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October 14, 2019
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Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now

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  • to make computers that think and respond
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  • the way our brains do.
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  • That's how powerful the human mind is.
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  • Have you ever thought about the way
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  • you program your mind to think?
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  • That's what I wanna talk about today.
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  • I'm Joel Osteen, and I have good news,
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  • no matter where you are, or what challenges you're facing,
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  • you can start living "Your Best Life Now".
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  • (mellow music)
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  • Our mind is like a computer.
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  • How you program it is the way it's going to function.
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  • You can have the most powerful computer made,
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  • the latest, fastest, holds the most memory,
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  • but if you put the wrong software in,
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  • it's not going to function like it was designed.
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  • We've all dealt with computer viruses,
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  • they can get into a perfectly good computer,
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  • and start to contaminate the software.
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  • Before long, the computer is slow,
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  • you can't access the files, all these problems occur,
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  • not because it's defective, it's poorly made.
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  • The hardware is fine,
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  • it's because somebody reprogrammed the software.
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  • Somehow it become filled with the wrong information.
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  • And now the software is contaminated.
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  • In the same way, when God created you,
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  • he stepped back and said, "Another masterpiece."
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  • Your hardware is perfect, you're the right size,
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  • the right looks, the right nationality.
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  • Not only that, God put the right software in you.
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  • He programmed you from the very beginning,
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  • to be victorious, confident, strong, creative.
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  • The original software says
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  • you can do all things through Christ.
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  • He programmed whatever you touch will prosper and succeed.
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  • He programmed the head and not the tail.
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  • Victor, and not victim.
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  • Lend and not borrow.
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  • You were programmed to live an abundant,
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  • victorious, faith filled life.
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  • That's how your creator designed you.
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  • But the reason we don't always live this abundant life
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  • is because we've allowed viruses
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  • to contaminate our software.
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  • We think I'll never be successful, I'm not that talented,
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  • I'll never break this addiction, I've had it too long.
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  • I'm slow, clumsy, not attractive,
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  • nothing good is in my future,
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  • because our software has been infected.
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  • We'll go around with low self esteem, negative,
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  • not expecting problems to turn around,
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  • not expecting to accomplish our dreams.
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  • The good news is there's nothing wrong with you.
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  • Like that computer, you're not defective,
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  • you're not a mistake, the problem is your software.
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  • You have to get rid of those viruses.
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  • Reprogram your thinking.
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  • All through the day, you should dwell
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  • on what your creator says about you.
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  • I am blessed, I am prosperous, I am strong,
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  • healthy, talented, forgiven, attractive, valuable,
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  • I am victorious.
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  • You have to get back to your original software.
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  • One of the best things we can do
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  • is learn to hit the delete button.
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  • When negative, discouraging thoughts come,
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  • trying to contaminate your software,
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  • just hit delete, not dwell on that anymore.
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  • That thought comes saying you've seen your best days,
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  • it's all downhill from here, recognize that's a virus
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  • that's trying to keep you from your destiny.
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  • Don't let that in, it's real simple, delete,
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  • I'm not dwelling on that.
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  • My software say the path of the righteous
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  • gets brighter and brighter.
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  • Well you'll never get well, you saw the medical report,
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  • delete, God is restoring health unto me.
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  • I will live and not die.
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  • The number of my days, he will fulfill.
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  • Well you'll never accomplish your dreams.
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  • You're not that talented, you don't have what it takes,
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  • delete, delete, delete, I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
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  • Whatever I touch will prosper and succeed.
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  • The favor of God is on my life.
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  • Well you'll never break that addiction,
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  • your dad was an alcoholic, you'll always be one too.
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  • Delete, I can do all things through Christ.
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  • No weapon formed against me will prosper.
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  • Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.
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  • If you're going to become all you were created to be,
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  • you have to get good at hitting the delete button.
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  • When I stepped up to pastor the church,
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  • every thought told me you can't do this, Joel.
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  • You don't know how to minister,
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  • you don't have the experience, nobody is going to come.
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  • It would've been easy to let those viruses take root
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  • and keep me from my destiny.
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  • But I did what I'm asking you to do,
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  • I kept hitting the delete button.
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  • You can't do that, delete.
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  • You don't have the experience, delete.
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  • Nobody's gonna come, delete.
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  • You're too young, delete.
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  • It's not gonna work, delete.
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  • I wouldn't be standing here if I wasn't an expert
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  • at hitting the delete button.
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  • One Sunday night, right after I first started ministering,
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  • I was in the lobby after the service,
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  • and I overheard these two ladies talking.
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  • One said, "He's not as good as his father."
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  • The other said, "Yeah, I don't think he's going to make it."
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  • The enemy will use people to try
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  • to contaminate your software.
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  • I was already intimidated,
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  • insecure, didn't think I could do it.
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  • When I heard that, my first thought was to panic.
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  • My worst fears were coming true.
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  • But then something rose up in me.
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  • God gives you the grace for every season.
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  • He arms you with strength for every battle.
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  • And I thought those ladies don't determine my destiny.
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  • They don't know what God has put in me,
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  • they didn't call me, they didn't equip me.
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  • They didn't anoint me, and more than anything else,
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  • they don't have the final say, God does.
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  • And he says I am well able, I am strong in the Lord,
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  • I can do all things through Christ.
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  • Every time I heard their voice, delete,
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  • no thanks, not dwelling on that.
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  • It came back again, and again, and again.
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  • I just kept hitting the delete button.
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  • Not dwelling on it.
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  • The scripture tells us to guard our mind.
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  • You control the doorway to what you're going to allow in.
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  • You can dwell on every negative thing people have said,
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  • every derogatory comment, or you can choose to delete it,
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  • and dwell on what God says about you.
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  • If I would've let what those two ladies say
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  • play over and over,
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  • that virus would've contaminated my confidence,
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  • contaminated my self esteem, contaminated my future.
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  • Clear out the negative things people have said about you.
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  • You are no who people say you are.
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  • You are who God says you are.
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  • You have exactly what you need
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  • for the race that's designed for you.
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  • Clear out what the counselor said,
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  • you're just a C student, you're not college material.
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  • Delete, you're an A student.
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  • You have seeds of greatness.
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  • Clear out what the ex spouse, the ex boyfriend said.
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  • You're not attractive, you're not good enough for me.
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  • Delete, you're a masterpiece, one of a kind,
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  • beautiful, attractive, a prized possession.
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  • Clear out what that parent,
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  • that person that raised you said.
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  • You're so undisciplined, you can't do anything right.
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  • You'll never amount to much, delete.
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  • You are destined to do great things.
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  • You will leave your mark on this generation.
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  • It's time to reprogram your mind, living your best life
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  • starts with thinking the right thoughts.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • - Have you ever studied the bumblebee?
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  • All the laws of aerodynamics say
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  • it shouldn't be able to fly.
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  • It's wings are too small for the size of its body.
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  • There's not enough lift, but here's the key.
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  • Nobody told the bumblebee, it didn't get the memo.
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  • No experts were able to talk it out of it.
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  • That bumblebee felt its wings, something in its DNA said
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  • I'm supposed to fly,
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  • I'm made for more than crawling around on the ground.
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  • It didn't go check with the experts,
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  • didn't go read the latest engineering report,
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  • it just did what was natural,
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  • started flapping its wings, and took off.
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  • If that bumblebee would've been able
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  • to listen to the naysayers, read all the negative reports,
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  • studied the reasons why it shouldn't be able to fly,
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  • it would've never gotten off the ground.
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  • It starts in your mind.
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  • If you don't think you can be successful, you won't.
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  • If you don't think you're talented, then you're not.
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  • If you don't think you'll ever meet the right person,
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  • you never will.
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  • Not because you're not able, but because your software,
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  • your thinking, is limited.
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  • It's interesting how little children start off
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  • so excited about life. (school bell ringing)
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  • (children chattering) They have big dreams.
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  • They're going to be an astronaut, a scientist, a singer,
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  • a teacher, a baseball player.
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  • They believe they can do anything, they're not intimidated.
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  • They're not insecure, they've got that spring in their step.
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  • It's because they just came from their creator.
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  • Their thinking has not been contaminated.
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  • They can feel those seeds of greatness.
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  • But so often, over time, as they get older,
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  • they start to get reprogrammed.
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  • Somebody tells them what they can't do,
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  • and what they don't have, and little by little,
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  • their environment starts to squeeze them down.
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  • A coach says that they're not tall enough,
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  • their self esteem goes down.
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  • They see somebody more attractive,
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  • and they start feeling insecure.
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  • All these things begin to distort who they really are,
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  • and their software gets contaminated.
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  • Before long, instead of thinking possibility thoughts,
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  • they think I'm not that talented,
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  • I'll never do anything great, I'm just average.
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  • So often we make the mistake
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  • of letting those critical words take root.
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  • When somebody says something about you, either good or bad,
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  • that seed is planted in your soil.
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  • Now you get to determine whether or not
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  • that seed takes root, and grows.
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  • When you dwell on what's said, you are watering that seed.
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  • You're giving it the right to become a reality.
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  • That's why you have to be disciplined in your thought life.
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  • It's great when people say you're talented, you're blessed,
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  • you can do great things.
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  • Water those seeds, meditate on that throughout the day.
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  • That's what you want to become a reality.
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  • At Lakewood, we start every gathering
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  • by saying I am who God says I am.
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  • And I can do what God says I can do.
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  • We're saying we've been programmed for victory.
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  • Programmed to reign in life.
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  • We've been programmed to overcome obstacles.
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  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
  • 00:11:21.270 --> 00:11:24.030
  • but the Lord delivers us out of them all.
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  • We will accomplish our dreams,
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  • we will meet the right people.
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  • We will reach the fullness of our destiny.
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  • You go around thinking like that,
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  • and all the forces of darkness cannot stop you.
  • 00:11:35.110 --> 00:11:39.030
  • The real battle is taking place in your mind.
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  • If you're defeated in your thoughts,
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  • then you've already lost.
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  • You have to get rid of the viruses.
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  • If you'll get back to the original software,
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  • put in you by your creator,
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  • you'll go places that you've never dreamed.
  • 00:11:53.150 --> 00:11:56.090
  • Joshua 1:8 says if you will meditate
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  • on what God says about you,
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  • then you will prosper and have good success
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  • in everything you do.
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:06.020
  • When your mind is filled with thoughts of faith,
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  • hope, and victory, God will open doors
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  • that you couldn't open,
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  • help you overcome what looked impossible.
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:15.200
  • When we find ourselves stuck in a rut,
  • 00:12:15.200 --> 00:12:18.030
  • not believing we can rise higher,
  • 00:12:18.030 --> 00:12:20.090
  • we need to ask ourselves why do I think this way?
  • 00:12:20.090 --> 00:12:23.240
  • Who programmed me to give up on my dreams?
  • 00:12:23.240 --> 00:12:26.210
  • Who programmed me to think I could never lose this weight?
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:29.270
  • Who programmed me to think I was only average?
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:32.140
  • Where did those thoughts come from?
  • 00:12:32.140 --> 00:12:34.160
  • Could it be that you've accepted wrong mindsets,
  • 00:12:34.160 --> 00:12:38.030
  • because of the environment you were raised in?
  • 00:12:38.030 --> 00:12:40.200
  • (siren blaring) The people you were around?
  • 00:12:40.200 --> 00:12:42.280
  • Just because it seems normal to you,
  • 00:12:42.280 --> 00:12:45.090
  • doesn't mean that it is normal.
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:47.220
  • Maybe everybody you grew up with was negative.
  • 00:12:47.220 --> 00:12:50.100
  • That doesn't mean you're supposed to be negative.
  • 00:12:50.100 --> 00:12:53.080
  • Maybe none of your friends had dreams,
  • 00:12:53.080 --> 00:12:55.080
  • and did much with their life.
  • 00:12:55.080 --> 00:12:57.030
  • That doesn't mean it's okay for you, that's not normal.
  • 00:12:57.030 --> 00:13:00.220
  • Just because people in your family had addictions,
  • 00:13:00.220 --> 00:13:03.240
  • bad habits, don't make the mistake of believing
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  • that's the way you should live.
  • 00:13:06.240 --> 00:13:08.170
  • That's a virus that's infiltrated your software.
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  • You were created to rise higher, to be confident,
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  • secure, positive, free, healthy.
  • 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:18.220
  • You have greatness on the inside.
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  • You have to reprogram your thinking.
  • 00:13:21.100 --> 00:13:24.060
  • When you make up your mind to think the right thoughts,
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  • to approach obstacles with the mindset of victory,
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  • then you can live your best life,
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  • no matter what life throws your way.
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  • That's what Emeka Nnaka discovered.
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  • (wind whooshing)
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  • (serene music)
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  • (crowd cheering)
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  • - It was June 6th, 2009, I'm going down this field,
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  • I shut a blocker, I see the ball carrier,
  • 00:13:52.180 --> 00:13:55.250
  • I go to make this tackle,
  • 00:13:56.220 --> 00:13:58.050
  • and something just does not feel right.
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:14:01.040
  • I go down, he goes down, he stands up,
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  • and I'm struggling, I can't get up.
  • 00:14:11.120 --> 00:14:14.120
  • (dramatic music)
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  • If you've ever bumped your elbow and hit your funny bone,
  • 00:14:18.180 --> 00:14:22.020
  • and gotten that tingly feeling in your pinky,
  • 00:14:22.020 --> 00:14:25.030
  • you'll know what I felt over my entire body.
  • 00:14:25.030 --> 00:14:28.000
  • The silence in the audience is deafening.
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  • I've watched sports my entire life,
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:33.020
  • and whether you are walking off, limping off,
  • 00:14:33.020 --> 00:14:35.180
  • carried off, you do something to let everyone know
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  • you're gonna be okay.
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:40.130
  • You waive, put a thumb up,
  • 00:14:40.130 --> 00:14:42.090
  • and I went to do that, and I couldn't move anything.
  • 00:14:43.230 --> 00:14:46.080
  • I underwent a nine hour neck surgery the next day,
  • 00:14:49.180 --> 00:14:52.290
  • and spent 10 days in the ICU.
  • 00:14:52.290 --> 00:14:55.180
  • I am doing everything that the doctors
  • 00:14:55.180 --> 00:14:57.290
  • and my physical therapists are telling me to do.
  • 00:14:57.290 --> 00:15:00.040
  • They want me to wake up early, I'm waking up.
  • 00:15:00.040 --> 00:15:02.030
  • They want me to do therapy, I'm doing therapy.
  • 00:15:02.030 --> 00:15:03.280
  • They want me to eat this, do that,
  • 00:15:03.280 --> 00:15:06.020
  • I'm doing everything they're telling me to do.
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:07.260
  • The light at the end of the tunnel
  • 00:15:07.260 --> 00:15:09.030
  • was getting out of the hospital.
  • 00:15:09.030 --> 00:15:10.290
  • I worked so hard, and was so ready
  • 00:15:10.290 --> 00:15:13.240
  • to get out of the hospital because I felt
  • 00:15:13.240 --> 00:15:15.190
  • like once I got out of the hospital,
  • 00:15:15.190 --> 00:15:18.000
  • my life was just gonna pick back up where I left off.
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:21.130
  • (gentle music)
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  • I was not ready for that light at the end of the tunnel
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  • to be a train in the form of life in a disability.
  • 00:15:29.020 --> 00:15:31.270
  • - Emeka expected to walk out of the hospital,
  • 00:15:34.050 --> 00:15:37.000
  • instead, he went home in a wheelchair.
  • 00:15:37.000 --> 00:15:39.130
  • His injury not only changed his life,
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:41.210
  • it changed the vision for his future.
  • 00:15:41.210 --> 00:15:43.210
  • - Before my accident, I was a college student,
  • 00:15:45.010 --> 00:15:48.090
  • and an athlete, six five, 245 pounds,
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:52.050
  • 250 pounds my playing weight, and I ran a 45 40.
  • 00:15:52.050 --> 00:15:55.230
  • And at that size, that is very, very fast.
  • 00:15:55.230 --> 00:15:59.170
  • I knew that this was gonna be my chance now
  • 00:16:00.240 --> 00:16:03.090
  • to make everyone proud, to make my parents proud,
  • 00:16:03.090 --> 00:16:06.160
  • make my sisters proud, and to do something with my life.
  • 00:16:06.160 --> 00:16:09.210
  • My biggest dream was to play in the NFL.
  • 00:16:09.210 --> 00:16:12.090
  • Then the doctor came and would tell me
  • 00:16:12.090 --> 00:16:15.110
  • that they were drawing up my discharge papers,
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:18.090
  • and that they were releasing me to go back to life.
  • 00:16:18.090 --> 00:16:22.070
  • I didn't look better, I didn't feel better.
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:26.020
  • I was supposed to walk out of that hospital,
  • 00:16:26.020 --> 00:16:28.020
  • not be wheeled out of it.
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:29.230
  • This was the beginning of my recovery.
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:34.120
  • My recovery didn't start after surgery.
  • 00:16:35.170 --> 00:16:37.270
  • It started after the realization
  • 00:16:37.270 --> 00:16:39.240
  • that my life was never gonna be the same again.
  • 00:16:39.240 --> 00:16:42.040
  • - Going from a star athlete with a bright future,
  • 00:16:43.150 --> 00:16:46.050
  • to confined to a wheelchair is hard.
  • 00:16:46.050 --> 00:16:48.240
  • Emeka struggled to overcome his new place in life.
  • 00:16:48.240 --> 00:16:51.270
  • He struggled to see why something like this
  • 00:16:51.270 --> 00:16:54.000
  • would happen to him.
  • 00:16:54.000 --> 00:16:55.100
  • - I'd just cry out to God, why, like why me?
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  • Why now, why is this happening?
  • 00:16:58.160 --> 00:17:02.100
  • I had nights where I couldn't sleep,
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  • and I am replaying in my mind
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:08.000
  • all the good deeds I've ever done.
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:10.040
  • And then I'm thinking in my mind
  • 00:17:10.040 --> 00:17:11.110
  • all the bad deeds I've ever done,
  • 00:17:11.110 --> 00:17:12.170
  • and trying to weigh 'em out, it's like okay,
  • 00:17:12.170 --> 00:17:14.120
  • did I do too much bad, you know, did I not do enough good?
  • 00:17:14.120 --> 00:17:17.250
  • And the answer that I got
  • 00:17:17.250 --> 00:17:20.080
  • was instead of asking why, ask how.
  • 00:17:20.080 --> 00:17:23.160
  • And then I pondered that for a second, it was like how?
  • 00:17:24.290 --> 00:17:27.260
  • You know, yes, how can you use this to make a difference?
  • 00:17:27.260 --> 00:17:32.150
  • And that flip in the question changed my entire disposition.
  • 00:17:32.150 --> 00:17:37.120
  • And that flip in the question changed my entire disposition.
  • 00:17:37.120 --> 00:17:40.100
  • Because when I asked why it made me a victim.
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:44.060
  • And then when I started asking how,
  • 00:17:44.060 --> 00:17:46.000
  • it gave me power over my entire situation.
  • 00:17:46.000 --> 00:17:49.250
  • - When Emeka began to ask how instead of why,
  • 00:17:49.250 --> 00:17:53.010
  • his mindset began to change.
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:55.000
  • He started to see purpose in his life.
  • 00:17:55.000 --> 00:17:57.160
  • When his thoughts changed about his situation,
  • 00:17:57.160 --> 00:18:00.020
  • so did his actions.
  • 00:18:00.020 --> 00:18:01.140
  • - I began to volunteer at a local youth group.
  • 00:18:02.210 --> 00:18:06.080
  • As I began to tell my story, over and over,
  • 00:18:06.080 --> 00:18:09.020
  • I was reliving it.
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:10.090
  • The good, the bad, I gained power
  • 00:18:10.090 --> 00:18:12.170
  • every time I shared it with you know, a group of people,
  • 00:18:12.170 --> 00:18:15.190
  • with a single person, with a little kid.
  • 00:18:15.190 --> 00:18:17.250
  • Somehow in doing that, it freed me.
  • 00:18:17.250 --> 00:18:20.250
  • It gave me so much more power,
  • 00:18:21.230 --> 00:18:24.070
  • to share my story with confidence.
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:26.040
  • It's not something that is just oh, it happens overnight.
  • 00:18:27.290 --> 00:18:32.290
  • It its, it's work, I mean it's exercising your faith,
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:37.210
  • and it's exercising the power of your thoughts.
  • 00:18:37.210 --> 00:18:40.170
  • It required me taking time to wipe away
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:44.020
  • all of the negative thoughts, and the negative things
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:46.090
  • that I looked through to get to the point
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:48.150
  • where I see things a little bit more clear.
  • 00:18:48.150 --> 00:18:50.200
  • The words that you tell yourself
  • 00:18:52.110 --> 00:18:54.130
  • in the privacy of your own head matter.
  • 00:18:54.130 --> 00:18:56.150
  • If you speak negative, you get more negative.
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:19:01.020
  • If you speak positive, you see more opportunities.
  • 00:19:01.020 --> 00:19:04.010
  • It would be easy for me to dwell on the fact
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:07.190
  • that I can't walk, but I don't do that.
  • 00:19:07.190 --> 00:19:11.090
  • I think about the fact that I can make a difference
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:14.120
  • with the words that I speak.
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:16.070
  • - Emeka used the power of his thoughts,
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:19.120
  • and the power of his words to change his life.
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:22.150
  • When he was able to reframe his injury,
  • 00:19:22.150 --> 00:19:24.290
  • as something with purpose, his attitude shifted,
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:27.260
  • his mindset shifted,
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:29.110
  • and now he's helping and mentoring others.
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:32.020
  • - Life now is amazing.
  • 00:19:33.230 --> 00:19:36.140
  • I get to do so much work with young people in my community.
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:42.090
  • I am able to show people how
  • 00:19:42.090 --> 00:19:43.250
  • to carry the burdens in their own life,
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:46.130
  • based on how I've shouldered the burdens of mine.
  • 00:19:46.130 --> 00:19:49.080
  • I used my words, and I use my testimony
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:52.190
  • to help people overcome their own lives.
  • 00:19:52.190 --> 00:19:55.250
  • And I love every bit of it,
  • 00:19:55.250 --> 00:19:57.230
  • because where I might've lost my ability to walk,
  • 00:19:57.230 --> 00:20:01.270
  • I gained my ability to talk.
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  • - [All] Hi Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:11.210 --> 00:21:12.290
  • - I need some help. - Dear Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:13.270
  • - I have a question for you.
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:15.020
  • - Pastor Joel. - My anger sometimes
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:16.070
  • gets the best of me. - Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.230
  • - I don't know what to do. - My stepson drives me nuts.
  • 00:21:17.230 --> 00:21:19.000
  • - I need some help. - I need advice.
  • 00:21:19.000 --> 00:21:20.110
  • - My marriage is falling apart - I don't get it.
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:21.180
  • - and I wish we'd never gotten married.
  • 00:21:21.180 --> 00:21:22.260
  • - How can I get my thoughts right?
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:23.210
  • - Dear Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:23.210 --> 00:21:25.040
  • - How do I know which direction God wants me to go?
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:26.190
  • - I just have a question. - I don't understand.
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:27.230
  • - God isn't answering my prayers.
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:29.010
  • - Where's God when I'm struggling?
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  • (crowd muttering)
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:31.030
  • - How do I choose joy? - I don't understand
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:32.100
  • what's going on. - Hey Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:33.250
  • - My marriage is struggling. - I don't know what to do.
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:35.020
  • - Do you even read these questions?
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  • - [All] All I know is I want to start living my best life.
  • 00:21:36.170 --> 00:21:38.180
  • - Where do I start? - Where do I start?
  • 00:21:38.180 --> 00:21:39.240
  • - But where do I start? - Where do I start?
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:41.020
  • - But where do I start? - But where do I start?
  • 00:21:41.020 --> 00:21:42.080
  • - I get questions like this all the time.
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  • Week after week, people call in, or write in,
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  • reach out to us on social media.
  • 00:21:46.230 --> 00:21:48.270
  • I've learned that so many of us struggle
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:50.290
  • to think the right thoughts,
  • 00:21:50.290 --> 00:21:52.170
  • because of our past experiences.
  • 00:21:52.170 --> 00:21:54.290
  • Maybe you can relate.
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:56.190
  • I saw a story about this dog, a German shepherd,
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:22:00.040
  • she was pregnant with puppies.
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  • One day she was running across the street,
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  • and got hit by a car.
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  • Both of her back legs were broken.
  • 00:22:06.050 --> 00:22:08.140
  • She dragged herself out of the street,
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  • and made her way back to her home.
  • 00:22:10.080 --> 00:22:12.140
  • As the weeks went by, she began to slowly recover.
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:15.180
  • Her legs finally healed,
  • 00:22:15.180 --> 00:22:17.110
  • but because they weren't properly reset,
  • 00:22:17.110 --> 00:22:19.180
  • when she'd walk, all she could do was drag her back legs.
  • 00:22:19.180 --> 00:22:23.130
  • Her joints were messed up and she couldn't walk normally.
  • 00:22:23.130 --> 00:22:26.280
  • Eventually she had her puppies,
  • 00:22:26.280 --> 00:22:29.000
  • they seemed to be healthy and whole.
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  • But a few weeks later, when they began to walk,
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  • just like their mother,
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  • they started dragging their back legs.
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  • The owner thought maybe something happened to them
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  • in the accident, he took them
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  • to the veterinarian to have them check out.
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  • The doctor discovered there was nothing wrong
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  • with their back legs, they were perfectly normal.
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  • Those puppies were simply copying their mother.
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  • They didn't know any better,
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  • that's all they had seen modeled.
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  • In their mind it was the way it was supposed to be.
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  • That's what's happened to many of us.
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  • What we saw modeled growing up,
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  • the people that raised us, they were good people,
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  • they were doing the best they could,
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  • but in some way, maybe they were dragging their back legs.
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  • They were negative, discouraged.
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  • Now we're negative and discouraged.
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  • They had addictions, low self esteem.
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  • Now we struggle in those same areas.
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  • They made poor choices in relationships,
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  • got involved with the wrong people,
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  • now we're dealing with the same thing.
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  • We saw them settle for mediocrity,
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  • now mediocrity has become normal for us.
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  • The good news is, just like those puppies,
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  • there is nothing wrong with your back legs.
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  • Those are simply wrong mindsets that you've developed.
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  • As you get your thinking straightened out,
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  • your legs will get straightened out.
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  • God didn't make you faulty.
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  • He didn't create you subpar,
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  • he created you in his own image.
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  • You are his masterpiece, crowned with favor,
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  • equipped with talents, gifts, creativity.
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  • You're not supposed to go through life with addictions,
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  • low self esteem, inferiority, little dreams.
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  • That's not who you really are.
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  • That's a virus that's infiltrated your software.
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  • You have to start reprogramming your mind.
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  • You are the head and not the tail.
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  • The victor and not the victim.
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  • Excellence and not mediocrity.
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  • Abundance and not lack.
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  • Freedom and not addictions.
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  • Victory and not defeat.
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  • Is your thinking holding you back from your best life?
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  • Who told you you'll never be successful?
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  • Who told you you'll only make Cs in school?
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  • Who told you you're not tall enough?
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  • You'll never live in a nice house,
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  • you've reached your limits?
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  • I can assure you that didn't come from your creator.
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  • That's a virus that's contaminating your thinking.
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  • There's nothing wrong with you,
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  • you have been fearfully and wonderfully made.
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  • All through the day, meditate on what God said about you.
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  • Reprogram your thinking.
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  • I'm blessed, I'm talented, I'm strong, I'm healthy,
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