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November 7, 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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  • IN A WORLD OF INSTANT VIDEO STREAMING
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  • AND SAME-DAY SHIPPING, THE CONCEPT OF WAITING
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  • HAS BECOME ALMOST FOREIGN TO US.
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  • YET, GOD OFTEN CALLS US TO WAIT.
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  • NOT JUST FOR HOURS, OR DAYS, BUT SOMETIMES FOR MONTHS,
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  • YEARS AND EVEN DECADES.
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  • TODAY WE'RE CONTINUING OUR SERIES,
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE",
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  • WITH THE THIRD OF SEVEN SECRETS
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  • TO A LIFE OF SUCCESS AND SATISFACTION.
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  • GOD NOT ONLY HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE,
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  • HE HAS A TIMELINE IN WHICH HE WANTS TO PLAY OUT THAT PLAN.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING"
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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
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  • WITH THE ELIJAH MAP. A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW
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  • OF THE KEY EVENTS IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE WILL HELP YOU
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  • BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE JUST
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  • 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
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  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • THEODOR GEISEL REALLY DIDN'T LIKE KIDS THAT MUCH
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  • BUT HIS LITERARY ALTER-EGO DR. SEUSS,
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  • WHICH IS THE NAME YOU KNOW HIM BY,
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  • HAD A WAY OF CONNECTING WITH KIDS AT EVERY LEVEL.
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  • THROUGH HIS MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, THE CAT IN THE HAT,
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  • THE GRINCH, THE LORAX, HORTON,
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  • HE HAD A WAY OF HELPING CHILDREN NAVIGATE THROUGH THE TWIST
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  • AND THE TURNS, THE UPS AND DOWNS
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  • OF THEIR EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE.
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  • ONE OF HIS MOST INTERESTING BOOKS
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  • IS CALLED "OH THE PLACES YOU WILL GO".
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  • IT'S THE STORY OF A LITTLE BOY WHO HAD A BRAIN
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  • IN HIS HEAD AND SHOES ON HIS FEET
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  • AND WAS READY TO GO ANYWHERE.
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  • HE HAD ALL KIND OF DIFFERENT PATHS OPEN TO HIM.
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  • BUT WHICH EVER PATH HE CHOSE, THE LITTLE BOY WOULD END UP
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  • IN THE WAITING PLACE.
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  • ACCORDING TO DR. SEUSS, THE WAITING PLACE
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  • IS THAT PLACE WHERE THE DOLDRUMS EXTEND OVER THE HORIZON.
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  • IT'S A DREARY PLACE.
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  • THE WAITING PLACE IS THE LAST PLACE ANYBODY
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  • WOULD WANT TO BE.
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  • UNLESS, YOU WANNA BE USED BY GOD IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • AS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER TODAY,
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  • THE WAITING PLACE IS A GOOD DESTINATION TO BE
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  • AT CRITICAL POINTS IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • AND THE WAITING PLACE IS WHERE YOU MAY BE RIGHT NOW,
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  • FOR GOD'S SPECIFIC PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.
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  • YOU KNOW, ISAIAH CHAPTER 40,
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  • THE PASSAGE WE READ A FEW MOMENTS AGO,
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  • TALKED ABOUT THE WAITING PLACE BEING A GOOD PLACE.
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  • THE WRITER SAID, "GOD GIVES STRENGTH TO THE WEARY
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  • "AND TO HIM WHO LACKS MIGHT, HE INCREASES POWER.
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  • "THOUGH YOUTHS GROW WEARY AND TIRED
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  • "AND VIGOROUS YOUNG MEN STUMBLE BADLY,
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  • "YET THOSE WHO," WHAT, "WAIT FOR THE LORD,
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  • "WILL GAIN NEW STRENGTH.
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  • "THEY WILL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS LIKE EAGLES,
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  • "THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GET TIRED, THEY WILL WALK
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  • "AND NOT BECOME WEARY."
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  • IN OUR SERIES, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE",
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  • WE'RE USING THE STORY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET ELIJAH
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  • TO UNCOVER GOD'S SEVEN SECRETS FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • YOU KNOW, ELIJAH WAS AN ORDINARY PERSON, JAMES 5 SAYS,
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  • HE WAS JUST LIKE US, NO SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN,
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  • AND YET GOD USED HIM IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN LOOKING AT THE THIRD SECRET
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  • FOR SPIRITUAL SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • AND THAT IS LEARNING TO WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING.
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  • LEARNING TO WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING.
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  • IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE SCRIPTURE,
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  • YOU'LL DISCOVER THE MEN AND WOMEN GOD USED
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  • IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY HAD TO LEARN HOW TO WAIT UPON GOD.
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  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUT IT, GOD CALLED NOAH
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  • TO A GREAT ASSIGNMENT, TO BUILD THE ARK.
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  • AND YET, NOAH HAD TO WAIT A 120 YEARS FOR THE FIRST DROP
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  • OF THE PREDICTED RAIN TO FALL.
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  • OR THINK ABOUT ABRAHAM AND SARAH.
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  • GOD PROMISED TO MAKE THEM THE PARENTS
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  • OF A GREAT NATION, BUT THEY HAD
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  • TO WAIT MORE THAN TWO DECADES
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  • FOR THAT CHILD OF PROMISE, ISAAC.
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  • GOD SAID TO MOSES, "I'M GONNA USE YOU TO LIBERATE MY PEOPLE
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  • "OUT OF EGYPT," AND YET MOSES SPENT 40 YEARS
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  • ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE DESERT, WAITING FOR THAT TIME
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  • TO LEAD THE EXODUS.
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  • OR THINK ABOUT THE APOSTLE PAUL WHO WOULD
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  • BE THE GREATEST EVANGELIST AND THEOLOGIAN IN HISTORY.
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  • AND YET HE HAD TO SPEND THREE YEARS IN THE ARABIAN DESERT,
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  • PREPARING FOR THE MINISTRY GOD HAD FOR HIM.
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  • THERE ARE SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW,
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  • WHO ARE IN THE WAITING PLACE.
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  • THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN GOD'S PLAN FOR THOSE
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  • WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • AUTHOR STEVE FARRAR, WRITES,
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  • "IN LIFE GOD WILL ALWAYS WORK SOVEREIGNLY,
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  • "STRANGELY AND SLOWLY.
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  • "HE WILL TAKE TIME, BUT HE WILL NOT WASTE TIME.
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  • "GOD'S DELAYS ARE NOT NECESSARILY GOD'S DENIALS,
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  • "AND WHEN HE DELAYS, HE OFTEN DOUBLES THE MERCY."
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  • PASTOR RICK WARREN SAYS IT EVEN MORE SUCCINCTLY.
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  • HE SAID, "WHEN GOD WANTS TO MAKE A MUSHROOM,
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  • "HE DOES IT OVERNIGHT, BUT WHEN HE WANTS
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  • "TO MAKE A GIANT OAK TREE, HE TAKES A HUNDRED YEARS.
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  • "GREAT SOULS ARE GROWN THROUGH STRUGGLES AND STORMS
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  • "AND SEASONS OF SUFFERING."
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  • WHY IS IT THAT GOD MAKES US WAIT?
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  • IF YOU'RE IN A WAITING PLACE RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIFE,
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  • WHY HAS GOD ORDAINED THAT AS PART OF HIS PLAN FOR YOU?
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  • LET ME MENTION THREE BENEFITS
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  • ON LEARNING TO WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, WAITING REMINDS US OF OUR NEED FOR GOD.
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  • WAITING REMINDS US OF OUR NEED FOR GOD.
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  • DO YOU REMEMBER IN OUR SERIES, "SECOND CHANCE, SECOND ACT",
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  • WE TALKED ABOUT HOW TO RECOVER FROM FAILURE IN LIFE,
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  • AND I USED THE ANALOGY OF LIFE AS A PLAY.
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  • MANY TIMES WE HAVE SOME KIND OF FAILURE
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  • IN THE FIRST ACT OF OUR LIFE,
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  • IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT AGE WE ARE,
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  • WE HAVE A FIRST-ACT FAILURE.
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  • BEFORE WE CAN MOVE TO THAT SECOND ACT OF LIFE,
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  • GOD OFTEN CALLS AN INTERMISSION.
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  • AN INTERMISSION IS A TIME-OUT.
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  • IT'S THAT PERIOD OF TIME BETWEEN OUR FAILURE
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  • AND OUR FUTURE. AND AGAIN, YOU LOOK THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE,
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  • GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD AN INTERMISSION FOR THOSE
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  • WHO HAVE FAILED.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE ALL HAVE INTERMISSIONS IN LIFE.
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  • BUT WE HATE THOSE INTERMISSIONS, WE ALWAYS WANNA RUSH
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  • TO THE NEXT BIG THING.
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  • BUT GOD SAYS, "NO, ESPECIALLY AFTER FAILURE,
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  • "YOU NEED TO TAKE TIME.
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  • "I'M GONNA PUT YOU IN A TIME-OUT
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  • "TO REASSESS THE CAUSES OF YOUR FAILURE
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  • "AND TO ALSO RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ME."
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  • SOMETIMES WAITING IS A RESULT OF FAILURE.
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  • BUT SOMETIMES GOD WANTS US TO WAIT BECAUSE OF SUCCESSES
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  • THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN OUR LIFE.
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  • IF WE THINK WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOOD THINGS
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  • IN OUR LIFE, AND WE KEEP RACKING UP SUCCESS
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  • AFTER SUCCESS, GOD SOMETIMES CALLS A TIME-OUT TO SAY,
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  • "REMEMBER WHO REALLY IS ACCOMPLISHING ALL THESE THINGS."
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  • HE SAYS, "HEY, ALL OF THESE GOOD THINGS HAPPENING
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  • "IN YOUR LIFE, IT'S NOT BECAUSE OF YOU, IT'S BECAUSE OF ME."
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  • AS PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS 2:13, IT IS GOD WHO IS AT WORK
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  • WITHIN YOU, GIVING YOU THE WILL AND THE POWER
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  • TO ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSE.
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  • WAITING TIME, SOMETIMES, IS NECESSARY TO REMIND US
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  • OF OUR NEED FOR GOD, NOT ONLY THROUGH OUR FAILURES,
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  • BUT ALSO THROUGH OUR SUCCESSES.
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  • SECONDLY, WAITING ON GOD ALLOWS US TO RECHARGE OUR PHYSICAL,
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  • EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL BATTERIES.
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  • YOU KNOW, SUCCESS IN LIFE GIVES US A SHOT OF ADRENALINE.
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  • WE'RE LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY
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  • AND WE FEEL LIKE WE CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON AND ON.
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  • BUT PRETTY SOON, THAT ADRENALINE WEARS OFF.
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  • AND WE DEVELOP A CASE OF, WHAT A HIKER FRIEND
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  • OF MINE CALLS, DUMB FEET.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THAT EXPRESSION BEFORE?
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  • I'VE NEVER HEARD THAT EXPRESSION,
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  • BUT THIS HIKER FRIEND OF MINE WAS EXPLAINING TO ME,
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  • IF YOU'RE ON A RIGOROUS AND YOU DON'T TAKE TIME TO REST,
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  • YOUR FEET JUST START TO STUMBLE AND IF YOU'RE NOT CAREFUL,
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  • YOU END UP CAREENING OVER A MOUNTAIN.
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  • HIKERS CALL IT A CASE OF THE DUMB FEET.
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  • AND HE SAID, "IF YOU EVER GET A CASE OF THE DUMB FEET,
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  • "YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE A HIKER,
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  • "YOU SIT DOWN, YOU REHYDRATE, YOU EAT AND YOU REST
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  • "BEFORE YOU TRY TO HIKE AGAIN."
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  • I WAS READING THIS WEEK IN MARK 6:31,
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  • JESUS SAID AFTER THEY TOLD HIM ALL THESE GREAT THINGS,
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  • HE SAID, "COME AWAY BY YOURSELVES TO A SECLUDED PLACE
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  • "AND REST A WHILE."
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  • JESUS KNEW THAT HIS DISCIPLES NEEDED TIME TO RECUPERATE
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  • FROM THE GREAT SUCCESS THEY HAD EXPERIENCED.
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  • THIRDLY, WHY DOES GOD CALL US TO WAIT?
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  • BECAUSE WAITING CAN PREPARE US FOR AN EVEN GREATER MISSION.
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  • WAITING CAN BE A TIME WHEN GOD PREPARES US
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  • FOR AN EVEN GREATER MISSION.
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  • MANY OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS
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  • FOR A WHILE KNOW MY STORY.
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  • I GREW UP IN THE CHURCH HERE, I WAS CALLED TO BE A PASTOR
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  • WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OF AGE,
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  • AND KNEW THAT WHAT GOD WANTED ME TO DO.
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  • AND AMY AND I RACED THROUGH COLLEGE
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  • IN ORDER TO GET MARRIED AND AFTER WE FINISHED COLLEGE,
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  • WE GOT MARRIED AND I BEGAN MY WORK AT THE SEMINARY.
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  • AND WHEN I DID THAT, DR. CRISWELL,
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  • WHO WAS THE PASTOR HERE AT THE TIME,
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  • INVITED ME TO COME ON THE CHURCH STAFF
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  • AND SERVE AS THE YOUTH MINISTER.
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  • AND DURING THAT TIME I TALKED TO VARIOUS PULPIT COMMITTEES,
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  • BUT NOTHING EVER REALLY SEEMED TO WORK OUT
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  • AND NOTHING SEEMED ATTRACTIVE.
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  • AND SO I KEPT WORKING HERE.
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  • AND ONE DAY, THE SPRING OF 1985, I GOT A TELEPHONE CALL
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  • AND THE GUY ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE CALL SAID,
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  • "MY NAME IS LEE GRAHAM, AND I AM THE CHAIRMAN
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  • "OF THE PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • "OF EASTLAND, TEXAS."
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  • HE SAID, "NOW, WE WANNA TALK TO YOU ABOUT COMING
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  • "TO BE THE PASTOR OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
  • 00:11:17.080 --> 00:11:19.120
  • "IN EASTLAND, TEXAS."
  • 00:11:19.130 --> 00:11:20.270
  • AND I THOUGHT, "I'M NOT INTERESTED IN DOING THIS."
  • 00:11:20.280 --> 00:11:23.160
  • SO I TALKED TO AMY ABOUT IT AND SHE SAID,
  • 00:11:23.170 --> 00:11:25.020
  • "YOU KNOW ROBERT, I THINK WE OUGHTA TALK TO HIM."
  • 00:11:25.030 --> 00:11:28.210
  • SO WE AGREED AND WE MET THEM OUT HERE
  • 00:11:28.220 --> 00:11:31.140
  • BETWEEN DALLAS AND FORT WORTH AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
  • 00:11:31.150 --> 00:11:34.020
  • IN CROWLEY ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
  • 00:11:34.030 --> 00:11:36.050
  • AND I WAS GONNA PREACH A SERMON THERE THAT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
  • 00:11:36.060 --> 00:11:39.060
  • AND THE PULPIT COMMITTEE, THEY'RE PROBABLY 40
  • 00:11:39.070 --> 00:11:40.260
  • OR 50 PEOPLE IN THE AUDITORIUM, THE PULPIT COMMITTEE
  • 00:11:40.270 --> 00:11:43.140
  • WAS LINED UP ON ABOUT THE THIRD ROW.
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:45.230
  • I HAD BEEN PREACHING ABOUT 10 MINUTES
  • 00:11:45.240 --> 00:11:48.250
  • AND ABOUT 10 MINUTES INTO THE SERVICE,
  • 00:11:48.260 --> 00:11:51.000
  • ONE OF THE PULPIT COMMITTEE MEMBER WAS (SNORING LOUDLY).
  • 00:11:51.010 --> 00:11:55.030
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
  • 00:11:55.040 --> 00:11:56.180
  • THE WHOLE SERMON I WATCHED HIM, JUST SAWING LOGS THERE
  • 00:11:56.190 --> 00:11:59.170
  • WHILE I WAS PREACHING.
  • 00:11:59.180 --> 00:12:01.030
  • I THOUGHT, "THIS IS NOT GOOD, THIS JUST ISN'T GOOD."
  • 00:12:01.040 --> 00:12:04.290
  • SO AFTERWARDS THEY WANTED TO MEET WITH US.
  • 00:12:05.000 --> 00:12:07.160
  • AND SO THEY ARRANGED FOR US TO MEET
  • 00:12:07.170 --> 00:12:09.200
  • IN SOMEBODY'S HOUSE THERE IN THE CHURCH IN CROWLEY
  • 00:12:09.210 --> 00:12:12.010
  • AND WE SAT IN THE CLOSED-IN PORCH AREA IN THE BACK.
  • 00:12:12.020 --> 00:12:15.140
  • AND THEY TOLD ME, THEY SAID,
  • 00:12:15.150 --> 00:12:17.060
  • "YOU KNOW, WE REALLY BELIEVE GOD IS CALLING YOU
  • 00:12:17.070 --> 00:12:19.130
  • "TO BE THE PASTOR OF OUR CHURCH."
  • 00:12:19.140 --> 00:12:21.120
  • AND I SAID, "WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH."
  • 00:12:21.130 --> 00:12:22.230
  • YOU KNOW, I WAS NICE.
  • 00:12:22.240 --> 00:12:24.080
  • AND AMY AND I WERE WALKING OUT TO GET INTO THE CAR,
  • 00:12:24.090 --> 00:12:26.170
  • AND I SAID, "BOY, I'M GLAD THAT'S OVER."
  • 00:12:26.180 --> 00:12:29.040
  • AND WITH TEARS STREAMING DOWN HER FACE, SHE SAID,
  • 00:12:29.050 --> 00:12:31.260
  • "ROBERT, I THINK WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GO TO THAT CHURCH."
  • 00:12:31.270 --> 00:12:36.080
  • I SAID, "WHAT?"
  • 00:12:36.090 --> 00:12:37.200
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:39.020
  • SHE SAID, "I THINK WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GO TO THAT CHURCH."
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:42.170
  • AND THEN GOD BEGAN TO WORK IN MY HEART.
  • 00:12:42.180 --> 00:12:45.240
  • AND I KNEW THAT WAS WHERE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GO.
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:48.020
  • AND SO WE MOVED, FOR THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
  • 00:12:48.030 --> 00:12:50.150
  • IN EASTLAND, TEXAS.
  • 00:12:50.160 --> 00:12:52.010
  • I CAN'T BEGIN TO EXPLAIN TO YOU THE CULTURE SHOCK
  • 00:12:52.020 --> 00:12:55.210
  • THAT WAS TO ME.
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:57.090
  • TO MOVE FROM A BIG CHURCH IN A THRIVING METROPOLIS
  • 00:12:57.100 --> 00:13:01.000
  • TO A TOWN OF 5200 OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:05.110
  • I TRIED EVERYTHING I COULD, THOSE FIRST TWO YEARS,
  • 00:13:05.120 --> 00:13:08.100
  • TO GET OUT OF THERE.
  • 00:13:08.110 --> 00:13:09.240
  • I THOUGHT THIS IS A TREMENDOUS MISTAKE.
  • 00:13:09.250 --> 00:13:12.250
  • BUT GOD SAID, "NO, YOU'RE STAYING RIGHT THERE."
  • 00:13:12.260 --> 00:13:16.180
  • AND YOU KNOW OVER THOSE SEVEN YEARS WE WERE THERE,
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:19.120
  • GOD DID SOME TREMENDOUS THINGS.
  • 00:13:19.130 --> 00:13:21.230
  • IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES WE EVER HAD.
  • 00:13:21.240 --> 00:13:24.160
  • BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY,
  • 00:13:24.170 --> 00:13:25.230
  • GOD WAS TEACHING ME SOME IMPORTANT LESSONS
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:29.080
  • THAT WERE VITALLY IMPORTANT
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:31.050
  • TO THE NEXT MISSION HE HAD FOR ME IN WICHITA FALLS.
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:34.160
  • AND ULTIMATELY THE MISSION TO COME BACK HERE.
  • 00:13:34.170 --> 00:13:37.170
  • IF I HAD MISSED THOSE YEARS AND MISSED THAT EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:13:37.180 --> 00:13:41.220
  • I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED TO DO
  • 00:13:41.230 --> 00:13:43.030
  • WHAT GOD HAD CALLED ME TO DO.
  • 00:13:43.040 --> 00:13:45.150
  • GOD, MANY TIMES, HAS US WAIT IN UNCOMFORTABLE PLACES
  • 00:13:45.160 --> 00:13:50.040
  • IN ORDER TO PREPARE US FOR A GREATER MISSION.
  • 00:13:50.050 --> 00:13:53.090
  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUE WITH ELIJAH.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:58.020
  • YOU'VE PROBABLY THOUGHT, "WHERE'S ELIJAH IN ALL OF THIS."
  • 00:13:58.030 --> 00:14:00.210
  • HERE HE IS. TURN OVER TO 1 KINGS:17.
  • 00:14:00.220 --> 00:14:04.160
  • CHAPTER 17, 1 KINGS.
  • 00:14:04.170 --> 00:14:07.040
  • YOU KNOW IT WAS INTERESTING, ELIJAH, EARLY IN HIS MINISTRY,
  • 00:14:07.050 --> 00:14:10.050
  • HAD A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. WE FIND IT IN 1 KINGS 17:1.
  • 00:14:10.060 --> 00:14:15.280
  • NOW ELIJAH, THE TISHBITE, WHO WAS OF THE SETTLERS
  • 00:14:15.290 --> 00:14:19.060
  • OF GILEAD, SAID TO AHAB, "AS THE LORD,
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:22.210
  • "THE GOD OF ISRAEL LIVES, BEFORE WHOM I STAND,
  • 00:14:22.220 --> 00:14:26.110
  • "SURELY THERE SHALL BE NEITHER DEW NOR RAIN THESE YEARS,
  • 00:14:26.120 --> 00:14:30.050
  • "EXCEPT BY MY WORD."
  • 00:14:30.060 --> 00:14:32.120
  • NOW THAT WAS BIG, FOLKS, FOR ELIJAH TO COME AND CONFRONT
  • 00:14:32.130 --> 00:14:36.200
  • THE KING AND THE QUEEN AND SAID, "BECAUSE OF YOUR PAGANISM,
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:40.190
  • "I'M PRONOUNCING A JUDGMENT, IT'S NOT GOING TO RAIN."
  • 00:14:40.200 --> 00:14:43.110
  • AND HE WAS GETTING STARTED BIG IN SAMARIA.
  • 00:14:43.120 --> 00:14:46.290
  • BUT THEN GOD TOLD HIM TO GO HIDE HIMSELF FOR THREE YEARS.
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:52.210
  • FOR THREE YEARS, WHY?
  • 00:14:52.220 --> 00:14:54.060
  • BECAUSE GOD HAD AN EVER BIGGER MISSION FOR ELIJAH.
  • 00:14:54.070 --> 00:14:57.090
  • YEAH IT WAS A BIG THING TO STAND BEFORE THE KING
  • 00:14:57.100 --> 00:14:59.160
  • AND THE QUEEN, BUT THAT WAS NOTHING COMPARED
  • 00:14:59.170 --> 00:15:01.190
  • TO CONFRONTING 850 SWORD-WIELDING PROPHETS OF BAAL
  • 00:15:01.200 --> 00:15:07.150
  • WHO WOULD TRY TO TAKE HIS LIFE.
  • 00:15:07.160 --> 00:15:08.170
  • NOW CARMEL WAS STILL AHEAD.
  • 00:15:08.180 --> 00:15:10.220
  • SO BETWEEN THIS EXPERIENCE AND THE NEXT EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:15.010
  • GOD SAID IT'S TIME FOR SOME TRAINING AND PREPARATION.
  • 00:15:15.020 --> 00:15:18.230
  • BY THE WAY, THAT IS OFTEN GOD'S PLAN,
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:21.030
  • WE NEED TO BE TRAINED AND PREPARED FOR THE NEXT MISSION.
  • 00:15:21.040 --> 00:15:24.210
  • YOU KNOW, ONE POPULAR AUTHOR NOTES
  • 00:15:24.220 --> 00:15:27.040
  • THAT MARINE CORPS RECRUITS HAVE TO GO THROUGH A CRUCIBLE
  • 00:15:27.050 --> 00:15:30.250
  • OF TESTING TO EARN THE TITLE UNITED STATES MARINE,
  • 00:15:30.260 --> 00:15:34.180
  • AND THE COVETED EGA,
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:36.170
  • THE EAGLE, GLOBE AND ANCHOR EMBLEM.
  • 00:15:36.180 --> 00:15:39.220
  • YOU CAN'T IMAGINE, UNLESS YOU'RE A MARINE,
  • 00:15:39.230 --> 00:15:42.090
  • WHAT THAT TRAINING ENTAILS.
  • 00:15:42.100 --> 00:15:43.200
  • IT STARTS WITH A 13-WEEK TRAINING SESSION
  • 00:15:43.210 --> 00:15:46.160
  • AT PARRIS ISLAND OR CAMP PENDLETON
  • 00:15:46.170 --> 00:15:49.000
  • WHERE THE RECRUITS SUFFER THROUGH DRILL INSTRUCTORS
  • 00:15:49.010 --> 00:15:52.240
  • RUNNING, MARCHING AND PUSHING THEM UNTIL THEY BEGIN TO THINK
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:56.060
  • AND FUNCTION LIKE MARINES.
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:58.020
  • NOW THAT'S HARD ENOUGH, BUT REALLY THAT'S JUST THE FUN PART.
  • 00:15:58.030 --> 00:16:02.120
  • THE REAL WORK IS THE NEXT PART.
  • 00:16:02.130 --> 00:16:05.020
  • DURING A 54-HOUR MARATHON, THESE RECRUITS,
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:09.020
  • IF THEY'VE SURVIVED BOOT CAMP, THEY ARE PUT THROUGH DRILLS
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:13.010
  • LIKE 40 MILE HIKES, OBSTACLE COURSES, ALL KIND OF TRAINING
  • 00:16:13.020 --> 00:16:19.050
  • WITHOUT ANY SLEEP, WITH LITTLE FOOD OR WATER
  • 00:16:19.060 --> 00:16:22.040
  • AND ONLY AFTER THEY HAVE GONE
  • 00:16:22.050 --> 00:16:23.250
  • THROUGH THIS SECOND EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:16:23.260 --> 00:16:25.200
  • WHICH THEY CALL THE CRUCIBLE, HAVE THEY EARNED THE RIGHT
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:29.170
  • TO BE CALLED A UNITED STATES MARINE.
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:32.260
  • YOU KNOW, ELIJAH WENT THROUGH A SIMILAR PROCESS.
  • 00:16:32.270 --> 00:16:37.000
  • HE WENT THROUGH WHAT ONE WRITER CALLS BOOT CAMP
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:40.060
  • AT THE BROOK CHERITH.
  • 00:16:40.070 --> 00:16:41.230
  • BUT THEN HE WENT THROUGH THE CRUCIBLE
  • 00:16:41.240 --> 00:16:43.240
  • AT A PLACE CALLED ZAREPHATH.
  • 00:16:43.250 --> 00:16:46.070
  • LOOK AT VERSES 2 AND 3 OF 1 KINGS 17.
  • 00:16:46.080 --> 00:16:49.130
  • NOW REMEMBER IN VERSE ONE HE'S JUST CONFRONTED AHAB
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:52.130
  • AND JEZEBEL. BUT THEN VERSE 2, THE WORD OF
  • 00:16:52.140 --> 00:16:55.250
  • THE LORD CAME TO ELIJAH,
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:57.000
  • SAYING, "GO AWAY FROM HERE AND TURN EASTWARD
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:17:01.130
  • "AND HIDE YOURSELF BY THE BROOK CHERITH,
  • 00:17:01.140 --> 00:17:05.020
  • "WHICH IS EAST OF THE JORDAN."
  • 00:17:05.030 --> 00:17:08.080
  • WHY DID GOD TELL ELIJAH TO HIDE HIMSELF?
  • 00:17:08.090 --> 00:17:11.120
  • I READ SOME OF THE COMMENTARIES AND THEY SAID,
  • 00:17:11.130 --> 00:17:13.050
  • "OH WELL, THAT WAS GOD PROTECTING ELIJAH
  • 00:17:13.060 --> 00:17:16.170
  • "FROM AHAB AND JEZEBEL." REALLY?
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:21.090
  • DID HE HAVE TO HIDE HIMSELF TO PROTECT HIMSELF
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:23.180
  • FROM AHAB AND JEZEBEL?
  • 00:17:23.190 --> 00:17:24.290
  • IF GOD WERE WORRIED ABOUT ELIJAH'S SAFETY,
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:27.110
  • HE WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD HIM GO TO TALK
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:29.050
  • TO AHAB AND JEZEBEL IN THE FIRST PLACE.
  • 00:17:29.060 --> 00:17:31.270
  • NO, GOD WAS FULLY CAPABLE OF PROTECTING ELIJAH,
  • 00:17:31.280 --> 00:17:35.040
  • NO MATTER WHERE HE WAS. I THINK THERE'RE TWO REASONS
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:38.050
  • THAT GOD SAID TO ELIJAH, "GO HIDE YOURSELF."
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:41.180
  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAH'S WAITING OR HIDING
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:44.290
  • WAS A CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:17:45.000 --> 00:17:48.050
  • YOU KNOW, THAT WORD TRANSLATED HIDE LITERALLY MEANS REMOVE.
  • 00:17:48.060 --> 00:17:52.150
  • GOD WAS ACTUALLY SAYING, "ELIJAH, GO REMOVE YOURSELF
  • 00:17:52.160 --> 00:17:57.060
  • "BY THE BROOK CHERITH."
  • 00:17:57.070 --> 00:17:59.110
  • ONE THEOLOGIAN NOTES THAT ELIJAH'S TEMPORARY REMOVAL
  • 00:17:59.120 --> 00:18:02.240
  • FROM THE NATIONAL LIFE OF ISRAEL,
  • 00:18:02.250 --> 00:18:04.210
  • WAS GOD'S JUDGMENT AGAINST THE NATION.
  • 00:18:04.220 --> 00:18:08.010
  • BECAUSE THERE IS NOBODY LEFT TO PREACH GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:18:08.020 --> 00:18:11.000
  • NOW REMEMBER THERE WERE DOZENS AND DOZENS
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:13.050
  • OF PROPHETS OF GOD, BUT THEY WERE ALL HIDING
  • 00:18:13.060 --> 00:18:15.010
  • IN A CAVE SOMEWHERE.
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:16.170
  • ELIJAH WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO WAS WILLING
  • 00:18:16.180 --> 00:18:18.090
  • TO OPENLY PREACH THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:18:18.100 --> 00:18:20.290
  • AND NOW GOD WAS REMOVING HIM SO THAT THERE WOULD BE NOBODY
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:24.270
  • FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO PREACH GOD'S WORD TO THE NATION.
  • 00:18:24.280 --> 00:18:28.260
  • JUST THINK WHAT AMERICA WOULD BE LIKE TODAY
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:31.210
  • IF SUDDENLY EVERY TRUE PREACHER OF THE WORD OF GOD
  • 00:18:31.220 --> 00:18:35.030
  • WERE SILENCED AND THERE WAS NO PREACHING OF THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:18:35.040 --> 00:18:39.130
  • THIS NATION WOULD CRUMBLE WITHIN DAYS
  • 00:18:39.140 --> 00:18:41.250
  • UNDER THE WEIGHT OF ITS OWN SIN.
  • 00:18:41.260 --> 00:18:44.070
  • THE FACT IS AMOS PROPHESIED OF A TIME IN ISRAEL
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:48.090
  • WHEN THERE WOULD BE A FAMINE IN THE LAND,
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:50.200
  • A FAMINE OF THE WORD OF GOD. THAT'S WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE,
  • 00:18:50.210 --> 00:18:54.260
  • THERE WAS NOT JUST A PHYSICAL FAMINE
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:56.280
  • BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF RAIN, THERE WAS A SPIRITUAL FAMINE
  • 00:18:56.290 --> 00:18:59.260
  • BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF THE PREACHING OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:02.180
  • SO ELIJAH'S WAITING, HIS HIDING, WAS A CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:19:02.190 --> 00:19:06.150
  • BUT SECONDLY IT WAS THE PREPARATION OF ELIJAH
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:10.210
  • FOR A FUTURE MISSION.
  • 00:19:10.220 --> 00:19:12.270
  • DURING THESE THREE YEARS, GOD WAS GONNA WORK WITH ELIJAH
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:16.290
  • TO PREPARE HIM FOR THAT FUTURE MISSION.
  • 00:19:17.000 --> 00:19:19.040
  • YOU KNOW THAT WORD CHERITH, THE BROOK CHERITH,
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:22.230
  • WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THAT BROOK WAS IN ISRAEL,
  • 00:19:22.240 --> 00:19:25.220
  • BUT WE KNOW WHAT THE NAME MEANS.
  • 00:19:25.230 --> 00:19:28.060
  • THE NAME CHERITH MEANS TO EITHER CUT OFF
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:32.060
  • OR TO CUT DOWN. TO CUT OFF OR TO CUT DOWN.
  • 00:19:32.070 --> 00:19:37.040
  • AND THE OLD TESTAMENT USES THAT WORD IN BOTH SENSES.
  • 00:19:37.050 --> 00:19:41.160
  • CHERITH MEANS TO BE CUT OFF FROM THE BLESSINGS OF GOD,
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:45.260
  • BUT IT ALSO MEANS TO BE CUT DOWN TO SIZE.
  • 00:19:45.270 --> 00:19:49.200
  • AND THAT DESCRIBED WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH ELIJAH
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:52.030
  • DURING HIS TIME IN CHERITH.
  • 00:19:52.040 --> 00:19:53.210
  • HE WAS CUT OFF FROM THOSE PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH HIM,
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:20:00.040
  • HE WAS CUT OFF FROM ANY VISIBLE MEANS OF SUPPORT,
  • 00:20:00.050 --> 00:20:02.230
  • EATING AND DRINKING.
  • 00:20:02.240 --> 00:20:04.260
  • BUT HE WAS ALSO, SECONDLY, BEING CUT DOWN TO SIZE,
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:11.010
  • LEARNING THE INVALUABLE LESSON OF LEARNING HOW
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:12.270
  • TO DEPEND UPON GOD AND GOD ALONE.
  • 00:20:12.280 --> 00:20:17.160
  • YOU KNOW, I'M SPEAKING TO SOME OF YOU RIGHT HERE,
  • 00:20:17.170 --> 00:20:19.030
  • LISTENING TO THIS MESSAGE, OR WATCHING THIS ON A BROADCAST,
  • 00:20:19.040 --> 00:20:22.230
  • YOU'RE IN YOUR OWN CHERITH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:20:22.240 --> 00:20:25.150
  • YOU'RE IN YOUR OWN WAITING TIME, MAYBE RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:27.270
  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN CUT OFF FROM OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:20:27.280 --> 00:20:32.080
  • MAYBE YOU'VE BEEN, IF YOU LIKE, YOU'VE BEEN CUT OFF,
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:35.070
  • YOU'VE BEEN CUT OFF FROM YOUR DREAMS.
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:37.100
  • YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THAT WAITING TIME IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:41.070
  • YOUR CHERITH EXPERIENCE, THAT DRY TIME IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:20:41.080 --> 00:20:44.210
  • THAT WAITING TIME, MAY BE THE RESULT OF THE LOSS
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:49.080
  • OF A RELATIONSHIP, AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP TO YOU,
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:52.090
  • BECAUSE OF DEATH OR DESERTION OF THE OTHER PERSON.
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:55.210
  • YOUR CHERITH, YOUR WAITING TIME,
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:57.110
  • MAY BE BECAUSE OF A MORAL FAILURE IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:21:01.230
  • FOR WHICH THE CONSEQUENCES CONTINUE TO PILE UP
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:05.280
  • AND YOU THINK THEY WILL NEVER END.
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:08.160
  • YOUR WAITING TIME, YOUR CHERITH EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:21:08.170 --> 00:21:11.050
  • MAY BE BECAUSE OF A POOR DECISION YOU MADE
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:14.130
  • WITH YOUR FINANCES OR YOUR CAREER CHOICE
  • 00:21:14.140 --> 00:21:17.110
  • THAT YOU THINK HAS CUT YOU OFF FROM YOUR DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE.
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:23.040
  • YOUR WAITING TIME, YOUR CHERITH EXPERIENCE, MAY SIMPLY BE
  • 00:21:23.050 --> 00:21:27.170
  • BECAUSE YOU'RE SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME FULFILLING
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:31.110
  • THE MUNDANE RESPONSIBILITIES OF CARING FOR YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:35.150
  • PROVIDING FOR YOUR FAMILY.
  • 00:21:35.160 --> 00:21:37.060
  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'LL NEVER ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS.
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:40.210
  • REMEMBER THIS, WAITING TIME DOESN'T HAVE TO BE WASTED TIME.
  • 00:21:40.220 --> 00:21:47.200
  • EVEN THOUGH YOU WANNA PULL YOUR HAIR OUT IN FRUSTRATION
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:50.150
  • BECAUSE YOU FEEL LIKE GOD'S CLOCK IS MOVING
  • 00:21:50.160 --> 00:21:52.290
  • AT THE GLACIAL PACE, GOD KNOWS EXACTLY
  • 00:21:53.000 --> 00:21:56.030
  • WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:21:56.040 --> 00:21:58.050
  • AND HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE'S DOING.
  • 00:21:58.060 --> 00:22:01.190
  • ELIJAH WENT THROUGH THAT CHERITH EXPERIENCE
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:05.020
  • BUT DURING THAT TIME OF WAITING,
  • 00:22:05.030 --> 00:22:07.160
  • ELIJAH LEARNED THREE VITAL SKILLS EVERY ONE OF US HAS
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  • TO LEARN IF WE'RE GOING TO BE USED BY GOD
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  • IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:22:14.280 --> 00:22:18.010
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
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  • WHAT THOSE THREE SKILLS ARE
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  • FOR LIVING A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • AS YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING TODAY'S PROGRAM,
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:35.140
  • PERHAPS YOU'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT
  • 00:22:35.150 --> 00:22:37.100
  • YOUR OWN JOURNEY THROUGH CHERITH.
  • 00:22:37.110 --> 00:22:39.080
  • LIKE ELIJAH, MAYBE GOD HAS PLACED YOUR LIFE ON HOLD.
  • 00:22:39.090 --> 00:22:43.060
  • PERHAPS YOU'RE WAITING FOR A PRODIGAL CHILD
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  • TO FIND HIS WAY HOME.
  • 00:22:45.190 --> 00:22:47.090
  • OR MAYBE YOU'RE WAITING FOR GOD
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  • TO BRING A LIFE-PARTNER IN MARRIAGE.
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:51.200
  • MAYBE YOU'RE WAITING ON GOD TO HEAL YOUR BODY FROM DISEASE.
  • 00:22:51.210 --> 00:22:55.190
  • WHATEVER YOUR CASE, REMEMBER, WAITING TIME DOESN'T HAVE
  • 00:22:55.200 --> 00:22:59.180
  • TO BE WASTED TIME. EVEN IN THESE WAITING MOMENTS,
  • 00:22:59.190 --> 00:23:04.150
  • GOD IS ACCOMPLISHING HIS PERFECT WORK IN YOU.
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  • WELL, AS WE CONCLUDE TODAY'S TIME TOGETHER,
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  • LET ME REINFORCE MY GRATITUDE FOR THE MANY OF YOU
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  • WHO GENEROUSLY SUPPORT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:18.170
  • IN RECENT TIMES THIS MINISTRY HAS EXPANDED
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  • TO REACH COUNTLESS HOMES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
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  • AND AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • AND WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU.
  • 00:23:25.260 --> 00:23:28.070
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PARTNERING IN MINISTRY WITH US.
  • 00:23:28.080 --> 00:23:31.240
  • NOW PLEASE, STAY RIGHT HERE,
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
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  • BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK
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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.
  • 00:23:53.270 --> 00:23:56.010
  • IN MY BOOK, "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE"
  • 00:23:56.020 --> 00:23:59.040
  • I REVEAL 7 SECRETS THAT RESULT IN A LIFE MARKED BY
  • 00:23:59.050 --> 00:24:03.270
  • SIGNIFICANCE, SATISFACTION, AND SUCCESS.
  • 00:24:03.280 --> 00:24:07.090
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU: YOUR HOME,
  • 00:24:07.100 --> 00:24:11.100
  • YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:11.110 --> 00:24:14.120
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:14.130 --> 00:24:16.120
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS
  • 00:24:16.130 --> 00:24:19.210
  • THE STORY GOD HAS CREATED FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [ANNOUCER] REQUEST DR. JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE," WHEN
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  • YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:28.040 --> 00:24:30.130
  • THEN SHARE A COPY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THE COMPLETE UNEDITED
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE"
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • [JEFFRESS] GOD HAS A GENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE
  • 00:24:43.270 --> 00:24:47.130
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:24:47.140 --> 00:24:50.250
  • [ANNOUCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY YOU CHOOSE
  • 00:24:50.260 --> 00:24:52.290
  • THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE, WHEN YOU REQUEST
  • 00:24:53.000 --> 00:24:55.180
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINALRY LIFE"
  • 00:24:55.190 --> 00:24:57.190
  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:57.200 --> 00:25:02.130
  • I'M SO GLAD YOU'VE JOINED US FOR THIS SERIES
  • 00:25:02.140 --> 00:25:04.210
  • ON "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE".
  • 00:25:04.220 --> 00:25:07.240
  • DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE, INFLUENCING YOUR CULTURE,
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:11.140
  • WAITING ON GOD'S TIMING.
  • 00:25:11.150 --> 00:25:13.200
  • NONE OF THESE ARE EASY STEPS TO TAKE.
  • 00:25:13.210 --> 00:25:16.150
  • BUT WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO PUT THESE PRINCIPLES INTO PRACTICE,
  • 00:25:16.160 --> 00:25:19.200
  • I TRULY BELIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE A LIFE OF SUCCESS
  • 00:25:19.210 --> 00:25:23.050
  • AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:25:23.060 --> 00:25:24.240
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT THREE VITAL SKILLS
  • 00:25:24.250 --> 00:25:28.000
  • THAT EVERY ONE OF US HAS TO LEARN
  • 00:25:28.010 --> 00:25:30.080
  • IF WE'RE GOING TO BE USED BY GOD IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:25:30.090 --> 00:25:34.110
  • SO, PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW
  • 00:25:34.120 --> 00:25:36.160
  • OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:36.170 --> 00:25:40.010
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:40.020 --> 00:25:41.220
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:43.200 --> 00:25:46.040
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:46.050 --> 00:25:48.050
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS' BEST SELLING BOOK,
  • 00:25:48.060 --> 00:25:50.040
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE".
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:52.120
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU,
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:55.030
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:55.040 --> 00:25:58.140
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:58.150 --> 00:26:01.170
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:03.080 --> 00:26:06.080
  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:08.100 --> 00:26:09.290
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:10.000 --> 00:26:11.260
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
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  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:14.070 --> 00:26:15.130
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:15.140 --> 00:26:19.010
  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THIS?
  • 00:26:19.020 --> 00:26:21.040
  • WHEN GOD REVEALS HIS WILL TO YOU,
  • 00:26:21.050 --> 00:26:23.040
  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW HE DOESN'T SHOW YOU
  • 00:26:23.050 --> 00:26:25.040
  • THE WHOLE BLUEPRINT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE ALL AT ONCE?
  • 00:26:25.050 --> 00:26:29.030
  • HE GIVES US JUST ENOUGH INFORMATION
  • 00:26:29.040 --> 00:26:30.270
  • TO KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT, WHY IS THAT?
  • 00:26:30.280 --> 00:26:34.250
  • I THINK IT'S BECAUSE IF WE KNEW THE WHOLE STORY,
  • 00:26:34.260 --> 00:26:36.290
  • IF GOD SHOWED US THE WHOLE BLUEPRINT,
  • 00:26:37.000 --> 00:26:39.010
  • WE'D GO BARRELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY,
  • 00:26:39.020 --> 00:26:42.090
  • WITHOUT ANY NEED AT ALL FOR GOD.
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  • "OKAY GOD, THANK YOU FOR THAT INFO, HERE I GO."
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE "WAITING TIME ISN'T WASTED TIME"
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