Understanding What God Is Doing Part 2

October 18, 2022 | 249 | 27:29

Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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Allen Jackson Ministries | Understanding What God Is Doing Part 2 | October 18, 2022
  • Allen jackson: we have undervalued, we have
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  • Underestimated the significance of understanding
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  • Spiritual things.
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  • We've said we want to be born again because we want to go
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  • To heaven; but between here and heaven,
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  • We want to do what we want to do.
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  • God, forgive us.
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  • Our interest in serving the lord has been so, you know,
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  • We might volunteer for something.
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  • We might give something that isn't that essential
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  • To us anyway.
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  • We offload our appliances.
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  • We have better ones coming.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen jackson: i want to walk with you just quickly.
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  • I chose the biblical characters that i think you will know.
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  • You'll be familiar with their general narrative.
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  • If they're not, spend a few minutes with rabbi google today.
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  • 'cause he'll introduce you to some of their back story,
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  • But samuel is one of the most important characters
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  • In all of the bible and certainly
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  • From a jewish perspective.
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  • Samuel stands ahead of daniel and some many others
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  • That you and i would consider to be heroic characters.
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  • Samuel was a transitionary figure.
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  • He's the last of the judges, that book of judges.
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  • You know from your old testament samuel is the last of the judges
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  • Because after samuel there's a monarchy implemented.
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  • And samuel is the character that god asked to bridge
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  • That transition.
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  • Samuel began serving the lord as a very--as a small child.
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  • His life begins with the promise of his mother,
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  • Who had no children, and promised god
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  • If he would allow her to conceive
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  • That she would give the child to the service of the lord,
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  • And she conceived and gave birth to samuel,
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  • And she relinquished him to the care of the priest
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  • When he was but a boy.
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  • Samuel grew up in the service of the lord.
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  • Parents, we need to desire to see our children serve the lord.
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  • If the christ followers don't have a desire to see
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  • Our children serve the lord with their whole heart, mind, soul,
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  • And body, where do we think the leadership
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  • For the church is gonna come from?
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  • Why do we aspire for them, for the same things
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  • That the ungodly are seeking?
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  • Because we don't attach enough value to the things of god.
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  • We don't think the rewards are legitimate.
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  • We don't think the promises are real
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  • Because all we can see is our routine.
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  • And where would serving the lord fit into that routine?
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  • I almost missed god's invitation in my life
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  • Because i couldn't imagine a place in the routine.
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  • When i went to church as a boy, ministers wore long,
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  • Black robes and vestments.
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  • I don't ever remember seeing a leader
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  • Of a religious service smile, let alone laugh.
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  • And i could not imagine yielding my life to that.
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  • There was more about a little of god in me
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  • Than it was anybody else's fault.
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  • But i almost missed the invitation.
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  • Samuel saw the outcome of the king.
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  • Samuel saw the pride of saul.
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  • He saw the heart of david.
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  • He had a vision, an awareness, an understanding
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  • That those around him didn't have.
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  • Again, abram was not unique.
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  • 1 samuel chapter 8, this is what he said to the tribal leaders
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  • When they came, and they said, "we want a king."
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  • Listen to what samuel said.
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  • Israel's never had a monarchy.
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  • They've never had a king, or a palace,
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  • Or a central government.
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  • God has been their governor.
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  • God's been their king.
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  • Listen to samuel's understanding.
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  • "this is what the king who will reign over you will do.
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  • He'll take your sons and make them serve with his chariots
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  • And his horses, and they'll run in front of his chariots,
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  • And some of you he'll assign to be commanders of thousands
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  • And commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground
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  • And to reap his harvest, and still others
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  • To make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
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  • He'll take your daughters to be perfumers,
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  • And cooks, and bakers.
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  • He'll take the best of your fields, and vineyards,
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  • And olive groves, and he'll give them to his attendants.
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  • He'll take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage
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  • And give it to his officials in attendance.
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  • Your menservants and maidservants
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  • And the best of your cattle and donkeys he'll take for his own.
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  • He'll take a tenth of your flocks.
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  • And you yourselves will become his slaves.
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  • When that day comes, you'll cry out for relief from the king
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  • You have chosen, and the lord will not answer you
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  • In that day."
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  • The brightest and the best, the most powerful,
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  • The most influential in the nation of israel are standing
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  • In front of samuel and saying, "we want a king."
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  • They're blind.
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  • They think it's going to make their lives better.
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  • They think it will enhance their portfolios,
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  • Expand their influence, give their children
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  • And grandchildren a better future.
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  • And samuel is standing in a very lonely position,
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  • Saying, "can't you see?
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  • Can't you see?
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  • Let me tell you what it will bring."
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  • And look at their answer.
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  • The people refused to listen to samuel.
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  • "we want a king over us."
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  • The kings led them ultimately into slavery.
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  • They lost everything.
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  • Samuel could see.
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  • He had a revelation from god.
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  • And folks, we are desperate for people with vision.
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  • Joseph.
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  • Samuel's not unique.
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  • Joseph, joseph saw his brothers bow down.
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  • He was the youngest.
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  • They were stronger.
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  • They had more training. they had more life experience.
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  • And joseph saw them bow down.
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  • Joseph saw egypt in both abundance and famine,
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  • When nobody else saw it; not pharaoh,
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  • Not his wisest counselors, not the agricultural experts,
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  • Not the people for whom egyptian was their first language.
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  • Joseph had an insight that nobody around him saw.
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  • It came from his relationship with god, and it brought
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  • A significance to his life that could not have come from
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  • An egyptian university, from an egyptian business adventure.
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  • We have undervalued, we have underestimated
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  • The significance of understanding spiritual things.
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  • We've said we want to be born again because we want to go
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  • To heaven; but between here and heaven,
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  • We want to do what we want to do.
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  • God, forgive us.
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  • Our interest in serving the lord has been so, you know,
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  • We might volunteer for something.
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  • We might give something that isn't that essential to us
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  • Anyway.
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  • We offload our appliances.
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  • We have better ones coming.
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  • But we've lacked the vision, the insight to say
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  • That the things of god are-- god, better than all the things
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  • That i can touch and feel.
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  • Moses, moses understood the power of pharaoh.
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  • When god was recruiting him at the burning bush, he said,
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  • "i don't want to go back there.
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  • I know that man. i know that palace.
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  • I know that power structure.
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  • I'm not going."
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  • He argues with god through a whole host
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  • Of some pretty neat tricks.
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  • Serpents and snakes in your hand, in your jacket,
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  • And it comes out, and it's diseased,
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  • And it goes back, and it's clean.
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  • He's not questioning the power of god.
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  • He's saying, "i understand the power of pharaoh.
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  • I don't want to go do this.
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  • I'll get canceled.
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  • I barely got out of it the last time i was there.
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  • It was nip and tuck.
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  • This is not a contest, god.
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  • You don't understand."
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  • He has a revelation of the glory of god.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen: we are walking through a season of instability,
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  • Unprecedented in recent years.
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  • We've never seen anything quite like this.
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  • But i don't believe it's a time to be afraid.
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  • I believe it's a time for a courageous response
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  • From god's people.
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  • Well, the team has pulled together some prayers
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  • That we've been leaning on here at the church
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  • Centered in the cross and its provision for our lives.
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  • You see, our stability doesn't come from the government,
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  • Or a political party, or an elected leader;
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  • It comes to us through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • It's not just our provision for eternity,
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  • It's not just a get-out-of-hell-free card.
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  • It's everything we need, the scripture says,
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  • For life in godliness made available to us
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  • Through the cross of jesus christ.
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  • These prayers will ground you on a daily basis
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  • To help you triumph over fear, anxiety, uncertainty.
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  • We're not alone.
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  • Almighty god has made provision fo us and it's through
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  • The cross of his son, jesus.
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  • Take these prayers, put 'em into your life on a daily basis.
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  • They'll strengthen you, your family, your friends.
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  • They'll make a difference.
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  • Into all the moments of your life.
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  • Make prayer a habit and see how the power of god begins to move
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  • And your circumstances.
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  • Allen: you're talking about vision, and insight,
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  • And understanding.
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  • David, we know him as the greatest king
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  • Of the hebrew people.
  • 00:11:44.853 --> 00:11:47.288
  • But david saw god as a deliverer long before he heard
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  • Goliath's name.
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  • He understood that god would deliver a lion or a bear
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  • Into his hands, not because he was a good shot,
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  • But because god that he worshiped was powerful.
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  • He had a vision of god.
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  • I would've had a vision of just breeding more sheep.
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  • I mean, they multiply.
  • 00:12:08.576 --> 00:12:10.812
  • My father was a veterinarian.
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  • I know how that works. it happened all the time.
  • 00:12:12.147 --> 00:12:15.550
  • But david had a vision of god that said no!
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  • There's a greater power than the power of that predator.
  • 00:12:19.621 --> 00:12:24.526
  • So that when david heard goliath's challenge,
  • 00:12:24.526 --> 00:12:26.828
  • He saw his vulnerabilities.
  • 00:12:26.828 --> 00:12:29.464
  • Nobody in the entire israelite army saw that,
  • 00:12:29.464 --> 00:12:32.967
  • Not even king saul, who's the most imposing
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  • Physical presence in the entire israelite camp.
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  • David saw jerusalem as the city of god.
  • 00:12:39.674 --> 00:12:43.678
  • It was a jebusite city.
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  • It wasn't even under the control of one of the 12 tribes.
  • 00:12:45.013 --> 00:12:47.482
  • And he said, "god has chosen that city for himself."
  • 00:12:47.482 --> 00:12:53.555
  • Daniel, daniel is a slave.
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  • His life circumstances are miserable.
  • 00:12:56.724 --> 00:12:58.326
  • We've talked about that.
  • 00:12:58.326 --> 00:13:00.028
  • He had every reason to be bitter and angry and frustrated,
  • 00:13:00.028 --> 00:13:02.130
  • To hate god, to withdraw from god.
  • 00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:06.067
  • But he had a revelation of god.
  • 00:13:06.067 --> 00:13:09.337
  • It enabled daniel to see the dreams of the king,
  • 00:13:09.337 --> 00:13:12.774
  • When the king couldn't even see his own dreams.
  • 00:13:12.774 --> 00:13:17.111
  • Daniel saw the end of the exile.
  • 00:13:17.111 --> 00:13:21.449
  • The jewish people aren't living in israel.
  • 00:13:21.449 --> 00:13:23.885
  • They're not allowed to live in israel.
  • 00:13:23.885 --> 00:13:25.453
  • They're slaves in a foreign land,
  • 00:13:25.453 --> 00:13:27.055
  • And daniel saw the end of the exile.
  • 00:13:27.055 --> 00:13:30.158
  • He said, "it's time for us to go home."
  • 00:13:30.158 --> 00:13:32.060
  • It's daniel 9.
  • 00:13:32.060 --> 00:13:33.394
  • Read it.
  • 00:13:33.394 --> 00:13:35.163
  • And he begins to pray a prayer of repentance,
  • 00:13:35.163 --> 00:13:36.998
  • Not for the forgiveness of the sins of the wicked people
  • 00:13:36.998 --> 00:13:39.500
  • That preceded him.
  • 00:13:39.500 --> 00:13:40.869
  • He said, "god, we have this this way."
  • 00:13:40.869 --> 00:13:46.674
  • Daniel had an insight, an understanding, a vision.
  • 00:13:46.674 --> 00:13:49.143
  • He saw the end of the exile.
  • 00:13:49.143 --> 00:13:50.912
  • He saw the return to jerusalem, and he saw the end of the age.
  • 00:13:50.912 --> 00:13:54.716
  • We still read the book of daniel to see what is in front of us.
  • 00:13:54.716 --> 00:13:59.954
  • A babylonian slave.
  • 00:13:59.954 --> 00:14:07.395
  • Daniel had a revelation of god.
  • 00:14:07.395 --> 00:14:10.365
  • This isn't unique to abraham.
  • 00:14:10.365 --> 00:14:12.767
  • We're talking about samuel, and joseph, and moses,
  • 00:14:12.767 --> 00:14:14.969
  • And david, and daniel.
  • 00:14:14.969 --> 00:14:16.671
  • Some prefer the new testament.
  • 00:14:16.671 --> 00:14:18.039
  • Paul, the great advocate for the gospel.
  • 00:14:18.039 --> 00:14:22.744
  • God in his wisdom chose the rabbi of the rabbis to give
  • 00:14:22.744 --> 00:14:25.980
  • The message to the non-jews, because he did it in such a way
  • 00:14:25.980 --> 00:14:31.486
  • That the rabbis and the jewish orthodox community
  • 00:14:31.486 --> 00:14:34.222
  • Couldn't combat the wisdom of the truth he was giving
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  • To the non-jewish people.
  • 00:14:36.824 --> 00:14:40.695
  • Scripture says of paul that he was obedient
  • 00:14:40.695 --> 00:14:42.497
  • To the vision from heaven.
  • 00:14:42.497 --> 00:14:45.133
  • Paul saw jesus as king.
  • 00:14:45.133 --> 00:14:49.704
  • He saw him as king of both the jew and the non-jew.
  • 00:14:49.704 --> 00:14:53.908
  • He had a revelation. he said it of himself.
  • 00:14:55.176 --> 00:14:57.645
  • He said, "what i've learned about jesus,
  • 00:14:57.645 --> 00:14:59.013
  • I didn't learn at the feet of the apostles.
  • 00:14:59.013 --> 00:15:03.184
  • The lord gave it to me."
  • 00:15:03.184 --> 00:15:06.287
  • Paul saw the church.
  • 00:15:06.287 --> 00:15:08.723
  • He saw that in all of those roman pagan cities,
  • 00:15:08.723 --> 00:15:11.092
  • Those cities filled with idols and idol worshipers
  • 00:15:11.092 --> 00:15:13.494
  • And idolatry, there were synagogues in those cities.
  • 00:15:13.494 --> 00:15:16.864
  • In city after city, paul began his messaging in the synagogues.
  • 00:15:16.864 --> 00:15:20.101
  • And in city after city, they drove him out.
  • 00:15:20.101 --> 00:15:21.769
  • He saw there was potential beyond what was happening
  • 00:15:21.769 --> 00:15:24.539
  • In the synagogue.
  • 00:15:24.539 --> 00:15:26.774
  • He saw that there were people that would receive
  • 00:15:26.774 --> 00:15:28.609
  • The jesus message.
  • 00:15:28.609 --> 00:15:30.778
  • The synagogues were filled with devout people,
  • 00:15:30.778 --> 00:15:33.181
  • Biblically aware people, students of scripture,
  • 00:15:33.181 --> 00:15:36.951
  • Covenant people of god with no vision, with no hearing.
  • 00:15:36.951 --> 00:15:41.422
  • In fact, they are angered and furious with paul
  • 00:15:41.422 --> 00:15:44.459
  • When he visits their city with a vision from god.
  • 00:15:44.459 --> 00:15:49.130
  • In city after city, they drive him out of the synagogue.
  • 00:15:49.130 --> 00:15:51.366
  • "we want nothing to do with you."
  • 00:15:51.366 --> 00:15:52.734
  • They will stir up the political authorities.
  • 00:15:52.734 --> 00:15:56.537
  • To try to cancel paul.
  • 00:15:56.537 --> 00:15:59.173
  • They will follow him to other cities to disrupt his message.
  • 00:15:59.173 --> 00:16:02.276
  • Paul saw the potential of the church.
  • 00:16:02.276 --> 00:16:08.483
  • We get to 2 timothy and he's in a roman prison,
  • 00:16:08.483 --> 00:16:11.452
  • And he understands that his execution
  • 00:16:11.452 --> 00:16:13.054
  • Is very likely next on his agenda.
  • 00:16:13.054 --> 00:16:16.624
  • He writes to timothy, and he said,
  • 00:16:16.624 --> 00:16:18.526
  • "i'm persuaded that what i've committed to god,
  • 00:16:18.526 --> 00:16:21.062
  • He is well able to guard against that day
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  • When i will see him."
  • 00:16:23.931 --> 00:16:26.434
  • If you're just analyzing his life work at that point,
  • 00:16:26.434 --> 00:16:28.536
  • If you didn't have any spiritual vision,
  • 00:16:28.536 --> 00:16:30.304
  • If you didn't have a revelation of god,
  • 00:16:30.304 --> 00:16:31.839
  • You'd think he was a horrible failure.
  • 00:16:31.839 --> 00:16:33.541
  • His churches are struggling.
  • 00:16:33.541 --> 00:16:34.909
  • The corinthian church is immoral.
  • 00:16:34.909 --> 00:16:39.013
  • I mean, they're immoral, they're drunkards,
  • 00:16:39.013 --> 00:16:40.581
  • They're gluttons, they're sexually immoral.
  • 00:16:40.581 --> 00:16:43.017
  • The galatian church stepped away from the gospel,
  • 00:16:43.017 --> 00:16:45.586
  • Adopted another gospel under the influence of witchcraft.
  • 00:16:45.586 --> 00:16:50.425
  • I mean, the churches that he spent his life planting are
  • 00:16:50.425 --> 00:16:52.693
  • Just teetering on the brink of destruction, and paul sees them,
  • 00:16:52.693 --> 00:16:59.567
  • And he said, "there's a crown of righteousness for me.
  • 00:16:59.567 --> 00:17:03.471
  • What i've done in those cities is going to change the world.
  • 00:17:03.471 --> 00:17:07.442
  • Within three centuries,
  • 00:17:07.442 --> 00:17:08.810
  • Christianity is the official religion of the empire.
  • 00:17:08.810 --> 00:17:12.980
  • It grew from that vision in paul's heart.
  • 00:17:12.980 --> 00:17:16.984
  • In acts 26, in verse 15, paul was telling his story.
  • 00:17:16.984 --> 00:17:22.757
  • He's reciting what happened to him on the road to damascus
  • 00:17:22.757 --> 00:17:27.128
  • When jesus appeared to him.
  • 00:17:27.128 --> 00:17:28.463
  • "who are you, lord?"
  • 00:17:28.463 --> 00:17:29.797
  • "i'm jesus whom you're persecuting.
  • 00:17:29.797 --> 00:17:32.200
  • Now get up and stand on your feet.
  • 00:17:32.200 --> 00:17:33.634
  • I've appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as
  • 00:17:33.634 --> 00:17:36.137
  • A witness of what you have seen of me and what i will show you."
  • 00:17:36.137 --> 00:17:40.708
  • Don't miss that.
  • 00:17:40.708 --> 00:17:42.810
  • Paul's in the dust.
  • 00:17:42.810 --> 00:17:44.145
  • He's very educated, very successful,
  • 00:17:44.145 --> 00:17:45.613
  • Very celebrated.
  • 00:17:45.613 --> 00:17:47.215
  • He's been entrusted to take what he's been doing in jerusalem
  • 00:17:47.215 --> 00:17:49.717
  • And to take it to other cities.
  • 00:17:49.717 --> 00:17:53.321
  • And jesus steps in.
  • 00:17:53.321 --> 00:17:56.357
  • He sees jesus, and he said, "now stop doing what
  • 00:17:56.357 --> 00:18:01.195
  • You've been doing and take up what i'm going to show you."
  • 00:18:01.195 --> 00:18:05.233
  • Are you willing to let jesus do that in your life?
  • 00:18:05.233 --> 00:18:07.368
  • Or are you just gonna keep telling us you're born again?
  • 00:18:07.368 --> 00:18:12.173
  • Are we willing to accept the vision for a church
  • 00:18:12.173 --> 00:18:16.611
  • That impacts our world?
  • 00:18:16.611 --> 00:18:20.381
  • I'll be honest with you.
  • 00:18:20.381 --> 00:18:25.887
  • I've sat working through this in preparation with tears
  • 00:18:25.887 --> 00:18:29.490
  • Running down my face from my own life.
  • 00:18:29.490 --> 00:18:39.167
  • We have a routine, but i'm grateful for it.
  • 00:18:39.167 --> 00:18:43.871
  • There are some good things in routines,
  • 00:18:43.871 --> 00:18:47.208
  • But god is bigger than our routine.
  • 00:18:47.208 --> 00:18:51.179
  • I didn't come to chastise you.
  • 00:18:51.179 --> 00:18:53.814
  • I don't want to scold you.
  • 00:18:53.814 --> 00:18:55.149
  • I don't feel that in my heart.
  • 00:18:55.149 --> 00:18:57.151
  • I want to invite you to begin to say to the lord,
  • 00:18:57.151 --> 00:18:58.986
  • "i need to see you in a new way.
  • 00:18:58.986 --> 00:19:01.856
  • I need to see you in a new way."
  • 00:19:02.657 --> 00:19:05.293
  • Jesus said, "get up and stand on your feet."
  • 00:19:09.197 --> 00:19:13.734
  • I think it's what he would say to us.
  • 00:19:13.734 --> 00:19:17.838
  • I have some things i want to show you.
  • 00:19:17.838 --> 00:19:22.310
  • That happens in the early part of acts.
  • 00:19:22.310 --> 00:19:23.878
  • This is acts 26.
  • 00:19:23.878 --> 00:19:25.746
  • Years have intervened between when that happened
  • 00:19:25.746 --> 00:19:28.482
  • And what paul is recording here.
  • 00:19:28.482 --> 00:19:30.685
  • There are years in between that original meeting
  • 00:19:30.685 --> 00:19:32.320
  • On the damascus road and this presentation
  • 00:19:32.320 --> 00:19:34.689
  • Before king agrippa.
  • 00:19:34.689 --> 00:19:37.658
  • And he says, "so, king agrippa, i was not disobedient
  • 00:19:37.658 --> 00:19:41.195
  • To the vision from heaven.
  • 00:19:41.195 --> 00:19:44.966
  • I've chased it from that day until this.
  • 00:19:48.869 --> 00:19:54.008
  • I started that journey that day with one objective,
  • 00:19:54.008 --> 00:19:56.978
  • And it got interrupted, and i've never turned loose
  • 00:19:56.978 --> 00:20:00.381
  • Of what jesus asked me to do."
  • 00:20:00.381 --> 00:20:05.353
  • He gives you the description.
  • 00:20:05.353 --> 00:20:08.122
  • "i wasn't disobedient to the first, to those in damascus."
  • 00:20:08.122 --> 00:20:11.525
  • That was where he was headed.
  • 00:20:11.525 --> 00:20:14.061
  • "and then to those in jerusalem and all judea."
  • 00:20:14.061 --> 00:20:17.531
  • Judea is the region that surrounds jerusalem,
  • 00:20:17.531 --> 00:20:19.767
  • In the way that rutherford county
  • 00:20:19.767 --> 00:20:21.869
  • Would surround murfreesboro.
  • 00:20:21.869 --> 00:20:24.972
  • And then to the gentiles also, then to all the non-jews,
  • 00:20:24.972 --> 00:20:27.375
  • Everybody else.
  • 00:20:27.375 --> 00:20:29.443
  • "i preached that they should repent and turn to god
  • 00:20:29.443 --> 00:20:32.179
  • And prove their repentance by their deeds."
  • 00:20:32.179 --> 00:20:34.949
  • He'd never seen that.
  • 00:20:34.949 --> 00:20:36.917
  • That was completely outside of his experience portfolio.
  • 00:20:36.917 --> 00:20:41.055
  • He couldn't go watch a youtube video on how to do that.
  • 00:20:41.055 --> 00:20:45.226
  • The only way he saw that was he had a vision from jesus.
  • 00:20:45.226 --> 00:20:50.064
  • He had an awareness, an insight.
  • 00:20:50.064 --> 00:20:52.466
  • He could hear.
  • 00:20:52.466 --> 00:20:55.269
  • It doesn't stop there.
  • 00:20:55.269 --> 00:20:57.438
  • The other disciples--nathaniel, phillip, and the others--
  • 00:20:57.438 --> 00:20:59.674
  • They saw heaven open and angels ascending and descending
  • 00:20:59.674 --> 00:21:02.576
  • Upon jesus.
  • 00:21:02.576 --> 00:21:05.913
  • The priests didn't, the synagogue leaders didn't,
  • 00:21:05.913 --> 00:21:08.215
  • The sadducees didn't, the roman centurions
  • 00:21:08.215 --> 00:21:12.053
  • And all of their power, most of them didn't.
  • 00:21:12.053 --> 00:21:14.021
  • One or two did.
  • 00:21:14.021 --> 00:21:15.723
  • The governor missed it.
  • 00:21:15.723 --> 00:21:20.561
  • In john chapter 1 and verse 50, jesus said--he's talking
  • 00:21:20.561 --> 00:21:22.963
  • To nathaniel--he said,
  • 00:21:22.963 --> 00:21:24.398
  • "you believe because i told you i saw you under a fig tree?"
  • 00:21:24.398 --> 00:21:29.103
  • Jesus is like, "really?
  • 00:21:29.103 --> 00:21:30.771
  • You thought that was something?"
  • 00:21:30.771 --> 00:21:33.341
  • But he flips the script.
  • 00:21:33.341 --> 00:21:34.675
  • He tells nathaniel what he's going to see,
  • 00:21:34.675 --> 00:21:38.012
  • What he's going to see.
  • 00:21:38.012 --> 00:21:42.116
  • "you'll see greater things than that," he added.
  • 00:21:42.116 --> 00:21:44.352
  • "i tell you the truth.
  • 00:21:44.352 --> 00:21:45.753
  • You will see heaven opened and the angels of god ascending
  • 00:21:45.753 --> 00:21:49.523
  • And descending on the son of man."
  • 00:21:49.523 --> 00:21:52.626
  • John, the closest of all the disciples to jesus,
  • 00:21:52.693 --> 00:21:57.832
  • When he's an old man--jesus has been gone for decades.
  • 00:21:57.832 --> 00:22:04.038
  • It's not recorded anywhere in scripture,
  • 00:22:04.038 --> 00:22:05.639
  • But i have a feeling john interviewed paul.
  • 00:22:05.639 --> 00:22:09.877
  • "when you saw jesus, what did he look like?"
  • 00:22:09.877 --> 00:22:13.381
  • Paul's the enemy.
  • 00:22:13.381 --> 00:22:15.616
  • He kills christians.
  • 00:22:15.616 --> 00:22:18.319
  • And he rolls into town and said, "i saw jesus."
  • 00:22:18.319 --> 00:22:20.321
  • I bet john took him aside and said, "tell me about this jesus.
  • 00:22:20.321 --> 00:22:26.827
  • You'd better get the answer right."
  • 00:22:26.827 --> 00:22:30.664
  • Now john's an old man.
  • 00:22:30.664 --> 00:22:32.800
  • It's been decades since he's seen jesus.
  • 00:22:32.800 --> 00:22:36.737
  • And the first chapter of revelation, it says,
  • 00:22:36.737 --> 00:22:38.806
  • "on the lord's day he was in the spirit.
  • 00:22:38.806 --> 00:22:42.410
  • And he heard a voice behind him.
  • 00:22:42.410 --> 00:22:45.312
  • And when he turned to see who was speaking, it was the lord."
  • 00:22:45.312 --> 00:22:52.386
  • And he said, "i fell at his feet like i was dead.
  • 00:22:54.822 --> 00:23:02.530
  • And he put his hand on me and he said, 'i'm the living one.
  • 00:23:02.530 --> 00:23:06.600
  • I was alive, and i was dead, and i'm alive forever,
  • 00:23:06.600 --> 00:23:11.172
  • And i have the keys of death and hell.'"
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  • I want to give you an invitation.
  • 00:23:16.177 --> 00:23:21.615
  • I know it's a bit awkward, but if you'd be willing to say,
  • 00:23:21.615 --> 00:23:24.618
  • "lord, i want to be obedient to you, i mean in a new way."
  • 00:23:24.618 --> 00:23:32.993
  • 'cause most of us have some places we've been holding out.
  • 00:23:32.993 --> 00:23:37.832
  • And i believe that obedience will yield to a new kind
  • 00:23:37.832 --> 00:23:40.234
  • Of vision, insight, understanding,
  • 00:23:40.234 --> 00:23:42.536
  • But the first step is we've got to be willing.
  • 00:23:42.536 --> 00:23:45.973
  • If you will say that to the lord,
  • 00:23:45.973 --> 00:23:47.308
  • "lord, i will acknowledge i have not always been willing
  • 00:23:47.308 --> 00:23:49.677
  • To be obedient.
  • 00:23:49.677 --> 00:23:51.011
  • In fact, i have practiced disobedience.
  • 00:23:51.011 --> 00:23:55.382
  • But i want to be obedient to you in a new way."
  • 00:23:55.382 --> 00:23:57.451
  • If that's you, maybe just stand where you are, okay?
  • 00:23:57.451 --> 00:24:01.121
  • We're not going to turn the cameras on the room,
  • 00:24:01.121 --> 00:24:02.723
  • So don't worry about it.
  • 00:24:02.723 --> 00:24:04.458
  • If you're good to go with the lord,
  • 00:24:04.458 --> 00:24:05.793
  • You sit right there.
  • 00:24:05.793 --> 00:24:07.127
  • Don't stand up on my say.
  • 00:24:07.127 --> 00:24:08.462
  • I'm done.
  • 00:24:08.462 --> 00:24:09.797
  • You're not gonna sit much longer, i promise.
  • 00:24:09.797 --> 00:24:13.801
  • I believe god takes note.
  • 00:24:13.801 --> 00:24:15.135
  • If you didn't stand, then go ahead
  • 00:24:15.135 --> 00:24:16.470
  • And stand with the rest of us.
  • 00:24:16.470 --> 00:24:17.838
  • I want to pray for you.
  • 00:24:17.838 --> 00:24:21.876
  • Do you know what would happen if thousands of us truly walked
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  • Into holy week saying, "god, we want to be obedient?"
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  • I thank god for your lives.
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  • I do.
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  • You're precious to the lord.
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  • You matter to him so much.
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  • Father, i thank you for your people.
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  • Lord, it's holy week.
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  • We're reminded of what jesus was willing to do on our behalf,
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  • Because he loved us.
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  • He could see past the suffering.
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  • He could see past the humiliation.
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  • He could see past what he was being asked to endure.
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  • He could see us.
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  • Lord, we ask you today for a vision,
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  • For understanding, for hearing and insight,
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  • Far beyond our minds, our training, our educations.
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  • May we see the glory of the lord.
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  • Lord, we stand in humility to repent of our stubbornness,
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  • For the hardness of our hearts,
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  • Without reluctance to be obedient.
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  • Forgive us, father.
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  • We stand today to say we will follow you one step at a time,
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  • One response at a time.
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  • And i ask you now to give us tender hearts, receptive hearts,
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  • Listening ears and eyes that can see.
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  • Give us understanding, give us a spirit of boldness
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  • And a fear of the lord that will enable us to stand
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  • In whatever place you call us to.
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  • I thank you for it, in jesus's name, amen.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Male announcer: join us every week
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  • For another exciting message from pastor allen jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us online and discover remarkable
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  • Information and resources to help take your christian life
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  • To the next level.
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  • And if you're visiting the nashville area,
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  • We'd love to see you at world outreach church
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  • In murfreesboro; we're easy to find,
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  • So look us up when you're traveling through.
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  • Through social media.
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  • Thanks so much for joining us
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  • And being a part of this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next time for another encounter
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  • With pastor allen jackson.
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  • ♪♪♪
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