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Skeletons In The Closet: How To Move Past Your Past

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March 14, 2017
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Bil Cornelius

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Skeletons In The Closet: How To Move Past Your Past

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  • - female announcer: Could it be
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  • that your breaking point is
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  • actually a platform for victory?
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  • In his new DVD message,
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  • Pastor Bil shares on how
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  • to rise above your circumstances
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  • and follow the plan
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  • - Bil Cornelius: God wants
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  • to give you a great vision
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  • for your life, but you know
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  • what gets in the way of vision?
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  • Sight.
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  • Who you can see now gets in the
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  • way of who you can't see yet.
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  • Oh, all I see is a kid who is
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  • just disobeying me.
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  • No, I see a young man or a young
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  • woman who will turn into
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  • a godly man that honors the Lord
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  • with his life and changes
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  • the next generation.
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  • What are you seeing
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  • in your kids?
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  • Because what you see
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  • is what you're gonna get.
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  • - announcer: As a thank you
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  • for your gift of any amount
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  • to the Bil Cornelius ministries,
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  • In The Face of Danger."
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  • call 855-357-4422,
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  • - Bil: I believe God is trying
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  • to say to you today,
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  • "This is your new day."
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  • This is a new day in Christ.
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  • This is the time to maximize
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  • what God's doing in your life
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  • today, and minimize what
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  • happened yesterday.
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  • Today is your new season.
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  • It begins right now, and God
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  • brought you here to hear this
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  • message 'cause he wants you to
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  • - Bil: You are the church,
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  • - Bil: Thanks for joining us.
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  • We're starting a brand new
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  • series today called
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  • "Skeletons in the Closet."
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  • All of us do have things in our
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  • past that are embarrassing.
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  • And I mean, I certainly have
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  • some things in my past I'm
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  • embarrassed of.
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  • But also, there's some of us
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  • that really are struggling not
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  • just with that, but maybe
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  • there's some stuff that you're
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  • carrying around, some shameful
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  • stuff that you really feel bad
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  • about that sort of eats away at
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  • your future because it seems so
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  • close from your past.
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  • And so, all of us deal with this
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  • in our lives.
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  • We oftentimes call it skeletons
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  • in the closet, but the truth is
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  • God doesn't want us to have
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  • these skeletons in our closet.
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  • He wants us to clean out
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  • the closet.
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  • And so, God has a better way for
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  • us to live, to live free from
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  • past guilt and shame.
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  • Wouldn't that be kind of nice to
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  • know that you could just walk
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  • free of that stuff?
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  • And so, that's the way God
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  • designed it.
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  • So, if you have your notes, pull
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  • them out, would you do that?
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  • We're going to look at a guy who
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  • was really a godly man, who
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  • loved God, who honored God with
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  • his life in many ways.
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  • He was actually called a man
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  • after God's own heart.
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  • Yet he had a major blunder,
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  • a major bonehead move.
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  • We're talking about King David.
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  • Here's a guy, let me just fill
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  • you in real quick on the story,
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  • and we're going to jump into the
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  • very end of the story here on
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  • this particular episode in
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  • his life.
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  • But I mean, what he did was
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  • downright scandalous.
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  • He ended up when all his men
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  • were off fighting a war,
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  • he ended up cheating with
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  • a guy's wife.
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  • In fact, the guy was off at war
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  • fighting for King David while he
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  • was sleeping with his wife.
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  • I mean, it's unbelievable,
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  • right?
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  • And so basically, you know, he's
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  • off fighting a war.
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  • And so, while David's back home,
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  • he sees this girl on this
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  • rooftop.
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  • She's bathing, you know, and so
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  • you know, he's like, "Oh man,
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  • she's unbelievable.
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  • I got to know her name.
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  • I got to know who she is."
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  • So, he calls for her.
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  • She comes to the house
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  • and what's she going to do?
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  • I mean, he's the king, you know,
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  • so he totally abuses his
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  • position.
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  • He ends up sleeping with her.
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  • She ends up getting pregnant.
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  • She sends him a note saying,
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  • "Hey, I'm pregnant.
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  • Just want you to know there's
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  • no way it's anyone but your kid,
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  • you know."
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  • And so, you know, he puts this
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  • whole scheme together to
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  • basically bring Uriah, that's
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  • her husband, back home.
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  • This is Bathsheba.
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  • Many of you guys know who I'm
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  • talking about here.
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  • So basically, they bring Uriah
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  • back home, thinking that,
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  • you know, he'll come home, sleep
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  • with his wife, and then he'll
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  • think it's his kid.
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  • Well, he refuses to sleep with
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  • his wife because he's like,
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  • "Oh no, while my men are off
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  • fighting a battle, I can't be
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  • here, you know, having fun with
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  • my wife, and so I refuse
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  • to sleep with her."
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  • And David's like, "Oh great,
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  • the guy has integrity.
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  • This is unbelievable," you know.
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  • So he's like,
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  • "Let me get him drunk.
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  • Maybe then he'll sleep
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  • with her."
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  • Still doesn't do it.
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  • So, finally he sends him back
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  • to the frontline with an order.
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  • And the guy actually carries his
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  • own death sentence.
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  • Doesn't even realize it, but
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  • he's carrying a sealed letter.
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  • And he gives the letter to
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  • his general.
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  • When he gets back to the war,
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  • general opens up, must be
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  • reading it right in front of him
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  • like, "Okay, got it, thank you."
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  • Folds it up and says, "Okay,
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  • yeah, you're on the frontlines."
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  • "Okay, you got it, sir."
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  • So, he goes to the frontlines,
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  • but in the order it says to pull
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  • all the men back except for him.
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  • Basically, David literally
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  • becomes an accomplice to murder.
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  • And so, now he has a guy
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  • murdered.
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  • And so, but then he thinks,
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  • "Okay, so here's what I'm going
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  • to do.
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  • Now the guy died in battle, then
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  • I'll marry Bathsheba, and then
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  • everyone will just think, you
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  • know, they just got pregnant
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  • quick and this is their baby.
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  • So, he thinks he's covered his
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  • tracks, right?
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  • Until a prophet named Nathan
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  • shows up and says otherwise.
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  • Nathan basically said--tells him
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  • a story.
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  • You know, this guy, he had
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  • one little special lamb.
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  • It's all he really had, but it
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  • was a real special lamb to him.
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  • And then someone came along
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  • and stole the lamb.
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  • And David says,
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  • "Well, that's wrong.
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  • Whoever did that should die.
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  • This is wrong."
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  • You know, he says,
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  • "Well, you're that man.
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  • You stole someone's most
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  • precious commodity,
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  • most precious relationship,
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  • most precious, you know,
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  • thing about them, his wife."
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  • And so David says, "I'm guilty.
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  • You're right, I did this."
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  • And so, God calls David out.
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  • Now, check out the Scripture,
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  • let's see what happens next.
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  • This is very interesting.
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  • It says in
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  • 2 Samuel chapter 12, verse 13,
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  • "Then David confessed
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  • to Nathan, 'I have sinned
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  • against the Lord.'
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  • Nathan replied,
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  • 'Yes, but the Lord has
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  • forgiven you, and you won't die
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  • for this sin.
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  • Nevertheless, because you have
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  • shown utter contempt for
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  • the Lord by doing this,
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  • your child will die.'"
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  • And so, basically says,
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  • "You're not going to die,
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  • David."
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  • Now, before you think,
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  • "Why would he have to die?"
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  • Well, according to the Bible,
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  • according to the law for all of
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  • our sins, we all have a death
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  • penalty on our lives if we've
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  • not received Christ.
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  • And so, Christ is one that lifts
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  • that from us because he took
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  • the death penalty on the cross.
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  • In case you're wondering why did
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  • Jesus have to die, that's why.
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  • He died in our place.
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  • He paid the death penalty price
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  • for our sins, our crimes, yet he
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  • had committed no crimes against
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  • God or anyone else.
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  • And so, basically at this point,
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  • he says, "You don't have to die,
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  • David, but you know what?
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  • Your child is actually going
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  • to die.
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  • It's not going to make it."
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  • So, David can't believe this,
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  • of course.
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  • He's freaking out.
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  • Look what happens next,
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  • verse 16.
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  • "David begged God to spare
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  • the child.
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  • He went without food and lay
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  • all night on the bare ground.
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  • Then on the seventh day
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  • the child died.
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  • David's advisors were afraid to
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  • tell him.
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  • When David saw them whispering,
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  • he realized what had happened.
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  • 'Is the child dead?' he asked.
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  • 'Yes,' they replied,
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  • 'he is dead.'"
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  • Now, I know it's got
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  • real heavy real fast, and you're
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  • like, "Whoa, this is a lot."
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  • This is just horrible.
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  • You know, so he's praying and
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  • he's fasting, "Oh God, please
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  • don't take the life of my child.
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  • You know, please don't do that.
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  • Lord, it's my fault, it's my
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  • mistake.
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  • Please don't let this cost,
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  • you know, the child's life.
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  • Please, please, please, God."
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  • He's just begging, right?
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  • And of course, the child
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  • ultimately dies.
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  • But David does something here
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  • right off the bat that's very,
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  • very critical because David
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  • understands something that you
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  • and I need to understand today,
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  • and that is that please don't
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  • think that you're going to live
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  • free of sin because you're just
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  • a good person.
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  • Doesn't work like that.
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  • In fact, you don't really
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  • understand the grace of God
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  • until you try to be good and you
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  • just--you can't.
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  • You realize, "Man, I'm trying,
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  • and I just can't stay away from
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  • eating bad food.
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  • I just can't stay away
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  • from lust.
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  • I just can't stay away from
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  • being greedy.
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  • I just can't stay away from
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  • saying the wrong thing to the
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  • wrong person at the wrong time.
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  • I just can't control my temper
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  • all the time.
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  • I just can't always have
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  • a good attitude."
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  • Whatever the case may be for
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  • you, all of us have something.
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  • You know, all of us have
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  • something that's our kryptonite,
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  • that's our weakness.
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  • And so basically, until you
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  • experience that, you just don't
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  • understand how badly you really
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  • just need God's grace.
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  • Well, one of the most freeing
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  • things you can ever
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  • do may surprise you.
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  • And here it is, number one,
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  • would you write this down?
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  • Confess where you went wrong.
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  • Confess where you went wrong.
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  • Can I tell you something that
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  • may surprise you?
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  • I have talked with people after
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  • a horrible blunder in their life
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  • that basically got caught doing
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  • something they shouldn't have
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  • done, caught stealing, caught
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  • cheating on their spouse,
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  • caught, you know, betraying
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  • something, you know, caught
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  • cheating on their taxes,
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  • whatever.
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  • I mean, there's a lot of things
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  • we get caught doing, right?
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  • But time and again when I've had
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  • to pastor someone through
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  • a really public, scandalous type
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  • situation, most of the time,
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  • in fact almost every time I can
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  • think of that I've personally
  • 00:08:00.200 --> 00:08:01.240
  • been involved with someone,
  • 00:08:01.240 --> 00:08:02.210
  • trying to help them through
  • 00:08:02.210 --> 00:08:03.110
  • something like that, they always
  • 00:08:03.110 --> 00:08:04.260
  • tell me when I say, "I am so
  • 00:08:04.260 --> 00:08:06.050
  • sorry you're going through
  • 00:08:06.050 --> 00:08:06.250
  • this," they will oftentimes say,
  • 00:08:06.250 --> 00:08:08.050
  • "it's actually better that this
  • 00:08:08.050 --> 00:08:10.040
  • came out because I'm tired of
  • 00:08:10.040 --> 00:08:12.090
  • carrying a lie."
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  • They will actually tell you, "We
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  • would--I would rather deal with
  • 00:08:15.140 --> 00:08:17.220
  • everyone knowing than dealing
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  • with the fact that I know
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  • and no one else knows."
  • 00:08:20.130 --> 00:08:22.080
  • It's actually more torturous to
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  • know you're carrying something
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  • around.
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  • Now, when we say confess, this
  • 00:08:26.250 --> 00:08:27.260
  • doesn't mean you need to go home
  • 00:08:27.260 --> 00:08:29.060
  • right now and Facebook
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  • something.
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  • We're not saying that because
  • 00:08:30.160 --> 00:08:32.240
  • not everyone has to know
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  • or should know whatever it is
  • 00:08:34.030 --> 00:08:35.170
  • you're dealing with, okay?
  • 00:08:35.170 --> 00:08:37.000
  • Oftentimes, an open confession
  • 00:08:37.000 --> 00:08:39.000
  • can damage people, you know.
  • 00:08:39.000 --> 00:08:40.160
  • So, we're not trying to say just
  • 00:08:40.160 --> 00:08:42.170
  • tell the whole world, but
  • 00:08:42.170 --> 00:08:43.230
  • confess it to the involved
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  • parties.
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  • And so, God wants us to confess
  • 00:08:47.180 --> 00:08:48.210
  • it to him because it involves
  • 00:08:48.210 --> 00:08:50.160
  • him because you've sinned
  • 00:08:50.160 --> 00:08:51.070
  • against the Lord, and also
  • 00:08:51.070 --> 00:08:52.140
  • anyone else that's involved.
  • 00:08:52.140 --> 00:08:53.280
  • Now, some of you right now are
  • 00:08:53.280 --> 00:08:54.180
  • like, "Pastor, you are crazy if
  • 00:08:54.180 --> 00:08:56.120
  • you think I'm going to go home
  • 00:08:56.120 --> 00:08:57.150
  • and tell my wife or husband
  • 00:08:57.150 --> 00:08:59.000
  • what I did."
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  • No, actually I think the crazier
  • 00:09:00.060 --> 00:09:01.270
  • thing is to live a lie the rest
  • 00:09:01.270 --> 00:09:04.020
  • of your life.
  • 00:09:04.020 --> 00:09:05.230
  • I actually think that's even
  • 00:09:05.230 --> 00:09:06.180
  • crazier.
  • 00:09:06.180 --> 00:09:07.080
  • Now, you may say, "That's going
  • 00:09:07.080 --> 00:09:08.060
  • to be a horrible day."
  • 00:09:08.060 --> 00:09:09.200
  • You're right, it's going to be
  • 00:09:09.200 --> 00:09:10.120
  • a horrible day versus
  • 00:09:10.120 --> 00:09:12.220
  • a horrible life.
  • 00:09:12.260 --> 00:09:15.260
  • I'll choose the day.
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  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:09:16.190 --> 00:09:18.140
  • You know the best thing about
  • 00:09:18.140 --> 00:09:19.280
  • your darkest day is?
  • 00:09:19.280 --> 00:09:21.100
  • It's only 24 hours.
  • 00:09:21.100 --> 00:09:22.110
  • And that's good news, isn't it?
  • 00:09:22.110 --> 00:09:25.110
  • You can actually get past that.
  • 00:09:25.110 --> 00:09:26.160
  • It's like, "Okay, but there's no
  • 00:09:26.160 --> 00:09:28.090
  • way they can ever forgive me
  • 00:09:28.090 --> 00:09:29.010
  • for what I've done.
  • 00:09:29.010 --> 00:09:30.040
  • There's no way my boss will ever
  • 00:09:30.040 --> 00:09:31.030
  • forgive me.
  • 00:09:31.030 --> 00:09:31.200
  • There's no way my best friend
  • 00:09:31.200 --> 00:09:32.080
  • will ever forgive me."
  • 00:09:32.080 --> 00:09:32.220
  • You'd be surprised how many
  • 00:09:32.220 --> 00:09:35.000
  • people actually will forgive
  • 00:09:35.000 --> 00:09:35.190
  • you.
  • 00:09:35.190 --> 00:09:36.070
  • You'd be shocked, by the way.
  • 00:09:36.070 --> 00:09:38.050
  • It's incredible.
  • 00:09:38.050 --> 00:09:40.040
  • In fact, in my personal research
  • 00:09:40.040 --> 00:09:42.020
  • with counseling hundreds of
  • 00:09:42.020 --> 00:09:44.080
  • people, let's just pick adultery
  • 00:09:44.080 --> 00:09:47.000
  • just for one of them.
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  • We could pick anything else.
  • 00:09:48.150 --> 00:09:49.240
  • You know, I know a lot of women
  • 00:09:49.240 --> 00:09:51.020
  • are now going, "All men cheat."
  • 00:09:51.020 --> 00:09:52.220
  • Actually, it's up to--you're
  • 00:09:52.220 --> 00:09:54.110
  • right, 50% of men cheat, but
  • 00:09:54.110 --> 00:09:55.280
  • 45% of women now, so it's not
  • 00:09:56.000 --> 00:09:59.000
  • just one-sided anymore.
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  • Just know that going in.
  • 00:10:00.120 --> 00:10:01.160
  • By the way, I think all those
  • 00:10:01.160 --> 00:10:02.140
  • stats are skewed anyway,
  • 00:10:02.140 --> 00:10:03.120
  • so don't freak out and start
  • 00:10:03.120 --> 00:10:04.060
  • looking around like,
  • 00:10:04.060 --> 00:10:04.230
  • "Who, who's that?"
  • 00:10:04.230 --> 00:10:05.180
  • You know, I think it's skewed
  • 00:10:05.180 --> 00:10:07.170
  • because you have an 80% rule
  • 00:10:07.170 --> 00:10:09.000
  • happening that 20% of the people
  • 00:10:09.000 --> 00:10:11.000
  • are doing 80% of the cheating.
  • 00:10:11.000 --> 00:10:12.110
  • So, what you really have is you
  • 00:10:12.110 --> 00:10:13.100
  • have serial cheaters that are
  • 00:10:13.100 --> 00:10:14.100
  • continuing a process.
  • 00:10:14.100 --> 00:10:16.140
  • But can I tell you something
  • 00:10:16.140 --> 00:10:17.010
  • I've learned about sin?
  • 00:10:17.010 --> 00:10:18.220
  • A lot of times you think, "Oh,
  • 00:10:18.220 --> 00:10:19.170
  • they're just having so much fun
  • 00:10:19.170 --> 00:10:20.130
  • doing that until they get
  • 00:10:20.130 --> 00:10:21.110
  • caught."
  • 00:10:21.110 --> 00:10:22.000
  • I've discovered that most people
  • 00:10:22.000 --> 00:10:23.100
  • that are doing something that
  • 00:10:23.100 --> 00:10:24.130
  • haven't been caught yet are not
  • 00:10:24.130 --> 00:10:25.140
  • actually having fun doing it.
  • 00:10:25.140 --> 00:10:27.110
  • It's straight up torture
  • 00:10:27.110 --> 00:10:28.080
  • to them.
  • 00:10:28.080 --> 00:10:29.030
  • They wish they didn't fall
  • 00:10:29.030 --> 00:10:31.060
  • back into it.
  • 00:10:31.060 --> 00:10:33.060
  • So, guess what I've discovered,
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:34.030
  • though, about these couples?
  • 00:10:34.030 --> 00:10:36.080
  • About 80% of them don't end
  • 00:10:36.080 --> 00:10:38.120
  • in divorce.
  • 00:10:38.120 --> 00:10:40.130
  • They learn to heal it, they
  • 00:10:40.130 --> 00:10:42.010
  • learn to move past it, and they
  • 00:10:42.010 --> 00:10:43.140
  • have better marriages on
  • 00:10:43.140 --> 00:10:44.080
  • the other side of it.
  • 00:10:44.080 --> 00:10:44.280
  • Now, I'm not recommending you do
  • 00:10:44.280 --> 00:10:45.280
  • it because it's certainly
  • 00:10:45.280 --> 00:10:48.230
  • very difficult to overcome.
  • 00:10:48.230 --> 00:10:49.270
  • My point is that--and I think
  • 00:10:49.270 --> 00:10:51.060
  • that's one of the most difficult
  • 00:10:51.060 --> 00:10:52.170
  • things to overcome, but you can.
  • 00:10:52.170 --> 00:10:53.270
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:10:53.270 --> 00:10:55.230
  • Now, this message is not all
  • 00:10:55.230 --> 00:10:56.280
  • about that in particular,
  • 00:10:56.280 --> 00:10:58.030
  • but this particular context
  • 00:10:58.030 --> 00:10:59.270
  • with David is about that.
  • 00:10:59.270 --> 00:11:00.270
  • That's why I wanted to pick on
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:01.240
  • that one particular issue.
  • 00:11:01.240 --> 00:11:02.270
  • But the truth is it could
  • 00:11:02.270 --> 00:11:03.200
  • be a hundred things.
  • 00:11:03.200 --> 00:11:04.120
  • It could be confessing you're
  • 00:11:04.120 --> 00:11:05.170
  • an alcoholic, confessing you're
  • 00:11:05.170 --> 00:11:07.010
  • a drug addict, confessing
  • 00:11:07.010 --> 00:11:07.290
  • you're a sex addict.
  • 00:11:07.290 --> 00:11:08.200
  • It could be--it could be
  • 00:11:08.200 --> 00:11:09.150
  • confessing that you struggle
  • 00:11:09.150 --> 00:11:10.230
  • with anger, could be confessing
  • 00:11:10.230 --> 00:11:12.110
  • something that you did years ago
  • 00:11:12.110 --> 00:11:13.290
  • that you just carry around like
  • 00:11:13.290 --> 00:11:15.010
  • a burden.
  • 00:11:15.010 --> 00:11:15.210
  • Confess where you went wrong.
  • 00:11:15.210 --> 00:11:17.000
  • Now, this doesn't mean, again,
  • 00:11:17.000 --> 00:11:18.040
  • confess to everyone.
  • 00:11:18.040 --> 00:11:19.010
  • You don't need to go
  • 00:11:19.010 --> 00:11:19.190
  • into the Twitter-sphere
  • 00:11:19.190 --> 00:11:20.090
  • and just tell everyone,
  • 00:11:20.090 --> 00:11:20.260
  • "Oh, I did this," you know?
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:21.260
  • No, but it means confess
  • 00:11:21.260 --> 00:11:22.290
  • the involved parties,
  • 00:11:22.290 --> 00:11:24.140
  • and those alone.
  • 00:11:24.140 --> 00:11:26.090
  • And then, seek restoration.
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:28.080
  • That's what David was doing,
  • 00:11:28.080 --> 00:11:29.090
  • he was trying
  • 00:11:29.090 --> 00:11:29.280
  • to confess it with God,
  • 00:11:29.280 --> 00:11:30.280
  • with Nathan who represents God
  • 00:11:30.280 --> 00:11:32.060
  • because he's a prophet.
  • 00:11:32.060 --> 00:11:33.060
  • Then he confesses it,
  • 00:11:33.060 --> 00:11:34.090
  • of course, you know,
  • 00:11:34.090 --> 00:11:35.150
  • to those that are involved.
  • 00:11:35.150 --> 00:11:36.250
  • And so,
  • 00:11:36.250 --> 00:11:37.180
  • confess where you went wrong.
  • 00:11:37.180 --> 00:11:38.230
  • Believe it or not, confession is
  • 00:11:38.230 --> 00:11:40.080
  • the most freeing thing
  • 00:11:40.080 --> 00:11:41.080
  • in the world.
  • 00:11:41.080 --> 00:11:42.230
  • It really is.
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:43.130
  • You may say, "But what I've done
  • 00:11:43.130 --> 00:11:44.240
  • doesn't really affect anyone
  • 00:11:44.240 --> 00:11:45.140
  • but me."
  • 00:11:45.140 --> 00:11:46.040
  • Then confess it to God
  • 00:11:46.040 --> 00:11:46.240
  • because it's affecting you.
  • 00:11:46.240 --> 00:11:48.280
  • And just admit it.
  • 00:11:48.280 --> 00:11:49.180
  • Say, "Lord, I blew it.
  • 00:11:49.180 --> 00:11:50.290
  • I screwed up."
  • 00:11:50.290 --> 00:11:51.190
  • And again, some of you right now
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:53.000
  • are freaking out.
  • 00:11:53.000 --> 00:11:53.200
  • You're like, "There's no way
  • 00:11:53.200 --> 00:11:54.170
  • I can do this."
  • 00:11:54.170 --> 00:11:55.290
  • I actually would ask again the
  • 00:11:55.290 --> 00:11:57.040
  • question, there's no way I could
  • 00:11:57.040 --> 00:11:58.150
  • live like that.
  • 00:11:58.150 --> 00:12:00.190
  • At some point, you begin to
  • 00:12:00.190 --> 00:12:01.170
  • realize, "You know what?
  • 00:12:01.170 --> 00:12:02.100
  • This makes everything I'm doing
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:03.110
  • a sham.
  • 00:12:03.110 --> 00:12:04.290
  • At some point, I want to live
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:06.040
  • free of this."
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:07.150
  • So there is a better way, so I
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:08.230
  • just want to encourage you
  • 00:12:08.230 --> 00:12:09.280
  • with that.
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:10.180
  • Now, by the way, God is not
  • 00:12:10.180 --> 00:12:11.140
  • pointing a finger at you today.
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:12.210
  • He's doing this with his finger
  • 00:12:12.210 --> 00:12:13.200
  • instead and saying, "Come here,
  • 00:12:13.200 --> 00:12:14.270
  • I want to forgive you."
  • 00:12:14.270 --> 00:12:15.240
  • So, he's not pointing a finger
  • 00:12:15.240 --> 00:12:17.290
  • at what you've done.
  • 00:12:17.290 --> 00:12:19.130
  • He's saying, "Come here."
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  • This is the whole reason Jesus
  • 00:12:20.030 --> 00:12:21.070
  • died on the cross because he
  • 00:12:21.070 --> 00:12:22.070
  • knows we need grace.
  • 00:12:22.070 --> 00:12:23.170
  • Welcome to the human condition.
  • 00:12:23.170 --> 00:12:26.070
  • Everyone needs grace.
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  • Not one person in here is
  • 00:12:27.040 --> 00:12:29.050
  • going to get off scot-free
  • 00:12:29.050 --> 00:12:30.210
  • here thinking,
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:31.110
  • "Oh, I don't need this.
  • 00:12:31.110 --> 00:12:32.160
  • I haven't done anything."
  • 00:12:32.160 --> 00:12:33.100
  • That's just not true.
  • 00:12:33.100 --> 00:12:35.040
  • We have all been there.
  • 00:12:35.040 --> 00:12:36.290
  • We have all received the penalty
  • 00:12:36.290 --> 00:12:39.090
  • for our sin, and God is saying,
  • 00:12:39.090 --> 00:12:40.250
  • "I have a better way."
  • 00:12:40.250 --> 00:12:41.290
  • I've got great news for you
  • 00:12:41.290 --> 00:12:43.020
  • today.
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:43.220
  • You may have came in here with
  • 00:12:43.220 --> 00:12:44.120
  • a heavy burden, but you can
  • 00:12:44.120 --> 00:12:45.090
  • leave lighter today because God
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:47.220
  • is a forgiving God that wants
  • 00:12:47.220 --> 00:12:48.290
  • to give you a new day.
  • 00:12:48.290 --> 00:12:50.030
  • Doesn't that sound nice?
  • 00:12:50.030 --> 00:12:51.160
  • He's saying, "I forgive you.
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:53.070
  • I forgive you."
  • 00:12:53.070 --> 00:12:56.050
  • That's the kind of God that
  • 00:12:56.050 --> 00:12:57.100
  • we serve.
  • 00:12:57.100 --> 00:12:58.200
  • So, look what happens here.
  • 00:12:58.200 --> 00:12:59.170
  • So David prayed, "Oh God,
  • 00:12:59.170 --> 00:13:00.190
  • please don't take the life of
  • 00:13:00.190 --> 00:13:02.000
  • my child."
  • 00:13:02.000 --> 00:13:02.210
  • And I think it's important to
  • 00:13:02.210 --> 00:13:03.130
  • note that oftentimes--I don't
  • 00:13:03.130 --> 00:13:04.200
  • care how spiritual you are,
  • 00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:06.100
  • oftentimes we pray, "Oh Lord,
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:07.150
  • please don't let this happen,"
  • 00:13:07.150 --> 00:13:08.290
  • but there's still consequences
  • 00:13:08.290 --> 00:13:10.090
  • for our sin.
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:11.110
  • But it just means that that's
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:12.070
  • just the reality.
  • 00:13:12.070 --> 00:13:13.170
  • And so, it doesn't mean that
  • 00:13:13.170 --> 00:13:14.230
  • you're horrible.
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:15.110
  • You know, quit beating yourself
  • 00:13:15.110 --> 00:13:17.140
  • up over something from the past.
  • 00:13:17.140 --> 00:13:18.140
  • In fact, look what it says here
  • 00:13:18.140 --> 00:13:19.280
  • in verse 20.
  • 00:13:19.280 --> 00:13:20.270
  • "Then David got up from
  • 00:13:20.270 --> 00:13:21.220
  • the ground.
  • 00:13:21.220 --> 00:13:22.120
  • He said, 'While the child was
  • 00:13:22.120 --> 00:13:23.080
  • still alive, I fasted and wept.
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:24.240
  • But now that the child is dead,
  • 00:13:24.240 --> 00:13:26.150
  • why should I fast?
  • 00:13:26.150 --> 00:13:27.090
  • Can I bring him back to life?'"
  • 00:13:27.090 --> 00:13:29.090
  • Now, that may seem cold to you,
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:30.140
  • but it's really not cold.
  • 00:13:30.140 --> 00:13:31.120
  • This shows you the brilliance
  • 00:13:31.120 --> 00:13:32.150
  • of David and that he understood
  • 00:13:32.150 --> 00:13:34.120
  • something about leadership, and
  • 00:13:34.120 --> 00:13:35.130
  • that is that you've got to put
  • 00:13:35.130 --> 00:13:36.120
  • the past behind you
  • 00:13:36.120 --> 00:13:37.060
  • and move forward.
  • 00:13:37.060 --> 00:13:38.120
  • And so number two if you're
  • 00:13:38.120 --> 00:13:39.030
  • taking notes is that we need to
  • 00:13:39.030 --> 00:13:40.050
  • accept what we cannot change.
  • 00:13:40.050 --> 00:13:42.270
  • Accept what cannot be changed.
  • 00:13:42.270 --> 00:13:44.250
  • Okay, so you did it.
  • 00:13:44.250 --> 00:13:45.220
  • Okay, so you messed up.
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  • Accept what can't be changed
  • 00:13:47.260 --> 00:13:48.170
  • and move on.
  • 00:13:48.170 --> 00:13:49.070
  • Instead of being frustrated
  • 00:13:49.070 --> 00:13:50.260
  • about it, you know, "Ah, I'm so
  • 00:13:50.260 --> 00:13:52.130
  • tired of paying child support,"
  • 00:13:52.130 --> 00:13:53.260
  • well, when you get a divorce,
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:55.000
  • you pay child support.
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:56.240
  • That's what happens with that.
  • 00:13:56.240 --> 00:13:58.100
  • "Oh, I just am so frustrated
  • 00:13:58.100 --> 00:13:59.270
  • when my old friends that I see
  • 00:13:59.270 --> 00:14:01.010
  • from high school mention what
  • 00:14:01.010 --> 00:14:02.040
  • I used to do."
  • 00:14:02.040 --> 00:14:02.240
  • Well, that's because you did
  • 00:14:02.240 --> 00:14:04.010
  • that stuff, and you can't deny
  • 00:14:04.010 --> 00:14:05.150
  • that.
  • 00:14:05.150 --> 00:14:06.060
  • Rather than getting frustrated
  • 00:14:06.060 --> 00:14:07.030
  • by it, just kind of laugh it off
  • 00:14:07.030 --> 00:14:08.140
  • and say, "Yeah, you're right,
  • 00:14:08.140 --> 00:14:09.100
  • I did all those things,
  • 00:14:09.100 --> 00:14:10.080
  • but I'm a different guy now.
  • 00:14:10.080 --> 00:14:12.020
  • I'm a different girl now."
  • 00:14:12.020 --> 00:14:12.250
  • It's okay, just accept what
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:14.180
  • can't be changed.
  • 00:14:14.180 --> 00:14:15.130
  • How many of you guys can change
  • 00:14:15.130 --> 00:14:16.100
  • your past, anyone?
  • 00:14:16.100 --> 00:14:18.210
  • Oh, you can't?
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:20.100
  • Then why are we still trying to
  • 00:14:20.100 --> 00:14:21.150
  • cover stuff up and be like,
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:22.150
  • "Oh, don't look in here.
  • 00:14:22.150 --> 00:14:23.110
  • There's nothing to see here"?
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:25.290
  • Just accept what can't be
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:26.220
  • changed, and just move forward
  • 00:14:26.220 --> 00:14:27.260
  • in your life.
  • 00:14:27.260 --> 00:14:29.010
  • It's okay, we've all done some
  • 00:14:29.010 --> 00:14:30.060
  • stuff.
  • 00:14:30.060 --> 00:14:30.260
  • We've all been someone we didn't
  • 00:14:30.260 --> 00:14:32.060
  • like, right?
  • 00:14:32.060 --> 00:14:33.290
  • Haven't we all been that way?
  • 00:14:33.290 --> 00:14:35.140
  • There's a reason that I have to
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:36.060
  • pastor in Corpus Christi and not
  • 00:14:36.060 --> 00:14:37.160
  • Houston where I grew up.
  • 00:14:37.160 --> 00:14:38.060
  • There's a reason.
  • 00:14:38.060 --> 00:14:39.220
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:14:39.220 --> 00:14:42.120
  • There's some people if I saw
  • 00:14:42.120 --> 00:14:43.110
  • back there, I'd be like, "I'm
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:44.070
  • really sorry about the guy you
  • 00:14:44.070 --> 00:14:45.080
  • used to know," you know?
  • 00:14:45.080 --> 00:14:46.050
  • Because in high school, I was
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:47.110
  • very, very in love with myself.
  • 00:14:47.110 --> 00:14:49.170
  • Okay, I'm just saying.
  • 00:14:49.280 --> 00:14:52.280
  • And so, oftentimes we try to
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:54.090
  • cover stuff up rather than just
  • 00:14:54.090 --> 00:14:56.110
  • confessing it and then living
  • 00:14:56.110 --> 00:14:58.250
  • a different life,
  • 00:14:58.250 --> 00:14:59.260
  • living a changed life.
  • 00:14:59.260 --> 00:15:00.220
  • That's the way God wants it
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:02.020
  • to be.
  • 00:15:02.020 --> 00:15:02.220
  • I heard about this guy, he sees
  • 00:15:02.220 --> 00:15:03.210
  • his coworker at work
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:04.170
  • and he's like, "Hey dude."
  • 00:15:04.170 --> 00:15:05.130
  • And he knows his coworker's got
  • 00:15:05.130 --> 00:15:06.290
  • an earring in his ear.
  • 00:15:06.290 --> 00:15:07.250
  • And nothing wrong with that, but
  • 00:15:07.250 --> 00:15:09.050
  • he knows his buddy's kind of
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:10.230
  • conservative, so he thinks,
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:12.030
  • "That's odd.
  • 00:15:12.030 --> 00:15:12.290
  • I would have never put an
  • 00:15:12.290 --> 00:15:15.000
  • earring on that guy, you know?"
  • 00:15:15.000 --> 00:15:16.020
  • So he said, "Hey, what's with
  • 00:15:16.020 --> 00:15:17.090
  • the earring?"
  • 00:15:17.090 --> 00:15:18.030
  • The guy goes, "Look man, let's
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:19.060
  • not make a big deal of this.
  • 00:15:19.060 --> 00:15:20.080
  • It's just something I started
  • 00:15:20.080 --> 00:15:21.040
  • wearing."
  • 00:15:21.040 --> 00:15:21.200
  • And he goes, "Well, I just got
  • 00:15:21.200 --> 00:15:22.080
  • to ask you, when did you
  • 00:15:22.080 --> 00:15:22.230
  • start wearing an earring?"
  • 00:15:22.230 --> 00:15:24.230
  • And he goes, "Ever since my wife
  • 00:15:24.230 --> 00:15:25.120
  • found this in my truck, that's
  • 00:15:25.120 --> 00:15:26.090
  • You know, oftentimes we're
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:34.070
  • trying to cover stuff up.
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:36.060
  • God has a better way.
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:38.080
  • He really, really does.
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:39.130
  • And so--because often what
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:40.190
  • happens is you begin to live
  • 00:15:40.190 --> 00:15:41.170
  • really paranoid.
  • 00:15:41.170 --> 00:15:42.120
  • I heard about this husband and
  • 00:15:42.120 --> 00:15:43.050
  • wife, they're laying in bed, and
  • 00:15:43.050 --> 00:15:44.150
  • all of a sudden the wife hears
  • 00:15:44.150 --> 00:15:45.170
  • something downstairs and she
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:46.210
  • goes, "Quick, it's my husband,
  • 00:15:46.210 --> 00:15:48.060
  • get out of here!"
  • 00:15:48.060 --> 00:15:48.260
  • The guy hops up, throws on his
  • 00:15:48.260 --> 00:15:50.080
  • pants, opens the window,
  • 00:15:50.080 --> 00:15:51.110
  • climbs down because it's
  • 00:15:51.110 --> 00:15:52.220
  • a two-story house.
  • 00:15:52.220 --> 00:15:53.140
  • Climbs down and hops
  • 00:15:53.140 --> 00:15:54.090
  • in the bushes.
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:54.290
  • About the time he's sitting in
  • 00:15:54.290 --> 00:15:56.050
  • the bushes, he says,
  • 00:15:56.050 --> 00:15:56.250
  • "What am I doing?"
  • 00:15:56.250 --> 00:15:57.150
  • He climbs back up the roof,
  • 00:15:57.150 --> 00:15:58.110
  • comes back through the window,
  • 00:15:58.110 --> 00:15:59.030
  • and says, "I'm your husband."
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:00.180
  • You know, she says,
  • 00:16:00.180 --> 00:16:01.090
  • "Well, why'd you run then?"
  • 00:16:01.090 --> 00:16:02.120
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:05.030
  • Isn't it funny how paranoid
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:05.240
  • we get?
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:08.230
  • God doesn't want us to live
  • 00:16:08.230 --> 00:16:10.060
  • paranoid.
  • 00:16:10.060 --> 00:16:11.090
  • You'll get it in a second,
  • 00:16:11.090 --> 00:16:12.030
  • it's okay.
  • 00:16:12.030 --> 00:16:12.230
  • It'll just take a second.
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:15.010
  • It's always better when they
  • 00:16:15.010 --> 00:16:15.210
  • have to explain my jokes.
  • 00:16:15.210 --> 00:16:16.190
  • I love that, that's great.
  • 00:16:16.190 --> 00:16:18.140
  • But oftentimes, we live paranoid
  • 00:16:18.140 --> 00:16:20.040
  • for no reason.
  • 00:16:20.040 --> 00:16:20.280
  • We don't need to be afraid or
  • 00:16:20.280 --> 00:16:22.030
  • paranoid of our past.
  • 00:16:22.030 --> 00:16:24.010
  • God says yeah, you have a past,
  • 00:16:24.010 --> 00:16:25.170
  • we all do.
  • 00:16:25.170 --> 00:16:26.280
  • Just know you're forgiven
  • 00:16:26.280 --> 00:16:28.090
  • and move past your past.
  • 00:16:28.090 --> 00:16:30.150
  • That's a better way to live.
  • 00:16:30.150 --> 00:16:32.040
  • And so, what does David do?
  • 00:16:32.040 --> 00:16:32.270
  • This is really interesting what
  • 00:16:32.270 --> 00:16:34.280
  • David does.
  • 00:16:34.280 --> 00:16:35.170
  • I love this, check it out.
  • 00:16:35.170 --> 00:16:36.220
  • It says in verse 20 in the
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:37.270
  • second part, it says, "After he
  • 00:16:37.270 --> 00:16:39.050
  • had washed, put on lotions
  • 00:16:39.050 --> 00:16:40.280
  • and changed his clothes, he went
  • 00:16:40.280 --> 00:16:42.080
  • into the house of the Lord
  • 00:16:42.080 --> 00:16:43.080
  • and worshiped."
  • 00:16:43.080 --> 00:16:44.260
  • "Hold on, hold on, pastor,
  • 00:16:44.260 --> 00:16:46.100
  • you can't just blow by this.
  • 00:16:46.100 --> 00:16:48.120
  • I mean, this is, like,
  • 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:49.030
  • scandalous.
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:49.230
  • This would be on the front cover
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:51.030
  • of Israeli People Magazine.
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:52.030
  • This is huge.
  • 00:16:52.030 --> 00:16:53.290
  • I mean, this is the king
  • 00:16:53.290 --> 00:16:55.200
  • cheating with another, you know,
  • 00:16:55.200 --> 00:16:57.050
  • man's wife.
  • 00:16:57.050 --> 00:16:58.000
  • I mean, this is big stuff.
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:16:59.150
  • He's an accomplice to murder,
  • 00:16:59.150 --> 00:17:00.150
  • and now he just waltzes into
  • 00:17:00.150 --> 00:17:01.280
  • church, cleans up after he, you
  • 00:17:01.280 --> 00:17:03.240
  • know, fasts and prays, and the
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:05.120
  • baby dies anyways, and he just
  • 00:17:05.120 --> 00:17:06.180
  • worships God and moves on."
  • 00:17:06.180 --> 00:17:08.210
  • I would argue that he doesn't
  • 00:17:08.210 --> 00:17:09.150
  • just move on.
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:11.170
  • I would actually argue that in
  • 00:17:11.170 --> 00:17:12.050
  • worshiping God, he was saying,
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:13.030
  • "Oh God, I so desperately
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:15.240
  • need you.
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:17.180
  • Oh Lord, I just--I need you
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:18.240
  • so bad, God.
  • 00:17:18.240 --> 00:17:19.170
  • Forgive me, I feel like I just
  • 00:17:19.170 --> 00:17:21.130
  • blew it so badly.
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:22.190
  • Lord, I just need your grace."
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:24.120
  • Some of us, let's be honest,
  • 00:17:24.120 --> 00:17:25.130
  • some of us shouldn't be alive
  • 00:17:25.130 --> 00:17:26.260
  • for the stuff we've done.
  • 00:17:26.260 --> 00:17:27.180
  • You know, some of us right now
  • 00:17:27.180 --> 00:17:29.280
  • are still married by grace,
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:32.000
  • are still--you know, have our
  • 00:17:32.000 --> 00:17:34.020
  • children and have custody of
  • 00:17:34.020 --> 00:17:35.090
  • them by grace.
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:35.290
  • Some of us still have a position
  • 00:17:35.290 --> 00:17:37.180
  • in our company by grace.
  • 00:17:37.180 --> 00:17:40.090
  • Some of us have any kind of
  • 00:17:40.090 --> 00:17:41.250
  • status or standing in our
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:42.200
  • community by grace.
  • 00:17:42.200 --> 00:17:44.040
  • So, we have to say, "God,
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:45.160
  • you're just that good.
  • 00:17:45.160 --> 00:17:47.120
  • I'm not that good; you
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:48.210
  • are that good."
  • 00:17:48.210 --> 00:17:49.110
  • Can we just give God
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:50.160
  • a little worship today?
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:51.090
  • Isn't he good?
  • 00:17:51.090 --> 00:17:53.070
  • Praise God.
  • 00:17:53.070 --> 00:17:54.220
  • [applauding]
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:57.120
  • So, this is interesting,
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:17:58.030
  • what does David do?
  • 00:17:58.030 --> 00:17:58.240
  • Number three, he focuses
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:17:59.250
  • on prayer and moving forward.
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:02.010
  • I love that.
  • 00:18:02.010 --> 00:18:02.290
  • He focuses on prayer
  • 00:18:02.290 --> 00:18:04.150
  • and moving forward.
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:05.050
  • Now, I need to tell you
  • 00:18:05.050 --> 00:18:05.280
  • something that may offend your
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:08.160
  • sensibilities a little bit, but
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:10.020
  • this is really going to help
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:10.270
  • you, okay?
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:11.210
  • I want to challenge you and
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:13.100
  • encourage you to minimize what
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:15.220
  • you did or what someone did to
  • 00:18:15.220 --> 00:18:17.110
  • you in your past,
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:19.150
  • to minimize it.
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  • No one's denying what was done
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  • to you or what you did.
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  • No one's denying it.
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  • But how is it helping you
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:28.020
  • to replay it in your mind
  • 00:18:28.020 --> 00:18:29.130
  • every single day?
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:32.020
  • How is that helping you?
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  • It's bad enough that they did it
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  • to you once.
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  • Why are you letting them do it
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  • to you today again in your mind?
  • 00:18:35.210 --> 00:18:37.030
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:40.290
  • God has a better way for you.
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  • So, here's what I've learned
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  • to do.
  • 00:18:42.240 --> 00:18:43.230
  • And every good leader does
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  • something like this.
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  • This is a little exercise that
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  • Christian psychologists teach
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  • that's brilliant.
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:50.060
  • It's just something in a
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:51.130
  • practical way to put this verse
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  • into context and help you apply
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  • the biblical principle of
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  • putting your past behind you.
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  • Here's what I do.
  • 00:18:57.020 --> 00:18:58.020
  • When someone betrays me or hurt
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:18:59.240
  • me, or something I did, or
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:00.120
  • something someone did to me, and
  • 00:19:00.120 --> 00:19:02.100
  • it really hurts and it really
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:03.130
  • stings bad--and I understand,
  • 00:19:03.130 --> 00:19:05.090
  • I've been there.
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:06.000
  • I've been the guy sitting in
  • 00:19:06.000 --> 00:19:07.060
  • the shower with tears running
  • 00:19:07.060 --> 00:19:08.050
  • down my face, saying, "God,
  • 00:19:08.050 --> 00:19:09.070
  • why does this hurt so bad?"
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:10.060
  • I really do understand that.
  • 00:19:10.060 --> 00:19:12.260
  • Now, I may not know the depth of
  • 00:19:12.260 --> 00:19:14.120
  • your struggle or the depth of
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:15.130
  • the pain you've gone through,
  • 00:19:15.130 --> 00:19:16.080
  • but you may not know the depth
  • 00:19:16.080 --> 00:19:17.100
  • of mine either.
  • 00:19:17.100 --> 00:19:18.160
  • All of us have been there at
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  • some level.
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:20.030
  • But here's something
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  • I've learned to do.
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  • In my mind, I take a snapshot
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:25.080
  • of who hurt me and when it
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  • happened.
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  • Then I go in my mind and I hang
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:29.160
  • it on a wall somewhere, like
  • 00:19:29.160 --> 00:19:31.000
  • almost like I'm in a museum
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  • or something.
  • 00:19:32.040 --> 00:19:33.060
  • I hang it on the wall, and then
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:34.170
  • I walk about 300 yards from it.
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  • And I look back at it, and it's
  • 00:19:37.010 --> 00:19:39.040
  • real small at that point.
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  • And that's the perspective
  • 00:19:42.070 --> 00:19:43.090
  • I keep with what happened to me.
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:46.160
  • And so, what happens is I'm not
  • 00:19:46.160 --> 00:19:48.060
  • denying that happened, but I'm
  • 00:19:48.060 --> 00:19:50.040
  • going to live like it was
  • 00:19:50.040 --> 00:19:50.290
  • 100 years ago and move
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  • past it.
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  • Does that help you?
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  • You need to be set free.
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  • Quit magnifying and maximizing
  • 00:19:58.120 --> 00:20:01.030
  • what happened to you, and start
  • 00:20:01.030 --> 00:20:02.160
  • minimizing it.
  • 00:20:02.160 --> 00:20:03.060
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:03.260
  • "O magnify the Lord."
  • 00:20:03.260 --> 00:20:05.210
  • And when you magnify the Lord
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:07.270
  • and you get a big picture of who
  • 00:20:07.270 --> 00:20:09.070
  • he is right in front of you,
  • 00:20:09.070 --> 00:20:10.050
  • it makes everything else so
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:11.110
  • small and insignificant.
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  • Magnify the Lord.
  • 00:20:13.200 --> 00:20:15.060
  • The Bible also says this is
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  • the day the Lord has made.
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  • Today is the day the Lord
  • 00:20:18.000 --> 00:20:19.020
  • has made.
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  • Today is the day.
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  • That's a great book title,
  • 00:20:20.120 --> 00:20:21.030
  • I like that.
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:23.090
  • It says this is the day.
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  • Today is the day the Lord has
  • 00:20:24.240 --> 00:20:26.130
  • made, not yesterday.
  • 00:20:26.130 --> 00:20:28.210
  • Now we know--but God made--I
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:30.130
  • understand, but what can you do
  • 00:20:30.130 --> 00:20:31.080
  • about that now?
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:33.100
  • So, let's maximize and magnify
  • 00:20:33.100 --> 00:20:36.070
  • God in our day to day,
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:38.250
  • and minimize our yesterdays.
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:42.120
  • You have to learn how to forget
  • 00:20:42.120 --> 00:20:43.260
  • last game when you blew it.
  • 00:20:43.260 --> 00:20:45.150
  • As a Texans fan, I have to do
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:46.240
  • this every single week.
  • 00:20:46.240 --> 00:20:48.280
  • Anyway, my point is we have to
  • 00:20:56.110 --> 00:20:59.110
  • learn to put our past behind us,
  • 00:20:59.110 --> 00:21:02.110
  • and look forward to your future.
  • 00:21:02.110 --> 00:21:03.250
  • You know, there's a reason why
  • 00:21:03.250 --> 00:21:04.210
  • the windshield on your car is so
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:06.060
  • big and the rearview mirror is
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:07.110
  • so small.
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:09.010
  • Just adjust it, learn from it so
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:10.230
  • you don't drive back there
  • 00:21:10.230 --> 00:21:11.250
  • again, but then move forward in
  • 00:21:11.250 --> 00:21:14.030
  • your life.
  • 00:21:14.030 --> 00:21:14.240
  • I believe God is trying to say
  • 00:21:14.240 --> 00:21:15.140
  • to you today,
  • 00:21:15.140 --> 00:21:16.040
  • "This is your new day."
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  • This is a new day in Christ.
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  • This is the time to maximize
  • 00:21:19.010 --> 00:21:20.120
  • what God's doing in your life
  • 00:21:20.120 --> 00:21:21.090
  • today, and minimize what
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:22.120
  • happened yesterday.
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:23.150
  • Today is your new season.
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:25.050
  • It begins right now.
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:26.230
  • And God brought you here to hear
  • 00:21:26.230 --> 00:21:28.130
  • this message because he wants
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:29.190
  • you to be set free.
  • 00:21:29.190 --> 00:21:30.260
  • Isn't that good news?
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:32.280
  • "Then David comforted his
  • 00:21:36.160 --> 00:21:37.180
  • wife Bathsheba."
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:38.190
  • I think I know what that means.
  • 00:21:38.190 --> 00:21:41.180
  • "He comforted his wife
  • 00:21:41.180 --> 00:21:42.090
  • Bathsheba, and he went to her
  • 00:21:42.090 --> 00:21:43.170
  • and he lay with her.
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:44.070
  • She gave birth to a son, and
  • 00:21:44.070 --> 00:21:45.160
  • they named him Solomon."
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  • Number four, focus on what's
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:48.120
  • left, not on what's lost.
  • 00:21:48.160 --> 00:21:51.160
  • Focus on what's left,
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:52.190
  • not on what's lost.
  • 00:21:52.190 --> 00:21:53.180
  • You do a disservice to those who
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:55.050
  • are still in your life when you
  • 00:21:55.050 --> 00:21:56.050
  • focus on those
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:56.220
  • who left your life.
  • 00:21:56.220 --> 00:21:58.240
  • You know, my boss betrayed me
  • 00:21:58.240 --> 00:22:00.250
  • and they laid me off,
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:02.090
  • they fired me.
  • 00:22:02.090 --> 00:22:03.110
  • You know, you can keep singing
  • 00:22:03.110 --> 00:22:05.100
  • that tune, or you can go focus
  • 00:22:05.100 --> 00:22:06.240
  • on your new job.
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:08.290
  • You know, why are you going out
  • 00:22:08.290 --> 00:22:10.100
  • on a date, single person,
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:11.280
  • talking about your ex?
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.180
  • You're ruining that date.
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:14.200
  • Why are you doing that?
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:16.130
  • You need to put that behind you,
  • 00:22:16.130 --> 00:22:18.230
  • you know?
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:19.130
  • "Well, I'm divorced."
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:20.120
  • No, you're single.
  • 00:22:20.120 --> 00:22:21.070
  • Don't use the word "divorced"
  • 00:22:21.070 --> 00:22:22.010
  • anymore.
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:22.210
  • I officially grant you privilege
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:24.100
  • to drop that word and say single
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:26.010
  • from now on.
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:27.220
  • You know,
  • 00:22:27.220 --> 00:22:28.120
  • "Well, but I got divorced."
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:29.020
  • Yeah, I know, but it was
  • 00:22:29.020 --> 00:22:29.220
  • 6 years ago.
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:30.120
  • Really, we're still talking
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:31.020
  • about that?
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:32.270
  • And so, you can move past that
  • 00:22:32.270 --> 00:22:34.080
  • person who hurt you, and move
  • 00:22:34.080 --> 00:22:36.080
  • into the future that God has
  • 00:22:36.080 --> 00:22:37.220
  • for you.
  • 00:22:37.220 --> 00:22:38.120
  • Focus on what's left, not on
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:40.120
  • what's lost because here's what
  • 00:22:40.120 --> 00:22:41.030
  • I'm trying to tell you.
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:42.020
  • Your future is too important to
  • 00:22:42.020 --> 00:22:44.110
  • focus on your past.
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:47.090
  • Your future is way too important
  • 00:22:47.240 --> 00:22:50.240
  • to focus on your past mistakes.
  • 00:22:50.240 --> 00:22:52.080
  • God has a better way for you.
  • 00:22:52.100 --> 00:22:55.100
  • And today is the day the Lord
  • 00:22:55.100 --> 00:22:57.230
  • has made.
  • 00:22:57.230 --> 00:22:58.210
  • This is your moment.
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:00.250
  • O magnify the Lord.
  • 00:23:00.250 --> 00:23:03.090
  • Quit magnifying what you did.
  • 00:23:03.090 --> 00:23:06.080
  • This is why Jesus came.
  • 00:23:06.080 --> 00:23:09.080
  • Bible says, "For God so loved
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:11.160
  • the world that he gave his only
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:12.280
  • Son, his only begotten Son, that
  • 00:23:12.280 --> 00:23:15.030
  • whosoever, whoever, doesn't
  • 00:23:15.030 --> 00:23:16.130
  • matter what you've done, whoever
  • 00:23:16.130 --> 00:23:18.270
  • believes in him shall not
  • 00:23:18.270 --> 00:23:20.170
  • perish," shall not have the
  • 00:23:20.170 --> 00:23:21.240
  • death penalty, David, like you
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:22.280
  • think you're going to get for
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:23.280
  • what you did, but have instead
  • 00:23:23.280 --> 00:23:26.050
  • eternal life.
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:26.250
  • Isn't that great?
  • 00:23:26.250 --> 00:23:29.180
  • It goes on to say after that
  • 00:23:29.180 --> 00:23:30.170
  • that Jesus said, "I did not come
  • 00:23:30.170 --> 00:23:32.070
  • to condemn the world.
  • 00:23:32.070 --> 00:23:33.130
  • I came to save it."
  • 00:23:33.130 --> 00:23:35.040
  • So, today I believe could be
  • 00:23:35.110 --> 00:23:38.110
  • the day of your salvation.
  • 00:23:38.110 --> 00:23:39.250
  • You know, we just recently
  • 00:23:39.250 --> 00:23:41.270
  • started these campuses, these
  • 00:23:41.270 --> 00:23:43.090
  • churches inside the walls of
  • 00:23:43.090 --> 00:23:45.040
  • some prisons.
  • 00:23:45.040 --> 00:23:46.150
  • But one of our volunteers that
  • 00:23:46.150 --> 00:23:48.290
  • is behind the prison walls
  • 00:23:48.290 --> 00:23:50.200
  • helping these guys, and just
  • 00:23:50.200 --> 00:23:52.090
  • loving on them, encouraging
  • 00:23:52.090 --> 00:23:53.180
  • them, they told me this powerful
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:54.290
  • story.
  • 00:23:54.290 --> 00:23:55.150
  • They said there was a guy there
  • 00:23:55.150 --> 00:23:56.040
  • who said, "Oh, I know all about
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:23:56.230
  • the grace of God.
  • 00:23:56.230 --> 00:23:57.220
  • I am a free man."
  • 00:23:57.220 --> 00:23:58.240
  • And they said, "You're what?"
  • 00:23:58.240 --> 00:24:00.250
  • And he said, "I'm a free man."
  • 00:24:00.250 --> 00:24:02.140
  • They said,
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:03.040
  • "But you're behind bars."
  • 00:24:03.040 --> 00:24:04.010
  • He goes, "I know."
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:05.010
  • He goes,
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:05.210
  • "But I never got caught."
  • 00:24:05.210 --> 00:24:06.120
  • They say, "Then how are you
  • 00:24:06.120 --> 00:24:07.290
  • behind bars?"
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:08.190
  • He said, "I went and confessed
  • 00:24:08.190 --> 00:24:09.170
  • it because when I got my life
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:10.150
  • right with God, I didn't want to
  • 00:24:10.150 --> 00:24:12.080
  • carry this law around that I
  • 00:24:12.080 --> 00:24:14.090
  • knew that I had broken,
  • 00:24:14.090 --> 00:24:15.050
  • so I went and confessed it."
  • 00:24:15.050 --> 00:24:16.090
  • And he said, "So, I'm actually
  • 00:24:16.090 --> 00:24:17.210
  • behind bars freer than I ever
  • 00:24:17.210 --> 00:24:19.250
  • was when I wasn't."
  • 00:24:19.250 --> 00:24:22.210
  • Wow, isn't that amazing?
  • 00:24:22.210 --> 00:24:24.290
  • But the reality is this.
  • 00:24:28.130 --> 00:24:30.040
  • Some of you feel bad for the
  • 00:24:30.040 --> 00:24:32.210
  • person behind bars, but could it
  • 00:24:32.210 --> 00:24:34.060
  • be that you're behind bars
  • 00:24:34.060 --> 00:24:36.160
  • right now?
  • 00:24:36.160 --> 00:24:38.090
  • Could it be that you've put
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:39.150
  • yourself in this penalty box
  • 00:24:39.150 --> 00:24:41.140
  • that God never required of you,
  • 00:24:41.160 --> 00:24:44.160
  • that somehow you are sitting in
  • 00:24:44.160 --> 00:24:46.070
  • a jail cell?
  • 00:24:46.070 --> 00:24:48.040
  • And Jesus is saying,
  • 00:24:48.040 --> 00:24:49.070
  • "I've unlocked the door.
  • 00:24:49.070 --> 00:24:51.140
  • All you have to do is push it
  • 00:24:51.140 --> 00:24:53.040
  • open and walk out.
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:55.210
  • You have been freed of your
  • 00:24:55.210 --> 00:24:58.060
  • past transgressions."
  • 00:24:58.060 --> 00:24:59.290
  • My prayer is that you would
  • 00:24:59.290 --> 00:25:01.090
  • understand that God has truly
  • 00:25:01.090 --> 00:25:02.150
  • forgiven you and make this
  • 00:25:02.150 --> 00:25:03.120
  • your prayer.
  • 00:25:03.120 --> 00:25:04.030
  • Say, "God, I want to live that
  • 00:25:04.030 --> 00:25:05.100
  • free life.
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:06.060
  • I'm tired of living with this
  • 00:25:06.060 --> 00:25:07.120
  • burden of shame."
  • 00:25:07.120 --> 00:25:09.280
  • Jesus says, "I'm tired of you
  • 00:25:09.280 --> 00:25:10.270
  • doing that too, and I died
  • 00:25:10.270 --> 00:25:12.060
  • for that."
  • 00:25:12.060 --> 00:25:13.190
  • So, when you receive Christ's
  • 00:25:13.190 --> 00:25:14.190
  • forgiveness, he forgave you for
  • 00:25:14.190 --> 00:25:15.210
  • stuff you haven't even done yet.
  • 00:25:15.210 --> 00:25:17.150
  • How cool is that?
  • 00:25:17.150 --> 00:25:19.040
  • That doesn't give us a green
  • 00:25:19.040 --> 00:25:20.120
  • light to go do more stuff.
  • 00:25:20.120 --> 00:25:22.290
  • It gives us the green light
  • 00:25:22.290 --> 00:25:23.250
  • to live forgiven.
  • 00:25:23.250 --> 00:25:25.060
  • So today, maybe your prayer is
  • 00:25:25.060 --> 00:25:26.140
  • to hold your hand high and say,
  • 00:25:26.140 --> 00:25:27.160
  • "God, I receive that
  • 00:25:27.160 --> 00:25:28.100
  • forgiveness.
  • 00:25:28.100 --> 00:25:29.000
  • I'm going to live in it now."
  • 00:25:29.000 --> 00:25:30.100
  • Maybe today, you need to go have
  • 00:25:30.100 --> 00:25:31.200
  • a really hard conversation with
  • 00:25:31.210 --> 00:25:34.210
  • a spouse, with a friend, with
  • 00:25:34.210 --> 00:25:36.000
  • a coworker, with a neighbor,
  • 00:25:36.000 --> 00:25:37.220
  • with a child.
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  • Going to have a tough
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  • conversation today, you're going
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  • to confess something.
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  • You know what?
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  • You're about to be free.
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  • You're about to be free.
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  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much
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  • for watching the program today.
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  • I got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
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  • to be your Lord and Savior?
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  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you will
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  • go to heaven because you know
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  • Jesus?
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  • Would you pray this prayer
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  • with me right now?
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  • You can just say this out loud.
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  • You can say,
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  • "Dear Jesus, I realize I need
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  • you.
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • for me to pray the price
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  • for my sins and I believe
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  • you rose again.
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  • Please come into my heart,
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  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • - female announcer: Could it be
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  • that your breaking point is
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  • actually a platform for victory?
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  • In his new DVD message,
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  • Pastor Bil shares on how
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  • to rise above your circumstances
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  • and follow the plan
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  • - Bil Cornelius: God wants
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  • to give you a great vision
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  • for your life, but you know
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  • what gets in the way of vision?
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  • Sight.
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  • Who you can see now gets in the
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  • way of who you can't see yet.
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  • Oh, all I see is a kid who is
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  • just disobeying me.
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  • No, I see a young man or a young
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  • woman who will turn into
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  • a godly man that honors the Lord
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  • with his life and changes
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  • the next generation.
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  • What are you seeing
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  • in your kids?
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  • Because what you see
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