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Live the Let-Go Life | Episode 8

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December 11, 2017
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Joseph Prince: Live the Let-Go Life

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Live the Let-Go Life | Episode 8

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  • In a world of stress and unrest,
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  • we are constantly bombarded with the newest methods
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  • of finding inner peace, like meditation.
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  • But did you know that meditation, Bible meditation,
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  • originated with God?
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  • There are a lot of alternate versions out there that
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  • encourage searching for inner peace and transformation
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  • that begin and end with looking within yourself.
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  • But true peace, true transformation only comes
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  • through meditating God's way, fixing our eyes on Jesus
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  • and on his life-giving Word.
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  • Hi, I'm Joseph Prince.
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  • Are you ready to breathe a little easier,
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  • stand a little straighter, and live a little freer?
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  • Here's the good news.
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  • With God on your side, you can let your troubles go.
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  • The rest of the world seeks to declutter life
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  • from the outside in, but in my new book,
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  • "Live the Let-Go Life," we explore practical ways
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  • you can clear out the clutter of life from the inside out
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  • and see positive change in your outward circumstances.
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  • I hope you will join me today.
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  • You can live worry-free, stress-free, and healthier.
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  • You can live the let-go life.
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  • (Brandon) Hi, I'm Brandon.
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  • Sir, just listen to me.
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  • I don't think I can do this.
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  • (male announcer) Modern life comes at a frantic pace.
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  • (female) I'm late again.
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  • (announcer) Every day is a race against unending to-do lists,
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  • obligations, and interruptions.
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  • Stress takes a toll.
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  • The harder we try to hold on, the harder it is to keep up.
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  • But what if we could let it all go,
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  • free ourselves from fear and anxiety,
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  • because we weren't designed to live a life of stress.
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  • Well, now you can walk lighter, breathe easier,
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  • and live happier as you discover how to live the let-go life.
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  • Welcome to the program.
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  • I'm so glad you tuned in today because, as we talk about living
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  • the let-go life, I'm going to be sharing about one thing you
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  • can do to experience freedom from worry and stress,
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  • and will bring success in every area of your life.
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  • Research has shown that anxiety and stress can indirectly cause
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  • many health problems: high blood pressure, ulcers,
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  • skin conditions like eczema, and heart problems.
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  • Doctors call many conditions today psychosomatic, meaning
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  • these physical conditions are caused by or made worse
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  • by mental or emotional factors.
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  • And in describing the effects of stress,
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  • the American Psychological Association points to
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  • lab studies of how people who were stressed over a significant
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  • duration from a few days to a few months or years,
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  • experience all aspects of their immunity going downhill.
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  • Long-term stress can ravage our immune systems.
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  • The bottom line is our thoughts don't just affect us
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  • emotionally, they can also affect us physically.
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  • But if illness can be a result of our thought life,
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  • then so can health.
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  • We need to realize that our beliefs and thoughts are
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  • powerful, and align our beliefs and thoughts with
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  • the promises of God.
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  • We don't have to allow negative thoughts to simply go
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  • on a rampage through our minds.
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  • We can be proactive in choosing the thoughts we meditate on.
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  • That's why it is so important that we meditate on
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  • the Word of God.
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  • This is the first thing the Lord taught me to do
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  • even as a teenager.
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  • And by his grace, I believe it has made my life
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  • what it is today.
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  • In fact, I think meditating on the Word of God is one reason
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  • why I was able to understand grace when he started opening
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  • my eyes to it.
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  • So, while listening to the Word is important, don't stop there.
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  • As you hear, also get ahold of what speaks to you.
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  • Meditate on it and make it yours.
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  • When I read God's Word, one of the things I enjoy
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  • most is meditating on beautiful faith pictures
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  • that the Scriptures paint for us.
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  • The news, social media, medical reports,
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  • and other information sources tend to paint negative pictures
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  • of sickness, death, terror, and darkness.
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  • But praise the Lord we may be in this world,
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  • but we are not of this world.
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  • In Christ, we have been redeemed from the curse.
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  • We don't have to be fearful and hopeless.
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  • As the world gets darker, Isaiah 60 says the church,
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  • that includes you and me, gets brighter.
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  • So, don't allow the media to paint pictures that grip
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  • your heart with fear.
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  • Find God's faith pictures in his eternal, unshakable Word
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  • that will establish your heart.
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  • One of my all-time favorite faith pictures is found
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  • in Psalms 1.
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  • As we read it together, may the Lord paint a faith picture
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  • in your heart of the blessings that you are meant to enjoy
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  • in Christ.
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  • Let's read it.
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  • "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel
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  • "of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners,
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  • "nor sits in the seat of the scornful,
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  • "but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
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  • "and in his law he meditates day and night.
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  • "He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
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  • "that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf
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  • also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."
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  • So, instead of seeing the negative images
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  • from the world, you can see yourself like a tree planted
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  • by rivers of water.
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  • We are talking about many rivers, not just one.
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  • What a beautiful picture of constant provision,
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  • with rivers of waters sustaining and refreshing you
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  • all the time.
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  • Even if one river runs dry, there are others flowing.
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  • This means that you don't have to fear the reports about
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  • new strains of diseases, terrorist attacks,
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  • and economic downturns.
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  • Regardless of what's happening around you, even if there's
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  • drought in the land, you are that tree planted by rivers
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  • of fresh flowing water.
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  • And don't miss this detail.
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  • He was like a tree planted.
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  • Someone planted you there.
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  • You didn't just randomly grow by the river.
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  • Surely the one who planted you will also care for you.
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  • The psalm goes on to say that you will bring forth
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  • fruit in season.
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  • So, see yourself not barren in any way, but fruitful in every
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  • area: in your finances, in your health, and in your ministry.
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  • See yourself with leaves that shall not wither, but are always
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  • green, fresh, and full of sap.
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  • This means that you'll always be young, strong,
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  • and full of energy.
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  • The Lord will cause your youth to be renewed like the eagles.
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  • Did you know that leaves in the Bible also speak of healing?
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  • Revelations 22 says, "The leaves of the tree
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  • were for the healing of the nations."
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  • This means your health will be evergreen,
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  • your health will not fail you.
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  • Can I have a good amen?
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  • If you are battling an illness in your body,
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  • meditate on this picture.
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  • See the Lord supplying health to you, and your body infused
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  • with God's healing and health.
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  • Let's look at how Psalms 1, verse 3 says.
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  • "Whatever he does shall prosper."
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  • What a powerful promise.
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  • Whether you're a judge, nurse, homemaker, businessperson,
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  • student, or banker, whatever you do shall prosper.
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  • The Lord can even cause your mistakes to work out for good.
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  • Don't you just love God's Word?
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  • In just a few verses, it has given you such a vivid picture
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  • of the healthy, loved, and successful person
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  • you are in Christ.
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  • This person definitely doesn't look like he's under worry
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  • or anxiety, right?
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  • Meditating on God's Word like this is so powerful.
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  • You will find yourself unconsciously letting go
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  • of stress, prospering in all things,
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  • and stepping into the let-go life he has for you.
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  • Now, let's look at the key to being the blessed man
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  • planted by rivers of water.
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  • Psalms 1 says that, "His delight is in the law of the Lord,
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  • and in his law he meditates day and night."
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  • This man delights in God's Word.
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  • He savors and enjoys it.
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  • Reading the Word is not something he does with legalism,
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  • but something he does with revelation.
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  • That's why it gives him delight or great pleasure, such that
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  • he meditates on it day and night.
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  • Let's zoom into this word, "meditates."
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  • The book of Psalms is from our Old Testament
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  • and is therefore originally written in Hebrew.
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  • So, meditates is translated from the Hebrew word "hagah,"
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  • which means to utter or mutter, to speak in a low voice
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  • as is often done by those who are musing.
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  • Can you see God's way of meditation is not just thinking
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  • in your head, but also speaking his word or muttering it?
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  • Previously, we talked about the importance of hearing God's Word
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  • through a preacher.
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  • Here is the miracle of meditation.
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  • As you mutter God's Word to yourself,
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  • you are being a preacher to yourself.
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  • As you speak out the verses, you are hearing yourself
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  • preach about Jesus.
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  • You are hearing yourself preach life into your situation.
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  • Perhaps you are thinking, "I don't know how to meditate
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  • on God's Word, let alone do it day and night."
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  • Well, let me ask you, do you know how to worry?
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  • If you can think about all the things that could go wrong,
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  • then you already know how to meditate.
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  • The truth is we are all meditating on something
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  • day and night.
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  • Many people are meditating on their troubles at work,
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  • their health conditions, or their financial challenges.
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  • But our heavenly Father is showing us a better way.
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  • He is showing us how to live the let-go life by letting go
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  • of our worries and meditating on his Word instead.
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  • As we do that, we'll be like the fresh and flourishing tree
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  • described in Psalms 1.
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  • You may not have time for many things,
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  • but can I tell you something?
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  • We cannot afford to miss our daily time in the Word.
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  • It really doesn't take long to read and memorize one verse,
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  • and meditate on it throughout the day.
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  • So, my friend, will you try it today?
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  • Some time ago, when my pastors and I were in Israel,
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  • the Lord spoke to us about meditation throughout our trip.
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  • He made it such a special time.
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  • For instance, I really wanted to visit a place called Tel Dan,
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  • even though it was out of the way.
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  • When we got there, I knew why God put that desire in my heart.
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  • Many places were hot and dry then, but Tel Dan was
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  • a beautiful, cool oasis of lush greenery with trees
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  • planted by flowing rivers.
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  • It was a place of tranquility and vibrant life amidst
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  • the dry landscape.
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  • I simply had to get one of the guys with me to take
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  • this photo of me by the waters.
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  • It was as if the Lord had brought me here so I could
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  • literally see myself as that blessed man planted
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  • by the rivers of water.
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  • During that trip, we also went up Mount Arbel,
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  • one of the highest mountains in Galilee.
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  • My pastors and I decided that since we were macho men,
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  • we'd go down by the steep side of the mountain,
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  • as you can see in this photo,
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  • instead of using the route taken by most tourists.
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  • I'm not sure that was such a good idea
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  • because the next day, we could barely move.
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  • We were so sore from using all those muscles
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  • we had never used before.
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  • But while walking down, I believe the Lord made
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  • divine arrangements to show me something he was speaking
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  • to me about.
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  • We came across a huge cave in the middle of the steep incline.
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  • And lo and behold, there was a cow in it.
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  • I don't know how it got there, but as it sat there quietly,
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  • chewing and chewing and chewing cud, I suddenly realized
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  • that I was looking at a picture of meditation.
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  • Here is quick video of the cow we recorded on Mount Arbel.
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  • You see, the cow, like the sheep and goat, is a ruminant.
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  • This means it can get nutrients from plant-based foods it eats
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  • by breaking down the food in its special
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  • four-compartment stomach.
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  • The word "ruminant" comes from the Latin word "ruminare,"
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  • which means to chew again.
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  • And a healthy cow spends 8 hours per day bringing up
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  • and chewing the cud.
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  • What I want you to see is that meditation is very much
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  • like rumination.
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  • After we read God's Word, we can bring it up
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  • and chew on it again.
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  • During the day, there are always pockets of idle time, where we
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  • are waiting for someone, taking a lunch break, standing in line,
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  • or stuck in peak hour traffic.
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  • These are perfect times to bring up verses that can feed us
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  • all over again, like Psalms 23, which says,
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  • "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."
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  • Or Psalms 91, which says,
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  • "A thousand may fall at your side,
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  • "and ten thousand at your right hand;
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  • but it shall not come near you."
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  • We can ruminate on the Word until we have gotten
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  • all the nutrients and extracted all the water from it.
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  • While others are bored or frustrated,
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  • you can have a personal revival.
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  • That's why God wants us to ruminate on his Word throughout
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  • the day and continuously feed on his truths until we have
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  • extracted all the nourishment from even a single verse.
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  • Let me show you how you can practice this.
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  • If you are in a financial situation and your thoughts
  • 00:14:02.060 --> 00:14:04.280
  • are causing you panic attacks, let go of them and counter
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  • those fears by muttering God's promises to yourself throughout
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  • the day, "And my God shall supply all my needs according to
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  • his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
  • 00:14:16.230 --> 00:14:19.280
  • In fact, when you're attacked by worries over anything at all,
  • 00:14:19.290 --> 00:14:23.200
  • meditating on God's Word is the best remedy.
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  • Every time the enemy keeps you awake with fearful thoughts,
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  • simply say, "Since you want to keep me awake, I'll meditate
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:33.290
  • on the Word," just like David did in the Bible.
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  • "I will meditate on you in the night watches."
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  • I take a verse and quote it to myself a few times,
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  • chewing on it again and again.
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  • And many times, I fall asleep and wake up feeling
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  • so rested the next day.
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  • I don't think it's a natural rest, but a supernatural rest
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  • because of the power of God's Word.
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  • I encourage you to start taking hold of God's Word that speaks
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  • to your situation, and just begin meditating on it
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  • one verse at a time.
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  • Bring it up throughout the day.
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  • Mutter it to yourself, and let it wash over you and wash out
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  • thoughts of worry and fear.
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  • This is how you can practice letting go of your fears
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  • and anxieties, and let the prospering power
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  • of God's Word bring his rest into your heart,
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  • and change your negative situations.
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  • Meditating on God's Word is one very practical way that
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  • Welcome back to the program.
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  • We've been talking about what Bible meditation is, and how it
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  • is such a practical way to live the let-go life every day.
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  • I'm not able to cover everything about Bible meditation in this
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  • program, so I encourage you to get hold of my new book,
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  • "Live the Let-Go Life," where I share much more
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  • on this important subject.
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  • But for now, I want to show you how meditating on just
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  • one Bible verse can bless you so much.
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  • Let's take the verse Romans 8, verse 32, which says,
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  • "He who did not spare his own Son,
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  • "but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him
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  • also freely give us all things?"
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  • A verse like this can last you a whole week at least.
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  • Don't rush through it.
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  • Break it into portions, and take your time to meditate
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  • on each portion, turning them around to allow
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  • every truth to speak to your heart and nourish you.
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  • Let's start by meditating on "he who did not spare his own Son."
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  • Who didn't God spare?
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  • His own Son.
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  • Not an angel or a person, but his own dear Son.
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  • The word "own" is so precious, it tells us that God was
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  • personally and deeply affected.
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  • He did not send someone else's son.
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  • He sent his own.
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  • He did not spare his own Son, his only Son,
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  • the Son whom he loved.
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  • Doesn't that remind you of another father in the Bible
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  • who got to spare his son?
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  • Genesis 22 records how God had withheld Abraham's hand
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  • from sacrificing his son as a burnt offering.
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  • But God did not withhold his hand when it came
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  • to his own Son.
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  • God did not spare Jesus so that you and I could be spared.
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  • Take some time to think about it.
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  • Who are we that God Almighty would do this for us?
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  • Next, let's chew on how God delivered him up for us all.
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  • God delivered up his own Son.
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  • He gave Jesus up into the hands of ruthless soldiers
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  • to be cruelly stripped, mocked, whipped, and finally to be
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  • nailed to the cross, suspended between heaven and earth
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  • for six agonizing hours.
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  • Our Lord Jesus was not taken by the soldiers.
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  • His Father delivered him into their hands.
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  • Can you imagine how God the Father must have felt
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  • as he gave up Jesus, knowing what his Son
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  • would have to go through as our sin offering?
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  • That he would have to turn away from his own Son
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  • when he became sin on the cross.
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  • Take time also to meditate on how God delivered Jesus
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  • up for us all, for us all.
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  • He gave Jesus up not for angels, but for us.
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  • And not for those who deserve it or who have lived perfect lives,
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  • but for us all.
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  • None of us qualify for or deserve his love.
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  • Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners.
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  • We had nothing to offer him except our brokenness,
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  • shame, and failures.
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  • Yet God chose to deliver our Lord Jesus up for us all.
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  • It's truly amazing grace that has saved us, amen?
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  • Now, let's ruminate on the portion that says,
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  • "How shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"
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  • When we know how much God has done for us,
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  • the enemy cannot sell his lies to us successfully.
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  • And you can meditate on how God answers prayers not in
  • 00:21:02.000 --> 00:21:05.120
  • a stingy manner or with conditions attached, but freely.
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  • God gives freely.
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  • Doesn't that make you want to jump up and sing?
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  • If God already gave us his best when he gave us Jesus,
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  • what is the rest to him?
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  • What is a job opportunity, a child, favorable client,
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  • healing for your body, wisdom for your exams,
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  • or a life partner to him?
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • I trust that faith is already bursting forth in your heart
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  • like it is in mine.
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  • And all we have been doing is meditating on one verse.
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  • Now that you have seen how meditating on just one verse
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  • can produce such rich truths, I pray you will start making it
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  • a daily habit for yourself.
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  • Now, we are going to see how meditation set a precious
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  • sister, Paula, free from 40 years of depression.
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  • I believe that you will be as encouraged as I was
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  • by her testimony.
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  • (Paula) I battled with depression constantly, even as a child.
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  • Much time and money spent on professional counseling,
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:09.180
  • medical doctors, supplements, and medication did not seem
  • 00:22:09.190 --> 00:22:13.070
  • to help me at all.
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  • One day, my 6-year-old happened to leave the television on when
  • 00:22:15.010 --> 00:22:18.020
  • she left the room, and that was when I heard Pastor Prince
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:21.130
  • being interviewed.
  • 00:22:21.140 --> 00:22:23.070
  • When I first heard him sing the words of Psalms 34
  • 00:22:23.080 --> 00:22:26.030
  • on his program, it immediately became my theme song.
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  • I sang it day and night whenever I was troubled
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  • and gripped with fear.
  • 00:22:33.090 --> 00:22:35.100
  • I also attended Pastor Prince's events in Dallas, where, during
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:38.220
  • the service, he said that some people would be set free
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  • from chronic conditions.
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  • I believed the word was for me.
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  • One day, as I was driving, I boldly rejected depression
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  • in Jesus' name.
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:51.270
  • I immediately felt the depression start to dissipate,
  • 00:22:51.280 --> 00:22:54.150
  • and by evening, I was feeling much better.
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  • I am writing because I feel such an urge to spread hope
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  • to others with chronic strongholds.
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  • I would say to them that no matter how long it takes,
  • 00:23:03.010 --> 00:23:06.030
  • no matter how hopeless you feel, keep believing.
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  • God's grace will do for you what you can never do for yourself.
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  • Trials and emotions still come on some days,
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  • but I have confidence inside that I am not alone,
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  • and they will pass as I keep confessing his Word.
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  • Thank you so much, Pastor Prince,
  • 00:23:24.170 --> 00:23:26.190
  • for sharing your passion for Jesus.
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  • All glory to Jesus, amen?
  • 00:23:30.240 --> 00:23:33.010
  • Did you see how Paula spent time daily to read, and watch
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:36.100
  • sermons, and take down notes on what she heard?
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  • She sang the words of Psalms 34 to herself day and night
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  • whenever she was troubled and gripped with fear,
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:45.040
  • and kept praising God and declaring his Word.
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  • That's how she meditated on God's Word day and night.
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  • And as she kept feeding on his truths, she was set free
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  • from depression that had kept her bound for 40 long years.
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  • Whatever strongholds have bound you,
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  • I hope Paula's testimony encourages you.
  • 00:24:01.180 --> 00:24:04.050
  • Start by finding Scriptures that you can make your theme song,
  • 00:24:04.060 --> 00:24:08.200
  • and mutter them to yourself again and again until you
  • 00:24:08.210 --> 00:24:12.090
  • are strengthened from the inside.
  • 00:24:12.100 --> 00:24:14.130
  • Now, before we end the episode, I want to share with you
  • 00:24:14.140 --> 00:24:17.180
  • how to get the most out of your times of meditation
  • 00:24:17.190 --> 00:24:20.220
  • or feeding on God's Word.
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  • Feeding on his Word is not like going to the drive-through
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  • or wolfing down fast food.
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  • There's nothing wrong with listening to sermons
  • 00:24:27.260 --> 00:24:29.210
  • while you are commuting.
  • 00:24:29.220 --> 00:24:31.080
  • In fact, I encourage you to do that.
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  • But can I also encourage you not to just gobble down God's Word
  • 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:36.180
  • on the go?
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  • Instead, would you take some time daily to really chew
  • 00:24:38.020 --> 00:24:40.250
  • on the verses that you hear or read?
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  • As we have seen, you can start with just one verse a day.
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  • It's not about how many chapters you read, but how deeply you go
  • 00:24:47.220 --> 00:24:51.100
  • to digest and think about his Word.
  • 00:24:51.110 --> 00:24:54.080
  • Just like how cows chew the cud, we can ruminate on the Word,
  • 00:24:54.090 --> 00:24:57.260
  • turn it over and over again in our minds, and savor it until
  • 00:24:57.270 --> 00:25:01.220
  • the essence of one verse becomes such a truth that it drowns out
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  • the negative facts that could be staring you in the face.
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  • It may be a fact that there is a troubling symptom in your body,
  • 00:25:08.230 --> 00:25:12.110
  • but you know what?
  • 00:25:12.120 --> 00:25:13.220
  • The truth of God declares in Romans 8, "But if the spirit of
  • 00:25:13.230 --> 00:25:17.080
  • "him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:20.040
  • "he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life
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  • to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you."
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  • It may also be a fact that your doctor has said you cannot bear
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  • children, but the truth is what his Word declares,
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  • "You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be
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  • a male or female barren among you."
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  • As you make that decision to prioritize and meditate on his
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  • Word daily, it will drive out all fear and stress.
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  • His powerful truths will overshadow every negative fact.
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