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May 31, 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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  • Dr. Tony Evans:What depression, discouragement,
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  • despair oftenbring is distorted information.
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  • Elijah is by himself.
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  • Depression gets worse if there'snobody in your life to change
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  • your thinking.
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  • See, if you're feeling sorryfor yourself and you're talking
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  • to yourself, that's a badconversation for yourself.
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  • You're already feeling sorry,and there's nobody to talk
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  • to but you, about you,regarding you,
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  • to tell you whatyou ought to do.
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  • And you aren't in a placeto even hear you correctly,
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  • then your discussionwith yourself is helping
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  • yourself to becomeworse off about you.
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  • So, God then entersthe picture and tells him,
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  • "Elijah, tellme how you feel.
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  • Stop talking to yourself 'causewhen you talk to yourself,
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  • you were getting depressed,you were suicidal.
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  • Start talking to me, okay?
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  • Now, I'm going to show youthe wind and the rain
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  • and all that stuff.
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  • Now, y'all talk to mebecause you talking
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  • to you is killing you.
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  • Since I don't wantyou to kill you,
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  • stop talking you to you,and y'all talk to me."
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  • God has an angel for you,he's got a person for you,
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  • he has himself for you.
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  • He gave Elijahall three of those to give
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  • him a supernaturalexperience to lift him
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  • out of his depression.
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  • And one of the reasonsthat the church exists is
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  • to have peopleavailable in your life
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  • when you are downwho can embrace you,
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  • minister to you, lift you up,and he can use you to do
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  • the same thingfor somebody else.
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  • Because when we are depressed,we need another perspective.
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  • That doesn't deny the realityof how we feel,
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  • but what it does isdoesn't let you live there.
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  • Tony: Every responsibleparent here has made a will.
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  • The will consists of thatwhich you want to pass
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  • on to the next generation.
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  • It reflects the accumulationof goods and resources
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  • that have been attainedduring your life:
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  • houses, cars, accounts.
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  • And you have createda material legacy.
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  • The question that I wanna raisetoday through the life of Elijah
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  • is what kind of spirituallegacy are you leaving behind?
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  • How much of God areyou transferring?
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  • God never meant his programto stop because there
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  • was no legacy to carry it on.
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  • All through the Scripture, hisplan and program in the world
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  • would be carried onthrough him being transferred
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  • from one generation to another.
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  • In fact, it is Psalm 71:18 thatsays that the power of God is
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  • to be transferredfrom a generation to another
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  • generation, if there islittle or no God left behind.
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  • But this is not only truewithin your nuclear family;
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  • it's true in God'sspiritual family,
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  • that the reason why God wantsyou associated in a spiritual
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  • environment is so thata spiritual legacy can be
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  • transferred to youand through you for others.
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  • And so we find Elijah gettingready to pass off the scene.
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  • His time has gone.
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  • It is time for him to gointo the presence of God.
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  • That means it's timefor him to make a transfer
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  • of a spiritual heritagethat the plan
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  • and prophetic programof God might continue
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  • even after he is gone.
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  • It's a great problemwhen a leader leaves
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  • and there's nothing left behind.
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  • That's poor leadershipbecause the whole idea
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  • is to carry ona spiritual legacy,
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  • a legacy that makes a big dealabout a great God.
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  • So I have the question now todayto you and to me and to us,
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  • what is your spiritual legacy?
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  • How much of the supernaturalare you leaving behind?
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  • In verse 9 of 2 Kings chapter 2,"When they had crossed over,
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  • Elijah said to Elisha,
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  • 'Ask what I shall dofor you before I am
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  • taken from you.'
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  • And Elisha said,
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  • 'Please, let a double portionof your spirit be upon me.'"
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  • Elisha tells Elijah, "I wanttwice as much God as you have.
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  • Let a double portion of yourspirit rest on me.
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  • I want twice as much God on meas I saw on you," and as we have
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  • already seen, there'sa whole bunch of God on Elijah.
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  • God is just showingoff and showing out
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  • through this prophet.
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  • Elisha says,"Give me two scoops.
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  • I want two scoops of God."
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  • When you read the life of Elishain 2 Kings you will discover he
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  • did twice as manymiracles as Elijah.
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  • He asked for a double portion.
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  • So he asks for somethingbig but he asked
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  • for something big spiritually.
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  • He does somethingthat we have missed.
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  • He makes the request for moreof God which means he made
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  • the spiritual moreimportant than the material.
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  • Elisha says,"I want a double portion.
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  • I want twice as much Godas you have,
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  • twice as muchof the spiritual,
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  • twice as muchof the supernatural.
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  • I want your Godjust rolling all over me.
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  • That's what I want.
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  • You asked me whatI want, Elijah,
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  • and that's what I want."
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  • Elijah now responds.
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  • Elijah says inverse 10, he said,
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  • "You have asked a hard thing."
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  • You've asked a hard thing.
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  • You want twice asmuch God as was on me.
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  • You've asked a hard thing.
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  • "Nevertheless, if you seeme when I am taken from you,
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  • it shall beso for you; for if not,
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  • it shall not be so."
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  • Hm, he says, in thewords of Flip Wilson,
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  • "What you see is what you get.
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  • When I'm takenout of here by God,
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  • if you see me go, you'llget the double portion.
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  • But when I'm takenout of here by God,
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  • if you don't see me go, youwon't get the double portion.
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  • You will get what you see."
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  • Now, what was he saying to him?
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  • God will only give you twiceas much of him that was on me
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  • if it's clear you'relooking at things spiritually.
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  • Now, let's go back for a momentto chapter 19 of 1 Kings
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  • because that's when they meet,Elisha meets Elijah.
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  • 1 Kings 19, beginningwith verse 19:
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  • "So he departedfrom there and found Elisha,"
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  • Elijah finds Elisha,
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  • "the son of Shaphat, while hewas plowing with 12 pairs
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  • of oxen before him,and he with the twelfth.
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  • And Elijah passed over himand threw his mantle on him."
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  • In other words, Elijahdubbed Elisha as his successor.
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  • To put the mantle on wasto dub you as the successor.
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  • Elisha is with 12 pairs of oxen.
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  • Now, if you own 12 pairs of oxenthat meant you had a lot of land
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  • which meant youwere living large.
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  • So Elisha is living large.
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  • He's living the goodlife with his family.
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  • Elijah comes to Elisha and says,"You are the one who's
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  • been selected to be my successorin the prophetic ministry.
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  • When Elisha hears Elijah putthe mantle on him of succession,
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  • Elisha--I'm trying here--saysto Elijah these words.
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  • He says: "He leftthe oxen," verse 20,
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  • "and ran after Elijah and said,'Please let me kiss my father
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  • and mother, then I willfollow you.'
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  • And he said to him,
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  • 'Go back again, for whathave I done for you?'
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  • So he returned from followinghim, took the pair of oxen,
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  • sacrificed them, boiled theirflesh with the implements
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  • of the oxen, gave itto the people and they ate.
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  • Then he arose and followedElijah and ministered to him."
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  • You see, if you'regonna get more of God,
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  • you've got to kisssomething goodbye.
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  • If you're gonna get more of God,you can't just be carrying on
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  • life as usual.
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  • See, the reason why we don't getmore of God is we don't wanna
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  • kiss stuff goodbye.
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  • We've become so attached,we've become so committed,
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  • that when God wants to takeus to a new spiritual level,
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  • we are so embracingwhere we are,
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  • we're not willing to sacrificethat to get more.
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  • Well, what happens?
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  • What happens is betweenthe time he put the mantle
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  • on him, chapter 19, verse 19,and the time he asked
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  • for a double portion, 2 Kings 2,verse 9, there's a gap.
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  • In that gap is an experience.
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  • It's recorded for usin chapter 2,
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  • the beginning of chapter 2,of 2 Kings.
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  • "It came about when the Lordwas about to take up Elijah
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  • by a whirlwindto heaven, that Elijah
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  • was with Elisha from Gilgal.
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  • Elijah said to Elisha,'Stay here please,
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  • for the Lord has sent meas far as Bethel.'
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  • But Elisha said, 'As the Lordlives and you yourself live,
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  • I will not leave you.'
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  • So they wentdown to Bethel."
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  • Now, I don't know if yousee what's happening there.
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  • He goes and he says,Elijah to Elisha,
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  • he says, "Don't goany further with me.
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  • I'll go the restof the way by myself."
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  • Elisha say,"You ain't leaving me.
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  • I'm going with you.
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  • Where you go, I go.
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  • You ain't leaving me behind."
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  • And Elijah didn't make him stay.
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  • It says Elisha was allowed byElijah to keep going with him
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  • because it was never Elijah'sintention to make him stay.
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  • It was a test to seehow committed he was.
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  • And God will test yourcommitment 'cause he don't
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  • just believe what you say.
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  • 'Cause anybody can talk smack,anybody can talk noise.
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  • I love the Lord,I heard his cry,
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  • you know, he's so wide,you can't get over.
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  • He's so high,he's so low, you know,
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  • you can talk Rose of Sharon,Balm of Gilead,
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  • Bright and Morning Star,that's smack.
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  • I wanna see when you are tested,will you keep going
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  • and following me?
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  • I wanna know are youcommitted in your feet,
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  • not just in yourwords, talks, and lips.
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  • Says, "Stay behind."
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  • He says, "No, I'm not gonna--I'm not gonna do that."
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  • He goes on.
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  • "The sons of the prophetswho were at Bethel came out
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  • to Elisha and said to him,
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  • 'Do you know thatthe Lord will take
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  • away your masterfrom you today?'
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  • And he said,'Yes, I know; be still.'"
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  • Verse 4: "Elijah said to Elisha,
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  • 'Please stay here, for the Lordhas sent me to Jericho.'
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  • But he said, 'As the Lord lives,and as you yourself live,
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  • I will not leave you.'
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  • So they came to Jericho."
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  • Elijah said, "Elisha, stay here.
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  • You don't have to goany further."
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  • Elisha said,"No, no, you goin',
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  • I'm goin', okay?
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  • 'Cause I'm not justin it for the fluff.
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  • I'm not just in itfor the fancy stuff.
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  • I'm in it 'causeI'm totally committed.
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  • Oh, but it ain't over.
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  • "Then Elijah saysto him," in verse 6,
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  • "'Please stay here, for theLord's sent me to the Jordan.'
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  • And he said, 'As the Lord lives,and as you yourself's there,
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  • I will not leave you.'
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  • So the two of them went on."
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  • Three times, he said,"Boy, stay home.
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  • Don't go any further."
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  • It's a test and God willtest your commitment whether,
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  • when you came forward,whether that was real.
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  • When you nodded your head,whether that was right.
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  • When you said, "Amen,"whether you were just talking.
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  • He will test: will you gowith him and keep going
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  • with him, evenover the various
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  • terrains of life.
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  • What is the levelof your commitment?
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  • Notice the trek he took him on.
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  • It just named some citiesbut these aren't just cities.
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  • The New Testament would callthis process he's going
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  • through, it wouldcall it discipleship.
  • 00:13:55.123 --> 00:13:57.626
  • Discipleship is thatdevelopmental process
  • 00:13:57.659 --> 00:14:01.529
  • that moves peoplealong spiritually.
  • 00:14:01.563 --> 00:14:04.199
  • So in 19:19, he putsthe mantle on him.
  • 00:14:04.232 --> 00:14:08.336
  • In 2:9, 2 Kings 2:9,he asks for a double portion
  • 00:14:08.370 --> 00:14:13.408
  • but, in between,he must be developed.
  • 00:14:13.441 --> 00:14:16.378
  • And so you have himwalking him
  • 00:14:16.411 --> 00:14:19.147
  • through these differentlocations for development
  • 00:14:19.180 --> 00:14:22.350
  • because every locationmeans something.
  • 00:14:22.384 --> 00:14:24.953
  • First location: Gilgal.
  • 00:14:24.986 --> 00:14:27.656
  • The first place Elijahtook Elisha was to Gilgal.
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  • What happened in Gilgal?
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  • The Scripture says in Gilgal,God removed the reproach
  • 00:14:34.029 --> 00:14:38.066
  • of Egypt from Israel.
  • 00:14:38.099 --> 00:14:40.602
  • In Gilgal, God removedthe reproach of Israel
  • 00:14:40.635 --> 00:14:43.405
  • from Egypt.
  • 00:14:43.438 --> 00:14:44.739
  • You see, whenthe children of Israel
  • 00:14:44.773 --> 00:14:47.375
  • left Egypt, they couldn'tforget Egypt.
  • 00:14:47.409 --> 00:14:49.678
  • They always keptlooking back to Egypt.
  • 00:14:49.711 --> 00:14:51.947
  • They still loved Egypt eventhough God was trying
  • 00:14:51.980 --> 00:14:55.116
  • to take 'emto the Promised Land.
  • 00:14:55.150 --> 00:14:56.751
  • So it took 'em 40 yearsto get over Egypt
  • 00:14:56.785 --> 00:15:00.155
  • and, as long as theycouldn't get over Egypt,
  • 00:15:00.188 --> 00:15:02.290
  • they couldn't enter acrossthe Jordan to the Promised Land.
  • 00:15:02.324 --> 00:15:06.561
  • The reason why some of usare delayed in experiencing God
  • 00:15:06.594 --> 00:15:10.332
  • is we still haveEgypt on our minds.
  • 00:15:10.365 --> 00:15:13.768
  • See, we're still so committedto the world,
  • 00:15:13.802 --> 00:15:16.338
  • we're so committedto the secular world
  • 00:15:16.371 --> 00:15:19.007
  • that leaves Godout that God can't give us
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:22.077
  • more of him becausehe doesn't wanna give us
  • 00:15:22.110 --> 00:15:24.312
  • more of him to takeit back to the world
  • 00:15:24.346 --> 00:15:26.748
  • he just delivered us from.
  • 00:15:26.781 --> 00:15:28.616
  • So as long as we walkingwith God but looking back
  • 00:15:28.650 --> 00:15:31.486
  • at Egypt, God is not goingto give you more of God
  • 00:15:31.519 --> 00:15:35.557
  • so that you can peek overyour shoulder to the world
  • 00:15:35.590 --> 00:15:38.259
  • he delivered you from.
  • 00:15:38.293 --> 00:15:39.694
  • So Elijah took Elishafrom--to Gilgal so that he
  • 00:15:39.728 --> 00:15:44.933
  • would be taught that you gottaleave yesterday behind
  • 00:15:44.966 --> 00:15:48.470
  • if you're gonna experiencenew God today.
  • 00:15:48.503 --> 00:15:54.009
  • And he took him to Bethel.
  • 00:15:54.042 --> 00:15:59.714
  • Bethel.
  • 00:15:59.748 --> 00:16:01.583
  • Genesis 28, Genesis 35, Jacobwas in Bethel and Bethel was
  • 00:16:01.616 --> 00:16:05.987
  • where he heard the voice of God,it was where he saw the ladder
  • 00:16:06.021 --> 00:16:08.823
  • come down from heaven,
  • 00:16:08.857 --> 00:16:10.158
  • and the angelsgoing up and down.
  • 00:16:10.191 --> 00:16:12.027
  • God spoke to him at Bethel,God changed his name,
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:14.929
  • God gave him a new character.
  • 00:16:14.963 --> 00:16:16.865
  • Bethel is where God changesyou and reveals himself to you
  • 00:16:16.898 --> 00:16:21.569
  • because you're in Bethel whichis called the house of God.
  • 00:16:21.603 --> 00:16:24.439
  • In other words, he took himto the place where he could
  • 00:16:24.472 --> 00:16:26.741
  • hear God for himself.
  • 00:16:26.775 --> 00:16:28.376
  • You see, he took him firstto Gilgal because he needed
  • 00:16:28.410 --> 00:16:30.912
  • to know you'll never hear Godas long as you're
  • 00:16:30.945 --> 00:16:33.481
  • listening to the world.
  • 00:16:33.515 --> 00:16:34.816
  • But then he took him to Bethel,'cause now that you've let
  • 00:16:34.849 --> 00:16:36.818
  • the world go, now Godis free to talk to you.
  • 00:16:36.851 --> 00:16:39.921
  • But now that God isfree to talk to you,
  • 00:16:39.954 --> 00:16:41.990
  • we're gonna take you to Jericho.
  • 00:16:42.023 --> 00:16:43.691
  • See, back in Gilgal,we left the world behind,
  • 00:16:43.725 --> 00:16:46.361
  • then we moved overto Bethel where we now
  • 00:16:46.394 --> 00:16:49.764
  • now hear the voice of Godso now I'm a take you
  • 00:16:49.798 --> 00:16:52.267
  • to Jericho where Goddoes a miracle.
  • 00:16:52.300 --> 00:16:55.170
  • Now, what miracledid he do in Jericho?
  • 00:16:55.203 --> 00:16:57.572
  • The walls of Jerichocame tumbling down.
  • 00:16:57.605 --> 00:17:00.375
  • But what made the wallsof Jericho came tumbling down?
  • 00:17:00.408 --> 00:17:03.645
  • Well, God gavea weird strategy.
  • 00:17:03.678 --> 00:17:06.981
  • He told him to walkaround the wall
  • 00:17:07.015 --> 00:17:09.117
  • once a day for six days.
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:10.618
  • On the seventh day, walkaround it seven times,
  • 00:17:10.652 --> 00:17:13.054
  • then shout.
  • 00:17:13.088 --> 00:17:14.456
  • When you shout, the wallsare gonna come tumbling down.
  • 00:17:14.489 --> 00:17:17.158
  • Now, tell the truthand shame the devil.
  • 00:17:17.192 --> 00:17:18.860
  • That don't make no sense.
  • 00:17:18.893 --> 00:17:20.962
  • That don't make no senseto tell me to walk around
  • 00:17:20.995 --> 00:17:23.231
  • the wall once a dayfor six days.
  • 00:17:23.264 --> 00:17:25.100
  • On the seventh day, walkaround it seven times,
  • 00:17:25.133 --> 00:17:26.968
  • and then shout.
  • 00:17:27.001 --> 00:17:28.436
  • That's a terriblemilitary strategy.
  • 00:17:28.470 --> 00:17:30.705
  • But you see, if you haven'tpassed Gilgal so you're looking
  • 00:17:30.738 --> 00:17:34.509
  • at the world, if you haven'tgraduated to Bethel
  • 00:17:34.542 --> 00:17:37.545
  • so that you've learned to hearthe voice of God,
  • 00:17:37.579 --> 00:17:39.314
  • you not gonna do what God saysin Jericho when he tells you
  • 00:17:39.347 --> 00:17:42.550
  • how to get a miracle.
  • 00:17:42.584 --> 00:17:44.018
  • But if you've let Gilgal goand you're listening at Bethel,
  • 00:17:44.052 --> 00:17:47.789
  • now you're willingto listen in Jericho,
  • 00:17:47.822 --> 00:17:50.024
  • even when it doesn't make sense.
  • 00:17:50.058 --> 00:17:52.227
  • And when they walkedaround once a day for six days,
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.162
  • walked around seven timeson the seventh day,
  • 00:17:54.195 --> 00:17:56.030
  • the walls came tumbling downbecause he obeyed the ridiculous
  • 00:17:56.064 --> 00:18:00.101
  • because the ridiculous camefrom heaven but he had learned
  • 00:18:00.135 --> 00:18:03.938
  • at Bethel to listen to heavenbecause he turned his back
  • 00:18:03.972 --> 00:18:06.875
  • at Gilgal on Egypt.
  • 00:18:06.908 --> 00:18:13.548
  • But then after allthat, he takes him to Jordan.
  • 00:18:13.581 --> 00:18:18.520
  • You know,crossing the Jordan River.
  • 00:18:18.553 --> 00:18:20.388
  • That's when it'stime for the transfer.
  • 00:18:20.421 --> 00:18:23.558
  • That's when it'stime to move on.
  • 00:18:23.591 --> 00:18:25.126
  • See, some of us hereare stuck at Gilgal.
  • 00:18:25.160 --> 00:18:26.895
  • We haven't left the worldbut we're asking
  • 00:18:26.928 --> 00:18:28.296
  • for a double portion.
  • 00:18:28.329 --> 00:18:29.831
  • Some of us are stuck in Bethel.
  • 00:18:29.864 --> 00:18:31.900
  • We've heard his voice but wehaven't moved on to Jericho.
  • 00:18:31.933 --> 00:18:35.603
  • Some of us are stuck at Jericho'cause what God asked us to do
  • 00:18:35.637 --> 00:18:38.606
  • doesn't make sense and I ain'tgonna do nothing that doesn't
  • 00:18:38.640 --> 00:18:40.909
  • make sense 'cause my mommagave me an education
  • 00:18:40.942 --> 00:18:42.610
  • and I got a degree and I got allthat, and that don't make sense,
  • 00:18:42.644 --> 00:18:46.181
  • that doesn't fitwith my science class,
  • 00:18:46.214 --> 00:18:48.049
  • my biology class.
  • 00:18:48.082 --> 00:18:49.384
  • That doesn't fitmy English class,
  • 00:18:49.417 --> 00:18:50.718
  • doesn't fit, so I ain't walkingaround no wall seven times,
  • 00:18:50.752 --> 00:18:53.054
  • and I ain't gonna shout.
  • 00:18:53.087 --> 00:18:54.455
  • I ain't doing all that.
  • 00:18:54.489 --> 00:18:56.591
  • Doesn't make sense.
  • 00:18:56.624 --> 00:18:58.393
  • So we're stuck and we neverget to Jordan where
  • 00:18:58.426 --> 00:19:01.229
  • the double portionis handed out.
  • 00:19:01.262 --> 00:19:03.831
  • 2 Kings chapter 2, after he'dasked for a double portion,
  • 00:19:03.865 --> 00:19:12.840
  • verse 11: "As they werewalking along and talking,
  • 00:19:12.874 --> 00:19:15.476
  • behold, there appeared a chariotof fire and horses of fire which
  • 00:19:15.510 --> 00:19:19.013
  • appeared--which separatedthe two of them.
  • 00:19:19.047 --> 00:19:22.283
  • And Elijah went upby a whirlwind into heaven."
  • 00:19:22.317 --> 00:19:25.753
  • Whoa, I wanna seea recording of that one.
  • 00:19:25.787 --> 00:19:28.022
  • "Elisha saw it and cried out,'My father, my father,
  • 00:19:28.056 --> 00:19:32.827
  • the chariots of Israeland its horsemen!'
  • 00:19:32.860 --> 00:19:36.197
  • And he saw Elijah no more.
  • 00:19:36.231 --> 00:19:38.666
  • Then he took hold of hisown clothes and tore them
  • 00:19:38.700 --> 00:19:41.803
  • in two pieces."
  • 00:19:41.836 --> 00:19:43.171
  • Okay, let me stopthere for a moment.
  • 00:19:43.204 --> 00:19:44.505
  • Stay with me.
  • 00:19:44.539 --> 00:19:45.840
  • He left and he said,"My Father, my Father."
  • 00:19:45.873 --> 00:19:49.677
  • Now, that wasn't his daddy.
  • 00:19:49.711 --> 00:19:52.880
  • He wasn't born,a child of Elijah.
  • 00:19:52.914 --> 00:19:55.817
  • He was hisspiritual Father.
  • 00:19:55.850 --> 00:19:59.754
  • And then he concludes.
  • 00:19:59.787 --> 00:20:03.825
  • It says: "He tore hisclothes into pieces, sorrow.
  • 00:20:03.858 --> 00:20:10.898
  • Verse 13: "He also took upthe mantle of Elijah that fell
  • 00:20:10.932 --> 00:20:14.435
  • from him and returnedand stood by the Jordan,
  • 00:20:14.469 --> 00:20:17.739
  • the bank of the Jordan.
  • 00:20:17.772 --> 00:20:20.208
  • And he took the mantle of Elijahthat fell from him
  • 00:20:20.241 --> 00:20:23.711
  • and struck the watersand said,
  • 00:20:23.745 --> 00:20:25.446
  • 'Where is the Lord,the God of Elijah?'
  • 00:20:25.480 --> 00:20:27.782
  • And when he also had struckthe waters, then they divided
  • 00:20:27.815 --> 00:20:31.819
  • here and there;and Elisha crossed over."
  • 00:20:31.853 --> 00:20:36.090
  • Oh no, you didn't.
  • 00:20:36.124 --> 00:20:38.259
  • No, you didn't.
  • 00:20:38.293 --> 00:20:42.297
  • Okay, did you seewhat happened?
  • 00:20:42.330 --> 00:20:46.934
  • Elijah's taken upin a whirlwind.
  • 00:20:46.968 --> 00:20:48.836
  • Horses, chariots,those were the warlords of God,
  • 00:20:48.870 --> 00:20:51.506
  • the God whofought against idolatry,
  • 00:20:51.539 --> 00:20:53.508
  • and his mantle fell.
  • 00:20:53.541 --> 00:20:55.476
  • Elisha picked up the mantleof Elijah and then hit
  • 00:20:55.510 --> 00:21:00.081
  • the Jordan,and asked a question.
  • 00:21:00.114 --> 00:21:04.519
  • Oh, the question is,"Where is the God of Elijah?"
  • 00:21:04.552 --> 00:21:10.992
  • Oh, c'mon, did youhear the question?
  • 00:21:11.025 --> 00:21:13.494
  • He took the mantle of Elijah,he struck the water in Jordan,
  • 00:21:13.528 --> 00:21:19.233
  • and then he asked a question:
  • 00:21:19.267 --> 00:21:20.835
  • Where is the God of Elijah?
  • 00:21:20.868 --> 00:21:25.406
  • What he is asking is this:
  • 00:21:25.440 --> 00:21:28.543
  • Is that man's God herewith me right now?
  • 00:21:28.576 --> 00:21:34.549
  • 'Cause while Elijah is gone,God is the same
  • 00:21:34.582 --> 00:21:37.985
  • yesterday, today, and forever.
  • 00:21:38.019 --> 00:21:41.222
  • So what I wanna know is,is that man's God
  • 00:21:41.255 --> 00:21:44.292
  • still here with me?
  • 00:21:44.325 --> 00:21:46.427
  • Is your Grandmama's Godstill here with you?
  • 00:21:46.461 --> 00:21:49.430
  • Many of us have never seenthe God of our grandparents.
  • 00:21:49.464 --> 00:21:52.400
  • Many of us have never seen--succession ought to let you
  • 00:21:52.433 --> 00:21:55.403
  • see that whilethe person has gone,
  • 00:21:55.436 --> 00:21:58.039
  • the God they leftbehind is the same.
  • 00:21:58.072 --> 00:22:02.076
  • So here is the challenge.
  • 00:22:02.110 --> 00:22:04.312
  • How much of Goddo you want?
  • 00:22:04.345 --> 00:22:07.081
  • 'Cause he's only gonna give youas much of him as you can
  • 00:22:07.115 --> 00:22:09.550
  • handle 'cause God isnot gonna waste God.
  • 00:22:09.584 --> 00:22:13.888
  • He's too muchself-respect for that.
  • 00:22:13.921 --> 00:22:17.158
  • You remember the story aboutthe man who was taking
  • 00:22:17.191 --> 00:22:19.260
  • his girl on a--his new bride,on honeymoon.
  • 00:22:19.293 --> 00:22:22.430
  • They were on their honeymoon,going on their honeymoon.
  • 00:22:22.463 --> 00:22:24.632
  • It was a foggy day out.
  • 00:22:24.665 --> 00:22:25.967
  • He had to pass a truck.
  • 00:22:26.000 --> 00:22:27.335
  • He didn't see the oncoming van.
  • 00:22:27.368 --> 00:22:28.836
  • The oncoming van hit him.
  • 00:22:28.870 --> 00:22:30.371
  • It was a head-on collision.
  • 00:22:30.405 --> 00:22:31.773
  • It flipped his carover into the ditch.
  • 00:22:31.806 --> 00:22:35.143
  • He was knocked out.
  • 00:22:35.176 --> 00:22:36.477
  • A few minutes later,he came to.
  • 00:22:36.511 --> 00:22:37.812
  • He saw his bridegushing with blood,
  • 00:22:37.845 --> 00:22:40.848
  • bleeding profusely.
  • 00:22:40.882 --> 00:22:43.151
  • He knew she would bleed outand die if he didn't get help
  • 00:22:43.184 --> 00:22:45.887
  • soon but there wasno help around.
  • 00:22:45.920 --> 00:22:48.055
  • But as fortune would have it,he looked right out
  • 00:22:48.089 --> 00:22:49.957
  • the windshieldand there was a sign:
  • 00:22:49.991 --> 00:22:52.326
  • "Office of Dr. Bill Jones."
  • 00:22:52.360 --> 00:22:54.629
  • How fortunate could it bethat his car was wrecked
  • 00:22:54.662 --> 00:22:56.564
  • right there ata doctor's office?
  • 00:22:56.597 --> 00:22:58.666
  • He picked up hisbeloved, he went,
  • 00:22:58.699 --> 00:23:00.101
  • he knocked on the door.
  • 00:23:00.134 --> 00:23:01.436
  • An old man came to the door.
  • 00:23:01.469 --> 00:23:02.904
  • He said, "Mister, save her.
  • 00:23:02.937 --> 00:23:04.305
  • She's dying."
  • 00:23:04.338 --> 00:23:05.940
  • The old man said,"I'm so sorry,
  • 00:23:05.973 --> 00:23:07.575
  • I stopped practicingmedicine years ago."
  • 00:23:07.608 --> 00:23:10.244
  • The young man said,"Mister, you have two choices.
  • 00:23:10.278 --> 00:23:12.880
  • You can either save heror then--or take down your sign.
  • 00:23:12.914 --> 00:23:17.285
  • But don't have a signthat says you can
  • 00:23:17.318 --> 00:23:19.720
  • perform somethingthat can change her
  • 00:23:19.754 --> 00:23:21.422
  • but then when we show up,it's just a lot of noise.
  • 00:23:21.456 --> 00:23:26.027
  • Nothing can happenwhen we show up."
  • 00:23:26.060 --> 00:23:27.829
  • There's a lot of folkcarrying our sign,
  • 00:23:27.862 --> 00:23:30.198
  • "I'm a Christian."
  • 00:23:30.231 --> 00:23:31.532
  • You're carrying a sign,"I love Jesus."
  • 00:23:31.566 --> 00:23:33.267
  • You're carrying a sign,"He's able."
  • 00:23:33.301 --> 00:23:35.603
  • You're carrying a sign,"He can fix it."
  • 00:23:35.636 --> 00:23:37.738
  • But when stuff shows up,you can't do anything
  • 00:23:37.772 --> 00:23:40.575
  • 'cause all you areis a sign.
  • 00:23:40.608 --> 00:23:44.512
  • God is looking for folkwho are not just a sign,
  • 00:23:44.545 --> 00:23:46.781
  • but who believein the real thing,
  • 00:23:46.814 --> 00:23:48.783
  • who still practice this thing,talk this thing,
  • 00:23:48.816 --> 00:23:51.486
  • walk this thing, act this thing,'cause we know that our God
  • 00:23:51.519 --> 00:23:54.822
  • is the same yesterday,today, and forever.
  • 00:23:54.856 --> 00:23:57.925
  • Somebody ought to give himpraise because he's worthy
  • 00:23:57.959 --> 00:24:01.429
  • and he deserves to sharehis legacy in this house.
  • 00:24:01.462 --> 00:24:06.000
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:24:06.033 --> 00:24:16.043
  • Tony: You want your life'svalue and impact to outlast you.
  • 00:24:19.413 --> 00:24:24.652
  • You want generational transfer.
  • 00:24:24.685 --> 00:24:28.389
  • You and I are not justto live for ourselves.
  • 00:24:28.422 --> 00:24:32.026
  • God is a multi-generational God.
  • 00:24:32.059 --> 00:24:34.729
  • Remember, he said,
  • 00:24:34.762 --> 00:24:36.097
  • "I am the God of Abraham,Isaac, and Jacob.
  • 00:24:36.130 --> 00:24:39.834
  • Even in the Ten Commandmentshe talks about things
  • 00:24:39.867 --> 00:24:41.969
  • that occurred tothe third and fourth generation.
  • 00:24:42.003 --> 00:24:45.640
  • He talks about whatit looks like when
  • 00:24:45.673 --> 00:24:47.708
  • a generation forgets God.
  • 00:24:47.742 --> 00:24:49.644
  • The Psalmist talks abouthow we are to transfer
  • 00:24:49.677 --> 00:24:52.179
  • the faith from one generationto another.
  • 00:24:52.213 --> 00:24:56.450
  • So God isa generational God.
  • 00:24:56.484 --> 00:24:59.120
  • That's legacy.
  • 00:24:59.153 --> 00:25:00.955
  • That's passing a batonon to the future.
  • 00:25:00.988 --> 00:25:04.525
  • You are not onlyto think about now;
  • 00:25:04.559 --> 00:25:08.529
  • you're to think about tomorrow.
  • 00:25:08.563 --> 00:25:10.765
  • That's what we dowith our wills and trust.
  • 00:25:10.798 --> 00:25:14.035
  • We pass things on to the futurewhen we're no longer here.
  • 00:25:14.068 --> 00:25:19.273
  • So here's the questionI must ask myself,
  • 00:25:19.307 --> 00:25:23.311
  • you must ask you.
  • 00:25:23.344 --> 00:25:25.079
  • What of eternal valueam I passing on
  • 00:25:25.112 --> 00:25:28.349
  • that will outlive me?
  • 00:25:28.382 --> 00:25:30.818
  • Because if you don'tdo that,
  • 00:25:30.851 --> 00:25:33.821
  • then when you'reno longer here,
  • 00:25:33.854 --> 00:25:35.890
  • your impact isno longer here.
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