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October 25, 2020
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  • Tony Evans: Today, I want youto experience
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  • an encounter with Godand his provision.
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  • 1 Kings chapter 17,beginning in verse 8,
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  • this is what we read.
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  • "Then the Word of the Lordcame to him," that is Elijah,
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  • "saying, 'Arise, go
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  • to Zarephath, which belongsto Sidon, and stay there.
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  • Behold, I have commanded a widowthere to provide for you.'
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  • So he arose and he wentto Zarephath,
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  • and when he cameto the gate of the city,
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  • behold, a widow was theregathering sticks.
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  • And he called to her and said,
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  • 'Please get mea little water in a jar,
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  • that I might drink.'
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  • And as she was going to get it,he called to her and said,
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  • 'Please bring mea piece of bread in your hand.'
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  • But she said,'As the Lord your God lives,
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  • I have no bread,
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  • only a handful of flourin the bowl
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  • and a little oil in the jar.
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  • And behold, I am gatheringa few sticks
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  • that I may go in and preparefor me and my son,
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  • that we may eat it and die.'
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  • Then Elijah said to her,'Do not fear,
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  • go do as you have said,
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  • but make me a little bread cakefrom it first
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  • and bring it out to me,
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  • and afterward you may make onefor yourself and for your son.
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  • For thus saiththe Lord God of Israel,
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  • the bowl of flourshall not be exhausted,
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  • and shall the jar of oilbe empty--
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  • nor shall the jar of oilbe empty
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  • until the day that the Lordsends rain
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  • on the face of the earth.'
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  • So she went and didaccording to the word of Elijah,
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  • and she and he and her householdate for many days.
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  • The bowl of flourwas not exhausted,
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  • nor the jar--did the jar of oilbecome empty,
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  • accordingto the word of the Lord
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  • which he spoke through Elijah."
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  • Here is one of the great storiesin Scripture of God's provision.
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  • First of all, why does Godallow us to be in circumstances
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  • where it looks like heis not providing?
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  • I am certain that there areplenty of stories here
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  • where you have felt like Godhas left you down--
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  • let you down by leaving you out,
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  • by not coming throughwhen you wanted to,
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  • when you needed him to,when you asked him to,
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  • when you desired him to.
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  • And it looks likewhen you're in a hurry,
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  • he's taking his time,
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  • and he has not satisfiedthe need for provision.
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  • There are a number of reasonswhy God allows his people
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  • to be in circumstanceswhere provision is lacking.
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  • In this particular chapter,
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  • it was becauseof the sin of idolatry.
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  • God had made it clear
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  • that when you goafter other gods,
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  • you let those other godstake care of you.
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  • "When you abandon me,"
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  • Deuteronomy 11,verses 16 and 17,
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  • "if you leave mefor other gods,
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  • then I will close up the heavensand there will be no rain."
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  • For an agricultural environment,rain was critical.
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  • In other words,don't call on my blessing
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  • when you're worshippinganother god.
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  • Let the competitiontake care of you.
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  • So, when we abandon God
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  • through our sinand our idolatry,
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  • we walk awayfrom the provider.
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  • So, one of the reasons whyprovision is absent
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  • is that we have moved awayfrom the provider.
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  • Through our sin,through our idolatry,
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  • remember an idol isany noun, person, place, thing,
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  • or thought that you go toand appeal to as your source.
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  • He says that the reason whyIsrael right now was dried up
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  • and there was a drought
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  • is because theyhad abandoned God
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  • for the idols of Baal.
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  • So, one reason whyprovision may be lacking
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  • is God has been abandoned,
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  • which means you are now leftto your own resources
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  • to provide for yourself
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  • because he's no longerappealed to, respected,
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  • and followedas your Jehovah Jireh.
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  • That's one reason,but that's not the only reason.
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  • Another reason why God allowslack of provision in our lives
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  • in a multiple--multiplicity of arenas,
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  • areas of our lives
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  • is because he is trying us,testing us.
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  • Deuteronomy chapter 8,verses 1 to 3,
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  • God says, "I let you get hungry.
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  • I let your food get low
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  • so that I might testyour heart."
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  • In additionto that kind of test,
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  • he goes on in that same passageand says,
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  • "And I did it to humble you."
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  • In other words,to get rid
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  • of someof your self-sufficiency.
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  • One of the reasons Godwill allow lack,
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  • emotional lack, physical lack,financial lack, career lack,
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  • one of the reasonsGod will allow lack
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  • is to strike a death blowat our independence.
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  • God hates pride.
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  • And he hates when you feel likeyou can make it without him.
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  • And to addressindependence from him,
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  • he will allow your contactsnot to come through,
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  • the promotionnot to come through.
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  • He will allow just when youthought you had a saving
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  • for something elseto break down and eat it up.
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  • He will allow lackto let you know
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  • that you are notself-sufficient.
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  • That on your best day,on my best day,
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  • you and I are dependent.
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  • Paul saysin 2 Corinthians chapter 1,
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  • he saysin verse 8 and 9,
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  • he said, "We were undergoinga great deal of affliction.
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  • We were being overwhelmedto the point of death.
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  • We were going througha great deal of affliction
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  • to the point of death."
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  • God, why did you let Paul,who loved you, get that low
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  • where he didn't even thinkhe could live anymore?
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  • Then Paul says,"That we might learn to trust
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  • him who raises the dead."
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  • He said, "He let us getthat low to deepen
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  • what it means to trust Godat a point we couldn't fix."
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  • So, God would allow us to getinto circumstances we can't fix,
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  • even when we're in his will,
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  • in order to take us
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  • to a deeper levelof experience with him
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  • and deepen our faith.
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  • But see, if you don't know that,
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  • then you're just getting madat God.
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  • If you don't know that,
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  • then you're just gettingfrustrated
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  • at your circumstances.
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  • And so, God does allow lack.
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  • And, in the case of idolatry,even causes it.
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  • And so, that'sthe situation here.
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  • We have a prophet who isin a sinful environment,
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  • the people have goneto idolatry.
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  • And now, we got a widow,who just can eek out a living
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  • and only has enough flourfor one more day.
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  • God tells Elijah,"Go to this woman,
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  • and she's going to feed you."
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  • Now, she don't even have enoughto feed herself,
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  • but you go to this womanand she's going to feed you.
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  • Stay with me here.
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  • If I could ever getthis principle into our heads,
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  • I know you hear me say it a lot,I'm going to say it again today
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  • and I'm going to say ita number of times today.
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  • 'Cause if you ever get it,your whole life changes.
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  • And the principle
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  • that you've hearda million times
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  • is you only have one source,there it is.
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  • As simple as that sounds,it is a life-transforming--
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  • you do not havemultiple sources.
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  • Anything outside of Godis a resource, not a source.
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  • It's merely a vehicle.
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  • God tells Elijahto go to a widow.
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  • Okay, so he tells her to go--
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  • he tells him to goto somebody
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  • who can't even take careof herself.
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  • He says, "I want youto go to Zarephath,
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  • which is in Sidon."
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  • Let me tell you about Zarephath.
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  • Zarephath, you know,Texas is like the Bible belt.
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  • Zarephath was the Baal belt.
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  • It was the centerof Baal worship.
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  • So, it was just idolatryeverywhere, so watch this.
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  • I want you to go to a womanwho can't take care of herself
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  • 'cause she's downto her last meal,
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  • and I want you to findthe woman in a bad location.
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  • And I'm commandingyou to go there.
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  • Tony: So, God had to prepareElijah for this command,
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  • and he prepares himback in verse 4.
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  • He says, "It shall be that youwill drink of the brook.
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  • And I have commanded the ravensto provide for you there."
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  • There's our word"provide" again.
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  • Wait a minute,wait a minute, God.
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  • You going to tellthe ravens to feed me.
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  • Now, why is that a big deal?
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  • 'Cause ravens are unclean birds.
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  • The Jews were prohibitedfrom eating ravens.
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  • They were unclean birds.
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  • And yet, he says,
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  • "I'm going to tellthe unclean bird."
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  • Deuteronomy 14,verses 11 to 14,
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  • ravens are unclean.
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  • And yet, God says,"I'm going to tell
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  • the unclean birdto take care of you."
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  • So, let me tell yousomething about God.
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  • He can use evil to makeprovisions for his people.
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  • He can use the uncleanto answer a prayer.
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  • God said,"You can't eat a raven."
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  • He didn't say,"I can't use one."
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  • One of the things youneed to know about God
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  • is that he trumps his rules.
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  • He's never inconsistentwith himself,
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  • but anything he created
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  • he can use to accomplishhis purpose,
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  • even if it belongs to the devil.
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  • I'mma throw a curveballto you right now,
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  • but God can use the devilto answer your prayers.
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  • That's how good God is.
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  • So, God knows you're goingto need an encounter,
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  • which means he's going to haveto create for you a situation.
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  • He's going to have to put youin a scenario
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  • to either dealwith your idolatry
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  • or take you deeperin your faith,
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  • and that usually means
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  • it's a scenarioyou can't solve yourself.
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  • 'Cause if youcould solve it yourself,
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  • he knows you would goto that earthly solution
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  • rather than his heavenlyintervention.
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  • Until we understandthat we only have one source,
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  • until we understand that Godis your only source
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  • and he doesn't wantany competitors,
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  • then you'll be bouncingfrom resource to resource,
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  • hoping this resourceworks out,
  • 00:14:03.726 --> 00:14:05.261
  • maybe it's this resource,maybe it's that resource.
  • 00:14:05.294 --> 00:14:07.363
  • You'll be jumpingand doing hopping jacks
  • 00:14:07.396 --> 00:14:10.399
  • all over the place,
  • 00:14:10.432 --> 00:14:11.734
  • hoping that maybe thisis the resource.
  • 00:14:11.767 --> 00:14:14.570
  • I'm trying to free you up,you only have one source.
  • 00:14:14.603 --> 00:14:19.074
  • So, God commands Elijah,and he tells him,
  • 00:14:19.108 --> 00:14:21.744
  • "Now, I have a widow for you.
  • 00:14:21.777 --> 00:14:23.846
  • And I want you to go
  • 00:14:23.879 --> 00:14:25.180
  • and I have commanded herto feed you."
  • 00:14:25.214 --> 00:14:28.117
  • So, he's already gone aheadof Elijah and set him up
  • 00:14:28.150 --> 00:14:34.590
  • so he could getsomething to eat.
  • 00:14:34.623 --> 00:14:37.726
  • So, Elijah goes to Zarephath,so let me just pause there.
  • 00:14:37.760 --> 00:14:42.965
  • He didn't just say,"Amen, hallelujah,
  • 00:14:42.998 --> 00:14:45.834
  • praise the Lord,isn't God good all the time,
  • 00:14:45.868 --> 00:14:47.703
  • all the time God's good."
  • 00:14:47.736 --> 00:14:49.038
  • No, he obeyed.
  • 00:14:49.071 --> 00:14:52.574
  • See, a lot of us want to see
  • 00:14:52.608 --> 00:14:53.976
  • God's provisionwithout our obedience.
  • 00:14:54.009 --> 00:14:58.447
  • We want God to provide first,and then we might obey.
  • 00:14:58.480 --> 00:15:02.251
  • No, he wouldn't seethe provision
  • 00:15:02.284 --> 00:15:04.920
  • until he did the obedience.
  • 00:15:04.954 --> 00:15:07.623
  • So, he goes to Zarephath,not a comfortable place to be.
  • 00:15:07.656 --> 00:15:12.161
  • It was the Baal seat,the seat of idolatry.
  • 00:15:12.194 --> 00:15:16.932
  • But he fulfills God's commandand he sees the widow.
  • 00:15:16.966 --> 00:15:21.870
  • He tells the widow,
  • 00:15:21.904 --> 00:15:23.472
  • "Give me some waterand a piece of bread."
  • 00:15:23.505 --> 00:15:28.177
  • Stay with me now.
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:29.712
  • Here's the widow's responsein verse 12, "But she said."
  • 00:15:29.745 --> 00:15:34.516
  • That ought to tell yousomething right there, but.
  • 00:15:34.550 --> 00:15:38.087
  • She said to put itin everyday English,
  • 00:15:38.120 --> 00:15:40.789
  • "Let's get real.
  • 00:15:40.823 --> 00:15:43.559
  • Come on, man, let's get real."
  • 00:15:43.592 --> 00:15:47.730
  • She says, "I have no bread,
  • 00:15:47.763 --> 00:15:50.466
  • only a handful of flourin a bowl
  • 00:15:50.499 --> 00:15:52.668
  • and a little in a jar.
  • 00:15:52.701 --> 00:15:54.003
  • And I am gathering a few sticksthat I may go in,
  • 00:15:54.036 --> 00:15:56.372
  • prepare for me and my son,that we may eat and die."
  • 00:15:56.405 --> 00:16:00.242
  • Often when God wantsto do something for you,
  • 00:16:00.275 --> 00:16:05.347
  • he will ask somethingfrom you first.
  • 00:16:05.381 --> 00:16:09.585
  • That's why the prophet says,"Give to me first."
  • 00:16:09.618 --> 00:16:13.856
  • Why, if you need something,would God ask you to give
  • 00:16:13.889 --> 00:16:18.427
  • somethingthat you yourself need?
  • 00:16:18.460 --> 00:16:22.197
  • She needed her own food.
  • 00:16:22.231 --> 00:16:24.833
  • Because God wants to knowwhether you trust his word.
  • 00:16:24.867 --> 00:16:30.606
  • This principle isover and over in Scripture.
  • 00:16:30.639 --> 00:16:34.810
  • Proverbs 11:25 says,
  • 00:16:34.843 --> 00:16:37.246
  • "He that waterswill himself be watered."
  • 00:16:37.279 --> 00:16:43.652
  • The Bible saysover and over again,
  • 00:16:43.685 --> 00:16:49.358
  • Deuteronomy 24:19,God responds to our response.
  • 00:16:49.391 --> 00:16:56.098
  • Luke 6:38, "Give and it,"the thing you give,
  • 00:16:56.131 --> 00:17:00.302
  • "will be given back to you,pressed down, flowing over."
  • 00:17:00.335 --> 00:17:05.641
  • A lot of people love that versewho don't do anything with it.
  • 00:17:05.674 --> 00:17:13.615
  • God will regularly requirea response of faith
  • 00:17:13.649 --> 00:17:17.586
  • in the very areaof which your own need.
  • 00:17:17.619 --> 00:17:20.422
  • I'm at the gas station,
  • 00:17:20.456 --> 00:17:23.092
  • and it wason one of those cold days,
  • 00:17:23.125 --> 00:17:24.693
  • it's freezing out there.
  • 00:17:24.726 --> 00:17:26.995
  • There's this homeless gentlemen,
  • 00:17:27.029 --> 00:17:29.865
  • and he lookedreally, sincerely homeless.
  • 00:17:29.898 --> 00:17:35.838
  • I try to vet those things
  • 00:17:35.871 --> 00:17:37.172
  • 'cause there's a lot of gamesout there too.
  • 00:17:37.206 --> 00:17:39.241
  • So, he said, "Please sir,for a few dollars
  • 00:17:39.274 --> 00:17:43.178
  • to get something to eatand drink,
  • 00:17:43.212 --> 00:17:45.347
  • something hot to drink."
  • 00:17:45.380 --> 00:17:48.851
  • And so, I'm pumping gaswhile he's asking me this,
  • 00:17:48.884 --> 00:17:52.621
  • he says--I said,"Okay, it's real,
  • 00:17:52.654 --> 00:17:55.891
  • you're not just talking'cause you want some drugs,
  • 00:17:55.924 --> 00:17:57.826
  • you want some--"you know,
  • 00:17:57.860 --> 00:17:59.161
  • so I went through that,he said, "Oh no, no, no."
  • 00:17:59.194 --> 00:18:00.929
  • Then I have my little test I do,I said,
  • 00:18:00.963 --> 00:18:02.898
  • "So, you're willing for me
  • 00:18:02.931 --> 00:18:04.233
  • to take youto get something to eat
  • 00:18:04.266 --> 00:18:06.835
  • and not just give youmoney to eat?"
  • 00:18:06.869 --> 00:18:08.337
  • 'Cause that way you can tellwhether they're really into--
  • 00:18:08.370 --> 00:18:11.373
  • whether the issue isfood or not.
  • 00:18:11.406 --> 00:18:13.609
  • So he said, "Oh yeah,you mean you can take me."
  • 00:18:13.642 --> 00:18:15.544
  • So I said, "Okay,I'll tell you what,
  • 00:18:15.577 --> 00:18:17.479
  • I'll tell you what."
  • 00:18:17.513 --> 00:18:18.947
  • After I pump gas,use my credit card to pump gas,
  • 00:18:18.981 --> 00:18:23.719
  • I look in my walletand there's a $100 bill,
  • 00:18:23.752 --> 00:18:27.122
  • it's a $100 bill in my wallet.
  • 00:18:27.156 --> 00:18:29.825
  • So, I got to get change.
  • 00:18:29.858 --> 00:18:35.797
  • So, follow this now, true story.
  • 00:18:35.831 --> 00:18:39.268
  • So, I'm gonna help the guy,I'mma give him $10,
  • 00:18:39.301 --> 00:18:40.969
  • I'mma give him $15.
  • 00:18:41.003 --> 00:18:42.638
  • Looked like it wasauthentic, hungry,
  • 00:18:42.671 --> 00:18:43.972
  • it's freezing out there.
  • 00:18:44.006 --> 00:18:45.774
  • So, I go into the storeat the gas station.
  • 00:18:45.807 --> 00:18:51.079
  • I go and I said,"Sir, would you give me--"
  • 00:18:51.113 --> 00:18:53.315
  • To get my receipt for the gas,
  • 00:18:53.348 --> 00:18:54.650
  • I said, "Would you give mechange for 100?"
  • 00:18:54.683 --> 00:18:59.788
  • This has never happenedto me before,
  • 00:18:59.821 --> 00:19:01.223
  • he pulls out his cash registerand he says,
  • 00:19:01.256 --> 00:19:03.559
  • "I am so sorry,I don't have any change."
  • 00:19:03.592 --> 00:19:08.797
  • I said, "You gotto be kidding me.
  • 00:19:08.830 --> 00:19:13.902
  • How you going to be a storeand you don't have change?"
  • 00:19:13.936 --> 00:19:21.076
  • He says, "I can't break 100,I can't--you know,
  • 00:19:21.109 --> 00:19:24.179
  • it's just the waythings have been going,
  • 00:19:24.213 --> 00:19:27.649
  • I don't have any change."
  • 00:19:27.683 --> 00:19:30.485
  • So, now me and God,
  • 00:19:30.519 --> 00:19:31.820
  • we got to havea little discussion.
  • 00:19:31.853 --> 00:19:33.589
  • We got to talk about this.
  • 00:19:33.622 --> 00:19:34.923
  • Now God, is this you,is this you?
  • 00:19:34.957 --> 00:19:36.391
  • 'Cause I don't wantto miss you, but also.
  • 00:19:36.425 --> 00:19:40.562
  • So, I'm debating,I walk back out.
  • 00:19:47.669 --> 00:19:50.239
  • It's freezing outside,I walk back out,
  • 00:19:50.272 --> 00:19:54.476
  • and I said,"Okay, God, it's obvious
  • 00:19:54.509 --> 00:19:55.811
  • this is what you want me to do."
  • 00:19:55.844 --> 00:19:57.379
  • And so, I gave the guythe $100 bill.
  • 00:19:57.412 --> 00:20:02.351
  • And I said, "I want you to--I want you to use this
  • 00:20:02.384 --> 00:20:05.554
  • for what you said youwere going to use it for."
  • 00:20:05.587 --> 00:20:09.658
  • At first glance,he only saw one zero.
  • 00:20:09.691 --> 00:20:13.662
  • He thought he had a ten.
  • 00:20:13.695 --> 00:20:16.932
  • And then it dawned on himthat there were two zeros
  • 00:20:16.965 --> 00:20:20.702
  • 'cause of the wayhe looked at it.
  • 00:20:20.736 --> 00:20:22.037
  • He looked and turned away,he said, "Thanks,"
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:23.472
  • and then he looked again...and he did that.
  • 00:20:23.505 --> 00:20:29.311
  • I said, "Can I pray for you?"
  • 00:20:29.344 --> 00:20:30.646
  • He said, "Yeah!
  • 00:20:30.679 --> 00:20:33.482
  • Yeah, pray for me.
  • 00:20:33.515 --> 00:20:35.751
  • You can pray for me all day.
  • 00:20:35.784 --> 00:20:38.287
  • We can fast and pray today."
  • 00:20:38.320 --> 00:20:40.455
  • I mean, he was seriousin his pomposity.
  • 00:20:40.489 --> 00:20:46.061
  • I mean, he was really expressinghimself, "Yeah, pray for me."
  • 00:20:46.094 --> 00:20:50.699
  • So, I prayed for him, you know,gave him a little witness.
  • 00:20:50.732 --> 00:20:55.437
  • But the experienceI got out of it
  • 00:20:55.470 --> 00:20:58.140
  • was God allowed that thingto happen in a way
  • 00:20:58.173 --> 00:21:01.176
  • 'cause he wanted meto do something more
  • 00:21:01.209 --> 00:21:03.478
  • than I had originally intended.
  • 00:21:03.512 --> 00:21:08.450
  • And what I am trying to sayto us is
  • 00:21:08.483 --> 00:21:10.319
  • God has a myriad of waysof creating encounters
  • 00:21:10.352 --> 00:21:14.856
  • so that as we becomevehicles of blessing,
  • 00:21:14.890 --> 00:21:20.195
  • he feels more comfortableblessing.
  • 00:21:20.228 --> 00:21:24.533
  • That's what it meanswhen the Scripture says
  • 00:21:24.566 --> 00:21:26.068
  • it's more blessed to givethan to receive.
  • 00:21:26.101 --> 00:21:28.503
  • The only--the reason whyit's more blessed is
  • 00:21:28.537 --> 00:21:31.340
  • the bigger the conduityou become,
  • 00:21:31.373 --> 00:21:35.844
  • the bigger containeryou're able to receive.
  • 00:21:35.877 --> 00:21:40.849
  • And so, the woman sayswhat we say
  • 00:21:40.882 --> 00:21:44.486
  • when we get in these situation.
  • 00:21:44.519 --> 00:21:47.689
  • Or Elijah says to herin verse 13, "Do not be afraid."
  • 00:21:47.723 --> 00:21:54.863
  • Because when you'rein a situation
  • 00:21:54.896 --> 00:21:57.366
  • where you need Godto provide
  • 00:21:57.399 --> 00:21:58.700
  • and then he's asking you
  • 00:21:58.734 --> 00:22:00.035
  • to do somethingthat you don't understand,
  • 00:22:00.068 --> 00:22:02.437
  • you get scurred.
  • 00:22:02.471 --> 00:22:05.841
  • He says, "Don't be afraid."
  • 00:22:05.874 --> 00:22:07.342
  • He knew the woman was afraidto do what God said do
  • 00:22:07.376 --> 00:22:10.145
  • 'cause it didn't make senseto do it.
  • 00:22:10.178 --> 00:22:12.347
  • You need somebody in your lifewho's going to move you to God
  • 00:22:12.381 --> 00:22:16.852
  • when you don't feellike going that way.
  • 00:22:16.885 --> 00:22:19.421
  • You need somebody in your lifewho is spiritual enough
  • 00:22:19.454 --> 00:22:23.125
  • to know what God is doingwhen you can't see it,
  • 00:22:23.158 --> 00:22:26.895
  • even though theycan show you from the Bible
  • 00:22:26.928 --> 00:22:28.797
  • 'cause it says it.
  • 00:22:28.830 --> 00:22:30.465
  • You need somebody in your life.
  • 00:22:30.499 --> 00:22:31.900
  • And unfortunately today,
  • 00:22:31.933 --> 00:22:34.169
  • too many Christianslimit themselves
  • 00:22:34.202 --> 00:22:37.873
  • to their five senses.
  • 00:22:37.906 --> 00:22:40.208
  • So, they don't livein the spiritual, they only live
  • 00:22:40.242 --> 00:22:42.544
  • in the five sensesof the visible and the physical,
  • 00:22:42.577 --> 00:22:45.947
  • so they never get to see
  • 00:22:45.981 --> 00:22:47.783
  • what an encounter with Godfeels like.
  • 00:22:47.816 --> 00:22:51.019
  • And it says when she
  • 00:22:51.052 --> 00:22:52.754
  • let her faithovercome her feeling,
  • 00:22:52.788 --> 00:22:56.324
  • proven by the fact that she didwhat the prophet said do,
  • 00:22:56.358 --> 00:23:01.863
  • it says that, "She did,"verse 15,
  • 00:23:01.897 --> 00:23:04.966
  • "according to the wordof Elijah,"
  • 00:23:05.000 --> 00:23:06.835
  • which was basedon the word of God.
  • 00:23:06.868 --> 00:23:08.470
  • "And she and her householdate for many days.
  • 00:23:08.503 --> 00:23:14.910
  • The bowl of flourwas not exhausted,
  • 00:23:14.943 --> 00:23:17.612
  • nor did the jar of oilbecome empty,
  • 00:23:17.646 --> 00:23:20.849
  • accordingto the word of the Lord
  • 00:23:20.882 --> 00:23:23.285
  • which he spoke through Elijah."
  • 00:23:23.318 --> 00:23:24.686
  • In other words,God stretched it.
  • 00:23:24.719 --> 00:23:27.389
  • He took the littlethat was there
  • 00:23:27.422 --> 00:23:29.791
  • and he stretched it
  • 00:23:29.825 --> 00:23:31.259
  • until the naturalcould take over again,
  • 00:23:31.293 --> 00:23:33.528
  • till it rained again.
  • 00:23:33.562 --> 00:23:34.996
  • The point of this passageis for you to experience
  • 00:23:35.030 --> 00:23:39.100
  • and encounter Godas your provider.
  • 00:23:39.134 --> 00:23:43.805
  • You only have one source,everything else is a resource.
  • 00:23:43.839 --> 00:23:48.710
  • If you ever flip thatand make that
  • 00:23:48.743 --> 00:23:51.780
  • your modus operandi,how you roll,
  • 00:23:51.813 --> 00:23:55.484
  • if you ever operate this way,you are free.
  • 00:23:55.517 --> 00:23:58.954
  • 'Cause when a resourcegoes left on you,
  • 00:23:58.987 --> 00:24:02.924
  • you could say,"Okay, God, what's next?
  • 00:24:02.958 --> 00:24:05.293
  • 'Cause you my source.
  • 00:24:05.327 --> 00:24:08.029
  • You're the onetaking care of me.
  • 00:24:08.063 --> 00:24:09.798
  • You're the one providing for me.
  • 00:24:09.831 --> 00:24:11.500
  • You're the one who's filling me.
  • 00:24:11.533 --> 00:24:13.301
  • So, my eyes are on you,
  • 00:24:13.335 --> 00:24:16.171
  • not just what resourcesare operating today."
  • 00:24:16.204 --> 00:24:20.609
  • Praise God for the bank,but it ain't my source.
  • 00:24:20.642 --> 00:24:24.713
  • Praise God for the job,but it ain't my source.
  • 00:24:24.746 --> 00:24:27.749
  • Praise God for the church,but if you fire me,
  • 00:24:27.782 --> 00:24:31.019
  • you're not my source.
  • 00:24:31.052 --> 00:24:32.487
  • So, the idea is for God to beyour source and let him choose
  • 00:24:32.521 --> 00:24:38.493
  • what resource hewants to use today.
  • 00:24:38.527 --> 00:24:42.731
  • May God help you individually,in your family,
  • 00:24:42.764 --> 00:24:45.534
  • and us collectivelyto have one source
  • 00:24:45.567 --> 00:24:50.805
  • so that we can encounter himin the challenges of life.
  • 00:24:50.839 --> 00:24:55.243
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:55.477 --> 00:25:04.786
  • Tony: When resourceshave run out,
  • 00:25:04.819 --> 00:25:07.789
  • when your ability to providesome need in your life
  • 00:25:07.822 --> 00:25:12.561
  • seems non-existent,
  • 00:25:12.594 --> 00:25:14.996
  • that's when God can demonstratehe is the great provider.
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:21.336
  • God can providein some unusual ways,
  • 00:25:21.369 --> 00:25:25.307
  • some unexpected ways like he didwith the prophet Elijah.
  • 00:25:25.340 --> 00:25:30.612
  • He did it firstwith an unclean bird,
  • 00:25:30.645 --> 00:25:34.249
  • and then he took himto an unclean land,
  • 00:25:34.282 --> 00:25:38.053
  • where a lady who hadvery little of her own
  • 00:25:38.086 --> 00:25:42.457
  • was used to provide for himand get a blessing in return.
  • 00:25:42.490 --> 00:25:48.330
  • Don't always lookfor God's provision
  • 00:25:48.363 --> 00:25:51.466
  • through the things that youknow about or expect.
  • 00:25:51.499 --> 00:25:55.470
  • I mean, after all,
  • 00:25:55.503 --> 00:25:57.472
  • our God can hit a bullseyewith a crooked stick.
  • 00:25:57.505 --> 00:26:01.242
  • He can come at thingsin ways
  • 00:26:01.276 --> 00:26:03.578
  • that will shock you,surprise you,
  • 00:26:03.612 --> 00:26:06.781
  • and sometimeseven confuse you.
  • 00:26:06.815 --> 00:26:12.053
  • God is your source.
  • 00:26:12.087 --> 00:26:14.055
  • If you forgeteverything else I've said,
  • 00:26:14.089 --> 00:26:16.191
  • remember God is your source.
  • 00:26:16.224 --> 00:26:18.126
  • And since he owns the world,he can pick any source
  • 00:26:18.159 --> 00:26:21.229
  • to be your resourcefor your need at any time.
  • 00:26:21.262 --> 00:26:26.134
  • Remember, the Bible is clear
  • 00:26:26.167 --> 00:26:29.437
  • my God shall supplyall your needs
  • 00:26:29.471 --> 00:26:32.540
  • according to his riches,not your ability,
  • 00:26:32.574 --> 00:26:36.211
  • when you're in fellowshipwith him.
  • 00:26:36.244 --> 00:26:38.613
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:38.913 --> 00:26:46.621
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:47.389 --> 00:26:57.365
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:57.399 --> 00:27:07.308
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:27:07.342 --> 00:27:17.318
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:27:17.352 --> 00:27:22.524