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May 25, 2018
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  • - Beth Jones: Now, it's not
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  • just, "I hope this works.
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  • Oh, boy.
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  • Let's go.
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  • Let's just throw it against
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  • the wall and see if it sticks."
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  • It's not that kind of a life.
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  • It is a faith life, but it's a
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  • faith life based in a knowing,
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  • based in the fact that you've
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  • heard from God you have
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  • a promise from God.
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  • You can take it to the bank.
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  • It's your anchor.
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  • - female announcer: Today on
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  • "The Basics with Beth," Beth
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  • Jones continues her series
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  • "Faith Adventures to the Land of
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  • God's Thumbprint," and shares
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  • how we can overcome Doubtville
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  • on our journey through
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  • [music]
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  • - Beth Jones: Welcome,
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  • everybody, to "Faith Adventures
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  • to the Land of God's
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  • Thumbprint," and to bring you up
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  • to speed, we've been talking
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  • about X marks the spot, which is
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  • where all of us are currently,
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  • your particular season in life,
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  • where you are in your marriage,
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  • maybe; where you are in your
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  • spiritual life; your health;
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  • your mental life; your emotional
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  • life in marriage, with your
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  • kids, in your career; in your
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  • vocation; in your purpose;
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  • satisfaction in life.
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  • I mean, you could think
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  • of a lot of areas where it's,
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  • like, X marks the spot.
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  • We've been encouraging you every
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  • week just to think about it.
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  • Like, right now, in the season
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  • of life you're in, what is the X
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  • marks the spot for you?
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  • Or maybe there's several, and
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  • then God is taking us on a faith
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  • adventure.
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  • We call it the faith adventure
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  • to where?
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  • The land of God's thumbprint, to
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  • this place, so to speak, not
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  • necessarily a physical place but
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  • a place in life.
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  • Part of the journey, you know,
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  • is this land of God's thumbprint
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  • as well, where his hand, his
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  • fingerprints, his thumbprint
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  • marks our life, and so it's not
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  • just in any old ordinary life.
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  • It's not just in everyday life.
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  • It's really a supernatural faith
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  • adventure.
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  • It's like this is what makes you
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  • stand out.
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  • This is what distinguishes you,
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  • the Bible says.
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  • Faith distinguishes you amongst
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  • your peers, amongst others.
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  • When people look at your life,
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  • they're like, "What is going on
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  • with you?
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  • God's thumbprint, somebody's
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  • thumbprint is on your life.
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  • It seems like, somehow or
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  • another, God's in your life."
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  • I see something that, hopefully
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  • is salty and makes the folks in
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  • your world thirsty and hungry
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  • for the thing that you have.
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  • You know, God's faith adventure
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  • always has to do with his
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  • purpose for us.
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  • This faith adventure we're on,
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  • it always has to do with his
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  • purpose, so you're at an X marks
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  • the spot, and then God has a
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  • purpose for your life and for
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  • the season of life you're in and
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  • for the legacy you're going to
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  • leave, things he wants to do in
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  • you and things he wants to do
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  • through you.
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  • He always has divine purpose,
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  • and then he gets you to this
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  • land of God's thumbprint, and,
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  • all along the way, of course,
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  • his hand and his thumbprint is
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  • on you, and then we face some
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  • villes.
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  • We face some challenges.
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  • We face some scenarios along the
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  • way, some things we have to deal
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  • with, so, for example, we
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  • started our faith adventure.
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  • Week number one, we started it
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  • in Prayerville.
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  • You might remember Prayerville
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  • is a place you want to spend a
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  • good amount of time in.
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  • In fact, maybe in all of these
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  • pit stops, this is the place you
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  • want to spend the most time in
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  • because this will give you the
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  • most successful journey.
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  • The more time you spend at
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  • Prayerville, the better the
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  • journey.
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  • Who's found out?
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  • It's true.
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  • Then, pit stop number two, which
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  • is sort of a twin city to
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  • Prayerville is Promiseville.
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  • We talked about that last week.
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  • You want to spend a fair amount
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  • of time in Promiseville as well
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  • because that's where God speaks
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  • to you, which is, to me, so
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  • amazing, isn't it?
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  • I mean, God, God Almighty, the
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  • God of the universe, who stepped
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  • down out of heaven to come to
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  • earth in the person of Jesus
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  • Christ, who was then crucified
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  • on the cross, shed his blood for
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  • you and I, was raised from the
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  • dead, is now seated at the right
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  • hand of the Father, alive, this
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  • God is speaking to us still his
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  • living Word.
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  • The Bible describes, in fact,
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  • Jesus said, "Man does not live
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  • by bread alone, but man lives
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  • by, man lives by every word that
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  • proceeds from the mouth of God,"
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  • and that phrase there is God's
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  • living Word, where God speaks to
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  • you in realtime, customizes his
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  • Word, the Bible, for you in
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  • realtime, so the more time we
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  • spend in Promiseville the better
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  • because now, we have an anchor.
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  • Now, it's not just, "I hope this
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  • works.
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  • Oh, boy.
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  • Let's go.
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  • Let's just throw it against the
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  • wall and see if it sticks."
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  • It's not that kind of a life.
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  • It is a faith life, but it's a
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  • faith life based in a knowing,
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  • based in the fact that you've
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  • heard from God you have a
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  • promise from God.
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  • You can take it to the bank.
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  • It's your anchor because when
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  • the storms blow and when the
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  • winds come, you're going to need
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  • a good anchor, and all the
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  • people said amen.
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  • So, then, we go from
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  • Promiseville in this journey
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  • oftentimes into a place we want
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  • to escape from, a place we want
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  • to kind of get around quickly,
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  • but it is part of the Christian
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  • life, where the enemy, then,
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  • will try to lure us into
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  • Doubtville, so we're going to
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  • talk today about Doubtville.
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  • What is Doubtville?
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  • What does that look like, and
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  • how do we escape from
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  • Doubtville?
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  • Okay.
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  • So, we've got a lot to cover
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  • today, so we're going to go fast
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  • in some parts, but let me just
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  • say this.
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  • I remember, as a new Christian,
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  • I remember having doubts.
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  • You know, a brand new Christian,
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  • I mean, the Bible's new to me,
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  • and a lot of this is new to me,
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  • and so I was doubting some
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  • things, and that's fairly
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  • common.
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  • I'm sure you've had doubts as
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  • well, and so I remember I had a
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  • topical Bible that would, like,
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  • let you look up topics.
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  • It would show you, like, for all
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  • the verses on marriage, "Here
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  • you go.
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  • Look these up," or for all the
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  • verses on anger, "Look these
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  • up."
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  • Well, so, I was looking up all
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  • the verses on doubt because I
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  • thought, "Okay.
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  • Surely, God will comfort me
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  • because I'm having doubts," so I
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  • started looking up verses on
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  • doubt, and here's what I kept
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  • reading.
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  • "Ye of little faith, why did you
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  • doubt?
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  • Doubt not.
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  • Faith pleases God.
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  • Don't doubt."
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  • I mean, I just kept reading
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  • these verses like I couldn't
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  • find the verses.
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  • I looked.
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  • I was looking.
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  • I could not find the verses that
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  • said, "Yea, my little child.
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  • I understand your doubts.
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  • It's normal.
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  • Doubt on."
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  • I could not find that verse.
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  • I just kept finding verses that
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  • said, "Why are you doubting?"
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  • It was almost as if God was
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  • like, "Why would you doubt?
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  • Like, I'm God, and I've said
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  • these things.
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  • Next question," amen?
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  • So, I remember that was kind of
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  • a little light bulb moment for
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  • me, like, okay.
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  • Apparently, God is not into
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  • doubt.
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  • Apparently, Jesus doesn't like
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  • doubt.
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  • He loves faith.
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  • In fact, the Bible says faith
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  • pleases God, and faith comes by
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  • hearing and hearing, by the
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  • Word, and I remember praying,
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  • "Okay, God.
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  • In that case, then give me more
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  • faith.
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  • Lord, give me more faith."
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  • Who's ever prayed a prayer like
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  • that?
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  • "Lord, give me more faith."
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  • Well, then, here's what's
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  • interesting.
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  • Technically, God doesn't give us
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  • more faith like, you know,
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  • "Poof.
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  • There you go."
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  • Technically, he doesn't do that,
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  • but what I did notice was an
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  • increased desire.
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  • Like, a, you know, insatiable
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  • hunger really kicked in for the
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  • Word.
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  • I got so hungry for the Word.
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  • Well, that's because God knows
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  • that faith comes by hearing and
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  • hearing, by the Word, so he
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  • doesn't just give you a, you
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  • know, magic touch, so to speak,
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  • of faith, but he does increase
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  • your hunger for his Word because
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  • it's in his Word that faith
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  • comes, and so this was a little
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  • life lesson I learned early on
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  • in my Christian life.
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  • Just think about Doubtville.
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  • You want to stay away from it.
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  • You want to get around it.
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  • You want to escape from it
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  • because God is all about the
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  • faith adventure, and all things
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  • are possible to him who
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  • believes, amen?
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  • Okay.
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  • So, let's talk about specific
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  • examples in the Bible.
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  • We're actually going to look at
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  • the life of Nehemiah here in
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  • just a minute, but before we do
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  • that, I want to give you just a
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  • couple of introductory thoughts
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  • and kind of, like, the premise
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  • of where we're going to go
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  • today, all right?
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  • So, week number one,
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  • Prayerville.
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  • We talked about seek and ask.
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  • Promiseville, we said hear and
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  • believe.
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  • Today, with Doubtville, remind
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  • and revisit.
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  • Remind yourself, and revisit
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  • those Prayerville and
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  • Promiseville places, and we're
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  • going to see that here in just a
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  • bit, okay?
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  • So, Luke 24, so Jesus is going
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  • to the cross, resurrected, and
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  • we have this scenario.
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  • In Luke 24, this is the first
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  • appearance of Jesus after he
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  • went to the cross, which is the
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  • timeframe we're in.
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  • This is like the timeframe we're
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  • living in.
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  • We're living in the time after
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  • the cross.
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  • This is the very first
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  • appearance of Jesus to some
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  • people, the two guys on the road
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  • to Emmaus, and look at what
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  • happens here.
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  • It's interesting.
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  • So, these two guys were talking,
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  • and, as they said these things,
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  • Jesus himself stood in the midst
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  • of them and said to them, "Peace
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  • to you," but they were terrified
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  • and frightened and supposed
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  • they'd seen a spirit, and he
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  • said to them, now, get this.
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  • Jesus only asked two questions
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  • the first time he's appeared
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  • since the resurrection.
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  • First thing he says, which is
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  • cool, he says, "Peace to you.
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  • Shalom.
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  • Peace to you," which has so much
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  • breadth and depth, the word
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  • "shalom," peace, God's peace.
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  • I mean, that's a whole, you
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  • know, eight-week series we could
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  • talk about, but first thing he
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  • says.llll
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  • Isn't that cool?
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  • "Peace to you," but then he asks
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  • them two questions.
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  • He said, "Why are you troubled,
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  • and why do doubts arise in your
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  • heart?"
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  • First two things he asks these
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  • guys, "Why are you troubled, and
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  • why do doubts arise?"
  • 00:09:29.060 --> 00:09:30.270
  • So, this doubt thing is quite
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  • universal, and Jesus addressed
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  • it right off the bat as soon as
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  • he was resurrected.
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  • Okay.
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  • Good.
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  • What happened?
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  • "He says to them, 'Behold, my
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  • hands and my feet, that it is I,
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  • myself.
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  • Handle me.
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  • See, for a spirit does not have
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  • flesh and blood as you see I
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  • have,' when he said this, he
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  • showed them his hands and feet,
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  • but while they still did not
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  • believe, for joy, couldn't
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  • believe it.
  • 00:09:52.120 --> 00:09:53.090
  • They marveled.
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  • He said to them, 'Have you any
  • 00:09:53.290 --> 00:09:55.060
  • food here?' So, they gave him a
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  • piece of broiled fish and some
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  • honeycomb, and he took it and
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  • ate in their presence, and then
  • 00:09:58.200 --> 00:09:59.270
  • he said to them," okay?
  • 00:09:59.270 --> 00:10:01.270
  • "Then he said to them, 'These
  • 00:10:01.270 --> 00:10:03.180
  • are the words which I spoke to
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  • you while I was still with you,
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  • that all these things must be
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  • fulfilled which were written in
  • 00:10:08.190 --> 00:10:09.210
  • the law of Moses and the
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  • prophets and the psalms
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  • concerning me,' and he opened
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  • their understanding that they
  • 00:10:14.020 --> 00:10:15.020
  • might comprehend the
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  • Scriptures."
  • 00:10:15.260 --> 00:10:16.270
  • What happened in this story?
  • 00:10:16.270 --> 00:10:17.260
  • Well, a number of things
  • 00:10:17.260 --> 00:10:18.170
  • happened, but the thing that
  • 00:10:18.170 --> 00:10:19.250
  • hits us today, Jesus said, "Why
  • 00:10:19.250 --> 00:10:22.100
  • are you troubled?
  • 00:10:22.100 --> 00:10:23.010
  • Why do you doubt?"
  • 00:10:23.010 --> 00:10:24.150
  • And the remedy for doubt wasn't
  • 00:10:25.020 --> 00:10:28.020
  • that Jesus said, "Oh, you poor
  • 00:10:28.020 --> 00:10:30.020
  • little things.
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  • I know.
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  • I understand," which is what I
  • 00:10:31.120 --> 00:10:32.060
  • wanted.
  • 00:10:32.060 --> 00:10:34.050
  • He didn't say, "I know.
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  • It's been crazy in Jerusalem,
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  • He didn't say that.
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  • The thing, the remedy for doubt
  • 00:10:40.220 --> 00:10:42.270
  • is what we see here, and we're
  • 00:10:42.270 --> 00:10:43.210
  • going to see it in several other
  • 00:10:43.210 --> 00:10:45.010
  • examples, is Jesus took them
  • 00:10:45.010 --> 00:10:46.110
  • back to the Word.
  • 00:10:46.110 --> 00:10:48.280
  • The remedy for doubt always is
  • 00:10:48.280 --> 00:10:51.020
  • remind and revisit.
  • 00:10:51.020 --> 00:10:53.010
  • Remind yourself of what the Word
  • 00:10:53.010 --> 00:10:54.110
  • says.
  • 00:10:54.110 --> 00:10:55.010
  • Remind yourself of what God said
  • 00:10:55.010 --> 00:10:56.110
  • to you in your time of prayer.
  • 00:10:56.110 --> 00:10:57.130
  • Remind yourself of Promiseville.
  • 00:10:57.130 --> 00:10:59.110
  • Revisit the promises.
  • 00:10:59.110 --> 00:11:00.270
  • Go back to the Word, and that's
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:02.040
  • what Jesus said.
  • 00:11:02.040 --> 00:11:02.260
  • He says, "Hey, guys.
  • 00:11:02.260 --> 00:11:04.020
  • These are the words I spoke to
  • 00:11:04.020 --> 00:11:05.010
  • you.
  • 00:11:05.010 --> 00:11:05.210
  • Let me remind you.
  • 00:11:05.210 --> 00:11:06.110
  • All these things had to be
  • 00:11:06.110 --> 00:11:07.120
  • fulfilled," and then he opened
  • 00:11:07.120 --> 00:11:09.110
  • up their understanding to
  • 00:11:09.110 --> 00:11:10.250
  • understand the Scriptures,
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:12.170
  • which, thankfully, he's still
  • 00:11:12.170 --> 00:11:13.240
  • doing.
  • 00:11:13.240 --> 00:11:14.210
  • This is after the resurrection.
  • 00:11:14.210 --> 00:11:15.220
  • He's still doing this.
  • 00:11:15.220 --> 00:11:17.140
  • He's still opening up our
  • 00:11:17.140 --> 00:11:18.120
  • understanding what?
  • 00:11:18.120 --> 00:11:19.080
  • To understand the Word, the
  • 00:11:19.080 --> 00:11:22.020
  • Scriptures.
  • 00:11:22.020 --> 00:11:22.280
  • What overcomes doubt?
  • 00:11:22.280 --> 00:11:24.150
  • It's faith in the Word.
  • 00:11:24.150 --> 00:11:27.030
  • It's not faith in the five
  • 00:11:27.030 --> 00:11:28.220
  • physical sense realm.
  • 00:11:28.220 --> 00:11:29.200
  • You remember Doubting Thomas?
  • 00:11:29.200 --> 00:11:32.130
  • Poor guy.
  • 00:11:32.130 --> 00:11:33.040
  • What a name to have in heaven.
  • 00:11:33.040 --> 00:11:35.040
  • "Hey, Doubting Thomas."
  • 00:11:35.040 --> 00:11:36.130
  • I'm sure he's going to be
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:38.150
  • Believing Thomas when we get
  • 00:11:38.150 --> 00:11:39.180
  • there, but can you imagine?
  • 00:11:39.180 --> 00:11:41.220
  • I mean, Doubting Thomas, you
  • 00:11:41.220 --> 00:11:42.220
  • know, he was the one that said,
  • 00:11:42.220 --> 00:11:44.070
  • "Unless I see the nail prints in
  • 00:11:44.070 --> 00:11:45.210
  • his hands and in his side, I
  • 00:11:45.210 --> 00:11:47.260
  • won't believe, unless I can
  • 00:11:47.260 --> 00:11:50.130
  • touch them myself."
  • 00:11:50.130 --> 00:11:51.120
  • What did Thomas want?
  • 00:11:51.120 --> 00:11:52.230
  • He wanted the five physical
  • 00:11:52.230 --> 00:11:54.020
  • senses to be satisfied, and a
  • 00:11:54.020 --> 00:11:57.010
  • lot of times, you know, we'll
  • 00:11:57.010 --> 00:11:57.220
  • talk to people, even our own
  • 00:11:57.220 --> 00:11:58.260
  • kids when they were growing up
  • 00:11:58.260 --> 00:11:59.200
  • and even ourselves.
  • 00:11:59.200 --> 00:12:00.120
  • At times, don't you just want,
  • 00:12:00.120 --> 00:12:02.210
  • "Lord, just send a billboard
  • 00:12:02.210 --> 00:12:04.190
  • Lord, if you could just send a
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:08.240
  • billboard, if you could just
  • 00:12:08.240 --> 00:12:10.240
  • send the St. Bernard with a
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:12.210
  • barrel of money around his neck
  • 00:12:12.210 --> 00:12:14.000
  • just this one time.
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:16.150
  • Lord, if you could just do
  • 00:12:16.150 --> 00:12:17.110
  • something in the five physical
  • 00:12:17.110 --> 00:12:18.220
  • sense realm.
  • 00:12:18.220 --> 00:12:19.120
  • Lord, if I could just see you.
  • 00:12:19.120 --> 00:12:20.210
  • I won't tell anybody.
  • 00:12:20.210 --> 00:12:21.190
  • I mean, I might, but just this
  • 00:12:21.190 --> 00:12:22.190
  • We want the Lord, oftentimes, to
  • 00:12:25.110 --> 00:12:27.050
  • meet us in the five physical
  • 00:12:27.050 --> 00:12:28.160
  • sense realm, and then Jesus'
  • 00:12:28.190 --> 00:12:31.190
  • response to Doubting Thomas was,
  • 00:12:31.190 --> 00:12:34.040
  • "Okay, Thomas.
  • 00:12:34.040 --> 00:12:34.240
  • You believe me because you see
  • 00:12:34.240 --> 00:12:36.200
  • me.
  • 00:12:36.200 --> 00:12:37.100
  • I'm up here in the resurrected
  • 00:12:37.100 --> 00:12:39.000
  • body with the disciples.
  • 00:12:39.000 --> 00:12:40.010
  • You believe because you see me,
  • 00:12:40.010 --> 00:12:41.010
  • but blessed are those who
  • 00:12:41.040 --> 00:12:44.040
  • believe in me who've never
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:45.140
  • seen."
  • 00:12:45.140 --> 00:12:46.190
  • That's you and I.
  • 00:12:46.190 --> 00:12:47.220
  • That's the timeframe we're in.
  • 00:12:47.220 --> 00:12:49.180
  • "Blessed are those who believe
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:51.230
  • by faith in me, not based on
  • 00:12:51.230 --> 00:12:54.020
  • five physical senses."
  • 00:12:54.020 --> 00:12:55.250
  • - announcer: The Christian life
  • 00:12:55.250 --> 00:12:57.050
  • is a life of faith, and God has
  • 00:12:57.050 --> 00:12:58.190
  • an amazing faith adventure in
  • 00:12:58.190 --> 00:13:00.070
  • store for you, so what's your
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:02.070
  • starting point, and what will
  • 00:13:02.070 --> 00:13:03.280
  • the finish line look like?
  • 00:13:03.280 --> 00:13:05.200
  • Join Beth Jones as she takes you
  • 00:13:05.200 --> 00:13:07.090
  • on a faith adventure through her
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  • online course "The Faith Life"
  • 00:13:08.250 --> 00:13:11.040
  • inside The Basics University.
  • 00:13:11.040 --> 00:13:12.220
  • You'll journey to Prayerville,
  • 00:13:12.220 --> 00:13:14.220
  • Promiseville, around Doubtville,
  • 00:13:14.220 --> 00:13:17.070
  • then through Actionville and
  • 00:13:17.070 --> 00:13:18.240
  • Patienceville to discover the
  • 00:13:18.240 --> 00:13:20.110
  • incredible life God has planned
  • 00:13:20.110 --> 00:13:22.100
  • for you.
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  • Through a series of video
  • 00:13:23.060 --> 00:13:24.080
  • teachings and customizable
  • 00:13:24.080 --> 00:13:25.070
  • worksheets created by Beth
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  • Jones, you'll identify how to
  • 00:13:26.210 --> 00:13:28.160
  • seek the Lord in prayer, stand
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:30.200
  • on the promises of God's Word,
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:32.200
  • ward off doubts, take the right
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  • action, and let patience have
  • 00:13:34.280 --> 00:13:36.130
  • its perfect work in your life.
  • 00:13:36.130 --> 00:13:38.160
  • You have a call and course
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  • designed by the Creator of the
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  • universe.
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  • Learn how to live the faith life
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  • adventure by visiting
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  • thebasicsuniversity.com to
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  • enroll in this online course
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  • - Beth Jones: So, then, what
  • 00:14:03.040 --> 00:14:04.000
  • about another example of what
  • 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:06.200
  • Jesus did for people?
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:07.230
  • Look at Matthew 11.
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:09.040
  • This one's interesting too.
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:11.020
  • I was reading a great article by
  • 00:14:11.020 --> 00:14:13.090
  • Andrew Wommack, who's an awesome
  • 00:14:13.090 --> 00:14:14.250
  • Bible teacher, and he brought
  • 00:14:14.250 --> 00:14:16.020
  • this out, and I wanted to share
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:16.280
  • it with you because I thought it
  • 00:14:16.280 --> 00:14:18.080
  • was just, it was awesome, and it
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:19.180
  • ties so well into what we're
  • 00:14:19.180 --> 00:14:20.080
  • talking about.
  • 00:14:20.080 --> 00:14:20.280
  • Matthew 11, verses 1 through 6,
  • 00:14:20.280 --> 00:14:22.250
  • "It came to pass when Jesus
  • 00:14:22.250 --> 00:14:24.010
  • finished commanding his 12
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:25.070
  • disciples, that he departed from
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  • there to teach and preach in
  • 00:14:27.090 --> 00:14:28.180
  • their cities, and, when John
  • 00:14:28.180 --> 00:14:30.160
  • heard," this is John the
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:31.130
  • Baptist, "When John had heard in
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:34.070
  • prison," John's in prison,
  • 00:14:34.070 --> 00:14:35.230
  • "about the works of Christ, he
  • 00:14:35.230 --> 00:14:37.050
  • sent two of his disciples and
  • 00:14:37.050 --> 00:14:39.020
  • said to him, 'Are you the coming
  • 00:14:39.020 --> 00:14:40.280
  • one, or do we look for
  • 00:14:40.280 --> 00:14:42.070
  • another?'" So, John the Baptist
  • 00:14:42.070 --> 00:14:44.180
  • is in prison, and he's having
  • 00:14:44.180 --> 00:14:46.100
  • some doubts.
  • 00:14:46.100 --> 00:14:47.270
  • He's like, "Are you the one?
  • 00:14:47.270 --> 00:14:49.140
  • Are you the coming one, or are
  • 00:14:49.140 --> 00:14:50.130
  • we supposed to look for somebody
  • 00:14:50.130 --> 00:14:51.230
  • else?"
  • 00:14:51.230 --> 00:14:52.150
  • Jesus answered and said to them,
  • 00:14:52.150 --> 00:14:54.100
  • "Go, and tell John the things
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  • which you hear and see.
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  • The blind see.
  • 00:14:58.010 --> 00:14:58.240
  • The lame walk.
  • 00:14:58.240 --> 00:14:59.160
  • The lepers are cleansed, and the
  • 00:14:59.160 --> 00:15:00.260
  • deaf hear.
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:01.160
  • The dead are raised up, and the
  • 00:15:01.160 --> 00:15:02.190
  • poor have the gospel preached to
  • 00:15:02.190 --> 00:15:04.030
  • them, and blessed is he who's
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:06.020
  • not offended in me."
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:07.240
  • So, John's having some doubts.
  • 00:15:07.240 --> 00:15:09.080
  • Now, you remember John is the
  • 00:15:09.080 --> 00:15:11.100
  • son of Zachariah and Elizabeth,
  • 00:15:11.100 --> 00:15:13.210
  • and they're cousins.
  • 00:15:13.210 --> 00:15:14.160
  • He's cousins with Jesus, so they
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:17.180
  • grew up together to some degree,
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:20.210
  • and John is now saying, "Are you
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:22.020
  • the one?
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  • I thought you were, but now, I'm
  • 00:15:23.150 --> 00:15:26.010
  • wondering.
  • 00:15:26.010 --> 00:15:26.230
  • Now, I'm doubting.
  • 00:15:26.230 --> 00:15:27.220
  • I mean, I'm in prison, actually,
  • 00:15:27.220 --> 00:15:29.020
  • kind of doubting this whole
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:30.000
  • thing.
  • 00:15:30.000 --> 00:15:31.020
  • Are you the one, or do I look
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:32.030
  • for another?"
  • 00:15:32.030 --> 00:15:32.260
  • And so, Jesus didn't say, "Oh,
  • 00:15:32.260 --> 00:15:35.130
  • John, sweet cousin, sorry.
  • 00:15:35.130 --> 00:15:37.040
  • Hey.
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  • Love you, bro.
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:38.180
  • Yes.
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  • Totally, I'm the one."
  • 00:15:39.290 --> 00:15:42.130
  • He didn't do that.
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:43.180
  • He didn't answer with what we
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:45.010
  • would think of human empathy or
  • 00:15:45.010 --> 00:15:46.180
  • humanness.
  • 00:15:46.180 --> 00:15:48.250
  • What did Jesus do?
  • 00:15:48.250 --> 00:15:49.270
  • He said, "Go tell John this.
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:51.150
  • Go tell John the Scriptures.
  • 00:15:51.150 --> 00:15:54.020
  • Go tell John Isaiah 35.
  • 00:15:54.240 --> 00:15:57.240
  • Go tell John the blind see.
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:15:59.120
  • The lame walk.
  • 00:15:59.120 --> 00:16:00.050
  • The lepers are cleansed.
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:01.050
  • Go tell John I'm fulfilling the
  • 00:16:01.050 --> 00:16:02.250
  • Word because John's going to
  • 00:16:02.250 --> 00:16:04.130
  • have to have faith in the Word
  • 00:16:04.130 --> 00:16:05.260
  • just like everybody else," amen?
  • 00:16:06.090 --> 00:16:09.090
  • You're having doubts.
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:10.070
  • You're dealing with a situation,
  • 00:16:10.070 --> 00:16:11.170
  • your X marks the spot, okay?
  • 00:16:11.170 --> 00:16:13.090
  • How do you move from X marks the
  • 00:16:13.090 --> 00:16:14.190
  • spot to Prayerville to
  • 00:16:14.190 --> 00:16:15.230
  • Promiseville?
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:16.130
  • Now, you're in Doubtville, and
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:17.290
  • now, you're like, "Lord, I don't
  • 00:16:17.290 --> 00:16:19.090
  • know.
  • 00:16:19.090 --> 00:16:20.000
  • I thought I heard from you.
  • 00:16:20.000 --> 00:16:20.270
  • I thought I had your promises,
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:22.280
  • but now, this is getting rough.
  • 00:16:22.280 --> 00:16:24.190
  • The roads are getting rough.
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:25.200
  • The winds are blowing.
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:27.010
  • Now, I'm facing some challenges.
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:28.110
  • The doctors are saying this.
  • 00:16:28.110 --> 00:16:29.100
  • My husband is saying this.
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:30.160
  • My wife is saying that.
  • 00:16:30.160 --> 00:16:31.200
  • The kids are doing this.
  • 00:16:31.200 --> 00:16:33.130
  • Help."
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:35.150
  • Now, what do we do?
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:37.030
  • We do the same thing.
  • 00:16:37.030 --> 00:16:38.100
  • It's the same pattern.
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:41.030
  • We go back to the Word.
  • 00:16:41.030 --> 00:16:42.100
  • We remind and revisit, remind
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:43.290
  • and revisit, remind and revisit.
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:45.180
  • God is not a man that he should
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:46.290
  • lie.
  • 00:16:46.290 --> 00:16:47.190
  • If he said it, he'll do it.
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:50.100
  • "If anybody lacks wisdom, let
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:51.280
  • him ask of God, who freely gives
  • 00:16:51.280 --> 00:16:53.230
  • it.
  • 00:16:53.230 --> 00:16:54.250
  • To everybody, when you ask,
  • 00:16:54.250 --> 00:16:57.040
  • believe with no doubting," the
  • 00:16:57.040 --> 00:16:59.020
  • Bible says.
  • 00:16:59.020 --> 00:17:00.030
  • Believe God's giving you wisdom.
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:01.290
  • "Lord, I need wisdom.
  • 00:17:01.290 --> 00:17:02.280
  • I need your Word."
  • 00:17:02.280 --> 00:17:03.280
  • Remind, revisit.
  • 00:17:03.280 --> 00:17:04.230
  • Remind, revisit.
  • 00:17:04.230 --> 00:17:05.170
  • We're going to blow past
  • 00:17:05.170 --> 00:17:06.270
  • Doubtville, amen?
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:10.290
  • Now, to have doubts is normal,
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:12.200
  • just as an FYI.
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:13.220
  • You know, one of our mentors
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:14.250
  • used to say, you know, "You
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:16.010
  • can't stop a bird from flying
  • 00:17:16.010 --> 00:17:17.150
  • overhead with doubtful thoughts
  • 00:17:17.150 --> 00:17:20.100
  • and certain, you know,
  • 00:17:20.100 --> 00:17:21.240
  • temptations and thoughts to quit
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:23.170
  • or to not believe or whatever
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:24.290
  • the case, but you can stop the
  • 00:17:24.290 --> 00:17:26.160
  • bird from building a nest in
  • 00:17:26.160 --> 00:17:28.070
  • your hair," so everybody's going
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:30.090
  • to have doubts.
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:31.180
  • That's just going to be normal,
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:32.170
  • but the way to get past the
  • 00:17:32.170 --> 00:17:34.070
  • doubts is to remind and revisit,
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:36.210
  • so let's look at Nehemiah and
  • 00:17:36.210 --> 00:17:38.200
  • see what we can learn from him
  • 00:17:38.200 --> 00:17:40.000
  • in our own world on the subject.
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:42.090
  • Nehemiah is an Old Testament
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:44.200
  • figure, so, if you've got your
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:45.200
  • Bibles, go back to Nehemiah
  • 00:17:45.200 --> 00:17:48.180
  • chapter 1, and we're going to
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:49.190
  • look at this concerning
  • 00:17:49.190 --> 00:17:50.290
  • Nehemiah's life.
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:51.230
  • We'll find out that doubt
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:53.140
  • minimizes; faith magnifies.
  • 00:17:53.160 --> 00:17:56.160
  • Doubt mocks; faith talks.
  • 00:17:56.160 --> 00:17:59.080
  • Doubt confuses; faith refuses.
  • 00:17:59.210 --> 00:18:02.230
  • Doubt counterfeits; faith
  • 00:18:02.230 --> 00:18:05.020
  • counter punches.
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  • And all the people said.
  • 00:18:06.120 --> 00:18:08.130
  • All right.
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:09.040
  • Nehemiah 1, I'm going to read
  • 00:18:09.040 --> 00:18:10.080
  • good chunks here, so just stay
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.190
  • with me, and we'll talk about
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:12.140
  • it, okay?
  • 00:18:12.140 --> 00:18:13.060
  • Nehemiah 1, verse 1, "It came to
  • 00:18:13.060 --> 00:18:14.230
  • pass in the month of Chislev, in
  • 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:16.250
  • the 20th years, I was in
  • 00:18:16.250 --> 00:18:18.090
  • Shushan, the citadel."
  • 00:18:18.090 --> 00:18:19.220
  • This is his X marks the spot.
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:21.270
  • "One of my brethren came from
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:23.020
  • Judah, and I asked him
  • 00:18:23.020 --> 00:18:24.270
  • concerning the Jews who had
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.000
  • escaped, who had survived the
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:27.070
  • captivity and concerning
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:28.140
  • Jerusalem, and they said to me,
  • 00:18:28.140 --> 00:18:31.100
  • 'The survivors who are left from
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:34.060
  • the captivity in the province
  • 00:18:34.060 --> 00:18:35.170
  • are there in great distress and
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:36.280
  • reproach.
  • 00:18:36.280 --> 00:18:37.180
  • The wall of Jerusalem is also
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.040
  • broken down.
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:39.250
  • Its gates are burned with
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:40.210
  • fire,'" so, they got a report.
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:42.130
  • He gets a report on something he
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:44.090
  • cares deeply about.
  • 00:18:44.090 --> 00:18:46.040
  • "So, when I heard these words, I
  • 00:18:46.040 --> 00:18:48.100
  • sat down and wept and mourned
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:50.050
  • for many days, and I was fasting
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:52.010
  • in prayer before the God of
  • 00:18:52.010 --> 00:18:53.050
  • heaven."
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:53.250
  • Immediately, he went to
  • 00:18:53.250 --> 00:18:54.250
  • Prayerville.
  • 00:18:54.250 --> 00:18:56.110
  • His X marks the spot was
  • 00:18:56.110 --> 00:18:57.180
  • Shushan.
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:18:58.220
  • He was just in Shushan.
  • 00:18:58.220 --> 00:19:00.220
  • Then, all of a sudden, he hears
  • 00:19:00.220 --> 00:19:01.180
  • some words about something he
  • 00:19:01.180 --> 00:19:03.150
  • cared about, and it caused him
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:05.020
  • right away to go to Prayerville,
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:06.230
  • to right immediately go to
  • 00:19:06.230 --> 00:19:08.020
  • Prayerville and begin seeking
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:09.060
  • the Lord.
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:10.120
  • "Oh, great and awesome God, you
  • 00:19:10.120 --> 00:19:11.210
  • who keep your covenant and mercy
  • 00:19:11.210 --> 00:19:13.080
  • with those who love you and
  • 00:19:13.080 --> 00:19:14.040
  • observe your commandments,
  • 00:19:14.040 --> 00:19:14.290
  • please let your ear be
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:15.260
  • attentive.
  • 00:19:15.260 --> 00:19:16.220
  • Let your eyes be opened.
  • 00:19:16.220 --> 00:19:17.180
  • May you hear the prayer of your
  • 00:19:17.180 --> 00:19:18.210
  • servant."
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:20.060
  • It goes on.
  • 00:19:20.060 --> 00:19:20.260
  • You can jump down, verse 10.
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:23.060
  • "Now, these are your servants,
  • 00:19:23.060 --> 00:19:24.060
  • your people, whom you have
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:25.060
  • redeemed by your great power, by
  • 00:19:25.060 --> 00:19:26.160
  • your strong hand.
  • 00:19:26.160 --> 00:19:27.060
  • Oh, Lord, I pray, please let
  • 00:19:27.060 --> 00:19:30.000
  • your ear be attentive to the
  • 00:19:30.000 --> 00:19:31.030
  • prayer of your servant, to the
  • 00:19:31.030 --> 00:19:32.050
  • prayer of your servants who
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.060
  • desire to fear your name and
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:35.080
  • that your servant may prosper
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:36.180
  • this day, I pray.
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:37.140
  • Grant him mercy in the sight of
  • 00:19:37.140 --> 00:19:39.040
  • this man."
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:39.240
  • So, Nehemiah was the king's
  • 00:19:39.240 --> 00:19:42.070
  • cupbearer.
  • 00:19:42.070 --> 00:19:43.230
  • What that meant was that, before
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:45.130
  • the king would drink from the
  • 00:19:45.130 --> 00:19:46.110
  • cup, the cupbearer would take a
  • 00:19:46.110 --> 00:19:47.270
  • sip first to make sure it wasn't
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:49.100
  • poisoned.
  • 00:19:49.100 --> 00:19:51.050
  • He was the king's cupbearer, but
  • 00:19:51.050 --> 00:19:53.010
  • he cared deeply about his
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:54.090
  • people, about the Jews, and he
  • 00:19:54.090 --> 00:19:55.120
  • cared deeply about Jerusalem,
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:56.240
  • and he heard some words about
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:58.010
  • the captivity, and the city was
  • 00:19:58.010 --> 00:19:59.080
  • burned, and it was not a good
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:00.100
  • situation, and God put something
  • 00:20:00.100 --> 00:20:02.080
  • in his heart, and he went right
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:03.130
  • away to prayer.
  • 00:20:03.130 --> 00:20:05.000
  • "Lord, I'm going to go talk to
  • 00:20:05.000 --> 00:20:05.260
  • the king.
  • 00:20:05.260 --> 00:20:07.030
  • Give me favor when I talk to the
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:08.130
  • king, Lord.
  • 00:20:08.130 --> 00:20:09.030
  • Let me take a faith adventure.
  • 00:20:09.030 --> 00:20:10.150
  • Let me take a journey and help
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:13.090
  • Jerusalem and my people get to
  • 00:20:13.090 --> 00:20:15.170
  • this land of God's thumbprint."
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:17.200
  • So, right away, he's praying,
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:18.290
  • and he's seeking God and
  • 00:20:18.290 --> 00:20:20.110
  • actually reminding God, we find
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:21.230
  • out in Nehemiah 2, of God's
  • 00:20:21.230 --> 00:20:24.030
  • promises, all right?
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:25.080
  • So, let's go to Nehemiah 2.
  • 00:20:25.080 --> 00:20:27.150
  • He's then going to go in front
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:29.160
  • of the king to present his
  • 00:20:29.160 --> 00:20:32.040
  • situation.
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:32.250
  • He does.
  • 00:20:32.250 --> 00:20:33.160
  • The king says, "You look kind of
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:34.260
  • sad today.
  • 00:20:34.260 --> 00:20:35.160
  • You're not normally sad.
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:36.060
  • What's going on?"
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:36.260
  • He says, "How can I not be sad?
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:38.010
  • Something I care very much about
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:39.120
  • is in bad shape.
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:41.120
  • King, if you'd grant me favor to
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:42.260
  • take a journey?"
  • 00:20:42.260 --> 00:20:43.290
  • "How long will your journey be?"
  • 00:20:43.290 --> 00:20:46.280
  • "And King, if you'd grant me
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.040
  • extra favor," so here, this is
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:49.180
  • the cool thing.
  • 00:20:49.180 --> 00:20:50.080
  • If you're going to go big, go
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:51.010
  • big.
  • 00:20:51.010 --> 00:20:52.200
  • Because of the good hand of the
  • 00:20:52.200 --> 00:20:53.170
  • Lord upon him, Nehemiah said,
  • 00:20:53.170 --> 00:20:55.010
  • "And King, by the way, if you
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:56.000
  • let me go, could you also send
  • 00:20:56.000 --> 00:20:57.070
  • me with some letters and favors
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:20:59.150
  • so that the kings in the places
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:00.240
  • I go through will protect me and
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:02.250
  • also provide lumber and timber
  • 00:21:02.250 --> 00:21:04.200
  • and help with the project
  • 00:21:04.200 --> 00:21:06.020
  • because I have to go back and
  • 00:21:06.020 --> 00:21:07.010
  • rebuild the wall in Jerusalem?"
  • 00:21:08.070 --> 00:21:11.070
  • Promiseville, Prayerville,
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:12.280
  • Promiseville.
  • 00:21:12.280 --> 00:21:13.200
  • Remind and revisit.
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:15.050
  • And the king said, "Yes.
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:16.030
  • You can go."
  • 00:21:16.030 --> 00:21:16.270
  • He gave him letters to go, but
  • 00:21:16.270 --> 00:21:18.260
  • here's the thing.
  • 00:21:18.260 --> 00:21:19.180
  • Verse 10, chapter 2, Nehemiah,
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:21.130
  • verse 10, "But when Sanballat,
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:24.130
  • the Horonite, and Tobiah, the
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:26.140
  • Ammonite official heard of it,
  • 00:21:26.140 --> 00:21:28.240
  • they were deeply disturbed that
  • 00:21:28.240 --> 00:21:31.030
  • a man had come to seek the
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:32.040
  • wellbeing of the children of
  • 00:21:32.040 --> 00:21:33.070
  • Israel."
  • 00:21:33.070 --> 00:21:34.140
  • What happened as soon as
  • 00:21:34.140 --> 00:21:36.010
  • Nehemiah left Prayerville and
  • 00:21:36.010 --> 00:21:37.140
  • left Promiseville and began to
  • 00:21:37.140 --> 00:21:38.190
  • head on his faith adventure
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  • journey?
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  • What was the first thing that
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  • happened?
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  • Sanballat and Tobiah were deeply
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  • disturbed.
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  • These are the thugs of
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  • Doubtville, and it's going to
  • 00:21:48.240 --> 00:21:51.020
  • happen to you as well in seasons
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  • where not everybody, especially
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:55.040
  • the enemy, is going to be happy
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  • about your journey, and
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:21:59.080
  • oftentimes, and especially if
  • 00:21:59.080 --> 00:22:00.170
  • you're younger in the Lord, it
  • 00:22:00.170 --> 00:22:01.140
  • just depends, you know?
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:02.040
  • Your seasons of walking with
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:03.060
  • God, there's different seasons,
  • 00:22:03.060 --> 00:22:05.250
  • different scenarios, but do you
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:07.070
  • know the enemy tries to take you
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:08.170
  • out right away.
  • 00:22:08.170 --> 00:22:09.070
  • "We've got to stop this faith
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  • adventure stat.
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  • We can't let these people get
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  • any faith adventure successes
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  • under their belt because, if we
  • 00:22:15.010 --> 00:22:16.030
  • let them have one or two, who
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  • knows what they could do?"
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  • So, sometimes, you need to know,
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  • if the enemy's fighting you a
  • 00:22:21.260 --> 00:22:22.180
  • little harder, it's because
  • 00:22:22.180 --> 00:22:23.260
  • there's more at stake for him.
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  • Take it as a compliment, amen?
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:29.230
  • So, right away, the enemy didn't
  • 00:22:29.230 --> 00:22:31.030
  • like it, so then what happened?
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  • Well, let's pick up the story
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  • then in Nehemiah 2, verse 11.
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  • Doubt minimizes; faith
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  • magnifies, okay?
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  • So, verse 11, Nehemiah says, "I
  • 00:22:39.120 --> 00:22:41.240
  • came to Jerusalem.
  • 00:22:41.240 --> 00:22:42.260
  • I was there three days," so now,
  • 00:22:42.260 --> 00:22:44.140
  • he gets to Jerusalem.
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  • He's going to check it out.
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  • He says, "I arose in the night
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  • with a few men.
  • 00:22:48.150 --> 00:22:49.050
  • I didn't tell anybody what God
  • 00:22:49.050 --> 00:22:50.060
  • had put in my heart to do at
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:51.060
  • Jerusalem, nor was there any
  • 00:22:51.060 --> 00:22:53.110
  • other animals with me except the
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  • one upon which I rode," and he
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  • goes out to survey the
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  • situation, so he's sort of
  • 00:22:57.160 --> 00:22:59.240
  • revisiting Prayerville and
  • 00:22:59.240 --> 00:23:01.190
  • reminding himself, "Okay.
  • 00:23:01.190 --> 00:23:02.240
  • What's the status here?"
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:06.040
  • When Doubtville seems to be on
  • 00:23:06.040 --> 00:23:08.260
  • the horizon, what's the best
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:10.130
  • thing to do?
  • 00:23:10.130 --> 00:23:11.160
  • Run back to Prayerville.
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:12.160
  • He wanted to survey the
  • 00:23:13.070 --> 00:23:16.070
  • situation, so he goes out late
  • 00:23:16.070 --> 00:23:17.250
  • at night.
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  • He looks at the city.
  • 00:23:18.150 --> 00:23:19.050
  • He sees it's burnt down.
  • 00:23:19.050 --> 00:23:20.220
  • It's in shambles, and God stirs
  • 00:23:20.220 --> 00:23:23.090
  • up his heart about it, and he
  • 00:23:23.090 --> 00:23:25.050
  • asks some folks to join him in
  • 00:23:25.050 --> 00:23:26.190
  • this, and, of course, the people
  • 00:23:26.190 --> 00:23:27.290
  • that he talked to, and you've
  • 00:23:27.290 --> 00:23:28.200
  • got to admit, little rabbit
  • 00:23:28.200 --> 00:23:29.210
  • trail here, but you've got to
  • 00:23:29.210 --> 00:23:30.110
  • have some faith people in your
  • 00:23:30.110 --> 00:23:31.040
  • world.
  • 00:23:31.040 --> 00:23:31.250
  • You've got to have some people
  • 00:23:31.250 --> 00:23:33.100
  • of faith.
  • 00:23:33.100 --> 00:23:34.010
  • You know, the Bible talks about
  • 00:23:34.070 --> 00:23:37.070
  • the story.
  • 00:23:37.070 --> 00:23:37.270
  • Jesus was preaching in a house,
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:40.080
  • and it talks about there was a
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:41.050
  • man who was sick, and he had a
  • 00:23:41.050 --> 00:23:42.130
  • few crazy friends who cut a hole
  • 00:23:42.130 --> 00:23:44.070
  • in the roof and lowered him down
  • 00:23:44.070 --> 00:23:46.110
  • in the midst of Jesus teaching,
  • 00:23:46.110 --> 00:23:47.190
  • and the Bible says, when Jesus
  • 00:23:47.190 --> 00:23:49.050
  • saw their faith, "their" as in
  • 00:23:49.050 --> 00:23:51.290
  • these crazy friends and the guy
  • 00:23:51.290 --> 00:23:53.250
  • on the bed, he healed the man
  • 00:23:53.250 --> 00:23:56.250
  • that was sick.
  • 00:23:56.250 --> 00:23:57.150
  • What was that all about?
  • 00:23:57.150 --> 00:23:58.230
  • Sometimes, you have to have some
  • 00:23:58.230 --> 00:24:00.030
  • crazy faith friends, some people
  • 00:24:00.030 --> 00:24:01.210
  • that have some faith.
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:02.130
  • You might have some faith, but
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:03.160
  • you need some other folks in
  • 00:24:03.160 --> 00:24:04.140
  • your world that have faith too,
  • 00:24:04.140 --> 00:24:06.180
  • especially if you're facing some
  • 00:24:06.180 --> 00:24:07.280
  • doubts and especially if you're
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:08.200
  • facing some challenges.
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:10.100
  • All right.
  • 00:24:10.100 --> 00:24:11.000
  • So, anyway, so, let's go back to
  • 00:24:11.000 --> 00:24:12.150
  • the story.
  • 00:24:12.150 --> 00:24:13.290
  • So, he sees what's going on.
  • 00:24:13.290 --> 00:24:15.020
  • He's got some friends.
  • 00:24:15.020 --> 00:24:15.250
  • They're going to help him rise
  • 00:24:15.250 --> 00:24:17.100
  • and build.
  • 00:24:17.100 --> 00:24:18.000
  • Verse 19, "Then Sanballat, the
  • 00:24:18.000 --> 00:24:20.100
  • Horonite; Tobiah, the Ammonite;
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:21.290
  • and Geshem, the Arab," these are
  • 00:24:21.290 --> 00:24:23.140
  • three buddies, "they heard of
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:25.080
  • this.
  • 00:24:25.080 --> 00:24:26.120
  • They laughed at us and despised
  • 00:24:26.120 --> 00:24:29.050
  • us and said, 'What is this thing
  • 00:24:29.050 --> 00:24:30.280
  • you're doing?
  • 00:24:30.280 --> 00:24:31.180
  • Will you rebel against
  • 00:24:31.180 --> 00:24:32.120
  • the king?'
  • 00:24:32.120 --> 00:24:33.110
  • So, I answered them and said,
  • 00:24:33.110 --> 00:24:34.210
  • 'The God of heaven himself
  • 00:24:34.210 --> 00:24:36.000
  • will prosper us.
  • 00:24:36.000 --> 00:24:36.230
  • Therefore, we, his servants,
  • 00:24:36.230 --> 00:24:38.150
  • will arise and build, but you
  • 00:24:38.150 --> 00:24:40.040
  • have no heritage or right or
  • 00:24:40.040 --> 00:24:41.170
  • memorial in Jerusalem,'"
  • 00:24:41.170 --> 00:24:43.100
  • so, what's the scenario here?
  • 00:24:43.100 --> 00:24:45.060
  • The scenario here is Doubtville
  • 00:24:45.060 --> 00:24:48.010
  • or doubt minimizes.
  • 00:24:48.010 --> 00:24:50.160
  • Faith magnifies, so you can see
  • 00:24:50.160 --> 00:24:52.250
  • right away the enemy, through
  • 00:24:52.250 --> 00:24:54.170
  • these three guys, Sanballat,
  • 00:24:54.170 --> 00:24:56.000
  • Tobiah, and Geshem, but, in our
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:57.160
  • world, the enemy, the adversary,
  • 00:24:57.230 --> 00:25:00.250
  • the devil, and sometimes, he
  • 00:25:00.250 --> 00:25:02.200
  • uses people to say things that
  • 00:25:02.200 --> 00:25:04.100
  • are hurtful and minimizing you.
  • 00:25:04.150 --> 00:25:07.150
  • So, what happens?
  • 00:25:07.150 --> 00:25:08.060
  • They come to Nehemiah with
  • 00:25:08.060 --> 00:25:10.030
  • things like, "Oh, really?
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:13.130
  • You think you're going to do
  • 00:25:13.130 --> 00:25:14.080
  • this?
  • 00:25:14.080 --> 00:25:14.280
  • Who do you think you are?
  • 00:25:14.280 --> 00:25:16.230
  • Okay, seriously, that's for
  • 00:25:16.230 --> 00:25:18.060
  • other people.
  • 00:25:18.060 --> 00:25:19.010
  • Nehemiah, this is not for you."
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:21.070
  • God begins to give you a promise
  • 00:25:21.070 --> 00:25:22.210
  • in Promiseville.
  • 00:25:22.210 --> 00:25:23.140
  • You're seeking God in
  • 00:25:23.140 --> 00:25:24.100
  • Prayerville, and the Lord begins
  • 00:25:24.100 --> 00:25:25.200
  • to put some things in your
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:26.150
  • heart, some dreams, some vision.
  • 00:25:26.150 --> 00:25:28.050
  • He begins to show you in his
  • 00:25:28.050 --> 00:25:29.190
  • Word, his promises for you, and
  • 00:25:29.190 --> 00:25:32.100
  • then there's the enemy coming
  • 00:25:32.100 --> 00:25:33.170
  • against you to minimize.
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:35.120
  • "Well, who do you think you are?
  • 00:25:35.120 --> 00:25:36.220
  • No.
  • 00:25:36.220 --> 00:25:37.120
  • Not you.
  • 00:25:37.120 --> 00:25:38.020
  • It's not for you."
  • 00:25:38.020 --> 00:25:40.100
  • You start to feel despaired,
  • 00:25:40.100 --> 00:25:41.150
  • intimidated.
  • 00:25:41.150 --> 00:25:43.020
  • You start to feel under classed.
  • 00:25:43.020 --> 00:25:45.090
  • You start to feel dismissed or
  • 00:25:45.090 --> 00:25:48.050
  • ridiculed, and sometimes, it's
  • 00:25:48.240 --> 00:25:51.240
  • by people that the enemy uses,
  • 00:25:51.240 --> 00:25:53.130
  • but sometimes, it's just
  • 00:25:53.130 --> 00:25:54.050
  • thoughts the enemy tries to
  • 00:25:54.050 --> 00:25:55.070
  • throw at you.
  • 00:25:55.070 --> 00:25:56.080
  • So many times, he can defeat us
  • 00:25:56.080 --> 00:25:57.020
  • before anybody even says
  • 00:25:57.020 --> 00:25:58.130
  • anything to us.
  • 00:25:58.130 --> 00:25:59.070
  • It's just our own thoughts, but
  • 00:25:59.070 --> 00:26:02.000
  • then we have to do what Nehemiah
  • 00:26:02.000 --> 00:26:03.140
  • did.
  • 00:26:03.140 --> 00:26:04.040
  • What did he do?
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:05.190
  • He magnified the Lord.
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