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April 26, 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: Well,I thought we do something
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  • different this time.
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  • I've been missing my pulpitat church.
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  • So I thought I'd feela little bit more regular today.
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  • Still in a somewhatcasual environment,
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  • but I'm still behinda little pulpit here
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  • and I can kind of feelmore normal, okay?
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  • But I am glad to be ableto come with you again
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  • and to challenge you
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  • during these challenging daysthat we're all facing.
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • If your health is falling apart,
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  • you're probablygoing to go to the doctor
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  • because you think the doctor
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  • can help youget it back together again.
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  • If your houseis falling apart,
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  • then you got to calla repair person
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  • to kind of comeand fix what's broken.
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  • If your car is makingall kind of noise,
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  • that meansyou need a mechanic;
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  • somebody who knowswhat they're doing,
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  • who can bring resolutionto your car dilemma.
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  • But what do you do whenyour world is falling apart,
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  • when your nationis in trouble?
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  • What do you dowhen you've hit a crisis so big
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  • that you have nowhere to go?
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  • What do you dowhen all human options
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  • have disappeared on you
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  • and no matterwhich direction you look in,
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  • north, south,east, west,
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  • the answers are difficult
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  • and everybody'strying a lot of things,
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  • but nobodyhas a definitive answer;
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  • and it's not only affecting youand your family,
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  • it's affectingyour neighborhood,
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  • your church, your nation,and the whole world?
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  • Well, that's where corona is,isn't it?
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  • It's a pandemic,which means it's a national
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  • and internationalnegative crisis.
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  • A crisis is a situationthat overwhelms you.
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  • Crisis can comein a whole lot of forms.
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  • There can be economic crisis.
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  • We know what that's likedue to corona.
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  • There can bea relational crisis.
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  • There can be social crises.There can be career crisis.
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  • One thing is true,though it is overwhelming.
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  • What do you dowhen there's nothing
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  • you know that you can do?
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  • Well, that's why I love2 Chronicles chapter 20.
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  • It is the storyof King Jehoshaphat.
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  • King Jehoshaphathas a problem on his hands.
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  • It's a problem that has affectedhis whole nation.
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  • He says in verse 2,
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  • "A great multitudeis coming against us."
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  • He looks out and he says,"Every direction that I look--"
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  • And he names them.
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  • He says, "Every direction,they are coming against us
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  • and they're closing us in."
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  • He is in a predicament,a dilemma.
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  • He's in a crisis.
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  • He says that this crisis ishitting him in every direction,
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  • and you pretty much know whenyou've hit that kind of crisis
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  • because your emotionsbegin to take charge.
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  • Because verse 3of 2 Chronicles 20
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  • says Jehoshaphatwas afraid.
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  • He was scarred.
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  • He was terrorizedbecause this was a problem
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  • he didn't know how to fix.
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  • This was an enemy he didn't knowwhat to do with.
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  • This was his own corona,
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  • a problem too bigfor him to handle.
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  • We're told thatin the midst of this problem,
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  • he turned his eyesto seek the Lord.
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  • That's what verse 3 says.
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  • He looked upbecause nowhere looking out
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  • could solve his problem.
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  • Right now we're seeingmore people talk about God,
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  • talk about faith,talk about religion,
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  • talk about Jesus,quoting Scriptures on newscast.
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  • And, yeah, there are thosedetractors out there,
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  • but it's pretty clearwe're in a dilemma
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  • that is a little biggerthan us.
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  • And even if it wasn'tthis corona,
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  • so many of ushave our personal coronas,
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  • don't we?
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  • The virusesthat have messed up our lives.
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  • He sought the Lord.
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  • He wanted to bring God intothe equation of his dilemma.
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  • You know you're in a crisisthat you can't fix
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  • when the harder you trythe deeper down you go,
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  • like quicksand.
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  • You know, the harderyou try to get out of quicksand,
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  • the more it sucks youunder.
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  • That's what a dilemma does,that is a pandemic
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  • kind of crisis in your lifeand in your world.
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  • Well, that'sJehoshaphat's problem.
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  • What he decides to dois turn to the Lord
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  • and get everybody elseto do it too
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  • because verse 4 says,
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  • "He gathered togetherto seek help from the Lord,
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  • and they even came
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  • from all the cities of Judahto seek the Lord."
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  • In fact, we're told in verse 3he proclaims a national fast.
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  • You knowthat's what we need today.
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  • We need to call our whole nationto a fast and prayer.
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  • Not just prayer, but a fast.Let me say a word about fasting.
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  • Fasting is a Bunsen burnerunderneath prayer.
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  • Fasting is giving upsomething physical
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  • to gainsomething spiritual.
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  • See, most peoplevisit the spiritual
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  • while we live and are controlledby the physical,
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  • but what fasting doesis it shifts that.
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  • It says right now
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  • the spiritual is more importantthan the physical.
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  • Heaven is more importantthan earth
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  • 'cause I can't fix earthwith earth
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  • because my problemis too big.
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  • I need the unseen worldto enter to the seen world
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  • to affect my dilemma,my crisis.
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  • So he calls a fast.Right now everybody should fast.
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  • You should pick up a meala week, a day a week,
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  • where you leavethe smart devices,
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  • you cut off the television,
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  • you walk away from a mealand you say,
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  • "God, we are crying out to younow for ourselves,
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  • our families, our churches,and our nation
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  • because we all in trouble.
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  • And we're crying out to youwith--
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  • this is so big and so bad
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  • that we're willingto give up something
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  • to gain something more,
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  • and that is to gain youin the middle of our pain,
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  • uncertainty, sickness, and deathfrom an unseen enemy."
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  • If you want God to do somethingabout the problem in chapter 20,
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  • you have to address somethingin chapter 19.
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  • You see, in chapter 19,
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  • King Jehoshaphat got all thenation to get right with God.
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  • It says in chapter 19, verse 4
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  • that King Jehoshaphat broughtthe nation back to the Lord,
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  • to the God of their fathers.
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  • You see, being right with Godis a prerequisite
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  • to hearing from God.
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  • You can fast and pray all day;but if you refuse to get right
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  • with the one you're talking to,
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  • then you have no guaranteehe's going to respond
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  • because he doesn'twant to respond
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  • so you can leave him out more,so that you can ignore him more,
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  • so you can say a prayerto get out of it
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  • and then skip him.
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  • So they got right first,and then they sought the Lord.
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  • We're in trouble.
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  • And even before this dilemma,
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  • we see all kind of troublein our nation:
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  • political, class, race.
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  • You know, all that's kind ofbecomes secondary
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  • to this bigger problem,
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  • but we've had a lot of problemsthat we need solutions for.
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  • But that starts with Godgoing Godward.
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  • And so he calls everybody.
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  • In fact, verse 13 says
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  • that they even brought theirchildren along with their wives,
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  • which meansthe men went front and center.
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  • They brought their wives,they brought their children.
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  • In other words,everybody in on this
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  • 'cause this thingaffects all of us
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  • and we--this invasion hits us.
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  • "Everybody's going to bedestroyed," Jehoshaphat said.
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  • And we're seeingwith this coronavirus,
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  • it can hit any of us
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  • and it can be deadlywith a blow.
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  • And soeverybody got on board.
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  • That's why we want our churchin Dallas
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  • to at least find some timeevery week,
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  • and maybe a portionof every day,
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  • to call you to a fast,to tell the children,
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  • "No, not now.
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  • We're not--we're going to take15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour.
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  • Whatever works.
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  • We're going to give upmeat today
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  • or we're going to give uptelevision
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  • for this period of time,
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  • and we're going to talkto each other.
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  • We're going to talk to God
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  • because we want our familyprotected from this virus,
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  • and we want our nationto be healed of it,
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  • and we want our medical expertsto find a solution to it.
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  • So let's cry out to God."
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  • It's called a solemn assemblyin Scripture,
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  • a sacred gathering where peoplewere called to invoke on heaven
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  • because historywas in trouble.
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  • And so he calls on them.
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  • He makes a statementin verse 12.
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  • He says, "The reasonthat we're calling on you
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  • is we don't know what to do,and our eyes are on you."
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  • "Oh, you don't knowwhat to do, huh?
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  • This is outsideof your control."
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  • See, we like to be in control.
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  • We like to be ableto handle stuff.
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  • Well, God will let you know
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  • how bad you need himby allowing things in your life,
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  • in my life,and our lives collectively
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  • that we can't fixon our own.
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  • He says, "We don't knowwhat to do,
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  • and I'm not too proud to beg.
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  • I'm going to be humblewith this thing."
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  • He prays a prayerbeginning in verse 5.
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  • Let me tell you the ingredientsof this prayer.
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  • You start your praisewith a prayer.
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  • He starts his prayerby rehearsing God's person
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  • and then graduatingto God's power.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • He starts his prayerby rehearsing God's person,
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  • then graduatingto God's power.
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  • He tells God how great he is,how awesome he is.
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  • He tells Godthat he rules from heaven.
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  • He tells God that he rulesover all the kingdom.
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  • This is good to know that,
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  • that there is no problemon earth so big
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  • that God can't overrule it.
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  • He tells God that the enemycoming at him
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  • is no competitionfor the God of the universe.
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  • So he brags on God's person
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  • and then he talksabout God's power.
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  • That's what you want.
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  • Don't just ask for his powerand skip his person
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  • because his poweris tied to his character.
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  • You want to know what he is likein order to get what he can do.
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  • So he brags on God,
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  • makes a big deal about God'cause he got a big virus,
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  • a big invasion that he needsto be able to address.
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  • And everybody was with him
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  • because that's how bigthe problem was.
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  • From outer houseto the White House,
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  • everybody should bedropping on their knees,
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  • ideally at the same time,
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  • so he can hear all the voicescalling down heaven in history
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  • and calling on God to invadethis dilemma that we face.
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  • After his prayer,he got a prophetic word.
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  • It says, "God heardwhat he had to say,
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  • and he called a prophet."
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  • And he called the prophetin verse 14.
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  • He said, "If you listento the prophet,"
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  • verse 20,"you will succeed."
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  • You know, right nowwe need a Word from God.
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  • Let me tell youabout the prophet.
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  • The prophet was nota particularly popular person
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  • because they usuallyshowed up
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  • during times of calamityand difficulty;
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  • often with negative thingsto say,
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  • but alwayswith a positive goal
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  • in saying itto get right with God
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  • so that thingscould be reversed,
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  • so that deliverancecould take place,
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  • so that the agendacould be changed.
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  • And so you wanta prophetic word.
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  • We call that a rhema word.
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  • Let me give you a fewGreek words here
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  • that will help you understandthe rhema word.
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  • There is the graphe.The graphe is the book.
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  • It is--as it sits on your shelfor on your coffee table,
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  • it is the writtenrecorded Word of God.
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  • That's the graphe.
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  • Then there is the logos.
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  • The logos is the contentand meaning of the graphe.
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  • So you could never even openthe Bible,
  • 00:13:03.905 --> 00:13:06.074
  • but it would still be the Bible
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  • because it is the writtenWord of God.
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  • But the logos is what it says
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  • and what it meansby what it says.
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  • That's why Jesus Christ,by the way,
  • 00:13:14.649 --> 00:13:16.084
  • is called the logos of Godin John 1:1
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  • because he came to explainthe Father to us.
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  • So it is the contentand its meaning.
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  • That's the logos.
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  • But then there isthe rhema word.
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  • The rhema wordis the specific utterance
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  • into your specific situation.
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  • You need a rhema word
  • 00:13:36.471 --> 00:13:37.806
  • because you got a real dilemma,a real problem.
  • 00:13:37.839 --> 00:13:40.742
  • A rhema wordis not a general word.
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  • It's just--it's not even a sermon
  • 00:13:42.911 --> 00:13:44.846
  • 'cause the sermoncan be one word for everybody.
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  • A rhema wordis God's Word to you.
  • 00:13:48.216 --> 00:13:50.752
  • They're in a dilemmaand they need a rhema word,
  • 00:13:50.785 --> 00:13:53.455
  • which is a prophetic word.
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  • He said, "If you'll listento the prophet--"
  • 00:13:56.024 --> 00:13:57.726
  • Now, just 'causesomebody preaching
  • 00:13:57.759 --> 00:13:59.261
  • don't meanthey are the prophet.
  • 00:13:59.294 --> 00:14:00.795
  • They've got to be consistentwith the written Word
  • 00:14:00.829 --> 00:14:03.164
  • and with the living Wordbefore they--
  • 00:14:03.198 --> 00:14:05.233
  • it can even be consideredto be a prophetic word.
  • 00:14:05.267 --> 00:14:08.503
  • So if the rhema wordis not consistent
  • 00:14:08.536 --> 00:14:11.239
  • with the living Wordand the written Word,
  • 00:14:11.273 --> 00:14:13.575
  • it in factis not a rhema word.
  • 00:14:13.608 --> 00:14:15.443
  • That's a false prophet.
  • 00:14:15.477 --> 00:14:17.312
  • But he does give hisapplicational words
  • 00:14:17.345 --> 00:14:21.449
  • to specific scenariosto the prophetic voice today.
  • 00:14:21.483 --> 00:14:26.021
  • That's why the Bible saysin 1 Thessalonians 5,
  • 00:14:26.054 --> 00:14:28.456
  • "Despise not prophecy."
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  • I know we're listeningto the medical experts,
  • 00:14:30.859 --> 00:14:32.661
  • we're listeningto our political leaders,
  • 00:14:32.694 --> 00:14:34.429
  • but we ought to be listeningfor a Word from God.
  • 00:14:34.462 --> 00:14:37.632
  • And the more of those people
  • 00:14:37.666 --> 00:14:39.434
  • that you can get to listenfor God,
  • 00:14:39.467 --> 00:14:41.836
  • the sooner we can get solutionsto the dilemmas that we face.
  • 00:14:41.870 --> 00:14:46.474
  • Even in your personal life,
  • 00:14:46.508 --> 00:14:48.243
  • you want to listenfor a prophetic word.
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  • It may come through your pastor,
  • 00:14:50.211 --> 00:14:51.546
  • it may come through anotherbeliever who has the gift,
  • 00:14:51.579 --> 00:14:54.182
  • but you want to listento a Word
  • 00:14:54.215 --> 00:14:55.850
  • that speaksinto your specific reality.
  • 00:14:55.884 --> 00:15:00.755
  • After they prayed,God brought a prophet,
  • 00:15:00.789 --> 00:15:05.593
  • and then it was timefor a praise.
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  • Look at how much praisegoes on in this chapter
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  • without the problemyet being solved.
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  • It says in verse 18,
  • 00:15:14.936 --> 00:15:16.304
  • "They fell down before the Lordand worshipped him."
  • 00:15:16.338 --> 00:15:19.207
  • They say in verse 19,
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  • "They stood upto praise the Lord."
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  • They say in verse 21,
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  • "They sang to the Lord,
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  • those who praised himin holy attire."
  • 00:15:27.782 --> 00:15:31.152
  • It says in verse 22, "When theybegan singing and praising,
  • 00:15:31.186 --> 00:15:36.024
  • the Lord set an ambush."
  • 00:15:36.057 --> 00:15:38.893
  • In other words,praise made the difference.
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  • They had a problem,a virus they couldn't fix,
  • 00:15:42.998 --> 00:15:45.900
  • an invasionthey couldn't overcome,
  • 00:15:45.934 --> 00:15:47.936
  • that lead to a prayer.
  • 00:15:47.969 --> 00:15:50.405
  • The prayer opened the doorfor a prophet,
  • 00:15:50.438 --> 00:15:54.242
  • and then it was timeto get your praise on.
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  • Let me talk about praise.
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  • Praise is the accentuatingand expressing value to God.
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  • You can worship privately.
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  • Without saying a word,you can worship.
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  • You can worship in your heart.
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  • You can worship with your mind.You can worship in silence.
  • 00:16:14.929 --> 00:16:17.832
  • But you can't do thatwith praise.
  • 00:16:17.866 --> 00:16:19.901
  • Praise is worship gone public.Praise is declaring your stand.
  • 00:16:19.934 --> 00:16:26.775
  • That's what the psalmist meantin Psalm 34 when he said,
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  • "Oh, magnify the Lord with meand let us exhort--
  • 00:16:30.578 --> 00:16:34.849
  • exalt and extol his nametogether."
  • 00:16:34.883 --> 00:16:38.753
  • In other words, he says,"Get your praise on."
  • 00:16:38.787 --> 00:16:42.657
  • When you magnify God--you can't make God bigger.
  • 00:16:42.690 --> 00:16:45.427
  • But a magnifying glassdoesn't make something bigger,
  • 00:16:45.460 --> 00:16:48.229
  • it just shows you
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  • in a bigger waywhat's really there.
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  • The Bible says that God inhabitsthe praises of his people.
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  • He hangs out in praise
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  • when praiseis coming from the right heart.
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  • Get your praise on even thoughyour problem's not solved.
  • 00:17:04.045 --> 00:17:06.414
  • Praise Godthat he's bigger than corona.
  • 00:17:06.448 --> 00:17:09.284
  • Praise God that he's biggerthan your private coronas,
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  • however they may show upin your life.
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  • Praise himthat he's greater
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  • than whatever the greatestchallenge is in your life.
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  • It says, "When Godheard their praise,
  • 00:17:21.162 --> 00:17:23.064
  • he set an ambushfor the enemy."
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  • In football, my son Jonathanwas a fullback.
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  • A fullback's job is to runthrough the line
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  • and open up a hole
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  • in one of the gapsfor the halfback.
  • 00:17:34.509 --> 00:17:36.878
  • That's one of his main jobs.
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  • The quarterback receivesthe ball.
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:42.150
  • The linemen, at first,are coming after the quarterback
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  • because the quarterbackhas the ball.
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  • When the quarterback hands offthe ball to the halfback,
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  • everybody shifts to goafter the halfback now.
  • 00:17:50.291 --> 00:17:53.661
  • Jonathan's job was to block themon the shift.
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  • You see, because you've shiftedthe problem to somebody else.
  • 00:17:57.132 --> 00:18:02.604
  • Well, you may have the problemright now;
  • 00:18:02.637 --> 00:18:05.340
  • but when you get your praise on,you've shifted it over to God.
  • 00:18:05.373 --> 00:18:10.311
  • That's why when Davidwas facing Goliath,
  • 00:18:10.345 --> 00:18:13.414
  • he says in 1 Samuel 17,verses 26 and 36,
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  • "Who is thisuncircumcised Philistine
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  • that challengesthe armies of the living God?"
  • 00:18:20.555 --> 00:18:23.691
  • He shifted it over to God.
  • 00:18:23.725 --> 00:18:25.527
  • He said, "No.You're messing with God now."
  • 00:18:25.560 --> 00:18:27.629
  • In other words,he made it a spiritual battle,
  • 00:18:27.662 --> 00:18:29.497
  • not just a physical battlewith big boy.
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  • No.
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  • He said,"Big boy is big,
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  • but he ain't that big'cause I know somebody bigger."
  • 00:18:35.003 --> 00:18:36.838
  • When you learn to shiftyour pain, your problem,
  • 00:18:36.871 --> 00:18:39.040
  • your dilemma,your coronas over to God,
  • 00:18:39.073 --> 00:18:42.510
  • now you have somebody biggerthan the problem you face
  • 00:18:42.544 --> 00:18:45.580
  • and the problem that
  • 00:18:45.613 --> 00:18:47.081
  • the medical environment facesthat's worldwide.
  • 00:18:47.115 --> 00:18:52.253
  • It's time to shiftthat thing over.
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  • It's time to givethat thing over.
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  • The Bible says,"In your praise,"
  • 00:18:55.957 --> 00:18:57.859
  • Psalms 50, verse 23,"is your deliverance."
  • 00:18:57.892 --> 00:19:02.197
  • That God will deliver youin your praise.
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  • You say, "But my problemhas not been solved yet."
  • 00:19:04.432 --> 00:19:07.068
  • I know your problemhasn't been solved yet.
  • 00:19:07.101 --> 00:19:09.170
  • Get your praise on.
  • 00:19:09.204 --> 00:19:11.005
  • What am I praising for whenmy problem hasn't been solved?
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  • I'm praising for the Godwho can solve it.
  • 00:19:13.541 --> 00:19:15.977
  • I'm praisingthat it's not so big
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:19.380
  • that it's bigger than him.
  • 00:19:19.414 --> 00:19:21.583
  • I'm praising him for whatI've seen him do in the Bible.
  • 00:19:21.616 --> 00:19:25.053
  • See, that's whyyou have to know the Word of God
  • 00:19:25.086 --> 00:19:26.988
  • because you need to knowwhat he did yesterday
  • 00:19:27.021 --> 00:19:28.690
  • to remind youwhat he can do today.
  • 00:19:28.723 --> 00:19:31.092
  • That's why all through the Bible
  • 00:19:31.125 --> 00:19:32.660
  • it rehearses Goddelivering from Egypt,
  • 00:19:32.694 --> 00:19:38.399
  • it rehearses Goddelivering through the Red Sea.
  • 00:19:38.433 --> 00:19:41.236
  • Why?
  • 00:19:41.269 --> 00:19:42.770
  • To show them when they raninto their next Pharaoh,
  • 00:19:42.804 --> 00:19:44.839
  • when they raninto their next army,
  • 00:19:44.872 --> 00:19:46.975
  • when they raninto their next dilemma,
  • 00:19:47.008 --> 00:19:49.744
  • that same Godcan handle it
  • 00:19:49.777 --> 00:19:51.746
  • 'cause he's already handled itbefore.
  • 00:19:51.779 --> 00:19:53.615
  • The problem is if you don't havea history with God
  • 00:19:53.648 --> 00:19:56.451
  • and you haven't seenwhat he can do,
  • 00:19:56.484 --> 00:19:58.519
  • then you won't be as energizedto praise him right now
  • 00:19:58.553 --> 00:20:01.823
  • 'cause you don't have a historywith him.
  • 00:20:01.856 --> 00:20:03.825
  • Ahh,but throughout the Bible,
  • 00:20:03.858 --> 00:20:06.427
  • when folkgot their praise on,
  • 00:20:06.461 --> 00:20:07.762
  • God did something.
  • 00:20:07.795 --> 00:20:09.097
  • If you don't believe me,ask Joshua.
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:10.665
  • When they were walking aroundthe wall of Jericho
  • 00:20:10.698 --> 00:20:13.368
  • once a day for 7 days--for 6 days,
  • 00:20:13.401 --> 00:20:15.903
  • on the seventh dayseven times
  • 00:20:15.937 --> 00:20:17.805
  • and they were letting outa shout,
  • 00:20:17.839 --> 00:20:19.374
  • you knowwhat that shout was?
  • 00:20:19.407 --> 00:20:20.708
  • That wasn't just noise,that's a shout of praise.
  • 00:20:20.742 --> 00:20:23.244
  • What were they walking around?
  • 00:20:23.278 --> 00:20:24.779
  • A thick problem;
  • 00:20:24.812 --> 00:20:26.247
  • a wall that wouldn't falland an enemy that wouldn't fold.
  • 00:20:26.281 --> 00:20:29.183
  • But when they gottheir praise on,
  • 00:20:29.217 --> 00:20:31.185
  • cracks started crumbling
  • 00:20:31.219 --> 00:20:32.687
  • and rumblingstarted taking place.
  • 00:20:32.720 --> 00:20:34.789
  • When they got their praise on,things began to collapse.
  • 00:20:34.822 --> 00:20:39.294
  • The problem came to an end.
  • 00:20:39.327 --> 00:20:42.730
  • If you don't believethat praise works,
  • 00:20:42.764 --> 00:20:45.233
  • ask Paul and Silas in jail.
  • 00:20:45.266 --> 00:20:47.635
  • They're in chains,they're in jail,
  • 00:20:47.669 --> 00:20:50.405
  • but they got their praise on.
  • 00:20:50.438 --> 00:20:52.573
  • And when they gottheir praise on,
  • 00:20:52.607 --> 00:20:53.908
  • things started to shake,
  • 00:20:53.941 --> 00:20:56.144
  • things started to rumbleand they were delivered.
  • 00:20:56.177 --> 00:20:59.747
  • They even did evangelism
  • 00:20:59.781 --> 00:21:01.816
  • by leading the Philippian jailerto salvation.
  • 00:21:01.849 --> 00:21:04.919
  • You see,when you get your praise on,
  • 00:21:04.952 --> 00:21:07.622
  • it causes heaven to moveso that earth shakes,
  • 00:21:07.655 --> 00:21:11.326
  • so that the rumbling down hereoccurs because God is moving.
  • 00:21:11.359 --> 00:21:16.431
  • Praise is not praiseuntil it's expressed.
  • 00:21:16.464 --> 00:21:20.034
  • When's the last timeyou've gotten your praise on?
  • 00:21:20.068 --> 00:21:22.170
  • So in your fast,get your praise on.
  • 00:21:22.203 --> 00:21:24.339
  • In your prayer,get your praise on.
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  • In your dilemma,celebrate God
  • 00:21:26.441 --> 00:21:28.443
  • because he deservesyour praise.
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  • Magnify.Make a big deal about him.
  • 00:21:30.745 --> 00:21:33.581
  • Again, Psalm 34 says,
  • 00:21:33.614 --> 00:21:35.483
  • "My fears looked up to himand they got calm."
  • 00:21:35.516 --> 00:21:39.554
  • If you're nervous about corona,
  • 00:21:39.587 --> 00:21:41.089
  • if you're nervousabout your economic situation,
  • 00:21:41.122 --> 00:21:43.458
  • if you're scared about your job,
  • 00:21:43.491 --> 00:21:45.493
  • tell your fears you want themto take a look at somebody else.
  • 00:21:45.526 --> 00:21:48.730
  • 'Cause as longas they looking at you,
  • 00:21:48.763 --> 00:21:50.365
  • they're going to control you.
  • 00:21:50.398 --> 00:21:51.933
  • But tell your fearsthat somebody--
  • 00:21:51.966 --> 00:21:53.901
  • someplace else I want youto look
  • 00:21:53.935 --> 00:21:55.570
  • because there's somebody elsethat I want you to respond to.
  • 00:21:55.603 --> 00:21:59.207
  • So the more fearful you get,
  • 00:21:59.240 --> 00:22:01.175
  • the more enclosed you feel,get your praise on.
  • 00:22:01.209 --> 00:22:04.979
  • I love in football
  • 00:22:05.012 --> 00:22:06.914
  • when a football playermakes a big play.
  • 00:22:06.948 --> 00:22:09.751
  • He makes a really big play
  • 00:22:09.784 --> 00:22:12.220
  • and then he walksand he does this,
  • 00:22:12.253 --> 00:22:14.288
  • particularly the defense.
  • 00:22:14.322 --> 00:22:16.290
  • They'll do that.
  • 00:22:16.324 --> 00:22:17.625
  • You know what they're sayingto the crowd?
  • 00:22:17.658 --> 00:22:19.460
  • "Give it up."
  • 00:22:19.494 --> 00:22:20.828
  • That means give it up.
  • 00:22:20.862 --> 00:22:22.163
  • That means make some noise.
  • 00:22:22.196 --> 00:22:23.765
  • Now, did you seewhat I just did?
  • 00:22:23.798 --> 00:22:25.733
  • Make some noiseand celebrate with me.
  • 00:22:25.767 --> 00:22:28.469
  • You can't hear what I say,
  • 00:22:28.503 --> 00:22:29.937
  • but I want to hearwhat you have to say.
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  • Make some noise
  • 00:22:31.439 --> 00:22:32.940
  • 'cause of what you knowI have done and can do.
  • 00:22:32.974 --> 00:22:36.477
  • You know what they did?They gave it up.
  • 00:22:36.511 --> 00:22:39.380
  • They gave up their praise.
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  • You will never know Godis all you need
  • 00:22:41.549 --> 00:22:46.554
  • until you discover Godis all you have.
  • 00:22:46.587 --> 00:22:49.223
  • Right nowGod is all you have.
  • 00:22:49.257 --> 00:22:51.826
  • So let's him know we knowhe's all we need
  • 00:22:51.859 --> 00:22:54.929
  • because heavencan overrule earth.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: One of the great offersof our Savior Jesus Christ
  • 00:23:05.673 --> 00:23:08.509
  • is lifeplus abundant life.
  • 00:23:08.543 --> 00:23:11.345
  • That means a fulfilled life.
  • 00:23:11.379 --> 00:23:13.147
  • So many people are existing
  • 00:23:13.181 --> 00:23:15.316
  • because they don't possessthe life of God.
  • 00:23:15.349 --> 00:23:18.386
  • If you don't know thatyou possess the life of God,
  • 00:23:18.419 --> 00:23:21.556
  • let's get that fixedright now.
  • 00:23:21.589 --> 00:23:23.991
  • Jesus Christ is offering youhis life.
  • 00:23:24.025 --> 00:23:27.328
  • The Bible says, "He that haththe son hath life."
  • 00:23:27.361 --> 00:23:31.232
  • So if you want life,not existence,
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  • the forgiveness of sins,the guarantee of heaven,
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  • and having Jesus Christ involvedwith your life on earth,
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  • all of that is in this packagecalled life
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  • and he's offering it to youfor free.
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  • Now, not a lotis for free today, but this is.
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  • Life for free.How do you get it?
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  • You simply go to Jesus Christand trust him alone for it.
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  • You don't work for it.You don't earn it.
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  • You don't go to church for it.
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  • It can't--none of thatcan give you life.
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  • Only the person of Christcan give you life.
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  • So I'm going to pray a prayer.You pray it after to me.
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  • You just have to mean itfor yourself.
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  • "Lord Jesus,I know I'm a sinner.
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  • I know I can't save myself,
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  • but you've offered methe free gift of eternal life
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  • in exchangefor my sin.
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  • So I place my sinnext to your cross,
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  • believing you diedas my substitute,
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  • and I receive nowthe eternal life
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  • that you sayyou would give me for free
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  • if I came to you for it.
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  • So I receive that now,
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  • and thank youfor my new salvation.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen."
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  • God bless.
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  • Tony:Have you ever wondered
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  • what ties the whole Bibletogether
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  • and makes it make senseas one unified document?
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  • Have you ever wonderedhow the Old Testament
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  • relates to the New Testament?
  • 00:25:05.159 --> 00:25:07.728
  • Have you ever been confusedabout how to use the Bible
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  • to answer questionsabout the confusing things
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  • not only in your life,but in our world today?
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  • Do you really believethat the Bible has answers
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  • to the things we're facing
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  • and the confusionthat we're living in,
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  • whether it relatesto governments
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  • or whether it relatesto racial strife
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  • or whether it relatesto divorce and remarriage?
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  • Do you strugglewith understanding what it means
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  • and whether it really meanswhat it says?
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  • Well, I think we've gotsomething just for you.
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  • It's called the Tony EvansTraining Center,
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  • because this training centeris designed to answer those
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  • and a myriad of other questionsrelated to living life
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  • as the creatormeant it to be lived.
  • 00:25:59.547 --> 00:26:02.216
  • You see,what we're going to be teaching
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  • is a kingdom-based approachto the Bible.
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  • God's kingdomis his rule over all.
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  • His kingdom agendais the visible manifestation
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  • of that ruleover every area of life.
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  • And when you understand
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  • the kingdom threadthroughout all of Scripture
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  • and see it work outin your personal life
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  • and your family lifeand your church life
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  • and your community lifeand in the broader society,
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  • the whole world,
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  • you will seethat there are no questions
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  • for which God does not havereal, relevant,
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  • and contemporary answers.
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  • You don't have a problem,an issue,
  • 00:26:40.154 --> 00:26:42.590
  • a challenge that this book,
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  • when understoodfrom a kingdom perspective,
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  • is not equipped to answer.
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  • So get ready for the rideof your lifetime.
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  • The Tony Evans Training Centeris here just for you,
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  • and I'm so excited
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  • that we can give youcontemporary solutions
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  • from this historical document.
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  • Because guess what?It's still alive.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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