Be Real

October 25, 2022 | 296 | 27:29

Joel and Victoria Osteen's message of unconditional love and unending hope reaches everyone across the world.

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Joel Osteen | Be Real | October 25, 2022
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  • (applause) god bless you. it's always
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  • God bless you. it's always a joy to come into your
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  • A joy to come into your homes and if you're ever
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  • Homes and if you're ever in our area, please stop
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  • In our area, please stop by and be a part of one
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  • By and be a part of one of our services.
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  • Of our services. i promise you we'll make
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  • I promise you we'll make you feel right at home.
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  • You feel right at home. these are the finest people
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  • These are the finest people in all of houston, texas
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  • In all of houston, texas right here at lakewood.
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  • Right here at lakewood. thanks for tuning in.
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  • Thanks for tuning in. thank you again for
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  • Thank you again for coming out.
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  • Coming out. i like to start with
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  • I like to start with something funny. i heard
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  • Something funny. i heard about this mom. she was
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  • About this mom. she was cooking breakfast for her
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  • Cooking breakfast for her two young sons. ryan was
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  • Two young sons. ryan was 5 and kevin was 3. they
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  • 5 and kevin was 3. they began to argue over who
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  • Began to argue over who should get the first
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  • Should get the first pancake. she saw it as
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  • Pancake. she saw it as an opportunity to teach
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  • An opportunity to teach them a lesson.
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  • Them a lesson. she said, "boys, boys.
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  • She said, "boys, boys. if jesus were here, he
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  • If jesus were here, he would say, 'let my brother
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  • Would say, 'let my brother have the first pancake'."
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  • Have the first pancake'." ryan turned to his little
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  • Ryan turned to his little brother and said, "ok,
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  • Brother and said, "ok, kevin. you be jesus."
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  • Kevin. you be jesus." (laughter)
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  • (laughter) hold up your bible,
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  • Hold up your bible, say it like you mean it:
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  • Say it like you mean it: this is my bible. i am
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  • This is my bible. i am what it says i am, i have
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  • What it says i am, i have what it says i have.
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  • What it says i have. i can do what it says
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  • I can do what it says i can do. today i will
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  • I can do. today i will be taught the word of
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  • Be taught the word of god. i boldly confess:
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  • God. i boldly confess: my mind is alert.
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  • My mind is alert. my heart is receptive.
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  • My heart is receptive. i will never be the same.
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  • I will never be the same. in jesus' name. god bless
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  • In jesus' name. god bless you.
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  • You. i want to talk to you
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  • I want to talk to you today about "being real".
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  • Today about "being real". it's easy to go through
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  • It's easy to go through life wearing different
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  • Life wearing different masks.
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  • Masks. instead of dealing with the
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  • Instead of dealing with the issues that we know are
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  • Issues that we know are holding us back, too often
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  • Holding us back, too often we keep them covered up,
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  • We keep them covered up, pretending that everything
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  • Pretending that everything is okay.
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  • Is okay. we're more concerned about
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  • We're more concerned about the outside, what people
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  • The outside, what people are going to think, our
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  • Are going to think, our image, than we are the
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  • Image, than we are the inside.
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  • Inside. it takes a lot of work to
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  • It takes a lot of work to deal with the inner issues.
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  • Deal with the inner issues. our character, our motives,
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  • Our character, our motives, our attitude, our
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  • Our attitude, our behaviors, things that we
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  • Behaviors, things that we know are not right.
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  • Know are not right. it's much easier to put on
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  • It's much easier to put on a mask and pretend.
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  • A mask and pretend. some people have a mask
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  • Some people have a mask for every situation.
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  • For every situation. they're professional
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  • They're professional pretenders.
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  • Pretenders. they have a mask for work,
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  • They have a mask for work, a mask for home, a mask for
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  • A mask for home, a mask for this friend, even a mask
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  • This friend, even a mask for church.
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  • For church. they come in on sundays,
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  • They come in on sundays, they're not speaking to
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  • They're not speaking to their spouse, mad at their
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  • Their spouse, mad at their neighbor, can't pay their
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  • Neighbor, can't pay their bills, greeter asks, "how
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  • Bills, greeter asks, "how you doing?"
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  • You doing?" "blessed and highly
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  • "blessed and highly favored! couldn't get
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  • Favored! couldn't get any better!" (laughter)
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  • Any better!" (laughter) and i'm all for having an
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  • And i'm all for having an attitude of victory,
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  • Attitude of victory, not being controlled
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  • Not being controlled by circumstances.
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  • By circumstances. but in order to get well,
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  • But in order to get well, you have to get real.
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  • You have to get real. you have to take that mask
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  • You have to take that mask off, get honest with
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  • Off, get honest with yourself and say, "okay, i
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  • Yourself and say, "okay, i have some things to deal
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  • Have some things to deal with. this is not normal."
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  • With. this is not normal." when you get down to the
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  • When you get down to the real you, not the pretend
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  • Real you, not the pretend you, that's when god can
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  • You, that's when god can turn things around.
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  • Turn things around. it's tempting to go around
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  • It's tempting to go around wearing different masks.
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  • Wearing different masks. we don't want people to
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  • We don't want people to think less of us so we hide
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  • Think less of us so we hide behind that mask of pride.
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  • Behind that mask of pride. "i don't have any issues.
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  • "i don't have any issues. i don't need any help."
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  • I don't need any help." god will not bless who
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  • God will not bless who you pretend to be.
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  • You pretend to be. god blesses people who
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  • God blesses people who are real. not people
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  • Are real. not people who are perfect, not
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  • Who are perfect, not people that don't have any
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  • People that don't have any issues, but people who
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  • Issues, but people who are honest enough to say,
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  • Are honest enough to say, "god, i have this bad
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  • "god, i have this bad habit, i need your help.
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  • Habit, i need your help. i'm taking off the mask
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  • I'm taking off the mask that everything is okay."
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  • That everything is okay." or "god, i'm struggling
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  • Or "god, i'm struggling with my temper. i made
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  • With my temper. i made a mistake. i blew it, god,
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  • A mistake. i blew it, god, i need your forgiveness."
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  • I need your forgiveness." when you're honest, you
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  • When you're honest, you open the door for god
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  • Open the door for god to come in and begin to
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  • To come in and begin to change things.
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  • Change things. but as long as we're
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  • But as long as we're pretending, not dealing
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  • Pretending, not dealing with the real issues, it's
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  • With the real issues, it's not going to improve.
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  • Not going to improve. this is what happened with
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  • This is what happened with the pharisees in the
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  • The pharisees in the scripture. they were
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  • Scripture. they were the religious leaders.
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  • The religious leaders. they did the right thing,
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  • They did the right thing, but they didn't get a
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  • But they didn't get a reward because they did
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  • Reward because they did it for the wrong reason.
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  • It for the wrong reason. they went to the temple
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  • They went to the temple each week like they were
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  • Each week like they were supposed to.
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  • Supposed to. but they didn't go to
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  • But they didn't go to worship; they went to be
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  • Worship; they went to be seen, to be well thought
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  • Seen, to be well thought of, and to impress people.
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  • Of, and to impress people. they would pray these long,
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  • They would pray these long, fancy prayers out loud.
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  • Fancy prayers out loud. not because they were
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  • Not because they were sincere, they wanted
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  • Sincere, they wanted everybody to hear them.
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  • Everybody to hear them. they gave their money,
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  • They gave their money, they supported the poor,
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  • They supported the poor, but it was only to make
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  • But it was only to make them look good.
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  • Them look good. they were doing the right
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  • They were doing the right thing, but they had wrong
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  • Thing, but they had wrong motives. they were wearing
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  • Motives. they were wearing masks.
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  • Masks. here's the key: your inner
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  • Here's the key: your inner life is more important
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  • Life is more important than your outer life.
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  • Than your outer life. it's easy to put on a mask
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  • It's easy to put on a mask and disguise what's going
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  • And disguise what's going on on the inside, but jesus
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  • On on the inside, but jesus said, "blessed are the pure
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  • Said, "blessed are the pure in heart."
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  • In heart." on a regular basis, we
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  • On a regular basis, we should ask ourselves,
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  • Should ask ourselves, "why am i doing this?
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  • "why am i doing this? why am i being nice to
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  • Why am i being nice to this person? because i
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  • This person? because i like them and i want to
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  • Like them and i want to help them or do i want
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  • Help them or do i want something from them?
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  • Something from them? am i trying to impress
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  • Am i trying to impress them? why am i working
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  • Them? why am i working 80 hours a week? because
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  • 80 hours a week? because i need the funds or am
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  • I need the funds or am i trying to prove to
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  • I trying to prove to people that i'm successful,
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  • People that i'm successful, trying to gain my
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  • Trying to gain my self-worth by what i do?"
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  • Self-worth by what i do?" "well, joel, i've been
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  • "well, joel, i've been volunteering in the
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  • Volunteering in the nursery for 6 years.
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  • Nursery for 6 years. nobody's told me thank
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  • Nobody's told me thank you, nobody's given me
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  • You, nobody's given me any credit."
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  • Any credit." well somebody should
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  • Well somebody should thank you but the bigger
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  • Thank you but the bigger issue is are you doing it
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  • Issue is are you doing it for the applause, for the
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  • For the applause, for the credit? or are you doing
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  • Credit? or are you doing it to be pleasing unto
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  • It to be pleasing unto god?
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  • God? you've got to pull that
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  • You've got to pull that mask back and examine
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  • Mask back and examine your inner life.
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  • Your inner life. don't go like the pharisees
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  • Don't go like the pharisees year after year, doing the
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  • Year after year, doing the right thing: giving,
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  • Right thing: giving, serving, helping others,
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  • Serving, helping others, but not receiving a reward
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  • But not receiving a reward because you're doing it
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  • Because you're doing it for the wrong reason.
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  • For the wrong reason. facing truth about our
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  • Facing truth about our selves can be
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  • Selves can be uncomfortable.
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  • Uncomfortable. it's hard to admit.
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  • It's hard to admit. "maybe i didn't have the
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  • "maybe i didn't have the right motives."
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  • Right motives." "maybe i am playing up to
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  • "maybe i am playing up to this coworker so they'll
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  • This coworker so they'll put in a good word for me."
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  • Put in a good word for me." "maybe i am smiling on the
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  • "maybe i am smiling on the outside, telling my
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  • Outside, telling my friends, 'congratulations
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  • Friends, 'congratulations on your big promotion!'
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  • On your big promotion!' on the inside i'm thinking,
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  • On the inside i'm thinking, 'you didn't deserve it.
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  • 'you didn't deserve it. that depresses me.
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  • That depresses me. you're just lucky.'"
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  • You're just lucky.'" you've got to pull that
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  • You've got to pull that mask back. if you'll
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  • Mask back. if you'll look inside and get
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  • Look inside and get honest, you can overcome
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  • Honest, you can overcome the things that will hold
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  • The things that will hold you back. i know people
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  • You back. i know people that are very talented,
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  • That are very talented, they work hard, they're
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  • They work hard, they're doing the right thing,
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  • Doing the right thing, but they can't seem to
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  • But they can't seem to get ahead.
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  • Get ahead. it's because there's a
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  • It's because there's a problem on the inside.
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  • Problem on the inside. they're not addressing
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  • They're not addressing the hidden issues:
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  • The hidden issues: motives, character,
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  • Motives, character, pride, jealousy, and
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  • Pride, jealousy, and things like that.
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  • Things like that. paul said in 2nd
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  • Paul said in 2nd corinthians 4, "we
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  • Corinthians 4, "we refuse to wear masks
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  • Refuse to wear masks and play games. we keep
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  • And play games. we keep everything out in the
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  • Everything out in the open, the whole truth
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  • Open, the whole truth on display."
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  • On display." that's the kind of people
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  • That's the kind of people we should be. our life
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  • We should be. our life is an open book. we're
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  • Is an open book. we're not wearing any masks,
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  • Not wearing any masks, thinking one thing and
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  • Thinking one thing and saying something else.
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  • Saying something else. our motives are pure.
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  • Our motives are pure. we're not perfect, but
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  • We're not perfect, but we're dealing with
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  • We're dealing with the issues. not
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  • The issues. not pretending, not disguising
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  • Pretending, not disguising it, we're real.
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  • It, we're real. when you live like that,
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  • When you live like that, open and honest, god will
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  • Open and honest, god will make you and mold you into
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  • Make you and mold you into a vessel of honor, used
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  • A vessel of honor, used for his highest purposes.
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  • For his highest purposes. he'll take you further
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  • He'll take you further than you ever imagined.
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  • Than you ever imagined. in the parable of the
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  • In the parable of the prodigal son, the young
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  • Prodigal son, the young man asked his father for
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  • Man asked his father for his inheritance.
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  • His inheritance. he went out and spent all
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  • He went out and spent all of his money partying,
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  • Of his money partying, living wild, and hanging
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  • Living wild, and hanging out with the wrong people.
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  • Out with the wrong people. he blew his inheritance.
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  • He blew his inheritance. what should've lasted
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  • What should've lasted years only lasted a
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  • Years only lasted a matter of months. there
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  • Matter of months. there came a great famine in
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  • Came a great famine in the land. he had no
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  • The land. he had no money, no place to live
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  • Money, no place to live and nobody to blame.
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  • And nobody to blame. it was only his fault.
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  • It was only his fault. the only job he could
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  • The only job he could find was working at a
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  • Find was working at a hog pen, feeding the hogs.
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  • Hog pen, feeding the hogs. it was hot, dirty, and
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  • It was hot, dirty, and smelly. to make matters
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  • Smelly. to make matters worse, he ended up
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  • Worse, he ended up having to live in the
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  • Having to live in the hog pen, eating hog food
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  • Hog pen, eating hog food to survive. that could've
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  • To survive. that could've been the end of the
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  • Been the end of the story. too bad, he
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  • Story. too bad, he brought the trouble on
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  • Brought the trouble on himself. he missed his
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  • Himself. he missed his destiny. but the scripture
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  • Destiny. but the scripture says, "when he came to
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  • Says, "when he came to himself..." that means
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  • Himself..." that means when he took off the mask,
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  • When he took off the mask, when he quit pretending,
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  • When he quit pretending, when he quit making
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  • When he quit making excuses. in other words,
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  • Excuses. in other words, when he got real.
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  • When he got real. he said, "my father has
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  • He said, "my father has servants that live better
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  • Servants that live better than me at home.
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  • Than me at home. i will arise and go back
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  • I will arise and go back to my father's house."
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  • To my father's house." when the father saw him a
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  • When the father saw him a long way down the road, the
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  • Long way down the road, the father took off running
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  • Father took off running toward him, gave him a hug.
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  • Toward him, gave him a hug. he told his staff, "let's
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  • He told his staff, "let's have a party! my son has
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  • Have a party! my son has returned home."
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  • Returned home." the father represents
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  • The father represents god. he saw him coming a
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  • God. he saw him coming a long way off. that means
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  • Long way off. that means he was looking for him.
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  • He was looking for him. when you take your mask
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  • When you take your mask off, god will come running
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  • Off, god will come running toward you.
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  • Toward you. when you're humble enough
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  • When you're humble enough to say, "god, i've come to
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  • To say, "god, i've come to the end of myself. i can't
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  • The end of myself. i can't break this addiction in
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  • Break this addiction in my own strength.
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  • My own strength. i can't straighten up my
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  • I can't straighten up my life just in my ability."
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  • Life just in my ability." when you acknowledge you
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  • When you acknowledge you need god's help, he'll make
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  • Need god's help, he'll make things happen that you
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  • Things happen that you could never make happen.
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  • Could never make happen. are you wearing any masks
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  • Are you wearing any masks today? hiding behind a
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  • Today? hiding behind a mask of pride? not
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  • Mask of pride? not wanting to ask for help?
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  • Wanting to ask for help? too embarrassed to admit
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  • Too embarrassed to admit that something is wrong?
  • 00:09:04.000 --> 00:09:06.035
  • That something is wrong? god is not going to fault
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  • God is not going to fault you for where you are.
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  • You for where you are. he knew every mistake we
  • 00:09:10.106 --> 00:09:11.307
  • He knew every mistake we would make before we
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  • Would make before we ever made it. he knows
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  • Ever made it. he knows our flaws, our weaknesses,
  • 00:09:13.776 --> 00:09:15.511
  • Our flaws, our weaknesses, and our failures. you
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  • And our failures. you don't have to pretend,
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  • Don't have to pretend, you can be honest.
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  • You can be honest. like the prodigal, when you
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  • Like the prodigal, when you go to god, you take off
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  • Go to god, you take off that mask, that's when
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  • That mask, that's when you'll see things begin to
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  • You'll see things begin to turn around.
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  • Turn around. this is what david did.
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  • This is what david did. you remember he made a
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  • You remember he made a pretty major mistake.
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  • Pretty major mistake. he committed adultery
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  • He committed adultery with bathsheba.
  • 00:09:33.095 --> 00:09:34.930
  • With bathsheba. he tried to cover it up.
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  • He tried to cover it up. it only made matters worse.
  • 00:09:36.432 --> 00:09:37.833
  • It only made matters worse. he sent her husband out
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  • He sent her husband out to the front lines of the
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  • To the front lines of the battlefield. he was killed.
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  • Battlefield. he was killed. now that her husband was
  • 00:09:43.072 --> 00:09:44.507
  • Now that her husband was gone, he took bathsheba as
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  • Gone, he took bathsheba as his wife. david acted like
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  • His wife. david acted like nothing was wrong.
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  • Nothing was wrong. "life is good. no big
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  • "life is good. no big deal." he was wearing
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  • Deal." he was wearing the mask. only he and
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  • The mask. only he and bathsheba knew anything
  • 00:09:54.750 --> 00:09:56.352
  • Bathsheba knew anything about it. david tried to
  • 00:09:56.419 --> 00:09:58.254
  • About it. david tried to ignore it, go about his
  • 00:09:58.320 --> 00:10:00.122
  • Ignore it, go about his business, but the problem
  • 00:10:00.189 --> 00:10:01.724
  • Business, but the problem is when you're wearing
  • 00:10:01.791 --> 00:10:03.492
  • Is when you're wearing masks you step out of
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  • Masks you step out of god's favor. you step
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  • God's favor. you step out of his protection,
  • 00:10:07.063 --> 00:10:08.798
  • Out of his protection, his blessing. for one
  • 00:10:08.864 --> 00:10:10.099
  • His blessing. for one year, david was miserable.
  • 00:10:10.166 --> 00:10:12.468
  • Year, david was miserable. he was sick. he became
  • 00:10:12.535 --> 00:10:14.003
  • He was sick. he became weak. all kinds of things
  • 00:10:14.070 --> 00:10:16.605
  • Weak. all kinds of things came against him. normally
  • 00:10:16.672 --> 00:10:18.307
  • Came against him. normally he could overcome them.
  • 00:10:18.374 --> 00:10:20.276
  • He could overcome them. he had defeated goliath.
  • 00:10:20.342 --> 00:10:21.844
  • He had survived saulath.
  • 00:10:21.944 --> 00:10:23.579
  • He had survived saulath. chasing him through
  • 00:10:23.646 --> 00:10:24.447
  • Chasing him through the desert. he'd
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  • The desert. he'd overtaken great armies,
  • 00:10:25.614 --> 00:10:27.450
  • Overtaken great armies, but now the tables had
  • 00:10:27.516 --> 00:10:28.851
  • But now the tables had turned. deep down,
  • 00:10:28.918 --> 00:10:31.120
  • Turned. deep down, david knew what the
  • 00:10:31.187 --> 00:10:32.455
  • David knew what the problem was. he was
  • 00:10:32.521 --> 00:10:34.056
  • Problem was. he was smart enough to get
  • 00:10:34.123 --> 00:10:35.458
  • Smart enough to get honest with himself.
  • 00:10:35.524 --> 00:10:36.992
  • Honest with himself. he took off the mask.
  • 00:10:37.059 --> 00:10:38.761
  • Psalm 51, he said, "god,
  • 00:10:38.861 --> 00:10:40.963
  • Psalm 51, he said, "god, i acknowledge my
  • 00:10:41.030 --> 00:10:42.198
  • I acknowledge my transgressions. i'm not
  • 00:10:42.264 --> 00:10:44.166
  • Transgressions. i'm not covering it anymore.
  • 00:10:44.233 --> 00:10:45.968
  • Covering it anymore. i admit that i've done
  • 00:10:46.035 --> 00:10:46.802
  • I admit that i've done wrong."
  • 00:10:46.869 --> 00:10:48.671
  • Wrong." the first step to recovery
  • 00:10:48.738 --> 00:10:50.573
  • The first step to recovery is you have to accept
  • 00:10:50.639 --> 00:10:52.241
  • Is you have to accept responsibility. you have
  • 00:10:52.308 --> 00:10:53.876
  • Responsibility. you have to own it. you can't
  • 00:10:53.943 --> 00:10:56.045
  • To own it. you can't overcome what you won't
  • 00:10:56.112 --> 00:10:57.680
  • Overcome what you won't admit. it's easy to go
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  • Admit. it's easy to go around hiding things,
  • 00:10:59.815 --> 00:11:01.283
  • Around hiding things, hiding an addiction,
  • 00:11:01.350 --> 00:11:02.251
  • Hiding an addiction, hiding a failure, hiding
  • 00:11:02.318 --> 00:11:03.285
  • Hiding a failure, hiding an area that you struggle
  • 00:11:03.352 --> 00:11:04.553
  • An area that you struggle in. like david, what you
  • 00:11:04.620 --> 00:11:06.655
  • In. like david, what you hide, all that's going
  • 00:11:06.722 --> 00:11:07.923
  • Hide, all that's going to do is eat away at you
  • 00:11:07.990 --> 00:11:09.125
  • To do is eat away at you on the inside. it's like
  • 00:11:09.191 --> 00:11:10.526
  • On the inside. it's like poison. it's much better
  • 00:11:10.593 --> 00:11:12.228
  • Poison. it's much better to be real and go to god
  • 00:11:12.294 --> 00:11:14.697
  • To be real and go to god and say, "i acknowledge
  • 00:11:14.764 --> 00:11:16.599
  • And say, "i acknowledge that i've made this
  • 00:11:16.665 --> 00:11:18.367
  • That i've made this mistake. or god, i
  • 00:11:18.434 --> 00:11:19.201
  • Mistake. or god, i acknowledge that i'm
  • 00:11:19.268 --> 00:11:20.169
  • Acknowledge that i'm still struggling in this
  • 00:11:20.236 --> 00:11:21.003
  • Still struggling in this area."
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  • Area." david went on to say,
  • 00:11:22.271 --> 00:11:23.372
  • David went on to say, "god, you require truth
  • 00:11:23.439 --> 00:11:24.907
  • "god, you require truth in the inward parts."
  • 00:11:24.974 --> 00:11:27.476
  • In the inward parts." he was saying, "god, you
  • 00:11:27.543 --> 00:11:28.778
  • He was saying, "god, you require us to be real.
  • 00:11:28.844 --> 00:11:30.479
  • Require us to be real. you require us to take
  • 00:11:30.546 --> 00:11:32.248
  • You require us to take off the mask." you can't
  • 00:11:32.314 --> 00:11:34.083
  • Off the mask." you can't pretend and have god's
  • 00:11:34.150 --> 00:11:36.519
  • Pretend and have god's blessing at the same time.
  • 00:11:36.585 --> 00:11:38.721
  • Blessing at the same time. if you're covering the
  • 00:11:38.788 --> 00:11:40.089
  • If you're covering the issues, not dealing with
  • 00:11:40.156 --> 00:11:41.590
  • Issues, not dealing with them, it's not going to
  • 00:11:41.657 --> 00:11:42.792
  • Them, it's not going to magically go away.
  • 00:11:42.858 --> 00:11:44.527
  • Magically go away. but there is a way out.
  • 00:11:44.593 --> 00:11:47.429
  • But there is a way out. god is not holding your
  • 00:11:47.496 --> 00:11:48.831
  • God is not holding your faults, your mistakes
  • 00:11:48.898 --> 00:11:50.533
  • Faults, your mistakes against you.
  • 00:11:50.599 --> 00:11:51.834
  • Against you. he has mercy, forgiveness,
  • 00:11:51.901 --> 00:11:53.669
  • He has mercy, forgiveness, new beginnings, but you
  • 00:11:53.736 --> 00:11:55.604
  • New beginnings, but you have to do your part.
  • 00:11:55.671 --> 00:11:56.972
  • Have to do your part. take off the mask.
  • 00:11:57.039 --> 00:11:58.774
  • Take off the mask. quit pretending and go
  • 00:11:58.841 --> 00:12:00.576
  • Quit pretending and go to god and be real.
  • 00:12:00.643 --> 00:12:03.078
  • To god and be real. he already knows what
  • 00:12:03.145 --> 00:12:04.547
  • He already knows what you're dealing with. it's
  • 00:12:04.613 --> 00:12:06.248
  • You're dealing with. it's not a surprise to god.
  • 00:12:06.315 --> 00:12:08.284
  • Not a surprise to god. when you ask for his help,
  • 00:12:08.350 --> 00:12:10.553
  • When you ask for his help, his forgiveness, his mercy,
  • 00:12:10.619 --> 00:12:13.155
  • His forgiveness, his mercy, that's when he'll begin to
  • 00:12:13.222 --> 00:12:14.523
  • That's when he'll begin to restore you and put you
  • 00:12:14.590 --> 00:12:15.658
  • Restore you and put you back on the right path.
  • 00:12:15.724 --> 00:12:17.359
  • Back on the right path. this is what david did.
  • 00:12:17.426 --> 00:12:18.794
  • He said, "god, create in me
  • 00:12:18.894 --> 00:12:20.196
  • He said, "god, create in me a clean heart.
  • 00:12:20.262 --> 00:12:22.164
  • A clean heart. restore unto me the joy
  • 00:12:22.231 --> 00:12:23.566
  • Restore unto me the joy of my salvation."
  • 00:12:23.632 --> 00:12:25.668
  • Of my salvation." he got it out in the open,
  • 00:12:25.734 --> 00:12:27.069
  • He got it out in the open, asked for forgiveness.
  • 00:12:27.136 --> 00:12:28.270
  • Asked for forgiveness. god forgave him, restored
  • 00:12:28.337 --> 00:12:30.005
  • God forgave him, restored him, he went on to do great
  • 00:12:30.072 --> 00:12:32.107
  • Him, he went on to do great things. god will do the
  • 00:12:32.174 --> 00:12:33.809
  • Things. god will do the same thing for you. not
  • 00:12:33.876 --> 00:12:35.644
  • Same thing for you. not only did david take off
  • 00:12:35.711 --> 00:12:37.613
  • Only did david take off the mask of pretending
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  • The mask of pretending everything was perfect
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  • Everything was perfect when it wasn't, under that
  • 00:12:40.983 --> 00:12:42.117
  • When it wasn't, under that mask was a mask of shame.
  • 00:12:42.184 --> 00:12:44.854
  • Mask was a mask of shame. i can't believe i did this.
  • 00:12:44.920 --> 00:12:46.155
  • I can't believe i did this. what was i thinking about?
  • 00:12:46.222 --> 00:12:47.723
  • What was i thinking about? i'll never become who i
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  • I'll never become who i was created to be.
  • 00:12:49.158 --> 00:12:50.826
  • Was created to be. the mask of shame can keep
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  • You from your destiny.
  • 00:12:52.695 --> 00:12:54.763
  • You from your destiny. voices will constantly
  • 00:12:54.830 --> 00:12:56.532
  • Voices will constantly whisper, "you can't take
  • 00:12:56.599 --> 00:12:57.833
  • Whisper, "you can't take this mask off. you're
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  • This mask off. you're paying god back for your
  • 00:12:59.001 --> 00:13:00.636
  • Paying god back for your mistakes. you're showing
  • 00:13:00.703 --> 00:13:02.404
  • Mistakes. you're showing him that you're sorry.
  • 00:13:02.471 --> 00:13:03.939
  • Him that you're sorry. you should live guilty,
  • 00:13:04.006 --> 00:13:05.307
  • You should live guilty, ashamed, embarrassed,
  • 00:13:05.374 --> 00:13:06.442
  • Ashamed, embarrassed, unworthy. look what
  • 00:13:06.508 --> 00:13:07.309
  • Unworthy. look what you've done."
  • 00:13:07.376 --> 00:13:08.244
  • You've done." friends, the price has
  • 00:13:08.310 --> 00:13:09.778
  • Friends, the price has already been paid. you
  • 00:13:09.845 --> 00:13:11.647
  • Already been paid. you don't have to pay god
  • 00:13:11.714 --> 00:13:12.882
  • Don't have to pay god back. you don't have
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  • Back. you don't have to live guilty and
  • 00:13:14.617 --> 00:13:15.851
  • To live guilty and condemned. god has
  • 00:13:15.918 --> 00:13:18.454
  • Condemned. god has mercy for every mistake
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  • Mercy for every mistake you've ever made. he
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  • You've ever made. he didn't disqualify you.
  • 00:13:22.591 --> 00:13:24.126
  • Didn't disqualify you. he can still get you to
  • 00:13:24.193 --> 00:13:25.628
  • He can still get you to where you're supposed
  • 00:13:25.694 --> 00:13:26.762
  • Where you're supposed to be. take off the mask
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  • To be. take off the mask of shame.
  • 00:13:28.264 --> 00:13:29.331
  • A friend of mine was raised
  • 00:13:29.598 --> 00:13:31.267
  • A friend of mine was raised in a very dysfunctional
  • 00:13:31.333 --> 00:13:32.735
  • In a very dysfunctional home. his father was an
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  • Home. his father was an alcoholic and when he
  • 00:13:33.736 --> 00:13:35.371
  • Alcoholic and when he would drink too much
  • 00:13:35.437 --> 00:13:36.372
  • Would drink too much he would become angry
  • 00:13:36.438 --> 00:13:37.873
  • He would become angry and violent and mistreat
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  • And violent and mistreat his mother, bring all kinds
  • 00:13:39.475 --> 00:13:41.243
  • His mother, bring all kinds of turmoil in the home.
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  • Of turmoil in the home. my friend, this young man,
  • 00:13:43.913 --> 00:13:44.914
  • My friend, this young man, grew up just like his
  • 00:13:44.980 --> 00:13:45.814
  • Grew up just like his father. addicted to drugs,
  • 00:13:45.881 --> 00:13:47.683
  • Father. addicted to drugs, angry, violent, couldn't
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  • Angry, violent, couldn't hold down a job. but in
  • 00:13:49.485 --> 00:13:51.120
  • Hold down a job. but in his mid-twenties he gave
  • 00:13:51.186 --> 00:13:53.088
  • His mid-twenties he gave his life to christ and
  • 00:13:53.155 --> 00:13:54.723
  • His life to christ and he had this major turn
  • 00:13:54.790 --> 00:13:55.791
  • He had this major turn around. he ended up
  • 00:13:55.858 --> 00:13:57.526
  • Around. he ended up becoming the pastor of
  • 00:13:57.593 --> 00:13:58.594
  • Becoming the pastor of a church, is well respected
  • 00:13:58.661 --> 00:14:00.229
  • A church, is well respected in the community. he'd go
  • 00:14:00.296 --> 00:14:02.097
  • In the community. he'd go around telling people
  • 00:14:02.164 --> 00:14:03.632
  • Around telling people what god had done, his
  • 00:14:03.699 --> 00:14:04.600
  • What god had done, his story. but what people
  • 00:14:04.667 --> 00:14:06.568
  • Story. but what people didn't know is he still
  • 00:14:06.635 --> 00:14:08.270
  • Didn't know is he still had this anger problem.
  • 00:14:08.337 --> 00:14:10.572
  • Had this anger problem. he was free from the drugs,
  • 00:14:10.639 --> 00:14:12.308
  • He was free from the drugs, from the addiction, but the
  • 00:14:12.374 --> 00:14:13.976
  • From the addiction, but the smallest things would set
  • 00:14:14.043 --> 00:14:15.210
  • Smallest things would set him off.
  • 00:14:15.277 --> 00:14:16.879
  • Him off. just like his father, he
  • 00:14:16.946 --> 00:14:18.347
  • Just like his father, he would go into fits of rage
  • 00:14:18.414 --> 00:14:19.748
  • Would go into fits of rage and mistreat his wife, his
  • 00:14:19.815 --> 00:14:21.517
  • And mistreat his wife, his family.
  • 00:14:21.583 --> 00:14:23.085
  • Family. he knew it was wrong but he
  • 00:14:23.152 --> 00:14:24.987
  • He knew it was wrong but he was too embarrassed to ask
  • 00:14:25.054 --> 00:14:26.255
  • Was too embarrassed to ask for help.
  • 00:14:26.322 --> 00:14:27.523
  • For help. his wife told him again and
  • 00:14:27.589 --> 00:14:28.557
  • His wife told him again and again, "honey, you can't
  • 00:14:28.624 --> 00:14:29.725
  • Again, "honey, you can't keep living like this,
  • 00:14:29.792 --> 00:14:31.560
  • Keep living like this, pretending everything is
  • 00:14:31.627 --> 00:14:32.761
  • Pretending everything is okay."
  • 00:14:32.828 --> 00:14:34.363
  • Okay." he would answer, "i know
  • 00:14:34.430 --> 00:14:35.297
  • He would answer, "i know but i'm supposed to be the
  • 00:14:35.364 --> 00:14:36.598
  • But i'm supposed to be the example.
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  • Example. what are people going to
  • 00:14:38.267 --> 00:14:38.867
  • What are people going to think of me if they find
  • 00:14:38.934 --> 00:14:39.969
  • Think of me if they find out i have this anger
  • 00:14:40.035 --> 00:14:41.070
  • Out i have this anger problem."
  • 00:14:41.136 --> 00:14:42.438
  • Problem." sometimes we're more
  • 00:14:42.504 --> 00:14:43.839
  • Sometimes we're more concerned about what people
  • 00:14:43.906 --> 00:14:45.307
  • Concerned about what people are going to think than we
  • 00:14:45.374 --> 00:14:47.042
  • Are going to think than we are about what god thinks.
  • 00:14:47.109 --> 00:14:49.278
  • And one day, like theinks.
  • 00:14:49.378 --> 00:14:50.179
  • And one day, like theinks. prodigal son, he came to
  • 00:14:50.245 --> 00:14:51.880
  • Prodigal son, he came to the end of himself.
  • 00:14:51.947 --> 00:14:53.816
  • The end of himself. he'd gotten tired of
  • 00:14:53.882 --> 00:14:55.150
  • He'd gotten tired of pretending.
  • 00:14:55.217 --> 00:14:56.485
  • Pretending. he found a trusted friend
  • 00:14:56.552 --> 00:14:57.753
  • He found a trusted friend and went and told him
  • 00:14:57.820 --> 00:14:58.921
  • And went and told him everything that was going
  • 00:14:58.988 --> 00:14:59.955
  • Everything that was going on.
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  • On. the scripture says to do
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  • The scripture says to do this: confess your faults
  • 00:15:02.224 --> 00:15:03.792
  • This: confess your faults one to another and you will
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  • Be healed.
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  • Be healed. if you keep hiding things,
  • 00:15:07.463 --> 00:15:09.164
  • If you keep hiding things, ignoring it, covering it
  • 00:15:09.231 --> 00:15:10.699
  • Ignoring it, covering it up, it's not going to go
  • 00:15:10.766 --> 00:15:11.633
  • Up, it's not going to go away. you have to take
  • 00:15:11.700 --> 00:15:12.668
  • Away. you have to take off the mask.
  • 00:15:12.735 --> 00:15:14.403
  • Off the mask. "well, joel, what are
  • 00:15:14.470 --> 00:15:15.404
  • "well, joel, what are people going to think if
  • 00:15:15.471 --> 00:15:16.572
  • People going to think if they find out i'm dealing
  • 00:15:16.638 --> 00:15:17.873
  • They find out i'm dealing with this issue?
  • 00:15:17.940 --> 00:15:19.475
  • With this issue? what if my co-workers
  • 00:15:19.541 --> 00:15:20.642
  • What if my co-workers learn that i'm struggling
  • 00:15:20.709 --> 00:15:21.777
  • Learn that i'm struggling in this area?"
  • 00:15:21.844 --> 00:15:23.445
  • In this area?" can i tell you? everybody
  • 00:15:23.512 --> 00:15:24.713
  • Can i tell you? everybody is struggling with
  • 00:15:24.780 --> 00:15:25.948
  • Is struggling with something. there are no
  • 00:15:26.015 --> 00:15:27.549
  • Something. there are no perfect people. don't be
  • 00:15:27.616 --> 00:15:29.284
  • Perfect people. don't be embarrassed by it.
  • 00:15:29.351 --> 00:15:30.552
  • Embarrassed by it. (applause)
  • 00:15:30.619 --> 00:15:32.121
  • (applause) the enemy would love for
  • 00:15:32.187 --> 00:15:33.322
  • The enemy would love for you to go your whole life
  • 00:15:33.389 --> 00:15:35.157
  • You to go your whole life wearing masks, pretending,
  • 00:15:35.224 --> 00:15:37.593
  • Wearing masks, pretending, not dealing with the real
  • 00:15:37.659 --> 00:15:38.961
  • Not dealing with the real issues.
  • 00:15:39.028 --> 00:15:40.362
  • Issues. there is a freedom when you
  • 00:15:40.429 --> 00:15:41.764
  • There is a freedom when you take that mask off and you
  • 00:15:41.830 --> 00:15:43.365
  • Take that mask off and you get real.
  • 00:15:43.432 --> 00:15:45.000
  • Get real. that's what my friend did.
  • 00:15:45.067 --> 00:15:45.968
  • That's what my friend did. he got involved in a good
  • 00:15:46.035 --> 00:15:47.136
  • He got involved in a good support group, something
  • 00:15:47.202 --> 00:15:48.670
  • Support group, something like celebrate recovery
  • 00:15:48.737 --> 00:15:50.606
  • Like celebrate recovery that we have here.
  • 00:15:50.672 --> 00:15:52.007
  • That we have here. today he's totally free,
  • 00:15:52.074 --> 00:15:53.776
  • Today he's totally free, one of the kindest, most
  • 00:15:53.842 --> 00:15:54.843
  • One of the kindest, most gentle people you'll ever
  • 00:15:54.910 --> 00:15:55.911
  • Gentle people you'll ever meet.
  • 00:15:55.978 --> 00:15:57.179
  • Meet. but he would still be
  • 00:15:57.246 --> 00:15:58.047
  • But he would still be pretending, still be
  • 00:15:58.113 --> 00:15:59.314
  • Pretending, still be dealing with that anger
  • 00:15:59.381 --> 00:16:00.282
  • Dealing with that anger issue if he hadn't made
  • 00:16:00.349 --> 00:16:02.084
  • Issue if he hadn't made the decision to take off
  • 00:16:02.151 --> 00:16:03.285
  • The decision to take off the mask.
  • 00:16:03.352 --> 00:16:04.920
  • The mask. paul said in 2nd
  • 00:16:04.987 --> 00:16:06.722
  • Paul said in 2nd corinthians 3, "we see
  • 00:16:06.789 --> 00:16:08.257
  • Corinthians 3, "we see god's glory with unveiled
  • 00:16:08.323 --> 00:16:09.858
  • God's glory with unveiled faces."
  • 00:16:09.925 --> 00:16:12.561
  • Faces." as long as your face is
  • 00:16:12.628 --> 00:16:13.762
  • As long as your face is veiled, as long as you're
  • 00:16:13.829 --> 00:16:15.564
  • Veiled, as long as you're wearing that mask, you
  • 00:16:15.631 --> 00:16:16.965
  • Wearing that mask, you won't see god's glory.
  • 00:16:17.032 --> 00:16:19.368
  • Won't see god's glory. if you're wearing the mask
  • 00:16:19.435 --> 00:16:20.369
  • If you're wearing the mask of perfection, pretending
  • 00:16:20.436 --> 00:16:22.004
  • Of perfection, pretending everything is okay when
  • 00:16:22.071 --> 00:16:23.272
  • Everything is okay when it's not.
  • 00:16:23.338 --> 00:16:24.640
  • It's not. or like my friend, wearing
  • 00:16:24.706 --> 00:16:25.574
  • Or like my friend, wearing a mask of pride, not
  • 00:16:25.641 --> 00:16:27.042
  • A mask of pride, not wanting to ask for help,
  • 00:16:27.109 --> 00:16:28.710
  • Wanting to ask for help, that's going to keep you
  • 00:16:28.777 --> 00:16:29.845
  • That's going to keep you from god's best.
  • 00:16:29.912 --> 00:16:31.146
  • From god's best. i'm asking you to take off
  • 00:16:31.213 --> 00:16:32.081
  • I'm asking you to take off the mask.
  • 00:16:32.147 --> 00:16:33.749
  • The mask. you don't have to pretend.
  • 00:16:33.816 --> 00:16:35.617
  • You don't have to pretend. when you're real, you'll
  • 00:16:35.684 --> 00:16:36.852
  • When you're real, you'll see god's favor.
  • 00:16:36.919 --> 00:16:38.587
  • See god's favor. when there's truth on the
  • 00:16:38.654 --> 00:16:39.354
  • When there's truth on the inside, you'll see things
  • 00:16:39.421 --> 00:16:40.923
  • Inside, you'll see things begin to turn around.
  • 00:16:40.989 --> 00:16:43.325
  • Begin to turn around. there was a man in the
  • 00:16:43.392 --> 00:16:44.560
  • There was a man in the scripture named zacchaeus.
  • 00:16:44.626 --> 00:16:46.428
  • Scripture named zacchaeus. he was a tax collector.
  • 00:16:46.495 --> 00:16:48.030
  • He was a tax collector. they were known for being
  • 00:16:48.097 --> 00:16:49.765
  • They were known for being dishonest, for cheating
  • 00:16:49.832 --> 00:16:51.400
  • Dishonest, for cheating people. they were looked
  • 00:16:51.467 --> 00:16:52.634
  • People. they were looked down on, despised.
  • 00:16:52.701 --> 00:16:53.969
  • Down on, despised. nobody liked them.
  • 00:16:54.036 --> 00:16:55.938
  • Nobody liked them. zacchaeus was the chief
  • 00:16:56.004 --> 00:16:57.172
  • Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector. that means
  • 00:16:57.239 --> 00:16:59.041
  • Tax collector. that means he was in charge of all
  • 00:16:59.108 --> 00:17:00.375
  • He was in charge of all the dishonest people.
  • 00:17:00.442 --> 00:17:02.277
  • The dishonest people. you can imagine how
  • 00:17:02.344 --> 00:17:03.212
  • You can imagine how disliked he was. but
  • 00:17:03.278 --> 00:17:04.813
  • Disliked he was. but zacchaeus was very good
  • 00:17:04.880 --> 00:17:06.515
  • Zacchaeus was very good at what he did. he was a
  • 00:17:06.582 --> 00:17:07.683
  • At what he did. he was a wealthy man.
  • 00:17:07.749 --> 00:17:09.151
  • Wealthy man. one day he heard that jesus
  • 00:17:09.218 --> 00:17:10.352
  • One day he heard that jesus was coming from his city
  • 00:17:10.419 --> 00:17:12.888
  • Was coming from his city and he was so excited,
  • 00:17:12.955 --> 00:17:14.723
  • And he was so excited, couldn't wait to see him.
  • 00:17:14.790 --> 00:17:15.724
  • Couldn't wait to see him. but the problem was
  • 00:17:15.791 --> 00:17:17.126
  • But the problem was zacchaeus was very short.
  • 00:17:17.192 --> 00:17:18.994
  • Zacchaeus was very short. he couldn't see over all
  • 00:17:19.061 --> 00:17:20.229
  • He couldn't see over all the people in the crowd.
  • 00:17:20.295 --> 00:17:22.498
  • The people in the crowd. but being at a disadvantage
  • 00:17:22.564 --> 00:17:24.433
  • But being at a disadvantage had never stopped him
  • 00:17:24.500 --> 00:17:25.767
  • Had never stopped him before. he knew how to
  • 00:17:25.834 --> 00:17:27.002
  • Before. he knew how to manipulate things and
  • 00:17:27.069 --> 00:17:28.403
  • Manipulate things and get his way. he went over
  • 00:17:28.470 --> 00:17:30.139
  • Get his way. he went over to a tree and started
  • 00:17:30.205 --> 00:17:31.473
  • To a tree and started climbing up. it wasn't
  • 00:17:31.540 --> 00:17:33.108
  • Climbing up. it wasn't easy, he had to work
  • 00:17:33.175 --> 00:17:34.843
  • Easy, he had to work hard, strain, put forth
  • 00:17:34.910 --> 00:17:36.645
  • Hard, strain, put forth a lot of effort.
  • 00:17:36.712 --> 00:17:37.813
  • A lot of effort. eventually he had the best
  • 00:17:37.880 --> 00:17:39.681
  • Eventually he had the best seat of anyone. zacchaeus
  • 00:17:39.748 --> 00:17:42.718
  • Seat of anyone. zacchaeus was not only short
  • 00:17:42.784 --> 00:17:43.852
  • Was not only short physically, but
  • 00:17:43.919 --> 00:17:45.487
  • Physically, but symbolically you could
  • 00:17:45.554 --> 00:17:46.755
  • Symbolically you could say he came up short.
  • 00:17:46.822 --> 00:17:49.791
  • Say he came up short. he wasn't making good
  • 00:17:49.858 --> 00:17:50.926
  • He wasn't making good decisions in life. he was
  • 00:17:50.993 --> 00:17:52.161
  • Decisions in life. he was a fraud. he had made his
  • 00:17:52.227 --> 00:17:53.929
  • A fraud. he had made his living by deceiving people.
  • 00:17:53.996 --> 00:17:56.899
  • Living by deceiving people. now he was up in this tree
  • 00:17:56.965 --> 00:17:58.433
  • Now he was up in this tree to make up for his
  • 00:17:58.500 --> 00:17:59.668
  • To make up for his weaknesses. he looked
  • 00:17:59.735 --> 00:18:01.403
  • Weaknesses. he looked good up there, impressive;
  • 00:18:01.470 --> 00:18:03.605
  • Good up there, impressive; once again he had
  • 00:18:03.672 --> 00:18:04.706
  • Once again he had positioned himself for
  • 00:18:04.773 --> 00:18:06.074
  • Positioned himself for an advantage. people may
  • 00:18:06.141 --> 00:18:08.076
  • An advantage. people may not have liked him, but
  • 00:18:08.143 --> 00:18:09.611
  • Not have liked him, but they couldn't argue he
  • 00:18:09.678 --> 00:18:10.779
  • They couldn't argue he had the best seat around.
  • 00:18:10.846 --> 00:18:12.848
  • Had the best seat around. his whole life he had
  • 00:18:12.915 --> 00:18:14.316
  • His whole life he had pushed others down to
  • 00:18:14.383 --> 00:18:15.717
  • Pushed others down to get what he wanted.
  • 00:18:15.784 --> 00:18:17.486
  • Get what he wanted. he didn't care about
  • 00:18:17.553 --> 00:18:18.520
  • He didn't care about people; he cared about
  • 00:18:18.587 --> 00:18:19.454
  • People; he cared about position.
  • 00:18:19.521 --> 00:18:20.989
  • Position. about what's in it for me.
  • 00:18:21.056 --> 00:18:22.691
  • About what's in it for me. he was an expert about
  • 00:18:22.758 --> 00:18:24.927
  • He was an expert about getting the upper hand.
  • 00:18:24.993 --> 00:18:26.762
  • Getting the upper hand. finally the big moment
  • 00:18:26.828 --> 00:18:27.763
  • Finally the big moment arrived. jesus came
  • 00:18:27.829 --> 00:18:28.964
  • Arrived. jesus came passing through the city.
  • 00:18:29.031 --> 00:18:30.566
  • Passing through the city. there were hundreds, maybe
  • 00:18:30.632 --> 00:18:31.600
  • There were hundreds, maybe thousands of people there.
  • 00:18:31.667 --> 00:18:33.669
  • Thousands of people there. everybody screaming,
  • 00:18:33.735 --> 00:18:34.970
  • Everybody screaming, waving, and trying to get
  • 00:18:35.037 --> 00:18:35.938
  • Waving, and trying to get his attention.
  • 00:18:36.004 --> 00:18:37.573
  • His attention. about that time, out of all
  • 00:18:37.639 --> 00:18:39.041
  • About that time, out of all the people there, jesus
  • 00:18:39.107 --> 00:18:40.876
  • The people there, jesus stopped, looked up in the
  • 00:18:40.943 --> 00:18:42.277
  • Stopped, looked up in the tree and said, "hey,
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  • Tree and said, "hey, zacchaeus." they had
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  • Zacchaeus." they had never met before but
  • 00:18:45.981 --> 00:18:48.283
  • Never met before but jesus called him by name.
  • 00:18:48.350 --> 00:18:50.552
  • Jesus called him by name. isn't it interesting that
  • 00:18:50.619 --> 00:18:51.553
  • Isn't it interesting that jesus knew the main sinner
  • 00:18:51.620 --> 00:18:53.522
  • Jesus knew the main sinner in the crowd? this shows
  • 00:18:53.589 --> 00:18:55.657
  • In the crowd? this shows us the heart of god.
  • 00:18:55.724 --> 00:18:58.093
  • Us the heart of god. you may think that god
  • 00:18:58.160 --> 00:18:59.094
  • You may think that god would never have anything
  • 00:18:59.161 --> 00:19:00.562
  • Would never have anything to do with you, you made
  • 00:19:00.629 --> 00:19:01.597
  • To do with you, you made too many mistakes.
  • 00:19:01.663 --> 00:19:02.965
  • Too many mistakes. you have too much negative
  • 00:19:03.031 --> 00:19:03.832
  • You have too much negative baggage, too many hang-ups.
  • 00:19:03.899 --> 00:19:05.801
  • Baggage, too many hang-ups. no just like zacchaeus, god
  • 00:19:05.867 --> 00:19:07.269
  • No just like zacchaeus, god is calling your name. he
  • 00:19:07.336 --> 00:19:09.037
  • Is calling your name. he has a destiny for you to
  • 00:19:09.104 --> 00:19:10.806
  • Has a destiny for you to fulfill, an assignment for
  • 00:19:10.872 --> 00:19:12.374
  • Fulfill, an assignment for you to accomplish.
  • 00:19:12.441 --> 00:19:14.843
  • You to accomplish. god will pass over all
  • 00:19:14.910 --> 00:19:16.245
  • God will pass over all the people that have it
  • 00:19:16.311 --> 00:19:17.446
  • The people that have it together, all the people
  • 00:19:17.512 --> 00:19:19.047
  • Together, all the people that everybody else would
  • 00:19:19.114 --> 00:19:20.882
  • That everybody else would write off to find that one
  • 00:19:20.949 --> 00:19:22.618
  • Write off to find that one person that's struggling.
  • 00:19:22.684 --> 00:19:24.553
  • Person that's struggling. that's why you're here
  • 00:19:24.620 --> 00:19:25.520
  • That's why you're here today. that's why you're
  • 00:19:25.587 --> 00:19:26.321
  • Today. that's why you're listening.
  • 00:19:26.388 --> 00:19:27.289
  • Listening. it's not by accident, god
  • 00:19:27.356 --> 00:19:28.390
  • It's not by accident, god is calling your name.
  • 00:19:28.457 --> 00:19:30.359
  • Is calling your name. god looks beyond the
  • 00:19:30.425 --> 00:19:31.727
  • God looks beyond the failures, our mistakes.
  • 00:19:31.793 --> 00:19:33.962
  • Failures, our mistakes. he looks beyond our mask,
  • 00:19:34.029 --> 00:19:35.631
  • He looks beyond our mask, what we pretend to be.
  • 00:19:35.697 --> 00:19:37.532
  • What we pretend to be. god knows who you really
  • 00:19:37.599 --> 00:19:38.600
  • God knows who you really are. he's the one who
  • 00:19:38.667 --> 00:19:40.669
  • Are. he's the one who breathed life into you.
  • 00:19:40.736 --> 00:19:43.205
  • Breathed life into you. he put seeds of greatness
  • 00:19:43.272 --> 00:19:44.706
  • He put seeds of greatness on the inside. he sees
  • 00:19:44.773 --> 00:19:46.842
  • On the inside. he sees your potential, what
  • 00:19:46.908 --> 00:19:48.310
  • Your potential, what you're capable of. no
  • 00:19:48.377 --> 00:19:50.245
  • You're capable of. no matter what you've done
  • 00:19:50.312 --> 00:19:51.280
  • Matter what you've done in the past, god has not
  • 00:19:51.346 --> 00:19:52.881
  • In the past, god has not written you off. he can
  • 00:19:52.948 --> 00:19:54.683
  • Written you off. he can still get you to your
  • 00:19:54.750 --> 00:19:56.118
  • Still get you to your destiny.
  • 00:19:56.184 --> 00:19:57.419
  • Destiny. zacchaeus was shocked.
  • 00:19:57.486 --> 00:19:58.887
  • Zacchaeus was shocked. he looked down and asked
  • 00:19:58.954 --> 00:20:00.055
  • He looked down and asked somebody, "did he just call
  • 00:20:00.122 --> 00:20:01.390
  • Somebody, "did he just call my name?" they said, "yeah,
  • 00:20:01.456 --> 00:20:03.392
  • My name?" they said, "yeah, he said zacchaeus."
  • 00:20:03.458 --> 00:20:05.093
  • He said zacchaeus." he scratched his head
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:06.361
  • He scratched his head thinking, "how does this
  • 00:20:06.428 --> 00:20:07.729
  • Thinking, "how does this man know my name? i'm
  • 00:20:07.796 --> 00:20:09.331
  • Man know my name? i'm not a religious person.
  • 00:20:09.398 --> 00:20:10.966
  • Not a religious person. i haven't lived an
  • 00:20:11.033 --> 00:20:12.401
  • I haven't lived an upstanding life. i'm a
  • 00:20:12.467 --> 00:20:13.802
  • Upstanding life. i'm a fraud. i've made a living
  • 00:20:13.869 --> 00:20:15.404
  • Fraud. i've made a living cheating people. yea, i
  • 00:20:15.470 --> 00:20:17.406
  • Cheating people. yea, i look impressive, i look
  • 00:20:17.472 --> 00:20:18.507
  • Look impressive, i look important up here but i
  • 00:20:18.573 --> 00:20:19.675
  • Important up here but i know this is not who i am."
  • 00:20:19.741 --> 00:20:22.044
  • Know this is not who i am." he had worn that mask for
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:23.645
  • He had worn that mask for so long, for so many years
  • 00:20:23.712 --> 00:20:25.714
  • So long, for so many years he'd convinced himself
  • 00:20:25.781 --> 00:20:27.282
  • He'd convinced himself that's who he was. when
  • 00:20:27.349 --> 00:20:29.351
  • That's who he was. when jesus called his name,
  • 00:20:29.418 --> 00:20:31.653
  • Jesus called his name, he felt a conviction,
  • 00:20:31.720 --> 00:20:33.388
  • He felt a conviction, something down in here
  • 00:20:33.455 --> 00:20:34.723
  • Something down in here said, "this is not who you
  • 00:20:34.790 --> 00:20:36.591
  • Said, "this is not who you are. you're better than
  • 00:20:36.658 --> 00:20:38.160
  • Are. you're better than this." what was happening?
  • 00:20:38.226 --> 00:20:40.295
  • This." what was happening? the mask was being exposed.
  • 00:20:40.362 --> 00:20:43.165
  • The mask was being exposed. see, god knows who you
  • 00:20:43.231 --> 00:20:44.499
  • See, god knows who you really are, not who you
  • 00:20:44.566 --> 00:20:46.868
  • Really are, not who you pretend to be.
  • 00:20:46.935 --> 00:20:48.670
  • Pretend to be. there will be times like
  • 00:20:48.737 --> 00:20:49.771
  • There will be times like zacchaeus you'll feel
  • 00:20:49.838 --> 00:20:51.206
  • Zacchaeus you'll feel conviction, down in here
  • 00:20:51.273 --> 00:20:53.442
  • Conviction, down in here you'll know this is not who
  • 00:20:53.508 --> 00:20:54.609
  • You'll know this is not who i am. this anger. this
  • 00:20:54.676 --> 00:20:56.278
  • I am. this anger. this addiction. this compromise.
  • 00:20:56.345 --> 00:20:57.979
  • Addiction. this compromise. this mediocrity. i've been
  • 00:20:58.046 --> 00:20:59.448
  • This mediocrity. i've been covering it up for years
  • 00:20:59.514 --> 00:21:01.316
  • Covering it up for years but it's a mask. it's not
  • 00:21:01.383 --> 00:21:02.951
  • But it's a mask. it's not the true me. zacchaeus
  • 00:21:03.018 --> 00:21:05.320
  • The true me. zacchaeus had to make a decision.
  • 00:21:05.387 --> 00:21:07.322
  • Had to make a decision. was he going to get honest
  • 00:21:07.389 --> 00:21:09.324
  • Was he going to get honest with himself and be willing
  • 00:21:09.391 --> 00:21:10.258
  • With himself and be willing to make changes? or was
  • 00:21:10.325 --> 00:21:11.426
  • To make changes? or was he going to keep
  • 00:21:11.493 --> 00:21:12.327
  • He going to keep pretending?
  • 00:21:12.394 --> 00:21:13.562
  • Pretending? jesus looked up,
  • 00:21:13.628 --> 00:21:14.730
  • Jesus looked up, "zacchaeus, come down
  • 00:21:14.796 --> 00:21:15.630
  • "zacchaeus, come down from that tree. i want
  • 00:21:15.697 --> 00:21:17.165
  • From that tree. i want to go to your house and
  • 00:21:17.232 --> 00:21:18.400
  • To go to your house and visit today."
  • 00:21:18.467 --> 00:21:20.802
  • Visit today." jesus was saying, "i want
  • 00:21:20.869 --> 00:21:22.137
  • Jesus was saying, "i want to turn your life around.
  • 00:21:22.204 --> 00:21:23.805
  • To turn your life around. i want to set you on a new
  • 00:21:23.872 --> 00:21:25.407
  • I want to set you on a new path, but as long as you're
  • 00:21:25.474 --> 00:21:27.476
  • Path, but as long as you're up there in the tree, as
  • 00:21:27.542 --> 00:21:29.378
  • Up there in the tree, as long as you're trying to
  • 00:21:29.444 --> 00:21:31.046
  • Long as you're trying to look impressive, covering
  • 00:21:31.113 --> 00:21:32.347
  • Look impressive, covering the real issues, pretending
  • 00:21:32.414 --> 00:21:34.216
  • The real issues, pretending everything's okay, i can't
  • 00:21:34.282 --> 00:21:35.684
  • Everything's okay, i can't do anything. but if you'll
  • 00:21:35.751 --> 00:21:37.686
  • Do anything. but if you'll come down to the ground,
  • 00:21:37.753 --> 00:21:39.755
  • Come down to the ground, if you'll get real, if
  • 00:21:39.821 --> 00:21:41.757
  • If you'll get real, if you'll quit hiding the
  • 00:21:41.823 --> 00:21:43.158
  • You'll quit hiding the areas where you come up
  • 00:21:43.225 --> 00:21:44.259
  • Areas where you come up short, quit making excuses.
  • 00:21:44.326 --> 00:21:46.328
  • Short, quit making excuses. if you'll come down,
  • 00:21:46.395 --> 00:21:48.130
  • If you'll come down, then i'll come in.
  • 00:21:48.196 --> 00:21:50.232
  • Then i'll come in. if you'll take off the
  • 00:21:50.298 --> 00:21:51.233
  • If you'll take off the mask, i'll change areas
  • 00:21:51.299 --> 00:21:53.201
  • Mask, i'll change areas that you could never
  • 00:21:53.268 --> 00:21:54.136
  • That you could never change. i'll help you
  • 00:21:54.202 --> 00:21:55.437
  • Change. i'll help you break the addiction.
  • 00:21:55.504 --> 00:21:57.005
  • Break the addiction. i'll help you make better
  • 00:21:57.072 --> 00:21:57.939
  • I'll help you make better choices. i'll help you
  • 00:21:58.006 --> 00:21:59.374
  • Choices. i'll help you live confident and secure."
  • 00:21:59.441 --> 00:22:02.177
  • Live confident and secure." maybe like zacchaeus,
  • 00:22:02.244 --> 00:22:03.645
  • Maybe like zacchaeus, because of your
  • 00:22:03.712 --> 00:22:04.813
  • Because of your shortcomings, your
  • 00:22:04.880 --> 00:22:06.281
  • Shortcomings, your failures, your weaknesses,
  • 00:22:06.348 --> 00:22:07.682
  • Failures, your weaknesses, you've climbed up in that
  • 00:22:07.749 --> 00:22:09.084
  • You've climbed up in that tree so to speak. you've
  • 00:22:09.151 --> 00:22:11.086
  • Tree so to speak. you've worked hard to gain an
  • 00:22:11.153 --> 00:22:12.521
  • Worked hard to gain an advantage, look impressive,
  • 00:22:12.587 --> 00:22:14.923
  • Advantage, look impressive, and not let anybody see
  • 00:22:14.990 --> 00:22:16.258
  • And not let anybody see your weaknesses. the
  • 00:22:16.324 --> 00:22:17.926
  • Your weaknesses. the easy thing to do is stay
  • 00:22:17.993 --> 00:22:19.361
  • Easy thing to do is stay up in the tree. it's safe,
  • 00:22:19.428 --> 00:22:21.363
  • Up in the tree. it's safe, you don't have to deal
  • 00:22:21.430 --> 00:22:22.731
  • You don't have to deal with anything, you can
  • 00:22:22.798 --> 00:22:23.965
  • With anything, you can keep pretending but you
  • 00:22:24.032 --> 00:22:25.634
  • Keep pretending but you have to come to that point
  • 00:22:25.700 --> 00:22:27.335
  • Have to come to that point where you say, "i'm tired
  • 00:22:27.402 --> 00:22:28.837
  • Where you say, "i'm tired of pretending. i'm tired
  • 00:22:28.904 --> 00:22:30.639
  • Of pretending. i'm tired of wearing these masks.
  • 00:22:30.705 --> 00:22:32.607
  • Of wearing these masks. i've covered it up for
  • 00:22:32.674 --> 00:22:33.608
  • I've covered it up for years, i thought i had to,
  • 00:22:33.675 --> 00:22:34.609
  • Years, i thought i had to, but now i realize, like
  • 00:22:34.676 --> 00:22:36.378
  • But now i realize, like zacchaeus i have to come
  • 00:22:36.445 --> 00:22:38.280
  • Zacchaeus i have to come down. i have to get
  • 00:22:38.346 --> 00:22:39.881
  • Down. i have to get real. friends, god already
  • 00:22:39.948 --> 00:22:42.284
  • Real. friends, god already knows what you're
  • 00:22:42.350 --> 00:22:43.485
  • Knows what you're struggling with.
  • 00:22:43.552 --> 00:22:44.920
  • Struggling with. you don't have to cover
  • 00:22:44.986 --> 00:22:45.654
  • You don't have to cover up your inadequacies,
  • 00:22:45.720 --> 00:22:47.055
  • Up your inadequacies, your failures. come
  • 00:22:47.122 --> 00:22:48.256
  • Your failures. come down out of that tree.
  • 00:22:48.323 --> 00:22:50.192
  • Down out of that tree. the people who get the
  • 00:22:50.258 --> 00:22:51.326
  • The people who get the help are the people who
  • 00:22:51.393 --> 00:22:52.627
  • Help are the people who are real. the people who
  • 00:22:52.694 --> 00:22:54.763
  • Are real. the people who are honest enough to say,
  • 00:22:54.830 --> 00:22:56.731
  • Are honest enough to say, "i don't have it all
  • 00:22:56.798 --> 00:22:57.766
  • "i don't have it all together. i keep coming
  • 00:22:57.833 --> 00:22:59.601
  • Together. i keep coming up short. god, i keep
  • 00:22:59.668 --> 00:23:01.636
  • Up short. god, i keep giving in to this
  • 00:23:01.703 --> 00:23:02.838
  • Giving in to this temptation. i'm struggling
  • 00:23:02.904 --> 00:23:04.339
  • Temptation. i'm struggling in my marriage.
  • 00:23:04.406 --> 00:23:05.707
  • In my marriage. i'm dealing with this
  • 00:23:05.774 --> 00:23:06.641
  • I'm dealing with this discouragement, but god
  • 00:23:06.708 --> 00:23:08.076
  • Discouragement, but god i'm not going to go around
  • 00:23:08.143 --> 00:23:09.377
  • I'm not going to go around wearing any more masks.
  • 00:23:09.444 --> 00:23:11.046
  • Wearing any more masks. i know when my face is
  • 00:23:11.112 --> 00:23:12.280
  • I know when my face is unveiled i'll see your
  • 00:23:12.347 --> 00:23:14.149
  • Unveiled i'll see your glory. i know that's when
  • 00:23:14.216 --> 00:23:15.951
  • Glory. i know that's when you'll change me, make me
  • 00:23:16.017 --> 00:23:17.486
  • You'll change me, make me and mold me."
  • 00:23:17.552 --> 00:23:19.521
  • And mold me." when there's truth on the
  • 00:23:19.588 --> 00:23:20.755
  • When there's truth on the inside, god will change
  • 00:23:20.822 --> 00:23:22.757
  • Inside, god will change areas that you could not
  • 00:23:22.824 --> 00:23:24.326
  • Areas that you could not change before.
  • 00:23:24.392 --> 00:23:25.961
  • Change before. he'll make things happen
  • 00:23:26.027 --> 00:23:26.928
  • He'll make things happen that you've not been
  • 00:23:26.995 --> 00:23:28.129
  • That you've not been able to make happen.
  • 00:23:28.196 --> 00:23:29.931
  • Able to make happen. zacchaeus came down
  • 00:23:29.998 --> 00:23:31.166
  • Zacchaeus came down from the tree finally.
  • 00:23:31.233 --> 00:23:32.601
  • From the tree finally. he took the mask off, quit
  • 00:23:32.667 --> 00:23:33.935
  • He took the mask off, quit making excuses, he admitted
  • 00:23:34.002 --> 00:23:37.038
  • Making excuses, he admitted that he'd done wrong.
  • 00:23:37.105 --> 00:23:38.807
  • That he'd done wrong. he didn't say, "jesus,
  • 00:23:38.874 --> 00:23:39.841
  • He didn't say, "jesus, i don't have a good
  • 00:23:39.908 --> 00:23:40.909
  • I don't have a good reputation. these people
  • 00:23:40.976 --> 00:23:42.110
  • Reputation. these people don't like me but really
  • 00:23:42.177 --> 00:23:43.245
  • Don't like me but really i'm a good person."
  • 00:23:43.311 --> 00:23:44.446
  • I'm a good person." no, he accepted
  • 00:23:44.513 --> 00:23:45.547
  • No, he accepted responsibility.
  • 00:23:45.614 --> 00:23:47.249
  • Responsibility. he owned it. he said in
  • 00:23:47.315 --> 00:23:48.550
  • He owned it. he said in effect, "i cheated, i've
  • 00:23:48.617 --> 00:23:50.085
  • Effect, "i cheated, i've been dishonest, but i'm
  • 00:23:50.151 --> 00:23:51.853
  • Been dishonest, but i'm ready to change. i will
  • 00:23:51.920 --> 00:23:54.089
  • Ready to change. i will pay everybody back
  • 00:23:54.155 --> 00:23:55.557
  • Pay everybody back four times that i've
  • 00:23:55.624 --> 00:23:56.658
  • Four times that i've cheated."
  • 00:23:56.725 --> 00:23:58.426
  • Cheated." jesus looked at him and
  • 00:23:58.493 --> 00:23:59.427
  • Jesus looked at him and said, "today salvation
  • 00:23:59.494 --> 00:24:00.962
  • Said, "today salvation has come to your house."
  • 00:24:01.029 --> 00:24:03.932
  • Has come to your house." if you will be bold enough
  • 00:24:03.999 --> 00:24:05.433
  • If you will be bold enough to come down out of that
  • 00:24:05.500 --> 00:24:06.334
  • To come down out of that tree, be open and honest,
  • 00:24:06.401 --> 00:24:09.004
  • Tree, be open and honest, you will see god's favor in
  • 00:24:09.070 --> 00:24:10.639
  • You will see god's favor in a new way. the pure in
  • 00:24:10.705 --> 00:24:12.807
  • A new way. the pure in heart will be blessed.
  • 00:24:12.874 --> 00:24:15.043
  • Heart will be blessed. are you wearing any masks
  • 00:24:15.110 --> 00:24:16.845
  • Are you wearing any masks today? a mask of pride,
  • 00:24:16.912 --> 00:24:19.080
  • Today? a mask of pride, a mask of shame, a mask
  • 00:24:19.147 --> 00:24:20.115
  • A mask of shame, a mask of trying to impress
  • 00:24:20.181 --> 00:24:21.616
  • Of trying to impress people, trying to be cool.
  • 00:24:21.683 --> 00:24:23.451
  • People, trying to be cool. as long as you're
  • 00:24:23.518 --> 00:24:24.753
  • As long as you're pretending, covering the
  • 00:24:24.819 --> 00:24:26.254
  • Pretending, covering the real issues, it's going to
  • 00:24:26.321 --> 00:24:27.656
  • Real issues, it's going to cause you to get stuck.
  • 00:24:27.722 --> 00:24:29.658
  • Cause you to get stuck. on a regular basis, examine
  • 00:24:29.724 --> 00:24:31.326
  • On a regular basis, examine your inner life. make sure
  • 00:24:31.393 --> 00:24:33.762
  • Your inner life. make sure your motives are pure,
  • 00:24:33.828 --> 00:24:35.163
  • Your motives are pure, that you're doing things
  • 00:24:35.230 --> 00:24:36.164
  • That you're doing things for the right reason.
  • 00:24:36.231 --> 00:24:37.766
  • For the right reason. if you'll make this
  • 00:24:37.832 --> 00:24:38.800
  • If you'll make this decision with me that
  • 00:24:38.867 --> 00:24:40.435
  • Decision with me that you're going to be real,
  • 00:24:40.502 --> 00:24:41.770
  • You're going to be real, i believe and declare,
  • 00:24:41.836 --> 00:24:43.672
  • I believe and declare, like zacchaeus, salvation
  • 00:24:43.738 --> 00:24:46.041
  • Like zacchaeus, salvation is coming to your house
  • 00:24:46.107 --> 00:24:47.676
  • Is coming to your house today. that means freedom,
  • 00:24:47.742 --> 00:24:49.177
  • Today. that means freedom, breakthroughs, deliverance,
  • 00:24:49.244 --> 00:24:50.979
  • Breakthroughs, deliverance, healing, and the fullness
  • 00:24:51.046 --> 00:24:52.247
  • Healing, and the fullness of your destiny. in
  • 00:24:52.314 --> 00:24:53.882
  • Of your destiny. in jesus' name. if you
  • 00:24:53.949 --> 00:24:55.483
  • Jesus' name. if you receive it can you say
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  • Receive it can you say "amen" today? (applause)
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  • "amen" today? (applause) well we never like to
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  • Well we never like to close our broadcast without
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  • Close our broadcast without giving you an opportunity
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  • Giving you an opportunity to make jesus the lord of
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  • To make jesus the lord of your life.
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  • Your life. would you pray with me?
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  • Would you pray with me? just say, "lord, jesus,
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  • Just say, "lord, jesus, i repent of my sins.
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  • I repent of my sins. come into my heart, i make
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  • Come into my heart, i make you my lord and savior."
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  • You my lord and savior." friends, if you prayed that
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  • Friends, if you prayed that simple prayer, we believe
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  • Simple prayer, we believe you got born again.
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  • You got born again. get in a good bible-based
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  • Get in a good bible-based church, keep god first
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  • Church, keep god first place.
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  • Place. he's going to take you
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  • He's going to take you places that you've never
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  • Places that you've never dreamed.
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  • .
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  • . > anncr: as a thank you for
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  • > anncr: as a thank you for your support of our ministry,
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  • Your support of our ministry, joel and victoria would like
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  • Joel and victoria would like to send you a copy of joel's
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  • To send you a copy of joel's new book, "your greater is
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  • New book, "your greater is coming".
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  • Coming". > joel: fire, certainly not
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  • > joel: fire, certainly not the experience anyone wants
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  • The experience anyone wants yet god can actually use
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  • Yet god can actually use fire to expand, grow, and
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  • Fire to expand, grow, and enlarge our lives. taking
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  • Enlarge our lives. taking us to heights that we've
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  • Us to heights that we've never dreamed.
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  • Never dreamed. these magnificent sequoia
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  • These magnificent sequoia trees, the largest in the
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  • Trees, the largest in the world are actually given
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  • World are actually given life by fire. these cones
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  • Life by fire. these cones remain in the tree,
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  • Remain in the tree, sometimes for years.
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  • Sometimes for years. then fire comes. the heat
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  • Then fire comes. the heat opens the cones and out
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  • Opens the cones and out pours these tiny little
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  • Pours these tiny little seeds.
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  • Seeds. in my new book, i'll
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  • In my new book, i'll unlock some of these
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  • Unlock some of these mysteries. how god can
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  • Mysteries. how god can turn the fires in your
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  • Turn the fires in your life into new magnificent
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  • Life into new magnificent growth. i'll share how your
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  • Growth. i'll share how your greater, better life is not
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  • Greater, better life is not a distant possibility but
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  • A distant possibility but a certain reality as
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  • A certain reality as undeniable as these
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  • Undeniable as these glorious trees.
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  • Glorious trees. my new book, "your greater
  • 00:26:21.903 --> 00:26:23.438
  • My new book, "your greater is coming", will show you
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  • Is coming", will show you how to overcome when life
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  • How to overcome when life deals you a setback,
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  • Deals you a setback, a heartache, a fire.
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  • A heartache, a fire. even now, god is setting
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  • Even now, god is setting you up for something
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  • You up for something magnificent. your future
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  • Magnificent. your future is bigger and brighter than
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  • Is bigger and brighter than you can imagine. god is
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  • You can imagine. god is promising you your greater
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  • Promising you your greater is coming.
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  • Is coming. > anncr: request your copy
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  • > anncr: request your copy of "your greater is coming"
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  • Of "your greater is coming" today at joelosteen.com
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  • Today at joelosteen.com or call 800-565-0772.
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  • Or call 800-565-0772. or call 800-565-0772.
  • 00:26:50.699 --> 00:26:51.132
  • Or call 800-565-0772. >victoria: joel and i pray
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  • >victoria: joel and i pray for you every single day.
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  • For you every single day. and we are believing the
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  • And we are believing the best for you and your
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  • Best for you and your family.
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  • Family. > joel: thanks so much for
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  • > joel: thanks so much for your prayer and support of
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  • Your prayer and support of the ministry. we love you.
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  • The ministry. we love you. believing 2022 will be a
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  • Believing 2022 will be a bountiful year. till we
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  • Bountiful year. till we meet again, may the lord
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  • Meet again, may the lord bless you and keep you.
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  • Bless you and keep you. may the lord show you
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  • May the lord show you favor and have mercy on
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  • Favor and have mercy on you. and may the lord
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  • You. and may the lord watch over you and give
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  • Watch over you and give you his peace.
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  • > joel: hi! i'm with my
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  • > joel: hi! i'm with my daughter, alexandra, and
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  • Daughter, alexandra, and lakewood music has a new album
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  • Lakewood music has a new album out.
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  • Out. > alexandra: yes, it's called
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  • > alexandra: yes, it's called shout! we are so proud of this
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  • Shout! we are so proud of this new project. it's our most
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  • New project. it's our most diverse collection of songs yet.
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  • Diverse collection of songs yet. we hope it's going to inspire
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  • We hope it's going to inspire you and encourage you.
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  • You and encourage you. > joel: it's fantastic. it's the
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  • > joel: it's fantastic. it's the songs we sing here at lakewood.
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  • Songs we sing here at lakewood. i hope you'll download your
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  • I hope you'll download your copy today!
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