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Acres of Diamonds

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August 2, 2020
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Pastor Jentezen Franklin reveals how we can access all the good things God has for us that we may not see right in front of us. Matt and Laurie Crouch sit down with him to talk about his new book; Acres of Diamonds.

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  • (bright upbeat music)
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  • Tonight, on Praise fromColorado and California,
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  • you've seen him on KingdomConnection here on TBN,
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  • Pastor of Free Chapel andauthor, Jentezen Franklin.
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  • And now Matt and Laurie Crouch.
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  • We welcome you to Praise today,
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  • Jentezen Franklin ourguest all one hour.
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  • Jentezen, startthis conversation.
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  • This is one I'mlooking forward to
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  • because if there is evera conversation that needs
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  • to happen on the subjectthat we're about to have,
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  • it's now, unprecedentedtimes in the United States
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  • and the world due toall sorts of reasons.
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  • Jentezen, start us offthis month of August,
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  • right here with"Acres of Diamonds."
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  • - Well, it's wonderfulto be with you
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  • and all the people in TBN.
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  • I just thank God forthis venue right now
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  • in this nation and in the world
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  • like never before thevoice of God is needed.
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  • And when I wrote thebook, "Acres of Diamonds,"
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  • I had no idea ofcourse what was coming.
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  • I had no idea that wewould be in a pandemic
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  • and we would be facingeconomic disaster
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  • potentially, if Goddoesn't intervene.
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  • And yet, the message ofthe book is rock-solid
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  • for times like these.
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  • I'll start out by justtelling you quickly
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  • what the book is about.
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  • It's a true story that a manby the name of Russell Conwell
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  • went to the MiddleEast in the 1800s.
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  • He wanted to see the Holy Land.
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  • And he decided to hire a guide,
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  • it happened to be an Arab guide.
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  • They stayed tents, theywent by camel back,
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  • and he saw all theHoly Sites in Israel.
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  • And what happened was, onenight, there was a man,
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  • there the guide who startedtelling the story that was true.
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  • And Russell Conwelltook this story
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  • that he heard it acampfire in the Holy Land,
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  • put it in a bookletback in the 1800s.
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  • It sold 7 million copies.
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  • He then gave a speechabout 6000 times,
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  • raised enough moneyout of the two
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  • to found one of the leadinguniversities in America
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  • called Temple Universityin Philadelphia.
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  • And today, there are 10sof thousands of students
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  • who call temple their college.
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  • And it all came outof this one story
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  • about acres of diamonds.
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  • - The correlation is aunique situation here.
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  • If there was an adage, ifyou could simplify this book,
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  • and we get to dofor this one hour
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  • and we get to unpackit as much as we can.
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  • But if there was an adagefor it, it's probably,
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  • the grass always looksgreener on the other side.
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  • There's something abouthuman nature that says,
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  • "We're not in the rightsituation right now.
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  • Something differentneeds to happen."
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  • I need different friends, Ineed different acquaintances.
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  • I need different contacts,
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  • I need different bankaccount numbers, I need...
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  • In other words, there'sall sorts of reasons
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  • that this book speaksto right here right now.
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  • Start unpacking it for us,it's a timely word, Jentezen.
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  • - Yeah, what I think peopleneed to understand is
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  • and what changed mylife through this story
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  • was it made me discoverthe potential of
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  • where I am right now.
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  • We're always saying ifI had another marriage,
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  • or I had another ministry,or I had another job,
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  • or I had somebody else's life,
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  • somebody else's opportunities,
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  • then my life would be different.
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  • And we fail to recognizethe enormous potential
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  • of what God has givenus where we are.
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  • And so I think it's vitalthat people hear this story,
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  • the best books are books thatcome out of life experiences.
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  • For me when I heard thisstory many years ago,
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  • it changed my life.
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  • The story of Acres of Diamondschanged my perspective
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  • and the way that I think.
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  • And so I'm going to justtell you the story real quick
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  • and I think peoplewill be drawn in by
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  • because it's so relates toeverybody's life listening
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  • and watching this show.
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  • So what happened wasthere was a Arab guide,
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  • who began to tell this manRussell Conwell, this story,
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  • a true story.
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  • He said there was a manwho lived in South Africa
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  • by the name of Ali Hafed.
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  • And Ali Hafed was a farmer, hehad acres and acres of land,
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  • he worked hard by thesweat of his brow.
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  • He had a plow, he had an ox,
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  • and he got out andhe worked every day.
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  • He had a meager cabinand a little family
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  • of two children and a wife.
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  • And every day of his lifefrom sunup to sundown,
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  • he worked just to haveenough food to feed himself
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  • and he made a good modest living
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  • and he had a pretty good life.
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  • But one day a traveler camethrough and told him, he said,
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  • "It's a shame you have towork so hard every day,"
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  • because they are discoveringdiamonds in India.
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  • And he named whereit was happening,
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  • what region that itwas happening in.
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  • And he said, "If youcould just go over there,
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  • you could reach downinto a certain stream
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  • and pick up diamonds,the size of rocks,
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  • and you would beamazingly wealthy."
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  • And that night that man wentto bed, Ali Hafed the farmer.
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  • And he tossed and he turned,and he made a decision.
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  • "I don't see muchpotential in what I've got.
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  • I don't see how I'm ever goingto be able to do well for me
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  • and my family with thetools that I've been given
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  • and the land thatI've been given,
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  • it's never going toproduce much for me.
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  • But if I could go to India,and the only way I can do that
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  • is I'm going to sell the farm,I'm going to sell the plow.
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  • I'm going to sell the ox."
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  • Again, this is a truestory, it's verified.
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  • He sold it all, hetook the resources,
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  • hugged his wife, hugged his kids
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  • set them up temporarilyand told them,
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  • "When I come backyou'll be so wealthy,
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  • you'll sit on thrones willbe fabulously wealthy,
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  • and you'll neverwant for anything."
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  • He set off as aSoldier of Fortune.
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  • He began to go to India, hegot there, found no diamonds.
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  • He ended up in Europe,found no diamonds.
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  • And he finally in a momentof desperation, out of money,
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  • out of hope out of dreams,in a foreign country,
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  • no way to get back tohis wife and family,
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  • wrote a suicide note, "Thereare no diamonds anywhere."
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  • And jumped into a ragingstream and took his life.
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  • And that's a horrible story
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  • because the man reached suchdesperation that he felt
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  • there was no hope and noreason to go on living.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • The man who bought thefarm took the same acreage,
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  • the same cabin, thesame &plow, the same ox,
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  • the same work tools andbegin to plow that ground,
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  • and he noticed thatas he was plowing,
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  • that he had an issuethat just kept happening.
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  • He had these rocksthat he kept plowing up
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  • and ever so far, every few feet,
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  • he would have to take the rocks
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  • and throw them over tothe side of the field.
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  • It was so annoying day after,day after day, after day.
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  • He had stacks and stacks andstacks of these black rocks
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  • that would sparkle whenthe sun would hit them
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  • and they would show thecolors of the rainbow.
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  • One day he hit one thatwas particularly large,
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  • and he thought, "That wouldmake a nice decoration
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  • on my little mantel infront of my fireplace."
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  • He took it back andput it on the mantel.
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  • And one day, thelocal priests came by
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  • to welcome he and hisfamily to the community.
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  • And while they'retalking in mid-sentence,
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  • the priest looks up andsees this huge rock,
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  • unusual coloredrock on the mantel.
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  • And he's stunned and he says,"Where did you get that from?"
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  • And he said, "Oh, I got itout of the field out there.
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  • They're all over the place."
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  • And he said, "Youdon't understand,
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  • that is a diamond in the rough."
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  • Sure enough, they took it.
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  • That first rock was worth$25.000 in the 1800s.
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  • This is in the 1800s, $25.000.
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  • It was the world's largestdiamond mine discovery.
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  • The most famous diamond minein the world to this day,
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  • is the Cullinan Diamond Mines.
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  • The Queen of Englandbought all of her diamonds
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  • in her crown fromthose minefields.
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  • Think about it,
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  • the man who threwhimself into that river
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  • and took his lifebecause he felt like
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  • life had been unfair to him,and he had nothing of value,
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  • never realized that he had beenliving in acres of diamonds.
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  • It was there all the time,it was right under his nose,
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  • but he never saw it.
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  • I think that we're in a timewhen people need to stop saying
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  • "If I had this, if I had that,if life hadn't turned out
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  • for me like it has, thenthings would be different,"
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  • and understand that Godhas placed you somewhere
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  • that is absolutelyloaded with potential,
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  • loaded with hisblessings, and by the way,
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  • if you have JesusChrist, you have no idea,
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  • you cannot fathom theunsearchable riches
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  • you have in Jesus Christ.
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  • He is a provider, He is ahealer, He is a deliverer.
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  • And He is one who has a planand a purpose for your life.
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  • And He's already put inyour field all that you need
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  • to fulfill God's plan andpurpose for your life.
  • 00:10:21.509 --> 00:10:24.079
  • - As the COVID pandemicsocial unrest continue
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  • to rock our world, isn'tit comforting to know
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  • that God won't abandon us?
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  • In fact, it's in tryingtimes just like these
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  • that we can di^scovera clear path
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  • for his purpose in our lives.
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  • In his new book,"Acres of Diamonds,"
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  • discovering God's bestright where you are.
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  • Author and Pastor,Jentezen Franklin
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  • shows us how God uses everytrial and hardship we face
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  • for our good and his glory.
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  • - We are in an unprecedentedopportunity time.
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  • And what we have to prayin this hour is Psalms 116,
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  • "God open my eyes tosee wonderful things."
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  • - This indispensableresource, "Acres of Diamonds"
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  • and families across Americaand around the world.
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  • Regardless of the challengesand uncertainties you face,
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  • God wants you to knowthat he's with you,
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  • he's committed to you,and he never changes.
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  • - If you just tunedin, we are talking
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  • with Pastor Jensen Franklin,
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  • we're unpacking"Acres of Diamonds."
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  • We're here in Coloradoand Southern California is
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  • where pastor Jensen Franklin is.
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  • Pastor, let's continuethis discussion.
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  • Season of 2020, okay,needed this message,
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  • "Acres of Diamonds,"so let's continue.
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  • - The thing aboutdiamonds is this.
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  • It's carbon that's at least100 feet under the earth.
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  • And the only thing thatbrings those carbons together
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  • to bond those isheat and pressure.
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  • It requires intense heatand pressure and time.
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  • And this is the problem,so many people want to run.
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  • You said it man, theythink the grass is greener
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  • on the other side.
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  • So they leave thisministry for that ministry,
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  • they leave thiswife for that wife,
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  • they leave this husband,they want another family,
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  • I want another job, and theydon't stay where they are.
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  • Success is a fourletter word, "Stay."
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  • I know that there'stime for change.
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  • I know that there's time whenwe're in toxic relationships,
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  • and we have to distanceourselves, we all get that.
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  • But most of the time, whenintense heat and pressure comes,
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  • we see it as our enemy, wesee it as the worst thing.
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  • "I'm going through a fierytrial, heat and pressure."
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  • When God says the only thing
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  • that's going to bring outof your life, the diamonds,
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  • the blessings, the purpose,the destiny, the calling,
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  • is it intense heat and pressure,
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  • and you standing therelong enough to not give up.
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  • Everything you're dreaming of
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  • is on the other sideof not giving up.
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  • And I don't want somebodyelse to take the plow
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  • that God put in my hands,the mural that he gave me,
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  • the acreage thathe gave me in life,
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  • somebody else could take thatsame plow, that same land
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  • and find diamonds in it.
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  • Somebody else couldtake that same marriage,
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  • that same family, thatsame setback, lay off,
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  • that single mother can justsay, "I don't have any help,"
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  • or she can realize, "Godhas given me these children,
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  • and they're like afield of raw diamonds."
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  • And how do that those childrenaren't going to rise up
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  • and call you "Blessed," likeProverbs 31 said they would do
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  • and buy you a house, if youraise them right and love God.
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  • I'm telling you, your life isloaded with acres of diamonds.
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  • And what I learned early is,
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  • you can't have it without theintense heat and pressure.
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  • You can't get thediamonds of life.
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  • Nobody just gets there.
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  • When I look at peoplelike you, some people look
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  • and say, "Wow, look at thatministry that they have,
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  • look at what God hastrusted them with."
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  • And what they have no ideaof is, what in the world,
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  • what kind of intense heatand pressure, and how long?"
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  • I think even this pandemic,could it be that God is saying,
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  • "America has forgot who she is."
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  • That is still acres ofdiamonds, we've got problems,
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  • we've got in justices, we'vegot all kinds of issues,
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  • but I want to say we'restill loaded with potential.
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  • We're still acres of diamonds
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  • and what has to happen isGod has to open our eyes.
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  • There's a verse inPsalms 116 that said,
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  • "Open my eyes that I mightsee wondrous things."
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  • That means they can beall over around you,
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  • and you just can't see it.
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  • God has to open youreyes to potential.
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  • For me in ministry, whathappened is I felt a calling
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  • to preach and I accepted it onenight, I'll never forget it.
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  • I heard a preacher preach,and you guys know Steve Brock,
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  • it was his brother,Ronnie Brock.
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  • Ronnie was preaching andit just messed me up,
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  • a teenage kid, 16 years of age,
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  • I went down tothe altar, I wept.
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  • And I said, "I'll dowhatever you want me to do,
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  • I'll preach."
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  • I didn't want to preach, I wasraised in a preacher's home.
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  • I didn't want all that,
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  • I just didn't wantto live that life.
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  • And to make a long storyshort, after I said, "Yes."
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  • I thought, "Well, TBN willdiscover me any day now.
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  • There's no telling howGod's going to raise me up."
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  • It didn't happen that way,
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  • It took intenseheat and pressure.
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  • Within a few months ofme saying yes to the Lord
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  • in my prayer, boils began tobreak out all over my body.
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  • I look like a monster,
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  • from the top of my headall the way down my body,
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  • I had a blood issue and itcaused these inflamed boils
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  • all over my body.
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  • And I remember beingout of school for months
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  • and sick and they're inmy bedroom depressed.
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  • I went from popular and runningwith the kind of wild crowd
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  • and living life likea normal 16-year-old
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  • to total isolation, totalloneliness, total depression,
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  • no friends, and in that moment,the heat and the pressure,
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  • I remember crying out one nightsaying, "God, what a joke.
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  • I said, I would preach andnow I'm so embarrassed."
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  • I wouldn't notice thelighting in a room.
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  • I wouldn't go out in public,
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  • I would sit in theback by myself.
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  • I would go to school andthe kids would laugh at me.
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  • And it was so humiliating andembarrassing, I wouldn't go.
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  • And learn how to do my work,and I would skip class a lot
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  • because I was so embarrassedto go into the classes.
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  • And I would go, and I got a key,
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  • a secret key to my dad's church,
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  • and I would go up in the balcony
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  • and sit under the soundbooth and I would listen
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  • to cassette tapes of theWord of God in that season.
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  • I had a walk with God,but I'd never had my own
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  • Bible walk with God, I'dnever learned how to pray.
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  • I'd never learned howto really worship God.
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  • And in that church by myself,
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  • God began throughintense heat and pressure
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  • to teach me the Word of God.
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  • Incidentally, that same summer,I picked up my saxophone
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  • and started practicingit five, six hours a day
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  • because I didn'thave any friends.
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  • I learned how to playthe piano that summer,
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  • in the church, onthe church piano,
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  • God just made musicconnect for me
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  • and I could just play anythingthat I wanted to play.
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  • None of those as giftswould have been discovered,
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  • had I been out runningaround every Friday
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  • and Saturday nightwith my friends,
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  • none of those thingswould have happened.
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  • Most importantly to thisday when I write a sermon,
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  • my mind many times goesback to those feelings
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  • of isolation that I had.
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  • Those times when I hated myself,
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  • those times when I thought
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  • maybe it would be bestfor my life just the end.
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  • And it makes me feel forthat teenager, that mom,
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  • that person goingthrough a divorce,
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  • who feels liketheir life is over.
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  • My heart and emotions go backto those days in my life.
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  • And I'm simply saying,
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  • if God has you in a time ofintense heat and pressure,
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  • it is not to destroy you,
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  • it is preparing youfor acres of diamonds.
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  • It is preparing you,everything God promised me,
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  • He did it, He justdidn't do it in the way
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  • that I thought he would do it.
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  • He actually had to prepare me.
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  • God's gonna get youwhere he wants you to be.
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  • The question is, willyou be able to stand it?
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  • Will you be preparedto handle it?
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  • So that when you get it,you're not so amazed by it
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  • that you forget about theGod who's been faithful
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  • through the intenseheat and pressure.
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  • And some of you arecrying out today.
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  • "How long go, dear Lord, howlong is this going to last?
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  • I remember saying that,"How long, how long?
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  • It's one thing when a triallast a week, or three weeks,
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  • or six months, but anyof you who've ever been
  • 00:20:56.644 --> 00:21:00.014
  • in a battle that goesfor months and months,
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  • and it's intense heatand pressure, andit's nerve racking,
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  • and you don't knowwhat you're gonna do
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  • except you learnto lean on Jesus.
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  • And in those moments,man, that's when Godopened your eyes.
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  • That's the very time whenhe'll flash those diamonds
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  • across the field and say, "Iknow it doesn't look like it
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  • on the outside, but on theinside, I'm preparing you
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  • for something greaterthan you can comprehend."
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  • - It's beautiful.
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  • - Whoo!
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  • (Laurie laughs)- Wow, Jentezen.
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  • You're speaking a word
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  • so in season for so many.
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  • The pandemic of COVID-19mixed with everything else
  • 00:21:43.491 --> 00:21:48.496
  • that's going on in theworld with tensions,
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  • racial tensions and loss of jobs
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  • and there there is a lot ofheat, there's a lot of pressure.
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  • And I what I wantyou to do, just
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  • because you've preachedit long enough to develop
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  • just a sense of an anointingis right here right now,
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  • pray for the people,whatever you feel led to do,
  • 00:22:11.285 --> 00:22:12.319
  • of the truths inside of thisbook, but I think it's time
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  • I think people are wantingto receive right here.
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  • - I so agree with that because
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  • the hard placeslead to have places,
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  • where you are right now
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  • is exactly Where Godwanted you to be.
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  • Because he is preparingyou for acres of diamonds
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  • in that family, those childrenthat you may be on drugs.
  • 00:22:42.116 --> 00:22:46.120
  • Maybe during this pandemic,
  • 00:22:46.987 --> 00:22:50.057
  • the issue has comemore to the surface.
  • 00:22:50.057 --> 00:22:52.293
  • Maybe alcohol is beingabused tremendously
  • 00:22:52.293 --> 00:22:54.895
  • and is breaking your heart.
  • 00:22:54.895 --> 00:22:56.697
  • Maybe you've gotsons and daughters
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  • who just don't even go tochurch and you raise them.
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  • Don't give up ondon't give up on them,
  • 00:23:02.303 --> 00:23:03.838
  • don't give on those kids,they're acres of diamonds.
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  • And keep prayingand keep reaching.
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  • Father today, we bringall of the people who are
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  • in the most difficultseason they've ever been.
  • 00:23:15.649 --> 00:23:19.553
  • Those whose careers andjobs and businesses,
  • 00:23:19.553 --> 00:23:24.058
  • their whole life was pouredinto that restaurant.
  • 00:23:24.058 --> 00:23:28.662
  • Their whole life was pouredinto that position of...
  • 00:23:28.662 --> 00:23:33.100
  • and now COVID seems tohave taken it all away.
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  • I just say thank you that rightnow you are bringing a word
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  • to them that it is not over.
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  • You're bringing aword to them right now
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  • that you bringbeauty out of ashes.
  • 00:23:46.881 --> 00:23:51.352
  • You bring joy out of sorrow,
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  • that we never allow theoutward circumstances to define
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  • who we are on the inside.
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  • We may be going through lossand trials and discouragement
  • 00:24:01.495 --> 00:24:05.199
  • and even temporary defeat,but we receive today
  • 00:24:05.199 --> 00:24:10.204
  • the word of theLord open our eyes,
  • 00:24:11.338 --> 00:24:13.340
  • open our eyes tosee the potential,
  • 00:24:13.340 --> 00:24:16.043
  • to see by faith whatothers don't see.
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  • To see oh God, all that youhave for us now in this season.
  • 00:24:18.746 --> 00:24:23.684
  • Open our eyes to unseenopportunities, unseen potential.
  • 00:24:25.019 --> 00:24:29.356
  • Maybe somebody lost their jobso they could write that book
  • 00:24:30.824 --> 00:24:32.560
  • that will become a best seller.
  • 00:24:32.560 --> 00:24:34.495
  • Maybe somebody lost their job,
  • 00:24:34.495 --> 00:24:36.463
  • so they finally get the courageto scrounge up what they can
  • 00:24:36.463 --> 00:24:39.567
  • and start that God givengenius idea of a company
  • 00:24:39.567 --> 00:24:44.471
  • that will cause acres ofdiamonds to be released.
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  • Lord, you work in mysteriousways, your wonders to perform.
  • 00:24:48.409 --> 00:24:52.479
  • And God we agree togetherfor the people now,
  • 00:24:52.479 --> 00:24:55.015
  • those who are brokenhearted,those who are lonely,
  • 00:24:55.015 --> 00:24:57.885
  • may they see, may they theireyes open to who Jesus is.
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  • We've got you right inthe middle of it all.
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  • We're living in acres ofdiamonds Jesus because of you.
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  • Amen.
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  • That's what TBN has turnedinto because of your support.
  • 00:25:39.259 --> 00:25:39.660
  • Pastor Jentezen want togive you the final word,
  • 00:25:40.260 --> 00:25:42.463
  • just a last thought, last word,
  • 00:25:42.463 --> 00:25:44.732
  • concerning "Acres of Diamonds"
  • 00:25:44.732 --> 00:25:46.900
  • and what people are gonna getout of it when they get it.
  • 00:25:46.900 --> 00:25:51.005
  • - Well, I just pray todaythat people understand
  • 00:25:51.005 --> 00:25:53.507
  • that God has a plan
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  • and it's still beingenforced in your life.
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  • And what the enemymeant for evil,
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  • God is turning it for our good.
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  • I believe it.
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  • Don't give up.
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  • Don't give somebody else yourplow, your acreage, your farm,
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  • because it's loadedwith acres of diamonds.
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  • - We'll see you next time.
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  • Thank you, pastor.- Thank you, pastor.
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  • - Bye bye.
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  • - Thank you, God bless you.
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  • (upbeat music)
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