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Natural Resistance to Spiritual Possibilities Part 1

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  • - Brian Houston: Thank you,
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  • Father, for the presence of God
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  • in the service today.
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  • Lord, I just thank you that you
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  • are our God, and we praise you.
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  • Lord, I pray that today
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  • that your Word'll speak hope
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  • into people, life into people.
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  • Build them, stretch them,
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  • challenge them, Father.
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  • Lord, we just thank you
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  • that you are in your Word
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  • through Jesus Christ.
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  • You are the Word.
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  • We give you all the praise
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  • and glory.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen, amen,
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  • amen.
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  • You guys can all be seated.
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  • - Brian:
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  • "This is the sequence,"
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  • 1 Corinthians 15,
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  • verse 45 to 47.
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  • "This is the sequence."
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  • In other words, this is
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  • the order.
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  • The next verse,
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  • "A firm base shaped on earth,
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  • a final completion coming
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  • out of heaven."
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  • The Scripture says,
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  • "First the natural,
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  • then the spiritual."
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  • What happens on earth has
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  • a whole lot to do
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  • with what happens in heaven.
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  • I wanna speak
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  • about natural resistance
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  • to spiritual possibilities.
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  • We serve a God
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  • of the impossible.
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  • And yet, the Bible says, "To him
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  • all things are possible."
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  • And yet, the Scripture is filled
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  • with impossible possibilities.
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  • So think about that.
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  • God's will for your life is
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  • impossible possibilities.
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  • A miracle is impossible,
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  • but God makes it possible.
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  • It's an impossible possibility.
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  • Do you know the will of God
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  • for your life?
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  • It's an impossible possibility
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  • 'cause it'll take you
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  • beyond your own resource,
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  • your own gift, your own talent,
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  • your own ability,
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  • and it will go
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  • into the exceeding abundant
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  • and above that's spoken about
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  • in Ephesians 3, verse 20.
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  • But, "It's according to,"
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  • listen carefully, "to the power
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  • that works in you."
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  • It's about what's internal.
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  • And what is internal ultimately
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  • will impact the external.
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  • And what is natural defines
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  • what we break through into
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  • spiritually.
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  • It's an impossible possibility.
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  • Here's another one.
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  • When it comes to grace
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  • and the finished work
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  • of the cross, it's
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  • an impossible possibility.
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  • I mean, salvation which grace
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  • encumbers, it literally means
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  • that the unrighteous
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  • in a moment, through salvation,
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  • are righteous.
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  • It's impossible.
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  • Only God could do it.
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  • It's an impossible possibility.
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  • I believe God wants to fill
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  • your world, my world,
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  • our church, those watching
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  • on stream, whoever it is,
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  • wants to fill your life
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  • with impossible possibilities.
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  • It'll make you
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  • the greatest overachiever
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  • you could ever imagine
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  • because of God's grace
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  • and will in our lives.
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  • So, obviously, it comes up
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  • with resistance.
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  • Do you know, in life
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  • the greatest resistance
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  • is not what comes
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  • from the outside.
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  • It's what's happening
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  • on the inside.
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  • It's things
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  • like procrastination.
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  • You procrastinate often
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  • because of fear, or maybe it's
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  • doubt or insecurity, unbelief.
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  • All of those things,
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  • the normal suspect,
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  • they're the greatest resistance.
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  • It's not the stuff that's coming
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  • at you, the circumstance.
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  • It's what's in you
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  • that will cause you to rise
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  • to the top every single time.
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  • And so, the greatest resistance,
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  • by far, is internal,
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  • what goes on inside of us.
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  • The things in life
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  • with the greatest potential,
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  • and the things in life
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  • that cause
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  • the greatest resistance,
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  • all relate to what's going on
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  • on the inside.
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  • In Proverbs 27, verse 19,
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  • the Bible says:
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  • "As in water face reflects face,
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  • so the heart of a man reveals
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  • the man."
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  • In the New Living Translation it
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  • says: "Just as face is reflected
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  • in water, so the heart reflects
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  • the real person."
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  • The real person is determined
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  • by what's going on internally.
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  • Now, there are
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  • many, many Scriptures
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  • I could talk to that prove
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  • exactly the same thing.
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  • Psalm 45, verse 1,
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  • there that psalmist talks
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  • about his heart and said,
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  • "My heart overflows
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  • with a good theme."
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  • In other words, the story
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  • of my life is being determined
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  • by the theme in my heart.
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  • And there's no
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  • getting around this.
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  • Because you can see
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  • the principle over and over
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  • and over in the Scriptures.
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  • So the things I spoke about
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  • in the last message I taught,
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  • one of them was your mind,
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  • your mouth, your mates,
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  • your money.
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  • And all of those things,
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  • our approach and attitude
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  • to them is just a reflection
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  • of what's going on in our heart.
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  • If you think about your mind,
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  • Proverbs 23, verse 7:
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  • "For as he thinks in his heart,"
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  • where does he think?
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  • Where does this thinking
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  • come from?
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  • In his heart.
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  • "And as he thinks in his heart,
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  • so he is."
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  • His life is being determined
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  • by what's going on internally.
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  • The greatest resistance,
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  • and the greatest potential
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  • for God-given possibility,
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  • all relate to what is internal,
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  • internal, what is inside of you.
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  • And so when it comes
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  • to thinking, what we think
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  • in our heart, that's often
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  • the thinking that you're
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  • not gonna speak aloud.
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  • Maybe you're not gonna speak
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  • aloud because you know
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  • that people would be
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  • a bit shocked about where you're
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  • at: thinking of giving up,
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  • thinking of bailing out,
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  • thinking of drawing back,
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  • thinking that you're no good.
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  • Whatever it is, friends,
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  • sometimes it's what we
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  • don't verbalize.
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  • And all of us can entertain
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  • thinking that once
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  • would have been foreign.
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  • But don't ever think
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  • for a moment that what's
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  • going on in your heart
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  • is not gonna work its way out
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  • into your life.
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  • Your mind, your mouth,
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  • James chapter 1, verse 26
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  • talks about our words
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  • and our tongue.
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  • And it talks about the person
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  • who basically has no control
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  • over their words
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  • or their tongue.
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  • It says, "The person who
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  • cannot bridle their tongue,"
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  • look at it,
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  • "they deceive their own heart."
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  • Now, this is the person who
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  • thinks they're religious.
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  • They think they're religious,
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  • but their tongue is
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  • out of control.
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  • It could be a busybody or
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  • a gossip, or it could be
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  • someone who just speaks
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  • to themselves negativity
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  • and defeat.
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  • But their tongue is
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  • out of control.
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  • And they are deceiving
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  • their own heart.
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  • But look
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  • at what the Scripture says.
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  • It means that your spirituality,
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  • your religion, is useless.
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  • That's a strong word, useless.
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  • It literally means
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  • "void, useless."
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  • So someone
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  • can maybe spiritualize
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  • what's going on in their heart.
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  • And they're pious, maybe
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  • judgmental, self-righteous.
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  • But it's all of no value
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  • if what is in your heart
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  • is working contrary,
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  • because it's what's in our heart
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  • that's always gonna frame
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  • our word, our mind, our mouth,
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  • our mates, our friends.
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  • Do you know, if I were to read
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  • Proverbs 13, verse 20
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  • in The Message, it talks
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  • about relationship
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  • and its potential,
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  • positively or negatively.
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  • It says: "Become wise by walking
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  • with the wise; hang out
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  • with fools and watch your life
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  • fall to pieces."
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  • "Hang out with fools,
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  • watch your life fall apart,
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  • watch your life fall to pieces."
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  • Do you know, friendship,
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  • real friendship, mateship,
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  • friendship, it's a heart thing.
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  • It's not just surfacey.
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  • On a plane you might have
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  • a, it's just external,
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  • a surface conversation.
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  • You're on a plane.
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  • You're talking about, "The fact
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  • we're a bit late.
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  • Maybe we're gonna miss
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  • our connection.
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  • What time are we gonna arrive?"
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  • There's no heart in that.
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  • It's just surface.
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  • Maybe you're at a party.
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  • You're just sorta surface.
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  • "What do you do?"
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  • "Well, what do you do?"
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  • "Well, what do you do?"
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  • "Well, what do you do?"
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  • I mean, it's just kinda--
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  • but once it becomes friendship,
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  • once it becomes a connection,
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  • it's in the heart.
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  • And you look
  • 00:07:59.190 --> 00:08:00.060
  • at a person's friends,
  • 00:08:00.060 --> 00:08:01.000
  • you get an idea of what's
  • 00:08:01.000 --> 00:08:01.250
  • in their heart.
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  • You show me your friends,
  • 00:08:03.270 --> 00:08:04.250
  • I'll show you your future.
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  • Wrong friends,
  • 00:08:07.240 --> 00:08:09.130
  • according to Proverbs,
  • 00:08:09.130 --> 00:08:10.130
  • according to Solomon,
  • 00:08:10.130 --> 00:08:12.130
  • and you'll watch your life fall
  • 00:08:12.130 --> 00:08:13.110
  • - Brian: I look at people
  • 00:08:17.010 --> 00:08:17.170
  • in the Scriptures, some
  • 00:08:17.170 --> 00:08:18.100
  • of those Old Testament heroes
  • 00:08:18.100 --> 00:08:19.170
  • like Moses, or Joshua,
  • 00:08:19.170 --> 00:08:21.030
  • and David.
  • 00:08:21.030 --> 00:08:22.080
  • And they won
  • 00:08:22.080 --> 00:08:23.010
  • their greatest victories
  • 00:08:23.010 --> 00:08:23.280
  • on the inside.
  • 00:08:23.280 --> 00:08:25.130
  • And once they won the victory
  • 00:08:25.130 --> 00:08:26.200
  • - Brian: Your mind, your mouth,
  • 00:08:32.060 --> 00:08:32.250
  • your mates, your money.
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  • Matthew 12:35 says:
  • 00:08:35.090 --> 00:08:37.030
  • "The good treasure
  • 00:08:37.030 --> 00:08:37.180
  • in a person's heart brings forth
  • 00:08:37.180 --> 00:08:39.260
  • good things."
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  • What's going on
  • 00:08:41.090 --> 00:08:41.240
  • in a person's heart,
  • 00:08:41.240 --> 00:08:42.290
  • and what is their treasure,
  • 00:08:42.290 --> 00:08:44.120
  • what they treasure
  • 00:08:44.120 --> 00:08:45.070
  • in their heart, what they value,
  • 00:08:45.070 --> 00:08:47.120
  • what they would put first,
  • 00:08:47.120 --> 00:08:49.130
  • is a good indicator
  • 00:08:49.130 --> 00:08:50.070
  • of what they treasure in life.
  • 00:08:50.070 --> 00:08:52.190
  • "And the evil person
  • 00:08:52.190 --> 00:08:53.150
  • out of the evil treasure
  • 00:08:53.150 --> 00:08:54.160
  • in their heart brings forth
  • 00:08:54.160 --> 00:08:56.150
  • evil things."
  • 00:08:56.150 --> 00:08:58.010
  • Well, if you want to know
  • 00:08:58.010 --> 00:09:00.150
  • what the treasure is
  • 00:09:00.150 --> 00:09:01.180
  • in a person's heart,
  • 00:09:01.180 --> 00:09:03.080
  • just have a look
  • 00:09:03.080 --> 00:09:04.010
  • at what they treasure in life.
  • 00:09:04.010 --> 00:09:05.270
  • And I'm not talking
  • 00:09:05.270 --> 00:09:07.010
  • about the car you drive.
  • 00:09:07.010 --> 00:09:09.100
  • I'm not talking about someone
  • 00:09:09.100 --> 00:09:10.250
  • who God has blessed,
  • 00:09:10.250 --> 00:09:13.050
  • and maybe they got nice cars.
  • 00:09:13.050 --> 00:09:15.130
  • That's surfacey.
  • 00:09:15.130 --> 00:09:16.110
  • I'm talking
  • 00:09:16.110 --> 00:09:17.000
  • about whether their heart's,
  • 00:09:17.000 --> 00:09:18.070
  • or their life's,
  • 00:09:18.070 --> 00:09:19.090
  • all about selfishness,
  • 00:09:19.090 --> 00:09:20.180
  • and greed, and no care
  • 00:09:20.180 --> 00:09:22.030
  • for other people.
  • 00:09:22.030 --> 00:09:23.010
  • No being generous
  • 00:09:23.010 --> 00:09:24.150
  • with other people.
  • 00:09:24.150 --> 00:09:25.110
  • No being generous when it comes
  • 00:09:25.110 --> 00:09:27.010
  • to the poor and the needy.
  • 00:09:27.010 --> 00:09:28.160
  • No putting
  • 00:09:28.160 --> 00:09:29.030
  • the kingdom of God first.
  • 00:09:29.030 --> 00:09:30.230
  • Friend, you can track it.
  • 00:09:30.230 --> 00:09:32.080
  • Have a look at the treasure
  • 00:09:32.080 --> 00:09:33.070
  • in a person's life,
  • 00:09:33.070 --> 00:09:34.050
  • and you're having an insight
  • 00:09:34.050 --> 00:09:35.040
  • into the treasure
  • 00:09:35.040 --> 00:09:36.010
  • of a person's heart.
  • 00:09:36.010 --> 00:09:38.130
  • It's what the Word of God says.
  • 00:09:38.130 --> 00:09:39.160
  • So you can already see
  • 00:09:39.160 --> 00:09:40.190
  • how pivotal, how important
  • 00:09:40.190 --> 00:09:43.130
  • it is, to have a look
  • 00:09:43.130 --> 00:09:45.060
  • at what really is the treasure
  • 00:09:45.060 --> 00:09:47.150
  • of our heart.
  • 00:09:47.150 --> 00:09:48.230
  • 'Cause the Bible says,
  • 00:09:48.230 --> 00:09:50.020
  • "Where your treasure is,
  • 00:09:50.020 --> 00:09:51.280
  • that's where your heart's
  • 00:09:51.280 --> 00:09:52.190
  • gonna be also."
  • 00:09:52.190 --> 00:09:54.130
  • Well, no wonder we're told
  • 00:09:54.130 --> 00:09:56.160
  • to keep our heart,
  • 00:09:56.160 --> 00:09:58.100
  • to be diligent
  • 00:09:58.100 --> 00:09:59.010
  • about the condition
  • 00:09:59.010 --> 00:09:59.240
  • of our heart, to really care
  • 00:09:59.240 --> 00:10:01.100
  • about what's going on
  • 00:10:01.100 --> 00:10:02.060
  • in the inside.
  • 00:10:02.060 --> 00:10:03.140
  • It's not the noise.
  • 00:10:03.140 --> 00:10:04.140
  • It's not the screamers.
  • 00:10:04.140 --> 00:10:05.100
  • It's not the noise that's
  • 00:10:05.100 --> 00:10:06.190
  • the most devastating thing.
  • 00:10:06.190 --> 00:10:08.030
  • It's not what's going on
  • 00:10:08.030 --> 00:10:09.080
  • around you.
  • 00:10:09.080 --> 00:10:09.280
  • It's not the noise
  • 00:10:09.280 --> 00:10:10.210
  • that's being created
  • 00:10:10.210 --> 00:10:11.220
  • by opposition or persecution.
  • 00:10:11.220 --> 00:10:13.100
  • No, no, it's what's going on
  • 00:10:13.100 --> 00:10:14.280
  • in here, in my life internally.
  • 00:10:15.040 --> 00:10:18.040
  • That's what's gonna frame
  • 00:10:18.040 --> 00:10:19.120
  • my future.
  • 00:10:19.120 --> 00:10:20.130
  • That's what can cause me
  • 00:10:20.130 --> 00:10:21.140
  • to rise up above anything
  • 00:10:21.140 --> 00:10:22.160
  • and everything, if I can
  • 00:10:22.160 --> 00:10:23.280
  • just get the victory in here.
  • 00:10:24.210 --> 00:10:27.210
  • And so the Bible says,
  • 00:10:27.210 --> 00:10:28.200
  • Proverbs 4:23: "Keep your heart.
  • 00:10:28.200 --> 00:10:31.060
  • Be diligent about it," look
  • 00:10:31.060 --> 00:10:32.280
  • at it, "for out of it spring
  • 00:10:32.280 --> 00:10:34.220
  • the issues of life."
  • 00:10:34.220 --> 00:10:36.110
  • There's been many a time when I
  • 00:10:36.110 --> 00:10:37.180
  • talked about that word "issues."
  • 00:10:37.180 --> 00:10:39.200
  • 'Cause it has
  • 00:10:39.200 --> 00:10:40.070
  • within its thought,
  • 00:10:40.070 --> 00:10:41.200
  • or within its context,
  • 00:10:41.200 --> 00:10:42.170
  • the idea of borders
  • 00:10:42.170 --> 00:10:43.030
  • or boundaries or parameters.
  • 00:10:43.030 --> 00:10:45.060
  • And really what it's saying
  • 00:10:45.060 --> 00:10:46.040
  • to me is, "What's going on
  • 00:10:46.040 --> 00:10:47.080
  • on the inside will decide
  • 00:10:47.080 --> 00:10:48.160
  • whether my life is this big...
  • 00:10:48.220 --> 00:10:51.220
  • or whether my life is filled
  • 00:10:51.270 --> 00:10:54.270
  • with impossible possibility,
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:58.060
  • filled with impossible
  • 00:10:58.060 --> 00:10:58.280
  • possibility."
  • 00:10:58.280 --> 00:11:00.220
  • And that's why I love
  • 00:11:00.220 --> 00:11:02.180
  • the exhortation that Paul gave
  • 00:11:02.180 --> 00:11:03.270
  • the Thessalonians
  • 00:11:03.270 --> 00:11:05.280
  • in his epistle, his letter,
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:08.190
  • to them.
  • 00:11:08.190 --> 00:11:09.210
  • It's 2 Thessalonians chapter 3,
  • 00:11:09.210 --> 00:11:11.180
  • verse 5, he says: "May the Lord
  • 00:11:11.180 --> 00:11:13.270
  • lead your hearts,"
  • 00:11:13.270 --> 00:11:15.130
  • keep the Scripture there
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:16.110
  • for a moment.
  • 00:11:16.110 --> 00:11:16.280
  • But let me ask you,
  • 00:11:16.280 --> 00:11:19.020
  • what's leading your heart
  • 00:11:19.020 --> 00:11:19.290
  • right now?
  • 00:11:19.290 --> 00:11:21.140
  • Who is leading your heart
  • 00:11:21.140 --> 00:11:23.070
  • right now?
  • 00:11:23.070 --> 00:11:24.200
  • He said, "May the Lord lead
  • 00:11:24.200 --> 00:11:26.090
  • your hearts
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:27.100
  • into a full understanding
  • 00:11:27.100 --> 00:11:28.150
  • and expression of the love
  • 00:11:28.150 --> 00:11:29.280
  • of God
  • 00:11:29.280 --> 00:11:31.040
  • and the patient endurance
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:32.260
  • that comes from Christ."
  • 00:11:32.260 --> 00:11:34.260
  • What comes from Christ?
  • 00:11:34.260 --> 00:11:35.280
  • Patient endurance, longevity,
  • 00:11:36.010 --> 00:11:39.010
  • longevity, consistency, keeping
  • 00:11:39.010 --> 00:11:41.290
  • on keeping on no matter what
  • 00:11:41.290 --> 00:11:43.240
  • is trying to come against you.
  • 00:11:43.240 --> 00:11:45.270
  • And so, I pray that we
  • 00:11:45.270 --> 00:11:47.140
  • as a church, and that you
  • 00:11:47.140 --> 00:11:48.140
  • as a person, and you
  • 00:11:48.140 --> 00:11:50.060
  • as a family, and as, you know,
  • 00:11:50.060 --> 00:11:51.230
  • our marriage partners,
  • 00:11:51.230 --> 00:11:52.220
  • that we really make sure
  • 00:11:52.220 --> 00:11:53.270
  • that we have
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:54.270
  • the kind of uninsulated heart
  • 00:11:54.270 --> 00:11:56.250
  • that gives the opportunity
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:58.040
  • for God to lead our heart.
  • 00:11:58.040 --> 00:12:00.060
  • 'Cause if he is leading
  • 00:12:00.060 --> 00:12:01.100
  • your heart then he is leading
  • 00:12:01.100 --> 00:12:02.230
  • your life.
  • 00:12:02.230 --> 00:12:04.010
  • And it is too valuable,
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:06.020
  • God's purpose,
  • 00:12:06.020 --> 00:12:06.290
  • his impossible possibilities
  • 00:12:06.290 --> 00:12:08.190
  • for you, for you to allow it
  • 00:12:08.190 --> 00:12:10.040
  • to be destroyed or minimized
  • 00:12:10.040 --> 00:12:13.040
  • or diminished
  • 00:12:13.040 --> 00:12:14.020
  • by not really taking seriously
  • 00:12:14.190 --> 00:12:17.190
  • what you entertain
  • 00:12:17.190 --> 00:12:19.140
  • in your heart, what you
  • 00:12:19.140 --> 00:12:21.120
  • entertain in your heart.
  • 00:12:21.120 --> 00:12:23.170
  • You know, I look at people
  • 00:12:23.170 --> 00:12:25.110
  • in the Scriptures, some
  • 00:12:25.110 --> 00:12:26.090
  • of those Old Testament heroes
  • 00:12:26.090 --> 00:12:27.150
  • like Moses, or Joshua,
  • 00:12:27.150 --> 00:12:29.000
  • and David.
  • 00:12:29.000 --> 00:12:30.100
  • And they won
  • 00:12:30.100 --> 00:12:30.250
  • their greatest victories
  • 00:12:30.250 --> 00:12:31.230
  • on the inside.
  • 00:12:31.230 --> 00:12:33.090
  • And once they won the victory
  • 00:12:33.090 --> 00:12:34.090
  • on the inside, they won the war.
  • 00:12:34.270 --> 00:12:37.270
  • And that's how it is in life.
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:39.250
  • If we can win the victories
  • 00:12:39.250 --> 00:12:41.010
  • on the inside,
  • 00:12:41.010 --> 00:12:41.270
  • we'll win the war.
  • 00:12:41.270 --> 00:12:43.030
  • Remember what it says?
  • 00:12:43.030 --> 00:12:44.160
  • "Whether we walk in the flesh,
  • 00:12:44.160 --> 00:12:46.050
  • we do not war in the flesh."
  • 00:12:46.050 --> 00:12:48.050
  • It talks about the walk
  • 00:12:48.050 --> 00:12:49.130
  • and the war.
  • 00:12:49.130 --> 00:12:50.180
  • And God is the God of heaven
  • 00:12:50.180 --> 00:12:52.010
  • and earth.
  • 00:12:52.010 --> 00:12:52.250
  • And when he made them he said,
  • 00:12:52.250 --> 00:12:54.070
  • "It's all good."
  • 00:12:54.070 --> 00:12:55.060
  • Only sin has brought devastation
  • 00:12:55.060 --> 00:12:56.220
  • to the whole picture.
  • 00:12:56.220 --> 00:12:58.010
  • But Jesus has given us
  • 00:12:58.010 --> 00:12:59.140
  • an answer to that.
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:00.260
  • But if I think
  • 00:13:00.260 --> 00:13:01.160
  • about all of these things,
  • 00:13:01.160 --> 00:13:03.250
  • and I think about what's
  • 00:13:03.250 --> 00:13:04.210
  • going on in our lives.
  • 00:13:04.210 --> 00:13:06.050
  • The war, it's the spiritual.
  • 00:13:06.050 --> 00:13:08.000
  • It's our battle
  • 00:13:08.000 --> 00:13:08.290
  • in the heavenlies.
  • 00:13:08.290 --> 00:13:09.260
  • And our walk, it's the natural.
  • 00:13:09.260 --> 00:13:11.260
  • It's what's going on
  • 00:13:11.260 --> 00:13:12.170
  • in our everyday life.
  • 00:13:12.170 --> 00:13:14.040
  • And the Scripture, it
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:15.150
  • is teaching us that basically,
  • 00:13:15.210 --> 00:13:18.210
  • it's first the natural,
  • 00:13:18.210 --> 00:13:20.000
  • then the spiritual.
  • 00:13:20.000 --> 00:13:21.220
  • And if we can win the victory
  • 00:13:21.220 --> 00:13:24.090
  • on the inside, every time
  • 00:13:24.090 --> 00:13:27.030
  • we're gonna win the war.
  • 00:13:27.030 --> 00:13:28.240
  • A great, perfect example is
  • 00:13:28.240 --> 00:13:30.130
  • Daniel.
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:31.220
  • You know Daniel.
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:33.080
  • Daniel, the one
  • 00:13:33.080 --> 00:13:33.290
  • in the lions' den.
  • 00:13:33.290 --> 00:13:35.290
  • You know where his victories
  • 00:13:35.290 --> 00:13:36.210
  • were won.
  • 00:13:36.210 --> 00:13:38.100
  • They were won on the inside.
  • 00:13:38.100 --> 00:13:40.150
  • And Daniel winning
  • 00:13:40.150 --> 00:13:41.200
  • on the inside, it's amazing
  • 00:13:41.200 --> 00:13:43.270
  • how God raised him up
  • 00:13:43.270 --> 00:13:45.270
  • in foreign circumstances
  • 00:13:45.270 --> 00:13:47.120
  • and in an alien environment
  • 00:13:47.120 --> 00:13:48.290
  • with--he was being forced
  • 00:13:48.290 --> 00:13:50.050
  • against his will
  • 00:13:50.050 --> 00:13:51.160
  • into a foreign culture
  • 00:13:51.160 --> 00:13:53.210
  • with a foreign language
  • 00:13:53.210 --> 00:13:54.270
  • with foreign literature,
  • 00:13:54.270 --> 00:13:56.080
  • and he has to learn it all.
  • 00:13:56.080 --> 00:13:58.200
  • And yet, the Bible says God
  • 00:13:58.200 --> 00:13:59.220
  • gives him and his friends
  • 00:13:59.220 --> 00:14:00.280
  • an unusual aptitude
  • 00:14:00.280 --> 00:14:02.260
  • when it came to the literature,
  • 00:14:02.260 --> 00:14:04.240
  • when it came to the language
  • 00:14:04.240 --> 00:14:05.260
  • of that foreign land, Babylon.
  • 00:14:06.150 --> 00:14:09.150
  • And do you know what?
  • 00:14:09.150 --> 00:14:10.250
  • I love the fact that Daniel
  • 00:14:10.250 --> 00:14:12.070
  • was described as,
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:12.260
  • "Having an excellent spirit."
  • 00:14:12.260 --> 00:14:15.210
  • Excellent's not perfect.
  • 00:14:15.210 --> 00:14:17.170
  • Excellent is excellent.
  • 00:14:17.170 --> 00:14:19.150
  • And I believe
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:20.080
  • that that excellent spirit,
  • 00:14:20.080 --> 00:14:22.130
  • it caused Daniel to rise
  • 00:14:22.130 --> 00:14:23.170
  • to the top every single time
  • 00:14:23.170 --> 00:14:25.260
  • in every single situation.
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:28.200
  • And if you read
  • 00:14:28.200 --> 00:14:29.090
  • through the book of Daniel,
  • 00:14:29.090 --> 00:14:30.230
  • read Daniel chapter 1,
  • 00:14:30.230 --> 00:14:31.240
  • read Daniel chapter 6,
  • 00:14:31.240 --> 00:14:33.120
  • and you'll find that you'll see
  • 00:14:33.120 --> 00:14:34.270
  • incredible favor
  • 00:14:34.270 --> 00:14:35.280
  • on Daniel's life.
  • 00:14:35.280 --> 00:14:36.270
  • He gave him favor
  • 00:14:36.270 --> 00:14:37.240
  • over three kings:
  • 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:38.230
  • under King Nebuchadnezzar,
  • 00:14:38.230 --> 00:14:40.050
  • then under King Darius,
  • 00:14:40.050 --> 00:14:41.100
  • then under King Cyrus.
  • 00:14:41.100 --> 00:14:42.210
  • God kept causing him to rise up.
  • 00:14:42.210 --> 00:14:44.260
  • And he saw favor.
  • 00:14:44.260 --> 00:14:46.220
  • He saw incredible deliverance.
  • 00:14:46.220 --> 00:14:49.000
  • And also, the Bible says
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:50.200
  • that, "God prospered him
  • 00:14:50.200 --> 00:14:52.120
  • under King Darius
  • 00:14:52.120 --> 00:14:53.250
  • and under King Cyrus."
  • 00:14:53.250 --> 00:14:55.280
  • He saw amazing blessing, and it
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:58.160
  • came from an excellent spirit.
  • 00:14:59.060 --> 00:15:02.080
  • In Daniel chapter 1, it is
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:04.000
  • the story of Nebuchadnezzar,
  • 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:06.240
  • who was a pagan king destroying
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:09.040
  • Jerusalem, destroying
  • 00:15:09.040 --> 00:15:10.100
  • the temple.
  • 00:15:10.100 --> 00:15:11.100
  • He takes the best of the best.
  • 00:15:11.100 --> 00:15:12.260
  • He finds the best young leaders,
  • 00:15:12.260 --> 00:15:14.150
  • the best talent
  • 00:15:14.150 --> 00:15:15.120
  • in all of Jerusalem,
  • 00:15:15.170 --> 00:15:18.170
  • and he takes them
  • 00:15:18.170 --> 00:15:19.070
  • against their will
  • 00:15:19.070 --> 00:15:20.070
  • out of their homeland
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:21.110
  • into Babylon.
  • 00:15:21.110 --> 00:15:23.020
  • Now, many of you know
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  • that Babylon,
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  • it represented the world.
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  • It was a pagan place.
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  • And obviously, it was
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:28.070
  • a foreign culture, language,
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  • and literature.
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  • I already mentioned that God
  • 00:15:31.170 --> 00:15:33.000
  • gave Daniel and his friends
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  • an amazing, unusual aptitude.
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  • In other words, this ability
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:38.100
  • that wasn't natural
  • 00:15:38.100 --> 00:15:40.100
  • when it came to this place.
  • 00:15:40.100 --> 00:15:42.240
  • And God kept raising Daniel up.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar, he was the king
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:49.110
  • who did this devastation.
  • 00:15:49.110 --> 00:15:51.220
  • But as time went on, he himself
  • 00:15:51.220 --> 00:15:54.070
  • was overthrown by what's called
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:56.130
  • the Medo-Persian Empire.
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:59.270
  • Now, the Persians and the Medes
  • 00:15:59.270 --> 00:16:02.270
  • both with what today is Iran,
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:05.040
  • both came from that same region.
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:07.260
  • So again, you know, the God
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:09.230
  • of Daniel was not the god
  • 00:16:10.090 --> 00:16:13.090
  • of the Medes or the Persians.
  • 00:16:13.090 --> 00:16:15.080
  • And yet, it's incredible
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:16.180
  • what actually happens.
  • 00:16:16.180 --> 00:16:18.190
  • And so, the king was a king
  • 00:16:18.190 --> 00:16:20.120
  • called Darius.
  • 00:16:20.120 --> 00:16:21.030
  • By now it was
  • 00:16:21.030 --> 00:16:22.000
  • the most powerful empire
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:24.120
  • in the history of the world.
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  • The Scripture talks
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:26.090
  • about the realm that they
  • 00:16:26.090 --> 00:16:27.250
  • oversaw, and it talks about it
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:29.120
  • in terms of, "All peoples,
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:31.140
  • all nations, and all languages."
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:34.180
  • So they ruled the world.
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:37.060
  • It was a huge realm.
  • 00:16:37.060 --> 00:16:38.290
  • And if you just listen
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:39.230
  • one little bit longer to this,
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:42.060
  • King Darius, he was now
  • 00:16:42.060 --> 00:16:43.270
  • in charge.
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:44.280
  • And so he decides how he's gonna
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:46.120
  • govern the whole realm.
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.290
  • He's basically governing
  • 00:16:47.290 --> 00:16:48.230
  • the world.
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:50.040
  • And the way he's gonna do it
  • 00:16:50.040 --> 00:16:51.090
  • is what are called, "Satraps."
  • 00:16:51.090 --> 00:16:53.130
  • There'd be 120 Satraps who
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:55.110
  • would oversee various regions.
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:58.230
  • And on top them, there'd be
  • 00:16:58.230 --> 00:16:59.210
  • three vice regents.
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.250
  • And the three vice regents
  • 00:17:01.250 --> 00:17:03.010
  • would be under the king,
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:05.050
  • in charge of the entire realm.
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:07.020
  • One of those was Daniel.
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:09.190
  • Daniel, he had come
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:11.050
  • from this other culture
  • 00:17:11.050 --> 00:17:12.250
  • in another place, where he
  • 00:17:12.250 --> 00:17:15.020
  • believed his dream was
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:16.180
  • and where God's will was.
  • 00:17:16.180 --> 00:17:18.150
  • And now, he's in captivity.
  • 00:17:18.150 --> 00:17:21.030
  • And yet, he keeps rising
  • 00:17:21.030 --> 00:17:22.160
  • to the top because
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:23.250
  • - Brian: But I love the thought
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:31.100
  • that a lion is worst off
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:32.200
  • in a den of Daniels.
  • 00:17:32.200 --> 00:17:34.120
  • He was facing
  • 00:17:34.120 --> 00:17:34.280
  • external resistance.
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:36.120
  • But what was happening
  • 00:17:36.120 --> 00:17:37.130
  • internally was more powerful
  • 00:17:37.130 --> 00:17:39.060
  • than what he was facing
  • 00:17:39.060 --> 00:17:40.090
  • externally.
  • 00:17:41.000 --> 00:17:44.000
  • - Brian: Look
  • 00:17:44.000 --> 00:17:44.150
  • at Daniel chapter 6,
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:45.110
  • verse 3 where it lays it out.
  • 00:17:45.110 --> 00:17:46.250
  • It says: "Then this Daniel
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:48.190
  • distinguished himself
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:49.260
  • above the governors
  • 00:17:49.260 --> 00:17:51.110
  • and satraps, because
  • 00:17:51.110 --> 00:17:52.260
  • an excellent spirit was in him;"
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.150
  • and look what happens, "the king
  • 00:17:54.150 --> 00:17:55.260
  • gave thought to setting him now
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:57.100
  • over the whole realm."
  • 00:17:57.100 --> 00:17:58.290
  • So he's no longer
  • 00:17:58.290 --> 00:17:59.170
  • just one of three.
  • 00:17:59.170 --> 00:18:01.080
  • He rises to the top.
  • 00:18:01.080 --> 00:18:02.200
  • Do you know, whatever is in you
  • 00:18:02.200 --> 00:18:04.170
  • will decide whether or not you
  • 00:18:04.170 --> 00:18:06.000
  • ever could rise to the top.
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:07.210
  • That might be talking
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:08.160
  • about promotion.
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:09.110
  • It might be talking
  • 00:18:09.110 --> 00:18:10.010
  • about leadership.
  • 00:18:10.010 --> 00:18:10.260
  • It might be talking about
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:11.220
  • the things that confront you
  • 00:18:11.220 --> 00:18:13.140
  • and whether or not you can rise
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:14.160
  • above them, or whether you stay
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:16.130
  • under them.
  • 00:18:16.130 --> 00:18:17.160
  • But believe me, friends.
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:18.260
  • What was in Daniel took him
  • 00:18:18.260 --> 00:18:20.170
  • to the top all the time.
  • 00:18:20.170 --> 00:18:22.290
  • And it was all related
  • 00:18:22.290 --> 00:18:24.060
  • to an excellent spirit.
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.110
  • It all came down to what was
  • 00:18:27.110 --> 00:18:29.050
  • in him.
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:30.000
  • And if you can look
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:30.200
  • at the verse one more time,
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:32.140
  • it says that,
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:33.050
  • "Daniel distinguished himself."
  • 00:18:34.260 --> 00:18:37.260
  • It's interesting to me.
  • 00:18:37.260 --> 00:18:39.260
  • "Distinguished" doesn't mean he
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:41.120
  • was a distinguished gentleman.
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:43.220
  • It means he was different,
  • 00:18:43.220 --> 00:18:46.010
  • something different about him,
  • 00:18:46.010 --> 00:18:47.230
  • something that set him apart.
  • 00:18:47.230 --> 00:18:49.210
  • Well, the whole thing is,
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:51.150
  • now he's number one.
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:53.220
  • All these other governors
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:54.180
  • and satraps, they're not happy
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:56.260
  • about Daniel.
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:57.230
  • They wanna pull him
  • 00:18:57.230 --> 00:18:58.080
  • back down to size.
  • 00:18:58.080 --> 00:18:59.060
  • They wanna overthrow him.
  • 00:18:59.060 --> 00:19:00.250
  • So they have a big conference,
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:03.000
  • a board meeting.
  • 00:19:03.000 --> 00:19:04.160
  • And the Bible itself says,
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:05.150
  • "All the governors,
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:06.020
  • all the satraps,"
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:07.010
  • there's 122 of them, remembering
  • 00:19:07.010 --> 00:19:08.270
  • that Daniel was the 123rd.
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:11.210
  • So now it's 122 onto 1.
  • 00:19:11.210 --> 00:19:14.020
  • And they call
  • 00:19:14.020 --> 00:19:14.170
  • all their counselors
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:15.140
  • and all their advisors,
  • 00:19:15.140 --> 00:19:17.130
  • and they have a big powwow
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:18.200
  • about what to do when they
  • 00:19:18.200 --> 00:19:19.230
  • decide that they're gonna talk
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:21.270
  • to the king about the laws
  • 00:19:21.270 --> 00:19:23.030
  • of the land, and force the king
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:25.050
  • to sign a decree that, in fact,
  • 00:19:25.050 --> 00:19:27.180
  • the only worship that was valid
  • 00:19:28.030 --> 00:19:31.030
  • was worshiping King Darius
  • 00:19:31.030 --> 00:19:32.250
  • himself.
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:34.090
  • Now, if you had a look
  • 00:19:34.090 --> 00:19:36.000
  • at chapter 6, verse 4, it says:
  • 00:19:36.000 --> 00:19:38.110
  • "The governors, the satraps,
  • 00:19:38.110 --> 00:19:39.140
  • sought to find some charge
  • 00:19:39.140 --> 00:19:40.250
  • against Daniel concerning
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:41.270
  • the kingdom.
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:42.290
  • But they could find no charge
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:43.250
  • or fault, because he
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:44.270
  • was faithful;" faithful,
  • 00:19:44.270 --> 00:19:47.090
  • "nor was there any error fault
  • 00:19:47.090 --> 00:19:49.070
  • found in him.
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:50.250
  • So these men said, 'Well,
  • 00:19:50.250 --> 00:19:52.160
  • shall not find any charges
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:53.250
  • against this Daniel unless we
  • 00:19:53.250 --> 00:19:55.060
  • find it against him
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:56.050
  • concerning,'" what?
  • 00:19:56.050 --> 00:19:57.120
  • "The law of his God."
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:58.250
  • So in other words, "We can't get
  • 00:19:58.250 --> 00:20:00.140
  • him, so let's attack his God.
  • 00:20:00.140 --> 00:20:02.180
  • And so how will we get his God?
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:04.150
  • Well, the only way we can do it
  • 00:20:04.150 --> 00:20:05.250
  • is make it illegal to worship
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:07.160
  • any other god
  • 00:20:07.160 --> 00:20:08.150
  • except for King Darius himself."
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:10.170
  • So these governors, satraps,
  • 00:20:10.170 --> 00:20:12.240
  • they get the King Darius
  • 00:20:12.240 --> 00:20:14.200
  • into a corner.
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:15.170
  • He signs a decree saying,
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:17.000
  • "If you worship any other god,
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:19.000
  • you're gonna end up in a den
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:19.280
  • of lions."
  • 00:20:19.280 --> 00:20:21.200
  • And so, ha, all of a sudden,
  • 00:20:21.200 --> 00:20:24.150
  • now Daniel, he's gotta make
  • 00:20:24.150 --> 00:20:25.180
  • a choice: keep worshiping God,
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:29.040
  • or end up in a den of lions.
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:31.110
  • I'll tell you what he does.
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:32.030
  • He goes
  • 00:20:32.030 --> 00:20:32.180
  • straight to the prayer room.
  • 00:20:32.180 --> 00:20:33.290
  • He starts to pray.
  • 00:20:33.290 --> 00:20:34.160
  • He starts to cry out to God.
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:36.060
  • He starts to believe in the God
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:38.000
  • that he worshiped.
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:39.030
  • And of course, because of that,
  • 00:20:39.030 --> 00:20:41.160
  • he had just broken the rules.
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:43.170
  • He'd just broken the law because
  • 00:20:43.170 --> 00:20:44.220
  • he wasn't allowed to worship
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:46.070
  • the God of gods,
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:47.180
  • the Lord of lords.
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:49.090
  • And so it's only the lions' den.
  • 00:20:49.190 --> 00:20:52.190
  • But I love the thought
  • 00:20:52.190 --> 00:20:53.250
  • that a lion is worst off
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:20:55.220
  • in a den of Daniels.
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:57.120
  • Because Daniel,
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:58.140
  • it wasn't what was outside.
  • 00:20:58.140 --> 00:20:59.270
  • He was facing
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:00.250
  • external resistance.
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:02.130
  • But what was happening
  • 00:21:02.130 --> 00:21:03.130
  • internally was more powerful
  • 00:21:03.130 --> 00:21:05.070
  • than what he was facing
  • 00:21:05.070 --> 00:21:06.090
  • externally.
  • 00:21:06.090 --> 00:21:07.180
  • And that's life.
  • 00:21:09.020 --> 00:21:12.020
  • And in that verse, verse 3,
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:15.070
  • "Daniel distinguished himself,"
  • 00:21:15.080 --> 00:21:18.080
  • himself.
  • 00:21:18.080 --> 00:21:19.200
  • In other words,
  • 00:21:19.200 --> 00:21:20.070
  • listen carefully,
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:21.010
  • "He distinguished himself,"
  • 00:21:21.010 --> 00:21:23.160
  • it was about his spirit,
  • 00:21:23.160 --> 00:21:25.140
  • "because of an excellent
  • 00:21:25.140 --> 00:21:27.180
  • spirit."
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:28.220
  • Don't underestimate
  • 00:21:28.220 --> 00:21:29.290
  • the importance of your spirit.
  • 00:21:30.220 --> 00:21:33.220
  • One of the first times I went
  • 00:21:33.220 --> 00:21:34.180
  • to America, it was actually
  • 00:21:34.180 --> 00:21:35.210
  • the second time I'd ever been
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:36.230
  • there, it was 1989.
  • 00:21:36.230 --> 00:21:38.260
  • I didn't know anyone in America.
  • 00:21:38.260 --> 00:21:40.290
  • And certainly, no one much knew
  • 00:21:40.290 --> 00:21:41.290
  • who I was.
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:44.050
  • It was a pivotal time
  • 00:21:44.050 --> 00:21:45.000
  • in the life of our church
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:45.290
  • because it was when we
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:47.140
  • really started on the journey
  • 00:21:47.140 --> 00:21:50.040
  • of believing to be able to buy
  • 00:21:50.040 --> 00:21:51.170
  • land, to be able
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:52.200
  • to ultimately build a church.
  • 00:21:52.200 --> 00:21:54.260
  • So for our church, it was new.
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:56.070
  • And it was the first time we'd
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:57.210
  • really taken up the challenge.
  • 00:21:57.210 --> 00:21:59.050
  • And as our church always has,
  • 00:21:59.050 --> 00:22:01.280
  • everyone leaned in.
  • 00:22:01.280 --> 00:22:03.070
  • And it was amazing, but it
  • 00:22:03.070 --> 00:22:04.230
  • certainly was a, you know,
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:06.030
  • a sorting out time.
  • 00:22:06.030 --> 00:22:08.240
  • And so it's in that moment I go
  • 00:22:08.240 --> 00:22:10.170
  • to the USA.
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:11.200
  • And I had the chance to meet
  • 00:22:11.200 --> 00:22:12.290
  • a guy called Casey.
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:14.080
  • Now, Casey, he was
  • 00:22:14.080 --> 00:22:15.070
  • about 18 months younger
  • 00:22:15.070 --> 00:22:16.140
  • than me, still is.
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:17.280
  • But where I was at then, where
  • 00:22:18.140 --> 00:22:21.140
  • he was at, his church was filled
  • 00:22:21.140 --> 00:22:23.120
  • with so much momentum.
  • 00:22:23.120 --> 00:22:24.260
  • And, you know, his teaching was
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:27.020
  • revolutionary to a lot of people
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:28.220
  • about renewing the mind.
  • 00:22:28.220 --> 00:22:30.020
  • And he just had
  • 00:22:30.020 --> 00:22:31.130
  • so much momentum,
  • 00:22:31.130 --> 00:22:32.190
  • and he was a young leader
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:33.180
  • who really stood out.
  • 00:22:33.180 --> 00:22:34.220
  • And someone set it up so I could
  • 00:22:34.220 --> 00:22:36.120
  • go and visit him and meet him.
  • 00:22:36.120 --> 00:22:38.230
  • Well, I was expecting
  • 00:22:38.230 --> 00:22:40.000
  • maybe half an hour of his time,
  • 00:22:40.000 --> 00:22:42.050
  • an hour of his time.
  • 00:22:42.050 --> 00:22:43.260
  • But he just hung out with me
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:45.100
  • for about 2 or 3 days.
  • 00:22:45.100 --> 00:22:46.290
  • I went to his house.
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:48.000
  • I met his wife.
  • 00:22:48.000 --> 00:22:48.210
  • We had dinner.
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:49.150
  • I just stayed with him.
  • 00:22:49.150 --> 00:22:50.240
  • We went
  • 00:22:50.240 --> 00:22:51.090
  • to his church board meeting,
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:52.100
  • and I sat in
  • 00:22:52.100 --> 00:22:52.260
  • on the board meeting.
  • 00:22:52.260 --> 00:22:54.140
  • And do you know something?
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:55.010
  • I promise you, no one had
  • 00:22:55.010 --> 00:22:56.190
  • a clue who Hillsong Church was,
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:58.060
  • and no one even knew who I was.
  • 00:22:58.120 --> 00:23:01.140
  • And yet, months later I get
  • 00:23:01.140 --> 00:23:03.050
  • a letter from this guy.
  • 00:23:03.050 --> 00:23:04.270
  • And in 1989, that's what it was,
  • 00:23:04.270 --> 00:23:06.120
  • a letter.
  • 00:23:08.010 --> 00:23:11.010
  • I get a letter from this guy
  • 00:23:11.010 --> 00:23:12.030
  • inviting me to speak
  • 00:23:12.030 --> 00:23:12.280
  • at his conference.
  • 00:23:12.280 --> 00:23:15.010
  • I'm like, "He's never even heard
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:15.290
  • me preach, and he wants me
  • 00:23:15.290 --> 00:23:17.010
  • to speak at his conference."
  • 00:23:17.010 --> 00:23:18.210
  • And then I looked at the rest
  • 00:23:18.210 --> 00:23:19.180
  • of the speakers, and I wanted
  • 00:23:19.180 --> 00:23:21.220
  • to run away because to me
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:22.290
  • they were all superheroes
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:24.190
  • in the faith.
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:25.200
  • They were just names.
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:26.170
  • I'd never met any of them.
  • 00:23:26.170 --> 00:23:27.170
  • There were
  • 00:23:27.170 --> 00:23:28.020
  • just all these amazing names
  • 00:23:28.020 --> 00:23:29.200
  • of people doing great exploits.
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:31.240
  • And here they are,
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:32.160
  • one by one by one.
  • 00:23:32.160 --> 00:23:33.140
  • And the last one is,
  • 00:23:33.140 --> 00:23:34.120
  • "Brian Houston."
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:37.040
  • I mean, no one knew who
  • 00:23:37.040 --> 00:23:37.220
  • Brian Houston was.
  • 00:23:37.220 --> 00:23:38.160
  • I didn't even know who I was.
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:41.290
  • And now I'm in America,
  • 00:23:41.290 --> 00:23:43.030
  • speaking at this conference.
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:45.020
  • Bobbie and I went,
  • 00:23:45.020 --> 00:23:45.250
  • and I'll be honest,
  • 00:23:45.250 --> 00:23:47.060
  • I was so intimidated
  • 00:23:47.060 --> 00:23:48.270
  • all those years ago and I felt
  • 00:23:48.270 --> 00:23:51.050
  • so out of my depth.
  • 00:23:51.050 --> 00:23:53.030
  • And so afterwards I asked him.
  • 00:23:53.030 --> 00:23:54.090
  • I said, "Why did you invite me
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:55.090
  • to speak at your conference?
  • 00:23:55.090 --> 00:23:56.120
  • You've never even heard
  • 00:23:56.120 --> 00:23:57.080
  • me preach."
  • 00:23:57.080 --> 00:23:59.150
  • He said, "I liked your spirit.
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:02.040
  • I liked your spirit."
  • 00:24:02.040 --> 00:24:04.080
  • Well, you know, someone sayin',
  • 00:24:04.080 --> 00:24:05.070
  • "I liked your spirit,"
  • 00:24:05.070 --> 00:24:06.070
  • that conference.
  • 00:24:06.070 --> 00:24:07.070
  • And then I needed to change me,
  • 00:24:07.070 --> 00:24:08.100
  • change our church, change
  • 00:24:08.100 --> 00:24:09.180
  • our world, change the movement
  • 00:24:09.180 --> 00:24:11.000
  • that I led for 12 years.
  • 00:24:11.000 --> 00:24:12.180
  • But I'll tell ya something else.
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:14.220
  • It actually opened up doors
  • 00:24:14.220 --> 00:24:16.130
  • for me that I could never have
  • 00:24:16.130 --> 00:24:17.110
  • imagined, doors of opportunity.
  • 00:24:17.140 --> 00:24:20.140
  • And now many of those people
  • 00:24:20.140 --> 00:24:22.050
  • I was talking about,
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:22.290
  • they're my great friends,
  • 00:24:22.290 --> 00:24:25.110
  • people that I do life with.
  • 00:24:25.110 --> 00:24:27.050
  • And you think
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:28.100
  • about some of the most known
  • 00:24:28.100 --> 00:24:30.100
  • and great pulpits of the world,
  • 00:24:30.100 --> 00:24:33.100
  • and I've preached
  • 00:24:33.100 --> 00:24:33.250
  • to most of them.
  • 00:24:33.250 --> 00:24:34.210
  • And I'm not sayin' all of us
  • 00:24:34.210 --> 00:24:36.210
  • to name drop
  • 00:24:36.210 --> 00:24:38.010
  • or anything like that.
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:39.060
  • It's just this, my friend,
  • 00:24:39.060 --> 00:24:41.060
  • never underestimate
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  • where your spirit can take you.
  • 00:24:42.010 --> 00:24:44.050
  • Daniel was set apart.
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  • He was distinguished.
  • 00:24:45.090 --> 00:24:46.160
  • There was something different.
  • 00:24:46.160 --> 00:24:47.140
  • He went to the top every time.
  • 00:24:47.140 --> 00:24:48.280
  • I'll tell you, leaders,
  • 00:24:48.280 --> 00:24:50.200
  • getting to the top, whatever
  • 00:24:50.200 --> 00:24:52.010
  • the top is in your life,
  • 00:24:52.010 --> 00:24:54.070
  • I've gotta tell you right now,
  • 00:24:54.070 --> 00:24:56.050
  • it's all about what's going on
  • 00:24:56.050 --> 00:24:57.180
  • on the inside.
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  • It's not who you know.
  • 00:24:58.240 --> 00:24:59.190
  • It's not what you do.
  • 00:24:59.190 --> 00:25:00.130
  • It's not how you strive.
  • 00:25:00.130 --> 00:25:01.140
  • It's what's going on
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:02.050
  • on the inside.
  • 00:25:02.050 --> 00:25:03.010
  • And if you get it right
  • 00:25:03.010 --> 00:25:03.260
  • on the inside,
  • 00:25:03.260 --> 00:25:04.240
  • there's no stopping you
  • 00:25:04.240 --> 00:25:05.250
  • from the impossible
  • 00:25:05.250 --> 00:25:07.100
  • possibilities that God has
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:08.250
  • for you, in Jesus' name.
  • 00:25:08.250 --> 00:25:11.020
  • - Brian: Faithfulness will take
  • 00:25:16.200 --> 00:25:17.100
  • you further
  • 00:25:17.100 --> 00:25:18.150
  • than many, many people think.
  • 00:25:18.150 --> 00:25:20.150
  • There is something powerful
  • 00:25:20.150 --> 00:25:21.180
  • about faithfulness,
  • 00:25:21.180 --> 00:25:22.170
  • and it's a quality of the heart.
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:25.000
  • And because of Daniel's
  • 00:25:25.000 --> 00:25:25.250
  • faithfulness, he wasn't
  • 00:25:25.250 --> 00:25:27.160
  • overcome, and God did cause him
  • 00:25:27.160 --> 00:25:29.080
  • to the rise to the top.
  • 00:25:29.080 --> 00:25:30.150
  • The Bible says
  • 00:25:30.150 --> 00:25:31.020
  • that, "God prospered him."
  • 00:25:31.020 --> 00:25:32.170
  • And a lot of that was to do
  • 00:25:32.170 --> 00:25:33.280
  • with his faithfulness.
  • 00:25:35.280 --> 00:25:38.280
  • - Brian: Always there'll be
  • 00:25:38.280 --> 00:25:40.060
  • resistance
  • 00:25:40.060 --> 00:25:41.130
  • to God-given possibility
  • 00:25:41.130 --> 00:25:43.070
  • because God-given possibility
  • 00:25:43.070 --> 00:25:45.030
  • is impossibly possible.
  • 00:25:45.030 --> 00:25:47.030
  • It's actually not possible,
  • 00:25:47.030 --> 00:25:48.150
  • and yet it's possible.
  • 00:25:48.150 --> 00:25:49.240
  • It's not possible to us,
  • 00:25:49.240 --> 00:25:50.270
  • but it's possible to God.
  • 00:25:50.270 --> 00:25:52.060
  • Because, "To God all things are
  • 00:25:52.060 --> 00:25:53.210
  • possible."
  • 00:25:53.210 --> 00:25:54.140
  • Nothing is impossible.
  • 00:25:54.140 --> 00:25:56.040
  • And that's why it's
  • 00:25:56.040 --> 00:25:57.000
  • a faith adventure serving Jesus,
  • 00:25:57.000 --> 00:25:59.070
  • because you walk in the realm
  • 00:25:59.070 --> 00:26:00.200
  • of the impossible that is
  • 00:26:00.200 --> 00:26:02.020
  • well beyond your own self,
  • 00:26:02.020 --> 00:26:04.240
  • and takes you
  • 00:26:04.240 --> 00:26:05.090
  • into the great, great promise
  • 00:26:05.090 --> 00:26:06.290
  • of God because, "It's
  • 00:26:06.290 --> 00:26:08.020
  • exceeding abundant
  • 00:26:08.020 --> 00:26:08.270
  • above anything you
  • 00:26:08.270 --> 00:26:10.000
  • could ever imagine, but it's
  • 00:26:10.000 --> 00:26:11.100
  • according to," what?
  • 00:26:11.100 --> 00:26:12.260
  • "What's going on inside of you."
  • 00:26:12.260 --> 00:26:15.100
  • Don't underestimate
  • 00:26:15.100 --> 00:26:16.010
  • the importance of what's
  • 00:26:16.010 --> 00:26:17.150
  • going on inside of you.
  • 00:26:17.150 --> 00:26:19.250
  • Proverbs 27, verse 10, if I were
  • 00:26:19.250 --> 00:26:22.180
  • to read it
  • 00:26:22.180 --> 00:26:23.170
  • in the New Living Translation,
  • 00:26:23.170 --> 00:26:25.130
  • it says: "Just as our face
  • 00:26:26.080 --> 00:26:29.080
  • is reflected in water,
  • 00:26:29.080 --> 00:26:31.180
  • so the heart reflects
  • 00:26:31.180 --> 00:26:33.130
  • the real person."
  • 00:26:33.130 --> 00:26:35.020
  • Wanna know what's going on
  • 00:26:35.020 --> 00:26:35.280
  • in a person's heart?
  • 00:26:35.280 --> 00:26:37.270
  • Just have a look at their life.
  • 00:26:37.270 --> 00:26:40.010
  • This Scripture says
  • 00:26:40.010 --> 00:26:40.240
  • in the New King James:
  • 00:26:40.240 --> 00:26:42.050
  • "As in water face reflects
  • 00:26:42.050 --> 00:26:44.200
  • face," you can see
  • 00:26:44.200 --> 00:26:46.070
  • your face in the water
  • 00:26:46.070 --> 00:26:47.230
  • like a mirror, "so the heart
  • 00:26:47.230 --> 00:26:50.220
  • reveals the man."
  • 00:26:50.220 --> 00:26:52.200
  • Well, Daniel, his heart,
  • 00:26:52.200 --> 00:26:54.210
  • his spirit, is described
  • 00:26:54.210 --> 00:26:55.280
  • as, "Excellent."
  • 00:26:55.280 --> 00:26:57.010
  • Daniel had a heart
  • 00:26:57.010 --> 00:26:58.240
  • that distinguished him.
  • 00:26:58.240 --> 00:27:00.220
  • The Scripture says that, "He had
  • 00:27:00.220 --> 00:27:02.110
  • a heart that distinguished him."
  • 00:27:02.110 --> 00:27:04.220
  • I like that because so often
  • 00:27:04.220 --> 00:27:06.100
  • we're waiting for God
  • 00:27:06.100 --> 00:27:07.100
  • to do things.
  • 00:27:07.100 --> 00:27:08.100
  • But Daniel, his own attitude,
  • 00:27:08.100 --> 00:27:10.050
  • his own attitude,
  • 00:27:10.050 --> 00:27:11.030
  • his own thinking,
  • 00:27:11.030 --> 00:27:12.020
  • it's what was in him
  • 00:27:12.020 --> 00:27:14.010
  • that distinguished him.
  • 00:27:14.010 --> 00:27:15.060
  • "Distinguished" means
  • 00:27:15.060 --> 00:27:16.170
  • "it set him apart,
  • 00:27:16.170 --> 00:27:17.220
  • there was something different
  • 00:27:17.220 --> 00:27:19.100
  • about him."
  • 00:27:19.100 --> 00:27:19.290
  • Listen to it in The Message.
  • 00:27:19.290 --> 00:27:21.090
  • In The Message it says:
  • 00:27:21.090 --> 00:27:23.070
  • "But Daniel, brimming
  • 00:27:23.070 --> 00:27:24.150
  • with spirit and intelligence,"
  • 00:27:25.010 --> 00:27:28.010
  • spirit, that's the part God
  • 00:27:28.010 --> 00:27:29.140
  • works in, the spiritual,
  • 00:27:29.140 --> 00:27:31.220
  • and intelligence, the natural,
  • 00:27:31.260 --> 00:27:34.260
  • "so completely outclassed
  • 00:27:34.260 --> 00:27:36.140
  • the other vice-regents
  • 00:27:36.140 --> 00:27:37.230
  • and governors that the king
  • 00:27:37.230 --> 00:27:39.120
  • decided to put him in charge
  • 00:27:39.120 --> 00:27:41.060
  • of the whole kingdom."
  • 00:27:41.060 --> 00:27:43.260
  • He literally rose to the top.
  • 00:27:43.260 --> 00:27:45.260
  • Everything Daniel did,
  • 00:27:45.260 --> 00:27:47.170
  • he seemed to rise to the top.
  • 00:27:47.170 --> 00:27:49.060
  • If you wanna live
  • 00:27:49.060 --> 00:27:49.280
  • above circumstance,
  • 00:27:49.280 --> 00:27:51.130
  • if you wanna live
  • 00:27:51.130 --> 00:27:52.050
  • ahead of the game, I mean,
  • 00:27:52.050 --> 00:27:53.150
  • I genuinely believe that if we
  • 00:27:53.150 --> 00:27:55.150
  • understand the power
  • 00:27:55.150 --> 00:27:57.010
  • of the heart, that it'll set you
  • 00:27:57.010 --> 00:27:59.180
  • apart and to literally
  • 00:27:59.180 --> 00:28:00.220
  • distinguish you.
  • 00:28:00.220 --> 00:28:02.040
  • There is something different
  • 00:28:02.040 --> 00:28:03.120
  • about that person.
  • 00:28:03.120 --> 00:28:04.080
  • There is something different
  • 00:28:04.080 --> 00:28:05.150
  • about that church.
  • 00:28:05.150 --> 00:28:06.200
  • There is something different
  • 00:28:06.200 --> 00:28:07.230
  • about those people.
  • 00:28:07.230 --> 00:28:09.010
  • Well, that's what I believe
  • 00:28:09.010 --> 00:28:10.130
  • your spirit can do.
  • 00:28:10.130 --> 00:28:12.180
  • "Daniel, brimming with spirit
  • 00:28:12.220 --> 00:28:15.220
  • and intelligence," I do like
  • 00:28:15.220 --> 00:28:18.160
  • that thought because there's
  • 00:28:18.160 --> 00:28:20.100
  • a God part, and there's
  • 00:28:20.100 --> 00:28:22.080
  • a natural part.
  • 00:28:22.080 --> 00:28:23.250
  • And you know what?
  • 00:28:23.250 --> 00:28:24.170
  • When I think of intelligence,
  • 00:28:24.170 --> 00:28:26.140
  • to be honest with you, there's
  • 00:28:26.140 --> 00:28:28.080
  • a lot of intellectual people,
  • 00:28:28.080 --> 00:28:30.080
  • and academics, and there's
  • 00:28:30.080 --> 00:28:32.010
  • no doubt they're smart
  • 00:28:32.010 --> 00:28:33.000
  • on one level.
  • 00:28:33.000 --> 00:28:34.250
  • And, of course, if they make
  • 00:28:34.250 --> 00:28:35.240
  • wise choices, then they're
  • 00:28:35.240 --> 00:28:37.090
  • intelligent.
  • 00:28:37.090 --> 00:28:39.020
  • But I think sometimes it's not
  • 00:28:39.020 --> 00:28:40.180
  • always people who are smart
  • 00:28:40.180 --> 00:28:43.070
  • in terms of intellect,
  • 00:28:43.070 --> 00:28:44.150
  • but sometimes people who are
  • 00:28:44.150 --> 00:28:45.180
  • just wise, godly, wise.
  • 00:28:45.180 --> 00:28:47.190
  • They steward their life well.
  • 00:28:47.190 --> 00:28:49.150
  • They're smart.
  • 00:28:49.150 --> 00:28:50.120
  • They're intelligent.
  • 00:28:50.120 --> 00:28:52.020
  • If you decide that God is first
  • 00:28:52.020 --> 00:28:54.140
  • in your life, you have
  • 00:28:54.140 --> 00:28:56.020
  • the right things guarding
  • 00:28:56.020 --> 00:28:57.030
  • your heart.
  • 00:28:57.030 --> 00:28:57.270
  • You look after your spirit.
  • 00:28:57.270 --> 00:28:59.160
  • You have, like Daniel,
  • 00:28:59.160 --> 00:29:00.220
  • an excellent spirit.
  • 00:29:00.220 --> 00:29:02.010
  • Well, just like him, it was
  • 00:29:02.010 --> 00:29:03.130
  • his spirit that brought
  • 00:29:03.130 --> 00:29:04.190
  • deliverance from the lions' den.
  • 00:29:04.190 --> 00:29:06.200
  • And because of what was
  • 00:29:06.200 --> 00:29:07.150
  • in Daniel, I would rather be
  • 00:29:07.150 --> 00:29:09.110
  • a Daniel in a den of lions
  • 00:29:09.110 --> 00:29:11.150
  • than a lion in a den of Daniels.
  • 00:29:11.150 --> 00:29:14.010
  • And I believe that
  • 00:29:14.010 --> 00:29:15.060
  • with all my heart.
  • 00:29:15.060 --> 00:29:16.260
  • Because sometimes we get
  • 00:29:16.260 --> 00:29:18.140
  • so raw by what's going on
  • 00:29:18.140 --> 00:29:20.010
  • around and about us,
  • 00:29:20.010 --> 00:29:21.010
  • but when it comes
  • 00:29:21.010 --> 00:29:21.170
  • to possibility,
  • 00:29:21.170 --> 00:29:22.170
  • the greatest resistance comes
  • 00:29:22.170 --> 00:29:24.020
  • from what's going on
  • 00:29:24.020 --> 00:29:25.070
  • inside of us.
  • 00:29:25.070 --> 00:29:26.270
  • He had an excellent spirit.
  • 00:29:26.270 --> 00:29:29.170
  • He had a spirit
  • 00:29:29.170 --> 00:29:30.280
  • that distinguished him,
  • 00:29:30.280 --> 00:29:32.130
  • that set him so far apart
  • 00:29:32.130 --> 00:29:34.050
  • from the rest that the king
  • 00:29:34.050 --> 00:29:35.180
  • wanted to put him
  • 00:29:35.180 --> 00:29:36.130
  • above the whole realm.
  • 00:29:36.130 --> 00:29:39.130
  • The next thing
  • 00:29:39.130 --> 00:29:40.060
  • about Daniel's spirit,
  • 00:29:40.060 --> 00:29:42.070
  • Daniel's heart, is he had
  • 00:29:42.070 --> 00:29:43.230
  • a heart of faithfulness.
  • 00:29:43.230 --> 00:29:46.050
  • Don't underestimate the power
  • 00:29:46.050 --> 00:29:47.230
  • of faithfulness.
  • 00:29:47.230 --> 00:29:49.290
  • It says in Daniel 6, verse 4,
  • 00:29:49.290 --> 00:29:52.010
  • the next verse, toward the end
  • 00:29:52.010 --> 00:29:54.130
  • of the verse, it says: "They
  • 00:29:54.130 --> 00:29:56.020
  • could find no charge or fault
  • 00:29:56.020 --> 00:29:58.090
  • against Daniel, because he was
  • 00:29:58.170 --> 00:30:01.170
  • faithful; nor was there
  • 00:30:01.170 --> 00:30:03.230
  • any error or fault found
  • 00:30:03.230 --> 00:30:06.060
  • in him."
  • 00:30:06.060 --> 00:30:07.160
  • Faithfulness may be underrated
  • 00:30:07.160 --> 00:30:09.110
  • by some people.
  • 00:30:09.110 --> 00:30:11.070
  • Faithfulness will take
  • 00:30:11.070 --> 00:30:11.290
  • you further
  • 00:30:11.290 --> 00:30:13.090
  • than many, many people think.
  • 00:30:13.090 --> 00:30:15.080
  • There is something powerful
  • 00:30:15.080 --> 00:30:16.070
  • about faithfulness,
  • 00:30:16.070 --> 00:30:17.080
  • and it's a quality of the heart.
  • 00:30:17.080 --> 00:30:19.240
  • And because of Daniel's
  • 00:30:19.240 --> 00:30:20.140
  • faithfulness, he wasn't
  • 00:30:20.140 --> 00:30:22.040
  • overcome, and God did cause him
  • 00:30:22.040 --> 00:30:23.280
  • to the rise to the top
  • 00:30:23.280 --> 00:30:25.060
  • under three different kings:
  • 00:30:25.060 --> 00:30:26.110
  • Nebuchadnezzar, then King Darius
  • 00:30:26.110 --> 00:30:28.140
  • the Mede, and then King Cyrus,
  • 00:30:28.140 --> 00:30:31.100
  • the Medo-Persian king.
  • 00:30:31.100 --> 00:30:32.220
  • He kept on rising to the top
  • 00:30:32.220 --> 00:30:34.190
  • and God kept blessing him.
  • 00:30:34.190 --> 00:30:35.260
  • The Scripture talks about him
  • 00:30:35.260 --> 00:30:37.050
  • walking in favor.
  • 00:30:37.050 --> 00:30:38.070
  • He knew deliverance.
  • 00:30:38.070 --> 00:30:39.150
  • He literally knew
  • 00:30:39.150 --> 00:30:40.030
  • God's blessing.
  • 00:30:40.030 --> 00:30:41.090
  • The Bible says that, "God
  • 00:30:41.090 --> 00:30:42.190
  • prospered him under King Darius
  • 00:30:42.190 --> 00:30:44.180
  • and under King Cyrus."
  • 00:30:44.180 --> 00:30:46.090
  • And a lot of that was to do
  • 00:30:46.090 --> 00:30:47.200
  • with his faithfulness.
  • 00:30:47.200 --> 00:30:49.160
  • Never underestimate
  • 00:30:49.160 --> 00:30:50.190
  • the importance
  • 00:30:50.190 --> 00:30:51.070
  • of just keep on turning up.
  • 00:30:51.070 --> 00:30:54.050
  • In the Ecclesiastes, it says,
  • 00:30:54.050 --> 00:30:55.200
  • "When the spirit of the ruler
  • 00:30:55.200 --> 00:30:57.070
  • rises against you, do not leave
  • 00:30:57.070 --> 00:30:59.070
  • your post."
  • 00:30:59.070 --> 00:31:00.210
  • You know, I've got high value
  • 00:31:00.210 --> 00:31:02.070
  • on people who know
  • 00:31:02.070 --> 00:31:03.030
  • how to hold on to their post.
  • 00:31:03.030 --> 00:31:05.030
  • Never underestimate the value
  • 00:31:05.030 --> 00:31:07.220
  • of faithfulness.
  • 00:31:07.220 --> 00:31:09.060
  • It is such a powerful thing.
  • 00:31:09.060 --> 00:31:11.210
  • And if I could just say this,
  • 00:31:11.210 --> 00:31:13.210
  • unfaithfulness,
  • 00:31:13.210 --> 00:31:15.150
  • and the devastation
  • 00:31:15.150 --> 00:31:17.020
  • and disaster it brings.
  • 00:31:17.020 --> 00:31:19.090
  • Over all the years I've known
  • 00:31:19.100 --> 00:31:22.100
  • various people, and in one area
  • 00:31:22.100 --> 00:31:23.230
  • or another they proved
  • 00:31:23.230 --> 00:31:24.230
  • themselves unfaithful.
  • 00:31:24.230 --> 00:31:27.060
  • Well, can I tell you right now,
  • 00:31:27.060 --> 00:31:28.210
  • all of a sudden, it's like they
  • 00:31:28.210 --> 00:31:31.090
  • lost their anointing.
  • 00:31:31.090 --> 00:31:33.120
  • They didn't lose
  • 00:31:33.120 --> 00:31:33.270
  • their anointing.
  • 00:31:33.270 --> 00:31:34.250
  • What unfaithfulness does is
  • 00:31:34.250 --> 00:31:36.010
  • causes you to lose your voice.
  • 00:31:36.010 --> 00:31:38.050
  • It causes you to lose
  • 00:31:38.050 --> 00:31:39.030
  • your credibility.
  • 00:31:39.030 --> 00:31:40.150
  • It causes you
  • 00:31:40.150 --> 00:31:41.230
  • to, instead of being one who
  • 00:31:41.230 --> 00:31:43.210
  • distinguishes yourself,
  • 00:31:43.210 --> 00:31:45.290
  • one who, certainly,
  • 00:31:45.290 --> 00:31:47.040
  • through unfaithfulness, a spirit
  • 00:31:47.040 --> 00:31:48.230
  • of disloyalty in one way
  • 00:31:48.230 --> 00:31:50.140
  • or another, finds yourself
  • 00:31:50.140 --> 00:31:52.060
  • in the middle of the pack.
  • 00:31:52.060 --> 00:31:53.250
  • Never underestimate
  • 00:31:53.250 --> 00:31:55.160
  • faithfulness.
  • 00:31:55.160 --> 00:31:56.140
  • Proverbs 20, verse 6,
  • 00:31:56.140 --> 00:31:58.110
  • it's a good verse.
  • 00:31:58.110 --> 00:31:59.100
  • It says: "Most people
  • 00:31:59.100 --> 00:32:00.180
  • will proclaim
  • 00:32:00.180 --> 00:32:01.080
  • each their own goodness,
  • 00:32:01.080 --> 00:32:03.010
  • but who can find
  • 00:32:03.010 --> 00:32:03.280
  • a faithful man?"
  • 00:32:03.280 --> 00:32:05.230
  • Who is it that distinguishes
  • 00:32:05.230 --> 00:32:07.020
  • themselves?
  • 00:32:07.020 --> 00:32:08.080
  • It's the faithful man.
  • 00:32:08.080 --> 00:32:09.270
  • It's the faithful person.
  • 00:32:09.270 --> 00:32:11.120
  • Never underestimate the power
  • 00:32:11.120 --> 00:32:13.270
  • of faithfulness.
  • 00:32:13.270 --> 00:32:15.050
  • And the truth is,
  • 00:32:15.050 --> 00:32:16.050
  • natural faithfulness will bring
  • 00:32:16.050 --> 00:32:17.260
  • spiritual blessing.
  • 00:32:17.260 --> 00:32:19.250
  • And I can give you a Scripture
  • 00:32:19.250 --> 00:32:21.020
  • to prove it.
  • 00:32:21.020 --> 00:32:21.240
  • It's Proverbs 28, verse 20.
  • 00:32:21.240 --> 00:32:24.030
  • It says: "A faithful person
  • 00:32:24.030 --> 00:32:26.030
  • will abound in blessings."
  • 00:32:26.030 --> 00:32:28.290
  • Maybe today faithfulness is not
  • 00:32:28.290 --> 00:32:31.110
  • as important as it was one time.
  • 00:32:31.110 --> 00:32:34.050
  • Maybe it's not.
  • 00:32:34.050 --> 00:32:35.200
  • But you may feel sometimes
  • 00:32:35.200 --> 00:32:37.070
  • like you're coming second
  • 00:32:37.070 --> 00:32:38.150
  • by just being faithful.
  • 00:32:38.150 --> 00:32:40.190
  • But as I've said many times,
  • 00:32:40.190 --> 00:32:41.270
  • you'll never come second
  • 00:32:41.270 --> 00:32:42.290
  • by putting God first.
  • 00:32:42.290 --> 00:32:44.190
  • And faithfulness will bring
  • 00:32:44.190 --> 00:32:46.080
  • God's blessing.
  • 00:32:46.080 --> 00:32:48.080
  • It's a promise.
  • 00:32:48.080 --> 00:32:49.030
  • And I would encourage you
  • 00:32:49.030 --> 00:32:50.050
  • in whatever walk of life
  • 00:32:50.050 --> 00:32:51.180
  • that you are called to
  • 00:32:51.180 --> 00:32:53.120
  • that you don't underestimate
  • 00:32:53.120 --> 00:32:55.080
  • - Brian: So, friends, sometimes
  • 00:32:59.200 --> 00:33:00.250
  • our prayer, it's all prayer
  • 00:33:00.250 --> 00:33:02.220
  • and cryin' out to God,
  • 00:33:02.220 --> 00:33:03.240
  • and it's our, if you like,
  • 00:33:03.240 --> 00:33:05.100
  • it's our desperate cry.
  • 00:33:05.100 --> 00:33:07.290
  • But if you add
  • 00:33:07.290 --> 00:33:08.180
  • to that thanksgiving
  • 00:33:08.180 --> 00:33:09.190
  • which reflects our heart,
  • 00:33:09.190 --> 00:33:11.150
  • and it reflects your spirit,
  • 00:33:11.150 --> 00:33:12.240
  • it's an excellent spirit,
  • 00:33:12.240 --> 00:33:14.160
  • there's a whole lot of power
  • 00:33:14.160 --> 00:33:16.010
  • to that kind of prayer.
  • 00:33:18.100 --> 00:33:21.100
  • - Brian: Daniel, he had a heart
  • 00:33:21.100 --> 00:33:22.210
  • that distinguished him.
  • 00:33:22.210 --> 00:33:24.040
  • He had a heart that was
  • 00:33:24.040 --> 00:33:25.120
  • faithful.
  • 00:33:25.120 --> 00:33:26.140
  • He had a heart that was filled
  • 00:33:26.140 --> 00:33:28.160
  • with prayer and gratitude,
  • 00:33:28.170 --> 00:33:31.170
  • or thanksgiving.
  • 00:33:31.170 --> 00:33:33.040
  • In Daniel chapter 6, verse 10,
  • 00:33:33.040 --> 00:33:35.220
  • after Daniel had just found out
  • 00:33:35.220 --> 00:33:37.180
  • that all of the leaders
  • 00:33:37.180 --> 00:33:39.040
  • in the town, he was
  • 00:33:39.040 --> 00:33:40.050
  • one of three governors.
  • 00:33:40.050 --> 00:33:41.130
  • In other words, he was one
  • 00:33:41.130 --> 00:33:42.170
  • of the three most powerful men
  • 00:33:42.170 --> 00:33:44.030
  • in all of the realm,
  • 00:33:44.030 --> 00:33:45.190
  • all of the then known world,
  • 00:33:45.190 --> 00:33:47.060
  • under King Darius.
  • 00:33:47.060 --> 00:33:49.020
  • But the reality is that he had
  • 00:33:49.020 --> 00:33:52.010
  • the opportunity
  • 00:33:52.010 --> 00:33:53.050
  • because of his faithfulness
  • 00:33:53.050 --> 00:33:54.080
  • and because of a heart
  • 00:33:54.080 --> 00:33:55.090
  • that distinguished him
  • 00:33:55.090 --> 00:33:56.180
  • to literally be
  • 00:33:56.180 --> 00:33:58.040
  • up above everybody else.
  • 00:33:58.040 --> 00:33:59.250
  • But it brought
  • 00:33:59.250 --> 00:34:00.130
  • a lot of resistance.
  • 00:34:00.130 --> 00:34:01.290
  • And all of the others ganged up
  • 00:34:01.290 --> 00:34:03.120
  • on him.
  • 00:34:03.120 --> 00:34:04.040
  • And they came up with a rule,
  • 00:34:04.040 --> 00:34:05.130
  • a decree, that they forced
  • 00:34:05.130 --> 00:34:07.260
  • the king through his own law
  • 00:34:07.260 --> 00:34:10.100
  • to sign.
  • 00:34:10.100 --> 00:34:11.080
  • And it was a decree
  • 00:34:11.080 --> 00:34:12.030
  • that if anyone worshiped
  • 00:34:12.030 --> 00:34:13.130
  • any other god except for Darius
  • 00:34:13.130 --> 00:34:15.100
  • and his god, that they would be
  • 00:34:15.100 --> 00:34:16.250
  • put in a lions' den.
  • 00:34:16.250 --> 00:34:18.240
  • Well, Daniel did the only thing
  • 00:34:18.240 --> 00:34:20.060
  • he knew to do.
  • 00:34:20.060 --> 00:34:21.040
  • He began to pray.
  • 00:34:21.040 --> 00:34:23.060
  • In Daniel 6, verse 10 it says:
  • 00:34:23.060 --> 00:34:25.140
  • "Now when Daniel knew that the
  • 00:34:25.140 --> 00:34:27.170
  • writing was signed, he went
  • 00:34:27.170 --> 00:34:29.020
  • home," that's interesting to me.
  • 00:34:29.050 --> 00:34:32.050
  • "He went home,
  • 00:34:32.050 --> 00:34:34.000
  • and in his upper room,
  • 00:34:34.000 --> 00:34:35.190
  • with his windows opened
  • 00:34:35.190 --> 00:34:36.190
  • towards Jerusalem, he knelt down
  • 00:34:36.190 --> 00:34:38.280
  • on his knees three times
  • 00:34:38.280 --> 00:34:40.260
  • that day, and prayed
  • 00:34:40.260 --> 00:34:43.020
  • and gave thanks before his God,
  • 00:34:43.140 --> 00:34:46.140
  • as was his custom
  • 00:34:46.140 --> 00:34:48.130
  • since early days."
  • 00:34:48.130 --> 00:34:50.040
  • This was not
  • 00:34:50.040 --> 00:34:50.190
  • just a panicky prayer.
  • 00:34:50.190 --> 00:34:52.050
  • This was not
  • 00:34:52.050 --> 00:34:52.200
  • just a reactionary prayer.
  • 00:34:52.200 --> 00:34:54.090
  • This was not just a prayer
  • 00:34:54.090 --> 00:34:55.070
  • 'cause he was in trouble.
  • 00:34:55.070 --> 00:34:56.110
  • No, it was his custom
  • 00:34:56.110 --> 00:34:58.000
  • since early days.
  • 00:34:58.000 --> 00:34:59.180
  • Do you know, by now,
  • 00:34:59.180 --> 00:35:01.050
  • I don't know what age
  • 00:35:01.050 --> 00:35:02.110
  • you imagine Daniel when he was
  • 00:35:02.110 --> 00:35:04.240
  • in the lions' den.
  • 00:35:04.240 --> 00:35:06.190
  • I always think of him
  • 00:35:06.190 --> 00:35:07.150
  • as a young guy, strong,
  • 00:35:07.150 --> 00:35:09.160
  • in the prime of his youth,
  • 00:35:09.160 --> 00:35:10.260
  • maybe 20 to 35.
  • 00:35:10.260 --> 00:35:12.260
  • But if you look at it
  • 00:35:12.260 --> 00:35:14.080
  • historically, many people think
  • 00:35:14.080 --> 00:35:16.000
  • after Jerusalem is destroyed
  • 00:35:16.000 --> 00:35:18.090
  • in 586 B.C.
  • 00:35:18.090 --> 00:35:20.280
  • it's actually 50 years.
  • 00:35:20.280 --> 00:35:22.210
  • And King Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:35:22.210 --> 00:35:24.100
  • had been overthrown.
  • 00:35:24.100 --> 00:35:25.060
  • And now it's
  • 00:35:25.060 --> 00:35:25.210
  • the Medo-Persian Empire.
  • 00:35:25.210 --> 00:35:27.090
  • Fifty years, and if that's
  • 00:35:27.090 --> 00:35:29.140
  • correct, Daniel in fact was
  • 00:35:29.140 --> 00:35:30.290
  • eighty years old.
  • 00:35:30.290 --> 00:35:32.170
  • And since his early days,
  • 00:35:32.170 --> 00:35:34.190
  • faithful, faithful,
  • 00:35:34.190 --> 00:35:37.030
  • an excellent spirit.
  • 00:35:37.030 --> 00:35:38.130
  • "Since his early days,"
  • 00:35:38.130 --> 00:35:39.180
  • the Bible says, "it was custom
  • 00:35:39.180 --> 00:35:41.100
  • to pray and to seek God."
  • 00:35:41.100 --> 00:35:43.070
  • And he didn't just pray.
  • 00:35:43.070 --> 00:35:44.150
  • He prayed and gave thanks.
  • 00:35:44.150 --> 00:35:47.140
  • And I'll tell you something
  • 00:35:47.140 --> 00:35:48.050
  • about that.
  • 00:35:48.050 --> 00:35:48.250
  • Often prayer,
  • 00:35:48.250 --> 00:35:49.240
  • it's our desperate cry.
  • 00:35:49.240 --> 00:35:51.270
  • I think thanksgiving, it really
  • 00:35:51.270 --> 00:35:54.210
  • is the spirit of our heart.
  • 00:35:55.070 --> 00:35:58.070
  • Thanksgiving is the spirit
  • 00:35:58.070 --> 00:35:59.110
  • that's inside of you.
  • 00:35:59.110 --> 00:36:00.290
  • Our prayers can be filled
  • 00:36:00.290 --> 00:36:02.020
  • with complaint.
  • 00:36:02.020 --> 00:36:02.270
  • David's was in Psalm 142.
  • 00:36:02.270 --> 00:36:05.080
  • He says, "I bring my complaint
  • 00:36:05.080 --> 00:36:07.070
  • before the Lord."
  • 00:36:07.070 --> 00:36:08.170
  • He was filled with complaint,
  • 00:36:08.170 --> 00:36:09.290
  • and the Psalm 142 reflects that.
  • 00:36:09.290 --> 00:36:12.190
  • And it's only at the very end
  • 00:36:12.190 --> 00:36:14.010
  • in the psalm, the very last line
  • 00:36:14.010 --> 00:36:15.150
  • says about God,
  • 00:36:15.150 --> 00:36:16.260
  • "You deal bountifully with me."
  • 00:36:16.260 --> 00:36:18.260
  • And the difference is, he moved
  • 00:36:18.260 --> 00:36:20.030
  • off his complaint and he began
  • 00:36:20.030 --> 00:36:22.030
  • to talk to the Lord
  • 00:36:22.030 --> 00:36:23.010
  • about bringing his soul
  • 00:36:23.010 --> 00:36:24.050
  • out of prison.
  • 00:36:24.050 --> 00:36:25.050
  • And what did he say?
  • 00:36:25.050 --> 00:36:25.280
  • "That I may praise your name.
  • 00:36:25.280 --> 00:36:27.150
  • That I may start thanking you."
  • 00:36:27.150 --> 00:36:29.060
  • He knew that if he could get
  • 00:36:29.060 --> 00:36:30.140
  • to thanking God,
  • 00:36:30.140 --> 00:36:31.230
  • and his soul come out of prison,
  • 00:36:31.230 --> 00:36:33.060
  • that it would bring the bounty
  • 00:36:33.060 --> 00:36:34.120
  • of God in his life.
  • 00:36:34.120 --> 00:36:36.030
  • So, friends, sometimes
  • 00:36:36.030 --> 00:36:37.150
  • our prayer, it's all prayer
  • 00:36:37.150 --> 00:36:39.070
  • and cryin' out to God,
  • 00:36:39.070 --> 00:36:40.120
  • and it's our, if you like,
  • 00:36:40.120 --> 00:36:41.270
  • it's our desperate cry.
  • 00:36:41.270 --> 00:36:44.110
  • But if you add
  • 00:36:44.110 --> 00:36:44.280
  • to that thanksgiving
  • 00:36:44.280 --> 00:36:46.050
  • which reflects our heart,
  • 00:36:46.050 --> 00:36:47.280
  • and it reflects your spirit,
  • 00:36:47.280 --> 00:36:49.100
  • it's an excellent spirit,
  • 00:36:49.100 --> 00:36:50.290
  • there's a whole lot of power
  • 00:36:50.290 --> 00:36:52.170
  • to that kind of prayer.
  • 00:36:52.170 --> 00:36:54.240
  • He didn't just pray
  • 00:36:54.240 --> 00:36:55.170
  • a panicky prayer.
  • 00:36:55.170 --> 00:36:57.210
  • He knew, I believe,
  • 00:36:57.210 --> 00:36:59.180
  • that his answers
  • 00:36:59.180 --> 00:37:00.110
  • to what was happening
  • 00:37:00.110 --> 00:37:01.060
  • natural were in the heavenlies.
  • 00:37:01.060 --> 00:37:03.270
  • 2 Corinthians 10, verse 3, it
  • 00:37:03.270 --> 00:37:06.150
  • says: "For we walk in the flesh,
  • 00:37:07.050 --> 00:37:10.050
  • but we do not war in the flesh."
  • 00:37:10.050 --> 00:37:12.080
  • Your walk is your everyday life.
  • 00:37:12.080 --> 00:37:14.030
  • Your war, of course,
  • 00:37:14.030 --> 00:37:15.030
  • is the battle in the heavenlies.
  • 00:37:15.030 --> 00:37:16.110
  • That's what Daniel was doing
  • 00:37:16.110 --> 00:37:17.190
  • in this prayer room.
  • 00:37:17.190 --> 00:37:18.210
  • He started
  • 00:37:18.210 --> 00:37:19.070
  • taking this on spiritually.
  • 00:37:19.210 --> 00:37:22.210
  • And I want you to know
  • 00:37:22.210 --> 00:37:23.140
  • that if you're facing
  • 00:37:23.140 --> 00:37:24.190
  • any kind of resistance,
  • 00:37:24.190 --> 00:37:25.270
  • internal resistance,
  • 00:37:25.270 --> 00:37:27.130
  • external resistance,
  • 00:37:27.130 --> 00:37:29.190
  • your greatest defense is
  • 00:37:29.190 --> 00:37:32.050
  • in the heavenlies.
  • 00:37:32.050 --> 00:37:33.260
  • 2 Corinthians 10, verse 4:
  • 00:37:33.260 --> 00:37:35.190
  • "The weapons of our warfare
  • 00:37:35.190 --> 00:37:36.280
  • are not carnal."
  • 00:37:36.280 --> 00:37:38.140
  • In other words, not the flesh,
  • 00:37:38.140 --> 00:37:39.230
  • not just natural.
  • 00:37:39.230 --> 00:37:40.270
  • No, "They are mighty in God
  • 00:37:40.270 --> 00:37:42.290
  • to the pulling down
  • 00:37:42.290 --> 00:37:44.040
  • of strongholds."
  • 00:37:44.040 --> 00:37:45.040
  • Let's be a people who know
  • 00:37:45.040 --> 00:37:46.100
  • the power of prayer
  • 00:37:46.100 --> 00:37:47.110
  • and thanksgiving.
  • 00:37:47.110 --> 00:37:48.160
  • Put them together.
  • 00:37:48.160 --> 00:37:49.180
  • They are a mighty team.
  • 00:37:49.180 --> 00:37:51.020
  • One is showing the spirit
  • 00:37:51.020 --> 00:37:52.110
  • of my heart.
  • 00:37:52.110 --> 00:37:53.050
  • The other is the cry
  • 00:37:53.050 --> 00:37:54.040
  • of my heart.
  • 00:37:54.040 --> 00:37:54.270
  • But together they can bring
  • 00:37:54.270 --> 00:37:56.160
  • breakthrough and miracles,
  • 00:37:56.160 --> 00:37:58.070
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:37:58.070 --> 00:38:00.040
  • Daniel, he had a heart
  • 00:38:00.040 --> 00:38:02.090
  • that distinguished him.
  • 00:38:02.090 --> 00:38:04.070
  • He had a heart that was
  • 00:38:04.070 --> 00:38:05.060
  • faithful.
  • 00:38:05.060 --> 00:38:06.160
  • He had a heart of prayer
  • 00:38:06.160 --> 00:38:08.030
  • and thanksgiving.
  • 00:38:08.030 --> 00:38:10.240
  • He had a heart that kept him
  • 00:38:11.040 --> 00:38:14.040
  • and was proven in the fire,
  • 00:38:14.120 --> 00:38:17.120
  • a heart that was proven
  • 00:38:17.120 --> 00:38:19.040
  • in the fire.
  • 00:38:19.040 --> 00:38:20.290
  • And you know, that's where
  • 00:38:20.290 --> 00:38:21.210
  • credibility comes from,
  • 00:38:21.210 --> 00:38:23.200
  • when you've been proven
  • 00:38:23.200 --> 00:38:24.250
  • in the fire.
  • 00:38:24.250 --> 00:38:26.210
  • And the one thing I see
  • 00:38:26.210 --> 00:38:27.290
  • on Daniel's life is that the way
  • 00:38:27.290 --> 00:38:30.280
  • he lived his life,
  • 00:38:30.280 --> 00:38:32.100
  • he built amazing credibility.
  • 00:38:32.100 --> 00:38:34.290
  • Daniel 6, verse 20: "The king
  • 00:38:34.290 --> 00:38:37.060
  • spoke, saying to Daniel,
  • 00:38:37.060 --> 00:38:38.100
  • 'Daniel, servant
  • 00:38:38.100 --> 00:38:39.040
  • of the living God,
  • 00:38:39.040 --> 00:38:40.120
  • has your God, whom,'" listen,
  • 00:38:40.120 --> 00:38:42.100
  • "you serve continually,"
  • 00:38:42.100 --> 00:38:45.070
  • continually, since early days,
  • 00:38:45.090 --> 00:38:48.090
  • whom you serve continually,
  • 00:38:48.090 --> 00:38:51.010
  • "has your God been able
  • 00:38:51.010 --> 00:38:53.080
  • to deliver you from the lions?"
  • 00:38:53.080 --> 00:38:55.060
  • the king asked.
  • 00:38:55.060 --> 00:38:56.250
  • "Has your God been able
  • 00:38:56.250 --> 00:38:57.240
  • to deliver you from the lions?"
  • 00:38:57.240 --> 00:38:59.130
  • Daniel was in the lions' pit.
  • 00:38:59.130 --> 00:39:01.000
  • He'd been there all night.
  • 00:39:01.000 --> 00:39:02.150
  • And the king comes.
  • 00:39:02.150 --> 00:39:04.010
  • The king was hoping
  • 00:39:04.010 --> 00:39:04.240
  • that Daniel's God
  • 00:39:04.240 --> 00:39:06.130
  • would deliver him.
  • 00:39:06.130 --> 00:39:07.070
  • He said, "Has your God
  • 00:39:07.070 --> 00:39:08.030
  • delivered him?
  • 00:39:08.030 --> 00:39:09.030
  • Has he delivered you?"
  • 00:39:09.030 --> 00:39:10.230
  • But he talked about,
  • 00:39:10.230 --> 00:39:11.170
  • "The God you serve continually."
  • 00:39:11.170 --> 00:39:13.190
  • There's that faithfulness again.
  • 00:39:13.190 --> 00:39:14.290
  • I'll tell you
  • 00:39:14.290 --> 00:39:15.140
  • where in life credibility comes.
  • 00:39:15.140 --> 00:39:17.190
  • Credibility will open
  • 00:39:17.190 --> 00:39:18.120
  • all sorts of doors for you.
  • 00:39:18.120 --> 00:39:20.140
  • Credibility will literally make
  • 00:39:20.140 --> 00:39:22.180
  • a way for you in life.
  • 00:39:22.180 --> 00:39:24.130
  • Credibility, it comes
  • 00:39:24.130 --> 00:39:25.270
  • from both consistency
  • 00:39:25.270 --> 00:39:27.290
  • and conviction.
  • 00:39:27.290 --> 00:39:29.110
  • If you've got that consistency,
  • 00:39:29.110 --> 00:39:30.260
  • that faithfulness.
  • 00:39:30.260 --> 00:39:32.080
  • In other words, having done all,
  • 00:39:32.080 --> 00:39:33.150
  • you still stand.
  • 00:39:33.150 --> 00:39:34.110
  • You do not leave your post.
  • 00:39:34.110 --> 00:39:35.240
  • You know the power
  • 00:39:35.240 --> 00:39:36.210
  • of faithfulness.
  • 00:39:36.210 --> 00:39:37.140
  • You are consistent.
  • 00:39:37.140 --> 00:39:39.160
  • And, you know, the Scripture
  • 00:39:39.160 --> 00:39:40.080
  • says that,
  • 00:39:40.080 --> 00:39:40.270
  • "He served God continually."
  • 00:39:40.270 --> 00:39:43.120
  • I've gotta say, sometimes,
  • 00:39:43.120 --> 00:39:45.160
  • when people are in the fire,
  • 00:39:45.160 --> 00:39:47.190
  • the first thing they do is
  • 00:39:47.190 --> 00:39:48.220
  • draw back from serving.
  • 00:39:48.220 --> 00:39:51.010
  • And maybe the best thing you
  • 00:39:51.010 --> 00:39:51.290
  • can do in times like that is
  • 00:39:51.290 --> 00:39:54.110
  • just keep serving God.
  • 00:39:54.110 --> 00:39:56.010
  • Just keep turning up.
  • 00:39:56.010 --> 00:39:57.160
  • Just be part of the answer.
  • 00:39:57.160 --> 00:39:59.060
  • Just stay faithful.
  • 00:39:59.060 --> 00:40:00.240
  • Because consistency is
  • 00:40:00.240 --> 00:40:02.200
  • a huge part
  • 00:40:02.200 --> 00:40:04.080
  • of growing credibility
  • 00:40:04.080 --> 00:40:07.000
  • in your life.
  • 00:40:07.000 --> 00:40:08.160
  • And the other one, of course,
  • 00:40:08.160 --> 00:40:09.190
  • that builds credibility,
  • 00:40:09.190 --> 00:40:10.280
  • what Daniel definitely had,
  • 00:40:10.280 --> 00:40:12.210
  • was conviction.
  • 00:40:12.210 --> 00:40:14.190
  • And conviction knows
  • 00:40:14.190 --> 00:40:15.190
  • when to say, "I will."
  • 00:40:15.190 --> 00:40:17.210
  • And it knows when to say,
  • 00:40:17.210 --> 00:40:18.220
  • "I will not."
  • 00:40:18.220 --> 00:40:20.260
  • Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego,
  • 00:40:22.190 --> 00:40:25.190
  • also in the book of Daniel
  • 00:40:25.190 --> 00:40:27.240
  • several chapters before.
  • 00:40:27.240 --> 00:40:30.120
  • Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego,
  • 00:40:30.120 --> 00:40:32.050
  • similar situation to Daniel.
  • 00:40:32.050 --> 00:40:34.060
  • For Daniel it was a lions' den.
  • 00:40:34.060 --> 00:40:35.180
  • For them it was a fiery furnace.
  • 00:40:35.180 --> 00:40:37.270
  • And when it came to Daniel 3,
  • 00:40:37.270 --> 00:40:39.150
  • verse 17 and verse 18, Meshach,
  • 00:40:39.150 --> 00:40:42.110
  • Shadrach, and Abednego, it says:
  • 00:40:42.180 --> 00:40:45.180
  • "'If we are thrown
  • 00:40:45.180 --> 00:40:46.120
  • into the blazing furnace,
  • 00:40:46.120 --> 00:40:47.290
  • the God we serve is able
  • 00:40:47.290 --> 00:40:49.260
  • to deliver us from it,
  • 00:40:49.260 --> 00:40:51.030
  • and he will deliver us
  • 00:40:51.030 --> 00:40:52.130
  • from Your Majesty's hand.'"
  • 00:40:52.130 --> 00:40:54.180
  • Talking to the king,
  • 00:40:54.180 --> 00:40:55.170
  • "He will deliver us
  • 00:40:55.170 --> 00:40:56.190
  • from Your Majesty's hand."
  • 00:40:56.190 --> 00:40:58.190
  • But these are the words I think
  • 00:40:58.190 --> 00:40:59.180
  • have power, "But even if he
  • 00:40:59.180 --> 00:41:01.220
  • does not," I will not.
  • 00:41:02.280 --> 00:41:05.280
  • "Even if he does not, we want
  • 00:41:06.140 --> 00:41:09.140
  • you to know, Your Majesty,
  • 00:41:09.140 --> 00:41:11.100
  • that we will not serve your gods
  • 00:41:11.100 --> 00:41:12.160
  • or worship the image
  • 00:41:12.160 --> 00:41:14.050
  • of gold you have set up."
  • 00:41:14.050 --> 00:41:15.170
  • "Even if he does not."
  • 00:41:16.020 --> 00:41:19.020
  • What if he does not?
  • 00:41:19.020 --> 00:41:20.180
  • What if he doesn't answer
  • 00:41:20.180 --> 00:41:21.110
  • that prayer?
  • 00:41:21.110 --> 00:41:22.000
  • What if he doesn't heal
  • 00:41:22.000 --> 00:41:23.010
  • that person?
  • 00:41:23.010 --> 00:41:23.240
  • What if he doesn't?
  • 00:41:23.240 --> 00:41:24.190
  • We know he can.
  • 00:41:24.190 --> 00:41:25.150
  • We know he will.
  • 00:41:25.150 --> 00:41:26.090
  • For Meshach, Shadrach,
  • 00:41:26.090 --> 00:41:27.090
  • and Abednego, all of a sudden
  • 00:41:27.090 --> 00:41:28.290
  • there's somebody else
  • 00:41:28.290 --> 00:41:29.240
  • in the fire.
  • 00:41:29.240 --> 00:41:30.260
  • We get introduced to him
  • 00:41:30.260 --> 00:41:32.040
  • in the New Testament,
  • 00:41:32.040 --> 00:41:33.110
  • the someone else in the fire.
  • 00:41:33.110 --> 00:41:35.060
  • So God did.
  • 00:41:35.060 --> 00:41:36.040
  • But their spirit was,
  • 00:41:36.040 --> 00:41:37.070
  • "Even if he doesn't.
  • 00:41:37.070 --> 00:41:38.240
  • I believe God will.
  • 00:41:38.240 --> 00:41:40.020
  • I believe God can.
  • 00:41:40.020 --> 00:41:41.020
  • But even if he doesn't,
  • 00:41:41.020 --> 00:41:43.030
  • I will not.
  • 00:41:43.100 --> 00:41:46.100
  • - Brian: I believe God
  • 00:41:52.010 --> 00:41:52.250
  • can bring you favor
  • 00:41:52.250 --> 00:41:53.280
  • from places you never imagined,
  • 00:41:53.280 --> 00:41:56.110
  • that God can literally change
  • 00:41:56.110 --> 00:41:57.280
  • the heart, change the mind
  • 00:41:57.280 --> 00:41:59.130
  • of people, and it's gonna be
  • 00:41:59.130 --> 00:42:00.260
  • supernatural favor.
  • 00:42:00.260 --> 00:42:02.090
  • It's gonna be favor
  • 00:42:02.090 --> 00:42:03.020
  • on your life.
  • 00:42:03.020 --> 00:42:04.050
  • It's gonna be the promise of God
  • 00:42:04.050 --> 00:42:05.130
  • being outworked in your life,
  • 00:42:05.130 --> 00:42:07.130
  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:42:09.130 --> 00:42:12.130
  • - Brian: What are
  • 00:42:12.130 --> 00:42:12.290
  • the, "I will nots" in your life?
  • 00:42:12.290 --> 00:42:15.100
  • What are the, "I will nots"?
  • 00:42:15.100 --> 00:42:17.190
  • What are those things
  • 00:42:17.190 --> 00:42:18.200
  • that for you are principles
  • 00:42:18.200 --> 00:42:20.200
  • that determine your behavior,
  • 00:42:20.200 --> 00:42:22.140
  • our convictions that decide,
  • 00:42:22.140 --> 00:42:24.010
  • "I will," or, "I won't,"
  • 00:42:24.010 --> 00:42:25.140
  • the things that I will live by?
  • 00:42:25.140 --> 00:42:27.120
  • It's my absolute conviction
  • 00:42:27.120 --> 00:42:29.170
  • about those beliefs
  • 00:42:29.170 --> 00:42:31.140
  • and principles
  • 00:42:31.140 --> 00:42:32.090
  • by which I uphold,
  • 00:42:32.090 --> 00:42:33.250
  • and those things are the things
  • 00:42:33.250 --> 00:42:35.180
  • where we decide, "I will,"
  • 00:42:35.180 --> 00:42:36.250
  • or, "I will not."
  • 00:42:36.250 --> 00:42:37.290
  • Live your life
  • 00:42:37.290 --> 00:42:38.210
  • with a few, "I will nots,"
  • 00:42:38.210 --> 00:42:40.000
  • and watch how the blessing
  • 00:42:40.000 --> 00:42:40.280
  • of God will come on your life.
  • 00:42:40.280 --> 00:42:42.090
  • And the blessing of God
  • 00:42:42.090 --> 00:42:43.060
  • will take you further
  • 00:42:43.060 --> 00:42:44.060
  • than any resistance
  • 00:42:44.060 --> 00:42:45.120
  • that you can imagine.
  • 00:42:45.120 --> 00:42:46.150
  • So never underestimate the power
  • 00:42:46.150 --> 00:42:49.020
  • of credibility, which comes
  • 00:42:49.020 --> 00:42:51.040
  • from consistency, and it comes
  • 00:42:51.040 --> 00:42:53.090
  • from conviction.
  • 00:42:53.090 --> 00:42:54.290
  • And listen to Daniel.
  • 00:42:54.290 --> 00:42:57.080
  • He says in chapter 6, verse 22:
  • 00:42:57.150 --> 00:43:00.170
  • "My God sent his angel and shut
  • 00:43:02.090 --> 00:43:05.090
  • the lions' mouth, so that they
  • 00:43:05.090 --> 00:43:07.130
  • have not hurt me, because
  • 00:43:07.130 --> 00:43:08.140
  • I was found innocent before God;
  • 00:43:08.140 --> 00:43:11.120
  • and also, O king, I have done
  • 00:43:11.120 --> 00:43:13.070
  • no wrong before you.'"
  • 00:43:13.070 --> 00:43:15.210
  • Before God, the spiritual,
  • 00:43:15.210 --> 00:43:18.100
  • and before man, the natural.
  • 00:43:18.100 --> 00:43:21.020
  • And that's where he proved
  • 00:43:21.020 --> 00:43:21.290
  • his faithfulness.
  • 00:43:21.290 --> 00:43:22.270
  • That's where he proved
  • 00:43:22.270 --> 00:43:23.230
  • his credibility.
  • 00:43:23.230 --> 00:43:24.200
  • That's where he showed
  • 00:43:24.200 --> 00:43:25.180
  • his consistency.
  • 00:43:25.180 --> 00:43:26.200
  • That's where he lived
  • 00:43:26.200 --> 00:43:27.220
  • by conviction.
  • 00:43:27.220 --> 00:43:28.240
  • It was in his attitude to God
  • 00:43:28.240 --> 00:43:30.140
  • and his attitude to the people
  • 00:43:30.140 --> 00:43:32.030
  • around and about him.
  • 00:43:32.030 --> 00:43:33.090
  • And, of course, it brought him
  • 00:43:33.090 --> 00:43:34.140
  • deliverance from the lions' den.
  • 00:43:34.140 --> 00:43:37.130
  • Do you know, there were
  • 00:43:37.130 --> 00:43:38.090
  • other people.
  • 00:43:38.090 --> 00:43:39.040
  • They got thrown
  • 00:43:39.040 --> 00:43:39.210
  • in the lions' den.
  • 00:43:39.210 --> 00:43:41.000
  • "They didn't even touch
  • 00:43:41.000 --> 00:43:41.200
  • the ground," the Bible says.
  • 00:43:41.200 --> 00:43:43.240
  • They didn't even touch
  • 00:43:43.240 --> 00:43:44.150
  • the ground and the lions
  • 00:43:44.150 --> 00:43:45.130
  • devoured them
  • 00:43:45.130 --> 00:43:46.170
  • and ravaged them.
  • 00:43:46.170 --> 00:43:47.140
  • So these were not gummy lions.
  • 00:43:47.180 --> 00:43:50.180
  • It's just that what was
  • 00:43:50.180 --> 00:43:51.200
  • in Daniel was greater
  • 00:43:51.200 --> 00:43:53.060
  • than what was working
  • 00:43:53.060 --> 00:43:54.000
  • against him.
  • 00:43:54.000 --> 00:43:54.240
  • "Greater is he that is in you
  • 00:43:54.240 --> 00:43:56.230
  • than he that is in the world."
  • 00:43:56.230 --> 00:43:59.070
  • What are your, "I will not"?
  • 00:44:02.100 --> 00:44:05.100
  • In a world of temptation,
  • 00:44:05.100 --> 00:44:07.280
  • distraction, peer pressure,
  • 00:44:09.080 --> 00:44:12.080
  • what are your, "I will nots"?
  • 00:44:12.080 --> 00:44:15.060
  • The fifth thing that I could see
  • 00:44:15.060 --> 00:44:16.230
  • in Daniel is he had a heart
  • 00:44:18.190 --> 00:44:21.190
  • that was filled with faith.
  • 00:44:21.190 --> 00:44:24.000
  • He had a heart, a spirit,
  • 00:44:24.000 --> 00:44:25.070
  • of faith.
  • 00:44:25.070 --> 00:44:26.150
  • In Daniel 6, verse 23 it says:
  • 00:44:26.230 --> 00:44:29.230
  • "Now the king was
  • 00:44:29.230 --> 00:44:30.170
  • exceedingly glad for Daniel,
  • 00:44:30.170 --> 00:44:32.290
  • and commanded that they
  • 00:44:32.290 --> 00:44:34.010
  • should take Daniel up
  • 00:44:34.010 --> 00:44:35.030
  • out of the lions' den.
  • 00:44:35.030 --> 00:44:36.240
  • So Daniel was taken up
  • 00:44:36.240 --> 00:44:37.260
  • out of the den, and no injury
  • 00:44:37.260 --> 00:44:39.160
  • whatsoever was found
  • 00:44:39.160 --> 00:44:40.200
  • on him," why?
  • 00:44:40.200 --> 00:44:41.240
  • "Because he believed
  • 00:44:41.240 --> 00:44:42.240
  • in his God."
  • 00:44:42.240 --> 00:44:43.210
  • He kept his faith in God.
  • 00:44:43.210 --> 00:44:45.150
  • There is something amazing
  • 00:44:45.150 --> 00:44:46.220
  • about someone who their heart
  • 00:44:46.220 --> 00:44:48.130
  • distinguishes them.
  • 00:44:48.130 --> 00:44:49.230
  • Their heart is faithful.
  • 00:44:49.230 --> 00:44:51.100
  • Their heart is a heart of prayer
  • 00:44:51.100 --> 00:44:53.050
  • and gratitude to God.
  • 00:44:53.050 --> 00:44:54.180
  • Their heart is a heart
  • 00:44:54.180 --> 00:44:55.270
  • that gains credibility because
  • 00:44:55.270 --> 00:44:57.280
  • it's been proven in the fire.
  • 00:44:57.280 --> 00:44:59.180
  • Their heart is a heart filled
  • 00:44:59.180 --> 00:45:01.040
  • with faith.
  • 00:45:01.040 --> 00:45:01.260
  • They believe their God.
  • 00:45:01.260 --> 00:45:03.170
  • And even when the opposition
  • 00:45:03.170 --> 00:45:04.290
  • and the resistance come,
  • 00:45:04.290 --> 00:45:06.060
  • their spirit says, "I will not.
  • 00:45:06.060 --> 00:45:07.200
  • I will not," like Meshach,
  • 00:45:07.200 --> 00:45:09.200
  • Shadrach, and Abednego,
  • 00:45:09.200 --> 00:45:11.070
  • like Daniel in that lions' den.
  • 00:45:11.070 --> 00:45:13.040
  • And of course, God brought
  • 00:45:13.040 --> 00:45:14.080
  • not only favor, he brought
  • 00:45:14.080 --> 00:45:16.030
  • deliverance, and he brought
  • 00:45:16.030 --> 00:45:17.190
  • blessing to Daniel.
  • 00:45:17.190 --> 00:45:19.260
  • I love, I love this story.
  • 00:45:20.190 --> 00:45:23.190
  • You see, God gave Daniel favor.
  • 00:45:25.160 --> 00:45:28.160
  • He gave him favor
  • 00:45:28.160 --> 00:45:30.150
  • with Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:45:30.150 --> 00:45:31.210
  • in the early days when he was
  • 00:45:31.210 --> 00:45:32.270
  • forced against where his heart
  • 00:45:33.020 --> 00:45:36.020
  • was, Jerusalem, to learn
  • 00:45:36.020 --> 00:45:38.060
  • a foreign language, culture,
  • 00:45:38.060 --> 00:45:40.070
  • learn the literature.
  • 00:45:40.070 --> 00:45:41.130
  • And God gave him
  • 00:45:41.130 --> 00:45:42.030
  • an unusual aptitude for it.
  • 00:45:42.030 --> 00:45:43.240
  • God favored him and his friends,
  • 00:45:43.240 --> 00:45:45.160
  • and gave him this capacity
  • 00:45:45.160 --> 00:45:47.240
  • that wasn't natural.
  • 00:45:47.240 --> 00:45:49.160
  • God gave him favor.
  • 00:45:49.160 --> 00:45:51.170
  • You can tell because he changed
  • 00:45:51.170 --> 00:45:53.170
  • the king's mind.
  • 00:45:53.170 --> 00:45:55.090
  • The same king who had signed
  • 00:45:55.090 --> 00:45:56.100
  • a decree that says, "If you
  • 00:45:56.100 --> 00:45:58.050
  • worship God, any other god
  • 00:45:58.050 --> 00:46:00.100
  • but Darius, you'll be thrown
  • 00:46:00.100 --> 00:46:02.010
  • in the lions' den," this god
  • 00:46:02.010 --> 00:46:04.200
  • is not, this king is not a king
  • 00:46:04.200 --> 00:46:07.040
  • who, you know, was
  • 00:46:07.040 --> 00:46:08.190
  • a, if you like,
  • 00:46:08.190 --> 00:46:09.240
  • a God-fearing king.
  • 00:46:09.250 --> 00:46:12.250
  • No, he was from a foreign land
  • 00:46:12.250 --> 00:46:14.260
  • with a foreign religion
  • 00:46:14.260 --> 00:46:15.250
  • and foreign thinking.
  • 00:46:15.250 --> 00:46:17.190
  • And listen to what happened
  • 00:46:17.190 --> 00:46:20.110
  • after Daniel was delivered
  • 00:46:20.110 --> 00:46:21.110
  • from the lions.
  • 00:46:21.110 --> 00:46:22.280
  • It's Daniel chapter 6,
  • 00:46:22.280 --> 00:46:24.020
  • verse 25 to 27:
  • 00:46:24.080 --> 00:46:27.080
  • "King Darius wrote:
  • 00:46:27.080 --> 00:46:28.080
  • 'To all peoples, nations,
  • 00:46:28.080 --> 00:46:29.130
  • and languages,'" that's how big
  • 00:46:29.130 --> 00:46:30.290
  • his kingdom was, "that dwell
  • 00:46:30.290 --> 00:46:33.100
  • in all the earth:
  • 00:46:33.100 --> 00:46:35.000
  • Peace be multiplied to you.
  • 00:46:35.000 --> 00:46:37.040
  • I make a decree," remember,
  • 00:46:37.040 --> 00:46:38.120
  • he already made a decree,
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  • "that in every dominion
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  • of my kingdom men must tremble
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  • and fear before the God
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  • of Daniel.
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  • For he's the living God,
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  • and steadfast forever;
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  • His kingdom is the one
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  • which shall not be destroyed,
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  • and His dominion shall endure
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  • to the end," the Bible says.
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  • That's what you call favor.
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  • He is a king who had signed
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  • a decree which was signing
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  • Daniel's death, who now
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  • is signing a decree that's
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  • sayin', "The only God
  • 00:47:07.020 --> 00:47:08.150
  • we'll worship is Daniel's God,
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  • and he will endure to the end,"
  • 00:47:11.220 --> 00:47:14.220
  • was the pronouncement.
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  • Wow.
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  • Daniel knew incredible favor,
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  • and he knew God's deliverance.
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  • You know, in actual fact,
  • 00:47:22.280 --> 00:47:24.250
  • the Scripture that, this one's
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  • Daniel 6, verse 14,
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  • that: "The king was displeased
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  • with himself."
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  • He had signed this decree and he
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  • was displeased with himself.
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  • He wasn't displeased with Daniel
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  • for praying and staying firm
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  • in his relationship with God.
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  • You see, God was working
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  • in a foreign king's heart.
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  • If it were today, it would be
  • 00:47:45.110 --> 00:47:46.110
  • like the king of Iran.
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  • That's who this person is.
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  • And God changed his heart,
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  • and he was delivered there
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  • under Darius.
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  • And then the next king was
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  • Cyrus.
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  • Do you know, Cyrus, he was
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  • the king when people were able
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  • to go back to Jerusalem.
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  • And he actually took
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  • the offering and paid the bills
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  • for them to restore
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  • the temple.
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  • God changed his heart.
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  • I believe God can bring you
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  • favor from places you never
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  • imagined, that God can literally
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  • change the heart, change
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  • the mind of people, and it's
  • 00:48:21.120 --> 00:48:22.270
  • gonna be supernatural favor.
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  • It's gonna be favor
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  • on your life.
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  • It's gonna be the promise of God
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  • being outworked in your life,
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  • in Jesus' name.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • God brought him favor.
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  • God brought him deliverance.
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  • Verse 16: "The king gave
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  • the command, and they brought
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  • Daniel and cast him into the den
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  • of lions.
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  • But the king spoke,
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  • saying to Daniel, 'God,
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  • whom you serve continually,
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  • he will deliver you.'"
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  • And I believe that God,
  • 00:48:56.000 --> 00:48:57.170
  • as we serve him and we have
  • 00:48:57.170 --> 00:48:59.110
  • a heart that distinguishes us,
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  • a faithful heart, a heart that's
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  • filled with prayer
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  • and thanksgiving to God, a heart
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  • that shows that credibility
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  • because it was proven
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  • in the fire, a heart filled
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  • with faith, I genuinely believe
  • 00:49:11.220 --> 00:49:13.270
  • you can know God's deliverance
  • 00:49:13.270 --> 00:49:15.130
  • in the most impossible
  • 00:49:15.130 --> 00:49:16.170
  • of circumstances and situations.
  • 00:49:16.170 --> 00:49:19.160
  • I thank God that I can give
  • 00:49:20.040 --> 00:49:23.040
  • testimony of my own life
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  • to how God has been able
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  • to deliver me
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  • in the most impossible
  • 00:49:27.180 --> 00:49:29.020
  • situations, in Jesus' name.
  • 00:49:29.020 --> 00:49:31.230
  • And I believe, finally,
  • 00:49:31.230 --> 00:49:33.080
  • that what happened
  • 00:49:33.080 --> 00:49:35.000
  • because of what was
  • 00:49:35.000 --> 00:49:36.200
  • in Daniel's excellent spirit,
  • 00:49:37.080 --> 00:49:40.080
  • that heart that distinguished
  • 00:49:40.080 --> 00:49:41.080
  • him, that set him
  • 00:49:41.080 --> 00:49:43.060
  • up above everybody else,
  • 00:49:43.060 --> 00:49:46.020
  • it brought the blessing of God.
  • 00:49:46.060 --> 00:49:49.060
  • Remember, the Bible says,
  • 00:49:49.060 --> 00:49:50.040
  • "The faithful person will be
  • 00:49:50.040 --> 00:49:51.050
  • blessed."
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  • And there's no doubt about it
  • 00:49:52.180 --> 00:49:54.120
  • that for Daniel that brought
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  • blessing.
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  • Here's the verse.
  • 00:49:56.010 --> 00:49:56.210
  • It's verse 28,
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  • toward the end of Daniel 6.
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  • It says: "So this Daniel
  • 00:49:59.220 --> 00:50:00.250
  • prospered in the reign of Darius
  • 00:50:00.260 --> 00:50:03.260
  • and in the reign
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  • of Cyrus the Persian."
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  • He was blessed and he prospered.
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  • Don't underestimate, when it
  • 00:50:09.210 --> 00:50:11.040
  • comes to impossible possibility,
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  • how far your heart can take you.
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  • Don't underestimate what's
  • 00:50:15.270 --> 00:50:17.150
  • inside of you and just where it
  • 00:50:17.150 --> 00:50:19.100
  • can take you, what doors it can
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  • open, what doors it can close,
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  • what resistance,
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  • natural resistance,
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  • internal resistance,
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  • it can overcome.
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  • Friends, never underestimate
  • 00:50:27.120 --> 00:50:29.000
  • the power of a heart
  • 00:50:29.000 --> 00:50:30.060
  • that's sold out to God,
  • 00:50:30.060 --> 00:50:31.190
  • that says,
  • 00:50:31.190 --> 00:50:32.040
  • "Lord, you lead my heart,"
  • 00:50:32.040 --> 00:50:33.230
  • that decides that your heart,
  • 00:50:33.230 --> 00:50:35.070
  • it's God's place.
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  • It's God's territory.
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  • And you're gonna allow
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  • the Spirit of God to rule
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  • your spirit.
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  • And from that, like Daniel,
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  • I don't believe there is
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  • any stopping what God can do
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  • when it comes
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  • to the impossibly possible
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  • purposes of God in your life.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • So, Father, I thank you
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  • for the power of your Word.
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  • And Lord, I pray that we can
  • 00:50:56.220 --> 00:50:57.280
  • have a spirit of faithfulness.
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  • It's through the working of God
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  • in our lives, in our heart,
  • 00:51:01.140 --> 00:51:03.220
  • in our spirit, Father.
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  • Lord, I pray that people
  • 00:51:05.170 --> 00:51:07.070
  • will know their, "I will nots,"
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  • that we won't stop serving
  • 00:51:09.170 --> 00:51:11.130
  • when the fire comes,
  • 00:51:11.130 --> 00:51:12.270
  • when the struggle comes,
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  • when the opposition comes.
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  • We'll keep on turning up.
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  • We'll continue to be faithful.
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  • We'll continue to be part
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  • of the answer.
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  • And in that I speak favor.
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  • I speak deliverance.
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  • I speak blessing.
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  • I speak the will of God
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  • into the hearts of people.
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  • Lord, I proclaim it,
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