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It's Mine To Manage Part 1

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December 9, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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It's Mine To Manage Part 1

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  • - We often tell you
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  • to expect a miracle,
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  • and to believe for a miracle,
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  • and to receive for a miracle.
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  • But how many know that
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  • you are responsible
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  • to manage your miracles?
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  • 'Cause a miracle is something
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  • that God does.
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  • It's something that God gives.
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  • But the cooperation between
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  • heaven and humanity
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  • has always been this:
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  • It's God's to give,
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  • but it's mine to manage.
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  • It's my Father's to give,
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  • - I'm excited about this.
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  • This is a very special
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  • tradition at Elevation.
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  • Once a year,
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  • we have a special series.
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  • It's really more than
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  • a collection of teachings,
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  • it's a faith experience.
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  • Our theme is "Game Changer".
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  • I think one of the most exciting
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  • things that God is doing
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  • in our ministry,
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  • is to open the doors of our
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  • ministry beyond our walls.
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  • What I mean by that is,
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  • we are amazed at the thousands
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  • and thousands of you who are
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  • letting us know that you're
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  • impacted by this ministry.
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  • Many of you have been blessed by
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  • God to be a blessing.
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  • Now I wanted to ask today,
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  • would you be willing,
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  • during this special
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  • time of year,
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  • to make a one-time donation
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  • to the ministry or maybe partner
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  • with us on a monthly basis
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  • through recurring giving?
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  • I believe God could use your
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  • gift to enable this ministry to
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  • continue to reach,
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  • to continue to break paradigms,
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  • to continue to lift up Jesus,
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  • but most importantly,
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  • know that we feel a tremendous
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  • sense of responsibility
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  • to minister the Word of God,
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  • not only to you,
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  • but to challenge you
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  • to partner with us,
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  • in reaching people
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  • for the gospel.
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  • I hope you enjoy this message
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  • and thank you for being
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  • - So, from the scriptural
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  • foundation today,
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  • I wanna help you see something
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  • that I think will help you
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  • to carry forward with you
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  • into the next season
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  • of your life momentum
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  • for what God has already done
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  • is something significant.
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  • And what He wants to do
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  • is even greater.
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  • And I believe that.
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  • Believe that with
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  • all of my heart for myself,
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  • and my family, and for you,
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  • and your family,
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  • and for our church.
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  • And so with that spirit
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  • of faith today,
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  • let's go to the word of God.
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  • Joshua 4:1-9,
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  • and as I read this story to you,
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  • over the next few moments,
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  • I want you to pay attention
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  • to the details of it okay.
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  • Because, on the surface,
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  • this story is
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  • really very simple.
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  • The people of Israel are
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  • crossing into the promised land.
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  • They haven't fought
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  • any battles yet.
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  • But it's already theirs,
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  • because God has promised
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  • to give it to them.
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  • So they're coming to realize
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  • what God has already revealed.
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  • And He showed it to them
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  • for many generations,
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  • but now they're coming into
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  • that moment where they're
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  • having to actually believe that
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  • what God spoke in their lives
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  • and what God spoke --
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  • that they haven't seen
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  • come to pass yet
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  • is about to happen.
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  • And so, I think this
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  • is an appropriate scripture
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  • for where we are as a church,
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  • and maybe for where
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  • you are as well.
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  • And I pray that God will help me
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  • deliver it today.
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  • Are you excited?
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  • I'll be honest,
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  • it's not very convincing,
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  • but I am.
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  • I'm excited enough
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  • for all of us
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  • so we'll do it anyway.
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  • Joshua 4:1, "When
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  • the whole nation had
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  • finished crossing the Jordan,
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  • the LORD said to Joshua,
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  • "Choose twelve men
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  • from among the people,
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  • one from each tribe,
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  • and tell them to take up
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  • twelve stones from the middle
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  • of the Jordan,
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  • from right where
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  • the priests are standing,
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  • and carry them over with you
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  • and put them down at the place
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  • where you stay tonight."
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  • So Joshua called the twelve men
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  • he had appointed
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  • from the Israelites,
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  • one from each tribe,
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  • and said to them,
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  • "Go over before
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  • the ark of the LORD your God
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  • into the middle of the Jordan.
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  • Each of you is to take up
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  • a stone on his shoulder,
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  • according to the number
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  • of the tribes of the Israelites,
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  • to serve as a sign among you.
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  • In the future,
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  • when your children ask you,
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  • 'What do these stones mean?'
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  • tell them that the flow
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  • of the Jordan
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  • was cut off before
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  • the ark of the covenant
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  • of the LORD.
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  • When it crossed the Jordan,
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  • the waters of the Jordan
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  • were cut off.
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  • These stones are to be
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  • a memorial to the people
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  • of Israel forever."
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  • So the Israelites did
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  • as Joshua commanded them.
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  • They took twelve stones
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  • from the middle of the Jordan,
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  • according to the number
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  • of the tribes of the Israelites,
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  • as the LORD had told Joshua;
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  • and they carried them over
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  • with them to their camp,
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  • where they put them down.
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  • Joshua set up the twelve stones
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  • that had been in the middle
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  • of the Jordan at the spot
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  • where the priests
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  • who carried the ark
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  • of the covenant had stood.
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  • And they are there to this day."
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  • Would you look at the person
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  • next to you and give them
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  • my sermon title?
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  • Tell them,
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  • It's Mine to Manage.
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  • Look at your other neighbor.
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  • I know they were
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  • your second choice,
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  • but they're important
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  • to the Lord as well
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  • and tell them,
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  • it's mine to manage.
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  • It's mine to manage.
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  • How many of you have children?
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  • How many of you have children
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  • who have a phone
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  • or an electronic device
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  • with a data plan?
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  • It's a big debate
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  • around my house,
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  • when will our children
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  • be old enough
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  • to be entrusted with data.
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  • Real first world problems,
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  • I get it.
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  • But you know,
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  • parenting is challenging.
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  • It's a great privilege.
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  • But I find it to be challenging,
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  • and I find it to be
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  • exhilarating,
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  • and I find it to be exhausting.
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  • And one woman wrote me
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  • on YouTube and said,
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  • "I think you had kids too soon.
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  • You're always complaining
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  • about them."
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  • And I prayed for her in tongues.
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  • But, you know,
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  • the more of a privilege you see
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  • something to be,
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  • the more of a responsibility
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  • you feel toward it.
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  • So complaining isn't always
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  • a sign that you don't care,
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  • or you're not grateful.
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  • You need to have
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  • an attitude of gratitude.
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  • Gratitude is just
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  • not an attitude.
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  • Gratitude is an action.
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  • And then the action of being
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  • grateful leads to
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  • a feeling of gratitude.
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  • But God would not command you
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  • to be grateful,
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  • if gratitude was a feeling,
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  • because you can't
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  • command a feeling.
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  • It doesn't work that way.
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  • God instead instructs you
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  • to praise Him.
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  • One psalmist said it this way.
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  • He said, this is the day
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  • that the Lord has made.
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  • I will rejoice
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  • and be glad in it.
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  • This is the day
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  • that the Lord has made.
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  • I will rejoice
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  • and be glad in it.
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  • Oh this is the day.
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  • This is the day
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  • that the Lord has made.
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  • Hey this is the day.
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  • This is the day
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  • that the Lord has made.
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  • Now who made it?
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  • Who made it?
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  • Now, I will rejoice.
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  • I will rejoice,
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  • and be glad in it.
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  • So God made it,
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  • but I get to manage it.
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  • Touch somebody and say,
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  • it's mine to manage.
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  • And what I do with
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  • this day is up to me.
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  • So, when I gave my oldest kid
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  • his phone, I said,
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  • I wrapped it.
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  • It was his birthday.
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  • I wrapped it an it said,
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  • "This phone has data
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  • and this phone is yours
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  • not really.
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  • For your birthday,
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  • I am giving you my phone to use.
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  • Which means that this phone
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  • and the contents thereof,
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  • and the communications that
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  • shall be initiated thereby
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  • are under my jurisdiction."
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  • One good parent clapped
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  • when I said that.
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  • And I dare you to put a passcode
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  • on that phone
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  • that I don't know.
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  • I dare you to put
  • 00:08:03.020 --> 00:08:03.280
  • a passcode on that phone.
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  • You change your passcode
  • 00:08:05.120 --> 00:08:06.250
  • and I will change your destiny.
  • 00:08:12.020 --> 00:08:15.020
  • But it was a principle
  • 00:08:15.020 --> 00:08:17.020
  • in the modern age of stewardship
  • 00:08:17.020 --> 00:08:18.190
  • that is really
  • 00:08:18.190 --> 00:08:19.180
  • the same principle, you know,
  • 00:08:19.180 --> 00:08:21.080
  • that God has been trying
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  • to teach us all along
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  • that it's His to give,
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  • and it's ours to manage.
  • 00:08:25.240 --> 00:08:28.140
  • And the moment you begin
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  • to understand that
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  • Y'all don't like
  • 00:08:37.090 --> 00:08:37.230
  • this sermon already.
  • 00:08:37.230 --> 00:08:38.220
  • This is the motivational part.
  • 00:08:39.060 --> 00:08:42.060
  • It takes some of
  • 00:08:42.060 --> 00:08:43.130
  • the pressure off,
  • 00:08:43.130 --> 00:08:44.170
  • to realize that
  • 00:08:44.170 --> 00:08:45.050
  • it's His to give,
  • 00:08:45.050 --> 00:08:47.070
  • it's mine to manage.
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  • Say it out loud,
  • 00:08:49.180 --> 00:08:50.050
  • it's His to give,
  • 00:08:50.050 --> 00:08:51.280
  • mine to manage.
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  • So, I didn't make the day,
  • 00:08:53.200 --> 00:08:55.230
  • but I will rejoice in it.
  • 00:08:55.230 --> 00:08:57.240
  • So, He gave me the day,
  • 00:08:57.240 --> 00:09:00.100
  • and now it's mine to manage.
  • 00:09:00.100 --> 00:09:02.200
  • That's a really
  • 00:09:02.200 --> 00:09:03.070
  • powerful distinction
  • 00:09:03.070 --> 00:09:05.100
  • to know that there
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  • are certain things
  • 00:09:06.250 --> 00:09:07.200
  • that God has given you
  • 00:09:07.200 --> 00:09:08.250
  • under your jurisdiction.
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  • One of those things
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  • is your joy.
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  • I will rejoice
  • 00:09:15.030 --> 00:09:16.000
  • and be glad in it.
  • 00:09:16.000 --> 00:09:18.110
  • And so, this is the day
  • 00:09:18.110 --> 00:09:19.130
  • that the Lord has made.
  • 00:09:19.130 --> 00:09:20.120
  • I will rejoice,
  • 00:09:20.120 --> 00:09:20.280
  • and be glad in it.
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  • Regardless of if
  • 00:09:22.150 --> 00:09:24.220
  • the traffic is congested.
  • 00:09:24.220 --> 00:09:27.050
  • I don't manage the traffic,
  • 00:09:27.050 --> 00:09:29.250
  • but I am -- I like it this way.
  • 00:09:31.190 --> 00:09:34.190
  • My joy is my job,
  • 00:09:35.100 --> 00:09:38.100
  • no matter what happens
  • 00:09:38.100 --> 00:09:40.030
  • when I get to my job.
  • 00:09:40.030 --> 00:09:42.020
  • No one can steal my joy,
  • 00:09:42.040 --> 00:09:45.040
  • because my joy
  • 00:09:45.040 --> 00:09:47.070
  • is not under anyone else's
  • 00:09:47.070 --> 00:09:48.210
  • jurisdiction.
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  • See what I'm saying?
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  • It's mine to manage.
  • 00:09:51.130 --> 00:09:53.250
  • And one time I made the mistake
  • 00:09:53.250 --> 00:09:54.290
  • of saying that somebody
  • 00:09:54.290 --> 00:09:56.150
  • stole my joy.
  • 00:09:56.150 --> 00:09:57.210
  • And the spirit of the Lord
  • 00:09:57.210 --> 00:09:58.160
  • really corrected me on that.
  • 00:09:58.160 --> 00:10:00.060
  • Like they stole your joy?
  • 00:10:00.060 --> 00:10:02.250
  • They're --
  • 00:10:02.250 --> 00:10:04.050
  • your joy is not their job.
  • 00:10:04.050 --> 00:10:06.110
  • And if they stole it,
  • 00:10:06.110 --> 00:10:07.160
  • you should've done a better job
  • 00:10:07.160 --> 00:10:08.130
  • locking the door
  • 00:10:08.130 --> 00:10:09.040
  • so they couldn't get to it.
  • 00:10:09.090 --> 00:10:12.090
  • You need a better
  • 00:10:12.090 --> 00:10:12.260
  • security system.
  • 00:10:12.260 --> 00:10:13.270
  • If someone else
  • 00:10:13.270 --> 00:10:14.200
  • can steal your joy,
  • 00:10:14.200 --> 00:10:16.120
  • then you've got your joy
  • 00:10:16.120 --> 00:10:17.090
  • hiding out there in open
  • 00:10:17.090 --> 00:10:18.230
  • where anybody can see it
  • 00:10:18.230 --> 00:10:20.140
  • and snatch it.
  • 00:10:20.140 --> 00:10:21.280
  • And so this principle emerges
  • 00:10:21.280 --> 00:10:23.150
  • in the book of Joshua.
  • 00:10:23.150 --> 00:10:25.120
  • Can I tell you a little bit
  • 00:10:25.120 --> 00:10:26.110
  • about this historic incident?
  • 00:10:26.110 --> 00:10:28.130
  • I'm so thankful for the gift
  • 00:10:28.130 --> 00:10:30.020
  • of your attention today.
  • 00:10:30.020 --> 00:10:31.140
  • I find it a great privilege
  • 00:10:31.140 --> 00:10:33.060
  • that you would lean in
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:35.030
  • to the word of God
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  • and allow these
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  • words to be spoken.
  • 00:10:36.290 --> 00:10:37.230
  • I think it's amazing.
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  • I wanna make it
  • 00:10:38.280 --> 00:10:39.130
  • worth your while.
  • 00:10:39.130 --> 00:10:39.250
  • I wanna tell you a little bit
  • 00:10:39.250 --> 00:10:40.230
  • about this passage of scripture.
  • 00:10:40.230 --> 00:10:41.200
  • It's really amazing what God
  • 00:10:41.200 --> 00:10:42.280
  • is doing for His people here,
  • 00:10:42.280 --> 00:10:44.290
  • because the nation of Israel
  • 00:10:44.290 --> 00:10:46.140
  • is under new management.
  • 00:10:46.140 --> 00:10:49.110
  • Under new management.
  • 00:10:49.110 --> 00:10:51.030
  • And this promise that God began
  • 00:10:51.150 --> 00:10:54.150
  • making generations ago
  • 00:10:54.150 --> 00:10:57.040
  • is now about to come to pass.
  • 00:10:57.040 --> 00:10:59.290
  • This land that they're going
  • 00:10:59.290 --> 00:11:01.080
  • to possess is going to become
  • 00:11:01.080 --> 00:11:03.220
  • theirs, but it's really God's,
  • 00:11:03.220 --> 00:11:06.020
  • but it's theirs.
  • 00:11:06.020 --> 00:11:06.170
  • It's theirs to possess
  • 00:11:06.170 --> 00:11:07.140
  • but it's God's to give.
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:08.200
  • So it's God's,
  • 00:11:08.200 --> 00:11:09.090
  • and it's theirs.
  • 00:11:09.090 --> 00:11:10.080
  • And Joshua is the person
  • 00:11:10.080 --> 00:11:12.010
  • God is using
  • 00:11:12.010 --> 00:11:12.220
  • to bring it to pass.
  • 00:11:12.220 --> 00:11:14.190
  • Now Moses was the leader
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:16.230
  • that brought the people
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  • out of Egypt where they spent
  • 00:11:17.140 --> 00:11:19.150
  • several centuries enslaved
  • 00:11:19.150 --> 00:11:21.130
  • to the systems of that nation.
  • 00:11:21.130 --> 00:11:24.110
  • And now, they're no longer
  • 00:11:24.110 --> 00:11:25.170
  • just wandering around
  • 00:11:25.170 --> 00:11:26.260
  • in the wilderness
  • 00:11:26.260 --> 00:11:27.160
  • like they did under Moses
  • 00:11:27.160 --> 00:11:28.270
  • for over 40 years.
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  • But they're coming
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  • into their own land.
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  • They're coming into
  • 00:11:34.160 --> 00:11:35.200
  • their own spacious place.
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  • They're coming into
  • 00:11:37.290 --> 00:11:38.290
  • their own homes,
  • 00:11:38.290 --> 00:11:40.100
  • and they're coming into
  • 00:11:40.100 --> 00:11:41.220
  • their own community
  • 00:11:41.220 --> 00:11:44.020
  • that God has been in
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:44.260
  • the process of forming.
  • 00:11:44.260 --> 00:11:46.180
  • But it's gonna require
  • 00:11:46.180 --> 00:11:47.060
  • a different mindset because
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:49.270
  • up until this point
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:50.260
  • in their life
  • 00:11:50.260 --> 00:11:52.000
  • they have existed
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:53.080
  • on the miracles
  • 00:11:53.080 --> 00:11:54.110
  • that God provided.
  • 00:11:54.110 --> 00:11:55.180
  • Like God gave them manna
  • 00:11:55.180 --> 00:11:57.010
  • when they were in the wilderness
  • 00:11:57.010 --> 00:11:58.080
  • because they didn't have quail
  • 00:11:58.080 --> 00:11:59.270
  • like they had in Egypt that
  • 00:11:59.270 --> 00:12:01.200
  • their masters would give them
  • 00:12:01.200 --> 00:12:02.260
  • to feed them.
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:03.250
  • But now, they're coming
  • 00:12:03.250 --> 00:12:05.080
  • into their own.
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:07.000
  • And the manna that used
  • 00:12:07.000 --> 00:12:08.000
  • to fall from the sky,
  • 00:12:08.000 --> 00:12:09.070
  • it was miraculous
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:10.140
  • how it came down.
  • 00:12:10.140 --> 00:12:11.100
  • They would just walk out
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:12.140
  • their front door,
  • 00:12:12.140 --> 00:12:13.260
  • and there would be Amazon Prime
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:15.130
  • on their doorstep.
  • 00:12:15.130 --> 00:12:16.160
  • The drone would drop it off
  • 00:12:16.160 --> 00:12:18.220
  • and they would have enough
  • 00:12:18.220 --> 00:12:19.270
  • for the day.
  • 00:12:19.270 --> 00:12:20.280
  • But the thing that's about
  • 00:12:20.280 --> 00:12:22.110
  • to happen to them in just
  • 00:12:22.110 --> 00:12:23.220
  • a moment is that they're gonna
  • 00:12:23.220 --> 00:12:25.020
  • cross over into this land
  • 00:12:25.020 --> 00:12:27.160
  • where the manna
  • 00:12:27.160 --> 00:12:27.280
  • is going to stop coming
  • 00:12:27.280 --> 00:12:29.250
  • and they're going to have
  • 00:12:29.250 --> 00:12:30.240
  • to learn to manage
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:32.290
  • in a different way.
  • 00:12:32.290 --> 00:12:33.280
  • So they're going to have
  • 00:12:33.280 --> 00:12:34.170
  • to mature in their mindset.
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:37.010
  • And I guess one way
  • 00:12:37.010 --> 00:12:37.210
  • that you can say it is,
  • 00:12:37.210 --> 00:12:38.220
  • they are having to learn
  • 00:12:38.220 --> 00:12:39.230
  • how to manage their miracle.
  • 00:12:40.140 --> 00:12:43.140
  • This is something
  • 00:12:43.140 --> 00:12:44.090
  • you don't hear taught enough
  • 00:12:44.230 --> 00:12:47.230
  • in settings like these,
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:49.280
  • because we often tell you
  • 00:12:49.280 --> 00:12:52.030
  • to expect a miracle,
  • 00:12:52.030 --> 00:12:54.090
  • and to believe for a miracle,
  • 00:12:54.090 --> 00:12:56.260
  • and to receive for a miracle.
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:12:59.110
  • But how many know that
  • 00:12:59.110 --> 00:13:00.220
  • you are responsible
  • 00:13:00.220 --> 00:13:03.030
  • to manage your miracles?
  • 00:13:04.010 --> 00:13:07.010
  • I'll prove it to you
  • 00:13:07.010 --> 00:13:07.200
  • from the text,
  • 00:13:07.200 --> 00:13:08.170
  • cause you're acting
  • 00:13:08.170 --> 00:13:09.050
  • kinda suspicious,
  • 00:13:09.050 --> 00:13:10.030
  • and I don't blame you.
  • 00:13:10.030 --> 00:13:10.270
  • It sounds weird.
  • 00:13:10.270 --> 00:13:11.170
  • 'Cause a miracle is something
  • 00:13:11.170 --> 00:13:12.130
  • that God does.
  • 00:13:12.130 --> 00:13:14.080
  • It's something that God gives.
  • 00:13:14.080 --> 00:13:16.090
  • But the cooperation between
  • 00:13:16.210 --> 00:13:19.210
  • heaven and humanity
  • 00:13:19.210 --> 00:13:20.230
  • has always been this:
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:22.160
  • It's God's to give,
  • 00:13:22.160 --> 00:13:24.120
  • but it's mine to manage.
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:27.030
  • It's my Father's to give,
  • 00:13:27.030 --> 00:13:29.140
  • but it's mine to manage.
  • 00:13:29.140 --> 00:13:31.260
  • And so, God is bringing
  • 00:13:31.260 --> 00:13:32.230
  • His people through
  • 00:13:32.230 --> 00:13:33.270
  • the Jordan River.
  • 00:13:33.270 --> 00:13:34.210
  • How many of you have something
  • 00:13:34.210 --> 00:13:35.160
  • God has brought you
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:36.080
  • through this year?
  • 00:13:36.080 --> 00:13:38.260
  • Did God bring you through it?
  • 00:13:38.260 --> 00:13:40.140
  • I'm going to give you
  • 00:13:40.140 --> 00:13:41.040
  • twelve seconds to praise Him
  • 00:13:41.040 --> 00:13:42.010
  • for something that
  • 00:13:42.010 --> 00:13:42.240
  • We all have a Jordan
  • 00:13:52.070 --> 00:13:53.270
  • that we came through.
  • 00:13:53.270 --> 00:13:55.000
  • And the interesting thing
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:56.080
  • about the Jordan River
  • 00:13:56.080 --> 00:13:57.110
  • is it's mentioned a lot
  • 00:13:57.110 --> 00:13:58.240
  • in scripture,
  • 00:13:58.240 --> 00:13:59.230
  • but not because
  • 00:13:59.230 --> 00:14:00.140
  • it's a big body of water.
  • 00:14:00.140 --> 00:14:02.030
  • It's only like 15 yards wide
  • 00:14:02.030 --> 00:14:04.290
  • at its widest points.
  • 00:14:04.290 --> 00:14:06.290
  • And it's not the deepest
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:07.280
  • body of water.
  • 00:14:07.280 --> 00:14:09.010
  • That's not what makes it
  • 00:14:09.010 --> 00:14:09.240
  • significant.
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:10.270
  • What it symbolizes gives it
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:14.140
  • it's Biblical significance
  • 00:14:14.140 --> 00:14:15.220
  • in that the people of God
  • 00:14:15.220 --> 00:14:17.260
  • saw the Jordan River
  • 00:14:17.260 --> 00:14:18.270
  • as representing transitions
  • 00:14:18.270 --> 00:14:21.210
  • and new beginnings.
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:23.240
  • You see it a lot
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:24.170
  • in the prophetic record,
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:25.220
  • like Elisha got Elijah's mantle
  • 00:14:25.220 --> 00:14:28.190
  • in the Old Testament.
  • 00:14:28.190 --> 00:14:30.110
  • And he crossed the Jordan River.
  • 00:14:30.110 --> 00:14:32.040
  • It's not a big river,
  • 00:14:32.040 --> 00:14:33.110
  • but it's symbolic.
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:34.280
  • It's significant not because
  • 00:14:34.280 --> 00:14:36.180
  • of its size.
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:37.200
  • Not because of its scope
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.010
  • physically.
  • 00:14:39.010 --> 00:14:40.010
  • And even not because
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:40.230
  • of its geographical
  • 00:14:40.230 --> 00:14:41.240
  • implications.
  • 00:14:41.240 --> 00:14:42.280
  • But because of
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:43.100
  • what God did there.
  • 00:14:43.100 --> 00:14:46.000
  • Now they're standing
  • 00:14:46.000 --> 00:14:46.260
  • at this place,
  • 00:14:46.260 --> 00:14:47.200
  • this body of water,
  • 00:14:47.200 --> 00:14:49.260
  • and God does something amazing.
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:51.280
  • Does it in a very
  • 00:14:51.280 --> 00:14:52.170
  • particular way.
  • 00:14:52.170 --> 00:14:53.200
  • He tells the priest
  • 00:14:53.200 --> 00:14:54.240
  • to stand in the middle
  • 00:14:54.240 --> 00:14:55.280
  • of the Jordan
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:56.160
  • with the ark of the covenant.
  • 00:14:56.160 --> 00:14:59.160
  • That's where they kept
  • 00:14:59.160 --> 00:15:00.050
  • the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:15:00.050 --> 00:15:02.140
  • It represented
  • 00:15:02.140 --> 00:15:02.280
  • the presence of God.
  • 00:15:02.280 --> 00:15:05.020
  • And when the priest
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:06.120
  • put their foot in the water,
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:10.140
  • the water stopped flowing
  • 00:15:10.140 --> 00:15:12.210
  • to provide passageway
  • 00:15:12.210 --> 00:15:14.250
  • for the people to cross through.
  • 00:15:15.120 --> 00:15:18.120
  • God did not carry His people
  • 00:15:18.120 --> 00:15:20.290
  • across the Jordan.
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:23.260
  • He enabled His people
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:26.000
  • This is how a lot of us
  • 00:15:32.210 --> 00:15:34.090
  • live our lives,
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:35.180
  • waiting for God to carry us
  • 00:15:35.180 --> 00:15:37.160
  • over something,
  • 00:15:38.050 --> 00:15:41.050
  • when He is waiting
  • 00:15:41.050 --> 00:15:41.250
  • for us to cross.
  • 00:15:41.250 --> 00:15:44.240
  • You see me, Def Leppard?
  • 00:15:44.240 --> 00:15:47.030
  • It is true.
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:47.230
  • My kids, one time
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:49.030
  • when they were real little,
  • 00:15:49.030 --> 00:15:50.120
  • we were in a public restroom,
  • 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:51.200
  • and they were
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:52.170
  • washing their hands,
  • 00:15:52.170 --> 00:15:53.260
  • and they had their hands out
  • 00:15:53.260 --> 00:15:54.230
  • like this and nothing
  • 00:15:54.230 --> 00:15:55.150
  • was happening.
  • 00:15:55.150 --> 00:15:57.010
  • Because I realized they were
  • 00:15:57.010 --> 00:15:58.060
  • used to the faucet
  • 00:15:58.060 --> 00:15:59.020
  • being automatic,
  • 00:15:59.020 --> 00:16:00.290
  • and it wasn't
  • 00:16:00.290 --> 00:16:01.160
  • an automatic faucet.
  • 00:16:01.160 --> 00:16:03.210
  • And I watched and I stood back
  • 00:16:03.210 --> 00:16:05.040
  • to see how long they would
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:06.030
  • stand there with their hands
  • 00:16:06.030 --> 00:16:08.020
  • under the faucet waiting
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:09.250
  • for something to happen
  • 00:16:09.250 --> 00:16:11.100
  • without turning the faucet on.
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:13.160
  • And finally, in compassion,
  • 00:16:13.160 --> 00:16:15.010
  • I told my oldest child, I said,
  • 00:16:15.070 --> 00:16:18.070
  • "This is not
  • 00:16:18.070 --> 00:16:18.280
  • an automatic faucet.
  • 00:16:18.280 --> 00:16:21.080
  • I know that you're used to
  • 00:16:21.080 --> 00:16:22.220
  • the water just coming on
  • 00:16:22.220 --> 00:16:23.280
  • like this."
  • 00:16:23.280 --> 00:16:24.200
  • See, when you've had manna
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:25.220
  • falling out of the sky
  • 00:16:25.220 --> 00:16:27.040
  • for so many years,
  • 00:16:27.040 --> 00:16:28.210
  • you're used to something
  • 00:16:28.210 --> 00:16:29.220
  • just falling down
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:30.220
  • about of the just,
  • 00:16:30.220 --> 00:16:31.210
  • cause you put your hand there.
  • 00:16:31.210 --> 00:16:33.010
  • But it is going to require
  • 00:16:33.010 --> 00:16:34.230
  • It's gonna require --
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:42.010
  • So, the water didn't
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:43.040
  • stop flowing till
  • 00:16:43.040 --> 00:16:43.280
  • the people started walking.
  • 00:16:43.280 --> 00:16:44.250
  • And when they started
  • 00:16:44.250 --> 00:16:45.110
  • walking through,
  • 00:16:45.110 --> 00:16:46.020
  • the water stopped flowing.
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:46.230
  • And the people passed through,
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:47.180
  • and the priest stood
  • 00:16:47.180 --> 00:16:48.090
  • in the middle of the Jordan,
  • 00:16:48.090 --> 00:16:49.030
  • which must have taken
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:49.250
  • faith for them
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:50.170
  • to stand in the middle
  • 00:16:50.170 --> 00:16:51.070
  • of the Jordan,
  • 00:16:51.070 --> 00:16:51.290
  • not knowing if it was going
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:52.270
  • to continue to pile up
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:53.250
  • in a heap,
  • 00:16:53.250 --> 00:16:54.190
  • or if it was gonna
  • 00:16:54.190 --> 00:16:55.110
  • flood over them.
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:56.060
  • But the leaders
  • 00:16:56.060 --> 00:16:56.260
  • had the faith to stand
  • 00:16:56.260 --> 00:16:58.100
  • in the middle of the Jordan.
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:17:00.240
  • Isn't that significant
  • 00:17:00.240 --> 00:17:01.190
  • that it said
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:02.080
  • it was in the middle
  • 00:17:02.080 --> 00:17:03.110
  • of the Jordan?
  • 00:17:03.110 --> 00:17:05.080
  • Isn't that the hardest thing
  • 00:17:05.080 --> 00:17:06.120
  • in life to do is
  • 00:17:06.120 --> 00:17:07.170
  • to manage the middle?
  • 00:17:08.280 --> 00:17:11.280
  • Because I understand that
  • 00:17:11.280 --> 00:17:13.100
  • God has made me promises,
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:15.250
  • and that He knows
  • 00:17:15.250 --> 00:17:16.180
  • the end from the beginning.
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:19.160
  • But I don't.
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:21.240
  • I don't know the end
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:22.290
  • from the beginning.
  • 00:17:22.290 --> 00:17:24.140
  • "I know the plans
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:26.140
  • I have for you,
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:27.240
  • declares the Lord.
  • 00:17:27.240 --> 00:17:29.020
  • Plans to prosper you
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:30.190
  • and not to harm you.
  • 00:17:30.190 --> 00:17:31.270
  • Plans to give you hope
  • 00:17:31.270 --> 00:17:33.140
  • and a future."
  • 00:17:33.140 --> 00:17:34.180
  • Well I'm glad that God knows
  • 00:17:34.180 --> 00:17:36.150
  • the plans He has for me,
  • 00:17:36.150 --> 00:17:38.010
  • but I don't know the plans
  • 00:17:38.010 --> 00:17:39.100
  • He has for me.
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:40.270
  • And so, the challenge
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:42.050
  • isn't believing that
  • 00:17:42.050 --> 00:17:43.140
  • He knows how this
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:44.130
  • is going to end.
  • 00:17:44.130 --> 00:17:46.030
  • My challenge is standing
  • 00:17:48.250 --> 00:17:51.250
  • in the middle and believing
  • 00:17:52.070 --> 00:17:55.070
  • that what He spoke
  • 00:17:55.070 --> 00:17:57.040
  • is indeed significant.
  • 00:17:57.040 --> 00:17:59.290
  • It's different
  • 00:17:59.290 --> 00:18:00.160
  • when you're in the middle.
  • 00:18:00.160 --> 00:18:02.270
  • It's a lot different.
  • 00:18:02.270 --> 00:18:04.200
  • It was weird a few weeks ago.
  • 00:18:05.270 --> 00:18:08.270
  • They had a baptism testimony
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:10.080
  • on the screens
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.220
  • and I love the baptism stories.
  • 00:18:11.220 --> 00:18:13.140
  • Do you love the stories
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:14.090
  • If it was your child,
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:19.040
  • you might love it.
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:19.270
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:18:19.270 --> 00:18:20.260
  • Like if it was somebody
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:22.050
  • that you knew and loved.
  • 00:18:22.050 --> 00:18:23.020
  • I try to always picture like,
  • 00:18:23.020 --> 00:18:25.160
  • I always picture
  • 00:18:25.160 --> 00:18:26.000
  • if that was my brother.
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:27.250
  • Or if that was my sister.
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.130
  • And when I hear somebody
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:31.080
  • share a testimony,
  • 00:18:31.080 --> 00:18:32.160
  • I'll always listen
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:32.280
  • for the details.
  • 00:18:32.280 --> 00:18:34.220
  • And one thing that I noticed
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:36.130
  • that they normally share
  • 00:18:36.130 --> 00:18:37.240
  • in their story,
  • 00:18:37.240 --> 00:18:38.200
  • they'll share a sermon that,
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:41.140
  • where God spoke to them.
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:44.040
  • And a few weeks ago,
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:45.200
  • the young lady sharing
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:46.170
  • the sermon that she shared,
  • 00:18:46.170 --> 00:18:49.150
  • shared a sermon that
  • 00:18:49.150 --> 00:18:50.150
  • I remember preaching
  • 00:18:50.150 --> 00:18:51.160
  • and thinking that was
  • 00:18:51.160 --> 00:18:52.180
  • the worst sermon
  • 00:18:52.180 --> 00:18:53.040
  • I ever preached.
  • 00:18:53.040 --> 00:18:54.280
  • Because it's different
  • 00:18:54.280 --> 00:18:56.030
  • when you're doing it.
  • 00:18:56.030 --> 00:18:58.110
  • Now, it was a year later,
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:19:00.280
  • and she was talking about
  • 00:19:00.280 --> 00:19:02.000
  • that story that sermon,
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:03.250
  • and in her story,
  • 00:19:03.250 --> 00:19:05.110
  • she referenced that sermon
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:08.000
  • as a turning point
  • 00:19:08.000 --> 00:19:09.150
  • in her relationship with God.
  • 00:19:09.150 --> 00:19:11.040
  • And here's what I remember.
  • 00:19:11.040 --> 00:19:12.120
  • I remember how I felt
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:14.170
  • while I was doing it,
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:17.040
  • and I realized that even though
  • 00:19:17.040 --> 00:19:18.270
  • I felt nothing while
  • 00:19:18.270 --> 00:19:20.260
  • I was preaching it,
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:23.030
  • she was sitting somewhere
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:25.150
  • in that room,
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:26.070
  • maybe not even in the room
  • 00:19:26.070 --> 00:19:27.180
  • where I was preaching it,
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:29.050
  • and she was having
  • 00:19:29.050 --> 00:19:31.040
  • a completely different
  • 00:19:31.040 --> 00:19:32.100
  • experience hearing it
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:35.000
  • than I was preaching it.
  • 00:19:35.000 --> 00:19:37.000
  • But it's different when
  • 00:19:37.000 --> 00:19:38.180
  • you're in the middle of it.
  • 00:19:38.180 --> 00:19:40.220
  • Huh?
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:42.080
  • It's different when
  • 00:19:42.080 --> 00:19:43.130
  • you're raising your kids,
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:45.160
  • believing that they're
  • 00:19:45.160 --> 00:19:47.020
  • receiving the values
  • 00:19:47.020 --> 00:19:48.150
  • that you're trying
  • 00:19:48.150 --> 00:19:49.010
  • to impart to them.
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:50.240
  • Because when you are teaching
  • 00:19:50.240 --> 00:19:52.010
  • your kids responsibility,
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:53.180
  • they do not thank you
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:54.140
  • and recognize you for being
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:55.250
  • a voice of wisdom
  • 00:19:55.250 --> 00:19:57.060
  • and an encouraging force
  • 00:19:57.060 --> 00:19:58.190
  • of good in their lives.
  • 00:19:58.190 --> 00:20:00.240
  • It's different when
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:01.190
  • you're in the middle of it.
  • 00:20:01.190 --> 00:20:03.090
  • And see, the reason that
  • 00:20:03.090 --> 00:20:04.200
  • we can sometimes
  • 00:20:04.200 --> 00:20:05.230
  • look at the Biblical miracles
  • 00:20:05.230 --> 00:20:07.220
  • and experience them,
  • 00:20:07.220 --> 00:20:09.040
  • and celebrate them,
  • 00:20:09.040 --> 00:20:10.170
  • is because we know
  • 00:20:10.170 --> 00:20:11.230
  • how they end.
  • 00:20:11.230 --> 00:20:12.290
  • But it's different
  • 00:20:12.290 --> 00:20:14.230
  • when you're in the middle of it.
  • 00:20:14.230 --> 00:20:17.040
  • It's different when
  • 00:20:17.040 --> 00:20:18.080
  • you're in the middle of it.
  • 00:20:18.080 --> 00:20:19.050
  • When you were having to stand
  • 00:20:19.050 --> 00:20:20.240
  • in the middle of something
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:22.070
  • and say,know, God,
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:23.190
  • I know that you're faithful,
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:25.180
  • and I know that You're good.
  • 00:20:25.180 --> 00:20:27.000
  • But I don't feel
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:27.240
  • that You're faithful,
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:28.260
  • and I don't feel that
  • 00:20:28.260 --> 00:20:29.220
  • You're good right now.
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:31.030
  • That's called
  • 00:20:31.030 --> 00:20:31.200
  • a sacrifice of praise.
  • 00:20:31.200 --> 00:20:33.240
  • That's where you have to dig
  • 00:20:33.240 --> 00:20:34.280
  • somewhere deeper
  • 00:20:34.280 --> 00:20:36.050
  • than your feelings,
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:37.070
  • or your knowledge,
  • 00:20:37.070 --> 00:20:38.080
  • or your certainty,
  • 00:20:38.080 --> 00:20:41.030
  • or your circumstance,
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:43.150
  • God, show me
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:49.240
  • how to manage the middle.
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:52.230
  • I have a hard time with that.
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:53.270
  • I don't have a hard time being
  • 00:20:53.270 --> 00:20:55.250
  • excited about the beginning.
  • 00:20:56.060 --> 00:20:59.060
  • And I don't have a hard time
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:00.170
  • celebrating the end.
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:01.210
  • But, this middle.
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:04.240
  • Teach me how
  • 00:21:04.240 --> 00:21:06.090
  • to manage the middle.
  • 00:21:06.090 --> 00:21:08.080
  • Oh, one of my best friends
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:10.220
  • pastors a big church,
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:11.240
  • and they had three years
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:12.200
  • where they didn't grow.
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:14.070
  • In fact, they went backward.
  • 00:21:14.070 --> 00:21:16.260
  • I said, "What was the problem
  • 00:21:16.260 --> 00:21:18.020
  • in those three years
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:18.200
  • when you didn't grow?"
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:19.180
  • He said, "Middle management.
  • 00:21:20.020 --> 00:21:23.020
  • We got so large
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:25.120
  • the organization got so big,
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:28.040
  • that there was a layer of people
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:31.000
  • in the middle who started
  • 00:21:31.000 --> 00:21:33.160
  • to block the values that
  • 00:21:33.180 --> 00:21:36.180
  • were a part of the organization
  • 00:21:36.180 --> 00:21:38.010
  • in the early days.
  • 00:21:38.010 --> 00:21:39.240
  • And it was middle management.
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:41.240
  • It wasn't the people
  • 00:21:41.240 --> 00:21:42.220
  • that were executing the job.
  • 00:21:42.220 --> 00:21:44.090
  • It wasn't the vision
  • 00:21:44.090 --> 00:21:45.270
  • had changed.
  • 00:21:45.270 --> 00:21:46.230
  • It was what happened
  • 00:21:46.230 --> 00:21:47.220
  • in the middle
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:49.020
  • that almost cost us
  • 00:21:49.020 --> 00:21:51.110
  • the momentum of
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:52.160
  • what God was doing."
  • 00:21:52.160 --> 00:21:53.180
  • I wonder is that how it happens
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:55.030
  • in our lives?
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:57.020
  • I wonder if sometimes
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:21:58.140
  • the reason
  • 00:21:58.140 --> 00:21:59.130
  • that joy stops flowing,
  • 00:21:59.130 --> 00:22:01.110
  • the reason that
  • 00:22:01.110 --> 00:22:02.040
  • faith stops growing,
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:03.260
  • the reason that sometimes
  • 00:22:03.260 --> 00:22:05.080
  • we lose our sense
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:06.130
  • of perspective about who God is,
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:09.130
  • is it's not the end.
  • 00:22:09.130 --> 00:22:10.250
  • It's not the beginning.
  • 00:22:10.250 --> 00:22:12.010
  • It's middle management.
  • 00:22:12.010 --> 00:22:13.240
  • We don't know
  • 00:22:13.240 --> 00:22:14.080
  • how to manage the middle.
  • 00:22:14.080 --> 00:22:15.240
  • We don't know
  • 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:16.050
  • how to deal with Monday,
  • 00:22:16.050 --> 00:22:17.270
  • so we shout good on Sunday.
  • 00:22:17.270 --> 00:22:20.010
  • But I need a MMA sermon.
  • 00:22:20.010 --> 00:22:22.260
  • I need some Monday
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:23.180
  • morning application.
  • 00:22:23.180 --> 00:22:25.030
  • I need something to help me
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:26.070
  • manage this middle,
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:27.210
  • because I'm not fighting
  • 00:22:27.210 --> 00:22:29.100
  • the devil on Sunday morning.
  • 00:22:29.100 --> 00:22:31.070
  • I'm fighting him
  • 00:22:31.070 --> 00:22:31.260
  • on Tuesday at 3:37.
  • 00:22:34.280 --> 00:22:37.280
  • So the key to this,
  • 00:22:37.280 --> 00:22:38.270
  • Joshua says,
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:40.100
  • take twelve stones, January,
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:44.030
  • February, March, April,
  • 00:22:44.030 --> 00:22:45.050
  • May June, July, August,
  • 00:22:45.050 --> 00:22:46.130
  • September, October,
  • 00:22:46.130 --> 00:22:47.280
  • November, December.
  • 00:22:47.280 --> 00:22:49.050
  • Twelve months, twelve stones.
  • 00:22:49.050 --> 00:22:50.140
  • Twelve tribes,
  • 00:22:50.140 --> 00:22:51.010
  • twelve disciples.
  • 00:22:51.010 --> 00:22:51.270
  • Twelve, everybody say twelve.
  • 00:22:51.270 --> 00:22:53.220
  • Take twelve, pile them up.
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:56.020
  • And in the future,
  • 00:22:56.020 --> 00:22:57.270
  • when your children asked you,
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:23:01.010
  • "What's up with these stones?"
  • 00:23:01.010 --> 00:23:03.260
  • Or like my kids ask me,
  • 00:23:03.260 --> 00:23:06.020
  • "What's up with these
  • 00:23:06.020 --> 00:23:06.260
  • cassette tapes?"
  • 00:23:06.260 --> 00:23:08.280
  • I still got some.
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:11.050
  • When your children ask you,
  • 00:23:11.050 --> 00:23:13.100
  • tell them what the Lord did.
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:16.250
  • Tell 'em.
  • 00:23:16.250 --> 00:23:18.280
  • Tell 'em.
  • 00:23:19.030 --> 00:23:22.030
  • Take 'em to,
  • 00:23:22.030 --> 00:23:22.230
  • show 'em the stones
  • 00:23:22.230 --> 00:23:24.100
  • and tell 'em.
  • 00:23:24.100 --> 00:23:26.060
  • We didn't know if we were
  • 00:23:26.060 --> 00:23:27.280
  • gonna make it through.
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:30.200
  • But God did something
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:31.190
  • only He could do.
  • 00:23:31.190 --> 00:23:33.210
  • And we made it.
  • 00:23:33.210 --> 00:23:34.100
  • Somebody shout, I made it.
  • 00:23:34.100 --> 00:23:36.200
  • Tell the person next to you,
  • 00:23:36.200 --> 00:23:37.210
  • you have no idea
  • 00:23:37.210 --> 00:23:38.240
  • what I've been through.
  • 00:23:40.020 --> 00:23:43.020
  • Look at 'em right in the eye,
  • 00:23:43.020 --> 00:23:43.280
  • and say,
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:44.140
  • - It's our
  • 00:23:48.240 --> 00:23:49.070
  • "Game Changer" offering.
  • 00:23:49.070 --> 00:23:50.170
  • This offering goes toward
  • 00:23:50.170 --> 00:23:51.100
  • expansion and outreach
  • 00:23:51.100 --> 00:23:53.030
  • and ministries just like this
  • 00:23:53.030 --> 00:23:54.100
  • and we're calling on our E-fam,
  • 00:23:54.100 --> 00:23:55.250
  • -- that's what we call
  • 00:23:55.250 --> 00:23:56.160
  • our extended family
  • 00:23:56.160 --> 00:23:57.080
  • all around the world.
  • 00:23:57.080 --> 00:23:58.070
  • - I know, I love it.
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  • It's so exciting that people
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  • join us every single weekend
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  • not just here,
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  • but all over the world.
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  • - Yeah and we don't want you
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  • to just consume the content,
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  • we want you to contribute.
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  • We want you to be a part
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  • of this move of God, so,
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  • if you've been blessed
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  • by this ministry,
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  • this is your opportunity;
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  • make a sacrificial gift,
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  • maybe a systematic gift,
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  • maybe one-time,
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  • maybe a monthly recurring gift,
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  • but we're calling on all of you
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  • who consider this your E-fam,
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  • your extended family,
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  • your church family
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:24.010
  • - ANNOUNCER: Every decision
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  • you make has a bigger impact
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  • than you realize.
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  • Your decision to invest
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  • in this ministry
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  • has changed the game
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  • - I was in desperation for God
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  • to flood my life and take over.
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  • I came across a message
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  • by Pastor Steven on YouTube
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  • and it immediately spoke to me
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  • and began changing
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  • my way of thinking.
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  • I became more connected
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  • with Elevation,
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  • and became connected
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  • to an incredible community
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  • of people, like Nubuke.
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  • - The end of my senior year
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  • in high school
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  • was a very confusing
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  • time for me.
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  • One day, a friend
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  • sent me a link to a sermon,
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  • and hearing that message
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  • set my faith
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  • on a new trajectory.
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  • I joined online group,
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  • my group leader, Patrick,
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  • not only cares for our group
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  • when we meet,
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  • but he's also a mentor
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  • - God radically changed my life
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  • just over four years ago.
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  • Elevation was introduced to me
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  • at a time in my life
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  • when I felt disconnected.
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  • I started an online group
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  • and since then,
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  • I've had an opportunity
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  • to meet people from
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  • all different walks of life,
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  • - As a kid, I didn't have
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  • much interest in the church,
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  • but my mom refused
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  • to give up on me
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  • and would send me
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  • sermons to watch.
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  • So I eventually gave in,
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  • and watched one of
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  • Pastor Steven's messages
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  • on YouTube.
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  • It changed my perspective
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  • and outlook
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  • on what a relationship with God
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  • could actually look like.
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  • I became an online youth leader
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  • that I wish I would have had
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  • in my youth.
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  • So this summer at Youth X,
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  • two of the girls in my group
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  • rededicated their lives
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  • - This story starts with you,
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  • but it doesn't end with you.
  • 00:25:42.170 --> 00:25:44.040
  • What if one decision you make
  • 00:25:44.040 --> 00:25:45.240
  • could impact the world?
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  • To donate,
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  • call or visit us online.
  • 00:25:48.000 --> 00:25:49.190
  • Partner with us,
  • 00:25:49.190 --> 00:25:50.190
  • - E-Fam is our online family
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  • at Elevation church.
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  • It doesn't matter
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  • where you call home;
  • 00:26:00.100 --> 00:26:01.200
  • becoming a part of our E-Fam
  • 00:26:01.200 --> 00:26:02.210
  • is as simple as joining us
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:03.260
  • Each weekend, we broadcast
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:07.250
  • our worship experiences
  • 00:26:07.250 --> 00:26:08.260
  • to thousands of people
  • 00:26:08.260 --> 00:26:09.230
  • It's so simple for you
  • 00:26:11.280 --> 00:26:12.230
  • to join the huge move of God
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:14.020
  • that is happening
  • 00:26:14.020 --> 00:26:14.220
  • through our E-Fam
  • 00:26:14.220 --> 00:26:15.260
  • by tuning in to experiences
  • 00:26:15.260 --> 00:26:17.020
  • on the weekend or on demand
  • 00:26:17.020 --> 00:26:18.210
  • When you participate,
  • 00:26:21.220 --> 00:26:22.230
  • you'll experience awesome
  • 00:26:22.230 --> 00:26:23.220
  • worship music, preaching,
  • 00:26:23.220 --> 00:26:25.100
  • and community with people
  • 00:26:25.100 --> 00:26:26.120
  • tuning in, just like yourself.
  • 00:26:26.130 --> 00:26:29.130
  • You can have a deeper
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  • connection by joining
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  • an E-Group and an E-Team,
  • 00:26:31.080 --> 00:26:32.200
  • giving online,
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  • and connecting with
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  • other E-Fam near you
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  • through Watch Parties.
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  • Wherever you find
  • 00:26:37.230 --> 00:26:38.080
  • yourself in life,
  • 00:26:38.080 --> 00:26:39.100
  • we wanna be a place you can
  • 00:26:39.100 --> 00:26:40.070
  • depend on for receiving
  • 00:26:40.070 --> 00:26:41.170
  • inspiration, encouragement,
  • 00:26:41.170 --> 00:26:42.290
  • and support.
  • 00:26:42.290 --> 00:26:44.160
  • Grow your faith
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  • - By Your stripes
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  • I am healed
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  • With the one touch
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  • I am made whole
  • 00:26:58.060 --> 00:27:01.000
  • You have spoken
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  • and I know
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  • In this storm
  • 00:27:11.070 --> 00:27:13.060
  • you have peace
  • 00:27:13.060 --> 00:27:15.290
  • And Your love
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  • won't let me go
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  • You have spoken
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  • and I know
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