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November 11, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • MUSIC
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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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  • IF THERE'S ONE THING GOD CAN'T STAND,
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  • IT'S A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN.
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  • JESUS USED SEVERAL COLORFUL METAPHORS
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  • TO DESCRIBE THIS CONCEPT.
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  • WATER THAT'S NEITHER COLD NOR HOT.
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  • SALT THAT'S LOST ITS SALTINESS.
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  • A MAN TRYING TO SERVE TWO MASTERS.
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  • THE POINT IS THIS, WHEN IT COMES TO SERVING GOD,
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  • YOU'RE EITHER IN OR YOU'RE OUT
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  • AND TODAY I WANT TO SUGGEST
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  • THAT CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE BEGINS
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  • WITH CHOOSING TO BE ALL IN FOR GOD.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, "DECIDING TO BURN THE SHIPS"
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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 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 SIMPLY
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  • FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MUSIC
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  • ON APRIL THE 22ND, 1519,
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  • A GOOD FRIDAY,
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  • THE SPANISH EXPLORER, HERNÁN CORTÉS
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  • LANDED IN VERACRUZ, MEXICO IN ORDER TO CLAIM THE LAND
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  • FOR GOD AND TO CLAIM A LITTLE GOLD FOR HIMSELF.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • BUT CORTÉS AND HIS MEN FACED A DAUNTING CHALLENGE,
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE TO TRAVEL 200 CACTUS-FILLED,
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  • SNAKE INFESTED MILES TO TAKE THEM FROM VERACRUZ
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  • TO THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE AZTEC EMPIRE
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  • WHERE MONTEZUMA REIGNED, TENOCHTITLÁN.
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  • IT WAS IN THAT CAPITAL CITY THAT, HOPEFULLY,
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  • CORTÉS WOULD DEFEAT MONTEZUMA.
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  • BUT IN ORDER TO GET THERE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO TRAVERSE
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  • SOME VERY DANGEROUS TERRITORY.
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  • THERE WERE NO SUPPLY LINES, SCARCE WATER AND FOOD.
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  • THE FACT IS SUCCESS WAS VERY SKETCHY FOR THE MISSION.
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  • FAILURE WAS LIKELY.
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  • CORTÉS KNEW THAT.
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  • HE KNEW THE RISK AND REALIZING THAT SOME OF HIS MEN
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  • MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO ABANDON THE MISSION AND RETREAT,
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  • CORTÉS DID THE UNTHINKABLE.
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  • HE ORDERED THE MASTER OF HIS SHIPS
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  • TO TAKE NINE OF THE 12 SAILING VESSELS
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  • AND TO SAIL THEM ONTO THE BEACH AT VERACRUZ
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  • AND TO SET THEM ON FIRE
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  • MAKING RETREAT IMPOSSIBLE.
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  • CORTÉS LATER WROTE ABOUT THAT DECISION,
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  • "THE EXPEDITION FROM THAT POINT ON HAD NOTHING TO RELY ON
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  • "APART FROM THEIR OWN HANDS AND THE ASSURANCE
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  • "THAT THEY WOULD EITHER CONQUER AND WIN THE LAND
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  • "OR DIE IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO DO SO."
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  • PEOPLE HAVE USED THAT EXPERIENCE
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  • AS A COMMON PHRASE IN OUR CULTURE TODAY.
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  • WE USE THE PHRASE "BURN THE SHIPS" TO REFER
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  • TO THAT DECISION WE MAKE AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIFE
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  • WHERE RETREAT IS NO LONGER AN OPTION.
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  • TO "BURN THE SHIPS" MEANS TO DECIDE THAT YOU ARE ALL IN
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  • IN WHATEVER COMMITMENT THAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING.
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  • THESE KIND OF DECISIONS DON'T COME EVERY DAY,
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  • BUT OCCASIONALLY IN LIFE WE HAVE
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  • TO MAKE A "BURN THE SHIPS" DECISION.
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  • ARE WE GONNA STAY IN A DIFFICULT MARRIAGE
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  • OR BAIL WHILE THERE'S STILL AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO?
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  • DO WE CONTINUE THIS IMMORAL, BUT FULFILLING RELATIONSHIP
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  • OR RISK A LIFE OF LONELINESS?
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  • DO WE ACCEPT THIS RISKY JOB OFFER OR STAY WHERE WE ARE
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  • IN A COMFORTABLE SETTING?
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  • DO WE DECIDE THAT WE ARE GOING TO OBEY GOD UNCONDITIONALLY,
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  • REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • OR STAY IN OUR LUKEWARM COMMITMENT TO CHRIST?
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  • ALL OF THESE DECISIONS ARE IMPORTANT,
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  • BUT IT'S THAT LAST DECISION THAT HAS AN IMPACT,
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  • NOT ONLY ON THIS LIFE,
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  • BUT IN THE LIFE BEYOND.
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  • ARE WE GOING TO BURN THE SHIPS AND BE ALL IN
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  • IN OUR COMMITMENT TO GOD?
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  • TODAY WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN ELIJAH'S STORY,
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  • A FOURTH SECRET FOR A SUCCESSFUL AND SIGNIFICANT LIFE
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  • AND THAT IS THE DECISION TO BURN THE SHIPS.
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  • TO BURN THE SHIPS.
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  • NOW LET'S FACE IT.
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  • WHEN IT COMES TO OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD,
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  • BURNING THE SHIPS IS NOT A POPULAR IDEA IN OUR CULTURE.
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  • IN OUR CULTURE OF GLOBALIZATION
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  • AND MULTICULTURALISM, WE'VE ACTUALLY COME TO BELIEVE
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  • THAT WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TO MAKE A "BURN THE SHIPS" DECISION.
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  • HAVE YOU NOTICED TODAY HOW MANY PEOPLE TREAT FAITH
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  • LIKE A SPIRITUAL BUFFET?
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  • THEY TAKE ALL OF THE WORLD RELIGIONS,
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  • ALL OF THE DIFFERENT LIFE PHILOSOPHIES
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  • LIKE THEY'RE OUT ON A BUFFET TABLE AND THEY PICK AND CHOOSE
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  • THE ONES THAT THEY LIKE AND FIND
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  • TASTEFUL TO THEIR PARTICULAR LIFESTYLE.
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  • THAT'S HOW PEOPLE DECIDE THEIR BELIEF SYSTEM.
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  • THEY PICK AND CHOOSE.
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  • SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF MOST CHRISTIAN'S FAITH TODAY
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  • AND YOU'LL DISCOVER IT MAY BE
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  • ONE PART BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY,
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  • TWO PARTS NEW AGE THEOLOGY, MYSTICISM,
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  • ONE PART POSITIVE THINKING PINCHED WITH A LITTLE SPRINKLE
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  • OF AMERICAN PATRIOTISM AND THAT'S HOW PEOPLE
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  • MANUFACTURE THEIR OWN FAITH.
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  • IT'S VERY HARD TO LOOK AT BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
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  • AND NOT BE ALL IN.
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  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE ISRAELITES
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  • DURING ELIJAH'S TIME.
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  • THEY WERE TRYING TO BLEND THEIR FAITH IN GOD
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  • WITH A BELIEF AND A WORSHIP OF BAAL
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  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, GOD HAD TURNED HIS BACK FROM ISRAEL.
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  • GOD DEMANDS A TOTAL COMMITMENT TO HIM,
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  • NOT JUST A PARTIAL COMMITMENT.
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  • JESUS WOULD SAY IT THIS WAY IN MARK CHAPTER 12,
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  • VERSES 29 TO 30.
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  • "THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
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  • "AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD
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  • "WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL OF YOUR SOUL,
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  • "AND WITH ALL OF YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL OF YOUR STRENGTH."
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  • 800 YEARS BEFORE JESUS SAID THAT,
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  • ELIJAH SAID THE SAME THING.
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  • TURN IN YOUR BIBLES TO 1 KINGS CHAPTER 18,
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  • AS WE LOOK AT ELIJAH'S "BURN THE SHIPS" CHALLENGE
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  • TO THE ISRAELITES AS HE STOOD ON MOUNT CARMEL
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  • WHERE MANY OF US HAVE STOOD BEFORE.
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  • ELIJAH ADDRESSED THE FALSE PROPHETS OF BAAL.
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  • HE ADDRESSED THE ISRAELITES WITH THIS CHALLENGE.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 21.
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  • "AND ELIJAH CAME NEAR TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE AND SAID,
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  • "'HOW LONG WILL YOU HESITATE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?
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  • "'IF THE LORD IS GOD, FOLLOW HIM, BUT IF BAAL, FOLLOW HIM.'
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  • "BUT THE PEOPLE DID NOT ANSWER HIM WITH A WORD."
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  • ELIJAH SAID TO THE ISRAELITES,
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  • "WE'RE AT THAT FORK IN THE ROAD.
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  • "IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO DECIDE.
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  • "FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS, GOD HAS BEEN PUNISHING YOU
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  • "BECAUSE YOU'VE TRIED TO SERVE GOD AND BAAL.
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  • "YOU CAN'T HESITATE ANY LONGER.
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  • "IT'S TIME TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND.
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  • "IF JEHOVAH IS WHO HE REALLY SAYS HE IS, SERVE HIM!
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  • "IF YOU'RE CONVINCED THAT BAAL IS WHO HE SAYS HE IS,
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  • "SERVE HIM, BUT DON'T TRY TO SERVE BOTH.
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  • "EITHER WAY IT IS TIME TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND."
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  • THAT IS THE CHALLENGE THAT ELIJAH MADE TO THE ISRAELITES.
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  • HOW DID THE ISRAELITES RESPOND
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  • TO ELIJAH'S "BURN THE SHIPS" CHALLENGE?
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  • INTERESTINGLY, THERE WERE FOUR DISTINCT RESPONSES
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  • AMONG THE PEOPLE TO THAT CHALLENGE
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  • TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE ALL IN
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  • AND THEY'RE ALL CONTAINED IN 1 KINGS, CHAPTER 18.
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  • THEY BOTH, ALL FOUR, ILLUSTRATE HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE TODAY
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  • RESPOND TO THAT CHALLENGE TO BE ALL IN.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAH HIMSELF
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  • MODELS FAITHFUL AND FEARLESS COMMITMENT TO GOD.
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  • SOME PEOPLE DECIDE, YES, I'M ALL IN.
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  • I'M GONNA BE FAITHFUL AND FEARLESS.
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  • THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • NOW, LET'S REWIND THE TAPE JUST A MOMENT
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  • AND FIGURE OUT HOW ELIJAH GOT FROM ZAREPHATH,
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  • WHERE THE WIDOW WAS, TO STANDING ON TOP OF MOUNT CARMEL
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  • BEFORE AHAB, JEZEBEL, AND ALL OF THE ISRAELITES.
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  • HOW DID HE GET THERE?
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  • REMEMBER THREE AND A HALF YEARS EARLIER, GOD SAID TO
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  • ELIJAH, IN CHAPTER 17, "GO TO AHAB AND SAY
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  • "IT'S NOT GONNA RAIN FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS
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  • "BECAUSE OF YOUR UNFAITHFULNESS."
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  • THEN ELIJAH HID AS GOD TOLD HIM TO
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  • FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
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  • NOW GOD IS SAYING, "OKAY, ELIJAH.
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  • "IT'S TIME TO GO TO AHAB AND SAY THAT I'M ABOUT TO SEND RAIN
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  • "ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH."
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  • "SO," VERSE TWO, "ELIJAH WENT TO SHOW HIMSELF TO AHAB.
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  • "NOW THE FAMINE WAS SEVERE IN SAMARIA."
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE TWO THINGS ABOUT ELIJAH.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAH FOLLOWED GOD FAITHFULLY.
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  • BY THAT, I'M TALKING ABOUT HIS STEELY RESOLVE
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  • TO TRANSFORM HIS WORLD INSTEAD OF CONFORM TO THE WORLD.
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  • THAT WAS ELIJAH'S RESOLVE, HE WAS A PERFECT MODEL
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  • OF ROMANS 12, VERSES ONE AND TWO, WHEN PAUL SAID,
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  • "DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, BUT TRANSFORM YOURSELF
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  • "BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND."
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  • I LOVE THE WAY THE J.B. PHILLIPS PARAPHRASE SAYS IT,
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  • "DON'T LET THE WORLD SQUEEZE YOU INTO ITS MOLD."
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  • THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • ELIJAH FOLLOWED GOD FAITHFULLY, BUT SECONDLY,
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  • ELIJAH OBEYED GOD FEARLESSLY.
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  • ONCE GOD HAD SPOKEN, ELIJAH NEVER HESITATED.
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  • WHEN PEOPLE ARE ALL IN TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO GOD,
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  • THEY OBEY GOD FAITHFULLY AND FEARLESSLY.
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  • THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • BUT NOT EVERYBODY IN ISRAEL HAD THAT SAME RESPONSE,
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  • NOT EVEN THE GOD FOLLOWERS.
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  • THERE'S A SECOND RESPONSE TO GOD'S ALL-IN CHALLENGE
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  • AND IT'S ILLUSTRATED BY A MAN NAMED OBADIAH.
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  • OBADIAH WAS FAITHFUL, BUT HE WAS ALSO FEARFUL.
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  • NOW OBADIAH, DON'T CONFUSE HIM
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  • WITH THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET, OBADIAH,
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  • WHO HAS HIS OWN BOOK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • THIS IS A DIFFERENT OBADIAH.
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  • OBADIAH REPRESENTS GOD-FOLLOWERS WHO TRY TO KEEP
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  • THEIR COMMITMENT SECRET.
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  • THEY HAVE FOUND A REASON NOT TO BE OUTSPOKEN
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  • ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN THEIR SCHOOL, AT THEIR JOBS,
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  • EVEN IN THEIR OWN FAMILIES.
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  • THEY HAVE RATIONALIZED THEIR FEAR OF SPEAKING OUT
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  • BY SAYING, "I COULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE AS A SECRET DISCIPLE."
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  • DO YOU KNOW PEOPLE LIKE THAT?
  • 00:13:09.010 --> 00:13:10.230
  • THAT'S EXACTLY OBADIAH.
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:12.280
  • LET'S LOOK AT HIS STORY BEGINNING IN VERSE THREE
  • 00:13:12.290 --> 00:13:15.070
  • OF 1 KINGS 18.
  • 00:13:15.080 --> 00:13:16.210
  • REMEMBER GOD HAS TOLD ELIJAH, "GO FROM ZAREPHATH
  • 00:13:16.220 --> 00:13:19.200
  • "BACK TO SAMARIA AND PRESENT YOURSELF TO AHAB."
  • 00:13:19.210 --> 00:13:22.060
  • AT THE SAME TIME, VERSE THREE SAYS,
  • 00:13:22.070 --> 00:13:23.230
  • "AND AHAB CALLED OBADIAH WHO WAS OVER THE HOUSEHOLD."
  • 00:13:23.240 --> 00:13:30.050
  • OBADIAH WAS IN CHARGE OF THE PALACE UNDER KING AHAB,
  • 00:13:30.060 --> 00:13:34.000
  • BUT NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS, THE LAST PHRASE OF VERSE THREE,
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:37.020
  • "NOW OBADIAH FEARED THE LORD GREATLY."
  • 00:13:37.030 --> 00:13:42.280
  • HE WAS A WORSHIPER OF JEHOVAH.
  • 00:13:42.290 --> 00:13:44.210
  • IN FACT, HIS NAME, OBADIAH, LITERALLY MEANS
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:47.260
  • THE SERVANT OF JEHOVAH.
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:50.210
  • IN FACT, IF YOU WANNA KNOW HOW FAITHFUL HE WAS,
  • 00:13:50.220 --> 00:13:52.190
  • LOOK AT VERSE FOUR, "FOR IT CAME ABOUT, WHEN JEZEBEL
  • 00:13:52.200 --> 00:13:55.160
  • "DESTROYED THE PROPHETS OF THE LORD,
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:57.250
  • "THAT OBADIAH TOOK A HUNDRED PROPHETS
  • 00:13:57.260 --> 00:14:00.120
  • "AND HID THEM BY FIFTIES IN A CAVE,
  • 00:14:00.130 --> 00:14:02.270
  • "AND PROVIDED THEM WITH BREAD AND WATER."
  • 00:14:02.280 --> 00:14:05.220
  • WHEN JEZEBEL WAS SO INFURIATED BY ELIJAH'S PRONOUNCEMENT
  • 00:14:05.230 --> 00:14:09.050
  • THREE YEARS EARLIER THAT THERE WOULD BE A DROUGHT
  • 00:14:09.060 --> 00:14:11.250
  • IN THE LAND, JEZEBEL SAID, "I'M GONNA KILL EVERY PROPHET
  • 00:14:11.260 --> 00:14:14.180
  • "OF JEHOVAH."
  • 00:14:14.190 --> 00:14:16.010
  • OBADIAH, THE SECRET FOLLOWER OF JEHOVAH, SAID,
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:18.240
  • "I'M GONNA SPARE THE PROPHETS OF GOD."
  • 00:14:18.250 --> 00:14:21.070
  • VERSE FIVE, "THEN AHAB SAID TO OBADIAH,
  • 00:14:21.080 --> 00:14:25.070
  • "'GO THROUGH THE LAND TO ALL THE SPRINGS OF WATER
  • 00:14:25.080 --> 00:14:28.110
  • "'AND TO ALL THE VALLEYS; PERHAPS WE WILL FIND GRASS
  • 00:14:28.120 --> 00:14:32.270
  • "'AND KEEP THE HORSES AND MULES ALIVE,
  • 00:14:32.280 --> 00:14:35.020
  • "'AND NOT HAVE TO KILL SOME OF THE CATTLE.'"
  • 00:14:35.030 --> 00:14:37.280
  • BY THIS TIME, THE FAMINE HAD GONE ON
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:40.180
  • FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
  • 00:14:40.190 --> 00:14:43.070
  • IT WAS ESPECIALLY DESPERATE, THE BIBLE TELLS US,
  • 00:14:43.080 --> 00:14:45.280
  • IN SAMARIA, THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL WHERE AHAB WAS.
  • 00:14:45.290 --> 00:14:51.200
  • ANIMALS WERE DYING.
  • 00:14:51.210 --> 00:14:52.170
  • PEOPLE WERE DYING.
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:54.160
  • NOW WHAT'S IRONIC IS
  • 00:14:54.170 --> 00:14:57.100
  • THE GOD THAT AHAB WORSHIPED,
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:15:00.110
  • BAAL, WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GOD OF WEATHER,
  • 00:15:00.120 --> 00:15:04.230
  • BUT EVERY DAY THAT PASSED SHOWED WHAT AN
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:08.070
  • IMPOTENT GOD BAAL WAS.
  • 00:15:08.080 --> 00:15:10.240
  • AND SO HE SAYS TO HIS SERVANT OBADIAH,
  • 00:15:10.250 --> 00:15:12.290
  • "WE'RE LOSING OUR LIVESTOCK.
  • 00:15:13.000 --> 00:15:14.150
  • "GO AND SEE IF YOU CAN FIND ANY WATER,
  • 00:15:14.160 --> 00:15:16.250
  • "ANY GRASS TO KEEP THEM FED."
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:20.290
  • ELIJAH'S ON HIS WAY TO SEE AHAB.
  • 00:15:21.000 --> 00:15:23.250
  • AHAB SENDS OBADIAH OUT TO FIND WATER AND GRASS.
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:28.010
  • AND THEY MEET ONE ANOTHER, ELIJAH AND OBADIAH.
  • 00:15:28.020 --> 00:15:30.280
  • LOOK AT VERSE SEVEN, "NOW AS OBADIAH WAS ON THE WAY,
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:33.220
  • "BEHOLD, ELIJAH MET HIM, AND HE RECOGNIZED HIM AND HE FELL
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:38.120
  • "ON HIS FACE AND SAID, 'IS THIS YOU, ELIJAH, MY MASTER?'
  • 00:15:38.130 --> 00:15:44.080
  • "AND HE SAID TO HIM, 'IT IS I.
  • 00:15:44.090 --> 00:15:46.230
  • "'GO SAY TO YOUR MASTER AHAB, 'BEHOLD, ELIJAH IS HERE.''
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:52.290
  • "GO TELL HIM I'M ON MY WAY TO SEE HIM."
  • 00:15:53.000 --> 00:15:56.190
  • NOW INSTEAD OF RUNNING AND DOING WHAT ELIJAH SAID,
  • 00:15:56.200 --> 00:16:00.160
  • OBADIAH SHOOK IN HIS SANDALS WITH FEAR.
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:04.060
  • WHY?
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:05.060
  • LOOK AT VERSES 9-12.
  • 00:16:05.070 --> 00:16:06.210
  • I'M GONNA READ THEM FROM THE PARAPHRASE, "THE MESSAGE."
  • 00:16:06.220 --> 00:16:10.100
  • LOOK AT THIS.
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:11.240
  • AND OBADIAH SAID, "WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?
  • 00:16:11.250 --> 00:16:14.290
  • "AHAB WILL KILL ME.
  • 00:16:15.000 --> 00:16:16.260
  • "AS SURELY AS YOUR GOD LIVES, THERE ISN'T A COUNTRY
  • 00:16:16.270 --> 00:16:20.050
  • "OR KINGDOM WHERE MY MASTER HASN'T SENT OUT A SEARCH PARTY
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:23.190
  • "LOOKING FOR YOU.
  • 00:16:23.200 --> 00:16:25.050
  • "THE MINUTE I LEAVE YOU THE SPIRIT OF GOD WILL WHISK YOU
  • 00:16:25.060 --> 00:16:28.170
  • "AWAY TO WHO KNOWS WHERE.
  • 00:16:28.180 --> 00:16:30.190
  • "THEN WHEN I REPORT TO AHAB, YOU'LL HAVE DISAPPEARED,
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:33.240
  • "AND AHAB WILL KILL ME."
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:36.240
  • WHY DIDN'T HE WANT TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE TO AHAB?
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:38.190
  • HE WAS FEARFUL, FOR A STATED REASON
  • 00:16:38.200 --> 00:16:41.000
  • AND FOR AN UNSTATED REASON.
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:43.000
  • THE STATED REASON WAS HE SAID, "ELIJAH, AS SURE AS I GO
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:46.220
  • "AND TELL HIM YOU'RE ON THE WAY,
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:48.060
  • "YOU'RE GONNA DISAPPEAR AGAIN AND AHAB'S GONNA KILL ME."
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:50.170
  • THAT'S WHAT HE WAS FEARFUL OF, THAT WAS THE STATED REASON.
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:53.050
  • BUT I THINK THERE'S AN UNSTATED REASON, HERE, AS WELL.
  • 00:16:53.060 --> 00:16:57.010
  • OBADIAH KNEW THAT IF HE TOLD AHAB ABOUT HIS MEETING
  • 00:16:57.020 --> 00:17:00.050
  • WITH ELIJAH, IT WOULD BLOW HIS COVER AS A
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:04.180
  • SECRET FOLLOWER OF GOD.
  • 00:17:04.190 --> 00:17:06.180
  • HE'S LIKE MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY, THEY WANNA FOLLOW GOD,
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:09.290
  • BUT THEY WANNA KEEP IT PRIVATE.
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:11.260
  • THAT WAS OBADIAH.
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:14.030
  • HE WAS FAITHFUL, BUT HE WAS ALSO FEARFUL.
  • 00:17:14.040 --> 00:17:18.000
  • THERE'S A THIRD RESPONSE TO THE CHALLENGE TO BE ALL IN
  • 00:17:18.010 --> 00:17:21.090
  • IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:22.170
  • AND INTERESTINGLY IT'S DEMONSTRATED BY AHAB.
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:26.080
  • TO BE BOTH FAITHLESS AND FEARLESS.
  • 00:17:26.090 --> 00:17:30.170
  • FAITHLESS AND FEARLESS IN YOUR FAITHLESSNESS.
  • 00:17:30.180 --> 00:17:35.060
  • NOTICE THAT AHAB WAS IN SAMARIA.
  • 00:17:35.070 --> 00:17:38.050
  • THAT'S WHERE THE FAMINE WAS ESPECIALLY SEVERE
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:40.200
  • BECAUSE IT WAS THE CENTER OF BAAL WORSHIP
  • 00:17:40.210 --> 00:17:43.290
  • AND SO YOU HAD PEOPLE DYING, ANIMALS DYING,
  • 00:17:44.000 --> 00:17:47.200
  • BUT INTERESTINGLY, AHAB WAS MORE INTERESTED
  • 00:17:47.210 --> 00:17:50.250
  • IN THE ANIMALS THAN HE WAS THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:50.260 --> 00:17:52.260
  • HE'S A PERSONIFICATION OF PROVERBS 29, VERSE TWO
  • 00:17:52.270 --> 00:17:55.270
  • THAT SAYS, "WHEN A WICKED MAN RULES, THE PEOPLE GROAN."
  • 00:17:55.280 --> 00:18:02.050
  • BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT AHAB HERE.
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:05.010
  • AS THE DROUGHT GOT WORSE AND WORSE, AHAB DOUBLED DOWN
  • 00:18:05.020 --> 00:18:09.240
  • ON HIS DISOBEDIENCE AND HIS IDOLATRY.
  • 00:18:09.250 --> 00:18:13.070
  • THAT WAS AHAB.
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:15.040
  • WHEN HE SEES ELIJAH, HE SAYS,
  • 00:18:15.050 --> 00:18:16.230
  • "IS THIS YOU, YOU TROUBLER OF ISRAEL?
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:20.210
  • "YOU TROUBLER OF ISRAEL!"
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:22.010
  • THAT WORD TROUBLER LITERALLY MEANS SNAKE.
  • 00:18:22.020 --> 00:18:25.140
  • "IS THAT YOU, YOU SNAKE IN THE GRASS?"
  • 00:18:25.150 --> 00:18:29.150
  • IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY HE WAS SO DISTURBED BY ELIJAH.
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:32.130
  • HE BLAMED ELIJAH FOR EVERYTHING THAT WAS HAPPENING
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:35.200
  • IN THE LAND.
  • 00:18:35.210 --> 00:18:37.070
  • ELIJAH COMES RIGHT BACK AT HIM AND HE SAYS IN VERSE 18,
  • 00:18:37.080 --> 00:18:39.250
  • "IT IS NOT I WHO HAVE TROUBLED ISRAEL,
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:42.140
  • BUT YOU AND YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE BECAUSE YOU
  • 00:18:42.150 --> 00:18:46.080
  • "HAVE FORSAKEN THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD,
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:49.070
  • "AND YOU HAVE FOLLOWED THE BAALS."
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:53.050
  • AHAB AND ALL OF ISRAEL NEEDED A REMINDER
  • 00:18:53.060 --> 00:18:56.010
  • THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE GOD AND THEY WOULD GET
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:59.090
  • THAT REMINDER AS WE'LL SEE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS
  • 00:18:59.100 --> 00:19:01.180
  • IN THE CONTEST ON MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:19:01.190 --> 00:19:05.080
  • BUT I WANT YOU TO STOP HERE FOR A MOMENT
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:07.220
  • AND CONSIDER THE DIFFERENT, POSSIBLE RESPONSES YOU CAN MAKE
  • 00:19:07.230 --> 00:19:12.150
  • TO GOD'S CHALLENGE TO YOU THIS MORNING
  • 00:19:12.160 --> 00:19:16.070
  • TO DECIDE WHETHER YOU'RE ALL IN OR NOT
  • 00:19:16.080 --> 00:19:18.110
  • IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD.
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:21.070
  • YOU CAN BE LIKE ELIJAH, WHO WAS BOTH FAITHFUL AND FEARLESS
  • 00:19:21.080 --> 00:19:25.250
  • IN HIS COMMITMENT.
  • 00:19:25.260 --> 00:19:28.020
  • YOU CAN BE LIKE OBADIAH, WHO WAS FAITHFUL,
  • 00:19:28.030 --> 00:19:31.110
  • BUT HE WAS ALSO FEARFUL. HE WAS HESITANT.
  • 00:19:31.120 --> 00:19:34.180
  • YOU CAN BE LIKE AHAB,
  • 00:19:34.190 --> 00:19:36.140
  • WHO COMPLETELY TURNS HIS BACK ON GOD;
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:38.170
  • IS FAITHLESS AND FEARLESS IN HIS FAITHLESSNESS.
  • 00:19:38.180 --> 00:19:42.280
  • OR YOU CAN BE LIKE THE ISRAELITES WE'LL SEE NEXT WEEK,
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:47.030
  • WHO WERE FAITHLESS AND ALSO FEARFUL.
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:51.150
  • BUT ELIJAH WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM TO TRY
  • 00:19:51.160 --> 00:19:53.100
  • TO SERVE GOD AND BAAL.
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:55.230
  • IT WAS TIME FOR THEM TO MAKE UP THEIR MIND.
  • 00:19:55.240 --> 00:20:00.000
  • WHEN I THINK ABOUT SOMEBODY WHO DEMONSTRATES
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:02.210
  • WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BURN THE SHIPS
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:05.240
  • IN HIS COMMITMENT TO GOD, I THINK ABOUT THE TRUE STORY
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:09.260
  • OF WILLIAM BORDEN.
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:12.030
  • WILLIAM BORDEN WAS BORN IN 1887 TO A VERY WEALTHY FAMILY.
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:18.140
  • THE BORDEN FAMILY HAD MADE THEIR WEALTH IN THE SILVER MINES
  • 00:20:18.150 --> 00:20:20.230
  • IN COLORADO AND THEN THEY HAD MOVED TO CHICAGO
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:24.070
  • WHERE THEY SET UP THEIR EMPIRE.
  • 00:20:24.080 --> 00:20:26.100
  • EVERYBODY IMAGINED THAT WILLIAM BORDEN,
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:28.150
  • THE HEIR TO THE BORDEN FORTUNE,
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:30.000
  • WOULD CONTINUE IN HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS,
  • 00:20:30.010 --> 00:20:33.000
  • BUT AFTER HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL,
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:35.110
  • AN AROUND THE WORLD GRADUATION GIFT
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:37.210
  • CHANGED HIS PERSPECTIVE FOREVER.
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:40.150
  • AS HE WAS EXPOSED TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
  • 00:20:40.160 --> 00:20:42.140
  • AND THE GREAT NEEDS IN THOSE COUNTRIES,
  • 00:20:42.150 --> 00:20:45.110
  • HE BEGAN TO DEVELOP A HEART FOR BECOMING A MISSIONARY
  • 00:20:45.120 --> 00:20:49.000
  • AND THOUGHT PERHAPS GOD WAS LEADING HIM IN THAT DIRECTION.
  • 00:20:49.010 --> 00:20:52.230
  • HIS BEST FRIEND FROM HIGH SCHOOL TOLD HIM
  • 00:20:52.240 --> 00:20:54.270
  • HE WAS AN ABSOLUTE FOOL TO PURSUE THAT
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:57.190
  • WHEN HE HAD SUCH A GREAT FUTURE IN FRONT OF HIM.
  • 00:20:57.200 --> 00:21:01.010
  • WILLIAM BORDEN WENT FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO YALE UNIVERSITY.
  • 00:21:01.020 --> 00:21:04.210
  • HE EXCELLED IN ACADEMICS THERE.
  • 00:21:04.220 --> 00:21:06.240
  • HE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS EVANGELISTIC WORK
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:09.050
  • IN LEADING OTHER STUDENTS TO CHRIST.
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:11.130
  • HE WORKED WITH THE POOR IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT.
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:14.080
  • HE WENT FROM YALE TO PRINCETON SEMINARY.
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:18.050
  • WHILE HE WAS IN SEMINARY, GOD SPOKE TO HIM SPECIFICALLY
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:22.110
  • ABOUT GOING TO REACH THE MANSU MUSLIMS
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:25.100
  • IN NORTHWESTERN CHINA.
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:27.010
  • THAT'S WHERE GOD WANTED HIM.
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:28.270
  • WHEN HE TOLD HIS DAD WHAT HE FELT LIKE GOD WAS LEADING HIM
  • 00:21:28.280 --> 00:21:32.180
  • TO DO, WILLIAM'S FATHER TOLD HIM, "IF YOU DO THIS,
  • 00:21:32.190 --> 00:21:35.260
  • "I WILL DISINHERIT YOU AND YOU'LL NEVER HAVE A PLACE
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:38.290
  • "IN MY COMPANY."
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:41.140
  • BUT WILLIAM BORDEN KNEW GOD HAD SPOKEN TO HIM.
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:44.190
  • HE BOARDED A SHIP SAILING TO CHINA.
  • 00:21:44.200 --> 00:21:48.050
  • ON THE WAY TO CHINA, HE STOPPED OFF IN EGYPT
  • 00:21:48.060 --> 00:21:51.050
  • IN ORDER TO LEARN ARABIC SO HE COULD MINISTER
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:55.170
  • MORE EFFECTIVELY TO THE MUSLIMS IN CHINA.
  • 00:21:55.180 --> 00:21:59.020
  • HE SPENT A COUPLE OF MONTHS IN EGYPT AND WHILE THERE,
  • 00:21:59.030 --> 00:22:01.240
  • HE CONTRACTED CEREBRAL MENINGITIS AND HE DIED
  • 00:22:01.250 --> 00:22:05.290
  • IN AN EGYPTIAN HOSPITAL AT THE AGE OF 25.
  • 00:22:06.000 --> 00:22:11.280
  • NEWSPAPERS ALL OVER AMERICA HAD AS THEIR HEADLINES,
  • 00:22:11.290 --> 00:22:15.220
  • "THE DEATH OF THE HEIR TO THE BORDEN FORTUNE:
  • 00:22:15.230 --> 00:22:18.060
  • "WILLIAM BORDEN."
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:19.090
  • WHAT A TRAGEDY.
  • 00:22:19.100 --> 00:22:21.110
  • A MAN CUT DOWN AT AGE 25 BEFORE HE EVER HAD CHANCE
  • 00:22:21.120 --> 00:22:25.270
  • TO BEGIN HIS CAREER OR EVEN FOLLOW GOD'S CALLING
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:29.000
  • IN HIS LIFE.
  • 00:22:29.010 --> 00:22:30.190
  • WHAT A TRAGEDY THE WORLD SAID.
  • 00:22:30.200 --> 00:22:33.280
  • BUT THE STORY IS THAT YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH,
  • 00:22:33.290 --> 00:22:37.010
  • HIS BIBLE WAS DISCOVERED AND IN THE BACK OF HIS BIBLE,
  • 00:22:37.020 --> 00:22:41.180
  • HE HAD WRITTEN THREE PHRASES AND DATED THEM
  • 00:22:41.190 --> 00:22:45.160
  • AT SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES IN HIS LIFE.
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:50.020
  • WHEN HIS HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND TOLD HIM HE WAS A FOOL
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:52.190
  • FOR PURSUING MISSIONS, HE WROTE THE WORDS,
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:56.160
  • "NO RESERVES,
  • 00:22:56.170 --> 00:22:58.280
  • "NO RESERVES"
  • 00:22:58.290 --> 00:23:00.230
  • IN HIS BIBLE.
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:03.030
  • LATER WHEN HIS FATHER SAID HE WAS GOING TO DISINHERIT HIM
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:06.130
  • FOR FOLLOWING GOD'S DIRECTION IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:09.260
  • BORDEN WROTE A SECOND PHRASE IN HIS BIBLE.
  • 00:23:09.270 --> 00:23:12.110
  • UNDER "NO RESERVES," HE WROTE THE WORDS,
  • 00:23:12.120 --> 00:23:15.000
  • "NO RETREAT,
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:17.100
  • "NO RETREAT."
  • 00:23:17.110 --> 00:23:20.150
  • AND AS HE LAY DYING IN THAT EGYPTIAN HOSPITAL,
  • 00:23:20.160 --> 00:23:24.250
  • HE WROTE ONE FINAL PHRASE IN HIS BIBLE,
  • 00:23:24.260 --> 00:23:28.170
  • "NO REGRETS,
  • 00:23:28.180 --> 00:23:31.270
  • "NO REGRETS."
  • 00:23:31.280 --> 00:23:35.210
  • WILLIAM BORDEN MADE THE DECISION TO BURN THE SHIPS,
  • 00:23:35.220 --> 00:23:40.090
  • TO GIVE UP HIS FUTURE, TO GIVE UP HIS FORTUNE,
  • 00:23:40.100 --> 00:23:43.040
  • TO GIVE UP HIS SAFETY IN ORDER TO FOLLOW GOD
  • 00:23:43.050 --> 00:23:46.280
  • FAITHFULLY AND FEARLESSLY.
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:50.090
  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:50.100 --> 00:23:56.030
  • YES, LIFE CHANGE ALWAYS BEGINS WITH A SIMPLE DECISION
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:24:00.280
  • AND FOR GOD'S PEOPLE, IT'S TIME TO CHOOSE OUR MASTER.
  • 00:24:00.290 --> 00:24:04.280
  • WILL WE DECIDE TO FOLLOW THE FALSE GODS LIKE THE PROPHETS
  • 00:24:04.290 --> 00:24:08.080
  • OF BAAL OR THE LIVING GOD WHO ALONE CAN TRANSFORM OUR LIVES?
  • 00:24:08.090 --> 00:24:14.130
  • IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY A SPECIAL WORD OF THANKS
  • 00:24:14.140 --> 00:24:16.100
  • TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:16.110 --> 00:24:19.200
  • YOU'RE GIFT IS TRULY MAKING AN ETERNAL IMPACT.
  • 00:24:19.210 --> 00:24:23.050
  • FOR EXAMPLE, I HEARD FROM SCOTT RECENTLY WHO SAID,
  • 00:24:23.060 --> 00:24:27.010
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  • WHICH MEANS THEMSELVES, BUT THEY'VE NEVER QUITE DECIDED
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  • WHO IS REALLY GOING TO BE THEIR GOD.
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  • THE REAL GOD OR THEMSELVES?
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  • IT'S TIME TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND WHOM YOU'RE GOING TO SERVE.
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