Do Not Be Discouraged

October 16, 2022 | 42 | 27:29

Frankie Mazzapica shares an encouraging message from Celebration Church in The Woodlands; TX.

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Frankie Mazzapica | Do Not Be Discouraged | October 16, 2022
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  • Pastor frankie mazzapica: thank you for tuning in today.
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  • My name is frankie mazzapica.
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  • The title of the message is "do not be discouraged."
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  • Do not be discouraged.
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  • It is so easy to have a goal and then look at your life and say,
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  • "i am so behind of what i'm looking for."
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  • If you're older than the age of 30,
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  • You have already began to think this thought;
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  • That you had plans, you had a trajectory and now you're
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  • Looking at the pace of that trajectory and you're going,
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  • "i am so far behind.
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  • At this pace, i am going to come nowhere close
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  • To where i wanted to be in life."
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  • And it is so easy to get discouraged.
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  • You know, my 8-year-old has already picked out names for her
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  • Children already, and she's up in her game room
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  • And i can hear her talking.
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  • And she's got, you know, a husband,
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  • A wife talking to each other.
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  • It's like some teddy bear and another teddy bear
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  • And they got little teddy bear children, and
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  • She's already practicing on what a family is going to be like.
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  • But, you know, you plan for your family.
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  • You have plans for your children.
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  • You have a vision of what life is going to be like.
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  • I remember riding my bike through rich neighborhoods
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  • And pointed houses that were real big and said,
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  • "well, i'm going to have a house like that.
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  • I'm going to have a house like that."
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  • And then all of a sudden you turn around and you go,
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  • "this is not part of the plan."
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  • And discouragement sets in very, very quickly.
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  • And then when you wanted like break out of this funk
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  • Or this trench and you're like,
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  • "i'm going to change everything,"
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  • There's so much fear because what you are experiencing is
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  • At least good.
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  • It may not be great, and if you try to take a risk
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  • And step out for great, you may lose what's good.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Say, "yes." come on, encourage me.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Say, "yes."
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  • I want to share a verse with you,
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  • And it's going to be the foundation of my message.
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  • There's three sentences within this verse,
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  • And each of those sentences are going to be my major points.
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  • The first sentence is my first point,
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  • The second sentence is my second point, and so on.
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  • But this is what the scripture says in isaiah chapter 41,
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  • Verse 10.
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  • It reads like this.
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  • It says, "do not be afraid, for i am with you.
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  • Do not be discouraged because i am your god."
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  • Isn't that good already?
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  • We haven't even gotten to the second and third verse
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  • And it's like, "i love you."
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  • Says, "do not be afraid, for i am with you.
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  • Do not be discouraged, for i am your god."
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  • And then it says, "i will strengthen you,
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  • And i will help you.
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  • I will lift you up.
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  • I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."
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  • Doesn't that sound good?
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  • Come on, put your hands together for that.
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  • "i will hold you up."
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  • And so let's just begin to unpack that verse.
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  • The first verse, it says this.
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  • "don't be afraid.
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  • Don't worry.
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  • I'm with you.
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  • Don't be discouraged."
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  • So let's unpack that.
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  • I along with you have had these fears,
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  • And i've been open and i've been transparent
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  • That one of the biggest challenges in my life is
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  • I fight depression often.
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  • Everybody fights something.
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  • Everybody has an achilles heel.
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  • And i can say a lot of times i'm winning and then
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  • There's other times where i don't know what's happening;
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  • But that's the battle that i fight,
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  • And it's something that i'm just constantly aware of.
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  • And my wife, my-- thank god for my wife.
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  • She knows when i'm in a dip and she knows exactly what to do,
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  • And usually it's just, "hey, give him space.
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  • Put ice cream in the freezer.
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  • Within a--hopefully within a couple of days
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  • He'll be out of it."
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  • And it's very difficult to pray during that season because
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  • Typically when i pray-- i don't like telling people this
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  • 'cause it's not a comparison game,
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  • But typically when i pray i pray for a few hours.
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  • But when i'm in this slump, i can only get like
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  • A sentence out or a whisper out and it's discouraging and it's--
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  • Somebody asked one time, "what does it feel like?"
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  • And i said, "you know, i'm afraid."
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  • And i'm well aware of the scriptures where
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  • In 2 timothy chapter 1, verse 7 it says, "i have not given you
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  • A spirit of fear," which right there you realize
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  • That fear is a spirit.
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  • And so you just realize fear is not an emotion.
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  • It feels like an emotion, it feels like a thought,
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  • But it's not.
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  • It's a spirit.
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  • And you recognize in ephesians chapter 6,
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  • Verse 12 that you are not wrestling against flesh
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  • And blood but instead you are fighting against rulers
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  • And authorities in this unseen world.
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  • You're fighting against mighty powers in this dark world.
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  • Just nod at me if you know this world is dark.
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  • Come on.
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  • And i appreciate the volume.
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  • It encourages me.
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  • Come on, help me out.
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  • But it also says that we're wrestling against
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  • Spirits in heavenly places.
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  • This is the fight, this is the battle,
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  • And the lord's scripture says,
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  • "do not be afraid, for i'm with you.
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  • Do not be discouraged, for i am your god."
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  • There's a sport out there called spelking--spelunking.
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  • I have trouble pronouncing it.
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  • Spelunking. that's it.
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  • Spelunking.
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  • I have trouble pronouncing it because it is--
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  • I have trouble understanding why people would ever do this.
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  • Spelunking.
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  • What is it? spelunking?
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  • Spelunking.
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  • All right, spelunking.
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  • Look at these guys.
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  • So the whole--i just heard someone go, "nope."
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  • This sport, if you will, is to look for caves
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  • That have very tight crevices and you crawl through them
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  • To see what's on the other side.
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  • I don't want to go to the other side.
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  • I like right where i'm at.
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  • But they crawl through these tight cracks and a lot of times
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  • It involves grappling or ascending on sharp areas,
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  • But the whole point is they are looking for crevices
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  • And cracks to squeeze themselves through.
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  • And i was reading about this gentleman.
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  • It was an article.
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  • His name was philip, and somebody was writing
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  • The article about philip and philip had never been--
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  • I'm not even going to try to say it again.
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  • He had never done anything like this before.
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  • So he went and he hired a guide and said,
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  • "this is something i've always wanted to do.
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  • Will you take me with you?"
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  • And so the guide as i read the article--again,
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  • This was a third person writing the article about philip.
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  • And he got the guide and the guide began to take him to
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  • A particular cave and then the crevices that they were sliding
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  • Through were getting tighter and tighter and tighter,
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  • And then at one point they had to get on their back
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  • And they had to push themselves through this crevice.
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  • So they were on their back and at first there was enough room
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  • For their knees to be up and push themselves backwards,
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  • And then it got so tight that they could no longer lift
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  • Their knees.
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  • They were pushing themselves backwards with their hands.
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  • Then it got even tighter than that, where they couldn't
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  • Lift their--they couldn't fill their lungs up with--
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  • Fully with air.
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  • They had to only partially breathe and they had their face
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  • Sideways and they were pushing themselves backwards.
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  • Well, philip started to panic as you would imagine,
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  • But he started to panic and he started to hyperventilate
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  • And he said to his guide, he said, "hey, i'm scared.
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  • I'm scared, and i can't breathe."
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  • And the guide said, you know, "just stay with me.
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  • We're going to be okay."
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  • And so a few moments later after they push themselves
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  • A little bit further, as i was reading,
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  • Philip said, "i'm not okay.
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  • I'm not okay.
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  • I'm not going to make it."
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  • And the guide said, "listen, i don't want you
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  • To concentrate about anything else.
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  • Don't think about anything else.
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  • I just want you to listen to my voice.
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  • Just listen to my voice."
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  • Well, philip died that day in the crevice.
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  • No, he didn't. i was just kidding.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • I was just kidding. i was just kidding.
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  • He didn't die. he didn't die.
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  • But anyway, he listened to his voice.
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  • The guy kept on talking.
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  • He got out on the other side, and he was able to tell
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  • The story and the article was written.
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  • Some of you are never going to forgive me for that,
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  • But he got to the other side.
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  • And you guys are already ahead of me.
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  • The only way he got through is he just kept on listening
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  • The voice, and the guide just kept talking.
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  • He kept talking.
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  • He kept talking, and he just concentrated on what the guide
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  • Was saying and he got through.
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  • You know, it's hard-- it's sincerely hard to lean
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  • Into the lord and say, "i'm scared.
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  • I'm scared."
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  • Usually when we're discouraged, we're just thinking it.
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  • Usually when we feel like the season that we're in
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  • Is never going to change, we just try to get used to it.
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  • We try to get used to it and we try to just kind of adjust
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  • As life goes on, and at best case scenario
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  • We can get through one day at a time.
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  • In seasons like that you're not trying to get through the week,
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  • You're not trying to get through the month,
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  • You're not even trying to get through the year.
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  • You're trying to get through the moment.
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  • "if i can get through this moment and be okay and--"
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  • Before we know it, all we're trying to do is
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  • Get through one moment after the next.
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  • And it's the enemy's trap, it's the enemy's ploy to try
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  • To get us to be consumed with fear and discouragement,
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  • But i want to tell you this.
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  • One whisper to the holy spirit begins to change the tide.
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  • Come on.
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  • It begins to change the tide of your life.
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  • I want to challenge you.
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  • Whisper.
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  • Open your mouth and say something to the lord.
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  • It doesn't matter what you say just as long as some words
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  • Are coming out of your mouth that you're saying,
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  • "i need you."
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  • And maybe that's all you say.
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  • "i love you."
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  • Or you say, "i'm in trouble.
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  • I need you."
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  • It's words like that where you begin to feel strength.
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  • Pastor frankie: i recently wrote a book called
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  • "your divine invitation:
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  • Access the holy spirit to complete your assignment."
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  • The reason why i wrote this book is i had spent so many years
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  • Frustrated because i was praying for people to be healed
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  • And i wasn't seeing the healing.
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  • According to mark chapter 16, verses 17 and 18,
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  • All of us should be seeing healings
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  • Whenever we pray for people.
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  • I began to ask the holy spirit,
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  • "show me in scripture what i'm missing.
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  • I've got to be missing something."
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  • He began to show me simple things that jesus did
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  • In scriptures when people were being healed.
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  • Take for example on mark chapter 8, verse 24,
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  • He prayed for a blind man twice before he received
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  • His complete healing.
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  • I started praying for people twice
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  • And i started noticing that they were being healed
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  • More than when i only prayed for them once.
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  • It's simple things like this that i share in my book,
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  • And i believe that if you order it today you'll be glad you did.
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  • Pastor frankie: that takes me into my second point.
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  • "i will strengthen you and help you.
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  • I will strengthen you and help you."
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  • You know, i talk to people all the time about prayer because,
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  • You know, every pastor has a primary passion
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  • That they love to talk about the most.
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  • For some pastors, they love to talk about mercy.
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  • Other pastors, they like to talk about grace.
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  • Other pastors, they like to talk about prosperity.
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  • For me--all those things are in the bible,
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  • But pastors gravitate towards certain topics, and for me
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  • Almost to an error by not talking about other things
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  • I talk about prayer.
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  • I'm constantly talking about prayer,
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  • And i want to say to everyone here that your prayer life
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  • Will drastically begin to build momentum and be exciting
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  • If before you say one word to god you take a minute
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  • To realize who you're talking to.
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  • You take a minute to realize how vast he is,
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  • How he has that his being has no end.
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  • A lot of times when we pray we still see jesus as a person,
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  • But i want you to know that jesus is not
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  • A human being anymore.
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  • The bible says in john chapter 10, verse 30,
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  • Jesus says this, that, "i and the father are one."
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  • It's hard to wrap our mind around that,
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  • But i can look at you and say your body and your spirit
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  • And your soul are one.
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  • I can't separate your spirit from your body.
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  • Your body is flesh and bone.
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  • If i want to say i want to find the real you and so i'm going
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  • To put you in front of an x-ray 'cause i want to find you--
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  • I don't want to just look at your arm and your legs,
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  • I want to find you, you.
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  • You're--you are a spirit.
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  • That's why when you see someone who has passed away,
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  • We all think the same thing when we walk past the casket.
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  • We all say to our self, "they're not there.
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  • We're looking at their body, but they're not there."
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  • How many people have thought that thought at a funeral?
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  • You look at them and go, "they're not there anymore.
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  • I'm looking at them, but they're not there anymore."
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  • What are you talking about?
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  • You know that their spirit is not there anymore.
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  • It's your spirit.
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  • So how do you separate your spirit and your body?
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  • You can't.
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  • How do you separate your soul?
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  • In the same way, you cannot separate jesus and the father.
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  • You cannot do it.
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  • And so we have to remember that when we pray to jesus
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  • We're not talking to a person anymore.
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  • He's kind enough to allow us for the few on the planet
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  • That has ever seen him-- he takes a human form,
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  • But when you look at him you know
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  • That he's not human anymore.
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  • And so when you pray, before you say one word
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  • Ask the holy spirit, "help me begin to realize who he is."
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  • Close your eyes and realize how vast he is,
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  • That even space is not beyond his being;
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  • That the world, that the stars, that over 1 billion galaxies
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  • Are literally within him.
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  • There's no outside of him.
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  • You're walking in acts chapter 17, verse 28.
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  • It says that we walk within him and find our being within him.
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  • And when you begin to focus on who you are talking to,
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  • You will realize that your prayers are no longer casual.
  • 00:20:11.900 --> 00:20:17.539
  • They're no longer, "jesus, i love you.
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  • I thank you. i need you.
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  • I love you. i thank you.
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  • Thank you so much for all you've done."
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  • You're not talking to a person, you're talking
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  • To the source of everything.
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  • The source of life, the source-- come on, help me out.
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  • You're talking to a god, a god.
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  • I'm not saying that right.
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  • You're talking to the god of the wo--of the universe.
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  • So he says, "i will strengthen you.
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  • I will give you help."
  • 00:21:06.888 --> 00:21:11.393
  • Now, the last and final point is the last verse--
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  • Or the last sentence in that verse where he says this:
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  • "i will hold you up with my victorious hand."
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  • You know, in--when you see a mother or you see a father
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  • Holding hands with their child as they're walking
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  • Across the street or they're walking from their car
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  • Into a grocery store,
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  • They're holding their child's hand,
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  • Whose responsibility is it to make sure that
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  • Those hands do not separate?
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  • Whose responsibility is it?
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  • I know it's obvious, but just say it ever--anyway.
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  • Whose responsibility is it?
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  • It's the parent's responsibility.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Because the child on the first thing
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  • That distracts them they just wander off.
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  • "look how fast i can run," with their squeaky shoes.
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  • Squeak, squeak, squeak, bam.
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  • It's the father, it's the mother that takes responsibility
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  • To hang on with their virtuous, their victorious hand.
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  • How many times in your life have you done the very best you could
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  • To complicate your life?
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  • I mean, you really gave it your best shot.
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  • I mean, i've got countless times when i look back and i was like,
  • 00:22:51.026 --> 00:22:55.297
  • "that was my best shot to mess my life up completely.
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  • I mean, i really tried."
  • 00:22:59.067 --> 00:23:01.403
  • I saw an opportunity and i thought to myself,
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  • "if i go down this road, i'm going to mess my life up.
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  • Here we go.
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  • Let's do it."
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  • And how many times have we made the wrong decision over and
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  • Over and over again and the lord looking back you felt alone,
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  • But he hung on not just with his hand but a virtuous hand
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  • That has never ever lost?
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  • It's never lost.
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  • He's hung on and he's hung on tight.
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  • And i want you to know, for everyone in this room,
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  • You're in a season where you're saying to yourself,
  • 00:23:41.576 --> 00:23:43.912
  • "guess what?
  • 00:23:43.912 --> 00:23:45.614
  • I clawed my way into this church this morning.
  • 00:23:45.614 --> 00:23:50.919
  • I've clawed my way because deep down inside i am so discouraged
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  • With life and i'm discouraged with my relationship with god
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  • Because it's been so inconsistent,
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  • Because my prayers have been absent,
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  • Because my prayers have been lifeless;
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  • Because i've got a secret sin that nobody knows about,
  • 00:24:15.577 --> 00:24:19.314
  • A secret addiction that nobody knows about,
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  • And it is exhausting hiding it."
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  • And you come to the lord, you come into the church,
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  • You put your eyes up, you lift your chin up,
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  • And you don't know where you stand.
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  • I just want you to know that though you can't feel it
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  • With your flesh, he is squeezing your hand with his victorious
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  • Hand and his patience does not wear thin.
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  • It's not like he's going and he's--to your rescue.
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  • It's not like he's looking at you and saying,
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  • "how many times are we going to have to do this?"
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  • The bible says this in psalms 103, verse--
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  • I think it's 14 where it says this:
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  • "i know how you were formed.
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  • I remember that you were made from dust."
  • 00:25:16.571 --> 00:25:21.076
  • When he's looking at us, he's saying to himself,
  • 00:25:21.076 --> 00:25:24.713
  • "these are my children, but their flesh was made from dust.
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  • They don't have a chance on being strong without me."
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  • And so he comes as a very present power,
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  • A present grace in time of trouble.
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  • Do you love the lord today?
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  • Come on, put your hands together for that.
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  • Do you love the lord today?
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  • Pastor frankie: i hope enjoyed today's message.
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  • At the conclusion of all of our services every sunday,
  • 00:25:55.543 --> 00:25:58.613
  • We always pray for people who need a healing in their body.
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  • Consequently, we see a lot of miracles.
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  • I hope this next testimony encourages you to believe
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  • For miracles in your own life.
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  • Merriam: i was outside one day and just lying
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  • In the grass soaking up the sun.
  • 00:26:14.295 --> 00:26:15.697
  • I live in michigan, so we can lay in the grass.
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  • I really felt like i needed to be watching a sermon.
  • 00:26:17.432 --> 00:26:19.734
  • So i went on your website and i found one,
  • 00:26:19.734 --> 00:26:22.470
  • And the one that i happened to be was
  • 00:26:22.470 --> 00:26:24.272
  • "locked in a room with no doors."
  • 00:26:24.272 --> 00:26:27.242
  • And at the end of that sermon, pastor frankie called everyone
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  • To prayer and he told us to ask god what we wanted
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  • And he told us to put our arms out and just ask,
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  • And so i did even though i wasn't in the sanctuary.
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  • Immediately i felt my hands start tingling,
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  • And i asked god to deliver me from the spirit of lust because
  • 00:26:46.127 --> 00:26:49.664
  • I knew that i've been struggling with that for a long time.
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  • When i did, my body started shaking,
  • 00:26:52.801 --> 00:26:55.537
  • My eyes started flashing even though they were closed.
  • 00:26:55.537 --> 00:26:57.872
  • It was like black and light strobe lights.
  • 00:26:57.872 --> 00:27:00.475
  • And then he told everyone to blow through their mouth,
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  • And so i did and i could feel the spirit leave my body.
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  • And that was probably a couple of months ago,
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  • And since then i have had no issues with looking at people.
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  • I see people completely different,
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  • And i'm just so thankful and i praise god.
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  • ♪♪♪
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