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Don't Settle For Less

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September 22, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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Don't Settle For Less

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  • God bless you.
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  • It's a joy to come into your
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  • homes, and if you're ever in our
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  • area, I hope you'll stop
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  • by and be a part of one
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  • of our services.
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  • These are the finest people
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  • in all of Houston, Texas right
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  • here at Lakewood.
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  • Thanks for tuning in today.
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  • I like to start with something
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  • funny, and I heard about these
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  • three men that were
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  • out in the wilderness.
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  • They came upon this violent,
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  • raging river.
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  • They needed to get to the other
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  • side.
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  • The first man prayed, "God,
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  • please give me the strength
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  • to make it across," and poof,
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  • God gave him big arms and strong
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  • legs.
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  • He was able to swim
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  • across in two hours.
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  • The next man prayed, "God,
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  • please give me the strength
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  • and the tools to make it
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  • across," and poof, God gave him
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  • a boat.
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  • He was able to row across
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  • in 30 minutes.
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  • The third man prayed, "God,
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  • please give me the strength,
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  • the tools, and the intelligence
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  • to make it across," and poof,
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  • God turned him into a woman.
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  • She looked at the map, hiked
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  • five minutes up the stream,
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  • and walked across the bridge.
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  • And yes, that was sent to me
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  • by a woman.
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  • But here we go.
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  • This is my Bible.
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  • I am what it says I am.
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  • I have what it says I have.
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  • I can do what it says I can do.
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  • Today, I will be taught the Word
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  • of God.
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  • I boldly confess my mind is
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  • alert.
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  • My heart is receptive.
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  • I will never be the same.
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  • I want to talk to you today
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  • about "Don't Settle for Less."
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  • All of us have dreams that we're
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  • believing for and promises that
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  • At one time, we were excited
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  • about them, but too often, when
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  • it's taking longer than we
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  • thought, because our health
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  • hasn't improved, we didn't get
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  • the promotion, our child isn't
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  • making good decisions, we get
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  • discouraged and quit believing
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  • for the fullness of what's
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  • in our heart.
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  • It's easy to water down what
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  • God's promised us.
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  • I don't like this job,
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  • but at least I'm employed.
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  • It's good enough.
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  • I was believing for a nice
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  • house, but I guess this
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  • apartment will do.
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  • I was hoping to get well,
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  • but I've learned to live
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  • with this sickness.
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  • I guess I'm at least okay.
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  • No, okay is not who you were
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  • created to be.
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  • Good enough is not what God
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  • promised you.
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  • The enemy can't stop God's plan
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  • for your life, but he'll do his
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  • best to convince you to settle
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  • along the way.
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  • And if you're going to become
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  • all you were created to be, you
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  • have to keep a fire in your
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  • spirit.
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  • There has to be a holy
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  • determination, a resolve that
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  • says, "I refuse to settle
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  • for less than what God's
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  • promised me."
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  • You have to make up your mind
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  • you're not going to be talked
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  • out of it.
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  • You're not going to water it
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  • down.
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  • You're not going to let good
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  • enough be good enough.
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  • It may be taking longer than you
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  • thought.
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  • It may be more difficult.
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  • The good news is it's not too
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  • late.
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  • You haven't missed your chance.
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  • What God promised you is still
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  • on the way.
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  • Not a watered down version, not
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  • a partial healing, not to make
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  • do promotion, not a good enough
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  • marriage.
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  • No, exactly what God promised
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  • you.
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  • What you were excited
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  • about before the delays,
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  • before the bad breaks is still
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  • en route.
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  • God doesn't abort a dream.
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  • He doesn't get talked
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  • out of what he's promised.
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  • He doesn't water down what he's
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  • spoken to us.
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  • Now, maybe the reason you're not
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  • seeing this favor is you've
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  • settled.
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  • You've accepted that your
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  • dream's not going to happen.
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  • You'll never get well.
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  • You'll never get out of debt.
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  • As long as you think that way,
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  • it will limit your life.
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  • I'm asking you to pull up your
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  • stakes, pack up your belongings.
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  • Mediocrity is not your home.
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  • Good enough is not your destiny.
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  • Getting by is not where you
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  • belong.
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  • You may be there now, but that
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  • is not your permanent location.
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  • Don't settle for an okay
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  • marriage, okay job, okay health,
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  • okay life.
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  • Yes, we should be content,
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  • but you shouldn't be satisfied
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  • with less than what you know God
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  • put in your heart.
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  • But sometimes, instead
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  • of stirring our faith
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  • up and believing for the best,
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  • we move the goalposts back
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  • to justify what we're seeing.
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  • I can't seem to break this
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  • addiction, but if I can learn
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  • to manage it that's good enough.
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  • I'll never reach my dreams,
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  • but hey, I'm doing as good as my
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  • coworker.
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  • That's not too bad.
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  • Instead of justifying it, moving
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  • that goalpost to fit what you
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  • think is going to happen, why
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  • don't you leave the goal there
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  • and say, "God, I don't see how
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  • this can work out.
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  • I don't see how I can get well,
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  • how my family will be restored,
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  • how can reach my dreams.
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  • But God, I know you wouldn't
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  • have promised it if you weren't
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  • going to bring it to pass.
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  • I know you have a way where I
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  • don't see a way, so I'm not
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  • going to settle here.
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  • I'm going to keep believing.
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  • I'm going to keep dreaming.
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  • I'm going to keep stretching my
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  • faith."
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  • That's what allows God to do
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  • great things.
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  • Genesis 15, God told Abraham he
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  • was going to have a son.
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  • The problem was Abraham was 75
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  • years old.
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  • His wife Sarah was 65.
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  • They'd never had children.
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  • She had been barren all these
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  • years.
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  • Now she had gone
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  • through the change of life.
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  • It was impossible
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  • in the natural.
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  • of a baby.
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  • Every thought told them, "You're
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  • wasting your time.
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  • You're both way too old.
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  • It's never going to happen."
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  • Sarah finally told Abraham
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  • to sleep with her maid.
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  • She thought that's the only way
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  • they could have a baby.
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  • It seemed so impossible, she
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  • watered down the promise.
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  • She reduced it to what she
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  • thought could happen.
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  • When God speaks something to us,
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  • instead of coming up to his
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  • level, believing
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  • for the unusual, the uncommon,
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  • the extraordinary, we bring it
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  • down to our level.
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  • When I got word that the Compaq
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  • Center was coming available
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  • and the Rockets were going
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  • to move out of this building,
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  • something came alive
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  • on the inside.
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  • I knew it was supposed to be
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  • ours.
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  • But even though I was excited
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  • in my spirit, my mind said,
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  • "There's no way we'll get
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  • the building.
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  • It's too expensive.
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  • The city will never let a church
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  • have it."
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  • I was tempted to water it down.
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  • Voices whispered, "Joel, come
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  • back to your senses.
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  • Don't get your hopes up.
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  • It's never going to happen."
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  • It's easy to get talked
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  • out of the great things God has
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  • in store.
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  • There will be times God speaks
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  • things to your spirit that don't
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  • make sense to your mind.
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  • Sarah, you can't have a baby
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  • at 80.
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  • Joel, you'll never get
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  • the basketball arena.
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  • Dodie, you'll never beat
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  • terminal cancer.
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  • Just accept it.
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  • You'll never write your book.
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  • Never start your business.
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  • Never build that children's home
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  • you're dreaming about.
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  • You don't have the resources.
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  • He's not asking you to figure it
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  • out, he's asking you to believe.
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  • Why don't you take the limits
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  • off of him?
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  • "Well Joel, I can't think of any
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  • good reason to get my hopes up.
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  • Seems so unlikely,
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  • so impossible."
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  • Let me give you one great
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  • reason.
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  • The Most High God is on your
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  • side.
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  • He is breathing in your
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  • direction right now.
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  • he wasn't about to do something
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  • unusual, uncommon, something
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  • that you didn't see coming.
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  • You can't explain it.
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  • It didn't make sense.
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  • People will scratch their heads,
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  • thinking, "How did you beat
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  • the sickness?
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  • I saw the medical report.
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  • How did your business take
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  • off so fast?
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  • You didn't have
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  • the connections."
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  • No, but you have the favor
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  • of God.
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  • You have his blessing on your
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  • life.
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  • What he's promised you will come
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  • to pass.
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  • Not a watered down version.
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  • Not a get by version.
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  • Not a good enough version.
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  • Get ready for the fullness
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  • of what God said.
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  • Make room in your thinking
  • 00:08:12.110 --> 00:08:14.240
  • for the abundant, overflowing,
  • 00:08:14.240 --> 00:08:16.220
  • belongs to you.
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  • The mistake Sarah made is she
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  • reduced what God promised
  • 00:08:22.030 --> 00:08:23.180
  • to what she thought could
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  • happen.
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  • "Abraham, I'm 80 years old.
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  • Surely God didn't mean I would
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  • have a baby.
  • 00:08:30.100 --> 00:08:31.050
  • have a baby with her, and we'll
  • 00:08:33.070 --> 00:08:34.270
  • call that child our own."
  • 00:08:34.270 --> 00:08:37.140
  • No, you don't have to take
  • 00:08:37.140 --> 00:08:39.040
  • up for God.
  • 00:08:39.040 --> 00:08:40.000
  • You don't have to try to make
  • 00:08:40.000 --> 00:08:41.190
  • sure he doesn't look bad in case
  • 00:08:41.190 --> 00:08:43.100
  • he doesn't come through.
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  • Let me help God make this
  • 00:08:44.170 --> 00:08:45.220
  • happen.
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  • God doesn't need that kind
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  • of help.
  • 00:08:48.010 --> 00:08:48.170
  • He flung stars into space.
  • 00:08:48.170 --> 00:08:50.170
  • He spoke worlds into existence.
  • 00:08:50.170 --> 00:08:53.040
  • He's not at a loss at how
  • 00:08:53.040 --> 00:08:55.230
  • to turn your situation around,
  • 00:08:55.230 --> 00:08:57.200
  • at how to bring your child back
  • 00:08:57.200 --> 00:08:59.080
  • on course, at how to open a new
  • 00:08:59.080 --> 00:09:01.060
  • door for your business.
  • 00:09:01.060 --> 00:09:03.050
  • Don't reduce it to what makes
  • 00:09:03.050 --> 00:09:05.120
  • sense to you.
  • 00:09:05.120 --> 00:09:06.160
  • Don't let what you don't have
  • 00:09:06.160 --> 00:09:08.020
  • talk you out of what God does
  • 00:09:08.020 --> 00:09:09.280
  • have.
  • 00:09:09.280 --> 00:09:10.240
  • God, this seems impossible
  • 00:09:12.250 --> 00:09:13.250
  • to me, but I know you can do
  • 00:09:13.250 --> 00:09:16.060
  • the impossible.
  • 00:09:16.060 --> 00:09:17.150
  • I'm looking at it
  • 00:09:17.150 --> 00:09:18.150
  • in the natural, but I know
  • 00:09:18.150 --> 00:09:20.000
  • you're a supernatural God.
  • 00:09:20.000 --> 00:09:21.220
  • You can take me where I can't go
  • 00:09:21.220 --> 00:09:24.060
  • on my own.
  • 00:09:24.060 --> 00:09:25.040
  • When the three Hebrew teenagers
  • 00:09:25.040 --> 00:09:26.210
  • were about to be thrown
  • 00:09:26.210 --> 00:09:28.080
  • into a fiery furnace because
  • 00:09:28.080 --> 00:09:29.290
  • they wouldn't bow
  • 00:09:29.290 --> 00:09:31.000
  • the guards tied their hands
  • 00:09:33.130 --> 00:09:35.080
  • and feet with cords.
  • 00:09:35.080 --> 00:09:37.030
  • They were thrown
  • 00:09:37.030 --> 00:09:38.080
  • into the furnace, bound.
  • 00:09:38.080 --> 00:09:39.270
  • They should've instantly been
  • 00:09:39.270 --> 00:09:40.280
  • killed.
  • 00:09:40.280 --> 00:09:42.000
  • The fire was so hot, when
  • 00:09:42.000 --> 00:09:43.210
  • the guards threw them in,
  • 00:09:43.210 --> 00:09:45.030
  • the guards lost their lives.
  • 00:09:45.030 --> 00:09:47.050
  • But in a little while, the king
  • 00:09:47.050 --> 00:09:48.260
  • came to check on them.
  • 00:09:48.260 --> 00:09:50.020
  • men in, bound?
  • 00:09:52.040 --> 00:09:53.010
  • I see four men loosed, and one
  • 00:09:53.010 --> 00:09:55.120
  • looks like the Son of God."
  • 00:09:55.120 --> 00:09:57.130
  • Here's my point.
  • 00:09:57.130 --> 00:09:58.170
  • You may feel like your hands are
  • 00:09:58.170 --> 00:10:01.040
  • tied, you've done your best,
  • 00:10:01.040 --> 00:10:03.010
  • you've worked hard, you prayed,
  • 00:10:03.010 --> 00:10:04.190
  • you believed, but it seems
  • 00:10:04.190 --> 00:10:06.050
  • It's never going to work out.
  • 00:10:08.060 --> 00:10:09.150
  • The good news is God's hands are
  • 00:10:09.150 --> 00:10:12.140
  • not tied.
  • 00:10:12.140 --> 00:10:13.110
  • He's not limited by what's
  • 00:10:13.110 --> 00:10:15.280
  • limiting us.
  • 00:10:15.280 --> 00:10:17.000
  • And I believe today, some cords
  • 00:10:17.000 --> 00:10:19.070
  • are being broken.
  • 00:10:19.070 --> 00:10:20.120
  • Some chains are coming off.
  • 00:10:20.120 --> 00:10:22.200
  • What's restricted you
  • 00:10:22.200 --> 00:10:23.260
  • in the past has lost its grip.
  • 00:10:23.260 --> 00:10:26.240
  • That addiction that's held you
  • 00:10:26.240 --> 00:10:28.240
  • back, the sickness,
  • 00:10:28.240 --> 00:10:30.000
  • the financial difficulties,
  • 00:10:30.000 --> 00:10:31.010
  • the trouble at work, this is
  • 00:10:31.010 --> 00:10:33.030
  • a new day.
  • 00:10:33.030 --> 00:10:34.020
  • shown up.
  • 00:10:36.080 --> 00:10:36.240
  • Like these Hebrew teenagers,
  • 00:10:36.240 --> 00:10:38.100
  • you're going to come out not
  • 00:10:38.100 --> 00:10:40.210
  • bound, but loosed, free, healed,
  • 00:10:41.030 --> 00:10:44.030
  • promoted, vindicated, with that
  • 00:10:44.030 --> 00:10:46.250
  • dream you're believing for.
  • 00:10:46.250 --> 00:10:48.270
  • Now, start seeing yourself free.
  • 00:10:48.270 --> 00:10:51.090
  • See yourself breaking
  • 00:10:51.090 --> 00:10:52.240
  • the addictions.
  • 00:10:52.240 --> 00:10:53.240
  • See yourself rising to new
  • 00:10:53.240 --> 00:10:55.240
  • levels, fulfilling your purpose.
  • 00:10:55.240 --> 00:10:57.140
  • Your hands are not tied anymore.
  • 00:10:57.140 --> 00:11:00.090
  • God is releasing you into new
  • 00:11:00.090 --> 00:11:02.200
  • Abraham slept with Sarah's maid
  • 00:11:04.210 --> 00:11:06.010
  • and they had a son that they
  • 00:11:06.010 --> 00:11:08.040
  • named Ishmael.
  • 00:11:08.040 --> 00:11:09.170
  • They loved Ishmael.
  • 00:11:09.170 --> 00:11:11.000
  • They were happy to have him,
  • 00:11:11.000 --> 00:11:12.140
  • but he was not the promised
  • 00:11:12.140 --> 00:11:13.290
  • child.
  • 00:11:13.290 --> 00:11:15.040
  • No disrespect to him,
  • 00:11:15.040 --> 00:11:16.290
  • but Ishmael represents a spirit
  • 00:11:16.290 --> 00:11:19.080
  • of good enough.
  • 00:11:19.080 --> 00:11:20.280
  • This is not what I was believing
  • 00:11:20.280 --> 00:11:22.270
  • for, but it's close.
  • 00:11:22.270 --> 00:11:24.010
  • It's good enough.
  • 00:11:24.010 --> 00:11:25.150
  • I'm not completely well,
  • 00:11:25.150 --> 00:11:26.240
  • but at least I'm better.
  • 00:11:26.240 --> 00:11:28.120
  • That's good enough.
  • 00:11:28.120 --> 00:11:29.260
  • I was hoping for that management
  • 00:11:29.260 --> 00:11:31.120
  • position.
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.030
  • It didn't work out.
  • 00:11:32.030 --> 00:11:33.030
  • This other job is good enough.
  • 00:11:33.030 --> 00:11:35.080
  • You don't have to settle.
  • 00:11:35.080 --> 00:11:36.280
  • God is not going to give you
  • 00:11:36.280 --> 00:11:39.070
  • a substitute blessing.
  • 00:11:39.070 --> 00:11:40.070
  • He's not into counterfeits.
  • 00:11:40.070 --> 00:11:42.050
  • He's not into making do.
  • 00:11:42.050 --> 00:11:43.250
  • He has the real thing coming.
  • 00:11:43.250 --> 00:11:46.130
  • You may have some good enough
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:48.040
  • areas in your life, but don't
  • 00:11:48.040 --> 00:11:49.260
  • stop there.
  • 00:11:49.260 --> 00:11:51.090
  • Don't let that spirit of good
  • 00:11:51.090 --> 00:11:53.060
  • enough cause you to be
  • 00:11:53.060 --> 00:11:54.230
  • satisfied.
  • 00:11:54.230 --> 00:11:55.260
  • You have to keep stretching,
  • 00:11:55.260 --> 00:11:57.220
  • keep believing for the fullness
  • 00:11:57.220 --> 00:11:59.180
  • of what God promised.
  • 00:11:59.180 --> 00:12:01.190
  • Twenty-five years after God told
  • 00:12:01.190 --> 00:12:03.080
  • Abraham he was going to have
  • 00:12:03.080 --> 00:12:04.290
  • a son, Ishmael was now 13 years
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:07.240
  • old, God came to him again
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:10.070
  • and said, in Genesis 13,
  • 00:12:10.070 --> 00:12:12.050
  • "Abraham, Sarah is going to bear
  • 00:12:12.050 --> 00:12:14.160
  • you a child."
  • 00:12:14.160 --> 00:12:16.050
  • When Abraham heard this,
  • 00:12:16.050 --> 00:12:17.160
  • the Scripture says he fell
  • 00:12:17.160 --> 00:12:19.070
  • down laughing, saying, "God, I'm
  • 00:12:19.070 --> 00:12:21.270
  • 100 years old now.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:24.010
  • Sarah is 90.
  • 00:12:24.010 --> 00:12:25.240
  • How could she possibly have
  • 00:12:25.240 --> 00:12:27.110
  • a baby at that age?"
  • 00:12:27.110 --> 00:12:28.290
  • so unlikely.
  • 00:12:31.010 --> 00:12:32.070
  • He went on to say, "May Ishmael
  • 00:12:32.100 --> 00:12:35.100
  • enjoy my inheritance."
  • 00:12:35.100 --> 00:12:36.200
  • He was saying, "God, I'm okay
  • 00:12:36.200 --> 00:12:38.200
  • with good enough.
  • 00:12:38.200 --> 00:12:39.210
  • I'm okay with the substitute
  • 00:12:39.210 --> 00:12:40.280
  • blessing.
  • 00:12:40.280 --> 00:12:41.280
  • We love Ishmael."
  • 00:12:41.280 --> 00:12:43.090
  • What was he doing?
  • 00:12:43.090 --> 00:12:44.110
  • Moving the goalposts.
  • 00:12:44.110 --> 00:12:46.070
  • God said, "Abraham, I am not
  • 00:12:46.070 --> 00:12:48.040
  • a God that gives good enough
  • 00:12:48.040 --> 00:12:50.010
  • blessings.
  • 00:12:50.010 --> 00:12:51.040
  • You may be satisfied with a look
  • 00:12:51.040 --> 00:12:53.050
  • alike, with a make do,
  • 00:12:53.050 --> 00:12:54.280
  • but not me.
  • 00:12:54.280 --> 00:12:56.050
  • I love Ishmael, but I didn't say
  • 00:12:56.050 --> 00:12:58.090
  • you're maid was going to have
  • 00:12:58.090 --> 00:13:00.080
  • a son.
  • 00:13:00.080 --> 00:13:01.060
  • I said Sarah was going to have
  • 00:13:01.060 --> 00:13:03.030
  • a son.
  • 00:13:03.030 --> 00:13:03.190
  • By this time next year, she will
  • 00:13:03.190 --> 00:13:06.010
  • give birth.
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:06.230
  • But even though Abraham settled
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:11.060
  • for Ishmael, even though they
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:13.100
  • settled for having a baby
  • 00:13:13.100 --> 00:13:14.280
  • a different way, God said
  • 00:13:14.280 --> 00:13:16.170
  • in effect, "I don't settle.
  • 00:13:16.170 --> 00:13:18.280
  • I don't get talked out of what I
  • 00:13:18.280 --> 00:13:21.000
  • promised you.
  • 00:13:21.000 --> 00:13:21.160
  • You may have watered it down,
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:23.130
  • but I am true to my Word."
  • 00:13:23.130 --> 00:13:25.210
  • What God has spoken over you
  • 00:13:25.210 --> 00:13:27.280
  • will come to pass.
  • 00:13:27.280 --> 00:13:29.130
  • Not partially, not
  • 00:13:29.130 --> 00:13:30.230
  • in an indirect way, not
  • 00:13:30.230 --> 00:13:33.000
  • through your cousin, not
  • 00:13:33.000 --> 00:13:33.290
  • to where you say, "This is good
  • 00:13:33.290 --> 00:13:35.200
  • enough."
  • 00:13:35.200 --> 00:13:36.180
  • God is going to surprise you.
  • 00:13:36.180 --> 00:13:38.190
  • He's going to do it even though
  • 00:13:38.190 --> 00:13:40.250
  • it seems too late, even though
  • 00:13:40.250 --> 00:13:42.220
  • you've made mistakes, even
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:44.140
  • though you've already accepted
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:46.050
  • that Ishmael is good enough.
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:48.040
  • God is saying, "Get ready, Isaac
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:50.230
  • is coming."
  • 00:13:50.230 --> 00:13:51.200
  • For some of you, like God told
  • 00:13:51.200 --> 00:13:54.050
  • them, by this time next year,
  • 00:13:54.050 --> 00:13:56.000
  • God promised that you've already
  • 00:13:58.010 --> 00:13:59.130
  • written off, something that
  • 00:13:59.130 --> 00:14:00.240
  • you've already accepted it's too
  • 00:14:00.240 --> 00:14:02.140
  • late now.
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:03.200
  • You've settled, but you don't
  • 00:14:03.200 --> 00:14:05.030
  • know what God is up to.
  • 00:14:05.030 --> 00:14:06.260
  • He said, "Have I spoken it
  • 00:14:06.260 --> 00:14:08.060
  • and shall I not bring it
  • 00:14:08.060 --> 00:14:09.170
  • to pass?"
  • 00:14:09.170 --> 00:14:10.210
  • At 90 years old, against all
  • 00:14:10.210 --> 00:14:13.030
  • odds, Sarah gave birth to a son.
  • 00:14:13.030 --> 00:14:15.270
  • They named him Isaac.
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.180
  • She looked at him and said, "Who
  • 00:14:17.180 --> 00:14:19.240
  • would've ever thought an old
  • 00:14:19.240 --> 00:14:21.110
  • God has some of these "Who
  • 00:14:24.100 --> 00:14:26.060
  • would've ever thought" blessings
  • 00:14:26.060 --> 00:14:27.160
  • coming your way, blessings you
  • 00:14:27.160 --> 00:14:29.180
  • can't explain, favor that
  • 00:14:29.180 --> 00:14:31.070
  • doesn't make sense.
  • 00:14:31.070 --> 00:14:32.250
  • Who would've ever thought we'd
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:34.030
  • be having church in the former
  • 00:14:34.030 --> 00:14:35.210
  • Compaq Center?
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:37.080
  • Who would've thought you would
  • 00:14:37.080 --> 00:14:39.010
  • lead your company in sales?
  • 00:14:39.010 --> 00:14:40.250
  • Who would have thought you could
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:42.080
  • have a baby when you were told
  • 00:14:42.080 --> 00:14:43.290
  • you couldn't have children?
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:45.120
  • Who would have ever thought you
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:46.190
  • could pay your house off this
  • 00:14:46.190 --> 00:14:47.250
  • soon?
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:48.260
  • What am I saying?
  • 00:14:48.260 --> 00:14:50.070
  • Don't settle for a watered
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:51.270
  • down version of what God
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:53.180
  • promised you.
  • 00:14:53.180 --> 00:14:54.280
  • There are dreams he's whispered
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:56.160
  • to you in the night, things that
  • 00:14:56.160 --> 00:14:58.240
  • seemed so big, so unlikely.
  • 00:14:58.240 --> 00:15:01.080
  • You don't tell anybody.
  • 00:15:01.080 --> 00:15:02.240
  • Me, be free from this addiction?
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:07.030
  • Everyone in my family struggles
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:08.250
  • with it.
  • 00:15:08.250 --> 00:15:09.150
  • Me, have overflow in my
  • 00:15:09.150 --> 00:15:10.230
  • finances?
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:11.230
  • Have more than enough?
  • 00:15:11.230 --> 00:15:13.100
  • Or me be healthy, strong,
  • 00:15:13.100 --> 00:15:15.280
  • That may seem so unlikely, you
  • 00:15:17.280 --> 00:15:20.050
  • could easily discount it.
  • 00:15:20.050 --> 00:15:21.240
  • God wouldn't have promised it if
  • 00:15:21.240 --> 00:15:23.140
  • he wasn't going to bring it
  • 00:15:23.140 --> 00:15:25.040
  • to pass.
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:26.060
  • Don't do like Abraham and Sarah,
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:28.160
  • talk about how impossible it is.
  • 00:15:28.160 --> 00:15:30.270
  • They settled for Ishmael while
  • 00:15:30.270 --> 00:15:33.010
  • God was waiting to bring Isaac.
  • 00:15:33.010 --> 00:15:35.190
  • Maybe that's why it took
  • 00:15:35.190 --> 00:15:38.170
  • 25 years.
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:39.020
  • Are you settling for Ishmaels,
  • 00:15:39.020 --> 00:15:41.020
  • for good enoughs?
  • 00:15:41.020 --> 00:15:42.100
  • Are you watering down what God
  • 00:15:42.100 --> 00:15:44.110
  • promised, talking yourself
  • 00:15:44.110 --> 00:15:45.130
  • into it?
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:46.240
  • Isaac represents something that
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:48.290
  • you've never seen.
  • 00:15:48.290 --> 00:15:50.190
  • Isaac is more than you can
  • 00:15:50.190 --> 00:15:52.220
  • imagine, the greatness of God's
  • 00:15:52.220 --> 00:15:54.150
  • favor.
  • 00:15:54.150 --> 00:15:55.190
  • What would happen if we would
  • 00:15:55.190 --> 00:15:57.240
  • say, "God, I've seen Ishmael.
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:15:59.180
  • God, you've been good to me,
  • 00:15:59.180 --> 00:16:01.150
  • but I believe Isaac is coming.
  • 00:16:01.150 --> 00:16:03.100
  • Lord, thank you for the fullness
  • 00:16:03.100 --> 00:16:05.030
  • of my destiny.
  • 00:16:05.030 --> 00:16:05.290
  • man can shut.
  • 00:16:07.290 --> 00:16:08.250
  • Thank you for bringing promises
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:10.270
  • to pass that seem impossible."
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:13.000
  • Thoughts will tell you all
  • 00:16:13.000 --> 00:16:14.020
  • the reasons why it's not going
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:15.120
  • to happen for you.
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:16.100
  • You're too old.
  • 00:16:16.100 --> 00:16:17.170
  • You're too young.
  • 00:16:17.170 --> 00:16:18.280
  • You've made too many mistakes.
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  • You don't have the talent,
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  • the education, the resources.
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  • One touch of his favor
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  • and you'll see Isaac.
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  • A friend of mine works
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  • in commercial real estate.
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:31.280
  • She had a large piece
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  • of property on the market
  • 00:16:33.140 --> 00:16:35.010
  • for one of her clients for more
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:36.200
  • than 20 years, right on the main
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  • freeway.
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  • The owner wasn't in a big hurry
  • 00:16:39.120 --> 00:16:41.110
  • to sell it.
  • 00:16:41.110 --> 00:16:42.070
  • Over the years, she kept raising
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:44.080
  • the price from several million,
  • 00:16:44.080 --> 00:16:46.000
  • to $12 million, to over
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  • $20 million.
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  • People told her it would never
  • 00:16:48.190 --> 00:16:50.050
  • sell for that amount.
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:51.050
  • A few months ago, she brought
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:55.080
  • a large check to the ministry.
  • 00:16:55.080 --> 00:16:57.110
  • It was the tithe, the first 10%
  • 00:16:57.110 --> 00:16:59.250
  • of the commission from selling
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:01.200
  • the property.
  • 00:17:01.200 --> 00:17:02.250
  • She said, "Joel, I never went
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:04.090
  • to school for this.
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:05.090
  • I didn't have the training,
  • 00:17:05.090 --> 00:17:06.230
  • but when this company called
  • 00:17:06.230 --> 00:17:08.080
  • that wanted to buy the property,
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:10.040
  • I met with their attorneys.
  • 00:17:10.040 --> 00:17:11.210
  • I was very nice, but I said our
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:14.030
  • price was firm."
  • 00:17:14.030 --> 00:17:15.000
  • They said, "Fine, we'll give you
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:16.250
  • what you're asking."
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:17.230
  • She sold the property.
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:19.150
  • earlier, she had given a $100
  • 00:17:21.270 --> 00:17:24.200
  • check to a young man in our
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:26.170
  • ministry.
  • 00:17:26.170 --> 00:17:27.160
  • She sowed that as a seed
  • 00:17:27.160 --> 00:17:29.040
  • and said, "God, I want to be
  • 00:17:29.040 --> 00:17:31.000
  • able to do more."
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:32.120
  • That dream was planted
  • 00:17:32.120 --> 00:17:33.200
  • in her heart.
  • 00:17:33.200 --> 00:17:35.000
  • And when she sold this property,
  • 00:17:35.000 --> 00:17:36.280
  • this new gift was a thousand
  • 00:17:36.280 --> 00:17:38.280
  • times what she had given that
  • 00:17:38.280 --> 00:17:41.050
  • young man.
  • 00:17:41.050 --> 00:17:41.290
  • God knows how to bring Isaac.
  • 00:17:41.290 --> 00:17:44.210
  • He said in Deuteronomy, "I will
  • 00:17:44.210 --> 00:17:46.200
  • make you a thousand times more
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:48.190
  • than you are."
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:49.290
  • We hear that and think, "There's
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:51.120
  • no way, Joel.
  • 00:17:51.120 --> 00:17:52.030
  • Nobody in my company makes
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:53.080
  • that much."
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:54.060
  • Your job is not your source, God
  • 00:17:54.090 --> 00:17:57.090
  • is your source.
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:58.190
  • Now, you may have seen Ishmael.
  • 00:17:58.190 --> 00:18:01.080
  • You've seen God's goodness,
  • 00:18:01.080 --> 00:18:02.220
  • but there are some far
  • 00:18:02.220 --> 00:18:04.170
  • out things God has in your
  • 00:18:04.170 --> 00:18:06.070
  • future.
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:07.080
  • Goals and dreams that you can't
  • 00:18:07.080 --> 00:18:09.120
  • accomplish in the natural, it's
  • 00:18:09.120 --> 00:18:11.050
  • going to take the supernatural.
  • 00:18:11.050 --> 00:18:13.010
  • The good news is God knows how
  • 00:18:13.010 --> 00:18:15.120
  • to do the extraordinary, things
  • 00:18:15.120 --> 00:18:17.030
  • that you can't do on your own,
  • 00:18:17.030 --> 00:18:18.220
  • But sometimes the reason we
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:22.210
  • settle is life hasn't turned
  • 00:18:22.210 --> 00:18:24.140
  • out the way we thought.
  • 00:18:24.140 --> 00:18:25.280
  • We've gone
  • 00:18:25.280 --> 00:18:26.220
  • through disappointments.
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:27.170
  • Unfair things have happened.
  • 00:18:27.170 --> 00:18:29.040
  • Now we've lost our passion.
  • 00:18:29.040 --> 00:18:31.080
  • This is what happened
  • 00:18:31.080 --> 00:18:32.230
  • to Abraham's father.
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:33.280
  • His name was Terah.
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:35.230
  • He had three sons.
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:37.120
  • named Haran, died at
  • 00:18:39.190 --> 00:18:41.010
  • an early age.
  • 00:18:41.010 --> 00:18:42.090
  • Terah went through this great
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:44.080
  • disappointment of losing a son.
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:46.070
  • Years later, God told him
  • 00:18:46.070 --> 00:18:47.260
  • to leave the place he was living
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:50.040
  • and move to Canaan, the promised
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:52.230
  • land.
  • 00:18:52.230 --> 00:18:53.070
  • He got his belonging, his
  • 00:18:53.070 --> 00:18:54.190
  • family, and he started out that
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:56.090
  • way.
  • 00:18:56.090 --> 00:18:57.080
  • But when they came to the city
  • 00:18:57.080 --> 00:18:59.150
  • of Haran, the same name as
  • 00:18:59.150 --> 00:19:01.160
  • the son he lost, instead
  • 00:19:01.160 --> 00:19:03.100
  • of passing through the city,
  • 00:19:03.100 --> 00:19:05.050
  • instead of continuing on toward
  • 00:19:05.050 --> 00:19:06.270
  • the promised land, the Scripture
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:08.180
  • says Terah settled in the city
  • 00:19:08.240 --> 00:19:11.240
  • of Haran.
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:12.270
  • He started out good, but when he
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:15.070
  • came to the place that reminded
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:17.080
  • him of the loss of his son,
  • 00:19:17.080 --> 00:19:19.180
  • the place of disappointment, he
  • 00:19:19.180 --> 00:19:21.090
  • got so discouraged that he gave
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:23.190
  • up on his dream.
  • 00:19:23.190 --> 00:19:25.070
  • Terah could've become the father
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:27.070
  • of our faith.
  • 00:19:27.070 --> 00:19:28.150
  • He's the original one God told
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:30.030
  • to go to the promised land, not
  • 00:19:30.030 --> 00:19:32.010
  • Abraham.
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:33.050
  • But because of the loss, he
  • 00:19:33.050 --> 00:19:35.120
  • chose to settle.
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:36.160
  • If you're going to reach your
  • 00:19:36.160 --> 00:19:38.020
  • destiny, you have to dig
  • 00:19:38.020 --> 00:19:39.120
  • down deep and say, "Yes, I've
  • 00:19:39.120 --> 00:19:41.090
  • been hurt, but I'm not settling
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:43.070
  • here.
  • 00:19:43.070 --> 00:19:44.050
  • I've been
  • 00:19:44.050 --> 00:19:44.290
  • through disappointments, but I'm
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:46.050
  • not settling in self pity.
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:48.090
  • I've been betrayed, but I'm not
  • 00:19:48.090 --> 00:19:50.200
  • settling in bitterness.
  • 00:19:50.200 --> 00:19:51.250
  • I lost a loved one.
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:53.030
  • It was painful, but I'm not
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:55.130
  • settling in despair.
  • 00:19:55.130 --> 00:19:56.170
  • I know God has beauty
  • 00:19:56.170 --> 00:19:57.280
  • for these ashes.
  • 00:19:57.280 --> 00:19:59.070
  • I know weeping endures
  • 00:19:59.070 --> 00:20:00.120
  • for a night, but joy is coming
  • 00:20:00.120 --> 00:20:02.150
  • in the morning."
  • 00:20:02.150 --> 00:20:04.040
  • The truth is, we've all had
  • 00:20:04.040 --> 00:20:06.170
  • bad breaks.
  • 00:20:06.170 --> 00:20:07.190
  • We can all find a reason to live
  • 00:20:07.190 --> 00:20:10.150
  • offended, bitter, angry, but if
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:12.090
  • you'll refuse to settle,
  • 00:20:12.090 --> 00:20:13.190
  • on the other side of that hurt
  • 00:20:13.190 --> 00:20:16.010
  • is a new level of your destiny.
  • 00:20:16.010 --> 00:20:18.110
  • You have to press past the pain,
  • 00:20:18.120 --> 00:20:21.120
  • press past the disappointments,
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.060
  • press past those lonely nights,
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:24.260
  • thoughts telling you, "It's
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:26.070
  • never going to work out.
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:27.130
  • What if my father would've
  • 00:20:29.230 --> 00:20:31.080
  • settled in poverty, the way he
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:33.050
  • was raised?
  • 00:20:33.050 --> 00:20:34.030
  • I wouldn't be up here.
  • 00:20:34.030 --> 00:20:35.200
  • What if my mother would've
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:37.040
  • settled in despair when she was
  • 00:20:37.040 --> 00:20:38.280
  • diagnosed with terminal cancer?
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:40.200
  • She wouldn't be alive.
  • 00:20:40.200 --> 00:20:42.170
  • What if Joseph would have
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:44.100
  • settled in bitterness, betrayed
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:45.220
  • by his brothers?
  • 00:20:45.220 --> 00:20:46.280
  • He would've never become
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.150
  • the prime minister of Egypt.
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:50.150
  • What if Ruth in the Scripture
  • 00:20:50.150 --> 00:20:52.090
  • would have settled
  • 00:20:52.090 --> 00:20:53.060
  • in discouragement when she lost
  • 00:20:53.060 --> 00:20:55.070
  • her husband?
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:56.020
  • They would've never had a son
  • 00:20:58.050 --> 00:20:59.180
  • that would become the great
  • 00:20:59.180 --> 00:21:00.290
  • grandfather of King David.
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:02.240
  • She would've never been
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:04.060
  • in the family line of Jesus.
  • 00:21:04.060 --> 00:21:06.100
  • Amazing things await you if you
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:09.110
  • just don't settle.
  • 00:21:09.110 --> 00:21:10.260
  • You may have gone
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:12.030
  • through disappointments.
  • 00:21:12.030 --> 00:21:12.220
  • Life has thrown you a curve.
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:14.150
  • You have to get your fire back.
  • 00:21:14.150 --> 00:21:16.160
  • God did not bring you this far
  • 00:21:16.160 --> 00:21:18.200
  • to leave you.
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:19.090
  • health, in your marriage,
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:22.180
  • in your career, in your finances
  • 00:21:22.180 --> 00:21:24.160
  • are still in front of you.
  • 00:21:24.160 --> 00:21:26.160
  • But the enemy would love for us
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:28.230
  • to do like Abraham's father, get
  • 00:21:28.230 --> 00:21:30.200
  • so discouraged, so disappointed
  • 00:21:30.200 --> 00:21:32.000
  • that we settle on the way to our
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:34.190
  • destiny, that we miss
  • 00:21:34.190 --> 00:21:35.280
  • the fullness of what God has
  • 00:21:35.280 --> 00:21:37.170
  • in store.
  • 00:21:37.170 --> 00:21:38.150
  • He's okay if you have Ishmael.
  • 00:21:38.150 --> 00:21:40.140
  • He doesn't want you to have
  • 00:21:40.140 --> 00:21:41.280
  • Isaac.
  • 00:21:41.280 --> 00:21:42.270
  • This is what happened
  • 00:21:42.270 --> 00:21:44.040
  • with the Israelites.
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:45.020
  • God brought them out of slavery.
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:46.260
  • They traveled
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:47.190
  • through the desert, made it next
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:49.010
  • door to the promised land.
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:50.270
  • God told them he would give them
  • 00:21:50.270 --> 00:21:52.240
  • the victory, but when they saw
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:54.150
  • how big the people were, when
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:56.110
  • they heard all the negative
  • 00:21:56.110 --> 00:21:57.280
  • became too discouraged
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:01.190
  • to believe.
  • 00:22:01.190 --> 00:22:02.270
  • Instead of going in and taking
  • 00:22:02.270 --> 00:22:04.140
  • the land, they settled
  • 00:22:04.140 --> 00:22:05.160
  • in the desert.
  • 00:22:05.160 --> 00:22:06.280
  • Yes, God took care of them
  • 00:22:06.280 --> 00:22:08.180
  • out there.
  • 00:22:08.180 --> 00:22:09.050
  • He provided for their needs.
  • 00:22:09.050 --> 00:22:10.290
  • They saw Ishmael, but they never
  • 00:22:10.290 --> 00:22:13.210
  • saw Isaac.
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:14.190
  • I believe many of you are next
  • 00:22:14.190 --> 00:22:17.030
  • door to your promised land.
  • 00:22:17.030 --> 00:22:18.270
  • You're on the verge of seeing
  • 00:22:18.270 --> 00:22:20.180
  • a new level of blessing
  • 00:22:20.180 --> 00:22:22.000
  • and favor.
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:23.100
  • The question is, are you going
  • 00:22:23.100 --> 00:22:24.270
  • to settle there or are you going
  • 00:22:24.270 --> 00:22:26.230
  • to stir your faith up and say,
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:28.210
  • "No, I've come too far to stop
  • 00:22:28.210 --> 00:22:30.190
  • now.
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:31.170
  • These giants may be big, but I
  • 00:22:31.170 --> 00:22:33.210
  • know my God is bigger.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:35.070
  • I may have had this sickness
  • 00:22:35.070 --> 00:22:37.000
  • a long time, this financial
  • 00:22:37.000 --> 00:22:38.150
  • difficulty, this trouble
  • 00:22:38.150 --> 00:22:39.150
  • on the throne.
  • 00:22:42.120 --> 00:22:43.120
  • I will live and not die.
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:45.000
  • I will prosper and succeed.
  • 00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:46.290
  • As for me and my house, we will
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:49.100
  • serve the Lord."
  • 00:22:49.100 --> 00:22:50.070
  • at settlers, I'm looking
  • 00:22:52.160 --> 00:22:53.280
  • at overcomers.
  • 00:22:53.280 --> 00:22:55.040
  • I'm looking at more than
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:55.280
  • conquerors.
  • 00:22:55.280 --> 00:22:56.260
  • I'm looking at victors, not
  • 00:22:56.260 --> 00:22:59.170
  • victims.
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:00.060
  • Now, not settling may mean going
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:02.230
  • back to school, getting training
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:04.280
  • so your gifts can come out
  • 00:23:04.280 --> 00:23:06.140
  • in new ways.
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:07.120
  • It may mean developing your
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:09.180
  • business plan, meeting
  • 00:23:09.180 --> 00:23:10.280
  • with mentors to bring about
  • 00:23:10.280 --> 00:23:12.090
  • your goal.
  • 00:23:12.090 --> 00:23:13.190
  • Not settling for you may mean
  • 00:23:13.190 --> 00:23:15.210
  • joining a support group to help
  • 00:23:15.210 --> 00:23:17.220
  • break the addiction, not
  • 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:19.010
  • learning to live with it,
  • 00:23:19.010 --> 00:23:20.190
  • but getting the help you need.
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:22.140
  • It may mean putting more effort
  • 00:23:22.140 --> 00:23:24.240
  • into your marriage, spending
  • 00:23:24.240 --> 00:23:26.110
  • more time with the person God
  • 00:23:26.110 --> 00:23:28.040
  • gave you to love.
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:29.100
  • Perhaps not settling for you is
  • 00:23:29.100 --> 00:23:31.080
  • going up to the gym, taking
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:33.060
  • walks at night instead
  • 00:23:33.060 --> 00:23:34.150
  • of watching television, being
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:35.230
  • proactive to get back in shape.
  • 00:23:35.230 --> 00:23:38.110
  • But I wonder where you could be
  • 00:23:38.110 --> 00:23:40.240
  • in ten years if you just don't
  • 00:23:40.240 --> 00:23:43.070
  • settle.
  • 00:23:43.070 --> 00:23:44.110
  • Who knows where God is
  • 00:23:44.110 --> 00:23:45.200
  • taking you?
  • 00:23:45.200 --> 00:23:46.190
  • Who knows the doors he's going
  • 00:23:46.190 --> 00:23:48.050
  • to open, the people you're going
  • 00:23:48.050 --> 00:23:49.200
  • to meet, the dreams you're going
  • 00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:51.110
  • to accomplish, the gifts that
  • 00:23:51.110 --> 00:23:52.230
  • are going to come out of you?
  • 00:23:52.230 --> 00:23:54.150
  • A more sobering thought, where
  • 00:23:54.150 --> 00:23:56.010
  • will you be in ten years if you
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:58.150
  • do settle?
  • 00:23:58.150 --> 00:23:59.220
  • What will you miss if you settle
  • 00:23:59.220 --> 00:24:02.030
  • in mediocrity, settle
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:03.030
  • in dysfunction, settle
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:04.120
  • in self-pity, in bitterness.
  • 00:24:04.120 --> 00:24:06.180
  • You will miss who you were
  • 00:24:06.180 --> 00:24:08.170
  • created to be.
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:09.170
  • Friends, what's in front of you
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:11.170
  • is way too important to settle.
  • 00:24:11.170 --> 00:24:13.180
  • God has your Isaacs.
  • 00:24:13.180 --> 00:24:15.180
  • He's already lined up your good
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:17.160
  • breaks, the healing,
  • 00:24:17.160 --> 00:24:18.150
  • the freedom, the business.
  • 00:24:18.150 --> 00:24:20.000
  • Now do your part, don't let good
  • 00:24:20.000 --> 00:24:22.120
  • enough become good enough.
  • 00:24:22.120 --> 00:24:23.240
  • Get your fire back and go
  • 00:24:23.240 --> 00:24:25.230
  • after the destiny that belongs
  • 00:24:25.230 --> 00:24:27.120
  • to you.
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  • Our attitude should be, "I'm not
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  • going to settle next door to my
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  • promised land, I am going in.
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  • I'm going to become all I was
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  • created to be."
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  • If you'll do this, I believe
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  • Something more than you've
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  • imagined.
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  • New levels in your career,
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  • freedom from that addiction,
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  • breakthroughs in your finances,
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  • healing, wholeness, abundance,
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  • the fullness of your destiny,
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  • in Jesus's name.
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  • And if you receive it, can you
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  • say amen today?
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  • I'd like to give you
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  • an opportunity to make Jesus
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  • the Lord of your life.
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  • Would you pray with me?
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  • Just say, "Lord Jesus, I repent
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  • of my sins.
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  • Come into my heart.
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  • I make you my Lord and Savior."
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  • If you prayed that simple
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  • prayer, we believe you got born
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  • again.
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  • Get in a good Bible-based church
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  • and keep God first place.
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  • Victoria and I will be right
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  • back to speak a blessing
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  • > ANNCR: AS A THANK YOU FOR
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  • YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR MINISTRY
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  • THIS MONTH, JOEL AND VICTORIA
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  • WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU A COPY
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  • OF JOEL'S NEW SERIES,
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  • "SUCCESS IN EVERY SEASON".
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  • IN THIS INSPIRATIONAL 4-PART
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  • SERIES, JOEL OSTEEN SHOWS
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  • YOU HOW TO RELEASE YOUR
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  • FAITH AND STAND ON GOD'S
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  • PROMISES. GOD'S TIMING IS
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  • PERFECT. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO
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  • WAIT FOR PERFECT CONDITIONS.
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  • YOU CAN HAVE SUCCESS IN
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  • EVERY SEASON. GET READY
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  • TO RECEIVE POWERFUL
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  • ENCOURAGEMENT.
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  • WASTE ANYTHING WE GO
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  • THROUGH. WE ALL EXPERIENCE
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  • HARDSHIPS, THINGS WE DON'T
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  • UNDERSTAND. BUT GOD KNOWS
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  • HOW TO USE THEM TO OUR
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  • ADVANTAGE. STIR UP YOUR
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  • FAITH. GOD IS USING EVERY
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  • SEASON TO POSITION YOU FOR
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  • SUCCESS.
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  • > JOEL: YOUR BEST DAYS ARE
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  • STILL IN FRONT OF YOU. GOD
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  • KNOWS HOW TO GIVE YOU BEAUTY
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  • FOR ASHES. REQUEST THIS
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  • RESOURCE. IT WILL STRENGTHEN
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  • YOUR FAITH FOR EVERY SEASON.
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  • OF "SUCCESS IN EVERY
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  • SEASON" AT JOELOSTEEN.COM
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  • > JOEL: YOUR SUPPORT IS
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  • MAKING A DIFFERENCE AROUND
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  • THE WORLD. THANK YOU SO MUCH
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  • FOR YOUR PRAYER AND YOUR
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  • GENEROSITY. YOU ARE HELPING
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  • TO CHANGE PEOPLE'S LIVES.
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  • AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO
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  • THE CHAMPION OF HOPE PARTNERS
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  • WE'D LOVE TO CONNECT WITH
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  • ANYTHING THAT YOU'RE FACING.
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  • RIGHT NOW HE IS FIGHTING
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  • YOUR BATTLES, PUSHING BACK
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  • FORCES OF DARKNESS. YOUR
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  • BEST DAYS ARE STILL IN
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  • FRONT OF YOU.
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  • WE LOVE YOU. WE'RE PRAYING
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