THAT BEHOLD,
  • 00:16:36.040 --> 00:16:37.230
  • THERE APPEARED A CHARIOT OF FIRE
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:40.050
  • AND HORSES OF FIRE WHICH SEPARATED THE TWO OF THEM.
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:43.080
  • AND ELIJAH WENT UP BY A WHIRLWIND TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:16:43.090 --> 00:16:46.290
  • AND ELISHA SAW IT AND CRIED OUT,
  • 00:16:47.000 --> 00:16:48.220
  • MY FATHER, MY FATHER,
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:50.060
  • THE CHARIOTS OF ISRAEL AND ITS HORSEMEN.
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:53.190
  • AND ELISHA SAW ELIJAH NO MORE.
  • 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:57.040
  • THEN HE TOOK HOLD OF HIS OWN CLOTHES
  • 00:16:57.050 --> 00:16:59.000
  • AND TORE THEM INTO TWO PIECES
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:01.050
  • AND THEN HE TOOK UP THE MANTLE OF ELIJAH
  • 00:17:01.060 --> 00:17:04.190
  • THAT FELL FROM HIM.
  • 00:17:04.200 --> 00:17:06.090
  • AS ELIJAH WAS BEING TRANSLATED INTO HEAVEN,
  • 00:17:06.100 --> 00:17:08.240
  • HIS MANTLE, HIS CLOAK FELL DOWN.
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:10.260
  • SO ELISHA TOOK IT UP AND HE RETURNED
  • 00:17:10.270 --> 00:17:13.130
  • AND HE STOOD BY THE BANK OF THE JORDAN
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:16.230
  • AND HE TOOK THE MANTLE OF ELIJAH THAT FELL FROM HIM
  • 00:17:16.240 --> 00:17:19.180
  • AND HE STRUCK THE WATERS AND SAID,
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:22.060
  • WHERE IS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ELIJAH?
  • 00:17:22.070 --> 00:17:26.130
  • SO HE TAKES UP THIS MANTLE, THIS CLOAK,
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:28.140
  • AND NOTICE WHAT HE DOES WITH IT.
  • 00:17:28.150 --> 00:17:29.230
  • HE STRUCK THE WATERS WITH IT
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:31.190
  • AND THEY WERE DIVIDED HERE AND THERE,
  • 00:17:31.200 --> 00:17:34.190
  • AND ELISHA CROSSED OVER.
  • 00:17:34.200 --> 00:17:37.100
  • THAT WAS A SIGN THAT IN FACT THIS MANTLE
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:40.200
  • NOW BELONGED TO ELISHA AND HE WOULD BE
  • 00:17:40.210 --> 00:17:43.270
  • THE NEW PROPHET OF GOD.
  • 00:17:43.280 --> 00:17:46.170
  • NOW, THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE.
  • 00:17:46.180 --> 00:17:50.230
  • PREPARING A LEGACY THAT LASTS
  • 00:17:50.240 --> 00:17:55.150
  • REQUIRES PREPARING THOSE WHO WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE BEHIND.
  • 00:17:55.160 --> 00:17:59.040
  • HOW DO WE PREPARE
  • 00:17:59.050 --> 00:18:01.210
  • THOSE WE LEAVE BEHIND FOR OUR DEPARTURE?
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:04.240
  • MAKE SURE, FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN TELL THEM WITH CERTAINTY
  • 00:18:04.250 --> 00:18:08.100
  • YOU'RE GOING TO A BETTER PLACE.
  • 00:18:08.110 --> 00:18:10.110
  • BE SURE YOU RECOUNT TO THEM
  • 00:18:10.120 --> 00:18:12.170
  • THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO YOUR TRUSTING IN JESUS
  • 00:18:12.180 --> 00:18:16.130
  • AS YOUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:17.270
  • THAT'S THE GREATEST LEGACY YOU CAN LEAVE BEHIND.
  • 00:18:17.280 --> 00:18:20.200
  • MAKE SURE YOU IMPRESS UPON THEM
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:22.110
  • WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE.
  • 00:18:22.120 --> 00:18:26.060
  • ONLY ONE LIFE WILL SOON BE PAST.
  • 00:18:26.070 --> 00:18:28.270
  • ONLY WHAT'S DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST.
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:32.120
  • THEY'LL REMEMBER THAT.
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:33.270
  • THEY'LL REMEMBER THAT.
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:35.020
  • THAT IS PART OF LEAVING A LASTING LEGACY.
  • 00:18:35.030 --> 00:18:38.220
  • WHAT LESSONS DID ELIJAH LEAVE FOR ELISHA
  • 00:18:38.230 --> 00:18:41.210
  • IN THOSE FINAL MOMENTS HE SPENT WITH HIM?
  • 00:18:41.220 --> 00:18:43.270
  • BOTH BY WORD AND EXAMPLE,
  • 00:18:43.280 --> 00:18:45.170
  • HE IMPRESSED UPON HIM TWO IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES
  • 00:18:45.180 --> 00:18:49.090
  • THAT I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH TODAY.
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:50.230
  • WRITE THESE DOWN.
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:51.210
  • FIRST OF ALL, FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:18:51.220 --> 00:18:54.180
  • ELIJAH TAUGHT ELISHA THAT GOD'S POWER
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:57.140
  • IS NOT LIMITED TO A PARTICULAR TIME OR PLACE.
  • 00:18:57.150 --> 00:19:04.000
  • GOD'S POWER IS NOT LIMITED TO A PARTICULAR TIME OR PLACE.
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:06.140
  • ELIJAH WAS SAYING TO ELISHA,
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:08.050
  • LOOK, I'M ABOUT TO GO,
  • 00:19:08.060 --> 00:19:11.000
  • BUT NOTHING OF GOD IS CHANGING AT ALL.
  • 00:19:11.010 --> 00:19:13.070
  • THE SAME GOD WHO PROTECTED ME
  • 00:19:13.080 --> 00:19:15.110
  • AND EMPOWERED ME IS GONNA DO THE SAME FOR YOU AS WELL,
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:19.130
  • AND YOU CAN TRUST ON HIM.
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:21.080
  • THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR US TODAY.
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:24.240
  • THE SAME GOD WHO WAS THE GOD OF ELIJAH AND ELISHA
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:28.250
  • IN 850 B.C.
  • 00:19:28.260 --> 00:19:31.160
  • IS THE SAME GOD TODAY IN 2018.
  • 00:19:31.170 --> 00:19:35.030
  • HEBREWS 13:8 SAYS JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:38.110
  • YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER.
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:41.090
  • AND EVEN THOUGH 3000 YEARS HAVE ELAPSED
  • 00:19:41.100 --> 00:19:44.000
  • SINCE ELIJAH'S LIFE, IN ALL OF THOSE YEARS,
  • 00:19:44.010 --> 00:19:48.210
  • GOD'S POWER HAS NOT ATROPHIED ONE IOTA.
  • 00:19:48.220 --> 00:19:52.280
  • HE AS STRONG TODAY AS HE WAS 3000 YEARS AGO.
  • 00:19:52.290 --> 00:19:59.030
  • HE'S STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF YOU,
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:01.140
  • TO WATCH OUT FOR YOU,
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:03.030
  • TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:06.030
  • AND THAT'S WHY I SAY
  • 00:20:06.040 --> 00:20:07.210
  • GOD'S POWER IS NOT LIMITED TO A PARTICULAR TIME
  • 00:20:07.220 --> 00:20:10.270
  • OR A PARTICULAR PLACE.
  • 00:20:10.280 --> 00:20:12.100
  • SECONDLY, ELIJAH TAUGHT ELISHA
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:14.180
  • THAT GOD'S POWER IS NOT LIMITED TO A PARTICULAR PERSON.
  • 00:20:14.190 --> 00:20:20.240
  • AS WE'RE GONNA SEE NEXT TIME, ELIJAH AND ELISHA
  • 00:20:20.250 --> 00:20:23.000
  • WEREN'T ALONE ON THIS LITTLE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE.
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:26.200
  • THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE, SOME PROPHETS
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:30.020
  • IN REAL EASE IN THE SCHOOL OF THE PROPHETS
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:32.140
  • THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:33.210
  • WHO WERE FOLLOWING THEM AROUND AS WELL
  • 00:20:33.220 --> 00:20:35.080
  • AND THEY WERE AT THE JORDAN AND SAW ELIJAH
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:37.140
  • CAUGHT UP INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:20:37.150 --> 00:20:38.260
  • AND LOOK AT VERSE 15, 2 KINGS 2.
  • 00:20:38.270 --> 00:20:41.110
  • NOW WHEN THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS WHO WERE AT JERICHO
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:44.180
  • OPPOSITE HIM SAW ELIJAH,
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:47.070
  • THEY SAID, THE SPIRIT OF ELIJAH
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:50.060
  • NOW RESTS ON ELISHA.
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:53.000
  • WHEN THEY SAW ELISHA PART THE WATERS
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:55.200
  • WITH THAT MANTLE THAT ELIJAH HAD LEFT BEHIND,
  • 00:20:55.210 --> 00:20:58.280
  • THEY SAID, GOD IS WORKING THROUGH HIM
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:01.260
  • JUST LIKE HE DID THROUGH ELIJAH.
  • 00:21:01.270 --> 00:21:04.230
  • IN CHRISTIAN CIRCLES, WE ALL GET CAUGHT UP
  • 00:21:04.240 --> 00:21:07.110
  • IN THE CULT OF PERSONALITY.
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:09.150
  • WE SAY, THERE'LL NEVER BE ANOTHER,
  • 00:21:09.160 --> 00:21:11.030
  • AND FILL IN THE BLANK,
  • 00:21:11.040 --> 00:21:12.090
  • WHATEVER NAME YOU WANT TO FILL IN THERE,
  • 00:21:12.100 --> 00:21:14.010
  • A GREAT CHRISTIAN PREACHER, A GREAT CHRISTIAN LEADER.
  • 00:21:14.020 --> 00:21:17.100
  • BUT AS CHUCK SWINDOLL SAYS,
  • 00:21:17.110 --> 00:21:19.080
  • WHEN THE MAN OF GOD DIES,
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:21.000
  • NOTHING OF GOD DIES.
  • 00:21:21.010 --> 00:21:23.200
  • GOD CAN WORK THROUGH ANYONE.
  • 00:21:23.210 --> 00:21:25.210
  • YES, GOD WORKED THROUGH MOSES
  • 00:21:25.220 --> 00:21:27.080
  • BUT HE ALSO WORKED THROUGH HIS SUCCESSOR, JOSHUA.
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:30.150
  • YES, GOD WORKED THROUGH DAVID
  • 00:21:30.160 --> 00:21:32.070
  • BUT ALSO WORKED THROUGH HIS SON, SOLOMON.
  • 00:21:32.080 --> 00:21:35.020
  • YES, GOD EMPOWERED ELIJAH
  • 00:21:35.030 --> 00:21:37.140
  • BUT HE ALSO EMPOWERED ELISHA.
  • 00:21:37.150 --> 00:21:40.150
  • THE SAME IS TRUE FOR YOU.
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.060
  • THE BEST USE OF YOUR LIFE
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:44.270
  • IS TO SPEND YOUR LIFE
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:48.050
  • SERVING GOD, FOLLOWING HIM FAITHFULLY.
  • 00:21:48.060 --> 00:21:52.250
  • BUT THE TIME WILL COME GOD WILL CALL YOU HOME
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:56.010
  • AND IF YOU HAVE PREPARED A SUCCESSOR,
  • 00:21:56.020 --> 00:21:59.210
  • YOU HAVE BUILT A LEGACY THAT LASTS,
  • 00:21:59.220 --> 00:22:02.120
  • YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED ON
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:05.110
  • THE BATON OF FAITH TO YOUR CHILDREN,
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:07.120
  • YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, TO YOUR FRIENDS,
  • 00:22:07.130 --> 00:22:09.270
  • THEN THE WORK OF GOD GOES ON LONG AFTER YOU HAVE DEPARTED.
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  • TO LIVE YOUR LIFE
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  • WITH THE END IN VIEW,
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  • TO LEAVE A LEGACY THAT LASTS
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  • REQUIRES HAVING THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:27.080
  • BUT IT ALSO MEANS UTILIZING THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE FOR LIVING
  • 00:22:27.090 --> 00:22:30.110
  • AND ALSO EMBRACING THE RIGHT PRIORITY IN LIVING,
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:33.290
  • BOTH OF WHICH WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT NEXT TIME.
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  • MUSIC
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  • I'LL CONFESS THAT I DON'T WANT THIS SERIES TO CONCLUDE.
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  • ALL MONTH LONG, WE'VE BEEN TRACING THE FOOTSTEPS OF ELIJAH
  • 00:22:46.040 --> 00:22:50.000
  • AND LEARNING FROM HIS STELLAR EXAMPLE.
  • 00:22:50.010 --> 00:22:52.270
  • IT'S A STUDY I'VE CALLED
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
  • 00:22:54.070 --> 00:22:57.160
  • AND AS WE CLOSE, LET ME OFFER A WORD OF THANKS
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:23:00.150
  • TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
  • 00:23:00.160 --> 00:23:02.150
  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" WITH YOUR GENEROUS GIFTS.
  • 00:23:02.160 --> 00:23:06.100
  • THIS YEAR, WE'VE STEPPED OUT IN FAITH
  • 00:23:06.110 --> 00:23:08.150
  • TO BEGIN THIS NEW DAILY TELECAST
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:11.090
  • AND WE'RE DEEPLY ENCOURAGED BY THE FRIENDS
  • 00:23:11.100 --> 00:23:13.120
  • WHO HAVE COME ALONGSIDE US TO HELP.
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:16.100
  • IN MANY RESPECTS, IT'S YOUR GENEROUS GIFTS
  • 00:23:16.110 --> 00:23:19.030
  • THAT HAS ALLOWED US TO CONDUCT THIS IMPORTANT STUDY
  • 00:23:19.040 --> 00:23:22.170
  • ON THE LIFE OF ELIJAH AND MANY OTHER STUDIES
  • 00:23:22.180 --> 00:23:25.170
  • FEATURED ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:23:25.180 --> 00:23:28.100
  • WE COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
  • 00:23:28.110 --> 00:23:31.050
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:31.060 --> 00:23:32.230
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:32.240 --> 00:23:36.200
  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL LIFE
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:38.190
  • OF ELIJAH, DR. JEFFRESS' BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:23:38.200 --> 00:23:41.090
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:23:41.100 --> 00:23:43.130
  • IDENTIFIES SEVEN BIBLICAL SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:23:45.160 --> 00:23:47.150
  • GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE
  • 00:23:47.160 --> 00:23:50.070
  • JUST LIKE YOU AND I
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  • TO DO HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK.
  • 00:23:52.050 --> 00:23:54.180
  • IN MY BOOK, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
  • 00:23:54.190 --> 00:23:57.240
  • I REVEAL SEVEN SECRETS
  • 00:23:57.250 --> 00:23:59.270
  • THAT RESULT IN A LIFE MARKED BY SIGNIFICANCE,
  • 00:23:59.280 --> 00:24:02.280
  • SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS.
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:05.260
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:07.100
  • YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:24:07.110 --> 00:24:10.200
  • YOUR FAMILY, GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:10.210 --> 00:24:15.010
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE
  • 00:24:15.020 --> 00:24:17.000
  • CAN BE DESCRIBED AS THE STORY
  • 00:24:17.010 --> 00:24:19.070
  • GOD CREATED FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:22.040
  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST DR. JEFFRESS' BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:24.130
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:24:24.140 --> 00:24:26.060
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:26.070 --> 00:24:29.080
  • THEN SHARE A COPY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
  • 00:24:29.090 --> 00:24:31.150
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:31.160 --> 00:24:35.020
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THE COMPLETE, UNEDITED
  • 00:24:35.030 --> 00:24:37.140
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:24:37.150 --> 00:24:40.120
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:42.140
  • GOD HAS GENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE
  • 00:24:42.150 --> 00:24:45.210
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:24:45.220 --> 00:24:49.100
  • [ANNOUNCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
  • 00:24:49.110 --> 00:24:50.170
  • YOU CHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:24:50.180 --> 00:24:52.180
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:24:52.190 --> 00:24:55.210
  • FROM "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:55.220 --> 00:24:58.190
  • GOD'S BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE
  • 00:25:00.110 --> 00:25:04.120
  • TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS
  • 00:25:04.130 --> 00:25:06.150
  • FOR MANY MANY YEARS.
  • 00:25:06.160 --> 00:25:08.100
  • AND NOW, HE WANTS TO DO THE SAME THROUGH YOU.
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:11.250
  • IT ALL STARTS BY LIVING WITH THE END IN MIND.
  • 00:25:11.260 --> 00:25:16.170
  • WELL, THERE'S A LOT MORE TO COVER ON THIS PRACTICAL TOPIC
  • 00:25:16.180 --> 00:25:20.230
  • AND NEXT TIME, I'M GOING TO PRESENT A MESSAGE CALLED
  • 00:25:20.240 --> 00:25:23.200
  • "LEAVING A LEGACY THAT LASTS."
  • 00:25:23.210 --> 00:25:26.270
  • EACH OF US IS GIVEN A FIXED AMOUNT OF TIME ON THIS EARTH
  • 00:25:26.280 --> 00:25:30.070
  • AND THE LEGACY WE LEAVE BEHIND
  • 00:25:30.080 --> 00:25:32.210
  • HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INFLUENCE GENERATIONS TO COME.
  • 00:25:32.220 --> 00:25:37.080
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:37.090 --> 00:25:40.120
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:40.130 --> 00:25:44.010
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:44.020 --> 00:25:45.250
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:45.260 --> 00:25:48.110
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:48.120 --> 00:25:50.110
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS' BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:25:50.120 --> 00:25:52.100
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:25:52.110 --> 00:25:54.180
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:25:54.190 --> 00:25:57.090
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:57.100 --> 00:26:00.230
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:00.240 --> 00:26:03.220
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:26:03.230 --> 00:26:05.130
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:05.140 --> 00:26:08.020
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:08.030 --> 00:26:10.150
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:10.160 --> 00:26:12.050
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT,
  • 00:26:12.060 --> 00:26:14.020
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING
  • 00:26:14.030 --> 00:26:15.160
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:15.170 --> 00:26:17.160
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:17.170 --> 00:26:21.110
  • WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERNIGHT SUCCESSES.
  • 00:26:21.120 --> 00:26:24.230
  • WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO
  • 00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:26.280
  • EVERYBODY REALIZES IS A SUCCESS
  • 00:26:26.290 --> 00:26:29.060
  • BECAUSE THEIR EXPLOITS ARE BLASTED OVER TELEVISION
  • 00:26:29.070 --> 00:26:32.150
  • OR IN THE PERIODICALS OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
  • 00:26:32.160 --> 00:26:35.150
  • WE THINK A PERSON WHO IS SUCCESSFUL HAS RESULTS
  • 00:26:35.160 --> 00:26:38.060
  • THAT ARE INSTANTANEOUS AND EVERYBODY SEES THEM.
  • 00:26:38.070 --> 00:26:41.280
  • BY THAT MEASURE,
  • 00:26:41.290 --> 00:26:44.060
  • ELIJAH WAS A TREMENDOUS FAILURE, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:26:44.070 --> 00:26:48.090
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:48.100 --> 00:26:50.050
  • FOR THE MESSAGE, "LEAVING A LEGACY THAT LASTS"
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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