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July 2, 2020
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  • That's not how Iunderstand it at all.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again.
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  • Our topic today is"Standing in the Gap."
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  • The Bible is a book that isfilled with characters who made
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  • a difference for the purposes ofGod in the earth.
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  • Ordinary people living life, butthey became
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  • transitionary characters.
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  • They helped people get a betteroutcome because they cooperated
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  • with the Lord.
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  • You can be one of those people.
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  • I intend to be oneof those people.
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  • I'm not just spending my days, Iwant to honor God with my days
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  • and make a difference with mylife, to do more than accumulate
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  • things or have fun.
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  • I'm not opposed to things thatare fun, but I'm not gonna sell
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  • my soul for those, and I believeGod has something
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  • really good for you.
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  • We're gonna unpack it from theScripture.
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  • Faith is not an accumulation ofinformation or cobbling together
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  • an appropriate theology.
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  • It's yielding our lives tocooperate with the purposes of
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  • God to make a life in the earthbetter for more people.
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  • It's a grand adventure, it'smore than sittin' in church.
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  • We're gonna look at Hannahtoday, a woman who changed the
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  • course of Israelite history.
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  • And I believe God will help youto make a difference in
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  • his history.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: The topic's"Standing in the Gap."
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  • If you've been around churchmuch I suppose you've heard it.
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  • It's a familiar phrase from apassage in the prophet Ezekiel
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  • chapter 22.
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  • He said, "I looked for a manamong them who would build up
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  • the wall and stand before me inthe gap on behalf of the land so
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  • I wouldn't have to destroy it,but I found none."
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  • It's a sobering statement.
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  • God's not talking about thepagan nations or the ungodly
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  • nations, he's talking about hiscovenant people, the chosen
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  • people of God.
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  • And he said, "I looked forsomebody to stand on my behalf
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  • before these people, on behalfof these people, and I couldn't
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  • find anybody.
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  • So now I'm gonna bring myjudgment."
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  • It's a sobering, soberingstatement.
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  • In every generation it requirespeople to choose the Lord.
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  • In every generation.
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  • And it's equally clear that inevery generation those people
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  • don't exist, and God's judgmentcomes.
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  • So the challenge to us becomeswhat kinda generation will
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  • we be?
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  • Well, we make choices that bringGod's best to the generations
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  • who follow us, or we makechoices that bring
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  • God's judgment.
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  • That's ours.
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  • It's not about what came beforeus, that's up to us.
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  • Now, I used to think thatstanding in the gap--
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  • Really what started this wholestudy for me was God began to
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  • bring a change to how Iunderstood that phrase.
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  • I used to think that standing inthe gap was about expressions of
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  • kindness, kinda those randomacts of kindness that life
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  • presents to you, and you chooseto take advantage of.
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  • You know, maybe your neighboris out of town for a couple of
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  • weeks and you decide to mowtheir grass.
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  • Or maybe you're baking cookies,and you bake an extra dozen and
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  • you share them with somebodyelse, like Pastor.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Or maybe your neighbors havesome family come in, or there's
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  • an illness in their family, andyou bake a casserole and you
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  • share with them.
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  • I used to think that's whatstanding in the gap was, you
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  • just kinda were--those randomacts of kindness that life
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  • presents to you, and you youmove forward into those spaces.
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  • I'm not denigrating that, Ithink those are all legitimate
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  • expressions of Christianity.
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  • In fact, I think if you're notliving in that way, there's
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  • reason to question theauthenticity of your faith.
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  • Because what you believe has tobe expressed in how you behave,
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  • or it's really not a beliefsystem, it's just an idea.
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  • But I don't really think that'sstanding in the gap any longer
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  • from a Biblical perspective.
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  • The people who stand in the gapare difference-makers.
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  • They bring an outcome, they makepossible an outcome that would
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  • not have happened for groups ofpeople had they not made their
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  • God choices.
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  • And so we've been doing somecase studies trying to
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  • understand that, and I broughtyou a verse from Hebrews
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  • chapter 11.
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  • It's talkin' about Moses.
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  • And there's seven statementsregarding Moses in this passage.
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  • I think they're worth justnoting.
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  • See if you can identify 'em as Iread through it.
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  • "By faith Moses, when he hadgrown up, refused to be known as
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  • the son of Pharaoh's daughter."
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  • It's a pretty simple phrase, butit has enormous implications.
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  • He refused to be known as theson of Pharaoh's daughter.
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  • To be the son of Pharaoh'sdaughter would've meant
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  • affluence and prestige and powerand opportunity, a unique status
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  • in the world.
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  • And it says Moses refused that.
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  • Wasn't that it wasn't availableto him, he refused to accept it.
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  • He chose something else.
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  • He chose to be mistreated.
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  • It wasn't that he wasmistreated, he chose
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  • mistreatment, along with thepeople of God, rather than to
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  • enjoy the pleasures of sin for ashort time.
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  • "He regarded disgrace," or hechose disgrace, 'for the sake
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  • of Christ as of being of greatervalue than the treasures
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  • of Egypt.
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  • He was looking ahead to areward.
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  • By faith he left Egypt.
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  • He persevered because he saw himwho is invisible."
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  • That's a paradox, seeing what'sinvisible.
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  • "By faith he kept the Passoverand the sprinkling of blood so
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  • that the destroyer of thefirstborn would not touch the
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  • firstborn of Israel."
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  • Moses made a unique set ofchoices.
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  • Not just one, not a single one,but he refused the privilege of
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  • the palace, he chose to bemistreated with the people of
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  • God, he regarded disgrace as ofgreat value.
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  • Who knew that disgrace couldhave great value?
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  • He looked ahead to a reward, hedidn't demand
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  • instant gratification.
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  • In faith he left Egypt.
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  • That may seem apparent to you,but he wasn't in Egypt as a
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  • slave, he was in Egypt as a veryprivileged person.
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  • And Egypt was the most powerfulempire of his generation.
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  • He walked out of all of theprestige and privilege and
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  • opulence of Egypt into thedesert.
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  • He persevered.
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  • And then finally, he kept hisfaith by participating in the
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  • Passover, preventing death fromhis household.
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  • A remarkable character, Moses.
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  • Now, the invitation before youand me is what kind of people
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  • will we become?
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  • And what I'm really inviting youto, is a little different
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  • imagination of your faith.
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  • I think in recent decades, inAmerican evangelicalism, we've
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  • got a very heavy emphasis onpersonal salvation.
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  • Now, I believe in personalsalvation, I don't want to
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  • denigrate that or diminish that.
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  • I believe in conversion, the NewBirth, being born again,
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  • whichever label you prefer.
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  • But the attitude that has kindof attached itself to that is
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  • once you have achieved that, youhave achieved status.
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  • It's almost as if it's acontractual thing, and you have
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  • met your obligation and,therefore, you can at least
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  • emotionally and inwardly, wetend to fold our arms and think,
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  • I've done my God business now.
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  • I may attend churchoccasionally, and I want to be a
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  • good person, and a moral person,but I believe in the forgiveness
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  • and the grace and the mercy ofGod.
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  • Therefore, it's not reallyobligatory upon me to do
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  • anything else.
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  • I've met my contractualobligation.
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  • And to be honest, I think that'san inaccurate understanding
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  • of Scripture.
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  • Again, not to diminish thenecessity of
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  • personal conversion.
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  • But the point of being initiatedinto the kingdom of God is that
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  • you might then serve the king.
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  • And so what I'm asking you toconsider is what it would look
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  • like if you oriented your lifeon purpose to be a
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  • difference-maker for the kingdomof God?
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  • And I'm not signing you up oranything.
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  • We're not takin' pledges today.
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  • I'm not talking about preaching.
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  • In the context of your lifeassignment, you can be a
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  • butcher, a baker, or acandlestick-maker, and be
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  • a difference-maker.
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  • But first we need to know whatthat means and what that would
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  • look like and what are thecharacteristics.
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  • So we've been doing some casestudies, and I'd like to do
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  • another one with you brieflythis morning.
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  • For this week I've chosenHannah.
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  • I'm gonna tell you a bit ofHanna's story because of what I
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  • want to read with you isHannah's prayer that we have
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  • recorded in the Scripture.
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  • The event or the circumstancethat brings Hannah to our
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  • attention in Scripture is thatshe is childless.
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  • She hasn't been able toconceive, and it's a point of
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  • tremendous pain in her life.
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  • She's tormented within thefamily system that she exists
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  • because she's childless.
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  • She's heartbroken because of herown circumstances, and she's
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  • crying out to the Lord.
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  • In fact, she makes a vow to theLord that if he will enable her
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  • to conceive and bear a son, thatshe will give him to the service
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  • of the Lord.
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  • And she doesn't meaneuphemistically, she means she
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  • will physically hand him over tothe priests.
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  • And it's such a deep wound inher life that it's given
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  • expression in public.
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  • Hannah lives before the templewas built in Jerusalem.
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  • Prior to that, the center ofworship was still the tabernacle
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  • that was constructed in thedesert.
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  • But they've occupied the land ofIsrael and the tabernacle
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  • permanently residesnow in Shiloh.
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  • So they make an annualpilgrimage to Shiloh, and while
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  • Hannah's there she is crying outto the Lord with this burden
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  • on her heart.
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  • And the priest sees her, and hemakes an assumption, he
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  • chastises her for presentingherself at the tabernacle in a
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  • drunken condition.
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  • And she says, "Not so, my Lord.
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  • It's the burden of my heart.
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  • I was praying."
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  • And he said,"You'll conceive a child."
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  • Now, Hannah makes a commitmentthat if she has a son that she
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  • will commit him to grow upas a Nazarite.
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  • Not a Nazarene.
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  • If you're born in the village ofNazareth, where Jesus grew up,
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  • you're called a Nazarene.
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  • A Nazarite is a sect withinJudaism.
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  • They have some uniquecommitments they make, one of
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  • which is theywon't cut their hair.
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  • Samson was a Nazarite, that'swhy his hair was a part of his
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  • covenant with God.
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  • Well, Hannah conceives and givesbirth to a son, and his name
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  • is Samuel.
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  • He becomes one of the mostimportant characters in the
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  • Hebrew Bible.
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  • He is a person of tremendoussignificance in
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  • Israelite history.
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  • And it all begins with the faithin the heart of his
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  • mother, Hannah.
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  • She's a difference-maker.
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  • She is a difference-maker.
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  • And the best demonstration Iknow of that is in her prayer.
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  • It's what I put in your notes,it's 1 Samuel 2 and verse 1.
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  • "Hannah prayed, and she said,'My heart rejoices in the Lord,
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  • in the Lord my hornis lifted up.'"
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  • In the Hebrew Bible, you readthat phrase a lot.
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  • And my horn is lifted up.
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  • You can translate it moreliterally, my strength is
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  • lifted up.
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  • It's the meaning of it.
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  • "My mouth boasts over myenemies, for I delight in
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  • your deliverance.
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  • There is no one holy like theLord, there's no one besides
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  • you, there is no rocklike our God.
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  • Do not keep talking so proudlylet your mouth speak such
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  • arrogance, for the Lord is a Godwho knows, and by him deeds
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  • are weighed.
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  • The bows of the warriors arebroken, but those who stumbled
  • 00:12:37.081 --> 00:12:39.951
  • are armed with strength.
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  • Those who were full hirethemselves out for food,
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  • but those who are hungryhunger no more.
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  • She who was barren has borneseven children, but she who has
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  • had many sons pines away.
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  • The Lord brings death and makesalive and he brings down to the
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  • grave and he raises up.
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  • The Lord sends poverty and,wealth he humbles and he exalts.
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  • He raises the poor from the dustand lifts the needy from the ash
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  • heap, he seats them with princesand he has them inherit a throne
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  • of honor.
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  • For the foundations of the Earthare the Lord's, and upon them He
  • 00:13:09.013 --> 00:13:11.549
  • has set the world.
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  • He will guard the feet of hissaints, but the wicked will be
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  • silenced in darkness.
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  • It is not by strength that oneprevails, those who oppose the
  • 00:13:17.822 --> 00:13:21.559
  • Lord will be shattered.
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  • He will thunder against themfrom the heaven, the Lord will
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  • judge the ends of the earth.
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  • He will give strength to hisking and exalt the horn of
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  • his anointed."
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  • Now, I would submit to you thatis the heart from which a life
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  • like Samuel could emerge, thatSamuel was not a random
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  • occurrence, that the life he ledwas the result of a
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  • difference-maker named Hannah.
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  • The confidence she has in theLord, the faith she has in God,
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  • the understanding she has.
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  • She has a revelation of God thatshapes her future and her
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  • imagination of what's possible,that God isn't limited by
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  • our circumstances.
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  • She's willing to give honor andglory and praise to him.
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  • That set of statements she makesabout the Lord makes her a very
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  • distinctive person.
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  • That set of statements wouldmake you distinctive in
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  • any generation.
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  • One more passage, same chapter,just a few verses further down,
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  • gives you a little more insightinto Hannah's heart and
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  • her character.
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  • After the child is old enough tobe weaned and can be away from
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  • his mother, she physically takeshim to the priest and presents
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  • him into their care.
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  • And we're told that she'll visithim on an annual basis when they
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  • make the pilgrimage to thetabernacle in Shiloh.
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  • It's in 2 Samuel 2:17.
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  • "The sins of the young men werevery great in the Lord's sight,
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  • for they were treating theLord's offering with contempt."
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  • I think this sentence isimportant because it gives you a
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  • contrast between the other youngmen that are under the authority
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  • of the priest.
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  • It's not a particularly stellarenvironment.
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  • In fact, the priest's own sonsare ungodly.
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  • So for Hannah to take this youngchild and to commit him into the
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  • care of the priest was a fargreater expression of faith than
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  • would be imaginedto the casual read.
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  • So that those young men, theirsin was very great.
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  • And then in verse 18 it says,"But Samuel was ministering
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  • before the Lord a boy wearinga linen ephod.
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  • Each year his mother made hima little robe and took it to him
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  • when she went up with herhusband to offer the
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  • annual sacrifice.
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  • Eli," he's the priest, "wouldbless Elkanah, her husband, and
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  • his wife, Hannah, and say, 'Maythe Lord give you children by
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  • this woman to take the place ofthe one she prayed for and gave
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  • to the Lord.'
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  • And they would go home.
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  • And the Lord was gracious toHannah, and she conceived and
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  • gave birth to three sons and twodaughters.
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  • Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grewup in the presence of the Lord."
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  • Now, I suppose we canromanticize that, then you can
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  • think of the little clothes shewould take with her annual
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  • visits and it would bea joyful reunion.
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  • And I'm certain that was acomponent of it, but I suspect
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  • another component of it verymuch was it was a season
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  • of a heavy heart.
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  • And I don't think it was lost onHannah that the environment
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  • maybe wasn't the best.
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  • And the prayer we heard her praya moment ago, I'm quite
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  • confident she prayed routinely.
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  • So it's not an accident that itslipped into the text that the
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  • boy Samuel grew up in thepresence of the Lord.
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  • Not everybody, because of thepriest influence, grew up in the
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  • presence of the Lord.
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  • But Samuel, because of theprayers of his mother, grew up
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  • in the presence of the Lord.
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  • She's a difference-maker.
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  • And she's an important part ofthis puzzle that we're trying to
  • 00:16:58.509 --> 00:17:03.848
  • pull together to understand.
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  • You see, the commitment to liveas a difference-maker is not
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  • about the magnitude of yourlife, it's not about doing
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  • big things.
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  • In fact, I'd like to take thatoff the table.
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  • I'm not asking you to think inscope or scale what great thing
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  • does God want me to do?
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  • That's not how Iunderstand it at all.
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  • This commitment to be adifference-maker is a commitment
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  • to faithful service of Jesus,that we will serve him in
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  • whatever place we findourselves.
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  • And it's the story in every oneof these lives.
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  • David, we know he became king,but long before that he was an
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  • outstanding shepherd defendingthe flock of sheep against the
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  • wild animals, the lions and thebears.
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  • He would put himself in harm'sway to take away one of the
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  • flock from one of the animalsthat was preying on them.
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  • Long before he ever heard thename of Goliath.
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  • And Hannah made a vow to Godregarding a child that she would
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  • surrender into his care longbefore she had any knowledge
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  • that Samuel would be a pivotalcharacter in Israelite history.
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  • You see, we choose faithfulness.
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  • That's what makes usdifference-makers.
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  • God is the one who choosesoutcomes.
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  • The outcomes arenot our responsibility.
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  • Our faithfulness iswhat is required.
  • 00:18:26.931 --> 00:18:28.766
  • God brings the magnitude.
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  • So whatever your lifeassignment, you're not
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  • insignificant, you're notoverlooked.
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  • You say, well, I'm not apowerful person.
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  • It isn't my power or your powerthat makes the
  • 00:18:38.109 --> 00:18:40.211
  • difference anyway.
  • 00:18:40.244 --> 00:18:41.579
  • It's God's power in us.
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  • What we chooseis to be faithful.
  • 00:18:44.749 --> 00:18:46.918
  • Now, I want to takethe minutes we have left
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  • and share with you a list.
  • 00:18:49.987 --> 00:18:52.323
  • I've been I've been cobblingtogether the characteristics
  • 00:18:52.356 --> 00:18:53.858
  • from these persons that we'vebeen looking at and considering.
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  • And I'm not finished with my ownstudy yet, and so this is not a
  • 00:18:57.361 --> 00:19:00.031
  • finished to list, and it's verymuch still under development,
  • 00:19:00.064 --> 00:19:03.100
  • but I brought you a handful thatI wanna share with you this
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  • morning at least.
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  • In the first of the lessons thatI can identify in each of these
  • 00:19:06.771 --> 00:19:09.674
  • lives that we've been looking atis that each and every one of
  • 00:19:09.707 --> 00:19:12.543
  • them seem to be committed to thedevelopment of faith in
  • 00:19:12.577 --> 00:19:15.913
  • their life.
  • 00:19:15.947 --> 00:19:17.281
  • It's not a fixed thing, it's notestablished, it hasn't
  • 00:19:17.315 --> 00:19:21.285
  • calcified, it's still very mucha dynamic thing in them.
  • 00:19:21.319 --> 00:19:25.523
  • It's growing, it's living.
  • 00:19:25.556 --> 00:19:27.291
  • They're willing to operate on aneed-to-know basis.
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  • It's as if they understand thatthey're working with a
  • 00:19:32.897 --> 00:19:36.734
  • just-in-time supply line.
  • 00:19:36.767 --> 00:19:39.470
  • And to be candid,I don't like that.
  • 00:19:41.005 --> 00:19:42.807
  • I'd like to have all of theinformation at the
  • 00:19:44.342 --> 00:19:45.943
  • beginning, please.
  • 00:19:45.977 --> 00:19:47.311
  • Or I'll probably be critical ofyour planning process.
  • 00:19:47.345 --> 00:19:52.316
  • But there's a couple of thingsabout faith that the Scripture
  • 00:19:53.417 --> 00:19:55.453
  • teaches us that we need to, Ithink, to have in our awareness.
  • 00:19:55.486 --> 00:19:58.923
  • One is that Biblical faith hasa bias towards action.
  • 00:19:59.156 --> 00:20:03.828
  • It's not about a thoughtor an idea or a concept
  • 00:20:05.162 --> 00:20:09.533
  • or a theological construct.
  • 00:20:09.567 --> 00:20:11.636
  • Biblical faith has a biastowards movement.
  • 00:20:11.669 --> 00:20:15.006
  • Faith is expressed in action.
  • 00:20:15.039 --> 00:20:17.141
  • If you say you believesomething, it will impact
  • 00:20:17.174 --> 00:20:19.977
  • your behavior.
  • 00:20:20.011 --> 00:20:21.345
  • And if you say you believe itand your behavior isn't
  • 00:20:21.379 --> 00:20:26.484
  • impacted, we have legitimatereason to question whether or
  • 00:20:26.517 --> 00:20:29.186
  • not you believe it.
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:30.521
  • So faith has a biastowards action.
  • 00:20:30.554 --> 00:20:34.892
  • It isn't a passive thing.
  • 00:20:36.527 --> 00:20:38.262
  • It isn't just a set of ideas orfacts that you accumulate or a
  • 00:20:38.829 --> 00:20:42.900
  • theological statement that youassemble and say I believe that.
  • 00:20:42.933 --> 00:20:46.437
  • Your faith is demonstrated everyday in your behavior.
  • 00:20:47.672 --> 00:20:51.642
  • You have faith in something, maynot be faith in God, but what
  • 00:20:53.444 --> 00:20:56.280
  • you have faith in isdemonstrated every day.
  • 00:20:56.314 --> 00:20:59.116
  • The second thing I can tell youabout faith from Scripture is
  • 00:21:00.418 --> 00:21:03.020
  • the Bible refers to faith as asubstance.
  • 00:21:03.054 --> 00:21:05.623
  • A substance.
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:07.591
  • In Hebrews, it says faith is thesubstance of things hoped for.
  • 00:21:07.625 --> 00:21:11.462
  • It says that God gives to everyperson a measure of faith.
  • 00:21:11.662 --> 00:21:15.433
  • So it invites us towards this,that you can--
  • 00:21:15.466 --> 00:21:17.435
  • it's almost as if youcan quantify faith.
  • 00:21:17.468 --> 00:21:21.205
  • Talks about great faith or smallfaith, weak faith, strong faith,
  • 00:21:21.238 --> 00:21:25.009
  • no faith, that you can actuallycause your faith to grow.
  • 00:21:25.042 --> 00:21:29.513
  • Now, it doesn't take enormousamounts of it, you don't need
  • 00:21:30.314 --> 00:21:32.683
  • a truckload of faith.
  • 00:21:32.717 --> 00:21:34.018
  • Jesus said if you have faith thesize of a mustard seed, the
  • 00:21:34.051 --> 00:21:36.354
  • tiniest of seeds, you can movemountains.
  • 00:21:36.387 --> 00:21:38.723
  • So it's a very powerfulsubstance, a very diminutive
  • 00:21:39.623 --> 00:21:42.059
  • amount of faith, can have anenormous physical impact in our
  • 00:21:42.093 --> 00:21:45.963
  • world, but your choices, yourlife choices, either cause the
  • 00:21:45.996 --> 00:21:50.334
  • substance of your faith toexpand or to diminish, to grow
  • 00:21:50.368 --> 00:21:54.605
  • stronger or weaker, and I thinkthe physical analogy holds up.
  • 00:21:54.638 --> 00:21:59.210
  • To gain physical strength, youneed appropriate nutrition
  • 00:21:59.243 --> 00:22:02.813
  • and exercise.
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:04.482
  • You need both.
  • 00:22:04.515 --> 00:22:05.850
  • If all you have is food, if allyou do is eat, and you don't
  • 00:22:05.883 --> 00:22:09.787
  • exercise, you're not gonna getstronger, you're just gonna get
  • 00:22:09.820 --> 00:22:13.157
  • fluffier, right?
  • 00:22:13.190 --> 00:22:16.293
  • But if all you do is exerciseand you don't get proper
  • 00:22:18.162 --> 00:22:20.898
  • nutrition, you're not gonna getstronger, you'll get weaker,
  • 00:22:20.931 --> 00:22:23.200
  • 'cause you'll depleteyour resources.
  • 00:22:23.234 --> 00:22:25.002
  • Well, the same is truewith your faith.
  • 00:22:26.270 --> 00:22:27.905
  • If all you do is study and learnand gather information, if all
  • 00:22:28.572 --> 00:22:32.643
  • you get is nutrition, if all youdo is take the Word of God in
  • 00:22:32.676 --> 00:22:36.213
  • and you're doing nothing withit, you're not gonna get
  • 00:22:36.447 --> 00:22:38.716
  • spiritually stronger, you'lljust get fluffy, you'll get
  • 00:22:38.749 --> 00:22:40.684
  • bloated with ideas.
  • 00:22:40.718 --> 00:22:42.052
  • But if all you are is busy doingthings for God, but you're not
  • 00:22:42.086 --> 00:22:46.190
  • really feeding yourself, ifyou're not letting the Word of
  • 00:22:46.223 --> 00:22:49.026
  • God into your life, if you'renot taking time on a daily basis
  • 00:22:49.059 --> 00:22:51.796
  • to understand the character ofGod and the nature of God and to
  • 00:22:52.029 --> 00:22:54.832
  • let that emerge in your heart,you'll deplete your resources
  • 00:22:54.865 --> 00:22:58.235
  • and you won't gainstrength either.
  • 00:22:58.269 --> 00:23:00.104
  • We need nourishment and exerciseto gain strength.
  • 00:23:01.505 --> 00:23:04.442
  • Your faith is a substance.
  • 00:23:04.475 --> 00:23:06.544
  • So the activity of faith.
  • 00:23:08.045 --> 00:23:10.114
  • Now, here's what--as we'rereading through these people's
  • 00:23:11.048 --> 00:23:13.451
  • lives, what I see in each andevery one of them is their faith
  • 00:23:13.484 --> 00:23:16.620
  • is developing.
  • 00:23:16.654 --> 00:23:17.988
  • And it isn't whatI would prefer.
  • 00:23:18.022 --> 00:23:21.325
  • 1 Samuel 16, it says, Samuelgoing to anoint a new king,
  • 00:23:23.761 --> 00:23:26.464
  • "The Lord said to Samuel, 'Howlong will you mourn for Saul,
  • 00:23:26.497 --> 00:23:29.433
  • I rejected him as kingover Israel?
  • 00:23:29.467 --> 00:23:31.035
  • Fill your horn with oil and beon your way, I'm sending you to
  • 00:23:31.068 --> 00:23:33.337
  • Jesse of Bethlehem.
  • 00:23:33.370 --> 00:23:34.705
  • I've chosen one of his sonsto be king.'"
  • 00:23:34.738 --> 00:23:37.141
  • Now, Samuel's not a beginner atthis point, he's mature, this is
  • 00:23:37.775 --> 00:23:40.211
  • the second king he's anointed,he's been a judge for decades,
  • 00:23:40.244 --> 00:23:42.947
  • he's a mature person followingthe Lord.
  • 00:23:43.581 --> 00:23:47.885
  • And he demonstrates a faith thatwould not be easy for me.
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  • He says okay, let's go.
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  • We talked about it a couple ofweeks ago.
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  • I wouldn't like that.
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  • I'm thinking if God said, Allen,I want you to go to somebody's
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  • house, and I want you to anointone of their kids to do
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  • something significant for me.
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  • They got eight kids, I want youto anoint one of them.
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  • Don't anoint all eight.
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  • Don't take the shotgun approach,I'll anoint them all and then
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  • God can do whatever he wants to.
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  • I want to avoid, after all, theawkwardness of saying to the
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  • parents, seven of yourkids not so much,
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  • but one of 'em, woo-hoo!
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  • Right?
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  • Parents, would you be likin'that if I rolled in with that
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  • message in your household?
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  • Happy day, Pastor's come, saidone of my kids is special and
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  • seven pretty mediocre.
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  • You know, Hannah had to overcomea lot of bitterness and a lot of
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  • heartache to let the purposes ofGod be birthed in her.
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  • So if you have some heartachetoday, maybe even bitterness in
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  • Let's ask him for his help andhis deliverance and his healing.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Lord, I thank you for everyperson, for the time we've had,
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  • for the moments to reflect andto look at your Word.
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  • Holy Spirit, I ask you tointervene.
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  • We need your help.
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  • We need you to bring healing andwholeness and deliverance.
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  • You have a plan and a purposefor our lives that will bring
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  • I thank you that there's nothingthat can keep us from that if
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  • we'll cooperate with you.
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  • Let your freedom come today.
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  • We turn our faces to youin humility.
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  • Thank you for your deliverance.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • There's a growth edge.
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  • The Holy Spirit will bringgreater healing to us, greater
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  • freedom to us, greater renewalto us, greater deliverance
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  • to us.
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  • about how you can flourish.
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