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November 4, 2016
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Spy Stories: Activating Your Faith in the Face of Danger

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  • - Bil Cornelius: God wants
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  • to give you a great vision
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  • for your life, but you know
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  • what gets in the way of vision?
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  • Sight.
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  • Who you can see now gets in the
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  • way of who you can't see yet.
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  • "Oh, all I see is a kid
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  • that's disobeying me."
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  • No, I see a young man or
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  • a young woman that turns into
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  • a Godly man that honors the Lord
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  • with their life and changes
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  • the next generation.
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  • What are you seeing
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  • in your kids?
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  • Because what you see is
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  • [music]
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome, great to have
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  • you here today.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • Well, there was a fortune teller
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  • that a frog went to see.e teller
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  • This frog goes to see the
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  • fortune teller, he says,
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  • "I just wanna know my future,
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  • I'm so anxious.
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  • Can you tell me?"
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  • And the fortune teller begins to
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  • rub the crystal ball, and says
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  • to the frog, "I see a young
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  • woman in your life.
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  • She's gonna have an
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  • insatiable desire to get
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  • to know everything about you."
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  • And he was like, "Oh, wow,
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  • am I, like, at a singles bar?"
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  • She says, "No, you're in
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  • a biology class,
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  • I don't understand."
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  • You know, I wanna encourage you,
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  • today, that sometimes we get
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  • nervous about our future.
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  • Do we not?
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  • Sometimes we're like, "I don't
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  • know if this is gonna be good
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  • or bad, I'm just not sure
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  • how this is gonna turn out."
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  • A lot of people today,
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  • especially the next generation,
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  • is really nervous about
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  • the future, because, you know,
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  • there's a whole generation
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  • that's been raised in an economy
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  • that they've never even
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  • seen really good times.
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  • And so, it's hard for me to sell
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  • this whole, "God has
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  • a great plan for your life."
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  • They're like, "Are you sure
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  • about that, because I can hardly
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  • get out of college and leave the
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  • home, I mean, you're tellin' me
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  • that God can do great things,
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  • and that we're gonna have an
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  • expanding time and not just a
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  • retracting time?"
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  • And I'm tellin' you yes,
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  • God has big plans for you.
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  • Please do not judge your
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  • entire life on a few years.
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  • God has big things for you, and
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  • today it's all about how you can
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  • spy out your future.
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  • God has big plans for you.
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  • Isn't that good to know?
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  • He does, let me show you that in
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  • Scripture right now.
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  • Check out the Scripture, let's
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  • talk about that a little bit.
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  • And so, today's message is
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  • called, "Activating Your Faith
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  • in the Face of Danger."
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  • Numbers chapter 13, verse 1.
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  • "God now instructed Moses,
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  • 'Send spies into the
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  • land of Canaan, the land
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  • I am giving to Israel.'"
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  • Over the word,
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  • "Israel," would you write
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  • the word, "God's people."
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  • Every time you see in
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  • the Old Testament
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  • the word "Israel,"
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  • you need to think,
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  • "That means God's people," okay?
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  • In the Old Testament,
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  • we are Israel, that's how
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  • we're represented.
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  • Now, it's a little complicated
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  • and theological, but let me
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  • just tell you this, that I'm
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  • not trying to say all Jews are
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  • Christians, all Christians are
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  • Jews, no, what I am trying
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  • to say is that we both serve the
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  • same God, however, but we
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  • are supposed to receive Christ,
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  • that's how we get in, okay?
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  • But God's people is what
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  • we're talking about with Israel.
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  • God started by reviewing himself
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  • through Israel, but now he's
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  • taken the message of the cross,
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  • told through Christ,
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  • to the whole world, okay?
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  • But, when you see in
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  • the Old Testament, "Israel,"
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  • it means God's people.
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  • And so, he says here,
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  • God instructed Moses
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  • to send spies into
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  • the land of Canaan, "The
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  • land I am giving to Christians,
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  • to Israel,
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  • to God's people," right?
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  • So, what he's saying is you
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  • and I have a promised land.
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  • "Send one leader
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  • from each tribe.
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  • Moses did as the Lord had
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  • commanded and sent
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  • these 12 tribal leaders."
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  • The first thing I wanna
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  • tell you, number one is,
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  • the good news that God is
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  • giving you a promised land.
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  • God is giving you a promised
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  • land, a promised destination,
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  • a preferred future, if you will.
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  • God has a plan for your life,
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  • and it is good, it is not for
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  • calamity, it is for prosperity,
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  • it is for blessing,
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  • it is for a great future.
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  • That's what the Word says.
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  • And so, the good news is that
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  • those dreams God placed in your
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  • heart, he wants to
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  • achieve those things.
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  • He wants you to accomplish those
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  • things, and so now you gotta
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  • gather the facts on how
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  • you actually do those things.
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  • So, if you go to my bookshelf
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  • from 20 years ago, there was a
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  • whole section on how--believe it
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  • or not, there are books on how
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  • to start a church, because I
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  • believed that was my future, so
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  • I read everything I could find.
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  • I was getting the facts
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  • on how this works well,
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  • and how it doesn't work well,
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  • so I could hopefully do
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  • the first part, right?
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  • I wanted to make sure we figure
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  • out how that works, what
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  • you believe God has
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  • for your further.
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  • You need to learn
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  • to gather the facts.
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  • Corrie ten Boom,
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  • the great missionary,
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  • once said, "Never be afraid
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  • to trust an unknown
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  • future to a known God."
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  • Isn't that good?
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  • "Never be afraid to trust an
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  • unknown future to a known God."
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  • God is gonna have you move unto
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  • the unknown, but he knows it,
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  • even if you don't know it, so
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  • gather the facts.
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  • So, how do you gather the facts?
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  • real quick, ready?
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  • Numbers 13, verse 17 says,
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  • "Moses gave these men
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  • instructions as he sent them
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  • out to explore the land.
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  • 'See what the land is like, and
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  • find out whether the people
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  • living there are strong or weak,
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  • few or many.
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  • See what kind of land they
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  • live in, is it good or bad.'"
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  • What does this mean?
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  • A is create a map.
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  • You've got to create a map.
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  • You know, every agent, if you
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  • watch any of these shows you
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  • probably already know this,
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  • like, watch shows like
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  • "Quantico," you know, if you
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  • watch movies about spies, every
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  • agent always has an analyst.
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  • Did you realize that?
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  • They always have--this is why
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  • they're always poke in their ear
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  • and go, "Okay, where do I go?"
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  • And then there's somebody,
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  • somewhere in the building, with
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  • a computer in some bathroom,
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  • right, and they're like, "Okay,
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  • here's what you need to do," and
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  • they've got the landscape of
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  • the whole building, and they're
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  • like, "Okay, go up the stairs,
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  • turn right, watch it, there's
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  • two guards over there," right?
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  • They're guiding them, right?
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  • You have a handler.
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  • You have an analyst helping you,
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  • it's called the Holy Spirit.
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  • The Spirit is buzzing your ear
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  • saying, "Go right.
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  • Go left.
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  • Watch out for that person.
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  • Go here.
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  • Go do that."
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  • You've gotta listen
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  • to the handler.
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  • In fact, can I give you a couple
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  • levels to your handler,
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  • to your analyst, real quick?
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  • There are three simple things
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  • that you need to know about
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  • your analyst, okay?
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  • First of all,
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  • it's the Word of God.
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  • The Word of God will become
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  • alive to you when you begin to
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  • say, "Spirit of God, would you
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  • speak to me as the open Word."
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  • Just don't open the Word and
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  • read it like it's a text book,
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  • 'cause it's not a text book,
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  • it's the living,
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  • breathing Word of God,
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  • which means you say,
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  • "God, as I open the Word today,
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  • speak to me.
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  • Make the words pop off
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  • the page that I'm supposed
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  • to have for today.
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  • I need a specific Word
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  • from you today."
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  • And so, he will give you
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  • that through his Word.
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  • Then, you need wisdom on how
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  • to apply that Word, and the last
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  • part of this is you
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  • need a good mentor.
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  • You know, spies, it's not
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  • uncommon for retired spies to
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  • go back and talk to new spies,
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  • especially 'cause spies are
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  • assigned certain lands, like,
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  • "Okay, you're gonna go into, you
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  • And so, they'll go find retired
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  • spies of the former USSR,
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  • and they'll ask them questions.
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  • You know, they'll say,
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  • "What if I get stuck, you know,
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  • in the country, and I
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  • don't know how to get out?"
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  • And they're like, "Okay,
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  • here's what you need to do.
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  • Here's the best way to get out
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  • of there if you need
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  • to get out," right?
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  • The point is this, is that when
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  • you investigate the process,
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  • you find where
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  • the sticking points are.
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  • Let me tell you
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  • why this is important.
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  • Because if you just say,
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  • "I'm gonna be a medical doctor,
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  • and I'm not really
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  • gonna look into this,"
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  • and you just start
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  • signing up for classes 'cause
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  • you're told what to take, and
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  • then you get to that class,
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  • and you're drowning in it.
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  • You're gonna go, "I quit.
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  • I can't take it."
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  • But, if you would have known it
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  • was coming, then it's a lot
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  • easier to deal with if you find
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  • out that everyone has
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  • that as a sticking point.
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  • Every great, brilliant surgeon
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  • didn't blow through that class,
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  • they all struggled like crazy.
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  • And then, all of a sudden,azy.
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  • you go, "Oh, this is normal."
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  • So, create a map.
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  • Here's the B, check it out,
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  • so we've got the A-B-C.
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  • B is this, Numbers 13, verse 19,
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  • "Do their towns have walls,
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  • or are they unprotected
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  • like open camps?
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  • Is their soil fertile or poor?
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  • Are there many trees?
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  • Do your best to bring back
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  • samples of the crops you see."
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  • So, it says here,
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  • "Do your towns have walls,
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  • or are they unprotected,"
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  • what does this mean?
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  • Define the obstacles.
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  • You gotta create a map, and you
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  • gotta define the obstacles.
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  • What are the obstacles you're
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  • going to face, 'cause once you
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  • know those obstacles, then it's
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  • a lot easier to face 'em.
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  • If you know I've got a big wall
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  • I've gotta climb, then somebody
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  • needs to bring some rope, then
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  • you know that goin' in, right?
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  • There are always obstacles to
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  • greatness, or else everyone
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  • would achieve it.
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  • It's true, isn't it?
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  • I mean, if it was easy to have a
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  • great body, wouldn't we all
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  • look ripped all the time?
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  • It's not easy, right?
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  • If it was just simple to have
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  • the education, then we'd all
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  • have college degrees,
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  • and master's degrees, and
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  • doctors--it's not easy, right?
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  • Just define the obstacle so you
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  • can then face it, but remember
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  • this, someone has been dealt a
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  • worse hand than you in life,
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  • and they're winning with it.
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  • Look what it says next init.
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  • Numbers chapter 13, verse 23.
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  • "When they came to the valley of
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  • Eshcol, they cut down a branch
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  • with a single cluster of grapes
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  • so large that it
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  • took two of them
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  • to carry it on a pole
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  • between them."
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  • How big were those grapes?
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  • It took two men to carry 'em.
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  • That is some serious grapes,
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  • you know what I'm saying?
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  • Wow, huge, honkin' fruit.
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  • It goes on to say this--honking
  • 00:08:07.070 --> 00:08:08.070
  • is a Biblical word,
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  • okay, just kidding.
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  • "They also brought back samples
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  • of the pomegranates and figs.
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  • That place was called the valley
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  • of Eshcol which means "cluster."
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  • Because they were so blown away,
  • 00:08:16.080 --> 00:08:17.050
  • they're like,
  • 00:08:17.050 --> 00:08:17.270
  • "We're gonna call this cluster,"
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  • they were huge, right?
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  • "Because of
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  • the cluster of grapes
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  • the Israelite men cut there."
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  • What does this mean?
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  • This is very important, because
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  • if you don't do this next part,
  • 00:08:23.290 --> 00:08:25.090
  • you will stop in the process.
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  • This is a big deal, okay?
  • 00:08:26.170 --> 00:08:27.200
  • This will keep you going
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  • when you want to quit.
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  • Ready for this?
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  • Describe the payoff.
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  • We've already defined
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  • the obstacles.
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  • We got a map, we defined the
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  • obstacles, but now we need to
  • 00:08:38.200 --> 00:08:39.280
  • describe the payoff, because
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  • if you don't keep the payoff
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  • in mind, it won't be worth it,
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  • right?
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  • Every mom understands what I'm
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  • talkin' about.
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  • Do you focus on
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  • the labor pains, mom?
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  • No, what do you focus
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  • on that's gonna happen
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  • a few minutes later?
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  • Or, in some cases,
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  • a few hours later, right?
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  • What's comin'
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  • after the labor pains?
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  • A beautiful baby, a beautiful
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  • baby, that's worth it.
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  • I mean, if you hit
  • 00:09:01.040 --> 00:09:01.230
  • the labor pains
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  • and you were gonna decide
  • 00:09:02.150 --> 00:09:03.110
  • whether you were gonna keep
  • 00:09:03.110 --> 00:09:04.040
  • goin', you'd be like,
  • 00:09:04.040 --> 00:09:04.260
  • "Okay, that's it.
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  • I quit.
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  • I'm done.
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  • I'm not doin' this.
  • 00:09:06.190 --> 00:09:07.040
  • This is not happening.
  • 00:09:07.040 --> 00:09:08.020
  • We need to stop right now."
  • 00:09:08.020 --> 00:09:08.210
  • Oh no, that train has
  • 00:09:08.210 --> 00:09:09.060
  • left the station.
  • 00:09:09.060 --> 00:09:09.290
  • Mama, you're gonna go on through
  • 00:09:09.290 --> 00:09:10.280
  • now, at this point, right?
  • 00:09:10.280 --> 00:09:11.210
  • Like, okay, you got the
  • 00:09:11.210 --> 00:09:12.210
  • labor pains, this is happening,
  • 00:09:12.210 --> 00:09:13.210
  • whether you like it
  • 00:09:13.210 --> 00:09:14.140
  • or not with this one.
  • 00:09:14.140 --> 00:09:15.070
  • It is gonna go down.
  • 00:09:15.070 --> 00:09:16.020
  • This is it, right?
  • 00:09:16.020 --> 00:09:17.120
  • But, the reality is that moms,
  • 00:09:17.120 --> 00:09:18.250
  • it's amazing.
  • 00:09:18.250 --> 00:09:19.180
  • I mean, I remember watching
  • 00:09:19.180 --> 00:09:20.240
  • our kids' birth, unbelievable.
  • 00:09:20.240 --> 00:09:23.050
  • I just was blown away
  • 00:09:23.050 --> 00:09:24.070
  • that my wife,
  • 00:09:24.070 --> 00:09:25.160
  • you know, she's freaking
  • 00:09:25.160 --> 00:09:26.200
  • out, she's in labor pains,
  • 00:09:26.200 --> 00:09:27.260
  • she's--you know, I'm in pain
  • 00:09:27.260 --> 00:09:29.020
  • 'cause she's squeezing my arm
  • 00:09:29.020 --> 00:09:30.040
  • off, but I'm not gonna complain,
  • 00:09:30.040 --> 00:09:31.090
  • I'm not that stupid, you know,
  • 00:09:31.090 --> 00:09:32.220
  • I know, don't complain.
  • 00:09:32.220 --> 00:09:33.270
  • But she's, you know, going
  • 00:09:33.270 --> 00:09:34.250
  • through labor and this and that,
  • 00:09:34.250 --> 00:09:35.250
  • but then all of a sudden this
  • 00:09:35.250 --> 00:09:37.050
  • beautiful child comes out,
  • 00:09:37.050 --> 00:09:38.050
  • and her face was worth a
  • 00:09:38.050 --> 00:09:39.250
  • million dollars at that moment.
  • 00:09:39.250 --> 00:09:41.100
  • Just, like, wow,
  • 00:09:41.100 --> 00:09:42.130
  • the expression, right?
  • 00:09:42.130 --> 00:09:43.050
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:09:43.050 --> 00:09:44.230
  • it was all worth it.
  • 00:09:44.230 --> 00:09:46.100
  • And so, you gotta focus
  • 00:09:46.100 --> 00:09:47.030
  • on the payoff.
  • 00:09:47.030 --> 00:09:47.230
  • You gotta say, "God, I'm gonna
  • 00:09:47.230 --> 00:09:48.190
  • trust in an unseen God.
  • 00:09:48.190 --> 00:09:50.160
  • I'm gonna break up with a man I
  • 00:09:50.160 --> 00:09:53.120
  • can see for a God I can't see by
  • 00:09:53.120 --> 00:09:55.210
  • faith that he's gonna bring the
  • 00:09:55.210 --> 00:09:58.070
  • right person into my life."
  • 00:09:58.070 --> 00:10:00.210
  • Men and women do this every day.
  • 00:10:00.210 --> 00:10:02.130
  • Now, don't go to them and say,
  • 00:10:02.130 --> 00:10:03.190
  • "God told me
  • 00:10:03.190 --> 00:10:04.190
  • to break up with you."
  • 00:10:04.190 --> 00:10:05.130
  • No, don't do the God card,
  • 00:10:05.130 --> 00:10:06.220
  • 'cause God also told you not to
  • 00:10:06.220 --> 00:10:07.250
  • get started with that
  • 00:10:07.250 --> 00:10:08.230
  • relationship, didn't he?
  • 00:10:08.230 --> 00:10:09.250
  • Hmm-mm,
  • 00:10:09.250 --> 00:10:11.170
  • don't be blaming God now.
  • 00:10:11.170 --> 00:10:12.140
  • This is where you just smile
  • 00:10:12.140 --> 00:10:13.230
  • and say, "I'm stupid, sorry."
  • 00:10:13.230 --> 00:10:15.190
  • is that God has a great plan
  • 00:10:17.250 --> 00:10:18.260
  • for your life.
  • 00:10:18.260 --> 00:10:19.230
  • You've got to focus on
  • 00:10:19.230 --> 00:10:20.220
  • the payoff.
  • 00:10:20.220 --> 00:10:21.150
  • One of the things I recommend
  • 00:10:21.150 --> 00:10:22.110
  • that you do is to write down
  • 00:10:22.110 --> 00:10:23.200
  • what you wanna be doing,
  • 00:10:23.200 --> 00:10:25.130
  • where you wanna be doing it
  • 00:10:25.130 --> 00:10:26.120
  • 10 years from now.
  • 00:10:26.120 --> 00:10:28.070
  • Just write that down.
  • 00:10:28.070 --> 00:10:29.040
  • 'Cause what is your vision
  • 00:10:29.040 --> 00:10:29.260
  • for 10 years from now?
  • 00:10:29.260 --> 00:10:30.250
  • What does that look like?
  • 00:10:30.250 --> 00:10:31.160
  • Where do you wanna be working?
  • 00:10:31.160 --> 00:10:32.110
  • Who will you be working with?
  • 00:10:32.110 --> 00:10:33.090
  • Where do you want to live?
  • 00:10:33.090 --> 00:10:34.010
  • What do you want to be doing?
  • 00:10:34.010 --> 00:10:34.230
  • Write all that down,
  • 00:10:34.230 --> 00:10:35.170
  • 10 years from now,
  • 00:10:35.170 --> 00:10:36.090
  • what's that gonna look like?
  • 00:10:36.090 --> 00:10:37.000
  • 'Cause 10 years is gonna come,
  • 00:10:37.000 --> 00:10:37.210
  • it will happen.
  • 00:10:37.210 --> 00:10:38.280
  • Some of you are like, "Oh,
  • 00:10:38.280 --> 00:10:39.200
  • I'm gonna be so much older."
  • 00:10:39.200 --> 00:10:40.150
  • Well, it's gonna happen either
  • 00:10:40.150 --> 00:10:41.060
  • way, so you might as well be
  • 00:10:41.060 --> 00:10:41.270
  • older in a better spot, right?
  • 00:10:41.270 --> 00:10:44.060
  • And so, it is gonna happen,
  • 00:10:44.060 --> 00:10:45.060
  • so what do you wanna see happen
  • 00:10:45.060 --> 00:10:46.200
  • in the next 10 years,
  • 00:10:46.200 --> 00:10:47.150
  • and get started on that today.
  • 00:10:47.150 --> 00:10:49.020
  • Describe the payoff.
  • 00:10:49.020 --> 00:10:50.240
  • The best way to have
  • 00:10:50.240 --> 00:10:51.280
  • a great future is to create it.
  • 00:10:52.090 --> 00:10:55.090
  • That's the best way
  • 00:10:55.090 --> 00:10:56.000
  • to have a great future,
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:56.280
  • so start creating it.
  • 00:10:56.280 --> 00:10:58.090
  • How do you want your life
  • 00:10:58.090 --> 00:10:59.010
  • to look different 10 years
  • 00:10:59.010 --> 00:11:00.110
  • from now, and begin
  • 00:11:00.110 --> 00:11:01.050
  • to work back from there.
  • 00:11:01.050 --> 00:11:02.210
  • That's really a big deal.
  • 00:11:02.210 --> 00:11:03.170
  • So, describe the payoff.
  • 00:11:03.170 --> 00:11:04.270
  • That is a game changing thing.
  • 00:11:04.270 --> 00:11:06.250
  • If you forget everything I said
  • 00:11:06.250 --> 00:11:07.150
  • today, don't forget that.
  • 00:11:07.150 --> 00:11:08.090
  • If you will just describe the
  • 00:11:08.090 --> 00:11:09.150
  • payoff of what you want, it'll
  • 00:11:09.150 --> 00:11:10.170
  • make you get up in
  • 00:11:10.170 --> 00:11:11.280
  • the morning and get going.
  • 00:11:11.280 --> 00:11:14.000
  • It'll motivate you when you know
  • 00:11:14.000 --> 00:11:15.130
  • what that payoff looks like.
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:17.160
  • Numbers chapter 13, verse 25, it
  • 00:11:17.160 --> 00:11:19.040
  • says, "After exploring the land
  • 00:11:19.040 --> 00:11:20.260
  • for 40 days, the men returned.
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:22.260
  • This was their report to Moses.
  • 00:11:22.260 --> 00:11:24.020
  • 'We entered the land you sent us
  • 00:11:24.020 --> 00:11:25.110
  • to explore, and it is indeed a
  • 00:11:25.110 --> 00:11:26.100
  • bountiful country, a land
  • 00:11:26.100 --> 00:11:27.260
  • flowing with milk and honey.
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:29.050
  • Here is the
  • 00:11:29.050 --> 00:11:29.240
  • kind of fruit it produces."
  • 00:11:29.240 --> 00:11:30.160
  • And then we're gonna break
  • 00:11:30.160 --> 00:11:31.050
  • it down from here,
  • 00:11:31.050 --> 00:11:31.200
  • but this is really important.
  • 00:11:31.200 --> 00:11:33.240
  • I wanna mention something here,
  • 00:11:33.240 --> 00:11:34.160
  • because honestly, this is where
  • 00:11:34.160 --> 00:11:36.050
  • a lot of people really struggle,
  • 00:11:36.050 --> 00:11:38.080
  • what we're gonna talk
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:38.250
  • about next.
  • 00:11:38.250 --> 00:11:39.140
  • Because here's the deal,
  • 00:11:39.140 --> 00:11:40.050
  • God has an amazing future
  • 00:11:40.050 --> 00:11:41.130
  • for you, I truly believe this,
  • 00:11:41.130 --> 00:11:42.090
  • but you know what?
  • 00:11:42.090 --> 00:11:43.050
  • There's only one thing holding
  • 00:11:43.050 --> 00:11:44.200
  • you back from an amazing future.
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:47.060
  • You're not gonna like
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:47.220
  • to hear this, I'm sorry,
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  • it's actually you.
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  • That's the only thing
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  • holding you back.
  • 00:11:52.040 --> 00:11:54.020
  • It's also the only thing that
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  • can change it.
  • 00:11:54.240 --> 00:11:56.150
  • "Well, I thought Jesus
  • 00:11:56.150 --> 00:11:57.080
  • could do that."
  • 00:11:57.080 --> 00:11:58.140
  • Well, he does want to do that,
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  • but he is not going to force
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  • himself on you, you have to
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  • allow him to work in your life.
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  • Did you know that?
  • 00:12:06.260 --> 00:12:07.210
  • God's a gentleman, he will not
  • 00:12:07.210 --> 00:12:08.150
  • force his way on you.
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  • He's got all kinds of great
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  • plans for you,
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  • but you gotta believe it.
  • 00:12:11.040 --> 00:12:12.150
  • Did you know that?
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  • Your belief makes
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  • a huge difference,
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  • and here's the truth.
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  • You don't see
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:17.210
  • the world as it is, you see
  • 00:12:17.210 --> 00:12:18.210
  • Did you know that?
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  • Please write this down,
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:22.210
  • would you?
  • 00:12:22.210 --> 00:12:23.150
  • Number two, as you see yourself,
  • 00:12:23.150 --> 00:12:24.060
  • you see your future.
  • 00:12:24.060 --> 00:12:26.210
  • As you see yourself,
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:27.140
  • you see your future.
  • 00:12:27.140 --> 00:12:28.040
  • "Oh, I'm a loser.
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  • I just can't do anything good.
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  • I just, ugh,
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  • I never get any breaks.
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  • You know, I'm just a, you know,
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  • I'm a bum magnet.
  • 00:12:33.160 --> 00:12:34.260
  • I always attract the wrong
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  • people in my life."
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  • You keep talkin' like that,
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  • you're gonna keep doin' it,
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  • because you have
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  • a belief about it.
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  • Can I give you a belief that
  • 00:12:40.100 --> 00:12:41.000
  • I really believe in
  • 00:12:41.000 --> 00:12:42.020
  • my heart of hearts,
  • 00:12:42.020 --> 00:12:43.020
  • that's really impacted
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:44.100
  • me and changed my life
  • 00:12:44.100 --> 00:12:45.080
  • for a very long time?
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  • I just keep going to
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  • my personal beliefs,
  • 00:12:46.240 --> 00:12:47.140
  • and I believe it's based
  • 00:12:47.140 --> 00:12:48.040
  • upon the Bible.
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  • Here it is, would you write
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  • this down somewhere?
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  • Just somewhere in your notes,
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  • on the side,
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  • here's a little bleep I have.
  • 00:12:51.140 --> 00:12:52.060
  • Ready for this?
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:53.080
  • Everything and everyone was
  • 00:12:53.080 --> 00:12:55.280
  • put in my life to help me win.
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  • Just write that down, would you?
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  • Everything and everyone was put
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:02.030
  • in my life to help me win.
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:03.060
  • Or, if you'd like the more
  • 00:13:03.060 --> 00:13:04.020
  • Biblical version of that, we can
  • 00:13:04.020 --> 00:13:05.130
  • just say that, "For I know the
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  • plans I have for you,
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:08.070
  • declares the Lord.
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:09.010
  • Plans to prosper you and not to
  • 00:13:09.010 --> 00:13:09.230
  • harm you, plans to give you
  • 00:13:09.230 --> 00:13:10.210
  • a future and a hope.
  • 00:13:10.210 --> 00:13:12.030
  • Then you will call upon me and
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  • find me when you seek me with
  • 00:13:13.140 --> 00:13:14.210
  • all your heart," Jeremiah 29:11.
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  • I just said it in a little more
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  • succinct way, which is that
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  • everything, and everyone,
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:23.030
  • that's entered my life,
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:24.090
  • that's in my situation,
  • 00:13:24.090 --> 00:13:26.010
  • in my current circumstances,
  • 00:13:26.010 --> 00:13:26.250
  • has not been place here
  • 00:13:26.250 --> 00:13:27.170
  • to hurt me, it's been placed
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  • here to help me win, to help me
  • 00:13:28.100 --> 00:13:29.080
  • win in life, to help me
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  • accomplish the dreams
  • 00:13:30.030 --> 00:13:31.070
  • that God has put on my heart.
  • 00:13:31.070 --> 00:13:32.180
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:13:32.180 --> 00:13:33.180
  • And you say, "Well,
  • 00:13:33.180 --> 00:13:34.140
  • that sounds kinda selfish."
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:35.080
  • No, because everyone that's
  • 00:13:35.080 --> 00:13:35.290
  • placed in your life is for the
  • 00:13:35.290 --> 00:13:36.220
  • same reason, to help you win.
  • 00:13:36.220 --> 00:13:37.230
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:13:37.230 --> 00:13:39.080
  • And so, God has designed
  • 00:13:39.080 --> 00:13:40.130
  • your life for you to succeed.
  • 00:13:40.130 --> 00:13:42.150
  • There is absolutely no reason
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:43.190
  • for you not to be succeeding
  • 00:13:43.190 --> 00:13:45.020
  • if he's placed everything,
  • 00:13:45.020 --> 00:13:46.060
  • and everyone, in your life
  • 00:13:46.060 --> 00:13:47.100
  • for you to win.
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  • That is a great thing to know.
  • 00:13:49.270 --> 00:13:52.140
  • It can change your life.
  • 00:13:52.140 --> 00:13:55.040
  • And so, here's the choice
  • 00:13:55.040 --> 00:13:56.020
  • that you have to make, then.
  • 00:13:56.020 --> 00:13:57.100
  • This is important, because,
  • 00:13:57.100 --> 00:13:58.060
  • see, God wants to give you
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:13:59.040
  • a great vision for your life,
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:00.100
  • but you know what gets in
  • 00:14:00.100 --> 00:14:01.000
  • the way of vision?
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  • Sight.
  • 00:14:02.150 --> 00:14:04.220
  • Your sight gets in
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:05.220
  • the way of your vision.
  • 00:14:05.220 --> 00:14:07.160
  • Who you can see now gets in the
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:09.060
  • way of who you can't see yet.
  • 00:14:09.090 --> 00:14:12.090
  • What do you see?
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:13.030
  • What is it that God has
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:13.290
  • put on your heart, because
  • 00:14:13.290 --> 00:14:14.270
  • you need to focus on that.
  • 00:14:14.270 --> 00:14:15.200
  • "Oh, all I see is a kid
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:16.160
  • that's disobeying me."
  • 00:14:16.160 --> 00:14:17.100
  • No, I see a young man, or a
  • 00:14:17.100 --> 00:14:18.070
  • young woman, that turns into
  • 00:14:18.070 --> 00:14:19.030
  • a Godly man, and honors
  • 00:14:19.030 --> 00:14:20.130
  • the Lord with their life,
  • 00:14:20.130 --> 00:14:21.110
  • and changes the next generation.
  • 00:14:21.110 --> 00:14:22.110
  • What are you seeing
  • 00:14:22.110 --> 00:14:23.010
  • in your kids?
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:23.210
  • Because what you see
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:24.120
  • is what you're gonna get.
  • 00:14:24.120 --> 00:14:26.200
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:14:26.200 --> 00:14:28.090
  • You gotta see it.
  • 00:14:28.090 --> 00:14:29.220
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:14:29.220 --> 00:14:31.180
  • You have to make a choice.
  • 00:14:31.180 --> 00:14:33.180
  • What do you believe?hoice.
  • 00:14:33.180 --> 00:14:35.150
  • Because God has given you
  • 00:14:35.150 --> 00:14:36.200
  • incredible opportunities, the
  • 00:14:36.200 --> 00:14:37.260
  • question is, do you see them?
  • 00:14:37.260 --> 00:14:39.020
  • Look at the Scripture next.
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  • This is very interesting.
  • 00:14:39.230 --> 00:14:40.250
  • Check it out.
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:41.220
  • It says, in Numbers chapter 13,
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:43.290
  • verse 28, "But the people living
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:44.290
  • there are powerful, and their
  • 00:14:44.290 --> 00:14:46.120
  • towns are large and fortified.
  • 00:14:46.120 --> 00:14:47.130
  • We even saw giants there, the
  • 00:14:47.130 --> 00:14:48.240
  • descendants of Anak."
  • 00:14:48.240 --> 00:14:49.120
  • So, they're giving the
  • 00:14:49.120 --> 00:14:50.040
  • Scriptures to Joshua and Caleb,
  • 00:14:50.040 --> 00:14:52.080
  • they're like, "Oh, we should do
  • 00:14:52.080 --> 00:14:53.080
  • this, this is gonna be great.
  • 00:14:53.080 --> 00:14:54.150
  • You should see the land.
  • 00:14:54.150 --> 00:14:55.080
  • You should see the fruit.
  • 00:14:55.080 --> 00:14:56.020
  • Check out this grape.
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:56.220
  • This is amazing.
  • 00:14:56.220 --> 00:14:57.130
  • This is all over
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:14:58.030
  • the place there.
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:14:58.220
  • We gotta go.
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:14:59.100
  • This is gonna be awesome."
  • 00:14:59.100 --> 00:15:00.040
  • But then, someone else speaks
  • 00:15:00.040 --> 00:15:00.260
  • up, "Oh, hold on, hold on.
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:01.240
  • Let me tell you
  • 00:15:01.240 --> 00:15:02.190
  • what else I saw, though.
  • 00:15:02.190 --> 00:15:03.080
  • We saw these really big giants
  • 00:15:03.080 --> 00:15:04.060
  • everywhere, and they're really
  • 00:15:04.060 --> 00:15:04.270
  • mean, and they're really tough.
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:05.240
  • This is gonna be
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:06.120
  • really difficult."
  • 00:15:06.120 --> 00:15:08.050
  • Same people saw the same place,
  • 00:15:08.120 --> 00:15:11.120
  • see it totally different.
  • 00:15:11.120 --> 00:15:13.110
  • It's like two shoe salesmen.
  • 00:15:13.110 --> 00:15:14.150
  • They both show up on a remote
  • 00:15:14.150 --> 00:15:15.110
  • island, they get off the plane.
  • 00:15:15.110 --> 00:15:17.040
  • Unbeknownst to one another,
  • 00:15:17.040 --> 00:15:18.250
  • both trying to sell shoes, and
  • 00:15:18.250 --> 00:15:20.150
  • they're walking around, and they
  • 00:15:20.150 --> 00:15:21.270
  • notice no one where's shoes
  • 00:15:21.270 --> 00:15:23.090
  • on the entire island.
  • 00:15:23.090 --> 00:15:24.240
  • One immediately calls home and
  • 00:15:24.240 --> 00:15:25.250
  • says, "I'm bookin'
  • 00:15:25.250 --> 00:15:26.190
  • a flight home, they don't even
  • 00:15:26.190 --> 00:15:27.110
  • wear shoes here."
  • 00:15:27.110 --> 00:15:28.180
  • The other one calls home
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  • and says,
  • 00:15:29.100 --> 00:15:29.280
  • "I'm gonna be here a while.
  • 00:15:29.280 --> 00:15:30.170
  • Send me all the shoes you can.
  • 00:15:30.170 --> 00:15:31.140
  • Pack my family's bags, get 'em
  • 00:15:31.140 --> 00:15:33.130
  • here, everyone needs shoes!"
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:37.190
  • Same island, same territory,
  • 00:15:37.190 --> 00:15:40.160
  • it's all in how you see it.
  • 00:15:40.160 --> 00:15:42.260
  • Please, sales people, do not
  • 00:15:42.260 --> 00:15:43.290
  • tell me I have a bad territory.
  • 00:15:43.290 --> 00:15:45.110
  • Everyone has a bad territory
  • 00:15:45.110 --> 00:15:47.230
  • until they chose to see it as
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:48.290
  • a good territory and then
  • 00:15:48.290 --> 00:15:50.240
  • everything turns around.
  • 00:15:50.240 --> 00:15:52.020
  • What you see matters,
  • 00:15:52.020 --> 00:15:53.010
  • it's all in your approach.
  • 00:15:53.010 --> 00:15:53.220
  • What does this mean?
  • 00:15:53.220 --> 00:15:55.240
  • A, either focus on the
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:56.220
  • obstacles, the giants,
  • 00:15:56.220 --> 00:15:58.200
  • or the opportunities, the land.
  • 00:15:58.200 --> 00:16:00.220
  • And by the way,
  • 00:16:00.220 --> 00:16:01.270
  • every land has giants.
  • 00:16:01.270 --> 00:16:04.140
  • Every opportunity has obstacles,
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:06.220
  • but guess what?
  • 00:16:06.220 --> 00:16:07.200
  • It's all in how you say it,
  • 00:16:11.000 --> 00:16:11.250
  • isn't it?
  • 00:16:11.250 --> 00:16:13.040
  • "Oh, I've got
  • 00:16:13.040 --> 00:16:13.220
  • this great opportunity,
  • 00:16:13.220 --> 00:16:14.100
  • but these big obstacles."
  • 00:16:14.100 --> 00:16:15.030
  • Or, "Man,
  • 00:16:15.030 --> 00:16:15.220
  • I got this big obstacle,
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:16.140
  • but there's opportunity."
  • 00:16:16.140 --> 00:16:18.100
  • Which life do you want?
  • 00:16:18.100 --> 00:16:19.030
  • Choose it.
  • 00:16:19.030 --> 00:16:20.240
  • What do you want with your life?
  • 00:16:20.240 --> 00:16:21.130
  • Choose it.
  • 00:16:21.130 --> 00:16:22.180
  • "Well, I wanna go to school, but
  • 00:16:22.180 --> 00:16:23.240
  • it's kinda tough."
  • 00:16:23.240 --> 00:16:24.200
  • You're gonna get through school
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:25.150
  • when you decide
  • 00:16:25.150 --> 00:16:26.080
  • to get through school.
  • 00:16:26.080 --> 00:16:27.260
  • That's when it's gonna happen.
  • 00:16:27.260 --> 00:16:28.200
  • "Well, my marriage is kind of
  • 00:16:28.200 --> 00:16:30.180
  • floundering," and it's gonna
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:31.140
  • continue to flounder until you
  • 00:16:31.140 --> 00:16:32.030
  • decide to make it good.
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:34.050
  • You gotta make a decision.
  • 00:16:34.050 --> 00:16:35.110
  • You know that the word decide
  • 00:16:35.110 --> 00:16:36.110
  • means to cut off
  • 00:16:36.110 --> 00:16:37.050
  • all other options.
  • 00:16:37.050 --> 00:16:38.220
  • It's time to make a decision and
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:40.190
  • say, "I choose to have a great
  • 00:16:40.190 --> 00:16:42.110
  • future, that's how
  • 00:16:42.110 --> 00:16:43.290
  • I'm gonna see the world.
  • 00:16:43.290 --> 00:16:44.270
  • And other people are gonna say
  • 00:16:44.270 --> 00:16:45.230
  • I'm blinded by it, but that's
  • 00:16:45.230 --> 00:16:46.250
  • the way my life is gonna be.
  • 00:16:46.250 --> 00:16:47.230
  • I choose it today."
  • 00:16:48.130 --> 00:16:51.130
  • Now, what happens next?
  • 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:54.150
  • It says, "But Caleb tried to
  • 00:16:54.150 --> 00:16:55.190
  • quiet the people as
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:56.270
  • they stood before Moses.
  • 00:16:56.270 --> 00:16:57.280
  • 'Let's go at once to take
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:16:59.060
  • the land,' he said.
  • 00:16:59.060 --> 00:17:00.160
  • 'We can certainly conquer it,'
  • 00:17:00.160 --> 00:17:02.040
  • but the other men disagreed.
  • 00:17:02.040 --> 00:17:03.260
  • 'We can't go up against them,
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:05.040
  • they are stronger than we are,'
  • 00:17:05.040 --> 00:17:06.160
  • so they spread this bad report.
  • 00:17:06.160 --> 00:17:08.000
  • 'The land will devour anyone
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:09.010
  • who goes to live there.'"
  • 00:17:09.010 --> 00:17:10.150
  • Think about this.
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:11.190
  • Someone said, "If you go
  • 00:17:11.190 --> 00:17:13.030
  • into the land, it'll eat you."
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:13.220
  • Does that
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:15.230
  • sound realistic to you?
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:16.260
  • Have you ever seen
  • 00:17:16.260 --> 00:17:17.180
  • land eat a human?
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:19.160
  • Anyone in here,
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:20.160
  • I'm just gonna see, no, no?
  • 00:17:20.160 --> 00:17:21.160
  • Okay, I don't think
  • 00:17:21.160 --> 00:17:22.160
  • that happens.
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:23.240
  • I don't think an earthquake is
  • 00:17:23.240 --> 00:17:24.280
  • gonna swallow someone whole
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:26.090
  • on the spot, but that
  • 00:17:26.090 --> 00:17:28.220
  • is literally what they said.
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:29.220
  • This is exaggeration, and guys,
  • 00:17:29.220 --> 00:17:31.040
  • honestly, can I tell you
  • 00:17:31.040 --> 00:17:32.240
  • the truth on something?
  • 00:17:32.240 --> 00:17:33.220
  • You may be going through a
  • 00:17:33.220 --> 00:17:34.140
  • really rough time, but you know
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:35.100
  • what's making it worse is if
  • 00:17:35.100 --> 00:17:36.040
  • you exaggerate how rough it is.
  • 00:17:36.040 --> 00:17:38.200
  • It's your story to tell,
  • 00:17:38.200 --> 00:17:40.020
  • so tell it easier on yourself.
  • 00:17:40.020 --> 00:17:41.260
  • Why are you being--
  • 00:17:41.260 --> 00:17:42.230
  • "And I got betrayed,
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:43.230
  • and everyone turned on
  • 00:17:43.230 --> 00:17:44.180
  • me at the office,
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:45.120
  • and I lost my job."
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:46.110
  • Or, you can say,
  • 00:17:46.110 --> 00:17:47.070
  • "Yeah, they let me go."
  • 00:17:47.070 --> 00:17:48.230
  • Which one sounds better?
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:50.230
  • Which one is easier to deal
  • 00:17:50.230 --> 00:17:51.170
  • with on a daily basis
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:52.100
  • when you repeat it?
  • 00:17:52.100 --> 00:17:54.050
  • Right?
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:55.010
  • "Oh, you lost your job?"
  • 00:17:55.010 --> 00:17:55.260
  • "Oh, yeah, it happens," to
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:57.000
  • everyone, so move on and
  • 00:17:57.000 --> 00:17:58.270
  • get another job, you know.
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:00.200
  • "Pastor, you're making
  • 00:18:00.200 --> 00:18:01.130
  • light of my pain."
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:02.070
  • No, I'm not making
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:02.270
  • light of your pain, I think
  • 00:18:02.270 --> 00:18:03.230
  • you've made enough of your pain.
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:05.270
  • I'm trying to help you move on.
  • 00:18:05.270 --> 00:18:07.250
  • Life is too short
  • 00:18:07.250 --> 00:18:09.010
  • to wallow in pain.
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:10.090
  • Listen, bad things happen,
  • 00:18:10.090 --> 00:18:11.270
  • it's true,
  • 00:18:11.270 --> 00:18:13.010
  • and that's not an option,
  • 00:18:13.010 --> 00:18:14.010
  • but misery is an option.
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  • Choose to move past it.
  • 00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:19.120
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:18:19.120 --> 00:18:20.210
  • We always have something scary
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:21.270
  • that's gonna happen in our life,
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:22.280
  • and there's always someone, by
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:23.280
  • the way--let me point that out.
  • 00:18:23.280 --> 00:18:25.000
  • There's always an Amalekite.
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:26.040
  • There's always a Hittite, right?
  • 00:18:26.040 --> 00:18:27.080
  • There's always an -ite, right?
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:29.100
  • Let me tell you what that means.
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:30.080
  • There's always gonna be an
  • 00:18:30.080 --> 00:18:31.020
  • ite in your office.
  • 00:18:31.020 --> 00:18:32.000
  • "Well, I'm gonna quit this job
  • 00:18:32.000 --> 00:18:32.220
  • because I don't like that person
  • 00:18:32.220 --> 00:18:33.150
  • down the hallway from me."
  • 00:18:33.150 --> 00:18:34.120
  • Well, guess what?
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:35.260
  • That person's gonna be
  • 00:18:35.260 --> 00:18:36.240
  • at your next job, too.
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:39.160
  • "Oh, I'm gonna quit this church,
  • 00:18:39.160 --> 00:18:40.140
  • 'cause I was offended by this,
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:41.140
  • or this, or that."
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:42.110
  • You're gonna go be offended at
  • 00:18:42.110 --> 00:18:43.000
  • the next church, 'cause there's
  • 00:18:43.000 --> 00:18:44.280
  • always someone like
  • 00:18:44.280 --> 00:18:45.220
  • that at every church.
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:46.180
  • Have you found that out, yet?
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:47.240
  • There's always someone
  • 00:18:47.240 --> 00:18:48.150
  • like that in every community.
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:49.100
  • Every zip code has that person
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:50.020
  • that drives you crazy.
  • 00:18:50.020 --> 00:18:50.250
  • All of 'em do, because the devil
  • 00:18:50.250 --> 00:18:51.260
  • sends 'em ahead when
  • 00:18:51.260 --> 00:18:52.250
  • he hears you're going there.
  • 00:18:54.000 --> 00:18:57.000
  • So, you have to trump the devil,
  • 00:18:57.000 --> 00:18:58.110
  • and realize that I'm gonna
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:18:59.120
  • choose joy regardless of the
  • 00:18:59.120 --> 00:19:01.100
  • sandpaper people that are
  • 00:19:01.100 --> 00:19:03.030
  • rubbing me wrong.
  • 00:19:03.030 --> 00:19:05.020
  • I'm gonna honor the Lord, and I
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:06.100
  • don't care who it is in my life,
  • 00:19:06.100 --> 00:19:07.140
  • I am not gonna let
  • 00:19:07.140 --> 00:19:08.110
  • people get me down.
  • 00:19:08.110 --> 00:19:10.090
  • Life is too short to do that.
  • 00:19:10.270 --> 00:19:13.270
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:13.270 --> 00:19:16.130
  • It says here,
  • 00:19:16.130 --> 00:19:17.020
  • "So they spread a bad report.
  • 00:19:17.020 --> 00:19:17.260
  • 'The land will devour anyone
  • 00:19:17.260 --> 00:19:18.220
  • who goes to live there.
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:19.270
  • We even saw giants there.
  • 00:19:19.270 --> 00:19:21.040
  • Next to them,
  • 00:19:21.040 --> 00:19:22.060
  • we felt like grasshoppers, and
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:24.030
  • that's what they thought, too.'"
  • 00:19:24.030 --> 00:19:25.130
  • It says they felt
  • 00:19:25.130 --> 00:19:26.050
  • like grasshoppers.
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:27.050
  • So, they felt--check this out,
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:29.140
  • please underline this.
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:30.050
  • They felt like grasshoppers, and
  • 00:19:30.050 --> 00:19:31.190
  • that's what they thought.
  • 00:19:31.190 --> 00:19:33.130
  • Their feelings--look, look,
  • 00:19:33.130 --> 00:19:35.020
  • look, look right here, their
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:36.050
  • feelings lead their thoughts.
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:39.190
  • Big mistake.
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:40.230
  • You've gotta choose truth,
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  • to lead your thoughts,
  • 00:19:42.260 --> 00:19:44.090
  • to guide your feelings.
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:46.140
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:46.140 --> 00:19:47.090
  • This is why we have an
  • 00:19:47.090 --> 00:19:48.020
  • unchangeable truth,
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:49.010
  • and why it's so important.
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:49.240
  • 'Cause when you have an
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:50.170
  • unchangeable truth, the Bible
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:51.130
  • says that you are
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:52.070
  • more than conquerors.
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:53.010
  • There's no changing that fact.
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:55.030
  • And if that's a fact,
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:55.290
  • then I'm gonna let that fact
  • 00:19:55.290 --> 00:19:58.100
  • become my thought,
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:19:58.260
  • You cannot let your feelings
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:01.240
  • drive your thoughts,
  • 00:20:01.240 --> 00:20:03.040
  • you've gotta let your thoughts
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:04.100
  • drive your feelings.
  • 00:20:04.100 --> 00:20:05.080
  • Tell your mind what to think,
  • 00:20:05.080 --> 00:20:06.120
  • don't let your mind
  • 00:20:06.120 --> 00:20:07.060
  • tell you how you feel.
  • 00:20:07.060 --> 00:20:09.000
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:10.220
  • Or, the Scripture, I believe,
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:11.140
  • says,
  • 00:20:11.140 --> 00:20:12.040
  • "Take captive every thought,
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:14.220
  • make it submit to Jesus."
  • 00:20:14.220 --> 00:20:16.060
  • And so, that's what
  • 00:20:16.060 --> 00:20:16.290
  • we're called to do.
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:17.220
  • And so, they felt like
  • 00:20:17.220 --> 00:20:18.130
  • grasshoppers, but they weren't.
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:19.220
  • I mean, "I feel like a
  • 00:20:19.220 --> 00:20:20.240
  • grasshopper," well, you're not.
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:21.240
  • You're a human,
  • 00:20:21.240 --> 00:20:22.200
  • you're not a grasshopper, let
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:23.110
  • me just let you know something.
  • 00:20:23.110 --> 00:20:24.250
  • They felt like one, though.
  • 00:20:24.250 --> 00:20:25.240
  • You know what grasshoppers do
  • 00:20:25.240 --> 00:20:27.020
  • whenever they get freaked out?
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:28.120
  • What's the only thing
  • 00:20:28.120 --> 00:20:29.030
  • they know to do?
  • 00:20:29.030 --> 00:20:30.200
  • Jump, hop, run, and so, you know
  • 00:20:30.200 --> 00:20:33.120
  • what, there's some people who
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:34.050
  • hop from marriage to marriage,
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:36.050
  • they just hop, why?
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:37.170
  • "Oh, this isn't gonna work out,
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:38.110
  • I don't like it, it made me feel
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:39.110
  • bad, and I'm gonna hop."
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:41.000
  • Then they land over here,
  • 00:20:41.000 --> 00:20:41.220
  • "Oh, I'm gonna hop."
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:42.250
  • And they land over here,
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:43.130
  • "I'm gonna hop," right.
  • 00:20:43.130 --> 00:20:44.050
  • "Well, you know Pastor, 50%
  • 00:20:44.050 --> 00:20:45.200
  • of all marriages end in divorce,
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:47.020
  • so I guess it's
  • 00:20:47.020 --> 00:20:47.190
  • just--I'm so sick of divorcing
  • 00:20:47.190 --> 00:20:48.250
  • and marrying someone else."
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:49.230
  • Well, 80% of second marriages
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:50.230
  • end in divorce,
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:51.160
  • does that sound better or worse?
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:53.100
  • Hopping is not always better.
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:55.050
  • Maybe you should
  • 00:20:55.050 --> 00:20:56.130
  • just work it out.
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:57.120
  • Quit hopping
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:57.280
  • out of every situation,
  • 00:20:57.280 --> 00:20:59.290
  • instead, stand strong.
  • 00:20:59.290 --> 00:21:01.080
  • What does this
  • 00:21:01.080 --> 00:21:01.260
  • mean for you and me?
  • 00:21:01.260 --> 00:21:02.200
  • B, either listen
  • 00:21:02.200 --> 00:21:03.250
  • to naysayers or the believers.
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:05.210
  • You're gonna listen
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:06.120
  • to one or the other.
  • 00:21:06.120 --> 00:21:07.050
  • Either listen to the naysayers
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:07.280
  • or the believers.
  • 00:21:07.280 --> 00:21:09.040
  • This is a true story.
  • 00:21:09.040 --> 00:21:10.040
  • There's a real map in the
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:11.110
  • British Museum of London, to
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:12.250
  • this day, you can go see this,
  • 00:21:12.250 --> 00:21:14.000
  • this is really cool.
  • 00:21:14.000 --> 00:21:14.220
  • It's an old mariner's chart,
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:15.220
  • drawn in 1525.
  • 00:21:15.220 --> 00:21:17.220
  • This is really cool.
  • 00:21:17.220 --> 00:21:18.170
  • It outlines a North American
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:19.150
  • coastline and
  • 00:21:19.150 --> 00:21:20.100
  • the adjacent waters.
  • 00:21:20.100 --> 00:21:21.140
  • The cartographer made
  • 00:21:21.140 --> 00:21:23.080
  • some intriguing notations
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:25.020
  • on the areas that he
  • 00:21:25.020 --> 00:21:26.010
  • didn't know about, right?
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:27.270
  • Unexplored territory.
  • 00:21:27.270 --> 00:21:29.130
  • This is what he wrote
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:30.090
  • on the map, he wrote,
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:31.030
  • "Here be giants,"
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:33.100
  • in one area of water that they
  • 00:21:33.100 --> 00:21:34.170
  • never explored,
  • 00:21:34.170 --> 00:21:35.220
  • another area, he wrote,
  • 00:21:35.220 --> 00:21:36.160
  • "Here be scorpions," and
  • 00:21:36.160 --> 00:21:38.280
  • another area, he wrote,
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:39.240
  • "Here be dragons."
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:41.230
  • Eventually, the map came into
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:42.180
  • the possession of a guy named
  • 00:21:42.180 --> 00:21:43.210
  • Sir John Franklin,
  • 00:21:43.210 --> 00:21:45.030
  • a British explorer,
  • 00:21:45.030 --> 00:21:46.010
  • and he took the map,
  • 00:21:46.010 --> 00:21:47.200
  • and this is on the map to this
  • 00:21:47.200 --> 00:21:48.080
  • wrote over those words, and
  • 00:21:50.160 --> 00:21:52.030
  • wrote across the map,
  • 00:21:52.030 --> 00:21:52.270
  • "Here be God."
  • 00:21:53.160 --> 00:21:56.160
  • We're worried about
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:58.230
  • scorpions in water?
  • 00:21:58.260 --> 00:22:01.280
  • That's just made up.
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:04.150
  • We're worried about dragons?
  • 00:22:04.150 --> 00:22:06.250
  • They're not real, let me just
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:08.080
  • save you some time.
  • 00:22:08.200 --> 00:22:11.200
  • We worry about things
  • 00:22:11.200 --> 00:22:12.200
  • that aren't even reality.
  • 00:22:12.200 --> 00:22:14.200
  • I just wanna encourage you
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:15.140
  • today to know that God has
  • 00:22:15.140 --> 00:22:16.240
  • a better plan for your life.
  • 00:22:16.240 --> 00:22:17.200
  • He's bigger than this.
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:18.200
  • And your worry needs to
  • 00:22:18.200 --> 00:22:20.090
  • be replaced with worship.
  • 00:22:20.090 --> 00:22:21.150
  • And you say,
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:22.080
  • "God, I just trust you.
  • 00:22:22.080 --> 00:22:24.100
  • I know you gotrust you.
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:25.020
  • a good plan for my life," and
  • 00:22:25.020 --> 00:22:26.250
  • here's why this is so important.
  • 00:22:26.250 --> 00:22:28.020
  • Check out the next Scripture.
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:29.170
  • This is important.
  • 00:22:29.170 --> 00:22:30.260
  • Numbers chapter 14, verse 24,
  • 00:22:30.260 --> 00:22:32.000
  • "But my servant, Caleb, has
  • 00:22:32.000 --> 00:22:33.200
  • a different attitude than
  • 00:22:33.200 --> 00:22:34.160
  • the others have,"
  • 00:22:34.160 --> 00:22:35.070
  • this is fast-forwarding
  • 00:22:35.070 --> 00:22:36.030
  • in the story now.
  • 00:22:36.030 --> 00:22:37.080
  • God is speaking to Caleb, he
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:38.190
  • says, "He has remained loyal to
  • 00:22:38.190 --> 00:22:40.000
  • me, so I will bring him into the
  • 00:22:40.000 --> 00:22:41.120
  • land he has explored.
  • 00:22:41.120 --> 00:22:42.120
  • His descendants," would you
  • 00:22:42.120 --> 00:22:44.080
  • underline descendants, that
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:45.130
  • means his kids, his children.
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:46.290
  • "His children will possess
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:48.140
  • their full share of that land.
  • 00:22:48.140 --> 00:22:49.260
  • Now, turn around, and don't go
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:50.290
  • toward the where the Amalekites
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:52.060
  • and Canaanites live.
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:53.140
  • Tomorrow you must set out for
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:54.020
  • the wilderness in
  • 00:22:54.020 --> 00:22:54.180
  • the direction of the Red Sea."
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:55.060
  • "Since you didn't believe you
  • 00:22:57.120 --> 00:22:58.100
  • could take the land, you're
  • 00:22:58.100 --> 00:22:59.190
  • going back to the wilderness.
  • 00:22:59.190 --> 00:23:00.210
  • But you two guys, Joshua and
  • 00:23:00.210 --> 00:23:01.290
  • Caleb, since you did believe you
  • 00:23:01.290 --> 00:23:03.100
  • could possess the land,
  • 00:23:03.100 --> 00:23:04.080
  • it's yours."
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:06.160
  • So, right there,
  • 00:23:06.160 --> 00:23:07.130
  • God just illustrated it.
  • 00:23:07.130 --> 00:23:08.170
  • You tell me what you believe
  • 00:23:08.170 --> 00:23:09.100
  • about your future,
  • 00:23:09.100 --> 00:23:10.060
  • that's what you're gonna get.
  • 00:23:10.060 --> 00:23:12.000
  • "Oh, you don't believe you can
  • 00:23:12.000 --> 00:23:12.240
  • take the Promised Land?
  • 00:23:12.240 --> 00:23:13.210
  • Then you can't,
  • 00:23:13.210 --> 00:23:14.100
  • go on back to the wilderness.
  • 00:23:14.100 --> 00:23:15.080
  • Oh, you do believe you
  • 00:23:15.080 --> 00:23:15.260
  • can take the Promise Land?
  • 00:23:15.260 --> 00:23:16.160
  • Go on in."
  • 00:23:16.160 --> 00:23:17.150
  • The choice is yours.
  • 00:23:17.150 --> 00:23:18.000
  • Let me tell you why your choice
  • 00:23:18.000 --> 00:23:20.010
  • is so important, because your
  • 00:23:20.010 --> 00:23:21.280
  • ending point in life is the
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:23.110
  • beginning point for
  • 00:23:23.110 --> 00:23:24.200
  • your children.
  • 00:23:24.200 --> 00:23:26.240
  • If you end in poverty, your kids
  • 00:23:26.240 --> 00:23:28.050
  • are starting off in poverty.
  • 00:23:28.050 --> 00:23:30.250
  • If you end without education,
  • 00:23:30.250 --> 00:23:32.270
  • your kids start
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:33.220
  • without education.
  • 00:23:33.220 --> 00:23:35.040
  • If you end with
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:36.180
  • bad relationships,
  • 00:23:36.180 --> 00:23:38.190
  • then your kids actually
  • 00:23:38.190 --> 00:23:39.110
  • think screaming,
  • 00:23:39.110 --> 00:23:40.040
  • and yelling, and
  • 00:23:40.040 --> 00:23:40.230
  • fighting, and abuse is normal.
  • 00:23:40.230 --> 00:23:42.100
  • It's not normal,
  • 00:23:42.100 --> 00:23:43.000
  • it's not healthy.
  • 00:23:43.000 --> 00:23:44.210
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:23:44.210 --> 00:23:46.040
  • So, where you end matters.
  • 00:23:46.040 --> 00:23:47.200
  • So, you're not just making
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:48.170
  • choices for you, you're making
  • 00:23:48.170 --> 00:23:50.190
  • choices for the next generation.
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  • Wow, God is speaking right now.
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  • I sense it.
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  • I do, I just sense
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  • his Spirit in the room.
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  • I sense it, and I believe he is
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  • talking to his people.
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  • I believe he's speaking
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  • to you right now.
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  • Every campus, I just sense--do
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  • you guys sense this?
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  • I just sense God is moving
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  • right now, and he is saying so
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  • clearly, "If you'll just make a
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  • choice, if you'll just make a
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  • decision today,
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  • it can change everything."
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  • I'll never forget the day that
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  • my father looked at me, after we
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  • had heard of some scandalous
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  • story in the newspaper about
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  • some couple, and he turned to
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  • me, and he said, "Son,
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  • I need to tell you something."
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  • I said, "What's that?"
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  • He said,
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  • "Cornelius men don't cheat."
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  • He didn't say because you're a
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  • Christian, he could have said
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  • that, that's true, too, he said,
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  • "No, Cornelius men,
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  • we don't cheat."
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  • He set a standard for me,
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  • and I've seen him live it out.
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  • My father, who grew up in a car,
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  • he grew up in a car, went to
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  • 11 different elementary schools,
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  • said, "I am not gonna let my
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  • kids grow up like this."
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  • And he had awesome parents that
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  • were doing everything they could
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  • during the depression, and his
  • 00:24:51.260 --> 00:24:54.220
  • parents said, "We're not gonna
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  • stay like this, either,"
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  • and they eventually
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  • opened their own store.
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  • And they went from utter poverty
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  • to the middle class which was a
  • 00:25:01.130 --> 00:25:02.150
  • huge move during the depression.
  • 00:25:02.250 --> 00:25:05.250
  • And my dad said, "I am not gonna
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  • not get an education."
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  • He goes, gets a GI bill,
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  • goes to school, he said, "This
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  • is what I want for my kids."
  • 00:25:11.000 --> 00:25:13.040
  • And so, our starting point was
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  • such an advantage
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  • from his starting point,
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  • from my mother's starting point.
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  • Here's the reality,
  • 00:25:20.240 --> 00:25:22.170
  • let me ask you a question.
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  • Based upon your choices,
  • 00:25:23.250 --> 00:25:24.230
  • are your kids gonna
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  • be advantaged or disadvantaged
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  • from being with you?
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  • That's a decision you
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  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
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  • watching the program today.
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  • I've got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ to
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:46.070
  • be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:46.070 --> 00:25:48.050
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:48.050 --> 00:25:49.200
  • that guarantees that you will go
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:51.170
  • to heaven because you know
  • 00:25:51.170 --> 00:25:53.100
  • Jesus?
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:54.090
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:25:54.090 --> 00:25:54.280
  • me right now?
  • 00:25:54.280 --> 00:25:55.260
  • You can just say this out loud.
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  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:57.010 --> 00:25:58.190
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:26:00.150
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:00.150 --> 00:26:01.170
  • for me to pay the price for
  • 00:26:01.170 --> 00:26:03.010
  • my sins and I believe you
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  • rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart, be my
  • 00:26:05.250 --> 00:26:07.100
  • Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • - female announcer: Have you
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  • ever wondered what God says
  • 00:26:16.210 --> 00:26:17.120
  • about today's most controversial
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  • subjects?
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  • - Bil: God has too many great
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  • plans for your life for you to
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  • There is hope for you.
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  • Christ has a purpose for you.
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  • There is goodness in your life.
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  • There's so much to do!
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  • love him, and love people.
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