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Peace in the Stress

Watch Peace in the Stress
May 3, 2020
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In life there will always be stress; pain and burdens. In this message Pastor Kerry Shook examines how to leave worry behind and experience the peace that surpasses all understanding.

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Peace in the Stress

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  • Kerry Shook: It's not abouthow to get rid
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  • of all your difficulties.
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  • It's not about how to getrid of all your stress.
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  • Because that's impossible.
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  • Can't do that.
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  • That's heaven.
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  • It's about how to have strengthin the middle of the stress, how
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  • to have peace and power inthe middle of your problems.
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  • It's about how to be centeredin the middle of
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  • difficult circumstances.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Kerry: Last month, my wifeasked me if I would really
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  • do some things around the house,and she gave me a list of about
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  • ten things that she said, youknow, "If you could just do some
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  • repairs on these things or callsomeone to fix this and--"
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  • One of the things on there waspressure-washing the back porch.
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  • And so instead of callingsomeone to pressure-wash the
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  • back porch, I thought,you know, "I can do that."
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  • So--even though I'm terribleat any home repairs.
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  • Usually after I do something,I've got to call the repairman
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  • to fix what I've done.
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  • But I thought, you know,"At least I can do that."
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  • So I went down tothe hardware store.
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  • I bought this little electricpower washer, and I started
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  • power-washing the back porch.
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  • And our back porch is made ofbrick the same as our house, but
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  • there was all this dirt andalgae and mold all over
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  • the brick.
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  • But when I power-washed, it wasjust like a miracle happened.
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  • I had forgotten the colorof the original brick.
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  • I didn't realize it was so lightbecause I'd seen all that dirt
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  • on it for so long.
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  • And the dirt and the mold, theyjust came right up with the
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  • power-washing and I found thatit was so satisfying because I
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  • could see so clearly theresults of my amazing work.
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  • And then 14 hours later,I realized something else.
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  • Power-washing is addictive.
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  • I'm addicted topressure-washing.
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  • I mean, I just keptpressure-washing because you
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  • could clearly see the areas thatI had pressure-washed and then
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  • the areas that I hadn'tpressure-washed, and then
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  • there's always somethingto pressure wash.
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  • It's like it keeps multiplying.
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  • So I pressure-washed theback porch, and then I
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  • pressure-washed the house, andthen I pressure-washed some of
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  • the outdoor furniture, then Ipressure-washed an outdoor throw
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  • rug, and then Ipressure-washed the dogs.
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  • I pressure-washedthe front driveway.
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  • I literally pressure-washedthe moldy tennis shoes.
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  • I did it and it worked great.
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  • I'm just pressure-washingeverything.
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  • And then every evening I wouldcome home and I would just start
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  • pressure-washing something else.
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  • And then Chris finally said tome, "Kerry, that's great that
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  • you're pressure-washing and all,and need that, but you can stop
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  • now because there are a lotof other things on the list."
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  • And like any addict, I said,"I can quit anytime, honey.
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  • It's just that it's almost done.
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  • I'm almost throughpressure--I've almost
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  • pressure-washed everything."
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  • And I remember going out todinner that night, and as we're
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  • walking up the steps to therestaurant I noticed they could
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  • really use some pressurewashing around here.
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  • You start noticing, you know,all these places that need to be
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  • pressure-washed, you know.
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  • Oh, by the way, Ipressure-washed both of
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  • our cars.
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  • It's pretty awesome.
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  • Took a little bit of paint off.
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  • But anyway--and I actuallysaid this to Chris.
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  • I said, "Honey, I don't know ifthis is from God or not or just
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  • me thinking this up, butit's probably from God.
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  • What if we started apressure-washing ministry at
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  • the church?
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  • That's what we can do.
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  • We can buy a bunch of pressurewashers and we can train people
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  • 'cause you got tobe a pro at this.
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  • I mean, it takesa lot of training.
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  • And so--and they would justgo out from neighborhood to
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  • neighborhood to neighborhood.
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  • You know, it was--
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  • Can I pressure wash your drive?
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  • Can I pressure wash--'causeyour drive is filthy.
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  • Can I pressure wash it?"
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  • And she said, "And whatdo we call you, the
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  • pressure-washing preacher?
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  • Is that what you want?"
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  • And then my son, Ryan, came overand he saw me pressure-washing,
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  • and I wanted to show him.
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  • "Look at this.
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  • Isn't this amazingwhat this does?
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  • This is so cool."
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  • And then all of a sudden thepressure washer hose just kind
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  • of exploded and my career ofpressure-washing was over as
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  • quickly as that.
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  • And Ryan said, "Dad, do youthink maybe God's trying to tell
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  • you to give uppressure-washing to get back
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  • to your higher calling?
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  • Is that what it is, maybe?"
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  • No, I got thepressure washer fixed.
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  • I'm back at it again.
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  • Ready to go.
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  • I'll come to your house.
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  • No, not really.
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  • I'm pretty much done with it,but I discovered something.
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  • There's always somethingto pressure-wash.
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  • There's always dirt.
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  • In fact, now mydrive is dirty again.
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  • The back porch isgetting dirty again.
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  • There's always somethingto pressure-wash.
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  • There's always dirt, and that'sthe way it is with stress.
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  • There's always stress.
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  • There are always problems.
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  • In fact, that's part ofGod's plan for your life.
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  • Take a guitar or a violin.
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  • It needs a little bit of stresson the strings in order for it
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  • to play beautiful music.
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  • If you don't stress the strings,it will be completely off key.
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  • But if you stress the stringstoo much, then it snaps.
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  • And many times, it's thestresses and the problems and
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  • the pain that God allows intoour lives that creates the
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  • beautiful music in our lives.
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  • So God wants to use the stressto really make us into what he
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  • wants us to be.
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  • And I have to say this series isnot about how to get rid of all
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  • your circumstancesthat are problems.
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  • It's not about how to getrid of all your difficulties.
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  • It's not about how to getrid of all your stress.
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  • Because that's impossible,can't do that, that's heaven.
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  • It's about how to have strengthin the middle of the stress, how
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  • to have peace and power inthe middle of your problems.
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  • It's about how to becentered in the middle of
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  • difficult circumstances.
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  • And so I want you to open yourBibles to Philippians chapter 4
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  • because we're going to see a guywho was centered in the middle
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  • of the stress.
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  • His name is Paul, and Paul givesus the secret to having God's
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  • strength in the middleof our problems.
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  • He gives us a secret to beingtotally centered in the center
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  • of God's will in the middleof difficult circumstances.
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  • And I want you to know he writesthis not while he's lying out on
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  • the beach in the Caribbeansipping a margarita, he writes
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  • this in a prison in Rome.
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  • In fact, Paul was falselyaccused, and he was imprisoned
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  • and beaten and then he wastransferred to another prison
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  • and he was shipwreckedalong the way.
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  • And finally, he arrives inthe Mamertine prison in Rome.
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  • He's had problem afterproblem after problem.
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  • And I've had the privilege ofgoing into that little prison
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  • cell in the Mamertine prison inRome, and it's really cramped,
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  • it's dark, no windows,water's dripping down.
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  • It's filthy, dirty, andalgae growing on the side.
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  • It really needs tobe power-washed.
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  • I can tell you that.
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  • But it's an awful place andthat's where Paul says, "I've
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  • got this incredible joy.
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  • I've got this amazing strength.
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  • I've got thisunbelievable peace.
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  • I've got this fulfillment thatjust flows out of my life."
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  • And it's in the middle of themost stressful situation in
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  • his life.
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  • It's unexplainablepeace and power.
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  • Says, "I'm centered.
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  • I'm right in thecenter of God's will."
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  • So would you stand inhonor of God's Word?
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  • And I want you just toread it out loud with me.
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  • A very simple, short passage,but so deep and profound is
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  • this truth.
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  • Something we need.
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  • "Do not be anxious aboutanything, but in everything by
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  • prayer and petition withthanksgiving, present your
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  • requests to God, and the peaceof God, which transcends all
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  • understanding, will guard yourhearts and your minds in
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  • Christ Jesus."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • This is so simple, folks,but yet it's so profound.
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  • It's such a deep principle ifwe put it in to our lives, but I
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  • just want to make it so clear sothat this deep principle can go
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  • way down into our heartsand it changes forever.
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  • First, Paul says, "Don'tworry about anything."
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  • If you really want God'sstrength in the middle of your
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  • stress, then don'tworry about anything.
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  • In verse 6 it says, "Do notbe anxious about anything."
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  • Underline the word anything.
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  • He says, "Don't worryabout anything."
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  • He doesn't say, "Don't worryabout anything because there's
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  • nothing worth worrying about."
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  • He says, "Don't worry aboutanything because worry is
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  • worthless, it doesn't help.
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  • It cannot change the past.
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  • It cannot control the future.
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  • All it does is messup the present.
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  • It's worthless.
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  • It doesn't help anything."
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  • Now, this is one of the hardestcommands for us to obey.
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  • And by the way, it's a command.
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  • He didn't say, "I suggest thatyou don't worry about anything."
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  • It's, "Don't worryabout anything."
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  • It's a command.
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  • It's one of the hardestones for us to obey.
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  • And a lot of times, Christ'sfollowers think it's just not
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  • that big of a sinbreaking this command.
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  • I mean, it's not like one ofthe big ones like adultery or
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  • something like that.
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  • It's just worry.
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  • And we all worry.
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  • And so it's notthat big of a deal.
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  • But it's a huge deal to Godbecause it's so destructive in
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  • our relationship with the Lordand it's so destructive in our
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  • relationships to thepeople around us.
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  • It's huge.
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  • And God wants us to learn thisprinciple so that worry doesn't
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  • cause that motion sickness inour soul that eventually can
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  • destroy us, because all sin isthe same to God because it
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  • separates us from him.
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  • "Now, why do I worry?"
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  • Well, worry is really a sideeffect of not allowing God to be
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  • at the center of my life.
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  • Worry is really an alarm bellthat goes off that says, "I push
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  • God out of thecenter of my life."
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  • I can be me-centeredor God-centered.
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  • And when I becomeme-centered, I start to worry.
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  • See, worry is just trying tocontrol something that you can't
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  • control, and most of lifeis out of our control.
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  • And so whenever I'm worried--andwe all struggle with worry.
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  • Whenever I start to worry,it just simply means that I'm
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  • trying to play God, that I havepushed God out of the center of
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  • my life and there's somethingelse at the center that's not
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  • strong enough, that'snot solid enough.
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  • And so as you push God out ofthe center of your life, then
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  • you try to play God andyou try to control things.
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  • You try to control otherpeople who don't cooperate.
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  • You try to control yourcircumstances that
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  • are uncontrollable.
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  • You try to controlyour problems.
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  • You try to control everythingaround you and you can't do it.
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  • It's impossible.
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  • It just brings even morestress into your life.
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  • So I have to allow God to be atthe center of my life and say,
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  • "God, I need you.
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  • You're the one in control."
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  • Kerry: There are times in lifewhere you feel like you're
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  • losing your grip, you feel likeyou can't hold on any longer.
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  • And that's okay because ifyou're a child of God, he will
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  • never let go of you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Life isfilled with ups and downs.
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  • We can even experience joy andtragedy all in the same day.
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  • That's what Kerry and ChrisShook want to share in their new
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  • From their own lessons learned,the Shooks encourage us that
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  • In "The Gift of One Day," theyexplore the power of gratitude,
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  • If you or someone you care aboutis going through a hard time,
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  • Kerry: You see, we worry becausewe try to play God, and we try
  • 00:12:26.060 --> 00:12:27.495
  • to play God because we forgethow big and great God is.
  • 00:12:27.529 --> 00:12:31.099
  • That he's bigenough to handle it.
  • 00:12:31.132 --> 00:12:33.735
  • In Romans 8:38 it says, "And I'mconvinced that nothing can ever
  • 00:12:33.768 --> 00:12:37.972
  • separate us from God's love,neither death nor life, neither
  • 00:12:38.006 --> 00:12:41.876
  • angels nor demons, neither ourfears for today nor our worries
  • 00:12:41.910 --> 00:12:45.313
  • about tomorrow.
  • 00:12:45.346 --> 00:12:46.881
  • Not even the powers of hell canseparate us from God's love."
  • 00:12:46.915 --> 00:12:51.186
  • See, no circumstance canseparate you from the love
  • 00:12:51.219 --> 00:12:52.787
  • of God.
  • 00:12:52.821 --> 00:12:54.422
  • No problem can stop God'spurpose for your life.
  • 00:12:54.455 --> 00:12:58.026
  • There are times in life whereyou feel like you're losing your
  • 00:12:58.059 --> 00:13:00.128
  • grip, you feel like youcan't hold on any longer.
  • 00:13:00.161 --> 00:13:04.098
  • And that's okay because ifyou're a child of God, he will
  • 00:13:04.132 --> 00:13:06.334
  • never let go of you.
  • 00:13:06.367 --> 00:13:08.369
  • He will always hold on to you.
  • 00:13:08.403 --> 00:13:11.339
  • You can count on that.
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  • And sometimes I let go.
  • 00:13:12.941 --> 00:13:14.409
  • I can't hold on and Isay, "God, I give up.
  • 00:13:14.442 --> 00:13:17.679
  • I can't do this."
  • 00:13:17.712 --> 00:13:19.247
  • And that's when Jesus Christholds me tighter and says, "I
  • 00:13:19.280 --> 00:13:24.485
  • will never let you go.
  • 00:13:24.519 --> 00:13:27.021
  • Nothing can separateyou from my love."
  • 00:13:27.055 --> 00:13:31.893
  • And when you can't see what Godis up to, you can always trust
  • 00:13:31.926 --> 00:13:36.064
  • his heart.
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  • Many times we can'tsee what God is up to.
  • 00:13:38.266 --> 00:13:40.001
  • When the storm clouds areswirling around you, it's really
  • 00:13:40.034 --> 00:13:41.803
  • hard to see what God is up to.
  • 00:13:41.836 --> 00:13:43.905
  • Take Paul for example.
  • 00:13:43.938 --> 00:13:46.941
  • Paul had a dream of going toRome and preaching the gospel,
  • 00:13:46.975 --> 00:13:49.811
  • and I'm sure he dreamed that hewould preach the gospel in
  • 00:13:49.844 --> 00:13:52.747
  • the Coliseum.
  • 00:13:52.780 --> 00:13:54.749
  • Christians were killedin the Coliseum.
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  • But I'm sure he dreamed that,you know, God would bring a
  • 00:13:57.652 --> 00:13:59.888
  • great revival and he'll bepreaching to thousands in the
  • 00:13:59.921 --> 00:14:01.856
  • Coliseum because he knew he wasto go to Rome and preach the
  • 00:14:01.890 --> 00:14:04.559
  • gospel, but instead he's in thislittle prison cell waiting to be
  • 00:14:04.592 --> 00:14:09.030
  • executed by Nero.
  • 00:14:09.063 --> 00:14:11.332
  • But there in that prisoncell, he wrote most of the
  • 00:14:11.366 --> 00:14:13.067
  • New Testament.
  • 00:14:13.101 --> 00:14:15.837
  • Paul, through the inspiration ofthe Holy Spirit, wrote a lot of
  • 00:14:15.870 --> 00:14:18.506
  • the Bible right there in thatprison cell because God had a
  • 00:14:18.539 --> 00:14:21.376
  • bigger plan to reach morepeople throughout the ages.
  • 00:14:21.409 --> 00:14:26.614
  • And sometimes we can't see whatGod is up to when we're going
  • 00:14:26.648 --> 00:14:28.716
  • through pain and problems anddifficulties and burdens, but
  • 00:14:28.750 --> 00:14:34.589
  • God still has a plan and there'sno problem that can stop God's
  • 00:14:34.622 --> 00:14:37.158
  • purpose for your life.
  • 00:14:37.191 --> 00:14:40.261
  • God still has a plan, andthere's nothing that can
  • 00:14:40.295 --> 00:14:42.897
  • separate you from the gripof his grace in your life.
  • 00:14:42.931 --> 00:14:48.436
  • So don't worry about anything.
  • 00:14:48.469 --> 00:14:50.071
  • Secondly, he says,"Pray about everything."
  • 00:14:50.104 --> 00:14:52.140
  • See, in life you're going tohave stress, problems, pain, and
  • 00:14:52.173 --> 00:14:54.042
  • heavy burdens, but we havesomeone we can unload those
  • 00:14:54.075 --> 00:14:56.678
  • burdens on.
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  • You don't have tocarry the weight.
  • 00:14:58.379 --> 00:15:00.181
  • In verse 6, the second partof the verse it says,
  • 00:15:00.214 --> 00:15:01.749
  • "But in everything by prayerand petition,
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  • present your request to God."
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  • Now underline theword everything.
  • 00:15:07.088 --> 00:15:08.823
  • God wants us to bring all of ourworries and fears and problems
  • 00:15:08.856 --> 00:15:11.359
  • to him in prayer.
  • 00:15:11.392 --> 00:15:12.860
  • A lot of times Christ followersthink that, "I'm only supposed
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  • to pray about spiritualreligious things like pray for
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  • all the missionaries orpray for world peace.
  • 00:15:17.966 --> 00:15:21.202
  • You know, I'm supposed to prayfor all these spiritual things
  • 00:15:21.235 --> 00:15:23.204
  • and most of my worriesdon't seem very spiritual."
  • 00:15:23.237 --> 00:15:26.107
  • But God says, "I want youto pray about everything.
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  • I want you to pray about thethings that you're really
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  • worried about because Idon't want you to worry."
  • 00:15:30.845 --> 00:15:34.949
  • God says, "I care abouteverything you're worried about
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  • because I don't wantyou to worry about them.
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  • So pray about them."
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  • So when a worried thought comesinto your mind, and you can't
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  • help it when worried thoughtscome into your mind, that's not
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  • a sin to have a worriedthought come into your mind.
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  • That happens all the time, butyou can choose whether you focus
  • 00:15:48.596 --> 00:15:50.965
  • on that worried thought or youtake the worried thought and you
  • 00:15:50.999 --> 00:15:54.002
  • pray about it.
  • 00:15:54.035 --> 00:15:55.837
  • God says, "Every time theworried thought comes in your
  • 00:15:55.870 --> 00:15:57.505
  • mind, bring it to me in prayerbecause I'm the one who can do
  • 00:15:57.538 --> 00:15:59.741
  • something about it."
  • 00:15:59.774 --> 00:16:02.577
  • And then underline the wordpetition in that verse.
  • 00:16:02.610 --> 00:16:06.848
  • That means a specificprayer request.
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  • God wants you to pray abouteverything and he wants you to
  • 00:16:10.585 --> 00:16:12.754
  • be specific.
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  • That is, pray about your childwho's struggling in school, pray
  • 00:16:14.155 --> 00:16:17.625
  • about that problem in yourworkplace, pray about every
  • 00:16:17.658 --> 00:16:21.629
  • specific thing that'sburdening your life.
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  • God wants you to pray about it.
  • 00:16:27.335 --> 00:16:28.703
  • And the great thing is, ifyou're a great warrior, and some
  • 00:16:28.736 --> 00:16:30.338
  • of you are, you canbe a great prayer.
  • 00:16:30.371 --> 00:16:33.508
  • Soon as the worried thoughtcomes in your mind, pray
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  • about it.
  • 00:16:35.076 --> 00:16:37.078
  • You can go from being a greatworrier to a great prayer, and
  • 00:16:37.111 --> 00:16:39.414
  • some of you are great worriers.
  • 00:16:39.447 --> 00:16:41.949
  • I mean, you're born worriers.
  • 00:16:41.983 --> 00:16:44.085
  • You can see a problemin every solution.
  • 00:16:44.118 --> 00:16:46.788
  • I mean, you worry abouthow much you worry.
  • 00:16:46.821 --> 00:16:50.091
  • Some of you right now, I mean,as we're going through this
  • 00:16:50.124 --> 00:16:53.428
  • message, you're getting reallyworried that you worry too much.
  • 00:16:53.461 --> 00:16:56.364
  • I mean, you gotit bad, you know.
  • 00:16:56.397 --> 00:16:58.466
  • Hey, and by the way, for thoseof you who never worry, a lot of
  • 00:16:58.499 --> 00:17:01.769
  • studies now show that the higheryour IQ, the more you tend
  • 00:17:01.803 --> 00:17:04.839
  • to worry.
  • 00:17:04.872 --> 00:17:06.941
  • So you may be thinkingyou're really spiritual.
  • 00:17:06.974 --> 00:17:13.581
  • It may not be aboutspirituality at all, you know.
  • 00:17:13.614 --> 00:17:18.853
  • You just may be oblivious.
  • 00:17:18.886 --> 00:17:21.155
  • It just--maybe your elevatordoesn't go all the way the top.
  • 00:17:21.189 --> 00:17:23.558
  • I don't know.
  • 00:17:23.591 --> 00:17:25.193
  • Could be a couple of sandwichesshort of a picnic basket.
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  • I don't know, you know.
  • 00:17:27.295 --> 00:17:29.197
  • But you're enjoying life.
  • 00:17:29.230 --> 00:17:33.701
  • But you can be a great prayer.
  • 00:17:33.734 --> 00:17:37.205
  • When a worried thought comesinto your mind, just turn it
  • 00:17:37.238 --> 00:17:38.940
  • over to God and say, "God, Ineed you to do something about
  • 00:17:38.973 --> 00:17:42.009
  • this, I can't do it,I give it to you."
  • 00:17:42.043 --> 00:17:44.078
  • And then his peacefills your heart.
  • 00:17:44.112 --> 00:17:45.880
  • And then a few minutes laterwhen Satan puts that worried
  • 00:17:45.913 --> 00:17:47.548
  • thought back in yourmind, pray about it again.
  • 00:17:47.582 --> 00:17:49.550
  • Soon, he'll stop doing thatbecause you just keep praying.
  • 00:17:49.584 --> 00:17:53.354
  • Satan doesn't want todevelop prayer warriors.
  • 00:17:53.387 --> 00:17:56.757
  • You just keep givingit over to God.
  • 00:17:56.791 --> 00:17:59.927
  • Pray about every single thing.
  • 00:17:59.961 --> 00:18:02.663
  • In 1 Peter 5:7, I love thispassage, "You can throw the
  • 00:18:02.697 --> 00:18:06.567
  • whole weight of your anxietiesupon him, for you are his
  • 00:18:06.601 --> 00:18:09.704
  • personal concern."
  • 00:18:09.737 --> 00:18:12.773
  • You can throw all of yourburdens, all of your problems on
  • 00:18:12.807 --> 00:18:14.876
  • him because he cares about youdeeply, cares about every detail
  • 00:18:14.909 --> 00:18:17.912
  • of your life.
  • 00:18:17.945 --> 00:18:19.280
  • We worry and we try to controlthings and play God and put
  • 00:18:19.313 --> 00:18:23.151
  • ourselves at the center of ourlives because we forget how big
  • 00:18:23.184 --> 00:18:27.421
  • and great God is and we forgethow much he cares about the
  • 00:18:27.455 --> 00:18:30.191
  • details of our lives.
  • 00:18:30.224 --> 00:18:32.126
  • He cares about everydetail of your life.
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:34.762
  • Well, there's a third thing.
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  • Always give thanks.
  • 00:18:36.564 --> 00:18:38.466
  • Don't worry about anything,pray about everything, and then
  • 00:18:38.499 --> 00:18:42.336
  • always give thanks.
  • 00:18:42.370 --> 00:18:44.305
  • If you want to experience God'sstrength in the middle of your
  • 00:18:44.338 --> 00:18:45.640
  • stress, you've got to developan attitude of gratitude.
  • 00:18:45.673 --> 00:18:49.744
  • In verse 6, the last part of theverse it says, "In everything
  • 00:18:49.777 --> 00:18:51.879
  • with thanksgiving."
  • 00:18:51.913 --> 00:18:54.015
  • Underline the word thanksgiving.
  • 00:18:54.048 --> 00:18:56.617
  • When you're going through painand problems, we have a tendency
  • 00:18:56.651 --> 00:18:59.287
  • to take it out on other people.
  • 00:18:59.320 --> 00:19:01.122
  • We play the blame game or weplay the complain game, and it
  • 00:19:01.155 --> 00:19:06.827
  • keeps God from workinghis miracle in our mess.
  • 00:19:06.861 --> 00:19:10.431
  • In the middle of the mess,God wants to work a miracle.
  • 00:19:10.464 --> 00:19:12.366
  • But when I blame others and Icomplain, then it blocks God's
  • 00:19:12.400 --> 00:19:17.071
  • blessing in my life.
  • 00:19:17.104 --> 00:19:19.073
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "Givethanks in all circumstances, for
  • 00:19:19.106 --> 00:19:22.977
  • this is God's will foryou in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:26.280
  • Underline that word "in."
  • 00:19:26.314 --> 00:19:28.783
  • This is so important because itdoesn't say give thanks for
  • 00:19:28.816 --> 00:19:31.552
  • all circumstances.
  • 00:19:31.586 --> 00:19:33.788
  • That's so important.
  • 00:19:33.821 --> 00:19:35.590
  • He doesn't say when a terriblething comes in your life, you
  • 00:19:35.623 --> 00:19:37.992
  • jump up and down andhave a problem party.
  • 00:19:38.025 --> 00:19:41.495
  • Every once in a while I hearChrist followers say something
  • 00:19:41.529 --> 00:19:43.631
  • like, "Hallelujah.
  • 00:19:43.664 --> 00:19:44.966
  • Praise Jesus.
  • 00:19:44.999 --> 00:19:46.367
  • I lost my job today.
  • 00:19:46.400 --> 00:19:47.768
  • Oh, praise the Lord."
  • 00:19:47.802 --> 00:19:49.503
  • And I'm thinking, "That's nuts."
  • 00:19:49.537 --> 00:19:53.841
  • You don't have to thank Godfor, but you thank him in.
  • 00:19:53.874 --> 00:20:00.248
  • You don't thank God for cancer.
  • 00:20:00.281 --> 00:20:02.183
  • It's terrible.
  • 00:20:02.216 --> 00:20:03.818
  • You don't thank Godfor that divorce.
  • 00:20:03.851 --> 00:20:06.220
  • You don't thankGod for bankruptcy.
  • 00:20:06.254 --> 00:20:08.389
  • You don't thank Godfor that tragedy.
  • 00:20:08.422 --> 00:20:10.858
  • But God says, "In the middleof it, you can thank me."
  • 00:20:10.891 --> 00:20:13.761
  • You can go, "God, I don'tunderstand it, but I thank you
  • 00:20:13.794 --> 00:20:15.997
  • that you're goingto get me through.
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:18.099
  • I thank you that somehow somewayyour purpose is going to
  • 00:20:18.132 --> 00:20:22.103
  • come through.
  • 00:20:22.136 --> 00:20:24.238
  • I thank you thatyou'll never leave me.
  • 00:20:24.272 --> 00:20:25.740
  • I thank you for the peacein the middle of this.
  • 00:20:25.773 --> 00:20:27.708
  • I thank you for your strength.
  • 00:20:27.742 --> 00:20:29.543
  • I thank you."
  • 00:20:29.577 --> 00:20:31.946
  • We can thank him in.
  • 00:20:31.979 --> 00:20:35.349
  • And by the way, it's the stressthat sends us to the Savior.
  • 00:20:35.383 --> 00:20:38.719
  • It's the hurt thatsends us to the healer.
  • 00:20:38.753 --> 00:20:41.822
  • There was a time in Paul's lifewhere he came to the end of
  • 00:20:41.856 --> 00:20:44.158
  • his rope.
  • 00:20:44.191 --> 00:20:45.726
  • During all those problems, hecame to this place where he was
  • 00:20:45.760 --> 00:20:48.763
  • about to give up andthrow in the towel.
  • 00:20:48.796 --> 00:20:50.765
  • In 2 Corinthians 1:9 he says,"Indeed, in our hearts we felt
  • 00:20:50.798 --> 00:20:54.402
  • the sentence of death, but thishappened that we might not rely
  • 00:20:54.435 --> 00:20:57.204
  • on ourselves but on God,who raises the dead."
  • 00:20:57.238 --> 00:21:01.609
  • Paul says, "Man, wewere overwhelmed.
  • 00:21:01.642 --> 00:21:03.878
  • We were done.
  • 00:21:03.911 --> 00:21:05.846
  • We were about to give up.
  • 00:21:05.880 --> 00:21:07.882
  • We--I mean, it wasover, and we gave up.
  • 00:21:07.915 --> 00:21:12.019
  • But in that moment when we gaveup, we learned the power of
  • 00:21:12.053 --> 00:21:18.092
  • relying on God alone.
  • 00:21:18.125 --> 00:21:20.594
  • We realized that God was all wehad, but God was all we needed.
  • 00:21:20.628 --> 00:21:27.101
  • The God who is able toraise the dead," Paul says.
  • 00:21:27.134 --> 00:21:31.038
  • The God who is able to raise adead marriage, the God who is
  • 00:21:31.072 --> 00:21:33.708
  • able to raise a dead dream, theGod who is able to raise dead
  • 00:21:33.741 --> 00:21:36.911
  • hopes, he loves you so much.
  • 00:21:36.944 --> 00:21:41.449
  • And we forget how big and greathe is and how much he loves us,
  • 00:21:41.482 --> 00:21:45.186
  • and I want us to remember thatright now because that same God
  • 00:21:45.219 --> 00:21:47.555
  • is here right now and he wantsto work a miracle in our mess.
  • 00:21:47.588 --> 00:21:54.128
  • God says, "You can takeyour burdens to me.
  • 00:21:54.161 --> 00:21:55.996
  • I care about it.
  • 00:21:56.030 --> 00:21:57.365
  • You can pray about the burdenthat's just crushing you.
  • 00:21:57.398 --> 00:21:59.500
  • You can pray.
  • 00:21:59.533 --> 00:22:01.168
  • And not only can you take it toGod, but you can also bring it
  • 00:22:01.202 --> 00:22:03.070
  • to other brothers and sistersin Christ who want to pray
  • 00:22:03.104 --> 00:22:06.273
  • with you."
  • 00:22:06.307 --> 00:22:07.641
  • And there's real power in that,praying together and
  • 00:22:07.675 --> 00:22:10.077
  • agreeing together.
  • 00:22:10.111 --> 00:22:13.180
  • And so we have prayer partnerswho are going to pray that God
  • 00:22:13.214 --> 00:22:15.349
  • meets your need, that God takesthat burden out of your life,
  • 00:22:15.383 --> 00:22:19.320
  • that God works a miracle; andGod will either take the burden
  • 00:22:19.353 --> 00:22:21.989
  • out of your life and work amiracle or he will take you
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  • through the problem andwork a miracle in you.
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  • But God will see you through.
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  • I want you to seethis last verse.
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  • This is so important because ifyou don't worry about anything,
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  • you pray about everything, andyou thank God in all things,
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  • here's the result.
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  • Paul says in verse 7, "And thepeace of God, which transcends
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  • all understanding, will guardyour hearts and your minds in
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  • Christ Jesus."
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  • In the middle of that prisoncell, he was filled with joy and
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  • peace, fulfillment and God'sstrength because he was
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  • centered; God at the centerof his life and
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  • he at the center of God's will.
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  • It looked like everything wasout of control, but God was
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  • using him right there in thatprison cell to write a lot of
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  • the Bible and this passage thatso ministered to you and
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  • me today.
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  • God had a bigger plan.
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  • And in our world today, it maylook like everything's spinning
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  • out of control.
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  • It may look likethat it's just chaos.
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  • It may not make anysense, but just know this.
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  • God is still on his throne,God is still in control, and no
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  • amount of evil, no amount ofchaos, no amount of pain can
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  • stop God's purpose.
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  • God's purpose will standbecause God cannot be derailed.
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  • God cannot be contained.
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  • God cannot be stopped.
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  • He is all-powerful,ever-present, all-knowing,
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  • Almighty God, and Godis still in control.
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  • The only question is, isGod in control of your life?
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  • Is the God who created theuniverse and cares about every
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  • detail of your life incontrol of your life?
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  • Is God at thecenter of your life?
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  • You can't be centereduntil God is at the center.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris: We're so glad youjoined us for the message today
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  • and hope it impactsyour life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know there'smany out there who have never
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  • received Christ and allyou have to do is just pray
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  • and ask for his salvation andsay, "Jesus Christ,
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  • forgive me of all my sins.
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  • Come into my life, bethe Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift ofsalvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you prayed that prayer,Christ will come into your life
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • Chris Shook: Our grandsonJude Samuel lived for one day.
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  • But the way he lived that oneday has taught us how to live
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  • our years and one way that wewere able to look back and see
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  • what God has done is tostart keeping a journal.
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  • We started callingit The Miracle Book.
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  • It's just a little blank bookthat we started writing down all
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  • the miracles, big and small,that God would do in our lives
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  • every day.
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  • We opened our eyes to bewatching for what he did and
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  • sure enough, he always worked.
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  • And so, we want you to have amiracle book so you can keep
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  • track of what God isdoing in your life.
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  • Kerry: We really do want you tolearn how to unwrap the gift of
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  • one day because it canchange your entire life.
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  • We want you to have The MiracleBook so that you can write down
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  • the miracles of God in yourlife, so you can keep track of
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  • the goodness of God so that thegoodness of God is not up for
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  • grabs in your life when you'regoing through difficult days.
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  • So, call us right now or go tokerryshook.org and request,
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  • The Miracle Book for adonation of any amount.
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  • We want to get it to you.
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  • announcer: Kerry ShookMinistries is committed to
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  • sharing the Gospel and providingthe tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in theirrelationship with Jesus through
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  • television, media, andcreative resources.
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  • Now with social media, we havea great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that wecan all grow in Christ together.
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  • and YouTube.
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  • We wanna stay connected to youthroughout your week, standing
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  • with you in times of need, andcelebrating with you in times
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  • of joy.
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  • On these channels, you will findwords of encouragement, learn of
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  • special events, enjoy inspiringmessages, and you can send us
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  • your prayer requests, sharepraises, and help
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  • inspire others.
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  • Help us lift each other up,and get connected today.
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  • Go to kerryshook.org, or findus on Facebook, Instagram,
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  • Your participation will carrythe light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • ♪♪♪
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