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  • announcer: Coming up nexton "Changing Your World."
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  • Creflo Dollar: God's justlike the parent of a 2-year-old.
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  • He continues toencourage you.
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  • "Come on, keep coming, baby,keep--oh yeah, I know you fell,
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  • but come on, come on, oh, yeah,ooh, you fell and you bumped
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  • your head.
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  • Oh, that's nasty, but geton up, keep coming."
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  • That's the kind ofGod that we have.
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  • And we got to quitcondemning people to hell
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  • because they fell becauseGod's encouraging them to,
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  • "Get up, and keep walkingbecause I'm preparing you
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  • for a place of maturitythat's going to be
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  • a blessing in life."
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  • Creflo: St. John 1:29:"The next day John seeth
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  • Jesus coming unto him, andsaith, 'Behold the Lamb of
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  • God, which taketh away thesins of the world,'" which
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  • taketh away thesins of the world.
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  • Jesus paid for every failure,both before and after
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  • we believed in him.
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  • You see, we silenceSatan's accusations by
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  • turning to Christ everytime he accuses us.
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  • Every time he accuses you,every time he wants to
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  • bring regret, we silencehim by turning to Christ,
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  • by remembering whatJesus has already done.
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  • You know, we have so manypeople that are constantly
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  • preaching how God'sgoing to get you.
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  • "Oh, brother, God'sgoing to get you.
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  • Oh, you did that?
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  • God's going to get you.
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  • Oh, you messed up.
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  • God's going to get you."
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  • And I constantly thinkabout this picture of a
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  • 2-year-old childlearning how to walk.
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  • And, you know, when that2-year-old learns how to
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  • walk, he starts off with,you know, standing up, and
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  • we rejoice whenhe stands up.
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  • And before he takes astep, he stands up and
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  • then he falls down.
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  • Well, you know, will theparent get them because
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  • they fell down anddidn't continue to stand?
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  • And then the process oftime, he finally takes a
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  • step and then he takesanother step, but he
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  • falls down.
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  • Does the parent getthem and punish them and
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  • condemn them to hellbecause they're working
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  • the process?
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  • And then they get up andthey begin to walk and
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  • walk again; and when theyfall down, the parents
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  • encourage them, say,"Come on, keep doing it.
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  • Keep doing it."
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  • And see, we got to changeour thinking about that.
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  • You get--you become aborn-again Christian,
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  • you're like that2-year-old trying to learn
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  • how to walk.
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  • And God is not condemningyou, and God is not
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  • beating you up, and God isnot punishing you because
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  • you fall in the process oflearning how to walk and
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  • learning how to mature.
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  • But what God does is heencourages you and he
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  • says, "Come on, get on up, comeon, come on, come on, get on up.
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  • Let's do it again, come on,let's get on up, do it."
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  • But there's someChristians say, "Oh, you
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  • fell, and God's get mad atyou and he's going to
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  • get you.
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  • He's going to--"
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  • That's not God.
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  • God's just like theparent of the 2-year-old.
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  • He continues toencourage you.
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  • "Come on, keep coming, baby,keep--oh, yeah, I know you fell,
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  • but come on, come on, oh, yeah,uh, you fell and you bumped
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  • your head.
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  • Oh, that's nasty,but get on up.
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  • Keep coming."
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  • That's the kind ofGod that we have.
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  • And we got to quitcondemning people to hell
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  • because they fell becauseGod's encouraging them to,
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  • "Get up and keep walkingbecause I'm preparing you
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  • for a place of maturitythat's going to be a
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  • blessing in life."
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  • And so yes, we failed, butevery failure was paid for
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  • in full at the cross.
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  • Yes, yes, we failed, yes, weall--listen, there's nobody
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  • alive that doesn't have failure,and Satan wants to get your
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  • past failures and use itto put you into a regret.
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  • And I want to encourageyou; yes, we have failed,
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  • but every failure waspaid for at the cross.
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  • It was paid for in full atthe cross of Jesus Christ, amen.
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  • Let's look at the secondway of overcoming regret.
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  • The second way ofovercoming regret, found
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  • in Romans chapter8, verse 1.
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  • Number two, remember--andthis is an act of pulling
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  • it up in your mind.
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  • Remember that there is nocondemnation in Christ.
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  • Satan loves to condemn.
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  • And you've got to rememberwhen you're sitting there
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  • thinking about somethingthat happened in the past,
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  • allowing regret to comein, that's when you need
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  • to respond and say,"Wait a minute.
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  • There is nocondemnation in Christ."
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  • Every time regret showsup, you need to say that
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  • out loud.
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  • "There's nocondemnation in Christ."
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  • Look at verse 1, Romans 8.
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  • He says, "There istherefore now no
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  • condemnation to them whichare in Christ Jesus, who
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  • walked not after theflesh, but according to
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  • the Spirit."
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  • Now, I believe thereis therefore now no
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  • condemnation to them that arein Christ Jesus, period.
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  • Whether you walk accordingto the flesh or walk
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  • according to the Spirit,if you'll study that
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  • out--that rest ofthat Scripture was in
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  • italicize, whichmeans it was added.
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  • Here's what he says.
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  • "There is therefore now nocondemnation to those who
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  • are in Christ Jesus," period.
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  • And every time regretcomes up, you need to open
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  • your mouth and you needto say out loud, "There is
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  • now no condemnation forthose who are in Christ Jesus."
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  • The more you thank God forthis truth, the less you
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  • will feel condemned.
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  • I believe that.
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  • Overcoming regret requiresremembering that there is
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  • no condemnation for us.
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  • You overcome regret.
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  • And every time that regretcomes up, you remind
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  • yourself, "I'min Christ Jesus.
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  • There is no condemnationin Christ Jesus."
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  • That's what Satanwants to do.
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  • He wants to condemn you.
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  • Condemnation is all aboutnot being enough, not
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  • being enough,not being enough.
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  • And then hereminds you, "See?
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  • Look at what youdid in your past.
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  • See, you're not enough,you're not enough."
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  • There is no condemnationto them who are in
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  • Christ Jesus.
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  • Thank God for that, andpraise God for that.
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  • Number three, here's thethird way to overcome
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  • condemnation: leave thepast and move forward.
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  • Leave the pastand move forward.
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  • It seems like Satan is theonly one concerned about
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  • the past.
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  • You're going to have toput that where it belongs.
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  • You know, we all have apast, but we don't need to
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  • live there anymore.
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  • We don't live in our past.
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  • We all have a past, andwe got recent past, but we
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  • don't live there anymore.
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  • You've got to learn how tostep away from your past.
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  • Yeah, there are thingsthat happened, but you
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  • know what?
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  • It's happened, it's in thepast, it's been done.
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  • Why are you occupying andwasting time for something
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  • that it's alreadydone back there?
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  • Leave the pastand come on up.
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  • It's a part of the2-year-old process.
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  • What happened in the pastwas what I did to learn
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  • how to walk.
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  • I can walk now real well,but there was a time where
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  • I'd take a step and I'dfall, and I'd take a step
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  • and I'd hit the coffeetable, and I'd take a
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  • step--that's in the past.
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  • I'm not consideringthat anymore.
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  • I'm walking now.
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  • Glory be to God.
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  • Philippians chapter 3,verse 13 through 14.
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  • Paul is somebodythat I thought about.
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  • He's talking about my Godhaving to go forward after
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  • all of the things thathe had in his past
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  • persecuting the church.
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  • I was even thinking abouteven when he died and went
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  • to heaven and he had tomeet all those people that
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  • he killed and persecuted.
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  • Wow, look at this.
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  • He says, "Brethren, Icount not myself to have
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  • apprehended, butthis one thing I do."
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  • Out of everything he couldhave did, he says, "This
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  • is one thing I do,forgetting those things
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  • which are behind andreaching forth unto those
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  • things which are before.
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  • Because if I don't forgetwhat's behind, then Satan
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  • can take what's behind andcause me to live in regret
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  • and paralyze me fromreaching forward."
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  • And verse 14 he says, "Ipress towards the mark for
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  • the prize of the highcalling of God in Christ Jesus."
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  • He says, "I cannot affordto continue to remember
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  • the past and allow it torob me of what I'm going
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  • after in my future."
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  • That's a lotof Christians.
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  • You're stillstuck in the past.
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  • You're stillstuck in the past.
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  • You got to let that go,and you got to go forward.
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  • And I know there were somedisgusting things in that
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  • past, and I know there wassome condemning things in
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  • that past, but you got todecide, "I'm going to live
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  • there or I'm going topress towards where I'm going."
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  • And I've had to make mymind up as a human being
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  • and as a Christian and asa preacher, "I'm not going
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  • to allow the past to wrapan anchor around my ankle
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  • and keep pulling me backto a place where God has
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  • delivered me from.
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  • I won't do that."
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  • Listen to mevery carefully.
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  • Paul probably had manyregrets as one who
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  • persecuted the church.
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  • He threw believersinto prison.
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  • He separated parentsfrom their children.
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  • He watched and approvedwhen the Jews stoned Stephen.
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  • Think about that.
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  • Look at what hehad to deal with.
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  • And he thought he wasreally carrying out the
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  • law of the Mosaic Law bydoing all of this, but
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  • then when he met Jesus onthe road to Damascus and
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  • gave his heart over to himand realized this gospel
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  • of grace, he's like, "Oh,Lord, look at what I did."
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  • He would have never beenable to move forward
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  • because of the disgustingthings of the past trying
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  • to bring regret todistract his focus from
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  • what Jesus wascalling him to do.
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  • But Paul did notdwell on his sins.
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  • You know what he said?
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  • He says, "I forgotwhat lay behind me."
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  • Paul intentionally--whenI say forgot, he
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  • intentionally did notfocus on these sins, but
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  • he focused on the prizeand he focused on
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  • pursuing Christ.
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  • That should be us today.
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  • That should be us today.
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  • My focus is onpursuing Christ.
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  • That's my focus.
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  • My focus is onpursuing--listen, if you
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  • don't stop focusing on theregrets of your past, you
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  • will be paralyzed andstranded attached to your
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  • past while everythingthat God's called you for,
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  • anointed you for,encouraged you to continue
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  • walking for, all thosethings that he did to get
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  • you ready for now--he knewyou had to fall and go
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  • through stuff before youcould be prepared for now.
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  • Some of you are goingthrough things right now
  • 00:12:00.699 --> 00:12:02.334
  • trying to figure out, "Whyis all of this happening?"
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  • I believe you are abride in preparation.
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  • I believe there are somemighty things getting
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  • ready to happen in yourlife; but like Paul, it's
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  • time for you to press.
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  • Press because it's not apiece of cake like what
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  • I'm saying.
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  • Man, some of those thingscome up in your thinking
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  • and you got to respondimmediately to cast them
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  • down because, you know,you regret it so bad.
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  • "Oh, I wish Ihad did this.
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  • Oh, I wish I would havetook my kids to school
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  • every morning.
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  • Oh, I wish I wouldhave taught them this.
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  • Oh, I wish Ihadn't said that.
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  • Oh, the ugly thing Idid to that friend.
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  • I wish I hadn'trun them away.
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  • Oh--"
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  • And you find yourselfstuck right there not
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  • focusing on where Godwants to take you, amen.
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  • Number four--here's thefourth way to overcome
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  • this regret.
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  • Think--well, let'sgo to Romans.
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  • Well, Romans 8:28, andlet's look at it in the
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  • NLT first, Romans 8:28.
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  • Number four, thank God forusing the good and the bad
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  • for the good.
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  • Thank God for using thegood and the bad for
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  • your good.
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  • You see, God cannot onlyuse the good for your
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  • good, but he can also usethe bad for your good.
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  • You know, you probablydon't even understand how
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  • God can take the biggestmess that you probably
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  • created in your life andhow he's used that to
  • 00:13:30.589 --> 00:13:33.759
  • bring you whereyou are right now.
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  • God knows how to do that.
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  • He's the only one I knowthat can take a mess and
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  • turn it intoa masterpiece.
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  • And I know you beatyourself up and you think,
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  • "I can't believeI did that.
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  • I can't believeI said that.
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  • I can't believe I allowedthat particular thing to
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  • happen in my life."
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  • And, honey, I got to tellyou, God's the only one
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  • I know that can take all ofyour good and all of your
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  • bad and use it forall of your good.
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  • He is the master builder.
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  • He is the potter,and we are the clay.
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  • And he takes all of thatstuff that's called your
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  • life; and when hefinishes, it's
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  • a masterpiece.
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  • I like Romans 8:28.
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  • I notice this.
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  • He says, "And we know thatGod causes," God causes,
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  • God causes, "everything towork together for the good
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  • of those who love God andare called according to
  • 00:14:27.212 --> 00:14:30.249
  • his purpose for them."
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  • God can cause everythingto work together.
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  • I don't know how God takesthis broke--these broken
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  • pieces and mix it withthis good stuff and he can
  • 00:14:38.657 --> 00:14:43.028
  • turn out a masterpiece,but he does.
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  • God causes all things,even our sins, to work
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  • for good.
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  • Now, that's not saying andit doesn't mean that you
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  • should sin intentionallybecause God can work it
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  • for the good, but it justsimply means that we can
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  • know even when we haveblown it somehow that God
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  • will turn itinto our good.
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  • So rather than allowingregret to dominate your
  • 00:15:07.453 --> 00:15:09.989
  • thinking, allow this todominate your thinking;
  • 00:15:10.022 --> 00:15:13.525
  • that, "I blewit back then."
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  • But you can look rightnow and say, "Wow, look at
  • 00:15:16.462 --> 00:15:18.230
  • what he's done toturn it into good."
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  • You know, the world looksat you based on your past,
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  • and they're not--there'sno way they're even
  • 00:15:24.570 --> 00:15:26.105
  • understanding what I'msaying right now, but God
  • 00:15:26.138 --> 00:15:29.274
  • takes the things youhave blown in your life.
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  • God can bless you evenwhen you made a mistake or
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  • even when you missed it.
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  • How can you not servea God like this?
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  • How can you not servea God like this?
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  • So, you can't use yourblown past as an excuse to
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  • not go forward 'causeGod's using every bit of
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  • this thing called life tomake you and to ready you
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  • for the purpose that he'scalled you to this earth
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  • to accomplish.
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  • Amen, praise God, amen, praiseGod, amen, praise God.
  • 00:16:03.542 --> 00:16:10.616
  • And amen, praise God, amen?
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  • So when tempted to fallinto the pit of regret for
  • 00:16:13.185 --> 00:16:17.856
  • past failures, you needto praise God that he will
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  • cause even your failuresto work for your good.
  • 00:16:22.127 --> 00:16:26.632
  • Number five, don't forgetthat God's desire for us
  • 00:16:26.665 --> 00:16:35.340
  • is to be fruitful in goodworks, that God's desire
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  • for us is to befruitful in good works.
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  • And I remember inGalatians, I believe, he
  • 00:16:44.049 --> 00:16:46.652
  • said, "The only thing Iwant you to believe is in
  • 00:16:46.685 --> 00:16:50.856
  • the one that I sent you."
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  • And God wants usto be fruitful.
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  • Your life is a lifeof bearing fruit.
  • 00:16:55.327 --> 00:16:57.663
  • The fruit of the Spirit isavailable so you can bear
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  • that fruit.
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  • Look at Ephesianschapter 2:10 in the NLT.
  • 00:17:01.767 --> 00:17:05.170
  • Ephesians chapter 2 and 10in the NLT, he says, "For
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  • we are God's masterpiece."
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  • Praise the Lord for that.
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  • We're God's masterpiece.
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  • I receive that right now.
  • 00:17:14.413 --> 00:17:15.881
  • We are God's masterpiece.
  • 00:17:15.914 --> 00:17:17.316
  • You receivethat right now.
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  • "He has created usanew in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:17:18.750 --> 00:17:21.787
  • Why?
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  • "So we can do the goodthings he planned for us a
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  • long time ago."
  • 00:17:26.625 --> 00:17:28.861
  • God's planned some goodthings a long time ago for
  • 00:17:28.894 --> 00:17:32.364
  • your life, and you havebeen in the process of
  • 00:17:32.397 --> 00:17:37.336
  • readying yourself forthose good things that God
  • 00:17:37.369 --> 00:17:40.372
  • has planned along time ago.
  • 00:17:40.405 --> 00:17:44.376
  • Look at Jeremiah 29.
  • 00:17:44.409 --> 00:17:47.379
  • Jeremiah 29, verse 11 inthe NLT, he says, "'For I
  • 00:17:47.412 --> 00:17:52.117
  • know the plans that I havefor you,' says the Lord.
  • 00:17:52.151 --> 00:17:58.323
  • 'They are plans for goodand not for disaster, to
  • 00:17:58.357 --> 00:18:02.995
  • give you a futureand a hope.'"
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  • You're thinking about all of thethings that you've blown in your
  • 00:18:06.198 --> 00:18:11.303
  • past, and God says, "I'vegot some plans for you.
  • 00:18:11.336 --> 00:18:15.073
  • They're good."
  • 00:18:15.107 --> 00:18:16.942
  • He said, "They'renot for disaster."
  • 00:18:16.975 --> 00:18:19.444
  • He says, "I will give youa future and I'll give you
  • 00:18:19.478 --> 00:18:22.247
  • a hope."
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  • And God's going to use allof that to bring you to
  • 00:18:23.982 --> 00:18:25.551
  • the place whereyou need to be.
  • 00:18:25.584 --> 00:18:27.953
  • We can be tempted to thinkthat our failures throw a
  • 00:18:27.986 --> 00:18:30.822
  • permanent shadow over ourpossible fruitfulness, but
  • 00:18:30.856 --> 00:18:35.260
  • listen to me carefully.
  • 00:18:35.294 --> 00:18:37.329
  • No matter how much we havefailed, God's Word says he
  • 00:18:37.362 --> 00:18:42.134
  • has good worksfor us to walk in.
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  • And so when we fall,we need to get back up.
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  • We need to getback to work.
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  • He's not donewith you yet.
  • 00:18:52.911 --> 00:18:55.347
  • Don't stay there.
  • 00:18:55.380 --> 00:18:56.782
  • Don't do like thecommercial: "I've fallen
  • 00:18:56.815 --> 00:18:58.383
  • and I can't get up."
  • 00:18:58.417 --> 00:19:00.619
  • Get up, get up.
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  • God's going to use thatfailure, God's going to
  • 00:19:03.355 --> 00:19:05.724
  • use that situation somehowsomeway because he knows
  • 00:19:05.757 --> 00:19:10.662
  • the plans that he'splanned for you.
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  • They're good and theyare not for disaster.
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  • Number six, transform yourregret into thanksgiving.
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  • Transform your regretinto thanksgiving.
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  • 1 Thessalonians chapter 5and verse 18, here's what
  • 00:19:32.718 --> 00:19:35.621
  • he says.
  • 00:19:35.654 --> 00:19:37.356
  • "In everything," in everycircumstance, in every
  • 00:19:37.389 --> 00:19:41.126
  • circumstance, eventhe ones that you're
  • 00:19:41.159 --> 00:19:43.161
  • regretting--he says inevery circumstance
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  • give thanks.
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  • So when the regret comesup, in that regret coming
  • 00:19:50.702 --> 00:19:53.105
  • up you're like, "I thankGod that I'm delivered
  • 00:19:53.138 --> 00:19:55.340
  • for that.
  • 00:19:55.374 --> 00:19:56.708
  • I thank God that I'velearned from that.
  • 00:19:56.742 --> 00:19:58.310
  • I thank God I pursue--I'vematured from that place."
  • 00:19:58.343 --> 00:20:02.381
  • "In everything givethanks, for this is the
  • 00:20:02.414 --> 00:20:06.018
  • will of God in ChristJesus concerning you."
  • 00:20:06.051 --> 00:20:11.223
  • So thank God in allcircumstances, even in the
  • 00:20:11.256 --> 00:20:13.592
  • midst of temptationto regret.
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  • Thank God that he savedyou and has forgiven you
  • 00:20:17.129 --> 00:20:19.631
  • of all of your sins, thathe works all things for
  • 00:20:19.665 --> 00:20:23.702
  • good, that your failuresremind you of your need
  • 00:20:23.735 --> 00:20:27.839
  • for God.
  • 00:20:27.873 --> 00:20:29.474
  • Thank God forhis patience.
  • 00:20:29.508 --> 00:20:31.209
  • Thank God for hislong-suffering with you.
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  • Thank him for hissteadfast and his steady
  • 00:20:33.545 --> 00:20:36.715
  • love while you werelearning how to walk.
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  • Turn and transform yourregret into thanksgiving.
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  • And then number seven,use your failures, number
  • 00:20:49.294 --> 00:20:54.066
  • seven, as a toolto keep you humble.
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  • Oh, I tell you what.
  • 00:20:58.203 --> 00:20:59.905
  • That's what I do.
  • 00:20:59.938 --> 00:21:01.506
  • Anytime I think that I'mbetter than somebody or I
  • 00:21:01.540 --> 00:21:06.078
  • got it better thansomebody--you understand
  • 00:21:06.111 --> 00:21:08.280
  • what I'm saying.
  • 00:21:08.313 --> 00:21:10.148
  • Anytime I want to, youknow, walk in a situation
  • 00:21:10.182 --> 00:21:14.152
  • where I think I'm moreimportant than somebody or
  • 00:21:14.186 --> 00:21:15.954
  • I got the right to,you know, speak down at
  • 00:21:15.987 --> 00:21:20.225
  • somebody, my past--myfailures in the past
  • 00:21:20.258 --> 00:21:27.899
  • become a tool tokeep me humble.
  • 00:21:27.933 --> 00:21:30.535
  • I think, "Man, I can'tbeat them up because
  • 00:21:30.569 --> 00:21:33.238
  • something similarhappened to me."
  • 00:21:33.271 --> 00:21:36.108
  • I think, "Well, I have noright to do the same thing
  • 00:21:36.141 --> 00:21:41.747
  • that other peopledid to me."
  • 00:21:41.780 --> 00:21:44.616
  • I want to make sure thatI can use my failures as a
  • 00:21:44.649 --> 00:21:47.152
  • tool to keep me humble, atool to say, "God, I can't
  • 00:21:47.185 --> 00:21:53.158
  • do nothing without you."
  • 00:21:53.191 --> 00:21:55.293
  • A tool to remind me thatevery time I think about
  • 00:21:55.327 --> 00:21:57.863
  • being self-righteousor everything I think
  • 00:21:57.896 --> 00:21:59.765
  • about--every time I thinkabout, "I don't need God,"
  • 00:21:59.798 --> 00:22:02.934
  • and every time I thinkabout, "Well, you know,
  • 00:22:02.968 --> 00:22:05.470
  • I've been doing thisfor quite some time now.
  • 00:22:05.504 --> 00:22:09.274
  • I don't need topray about it."
  • 00:22:09.307 --> 00:22:11.309
  • No, that's a tool.
  • 00:22:11.343 --> 00:22:14.012
  • I use my failureas a tool.
  • 00:22:14.045 --> 00:22:16.381
  • You think you'rehigh-minded.
  • 00:22:16.415 --> 00:22:18.784
  • No, I use myfailures as a tool.
  • 00:22:18.817 --> 00:22:21.486
  • Some of us forget that itwas--that without God we
  • 00:22:21.520 --> 00:22:25.123
  • wouldn't even be wherewe are right now, and we
  • 00:22:25.157 --> 00:22:27.859
  • forget our failures.
  • 00:22:27.893 --> 00:22:29.528
  • We forget the things thathave happened in our past.
  • 00:22:29.561 --> 00:22:31.329
  • And I get what you'resaying, we talked about
  • 00:22:31.363 --> 00:22:32.898
  • that, but I'm talkingabout you can take those
  • 00:22:32.931 --> 00:22:35.767
  • things when they come upand you can use them as
  • 00:22:35.801 --> 00:22:37.502
  • a tool.
  • 00:22:37.536 --> 00:22:39.538
  • My past failures remindme that I am capable of
  • 00:22:39.571 --> 00:22:43.008
  • anything apart fromthe grace of God.
  • 00:22:43.041 --> 00:22:47.746
  • That's what they remindme of, and I thank God for
  • 00:22:47.779 --> 00:22:50.849
  • his grace.
  • 00:22:50.882 --> 00:22:52.918
  • You see, God doesn't wantus to be paralyzed by
  • 00:22:52.951 --> 00:22:56.488
  • regret, and so let'snot focus on regret.
  • 00:22:56.521 --> 00:23:01.326
  • Let's focus on Jesusand his finished works.
  • 00:23:01.359 --> 00:23:08.400
  • Let's have courage towalk this journey out.
  • 00:23:08.433 --> 00:23:14.973
  • Let's have courage thatwould take to say, "You
  • 00:23:15.006 --> 00:23:19.244
  • know, I knowI'm not perfect.
  • 00:23:19.277 --> 00:23:21.780
  • I know I'm not flawless.
  • 00:23:21.813 --> 00:23:24.316
  • And when I missed themark, I'm going to
  • 00:23:24.349 --> 00:23:25.851
  • keep going."
  • 00:23:25.884 --> 00:23:27.752
  • And as you live and all ofthose failures and falling
  • 00:23:27.786 --> 00:23:33.558
  • Satan wants to use itto accuse you with, just
  • 00:23:33.592 --> 00:23:37.162
  • remind yourself you hadenough courage to walk
  • 00:23:37.195 --> 00:23:39.698
  • from that spot to whereyou are right now today.
  • 00:23:39.731 --> 00:23:45.170
  • Don't allow regret to robyou of focus, where you're
  • 00:23:45.203 --> 00:23:49.241
  • no longer focusing onJesus and his
  • 00:23:49.274 --> 00:23:51.676
  • finished works.
  • 00:23:51.710 --> 00:23:53.945
  • Don't allow regret tosteal time from you; time
  • 00:23:53.979 --> 00:23:58.016
  • that you can be focusingon the Word of the Lord
  • 00:23:58.049 --> 00:24:00.151
  • for your life, time thatyou can be focusing on
  • 00:24:00.185 --> 00:24:02.320
  • what you got in prayer,time that you can be
  • 00:24:02.354 --> 00:24:04.990
  • focusing on what you gotwhile you were meditating
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  • in the Word; and youspent that time in regret,
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