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Lift Up Your Eyes Part 4

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October 6, 2020
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A look into the comfort and tenderness of God.

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Lift Up Your Eyes Part 4

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  • He did not only create the earthto be inhabited by us,
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  • is anybody stayingwith me today?
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  • He created the earth to beinhabited by his own self.
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  • Did someone get that with me?
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  • That God literally put on fleshand blood and came
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  • and walked among us to show us
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  • what love and truth looks like.
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  • To show us how to walkin his likeness,
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  • what Christ's likenesslooks like in action.
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  • What his love fleshes out like,
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  • and then he gave his life for us
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  • and was raised from the dead.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Throughout Isaiah 40,in several different places,
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  • God takes on the idolsof the world, and he's going,
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  • like, "Why would you trade me infor them,
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  • "things you madewith your own hands,
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  • "and you're gonna worship themwhen you have got me?
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  • What in the worldare you thinking?"
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  • And, you know, we don't carveout our wood like they did,
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  • we just go buy it.
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  • Anybody know whatI'm talking about?
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  • We just worship the thingsthat our hands have made.
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  • And how in the world cansomething we can make make us?
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  • How in the world?
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  • We work hard to makea lot of money
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  • because we thinkmoney can make us.
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  • How can what we make make us?
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  • We try to make a namefor ourselves
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  • and think that name can make us.
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  • How can somethingwe can make make us?
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  • Here's the thing,this is the hardship.
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  • In order to know intellectually,and spiritually, and physically,
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  • and emotionally that no onecompares to the Lord,
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  • we have to discoverthat no one is like him.
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  • And sometimes thatdoesn't come pretty.
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  • Who has devastated you becausethey could not be Jesus for you?
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  • See, today, do you knowwhat would happen
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  • if we just came to a placeof forgiving people
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  • and let them off the hookbecause they just couldn't be
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  • a false Christ to us?
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  • They just couldn't do it.
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  • They didn't come through for us.
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  • They broke our heartsand left us bloody,
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  • and then there's justthe ongoing disappointment.
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  • We get disappointedin our leaders.
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  • I'm sure if you know mevery well,
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  • you've been disappointed in me,
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  • and if you haven't yet,you will be,
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  • because we willalways let you down.
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  • But part of that process ofpeople not coming through for us
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  • reminds us there's nobody thatcan pull this off but Jesus,
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  • absolutely nobody.
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  • Nobody, nobody,and one of the things
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  • I've really had to face is thatwhen I'm done wrong
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  • and devastated by someone,
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  • and I feel like thereis no getting up from that,
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  • I sometimes have to facemy idolatry there
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  • that I idolize them,that I needed them
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  • to make me feel what I neededto feel about myself.
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  • But what if it was just youand Jesus?
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  • Of course we have people,we want our people,
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  • I'm just simply saying noneof those people are him.
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  • We see little glimpses of himin a lot of people
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  • that walk with him,praise you, God,
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  • but nobody but nobodyis Jesus.
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  • And, you know,I just thought to myself,
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  • "How many times will our idolshave to let us down
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  • before we put them down?"
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  • How many timesare we gonna do this?
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  • So, number four is this,
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  • God is both infinitely strong
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  • and immanently tender.
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  • And let me tell you whythose two are so important.
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  • I love the very end of Psalm 62.
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  • Psalm 62 is just a great Psalm.
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  • It's just a great Psalm.
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  • It talks about what we talkedabout just a second ago
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  • where nobody reallycan come through
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  • for our expectations but Jesus.
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  • We can't expect of otherswhat only Jesus can deliver,
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  • but it ends by saying this.
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  • "One thing God has spoken,two things I have heard.
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  • Power belongs to you, O God,and with you is unfailing love."
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  • In other words, in you, God,is infinite power
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  • and unfailing love.
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  • Imagine infinite powerwithout love, and unfailing.
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  • Everybody say, "Unfailing love."
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  • It cannot fail.
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  • It cannot not be there.
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  • It cannot not come through.
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  • It is impossible.
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  • It is impossible,
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  • because God doesn'tjust do love,
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  • God is love.
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  • You would have to take awayhis is-ness.
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  • You'd have to come and you'dhave to amputate part of him
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  • for him not to be loving,
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  • because it's partof his very self.
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  • But what would powerbe without love?
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  • Tyranny, a nightmare,horrifying.
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  • But what would lovebe without power?
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  • And listen, you've knownsome of that, we all have.
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  • Has anybody, forgive me,I won't go far on this,
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  • because nobodywants to talk about this,
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  • but anybody nearly loved youto death?
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  • Come on, now.
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  • Their love was so unhealthy,
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  • they didn't have the power
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  • to walk in a waythat did not tear
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  • everybody around them to shreds.
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  • I mean, they had a lot of love,but so unhealthy.
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  • You know what I'm talking about.
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  • Talk about destructive.
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  • All that affection."I just wanna be loving."
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  • Yes, yes, yes,we want to be loving,
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  • but we also wantto have the power of God
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  • in our bones to actually walklike whole people
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  • who don't try to destroythemselves every day,
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  • anybody, anybody?
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  • Who don't nearly destroy others
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  • with the brokenness
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  • of our natural affections.
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  • God is both infinitelystrong and immanently tender,
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  • immanently tender,immanently tender.
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  • I wanna go off on that for justa second, because the pictures
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  • are constant in the Word of God.
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  • When he says that he is closeto the brokenhearted
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  • and he binds up their wounds,when the Psalmist says that,
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  • do you realize the pictureis being held
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  • and the heart is literallybeing bound up in a bandage?
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  • Did you know that in theOld Testament Hebrew,
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  • the word for healing,that form of the word "rapha"
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  • for healing, he is our healer,
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  • it is a word that can alsomean-it means all the things
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  • you think it means,
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  • but it means to mendby stitching,
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  • and I love the word pictureof that, because, you know,
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  • you have to hold someone,
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  • you have to be close to 'emto stitch 'em up.
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  • It says in Psalm 46 verse 1that he's "A very present help
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  • in times of trouble,"
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  • and somebody needs to hear thattoday.
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  • Know he's always present,but what Psalm 46:1 says
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  • is that he's very present.
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  • I'm not only telling youthat he is present,
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  • I'm telling youhe's very present.
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  • I'm telling youhe's present, present.
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  • Anybody know whatI'm talking about?
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  • I'm telling you, he is closerto you than your skin.
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  • "A very present helpin times of trouble."
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  • I love Deuteronomy 1:30-31 saythis, "The Lord your God,
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  • "who goes before you,
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  • is the one who will fightfor you."
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  • Who did not fight for you?
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  • Isn't that devastating?
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  • We just wanted somebodyto fight for us.
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  • Why don't you fight for me?
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  • Why did you just,like, let me leave?
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  • I was so hopingI would turn around
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  • and you'd be running after me.
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  • Why didn't you fight for me?
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  • Let him tend to you today.
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  • Don't you act like that stuff'snot going on inside of you.
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  • He brought you here in exactlythe time and season you are in.
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  • Don't you leave your trashout in the car.
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  • That's what we used to dowhen I was a kid
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  • growing up at church.
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  • This is how we did it.
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  • We'd fight all the wayto church, we'd go in,
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  • we'd act like, you cannotbelieve how prim and proper.
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  • We'd get back in the car,we'd fight all the way home.
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  • Not only that, all sorts ofthings happened on the way home.
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  • In those days, my motherand my grandmother,
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  • they would wear those girdles,those long-line girdles.
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  • They'd be in the car,
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  • and they'd be pullingthose things off.
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  • You could hearthe Lycra snapping.
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  • You cannot-and then,it was just like,
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  • I mean, the things coming out.
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  • It was just like-there wasjust like a transformation
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  • taking place on the way home,and I'm not saying it was good.
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  • But we never connected thatthe Word of God
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  • that Jesus wanted to really tend
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  • to our deep brokenness,
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  • and scars, and needs.
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  • Never did even put 'em together.
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  • It says, "I will fight for you,just as I did in Egypt
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  • "before your very eyes,and in the wilderness
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  • "where you saw howthe Lord your God carries you,
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  • just as one carries a child."
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  • "Just as one carries a child."
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  • Okay, you're in the gospels,because I'm about to turn you
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  • to Mark, so that's why I don'twant you to get lost there,
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  • but I do want you to seesomething back in Isaiah.
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  • If you got it handy, go backto Isaiah and I want to send you
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  • to Isaiah 46 with me.
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  • Isaiah 46:3-4, "Listen to me,O house of Jacob,
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  • "all the remnant of the houseof Israel,
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  • who have been born by mefrom before your birth."
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  • He is picturing that he is born,that he's carrying the--
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  • "Carried from the womb,even to your old age I am he.
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  • "To the gray hairsI will carry you,
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  • "and I have made,and I will bear;
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  • and I will carry you,and I will save."
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  • I know somebody wantsto say amen to that.
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  • See, here's what occurs to me,because he's saying
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  • from before you were born
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  • to your last breath,
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  • I've held you and carried you.
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  • And I thought to myself gettingready for this weekend
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  • that we never outgrow the needfor comfort, and for nurture,
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  • and for tenderness, we never do.
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  • I think that one of the hardestthings about being an adult
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  • is just being an adult.
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  • Especially, anybody just,like, the rock of your family?
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  • So, everybody's looking to you,but they have no idea
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  • that your own heart is broken,and that you're tired.
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  • That you're tired.
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  • That sometimeseverything gets heavy,
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  • and sometimes you feellike that you are living
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  • in a can of mixed nuts.
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  • And I want you to know,we get to be God's child.
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  • So many places we have to begrown up,
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  • and we want to be grown upin our faith,
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  • and we want to maturein our faith,
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  • but I'm simply saying to you,you do have a place to go
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  • where you can shut the door inwith your God and go cry,
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  • and say, "So and sohurt my feelings."
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  • You could even saythis kind of stuff.
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  • I mean, whiny stuff,whiny stuff like,
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  • "Did you hear whatthey said to me?"
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  • Just like, "They're driving mecrazy,"
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  • or, "My heart is brokenand I'm tired,"
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  • whatever, whatever.
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  • I used to goto this one little café
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  • over and over again,you know why?
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  • Because the woman behind thecounter always called me baby,
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  • and I was anything but a baby.
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  • I was well into my 40s.
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  • I'd walk in the door,she'd look over at me,
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  • and she'd say, "Hey, baby."
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  • Every once in a while,
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  • I'd go-because she wasreal fluffy,
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  • and, you know, I'm kinda bony,and I would just go,
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  • "Irma, can you hug me?"
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  • And I'd just be like,"Don't ever let me out.
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  • This is where I wanna live."
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  • (Beth Moore)We live in a worldof so much clamor and chaos.
  • 00:14:00.198 --> 00:14:04.135
  • So much noise, so many voicestalking at the same time,
  • 00:14:04.168 --> 00:14:08.106
  • and often over one another.
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  • We don't always knowwho to listen to.
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  • We're becoming moreand more conditioned
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  • to just look at short,quick clips of Scripture
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  • that may bless us,but they cannot feed us,
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  • and they don't transform us.
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  • But for those of us in Christ,
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  • we know who we wantto hear from.
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  • We want to hearfrom God himself.
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  • We want eternal words thatare etched in holy concrete,
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  • yet animatedwith the Holy Spirit
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  • of the Living God.
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  • Come with my daughter, Melissa,and me to these wonderful pages.
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  • Watch the words, and thephrases, and the verses come
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  • to life and cultivatefresh perspective
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  • of what God has in mindfor your calling.
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  • Pour over the fruit of theSpirit right there in context,
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  • and find out what it means tokeep in step with the Spirit.
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  • Be transformed by what itmeans to be free in Christ.
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  • Learn the differencebetween obedience and legalism.
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  • He has called all of us to thesacred pages for leadership,
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  • for clarity, for hope, for love.
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  • I didn't go lookingfor Galatians,
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  • Galatians came looking for me.
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  • I wonder if Galatiansis looking for you.
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  • to this event this weekend,
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  • and you'll really pay attention,then it's gonna come
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  • right back around.
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  • Because some of the thingswe're talking about simply
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  • could not be more practical.
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  • We're gonna be talking aboutdivine power that God exerts
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  • 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 all that youhave for us, every little thing.
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  • (male announcer)Come join us.
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  • A couple of days on TwitterI saw this picture.
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  • I'm not showing it, because ofcourse I don't have permission
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  • and wouldn't have soughtpermission,
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  • because again, this ends upgoing on the program
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  • and it's just not right,it's too personal.
  • 00:16:56.741 --> 00:16:58.409
  • But she did put it outon Twitter,
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  • and it was a woman that
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  • had a picture of her parentsand I think I jotted down-oh,
  • 00:17:03.815 --> 00:17:07.919
  • I did, I jotted downexactly what it said.
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  • It was the sweetest pictureof her parents sitting
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  • in what looked to belike a recliner.
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  • You could tell kind of anover-stuffed leather chair,
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  • and they're both in it.
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  • They're both in it,and they are in their late 50s,
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  • and the woman is,like, curled up in his arm.
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  • So, his arm is around her,and she's nestled on his side
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  • like that, and she's tiny.
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  • She's nestled on his side likethis, and her eyes are shut,
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  • she's obviously asleep, andI thought it was so sweet,
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  • because I don't know if this wasintentional or not,
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  • but they both have onroyal blue shirts
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  • that almost look exactly alike.
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  • And so, they're just, like,snuggled up in this chair,
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  • and this is what it says.
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  • "My parents have beenmarried for 34 years.
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  • My mom is in the final stagesof young-onset dementia,
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  • diagnosed five years ago at 53.
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  • My dad cares for her full time,"listen carefully.
  • 00:17:56.434 --> 00:17:59.904
  • "She doesn't always rememberhis name,
  • 00:17:59.937 --> 00:18:01.806
  • "but she knows she is safewith him.
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  • If that's not love," she says,"I don't know what it is."
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  • I wonder where you couldreally use some comfort.
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  • See, for some of you, you'renot even comfortable with us
  • 00:18:17.588 --> 00:18:19.390
  • bringing up comfort, like, eww.
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  • [audience laughing]
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  • And you're thinking, like,"It's so feminine,"
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  • well, that's odd,
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  • because the one who comfortedover and over again, and
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  • self-entitled in Exodus 34,
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  • "I am the compassionate one,the Lord."
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  • "The Lord compassionateand gracious,
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  • the one with steadfast love."
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  • He said, "I will send youa comforter."
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  • Have you ever noticed thatwhen we're just brokenhearted,
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  • sometimes even sick,have you ever noticed
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  • how we'll fold all up.
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  • And when was the last timeyou cried so hard
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  • you could not even speak?
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  • I wonder, were you ableto stand straight up,
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  • or did you find a placeto curl up?
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  • Because there's somethinginstinctive in us that knows
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  • I'm supposed to besomebody's baby.
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  • Now, I'm sorry if you're toogrown up for that kind of talk,
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  • but it's important to me.
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  • I gotta know, as a grandmother,as a woman that still has some
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  • dreams that didn't come true,and some disappointments,
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  • and some things that didn'twork out the way
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  • I hoped they did,but I still get to say,
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  • "I'm your child.I belong to you.
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  • Take care of me,"and he always does.
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  • I'm gonna show yousomething in Mark.
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  • I love this so much,it astounds me.
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  • Mark chapter 7:31-37, "Then he,"being Jesus, "He returned
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  • "from the region of Tyreand went through Sidon
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  • "to the Sea of Galilee,in the region of Decapolis.
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  • "And they brought to him a manwho was deaf
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  • "and he had a speech impediment,
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  • "and they begged himto lay his hand on him.
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  • "And taking him asidefrom the crowd privately,
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  • he put his fingers,"this is Jesus,
  • 00:20:37.061 --> 00:20:38.696
  • "Put his fingers into his ears,and after spitting
  • 00:20:38.729 --> 00:20:41.666
  • "touched his tongue.
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  • "And looking up to heaven,he sighed and said to him,
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  • 'Ephphatha,' which means,'Be opened.'"
  • 00:20:47.705 --> 00:20:50.975
  • It's Aramaic for "be opened."
  • 00:20:51.008 --> 00:20:53.110
  • "And his ears were opened,his tongue was released,
  • 00:20:53.144 --> 00:20:55.579
  • "and he spoke plainly.
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  • "And Jesus charged themnot to tell anyone,
  • 00:20:57.081 --> 00:20:59.417
  • "but the more he charged them,
  • 00:20:59.450 --> 00:21:00.751
  • "the more zealouslythey proclaimed it,
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  • "and they were astonishedbeyond measure, saying,
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  • "'He has done all things well.
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  • He even makes the deaf hearand the mute speak.'"
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  • Okay, I wanted you to noticesomething that seems so odd.
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  • Did you catch it in verse 34?
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  • Like, they bring this manto Jesus,
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  • he takes him to the side, 34,
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  • "And looking up to heaven,he sighed."
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  • What is he sighing about?
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  • Like, here we go again,healing, healing, healing.
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  • It's all about healing.
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  • When will this ever end?
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  • Can you peoplenot heal yourselves,
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  • you know what I'm saying?
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  • I mean, why in the world?
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  • What is happening herethat he would sigh?
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  • I want to show yousomething gorgeous.
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  • I think you can go aheadand turn away from Mark 7
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  • as long as you kind of knowwhere it's gonna connect.
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  • Go with me to Romans 8starting at verse 18.
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  • "For I consider that thesufferings of this present time
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  • "are not worth comparingwith the glory
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  • "that is to be revealed to us.
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  • "For the creation waitswith eager longing
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  • for the revealing of the sonsof God,"
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  • and that's talkingabout believers.
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  • "For the creation was subjectedto futility, not willingly,
  • 00:22:11.522 --> 00:22:15.092
  • "but because of himwho subjected it,
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  • "in hope that the creationitself will be set free
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  • "from its bondage to corruptionand obtain
  • 00:22:20.297 --> 00:22:22.533
  • "the freedom of the gloryof the children of God.
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  • "For we knowthat the whole creation
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  • has been groaning together,"
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  • don't forget that,"Groaning together in the pains
  • 00:22:29.673 --> 00:22:32.510
  • "of childbirth until now.
  • 00:22:32.543 --> 00:22:34.845
  • "And not only the creation,but we ourselves,
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  • "who have the firstfruitsof the Spirit,
  • 00:22:37.014 --> 00:22:38.783
  • "groan inwardlyas we wait eagerly
  • 00:22:38.816 --> 00:22:41.786
  • "for our adoption as sons,the redemption of our bodies.
  • 00:22:41.819 --> 00:22:45.256
  • "For in this hope we were saved.
  • 00:22:45.289 --> 00:22:47.291
  • "Now hope that is seenis not hope.
  • 00:22:47.324 --> 00:22:50.494
  • "For who hopes for what he sees?
  • 00:22:50.528 --> 00:22:52.430
  • "But if we hope for what we donot see,
  • 00:22:52.463 --> 00:22:54.665
  • "we wait for it with patience.
  • 00:22:54.698 --> 00:22:56.434
  • "Likewise the Spirit helps usin our weakness.
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  • "For we do not knowwhat to pray as we ought,
  • 00:22:59.036 --> 00:23:01.639
  • "but the Spirit himselfintercedes for us
  • 00:23:01.672 --> 00:23:04.241
  • "with groanings too deepfor words.
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  • "And he who searches the heartknows what is the mind
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  • "of the Spirit,
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  • "because the Spiritintercedes for him
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  • according to the will of God."
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  • Okay, hold up a second.
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  • You remember when wetalked about the first law
  • 00:23:16.220 --> 00:23:18.189
  • of thermodynamics,that very first law,
  • 00:23:18.222 --> 00:23:21.292
  • which is energy is conserved?
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  • And we compared it to theGenesis account when he said,
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  • "Then on the sixth dayafter creation was done,
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  • he was finished and he rested."
  • 00:23:31.068 --> 00:23:35.473
  • Now, people feel all sortsof ways about creation,
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  • we talked about that last night.
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  • Like, how long it couldhave taken,
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  • how short it could have taken,and you know what?
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  • I don't have any problemwith six days,
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  • and I'm gonna tell youwhy I don't.
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  • Because I'm gonna tell you thathe could have closed his eyes
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  • like this and gone, "Be," andthe whole thing could have been,
  • 00:23:49.220 --> 00:23:51.689
  • you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:23:51.722 --> 00:23:53.424
  • I mean, like, he probably wasdone by mid-morning every day,
  • 00:23:53.457 --> 00:23:55.793
  • and then had to wait like this'til the next day,
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  • you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:23:57.495 --> 00:23:58.796
  • I mean, I'm just simplymaking a point
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  • there's nothing he can't do.
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  • So, you know, thatdoesn't trouble me.
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  • I don't get all caught upin that, but you be you,
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  • but I just find freedomin going
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  • he can do whateverhe wants,
  • 00:24:08.105 --> 00:24:09.406
  • but the second lawof thermodynamics
  • 00:24:09.440 --> 00:24:11.141
  • is that energy dissipates,energy dissipates.
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  • This is the lawthat conveys entropy,
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  • that means the wearing out
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  • and the running down anddeteriorating of something.
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  • And do you know in Isaiah 51verse 6,
  • 00:24:23.287 --> 00:24:26.423
  • and in Hebrews 1:10 through 12,
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  • both of these passages talkabout the fact that creation
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  • is wearing out like a garment.
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  • This is exactly whatRomans 8 is talking about.
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  • We are watching it happen,and we see it in all sorts
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  • of different ways.
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  • But what is happening on ourearth right now is it is just,
  • 00:24:45.776 --> 00:24:48.646
  • like, groaning, and groaning,and groaning.
  • 00:24:48.679 --> 00:24:53.050
  • And the Word of God supportsthat over and over again,
  • 00:24:53.083 --> 00:24:55.953
  • but here's what I want youto see.
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  • Did you notice all the formsof that groaning?
  • 00:24:57.454 --> 00:25:00.357
  • It says that, I wanna see itagain, that all of creation, 22,
  • 00:25:00.391 --> 00:25:04.595
  • "For we knowthat the whole creation
  • 00:25:04.628 --> 00:25:06.096
  • has been groaning together,"then we see that we ourselves,
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:09.500
  • in the next verse,we groan inwardly.
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  • We then see that the Spirit,when he prays for us,
  • 00:25:12.136 --> 00:25:14.838
  • that he groans,that it's with groanings
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  • that cannot be utteredand cannot be understood by us,
  • 00:25:17.074 --> 00:25:19.510
  • what's the connection?
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  • Every one of those are formsof the word, the Greek word
  • 00:25:21.078 --> 00:25:23.681
  • "stenazo," "stenazo,"S-T-E-N-A-Z-O,
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  • and it's a long O, "stenazo,"everyone even groaning together
  • 00:25:29.019 --> 00:25:32.289
  • is "sustenazo,"that means together groaning.
  • 00:25:32.323 --> 00:25:36.293
  • This is the same word, the sameroot word is used over there
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  • in Mark chapter 7,so stay with me here,
  • 00:25:41.332 --> 00:25:43.467
  • because I hope this meanssomething to somebody.
  • 00:25:43.500 --> 00:25:45.603
  • Here he is looking uponthis man's suffering.
  • 00:25:45.636 --> 00:25:50.608
  • He's not sighing, like,"Oh, who had time for this?"
  • 00:25:50.641 --> 00:25:55.713
  • He's groaning,
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  • eagerly awaiting the daywhen our bodies
  • 00:26:01.285 --> 00:26:05.956
  • will no longer hurt,
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  • when our heartswill no longer break,
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  • when he will create a newheavens and a new earth.
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  • When we will be set freefrom what Paul
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  • called this body of death.
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  • Groaning, compassion,
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  • once more deeply moved,John chapter 11.
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  • Jesus wept at the suffering
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  • of Mary and Martha over Lazarus.
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  • Listen, sometimeswe want him
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  • to do a miracle out hereso badly.
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  • Perform a miracle,perform a miracle,
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  • do you know what he wants?
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  • I mean, he performs all sortsof things,
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  • but he's looking for usto be a walking wonder.
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  • That there is honestly no excusefor my life
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  • except that Jesus is Lord.
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  • He loves me and he's powerfuland has mercy on me
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  • and has given medivine strengths, amen?
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