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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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  • - 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.
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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
  • 00:07:02.180 --> 00:07:03.200
  • 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 in
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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
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  • 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,
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  • they're like,
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  • "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,
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  • you will stop in the process.
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  • This is a big deal, okay?
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  • 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
  • 00:08:38.190 --> 00:08:39.270
  • 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
  • 00:09:01.030 --> 00:09:01.220
  • the labor pains
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  • and you were gonna decide
  • 00:09:02.140 --> 00:09:03.100
  • whether you were gonna keep
  • 00:09:03.100 --> 00:09:04.030
  • goin', you'd be like,
  • 00:09:04.030 --> 00:09:04.250
  • "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.
  • 00:09:06.180 --> 00:09:07.030
  • This is not happening.
  • 00:09:07.030 --> 00:09:08.010
  • We need to stop right now."
  • 00:09:08.010 --> 00:09:08.200
  • Oh no, that train has
  • 00:09:08.200 --> 00:09:09.050
  • left the station.
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  • Mama, you're gonna go on through
  • 00:09:09.280 --> 00:09:10.270
  • now, at this point, right?
  • 00:09:10.270 --> 00:09:11.200
  • Like, okay, you got the
  • 00:09:11.200 --> 00:09:12.200
  • labor pains, this is happening,
  • 00:09:12.200 --> 00:09:13.200
  • whether you like it
  • 00:09:13.200 --> 00:09:14.130
  • or not with this one.
  • 00:09:14.130 --> 00:09:15.060
  • It is gonna go down.
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  • This is it, right?
  • 00:09:16.010 --> 00:09:17.110
  • But, the reality is that moms,
  • 00:09:17.110 --> 00:09:18.240
  • it's amazing.
  • 00:09:18.240 --> 00:09:19.170
  • I mean, I remember watching
  • 00:09:19.170 --> 00:09:20.230
  • our kids' birth, unbelievable.
  • 00:09:20.230 --> 00:09:23.040
  • I just was blown away
  • 00:09:23.040 --> 00:09:24.060
  • that my wife,
  • 00:09:24.060 --> 00:09:25.150
  • you know, she's freaking
  • 00:09:25.150 --> 00:09:26.190
  • out, she's in labor pains,
  • 00:09:26.190 --> 00:09:27.250
  • she's--you know, I'm in pain
  • 00:09:27.250 --> 00:09:29.010
  • 'cause she's squeezing my arm
  • 00:09:29.010 --> 00:09:30.030
  • off, but I'm not gonna complain,
  • 00:09:30.030 --> 00:09:31.080
  • I'm not that stupid, you know,
  • 00:09:31.080 --> 00:09:32.210
  • I know, don't complain.
  • 00:09:32.210 --> 00:09:33.260
  • But she's, you know, going
  • 00:09:33.260 --> 00:09:34.240
  • through labor and this and that,
  • 00:09:34.240 --> 00:09:35.240
  • but then all of a sudden this
  • 00:09:35.240 --> 00:09:37.040
  • beautiful child comes out,
  • 00:09:37.040 --> 00:09:38.040
  • and her face was worth a
  • 00:09:38.040 --> 00:09:39.240
  • million dollars at that moment.
  • 00:09:39.240 --> 00:09:41.090
  • Just, like, wow,
  • 00:09:41.090 --> 00:09:42.120
  • the expression, right?
  • 00:09:42.120 --> 00:09:43.040
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:09:43.040 --> 00:09:44.220
  • it was all worth it.
  • 00:09:44.220 --> 00:09:46.090
  • And so, you gotta focus
  • 00:09:46.090 --> 00:09:47.020
  • on the payoff.
  • 00:09:47.020 --> 00:09:47.220
  • You gotta say, "God, I'm gonna
  • 00:09:47.220 --> 00:09:48.180
  • trust in an unseen God.
  • 00:09:48.180 --> 00:09:50.150
  • I'm gonna break up with a man I
  • 00:09:50.150 --> 00:09:53.110
  • can see for a God I can't see by
  • 00:09:53.110 --> 00:09:55.200
  • faith that he's gonna bring the
  • 00:09:55.200 --> 00:09:58.060
  • right person into my life."
  • 00:09:58.060 --> 00:10:00.200
  • Men and women do this every day.
  • 00:10:00.200 --> 00:10:02.120
  • Now, don't go to them and say,
  • 00:10:02.120 --> 00:10:03.180
  • "God told me
  • 00:10:03.180 --> 00:10:04.180
  • to break up with you."
  • 00:10:04.180 --> 00:10:05.120
  • No, don't do the God card,
  • 00:10:05.120 --> 00:10:06.210
  • 'cause God also told you not to
  • 00:10:06.210 --> 00:10:07.240
  • get started with that
  • 00:10:07.240 --> 00:10:08.220
  • relationship, didn't he?
  • 00:10:08.220 --> 00:10:09.240
  • Hmm-mm,
  • 00:10:09.240 --> 00:10:11.160
  • don't be blaming God now.
  • 00:10:11.160 --> 00:10:12.130
  • This is where you just smile
  • 00:10:12.130 --> 00:10:13.220
  • and say, "I'm stupid, sorry."
  • 00:10:13.220 --> 00:10:15.180
  • is that God has a great plan
  • 00:10:17.240 --> 00:10:18.250
  • for your life.
  • 00:10:18.250 --> 00:10:19.220
  • You've got to focus on
  • 00:10:19.220 --> 00:10:20.210
  • the payoff.
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:21.140
  • One of the things I recommend
  • 00:10:21.140 --> 00:10:22.100
  • that you do is to write down
  • 00:10:22.100 --> 00:10:23.190
  • what you wanna be doing,
  • 00:10:23.190 --> 00:10:25.120
  • where you wanna be doing it
  • 00:10:25.120 --> 00:10:26.110
  • 10 years from now.
  • 00:10:26.110 --> 00:10:28.060
  • Just write that down.
  • 00:10:28.060 --> 00:10:29.030
  • 'Cause what is your vision
  • 00:10:29.030 --> 00:10:29.250
  • for 10 years from now?
  • 00:10:29.250 --> 00:10:30.240
  • What does that look like?
  • 00:10:30.240 --> 00:10:31.150
  • Where do you wanna be working?
  • 00:10:31.150 --> 00:10:32.100
  • Who will you be working with?
  • 00:10:32.100 --> 00:10:33.080
  • Where do you want to live?
  • 00:10:33.080 --> 00:10:34.000
  • What do you want to be doing?
  • 00:10:34.000 --> 00:10:34.220
  • Write all that down,
  • 00:10:34.220 --> 00:10:35.160
  • 10 years from now,
  • 00:10:35.160 --> 00:10:36.080
  • what's that gonna look like?
  • 00:10:36.080 --> 00:10:36.290
  • 'Cause 10 years is gonna come,
  • 00:10:36.290 --> 00:10:37.200
  • it will happen.
  • 00:10:37.200 --> 00:10:38.270
  • Some of you are like, "Oh,
  • 00:10:38.270 --> 00:10:39.190
  • I'm gonna be so much older."
  • 00:10:39.190 --> 00:10:40.140
  • Well, it's gonna happen either
  • 00:10:40.140 --> 00:10:41.050
  • way, so you might as well be
  • 00:10:41.050 --> 00:10:41.260
  • older in a better spot, right?
  • 00:10:41.260 --> 00:10:44.050
  • And so, it is gonna happen,
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:45.050
  • so what do you wanna see happen
  • 00:10:45.050 --> 00:10:46.190
  • in the next 10 years,
  • 00:10:46.190 --> 00:10:47.140
  • and get started on that today.
  • 00:10:47.140 --> 00:10:49.010
  • Describe the payoff.
  • 00:10:49.010 --> 00:10:50.230
  • The best way to have
  • 00:10:50.230 --> 00:10:51.270
  • a great future is to create it.
  • 00:10:52.080 --> 00:10:55.080
  • That's the best way
  • 00:10:55.080 --> 00:10:55.290
  • to have a great future,
  • 00:10:55.290 --> 00:10:56.270
  • so start creating it.
  • 00:10:56.270 --> 00:10:58.080
  • How do you want your life
  • 00:10:58.080 --> 00:10:59.000
  • to look different 10 years
  • 00:10:59.000 --> 00:11:00.100
  • from now, and begin
  • 00:11:00.100 --> 00:11:01.040
  • to work back from there.
  • 00:11:01.040 --> 00:11:02.200
  • That's really a big deal.
  • 00:11:02.200 --> 00:11:03.160
  • So, describe the payoff.
  • 00:11:03.160 --> 00:11:04.260
  • That is a game changing thing.
  • 00:11:04.260 --> 00:11:06.240
  • If you forget everything I said
  • 00:11:06.240 --> 00:11:07.140
  • today, don't forget that.
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:08.080
  • If you will just describe the
  • 00:11:08.080 --> 00:11:09.140
  • payoff of what you want, it'll
  • 00:11:09.140 --> 00:11:10.160
  • make you get up in
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  • the morning and get going.
  • 00:11:11.270 --> 00:11:13.290
  • It'll motivate you when you know
  • 00:11:13.290 --> 00:11:15.120
  • what that payoff looks like.
  • 00:11:15.120 --> 00:11:17.150
  • Numbers chapter 13, verse 25, it
  • 00:11:17.150 --> 00:11:19.030
  • says, "After exploring the land
  • 00:11:19.030 --> 00:11:20.250
  • for 40 days, the men returned.
  • 00:11:20.250 --> 00:11:22.250
  • This was their report to Moses.
  • 00:11:22.250 --> 00:11:24.010
  • 'We entered the land you sent us
  • 00:11:24.010 --> 00:11:25.100
  • to explore, and it is indeed a
  • 00:11:25.100 --> 00:11:26.090
  • bountiful country, a land
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:27.250
  • flowing with milk and honey.
  • 00:11:27.250 --> 00:11:29.040
  • Here is the
  • 00:11:29.040 --> 00:11:29.230
  • kind of fruit it produces."
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:30.150
  • And then we're gonna break
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:31.040
  • it down from here,
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:31.190
  • but this is really important.
  • 00:11:31.190 --> 00:11:33.230
  • I wanna mention something here,
  • 00:11:33.230 --> 00:11:34.150
  • because honestly, this is where
  • 00:11:34.150 --> 00:11:36.040
  • a lot of people really struggle,
  • 00:11:36.040 --> 00:11:38.070
  • what we're gonna talk
  • 00:11:38.070 --> 00:11:38.240
  • about next.
  • 00:11:38.240 --> 00:11:39.130
  • Because here's the deal,
  • 00:11:39.130 --> 00:11:40.040
  • God has an amazing future
  • 00:11:40.040 --> 00:11:41.120
  • for you, I truly believe this,
  • 00:11:41.120 --> 00:11:42.080
  • but you know what?
  • 00:11:42.080 --> 00:11:43.040
  • There's only one thing holding
  • 00:11:43.040 --> 00:11:44.190
  • you back from an amazing future.
  • 00:11:44.190 --> 00:11:47.050
  • You're not gonna like
  • 00:11:47.050 --> 00:11:47.210
  • to hear this, I'm sorry,
  • 00:11:47.210 --> 00:11:49.060
  • it's actually you.
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  • That's the only thing
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  • holding you back.
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  • It's also the only thing that
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  • can change it.
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  • "Well, I thought Jesus
  • 00:11:56.140 --> 00:11:57.070
  • could do that."
  • 00:11:57.070 --> 00:11:58.130
  • 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?
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  • God's a gentleman, he will not
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  • 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.
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  • Did you know that?
  • 00:12:12.140 --> 00:12:13.060
  • 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
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  • the world as it is, you see
  • 00:12:17.200 --> 00:12:18.200
  • Did you know that?
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  • Please write this down,
  • 00:12:22.000 --> 00:12:22.200
  • would you?
  • 00:12:22.200 --> 00:12:23.140
  • Number two, as you see yourself,
  • 00:12:23.140 --> 00:12:24.050
  • you see your future.
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  • As you see yourself,
  • 00:12:26.200 --> 00:12:27.130
  • you see your future.
  • 00:12:27.130 --> 00:12:28.030
  • "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.
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:34.250
  • 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
  • 00:12:40.090 --> 00:12:40.290
  • I really believe in
  • 00:12:40.290 --> 00:12:42.010
  • my heart of hearts,
  • 00:12:42.010 --> 00:12:43.010
  • that's really impacted
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  • me and changed my life
  • 00:12:44.090 --> 00:12:45.070
  • for a very long time?
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  • I just keep going to
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  • my personal beliefs,
  • 00:12:46.230 --> 00:12:47.130
  • and I believe it's based
  • 00:12:47.130 --> 00:12:48.030
  • 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.
  • 00:12:51.130 --> 00:12:52.050
  • Ready for this?
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  • Everything and everyone was
  • 00:12:53.070 --> 00:12:55.270
  • 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
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:02.020
  • in my life to help me win.
  • 00:13:02.020 --> 00:13:03.050
  • Or, if you'd like the more
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:04.010
  • Biblical version of that, we can
  • 00:13:04.010 --> 00:13:05.120
  • just say that, "For I know the
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  • plans I have for you,
  • 00:13:07.070 --> 00:13:08.060
  • declares the Lord.
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  • Plans to prosper you and not to
  • 00:13:09.000 --> 00:13:09.220
  • harm you, plans to give you
  • 00:13:09.220 --> 00:13:10.200
  • a future and a hope.
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  • Then you will call upon me and
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  • find me when you seek me with
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  • 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,
  • 00:13:21.080 --> 00:13:23.020
  • that's entered my life,
  • 00:13:23.020 --> 00:13:24.080
  • that's in my situation,
  • 00:13:24.080 --> 00:13:26.000
  • in my current circumstances,
  • 00:13:26.000 --> 00:13:26.240
  • has not been place here
  • 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:27.160
  • to hurt me, it's been placed
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  • here to help me win, to help me
  • 00:13:28.090 --> 00:13:29.070
  • win in life, to help me
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  • accomplish the dreams
  • 00:13:30.020 --> 00:13:31.060
  • that God has put on my heart.
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:32.170
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:33.170
  • And you say, "Well,
  • 00:13:33.170 --> 00:13:34.130
  • that sounds kinda selfish."
  • 00:13:34.130 --> 00:13:35.070
  • No, because everyone that's
  • 00:13:35.070 --> 00:13:35.280
  • placed in your life is for the
  • 00:13:35.280 --> 00:13:36.210
  • same reason, to help you win.
  • 00:13:36.210 --> 00:13:37.220
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:13:37.220 --> 00:13:39.070
  • And so, God has designed
  • 00:13:39.070 --> 00:13:40.120
  • your life for you to succeed.
  • 00:13:40.120 --> 00:13:42.140
  • There is absolutely no reason
  • 00:13:42.140 --> 00:13:43.180
  • for you not to be succeeding
  • 00:13:43.180 --> 00:13:45.010
  • if he's placed everything,
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:46.050
  • and everyone, in your life
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:47.090
  • for you to win.
  • 00:13:47.090 --> 00:13:49.260
  • That is a great thing to know.
  • 00:13:49.260 --> 00:13:52.130
  • It can change your life.
  • 00:13:52.130 --> 00:13:55.030
  • And so, here's the choice
  • 00:13:55.030 --> 00:13:56.010
  • that you have to make, then.
  • 00:13:56.010 --> 00:13:57.090
  • This is important, because,
  • 00:13:57.090 --> 00:13:58.050
  • see, God wants to give you
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:13:59.030
  • a great vision for your life,
  • 00:13:59.030 --> 00:14:00.090
  • but you know what gets in
  • 00:14:00.090 --> 00:14:00.290
  • the way of vision?
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  • Sight.
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.210
  • Your sight gets in
  • 00:14:04.210 --> 00:14:05.210
  • the way of your vision.
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:07.150
  • Who you can see now gets in the
  • 00:14:07.150 --> 00:14:09.050
  • way of who you can't see yet.
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:12.080
  • What do you see?
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:13.020
  • What is it that God has
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:13.280
  • put on your heart, because
  • 00:14:13.280 --> 00:14:14.260
  • you need to focus on that.
  • 00:14:14.260 --> 00:14:15.190
  • "Oh, all I see is a kid
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:16.150
  • that's disobeying me."
  • 00:14:16.150 --> 00:14:17.090
  • No, I see a young man, or a
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:18.060
  • young woman, that turns into
  • 00:14:18.060 --> 00:14:19.020
  • a Godly man, and honors
  • 00:14:19.020 --> 00:14:20.120
  • the Lord with their life,
  • 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:21.100
  • and changes the next generation.
  • 00:14:21.100 --> 00:14:22.100
  • What are you seeing
  • 00:14:22.100 --> 00:14:23.000
  • in your kids?
  • 00:14:23.000 --> 00:14:23.200
  • Because what you see
  • 00:14:23.200 --> 00:14:24.110
  • is what you're gonna get.
  • 00:14:24.110 --> 00:14:26.190
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:28.080
  • You gotta see it.
  • 00:14:28.080 --> 00:14:29.210
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:14:29.210 --> 00:14:31.170
  • You have to make a choice.
  • 00:14:31.170 --> 00:14:33.170
  • What do you believe?hoice.
  • 00:14:33.170 --> 00:14:35.140
  • Because God has given you
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:36.190
  • incredible opportunities, the
  • 00:14:36.190 --> 00:14:37.250
  • question is, do you see them?
  • 00:14:37.250 --> 00:14:39.010
  • Look at the Scripture next.
  • 00:14:39.010 --> 00:14:39.220
  • This is very interesting.
  • 00:14:39.220 --> 00:14:40.240
  • Check it out.
  • 00:14:40.240 --> 00:14:41.210
  • It says, in Numbers chapter 13,
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:43.280
  • verse 28, "But the people living
  • 00:14:43.280 --> 00:14:44.280
  • there are powerful, and their
  • 00:14:44.280 --> 00:14:46.110
  • towns are large and fortified.
  • 00:14:46.110 --> 00:14:47.120
  • We even saw giants there, the
  • 00:14:47.120 --> 00:14:48.230
  • descendants of Anak."
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:49.110
  • So, they're giving the
  • 00:14:49.110 --> 00:14:50.030
  • Scriptures to Joshua and Caleb,
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:52.070
  • they're like, "Oh, we should do
  • 00:14:52.070 --> 00:14:53.070
  • this, this is gonna be great.
  • 00:14:53.070 --> 00:14:54.140
  • You should see the land.
  • 00:14:54.140 --> 00:14:55.070
  • You should see the fruit.
  • 00:14:55.070 --> 00:14:56.010
  • Check out this grape.
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:14:56.210
  • This is amazing.
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:14:57.120
  • This is all over
  • 00:14:57.120 --> 00:14:58.020
  • the place there.
  • 00:14:58.020 --> 00:14:58.210
  • We gotta go.
  • 00:14:58.210 --> 00:14:59.090
  • This is gonna be awesome."
  • 00:14:59.090 --> 00:15:00.030
  • But then, someone else speaks
  • 00:15:00.030 --> 00:15:00.250
  • up, "Oh, hold on, hold on.
  • 00:15:00.250 --> 00:15:01.230
  • Let me tell you
  • 00:15:01.230 --> 00:15:02.180
  • what else I saw, though.
  • 00:15:02.180 --> 00:15:03.070
  • We saw these really big giants
  • 00:15:03.070 --> 00:15:04.050
  • everywhere, and they're really
  • 00:15:04.050 --> 00:15:04.260
  • mean, and they're really tough.
  • 00:15:04.260 --> 00:15:05.230
  • This is gonna be
  • 00:15:05.230 --> 00:15:06.110
  • really difficult."
  • 00:15:06.110 --> 00:15:08.040
  • Same people saw the same place,
  • 00:15:08.110 --> 00:15:11.110
  • see it totally different.
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:13.100
  • It's like two shoe salesmen.
  • 00:15:13.100 --> 00:15:14.140
  • They both show up on a remote
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:15.100
  • island, they get off the plane.
  • 00:15:15.100 --> 00:15:17.030
  • Unbeknownst to one another,
  • 00:15:17.030 --> 00:15:18.240
  • both trying to sell shoes, and
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:20.140
  • they're walking around, and they
  • 00:15:20.140 --> 00:15:21.260
  • notice no one where's shoes
  • 00:15:21.260 --> 00:15:23.080
  • on the entire island.
  • 00:15:23.080 --> 00:15:24.230
  • One immediately calls home and
  • 00:15:24.230 --> 00:15:25.240
  • says, "I'm bookin'
  • 00:15:25.240 --> 00:15:26.180
  • a flight home, they don't even
  • 00:15:26.180 --> 00:15:27.100
  • wear shoes here."
  • 00:15:27.100 --> 00:15:28.170
  • The other one calls home
  • 00:15:28.170 --> 00:15:29.090
  • and says,
  • 00:15:29.090 --> 00:15:29.270
  • "I'm gonna be here a while.
  • 00:15:29.270 --> 00:15:30.160
  • Send me all the shoes you can.
  • 00:15:30.160 --> 00:15:31.130
  • Pack my family's bags, get 'em
  • 00:15:31.130 --> 00:15:33.120
  • here, everyone needs shoes!"
  • 00:15:34.180 --> 00:15:37.180
  • Same island, same territory,
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:40.150
  • it's all in how you see it.
  • 00:15:40.150 --> 00:15:42.250
  • Please, sales people, do not
  • 00:15:42.250 --> 00:15:43.280
  • tell me I have a bad territory.
  • 00:15:43.280 --> 00:15:45.100
  • Everyone has a bad territory
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:47.220
  • until they chose to see it as
  • 00:15:47.220 --> 00:15:48.280
  • a good territory and then
  • 00:15:48.280 --> 00:15:50.230
  • everything turns around.
  • 00:15:50.230 --> 00:15:52.010
  • What you see matters,
  • 00:15:52.010 --> 00:15:53.000
  • it's all in your approach.
  • 00:15:53.000 --> 00:15:53.210
  • What does this mean?
  • 00:15:53.210 --> 00:15:55.230
  • A, either focus on the
  • 00:15:55.230 --> 00:15:56.210
  • obstacles, the giants,
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:58.190
  • or the opportunities, the land.
  • 00:15:58.190 --> 00:16:00.210
  • And by the way,
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:01.260
  • every land has giants.
  • 00:16:01.260 --> 00:16:04.130
  • Every opportunity has obstacles,
  • 00:16:04.130 --> 00:16:06.210
  • but guess what?
  • 00:16:06.210 --> 00:16:07.190
  • It's all in how you say it,
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:11.240
  • isn't it?
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:13.030
  • "Oh, I've got
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:13.210
  • this great opportunity,
  • 00:16:13.210 --> 00:16:14.090
  • but these big obstacles."
  • 00:16:14.090 --> 00:16:15.020
  • Or, "Man,
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:15.210
  • I got this big obstacle,
  • 00:16:15.210 --> 00:16:16.130
  • but there's opportunity."
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:18.090
  • Which life do you want?
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:19.020
  • Choose it.
  • 00:16:19.020 --> 00:16:20.230
  • What do you want with your life?
  • 00:16:20.230 --> 00:16:21.120
  • Choose it.
  • 00:16:21.120 --> 00:16:22.170
  • "Well, I wanna go to school, but
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:23.230
  • it's kinda tough."
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:24.190
  • You're gonna get through school
  • 00:16:24.190 --> 00:16:25.140
  • when you decide
  • 00:16:25.140 --> 00:16:26.070
  • to get through school.
  • 00:16:26.070 --> 00:16:27.250
  • That's when it's gonna happen.
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:28.190
  • "Well, my marriage is kind of
  • 00:16:28.190 --> 00:16:30.170
  • floundering," and it's gonna
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:31.130
  • continue to flounder until you
  • 00:16:31.130 --> 00:16:32.020
  • decide to make it good.
  • 00:16:32.020 --> 00:16:34.040
  • You gotta make a decision.
  • 00:16:34.040 --> 00:16:35.100
  • You know that the word decide
  • 00:16:35.100 --> 00:16:36.100
  • means to cut off
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:37.040
  • all other options.
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:38.210
  • It's time to make a decision and
  • 00:16:38.210 --> 00:16:40.180
  • say, "I choose to have a great
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:42.100
  • future, that's how
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:43.280
  • I'm gonna see the world.
  • 00:16:43.280 --> 00:16:44.260
  • And other people are gonna say
  • 00:16:44.260 --> 00:16:45.220
  • I'm blinded by it, but that's
  • 00:16:45.220 --> 00:16:46.240
  • the way my life is gonna be.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:47.220
  • I choose it today."
  • 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:51.120
  • Now, what happens next?
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:54.140
  • It says, "But Caleb tried to
  • 00:16:54.140 --> 00:16:55.180
  • quiet the people as
  • 00:16:55.180 --> 00:16:56.260
  • they stood before Moses.
  • 00:16:56.260 --> 00:16:57.270
  • 'Let's go at once to take
  • 00:16:57.270 --> 00:16:59.050
  • the land,' he said.
  • 00:16:59.050 --> 00:17:00.150
  • 'We can certainly conquer it,'
  • 00:17:00.150 --> 00:17:02.030
  • but the other men disagreed.
  • 00:17:02.030 --> 00:17:03.250
  • 'We can't go up against them,
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:05.030
  • they are stronger than we are,'
  • 00:17:05.030 --> 00:17:06.150
  • so they spread this bad report.
  • 00:17:06.150 --> 00:17:07.290
  • 'The land will devour anyone
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:09.000
  • who goes to live there.'"
  • 00:17:09.000 --> 00:17:10.140
  • Think about this.
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:11.180
  • Someone said, "If you go
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:13.020
  • into the land, it'll eat you."
  • 00:17:13.020 --> 00:17:13.210
  • sound realistic to you?
  • 00:17:15.220 --> 00:17:16.250
  • Have you ever seen
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:17.170
  • land eat a human?
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:19.150
  • Anyone in here,
  • 00:17:19.150 --> 00:17:20.150
  • I'm just gonna see, no, no?
  • 00:17:20.150 --> 00:17:21.150
  • Okay, I don't think
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:22.150
  • that happens.
  • 00:17:22.150 --> 00:17:23.230
  • I don't think an earthquake is
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:24.270
  • gonna swallow someone whole
  • 00:17:24.270 --> 00:17:26.080
  • on the spot, but that
  • 00:17:26.080 --> 00:17:28.210
  • is literally what they said.
  • 00:17:28.210 --> 00:17:29.210
  • This is exaggeration, and guys,
  • 00:17:29.210 --> 00:17:31.030
  • honestly, can I tell you
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:32.230
  • the truth on something?
  • 00:17:32.230 --> 00:17:33.210
  • You may be going through a
  • 00:17:33.210 --> 00:17:34.130
  • really rough time, but you know
  • 00:17:34.130 --> 00:17:35.090
  • what's making it worse is if
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:36.030
  • you exaggerate how rough it is.
  • 00:17:36.030 --> 00:17:38.190
  • It's your story to tell,
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:40.010
  • so tell it easier on yourself.
  • 00:17:40.010 --> 00:17:41.250
  • Why are you being--
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:42.220
  • "And I got betrayed,
  • 00:17:42.220 --> 00:17:43.220
  • and everyone turned on
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:44.170
  • me at the office,
  • 00:17:44.170 --> 00:17:45.110
  • and I lost my job."
  • 00:17:45.110 --> 00:17:46.100
  • Or, you can say,
  • 00:17:46.100 --> 00:17:47.060
  • "Yeah, they let me go."
  • 00:17:47.060 --> 00:17:48.220
  • Which one sounds better?
  • 00:17:48.220 --> 00:17:50.220
  • Which one is easier to deal
  • 00:17:50.220 --> 00:17:51.160
  • with on a daily basis
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:52.090
  • when you repeat it?
  • 00:17:52.090 --> 00:17:54.040
  • Right?
  • 00:17:54.040 --> 00:17:55.000
  • "Oh, you lost your job?"
  • 00:17:55.000 --> 00:17:55.250
  • "Oh, yeah, it happens," to
  • 00:17:55.250 --> 00:17:56.290
  • everyone, so move on and
  • 00:17:56.290 --> 00:17:58.260
  • get another job, you know.
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:00.190
  • "Pastor, you're making
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:01.120
  • light of my pain."
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:02.060
  • No, I'm not making
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:02.260
  • light of your pain, I think
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:03.220
  • you've made enough of your pain.
  • 00:18:03.220 --> 00:18:05.260
  • I'm trying to help you move on.
  • 00:18:05.260 --> 00:18:07.240
  • Life is too short
  • 00:18:07.240 --> 00:18:09.000
  • to wallow in pain.
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:10.080
  • Listen, bad things happen,
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.260
  • it's true,
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:13.000
  • and that's not an option,
  • 00:18:13.000 --> 00:18:14.000
  • but misery is an option.
  • 00:18:14.000 --> 00:18:16.150
  • Choose to move past it.
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:19.110
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:20.200
  • We always have something scary
  • 00:18:20.200 --> 00:18:21.260
  • that's gonna happen in our life,
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:22.270
  • and there's always someone, by
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:23.270
  • the way--let me point that out.
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:24.290
  • There's always an Amalekite.
  • 00:18:24.290 --> 00:18:26.030
  • There's always a Hittite, right?
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:27.070
  • There's always an -ite, right?
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.090
  • Let me tell you what that means.
  • 00:18:29.090 --> 00:18:30.070
  • There's always gonna be an
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:31.010
  • ite in your office.
  • 00:18:31.010 --> 00:18:31.290
  • "Well, I'm gonna quit this job
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:32.210
  • because I don't like that person
  • 00:18:32.210 --> 00:18:33.140
  • down the hallway from me."
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:34.110
  • Well, guess what?
  • 00:18:34.110 --> 00:18:35.250
  • That person's gonna be
  • 00:18:35.250 --> 00:18:36.230
  • at your next job, too.
  • 00:18:36.230 --> 00:18:39.150
  • "Oh, I'm gonna quit this church,
  • 00:18:39.150 --> 00:18:40.130
  • 'cause I was offended by this,
  • 00:18:40.130 --> 00:18:41.130
  • or this, or that."
  • 00:18:41.130 --> 00:18:42.100
  • You're gonna go be offended at
  • 00:18:42.100 --> 00:18:42.290
  • the next church, 'cause there's
  • 00:18:42.290 --> 00:18:44.270
  • always someone like
  • 00:18:44.270 --> 00:18:45.210
  • that at every church.
  • 00:18:45.210 --> 00:18:46.170
  • Have you found that out, yet?
  • 00:18:46.170 --> 00:18:47.230
  • There's always someone
  • 00:18:47.230 --> 00:18:48.140
  • like that in every community.
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:49.090
  • Every zip code has that person
  • 00:18:49.090 --> 00:18:50.010
  • that drives you crazy.
  • 00:18:50.010 --> 00:18:50.240
  • All of 'em do, because the devil
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:51.250
  • sends 'em ahead when
  • 00:18:51.250 --> 00:18:52.240
  • he hears you're going there.
  • 00:18:53.290 --> 00:18:56.290
  • So, you have to trump the devil,
  • 00:18:56.290 --> 00:18:58.100
  • and realize that I'm gonna
  • 00:18:58.100 --> 00:18:59.110
  • choose joy regardless of the
  • 00:18:59.110 --> 00:19:01.090
  • sandpaper people that are
  • 00:19:01.090 --> 00:19:03.020
  • rubbing me wrong.
  • 00:19:03.020 --> 00:19:05.010
  • I'm gonna honor the Lord, and I
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:06.090
  • don't care who it is in my life,
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:07.130
  • I am not gonna let
  • 00:19:07.130 --> 00:19:08.100
  • people get me down.
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:10.080
  • Life is too short to do that.
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:13.260
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:13.260 --> 00:19:16.120
  • It says here,
  • 00:19:16.120 --> 00:19:17.010
  • "So they spread a bad report.
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:17.250
  • 'The land will devour anyone
  • 00:19:17.250 --> 00:19:18.210
  • who goes to live there.
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:19.260
  • We even saw giants there.
  • 00:19:19.260 --> 00:19:21.030
  • Next to them,
  • 00:19:21.030 --> 00:19:22.050
  • we felt like grasshoppers, and
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:24.020
  • that's what they thought, too.'"
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:25.120
  • It says they felt
  • 00:19:25.120 --> 00:19:26.040
  • like grasshoppers.
  • 00:19:26.040 --> 00:19:27.040
  • So, they felt--check this out,
  • 00:19:27.040 --> 00:19:29.130
  • please underline this.
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:30.040
  • They felt like grasshoppers, and
  • 00:19:30.040 --> 00:19:31.180
  • that's what they thought.
  • 00:19:31.180 --> 00:19:33.120
  • Their feelings--look, look,
  • 00:19:33.120 --> 00:19:35.010
  • look, look right here, their
  • 00:19:35.010 --> 00:19:36.040
  • feelings lead their thoughts.
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:39.180
  • Big mistake.
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:40.220
  • You've gotta choose truth,
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:42.250
  • to lead your thoughts,
  • 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:44.080
  • to guide your feelings.
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:46.130
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:46.130 --> 00:19:47.080
  • This is why we have an
  • 00:19:47.080 --> 00:19:48.010
  • unchangeable truth,
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:49.000
  • and why it's so important.
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:49.230
  • 'Cause when you have an
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:50.160
  • unchangeable truth, the Bible
  • 00:19:50.160 --> 00:19:51.120
  • says that you are
  • 00:19:51.120 --> 00:19:52.060
  • more than conquerors.
  • 00:19:52.060 --> 00:19:53.000
  • There's no changing that fact.
  • 00:19:53.000 --> 00:19:55.020
  • And if that's a fact,
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:55.280
  • then I'm gonna let that fact
  • 00:19:55.280 --> 00:19:58.090
  • become my thought,
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:19:58.250
  • You cannot let your feelings
  • 00:20:01.010 --> 00:20:01.230
  • drive your thoughts,
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:03.030
  • you've gotta let your thoughts
  • 00:20:03.030 --> 00:20:04.090
  • drive your feelings.
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:05.070
  • Tell your mind what to think,
  • 00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:06.110
  • don't let your mind
  • 00:20:06.110 --> 00:20:07.050
  • tell you how you feel.
  • 00:20:07.050 --> 00:20:08.290
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:10.210
  • Or, the Scripture, I believe,
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:11.130
  • says,
  • 00:20:11.130 --> 00:20:12.030
  • "Take captive every thought,
  • 00:20:12.030 --> 00:20:14.210
  • make it submit to Jesus."
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:16.050
  • And so, that's what
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:16.280
  • we're called to do.
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:17.210
  • And so, they felt like
  • 00:20:17.210 --> 00:20:18.120
  • grasshoppers, but they weren't.
  • 00:20:18.120 --> 00:20:19.210
  • I mean, "I feel like a
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:20.230
  • grasshopper," well, you're not.
  • 00:20:20.230 --> 00:20:21.230
  • You're a human,
  • 00:20:21.230 --> 00:20:22.190
  • you're not a grasshopper, let
  • 00:20:22.190 --> 00:20:23.100
  • me just let you know something.
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:24.240
  • They felt like one, though.
  • 00:20:24.240 --> 00:20:25.230
  • You know what grasshoppers do
  • 00:20:25.230 --> 00:20:27.010
  • whenever they get freaked out?
  • 00:20:27.010 --> 00:20:28.110
  • What's the only thing
  • 00:20:28.110 --> 00:20:29.020
  • they know to do?
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:30.190
  • Jump, hop, run, and so, you know
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.110
  • what, there's some people who
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:34.040
  • hop from marriage to marriage,
  • 00:20:34.040 --> 00:20:36.040
  • they just hop, why?
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:37.160
  • "Oh, this isn't gonna work out,
  • 00:20:37.160 --> 00:20:38.100
  • I don't like it, it made me feel
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:39.100
  • bad, and I'm gonna hop."
  • 00:20:39.100 --> 00:20:40.290
  • Then they land over here,
  • 00:20:40.290 --> 00:20:41.210
  • "Oh, I'm gonna hop."
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:42.240
  • And they land over here,
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:43.120
  • "I'm gonna hop," right.
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:44.040
  • "Well, you know Pastor, 50%
  • 00:20:44.040 --> 00:20:45.190
  • of all marriages end in divorce,
  • 00:20:45.190 --> 00:20:47.010
  • so I guess it's
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:47.180
  • just--I'm so sick of divorcing
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:48.240
  • and marrying someone else."
  • 00:20:48.240 --> 00:20:49.220
  • Well, 80% of second marriages
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:50.220
  • end in divorce,
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:51.150
  • does that sound better or worse?
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:53.090
  • Hopping is not always better.
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:55.040
  • Maybe you should
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.120
  • just work it out.
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:20:57.110
  • Quit hopping
  • 00:20:57.110 --> 00:20:57.270
  • out of every situation,
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:20:59.280
  • instead, stand strong.
  • 00:20:59.280 --> 00:21:01.070
  • What does this
  • 00:21:01.070 --> 00:21:01.250
  • mean for you and me?
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:02.190
  • B, either listen
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:03.240
  • to naysayers or the believers.
  • 00:21:03.240 --> 00:21:05.200
  • You're gonna listen
  • 00:21:05.200 --> 00:21:06.110
  • to one or the other.
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:07.040
  • Either listen to the naysayers
  • 00:21:07.040 --> 00:21:07.270
  • or the believers.
  • 00:21:07.270 --> 00:21:09.030
  • This is a true story.
  • 00:21:09.030 --> 00:21:10.030
  • There's a real map in the
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:11.100
  • British Museum of London, to
  • 00:21:11.100 --> 00:21:12.240
  • this day, you can go see this,
  • 00:21:12.240 --> 00:21:13.290
  • this is really cool.
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:14.210
  • It's an old mariner's chart,
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:15.210
  • drawn in 1525.
  • 00:21:15.210 --> 00:21:17.210
  • This is really cool.
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:18.160
  • It outlines a North American
  • 00:21:18.160 --> 00:21:19.140
  • coastline and
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:20.090
  • the adjacent waters.
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:21.130
  • The cartographer made
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:23.070
  • some intriguing notations
  • 00:21:23.070 --> 00:21:25.010
  • on the areas that he
  • 00:21:25.010 --> 00:21:26.000
  • didn't know about, right?
  • 00:21:26.000 --> 00:21:27.260
  • Unexplored territory.
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:29.120
  • This is what he wrote
  • 00:21:29.120 --> 00:21:30.080
  • on the map, he wrote,
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:31.020
  • "Here be giants,"
  • 00:21:31.020 --> 00:21:33.090
  • in one area of water that they
  • 00:21:33.090 --> 00:21:34.160
  • never explored,
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:35.210
  • another area, he wrote,
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:36.150
  • "Here be scorpions," and
  • 00:21:36.150 --> 00:21:38.270
  • another area, he wrote,
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:39.230
  • "Here be dragons."
  • 00:21:39.230 --> 00:21:41.220
  • Eventually, the map came into
  • 00:21:41.220 --> 00:21:42.170
  • the possession of a guy named
  • 00:21:42.170 --> 00:21:43.200
  • Sir John Franklin,
  • 00:21:43.200 --> 00:21:45.020
  • a British explorer,
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:46.000
  • and he took the map,
  • 00:21:46.000 --> 00:21:47.190
  • and this is on the map to this
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:48.070
  • wrote over those words, and
  • 00:21:50.150 --> 00:21:52.020
  • wrote across the map,
  • 00:21:52.020 --> 00:21:52.260
  • "Here be God."
  • 00:21:53.150 --> 00:21:56.150
  • We're worried about
  • 00:21:56.150 --> 00:21:58.220
  • scorpions in water?
  • 00:21:58.250 --> 00:22:01.270
  • That's just made up.
  • 00:22:01.270 --> 00:22:04.140
  • We're worried about dragons?
  • 00:22:04.140 --> 00:22:06.240
  • They're not real, let me just
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:08.070
  • save you some time.
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:11.190
  • We worry about things
  • 00:22:11.190 --> 00:22:12.190
  • that aren't even reality.
  • 00:22:12.190 --> 00:22:14.190
  • I just wanna encourage you
  • 00:22:14.190 --> 00:22:15.130
  • today to know that God has
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:16.230
  • a better plan for your life.
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:17.190
  • He's bigger than this.
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:18.190
  • And your worry needs to
  • 00:22:18.190 --> 00:22:20.080
  • be replaced with worship.
  • 00:22:20.080 --> 00:22:21.140
  • And you say,
  • 00:22:21.140 --> 00:22:22.070
  • "God, I just trust you.
  • 00:22:22.070 --> 00:22:24.090
  • I know you got
  • 00:22:24.090 --> 00:22:25.010
  • a good plan for my life," and
  • 00:22:25.010 --> 00:22:26.240
  • here's why this is so important.
  • 00:22:26.240 --> 00:22:28.010
  • Check out the next Scripture.
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:29.160
  • This is important.
  • 00:22:29.160 --> 00:22:30.250
  • Numbers chapter 14, verse 24,
  • 00:22:30.250 --> 00:22:31.290
  • "But my servant, Caleb, has
  • 00:22:31.290 --> 00:22:33.190
  • a different attitude than
  • 00:22:33.190 --> 00:22:34.150
  • the others have,"
  • 00:22:34.150 --> 00:22:35.060
  • this is fast-forwarding
  • 00:22:35.060 --> 00:22:36.020
  • in the story now.
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:37.070
  • God is speaking to Caleb, he
  • 00:22:37.070 --> 00:22:38.180
  • says, "He has remained loyal to
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:39.290
  • me, so I will bring him into the
  • 00:22:39.290 --> 00:22:41.110
  • land he has explored.
  • 00:22:41.110 --> 00:22:42.110
  • His descendants," would you
  • 00:22:42.110 --> 00:22:44.070
  • underline descendants, that
  • 00:22:44.070 --> 00:22:45.120
  • means his kids, his children.
  • 00:22:45.120 --> 00:22:46.280
  • "His children will possess
  • 00:22:46.280 --> 00:22:48.130
  • their full share of that land.
  • 00:22:48.130 --> 00:22:49.250
  • Now, turn around, and don't go
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:50.280
  • toward the where the Amalekites
  • 00:22:50.280 --> 00:22:52.050
  • and Canaanites live.
  • 00:22:52.050 --> 00:22:53.130
  • Tomorrow you must set out for
  • 00:22:53.130 --> 00:22:54.010
  • the wilderness in
  • 00:22:54.010 --> 00:22:54.170
  • the direction of the Red Sea."
  • 00:22:54.170 --> 00:22:55.050
  • "Since you didn't believe you
  • 00:22:57.110 --> 00:22:58.090
  • could take the land, you're
  • 00:22:58.090 --> 00:22:59.180
  • going back to the wilderness.
  • 00:22:59.180 --> 00:23:00.200
  • But you two guys, Joshua and
  • 00:23:00.200 --> 00:23:01.280
  • Caleb, since you did believe you
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:03.090
  • could possess the land,
  • 00:23:03.090 --> 00:23:04.070
  • it's yours."
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:06.150
  • So, right there,
  • 00:23:06.150 --> 00:23:07.120
  • God just illustrated it.
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:08.160
  • You tell me what you believe
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:09.090
  • about your future,
  • 00:23:09.090 --> 00:23:10.050
  • that's what you're gonna get.
  • 00:23:10.050 --> 00:23:11.290
  • "Oh, you don't believe you can
  • 00:23:11.290 --> 00:23:12.230
  • take the Promised Land?
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:13.200
  • Then you can't,
  • 00:23:13.200 --> 00:23:14.090
  • go on back to the wilderness.
  • 00:23:14.090 --> 00:23:15.070
  • Oh, you do believe you
  • 00:23:15.070 --> 00:23:15.250
  • can take the Promise Land?
  • 00:23:15.250 --> 00:23:16.150
  • Go on in."
  • 00:23:16.150 --> 00:23:17.140
  • The choice is yours.
  • 00:23:17.140 --> 00:23:17.290
  • Let me tell you why your choice
  • 00:23:17.290 --> 00:23:20.000
  • is so important, because your
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:21.270
  • ending point in life is the
  • 00:23:21.270 --> 00:23:23.100
  • beginning point for
  • 00:23:23.100 --> 00:23:24.190
  • your children.
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:26.230
  • If you end in poverty, your kids
  • 00:23:26.230 --> 00:23:28.040
  • are starting off in poverty.
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.240
  • If you end without education,
  • 00:23:30.240 --> 00:23:32.260
  • your kids start
  • 00:23:32.260 --> 00:23:33.210
  • without education.
  • 00:23:33.210 --> 00:23:35.030
  • If you end with
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:36.170
  • bad relationships,
  • 00:23:36.170 --> 00:23:38.180
  • then your kids actually
  • 00:23:38.180 --> 00:23:39.100
  • think screaming,
  • 00:23:39.100 --> 00:23:40.030
  • and yelling, and
  • 00:23:40.030 --> 00:23:40.220
  • fighting, and abuse is normal.
  • 00:23:40.220 --> 00:23:42.090
  • It's not normal,
  • 00:23:42.090 --> 00:23:42.290
  • it's not healthy.
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:44.200
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:23:44.200 --> 00:23:46.030
  • So, where you end matters.
  • 00:23:46.030 --> 00:23:47.190
  • So, you're not just making
  • 00:23:47.190 --> 00:23:48.160
  • choices for you, you're making
  • 00:23:48.160 --> 00:23:50.180
  • choices for the next generation.
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:53.090
  • Wow, God is speaking right now.
  • 00:23:53.090 --> 00:23:55.110
  • I sense it.
  • 00:23:55.110 --> 00:23:56.060
  • 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,
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:42.140
  • 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."
  • 00:24:47.140 --> 00:24:49.170
  • And he had awesome parents that
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  • were doing everything they could
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  • during the depression, and his
  • 00:24:51.250 --> 00:24:54.210
  • 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
  • 00:25:01.120 --> 00:25:02.140
  • huge move during the depression.
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  • 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."
  • 00:25:10.290 --> 00:25:13.030
  • And so, our starting point was
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  • such an advantage
  • 00:25:14.270 --> 00:25:17.060
  • from his starting point,
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  • from my mother's starting point.
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  • Here's the reality,
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  • let me ask you a question.
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  • Based upon your choices,
  • 00:25:23.240 --> 00:25:24.220
  • are your kids gonna
  • 00:25:24.220 --> 00:25:25.140
  • 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: Wow, God is awesome!
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  • He is clearly moving today.
  • 00:25:43.260 --> 00:25:45.220
  • I got a question I would like
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  • to ask you, have you prayed a
  • 00:25:46.170 --> 00:25:48.040
  • simple prayer to receive Christ
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  • as your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:51.120
  • If you've never done so,
  • 00:25:51.120 --> 00:25:52.170
  • would you pray this
  • 00:25:52.170 --> 00:25:53.080
  • simple prayer with me?
  • 00:25:53.080 --> 00:25:54.090
  • This is actually
  • 00:25:54.090 --> 00:25:54.280
  • how you become a Christian.
  • 00:25:54.280 --> 00:25:56.190
  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:25:56.190 --> 00:25:58.000
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
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  • I realize I need you in my life.
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • to pay the price for all
  • 00:26:03.040 --> 00:26:04.080
  • my sins, and that you rose
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  • again from the grave proving
  • 00:26:05.250 --> 00:26:07.110
  • that you're God.
  • 00:26:07.110 --> 00:26:08.160
  • And now, I ask you, I invite you
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  • to come into my life, change me
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  • from within, be my Lord,
  • 00:26:11.270 --> 00:26:13.270
  • and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus,
  • 00:26:15.020 --> 00:26:15.220
  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:17.290 --> 00:26:18.270
  • we believe that Christ has come
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  • into your life, and that's what
  • 00:26:19.260 --> 00:26:21.090
  • it means to become a Christian.
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  • Thanks so much for being
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  • a part of our program today.
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  • We hope you have a great week.
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  • moving forward.
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  • As a thank you for your support
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  • some crazy, weird stuff.
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  • But he wants to reveal to you
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  • that he is available for
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  • whatever you need right now.
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