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Help Me! I Need To Change My Life Part 3: The Fight For Change

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  • - Brian Houston: Lord,
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  • not by might nor power,
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  • but by your Spirit,
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  • the Spirit of the Almighty God.
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  • Thank you for the Holy Spirit.
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  • Thank you, Father, that we can
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  • be together around your name,
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  • around your Word.
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  • Lord, you're doing a work
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  • in people that's bringing life,
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  • and change, and newness.
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  • Lord, we just thank you
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  • in your precious name.
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  • - Brian: "Help Me!
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  • I Need to Change My Life."
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  • This is a series I've been
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  • doing, and this is part three,
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  • "The Fight for Change."
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  • You see, so many people
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  • know they need to change
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  • their life, but so many people
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  • really don't know how
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  • to change their life.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 3,
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  • verse 16,
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  • "When one turns to the Lord,
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  • the veil is taken away."
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  • Jesus takes the veil away.
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  • "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and
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  • where the Spirit of the Lord is,
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  • there is liberty.
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  • But we all, with unveiled face,
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  • beholding as in a mirror
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  • the glory of the Lord,
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  • are being transformed," changed,
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  • transfiguration, "into the same
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  • image from glory to glory, just
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  • as by the Spirit of the Lord."
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  • We all, with unveiled face.
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  • I love the fact that
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  • Christianity is an unveiled
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  • religion, that Jesus
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  • takes the veil away,
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  • that it's an unveiled religion.
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  • Sadly, some people, when they
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  • try to look to Jesus, they look
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  • through a veil of regret, or
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  • condemnation, or guilt, or fear,
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  • and it's time to take the veil
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  • away because the answer's
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  • never in how bad we feel
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  • about ourselves.
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  • It's always in the wonder
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  • of Jesus.
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  • And so, "Beholding as in
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  • a mirror the glory of the Lord,
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  • are being transformed into
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  • that image."
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  • If I were to say it in my
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  • simple language, I would say,
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  • "I looked into a mirror called
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  • Jesus and my reflection
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  • looked more like him than me."
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  • Now, that's a miracle.
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  • That's what we call
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  • transfiguration.
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  • I am changed, changing still.
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  • You see, this room's filled
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  • with people, who perhaps
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  • you could say, "I've changed.
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  • I'm saved.
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  • I've changed,"
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  • but the big question is,
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  • are you changing still?
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  • You see, many people, early
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  • years in their Christian life,
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  • they change and change
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  • radically, and the story is
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  • amazing, but in what definable,
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  • measurable, qualifiable ways
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  • are you changing still?
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  • Transformed.
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  • Do you know, it comes from
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  • the word "metemorphothe,"
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  • the Greek word,
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  • from which we get our word
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  • "metamorphosis," which of course
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  • is how a caterpillar
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  • becomes a butterfly.
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  • And who, looking at
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  • a caterpillar, without prior
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  • knowledge, could ever imagine it
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  • could be a beautiful butterfly?
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  • See, people look at you and they
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  • can't see what God sees,
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  • and we can't even imagine
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  • ourselves what he has.
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  • If we were to let ourselves
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  • metamorphis, if we will let
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  • ourselves be transformed, if we
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  • will allow ourselves to change,
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  • because that's what God
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  • wants to do.
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  • And the Bible here talks about
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  • being changed,
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  • and so it's ongoing.
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  • It's a process.
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  • We are progressing.
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  • All of us could wear around
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  • our neck a sign that says, "God
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  • is not finished with me yet.
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  • I'm a work in progress."
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  • But are you a work in progress?
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  • Are you progressing?
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  • Is there transformation still,
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  • as I say, measurable?
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  • God changes us.
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  • He does it through the Word.
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  • The Word changes us.
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  • That's why it's so critical
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  • you keep it a daily part
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  • of your life.
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  • He changes us by transforming,
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  • renewing the mind,
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  • changing the way we think.
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  • He changes us through
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  • the Holy Spirit
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  • into his own image.
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  • He changes us by grace,
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  • which none of us deserve,
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  • but we are saved by grace
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  • and you are changed by choice.
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  • In other words, God's hand is
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  • not so short that he will not
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  • and he cannot, but we have
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  • to continue to make
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  • the right choices to change.
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  • If you don't believe you need
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  • to change or never change, if
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  • you don't believe that you can
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  • change, you'll never changed,
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  • and if you don't want to change,
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  • you will never change.
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  • You will never change.
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  • You know, God wants you to
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  • change, even more than you do,
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  • because he knows the immense
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  • potential that he has
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  • for your life.
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  • He knows.
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  • We don't know.
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  • He knows the butterfly.
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  • He already knows who
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  • he's designed you to be,
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  • and who God's designed you to be
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  • is worth us wanting to change
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  • as well.
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  • He wants us to change
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  • even more than we do.
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  • Some people, they wanna change
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  • because they're inspired by
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  • the possibilities of living
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  • life significantly, making
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  • a difference, fulfilling
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  • their God-given potential.
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  • Other people, they wanna change
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  • because they are sick of their
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  • flaws, and their weaknesses, and
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  • their failings, and then the way
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  • those things affect their
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  • relationships, or maybe their
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  • finances, or their health,
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  • or affect their family,
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  • or affect their peace of mind.
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  • How much do you wanna change?
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  • How desperate are you
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  • for change?
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  • Are you passionate enough
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  • for change?
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  • Because God wants us to change.
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  • We, if we want to change,
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  • have one hope, and that's
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  • the one who never changes.
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  • Everything about us is temporal,
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  • everything's changing,
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  • but there's one constant
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  • that never changes,
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  • and of course you know his name.
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  • His name is...
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  • - audience: Jesus!
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  • - Brian: Hebrews 13:7-8,
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  • "Appreciate
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  • your pastoral leaders
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  • who gave you the Word of God.
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  • Take a good look at the way they
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  • live, and let their faithfulness
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  • instruct you,
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  • as well as their truthfulness.
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  • There should be a consistency
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  • that runs through us all, for
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  • Jesus doesn't change--yesterday,
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  • today, tomorrow, he's
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  • always totally himself."
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  • That's the hope for us,
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  • that he in fact
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  • is the one absolute, the one
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  • constant where so many other
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  • things around us are changing.
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  • We can look to Jesus, the author
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  • and the finisher of our faith,
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  • who yesterday, today,
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  • forever is the same.
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  • He's himself.
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  • He doesn't change.
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  • And that's why our hope of
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  • change is to become
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  • more Christ-like, because
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  • that's the concrete, the firm,
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  • the absolute.
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  • We're a work in progress.
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  • God isn't finished with us yet.
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  • We're a work in progress.
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  • We are changing.
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  • We are changing still.
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  • And that's beautiful, it's
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  • powerful, and it's critical, but
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  • if we can become consistently
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  • more Christ-like, then we'll see
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  • the transformation in our lives.
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  • Many people, they wanna change,
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  • they just don't know how
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  • to change.
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  • They don't know how to get
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  • from where they are
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  • to where they want to be.
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  • Do you know, ultimately,
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  • if there's nothing in your life
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  • you're prepared to change,
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  • nothing's ever gonna change.
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  • Some people want
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  • the fruit of change.
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  • I mean, the fruit of change
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  • might be a better marriage.
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  • The fruit of change may be
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  • all that guilt and that stuff
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  • you feel on the inside is gone.
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  • Maybe the fruit of change is you
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  • are now getting your finances
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  • together and making
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  • some real progress.
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  • People want the fruit of change,
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  • they just don't want
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  • the discipline of change.
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  • They actually don't want to
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  • change.
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  • And I find that's how many
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  • people are in their lives.
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  • They get upset with God because
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  • they wanna see the fruit of
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  • change and they feel like
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  • nothing's changing,
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  • but they themselves won't make
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  • the effort to change.
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  • They won't make the effort.
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  • Change has plenty
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  • of obstructions that the enemy
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  • tries to get on the back of.
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  • One of them is a lack
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  • of support, or if you like,
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  • bad company.
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  • I must talk about this a lot
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  • because I'm so convinced
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  • of how important it is.
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  • It's very difficult to change if
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  • you don't have the right support
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  • around and about you.
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  • That's why it's so good to sit
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  • under the Word every week, to be
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  • a part of a local church, to get
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  • yourself into a small group,
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  • to have strong believing friends
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  • who actually are peer pressure
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  • in all the right directions.
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  • Because I'll tell you right now,
  • 00:09:06.160 --> 00:09:07.290
  • peer pressure's only bad if it's
  • 00:09:08.190 --> 00:09:11.190
  • pointing you towards conforming,
  • 00:09:11.190 --> 00:09:13.200
  • rather than pointing you
  • 00:09:13.200 --> 00:09:15.000
  • towards transforming.
  • 00:09:15.000 --> 00:09:16.190
  • And so, people, they find change
  • 00:09:17.170 --> 00:09:20.170
  • difficult because they either
  • 00:09:20.170 --> 00:09:22.170
  • have all the wrong people around
  • 00:09:22.170 --> 00:09:23.220
  • them, they don't have
  • 00:09:23.220 --> 00:09:25.070
  • the support they need, and it
  • 00:09:25.070 --> 00:09:27.090
  • makes it difficult to change.
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  • An obstruction to change
  • 00:09:29.030 --> 00:09:30.140
  • is atrophy, and it's easy
  • 00:09:30.140 --> 00:09:32.120
  • to experience that in your life.
  • 00:09:32.120 --> 00:09:34.020
  • Just keep doing nothing.
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  • The law of atrophy,
  • 00:09:36.090 --> 00:09:37.230
  • anything left to itself
  • 00:09:37.230 --> 00:09:39.030
  • will tend toward decay.
  • 00:09:39.030 --> 00:09:41.290
  • And many people, they think
  • 00:09:41.290 --> 00:09:44.010
  • their life's standing still,
  • 00:09:44.010 --> 00:09:45.160
  • but a little bit like a bicycle,
  • 00:09:45.160 --> 00:09:46.250
  • unless you're some kind of
  • 00:09:46.250 --> 00:09:47.240
  • a clown or an acrobat, you
  • 00:09:47.240 --> 00:09:49.090
  • can't stay still on a bicycle.
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  • You've gotta have some progress,
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  • and atrophy happens
  • 00:09:53.200 --> 00:09:55.070
  • without you doing anything.
  • 00:09:55.070 --> 00:09:56.240
  • It means that slowly, whatever
  • 00:09:56.240 --> 00:09:58.130
  • progress, and transformation, or
  • 00:09:58.130 --> 00:10:00.040
  • change you're making, atrophy,
  • 00:10:00.040 --> 00:10:01.260
  • it's just going in
  • 00:10:01.260 --> 00:10:03.150
  • the other direction, and that's
  • 00:10:03.150 --> 00:10:05.050
  • an obstruction to change.
  • 00:10:05.050 --> 00:10:06.240
  • If you do nothing,
  • 00:10:06.240 --> 00:10:08.000
  • nothing's gonna change.
  • 00:10:08.000 --> 00:10:09.230
  • You've gotta make active,
  • 00:10:09.230 --> 00:10:11.050
  • radical steps.
  • 00:10:11.050 --> 00:10:12.090
  • Do you know, some people,
  • 00:10:12.270 --> 00:10:15.270
  • they expect a different return
  • 00:10:15.270 --> 00:10:17.110
  • or different reaction
  • 00:10:17.110 --> 00:10:18.140
  • by doing the same action.
  • 00:10:18.140 --> 00:10:20.080
  • They keep doing the same stuff,
  • 00:10:20.080 --> 00:10:21.210
  • the same stuff, the same stuff,
  • 00:10:21.210 --> 00:10:23.140
  • and wonder why nothing
  • 00:10:23.140 --> 00:10:24.140
  • ever changes.
  • 00:10:24.140 --> 00:10:26.150
  • God wants you to change
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  • and wants to help you change,
  • 00:10:28.250 --> 00:10:30.290
  • even more than you do.
  • 00:10:30.290 --> 00:10:33.160
  • A poor response to temptation is
  • 00:10:35.070 --> 00:10:38.070
  • an obstruction to change.
  • 00:10:38.070 --> 00:10:40.160
  • Everybody's tempted.
  • 00:10:40.160 --> 00:10:42.070
  • Maybe some people's temptation
  • 00:10:42.070 --> 00:10:43.210
  • is different to others, but
  • 00:10:43.210 --> 00:10:45.170
  • everybody is tempted, and that's
  • 00:10:45.170 --> 00:10:47.270
  • where we need the right support
  • 00:10:47.270 --> 00:10:49.070
  • around and about us.
  • 00:10:49.070 --> 00:10:50.250
  • That's where we need to keep
  • 00:10:50.250 --> 00:10:52.000
  • making right choices.
  • 00:10:52.000 --> 00:10:53.160
  • But you see, the obstruction's
  • 00:10:53.160 --> 00:10:54.220
  • not in being tempted.
  • 00:10:54.220 --> 00:10:56.080
  • The obstruction comes when
  • 00:10:56.080 --> 00:10:58.070
  • you keep on responding poorly
  • 00:10:58.070 --> 00:11:00.130
  • to temptation, blame, excusing.
  • 00:11:01.000 --> 00:11:04.000
  • These are obstructions to
  • 00:11:04.000 --> 00:11:05.020
  • change, 'cause you'll never
  • 00:11:05.020 --> 00:11:06.020
  • change without taking
  • 00:11:06.020 --> 00:11:07.050
  • responsibility, without
  • 00:11:07.050 --> 00:11:08.280
  • accountability, and there's
  • 00:11:08.280 --> 00:11:10.110
  • always someone to blame.
  • 00:11:10.110 --> 00:11:11.260
  • But that is not gonna
  • 00:11:11.260 --> 00:11:13.000
  • help anything change,
  • 00:11:13.000 --> 00:11:14.120
  • because it takes responsibility.
  • 00:11:14.120 --> 00:11:16.180
  • Unforgiveness locks people.
  • 00:11:16.180 --> 00:11:19.120
  • Unforgiveness, man, does
  • 00:11:19.120 --> 00:11:21.060
  • that lock people into staying
  • 00:11:21.060 --> 00:11:22.260
  • the same, not changing,
  • 00:11:22.260 --> 00:11:24.210
  • going backwards.
  • 00:11:24.210 --> 00:11:26.020
  • You see, to whom much is given,
  • 00:11:26.020 --> 00:11:28.120
  • much is required.
  • 00:11:28.120 --> 00:11:29.100
  • You've been forgiven much,
  • 00:11:29.100 --> 00:11:30.180
  • you have to forgive much.
  • 00:11:30.180 --> 00:11:31.280
  • And there's many times
  • 00:11:31.280 --> 00:11:33.060
  • in the Bible it talks about
  • 00:11:33.060 --> 00:11:34.020
  • unforgiveness and the impact
  • 00:11:34.020 --> 00:11:36.160
  • of that on people's lives.
  • 00:11:36.160 --> 00:11:37.280
  • Look, you can have every reason
  • 00:11:37.280 --> 00:11:39.210
  • to hold onto that unforgiveness
  • 00:11:39.210 --> 00:11:41.120
  • and maybe you even feel
  • 00:11:41.120 --> 00:11:42.260
  • it's justified, but it will
  • 00:11:42.260 --> 00:11:43.270
  • never help you change.
  • 00:11:43.270 --> 00:11:45.230
  • You have to know the power of
  • 00:11:45.230 --> 00:11:47.020
  • moving on, letting go, moving
  • 00:11:47.080 --> 00:11:50.080
  • forward, else nothing in your
  • 00:11:50.080 --> 00:11:52.090
  • life is ever going to change.
  • 00:11:52.100 --> 00:11:55.100
  • Nothing will ever change.
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:57.110
  • Discouragement
  • 00:11:57.110 --> 00:11:58.100
  • is an obstruction to change.
  • 00:11:58.100 --> 00:12:00.280
  • You just get discouraged because
  • 00:12:00.280 --> 00:12:02.090
  • you tried and it didn't work.
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:03.280
  • Well, maybe you're just
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:05.080
  • hitting brick walls.
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:06.090
  • And so, that can be
  • 00:12:06.090 --> 00:12:07.230
  • an obstruction to change.
  • 00:12:07.230 --> 00:12:08.290
  • Just losing focus.
  • 00:12:08.290 --> 00:12:10.170
  • You see, where there's no
  • 00:12:10.170 --> 00:12:11.190
  • vision, people cast off
  • 00:12:11.190 --> 00:12:12.240
  • restraint.
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:13.260
  • Change takes discipline and
  • 00:12:13.260 --> 00:12:15.140
  • restraint, and it has
  • 00:12:15.140 --> 00:12:16.290
  • a fruitful, a powerful,
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:18.090
  • powerful end.
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:19.150
  • But a lot of people,
  • 00:12:19.150 --> 00:12:20.110
  • they just lose focus.
  • 00:12:20.110 --> 00:12:21.160
  • They lose sight of where
  • 00:12:21.160 --> 00:12:22.160
  • they're going.
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:23.180
  • They lose vision.
  • 00:12:23.180 --> 00:12:24.260
  • The enemy loves that because,
  • 00:12:24.260 --> 00:12:25.280
  • what happens?
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:27.150
  • You cast off restraint.
  • 00:12:27.150 --> 00:12:29.050
  • All of a sudden,
  • 00:12:29.050 --> 00:12:30.010
  • you're not changing.
  • 00:12:30.010 --> 00:12:30.240
  • Or perhaps you are changing,
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:32.080
  • just not in the direction
  • 00:12:32.080 --> 00:12:33.100
  • you should be.
  • 00:12:33.100 --> 00:12:34.180
  • So, there's lots of things
  • 00:12:34.180 --> 00:12:35.290
  • that would try to stop us
  • 00:12:35.290 --> 00:12:37.030
  • from changing.
  • 00:12:37.030 --> 00:12:38.240
  • You just get an old man's
  • 00:12:38.240 --> 00:12:39.290
  • perspective.
  • 00:12:39.290 --> 00:12:41.130
  • You know old people?
  • 00:12:41.130 --> 00:12:43.020
  • "Well, it's too late for me
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:43.260
  • to change.
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:45.120
  • You can't teach an old dog
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:49.270
  • new tricks."
  • 00:12:49.270 --> 00:12:52.000
  • Some of you aren't even
  • 00:12:52.000 --> 00:12:52.280
  • old dogs, but you're still
  • 00:12:52.280 --> 00:12:55.030
  • not open to new tricks,
  • 00:12:55.030 --> 00:12:57.050
  • and I think that's tragic.
  • 00:12:57.050 --> 00:12:59.150
  • Don't be old in your thinking.
  • 00:12:59.150 --> 00:13:01.170
  • Don't believe you can't change.
  • 00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:03.010
  • Of course you can change.
  • 00:13:03.010 --> 00:13:04.120
  • Where there's life,
  • 00:13:04.120 --> 00:13:05.050
  • there's hope.
  • 00:13:05.050 --> 00:13:06.010
  • God is a God of transformation.
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:07.240
  • God is a God of change.
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:09.290
  • He helps us move forward.
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  • He helps us break the curse.
  • 00:13:11.170 --> 00:13:13.040
  • He helps us see things behind.
  • 00:13:13.040 --> 00:13:15.000
  • He helps us become new.
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:16.200
  • He helps us see things
  • 00:13:16.200 --> 00:13:18.040
  • differently.
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:18.280
  • He helps us to step into
  • 00:13:18.280 --> 00:13:20.170
  • the transformation
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:22.080
  • that he has for our lives.
  • 00:13:22.080 --> 00:13:24.120
  • So, what will the catalyst
  • 00:13:24.120 --> 00:13:25.290
  • for change be in your life,
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:28.010
  • I wonder?
  • 00:13:28.010 --> 00:13:29.110
  • They say one of the greatest
  • 00:13:29.110 --> 00:13:30.240
  • motivations for change is pain.
  • 00:13:31.010 --> 00:13:34.010
  • Pain, I think it's tragic.
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:36.190
  • Some people, they wanna change
  • 00:13:36.190 --> 00:13:38.160
  • when it's too late.
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:40.100
  • God's given them so many chances
  • 00:13:40.100 --> 00:13:42.150
  • and maybe even people have given
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:43.250
  • them so many chances to change.
  • 00:13:43.250 --> 00:13:46.130
  • I've seen over the years people
  • 00:13:46.130 --> 00:13:47.250
  • who, it's when their marriage
  • 00:13:47.250 --> 00:13:49.090
  • is actually on the rocks and it
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:51.250
  • seems like their partner is gone
  • 00:13:51.250 --> 00:13:54.060
  • that suddenly then they're
  • 00:13:54.060 --> 00:13:55.180
  • prepared to have a makeover,
  • 00:13:55.180 --> 00:13:57.200
  • either literally or in an area
  • 00:13:57.200 --> 00:13:59.240
  • of their life where they say,
  • 00:13:59.240 --> 00:14:01.020
  • "Give me one more chance," and
  • 00:14:01.020 --> 00:14:02.100
  • you've had chance, after chance,
  • 00:14:02.100 --> 00:14:03.230
  • after chance, after chance.
  • 00:14:03.230 --> 00:14:05.140
  • And sometimes God gives us
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:06.240
  • chance, after chance,
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:08.000
  • after chance, after chance,
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:09.230
  • and we wanna change when
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:11.140
  • the pain gets great enough,
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:12.200
  • and that's the whole point.
  • 00:14:12.200 --> 00:14:13.220
  • If the pain of staying the same
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:15.190
  • is not greater than the pain
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:17.250
  • of change, then you'll
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:19.270
  • probably never change.
  • 00:14:19.270 --> 00:14:21.250
  • And there'll be pain either way,
  • 00:14:21.250 --> 00:14:23.100
  • because there's the pain
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:25.010
  • of the disciple of change
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:26.230
  • or the pain of regret
  • 00:14:26.230 --> 00:14:28.160
  • 'cause you got left behind.
  • 00:14:28.160 --> 00:14:31.140
  • And so, pain is something
  • 00:14:31.210 --> 00:14:34.210
  • that God can use to enable us
  • 00:14:35.080 --> 00:14:38.080
  • and to help us to change.
  • 00:14:38.080 --> 00:14:40.180
  • And you know, the word
  • 00:14:40.180 --> 00:14:42.280
  • "passion," in the Latin,
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:45.250
  • from the original Latin,
  • 00:14:45.250 --> 00:14:48.040
  • comes from the word "pain."
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:49.290
  • And I love the fact that
  • 00:14:49.290 --> 00:14:51.180
  • the passion to change
  • 00:14:51.180 --> 00:14:53.150
  • can come from pain.
  • 00:14:53.150 --> 00:14:55.220
  • We wanna live a pain-free life.
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:57.280
  • I mean, who likes pain?
  • 00:14:57.280 --> 00:14:59.130
  • Who wants pain?
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:00.200
  • So, we wanna live this pain-free
  • 00:15:00.200 --> 00:15:01.270
  • life, but God can use pain, just
  • 00:15:01.270 --> 00:15:04.250
  • like he can use the fire, to
  • 00:15:04.250 --> 00:15:06.250
  • enable us to change, to actually
  • 00:15:06.250 --> 00:15:09.100
  • help us to change and to keep on
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:11.200
  • changing, and keep on changing,
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:14.030
  • and keep on changing into all
  • 00:15:14.030 --> 00:15:15.260
  • that he has for us
  • 00:15:15.260 --> 00:15:17.130
  • in Jesus' name,
  • 00:15:17.130 --> 00:15:19.040
  • and he has so much for you.
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:21.020
  • So much for you.
  • 00:15:21.020 --> 00:15:22.250
  • And that's why I pray we'll
  • 00:15:22.250 --> 00:15:24.270
  • always be open to keeping on
  • 00:15:24.270 --> 00:15:27.000
  • changing, and changing,
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:29.020
  • and changing.
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:30.150
  • In the Proverbs, more than once,
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:31.210
  • it talks about the crucible for
  • 00:15:31.210 --> 00:15:33.010
  • silver and it talks about
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:34.260
  • the furnace for gold,
  • 00:15:34.260 --> 00:15:36.290
  • two incredibly precious metals.
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:39.240
  • And as people here probably
  • 00:15:39.240 --> 00:15:42.070
  • would know that it's their
  • 00:15:42.070 --> 00:15:44.000
  • being refined in the fire
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:45.270
  • that gets the impurities out.
  • 00:15:45.270 --> 00:15:47.050
  • And God can use pain.
  • 00:15:47.050 --> 00:15:49.100
  • God can use the fire.
  • 00:15:49.100 --> 00:15:51.040
  • Wherever I've been through
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:52.190
  • the fire in my life, and I have
  • 00:15:52.190 --> 00:15:54.070
  • a few times, I think
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:56.070
  • I came out a better person.
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:58.000
  • It's not the way I would like
  • 00:15:58.000 --> 00:15:59.050
  • to change.
  • 00:15:59.050 --> 00:16:00.120
  • I think I came out
  • 00:16:00.120 --> 00:16:01.130
  • a little softer
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:02.290
  • when it came to my expectation
  • 00:16:02.290 --> 00:16:04.040
  • of other people.
  • 00:16:04.040 --> 00:16:06.110
  • And so, God can use the fire
  • 00:16:06.110 --> 00:16:07.210
  • to change us, and I pray
  • 00:16:07.210 --> 00:16:09.240
  • that we're always open to God
  • 00:16:09.240 --> 00:16:11.080
  • using the fire.
  • 00:16:11.080 --> 00:16:12.240
  • And you know, sometimes we go
  • 00:16:12.240 --> 00:16:14.040
  • through the fire, and there's
  • 00:16:14.040 --> 00:16:15.010
  • people in this room and--
  • 00:16:15.010 --> 00:16:16.240
  • Do you know Jeremiah
  • 00:16:16.240 --> 00:16:18.040
  • the prophet, man, what he faced.
  • 00:16:18.170 --> 00:16:21.170
  • You talk about the fire,
  • 00:16:21.170 --> 00:16:23.020
  • Jeremiah 20, the first thing
  • 00:16:23.020 --> 00:16:24.110
  • that happens is he gets
  • 00:16:24.110 --> 00:16:25.170
  • punched in the mouth.
  • 00:16:25.170 --> 00:16:27.280
  • He got punched in the mouth,
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:28.270
  • put in stocks, and he was
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:30.060
  • persecuted, opposed.
  • 00:16:30.060 --> 00:16:32.060
  • They brought negative reports.
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:33.250
  • It was all going against him.
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:35.150
  • Everything
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:36.130
  • was going against him.
  • 00:16:36.130 --> 00:16:37.250
  • He was well and truly
  • 00:16:37.250 --> 00:16:39.110
  • in the fire.
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:40.160
  • Jeremiah 20, verse 9, he said,
  • 00:16:40.160 --> 00:16:42.270
  • "'I'll not make mention of him,
  • 00:16:42.270 --> 00:16:44.070
  • nor speak anymore in his name.'
  • 00:16:44.070 --> 00:16:46.160
  • But his Word was in my heart
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:48.250
  • like a burning fire."
  • 00:16:48.250 --> 00:16:50.050
  • He got to the point where
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:51.010
  • he said, "I'm not even
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:51.220
  • gonna talk about God anymore.
  • 00:16:51.220 --> 00:16:53.130
  • "'I'm not even gonna make
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:54.120
  • mention of him, nor speak
  • 00:16:54.120 --> 00:16:55.210
  • anymore in his name.'
  • 00:16:55.210 --> 00:16:57.020
  • But his Word was in my heart
  • 00:16:57.020 --> 00:16:58.270
  • like a burning fire shut up in
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:01.090
  • my bones; I was weary of holding
  • 00:17:01.090 --> 00:17:03.100
  • it back, and I could not."
  • 00:17:03.100 --> 00:17:05.030
  • I love that.
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  • He says, "His Word was in
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  • my heart like a burning fire."
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  • The fire in him was greater
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:12.090
  • even still than the fire
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:13.140
  • around and about him.
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:14.250
  • That's what passion, pain does.
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:16.220
  • It puts the fire in our belly.
  • 00:17:16.220 --> 00:17:18.230
  • In the Message, it says it like
  • 00:17:18.230 --> 00:17:20.040
  • that, "The Words are fire in my
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:21.290
  • belly, a burning in my bones."
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  • Fire in my belly, a burning.
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  • I love that.
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:27.170
  • Fire in my belly.
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  • So, does the fire in you
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:33.140
  • burn strong enough for you
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  • to withstand the fire around you
  • 00:17:36.260 --> 00:17:38.230
  • and keep on changing?
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  • 'Cause that's the will of God
  • 00:17:40.040 --> 00:17:41.140
  • for your life.
  • 00:17:41.140 --> 00:17:42.150
  • You know, people find
  • 00:17:42.150 --> 00:17:43.090
  • themselves--they get themselves
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.180
  • in this cycle which I've kinda
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:46.060
  • been alluding to throughout.
  • 00:17:46.060 --> 00:17:48.050
  • They get themself in this
  • 00:17:48.050 --> 00:17:49.090
  • negative cycle where they
  • 00:17:49.090 --> 00:17:50.290
  • believe they can't change.
  • 00:17:50.290 --> 00:17:52.120
  • You know, the Word says, "If you
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:53.260
  • put your hand to the plow and
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:55.180
  • draw back," and it compares it
  • 00:17:55.180 --> 00:17:57.160
  • to a dog who eats its own vomit.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • 2 Peter 2:22
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:02.280
  • says similar things.
  • 00:18:02.280 --> 00:18:04.130
  • It says, "As it happened to them
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:05.200
  • according to the true proverb:
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:07.140
  • 'A dog returns
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:08.230
  • to his own vomit,'
  • 00:18:08.230 --> 00:18:10.050
  • and, 'a sow, having washed,
  • 00:18:10.050 --> 00:18:12.000
  • to her wallowing in the mire.'"
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  • Maybe you feel like that.
  • 00:18:14.110 --> 00:18:15.220
  • You've tried so hard to change
  • 00:18:15.220 --> 00:18:16.230
  • but you keep finding yourself at
  • 00:18:16.230 --> 00:18:18.070
  • your weakest, most vulnerable,
  • 00:18:18.070 --> 00:18:19.290
  • going back, and you feel--you
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:21.250
  • don't feel good when you fail
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:24.110
  • at the transformation you want.
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:26.090
  • You don't feel good.
  • 00:18:26.090 --> 00:18:27.040
  • So, the devil uses it, and
  • 00:18:27.040 --> 00:18:28.110
  • he uses it to help you to lose
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:30.100
  • perspective, to lose vision,
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:31.260
  • because he knows
  • 00:18:31.260 --> 00:18:32.200
  • where there is no vision,
  • 00:18:32.200 --> 00:18:33.230
  • people cast off restraint.
  • 00:18:33.230 --> 00:18:35.100
  • So, they cast of the restraint
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:36.270
  • or the discipline of change.
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:40.140
  • The enemy would love you to
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:41.140
  • lose vision.
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:42.140
  • You know, if you can see up,
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:44.260
  • you can go up.
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:46.160
  • The devil stops people from
  • 00:18:46.160 --> 00:18:48.000
  • seeing up by getting you into
  • 00:18:48.000 --> 00:18:50.100
  • this negative spiral,
  • 00:18:50.100 --> 00:18:51.220
  • believing that, like a dog
  • 00:18:51.220 --> 00:18:53.120
  • returning to its vomit,
  • 00:18:53.120 --> 00:18:54.160
  • that you can't change.
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:56.010
  • And it's a lie in the pit of
  • 00:18:56.010 --> 00:18:57.210
  • hell because you can change.
  • 00:18:57.210 --> 00:18:59.240
  • You can change.
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:01.060
  • You can change.
  • 00:19:01.060 --> 00:19:02.100
  • This is what I've got burning in
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:03.150
  • my spirit, that it's a season
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:05.080
  • for us to commit ourselves to
  • 00:19:05.080 --> 00:19:07.010
  • changing in our personal area,
  • 00:19:07.010 --> 00:19:09.100
  • and spiritual world,
  • 00:19:09.100 --> 00:19:10.130
  • in our lives, that
  • 00:19:10.130 --> 00:19:11.100
  • we'll just keep on changing.
  • 00:19:11.100 --> 00:19:13.160
  • If you can see up, you can
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:15.010
  • get up, but nothing's going
  • 00:19:15.010 --> 00:19:17.230
  • to change if there's nothing
  • 00:19:17.230 --> 00:19:19.160
  • you're prepared to change.
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:22.140
  • Are you prepared to change
  • 00:19:22.140 --> 00:19:23.050
  • your thoughts?
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  • So much comes back
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:25.270
  • to your thinking.
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:27.250
  • I was in New York.
  • 00:19:27.250 --> 00:19:29.020
  • One of our pastors
  • 00:19:29.020 --> 00:19:30.020
  • is John Termini, awesome guy.
  • 00:19:30.020 --> 00:19:32.120
  • His wife's called Katie.
  • 00:19:32.120 --> 00:19:34.040
  • Katie Termini,
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:35.030
  • awesome young lady.
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:36.190
  • But listen, she's
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:37.230
  • a forensic neuropsychologist.
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:40.280
  • So, forensic because she works
  • 00:19:40.280 --> 00:19:42.120
  • with the worst of the worst
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:43.260
  • inside New York prisons and
  • 00:19:43.260 --> 00:19:45.110
  • the court system, working out--
  • 00:19:45.110 --> 00:19:47.010
  • the neuro part is cognitive.
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:49.080
  • She actually works
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:50.010
  • with the brain.
  • 00:19:50.010 --> 00:19:50.290
  • So I asked her, "Katie,
  • 00:19:50.290 --> 00:19:52.080
  • from a purely psychological
  • 00:19:52.080 --> 00:19:54.220
  • perspective, how do people
  • 00:19:54.220 --> 00:19:56.210
  • change their life?"
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.000
  • And with just like that,
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:19:59.040
  • she said, "They have to change
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:00.210
  • their thoughts."
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:02.000
  • But the Apostle Paul
  • 00:20:02.000 --> 00:20:03.000
  • told us that 2.000 years ago.
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:06.140
  • Romans 12, verse 2, many know
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:07.280
  • the verse, "Do not be conformed
  • 00:20:07.280 --> 00:20:09.180
  • to this world, but be
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:10.210
  • transformed by the renewing of
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:12.180
  • your mind, that you may prove
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:14.120
  • what is that good and acceptable
  • 00:20:14.120 --> 00:20:16.130
  • and perfect will of God."
  • 00:20:16.130 --> 00:20:18.060
  • That's what God wants for you,
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:20.110
  • that you won't conform,
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:21.150
  • you'll be transformed.
  • 00:20:21.150 --> 00:20:22.110
  • "Conform" is such a weak word.
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:24.130
  • "Transform"
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:25.080
  • is such a powerful word.
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  • That you'll change the way
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:28.160
  • you think.
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:29.130
  • You'll renew your mind, amen.
  • 00:20:29.140 --> 00:20:32.140
  • That's how we can change.
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:34.220
  • That's what God wants for you.
  • 00:20:34.220 --> 00:20:35.260
  • It's called that good
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:37.010
  • and acceptable and perfect
  • 00:20:37.010 --> 00:20:38.150
  • will of God.
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:39.250
  • That's what's acceptable because
  • 00:20:39.250 --> 00:20:41.030
  • it lines up with the incredible,
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:42.280
  • immense plans God has for you.
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:45.120
  • It lines up with the perfect
  • 00:20:45.120 --> 00:20:47.010
  • will of God.
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:48.240
  • And do you know, before you feel
  • 00:20:48.240 --> 00:20:50.150
  • anxious, you worry, thinking.
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:54.200
  • You know, I feel anxious,
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:58.000
  • and then I behave accordingly,
  • 00:20:58.000 --> 00:20:59.120
  • maybe panic or whatever.
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:01.090
  • It goes thoughts, then feelings,
  • 00:21:01.090 --> 00:21:03.240
  • and then behavior.
  • 00:21:03.240 --> 00:21:05.270
  • And so, everything comes back
  • 00:21:05.270 --> 00:21:07.240
  • to our thoughts.
  • 00:21:07.240 --> 00:21:08.190
  • Your worldview is the way
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:09.280
  • you think about the world.
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:11.090
  • It's the way you see the world.
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:12.110
  • Your belief system
  • 00:21:12.110 --> 00:21:13.210
  • is the way you think.
  • 00:21:13.210 --> 00:21:15.270
  • It's important when it comes to
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:18.280
  • the rules you're gonna live by,
  • 00:21:18.280 --> 00:21:20.220
  • the ethics and the moral code
  • 00:21:20.220 --> 00:21:22.070
  • you live by, your belief system,
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:24.050
  • your values, and the way you
  • 00:21:24.050 --> 00:21:26.120
  • think on certain things, and
  • 00:21:26.120 --> 00:21:28.000
  • so is your mentality, obviously,
  • 00:21:28.000 --> 00:21:29.250
  • your attitudes,
  • 00:21:29.250 --> 00:21:31.060
  • your way of seeing things.
  • 00:21:31.060 --> 00:21:33.010
  • It all comes back to
  • 00:21:33.010 --> 00:21:34.050
  • our thinking.
  • 00:21:34.050 --> 00:21:35.070
  • Your thought processes,
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:37.000
  • the way you think,
  • 00:21:37.000 --> 00:21:38.040
  • that's why some people,
  • 00:21:38.040 --> 00:21:39.110
  • their thinking,
  • 00:21:39.110 --> 00:21:40.050
  • they can spiral downwards.
  • 00:21:40.050 --> 00:21:41.280
  • But all of these things can
  • 00:21:41.280 --> 00:21:43.030
  • change if we don't conform, but
  • 00:21:43.030 --> 00:21:45.110
  • we allow ourselves to be changed
  • 00:21:45.110 --> 00:21:47.010
  • by changing the way we think.
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:49.160
  • Everything comes back
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:50.240
  • to your thinking.
  • 00:21:50.240 --> 00:21:52.010
  • And so, maladaptive thinking,
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:55.110
  • maladaptive thoughts
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:59.180
  • are just bad ways of thinking.
  • 00:21:59.180 --> 00:22:02.020
  • And so, for example,
  • 00:22:02.020 --> 00:22:04.270
  • "This abuse is my fault."
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:08.080
  • Absolute lie and
  • 00:22:08.080 --> 00:22:10.130
  • maladaptive thinking.
  • 00:22:10.130 --> 00:22:12.220
  • It literally means that
  • 00:22:12.220 --> 00:22:14.120
  • you literally have bad thinking
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:17.080
  • toward a situation.
  • 00:22:17.080 --> 00:22:19.050
  • And so, your thinking is not
  • 00:22:19.050 --> 00:22:21.200
  • appropriate to the situation.
  • 00:22:21.200 --> 00:22:24.090
  • Well, listen, this all lines up
  • 00:22:24.090 --> 00:22:26.050
  • with the Word of God so much.
  • 00:22:26.050 --> 00:22:28.020
  • What you have to do is identify
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:29.040
  • that thought, see it for what it
  • 00:22:29.040 --> 00:22:31.140
  • is, and then you have to replace
  • 00:22:31.140 --> 00:22:33.070
  • it with a better thought.
  • 00:22:33.070 --> 00:22:34.210
  • The Word of God is filled
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:36.000
  • with better thoughts.
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:37.140
  • It's filled with the truth,
  • 00:22:37.140 --> 00:22:38.280
  • better thoughts.
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:39.260
  • You have to replace it with
  • 00:22:39.260 --> 00:22:40.270
  • better thoughts, and then
  • 00:22:40.270 --> 00:22:41.250
  • you keep repeating that,
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:43.040
  • and repeating that.
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:44.080
  • If you can do that with one area
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:46.150
  • of your life, you can do it
  • 00:22:46.150 --> 00:22:47.210
  • with your thoughts.
  • 00:22:47.210 --> 00:22:48.140
  • The enemy just has us believing
  • 00:22:48.140 --> 00:22:49.180
  • that we can't.
  • 00:22:49.180 --> 00:22:50.230
  • He's--and I know that you can.
  • 00:22:50.230 --> 00:22:52.250
  • I know you can change.
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:55.110
  • So, we're gonna see bad thinking
  • 00:22:55.110 --> 00:22:57.210
  • for what it is and we've gotta
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:22:59.080
  • make a choice when we identify
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:01.000
  • it that we will--we're gonna
  • 00:23:01.000 --> 00:23:02.190
  • change that thought.
  • 00:23:02.190 --> 00:23:03.210
  • I'm gonna have
  • 00:23:03.210 --> 00:23:04.190
  • a better thinking.
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:05.140
  • I'm gonna think different.
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:06.210
  • I'll line my thinking up
  • 00:23:06.210 --> 00:23:07.180
  • with the word of God.
  • 00:23:07.180 --> 00:23:08.250
  • Do you know, the Bible talks,
  • 00:23:08.250 --> 00:23:11.150
  • it's the weirdest thing,
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:13.170
  • about girding up the loins
  • 00:23:13.170 --> 00:23:14.280
  • of your mind.
  • 00:23:14.280 --> 00:23:16.010
  • What is that,
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:16.200
  • the loins of your mind?
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:18.090
  • I mean,
  • 00:23:18.090 --> 00:23:20.010
  • what's the loins of your mind?
  • 00:23:20.050 --> 00:23:23.050
  • Hey, 1 Peter 1, verse 13,
  • 00:23:23.050 --> 00:23:25.160
  • "Therefore gird up the loins of
  • 00:23:25.160 --> 00:23:27.010
  • your mind, be sober,
  • 00:23:27.010 --> 00:23:28.200
  • and rest your hope."
  • 00:23:28.200 --> 00:23:29.190
  • Well,
  • 00:23:29.190 --> 00:23:30.040
  • let me tell you what it is.
  • 00:23:30.040 --> 00:23:31.130
  • You know, that term, "Gird up
  • 00:23:32.030 --> 00:23:35.030
  • your loins," back in the day
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:38.070
  • when men wore tunics and they
  • 00:23:38.070 --> 00:23:40.020
  • were going to war, it's
  • 00:23:40.020 --> 00:23:41.290
  • pretty hard to fight in a dress.
  • 00:23:41.290 --> 00:23:43.270
  • And so, their girdle, their
  • 00:23:44.000 --> 00:23:47.000
  • belt, their girdle, they would
  • 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:48.250
  • literally lift up and gird up.
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:51.250
  • They called it
  • 00:23:51.250 --> 00:23:52.240
  • "Gird up the loins."
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:53.180
  • So, it got them ready
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:54.200
  • for battle, also for hard labor.
  • 00:23:54.200 --> 00:23:56.280
  • They would lift up
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:58.070
  • and make their dress
  • 00:23:58.070 --> 00:23:59.040
  • into more of a miniskirt.
  • 00:23:59.040 --> 00:24:02.040
  • Hey, and so, that's what it
  • 00:24:02.040 --> 00:24:04.130
  • means to gird up.
  • 00:24:04.130 --> 00:24:05.140
  • So, what does it mean to
  • 00:24:05.140 --> 00:24:06.140
  • gird up the loins of your mind,
  • 00:24:06.140 --> 00:24:08.190
  • I wonder?
  • 00:24:08.190 --> 00:24:09.200
  • What does that look like?
  • 00:24:09.200 --> 00:24:10.190
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:24:10.190 --> 00:24:11.230
  • Do you know, what it means is
  • 00:24:11.230 --> 00:24:13.150
  • that you've got to get yourself
  • 00:24:13.150 --> 00:24:14.270
  • ready for the battle of
  • 00:24:14.270 --> 00:24:16.070
  • changing the way you think.
  • 00:24:16.070 --> 00:24:17.290
  • You've gotta get ready for
  • 00:24:17.290 --> 00:24:18.290
  • the hard work of changing
  • 00:24:18.290 --> 00:24:20.130
  • the way you think.
  • 00:24:20.130 --> 00:24:22.070
  • In Ephesians chapter 6, it talks
  • 00:24:22.070 --> 00:24:24.190
  • about the armor of God, sword of
  • 00:24:24.190 --> 00:24:26.180
  • the Spirit, and all of that,
  • 00:24:26.180 --> 00:24:28.060
  • and the very first thing is
  • 00:24:28.060 --> 00:24:29.220
  • the belt or the girdle of truth.
  • 00:24:29.220 --> 00:24:32.010
  • And all of that armory is
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:35.000
  • either supported by or attached
  • 00:24:35.000 --> 00:24:36.280
  • to that girdle of truth.
  • 00:24:36.280 --> 00:24:39.050
  • It's undergirded
  • 00:24:39.050 --> 00:24:40.140
  • by that belt of truth.
  • 00:24:40.140 --> 00:24:42.160
  • By that belt of what?
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:43.090
  • Truth.
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:44.090
  • And that's the thing about
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:45.130
  • bad thinking, it's a lie.
  • 00:24:45.220 --> 00:24:48.220
  • It's the lie the devil
  • 00:24:48.220 --> 00:24:50.020
  • has you believing.
  • 00:24:50.020 --> 00:24:51.150
  • And so often, the lie and
  • 00:24:51.150 --> 00:24:53.180
  • the deception in the lie has us
  • 00:24:53.180 --> 00:24:55.120
  • believing that there is no other
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:24:57.110
  • way, that we can't change,
  • 00:24:57.110 --> 00:24:59.050
  • so we keep going down
  • 00:24:59.050 --> 00:25:00.090
  • that same negative path.
  • 00:25:00.090 --> 00:25:02.180
  • And God gives us the grace
  • 00:25:02.180 --> 00:25:04.020
  • and the power to change.
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  • We can become more like Jesus.
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  • Let's wear the belt of truth.
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  • Let's gird up the loins
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  • of our mind.
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  • In other words,
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  • let's win the battle
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  • when it comes to our thinking.
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  • Let's go through the hard labor
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  • of changing the way we think,
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  • because you can change
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  • your thinking.
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  • And if you change your thinking,
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  • you change your life, because
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  • you're not conforming to this
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  • world, but you're changing
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  • the way you think.
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  • Friends, I know you can do it.
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  • The truth is you're a child
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  • of God.
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  • The truth is you are
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  • a redemption story
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  • through Jesus Christ.
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  • The truth is you do have
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  • the Holy Spirit equipping you,
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  • and empowering you,
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  • and leading you towards
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  • becoming more like Jesus.
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  • The truth is God knows
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  • the plans he has for you;
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  • and what are they?
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  • Plans for peace and not of evil
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  • to give you a God-given future
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  • and give you a God-given hope.
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  • Fill your life, fill your heart,
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  • fill your mind, fill your spirit
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  • with the truth, 'cause
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  • it's knowing the truth
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  • that shall set us free.
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  • - Bobbie Houston: This
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  • conference is about the church
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  • of Jesus Christ rising
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  • in its stature, and the harvest.
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  • - Carl Lentz: What if you
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  • started to dream
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  • like you really believe
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  • that God has gone before you,
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  • how would church look?
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  • - Jentezen Franklin: We can
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  • win our city.
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  • We can change the world.
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  • [m
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  • [mus
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  • [music
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  • - Brian: The great challenge is
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  • for us is not to just keep
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  • depending on what's proven,
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  • and what's tried, and what's
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  • established...
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  • we have to keep believing God
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  • to stretch us and to keep
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  • stepping into the untried,
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  • the unproven, the unknown.
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  • May nations be impacted
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  • eternally because, Father,
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  • - Brian: So, I know you can
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  • change and that, just like me,
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  • we all need to keep changing.
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  • It's one thing to be changed;
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  • it's another thing
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  • to be changing still; and yet
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  • that's what we're called to do.
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  • So, thanks for joining me.
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  • Please do it again.
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  • I love having you
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  • I love having you
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