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When Your Strength Fails Part 2

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September 16, 2020
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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When Your Strength Fails Part 2

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  • Allen Jackson: What areyou convinced of?
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  • Where we're having the Lord, inhis grace and mercy, is moving
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  • us from being men and women andpeople who have considered
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  • Christianity as a peripheralpart of who we are, and he's
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  • pushing us to a place that, ifwe're going to flourish, if
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  • we're going to be more thanovercomers, we're gonna have to
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  • be convinced that Jesus ofNazareth is alive; that he is
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  • seated at the right hand of thecreator of heaven and earth,
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  • that he's interceding for us asour great high priest.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's so goodto be with you again,
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  • I'm so thankfulfor God's people.
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  • You know Jesus said, "We're thesalt of the earth, the light of
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  • the world," we have a role toplay in this season, I think
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  • it's important to remember that.
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  • It's a political season, I knowyou know that, if you've missed
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  • that, wake up, welcome back tothe world Rumplestiltskin.
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  • It's a time, I suspect you'retired of it, I am to, but we
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  • can't afford to be tired, wehave to pray and take our stand
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  • and tell the truth and investthe energy to think about
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  • what's going on.
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  • Folks, if we're to maintain ourfreedom and liberty we're gonna
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  • have to pay attention, we'regonna have to think and pray and
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  • and use the tools that God hasgiven to us.
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  • This is not a time to be passiveor even to excuse your response
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  • just with anger or frustration,we've gotta turn our hearts to
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  • the Lord and thank him that heraises up leaders and he puts
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  • them down, that he will give usleaders who fear his name from
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  • the lowest offices in the landto the highest.
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  • It's time for the church topray, it's time for the church
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  • to be involved, it's time forthe church to humble ourselves
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  • and recognize that thechallenges in our nation are not
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  • because of the depravity of thewicked, the challenges we face
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  • are because of the indifferenceof the faithful.
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  • Now I know I'm preaching to thechoir, you're watching Christian
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  • TV, thank you for that, andthank you for your prayers.
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  • Our topic today is "When OurStrength Fails," when we just
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  • get weary in the midst of thestruggle, God has a solution,
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  • he knows how to renew us.
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  • Get your Bibles, open yourhearts, God has something
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  • for you today.
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  • Allen Jackson: I love whatNehemiah said.
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  • He said, "I looked things overand I stood up, and I said to
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  • the nobles, the officials andall the people, 'Don't be afraid
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  • of them.'"
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  • They're threatening us, theyhave threatening postures, they
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  • have weapons, they've identifiedus adversaries, it's a
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  • legitimate challenge, don't beafraid of them.
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  • He didn't say, "There's nothingto be afraid of," he said,
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  • "Choose not to be afraid ofthem," a part of what we're
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  • having to do.
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  • We don't wanna be reckless, wedon't wanna needlessly endanger
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  • one another, but we have tochoose to lead our lives without
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  • fear, we can do that with wisdomand prudence and still
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  • be courageous.
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  • "Don't be afraid of them," hesaid, "Remember the Lord," in
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  • fact, he's giving them threevery specific instructions,
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  • "Don't yield to fear."
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  • We've talked about this quite abit, I've invited you to think
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  • of fear as a person, a personwithout a body, and when you
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  • feel fear encroaching--hedoesn't play fair, he's evil,
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  • he'll come when you're tired ordistracted or dissatisfied or
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  • you're hungry or you've lostsome sleep, you are more
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  • vulnerable in all of thoseplaces.
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  • You'll have to give attention tomaintaining your balance,
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  • physically, emotionally andspiritually, you're gonna have
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  • to guard your thought-lifebecause fear will exploit any
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  • point of vulnerability wepresent.
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  • He'll do his best to diminishyour confidence, to erode your
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  • courage, if he can't stop you,he'll settle for neutralizing
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  • you; if he can, he'll enlist youas a proponent to help you
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  • frighten other people.
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  • The message is, we don't have toyield to fear, the answer's,
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  • "In Jesus's name, you go,you're not welcome here.
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  • I concede, the circumstances areintimidating, there's problems
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  • that I can't solve, thechallenges before us are
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  • significant, my strength islimited, my resources
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  • have boundaries.
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  • All of those things are true,but nothing will separate me
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  • from the love of God that'sexpressed towards me in Jesus,
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  • and in Christ Jesus, I amleading a life as more than a
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  • conqueror, you go."
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  • We need a church that'slistening to the spirit of God
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  • and knows who we are in Christ,more than we're listening to the
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  • talking heads telling us what weshould be afraid of; don't yield
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  • to fear.
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  • Then Nehemiah said, "Rememberthe Lord, who is great and
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  • awesome," reflect on, thinkabout, meditate, who God is,
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  • "Remember the Lord."
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  • Don't park him on a Wednesdaynight when you go to church or
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  • Sunday morning or whenever yourworship time is, remember
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  • the Lord.
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  • When you're tempted to befrightened, when you feel your
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  • courage waffle, remember theLord, we stand in his strength.
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  • And then Nehemiah said somethingthat I don't think we reflect on
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  • very often, he said, "Fight,fight for your brothers, your
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  • sons, your daughters, yourwives, and your homes."
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  • He said, You're fighting forsomething, you're not just on a
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  • short-term mission project tolay stones around a wall so you
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  • can hurry back to your condo inanother country.
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  • Fight for something, he said,"Fight for your family, fight
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  • for your homes, fight for yourfaith, fight for your future."
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  • Folks, this hasn't beenprogrammed into us, we fight
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  • with one another, we fight aboutworship styles, we fight about
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  • biblical translations, we fightabout which day of the week it's
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  • better to worship on, but wereally haven't imagined that
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  • we're on an assignment to fightfor something in the time
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  • context of the kingdom of God.
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  • I'm tired of wickedness beingmore bold and more committed
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  • than the people of the God.
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  • You know, I used to enjoyathletics before they became
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  • platforms for other things but Ialways lived with this notion
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  • that if the team I was for gotbehind in the first part of the
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  • game and there was an equalamount of time left there was
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  • time to come back; if you getthat far behind in the first
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  • half, you can catch that much upin the second half.
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  • Well I would submit to you, ifwe have watched evil make
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  • inroads into universities andplaces where we would rather see
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  • 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, Iintend to be a part of a church
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  • that's an overcoming church,that's the church in the book of
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  • Revelation, that's the onlygroup invited to the dance at
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  • the end of the book ofRevelation, is those
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  • who overcome.
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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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  • Now I think there's a tension inthe body of Christ, at least in
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  • the part that I'm most familiarwith, in this notion of
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  • fighting, 'cause we think of theverse in Ephesians where it
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  • says, "Having done everything,you stand," and somebody will
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  • talk to us about turning theother cheek and going the extra
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  • mile, and those are all biblicalconcerns and they're a part of
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  • the equation.
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  • So we kinda live somewhere inthis tension between standing
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  • and yielding and fighting, andthe best way I know to resolve
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  • it is with the Scripture.
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  • Ephesians chapter 6, in verse 13is the verse, in the NIV it goes
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  • this way.
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  • "Put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil
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  • comes, you may be able to standyour ground, and after you've
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  • done everything, to stand."
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  • That's the one that's mostfamiliar with me, it's the
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  • translation I read mostfrequently, the New American
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  • Standard is little more literalto the original language, it
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  • says, "Take up the full armor ofGod, so that you'll be able to
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  • resist in the evil day, andhaving done everything,
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  • to stand firm."
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  • The New King James, it says,"Take up the whole armor of God,
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  • that you may be able towithstand in the evil day, and
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  • having done all, to stand."
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  • The Message is my favorite, "Beprepared, you're up against
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  • far more than you canhandle on your own.
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  • Take all the help you can get,every weapon God has issued,
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  • so when it's all over but theshouting, you'll still be
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  • on your feet."
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  • I'm going to suggest there's aconnection between standing and
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  • fighting, that they're notintention with one another, that
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  • they support one another.
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  • If we take those verses, in thedifferent translations, what
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  • we're told to do is hold ourground, resist, withstand, and
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  • take every weapon Godhas issued.
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  • Now that collection of words,that idea requires on our part
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  • an assertiveness, it's not apassive attitude.
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  • It will demand of us somesituational awareness, we'll
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  • have to recognize what thethreat is, we'll have to be able
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  • to acknowledge thereis a threat.
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  • That means we're not asleep,we're not disinterested, we're
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  • not distracted, we recognizethere's a threat, we'll have to
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  • make a determination of what thebest response is, we'll have to
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  • be willing to respond, and wewill have to be vigilant; sounds
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  • a lot like Nehemiah.
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  • See, we're not going to be morethan overcomers, more than
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  • conquerors, if we have noawareness that there's a
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  • struggle going on; we've beenconscientious objectors
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  • for too long.
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  • Jesus's perspective, I thinkunderscores this, in John 10,
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  • and verse 17.
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  • Jesus is speaking, he said, "Thereason my Father loves me is
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  • that I lay down my life only totake it up again; no one takes
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  • it from me, I lay it down of myown accord.
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  • I have authority to lay it downand authority to take it
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  • up again."
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  • Jesus's own personal declarationis, "Nobody takes my life
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  • from me.
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  • You're gonna see some things andit's gonna look like the Romans
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  • are manhandling me, it may lookto you like a centurion is
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  • stretching me out on a cross,but I want you to remember,
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  • friends, nobody takes my lifefrom me.
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  • In fact, the Father loves mebecause I'll lay down my life
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  • because he asked me to," Jesuswasn't a victim.
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  • Matthew 26, when they come toarrest him and Peter is all
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  • stressed and he's got his swordout and he's gonna swell up
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  • and do something.
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  • Jesus says to Pete, "Do youthink I cannot call on my
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  • Father, and he'll at once put atmy disposal more than 12 legions
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  • of angels?"
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  • Said, "I got lots of help, Pete,if I wanted to call them, I need
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  • to do this."
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  • Now when he's being interviewedby Pilate, and Pilate's
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  • impressed with his own self,"Pilate said, 'Do you refuse to
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  • speak to me?
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  • Don't you realize I have powerto free you or crucify you?'"
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  • Can you imagine sayingthat to Jesus?
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  • Do you know who I am?
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  • I want you to know there's apart of Jesus that would've
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  • loved to deliver an answer tohim, "Well I think your tongue
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  • might just stick to the roof ofyour mouth for a while,
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  • big boy."
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  • But Jesus answered him in anintriguing way, he said, "You
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  • would have no power over me ifit weren't given to you
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  • from above."
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  • Jesus chose that path 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,that looks as if we have yielded
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  • the field, but if we're doing itat the direction of our Father
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  • nothing will separate us fromthe love of Christ, and before
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  • the story's finished, it'll beapparent to anybody that's
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  • looking that we are more thanconquerors, amen.
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  • Allen Jackson: Now I wanna closethis with a little exercise from
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  • our reading assignment thisweek, our reading is the first
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  • 41 chapters of the book ofPsalms, it's just about six
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  • chapters a day with a littleflex space in there.
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  • It's not a heavy assignment butI want to suggest that in the
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  • midst of an extended strugglelike this I think we get
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  • mentally tired and emotionallytired and physically tired, and
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  • yet we've still got to get upand face it.
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  • There's still a lot of rubblebut the wall still needs to be
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  • rebuilt, and our adversaries arepersistent, and their threats
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  • are unyielding, and the outcomesstill seem to be in the balance,
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  • and we recognize that we stillneed to engage but we don't
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  • necessarily want to--you know,how do we do that?
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  • Well the Psalms are apowerful-powerful tool and what
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  • I want to suggest is that youcan pray the Psalms, I'm going
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  • to do a little exercise with youthen I'm going to release you to
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  • the rest of the week to begin todo it yourself, why would
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  • we do that?
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  • Why would we take a passage ofScripture and make a prayer
  • 00:14:22.981 --> 00:14:24.616
  • out of it?
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  • Well it's an expression, firstof all, of gratitude for God,
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  • we're grateful for his Word,we're giving attention to it,
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  • we're listening to it, we'remeditating, we're thinking
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  • about it.
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  • So when we take God's Wordand we offer it back to God,
  • 00:14:34.026 --> 00:14:35.827
  • it's saying, "I think whatyou've given me matters enough
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  • that I'm investing time andattention in it," what do you
  • 00:14:38.130 --> 00:14:41.833
  • think is the evidence that God'sWord matters to you if you don't
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  • give any time to it?
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  • So when we're willing to praythe Psalms, we're making a
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  • declaration to heaven and earththat we are grateful
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  • for that privilege.
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  • Secondly, it's a declaration offaith over your life, your words
  • 00:14:54.646 --> 00:14:57.950
  • carry spiritual authority.
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  • I know that idea can be misusedbut it's true nonetheless, and
  • 00:14:59.651 --> 00:15:04.289
  • when you take God's Word and yousay it, it's a declaration
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  • over your life.
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  • And thirdly, it brings inalignment with your heart and
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  • with God's perspective.
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  • When you take time and effortand energy to put God's Word in
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:15.233
  • your heart you'll find thatemotionally and thoughtfully you
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  • begin to get more alignment withwhat God says; we've lined up
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  • with enough goofiness, we mightas well line up with what
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  • God says.
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  • So if you're gonna read a fewchapters, I just took the first
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  • 10 chapters and peeled out averse or two, and this is my
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  • suggestion to you.
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  • If you're gonna read four orfive or six chapters for the
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  • day, ask the spirit of God tohighlight one or two for you:
  • 00:15:37.923 --> 00:15:41.560
  • one that feels relevant to you,meaningful to you.
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  • You'll know those, when you readthem they'll feel more alive to
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  • you, and then just list them.
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  • If there's two or three or fourverses, pull them out, they may
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  • be from two or three differentchapters, it's okay.
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  • And then throughout the day, youmake that a proclamation over
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  • your life, that's my declarationfor this day for myself, why
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  • would I do that?
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  • Because I intend to be more thana conqueror, I intend to be the
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  • canvas on which the love of Godis expressed in this generation;
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  • that people will look at me andgo, "That had to be God because
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  • we know him and itcouldn't be him."
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  • Psalm chapter 1, I chose verses5 and 6, "Therefore the wicked
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  • will not stand in the judgment,nor sinners in the assembly
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  • of the righteous."
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  • Sometimes it looks like thewicked and the sinners are
  • 00:16:32.944 --> 00:16:34.279
  • standing pretty firmly and itdoes me good to know I don't
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  • have to spend a lot of emotionalor thoughtful energy on the
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  • progress or the success of thewicked, God knows.
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  • "For the Lord watches over theway of the righteous, but the
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  • way of the wicked will perish."
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  • "The Lord watches over the wayof the righteous," did you know
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  • the Lord's watching over you?
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  • Think we ought to say that verseover ourselves, can you do that?
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  • Can you use your outdoor voiceif i give it to you in
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  • little phrases?
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  • "The Lord watches over the wayof the righteous, but the way
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  • of the wicked willperish," amen.
  • 00:17:09.614 --> 00:17:13.085
  • Now that's Psalm 1, Psalm 2says, "Why do the nations
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  • conspire and the peoplesplot in vain?"
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  • It seems to me to be a lot ofconspiratorial stuff happening
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  • these days and it makes you alittle anxious, powerful people,
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  • wealthy people, things that youcan't see through completely, we
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  • don't have complete disclosure,we don't have all the
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  • transparency we would like.
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  • It says, "The kings of the earthtake their stand and the rulers
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  • gather together against theLord," this is not a new thing,
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  • kings and rulers have beenplotting against the purposes of
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  • God for as long as we haverecords of kings and rulers.
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  • "'Let's break their chains,'they say, 'And throw off their
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  • fetters,'" they imagine that Godis limiting.
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  • See, if you're committed toungodliness and wickedness and
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  • immorality, the thought of Godis a limit that you
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  • cannot abide.
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  • A good way to check your ownheart is if your imagination of
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  • God is as a limiting force inyour life, you've got too much
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  • ungodliness in your life, God isnot a limit, God is a delimiter.
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  • I don't know if that's a word ornot but it's a good one, learned
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  • that at Riverdale.
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  • Verse 4 says, "The one enthronedin heaven laughs, the Lord
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  • scoffs at them and then herebukes them in his anger and
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  • terrifies them in his wrath."
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  • I like verse 4, "The oneenthroned in heaven is laughing,
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  • the Lord scoffs at them," he'snot panicked, he's not wringing
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  • his hands, he's not anxious,he's watching the best plots and
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  • the best conspiracies and he ischuckling, and I think from time
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  • to time he has a belly laugh,"Is that what you got?"
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  • We oughta say thatverse together,
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  • you can do it after me.
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  • "The one enthroned in heavenlaughs, the Lord scoffs at
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  • them," we're building aproclamation for the day.
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  • Psalm chapter 3, it says, "Fromthe Lord comes deliverance,
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  • may your blessing beon your people."
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  • That's a good statement, webetter say it together,
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  • "From the Lord comesdeliverance, may your blessing
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  • be on your people."
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  • Psalm 4, verses 3 and 4: "Knowthat the Lord has set apart the
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  • godly for himself, the Lord willhear when I call to him."
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  • We've been set apart for God,that's why we are more than
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  • conquerors, nothing can separateus from his love.
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  • "In your anger don't sin, whenyou're on your beds, search your
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  • hearts and be silent."
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  • That's interesting, you can'tjust take the first verse and
  • 00:19:45.637 --> 00:19:48.406
  • say that the Lord has set usapart for himself, he gives us
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  • an assignment.
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  • When you rest in the evening,think about your heart, and if
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  • there's any business you need todo with the Lord, make it
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  • right, why?
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  • Because the wicked won't stand,we've got to give attention
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  • to this.
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  • "In your anger don't sin, whenyou're resting, search your
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  • heart and be silent."
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  • I hope you're inviting thespirit of God to help you reveal
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  • your life--not to establishguilt, not to bring a sense of
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  • shame--to bring a pathway offreedom and deliverance.
  • 00:20:23.008 --> 00:20:28.813
  • Psalm chapter 5, "Let all whotake refuge in you be glad, let
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  • them ever sing for joy.
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  • Spread your protection overthem, that those who love your
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  • name may rejoice in you.
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  • For surely, O Lord, you blessthe righteous, you surround them
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  • with your favor aswith a shield."
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  • We've been wearing shields along time, I got a shield from
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  • the Lord, y'all are pretty calm,we better say that
  • 00:20:49.334 --> 00:20:54.606
  • verse together.
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  • "For surely, O Lord, you blessthe righteous, you surround
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  • them with your favor aswith a shield."
  • 00:21:02.113 --> 00:21:07.118
  • Psalm 6: "The Lord has heard mycry for mercy, the Lord accepts
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  • my prayer; all my enemies willbe ashamed and dismayed for they
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  • will turn back andsudden disgrace."
  • 00:21:15.527 --> 00:21:18.663
  • Now I can take those sixchapters and I've got a
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  • proclamation over my day, "TheLord watches over the way of the
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  • righteous but the way of thewicked will perish.
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  • The one enthroned in heavenlaughs and the Lord scoffs
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  • at my adversaries.
  • 00:21:29.741 --> 00:21:31.476
  • From the Lord comes deliverance,may your blessing be on
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  • your people.
  • 00:21:34.746 --> 00:21:36.448
  • Know that the Lord has set meapart the godly for himself, the
  • 00:21:36.481 --> 00:21:39.851
  • Lord will hear when I call tohim; for surely, O Lord, you
  • 00:21:39.884 --> 00:21:43.855
  • bless the righteous and yousurround them with your favor
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  • as with a shield."
  • 00:21:47.492 --> 00:21:49.527
  • Now you'll take that and you'llsay it a dozen times through the
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  • day and it will change thecondition of your heart and your
  • 00:21:52.564 --> 00:21:56.668
  • thoughts, your emotions, yourresponses to the world around
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  • you, 'cause it'll begin tochange your focus; away from
  • 00:22:00.638 --> 00:22:03.675
  • what you're being told is theoutcome that somebody behind the
  • 00:22:03.708 --> 00:22:06.811
  • curtain someplace wants you toaccept as truth, and you'll take
  • 00:22:06.845 --> 00:22:11.483
  • the perspective of the creatorof heaven and earth, and say, "I
  • 00:22:11.516 --> 00:22:14.519
  • am more than a conqueror and letme tell you what God has said
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  • about me today."
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  • You can build your list at theend of the day and have it ready
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  • for in the morning, some of youare morning people and you want
  • 00:22:24.262 --> 00:22:27.465
  • to get up early and you wannabuild your list for that day,
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  • whatever works for yourpersonality and your sleep
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  • schedule, but take this week,while you're reading the Psalms,
  • 00:22:32.504 --> 00:22:35.840
  • just pull a verse or two out ofevery one of those chapters,
  • 00:22:35.874 --> 00:22:38.710
  • say, "This is mydeclaration today."
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  • See, we've got to learn, we arelearning, and God is helping us
  • 00:22:43.081 --> 00:22:46.418
  • to learn, to step out of beingtheoretical practitioners, of
  • 00:22:46.451 --> 00:22:52.157
  • building a set of things that wesay we believe in.
  • 00:22:52.190 --> 00:22:54.559
  • He's beginning to teach us howto live in it and how to walk in
  • 00:22:54.592 --> 00:22:57.195
  • it, how to experience freedom,how to turn up the light.
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  • You put that in your heart andyou meet somebody during the day
  • 00:23:01.733 --> 00:23:04.035
  • that's frightened, you can say,"Well I was a little afraid, let
  • 00:23:04.068 --> 00:23:06.304
  • me tell you what I've beenthinking about today, 'The Lord
  • 00:23:06.337 --> 00:23:09.541
  • watches over the righteous.'"
  • 00:23:09.574 --> 00:23:13.111
  • They say, "Well I don't know ifI'm righteous," "I can help you
  • 00:23:13.144 --> 00:23:15.613
  • with that, you know what theoutcome will be?
  • 00:23:15.647 --> 00:23:19.784
  • Righteousness will start to rain'cause you'll take it with you
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  • to school and to work andto the grocery store."
  • 00:23:23.421 --> 00:23:31.329
  • Allen Jackson: And before we gotoday I want to pray with you
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  • but I wanna take just a secondbefore we do that.
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  • You know in the midst of all theturmoil and the confusion and
  • 00:23:35.066 --> 00:23:38.470
  • the fear and the anxiety and allthe junk, the propaganda, I know
  • 00:23:38.503 --> 00:23:42.740
  • we're tired of, it but the worldneeds your strength, there are
  • 00:23:42.774 --> 00:23:45.677
  • people in your sphere ofinfluence for whom your faith
  • 00:23:45.710 --> 00:23:48.880
  • will make all the difference.
  • 00:23:48.913 --> 00:23:50.648
  • It means that you're on ministryassignment a bit more than
  • 00:23:50.682 --> 00:23:54.486
  • in typical seasons.
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  • When you go to the grocerystore, when you're buying gas,
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  • when you're interacting withyour friends, when you're
  • 00:23:58.423 --> 00:23:59.958
  • getting your mail out of themailbox, a word of hope, a note
  • 00:23:59.991 --> 00:24:02.894
  • of encouragement, a verse ofScripture, all of those things
  • 00:24:02.927 --> 00:24:05.830
  • make a tremendous difference topeople for whom that's not
  • 00:24:05.864 --> 00:24:09.567
  • a normal part of their life.
  • 00:24:09.601 --> 00:24:11.369
  • I want to encourage you to be alittle more identified with your
  • 00:24:11.402 --> 00:24:14.272
  • faith, a little more bold inopening your life about Jesus to
  • 00:24:14.305 --> 00:24:18.309
  • the world around you, it's aseason where that light and that
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  • truth and that hope is of atremendous significance.
  • 00:24:21.946 --> 00:24:27.185
  • So don't simply find ways to befed, find ways to let the light
  • 00:24:27.218 --> 00:24:31.823
  • in you shine more brightly.
  • 00:24:31.856 --> 00:24:33.424
  • You don't have to preach asermon, just a note of hope, a
  • 00:24:33.458 --> 00:24:36.227
  • voice of encouragement can makea tremendous difference in
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  • our world.
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  • I thank God for you and whatyou're doing, God's people are
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  • the difference-makers.
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  • Now I want to pray with youbefore we go.
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  • Father, I thank you for everyperson that I've had the
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  • privilege of spending thesemoments with.
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  • Lord, the details of our livesare open before you, nothing
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  • is hidden.
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  • I pray that you would beattentive to the prayers they
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  • have prayed.
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  • Father, that you would lift theburdens from their life, deliver
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  • them from the challenges; maythey have an assurance that you
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  • are leading them forward to aplace of freedom and victory and
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  • wholeness and triumph.
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