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The Most Abundant Life: The Character of God

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May 14, 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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The Most Abundant Life: The Character of God

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  • Allen Jackson: I want to beginwith an aspect of God's
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  • character that seems to be oftenchallenged, we're reluctant
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  • to embrace, is that Godis generous.
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  • That God wants good thingsfor his people.
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  • I smile sometimes at Christians,we fight about the
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  • goofiest things.
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  • People say, "Well, you're notone of those people that thinks
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  • God wants to bless you?"
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  • Yeah, I am.
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  • I happen to think God wants goodthings for me.
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  • I don't know where we gotthe notion that God's like this
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  • grumpy, agitated, annoyedscrooge like.
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  • His shoes pinch his feetand he's looking for someone he
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  • can punish for the displeasurehe's feeling.
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  • That's not the God I know Godwants good things for your life.
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  • He does.
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  • You need to take a deep breathand let that settle within you.
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  • He wants better things for yourlife than you want for yourself.
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  • Because he had a-- he hasa better vantage point to decide
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  • and understand what those are.
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  • He's the creatorand the designer.
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  • The more fully you cooperatewith him the better your life
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  • will be.
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  • I'm not talking about sittingin church.
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  • I'm not trying to recruit youto be more religious.
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  • You can sit in church everyweekend until Jesus returns
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  • to the Earth and you can remaina rebellious, godless, stubborn,
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  • self-centered pagan.
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  • I'm not talking about sittingin church.
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  • I mean, I spend a lot of timearound church.
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  • I'm not opposed to that but I'mreally inviting you to something
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  • far more significant: a lifeyielded to the lordship of Jesus
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  • of Nazareth, a life thatacknowledges almighty God,
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  • the creator of the heavensand the earth and everything
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  • that's in it.
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  • He wants good things for you.
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  • Let's start in Acts 17, at leastwant to pretend to get
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  • through the outline.
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  • It says, "The God who madethe world and everything in it
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  • is the Lord of heaven and earth,and does not live in temples
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  • built by hands.
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  • He's not served by human handsas if he needed anything because
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  • he himself gives all men lifeand breath and everything else."
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  • We have nothing God needs.
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  • I smile sometimes at the ideasthat flourish in our little
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  • self-centered hearts.
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  • You know, that God needs mytalent, or my strength, or my
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  • idea, or my creativity, or myresources.
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  • God's waiting for me to strokea check so he can do what he
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  • wants to do in the earth.
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  • When I offer to God whatever Ipossess, my talent, or my
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  • treasure, or my time, I'mthe beneficiary of that.
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  • I have nothing God needs.
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  • God's purposes will go forthin the earth whether Allen
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  • participates with him or not.
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  • He will not be diminished.
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  • I will be diminished if Iwithdraw from the God
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  • initiatives in the earth.
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  • It's true for me and it's truefor you.
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  • He's given us everything weneed.
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  • It says he's given us life.
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  • Our life this day is a giftfrom Almighty God.
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  • The breath we breathe in thismoment is a gift from Almighty
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  • God.
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  • I've sat with too many peoplethrough the years when they're
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  • at the end of life and theywould trade almost anything
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  • for an extension of that.
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  • It's a gift from God.
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  • It says he's given us everythingelse.
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  • Everything we have is from God.
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  • God wants to bless you.
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  • Look at the next passagein Psalm 34.
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  • "Taste and see that the Lord isgood.
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  • How blessed is the man who takesrefuge in him.
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  • Oh fear the Lord, you hissaints, for to those who fear
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  • him there is no want.
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  • The young lions do lackand suffer hunger, but they who
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  • seek the Lord shall not bein want of any good thing."
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  • Do you really imagine that Godwants to bring good things
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  • to you?
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  • See, I think we're veryconflicted on this point.
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  • I just listen to the way weprocess life.
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  • We seem quite content ifan athlete is tremendously
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  • successful and rewardedexcessively for that.
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  • We're happy if it happensin the musical arena,
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  • or in the creative arts,or whatever celebrity you're
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  • interested in.
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  • When we talk about Christianityif we see a Christian that's
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  • flourishing and being blessed wego, "I wonder what they're doin'
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  • wrong.
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  • I wonder what sortof ungodliness they're into that
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  • would let them prosper.
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  • I just don't know if it'sappropriate for a Christian
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  • to live in a house that big."
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  • Really, you'll make peacewith the pagans living in one.
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  • We're a little conflictedinwardly.
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  • We really are.
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  • Jesus said not to worryabout what you'll eat, or what
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  • you'll wear, or what you'lldrink.
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  • That God knows you need thosethings and he'll see to that.
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  • He said he'll take care of allthat stuff.
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  • Jesus said seek first my kingdomand all of those things will
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  • come to you.
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  • But most of us reversethe order.
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  • We spend our time, and ourenergy, and our strength,
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  • and our days, and our thoughtstrying to figure out how we can
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  • be sure we have enough to eat,enough to drink, and enough
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  • to wear, and a place that suitsus to live.
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  • And if we have any timeor energy and resource leftover
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  • then we'll give themto the Lord.
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  • Not evil or wicked, we're justnot paying any attention
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  • to Jesus.
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  • He said, We've gotta reverse.
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  • Seek first my kingdom.
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  • Give yourself to the kingdomof God.
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  • God knows your needs.
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  • He wants to bless you.
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  • Now, I'm not suggesting to youthat the balance in your banking
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  • account is any kindof an indicator of your
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  • spiritual life.
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  • It's not, what foolishness.
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  • Nor am I suggesting thatthe label in your clothing
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  • or the emblem on the backof the automobile you drive is
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  • any reflection of the levelof your faith, nonsense.
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  • But God wants good thingsfor your life.
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  • If you don't believe it you willnever serve him with a full--
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  • with an open heart.
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  • You'll always hold somethingback.
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  • You'll always be reluctant.
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  • If you think you have a betterplan for you than God does, you
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  • will never serve himwith enthusiasm.
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  • And a part of my prayer for you,my-- part of my agenda in these
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  • weeks with you is to encourageyou to just open the door
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  • of your heart a bit more widelyto the idea that God wants good
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  • things for your life.
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  • I don't think I'm entirely wrongon my perspective on this.
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  • I've been around churcha long time now.
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  • And I don't just live on church.
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  • I go other places.
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  • Watch the attitude with whichpeople walk towards a stadium
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  • and they're going to seea football game.
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  • They get there early and partyin the parking lot.
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  • They do, they plan it for weeks.
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  • They take friends.
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  • "Come and go with me.I'm going to the game."
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  • "Who's playing?"
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  • "Don't care, we're gonna havea good time."
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  • "But it's supposed to rain."
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  • "Doesn't matter, we won't melt.Come on."
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  • Imagine if we were sittingin the rain for church.
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  • We have a hard enough time justwalking through the rain to get
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  • to church.
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  • "Well, it's raining, I thinkI'll stay home."
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  • Well, bless your preciouslittle hearts.
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  • We've had it a little inverted.
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  • We're just really not sure Godwants good things for us.
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  • We've gotta be-- we gotta gethonest enough so God can
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  • help us.
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  • There's nothing better forour lives.
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  • And if that isn't yet a partof the awareness, if it isn't
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  • really in your heart, I don'twanna be-- I don't want you
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  • to pretend and I don't want tohand you a box of shame today.
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  • I want to encourage youto consider saying to the Lord,
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  • "Lord, to be honest that reallyisn't true of me.
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  • There are many things I get farmore enthusiastic about than you
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  • but I would like to knowyou better.
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  • Allen Jackson Ministries,together we are
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  • making a difference.
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  • Allen: Romans chapter 12,the first two verses give us
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  • something of at leastthe markers for the on ramp
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  • for this transformed life.
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  • He says, "I urge you, brethren,by the mercies of God to present
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  • your bodies, a living and holysacrifice, acceptable to God,
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  • which is your spiritual serviceof worship.
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  • And do not be conformed to thisworld, but be transformed
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  • by the renewing of your mind,so that you may prove what
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  • the will of God is, that whichis good and acceptable
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  • and perfect."
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  • At the heart of this verse isthis realization that it's no
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  • longer just your life.
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  • It's not just yours.
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  • That you have been redeemed.
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  • You have a Lord now.
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  • And it says those of us who areChrist followers, who say Jesus
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  • is Lord, that's an authoritystatement.
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  • That's not just a clever littlelabel.
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  • For far too long we've lived asif Jesus were a consultant.
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  • You know the difference, right?
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  • You rent a consultant.
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  • Somebody with a self proclaimedarea of expertise and you rent
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  • a bit of their time, and a bitof their perspective, and they
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  • give you their perspectiveand then they leave.
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  • And you can decide what you'lldo with that but they don't
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  • really have any authorityin your life and they've just
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  • offered you a vantage point thatperhaps you didn't have on your
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  • own.
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  • They're helpful but Lord issomething entirely different.
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  • Lord is about a placeof priority that you have
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  • willingly acknowledged Jesus asLord of our lives.
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  • We put that on the back of ourvehicles.
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  • Maybe we need a second cropof stickers, "Jesus is my
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  • consultant."
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  • Probably not.
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  • But the beginning point in thisverse, in verse one it says,
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  • "You present your bodies asa living sacrifice."
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  • You offer your body as a livingsacrifice to God.
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  • Now, we're not engagedin the sacrificial system any
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  • longer.
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  • It's a little blind to usbut to a group of people
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  • familiar with it certainlywith the Mosaic practices you
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  • would take the animal describedby your circumstance
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  • to the priest and the priestwould prepare it for sacrifice.
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  • A lamb or a goat or whatever itmight be in that preparation
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  • would typically includeslaughtering the animal.
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  • And then they would takethe animals carcass and lay it
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  • on the altar and they would beconsumed by the fire so that
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  • by the time the animal wasplaced on the altar there was no
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  • more attempt to escape.
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  • There was no noise being made.
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  • The animal was void of any selfdetermination.
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  • It's life was gone.
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  • Now, in this verse, it'sa paradox.
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  • It says to offer yourselves asa living sacrifice.
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  • God, I offer you my life.
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  • Again, that's so easy to say.
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  • We're in church on Sundaymorning, and we're all going
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  • yes, that's what you should say.
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  • But that's not how I started myjourney.
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  • When I began as a Christfollower I didn't-- I wasn't
  • 00:11:55.497 --> 00:11:57.599
  • just joyfully excitedabout saying, "God, here's my
  • 00:11:57.632 --> 00:12:00.201
  • life.
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  • Do what you want."
  • 00:12:01.569 --> 00:12:02.904
  • What I really wanted was Iwanted the power of an Almighty
  • 00:12:02.937 --> 00:12:05.640
  • Creator to help Allen's will bedone.
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  • That's the truth.
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  • I thought, "Wow, I've founda way to be sure that my bank
  • 00:12:14.149 --> 00:12:16.417
  • accounts stay flush, and myenemies get nuked," right?
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  • And I think most of you couldmorph that into your
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  • circumstance that it'd be greatGod if my kids always did
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  • the right thing.
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  • In fact, God, it would be evenbetter if when I walked
  • 00:12:28.897 --> 00:12:30.899
  • in the room my spouse stoodand applauded joyfully, right?
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  • Isn't that what Jesus taught usto pray?
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  • Let my will be done.
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  • Not exactly.
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  • Now, that doesn't make you evil.
  • 00:12:47.148 --> 00:12:49.217
  • That's an expressionof immaturity.
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  • When you're born into this worldyou got a couple of primary
  • 00:12:52.120 --> 00:12:55.857
  • motivations.
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  • You're hungry, you make noise.
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  • You're dirty, you make morenoise.
  • 00:12:59.828 --> 00:13:02.697
  • And that's pretty much life.
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  • And you don't really care howhard it is for the people that
  • 00:13:06.568 --> 00:13:08.770
  • are taking care of you.
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  • If you know what there haven'tsacrificed in order to feed you
  • 00:13:10.138 --> 00:13:12.774
  • when you're hungry.
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  • You don't care if it'san inconvenient time when you
  • 00:13:14.175 --> 00:13:16.110
  • wanna be changed.
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  • You'll make more noise ifthey're not processing it when
  • 00:13:17.478 --> 00:13:19.247
  • you first extend the invitation.
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  • And we don't call thatinappropriate.
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  • That's a healthy child.
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  • We don't expect them to havemore maturity or awareness.
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  • It's okay when they're a fewweeks or a few months old.
  • 00:13:29.490 --> 00:13:31.693
  • It's a little more awkward 40years later.
  • 00:13:31.726 --> 00:13:36.631
  • And the same is truespiritually.
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  • We have to grow up.
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  • It's not just about beingcomfort and convenience.
  • 00:13:40.602 --> 00:13:44.772
  • We offer ourselves to the Lord.
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  • Now, I'm not suggesting that'seasy.
  • 00:13:47.008 --> 00:13:50.979
  • We can laugh a bit about itbut folks, that is a struggle
  • 00:13:51.012 --> 00:13:53.815
  • in my life.
  • 00:13:53.848 --> 00:13:58.586
  • And there's a second step.
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  • He says, "Offer your body asa living sacrifice," and then it
  • 00:13:59.988 --> 00:14:02.490
  • says, "don't conform," in versetwo, "to this world."
  • 00:14:02.523 --> 00:14:06.895
  • To conform is to adapt to thesestandards.
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  • Don't yield to the standardsof this world.
  • 00:14:09.864 --> 00:14:11.666
  • You live by a differentstandard.
  • 00:14:11.699 --> 00:14:13.001
  • We live by a different morality.
  • 00:14:13.034 --> 00:14:15.770
  • When we say the church isthe conscience of a society.
  • 00:14:15.803 --> 00:14:19.073
  • It's that we hold a setof values that come
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  • from the Creator, the Designer.
  • 00:14:20.975 --> 00:14:22.677
  • And then often time, a Godperspective puts you at odds
  • 00:14:22.710 --> 00:14:25.580
  • with the broader culture.
  • 00:14:25.613 --> 00:14:26.915
  • Have the courage to be at odds.
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  • Not condemning, not critical,not belittling, not haughty,
  • 00:14:30.151 --> 00:14:33.955
  • or self righteous.
  • 00:14:33.988 --> 00:14:35.456
  • The God way is the best wayto be.
  • 00:14:35.490 --> 00:14:39.227
  • When we invite peopletowards godliness, we invite
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:41.696
  • people towards the truth of God.
  • 00:14:41.729 --> 00:14:43.331
  • We're not extending to thema perspective of condemnation.
  • 00:14:43.364 --> 00:14:48.202
  • It's a warning to walk furtherand further away from God takes
  • 00:14:48.236 --> 00:14:52.707
  • you closer and closerto destructive things.
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  • We don't want to conform to thisworld.
  • 00:14:56.444 --> 00:14:59.914
  • And the third piece of thisdescription is we don't conform
  • 00:14:59.948 --> 00:15:03.017
  • any longer to the world and itsays we are transformed
  • 00:15:03.051 --> 00:15:06.087
  • by the renewing of our mind.
  • 00:15:06.120 --> 00:15:07.455
  • To be transformed is to changein potential.
  • 00:15:07.488 --> 00:15:09.924
  • The potential of your life ischanged when you are changed
  • 00:15:09.958 --> 00:15:12.627
  • in how you think.
  • 00:15:12.660 --> 00:15:16.197
  • Do you know that being a Christfollower is intended to mess
  • 00:15:16.230 --> 00:15:18.533
  • with how you think?
  • 00:15:18.566 --> 00:15:20.835
  • To realign your thoughts.
  • 00:15:20.868 --> 00:15:22.203
  • One of the reasons we encourageyou so frequently to read your
  • 00:15:22.236 --> 00:15:24.272
  • Bible is you need a Godperspective, not pastor's
  • 00:15:24.305 --> 00:15:26.874
  • perspective.
  • 00:15:26.908 --> 00:15:28.509
  • You need to know the characterof God.
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  • You need to know the Word of Godto change how we think.
  • 00:15:30.345 --> 00:15:34.215
  • And it isn't always justabout right and wrong.
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  • There's all sorts-- again,there's so many messages that
  • 00:15:37.285 --> 00:15:39.187
  • come to us that are counterto the invitations of God.
  • 00:15:39.220 --> 00:15:43.624
  • People say, "Well, that's justthe way I am.
  • 00:15:43.658 --> 00:15:45.093
  • That's just the way my family'salways been."
  • 00:15:45.126 --> 00:15:46.828
  • No, no, no, you're a Christfollower.
  • 00:15:46.861 --> 00:15:48.329
  • You're a totally new creation.
  • 00:15:48.363 --> 00:15:49.797
  • You're a part of the familyof God now.
  • 00:15:49.831 --> 00:15:53.935
  • Don't let the pain of lifeand the injustice of life
  • 00:15:53.968 --> 00:15:57.672
  • and the challenges of life clogyou up with anger,
  • 00:15:57.705 --> 00:16:01.442
  • and resentment, and bitterness,and hatred, and unforgiveness.
  • 00:16:01.476 --> 00:16:04.912
  • Change how you think.
  • 00:16:04.946 --> 00:16:08.349
  • "But you don't know what's beendone to me."
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  • You're right, I'm quite certainthat I don't.
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  • And I don't want to minimize itnor do I want to suggest that it
  • 00:16:12.854 --> 00:16:16.290
  • was appropriate or that itwasn't painful to go through.
  • 00:16:16.324 --> 00:16:20.561
  • I am suggesting that if youdon't change your thought
  • 00:16:20.595 --> 00:16:23.464
  • processes towards what you haveendured it leaves you
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  • in bondage.
  • 00:16:26.801 --> 00:16:29.303
  • If you will embrace Jesusinvitations to forgive,
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  • and release, and bless thosethat persecute you.
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  • I'm not telling you get backin line for further abuse.
  • 00:16:35.877 --> 00:16:38.346
  • I'm, telling you if you willextend forgiveness, if you'll
  • 00:16:38.379 --> 00:16:40.681
  • make peace with God, becauseyou're angry with him 'cause you
  • 00:16:40.715 --> 00:16:43.117
  • don't like the way the journeythat's been presented to you.
  • 00:16:43.151 --> 00:16:47.121
  • If you can change your thoughtlife it will bring freedom
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  • to you.
  • 00:16:49.957 --> 00:16:55.163
  • Not easy but worthwhile.
  • 00:16:55.196 --> 00:16:58.399
  • And the final piece is weembrace God's will.
  • 00:16:58.433 --> 00:17:01.069
  • See, I think we-- most of uslive with imagination that God's
  • 00:17:01.102 --> 00:17:03.571
  • will is probably not nearly asgood as my will.
  • 00:17:03.604 --> 00:17:07.575
  • And I know we're in church, youcan't say that out loud,
  • 00:17:07.608 --> 00:17:09.077
  • everybody looked at the carpet.
  • 00:17:09.110 --> 00:17:10.945
  • "Who's he talkin' about?
  • 00:17:10.978 --> 00:17:12.313
  • Not talking about me."
  • 00:17:12.346 --> 00:17:15.883
  • But I think we strugglewith that more than we want
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  • to say.
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  • I know I did.
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  • I thought if I really yielded--there was a time in my life, I
  • 00:17:20.855 --> 00:17:22.723
  • thought if I yielded my lifeto the Lord, he would make me go
  • 00:17:22.757 --> 00:17:25.626
  • live in some remote river valleysomeplace, wear leaves and eat
  • 00:17:25.660 --> 00:17:29.597
  • bugs.
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  • And I just thought, you know,I'm probably-- I don't
  • 00:17:32.133 --> 00:17:33.768
  • like bugs.
  • 00:17:33.801 --> 00:17:35.169
  • I like processed food.
  • 00:17:35.203 --> 00:17:40.575
  • But I came to understand thatGod's will was a good thing
  • 00:17:40.608 --> 00:17:45.279
  • and it would be for you too.
  • 00:17:45.313 --> 00:17:49.851
  • Now, we've taken a few minuteswith God's generous expressions
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  • towards you, but I at least wantto give a nod
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  • towards acknowledge and I'vegiven you the passage.
  • 00:17:56.057 --> 00:17:57.925
  • You can look at it at yourleisure in Luke 6.
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  • As you begin to to walk thatpathway and cooperate
  • 00:18:00.628 --> 00:18:03.564
  • with the Lord somethingremarkable happens in you
  • 00:18:03.598 --> 00:18:05.833
  • and me.
  • 00:18:05.867 --> 00:18:07.268
  • We begin to lead more generouslives.
  • 00:18:07.301 --> 00:18:10.138
  • And I don't mean primarilyabout money but our response
  • 00:18:10.171 --> 00:18:13.274
  • to the world around us is notany longer characterized
  • 00:18:13.307 --> 00:18:16.911
  • by fear, or shame, or concernabout lack.
  • 00:18:16.944 --> 00:18:23.184
  • We're able to bless those thatpersecute us because we know
  • 00:18:23.217 --> 00:18:26.287
  • there's a judge of all the earthand nobody's getting away free.
  • 00:18:26.320 --> 00:18:31.159
  • We're able to pray for those whowrongly do all matter of evil
  • 00:18:31.192 --> 00:18:34.829
  • against us because we understandthat even if in the moment it
  • 00:18:34.862 --> 00:18:38.533
  • seems like justice isn't beingserved that God will not be
  • 00:18:38.566 --> 00:18:42.336
  • mocked.
  • 00:18:42.370 --> 00:18:44.038
  • And he watches over his people.
  • 00:18:44.071 --> 00:18:45.439
  • That Almighty.
  • 00:18:45.473 --> 00:18:46.807
  • God is my advocate.
  • 00:18:46.841 --> 00:18:48.142
  • Remember what it saysabout Jesus?
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  • That when they hurled theirinsults at him, when they
  • 00:18:49.710 --> 00:18:51.712
  • accused him falsely, that heentrusted himself to the one who
  • 00:18:51.746 --> 00:18:55.716
  • judges justly.
  • 00:18:55.750 --> 00:18:58.719
  • See, a God life will enable youto lead a life of remarkable
  • 00:18:58.753 --> 00:19:03.224
  • generosity of spirit.
  • 00:19:03.257 --> 00:19:05.993
  • Not a foolish life, not a morevulnerable life, a God life.
  • 00:19:06.027 --> 00:19:13.801
  • It will deliver you from so muchof the fear and the angst.
  • 00:19:13.834 --> 00:19:20.274
  • Look at what Jesus said in Luke6 just for minute.
  • 00:19:20.308 --> 00:19:22.276
  • He said, "If you love those wholove you what credit is that
  • 00:19:22.310 --> 00:19:24.378
  • to you?
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  • Even the sinners do that.
  • 00:19:25.780 --> 00:19:27.081
  • And if you do good to those whoare good to you, what credit is
  • 00:19:27.114 --> 00:19:29.850
  • that to you?
  • 00:19:29.884 --> 00:19:31.185
  • Even the sinners do that.
  • 00:19:31.219 --> 00:19:33.087
  • And if you lend to those whocould repay you, why does--
  • 00:19:33.120 --> 00:19:35.890
  • what's so good about that?
  • 00:19:35.923 --> 00:19:37.258
  • Even the pagans will do that."
  • 00:19:37.291 --> 00:19:40.094
  • Jesus is making a lineof distinction between godly
  • 00:19:40.127 --> 00:19:42.897
  • and ungodly.
  • 00:19:42.930 --> 00:19:44.232
  • He said, "Look, if you're kindto people that are kind to you,
  • 00:19:44.265 --> 00:19:46.067
  • you want applause.
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:48.269
  • That's no reflection of Christin your character."
  • 00:19:48.302 --> 00:19:52.573
  • But he said, "Now, if you canbless those who persecute you,
  • 00:19:52.607 --> 00:19:55.977
  • now you're aware of a powerat work on your behalf that
  • 00:19:56.010 --> 00:19:58.846
  • those standing apartfrom the Kingdom of God don't
  • 00:19:58.879 --> 00:20:00.781
  • know about."
  • 00:20:00.815 --> 00:20:04.151
  • And I want to take just a momentwith that last piece in your
  • 00:20:04.185 --> 00:20:06.187
  • outline because I think it'sso important, I think it would
  • 00:20:06.220 --> 00:20:10.424
  • be disingenuous for meto suggest to you this is
  • 00:20:10.458 --> 00:20:12.593
  • simple.
  • 00:20:12.627 --> 00:20:14.028
  • I believe it's worthwhile.
  • 00:20:14.061 --> 00:20:15.396
  • I believe it can change yourlife.
  • 00:20:15.429 --> 00:20:17.398
  • I believe it can change yourfuture.
  • 00:20:17.431 --> 00:20:19.500
  • It can deliver you from whateveryou have endured or suffered
  • 00:20:19.533 --> 00:20:23.137
  • or in whatever way evil hastouched your life.
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:25.373
  • The power of God is sufficientto redeem you and restore you.
  • 00:20:25.406 --> 00:20:30.478
  • But we live in a fallen world.
  • 00:20:30.511 --> 00:20:33.247
  • In John 16, Jesus was talkingto his disciples.
  • 00:20:33.281 --> 00:20:35.883
  • He's very near the end of histime with him.
  • 00:20:35.916 --> 00:20:38.786
  • He's just about to begin hispassion.
  • 00:20:38.819 --> 00:20:42.690
  • And he says to them, "I've toldyou these things so that in me
  • 00:20:42.723 --> 00:20:45.126
  • you may have peace.
  • 00:20:45.159 --> 00:20:46.460
  • In this world you will havetrouble, but take heart, I have
  • 00:20:46.494 --> 00:20:49.764
  • overcome the world."
  • 00:20:49.797 --> 00:20:52.466
  • It's good news.
  • 00:20:52.500 --> 00:20:53.801
  • Jesus said he's overcomethe world.
  • 00:20:53.834 --> 00:20:55.336
  • But he makes a statementin there that honestly I would
  • 00:20:55.369 --> 00:20:57.338
  • rather just white out of myBible.
  • 00:20:57.371 --> 00:21:00.074
  • He said, "In this world you willhave trouble."
  • 00:21:00.107 --> 00:21:04.845
  • That's not a lack of faith.
  • 00:21:04.879 --> 00:21:06.180
  • It's not a bad confession.
  • 00:21:06.213 --> 00:21:08.249
  • Jesus said, "Listen, the worldis a troublesome place and it
  • 00:21:08.282 --> 00:21:11.786
  • will bump into you."
  • 00:21:11.819 --> 00:21:14.221
  • Now, I don't know why but, youknow, once I decided to try
  • 00:21:14.255 --> 00:21:18.292
  • to begin to honor the Lordwith my life and do the right
  • 00:21:18.326 --> 00:21:20.528
  • thing I was offended whentrouble came.
  • 00:21:20.561 --> 00:21:25.466
  • Come on.
  • 00:21:25.499 --> 00:21:27.134
  • Let's just imagine you cameto church four weeks in a row.
  • 00:21:27.168 --> 00:21:30.338
  • You took notes.
  • 00:21:30.371 --> 00:21:34.375
  • Maybe you just got crazy, youcame six weeks in a row, and you
  • 00:21:34.408 --> 00:21:37.144
  • did an abundant life group,hosted that bad boy.
  • 00:21:37.178 --> 00:21:42.283
  • You even came to leadertraining.
  • 00:21:42.316 --> 00:21:43.651
  • I mean like six weeks you areall in.
  • 00:21:43.684 --> 00:21:47.488
  • And you go out on Monday at weekseven and your tires flat.
  • 00:21:47.521 --> 00:21:51.826
  • "God!
  • 00:21:51.859 --> 00:21:54.595
  • This is so unfair!"
  • 00:21:54.628 --> 00:22:00.868
  • I do that kinda stuff.
  • 00:22:00.901 --> 00:22:05.239
  • I just lose my mind when life isharder than I want it to be.
  • 00:22:05.272 --> 00:22:08.776
  • "How can people behavelike that?
  • 00:22:08.809 --> 00:22:10.778
  • What are they thinking?
  • 00:22:10.811 --> 00:22:12.146
  • What are you doing?"
  • 00:22:12.179 --> 00:22:14.749
  • And I can see Jesus lookin'over at Gabriel goin',
  • 00:22:14.782 --> 00:22:17.885
  • I "told him.
  • 00:22:17.918 --> 00:22:19.920
  • I told him."
  • 00:22:24.625 --> 00:22:26.894
  • Sometimes when you readthe Gospels, you think Jesus
  • 00:22:26.927 --> 00:22:28.829
  • recruited from the slow group,don't you?
  • 00:22:28.863 --> 00:22:32.400
  • I mean like time after timeafter time before they go
  • 00:22:32.433 --> 00:22:34.602
  • to Jerusalem, Jesus, "When I getto Jerusalem, I'm gonna be
  • 00:22:34.635 --> 00:22:37.538
  • betrayed, and handedover to the Gentiles, they're
  • 00:22:37.571 --> 00:22:39.373
  • gonna lie about me, they'regonna beat me horribly,
  • 00:22:39.407 --> 00:22:41.809
  • ultimately they'll crucify me.
  • 00:22:41.842 --> 00:22:43.277
  • They're gonna bury me but I'llbe raised to life again."
  • 00:22:43.310 --> 00:22:45.479
  • When they came for Jesusthe disciples lost their minds.
  • 00:22:45.513 --> 00:22:49.817
  • They did.
  • 00:22:49.850 --> 00:22:51.185
  • They ran and hid.
  • 00:22:51.218 --> 00:22:52.520
  • They were terrified.
  • 00:22:52.553 --> 00:22:53.888
  • They were overwhelmedwith discouragement.
  • 00:22:53.921 --> 00:22:55.823
  • It wasn't like Jesus hadn't toldthem.
  • 00:22:55.856 --> 00:22:57.158
  • When you're reading the story,you're thinking, "Were they not
  • 00:22:57.191 --> 00:22:58.692
  • listening?"
  • 00:22:58.726 --> 00:23:01.128
  • Until it's my life and then Ithink, "Ah, I just didn't think
  • 00:23:01.162 --> 00:23:05.699
  • it would be like this."
  • 00:23:05.733 --> 00:23:09.603
  • What did Jesus say?
  • 00:23:09.637 --> 00:23:10.938
  • "I have overcome the world."
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  • The New Testament is the storyof the Overcomer.
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  • The book of Revelation isthe story of overcoming
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  • the spirit of the world.
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  • And give you one more versein Ephesians 6 and verse 13.
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  • He says, "Put on the full armorof God."
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  • Why do you need armor?
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  • You don't need armorfor a picnic.
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  • If we're goin' to the lakefor waterskiing day, you don't
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  • need armor.
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  • It'd get in the way.
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  • If we're going to Disneyland,you don't need armor.
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  • You need armor because you havean enemy that intends you ill.
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  • "Put on the full armor of Godso that you can-- when the day
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  • of evil comes you may be ableto stand your ground."
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  • It presupposes that evil willpresent itself.
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  • "And after you have doneeverything to stand--" And I
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  • will admit I read that versefor many years and I thought
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  • the emphasis in the verse wasstanding.
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  • And I can't tell you how manyChristians I've met and they
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  • seem to be totally deflated,devoid of any hope, and you say,
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  • "What are you doing?"
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  • They go "I'm standing, I'mstanding."
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  • And sometimes that may be allthe strength we have but that's
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  • not the essence of that verse.
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  • The instruction we're given isafter you have done everything.
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  • After you have prayed everyprayer pushed, every button,
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  • pulled every lever, offeredevery expression of thanksgiving
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  • after you've invited the HolySpirit to search your heart, is
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  • there any harmful way in me?
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  • After you have reconciledeverything you know
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  • to reconcile.
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  • After you have done everythingyou know.
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  • It says when you have a fullyexpressed yourself, if
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  • the victory hasn't arrived yet,you stand there with that armor
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  • on.
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  • God is coming.
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  • It's not a passive verse.
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  • We are called to be overcomersbut the Scripture says for us
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  • to overcome evil with good.
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  • It's not a passive expression.
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  • When Jesus said, "I will buildmy church and the gates of hell
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  • won't be able to standagainst it," the imagery is that
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  • the church is besieging hellitself.
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  • That we are not besieged.
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  • We are moving forwardin the name of Jesus.
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  • We are an expressionof the power and the character
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  • and the authority of our God.
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  • Of the victory that wasaccomplished for us
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  • on the cross.
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  • We are in this world.
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  • We're not of it but we are hereto declare the overcoming
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  • overwhelming victory ofour Lord and King.
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  • A God life is the bestlife you could lead.
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