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Lures: The Struggle Is Real

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October 18, 2016
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Bil Cornelius

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Lures: The Struggle Is Real

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  • - Bil Cornelius: Is the world
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  • all that bad, or is it that we
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  • have a bad attitude?
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  • Is everyone really out
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  • to get you, or are you just
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  • distrusting?
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  • Our mindset really doesn't--
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  • we can set our minds
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  • to what we're trying to find.
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  • You're trying to find
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  • righteousness, you'll find it.
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  • Trying to find bad stuff,
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  • [music]
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • Great to have you here today.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • Now, we all have different lures
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  • that we fall for, right?
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  • We all get sucked into things
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  • that they seem fun
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  • but then it's not fun, right?
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  • And so, we can fall into
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  • temptations, struggles,
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  • weaknesses that we all have.
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  • We all are lured by something.
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  • I thought about this this last
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  • week 'cause I was with my wife
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  • in San Antonio.
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  • We were driving around looking
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  • for locations.
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  • We're trying to find the
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  • location right now
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  • for our San Antonio campus
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  • and as we were driving around,
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  • we had some dinner.
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  • After dinner, I'm driving down
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  • the freeway and I see up
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  • on this hill, a see a huge lure.
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  • It's a beacon of light.
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  • It's like hope that's set on
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  • a hill waiting for me
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  • and it begins to draw me in,
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  • this light.
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  • It was a hot light
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  • at Krispy Kreme.
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  • But you know we get sucked in,
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  • don't we?
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  • Don't we all get sucked in
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  • by certain things?
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  • It's so easy for us to be lured
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  • into traps, into temptations,
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  • into struggles.
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  • We all face these in our lives.
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  • We need to do a series on lures
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  • on how we all typically
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  • fall into these things.
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  • Next up we're gonna talk about
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  • power, and money, and sex,
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  • those things that we typically
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  • can fall into very easily.
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  • Let me show you a Scripture.
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  • "Oh, what a miserable person
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  • I am!
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  • Who will free me from this life
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  • that is dominated by sin
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  • and death?"
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  • That's the Apostle Paul's word.
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  • He says, "I'm so frustrated
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  • being lured into things," right?
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  • I mean, if the Apostle Paul
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  • can feel that way,
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  • then maybe you and I can admit
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  • to feeling that way too
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  • at times.
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  • It just seems like everywhere
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  • we go, there's temptation
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  • wanting to pull us down,
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  • wanting to cause us to fall.
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  • I mean, it just seems like
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  • there are lures everywhere
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  • for us to fall into.
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  • So, I want to give you
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  • four basic principles
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  • that we can learn from lures,
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  • what we can learn from those
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  • things that are weaknesses.
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  • Look at James chapter 1,
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  • verse 13.
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  • It says, "Let no one say
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  • when he is tempted,
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  • 'I am being tempted by God,'
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  • for God cannot be tempted
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  • with evil, and he himself
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  • tempts no one."
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  • So, oftentimes we say, "Oh God,
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  • it's your fault.
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  • It's your fault
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  • that I'm this way," right?
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  • I have men tell me this:
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  • "It's God's fault
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  • that I'm horny."
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  • No, it's not God's fault.
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  • That's not his fault.
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  • Or how about this one:
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  • "It's God's fault
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  • that I'm always hungry.
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  • I just love--I'm a foodie.
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  • It's God's fault that I just
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  • want to eat everything
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  • in sight."
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  • No, it's not God's fault.
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  • "It's God's fault
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  • that I'm angry all the time.
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  • It's God's fault that I'm--"
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  • You fill in the blank, right?
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  • And we sort of want to blame God
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  • 'cause he made us so therefore,
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  • you know, let's just blame
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  • the manufacturer.
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  • He made us this way but actually
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  • no, it's a choice that we make.
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  • In fact, Joshua 24:15 says,
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  • "Choose for yourselves this day
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  • whom you will serve,
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  • as for me and my house,
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  • we will serve the Lord."
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  • So, there is a choice
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  • that we can make.
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  • We can choose to fall into the
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  • lures of the things that tempt
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  • us or we can choose not to.
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  • Would you write this down now?
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  • Number one, this is important.
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  • Your struggle
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  • is not God's fault.
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  • It's not God's fault.
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  • We blame God for stuff
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  • that really is not his fault.
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  • And so, be careful
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  • when you do that.
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  • You know, someone walks up
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  • and you're looking on your
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  • computer at something
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  • you shouldn't be looking at.
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  • You want to turn and go,
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  • "I don't know how it got there."
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  • No, how it got there
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  • is 'cause you googled it,
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  • that's how it got there.
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  • 'Cause you made a choice, right?
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  • And so, you know,
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  • you're watching a movie
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  • you shouldn't watch,
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  • well, how you got there was
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  • you turned on the remote,
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  • you flipped until you found it
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  • and you watched, right?
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  • And so, we got there ourselves.
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  • "I don't know how I got in
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  • this relationship."
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  • Because you flirted with
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  • the wrong person, that's how you
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  • got in that right relationship,
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  • right?
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  • Or you flirted at all, right?
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  • And so, the bottom line
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  • is that we make choices
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  • and those choices lead
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  • to consequences, but we can be
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  • lured but at the end of the day,
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  • it's not God's fault that
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  • we're lured.
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  • Look what it says in verse 14,
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  • "But each person is tempted
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  • when he is lured and enticed
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  • by his own desire."
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  • So, it's something
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  • that's built within us.
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  • Now, God did not create evil
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  • but when he gave freewill to us,
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  • when he gave us the ability
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  • to choose, that means we had the
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  • ability to choose good or bad.
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  • It's like the first time
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  • I dropped my keys in the hands
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  • of my new son--my new driver
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  • son, I dropped those keys
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  • and that's the scariest thing
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  • in the world to a parent.
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  • Why?
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  • 'Cause they can use the car
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  • to do good
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  • or they can use the car
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  • to do bad, right?
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  • And so, that's the choice
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  • that they have to make
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  • and it scares us but we still
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  • give them the freedom
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  • 'cause that's part
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  • of growing up.
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  • God gives you and I
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  • freedom of choice,
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  • but he knew by doing that
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  • that you could choose to be
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  • a great person or you could
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  • choose to be a terrible person
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  • making the wrong decisions.
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  • You could choose to give life
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  • and freedom to people
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  • or you can choose
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  • to drive a plane in the middle
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  • of a building and kill people
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  • for no apparently good reason.
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  • So, it's just the choices
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  • that we make.
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  • And so, we do that have
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  • free choice.
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  • And so, number two,
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  • your own desires lure you
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  • into trouble.
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  • Your own desires do it.
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  • James 1:14 makes that
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  • very clear.
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  • But look at Matthew 7, verse 7.
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  • It says,
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  • "Search and you will find."
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  • It's kind of a basic Scripture
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  • but the truth is is that
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  • what we search for
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  • is what we find.
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  • We forget that
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  • but that's how that works.
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  • Whatever you're searching for,
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  • you're gonna find it.
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  • It's like the guy who says,
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  • "Man, everywhere I go
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  • there's just hot women.
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  • Everywhere I go there's women
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  • that are scantily dressed
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  • and I mean, I can't avoid it.
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  • There's hot women everywhere."
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  • And I'm like, could it be
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  • that you're looking everywhere
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  • you go for that?
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  • Could it be that that's what
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  • you're actually on the prowl
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  • for?
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  • It's like a person says,
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  • "There's drugs everywhere."
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  • I'd have a hard time finding
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  • them, like, there is?
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  • I'm not looking for it so
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  • I don't realize it's everywhere
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  • but if you're looking for it,
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  • I guess it is everywhere.
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  • It depends on what
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  • you're looking for.
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  • You ever bought a new car
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  • and then you see your car
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  • everywhere after that?
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  • You know what I'm talking about?
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  • This has recently happened
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  • to me.
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  • I just bought a car,
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  • and I see my car everywhere now.
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  • Isn't it funny how that works?
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  • Everywhere I go,
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  • there's Ferraris, it's so crazy.
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  • Just kidding.
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  • You're like, "I knew it."
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  • It's not a Ferrari.
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  • I mean, it's a Ferrari
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  • but it's like, you know,
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  • it's got like cloth interior,
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  • it's the basic one.
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  • You know what I'm saying.
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  • I'm just kidding.
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  • So, I've got this new Honda,
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  • right?
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  • Well, new to me.
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  • Anyways, so I got this
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  • gently used Honda
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  • two-door coupe, white.
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  • I see them everywhere now.
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  • Everywhere I look there's
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  • a white two-door coupe Honda.
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  • I'm like oh, there's my car.
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  • They're driving my car too.
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  • They got my car.
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  • Everywhere I look now because
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  • I wasn't interested until
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  • I finally got one and when I got
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  • one, now that's what I think
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  • about is that car.
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  • So, I feel like it's everywhere
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  • now.
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  • There's really not more
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  • two-door coupe white Hondas
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  • on the road, it's just that my
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  • mind is thinking about it
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  • so now I find them.
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  • Isn't that funny how that works?
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  • We just dropped our oldest child
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  • off at college.
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  • He's going to a good Christian
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  • school, right?
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  • It definitely increases
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  • his percentage chance of finding
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  • good but if he wanted to find
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  • bad, he could still find it.
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  • Now, he has an increased chance,
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  • clearly, of finding the right
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  • people to hang out with,
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  • the right things to do
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  • 'cause he's going to a Christian
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  • school, but it doesn't mean
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  • everyone there is living
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  • for Jesus.
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  • And if he wants to find people
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  • that want to party,
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  • he could find that.
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  • I don't think that's gonna
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  • happen, but he could.
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  • Just like I actually went to
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  • a state school that was known
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  • for partying, and I found
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  • good Christian friends
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  • to hang out with
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  • and a really amazing
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  • Christian young lady
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  • that I fell in love with
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  • and married at a state college
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  • that was known for partying.
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  • So, what I'm trying to say
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  • is your environment does matter
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  • and it does increase or decrease
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  • your percentage chances
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  • of getting in trouble or not
  • 00:07:22.220 --> 00:07:23.260
  • getting in trouble so it
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  • does matter.
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  • But what you choose to find
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  • is what you'll find.
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  • And so, it really--
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  • in other words,
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  • is the world all that bad or is
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  • it that we have a bad attitude?
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  • Is everyone really
  • 00:07:35.090 --> 00:07:36.010
  • out to get you or are you
  • 00:07:36.010 --> 00:07:37.050
  • just distrusting, right?
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  • Is everything that bad?
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  • I mean, in other words,
  • 00:07:41.130 --> 00:07:42.090
  • our mindset really does matter.
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  • We can set our minds to what
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  • we're trying to find.
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  • You trying to find
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  • righteousness, you'll find it.
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  • You trying to find bad stuff,
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  • you'll find that too.
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  • It just depends on
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  • what you're looking for
  • 00:07:51.180 --> 00:07:52.160
  • so you just gotta search
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  • for the right things
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  • and begin to say,
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  • "God, I want to search for you.
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  • I want to put you first
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  • in my life."
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  • You begin to do that,
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  • you'll find ways
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  • to serve him wherever you happen
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  • to be.
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  • Now, before we go any further,
  • 00:08:00.070 --> 00:08:01.020
  • you know, I know a lot of people
  • 00:08:01.020 --> 00:08:02.030
  • that kind of feel a little
  • 00:08:02.030 --> 00:08:03.060
  • beat up.
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  • You're like,
  • 00:08:03.280 --> 00:08:04.160
  • "Man, pastor, this is a tough
  • 00:08:04.160 --> 00:08:05.100
  • message because I've been
  • 00:08:05.100 --> 00:08:06.060
  • finding the wrong things."
  • 00:08:06.060 --> 00:08:07.210
  • Well, we all have that tendency
  • 00:08:07.210 --> 00:08:09.070
  • to do that, don't we?
  • 00:08:09.070 --> 00:08:10.000
  • We all that have tendency
  • 00:08:10.000 --> 00:08:10.200
  • to find the wrong things
  • 00:08:10.200 --> 00:08:11.290
  • but I want to remind you
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  • something, we believe in grace
  • 00:08:12.220 --> 00:08:14.080
  • 'cause God is a God of grace.
  • 00:08:14.080 --> 00:08:15.100
  • I heard about this atheist,
  • 00:08:15.100 --> 00:08:16.030
  • he was talking to a guy
  • 00:08:16.030 --> 00:08:16.250
  • who's a Christian
  • 00:08:16.250 --> 00:08:17.260
  • and he said,
  • 00:08:17.260 --> 00:08:18.150
  • "You know, there is no God."
  • 00:08:18.150 --> 00:08:19.180
  • And the Christian guy said,
  • 00:08:19.180 --> 00:08:20.070
  • "Yeah there is."
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  • And he said, "No there isn't."
  • 00:08:20.260 --> 00:08:21.160
  • And he goes, "Watch this."
  • 00:08:21.160 --> 00:08:22.130
  • And he just looked up
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  • and he just yelled out,
  • 00:08:23.070 --> 00:08:23.230
  • "If there's a God,
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  • strike me dead!"
  • 00:08:24.180 --> 00:08:27.180
  • He looked down and smiled and he
  • 00:08:27.180 --> 00:08:28.080
  • said, "See, he didn't strike me
  • 00:08:28.080 --> 00:08:29.270
  • dead, therefore there is
  • 00:08:29.270 --> 00:08:31.030
  • no God."
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  • He said, "It doesn't prove that
  • 00:08:31.240 --> 00:08:32.140
  • there is no God; it proves that
  • 00:08:32.140 --> 00:08:33.150
  • God's a gracious God."
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  • The reality is this is that
  • 00:08:37.050 --> 00:08:38.010
  • I want to tell you something,
  • 00:08:38.010 --> 00:08:39.140
  • God is real, but he's not
  • 00:08:39.140 --> 00:08:41.150
  • out to get you.
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  • The Bible says his mercies
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  • are new every morning,
  • 00:08:43.290 --> 00:08:45.290
  • which means no matter what
  • 00:08:45.290 --> 00:08:46.210
  • you did last week, last year,
  • 00:08:46.210 --> 00:08:47.220
  • last month, or last hour,
  • 00:08:47.220 --> 00:08:50.090
  • you are a forgiven person
  • 00:08:50.090 --> 00:08:51.290
  • loved by God.
  • 00:08:51.290 --> 00:08:53.230
  • Today, is your new beginning.
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  • Isn't that good to know?
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  • It really is.
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  • The principle we're talking
  • 00:09:01.210 --> 00:09:02.230
  • about is grace, which means we
  • 00:09:02.230 --> 00:09:04.080
  • believe your past is not your
  • 00:09:04.080 --> 00:09:05.080
  • future and you are welcome here.
  • 00:09:05.080 --> 00:09:07.270
  • No matter what you've done,
  • 00:09:07.270 --> 00:09:09.110
  • you are welcome here.
  • 00:09:09.110 --> 00:09:11.070
  • But the truth is is that we
  • 00:09:11.070 --> 00:09:12.000
  • all have weaknesses.
  • 00:09:12.000 --> 00:09:14.000
  • We all have something
  • 00:09:14.000 --> 00:09:15.220
  • or someone sometimes, right,
  • 00:09:15.220 --> 00:09:17.220
  • that you can fall
  • 00:09:17.220 --> 00:09:18.210
  • into the arms of or hang out
  • 00:09:18.210 --> 00:09:20.070
  • under the influence of someone.
  • 00:09:20.070 --> 00:09:21.150
  • This is why I'm always
  • 00:09:21.150 --> 00:09:22.120
  • telling my kids,
  • 00:09:22.120 --> 00:09:23.040
  • be careful who you hang out with
  • 00:09:23.040 --> 00:09:24.060
  • because whoever you hang out
  • 00:09:24.060 --> 00:09:25.240
  • with, you'll become like them.
  • 00:09:25.240 --> 00:09:26.240
  • If they're making wrong choices,
  • 00:09:26.240 --> 00:09:27.280
  • you'll make those wrong choices
  • 00:09:27.280 --> 00:09:29.030
  • eventually with them so you've
  • 00:09:29.030 --> 00:09:30.150
  • gotta make sure you hang out
  • 00:09:30.150 --> 00:09:31.220
  • with the right people,
  • 00:09:31.220 --> 00:09:32.200
  • have the right habits
  • 00:09:32.200 --> 00:09:33.290
  • because whoever you hang--
  • 00:09:33.290 --> 00:09:35.030
  • even if you recognize they have
  • 00:09:35.030 --> 00:09:36.040
  • the wrong habits,
  • 00:09:36.040 --> 00:09:36.260
  • you'll still do it.
  • 00:09:36.260 --> 00:09:38.260
  • Even if you know what
  • 00:09:38.260 --> 00:09:39.210
  • they're doing is wrong, if you
  • 00:09:39.210 --> 00:09:40.200
  • hang out with them long enough,
  • 00:09:40.200 --> 00:09:41.160
  • you'll still end up doing
  • 00:09:41.160 --> 00:09:42.260
  • so that's why it's such a big
  • 00:09:42.260 --> 00:09:43.210
  • deal.
  • 00:09:43.210 --> 00:09:44.100
  • Who you hang out with matters,
  • 00:09:44.100 --> 00:09:45.160
  • matters, matters so much.
  • 00:09:45.160 --> 00:09:46.180
  • 'Cause here's the thing:
  • 00:09:46.180 --> 00:09:47.150
  • 3, 4 years from now,
  • 00:09:47.150 --> 00:09:48.260
  • you're out of high school,
  • 00:09:48.260 --> 00:09:49.210
  • you're no longer hanging out.
  • 00:09:49.210 --> 00:09:50.150
  • They're not around anymore.
  • 00:09:50.150 --> 00:09:51.080
  • The problem is is that
  • 00:09:51.080 --> 00:09:52.010
  • what's left with you is not
  • 00:09:52.010 --> 00:09:53.100
  • the relationship with them,
  • 00:09:53.100 --> 00:09:54.220
  • what's left is the dumb habit
  • 00:09:54.220 --> 00:09:55.230
  • they gave you.
  • 00:09:55.230 --> 00:09:58.140
  • So, you're not even
  • 00:09:58.140 --> 00:09:59.060
  • with them anymore
  • 00:09:59.060 --> 00:09:59.260
  • but you got that dumb habit
  • 00:09:59.260 --> 00:10:00.150
  • you did so it's like, ugh,
  • 00:10:00.190 --> 00:10:03.190
  • unbelievable.
  • 00:10:03.190 --> 00:10:04.250
  • The danger of who you hang out
  • 00:10:04.250 --> 00:10:07.070
  • with is such a big deal,
  • 00:10:07.070 --> 00:10:08.190
  • that's why I talked about
  • 00:10:08.190 --> 00:10:09.200
  • that this last couple weeks.
  • 00:10:09.200 --> 00:10:10.180
  • It's such a big deal.
  • 00:10:10.180 --> 00:10:11.170
  • Who you hang out with really
  • 00:10:11.170 --> 00:10:12.090
  • does matter.
  • 00:10:12.090 --> 00:10:12.270
  • Look at the Scripture
  • 00:10:12.270 --> 00:10:13.150
  • it goes on, it says
  • 00:10:13.150 --> 00:10:14.070
  • in James 1, verse 15, it says,
  • 00:10:14.070 --> 00:10:16.120
  • "Then desire when it has
  • 00:10:16.120 --> 00:10:17.170
  • conceived gives birth to sin,
  • 00:10:17.170 --> 00:10:18.290
  • and sin when it is fully grown
  • 00:10:18.290 --> 00:10:21.000
  • brings forth death."
  • 00:10:21.000 --> 00:10:22.180
  • Now, most people don't believe
  • 00:10:22.180 --> 00:10:23.090
  • that.
  • 00:10:23.090 --> 00:10:23.270
  • Like, "Okay, yeah,
  • 00:10:23.270 --> 00:10:24.170
  • that's a little extreme pastor,
  • 00:10:24.170 --> 00:10:25.180
  • okay?
  • 00:10:25.180 --> 00:10:26.060
  • Look, I have a weakness, sure,
  • 00:10:26.060 --> 00:10:27.230
  • and every once in a while,
  • 00:10:27.230 --> 00:10:28.250
  • I dabble in it but it's not
  • 00:10:28.250 --> 00:10:29.160
  • gonna lead to death."
  • 00:10:29.160 --> 00:10:30.270
  • I want you to think it through,
  • 00:10:30.270 --> 00:10:32.000
  • whatever your struggle is,
  • 00:10:32.000 --> 00:10:32.240
  • are you sure it couldn't
  • 00:10:32.240 --> 00:10:33.140
  • lead to death?
  • 00:10:33.140 --> 00:10:35.100
  • "That death means
  • 00:10:35.100 --> 00:10:36.040
  • like spiritually, right?"
  • 00:10:36.040 --> 00:10:37.030
  • No, it means like dead.
  • 00:10:37.030 --> 00:10:39.040
  • That's what it means,
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:39.230
  • death means death.
  • 00:10:39.230 --> 00:10:41.090
  • It means it can kill you.
  • 00:10:41.090 --> 00:10:42.210
  • "Well, come on,
  • 00:10:42.210 --> 00:10:43.200
  • I just eat bad sometimes."
  • 00:10:43.200 --> 00:10:45.030
  • Well, if you go full out eating
  • 00:10:45.030 --> 00:10:46.120
  • bad, I mean just all in,
  • 00:10:46.120 --> 00:10:48.060
  • that'll kill you.
  • 00:10:48.060 --> 00:10:50.050
  • It can kill you,
  • 00:10:50.050 --> 00:10:50.260
  • don't think it can't, right?
  • 00:10:50.260 --> 00:10:53.230
  • "Well, just 'cause I'm flirting
  • 00:10:53.230 --> 00:10:54.260
  • with this girl at the office."
  • 00:10:54.260 --> 00:10:56.000
  • Yeah, but if you're married
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:56.200
  • and they're married,
  • 00:10:56.200 --> 00:10:57.210
  • you do know that that can lead
  • 00:10:57.210 --> 00:10:58.280
  • to the death of your marriage,
  • 00:10:58.280 --> 00:11:00.050
  • right?
  • 00:11:00.050 --> 00:11:01.140
  • That's what that turns into.
  • 00:11:01.140 --> 00:11:03.010
  • See, we forget that the ultimate
  • 00:11:03.010 --> 00:11:05.070
  • end game of sin is death.
  • 00:11:05.290 --> 00:11:08.290
  • I mean, it can literally
  • 00:11:08.290 --> 00:11:09.230
  • kill you, right?
  • 00:11:09.230 --> 00:11:11.240
  • And so, what does this mean
  • 00:11:11.240 --> 00:11:12.130
  • for us?
  • 00:11:12.130 --> 00:11:13.010
  • Number two--
  • 00:11:13.010 --> 00:11:13.200
  • number three, excuse me.
  • 00:11:13.200 --> 00:11:14.050
  • Look to see where this
  • 00:11:14.050 --> 00:11:14.260
  • choice will take you.
  • 00:11:14.260 --> 00:11:16.040
  • Look to see where this choice
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:19.060
  • will take you because
  • 00:11:19.060 --> 00:11:20.260
  • the reality is that our choices
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:22.190
  • do take us somewhere.
  • 00:11:22.190 --> 00:11:24.010
  • And so, what I like to say
  • 00:11:24.010 --> 00:11:24.250
  • is play the movie.
  • 00:11:24.250 --> 00:11:26.260
  • What does that mean to play
  • 00:11:26.260 --> 00:11:27.140
  • the movie?
  • 00:11:27.140 --> 00:11:28.030
  • It means just play on out
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:28.280
  • to see where does this
  • 00:11:28.280 --> 00:11:30.000
  • ultimately go 'cause it does
  • 00:11:30.000 --> 00:11:31.230
  • lead you somewhere.
  • 00:11:31.230 --> 00:11:32.240
  • Galatians 6:7 says,
  • 00:11:32.240 --> 00:11:33.220
  • "Do not be deceived.
  • 00:11:33.220 --> 00:11:34.160
  • God cannot be mocked.
  • 00:11:34.160 --> 00:11:35.210
  • A man reaps what he sows."
  • 00:11:35.210 --> 00:11:38.010
  • For example, I don't know about
  • 00:11:38.010 --> 00:11:39.130
  • you, but I don't like beer.
  • 00:11:39.130 --> 00:11:41.140
  • I think it tastes disgusting.
  • 00:11:41.140 --> 00:11:42.130
  • I don't drink beer.
  • 00:11:42.130 --> 00:11:43.100
  • I don't care if you do
  • 00:11:43.100 --> 00:11:44.050
  • but my point is is that the beer
  • 00:11:44.050 --> 00:11:45.270
  • commercials, they look amazing.
  • 00:11:46.170 --> 00:11:49.170
  • I mean, it looks so great
  • 00:11:49.170 --> 00:11:50.110
  • I'm like, I wish my life
  • 00:11:50.110 --> 00:11:51.150
  • was that awesome.
  • 00:11:51.150 --> 00:11:52.280
  • This beer commercial,
  • 00:11:52.280 --> 00:11:53.200
  • everyone's young
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:54.170
  • and good looking.
  • 00:11:54.170 --> 00:11:55.270
  • Have you noticed this?
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  • Guy's drinking a beer,
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  • does he have a beer belly?
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  • Oh no, washboard.
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  • I had no idea that drinking beer
  • 00:12:01.230 --> 00:12:03.100
  • led to washboard abs.
  • 00:12:03.100 --> 00:12:05.200
  • That's so cool, right?
  • 00:12:05.200 --> 00:12:07.140
  • And so, they drink
  • 00:12:07.140 --> 00:12:08.090
  • and it just looks so good,
  • 00:12:08.090 --> 00:12:09.040
  • and there's all these girls
  • 00:12:09.040 --> 00:12:09.240
  • running, "Ha, ha, ha,
  • 00:12:09.240 --> 00:12:10.240
  • I'm having such a good time.
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:11.180
  • Ha, ha, ha."
  • 00:12:12.090 --> 00:12:15.090
  • And it just seems so great.
  • 00:12:15.090 --> 00:12:17.050
  • Who doesn't want to be a part
  • 00:12:17.050 --> 00:12:17.240
  • of that?
  • 00:12:17.240 --> 00:12:18.170
  • I'm like, this looks awesome,
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:19.170
  • you know?
  • 00:12:19.170 --> 00:12:20.080
  • And she reaches down
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:21.000
  • in the cooler to get a drink
  • 00:12:21.000 --> 00:12:21.230
  • and then some really
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:22.190
  • good-looking guy pulls her
  • 00:12:22.190 --> 00:12:23.290
  • through, you know?
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:24.210
  • And like, "Oh, look at that,"
  • 00:12:24.210 --> 00:12:25.100
  • you know?
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:25.280
  • And they pull back through,
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:26.190
  • "Ha, ha, ha," and they're having
  • 00:12:26.190 --> 00:12:28.090
  • such a good time.
  • 00:12:28.090 --> 00:12:30.110
  • I totally want that in my life.
  • 00:12:30.110 --> 00:12:31.240
  • That looks so fun.
  • 00:12:31.240 --> 00:12:32.170
  • We're all young, good-looking,
  • 00:12:32.170 --> 00:12:33.150
  • everything's wonderful.
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:34.180
  • I mean, that looks so great.
  • 00:12:34.180 --> 00:12:36.080
  • But they don't play the rest
  • 00:12:36.080 --> 00:12:37.050
  • of the movie.
  • 00:12:37.050 --> 00:12:37.270
  • I wish they'd play the whole
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:38.200
  • scene like how
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:40.030
  • you're on your fourth one
  • 00:12:40.030 --> 00:12:41.100
  • and how you said things
  • 00:12:41.100 --> 00:12:42.080
  • you didn't mean to the person
  • 00:12:42.080 --> 00:12:43.040
  • you brought with you and now
  • 00:12:43.040 --> 00:12:43.280
  • you're in a fight, you know?
  • 00:12:43.280 --> 00:12:45.100
  • And then the neighbors call and
  • 00:12:45.100 --> 00:12:46.150
  • the police are hauling you off.
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:47.150
  • You're like, "Ha, ha, ha, ha."
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  • Show the whole scene.
  • 00:12:50.020 --> 00:12:52.290
  • Wouldn't that be great if
  • 00:12:52.290 --> 00:12:53.170
  • they showed the whole scene?
  • 00:12:53.170 --> 00:12:54.250
  • And then when you're in your car
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:56.100
  • and you actually kill someone
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:57.190
  • and now you're standing before
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:58.120
  • a judge with involuntary
  • 00:12:58.120 --> 00:12:59.100
  • manslaughter and you're facing
  • 00:12:59.100 --> 00:13:00.170
  • 19 years.
  • 00:13:00.170 --> 00:13:01.210
  • And your whole career is gone,
  • 00:13:01.210 --> 00:13:02.210
  • and your kids have no idea
  • 00:13:02.210 --> 00:13:03.150
  • who's gonna pay the bills.
  • 00:13:03.150 --> 00:13:04.120
  • Let's show the whole movie.
  • 00:13:05.230 --> 00:13:08.230
  • See, it just looks so good.
  • 00:13:08.230 --> 00:13:10.110
  • That first seen looks awesome.
  • 00:13:10.110 --> 00:13:12.200
  • It just doesn't turn out like
  • 00:13:12.200 --> 00:13:15.070
  • that.
  • 00:13:15.070 --> 00:13:17.070
  • It just doesn't, does it?
  • 00:13:17.070 --> 00:13:19.100
  • It doesn't.
  • 00:13:19.100 --> 00:13:20.140
  • You say, "Okay, pastor,
  • 00:13:20.140 --> 00:13:21.080
  • that's a little extreme.
  • 00:13:21.080 --> 00:13:21.250
  • I'm just having one beer
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:22.190
  • with my game."
  • 00:13:22.190 --> 00:13:23.110
  • I understand.
  • 00:13:23.110 --> 00:13:23.290
  • If I watched the Cowboys,
  • 00:13:23.290 --> 00:13:24.180
  • I'd drink too. I get it.
  • 00:13:24.180 --> 00:13:27.050
  • What?
  • 00:13:27.050 --> 00:13:27.260
  • I didn't mean that critically.
  • 00:13:27.260 --> 00:13:30.140
  • Anyways, the point I'm trying to
  • 00:13:30.140 --> 00:13:32.020
  • say is that I'm not trying to
  • 00:13:32.020 --> 00:13:33.260
  • get on you if you drink within
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:35.150
  • moderation.
  • 00:13:35.150 --> 00:13:36.230
  • The Bible gives you that option.
  • 00:13:36.230 --> 00:13:38.170
  • Some people choose to say,
  • 00:13:38.170 --> 00:13:39.130
  • "I'm not gonna drink at all."
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:40.030
  • That's really a conviction
  • 00:13:40.030 --> 00:13:41.250
  • between you and the Lord
  • 00:13:41.250 --> 00:13:43.000
  • whether you drink within
  • 00:13:43.000 --> 00:13:43.220
  • moderation or not at all.
  • 00:13:43.220 --> 00:13:45.020
  • Totally between you
  • 00:13:45.020 --> 00:13:45.210
  • and the Lord.
  • 00:13:45.210 --> 00:13:46.090
  • But I will say this,
  • 00:13:46.090 --> 00:13:46.260
  • drunkenness is very clear,
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:48.120
  • it will destroy your life.
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:50.000
  • And you gotta be very careful
  • 00:13:50.000 --> 00:13:51.000
  • 'cause you're going down
  • 00:13:51.000 --> 00:13:51.220
  • a slippery slope.
  • 00:13:51.220 --> 00:13:52.100
  • It's very easy for that
  • 00:13:52.100 --> 00:13:53.100
  • to happen.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:53.250
  • And this message really
  • 00:13:53.250 --> 00:13:54.160
  • isn't about that
  • 00:13:54.160 --> 00:13:55.040
  • but it's not about saying,
  • 00:13:55.040 --> 00:13:55.270
  • how's it going whenever you go
  • 00:13:55.270 --> 00:13:58.100
  • to something that you--
  • 00:13:58.100 --> 00:13:59.190
  • in other words,
  • 00:13:59.190 --> 00:14:00.260
  • is drinking for you just a drink
  • 00:14:00.260 --> 00:14:03.170
  • or is it a weakness?
  • 00:14:03.170 --> 00:14:05.090
  • If it's a weakness,
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:06.210
  • then you can't mess around
  • 00:14:06.210 --> 00:14:07.110
  • with that stuff.
  • 00:14:07.110 --> 00:14:08.220
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:10.060
  • It's different for everyone
  • 00:14:10.060 --> 00:14:11.090
  • and I understand that.
  • 00:14:11.090 --> 00:14:12.060
  • Not everyone that's a big deal.
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:12.250
  • One time I was going to a dinner
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:13.220
  • with a guy and we're like, "Hey,
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:14.290
  • let's go grab a bite to eat."
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:15.240
  • And we're driving I'm like,
  • 00:14:15.240 --> 00:14:16.180
  • "Hey, you want to stop here?
  • 00:14:16.180 --> 00:14:17.070
  • We can go to TGI's or we can
  • 00:14:17.070 --> 00:14:18.010
  • go over here to Chilis."
  • 00:14:18.010 --> 00:14:19.020
  • And he's like, "No, no, no."
  • 00:14:19.020 --> 00:14:19.240
  • And I realized that this guy
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:21.050
  • was a former alcoholic.
  • 00:14:21.050 --> 00:14:22.040
  • He's like, "Could we find
  • 00:14:22.040 --> 00:14:23.040
  • a maybe restaurant that doesn't
  • 00:14:23.040 --> 00:14:23.270
  • have a bar in it?"
  • 00:14:23.270 --> 00:14:25.120
  • I was like,
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:25.290
  • "Yeah man, I'm sorry, man.
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:26.210
  • I didn't think about that, man."
  • 00:14:26.210 --> 00:14:27.230
  • He goes "No, it's no big deal."
  • 00:14:27.230 --> 00:14:29.000
  • He just knows,
  • 00:14:29.000 --> 00:14:30.030
  • "I just know where I don't go."
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:31.280
  • It's very smart.
  • 00:14:31.280 --> 00:14:33.250
  • See, the reality is that you
  • 00:14:33.250 --> 00:14:34.170
  • gotta know where your kryptonite
  • 00:14:34.170 --> 00:14:36.020
  • is to stay away from it.
  • 00:14:36.020 --> 00:14:37.190
  • You gotta know
  • 00:14:37.190 --> 00:14:38.110
  • what your weakness is,
  • 00:14:38.110 --> 00:14:39.030
  • whatever that happens to be.
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:40.100
  • But one of the biggest things
  • 00:14:40.100 --> 00:14:41.060
  • the reason we fall into stuff
  • 00:14:41.060 --> 00:14:42.150
  • 'cause we just don't play
  • 00:14:42.150 --> 00:14:43.090
  • the whole movie out
  • 00:14:43.090 --> 00:14:45.000
  • and if you don't play the movie,
  • 00:14:45.000 --> 00:14:45.240
  • everything looks great.
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:47.200
  • It looks awesome
  • 00:14:47.200 --> 00:14:48.160
  • in the first scene but all the
  • 00:14:48.160 --> 00:14:50.280
  • destruction is after that.
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:53.010
  • And so, to me,
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:53.240
  • that's a bait and switch, man?
  • 00:14:53.240 --> 00:14:55.000
  • Show the whole thing.
  • 00:14:55.000 --> 00:14:57.010
  • I mean, if you're gonna make it
  • 00:14:57.010 --> 00:14:58.150
  • look so great, I mean,
  • 00:14:58.150 --> 00:14:59.260
  • show the whole thing, right?
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:00.260
  • But it's funny, we do fall for
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:01.240
  • the tempting things that look so
  • 00:15:01.240 --> 00:15:03.260
  • alluring 'cause it's got a lure
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:07.030
  • in it.
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:07.250
  • It looks so good but it's really
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:09.170
  • not that good.
  • 00:15:09.170 --> 00:15:10.070
  • For example, you know
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:10.290
  • what I really also like?
  • 00:15:10.290 --> 00:15:11.210
  • I love cereal commercials.
  • 00:15:11.210 --> 00:15:12.230
  • These are amazing.
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:14.110
  • The cereal looks so good.
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:16.110
  • Have you noticed this?
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:17.030
  • And the milk is so rich.
  • 00:15:17.030 --> 00:15:18.210
  • I'm like, I want milk like that.
  • 00:15:18.210 --> 00:15:21.050
  • And they drink and they're,
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:21.260
  • "Oh, this is so mmm."
  • 00:15:22.040 --> 00:15:25.040
  • And you're like, wow,
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:26.020
  • I want some of that cereal.
  • 00:15:26.020 --> 00:15:26.260
  • I've never wanted cereal more
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:27.180
  • in my life than when I watch
  • 00:15:27.180 --> 00:15:28.120
  • these commercials.
  • 00:15:28.120 --> 00:15:29.010
  • Did you know the milk
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:30.030
  • in the cereal commercials
  • 00:15:30.030 --> 00:15:31.020
  • is actually glue?
  • 00:15:31.020 --> 00:15:33.270
  • Seriously, study this, that's
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:35.140
  • how they make the milk
  • 00:15:35.140 --> 00:15:36.060
  • look so amazing.
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:36.270
  • It's actually glue.
  • 00:15:36.270 --> 00:15:37.200
  • Now, just imagine putting
  • 00:15:37.200 --> 00:15:38.160
  • a big ol' thing of glue
  • 00:15:38.160 --> 00:15:39.130
  • in your mouth.
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:41.060
  • Wouldn't it--the actual
  • 00:15:41.060 --> 00:15:42.170
  • experience is not nearly as good
  • 00:15:42.170 --> 00:15:43.280
  • as the way they're making it
  • 00:15:43.280 --> 00:15:45.000
  • look.
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:46.120
  • See, that's what advertising
  • 00:15:46.120 --> 00:15:47.070
  • does is they're trying to
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:48.070
  • lure you.
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:49.250
  • They're trying to pull you in.
  • 00:15:49.250 --> 00:15:51.200
  • And so, you gotta be very
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:52.180
  • careful that you don't get
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:53.140
  • pulled in by things of this
  • 00:15:53.140 --> 00:15:55.040
  • world that seem so cool
  • 00:15:55.040 --> 00:15:57.270
  • but it's not that cool.
  • 00:15:57.270 --> 00:15:59.140
  • It seems great, it's just not.
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:02.190
  • Bottom line is that's how we get
  • 00:16:02.190 --> 00:16:03.210
  • sucked into things.
  • 00:16:03.210 --> 00:16:04.250
  • Do not be deceived.
  • 00:16:04.250 --> 00:16:06.100
  • Play the whole movie out.
  • 00:16:06.100 --> 00:16:08.160
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:09.070
  • Look at the Scripture.
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:09.270
  • It says in James chapter 1,
  • 00:16:09.270 --> 00:16:11.000
  • verse 16, "Do not be deceived,
  • 00:16:11.000 --> 00:16:12.200
  • my beloved brothers.
  • 00:16:12.200 --> 00:16:14.120
  • Every good gift and every
  • 00:16:14.120 --> 00:16:15.190
  • perfect gift is from above."
  • 00:16:15.190 --> 00:16:17.090
  • So, if it's really good,
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:18.210
  • it's from God, got it?
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:21.040
  • "Coming down from the Father
  • 00:16:21.040 --> 00:16:22.020
  • of lights, with whom there is
  • 00:16:22.020 --> 00:16:23.000
  • no variation--"
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:24.030
  • Underline "variation,"
  • 00:16:24.030 --> 00:16:24.270
  • would you?
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:25.200
  • "Or shadow due to change."
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:27.170
  • Variation or shadow due
  • 00:16:27.170 --> 00:16:28.150
  • to change means this,
  • 00:16:28.150 --> 00:16:29.150
  • God's gifts are pure
  • 00:16:29.150 --> 00:16:30.270
  • and perfect, then the world
  • 00:16:30.270 --> 00:16:33.050
  • messes them up.
  • 00:16:33.050 --> 00:16:35.080
  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:16:35.080 --> 00:16:37.020
  • Nothing wrong with sex.
  • 00:16:37.020 --> 00:16:39.080
  • In the wrong context,
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:40.240
  • it's extremely damaging.
  • 00:16:40.240 --> 00:16:42.290
  • Fire's a great thing.
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:44.260
  • Without fire you would not
  • 00:16:44.260 --> 00:16:45.220
  • be able to drive your car.
  • 00:16:45.220 --> 00:16:46.270
  • Without a little bit
  • 00:16:46.270 --> 00:16:47.230
  • of the explosions going on
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:48.150
  • in the engine, you would not
  • 00:16:48.150 --> 00:16:49.120
  • have a car driving.
  • 00:16:49.120 --> 00:16:50.060
  • Do you know that that's
  • 00:16:50.060 --> 00:16:51.000
  • how you get to work?
  • 00:16:51.000 --> 00:16:51.210
  • It's a great thing.
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:53.030
  • You get that fire outside
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:53.290
  • that little chamber,
  • 00:16:53.290 --> 00:16:55.010
  • you got a problem, right?
  • 00:16:55.010 --> 00:16:57.230
  • Good gift, could be used
  • 00:16:57.230 --> 00:16:59.090
  • in the wrong way.
  • 00:16:59.090 --> 00:17:01.120
  • There's a lot of gifts from God
  • 00:17:01.120 --> 00:17:02.130
  • like that, great gifts
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:03.130
  • but it's when we add
  • 00:17:03.130 --> 00:17:04.240
  • variation to it, that's when
  • 00:17:04.240 --> 00:17:05.290
  • we have a problem.
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:07.080
  • And so, this is very important.
  • 00:17:07.080 --> 00:17:08.160
  • Number four,
  • 00:17:08.160 --> 00:17:09.040
  • never fall for what appears real
  • 00:17:09.040 --> 00:17:11.130
  • but it's actually virtual.
  • 00:17:11.130 --> 00:17:13.230
  • Augmented reality.
  • 00:17:13.230 --> 00:17:15.020
  • I looked these words up,
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:15.270
  • virtual and augmented.
  • 00:17:15.270 --> 00:17:17.070
  • Virtual means computer generated
  • 00:17:17.070 --> 00:17:18.170
  • or simulated.
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:19.250
  • Augmented means it appears
  • 00:17:19.250 --> 00:17:21.080
  • larger and supplemented, right?
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:24.150
  • Could it be that you're falling
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:26.080
  • for something because
  • 00:17:26.080 --> 00:17:27.020
  • it's virtual.
  • 00:17:27.020 --> 00:17:28.110
  • It's not real.
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:29.030
  • It's not really there.
  • 00:17:29.030 --> 00:17:29.240
  • You think it's there
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:30.160
  • but it's not.
  • 00:17:30.160 --> 00:17:32.170
  • Could it be that you're falling
  • 00:17:32.170 --> 00:17:34.010
  • for something that's augmented?
  • 00:17:34.010 --> 00:17:35.090
  • Men, are you falling for a woman
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:36.050
  • who's been augmented?
  • 00:17:36.210 --> 00:17:39.210
  • I don't want to have to
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:40.080
  • explain that.
  • 00:17:40.080 --> 00:17:42.100
  • Could it be that it looks real,
  • 00:17:42.100 --> 00:17:45.100
  • but it's larger than real?
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:47.040
  • It's not really real?
  • 00:17:47.040 --> 00:17:48.080
  • See, we fall for things that
  • 00:17:48.080 --> 00:17:50.040
  • seem real but they're really
  • 00:17:50.040 --> 00:17:51.120
  • not.
  • 00:17:51.120 --> 00:17:52.080
  • It's like the guy who tells me,
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:53.060
  • "I'm in love with my secretary,
  • 00:17:53.060 --> 00:17:54.020
  • and she's in love with me
  • 00:17:54.020 --> 00:17:54.270
  • and we're gonna run off
  • 00:17:54.270 --> 00:17:55.240
  • and get married."
  • 00:17:55.240 --> 00:17:56.140
  • That seems real in your mind
  • 00:17:56.140 --> 00:17:59.030
  • but if you pull it down and look
  • 00:17:59.030 --> 00:18:00.270
  • at the reality of it, of course,
  • 00:18:00.270 --> 00:18:02.170
  • she's falling for you.
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:03.090
  • You're older than her.
  • 00:18:03.090 --> 00:18:04.200
  • You're the boss.
  • 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:05.140
  • It's designed for failure,
  • 00:18:05.140 --> 00:18:06.270
  • that whole thing is
  • 00:18:06.270 --> 00:18:08.050
  • and so she's looking up to you.
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:09.170
  • And, you know,
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:10.080
  • she always looks so nice.
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:10.290
  • Yeah, 'cause she's at work,
  • 00:18:10.290 --> 00:18:12.040
  • dude.
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:12.260
  • It's not 'cause she's
  • 00:18:12.260 --> 00:18:13.120
  • dressing up for you, you idiot.
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:15.090
  • She's at work.
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:16.000
  • "Well, my wife never--"
  • 00:18:16.000 --> 00:18:16.220
  • That's 'cause she's at home
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:17.200
  • with the kids,
  • 00:18:17.200 --> 00:18:18.170
  • with the kids you gave her.
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:21.050
  • And so, it's set up for failure.
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:22.240
  • That's not real.
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:24.100
  • You know what's real?
  • 00:18:24.100 --> 00:18:25.000
  • Go home and have to tell
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:25.230
  • your kids about it.
  • 00:18:25.230 --> 00:18:27.080
  • That's real.
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:29.150
  • Go break your wife's heart and
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.080
  • your kids' hearts, that's real.
  • 00:18:30.080 --> 00:18:33.070
  • But see, that's not what we do.
  • 00:18:33.070 --> 00:18:34.040
  • We look at the virtual.
  • 00:18:34.040 --> 00:18:35.240
  • In our mind, that's not how
  • 00:18:35.240 --> 00:18:36.200
  • we played it out but that's how
  • 00:18:36.200 --> 00:18:38.070
  • it really plays out.
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:40.080
  • So, we fall for what seems real,
  • 00:18:40.290 --> 00:18:43.290
  • it just isn't.
  • 00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:45.210
  • Everything that's glitter
  • 00:18:45.210 --> 00:18:48.160
  • is not gold, guys.
  • 00:18:48.160 --> 00:18:50.220
  • Just 'cause it looks good
  • 00:18:50.220 --> 00:18:53.000
  • doesn't mean it's real.
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:56.180
  • That's why go back to play
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:57.070
  • the movie.
  • 00:18:57.070 --> 00:18:57.290
  • Play the whole thing out.
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:18:58.220
  • "I was at this club.
  • 00:18:58.220 --> 00:18:59.270
  • We were having an awesome time,
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:00.270
  • man.
  • 00:19:00.270 --> 00:19:01.170
  • The music's kicking.
  • 00:19:01.170 --> 00:19:02.100
  • I'm getting my freak on
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:02.290
  • with this guy.
  • 00:19:02.290 --> 00:19:03.190
  • It's all cool, or this girl.
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:04.280
  • It's so great."
  • 00:19:04.280 --> 00:19:05.180
  • And then you go home with them
  • 00:19:05.180 --> 00:19:06.260
  • and you realize,
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:07.260
  • "Oh, wow, now that I don't have
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.110
  • a substance in my body anymore,
  • 00:19:09.110 --> 00:19:10.220
  • I realize that this guy's home
  • 00:19:10.220 --> 00:19:11.150
  • is living with his mother
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:13.050
  • and he's 30 years old.
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:14.000
  • This is not real.
  • 00:19:14.000 --> 00:19:15.220
  • This is not what I thought
  • 00:19:15.220 --> 00:19:16.140
  • it was gonna be like."
  • 00:19:16.140 --> 00:19:18.080
  • The bottom line is that
  • 00:19:18.080 --> 00:19:19.110
  • everything that seems real
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:21.050
  • isn't.
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:23.040
  • We fall for the make-believe
  • 00:19:23.040 --> 00:19:24.180
  • when God wants to give you
  • 00:19:24.180 --> 00:19:25.200
  • the real thing,
  • 00:19:25.200 --> 00:19:27.110
  • healthy, godly, God-honoring,
  • 00:19:27.110 --> 00:19:29.180
  • something that lasts,
  • 00:19:29.180 --> 00:19:32.100
  • not something that's gonna
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:32.280
  • fake you out
  • 00:19:32.280 --> 00:19:33.190
  • and mess up your life.
  • 00:19:33.190 --> 00:19:35.120
  • I want to challenge you with
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:36.130
  • this to never fall for what
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:37.240
  • appears real, but it's actually
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:40.290
  • virtual.
  • 00:19:40.290 --> 00:19:42.250
  • It's not real.
  • 00:19:42.250 --> 00:19:44.100
  • What is it that you're falling
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:45.050
  • for?
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:46.230
  • What we fall for is an image
  • 00:19:46.230 --> 00:19:49.080
  • that we think is gonna be
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:50.170
  • awesome, it just doesn't
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:52.170
  • turn out like that.
  • 00:19:52.170 --> 00:19:53.250
  • God has something better
  • 00:19:53.250 --> 00:19:54.240
  • for you instead.
  • 00:19:54.240 --> 00:19:56.030
  • The Apostle Paul dealt with
  • 00:19:56.030 --> 00:19:57.140
  • a thorn in his side.
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:19:58.270
  • The Scripture actually says
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:19:59.250
  • that he said to God he said,
  • 00:19:59.250 --> 00:20:01.100
  • "God, would you please
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:02.040
  • remove this thorn?"
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:03.180
  • God said no.
  • 00:20:03.180 --> 00:20:04.090
  • "God, would you please
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:05.050
  • remove this thorn?"
  • 00:20:05.050 --> 00:20:05.290
  • Asked the second time,
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:06.180
  • God said no.
  • 00:20:06.180 --> 00:20:07.080
  • Third time,
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:07.260
  • "God, would you please remove
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:08.150
  • this thorn?"
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:09.260
  • Three times he said,
  • 00:20:09.260 --> 00:20:10.180
  • "I asked the Lord to remove
  • 00:20:10.180 --> 00:20:11.110
  • this thorn from my side
  • 00:20:11.110 --> 00:20:12.110
  • and the Lord wouldn't do it.
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:13.230
  • So, I guess his grace
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:15.100
  • is just sufficient for me
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:16.030
  • to live with it."
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:17.040
  • Now, we don't know
  • 00:20:17.040 --> 00:20:17.290
  • if technically it was really
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:18.270
  • a thorn in his side.
  • 00:20:18.270 --> 00:20:19.170
  • It could have been.
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:20.100
  • It could have literally been
  • 00:20:20.100 --> 00:20:21.010
  • a thorn in his side that through
  • 00:20:21.010 --> 00:20:22.140
  • whatever he's running through
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:23.130
  • the woods or whatever,
  • 00:20:23.130 --> 00:20:24.120
  • somehow he gets some thorn
  • 00:20:24.120 --> 00:20:25.060
  • lodged and he just can't
  • 00:20:25.060 --> 00:20:26.050
  • get it out.
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:26.240
  • And there are people today,
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:27.200
  • even with modern technology,
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:28.240
  • they have certain shrapnel,
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:30.020
  • or bullet fragments,
  • 00:20:30.020 --> 00:20:31.140
  • or whatever in their body
  • 00:20:31.140 --> 00:20:32.060
  • that the doctor just said,
  • 00:20:32.060 --> 00:20:33.180
  • "Look, I can pull this out
  • 00:20:33.180 --> 00:20:34.150
  • but frankly,
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:35.160
  • you'll be better off
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:36.010
  • just leaving it in."
  • 00:20:36.010 --> 00:20:37.210
  • There's people that have that
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:38.110
  • right now.
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:39.040
  • They literally have things
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:39.270
  • in their body because it's just
  • 00:20:39.270 --> 00:20:40.240
  • easier to just keep it.
  • 00:20:40.240 --> 00:20:42.090
  • And so, we don't know if
  • 00:20:42.090 --> 00:20:43.190
  • the Apostle Paul actually
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:44.190
  • had a thorn in his side
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:46.050
  • or maybe the thorn was
  • 00:20:46.050 --> 00:20:47.130
  • a spiritual thing and maybe
  • 00:20:47.130 --> 00:20:48.140
  • the Apostle Paul--here's just
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:49.230
  • three things that theologians
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:50.220
  • have argued about.
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:51.160
  • Maybe one was that he struggled
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:52.260
  • with lust 'cause I think most
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:54.040
  • theologians are men
  • 00:20:54.040 --> 00:20:54.290
  • and so they would naturally
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:55.200
  • go to this one first
  • 00:20:55.200 --> 00:20:56.210
  • and think he's a guy so maybe
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:20:57.190
  • he just struggles with lust.
  • 00:20:57.190 --> 00:20:58.250
  • That's kind of typical, right?
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:00.030
  • Or maybe he struggled with pride
  • 00:21:00.030 --> 00:21:01.210
  • 'cause the Apostle Paul was,
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:02.180
  • at one point, one of the
  • 00:21:02.180 --> 00:21:03.170
  • leaders of the Sanhedrin,
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:04.210
  • which is like the biggest
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:06.010
  • religious sect there was.
  • 00:21:06.010 --> 00:21:07.120
  • He was like one of the head guys
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:08.220
  • so he was very prideful
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:10.050
  • about that.
  • 00:21:10.050 --> 00:21:10.240
  • Could have been pride, right?
  • 00:21:10.240 --> 00:21:12.040
  • Could have been anger.
  • 00:21:12.040 --> 00:21:13.020
  • The Apostle Paul,
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:13.290
  • we noticed several times
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:14.220
  • really got on people
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:15.130
  • pretty rough and so we know
  • 00:21:15.130 --> 00:21:16.140
  • that he kind of had a
  • 00:21:16.140 --> 00:21:17.090
  • pretty tough personality
  • 00:21:17.090 --> 00:21:18.020
  • and maybe he struggled with
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:18.230
  • a temper, maybe he struggled
  • 00:21:18.230 --> 00:21:19.270
  • with anger.
  • 00:21:19.270 --> 00:21:20.260
  • We don't know.
  • 00:21:20.260 --> 00:21:21.130
  • But we do know this,
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:22.080
  • he asked God to remove it
  • 00:21:22.080 --> 00:21:23.120
  • three times and God didn't.
  • 00:21:23.120 --> 00:21:24.030
  • So apparently, God knew the
  • 00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:25.120
  • Apostle Paul was a better leader
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:26.210
  • with his struggle
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:27.180
  • than without it.
  • 00:21:28.250 --> 00:21:31.250
  • Maybe the very thing
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:32.250
  • you keep asking God to remove
  • 00:21:32.250 --> 00:21:33.190
  • from you is the only thing
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:35.050
  • keeping you going to your knees.
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:39.140
  • Maybe without it,
  • 00:21:39.140 --> 00:21:41.100
  • you'd be so arrogant
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:42.080
  • thinking you were all that
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:44.020
  • if you didn't have that sin
  • 00:21:44.020 --> 00:21:44.220
  • in your life.
  • 00:21:44.220 --> 00:21:45.120
  • If you didn't have that one
  • 00:21:45.120 --> 00:21:46.000
  • struggle, you would think you
  • 00:21:46.000 --> 00:21:47.250
  • were so perfect and no one could
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:49.050
  • stand you.
  • 00:21:49.060 --> 00:21:52.060
  • Could it be that that weakness
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:53.120
  • that you have is what's actually
  • 00:21:53.120 --> 00:21:55.160
  • drawing you close to Jesus?
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:58.170
  • Doesn't mean we have to
  • 00:21:58.170 --> 00:21:59.100
  • fall into it all the time,
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:00.100
  • but it does mean
  • 00:22:00.100 --> 00:22:01.060
  • that weakness serves a purpose
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:01.270
  • and the purpose is it draws you
  • 00:22:01.270 --> 00:22:02.180
  • closer to Jesus
  • 00:22:02.180 --> 00:22:03.180
  • and that's a good thing,
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:05.020
  • not because we fall into it.
  • 00:22:05.020 --> 00:22:06.150
  • We have to make a choice not to.
  • 00:22:06.150 --> 00:22:08.100
  • But if he draws you closer
  • 00:22:08.100 --> 00:22:09.060
  • to Jesus, God can use that
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:11.020
  • powerfully in your life.
  • 00:22:11.020 --> 00:22:13.110
  • The Apostle Paul wrote
  • 00:22:13.110 --> 00:22:15.040
  • in Romans 7:24-25,
  • 00:22:15.040 --> 00:22:16.230
  • "Oh, what a miserable person
  • 00:22:16.230 --> 00:22:17.240
  • I am!
  • 00:22:17.240 --> 00:22:18.240
  • Who will free me from this life
  • 00:22:18.240 --> 00:22:20.030
  • that is dominated by sin
  • 00:22:20.030 --> 00:22:21.020
  • and death?
  • 00:22:21.020 --> 00:22:21.260
  • Thank God!
  • 00:22:21.260 --> 00:22:23.070
  • The answer is in Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:25.170
  • our Lord."
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:26.290
  • He is the answer.
  • 00:22:27.190 --> 00:22:30.190
  • There's a true story
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.080
  • of a young girl named Christina.
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:33.290
  • She longed for the big city.
  • 00:22:33.290 --> 00:22:36.160
  • She grew up in a very tiny
  • 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:37.290
  • remote village in Brazil,
  • 00:22:37.290 --> 00:22:40.200
  • totally broke, living with her
  • 00:22:40.200 --> 00:22:41.250
  • mother, very destitute, didn't
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:43.150
  • have any money to her name.
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:45.070
  • She lived on--she slept
  • 00:22:45.070 --> 00:22:46.240
  • on a dirt floor on a cot
  • 00:22:47.110 --> 00:22:50.110
  • and that's how she grew up,
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:52.010
  • in a back little dusty room
  • 00:22:52.010 --> 00:22:52.280
  • and she just dreamed
  • 00:22:52.280 --> 00:22:54.050
  • of the big city and how great
  • 00:22:54.050 --> 00:22:56.140
  • that would be.
  • 00:22:56.140 --> 00:22:58.120
  • Well, one day, unbeknownst
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:23:00.120
  • to her mother, Maria, she
  • 00:23:00.120 --> 00:23:02.110
  • just--Christina just packed up
  • 00:23:02.110 --> 00:23:03.170
  • her bag and just left town.
  • 00:23:03.170 --> 00:23:05.220
  • She went to Rio de Janeiro which
  • 00:23:05.220 --> 00:23:07.210
  • is what she'd always dreamed of.
  • 00:23:07.210 --> 00:23:09.140
  • The big city life is what
  • 00:23:09.140 --> 00:23:10.240
  • she wanted.
  • 00:23:10.240 --> 00:23:12.130
  • Well, she wasn't there very long
  • 00:23:12.130 --> 00:23:13.230
  • before she ran out of all of her
  • 00:23:13.230 --> 00:23:14.210
  • money, and she realized that
  • 00:23:14.210 --> 00:23:17.080
  • in a city like that, there are
  • 00:23:17.080 --> 00:23:18.260
  • certain things a young girl
  • 00:23:18.260 --> 00:23:20.020
  • could do to pay the bills.
  • 00:23:20.020 --> 00:23:22.270
  • She began to make some decisions
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:24.170
  • that she thought she would
  • 00:23:24.170 --> 00:23:25.150
  • never make.
  • 00:23:25.150 --> 00:23:28.080
  • Over time, each time she slept
  • 00:23:28.080 --> 00:23:30.280
  • with another man, each time
  • 00:23:30.280 --> 00:23:32.130
  • she made another decision
  • 00:23:32.130 --> 00:23:33.140
  • that she regretted, she dreamed
  • 00:23:33.140 --> 00:23:36.120
  • of maybe going back home
  • 00:23:36.120 --> 00:23:37.230
  • but maybe realized that,
  • 00:23:37.230 --> 00:23:38.160
  • "my mother would just die
  • 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:40.170
  • if she knew what I was doing.
  • 00:23:40.170 --> 00:23:41.170
  • My mother would not be able to
  • 00:23:41.170 --> 00:23:42.250
  • handle the person I've become.
  • 00:23:42.250 --> 00:23:45.180
  • There's no way she could love me
  • 00:23:45.180 --> 00:23:47.280
  • when I'm this damaged goods,
  • 00:23:47.280 --> 00:23:49.160
  • when I'm this dirty,
  • 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:50.010
  • when I've done these things."
  • 00:23:50.010 --> 00:23:52.120
  • One day she was coming
  • 00:23:52.120 --> 00:23:53.060
  • downstairs from the hotel that
  • 00:23:53.060 --> 00:23:54.090
  • she was staying at after she had
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:56.000
  • just been with another client
  • 00:23:56.000 --> 00:23:57.290
  • and as she's walking down,
  • 00:23:57.290 --> 00:23:58.280
  • she sees this big bulletin board
  • 00:23:58.280 --> 00:24:00.140
  • and there was a picture up
  • 00:24:00.140 --> 00:24:02.110
  • of her mom.
  • 00:24:02.110 --> 00:24:04.010
  • She was shocked.
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:05.010
  • She looked over she's like--
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:05.240
  • she walked over to it.
  • 00:24:05.240 --> 00:24:07.200
  • She didn't know.
  • 00:24:07.200 --> 00:24:08.250
  • Unbeknownst to her,
  • 00:24:08.250 --> 00:24:09.100
  • but her mother,
  • 00:24:09.100 --> 00:24:10.080
  • after she'd left town,
  • 00:24:10.080 --> 00:24:11.070
  • she knew of her daughter's dream
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:12.080
  • to go to Rio de Janeiro.
  • 00:24:12.080 --> 00:24:13.250
  • Her mother had gone to the local
  • 00:24:13.250 --> 00:24:15.000
  • store, in a little picture booth
  • 00:24:15.000 --> 00:24:16.140
  • and taken picture after picture
  • 00:24:16.140 --> 00:24:17.150
  • after picture of herself.
  • 00:24:17.150 --> 00:24:19.170
  • And she took those pictures
  • 00:24:19.170 --> 00:24:20.190
  • and posted them all over
  • 00:24:20.190 --> 00:24:22.060
  • Rio de Janeiro,
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:23.010
  • every bus stop, hotel,
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:25.040
  • every brothel, every bar,
  • 00:24:25.040 --> 00:24:27.090
  • every club.
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  • Anywhere there was a billboard,
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  • she would post them up
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  • and her daughter, Christina,
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  • went up to that picture one day,
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  • pulled it off.
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  • Couldn't believe a picture
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  • of her mother and turned it over
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  • and on the back it said
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  • the same thing on every picture
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  • all around that city.
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  • It said, "Dear Christina,
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  • no matter what you've done,
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  • I love you.
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  • You're forgiven already.
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  • Just come home."
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  • I want to tell you today,
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  • no matter what you've done,
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  • where you've been,
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  • when you're in that bar,
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  • that club,
  • 00:24:58.020 --> 00:24:59.080
  • maybe you've got in a fight
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  • for the umpteenth time
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  • with your spouse and you're
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  • upstairs crying and he's in the
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  • garage tinkering 'cause he
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  • doesn't know what to do with his
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  • emotions, you're gonna find
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  • there's a picture in both those
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  • rooms of Jesus.
  • 00:25:09.230 --> 00:25:11.270
  • In the club, there's a picture
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  • of Jesus sitting beside you.
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  • You go into the bathroom
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  • at the bar and as you stumble
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  • in, you don't realize
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  • there's a picture there.
  • 00:25:21.190 --> 00:25:22.160
  • And if you can take that picture
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  • and pull it down and turn it
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  • over, it's Jesus saying the same
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  • thing to you and me.
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  • "No matter where you are,
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  • no matter what you've done,
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  • you're already forgiven.
  • 00:25:31.200 --> 00:25:33.050
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much
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  • for watching the program today.
  • 00:25:43.010 --> 00:25:44.200
  • I've got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:46.070 --> 00:25:47.180
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:47.180 --> 00:25:49.100
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:49.100 --> 00:25:50.240
  • that guarantees that you will go
  • 00:25:50.240 --> 00:25:52.250
  • to heaven because you know
  • 00:25:52.250 --> 00:25:54.090
  • Jesus?
  • 00:25:54.090 --> 00:25:55.090
  • Would you pray this prayer
  • 00:25:55.090 --> 00:25:55.290
  • with me right now?
  • 00:25:55.290 --> 00:25:57.040
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:25:57.040 --> 00:25:58.110
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:25:58.110 --> 00:25:59.240
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:25:59.240 --> 00:26:01.200
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:01.200 --> 00:26:02.270
  • for me to pay the price for my
  • 00:26:02.270 --> 00:26:04.090
  • sins and I believe you
  • 00:26:04.090 --> 00:26:05.260
  • rose again.
  • 00:26:05.260 --> 00:26:07.010
  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:07.010 --> 00:26:08.140
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • - Bil: I keep telling my wife,
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  • "Our marriage will go so much
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  • better if you just get with the
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  • program, be like me, I mean--."
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  • works but if I'll go in to meet
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  • the needs of my spouse
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  • and loving her,
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  • and I'm not talking just
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  • the bedroom.
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  • I'm talking way before we ever
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  • get to bed, meeting her needs
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