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When God Says No: Dealing With Unanswered Prayers

Watch When God Says No: Dealing With Unanswered Prayers
January 31, 2017
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Bil Cornelius

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When God Says No: Dealing With Unanswered Prayers

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  • - Bil Cornelius: What's
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  • the motive behind the growth?
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  • What's the motive behind
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  • the income you want?
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  • What's the motive behind
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  • the promotion you want?
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  • What's the motive behind
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  • the house you want?
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  • There's nothing wrong
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  • with having stuff,
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  • it's when the stuff has you.
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  • Nothing wrong with having
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  • position, it's when you make
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  • the position about you.
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  • There's nothing wrong with
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  • having influence or affluence,
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  • it's when the influence
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  • and affluence is all about you.
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  • Are we willing to say,
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  • "Lord, I wanna honor you
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  • with everything I have"?
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  • And when you do that God says,
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  • "Then I'll give you more
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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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  • You know, we all have unanswered
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  • prayer requests.
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  • We all have things we've been
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  • asking God to do for years and
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  • the Lord just seems to be either
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  • saying no or not answering.
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  • So, what do you do?
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  • How do you deal
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  • with unanswered prayer?
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  • We all that have in our lives.
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  • And so, I wanna talk about
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  • that today.
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  • I think it's a reality
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  • we all face.
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  • Pull out your notes,
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  • if you would.
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  • As you do that, let's say our
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  • mission statement together.
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  • Our job is to do what?
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  • It's to take as many people to
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  • heaven--I like to hear you guys
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  • finish it out.
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  • Good job.
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  • Good job.
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  • Give yourself a hand right now
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  • for knowing what we're
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  • all about.
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  • Glad you guys are here again.
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  • Thanks for joining us today.
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  • Thanks for being a part
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  • of Church Unlimited.
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  • I heard about this mom,
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  • she was resting on the couch
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  • and she heard her young son yell
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  • at her from the backyard.
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  • He said, "Mom, what would you
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  • rather have, me break my arm
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  • falling from a tree
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  • or tear open my Sunday slacks?"
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  • She's like, "Well, I guess
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  • I'd pray that you wouldn't
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  • break your arm."
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  • And he said, "Your prayers
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  • have been answered."
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  • Sometimes things don't always
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  • work out like we want, right?
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  • Sometimes we pray for things
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  • that happen that don't happen.
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  • We pray for something not
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  • to happen that does.
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  • And so, those are realities
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  • that we all face in our lives.
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  • And, you know,
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  • I'm making light of it,
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  • but the truth is there may be
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  • something you've been asking
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  • for for a long time.
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  • You're like, "God, would you
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  • just come through in this
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  • area of my life?"
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  • And it just hasn't happened
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  • yet and that can be a having
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  • frustrating thing to think,
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  • "Lord, are you just telling me
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  • no or are you just not
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  • answering me?
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  • What's the deal, God?
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  • I just wanna know.
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  • I wanna stay faithful to you
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  • but, Lord, it's just tough when
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  • I'm not getting the answer
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  • I'm looking for."
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  • All of us face this in our lives
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  • at some time or another.
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  • So, let's take a look at some
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  • Scripture today and learn what
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  • we can do and how to deal
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  • with unanswered prayer.
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  • Look at 1 John chapter 5,
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  • verse 14.
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  • It says this,
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  • "This is the confidence we have
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  • in approaching God:
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  • that if we ask anything
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  • according to his will,
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  • he will hear us.
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  • And if we know that he hears
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  • us, whatever we ask, we know
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  • that we have what we asked for
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  • of him."
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  • And so, it says here,
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  • "Whatever you ask for according
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  • to his will."
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • Would you underline that?
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  • Because that's
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  • a pretty big little clause
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  • there, right?
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  • And so God says,
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  • "I wanna give you a yes,
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  • but it just has to be my will.
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  • It just has to be something that
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  • I want for your life, you know?"
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  • Just like I can't--prayers are
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  • just not automatically answered.
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  • I can't just say,
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  • "Lord, do this," and just poof,
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  • it happens.
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  • If God said yes to every prayer
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  • request we ever prayed, that
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  • would be a dangerous weapon,
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  • right?
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  • Someone cuts you off in traffic,
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  • "Smite them, Lord."
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  • You know what I mean?
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  • Sometimes we don't get what
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  • we want because it's just not
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  • God's will.
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  • And so, you have to be willing
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  • to understand that it
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  • has to be in his will.
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  • Look what the Scripture
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  • goes on to say.
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  • It says in Jonah chapter 4.
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  • This is Jonah because he prayed,
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  • "God, please do not deliver
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  • those people."
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  • Right, 'cause said, "Jonah,
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  • I'm gonna send you here
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  • and I want you to preach
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  • my truth to them so that
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  • they would know me, and I would
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  • forgive them and restore them."
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  • And Jonah's like,
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  • "No, I'm not gonna pray that.
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  • I'm not gonna preach that.
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  • I don't like those people.
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  • I don't want them
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  • to be forgiven.
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  • I don't want them
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  • to be blessed."
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  • And so, he tried to go
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  • completely against the Lord and
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  • the Lord chastised him for that.
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  • Look at the Scripture.
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  • It says in Jonah 4, verse 2,
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  • "So he complained to the Lord
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  • about it:
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  • 'Didn't I say before I left home
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  • that you would do this, Lord?
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  • That is why I ran away
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  • to Tarshish!
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  • I knew that you are a merciful
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  • and compassionate God.'"
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  • I love how he's saying He's
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  • like, "I knew you were merciful
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  • and compassionate," right?
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  • He's saying it like it's
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  • a bad thing, right?
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  • "I knew that you are a merciful
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  • and compassionate God,
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  • slow to get angry
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  • and filled with unfailing love.
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  • You are eager to turn back
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  • from destroying people.
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  • Just kill me now, Lord!
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  • I'd rather be dead than alive
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  • if what I predicted
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  • will not happen."
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  • So, Jonah was a bitter guy.
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  • He was very bitter
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  • and he was like,
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  • "Lord, if you're not gonna kill
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  • them, then kill me."
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  • Wow.
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  • Isn't that funny?
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  • Bitterness is like that, right?
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  • Bitterness is when--if you're
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  • bitter or unforgiving towards
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  • someone, it's like you're taking
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  • poison and expecting them
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  • to die from it.
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  • Doesn't work like that.
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  • And so, what happens he's like,
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  • "Lord, just smite them.
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  • Just kill them.
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  • Just take them out.
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  • I can't stand them."
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  • God says, "But I love them,
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  • Jonah.
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  • They're my creation just like
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  • I love you.
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  • And so no, Jonah, I'm not gonna
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  • answer your prayer request.
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  • I'm not gonna do it.
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  • That is not my will."
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  • God's will is to bless them,
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  • to touch their lives, to change
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  • them, to see them receive him.
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  • And so, that was his will.
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  • And so, number one God
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  • says, "No," if it's not
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  • his will.
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  • It's really pretty simple.
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  • Sometimes we say,
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  • "Oh, the Lord hasn't answered
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  • my prayer request."
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  • Well, maybe he hasn't but maybe
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  • the Lord's answer is "No."
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  • Maybe God did answer your
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  • request, you just don't like
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  • the answer.
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  • Does anyone have kids in here
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  • like mine that will ask
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  • for something, I say, "No"
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  • and then they ask 60 more times
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  • in row after that?
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  • And so, I'm like, "I don't think
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  • I stuttered when I said, 'No'
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  • the first time.
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  • I don't know,
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  • how many times--how much
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  • time you wanna waste on this?"
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  • And I've had to teach my kids
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  • it's like, "If you will focus
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  • instead of on the "no," gave you
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  • on the hundreds of "yeses"
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  • that are potential for me to say
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  • if you'll just ask something
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  • different, right?"
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  • "I want to stay the night
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  • at someone's house,
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  • so and so's house."
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  • "No."
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  • "I wanna stay at--please, Dad."
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  • "No.
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  • My no's not gonna change, but
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  • there are a hundred things
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  • you can ask me for
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  • and I'd say 'Yes.'"
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  • "Wanna go to the movies?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • "Wanna go, you know,
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  • to the skating rink?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • "You wanna go bowling?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • "You wanna go out and do this?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • "You want to go to this
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  • person's house?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • "That person's--"
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  • "No, my no's not gonna change
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  • in that area because there's
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  • things I see that you don't
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  • see."
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  • Anybody relate to this?
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  • Parents, you know what
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  • I'm talking about?
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  • So, sometimes we have to be
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  • willing to receive God's "No"
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  • because we just have to trust
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  • that he knows best.
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  • I mean, how many times people
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  • take a job, "Oh Lord,
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  • I want this job."
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  • And the Lord's like, "That's
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  • gonna involve compromise.
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  • It's not what I want
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  • for your life."
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  • "Oh, come on.
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  • Oh Lord, it'll be fine."
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  • And then we ask God to bless it.
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  • We're in the middle of a mess.
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  • And God's like, "You've entered
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  • a territory that I am not
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  • obligated to bless.
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  • I did not begin that.
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  • I'm not obligated to finish it."
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  • So, sometimes when we don't
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  • listen to the "no's", oh man, we
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  • create big messes in our lives.
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  • Now, the God that we serve
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  • is a God of grace
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  • and he'll help you get out
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  • of that mess, but again that's
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  • probably gonna be messy
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  • 'cause it was a mess you got in.
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  • So, we have to--we want to
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  • listen to the "no" on the front
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  • end otherwise it gets
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  • really bad.
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  • Then the "no's" aren't from God,
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  • then it starts to come from
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  • you going, "No.
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  • This is not what I wanted
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  • to happen."
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  • God says, "I didn't want it
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  • to happen either."
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  • So, we can't ignore
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  • God's "no's."
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  • He has a purpose.
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  • He has a reason even
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  • for the "no's"
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  • and so we have to trust that.
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  • So, when God says "no,"
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  • if it's not in his will,
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  • we need to listen to that.
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  • It's a good thing.
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  • Look at James 4, verse 3,
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  • "Even when you do ask,
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  • you don't get it because your
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  • whole aim is wrong, you want
  • 00:07:05.260 --> 00:07:07.260
  • only what will give
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  • you pleasure."
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  • Well, we all want what gives
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  • us pleasure, right?
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  • I mean, that's pretty normal
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  • but if that's all we want,
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  • that's a problem.
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  • So, God's not trying to say
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  • pleasure's bad.
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  • He created pleasure.
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  • There's nothing wrong
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  • with pleasure.
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  • It's when our lives become
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  • about pleasure only, that's
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  • when the problem comes in.
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  • Look at Psalm 66, verse 18.
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  • David said this, "If I had not
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  • confessed the sin in my heart,
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  • the Lord would not have
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  • listened.
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  • But God did listen!
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  • He paid attention to my prayer.
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  • Praise God, who did not ignore
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  • my prayer or withdraw
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  • his unfailing love from me."
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  • And so he said, "You know what?
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  • Because I got my heart right,
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  • God, you answered my prayer."
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  • But don't expect God to answer
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  • your prayer if your heart's
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  • not right.
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  • Here's what that means,
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  • you may be praying for something
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  • that God is not saying yes to,
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  • not because it's a bad thing
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  • but because God's saying,
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  • "I can't give that to you yet
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  • 'cause your heart's not right."
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  • So, it may be like,
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  • "Yeah, sure,
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  • I'd love to bless you with
  • 00:07:59.140 --> 00:08:00.060
  • that relationship but if you're
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  • not right spiritually,
  • 00:08:01.210 --> 00:08:03.040
  • you'll mess that up."
  • 00:08:03.040 --> 00:08:05.090
  • It's like, there's nothing that
  • 00:08:05.090 --> 00:08:06.180
  • I own--that my wife
  • 00:08:06.180 --> 00:08:08.110
  • and I own that we would
  • 00:08:08.110 --> 00:08:09.060
  • not give our children.
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  • The only thing that keeps us
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  • from giving everything we own
  • 00:08:12.050 --> 00:08:13.040
  • to our children one day
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  • is maturity.
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  • Do they have the maturity
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  • to handle it?
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  • I know of a couple who came
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  • to us years ago and said,
  • 00:08:21.230 --> 00:08:22.140
  • "Pastor, we want to make
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  • the church,
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  • as well as other organizations,
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  • a part of our will."
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  • I was like, "Okay, wow,
  • 00:08:29.190 --> 00:08:30.220
  • that's really nice.
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  • Thank you."
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  • People occasionally do that.
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  • I said, "That's amazing.
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  • Thank you very much."
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  • And they happen to have millions
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  • of dollars and they said,
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  • "We wanna include--"
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  • I said, "Are you gonna do
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  • something for your children?"
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  • And they said, "We're not."
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  • I said, "Oh wow, really?
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  • Why?
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  • Can I ask why?"
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  • They said, "We'd love
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  • to tell you why.
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  • It's just so sad but we know
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  • what they would do with it
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  • and we know we can't trust them
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  • with it because of some
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  • of the habits they have."
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  • In this particular case,
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  • they knew that they would excess
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  • themselves to death,
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  • literally to death because some
  • 00:09:00.020 --> 00:09:01.270
  • of their habits.
  • 00:09:01.270 --> 00:09:02.190
  • I thought, wow, here are parents
  • 00:09:02.190 --> 00:09:04.020
  • that want to bless their kids,
  • 00:09:04.020 --> 00:09:05.090
  • they just can't.
  • 00:09:05.090 --> 00:09:08.010
  • Their kids became unblessable
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  • from those who love them
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  • the most in the whole world.
  • 00:09:11.200 --> 00:09:13.220
  • I wonder if God's like that
  • 00:09:13.220 --> 00:09:14.140
  • with us sometimes.
  • 00:09:14.140 --> 00:09:15.070
  • I wonder if the Lord's like,
  • 00:09:15.070 --> 00:09:15.260
  • "I'd love to bless you
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  • with this, but you gotta prove
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  • faithful."
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  • You know, the average spends
  • 00:09:19.130 --> 00:09:20.120
  • about 10% more than they earn
  • 00:09:20.120 --> 00:09:21.210
  • annually which means if you earn
  • 00:09:21.210 --> 00:09:24.010
  • more, you'll get yourself
  • 00:09:24.010 --> 00:09:24.240
  • in more trouble, you'll be more
  • 00:09:24.240 --> 00:09:27.230
  • indebted, more creditors calling
  • 00:09:28.060 --> 00:09:31.060
  • rather than less until you learn
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  • to control it.
  • 00:09:32.190 --> 00:09:33.100
  • So, God may be saying,
  • 00:09:33.100 --> 00:09:34.050
  • "I'd love to bless you with this
  • 00:09:34.050 --> 00:09:36.160
  • but you have
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  • to become blessable.
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  • Be faithful with what I give
  • 00:09:38.120 --> 00:09:39.140
  • you and I'll give you more."
  • 00:09:39.140 --> 00:09:40.080
  • When the last time you honored
  • 00:09:40.080 --> 00:09:41.110
  • God with a tithe?
  • 00:09:41.110 --> 00:09:42.260
  • When's the last time you honored
  • 00:09:42.260 --> 00:09:43.250
  • your own future with savings?
  • 00:09:43.260 --> 00:09:46.260
  • When's the last time you honored
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  • your children by being stable
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  • in your spending and realizing
  • 00:09:49.100 --> 00:09:50.280
  • that the good thing is not
  • 00:09:50.280 --> 00:09:52.000
  • to always go to the mall
  • 00:09:52.000 --> 00:09:53.090
  • but to realize, "Wait a minute,
  • 00:09:53.090 --> 00:09:54.080
  • wait a minute, I need to pull
  • 00:09:54.080 --> 00:09:54.290
  • back and have something
  • 00:09:54.290 --> 00:09:56.010
  • if some--Johnny breaks his arm,
  • 00:09:56.010 --> 00:09:57.110
  • are we ready for that?
  • 00:09:57.110 --> 00:09:58.200
  • If Sally needs braces,
  • 00:09:58.200 --> 00:09:59.200
  • are we ready for that?"
  • 00:09:59.200 --> 00:10:00.110
  • In other words like, "Lord,
  • 00:10:00.110 --> 00:10:01.110
  • I wanna be faithful with what
  • 00:10:01.110 --> 00:10:02.180
  • you've given me."
  • 00:10:02.180 --> 00:10:03.120
  • And God says, "If you'll do
  • 00:10:03.120 --> 00:10:03.290
  • that, I'll give you more."
  • 00:10:04.050 --> 00:10:07.050
  • So, it could be that God's not
  • 00:10:07.050 --> 00:10:08.000
  • saying no, he's saying, "I've
  • 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:10.030
  • said 'Yes' but your actions are
  • 00:10:10.030 --> 00:10:12.060
  • actually saying no to me being
  • 00:10:12.060 --> 00:10:13.240
  • able to give this to you."
  • 00:10:13.240 --> 00:10:16.220
  • It could be that God
  • 00:10:16.220 --> 00:10:17.080
  • wants to give it.
  • 00:10:17.080 --> 00:10:19.080
  • We have to have
  • 00:10:19.080 --> 00:10:19.240
  • the right motive.
  • 00:10:19.240 --> 00:10:20.100
  • We have to the right heart.
  • 00:10:20.100 --> 00:10:20.290
  • We have to be ready for it.
  • 00:10:20.290 --> 00:10:22.110
  • And so, number two,
  • 00:10:22.110 --> 00:10:22.270
  • God says "no" if we have
  • 00:10:22.270 --> 00:10:24.000
  • the wrong motives
  • 00:10:24.000 --> 00:10:24.250
  • or unconfessed sin.
  • 00:10:24.250 --> 00:10:26.220
  • What that means is we're not
  • 00:10:26.220 --> 00:10:27.090
  • ready, means we're not ready
  • 00:10:27.090 --> 00:10:29.160
  • at that point and so we have
  • 00:10:29.160 --> 00:10:30.160
  • to be ready.
  • 00:10:30.160 --> 00:10:31.010
  • I've had pastors call me up,
  • 00:10:31.010 --> 00:10:32.090
  • "Pastor, would you help
  • 00:10:32.090 --> 00:10:33.230
  • me grow my ministry,
  • 00:10:33.230 --> 00:10:36.000
  • help me grow my church?
  • 00:10:36.000 --> 00:10:36.180
  • Just show me how we can
  • 00:10:36.180 --> 00:10:37.140
  • reach more people for Christ."
  • 00:10:37.140 --> 00:10:38.200
  • And I begin to go through some
  • 00:10:38.200 --> 00:10:39.080
  • basic things that you can do
  • 00:10:39.080 --> 00:10:40.290
  • to minister to people,
  • 00:10:40.290 --> 00:10:41.180
  • to reach people,
  • 00:10:41.180 --> 00:10:42.100
  • that kind of stuff.
  • 00:10:42.100 --> 00:10:43.000
  • But that's not what I'm talking
  • 00:10:43.000 --> 00:10:43.210
  • about.
  • 00:10:43.210 --> 00:10:44.080
  • I say, "Tell me, why do you
  • 00:10:44.080 --> 00:10:44.280
  • wanna grow the church?
  • 00:10:44.280 --> 00:10:45.130
  • What makes you interested in
  • 00:10:45.130 --> 00:10:46.030
  • growing your church?"
  • 00:10:46.030 --> 00:10:47.000
  • And oftentimes they'll begin to
  • 00:10:47.000 --> 00:10:48.210
  • tell me that things that frankly
  • 00:10:48.210 --> 00:10:50.070
  • begin to rub me the wrong way.
  • 00:10:50.070 --> 00:10:51.110
  • And I'll finally just say,
  • 00:10:51.110 --> 00:10:52.000
  • "You know, I'm not sure if God
  • 00:10:52.000 --> 00:10:53.030
  • wants to grow your church."
  • 00:10:53.030 --> 00:10:54.040
  • "What?
  • 00:10:54.040 --> 00:10:54.290
  • I'm sure God does."
  • 00:10:54.290 --> 00:10:55.190
  • And so, "Yeah, but I hear you
  • 00:10:55.190 --> 00:10:57.050
  • being more interested
  • 00:10:57.050 --> 00:10:58.160
  • in becoming a big name
  • 00:10:58.160 --> 00:11:00.140
  • or a bigshot than reaching
  • 00:11:00.140 --> 00:11:02.210
  • lost people.
  • 00:11:02.210 --> 00:11:04.250
  • Which one's this about?"
  • 00:11:04.250 --> 00:11:07.060
  • 'Cause you can be doing
  • 00:11:07.060 --> 00:11:07.240
  • something really right
  • 00:11:07.240 --> 00:11:08.290
  • and have the wrong motive
  • 00:11:08.290 --> 00:11:09.250
  • and God won't bless that.
  • 00:11:09.250 --> 00:11:11.250
  • I mean, yes,
  • 00:11:11.250 --> 00:11:12.110
  • it's the church--does God
  • 00:11:12.110 --> 00:11:13.150
  • want his churches to grow?
  • 00:11:13.150 --> 00:11:14.050
  • Of course, but is this about
  • 00:11:14.050 --> 00:11:15.050
  • your name or is this about
  • 00:11:15.050 --> 00:11:17.140
  • the Lord?
  • 00:11:17.140 --> 00:11:19.180
  • Last time I checked,
  • 00:11:19.180 --> 00:11:20.120
  • we're supposed to lift up
  • 00:11:20.120 --> 00:11:21.150
  • the name of Jesus
  • 00:11:21.150 --> 00:11:22.180
  • and he'll draw men unto him,
  • 00:11:22.180 --> 00:11:23.190
  • not lift up our names.
  • 00:11:23.190 --> 00:11:25.210
  • It's Jesus that we lift up.
  • 00:11:25.210 --> 00:11:27.120
  • So, what's it about?
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  • What's the purpose?
  • 00:11:28.190 --> 00:11:29.100
  • What's the motive behind
  • 00:11:29.100 --> 00:11:30.110
  • the growth?
  • 00:11:30.110 --> 00:11:30.270
  • What's the motive behind
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:31.240
  • the income you want?
  • 00:11:31.240 --> 00:11:32.160
  • What's the motive behind
  • 00:11:32.160 --> 00:11:33.060
  • the promotion you want?
  • 00:11:33.060 --> 00:11:34.000
  • What's the motive behind
  • 00:11:34.000 --> 00:11:34.210
  • the house you want?
  • 00:11:34.210 --> 00:11:35.140
  • What's the motive?
  • 00:11:35.140 --> 00:11:36.060
  • There's nothing wrong
  • 00:11:36.060 --> 00:11:36.240
  • with having stuff,
  • 00:11:36.240 --> 00:11:37.140
  • it's when the stuff has you.
  • 00:11:37.140 --> 00:11:38.140
  • There's nothing wrong with
  • 00:11:38.140 --> 00:11:39.070
  • having position, it's when you
  • 00:11:39.070 --> 00:11:40.120
  • make the position about you.
  • 00:11:40.120 --> 00:11:41.150
  • And there's nothing wrong with
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  • having influence or affluence,
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  • it's when the influence
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  • and affluence is all about you.
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  • Are we willing to say,
  • 00:11:45.040 --> 00:11:45.260
  • "Lord, I wanna honor you with
  • 00:11:45.260 --> 00:11:46.220
  • everything I have?"
  • 00:11:46.220 --> 00:11:47.110
  • And when you do that God says,
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:48.010
  • "Then I'll give you more 'cause
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  • you make it about me."
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  • God does wanna bless you.
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  • He does.
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  • And there's nothing wrong with
  • 00:11:54.150 --> 00:11:55.030
  • enjoying what God has given you.
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  • You just have to have
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  • the right motives.
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  • Check out the next Scripture.
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  • It says in Matthew 26,
  • 00:11:59.060 --> 00:12:00.090
  • verse 39--this is interesting.
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  • Jesus actually prays a prayer
  • 00:12:01.120 --> 00:12:04.010
  • that God says "No" to.
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:05.200
  • Kind of shocking, isn't it?
  • 00:12:05.200 --> 00:12:06.170
  • Like, what?
  • 00:12:06.170 --> 00:12:08.020
  • Jesus communicates something
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:09.070
  • to God and God says,
  • 00:12:09.070 --> 00:12:10.090
  • "That's not what I'm gonna do."
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  • So, he actually has a request
  • 00:12:11.110 --> 00:12:13.110
  • outside of the Father's will.
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  • It's kind of surprising.
  • 00:12:16.090 --> 00:12:16.250
  • "Well, hold on, hold on.
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  • Does that mean Jesus sinned?"
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  • No.
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  • Jesus was fully God
  • 00:12:20.120 --> 00:12:22.250
  • and fully man.
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  • That means this, that means
  • 00:12:24.280 --> 00:12:25.240
  • that he had, as a man,
  • 00:12:25.240 --> 00:12:27.240
  • the capacity to sin,
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:28.170
  • but he wouldn't.
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  • Just like you and I,
  • 00:12:30.050 --> 00:12:31.190
  • once we receive Jesus Christ
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  • as our Lord and Savior,
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:33.150
  • we have God within us, right?
  • 00:12:33.150 --> 00:12:36.150
  • Which means we're still fully
  • 00:12:36.150 --> 00:12:37.100
  • man or woman, right?
  • 00:12:37.100 --> 00:12:38.200
  • We're still fully human, right?
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:40.210
  • But we also have the God
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:41.110
  • particle in us too.
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:42.160
  • We also have God within us with
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:43.260
  • the Holy Spirit, which means we
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:45.160
  • have the capacity to be sinless
  • 00:12:45.160 --> 00:12:47.180
  • but we won't, right?
  • 00:12:47.180 --> 00:12:49.140
  • But we will sin.
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:50.250
  • Jesus had the capacity
  • 00:12:50.250 --> 00:12:51.230
  • to sin but he wouldn't.
  • 00:12:51.230 --> 00:12:53.230
  • We have the capacity
  • 00:12:53.230 --> 00:12:54.110
  • to be sinless, but we won't.
  • 00:12:54.110 --> 00:12:56.250
  • And so, Jesus at this moment,
  • 00:12:56.250 --> 00:12:58.140
  • shows his humanity and actually
  • 00:12:58.140 --> 00:13:00.080
  • says, "Lord, if there's any way
  • 00:13:00.080 --> 00:13:02.270
  • I can get out of this, I'd like
  • 00:13:02.270 --> 00:13:04.200
  • to do that but I want your will
  • 00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:06.180
  • to be done."
  • 00:13:06.180 --> 00:13:07.190
  • Look at this prayer.
  • 00:13:07.190 --> 00:13:08.050
  • This is very interesting,
  • 00:13:08.050 --> 00:13:08.210
  • Matthew, chapter 26.
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  • He says in verse 39,
  • 00:13:10.210 --> 00:13:11.090
  • "He went on a little farther
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  • and bowed with his face
  • 00:13:12.280 --> 00:13:13.250
  • to the ground, praying,
  • 00:13:13.250 --> 00:13:14.210
  • 'My Father!
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:15.240
  • If it is possible,
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:16.190
  • let this cup of suffering
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:17.260
  • be taken away from me.
  • 00:13:17.260 --> 00:13:19.040
  • Yet I want your will to be done,
  • 00:13:19.040 --> 00:13:20.120
  • not mine.'"
  • 00:13:20.120 --> 00:13:21.250
  • So, Jesus self-corrects during
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:23.280
  • the prayer.
  • 00:13:23.280 --> 00:13:24.150
  • "Lord, I really don't wanna
  • 00:13:24.150 --> 00:13:25.110
  • go through all this
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:27.270
  • but I know it's your will."
  • 00:13:27.270 --> 00:13:29.270
  • So, he submits
  • 00:13:29.270 --> 00:13:31.030
  • to the Father's will.
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  • Thank the Lord, right?
  • 00:13:32.040 --> 00:13:32.190
  • 'Cause if we wouldn't have done
  • 00:13:32.190 --> 00:13:33.230
  • that, we wouldn't have
  • 00:13:33.230 --> 00:13:34.090
  • salvation.
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:35.210
  • So, he submits to the Father's
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  • will at this moment.
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  • Can I tell you something?
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  • Sometimes doing the wrong thing
  • 00:13:39.090 --> 00:13:40.200
  • is also the painful thing.
  • 00:13:40.200 --> 00:13:43.020
  • If you ever had to confront
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  • someone, you know what
  • 00:13:43.240 --> 00:13:44.150
  • I'm talking about.
  • 00:13:44.150 --> 00:13:45.250
  • You know it's the right thing,
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  • but you know they're
  • 00:13:46.190 --> 00:13:47.050
  • not gonna accept it.
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  • You know it's gonna be a mess.
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:49.250
  • You know it's gonna be difficult
  • 00:13:49.250 --> 00:13:50.160
  • but it's still the right thing
  • 00:13:50.160 --> 00:13:52.160
  • and you have to just trust
  • 00:13:52.160 --> 00:13:53.030
  • the Lord and just do
  • 00:13:53.030 --> 00:13:53.240
  • the right thing anyways.
  • 00:13:53.240 --> 00:13:54.130
  • You just have to honor God.
  • 00:13:54.130 --> 00:13:55.010
  • Sometimes doing the right thing
  • 00:13:55.010 --> 00:13:56.140
  • is difficult but it doesn't make
  • 00:13:56.140 --> 00:13:58.150
  • it, you know, somehow change
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:14:00.290
  • it from right to wrong.
  • 00:14:00.290 --> 00:14:01.230
  • It's like, you know,
  • 00:14:01.230 --> 00:14:02.290
  • "I wanna tell my boss off,
  • 00:14:02.290 --> 00:14:03.280
  • but I know it's the right thing
  • 00:14:03.280 --> 00:14:05.010
  • for me not to do that.
  • 00:14:05.010 --> 00:14:06.220
  • I wanna not forgive someone
  • 00:14:06.220 --> 00:14:07.240
  • who really hurt me, you know
  • 00:14:07.240 --> 00:14:09.020
  • probably hurt me again,
  • 00:14:09.020 --> 00:14:10.090
  • but I know it's God's will for
  • 00:14:10.090 --> 00:14:10.290
  • me to forgive 'em," right?
  • 00:14:10.290 --> 00:14:12.230
  • So, doing the right thing can
  • 00:14:12.230 --> 00:14:14.240
  • sometimes also be a difficult
  • 00:14:14.240 --> 00:14:16.190
  • thing to do.
  • 00:14:16.190 --> 00:14:18.250
  • The bottom line is is that we
  • 00:14:18.250 --> 00:14:21.080
  • have to trust that the Lord
  • 00:14:21.080 --> 00:14:22.070
  • knows best.
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:23.040
  • Look at 1 Corinthians 13,
  • 00:14:23.040 --> 00:14:25.150
  • "For we know only in part and
  • 00:14:25.150 --> 00:14:27.170
  • we prophecy only in part,
  • 00:14:27.170 --> 00:14:29.110
  • but when the complete comes,
  • 00:14:29.110 --> 00:14:30.220
  • the partial will come to an end.
  • 00:14:30.220 --> 00:14:32.080
  • For now we see in a mirror
  • 00:14:32.080 --> 00:14:33.260
  • dimly, but then we will see
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:35.160
  • face to face.
  • 00:14:35.160 --> 00:14:36.070
  • Now I know only in part.
  • 00:14:36.070 --> 00:14:37.230
  • Then I will know fully even
  • 00:14:37.230 --> 00:14:39.030
  • as I am fully known."
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:40.040
  • The Apostle Paul is saying,
  • 00:14:40.040 --> 00:14:41.050
  • "You know what?
  • 00:14:41.050 --> 00:14:41.250
  • I only know part
  • 00:14:41.250 --> 00:14:42.160
  • of the story now.
  • 00:14:42.160 --> 00:14:43.120
  • I don't know the whole deal
  • 00:14:43.120 --> 00:14:44.130
  • because I'm not in heaven.
  • 00:14:44.130 --> 00:14:45.270
  • I don't have the mind of God
  • 00:14:45.270 --> 00:14:46.220
  • so I only see what I see.
  • 00:14:46.220 --> 00:14:49.100
  • So, there's just some things
  • 00:14:49.100 --> 00:14:50.070
  • I'm not gonna understand."
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:51.270
  • God is sometimes gonna not
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:53.070
  • answer your prayer and you don't
  • 00:14:53.070 --> 00:14:54.140
  • know why you and may not know
  • 00:14:54.140 --> 00:14:55.220
  • why till you go to heaven.
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:57.060
  • And that's very difficult
  • 00:14:57.060 --> 00:14:58.070
  • and I understand how painful
  • 00:14:58.080 --> 00:15:01.100
  • that can be.
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:02.220
  • I don't have some answers
  • 00:15:02.220 --> 00:15:04.000
  • to the things I'd love to have
  • 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:04.200
  • some answers to.
  • 00:15:04.200 --> 00:15:05.140
  • I mean, I remember years ago
  • 00:15:05.140 --> 00:15:06.060
  • praying, "Lord, why'd I have
  • 00:15:06.060 --> 00:15:06.230
  • to lose my first child?"
  • 00:15:06.230 --> 00:15:09.080
  • I don't have any good reason
  • 00:15:09.080 --> 00:15:10.050
  • for that.
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:10.210
  • I can't find anything
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:11.090
  • in the Bible that tells me why
  • 00:15:11.090 --> 00:15:12.000
  • that was necessary.
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:14.200
  • I just have to believe,
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:15.050
  • "God, you're a good God
  • 00:15:15.050 --> 00:15:17.050
  • and I'm gonna meet that child
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:17.240
  • one day in heaven."
  • 00:15:17.240 --> 00:15:20.100
  • And that's what I hold on to.
  • 00:15:20.100 --> 00:15:21.030
  • That's my hope, right?
  • 00:15:21.030 --> 00:15:23.080
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • There's some things we just
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:26.010
  • don't have good answers to,
  • 00:15:26.010 --> 00:15:27.190
  • that we're not gonna have
  • 00:15:27.190 --> 00:15:28.140
  • good answers to.
  • 00:15:28.140 --> 00:15:29.000
  • "Why I'd they have to leave me?
  • 00:15:29.000 --> 00:15:30.110
  • Why'd this person have
  • 00:15:30.110 --> 00:15:31.030
  • to hurt me?
  • 00:15:31.030 --> 00:15:31.190
  • Why did I have to go through
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:32.060
  • this," right?
  • 00:15:32.060 --> 00:15:34.250
  • And some of those "why"
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:36.010
  • questions, we need to have a
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:36.290
  • little "why" filed in our mind.
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:38.140
  • We just file those away
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:39.040
  • and we say, "Lord,
  • 00:15:39.040 --> 00:15:40.080
  • I'm gonna be faithful to you.
  • 00:15:40.080 --> 00:15:41.060
  • I don't understand why this
  • 00:15:41.060 --> 00:15:42.040
  • happened, but you know what,
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:44.000
  • Lord?
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:44.290
  • I'm gonna put that in my "why"
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:45.230
  • file and when day when I'm in
  • 00:15:45.230 --> 00:15:46.230
  • heaven, I'll get to ask you
  • 00:15:46.230 --> 00:15:48.050
  • and you'll get to answer.
  • 00:15:48.050 --> 00:15:50.100
  • But until then, Lord,
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:51.120
  • I'm just gonna trust in you."
  • 00:15:51.120 --> 00:15:53.040
  • I don't know the why.
  • 00:15:53.040 --> 00:15:54.070
  • I don't understand why.
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:55.030
  • I don't know why there has to be
  • 00:15:55.030 --> 00:15:56.210
  • crazy people around the world
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:57.200
  • to kill each other.
  • 00:15:57.200 --> 00:15:58.130
  • I don't know why.
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:15:59.170
  • I don't know why there's
  • 00:15:59.170 --> 00:16:00.070
  • terrorism.
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:00.270
  • I wish I had a great answer
  • 00:16:00.270 --> 00:16:01.190
  • for that, right?
  • 00:16:01.190 --> 00:16:02.210
  • I don't know why bad things
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:03.250
  • happen.
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:05.030
  • I don't know why there's
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:05.180
  • sickness and disease.
  • 00:16:05.180 --> 00:16:06.080
  • I don't know why there's
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:07.000
  • earthquakes and famine,
  • 00:16:07.000 --> 00:16:09.070
  • but I just have to trust that
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:09.250
  • the Lord is still good
  • 00:16:09.250 --> 00:16:11.290
  • and just trust in him.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:12.150
  • And so, even when we don't have
  • 00:16:12.150 --> 00:16:13.070
  • a good reason why,
  • 00:16:13.070 --> 00:16:15.070
  • we need to do this,
  • 00:16:15.070 --> 00:16:16.060
  • number three, believe that God
  • 00:16:16.060 --> 00:16:17.030
  • knows best because he has
  • 00:16:17.030 --> 00:16:18.130
  • the complete picture.
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.210
  • Believe that God knows best
  • 00:16:20.210 --> 00:16:21.190
  • because he really does have
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:23.180
  • the complete picture.
  • 00:16:23.180 --> 00:16:26.180
  • So, we just have to trust
  • 00:16:26.180 --> 00:16:27.080
  • in the Lord.
  • 00:16:27.080 --> 00:16:29.080
  • I love this prayer request.
  • 00:16:29.080 --> 00:16:29.250
  • Someone--this prayer, someone
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:30.290
  • prayed this one time,
  • 00:16:30.290 --> 00:16:33.000
  • "Lord, today so far I've done
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:35.020
  • all right.
  • 00:16:35.020 --> 00:16:35.250
  • I haven't gossiped.
  • 00:16:35.250 --> 00:16:36.180
  • I haven't lost my temper.
  • 00:16:36.180 --> 00:16:37.260
  • I haven't been greedy, grumpy,
  • 00:16:37.260 --> 00:16:39.000
  • nasty, selfish, or
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:39.240
  • overindulgent.
  • 00:16:39.240 --> 00:16:40.290
  • I'm really glad about that
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:41.210
  • but in a few minutes,
  • 00:16:41.210 --> 00:16:43.010
  • God, I'm gonna get out of bed,
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:44.070
  • then I'm gonna need your help."
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:48.160
  • How many guys here can relate
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:49.040
  • to that prayer, right?
  • 00:16:49.040 --> 00:16:51.210
  • We do need to seek the Lord
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:52.170
  • because honestly just being
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:53.270
  • in prayer makes us do better,
  • 00:16:53.270 --> 00:16:55.260
  • doesn't it?
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:56.180
  • Just being in a continual
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:16:57.190
  • attitude of prayer helps me
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.070
  • be a better person,
  • 00:16:59.070 --> 00:17:00.170
  • just seeking the Lord like that.
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:02.170
  • Look at the next Scripture.
  • 00:17:02.170 --> 00:17:03.040
  • It says
  • 00:17:03.040 --> 00:17:03.210
  • in 2 Corinthians 12, verse 7.
  • 00:17:03.210 --> 00:17:06.100
  • This is the Apostle Paul
  • 00:17:06.100 --> 00:17:06.270
  • speaking.
  • 00:17:06.270 --> 00:17:07.170
  • I love his honesty here.
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:08.240
  • He says, "To keep me from
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:10.080
  • becoming proud--"
  • 00:17:10.080 --> 00:17:11.110
  • So apparently, he already had an
  • 00:17:11.110 --> 00:17:12.070
  • answer for why on this one.
  • 00:17:12.070 --> 00:17:14.210
  • He says, "To keep me from
  • 00:17:14.210 --> 00:17:15.130
  • becoming proud, I was given
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:16.200
  • a thorn in my flesh,
  • 00:17:16.200 --> 00:17:18.190
  • a messenger from Satan
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:20.050
  • to torment me and keep me
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:21.150
  • from becoming proud.
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:22.180
  • Three different times I begged
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:23.230
  • the Lord to take it away.
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:24.280
  • Each time he said,
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:25.190
  • 'My grace is all you need.
  • 00:17:25.190 --> 00:17:26.270
  • My power works best
  • 00:17:26.270 --> 00:17:28.050
  • in weakness.'"
  • 00:17:28.050 --> 00:17:29.280
  • So, the Apostle Paul is praying
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:31.060
  • this prayer, "Lord, would you
  • 00:17:31.060 --> 00:17:31.240
  • please remove this thorn
  • 00:17:31.240 --> 00:17:32.220
  • in my side?
  • 00:17:32.220 --> 00:17:33.070
  • It really hurts, God.
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:34.060
  • Could you remove it?"
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:35.010
  • And God says, "You know I could,
  • 00:17:35.010 --> 00:17:37.200
  • but I'm not going to.
  • 00:17:37.200 --> 00:17:39.020
  • The answer is 'No.'"
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:40.190
  • Now, we don't know if it was
  • 00:17:40.190 --> 00:17:41.220
  • physically a thorn.
  • 00:17:41.220 --> 00:17:42.280
  • Many theologians believe that
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:44.010
  • literally it was a thorn like
  • 00:17:44.010 --> 00:17:45.140
  • he may have been running
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  • through some, you know,
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:47.110
  • terrain at some point.
  • 00:17:47.110 --> 00:17:48.110
  • There's been a big ole nasty
  • 00:17:48.110 --> 00:17:49.230
  • thorn and bam it lodged in him.
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:51.180
  • It went in so deep that
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:53.000
  • the doctor he went to or someone
  • 00:17:53.000 --> 00:17:54.230
  • else said, "You know what?
  • 00:17:54.230 --> 00:17:55.270
  • To get that out,
  • 00:17:55.270 --> 00:17:56.190
  • it's gonna be far worse.
  • 00:17:56.190 --> 00:17:57.200
  • We're just gonna leave it in,"
  • 00:17:57.200 --> 00:17:59.040
  • right?
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:17:59.240
  • I have friends
  • 00:17:59.240 --> 00:18:00.260
  • that are in the military
  • 00:18:00.260 --> 00:18:02.150
  • and also friends that have been
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:04.240
  • police officers that literally
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:06.090
  • have shrapnel or even bullets
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:08.020
  • lodged in their body
  • 00:18:08.020 --> 00:18:09.210
  • that the doctor said,
  • 00:18:09.210 --> 00:18:10.080
  • "Honestly, it's easier just
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.100
  • to keep it in you than to pull
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:12.240
  • it out would be more damaging."
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:14.060
  • And so, they deal with the pain
  • 00:18:14.060 --> 00:18:15.010
  • of that, right?
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:16.260
  • And so, the Apostle Paul
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:17.160
  • physically could have had
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:18.160
  • a thorn in his side
  • 00:18:18.160 --> 00:18:20.050
  • or maybe he had some kind
  • 00:18:20.050 --> 00:18:21.210
  • of internal bleeding
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:22.080
  • and he called it a thorn.
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:23.240
  • Maybe he had some kind of issue
  • 00:18:23.240 --> 00:18:24.230
  • that he was dealing with.
  • 00:18:24.230 --> 00:18:26.090
  • We don't really know.
  • 00:18:26.090 --> 00:18:27.240
  • Maybe as some theologians argue
  • 00:18:27.240 --> 00:18:30.020
  • that maybe it wasn't a thorn,
  • 00:18:30.020 --> 00:18:31.060
  • a literal thorn, but there was
  • 00:18:31.060 --> 00:18:32.080
  • something in his life.
  • 00:18:32.080 --> 00:18:32.270
  • Maybe he had a temper problem.
  • 00:18:32.270 --> 00:18:34.140
  • Maybe he just really struggled
  • 00:18:34.140 --> 00:18:35.090
  • with--
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:35.280
  • "Oh Lord, I just--I'm so tired
  • 00:18:35.280 --> 00:18:36.180
  • of struggling with lust.
  • 00:18:36.180 --> 00:18:37.050
  • I wish you'd poke my eyes out,
  • 00:18:37.050 --> 00:18:37.270
  • God.
  • 00:18:37.270 --> 00:18:38.210
  • I'm just so tired of this."
  • 00:18:38.210 --> 00:18:40.070
  • Maybe that was it for him.
  • 00:18:40.070 --> 00:18:41.140
  • I mean, a lot of men think that,
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:42.180
  • speculate that because he was
  • 00:18:42.180 --> 00:18:43.150
  • a man and many men struggle
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:44.110
  • with that.
  • 00:18:44.110 --> 00:18:46.110
  • Maybe the thorn in his side
  • 00:18:46.110 --> 00:18:47.090
  • was a relationship he had
  • 00:18:47.090 --> 00:18:48.190
  • with someone.
  • 00:18:48.190 --> 00:18:49.240
  • You ever had to forgive someone
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:50.140
  • but you knew that the next week
  • 00:18:50.140 --> 00:18:51.260
  • they're gonna hurt ya again?
  • 00:18:51.260 --> 00:18:53.240
  • "The problem is they're still
  • 00:18:53.240 --> 00:18:54.120
  • in my life is that the moment
  • 00:18:54.120 --> 00:18:55.160
  • I forgive them, then they go do
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:56.070
  • something stupid again
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:57.090
  • and make me mad again.
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:18:58.040
  • I gotta forgive 'em again,"
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:18:58.270
  • right?
  • 00:18:58.270 --> 00:19:00.090
  • Maybe that was it for
  • 00:19:00.090 --> 00:19:00.250
  • the Apostle Paul.
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:01.110
  • We're not sure but there was
  • 00:19:01.110 --> 00:19:02.000
  • something that just God said,
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:03.030
  • "I'm not removing that."
  • 00:19:03.030 --> 00:19:05.060
  • He was basically saying,
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:06.030
  • "Paul, you're a better man with
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:08.070
  • that struggle than you are
  • 00:19:08.070 --> 00:19:10.070
  • without it."
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:11.260
  • Years ago, I had to go through
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:12.190
  • back surgery 2 years
  • 00:19:12.190 --> 00:19:14.170
  • in a row actually.
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:15.070
  • I had two surgeries back
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:16.000
  • to back.
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:17.100
  • And my back is a little better.
  • 00:19:17.100 --> 00:19:19.060
  • I mean, it was just
  • 00:19:19.060 --> 00:19:20.160
  • excruciating pain.
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:21.030
  • I could hardly even move.
  • 00:19:21.030 --> 00:19:22.110
  • And so, now I have movement,
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:23.110
  • thank God.
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:24.230
  • But I wanna tell you that after
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:25.290
  • my surgery was done I talked
  • 00:19:25.290 --> 00:19:26.260
  • to my doctor and said, "So,
  • 00:19:26.260 --> 00:19:27.180
  • tell me where my limitation is."
  • 00:19:27.180 --> 00:19:28.270
  • And he said, "Just any--you can
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:30.110
  • do pretty much anything you
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:30.290
  • wanna do, just don't run."
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:32.080
  • I was like, "Don't run?"
  • 00:19:32.080 --> 00:19:34.080
  • He's like, "Yup, no more running
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:34.290
  • for you."
  • 00:19:34.290 --> 00:19:36.070
  • I was like, "I can't run?"
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:36.270
  • He goes, "Well, you can but
  • 00:19:36.270 --> 00:19:38.080
  • you're probably gonna end up
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:39.040
  • having surgery again if you do."
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:40.260
  • So, he was saying in a nice way,
  • 00:19:40.260 --> 00:19:41.210
  • "Look, your back is not what
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:42.160
  • it was."
  • 00:19:42.160 --> 00:19:44.050
  • And so, you know,
  • 00:19:44.050 --> 00:19:44.250
  • I've just kind of lived with
  • 00:19:44.250 --> 00:19:45.220
  • that reality for about
  • 00:19:45.220 --> 00:19:46.130
  • the last 10 to 15 years now
  • 00:19:46.130 --> 00:19:47.130
  • that I don't run.
  • 00:19:47.130 --> 00:19:49.140
  • It's kind of frustrating.
  • 00:19:49.140 --> 00:19:50.130
  • I mean, I can run a little bit,
  • 00:19:50.130 --> 00:19:51.210
  • but not much.
  • 00:19:51.210 --> 00:19:53.010
  • Any kind of bouncing--you know,
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:54.120
  • my basketball game is pretty
  • 00:19:54.120 --> 00:19:55.140
  • much over, of course,
  • 00:19:55.140 --> 00:19:56.050
  • some would argue
  • 00:19:56.050 --> 00:19:56.210
  • my basketball game was over
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:57.100
  • from the beginning anyways.
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:20:00.110
  • But I can't really play ball
  • 00:20:00.110 --> 00:20:01.060
  • much.
  • 00:20:01.060 --> 00:20:01.220
  • I just--when I play with
  • 00:20:01.220 --> 00:20:02.120
  • my boys or my daughter,
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:03.190
  • I'm kind of slow moving around.
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:04.210
  • I have fun but I can't really
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:05.180
  • run around.
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:06.080
  • I just kind of stay right
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:06.290
  • under the basket.
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:08.000
  • That's all I can do, you know?
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:09.170
  • I am officially all time
  • 00:20:09.170 --> 00:20:10.140
  • quarterback now when we play
  • 00:20:10.140 --> 00:20:11.220
  • football with my family
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:13.110
  • because I can't run, right?
  • 00:20:13.110 --> 00:20:14.250
  • I just have sit there
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:15.130
  • and throw the ball, right?
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:16.180
  • And so, the point is is that
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:17.230
  • there are some limitations.
  • 00:20:17.230 --> 00:20:19.020
  • And I'd love to just--I mean, I
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:20.160
  • believe God's a God of healing.
  • 00:20:20.160 --> 00:20:21.260
  • He can heal my back.
  • 00:20:21.260 --> 00:20:22.190
  • I have asked him to heal my back
  • 00:20:22.190 --> 00:20:23.250
  • many times.
  • 00:20:23.250 --> 00:20:24.170
  • "Lord, would you just heal me?"
  • 00:20:24.170 --> 00:20:26.090
  • I've had people pray over me
  • 00:20:26.090 --> 00:20:27.070
  • for healing and I still have
  • 00:20:27.070 --> 00:20:30.040
  • my back pain.
  • 00:20:30.040 --> 00:20:31.260
  • And about once or twice a week,
  • 00:20:31.260 --> 00:20:32.250
  • I've gotta take some medicine
  • 00:20:32.250 --> 00:20:34.050
  • and just chill out 'cause
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:35.040
  • my back just hurts, you know?
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:36.140
  • And I try to work out regularly,
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:37.140
  • but I regularly have to cancel
  • 00:20:37.140 --> 00:20:38.100
  • workouts because my back hurts
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:39.200
  • so bad.
  • 00:20:39.200 --> 00:20:41.050
  • And so, you know what?
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.020
  • I prayed, "Lord, would you just
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:42.270
  • remove this?"
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:43.130
  • And for whatever reason,
  • 00:20:43.130 --> 00:20:44.250
  • God must believe I'm a better
  • 00:20:44.250 --> 00:20:46.210
  • Bil with a hurt back than
  • 00:20:46.210 --> 00:20:48.250
  • without it.
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:50.160
  • It's okay.
  • 00:20:50.160 --> 00:20:51.020
  • You know, Jacob wrestled with
  • 00:20:51.020 --> 00:20:52.100
  • God and an angel of the Lord--an
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:54.090
  • angel touched his hip socket
  • 00:20:54.090 --> 00:20:56.240
  • and knocks it out of joint.
  • 00:20:56.240 --> 00:20:57.210
  • And apparently,
  • 00:20:57.210 --> 00:20:59.050
  • Jacob was better.
  • 00:20:59.050 --> 00:21:00.050
  • He changed his name to Israel
  • 00:21:00.050 --> 00:21:01.050
  • but apparently he led better
  • 00:21:01.050 --> 00:21:02.270
  • with a limp than he did
  • 00:21:02.270 --> 00:21:04.120
  • with full health.
  • 00:21:04.120 --> 00:21:06.130
  • So, I wonder if there's some
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:07.050
  • things we're asking God to
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:08.120
  • remove from our life
  • 00:21:08.120 --> 00:21:09.090
  • that God's saying,
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:10.000
  • "If I remove that thing from
  • 00:21:10.000 --> 00:21:11.090
  • your life, you wouldn't be
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:12.040
  • praying to me."
  • 00:21:12.040 --> 00:21:14.170
  • The very thing we're asking God
  • 00:21:14.170 --> 00:21:15.120
  • to remove is the very thing
  • 00:21:15.120 --> 00:21:16.120
  • making us more like his Son.
  • 00:21:16.120 --> 00:21:19.100
  • Could it be that God says,
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:20.280
  • "If you had everything you ever
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:21.260
  • wanted and got every prayer
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:23.170
  • request you ever needed,
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:24.260
  • then you would never depend
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:25.270
  • upon the Lord"?
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:28.100
  • So, the strength about your
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:30.000
  • weakness is that it causes you
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:32.030
  • to depend upon God.
  • 00:21:32.030 --> 00:21:34.190
  • The strength about dealing with
  • 00:21:34.190 --> 00:21:36.030
  • an overactive temper, or lust,
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:39.020
  • or anger, or maybe you're
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:40.130
  • tempted by some kind of alcohol
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:42.070
  • or drug on a regular basis
  • 00:21:42.070 --> 00:21:43.070
  • and it makes you pray
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:44.060
  • and stay away from certain
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:44.280
  • places and certain people.
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:46.020
  • Maybe that's actually
  • 00:21:46.020 --> 00:21:46.250
  • the strength of your life rather
  • 00:21:46.250 --> 00:21:48.200
  • than the very weakness
  • 00:21:48.200 --> 00:21:49.230
  • of your life.
  • 00:21:49.230 --> 00:21:51.110
  • I mean, the Apostle Paul's
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:51.270
  • the one who said,
  • 00:21:51.270 --> 00:21:52.210
  • "Where I am weak, he is strong."
  • 00:21:52.210 --> 00:21:55.090
  • So, maybe that actually
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:55.240
  • strengthens you to
  • 00:21:55.240 --> 00:21:57.030
  • become a better you.
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:21:58.040
  • Romans 8:28 says this, "And we
  • 00:21:58.040 --> 00:21:59.150
  • know that in all things--"
  • 00:21:59.150 --> 00:22:01.130
  • Doesn't say all good things.
  • 00:22:01.130 --> 00:22:02.120
  • It says, "all things."
  • 00:22:02.120 --> 00:22:04.040
  • God works for the good of those
  • 00:22:04.040 --> 00:22:05.280
  • who love him, who have been
  • 00:22:05.280 --> 00:22:06.280
  • called according to his purpose.
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:08.080
  • For those God foreknew he also
  • 00:22:08.080 --> 00:22:10.030
  • predestined to be conformed
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:11.150
  • to the image of his Son."
  • 00:22:11.150 --> 00:22:13.000
  • So, isn't it interesting that
  • 00:22:13.000 --> 00:22:13.280
  • in the same sentence God says,
  • 00:22:13.280 --> 00:22:16.260
  • "I work through all things,
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:17.230
  • even bad things."
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:19.020
  • Then he says,
  • 00:22:19.020 --> 00:22:19.190
  • "And what does it ultimately do?
  • 00:22:19.190 --> 00:22:21.020
  • It helps conform you to be
  • 00:22:21.020 --> 00:22:21.270
  • like my Son."
  • 00:22:21.270 --> 00:22:23.090
  • So, you and I are more like
  • 00:22:23.090 --> 00:22:24.210
  • Jesus because of difficulties
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:27.290
  • than we are because
  • 00:22:27.290 --> 00:22:28.140
  • of good times.
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:29.120
  • Is that not true?
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:30.170
  • Isn't it the hard times that
  • 00:22:30.170 --> 00:22:31.250
  • shape your character, right?
  • 00:22:31.250 --> 00:22:33.050
  • This is why every parent has
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:34.070
  • that lecture for the--for your
  • 00:22:34.070 --> 00:22:35.040
  • kids, you know?
  • 00:22:35.040 --> 00:22:35.280
  • You're like, "When I was your
  • 00:22:35.280 --> 00:22:36.270
  • age, I had to walk uphill both
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:38.040
  • ways to school in snow
  • 00:22:38.040 --> 00:22:39.100
  • on broken glass barefooted."
  • 00:22:39.100 --> 00:22:40.240
  • You know, that was like some
  • 00:22:40.240 --> 00:22:41.120
  • horrible story about--you know,
  • 00:22:41.120 --> 00:22:42.220
  • right?
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:43.280
  • And our kids are like rollin'
  • 00:22:43.280 --> 00:22:44.260
  • their eyes like,
  • 00:22:44.260 --> 00:22:45.190
  • "Give me a break."
  • 00:22:45.190 --> 00:22:46.050
  • You know, but trust me, kids,
  • 00:22:46.050 --> 00:22:47.080
  • you're gonna grow up one day
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:48.010
  • and you'll be telling some story
  • 00:22:48.010 --> 00:22:48.200
  • to your kids.
  • 00:22:48.200 --> 00:22:49.090
  • You're like, "I remember back in
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:50.090
  • the day, we had to actually type
  • 00:22:50.090 --> 00:22:51.130
  • on our phone ourselves.
  • 00:22:51.130 --> 00:22:52.090
  • It was horrible."
  • 00:22:53.260 --> 00:22:56.260
  • Rather than,, you know,
  • 00:22:56.260 --> 00:22:57.190
  • have your phone do everything
  • 00:22:57.190 --> 00:22:58.080
  • for you, you know?
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:22:59.080
  • The point is is that, you know,
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:00.080
  • we all have that, "You know, oh,
  • 00:23:00.080 --> 00:23:01.230
  • you know--"
  • 00:23:01.230 --> 00:23:02.200
  • And what we're saying
  • 00:23:02.200 --> 00:23:03.100
  • is we're saying that,
  • 00:23:03.100 --> 00:23:04.050
  • "The fact that I didn't have
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:05.100
  • everything I wanted built
  • 00:23:05.100 --> 00:23:07.100
  • my character.
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:09.200
  • The fact that we don't have
  • 00:23:09.200 --> 00:23:10.070
  • everything that we want makes
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:13.040
  • us better people,
  • 00:23:13.040 --> 00:23:14.190
  • makes us compassionate,
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:16.050
  • makes us very caring."
  • 00:23:16.050 --> 00:23:17.280
  • It really does.
  • 00:23:17.280 --> 00:23:19.220
  • I can't even calculate
  • 00:23:19.220 --> 00:23:21.190
  • the amount of times I've been
  • 00:23:21.190 --> 00:23:22.070
  • on my back in pain that I just
  • 00:23:22.070 --> 00:23:23.190
  • looked up to the heavens
  • 00:23:23.190 --> 00:23:24.210
  • and said,
  • 00:23:24.210 --> 00:23:25.070
  • "Lord, here I am again.
  • 00:23:25.070 --> 00:23:27.160
  • What do you have for me today?"
  • 00:23:27.160 --> 00:23:30.150
  • 'Cause my back pain has slowed
  • 00:23:30.150 --> 00:23:31.080
  • me down, which has slowed me
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:33.160
  • down just enough to speed me up
  • 00:23:33.210 --> 00:23:36.210
  • 'cause it causes me to seek
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:37.110
  • the Lord.
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  • So, I guess maybe I'm just gonna
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  • stop and take a moment to
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  • publicly say, "Thank you, God,
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  • for my back pain 'cause
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  • it's probably made me
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  • a better pastor.
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  • I know it's made me a better
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  • husband and father."
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  • And so, the truth is that
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  • sometimes our difficulties are a
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  • good thing, as painful as it is.
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  • John 15, this is what it causes
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  • us to do.
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  • "If you remain in Me
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  • and my words remain in you,
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  • ask whatever you wish
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  • and it will be done for you.
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  • This is my to my Father's glory
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  • that you bear much fruit."
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  • Bear much fruit means get
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  • results but not just results
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  • but spiritual results.
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  • So, you may be top sales,
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  • but when's the last time you
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  • ministered to someone you
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  • were selling something to?
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  • So, he wants you not just
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  • to have results.
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  • He wants you to have
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  • spiritual results.
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  • "Showing yourselves to be
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  • my disciples."
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  • Number four, let your unanswered
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  • prayer teach you to remain
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  • in him.
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  • Your unanswered prayer should
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  • teach you and me to remain
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  • in the Lord.
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  • Say, "Lord, I haven't had this
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  • answered yet, but God,
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  • I'm just gonna continue to seek
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  • you and walk with you,
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  • and pray with you,
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  • and just--Lord, you know what
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  • we need."
  • 00:24:35.070 --> 00:24:36.080
  • You know, I have a big need
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  • in my life right now.
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  • I've been praying like crazy,
  • 00:24:38.120 --> 00:24:39.090
  • "Lord, would you just show me
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  • what to do about this is this
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  • and I just ask you to provide
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  • for this."
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  • And if I didn't have that big
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  • need, I wouldn't be praying
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  • like I'm praying.
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  • So, the needs in our lives cause
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  • us to depend upon the Lord more,
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  • that's the strength of those
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  • needs that we all have
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  • in our lives.
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  • Maybe God right now is just
  • 00:24:57.160 --> 00:24:58.270
  • speaking to you saying,
  • 00:24:58.270 --> 00:24:59.220
  • "You know what?"
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  • Maybe he's saying,
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  • "I haven't given you a 'yes'
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  • yet in that area because there's
  • 00:25:03.180 --> 00:25:05.180
  • an area you haven't given me
  • 00:25:05.180 --> 00:25:07.110
  • a 'yes' yet."
  • 00:25:07.110 --> 00:25:09.260
  • Maybe God's saying,
  • 00:25:09.260 --> 00:25:10.240
  • "That area of your life you keep
  • 00:25:10.240 --> 00:25:12.000
  • holding back.
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  • You're upset that I've said 'no'
  • 00:25:12.270 --> 00:25:15.010
  • in some areas of your life
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  • or it's gone unanswered.
  • 00:25:15.240 --> 00:25:17.270
  • You haven't gotten the answer
  • 00:25:17.270 --> 00:25:18.230
  • you want."
  • 00:25:18.230 --> 00:25:20.000
  • But the Lord may be saying,
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:20.180
  • "But I keep making a request
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  • of you to give me this area
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  • of your life or that area
  • 00:25:24.050 --> 00:25:24.270
  • of your life,
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  • to take a hard look at the sin
  • 00:25:26.070 --> 00:25:27.220
  • and to make a change.
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  • And you keep saying 'no' to me,
  • 00:25:29.230 --> 00:25:30.210
  • then you get offended
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  • if I say 'no' to you?"
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  • Maybe God's saying,
  • 00:25:34.170 --> 00:25:35.110
  • "You're focused on my 'no,'"
  • 00:25:35.110 --> 00:25:37.060
  • and the Lord's saying,
  • 00:25:37.060 --> 00:25:37.290
  • "I'm focused on your 'no.'"
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  • What area of your life is God
  • 00:25:40.200 --> 00:25:41.260
  • saying, "Time to work on you,
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  • [music]
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  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much
  • 00:25:53.040 --> 00:25:53.210
  • for watching the program today.
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  • I've got a question for you.
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  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:56.260 --> 00:25:58.010
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:58.010 --> 00:26:00.040
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
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  • that guarantees that you
  • 00:26:01.210 --> 00:26:03.090
  • will go to heaven
  • 00:26:03.090 --> 00:26:04.070
  • because you know Jesus?
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  • Would you pray this prayer
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  • with me right now?
  • 00:26:06.250 --> 00:26:08.010
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:26:08.010 --> 00:26:09.010
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:09.010 --> 00:26:10.190
  • I realize I need you.
  • 00:26:10.190 --> 00:26:12.160
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:12.160 --> 00:26:13.220
  • for me to pay the price
  • 00:26:13.220 --> 00:26:15.030
  • for my sins and I believe you
  • 00:26:15.030 --> 00:26:16.240
  • 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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  • - announcer: All of us have
  • 00:26:27.160 --> 00:26:28.030
  • someone in our lives who
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  • drives us crazy.
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  • In his new DVD message,
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  • Pastor Bil teaches us how
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  • to deal with the difficult
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  • people in our lives.
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  • - Bil Cornelius: These are
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  • the kind of people that everyone
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  • else avoids in your office,
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  • everyone else avoids at church,
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  • everyone else avoids in your
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  • small group, everyone else
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  • avoids them at your family
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  • reunion but instead of avoiding
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  • them, we need to be like Jesus
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