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Encountering the Power of God

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October 18, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: Today, I wantto look at an encounter
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  • with God's power.
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  • And this encounterwith God's power comes
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  • in the context of a dilemma.
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  • So, a dilemma is whenyou're in a no win situation.
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  • Anybody here ever beenin a dilemma?
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  • It's no win.
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  • I mean, any directionthat you look in is a lose-lose.
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  • You're in a dilemma.
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  • The most noted storyin Israel's history,
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  • the crossing of the Red Sea,which was its biggest
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  • celebrated miracle,
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  • happened when they weresimultaneously in a dilemma.
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  • The most celebrated story,the one that's repeated over
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  • and over and overin the Old Testament is
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  • the story of the crossingof the Red Sea.
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  • It's repeatedin the New Testament.
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  • But what I want you to catchtoday is that they had
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  • their divine encounterwith God's problem
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  • in the context of a dilemma.
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  • So, I want to prepare you todayfor an encounter with God,
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  • but I also want to prepare youfor a dilemma that provides
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  • the context for that encounter.
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  • Now, the backgroundto this is very clear.
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  • Moses has comethrough the 12 plagues,
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  • the 10 plagues,and he's now leading
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  • the children of Israelout of Egypt.
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  • Pharaoh has responded nowfinally to Moses's call
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  • to let my people go.
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  • And so, the people now areon their way out
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  • from slavery to freedom.
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  • They're excited,they're looking forward.
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  • They've been told thatthere's this Promised Land,
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  • this purpose of God thatGod is going to take them to,
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  • and things are looking rosy.
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  • As they leave, on their way out,it says in verse 17
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  • of chapter 13 that,"God did not lead them
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  • by way of the landof the Philistines,
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  • even though it was near."
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  • I want you to catch verse 18,"Hence God led them."
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  • So, watch this.
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  • Their dilemma is going to comeabout when God is leading them.
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  • Their dilemma is gonna happenwhen they're in the will of God.
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  • Their dilemma is going to occurwhen they are being obedient.
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  • 'Cause it saysGod was leading them.
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  • Not only was God leading theminto what would be a dilemma,
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  • it says God led themthe long way around.
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  • He did not lead themin the short distance.
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  • Not only that, but God was goingbefore them,
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  • verse 21 of chapter 13 says,"In a pillar of cloud by day,
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  • and a pillar of fire by night."
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  • He's walking with themin every step of the way.
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  • And when they are doing thiszigzag through the wilderness,
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  • it says in chapter 14, "Pharaohwill say to the sons of Israel,"
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  • verse 3, "they are wanderingaimlessly in the land,
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  • and the wildernesshas shut them in."
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  • And the wildernesswill shut them in.
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  • So, when he says,
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  • "And the wildernessshall shut them in,"
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  • they're going to bein a no-win situation
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  • that they can't get out ofwithout coming back toward us.
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  • And it says, "And God wasleading them."
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  • He was leading theminto a cul-de-sac,
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  • or what you and Iwould call a trap.
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  • See, a lot of us figureGod wouldn't do that.
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  • Oh, God does do that.
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  • And the reason God does thatis 'cause
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  • only in those contextswill you see that he's God.
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  • Because the one thingabout a dilemma is,
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  • you can't get out of it.
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  • The one thing about a dilemma isyou don't see an exit,
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  • and every directionyou look in is a trap.
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  • When God is ready to move youto a new spiritual experience
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  • with him, he will regularlydo it in the midst
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  • of a contradictionand a conflict.
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  • And that is their scenario.
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  • Verse 4 says of chapter 14,
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  • "Thus I will hardenPharaoh's heart,
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  • and he will chaseafter them."
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  • To harden a heart meansto make you more rebellious
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  • than you already were.
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  • To harden the heart meansto make you meaner
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  • than you already were.
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  • To harden the heart is to makeyou worse than you already were.
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  • I think the verse says,
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  • "And God hardenedPharaoh's heart."
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  • Because when God is readyto give you a new experience
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  • with him, he will allow youto be put into a situation
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  • that only he can get you out of.
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  • When God is readyto make this move,
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  • doesn't matter who you know,what contacts you have,
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  • how much money you possess,or where you live,
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  • or the car you drive.
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  • When God is ready to give youa new experience with him,
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  • he will regularly trap youwhere you are.
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  • Verse 8 of chapter 14 says,"The Lord hardened the heart
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  • of Pharaoh, king of Egypt,and he chased
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  • after the sons of Israel."
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  • What frustrates meabout God is,
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  • he will make it look likehe answered your prayer.
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  • Come on, anybody been there?
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  • It looked like,you praising him,
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  • you all excited, you're readyto give your testimony,
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  • and then he go left on you.
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  • They finally get out of Egypt,they've been praying
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  • to get out of Egypt,he lets them out of Egypt,
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  • then he hardens Pharaoh'sheart to come after them.
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  • Looks like he changed his mind.
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  • "As Pharaoh drew near,"verse 10,
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  • "the sons of Israel looked,and behold,
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  • the Egyptians were marchingafter them.
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  • And they became scared."
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  • It says they werevery frightened.
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  • "And so, the sons of Israelcried out to the Lord."
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  • Water here, Pharaohand his chariots here,
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  • and they're closing inon the Jews.
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  • And so, they are terrified.
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  • And so, they dowhat many Christians do,
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  • they cry out to God,"Help, help,"
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  • while simultaneouslycomplaining to man.
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  • Verse 11, "They said to Moses,'Is it because there were
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  • no graves in Egypt thatyou have taken us away
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  • to die in the wilderness?
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  • Why have you dealt with usin this way,
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  • bringing us out of Egypt?
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  • Is this not the word that wespoke to you in Egypt, saying,
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  • "Leave us alone, that we mayserve the Egyptians"?
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  • For it would have been betterfor us to serve the Egyptians
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  • than to die in the wilderness.'"
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  • So, the conflictthat they are in,
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  • the Red Sea and the Egyptians,
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  • produces a spiritual conflictwithin them.
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  • Because on the one hand,it says they cried out onto God.
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  • But then, on the other hand,it says
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  • they complained to Moses.
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  • So, I'm calling on God,but I'm blaming man.
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  • Not only that,but I'm confused 'cause
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  • a dilemma will confuse you.
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  • They said, "Did not we tell youleave us alone?
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  • We were happy beinga slave in them corn fields.
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  • We were--we were happy beinga slave picking that cotton.
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  • We were--we were just--we were just swing low,
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  • sweet chariot.
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  • We were just happy slaves."
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  • Never mind that they had beencrying out to God all the time
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  • for God to get them out of here.
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  • The Tony Evans Training Center,explore the kingdom anytime,
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  • Tony: So, let me give yousomething you must do
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  • when you're caught in a dilemma,
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  • and God himselfis confusing you.
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  • You must appeal to someone,
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  • if you cannot appealto yourself,
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  • who has a spiritual perspective.
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  • See, if you're confusedand you're only talking
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  • to other confused people,who do not share
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  • a proper view of God,then all you're going to do is
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  • reinforce the frustrationof your dilemma.
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  • If God has allowed youto be there because
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  • you're in the will of Godeven though you are confused,
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  • then God alonehas to give you clarity.
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  • And so, even though they werecomplaining about Moses,
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  • only Moses could give themthe proper perspective
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  • because Moses wasin touch with God.
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  • So, Moses said to the people,'cause they're crying out to God
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  • and complainingat the same time.
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  • So, Moses says to the people,"Do not fear, okay?
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  • Stop worrying, be calm.
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  • It's going to be okay.
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  • Stand by and see the salvationof the Lord."
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  • So, he brings ina spiritual perspective
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  • to their human dilemma.
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  • "Which he will accomplishfor you.
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  • The Egyptianswhom you have seen today,
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  • you will never see them again.
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  • The Lord will fight for youwhile you are silent,
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  • not while you are talking."
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  • What he is referring to wasthe complaining they were doing,
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  • not the crying out to God,but the complaining.
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  • God will fight for youwhile you keep silent.
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  • They were now in the positionof submitting
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  • to spiritual authority.
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  • You must have spiritualauthority in your life,
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  • spiritual people to whomyou can appeal
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  • when you don't havespiritual answers yourself,
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  • and all you can seeare the circumstances.
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  • Ah, verse 15,"Then the Lord said to Mo.
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  • The Lord said to Moses,'Why are you crying out to me?
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  • Tell the sons of Israelto go forward.'"
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  • He says to Moses,"Why are you crying out to me?
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  • Tell Israel to go forward."
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  • Now, the problem with that verseis there's nothing stated
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  • about Moses crying out to him.
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  • There's no statementabout Moses crying,
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  • it's that the people cried out.
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  • But then God turnsto Moses and says,
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  • "Why are you crying out?"
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  • Says, "What I want you to do istell the people
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  • now it's time to move.
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  • Tell them to move forward."
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  • Now, here is a principle.
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  • He had just said stand still,do nothing.
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  • But now, he gets another messagethat says tell them now
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  • to go forward, so here it is.
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  • When God puts you in a dilemmaand there is nothing
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  • that you can do or should do,you do nothing.
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  • When God hasn't given yousomething to do, that means he--
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  • there is not somethinghe wants you to do yet.
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  • But now, he tells themto move forward.
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  • It says, "By faith,they crossed the Red Sea."
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  • Remember, faith is in your feet,not in your feelings.
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  • Hebrews 11:29 says they did itby faith because faith
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  • often has to operatewhen fear is present, okay?
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  • Faith does not automaticallyeradicate fear.
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  • But faith, when it is operating,overrides fear
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  • because fear immobilizes.
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  • Faith moves even whenyou are fearful.
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  • But when he gives yousomething to do, you move.
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  • He says, "Tell the peopleto move."
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  • And so, the people move.
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  • "Moses, lift up your staff."
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  • He lifts up the rod,now called the rod of God.
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  • He says, "I will,"again this word in verse 17,
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  • "harden the heartof the Egyptians.
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  • I'm going to make them harder.
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  • I'm going to make themhate you more.
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  • I'm going to make them comeafter you worse than before,
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  • so that they will goin after them,
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  • and I will be honoredthrough Pharaoh and his army,
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  • through his chariotsand his horsemen."
  • 00:16:31.275 --> 00:16:36.347
  • So, Moses stretches outhis hand with the rod,
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  • verse 21, "And the Lord sweptthe sea back by a strong wind
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  • all night, and turned the seainto dry land
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  • so the waters were divided.
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  • The sons of Israelwent through."
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  • Verse 23, "Then the Egyptianstook up pursuit."
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  • To see a sea open up,the water wall on both sides,
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  • this whole army of almost2 million people
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  • walking through,
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  • and you go in there after them,you got to be crazy.
  • 00:17:11.282 --> 00:17:15.986
  • But they were made crazyby God hardening their heart.
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  • So, God may be hardeningthe heart of your coworker,
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  • making them treat you bad,worse.
  • 00:17:25.129 --> 00:17:28.532
  • He may be hardeningthe heart of your boss,
  • 00:17:28.566 --> 00:17:32.303
  • making him treat you worse,or that person in your life,
  • 00:17:32.336 --> 00:17:36.640
  • or that circumstance.
  • 00:17:36.674 --> 00:17:38.342
  • See, that's why you got to bein the will of God,
  • 00:17:38.375 --> 00:17:40.878
  • because when he makes it worse,he's using it.
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  • "I will harden Pharaoh's heart,and the Egyptians
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  • will come after you."
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  • It says in verse 31,"When Israel saw," say saw.
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  • See, not they ain't heard,they saw.
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  • "When Israel saw the great powerwhich the Lord had used
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  • against the Egyptians,the people feared the Lord,
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  • and they believed in the Lordand in his servant Moses."
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  • Why does God put youin a dilemma
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  • when you're in his will?
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  • So you can see something.
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  • Says when they sawthe power of the Lord,
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  • they encountered God's power.
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  • They said--you knowwhat those people are saying?
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  • They said, "Take us backto Egypt."
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  • You know whatGod was trying to do?
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  • He was trying to deliver themfrom something in their past.
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  • Egypt was their past.
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  • But you can get so used toyesterday
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  • that when the day goes badon you, you want to go back.
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  • He says, "I'm gonna deliver youfrom yesterday
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  • because I havea different tomorrow.
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  • But for me to deliver youfrom yesterday to take you
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  • to a different tomorrow,
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  • I'm going to create confusiontoday."
  • 00:19:01.325 --> 00:19:04.161
  • So, I want you to lookat your dilemma
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  • that you're either in or thatyou will face differently.
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  • If you're notin the will of God,
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:15.039
  • get in the will of Godso that he can turn it
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  • into something he can use.
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  • If you're not walking by faith,but only walking by sight,
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  • begin to walk by faithand no longer live a life
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  • of complaining.
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  • Acknowledging the reality,but not blaming man
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  • for something God has done.
  • 00:19:37.094 --> 00:19:42.866
  • Because you now havethis bigger view of God,
  • 00:19:42.900 --> 00:19:45.769
  • who wants to show you his powerso that he can blow your mind
  • 00:19:45.803 --> 00:19:51.542
  • in a catch-22.
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  • Some of youhave heard this story
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  • because you've beenhere for awhile.
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  • But the newer peoplemay not have heard the story,
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  • and so I want to concludemy time with telling you
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  • one of my dilemma moments.
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  • We were meeting at a school inthe early days of our ministry.
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  • The school board saidwe could no longer meet there,
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  • we would have to in a coupleof weeks find another place.
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  • We were in a catch-22.
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  • We were in a dilemma,what would we tell the people?
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  • We went back to the school boardand asked them
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  • for an extension of time.
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  • They said they do not thinkwe can get it
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  • because there weretoo many board members
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  • with this whole thing of churchand state
  • 00:20:44.395 --> 00:20:46.730
  • that were against the churchmeeting in a school.
  • 00:20:46.764 --> 00:20:51.869
  • But then they said,"But we will have a final,
  • 00:20:51.902 --> 00:20:54.438
  • official vote."
  • 00:20:54.471 --> 00:20:55.773
  • But the personwho we talked to said,
  • 00:20:55.806 --> 00:20:57.675
  • "Let me tell you now there aretoo many people against you."
  • 00:20:57.708 --> 00:21:02.813
  • All we did was call on God tointervene and to do something
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  • that was out of our hands.
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  • It was now the day of the vote,and we knew the votes
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  • were against us.
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  • We had been told thatby an insider.
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  • The meeting was supposedto happen at a certain time,
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  • but the time went onand on and on.
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  • I guess we were sittingout there close to two hours,
  • 00:21:25.969 --> 00:21:28.906
  • when it should've been finishedin 30 minutes,
  • 00:21:28.939 --> 00:21:31.642
  • waiting for a decision.
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  • Finally, a lady comes outof the meeting.
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  • She says, "I am sorryit's taken so long,
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  • but two of our board membersare missing.
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  • They have not yet gottento the meeting.
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  • So, we tried to wait for themso we could have
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  • a full council vote,but they have not showed up,
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  • and we have decided to go aheadwith the vote.
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  • We went ahead with the vote,and by one vote
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  • you have gotten approvalto stay in the school."
  • 00:22:04.775 --> 00:22:09.246
  • By one vote.
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  • When she finished coming out,the two who were missing
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  • rushed in.
  • 00:22:15.586 --> 00:22:18.389
  • The two who were missingrushed in,
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  • but the vote had alreadybeen taken.
  • 00:22:20.691 --> 00:22:24.194
  • Oh, but that's not the good partof the story.
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  • The good part of the story iswhy they were late.
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  • These two decidedto ride together.
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  • When they decidedto ride together,
  • 00:22:34.772 --> 00:22:37.040
  • they got off of Polk and 67and there was an accident
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  • at the light.
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  • The accident at the light
  • 00:22:44.014 --> 00:22:45.716
  • held up trafficfor almost two hours,
  • 00:22:45.749 --> 00:22:49.620
  • where the trafficcould not move.
  • 00:22:49.653 --> 00:22:52.589
  • So, within that two hours,the vote was taken.
  • 00:22:52.623 --> 00:22:56.260
  • So, by the time the traffic gotcleared away and they rushed in,
  • 00:22:56.293 --> 00:23:01.031
  • it was too late 'causeGod had already set up a block.
  • 00:23:01.064 --> 00:23:08.772
  • The story in Exoduschapter 18 says
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  • that the cloudand the pillar of fire
  • 00:23:13.310 --> 00:23:15.979
  • went from in front of the Jews,
  • 00:23:16.013 --> 00:23:18.549
  • and went to the back of the Jewsto create a block so that
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  • Pharaoh's army could not getto them until they crossed over.
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  • So, what God did was he tookthe angel of the Lord,
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  • and he ledfrom in front of Oak Cliff,
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  • he went to the backof Oak Cliff,
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  • he went down to Polk and 67,allowed an accident to occur
  • 00:23:36.333 --> 00:23:41.939
  • at just the right time for justthe right amount of cars
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  • in order to blockwhat God's purpose was.
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  • He created a dilemma.
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  • Now, the good news of thatfor you is that
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  • I have never forgotten it.
  • 00:23:55.152 --> 00:23:57.287
  • So, anytime now we runinto a dilemma,
  • 00:23:57.321 --> 00:24:00.390
  • I remember what happenedat the end of the 1970s.
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  • Anytime we run into a problem,I remember that God is
  • 00:24:05.162 --> 00:24:09.533
  • the same yesterday, today,and forever.
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  • I remember to tell you let'smove forward when God says move,
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  • even though we don't seehow it's going to work out.
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  • 'Cause the Godwho can create an accident
  • 00:24:21.712 --> 00:24:25.015
  • at just the right timecan do whatever he decides to do
  • 00:24:25.048 --> 00:24:29.520
  • in the dilemmas in our lives,
  • 00:24:29.553 --> 00:24:31.889
  • as long as we arein the center of his will.
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  • Come on and praise him,somebody, because he's worthy,
  • 00:24:35.526 --> 00:24:40.264
  • because he wants you to see himfor yourself
  • 00:24:40.297 --> 00:24:44.635
  • in the dilemma of your life.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:48.005 --> 00:24:56.813
  • Tony: When the childrenof Israel were at the Red Sea,
  • 00:24:56.847 --> 00:25:00.217
  • they were in a pickle,weren't they?
  • 00:25:00.250 --> 00:25:03.153
  • They got Pharaoh coming one way,and you've got--
  • 00:25:03.186 --> 00:25:05.656
  • you've got a whole sea out infront of you and nowhere to go.
  • 00:25:05.689 --> 00:25:12.963
  • They were at rock bottom,but you know,
  • 00:25:12.996 --> 00:25:15.799
  • when you hit bottomand you can't go any lower,
  • 00:25:15.832 --> 00:25:19.336
  • there's only one directionyou can--
  • 00:25:19.369 --> 00:25:22.172
  • you can go in, isn't it?
  • 00:25:22.205 --> 00:25:23.840
  • You have to look up.
  • 00:25:23.874 --> 00:25:25.742
  • God will often put usin circumstances
  • 00:25:25.776 --> 00:25:29.746
  • that we can't fixto reveal his awesome power.
  • 00:25:29.780 --> 00:25:34.885
  • When the people you know,the money you have,
  • 00:25:34.918 --> 00:25:37.321
  • the influence you possesscan't get you out of it,
  • 00:25:37.354 --> 00:25:40.891
  • look up.
  • 00:25:40.924 --> 00:25:43.360
  • When you've hit rock bottom,it is there that you discover
  • 00:25:43.393 --> 00:25:47.664
  • he's the rock at the bottom.
  • 00:25:47.698 --> 00:25:49.666
  • So, keep your eyes on heavenwhen earth can't help you.
  • 00:25:49.700 --> 00:25:54.638
  • Keep your eyes on eternitywhen time has confused you.
  • 00:25:54.671 --> 00:26:00.110
  • It is in those momentsthat there is an unveiling
  • 00:26:00.143 --> 00:26:04.181
  • of God's omnipotence,his awesome power to intervene,
  • 00:26:04.214 --> 00:26:11.021
  • to reverse, and to open upa way out of no way.
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  • If you haven't been there yet,keep living, you'll get there.
  • 00:26:17.160 --> 00:26:20.464
  • And if you have been there,
  • 00:26:20.497 --> 00:26:22.065
  • then you knowwhat I'm talking about.
  • 00:26:22.099 --> 00:26:24.267
  • Our God is a powerful God,and he meets us best
  • 00:26:24.301 --> 00:26:28.205
  • with that powerwhen we find ourselves
  • 00:26:28.238 --> 00:26:31.108
  • in circumstanceswe just are unable to fix.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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