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Why God Refuses to Meet You Halfway Part 1

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October 4, 2020
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Pastor Levi Lusko from Fresh Life Church teaches the Bible and brings a message of hope.

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Why God Refuses to Meet You Halfway Part 1

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  • Hey this is Levi and JennieLusko and we are so excited
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  • to let you know about ourbrand new podcast
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  • that we've been doing calledHey! It's the Lusko's.
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  • We sit down, put headphoneson, talk into these enormousmicrophones.
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  • We bring friends on and talkabout what it's like to serveGod
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  • and how to grow closer to Jesusbut then also randomness
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  • it's very random, food andworking outbirds and
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  • How Jensen Franklin cuts treeswhen he prays, I meanjust all kinds of
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  • things come up.It's so funYou're gonna wanna listen
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  • You really should join us.I have a lot of fun listeningto it by myself
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  • That's where you've beenI couldn't find you, youwere listening to our podcast
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  • So get Hey! It's the Lusko'swherever podcasts can bedownloaded.
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  • Itunes, Spotify, all those placsand now you are going to listento a message from a series
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  • called, up In Smoke.It's a message series aboutsome of the different
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  • smoke stories in the Bible.It's crazy when you look in theBible
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  • some of the key moments,there's smoke involved. AndI loved preaching through this
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  • series. I think you're going toenojoy this message. Hey if thisministry has impacted you
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  • in any way, we would be soincredibly blessed to get tohear about it.
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  • Yeah, send that to,an email,Levi,
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  • at,freshlife.churchone more time
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  • that's levi@freshlife.church
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  • and if you would want to partnerwith us financially and helpus bring the messages
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  • from God words to peoplearound the countrywe would
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  • be so encouraged by any supportlarge or small and you can do tton the website
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  • right there on the screen.God bless you!We love you!
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  • Up in Smoke-- that'sthe series we're in.
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  • It's a collection of talks--
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  • Up in Smoke.
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  • I don't know if youcaught last week.
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  • I felt like that wasjust a powerful word.
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  • Good night, failure.
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  • Good morning, grace.
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  • Good night, failure.
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  • Good morning, grace.
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  • And if you didn't hearit, it's in the podcast,
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  • and it's in the app.
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  • You can check that out.
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  • But we're studying significantsmoke stories in the Bible.
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  • And Genesis 15 is apowerful smoke story.
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  • Here's what we find.
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  • After these things,the word of the Lord
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  • came to Abram in avision, saying, do not
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  • be afraid, Abram.
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  • I am your shield, yourexceedingly great reward.
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  • But Abraham said, LordGod, what will you give me,
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  • seeing I go childless,and the heir of my house
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  • is Eliezer of Damascus?
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  • Then Abram said, look,you've given me no offspring.
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  • Indeed, one born inmy house is my heir.
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  • They're saying he'sreferring to Eliezer again.
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  • And behold, the word of theLord came to him, saying,
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  • this one shall notbe your heir, but one
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  • who will come from your ownbody shall be your heir.
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  • Then He brought him outside andsaid, look, now toward heaven
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  • and count the stars if youare able to number them.
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  • And He said to him, soshall your descendants be.
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  • And he believed in the Lord,and he accounted it to Him
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  • for righteousness.
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  • Then He said tohim, I am the Lord,
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  • who brought you out ofUr of the Chaldeans,
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  • to give you thisland to inherit it.
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  • And he said, Lord God, how shallI know that I shall inherit it?
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  • How can I know your promiseis going to come to pass?
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  • Look what God says.
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  • God says, bring me athree-year-old heifer.
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  • Oh, I'm glad.
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  • I'm glad.
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  • I hope that clears it up.
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  • That's not all, though.
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  • It's also a three-year-oldram, also a turtle dove,
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  • and a young pigeon.
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  • And once Abraham dutifullybrought this entire 4H display
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  • to God, verse 10 says thenhe brought all these to Him
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  • and cut them intwo down the middle
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  • and placed each pieceopposite the other.
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  • But he did not cutthe birds in two.
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  • Well good, because thatwould make it weird.
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  • And when the vultures camedown on the carcasses,
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  • Abraham drove them away.
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  • And when the sun was going down,a deep sleep fell upon Abram.
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  • And behold, horror and greatdarkness fell upon him.
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  • Then he said to Abram, knowcertainly that your descendants
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  • will be strangers in aland that is not theirs
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  • and will serve them, and theywill afflict them 400 years.
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  • And also, the nation whomthey serve I will judge.
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  • Afterward, they shall comeout with great possessions.
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  • Now as for you, you shallgo to your fathers in peace.
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  • You shall be buriedat a good old age.
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  • I just love some ofthese old Bible words.
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  • You'll be buriedat a good old age.
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  • How old was he when he died?
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  • He was good and old.
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  • He was a good old age.
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  • But in the fourthgeneration, 400 years
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  • after they go to livein this other place,
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  • they shall returnhere to this land
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  • that I gave you-- thatI gave you this land.
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  • They're going to come back here.
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  • Why would they come back 400years and not take it now?
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  • Here's what he says.
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  • He says for the iniquity of theAmorites is not yet complete.
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  • And it came to pass,when the sun went down,
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  • and it was dark, that behold--
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  • someone say, behold--
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  • Behold.
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  • --there appeared-- saythe next word with me--
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  • a smoking oven anda burning torch that
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  • passed between those pieces.
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  • On the same day, the Lordmade a covenant with Abram,
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  • saying, to yourdescendants, I have
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  • given this land, from the riverof Egypt to the great river,
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  • the river Euphrates.
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  • Have you ever beenin a friendship
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  • that you felt likewas one-sided?
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  • Like whenever youwent to a movie,
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  • it didn't matter whatmovie you thought was good.
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  • You guys always see the moviethat they thought was good.
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  • Have you ever been ina one-sided friendship
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  • where when you're going toget together to do something,
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  • you can talk about other things.
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  • But eventually, you'llend up on the side of town
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  • that's most convenientto where they work/live?
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  • Y'all, have you ever been ina one-sided friendship where
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  • whenever you text them just tocheck in, how they're doing,
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  • see if they could dosomething for you,
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  • you'll see a read receipt.
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  • You'll see the bubble showup for a second or two
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  • and then go away, whenthey left the cursor.
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  • And they'll alwayshave something of a oh,
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  • I wrote you a whole response.
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  • But then went to look upa word in the dictionary
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  • because I respect you somuch that I wanted to make
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  • sure it's all spelled right.
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  • And it didn't send.
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  • And it was in here.
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  • And when they evenshow you their phone,
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  • there's nothing there.
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  • You didn't get thattext I sent back
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  • that said my great aunt,Mabel, died and the dog died
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  • and something.
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  • Have you ever been ina one-sided friendship
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  • where they have perfectcell reception when
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  • they need something from you?
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  • When they're move-in orhave an early flight--
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  • just miraculously alltheir communication
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  • goes through impeccably.
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  • But just so happens thatanytime you check in--
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  • have you ever been ina one-sided friendship
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  • where you're not allowedto have any other friends,
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  • and they get all jealousand weird like about
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  • the people you'rehanging out with
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  • or anything that's not them?
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  • But they have awhole lot of friends,
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  • and you see on Instagram they'rehaving all sorts of fun, even
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  • though they said theyweren't doing anything later.
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  • I think we've all feltthe lack of reciprocation
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  • at times from a friendship.
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  • Not that we'retrying to be needy,
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  • but every person has needs.
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  • And sometimes, they're notbeing met in friendships
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  • that are one-sided.
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  • The title of my message is WhyGod Refuses to Meet You Halfway
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  • because I think if we'rehonest-- real talk--
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  • no, just me?
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  • Y'all just, no, that's good.
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  • Sometimes, it seems like Godrefuses to meet us halfway
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  • like it's aone-sided friendship,
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  • like, oh, there'severything He wants
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  • from us-- read your Bible.
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  • There's everythingHe wants from us.
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  • You've got to be atchurch, or you're icky.
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  • If you don't give, there'sthis mentality, I think,
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  • sometimes where we're doingwhat we're supposed to do.
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  • But then if we'rehonest, we, at times,
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  • are waiting for God's response.
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  • And although we'retrying to raise
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  • our kids in the way of theLord, why is my son on drugs?
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  • Real talk-- sometimes,it feels like we're
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  • in a one-sided relationship.
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  • I know I'm supposed to do not.
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  • Cuss and not-- what are thoseother things on that thing?
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  • Stuff about Hisname and I get it.
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  • Like, I'm trying to do mypart, but where were you
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  • when my marriage blew up?
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  • And when I prayed for them tobe healed, but they weren't?
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  • And when I was really focusingand fasting and believing
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  • for this thing to move.
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  • And not only did it not,but like three other things
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  • broke so that was neat.
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  • I think sometimes peoplewalk away from God
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  • and walk away fromthe church because it
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  • seems like we're in a bitof a one-sided relationship.
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  • And sure, there's a wholelot of stuff in here
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  • that preachers like me love topoint our fingers and tell you
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  • you need to do for God.
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  • But sometimes, ifwe're real, it doesn't
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  • seem like He's living upto his end of the table--
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  • His end of the bargain.
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  • Abraham knows exactly whatwe're describing here.
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  • And as we open up Genesis 15, westumble into a part of his life
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  • where he really felt likeGod was not reciprocating.
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  • You see, Abrahamlived in a place
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  • called Ur of the Chaldeans.
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  • And he was just mindinghis own business,
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  • worshipping the moon--
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  • just like a gardenvariety pagan would.
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  • And God had the audacityto speak to Abraham
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  • and to call him out and togive strange promises to him
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  • and tell him, I'm goingto make a kingdom out
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  • of your descendants.
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  • You're going tohave so many kids.
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  • And one day-- listento this-- one day,
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  • your family's going to beso numerous on the Earth
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  • that they're goingto be a blessing.
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  • Out of your familyis going to come
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  • a blessing that blessesevery single person
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  • on the entire Earth.
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  • Of course, we hada luxury in time,
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  • chronologically speaking, tolook back on those promises
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  • and understand that God wasspeaking in code to Abraham
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  • about was Jesus.
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  • The nation of Israel beingthis nation that would
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  • defy the odds of everydictator in history
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  • who's purported to bethe one to take them out.
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  • And yet, here they are.
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  • Here they are tothis present day.
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  • We just celebrated the rebirthof the modern state of Israel,
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  • May 14, 1948.
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  • Once again, a people again trueto God's prophetic timetable
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  • and promises for the Earth.
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  • And here we sit in thecapital, in the embassy--
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  • it's Jerusalem.
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  • It's Israel.
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  • Why is it this centerof upheaval and center
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  • of conflict?
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  • And it's because it's apart of God's program,
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  • and it goes back tothis dude, Abraham--
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  • one of the most significantfigures in the whole world.
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  • In the whole world--
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  • no matter whichside of the divide--
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  • Jew, Christian,Muslim-- you sit,
  • 00:12:11.454 --> 00:12:13.589
  • you can't but acknowledge andtip your hat to Father Abraham.
  • 00:12:13.689 --> 00:12:17.527
  • And it was all on a razor's edgeas he in Ur of the Chaldeans,
  • 00:12:17.627 --> 00:12:24.300
  • was called to move to this land.
  • 00:12:24.433 --> 00:12:25.802
  • And he's like, all right,where are we going to go?
  • 00:12:25.902 --> 00:12:27.703
  • And God said, I'll showyou when you get there,
  • 00:12:27.804 --> 00:12:29.806
  • and we've said before, how doyou pack for a trip like that?
  • 00:12:29.939 --> 00:12:34.210
  • Amazingly, 70 years oldAbraham and his wife
  • 00:12:34.310 --> 00:12:37.413
  • Sarah-- they, advanced inyears as they were, went out,
  • 00:12:37.480 --> 00:12:40.817
  • not knowing wherethey were going to go
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  • So now they're in the tents.
  • 00:13:45.314 --> 00:13:46.716
  • They had before agreat house probably.
  • 00:13:46.816 --> 00:13:48.985
  • I mean, we don'tknow what it's like,
  • 00:13:49.051 --> 00:13:50.386
  • but we know that Urwas the place that
  • 00:13:50.486 --> 00:13:52.788
  • invented the hot tub,so it was probably nice.
  • 00:13:52.855 --> 00:13:57.693
  • So now they're like homeless.
  • 00:13:57.827 --> 00:13:58.861
  • Now they're vagabonds.
  • 00:13:58.995 --> 00:14:00.196
  • Now they're strangers,and they're pilgrims.
  • 00:14:00.329 --> 00:14:02.064
  • And they're believing forsalvation for the whole world
  • 00:14:02.164 --> 00:14:04.667
  • somehow.
  • 00:14:04.734 --> 00:14:06.068
  • They're believing we'regoing to have tons of kids.
  • 00:14:06.168 --> 00:14:08.137
  • But Abram's a laughingstockbecause his name
  • 00:14:08.204 --> 00:14:10.239
  • Abram means "exaltedfather," but he had no kids.
  • 00:14:10.339 --> 00:14:15.077
  • And he was 70 years old.
  • 00:14:15.177 --> 00:14:17.179
  • And Abram, what's your name?
  • 00:14:17.313 --> 00:14:18.481
  • Exalted Father. oh,where's your family?
  • 00:14:18.547 --> 00:14:20.049
  • Well, it's just me and the lady.
  • 00:14:20.182 --> 00:14:21.918
  • Exalted father?
  • 00:14:22.018 --> 00:14:23.519
  • But then one day, God changedhis name from Abram to Abraham.
  • 00:14:23.653 --> 00:14:25.154
  • You know what "Abraham" means?
  • 00:14:25.221 --> 00:14:26.555
  • It means "fatherof many nations"
  • 00:14:26.689 --> 00:14:28.157
  • because that's less awkward--
  • 00:14:28.224 --> 00:14:29.692
  • still no kids.
  • 00:14:29.825 --> 00:14:31.894
  • Abram, glad to see you.
  • 00:14:32.028 --> 00:14:33.062
  • No, no, not Abraham--
  • 00:14:33.195 --> 00:14:34.230
  • Abraham.
  • 00:14:34.363 --> 00:14:35.498
  • Oh, still you and the lady?
  • 00:14:35.564 --> 00:14:38.067
  • Yep.
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:39.869
  • Awesome.
  • 00:14:40.002 --> 00:14:42.571
  • Five years goes by--
  • 00:14:42.705 --> 00:14:44.840
  • five long years.
  • 00:14:44.907 --> 00:14:50.046
  • Hey, God, remember me?
  • 00:14:50.179 --> 00:14:53.416
  • I'm the one you called outto save the world through.
  • 00:14:53.549 --> 00:14:56.052
  • Hey, look, whatI've done for you.
  • 00:14:56.118 --> 00:14:57.386
  • Here we are-- vagabonds,pilgrims, aliens.
  • 00:14:57.453 --> 00:15:01.023
  • And the baby is?
  • 00:15:01.090 --> 00:15:03.893
  • And we can onlyimagine the five years
  • 00:15:04.026 --> 00:15:06.228
  • was full of faithfulacts of obedience
  • 00:15:06.295 --> 00:15:09.098
  • on the part of Abraham andSarah to fulfill God's promises
  • 00:15:09.231 --> 00:15:11.968
  • and grow their family.
  • 00:15:12.068 --> 00:15:13.903
  • You can only imagine theeffort that went into it.
  • 00:15:14.036 --> 00:15:16.138
  • We can only imagine the nightswhere he's like you want to?
  • 00:15:16.238 --> 00:15:18.774
  • Oh, I've got a headache.
  • 00:15:18.908 --> 00:15:20.276
  • All right, well, peopleare going to go to hell,
  • 00:15:20.409 --> 00:15:22.278
  • but if you have a headache--
  • 00:15:22.411 --> 00:15:24.880
  • the ultimate trumpcard, my friends,
  • 00:15:24.947 --> 00:15:28.584
  • that Sarah would use whenAbraham didn't feel like it,
  • 00:15:28.718 --> 00:15:31.420
  • I'm sure.
  • 00:15:31.554 --> 00:15:32.121
  • He's like, honey, Ijust want to snuggle.
  • 00:15:37.593 --> 00:15:39.261
  • And she's like, Abraham weneed to be a blessing to people
  • 00:15:39.328 --> 00:15:42.465
  • all over the world.
  • 00:15:42.598 --> 00:15:43.432
  • One day Fresh Life'sgoing to open.
  • 00:15:43.499 --> 00:15:44.967
  • They need something to preach.
  • 00:15:45.101 --> 00:15:47.770
  • Let's get it on.
  • 00:15:47.903 --> 00:15:49.805
  • Alexa, play my lovemaking mix.
  • 00:15:49.939 --> 00:15:53.309
  • That's how it wentfor five years.
  • 00:15:53.442 --> 00:15:55.745
  • You got to feel the Bible--five years of that--
  • 00:15:55.811 --> 00:15:59.749
  • no promise, no stork.
  • 00:15:59.815 --> 00:16:03.019
  • I think we need to makesure and understand
  • 00:16:06.455 --> 00:16:08.958
  • that this is a normativepart of following God.
  • 00:16:09.091 --> 00:16:13.829
  • What's the big takeaway?
  • 00:16:13.963 --> 00:16:15.164
  • Well, let's divide ourtimes up, make sense?
  • 00:16:15.297 --> 00:16:17.333
  • Genesis 15 is wherewe're going to live.
  • 00:16:17.466 --> 00:16:19.301
  • But in a moment,I want to take you
  • 00:16:19.368 --> 00:16:21.137
  • to what happened whenAbraham was sleeping.
  • 00:16:21.270 --> 00:16:24.874
  • But first, let's starthere when Abraham
  • 00:16:24.974 --> 00:16:27.309
  • thought that God was sleeping.
  • 00:16:27.443 --> 00:16:29.445
  • There's going tobe two headings.
  • 00:16:29.512 --> 00:16:32.314
  • I know there weresome crazy things
  • 00:16:32.448 --> 00:16:34.050
  • that we read aboutwhen Abraham's living,
  • 00:16:34.150 --> 00:16:36.952
  • but we have to firststart and acknowledge
  • 00:16:37.019 --> 00:16:39.155
  • that it seemed likefor these five years,
  • 00:16:39.221 --> 00:16:41.624
  • that Abraham surethought God was sleeping.
  • 00:16:41.690 --> 00:16:45.528
  • But surely, after this,it's going to get better,
  • 00:16:45.661 --> 00:16:48.464
  • you'd think.
  • 00:16:48.531 --> 00:16:49.532
  • I'm sure that rightafter this whole story
  • 00:16:49.665 --> 00:16:51.834
  • and promise thatAbraham and Sarah were
  • 00:16:51.901 --> 00:16:54.170
  • going to get baby Isaac, andthen it was on from there.
  • 00:16:54.236 --> 00:16:57.406
  • No, actually, Abraham is 75still has 25 years to go.
  • 00:16:57.506 --> 00:17:02.511
  • For it would beat the age of 100
  • 00:17:02.645 --> 00:17:05.714
  • that Sarah would finallyconceive and give birth
  • 00:17:05.848 --> 00:17:09.819
  • to Abraham's child.
  • 00:17:09.885 --> 00:17:12.188
  • She, herself, by then,the tender age of 91.
  • 00:17:12.254 --> 00:17:17.726
  • What's the point?
  • 00:17:17.860 --> 00:17:19.195
  • The point is, I think, thatGod's promises are never
  • 00:17:19.261 --> 00:17:22.698
  • thwarted.
  • 00:17:22.832 --> 00:17:23.766
  • But listen to mevery carefully--
  • 00:17:23.866 --> 00:17:25.334
  • His strategy often seems likeit doesn't make any sense.
  • 00:17:25.401 --> 00:17:33.042
  • His promises-- they'renever thwarted.
  • 00:17:33.175 --> 00:17:36.445
  • But His strategies--they seldom make sense.
  • 00:17:36.545 --> 00:17:40.883
  • And if you know that about Him,it helps you going into it.
  • 00:17:41.016 --> 00:17:45.287
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:17:45.387 --> 00:17:46.555
  • That means that Hegenerally does not pick
  • 00:17:46.689 --> 00:17:49.225
  • the path of least resistance.
  • 00:17:49.358 --> 00:17:51.894
  • Meaning what we would saythat's what you should do
  • 00:17:51.961 --> 00:17:54.630
  • is usually the last thingthat He wants to do.
  • 00:17:54.730 --> 00:17:57.700
  • Why?
  • 00:17:57.766 --> 00:17:59.034
  • Well, for one reason,if He chose the thing
  • 00:17:59.101 --> 00:18:00.369
  • that we understood, itwould make sense to us.
  • 00:18:00.436 --> 00:18:02.238
  • And therefore, wecould do it, and we
  • 00:18:02.371 --> 00:18:03.906
  • could take the credit for it.
  • 00:18:03.973 --> 00:18:05.541
  • And also, I think He wants toaccomplish His purposes, which
  • 00:18:05.608 --> 00:18:09.445
  • are far bigger than we are.
  • 00:18:09.578 --> 00:18:11.247
  • And though theyinvolve us lovingly,
  • 00:18:11.313 --> 00:18:14.483
  • they're about muchmore than just us.
  • 00:18:14.583 --> 00:18:16.452
  • And there are thingsthat He wants to call out
  • 00:18:16.585 --> 00:18:18.587
  • in us along the way.
  • 00:18:18.721 --> 00:18:20.089
  • So listen, God's purposeis never thwarted,
  • 00:18:20.156 --> 00:18:23.926
  • but His strategiesseldom make sense.
  • 00:18:24.059 --> 00:18:27.263
  • So Sarah wasn'thaving a baby, not
  • 00:18:27.329 --> 00:18:28.998
  • because God couldn'thave made it happen,
  • 00:18:29.098 --> 00:18:31.400
  • but because God didn'twant it to happen yet.
  • 00:18:31.467 --> 00:18:34.970
  • God knew Abraham and Sarahneeded this time to develop,
  • 00:18:35.104 --> 00:18:38.107
  • needed this time to trust Him.
  • 00:18:38.240 --> 00:18:39.942
  • The book of Romans,after the fact,
  • 00:18:40.009 --> 00:18:41.443
  • says God chose to wait tobless the fruit of their womb
  • 00:18:41.577 --> 00:18:45.114
  • until Abraham's bodywas as good as dead.
  • 00:18:45.247 --> 00:18:48.584
  • His strategiesseldom make sense.
  • 00:18:48.651 --> 00:18:52.121
  • When you read that,you're like, He's
  • 00:18:52.254 --> 00:18:53.789
  • just waiting-- not time yet.
  • 00:18:53.856 --> 00:18:55.457
  • The angels are like, God,he's looking pretty ripe.
  • 00:18:55.591 --> 00:19:00.129
  • God, his body's as good as dead.
  • 00:19:00.196 --> 00:19:01.497
  • OK, let's bless their union now.
  • 00:19:01.630 --> 00:19:03.999
  • He's good as dead?
  • 00:19:04.133 --> 00:19:06.168
  • God's plan, when Hecalled Abram from Ur,
  • 00:19:06.302 --> 00:19:08.804
  • was to wait until hisbody was as good as dead.
  • 00:19:08.938 --> 00:19:12.308
  • But He didn't tellAbraham and Sarah that,
  • 00:19:12.441 --> 00:19:15.044
  • and He also doesn'ttell you everything.
  • 00:19:15.144 --> 00:19:17.646
  • He just tells you whereHe's going to take you to.
  • 00:19:17.713 --> 00:19:20.316
  • And so then we get busy.
  • 00:19:20.382 --> 00:19:21.817
  • We get busy thinking it'sgoing to happen right away.
  • 00:19:21.884 --> 00:19:23.652
  • OK, I got saved, and now I'llclean up my life a little bit.
  • 00:19:23.786 --> 00:19:25.854
  • Went through my video library,went through my schedule.
  • 00:19:25.988 --> 00:19:28.023
  • OK, God, where's the blessing?
  • 00:19:28.157 --> 00:19:29.658
  • And it doesn't come.
  • 00:19:29.792 --> 00:19:30.726
  • And then we're thinking,God, what are you?
  • 00:19:30.826 --> 00:19:31.827
  • Asleep at the wheel?
  • 00:19:31.894 --> 00:19:32.995
  • This is a one-sidedrelationship.
  • 00:19:33.062 --> 00:19:33.896
  • I've done my part.
  • 00:19:33.996 --> 00:19:34.997
  • Where's your part?
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:37.199
  • Here's what you need to know.
  • 00:19:37.333 --> 00:19:38.801
  • You need to know that you needto evaluate-- listen to me--
  • 00:19:38.867 --> 00:19:41.370
  • you need to evaluateyour reality
  • 00:19:41.503 --> 00:19:45.307
  • in light of God's identity.
  • 00:19:45.374 --> 00:19:47.576
  • That's what you have to dowhen you think God is sleeping.
  • 00:19:47.676 --> 00:19:50.846
  • You have to activelyevaluate your reality
  • 00:19:50.980 --> 00:19:54.984
  • in light of God's identity.
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:57.920
  • When Abraham was doubting Godand doubting God's ability
  • 00:19:58.020 --> 00:20:02.925
  • and doubting this wholething and maybe thinking I
  • 00:20:03.025 --> 00:20:05.194
  • should go back to Ur.
  • 00:20:05.327 --> 00:20:06.829
  • When that happened, God did notsay, it's OK, when you're 100.
  • 00:20:06.895 --> 00:20:09.698
  • It's OK.
  • 00:20:09.832 --> 00:20:12.167
  • He didn't tell meanything about the plan.
  • 00:20:12.234 --> 00:20:14.370
  • What he did was pointedto himself as the person.
  • 00:20:14.503 --> 00:20:18.507
  • Abraham's doubting his reality.
  • 00:20:18.574 --> 00:20:20.009
  • So look what God says.
  • 00:20:20.075 --> 00:20:21.043
  • Look at verse 1 one more time.
  • 00:20:21.110 --> 00:20:21.944
  • God says, I'm your shield.
  • 00:20:22.044 --> 00:20:23.579
  • I'm your exceeding great reward.
  • 00:20:23.712 --> 00:20:25.080
  • Now God was gracious to givethe shield and the reward,
  • 00:20:25.214 --> 00:20:27.416
  • for all He reallyneeded to say was I am.
  • 00:20:27.549 --> 00:20:29.551
  • Because Abraham wassaying I'm not sure
  • 00:20:29.618 --> 00:20:31.220
  • how this is going to work.
  • 00:20:31.353 --> 00:20:32.288
  • I'm not, I'm not, I'm not--
  • 00:20:32.388 --> 00:20:33.956
  • God says I am.
  • 00:20:34.056 --> 00:20:35.391
  • Don't worry about your reality.
  • 00:20:35.457 --> 00:20:37.359
  • Listen, listen,here's my identity.
  • 00:20:37.426 --> 00:20:39.862
  • I am.
  • 00:20:39.928 --> 00:20:40.763
  • What you're not, I am.
  • 00:20:40.896 --> 00:20:42.364
  • And what you can't do, I can.
  • 00:20:42.431 --> 00:20:45.401
  • You're afraid, I'm your shield.
  • 00:20:45.534 --> 00:20:47.469
  • You don't see how thisis going to pan out.
  • 00:20:47.569 --> 00:20:49.305
  • I'm your reward.
  • 00:20:49.405 --> 00:20:50.873
  • Don't look at whatyou walked away from.
  • 00:20:50.939 --> 00:20:52.775
  • Look that you'rewalking to, and it's Me.
  • 00:20:52.908 --> 00:20:55.411
  • Run into my arms.
  • 00:20:55.544 --> 00:20:56.979
  • I've got your back.
  • 00:20:57.079 --> 00:20:58.647
  • I'm your reward.
  • 00:20:58.747 --> 00:20:59.982
  • And some of us were thinking,I gave up so much to fall.
  • 00:21:00.082 --> 00:21:02.284
  • You gave up so much.
  • 00:21:02.418 --> 00:21:04.286
  • You gave up despair.
  • 00:21:04.420 --> 00:21:05.220
  • You gave up aloneness.
  • 00:21:05.287 --> 00:21:06.388
  • You gave up thematerial possessions
  • 00:21:06.455 --> 00:21:07.723
  • that couldn't satisfythe whole inside of you.
  • 00:21:07.790 --> 00:21:09.725
  • You gave up partying that neverleft you anything but hungover
  • 00:21:09.792 --> 00:21:12.928
  • and looking for more of thething that's going to kill you.
  • 00:21:13.062 --> 00:21:16.465
  • God's the only one whooffers you anything,
  • 00:21:16.598 --> 00:21:18.767
  • and He is your award.
  • 00:21:18.901 --> 00:21:20.135
  • Listen, when He'sconcerned, what's next
  • 00:21:20.269 --> 00:21:22.004
  • is always greaterthan what's now.
  • 00:21:22.104 --> 00:21:23.939
  • And so He's calling you totrust His identity and not
  • 00:21:24.006 --> 00:21:27.943
  • your reality.
  • 00:21:28.077 --> 00:21:30.279
  • This is going tohelp you so much.
  • 00:21:30.412 --> 00:21:31.780
  • In life, you can only trustin one thing at one time.
  • 00:21:31.914 --> 00:21:34.583
  • You can only trust inone thing at one time.
  • 00:21:34.650 --> 00:21:36.452
  • So here is your choice.
  • 00:21:36.518 --> 00:21:37.986
  • At any given moment, you musteither trust your perception
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:41.623
  • or His divine orchestration.
  • 00:21:41.757 --> 00:21:44.993
  • Remember that.
  • 00:21:45.127 --> 00:21:46.462
  • Every time you're freaked out.
  • 00:21:46.528 --> 00:21:47.863
  • You're afraid.
  • 00:21:47.963 --> 00:21:49.031
  • You're still like, where'sGod in my marriage?
  • 00:21:49.131 --> 00:21:50.265
  • Where's God in my health?
  • 00:21:50.332 --> 00:21:51.266
  • Where's God in my finances?
  • 00:21:51.333 --> 00:21:52.201
  • Where's God in my career?
  • 00:21:52.301 --> 00:21:53.035
  • Where's God?
  • 00:21:53.135 --> 00:21:53.802
  • Where's God?
  • 00:21:53.869 --> 00:21:54.303
  • Where's God?
  • 00:21:54.436 --> 00:21:55.637
  • Listen, you can eithertrust your perception
  • 00:21:55.771 --> 00:21:58.941
  • or His divine orchestration.
  • 00:21:59.007 --> 00:22:02.978
  • I got a glass of water here,and I'm going to pour another.
  • 00:22:03.045 --> 00:22:08.650
  • Now one of these twoglasses of water--
  • 00:22:08.717 --> 00:22:12.654
  • the water came from a lake.
  • 00:22:12.788 --> 00:22:14.823
  • And one of these came from afaucet and is safe to drink.
  • 00:22:14.890 --> 00:22:20.496
  • Now here's the crazy part.
  • 00:22:20.562 --> 00:22:21.864
  • I can't honestly tellif I agitate this one,
  • 00:22:24.867 --> 00:22:27.503
  • I know there's going to belittle things in it too.
  • 00:22:27.636 --> 00:22:30.472
  • Sometimes, I thinkwe look at the glass,
  • 00:22:30.539 --> 00:22:32.508
  • and we trust our perceptions.
  • 00:22:32.641 --> 00:22:36.011
  • And our perceptiontells us one's better.
  • 00:22:36.078 --> 00:22:38.680
  • Abraham and Sarah's perception,Ur is way better than tent.
  • 00:22:38.747 --> 00:22:42.851
  • They would never get to evensee the promises even full
  • 00:22:42.918 --> 00:22:45.354
  • come to pass.
  • 00:22:45.487 --> 00:22:46.688
  • Yeah, they get to haveIsaac, but God even
  • 00:22:46.755 --> 00:22:47.689
  • told us, give me 400 years.
  • 00:22:47.756 --> 00:22:49.224
  • So most of the promises God gavehim-- which are, by the way,
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  • playing out, even right now--
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  • they never got tosee on this Earth.
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  • So just humanperceptions-- it would
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  • have been better to stay in Ur.
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  • So we can we agree wecan't trust our perception?
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  • Even when God called us.
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  • Oh, look at the stars.
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  • He says that's how manykids you're going to have.
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  • How many stars did Abraham see?
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  • They say at most,in the country--
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  • and there was no lightpollution back then like today.
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  • So the most you can ever seein one place is about 5.000.
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  • Was that all the stars?
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  • There were hundreds ofbillions they couldn't
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  • see that God knew in Hisheart was part of what
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  • He was doing in that day.
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  • So we can't trustour perception.
  • 00:23:23.358 --> 00:23:25.794
  • So what should we choose to do?
  • 00:23:25.894 --> 00:23:27.463
  • We should choose to trustHis divine orchestration.
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  • We should choose totrust His sovereign rule.
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  • We should choose to trust thathe is Lord, and that He is God.
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  • And that He created this world.
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  • And so we shouldbow down before Him.
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  • What does that look like?
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  • It looks like this.
  • 00:23:40.609 --> 00:23:41.944
  • It looks like believingeven when we know for a fact
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  • that what we'relooking at is bad.
  • 00:23:44.446 --> 00:23:45.881
  • Even when we know for a factthat what we're looking at
  • 00:23:45.948 --> 00:23:49.418
  • is gross because wesometimes face things
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  • that we can absolutely know.
  • 00:23:51.587 --> 00:23:53.255
  • I'm not trusting my perception.
  • 00:23:53.322 --> 00:23:54.556
  • This is horrible.
  • 00:23:54.623 --> 00:23:55.724
  • And I'm going tobe honest with you.
  • 00:23:55.791 --> 00:23:57.059
  • You're going to facethings that are terrible.
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  • You're going to face pain.
  • 00:23:59.795 --> 00:24:00.762
  • You're going to face grief.
  • 00:24:00.896 --> 00:24:01.997
  • You're going to facebetrayal that you
  • 00:24:02.097 --> 00:24:04.766
  • don't have to havea magnifying glass
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  • to know there's bad stuffswimming inside this.
  • 00:24:06.768 --> 00:24:09.438
  • That drinking it's goingto make you feel sick.
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  • If I were to drinkthis right now,
  • 00:24:12.741 --> 00:24:14.776
  • I know that I would get amoebasand parasites and bacteria
  • 00:24:14.843 --> 00:24:18.981
  • and probably have diarrhea,at the very least.
  • 00:24:19.114 --> 00:24:23.685
  • But that's why we have tolearn to process what we're
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  • facing through something else.
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  • And my suggestion is toevaluate your reality
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  • through the lensof God's identity
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  • and to quit just takingthings at face value,
  • 00:24:33.529 --> 00:24:35.797
  • instead you need a filter.
  • 00:24:35.931 --> 00:24:37.799
  • So whatever you'refacing if you'll choose--
  • 00:24:37.933 --> 00:24:39.801
  • and this is a simple filter.
  • 00:24:39.868 --> 00:24:41.136
  • They call it a Life Straw--
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  • you should probably haveone in every car you're in.
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  • And no one shouldgo into the woods
  • 00:24:44.640 --> 00:24:45.874
  • without it becausejust for a few bucks,
  • 00:24:45.974 --> 00:24:47.643
  • you think about this thingcould literally save your life.
  • 00:24:47.709 --> 00:24:50.479
  • Because what it can dois filter out 99.9999--
  • 00:24:50.546 --> 00:24:54.149
  • four nines-- percent ofanything dangerous in water.
  • 00:24:54.216 --> 00:24:57.653
  • So this is literally waterthat came from a lake,
  • 00:24:57.719 --> 00:25:00.455
  • and it would hurt me ifI drank it straight up.
  • 00:25:00.522 --> 00:25:02.324
  • But if I process it through afilter, five sips to charge it.
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  • That's funny.
  • 00:25:09.398 --> 00:25:09.965
  • I'm holding it still.
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  • [applause]
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  • What's the point?
  • 00:25:34.323 --> 00:25:35.691
  • The point is it's not reallyabout what happens to you.
  • 00:25:35.824 --> 00:25:39.561
  • It's more about whatyou filter it through.
  • 00:25:39.695 --> 00:25:41.863
  • I'm convinced thatit's not about what
  • 00:25:45.100 --> 00:25:46.902
  • we face because yeah,there's bad stuff in it,
  • 00:25:47.035 --> 00:25:49.671
  • but there was alwaysgood water there.
  • 00:25:49.738 --> 00:25:52.874
  • There was justgood with the bad.
  • 00:25:53.008 --> 00:25:54.543
  • So we need somethingthat can filter it.
  • 00:25:54.610 --> 00:25:56.712
  • And tell us even in thebad, there's something good.
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  • I'm going to bring it out.
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  • That's hard.
  • 00:26:01.750 --> 00:26:02.684
  • That's terrible.
  • 00:26:02.751 --> 00:26:03.752
  • Yes, it's wrong,but there's good
  • 00:26:03.885 --> 00:26:06.021
  • that I'm going to accomplishin the midst of the bad.
  • 00:26:06.088 --> 00:26:08.857
  • There's beauty thatI'm going to bring out
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  • in the midst of the agony.
  • 00:26:10.892 --> 00:26:12.794
  • There's a platform I'mgoing to build for you
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  • in the midst of your pain.
  • 00:26:15.397 --> 00:26:17.699
  • We need a filter.
  • 00:26:17.766 --> 00:26:18.867
  • And if we'llremember who God is,
  • 00:26:18.934 --> 00:26:20.969
  • we'll be able to filterthe things we're facing,
  • 00:26:21.069 --> 00:26:23.972
  • and they won't beable to destroy us.
  • 00:26:24.072 --> 00:26:25.874
  • They'll only beable to deepen us
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  • because we're filtering ourreality through His identity.
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  • And if He's my shield,if He's my reward,
  • 00:26:33.248 --> 00:26:36.251
  • nothing can be done to me.
  • 00:26:36.385 --> 00:26:38.820
  • I'm invincible inthe will of God.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means that you haveto remember that fear is
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  • a choice, just like faith is.
  • 00:26:45.060 --> 00:26:47.896
  • And that's why God saidto Abraham-- verse 1--
  • 00:26:47.963 --> 00:26:50.465
  • don't be afraid.
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  • Now pause right there.
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  • Leave it right up there.
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  • We don't generally think of fearas something we have a say in.
  • 00:26:54.169 --> 00:26:57.906
  • We think of fear asa noun, not a verb.
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  • I'm afraid.
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  • Stop it.
  • 00:27:04.279 --> 00:27:06.114
  • But to tell someone who'safraid stop being afraid,
  • 00:27:06.248 --> 00:27:10.252
  • that seems like a meanthing for God to do,
  • 00:27:10.318 --> 00:27:12.988
  • until you remember that fearends where faith begins.
  • 00:27:13.121 --> 00:27:17.025
  • And faith-- while we feel likeit's a noun is also a verb.
  • 00:27:17.125 --> 00:27:21.029
  • So God never callsus to do something
  • 00:27:21.129 --> 00:27:22.831
  • that we can't do with his help.
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  • So when he tells Abraham do notbe afraid, I am your shield.
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