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It's All About the Heart

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September 23, 2019
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It's All About the Heart

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  • - You know, we've been taught
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  • to avoid talking about money and finances
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  • but that's exactly what we're gonna do today.
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  • So many of us struggle to reach our financial goals
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  • but what if you could pay off all of your debt,
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  • save for the future, and turn your money
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  • into a tool that helps you bring joy,
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  • freedom, and blessings to other people that are around you.
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  • I'm Pastor Robert Morris.
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  • And over the last 30 years,
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  • I've seen that God has a perfect plan
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  • to overcome all financial stress.
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  • I believe that generosity is
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  • the key to living a blessed life.
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  • But before we can be generous,
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  • we have to learn to be wise and faithful stewards
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  • of the resources that God entrust to us.
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  • And the Bible is full of practical lessons
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  • that show us how to do just that.
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  • I wanna equip you to bless others
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  • and to experience the fullness
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  • of God's blessings in your own life.
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  • Wherever you are today, you can start living Beyond Blessed.
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  • (upbeat techno music)
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • Well, thank you.
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  • Thank you very much and thanks
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  • for being here today and thank you for watching
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  • today and we are talking about Beyond Blessed.
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  • today and we are talking about Beyond Blessed.
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  • That God blesses us beyond what we could
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  • ever imagine so that we can be a blessing.
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  • I just wanna remind you about that.
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  • There's a lot of preaching out there
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  • about being blessed but it seems to be materialistic.
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  • It seems to be like God wants to bless us
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  • so we can drive a bigger car or have some sort of a name,
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  • brand, clothing, or something like that.
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  • And let me say this about that,
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  • it's okay to have a nice car, a dependable car.
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  • It's okay to live on a nice neighborhood.
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  • God doesn't care anything about that.
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  • I like to say it this way.
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  • God doesn't care if you have stuff.
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  • God cares if the stuff has you.
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  • - Amen. - So that's the big deal.
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  • But again, God wants to bless us so we can be a blessing.
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  • This goes all the way back to Abraham.
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  • It's the very first thing he said to Abraham.
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  • He said, you know, "Get out of your country,
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  • "go to a place I'm gonna show you.
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  • "I will bless you and you will be a blessing."
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  • So today, we're gonna talk about it's all about the heart.
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  • When we talk about being blessed or blessing someone else,
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  • it's all about the heart.
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  • And I want you to remember that and think about that.
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  • So I wanna show you a very famous scripture on giving,
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  • that it is on giving,
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  • but I wanna clarify and show you
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  • that it might not be exactly
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  • the type of giving that you think it's talking about.
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  • What I'm gonna do first is show you the
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  • parallel passage which is in the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • It's in Matthew 7.
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  • Then we're gonna go to Luke 6.
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  • So Matthew 7:1 and 2 say this,
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  • So Matthew 7:1 and 2 say this,
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  • "Judge not and you will not be judged.
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  • "For with the judgment you judge, you will be judged;
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  • "and with the measure you use,
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  • "it would be measured back to you."
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  • So don't judge or you'll be judged.
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  • And with the measure you use...
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  • And he's talking about giving judgment out.
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  • It will be measured back to you.
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  • In other words, you're gonna get judgment back, okay.
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  • Now, let me just ask you a question.
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  • I just read you those two scriptures.
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  • Did you hear anything in those two scriptures about money?
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  • - No. - No.
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  • Doesn't say anything about money.
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  • The subject is about judging, right?
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  • So I'm gonna show you the parallel passage
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  • every theologian I've ever talked to knows
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  • where we're going in Luke 6 is
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  • the parallel passage to Matthew 7.
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  • It's the same sermon.
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  • But there's a verse right in the middle
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  • that we think is talking about money
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  • and I don't think it is
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  • because the context is judgment.
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  • So let's commit to short term memory.
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  • Two phrases from what we just read.
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  • Matthew 7.
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  • I'll say it and then you say it after me, okay.
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  • "Judge not and you will not be judged."
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  • - [Congregation] "Judge not and you will not be judged."
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  • - "With the same measure you use,
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  • "it will be measured back to you."
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  • - [Congregation] "With the same measure you use,
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  • "it will be measured back to you."
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  • - Okay, y'all did great.
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  • And we didn't ever rehearse that.
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  • They just did great. (congregation laugh)
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  • (mumbles) Okay, all right.
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  • We go over to Luke 6, and the first
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  • phrase of verse 37 says,
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  • "Judge not and you will not be judged."
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  • So I'm showing you this is the Matthew 7 passage.
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  • The last phrase of verse 38 says,
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  • "For with the same measure you use,
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  • "it will be measured back to you."
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  • So it's the same passage.
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  • But Luke being a physician,
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  • puts something in between that's not in Matthew
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  • that I want you to notice it
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  • and I want you to notice again
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  • what context it's in, all right.
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  • So here's Luke 6:37-38, all of it.
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  • "Judge not, and you will not be judged.
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  • "Condemn not, and you will not be condemned.
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  • "Forgive, and you will be forgiven."
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  • Now here's the part you've heard before
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  • but think about the context.
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  • "Give, and it will be given to you:
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  • "good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
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  • "and running over will be put into your bosom.
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  • "For with the same measure you use,
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  • "it will be measured back to you."
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  • Okay now, most of the time when you hear
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  • the first part of Luke 6:38,
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  • "Give and it will be given back to you.
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  • "Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over."
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  • Most of the time when you hear a minister,
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  • pastor use that scripture, what's he talking about?
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  • (man mumbles) Money, right.
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  • Okay.
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  • But let me ask you again.
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  • Was the word money anywhere on that verse?
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  • - No. - No.
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  • And it is not the context.
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  • He's not talking about money anywhere in there.
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  • He was actually talking about judging.
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  • Now, I have a little pet peeve, okay.
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  • So everybody has 'em.
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  • So I got one too.
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  • My pet peeve is not that we don't understand Greek.
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  • That's not my pet peeve.
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  • My pet peeve is that most people
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  • don't understand English.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Here's why I say that.
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  • Give is the verb.
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  • That's the action.
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  • You is the implied subject.
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  • Now what that means is you's not in there but it's implied.
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  • That's the subject.
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  • You give and it will be given back to you.
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  • It is an objective pronoun.
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  • What that means is that there's
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  • no such thing as an it.
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  • You have to actually put something
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  • in that place of it to know what it is.
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  • So what he's saying is, you give,
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  • and whatever it is that you give,
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  • is gonna be given back to you.
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  • And if you put this in the context,
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  • here's what he's saying.
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  • If you give judgment,
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  • judgment is gonna be given back to you.
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  • And here's the part that many
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  • people never talk about this way.
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  • Good measure, pressed down,
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  • Good measure, pressed down,
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  • running over (laughs)
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  • shaken together.
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  • No one talks about that.
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  • But that's what he's talking about.
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  • That's what he's talking about.
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  • Give condemnation and condemnation
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  • is gonna be given back to you.
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  • Give forgiveness, that's a good one.
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  • Forgive and you'll be forgiven.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • Okay.
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  • Here's my point though.
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  • This whole thing about giving is about the heart.
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  • It's about the heart.
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  • Jesus is trying to deal with the heart.
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  • If you have a problem with giving money,
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  • you actually have a problem with your heart.
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  • By the way, maybe you've never even thought about this.
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  • Think about the word forgive.
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  • Forgive.
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  • It contains the word give.
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  • For, by the way, means that you're in favor of something.
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  • You know.
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  • I'm for it or I'm against it, okay.
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  • So God is for giving.
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  • So God is for giving.
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  • So God is for giving.
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  • (laughs)
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  • Do y'all hear me?
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  • - Yeah. - Yes.
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  • - And he's also forgiving.
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  • (everyone laughing)
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  • He forgives because he's for giving grace to people.
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  • He's in favor of it.
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  • This is pretty good, by the way.
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  • If y'all didn't know this is good,
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  • this is good stuff, okay?
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  • If you have a problem with giving,
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  • you also probably have a problem with forgiving.
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  • If you have a problem with forgiving,
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  • you also probably have problem with giving.
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  • This is where Jesus said,
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  • "Freely you have received, so freely give."
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  • You know the reason we have a problem with forgiving,
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  • in other words, giving grace to someone
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  • else or forgiveness to them,
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  • is because we think we had to earn it from God.
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  • So if we have to earn it,
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  • we actually try to make other people earn it.
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  • You have to earn my forgiveness
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  • because we felt like we had to earn our forgiveness.
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  • But we didn't.
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  • It's completely free.
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  • So this whole thing about giving, it's about the heart.
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  • And again, giving is an action
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  • and it involves so many things other than just money.
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  • I was being interviewed for a magazine one time
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  • and the guy asked me, "How often do you preach on giving?"
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  • And I said, "Oh, every week."
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  • And he said, "Really?
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  • "You preach on giving every week?"
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  • And I said, "Yeah."
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  • And I said, "Now, let me explain something."
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  • Again remember, I'm a grammarian so I hear your words.
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  • And I know what you're saying
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  • even though you don't think you're saying it.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • And I have to translate sometimes
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  • what you think you're trying to say but I said to him,
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  • "You asked me how often I preached on giving.
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  • "What you meant to ask me was how often
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  • "do you preach on giving money."
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  • That's what you meant.
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  • You didn't say giving money.
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  • You just say giving.
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  • So I can't preach on grace without preaching on giving.
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  • - Amen. - For God so loved
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  • the world that he,
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  • - [Congregation] Gave.
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  • - I can't preach on prayer by preaching...
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  • I definitely can't preach on marriage
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  • without preaching on giving.
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  • (everyone laughing)
  • 00:11:04.200 --> 00:11:06.070
  • - Amen. - Because if you're gonna
  • 00:11:06.070 --> 00:11:07.210
  • be married, you're gonna have to give some forgiveness.
  • 00:11:07.210 --> 00:11:10.260
  • (congregation laughing) - Yeah, come on.
  • 00:11:10.260 --> 00:11:13.000
  • - Right? - Right.
  • 00:11:13.000 --> 00:11:14.150
  • - And you're gonna have to pause the game and take
  • 00:11:14.150 --> 00:11:16.090
  • the trash out when you're supposed to take the trash.
  • 00:11:16.090 --> 00:11:19.050
  • You're gonna have to give some time.
  • 00:11:19.050 --> 00:11:21.160
  • Okay.
  • 00:11:21.160 --> 00:11:22.250
  • So giving is more than giving money.
  • 00:11:22.250 --> 00:11:25.280
  • It's an attitude of the heart.
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  • That's what I want you to hear.
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:29.080
  • So way back in Deuteronomy 15,
  • 00:11:29.080 --> 00:11:32.190
  • God sets up some principles about giving
  • 00:11:32.190 --> 00:11:34.180
  • God sets up some principles about giving
  • 00:11:34.180 --> 00:11:38.190
  • that have to do with the heart.
  • 00:11:38.190 --> 00:11:40.000
  • So let me read it to you, all right.
  • 00:11:40.000 --> 00:11:41.170
  • Deuteronomy 15:7, "If there is among you
  • 00:11:41.170 --> 00:11:45.030
  • "a poor man of your brethren,
  • 00:11:45.030 --> 00:11:47.190
  • "within any of the gates in your land
  • 00:11:47.190 --> 00:11:50.100
  • "which the Lord your God is giving you,"
  • 00:11:50.100 --> 00:11:53.150
  • I like that because he is reminding them,
  • 00:11:53.150 --> 00:11:55.120
  • you're not earning the promise land.
  • 00:11:55.120 --> 00:11:57.140
  • You're fighting for it.
  • 00:11:57.140 --> 00:11:59.130
  • See, we're at a war but you're
  • 00:11:59.130 --> 00:12:02.080
  • still not earning it, I'm still giving it to you.
  • 00:12:02.080 --> 00:12:04.260
  • Even though you're in a war, okay?
  • 00:12:04.260 --> 00:12:06.180
  • "If there's a poor man among you,
  • 00:12:07.220 --> 00:12:09.290
  • "you shall not harden your heart."
  • 00:12:09.290 --> 00:12:13.120
  • It's all about the heart.
  • 00:12:13.120 --> 00:12:14.270
  • Then he says, "Nor shut your hand from your poor brother."
  • 00:12:14.270 --> 00:12:19.040
  • Let me just clarify.
  • 00:12:19.040 --> 00:12:20.100
  • If you shut your hand toward people,
  • 00:12:20.100 --> 00:12:22.040
  • it's because you've already shut your heart.
  • 00:12:22.040 --> 00:12:24.100
  • When you opened your hand toward people
  • 00:12:26.160 --> 00:12:28.090
  • like if there's a crisis, we do this all the time.
  • 00:12:28.090 --> 00:12:30.240
  • With the hurricane or tornado or something.
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:33.050
  • All of us.
  • 00:12:33.050 --> 00:12:34.000
  • We send what we can.
  • 00:12:34.000 --> 00:12:35.020
  • We do what we can.
  • 00:12:35.020 --> 00:12:36.140
  • It's because we've already opened our heart.
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:37.270
  • That's why we opened our hands.
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:39.240
  • He says, "If you don't harden your heart,
  • 00:12:39.240 --> 00:12:41.250
  • "nor shut your hand from your poor brother,
  • 00:12:41.250 --> 00:12:44.130
  • "but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly..."
  • 00:12:44.130 --> 00:12:49.050
  • So again, willingly, we're dealing with your heart.
  • 00:12:49.050 --> 00:12:52.030
  • "Lend to him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs."
  • 00:12:52.030 --> 00:12:57.030
  • So, how do we do this with our heart?
  • 00:12:58.070 --> 00:12:59.180
  • So four things, all right.
  • 00:12:59.180 --> 00:13:00.220
  • Here's number one.
  • 00:13:00.220 --> 00:13:01.280
  • We have to deal with a selfish heart.
  • 00:13:01.280 --> 00:13:04.200
  • We just have to deal with it because we're born selfish.
  • 00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:08.010
  • Verse nine says, "Beware lest there be
  • 00:13:08.010 --> 00:13:11.010
  • "a wicked thought in your heart..."
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:14.280
  • And notice again, it's in the heart.
  • 00:13:14.280 --> 00:13:16.200
  • "Saying, 'The seventh year,
  • 00:13:16.200 --> 00:13:19.170
  • the year of release, is at hand,'"
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:21.070
  • Now we're gonna talk about that.
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:22.140
  • Most of us know about the year of Jubilee.
  • 00:13:22.140 --> 00:13:24.120
  • "And your eye be evil against your poor
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:26.240
  • "brother and you give him nothing,
  • 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:28.250
  • "and he cry out to the Lord against you,
  • 00:13:28.250 --> 00:13:31.110
  • "and it become sin among you."
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:34.040
  • So he says, don't let there be
  • 00:13:34.040 --> 00:13:35.180
  • a wicked thought in your heart.
  • 00:13:35.180 --> 00:13:38.200
  • First of all, let's clarify something.
  • 00:13:38.200 --> 00:13:40.150
  • God calls selfishness, wickedness.
  • 00:13:40.150 --> 00:13:43.080
  • That's wicked to God, okay.
  • 00:13:44.080 --> 00:13:46.170
  • And the thought would be,
  • 00:13:46.170 --> 00:13:48.130
  • you know it's almost the year of Jubilee.
  • 00:13:48.130 --> 00:13:51.170
  • The seventh year.
  • 00:13:51.170 --> 00:13:52.140
  • And okay, let me give you the example.
  • 00:13:53.210 --> 00:13:55.250
  • Let's say God comes to you and he says,
  • 00:13:55.250 --> 00:13:57.170
  • "Hey, Mike.
  • 00:13:57.170 --> 00:13:59.010
  • "We didn't have a lot of rain this year, you know that.
  • 00:13:59.010 --> 00:14:01.030
  • "And you have much bigger farm than I have.
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:03.110
  • "And I just didn't get many crops
  • 00:14:03.110 --> 00:14:05.230
  • "and I don't think we're gonna
  • 00:14:05.230 --> 00:14:07.000
  • "be able to make it through the winter
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:08.150
  • "and I'm wondering if you could lend me some grain
  • 00:14:08.150 --> 00:14:12.020
  • "so that I'll be able to make it through the winter
  • 00:14:12.020 --> 00:14:13.290
  • "and plant, you know, in the spring.
  • 00:14:13.290 --> 00:14:15.230
  • "And then I will pay you back out
  • 00:14:16.260 --> 00:14:17.240
  • "in the next harvest, okay?"
  • 00:14:17.240 --> 00:14:19.150
  • And he says, "Don't let this thought come to your heart
  • 00:14:20.280 --> 00:14:22.130
  • "because every seven years, all debts were canceled."
  • 00:14:22.130 --> 00:14:26.210
  • And by the way, God implemented that economic system.
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:31.240
  • God implemented for his people an
  • 00:14:31.240 --> 00:14:34.160
  • economic system that every seven years,
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:38.260
  • all of your debt was canceled.
  • 00:14:38.260 --> 00:14:41.160
  • How many of you would like to re-implement
  • 00:14:41.160 --> 00:14:44.050
  • (congregation laughing) - Amen.
  • 00:14:44.050 --> 00:14:45.000
  • - Amen. - God's economic system.
  • 00:14:46.150 --> 00:14:49.140
  • It's pretty good system, isn't it?
  • 00:14:49.140 --> 00:14:51.110
  • Okay.
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:52.050
  • But here's what he says.
  • 00:14:52.050 --> 00:14:53.120
  • He says now, here's what might happen.
  • 00:14:53.120 --> 00:14:55.050
  • Right when you say, "Oh sure, I'd love to."
  • 00:14:55.050 --> 00:14:57.040
  • You might have a thought in your heart.
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:58.180
  • Now we all have thoughts, okay.
  • 00:14:58.180 --> 00:15:00.180
  • The problem is what we do with them.
  • 00:15:00.180 --> 00:15:02.020
  • You might have a thought that says,
  • 00:15:02.020 --> 00:15:03.120
  • "Uh oh, wait.
  • 00:15:03.120 --> 00:15:05.040
  • "This is the sixth year."
  • 00:15:05.040 --> 00:15:06.180
  • "Matter of fact, it's only six
  • 00:15:07.210 --> 00:15:08.280
  • "more months 'til the year of Jubilee.
  • 00:15:08.280 --> 00:15:11.070
  • "If he can't pay me back in that timeframe,
  • 00:15:11.070 --> 00:15:14.160
  • "I have to cancel his debt."
  • 00:15:14.160 --> 00:15:15.290
  • And here's what God is saying.
  • 00:15:19.080 --> 00:15:20.250
  • You need to deal with that
  • 00:15:20.250 --> 00:15:22.190
  • because that's a heart issue.
  • 00:15:22.190 --> 00:15:24.270
  • So you gotta understand giving is a heart issue.
  • 00:15:24.270 --> 00:15:29.270
  • Here's the second thing.
  • 00:15:30.190 --> 00:15:31.170
  • Deal with a grieving heart.
  • 00:15:31.170 --> 00:15:33.200
  • A grieving heart.
  • 00:15:34.200 --> 00:15:36.130
  • So first, a selfish heart.
  • 00:15:36.130 --> 00:15:37.290
  • Second, a grieving heart.
  • 00:15:37.290 --> 00:15:39.140
  • Deuteronomy 15:10.
  • 00:15:39.140 --> 00:15:41.010
  • I'm just walking you through Deuteronomy 15, okay?
  • 00:15:41.010 --> 00:15:43.190
  • "You shall surely give to him,"
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:45.230
  • Watch this.
  • 00:15:45.230 --> 00:15:46.200
  • "and your heart..."
  • 00:15:46.200 --> 00:15:48.070
  • It's all about the heart.
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:49.240
  • "Should not be grieved or sad about it
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:50.290
  • "Should not be grieved or sad about it
  • 00:15:50.290 --> 00:15:53.230
  • "when you give to him because for this thing,
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:56.080
  • "the Lord your God will bless you
  • 00:15:56.080 --> 00:15:58.090
  • "in all your works and in all
  • 00:15:58.090 --> 00:16:01.170
  • "to which you put your hand."
  • 00:16:01.170 --> 00:16:03.160
  • Now that's a great promise right there.
  • 00:16:03.160 --> 00:16:05.000
  • - [Congregation] Amen.
  • 00:16:05.000 --> 00:16:06.050
  • - God says, "You deal with your heart,
  • 00:16:06.050 --> 00:16:07.110
  • "I'll bless all the work you have."
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:09.070
  • But he says, "But now don't grieve."
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:10.280
  • Okay.
  • 00:16:10.280 --> 00:16:11.260
  • So, here's what we need to know.
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:13.010
  • Before we give, selfishness attacks us.
  • 00:16:13.010 --> 00:16:15.260
  • But after we give, grief attacks us.
  • 00:16:17.020 --> 00:16:19.040
  • Think about this.
  • 00:16:20.040 --> 00:16:21.020
  • Have you ever given an offering
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:23.250
  • and then the washing machine breaks
  • 00:16:23.250 --> 00:16:25.220
  • or the car or you get some sort
  • 00:16:25.220 --> 00:16:27.180
  • of unexpected repair bill and
  • 00:16:27.180 --> 00:16:29.180
  • it's like the enemy then comes.
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:31.030
  • What is he saying?
  • 00:16:31.030 --> 00:16:31.280
  • We've all heard it.
  • 00:16:31.280 --> 00:16:32.260
  • You shouldn't have don't that.
  • 00:16:32.260 --> 00:16:34.180
  • Now you're gonna be in trouble.
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:36.050
  • See.
  • 00:16:36.050 --> 00:16:37.000
  • So we grieve about it.
  • 00:16:37.000 --> 00:16:38.180
  • He's saying, "Don't do that."
  • 00:16:39.210 --> 00:16:41.200
  • Now, I'm gonna tell you something that's just crazy.
  • 00:16:41.200 --> 00:16:44.220
  • Sometimes when you're up, you're speaking,
  • 00:16:45.270 --> 00:16:47.250
  • thoughts will just go through your mind
  • 00:16:47.250 --> 00:16:50.090
  • and they're just random thoughts
  • 00:16:50.090 --> 00:16:51.240
  • and you just learned to push 'em out
  • 00:16:51.240 --> 00:16:54.080
  • but I'm just gonna tell you what.
  • 00:16:54.080 --> 00:16:56.180
  • I'm standing here talking about finances and all
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:17:00.080
  • and I just, here's a thought
  • 00:17:00.080 --> 00:17:01.160
  • that just went through my mind.
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:03.270
  • When I leave here, I'm going to lunch
  • 00:17:03.270 --> 00:17:06.130
  • and I don't have any cash with me.
  • 00:17:06.130 --> 00:17:08.020
  • I just had that thought just go through my...
  • 00:17:08.020 --> 00:17:10.270
  • Look at that.
  • 00:17:13.090 --> 00:17:14.040
  • (congregation applauding)
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:17.220
  • Look at that.
  • 00:17:17.220 --> 00:17:18.170
  • $20.
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:20.040
  • That was nice, wasn't it?
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:21.160
  • All right, let's keep going, okay.
  • 00:17:22.220 --> 00:17:24.000
  • All right, so.
  • 00:17:24.000 --> 00:17:24.250
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:17:24.250 --> 00:17:26.260
  • Okay.
  • 00:17:26.260 --> 00:17:27.210
  • (mumbles) keep going.
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:28.280
  • Let me talk about that for a minute, all right.
  • 00:17:28.280 --> 00:17:30.180
  • When I said I need $20, all right.
  • 00:17:32.090 --> 00:17:34.040
  • I need some money.
  • 00:17:34.040 --> 00:17:35.260
  • Mike's a friend of mine.
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:37.110
  • Why did Mike get up that quickly and give it to me?
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:39.200
  • Okay, let me tell you why.
  • 00:17:39.200 --> 00:17:41.020
  • Because I gave him that $20 before the show.
  • 00:17:41.020 --> 00:17:44.030
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:17:44.030 --> 00:17:47.130
  • And I told him, "I want you to do this
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:50.100
  • "'cause I'm gonna use that as an illustration."
  • 00:17:50.100 --> 00:17:52.050
  • Okay, so I have a question for you.
  • 00:17:52.050 --> 00:17:54.050
  • This is my $20.
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:55.130
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:57.000
  • I gave it to him before the show.
  • 00:17:57.000 --> 00:17:58.160
  • I said, "I want you to give it to me when I ask for it."
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:18:00.040
  • So, is he grieving because he gave this to me?
  • 00:18:00.040 --> 00:18:01.200
  • So, is he grieving because he gave this to me?
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:05.200
  • - No. - Yes.
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:07.040
  • - Oh you are a little?
  • 00:18:07.040 --> 00:18:08.030
  • (everyone laughing)
  • 00:18:08.030 --> 00:18:08.290
  • Just a little?
  • 00:18:08.290 --> 00:18:10.000
  • Okay.
  • 00:18:10.000 --> 00:18:11.130
  • He was thinking, I hope he forgets about this illustration.
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:14.240
  • No, he's not.
  • 00:18:14.240 --> 00:18:15.220
  • He's just joking.
  • 00:18:15.220 --> 00:18:16.200
  • He's not grieving about it.
  • 00:18:16.200 --> 00:18:17.190
  • Why is he not grieving about it?
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:20.010
  • - [Woman] It wasn't his.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:21.290
  • - 'Cause it wasn't his money in the first place.
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:24.110
  • It's my money.
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:26.130
  • (man laughing)
  • 00:18:26.130 --> 00:18:28.100
  • It's my money.
  • 00:18:28.100 --> 00:18:29.100
  • Are y'all catching this?
  • 00:18:31.050 --> 00:18:32.100
  • - [Congregation] Yes.
  • 00:18:32.100 --> 00:18:33.240
  • - How many times does God say,
  • 00:18:33.240 --> 00:18:35.240
  • "I want you to go help that person."
  • 00:18:35.240 --> 00:18:37.190
  • And we should never grieve 'cause
  • 00:18:39.150 --> 00:18:41.050
  • it wasn't our money in the first place.
  • 00:18:41.050 --> 00:18:42.240
  • (congregation mumble)
  • 00:18:42.240 --> 00:18:43.200
  • It was God's money.
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:44.270
  • And you know what I think God might think.
  • 00:18:44.270 --> 00:18:46.210
  • God might think, you know what,
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:48.020
  • I need to find someone else to bless
  • 00:18:48.020 --> 00:18:50.130
  • that won't grieve about it.
  • 00:18:51.130 --> 00:18:53.000
  • 'Cause every time I ask that person to give,
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:57.100
  • she just argues with me and argues with me.
  • 00:18:57.100 --> 00:19:00.200
  • And I'm gonna find someone that says
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:03.180
  • when I ask that person to give,
  • 00:19:03.180 --> 00:19:05.120
  • when she says, "Thank you Lord
  • 00:19:05.120 --> 00:19:08.120
  • "for giving me an opportunity to be a blessing."
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:11.080
  • That's what Beyond Blessed is all about.
  • 00:19:11.080 --> 00:19:14.100
  • It's about being a blessing.
  • 00:19:15.190 --> 00:19:17.080
  • So, we have to deal with a selfish heart.
  • 00:19:17.080 --> 00:19:19.200
  • We have to deal with a grieving heart.
  • 00:19:19.200 --> 00:19:20.280
  • Here's number three.
  • 00:19:20.280 --> 00:19:22.100
  • Develop a generous heart.
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:24.100
  • And it can be developed.
  • 00:19:26.080 --> 00:19:28.070
  • All of us have developed in our walk with the Lord.
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:32.180
  • So you can develop a generous heart.
  • 00:19:32.180 --> 00:19:35.040
  • Verse 14, "You shall supply him liberally from your flock,
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:40.040
  • "from your threshing floor, and from your winepress.
  • 00:19:41.160 --> 00:19:43.150
  • "From what the Lord has blessed you with,
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:47.140
  • "you shall give to Him."
  • 00:19:47.140 --> 00:19:50.020
  • Think about that.
  • 00:19:50.020 --> 00:19:51.050
  • Here's what he's saying.
  • 00:19:52.030 --> 00:19:52.280
  • Just develop it.
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:54.040
  • Just take time and develop it.
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:57.020
  • Here's the best way to develop it.
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:19:59.290
  • When you get that little nudge
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:02.000
  • and you know it's a nudge from the Lord
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:05.000
  • and maybe you need to confirm it
  • 00:20:05.000 --> 00:20:07.160
  • with your spouse if you're married.
  • 00:20:07.160 --> 00:20:09.160
  • With a friend.
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:10.220
  • Maybe you ask the Lord to confirm it to you.
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:14.060
  • But you get that little nudge.
  • 00:20:14.060 --> 00:20:15.210
  • There's nothing wrong with asking God to confirm.
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:17.260
  • People did it all through the Bible
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:19.180
  • and God never got mad at them.
  • 00:20:19.180 --> 00:20:21.280
  • Gideon asked God to confirm twice, right?
  • 00:20:21.280 --> 00:20:24.260
  • The fleece of Gideon.
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:26.110
  • God never got mad at him for asking it, okay.
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:28.180
  • So it's okay to ask God to confirm it.
  • 00:20:28.180 --> 00:20:30.220
  • But then, when you just just do the little things,
  • 00:20:30.220 --> 00:20:35.020
  • it's so because what happens is
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:37.050
  • the generosity has developed in you, all right.
  • 00:20:37.050 --> 00:20:40.060
  • I have nine grandchildren.
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  • If you don't know, Debbie and I
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  • have married almost 39 years now.
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  • - [Man] That's it!
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  • - And so we love our grandchildren and they're great
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  • but we got all this grandchildren stories
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  • like some of you that have grandchildren or children.
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  • They get all these funny things I do.
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  • So our oldest daughter, daughter-in-law,
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  • they get in the car from church
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  • and they have a son and a daughter.
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  • And their daughter is named Willow.
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  • And Willow says, "Mommy, did you know
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  • "there was a girl in the Bible that gave
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  • "two pennies to the Lord and that was all she had."
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  • And Hannah, our daughter-in-law, said,
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  • I did know that.
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  • I have heard that.
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  • She said, "Mommy, I'd like to give something to the Lord."
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  • And so Hannah said, "Well, why don't you just pray
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  • "and ask the Lord what he would want you to give."
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  • So she actually kind of adjusted the mirror
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  • where she could see, you know.
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  • And she saw little Willow just put
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  • her head down like this and she started praying.
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  • And then all of a sudden this is what she said.
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  • She went, "What?"
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • "What?"
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  • And then she said, "Little baby?
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  • "You want little baby?"
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  • And then she said, "Oh, oh, Betty baby.
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  • "Oh yeah, you can have Betty baby.
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  • "I don't like her."
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Here's my point.
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  • She's just little.
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  • She's just learning.
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  • That's cute.
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  • But if she were 40.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • And she was still grappling about
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  • giving little baby away...
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  • Are y'all hearing me?
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  • - Yes. - Yes.
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  • - There are a whole lot of Christians
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  • that have never matured in this area.
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  • Here's the last one.
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  • Develop a grateful heart.
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  • Develop a grateful heart.
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  • Here's how you develop a grateful heart.
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  • "You shall remember that you were
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  • "a slave in the land of Egypt,
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  • "and that the Lord your God redeemed you;
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  • "therefore I command you this thing today."
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  • What's he commanding them?
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  • He's commanding them to have a generous heart.
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  • He says now, "Here's how you do it.
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  • "You remember you used to not have anything.
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  • "And everything you have, I gave you."
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  • Awhile back, we had a pastor and his wife
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  • come in for a conference and we had them stay in our home
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  • and we were just talkin' and sharin'
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  • and for some reason,
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  • and for some reason,
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  • my wife and the pastor's wife
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  • were in the kitchen talking.
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  • The guy and I, we were like in the living room talking.
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  • Well he got up to go get him something to drink,
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  • some iced tea or something.
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  • And he overheard my wife and his wife
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  • talking about me giving because
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  • there been times when I've, you know, said,
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  • "I wanna give cars."
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  • Even the time when Debbie and I gave our first house away.
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  • And she was just asking this and this pastor got interested
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  • but I'm hearing it in the living room.
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  • And she sat down and said to...
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  • The pastor sat down and said to my wife,
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  • "Can I ask you something?"
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  • And Debbie said, "Sure."
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  • And he said, "Why do you think Robert gives so much?"
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  • And he said, "Why do you think Robert gives so much?"
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  • He said, "I've tried to figure this out for years.
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  • "I've read his books.
  • 00:24:16.290 --> 00:24:18.260
  • "I hear all the stories.
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  • "I mean this guy has given..."
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  • I've given my retirement away many times.
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  • When God tells me to give, I just give.
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  • Now remember this says, you need to remember
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  • when you're asked to give that
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  • you used to not have anything.
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  • So he said to my wife, "Why do you think
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  • "Robert just gives so much away?"
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  • And this is what I heard my wife say from the kitchen,
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  • "Because he's never gotten over getting saved."
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  • I've never forgotten that I was lost
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  • I've never forgotten that I was lost
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  • even though I grew up in church, good parents.
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  • Great family.
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  • I didn't know Jesus.
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  • And I got involved in drugs.
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  • It was a horrible life.
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  • And God delivered me just like that.
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  • And I've never gotten over that.
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  • It's easy to be generous when you're grateful.
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  • - Amen. - Amen.
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  • - I want you to just close your eyes for a moment.
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  • Maybe they're at home.
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  • Just take a moment and just
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  • ask the Holy Spirit, what are you saying to me today?
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  • What are you saying to me through this?
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  • Here's the point.
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  • We all have to deal with selfishness.
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  • But just be honest.
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  • Let's just say, "Lord, will you help me?
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  • "Will you help me in this area?
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  • "Will you help me to deal with a selfish heart?
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  • "Will you help me to deal with a grieving heart?
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  • "Will you help me develop a generous and a grateful heart?
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  • "And will you bless me so that I can be a blessing?
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  • "And I agree with this prayer in Jesus' name.
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  • "Amen."
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  • I wanna say thanks so much for watching
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  • and I'll see you next time.
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