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November 22, 2017
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Living by Faith with Mike & DeeDee Freeman

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  • Today, on Living by Faith...
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  • go to another place for a job, or what have you,
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  • every time we talk to 'em or meet with somebody in the back,
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  • I always tell 'em, don't get so stubborn
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  • and so stuck on stupid, if you will, not, you know,
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  • I'm not callin' them stupid.
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  • So stuck on it that if you get there and realize
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  • that it's not God, that you won't come back.
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  • this is what I was compelled to even share with you guys.
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  • It's like, I want you to be so engulfed, if you will,
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  • in the presence of God.
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  • It's like you're consumed with him.
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  • Like you're every wakening moment is to please him.
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  • No, really, like when that's your position in life,
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  • don't you know everybody else will be satisfied?
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  • You won't have to be concerned about pleasin' your husband.
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  • You won't have to be concerned about pleasin' your wife.
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  • You won't have to be concerned about pleasin'
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  • your supervisor, your mom and them, or anybody.
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  • You know why?
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  • Because everything about pleasing God will please them.
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  • God, if I please you, I can't cuss him out.
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  • No, do you see what I'm sayin'?
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  • God, if I'm pleasing you, I have to honor him.
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  • God, if I wanna please you, I can't lie
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  • on my time clock, on the time sheet.
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  • Because you know that wouldn't please God.
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  • I want everything about my life to please God.
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  • And I really do, I pray that that's your same position,
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  • that that's your life, that that's your desire.
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  • Even at the Temple Hills, and you all desire
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  • to just please God with everything that you do.
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  • And so tonight, again, this has nothin' to do
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  • with what I wanna share.
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  • But you can stop, 'cause this puttin' me in a little.
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  • And I'm not gonna preach.
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  • I was talkin' to Joy earlier, and she was like, yes, I know.
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  • I said, "No, I'm not, I just really wanna teach."
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  • I wanna share some things.
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  • I want you to really hear my heart
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  • because if all we come in to do is just to get high,
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  • and never sit down and really embrace what God has
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  • to say to us, our position won't ever be to please him.
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  • Because we are always be looking for that next feel,
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  • and next high, that next, you know,
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  • that next like, yeah, shout.
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  • But God, I want everything about me to please you.
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  • It's like I feel so emotional right now, I don't know why.
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  • Maybe it's 'cause I'm over 50, I don't know.
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  • (audience laughs) I have no idea, I don't.
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  • But tonight, I wanna share with you about formation.
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  • Say, formation.
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  • - [Congregation] Formation.
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  • - Now, a few of you may have been here in church
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  • in services before and I have shared on,
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  • I guess two applications on studying the word of God.
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  • I am very big on sittin' down and studying God's word.
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  • I don't wanna just sit down and read a scripture
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  • and say, "Okay, I read the Bible for today."
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  • No, I wanna know what God has to say to me.
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  • I'm big on that.
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  • I wanna dissect it.
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  • I guess the political term, or the right term to use,
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  • would be to exegete the scripture.
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • But I wanna dissect God's word.
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  • I wanna know exactly what does it mean to me?
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  • God, what are you really saying?
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  • What do you want me to know about you?
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  • Do you hear what I'm sayin'?
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  • Because we can read scripture and we can look at it to see,
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  • okay, what am I supposed to do with it?
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  • Which is a great thing, but it's like,
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  • don't you wanna know what, God, what are you saying here?
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  • What is this sayin' about you?
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  • It's not always about what should we do,
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  • but who are you?
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  • Who are you, God, who are you?
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  • Who am I in the scripture, and then what am I to do
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  • with what I am learning from the scripture?
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  • And so, I've given you two applications before.
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  • And the first application is pre-understanding.
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  • Have anybody ever heard me talk about pre-understanding?
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  • Any here?
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  • Anybody over at Temple Hills, raise your hand?
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  • No, you never heard me talk about pre-understanding.
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  • Like, I ain't never seen you up there teachin', Dr. DeeDee.
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • No, I know that's not true.
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  • But we have talked about pre-understanding before.
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  • Pre-understanding is your position on the scripture
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  • before you even open the Bible,
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  • before anybody teaches you anything about the scriptures.
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  • Stuff that you have learned, say, from television.
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  • Well, not just before you opened up your Bible,
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  • but before you come into service.
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  • It's things that you've already heard or
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  • you've already been taught.
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  • I will say it that way better.
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  • Like things that you've learned maybe growin' up.
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  • Things that you've learned in Sunday School,
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  • or vocational Bible study, or maybe in some churches.
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  • Hopefully, you have learned actually
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  • what the word of God has to say, but how many
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  • of y'all know that that's not always the case?
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  • Amen, somebody.
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  • And so, your pre-understanding,
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  • it says a lot about how you will interpret
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  • the scriptures when you hear it again.
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  • And so, what I would encourage you to always do
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  • is when you come into the doors
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  • to hear the scriptures being taught to you,
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  • is that you take your pre-understanding
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  • and you place it underneath the scripture,
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  • and you allow whoever is teaching at that moment
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  • to magnify what they are teaching to see
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  • if it lines up with what you already know.
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  • Okay, say like Jonah.
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  • Or just let's go to Adam and Eve,
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  • go back to the garden.
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  • How many of you always heard that she served him an apple?
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  • Come on, raise your hand, don't play me.
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  • I know, I know, I mean some of you are new Christians,
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  • just got saved, may have never heard that.
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  • But that's not true either, because most of us look
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  • at television, stuff that you've heard
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  • or you've seen, it's always about an apple.
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  • And so, that's your pre-understanding.
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  • So, when you come to church and you hear the truth
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  • about something, it's hard to penetrate that
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  • because you already know what you know.
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  • So, if it applies to an apple, how many of you know
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  • it applies to prosperity, it applies to our health.
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  • It applies to every area of our lives.
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  • So, whatever you know, don't come in and block off
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  • what else you can learn from the scripture.
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  • Because the word of God is inexhaustible.
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  • Hey, this is Bible study.
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  • Some of you look at me like where's she goin' with this?
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  • This is Bible study, say, this is Bible study.
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  • - [Congregation] This is Bible study.
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  • - This is Bible study.
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  • Because I could come in here with a good lesson
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  • and get you all like, yeah, I like to holler
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  • every now and then, you know, feel good or whatever.
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  • I like that, too, but I want you to really understand
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  • where I am about to go.
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  • And every time, I want you to be able to set yourselves
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  • to really kind of lean forward so you can get
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  • the most out of what you hear.
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  • Say, pre-understanding.
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  • - [Congregation] Pre-understanding.
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  • - And the second one is your interpretive reflex.
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  • Say, interpretive reflex.
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  • - [Congregation] Interpretive reflex.
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  • - All of us have that.
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  • All of us have reflex, you know what reflex is.
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  • Like if I was to go and hit Pastor John,
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  • you know, reach for Pastor John.
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  • He ain't moved though, I guess he flinched though.
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • 'Cause I guess you really know I'm not gonna hit you.
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  • But if I was to go get ready to hit Pastor John,
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  • his reflexes automatically would be to move,
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  • or to duck, to do somethin'.
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  • To throw up somethin' or do whatever.
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  • Well, it's the same way with the scriptures.
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  • Our interpretive reflex is that as soon
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  • as you hear something, and you don't hear the whole thing,
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  • you begin to fill in the gaps.
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  • It's like you hear part of it,
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  • or if you don't understand it,
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  • you begin to put your own thoughts towards the scripture,
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  • opposed to sitting there bracing yourself
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  • to say, "Okay, no, I'm not gonna do that."
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  • And you know somethin', we control all of this.
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  • We control this.
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  • Who do not understand so far what I'm sayin'?
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  • Everybody got it?
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  • Okay, so it's interpretive reflex.
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  • And the first thing I told you,
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  • it's like we fill in the gaps.
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  • When you don't understand somethin',
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  • when something seems like irrational, or whatever,
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  • and especially for adults.
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  • Because there's another term, it's called andragogy.
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  • Andragogy is how adults learn.
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  • We run everything through
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  • our life, if you will.
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  • Everything has to run through this process of thought
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  • to see if it applies to where I am in life,
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  • what can I do with this?
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  • We sit here, we have to as teachers deal with all of that.
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  • Because at the same time we are talking,
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  • you're throwin' up your guards.
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  • You're bracing yourself to see
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  • where we gonna go with that.
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  • And then you tryin' to figure out what does that mean?
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  • Opposed to sittin' there and sayin',
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  • "Okay, God, I'm open, just talk to me."
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  • Do you hear what I'm sayin'?
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  • So, the first part was you fill in the gaps.
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  • The second part of that interpretive reflex
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  • is we allow our cultural environments or our backgrounds
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  • to form perimeters around the scripture
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  • to set boundaries of the possibilities.
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  • I have no idea the order in which I just said those words,
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  • and so that means you're gonna have to get the tape
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  • to go back over it.
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  • But we sat up perimeters around the scriptures
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  • to not allow what's possible from the scripture.
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  • It's like, okay, if I come up and I tell you,
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  • God said he'd supply all your need according
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  • to his riches that are in glory.
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  • Because your cultural background,
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  • whatever you have come out of, that environment
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  • that you've been raised up in, say,
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  • maybe your father has never provided for you.
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  • He's never given you anything.
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  • Your family, as a matter of fact, has been on welfare.
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  • And so now, if I'm tryin' to tell you he's gonna supply
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  • all your needs according to his riches in glory,
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  • automatically you reflect, your reflexes go up.
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  • You look and say, "Well, that's not for me."
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  • Say, it's all for me.
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  • - [Congregation] It's all for me.
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  • - No, say, it's all for me.
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  • - [Congregation] It's all for me.
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  • - Good, and so, my point for sharin' all of that
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  • is really just to kind of open you up, so you're relaxed.
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  • No, I'm not gonna throw anything at you
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  • that you haven't heard before.
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  • I'm really gonna just go over some things that I believe
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  • that the Spirit of the Lord has given me.
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  • Previously, for someone else, it was amazin'
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  • because I went to a church and I had a message,
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  • and I was prayin' about something that God
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  • would have given me specifically for that church.
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  • I'm sayin', "Okay, God, I know this message is
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  • "for the body of Christ.
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  • "I know I'm supposed to go out and share this,
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  • "but what is it for this house?"
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  • And so, I begin to have visions.
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  • I begin to see people just all over the place,
  • 00:12:06.240 --> 00:12:10.010
  • and just movin' around, goin' about doing,
  • 00:12:10.010 --> 00:12:14.010
  • I guess life, and doin' everything they were supposed to do.
  • 00:12:14.010 --> 00:12:17.220
  • But yet, something was missin'.
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:20.020
  • And so, I'm lookin' and I'm sayin', "What's happenin'?"
  • 00:12:20.020 --> 00:12:22.010
  • So, I notice that people begin to bump in each other.
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:24.230
  • People begin to go in opposite directions
  • 00:12:24.230 --> 00:12:27.020
  • where things were supposed to be happening together.
  • 00:12:27.020 --> 00:12:30.230
  • Everybody was just all over the place.
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:32.110
  • I'm sayin', "Okay, God, what is this?"
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:33.260
  • And he gave me the word, formation.
  • 00:12:33.260 --> 00:12:37.030
  • And I'm sayin', "Formation?
  • 00:12:37.030 --> 00:12:38.230
  • "What does that have to do with anything?"
  • 00:12:38.230 --> 00:12:40.220
  • And so, of course, because I needed
  • 00:12:40.220 --> 00:12:42.270
  • to know exactly what formation mean.
  • 00:12:42.270 --> 00:12:45.090
  • I know, see there we go again,
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:46.160
  • because that pre-understanding, you would look
  • 00:12:46.160 --> 00:12:48.050
  • at me and say, "You don't know what formation mean?"
  • 00:12:48.050 --> 00:12:50.210
  • Well, I wanted to know what did God have
  • 00:12:50.210 --> 00:12:52.230
  • for me to say concerning the word, formation?
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:56.200
  • So, I looked the word up.
  • 00:12:56.200 --> 00:12:58.150
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:12:58.150 --> 00:12:59.200
  • Say, formation.
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:03.000
  • - [Congregation] Formation.
  • 00:13:03.000 --> 00:13:04.060
  • - Formation is the act or process
  • 00:13:04.060 --> 00:13:07.080
  • of forming, or the state of being formed.
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:10.210
  • The formation of ice.
  • 00:13:12.210 --> 00:13:14.170
  • Then if you go into the military, it says,
  • 00:13:14.170 --> 00:13:17.040
  • "A particular disposition of troops
  • 00:13:17.040 --> 00:13:20.130
  • "as in columns, squares, et cetera,
  • 00:13:20.130 --> 00:13:23.130
  • "any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit."
  • 00:13:23.130 --> 00:13:28.040
  • And most of you understand, you think about formation,
  • 00:13:28.040 --> 00:13:30.130
  • you think about gettin' in place, right?
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:32.190
  • Gettin' into position.
  • 00:13:32.190 --> 00:13:34.020
  • Like, what was that song, what was that song?
  • 00:13:34.020 --> 00:13:36.240
  • Is that Formation?
  • 00:13:36.240 --> 00:13:38.030
  • It's called Formation.
  • 00:13:38.030 --> 00:13:39.100
  • How many y'all know Beyonce?
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:41.090
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:13:41.090 --> 00:13:43.010
  • How many of y'all don't know Beyonce?
  • 00:13:43.010 --> 00:13:45.190
  • Rick, put your hand down, you know Beyonce.
  • 00:13:45.190 --> 00:13:47.160
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:13:47.160 --> 00:13:49.120
  • He was like, well.
  • 00:13:49.120 --> 00:13:50.200
  • You probably don't know the song, though, right?
  • 00:13:50.200 --> 00:13:53.030
  • Uh huh, I know you know that song.
  • 00:13:53.030 --> 00:13:55.170
  • No, you may not.
  • 00:13:55.170 --> 00:13:57.020
  • But in that song, you know, I really don't know the song,
  • 00:13:57.020 --> 00:13:58.280
  • but I've seen the video of somethin' before,
  • 00:13:58.280 --> 00:14:02.000
  • and it's all about gettin' in formation,
  • 00:14:02.000 --> 00:14:04.160
  • gettin' in position, and doin' your thing or whatever.
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:08.000
  • Well, it's like the military.
  • 00:14:08.000 --> 00:14:09.060
  • How many of you ever seen a military?
  • 00:14:09.060 --> 00:14:11.070
  • The guys out there, they marchin'
  • 00:14:11.070 --> 00:14:12.150
  • and they are all in formation, right?
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:16.100
  • All in formation.
  • 00:14:16.100 --> 00:14:17.230
  • Well, when I begin to go back and look at this,
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:22.140
  • I realized that God wasn't even tryin'
  • 00:14:22.140 --> 00:14:24.170
  • to tell me it was about gettin' into position,
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:28.060
  • in the natural, my physical body.
  • 00:14:28.060 --> 00:14:30.140
  • Some say, "So, what does it mean?"
  • 00:14:30.140 --> 00:14:32.110
  • So, I had to go back, say, she had to go back and dissect.
  • 00:14:32.110 --> 00:14:35.170
  • - [Congregation] She had to go back and dissect.
  • 00:14:35.170 --> 00:14:37.200
  • - So, I go back and now look and I say,
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.240
  • "A particular disposition of troops."
  • 00:14:39.240 --> 00:14:43.030
  • I'm saying, "God, why is this disposition here?"
  • 00:14:43.030 --> 00:14:45.150
  • And it says, "A disposition of parts."
  • 00:14:45.150 --> 00:14:47.250
  • So, I had to look up a disposition.
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:50.080
  • So, when I looked up disposition, I saw arrangement.
  • 00:14:50.080 --> 00:14:54.130
  • This is interactive, take out your phones.
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:14:59.070
  • Take out your phones and look up disposition
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:01.000
  • and tell me what you see.
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:03.170
  • You know, the more you're a part of it,
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:05.060
  • the more you're retaining, right?
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:07.130
  • So, it may be a little uncomfortable for some of y'all.
  • 00:15:07.130 --> 00:15:09.200
  • Like, why don't you just teach a lesson?
  • 00:15:09.200 --> 00:15:11.260
  • I'm not interested in just teachin' a lesson.
  • 00:15:11.260 --> 00:15:15.000
  • I'm interested in you knowing what I'm talkin' about.
  • 00:15:15.000 --> 00:15:18.000
  • And I'm more interested in you retaining what I talk about.
  • 00:15:18.000 --> 00:15:22.210
  • So, disposition, I told you arrangement.
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  • Find something, who's there?
  • 00:15:25.110 --> 00:15:27.070
  • Anybody, what you have Pastor John?
  • 00:15:27.070 --> 00:15:30.260
  • - [John] A person's inherent qualities
  • 00:15:30.260 --> 00:15:32.120
  • of mind and character.
  • 00:15:32.120 --> 00:15:34.070
  • - Mind and character.
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:35.290
  • - [John] The way in which something is placed
  • 00:15:37.100 --> 00:15:39.000
  • or arranged, especially in relation to other things.
  • 00:15:39.000 --> 00:15:43.080
  • - Okay, anybody else?
  • 00:15:43.080 --> 00:15:44.160
  • 'Cause I like mind and character.
  • 00:15:44.160 --> 00:15:45.290
  • What'd you have?
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:47.080
  • (person speaking off microphone)
  • 00:15:47.080 --> 00:15:49.280
  • Okay, anybody else?
  • 00:15:49.280 --> 00:15:51.150
  • Yes.
  • 00:15:52.110 --> 00:15:53.190
  • - [Woman] Power to make decisions about
  • 00:15:53.190 --> 00:15:55.050
  • or dispose of a thing; control.
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:15:58.020
  • - Okay, power of decision making.
  • 00:15:58.020 --> 00:16:00.150
  • Well, another definition for disposition is state of mind.
  • 00:16:00.150 --> 00:16:04.200
  • State of mind.
  • 00:16:08.210 --> 00:16:09.260
  • I'm sayin', "God, this is awesome.
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:13.240
  • "But what do you want me to tell him?"
  • 00:16:13.240 --> 00:16:15.230
  • So, God begin to share with me that he needed
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:18.120
  • to teach his people about how to get
  • 00:16:18.120 --> 00:16:22.040
  • in position by changing their thought process.
  • 00:16:22.040 --> 00:16:26.110
  • By getting their mind aligned with the word of God
  • 00:16:26.110 --> 00:16:30.020
  • in order to go and do what what
  • 00:16:30.020 --> 00:16:33.000
  • he has been called to do as a pastor.
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:35.160
  • Because as a pastor, you're never be able to lead people
  • 00:16:35.160 --> 00:16:39.190
  • who aren't really in the right frame of mind
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:42.180
  • as far as the word of God is concerned.
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:44.260
  • If your thoughts are all over the place,
  • 00:16:44.260 --> 00:16:47.110
  • if you don't know how to think like Christ
  • 00:16:47.110 --> 00:16:49.090
  • and don't have the mind of God,
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:51.010
  • we're never get nothin' done here.
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:53.070
  • 'Cause if I'm teachin' about payin' your tithes,
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:55.190
  • and you're thinkin', "Well, that isn't for me."
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:59.020
  • How much are we gonna build?
  • 00:16:59.020 --> 00:17:01.190
  • Oh, wow, I ain't dissin' y'all,
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:03.080
  • and this is not an attack, but this is somethin'
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:05.230
  • that I just kind of came to mind.
  • 00:17:05.230 --> 00:17:08.150
  • Thinking about even on yesterday.
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:12.020
  • We sent out a text for some help.
  • 00:17:12.020 --> 00:17:14.250
  • So now, the text, anybody get that text?
  • 00:17:17.080 --> 00:17:20.040
  • Yeah, I know you all got that text.
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:21.220
  • So, we sent out a text inquirin' about people coming
  • 00:17:21.220 --> 00:17:25.130
  • and helping for our Baltimore location,
  • 00:17:25.130 --> 00:17:28.220
  • because we're about to open.
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:30.150
  • And you know, we did have some response,
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:34.080
  • but not as much response really as we should have had.
  • 00:17:34.080 --> 00:17:38.110
  • But if we never teach you your position
  • 00:17:39.290 --> 00:17:43.070
  • on really being a part of the vision,
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:48.100
  • in help fulfilling this thing,
  • 00:17:48.100 --> 00:17:50.160
  • you'll never respond to that.
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:53.100
  • And so, it's our position really now to instruct.
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:57.170
  • Because where did we go lacking
  • 00:17:57.170 --> 00:18:00.060
  • in applying, as far as his word is concerned,
  • 00:18:02.290 --> 00:18:06.080
  • where was the breach, if you will?
  • 00:18:06.080 --> 00:18:09.030
  • It's like, okay, if we expect one thing,
  • 00:18:10.090 --> 00:18:12.200
  • we do something and we don't see the response,
  • 00:18:12.200 --> 00:18:15.120
  • something is missin'.
  • 00:18:15.120 --> 00:18:17.280
  • You understand?
  • 00:18:17.280 --> 00:18:19.050
  • There is a missing link somewhere.
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:21.050
  • And so now, it has kind of set us back,
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:23.160
  • Pastor Mike and I to say, "Okay,
  • 00:18:23.160 --> 00:18:25.180
  • "well, we gotta teach on this."
  • 00:18:25.180 --> 00:18:27.260
  • Because we can't expect you to do something
  • 00:18:27.260 --> 00:18:30.150
  • that you don't even know within yourself
  • 00:18:30.150 --> 00:18:33.170
  • that it's something that you should fulfill.
  • 00:18:33.170 --> 00:18:36.050
  • That's why we call our partners, partners, if you will.
  • 00:18:36.050 --> 00:18:40.160
  • We don't say members.
  • 00:18:40.160 --> 00:18:42.010
  • So, you will never come to a new partners meeting
  • 00:18:42.010 --> 00:18:45.220
  • and hear us talk about members.
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:47.180
  • Because members, they can do what they wanna do.
  • 00:18:47.180 --> 00:18:50.050
  • But when your a part owner, you take possession of,
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:54.060
  • you take ownership of.
  • 00:18:54.060 --> 00:18:56.050
  • And you say, "Oh, we need help, let me show up."
  • 00:18:56.050 --> 00:18:59.030
  • Like if you owned a restaurant,
  • 00:18:59.030 --> 00:19:01.100
  • what would you do if your partner would call you
  • 00:19:01.100 --> 00:19:04.130
  • and say, "Hey, we're short of help," would you show up?
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:08.250
  • Or would you say, "You know what, hey, that ain't me.
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:11.070
  • "I ain't gotta go."
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:12.160
  • No, you gonna show up.
  • 00:19:12.160 --> 00:19:14.170
  • Because you understand the exchange.
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:17.250
  • You see it that regard.
  • 00:19:17.250 --> 00:19:20.020
  • But when it comes to the spiritual arena,
  • 00:19:20.020 --> 00:19:22.090
  • you don't see your part in
  • 00:19:22.090 --> 00:19:25.070
  • what you should be doin' when it comes to that.
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:28.010
  • And so, it's like, now we gotta go back
  • 00:19:28.010 --> 00:19:30.170
  • and teach some things so we can now have that expectation.
  • 00:19:30.170 --> 00:19:34.290
  • We can't expect something from somebody
  • 00:19:34.290 --> 00:19:37.080
  • that you don't teach, or you don't tell them about.
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:40.220
  • Okay, come on, look at the person sittin' next to you
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:42.200
  • and say, this is not a rebuke.
  • 00:19:42.200 --> 00:19:44.100
  • - [Congregation] This is not a rebuke.
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:45.210
  • - It's just an object lesson.
  • 00:19:45.210 --> 00:19:47.000
  • - [Congregation] It's just an object lesson.
  • 00:19:47.000 --> 00:19:48.180
  • - Really, it's just an object lesson.
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:50.190
  • And so, I'm tellin' the pastor, I'm sayin',
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:52.280
  • "Well, this is what you're gonna have to do.
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:54.140
  • "you're gonna have to get their minds really renewed
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:57.090
  • "in his word so they can understand
  • 00:19:57.090 --> 00:19:59.230
  • "that they're gonna have to get in formation,
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:02.230
  • "get their state of mind where it's supposed to be,
  • 00:20:02.230 --> 00:20:05.150
  • "line it up with the word of God,
  • 00:20:05.150 --> 00:20:07.200
  • "so they can fulfill purpose."
  • 00:20:07.200 --> 00:20:10.120
  • You'll never be able to fulfill purpose
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:12.040
  • outside of the will of God.
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:14.240
  • You can't.
  • 00:20:14.240 --> 00:20:16.080
  • And so, you gotta get in, say, I gotta get in formation.
  • 00:20:16.080 --> 00:20:19.250
  • - [Congregation] I gotta get in formation.
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:21.120
  • - So now, I keep on goin', I'm saying, "God, okay,
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:26.030
  • "tell me somethin' else," 'cause I'm greedy, if you will.
  • 00:20:26.030 --> 00:20:29.130
  • Like, I want it all.
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:31.030
  • It's like you try to give me a slither of cake.
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:36.210
  • Don't give me a slither, I wanna chunk.
  • 00:20:36.210 --> 00:20:39.180
  • I want it all if I can.
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:42.080
  • Like yesterday,
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:43.160
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:20:46.000 --> 00:20:47.210
  • I was with some sinners.
  • 00:20:47.210 --> 00:20:49.080
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:52.060
  • And we were ridin' real peacefully, mindin' our business,
  • 00:20:52.060 --> 00:20:57.050
  • on the way to Baltimore, goin' up 301,
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:21:00.120
  • and we saw the sign that says, "Hot."
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:05.230
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:05.230 --> 00:21:09.000
  • So, instead of us mindin' our business,
  • 00:21:09.000 --> 00:21:12.090
  • and goin' on our way,
  • 00:21:12.090 --> 00:21:14.240
  • we just turned on over into the parkin' lot.
  • 00:21:14.240 --> 00:21:18.260
  • And I can't eat just one Krispy Kreme donut.
  • 00:21:18.260 --> 00:21:22.070
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:23.240
  • You may can, but I can't.
  • 00:21:23.240 --> 00:21:25.260
  • So, I'm greedy, I am, I know I'm greedy.
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:28.020
  • So, I go into lookin' into it a little further.
  • 00:21:28.020 --> 00:21:32.000
  • And I go into the thesaurus and I look up formation again.
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:36.260
  • And I see a synonym.
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:38.160
  • And the synonym is genesis.
  • 00:21:39.140 --> 00:21:41.220
  • - [Congregation] Wow.
  • 00:21:45.040 --> 00:21:46.250
  • - Y'all don't believe me, go in your dictionary.
  • 00:21:46.250 --> 00:21:49.030
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:51.110
  • A synonym for formation is genesis.
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:54.090
  • I'm sayin', "God, this is."
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:22:01.160
  • You know, it might not be good to you right now,
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:03.150
  • but it is so good to me.
  • 00:22:03.150 --> 00:22:05.210
  • Because I know a scripture and I'm gonna show it
  • 00:22:05.210 --> 00:22:08.230
  • to you in a moment.
  • 00:22:08.230 --> 00:22:10.000
  • When you can go back to a genesis week,
  • 00:22:10.000 --> 00:22:13.080
  • that means goin' back to the beginning.
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:17.000
  • Like, you mean you could get a fresh start.
  • 00:22:17.000 --> 00:22:20.170
  • I would do anything for a fresh start sometimes.
  • 00:22:21.230 --> 00:22:25.190
  • Sometimes I do the dumbest things or say the dumbest stuff.
  • 00:22:25.190 --> 00:22:29.120
  • It's like, oh God, please, take me back
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:31.160
  • to the beginnin' of that moment.
  • 00:22:31.160 --> 00:22:33.070
  • Give me a fresh start.
  • 00:22:33.070 --> 00:22:34.240
  • Let me do it all over again.
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:37.130
  • Go to Psalms 51.
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:38.230
  • 51 and 10.
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:40.230
  • Are you there, did y'all find.
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:44.120
  • Oh, you probably usin' your phone for.
  • 00:22:44.120 --> 00:22:47.110
  • Did anybody find that word?
  • 00:22:47.110 --> 00:22:49.040
  • Did you find it?
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:50.100
  • You saw genesis, okay, I just needed,
  • 00:22:50.100 --> 00:22:52.120
  • so they'll know I'm not lyin'.
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:54.140
  • Are y'all lookin' it up over here in Temple Hills?
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:57.060
  • Shake your head, let me know, are you with me?
  • 00:22:57.060 --> 00:23:00.140
  • I don't seem them movin' at all.
  • 00:23:00.140 --> 00:23:02.250
  • They don't even know the camera on them.
  • 00:23:02.250 --> 00:23:04.100
  • That's why they not movin'.
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:06.290
  • Psalms 51 and 10.
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:08.110
  • And I believe this is in the Message Bible.
  • 00:23:09.170 --> 00:23:12.120
  • It's says, "God, make a fresh start in me,
  • 00:23:12.120 --> 00:23:15.270
  • "shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life."
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  • Oh my God, God, you mean to tell me
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  • that I can pray, that you will shape a Genesis week in me?
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  • Have you ever had a week that you did not like?
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  • Have you ever had a day that you,
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  • have you ever had a moment that you have not liked?
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  • And when David is prayin' here,
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  • okay, you all would know it probably
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  • in the New King James, create a new,
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  • create a clean heart in me and renew a right spirit in me.
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  • Take your spirit not away from me, or whatever.
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  • But I like it here in the Message Bible.
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  • I mean, God, you can create a Genesis week
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  • out of the chaos of my life.
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  • Your life's so jacked up sometimes,
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  • it's like, God, you mean I can start all over?
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  • He says, "Yes, you can start all over."
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  • We don't have to stay on a path of dumb all our days.
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  • (audience laughs)
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  • We don't, sometimes you can do somethin' wrong,
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  • and you get so stubborn, and now I wanna just stick to this.
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  • It's like I'm too embarrassed.
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  • I'm too prideful.
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  • I don't want anybody to know I'm on the wrong path,
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  • so I gotta stick it out.
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  • And by the time you look up, you drownin'.
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  • It's like, get off of that path.
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  • We can start all over.
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  • It's like, God, okay, I blew it.
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  • This is wrong, this is dumb.
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  • I shouldn't have never moved there.
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  • I should've never relocated.
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  • I should've never took that job.
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  • I should've never went over to that other church.
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  • That pride, man, is strong.
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  • Y'all know it.
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  • When people come up here and they say they relocatin',
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  • go to another place for a job, or what have you,
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  • every time we talk to 'em or meet with somebody in the back,
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  • I always tell 'em, don't get so stubborn
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  • and so stuck on stupid, if you will, not, you know,
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  • I'm not callin' them stupid.
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  • So stuck on it that if you get there and realize
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  • that it's not God, that you won't come back.
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  • - [Man] Aye-yo, to most of you, I need no introduction.
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  • For the rest of you. (record scratching)
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  • Run
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  • Run, run, run, run
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  • Get on the mic and MC
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  • I'm Rev. Run.
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  • For almost 20 years, I was a part of Run DMC,
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  • one of the biggest rap groups ever.
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  • You know, Peter Piper, My Adidas,
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  • Walk This Way, that's who I was.
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  • These days, I'm a minister, President of Phat Farm Footwear,
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  • CEO of Run Athletics, a husband and a father.
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  • (record scratching to hip-hop beat)
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  • (crashing bang)
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  • And adopt this rescued mindset,
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  • rescued mindset,
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  • that I, in the midst of a situation,
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  • in the midst of adversity,
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  • I don't have to look for saving.
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  • I don't have to look for certain things,
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  • because the Helper already knows everything.
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  • But if you don't have the basics
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  • of spending time with Him,
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  • you won't know that He's your helper.
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  • What He did on the cross:
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  • the death, burial, and resurrection;
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  • God did everything for me,
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  • laid up everything for me,
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  • and set up everything for me in life that I would ever need.
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  • And I'm sayin', "No, it ain't over until it's over.
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  • "Come on, let's pray."
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  • We stood up, we prayed, and I was like,
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  • all right, you all can sit down.
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  • Now, everybody laughin', hee hee hee.
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  • They talkin', they free.
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  • They like, thank you, Jesus, everybody like.
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  • No, you got the same power.
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  • But if you don't open up your mouths
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  • and call some shape to what you wanna see,
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  • you're never gonna see it.
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