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August 24, 2016
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A Simple Guide to Walking on Water: Trust Not Clarity

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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Friends, will you hold your hands out like
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  • this as a sign of receiving from the Lord?
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love
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  • with this world," amen?
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  • You can be seated.
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  • Today we're beginning a new series called
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  • A Simple Guide To Walking On Water.
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  • This is going to be a theme about faith, which is a constant
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  • command in the Scriptures that is opposed to the feelings
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  • of dread and fear.
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  • Of course, the greatest command in the Bible is,
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  • "Do not be afraid.
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  • Do not worry. Do not fear."
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  • And faith is the opposite of fear.
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  • Faith is the thing that fosters joy, fosters possibilities
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  • and hope, and it cultivates the calling of God in your life.
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  • Faith is the thing that makes you what you were called to be.
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  • And so, we're gonna spend 6 weeks doing our best to
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  • understand as a community what it means to not only have faith,
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  • but to release our faith in the midst of a hurting and broken
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  • world, in the midst of our challenges, in the midst
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  • of our unfinished symphonies, in the midst of our letdowns,
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  • in our ruts.
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  • We're gonna learn what it means to serve a limitless God.
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  • So, faith, faith is trust, trust that in spite of my
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  • current experience, good things are coming.
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  • Faith is clinging on to God
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  • instead of clinging on to clarity.
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  • So, what's happening in your life today?
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  • What are you bringing here?
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  • If you can have anything from God,
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  • what would you want from him?
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  • I believe that many of the desires that you have
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  • that you think are selfish are actually from God
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  • and that God's gonna do great things in your life.
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  • And for many of you as you have faith, he's gonna bring
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  • the things that you want.
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  • Faith is the fuel of breakthrough.
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  • Faith, for whatever reason, seems to be the thing that
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  • causes hope against hope, great things to happen
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  • when we think everything is over.
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  • Faith is the fuel of breakthrough.
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  • It is the thing that we use when we have nothing left
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  • that gives us hope, and faith does not disappoint
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  • because God is faithful.
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  • Have faith that your greatest days are ahead
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  • because they are.
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  • The only one who can throw away your tomorrow is
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  • you so cling to God.
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  • He's gonna get you through.
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  • Faith is trust in God even though I don't know
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  • what the heck is happening.
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  • Faith is trusting that regardless of whatever
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  • is happening around me, I know God loves me,
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  • that he has the power to bring a breakthrough.
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  • And you have faith and today you're gonna learn to release it
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  • and live, and walk by faith, and not walk by sight.
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  • You're a world changer.
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  • God's gonna do great things through you but you need faith.
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  • Faith is the belief that my life is not limited
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  • to what I am currently experiencing.
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  • Faith is the belief that regardless of what is happening
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  • around me, it's not limited to that and good things are coming
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  • and they are coming for you.
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  • Faith does not believe that God is punishing me
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  • and he's not.
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  • God is not punishing you. I need you to hear that.
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  • The devil is called the accuser of the brethren.
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  • The Holy Spirit is called the comforter.
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  • All the punishment that you think you would
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  • have received is on the cross of Jesus Christ.
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  • God is not punishing you.
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  • God is not punishing you.
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  • He's not punishing you.
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  • In Christianity, we believe that Jesus shows us what God is like.
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  • Jesus Christ is the lens through which we should view
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  • and interpret all of Scripture and all of our life experience.
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  • You ever see Jesus make anybody sick?
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  • You ever see Jesus hurt somebody because they sin?
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  • He might have kicked over a couple of tables,
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  • but he didn't hurt anybody.
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  • In fact, when people come to Jesus, he heals them.
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  • He gives dignity to outcasts.
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  • He loves the people that religious people love to reject.
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  • In fact, he loves them most.
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  • He invites hurting to his table.
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  • He brings forgiveness, reconciliation,
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  • life, love, purpose.
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  • God is not punishing you, he is blessing you.
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  • And you say, "I don't have enough faith."
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  • You don't need a lot!
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  • Guess how much faith you need? You need a mustard seed.
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  • It's so small that if I was holding it,
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  • you wouldn't be able to see it in my hand.
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  • We think we need to have 100% faith all the time
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  • to get what we need.
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  • You don't.
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  • You need just enough faith to not let go, that's all.
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  • If you have 1% of you is faith and 99% of you is doubt,
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  • that's enough.
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  • If you give that 1% to God and live and act just on that little
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  • grain of faith, God can use that to move mountains.
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  • You don't need to have mountain faith to move mountains.
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  • You need a tiny, little bit of mustard seed faith
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  • to move the earth.
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  • That's all you need because God's the one doing
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  • the moving, not you.
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  • So, you can relax.
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  • You can smile today. You can have faith.
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  • And even though a bunch of you doubts,
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  • if you got just a little faith, that's all God needs
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  • to move in your life.
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  • If you have the faith, God has the power.
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  • congregation: Amen.
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  • Bobby: All right.
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  • Hebrews 11, "Faith is the substance of things
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  • hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
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  • If you've grown up in church, you probably memorized
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  • that or the N.I.V. says, "The confidence in what we hope for
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  • and the assurance about what we do not see.
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  • This is what the ancients were commended for."
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  • And this is really the most defining thing.
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  • "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's
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  • command so that what is seen is not made
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  • out of what is visible."
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  • This is faith.
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  • Faith is the belief that what we see is a stage
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  • and that there's a whole world behind the curtain,
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  • that everything that's on the stage
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  • came from behind the stage, the set and everything
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  • that we're looking up, and as it's set up,
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  • will also be torn down, that there are players,
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  • and there is a script, and there is a director
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  • of all of the stuff that is happening,
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  • that's really what faith is.
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  • Faith is the belief that what is seen is a result of what's
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  • happening in the unseen, that's why Christians believe
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  • in prayer so much.
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  • We believe that what happens in a spiritual realm is what
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  • ultimately will happen and what we're experiencing in this life
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  • right now and that's why we're not convinced by what happens
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  • in our life experience.
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  • We're convinced by the Word of God.
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  • God is the thing that never changes and that is what gives
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  • us a picture of what's happening behind all of this, that God is
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  • at work in your life and he's gonna give you
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  • the breakthrough that you need.
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  • So, Hebrews 11 uses the example of Abraham and that's the story
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  • we're gonna look at today.
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  • Abraham is an amazing story.
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  • If you don't come from a Jewish or Christian tradition,
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  • you don't know the story, Abram is his original name.
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  • Abram was called from this land of the Chaldeans,
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  • this one little guy.
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  • In the Bible as you read at the beginning, there's the fall and
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  • man is separated from God, and there's this kind of long period
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  • in the Bible where it feels like God sort of disappears
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  • for a while, almost like he's grieving,
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  • that his creation has fallen into the grip of sin and death.
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  • And he decides to begin a new story through one man named
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  • Abram, a little guy in the Middle East somewhere
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  • and he decides for whatever reason, "I'm gonna pick
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  • this man to save the whole world."
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  • Abram is 70 when God calls him.
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  • The word "Abram" by the way, means exalted father.
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  • And can you imagine that Abram, his whole life,
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  • even from when he was a child was called exalted father.
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  • "Exalted father, take out the trash.
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  • Exalted father, do your homework.
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  • Will you marry me? My name's exalted father."
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  • And exalted father goes through his life never
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  • becoming a father.
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  • Now, 70 years old, his whole life called exalted father,
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  • exalted father.
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  • And here he is, he's built immense wealth,
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  • done incredible things in his life.
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  • No children to pass it on to which especially in his day
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  • was shameful in a way in the ancient world.
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  • He was gonna pass it on to a servant of his
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  • and yet his whole life he's gonna exalted
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  • father as though it's like a cruel joke.
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  • And one day, he hears a whisper from this God Yahweh who says,
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  • "Abram, I've chosen you and I want you to leave the land of
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  • your fathers to a land I've prepared for you,
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  • and this will be a Promised Land,
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  • and it will be the place in which all of mankind
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  • will be redeemed back to me because of a covenant
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  • I'm making with you."
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  • And God says to Abram, "You will not be Abram.
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  • You won't just be a father, an exalted father,
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  • you'll be Abraham.
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  • Abraham, look at the sky. You see the stars?
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  • All the stars in the sky will be less than the amount of children
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  • that you will have.
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  • They will be countless.
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  • They will be numerous, and I will be in covenant with them,
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  • and they will be my people, and they will be a blessing
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  • to the world.
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  • And through them, O Father of many nations,
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  • I'm going to save mankind."
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  • Abraham trusted God and it was accredited
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  • to him as righteousness.
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  • How long was it before the 75-year-old man
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  • would have his son?
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  • He would be 100 years old, and Sarah would be 90
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  • before they had Isaac.
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  • And there it is.
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  • So, he's already an old man, not too old, everybody.
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  • He's an old man, 75 but old enough may we all admit,
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  • too old maybe to have-- especially his wife Sarah
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  • who's 65, to have a kid.
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  • And God, you know, he's gonna do a miracle
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  • and it's 25 years before Sarah's pregnant.
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  • She's 90 years old.
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  • Would you say that's a miracle? That's a miracle.
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  • And she's gonna have this child and she has the child Isaac.
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  • And can you imagine how much this 100-year-old man
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  • and 90-year-old woman love this newborn baby?
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  • Look, I know they ate organic back then,
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  • but that's not why she got pregnant.
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  • It was a work of God.
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  • And so here now this is the promise and later it's
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  • confirmed, the promise will happen through this baby,
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  • through Isaac, not just through a kid, but through him.
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  • So, this promise has been made to Abraham and Sarah
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  • and now Isaac is about 15 years old,
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  • something like that.
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  • He's almost a full-grown guy.
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  • Abraham is in his hundreds and God says, "Abraham,
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  • I want you to prove that you trust me."
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  • I know this seems bizarre in the modern west.
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  • "But I want you to take this kid and I want you to sacrifice him
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  • on an altar for me.
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  • Abraham, I want you to sacrifice your miracle to prove
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  • that you trust me."
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  • Do you know what was going through Abraham's mind?
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  • I don't.
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  • "Is this God a cruel jokester? What is happening here?"
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  • You understand, Abraham doesn't know this God.
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  • He's learning about who this God is and he's trying to figure out
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  • in a world of many gods who this now claiming one God is.
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  • And so, he brings Isaac to the this altar,
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  • and I don't think Isaac thought God was a trickster,
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  • or a liar, or a hoaxster.
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  • I think so many awesome things had happened in Abraham's life
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  • that he just expected that no matter what, somehow this
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  • was good even though this was completely horrible
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  • and looked even demonic.
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  • In fact, that's the point.
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  • When Abraham brings Isaac to the altar, Hebrews says he believes
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  • that even if he killed his son Isaac that God would just raise
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  • him back from the dead, that's how strong his faith was
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  • and obviously so.
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  • When you read Genesis and see the things that God brought
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  • Abraham through, his faith was so immense, he trusted God
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  • so much that he would be true to his Word, that the covenant
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  • would be fulfilled through Isaac, that even if he killed
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  • Isaac at God's command, Isaac would be raised from the dead.
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  • And you know why God did this?
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  • As weird as it seems to us in the ancient near east,
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  • it was a bloody, murderous, violent world
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  • in which the gods hated people.
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  • And when God withheld Abraham, it was a dramatic way of saying,
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  • "I'm not that kind of God.
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  • I'm for you and you can trust me.
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  • And I love you."
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  • And he does.
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  • The most important thing we can pull from this story is that
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  • faith is trust, that even though I don't know what the heck is
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  • going on, I have no idea where I'm going, I know it's good.
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  • Faith is trusting and holding on to the loving hand of
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  • a very strong, very good, very smart God, the only God
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  • who has a plan for my life.
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  • So, you can trust God. You can trust God.
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  • Your life is not limited to what you're currently experiencing.
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  • Your life is limitless, boundless, believe it.
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  • Trust in the Lord that he has good things in store for you.
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  • It is time for you to get a fresh vision for your life.
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  • What's the vision for your life?
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  • You may not know it but all of us sort of have a vision
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  • for our lives.
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  • Some of you, your vision is to play video games in your mom's
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:44.040
  • basement the rest of your life.
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  • I see a couple people shrugging in the back.
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  • What's the vision for your life?
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  • And whatever your vision is, God has a bigger one
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  • in store for you.
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  • And I want to challenge you to stop saying, "I'm too old."
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  • I'm so glad Abraham didn't say that.
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  • I want to encourage you to stop saying,
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  • "I can't do that, I can't learn,
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  • I'm not smart enough."
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  • I believe that if you are alive, God has a vision for your life
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  • and it's not just relaxing or playing golf or whatever.
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  • Some of you it might be.
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  • Invite me, I love golf.
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  • I don't mean this to sound judgmental or but to say this
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  • that you have great things in store for your life.
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  • You are smarter today than you have ever been.
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  • What is the vision for your life?
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  • God sees someone in you that no one else can see
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  • and if you just have faith, you can become that person.
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  • Do you believe that?
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  • So, I want to say to you that you are limitless.
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  • You are a dreamer.
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  • You may have stopped dreaming lately but at one point,
  • 00:17:00.120 --> 00:17:03.010
  • you were a dreamer.
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  • You used to dream.
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  • When you were young when you were a kid, you would dream.
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  • You would think about things that could be.
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  • I mean, I remember when I was talking to my daughter Haven,
  • 00:17:10.180 --> 00:17:14.140
  • she said, "The most disappointing thing in life
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  • is that unicorns don't exist."
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  • And then what did she say, Han, "But mermaids do"?
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  • Something like that.
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  • Yeah, she said, "I want to be a unicorn, but I'd rather be
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  • a mermaid 'cause those actually exist."
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  • Listen.
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  • Listen, you are a dreamer.
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  • It's in there and that child-like dreaming that maybe
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  • you used to have but don't have as much as you, you know,
  • 00:17:44.130 --> 00:17:47.270
  • as you did back then, that child-like dreaming
  • 00:17:47.280 --> 00:17:49.270
  • is so good for you because we're mature
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  • to understand that these fantasies are not real,
  • 00:17:52.180 --> 00:17:54.170
  • even though they're fun, but those types of things
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  • cause us to open our mind to real possibilities in our life.
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  • And when we can get a vision for the possibilities in our life
  • 00:18:02.230 --> 00:18:06.050
  • and start praying over them, believing them,
  • 00:18:06.060 --> 00:18:08.060
  • and even seeing them, then we can fulfill incredible things
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  • that God has called us to.
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  • So many times, we are stuck in the ruts
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  • because of a lack of imagination.
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  • All great things are rooted in wonder and imagination.
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  • The ability to sit back and think of things that are
  • 00:18:23.220 --> 00:18:26.040
  • completely bizarre and then one out of every ten of them
  • 00:18:26.050 --> 00:18:29.060
  • is actually a real thing that could happen and you go,
  • 00:18:29.070 --> 00:18:32.100
  • "What if that actually happened?"
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  • And then Disneyland exists, right?
  • 00:18:33.240 --> 00:18:36.230
  • That's what dreamers do, they do fantastic things
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:40.160
  • because they don't think like is as limitless as they thought.
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  • When I was at my prayer day at the ranch the other day,
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:45.170
  • I was looking at these two trees and my mind started to wander.
  • 00:18:45.180 --> 00:18:49.190
  • And I was like, what if those two trees were legs of a giant?
  • 00:18:49.200 --> 00:18:52.230
  • And then I like in my imagination pictured a giant
  • 00:18:52.240 --> 00:18:55.100
  • like friendly giant walking around, walks into the pond.
  • 00:18:55.110 --> 00:18:58.290
  • And I was like, whoa, what if he sat in the pond?
  • 00:18:59.000 --> 00:19:00.230
  • And then I'm picturing waves going everywhere.
  • 00:19:00.240 --> 00:19:02.150
  • And then I was like, what if I was a giant?
  • 00:19:02.160 --> 00:19:04.270
  • This is how the mind works, you know?
  • 00:19:04.280 --> 00:19:06.070
  • Now, here I'm a giant I'm like, and what if I walked down
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:09.010
  • to the 5 Freeway and walked over the freeway and?
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:13.230
  • I hadn't done that in a while.
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:15.030
  • I hadn't like had these fun like stupid things, but they're not
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:18.130
  • stupid because it trains you to begin to open that part of your
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:21.290
  • mind which although it's the place in which stories and
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:25.050
  • fantasy are located, it's also the place in which boundless
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  • imagination is located.
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  • That's the place where people are able to envision a new world
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:34.200
  • and it's in that place very often that God is able
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  • to speak to us the most.
  • 00:19:36.290 --> 00:19:39.000
  • There's a reason why God likes to speak to people in their
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:41.080
  • dreams, it's 'cause in your dreams you don't have all these
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:44.190
  • silly rules that you have to follow when you're awake.
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  • God is able to speak things into your life that your, you know,
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:51.060
  • rational western mind usually wants to reject.
  • 00:19:51.070 --> 00:19:54.130
  • He puts it in your heart when you sleep.
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:56.200
  • So anyway, every person has immeasurable potential
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:02.090
  • and their greatest limitation is right here, right here,
  • 00:20:02.100 --> 00:20:07.060
  • believing "I'm not enough
  • 00:20:07.070 --> 00:20:08.240
  • I can't do enough I can't get far enough."
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  • So, I want to encourage you first and remind you that you
  • 00:20:11.180 --> 00:20:13.230
  • are a dreamer and that you ought to pray as a person of faith,
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:18.230
  • not a person of sympathy.
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:21.000
  • You ought not pray, "Oh, poor me."
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  • You ought pray with faith, faith.
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  • Pray with audacity and have the audacity to believe
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  • that God's actually gonna do it.
  • 00:20:30.100 --> 00:20:32.290
  • Because when you pray and you get what you want,
  • 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:35.000
  • you also get what you need.
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  • Man, I have stopped praying that God makes my son healthy,
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:39.170
  • and I have started praying that God will make my son
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:42.050
  • a world changer.
  • 00:20:42.060 --> 00:20:44.160
  • I've--I had this picture of my son, who has epilepsy
  • 00:20:44.170 --> 00:20:48.030
  • and a brain disease, that well maybe he can
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:50.000
  • just have some semblance of a normal life.
  • 00:20:50.010 --> 00:20:51.290
  • And the Lord said, "No, stop praying for what you need
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:54.260
  • and start praying for what you want."
  • 00:20:54.270 --> 00:20:56.060
  • And I believe my son will be brilliant,
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  • and I'm gonna pray that my son will be a world changer, amen?
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • So, stop limiting God.
  • 00:21:04.290 --> 00:21:08.020
  • Stop limiting God through the small little need you want.
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  • It might even be that God's not answering that
  • 00:21:10.100 --> 00:21:12.020
  • because he wants you to broaden your horizon.
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  • He wants you to pray bigger prayers.
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  • He wants you to have bigger dreams.
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  • God is not limited to age. He is not limited by sickness.
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  • He is not limited by lack of education.
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  • He's not limited by race.
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  • He's not limited by lack of experience,
  • 00:21:27.190 --> 00:21:29.140
  • only you are, and it's only here.
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  • So, change this and change this and believe by faith and pray
  • 00:21:33.040 --> 00:21:37.260
  • with faith, not for what you need, but for what you want
  • 00:21:37.270 --> 00:21:41.050
  • and you'll get what you need and what you want because God
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:44.270
  • is a good God and faith pleases him.
  • 00:21:44.280 --> 00:21:50.280
  • You are a dreamer and you're a doer.
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:57.060
  • Faith makes us do.
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:21:59.090
  • Faith makes us take risks.
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  • Faith is not worried about being embarrassed
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:04.150
  • or being proved wrong.
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:06.100
  • So, you're a doer.
  • 00:22:06.110 --> 00:22:08.040
  • It takes faith to love your enemy.
  • 00:22:08.050 --> 00:22:10.130
  • Loving your enemy is proof that you trust and have faith in God.
  • 00:22:10.140 --> 00:22:14.230
  • It takes faith to forgive someone.
  • 00:22:14.240 --> 00:22:18.070
  • It takes faith to take a risk.
  • 00:22:18.080 --> 00:22:19.260
  • It takes faith to ascribe dignity to people that you can't
  • 00:22:19.270 --> 00:22:22.140
  • stand but to believe that we all live by a higher law and that
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  • everyone is a child of God.
  • 00:22:26.050 --> 00:22:29.000
  • It takes faith to face your fears.
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  • If you're afraid of heights, it takes faith to go
  • 00:22:31.240 --> 00:22:33.050
  • on a roller coster.
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:35.230
  • You're a doer.
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:37.040
  • Faith is activating you in the things you do and that's a good
  • 00:22:37.050 --> 00:22:39.250
  • thing and you are trusting.
  • 00:22:39.260 --> 00:22:41.190
  • And let me just finish with this last thought,
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  • faith is trust, not clarity.
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  • Brennan Manning tells a story about John Kavanaugh
  • 00:22:49.020 --> 00:22:51.060
  • who traveled thousands of miles to meet Mother Teresa
  • 00:22:51.070 --> 00:22:56.120
  • to ask her to pray for him that he would have clarity.
  • 00:22:56.130 --> 00:23:02.070
  • And he finally got an audience with her and he said,
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:03.280
  • "Mother Teresa, I want you to pray for clarity for me."
  • 00:23:03.290 --> 00:23:07.170
  • And she said, "No."
  • 00:23:07.180 --> 00:23:09.150
  • He said, "But I've traveled thousands of miles
  • 00:23:09.160 --> 00:23:11.110
  • that you'd pray for clarity for me."
  • 00:23:11.120 --> 00:23:13.000
  • She said, "No, I'm not gonna pray for that."
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:14.240
  • And he said, "But you have clarity."
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:16.160
  • She says, "No, I've never had clarity, I've only had trust.
  • 00:23:16.170 --> 00:23:20.100
  • And I will pray that you trust God because clarity
  • 00:23:20.110 --> 00:23:22.260
  • is the last thing that you're clinging on to.
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:25.190
  • You want to cling on to answers, but you need to cling on to God
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:28.220
  • because he is the answer."
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  • Many of us, the weirdest thing about walking by faith is that
  • 00:23:32.020 --> 00:23:40.200
  • we don't know where we're going, we just know it's good.
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  • Am I right?
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  • So, you're a trusting person.
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  • You've learned what it means to trust God in the midst
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  • of the fog of the storm.
  • 00:23:49.290 --> 00:23:51.270
  • You're a doer, and you're a dreamer, and I'm proud you.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, we thank you that you are here and that you hear
  • 00:23:57.030 --> 00:23:59.240
  • our prayers and that you are a limitless God.
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  • We thank you for heaven. We thank you for healing.
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  • We thank you for Jesus Christ.
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  • We thank you that he shows us what kind of a God you are.
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  • We trust you. You heal people.
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  • You raise people from the dead.
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  • You are building your kingdom on earth right now
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  • and we're so honored to be a part of it.
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  • We love you. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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  • a small thank you so when you give a gift of $40 or more,
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  • Let it be a reminder that God is your provider.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Every single week, we get literally thousands
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  • of letters from people all around the world who tell us
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  • that their lives were radically transformed.
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  • Every single letter we get, we open and we read it.
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  • Every prayer request we get, we pray for those people.
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  • And every time we do it, our team is so encouraged
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  • and we're encouraged because lives are being changed.
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  • We want you to know that that's not our doing,
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  • that's your doing.
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  • When you give to this ministry, you are making such
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  • a big impact on people's lives.
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  • This is crazy, like, every week we have to raise lots
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  • and lots of money to pay for airtime.
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  • If one month goes by that we don't get money,
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  • And we are so, so thankful for your generosity.
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  • because of your generosity.
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  • Casy: Dear Bobby, I am an inmate at a correctional
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  • facility here in Tennessee.
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  • I have been incarcerated since February 1998
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  • but only recently discovered "Hour of Power."
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  • I am a stronger, more seeking Christian because of the message
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  • for a crime, still feel the love and forgiveness of Christ.
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  • You have helped me realize that though many may
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  • look down upon me, God controls everything.
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  • I am forgiven, loved and want to be a part of life again.
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  • I will be going home within the next few years.
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  • and gratitude for what Christ does through you.
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  • Bobby: Casy, we want you to know you really
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