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When Your Strength Fails Part 1

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September 15, 2020
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: What areyou convinced of?
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  • The Lord in his Grace and Mercyis moving us from being men and
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  • women and people who haveconsidered Christianity as a
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  • peripheral part of who we are,and he's pushing us to a place
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  • that if we're going to flourish,if we're going to be more than
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  • overcomers, we're gonna have tobe convinced that Jesus of
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  • Nazareth is alive, that he isseated at the right hand of the
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  • creator of heaven and earth,that he's interceding for us as
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  • our great high priest.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again.
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  • Our title today is, "When YourStrength Fails."
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  • You know, this season is asurprise on so many levels, but
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  • when it started back in March,they told us we'd go home for
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  • two weeks, we could flatten thecurve and we'd be normal again.
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  • We're almost six months later,and we're not normal again.
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  • And I don't know about you, butI'm tired of it.
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  • I want schools to be normal, andshopping to be normal, and
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  • church to be normal.
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  • But it isn't, and we can't stop.
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  • And It's okay to say, I'm tiredof this, or I'm frustrated with
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  • this, but once we've said it, wegotta go forward, we have to
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  • finish this thing.
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  • I Love athletics and I'vecompeted in a lot of different
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  • things, and everybody looks goodat the starting line, it's how
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  • you finish that matters, andwe've got to finish this
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  • thing well.
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  • So I want to encourage you, getyour Bible out, open your heart
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  • to the Lord.
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  • We're going to ask the spirit ofGod to give us the strength we
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  • need to finish this season in away that honors the Lord.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Our themefor this week is, "When Your
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  • Strength Fails"or, if you prefer,
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  • "When YourStrength is Small."
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  • You know, this whole summer hasemerged completely unexpectedly.
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  • When we first heard, when Ifirst heard about COVID, what I
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  • heard them say was, if we wouldgo home for two weeks, we could
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  • flatten the curve and go back tonormal.
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  • They lied.
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  • I mean, I don't think they knew,but two weeks wasn't enough.
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  • And we're in now to the fifth orsixth month of disruption.
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  • And it's because what seemedlike a sprint initially has
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  • become a marathon, and thatrequires a different mindset and
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  • a different strength.
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  • The battle is still raging.
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  • In fact, I think it's moreintense today than it was at the
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  • beginning of March.
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  • I think it is a more pitchedbattle, it's being fought on
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  • more fronts, there are moreaspects and more facets to it,
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  • and I don't believe I've everimagined the church's role to be
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  • more essential than I do thisevening.
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  • We have an assignment beyondconvening worship services and
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  • forming our systematic theologyand worshiping in the way that
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  • we feel most comfortable.
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  • We have an assignment fromAlmighty God to be salt and
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  • light in the earth In thisseason.
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  • I believe one of the thingsthat's happening is the spirit
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  • of God is awakening us to whatit means to be essential.
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  • I used to think we imaginedessential in terms of getting
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  • our eternity straight, gettingyour ticket punched to heaven so
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  • you knew where your ultimatedestiny was.
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  • And that's certainly a part ofour faith, but it's really the
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  • introductory component.
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  • The issue of your faith is whatyou do with your days under
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  • the sun.
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  • And the spirit of God isawakening his people as never
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  • before in my lifetime, so theessential nature of being Christ
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  • followers, and the impact wemake in a culture, in a
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  • community, in a school, in abusiness, in the floor of a
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  • factory, in a home.
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  • You matter.
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  • Your faith matters.
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  • Your relationship with the Lordmatters.
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  • But what do you do when theburden is heavier, or the race
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  • is longer, or the challenge isseemingly unceasing, and
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  • you're tired?
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  • Well, that's the topic of thisweek and, with the help of God,
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  • we'll pick it up.
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  • I wanna start in Romans chapter8, it's one of the most
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  • triumphant chapters in all ofthe Bible.
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  • We're not distributing outlinesthese days, but you can get them
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  • if you'll go to the app anddownload it there, you can print
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  • it later, but if you want tofollow along with the
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  • Scriptures, you can do 'em withyour phones.
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  • Romans chapter 8, thistriumphant chapter in the middle
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  • of this brilliant treatise onthe Christian faith.
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  • The book of Romans, verse 35.
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  • "Who shall separate us from thelove of Christ?"
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  • That's the issue.
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  • We're gonna read several verseshere, but the question on the
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  • table is, is there anything thatcan separate us from the love
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  • of Christ?
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  • God's Love for you and meexpressed through Jesus?
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  • And then he starts through kindof a paradigm of things.
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  • "Shall trouble or hardship orpersecution or famine or
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  • nakedness or danger or sword?"
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  • "As it's written, for your sakewe face death all day long,
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  • we're considered as sheep to beslaughtered.
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  • No, in all these things we aremore than conquerors through him
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  • who loved us.
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  • For I'm convinced that neitherdeath nor life, neither angels
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  • nor demons, neither the presentnor the future, nor any powers.
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  • Neither height nor depth, noranything else in all creation
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  • will be able to separate us fromthe love of God that is in
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  • Christ Jesus our Lord."
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  • Now, the verse I'm gonna settleon is verse 37.
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  • I'm gonna give you thepunchline, but then I want to
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  • look around it with you for amoment.
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  • It says, in all these things weare more than conquerors through
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  • him who loved us.
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  • That's the platform we want tocome out of this week more
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  • secure with than we've ever hadbefore, that we are leading
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  • lives that display, because ofthe love of God showered upon
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  • us, that we are more thanconquerors.
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  • We may walk through some things,and we may face some challenges,
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  • and adversity may present, butwe are more than conquerors.
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  • In fact, I'm gonna need you tohelp me, we're gonna make
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  • several proclamations over ourown lives, we might as well
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  • start with this one.
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  • I am more than a conqueror inChrist Jesus.
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  • You want to say that with me?
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  • On three.
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  • One, two three.
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  • I am more than a conqueror inChrist Jesus There we go!
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  • It's our statement tonight, it'sthe life we've chosen to lead.
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  • But that passage acknowledgessome things.
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  • While it's uncomfortable wecan't afford to overlook, it
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  • acknowledges the presence oftrouble.
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  • We're not more than conquerorsat the mall going from one sale
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  • counter to the next, scooping upbargains.
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  • That passage is introduced to usin a rather stressful context.
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  • It mentions hardships,persecution, famine, nakedness,
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  • danger, sword.
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  • And then it says, we will facedeath.
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  • We face death all day long.
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  • We are considered as sheep to beslaughtered.
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  • It means we're underestimated.
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  • No predator looks at a sheep andthink, boy, that's a threat.
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  • And when it says, we areconsidered as sheep prepared for
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  • slaughter, it means theadversaries looking at us, look
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  • at us and underestimate us.
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  • They don't reckon with the onewe serve.
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  • They see our strength, or ourability, or our resources, they
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  • see how fragile we may appear,but they don't know the one
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  • whose name we bear.
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  • That's the introduction to thispassage.
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  • It says, shall anything separateus from the love of Christ?
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  • And he lists this ratherintimidating set of things, but
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  • it says, in all of these things,we are more than conquerors.
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  • But we're not quite done with ityet.
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  • The next phrase, at thebeginning of verse 38, Paul
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  • says, I am convinced.
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  • And I think that's really thetipping point in this
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  • particular passage.
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  • What are you convinced of?
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  • I can answer that for you.
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  • You're convinced of whateveryou're feeding into your heart
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  • the most.
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  • If it's a steady stream of thenews, whether you take it from
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  • broadcast or cable or theinternet, you're gonna be
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  • convinced of something otherthan the triumphant love of
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  • Christ in your life.
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  • What are you convinced of?
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  • The Lord in his grace and mercyis moving us from being men and
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  • women and people who haveconsidered Christianity as a
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  • peripheral part of who we are,and he's pushing us to a place
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  • that, if we're going toflourish, if we're going to be
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  • more than overcomers, we'regonna have to be convinced that
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  • Jesus of Nazareth is alive, thathe is seated at the right hand
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  • of the creator of heaven andearth, that he's interceding for
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  • us as our great high priest.
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  • We're gonna have to be convincedof what we have held as
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  • theological theory previously tothis year.
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  • Paul said, I'm convinced thatnothing, not death or life, or
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  • angels or demons, nor thepresent nor the future, height
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  • or depth, anything in allcreation will separate us from
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  • the love of God that's in ChristJesus our Lord.
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  • Remember the initial question,what can separate us?
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  • And Paul said, I'm convincednothing can.
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  • Nothing in time or eternity, notangel nor demon, not height
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  • nor depth.
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  • Nothing can separate us from thelove of Christ.
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  • And right in the midst of thatis this declaration that we are
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  • more than conquerors.
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  • Now, you read that and you go,okay, make sense to me, but I
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  • read it and I was a littlestumped, what's it mean to be
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  • more than a conqueror?
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  • I thought if you were aconqueror, I mean, that's it.
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  • We're more than that.
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  • I looked up the Greek word, myGreek is a little sketchy, the
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  • computers make me a Greekgenius, but the word it has,
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  • nikao, it's hupernikao, it'sbeyond a conqueror, something
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  • beyond that, it's literally whatit means.
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  • In Romans, in the New AmericanStandard, it translates that
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  • verse this way, and all thesethings we overwhelmingly conquer
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  • through him who loved us.
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  • I like that.
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  • We're not just going to beconquerors, we're not gonna just
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  • be triumphant, we're gonnaoverwhelm whatever it is that
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  • gets in the way.
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  • [laughs]
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  • There are times I watch peoplebeing beset by the adversary,
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  • and I know them, I know theirlife, I know their faith, I know
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  • their faithfulness, and I think,you know, you wouldn't keep
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  • pushing on that if you knew theLord.
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  • Because the Lord will respond todefend his people.
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  • He is faithful.
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  • Nothing will separate you fromthe love of Christ.
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  • Now, you're gonna walk throughsome things, we're in time, and
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  • all of our heroes in the book weknow because of what they
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  • walked through.
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  • They walked through fieryfurnaces, and lions' dens, and
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  • orders of crucifixion, andpersecutions, and stonings, and
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  • shipwrecks, and poisonous snakebites.
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  • They walked through all kinds ofthreats.
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  • They walked through their ownpersonal failures and
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  • insecurities and inadequacies intheir needs, and they walked
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  • through weakness and tired andhungry, they walked through
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  • those things.
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  • But in all of those things, thestory is they are more than
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  • conquerors, overwhelminglyconquered.
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  • We're going to conquer thecoronavirus!
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  • We're gonna come through 2020!
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  • We're gonna see our nationrighteousness rain upon the
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  • church in our nation!
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  • I believe what we lived outliterally on Saturday evening we
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  • will live out spiritually in theweeks ahead of us.
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  • I believe God was highlightingfor us what we've been asking
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  • him for.
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  • male announcer: Through prayer,we are not alone in facing
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  • challenges or problems.
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  • We have help from almighty God.
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  • Be encouraged to take yourprayers boldly before the throne
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: More thanconquerors.
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  • Overwhelmingly conquer.
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  • The church praying, the churchseeking God the, church
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  • humbling ourselves.
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  • Powerful, powerful things.
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  • What's it mean to be more than aconqueror?
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  • The simplest answer, I wouldsuggest to you, is to come
  • 00:12:07.385 --> 00:12:10.455
  • through the struggle triumphantwith the spoils of victory.
  • 00:12:10.488 --> 00:12:14.425
  • So it's not that you justsurvive, it's not that you limp
  • 00:12:14.459 --> 00:12:17.061
  • out of the conflict, you comethrough the conflict better off
  • 00:12:17.095 --> 00:12:21.800
  • than you were when it started.
  • 00:12:21.833 --> 00:12:24.736
  • Stronger, in a better place,more than a conqueror.
  • 00:12:24.769 --> 00:12:30.842
  • Now, I wanna do a little casestudy with a character that's
  • 00:12:30.875 --> 00:12:33.278
  • familiar to you, you know thebook, we've read it not too long
  • 00:12:33.311 --> 00:12:35.880
  • ago since this whole seasonstarted.
  • 00:12:35.914 --> 00:12:38.149
  • The book of Nehemiah.
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  • Do you remember the backstory?
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  • Nehemiah is a slave, he is thecupbearer to the Persian king,
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  • he has a very trusted position.
  • 00:12:45.456 --> 00:12:47.392
  • Poisoning was the most frequentway of removing a leader, a
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  • king, so you wanted somebody youtrust to be your taste tester.
  • 00:12:50.829 --> 00:12:56.201
  • And if they didn't look too goodafter they had the hors
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  • d'oeuvres, you didn't want any.
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  • So Nehemiah is a trusted friendof the king, he lives well.
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  • But he hears the story thatJerusalem is in disarray, and
  • 00:13:06.544 --> 00:13:10.181
  • he's so grieved by it that theking notices.
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  • And, long story, he solicitspermission to return to
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  • Jerusalem to rebuild the wallaround the city, to rebuild the
  • 00:13:16.154 --> 00:13:19.557
  • defenses of the city ofJerusalem.
  • 00:13:19.591 --> 00:13:22.260
  • A contemporary equivalent wouldbe a nation whose military was
  • 00:13:22.293 --> 00:13:24.863
  • in total disarray, they had theinability to defend themselves
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  • against adversaries.
  • 00:13:28.032 --> 00:13:30.802
  • And Nehemiah said, I'd like togo back and to rebuild the
  • 00:13:30.835 --> 00:13:33.705
  • defenses around my city.
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  • And he gets permission.
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  • The king releases him to go, andthere's a group of people
  • 00:13:38.243 --> 00:13:40.445
  • dismissed to go with him, andthe resources necessary to
  • 00:13:40.478 --> 00:13:43.414
  • do it.
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  • He has to make a difficultjourney, hundreds of miles back
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  • to a city that he hasn't seen,to take on a task that is
  • 00:13:48.019 --> 00:13:52.390
  • clearly beyond his jobdescription.
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  • And he arrives back inJerusalem, and listen to the
  • 00:13:55.260 --> 00:13:58.162
  • description, it's Nehemiah 4,beginning in verse 8, it says,
  • 00:13:58.196 --> 00:14:00.665
  • "They all plotted together tocome and fight against Jerusalem
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  • and to stir up trouble againstit."
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  • See, in my brain, if God givesme an assignment, and I'm gonna
  • 00:14:06.638 --> 00:14:09.440
  • go back and do somethingsacrificial to help a group of
  • 00:14:09.474 --> 00:14:13.678
  • people that I'm not obligated tohelp, then I expect them to at
  • 00:14:13.711 --> 00:14:17.348
  • least have a minor parade uponmy arrival.
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  • Right?
  • 00:14:23.054 --> 00:14:24.355
  • At least to give me discounts toDairy Queen.
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  • I want some expression ofgratitude or appreciation, I'm
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  • at least expecting God to gobefore me.
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  • And Nehemiah and his entouragearrive back to find the people,
  • 00:14:34.198 --> 00:14:37.068
  • they're plotting against them,to stir up trouble.
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  • "But we prayed to our God, andwe posted a guard day and night
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  • to meet this threat.
  • 00:14:43.041 --> 00:14:44.409
  • Meanwhile, the people said, thestrength of the laborers is
  • 00:14:45.143 --> 00:14:47.979
  • giving out, and there's so muchrubble we cannot rebuild
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  • the wall.
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  • And our enemies said, beforethey know it or see us, we'll be
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  • right there among them, andwe'll kill them and put them
  • 00:14:56.421 --> 00:14:58.156
  • into the work.
  • 00:14:58.189 --> 00:15:00.224
  • And the Jews who lived near cameand told us ten times over,
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  • wherever you turn, they'llattack us.
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  • So I stationed some of thepeople behind the lowest points
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  • of the wall, at the exposedplaces, posting them by families
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  • with swords and spears and bows.
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  • And after I looked things over,I stood up and said to the
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  • nobles and the officials and therest of the people, don't be
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  • afraid of them.
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  • Remember, the Lord who is greatand awesome, and fight for your
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  • brothers and your sons and yourdaughters and your wives and
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  • your homes.
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  • When our enemies heard that wewere aware of their plot and
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  • that God had frustrated it, weall returned to the wall, each
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  • to his own work."
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  • It's an intriguing passage, it'snot what I would expect.
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  • A God-initiated assignment, awilling service, a sacrificial
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  • investment, and you arrive atthe point of of delivery, of
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  • engaging on whenever theassignment is, your short-term
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  • mission trip, and there's agroup of people plotting,
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  • committed to your defeat, yourdestruction, and your death,
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  • if necessary.
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  • And Nehemiah does what any goodchurch person would do.
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  • It says, we prayed.
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  • And then he did what I don'tthink we often think about.
  • 00:16:08.192 --> 00:16:10.895
  • He said, we posted a guard dayand night.
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  • We prayed, and then we set up24-hour guard duty.
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  • We prayed while we carried bows,and we prayed while we carried
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  • spears, and we prayed while westood guard with our swords.
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  • See, I think a part of what Godis awakening us to is that our
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  • faith is going to have to besomething more than what we hide
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  • in our churches with.
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  • It's going to have to be put ondisplay in practical ways,
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  • in living ways.
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  • Salt and light is not just atheory, it's something that's
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  • gonna have to be expressed, andit's gonna take courage and
  • 00:16:48.332 --> 00:16:51.102
  • sacrifice and boldness.
  • 00:16:51.135 --> 00:16:53.304
  • And the people engage, but it'sa daunting task, they're doing
  • 00:16:53.337 --> 00:16:56.974
  • physical labor, moving heavystones.
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  • The walls of Jerusalem are builtout of enormous stones that have
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  • to be moved and Caterpillardidn't deliver a lot of
  • 00:17:02.747 --> 00:17:05.349
  • equipment to Jerusalem in thosedays.
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  • And the people say,understandably, we're tired, our
  • 00:17:09.253 --> 00:17:12.023
  • strength is giving out andthere's still a lot of rubble
  • 00:17:12.056 --> 00:17:14.425
  • that needs to be moved, andwe're standing guard on
  • 00:17:14.459 --> 00:17:16.627
  • 24-hour shifts.
  • 00:17:16.661 --> 00:17:20.364
  • And they said, on top of that,our enemies say they're gonna
  • 00:17:20.398 --> 00:17:22.433
  • kill us!
  • 00:17:22.467 --> 00:17:25.570
  • And the Jews who weren't willingto help, can you believe there
  • 00:17:25.603 --> 00:17:27.905
  • were some Jews that weren'twilling to help the Jews who
  • 00:17:27.939 --> 00:17:30.007
  • were rebuilding the wall aroundthe city?
  • 00:17:30.041 --> 00:17:32.810
  • Can you believe there might havebeen less than unanimous support
  • 00:17:32.844 --> 00:17:35.613
  • for the things of God?
  • 00:17:35.646 --> 00:17:41.586
  • We're gonna have to wake out ofour naive slumber, folks.
  • 00:17:41.619 --> 00:17:45.356
  • Well, I just think everybodyshould work together, wouldn't
  • 00:17:45.389 --> 00:17:50.628
  • it be wonderful if we could layaside all of our differences,
  • 00:17:50.661 --> 00:17:54.932
  • let's just take hands, kumbaya,do you know kumbaya?
  • 00:17:54.966 --> 00:18:01.205
  • That would be wonderful, and Ibelieve one day that will
  • 00:18:01.239 --> 00:18:05.009
  • happen, it's called theMillennial Reign of the King.
  • 00:18:05.042 --> 00:18:07.478
  • Between here and there there's ashaking taking place, and a
  • 00:18:09.580 --> 00:18:13.084
  • sifting taking place, and we'regonna have to recognize the true
  • 00:18:13.117 --> 00:18:16.988
  • and the false, the real andthose who stand in opposition to
  • 00:18:17.021 --> 00:18:21.259
  • what Jesus said.
  • 00:18:21.292 --> 00:18:22.593
  • We would know them by theirfruit not by the place where
  • 00:18:22.627 --> 00:18:24.362
  • they sit on the weekend.
  • 00:18:24.395 --> 00:18:27.532
  • We've got to check our ownhearts, we've gotta get over our
  • 00:18:27.565 --> 00:18:30.535
  • smug self-righteousness, and ourcondescension, and the certainty
  • 00:18:30.568 --> 00:18:34.472
  • that we're more correct thansomebody else.
  • 00:18:34.505 --> 00:18:37.808
  • I like what Patrick Henry saidin the American Revolution.
  • 00:18:37.842 --> 00:18:40.545
  • He said, we'll learn to hangtogether or we'll
  • 00:18:40.578 --> 00:18:42.213
  • hang separately.
  • 00:18:42.246 --> 00:18:43.614
  • Not everybody supported Nehemiahand his initiative and those
  • 00:18:45.016 --> 00:18:47.885
  • that we're working with him.
  • 00:18:47.919 --> 00:18:49.353
  • In fact, they came and told usten times over, wherever you
  • 00:18:49.387 --> 00:18:52.890
  • turn there'll be an attack.
  • 00:18:52.924 --> 00:18:54.592
  • There was a steady stream ofdiscouragement coming at the
  • 00:18:54.625 --> 00:18:57.595
  • people on assignment.
  • 00:18:57.628 --> 00:18:58.930
  • Does that sound familiar to you?
  • 00:18:58.963 --> 00:19:01.098
  • It does to me.
  • 00:19:01.132 --> 00:19:05.469
  • I love what Nehemiah said.
  • 00:19:05.503 --> 00:19:06.804
  • He said, I looked things overand I stood up and I said to the
  • 00:19:06.837 --> 00:19:09.340
  • nobles, the officials, and allthe people, don't be afraid
  • 00:19:09.373 --> 00:19:12.577
  • of them.
  • 00:19:12.610 --> 00:19:13.945
  • They're threatening us, theyhave threatening postures, they
  • 00:19:14.879 --> 00:19:18.316
  • have weapons, they've identifiedas adversaries, it's a
  • 00:19:18.349 --> 00:19:22.320
  • legitimate challenge, don't beafraid of them.
  • 00:19:22.353 --> 00:19:25.156
  • He didn't say, there's nothingto be afraid of, he said, choose
  • 00:19:26.457 --> 00:19:29.393
  • not to be afraid of them.
  • 00:19:29.427 --> 00:19:32.863
  • A part of what we're having todo, we don't wanna be reckless,
  • 00:19:32.897 --> 00:19:36.601
  • we don't wanna needlesslyendanger one another, but we
  • 00:19:36.634 --> 00:19:39.737
  • have to choose to lead our liveswithout fear.
  • 00:19:39.770 --> 00:19:44.008
  • We can do that with wisdom, andprudence, and still
  • 00:19:44.041 --> 00:19:46.244
  • be courageous.
  • 00:19:46.277 --> 00:19:48.145
  • Don't be afraid of them, hesaid.
  • 00:19:48.179 --> 00:19:50.047
  • Remember the Lord.
  • 00:19:50.948 --> 00:19:52.650
  • In fact, he's giving them threevery specific instructions.
  • 00:19:53.384 --> 00:19:56.320
  • Don't yield to fear.
  • 00:19:56.821 --> 00:19:58.856
  • We've talked about this quite abit.
  • 00:19:59.757 --> 00:20:01.292
  • I've invited you to think offear as a person, a person
  • 00:20:01.726 --> 00:20:05.129
  • without a body, and when youfeel fear encroaching, he
  • 00:20:05.162 --> 00:20:09.033
  • doesn't play fair, he's evil.
  • 00:20:09.066 --> 00:20:11.369
  • He'll come when you're tired, ordistracted, or dissatisfied, or
  • 00:20:12.003 --> 00:20:16.507
  • you're hungry, or you've lostsome sleep.
  • 00:20:16.540 --> 00:20:18.743
  • You're more vulnerable in all ofthose places, you'll have to
  • 00:20:19.410 --> 00:20:22.913
  • give attention to maintainingyour balance physically,
  • 00:20:22.947 --> 00:20:26.250
  • emotionally, and spiritually.
  • 00:20:26.284 --> 00:20:28.052
  • You're gonna have to guard yourthought-life because fear will
  • 00:20:28.085 --> 00:20:31.355
  • exploit any point ofvulnerability we present.
  • 00:20:31.389 --> 00:20:34.592
  • He'll do his best to diminishyour confidence, to erode
  • 00:20:37.528 --> 00:20:39.964
  • your courage.
  • 00:20:39.997 --> 00:20:41.365
  • If he can't stop you, he'llsettle for neutralizing you.
  • 00:20:41.399 --> 00:20:44.468
  • If he can, he'll enlist you as aproponent to help you frighten
  • 00:20:46.437 --> 00:20:48.906
  • other people.
  • 00:20:48.939 --> 00:20:50.308
  • The message is, we don't have toyield to fear.
  • 00:20:51.842 --> 00:20:54.912
  • The answer's, in Jesus' name,you go, you're not welcome here.
  • 00:20:54.945 --> 00:21:02.053
  • I can see the circumstances areintimidating, there's problems
  • 00:21:02.086 --> 00:21:05.856
  • that I can't solve, thechallenges before us are
  • 00:21:05.890 --> 00:21:08.292
  • significant, my strength islimited, my resources
  • 00:21:08.326 --> 00:21:11.529
  • have boundaries.
  • 00:21:11.562 --> 00:21:12.863
  • All of those things are true,but nothing will separate me
  • 00:21:12.897 --> 00:21:16.767
  • from the love of God that'sexpressed towards me in Jesus,
  • 00:21:16.801 --> 00:21:19.837
  • and in Christ Jesus I am leadinga life as more than a conqueror.
  • 00:21:20.071 --> 00:21:24.308
  • You go!
  • 00:21:24.342 --> 00:21:27.645
  • We need a church that'slistening to the spirit of God
  • 00:21:27.678 --> 00:21:30.614
  • and knows who we are in Christmore than we're listening to the
  • 00:21:30.648 --> 00:21:33.718
  • talking heads telling us what weshould be afraid of.
  • 00:21:33.751 --> 00:21:36.253
  • Don't yield to fear.
  • 00:21:40.091 --> 00:21:41.392
  • Then Nehemiah said, remember theLord, who is great and awesome.
  • 00:21:41.425 --> 00:21:47.598
  • Reflect on, think about,meditate who God is.
  • 00:21:47.631 --> 00:21:52.336
  • Remember the Lord.
  • 00:21:52.370 --> 00:21:55.473
  • Don't park him on a Wednesdaynight when you go to church, or
  • 00:21:55.506 --> 00:21:57.975
  • a Sunday morning, or wheneveryour worship time is.
  • 00:21:58.008 --> 00:22:00.911
  • Remember the Lord when you'retempted to be frightened, when
  • 00:22:01.178 --> 00:22:05.716
  • you feel your courage waffle,remember the Lord.
  • 00:22:05.750 --> 00:22:08.219
  • We stand in his strength.
  • 00:22:08.252 --> 00:22:09.954
  • And then Nehemiah said somethingthat I don't think we reflect on
  • 00:22:12.823 --> 00:22:15.493
  • very often.
  • 00:22:15.526 --> 00:22:16.827
  • He said, fight.
  • 00:22:16.861 --> 00:22:18.195
  • "Fight for your brothers, yoursons, your daughters, your
  • 00:22:18.229 --> 00:22:20.131
  • wives, and your homes."
  • 00:22:20.164 --> 00:22:21.499
  • He said, you're fighting forsomething, you're not just on a
  • 00:22:21.532 --> 00:22:26.237
  • short-term mission project tolay stones around a wall so you
  • 00:22:26.270 --> 00:22:29.673
  • can hurry back to your condo inanother country.
  • 00:22:29.707 --> 00:22:35.212
  • Fight for something, he said,fight for your family, fight for
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:39.116
  • your homes, fight for yourfaith, fight for your future.
  • 00:22:39.150 --> 00:22:45.156
  • Folks, this hasn't beenprogrammed into us.
  • 00:22:46.257 --> 00:22:49.026
  • We fight with one another, wefight about worship styles, we
  • 00:22:49.059 --> 00:22:52.363
  • fight about Biblicaltranslations, we fight about
  • 00:22:52.396 --> 00:22:56.033
  • which day of the week it'sbetter to worship on, but we
  • 00:22:56.066 --> 00:22:58.235
  • really haven't imagined thatwe're on an assignment to fight
  • 00:22:58.269 --> 00:23:01.439
  • for something in the context ofthe kingdom of God.
  • 00:23:01.472 --> 00:23:04.508
  • I'm tired of wickedness beingmore bold and more committed
  • 00:23:04.909 --> 00:23:08.446
  • than the people of God.
  • 00:23:08.479 --> 00:23:16.220
  • You know, I used to enjoyathletics before they became
  • 00:23:16.253 --> 00:23:19.990
  • platforms for other things.
  • 00:23:20.024 --> 00:23:22.893
  • But I always lived with thisnotion that if the team I was
  • 00:23:22.927 --> 00:23:25.296
  • for got behind in the first partof the game, and there was an
  • 00:23:25.329 --> 00:23:27.865
  • equal amount of time left, therewas time to come back.
  • 00:23:27.898 --> 00:23:30.234
  • If you get that far behind inthe first half, you can catch
  • 00:23:30.267 --> 00:23:31.936
  • that much up in the second half.
  • 00:23:31.969 --> 00:23:33.270
  • Well, I would submit to you, ifwe have watched evil make
  • 00:23:33.304 --> 00:23:37.208
  • inroads into universities, inplaces where we would rather see
  • 00:23:37.241 --> 00:23:40.911
  • a Biblical worldviewestablished, why don't we start
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  • to act like that's apossibility?
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  • I'm not conceding the field!
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  • I intend to be a part of achurch, it's an overcoming
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  • church, that's the church in thebook of Revelation.
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  • That's the only group invited tothe dance at the end of the book
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  • of Revelation, is those whoovercome.
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  • Don't yield to fear, rememberthe Lord and fight for your
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  • families, your homes, and yourfuture.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: And beforewe go, we're gonna pray, but I
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  • just wanna take a moment.
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  • If your fatigued, if you'refatigued with this season,
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  • you're not a spiritual failure.
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  • Fatigue comes from exertion.
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  • The people that aren't tired byit, they haven't been leaning
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  • into it.
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  • So if you're a bit tired, you'vebeen standing and holding your
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  • place, doing your part, Godknows how to renew our strength.
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  • Don't you quit.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, thank you.
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  • Thank you for your Word, for thepresence of your spirit.
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  • I thank you that you know how torenew and refresh and redeem.
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  • Lord, we're tired in ourselves,but in you we can run through a
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  • troop and leap over a wall.
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  • And I pray you'll give useverything we need for life and
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  • godliness today and tomorrow.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.God bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: And theremay be times you and I choose to
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  • put ourselves in a position thatlooks like we're disadvantaged,
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  • it looks as if we're vulnerable,it looks as if we have yielded
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  • the field.
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  • But if we're doing it at thedirection of our Father, nothing
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  • will separate us from the loveof Christ.
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  • And before the story's finished,it'll be apparent to anybody
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  • that's looking that we are morethan conquerors.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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