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A Platform Called Faithfulness

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  • - Brian Houston: So Father,
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  • we thank you as it is in heaven,
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  • so it is in us.
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  • Lord, we know that whatever you
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  • bind on earth has already been
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  • bound in heaven.
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  • And whatever we loose on earth
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  • has already been loosed
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  • in heaven.
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  • Lord, your will is being done
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  • right now here in the lives
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  • Father, we commit our way
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  • to you.
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  • We thank you for your promise,
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  • and your power,
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  • and your purpose.
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  • Lord, I just thank you that
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  • wherever the church is gathered
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  • today and whoever else may be
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  • watching on stream, Father,
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  • your plan, your promise, Lord,
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  • your heart is for your people.
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  • And I thank you, Lord,
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  • you're working in our lives even
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  • when we're unawares.
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  • Have your way today, I pray,
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  • through the preaching of your
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  • Amen, you guys can all be
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  • seated.
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  • "A Platform Called
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  • Faithfulness."
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  • Today, I'm speaking
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  • on faithfulness using Timothy
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  • as my example.
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  • In a little chapel called
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  • St. Peter's on the Hill,
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  • 19th of February 1977,
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  • I looked down the aisleway from
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  • my place at the front,
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  • and the doors open,
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  • and here she came.
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  • Long black hair,
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  • flowers in her hair, beautiful,
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  • beautiful white wedding dress.
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  • As she walked towards me,
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  • I began to cry.
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  • Forty years ago.
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  • We started to sing a song,
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  • and the song went like this.
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  • "Great is thy faithfulness,
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  • O God my Father.
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  • Morning by morning,
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  • new mercies I see.
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  • All I have needed my hands have
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  • provided.
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  • Great is they faithfulness,
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  • Lord, unto me."
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  • We've been 40 years on.
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  • It'll be 40 years next February.
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  • Bobbie and I have even more
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  • reason to sing
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  • "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
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  • We're going to look
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  • at the faithfulness in our lives
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  • in season and out of season,
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  • and with our children
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  • and now our grandchildren.
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  • And of course with this church,
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  • and all the various ways God
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  • has been faithful in our lives.
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  • There's something beautiful
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  • about the faithfulness of God,
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  • and it's God's faithfulness
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  • which is the greatest platform
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  • for us to live faithful lives.
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  • 'Cause just like that's
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  • an old fashioned song,
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  • faithfulness is an old fashioned
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  • word.
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  • And of course, sadly,
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  • faithfulness, sports teams where
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  • someone's a one club player,
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  • in other words throughout their
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  • whole career, those days
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  • are almost gone.
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  • And of course in work,
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  • the whole idea of head hunting
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  • and going to the better offer,
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  • faithfulness in some ways
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  • is an old fashioned thing.
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  • Even when it comes
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  • to relationships and marriage.
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  • But I thank God that
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  • faithfulness, that old fashioned
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  • concept, is a foundation,
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  • it's a platform in which God's
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  • purpose can be built into
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  • any person's life.
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  • And I pray that we can be people
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  • who know the power
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  • of faithfulness, and who are
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  • committed to living their life
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  • faithful, faithful to our
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  • spouses, our partners,
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  • faithful to our children
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  • and our families,
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  • faithful to our friends,
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  • and loyal, and loving, faithful
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  • when it comes to God's house,
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  • faithful when it comes
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  • to our relationship with God,
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  • just living our lives faithful.
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  • It's a powerful,
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  • it's a beautiful way to live
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  • your life.
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  • And if there was one word that
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  • I think Timothy's life shouts,
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  • it's the word "faithfulness."
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  • You know, it just hit me
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  • last week when I was looking
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  • at Timothy that he's a man
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  • of many words.
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  • But we don't know any of them
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  • because the Bible doesn't quote
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  • even one thing that
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  • Timothy says.
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  • He's all over the Bible,
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  • all over the New Testament.
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  • We see him through the eyes
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  • of Paul, we see him in Acts
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  • through the eyes of Luke.
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  • But there's not one quote,
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  • not one word that connects
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  • to what Timothy may have said.
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  • We know he's a preacher,
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  • so we know he spoke words,
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  • but his life screamed
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  • faithfulness.
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  • And that's what brought him into
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  • Paul's world, and ultimately
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  • it's what enabled Timothy
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  • to become a pastor,
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  • or the pastor, the senior pastor
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  • in Ephesus,
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  • which was the great church
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  • center of the time,
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  • where thousands of people
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  • probably been in church
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  • in Ephesus, the Ephesian church.
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  • And also where many ministries,
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  • many ministries came out from
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  • that church.
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  • His life shouted faithfulness.
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  • He was faithful to God,
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  • he was faithful to Paul.
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  • And to be honest with you,
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  • I don't think Paul was an easy
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  • person to serve.
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  • I mean, he seemed pretty edgy.
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  • God called him to be
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  • in partnership with Barnabas.
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  • Acts 13:2 says, "Separate unto
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  • me Paul and Barnabas for
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  • the work to which I have
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  • appointed them."
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  • So, they were appointed together
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  • as a partnership, and yet they
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  • had a great falling out.
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  • John, Mark, it seems that also
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  • there was a falling out then.
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  • The super apostles,
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  • the super apostles were those
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  • who opposed Paul,
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  • and he never minced words.
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  • And when he talked about
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  • the Pharisees, he talked about
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  • super apostles, and he talked
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  • about their hypocrisy,
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  • they talked about their
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  • own spirituality
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  • and their own works.
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  • And that's why they're
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  • called super apostles.
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  • But you see, Paul,
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  • he never minced words.
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  • And yet, Timothy was able
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  • to serve Paul.
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  • I think he maybe knew the words
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  • of Solomon, who in Ecclesiastes
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  • says, "When the spirit
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  • of the ruler raises--rises up
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  • against you,
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  • do not leave your post."
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  • It's an amazing person who knows
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  • how in life never to leave their
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  • post.
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  • They don't let offense
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  • move them,
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  • they don't let distraction
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  • move them,
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  • they don't let discouragement,
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  • they don't let temptation,
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  • they don't let some form
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  • of enticement move them.
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  • They do not leave their post.
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  • It's one of the most powerful
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  • and most attractive qualities
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  • a person can have is to be
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  • faithful, just to live your life
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  • faithful.
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  • And so, Paul only had beautiful
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  • things to say about Timothy as
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  • he challenged him, and inspired
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  • him, and poured into him like
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  • Paul did into Timothy.
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  • In 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy,
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  • Paul is writing to Timothy.
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  • We all are blessed enough to
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  • have insight into what he wrote,
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  • but he wrote whole books,
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  • big epistles to Timothy, just
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  • investing himself into Timothy.
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  • There was something about
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  • Timothy that Paul wanted
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  • to invest into.
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  • And I just think it's amazing.
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  • Most of the letters Paul wrote
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  • were to churches or regions:
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  • Ephesians, Thessalonica,
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  • et cetera, et cetera.
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  • But to Timothy,
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  • because there's something
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  • in Timothy that I think Paul
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  • saw he could build on.
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  • And in these verses,
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  • Philippians chapter 2,
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  • verse 19 and 23, you can see
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  • what Paul could see in Timothy.
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  • It says, verse 19,
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  • "I trust the Lord Jesus to send
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  • Timothy to you shortly,
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  • that I also may be encouraged
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  • when I know your state.
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  • For I have no one like-minded."
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  • In other words,
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  • there is no one like Timothy.
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  • He is just one in, I don't know,
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  • one a million.
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  • I mean, there is no one
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  • like-minded who will sincerely
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  • care for your state.
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  • "For all seek their own."
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  • In other words,
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  • everybody's out for themselves.
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  • "All seek their own,
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  • not the things which
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  • are of Jesus Christ."
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  • But it goes on and says,
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  • "You know his proven character,"
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  • Timothy, "his proven character.
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  • That as a son with his father,
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  • he served with me
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  • in the gospel."
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  • So, what was Paul saying?
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  • He said, "Look, there is just
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  • nobody like Timothy.
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  • So many people are out doing
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  • their own thing,
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  • but Timothy with his proven
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  • character, just like a son
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  • with a father, served with me
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  • in the preaching of the gospel."
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  • He had nothing but good things
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  • to say about Timothy,
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  • and it was all based
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  • on Timothy's faithfulness.
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  • Faithfulness can launch you into
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  • all that God's got for you.
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  • Sometimes, it seems like
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  • the slow road.
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  • I mean, the world can celebrate
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  • achievement or maybe celebrity,
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  • but God honors faithfulness.
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  • It may seem like a slow road,
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  • but believe me, the faithful
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  • person is the person that
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  • somehow ends up in that place
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  • that maybe, at some point,
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  • they could only ever,
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  • ever have dreamed of.
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  • Faithfulness, such a beautiful,
  • 00:08:04.220 --> 00:08:07.060
  • such a powerful quality,
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  • I think, in anyone's life.
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  • So, listen to what again
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  • Paul says to Timothy or about.
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  • He says to Timothy,
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  • "For everybody else is seeking
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  • their own."
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  • So, he wants to send Timothy.
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  • He's saying,
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  • "Everybody else, they're looking
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  • after themselves."
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  • Solomon said the same thing when
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  • he talked about faithfulness
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  • in Proverbs 20, verse 6.
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  • Look at this.
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  • It says, "Most men will proclaim
  • 00:08:29.100 --> 00:08:31.060
  • each his own goodness, but who
  • 00:08:31.060 --> 00:08:33.270
  • can find a faithful man?"
  • 00:08:33.270 --> 00:08:36.030
  • Listen again, most men versus
  • 00:08:36.030 --> 00:08:38.010
  • the faithful man.
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  • See, most men,
  • 00:08:39.140 --> 00:08:41.020
  • that's the majority.
  • 00:08:41.020 --> 00:08:42.150
  • And a faithful person,
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  • that's contrasting.
  • 00:08:43.240 --> 00:08:45.110
  • And even Solomon says,
  • 00:08:45.110 --> 00:08:47.160
  • "Most people, they're just out
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  • building for themselves.
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  • They're building something
  • 00:08:50.060 --> 00:08:51.010
  • for themselves.
  • 00:08:51.010 --> 00:08:51.210
  • They're out for their own
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  • thing."
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  • But where's that faithful
  • 00:08:53.030 --> 00:08:54.120
  • person?
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  • I wonder here today,
  • 00:08:54.270 --> 00:08:55.210
  • where is that faithful person?
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  • Where is that one person,
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  • that standout person?
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  • There's nobody like that.
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  • There's nobody else.
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  • I believe it's the will of God
  • 00:09:03.260 --> 00:09:05.160
  • for us to be faithful,
  • 00:09:05.160 --> 00:09:07.060
  • to live our lives faithful.
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  • For faithfulness to define us, I
  • 00:09:08.230 --> 00:09:10.260
  • just think it's a beautiful way
  • 00:09:10.260 --> 00:09:12.020
  • to live your life,
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  • like a father and his son.
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  • So, "Timothy, serve with me
  • 00:09:16.290 --> 00:09:19.290
  • in the gospel," lovely.
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  • In the Message,
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  • Proverbs 20, verse 6,
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  • "Lots of people claim
  • 00:09:25.060 --> 00:09:26.070
  • to be loyal and loving,
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  • but where on earth can you
  • 00:09:28.070 --> 00:09:28.290
  • find one?"
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  • That's such a powerful but
  • 00:09:30.210 --> 00:09:31.180
  • profound, simple but profound
  • 00:09:31.180 --> 00:09:33.250
  • description of faithfulness,
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  • loyal and loving.
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  • That's not a bad thing to have
  • 00:09:37.220 --> 00:09:38.160
  • written on your tombstone.
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  • "She was loyal and loving.
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  • He was faithful."
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  • I like it.
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  • - Brian: Well, if you believe
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  • God's put you there, then
  • 00:09:51.000 --> 00:09:52.140
  • you need to believe that God
  • 00:09:52.140 --> 00:09:53.090
  • will keep you there.
  • 00:09:53.090 --> 00:09:54.250
  • See, that's my experience
  • 00:09:54.250 --> 00:09:55.260
  • in life.
  • 00:09:55.260 --> 00:09:56.160
  • I believe God put me here.
  • 00:09:56.160 --> 00:09:58.020
  • And because I know God put me
  • 00:09:58.020 --> 00:09:59.160
  • here, I also know it's God that
  • 00:09:59.160 --> 00:10:00.240
  • can keep me here.
  • 00:10:00.240 --> 00:10:02.070
  • And if I just live my life
  • 00:10:02.070 --> 00:10:03.150
  • simply, building a platform of
  • 00:10:03.150 --> 00:10:05.110
  • God's faithfulness,
  • 00:10:05.110 --> 00:10:06.230
  • endeavoring to be faithful
  • 00:10:06.230 --> 00:10:07.270
  • to the call he's given me,
  • 00:10:07.270 --> 00:10:09.070
  • God has put me here.
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:10.100
  • And no force in hell could stand
  • 00:10:10.100 --> 00:10:12.120
  • against it because God's
  • 00:10:12.120 --> 00:10:13.220
  • - Brian: So, listen to what
  • 00:10:18.030 --> 00:10:18.200
  • Paul said to Timothy.
  • 00:10:18.200 --> 00:10:21.000
  • And remember, it's just Paul
  • 00:10:21.000 --> 00:10:21.220
  • speaking into Timothy.
  • 00:10:21.220 --> 00:10:24.060
  • It's kind of like we're looking
  • 00:10:24.060 --> 00:10:24.250
  • in now through God's
  • 00:10:24.250 --> 00:10:27.000
  • inspired Word.
  • 00:10:27.000 --> 00:10:28.250
  • But he says,
  • 00:10:28.250 --> 00:10:29.100
  • "I think Christ Jesus our Lord."
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  • This is what Paul's saying.
  • 00:10:31.010 --> 00:10:32.110
  • Paul's talking about himself,
  • 00:10:32.110 --> 00:10:34.020
  • "Who has enabled me
  • 00:10:34.020 --> 00:10:35.030
  • because he counted me faithful,
  • 00:10:35.030 --> 00:10:37.130
  • putting me into the ministry."
  • 00:10:37.130 --> 00:10:39.250
  • You know, the Bible says God
  • 00:10:39.250 --> 00:10:41.240
  • counted him faithful.
  • 00:10:41.240 --> 00:10:43.260
  • That's how Paul described it.
  • 00:10:43.260 --> 00:10:45.200
  • I wonder if God counted with
  • 00:10:45.200 --> 00:10:47.030
  • you.
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  • I saw that time you were
  • 00:10:49.000 --> 00:10:49.280
  • faithful to your wife when
  • 00:10:49.280 --> 00:10:51.260
  • the chance was there,
  • 00:10:51.260 --> 00:10:53.160
  • no one was looking.
  • 00:10:53.160 --> 00:10:54.250
  • I saw that time someone was
  • 00:10:54.250 --> 00:10:55.280
  • talking about your best friend,
  • 00:10:55.280 --> 00:10:57.220
  • and you were faithful.
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:10:59.220
  • You took a stand.
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  • I saw that time that you
  • 00:11:00.170 --> 00:11:02.160
  • could've compromised on your
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:03.150
  • faith in Jesus Christ,
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:04.250
  • but you were faithful.
  • 00:11:04.250 --> 00:11:06.060
  • God counted him faithful,
  • 00:11:06.060 --> 00:11:07.260
  • really it means God considered
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:09.190
  • him faithful.
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  • And out of that faithfulness
  • 00:11:10.240 --> 00:11:11.240
  • came three things, and I want
  • 00:11:11.240 --> 00:11:12.290
  • you to listen to them.
  • 00:11:12.290 --> 00:11:14.080
  • Out of that faithfulness,
  • 00:11:14.080 --> 00:11:15.290
  • Paul said, "God enabled me."
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  • And then he talks about how God
  • 00:11:18.150 --> 00:11:19.220
  • placed him, enabled him,
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:21.260
  • placed him.
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  • And then positioned him.
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  • If you want to write those down,
  • 00:11:24.260 --> 00:11:26.090
  • out of being counted faithful,
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:28.230
  • he was enabled, he was placed,
  • 00:11:28.230 --> 00:11:31.100
  • and he was positioned.
  • 00:11:31.100 --> 00:11:32.260
  • And I'll go on and I'll show it
  • 00:11:32.260 --> 00:11:33.220
  • to you, and I'll encourage you
  • 00:11:33.220 --> 00:11:35.250
  • to see what God can do in your
  • 00:11:35.250 --> 00:11:37.080
  • life when you're simply counted
  • 00:11:37.080 --> 00:11:39.030
  • amongst the faithful,
  • 00:11:39.030 --> 00:11:40.160
  • which is a beautiful place
  • 00:11:40.160 --> 00:11:41.100
  • to be counted is among
  • 00:11:41.100 --> 00:11:43.010
  • the faithful.
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  • Praise God.
  • 00:11:44.190 --> 00:11:46.020
  • And so, here's the verses.
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:47.220
  • 1 Timothy chapter 1, verse 12
  • 00:11:47.220 --> 00:11:49.080
  • to 16, it says,
  • 00:11:49.080 --> 00:11:50.230
  • "I thank Jesus Christ our Lord
  • 00:11:50.230 --> 00:11:52.070
  • who has enabled me,
  • 00:11:52.070 --> 00:11:52.260
  • because he counted me faithful,
  • 00:11:52.260 --> 00:11:55.060
  • putting me into the ministry."
  • 00:11:55.180 --> 00:11:58.180
  • So, the first thing it says,
  • 00:11:58.180 --> 00:12:00.230
  • that God enabled me
  • 00:12:00.230 --> 00:12:03.150
  • because he counted me faithful.
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:05.160
  • To be enabled means
  • 00:12:05.160 --> 00:12:06.130
  • to be empowered.
  • 00:12:06.130 --> 00:12:08.010
  • It means to be strengthened.
  • 00:12:08.010 --> 00:12:09.280
  • And so, Paul's saying is,
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:11.140
  • "So God saw my faithfulness,
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:13.120
  • and out from that he enabled
  • 00:12:13.120 --> 00:12:15.000
  • me."
  • 00:12:15.000 --> 00:12:15.280
  • Enabled me means that he enabled
  • 00:12:15.280 --> 00:12:18.090
  • me to live the way he called me
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:20.020
  • to live, and to be who he called
  • 00:12:20.020 --> 00:12:21.230
  • me to be, and to step up into
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:24.020
  • what he called me to do.
  • 00:12:24.020 --> 00:12:25.280
  • He enabled me.
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:28.120
  • You know, that's exactly what
  • 00:12:28.120 --> 00:12:29.090
  • grace does.
  • 00:12:29.090 --> 00:12:30.200
  • Grace has many sides,
  • 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:31.290
  • many colors, manifold gifts,
  • 00:12:31.290 --> 00:12:33.240
  • manifold grace.
  • 00:12:33.240 --> 00:12:35.020
  • It includes grace for salvation,
  • 00:12:35.020 --> 00:12:37.110
  • it includes grace which
  • 00:12:37.110 --> 00:12:38.150
  • is God's favor
  • 00:12:38.150 --> 00:12:39.180
  • and God's blessing,
  • 00:12:39.180 --> 00:12:40.130
  • and it includes grace which is
  • 00:12:40.130 --> 00:12:42.100
  • literally God's enabling power.
  • 00:12:42.100 --> 00:12:44.160
  • And grace and faithfulness
  • 00:12:44.160 --> 00:12:46.020
  • are close partnership.
  • 00:12:46.020 --> 00:12:48.020
  • It's out of God's faithfulness
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:49.100
  • that we live in his grace.
  • 00:12:49.100 --> 00:12:51.020
  • And so, why do you need
  • 00:12:51.020 --> 00:12:52.140
  • enabling?
  • 00:12:52.140 --> 00:12:53.160
  • Well, quite frankly,
  • 00:12:53.160 --> 00:12:54.070
  • we can't do it in our own
  • 00:12:54.070 --> 00:12:55.010
  • strength all that he's called us
  • 00:12:55.010 --> 00:12:57.030
  • to do, and we can't be who he's
  • 00:12:57.030 --> 00:12:58.150
  • called us to be.
  • 00:12:58.150 --> 00:12:59.080
  • And so,
  • 00:12:59.080 --> 00:13:00.020
  • we need supernatural enabling.
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:02.090
  • That's what the Holy Spirit
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:03.070
  • does, brings strength, empowers.
  • 00:13:03.210 --> 00:13:06.210
  • So, Paul is saying,
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:08.030
  • "Because I was counted faithful,
  • 00:13:08.030 --> 00:13:10.010
  • he enabled me."
  • 00:13:10.010 --> 00:13:12.090
  • Do you know Peter and John,
  • 00:13:12.090 --> 00:13:13.160
  • the early church,
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:16.290
  • they needed enabling.
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:19.180
  • In Acts chapter 4,
  • 00:13:19.180 --> 00:13:20.120
  • Paul is praying, and he says,
  • 00:13:20.120 --> 00:13:21.270
  • "God, grant us boldness,
  • 00:13:21.270 --> 00:13:23.150
  • that we may speak your Word
  • 00:13:23.150 --> 00:13:24.140
  • fearlessly."
  • 00:13:24.140 --> 00:13:25.160
  • There's all sorts of persecution
  • 00:13:25.160 --> 00:13:27.070
  • and all sorts of opposition.
  • 00:13:27.070 --> 00:13:29.170
  • And so, this is what happens,
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:30.190
  • I'll read the verse.
  • 00:13:30.190 --> 00:13:31.110
  • Acts 4:29, it says,
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:33.010
  • "Now Lord, look on their
  • 00:13:33.010 --> 00:13:34.010
  • threats, and grant to your
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:34.230
  • servants that with all boldness
  • 00:13:34.230 --> 00:13:36.160
  • they may speak your Word."
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:37.280
  • All sorts of hell was being
  • 00:13:37.280 --> 00:13:39.170
  • unleashed against them.
  • 00:13:39.170 --> 00:13:40.230
  • He said, "God, grant boldness
  • 00:13:40.230 --> 00:13:42.250
  • that we may speak your Word
  • 00:13:42.250 --> 00:13:44.080
  • fearlessly," it says here.
  • 00:13:44.080 --> 00:13:46.130
  • Well, listen, verse 33.
  • 00:13:46.130 --> 00:13:48.240
  • And between these two verses,
  • 00:13:48.240 --> 00:13:50.150
  • the Holy Spirit, amen,
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:52.020
  • the Holy Spirit impacts them.
  • 00:13:52.020 --> 00:13:53.170
  • And it says, "And with great
  • 00:13:53.170 --> 00:13:54.220
  • power the apostles gave witness
  • 00:13:54.220 --> 00:13:57.130
  • to the resurrection of
  • 00:13:57.130 --> 00:13:58.160
  • the Lord Jesus and great grace
  • 00:13:58.160 --> 00:14:00.270
  • was upon them all."
  • 00:14:00.270 --> 00:14:01.210
  • Great grace, great power,
  • 00:14:01.210 --> 00:14:03.180
  • they belong together.
  • 00:14:03.180 --> 00:14:04.220
  • And what is grace?
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:05.160
  • It's God's enabling power.
  • 00:14:05.160 --> 00:14:06.290
  • And what does faithfulness tap
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:08.060
  • into?
  • 00:14:08.060 --> 00:14:08.240
  • It taps into grace,
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:10.070
  • which is God's enabling power.
  • 00:14:10.070 --> 00:14:12.090
  • And seems--when it seems too
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:13.250
  • hard, when it seems
  • 00:14:13.250 --> 00:14:15.040
  • too difficult, when everything's
  • 00:14:15.040 --> 00:14:16.270
  • coming against you,
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:18.120
  • stand faithful.
  • 00:14:18.120 --> 00:14:20.140
  • Faithfulness brings enablement.
  • 00:14:22.010 --> 00:14:25.010
  • Paul says, "He has enabled me
  • 00:14:25.030 --> 00:14:28.030
  • because he counted me faithful."
  • 00:14:28.030 --> 00:14:29.120
  • Second, he said,
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:31.150
  • "Because he counted me faithful,
  • 00:14:31.150 --> 00:14:34.060
  • he put me in the ministry."
  • 00:14:34.060 --> 00:14:36.150
  • Amen,
  • 00:14:36.150 --> 00:14:37.240
  • "He put me in the ministry."
  • 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:39.250
  • God placed him there.
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:41.230
  • And if God puts you there, it's
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:43.170
  • God that will keep you there.
  • 00:14:43.170 --> 00:14:46.000
  • Maybe you're facing challenge
  • 00:14:46.000 --> 00:14:47.000
  • right now, and maybe it seems
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:48.260
  • when you're holding onto
  • 00:14:48.260 --> 00:14:49.230
  • the ground that you believe
  • 00:14:49.230 --> 00:14:50.220
  • is yours, maybe you started
  • 00:14:50.220 --> 00:14:52.010
  • a business, you're doing
  • 00:14:52.010 --> 00:14:52.220
  • something else in life,
  • 00:14:52.220 --> 00:14:53.280
  • you're trying to study
  • 00:14:53.280 --> 00:14:54.190
  • for a course, there's something
  • 00:14:54.190 --> 00:14:56.210
  • and you believe God put you
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:14:58.010
  • there.
  • 00:14:58.010 --> 00:14:58.240
  • Well, if you believe God put you
  • 00:14:58.240 --> 00:14:59.220
  • there, then you need to believe
  • 00:14:59.220 --> 00:15:01.130
  • that God will keep you there.
  • 00:15:01.130 --> 00:15:03.060
  • See, that's my experience
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:04.130
  • in life.
  • 00:15:04.130 --> 00:15:05.020
  • I believe God put me here.
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:06.260
  • And because I know God put me
  • 00:15:06.260 --> 00:15:07.270
  • here, I also know it's God
  • 00:15:07.270 --> 00:15:09.130
  • that can keep me here.
  • 00:15:09.130 --> 00:15:10.230
  • And if I just live my life
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:12.000
  • simply, building a platform
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:13.190
  • of God's faithfulness,
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:15.090
  • endeavoring to be faithful
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:16.120
  • to the call he's given me,
  • 00:15:16.120 --> 00:15:17.190
  • God has put me here.
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:18.230
  • And no force in hell can stand
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:20.290
  • against it because God's
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:22.070
  • going to keep me here.
  • 00:15:22.070 --> 00:15:25.020
  • Same with you, friends.
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  • When you're counted faithful,
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  • God enables you
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  • and God places you.
  • 00:15:29.140 --> 00:15:31.060
  • Another word for putting
  • 00:15:31.090 --> 00:15:34.090
  • is appointing.
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:36.280
  • So, Paul's saying,
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:37.240
  • "God appointed me here."
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:39.180
  • And of course, if God appoints,
  • 00:15:39.180 --> 00:15:41.150
  • it's not going to disappoint.
  • 00:15:41.150 --> 00:15:43.120
  • The word "dis" means to work
  • 00:15:43.120 --> 00:15:44.290
  • in the other direction.
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:46.080
  • There's so many things
  • 00:15:46.080 --> 00:15:47.040
  • that would love to get you
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:47.250
  • disappointed,
  • 00:15:47.250 --> 00:15:48.150
  • living disappointed,
  • 00:15:48.150 --> 00:15:49.250
  • disappointed.
  • 00:15:49.250 --> 00:15:52.020
  • So, disappointment literally
  • 00:15:52.020 --> 00:15:53.180
  • tries to get you away from
  • 00:15:53.180 --> 00:15:54.250
  • God given appointment.
  • 00:15:54.250 --> 00:15:56.100
  • But if God put you there,
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:58.020
  • God is going to keep you there.
  • 00:15:58.020 --> 00:15:59.270
  • Yes, there's discouragement,
  • 00:15:59.270 --> 00:16:01.150
  • but if God put you there,
  • 00:16:01.150 --> 00:16:02.230
  • God is going to keep you there.
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:04.140
  • Yes, it seems like there's other
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:06.290
  • priorities and other people's
  • 00:16:06.290 --> 00:16:08.020
  • lives seem to be going better,
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:09.160
  • even without--but if God put you
  • 00:16:09.160 --> 00:16:11.010
  • there, God is going to keep you
  • 00:16:11.010 --> 00:16:12.230
  • there in Jesus' name.
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:14.160
  • He enabled him, he placed him,
  • 00:16:14.160 --> 00:16:17.080
  • and most important of all,
  • 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:18.260
  • he positioned him.
  • 00:16:18.260 --> 00:16:20.210
  • What's the difference between
  • 00:16:20.210 --> 00:16:21.090
  • placing you and positioning you?
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:24.020
  • Well, listen to this.
  • 00:16:24.020 --> 00:16:25.170
  • I'm just reading
  • 00:16:25.170 --> 00:16:26.090
  • on in the verses after it said,
  • 00:16:26.090 --> 00:16:28.030
  • "He has enabled me
  • 00:16:28.030 --> 00:16:28.280
  • because he counted me faithful,
  • 00:16:28.280 --> 00:16:30.080
  • putting me into the ministry."
  • 00:16:30.080 --> 00:16:31.240
  • It goes on and Paul says,
  • 00:16:31.240 --> 00:16:33.020
  • verse 13, "Although I was
  • 00:16:33.020 --> 00:16:34.240
  • formerly a blasphemer,
  • 00:16:34.240 --> 00:16:35.250
  • a persecutor,
  • 00:16:35.250 --> 00:16:36.160
  • and an insolent man,"
  • 00:16:36.160 --> 00:16:38.060
  • a blasphemer, a persecutor,
  • 00:16:38.060 --> 00:16:40.180
  • and an insolent man.
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:42.150
  • Insolent, proud, proud man.
  • 00:16:42.150 --> 00:16:44.070
  • He was talking about himself.
  • 00:16:44.070 --> 00:16:45.250
  • A kind of terrorist,
  • 00:16:46.280 --> 00:16:49.280
  • the way he treated Christians
  • 00:16:49.280 --> 00:16:51.090
  • and terrorized the Christians
  • 00:16:51.090 --> 00:16:53.030
  • of the time, he persecuted.
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:55.170
  • And he talks about himself
  • 00:16:55.170 --> 00:16:56.220
  • as being a blasphemer.
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:58.080
  • He says, "But I obtained mercy
  • 00:16:58.080 --> 00:17:00.130
  • because I did it ignorantly
  • 00:17:00.130 --> 00:17:01.160
  • in unbelief."
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:02.130
  • Now listen, "And the grace
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:03.190
  • of our Lord Jesus was exceeding
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:05.060
  • abundant, with faith and love
  • 00:17:05.060 --> 00:17:06.270
  • which are in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:17:06.270 --> 00:17:07.250
  • This is a faithful saying."
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:11.060
  • This is a faithful saying.
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:13.050
  • Do you know six or seven times
  • 00:17:13.050 --> 00:17:14.030
  • in 1, 2 Timothy,
  • 00:17:14.030 --> 00:17:15.050
  • Paul says to Timothy,
  • 00:17:15.050 --> 00:17:16.140
  • "This is a faithful saying"?
  • 00:17:16.140 --> 00:17:18.070
  • What's a faithful saying?
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  • It means you can count on this.
  • 00:17:19.190 --> 00:17:21.060
  • You can go to the bank on this.
  • 00:17:21.060 --> 00:17:23.000
  • In other words, this is not
  • 00:17:23.000 --> 00:17:23.200
  • going to let you down.
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:24.260
  • Live according to this saying.
  • 00:17:24.260 --> 00:17:26.090
  • This one is one that will never
  • 00:17:26.090 --> 00:17:27.230
  • let you down.
  • 00:17:27.230 --> 00:17:28.130
  • This is a faithful saying.
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:30.080
  • And so, what's he saying?
  • 00:17:30.080 --> 00:17:31.020
  • He says,
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:31.180
  • "Look, I was a bad person.
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:33.050
  • This is who I was, but that's
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:34.130
  • not the foundation for what's
  • 00:17:34.130 --> 00:17:36.010
  • ahead."
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:36.240
  • The reality is he talks about
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:38.180
  • grace, exceeding abundance,
  • 00:17:38.180 --> 00:17:41.060
  • he talks about mercy,
  • 00:17:41.060 --> 00:17:42.140
  • he talks about faith and love,
  • 00:17:42.140 --> 00:17:44.040
  • and he says all of that
  • 00:17:44.040 --> 00:17:45.060
  • is in Christ.
  • 00:17:45.060 --> 00:17:46.220
  • God may have placed you
  • 00:17:46.220 --> 00:17:47.250
  • somewhere to serve him,
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:49.170
  • but that's not your positioning.
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:51.020
  • Your positioning is in Christ.
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:53.190
  • And if we live our lives
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:54.110
  • in Christ, and all that is
  • 00:17:54.110 --> 00:17:56.020
  • in Christ, and we are faithful
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:17:57.180
  • to all that is in Christ, then
  • 00:17:57.180 --> 00:17:59.250
  • out of that God will place you.
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:01.200
  • And if God placed you there,
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:02.280
  • God will enable you
  • 00:18:02.280 --> 00:18:03.290
  • to stay there.
  • 00:18:03.290 --> 00:18:05.090
  • So, thank God for his goodness,
  • 00:18:06.120 --> 00:18:09.120
  • thank God for his promise.
  • 00:18:09.120 --> 00:18:11.250
  • He enabled Paul, he placed Paul,
  • 00:18:12.150 --> 00:18:15.150
  • and he positioned Paul
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:16.290
  • in Christ.
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:19.230
  • Today, if we live our lives
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:21.200
  • faithful, we can live our lives
  • 00:18:21.200 --> 00:18:23.070
  • in Christ.
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:25.110
  • And in Christ, there is so much
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:28.110
  • that we can build
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:30.000
  • - Brian: So, faith brings
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:36.230
  • trust, trust brings confidence,
  • 00:18:36.230 --> 00:18:39.090
  • confidence brings inclusion.
  • 00:18:39.090 --> 00:18:41.010
  • So, we invite him.
  • 00:18:41.010 --> 00:18:41.240
  • Come on up here, Sam,
  • 00:18:41.240 --> 00:18:42.200
  • we invite him into the team.
  • 00:18:42.200 --> 00:18:44.130
  • And so, all of a sudden,
  • 00:18:44.130 --> 00:18:45.220
  • I bring him closer still.
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:46.270
  • So, out of that comes
  • 00:18:46.270 --> 00:18:48.160
  • enablement.
  • 00:18:48.160 --> 00:18:49.270
  • Now, he's equipped
  • 00:18:49.270 --> 00:18:50.260
  • and he's enabled for all that
  • 00:18:50.260 --> 00:18:52.070
  • God's got for him.
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:53.200
  • And then we send him out.
  • 00:18:53.200 --> 00:18:55.090
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:18:55.090 --> 00:18:56.180
  • opportunity, possibility,
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:58.290
  • God's promise,
  • 00:18:58.290 --> 00:18:59.210
  • - Brian: Faithfulness counts.
  • 00:19:04.250 --> 00:19:06.110
  • It really does, it counts.
  • 00:19:06.110 --> 00:19:08.040
  • And so, think about it like
  • 00:19:08.040 --> 00:19:09.280
  • this.
  • 00:19:09.280 --> 00:19:11.240
  • If I think about how somebody
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:12.270
  • can enter into all that God's
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:14.240
  • got for them in life,
  • 00:19:14.240 --> 00:19:17.060
  • how does that happen?
  • 00:19:17.060 --> 00:19:18.260
  • You know, there is a way, and it
  • 00:19:18.260 --> 00:19:19.290
  • It's all got to do with
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:22.150
  • faithfulness.
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:23.240
  • Every now and then,
  • 00:19:23.240 --> 00:19:24.100
  • I have someone write to me
  • 00:19:24.100 --> 00:19:25.210
  • and send an email.
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:27.000
  • And I say, you know,
  • 00:19:27.000 --> 00:19:28.180
  • to someone I don't know,
  • 00:19:28.180 --> 00:19:29.220
  • it might be even
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:30.230
  • a Hillsong college student,
  • 00:19:30.230 --> 00:19:31.230
  • often it has been.
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:33.020
  • Or it's just someone who's kind
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:34.210
  • of in our world,
  • 00:19:34.210 --> 00:19:35.110
  • but from a distance to me.
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:37.200
  • And I'll get an email and say,
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:40.160
  • "Could you--could you mentor me?
  • 00:19:40.160 --> 00:19:42.290
  • Could you mentor me?"
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:45.010
  • And the truth is, I can,
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:47.030
  • but I can by doing what
  • 00:19:47.030 --> 00:19:49.030
  • I'm doing right now.
  • 00:19:49.030 --> 00:19:50.240
  • Preaching, maybe you can get
  • 00:19:50.240 --> 00:19:51.250
  • podcasts, or you can go to
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:53.140
  • the YouTube video clips,
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:54.240
  • you can--all the different ways
  • 00:19:54.240 --> 00:19:55.290
  • these days that the Word
  • 00:19:55.290 --> 00:19:57.140
  • goes forward.
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:19:58.260
  • Watch the Hillsong Channel.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:19:59.290
  • I mean, I can from a distance.
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:02.000
  • I've been mentored by plenty
  • 00:20:02.000 --> 00:20:03.180
  • of people from a distance.
  • 00:20:03.180 --> 00:20:05.210
  • But I'll tell you how it
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:06.110
  • actually works, and it's all got
  • 00:20:06.110 --> 00:20:08.000
  • to do with faithfulness.
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:09.180
  • Over there, Sam DiMauro.
  • 00:20:10.230 --> 00:20:13.230
  • Sam, Salvatore DiMauro.
  • 00:20:17.270 --> 00:20:20.270
  • So, for many years, Sam came
  • 00:20:21.230 --> 00:20:24.230
  • to Hillsong College,
  • 00:20:24.230 --> 00:20:25.280
  • came from Jilon, came here.
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:27.280
  • And he was somewhere out there,
  • 00:20:27.280 --> 00:20:30.130
  • serving faithfully.
  • 00:20:30.130 --> 00:20:32.160
  • I didn't know him then,
  • 00:20:32.160 --> 00:20:33.180
  • but others did.
  • 00:20:33.180 --> 00:20:35.210
  • And they began to put trust in
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:36.280
  • him, which gave them confidence
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:38.230
  • to recommend him.
  • 00:20:38.230 --> 00:20:40.230
  • So, faith brings trust,
  • 00:20:40.230 --> 00:20:42.010
  • trust brings confidence,
  • 00:20:42.010 --> 00:20:44.010
  • confidence brings inclusion.
  • 00:20:44.010 --> 00:20:45.230
  • So, we invite him,
  • 00:20:45.230 --> 00:20:46.150
  • come on up here, Sam,
  • 00:20:46.150 --> 00:20:47.120
  • we invite him into the team.
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:49.080
  • So, all of a sudden,
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:50.200
  • his faithfulness is bringing
  • 00:20:50.200 --> 00:20:52.180
  • him closer.
  • 00:20:52.180 --> 00:20:53.140
  • Stay there.
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:55.090
  • You're close,
  • 00:20:55.090 --> 00:20:55.270
  • but you're not that close.
  • 00:20:55.270 --> 00:20:58.230
  • So, now there's inclusion.
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:00.180
  • He gets--more layers come off.
  • 00:21:00.180 --> 00:21:03.170
  • All of a sudden,
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:05.010
  • he's in the staff meetings,
  • 00:21:05.010 --> 00:21:06.070
  • he's getting more specific
  • 00:21:06.070 --> 00:21:07.130
  • leadership training,
  • 00:21:07.130 --> 00:21:08.150
  • he's getting to rub closer.
  • 00:21:08.150 --> 00:21:10.030
  • He can watch example
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:11.030
  • of our key people closer.
  • 00:21:11.030 --> 00:21:13.170
  • And of course, out of that
  • 00:21:13.170 --> 00:21:15.140
  • inclusion comes confidence.
  • 00:21:15.140 --> 00:21:17.130
  • Confidence brings inclusion,
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:19.040
  • inclusion brings confidence.
  • 00:21:19.040 --> 00:21:21.080
  • And so, all of a sudden,
  • 00:21:21.080 --> 00:21:22.190
  • I bring him closer still.
  • 00:21:22.190 --> 00:21:24.220
  • Not too close now,
  • 00:21:24.220 --> 00:21:25.270
  • I bring him closer still.
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:27.240
  • And so now he's right--through
  • 00:21:27.240 --> 00:21:30.150
  • his faithfulness,
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:31.120
  • right here working alongside me.
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:33.190
  • And so, then I start to tell him
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:35.080
  • some of the secrets.
  • 00:21:35.080 --> 00:21:37.220
  • Not the secrets that sound like
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:39.040
  • gossip or--not those kind.
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:41.030
  • No, no, telling him some
  • 00:21:41.030 --> 00:21:42.180
  • of the things, the why behind
  • 00:21:42.180 --> 00:21:43.280
  • the what.
  • 00:21:43.280 --> 00:21:44.190
  • Telling him some of the things
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:45.160
  • that come out of a lifetime.
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:47.110
  • We bring him closer.
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:48.150
  • So, out of that comes
  • 00:21:48.150 --> 00:21:50.000
  • enablement.
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:51.050
  • Now, he's equipped
  • 00:21:51.050 --> 00:21:52.080
  • and he's enabled for all that
  • 00:21:52.080 --> 00:21:53.170
  • God's got for him.
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:54.230
  • And then we send him out.
  • 00:21:54.230 --> 00:21:56.240
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:21:56.240 --> 00:21:57.290
  • opportunity, possibility.
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:22:00.030
  • God's promise,
  • 00:22:00.030 --> 00:22:01.030
  • that's how it works.
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:04.140
  • That's how it works,
  • 00:22:04.140 --> 00:22:05.150
  • it's simple.
  • 00:22:05.150 --> 00:22:06.110
  • But I'll tell you something
  • 00:22:06.110 --> 00:22:07.000
  • amazing.
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:08.110
  • That's how it would work with
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:10.020
  • me, and how it often works for
  • 00:22:10.020 --> 00:22:11.230
  • you when it comes to making
  • 00:22:11.230 --> 00:22:13.040
  • a way in life.
  • 00:22:13.040 --> 00:22:14.020
  • Faithfulness,
  • 00:22:14.020 --> 00:22:15.010
  • it may be the slow way,
  • 00:22:15.010 --> 00:22:15.240
  • but it's the best way.
  • 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:18.010
  • It's what's going to bring you
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:19.040
  • in whatever God's called you to.
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:21.150
  • It's where promotion comes from.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:23.070
  • It's where possibility comes
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:24.110
  • from.
  • 00:22:24.110 --> 00:22:24.280
  • I didn't just--he didn't just
  • 00:22:24.280 --> 00:22:26.060
  • read the classifieds
  • 00:22:26.060 --> 00:22:27.200
  • in the Sunday Morning Herald,
  • 00:22:27.200 --> 00:22:29.180
  • and see that I was looking for
  • 00:22:29.180 --> 00:22:30.230
  • a campus pastor.
  • 00:22:30.230 --> 00:22:32.140
  • No, he behaved his way in here.
  • 00:22:33.100 --> 00:22:36.100
  • And you know God, though,
  • 00:22:36.100 --> 00:22:38.080
  • and I just think this
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:39.020
  • is amazing, got to be one
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:40.250
  • of the most powerful Scriptures
  • 00:22:40.250 --> 00:22:41.290
  • on faithfulness.
  • 00:22:41.290 --> 00:22:43.040
  • It's 2 Timothy chapter 2,
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:44.120
  • verse 11.
  • 00:22:44.120 --> 00:22:45.030
  • And for God, look at this,
  • 00:22:45.030 --> 00:22:46.260
  • it says, "This is a faithful
  • 00:22:46.260 --> 00:22:48.040
  • saying.
  • 00:22:48.040 --> 00:22:49.080
  • For if we died with him,
  • 00:22:49.080 --> 00:22:50.030
  • we shall also live with him."
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:53.020
  • Then it says, "If we endure, we
  • 00:22:53.020 --> 00:22:55.060
  • shall also reign with him.
  • 00:22:55.060 --> 00:22:57.150
  • If we deny him, he also will--"
  • 00:22:57.150 --> 00:23:00.050
  • Now look at that, "If we deny
  • 00:23:00.050 --> 00:23:00.240
  • him," you know what's going to
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:01.290
  • happen, "he also will deny us."
  • 00:23:01.290 --> 00:23:04.040
  • But then it says, "If we are
  • 00:23:04.040 --> 00:23:06.100
  • faithless, he remains faithful.
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:11.260
  • He cannot deny himself."
  • 00:23:11.260 --> 00:23:14.010
  • I just think that's awesome.
  • 00:23:14.010 --> 00:23:16.090
  • Even when we're faithless,
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:18.160
  • God is faithful.
  • 00:23:18.160 --> 00:23:20.020
  • Because faithfulness isn't just
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  • something God does,
  • 00:23:21.040 --> 00:23:22.150
  • faithfulness is who God is.
  • 00:23:22.150 --> 00:23:24.080
  • God is faithful, amen.
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  • The faithful God who keeps
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  • covenant for 1.000 generations.
  • 00:23:29.140 --> 00:23:31.180
  • So, even in--maybe you came
  • 00:23:31.180 --> 00:23:33.070
  • in here and I'm talking about
  • 00:23:33.070 --> 00:23:34.110
  • faithfulness, and you just feel
  • 00:23:34.110 --> 00:23:35.200
  • all this guilt and shame
  • 00:23:35.200 --> 00:23:36.290
  • because you know that some area
  • 00:23:36.290 --> 00:23:38.160
  • of your life where you've fallen
  • 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:40.010
  • short of faithfulness.
  • 00:23:40.010 --> 00:23:41.100
  • But I'll tell you something,
  • 00:23:41.100 --> 00:23:42.110
  • faithfulness doesn't move.
  • 00:23:42.110 --> 00:23:43.260
  • And even when we are unfaithful
  • 00:23:43.290 --> 00:23:46.290
  • or faithless, God is faithful.
  • 00:23:48.060 --> 00:23:51.060
  • And maybe we come under
  • 00:23:51.060 --> 00:23:52.290
  • the eternal principle of reaping
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:54.090
  • what we sow, and so,
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:55.180
  • in that sense,
  • 00:23:55.180 --> 00:23:56.270
  • your unfaithfulness
  • 00:23:56.270 --> 00:23:58.090
  • or your faithlessness can have
  • 00:23:58.090 --> 00:24:00.140
  • an impact on your life,
  • 00:24:00.140 --> 00:24:02.130
  • but faithfulness never moves.
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:05.070
  • Even when we are faithless,
  • 00:24:05.070 --> 00:24:07.060
  • he is faithful because he cannot
  • 00:24:07.060 --> 00:24:09.170
  • deny himself.
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:11.150
  • And I just think that's
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:12.000
  • powerful.
  • 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:13.000
  • You see, we can move,
  • 00:24:13.000 --> 00:24:14.220
  • we can behave our way into
  • 00:24:14.220 --> 00:24:16.060
  • faithfulness, or we can behave
  • 00:24:16.060 --> 00:24:17.220
  • our way out of faithfulness.
  • 00:24:17.220 --> 00:24:19.160
  • And sadly, people do.
  • 00:24:19.160 --> 00:24:21.140
  • But God is faithful,
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:23.060
  • and God is still faithful,
  • 00:24:23.060 --> 00:24:24.220
  • and God is still faithful,
  • 00:24:24.220 --> 00:24:25.270
  • and God is still faithful.
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:28.110
  • There's other Scriptures that
  • 00:24:28.110 --> 00:24:29.070
  • say a similar thing.
  • 00:24:29.070 --> 00:24:30.170
  • I love this particular psalm,
  • 00:24:30.170 --> 00:24:31.190
  • it's Psalm 22, verse 24.
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:34.230
  • I want to read it from
  • 00:24:34.230 --> 00:24:35.160
  • the Message.
  • 00:24:35.160 --> 00:24:36.140
  • And it says, "He has never let
  • 00:24:36.140 --> 00:24:38.020
  • you down, never looked
  • 00:24:38.020 --> 00:24:39.150
  • the other way.
  • 00:24:39.150 --> 00:24:40.200
  • When you were being kicked
  • 00:24:40.200 --> 00:24:41.180
  • around, he has never wandered
  • 00:24:41.180 --> 00:24:43.010
  • off to do his own thing.
  • 00:24:43.010 --> 00:24:44.030
  • He has been right there
  • 00:24:44.030 --> 00:24:45.100
  • listening."
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  • Amen, he has never let you down,
  • 00:24:46.170 --> 00:24:49.120
  • he has never wandered off,
  • 00:24:49.120 --> 00:24:51.180
  • he has never looked
  • 00:24:51.180 --> 00:24:52.210
  • the other--no matter what's
  • 00:24:52.210 --> 00:24:53.270
  • going on in your world,
  • 00:24:53.270 --> 00:24:55.060
  • God has never let you down.
  • 00:24:55.060 --> 00:24:57.050
  • He has never looked
  • 00:24:57.050 --> 00:24:58.030
  • the other way.
  • 00:24:58.030 --> 00:24:59.010
  • He has never wandered off.
  • 00:24:59.010 --> 00:25:00.270
  • That's the faithfulness of God,
  • 00:25:00.270 --> 00:25:02.270
  • and faithfulness does not move.
  • 00:25:02.270 --> 00:25:05.000
  • Psalm 139, David said wherever
  • 00:25:05.000 --> 00:25:07.250
  • he goes, he said, "If I go into
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:08.280
  • heaven, you're there, God.
  • 00:25:08.280 --> 00:25:10.230
  • If I go down and make my bed
  • 00:25:10.230 --> 00:25:11.240
  • in hell, you are still there.
  • 00:25:11.240 --> 00:25:13.260
  • If I surround myself
  • 00:25:13.260 --> 00:25:15.050
  • and wrap myself in darkness,
  • 00:25:15.050 --> 00:25:16.290
  • you are still there."
  • 00:25:16.290 --> 00:25:18.100
  • Faithfulness will never move,
  • 00:25:18.100 --> 00:25:19.280
  • and you can move towards
  • 00:25:19.280 --> 00:25:20.290
  • faithfulness, and faithfulness
  • 00:25:20.290 --> 00:25:23.020
  • in your life will still be
  • 00:25:23.020 --> 00:25:24.090
  • there.
  • 00:25:24.090 --> 00:25:25.130
  • What a beautiful foundation
  • 00:25:25.130 --> 00:25:26.100
  • for our faithfulness.
  • 00:25:26.100 --> 00:25:28.170
  • As often when I do--in fact,
  • 00:25:28.170 --> 00:25:30.000
  • almost always when I do a call
  • 00:25:30.000 --> 00:25:32.150
  • for people to commit to
  • 00:25:32.150 --> 00:25:34.040
  • Jesus Christ, yeah, salvation
  • 00:25:34.040 --> 00:25:36.180
  • call in services, I start by
  • 00:25:36.180 --> 00:25:38.160
  • talking about salvation,
  • 00:25:38.160 --> 00:25:40.130
  • and making a conscious decision
  • 00:25:40.130 --> 00:25:42.070
  • to give ownership of your life
  • 00:25:42.070 --> 00:25:43.050
  • to Jesus, and talk about
  • 00:25:43.050 --> 00:25:44.240
  • encountering him in a personal
  • 00:25:44.240 --> 00:25:45.230
  • way.
  • 00:25:45.230 --> 00:25:47.040
  • And then I go on a little bit
  • 00:25:47.040 --> 00:25:48.150
  • and talk about this.
  • 00:25:48.150 --> 00:25:49.200
  • I say maybe at some point in
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:51.070
  • your life, you prayed a prayer
  • 00:25:51.070 --> 00:25:52.090
  • like that.
  • 00:25:52.090 --> 00:25:53.110
  • You asked Jesus into your life.
  • 00:25:53.110 --> 00:25:55.130
  • But somewhere along the way,
  • 00:25:55.130 --> 00:25:56.150
  • you lost your way.
  • 00:25:56.150 --> 00:25:58.120
  • But God didn't move.
  • 00:25:58.120 --> 00:25:59.280
  • He said, "I'll never leave
  • 00:25:59.280 --> 00:26:00.160
  • you nor forsake you."
  • 00:26:01.040 --> 00:26:04.040
  • We can make choices and
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:04.290
  • decisions in our life that have
  • 00:26:04.290 --> 00:26:07.050
  • us living alienated from
  • 00:26:07.050 --> 00:26:08.150
  • the center of God's will.
  • 00:26:08.150 --> 00:26:10.100
  • But God never moved.
  • 00:26:10.100 --> 00:26:12.090
  • He doesn't unsave people,
  • 00:26:12.090 --> 00:26:13.180
  • he saves people.
  • 00:26:13.180 --> 00:26:14.210
  • Nowhere in the Bible
  • 00:26:14.210 --> 00:26:15.110
  • does it say God unsaves you.
  • 00:26:15.110 --> 00:26:17.100
  • He saves you.
  • 00:26:17.100 --> 00:26:18.290
  • And see, that's how I believe
  • 00:26:18.290 --> 00:26:19.290
  • it is.
  • 00:26:19.290 --> 00:26:21.040
  • And in life, we can move toward
  • 00:26:21.040 --> 00:26:22.100
  • faithfulness, we can move away
  • 00:26:22.100 --> 00:26:24.100
  • from faithfulness, we can behave
  • 00:26:24.100 --> 00:26:26.050
  • our way in, we can behave
  • 00:26:26.050 --> 00:26:27.150
  • our way out.
  • 00:26:27.150 --> 00:26:28.150
  • But faithfulness will never move
  • 00:26:28.150 --> 00:26:29.180
  • in your life.
  • 00:26:29.180 --> 00:26:31.130
  • - Brian: And I want to
  • 00:26:36.190 --> 00:26:37.040
  • encourage you to live your life
  • 00:26:37.040 --> 00:26:38.210
  • understanding that the platform
  • 00:26:38.210 --> 00:26:40.000
  • for our faithfulness is God's
  • 00:26:40.000 --> 00:26:41.100
  • faithfulness.
  • 00:26:41.100 --> 00:26:42.120
  • And if we tap into God's
  • 00:26:42.120 --> 00:26:43.110
  • faithfulness, which enables us,
  • 00:26:43.110 --> 00:26:45.100
  • it places us,
  • 00:26:45.100 --> 00:26:46.110
  • it positions us in Christ,
  • 00:26:46.110 --> 00:26:47.280
  • then we have the kind
  • 00:26:47.280 --> 00:26:49.050
  • of footing, foundation,
  • 00:26:49.050 --> 00:26:50.150
  • platform on which we can step up
  • 00:26:50.150 --> 00:26:52.060
  • and step into his promise for
  • 00:26:52.060 --> 00:26:54.100
  • - Brian: So, think about
  • 00:26:58.070 --> 00:26:58.230
  • the prodigal son, the father,
  • 00:26:58.230 --> 00:27:01.050
  • the father.
  • 00:27:01.050 --> 00:27:02.080
  • The father, what a blessing
  • 00:27:02.080 --> 00:27:03.140
  • he was, so generous, so giving.
  • 00:27:03.220 --> 00:27:06.220
  • But the prodigal son, he wanted
  • 00:27:06.220 --> 00:27:08.130
  • to take what was rightfully his,
  • 00:27:08.130 --> 00:27:10.100
  • and go off and spend
  • 00:27:10.100 --> 00:27:11.020
  • it on prodigal living.
  • 00:27:11.020 --> 00:27:12.170
  • Faithfulness was still there.
  • 00:27:12.170 --> 00:27:14.100
  • All the promise of the father,
  • 00:27:14.100 --> 00:27:16.030
  • the faithfulness was still
  • 00:27:16.030 --> 00:27:17.120
  • there.
  • 00:27:17.120 --> 00:27:18.100
  • When you think about it,
  • 00:27:18.100 --> 00:27:19.150
  • the celebration didn't
  • 00:27:19.150 --> 00:27:20.120
  • go--the ring,
  • 00:27:20.120 --> 00:27:22.100
  • it was still there.
  • 00:27:22.100 --> 00:27:24.080
  • The ring that was put on his
  • 00:27:24.080 --> 00:27:25.120
  • finger and the sandals that were
  • 00:27:25.120 --> 00:27:27.020
  • put on his feet, those things,
  • 00:27:27.020 --> 00:27:28.230
  • they never ever moved.
  • 00:27:28.230 --> 00:27:29.150
  • They were still there.
  • 00:27:29.150 --> 00:27:30.150
  • The generous heart
  • 00:27:30.150 --> 00:27:31.150
  • of the father, faithfulness,
  • 00:27:31.150 --> 00:27:33.010
  • it was still there.
  • 00:27:33.010 --> 00:27:33.230
  • He moved, and he finds himself
  • 00:27:33.230 --> 00:27:35.100
  • eventually, his life sliding
  • 00:27:35.100 --> 00:27:36.260
  • downwards until he finds himself
  • 00:27:36.260 --> 00:27:38.210
  • with the pigs, living off what
  • 00:27:38.210 --> 00:27:40.070
  • the pigs ate.
  • 00:27:40.070 --> 00:27:41.110
  • And at that point,
  • 00:27:41.110 --> 00:27:42.060
  • he realized that the Scripture
  • 00:27:42.060 --> 00:27:43.120
  • says he comes to himself,
  • 00:27:43.120 --> 00:27:45.000
  • means he came to his right mind.
  • 00:27:45.000 --> 00:27:47.020
  • And he began to think about
  • 00:27:47.020 --> 00:27:47.290
  • home.
  • 00:27:47.290 --> 00:27:49.010
  • And he says, "Maybe God would
  • 00:27:49.010 --> 00:27:50.200
  • allow me to be one of his humble
  • 00:27:50.200 --> 00:27:53.020
  • servants."
  • 00:27:53.020 --> 00:27:53.290
  • And so, he starts moving back
  • 00:27:53.290 --> 00:27:55.090
  • towards faithfulness.
  • 00:27:55.090 --> 00:27:56.160
  • And when he started moving
  • 00:27:56.160 --> 00:27:57.180
  • towards faithfulness,
  • 00:27:57.180 --> 00:27:58.170
  • faithfulness didn't stop still.
  • 00:27:58.170 --> 00:28:00.200
  • Faithfulness ran toward him.
  • 00:28:00.200 --> 00:28:02.080
  • If you move towards
  • 00:28:02.080 --> 00:28:03.070
  • God's faithfulness, believe me,
  • 00:28:03.070 --> 00:28:05.010
  • faithfulness will run towards
  • 00:28:05.010 --> 00:28:06.130
  • you.
  • 00:28:06.130 --> 00:28:07.100
  • And so, faithfulness fell
  • 00:28:07.100 --> 00:28:09.040
  • on him.
  • 00:28:09.040 --> 00:28:10.000
  • Literally overwhelmed him,
  • 00:28:10.000 --> 00:28:11.130
  • overwhelmed him with grace,
  • 00:28:11.130 --> 00:28:12.230
  • overwhelmed him
  • 00:28:12.230 --> 00:28:13.190
  • with faithfulness.
  • 00:28:13.190 --> 00:28:14.240
  • And so suddenly,
  • 00:28:14.240 --> 00:28:15.190
  • he finds himself where
  • 00:28:15.190 --> 00:28:17.030
  • faithfulness is wanting to put
  • 00:28:17.030 --> 00:28:18.250
  • a ring on his finger.
  • 00:28:18.250 --> 00:28:20.100
  • When my wife put this--it wasn't
  • 00:28:20.100 --> 00:28:21.280
  • actually this one.
  • 00:28:21.280 --> 00:28:23.060
  • The first one ended up
  • 00:28:23.060 --> 00:28:24.020
  • in the bottom of the sea
  • 00:28:24.020 --> 00:28:25.030
  • in Bondi Beach.
  • 00:28:25.030 --> 00:28:26.110
  • The second one I left somewhere
  • 00:28:26.110 --> 00:28:27.220
  • on a mantle piece.
  • 00:28:27.220 --> 00:28:29.100
  • And there's been a few other
  • 00:28:29.100 --> 00:28:30.070
  • slip and slide off my finger,
  • 00:28:30.070 --> 00:28:31.190
  • but this one still represents
  • 00:28:31.190 --> 00:28:33.010
  • exactly the same thing.
  • 00:28:33.010 --> 00:28:34.160
  • Listen to what we said to each
  • 00:28:34.160 --> 00:28:35.220
  • other, "I promise to be
  • 00:28:35.220 --> 00:28:37.070
  • a faithful wife," she said.
  • 00:28:37.070 --> 00:28:39.200
  • "I promise to be
  • 00:28:39.200 --> 00:28:40.120
  • a faithful husband.
  • 00:28:40.120 --> 00:28:41.190
  • To love, honor."
  • 00:28:41.190 --> 00:28:42.240
  • And so, I promised to be
  • 00:28:42.240 --> 00:28:44.020
  • a faithful man.
  • 00:28:44.020 --> 00:28:45.280
  • And remember at that wedding,
  • 00:28:45.280 --> 00:28:46.260
  • they sung,
  • 00:28:46.260 --> 00:28:47.110
  • "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
  • 00:28:47.110 --> 00:28:49.080
  • And so, now faithfulness
  • 00:28:49.080 --> 00:28:51.040
  • is putting a ring back on his
  • 00:28:51.040 --> 00:28:52.070
  • finger, and he's got those
  • 00:28:52.070 --> 00:28:53.280
  • beautiful shoes,
  • 00:28:53.280 --> 00:28:55.020
  • and a coat of blessing.
  • 00:28:55.020 --> 00:28:56.270
  • And they're going to have
  • 00:28:56.270 --> 00:28:58.170
  • the biggest,
  • 00:28:58.170 --> 00:28:59.120
  • the best wagyu steak that's
  • 00:28:59.120 --> 00:29:01.170
  • in the entire Bible.
  • 00:29:01.170 --> 00:29:02.190
  • They killed the fatted calf,
  • 00:29:02.190 --> 00:29:04.090
  • and so all of that was there.
  • 00:29:04.090 --> 00:29:05.180
  • In your life, faithfulness
  • 00:29:05.180 --> 00:29:06.240
  • doesn't move.
  • 00:29:06.240 --> 00:29:07.210
  • And I want to encourage you
  • 00:29:07.210 --> 00:29:08.240
  • to live your life understanding
  • 00:29:08.240 --> 00:29:10.110
  • that the platform for
  • 00:29:10.110 --> 00:29:11.140
  • our faithfulness
  • 00:29:11.140 --> 00:29:12.140
  • is God's faithfulness.
  • 00:29:12.140 --> 00:29:13.170
  • And if we tap into God's
  • 00:29:13.170 --> 00:29:14.280
  • faithfulness, which enables us,
  • 00:29:14.280 --> 00:29:16.200
  • it places us, and positions us
  • 00:29:16.200 --> 00:29:18.130
  • in Christ, then we have the kind
  • 00:29:18.130 --> 00:29:20.120
  • of footing, foundation, platform
  • 00:29:20.120 --> 00:29:22.030
  • on which we can step up and step
  • 00:29:22.030 --> 00:29:24.070
  • into his promise for our lives,
  • 00:29:24.070 --> 00:29:26.100
  • amen.
  • 00:29:26.100 --> 00:29:27.070
  • So, don't ever forget it.
  • 00:29:27.070 --> 00:29:28.230
  • Faithfulness, faithfulness,
  • 00:29:29.050 --> 00:29:32.050
  • it's the path to influence,
  • 00:29:32.050 --> 00:29:33.210
  • it's the basis for trust.
  • 00:29:33.210 --> 00:29:34.290
  • Faithfulness I believe
  • 00:29:34.290 --> 00:29:37.020
  • is literally an example
  • 00:29:37.020 --> 00:29:38.250
  • to the generations
  • 00:29:38.250 --> 00:29:40.080
  • If a generation is 40 years,
  • 00:29:42.230 --> 00:29:44.150
  • that's 40.000 years.
  • 00:29:44.150 --> 00:29:45.210
  • If a generation is 70 years,
  • 00:29:45.210 --> 00:29:46.290
  • that's 70.000 years.
  • 00:29:46.290 --> 00:29:48.180
  • Jesus, when he gave his life,
  • 00:29:48.180 --> 00:29:50.140
  • was about 2.000 years ago.
  • 00:29:50.140 --> 00:29:51.230
  • In other words, there's more
  • 00:29:51.230 --> 00:29:53.040
  • faithfulness than you
  • 00:29:53.040 --> 00:29:53.280
  • and I could exhaust, amen.
  • 00:29:53.280 --> 00:29:55.220
  • The faithfulness of God,
  • 00:29:55.220 --> 00:29:57.020
  • more than we could ever do with.
  • 00:29:57.020 --> 00:29:58.150
  • That's the wonder
  • 00:29:58.150 --> 00:29:59.210
  • of God's faithfulness.
  • 00:29:59.210 --> 00:30:01.030
  • Amen, an example
  • 00:30:01.030 --> 00:30:02.150
  • to the generations.
  • 00:30:02.150 --> 00:30:04.050
  • to great things not yet done.
  • 00:30:06.060 --> 00:30:07.250
  • It's an adventure in the great
  • 00:30:07.250 --> 00:30:09.070
  • unknown.
  • 00:30:09.070 --> 00:30:09.280
  • That's what faithfulness--never
  • 00:30:09.280 --> 00:30:11.120
  • underestimate what faithfulness
  • 00:30:11.120 --> 00:30:13.010
  • can bring you out from.
  • 00:30:13.010 --> 00:30:15.000
  • "He brought me out from
  • 00:30:15.000 --> 00:30:15.230
  • the miry clay,"
  • 00:30:15.230 --> 00:30:16.240
  • the psalmist said.
  • 00:30:16.240 --> 00:30:18.240
  • "Set my feet upon a rock."
  • 00:30:18.240 --> 00:30:21.020
  • And you know, I love that
  • 00:30:21.020 --> 00:30:22.230
  • because we had a plumber
  • 00:30:22.230 --> 00:30:24.030
  • in our church years ago,
  • 00:30:24.030 --> 00:30:25.020
  • I think he might still come.
  • 00:30:25.020 --> 00:30:26.170
  • Certainly some of the people
  • 00:30:26.170 --> 00:30:27.090
  • he wrote the song with,
  • 00:30:27.090 --> 00:30:29.130
  • a song called,
  • 00:30:29.130 --> 00:30:30.000
  • "Jesus, Lover of My Soul,"
  • 00:30:30.000 --> 00:30:32.030
  • he talks about in there
  • 00:30:32.030 --> 00:30:33.180
  • "He brought me out from
  • 00:30:33.180 --> 00:30:34.190
  • the miry clay, set my feet upon
  • 00:30:34.190 --> 00:30:36.070
  • a rock, and now I know."
  • 00:30:36.070 --> 00:30:37.210
  • You know what I love
  • 00:30:37.210 --> 00:30:38.160
  • is this guy's a plumber.
  • 00:30:38.160 --> 00:30:39.230
  • And so, you know what plumbers
  • 00:30:39.230 --> 00:30:40.200
  • do, they have to get into
  • 00:30:40.200 --> 00:30:42.150
  • miry clay sometimes,
  • 00:30:42.150 --> 00:30:44.110
  • unblock things,
  • 00:30:44.110 --> 00:30:44.270
  • and get rid of stuff,
  • 00:30:44.270 --> 00:30:46.070
  • and reconnect.
  • 00:30:46.070 --> 00:30:47.140
  • I could imagine this plumber on
  • 00:30:47.140 --> 00:30:49.030
  • a Monday, down in the miry clay,
  • 00:30:49.030 --> 00:30:51.140
  • and he's thinking about
  • 00:30:51.140 --> 00:30:52.000
  • the faithfulness of God.
  • 00:30:52.000 --> 00:30:53.160
  • And so, he starts singing
  • 00:30:53.160 --> 00:30:55.010
  • and writing.
  • 00:30:55.010 --> 00:30:55.200
  • "He sat my feet upon a rock.
  • 00:30:55.200 --> 00:30:57.170
  • He brought me up from
  • 00:30:57.170 --> 00:30:58.100
  • the miry clay,
  • 00:30:58.100 --> 00:30:59.160
  • set my feet upon a rock,
  • 00:30:59.160 --> 00:31:01.020
  • and now I know in you,"
  • 00:31:01.020 --> 00:31:02.270
  • praise God,
  • 00:31:02.270 --> 00:31:03.230
  • "what God was doing."
  • 00:31:03.230 --> 00:31:04.260
  • So don't underestimate.
  • 00:31:04.260 --> 00:31:06.050
  • No matter what's going on
  • 00:31:06.050 --> 00:31:07.020
  • in your world, listen to me,
  • 00:31:07.020 --> 00:31:08.210
  • never underestimate what God can
  • 00:31:08.260 --> 00:31:11.260
  • bring you from through
  • 00:31:11.260 --> 00:31:12.240
  • faithfulness.
  • 00:31:12.240 --> 00:31:14.020
  • And never underestimate where
  • 00:31:14.020 --> 00:31:16.070
  • faithfulness can take you to.
  • 00:31:16.070 --> 00:31:18.080
  • If you believe it, say "Amen."
  • 00:31:18.080 --> 00:31:20.080
  • So, just while we all stop
  • 00:31:20.080 --> 00:31:21.250
  • still, I already mentioned this
  • 00:31:21.250 --> 00:31:24.070
  • earlier, I actually do want
  • 00:31:24.070 --> 00:31:26.130
  • to ask you, have you ever made
  • 00:31:26.130 --> 00:31:28.110
  • a conscious choice to surrender
  • 00:31:28.110 --> 00:31:30.240
  • ownership of your life
  • 00:31:30.240 --> 00:31:31.220
  • Have you ever encountered him
  • 00:31:33.290 --> 00:31:34.280
  • in a personal way?
  • 00:31:34.280 --> 00:31:36.170
  • He loves you, he is for you,
  • 00:31:36.220 --> 00:31:39.220
  • he is on your side.
  • 00:31:39.220 --> 00:31:42.010
  • He said, "I'll never leave you
  • 00:31:42.010 --> 00:31:43.120
  • nor forsake you."
  • 00:31:43.120 --> 00:31:45.270
  • What a powerful God that
  • 00:31:45.270 --> 00:31:46.180
  • that is.
  • 00:31:46.180 --> 00:31:48.070
  • You know, the Bible says if you
  • 00:31:48.070 --> 00:31:49.000
  • ask Jesus to come into your
  • 00:31:49.000 --> 00:31:49.290
  • life, he will come in
  • 00:31:49.290 --> 00:31:52.080
  • and he will live in you.
  • 00:31:52.080 --> 00:31:53.040
  • And that's exactly what
  • 00:31:53.040 --> 00:31:54.110
  • we're going to do.
  • 00:31:54.110 --> 00:31:55.120
  • I'm going to ask
  • 00:31:55.120 --> 00:31:55.280
  • every single person who said,
  • 00:31:55.280 --> 00:31:56.290
  • "Brian, when you pray for people
  • 00:31:56.290 --> 00:31:58.200
  • to encounter Jesus,
  • 00:31:58.200 --> 00:31:59.200
  • would you include me in that
  • 00:31:59.200 --> 00:32:00.190
  • prayer?"
  • 00:32:00.190 --> 00:32:01.180
  • Now, I'm going to lead the whole
  • 00:32:01.180 --> 00:32:02.160
  • church family in a prayer
  • 00:32:02.160 --> 00:32:03.260
  • together.
  • 00:32:03.260 --> 00:32:05.010
  • So, have you ever made that
  • 00:32:05.010 --> 00:32:06.070
  • choice?
  • 00:32:06.070 --> 00:32:06.240
  • Have you ever asked Jesus
  • 00:32:06.240 --> 00:32:07.290
  • to really come into your life?
  • 00:32:07.290 --> 00:32:10.110
  • Maybe at some point,
  • 00:32:10.110 --> 00:32:11.060
  • you prayed a prayer like that.
  • 00:32:11.060 --> 00:32:13.130
  • But somewhere along the way,
  • 00:32:13.130 --> 00:32:15.020
  • you lost your way.
  • 00:32:15.020 --> 00:32:16.250
  • Know that as God moved, he said,
  • 00:32:16.250 --> 00:32:18.190
  • "I'll never leave you."
  • 00:32:18.190 --> 00:32:19.220
  • As I already said,
  • 00:32:19.220 --> 00:32:20.180
  • he'll never forsake you.
  • 00:32:20.180 --> 00:32:22.070
  • God doesn't unsave people,
  • 00:32:22.070 --> 00:32:23.090
  • he saves people.
  • 00:32:23.090 --> 00:32:25.010
  • I believe God saves,
  • 00:32:25.010 --> 00:32:25.260
  • but we choose whether we live
  • 00:32:25.260 --> 00:32:28.090
  • our lives according to that
  • 00:32:28.090 --> 00:32:30.030
  • connection and relationship
  • 00:32:30.030 --> 00:32:30.290
  • with Christ, or whether we
  • 00:32:30.290 --> 00:32:32.080
  • turn from the faithfulness
  • 00:32:35.140 --> 00:32:36.160
  • of God.
  • 00:32:36.160 --> 00:32:37.140
  • What a perfect day to make your
  • 00:32:37.140 --> 00:32:39.100
  • peace with him.
  • 00:32:39.100 --> 00:32:40.020
  • What a perfect day to come back
  • 00:32:40.020 --> 00:32:42.250
  • to that God encounter.
  • 00:32:42.250 --> 00:32:43.170
  • What a perfect day to start
  • 00:32:43.170 --> 00:32:45.060
  • a brand new chapter
  • 00:32:45.060 --> 00:32:47.130
  • in your spiritual life.
  • 00:32:47.130 --> 00:32:49.050
  • Every person who's--on said,
  • 00:32:49.050 --> 00:32:51.240
  • "Brian, when you pray for people
  • 00:32:51.240 --> 00:32:53.220
  • to be born again, when you pray
  • 00:32:53.220 --> 00:32:54.240
  • for people to be saved,
  • 00:32:54.240 --> 00:32:56.080
  • when you pray for people to make
  • 00:32:56.080 --> 00:32:57.080
  • this conscious choice,
  • 00:32:57.080 --> 00:32:58.110
  • would you pray for me?"
  • 00:32:58.110 --> 00:32:59.150
  • If you say, "Brian, when you
  • 00:32:59.150 --> 00:33:01.110
  • pray for people to make their
  • 00:33:01.110 --> 00:33:02.110
  • peace with God, turn from their
  • 00:33:02.110 --> 00:33:04.000
  • backsliding, get right with
  • 00:33:04.000 --> 00:33:05.190
  • him."
  • 00:33:05.190 --> 00:33:06.290
  • We understand faithfulness
  • 00:33:06.290 --> 00:33:08.170
  • never moved.
  • 00:33:08.170 --> 00:33:09.270
  • And so, I want to move back
  • 00:33:09.270 --> 00:33:10.240
  • towards God's faithfulness.
  • 00:33:10.240 --> 00:33:12.220
  • I believe this is your day,
  • 00:33:12.220 --> 00:33:14.080
  • I believe this is your moment.
  • 00:33:14.080 --> 00:33:15.240
  • I'm going to ask everyone
  • 00:33:15.240 --> 00:33:16.110
  • right now to close your eyes,
  • 00:33:16.110 --> 00:33:18.060
  • think about where you're
  • 00:33:18.060 --> 00:33:18.290
  • at spiritually, think about your
  • 00:33:18.290 --> 00:33:20.270
  • own life.
  • 00:33:20.270 --> 00:33:21.240
  • And like I say, every person
  • 00:33:21.240 --> 00:33:23.250
  • everywhere who says, "Brian,
  • 00:33:23.250 --> 00:33:25.140
  • please include me in that
  • 00:33:25.140 --> 00:33:26.110
  • prayer," on the count of three,
  • 00:33:26.110 --> 00:33:28.040
  • I'm going to ask you to put your
  • 00:33:28.040 --> 00:33:28.260
  • hand in the air,
  • 00:33:28.260 --> 00:33:29.150
  • and I believe there'll be lots
  • 00:33:29.150 --> 00:33:30.170
  • and lots of hands.
  • 00:33:30.170 --> 00:33:31.140
  • You're not only going
  • 00:33:31.140 --> 00:33:31.290
  • to be the only one,
  • 00:33:31.290 --> 00:33:33.090
  • and then we're going to pray
  • 00:33:33.090 --> 00:33:34.000
  • this prayer together.
  • 00:33:34.000 --> 00:33:35.140
  • So, you ready for that?
  • 00:33:35.140 --> 00:33:36.220
  • Ready to raise your hand
  • 00:33:36.220 --> 00:33:37.160
  • on three?
  • 00:33:37.160 --> 00:33:39.000
  • Here we go, one, two, three,
  • 00:33:40.080 --> 00:33:43.080
  • lift them up right now,
  • 00:33:43.080 --> 00:33:44.110
  • lift them high, lift them high.
  • 00:33:44.110 --> 00:33:46.020
  • Beautiful, beautiful.
  • 00:33:46.020 --> 00:33:47.290
  • Can we get all these people
  • 00:33:47.290 --> 00:33:48.220
  • whose hands were raised
  • 00:33:48.220 --> 00:33:49.230
  • a big congratulations,
  • 00:33:49.230 --> 00:33:51.220
  • and thank God for each
  • 00:33:51.220 --> 00:33:53.050
  • and every single one of them?
  • 00:33:54.220 --> 00:33:57.220
  • And together, let's pray this
  • 00:33:57.220 --> 00:33:59.180
  • prayer.
  • 00:33:59.180 --> 00:34:00.270
  • Everybody, a big voice,
  • 00:34:00.270 --> 00:34:02.080
  • pray out loud these words.
  • 00:34:02.080 --> 00:34:03.160
  • And obviously,
  • 00:34:03.160 --> 00:34:04.080
  • if you raised your hand,
  • 00:34:04.080 --> 00:34:05.160
  • you're praying this to God,
  • 00:34:05.160 --> 00:34:06.290
  • everybody.
  • 00:34:06.290 --> 00:34:07.270
  • I surrender ownership of my life
  • 00:34:12.110 --> 00:34:15.110
  • to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:34:15.110 --> 00:34:18.020
  • Because of you, Jesus,
  • 00:34:18.020 --> 00:34:20.240
  • this is a new beginning.
  • 00:34:20.240 --> 00:34:23.140
  • You forgive my sin,
  • 00:34:23.140 --> 00:34:25.260
  • you give me a brand new start.
  • 00:34:26.020 --> 00:34:29.020
  • I'm a new creation,
  • 00:34:29.020 --> 00:34:31.190
  • a child of God,
  • 00:34:31.190 --> 00:34:33.210
  • a follower of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:34:33.210 --> 00:34:36.150
  • Thank you for your love
  • 00:34:36.150 --> 00:34:37.130
  • and grace.
  • 00:34:37.130 --> 00:34:39.090
  • Thank you for your forgiveness
  • 00:34:39.090 --> 00:34:40.110
  • and mercy.
  • 00:34:40.110 --> 00:34:42.170
  • I am a believer.
  • 00:34:42.170 --> 00:34:44.180
  • Jesus is alive in me."
  • 00:34:44.260 --> 00:34:47.260
  • Oh, that's worth celebrating
  • 00:34:47.260 --> 00:34:49.020
  • right there.
  • 00:34:49.020 --> 00:34:50.140
  • That's worth praising God for.
  • 00:34:50.140 --> 00:34:52.130
  • That's worth thanking God.
  • 00:34:52.130 --> 00:34:54.030
  • into life, amen, from old things
  • 00:34:56.180 --> 00:34:59.180
  • - Reuben Morgan: Our son Ezra
  • 00:35:05.260 --> 00:35:06.180
  • got diagnosed earlier this year
  • 00:35:06.180 --> 00:35:08.280
  • with type 1 diabetes.
  • 00:35:08.280 --> 00:35:11.030
  • In a time like that,
  • 00:35:11.030 --> 00:35:13.150
  • we just--you kind of realize
  • 00:35:13.150 --> 00:35:15.170
  • maybe you would be shaken.
  • 00:35:15.170 --> 00:35:16.250
  • And we've met other people that
  • 00:35:16.250 --> 00:35:18.210
  • they're rocked by it like crazy.
  • 00:35:18.210 --> 00:35:21.080
  • We wondered why, even though
  • 00:35:21.080 --> 00:35:22.230
  • it's a tough time, why our feet
  • 00:35:22.230 --> 00:35:24.270
  • just didn't seem to move.
  • 00:35:24.270 --> 00:35:25.260
  • And I think there's something
  • 00:35:25.260 --> 00:35:26.200
  • about just staying planted in
  • 00:35:26.200 --> 00:35:28.260
  • the Word, staying strong in it.
  • 00:35:28.260 --> 00:35:30.170
  • And we're like--we looked down,
  • 00:35:30.170 --> 00:35:31.130
  • and like we're like we're just
  • 00:35:31.130 --> 00:35:32.070
  • - Brian: Well, I've been
  • 00:35:36.130 --> 00:35:36.290
  • speaking today on faithfulness,
  • 00:35:36.290 --> 00:35:38.160
  • and I just love the fact that
  • 00:35:38.160 --> 00:35:40.070
  • God is so faithful in our lives.
  • 00:35:40.070 --> 00:35:43.030
  • So, what a great platform for
  • 00:35:43.030 --> 00:35:44.110
  • you and I to build faithfulness
  • 00:35:44.110 --> 00:35:45.280
  • in our own lives.
  • 00:35:45.280 --> 00:35:47.070
  • And the Bible talks about
  • 00:35:47.070 --> 00:35:47.250
  • faithfulness as a rare quality.
  • 00:35:47.250 --> 00:35:49.210
  • It compares a faithful person
  • 00:35:49.210 --> 00:35:51.220
  • with most people, and says
  • 00:35:51.220 --> 00:35:52.280
  • most people, they're out for
  • 00:35:52.280 --> 00:35:53.230
  • themselves, each one seeking
  • 00:35:53.230 --> 00:35:55.160
  • their own good.
  • 00:35:55.160 --> 00:35:56.100
  • But a faithful person who can
  • 00:35:56.100 --> 00:35:58.060
  • find?
  • 00:35:58.060 --> 00:35:59.000
  • So, I'm blessed that we got
  • 00:35:59.000 --> 00:35:59.190
  • two fantastic people here
  • 00:35:59.190 --> 00:36:01.150
  • with me on the couch.
  • 00:36:01.150 --> 00:36:03.040
  • And both of them have proved
  • 00:36:03.040 --> 00:36:04.090
  • themselves amazingly faithful
  • 00:36:04.090 --> 00:36:05.280
  • at Hillsong Church.
  • 00:36:05.280 --> 00:36:06.250
  • Firstly, Reuben Morgan.
  • 00:36:06.250 --> 00:36:08.170
  • I've got a feeling Reuben's
  • 00:36:08.170 --> 00:36:09.090
  • not a stranger to a lot
  • 00:36:09.090 --> 00:36:10.160
  • of people because he's written
  • 00:36:10.160 --> 00:36:11.250
  • some of the great songs
  • 00:36:11.250 --> 00:36:12.260
  • and anthems out
  • 00:36:12.260 --> 00:36:13.290
  • of Hillsong Church, and has
  • 00:36:13.290 --> 00:36:15.090
  • been prolific as a songwriter,
  • 00:36:15.090 --> 00:36:17.020
  • "Cornerstone,"
  • 00:36:17.020 --> 00:36:19.090
  • "Mighty to Save."
  • 00:36:19.090 --> 00:36:21.280
  • We could go talk about a lot
  • 00:36:21.280 --> 00:36:22.290
  • of the older ones, but you've
  • 00:36:22.290 --> 00:36:24.110
  • written some pretty good songs
  • 00:36:24.110 --> 00:36:25.050
  • there.
  • 00:36:25.050 --> 00:36:26.030
  • And then this is Rebekah Abreu.
  • 00:36:26.030 --> 00:36:27.170
  • Rebekah works full-time
  • 00:36:27.170 --> 00:36:29.050
  • in the Hillsong Conference
  • 00:36:29.050 --> 00:36:30.160
  • and in the building
  • 00:36:30.160 --> 00:36:31.150
  • of the Hillsong Conference,
  • 00:36:31.150 --> 00:36:32.170
  • connecting and relating
  • 00:36:32.170 --> 00:36:33.110
  • to people.
  • 00:36:33.110 --> 00:36:33.290
  • Her parents are pastors
  • 00:36:33.290 --> 00:36:35.170
  • in Paraguay
  • 00:36:35.170 --> 00:36:37.020
  • of a colossal church.
  • 00:36:37.020 --> 00:36:38.060
  • You are a huge blessing.
  • 00:36:38.060 --> 00:36:39.270
  • We've got a Paraguayan
  • 00:36:39.270 --> 00:36:41.070
  • in our church and in our team,
  • 00:36:41.070 --> 00:36:43.110
  • and we're grateful for you.
  • 00:36:43.110 --> 00:36:45.020
  • So, we're going to talk about
  • 00:36:45.020 --> 00:36:45.280
  • faithfulness.
  • 00:36:45.280 --> 00:36:47.090
  • Ready for that?
  • 00:36:47.090 --> 00:36:48.120
  • - Reuben Morgan: Sure am.
  • 00:36:48.120 --> 00:36:48.290
  • - Brian: All right, well,
  • 00:36:48.290 --> 00:36:49.150
  • let's start.
  • 00:36:49.150 --> 00:36:50.000
  • So, God is faithful,
  • 00:36:50.000 --> 00:36:51.270
  • the Bible says.
  • 00:36:51.270 --> 00:36:52.180
  • And Paul says, "Because God
  • 00:36:52.180 --> 00:36:54.120
  • is faithful, he has put me
  • 00:36:54.120 --> 00:36:56.170
  • in the ministry."
  • 00:36:56.170 --> 00:36:57.200
  • I bet both of you guys could
  • 00:36:57.200 --> 00:36:59.110
  • look back and just see
  • 00:36:59.110 --> 00:37:00.150
  • the faithfulness of putting you
  • 00:37:00.150 --> 00:37:02.160
  • where he has you.
  • 00:37:02.160 --> 00:37:04.030
  • Anyone--either of you got
  • 00:37:04.030 --> 00:37:05.060
  • any stories to tell,
  • 00:37:05.060 --> 00:37:06.220
  • just the faithfulness of God?
  • 00:37:06.220 --> 00:37:08.070
  • - Reuben: Yeah, I mean,
  • 00:37:08.070 --> 00:37:09.230
  • like I think about, you know,
  • 00:37:09.230 --> 00:37:11.200
  • some of the early days
  • 00:37:11.200 --> 00:37:12.150
  • is 20 years ago now,
  • 00:37:12.150 --> 00:37:13.160
  • 21 years ago.
  • 00:37:13.160 --> 00:37:15.060
  • And when, you know, Darlene was
  • 00:37:15.060 --> 00:37:17.250
  • kind of head of the worship
  • 00:37:17.250 --> 00:37:19.040
  • department and all of that,
  • 00:37:19.040 --> 00:37:20.100
  • and walking to church
  • 00:37:20.100 --> 00:37:22.140
  • with my guitar kind of was just,
  • 00:37:22.140 --> 00:37:24.030
  • you know, early in the morning,
  • 00:37:24.030 --> 00:37:25.200
  • freezing cold.
  • 00:37:25.200 --> 00:37:26.200
  • And like all of those--all
  • 00:37:26.200 --> 00:37:28.050
  • of those moments, so many
  • 00:37:28.050 --> 00:37:29.090
  • of stories of like coming
  • 00:37:29.090 --> 00:37:30.070
  • to church, even when you don't
  • 00:37:30.070 --> 00:37:31.180
  • feel like it, getting up
  • 00:37:31.180 --> 00:37:33.010
  • and leading when stuff might be
  • 00:37:33.010 --> 00:37:34.190
  • going on, you know,
  • 00:37:34.190 --> 00:37:35.210
  • whatever.
  • 00:37:35.210 --> 00:37:36.080
  • And just being--I don't know,
  • 00:37:36.080 --> 00:37:38.040
  • like I love the thought that
  • 00:37:38.040 --> 00:37:40.170
  • despite our feelings,
  • 00:37:40.170 --> 00:37:41.190
  • despite kind of what's going on
  • 00:37:41.190 --> 00:37:42.220
  • in the season,
  • 00:37:42.220 --> 00:37:43.180
  • that the principle
  • 00:37:43.210 --> 00:37:46.210
  • of faithfulness is greater,
  • 00:37:46.210 --> 00:37:48.040
  • it's stronger.
  • 00:37:48.040 --> 00:37:49.090
  • And I guess, you know, relating
  • 00:37:49.090 --> 00:37:52.030
  • to what you were saying
  • 00:37:52.030 --> 00:37:52.220
  • this morning, that there's
  • 00:37:52.220 --> 00:37:54.200
  • an anointing and there's an
  • 00:37:54.200 --> 00:37:55.210
  • empowerment that goes with just
  • 00:37:55.210 --> 00:37:57.080
  • being committed to the long road
  • 00:37:57.080 --> 00:37:59.180
  • and being up for that,
  • 00:37:59.180 --> 00:38:01.170
  • just a long walk in the same
  • 00:38:01.170 --> 00:38:02.260
  • direction.
  • 00:38:02.260 --> 00:38:04.080
  • - Rebekah: For me personally,
  • 00:38:04.080 --> 00:38:04.260
  • I saw God's faithfulness here,
  • 00:38:05.000 --> 00:38:08.000
  • so much so that
  • 00:38:08.000 --> 00:38:09.050
  • I came to do Bible college.
  • 00:38:09.050 --> 00:38:10.220
  • And I really felt like God
  • 00:38:10.220 --> 00:38:12.200
  • told me that Hillsong was home,
  • 00:38:12.200 --> 00:38:13.260
  • even though parents
  • 00:38:13.260 --> 00:38:15.070
  • are in Paraguay,
  • 00:38:15.070 --> 00:38:15.260
  • pastoring an amazing church
  • 00:38:15.260 --> 00:38:16.260
  • there.
  • 00:38:16.260 --> 00:38:17.250
  • And, but for a long time,
  • 00:38:17.270 --> 00:38:20.270
  • I didn't see any breakthrough
  • 00:38:20.270 --> 00:38:22.070
  • in the area of job.
  • 00:38:22.070 --> 00:38:24.100
  • Like I was waitressing,
  • 00:38:24.100 --> 00:38:26.000
  • but I had a degree,
  • 00:38:26.000 --> 00:38:27.030
  • and I had things that I was
  • 00:38:27.030 --> 00:38:29.010
  • believing God for.
  • 00:38:29.010 --> 00:38:30.090
  • And literally,
  • 00:38:30.090 --> 00:38:31.260
  • as I stayed the path
  • 00:38:31.260 --> 00:38:33.080
  • as your wife often says,
  • 00:38:33.080 --> 00:38:34.240
  • and I was faithful to what God
  • 00:38:34.240 --> 00:38:36.080
  • told me last,
  • 00:38:36.080 --> 00:38:37.050
  • and he said to stay,
  • 00:38:37.050 --> 00:38:39.100
  • an amazing job opened up
  • 00:38:39.100 --> 00:38:41.000
  • to be able to be on staff
  • 00:38:41.000 --> 00:38:42.080
  • here at church.
  • 00:38:42.080 --> 00:38:43.130
  • And it was so much greater
  • 00:38:43.130 --> 00:38:45.240
  • than what I could've asked
  • 00:38:45.240 --> 00:38:46.200
  • or imagined.
  • 00:38:46.200 --> 00:38:47.270
  • And it was--and I knew that God
  • 00:38:47.270 --> 00:38:50.000
  • put me there, and it wasn't
  • 00:38:50.000 --> 00:38:50.270
  • something that I did out of my
  • 00:38:50.270 --> 00:38:52.090
  • own enablement or something that
  • 00:38:52.090 --> 00:38:55.090
  • I deserved 'cause I definitely
  • 00:38:55.090 --> 00:38:56.260
  • don't deserve it.
  • 00:38:56.260 --> 00:38:58.020
  • But it was so God.
  • 00:38:58.020 --> 00:38:59.250
  • - Brian: Yeah, the faithfulness
  • 00:38:59.250 --> 00:39:01.000
  • of God I think is incredible
  • 00:39:01.000 --> 00:39:02.210
  • for all of us.
  • 00:39:02.210 --> 00:39:03.150
  • And we ought to reflect on so
  • 00:39:03.150 --> 00:39:05.060
  • many things, where at the time
  • 00:39:05.060 --> 00:39:06.170
  • we didn't understand,
  • 00:39:06.170 --> 00:39:07.060
  • maybe you're in a dark tunnel,
  • 00:39:07.060 --> 00:39:08.120
  • or just stuff going on you don't
  • 00:39:08.120 --> 00:39:09.100
  • understand.
  • 00:39:09.100 --> 00:39:10.100
  • Then you look back
  • 00:39:10.100 --> 00:39:10.260
  • and you can just say,
  • 00:39:10.260 --> 00:39:12.140
  • "Great is thy faithfulness."
  • 00:39:12.140 --> 00:39:14.080
  • And so, I talked today about
  • 00:39:14.080 --> 00:39:16.120
  • how, at our wedding all those
  • 00:39:16.120 --> 00:39:18.000
  • years ago, the song that we
  • 00:39:18.000 --> 00:39:20.070
  • chose, the hymn was,
  • 00:39:20.070 --> 00:39:21.090
  • "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
  • 00:39:21.090 --> 00:39:22.150
  • Now, we're now 40 years
  • 00:39:22.150 --> 00:39:23.170
  • on for Bobbie and I.
  • 00:39:23.170 --> 00:39:24.110
  • We can look back and that song
  • 00:39:24.110 --> 00:39:26.110
  • has even more power in our lives
  • 00:39:26.110 --> 00:39:27.220
  • 'cause we've just seen
  • 00:39:27.220 --> 00:39:28.160
  • the faithfulness of God with
  • 00:39:28.160 --> 00:39:30.000
  • our families and with our kids.
  • 00:39:30.000 --> 00:39:31.150
  • And all of us live real lives.
  • 00:39:31.150 --> 00:39:33.000
  • I mean, I know with one of your
  • 00:39:33.000 --> 00:39:34.090
  • kids, you've been struggling
  • 00:39:34.090 --> 00:39:35.190
  • with a health issue and so on.
  • 00:39:35.190 --> 00:39:37.110
  • And you know, do you find it
  • 00:39:37.110 --> 00:39:38.160
  • sometimes standing on God's
  • 00:39:38.160 --> 00:39:39.250
  • promise, I mean, faithful
  • 00:39:39.250 --> 00:39:41.000
  • in those seasons is difficult?
  • 00:39:41.000 --> 00:39:43.110
  • - Reuben: Yeah.
  • 00:39:43.110 --> 00:39:43.290
  • I mean, yeah, our son Ezra got
  • 00:39:44.260 --> 00:39:47.260
  • diagnosed earlier this year
  • 00:39:47.260 --> 00:39:49.090
  • with type 1 diabetes.
  • 00:39:49.090 --> 00:39:51.120
  • And that definitely, like,
  • 00:39:51.200 --> 00:39:54.200
  • threw us 'cause we didn't
  • 00:39:54.200 --> 00:39:56.070
  • see it coming, obviously.
  • 00:39:56.070 --> 00:39:57.290
  • And that for him means,
  • 00:39:57.290 --> 00:39:59.200
  • you know, multiple
  • 00:39:59.200 --> 00:40:00.200
  • injections every day.
  • 00:40:00.200 --> 00:40:01.210
  • Any time he wants to eat, he's
  • 00:40:01.210 --> 00:40:02.200
  • got to take insulin and do that.
  • 00:40:03.050 --> 00:40:06.050
  • And for a 9-year-old kid,
  • 00:40:06.050 --> 00:40:07.260
  • that's not fun.
  • 00:40:07.260 --> 00:40:09.040
  • You know, when we're trying
  • 00:40:09.040 --> 00:40:09.230
  • to--you know, we have a hard
  • 00:40:09.230 --> 00:40:11.140
  • enough time getting him to,
  • 00:40:11.140 --> 00:40:12.200
  • you know, eat sometimes
  • 00:40:12.200 --> 00:40:13.150
  • and whatever,
  • 00:40:13.150 --> 00:40:14.030
  • or like tie his shoelaces.
  • 00:40:14.030 --> 00:40:15.160
  • Now, he's got to take injections
  • 00:40:15.160 --> 00:40:16.260
  • all the time.
  • 00:40:16.260 --> 00:40:17.170
  • So, I think getting our head
  • 00:40:18.030 --> 00:40:21.030
  • around that was a thing,
  • 00:40:21.030 --> 00:40:22.100
  • but I think, you know, again,
  • 00:40:22.100 --> 00:40:24.200
  • like over like years
  • 00:40:24.200 --> 00:40:26.200
  • and years of, like,
  • 00:40:26.200 --> 00:40:28.030
  • talking about faith,
  • 00:40:28.030 --> 00:40:28.280
  • just staying in the Word.
  • 00:40:28.280 --> 00:40:30.210
  • And you know, like small habits,
  • 00:40:30.210 --> 00:40:32.270
  • like reading a psalm before you
  • 00:40:32.270 --> 00:40:34.200
  • go to bed, and like just making
  • 00:40:34.200 --> 00:40:37.000
  • sure that the Word is never kind
  • 00:40:37.000 --> 00:40:38.020
  • of far from your lips
  • 00:40:38.020 --> 00:40:39.060
  • or whatever.
  • 00:40:39.060 --> 00:40:41.230
  • In a time like that,
  • 00:40:41.230 --> 00:40:44.120
  • we just--you kind of realize
  • 00:40:44.120 --> 00:40:46.240
  • maybe you would be shaken.
  • 00:40:46.240 --> 00:40:48.060
  • And we've met other people that
  • 00:40:48.060 --> 00:40:49.290
  • don't necessarily know Jesus,
  • 00:40:49.290 --> 00:40:52.030
  • who have kids that have also
  • 00:40:52.030 --> 00:40:54.110
  • got type 1, and they're rocked
  • 00:40:54.110 --> 00:40:56.030
  • by it like crazy.
  • 00:40:56.030 --> 00:40:57.100
  • And we wondered why, even though
  • 00:40:57.100 --> 00:40:59.230
  • it's a tough time, why our feet
  • 00:40:59.230 --> 00:41:01.240
  • just didn't seem to move.
  • 00:41:01.240 --> 00:41:02.270
  • And I think there's something
  • 00:41:02.270 --> 00:41:03.170
  • about just staying planted
  • 00:41:03.170 --> 00:41:05.160
  • in the Word,
  • 00:41:05.160 --> 00:41:06.140
  • staying strong in it.
  • 00:41:06.140 --> 00:41:07.150
  • And we're like we looked down,
  • 00:41:07.150 --> 00:41:08.130
  • like we're just on solid rock
  • 00:41:08.130 --> 00:41:09.200
  • here, you know?
  • 00:41:09.200 --> 00:41:11.160
  • And thank God for it.
  • 00:41:11.160 --> 00:41:12.140
  • - Brian: Do you ever find
  • 00:41:12.140 --> 00:41:13.030
  • yourself out of a season where
  • 00:41:13.030 --> 00:41:14.240
  • you're just really claiming
  • 00:41:14.240 --> 00:41:15.180
  • the promise and really standing,
  • 00:41:15.180 --> 00:41:17.150
  • you know, doing what you can
  • 00:41:17.150 --> 00:41:19.020
  • to be faithful to God's Word?
  • 00:41:19.020 --> 00:41:21.090
  • Have you written out of that
  • 00:41:21.090 --> 00:41:21.270
  • point?
  • 00:41:21.270 --> 00:41:23.110
  • - Reuben: I think so many songs
  • 00:41:23.110 --> 00:41:25.120
  • come out of that, that moment
  • 00:41:25.120 --> 00:41:27.160
  • that sort of brings you
  • 00:41:27.160 --> 00:41:29.160
  • to your knees again.
  • 00:41:29.160 --> 00:41:31.030
  • You know, and you feel
  • 00:41:31.030 --> 00:41:32.050
  • like you're powerless.
  • 00:41:32.050 --> 00:41:33.050
  • You've got--you've got nothing
  • 00:41:33.080 --> 00:41:36.080
  • necessarily to contribute.
  • 00:41:36.080 --> 00:41:37.180
  • And I think that God seems
  • 00:41:37.180 --> 00:41:40.160
  • to use those moments to empower
  • 00:41:40.160 --> 00:41:42.100
  • us and to kind of bring
  • 00:41:42.100 --> 00:41:43.060
  • strength.
  • 00:41:43.060 --> 00:41:43.250
  • And I think about songs even
  • 00:41:43.250 --> 00:41:45.190
  • like "Cornerstone" that we wrote
  • 00:41:45.190 --> 00:41:47.060
  • kind of in the moment.
  • 00:41:47.060 --> 00:41:48.190
  • You know, and that confession
  • 00:41:48.190 --> 00:41:50.030
  • of "Christ alone, Cornerstone"
  • 00:41:50.060 --> 00:41:53.060
  • at the time, you know,
  • 00:41:53.060 --> 00:41:54.190
  • for me was what I needed
  • 00:41:54.190 --> 00:41:56.290
  • - Brian: You know, the Bible
  • 00:42:00.290 --> 00:42:01.170
  • says, "Even when the spirit of
  • 00:42:01.170 --> 00:42:02.250
  • the ruler rises up against you,
  • 00:42:02.250 --> 00:42:04.240
  • do not leave your post."
  • 00:42:04.240 --> 00:42:05.260
  • And I'm your boss, so let's say
  • 00:42:05.260 --> 00:42:07.150
  • I rise up against you,
  • 00:42:07.150 --> 00:42:08.280
  • I offend you, I'm antagonistic.
  • 00:42:09.080 --> 00:42:12.080
  • What would cause you to want
  • 00:42:12.080 --> 00:42:13.130
  • to keep your post?
  • 00:42:13.130 --> 00:42:14.190
  • - Rebekah: I actually think
  • 00:42:14.190 --> 00:42:15.060
  • it's that conviction that when
  • 00:42:15.160 --> 00:42:18.160
  • God said, "I've called you to be
  • 00:42:18.160 --> 00:42:20.090
  • here," no matter what comes
  • 00:42:20.090 --> 00:42:22.140
  • against you, we can't let that
  • 00:42:22.140 --> 00:42:24.120
  • affect us because we're
  • 00:42:24.120 --> 00:42:25.210
  • responsible for our own spirit,
  • 00:42:25.210 --> 00:42:27.020
  • and trusting God, and believing
  • 00:42:27.020 --> 00:42:28.230
  • him, and remaining no matter
  • 00:42:28.230 --> 00:42:31.140
  • - Brian: So you're young.
  • 00:42:34.260 --> 00:42:36.050
  • I think you're young,
  • 00:42:36.050 --> 00:42:37.090
  • and you got so much life still
  • 00:42:37.090 --> 00:42:38.080
  • in front of you, and obviously
  • 00:42:38.080 --> 00:42:40.120
  • so many things still to happen
  • 00:42:40.120 --> 00:42:42.170
  • in your life.
  • 00:42:42.210 --> 00:42:45.210
  • But you've come from a family
  • 00:42:45.210 --> 00:42:47.240
  • who've really raised you, I know
  • 00:42:47.270 --> 00:42:50.270
  • your parents are
  • 00:42:50.270 --> 00:42:51.170
  • extremely faithful to God.
  • 00:42:51.170 --> 00:42:53.030
  • Your father will take every
  • 00:42:53.030 --> 00:42:54.110
  • opportunity to pray and so on.
  • 00:42:54.110 --> 00:42:57.000
  • And do you feel like that,
  • 00:42:57.000 --> 00:42:58.210
  • you know, your background,
  • 00:42:58.210 --> 00:42:59.280
  • your family, you know,
  • 00:42:59.280 --> 00:43:01.220
  • living in Paraguay, which at one
  • 00:43:01.220 --> 00:43:04.060
  • point I think was considered one
  • 00:43:04.060 --> 00:43:05.130
  • of the poorest countries
  • 00:43:05.130 --> 00:43:06.070
  • in South America,
  • 00:43:06.070 --> 00:43:07.210
  • and seeing all that need around
  • 00:43:07.210 --> 00:43:08.260
  • you and so on, have all those
  • 00:43:08.260 --> 00:43:11.030
  • things put you in good stead
  • 00:43:11.030 --> 00:43:12.270
  • when it comes to staying
  • 00:43:12.270 --> 00:43:14.020
  • faithful in your relationship
  • 00:43:14.020 --> 00:43:15.160
  • with God and so on?
  • 00:43:15.160 --> 00:43:17.000
  • - Rebekah: I think that just
  • 00:43:17.000 --> 00:43:19.010
  • watching my parents as well
  • 00:43:19.010 --> 00:43:20.050
  • growing up, they--yeah, they
  • 00:43:20.220 --> 00:43:23.220
  • definitely didn't have it easy.
  • 00:43:23.220 --> 00:43:25.050
  • Both my parents, my mom started
  • 00:43:25.050 --> 00:43:27.100
  • as a school teacher,
  • 00:43:27.100 --> 00:43:29.050
  • and my dad was a PE teacher.
  • 00:43:29.050 --> 00:43:30.200
  • And he often just subbed in
  • 00:43:30.200 --> 00:43:32.120
  • like--and worked at his family's
  • 00:43:32.120 --> 00:43:35.000
  • yogurt company.
  • 00:43:35.000 --> 00:43:36.140
  • And he was just faithful to what
  • 00:43:36.140 --> 00:43:38.270
  • God placed in his hand.
  • 00:43:38.270 --> 00:43:40.110
  • And he just knew that he wanted
  • 00:43:40.110 --> 00:43:42.240
  • to see Paraguay change
  • 00:43:42.240 --> 00:43:43.230
  • for Christ.
  • 00:43:43.230 --> 00:43:44.240
  • And so, early days,
  • 00:43:44.240 --> 00:43:47.020
  • they were just doing
  • 00:43:47.020 --> 00:43:47.230
  • Bible studies in their house.
  • 00:43:47.230 --> 00:43:49.160
  • But the more they stayed
  • 00:43:49.160 --> 00:43:50.100
  • faithful to what was in their
  • 00:43:50.100 --> 00:43:52.020
  • hands and what was before them,
  • 00:43:52.020 --> 00:43:54.080
  • it just grew naturally.
  • 00:43:54.080 --> 00:43:55.080
  • It was never something
  • 00:43:55.080 --> 00:43:55.290
  • that they had to strive.
  • 00:43:55.290 --> 00:43:58.080
  • And I think that an element
  • 00:43:58.080 --> 00:44:00.190
  • of faithfulness is trust
  • 00:44:00.190 --> 00:44:01.230
  • and trusting what God has
  • 00:44:01.230 --> 00:44:02.170
  • initially put in your heart,
  • 00:44:02.170 --> 00:44:04.200
  • that promise.
  • 00:44:04.200 --> 00:44:05.260
  • And I always think of Romans 5.
  • 00:44:06.120 --> 00:44:09.120
  • It's like sometimes, whenever
  • 00:44:09.120 --> 00:44:10.130
  • we're hemmed by troubles,
  • 00:44:10.130 --> 00:44:12.070
  • passionate patience forges a
  • 00:44:12.070 --> 00:44:14.210
  • tempered steel of virtue in us.
  • 00:44:14.210 --> 00:44:16.160
  • And in that process,
  • 00:44:16.160 --> 00:44:18.140
  • as we're like waiting,
  • 00:44:18.140 --> 00:44:19.200
  • and as we're turning up,
  • 00:44:19.200 --> 00:44:21.070
  • and as we're continuing to serve
  • 00:44:21.070 --> 00:44:22.280
  • God with what's before us,
  • 00:44:22.280 --> 00:44:24.020
  • he builds us, and he changes us
  • 00:44:25.260 --> 00:44:28.260
  • into what he has called
  • 00:44:28.260 --> 00:44:30.100
  • us to be.
  • 00:44:30.100 --> 00:44:31.140
  • And so, yeah, I've seen that,
  • 00:44:31.140 --> 00:44:33.170
  • and he goes beyond what we could
  • 00:44:33.170 --> 00:44:35.180
  • ever think, ask, or imagine.
  • 00:44:35.180 --> 00:44:38.100
  • - Brian: He does.
  • 00:44:38.100 --> 00:44:39.110
  • And your dad, by the way,
  • 00:44:39.110 --> 00:44:40.230
  • excuse me for changing
  • 00:44:40.230 --> 00:44:41.230
  • the subject, but your dad was
  • 00:44:41.230 --> 00:44:42.280
  • an Olympic swimmer.
  • 00:44:42.280 --> 00:44:43.150
  • - Rebekah: He was.
  • 00:44:43.150 --> 00:44:44.020
  • - Brian: That's a pretty good
  • 00:44:44.020 --> 00:44:44.200
  • claim to fame right there.
  • 00:44:44.200 --> 00:44:45.220
  • -Rebekah: You know, I'll put it
  • 00:44:45.220 --> 00:44:47.030
  • out there every once in a while,
  • 00:44:47.030 --> 00:44:48.000
  • 1976.
  • 00:44:48.000 --> 00:44:49.140
  • - Brian: And your mom was
  • 00:44:49.140 --> 00:44:50.120
  • a college--in the USA,
  • 00:44:50.120 --> 00:44:51.140
  • college basketball.
  • 00:44:51.140 --> 00:44:52.160
  • Or volleyballer.
  • 00:44:52.160 --> 00:44:53.190
  • - Rebekah: No, no, she ran.
  • 00:44:53.190 --> 00:44:55.130
  • She was a runner.
  • 00:44:55.130 --> 00:44:56.210
  • - Brian: So, you've got
  • 00:44:56.210 --> 00:44:57.140
  • athletic genes.
  • 00:44:57.140 --> 00:44:58.060
  • - Rebekah: I do, I do.
  • 00:44:58.060 --> 00:44:59.160
  • I mean, I would think,
  • 00:44:59.160 --> 00:45:00.130
  • my brother played basketball.
  • 00:45:00.130 --> 00:45:02.030
  • - Brian: Yeah, but you know,
  • 00:45:02.030 --> 00:45:04.040
  • I think it's grand.
  • 00:45:04.040 --> 00:45:04.280
  • You know, you're talking about
  • 00:45:04.280 --> 00:45:05.250
  • faithfulness and your father
  • 00:45:05.250 --> 00:45:07.200
  • working in his parent's yogurt,
  • 00:45:07.200 --> 00:45:09.040
  • which I'd never heard that
  • 00:45:09.040 --> 00:45:10.000
  • before, yogurt business.
  • 00:45:10.000 --> 00:45:11.110
  • But I also know that God in his
  • 00:45:11.110 --> 00:45:13.110
  • faithfulness has opened amazing
  • 00:45:13.110 --> 00:45:14.190
  • doors for you.
  • 00:45:14.190 --> 00:45:15.280
  • Like, your dad's quite connected
  • 00:45:15.280 --> 00:45:16.260
  • in Paraguay.
  • 00:45:16.260 --> 00:45:17.250
  • - Rebekah: Yes.
  • 00:45:17.250 --> 00:45:18.200
  • Yeah, he's been--like God's
  • 00:45:18.200 --> 00:45:20.160
  • opened up crazy doors.
  • 00:45:20.160 --> 00:45:21.190
  • Like the supreme court
  • 00:45:21.220 --> 00:45:24.220
  • in Paraguay asked him to start
  • 00:45:24.220 --> 00:45:26.210
  • Bible studies once a week.
  • 00:45:26.210 --> 00:45:28.090
  • And like, the people from
  • 00:45:28.090 --> 00:45:30.270
  • the courts could come and pray,
  • 00:45:30.270 --> 00:45:33.180
  • and believe God for the country.
  • 00:45:33.180 --> 00:45:35.200
  • And he's very passionate about
  • 00:45:35.200 --> 00:45:38.000
  • praying for the nation, and
  • 00:45:38.000 --> 00:45:39.000
  • no matter who's in presidency
  • 00:45:39.000 --> 00:45:42.000
  • or whoever's in leadership.
  • 00:45:42.000 --> 00:45:43.210
  • And it's unbelievable to see
  • 00:45:43.210 --> 00:45:45.270
  • how God shifted things.
  • 00:45:45.270 --> 00:45:46.280
  • At one point, the vice president
  • 00:45:46.280 --> 00:45:48.160
  • came to the church, and asked
  • 00:45:50.060 --> 00:45:53.060
  • God for forgiveness
  • 00:45:53.060 --> 00:45:54.040
  • for the bitterness
  • 00:45:54.040 --> 00:45:54.240
  • and the resentment that Paraguay
  • 00:45:54.240 --> 00:45:57.100
  • had held onto because Paraguay
  • 00:45:57.100 --> 00:45:59.000
  • has a very long history of being
  • 00:45:59.060 --> 00:46:02.080
  • I guess trampled on by the other
  • 00:46:02.080 --> 00:46:04.210
  • surroundings nations.
  • 00:46:04.210 --> 00:46:06.040
  • And in turn, that has caused
  • 00:46:06.040 --> 00:46:08.100
  • some roots of bitterness.
  • 00:46:08.100 --> 00:46:10.110
  • And so, there was a moment where
  • 00:46:10.110 --> 00:46:13.060
  • the whole--like
  • 00:46:13.060 --> 00:46:14.150
  • the vice president,
  • 00:46:14.150 --> 00:46:15.120
  • including the whole church,
  • 00:46:15.120 --> 00:46:16.290
  • they just decided to ask God
  • 00:46:16.290 --> 00:46:19.010
  • for forgiveness for what had
  • 00:46:19.010 --> 00:46:19.290
  • gone before them.
  • 00:46:19.290 --> 00:46:20.290
  • And they wanted to lay a stake
  • 00:46:20.290 --> 00:46:22.230
  • in the ground, and believe God
  • 00:46:22.230 --> 00:46:24.180
  • for what he could do and what
  • 00:46:24.250 --> 00:46:27.250
  • he wants to do in that country,
  • 00:46:27.250 --> 00:46:29.090
  • which is really cool.
  • 00:46:29.090 --> 00:46:30.090
  • - Brian: Yeah, that is cool.
  • 00:46:30.090 --> 00:46:31.180
  • So, I'm talking from 2 Timothy,
  • 00:46:31.180 --> 00:46:33.070
  • I think it's amazing where Paul
  • 00:46:33.070 --> 00:46:34.240
  • was talking to Timothy about
  • 00:46:34.240 --> 00:46:36.170
  • faithfulness and, you know,
  • 00:46:36.170 --> 00:46:39.000
  • he says, "Even when we're
  • 00:46:39.000 --> 00:46:40.250
  • faithless, God is faithful
  • 00:46:40.250 --> 00:46:42.030
  • because he cannot deny himself."
  • 00:46:42.030 --> 00:46:44.190
  • And I think because the very
  • 00:46:44.190 --> 00:46:46.110
  • first thing, right ahead of that
  • 00:46:46.110 --> 00:46:48.040
  • it says, "If we deny him,
  • 00:46:48.040 --> 00:46:49.230
  • he will deny us."
  • 00:46:49.230 --> 00:46:50.290
  • And so it'd be fit to say,
  • 00:46:50.290 --> 00:46:51.250
  • "And if we're faithless,"
  • 00:46:51.250 --> 00:46:53.160
  • you know, "if we're faithless,
  • 00:46:53.160 --> 00:46:56.140
  • he also will be faithless back."
  • 00:46:56.140 --> 00:46:59.130
  • But that's not what
  • 00:46:59.130 --> 00:47:00.130
  • the Scripture says,
  • 00:47:00.130 --> 00:47:01.050
  • that he cannot deny himself
  • 00:47:01.050 --> 00:47:02.090
  • because he is faithful.
  • 00:47:02.090 --> 00:47:04.000
  • So, even when we are faithless,
  • 00:47:04.000 --> 00:47:05.100
  • God is faithful.
  • 00:47:05.100 --> 00:47:06.290
  • Does the power of that hit you?
  • 00:47:06.290 --> 00:47:08.170
  • - Reuben: I find that amazing.
  • 00:47:08.170 --> 00:47:09.290
  • I mean, you sort of try
  • 00:47:09.290 --> 00:47:11.050
  • and wrap your head around it.
  • 00:47:11.050 --> 00:47:12.070
  • And I think kind of one
  • 00:47:12.070 --> 00:47:14.010
  • of the great illustrations
  • 00:47:14.010 --> 00:47:16.140
  • was using the prodigal as,
  • 00:47:16.140 --> 00:47:18.120
  • you know, that example.
  • 00:47:18.120 --> 00:47:19.230
  • 'Cause I think there's--I mean,
  • 00:47:19.230 --> 00:47:22.050
  • we all have that in us,
  • 00:47:22.050 --> 00:47:23.090
  • don't we?
  • 00:47:23.090 --> 00:47:23.250
  • Like, we all have that tendency
  • 00:47:24.080 --> 00:47:27.080
  • to whatever.
  • 00:47:27.080 --> 00:47:28.170
  • And that God stays faithful, and
  • 00:47:28.170 --> 00:47:31.040
  • that his faithfulness is strong.
  • 00:47:31.040 --> 00:47:32.230
  • And that when we make
  • 00:47:32.230 --> 00:47:33.140
  • the decisions to lean into
  • 00:47:33.140 --> 00:47:34.230
  • it that, you know,
  • 00:47:34.230 --> 00:47:36.210
  • he always remains faithful.
  • 00:47:36.210 --> 00:47:38.200
  • I think it's amazing
  • 00:47:38.200 --> 00:47:39.210
  • to think about it.
  • 00:47:39.210 --> 00:47:40.280
  • - Brian: It is, it is.
  • 00:47:40.280 --> 00:47:42.080
  • It's powerful.
  • 00:47:42.080 --> 00:47:43.150
  • And then there's all sorts
  • 00:47:43.150 --> 00:47:44.140
  • of other Scriptures that support
  • 00:47:44.140 --> 00:47:45.120
  • it, like some of the--some of
  • 00:47:45.120 --> 00:47:46.240
  • the cries, some of the prayers
  • 00:47:46.240 --> 00:47:47.290
  • of the psalmist David,
  • 00:47:47.290 --> 00:47:49.130
  • which also just expresses
  • 00:47:49.130 --> 00:47:50.260
  • the same thing,
  • 00:47:50.260 --> 00:47:51.150
  • like he won't turn his back,
  • 00:47:51.150 --> 00:47:53.000
  • he'll never wander from you,
  • 00:47:53.000 --> 00:47:54.000
  • et cetera.
  • 00:47:54.000 --> 00:47:55.250
  • And you know,
  • 00:47:55.250 --> 00:47:56.180
  • the famous Psalm 139, you know,
  • 00:47:58.190 --> 00:48:01.210
  • God searches us,
  • 00:48:01.210 --> 00:48:02.120
  • he knows our heart.
  • 00:48:02.120 --> 00:48:03.230
  • Then David said,
  • 00:48:03.230 --> 00:48:04.130
  • "Look, I can hide in darkness,
  • 00:48:04.130 --> 00:48:05.190
  • I can go to hell.
  • 00:48:05.190 --> 00:48:06.170
  • I mean, but God is still
  • 00:48:06.170 --> 00:48:08.050
  • faithful."
  • 00:48:08.050 --> 00:48:09.110
  • Incredible, isn't it?
  • 00:48:09.110 --> 00:48:10.010
  • - Rebekah: So beautiful.
  • 00:48:10.010 --> 00:48:11.070
  • - Reuben: Yeah, and what a
  • 00:48:11.070 --> 00:48:12.110
  • thought that, like, God knows us
  • 00:48:12.110 --> 00:48:13.290
  • completely, you know?
  • 00:48:13.290 --> 00:48:15.050
  • And he sees our heart.
  • 00:48:15.050 --> 00:48:16.190
  • And that yet he remains
  • 00:48:16.190 --> 00:48:18.030
  • faithful to us.
  • 00:48:18.030 --> 00:48:18.270
  • And he promotes us anyway,
  • 00:48:19.110 --> 00:48:22.110
  • he empowers us anyway,
  • 00:48:22.110 --> 00:48:23.170
  • and he--like, he's our strength
  • 00:48:23.170 --> 00:48:25.030
  • anyway.
  • 00:48:25.030 --> 00:48:25.260
  • And I think that inclusion, that
  • 00:48:25.260 --> 00:48:27.180
  • commitment to us from God
  • 00:48:27.180 --> 00:48:29.020
  • is incredible, you know,
  • 00:48:29.020 --> 00:48:30.100
  • that he knows us, you know.
  • 00:48:30.100 --> 00:48:31.190
  • - Brian: You know,
  • 00:48:31.190 --> 00:48:32.050
  • just the world today, back
  • 00:48:32.050 --> 00:48:34.290
  • in the good old days in sport,
  • 00:48:34.290 --> 00:48:36.120
  • professional sport, people,
  • 00:48:36.120 --> 00:48:38.030
  • they would stay faithful
  • 00:48:38.030 --> 00:48:39.030
  • and loyal to their club.
  • 00:48:39.030 --> 00:48:40.190
  • And it seems like today,
  • 00:48:40.230 --> 00:48:43.230
  • faithfulness is not
  • 00:48:43.230 --> 00:48:45.000
  • as highly rated as it used
  • 00:48:45.000 --> 00:48:46.250
  • to be.
  • 00:48:46.250 --> 00:48:47.140
  • I mean, there's lots of people
  • 00:48:47.140 --> 00:48:48.100
  • who are faithful.
  • 00:48:48.100 --> 00:48:48.290
  • They're faithful to their
  • 00:48:48.290 --> 00:48:49.230
  • partners, and their marriage,
  • 00:48:49.230 --> 00:48:50.270
  • and so on.
  • 00:48:50.270 --> 00:48:51.250
  • But it also seems to be a time
  • 00:48:51.250 --> 00:48:53.290
  • where you can just walk out
  • 00:48:53.290 --> 00:48:55.160
  • on commitment, you can walk out
  • 00:48:55.160 --> 00:48:56.240
  • on being faithful.
  • 00:48:57.180 --> 00:49:00.200
  • And so, to me in this world,
  • 00:49:00.200 --> 00:49:02.120
  • it's all the more reason by
  • 00:49:02.120 --> 00:49:03.250
  • those of us who really believe
  • 00:49:03.250 --> 00:49:05.010
  • that Jesus Christ is Lord of our
  • 00:49:05.010 --> 00:49:06.120
  • lives, that we just commit
  • 00:49:06.120 --> 00:49:08.070
  • to faithfulness.
  • 00:49:08.070 --> 00:49:09.250
  • And you know, the Bible says
  • 00:49:09.250 --> 00:49:11.180
  • "Even when the spirit
  • 00:49:11.180 --> 00:49:12.130
  • of the ruler rises up against
  • 00:49:12.130 --> 00:49:13.250
  • you, do not leave your post."
  • 00:49:13.250 --> 00:49:15.110
  • And I'm your boss, so let's
  • 00:49:15.110 --> 00:49:17.010
  • say I rise up against you.
  • 00:49:17.010 --> 00:49:18.190
  • I offend you, you know,
  • 00:49:18.190 --> 00:49:20.130
  • I just--I'm antagonistic.
  • 00:49:20.220 --> 00:49:23.220
  • What would cause you to want
  • 00:49:23.220 --> 00:49:24.260
  • to keep your post?
  • 00:49:24.260 --> 00:49:27.200
  • I'm not going to do that,
  • 00:49:27.200 --> 00:49:28.100
  • by the way.
  • 00:49:28.100 --> 00:49:28.260
  • - Rebekah: No, I know.
  • 00:49:28.260 --> 00:49:29.120
  • I think--I actually think it's
  • 00:49:29.120 --> 00:49:31.050
  • that--it's that conviction that
  • 00:49:31.050 --> 00:49:34.030
  • when God said like,
  • 00:49:34.030 --> 00:49:36.180
  • "I've called you to be here,
  • 00:49:36.180 --> 00:49:38.140
  • no matter what comes against
  • 00:49:38.140 --> 00:49:39.130
  • you," and the fact is we're all
  • 00:49:39.130 --> 00:49:41.180
  • human and things happen,
  • 00:49:41.180 --> 00:49:43.010
  • offense will come our way.
  • 00:49:43.010 --> 00:49:45.070
  • And we can't let that affect us
  • 00:49:45.070 --> 00:49:47.150
  • because we're responsible
  • 00:49:47.150 --> 00:49:48.150
  • for our own spirit,
  • 00:49:48.150 --> 00:49:49.100
  • like you always preach.
  • 00:49:49.100 --> 00:49:50.220
  • And I just think that when we
  • 00:49:50.220 --> 00:49:53.130
  • know we're called
  • 00:49:53.130 --> 00:49:54.070
  • and when we know God's promise
  • 00:49:54.070 --> 00:49:55.160
  • over our lives,
  • 00:49:55.160 --> 00:49:57.030
  • we stay true to that.
  • 00:49:57.030 --> 00:49:58.090
  • And I think it comes to also
  • 00:49:58.090 --> 00:50:00.160
  • listening to our emotions
  • 00:50:00.160 --> 00:50:02.010
  • and listening to, like,
  • 00:50:02.010 --> 00:50:03.280
  • what is actually happening,
  • 00:50:03.280 --> 00:50:05.050
  • and being able to, like,
  • 00:50:05.050 --> 00:50:05.260
  • "No Rebekah, like,
  • 00:50:05.280 --> 00:50:08.280
  • you're actually called
  • 00:50:08.280 --> 00:50:09.180
  • to be here."
  • 00:50:09.180 --> 00:50:10.230
  • And trusting God,
  • 00:50:10.230 --> 00:50:12.030
  • and believing him,
  • 00:50:12.030 --> 00:50:13.160
  • and remaining no matter what.
  • 00:50:14.290 --> 00:50:17.290
  • - Brian: I love it,
  • 00:50:17.290 --> 00:50:18.200
  • I really do.
  • 00:50:18.200 --> 00:50:19.220
  • And for you, Reuben,
  • 00:50:19.220 --> 00:50:21.090
  • you've been long term,
  • 00:50:21.090 --> 00:50:22.270
  • working on the same team.
  • 00:50:22.270 --> 00:50:23.270
  • You mentioned 20 years,
  • 00:50:23.270 --> 00:50:25.230
  • I still remember when you walked
  • 00:50:25.230 --> 00:50:27.010
  • in because you were a breath
  • 00:50:27.010 --> 00:50:28.080
  • of fresh air at the time.
  • 00:50:28.080 --> 00:50:29.020
  • You had long hair, and you came
  • 00:50:29.020 --> 00:50:30.180
  • in as a worship leader
  • 00:50:30.180 --> 00:50:32.120
  • and writing songs.
  • 00:50:32.120 --> 00:50:33.220
  • And right from the start,
  • 00:50:33.220 --> 00:50:34.140
  • your songs had been such
  • 00:50:34.140 --> 00:50:35.120
  • a blessing to people.
  • 00:50:35.120 --> 00:50:36.190
  • So, I look at you and I've seen
  • 00:50:36.190 --> 00:50:38.100
  • how you've--you and Sarah,
  • 00:50:38.100 --> 00:50:40.050
  • both of you together,
  • 00:50:40.050 --> 00:50:41.040
  • obviously Sarah your wife.
  • 00:50:41.040 --> 00:50:42.210
  • And so, you know, I think
  • 00:50:42.210 --> 00:50:45.000
  • out of that faithfulness,
  • 00:50:45.000 --> 00:50:45.280
  • God has certainly taken your
  • 00:50:45.280 --> 00:50:47.120
  • songs and your ministry around
  • 00:50:47.120 --> 00:50:49.180
  • the globe.
  • 00:50:49.180 --> 00:50:50.070
  • But I also feel for you, like
  • 00:50:50.070 --> 00:50:51.080
  • there's just--God's got so much
  • 00:50:51.080 --> 00:50:52.150
  • more ahead of you,
  • 00:50:52.150 --> 00:50:53.270
  • birthed in that same spirit
  • 00:50:53.270 --> 00:50:55.050
  • of faithfulness
  • 00:50:55.050 --> 00:50:55.280
  • because I do think God rewards
  • 00:50:55.280 --> 00:50:58.130
  • faithful--faithfulness,
  • 00:50:58.130 --> 00:51:00.030
  • excuse me.
  • 00:51:00.030 --> 00:51:00.210
  • Even, like I say,
  • 00:51:00.210 --> 00:51:01.180
  • even though the Bible says when
  • 00:51:01.180 --> 00:51:02.190
  • we're faithless,
  • 00:51:02.190 --> 00:51:03.060
  • God is faithful, but I still
  • 00:51:03.060 --> 00:51:06.060
  • believe that when a person
  • 00:51:06.060 --> 00:51:07.190
  • decides, "I'm going to live
  • 00:51:07.190 --> 00:51:08.250
  • my life holding my commitments,
  • 00:51:08.250 --> 00:51:11.110
  • being loyal and loving,
  • 00:51:11.110 --> 00:51:12.240
  • and live faithful,"
  • 00:51:12.240 --> 00:51:14.060
  • that God honors it.
  • 00:51:14.060 --> 00:51:15.090
  • So, for both of you guys,
  • 00:51:15.090 --> 00:51:16.120
  • I see you as faithful people.
  • 00:51:16.120 --> 00:51:18.010
  • That's why we're talking about
  • 00:51:18.010 --> 00:51:18.270
  • it today.
  • 00:51:18.270 --> 00:51:19.190
  • And I just really wish God's
  • 00:51:19.190 --> 00:51:20.220
  • best for both of you,
  • 00:51:20.220 --> 00:51:22.000
  • and believe that you'll remain
  • 00:51:22.000 --> 00:51:23.030
  • faithful to God,
  • 00:51:23.030 --> 00:51:24.040
  • and stay faithful where
  • 00:51:24.040 --> 00:51:25.030
  • he has planted you.
  • 00:51:25.030 --> 00:51:26.120
  • No matter what that means
  • 00:51:26.120 --> 00:51:27.230
  • and where that may take you
  • 00:51:27.230 --> 00:51:28.250
  • in the future,
  • 00:51:28.250 --> 00:51:29.290
  • I believe for both of you God's
  • 00:51:29.290 --> 00:51:31.140
  • got great things ahead.
  • 00:51:31.140 --> 00:51:32.220
  • Thanks for joining me,
  • 00:51:32.220 --> 00:51:33.220
  • it's been so good.
  • 00:51:33.220 --> 00:51:34.160
  • - Rebekah: Thank you so much.
  • 00:51:34.160 --> 00:51:35.110
  • - Brian: Thank you,
  • 00:51:35.110 --> 00:51:36.080
  • and thanks to all of you.
  • 00:51:36.080 --> 00:51:37.050
  • God bless you.
  • 00:51:37.050 --> 00:51:38.050
  • Keep tuning in because I feel
  • 00:51:38.050 --> 00:51:40.040
  • like God wants to speak
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