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November 19, 2017
28:30

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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  • We've been talkin' about this worship,
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  • and how a lot of times people think,
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  • or have reduced worship to just comin' here
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  • and singin' a few songs, and liftin' up their hands,
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  • and layin' out in the floor, or you know,
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  • hollerin' every now and then or whatever,
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  • or feeling something.
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  • But worship shouldn't be just reduced to that.
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  • Worship is a lifestyle.
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  • Worship is every day.
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  • Worship is every moment.
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  • Worship is every second.
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  • My life is worship.
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  • When somebody see me, I want them to see Christ.
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  • And the only way they gonna see Christ
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  • if I'm demonstratin' Christ every moment,
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  • every second of my life.
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  • And this has nothin' to do with my message,
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  • but while I was standing there,
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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.
  • 00:12:12.000 --> 00:12:13.030
  • - No, say, it's all for me.
  • 00:12:13.030 --> 00:12:14.140
  • - [Congregation] It's all for me.
  • 00:12:14.140 --> 00:12:15.230
  • - Good, and so, my point for sharin' all of that
  • 00:12:15.230 --> 00:12:19.100
  • is really just to kind of open you up, so you're relaxed.
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:23.030
  • No, I'm not gonna throw anything at you
  • 00:12:23.030 --> 00:12:24.210
  • that you haven't heard before.
  • 00:12:24.210 --> 00:12:26.120
  • I'm really gonna just go over some things that I believe
  • 00:12:26.120 --> 00:12:28.290
  • that the Spirit of the Lord has given me.
  • 00:12:28.290 --> 00:12:32.040
  • Previously, for someone else, it was amazin'
  • 00:12:32.040 --> 00:12:34.250
  • because I went to a church and I had a message,
  • 00:12:34.250 --> 00:12:38.050
  • and I was prayin' about something that God
  • 00:12:38.050 --> 00:12:40.130
  • would have given me specifically for that church.
  • 00:12:40.130 --> 00:12:43.220
  • I'm sayin', "Okay, God, I know this message is
  • 00:12:43.220 --> 00:12:45.190
  • "for the body of Christ.
  • 00:12:45.190 --> 00:12:47.120
  • "I know I'm supposed to go out and share this,
  • 00:12:47.120 --> 00:12:49.180
  • "but what is it for this house?"
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:52.080
  • And so, I begin to have visions.
  • 00:12:53.070 --> 00:12:55.210
  • I begin to see people just all over the place,
  • 00:12:55.210 --> 00:12:58.280
  • and just movin' around, goin' about doing,
  • 00:12:58.280 --> 00:13:03.000
  • I guess life, and doin' everything they were supposed to do.
  • 00:13:03.000 --> 00:13:06.210
  • But yet, something was missin'.
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:09.010
  • And so, I'm lookin' and I'm sayin', "What's happenin'?"
  • 00:13:09.010 --> 00:13:11.000
  • So, I notice that people begin to bump in each other.
  • 00:13:11.000 --> 00:13:13.220
  • People begin to go in opposite directions
  • 00:13:13.220 --> 00:13:16.010
  • where things were supposed to be happening together.
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:19.220
  • Everybody was just all over the place.
  • 00:13:19.220 --> 00:13:21.100
  • I'm sayin', "Okay, God, what is this?"
  • 00:13:21.100 --> 00:13:22.250
  • And he gave me the word, formation.
  • 00:13:22.250 --> 00:13:26.020
  • And I'm sayin', "Formation?
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:27.220
  • "What does that have to do with anything?"
  • 00:13:27.220 --> 00:13:29.210
  • And so, of course, because I needed
  • 00:13:29.210 --> 00:13:31.260
  • to know exactly what formation mean.
  • 00:13:31.260 --> 00:13:34.080
  • I know, see there we go again,
  • 00:13:34.080 --> 00:13:35.150
  • because that pre-understanding, you would look
  • 00:13:35.150 --> 00:13:37.040
  • at me and say, "You don't know what formation mean?"
  • 00:13:37.040 --> 00:13:39.200
  • Well, I wanted to know what did God have
  • 00:13:39.200 --> 00:13:41.220
  • for me to say concerning the word, formation?
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:45.190
  • So, I looked the word up.
  • 00:13:45.190 --> 00:13:47.140
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:13:47.140 --> 00:13:48.190
  • Say, formation.
  • 00:13:50.230 --> 00:13:51.270
  • - [Congregation] Formation.
  • 00:13:51.270 --> 00:13:53.030
  • - Formation is the act or process
  • 00:13:53.030 --> 00:13:56.050
  • of forming, or the state of being formed.
  • 00:13:56.050 --> 00:13:59.180
  • The formation of ice.
  • 00:14:01.200 --> 00:14:03.160
  • Then if you go into the military, it says,
  • 00:14:03.160 --> 00:14:06.030
  • "A particular disposition of troops
  • 00:14:06.030 --> 00:14:09.120
  • "as in columns, squares, et cetera,
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:12.120
  • "any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit."
  • 00:14:12.120 --> 00:14:17.030
  • And most of you understand, you think about formation,
  • 00:14:17.030 --> 00:14:19.120
  • you think about gettin' in place, right?
  • 00:14:19.120 --> 00:14:21.180
  • Gettin' into position.
  • 00:14:21.180 --> 00:14:23.010
  • Like, what was that song, what was that song?
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:25.230
  • Is that Formation?
  • 00:14:25.230 --> 00:14:27.020
  • It's called Formation.
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:28.090
  • How many y'all know Beyonce?
  • 00:14:28.090 --> 00:14:30.080
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:14:30.080 --> 00:14:32.000
  • How many of y'all don't know Beyonce?
  • 00:14:32.000 --> 00:14:34.180
  • Rick, put your hand down, you know Beyonce.
  • 00:14:34.180 --> 00:14:36.150
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:14:36.150 --> 00:14:38.110
  • He was like, well.
  • 00:14:38.110 --> 00:14:39.190
  • You probably don't know the song, though, right?
  • 00:14:39.190 --> 00:14:42.020
  • Uh huh, I know you know that song.
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:44.160
  • No, you may not.
  • 00:14:44.160 --> 00:14:46.010
  • But in that song, you know, I really don't know the song,
  • 00:14:46.010 --> 00:14:47.270
  • but I've seen the video of somethin' before,
  • 00:14:47.270 --> 00:14:50.270
  • and it's all about gettin' in formation,
  • 00:14:50.270 --> 00:14:53.130
  • gettin' in position, and doin' your thing or whatever.
  • 00:14:53.130 --> 00:14:56.270
  • Well, it's like the military.
  • 00:14:56.270 --> 00:14:58.030
  • How many of you ever seen a military?
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:15:00.060
  • The guys out there, they marchin'
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:01.140
  • and they are all in formation, right?
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:05.090
  • All in formation.
  • 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:06.220
  • Well, when I begin to go back and look at this,
  • 00:15:07.270 --> 00:15:11.130
  • I realized that God wasn't even tryin'
  • 00:15:11.130 --> 00:15:13.160
  • to tell me it was about gettin' into position,
  • 00:15:13.160 --> 00:15:17.050
  • in the natural, my physical body.
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:19.130
  • Some say, "So, what does it mean?"
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:21.100
  • So, I had to go back, say, she had to go back and dissect.
  • 00:15:21.100 --> 00:15:24.160
  • - [Congregation] She had to go back and dissect.
  • 00:15:24.160 --> 00:15:26.190
  • - So, I go back and now look and I say,
  • 00:15:26.190 --> 00:15:28.230
  • "A particular disposition of troops."
  • 00:15:28.230 --> 00:15:32.020
  • I'm saying, "God, why is this disposition here?"
  • 00:15:32.020 --> 00:15:34.140
  • And it says, "A disposition of parts."
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:36.240
  • So, I had to look up a disposition.
  • 00:15:36.240 --> 00:15:39.070
  • So, when I looked up disposition, I saw arrangement.
  • 00:15:39.070 --> 00:15:43.120
  • This is interactive, take out your phones.
  • 00:15:45.200 --> 00:15:48.060
  • Take out your phones and look up disposition
  • 00:15:48.060 --> 00:15:49.270
  • and tell me what you see.
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:52.140
  • You know, the more you're a part of it,
  • 00:15:52.140 --> 00:15:54.030
  • the more you're retaining, right?
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:56.100
  • So, it may be a little uncomfortable for some of y'all.
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:58.170
  • Like, why don't you just teach a lesson?
  • 00:15:58.170 --> 00:16:00.250
  • I'm not interested in just teachin' a lesson.
  • 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:03.290
  • I'm interested in you knowing what I'm talkin' about.
  • 00:16:03.290 --> 00:16:06.290
  • And I'm more interested in you retaining what I talk about.
  • 00:16:06.290 --> 00:16:11.200
  • So, disposition, I told you arrangement.
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  • Find something, who's there?
  • 00:16:14.100 --> 00:16:16.060
  • Anybody, what you have Pastor John?
  • 00:16:16.060 --> 00:16:19.250
  • - [John] A person's inherent qualities
  • 00:16:19.250 --> 00:16:21.110
  • of mind and character.
  • 00:16:21.110 --> 00:16:23.060
  • - Mind and character.
  • 00:16:23.060 --> 00:16:24.280
  • - [John] The way in which something is placed
  • 00:16:26.090 --> 00:16:27.290
  • or arranged, especially in relation to other things.
  • 00:16:27.290 --> 00:16:32.070
  • - Okay, anybody else?
  • 00:16:32.070 --> 00:16:33.150
  • 'Cause I like mind and character.
  • 00:16:33.150 --> 00:16:34.280
  • What'd you have?
  • 00:16:34.280 --> 00:16:36.070
  • (person speaking off microphone)
  • 00:16:36.070 --> 00:16:38.270
  • Okay, anybody else?
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:40.140
  • Yes.
  • 00:16:41.100 --> 00:16:42.180
  • - [Woman] Power to make decisions about
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:44.040
  • or dispose of a thing; control.
  • 00:16:44.040 --> 00:16:47.010
  • - Okay, power of decision making.
  • 00:16:47.010 --> 00:16:49.120
  • Well, another definition for disposition is state of mind.
  • 00:16:49.120 --> 00:16:53.170
  • State of mind.
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  • I'm sayin', "God, this is awesome.
  • 00:17:00.130 --> 00:17:02.230
  • "But what do you want me to tell him?"
  • 00:17:02.230 --> 00:17:04.220
  • So, God begin to share with me that he needed
  • 00:17:04.220 --> 00:17:07.110
  • to teach his people about how to get
  • 00:17:07.110 --> 00:17:11.030
  • in position by changing their thought process.
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:15.100
  • By getting their mind aligned with the word of God
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:19.010
  • in order to go and do what what
  • 00:17:19.010 --> 00:17:21.290
  • he has been called to do as a pastor.
  • 00:17:21.290 --> 00:17:24.150
  • Because as a pastor, you're never be able to lead people
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:28.180
  • who aren't really in the right frame of mind
  • 00:17:28.180 --> 00:17:31.170
  • as far as the word of God is concerned.
  • 00:17:31.170 --> 00:17:33.250
  • If your thoughts are all over the place,
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:36.100
  • if you don't know how to think like Christ
  • 00:17:36.100 --> 00:17:38.080
  • and don't have the mind of God,
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:40.000
  • we're never get nothin' done here.
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:42.060
  • 'Cause if I'm teachin' about payin' your tithes,
  • 00:17:42.060 --> 00:17:44.180
  • and you're thinkin', "Well, that isn't for me."
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:48.010
  • How much are we gonna build?
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:50.160
  • Oh, wow, I ain't dissin' y'all,
  • 00:17:50.160 --> 00:17:52.050
  • and this is not an attack, but this is somethin'
  • 00:17:52.050 --> 00:17:54.200
  • that I just kind of came to mind.
  • 00:17:54.200 --> 00:17:57.120
  • Thinking about even on yesterday.
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:18:01.010
  • We sent out a text for some help.
  • 00:18:01.010 --> 00:18:03.240
  • So now, the text, anybody get that text?
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:09.030
  • Yeah, I know you all got that text.
  • 00:18:09.030 --> 00:18:10.210
  • So, we sent out a text inquirin' about people coming
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:14.120
  • and helping for our Baltimore location,
  • 00:18:14.120 --> 00:18:17.210
  • because we're about to open.
  • 00:18:17.210 --> 00:18:19.140
  • And you know, we did have some response,
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:23.070
  • but not as much response really as we should have had.
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:27.100
  • But if we never teach you your position
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:32.060
  • on really being a part of the vision,
  • 00:18:33.170 --> 00:18:37.090
  • in help fulfilling this thing,
  • 00:18:37.090 --> 00:18:39.150
  • you'll never respond to that.
  • 00:18:39.150 --> 00:18:42.090
  • And so, it's our position really now to instruct.
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:46.160
  • Because where did we go lacking
  • 00:18:46.160 --> 00:18:49.030
  • in applying, as far as his word is concerned,
  • 00:18:51.260 --> 00:18:55.050
  • where was the breach, if you will?
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:58.000
  • It's like, okay, if we expect one thing,
  • 00:18:59.060 --> 00:19:01.190
  • we do something and we don't see the response,
  • 00:19:01.190 --> 00:19:04.110
  • something is missin'.
  • 00:19:04.110 --> 00:19:06.270
  • You understand?
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:08.040
  • There is a missing link somewhere.
  • 00:19:08.040 --> 00:19:10.040
  • And so now, it has kind of set us back,
  • 00:19:10.040 --> 00:19:12.150
  • Pastor Mike and I to say, "Okay,
  • 00:19:12.150 --> 00:19:14.170
  • "well, we gotta teach on this."
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:16.250
  • Because we can't expect you to do something
  • 00:19:16.250 --> 00:19:19.140
  • that you don't even know within yourself
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:22.160
  • that it's something that you should fulfill.
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:25.040
  • That's why we call our partners, partners, if you will.
  • 00:19:25.040 --> 00:19:29.150
  • We don't say members.
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:31.000
  • So, you will never come to a new partners meeting
  • 00:19:31.000 --> 00:19:34.210
  • and hear us talk about members.
  • 00:19:34.210 --> 00:19:36.170
  • Because members, they can do what they wanna do.
  • 00:19:36.170 --> 00:19:39.040
  • But when your a part owner, you take possession of,
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:43.050
  • you take ownership of.
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:45.040
  • And you say, "Oh, we need help, let me show up."
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:48.020
  • Like if you owned a restaurant,
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:50.070
  • what would you do if your partner would call you
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:53.100
  • and say, "Hey, we're short of help," would you show up?
  • 00:19:53.100 --> 00:19:57.220
  • Or would you say, "You know what, hey, that ain't me.
  • 00:19:57.220 --> 00:20:00.040
  • "I ain't gotta go."
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:01.130
  • No, you gonna show up.
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:03.140
  • Because you understand the exchange.
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:06.220
  • You see it that regard.
  • 00:20:06.220 --> 00:20:08.290
  • But when it comes to the spiritual arena,
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:11.060
  • you don't see your part in
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:14.040
  • what you should be doin' when it comes to that.
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:16.280
  • And so, it's like, now we gotta go back
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:19.140
  • and teach some things so we can now have that expectation.
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:23.260
  • We can't expect something from somebody
  • 00:20:23.260 --> 00:20:26.050
  • that you don't teach, or you don't tell them about.
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:29.190
  • Okay, come on, look at the person sittin' next to you
  • 00:20:29.190 --> 00:20:31.170
  • and say, this is not a rebuke.
  • 00:20:31.170 --> 00:20:33.070
  • - [Congregation] This is not a rebuke.
  • 00:20:33.070 --> 00:20:34.180
  • - It's just an object lesson.
  • 00:20:34.180 --> 00:20:35.270
  • - [Congregation] It's just an object lesson.
  • 00:20:35.270 --> 00:20:37.150
  • - Really, it's just an object lesson.
  • 00:20:37.150 --> 00:20:39.160
  • And so, I'm tellin' the pastor, I'm sayin',
  • 00:20:39.160 --> 00:20:41.250
  • "Well, this is what you're gonna have to do.
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:43.110
  • "you're gonna have to get their minds really renewed
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:46.060
  • "in his word so they can understand
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:48.200
  • "that they're gonna have to get in formation,
  • 00:20:48.200 --> 00:20:51.200
  • "get their state of mind where it's supposed to be,
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:54.120
  • "line it up with the word of God,
  • 00:20:54.120 --> 00:20:56.170
  • "so they can fulfill purpose."
  • 00:20:56.170 --> 00:20:59.090
  • You'll never be able to fulfill purpose
  • 00:20:59.090 --> 00:21:01.030
  • outside of the will of God.
  • 00:21:01.030 --> 00:21:03.230
  • You can't.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:05.070
  • And so, you gotta get in, say, I gotta get in formation.
  • 00:21:05.070 --> 00:21:08.240
  • - [Congregation] I gotta get in formation.
  • 00:21:08.240 --> 00:21:10.110
  • - So now, I keep on goin', I'm saying, "God, okay,
  • 00:21:10.110 --> 00:21:15.020
  • "tell me somethin' else," 'cause I'm greedy, if you will.
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:18.120
  • Like, I want it all.
  • 00:21:18.120 --> 00:21:20.020
  • It's like you try to give me a slither of cake.
  • 00:21:22.080 --> 00:21:25.200
  • Don't give me a slither, I wanna chunk.
  • 00:21:25.200 --> 00:21:28.170
  • I want it all if I can.
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:31.070
  • Like yesterday,
  • 00:21:31.070 --> 00:21:32.150
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:34.290 --> 00:21:36.200
  • I was with some sinners.
  • 00:21:36.200 --> 00:21:38.070
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:41.050
  • And we were ridin' real peacefully, mindin' our business,
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:46.040
  • on the way to Baltimore, goin' up 301,
  • 00:21:46.040 --> 00:21:49.090
  • and we saw the sign that says, "Hot."
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:54.200
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:54.200 --> 00:21:57.270
  • So, instead of us mindin' our business,
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:22:01.080
  • and goin' on our way,
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:03.230
  • we just turned on over into the parkin' lot.
  • 00:22:03.230 --> 00:22:07.250
  • And I can't eat just one Krispy Kreme donut.
  • 00:22:07.250 --> 00:22:11.060
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:22:11.060 --> 00:22:12.230
  • You may can, but I can't.
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:14.250
  • So, I'm greedy, I am, I know I'm greedy.
  • 00:22:14.250 --> 00:22:17.010
  • So, I go into lookin' into it a little further.
  • 00:22:17.010 --> 00:22:20.290
  • And I go into the thesaurus and I look up formation again.
  • 00:22:20.290 --> 00:22:25.250
  • And I see a synonym.
  • 00:22:25.250 --> 00:22:27.150
  • And the synonym is genesis.
  • 00:22:28.130 --> 00:22:30.210
  • - [Congregation] Wow.
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:35.240
  • - Y'all don't believe me, go in your dictionary.
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:38.020
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:40.100
  • A synonym for formation is genesis.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:43.080
  • I'm sayin', "God, this is."
  • 00:22:47.190 --> 00:22:50.130
  • You know, it might not be good to you right now,
  • 00:22:50.130 --> 00:22:52.120
  • but it is so good to me.
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:54.180
  • Because I know a scripture and I'm gonna show it
  • 00:22:54.180 --> 00:22:57.200
  • to you in a moment.
  • 00:22:57.200 --> 00:22:58.270
  • When you can go back to a genesis week,
  • 00:22:58.270 --> 00:23:02.070
  • that means goin' back to the beginning.
  • 00:23:03.110 --> 00:23:05.290
  • Like, you mean you could get a fresh start.
  • 00:23:05.290 --> 00:23:09.160
  • I would do anything for a fresh start sometimes.
  • 00:23:10.220 --> 00:23:14.180
  • Sometimes I do the dumbest things or say the dumbest stuff.
  • 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:18.110
  • It's like, oh God, please, take me back
  • 00:23:18.110 --> 00:23:20.150
  • to the beginnin' of that moment.
  • 00:23:20.150 --> 00:23:22.060
  • Give me a fresh start.
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  • Let me do it all over again.
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  • Go to Psalms 51.
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  • 51 and 10.
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  • Are you there, did y'all find.
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  • Oh, you probably usin' your phone for.
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  • Did anybody find that word?
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  • Did you find it?
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  • You saw genesis, okay, I just needed,
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  • so they'll know I'm not lyin'.
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  • Are y'all lookin' it up over here in Temple Hills?
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  • Shake your head, let me know, are you with me?
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  • I don't seem them movin' at all.
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  • They don't even know the camera on them.
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  • That's why they not movin'.
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  • Psalms 51 and 10.
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  • And I believe this is in the Message Bible.
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  • It's says, "God, make a fresh start in me,
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  • "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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