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Kings and Queens (Hillsong Conference 2017)

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  • - Pastor Brian Houston: Lord,
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  • we thank you this is the day the
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  • Lord has made.
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  • What a beautiful thing it is to
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  • be together, gathered around
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  • your name, gathered as a
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  • community, as a huge
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  • celebration, as a testimony to
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  • this nation, that Jesus is
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  • alive, that the church is
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  • strong.
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  • Father, we thank you in Jesus'
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  • name.
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  • Pray the Word today will inspire
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  • and build and bless people in
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  • Jesus' name.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen, amen,
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  • amen.
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  • You guys can all be seated.
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  • Kings and queens, that's what
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  • I've been speaking about in most
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  • recent times, kings and queens.
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  • Or literally, influence and
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  • influencers.
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  • In Proverbs 11, verse 11, the
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  • Scripture says: "The good
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  • influence of godly citizens
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  • causes a city to prosper, but,"
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  • it says, "the moral decay of the
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  • wicked drives it downhill."
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  • I love that thought.
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  • That we, the church, can have
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  • the kind of impact on our
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  • communities, on our towns, our
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  • cities, that literally brings
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  • blessing to the city.
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  • I wonder if you believe that and
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  • I wonder if you have a
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  • commitment to living your life
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  • in an influential way.
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  • That's how I believe every
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  • believer should think about
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  • serving Jesus.
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  • None of us were ever just called
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  • and saved for ourselves.
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  • We were saved and called for
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  • kingdom purpose.
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  • And so the good influence of
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  • godly people will cause a city
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  • to prosper and we all know
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  • there's plenty of wickedness and
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  • evil that is causing and driving
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  • cities downhill.
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  • I wonder if the good influence
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  • of godly believers will cause a
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  • church to prosper.
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  • Or the good influence of godly
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  • parents will cause a family,
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  • their children, to prosper.
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  • Or whether the good influence of
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  • a godly business person can
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  • cause their business to flourish
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  • and to prosper.
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  • And you know, I look back in the
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  • Scriptures, I look at the New
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  • Testament, and I see the
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  • commitment that the early
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  • apostles had to not only living
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  • saved but to living lives of
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  • influence and the impact of
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  • their lives was to reach
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  • influencers.
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  • So listen to some of these
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  • verses as I set it up.
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  • In Acts chapter 9, in verse 15,
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  • the apostle Paul who then was
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  • Saul, he was a bad, bad man.
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  • He hated Christians, he hated
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  • the church.
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  • He was actually on his way to
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  • Damascus on a street called
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  • Straight which is still in
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  • Damascus to this very day.
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  • And, of course, he was going to
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  • speak against and witness
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  • against believers.
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  • Even was in agreement with them
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  • being put to death, when God
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  • touches him, Jesus impacts him,
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  • and he has this radical
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  • salvation experience.
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  • And so there's a man called
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  • Ananias and the Lord gives
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  • Ananias a vision that he's to go
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  • and to find Saul who, by now,
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  • was blinded in this encounter he
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  • had, to show him the way and to
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  • show him how he could now begin
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  • to see.
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  • And so this is what happens.
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  • Ananias didn't wanna go because
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  • he knew of Saul's reputation.
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  • Now Saul, of course, became the
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  • mighty apostle Paul.
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  • So the Scripture says, Acts
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  • 9:15: "The Lord said to Ananias,
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  • 'Go, for he is a chosen vessel
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  • of mine to bear my name before
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  • Gentiles, kings, and the
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  • children of Israel.'"
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  • Think about that for a moment.
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  • He was called to reach people
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  • groups: the Jews, the children
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  • of Israel; the Gentiles,
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  • everyone who was not a Jew.
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  • But what about kings?
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  • I think all of us, we wanna
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  • reach, if you like, God's
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  • people, the church, and we wanna
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  • reach the Gentiles, the world,
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  • but I wonder what kind of
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  • commitment we have to reaching
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  • the kings and the queens and all
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  • the various spheres of life, the
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  • people who literally in a
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  • position and in a place where
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  • their influence is more
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  • significant than we could ever
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  • imagine.
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  • I wanna pastor the kind of
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  • church that's committed to that.
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  • In Philippians 4, verse 22, this
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  • is amazing because Paul,
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  • greeting the Philippians, says,
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  • "All the saints greet you, but
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  • especially those of Caesar's
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  • household."
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  • In other words, he's talking
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  • about Christians, believers, in
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  • the Roman Caesar, the Roman
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  • King's own household.
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  • Influence that went all the way
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  • into the household in Rome of
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  • Caesar.
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  • That's the impact the gospel was
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  • having there.
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  • And, of course, you think about
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  • Pilate putting Jesus to death.
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  • He was just the governor; if you
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  • like, Caesar's puppet.
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  • And yet, the gospel was going
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  • all the way to the palace in
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  • Rome, the center of then--the
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  • then known world.
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  • I'd say to every pastor here,
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  • "Let's believe that we can build
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  • the kind of churches that can
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  • reach people in every single
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  • area of life.
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  • People in every walk of life."
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  • One more verse, Acts 17, verse
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  • 11 and 12.
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  • I'll start halfway through verse
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  • 11.
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  • It says: "The Jews received
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  • Paul's message with enthusiasm
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  • and met with him daily,
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  • examining the Scriptures to see
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  • if they supported what he said."
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  • In other words, they are
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  • checking his doctrine.
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  • And in verse 12: "A lot of them
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  • became believers, including many
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  • Greeks who were," what?
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  • "Prominent in the community,
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  • women and men," note that.
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  • Not just men of influence.
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  • "Women and men of influence."
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  • Wow, what a challenge that is
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  • and what a possibility that is.
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  • Over 30 years ago, we got some
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  • of our key leaders, most of them
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  • are volunteers, had a retreat.
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  • And one of the things we did was
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  • think about a mission statement
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  • for our church.
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  • Just coming up with one sentence
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  • that could encapsulate the
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  • mission of our church.
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  • And it's actually harder to do
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  • than it sounds but this is what
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  • we came up with: "To reach and
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  • influence the world by building
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  • a large, Christ-centered,
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  • Bible-based church, changing
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  • mindsets, and empowering people
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  • to lead and impact in every
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  • sphere of life."
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  • So "to reach," our reach was
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  • small.
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  • "And influence," we didn't have
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  • any influence.
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  • "Reach and influence the world,"
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  • our world was tiny.
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  • We kind of had short arms.
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  • Speaking of short arms, I wanna
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  • talk to you about a guy called
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  • Jay.
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  • Jay Lusted.
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  • Now Jay came to Hillsong College
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  • a few years ago.
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  • He's Welsh.
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  • He came from the UK.
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  • But Jay was one of those people
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  • who just stood out.
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  • There was just something
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  • different about him.
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  • And so, Jay, he was just a giant
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  • but, to be honest, he was only 3
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  • foot 7.
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  • I might even have a photo of Jay
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  • here somewhere.
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  • There's Jay.
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  • This is the giant I'm talking
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  • about.
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  • Well, you know, Jay, there was
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  • just a article about him in one
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  • of the biggest daily newspapers
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  • in the UK, the "Daily Mail," and
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  • it was a reasonable-sized
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  • article explaining that Jay has
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  • just become the smallest or
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  • shortest politician in Britain.
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  • He's just been elected to serve
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  • in politics, the shortest
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  • politician.
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  • He's only 29 years of age.
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  • I was 29 years of age when
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  • Bobbie and I started our church.
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  • He's only 29.
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  • He's an actor, he's a comedian,
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  • he's a preacher, and now he's a
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  • politician.
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  • But he's only got short arms.
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  • Some of you, you think when I
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  • start talking about influencers,
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  • that your arms are too short.
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  • Jay's got short arms but it's
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  • never stopped him from having a
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  • very long reach.
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  • And sometimes, we think we have
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  • short arms but your short arms
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  • are no excuse for you living
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  • with a very long reach.
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  • We've got one more photo with
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  • Jay, by the way, to give you
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  • some perspective.
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  • That's his wedding day.
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  • How cool is that?
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  • And so you might think, "Well,
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  • I, you know, I'm no big deal.
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  • I'm not an influencer.
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  • I'm not even interested in
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  • that," but what if that's what
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  • God's called you to in life?
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  • You know what's sad is when
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  • someone's got long arms, in
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  • other words, God's given them
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  • tremendous reach by giving them
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  • influence in one of these
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  • spheres of life, but they live
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  • like they've got short arms.
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  • To me, that's a tragedy.
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  • Influence in every sphere of
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  • life.
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  • So what are the spheres of life?
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  • They talk about the pillars of
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  • society or the spheres of
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  • society and they include things
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  • like government.
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  • What a great place for
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  • Christians to be.
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  • Education.
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  • They talk about the arts or
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  • sport and entertainment.
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  • I love seeing believers, people
  • 00:09:51.210 --> 00:09:53.280
  • passionate for Jesus, on the
  • 00:09:53.280 --> 00:09:55.180
  • sports field or somehow in the
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  • world of entertainment.
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  • You've got business, commerce,
  • 00:10:00.190 --> 00:10:02.080
  • of course, and there's business
  • 00:10:02.080 --> 00:10:03.280
  • people here.
  • 00:10:03.280 --> 00:10:05.080
  • You've got the church, religion.
  • 00:10:05.080 --> 00:10:07.200
  • Then you've got the media.
  • 00:10:07.200 --> 00:10:09.040
  • How much do we need people who
  • 00:10:09.040 --> 00:10:10.250
  • love the Lord Jesus Christ and
  • 00:10:10.250 --> 00:10:12.190
  • build on that foundation when it
  • 00:10:12.190 --> 00:10:14.180
  • comes to the media?
  • 00:10:14.180 --> 00:10:16.170
  • And I'm not just believing to
  • 00:10:16.170 --> 00:10:17.290
  • have people who maybe get to
  • 00:10:17.290 --> 00:10:19.270
  • write a little column in the
  • 00:10:19.270 --> 00:10:20.260
  • local newspaper, I'm believing
  • 00:10:20.260 --> 00:10:23.000
  • for kings and queens in the
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  • media, people who can influence
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  • the direction of the media, who
  • 00:10:26.080 --> 00:10:28.030
  • can build the right foundation,
  • 00:10:28.030 --> 00:10:29.160
  • build on the kind of
  • 00:10:29.160 --> 00:10:31.290
  • Judeo-Christian ethic that the
  • 00:10:31.290 --> 00:10:34.200
  • world still so desperately
  • 00:10:34.200 --> 00:10:36.180
  • needs.
  • 00:10:36.180 --> 00:10:37.180
  • And then you've got family.
  • 00:10:37.180 --> 00:10:38.250
  • I don't know what's your sphere
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:39.280
  • of life but all of us were
  • 00:10:39.280 --> 00:10:41.210
  • called to something.
  • 00:10:41.210 --> 00:10:42.180
  • We're all gifted and talented
  • 00:10:42.180 --> 00:10:43.220
  • for something.
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  • And I believe God's not
  • 00:10:45.020 --> 00:10:46.190
  • schizophrenic.
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  • He doesn't make you one way to
  • 00:10:48.150 --> 00:10:49.140
  • use you a different way.
  • 00:10:49.140 --> 00:10:51.180
  • And so all of us have got things
  • 00:10:51.180 --> 00:10:53.140
  • in our life and calling, a gift
  • 00:10:53.140 --> 00:10:55.050
  • and talent, where we can raise
  • 00:10:55.050 --> 00:10:57.150
  • up in our sphere of life to a
  • 00:10:57.150 --> 00:10:59.090
  • position of influence and "to
  • 00:10:59.090 --> 00:11:01.180
  • whom much is given," the Word
  • 00:11:01.180 --> 00:11:03.170
  • says, "much is required."
  • 00:11:03.170 --> 00:11:05.070
  • And so I would challenge
  • 00:11:05.070 --> 00:11:07.020
  • everybody here to take a hold of
  • 00:11:07.020 --> 00:11:08.290
  • the possibility and the
  • 00:11:08.290 --> 00:11:09.260
  • opportunity you have to live
  • 00:11:09.260 --> 00:11:12.000
  • your life with influence.
  • 00:11:12.000 --> 00:11:13.190
  • So to reach and influence the
  • 00:11:13.190 --> 00:11:15.260
  • world we were hoping for.
  • 00:11:15.260 --> 00:11:18.260
  • And I think about reach and I
  • 00:11:18.260 --> 00:11:20.250
  • think about the call to the
  • 00:11:20.250 --> 00:11:22.110
  • church to reach the marginal
  • 00:11:22.110 --> 00:11:24.120
  • downwards, the influential
  • 00:11:25.000 --> 00:11:28.000
  • upwards, the geographical
  • 00:11:28.000 --> 00:11:30.250
  • outwards, and if we live like
  • 00:11:30.250 --> 00:11:33.200
  • that then, as churches, we're
  • 00:11:33.200 --> 00:11:36.070
  • living as balanced Christians.
  • 00:11:36.070 --> 00:11:37.290
  • And you say, "Why a large
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  • church?"
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  • Well, because I always believed
  • 00:11:40.220 --> 00:11:41.250
  • that's what God called us to.
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:44.010
  • And Mother Teresa once said,
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  • "It's not about numbers."
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  • And I think she's right.
  • 00:11:48.250 --> 00:11:50.250
  • She said, "Just help people any
  • 00:11:50.290 --> 00:11:53.290
  • way you can, and start with the
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  • person closest to you."
  • 00:11:56.130 --> 00:11:58.160
  • And you know, that's exactly how
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:11:59.180
  • you build a large church.
  • 00:11:59.180 --> 00:12:01.170
  • Just help people any way you
  • 00:12:01.170 --> 00:12:02.270
  • can.
  • 00:12:02.270 --> 00:12:04.130
  • And start with the people
  • 00:12:04.130 --> 00:12:05.110
  • closest to us.
  • 00:12:05.110 --> 00:12:07.040
  • And so if we take that
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  • responsibility and we determine
  • 00:12:08.050 --> 00:12:10.090
  • we're gonna live life like that,
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:11.070
  • we're gonna reach the marginal
  • 00:12:11.070 --> 00:12:12.140
  • downwards, we're gonna reach the
  • 00:12:12.140 --> 00:12:14.030
  • influential upwards, we're gonna
  • 00:12:14.030 --> 00:12:15.240
  • reach the geographical, go into
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  • the world and preach the gospel,
  • 00:12:17.190 --> 00:12:20.060
  • into your world, into your
  • 00:12:20.060 --> 00:12:21.200
  • sphere, into that's part of
  • 00:12:21.200 --> 00:12:23.160
  • society that you're called to
  • 00:12:23.160 --> 00:12:25.090
  • with the good news of Jesus.
  • 00:12:25.090 --> 00:12:27.070
  • Let's be short-armed but maybe
  • 00:12:27.070 --> 00:12:28.230
  • long-reach Christians, aware of
  • 00:12:28.230 --> 00:12:30.270
  • our humanity but committed to
  • 00:12:30.270 --> 00:12:32.250
  • the God-given possibility that's
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:34.290
  • on every single one of your
  • 00:12:34.290 --> 00:12:36.140
  • life.
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:37.110
  • God can do more in and through
  • 00:12:37.110 --> 00:12:39.030
  • your life than you ever give him
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:40.070
  • credit for.
  • 00:12:40.070 --> 00:12:41.040
  • God can take somebody so
  • 00:12:41.040 --> 00:12:42.170
  • ordinary and do something so
  • 00:12:42.170 --> 00:12:44.020
  • extraordinary, he takes normal
  • 00:12:44.020 --> 00:12:45.240
  • folk just like you and me and he
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:47.250
  • can do something that absolutely
  • 00:12:47.250 --> 00:12:50.040
  • confounds the people who knew
  • 00:12:50.040 --> 00:12:53.020
  • you before.
  • 00:12:53.020 --> 00:12:54.200
  • That's like, "That can't be the
  • 00:12:54.200 --> 00:12:55.180
  • same guy.
  • 00:12:55.180 --> 00:12:56.130
  • That can't be--that can't be
  • 00:12:56.130 --> 00:12:57.150
  • him."
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:12:59.120
  • So we wanna reach people of
  • 00:12:59.120 --> 00:13:01.010
  • influence in all those different
  • 00:13:01.010 --> 00:13:02.280
  • spheres but I don't just wanna
  • 00:13:02.280 --> 00:13:05.090
  • reach influencers.
  • 00:13:05.120 --> 00:13:08.120
  • I believe as the church we're
  • 00:13:08.120 --> 00:13:09.140
  • called to raise influencers.
  • 00:13:09.140 --> 00:13:12.050
  • In other words, for people of
  • 00:13:12.050 --> 00:13:13.130
  • influence to come from our own
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  • body.
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  • People that are so committed to
  • 00:13:17.060 --> 00:13:19.170
  • the work of the Lord in their
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:21.240
  • lives that they refuse to just
  • 00:13:21.240 --> 00:13:23.230
  • live small and to allow the
  • 00:13:23.230 --> 00:13:26.010
  • devil to keep them small, keep
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  • them bound up by what they
  • 00:13:28.180 --> 00:13:30.140
  • cannot do and what they can't
  • 00:13:30.140 --> 00:13:31.220
  • afford and just this and just
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:33.150
  • that.
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  • I'll tell you what you just are.
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  • You're just a child of God and,
  • 00:13:35.070 --> 00:13:37.200
  • as just a child of God, you just
  • 00:13:37.200 --> 00:13:39.140
  • happen to be very powerful.
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  • You've got the power of the Holy
  • 00:13:41.180 --> 00:13:42.180
  • Spirit in you, that's who you
  • 00:13:42.180 --> 00:13:44.000
  • just happen to be.
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  • You're somebody who can lift up
  • 00:13:45.050 --> 00:13:47.090
  • and see God do that exceeding
  • 00:13:47.090 --> 00:13:49.070
  • abundant and above anything you
  • 00:13:49.070 --> 00:13:50.280
  • could ever ask or think.
  • 00:13:50.280 --> 00:13:52.210
  • And this room is filled with
  • 00:13:52.210 --> 00:13:54.070
  • stories and testimonies of
  • 00:13:54.070 --> 00:13:56.010
  • exactly that, exactly that.
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:13:59.210
  • So I'm believing to raise people
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  • of influence.
  • 00:14:02.120 --> 00:14:04.020
  • There's a man here who's been
  • 00:14:04.020 --> 00:14:05.250
  • one of my closest, dearest
  • 00:14:05.250 --> 00:14:07.100
  • friends for more than 30 years.
  • 00:14:07.100 --> 00:14:09.230
  • His name's Nabi Saleh.
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:12.010
  • Been one of the most loyal and
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:13.110
  • committed and releasing people
  • 00:14:13.110 --> 00:14:15.030
  • to Bobbie and I over all of
  • 00:14:15.030 --> 00:14:16.110
  • those 30 years.
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:17.190
  • Well, the thing about Nabi is,
  • 00:14:17.190 --> 00:14:19.030
  • even when he came into our
  • 00:14:19.030 --> 00:14:20.070
  • church, I don't know exactly how
  • 00:14:20.070 --> 00:14:22.080
  • well off, but he was well off,
  • 00:14:22.080 --> 00:14:24.120
  • but he had a big spirit.
  • 00:14:24.120 --> 00:14:26.050
  • He was never afraid to stand up
  • 00:14:26.050 --> 00:14:27.140
  • as a board member and tell us
  • 00:14:27.140 --> 00:14:29.080
  • what he thought and help save us
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:31.100
  • from ourselves.
  • 00:14:31.100 --> 00:14:32.060
  • But always with a spirit of
  • 00:14:32.060 --> 00:14:34.190
  • increase and enlarging and
  • 00:14:34.190 --> 00:14:36.180
  • wanting Bobbie and I to be
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:38.070
  • everything that God called us to
  • 00:14:38.070 --> 00:14:40.230
  • be.
  • 00:14:40.230 --> 00:14:41.250
  • He always tried to spur us on.
  • 00:14:41.250 --> 00:14:43.230
  • And I remember looking at Nabi,
  • 00:14:43.230 --> 00:14:45.270
  • generous, a giver, and just his
  • 00:14:46.270 --> 00:14:49.270
  • whole releasing spirit.
  • 00:14:50.210 --> 00:14:53.210
  • And I prayed, "God, give me more
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:55.110
  • like Nabi."
  • 00:14:55.110 --> 00:14:57.020
  • And I'll just be honest with
  • 00:14:57.020 --> 00:14:58.020
  • you, I think I was thinking,
  • 00:14:58.020 --> 00:15:00.090
  • "You know, Lord, bring more
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:01.210
  • millionaires through the door.
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:04.120
  • But not just millionaires but
  • 00:15:04.120 --> 00:15:05.150
  • people who have got that big
  • 00:15:05.150 --> 00:15:07.150
  • spirit, people who are huge on
  • 00:15:07.150 --> 00:15:09.210
  • the inside, who just see
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:11.140
  • possibility and wanna see you
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:12.270
  • fulfill that possibility."
  • 00:15:12.270 --> 00:15:15.250
  • And so I'm believing, "Lord,
  • 00:15:15.250 --> 00:15:17.170
  • bring them in the door," and I
  • 00:15:17.170 --> 00:15:19.100
  • felt like the Holy Spirit said
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:20.280
  • to me, "You've got to raise them
  • 00:15:20.280 --> 00:15:22.090
  • up."
  • 00:15:22.090 --> 00:15:23.260
  • That was over 30 years ago.
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:25.260
  • "You've got to raise them up."
  • 00:15:25.260 --> 00:15:27.160
  • If every person in this arena,
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:29.090
  • in this stadium, if we all
  • 00:15:29.090 --> 00:15:30.290
  • understood that we're called to
  • 00:15:30.290 --> 00:15:32.270
  • be kings and queens, there's
  • 00:15:32.270 --> 00:15:34.230
  • just no telling what God could
  • 00:15:34.230 --> 00:15:36.210
  • do.
  • 00:15:36.210 --> 00:15:38.040
  • Listen, all the way back to the
  • 00:15:38.040 --> 00:15:40.060
  • covenant to Abraham, God has
  • 00:15:41.060 --> 00:15:44.060
  • raised up kings.
  • 00:15:44.060 --> 00:15:46.110
  • When it comes to Abraham,
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:48.000
  • Genesis 17, verse 6 says: "I
  • 00:15:48.000 --> 00:15:50.290
  • will make you exceedingly
  • 00:15:50.290 --> 00:15:52.100
  • fruitful and will make nations
  • 00:15:52.100 --> 00:15:54.180
  • of you, and," what?
  • 00:15:54.180 --> 00:15:56.010
  • "Kings shall come from you."
  • 00:15:56.090 --> 00:15:59.090
  • Kings shall come from you.
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:01.180
  • And to his wife Sarah, in verse
  • 00:16:01.180 --> 00:16:03.260
  • 16, we all know she was barren
  • 00:16:03.260 --> 00:16:06.100
  • but in verse 16 same promise: "I
  • 00:16:06.100 --> 00:16:08.160
  • will bless her and also give you
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:11.110
  • a son by her.
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:13.000
  • Then I will bless her, and she
  • 00:16:13.000 --> 00:16:14.240
  • shall be a mother of nations,
  • 00:16:14.260 --> 00:16:17.260
  • kings of people shall be from
  • 00:16:17.260 --> 00:16:20.070
  • her."
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  • Kings shall be from her.
  • 00:16:21.140 --> 00:16:23.240
  • But to their grandson, Jacob,
  • 00:16:25.120 --> 00:16:28.120
  • the promise is even more
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:29.060
  • powerful, more specific.
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:31.240
  • Listen to Genesis 35, verse 11.
  • 00:16:31.240 --> 00:16:34.090
  • God said, "I am God Almighty.
  • 00:16:34.090 --> 00:16:36.170
  • Be fruitful and multiply.
  • 00:16:36.170 --> 00:16:38.090
  • A nation and a company of
  • 00:16:38.090 --> 00:16:39.090
  • nations shall proceed from you,
  • 00:16:39.090 --> 00:16:40.280
  • and kings shall come from your
  • 00:16:41.030 --> 00:16:44.030
  • body."
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  • Pastors, leaders, let me
  • 00:16:45.150 --> 00:16:48.020
  • prophesy to you.
  • 00:16:48.020 --> 00:16:49.150
  • Kings shall come from your
  • 00:16:49.150 --> 00:16:51.290
  • church body.
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:53.050
  • Kings, queens, princes,
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:55.270
  • princesses, influencers, people
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:58.270
  • who are doing something
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:00.070
  • significant, they shall come
  • 00:17:00.070 --> 00:17:02.120
  • from your church body.
  • 00:17:02.260 --> 00:17:05.260
  • Parents, let's believe that it's
  • 00:17:06.000 --> 00:17:09.000
  • not just babies that come from
  • 00:17:09.090 --> 00:17:12.090
  • our body, literally from our
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:14.040
  • body, but that we're raising
  • 00:17:14.140 --> 00:17:17.140
  • princes, we're raising
  • 00:17:17.140 --> 00:17:19.270
  • princesses.
  • 00:17:19.270 --> 00:17:21.210
  • We're raising kings, we're
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:22.280
  • raising queens.
  • 00:17:22.280 --> 00:17:24.200
  • We're raising people to reign in
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:26.150
  • life which, of course, is the
  • 00:17:26.150 --> 00:17:28.120
  • promise of the Word of God and
  • 00:17:28.120 --> 00:17:30.220
  • in whatever calling in life it
  • 00:17:30.220 --> 00:17:32.290
  • is that God has called them to.
  • 00:17:32.290 --> 00:17:35.090
  • Wonder what you're called to.
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:37.140
  • I wonder what area you serve.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:40.070
  • Maybe you look at somebody up
  • 00:17:40.070 --> 00:17:41.120
  • here, maybe the worship team and
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:42.280
  • you know you can't do that, and
  • 00:17:42.280 --> 00:17:44.150
  • you look at the people who make
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:45.240
  • all this production happen and
  • 00:17:45.240 --> 00:17:47.260
  • you're thinking about, "Well, I
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:49.100
  • can't do any of that."
  • 00:17:49.100 --> 00:17:51.280
  • But, man, what you do, none of
  • 00:17:51.280 --> 00:17:54.030
  • us up here can probably do.
  • 00:17:54.030 --> 00:17:56.280
  • And don't just do it with a
  • 00:17:56.280 --> 00:17:57.250
  • small mentality.
  • 00:17:57.250 --> 00:17:59.210
  • Why don't you decide that when
  • 00:17:59.280 --> 00:18:03.000
  • it came to your parents, they
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:04.030
  • didn't just give birth to a baby
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:05.120
  • called you.
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:07.080
  • They gave birth to a king.
  • 00:18:07.080 --> 00:18:09.100
  • "Instead of your fathers shall
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:11.030
  • be your sons."
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  • I think it's Psalm 45.
  • 00:18:12.120 --> 00:18:14.080
  • "Instead of your fathers shall
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:15.150
  • be your sons," and what?
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:17.290
  • "They shall be princes."
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  • Parents, what are you expecting
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:22.110
  • when it comes to the fruit of
  • 00:18:22.110 --> 00:18:24.070
  • your body?
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:25.120
  • Let's believe that kings, that
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:27.080
  • queens, shall come from our
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:30.070
  • bodies, amen.
  • 00:18:30.070 --> 00:18:32.200
  • Who's got a baby round here?
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  • Anyone got a baby, anyone?
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  • Anyone?
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  • Here we go, that's what I need.
  • 00:18:36.030 --> 00:18:38.290
  • I need this little girl right
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:40.070
  • over here.
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  • Can I hold you for one moment?
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  • Just come here for one little
  • 00:18:43.280 --> 00:18:44.290
  • second.
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  • Will you let me?
  • 00:18:45.260 --> 00:18:46.270
  • Will you let me?
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  • There she is.
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  • Look at you, you're beautiful.
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  • You know, there's a lot we can
  • 00:18:50.230 --> 00:18:51.140
  • see about this little girl.
  • 00:18:51.140 --> 00:18:53.250
  • We can see that she's beautiful,
  • 00:18:53.250 --> 00:18:56.060
  • she's well dressed and pink and
  • 00:18:56.060 --> 00:18:58.180
  • her name's--
  • 00:18:58.180 --> 00:18:59.040
  • - female: Alyssa.
  • 00:18:59.040 --> 00:18:59.240
  • - Brian: Alyssa.
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:00.280
  • And there's a whole lot we can't
  • 00:19:01.220 --> 00:19:04.220
  • see.
  • 00:19:04.220 --> 00:19:06.130
  • You just don't know what's in
  • 00:19:06.130 --> 00:19:07.080
  • this child.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:09.020
  • You just don't know.
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:11.140
  • You just don't know what gifts
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:13.030
  • and talents God's given her.
  • 00:19:13.030 --> 00:19:15.180
  • You just don't know what God can
  • 00:19:15.180 --> 00:19:17.240
  • do to raise her up to be a
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:19.110
  • queen, to be a princess, to rule
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:22.000
  • in life.
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:23.020
  • I think it's time.
  • 00:19:23.020 --> 00:19:24.000
  • To rule in life in whatever it
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:27.070
  • is God's called them to.
  • 00:19:27.160 --> 00:19:30.160
  • I believe for kings to come from
  • 00:19:30.160 --> 00:19:31.230
  • your body.
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:33.000
  • I believe for queens to come
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:34.010
  • from your body.
  • 00:19:34.010 --> 00:19:35.120
  • I believe for God to raise you
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:37.180
  • up, all of us, we're called to
  • 00:19:37.180 --> 00:19:39.010
  • raise and lift because that's
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:40.200
  • the heart of God.
  • 00:19:40.200 --> 00:19:41.250
  • God has never been about
  • 00:19:41.250 --> 00:19:43.120
  • crushing or squashing or
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:44.270
  • reminding you of your inability,
  • 00:19:44.270 --> 00:19:47.090
  • pointing out how short your arms
  • 00:19:47.090 --> 00:19:49.060
  • are.
  • 00:19:49.060 --> 00:19:49.240
  • He's always been a lifter and a
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:51.250
  • raiser.
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:52.220
  • Even when it comes to the poor.
  • 00:19:52.220 --> 00:19:53.270
  • I start talking about influence
  • 00:19:53.270 --> 00:19:55.150
  • and you say, "Well, yeah, but
  • 00:19:55.150 --> 00:19:56.110
  • what about the poor?"
  • 00:19:56.110 --> 00:19:57.150
  • Well, I'll tell you what the
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:58.240
  • Word of God is for the poor.
  • 00:19:58.240 --> 00:20:00.130
  • It's to make them princes.
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:03.190
  • Listen to the verse.
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:05.140
  • It's in Psalm 113, verse 7, and
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:11.290
  • this is what it says: "He raises
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:14.170
  • the poor out of the dust, and he
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:16.270
  • lifts the needy out of the ash
  • 00:20:16.270 --> 00:20:19.100
  • heap, that he may seat them with
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:22.020
  • princes--with the princes of his
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:25.110
  • people."
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:26.090
  • He raises, he lifts, he seats
  • 00:20:26.090 --> 00:20:28.260
  • them with princes.
  • 00:20:28.260 --> 00:20:30.060
  • Hannah, in 1 Samuel, when she
  • 00:20:30.060 --> 00:20:32.000
  • had her miracle son, prayed a
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:33.140
  • prayer and she prayed the same
  • 00:20:33.140 --> 00:20:35.010
  • words in her prayer.
  • 00:20:35.010 --> 00:20:36.280
  • She said in 1 Samuel 2, verse 8:
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:39.190
  • "He raises the poor from the
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:40.220
  • dust and lifts the needy from
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:42.100
  • the ash heap, he seats them with
  • 00:20:42.100 --> 00:20:43.280
  • princes and has made them--" or
  • 00:20:43.280 --> 00:20:46.170
  • "and has them inherit a throne
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:48.160
  • of honor."
  • 00:20:48.160 --> 00:20:49.150
  • A what?
  • 00:20:49.150 --> 00:20:50.040
  • "A throne."
  • 00:20:50.040 --> 00:20:50.270
  • That's where kings sit.
  • 00:20:50.270 --> 00:20:52.060
  • That's where princes sit: a
  • 00:20:52.060 --> 00:20:53.230
  • throne.
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:55.050
  • He lifts and raises, he seats
  • 00:20:55.050 --> 00:20:57.160
  • with princes, and he enables you
  • 00:20:57.160 --> 00:20:59.210
  • to sit on a throne and reign in
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:02.100
  • the call and the sphere, in the
  • 00:21:02.100 --> 00:21:04.090
  • area of life that you are called
  • 00:21:04.090 --> 00:21:06.070
  • to.
  • 00:21:06.070 --> 00:21:07.010
  • Wow, I'd best pray that
  • 00:21:07.010 --> 00:21:09.070
  • believers in our church, that
  • 00:21:09.070 --> 00:21:11.050
  • we'll all see ourselves as
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:12.150
  • potential influencers, that we
  • 00:21:12.150 --> 00:21:14.100
  • don't wanna just live
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:15.060
  • introspective Christian lives
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:16.190
  • affecting nobody.
  • 00:21:16.190 --> 00:21:18.050
  • Influence does a lot of things
  • 00:21:18.050 --> 00:21:19.160
  • for you.
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:20.200
  • I'll tell you right now that
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:22.050
  • influence, it will open doors
  • 00:21:22.050 --> 00:21:24.270
  • that nobody can shut.
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:27.060
  • Influence will allow you to
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:28.120
  • leave a mark and leave a legacy.
  • 00:21:28.120 --> 00:21:30.260
  • Influence will enable you to
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:33.000
  • make an incredible difference, a
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:34.250
  • significant difference.
  • 00:21:34.250 --> 00:21:37.030
  • Influence, it'll give you a seat
  • 00:21:37.030 --> 00:21:39.120
  • at the table.
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:41.080
  • I mean, that's what happens.
  • 00:21:41.080 --> 00:21:42.010
  • Influence gives you an invite to
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:44.030
  • the table.
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  • You say, "What table?"
  • 00:21:45.090 --> 00:21:46.090
  • Whatever table it needs to be in
  • 00:21:46.090 --> 00:21:47.130
  • your life.
  • 00:21:47.130 --> 00:21:48.100
  • For some, it might be the
  • 00:21:48.100 --> 00:21:49.220
  • business board table.
  • 00:21:49.220 --> 00:21:51.070
  • For others, a corporate board
  • 00:21:51.070 --> 00:21:52.190
  • table or an education board
  • 00:21:52.190 --> 00:21:54.200
  • table or a governmental board
  • 00:21:54.200 --> 00:21:56.260
  • table or a media board table or
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:59.220
  • an NGO's board table or a
  • 00:21:59.220 --> 00:22:01.220
  • non-profit board table.
  • 00:22:01.220 --> 00:22:04.010
  • Or perhaps, the table of a
  • 00:22:04.010 --> 00:22:05.260
  • client or a customer who's about
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:08.210
  • to give you the greatest,
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:09.280
  • greatest contract, the greatest
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:12.130
  • ever opportunity you've ever
  • 00:22:12.130 --> 00:22:15.020
  • had.
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:16.150
  • It'll give you a seat at the
  • 00:22:16.150 --> 00:22:17.110
  • table.
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:18.200
  • Mephibosheth, that's quite a
  • 00:22:18.200 --> 00:22:20.160
  • mouthful, and the story's too
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:22.200
  • long to tell but I will tell you
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:23.280
  • he had short arms.
  • 00:22:23.280 --> 00:22:25.150
  • He literally, literally was
  • 00:22:25.150 --> 00:22:26.210
  • physically disabled and he was
  • 00:22:26.210 --> 00:22:28.100
  • in shame.
  • 00:22:28.100 --> 00:22:29.130
  • He was humiliated and shamed
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:31.130
  • because of who his grandfather
  • 00:22:31.130 --> 00:22:33.120
  • was.
  • 00:22:33.120 --> 00:22:35.130
  • And here he was from a place
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:36.200
  • called Lo-debar where da bar was
  • 00:22:37.220 --> 00:22:40.220
  • set very low.
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:48.040
  • Now, king David gives him a seat
  • 00:22:48.040 --> 00:22:50.230
  • at the table.
  • 00:22:50.230 --> 00:22:52.120
  • He literally sat as the king's
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:53.260
  • table as one of the king's own
  • 00:22:53.260 --> 00:22:55.230
  • sons.
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:57.070
  • He became--he was adopted in as
  • 00:22:57.070 --> 00:22:59.090
  • a prince.
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:00.210
  • I'll tell you, influence will
  • 00:23:00.210 --> 00:23:01.270
  • add weight to your words.
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:04.010
  • It's kind of cool being 63 as a
  • 00:23:04.010 --> 00:23:05.200
  • pastor because when I was 29
  • 00:23:05.200 --> 00:23:07.220
  • I--same me, same blood, same
  • 00:23:07.220 --> 00:23:10.020
  • DNA, but I just feel today when
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:13.210
  • I speak there's a greater
  • 00:23:13.210 --> 00:23:15.230
  • lean-in to my words.
  • 00:23:15.230 --> 00:23:18.130
  • That's what influence will do
  • 00:23:18.130 --> 00:23:19.110
  • for you.
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:20.200
  • It adds weights to your words.
  • 00:23:20.200 --> 00:23:22.170
  • It will open doors for you
  • 00:23:22.170 --> 00:23:23.260
  • ultimately.
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:24.280
  • It will enable you to reign in
  • 00:23:24.280 --> 00:23:26.190
  • life, and you were called to
  • 00:23:26.190 --> 00:23:28.120
  • reign in life, which I just
  • 00:23:28.120 --> 00:23:30.230
  • love.
  • 00:23:30.230 --> 00:23:31.210
  • I think it's incredible that in
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:33.090
  • Romans 5:17 that the Bible says
  • 00:23:33.120 --> 00:23:36.120
  • that through "the abundance of
  • 00:23:36.120 --> 00:23:38.270
  • grace and the gift of
  • 00:23:38.270 --> 00:23:40.040
  • righteousness you will reign in
  • 00:23:40.040 --> 00:23:43.010
  • life through the one, Christ
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:45.150
  • Jesus."
  • 00:23:45.150 --> 00:23:46.120
  • You will reign.
  • 00:23:46.120 --> 00:23:47.260
  • Let's be people who are
  • 00:23:47.260 --> 00:23:49.080
  • committed to raising up people
  • 00:23:49.080 --> 00:23:50.240
  • to reign in life.
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:52.170
  • If you are committed to lifting
  • 00:23:52.170 --> 00:23:53.260
  • the lives of others, from taking
  • 00:23:53.260 --> 00:23:55.240
  • the poor, taking the needy,
  • 00:23:55.240 --> 00:23:57.080
  • taking the insecure, the poor of
  • 00:23:57.080 --> 00:23:58.240
  • spirit, the people who perhaps
  • 00:23:58.240 --> 00:24:00.220
  • look like there was no way for
  • 00:24:00.220 --> 00:24:02.120
  • them and you live your life,
  • 00:24:02.120 --> 00:24:03.270
  • pastors, you preach that way,
  • 00:24:03.270 --> 00:24:05.110
  • you teach that way, you have
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:06.280
  • that expectation, you get what
  • 00:24:06.280 --> 00:24:08.260
  • you go for.
  • 00:24:08.260 --> 00:24:09.250
  • We always went to build leaders
  • 00:24:09.250 --> 00:24:12.050
  • and impacters in every sphere of
  • 00:24:12.050 --> 00:24:13.210
  • life.
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:14.130
  • And you get what you go for.
  • 00:24:14.130 --> 00:24:16.150
  • And so go for that.
  • 00:24:16.150 --> 00:24:18.010
  • Go for building into people,
  • 00:24:18.010 --> 00:24:20.080
  • raising them up, inspiring them,
  • 00:24:20.080 --> 00:24:22.000
  • get them believing in
  • 00:24:22.000 --> 00:24:22.290
  • themselves.
  • 00:24:22.290 --> 00:24:23.220
  • Help them to lift their head
  • 00:24:23.220 --> 00:24:25.050
  • held high because if you lift
  • 00:24:25.050 --> 00:24:26.260
  • other people's lives, then you
  • 00:24:26.260 --> 00:24:29.050
  • become a door-opener, you become
  • 00:24:29.050 --> 00:24:30.250
  • a gospel-spreader, you become a
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:32.290
  • kingdom-builder, you become a
  • 00:24:32.290 --> 00:24:34.190
  • vision-impacter, you become a
  • 00:24:34.190 --> 00:24:36.190
  • blessing-initiator, you become a
  • 00:24:36.190 --> 00:24:39.120
  • church-strengthener, you become
  • 00:24:39.120 --> 00:24:41.110
  • one that pleases the heart of
  • 00:24:41.110 --> 00:24:42.260
  • God.
  • 00:24:42.260 --> 00:24:43.220
  • Friends, don't let your short
  • 00:24:43.220 --> 00:24:45.200
  • arms be your excuse.
  • 00:24:45.200 --> 00:24:47.030
  • Short arms can still, with God
  • 00:24:47.040 --> 00:24:50.040
  • on your side, give you very,
  • 00:24:50.040 --> 00:24:51.290
  • very long reach.
  • 00:24:51.290 --> 00:24:53.240
  • If you believe it, say, "Amen."
  • 00:24:53.260 --> 00:24:56.260
  • You know, God lifts the lives of
  • 00:24:56.260 --> 00:24:58.060
  • those who lifts the lives of
  • 00:24:58.060 --> 00:24:59.110
  • others.
  • 00:24:59.110 --> 00:25:01.080
  • I wanna say that one more time.
  • 00:25:01.080 --> 00:25:02.150
  • God lifts the lives of those who
  • 00:25:02.190 --> 00:25:05.190
  • lift the lives of others.
  • 00:25:06.000 --> 00:25:09.000
  • Listen to this beautiful few
  • 00:25:09.000 --> 00:25:10.280
  • verses in Psalm 41.
  • 00:25:11.050 --> 00:25:14.050
  • It's talking about those who are
  • 00:25:14.050 --> 00:25:15.040
  • kind to the poor.
  • 00:25:15.040 --> 00:25:17.200
  • "Oh, the joys of those who are
  • 00:25:17.200 --> 00:25:19.250
  • kind to the poor!
  • 00:25:19.250 --> 00:25:21.290
  • The Lord rescues them when they
  • 00:25:21.290 --> 00:25:24.010
  • are in trouble.
  • 00:25:24.010 --> 00:25:25.200
  • The Lord protects them and keeps
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:27.260
  • them alive.
  • 00:25:27.260 --> 00:25:29.270
  • He gives them prosperity in the
  • 00:25:29.270 --> 00:25:31.150
  • land," talking about those who
  • 00:25:31.150 --> 00:25:33.160
  • lift the lives of others, "and
  • 00:25:33.160 --> 00:25:35.190
  • rescues them from their enemies.
  • 00:25:35.190 --> 00:25:38.130
  • The Lord nurses them when they
  • 00:25:38.130 --> 00:25:40.130
  • are sick and restores them to
  • 00:25:40.130 --> 00:25:43.080
  • health."
  • 00:25:43.080 --> 00:25:44.240
  • That sounds to me like a
  • 00:25:44.240 --> 00:25:45.180
  • benediction.
  • 00:25:45.180 --> 00:25:46.220
  • That sounds to me like the kind
  • 00:25:46.220 --> 00:25:47.240
  • of prayer you wanna send people
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:49.250
  • out with.
  • 00:25:49.250 --> 00:25:50.270
  • So I'm gonna ask everybody here
  • 00:25:50.270 --> 00:25:53.020
  • to raise your hands one more
  • 00:25:53.020 --> 00:25:54.140
  • time if you're more than happy
  • 00:25:54.140 --> 00:25:56.070
  • to do that, 'cause I wanna pray
  • 00:25:56.070 --> 00:25:57.210
  • this prayer, these words, these
  • 00:25:57.210 --> 00:25:59.170
  • verses, over your life as you
  • 00:25:59.170 --> 00:26:01.040
  • commit to believing God to lift
  • 00:26:01.040 --> 00:26:03.120
  • your life and enable you to have
  • 00:26:03.120 --> 00:26:05.190
  • a very long reach.
  • 00:26:05.190 --> 00:26:07.020
  • Even when your world is small
  • 00:26:07.020 --> 00:26:08.160
  • and your influence is little and
  • 00:26:08.160 --> 00:26:10.290
  • your reach is virtually
  • 00:26:10.290 --> 00:26:12.100
  • non-existent, but you are
  • 00:26:12.100 --> 00:26:15.020
  • committed to lifting the lives
  • 00:26:15.020 --> 00:26:16.190
  • of others.
  • 00:26:16.190 --> 00:26:17.130
  • Remember, God lifts the lives of
  • 00:26:17.130 --> 00:26:19.020
  • those who lift the lives of
  • 00:26:19.020 --> 00:26:20.280
  • others.
  • 00:26:20.280 --> 00:26:21.240
  • So I'm praying this now over
  • 00:26:21.240 --> 00:26:23.080
  • every single person in the room.
  • 00:26:23.080 --> 00:26:26.000
  • And you receive it into your
  • 00:26:26.000 --> 00:26:27.200
  • spirit and into your heart.
  • 00:26:27.200 --> 00:26:30.050
  • May the Lord rescue you when you
  • 00:26:30.050 --> 00:26:32.140
  • are in trouble.
  • 00:26:32.140 --> 00:26:34.010
  • May the Lord protect you and
  • 00:26:34.010 --> 00:26:35.280
  • keep you alive.
  • 00:26:35.280 --> 00:26:37.260
  • May the Lord give you prosperity
  • 00:26:37.260 --> 00:26:39.290
  • in the land--in your land, in
  • 00:26:39.290 --> 00:26:42.110
  • your field, in your place of
  • 00:26:42.110 --> 00:26:44.140
  • service.
  • 00:26:44.140 --> 00:26:45.170
  • May the Lord rescue you, deliver
  • 00:26:45.170 --> 00:26:47.280
  • you, from your enemies.
  • 00:26:47.280 --> 00:26:50.130
  • May the Lord comfort you when
  • 00:26:50.130 --> 00:26:52.080
  • you are sick.
  • 00:26:52.080 --> 00:26:53.270
  • May the Lord restore you to
  • 00:26:53.270 --> 00:26:55.190
  • health and keep you well.
  • 00:26:55.190 --> 00:26:58.080
  • The promise over those who are
  • 00:26:58.080 --> 00:27:00.120
  • committed to lifting the lives
  • 00:27:00.120 --> 00:27:02.130
  • of the people around and about
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  • them.
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  • - Brian: Well, influence.
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  • Do you believe God's called you
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  • to live a life of influence?
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  • Don't forget, short arms don't
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  • mean that you can't have long
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  • reach.
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  • Let's not live thinking that
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  • God's limited by our disability
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  • or inability 'cause God is so
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  • much greater.
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  • You be blessed.
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