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God's Wisdom for This

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August 19, 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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  • Allen Jackson: But what do youimagine secures your future?
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  • Your financial stability?Your resources?
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  • Your job?Your education?
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  • Your strength?Your family system?
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  • One of the things I believewe're being invited to to
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  • reflect upon and to think aboutand to reorder a bit in this
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  • season is how to putour trust in the Lord.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, it's greatto be with you again.
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  • You know, it's an extraordinaryseason, and we want to
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  • understand how to walk throughit in strength and courage even
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  • when we're a little tiredand weary.
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  • And with the help of the Spiritof God, we can do that.
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  • We're having church outsideright now.
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  • It's the safest way for the mostof the people to be together
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  • without fear or frustration.
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  • So you're gonna join us outsidefor a service.
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  • For this particular session, wehad a thunderstorm blow in, so
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  • we got all the gear covered withtrash bags, tryin' to protect it
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  • from being destructed.
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  • And you'll also notice I'mgettin' a little warmish.
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  • It is July in Tennessee,and that's hot and humid.
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  • You won't catch it on thescreen, but I could see in
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  • the distance, it was miles away,but I could see
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  • the thunderstorm coming.
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  • I could see the lightningflashing.
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  • Occasionally you'll hearthe thunder rumble.
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  • We had a lot of drama that day,but in the middle of it,
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  • the Spirit of God is moving.
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  • We're baptizing dozens anddozens of people every week.
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  • The Spirit of God is moving, andI believe he'll move in your
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  • heart, in your home today.
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  • We want to cooperate with him.
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  • Open your Bible.Open your heart.
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  • Holy Spirit, speak to us.Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: Work is somethingGod created us for.
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  • When we're introduced to God inthe opening verses of the Bible,
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  • God is at work.
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  • Do you know what you'll do whenyou step out of time into
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  • eternity if you're a part of thekingdom of God?
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  • You will join God in his work.
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  • If you're not engaged in thebusiness of God with your days
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  • under the sun, why do youimagine you would want to be
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  • a part of the kingdom of Godfor all eternity?
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  • We're not gonna sit around foran eternal worship service.
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  • God will entrust youwith authority.
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  • There's assignments for you.
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  • Proverbs 16, and verse 26 says,"The laborer's appetite works
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  • for him; his hungerdrives him on."
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  • We put an unnecessary andimpossible burden on work.
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  • The author of Proverbs said it'sour our need, our appetite that
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  • oftentimes perpetuates,pushes us to work.
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  • Folks, a job isnot always a joy.
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  • I hear the way we talk aboutwhere people say, you know, find
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  • a job that's fulfilling.
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  • You want a job that when youwake up in the morning, you're
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  • so excited to go to work thatyou can't help yourself.
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  • For the record,that's called vacation.
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  • I want my job to satisfy me.
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  • I want to be filledwith enthusiasm.
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  • Sometimes we just need thebenefit of earning a paycheck.
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  • Folks, as a nation, we arebankrupt, $25 trillion in debt.
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  • And they're talkingabout giving away
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  • a few more trillion dollars.
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  • Now, there are times we all needhelp and a hand up, but we also
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  • have to pay that debt.
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  • There's no mystical closet wherethe American worker lives.
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  • It's us, and that's gonna beresolved out of our
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  • productivity, out of oursweat equity.
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  • And we're walking through aseason where we desperately need
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  • God to open a door to enable usto begin to be productive again.
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  • There's another principle in thebook of Proverbs and it's a
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  • revelation of the tremendousvalue that is attached
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  • to righteousness.
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  • Big religious word,"righteousness" is the ability
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  • to stand in the presence of Godwithout fear, guilt, or shame.
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  • Proverbs chapter 16, andverse 8, "Better a little with
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  • righteousness then much gainwith injustice."
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  • It's better to be impoverishedand be righteous than be
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  • tremendously affluentand be unjust.
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  • May I humbly submit that we havean underdeveloped awareness
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  • of righteousness?
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  • Again, I've been in church mostof my adult life and it seems
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  • that we are very focused on thegift of righteousness, that
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  • through Jesus's redemptive workand our faith in him, any person
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  • regardless of our education, ourIQ, our language, our
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  • nationality, the color of ourhair or our skin, every person
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  • is welcome at the foot ofthe cross and the gift of
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  • righteousness is availableto you.
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  • That is the good newsof the gospel.
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  • That's the message we'reall assigned to share.
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  • But I have to say, that's notthe total presentation
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  • of righteousness.
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  • We have a very small awarenessof the life of righteousness.
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  • We don't earn our way into thekingdom of God.
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  • We don't earn the blessings ofGod, but we are called by the
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  • Creator of heaven and earthto lead righteous lives.
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  • We've been too sloppyfor too long.
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  • And God loves us too much toleave us in our sloppiness.
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  • Proverbs 18, and verse 3 says,"When wickedness comes so, does
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  • contempt, and with shame comesreproach."
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  • Wickedness brings a contempt forrighteousness and we see that
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  • being lived out in our nation.
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  • Persons who choose to leadrighteous lives, who will
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  • embrace a biblically-informedmorality, who imagine a
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  • biblically-informed familyunion, a biblically-informed
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  • approach to human sexuality,it's referred to these days as
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  • being quaint, a bit naive, a bitold-fashioned, a bit out of
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  • date, and the tone with whichthose things are typically said
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  • is contemptuous.
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  • It's because we haveaccommodated wickedness.
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  • Folks, if we don't speakthe truth to wickedness,
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  • the judgment of the wickedwill come to us.
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  • Again, not in condemning people.
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  • The reason God hates sin is sindestroys the people that he so--
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  • has such love for.
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  • We have an assignment that wehave looked past for too long.
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  • Proverbs 13:5 says, "The"=righteous hate what is false,
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  • but the wicked brings shameand disgrace."
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  • The righteous hatewhat is false.
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  • What's your attitudetowards the truth?
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  • Do you love the truth?
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  • The Scripture tells us to buythe truth and don't sell it.
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  • It describes a purchase.
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  • A purchase is when you changesomething that you imagine has
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  • value for something that youthink is more valuable.
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  • So when it says buy the truthand don't sell it, it's saying
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  • you don't have anything that'smore valuable than the truth.
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  • Whatever you have to do,secure the truth in your life
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  • and never release it.
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  • We have got to become a peopleof truth; the truth about
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  • ourselves, the truth about theworld we live in, the truth
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  • about good and evil,the truth about God.
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  • Isaiah 45, and verse 8, I knowit's not from Proverbs, but it's
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  • become our verse for this SummerFestival, "You heavens above,
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  • rain down righteousness; let theclouds shower it down.
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  • Let the earth open wide,let salvation spring up,
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  • let righteousness grow with it;I, the Lord, have created it."
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  • God created this earth to bringforth righteousness.
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  • Now, Adam and his descendantsintroduced rebellion and sin
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  • into the equation, but God'sdesign in this earth is that it
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  • would bring forth righteousness,and the church is on
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  • an assignment.
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  • What will bring our Lord back tothis earth to rule and reign in
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  • righteousness is the churchgiving ourselves wholeheartedly
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  • to lead lives of righteousness.
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  • So God, let your righteousnessrain down upon us.
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  • Forgive us for our loveof the world.
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  • Forgive us for our greedand our gluttony.
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  • Forgive us, Father,for our immorality.
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  • Forgive us for the casualnesswith which we have treated you.
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  • Forgive us for imagining anappointment on the weekend could
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  • be equated with serving you withour whole heart.
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  • Forgive us for imagining youweren't aware of our lives,
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  • or our words, or our actions.
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  • Forgive us.
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  • Let righteousnessrain down upon us again.
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  • Proverbs talks to us aboutrebellion against God.
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  • Proverbs 17, and verse 11 says,"Evildoers foster rebellion
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  • against God.
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  • The messenger of deathwill be sent against them."
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  • It's serious business toencourage rebellion against God.
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  • I don't want to bea part of that.
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  • I don't want to support anybodywho's a part of that.
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  • I don't tend to--intend toadvocate for anybody who is a
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  • part of that.
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  • Proverbs 17, and verse 28, itsays, "Even fools are thought
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  • wise if they keep silent,and the discerning
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  • if they hold their tongues."
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  • We live in an age ofunprecedented
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  • communication opportunities.
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  • There are new ways tocommunicate that are pushed at
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  • us almost every day.
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  • I've given up trying to keep upwith all the platforms
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  • and the apps and the waysthat that is possible.
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  • Social media has introduced ameans of communication that
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  • wasn't even on our radar screensa couple decades ago.
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  • And in that environment, there'sa sense of anonymity or safety.
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  • We can tend to use wordsrather recklessly.
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  • I would encourage you to limityour exposure.
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  • Far too often, it's filled withfoolishness.
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  • Everyone's entitled to anopinion, but informed opinions
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  • are more helpful.
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  • It's not the opinions of theones who shout the loudest.
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  • In fact, were watching a newkind of opinion be expressed
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  • right now across our nation.
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  • It's the opinion of the mob.
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  • And if you've never stopped tothink about it, the opinion of
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  • the mob is actually manipulatedby others with an agenda.
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  • Mobs are not rationalexpressions of change.
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  • A mob is an expression ofmanipulation by using violence,
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  • and bullying, and force tointimidate those who can't stand
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  • against the mob.
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  • It's not a new idea.
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  • There's mobs that we read aboutin our New Testament.
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  • There were mobs in Ephesus.
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  • They were generated by idolmakers whose economic rhythm had
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  • been disrupted by theadvancement of the Jesus
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  • narrative, so they incited a mobto try to shut down the people
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  • that we're talking about Jesus.
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  • It wasn't unique therein Philippi.
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  • There was a mob that came afterPaul and and the team that were
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  • traveling with him.
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  • It was because a young woman hadbeen delivered from demonic
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  • torment, and in her deliverance,her owner's income stream was
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  • evaporated so they stirred up amob to get Paul out of town and
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  • to shut him down.
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  • Mobs are not a new idea.
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  • We find them all throughhuman history.
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  • Mobs are typically provoked bysomeone with an agenda.
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  • When you see a mob, be wise.
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  • Begin to ask who's the motivatorand what's the agenda.
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  • And very seldom is the agendawhat it is that the mob
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  • is demanding.
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  • Evildoers foster rebellionagainst God.
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  • Our assignment is to invitepeople into complete yielding
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  • to the authority of Jesusof Nazareth.
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  • We have good news.
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  • There is forgivenessfor your sin.
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  • There's deliverancefrom every form of bondage,
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  • from every guilt and shame.
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  • Everyone is welcomeat the foot of the cross.
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  • Folks, we have a message and anassignment in a unique season.
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  • One last theme from Proverbs andit has to do with the nature of
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  • the Lord's protection.
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  • I love this.
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  • We need to know aboutthe Lord's protection.
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  • We need to understand that thisis not the last season
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  • of disruption we will see.
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  • We will survive COVID.
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  • We will make it through 2020.
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  • But there are other disruptionscoming and we need to be
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  • learning the lessons to gainstrength, to be gaining
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  • stability so that we'reprepared, so our children are
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  • prepared, and our families areprepared, and our churches are
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  • prepared for the next season ofdisruption.
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  • We need to understand the natureof the Lord's protection.
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  • Proverbs 18, and verse 10 says,"The name of the Lord is a
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  • fortified tower; the righteousrun to it and are safe."
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  • It's a wonderful promise,but it's a little unsettling
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  • if you've meditatedon it very long.
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  • Run to the Lord.
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  • It's a clear acknowledgementthat there will be enemies and
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  • enemy attacks, and there'll betimes you won't go forward in
  • 00:13:36.941 --> 00:13:41.346
  • the face of the enemiesof the attack.
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  • You'll have to run to the Lord.
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  • A moment ago, we were talkingabout believing in the Lord,
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  • trusting in the Lord.
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  • You need to develop the trust ina season of peace so when the
  • 00:13:50.021 --> 00:13:53.858
  • enemy is approaching you, youknow you can run to the one
  • 00:13:53.892 --> 00:13:57.195
  • you trust.
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  • It's an awkward time to have tointroduce yourself.
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  • The verse is more meaningful ifyou know just a bit about the
  • 00:14:04.936 --> 00:14:07.305
  • nature the function of towersand castles.
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  • I've lived in the Middle East.
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  • There's a whole assortmentof such things there.
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  • They reach back for thousandsof years.
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  • Some were built by Romans.
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  • Some were built by Crusaders.
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  • They've been built by manydifferent empires in many
  • 00:14:23.688 --> 00:14:26.357
  • different seasons, but theyserve functions that we're not
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  • familiar with.
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  • Most of us don't spend a lot oftime in castles or homes with
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  • towers in them.
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  • In the northern part of Israel,as you begin to climb into the
  • 00:14:35.333 --> 00:14:38.503
  • Golan Heights, you leave the Seaof Galilee, you can see perched
  • 00:14:38.536 --> 00:14:42.006
  • atop a hill, it's a ways off ofthe major thoroughfares that
  • 00:14:42.040 --> 00:14:45.143
  • have been there for millennia,there's a castle that was built
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  • by the Crusaders.
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  • Its named today Nimrod Castle.
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  • I don't know why they've givenit that name, but it stuck, but
  • 00:14:52.817 --> 00:14:55.386
  • it's an outpost on a veryimportant trade route through
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  • that part of the world.
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  • It's poised well abovethe local roads.
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  • Whoever is secure in that castlecould monitor the traffic
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  • and provide communicationto another height.
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  • So you could monitor thecoming-goings of friend
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  • or adversaries.
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  • It's a secure place.
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  • It's not a place from which youwould actually be effective and
  • 00:15:18.209 --> 00:15:21.579
  • engaging in conflict or in thebattle, but it's a place to be
  • 00:15:21.612 --> 00:15:24.816
  • aware of what's happening.
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  • One of the reasons that the nameof the Lord is a fortified tower
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  • is we need his truth to knowwhat's happening.
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  • We live in an age of propaganda.
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  • We don't have good sources fortruth.
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  • Every time you change thechannel, if you're--or change
  • 00:15:40.999 --> 00:15:43.735
  • the site you're listening to,it seems that the story
  • 00:15:43.768 --> 00:15:46.371
  • or the diagnosis changes.
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  • We need to know God's truth.
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  • I could take you to Jerusalem.
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  • One of the busiest gates intothe old city of Jerusalem is the
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  • Jaffa Gate, and immediatelyadjacent to the Jaffa Gate is
  • 00:15:56.481 --> 00:15:59.450
  • David's Citadel.
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  • It's a series of towers.
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  • It was a fortification built byRomans to see to it that that
  • 00:16:02.553 --> 00:16:07.458
  • very important gate into and outof the city of Jerusalem would
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  • remain secure.
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  • It's a way of defending andprotecting a point of
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  • tremendous significance.
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  • When the name of the Lord is afortified tower, he knows how to
  • 00:16:18.603 --> 00:16:21.172
  • help you defend what'ssignificant in your life.
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  • If you'll learn to trust in him,he'll help you secure your
  • 00:16:24.542 --> 00:16:27.211
  • future and your children'sfuture.
  • 00:16:27.245 --> 00:16:31.215
  • On the other side of the city ofJerusalem, there was--
  • 00:16:31.249 --> 00:16:33.518
  • there's the remains of anotherRoman fortification.
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  • It was built immediatelyadjacent to the Temple Mount.
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  • The Temple Mount is still there,but the fortress has
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  • been destroyed.
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  • It was the Antonia Fortress.
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  • The floor of the fortressactually lifted above the
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  • Temple Mount.
  • 00:16:47.065 --> 00:16:48.399
  • The Temple Mount could haveaccommodated tens of thousands
  • 00:16:48.433 --> 00:16:50.368
  • of people.
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  • It was a likely incubatorfor riots.
  • 00:16:51.736 --> 00:16:54.005
  • In fact, we have more than oneriot described in that area
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  • in Scripture.
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  • And so the Romans wisely built afortress immediately adjacent to
  • 00:16:59.410 --> 00:17:02.780
  • it that had a vantage point overthe whole Temple Mount, so if a
  • 00:17:02.814 --> 00:17:05.716
  • disturbance broke out, the Romantroops could go down and quell
  • 00:17:05.750 --> 00:17:08.853
  • the riot before it broke out andspilled across the city
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  • with destruction.
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  • That fortress was a way toprotect against the manipulation
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  • of mobs.
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  • Again, they're nota thoughtful process
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  • for working through stress.
  • 00:17:24.569 --> 00:17:28.973
  • They're manipulators.
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  • Acts chapter 21 is a story whenthat Antonia Fortress came into
  • 00:17:30.575 --> 00:17:34.178
  • play when there was a mob on theTemple Mount, Some of you will
  • 00:17:34.212 --> 00:17:37.582
  • remember the story.
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  • It's an event in Paul's life.
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  • He's come to Jerusalem to offerthe sacrifices appropriate.
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  • He wants to ensure the Jewishpublic in that city that he
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  • hasn't abandoned his training asa pharisee, that he can be a
  • 00:17:47.058 --> 00:17:51.462
  • follower of Jesus of Nazarethand still be an observant
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  • Jewish man.
  • 00:17:55.199 --> 00:17:57.668
  • And he's on the Temple Mount andit's Acts 21, and verse 27.
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  • It says, "When seven days werenearly over, some Jews from the
  • 00:18:00.705 --> 00:18:03.007
  • province of Asia saw Paulat the temple.
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  • And they stirred up the wholecrowd and seized him, shouting,
  • 00:18:05.676 --> 00:18:08.646
  • 'Men of Israel, help us.
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  • This is the man who teaches allmen everywhere against
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  • our people, and our law,and this place.'"
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  • It was a lie.
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  • Lies in the public square arenot a new thing.
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  • Lies in the public squaredirected at the people of God
  • 00:18:22.460 --> 00:18:25.596
  • are not a new thing.
  • 00:18:25.630 --> 00:18:28.166
  • Mob violence is not a new thing.
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  • It says, "The whole city wasaroused and the people came
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  • running from all directions.
  • 00:18:34.805 --> 00:18:36.307
  • They seized Paul and dragged himfrom the temple, and the gates
  • 00:18:36.340 --> 00:18:39.877
  • were shut and they weretrying to kill him.
  • 00:18:39.911 --> 00:18:42.813
  • And news reached the Romancommander that the whole city
  • 00:18:42.847 --> 00:18:47.185
  • of Jerusalem was in an uproar.
  • 00:18:47.218 --> 00:18:48.886
  • He took some officersand soldiers and ran down
  • 00:18:48.920 --> 00:18:51.389
  • to the crowd."
  • 00:18:51.422 --> 00:18:52.757
  • They came from the AntoniaFortress.
  • 00:18:52.790 --> 00:18:55.693
  • "The commander came up andarrested him and ordered him to
  • 00:18:55.726 --> 00:18:57.795
  • be bound with two chains.
  • 00:18:57.828 --> 00:19:00.298
  • He asked who he was and what hehad done, and some in the crowd
  • 00:19:00.331 --> 00:19:02.800
  • shouted one thingand some another.
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  • Since the commander couldn't getat the truth because of the
  • 00:19:05.169 --> 00:19:07.538
  • uproar," mobs don't delivertruth, "he ordered that Paul be
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  • taken into the barracks."
  • 00:19:13.311 --> 00:19:14.645
  • Take him into the fortress.It's a safe place.
  • 00:19:14.679 --> 00:19:17.348
  • What was our verse?
  • 00:19:17.381 --> 00:19:18.683
  • "The name of the Lordis a fortified tower."
  • 00:19:18.716 --> 00:19:21.686
  • We'd better learn howto trust the Lord.
  • 00:19:21.719 --> 00:19:24.956
  • We better learn what bringsGod's blessings and what causes
  • 00:19:24.989 --> 00:19:27.825
  • his curse.
  • 00:19:27.858 --> 00:19:29.160
  • We need to understand the listof things that God delights in
  • 00:19:29.193 --> 00:19:32.396
  • and be familiar with the list ofthings he detests.
  • 00:19:32.430 --> 00:19:36.300
  • Because when there are seasonsof interruption, and disruption,
  • 00:19:36.334 --> 00:19:38.903
  • and confusion, you want to beable to run to the Lord.
  • 00:19:38.936 --> 00:19:43.207
  • He's a fortified tower.
  • 00:19:43.241 --> 00:19:46.711
  • It says, "When Paul reached thesteps, the violence of the mob
  • 00:19:46.744 --> 00:19:49.113
  • was so great he had to becarried by the soldiers.
  • 00:19:49.146 --> 00:19:53.317
  • And the mob kept shouting,'Away with him!'"
  • 00:19:53.351 --> 00:19:57.955
  • Proverbs uses that themea lot of a fortified tower,
  • 00:19:57.989 --> 00:20:01.859
  • of a walled city.
  • 00:20:01.892 --> 00:20:03.194
  • Proverbs 18:11 says,"The wealth of the rich
  • 00:20:03.227 --> 00:20:05.630
  • is their fortified city.
  • 00:20:05.663 --> 00:20:07.331
  • They imagine it a wall too highto scale."
  • 00:20:07.365 --> 00:20:10.701
  • May I ask you one more question?
  • 00:20:10.735 --> 00:20:12.036
  • What do you imagine secures yourfuture?
  • 00:20:12.069 --> 00:20:16.407
  • I know we're in church and theright answer is Jesus, but what
  • 00:20:16.440 --> 00:20:20.211
  • do you imagine securesyour future?
  • 00:20:20.244 --> 00:20:24.215
  • Your financial stability?Your resources?
  • 00:20:24.248 --> 00:20:27.285
  • Your job?Your education?
  • 00:20:27.318 --> 00:20:29.987
  • Your strength?Your family system?
  • 00:20:30.021 --> 00:20:33.391
  • One of the things I believewe're being invited to reflect
  • 00:20:33.424 --> 00:20:36.727
  • upon, and to think about, and toreorder a bit in this season is
  • 00:20:36.761 --> 00:20:41.499
  • how to put our trustin the Lord.
  • 00:20:41.532 --> 00:20:45.403
  • Our God is faithful.
  • 00:20:45.436 --> 00:20:47.638
  • There's no challenge that hasbeset us that frightens or
  • 00:20:47.672 --> 00:20:50.808
  • intimidates him in the least.
  • 00:20:50.841 --> 00:20:54.312
  • God's not intimidated by a virusthat came to us from
  • 00:20:54.345 --> 00:20:57.214
  • Wuhan, China.
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  • He's not intimidatedby confusion.
  • 00:20:59.650 --> 00:21:03.020
  • He's not intimidated by theclosing of our economy.
  • 00:21:03.054 --> 00:21:06.290
  • There's nothing that has besetus for which God doesn't have
  • 00:21:06.324 --> 00:21:09.427
  • a resolution.
  • 00:21:09.460 --> 00:21:11.729
  • The responsibility for the waythrough this doesn't lie at the
  • 00:21:11.762 --> 00:21:15.032
  • doorstep of the wicked.
  • 00:21:15.066 --> 00:21:17.401
  • It lies at our feet.
  • 00:21:17.435 --> 00:21:20.204
  • It's the attitude and the heartsof God's people that will bring
  • 00:21:20.237 --> 00:21:24.041
  • the responses of God.
  • 00:21:24.075 --> 00:21:25.376
  • God would've spared Sodom andGomorrah for ten
  • 00:21:25.409 --> 00:21:27.912
  • righteous people.
  • 00:21:27.945 --> 00:21:29.780
  • He didn't talk about depravity,or the wickedness,
  • 00:21:29.814 --> 00:21:32.183
  • or the immorality.
  • 00:21:32.216 --> 00:21:33.551
  • He said, "If there's just tenrighteous people there,
  • 00:21:33.584 --> 00:21:35.720
  • I'll spare the city,"and there weren't.
  • 00:21:35.753 --> 00:21:40.224
  • We've got to understand how tolead lives of righteousness and
  • 00:21:40.257 --> 00:21:45.229
  • care about it.
  • 00:21:45.262 --> 00:21:47.398
  • Our word has to be good.
  • 00:21:47.431 --> 00:21:49.600
  • We have to live with integrity.
  • 00:21:49.633 --> 00:21:51.969
  • We've got to turn away from ourgreed, and our selfishness,
  • 00:21:52.002 --> 00:21:56.107
  • and our immorality.
  • 00:21:56.140 --> 00:21:58.008
  • We've led sloppy lives andthought a flippant prayer of
  • 00:21:58.042 --> 00:22:01.145
  • repentance that God wouldforgive us.
  • 00:22:01.178 --> 00:22:04.782
  • I've spent weeks now walking andrepenting, walking through
  • 00:22:04.815 --> 00:22:09.053
  • seasons of my life and chaptersin my life and saying, "God,
  • 00:22:09.086 --> 00:22:13.591
  • I want to lay that before you."
  • 00:22:13.624 --> 00:22:14.959
  • I don't want to be builtover with guilt--
  • 00:22:14.992 --> 00:22:16.460
  • bent over with guilt and shame.
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  • I'm not suggesting that at all.
  • 00:22:18.462 --> 00:22:19.764
  • The blood of Jesus will wash youclean, but if you've imagined
  • 00:22:19.797 --> 00:22:23.801
  • some casual prayer of repentanceand you could just throw your
  • 00:22:23.834 --> 00:22:27.104
  • past over your shoulder and itwas inconsequential, you haven't
  • 00:22:27.138 --> 00:22:29.974
  • paid attention to the story.
  • 00:22:30.007 --> 00:22:33.344
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
  • 00:22:33.377 --> 00:22:35.746
  • Get serious with the Lord.
  • 00:22:35.780 --> 00:22:38.249
  • I've spent my entire adult lifelistening to people quote me the
  • 00:22:38.282 --> 00:22:41.185
  • passage from 2 Chronicles,"If my people."
  • 00:22:41.218 --> 00:22:45.055
  • And we've treated it like it's a"Get Out of Jail Free" card or a
  • 00:22:45.089 --> 00:22:48.392
  • short panacea to any problemthat besets us.
  • 00:22:48.426 --> 00:22:51.662
  • I believe if God's people willhumble themselves, and pray,
  • 00:22:51.695 --> 00:22:54.532
  • and turn from their wickedness,God will heal our land.
  • 00:22:54.565 --> 00:22:57.201
  • But that's not a casual thing,that's a heart that is rent
  • 00:22:57.234 --> 00:23:01.605
  • before the Lord.
  • 00:23:01.639 --> 00:23:03.707
  • That's days of humility andprayer and fasting and seeking
  • 00:23:03.741 --> 00:23:07.445
  • the Lord and saying,"Lord, I am sorry."
  • 00:23:07.478 --> 00:23:13.484
  • Allen Jackson: And before we go,I want to say a prayer with you,
  • 00:23:18.956 --> 00:23:20.891
  • a prayer of repentance, but Iwanna invite you to think about
  • 00:23:20.925 --> 00:23:23.627
  • it a little differently with me.
  • 00:23:23.661 --> 00:23:25.529
  • Rather than thinking aboutrepentance as just like a
  • 00:23:25.563 --> 00:23:27.164
  • blanket apology that we throw upto the Lord and say, "Hey Lord,
  • 00:23:27.198 --> 00:23:29.934
  • I'm sorry under the blood,"let's ask the Spirit of God to
  • 00:23:29.967 --> 00:23:33.804
  • walk with us this week.
  • 00:23:33.838 --> 00:23:35.806
  • If there's any season of ourlife, if there's any expression
  • 00:23:35.840 --> 00:23:39.210
  • of our life that we haven't yetcarefully walked through with
  • 00:23:39.243 --> 00:23:42.813
  • the Spirit of God, repented, putit under the blood of Jesus, and
  • 00:23:42.847 --> 00:23:46.517
  • received the forgiveness,let's do that.
  • 00:23:46.550 --> 00:23:49.453
  • We want to be as clean as weknow how to be before the Lord.
  • 00:23:49.487 --> 00:23:52.823
  • We don't want to be presumptive,or casual, or sloppy, or
  • 00:23:52.857 --> 00:23:56.460
  • arrogant, or self-righteous.
  • 00:23:56.494 --> 00:23:58.829
  • Let's give attention to it.
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  • We need God's help.
  • 00:24:00.231 --> 00:24:01.699
  • If we were going to meet withsomebody we want to make a good
  • 00:24:01.732 --> 00:24:03.601
  • impression on, we'd be surethat our clothes were clean,
  • 00:24:03.634 --> 00:24:06.770
  • and everything was pressed,and we were as immaculate
  • 00:24:06.804 --> 00:24:09.173
  • as we could be.
  • 00:24:09.206 --> 00:24:10.508
  • We want to be fully preparedwhen we see the Lord, and
  • 00:24:10.541 --> 00:24:13.444
  • repairs of repentance are a bigpart of that.
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  • Will you pray with me?
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  • Lord, I thank you for oneanother.
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  • I thank you for your Spirit thatindwells us.
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  • Forgive us we've been casual,when we've had an attitude of a
  • 00:24:21.652 --> 00:24:24.688
  • bit of sloppiness.
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  • Lord, if there's anything in usthat separates us from your
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  • best, help us to see it.
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  • We wanna cooperate with you.
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  • We'll turn away from it.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:24:34.465 --> 00:24:39.770
  • Allen Jackson: Hey,it's Pastor Allen.
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  • You know, we are walkingthrough a season
  • 00:24:41.305 --> 00:24:42.940
  • of unprecedented disruption.
  • 00:24:42.973 --> 00:24:45.175
  • I think is the greatest threatto our stability as a nation in
  • 00:24:45.209 --> 00:24:48.612
  • my lifetime, and it cameunexpectedly, and it was
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  • presented in a package that wedidn't understand, and we're
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  • still sorting out what to dowith that.
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  • Well, there have 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 is it is without,
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  • but we've got a resourcethat I think 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 lifefrom anxiety.
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  • Hope you enjoy it.
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  • God bless you.
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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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  • a thank you gift and beencouraged to find the peace of
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  • God to guard your heartand mind.
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  • exciting message fromPastor Allen Jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • information and resources tohelp take your Christian life to
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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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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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  • ♪♪♪
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