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Finishing Well Part 2

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August 21, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: If youhave equated attending church
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  • with serving Jesus, as aprofessional church person, I
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  • want to tell you that'sdeception.
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  • Serving Jesus is a 24/7commitment.
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  • It influences every aspect ofour life.
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  • Nothing is hidden from him.
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  • I'm an advocate for church, butbeing in this building is not
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  • what defines our faith.
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  • In fact, who we are away fromthis building is far more
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  • defining of our faith.
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  • Pastor Jackson: Hey, we'recontinuing our discussion on how
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  • to be strong and courageous whenyou're tired and uncertain.
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  • You know, I'm tired, too.
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  • I'm tired of COVID, I'm tired ofthe duration of this.
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  • You know, I wish I could crossmy arms and go back to a more
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  • stable time, but the reality isGod's bringing us through this
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  • season to a new place offruitfulness.
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  • You know, this particular study,I'm going to pray with you a
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  • couple of times.
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  • I would invite you to say thoseprayers with me.
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  • You know, part of what we'relearning is to talk to the Lord
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  • with more honesty, with moreintegrity.
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  • I don't wanna just wish my wayout of this, I want to grow
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  • through this.
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  • I want to come through thisstronger and better prepared for
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  • what God has for us, a churchthat is truly becoming purified.
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  • And there's two things God'sdoing in the earth.
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  • He's regathering the Jewishpeople and establishing them in
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  • the land of Israel.
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  • At the same time, he's purifyinghis church.
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  • What an exciting season to becalled to be a part of.
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  • Don't be filled with despair,lift your head, stand tall, God
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  • is moving in the earth, and he'scalled you and me to be a part
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  • of what he's doing.
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  • Now, that's a privilege.
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  • Get your Bible out, take somenotes, open your heart, pray
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  • these prayers with me, and let'sparticipate with God with more
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  • enthusiasm than we've ever donebefore.
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  • Pastor Jackson: Don't allowdisappointment or the unexpected
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  • to diminish your faith.
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  • God's not frightened.
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  • See, the great search of ourlives is what we're going to
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  • attach our future to.
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  • And in the simplest of language,I want to invite you to
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  • determine to be a God learner,all the days of your life.
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  • I don't like the waycontemporary American
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  • Evangelicalism has presented thegospel.
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  • The repetition of the prayer,and a dip in a pool, and you're
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  • done with your God business,what nonsense.
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  • I believe in the new birth.
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  • I believe in conversion orsalvation.
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  • I believe in water baptism.
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  • I work hard to encourage peopleto participate in those things
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  • as a routine, but that entranceinto the kingdom of God is
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  • exactly that.
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  • You've been invited into thekingdom, now we've got to grow
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  • up, and mature, and began tolearn the principles of the
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  • kingdom, and to implement themin our lives in our very brief
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  • journey through time.
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  • Because we will be rewarded forall eternity for what we have
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  • done in time.
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  • Choose to be a God learner.
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  • And if you haven't been, tellthe Lord you're sorry,
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  • stop pretending.
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  • We have a wonderful educationalsystem.
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  • I love to learn.
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  • I could've been a professionalstudent.
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  • But, you know, there comes apoint in the educational process
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  • that if you haven't learned thefundamentals, you bluff your
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  • way through.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • You just stay really quiet,like, you know, if you get into
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  • high school English and youdon't know what a participle is,
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  • I'm not raising my hand.
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  • If you don't know what thepluperfect verb tense is, just
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  • see if you can wait it out.
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  • 'Cause you're probably nevergonna go to Walmart and they'll
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  • refuse to sell something to youunless you can define
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  • a participle.
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  • Well, we've done that with theLord.
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  • If you visit church a few times,and you haven't really figured
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  • it out, and you've never reallyleaned into your Bible, and
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  • you're not familiar with theperson of the Holy Spirit, and
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  • you wouldn't recognize God'sspeaking into your life if he
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  • signed the note personally.
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  • We've just been waiting it out.
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  • And I wanna suggest something.
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  • If that has some validity foryou, tell the Lord.
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  • Just take a minute before theday's over, and say, "Lord, I'm
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  • sorry for whatever reason.
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  • I was too distracted, I was toobusy, I was too ashamed.
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  • Maybe I wouldn't pay it, I don'tknow, but Lord, I'm sorry.
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  • I'd like to know you.
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  • I wanna follow you, will youhelp me?"
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  • You know he will, he will.
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  • I don't want us to keeppretending.
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  • The stakes are too high now.
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  • The outcomes are too important.
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  • We're going to lose our freedomand our liberty if the church
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  • doesn't wake up.
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  • We will, and I don't mean atsome distant point when your
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  • hair turns gray.
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  • There is a battle for the heartand soul of our nation, and the
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  • only hope I have is the peopleof God.
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  • But it isn't that we want thewicked to be different, we have
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  • to be different.
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  • The problem we face is not thedepth of the depravity in the
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  • wicked, it's the indifference inthe hearts of the faithful.
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  • And we've got to begin to say tothe Lord, "Lord, I'm sorry.
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  • I want to learn about you.
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  • I want to know you.
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  • I'm willing to be a beginneragain.
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  • I'm willing to go back to thefirst grade.
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  • I'll learn to spell.
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  • I'll learn to write.
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  • I'll begin to learn basic math,whatever you want, Lord."
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  • Proverbs 1:20 says, "Wisdomcalls aloud in the street, and
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  • she raises her voice in thepublic squares.
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  • At the head of noisy streets,she cries aloud.
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  • In the gateway of the city, shemakes her speech."
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  • God's not hiding, folks, he'swaiting for us to respond.
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  • And the choices are prettysimple.
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  • In fact, it's a binary choice.
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  • We're either going to listen toGod and cooperate or we're
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  • gonna refuse.
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  • And that is the introduction tothe book of Proverbs.
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  • Proverbs chapter 1 verse 23, hesaid, God said, "If you had
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  • responded to my rebuke, I wouldhave poured out my heart to you
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  • and made my thoughts known toyou."
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  • If you had just responded to me,I would have opened the windows
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  • of heaven to you.
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  • 1:24 says, "Sinceyou rejected me," 1:25, "You
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  • ignored all my advice.
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  • You would not accept my rebuke."
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  • Verse 28, "They hated knowledge.
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  • You spurned my rebuke."
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  • Now, here's the summary, verse26, "When calamity overtakes you
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  • like a storm, when disastersweeps over you like a
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  • whirlwind, when distress andtrouble overwhelm you, then they
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  • will call to me but I will notanswer.
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  • They'll look for me but will notfind me.
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  • Since they hated knowledge anddid not choose to fear the Lord,
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  • since they would not accept myadvice and they spurned my
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  • rebuke, they will eat the fruitof their ways and be filled with
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  • the fruit of their schemes."
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  • That's the description of notlistening.
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  • And to be completely candid withyou, I'm not even sure we've had
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  • a category for listening to God.
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  • We've talked about ourconversion, but I don't even
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  • know that we've held theimagination we should
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  • be listening.
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  • And I ask you just a moment, I'mnot gonna hesitate long, but to
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  • reflect for a moment.
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  • Are you aware of any place whereyou've been stubborn and you've
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  • refused to listen to godlywisdom?
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  • It wasn't that you didn't know,you had a sense of what God's
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  • perspective was, what God'schoice would be, and you chose
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  • somethin' else.
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  • You just thought you couldoutrun the consequence.
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  • Or maybe you trusted enough inthe mercy of God or the grace of
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  • God that you could lead sloppylives, morally.
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  • How you do business, how youinteract with one another, that
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  • you could harbor unforgiveness.
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  • I don't know what it was, butare you conscious of any place
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  • where you had an awareness ofGod, but just in your
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  • stubbornness, you said I'm notdoing that?
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  • I'd like to say a little prayerwith you.
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  • And we're not at the end, but wedon't have to wait 'til the end
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  • to pray, do we?
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  • Good, thank you for that.
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  • Let me read you this prayer, andthen I'm going to ask you to
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  • pray it with me,but listen first.
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  • Holy Spirit, allow me to seethose places in which I rejected
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  • your counsel.
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  • Where I ignored your advice andwould not accept your rebuke.
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  • I don't want to casuallyoverlook these choices.
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  • I choose to repent, toacknowledge my rebellion and my
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  • stubborn resistance to God.
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  • Please forgive me, in Jesus'sname, amen.
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  • Would you pray that prayer withme if i give it to you in just a
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  • little phrases?
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  • Holy Spirit, allow me to seethose places in which I rejected
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  • your counsel.
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  • Where I ignored your advice andI would not accept your rebuke.
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  • I don't want to casuallyoverlook these choices.
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  • I choose to repent, toacknowledge my rebellion, my
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  • stubborn resistance to God.
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  • Please forgive me, in Jesus'sname, amen.
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  • Now, the alternative to that isgiven to us, same chapter,
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  • same book.
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  • It's Proverbs 1, it says,"Whoever listens to me will live
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  • in safety and be at ease withoutfear of harm."
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  • Now, isn't that a verse you'dlike over your home in
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  • this season?
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  • "To live in safety and at easewithout fear of harm."
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  • It's a theme in those first twochapters.
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  • It said if you will listen tome, "Whoever listens to me
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  • will live.
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  • Accept my words, store up mycommands.
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  • Apply your heart tounderstanding.
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  • Call out for insight.
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  • Look for it as silver.
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  • Search for it as hiddentreasure."
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  • Those are not passiveinvitations.
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  • If you're going to look for itas silver, you gonna have to
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  • move tons of dirt to find a fewounces of silver.
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  • There's a process of refining.
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  • It suggests some effort.
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  • The summary's in Proverbs 2 inverse 9.
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  • It says, "Then you'll understandwhat is right, and just,
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  • and fair, every good path."
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  • How will you understand that ifyou've looked, and you've
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  • searched, and you've listened?
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  • You see, it's about a desire, anintent.
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  • God's not going to intrude uponyou.
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  • He gave you a free will, and hewill respect it.
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  • "For wisdom will enter yourheart and knowledge will be
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  • pleasant to your soul.
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  • Discretion will protect you andunderstanding will guard you."
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  • I want to learn to listenbetter.
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  • So, let me ask you again.
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  • Just a moment of reflection.
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  • Consider the places where Godmay have been offering direction
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  • in your life.
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  • You may have had a sense.
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  • I don't mean you got somethin'handwritten, or a talking
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  • donkey, or an angelic visit, butyou've got the sense within you
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  • that God may have been promptingyou towards something.
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  • Maybe it's a deviation from whatyour routine had been.
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  • All of our routines have beenshredded.
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  • Are you listening?
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  • Do you have the courage to sayyes to the Lord?
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  • Are we willing to try somethingnew?
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  • I never imagined we'd go out,we'd have 20 weeks of church
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  • before we were in the building.
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  • Well, there's a prayer again Iwanna pray.
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  • I'll read it to you first andthen I'll invite you to join me.
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  • Holy Spirit, I choose to listen,to accept God's Word, to store
  • 00:11:57.709 --> 00:12:03.381
  • up his commands.
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  • This day, I'm calling out forinsight and renewing my search
  • 00:12:05.517 --> 00:12:09.254
  • for the treasure of the kingdomof God.
  • 00:12:09.287 --> 00:12:12.290
  • Grant me the discernment torecognize your direction, in
  • 00:12:12.323 --> 00:12:15.894
  • Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Would you pray that with me?
  • 00:12:18.963 --> 00:12:20.799
  • I'll give it to you in a littlephrases, let's pray.
  • 00:12:20.832 --> 00:12:22.667
  • Holy Spirit, I choose to listen,to accept God's words, to store
  • 00:12:22.700 --> 00:12:30.208
  • up his commands.
  • 00:12:30.241 --> 00:12:32.777
  • This day, I'm calling out forinsight.
  • 00:12:32.811 --> 00:12:37.348
  • I'm renewing my search for thetreasure of the kingdom of God.
  • 00:12:37.382 --> 00:12:44.389
  • Grant me discernment torecognize your direction, in
  • 00:12:44.422 --> 00:12:50.662
  • Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:12:50.695 --> 00:12:53.898
  • Let me ask you another question.
  • 00:12:53.932 --> 00:12:55.266
  • What if you could know theoutcome at the beginning of
  • 00:12:55.300 --> 00:12:57.802
  • a matter?
  • 00:12:57.836 --> 00:12:59.437
  • What if you could know theending at the beginning?
  • 00:12:59.470 --> 00:13:01.306
  • How many of you think that mightbe valuable?
  • 00:13:01.339 --> 00:13:03.708
  • If you knew who was gonna winthe whatever the sports teams
  • 00:13:03.741 --> 00:13:06.211
  • are going to do this year, ifyou knew who was gonna win at
  • 00:13:06.244 --> 00:13:08.313
  • the end of the run, who's gonnawin the Super Bowl, who's gonna
  • 00:13:08.346 --> 00:13:10.315
  • win the World Series, how manythink that might affect your
  • 00:13:10.348 --> 00:13:12.350
  • behaviors if you knew that rightnow?
  • 00:13:12.383 --> 00:13:16.054
  • I mean, not that you would wageranything on it, but you would
  • 00:13:16.087 --> 00:13:18.356
  • pray for the team that was goingto lose, so that discouragement
  • 00:13:18.389 --> 00:13:22.093
  • wouldn't overwhelm them.
  • 00:13:22.126 --> 00:13:24.996
  • If you knew the ending of anymatter at the beginning, it
  • 00:13:25.029 --> 00:13:28.066
  • would impact--well, the book ofProverbs is precisely that.
  • 00:13:28.099 --> 00:13:31.302
  • It tells you the outcome ofchoices.
  • 00:13:31.336 --> 00:13:34.906
  • That if you choose this path,this is what the outcome
  • 00:13:34.939 --> 00:13:38.109
  • will be.
  • 00:13:38.142 --> 00:13:39.444
  • If you will choose to believeit, you can inform your life
  • 00:13:39.477 --> 00:13:42.280
  • with God's perspective.
  • 00:13:42.313 --> 00:13:44.849
  • It's an amazing privilege.
  • 00:13:44.883 --> 00:13:46.417
  • You can know the ending at thebeginning, what will be
  • 00:13:46.451 --> 00:13:48.086
  • rewarded, what will be punished.
  • 00:13:48.119 --> 00:13:50.054
  • You can know the ending of thepath before you take the
  • 00:13:50.088 --> 00:13:52.190
  • first step.
  • 00:13:52.223 --> 00:13:53.558
  • You can know the designer'sintent.
  • 00:13:53.591 --> 00:13:56.761
  • It'll tell you the mistakes notto make.
  • 00:13:56.794 --> 00:13:59.197
  • Proverbs 2 and verse 1. "My son,if you accept my words and store
  • 00:13:59.230 --> 00:14:02.500
  • up my commands within you,turning your ear to wisdom and
  • 00:14:02.533 --> 00:14:05.770
  • applying your heart tounderstanding, then you will
  • 00:14:05.803 --> 00:14:08.306
  • understand every good path.
  • 00:14:08.339 --> 00:14:10.708
  • Wisdom will save you from theways of wicked men.
  • 00:14:10.742 --> 00:14:14.445
  • It will save you also from theadulteress, and you'll walk in
  • 00:14:14.479 --> 00:14:18.149
  • the ways of the good men.
  • 00:14:18.182 --> 00:14:19.884
  • They will prolong your life manyyears and
  • 00:14:19.918 --> 00:14:22.587
  • bring you to prosperity."
  • 00:14:22.620 --> 00:14:23.922
  • How many of you would like toknow how to walk in the pathway
  • 00:14:23.955 --> 00:14:26.024
  • with good people, extend yourlife, and be prosperous?
  • 00:14:26.057 --> 00:14:30.161
  • Sign me up.
  • 00:14:30.194 --> 00:14:31.729
  • Well, it's in the book.
  • 00:14:31.763 --> 00:14:34.432
  • Now, it requires of you and me awillingness to believe, to
  • 00:14:34.465 --> 00:14:37.368
  • trust God.
  • 00:14:37.402 --> 00:14:38.703
  • Belief isn't a theory.
  • 00:14:38.736 --> 00:14:41.139
  • In the New Testament, the words"believe," "belief," "faith,"
  • 00:14:41.172 --> 00:14:44.442
  • "faithful," they all come from acommon root.
  • 00:14:44.475 --> 00:14:47.211
  • In English somehow they feelseparated.
  • 00:14:47.245 --> 00:14:50.014
  • Faith has to be expressed orit's nothing, it remains
  • 00:14:50.048 --> 00:14:53.685
  • a theory.
  • 00:14:53.718 --> 00:14:55.520
  • We have to choose to believeGod, and that's why we're here.
  • 00:14:55.553 --> 00:15:00.625
  • Now, why does it matter?
  • 00:15:00.658 --> 00:15:03.361
  • I got a couple of minutes left,I'll tell you why I think it's
  • 00:15:03.394 --> 00:15:06.998
  • so important.
  • 00:15:07.031 --> 00:15:08.599
  • You know what the next big rockitem is on God's calendar?
  • 00:15:08.633 --> 00:15:14.339
  • The Lord's return.
  • 00:15:14.372 --> 00:15:17.008
  • And I'm not suggesting this weekor this month.
  • 00:15:17.041 --> 00:15:19.110
  • I wouldn't use the chaos of thisyear to try to collapse your
  • 00:15:19.143 --> 00:15:22.580
  • calendar, but I'll tell you as alifelong student of Scripture
  • 00:15:22.613 --> 00:15:27.251
  • the next big agenda item is thereturn of the Lord.
  • 00:15:27.285 --> 00:15:30.321
  • There are some things that haveuniquely happened.
  • 00:15:30.355 --> 00:15:31.990
  • I'll give you one, theregathering of the Jewish people
  • 00:15:32.023 --> 00:15:35.626
  • to their historic homeland, thatlittle strip of land at the end
  • 00:15:35.660 --> 00:15:38.930
  • of the Mediterranean
  • 00:15:38.963 --> 00:15:40.565
  • is not something that happensevery time there's a season of
  • 00:15:40.598 --> 00:15:43.534
  • chaos and turmoil.
  • 00:15:43.568 --> 00:15:45.003
  • What's happening in that littlestrip of land in the Middle East
  • 00:15:45.036 --> 00:15:48.373
  • and the regathering of theJewish people from more than 100
  • 00:15:48.406 --> 00:15:50.842
  • nations has not happened incentury, upon century, upon
  • 00:15:50.875 --> 00:15:54.812
  • century, and it was theprophetic marker for the
  • 00:15:54.846 --> 00:15:57.882
  • culmination of this age.
  • 00:15:57.915 --> 00:16:00.485
  • Now, there's some other thingsthat are gonna be happening, but
  • 00:16:00.518 --> 00:16:02.153
  • I can tell you we're gettingready for the Lord's return.
  • 00:16:02.186 --> 00:16:05.356
  • And there's an enormous amountof Biblical material around it,
  • 00:16:05.390 --> 00:16:09.927
  • so that we can know what toexpect in the world we live in
  • 00:16:09.961 --> 00:16:13.531
  • and not be caught off guard orunprepared.
  • 00:16:13.564 --> 00:16:15.833
  • Now, unfortunately, I think forthe most part, we've given it
  • 00:16:15.867 --> 00:16:19.237
  • very little thought, becausemany of us have been led to
  • 00:16:19.270 --> 00:16:22.040
  • believe we'll be delivered outof any stressful seasons, so why
  • 00:16:22.073 --> 00:16:24.675
  • pay any attention?
  • 00:16:24.709 --> 00:16:28.112
  • We're gonna exit the stagebefore there's any
  • 00:16:28.146 --> 00:16:29.947
  • stress, so wedon't want to care.
  • 00:16:29.981 --> 00:16:31.282
  • We're just gonna get all we can,count all we get, and sit on the
  • 00:16:31.315 --> 00:16:33.551
  • can until we hear the trumpet.
  • 00:16:33.584 --> 00:16:38.156
  • And I honestly think that's avery destructive pattern
  • 00:16:38.189 --> 00:16:41.459
  • of belief.
  • 00:16:41.492 --> 00:16:43.694
  • I'm not looking to go throughany more stress than I need to.
  • 00:16:43.728 --> 00:16:47.632
  • Honestly, I want out of here onthe first load up, but I want to
  • 00:16:47.665 --> 00:16:51.636
  • be prepared for whatever God hasfor me.
  • 00:16:51.669 --> 00:16:54.806
  • And there's enough divergence inScripture, and enough diversity
  • 00:16:54.839 --> 00:16:57.575
  • of opinion, I think basing yourfuture on an anticipated early
  • 00:16:57.608 --> 00:17:02.046
  • exit isn't the best planningmodel.
  • 00:17:02.080 --> 00:17:07.418
  • In fact, to imagine that you'renot going to endure anything
  • 00:17:07.452 --> 00:17:10.922
  • will require you to issue anapology to the majority of the
  • 00:17:10.955 --> 00:17:14.158
  • Christ followers in our world.
  • 00:17:14.192 --> 00:17:17.295
  • How are you gonna tell anIranian Christian that there'll
  • 00:17:17.328 --> 00:17:20.765
  • be no suffering for the church?
  • 00:17:20.798 --> 00:17:24.769
  • What are you gonna say to thebelievers around the world today
  • 00:17:24.802 --> 00:17:27.472
  • that are being persecuted?
  • 00:17:27.505 --> 00:17:28.806
  • The most persecuted religion inthe world today on planet earth
  • 00:17:28.840 --> 00:17:31.576
  • is the Christian religion.
  • 00:17:31.609 --> 00:17:35.213
  • I was in Israel, it's beenseveral months ago now, but I
  • 00:17:35.246 --> 00:17:39.217
  • was in Israel, and there were agroup of Christians in the
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:41.652
  • Middle East that had beensurrounded and were being
  • 00:17:41.686 --> 00:17:43.421
  • threatened by radical Islam.
  • 00:17:43.454 --> 00:17:46.791
  • And there was no response fromglobal Christianity.
  • 00:17:46.824 --> 00:17:49.093
  • There was no nation,
  • 00:17:49.127 --> 00:17:50.628
  • there was no group of peopleadvocating.
  • 00:17:50.661 --> 00:17:52.330
  • And my Israeli friend looked atme and he said, "If that were a
  • 00:17:52.363 --> 00:17:54.432
  • group of Jewish people, we'd bemobilizing in the next 30
  • 00:17:54.465 --> 00:17:57.502
  • minutes to go get them."
  • 00:17:57.535 --> 00:18:02.039
  • We've been a little casual.
  • 00:18:02.073 --> 00:18:04.642
  • I don't think we've understoodthe season.
  • 00:18:04.675 --> 00:18:07.078
  • Jesus said that if anyone wouldfollow him, we will have to take
  • 00:18:07.111 --> 00:18:09.480
  • up our cross.
  • 00:18:09.514 --> 00:18:11.449
  • Paul said we have to serve asgood soldiers.
  • 00:18:11.482 --> 00:18:15.419
  • The cross is an instrument ofexecution.
  • 00:18:15.453 --> 00:18:18.789
  • And soldiers willingly runtowards the conflict.
  • 00:18:18.823 --> 00:18:24.529
  • Those who knew Jesus bestpersevered through very
  • 00:18:24.562 --> 00:18:27.031
  • significant persecution tocontinue serving our King.
  • 00:18:27.064 --> 00:18:32.737
  • If you have equated attendingchurch with serving Jesus, as a
  • 00:18:32.770 --> 00:18:38.442
  • professional church person, Iwant to tell you
  • 00:18:38.476 --> 00:18:40.278
  • that's deception.
  • 00:18:40.311 --> 00:18:43.447
  • Serving Jesus is a 24/7commitment.
  • 00:18:43.481 --> 00:18:46.951
  • It influences every aspect ofour life.
  • 00:18:46.984 --> 00:18:48.920
  • Nothing is hidden from him.
  • 00:18:48.953 --> 00:18:50.821
  • I'm an advocate for church, butbeing in this building is not
  • 00:18:50.855 --> 00:18:54.258
  • what defines our faith.
  • 00:18:54.292 --> 00:18:55.626
  • In fact, who we are away fromthis building is far more
  • 00:18:55.660 --> 00:18:57.762
  • defining of our faith.
  • 00:18:57.795 --> 00:19:01.566
  • There's one last biblicalperspective I'll give you.
  • 00:19:01.599 --> 00:19:04.669
  • In Matthew 24, Jesus isteaching, and he's talking about
  • 00:19:04.702 --> 00:19:07.271
  • his return, his second coming.
  • 00:19:07.305 --> 00:19:08.639
  • There's a special word in theNew Testament, in Greek it's
  • 00:19:08.673 --> 00:19:10.641
  • "parousia," and it's term thatdescribes Jesus's return to
  • 00:19:10.675 --> 00:19:14.212
  • the earth.
  • 00:19:14.245 --> 00:19:15.546
  • Just as certainly as he came toBethlehem, he's coming back.
  • 00:19:15.580 --> 00:19:18.616
  • He's coming back to the Mount ofOlives.
  • 00:19:18.649 --> 00:19:21.319
  • It's a hill just outside the oldcity of Jerusalem.
  • 00:19:21.352 --> 00:19:25.957
  • Jesus said, "No one knows aboutthat day or hour, not even the
  • 00:19:25.990 --> 00:19:29.560
  • angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father.
  • 00:19:29.594 --> 00:19:33.965
  • As it was in the days of Noah,so it will be at the coming of
  • 00:19:33.998 --> 00:19:36.634
  • the Son of man.
  • 00:19:36.667 --> 00:19:38.736
  • For in the days before theflood, people were eating, and
  • 00:19:38.769 --> 00:19:40.871
  • drinking, marrying, and givingin marriage, up until the day
  • 00:19:40.905 --> 00:19:43.941
  • Noah entered the ark.
  • 00:19:43.975 --> 00:19:45.810
  • And they knew nothing about whatwould happen until the flood
  • 00:19:45.843 --> 00:19:47.878
  • came and took them all away.
  • 00:19:47.912 --> 00:19:50.281
  • That is how it will be at thecoming of the Son of man."
  • 00:19:50.314 --> 00:19:55.019
  • There's some very importantinformation Jesus gave us.
  • 00:19:55.052 --> 00:19:57.321
  • I trust him far more than anyother outlet that I know.
  • 00:19:57.355 --> 00:20:02.360
  • He described the season in theearth before he comes back.
  • 00:20:02.393 --> 00:20:05.529
  • He said it'll be just like itwas in the days of Noah.
  • 00:20:05.563 --> 00:20:08.332
  • It was a wicked time.
  • 00:20:08.366 --> 00:20:10.434
  • God's judgment was imminent, itwas hanging above the earth, but
  • 00:20:10.468 --> 00:20:14.505
  • so was God's plan ofdeliverance.
  • 00:20:14.538 --> 00:20:18.843
  • God had directed Noah with theorchestration of building an
  • 00:20:18.876 --> 00:20:23.114
  • ark, a means of deliverance forhimself and his family, and
  • 00:20:23.147 --> 00:20:26.350
  • Jesus said up until the day thatNoah entered the ark, people
  • 00:20:26.384 --> 00:20:29.754
  • were marrying, and giving inmarriage, and eating,
  • 00:20:29.787 --> 00:20:31.856
  • and drinking.
  • 00:20:31.889 --> 00:20:33.190
  • If you use Luke's parallelpassage, it says they were
  • 00:20:33.224 --> 00:20:35.259
  • buying, and selling, planting,and reaping.
  • 00:20:35.293 --> 00:20:38.429
  • None of those activities areimmoral, or ungodly, or wicked,
  • 00:20:38.462 --> 00:20:41.599
  • it's just the people wereunaware.
  • 00:20:41.632 --> 00:20:44.802
  • They were engaged in theirroutines, completely unaware of
  • 00:20:44.835 --> 00:20:48.906
  • God's involvement in time.
  • 00:20:48.939 --> 00:20:52.076
  • And Jesus said it will be justlike that before I come back.
  • 00:20:52.109 --> 00:20:56.380
  • So, here's my suggestion.
  • 00:20:56.414 --> 00:20:57.715
  • I'm not a complex guy, I grew upin a barn in Tennessee.
  • 00:20:57.748 --> 00:21:01.552
  • You want to lead a life with anawareness of what God is doing.
  • 00:21:01.585 --> 00:21:07.325
  • You can't afford not to beaware, because it may be the day
  • 00:21:07.358 --> 00:21:13.197
  • to load the ark.
  • 00:21:13.230 --> 00:21:17.234
  • Jesus used the same analogy ofSodom and Gomorrah.
  • 00:21:17.268 --> 00:21:21.439
  • He said up until the day thatLot left the city, though he
  • 00:21:21.472 --> 00:21:24.909
  • didn't identify immoral orungodly behavior, he said they
  • 00:21:24.942 --> 00:21:27.945
  • were engaged in all sorts ofroutine activities.
  • 00:21:27.978 --> 00:21:32.216
  • Now, I like routine, and I enjoylife, I'm not opposed to it.
  • 00:21:32.249 --> 00:21:35.186
  • I don't want you to be opposedto it, but I don't want you to
  • 00:21:35.219 --> 00:21:38.155
  • be unaware.
  • 00:21:38.189 --> 00:21:41.225
  • I've been thinkin' about thosepassages a lot lately, and I was
  • 00:21:41.258 --> 00:21:44.095
  • reminded in the book of Genesis,after all the drama on the ark.
  • 00:21:44.128 --> 00:21:48.165
  • Can you imagine being on thatark?
  • 00:21:48.199 --> 00:21:50.301
  • And the floodwaters, and therain, and the horrific storms,
  • 00:21:50.334 --> 00:21:53.104
  • and the knowledge that thepeople you had known had no
  • 00:21:53.137 --> 00:21:56.140
  • place of refuge.
  • 00:21:56.173 --> 00:21:58.542
  • The awareness that God haddelivered you.
  • 00:21:58.576 --> 00:22:01.379
  • Can you imagine how tired you'dbe of one another?
  • 00:22:01.412 --> 00:22:05.950
  • Oh, come on you sheltered inplace for two weeks and you were
  • 00:22:05.983 --> 00:22:07.985
  • praying that quarantine wouldbreak.
  • 00:22:08.018 --> 00:22:11.489
  • Well, they were on a boat withnowhere to go.
  • 00:22:11.522 --> 00:22:13.090
  • Can you imagine?
  • 00:22:13.124 --> 00:22:14.458
  • I suspect that their Glade airfreshener ran out somewhere
  • 00:22:14.492 --> 00:22:17.161
  • about week two.
  • 00:22:17.194 --> 00:22:21.365
  • And the floodwaters finallyreceded.
  • 00:22:21.399 --> 00:22:23.567
  • Do you remember the story?
  • 00:22:23.601 --> 00:22:24.935
  • The flood waters receded, theboat came to, the ark came
  • 00:22:24.969 --> 00:22:26.771
  • to rest.
  • 00:22:26.804 --> 00:22:29.173
  • You know, I'm reading it, andI'd think throw open the doors,
  • 00:22:29.206 --> 00:22:33.077
  • but they didn't.
  • 00:22:33.110 --> 00:22:34.745
  • It says that Noah released abird.
  • 00:22:34.779 --> 00:22:36.814
  • You remember he released araven.
  • 00:22:36.847 --> 00:22:38.182
  • It says it just flew back andforth.
  • 00:22:38.215 --> 00:22:43.320
  • And they waited a few days, andthey released a dove, and the
  • 00:22:43.354 --> 00:22:46.891
  • dove returned.
  • 00:22:46.924 --> 00:22:48.225
  • It couldn't find any place tolight, so they waited a week,
  • 00:22:48.259 --> 00:22:51.629
  • and they sent the dove back out,and the dove came back in with
  • 00:22:51.662 --> 00:22:54.732
  • an olive leaf in its beak.
  • 00:22:54.765 --> 00:22:57.635
  • Life was coming back, and stillthey waited a few days.
  • 00:22:57.668 --> 00:23:01.305
  • I read that and I thought thatseems like a lot of uncertainty
  • 00:23:01.338 --> 00:23:04.375
  • for a man that heard from Godwith enough clarity to build a
  • 00:23:04.408 --> 00:23:07.912
  • boat in the middle of a dryfield, and believed that animals
  • 00:23:07.945 --> 00:23:10.614
  • were gonna gather.
  • 00:23:10.648 --> 00:23:13.217
  • For a man that had theconfidence to be a preacher of
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:15.319
  • righteousness for an entiregeneration without any response,
  • 00:23:15.352 --> 00:23:18.789
  • it feels like to me a lot ofuncertainty.
  • 00:23:18.823 --> 00:23:20.758
  • And I thought could it be thatyou could experience God's
  • 00:23:20.791 --> 00:23:22.927
  • power, you could recognize hisdirection, you could live in the
  • 00:23:22.960 --> 00:23:26.130
  • midst of his deliverance, butstill not have just
  • 00:23:26.163 --> 00:23:29.166
  • absolute certainty?
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:30.501
  • I was learning a lot.
  • 00:23:30.534 --> 00:23:32.703
  • See, this book will help uslearn to be the people of God.
  • 00:23:32.736 --> 00:23:36.540
  • If anybody knew how to hear fromGod, don't you think Noah was--I
  • 00:23:36.574 --> 00:23:40.411
  • think he passed that class.
  • 00:23:40.444 --> 00:23:44.315
  • And yet, at the end of that, canwe leave now, are we done yet?
  • 00:23:44.348 --> 00:23:48.819
  • Don't you think there was alittle internal pressure in
  • 00:23:48.853 --> 00:23:50.554
  • Noah's family to get off theboat?
  • 00:23:50.588 --> 00:23:53.657
  • Come on, and finally, it saysGod said you can come out of
  • 00:23:53.691 --> 00:24:01.265
  • the ark.
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  • I'll give you my take away.
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  • When we walk through theseseasons, there may be some
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  • uncertainty, but we can trustGod will provide the direction
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  • we need.
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  • So, I'm tired of listening everyday.
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  • Change, well, couldn't I see thewhole map, no.
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  • God said no.
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  • He said nobody knows the day, orthe hour, or the time, only the
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  • Father in heaven, and he's nottelling.
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  • If you meet somebody who saysthey know, you know for certain
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  • they don't know.
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  • Don't argue with 'em, justsmile, turn around, and run the
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  • other direction.
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  • So, if you're walking with someuncertainty, it's okay.
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  • What we want to do is determineto honor the Lord with
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  • our lives.
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  • Pastor Jackson: Hey, it's PastorAllen.
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  • You know, we are walking througha season of
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  • unprecedented disruption.
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  • I think it's the greatest threatto our stability as a nation in
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  • my lifetime, and it cameunexpectedly, and it was
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  • presented in a package that wedidn't understand.
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  • And were still sorting out whatto do with that.
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  • Well, there's been a lot ofunintended consequences and
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  • outcomes, and one has been anavalanche of anxiety, and fear,
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  • and worry.
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  • And it's as true within the bodyof Christ as it is without.
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  • But we've got a resource that Ithink will help.
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  • I collected some work I had doneand put it in a book on freedom
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  • from worry.
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  • You know, there are some thingsthat if you didn't have faith in
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  • God, that would bring anxiety toyou, but Jesus said we can cast
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  • all our anxiety on him, becausehe cares for us.
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  • We don't have to lead lives thatare bent over with fear, and
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  • worry, and confusion, andanxiety.
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  • If you'll take the time to readthis book, meditate on it, let
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  • the Spirit of God help you giveit application, it'll bring
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  • freedom to your life fromanxiety.
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  • I hope you enjoy it, God blessyou.
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  • male announcer: Jesus hasoffered us his peace and told us
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  • not to worry, yet manyChristians still wrestle with
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  • anxiety every day.
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  • In pastor Allen Jackson's book,"Freedom from Worry," you'll
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  • learn how to press into lifewith a renewed perspective of
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  • who God is, and to recognize hisprovision for your life.
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  • When you donate today, you'llreceive "Freedom from Worry" as
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  • So, call the number on yourscreen or visit
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  • Join us every week for anotherexciting message from Pastor
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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