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Spy Stories: Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

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  • - Bil Cornelius: God did not
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  • call you to use someone else's
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  • strategy.
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  • God did not gift you to try
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  • to mimic someone else.
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  • He called you to be you.
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  • If you are not you,
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome,
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  • great to have you today.
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  • We're starting a brand new
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  • series today called
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  • "Spy Stories."
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  • This is going to be a really
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  • fun series.
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  • It's all the rage,
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  • and we love the stories of spies
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  • and espionage.
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  • It's so interesting to see
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  • how much Scripture there is
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  • on spies.
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  • There's actually quite a bit
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  • of stories around spies
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  • and espionage.
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  • And so, we're going to talk
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  • about one today that I've bet
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  • you've never heard of.
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  • If you have, then you're quite
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  • the Bible scholar to know
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  • this one.
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  • It's a great little story tucked
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  • away in the Book of Judges.
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  • If you've got your Bibles,
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  • you can turn with me
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  • to Judges chapter 3.
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  • We're talking about a guy
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  • named Ehud.
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  • Ehud was a guy who was
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  • on a special assignment
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  • from Israel from God.
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  • He was literally going to be
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  • an assassin for Israel.
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  • It's a great little story,
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  • but I'm going to warn you
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  • it's a little graphic,
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  • but it's really powerful
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  • what this guy pulls off.
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  • It's quite amazing.
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  • In the same way, you know, my
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  • favorite part about spy stories
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  • is just--it's not just the
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  • intrigue, it's just the
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  • boldness, the fact that these
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  • guys are willing to do stuff
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  • that just seems crazy.
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  • Men and women putting themselves
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  • in harm's way on purpose just
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  • seems so crazy, just so nuts,
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  • but people do it every day.
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  • In the same way, God wants us
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  • to take appropriate risks
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  • for the vision that he gave us
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  • for our lives.
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  • Pull out your notes
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  • if you would.
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  • Today, we're talking about
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  • how to make a bold move.
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  • And so, you know, we have
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  • a mission here at our church,
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  • and your mission,
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  • should you choose to accept it,
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  • is this: to take as many people
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  • to heaven as we can before
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  • we die, period.
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  • That's what we are all about
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  • as a church, that's what God
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  • has called us to do.
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  • And so, let's get started
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  • talking today about how we can
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  • make a bold move for the Lord.
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  • Now, before we jump
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  • into Judges chapter 3,
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  • let me explain something
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  • about Judges.
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  • Judges is another word
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  • for leaders, okay?
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  • So, when you see the word
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  • "judges," you typically think
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  • of a guy in a--you know,
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  • or a woman in--a woman
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  • or a man in a dark robe, right?
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  • With a gavel, banging down
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  • decisions that they make.
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  • You know, that's not what
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  • we're talking about here.
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  • Judges in this context
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  • means leaders.
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  • And so, God always raises up
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  • leaders for Israel when
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  • they are to come out of a time
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  • of distress.
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  • And so, in fact, there's a cycle
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  • that happens in Judges.
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  • And maybe you're
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  • in the middle of a cycle too.
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  • So, Israel honors God, then
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  • eventually they quit honoring
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  • God.
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  • They begin to ignore God.
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  • God warns them, they
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  • don't listen to the warning,
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  • then another land comes in
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  • and takes them over,
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  • and then they're enslaved.
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  • And then they eventually get
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  • so miserable being enslaved
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  • by another land that they
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  • cry out to God again, repent,
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  • and God raises up a deliverer,
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  • and sets them free again.
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  • So, then they're on top again,
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  • honoring God, but then
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  • eventually they quit honoring
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  • God, start to do their own
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  • thing, and they begin to get
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  • overtaken by another land.
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  • Then they get really miserable,
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  • and they begin to repent again.
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  • God honors them by bringing
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  • someone to set them free again,
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  • and now they're on top again.
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  • And this happens over and over
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  • and over again.
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  • This is the cycle of almost all
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  • of our lives that we honor God,
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  • but then we kind of forget him,
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  • and then we get into trouble.
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  • Then we repent, get right
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  • with God, and then we get back
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  • on top again, right?
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  • Where are you in this cycle?
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  • Where are you in this process?
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  • You will find yourself somewhere
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  • in the middle of this.
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  • Well, at this point,
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  • Israel is miserable.
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  • They have been submitted
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  • and subjected to another
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  • foreign king.
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  • And often times in the book of
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  • Judges, they were always taken
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  • over by countries less strong
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  • than they are.
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  • So, they let things weaker than
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  • them topple them, which is not
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  • a sign that they're weak,
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  • it's a sign that the Lord
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  • is not the Lord of their lives.
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  • And so, that's what happens
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  • in our lives too.
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  • Things that are weaker than
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  • us topple us when we're
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  • not honoring God.
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  • Check it out, Judges chapter 3,
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  • verse 14, let's look at
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  • this story.
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  • "And the Israelites served
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  • Eglon of Moab
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  • for eighteen years."
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  • So, they were in slavery
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  • to King Eglon of Moab.
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  • "But when people of Israel--when
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  • the people of Israel cried out
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  • to the Lord for help, the Lord
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  • again raised up a rescuer
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  • to save them.
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  • His name was Ehud son of Gera,
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  • a left-handed man of the tribe
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  • of Benjamin.
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  • The Israelites sent Ehud
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  • to deliver their tribute money
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  • to the King Eglon of Moab."
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  • So, here's what's going on.
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  • They are miserable serving this
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  • king that they should not
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  • be serving, submitted underneath
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  • another kingdom.
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  • Maybe you're miserable right now
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  • serving underneath the world's
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  • kingdom instead of serving
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  • the King of kings.
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  • Maybe you have found yourself
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  • subject to a habit,
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  • a besetting sin, a struggle,
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  • or just circumstances
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  • in general.
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  • And you say,
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  • "God, I need your help."
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  • Well, the first step and the
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  • bold move in your life to change
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  • everything, number one,
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  • is always the same.
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  • Tell God about your problems.
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  • The first step is always
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  • the same for all of us,
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  • to tell God about our problems.
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  • When God, by the way,
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  • makes a plan, he always
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  • chooses a man or a woman.
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  • And so, God raises up Ehud
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  • to be a difference maker.
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  • Maybe God's raising you up to
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  • be a difference maker
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  • in your context.
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  • Maybe in your family,
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  • maybe in your work environment,
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  • in your ministry,
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  • God is raising you up to be
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  • the difference maker.
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  • So, let's see what God does.
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  • He raises up--he raises up
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  • a rescuer to help Israel.
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  • It says here, look what happens
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  • next, verse 16, "So Ehud made
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  • a double-edged dagger
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  • that was about a foot long."
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  • That is a long knife, right?
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  • That's a scary knife.
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  • "And he strapped it to his
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  • right thigh, keeping it hidden
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  • under his clothing.
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  • He brought the tribute money
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  • to Eglon, who was very fat."
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  • So, the king that they serve
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  • was a big guy.
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  • He was a fat guy,
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  • he was very--he was just
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  • morbidly obese, okay?
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  • So, it says here though,
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  • this is interesting that Ehud
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  • chose a weapon.
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  • He had a weapon of choice
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  • that would help him fight
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  • this victory for this victory to
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  • get out from under the slavery
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  • of this king.
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  • So, it says he was left-handed,
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  • so it makes sense then
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  • that he would have his knife,
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  • his dagger on his right thigh
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  • so he could lift up his skirt
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  • if you will, right, his robe,
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  • lift it up and get this dagger
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  • quickly, and be ready to fight,
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  • okay?
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  • So, this weapon fit him
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  • well since he was left-handed to
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  • have it on his right-hand side.
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  • If he was right-handed, he'd
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  • have it on his left-hand side,
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  • right?
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  • What does this tell you and me
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  • today about making a bold move
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  • in our lives?
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  • Number two, would you write
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  • this down?
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  • Choose your weapon to win with.
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  • God has given every one of us
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  • a weapon to win with.
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  • If you told me, "I'm trying
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  • to lose weight," I would say,
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  • "What's your weapon?
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  • Tell me the diet you're going
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  • to go on, tell me the exercise
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  • equipment you're going to wear
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  • out, tell me what you're
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  • going to do," right?
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  • I want to know your weapon.
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  • What's your weapon of choice,
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  • rowing?
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  • Is it jogging?
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  • Is it swimming?
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  • Is it running a marathon,
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  • a half marathon?
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  • Is it joining a gym and getting
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  • a trainer?
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  • What's your weapon of choice?
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  • So, the weapon is always
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  • geared towards the victory
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  • you're looking for.
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  • Choose your weapon to win with.
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  • What is your vehicle of choice?
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  • What is your game plan going
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  • to be?
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  • Now, there are three parts
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  • to your weapon.
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  • You may want to write this down
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  • real quick.
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  • Let me give you A, B, C here,
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  • three parts to your weapon.
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  • The first is the element
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  • of surprise,
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  • the element of surprise.
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  • So, here's what Ehud
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  • was going to do.
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  • He was going to attack Eglon the
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  • king, and the way he was going
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  • to do it would be to surprise
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  • him, right?
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  • And so, if he would have pulled
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  • his knife out in front of all
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  • of the security officers,
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  • it would have been over
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  • before it started, right?
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  • They would have taken him out,
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  • it would have been done.
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  • But he knew, "If I can get close
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  • to him without anyone else
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  • around, I can have my dagger on
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  • me, and I can do a close combat,
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  • quick victory."
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  • And so, it was going to be the
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  • element of surprise was going
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  • to be a part of his victory.
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  • You know, surprise people
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  • with how good your
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  • customer service is.
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  • Surprise your spouse with
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  • how much you care for them.
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  • Surprise your family
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  • by cleaning up the house.
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  • Surprise God by showing up
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  • to him each morning and saying,
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  • "God, I love you,
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  • and I want to be with you,
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  • and I just want to spend time
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  • with you."
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  • The element of surprise
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  • is a powerful thing.
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  • It's simple, but it's powerful.
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  • Overwhelming presence of who you
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  • are when you surprise people,
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  • right, by what you do.
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  • And so, what that really is
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  • is just overwhelming them.
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  • It's important.
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  • You know, even our government,
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  • even our country knows about
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  • this, and this is why one of the
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  • wars we fought years ago,
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  • we called it shock and awe.
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  • We wanted to surprise people by
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  • the power that we could bring.
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  • The display of force was so
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  • overwhelming that it brought
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  • immediate victory.it brought
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  • Literally within hours,
  • 00:08:08.160 --> 00:08:10.000
  • we had gained victory.
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  • The second thing about your
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  • weapon should be--it should be
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  • a weapon that matches you.
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  • David did not fight Goliath
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  • on his terms.
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  • He did not go fight him
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  • hand-on-hand combat.
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  • He would have lost.
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  • Goliath was a huge man.
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  • There's no way he was going
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  • to win that battle.
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  • So, instead he ran towards him,
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  • but not all the way up to him,
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  • and he used his rock,
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  • which was his weapon of choice.
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  • He was good at slinging a rock.
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  • Let me ask you something,
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  • what are you good at?
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  • You should always apply
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  • what you're good at to your
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  • bad situation.
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  • You see, Ehud's faith got him
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  • in to see the king, and his gift
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  • is the one that gave him
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  • the victory, though.
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  • So, he was gifted with a knife,
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  • but his faith to use a knife
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  • was important.
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  • You can have faith,
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  • but without a developed gift,
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  • you won't go very far.
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  • You can have an incredibly
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  • developed gift, but without
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  • faith, you won't ever attempt
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  • anything.
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  • So, you need the faith
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  • to attempt and the gift
  • 00:08:57.040 --> 00:08:58.130
  • to take you there.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • It's not one or the other,
  • 00:09:00.120 --> 00:09:01.040
  • it's both.
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  • And so, a weapon that matches
  • 00:09:01.240 --> 00:09:03.090
  • you.
  • 00:09:03.090 --> 00:09:04.020
  • What are you gifted at?
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  • This is important.
  • 00:09:05.050 --> 00:09:06.040
  • God did not call you to use
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  • someone else's strategy.
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  • God did not gift you to try
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  • to mimic someone else.
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  • He called you to be you.
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  • If you are not you,
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  • no one else will be.
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  • You got to be comfortable,
  • 00:09:22.220 --> 00:09:24.100
  • you got to be comfortable
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  • in your own skin with the way
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  • God made you to be.
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  • The third part here of
  • 00:09:28.230 --> 00:09:29.280
  • your weapon is it's something
  • 00:09:29.280 --> 00:09:31.140
  • that works fast.
  • 00:09:31.140 --> 00:09:33.120
  • It's something that works fast.
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  • What can you do that would
  • 00:09:36.040 --> 00:09:37.260
  • get you immediate results?
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  • Not later, but now.
  • 00:09:40.110 --> 00:09:42.190
  • God wants you to do something
  • 00:09:42.190 --> 00:09:43.240
  • today to get you results today.
  • 00:09:43.240 --> 00:09:46.130
  • Oftentimes, I pray this prayer.
  • 00:09:46.130 --> 00:09:47.100
  • "God, there's all kinds of
  • 00:09:47.100 --> 00:09:48.270
  • different possibilities on how
  • 00:09:48.270 --> 00:09:50.010
  • I could solve this problem
  • 00:09:50.010 --> 00:09:51.090
  • in my life, how I could gain
  • 00:09:51.090 --> 00:09:52.040
  • some momentum in my life.
  • 00:09:52.040 --> 00:09:53.070
  • But Lord,
  • 00:09:53.070 --> 00:09:54.000
  • what is the exponential idea?"
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  • If you've got 20 or 30 problems
  • 00:09:56.090 --> 00:09:57.130
  • you're facing, what's the one
  • 00:09:57.130 --> 00:09:58.120
  • thing I could do that would
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:09:59.140
  • solve half of those?
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:01.090
  • So, here's the exponential
  • 00:10:01.090 --> 00:10:01.280
  • answer for Ehud was this.
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:03.000
  • There's this king,
  • 00:10:03.000 --> 00:10:04.070
  • he rules our land.
  • 00:10:04.070 --> 00:10:05.170
  • We all have to pay him tribute.
  • 00:10:05.170 --> 00:10:07.030
  • He has a--he has an army that
  • 00:10:07.030 --> 00:10:08.160
  • we--that we're all intimidated
  • 00:10:08.160 --> 00:10:09.210
  • by.
  • 00:10:09.210 --> 00:10:10.140
  • But if I could take out
  • 00:10:10.140 --> 00:10:11.070
  • the king, if I can just kill the
  • 00:10:11.070 --> 00:10:13.040
  • king, if I can assassinate
  • 00:10:13.040 --> 00:10:14.160
  • the man, then there will be such
  • 00:10:14.160 --> 00:10:16.060
  • chaos in the ranks as to who's
  • 00:10:16.060 --> 00:10:17.290
  • in charge, that'll give us time
  • 00:10:17.290 --> 00:10:20.100
  • to then come after them
  • 00:10:20.100 --> 00:10:21.240
  • and take them out.
  • 00:10:21.240 --> 00:10:23.090
  • So, he realized that was
  • 00:10:23.090 --> 00:10:24.030
  • the exponential answer was
  • 00:10:24.030 --> 00:10:25.120
  • to take out the head of state.
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  • If we can take him out,
  • 00:10:27.200 --> 00:10:29.100
  • it changes everything.
  • 00:10:29.100 --> 00:10:30.140
  • Is it any wonder that they've
  • 00:10:30.140 --> 00:10:31.130
  • made international law
  • 00:10:31.130 --> 00:10:32.230
  • that says this is illegal now?
  • 00:10:32.230 --> 00:10:33.260
  • Why?
  • 00:10:33.260 --> 00:10:34.240
  • Because it's such chaos when
  • 00:10:34.240 --> 00:10:36.180
  • the head of state is taken out.
  • 00:10:36.180 --> 00:10:39.050
  • Now, this is important, though,
  • 00:10:39.050 --> 00:10:40.060
  • there's a world of difference
  • 00:10:40.060 --> 00:10:41.000
  • between a good idea
  • 00:10:41.000 --> 00:10:41.220
  • and a God idea.
  • 00:10:41.220 --> 00:10:42.290
  • You need to make sure
  • 00:10:42.290 --> 00:10:43.230
  • this is God leading you
  • 00:10:43.230 --> 00:10:44.240
  • and not just a good idea, like,
  • 00:10:44.240 --> 00:10:45.240
  • "Oh, that'd be cool.
  • 00:10:45.240 --> 00:10:47.000
  • That'd be kind of neat."
  • 00:10:47.000 --> 00:10:48.010
  • Well no, that can also lead you
  • 00:10:48.010 --> 00:10:49.010
  • in the wrong direction.
  • 00:10:49.010 --> 00:10:50.010
  • What is God specifically telling
  • 00:10:50.010 --> 00:10:53.010
  • you to do, and how to do it,
  • 00:10:53.010 --> 00:10:55.180
  • and when to do it?
  • 00:10:55.180 --> 00:10:56.290
  • Follow his instructions.
  • 00:10:56.290 --> 00:10:59.000
  • God will lead you.
  • 00:10:59.000 --> 00:11:00.260
  • But there's a certain weapon
  • 00:11:00.260 --> 00:11:01.230
  • that fits your hands well.
  • 00:11:01.230 --> 00:11:04.130
  • And so, what did God create you
  • 00:11:04.130 --> 00:11:06.080
  • do to?
  • 00:11:06.080 --> 00:11:07.120
  • And what are you gifted
  • 00:11:07.120 --> 00:11:08.140
  • at doing?
  • 00:11:08.140 --> 00:11:09.130
  • Do those things and a multitude
  • 00:11:09.130 --> 00:11:11.280
  • of problems go away if you begin
  • 00:11:11.280 --> 00:11:13.060
  • to use your gifts.
  • 00:11:13.060 --> 00:11:14.220
  • What has God called you to do,
  • 00:11:14.220 --> 00:11:16.220
  • and equipped and gifted you
  • 00:11:16.220 --> 00:11:17.150
  • to do?
  • 00:11:17.150 --> 00:11:18.120
  • Judges chapter 3, verse 18,
  • 00:11:18.120 --> 00:11:19.140
  • look what happens next.
  • 00:11:19.140 --> 00:11:20.200
  • "After delivering the payment,"
  • 00:11:20.200 --> 00:11:22.010
  • so he brought a bunch of food,
  • 00:11:22.010 --> 00:11:23.150
  • and money,
  • 00:11:23.150 --> 00:11:24.220
  • and stuff to the king, right?
  • 00:11:24.220 --> 00:11:25.290
  • "Here, king, we're bringing
  • 00:11:25.290 --> 00:11:27.010
  • all this tribute to you.
  • 00:11:27.010 --> 00:11:28.030
  • We're paying our taxes,
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:29.020
  • we're bringing all this.
  • 00:11:29.020 --> 00:11:29.280
  • This is what's due to you,
  • 00:11:29.280 --> 00:11:31.030
  • here you go," right?
  • 00:11:31.030 --> 00:11:31.260
  • So, he gives it to him.
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:32.200
  • Says that after delivering
  • 00:11:32.200 --> 00:11:33.150
  • the payment, Ehud started home
  • 00:11:33.150 --> 00:11:34.160
  • with those who had helped carry
  • 00:11:34.160 --> 00:11:35.130
  • the tribute.
  • 00:11:35.130 --> 00:11:36.080
  • There was so much food,
  • 00:11:36.080 --> 00:11:37.000
  • and so much money,
  • 00:11:37.000 --> 00:11:37.240
  • and so much stuff they brought
  • 00:11:37.240 --> 00:11:38.170
  • the king, he had a whole group
  • 00:11:38.170 --> 00:11:39.150
  • of people help him bring it.
  • 00:11:39.150 --> 00:11:41.110
  • It says, "But when Ehud reached
  • 00:11:41.110 --> 00:11:42.150
  • the stone idols near Gilgal,
  • 00:11:42.150 --> 00:11:44.080
  • he turned back.
  • 00:11:44.080 --> 00:11:45.120
  • He came to Eglon and said, 'I
  • 00:11:45.120 --> 00:11:47.010
  • have a secret message for you.'
  • 00:11:47.010 --> 00:11:49.150
  • So the king commanded
  • 00:11:49.150 --> 00:11:50.160
  • his servants, 'Be quiet,' and he
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:51.200
  • sent them all out of the room."
  • 00:11:51.200 --> 00:11:53.020
  • This king makes one of the
  • 00:11:53.020 --> 00:11:55.020
  • dumbest moves you could make.
  • 00:11:55.020 --> 00:11:56.260
  • He is now with someone that is
  • 00:11:56.260 --> 00:11:58.110
  • not a part of his army, alone,
  • 00:11:58.110 --> 00:11:59.160
  • and he sends all of his security
  • 00:11:59.160 --> 00:12:01.000
  • out.
  • 00:12:01.000 --> 00:12:02.060
  • This is a foolish move.
  • 00:12:02.060 --> 00:12:04.050
  • He has no security with him
  • 00:12:04.050 --> 00:12:06.070
  • at this moment.
  • 00:12:06.070 --> 00:12:08.020
  • And so, now is the perfect
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:09.090
  • place, the perfect time
  • 00:12:09.090 --> 00:12:11.140
  • to take out the king.
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:12.250
  • It says, "Ehud walked over
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:14.060
  • to Eglon, who was sitting alone
  • 00:12:14.060 --> 00:12:16.060
  • in a cool upstairs room.
  • 00:12:16.060 --> 00:12:17.280
  • And Ehud said, 'I have a message
  • 00:12:17.280 --> 00:12:19.080
  • from God for you.'"
  • 00:12:19.080 --> 00:12:20.280
  • Boy did he ever, right?
  • 00:12:20.280 --> 00:12:22.270
  • And so he says, "As King Eglon
  • 00:12:22.270 --> 00:12:24.110
  • rose from his feet--from his
  • 00:12:24.110 --> 00:12:26.040
  • seat, Ehud reached with his
  • 00:12:26.040 --> 00:12:28.010
  • left hand, pulled out the dagger
  • 00:12:28.010 --> 00:12:29.190
  • strapped to his right thigh,
  • 00:12:29.190 --> 00:12:31.000
  • and plunged it into
  • 00:12:31.000 --> 00:12:31.270
  • the king's belly."
  • 00:12:31.270 --> 00:12:34.090
  • The it says, "The dagger went
  • 00:12:34.090 --> 00:12:35.080
  • so deep," forgive me for being
  • 00:12:35.080 --> 00:12:37.000
  • a little gross here, "that the
  • 00:12:37.000 --> 00:12:38.200
  • handle disappeared beneath
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:39.250
  • the king's fat.
  • 00:12:39.250 --> 00:12:41.050
  • So Ehud did not pull out the
  • 00:12:41.050 --> 00:12:43.000
  • dagger, and the king's bowels
  • 00:12:43.000 --> 00:12:45.110
  • emptied."
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:47.110
  • This is quite a picture,
  • 00:12:47.110 --> 00:12:48.010
  • is it not?
  • 00:12:48.010 --> 00:12:49.020
  • Like, wow, now that is a picture
  • 00:12:49.020 --> 00:12:51.040
  • of a moment.
  • 00:12:51.040 --> 00:12:51.290
  • This actually happened, right?
  • 00:12:51.290 --> 00:12:52.210
  • So, he takes his--another
  • 00:12:52.210 --> 00:12:53.200
  • translation says--again, forgive
  • 00:12:53.200 --> 00:12:54.190
  • me, but if the Bible teaches it,
  • 00:12:54.190 --> 00:12:55.200
  • we teach it, okay?
  • 00:12:55.200 --> 00:12:56.160
  • It says that he sunk the dagger
  • 00:12:56.160 --> 00:12:58.130
  • in so far, it went out his back.
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:13:00.190
  • Another translation says that,
  • 00:13:00.190 --> 00:13:02.040
  • that it poked out his back.
  • 00:13:02.040 --> 00:13:03.080
  • Went all went through him,
  • 00:13:03.080 --> 00:13:04.080
  • he pulled his hand out,
  • 00:13:04.080 --> 00:13:05.050
  • left the dagger in.
  • 00:13:05.050 --> 00:13:05.270
  • Now, let me tell you why
  • 00:13:05.270 --> 00:13:06.210
  • I want to bring this up.
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:07.170
  • He left the dagger in, okay?
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:09.020
  • This is important to understand
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:10.010
  • this.
  • 00:13:10.010 --> 00:13:10.210
  • There is a part of this
  • 00:13:10.210 --> 00:13:11.190
  • that he is now vulnerable.
  • 00:13:11.190 --> 00:13:13.070
  • He has no weapon with him.
  • 00:13:13.070 --> 00:13:14.200
  • He has just killed the king,
  • 00:13:14.200 --> 00:13:15.240
  • security is right outside the
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:16.220
  • door, he was no weapon with him.
  • 00:13:16.220 --> 00:13:17.140
  • And listen, anytime you make a
  • 00:13:17.140 --> 00:13:19.060
  • plan that God's leading you to,
  • 00:13:19.060 --> 00:13:20.120
  • there's still going to be
  • 00:13:20.120 --> 00:13:21.130
  • vulnerabilities.
  • 00:13:21.130 --> 00:13:23.040
  • There's still going to be
  • 00:13:23.040 --> 00:13:23.240
  • moments that you just have
  • 00:13:23.240 --> 00:13:24.210
  • to trust God.
  • 00:13:24.210 --> 00:13:25.210
  • If you're trying to create
  • 00:13:25.210 --> 00:13:26.260
  • a failsafe plan that doesn't
  • 00:13:26.260 --> 00:13:28.200
  • require trusting God,
  • 00:13:28.200 --> 00:13:29.250
  • the only way to have a plan that
  • 00:13:29.250 --> 00:13:31.000
  • doesn't require trusting God
  • 00:13:31.000 --> 00:13:32.050
  • is to not risk anything.
  • 00:13:32.050 --> 00:13:34.160
  • But if you're going to take
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:35.090
  • a risk, you're going to have
  • 00:13:35.090 --> 00:13:36.190
  • to trust God.
  • 00:13:36.190 --> 00:13:37.150
  • So, there was a moment here
  • 00:13:37.150 --> 00:13:38.080
  • he is weaponless, and he has
  • 00:13:38.080 --> 00:13:39.130
  • just assassinated the king,
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:40.290
  • and security's right outside
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:41.290
  • the door.
  • 00:13:41.290 --> 00:13:42.230
  • He is at a vulnerable spot, and
  • 00:13:42.230 --> 00:13:45.050
  • you will be too when you make
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:46.120
  • plans that God has for you.
  • 00:13:46.120 --> 00:13:47.190
  • But the reason why God wants us
  • 00:13:47.190 --> 00:13:49.130
  • to make plans where we're
  • 00:13:49.130 --> 00:13:50.150
  • vulnerable is because then we
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:51.190
  • have to trust in him.
  • 00:13:51.190 --> 00:13:53.050
  • We have to trust in the Lord.
  • 00:13:53.050 --> 00:13:55.240
  • This is important.
  • 00:13:55.240 --> 00:13:56.110
  • Number three, create a bold plan
  • 00:13:56.110 --> 00:13:58.120
  • that leads to victory.
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:14:00.160
  • Create a bold plan that leads
  • 00:14:00.160 --> 00:14:02.210
  • to victory.
  • 00:14:02.210 --> 00:14:04.180
  • Now, it says here that
  • 00:14:04.180 --> 00:14:05.190
  • the king's bowels emptied.
  • 00:14:05.190 --> 00:14:07.070
  • Can we just talk about crap
  • 00:14:07.070 --> 00:14:08.020
  • for a second?
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:11.140
  • Can you say that in church?
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:12.100
  • We just did.
  • 00:14:12.100 --> 00:14:13.150
  • It's okay,
  • 00:14:13.150 --> 00:14:14.090
  • it's in the Word of God, right?
  • 00:14:14.090 --> 00:14:15.020
  • Another translation uses
  • 00:14:15.020 --> 00:14:15.210
  • the word "dung," another one
  • 00:14:15.210 --> 00:14:16.190
  • uses "refuse."
  • 00:14:16.190 --> 00:14:18.000
  • I mean, it's all right there,
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:18.210
  • right?
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:19.160
  • It says here the king--now,
  • 00:14:19.160 --> 00:14:20.160
  • I don't know if you know about
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:21.200
  • this, but it's actually not
  • 00:14:21.200 --> 00:14:22.110
  • uncommon that when someone
  • 00:14:22.110 --> 00:14:23.110
  • is dying, their muscles relax,
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:25.150
  • and so this happens, right?
  • 00:14:25.150 --> 00:14:27.060
  • And so, his muscles relax,
  • 00:14:27.060 --> 00:14:28.150
  • and so he immediately lets go
  • 00:14:28.150 --> 00:14:29.170
  • of his bowels.
  • 00:14:29.170 --> 00:14:30.120
  • Now, I don't mean to be gross,
  • 00:14:30.120 --> 00:14:31.080
  • but I want to help you
  • 00:14:31.080 --> 00:14:31.270
  • with something right now.
  • 00:14:31.270 --> 00:14:32.250
  • You ever heard someone
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:33.200
  • be really nasty to you?
  • 00:14:33.200 --> 00:14:35.020
  • I mean really just they're
  • 00:14:35.020 --> 00:14:36.000
  • saying things, and they're doing
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:37.140
  • things, and you're like,
  • 00:14:37.140 --> 00:14:38.140
  • "Man, they are just crapping
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:39.130
  • all over me."
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:41.210
  • There's only one reason
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:42.240
  • why people do that, and that's
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:44.280
  • because they're experiencing, by
  • 00:14:44.280 --> 00:14:46.100
  • something you've done, a death.
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:49.200
  • Maybe you let--you know, people
  • 00:14:49.200 --> 00:14:50.220
  • will be nice to you if you're
  • 00:14:50.220 --> 00:14:51.220
  • the boss until you don't pay
  • 00:14:51.220 --> 00:14:52.130
  • them anymore.
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:53.090
  • All of a sudden, crap comes out
  • 00:14:53.090 --> 00:14:54.050
  • of their mouth you never thought
  • 00:14:54.050 --> 00:14:55.100
  • was there, right?
  • 00:14:55.100 --> 00:14:57.160
  • "Oh, you're going to fire me?
  • 00:14:57.160 --> 00:14:58.190
  • Well, let me tell you a thing
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:14:59.110
  • or two.
  • 00:14:59.110 --> 00:15:00.030
  • Boom, boom, boom, boom."
  • 00:15:00.030 --> 00:15:00.280
  • They just start dumping
  • 00:15:00.280 --> 00:15:02.010
  • all over you, right?
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:02.270
  • Unless you say, "Oh, there's
  • 00:15:02.270 --> 00:15:03.210
  • a severance," and they go,
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:04.150
  • "Oh, I really like you still.
  • 00:15:04.150 --> 00:15:05.140
  • I appreciate you."
  • 00:15:05.140 --> 00:15:08.040
  • Right?
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:09.090
  • And you have to sign here on the
  • 00:15:09.090 --> 00:15:10.050
  • severance that says you're not
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:11.060
  • going to talk bad, right, until
  • 00:15:11.060 --> 00:15:12.060
  • the severance is done, right?
  • 00:15:12.060 --> 00:15:13.090
  • Well, what are you doing?
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:14.220
  • You're saying I have to legally
  • 00:15:14.220 --> 00:15:16.040
  • get you bound up because
  • 00:15:16.040 --> 00:15:18.040
  • if I don't, you're going to crap
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:18.230
  • all over me and I know it.
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:19.200
  • Right?
  • 00:15:19.200 --> 00:15:21.000
  • That's how that works, right?
  • 00:15:21.000 --> 00:15:22.070
  • This is why, by the way,
  • 00:15:22.070 --> 00:15:23.120
  • that whoever leads the way,
  • 00:15:23.120 --> 00:15:24.170
  • maybe someone got first chair,
  • 00:15:24.170 --> 00:15:26.200
  • first string, first position,
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:28.040
  • first in sales,
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.090
  • and everyone else is dumping
  • 00:15:29.090 --> 00:15:30.110
  • all over you.
  • 00:15:30.110 --> 00:15:31.060
  • Why?
  • 00:15:31.060 --> 00:15:31.280
  • Because you just stole my dream.
  • 00:15:31.280 --> 00:15:34.040
  • And so, well, my dream just had
  • 00:15:34.040 --> 00:15:35.020
  • to die.
  • 00:15:35.020 --> 00:15:36.020
  • And when I--and when something
  • 00:15:36.020 --> 00:15:37.020
  • has to die, I just release it
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:38.050
  • all.
  • 00:15:38.050 --> 00:15:39.210
  • And so, maybe it helps
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:40.180
  • understand why someone seems
  • 00:15:40.180 --> 00:15:41.180
  • to be so nasty to you.
  • 00:15:41.180 --> 00:15:43.180
  • It's what you're doing to them.
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:44.150
  • You don't even realize you're
  • 00:15:44.150 --> 00:15:45.100
  • doing it.
  • 00:15:45.100 --> 00:15:46.030
  • You're not trying to, but there
  • 00:15:46.030 --> 00:15:47.070
  • may be a death going on that you
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:49.000
  • may not be aware of.
  • 00:15:49.000 --> 00:15:50.100
  • Now, this is important, look
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:51.030
  • what happens next in verse 23.
  • 00:15:51.030 --> 00:15:52.190
  • "Then Ehud closed and locked the
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:54.070
  • doors of the room and escaped
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:55.160
  • down the latrine."
  • 00:15:55.160 --> 00:15:56.250
  • The latrine is just basically
  • 00:15:56.250 --> 00:15:57.170
  • the pipe--basically, this is an
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:59.170
  • upstairs room where the king
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:00.160
  • would go to the restroom.
  • 00:16:00.160 --> 00:16:01.270
  • And so, there was a pipe that
  • 00:16:01.270 --> 00:16:02.200
  • went all the way down the back
  • 00:16:02.200 --> 00:16:03.220
  • of the room, and that was,
  • 00:16:03.220 --> 00:16:05.030
  • of course, the sewer pipe.
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:07.070
  • It says, "After Ehud was gone,
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:08.080
  • the king's servants returned
  • 00:16:08.080 --> 00:16:09.150
  • and found the doors
  • 00:16:09.150 --> 00:16:11.030
  • to the upstairs room locked.
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:12.020
  • They thought he might be using
  • 00:16:12.020 --> 00:16:13.220
  • the latrine in the room,
  • 00:16:13.220 --> 00:16:14.250
  • so they waited."
  • 00:16:14.250 --> 00:16:16.010
  • So, they smelled something.
  • 00:16:16.010 --> 00:16:17.040
  • "Eugh.
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:18.130
  • Oh wow, I guess the king
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.080
  • is relieving himself, right?
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:22.040
  • That has got to be what's going
  • 00:16:22.040 --> 00:16:23.090
  • on, wow, right?"
  • 00:16:23.090 --> 00:16:24.090
  • So they said, "We'll just wait.
  • 00:16:24.090 --> 00:16:25.070
  • He'll be out in a little bit,"
  • 00:16:25.070 --> 00:16:26.080
  • right?
  • 00:16:26.080 --> 00:16:27.150
  • So, they wait.
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:28.060
  • It says, "But when the king
  • 00:16:28.060 --> 00:16:29.020
  • didn't come out after a long
  • 00:16:29.020 --> 00:16:30.070
  • delay, they became concerned
  • 00:16:30.070 --> 00:16:31.090
  • and got a key.
  • 00:16:31.090 --> 00:16:32.120
  • And when the opened the door,
  • 00:16:32.120 --> 00:16:33.120
  • they found their master dead
  • 00:16:33.120 --> 00:16:34.270
  • on the floor.
  • 00:16:34.270 --> 00:16:36.020
  • While the servants were waiting,
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:36.270
  • Ehud escaped, passing the stone
  • 00:16:36.270 --> 00:16:38.210
  • idols on his way to Seirah."
  • 00:16:38.210 --> 00:16:40.210
  • This is unbelievable."
  • 00:16:40.210 --> 00:16:42.030
  • So, here's what happens, right?
  • 00:16:42.030 --> 00:16:43.130
  • He takes this knife.
  • 00:16:43.130 --> 00:16:44.240
  • He says, "I got a message
  • 00:16:44.240 --> 00:16:45.170
  • from the king for you."
  • 00:16:45.170 --> 00:16:46.120
  • Pulls a knife out,
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.020
  • "Here's the message," boom,
  • 00:16:47.020 --> 00:16:48.200
  • stabs his straight up the gut,
  • 00:16:48.200 --> 00:16:49.200
  • right?
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:50.220
  • All the way in, leaves the knife
  • 00:16:50.220 --> 00:16:52.220
  • in him, the king is--he's
  • 00:16:52.220 --> 00:16:53.220
  • freaking out, he immediately
  • 00:16:53.220 --> 00:16:55.100
  • tumbles over, literally craps
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:57.230
  • his pants.
  • 00:16:57.230 --> 00:16:58.190
  • Sorry, forgive me, I know.
  • 00:16:58.190 --> 00:16:59.230
  • And he literally--he's just left
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:01.210
  • in a bloody, crappy mess, right?
  • 00:17:01.210 --> 00:17:04.010
  • And so immediately Ehud,
  • 00:17:04.010 --> 00:17:05.010
  • what does he do?
  • 00:17:05.010 --> 00:17:05.280
  • He calmly walks over,
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:06.240
  • wipes up his hands, right?
  • 00:17:06.240 --> 00:17:08.010
  • Because he's got blood
  • 00:17:08.010 --> 00:17:08.270
  • all over them.
  • 00:17:08.270 --> 00:17:09.230
  • Locks the doors, goes out
  • 00:17:09.230 --> 00:17:11.060
  • to the back of--you know,
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:12.090
  • checks on the king.
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:13.070
  • Goes out to the back while
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:14.090
  • the king is laying there
  • 00:17:14.090 --> 00:17:15.060
  • dead on the floor,
  • 00:17:15.060 --> 00:17:16.080
  • and goes down out the window,
  • 00:17:16.080 --> 00:17:17.100
  • then he walks out of the kingdom
  • 00:17:17.100 --> 00:17:18.280
  • like nothing happened.
  • 00:17:18.280 --> 00:17:19.190
  • He was like, "Thanks guys,
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:20.160
  • you all have a good day."
  • 00:17:20.160 --> 00:17:22.170
  • Didn't even tell them,
  • 00:17:22.170 --> 00:17:23.030
  • "Oh, by the way,
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:23.260
  • I just assassinated your king."
  • 00:17:23.260 --> 00:17:25.160
  • I mean, he just calmly
  • 00:17:25.160 --> 00:17:27.020
  • goes on and does this.
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:28.000
  • I mean, you talk about guts,
  • 00:17:28.000 --> 00:17:29.270
  • you talk about someone who was
  • 00:17:29.270 --> 00:17:31.150
  • not afraid.
  • 00:17:31.150 --> 00:17:32.290
  • This guy is bold as it gets.
  • 00:17:32.290 --> 00:17:35.150
  • Crazy boldness going on
  • 00:17:35.150 --> 00:17:36.260
  • right here.
  • 00:17:36.260 --> 00:17:38.070
  • This is important for you and
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:39.030
  • I to remember, number four,
  • 00:17:39.030 --> 00:17:40.020
  • would you write this down?
  • 00:17:40.020 --> 00:17:41.030
  • When the crap hits the floor,
  • 00:17:41.220 --> 00:17:44.220
  • stay calm and continue
  • 00:17:44.220 --> 00:17:46.070
  • to execute the plan.
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:48.260
  • Can I tell you something?
  • 00:17:48.260 --> 00:17:50.130
  • Every one of us are going to
  • 00:17:50.130 --> 00:17:51.030
  • make big plans that God has
  • 00:17:51.030 --> 00:17:52.030
  • for us, and those plans
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:53.130
  • are from God.
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:54.260
  • But please remember this,
  • 00:17:54.260 --> 00:17:56.130
  • there is always going to be
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:17:57.210
  • a moment when the crap
  • 00:17:57.210 --> 00:17:58.190
  • hits the floor.
  • 00:17:58.190 --> 00:18:00.130
  • If you think, "Well, I was going
  • 00:18:00.130 --> 00:18:01.230
  • to go to college and get my
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:02.260
  • degree, but then it got hard."
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:05.070
  • Right, did you not think
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:05.290
  • it was going to get hard?
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:07.140
  • "Well, it's expensive, and I had
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:08.280
  • this professor that was a real
  • 00:18:08.280 --> 00:18:09.250
  • pain."
  • 00:18:09.250 --> 00:18:10.230
  • Right, we all had that.
  • 00:18:10.230 --> 00:18:12.020
  • That's called college.
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:14.050
  • And so, if you let that stop
  • 00:18:14.050 --> 00:18:15.130
  • you, you'll never get your
  • 00:18:15.130 --> 00:18:16.120
  • degree.
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:17.030
  • "Oh, I started this career,
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:17.270
  • but all of a sudden the economy
  • 00:18:17.270 --> 00:18:19.060
  • went bad."
  • 00:18:19.060 --> 00:18:20.040
  • Yeah, that's going to happen
  • 00:18:20.040 --> 00:18:20.260
  • in any career you choose.
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:22.040
  • The crap's going to hit
  • 00:18:22.040 --> 00:18:22.280
  • the floor, right?
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:23.280
  • The oil price is going to
  • 00:18:23.280 --> 00:18:24.270
  • hit the floor.
  • 00:18:24.270 --> 00:18:26.030
  • And guess what?
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:26.260
  • You keep on going, right?
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:28.040
  • "I entered the real estate
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:28.280
  • market when everything was up."
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:30.000
  • That's when everyone enters
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:30.230
  • the real estate market.
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:31.180
  • "But now this thing falls
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:32.140
  • apart."
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:32.290
  • Guess what?
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:33.210
  • The market always falls
  • 00:18:33.210 --> 00:18:34.140
  • to the floor.
  • 00:18:34.140 --> 00:18:35.060
  • Guess what?
  • 00:18:35.060 --> 00:18:35.290
  • Stay at it.
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:36.190
  • Why?
  • 00:18:36.190 --> 00:18:37.140
  • Because you have a plan
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:38.110
  • you're executing.
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:39.000
  • If you quit the moment something
  • 00:18:39.000 --> 00:18:39.260
  • bad happens, you'll quit
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:40.170
  • everything in your life.
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:42.170
  • If you quit your career
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:43.160
  • the moment things get hard,
  • 00:18:43.160 --> 00:18:44.130
  • you'll never have--your career
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:45.100
  • will look like a patch quilt.
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:47.150
  • I was this for a while,
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:48.130
  • then that, then this and that
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:49.110
  • and that.
  • 00:18:49.110 --> 00:18:50.090
  • Every time something got hard,
  • 00:18:50.090 --> 00:18:50.270
  • I quit.
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:51.190
  • Or if you could have
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:52.140
  • a relationship, every time
  • 00:18:52.140 --> 00:18:53.020
  • it gets hard, you'll always
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:54.000
  • quit a relationship.
  • 00:18:54.000 --> 00:18:55.040
  • If you divorce the moment you
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:56.130
  • have a bad year--never decide
  • 00:18:56.130 --> 00:18:57.200
  • whether you're getting divorced
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:18:58.210
  • in a bad year.
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:18:59.120
  • You'll always say yes.
  • 00:18:59.120 --> 00:19:01.280
  • You decided the day you said,
  • 00:19:01.280 --> 00:19:02.290
  • "Till death do us part,"
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:04.060
  • what you were going to do.
  • 00:19:04.060 --> 00:19:05.230
  • Now stick to your decision.
  • 00:19:05.230 --> 00:19:07.160
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:19:07.160 --> 00:19:08.270
  • You've got to learn to do
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:10.000
  • whatever God leads you to do
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:11.070
  • in season and out of season,
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:12.290
  • whether everything's going great
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:14.290
  • or the crap proverbially
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:15.210
  • hits the floor.
  • 00:19:15.210 --> 00:19:16.260
  • Are you going to hang in there?
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:18.250
  • In the words of the great
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:20.110
  • theologian Mike Tyson,
  • 00:19:20.110 --> 00:19:22.130
  • he once said, "Every fighter
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:26.030
  • got a plan 'til he get hit."
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:29.170
  • Is that not a great quote
  • 00:19:29.170 --> 00:19:30.130
  • or what?
  • 00:19:30.130 --> 00:19:31.170
  • Every fighter got a plan
  • 00:19:31.170 --> 00:19:32.280
  • 'til he get hit.
  • 00:19:32.280 --> 00:19:33.240
  • Oh, we all have plans until we
  • 00:19:33.240 --> 00:19:34.210
  • get hit, until something goes
  • 00:19:34.210 --> 00:19:36.090
  • wrong, until things go bad,
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:38.090
  • until we get betrayed, until
  • 00:19:38.090 --> 00:19:39.290
  • someone hurts our feelings.
  • 00:19:39.290 --> 00:19:41.110
  • We all had plans to honor God
  • 00:19:41.110 --> 00:19:42.240
  • until, all of a sudden,
  • 00:19:42.240 --> 00:19:44.120
  • something I didn't expect
  • 00:19:44.120 --> 00:19:45.090
  • happens.
  • 00:19:45.090 --> 00:19:46.160
  • I wasn't--I didn't see that
  • 00:19:46.160 --> 00:19:47.120
  • coming.
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:48.190
  • You know what?
  • 00:19:48.190 --> 00:19:49.120
  • That's going to happen
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:50.030
  • all of our lives.
  • 00:19:50.030 --> 00:19:51.030
  • You just got to continue
  • 00:19:51.030 --> 00:19:52.030
  • to execute the plan that God
  • 00:19:52.030 --> 00:19:54.020
  • gave you.
  • 00:19:54.020 --> 00:19:55.060
  • You know, I want to tell
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:55.270
  • a quick story.
  • 00:19:55.270 --> 00:19:56.240
  • I've shared before,
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:57.190
  • but it's such a powerful story
  • 00:19:57.190 --> 00:19:58.120
  • I want to share it again.
  • 00:19:58.120 --> 00:19:59.210
  • Years ago, my family,
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:01.150
  • we went on sort of one of those
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:02.170
  • lifetime vacations.
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:04.180
  • You know, we vacation every year
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:05.070
  • somewhere, but normally
  • 00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:06.150
  • it's kind of the same place.
  • 00:20:06.150 --> 00:20:07.160
  • We have a friend that has
  • 00:20:07.160 --> 00:20:08.240
  • a condo he lets us use for free,
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:10.010
  • and so that's obviously
  • 00:20:10.010 --> 00:20:11.000
  • an easy choice.
  • 00:20:11.000 --> 00:20:12.010
  • You always go there, it's free,
  • 00:20:12.010 --> 00:20:12.290
  • you know?
  • 00:20:12.290 --> 00:20:13.190
  • And it's really nice, and so we
  • 00:20:13.190 --> 00:20:14.160
  • go, and it's always fun.
  • 00:20:14.160 --> 00:20:15.140
  • But this particular year,
  • 00:20:15.140 --> 00:20:16.250
  • my wife had been asking me,
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:18.070
  • actually for almost 20 years
  • 00:20:18.070 --> 00:20:19.060
  • now.
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:20.020
  • She said, "I want to,
  • 00:20:20.020 --> 00:20:20.230
  • for our 20th, to take the kids
  • 00:20:20.230 --> 00:20:22.230
  • and all of us go to Hawaii."
  • 00:20:22.230 --> 00:20:24.160
  • So, I've been putting this
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:25.160
  • off and putting this off.
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:26.040
  • And 20 year came and went,
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:27.190
  • and so a year later I was like,
  • 00:20:27.190 --> 00:20:29.040
  • "All right, we need to do this.
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:30.060
  • I told you I would do this.
  • 00:20:30.060 --> 00:20:31.100
  • We're going to do it."
  • 00:20:31.100 --> 00:20:32.040
  • So, ponied up the money,
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:34.010
  • you know, used all the points
  • 00:20:34.010 --> 00:20:35.000
  • we could and everything else,
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:36.040
  • and then, you know,
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:36.270
  • the rest was cash.
  • 00:20:36.270 --> 00:20:37.240
  • We went to Hawaii.
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:38.240
  • You know, had a great time.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:39.270
  • So, we're there with our kids
  • 00:20:39.270 --> 00:20:40.240
  • having a good time, and my wife
  • 00:20:40.240 --> 00:20:41.200
  • had kind of scheduled out the
  • 00:20:41.200 --> 00:20:42.110
  • whole time that we were there.
  • 00:20:42.110 --> 00:20:43.200
  • And it was a beautiful island
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:45.130
  • we were staying on.
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:46.150
  • And about halfway through the
  • 00:20:46.150 --> 00:20:47.160
  • week, she had scheduled us to
  • 00:20:47.160 --> 00:20:49.000
  • go on a tour of these incredible
  • 00:20:49.000 --> 00:20:51.170
  • rain forests, right?
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:53.060
  • So, we meet up with this lady,
  • 00:20:53.060 --> 00:20:55.150
  • and there's three or four other
  • 00:20:55.150 --> 00:20:56.120
  • families with us to keep
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:20:57.090
  • the price down.
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:20:58.010
  • And so, she walks us through
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:20:58.290
  • the rainforest, and stops us at
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:00.130
  • different places, and we jump in
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:01.120
  • the waterfalls, and swing into
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:02.090
  • the water, and we eat different
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:04.080
  • fruits, you know,
  • 00:21:04.080 --> 00:21:05.050
  • from the actual trees,
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:05.280
  • and plants, and shrubberies.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:06.260
  • And it was really a cool
  • 00:21:06.260 --> 00:21:08.050
  • experience, right?
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:09.020
  • So, we're going through it,
  • 00:21:09.020 --> 00:21:09.270
  • just enjoying ourselves.
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:10.260
  • And on the way out of the
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:12.020
  • rainforest, we stop at this
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:13.170
  • one last stop and she shows us
  • 00:21:13.170 --> 00:21:15.010
  • this plant.
  • 00:21:15.010 --> 00:21:16.110
  • She pulls some of the fruit
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:17.070
  • off of it and breaks it open.
  • 00:21:17.070 --> 00:21:18.060
  • It looks totally weird, like
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:19.040
  • nothing I've seen in my local
  • 00:21:19.040 --> 00:21:20.050
  • grocery store, you know.
  • 00:21:20.050 --> 00:21:21.210
  • And she goes, "This is really
  • 00:21:21.210 --> 00:21:22.120
  • good, though, try it."
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:23.100
  • And she pulls a piece off,
  • 00:21:23.100 --> 00:21:23.290
  • and she eats it.
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:24.200
  • So, I'm like,
  • 00:21:24.200 --> 00:21:25.150
  • "Okay, she didn't die.
  • 00:21:25.150 --> 00:21:26.020
  • I'll try it," right?
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:26.260
  • So, then I take a piece, I eat
  • 00:21:26.260 --> 00:21:28.100
  • it, then she passes it around
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:29.150
  • and everyone gets a little
  • 00:21:29.150 --> 00:21:30.040
  • piece, and it was really good.
  • 00:21:30.040 --> 00:21:31.070
  • And so, she told me what kind
  • 00:21:31.070 --> 00:21:31.260
  • of tree it was.
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:32.270
  • I can't remember, it was
  • 00:21:32.270 --> 00:21:33.210
  • some kind of different form
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:34.210
  • of a mango tree.
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:35.150
  • I don't know what it was,
  • 00:21:35.150 --> 00:21:36.040
  • but it's something like that.
  • 00:21:36.040 --> 00:21:37.070
  • And so, she shows me this one,
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:37.290
  • and I just casually ask a
  • 00:21:37.290 --> 00:21:39.090
  • question, not preparing to hear
  • 00:21:39.090 --> 00:21:41.270
  • what she told me because what
  • 00:21:41.270 --> 00:21:43.100
  • she told me was like really,
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:44.080
  • really cool.
  • 00:21:44.080 --> 00:21:45.070
  • She had no idea I was
  • 00:21:45.070 --> 00:21:45.290
  • a preacher, she had no idea how
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:47.000
  • this would--what this would mean
  • 00:21:47.000 --> 00:21:48.180
  • to me, and how I could share
  • 00:21:48.180 --> 00:21:50.000
  • this with you one day.
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:51.080
  • And I said, "Hey, just casually,
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:52.120
  • I'm just curious, how much
  • 00:21:52.120 --> 00:21:53.240
  • fruit will this produce?"
  • 00:21:53.240 --> 00:21:55.040
  • And she said, "This one's not
  • 00:21:55.040 --> 00:21:56.040
  • going to produce much fruit."
  • 00:21:56.040 --> 00:21:57.130
  • I said, "Oh, okay, why?"
  • 00:21:57.130 --> 00:21:59.080
  • And she goes, "Well, because
  • 00:21:59.080 --> 00:22:00.030
  • of where it's located,
  • 00:22:00.030 --> 00:22:00.280
  • it's just not going to put out
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:01.200
  • all of its seed."
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:03.080
  • I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:04.030
  • She goes, "Well, look here."
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:04.290
  • She goes, "See, you see how
  • 00:22:04.290 --> 00:22:05.290
  • shaded it is because we're still
  • 00:22:05.290 --> 00:22:06.250
  • in the rainforest?"
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:07.160
  • I was like, "Yeah."
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:08.060
  • She goes, "And there's water
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:08.290
  • dripping all over this,
  • 00:22:08.290 --> 00:22:09.220
  • so this tree's pretty
  • 00:22:09.220 --> 00:22:10.290
  • comfortable, so it's really not
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:12.000
  • going to put out a whole lot
  • 00:22:12.000 --> 00:22:12.290
  • of fruit.
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:13.270
  • It doesn't need to."
  • 00:22:13.270 --> 00:22:15.040
  • But she goes, "But come here."
  • 00:22:15.040 --> 00:22:15.290
  • Then she leads us out into
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:17.120
  • this--because we're right at
  • 00:22:17.120 --> 00:22:18.190
  • the edge of the rainforest,
  • 00:22:18.190 --> 00:22:19.110
  • out of the rainforest
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:20.030
  • and into this open field,
  • 00:22:20.030 --> 00:22:21.140
  • where it's all nice and hot.
  • 00:22:21.140 --> 00:22:22.180
  • And there's this one little
  • 00:22:22.180 --> 00:22:23.290
  • raggedy tree.
  • 00:22:23.290 --> 00:22:24.280
  • She goes, "Now, this one
  • 00:22:24.280 --> 00:22:26.030
  • will produce 20 times the fruit
  • 00:22:26.030 --> 00:22:28.030
  • of that one."
  • 00:22:28.030 --> 00:22:28.280
  • I said, "Why?"
  • 00:22:28.280 --> 00:22:29.290
  • She goes, "Oh, it's easy.
  • 00:22:29.290 --> 00:22:30.290
  • See, this one doesn't have
  • 00:22:30.290 --> 00:22:31.270
  • the comfort of being covered
  • 00:22:31.270 --> 00:22:33.050
  • by the rainforest.
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:34.170
  • And so, the sun is bearing down
  • 00:22:34.170 --> 00:22:36.100
  • on it, and it thinks it's going
  • 00:22:36.100 --> 00:22:37.230
  • to die, so it goes into survival
  • 00:22:37.230 --> 00:22:39.230
  • mode and just puts out all
  • 00:22:39.230 --> 00:22:41.220
  • of its fruit."
  • 00:22:44.150 --> 00:22:47.150
  • I wonder if we thought this
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:49.210
  • problem we're facing was meant
  • 00:22:49.210 --> 00:22:52.020
  • to hurt us when actually God was
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:54.150
  • saying, "I'm going to get you to
  • 00:22:54.150 --> 00:22:56.130
  • the point where you think
  • 00:22:56.130 --> 00:22:57.100
  • you're going to die.
  • 00:22:57.100 --> 00:22:59.100
  • Because when you get
  • 00:22:59.100 --> 00:23:00.080
  • that desperate for the Lord, and
  • 00:23:00.080 --> 00:23:02.040
  • that desperate to fulfill your
  • 00:23:02.040 --> 00:23:03.090
  • purpose, you will put out
  • 00:23:03.090 --> 00:23:05.040
  • You see, the reason why Ehud was
  • 00:23:13.180 --> 00:23:16.180
  • willing to risk it all is the
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:17.270
  • same reason why our SEAL team 6
  • 00:23:17.270 --> 00:23:19.110
  • risked it all.
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:20.270
  • It's real simple,
  • 00:23:20.270 --> 00:23:21.260
  • for God and country.
  • 00:23:21.260 --> 00:23:24.040
  • They went on a suicide mission.
  • 00:23:24.040 --> 00:23:25.140
  • Most of them did not die,
  • 00:23:25.140 --> 00:23:27.060
  • thank the Lord.
  • 00:23:27.060 --> 00:23:28.100
  • Ehud went on a suicide mission,
  • 00:23:28.100 --> 00:23:29.170
  • he did not die, though.
  • 00:23:29.170 --> 00:23:31.120
  • But it was worth the risk
  • 00:23:31.120 --> 00:23:32.080
  • because he refused to live below
  • 00:23:32.080 --> 00:23:34.070
  • his potential any longer.
  • 00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:37.110
  • That's what makes you and
  • 00:23:37.110 --> 00:23:38.110
  • I take risks is that you finally
  • 00:23:38.110 --> 00:23:39.240
  • realize the riskiest thing
  • 00:23:39.240 --> 00:23:41.090
  • in the world is to never
  • 00:23:41.090 --> 00:23:42.110
  • take risks.
  • 00:23:42.110 --> 00:23:44.230
  • Last Scripture I want to share
  • 00:23:44.230 --> 00:23:45.130
  • with you today, "When he arrived
  • 00:23:45.130 --> 00:23:46.270
  • in the hill country of Ephraim,
  • 00:23:46.270 --> 00:23:48.030
  • Ehud sounded a call to arms.
  • 00:23:48.030 --> 00:23:49.210
  • Then he led a band of Israelites
  • 00:23:49.210 --> 00:23:52.010
  • down from the hills.
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:53.030
  • 'Follow me,' he said, 'for the
  • 00:23:53.030 --> 00:23:54.120
  • Lord has given you victory.'
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:55.260
  • So Moab was conquered by Israel
  • 00:23:55.260 --> 00:23:57.240
  • that day, and there was peace
  • 00:23:57.240 --> 00:23:59.040
  • in the land for eighty years."
  • 00:23:59.040 --> 00:24:02.050
  • You know what 80 years is?
  • 00:24:02.050 --> 00:24:04.020
  • Eighty years
  • 00:24:04.020 --> 00:24:05.000
  • is three generations.
  • 00:24:05.000 --> 00:24:07.010
  • That's you, your kids,
  • 00:24:07.010 --> 00:24:09.140
  • and your grandkids.
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:10.290
  • Some of us have had the
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:11.250
  • privilege of knowing our great
  • 00:24:11.250 --> 00:24:13.030
  • grandparents, but probably
  • 00:24:13.030 --> 00:24:15.100
  • not your great-great.
  • 00:24:15.100 --> 00:24:16.090
  • Maybe, but probably not.
  • 00:24:16.090 --> 00:24:19.020
  • And so, three generations
  • 00:24:19.020 --> 00:24:19.290
  • is pretty much tucked into
  • 00:24:19.290 --> 00:24:21.050
  • an 80-year lifespan.
  • 00:24:21.050 --> 00:24:23.240
  • Maybe you have been raised in
  • 00:24:23.240 --> 00:24:25.160
  • a home that it wasn't so great.
  • 00:24:25.160 --> 00:24:28.070
  • Maybe you were taught some
  • 00:24:28.070 --> 00:24:29.010
  • habits from your mama or your
  • 00:24:29.010 --> 00:24:30.150
  • grand-mama, or your daddy,
  • 00:24:30.150 --> 00:24:31.230
  • your grand-daddy that weren't
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:32.180
  • so good.
  • 00:24:32.180 --> 00:24:33.270
  • Maybe it's time for you to break
  • 00:24:33.270 --> 00:24:35.160
  • the curse and realize that God
  • 00:24:35.160 --> 00:24:37.290
  • wants you to live differently
  • 00:24:37.290 --> 00:24:39.060
  • from your generation on.
  • 00:24:39.060 --> 00:24:41.180
  • May your kids say of you,
  • 00:24:41.180 --> 00:24:43.150
  • "My mom, my dad, they're the
  • 00:24:43.150 --> 00:24:45.110
  • ones that changed everything
  • 00:24:45.110 --> 00:24:47.160
  • in our family."
  • 00:24:47.160 --> 00:24:48.170
  • What does that mean?
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  • Number five, your leadership
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  • is established after you win
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  • a significant battle.
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  • You want to be a great leader?
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  • Win the battle.
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  • What's your battle?
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  • Maybe your battle
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  • is with weight.
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  • Maybe your battle is with money.
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  • Maybe your battle is with debt.
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  • Maybe your battle is
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  • with emotional health.
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  • Maybe your battle is over
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  • an addiction.
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  • Maybe your battle is just
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  • being miserable, and unhappy,
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  • and depressed,
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  • and overcoming depression.
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  • That's a big battle.
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  • What is your battle?
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  • What is God leading you to do?
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  • What is he saying?
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  • It's time for you to take
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  • the victory that is rightfully
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  • yours.
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  • Ehud was willing to risk it all
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  • because he was not going to live
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  • bound by another king when
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  • he knew he should be serving
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  • the King of kings.
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  • How about 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
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  • be your Lord and Savior?
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  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you will go
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  • to heaven because you know
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  • Jesus?
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  • Would you pray this prayer with
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  • me right now?
  • 00:25:56.000 --> 00:25:56.280
  • You can just say this out loud.
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  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
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  • I realize I need you.
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • for me to pay the price for
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  • my sins and I believe you
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  • rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart, be my
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  • Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • In your name we pray, amen."
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • would you pick up the phone
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  • and give us a call right now?
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  • Would you just write down
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  • the number on the screen
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  • and give us a call
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  • so we can celebrate with you
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  • about the decision
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  • - female announcer: Problems,
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  • we all have them.
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  • In Pastor Bil's
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  • two-part message series,
  • 00:26:28.150 --> 00:26:29.290
  • "Problem Solved,"
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  • he will teach you
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  • how to solve your life's
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  • - Bil: There's a point
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  • in history
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  • that he already came to pay
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  • the price for your sins,
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  • for your struggles,
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  • for your difficulties.
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  • He already paid the price
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  • for all of your problems.
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  • He didn't just go to the cross
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  • for your sins,
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  • he went to the cross
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  • for your problems,
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  • and he rose again.
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  • And if Jesus can rise again,
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