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Why God Refuses to Meet You Halfway Part 2

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October 11, 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 2

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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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  • And though theyinvolve us lovingly,
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  • they're about muchmore than just us.
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  • And there are thingsthat He wants to call out
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  • in us along the way.
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  • So listen, God's purposeis never thwarted,
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  • but His strategiesseldom make sense.
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  • So Sarah wasn'thaving a baby, not
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  • because God couldn'thave made it happen,
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  • but because God didn'twant it to happen yet.
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  • God knew Abraham and Sarahneeded this time to develop,
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  • needed this time to trust Him.
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  • The book of Romans,after the fact,
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  • says God chose to wait tobless the fruit of their womb
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  • until Abraham's bodywas as good as dead.
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  • His strategiesseldom make sense.
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  • When you read that,you're like, He's
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  • just waiting-- not time yet.
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  • The angels are like, God,he's looking pretty ripe.
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  • God, his body's as good as dead.
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  • OK, let's bless their union now.
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  • He's good as dead?
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  • God's plan, when Hecalled Abram from Ur,
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  • was to wait until hisbody was as good as dead.
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  • But He didn't tellAbraham and Sarah that,
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  • and He also doesn'ttell you everything.
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  • He just tells you whereHe's going to take you to.
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  • And so then we get busy.
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  • We get busy thinking it'sgoing to happen right away.
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  • OK, I got saved, and now I'llclean up my life a little bit.
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  • Went through my video library,went through my schedule.
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  • OK, God, where's the blessing?
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  • And it doesn't come.
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  • And then we're thinking,God, what are you?
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  • Asleep at the wheel?
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  • This is a one-sidedrelationship.
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  • I've done my part.
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  • Where's your part?
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  • Here's what you need to know.
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  • You need to know that you needto evaluate-- listen to me--
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  • you need to evaluateyour reality
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  • in light of God's identity.
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  • That's what you have to dowhen you think God is sleeping.
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  • You have to activelyevaluate your reality
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  • in light of God's identity.
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  • When Abraham was doubting Godand doubting God's ability
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  • and doubting this wholething and maybe thinking I
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  • should go back to Ur.
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  • When that happened, God did notsay, it's OK, when you're 100.
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  • It's OK.
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  • He didn't tell meanything about the plan.
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  • What he did was pointedto himself as the person.
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  • Abraham's doubting his reality.
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  • So look what God says.
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  • Look at verse 1 one more time.
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  • God says, I'm your shield.
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  • I'm your exceeding great reward.
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  • Now God was gracious to givethe shield and the reward,
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  • for all He reallyneeded to say was I am.
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  • Because Abraham wassaying I'm not sure
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  • how this is going to work.
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  • I'm not, I'm not, I'm not--
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  • God says I am.
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  • Don't worry about your reality.
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  • Listen, listen,here's my identity.
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  • I am.
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  • What you're not, I am.
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  • And what you can't do, I can.
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  • You're afraid, I'm your shield.
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  • You don't see how thisis going to pan out.
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  • I'm your reward.
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  • Don't look at whatyou walked away from.
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  • Look that you'rewalking to, and it's Me.
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  • Run into my arms.
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  • I've got your back.
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  • I'm your reward.
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  • And some of us were thinking,I gave up so much to fall.
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  • You gave up so much.
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  • You gave up despair.
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  • You gave up aloneness.
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  • You gave up thematerial possessions
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  • that couldn't satisfythe whole inside of you.
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  • You gave up partying that neverleft you anything but hungover
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  • and looking for more of thething that's going to kill you.
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  • God's the only one whooffers you anything,
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  • and He is your award.
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  • Listen, when He'sconcerned, what's next
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  • is always greaterthan what's now.
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  • And so He's calling you totrust His identity and not
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  • your reality.
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  • This is going tohelp you so much.
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  • In life, you can only trustin one thing at one time.
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  • You can only trust inone thing at one time.
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  • So here is your choice.
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  • At any given moment, you musteither trust your perception
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  • or His divine orchestration.
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  • Remember that.
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  • Every time you're freaked out.
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  • You're afraid.
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  • You're still like, where'sGod in my marriage?
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  • Where's God in my health?
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  • Where's God in my finances?
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  • Where's God in my career?
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  • Where's God?
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  • Where's God?
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  • Where's God?
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  • Listen, you can eithertrust your perception
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  • or His divine orchestration.
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  • I got a glass of water here,and I'm going to pour another.
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  • Now one of these twoglasses of water--
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  • the water came from a lake.
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  • And one of these came from afaucet and is safe to drink.
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  • Now here's the crazy part.
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  • I can't honestly tellif I agitate this one,
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  • I know there's going to belittle things in it too.
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  • Sometimes, I thinkwe look at the glass,
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  • and we trust our perceptions.
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  • And our perceptiontells us one's better.
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  • Abraham and Sarah's perception,Ur is way better than tent.
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  • They would never get to evensee the promises even full
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  • come to pass.
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  • Yeah, they get to haveIsaac, but God even
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  • told us, give me 400 years.
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  • 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.
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  • So what should we choose to do?
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  • 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.
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  • It looks like believingeven when we know for a fact
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  • that what we'relooking at is bad.
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  • Even when we know for a factthat what we're looking at
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  • is gross because wesometimes face things
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  • that we can absolutely know.
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  • I'm not trusting my perception.
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  • This is horrible.
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  • And I'm going tobe honest with you.
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  • You're going to facethings that are terrible.
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  • You're going to face pain.
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  • You're going to face grief.
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  • You're going to facebetrayal that you
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  • don't have to havea magnifying glass
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  • to know there's bad stuffswimming inside this.
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  • That drinking it's goingto make you feel sick.
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  • If I were to drinkthis right now,
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  • I know that I would get amoebasand parasites and bacteria
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  • and probably have diarrhea,at the very least.
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  • 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,
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  • instead you need a filter.
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  • So whatever you'refacing if you'll choose--
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  • and this is a simple filter.
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  • 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
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  • without it becausejust for a few bucks,
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  • you think about this thingcould literally save your life.
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  • Because what it can dois filter out 99.9999--
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  • four nines-- percent ofanything dangerous in water.
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  • So this is literally waterthat came from a lake,
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  • and it would hurt me ifI drank it straight up.
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  • But if I process it through afilter, five sips to charge it.
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  • That's funny.
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  • I'm holding it still.
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  • [applause]
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  • What's the point?
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  • The point is it's not reallyabout what happens to you.
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  • It's more about whatyou filter it through.
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  • I'm convinced thatit's not about what
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  • we face because yeah,there's bad stuff in it,
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  • but there was alwaysgood water there.
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  • There was justgood with the bad.
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  • So we need somethingthat can filter it.
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  • 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.
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  • That's terrible.
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  • Yes, it's wrong,but there's good
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  • that I'm going to accomplishin the midst of the bad.
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  • There's beauty thatI'm going to bring out
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  • in the midst of the agony.
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  • There's a platform I'mgoing to build for you
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  • in the midst of your pain.
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  • We need a filter.
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  • And if we'llremember who God is,
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  • we'll be able to filterthe things we're facing,
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  • and they won't beable to destroy us.
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  • 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,
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  • nothing can be done to me.
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  • 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.
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  • And that's why God saidto Abraham-- verse 1--
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  • don't be afraid.
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  • Now pause right there.
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  • We think of fear asa noun, not a verb.
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  • I'm afraid.
  • 00:11:57.945 --> 00:12:00.515
  • Stop it.
  • 00:12:00.615 --> 00:12:02.450
  • But to tell someone who'safraid stop being afraid,
  • 00:12:02.583 --> 00:12:06.587
  • that seems like a meanthing for God to do,
  • 00:12:06.687 --> 00:12:09.357
  • until you remember that fearends where faith begins.
  • 00:12:09.457 --> 00:12:13.394
  • And faith-- while we feel likeit's a noun is also a verb.
  • 00:12:13.461 --> 00:12:17.398
  • So God never callsus to do something
  • 00:12:17.465 --> 00:12:19.200
  • that we can't do with his help.
  • 00:12:19.300 --> 00:12:20.902
  • So when he tells Abraham do notbe afraid, I am your shield.
  • 00:12:20.968 --> 00:12:25.072
  • What He's telling him todo is to anchor his life
  • 00:12:25.139 --> 00:12:28.142
  • into something morepowerful than his perception
  • 00:12:28.276 --> 00:12:31.479
  • because what you thinkis good or what you think
  • 00:12:31.612 --> 00:12:34.315
  • is bad is ultimately notlong enough and not deep
  • 00:12:34.448 --> 00:12:37.218
  • enough and not big enoughto understand and overwhelm
  • 00:12:37.318 --> 00:12:39.387
  • the purposes of God, whocan work all things together
  • 00:12:39.487 --> 00:12:42.123
  • for His good and forour good as well,
  • 00:12:42.223 --> 00:12:44.492
  • as we are calledaccording to His purposes
  • 00:12:44.592 --> 00:12:46.294
  • to be more like Jesus.
  • 00:12:46.394 --> 00:12:47.829
  • If Joseph justlooked at the cup he
  • 00:12:47.929 --> 00:12:49.463
  • was handed in life, bad,prison, bad, lied about, bad,
  • 00:12:49.564 --> 00:12:53.067
  • forgotten.
  • 00:12:53.167 --> 00:12:54.602
  • How about you're going to saveyour entire family's life?
  • 00:12:54.669 --> 00:12:56.504
  • You're going to be themost powerful person in one
  • 00:12:56.604 --> 00:12:58.573
  • of the most powerfulnations on the Earth.
  • 00:12:58.673 --> 00:13:00.408
  • He had to rememberI got a shield,
  • 00:13:00.508 --> 00:13:02.343
  • and I got an exceedinglygreat reward.
  • 00:13:02.443 --> 00:13:04.579
  • So I'm not going to be afraid,even when I feel afraid.
  • 00:13:04.679 --> 00:13:09.016
  • And that's the placeyou got to come to is
  • 00:13:09.150 --> 00:13:11.285
  • where you remember that fear isa choice, just like faith is.
  • 00:13:11.352 --> 00:13:15.423
  • And when is the occasion toexhibit the obedience of faith
  • 00:13:15.523 --> 00:13:19.260
  • and not walk in fear any longer?
  • 00:13:19.360 --> 00:13:21.295
  • Here it is-- when you feeldoubts pop up in your heart.
  • 00:13:21.362 --> 00:13:25.299
  • Now, again, so many peoplewalk away from the church
  • 00:13:25.366 --> 00:13:27.802
  • and walk away from God becausethey feel like I've got doubts.
  • 00:13:27.869 --> 00:13:31.205
  • And I got doubts, soI got to walk away.
  • 00:13:31.305 --> 00:13:32.940
  • I got to leavebecause I got doubts.
  • 00:13:33.040 --> 00:13:34.342
  • I heard this in science.
  • 00:13:34.442 --> 00:13:35.643
  • I heard this in church.
  • 00:13:35.710 --> 00:13:36.644
  • I read this in the Bible.
  • 00:13:36.711 --> 00:13:37.311
  • I hear this over here.
  • 00:13:37.378 --> 00:13:38.713
  • I heard this preached mywhole life by a pastor who
  • 00:13:38.813 --> 00:13:40.715
  • later on, we found out wasn'teven walking on any of the crap
  • 00:13:40.815 --> 00:13:43.351
  • he was telling us to do.
  • 00:13:43.451 --> 00:13:44.685
  • And yeah, my dad surewas religious but also
  • 00:13:44.785 --> 00:13:46.821
  • was beating my mom.
  • 00:13:46.888 --> 00:13:47.955
  • Yeah, I got doubts.
  • 00:13:48.055 --> 00:13:50.157
  • And here's what we fear.
  • 00:13:50.224 --> 00:13:51.459
  • We fear that doubt isthe enemy of faith.
  • 00:13:51.559 --> 00:13:53.794
  • Therefore, we have to abandonour faith when we feel doubt.
  • 00:13:53.895 --> 00:13:57.064
  • But I got news for you, beloved.
  • 00:13:57.198 --> 00:13:58.833
  • Doubt isn't the enemy of faith.
  • 00:13:58.900 --> 00:14:00.234
  • Certainty is.
  • 00:14:00.334 --> 00:14:02.536
  • When you're certainabout something,
  • 00:14:02.637 --> 00:14:05.006
  • you don't have tohave faith anymore
  • 00:14:05.072 --> 00:14:06.574
  • when you have certainty.
  • 00:14:06.707 --> 00:14:07.808
  • We're not going to haveto have faith in heaven.
  • 00:14:07.909 --> 00:14:10.211
  • You'll be like God'sright over there.
  • 00:14:10.311 --> 00:14:12.713
  • There's no faith there.
  • 00:14:12.813 --> 00:14:14.048
  • So doubt now isn't itthe enemy to your faith.
  • 00:14:14.148 --> 00:14:17.084
  • Certainty would be.
  • 00:14:17.218 --> 00:14:18.586
  • If we had faith as theevidence of things hoped for,
  • 00:14:18.686 --> 00:14:20.721
  • but the belief inthings not yet seen.
  • 00:14:20.821 --> 00:14:22.890
  • So when we feeldoubt, that's just
  • 00:14:22.990 --> 00:14:24.492
  • the time we got tochoose to believe again.
  • 00:14:24.592 --> 00:14:26.427
  • When we feel the doubtcreep up in our heart--
  • 00:14:26.560 --> 00:14:28.396
  • OK, I'm going to chooseto not be afraid.
  • 00:14:28.496 --> 00:14:31.699
  • He's my shield.
  • 00:14:31.766 --> 00:14:32.934
  • He is my reward.
  • 00:14:33.034 --> 00:14:34.435
  • I choose to believe right therein the middle of my doubt.
  • 00:14:34.568 --> 00:14:37.505
  • I just think this couldset us free to feel doubt
  • 00:14:37.605 --> 00:14:40.775
  • but to not give into thedoubt and walk in fear
  • 00:14:40.875 --> 00:14:43.411
  • but to feel the doubt, feelcomfortable with that doubt.
  • 00:14:43.511 --> 00:14:46.447
  • But then lean into whoGod is, and believe He's
  • 00:14:46.580 --> 00:14:48.549
  • going to do what Hesaid He's going to do.
  • 00:14:48.616 --> 00:14:50.351
  • Listen to me-- you don'tneed to understand God.
  • 00:14:50.451 --> 00:14:53.254
  • You just need to trust Him.
  • 00:14:53.354 --> 00:14:56.123
  • Understanding Godis not the goal--
  • 00:14:56.223 --> 00:14:59.060
  • trusting Him is.
  • 00:14:59.126 --> 00:15:00.561
  • And when you feelafraid in His plan.
  • 00:15:00.628 --> 00:15:04.231
  • I'll take it further.
  • 00:15:04.298 --> 00:15:05.466
  • When you feelafraid of His plan,
  • 00:15:05.599 --> 00:15:09.403
  • just remind yourselfof His promise,
  • 00:15:09.470 --> 00:15:12.573
  • and that He toldyou don't be afraid.
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  • Put it up one more time.
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  • When you get to thisnext time you're
  • 00:15:16.377 --> 00:15:17.712
  • reading Genesis 15verse 1, and you see
  • 00:15:17.812 --> 00:15:19.880
  • don't be afraid, underline it.
  • 00:15:19.981 --> 00:15:21.482
  • And then you will come acrossanother time in the Bible
  • 00:15:21.615 --> 00:15:23.784
  • where He says don't be afraid,and you underline that one.
  • 00:15:23.884 --> 00:15:26.087
  • And if you keepgoing to the end,
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  • you'll have 365underlined verses.
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  • There's one time for every daythat God says don't be afraid.
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  • Fear ends where faithbegins and where we
  • 00:15:34.495 --> 00:15:37.498
  • choose to live a life of faith.
  • 00:15:37.631 --> 00:15:39.767
  • In the midst of ourdoubt, there is no end
  • 00:15:39.834 --> 00:15:42.837
  • what God can do through us.
  • 00:15:42.970 --> 00:15:45.773
  • So that leaves you at theplace of believing your beliefs
  • 00:15:45.840 --> 00:15:50.177
  • and doubting your doubts.
  • 00:15:50.277 --> 00:15:52.313
  • Think that's what weneed to learn to do.
  • 00:15:52.413 --> 00:15:54.181
  • A lot of times, webelieve our doubts,
  • 00:15:54.281 --> 00:15:57.952
  • and we doubt our beliefs.
  • 00:15:58.019 --> 00:16:00.621
  • So choose to flip thescript a little bit.
  • 00:16:00.688 --> 00:16:02.957
  • And when you feel that doubt,anchor your life on who God is.
  • 00:16:03.024 --> 00:16:07.762
  • And what you don't understandabout what's going on--
  • 00:16:07.862 --> 00:16:10.131
  • OK, that world's goingabsolutely crazy.
  • 00:16:10.197 --> 00:16:13.000
  • That person isacting very strange.
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:14.935
  • This is all of really bad.
  • 00:16:15.036 --> 00:16:17.038
  • Homelessness is awful.
  • 00:16:17.171 --> 00:16:19.473
  • You lose your job or whateverit is you're going through,
  • 00:16:19.540 --> 00:16:21.976
  • this is terrible.
  • 00:16:22.043 --> 00:16:22.943
  • I'm looking at a grave.
  • 00:16:23.044 --> 00:16:24.478
  • But in the midst of that, chooseto not believe your doubts
  • 00:16:24.545 --> 00:16:26.347
  • but to believe your beliefs.
  • 00:16:26.447 --> 00:16:28.182
  • And you'll be held up.
  • 00:16:28.282 --> 00:16:30.451
  • Believe your beliefs.
  • 00:16:30.551 --> 00:16:31.352
  • Doubt your doubts.
  • 00:16:31.452 --> 00:16:32.853
  • That's what you do when youfeel like God is sleeping.
  • 00:16:32.953 --> 00:16:36.557
  • Don't doubt in the storm whathe told you on the shore.
  • 00:16:36.690 --> 00:16:41.529
  • Some of us panic in the storm,and we make terrible decisions.
  • 00:16:41.629 --> 00:16:45.966
  • But if you'll hold onto in chaoswhat He spoke to your heart
  • 00:16:46.067 --> 00:16:49.403
  • in the calm, you'llget to the other side.
  • 00:16:49.503 --> 00:16:53.407
  • So that's the first section.
  • 00:16:53.541 --> 00:16:54.842
  • But now, we need toshift gears here and talk
  • 00:16:54.909 --> 00:16:56.744
  • about what happened when Abrahamwas sleeping because that's
  • 00:16:56.844 --> 00:16:59.480
  • far more significant.
  • 00:16:59.580 --> 00:17:01.082
  • And I think perhaps one ofthe most life-giving ideas
  • 00:17:01.215 --> 00:17:05.319
  • that any of us couldever open up God's word
  • 00:17:05.419 --> 00:17:08.422
  • and find waiting for us.
  • 00:17:08.556 --> 00:17:10.391
  • What exactly was withall of the carnage, all
  • 00:17:10.491 --> 00:17:14.829
  • of the Silence of the Lambstype stuff that was going down?
  • 00:17:14.929 --> 00:17:18.899
  • Abraham to God, howam I going to know?
  • 00:17:18.999 --> 00:17:20.768
  • I mean, this is great.
  • 00:17:20.901 --> 00:17:21.735
  • That's crazy.
  • 00:17:24.405 --> 00:17:25.339
  • I believe you, but that's crazy.
  • 00:17:25.439 --> 00:17:26.607
  • And God said bring me a heifer.
  • 00:17:26.707 --> 00:17:28.709
  • Now I know I madefun of it and had
  • 00:17:28.776 --> 00:17:30.277
  • some sport with alittle bit, but that
  • 00:17:30.411 --> 00:17:31.946
  • would have been confusingto no one in that day.
  • 00:17:32.079 --> 00:17:36.617
  • In fact, if you hadbeen to a wedding,
  • 00:17:36.750 --> 00:17:38.586
  • if you had been to abusiness transaction
  • 00:17:38.686 --> 00:17:40.888
  • with land or real estate,you would have known
  • 00:17:40.955 --> 00:17:43.023
  • exactly what was going on.
  • 00:17:43.124 --> 00:17:44.592
  • What God was invoking, whatAbraham was eager to walk out
  • 00:17:44.692 --> 00:17:48.562
  • was what was known ascutting a covenant.
  • 00:17:48.629 --> 00:17:52.633
  • And it's in fact, the traditionthat gives us the business
  • 00:17:52.733 --> 00:17:56.270
  • vernacular cutting a deal.
  • 00:17:56.370 --> 00:17:59.039
  • You ever use that phrase?
  • 00:17:59.140 --> 00:18:00.074
  • Let's cut a deal.
  • 00:18:00.141 --> 00:18:01.208
  • You're referringback to Genesis 15
  • 00:18:01.308 --> 00:18:03.644
  • and basically, atradition that took
  • 00:18:03.777 --> 00:18:06.046
  • place in that part of the world.
  • 00:18:06.147 --> 00:18:07.581
  • And for some time where theywouldn't say bring me a pen
  • 00:18:07.648 --> 00:18:11.252
  • because that's howwe would say it.
  • 00:18:11.318 --> 00:18:12.820
  • Bring me a pen.
  • 00:18:12.920 --> 00:18:13.654
  • Let's sign on the dotted line.
  • 00:18:13.754 --> 00:18:14.989
  • Let's make a covenant.
  • 00:18:15.089 --> 00:18:15.923
  • Let's make a contract.
  • 00:18:15.990 --> 00:18:17.091
  • And when you dothat, in our day,
  • 00:18:17.158 --> 00:18:18.559
  • there is of course ramificationsbecause, in court, they
  • 00:18:18.659 --> 00:18:20.961
  • can bring out thatyou signed to do this,
  • 00:18:21.061 --> 00:18:23.430
  • and you didn't do that.
  • 00:18:23.497 --> 00:18:24.965
  • Therefore, there can be nopunitive damages and whatever
  • 00:18:25.065 --> 00:18:27.968
  • that you're liable for becauseof what you covenanted,
  • 00:18:28.068 --> 00:18:31.572
  • contracted in a bindingoath with a notary
  • 00:18:31.672 --> 00:18:35.176
  • in a court-- whatever to do.
  • 00:18:35.276 --> 00:18:37.611
  • In that day, theydidn't have any of that.
  • 00:18:37.678 --> 00:18:39.613
  • So what they would do isthey would cut a covenant
  • 00:18:39.680 --> 00:18:41.982
  • by cutting open animals andsplitting two sides of them
  • 00:18:42.082 --> 00:18:47.588
  • and forming a path.
  • 00:18:47.688 --> 00:18:49.089
  • So now you have part of theheifer, part of the goat.
  • 00:18:49.190 --> 00:18:51.458
  • You have part of itover here, part of here.
  • 00:18:51.525 --> 00:18:53.360
  • And what do youhave in the middle?
  • 00:18:53.494 --> 00:18:54.762
  • In the middle, yougot a blood path.
  • 00:18:54.862 --> 00:18:57.031
  • And can you imagine a bride andgroom walking the blood path?
  • 00:18:57.164 --> 00:19:01.802
  • So romantic.
  • 00:19:01.869 --> 00:19:04.205
  • What was being said?
  • 00:19:04.305 --> 00:19:06.373
  • What was being communicated?
  • 00:19:06.473 --> 00:19:07.841
  • What was beingcommunicated was this--
  • 00:19:07.942 --> 00:19:09.510
  • if I failed to uphold myend of the agreement here,
  • 00:19:09.610 --> 00:19:15.049
  • may I be like these two animals?
  • 00:19:15.149 --> 00:19:18.219
  • May I be torn in two?
  • 00:19:18.352 --> 00:19:19.887
  • May I be torn in twoif I don't do what
  • 00:19:19.987 --> 00:19:22.690
  • I'm promising to do to you?
  • 00:19:22.790 --> 00:19:25.359
  • And it was a wayof saying solemnly,
  • 00:19:25.459 --> 00:19:28.229
  • I swear this will be so.
  • 00:19:28.329 --> 00:19:30.731
  • This is I cross myheart, and I hope to die.
  • 00:19:30.831 --> 00:19:33.901
  • And I'll stick aneedle in my eye.
  • 00:19:34.034 --> 00:19:36.804
  • It was intense.
  • 00:19:36.904 --> 00:19:37.571
  • It was saying, no, no.
  • 00:19:37.671 --> 00:19:39.173
  • And if you weren't willing to gothrough or cutting a covenant,
  • 00:19:39.240 --> 00:19:42.810
  • the other side knew youweren't serious about this
  • 00:19:42.910 --> 00:19:45.713
  • because, in the strictest,harshest terms possible, you
  • 00:19:45.813 --> 00:19:48.549
  • were saying in front of thecommunity in the cutting,
  • 00:19:48.649 --> 00:19:51.418
  • I'm actually sellingyou this land.
  • 00:19:51.552 --> 00:19:52.820
  • I'm actuallypromising I will do.
  • 00:19:52.920 --> 00:19:54.588
  • I'm actually promisingI'll be faithful to you.
  • 00:19:54.688 --> 00:19:56.557
  • I'm cutting a dealwith you here.
  • 00:19:56.657 --> 00:20:00.694
  • And so after theanimals were spread out,
  • 00:20:00.761 --> 00:20:03.697
  • both parties would walkthrough the blood path.
  • 00:20:03.764 --> 00:20:07.935
  • And so God and Abraham wereabout to go through a ceremony.
  • 00:20:08.068 --> 00:20:11.438
  • God saying, I promiseto do all this for you.
  • 00:20:11.538 --> 00:20:13.440
  • And all you have todo is walk with Me
  • 00:20:13.540 --> 00:20:14.908
  • and believe in Me andbasically essentially,
  • 00:20:15.009 --> 00:20:16.777
  • be perfect, as I'm perfect.
  • 00:20:16.877 --> 00:20:18.846
  • And we will both dothis together, Abraham.
  • 00:20:18.946 --> 00:20:21.548
  • So just keep doingthat, and I'll do that.
  • 00:20:21.615 --> 00:20:23.550
  • And God was saying toAbraham, if I don't keep up
  • 00:20:23.617 --> 00:20:26.887
  • My end of the bargain,then may My immortality
  • 00:20:26.954 --> 00:20:31.292
  • be reduced to mortality.
  • 00:20:31.392 --> 00:20:33.027
  • May I die, may I be tornto pieces if I don't
  • 00:20:33.127 --> 00:20:37.298
  • keep my end of the bargain.
  • 00:20:37.398 --> 00:20:39.466
  • And Abraham, if you don'tkeep your end of it,
  • 00:20:39.566 --> 00:20:41.769
  • if you go back to Ur,whether physically or just
  • 00:20:41.869 --> 00:20:44.705
  • in your heart and stopbeing My son in this way,
  • 00:20:44.805 --> 00:20:47.941
  • then may this happento you as well.
  • 00:20:48.042 --> 00:20:50.577
  • Abraham agreed tothe arrangement.
  • 00:20:50.644 --> 00:20:55.082
  • Abraham's like I don't know howthis is exactly going to work.
  • 00:20:55.149 --> 00:20:57.751
  • Is He going to show up?
  • 00:20:57.818 --> 00:20:58.986
  • Abraham's waiting.
  • 00:20:59.119 --> 00:20:59.653
  • Abraham's waiting.
  • 00:20:59.753 --> 00:21:00.888
  • God, in his classicbizarre strategy,
  • 00:21:00.988 --> 00:21:03.924
  • now as they hadpromised to do this,
  • 00:21:03.991 --> 00:21:05.492
  • He had spread outall the things.
  • 00:21:05.626 --> 00:21:07.294
  • No one shows up.
  • 00:21:07.394 --> 00:21:08.162
  • God doesn't show up.
  • 00:21:08.262 --> 00:21:09.930
  • How like Him?
  • 00:21:09.997 --> 00:21:11.165
  • Christ, like years later,Abraham's scaring vultures
  • 00:21:11.298 --> 00:21:13.334
  • away, like, where's God?
  • 00:21:13.467 --> 00:21:15.169
  • Some of us right now--like where is God?
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  • You don't even hear the promisedto kill me if I don't obey him.
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  • And then eventually,Abraham gets sleepy.
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  • Abraham falls asleep next toall this meat and vultures,
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  • who are now probably scoopingin for a delicious snack.
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  • And Abraham, whilehe's sleeping,
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  • the Bible says a terror and adarkness spread over the land.
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  • Just the intensity ofwhat was about to happen.
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  • The horror of whatwas about to happen
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  • because he was about to makean oath that he would never be
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  • able or capable of living out.
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  • And so God wouldn't allow it.
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  • God caused Abrahamto fall sleep.
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  • And while Abraham wassleeping, the Bible
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  • says-- look at it one more time.
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  • A smoking oven anda burning torch
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  • showed up and passed throughthe pieces all by himself.
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  • Two different manifestationsof who God is--
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  • fire and smoke.
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  • All through scripture--fire and smoke.
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  • God is a consuming fire.
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  • There's a smoke whenyou see God show up.
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  • And so in some have evendrilled down further,
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  • the fire for Godthe Father, the oil
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  • in the lamp for the HolySpirit, and the blazing torch,
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  • which is always a pictureof the messiah figure--
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  • God the Father, the Son, andthe Holy Spirit here walking
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  • through the pieces--
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  • twice for God and for Abraham.
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  • And Abraham wakes up.
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  • What's that smell?
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  • He looks.
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  • And he sees all of the meat iscooked, and it is well done.
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  • And he sees the bloodhas all been consumed.
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  • It's now just a burnt out path.
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  • And he says to God,when are we going
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  • to walk through and cut thisDeal And God says to Abraham,
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  • already did it.
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  • He says, what do you mean?
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  • When did you do it?
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  • And God says, I took care ofit while you were sleeping.
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  • And the significanceand the weight
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  • of that would have hitAbraham like a ton of bricks
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  • because what Godwas saying is may I
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  • be put to death if I don'tkeep My end of the bargain.
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  • And may I be put todeath when you don't
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  • keep your end of the bargain.
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  • And that's exactlywhat happened.
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  • Mark's gospel puts it this way.
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  • It says, at the sixthhour, a darkness,
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  • horror came upon the landuntil the ninth hour.
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  • And at the ninthhour, Jesus cried out
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  • with a loud voice saying,Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
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  • Which is translated "my God, myGod, why have You forsaken me?"
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  • You see, because God,who had made a promise
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  • to always keep up His end of thebargain when we didn't keep out
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  • ours.
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  • He was torn topieces on the cross,
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  • and He died topurchase our salvation.
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  • What's the point?
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  • The point is you don't getsalvation by achieving.
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  • You get salvation by receivingand believing God's promises.
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  • And this here isthe gospel, and this
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  • is what will give us power--
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  • that smell of smoke andremembering that our standing
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  • before God.
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  • We thought He was sleeping.
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  • But truth is He was working,so He could perform salvation
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  • while we were sleeping.
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  • And He took care of it at thecross for us once and for all.
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  • And this is the message tobe carried to the world.
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  • And this is themessage to be carried
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  • to our sons and daughters.
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  • And this is the messagethat will change the world.
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  • If you look at verse 17again, the two things
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  • that walked through thepieces was a smoking oven
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  • and a burning torch.
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  • I think we understand a torch.
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  • Only what it was then isvery different than what
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  • it is today.
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  • A torch would bebasically an oil lamp,
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  • but this kind had four wicks.
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  • And each of thosefour wicks pointed
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  • to the north, the south,the east, and the west.
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  • And it gave light offin all directions.
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  • The burning oven thatyou see in verse 17
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  • is not an ovenlike in your house.
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  • What it was a device usedto carry a coal from place
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  • to place, so you couldbring fire with you
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  • as a nomadic person.
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  • They had these littledevices called fire pots.
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  • And you would take acoal, you take an ember,
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  • and you would surround it witha little bit of camel hair.
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  • You'd surround itwith a little bit
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  • of things that wouldkeep the fire glowing--
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  • a dull glowing fire.
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  • And that way, youcould transport
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  • fire for 8 to 12 hours.
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  • And as long as youcarefully brought that coal
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  • and start a new fire, they wereable to pass down the same fire
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  • from generations.
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  • A fire that burnt inyour father's oven
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  • could burn in youroven, and a grandchild
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  • could be given as aninheritance, a sacred flame
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  • from a fire that continued.
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  • And I'm telling you, I'mbelieving, Fresh Life,
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  • that as we rise upunderstanding the gospel,
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  • as it is bought for us by theblood of Jesus Christ, who
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  • walked through thepieces by Himself.
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  • It will take this message to thenorth and take it to the south
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  • and take it to me andtake it to the west.
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  • And we will get to declarethis message of freedom one
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  • generation to another.
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  • We will declareGod's mighty works,
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  • and we will be oursons and our daughters
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  • and our sons' sons and our sons'daughters saved and set free.
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  • Until Jesus Christ comes back,this fire must never go out.
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  • And it blesses meso much to think
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  • about us saying to God, whydidn't you meet me halfway?
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  • And God say, I can't.
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  • I can't meet you halfway.
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  • I've already done My part, andI've already done your part.
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  • He's saying I love you so much.
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  • I'll bless you if it kills me.
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  • And church, it already did.
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  • Amen.
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