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Do The Next Right Thing

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April 5, 2020
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Today we are concluding our series Courageous by examining the final survival tip for thriving in a hostile world. It is a principle that is profoundly simple; but absolutely essential: doing the next right thing.

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • MANY CHRISTIANS CONTENDTHAT DOING GOOD WORKS
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  • ISN'T ALL THAT IMPORTANT.
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  • WELL, WHILE IT'S TRUETHAT WE AREN'T SAVED
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  • BY OUR GOOD WORKS, THE BIBLEMAKES IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR
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  • WE ARE SAVED, IN ORDERTO DO GOOD WORKS.
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  • TODAY, I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU
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  • WHY DOING ALL THE GOODWE CAN, WHILE WE CAN,
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  • AND WHERE WE CAN, ISABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL
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  • TO OUR SURVIVAL AS CHRISTIANS,WHO LIVE IN A HOSTILE WORLD.
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  • MY MESSAGE TODAY IN OURSERIES "COURAGEOUS",
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  • IS TITLED, "SURVIVAL TIP #10:DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING",
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] CHRISTIANS INAMERICA ARE UNDER SIEGE.
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  • LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATETHE TUMULTUOUS TERRAIN
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  • OF A GODLESS CULTURE,
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  • WITH A BRAND NEW BOOKFROM DR. JEFFRESS CALLED
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  • "COURAGEOUS: 10 STRATEGIES FORTHRIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD".
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  • IT'S DR. JEFFRESS'SBOLDEST BOOK YET.
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  • WHEN YOUR FAITH IS UNDER ATTACK,
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  • WHEN YOU'RE TEMPTED TOJUST FOLLOW THE CROWD,
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  • THESE 10 STRATEGIES WILLIGNITE A FEARLESS FIRE,
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  • A BRIGHT HOPE, FOR FACINGLIFE WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPYOF "COURAGEOUS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" TODAY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • IN OUR SERIES, "COURAGEOUS",WE'RE LOOKING AT
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  • 10 STRATEGIES FOR THRIVINGIN A HOSTILE WORLD.
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  • C.S. LEWIS DESCRIBED THEWORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE
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  • AS ENEMY OCCUPIEDTERRITORY, FOR CHRISTIANS.
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  • HOW DO WE SURVIVE AND THRIVEIN THAT KIND OF ENVIRONMENT?
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  • WELL TODAY, WE'RE GOINGTO LOOK AT THE 10TH,
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  • AND THE FINAL PRINCIPLE FORTHRIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD.
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  • AND THE PRINCIPLEIS SIMPLY THIS,
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  • DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.
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  • WHATEVER SITUATION YOU'RE IN,
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  • NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT ITIS, DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.
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  • YOU KNOW, YOU MAY NOTBE IN A LITERAL PRISON,
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  • BUT PERHAPS SOME OFYOU THIS MORNING,
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  • LISTENING TO THIS MESSAGE,
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  • YOU'RE IN A PRISON OF REGRET
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  • OVER SOMETHING YOU'VEDONE FROM THE PAST.
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  • OR THE REGRET OF AMISSED OPPORTUNITY.
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  • SOME OF YOU FEEL LIKEYOU'RE IN THE RUT
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  • OF A DEAD-END JOB, ORA DEAD-END MARRIAGE.
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  • PERHAPS YOUR DIFFICULTSITUATION IS YOU FEEL LIKE
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  • YOU'RE BEING ATTACKED, THERE'SINCOMING FROM ALL SIDES,
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  • BECAUSE YOU'RE TRYINGTO LIVE OUT YOUR FAITH
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  • IN A HOSTILE WORLD.
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  • WHAT CAN YOU DO INTHAT KIND OF SITUATION?
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  • YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TOCHANGE YOUR SITUATION,
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  • BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS DOTHE NEXT RIGHT THING.
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  • IN THE BIBLE, DOINGTHE NEXT RIGHT THING
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  • IS CALLED DOING GOOD.
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  • VERY SIMPLY, DOING GOOD MEANS
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  • DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN,WHILE YOU CAN, WHERE YOU CAN.
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  • YOU FIND THE BASISFOR DOING GOOD
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  • IN THE PASSAGE WE READJUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO.
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  • TAKE YOUR BIBLES ANDTURN TO GALATIANS 6:9-10.
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  • PERHAPS YOU'VE NEVERSEEN THESE VERSES BEFORE.
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  • PAUL WROTE, AND LET US NOTLOSE HEART IN DOING GOOD,
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  • UNDERLINE THAT, FOR INDUE TIME, WE SHALL REAP,
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  • IF WE DO NOT GROW WEARY.
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  • SO THEN, WHILE WE HAVEOPPORTUNITY, LET US DO GOOD,
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  • THERE IT IS AGAIN, TO ALLMEN, AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE
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  • WHO ARE OF THEHOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.
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  • PAUL SAYS IF WE DO GOOD,
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  • NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULTOUR SITUATION,
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  • WE WILL NOT GROW WEARY.
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  • HOW DOES DOING GOOD KEEPUS FROM GROWING WEARY?
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  • THAT WORD TRANSLATEDGROWING WEARY,
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  • DOESN'T MEAN JUSTA LITTLE FATIGUED.
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  • IT MEANS EXHAUSTED TOTHE POINT OF GIVING UP.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN INTHAT KIND OF SITUATION?
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  • THE WORD IN GREEK LITERALLYREFERS TO A BOW STRING,
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  • LIKE YOU MIGHT FIND ON A VIOLIN
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  • DOWN IN THAT ORCHESTRA PIT.
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  • A BOW STRING THATBECOMES UNSTRUNG.
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  • WHEN IT IS LIMP, LOOSE,IT CAN'T PRODUCE MUSIC.
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  • IT'S ONLY WHEN IT'S TAUTTHAT IT PRODUCES MUSIC.
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  • IN THE SAME WAY,IF WE GROW WEARY
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  • TO THE POINT OF GIVING UP, WEARE NO LONGER USEFUL TO GOD.
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  • IT IS BY DOING GOODTHAT WE DO NOT GIVE UP.
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  • PAUL PUT IT THIS WAY,IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58,
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  • THEREFORE, MY BELOVEDBRETHREN, BE STEADFAST,
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  • IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDINGIN THE WORK OF THE LORD,
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  • KNOWING THAT YOUR TOIL ISNOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS DOING GOOD,DOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING,
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  • KEEPS US FROM GIVINGUP, GROWING WEARY.
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  • YOU SAY, WELL EXACTLYWHY SHOULD WE DO GOOD?
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  • LET ME MENTION THE MAIN REASONWE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO GOOD,
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  • TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN,WHILE WE CAN, WHERE WE CAN.
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  • SIMPLY PUT, WE WERE SAVEDIN ORDER TO DO GOOD.
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  • NOW LISTEN TO ME, WE ARE NOTSAVED BY DOING GOOD THINGS,
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  • BUT WE ARE SAVED INORDER TO DO GOOD THINGS.
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  • DOING GOOD IS WHATWE WERE SAVED FOR,
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  • BUT IT'S NOT WHATWE ARE SAVED BY.
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  • IN EPHESIANS 2:8-10, PAULMAKES THIS DISTINCTION,
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  • HE SAYS FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVEBEEN SAVED, THROUGH FAITH,
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  • AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES,IT'S A GIFT OF GOD,
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  • NOT AS A RESULT OF WORKS,THAT NO ONE SHOULD BOAST.
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  • WE ARE NOT SAVED BY DOINGGOOD, BY GOOD WORKS.
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  • BUT WE STOP THERE, WEDON'T GO TO THE NEXT VERSE,
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  • WHICH IS CRUCIAL TO UNDERSTAND.
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  • PAUL SAYS FOR WE AREGOD'S WORKMANSHIP,
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  • CREATED IN CHRISTJESUS, FOR GOOD WORKS,
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  • WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHANDTHAT WE SHOULD WORK IN THEM.
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  • SEE THAT, THEREASON GOD SAVED YOU
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  • WAS IN ORDER THAT YOUWOULD DO GOOD WORKS.
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  • ISN'T THAT WHAT JAMES SAID,
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  • WHEN HE SAID FAITHWITHOUT WORKS IS WHAT?
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  • DEAD, NON-EXISTENT, USELESS.
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  • WE HAVE BEEN SAVEDFOR GOOD WORKS,
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  • THAT'S WHY WE ARE TO DO GOOD.
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  • WELL, WHEN SHOULD WE DO GOOD?
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  • WE'RE TO DO ALL THE GOOD WECAN, WHILE WE CAN, WHEN WE CAN.
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  • WHEN SHOULD WE DO GOOD?
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  • WELL, LOOK AGAINAT GALATIANS 6:10,
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  • SO THEN, WHILE WE HAVEOPPORTUNITY, UNDERLINE THAT,
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  • LET US DO GOOD TO ALL MEN,AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE
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  • WHO ARE THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.
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  • WE'RE TO DO GOOD WHILE WEHAVE THE CHANCE TO DO GOOD.
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  • PAUL USES THAT WORD OPPORTUNITYALSO IN EPHESIANS 5:16.
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  • HE SAYS MAKE THE MOSTOF EVERY OPPORTUNITY,
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  • LITERALLY REDEEM, ORBUY BACK THE TIME.
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  • YOU SEE, YOUROPPORTUNITY TO DO GOOD
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  • WON'T LAST FOREVER, IT HASAN EXPIRATION DATE ON IT.
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  • THERE'S ONLY A LIMITED AMOUNTOF TIME YOU CAN DO GOOD.
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  • THAT EXPIRATION DATE ISTHE DATE OF YOUR DEATH,
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  • OR THE DATE THAT JESUSCHRIST RETURNS AGAIN,
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  • WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
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  • BUT YOU WON'T HAVE THATOPPORTUNITY FOREVER.
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  • THAT'S WHY WE'RETO MAKE THE MOST
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  • OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY RIGHT NOW.
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  • HOW DO YOU MAXIMIZE YOUROPPORTUNITY TO DO GOOD?
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  • LET'S LOOK AND SEE WHATTHE WORD OF GOD SAYS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, IFYOU'RE GOING TO DO GOOD,
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  • LOOK BEYOND YOURSELF.
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  • DOING GOOD MEANS HAVING AFOCUS THAT IS NOT ON YOURSELF.
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  • WE LOOKED AT THIS, INDEPTH, A FEW WEEKS AGO,
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  • WHEN WE LOOKED ATPHILIPPIANS 2:3-4.
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  • REMEMBER, PAUL'S WORDS, HE SAIDDO NOTHING FROM SELFISHNESS,
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  • OR EMPTY CONCEIT, BUTWITH HUMILITY OF MIND,
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  • LET EACH OF YOUREGARD ONE ANOTHER,
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  • AS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIMSELF.
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  • NOW GET THIS, DONOT MERELY LOOK OUT
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  • FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL INTEREST,
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  • BUT ALSO FOR THEINTEREST OF OTHERS.
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  • MY FRIEND BOB BEALHAS A GREAT SAYING,
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  • HE SAYS, "EVERY LIFE EXISTSFOR ONE OF TWO PURPOSES,
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  • "EITHER TO MEET A NEED,OR TO FILL A GREED."
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  • YOUR LIFE IS EITHER FOCUSED ONMEETING OTHER PEOPLE'S NEEDS,
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  • OR LIVING ACCORDINGTO YOUR OWN GREED.
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  • YOUR LIFE IS OTHERSAND GOD FOCUSED,
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  • OR IT'S SELF FOCUSED,IT CAN'T BE BOTH.
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  • IF YOU'RE REALLYGOING TO HAVE A LIFE
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  • THAT IS MARKED BY DOING GOOD,
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  • IT BEGINS WITH LOOKINGBEYOND YOURSELF.
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  • SECONDLY, ASK GOD TO CREATEOPPORTUNITIES TO DO GOOD.
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  • ASK GOD TO CREATEOPPORTUNITIES TO DO GOOD,
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  • IN COLOSSIANS 4:3,PAUL SAID I AM PRAYING,
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  • AND WE SHOULD BE PRAYING,THAT GOD MAY OPEN UP TO US
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  • A DOOR FOR THE WORD, SOTHAT WE MAY SPEAK FORTH
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  • THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST.
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  • PAUL WAS SAYING WE'RE PRAYING
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  • THAT GOD GIVES US ANOPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL.
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  • FRIENDS, THAT'S A PRAYERGOD WILL ALWAYS ANSWER.
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  • WHENEVER YOU PRAY THAT GODWILL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY
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  • TO SHARE CHRIST, OR THAT HEWILL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY
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  • TO DO GOOD TO OTHERS,
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  • TO GLORIFY YOUR FATHERWHO IS IN HEAVEN,
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  • KNOW FOR SURE GOD'SGOING TO ANSWER THAT PRAYER.
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  • BUT HE MAY NOT ANSWERIT IN THE WAY YOU THINK.
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  • AND THOSE OPPORTUNITIESDON'T ALWAYS COME
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  • AT THE MOST CONVENIENT TIME.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE OUGHT TO ASKGOD TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES,
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  • AND THEN THIRDLY, WHENTHOSE OPPORTUNITIES COME,
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  • SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIESTHAT GOD CREATES FOR US.
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  • SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIESTHAT GOD CREATES.
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  • NOW LOOK, THERE ARE ALLKIND OF NEEDS AROUND YOU.
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  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RETHE ONE NECESSARILY
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  • TO MEET THOSE NEEDS.
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  • YOU CAN'T MEET EVERYNEED IN THE WORLD,
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  • BUT YOU OUGHT TO MEET THE NEEDS
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  • THAT GOD GIVES YOU THEOPPORTUNITY TO MEET.
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  • HOW DO YOU KNOW IFIT'S AN OPPORTUNITY,
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  • IF THERE'S A NEED SOMEWHERE,
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  • THAT YOU SHOULD BETHE ONE TO MEET IT?
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  • NOW ASK YOURSELF, DO I HAVETHE ABILITY TO MEET THAT NEED,
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  • THE GIFTEDNESS, THEABILITY TO MEET THAT NEED?
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  • SECONDLY, HAS GOD OPENEDTHE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY
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  • FOR ME TO MEETTHAT NEED AS WELL?
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  • YOU KNOW, I THINKABOUT THE APOSTLE PAUL,
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  • IN ACTS 16, WE FIND THAT PAUL
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  • WAS ON HIS SECONDMISSIONARY JOURNEY,
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  • AND HE REALLY WANTED TO TAKE
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  • THE GOSPEL TOBITHYNIA, REMEMBER?
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  • THAT'S PRESENT DAY TURKEY.
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  • AND SO HE WAS ON HIS WAY,HE THOUGHT, TO BITHYNIA.
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  • BUT IN VERSE 9AND 10 OF ACTS 16,
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  • LUKE SAYS, AND A VISIONAPPEARED TO PAUL IN THE NIGHT,
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  • A CERTAIN MAN OFMACEDONIA WAS STANDING
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  • AND APPEALING TOPAUL, AND SAYING,
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  • "COME OVER TOMACEDONIA AND HELP US."
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  • AND WHEN WE HAD SEEN THEVISION, IMMEDIATELY WE SOUGHT
  • 00:10:56.512 --> 00:10:59.215
  • TO GO INTO MACEDONIA, CONCLUDINGTHAT GOD HAD CALLED US
  • 00:10:59.248 --> 00:11:03.052
  • TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THEM.
  • 00:11:03.085 --> 00:11:05.454
  • GOD CLOSED THE DOORTO GO INTO BITHYNIA,
  • 00:11:05.488 --> 00:11:08.557
  • AS MUCH AS HE TRIED, PAULWASN'T ABLE TO GO THERE.
  • 00:11:08.591 --> 00:11:11.494
  • HE OPENED A DOOR TOCOME TO MACEDONIA.
  • 00:11:11.527 --> 00:11:14.697
  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO GOOD,SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES
  • 00:11:14.730 --> 00:11:17.933
  • THAT GOD CREATES FOR YOU.
  • 00:11:17.967 --> 00:11:21.370
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN I THINK OFDOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING,
  • 00:11:21.403 --> 00:11:24.039
  • EVEN WHEN YOU CAN'TSEE THE WHOLE PICTURE,
  • 00:11:24.073 --> 00:11:26.575
  • I THINK OF ONEWOMAN IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:11:26.609 --> 00:11:28.377
  • WHO ILLUSTRATES THATPRINCIPLE THE BEST.
  • 00:11:28.410 --> 00:11:30.713
  • IN FACT, SHE HAS A WHOLE BOOKTHAT'S ATTRIBUTED TO HER NAME.
  • 00:11:30.746 --> 00:11:35.184
  • HER NAME IS ESTHER.
  • 00:11:35.217 --> 00:11:37.920
  • REMEMBER THE STORY OFESTHER, IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?
  • 00:11:37.953 --> 00:11:41.557
  • YOU KNOW, IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER,
  • 00:11:41.590 --> 00:11:43.726
  • ESTHER'S THE ONLYBOOK OF THE BIBLE
  • 00:11:43.759 --> 00:11:45.795
  • IN WHICH THE WORD GOD ISNOT MENTIONED ONE TIME.
  • 00:11:45.828 --> 00:11:49.665
  • GOD'S NOT MENTIONED ATALL IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
  • 00:11:49.698 --> 00:11:51.967
  • FOR THAT REASON, MARTINLUTHER AND OTHERS THOUGHT
  • 00:11:52.001 --> 00:11:54.270
  • THE BOOK DIDN'T EVENBELONG IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:11:54.303 --> 00:11:56.705
  • BUT THAT'S WRONG, EVEN THOUGHGOD'S NAME DOESN'T APPEAR,
  • 00:11:56.739 --> 00:11:59.074
  • YOU SEE HIS FINGERPRINTSALL OVER ESTHER'S STORY.
  • 00:11:59.108 --> 00:12:03.345
  • IT'S A BOOK ABOUT THEPROVIDENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:12:03.379 --> 00:12:06.782
  • FOR THOSE OF YOUUNFAMILIAR WITH THE STORY,
  • 00:12:06.816 --> 00:12:08.684
  • LET ME GIVE YOU THE"READER'S DIGEST" SUMMARY.
  • 00:12:08.717 --> 00:12:11.253
  • YOU REMEMBER THATESTHER LIVED IN PERSIA,
  • 00:12:11.287 --> 00:12:14.890
  • WHICH IS MODERN DAY IRAN.
  • 00:12:14.924 --> 00:12:17.226
  • THAT'S WHERE SOMEOF THE EXILES LIVED,
  • 00:12:17.259 --> 00:12:19.962
  • THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHO'D BEENEXILED FROM THE NORTHERN,
  • 00:12:19.995 --> 00:12:22.898
  • AND LATER THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM.
  • 00:12:22.932 --> 00:12:24.934
  • AND SHE WAS ORPHANEDAS A YOUNG GIRL.
  • 00:12:24.967 --> 00:12:27.870
  • AND SHE WAS ADOPTED BY HEROLDER COUSIN, NAMED MORDECAI.
  • 00:12:27.903 --> 00:12:32.374
  • AND THROUGH A MIRACULOUSSET OF CIRCUMSTANCES,
  • 00:12:32.408 --> 00:12:35.811
  • ESTHER ENDED UP BEINGCHOSEN BY THE KING, XERXES,
  • 00:12:35.845 --> 00:12:39.715
  • TO BE THE QUEEN OF PERSIA.
  • 00:12:39.748 --> 00:12:42.418
  • AND IN ESTHER 2:17 IT SAYSTHE KING LOVED ESTHER,
  • 00:12:42.451 --> 00:12:47.423
  • MORE THAN ALL OF THE WOMEN,
  • 00:12:47.456 --> 00:12:49.225
  • AND SHE FOUND FAVORAND KINDNESS WITH HIM,
  • 00:12:49.258 --> 00:12:51.393
  • MORE THAN ALL THE VIRGINS, SOTHAT HE SET THE ROYAL CROWN
  • 00:12:51.427 --> 00:12:54.964
  • ON HER HEAD, ANDMADE HER THE QUEEN.
  • 00:12:54.997 --> 00:12:58.868
  • WELL, UPON A DAY, KINGXERXES RIGHT HAND MAN, HAMAN,
  • 00:12:58.901 --> 00:13:04.940
  • ORDERED ALL OF THE PEOPLETO BOW DOWN BEFORE HIM.
  • 00:13:04.974 --> 00:13:09.144
  • AND WHEN COUSIN MORDECAI REFUSEDTO BOW DOWN BEFORE HAMAN,
  • 00:13:09.178 --> 00:13:13.983
  • HAMAN WAS INFURIATED,AND HE WENT TO THE KING,
  • 00:13:14.016 --> 00:13:16.886
  • AND PERSUADED THEKING TO SIGN AN EDICT,
  • 00:13:16.919 --> 00:13:19.388
  • THAT WOULD CALL FOR THEKILLING OF ALL OF THE JEWS
  • 00:13:19.421 --> 00:13:22.691
  • IN THE LAND, NOT JUST MORDECAI,
  • 00:13:22.725 --> 00:13:24.226
  • BUT ALL OF THE JEWS, ON ACERTAIN DATE, IN THE FUTURE.
  • 00:13:24.260 --> 00:13:28.631
  • AND SO KING XERXESSIGNED THAT EDICT,
  • 00:13:28.664 --> 00:13:32.534
  • NOT KNOWING THAT HISOWN WIFE, ESTHER,
  • 00:13:32.568 --> 00:13:35.704
  • WAS A JEWISH HERSELF.
  • 00:13:35.738 --> 00:13:38.374
  • AND WHEN WORD CAME TO MORDECAI,
  • 00:13:38.407 --> 00:13:40.542
  • THAT THE KING HADISSUED THAT EDICT,
  • 00:13:40.576 --> 00:13:42.378
  • HE SENT WORD TOESTHER IN THE PALACE,
  • 00:13:42.411 --> 00:13:44.880
  • TO PLEASE INTERVENE ONNOT ONLY HIS BEHALF,
  • 00:13:44.914 --> 00:13:49.084
  • BUT ON BEHALF OFTHE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:49.118 --> 00:13:51.720
  • WELL ESTHER WAS HESITANT TO GOAND ASK THE KING TO DO THAT,
  • 00:13:51.754 --> 00:13:55.357
  • BECAUSE THERE WAS APERSIAN LAW, A CUSTOM,
  • 00:13:55.391 --> 00:13:58.627
  • THAT YOU NEVER WENT INTO THEKING'S PRESENCE UNINVITED.
  • 00:13:58.661 --> 00:14:02.464
  • BECAUSE IF YOU WENT UNINVITEDINTO THE KING'S PRESENCE,
  • 00:14:02.498 --> 00:14:05.868
  • HE COULD DO ONE OF TWO THINGS.
  • 00:14:05.901 --> 00:14:07.870
  • HE COULD HOLD OUT HIS SCEPTER,
  • 00:14:07.903 --> 00:14:10.272
  • INDICATING THAT YOUWERE FREE TO SPEAK
  • 00:14:10.306 --> 00:14:13.075
  • AND MAKE WHATEVERREQUEST YOU WANTED,
  • 00:14:13.108 --> 00:14:15.444
  • BUT IF THE KINGWITHHELD HIS SCEPTER,
  • 00:14:15.477 --> 00:14:17.279
  • IT MEANS YOU WERETO BE EXECUTED.
  • 00:14:17.313 --> 00:14:19.848
  • YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHYESTHER WAS HESITANT
  • 00:14:19.882 --> 00:14:21.784
  • TO GO INTO THE KING'S PRESENCE.
  • 00:14:21.817 --> 00:14:23.719
  • SHE KNEW SHE HAD A 50/50CHANCE OF LIVING.
  • 00:14:23.752 --> 00:14:27.589
  • AND SO SHE EXPRESSEDHER RESERVATION
  • 00:14:27.623 --> 00:14:29.525
  • TO HER COUSIN MORDECAI,
  • 00:14:29.558 --> 00:14:30.726
  • BUT HE DIDN'T STOPMAKING HIS PLEA.
  • 00:14:30.759 --> 00:14:33.929
  • HE PLED WITH ESTHER ONTHE BASIS OF THREE FACTS,
  • 00:14:33.963 --> 00:14:37.900
  • FIRST OF ALL, ON THEBASIS OF COMMON SENSE.
  • 00:14:37.933 --> 00:14:41.003
  • REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID,CHAPTER 4:13,
  • 00:14:41.036 --> 00:14:44.139
  • DON'T IMAGINE THAT YOUIN THE KING'S PALACE,
  • 00:14:44.173 --> 00:14:46.709
  • CAN ESCAPE ANY MORETHAN ALL THE JEWS.
  • 00:14:46.742 --> 00:14:49.445
  • IN OTHER WORDS, COUSIN,
  • 00:14:49.478 --> 00:14:52.548
  • DO YOU THINK IF HEEXTERMINATES ALL THE JEWS,
  • 00:14:52.581 --> 00:14:54.550
  • HE'S GOING TO SPARE YOU?
  • 00:14:54.583 --> 00:14:56.085
  • NO THE EDICT SAYS EVERYBODY'STO BE EXTERMINATED.
  • 00:14:56.118 --> 00:14:59.788
  • SECONDLY, HE APPEALED TO HERON THE BASIS OF CONSCIOUS.
  • 00:14:59.822 --> 00:15:03.392
  • HE SAID, IN AN ESSENCE,DO YOU THINK IT'S RIGHT
  • 00:15:03.425 --> 00:15:05.894
  • FOR YOU TO BE LIVINGIN THE LAP OF LUXURY,
  • 00:15:05.928 --> 00:15:08.564
  • WHILE YOUR PEOPLE SUFFER?
  • 00:15:08.597 --> 00:15:10.366
  • AND THEN HE SAID IF YOUREMAIN SILENT AT THIS TIME,
  • 00:15:10.399 --> 00:15:13.402
  • RELIEF AND DELIVERANCEWILL ARISE FOR THE JEWS
  • 00:15:13.435 --> 00:15:17.139
  • FROM ANOTHER PLACE.
  • 00:15:17.172 --> 00:15:18.741
  • IN OTHER WORDS, GOD'SGOING TO FULFILL HIS PROMISE,
  • 00:15:18.774 --> 00:15:21.276
  • TO PRESERVE HIS PEOPLE, WHETHEROR NOT YOU DO IT OR NOT,
  • 00:15:21.310 --> 00:15:24.847
  • WOULDN'T YOU RATHER BEA PART OF GOD'S PLAN,
  • 00:15:24.880 --> 00:15:27.383
  • AND BE USED BY HIM?
  • 00:15:27.416 --> 00:15:29.118
  • AND FINALLY, MORDECAIAPPEALED TO HER CALLING.
  • 00:15:29.151 --> 00:15:32.287
  • IN CHAPTER 4:14,HE SAID WHO KNOWS
  • 00:15:32.321 --> 00:15:35.624
  • WHETHER YOU HAVENOT ATTAINED ROYALTY
  • 00:15:35.657 --> 00:15:37.993
  • FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
  • 00:15:38.027 --> 00:15:40.162
  • WHEREAS THE KINGJAMES SAYS WHO KNOWS
  • 00:15:40.195 --> 00:15:42.564
  • THAT YOU HAVE COMEINTO THE KINGDOM
  • 00:15:42.598 --> 00:15:44.466
  • FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
  • 00:15:44.500 --> 00:15:47.202
  • IN OTHER WORDS, ESTHER,
  • 00:15:47.236 --> 00:15:48.404
  • YOU'RE NOT WHEREYOU ARE BY ACCIDENT,
  • 00:15:48.437 --> 00:15:50.439
  • GOD PUT YOU THERE,FOR A GREAT PURPOSE.
  • 00:15:50.472 --> 00:15:54.376
  • WELL IT FINALLY PERSUADEDESTHER TO DO THE RIGHT THING,
  • 00:15:54.410 --> 00:15:57.946
  • THE NEXT RIGHT THING,
  • 00:15:57.980 --> 00:15:59.481
  • BUT BEFORE SHE RUSHEDINTO THE KING'S PRESENCE,
  • 00:15:59.515 --> 00:16:01.583
  • SHE ASKED MORDECAI, ANDTHE OTHER JEWS IN THE LAND,
  • 00:16:01.617 --> 00:16:04.253
  • TO PRAY AND TO FAST FOR HER.
  • 00:16:04.286 --> 00:16:06.822
  • AND FINALLY, AT THEEND OF THREE DAYS,
  • 00:16:06.855 --> 00:16:08.524
  • SHE DECIDED TO GO, AND SHEUTTERED THOSE FAMOUS WORDS
  • 00:16:08.557 --> 00:16:11.927
  • IN CHAPTER 4 VERSE 16,IF I PERISH, I PERISH.
  • 00:16:11.960 --> 00:16:18.100
  • ESTHER WENT INTO THEPRESENCE OF THE KING,
  • 00:16:18.133 --> 00:16:19.068
  • TREMBLING, I'M SURE.
  • 00:16:19.101 --> 00:16:21.103
  • SHE DIDN'T DIE THAT DAY.
  • 00:16:21.136 --> 00:16:23.272
  • INSTEAD, TO HER SURPRISE,THE KING WELCOMED HER,
  • 00:16:23.305 --> 00:16:26.542
  • AND TOLD HER HE WOULD GRANTHER ANY REQUEST SHE MADE.
  • 00:16:26.575 --> 00:16:30.579
  • SHE HAD AN ELABORATE PLAN,
  • 00:16:30.612 --> 00:16:32.147
  • SHE DIDN'T UNVEILHER REQUEST THAT DAY,
  • 00:16:32.181 --> 00:16:35.551
  • BUT LATER ON, AT A BANQUET,
  • 00:16:35.584 --> 00:16:37.252
  • SHE REVEALED THAT SHEWAS JEWISH HERSELF.
  • 00:16:37.286 --> 00:16:40.756
  • SHE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THE KING'SOFFICIAL, HAMAN, HAD DONE,
  • 00:16:40.789 --> 00:16:44.927
  • HOW HE HAD PLOTTEDAGAINST MORDECAI.
  • 00:16:44.960 --> 00:16:48.097
  • SHE PERSUADED THEKING TO DO SOMETHING,
  • 00:16:48.130 --> 00:16:51.300
  • TO INTERVENE ON BEHALFOF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 00:16:51.333 --> 00:16:54.703
  • NOW AGAIN, ACCORDINGTO PERSIAN LAW,
  • 00:16:54.736 --> 00:16:56.572
  • A KING COULD NOTREVERSE AN EDICT.
  • 00:16:56.605 --> 00:16:58.907
  • HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE LAWS OFTHE MEDES AND THE PERSIANS?
  • 00:16:58.941 --> 00:17:02.311
  • IT MEANS SOMETHINGTHAT CANNOT BE CHANGED.
  • 00:17:02.344 --> 00:17:05.147
  • BUT WHAT THE KING COULD DOWAS TO ISSUE ANOTHER ORDER
  • 00:17:05.180 --> 00:17:08.784
  • THAT GAVE THE JEWISH PEOPLEA RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES
  • 00:17:08.817 --> 00:17:12.454
  • WHEN THEY WERE ATTACKED.
  • 00:17:12.488 --> 00:17:14.223
  • HE DID THAT, HAMAN WASEXECUTED, AND AS A RESULT,
  • 00:17:14.256 --> 00:17:17.826
  • THE ENTIRE JEWISHPEOPLE WERE SAVED.
  • 00:17:17.860 --> 00:17:21.230
  • ALL BECAUSE OF THECOURAGE OF ONE WOMAN,
  • 00:17:21.263 --> 00:17:24.666
  • TO DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.
  • 00:17:24.700 --> 00:17:28.437
  • UNDERSTAND AT EVERYSTAGE, ESTHER HAD NO IDEA
  • 00:17:28.470 --> 00:17:30.772
  • HOW THIS WAS GOING TO TURN OUT.
  • 00:17:30.806 --> 00:17:32.574
  • BUT SHE DID THENEXT RIGHT THING.
  • 00:17:32.608 --> 00:17:36.078
  • YOU KNOW, AS I LOOK ATTHAT STORY OF ESTHER,
  • 00:17:36.111 --> 00:17:38.046
  • I FIND FOUR PRINCIPLES ABOUTDOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING,
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:41.950
  • THAT APPLY TO EVERYONE OF US TODAY.
  • 00:17:41.984 --> 00:17:44.820
  • JUST JOT THESE DOWN, WOULD YOU?
  • 00:17:44.853 --> 00:17:46.455
  • FIRST OF ALL, DETERMINETO TAKE ACTION,
  • 00:17:46.488 --> 00:17:49.925
  • IN SPITE OF DANGER OR DOUBT.
  • 00:17:49.958 --> 00:17:54.096
  • DETERMINE THAT YOU'REGOING TO TAKE ACTION,
  • 00:17:54.129 --> 00:17:55.831
  • IN SPITE OF DANGER OR DOUBT.
  • 00:17:55.864 --> 00:17:57.900
  • NOW SOMEBODY HAS SAIDTHAT THE TWO GREATEST DAYS
  • 00:17:57.933 --> 00:18:00.402
  • OF A PERSON'S LIFE ARETHE DAY THEY WERE BORN,
  • 00:18:00.435 --> 00:18:03.839
  • AND SECOND, THE DAY THEYDISCOVER WHY THEY WERE BORN.
  • 00:18:03.872 --> 00:18:08.443
  • ESTHER DISCOVEREDWHY SHE WAS BORN,
  • 00:18:08.477 --> 00:18:10.879
  • THROUGH HER COUSIN'S WORDS.
  • 00:18:10.913 --> 00:18:13.482
  • WHO KNOWS THAT YOU'VECOME TO THE KINGDOM
  • 00:18:13.515 --> 00:18:15.450
  • FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
  • 00:18:15.484 --> 00:18:17.719
  • ESTHER KNEW SHE HADTO TAKE A STAND,
  • 00:18:17.753 --> 00:18:20.455
  • AND SHE WAS WILLING TO DO SO,
  • 00:18:20.489 --> 00:18:22.157
  • EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN'TKNOW HOW IT WOULD TURN OUT.
  • 00:18:22.191 --> 00:18:26.662
  • DETERMINED TO TAKE ACTION,IN SPITE OF DANGER OR DOUBT.
  • 00:18:26.695 --> 00:18:30.499
  • SECONDLY, ENLIST OTHERSIN YOUR ACTION PLAN.
  • 00:18:30.532 --> 00:18:34.303
  • YOU KNOW, ESTHER DIDN'TTRY TO DO THIS BY HERSELF.
  • 00:18:34.336 --> 00:18:36.738
  • SHE ASKED PEOPLETO PRAY FOR HER.
  • 00:18:36.772 --> 00:18:38.907
  • I THINK SHE PROBABLYASKED FOR ADVICE
  • 00:18:38.941 --> 00:18:40.909
  • ON HOW TO BESTAPPROACH THE KING,
  • 00:18:40.943 --> 00:18:42.945
  • WITH HER REQUEST.
  • 00:18:42.978 --> 00:18:44.546
  • PROVERBS 15:22 SAYSWITHOUT CONSULTATION,
  • 00:18:44.580 --> 00:18:48.250
  • PLANS ARE FRUSTRATED, BUT WITHMANY COUNSELORS THEY SUCCEED.
  • 00:18:48.283 --> 00:18:54.122
  • THIRDLY, TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION.
  • 00:18:54.156 --> 00:18:58.126
  • ONCE YOU KNOW WHAT THE NEXTRIGHT THING TO DO IS, DO IT.
  • 00:18:58.160 --> 00:19:04.266
  • DON'T WAIT, DON'TASK FOR ANOTHER SIGN,
  • 00:19:04.299 --> 00:19:07.269
  • IF GOD IS SPOKEN TOYOU, AND SHOWN YOU
  • 00:19:07.302 --> 00:19:09.538
  • WHAT THE NEXT RIGHTTHING TO DO IS, DO IT.
  • 00:19:09.571 --> 00:19:12.608
  • YOU KNOW, SOMEBODYHAS RIGHTLY SAID
  • 00:19:12.641 --> 00:19:16.144
  • THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU ALLOWBETWEEN KNOWING WHAT TO DO
  • 00:19:16.178 --> 00:19:22.551
  • AND DOING WHAT YOU SHOULD DO,
  • 00:19:22.584 --> 00:19:24.086
  • THAT INTERVAL OF TIME IS THETIME THAT SATAN SPEAKS TO YOU.
  • 00:19:24.119 --> 00:19:29.291
  • AND THE LONGER THE TIME IS,
  • 00:19:29.324 --> 00:19:30.959
  • BETWEEN WHEN YOU KNOWWHAT TO DO, AND YOU DO IT,
  • 00:19:30.993 --> 00:19:33.829
  • THE LONGER SATAN HASTO TALK YOU OUT OF IT.
  • 00:19:33.862 --> 00:19:37.032
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANTTO TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION,
  • 00:19:37.065 --> 00:19:40.435
  • WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT THERIGHT THING TO DO IS.
  • 00:19:40.469 --> 00:19:43.238
  • TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION NOW.
  • 00:19:43.272 --> 00:19:44.973
  • DANIEL 11:32 SAYS THEPEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD
  • 00:19:45.007 --> 00:19:49.044
  • SHALL STAND FIRM,AND TAKE ACTION.
  • 00:19:49.077 --> 00:19:53.148
  • TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION.
  • 00:19:53.181 --> 00:19:55.317
  • AND FOURTH, LEAVE THE RESULTSOF YOUR ACTION TO GOD.
  • 00:19:55.350 --> 00:20:01.423
  • LEAVE THE RESULTS OFYOUR ACTION TO GOD.
  • 00:20:01.456 --> 00:20:03.058
  • YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT THEOUTCOME OF YOUR OBEDIENCE IS,
  • 00:20:03.091 --> 00:20:06.895
  • LEAVE THAT UP TO GOD,THAT'S WHAT ESTHER DID.
  • 00:20:06.928 --> 00:20:09.898
  • WHEN SHE SAID I'MGOING IN THERE,
  • 00:20:09.931 --> 00:20:11.767
  • MORDECAI, TO SEE THE KING,IF I PERISH, I PERISH.
  • 00:20:11.800 --> 00:20:16.371
  • SHE WASN'T BEINGMORBID, OR FATALISTIC.
  • 00:20:16.405 --> 00:20:20.008
  • I THINK SHE SAID THAT WITHHAPPINESS IN HER VOICE.
  • 00:20:20.042 --> 00:20:22.778
  • YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M GOING TODO THE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:20:22.811 --> 00:20:24.713
  • IF I DIE, HE KILLS ME, THATJUST MEANS I GET TO SEE GOD
  • 00:20:24.746 --> 00:20:27.883
  • THAT MUCH SOONER.
  • 00:20:27.916 --> 00:20:30.285
  • IF I DON'T DIE, I DON'TDIE, AND I GET TO,
  • 00:20:30.319 --> 00:20:32.154
  • I WIN EITHER WAY.
  • 00:20:32.187 --> 00:20:34.556
  • AND THE SAME IS TRUE FOR YOU.
  • 00:20:34.589 --> 00:20:35.824
  • JUST ASK YOURSELF,IF YOU'RE FEARFUL
  • 00:20:35.857 --> 00:20:37.492
  • ABOUT TAKING THAT NEXT STEP,
  • 00:20:37.526 --> 00:20:39.094
  • ASK YOURSELF WHAT'STHE WORST THING
  • 00:20:39.127 --> 00:20:40.862
  • THAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU?
  • 00:20:40.896 --> 00:20:42.764
  • WELL I GUESS THE WORST THINGTHAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
  • 00:20:42.798 --> 00:20:44.433
  • IS YOU'D DIE DOINGTHE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:20:44.466 --> 00:20:47.069
  • THAT'S PROBABLYNOT GOING TO HAPPEN,
  • 00:20:47.102 --> 00:20:48.737
  • WHATEVER YOU'RE BEING CALLED TO.
  • 00:20:48.770 --> 00:20:49.971
  • IT'S NOT GOING TOCOST YOU YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:50.005 --> 00:20:52.307
  • THERE'S NO REASON TO BE AFRAID.
  • 00:20:52.341 --> 00:20:55.143
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN ITHINK ABOUT SOMEBODY
  • 00:20:55.177 --> 00:20:56.678
  • THAT DID THE RIGHT THING,WITHOUT KNOWING THE OUTCOME,
  • 00:20:56.712 --> 00:21:01.049
  • I THINK ABOUT ANOTHER WOMAN,AND SHE DECIDED THAT FOR HER,
  • 00:21:01.083 --> 00:21:07.189
  • THE NEXT RIGHT THING WAS TOTEACH A SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
  • 00:21:07.222 --> 00:21:09.858
  • FOR UNDERPRIVILEGEDBOYS IN HER CHURCH.
  • 00:21:09.891 --> 00:21:14.196
  • AND SO SHE TOLD THE SUNDAYSCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT,
  • 00:21:14.229 --> 00:21:16.565
  • GOD WAS TELLING HERTO TEACH THIS CLASS,
  • 00:21:16.598 --> 00:21:18.467
  • AND SO SHE TAUGHT THE CLASS,AND THE CHURCH HAD A POLICY
  • 00:21:18.500 --> 00:21:21.670
  • OF BUYING A NEW SUIT OF CLOTHES
  • 00:21:21.703 --> 00:21:23.572
  • FOR EVERY ONE OFTHOSE LITTLE BOYS
  • 00:21:23.605 --> 00:21:25.207
  • THAT WAS IN THESUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS,
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  • TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME.
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  • THERE'S A PARTICULARBOY IN THE CLASS,
  • 00:21:28.510 --> 00:21:30.278
  • BOB, ROWDY, ALWAYS INTERRUPTING.
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  • AFTER A COUPLE OFWEEKS, HE QUIT COMING.
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  • SO THE TEACHER WENT TO SEE HIM.
  • 00:21:36.518 --> 00:21:38.487
  • AND FOUND THAT HE HADRUINED THAT SUIT OF CLOTHES,
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  • TORN THE SUIT.
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  • SO SHE ARRANGED FOR HIMTO HAVE A SECOND SUIT.
  • 00:21:43.158 --> 00:21:45.293
  • HE CAME BACK, KEPTDISRUPTING THE CLASS,
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  • DROPPED OFF THE RADAR, ANDSHE WENT BY TO SEE HIM,
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  • AND HE RUINED A SECOND SUIT.
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  • SHE INVITES HIM BACK,ARRANGES FOR ANOTHER SUIT.
  • 00:21:55.470 --> 00:21:58.874
  • FINALLY, A THIRD TIME, HE'S INTHE CLASS FOR A COUPLE WEEKS,
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  • SHE DOESN'T SEE HIM AGAIN,
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  • SHE GOES TO THE SUNDAYSCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT,
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  • SHE SAID, "I'M READY TO GIVE UP,
  • 00:22:06.581 --> 00:22:08.116
  • "I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO."
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:10.952
  • THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID, "LET'SGIVE HIM ONE MORE CHANCE.
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  • "I'LL GIVE YOU ASUIT TO TAKE TO HIM."
  • 00:22:14.523 --> 00:22:16.558
  • SO SHE DID THAT.
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  • HE CAME BACK TO THE CLASS,AND THIS TIME, HE STAYED.
  • 00:22:18.126 --> 00:22:21.696
  • AND AFTER A FEWWEEKS, HE WAS SAVED,
  • 00:22:21.730 --> 00:22:26.001
  • IN THAT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS.
  • 00:22:26.034 --> 00:22:28.503
  • AFTER THAT, HE BEGAN TEACHINGTHE CLASS, AS A YOUNG MAN.
  • 00:22:28.537 --> 00:22:33.308
  • AND THAT BOY NAMED BOB, HISACTUAL NAME WAS ROBERT MORRISON.
  • 00:22:33.341 --> 00:22:39.614
  • HE BECAME THE FIRST PROTESTANTMISSIONARY TO CHINA.
  • 00:22:39.648 --> 00:22:44.085
  • HE'S THE FIRST ONE TO TRANSLATETHE BIBLE INTO CHINESE.
  • 00:22:44.119 --> 00:22:49.958
  • AND TODAY, THERE ARE LITERALLY
  • 00:22:49.991 --> 00:22:51.860
  • HUNDREDS OF MILLIONSOF CHRISTIANS IN CHINA,
  • 00:22:51.893 --> 00:22:56.398
  • BECAUSE OF THAT ONE WOMAN,THAT SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER,
  • 00:22:56.431 --> 00:23:01.002
  • WHO WAS READY TO DOTHE NEXT RIGHT THING,
  • 00:23:01.036 --> 00:23:04.806
  • EVEN WHEN SHE DIDN'TKNOW THE OUTCOME.
  • 00:23:04.840 --> 00:23:08.310
  • THAT'S WHY THE APOSTLEPAUL SAYS DON'T LOSE HEART
  • 00:23:08.343 --> 00:23:13.048
  • IN DOING GOOD, FORIN GOOD SEASON,
  • 00:23:13.081 --> 00:23:16.051
  • WE SHALL REAP, IF WEDO NOT GROW WEARY.
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  • 00:23:20.355 --> 00:23:26.127
  • AN ENTIRE NATION WAS SAVED,ALL BECAUSE OF THE COURAGE
  • 00:23:26.161 --> 00:23:29.931
  • OF ONE GODLY WOMAN.
  • 00:23:29.965 --> 00:23:31.633
  • THAT'S THE POWER OFDOING THE RIGHT THING.
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  • AND I HOPE YOU'LL TAKE
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  • THESE FOUR PRINCIPLESFROM ESTHER'S STORY,
  • 00:23:36.171 --> 00:23:38.406
  • AND BEGIN APPLYING THEMTO YOUR LIFE TODAY.
  • 00:23:38.440 --> 00:23:42.711
  • WELL, LIKE ESTHER, I BELIEVETHAT GOD HAS APPOINTED
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
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  • THIS YEAR, WE'RE POSITIONEDTO ENGAGE OUR CULTURE,
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  • IN WAYS I NEVERDREAMED POSSIBLE,
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  • AND MAKE AN EVEN GREATERIMPACT ACROSS OUR NATION,
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  • 00:24:03.365 --> 00:24:06.735
  • IN THEIR WALK WITHGOD, JUST AS YOU HAVE.
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  • 00:24:09.871 --> 00:24:13.375
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  • WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU.
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  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [NARRATOR] CHRISTIANS TODAYARE FACING RELENTLESS ATTACKS
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  • [NARRATOR] DON'T ALLOW YOURSELF
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  • 00:25:58.913 --> 00:26:01.616
  • TO THE POINT OF GIVING UP,WE'RE NO LONGER USEFUL TO GOD.
  • 00:26:01.650 --> 00:26:05.720
  • IT'S ONLY BY DOING GOODTHAT WE DO NOT GIVE UP.
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  • 00:26:57.372 --> 00:27:01.376
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  • 00:27:01.409 --> 00:27:03.945
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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