Living Favor Minded

October 27, 2022 | 298 | 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 | Living Favor Minded | October 27, 2022
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  • (applause) well, god bless you. it's
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  • (applause) well, god bless you. it's always our joy to come into
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  • Well, god bless you. it's always our joy to come into your homes. if you're ever in
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  • Always our joy to come into your homes. if you're ever in our area please stop by and be
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  • Your homes. if you're ever in our area please stop by and be a part of one of our services.
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  • Our area please stop by and be a part of one of our services. i promise you we'll make you
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  • A part of one of our services. i promise you we'll make you feel right at home. but thanks
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  • I promise you we'll make you feel right at home. but thanks so much for tuning in.
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  • Feel right at home. but thanks so much for tuning in. thank you again for coming out
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  • So much for tuning in. thank you again for coming out today.
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  • Thank you again for coming out today. i like to start with something
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  • Today. i like to start with something funny and i heard about this
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  • I like to start with something funny and i heard about this groom. at the wedding rehearsal
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  • Funny and i heard about this groom. at the wedding rehearsal he said to the minister, "i'll
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  • Groom. at the wedding rehearsal he said to the minister, "i'll make a deal with you. if during
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  • He said to the minister, "i'll make a deal with you. if during the vows you'll leave out all
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  • Make a deal with you. if during the vows you'll leave out all that love, honor and obey stuff
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  • The vows you'll leave out all that love, honor and obey stuff i'll give you $100." he slipped
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  • That love, honor and obey stuff i'll give you $100." he slipped a $100 dollar bill into the
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  • I'll give you $100." he slipped a $100 dollar bill into the minister's hand, walked away
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  • A $100 dollar bill into the minister's hand, walked away with a smile. the next day
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  • Minister's hand, walked away with a smile. the next day during the ceremony the
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  • With a smile. the next day during the ceremony the minister said to the man, "do
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  • During the ceremony the minister said to the man, "do you promise to bow down before
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  • Minister said to the man, "do you promise to bow down before your wife, to bring her
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  • You promise to bow down before your wife, to bring her breakfast in bed, to fulfill her
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  • Your wife, to bring her breakfast in bed, to fulfill her every desire?" the man gulped
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  • Breakfast in bed, to fulfill her every desire?" the man gulped in astonishment. he said in a
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  • Every desire?" the man gulped in astonishment. he said in a weak voice, "i do." he then
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  • In astonishment. he said in a weak voice, "i do." he then whispered in the minister's
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  • Weak voice, "i do." he then whispered in the minister's ear, "i thought we had a deal?"
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  • Whispered in the minister's ear, "i thought we had a deal?" the minister handed his money
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  • Ear, "i thought we had a deal?" the minister handed his money back and said, "your wife made
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  • The minister handed his money back and said, "your wife made me a much better offer."
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  • Back and said, "your wife made me a much better offer." (laughter)
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  • Me a much better offer." (laughter) hold your bible up. say it like
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  • (laughter) hold your bible up. say it like you mean it.
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  • Hold your bible up. say it like you mean it. this is my bible.
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  • You mean it. this is my bible. i am what it says i am.
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  • This is my bible. i am what it says i am. i have what it says i have.
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  • I am what it says i am. i have what it says i have. i can do what it says i can do.
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  • I have what it says i have. i can do what it says i can do. today, i will be taught the word
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  • I can do what it says i can do. today, i will be taught the word of god.
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  • Today, i will be taught the word of god. i boldly confess:
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  • Of god. i boldly confess: my mind is alert.
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  • I boldly confess: my mind is alert. my heart is receptive.
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  • My mind is alert. my heart is receptive. i will never be the same.
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  • My heart is receptive. i will never be the same. in jesus' name. god bless you.
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  • I will never be the same. in jesus' name. god bless you. i want to talk to you today
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  • In jesus' name. god bless you. i want to talk to you today about living favor minded. god
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  • I want to talk to you today about living favor minded. god told abraham in genesis 12:2,
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  • About living favor minded. god told abraham in genesis 12:2, "i will bless you with an
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  • Told abraham in genesis 12:2, "i will bless you with an abundant increase of favors."
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  • "i will bless you with an abundant increase of favors." not one or just two. he said,
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  • Abundant increase of favors." not one or just two. he said, "i'm going to do favors for you
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  • Not one or just two. he said, "i'm going to do favors for you in abundance."
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  • "i'm going to do favors for you in abundance." you and i are the seed of
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  • In abundance." you and i are the seed of abraham. what if we could
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  • You and i are the seed of abraham. what if we could really believe this, that the
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  • Abraham. what if we could really believe this, that the creator of the universe wants
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  • Really believe this, that the creator of the universe wants to do favors for you?
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  • Creator of the universe wants to do favors for you? most of the time we think, "oh,
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  • To do favors for you? most of the time we think, "oh, joel. god's got bigger things
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  • Most of the time we think, "oh, joel. god's got bigger things to deal with than me. he's not
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  • Joel. god's got bigger things to deal with than me. he's not interested in that."
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  • To deal with than me. he's not interested in that." no, you are god's biggest deal.
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  • Interested in that." no, you are god's biggest deal. he wants to make you an example
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  • No, you are god's biggest deal. he wants to make you an example of his goodness. when you keep
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  • He wants to make you an example of his goodness. when you keep god first place, when you honor
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  • Of his goodness. when you keep god first place, when you honor him with your life, god puts
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  • God first place, when you honor him with your life, god puts something on you that causes
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  • Him with your life, god puts something on you that causes you to stand out in the crowd,
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  • Something on you that causes you to stand out in the crowd, something that gives you an
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  • You to stand out in the crowd, something that gives you an advantage. it causes good
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  • Something that gives you an advantage. it causes good breaks and opportunities to be
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  • Advantage. it causes good breaks and opportunities to be attracted to you. it's called
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  • Breaks and opportunities to be attracted to you. it's called the favor of god.
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  • Attracted to you. it's called the favor of god. the word favor means,
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  • The favor of god. the word favor means, "to assist, to provide with
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  • The word favor means, "to assist, to provide with advantages, to receive
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  • "to assist, to provide with advantages, to receive preferential treatment."
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  • Advantages, to receive preferential treatment." the favor of god will cause you
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  • Preferential treatment." the favor of god will cause you to be promoted even though you
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  • The favor of god will cause you to be promoted even though you weren't the most qualified.
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  • To be promoted even though you weren't the most qualified. god's favor will cause your
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  • Weren't the most qualified. god's favor will cause your children to get the best
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  • God's favor will cause your children to get the best teachers in school. it will
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  • Children to get the best teachers in school. it will help you find the best deals at
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  • Teachers in school. it will help you find the best deals at the mall. it will put you at
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  • Help you find the best deals at the mall. it will put you at the right place at the right
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  • The mall. it will put you at the right place at the right time. god is saying to you what
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  • The right place at the right time. god is saying to you what he said to abraham, "i'm going
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  • Time. god is saying to you what he said to abraham, "i'm going to assist you. i'm going to
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  • He said to abraham, "i'm going to assist you. i'm going to provide you with advantages,
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  • To assist you. i'm going to provide you with advantages, i'm going to cause you to
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  • Provide you with advantages, i'm going to cause you to receive preferential
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  • I'm going to cause you to receive preferential treatment."
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  • Receive preferential treatment." "well, joel. this never happens
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  • Treatment." "well, joel. this never happens for me. i must not have this
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  • "well, joel. this never happens for me. i must not have this favor."
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  • For me. i must not have this favor." no, you do have it but the
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  • Favor." no, you do have it but the reason many people don't
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  • No, you do have it but the reason many people don't experience it is they're not
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  • Reason many people don't experience it is they're not releasing their faith in this
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  • Experience it is they're not releasing their faith in this area. they're not expecting
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  • Releasing their faith in this area. they're not expecting good breaks. they don't expect
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  • Area. they're not expecting good breaks. they don't expect preferential treatment.
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  • Good breaks. they don't expect preferential treatment. they have an underdog mentality.
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  • Preferential treatment. they have an underdog mentality. "everybody gets promoted except
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  • They have an underdog mentality. "everybody gets promoted except me."
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  • "everybody gets promoted except me." "i put my house on the market.
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  • Me." "i put my house on the market. should have known it wouldn't
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  • "i put my house on the market. should have known it wouldn't sell."
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  • Should have known it wouldn't sell." "went to the grocery store.
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  • Sell." "went to the grocery store. got in the longest line.
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  • "went to the grocery store. got in the longest line. just my luck."
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  • Got in the longest line. just my luck." no, if you're going to
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  • Just my luck." no, if you're going to experience this favor you have
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  • No, if you're going to experience this favor you have to live favor minded.
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  • Experience this favor you have to live favor minded. that means you're expecting it
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  • To live favor minded. that means you're expecting it and you're declaring it.
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  • That means you're expecting it and you're declaring it. every day before you leave the
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  • And you're declaring it. every day before you leave the house you should say, "father,
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  • Every day before you leave the house you should say, "father, thank you that i have your
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  • House you should say, "father, thank you that i have your favor."
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  • Thank you that i have your favor." then go out expecting good
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  • Favor." then go out expecting good things to happen. expect doors
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  • Then go out expecting good things to happen. expect doors to open for you that may not
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  • Things to happen. expect doors to open for you that may not open for somebody else. you
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  • To open for you that may not open for somebody else. you have an advantage. there is
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  • Open for somebody else. you have an advantage. there is something special about you.
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  • Have an advantage. there is something special about you. you have the favor of god.
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  • Something special about you. you have the favor of god. and i'm not talking about being
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  • You have the favor of god. and i'm not talking about being arrogant and thinking that we're
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  • And i'm not talking about being arrogant and thinking that we're better than somebody else.
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  • Arrogant and thinking that we're better than somebody else. i'm talking about living with
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  • Better than somebody else. i'm talking about living with boldness - not because of who we
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  • I'm talking about living with boldness - not because of who we are but because of whose we are.
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  • Boldness - not because of who we are but because of whose we are. you are a child of the most high
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  • Are but because of whose we are. you are a child of the most high god. your father created the
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  • You are a child of the most high god. your father created the whole universe. you can expect
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  • God. your father created the whole universe. you can expect preferential treatment.
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  • Whole universe. you can expect preferential treatment. think about if you were born
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  • Preferential treatment. think about if you were born into the rockefeller family.
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  • Think about if you were born into the rockefeller family. you're going to have some
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  • Into the rockefeller family. you're going to have some advantages. if you were born
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  • You're going to have some advantages. if you were born into the kennedy family, the
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  • Advantages. if you were born into the kennedy family, the bill gates family, you're going
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  • Into the kennedy family, the bill gates family, you're going to be treated differently.
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  • Bill gates family, you're going to be treated differently. you're going to expect favor
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  • To be treated differently. you're going to expect favor that other people may not
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  • You're going to expect favor that other people may not expect.
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  • That other people may not expect. the good news today is you have
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  • Expect. the good news today is you have been born into the right family.
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  • The good news today is you have been born into the right family. (applause)
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  • Been born into the right family. (applause) you come from a royal
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  • (applause) you come from a royal bloodline. your father owns it
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  • You come from a royal bloodline. your father owns it all. now you need to hold your
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  • Bloodline. your father owns it all. now you need to hold your head up high and start
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  • All. now you need to hold your head up high and start expecting to stand out in the
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  • Head up high and start expecting to stand out in the crowd. start expecting good
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  • Expecting to stand out in the crowd. start expecting good breaks, divine connections,
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  • Crowd. start expecting good breaks, divine connections, opportunities to come your way.
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  • Breaks, divine connections, opportunities to come your way. you have favor because of who
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  • Opportunities to come your way. you have favor because of who your father is.
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  • You have favor because of who your father is. i know as a child, as a young
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  • Your father is. i know as a child, as a young boy, i received preferential
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  • I know as a child, as a young boy, i received preferential treatment because of my earthly
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  • Boy, i received preferential treatment because of my earthly father. we used to travel with
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  • Treatment because of my earthly father. we used to travel with my dad during the summers when
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  • Father. we used to travel with my dad during the summers when he would speak at these large
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  • My dad during the summers when he would speak at these large conferences.
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  • He would speak at these large conferences. one time we were in chicago in
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  • Conferences. one time we were in chicago in the lobby of this big hotel. i
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  • One time we were in chicago in the lobby of this big hotel. i was about ten years old. my
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  • The lobby of this big hotel. i was about ten years old. my sister april was seven and i
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  • Was about ten years old. my sister april was seven and i was standing at the coffee shop
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  • Sister april was seven and i was standing at the coffee shop admiring the pictures of
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  • Was standing at the coffee shop admiring the pictures of milkshakes they had up on the
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  • Admiring the pictures of milkshakes they had up on the wall that they sold. this older
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  • Milkshakes they had up on the wall that they sold. this older lady came by and she said,
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  • Wall that they sold. this older lady came by and she said, "aren't you john osteen's
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  • Lady came by and she said, "aren't you john osteen's children?" i said with a smile,
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  • "aren't you john osteen's children?" i said with a smile, "yes, ma'am. we are." she said,
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  • Children?" i said with a smile, "yes, ma'am. we are." she said, "how about i buy you one of
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  • "yes, ma'am. we are." she said, "how about i buy you one of those milkshakes you're looking
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  • "how about i buy you one of those milkshakes you're looking at?" i thought about it for
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  • Those milkshakes you're looking at?" i thought about it for about two tenths of a second
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  • At?" i thought about it for about two tenths of a second and said, "that would be nice."
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  • About two tenths of a second and said, "that would be nice." she bought us a milkshake.
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  • And said, "that would be nice." she bought us a milkshake. it wasn't because of anything
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  • She bought us a milkshake. it wasn't because of anything that i had done. she did me a
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  • It wasn't because of anything that i had done. she did me a favor simply because of who my
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  • That i had done. she did me a favor simply because of who my father was. the rest of the
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  • Favor simply because of who my father was. the rest of the week i hung out at that coffee
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  • Father was. the rest of the week i hung out at that coffee shop. (laughter)
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  • Week i hung out at that coffee shop. (laughter) when i was nineteen years old,
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  • Shop. (laughter) when i was nineteen years old, i got pulled over by a policeman
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  • When i was nineteen years old, i got pulled over by a policeman for driving too fast. this
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  • I got pulled over by a policeman for driving too fast. this officer was kind of gruff. he
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  • For driving too fast. this officer was kind of gruff. he seemed like he was having a bad
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  • Officer was kind of gruff. he seemed like he was having a bad day. i was young and nervous.
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  • Seemed like he was having a bad day. i was young and nervous. my heart was beating so fast.
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  • Day. i was young and nervous. my heart was beating so fast. he came over to my window and i
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  • My heart was beating so fast. he came over to my window and i handed him my driver's license.
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  • He came over to my window and i handed him my driver's license. he stared at it for the longest
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  • Handed him my driver's license. he stared at it for the longest time. a minute or two. it
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  • He stared at it for the longest time. a minute or two. it seemed like forever. then he
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  • Time. a minute or two. it seemed like forever. then he finally looked at me and said,
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  • Seemed like forever. then he finally looked at me and said, "are you related to that uh...
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  • Finally looked at me and said, "are you related to that uh... that uh..." he said it three
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  • "are you related to that uh... that uh..." he said it three times. "that uh... preacher?"
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  • That uh..." he said it three times. "that uh... preacher?" by the way he said it i didn't
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  • Times. "that uh... preacher?" by the way he said it i didn't know if it was going to be a
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  • By the way he said it i didn't know if it was going to be a good thing to be related to my
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  • Know if it was going to be a good thing to be related to my father. i smiled and said, "it
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  • Good thing to be related to my father. i smiled and said, "it depends." (laughter) he said,
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  • Father. i smiled and said, "it depends." (laughter) he said, "what do you mean it depends?"
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  • Depends." (laughter) he said, "what do you mean it depends?" i said, "it depends on whether
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  • "what do you mean it depends?" i said, "it depends on whether or not you like him."
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  • I said, "it depends on whether or not you like him." (laughter)
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  • Or not you like him." (laughter) he looked up in the air like he
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  • (laughter) he looked up in the air like he was trying to decide. i
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  • He looked up in the air like he was trying to decide. i thought, "that's not a good
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  • Was trying to decide. i thought, "that's not a good sign if he has to think about
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  • Thought, "that's not a good sign if he has to think about it." he looked at me and said,
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  • Sign if he has to think about it." he looked at me and said, "yeah, i watch him on
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  • It." he looked at me and said, "yeah, i watch him on television a lot. i kind of
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  • "yeah, i watch him on television a lot. i kind of like him." i said, "good.
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  • Television a lot. i kind of like him." i said, "good. because that's my father. he
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  • Like him." i said, "good. because that's my father. he sure wouldn't want you to give
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  • Because that's my father. he sure wouldn't want you to give me a ticket." (laughter)
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  • Sure wouldn't want you to give me a ticket." (laughter) believe it or not he let me go.
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  • Me a ticket." (laughter) believe it or not he let me go. what was that? preferential
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  • Believe it or not he let me go. what was that? preferential treatment because of who my
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  • What was that? preferential treatment because of who my father was. now why don't you
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  • Treatment because of who my father was. now why don't you start carrying yourself like
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  • Father was. now why don't you start carrying yourself like you're a child of the king?
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  • Start carrying yourself like you're a child of the king? why don't you start expecting
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  • You're a child of the king? why don't you start expecting some advantages, some good
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  • Why don't you start expecting some advantages, some good breaks, even some preferential
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  • Some advantages, some good breaks, even some preferential treatment? instead of thinking,
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  • Breaks, even some preferential treatment? instead of thinking, "oh, joel. nobody likes me at
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  • Treatment? instead of thinking, "oh, joel. nobody likes me at work. i'll never get ahead."
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  • "oh, joel. nobody likes me at work. i'll never get ahead." no. start declaring, "i have
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  • Work. i'll never get ahead." no. start declaring, "i have the favor of god. people are
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  • No. start declaring, "i have the favor of god. people are drawn to me. people want to be
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  • The favor of god. people are drawn to me. people want to be good to me. people go out of
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  • Drawn to me. people want to be good to me. people go out of their way to be nice."
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  • Good to me. people go out of their way to be nice." that's not just being positive.
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  • Their way to be nice." that's not just being positive. that's releasing your faith.
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  • That's not just being positive. that's releasing your faith. if you're going to see an
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  • That's releasing your faith. if you're going to see an abundant increase of god's
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  • If you're going to see an abundant increase of god's favors you can't have a limited,
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  • Abundant increase of god's favors you can't have a limited, short end of the stick, underdog
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  • Favors you can't have a limited, short end of the stick, underdog mentality.
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  • Short end of the stick, underdog mentality. it says in psalms that god has
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  • Mentality. it says in psalms that god has crowned you with his favor.
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  • It says in psalms that god has crowned you with his favor. you may not be able to see it
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  • Crowned you with his favor. you may not be able to see it but everywhere you go you are
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  • You may not be able to see it but everywhere you go you are wearing a crown on your head.
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  • But everywhere you go you are wearing a crown on your head. that crown does not represent
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  • Wearing a crown on your head. that crown does not represent lack, bad breaks, mediocrity,
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  • That crown does not represent lack, bad breaks, mediocrity, barely getting by.
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  • Lack, bad breaks, mediocrity, barely getting by. it represents the favor of god.
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  • Barely getting by. it represents the favor of god. it represents the fact that the
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  • It represents the favor of god. it represents the fact that the creator of the universe breathed
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  • His life into you. in thereathed
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  • His life into you. in thereathed unseen realm, the spiritual
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  • His life into you. in thereathed unseen realm, the spiritual world, all the forces of
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  • Unseen realm, the spiritual world, all the forces of darkness, just like they can
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  • World, all the forces of darkness, just like they can see you wearing your robe of
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  • Darkness, just like they can see you wearing your robe of righteousness, they can see your
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  • See you wearing your robe of righteousness, they can see your crown of favor on your head.
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  • Righteousness, they can see your crown of favor on your head. that tells them that you've been
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  • Set apart. they can see you
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  • Set apart. they can see you have a right to preferential
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  • Set apart. they can see you have a right to preferential treatment. they can see there
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  • Have a right to preferential treatment. they can see there is something different about
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  • Treatment. they can see there is something different about you.
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  • Is something different about you. but here is the problem. if you
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  • You. but here is the problem. if you don't see yourself the right
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  • But here is the problem. if you don't see yourself the right way, it's going to limit you.
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  • Don't see yourself the right way, it's going to limit you. when you need an advantage, a
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  • Way, it's going to limit you. when you need an advantage, a good break, instead of shrinking
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  • When you need an advantage, a good break, instead of shrinking back and thinking, "oh, what's
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  • Good break, instead of shrinking back and thinking, "oh, what's the use? it's never going to
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  • Back and thinking, "oh, what's the use? it's never going to happen." no, stand up tall and
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  • The use? it's never going to happen." no, stand up tall and imagine that crown of favor on
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  • Happen." no, stand up tall and imagine that crown of favor on your head. let that be a
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  • Imagine that crown of favor on your head. let that be a reminder that you have a right
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  • Your head. let that be a reminder that you have a right to live in victory. you have a
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  • Reminder that you have a right to live in victory. you have a right to stand out in the
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  • To live in victory. you have a right to stand out in the crowd. you have a right to
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  • Right to stand out in the crowd. you have a right to these special advantages.
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  • Crowd. you have a right to these special advantages. when i look out at all of you
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  • These special advantages. when i look out at all of you today through my eyes of faith i
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  • When i look out at all of you today through my eyes of faith i can see your crown of favor.
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  • Today through my eyes of faith i can see your crown of favor. i see royalty. i see increase.
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  • Can see your crown of favor. i see royalty. i see increase. i see new doors opening. i see
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  • I see royalty. i see increase. i see new doors opening. i see problems turning around. i see
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  • I see new doors opening. i see problems turning around. i see dreams coming to pass. when the
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  • Problems turning around. i see dreams coming to pass. when the enemy tells you those lies
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  • Dreams coming to pass. when the enemy tells you those lies that, "you're never going to
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  • Enemy tells you those lies that, "you're never going to get promoted. your boss doesn't
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  • That, "you're never going to get promoted. your boss doesn't even like you."
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  • Get promoted. your boss doesn't even like you." "you're never going to take that
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  • Even like you." "you're never going to take that missions trip. you don't have
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  • "you're never going to take that missions trip. you don't have the connections."
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  • Missions trip. you don't have the connections." "you'll never sell your house.
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  • The connections." "you'll never sell your house. the market is too tight."
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  • "you'll never sell your house. the market is too tight." no. tell him, "hang on just a
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  • The market is too tight." no. tell him, "hang on just a minute. i've got to fix
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  • No. tell him, "hang on just a minute. i've got to fix something up here." he says,
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  • Minute. i've got to fix something up here." he says, "what are you doing?" "i'm
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  • Something up here." he says, "what are you doing?" "i'm straightening my crown of
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  • "what are you doing?" "i'm straightening my crown of favor. i'm making sure that
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  • Straightening my crown of favor. i'm making sure that it's on tight." (applause)
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  • Favor. i'm making sure that it's on tight." (applause) see, you're not average. you're
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  • It's on tight." (applause) see, you're not average. you're not ordinary. you come from a
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  • See, you're not average. you're not ordinary. you come from a royal family. you can expect
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  • Not ordinary. you come from a royal family. you can expect advantages that other people
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  • Royal family. you can expect advantages that other people may not expect. god has crowned
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  • Advantages that other people may not expect. god has crowned you with his favor.
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  • May not expect. god has crowned you with his favor. i received a letter from a lady.
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  • You with his favor. i received a letter from a lady. she is a single parent mother.
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  • I received a letter from a lady. she is a single parent mother. she immigrated to the united
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  • She is a single parent mother. she immigrated to the united states from europe many years
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  • She immigrated to the united states from europe many years ago. english is not her first
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  • States from europe many years ago. english is not her first language. she had three small
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  • Ago. english is not her first language. she had three small children. she didn't know how
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  • Language. she had three small children. she didn't know how she would ever be able to
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  • Children. she didn't know how she would ever be able to afford to send them to college.
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  • She would ever be able to afford to send them to college. it seemed like she was at a
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  • Afford to send them to college. it seemed like she was at a disadvantage; in a foreign
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  • It seemed like she was at a disadvantage; in a foreign country all alone, didn't know
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  • Disadvantage; in a foreign country all alone, didn't know anybody. she applied for a job
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  • Country all alone, didn't know anybody. she applied for a job as a secretary at a prestigious
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  • Anybody. she applied for a job as a secretary at a prestigious university. several dozen other
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  • As a secretary at a prestigious university. several dozen other people applied for the same
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  • University. several dozen other people applied for the same position. when she saw all the
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  • People applied for the same position. when she saw all the competition she was tempted to
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  • Feel intimidated. negativeed to
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  • Feel intimidated. negativeed to thoughts were bombarding her
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  • Feel intimidated. negativeed to thoughts were bombarding her mind. to make matters worse,
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  • Thoughts were bombarding her mind. to make matters worse, the lady conducting the
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  • Mind. to make matters worse, the lady conducting the interview was not nice to her
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  • The lady conducting the interview was not nice to her at all. she was harsh,
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  • Interview was not nice to her at all. she was harsh, condescending. this mother, she
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  • At all. she was harsh, condescending. this mother, she didn't get frustrated by it.
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  • Condescending. this mother, she didn't get frustrated by it. she didn't have an underdog
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  • Didn't get frustrated by it. she didn't have an underdog mentality, "what's the use? i'm
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  • She didn't have an underdog mentality, "what's the use? i'm at a disadvantage." no, she
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  • Knew she was wearing a crown of
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  • Knew she was wearing a crown of favor. she knew god could cause
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  • Knew she was wearing a crown of favor. she knew god could cause her to stand out in the crowd.
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  • The whole time she was there,d.
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  • Under her breath, "lord, thank
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  • Under her breath, "lord, thank you for your favor." all the
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  • Under her breath, "lord, thank you for your favor." all the applicants had to take a five
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  • You for your favor." all the applicants had to take a five minute typing test. she was not
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  • Applicants had to take a five minute typing test. she was not a great typist. she started
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  • Minute typing test. she was not a great typist. she started typing, doing her best. the
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  • A great typist. she started typing, doing her best. the bell went off saying that her
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  • Typing, doing her best. the bell went off saying that her five minutes was up. she
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  • Bell went off saying that her five minutes was up. she stopped typing but the lady in
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  • Five minutes was up. she stopped typing but the lady in charge had gotten distracted
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  • Stopped typing but the lady in charge had gotten distracted answering a phone call. she
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  • Charge had gotten distracted answering a phone call. she said to the lady gruffly, "keep
  • 00:12:19.428 --> 00:12:21.397
  • Answering a phone call. she said to the lady gruffly, "keep typing. that's not your bell."
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  • Said to the lady gruffly, "keep typing. that's not your bell." well, it was her bell. it was
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  • Typing. that's not your bell." well, it was her bell. it was right in front of her. she
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  • Well, it was her bell. it was right in front of her. she said, "okay" and typed another
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  • Right in front of her. she said, "okay" and typed another five minutes. they added up the
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  • Said, "okay" and typed another five minutes. they added up the number of words she typed - ten
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  • Five minutes. they added up the number of words she typed - ten minutes worth - and divided it
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  • Number of words she typed - ten minutes worth - and divided it by five and she by far had the
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  • Minutes worth - and divided it by five and she by far had the best typing skills and ended up
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  • By five and she by far had the best typing skills and ended up getting the job.
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  • Best typing skills and ended up getting the job. one of the benefits of working
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  • Getting the job. one of the benefits of working for this university is that your
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  • One of the benefits of working for this university is that your children get to go to school for
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  • For this university is that your children get to go to school for free. that was over 30 years
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  • Children get to go to school for free. that was over 30 years ago. today, all three of her
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  • Free. that was over 30 years ago. today, all three of her children have graduated from
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  • Ago. today, all three of her children have graduated from this very prestigious
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  • Children have graduated from this very prestigious university. over $700.000 in
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  • This very prestigious university. over $700.000 in education all free of charge.
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  • University. over $700.000 in education all free of charge. (applause)
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  • Education all free of charge. (applause) what was that? an abundant
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  • (applause) what was that? an abundant increase of favor. friends, god
  • 00:13:05.307 --> 00:13:08.577
  • What was that? an abundant increase of favor. friends, god knows how to give you an
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  • Increase of favor. friends, god knows how to give you an advantage. he knows how to put
  • 00:13:10.546 --> 00:13:12.348
  • Knows how to give you an advantage. he knows how to put you at the right place at the
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  • Advantage. he knows how to put you at the right place at the right time. instead of
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  • You at the right place at the right time. instead of thinking, "it's never going to
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  • Right time. instead of thinking, "it's never going to happen. i always get the short
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  • Thinking, "it's never going to happen. i always get the short end of the stick."
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  • Happen. i always get the short end of the stick." no, why don't you straighten
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  • End of the stick." no, why don't you straighten your crown of favor. why don't
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  • No, why don't you straighten your crown of favor. why don't you start declaring, "the favor
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  • Your crown of favor. why don't you start declaring, "the favor of god is opening the right
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  • You start declaring, "the favor of god is opening the right doors for me. the favor of god
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  • Of god is opening the right doors for me. the favor of god is causing me to stand out.
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  • Doors for me. the favor of god is causing me to stand out. the favor of god is taking me
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  • Is causing me to stand out. the favor of god is taking me where i could not go on my own."
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  • The favor of god is taking me where i could not go on my own." that's what it means to live
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  • Where i could not go on my own." that's what it means to live favor minded. you're expecting
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  • That's what it means to live favor minded. you're expecting it and you're declaring it.
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  • I was at the airport ticket
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  • I was at the airport ticket counter back in the 1990's.
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  • I was at the airport ticket counter back in the 1990's. victoria and i were headed to
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  • Counter back in the 1990's. victoria and i were headed to new delhi, india. my father was
  • 00:13:46.148 --> 00:13:48.350
  • Victoria and i were headed to new delhi, india. my father was having a large pastors'
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  • New delhi, india. my father was having a large pastors' conference. we were going over
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  • Having a large pastors' conference. we were going over a few days early. i was hand
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  • Conference. we were going over a few days early. i was hand carrying a television camera.
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  • A few days early. i was hand carrying a television camera. it was very expensive. i didn't
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  • Carrying a television camera. it was very expensive. i didn't want to check it. i had taken
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  • It was very expensive. i didn't want to check it. i had taken it on board before but the lady
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  • Want to check it. i had taken it on board before but the lady at the counter was very opposed
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  • It on board before but the lady at the counter was very opposed to that. she said, "sir, you
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  • At the counter was very opposed to that. she said, "sir, you don't have a choice.
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  • To that. she said, "sir, you don't have a choice. put it back in the case and
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  • Don't have a choice. put it back in the case and check it like luggage."
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  • Put it back in the case and check it like luggage." i was very polite but i
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  • Check it like luggage." i was very polite but i explained to her that i really
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  • I was very polite but i explained to her that i really wanted to carry it on board to
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  • Explained to her that i really wanted to carry it on board to protect it and that i had done
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  • Wanted to carry it on board to protect it and that i had done it several times before even on
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  • Protect it and that i had done it several times before even on that same airline. she wasn't
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  • It several times before even on that same airline. she wasn't about to budge. i didn't get
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  • That same airline. she wasn't about to budge. i didn't get upset. i knew i had a secret
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  • About to budge. i didn't get upset. i knew i had a secret weapon.
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  • Upset. i knew i had a secret weapon. while she continued to check us
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  • Weapon. while she continued to check us in, under my breath i started
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  • While she continued to check us in, under my breath i started saying, "lord, thank you that
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  • In, under my breath i started saying, "lord, thank you that your favor is giving me an
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  • Saying, "lord, thank you that your favor is giving me an advantage. thank you that your
  • 00:14:35.064 --> 00:14:36.432
  • Your favor is giving me an advantage. thank you that your favor will cause me to have
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  • Advantage. thank you that your favor will cause me to have preferential treatment."
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  • Favor will cause me to have preferential treatment." i asked her if there was anyone
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  • Preferential treatment." i asked her if there was anyone i could talk to about possibly
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  • I asked her if there was anyone i could talk to about possibly making an exception. she said,
  • 00:14:43.439 --> 00:14:45.441
  • I could talk to about possibly making an exception. she said, "the only person that has that
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  • Making an exception. she said, "the only person that has that authority would be the captain
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  • "the only person that has that authority would be the captain of the flight himself. he's
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  • Authority would be the captain of the flight himself. he's busy. he can't be bothered.
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  • Of the flight himself. he's busy. he can't be bothered. he's getting prepared for the
  • 00:14:54.350 --> 00:14:55.284
  • Busy. he can't be bothered. he's getting prepared for the flight."
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  • He's getting prepared for the flight." about that time a gentleman
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  • Flight." about that time a gentleman walked up wearing a uniform.
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  • About that time a gentleman walked up wearing a uniform. very nice. very kind. he could
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  • Walked up wearing a uniform. very nice. very kind. he could see that we were discussing
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  • Very nice. very kind. he could see that we were discussing something. he asked her what
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  • See that we were discussing something. he asked her what the problem was. she said,
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  • Something. he asked her what the problem was. she said, "well, he wants to take this
  • 00:15:07.896 --> 00:15:08.964
  • The problem was. she said, "well, he wants to take this camera on board but it's kind
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  • "well, he wants to take this camera on board but it's kind of awkward. and plus, it's
  • 00:15:10.666 --> 00:15:12.001
  • Camera on board but it's kind of awkward. and plus, it's expensive. we can't be
  • 00:15:12.067 --> 00:15:13.402
  • Of awkward. and plus, it's expensive. we can't be responsible if something
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  • Expensive. we can't be responsible if something happens to it."
  • 00:15:14.903 --> 00:15:16.672
  • Responsible if something happens to it." he asked me what flight i was
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  • Happens to it." he asked me what flight i was on. i said, "we're going to new
  • 00:15:17.973 --> 00:15:19.441
  • He asked me what flight i was on. i said, "we're going to new delhi, india."
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  • On. i said, "we're going to new delhi, india." he said, "oh! i'm the captain
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  • Delhi, india." he said, "oh! i'm the captain of that flight. you can put it
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  • He said, "oh! i'm the captain of that flight. you can put it in my compartment right behind
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  • The cockpit." (applause) behind
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  • The cockpit." (applause) behind that girl's eyes got that big
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  • The cockpit." (applause) behind that girl's eyes got that big around. i wanted to say, "nanny
  • 00:15:30.619 --> 00:15:32.888
  • That girl's eyes got that big around. i wanted to say, "nanny nanny boo boo." (laughter)
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  • Around. i wanted to say, "nanny nanny boo boo." (laughter) what are the chances of that
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  • Nanny boo boo." (laughter) what are the chances of that captain, thousands of people in
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  • What are the chances of that captain, thousands of people in the airport, walking up right
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  • When i needed him? that wasn't
  • 00:15:42.865 --> 00:15:44.566
  • When i needed him? that wasn't a lucky break. it wasn't a
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  • When i needed him? that wasn't a lucky break. it wasn't a coincidence. it was the favor
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  • A lucky break. it wasn't a coincidence. it was the favor of god giving me special
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  • Coincidence. it was the favor of god giving me special advantages. god's favor will
  • 00:15:49.872 --> 00:15:52.441
  • Of god giving me special advantages. god's favor will put the right people at the
  • 00:15:52.508 --> 00:15:54.610
  • Advantages. god's favor will put the right people at the right place at the right time.
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  • Put the right people at the right place at the right time. some of you today, you need to
  • 00:15:57.679 --> 00:15:58.881
  • Right place at the right time. some of you today, you need to get your crown of favor out.
  • 00:15:58.947 --> 00:16:00.949
  • Some of you today, you need to get your crown of favor out. dust it off and put it back on
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  • Get your crown of favor out. dust it off and put it back on your head. you're not expecting
  • 00:16:02.951 --> 00:16:04.853
  • Dust it off and put it back on your head. you're not expecting these advantages. you need to
  • 00:16:04.920 --> 00:16:06.989
  • Your head. you're not expecting these advantages. you need to start expecting good breaks.
  • 00:16:07.056 --> 00:16:09.158
  • These advantages. you need to start expecting good breaks. start expecting people to want
  • 00:16:09.258 --> 00:16:11.193
  • Start expecting good breaks. start expecting people to want to help you. god wants to show
  • 00:16:11.293 --> 00:16:13.162
  • Start expecting people to want to help you. god wants to show you an abundant increase of his
  • 00:16:13.228 --> 00:16:15.564
  • To help you. god wants to show you an abundant increase of his favors but if you're not
  • 00:16:15.631 --> 00:16:18.067
  • You an abundant increase of his favors but if you're not releasing your faith for it, it
  • 00:16:18.133 --> 00:16:19.735
  • Favors but if you're not releasing your faith for it, it will limit what he can do. i've
  • 00:16:19.802 --> 00:16:21.970
  • Releasing your faith for it, it will limit what he can do. i've learned you can't reach your
  • 00:16:22.037 --> 00:16:24.706
  • Will limit what he can do. i've learned you can't reach your highest potential on your own.
  • 00:16:24.807 --> 00:16:26.475
  • Learned you can't reach your highest potential on your own. you can't fulfill your god given
  • 00:16:26.542 --> 00:16:28.377
  • Highest potential on your own. you can't fulfill your god given destiny by yourself. you need
  • 00:16:28.444 --> 00:16:30.312
  • You can't fulfill your god given destiny by yourself. you need god's favor. you need him to
  • 00:16:30.379 --> 00:16:32.347
  • Destiny by yourself. you need god's favor. you need him to assist you, to provide you with
  • 00:16:32.414 --> 00:16:34.416
  • God's favor. you need him to assist you, to provide you with advantages, to cause you to
  • 00:16:34.483 --> 00:16:36.051
  • Assist you, to provide you with advantages, to cause you to have preferential treatment.
  • 00:16:36.118 --> 00:16:38.520
  • Advantages, to cause you to have preferential treatment. but if we're passive and think,
  • 00:16:38.587 --> 00:16:40.289
  • Have preferential treatment. but if we're passive and think, "oh, joel. if god wants to
  • 00:16:40.355 --> 00:16:42.057
  • But if we're passive and think, "oh, joel. if god wants to bless me he'll bless me. if he
  • 00:16:42.157 --> 00:16:44.293
  • "oh, joel. if god wants to bless me he'll bless me. if he wants to give me a good break
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  • Bless me he'll bless me. if he wants to give me a good break he is god. he will give me a
  • 00:16:46.261 --> 00:16:47.896
  • Wants to give me a good break he is god. he will give me a good break."
  • 00:16:47.963 --> 00:16:48.997
  • He is god. he will give me a good break." no, god is moved by our faith.
  • 00:16:49.098 --> 00:16:51.233
  • Good break." no, god is moved by our faith. when you expect it and declare
  • 00:16:51.333 --> 00:16:52.668
  • No, god is moved by our faith. when you expect it and declare it that's when the creator of
  • 00:16:52.734 --> 00:16:54.803
  • When you expect it and declare it that's when the creator of the universe can show up and do
  • 00:16:54.870 --> 00:16:56.805
  • It that's when the creator of the universe can show up and do amazing things.
  • 00:16:56.872 --> 00:16:58.640
  • The universe can show up and do amazing things. one time
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  • Amazing things. one time victoria and i were taking our
  • 00:16:59.341 --> 00:17:00.642
  • One time victoria and i were taking our children to the zoo. it was
  • 00:17:00.709 --> 00:17:02.411
  • Victoria and i were taking our children to the zoo. it was about 10 o'clock in the
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  • Children to the zoo. it was about 10 o'clock in the morning. we didn't think
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  • About 10 o'clock in the morning. we didn't think anybody would be there. but
  • 00:17:05.347 --> 00:17:06.548
  • Morning. we didn't think anybody would be there. but when we arrived the place was
  • 00:17:06.615 --> 00:17:08.217
  • Anybody would be there. but when we arrived the place was packed. we didn't realize it
  • 00:17:08.283 --> 00:17:10.119
  • When we arrived the place was packed. we didn't realize it was spring break and all the
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  • Packed. we didn't realize it was spring break and all the children were out of school.
  • 00:17:11.987 --> 00:17:14.523
  • Was spring break and all the children were out of school. the parking lot was so backed
  • 00:17:14.590 --> 00:17:16.258
  • Children were out of school. the parking lot was so backed up, the traffic. people were
  • 00:17:16.325 --> 00:17:18.127
  • The parking lot was so backed up, the traffic. people were everywhere. we drove around and
  • 00:17:18.193 --> 00:17:20.229
  • Up, the traffic. people were everywhere. we drove around and around the parking area, up and
  • 00:17:20.295 --> 00:17:22.531
  • Everywhere. we drove around and around the parking area, up and down, back and forth. couldn't
  • 00:17:22.631 --> 00:17:25.234
  • Around the parking area, up and down, back and forth. couldn't find any place. just as we were
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  • Down, back and forth. couldn't find any place. just as we were about to leave i did what i'm
  • 00:17:27.603 --> 00:17:30.005
  • Find any place. just as we were about to leave i did what i'm asking you. under my breath i
  • 00:17:30.072 --> 00:17:32.040
  • About to leave i did what i'm asking you. under my breath i said, "lord, thank you for your
  • 00:17:32.107 --> 00:17:33.842
  • Asking you. under my breath i said, "lord, thank you for your favor. thank you for helping us
  • 00:17:33.909 --> 00:17:35.644
  • Said, "lord, thank you for your favor. thank you for helping us find a parking spot so we can
  • 00:17:35.711 --> 00:17:37.479
  • Favor. thank you for helping us find a parking spot so we can have fun with our children."
  • 00:17:37.546 --> 00:17:39.281
  • Find a parking spot so we can have fun with our children." this is not a magic formula.
  • 00:17:39.348 --> 00:17:42.251
  • Have fun with our children." this is not a magic formula. i was simply acknowledging god.
  • 00:17:42.317 --> 00:17:44.987
  • This is not a magic formula. i was simply acknowledging god. the scripture says, "when you
  • 00:17:45.053 --> 00:17:46.855
  • I was simply acknowledging god. the scripture says, "when you acknowledge god, he will crown
  • 00:17:46.955 --> 00:17:48.524
  • The scripture says, "when you acknowledge god, he will crown your efforts with success."
  • 00:17:48.590 --> 00:17:50.759
  • Acknowledge god, he will crown your efforts with success." a couple of minutes later, just
  • 00:17:50.826 --> 00:17:52.227
  • Your efforts with success." a couple of minutes later, just like it was perfectly on cue, as
  • 00:17:52.294 --> 00:17:54.930
  • A couple of minutes later, just like it was perfectly on cue, as i was driving around this car
  • 00:17:54.997 --> 00:17:56.598
  • Like it was perfectly on cue, as i was driving around this car backed out. we were able to
  • 00:17:56.665 --> 00:17:58.066
  • I was driving around this car backed out. we were able to pull in. my first words were,
  • 00:17:58.133 --> 00:18:00.068
  • Backed out. we were able to pull in. my first words were, "lord, thank you for your
  • 00:18:00.135 --> 00:18:01.537
  • Pull in. my first words were, "lord, thank you for your favor."
  • 00:18:01.603 --> 00:18:03.405
  • "lord, thank you for your favor." when something good happens
  • 00:18:03.472 --> 00:18:05.274
  • Favor." when something good happens recognize it's the favor of god
  • 00:18:05.340 --> 00:18:08.043
  • When something good happens recognize it's the favor of god and then learn to thank him for
  • 00:18:08.110 --> 00:18:10.212
  • Recognize it's the favor of god and then learn to thank him for it.
  • 00:18:10.279 --> 00:18:11.480
  • And then learn to thank him for it. at the office, all of the sudden
  • 00:18:11.547 --> 00:18:13.115
  • It. at the office, all of the sudden you have a good idea. it comes
  • 00:18:13.215 --> 00:18:14.650
  • At the office, all of the sudden you have a good idea. it comes out of nowhere. "lord, thank
  • 00:18:14.716 --> 00:18:16.084
  • You have a good idea. it comes out of nowhere. "lord, thank you for your favor."
  • 00:18:16.151 --> 00:18:18.187
  • Out of nowhere. "lord, thank you for your favor." at the mall you find what you
  • 00:18:18.253 --> 00:18:19.321
  • You for your favor." at the mall you find what you want on sale. at lunch you bump
  • 00:18:19.388 --> 00:18:21.723
  • At the mall you find what you want on sale. at lunch you bump into somebody you've been
  • 00:18:21.790 --> 00:18:22.858
  • Want on sale. at lunch you bump into somebody you've been wanting to meet. those aren't
  • 00:18:22.925 --> 00:18:24.459
  • Into somebody you've been wanting to meet. those aren't lucky breaks. those aren't
  • 00:18:24.526 --> 00:18:25.761
  • Wanting to meet. those aren't lucky breaks. those aren't coincidences. that's the favor
  • 00:18:25.861 --> 00:18:27.396
  • Lucky breaks. those aren't coincidences. that's the favor of god. if you will recognize
  • 00:18:27.462 --> 00:18:29.565
  • Coincidences. that's the favor of god. if you will recognize it and thank god for it, you'll
  • 00:18:29.631 --> 00:18:32.401
  • Of god. if you will recognize it and thank god for it, you'll see more of his favor.
  • 00:18:32.467 --> 00:18:34.570
  • It and thank god for it, you'll see more of his favor. i was at the mall a couple of
  • 00:18:34.636 --> 00:18:36.138
  • See more of his favor. i was at the mall a couple of years ago with victoria. she
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  • I was at the mall a couple of years ago with victoria. she had a couple of things she
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  • Years ago with victoria. she had a couple of things she wanted to buy so i went up to
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  • Had a couple of things she wanted to buy so i went up to the counter to pay. i was just
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  • Wanted to buy so i went up to the counter to pay. i was just minding my own business.
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  • The counter to pay. i was just minding my own business. i said hello to the lady and
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  • Minding my own business. i said hello to the lady and smiled. just no big deal. she
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  • I said hello to the lady and smiled. just no big deal. she said, "this blouse goes on sale
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  • Smiled. just no big deal. she said, "this blouse goes on sale this weekend. i'll go ahead and
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  • Said, "this blouse goes on sale this weekend. i'll go ahead and give you the sale price today."
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  • This weekend. i'll go ahead and give you the sale price today." after i thanked her, under my
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  • Give you the sale price today." after i thanked her, under my breath, "lord, thank you for
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  • After i thanked her, under my breath, "lord, thank you for your favor." (laughter)
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  • Breath, "lord, thank you for your favor." (laughter) she looked at the other shirt.
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  • Your favor." (laughter) she looked at the other shirt. at the very bottom there was a
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  • She looked at the other shirt. at the very bottom there was a little place where the fabric
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  • At the very bottom there was a little place where the fabric was messed up. you could barely
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  • Little place where the fabric was messed up. you could barely even see it; very minor. she
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  • Was messed up. you could barely even see it; very minor. she said, "that's not right. let me
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  • Even see it; very minor. she said, "that's not right. let me see what i can do." she went
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  • Said, "that's not right. let me see what i can do." she went away and came back and said,
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  • See what i can do." she went away and came back and said, "if it's okay with you we'll
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  • Away and came back and said, "if it's okay with you we'll mark this down to half price."
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  • "if it's okay with you we'll mark this down to half price." i said, "i guess it will be
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  • Mark this down to half price." i said, "i guess it will be okay." (laughter)
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  • I said, "i guess it will be okay." (laughter) she didn't have to do that. i
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  • Okay." (laughter) she didn't have to do that. i wouldn't have known any
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  • She didn't have to do that. i wouldn't have known any differently. that was the favor
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  • Wouldn't have known any differently. that was the favor of god causing people to be
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  • Differently. that was the favor of god causing people to be good to me. i walked out of
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  • Of god causing people to be good to me. i walked out of there saying, "lord, thank you
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  • Good to me. i walked out of there saying, "lord, thank you for your favor. i recognize
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  • There saying, "lord, thank you for your favor. i recognize your goodness in my life."
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  • For your favor. i recognize your goodness in my life." when you live favor minded god
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  • Your goodness in my life." when you live favor minded god will cause good breaks to chase
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  • When you live favor minded god will cause good breaks to chase you down. he will cause people
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  • Will cause good breaks to chase you down. he will cause people to go out of their way to do
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  • You down. he will cause people to go out of their way to do you favors. a friend of mine
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  • To go out of their way to do you favors. a friend of mine was refinishing a piece of
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  • You favors. a friend of mine was refinishing a piece of furniture at home. she was
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  • Was refinishing a piece of furniture at home. she was using this electric sander that
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  • Furniture at home. she was using this electric sander that she'd had for many years.
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  • Using this electric sander that she'd had for many years. at one point a part broke off of
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  • She'd had for many years. at one point a part broke off of it and it wouldn't work anymore.
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  • At one point a part broke off of it and it wouldn't work anymore. she went up to the hardware
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  • It and it wouldn't work anymore. she went up to the hardware store. this gentleman came over
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  • She went up to the hardware store. this gentleman came over to wait on her. she had put the
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  • Store. this gentleman came over to wait on her. she had put the old sander and the broken part
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  • To wait on her. she had put the old sander and the broken part in a lakewood church bag that
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  • Old sander and the broken part in a lakewood church bag that she happened to have at home.
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  • In a lakewood church bag that she happened to have at home. she pulled it out and asked the
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  • She happened to have at home. she pulled it out and asked the man if they carried that part.
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  • She pulled it out and asked the man if they carried that part. he looked at her very strangely
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  • Man if they carried that part. he looked at her very strangely and said, "no. we don't carry
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  • He looked at her very strangely and said, "no. we don't carry that brand." then he reached up
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  • And said, "no. we don't carry that brand." then he reached up off the shelf, got a brand new
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  • That brand." then he reached up off the shelf, got a brand new sander, top of the line and
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  • Off the shelf, got a brand new sander, top of the line and said, "here, i want you to have
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  • Sander, top of the line and said, "here, i want you to have this. i'm giving it to you."
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  • Said, "here, i want you to have this. i'm giving it to you." she had never seen the man
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  • This. i'm giving it to you." she had never seen the man before. she said, "what do you
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  • She had never seen the man before. she said, "what do you mean? you're going to give it
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  • Before. she said, "what do you mean? you're going to give it to me?" he said, "yes. it's my
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  • Mean? you're going to give it to me?" he said, "yes. it's my gift. take it up to the counter
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  • To me?" he said, "yes. it's my gift. take it up to the counter and give them my number:
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  • Gift. take it up to the counter and give them my number: 5-5-5."
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  • And give them my number: 5-5-5." she went to the counter and
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  • 5-5-5." she went to the counter and there were several lines each
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  • She went to the counter and there were several lines each with people in them. she was
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  • There were several lines each with people in them. she was waiting at the back of the line
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  • With people in them. she was waiting at the back of the line and one of the checkers, a
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  • Waiting at the back of the line and one of the checkers, a lady, looked over and said,
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  • And one of the checkers, a lady, looked over and said, "excuse me, ma'am. come up here
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  • Lady, looked over and said, "excuse me, ma'am. come up here to the front. i want to check
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  • "excuse me, ma'am. come up here to the front. i want to check you out now." my friend pointed
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  • To the front. i want to check you out now." my friend pointed to herself. she said, "you mean
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  • You out now." my friend pointed to herself. she said, "you mean me?" she said, "yes, you. the
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  • To herself. she said, "you mean me?" she said, "yes, you. the highly favored woman."
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  • Me?" she said, "yes, you. the highly favored woman." she got up there and explained,
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  • Highly favored woman." she got up there and explained, "this man said he was going to
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  • She got up there and explained, "this man said he was going to give me this sander."
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  • "this man said he was going to give me this sander." the checker said, "i don't know
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  • Give me this sander." the checker said, "i don't know if he can do that. who is he?"
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  • The checker said, "i don't know if he can do that. who is he?" she said, "i don't know his name
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  • If he can do that. who is he?" she said, "i don't know his name but he said his number was
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  • She said, "i don't know his name but he said his number was 5-5-5." she said, "he can do
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  • But he said his number was 5-5-5." she said, "he can do anything he wants. he is the
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  • 5-5-5." she said, "he can do anything he wants. he is the regional manager."
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  • Anything he wants. he is the regional manager." just before my friend left she
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  • Regional manager." just before my friend left she said, "why did you call me up
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  • Just before my friend left she said, "why did you call me up here in front of all these
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  • Said, "why did you call me up here in front of all these people?" she said, "i saw your
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  • Here in front of all these people?" she said, "i saw your lakewood church bag. i watch
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  • People?" she said, "i saw your lakewood church bag. i watch every sunday. i know if you go
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  • Lakewood church bag. i watch every sunday. i know if you go to lakewood you must be highly
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  • Every sunday. i know if you go to lakewood you must be highly favored." (applause)
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  • To lakewood you must be highly favored." (applause) that's what i believe about all
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  • Favored." (applause) that's what i believe about all of you. the creator of the
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  • That's what i believe about all of you. the creator of the universe has put favor on you.
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  • Of you. the creator of the universe has put favor on you. david understood this
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  • Universe has put favor on you. david understood this principle. he said, "surely
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  • David understood this principle. he said, "surely goodness and mercy will follow
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  • Principle. he said, "surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life."
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  • Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life." he was saying, "favor follows me
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  • Me all the days of my life." he was saying, "favor follows me everywhere i go."
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  • He was saying, "favor follows me everywhere i go." david knew he had an advantage.
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  • Everywhere i go." david knew he had an advantage. he knew god would assist him,
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  • David knew he had an advantage. he knew god would assist him, that he could expect
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  • He knew god would assist him, that he could expect preferential treatment. he was
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  • That he could expect preferential treatment. he was living with a favor mindset.
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  • Preferential treatment. he was living with a favor mindset. the truth is, something is
  • 00:21:54.469 --> 00:21:56.037
  • Living with a favor mindset. the truth is, something is going to follow you throughout
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  • The truth is, something is going to follow you throughout life. if you go around
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  • Going to follow you throughout life. if you go around thinking, "i never get any good
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  • Life. if you go around thinking, "i never get any good breaks. nothing good ever
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  • Thinking, "i never get any good breaks. nothing good ever happens to me," then defeat,
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  • Breaks. nothing good ever happens to me," then defeat, lack, mediocrity will follow
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  • Happens to me," then defeat, lack, mediocrity will follow you around. but if you'll
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  • Lack, mediocrity will follow you around. but if you'll switch over into this favor
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  • You around. but if you'll switch over into this favor mindset and have the attitude,
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  • Switch over into this favor mindset and have the attitude, "god's favor is giving me
  • 00:22:12.187 --> 00:22:14.156
  • Mindset and have the attitude, "god's favor is giving me advantages. god's favor is
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  • "god's favor is giving me advantages. god's favor is causing me to stand out. god's
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  • Advantages. god's favor is causing me to stand out. god's favor is bringing victory into
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  • Causing me to stand out. god's favor is bringing victory into my life."
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  • Favor is bringing victory into my life." when you live like that good
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  • My life." when you live like that good breaks will chase you down.
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  • When you live like that good breaks will chase you down. favor, increase, promotion will
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  • Breaks will chase you down. favor, increase, promotion will be what's following you.
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  • Favor, increase, promotion will be what's following you. i talked to a gentleman that
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  • Be what's following you. i talked to a gentleman that was in town for a job interview.
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  • I talked to a gentleman that was in town for a job interview. it was a very important
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  • Was in town for a job interview. it was a very important position. executives were
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  • It was a very important position. executives were flying in from around the
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  • Position. executives were flying in from around the country to interview for this
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  • Flying in from around the country to interview for this job. he really wanted it but he
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  • Country to interview for this job. he really wanted it but he told how he wasn't the most
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  • Job. he really wanted it but he told how he wasn't the most qualified, didn't have the most
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  • Told how he wasn't the most qualified, didn't have the most experience, on and on, all the
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  • Qualified, didn't have the most experience, on and on, all the reasons why he shouldn't get it.
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  • Experience, on and on, all the reasons why he shouldn't get it. i told him what i'm telling you.
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  • Reasons why he shouldn't get it. i told him what i'm telling you. every day you need to speak
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  • I told him what i'm telling you. every day you need to speak favor over that situation.
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  • Every day you need to speak favor over that situation. "father, thank you that your
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  • Favor over that situation. "father, thank you that your favor is causing me to stand
  • 00:22:57.632 --> 00:22:59.201
  • "father, thank you that your favor is causing me to stand out. lord, thank you that your
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  • Favor is causing me to stand out. lord, thank you that your favor is shining down on me
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  • Out. lord, thank you that your favor is shining down on me causing them to want to hire
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  • Favor is shining down on me causing them to want to hire me."
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  • Causing them to want to hire me." i saw him several months later
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  • Me." i saw him several months later right out there in the lobby.
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  • I saw him several months later right out there in the lobby. he was beaming from ear to ear.
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  • Right out there in the lobby. he was beaming from ear to ear. i knew he had gotten the
  • 00:23:09.911 --> 00:23:10.645
  • He was beaming from ear to ear. i knew he had gotten the position. but he said, "joel,
  • 00:23:10.712 --> 00:23:12.614
  • I knew he had gotten the position. but he said, "joel, it was the strangest thing.
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  • Position. but he said, "joel, it was the strangest thing. when the executives called me in
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  • It was the strangest thing. when the executives called me in to give me the good news they
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  • When the executives called me in to give me the good news they were scratching their heads.
  • 00:23:19.855 --> 00:23:21.957
  • To give me the good news they were scratching their heads. they said, 'we don't really know
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  • Were scratching their heads. they said, 'we don't really know why we're hiring you.'"
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  • They said, 'we don't really know why we're hiring you.'" (laughter)
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  • Why we're hiring you.'" (laughter) "'you're not the most
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  • (laughter) "'you're not the most qualified. you don't have the
  • 00:23:27.262 --> 00:23:28.563
  • "'you're not the most qualified. you don't have the best resume. there's just
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  • Qualified. you don't have the best resume. there's just something about you that we
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  • Best resume. there's just something about you that we like. there's something. we
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  • Something about you that we like. there's something. we can't put our finger on it but
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  • Like. there's something. we can't put our finger on it but causes you to stand out.'"
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  • Can't put our finger on it but causes you to stand out.'" (applause)
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  • Causes you to stand out.'" (applause) that's what it says in numbers.
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  • (applause) that's what it says in numbers. "god will make his face shine
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  • That's what it says in numbers. "god will make his face shine down on you and give you his
  • 00:23:43.311 --> 00:23:45.113
  • "god will make his face shine down on you and give you his favor."
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  • Down on you and give you his favor." when you live favor minded it's
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  • Favor." when you live favor minded it's just like a bright light shining
  • 00:23:48.416 --> 00:23:50.485
  • When you live favor minded it's just like a bright light shining down on you. it will cause you
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  • Just like a bright light shining down on you. it will cause you to go places that you could not
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  • Down on you. it will cause you to go places that you could not go on your own. other people
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  • To go places that you could not go on your own. other people may have more talent, more
  • 00:23:56.625 --> 00:23:58.560
  • Go on your own. other people may have more talent, more experience, more education, but
  • 00:23:58.627 --> 00:24:00.095
  • May have more talent, more experience, more education, but the favor of god will cause you
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  • Experience, more education, but the favor of god will cause you to stand out. every day you
  • 00:24:02.364 --> 00:24:04.432
  • The favor of god will cause you to stand out. every day you need to imagine you're not only
  • 00:24:04.499 --> 00:24:07.035
  • To stand out. every day you need to imagine you're not only wearing a crown of favor but
  • 00:24:07.102 --> 00:24:09.004
  • Need to imagine you're not only wearing a crown of favor but god's light is shining down on
  • 00:24:09.104 --> 00:24:11.673
  • Wearing a crown of favor but god's light is shining down on you. you are glowing with god's
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  • God's light is shining down on you. you are glowing with god's goodness. you are radiating
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  • You. you are glowing with god's goodness. you are radiating with god's favor. now get up
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  • Goodness. you are radiating with god's favor. now get up every morning expecting it and
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  • With god's favor. now get up every morning expecting it and declaring it-not because of who
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  • Every morning expecting it and declaring it-not because of who you are but because of whose
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  • Declaring it-not because of who you are but because of whose you are. remember, you've been
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  • You are but because of whose you are. remember, you've been born into the right family.
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  • You are. remember, you've been born into the right family. you've come from a royal
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  • Born into the right family. you've come from a royal bloodline.
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  • You've come from a royal bloodline. if you'll develop this habit of
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  • Bloodline. if you'll develop this habit of living favor minded, i believe
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  • If you'll develop this habit of living favor minded, i believe and declare, god is going to
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  • Living favor minded, i believe and declare, god is going to assist you, provide you with
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  • And declare, god is going to assist you, provide you with advantages; cause you to have
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  • Assist you, provide you with advantages; cause you to have preferential treatment. you
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  • Advantages; cause you to have preferential treatment. you need to get ready. you're going
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  • Preferential treatment. you need to get ready. you're going to see an abundant increase of
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  • Need to get ready. you're going to see an abundant increase of favor. it's going to thrust you
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  • To see an abundant increase of favor. it's going to thrust you into the fullness of your
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  • Favor. it's going to thrust you into the fullness of your destiny. in jesus' name.
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  • Into the fullness of your destiny. in jesus' name. if you believe it can you say,
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  • Destiny. in jesus' name. if you believe it can you say, "amen" today? (applause)
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  • If you believe it can you say, "amen" today? (applause) well, we never like to close
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  • "amen" today? (applause) well, we never like to close our broadcast without giving
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  • Well, we never like to close our broadcast without giving you an opportunity to make
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  • Our broadcast without giving you an opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life.
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  • You an opportunity to make jesus the lord of your life. would you pray with me?
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  • Jesus the lord of your life. would you pray with me? just say, "lord jesus,
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  • Would you pray with me? just say, "lord jesus, i repent of my sins.
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  • Just say, "lord jesus, i repent of my sins. come into my heart.
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  • I repent of my sins. come into my heart. i make you my lord and savior."
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  • Come into my heart. i make you my lord and savior." friends, if you prayed that
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  • I make you my lord and savior." friends, if you prayed that simple prayer we believe you got
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  • Friends, if you prayed that simple prayer we believe you got born again. get in a good
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  • Simple prayer we believe you got born again. get in a good bible-based church. keep god
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  • Born again. get in a good bible-based church. keep god first place. he is going to
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  • Bible-based church. keep god first place. he is going to take you places that you've
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  • First place. he is going to take you places that you've never dreamed of.
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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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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