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Better Together LIVE | Episode 138

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November 4, 2020
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When tensions are high; how can we use the "belt of truth" to discern truth from lies? | TBN Prayer Line: 714-731-1000

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Better Together LIVE | Episode 138

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  • - God's full armor protectsus from any and all the sin,
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  • and when we put onthe belt of truth,
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  • He equips us witheverything we need to know
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  • to stand in victory becauseGod has already won the race.
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • (digital music)
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  • - You know I've been readingthrough Ecclesiastes this week
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  • and here's Solomon who isthe wisest man on the planet,
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  • he has had everything,
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  • he has had all the wisdom,
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  • he has had all the women,
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  • he has had the fame (chuckling)
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  • he has had all the wealth,
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  • he's had everything,
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  • and he starts talkingabout just the death
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  • and the life of humanbeings and humanity,
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  • and he finally comesdown and it's all vanity,
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  • all of it is vanity,
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  • and he says in Ecclesiastes,
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  • he's telling the youth.
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  • First of all, I will point outthat he says in Ecclesiastes,
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  • to hang on to your firstlove your first wife.
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  • So (chuckling) so he was...
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  • From all thosethousands of women,
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  • he wanted his wisdom said,pick one and stick with it,
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  • I thought that was awesome,
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  • but he says in Ecclesiastes 12,
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  • "Let us hear the conclusionof the whole matter.
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  • "Fear God and keephis commandments forthis is man's all."
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  • And Chrystal, I think thatwe need to rest and to relax
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  • in that if we fear God,
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  • and we walk according to hiswill and his commandments
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  • that that's all we need to have
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  • a beautiful eternal everlastinglife right here on earth,
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  • and to live in thefullness of God,
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  • what do you think?
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  • We need to shut out all thenoise and think on these things.
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  • (Laurie laughing)
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  • - Listen, there is a lotof noise, a lot of noise,
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  • if it is not what we wereseeing on social media,
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  • hearing from other people,
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  • if it's not what we'rehearing in the news,
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  • if it's not the opinionsthat are in the papers
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  • or the people eventhat are in our circle,
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  • there is just a ton of noise,
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  • and the only thing thatkeeps you grounded to truth,
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  • the only thing thatkeeps you grounded
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  • in what really matters
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  • and what will matterfor all of eternity,
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  • the only thing thatdoes that is God's word.
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  • God's word is timeless,
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  • God's word is time-tested
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  • and it has proven overand over and over again
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  • to build the foundation onwhich we can build a life
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  • with wisdom.
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  • The beginning of wisdomis the fear of the Lord.
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  • The Bible says,
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  • and so when you know that inthe beginning was the word
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  • and the word was God,
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  • and the word is God,
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  • when you know thatJesus is the word,
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  • the way you get to knowGod, who is the only person
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  • that has been here fromthe beginning of time,
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  • and who can see the future.
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  • The way to walk in wisdom
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  • is to fear the only onewho has the answers.
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  • And He has said thatwe get to know Him
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  • because He is the word.
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  • So when you pick up yourBible and you read it,
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  • and when you say, okay,based on what the word says,
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  • I'm gonna act as ifI believe it's true,
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  • not only am I gonna do that,
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  • but I'm gonna makedecisions based on the word.
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  • That cuts some, if not all, ifyou're obedient of the noise.
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  • And so many of usget so out of whack,
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  • because we are listeningto too many people,
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  • too many voices intoo many opinions.
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  • And I know I'm guilty of it,
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  • I'm guilty of, I needan answer right quick,
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  • and so I'm gonna jump onand Google the answer,
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  • or I'm gonna call a friend
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  • because it's easyto pick up my phone
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  • and just or justpick up my phone
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  • and I text somebody and I say,
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  • what can I do tofix this situation?
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  • And how many times am I guilty?
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  • But God is like, listen,
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  • you got this big oldBible on your desk, girl,
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  • pick it up, pickit up and read it.
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  • And even if what you read today,
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  • isn't a right now wordfor the practical thing
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  • that you're dealing with,
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  • maybe reading the word andtalking to me in prayer
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  • allows the Holy Spirit who'soperative on the inside of you
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  • to give you a right now wordfor the thing that you need
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  • to let the peace of God
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  • which passes all understandingto guard your hearts
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  • and your mind in Christ Jesus,
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  • to guard yourheart how you feel,
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  • to guard your mindhow you think,
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  • and as a man thinks, so he does,
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  • that's what our feet doing,
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  • and so you wanna change howyou're thinking in this world,
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  • and I've saidsometimes to myself
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  • of cause sometimes youhave to speak out loud
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  • and you say self (chuckling)what's wrong with you?
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  • Maybe you have you eversaid that to yourself,
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  • What's wrong?
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  • You're dealing with ahigh level of anxiety
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  • or the decision that you made,
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  • you knew that wasn'tthe right decision.
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  • And usually it comesback to the fact that
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  • I was not in a grounded placeand my relationship with God
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  • when I did that, so standingin truth, operating in truth,
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  • opening up the word ofGod to see what he says,
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  • and when you do that,
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  • and you know that you'reconnecting with God,
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  • the Holy Spirit can speak toyou about the smallest thing,
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  • that's what standing andtruth has meant for me
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  • 'cause often I go,when I need an answer,
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  • - Yeah
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  • - And God is like, no,you don't need an answer,
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  • you need me, I am the answer,
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  • and when you come to me andcome to my truth you get me.
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  • - This year more than ever,
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  • I've realized, like Ican't make decisions
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  • based on what people are saying,
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  • because people are changingtheir minds all the time.
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  • And I can't even make decisionsbased on what I'm feeling,
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  • 'cause God knows thoseare changing all the time,
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  • And so when people'sopinions are unreliable
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  • and my own emotions at timehave become unreliable,
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  • I need to go to a place
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  • that throughout time hasremained steady and sure,
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  • a place that has always givenme confidence and identity
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  • and isn't waveringand isn't changing
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  • it doesn't go based on trends
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  • and doesn't go based on seasons
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  • and doesn't go based on myown opinions or emotions,
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  • it is not trendy,it is not changing,
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  • I need to go somewherethat has certain insurance,
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  • so I actually haveto go out of my way
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  • to make sure thatI'm hearing truth,
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  • that I'm scrollingthrough these words
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  • more than I'm scrollingthrough my Instagram,
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  • that I'm listening to whatthe word of God says about me,
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  • more than that one person thatsaid that one thing about me,
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  • I actually have togo out of my way,
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  • because truth that giveslife and saves your soul
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  • may not be naturallyplastered on billboards
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  • as you're drivingdown the freeway,
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  • and it might notnaturally show up
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  • in cute square onyour Instagram,
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  • it may not be what isnaturally around you
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  • if you live yourlife on autopilot,
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  • you might have to goout of your way to say,
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  • I'm gonna claimback my mentality,
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  • I'm gonna claimback my decisions,
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  • I'm gonna claim back my life,
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  • when I wake up in the morning,
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  • I'm opening this first, I'mspending time here first,
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  • I'm talking to you first.
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  • And I think that weneed to be very aware
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  • of how much power we havein what we are listening to.
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  • We can tell it's howI'm so overwhelmed,
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  • I'm so overwhelmed bywhat everyone's saying,
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  • what everyone is doing,
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  • you don't have to necessarilylisten to all of that,
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  • If you had a soundboardof your life,
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  • where is God's volume at?
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  • Where are these people'svolumes that you could control?
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  • You're the mixer of thesoundboard of your life,
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  • and so I really hopethat everyone watching
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  • feels empowered totake back the power
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  • of what you're listening to,
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  • 'cause what you'reused to listening to
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  • is what you willeventually answer to.
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  • So what truth areyou listening to?
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  • What do you think Jeannie?
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  • - So good, that's really good.
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  • I think especially in theseason that we find ourselves in
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  • first of all, we abide in truth,
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  • and in every end youwere talking so much
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  • about applying ourselvesand reading the word,
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  • every time you read the word
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  • you're putting the seedof the word of God in you
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  • that will replacethe negative thoughts
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  • and the negative stuffthat comes at you.
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  • And it's like, you'resaying, you may not get that,
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  • what we call a rhemaword for the day
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  • when you read it butevery day when you read,
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  • you're planting moreand more seed in you
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  • that will give fruitto the good things.
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  • But I think when we findourselves in the season,
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  • we have to actually say
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  • I can't always controleverything around about me
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  • but I will limitwhat comes into me.
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  • So what you do isyou limit the time
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  • that you spendwatching and listening
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  • to things that are indisconnect with the word of God
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  • and what the truth ofthe word of God says.
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  • And especially at night I avoidengaging in all of the noise
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  • of the debate and theopinions of other people,
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  • I don't let it mess with me.
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  • I come to understand this,I am my own media producer,
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  • I choose who, when andwhat I allow in my network,
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  • and we have a choiceto be able to do that.
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  • Philippians 4:8 says tothink on these things,
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  • if there be any truth,if there be any virtue,
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  • and I love virtue therebecause it's interpreted
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  • is if there be any strength,
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  • that's what virtue means there,to think on these things.
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  • And I think in this seasonthat we found ourselves in,
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  • we find ourselvesa week of mind,
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  • week of spirit andseemingly at our wit's end
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  • and well that's whatthe word of God does.,
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  • the word of God comes inand he sorts things out,
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  • the word of God brings truth,
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  • that divides the differencebetween the soul and the spirit,
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  • the word of God is that divider.
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  • And the scriptureout of Ephesians 6:1that we're studying,
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  • "Put on God's armor so thatyou will be able to stand firm
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  • "against all strategiesof the devil."
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  • Now stand firm is what we do,
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  • we don't have to go to fight.
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  • The Bible says we put on thearmor so that we can stand.
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  • The victory is already ours,
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  • but do we have thestanding power?
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  • And that's what theword of God does for us,
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  • it gives us theability to stand.
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  • I think about differentpieces of armor.
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  • Roman soldiers, when they wore
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  • to me probably one of themost important pieces of armor
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  • if I were to describe it,I'd say it's the helmet,
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  • because it's my mind, Ineed to protect my mind.
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  • And sometimes the Roman helmets
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  • would even covertheir ears slightly,
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  • so we're careful aboutwhat we let go in our ears,
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  • we're carefulabout the thoughts.
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  • In fact, your mindmay have a tendency
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  • to go down a certainpath, and guess what?
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  • I remember oneseason into my life,
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  • there was a very difficultseason that I found myself in
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  • and there was somethingthat I had wanted to change,
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  • and the circumstanceshad eclipsed me
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  • where I wasn't able tochange certain things,
  • 00:11:00.149 --> 00:11:02.685
  • but I felt like theLord said to me,
  • 00:11:02.685 --> 00:11:04.587
  • you've gone downthis path for so long
  • 00:11:04.587 --> 00:11:06.722
  • in your mind youbore a rut there,
  • 00:11:06.722 --> 00:11:08.924
  • you need to put a roadclosed sign there.
  • 00:11:08.924 --> 00:11:11.227
  • And at some point down the road,
  • 00:11:11.227 --> 00:11:13.162
  • you'll be able to go back andlook at that difficult place,
  • 00:11:13.162 --> 00:11:16.132
  • but for now, don't go there.
  • 00:11:16.132 --> 00:11:17.633
  • And so I made adecision to do that,
  • 00:11:17.633 --> 00:11:20.236
  • to control the thoughtsthat I would allow
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  • to take residents in my mind.
  • 00:11:23.172 --> 00:11:26.242
  • Well, in order tocontrol the things,
  • 00:11:26.242 --> 00:11:27.643
  • you've got to putthe right things in
  • 00:11:27.643 --> 00:11:29.678
  • so that the rightthings sprout up,
  • 00:11:29.678 --> 00:11:31.747
  • if you want the positivereinforcement of God's word
  • 00:11:31.747 --> 00:11:34.717
  • to come up when you'refacing a difficult time,
  • 00:11:34.717 --> 00:11:37.219
  • you've got to put God's word in.
  • 00:11:37.219 --> 00:11:38.788
  • And it's not complicated,but it's just a simple,
  • 00:11:38.788 --> 00:11:41.891
  • and guess what?
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  • The more you readthe word of God,
  • 00:11:43.125 --> 00:11:45.060
  • the more you fallin love with it,
  • 00:11:45.060 --> 00:11:47.062
  • the more it brings life to you,it pushes back the darkness,
  • 00:11:47.062 --> 00:11:50.699
  • that's what God's word does.
  • 00:11:50.699 --> 00:11:52.434
  • But you put on thewhole armor of God
  • 00:11:52.434 --> 00:11:55.004
  • and then you stand in truth.
  • 00:11:55.004 --> 00:11:56.972
  • We stand, we don't getout there and battle
  • 00:11:56.972 --> 00:11:59.441
  • 'cause God said, I've alreadywon the victory for you.
  • 00:11:59.441 --> 00:12:02.044
  • We stand still, and we seethe salvation of the Lord.
  • 00:12:02.044 --> 00:12:05.881
  • - So good, I've beenthinking about this
  • 00:12:05.881 --> 00:12:08.551
  • and as we're all talking,
  • 00:12:08.551 --> 00:12:09.819
  • I had this really sillythought come to my mind,
  • 00:12:09.819 --> 00:12:12.221
  • but I just kind of felt likeit's from the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:12:12.221 --> 00:12:14.890
  • We're talking about this
  • 00:12:14.890 --> 00:12:17.026
  • putting on truth andreading the word of God
  • 00:12:17.026 --> 00:12:19.628
  • and talking about isit applicable to today?
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  • All the worries I have todayand all that I'm going through.
  • 00:12:22.832 --> 00:12:26.001
  • I think about when weput on the armor of God,
  • 00:12:26.001 --> 00:12:28.771
  • I think part of it is thatwe're preparing for battle,
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  • It's a preparation thing.
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  • And so then I thinkabout our habits
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  • and I think abouthow as a young child,
  • 00:12:34.844 --> 00:12:37.613
  • I'm teaching my kids,this is my silly part.
  • 00:12:37.613 --> 00:12:39.815
  • So go with me, I couldbe way crazy on this
  • 00:12:39.815 --> 00:12:41.750
  • but I teach my kidseveryday, brush your teeth,
  • 00:12:41.750 --> 00:12:44.987
  • brush your teeth in the morning,brush your teeth at night,
  • 00:12:44.987 --> 00:12:47.690
  • and they don't see the benefitof brushing their teeth yet.
  • 00:12:47.690 --> 00:12:51.126
  • But if they didn'tbrush their teeth,
  • 00:12:51.126 --> 00:12:53.462
  • they would see the weightof not brushing their teeth.
  • 00:12:53.462 --> 00:12:56.232
  • They would have cavities,
  • 00:12:56.232 --> 00:12:57.166
  • they would have all this stuff
  • 00:12:57.166 --> 00:12:58.334
  • that would be weighingon their teeth,
  • 00:12:58.334 --> 00:13:00.436
  • that would be a problembecause they didn't do
  • 00:13:00.436 --> 00:13:02.872
  • what was the preventative.
  • 00:13:02.872 --> 00:13:04.506
  • And I think sometimes that'swhat the word of God is for us.
  • 00:13:04.506 --> 00:13:06.909
  • And I know it's a silly analogy,
  • 00:13:06.909 --> 00:13:08.410
  • but here's my thought on it.
  • 00:13:08.410 --> 00:13:10.179
  • Oftentimes we might not seehow good it actually is for us,
  • 00:13:10.179 --> 00:13:13.849
  • but if we live without it,and when the battle comes,
  • 00:13:13.849 --> 00:13:16.785
  • we'll realize theweight of missing it.
  • 00:13:16.785 --> 00:13:19.088
  • And I think insome of our lives,
  • 00:13:19.088 --> 00:13:20.823
  • 2020 has been that aha moment
  • 00:13:20.823 --> 00:13:23.592
  • that we haven't beenprepared for battle
  • 00:13:23.592 --> 00:13:25.761
  • that we haven't beenin the word of God
  • 00:13:25.761 --> 00:13:27.396
  • as much as we need to be.
  • 00:13:27.396 --> 00:13:29.231
  • And I actually have taken kindof a break from social media
  • 00:13:29.231 --> 00:13:32.034
  • because I realizedI was striving there
  • 00:13:32.034 --> 00:13:34.103
  • and I didn't wannabe that person,
  • 00:13:34.103 --> 00:13:35.871
  • but just recently I was onand I saw someone post a story
  • 00:13:35.871 --> 00:13:38.707
  • and they said, you can knowthe stories of The Bible
  • 00:13:38.707 --> 00:13:42.912
  • without knowing thestory of The Bible.
  • 00:13:42.912 --> 00:13:44.613
  • You can know The Bible stories
  • 00:13:44.613 --> 00:13:45.881
  • without knowing thestory of The Bible.
  • 00:13:45.881 --> 00:13:47.349
  • And I thought that's so true.
  • 00:13:47.349 --> 00:13:49.418
  • You can be raised inchurch your whole life
  • 00:13:49.418 --> 00:13:51.153
  • know about Jonah,
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  • know about all the funstories of The Bible,
  • 00:13:52.421 --> 00:13:54.957
  • and yet never know the thread
  • 00:13:54.957 --> 00:13:57.092
  • that goes throughthe entire thing,
  • 00:13:57.092 --> 00:13:59.161
  • that is the actualthing that carries you
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  • in your moment of battleand your moment of trial.
  • 00:14:00.930 --> 00:14:03.465
  • And I think that's whatwe're talking about
  • 00:14:03.465 --> 00:14:05.100
  • when we say get dressed everyday in the armor of God,
  • 00:14:05.100 --> 00:14:08.604
  • it's not because every day youthink you're gonna need it,
  • 00:14:08.604 --> 00:14:11.173
  • and I promise you oneday, you'll go, aha
  • 00:14:11.173 --> 00:14:12.775
  • I did not need that, thatwas a waste of 10 minutes.
  • 00:14:12.775 --> 00:14:14.944
  • But one day you're gonnawake up and be like,
  • 00:14:14.944 --> 00:14:16.812
  • I am so glad that every day Ihave put on the armor of God,
  • 00:14:16.812 --> 00:14:20.883
  • I am so glad that every dayI have meditated on his word,
  • 00:14:20.883 --> 00:14:24.520
  • that I know this becausewhen a moment comes,
  • 00:14:24.520 --> 00:14:27.623
  • what's gonna surprise youis what comes out of you.
  • 00:14:27.623 --> 00:14:30.259
  • and that will be theyears you've put into you,
  • 00:14:30.259 --> 00:14:33.128
  • this word of God, The Bible,
  • 00:14:33.128 --> 00:14:35.030
  • and so I think thatin this season,
  • 00:14:35.030 --> 00:14:37.466
  • this is a habit we're creating,
  • 00:14:37.466 --> 00:14:39.401
  • this is a...
  • 00:14:39.401 --> 00:14:40.269
  • I'm gonna create a habit
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  • that every dayI'm with the Lord,
  • 00:14:41.470 --> 00:14:43.172
  • and one day I'm gonnawake up and be like,
  • 00:14:43.172 --> 00:14:44.373
  • this isn't a habitanymore, this is love,
  • 00:14:44.373 --> 00:14:46.308
  • this is...
  • 00:14:46.308 --> 00:14:47.242
  • I can't live without this.
  • 00:14:47.242 --> 00:14:48.610
  • But when you're in thebeginning stages, it's a habit,
  • 00:14:48.610 --> 00:14:51.413
  • It's a...
  • 00:14:51.413 --> 00:14:52.348
  • No, I'm gonna brush my teeth
  • 00:14:52.348 --> 00:14:53.515
  • 'cause it's whatyou're supposed to do,
  • 00:14:53.515 --> 00:14:55.050
  • I'm gonna read my Bible causeit's what I'm supposed to do,
  • 00:14:55.050 --> 00:14:58.020
  • but then I'm gonnafall in love with it,
  • 00:14:58.020 --> 00:14:59.521
  • I'm gonna go, I need this,I can't live without it.
  • 00:14:59.521 --> 00:15:02.725
  • And so I think thatas we're leaning in on
  • 00:15:02.725 --> 00:15:05.194
  • dressing in thearmor of the Lord,
  • 00:15:05.194 --> 00:15:07.096
  • I think we need toremind ourselves thateven when it seems
  • 00:15:07.096 --> 00:15:10.366
  • unreal, it seems like itdoesn't fit this moment of time
  • 00:15:11.700 --> 00:15:14.870
  • that I promised thatin the day of battle,
  • 00:15:14.870 --> 00:15:17.272
  • we'll be so gratefulthat we got dressed
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  • for what we're facing.
  • 00:15:19.842 --> 00:15:21.276
  • - This is one thingI am concerned about
  • 00:15:21.276 --> 00:15:26.281
  • is that people have allgone to their own truth,
  • 00:15:27.483 --> 00:15:31.053
  • so we're supposed to beltourselves with truth,
  • 00:15:31.053 --> 00:15:34.056
  • and that is truth from here,and there is no other truth,
  • 00:15:34.056 --> 00:15:38.594
  • but this, this trumps all truth.
  • 00:15:38.594 --> 00:15:41.997
  • So this is true and so it'snot your truth and my truth,
  • 00:15:41.997 --> 00:15:47.002
  • and if...
  • 00:15:47.603 --> 00:15:49.104
  • Then you're justall over the board
  • 00:15:49.104 --> 00:15:50.639
  • and nothing isgoing to be stable,
  • 00:15:50.639 --> 00:15:52.775
  • nothing is going tobe a firm foundation,
  • 00:15:52.775 --> 00:15:55.277
  • nothing is going to berock solid like God says,
  • 00:15:55.277 --> 00:15:59.248
  • my word is a fortress,it is a sure foundation,
  • 00:15:59.248 --> 00:16:04.253
  • this is the truthof the word of God.
  • 00:16:05.421 --> 00:16:07.856
  • So every other crystal, everyother piece of that armor
  • 00:16:07.856 --> 00:16:12.294
  • hooked to the belt of truthand what we know to be true
  • 00:16:12.294 --> 00:16:16.565
  • and right, and firm.
  • 00:16:16.565 --> 00:16:18.867
  • And I love Jeannie thatyou were talking about
  • 00:16:18.867 --> 00:16:21.837
  • that when you have yourbreastplate of righteousness
  • 00:16:21.837 --> 00:16:25.307
  • and your helmet and your beltand your feet shod with peace,
  • 00:16:25.307 --> 00:16:29.578
  • that is to stand,
  • 00:16:29.578 --> 00:16:31.046
  • that's not to go out andjust fight everything,
  • 00:16:31.046 --> 00:16:34.016
  • that's to stand, that'sto stand in the authority
  • 00:16:34.016 --> 00:16:37.653
  • of who God says you are.
  • 00:16:37.653 --> 00:16:39.655
  • That's what's true,that's what's right.
  • 00:16:39.655 --> 00:16:41.990
  • And Chrystal, I love thatthis word is sure foundation
  • 00:16:41.990 --> 00:16:46.462
  • for all of us to stand on,
  • 00:16:46.462 --> 00:16:47.696
  • and you started out withthat, and I love that.
  • 00:16:47.696 --> 00:16:50.065
  • - Well, I was thinkingabout 1 Peter it says here,
  • 00:16:51.433 --> 00:16:56.271
  • and if I could justread this briefly,
  • 00:16:56.271 --> 00:16:58.474
  • it says in chapterone of 1 Peter,
  • 00:16:58.474 --> 00:17:01.143
  • "In this, you greatly rejoice,
  • 00:17:01.143 --> 00:17:02.678
  • "even though nowfor a little while,
  • 00:17:02.678 --> 00:17:04.346
  • "if necessary, youhave been distressed
  • 00:17:04.346 --> 00:17:06.849
  • "by various trials, so thatthe proof of your faith
  • 00:17:06.849 --> 00:17:10.085
  • "being more precious thangold which is perishable,
  • 00:17:10.085 --> 00:17:12.955
  • "even though tested by fire,
  • 00:17:12.955 --> 00:17:14.823
  • "maybe found to result inpraise, and glory and honor
  • 00:17:14.823 --> 00:17:17.726
  • "at the revelationof Jesus Christ,
  • 00:17:17.726 --> 00:17:19.595
  • "and though youhave not seen Him,
  • 00:17:19.595 --> 00:17:21.697
  • "you love Him. and thoughyou do not see Him,
  • 00:17:21.697 --> 00:17:24.566
  • "you believe Himand greatly rejoice
  • 00:17:24.566 --> 00:17:26.835
  • "with joy inexpressibleand full of glory."
  • 00:17:26.835 --> 00:17:29.371
  • And here it is,
  • 00:17:29.371 --> 00:17:30.572
  • "Obtaining as theoutcome of your faith,
  • 00:17:30.572 --> 00:17:33.375
  • "the salvation of your souls."
  • 00:17:33.375 --> 00:17:35.177
  • And what's interestingabout this passage
  • 00:17:35.177 --> 00:17:36.879
  • is that you're saved,
  • 00:17:36.879 --> 00:17:38.847
  • so what does that meanto obtain the salvation?
  • 00:17:38.847 --> 00:17:42.518
  • So, I'm a daughter of my father,
  • 00:17:43.418 --> 00:17:47.556
  • so what does it mean toobtain my inheritance?
  • 00:17:47.556 --> 00:17:50.592
  • Well, time has to go by,
  • 00:17:50.592 --> 00:17:52.427
  • there is a translation ofwhat he can give to me,
  • 00:17:52.427 --> 00:17:55.397
  • not just because I'm blood,
  • 00:17:55.397 --> 00:17:56.899
  • but what I can learn fromwatching and being discipled
  • 00:17:56.899 --> 00:17:59.668
  • the same as two of my children,
  • 00:17:59.668 --> 00:18:01.470
  • there are so many thingsthat I want them to walk in,
  • 00:18:01.470 --> 00:18:06.308
  • but that doesn't justhappen on day one,
  • 00:18:06.308 --> 00:18:08.243
  • there's a process of growth,
  • 00:18:08.243 --> 00:18:09.511
  • there's a processof sanctification,
  • 00:18:09.511 --> 00:18:11.213
  • there's a process ofthem getting to know me.
  • 00:18:11.213 --> 00:18:13.282
  • One of the gifts that my mothergave me was her presence,
  • 00:18:13.282 --> 00:18:17.119
  • one of the thingsI say all the time
  • 00:18:17.119 --> 00:18:18.854
  • is that while I wouldhave loved 2025,
  • 00:18:18.854 --> 00:18:21.423
  • 30 more years with her,
  • 00:18:21.423 --> 00:18:23.158
  • we were expectingthat to be honest,
  • 00:18:23.158 --> 00:18:24.893
  • because my grandmother andgrandfather her parents
  • 00:18:24.893 --> 00:18:26.962
  • both lived well into their 90s.
  • 00:18:26.962 --> 00:18:28.630
  • But what I say to all thetime, and I'm so grateful
  • 00:18:30.098 --> 00:18:31.934
  • is that what I wanted was moreof what I'd already received.
  • 00:18:31.934 --> 00:18:35.170
  • So when I go into the kitchenand I wanna cook that dish,
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:37.906
  • that she alwaysmade, guess what?
  • 00:18:37.906 --> 00:18:39.708
  • She imparted that to me.
  • 00:18:39.708 --> 00:18:41.343
  • Now, she didn't impartthat to me on day one,
  • 00:18:41.343 --> 00:18:43.412
  • it was over time.
  • 00:18:43.412 --> 00:18:45.514
  • The another thing issometimes I'm thinking
  • 00:18:45.514 --> 00:18:47.849
  • hay there's a challenging thing,
  • 00:18:47.849 --> 00:18:49.351
  • maybe it's at the churchor it's in a relationship
  • 00:18:49.351 --> 00:18:51.053
  • with a family member,and I'm thinking, man,
  • 00:18:51.053 --> 00:18:53.422
  • I wish I could call my mother.
  • 00:18:53.422 --> 00:18:54.723
  • And the truth of the matter is
  • 00:18:54.723 --> 00:18:55.991
  • because I lived withher for so long,
  • 00:18:55.991 --> 00:18:58.227
  • she imparted her wayof thinking to me,
  • 00:18:58.227 --> 00:19:00.562
  • so I kinda knowwhat she would say,
  • 00:19:00.562 --> 00:19:02.297
  • I hear my voice in her head.
  • 00:19:02.297 --> 00:19:03.999
  • And so when we lookedat the scripture
  • 00:19:03.999 --> 00:19:05.534
  • and it's talkingabout rejoicing,
  • 00:19:05.534 --> 00:19:07.536
  • even though times are hard
  • 00:19:07.536 --> 00:19:08.804
  • and it's talking aboutbeing tested by fire
  • 00:19:08.804 --> 00:19:10.906
  • and choosing joy,
  • 00:19:10.906 --> 00:19:12.407
  • and when it's saying that,even though He's not with you,
  • 00:19:12.407 --> 00:19:14.509
  • you haven't seenHim, you love Him,
  • 00:19:14.509 --> 00:19:16.645
  • and though He's not with you,
  • 00:19:16.645 --> 00:19:17.913
  • you're not seeing Him,you believe in Him,
  • 00:19:17.913 --> 00:19:20.549
  • that is what brings theoutcome of your faith,
  • 00:19:20.549 --> 00:19:23.819
  • which is standing on whatHe's already imparted to you,
  • 00:19:23.819 --> 00:19:27.256
  • but that you have toobtain by walking with Him.
  • 00:19:27.256 --> 00:19:30.492
  • And so standing in truthand reading The Bible
  • 00:19:30.492 --> 00:19:33.061
  • it doesn't mean thatyou're gonna read it,
  • 00:19:33.061 --> 00:19:35.364
  • then everything isbetter today always,
  • 00:19:35.364 --> 00:19:37.833
  • it doesn't mean thatyou're gonna read it
  • 00:19:37.833 --> 00:19:39.268
  • and not have to walk throughthe process of growth,
  • 00:19:39.268 --> 00:19:41.503
  • it doesn't mean thatyou're not gonna read it,
  • 00:19:41.503 --> 00:19:43.071
  • and because you areclaiming the armor
  • 00:19:43.071 --> 00:19:44.806
  • and walking with the armor
  • 00:19:44.806 --> 00:19:46.041
  • that you're not inthe middle of battle,
  • 00:19:46.041 --> 00:19:47.876
  • what it means is that you agreed
  • 00:19:47.876 --> 00:19:49.711
  • with God's inheritance for you,
  • 00:19:49.711 --> 00:19:51.513
  • you agree that he'salready won the battles,
  • 00:19:51.513 --> 00:19:53.915
  • but that you participatein the development
  • 00:19:53.915 --> 00:19:56.218
  • and then thesanctification of your soul
  • 00:19:56.218 --> 00:19:58.487
  • so that standing on truth
  • 00:19:58.487 --> 00:20:00.355
  • allows you to operate in truth
  • 00:20:00.355 --> 00:20:02.157
  • which then allowsyou to experience
  • 00:20:03.358 --> 00:20:05.027
  • the blessings oftruth in your life.
  • 00:20:05.027 --> 00:20:06.695
  • And some of usshortcut that process,
  • 00:20:06.695 --> 00:20:09.364
  • I know I have, I knowsometimes I still do
  • 00:20:09.364 --> 00:20:11.933
  • where I'm not clothingmyself with the armor of God
  • 00:20:11.933 --> 00:20:14.803
  • so that I can enjoy theprocess of sanctification fully
  • 00:20:14.803 --> 00:20:18.840
  • with the protection andthe helmet and the belt,
  • 00:20:18.840 --> 00:20:21.610
  • the truth, the righteousness,all of these different things,
  • 00:20:21.610 --> 00:20:25.013
  • I'm operating and I'mout there on my own.
  • 00:20:25.013 --> 00:20:26.882
  • So it doesn't mean
  • 00:20:26.882 --> 00:20:28.150
  • that he hasn't givenme everything I need,
  • 00:20:28.150 --> 00:20:29.785
  • it means I'm notengaged in the process,
  • 00:20:29.785 --> 00:20:32.521
  • and it's the processthat allows us to obtain
  • 00:20:32.521 --> 00:20:34.790
  • what he's already imparted.
  • 00:20:34.790 --> 00:20:36.224
  • And I don't know aboutyou, but I don't wanna live
  • 00:20:36.224 --> 00:20:38.660
  • or waste any more time whereI'm trying to figure things
  • 00:20:38.660 --> 00:20:41.029
  • out on my own and in a battlethat he has not called me to,
  • 00:20:41.029 --> 00:20:43.799
  • I wanna stand in the battlethat he's called me to
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  • with the armorthat he's given me
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  • that comes by the word of God
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  • so that I can obtain whathe's already provided.
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  • - I love that, that is so good.
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  • I think for a lot of us, peoplethat are watching online,
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  • you may have grown upin a Christian home
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  • and felt like reading TheBible was mandated to you.
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  • And so to you, it was justthis religious box to check
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  • as if it was somethingyou had to do to be saved,
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  • when in reality, it wasthis life giving fountain
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  • that the enemy wantedto keep from us
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  • and maybe kept from usfor are our busy schedules
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  • or kept from us thinkingthat this was just mandated
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  • and once we decided we knewbetter than our parents
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  • and we wanted to rebel,like we didn't need it,
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  • like I wonder what waysthe enemy has kept the life
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  • of the word of God from us,
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  • whether it's throughour busiest schedules
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  • or our presuppositionsof what it means
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  • to read the word of God.
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  • And I know for me, it wasn'tuntil I got much older
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  • than I realized,man, what my parents
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  • were just trying to tellme to do that I had to do
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  • was something I needed to do,
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  • I needed to live thestrongest life I could,
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  • I needed to live withthe most confidence
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  • in my identity in Christ,
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  • I needed to answer thecall of God on my life.
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  • And so what I'd loveto ask to you Jeannie,
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  • 'cause I don't havekids, I don't have kids.
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  • So all I know is whatmy parents did for me,
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  • and how am I gonna pass onthe love of the word of God
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  • to my kids.
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  • And so I would love foryou to just give a tip
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  • to who is parenting kids,
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  • and you wanna give them apallet for the word of God,
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  • you wanna give them acraving for the word of God,
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  • I would love for youjust to speak to anyone
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  • and teach me 'cause one dayI'll have kids hopefully,
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  • and I would loveto know what to do,
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  • but would you just giveus a practical tool
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  • of how to encouragethe next generation
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  • to fall in lovewith the word of God
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  • so they don't just feellike it's mandated,
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  • but that they knowhow life-giving it is.
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  • - Yes, I love thatbecause here's something,
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  • I really really believe,
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  • I believe that moreis caught than taught.
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  • You can say to somebody,you need to do this,
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  • or you need to do that,
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  • or you can tell yourkids you need to do this,
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  • or you need to do that.
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  • But there's more that's caught
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  • than what we canever teach them,
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  • it's the way thatwe live our lives,
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  • and the example is likejust with everyday life,
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  • when you're having a rough time
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  • and you're snappingat your kids,
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  • or you're snapping atyour husband or whatever
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  • you stop and you say,you know what, I'm sorry,
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  • I'm having a difficult day,
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  • my behavior isn't theway it needs to be
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  • but I thank youfor understanding.
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  • So more is caught than taught.
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  • I know my oldest son, hecame in one day and he said,
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  • mom, I love it when I comein early in the morning
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  • and I see you reading the word,
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  • I know where yourstrength comes from,
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  • and that's something thathe's caught by my example.
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  • So I wanna pray for you today,
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  • for those of you that arewanting to walk in truth
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  • and to stand in truth.
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  • Father, I just thankyou for every viewer
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  • that is in our audience today,
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  • I just believe that you putlove in our hearts to know you,
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  • that your word really is abouta love story of who you are
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  • and your great love andyour concern for us.
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  • And I pray father, Lord,those that step out
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  • wanting to know you, that yourword will come alive to them,
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  • that your word will impartstrength and wisdom,
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  • your word will impartdirection to them,
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  • your word will bring lifewhere there's discouragement
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  • and despair and anxiety,
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  • Lord your word will bring peace,
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  • your word will bring truth,
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  • your word will bringeverything that we need.
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  • Lord, we wanna alove affair with you,
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  • we want to know how you think
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  • we want to know what you want
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  • and how you want usto live our lives.
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  • We commit ourselves to you,
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  • we commit ourselves withyour help to stand in truth
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  • and to be faithful to you
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  • as you have been faithful to us.
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  • We love you, and we thankyou in Jesus name, amen.
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  • - Thank Jesus, aman.
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  • We wanna pray for youand with you and for you,
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  • please connectwith our community
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  • on Facebook or Instagram@bettertogethertv.
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  • Let us know what'sgoing on in your life,
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  • and we'd love to joinour faith with yours.
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  • We'll be back tomorrow
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  • to talk about relyingupon God's strength.
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  • When things don't go the waywe maybe hoped or thought,
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  • or maybe envisioned he willcarry us through any season.
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  • So thanks for watching today,
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  • and we'll see youagain tomorrow.
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  • We love you all.
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  • Byebye.
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