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How to Engage with God in the Power of Scripture Part 1

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October 20, 2020
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Beth will help us activate the power of God’s Word in our own life.

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How to Engage with God in the Power of Scripture Part 1

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  • I want his Word to speak over mebefore this world
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  • speaks over me.
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  • And it speaks loud, it's noisy,and there are a lot of voices
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  • going at once.
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  • And it is important to methat I hear from God
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  • before I hear a whole lotof noise from the world.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Here's what I want to doin the coming moments.
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  • This huge hindranceis that many of us
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  • feel like we're not getting alot out of our time with God.
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  • What's that supposedto look like?
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  • For some of us, you're, like,"You know, I can't even get
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  • "through 15 minutes of prayerwithout running out
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  • "of things to say.
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  • "I mean, like,it's just me talking,
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  • "I don't knowif he's even listening.
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  • "I don't know howit's even connecting.
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  • "I don't sense anythingat all and it's just like,
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  • "I'm just gonna give up
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  • 'cause I don't thinkanything's happening anyway."
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  • And can I see anybody's handif you've ever had that
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  • go through your mind?
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  • Because we've all beenthere at one time or another.
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  • And so there's this disconnectso often between our theology
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  • and our reality.
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  • And the Word of God testifies tosomething different than that.
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  • That is what I came to in my 20sas I was still living
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  • in that cycle of defeat.
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  • It was just getting a littlefurther in time between ditches,
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  • but I was still doingthe same thing.
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  • May not have been exactlythe same action,
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  • but it was the same defeatof heart,
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  • the same defeat of mind,and I thought,
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  • "How in the worlddo you get out of this?
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  • "How do you connect the theologyof God's Word into the reality
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  • "of the life or is it justtheology and it doesn't have
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  • anything to do with thepavement of planet Earth?"
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  • But the Word of Godshows over and over again
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  • that it does connect andhow is it that that happens?
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  • And so here's whatI'm going to do today.
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  • I'm going to do it in an effortto give you ideas,
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  • not to imitate identicallybecause that would not
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  • be the point of it.
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  • What I wanna walk you throughbecause I think that this is
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  • what people want so desperatelyfrom time to time,
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  • what does your approachlook like?
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  • How do you get traction inyour own relationship with God?
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  • And perhaps thatwould give me some ideas.
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  • And so there are a coupleof deals we have to make
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  • before we go further.
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  • You have to promise me thatthese are the kinds of questions
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  • you're gonna askof other people.
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  • So that you're sharingwith one another:
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  • "This is what I reallyfind works for me.
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  • This is what hasnot worked for me."
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  • Because your individualrelationship
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  • gets to be its own thingwith Jesus.
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  • He'll shape that with youin a way that is very,
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  • very personal to you so youwanna let him do that.
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  • So what I'm hoping to be ableto do is that in telling you
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  • some things that have workedfor me,
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  • some ways that my relationshipwith him has been alive
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  • and really active,that some of these ideas
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  • where one is, like,"No, that really--I don't think
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  • that's really the way it's gonnawork for me," but something else
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  • is just like, "I think that--Ithink I'm gonna try that."
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  • Or it may be that it just givesyou an idea of something else
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  • altogether but it getsyour mind where it's rolling.
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  • It gets that soil turned overwhere something fresh can grow.
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  • Because I'm gonna tell you this.
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  • To this day, if you wanna knowone of my very favorite things
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  • to do, it would be to sitat a table
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  • with a pretty seasoned saint
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  • and get them to tell mewhat their day-to-day
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  • relationship lookslike with Jesus.
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  • I love to hearthat kind of thing.
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  • I wanna hear what areyou reading right now?
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  • What's really, really lightingthe fire of the Spirit in you?
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  • I love to knowthat kind of thing.
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  • So I need you tounderstand something.
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  • I don't do this as an exampleto you
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  • because I don't have anexemplary relationship.
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  • What I have is just thatwhatever I can offer you,
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  • I want to give you.
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  • If anything about it would justmake you think,
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  • "Okay, I think I might try that.
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  • I think that idea couldbe activated in my life."
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  • Here's what I'll tell youI can bring to the mix.
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  • Not an exemplary relationship,but I have a very
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  • lively relationship with him.
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  • The thing he is--he is the thingthat I most want to be part of.
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  • Whatever he's doingand my prayer time
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  • is very alive.
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  • So I wanna share it with youbecause I do feel like,
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  • for a lot of us and I havebeen there,
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  • I was there for a lot of years,it's anything but alive.
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  • I mean, it's a discipline andwe're doing it but it certainly
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  • doesn't feel alive and itcertainly does not feel
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  • life-changing to me in any way.
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  • So that is where I wanna gowith you.
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  • That I can tell you,it is a lively relationship.
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  • And if I've got somethingto share with you out of that,
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  • I want so much to do it.
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  • I wanna read youPsalm 19:7 through 14.
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  • I'm reading it out of the CSBand, oh, let it sink in
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  • because if you needa little motivation
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  • for being in the Word of Godand that's what this is about,
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  • it's seeing the powerof the Word of God
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  • that you've heardabout a thousand times
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  • if you're in fairly typicalfaith communities
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  • and listen to thingsand read things of the faith,
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  • you hear about this kindof stuff all the time.
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  • But how do you activate itin your own life?
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  • How do you tap intothe power of God's Word?
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  • That is what we're doing heretonight and it's gonna tell you
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  • why you wanna be in it.
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  • "The instruction of the Lord isperfect, renewing one's life;
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  • "the testimony of the Lordis trustworthy,
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  • making the inexperienced wise."
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  • Do you hearwhat it's saying to you?
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  • Because what it's saying to meis, listen,
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  • God will teach methrough his Word
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  • things that will make meexperienced in ways
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  • I have never experienced.
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  • You understand what I'm saying?
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  • We don't have to learneverything by experience.
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  • We learn the deepest thingsby experience,
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  • but what he's saying is,
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  • "I can so equip youwith my Word
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  • "that you will be as onewho is experienced
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  • "in ways that youhave never even known,
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  • "to make the inexperienced wise.
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  • The precepts of the Lord areright, making the heart glad."
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  • Now, what he's doing isrepeating different words
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  • that are standing for Torah
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  • or the word or instructionof the Lord.
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  • So we've got the instruction,we've got the testimony,
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  • we've got "the preceptsof the Lord are right,
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  • "making the heart glad;
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  • "the command of the Lordis radiant,
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  • making the eyes light up."
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  • Don't you want a little lightingup of the eyes?
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  • "The fear of the Lord is pure,enduring forever;
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  • "the ordinances of the Lordare reliable
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  • "and altogether righteous.
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  • "They are more desirable thangold--than an abundance
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  • "of pure gold;
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  • "and sweeter than honeydripping from a honeycomb.
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  • "In addition, your servantis warned by them,
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  • and in keeping themthere is abundant reward."
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  • He said, "Being in my Word,"
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  • he said, "will not only give youa good warning
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  • "when you need one,but you will also have much
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  • reward from it."
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  • Do you see the two sides of it?
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  • That by them isyour servant warned.
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  • In other words, man,I can be in prayer,
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  • I can be engaged in God's Word,
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  • and I can suddenlyhave that sense come over me
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  • there is a situation in my lifewhere I'm getting a warning
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  • that I need to navigatevery, very carefully.
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  • Anybody know whatI'm talking about?
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  • And then it says this:
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  • "Who perceiveshis unintentional sins?
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  • "Cleanse mefrom my hidden faults.
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  • "Moreover, keep your servantfrom willful sins;
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  • "do not let them rule me.
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  • "Then I will be blameless andcleansed from blatant rebellion.
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  • "May the words of my mouth
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  • "and the meditation of my heartbe acceptable to you, Lord,
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  • my rock and my Redeemer."
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  • Then I'll read familiar wordsout of 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
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  • "All Scripture is inspiredby God
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  • "and is profitable for teaching,for rebuke,
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  • "for correcting,for training in righteousness,
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  • "so that the man of Godmay be complete,
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  • equipped for every good work."
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  • Somebody bless the readingof the Word of God.
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  • All right, now, here are somethings I wanna get straight with
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  • you before I take you into whatmy basic day-to-day practice is.
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  • So, the first one is this:keep the goals straight.
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  • Keep the goals straight.
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  • The goal of time with Godis not x amount of minutes.
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  • Like, you're not, like, "My goalis to spend 30 minutes
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  • in prayer every morning,"
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  • "my goal is to work intowhere I could honestly
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  • thoroughly enjoy an hourwith the Lord."
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  • Those are not our goals.
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  • It's not about amountof minutes,
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  • it's not about getting itexactly right.
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  • What it's about, and I wannagive you what I believe
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  • to be the goal,what's the goal for me.
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  • This is what I'm looking forin my daily practice with him
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  • in the Word.
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  • The goal is engaging with God insuch a way that abounds the soul
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  • and empowers the life.
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  • In my day-to-day relationshipwith him,
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  • I'm looking for spiritualpractices with him,
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  • I'm looking for an approachto him
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  • that results in two things, andthat is that my soul abounds,
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  • in other words, I've got to havehim tend to my soul.
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  • So do you.
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  • I've got--we go through a lotof stuff here.
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  • We endure a lot of things.
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  • We're called to perseverethrough many, many difficulties
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  • and we have wounds that comein our day-to-day lives
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  • that we need comfortand we need tending over.
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  • I need my soul to be tended to
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  • and I want it to be fulland abound.
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  • I want my soul to be satisfied.
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  • That's a huge partof my approach to God.
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  • And the other one isthat it empowers the life.
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  • This is what I'm bringing upto you in our present hour,
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  • is how does the powerof the Word
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  • that we hear about all the time,
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  • "the Word of God is aliveand active,
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  • "and sharper thanany double-edged sword
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  • "and it piercesinto the dividing of the soul
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  • and the spirit and the marrow."
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  • All right, all this powerthat goes with the Word,
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  • how in the world doesthat get activated
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  • in the day-to-day life ofyour regular person like us?
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  • What we're looking for isengaging with God in such a way
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  • that abounds a souland empowers a life.
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  • Now, I'm gonna share with youmy practices but let me tell you
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  • what you've got toreally guard against.
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  • If you make something legalisticout of this,
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  • you have left where I was goingbecause that is not my goal.
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  • It's not my goalin my personal life.
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  • I fight it.
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  • As much as I would fightlicense, I fight legalism.
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  • There are two extremes
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  • that we can go towhen we are in Christ.
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  • License is, "I just havelicense to do anything I want."
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  • That's just a total perversionof grace.
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  • "I'm going to doanything I want.
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  • "The cross of Christ hasalready paid for everything.
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  • "It does not matter how I live,it does not matter what I do,
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  • "because I can always counton the fact
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  • that I have been cleansedby the blood of Christ."
  • 00:11:52.103 --> 00:11:55.073
  • And we have been cleansedby the blood of Christ.
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  • But can it distance us?
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  • Can the Spirit be quenched?
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  • Absolutely.
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  • Are we called topursue godliness?
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  • Yes.
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  • So license is one extreme, butthe other extreme is legalism
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  • and I'm gonnatell you something.
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  • Both of those things leadexactly the same direction.
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  • They lead to distance from God.
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  • Legalism will take youto the same place
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  • license will take you.
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  • It just drives you there slowerand makes you more confident
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  • on your way.
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  • Hi, I'm Salinaand this is Natalie.
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  • We know this has been one ofthe most difficult years for us,
  • 00:12:31.676 --> 00:12:34.813
  • collectively, but we want youto know that God
  • 00:12:34.846 --> 00:12:37.148
  • has not once been far from youin all of this.
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  • In today's teaching,Beth takes time to show us
  • 00:12:40.418 --> 00:12:43.087
  • how to connect and gain tractionin our relationship with God.
  • 00:12:43.121 --> 00:12:47.559
  • Beth shares an example of howshe does her daily time
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  • with the Lord.
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  • We just want to encourage youto draw near to his Word.
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  • (Salina)That's exactly right,Natalie.
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  • But if you are looking for somehelp in getting some structure
  • 00:12:57.702 --> 00:13:00.338
  • to your quiet time,Living Proof Ministries
  • 00:13:00.371 --> 00:13:02.674
  • is offering this gift as athank you for your donation.
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  • We've put together apersonal quiet-time boxed set.
  • 00:13:06.144 --> 00:13:10.181
  • It will include a Bible,a daily devotional,
  • 00:13:10.215 --> 00:13:12.984
  • a digital downloadof Beth's full teaching
  • 00:13:13.017 --> 00:13:15.954
  • of the series, a journal,and a pen.
  • 00:13:15.987 --> 00:13:19.791
  • Perhaps you know a new believeror just someone looking
  • 00:13:19.824 --> 00:13:22.527
  • to get more committedto the Word this year.
  • 00:13:22.560 --> 00:13:25.163
  • This would be the perfect giftto help inspire them to find joy
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  • in the Scriptures daily.
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  • (Natalie)These tools, as Beth says,allows the Word
  • 00:13:30.501 --> 00:13:33.905
  • to speak over youbefore the world does.
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  • We look forward to seeing younext week.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • (Beth Moore)It doesn't matterwhere you are from.
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  • If you will give the timeand space
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  • to this event this weekend,
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  • if you will lend your heartto it
  • 00:14:02.367 --> 00:14:04.636
  • and you'll really pay attention,
  • 00:14:04.669 --> 00:14:06.738
  • then it's gonna come rightback around
  • 00:14:06.771 --> 00:14:09.407
  • because some of the thingswe're talking about
  • 00:14:09.440 --> 00:14:11.476
  • simply could not bemore practical.
  • 00:14:11.509 --> 00:14:18.383
  • We're gonna be talking aboutdivine power that God exerts
  • 00:14:18.416 --> 00:14:23.621
  • on the behalf of peoplejust like you and me,
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  • and we're gonna see Goddo something
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  • that we could not have thoughtto ask him.
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  • Lord, we want allthat you have for us,
  • 00:14:33.932 --> 00:14:36.100
  • every little thing.
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  • (male announcer)Come, join us.
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  • License and legalismwill always end you up
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  • and end me up distant from God
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  • instead of close.
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  • Give yourself freedom to grow.
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  • Give yourself freedom to grow.
  • 00:14:57.755 --> 00:15:00.391
  • One of the most important thingswe can understand about God
  • 00:15:00.425 --> 00:15:03.394
  • is that he as surely lovesto see us develop
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  • in our spiritual lives
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  • as we love to see an infantthen begin to smile,
  • 00:15:10.068 --> 00:15:14.672
  • begin to respond,then clap her little hands
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  • and then be able to toddleand walk.
  • 00:15:18.409 --> 00:15:21.245
  • Would you want your infantto day after tomorrow
  • 00:15:21.279 --> 00:15:24.182
  • suddenly have a doctoratein theology?
  • 00:15:24.215 --> 00:15:27.085
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:15:27.118 --> 00:15:28.820
  • But somehow we expectthat of ourselves
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  • that the only thing he reallyappreciates is for us
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  • to already be there immediately.
  • 00:15:34.659 --> 00:15:37.762
  • And so we miss the point thatit was the growing up in him.
  • 00:15:37.795 --> 00:15:43.368
  • Growing up in--under a Father'slove that makes us secure,
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  • that gives us wellbeingand that activates
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  • that abundant life in us.
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  • Know that God knows yourcircumstance and season.
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  • I'm thinking of a momof an infant that's colicky
  • 00:15:59.650 --> 00:16:03.921
  • and never sleepslonger than an hour
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  • including during the night.
  • 00:16:06.190 --> 00:16:08.559
  • And not to mentionshe's got a toddler,
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  • she's also taking care of.
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  • Would God not knowexactly the season
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  • and the circumstancethat she is in?
  • 00:16:15.933 --> 00:16:18.836
  • So please, pleaseknow he gets it.
  • 00:16:18.870 --> 00:16:21.973
  • Instead of us guilting ourselvesinto some kind
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  • of disciplinary practicethat is not even
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  • falling on open earsor the fertile soil of the heart
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  • because we're so messed upright now,
  • 00:16:35.520 --> 00:16:37.455
  • we don't knownorth from south.
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  • We're just trying to make it'til bedtime.
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  • Anybody know whatI'm talking about?
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  • Now, here's what I don't wantyou to do
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  • and I don't want me to do,
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  • and that's not--we don'twant to just let ourselves
  • 00:16:46.464 --> 00:16:49.901
  • off the hook.
  • 00:16:49.934 --> 00:16:51.335
  • But what I'm saying is,to the degree
  • 00:16:51.369 --> 00:16:53.271
  • that we can pursue and thatwe can come to the table
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  • and we can receiveand we can pour out our hearts
  • 00:16:58.142 --> 00:17:00.812
  • before him, we wanna do that.
  • 00:17:00.845 --> 00:17:02.980
  • I always think, "I couldprobably go a little,
  • 00:17:03.014 --> 00:17:04.382
  • about an inch further thanI think I can."
  • 00:17:04.415 --> 00:17:06.784
  • But there are genuinely timeswhen we're so grief-stricken
  • 00:17:06.818 --> 00:17:10.888
  • that all we can do is moanbefore the Lord.
  • 00:17:10.922 --> 00:17:13.491
  • And that's its own prayer.
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  • Know that stillnessand quietness before him
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  • can be as sacred as speech.
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  • So, here's how my usual approachgoes for whatever good
  • 00:17:19.730 --> 00:17:25.336
  • and encouragementthis might be to someone.
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  • So, none of this would beon my little kitchen island
  • 00:17:28.306 --> 00:17:31.843
  • where I come every singlemorning and have my quiet time.
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  • In different seasons of my life,
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  • I've had my quiet timein different places and, yes,
  • 00:17:37.548 --> 00:17:39.917
  • I still call it a quiet timeand it's anything but quiet.
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  • Devotional time,whatever you wanna call it,
  • 00:17:43.354 --> 00:17:46.290
  • but our time to beginthe day with God.
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  • And I am gonna tell you I dothis in the morning and I know,
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  • again, I want you towork this out with God.
  • 00:17:53.865 --> 00:17:56.467
  • You may say, you know,"I'm not a morning person.
  • 00:17:56.501 --> 00:17:58.236
  • I can't even think earlyin the morning."
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  • I get that.I get that.
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  • Figure that out with God,but I am gonna tell you this.
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  • I want his Word to speak over me
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  • before this world speaksover me.
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  • And it speaks loud, it's noisy,and there are a lot of voices
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  • going at once.
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  • And it is important to methat I hear from God
  • 00:18:13.251 --> 00:18:16.487
  • before I hear a whole lotof noise from the world.
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  • So I'm gonna tell you this.
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  • I believe in the theoryof eight hours a night.
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  • I don't often get it, but I alsoam not sleep-deprived
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  • but I'm gonna tell you this.
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  • I probably would geta little closer to seven.
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  • I'd love to get eight.
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  • Every now and then I do, but,for me, that hour with him
  • 00:18:36.140 --> 00:18:40.878
  • is going to outweighthe benefits of the fact
  • 00:18:40.912 --> 00:18:43.748
  • that I'm gonna get another hourof sleep.
  • 00:18:43.781 --> 00:18:46.117
  • So it starts out,first thing I do is
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  • I'm gonna bring my praises
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  • and I'm gonna bringmy confessions of sin.
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  • Why?
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  • Well, because what I'm hopingfor is that he is gonna fill me
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:55.726
  • with his Spirit.
  • 00:18:55.760 --> 00:18:57.128
  • So I am wanting to get outany kind of hindrance,
  • 00:18:57.161 --> 00:19:02.099
  • anything that I just needto get off my chest,
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  • I wanna get out first thing.
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  • So, "Lord, I'm reflectingover the day before
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  • "and these are the thingsI wanna bring to you.
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  • "Man, I'm really--I'm reallysorry that I said that
  • 00:19:11.976 --> 00:19:15.980
  • "to my husband.
  • 00:19:16.013 --> 00:19:17.782
  • "I'm really sorry that I was asirritable as I was to so-and-so,
  • 00:19:17.815 --> 00:19:21.118
  • that I thought thatabout so-and-so."
  • 00:19:21.152 --> 00:19:22.820
  • Anybody? Anybody?
  • 00:19:22.853 --> 00:19:24.388
  • "That I gossiped.
  • 00:19:24.422 --> 00:19:25.756
  • "So I've poured outwhat I have to bring you,
  • 00:19:25.790 --> 00:19:27.758
  • "I've poured out my praise,I've poured out my confessions.
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  • Now, Lord, would you fill mewith your Spirit?"
  • 00:19:31.028 --> 00:19:33.798
  • Now, why would thatbe a thing to pray?
  • 00:19:33.831 --> 00:19:36.400
  • Well, because I'm about to goto his Word
  • 00:19:36.434 --> 00:19:39.470
  • and it's the Spirit of Godthat is gonna resonate
  • 00:19:39.503 --> 00:19:42.139
  • with the words of the Spiritof God on the page.
  • 00:19:42.173 --> 00:19:45.443
  • So I want the Spirit of Godwithin me,
  • 00:19:45.476 --> 00:19:47.778
  • that earnest depositof the Spirit of God within me,
  • 00:19:47.812 --> 00:19:50.748
  • resonating with the Spiritof God on the page
  • 00:19:50.781 --> 00:19:54.385
  • because I wanna be respondingto it.
  • 00:19:54.418 --> 00:19:56.854
  • I don't want it to justbe cold words,
  • 00:19:56.887 --> 00:19:59.290
  • black ink on a white thin page.
  • 00:19:59.323 --> 00:20:02.059
  • I want to be responding to it.
  • 00:20:02.093 --> 00:20:04.328
  • So I want, "Lord, fill me upwith your Spirit.
  • 00:20:04.362 --> 00:20:06.931
  • Let me come to the Wordthat way."
  • 00:20:06.964 --> 00:20:08.766
  • So this is when, now, I'm gonnasit down at my table.
  • 00:20:08.799 --> 00:20:12.069
  • By this time I have turnedon my coffeemaker.
  • 00:20:12.103 --> 00:20:14.739
  • Somebody give praise to God.
  • 00:20:14.772 --> 00:20:17.541
  • So I do my confessionsbefore my coffee, yes,
  • 00:20:17.575 --> 00:20:21.779
  • but it is really the only thingthat I do before my coffee.
  • 00:20:21.812 --> 00:20:25.850
  • So alarm goes off early, bringmy praises and my confessions
  • 00:20:25.883 --> 00:20:29.053
  • of sin and I come to the tablewith my supplies.
  • 00:20:29.086 --> 00:20:32.657
  • I have my journal, andit's just a regular spiral.
  • 00:20:32.690 --> 00:20:37.962
  • I'm gonna have me some pens andI'm gonna have my highlighter.
  • 00:20:37.995 --> 00:20:41.098
  • I'm going to.
  • 00:20:41.132 --> 00:20:42.500
  • I'm going to, becauseI'm gonna wanna highlight
  • 00:20:42.533 --> 00:20:44.435
  • some Scripturesand then I have a light.
  • 00:20:44.468 --> 00:20:48.239
  • And I thought, "Okay,I'm just gonna bring it
  • 00:20:48.272 --> 00:20:50.207
  • and tell it to you."
  • 00:20:50.241 --> 00:20:51.676
  • I have--the roomis completely dark.
  • 00:20:51.709 --> 00:20:54.945
  • I keep it that way on purpose.
  • 00:20:54.979 --> 00:20:57.014
  • And I have this little lightthat I turn in--turn on
  • 00:20:57.048 --> 00:21:01.485
  • and I put it down right in frontof what I'm doing.
  • 00:21:01.519 --> 00:21:04.922
  • And it's shining downon my Bible
  • 00:21:04.955 --> 00:21:09.794
  • and on my open journal
  • 00:21:09.827 --> 00:21:12.496
  • so that all in the worldI can see in this world
  • 00:21:12.530 --> 00:21:17.068
  • for the time being is the Wordof God and my open journal.
  • 00:21:17.101 --> 00:21:22.239
  • So everything elseis completely black.
  • 00:21:22.273 --> 00:21:26.477
  • And it does something for me.
  • 00:21:26.510 --> 00:21:28.879
  • Just this little bit of light,
  • 00:21:28.913 --> 00:21:31.515
  • this one little beam
  • 00:21:31.549 --> 00:21:35.986
  • that everything else inthe world fades to black.
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:40.491
  • Me, Jesus, a Bible,a journal,
  • 00:21:40.524 --> 00:21:45.096
  • a pen, and a tiny little light.
  • 00:21:45.129 --> 00:21:48.232
  • Keeps me fromdoing anything else.
  • 00:21:48.265 --> 00:21:49.967
  • My phone is off.
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:52.236
  • Just me and Jesusand this tiny little light.
  • 00:21:52.269 --> 00:21:57.641
  • I have a bookletthat has prayers
  • 00:21:57.675 --> 00:22:00.778
  • that I can prayfor my children.
  • 00:22:00.811 --> 00:22:02.613
  • It's Scripture prayers thatI can pray for my children.
  • 00:22:02.646 --> 00:22:04.715
  • Almost every single morning,one of the first things I do
  • 00:22:04.749 --> 00:22:08.085
  • after I sit down is I just openwhere I am right now.
  • 00:22:08.119 --> 00:22:11.055
  • This is my little listof 17 people
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  • that I pray forevery single day
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  • and I just lift these upand I'm just, like, "Lord,
  • 00:22:17.094 --> 00:22:19.930
  • I pray that you would make mychildren to be thankful people."
  • 00:22:19.964 --> 00:22:22.900
  • Every single one of these havean address with them
  • 00:22:22.933 --> 00:22:25.102
  • so I may do, like,four or five of those.
  • 00:22:25.136 --> 00:22:27.405
  • So I've got my littlebooklet here.
  • 00:22:27.438 --> 00:22:29.373
  • What I also have,I look for books
  • 00:22:29.407 --> 00:22:32.476
  • that are just chock fullof Scripture
  • 00:22:32.510 --> 00:22:36.213
  • so I know that I could use themin my quiet time
  • 00:22:36.247 --> 00:22:38.616
  • because I know thatthey're gonna have me
  • 00:22:38.649 --> 00:22:40.184
  • from one Scripture to another.
  • 00:22:40.217 --> 00:22:41.952
  • So, often what I will do, I amalways at the same time
  • 00:22:41.986 --> 00:22:46.524
  • reading a book of the Bible.
  • 00:22:46.557 --> 00:22:49.927
  • So this is really,really important to me
  • 00:22:49.960 --> 00:22:52.096
  • and I'm gonna let this fallon you as you'd have it.
  • 00:22:52.129 --> 00:22:55.366
  • Just see what God doeswith this.
  • 00:22:55.399 --> 00:22:57.902
  • But I am gonna always readthrough a book of the Bible
  • 00:22:57.935 --> 00:23:01.138
  • because I want to readthe actual Word.
  • 00:23:01.172 --> 00:23:04.675
  • One of the biggest deficitsI see in the body of Christ
  • 00:23:04.708 --> 00:23:07.745
  • and one reason why we don'tmature past elementary school
  • 00:23:07.778 --> 00:23:10.881
  • is because we are spendingour lives doing devotionals.
  • 00:23:10.915 --> 00:23:14.618
  • I love devotionals.
  • 00:23:14.652 --> 00:23:16.954
  • I love devotionals.
  • 00:23:16.987 --> 00:23:18.522
  • But we have to knowthe actual Word of God.
  • 00:23:18.556 --> 00:23:21.525
  • And to read through one book,even if it takes a long time,
  • 00:23:21.559 --> 00:23:25.062
  • read through the book of Luke,then read through
  • 00:23:25.095 --> 00:23:28.098
  • the book of Exodus.
  • 00:23:28.132 --> 00:23:29.633
  • Go back and forth.
  • 00:23:29.667 --> 00:23:30.968
  • That's what I love to dois I go back and forth
  • 00:23:31.001 --> 00:23:32.903
  • between the Oldand New Testament.
  • 00:23:32.937 --> 00:23:34.638
  • Sometimes, I will do aread-through in a year,
  • 00:23:34.672 --> 00:23:37.575
  • but I really do not likereading that fast.
  • 00:23:37.608 --> 00:23:40.878
  • What I'm gonna do in my own timewith God is that I'm gonna do
  • 00:23:40.911 --> 00:23:44.215
  • the equivalent of readingtwo chapters.
  • 00:23:44.248 --> 00:23:47.218
  • So if I'm doing a supplementalbook, I'll read one chapter
  • 00:23:47.251 --> 00:23:51.522
  • of whatever bookof the Bible I'm reading.
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  • And then I will readthe equivalent of that
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  • out of the book.
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  • So I'll read a couple of pagesout of the book.
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  • Otherwise, I'm gonna readtwo chapters
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  • if I'm not usinga supplemental book.
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  • Does that make sense to anybody?
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  • Then I'm gonna readtwo chapters of that.
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  • Right now, I'm readingthrough the book of Job.
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  • I went to Ezra and then I wentto Nehemiah and then I went to
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  • Esther and then I was staringJob in the face and thought
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  • "What can I do?"
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  • You know, you can onlyput Job off so long.
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  • And so I'm going throughthat right now and just really
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  • persevering through itthe best I know how.
  • 00:24:22.753 --> 00:24:25.789
  • But that's what's in mybox here, and some pens.
  • 00:24:25.823 --> 00:24:29.460
  • I have a little--thisalso has a little magnifier.
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  • If I need to lookat a little scholar's note
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  • or something like that,I use this.
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  • It's just my--thisis just my stuff.
  • 00:24:37.034 --> 00:24:39.203
  • Now, one of the things I'm goingto do every single time,
  • 00:24:39.236 --> 00:24:42.072
  • so here's what--thealarm's gone off.
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  • First thing I've done isI've brought my praises
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  • and my confessions to God.
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  • Then I'm gonna come to the tablewith my supplies
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  • and that's whatever you woulduse for your time with him,
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  • you're bringing it to whereveryou're gonna sit.
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  • And then I deliberatelyavail myself to him.
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  • And I think this is a reallyimportant part.
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  • So however, this looks for you,what I'm doing is,
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  • this is before I've startedreading or anything,
  • 00:25:05.429 --> 00:25:07.631
  • this is only after I've sat downwith my supplies,
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  • I've pulled them out of the box.
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  • I've had a little bit of timeto pour out my praise
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  • and confession on him.
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  • I'm only about,just so that you know,
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  • I'm only about six minutes inby now.
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  • So I just want you to kind ofget the timeframe.
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  • This is not where I've alreadyspent 30 solid minutes
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  • getting to this point.
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  • I'm a few minutes in,a few minutes in here.
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  • But I'm going to avail myself.
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  • In other words,I wanna say to him,
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  • "Hit me with it. I want it."
  • 00:25:35.326 --> 00:25:38.529
  • He says, you know,"Seek, and you will find.
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  • Knock, and the doorwill be opened to you."
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  • He wants us to want it.
  • 00:25:43.434 --> 00:25:47.237
  • And so, I'll say things likethis, like, on occasion
  • 00:25:47.271 --> 00:25:50.708
  • I'll say to him,"Lord, I just--I avail myself
  • 00:25:50.741 --> 00:25:53.811
  • "to the full work of the cross
  • 00:25:53.844 --> 00:25:56.947
  • "and the Resurrectionand the Ascension of Christ.
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  • This day, I just make myselfavailable to you."
  • 00:25:59.683 --> 00:26:03.087
  • Other times, I'll just sayto him, "Here, Father,
  • 00:26:03.120 --> 00:26:05.889
  • "here's every single part of me.
  • 00:26:05.923 --> 00:26:07.524
  • "Here is my mind.
  • 00:26:07.558 --> 00:26:09.226
  • "If there is any part of my mindthat you want to use
  • 00:26:09.259 --> 00:26:11.762
  • "that I've not given youaccess to,
  • 00:26:11.795 --> 00:26:13.964
  • "whether it's creativity,whatever it may be,
  • 00:26:13.998 --> 00:26:17.201
  • "go for it.
  • 00:26:17.234 --> 00:26:18.535
  • "It's yours.I avail to you all my emotions.
  • 00:26:18.569 --> 00:26:22.673
  • "I avail to you my personality.
  • 00:26:22.706 --> 00:26:25.809
  • "I just--here it is, here it is.
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  • "I withhold from you nothing.
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  • in our approach to prayer
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  • and our approachto the Word of God,
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  • is that access exceeds answers.
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  • And what I mean by thatis the more we engage
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  • with Jesus,
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  • the more we're going to findthat even more
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  • than we are seeking an answerto our prayer, we have him.
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  • is not what Jesus can do for us,
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  • although there is nothinghe cannot do.
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