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Meet Me at the Well Part 4

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August 25, 2020
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Every substitute for Jesus is a broken cistern. Watch to help identify the substitutes in your life.

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Meet Me at the Well Part 4

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  • I have planned,I have scheduled,
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  • I have dated,I have put on my calendar,
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  • I plan to sin on Saturday night.
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  • Now, I'm sorry that that isdisappointing to you,
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  • but most of you have doneexactly the same thing.
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  • And I don't mean just sin,I mean being a stronghold of it
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  • where you're just like,this is your pattern.
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  • So, I mean, it's like jumpinginto it with all we've got.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • I want you to turn with meto Psalm 40 for just a moment.
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  • I want to show you something.
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  • This is one of my very, veryfavorite of all the Psalms.
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  • It's such a--it's my testimonyin so many ways,
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  • and I think somebody else
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  • will be able to saythe same thing,
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  • you just may not have knownit was right here in writing,
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  • that your very storyis right here in print.
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  • Psalm 40, "I waited patientlyfor the Lord;
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  • "he inclined to meand heard my cry.
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  • "He drew me upfrom the pit of destruction,
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  • "out of the miry bog,he set my feet upon a rock,
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  • "making my steps secure.
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  • "He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.
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  • "Many will see and fear,and put their trust in the Lord.
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  • "Blessed is the manwho makes the Lord his trust,
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  • "who does not turn to the proud,
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  • "and to those who go astrayafter a lie!
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  • "You have multiplied,O Lord my God,
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  • "your wondrous deedsand your thoughts toward us;
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  • "none can compare with you!
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  • "I will proclaimand tell of them,
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  • "they are morethan can be told.
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  • "In sacrifice and offeringyou have not delighted,
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  • "but you have given mean open ear.
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  • "Burnt offering and sin offeringyou have not required.
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  • "Then I said,'Behold, I have come;
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  • "'in the scroll of the bookit is written of me:
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  • "'I delight to do your will,O my God;
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  • "your law is within my heart.'
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  • I have told the glad newsof deliverance."
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  • Don't you lovethat it's glad news?
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  • In my translation it's notgood news, it's glad news.
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  • See, good news is what it is,glad is how I feel about it.
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  • Come on, somebody.I need somebody to understand.
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  • I'm asking you,
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  • I'm not just asking youif you've had good news,
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  • I'm asking you how you feelabout the good news
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  • because most of us in the room
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  • are not very excitedabout the good news.
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  • I'm saying, if we really got it,we'd be glad about it.
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  • We'd be glad about it.
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  • Psalm 32 says,
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  • "Happy is the man who knowshis sins are forgiven."
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  • I think one reason whywe're not very happy
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  • is we don't know our sinshave been forgiven.
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  • Look what happens.
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  • It says, "I have toldthe great congregation;
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  • "I have not restrained my lips,as you know, O Lord.
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  • "I have not hiddenyour deliverance
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  • "within my heart;
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  • "I have spokenof your faithfulness
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  • "and your salvation;I have not concealed
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  • "your steadfast loveand your faithfulness
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  • from the great congregation."
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  • Look at these words,look at these words
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  • because I'mma tellyou something.
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  • Remember John chapter 4
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  • when the womanruns back into town.
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  • She's livingexactly this right here.
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  • See, she came to the wellspring,
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  • but what she really was,was in a pit,
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  • and Jesus freed herfrom that pit.
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  • And she became the vessel
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  • full of that effervescent,living water.
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  • I'mma tell yousomething right now,
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  • deliverance testifies.
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  • I'mma let that fallfor just a minute.
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  • If you don't testify,
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  • if it doesn't just comenaturally to you
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  • when you get in a situationwhere you realize
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  • you've got an open doorto tell your story,
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  • or you realizesomebody's suffering
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  • the same way that you did,
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  • or you just got--listen, deliverance testifies.
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  • If we don't testify,it's because we
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  • don't really believewe were delivered.
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  • I knowwe'll start thinking later,
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  • "You know, I think Ijust had done the right thing,
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  • I just did the steps.
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  • I just, you know,and did, you know?"
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  • So, we don't really thinkit was Jesus who delivered us,
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  • so why are we gonna go tell it?
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  • Once you know to your bones
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  • my God performeda miracle on me--
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  • here's what I'mma tell you:
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  • this morning, I put my mascaraon a miracle.
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  • I am a miracle wearing mascara.
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  • Does anybody understand thatwith me?
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  • I'm positivebecause I'm telling you
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  • as I began to livein consistent victory,
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  • not sinlessness,consistent victory,
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  • I honestly would go lookin the mirror
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  • and go, who are you?
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  • I don't even know you.I don't even know you.
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  • I can't even believe this.
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  • Okay, y'all have got to gowith me to Deuteronomy 8.
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  • Deuteronomy 8,I want to keep it in context,
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  • so I'm gonna readDeuteronomy 8:7 through 17.
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  • "For the Lord your God
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  • "is bringing youinto a good land,
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  • "a land of brooks of water,of fountains and springs,
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  • "flowing outof the valleys and hills,
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  • "a land of wheat and barley,
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  • "of vines and fig treesand pomegranates,
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  • "a land of olive treesand honey,
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  • "a land in which youwill eat bread without scarcity,
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  • "in which you will lack nothing,
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  • "a land whose stones are iron,
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  • "and out of whose hillsyou can dig copper.
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  • "And you shall eat and be full,and your Lord--
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  • "the Lord your Godshall bless you
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  • "in the good landthat he has given you.
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  • Take care," it says, "lest youforget the Lord your God
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  • "by not keeping his commandmentsand his rules and his statutes,
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  • "which I command you,
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  • "lest, when you have eatenand are full
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  • "and have built good housesand live in them,
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  • "and when your herdsand flocks multiply
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  • "and your silver and goldis multiplied
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  • "and all that you haveis multiplied,
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  • "then your heart be lifted up,
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  • "and you forgetthe Lord your God,
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  • "who brought you outof the land of Egypt,
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  • out of the house of slavery,who led you,"
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  • this is the verseI want you to see,
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  • "who led you through the greatand terrifying wilderness,
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  • "with its fiery serpentsand scorpions
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  • "and thirsty groundwhere there was no water,
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  • "who brought you waterout of the flinty rock,
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  • "who fed you in the wilderness
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  • "with manna that your fathersdid not know,
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  • "that he might humble youand test you,
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  • "to do you good in the end.
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  • "Beware lest you sayin your heart,
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  • 'My power and my mighthave gotten me this wealth.'"
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  • I want you to see something.Did you see that verse?
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  • Because, to me,it's so profound.
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  • It says in verse 15,"Who led you through
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  • "the great and terrifyingwilderness
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  • "with its fiery serpents,scorpions,
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  • "thirsty ground,where there was no water,
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  • and he brought you waterout of a flinty rock."
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  • I want to say something to you,
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  • this is, of course,talking about
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  • the children of Israelin the wilderness
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  • on their wayto the Promised Land.
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  • We are living on a globein a terrifying wilderness,
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  • scorpions, serpents,
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  • dry and thirsty.
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  • But I want to tellyou something,
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  • and I pray in Jesus's namebecause it's the Word,
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  • not because I'm gonna say itto you,
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  • that you will never forget itas long as you live.
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  • That's where the miracles are.
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  • I don't know.
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  • I want to be so carefulhow I say this
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  • because what I am implying
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  • is enormousin your tremendous suffering.
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  • When we are the most setupfor miracles
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  • is when we arethe most desperate to have them.
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  • When we're not, I mean,we have the provision of God
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  • and we're thankful for itfor a while,
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  • and then we forget,and then we find ourselves
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  • in a terrifying,terrifying place.
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  • And if you arein a terrifying place,
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  • you start asking Godfor miracles
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  • because I'm gonna tellyou something,
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  • once they gotto the Promised Land
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  • where all of this prosperitywas,
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  • they did not drink waterfrom a rock.
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  • Anybody getting that with me?
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  • There's the most wonderfulverse,
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  • if you've got your pen handy
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  • where you can jot it downsomewhere,
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  • you got to jot down1 Corinthians 10:4.
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  • 1 Corinthians 10:4
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  • because it says this,it's talking about
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  • the wilderness wanderingsunder the leadership of Moses,
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  • just exactly where wewere just reading,
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  • and it says this,
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  • "And all drankthe same spiritual drink,
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  • for they drankfrom the spiritual Rock
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  • that followed themand the Rock was Christ."
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  • Wait a second.
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  • What Paul is saying
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  • under the inspirationof the Holy Spirit
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  • and writingin 1 Corinthians 10:4 is
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  • you know that rock
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  • that had that watergushing out of it,
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  • that solid rock.
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  • So, it would be easyfor us to think
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  • oh, well, he's talking aboutwhen rocks break open
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  • and there's a springunderneath it.
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  • No, no.
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  • Isaiah 48:21 addsperfect commentary to it.
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  • It says, "They did not thirst
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  • "when he led themthrough the deserts;
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  • "he made water flow for themfrom the rock;
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  • he split the rockand water gushed out."
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  • He split a solid rockand water gushed out.
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  • There would beno other explanation.
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  • Where is this coming from?Where is this coming from?
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  • Now, I want you to watchas we see another way,
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  • a man is at a springand has a different experience
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  • but the same kind of miracle.
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  • This is Samson,he's just fought the Philistines
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  • until he does not haveone single drop of energy left.
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  • And it's just he's like beatenall of these Philistines
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  • just holding the jawboneof a donkey,
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  • the jawbone of a--you can see for yourself.
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  • You can see it there in 16.
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  • Now, this isKeith's favorite verse.
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  • You have to understandmy husband
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  • because it uses,in the King James Version,
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  • a different word than donkey
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  • and so he's always talkingabout it.
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  • He says, "You knowgood and well,"
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  • 'cause I'll tell him, I said,"Honey, watch your mouth."
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  • He'll say, "You knowgood and well
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  • "Samson killeda thousand Philistines
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  • with the jawbone of--"[making buzzing sound]
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  • You know, just, he just has to.
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  • He just absolutely,he cannot keep himself from it.
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  • And it says in verse 17,
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  • "As soon as hehad finished speaking,
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  • he threw away the jawboneout of his hand."
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  • And it says in verse 18,"He was very thirsty,
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  • and he called upon the Lordand said,
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  • 'You have grantedthis great salvation
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  • by the hand of your servant,
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  • and shall I now die of thirst
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  • and fall into the handsof the uncircumcised?'"
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  • So, you hear what he's saying?
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  • This is so typical.
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  • This is a reality that wewill go through a fierce battle
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  • and then we'll think,
  • 00:11:01.443 --> 00:11:02.744
  • "I'm gonna dieon the other side of it,
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  • that I literally livedto fight the battle."
  • 00:11:05.080 --> 00:11:08.983
  • I need to see somebody's handif you've experienced this.
  • 00:11:09.017 --> 00:11:11.519
  • That it's not when youwould have expected
  • 00:11:11.553 --> 00:11:14.155
  • that you're gonna fall apart,
  • 00:11:14.189 --> 00:11:16.291
  • that, like, you stayed in therethrough the whole battle.
  • 00:11:16.324 --> 00:11:18.326
  • You fought that thingferociously.
  • 00:11:18.359 --> 00:11:19.694
  • Now it's gonna beon the other side of it,
  • 00:11:19.728 --> 00:11:21.196
  • now am I gonna die of thirst?
  • 00:11:21.229 --> 00:11:22.797
  • The devil didn't kill me,and I'm gonna die of thirst?
  • 00:11:22.831 --> 00:11:27.535
  • The Philistines didn't kill me,and I'm gonna die of thirst?
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  • And it says in verse 19,"God split open
  • 00:11:31.673 --> 00:11:34.743
  • "the hollow placethat is at Lehi,
  • 00:11:34.776 --> 00:11:37.412
  • "and water came out from it.
  • 00:11:37.445 --> 00:11:39.314
  • "And when he drank,his spirit returned,
  • 00:11:39.347 --> 00:11:40.648
  • and revived.
  • 00:11:40.682 --> 00:11:41.983
  • Therefore the name of itwas called En--"
  • 00:11:42.016 --> 00:11:44.085
  • you know that en,spring of, En-hakkore,
  • 00:11:44.119 --> 00:11:47.222
  • the springof him who called.
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  • Did you notice?Do you see the difference?
  • 00:11:51.259 --> 00:11:54.362
  • Children of Israelin Exodus chapter 17
  • 00:11:54.395 --> 00:11:58.233
  • drank water from a solid rock.
  • 00:11:58.266 --> 00:12:01.469
  • Right here, Samsonis drinking water
  • 00:12:01.503 --> 00:12:04.372
  • from a hollow place, just empty.
  • 00:12:04.405 --> 00:12:07.275
  • Whether you have hardenedor you are just hollow,
  • 00:12:11.146 --> 00:12:15.283
  • there's no one in this room,no one in this room that Jesus
  • 00:12:17.819 --> 00:12:23.158
  • cannot fill with a fountainof living water.
  • 00:12:23.191 --> 00:12:26.928
  • Whether you have gottenas hard as a rock
  • 00:12:26.961 --> 00:12:29.097
  • and you have becomeso callous
  • 00:12:29.130 --> 00:12:30.632
  • that you feel like nothingcan break you,
  • 00:12:30.665 --> 00:12:32.066
  • oh, he can bring waterfrom that rock.
  • 00:12:32.100 --> 00:12:35.737
  • If you are as hollow,
  • 00:12:35.770 --> 00:12:37.071
  • you think there'snothing in here.
  • 00:12:37.105 --> 00:12:38.473
  • I'm a shell of a personat this point,
  • 00:12:38.506 --> 00:12:40.408
  • he can bring waterfrom that rock.
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  • (announcer)Are you searching for somethingto satisfy a void in your life?
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  • In this month's teaching series,Beth encourages us
  • 00:12:50.418 --> 00:12:53.321
  • to take our vesselto the well
  • 00:12:53.354 --> 00:12:55.390
  • to find what our soulsare longing for:
  • 00:12:55.423 --> 00:12:58.860
  • a relationshipwith Jesus Christ,
  • 00:12:58.893 --> 00:13:01.696
  • the only onewho will ever quench our thirst.
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  • If this messageis speaking to you,
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  • we want to share a helpfulresource written by Beth
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  • called "Get Out Of That Pit."
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  • In this book,Beth takes a deeper dive
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  • to help us recognizeif we are in a pit
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  • and how we got there.
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  • But most importantly,she emphasizes
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  • that we don't have to stayin that pit.
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  • Jesus can lead us to freedom.
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  • This month,Living Proof Ministries
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  • is offering"Get Out Of That Pit"
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • It doesn't matterwhere you are from.
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  • If you will givethe time and space
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  • to this event this weekend,
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  • if you will lendyour heart to it
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  • and you'll really pay attention,
  • 00:14:03.658 --> 00:14:05.760
  • then it's gonna comeright back around,
  • 00:14:05.793 --> 00:14:08.396
  • because some of the thingswe're talking about this weekend
  • 00:14:08.429 --> 00:14:10.665
  • simply could not bemore practical.
  • 00:14:10.698 --> 00:14:15.403
  • We're gonna be talking aboutdivine power that God exerts
  • 00:14:17.405 --> 00:14:22.644
  • 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 you havefor us this weekend,
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  • every little thing.
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  • (male announcer)Come join usin a city near you.
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  • I want you to write downpoint number five,
  • 00:14:44.966 --> 00:14:47.001
  • point number five,and we're gonna turn and see
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  • a little portion of Genesis.
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  • Point number five is this,
  • 00:14:52.941 --> 00:14:54.242
  • "Sometimes we've stoppedthe well up with dirt."
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  • Anyone knowwhat I'm talking about?
  • 00:14:57.912 --> 00:14:59.647
  • Sometimes the problem is
  • 00:14:59.681 --> 00:15:02.917
  • we've stopped the well upwith dirt.
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  • There is the oddestlittle portion
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  • in Genesis 26
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  • where Isaac decidesto go dig up his father's wells
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  • because Abraham had dugthese wells, and he decided,
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  • I'm gonna go dig the dirtout of them
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  • that the Philistineshad put in them,
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  • and I'm gonna usethem again.
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  • And it saysin verse 18 of Genesis 26,
  • 00:15:32.480 --> 00:15:36.084
  • "And Isaac dug againthe wells of water
  • 00:15:36.117 --> 00:15:37.919
  • "that had been dug in the daysof Abraham his father,
  • 00:15:37.952 --> 00:15:39.988
  • "which the Philistineshad stopped
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  • "after the death of Abraham.
  • 00:15:41.356 --> 00:15:44.025
  • "And he gave them the namesthat his father had given them.
  • 00:15:44.058 --> 00:15:46.461
  • "And when Isaac's servantsdug in the valley
  • 00:15:46.494 --> 00:15:48.429
  • "and founda well of spring water,
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  • "the herdsmen of Gerarquarreled with Isaac's herdsmen,
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  • saying, 'The water is ours.'"
  • 00:15:52.834 --> 00:15:56.004
  • And so the name of the wellwas called Esek
  • 00:15:56.037 --> 00:15:58.873
  • which means contention,
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  • "Because theycontended with him.
  • 00:16:00.842 --> 00:16:02.143
  • "Then they dug another well,
  • 00:16:02.176 --> 00:16:03.878
  • "and then they quarreledover that one,
  • 00:16:03.911 --> 00:16:05.413
  • "and so he calledthat one Sitnah,
  • 00:16:05.446 --> 00:16:07.415
  • "which means enmity.
  • 00:16:07.448 --> 00:16:08.783
  • "Well, he moved from thereand dug another well,
  • 00:16:08.816 --> 00:16:10.918
  • "and they did not quarrelover that.
  • 00:16:10.952 --> 00:16:12.253
  • "So he called it Rehoboth,saying,
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  • "'The Lord has made room for us,
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  • and we shall be fruitfulin the land.'"
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  • Let me tell you something,
  • 00:16:18.893 --> 00:16:20.228
  • sometimes what's stopping upour well is pure contention,
  • 00:16:21.462 --> 00:16:25.066
  • just pure contention.
  • 00:16:25.099 --> 00:16:26.501
  • Maybe it's because somebodyis being contentious with us,
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  • but let me tell you something,contention is contagious.
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  • Anybody know that with me?
  • 00:16:35.843 --> 00:16:37.311
  • You got one really contentiousperson in the house,
  • 00:16:37.345 --> 00:16:39.047
  • everybody's gonna be fighting,everybody's gonna be fighting.
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:40.681
  • Everybody's gonna be throwin'the dishes,
  • 00:16:40.715 --> 00:16:42.016
  • anybody, anybody?
  • 00:16:42.050 --> 00:16:43.451
  • Because that's the way it goes.
  • 00:16:43.484 --> 00:16:45.253
  • And we getinto all this contention.
  • 00:16:45.286 --> 00:16:46.654
  • Look what he's doing.Everywhere he goes.
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  • You know, I thoughtisn't it interesting
  • 00:16:48.823 --> 00:16:50.124
  • he said, "The water is ours."
  • 00:16:50.158 --> 00:16:51.459
  • I thought how true this is.Listen, I love the church.
  • 00:16:51.492 --> 00:16:53.661
  • I love the larger church.
  • 00:16:53.694 --> 00:16:54.996
  • I feel very, very calledto interdenominational ministry.
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  • I love it, I love it,but I'mma tell you,
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  • if this is not the streamsof Christianity,
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  • I don't know what is,that we go, "The water is ours.
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  • The water is ours."
  • 00:17:04.972 --> 00:17:06.574
  • We're gonna contendover the well
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  • because we don't likethe way they do it
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  • and we don't just say,"You know what,
  • 00:17:09.710 --> 00:17:11.145
  • that's just reallynot the way I like it."
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  • We go, "The water is ours."
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  • Every stream is claimingthat the living water is--
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  • You know what,God's out there going like,
  • 00:17:19.620 --> 00:17:20.988
  • "The living water is mine.
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  • "I let you drink from it.
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  • Do not tell me where Ican house my Spirit."
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  • All this contention,all this contention.
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  • In Galatians chapter 5,it tells us,
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  • Galatians 5 tells ushow we can quench the Spirit.
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  • It says--just listen to it.
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  • "Now the works of the fleshare evident: sexual immorality,
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  • impurity, sensuality,idolatry, sorcery, enmity,"
  • 00:17:45.446 --> 00:17:49.150
  • listen to all the enmity.
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  • So, I think we getall the rest of that.
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  • I think we understand
  • 00:17:52.887 --> 00:17:54.188
  • that that's gonna get usinto trouble.
  • 00:17:54.222 --> 00:17:55.523
  • "Enmity, strife,jealousy, fits of anger,
  • 00:17:55.556 --> 00:17:58.726
  • rivalries, dissensions,divisions."
  • 00:17:58.759 --> 00:18:02.463
  • Let them contendwith themselves.
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  • Even if you have to cometo a place
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  • where you saywith your open mouth,
  • 00:18:08.402 --> 00:18:10.505
  • You're gonna have to go therewithout me,
  • 00:18:10.538 --> 00:18:13.908
  • while you spin aroundlike a weed eater
  • 00:18:13.941 --> 00:18:18.713
  • cutting everything in your path.
  • 00:18:18.746 --> 00:18:21.716
  • "I love you, but you know what,
  • 00:18:21.749 --> 00:18:23.050
  • "I'm gonna stand backfrom you a little bit.
  • 00:18:23.084 --> 00:18:26.020
  • "Because a person can get hurtin there real close
  • 00:18:26.053 --> 00:18:28.856
  • "when you're spinning aroundlike a weed eater.
  • 00:18:28.890 --> 00:18:31.826
  • "So I'm gonna wait,
  • 00:18:31.859 --> 00:18:33.161
  • "I love you so much,but here's the thing,
  • 00:18:33.194 --> 00:18:37.098
  • "I'm not gettingin there with you.
  • 00:18:37.131 --> 00:18:41.035
  • "No, no, I'm gonna beright out here,
  • 00:18:41.068 --> 00:18:46.073
  • "and Jesus can deliver you
  • 00:18:46.107 --> 00:18:48.876
  • "and I'm going to be hereinterceding that he will,
  • 00:18:48.910 --> 00:18:51.245
  • but here's the thing,I'm not in there."
  • 00:18:51.279 --> 00:18:53.514
  • Their arm will come up
  • 00:18:53.548 --> 00:18:54.949
  • and they'll tryto grab your neck.
  • 00:18:54.982 --> 00:18:59.587
  • Don't you do it,don't you do it.
  • 00:18:59.620 --> 00:19:01.889
  • Don't you do it.
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  • We're not getting in that pit.
  • 00:19:03.257 --> 00:19:08.496
  • "Sometimes we forsakenthe living fountain
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  • for broken cisterns."
  • 00:19:12.500 --> 00:19:14.535
  • Sometimes, while we don't have
  • 00:19:14.569 --> 00:19:17.171
  • that living waterflowing within us,
  • 00:19:17.205 --> 00:19:20.308
  • bringing useffervescent, fresh life
  • 00:19:20.341 --> 00:19:22.877
  • is because we've forsakenthe living fountain
  • 00:19:22.910 --> 00:19:26.948
  • for broken cisterns.
  • 00:19:26.981 --> 00:19:31.686
  • Jeremiah 2:13 says this,
  • 00:19:31.719 --> 00:19:33.454
  • "For my people have committedtwo evils:
  • 00:19:33.487 --> 00:19:36.524
  • "they have forsaken me,
  • 00:19:36.557 --> 00:19:40.494
  • "the fountain of living waters,
  • 00:19:40.528 --> 00:19:42.930
  • "to hold for themselvescisterns,
  • 00:19:42.964 --> 00:19:45.466
  • broken cisternsthat can hold no water."
  • 00:19:45.499 --> 00:19:50.404
  • Every substitute from him,it's just a broken cistern.
  • 00:19:50.438 --> 00:19:56.244
  • It's gonna crack.It's gonna crack.
  • 00:19:56.277 --> 00:19:59.580
  • And here's how we know
  • 00:19:59.614 --> 00:20:01.015
  • that we've got a cisternon our hands
  • 00:20:01.048 --> 00:20:02.783
  • is because that thingjust gets more and more stale
  • 00:20:02.817 --> 00:20:05.453
  • when it just doesn'tkeep working for you,
  • 00:20:05.486 --> 00:20:07.588
  • when I mean it's the same waterand the same thing
  • 00:20:07.622 --> 00:20:09.757
  • you've been drawing fromfor years,
  • 00:20:09.790 --> 00:20:11.626
  • instead of fresh living waterof the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:11.659 --> 00:20:14.295
  • Man, you know you got yourselfa cistern,
  • 00:20:14.328 --> 00:20:16.897
  • and it can be church,
  • 00:20:16.931 --> 00:20:18.232
  • it could be all mannerof religious thing.
  • 00:20:18.266 --> 00:20:19.967
  • In fact, that isthe most, the slyest one of all
  • 00:20:20.001 --> 00:20:24.605
  • because we associate,
  • 00:20:24.639 --> 00:20:25.940
  • we think that has to bethe same as the living water.
  • 00:20:25.973 --> 00:20:28.509
  • No church is a wonderful thing.
  • 00:20:28.542 --> 00:20:30.645
  • I love church,I am devoted to my church.
  • 00:20:30.678 --> 00:20:32.780
  • I believe in being investedin our local church.
  • 00:20:32.813 --> 00:20:36.517
  • It is not the living water.
  • 00:20:36.550 --> 00:20:38.352
  • Jesus alone isthe living water, Jesus.
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  • We can do all that.
  • 00:20:42.423 --> 00:20:43.724
  • We can work ourselves sillyfor the name of Christ
  • 00:20:43.758 --> 00:20:49.030
  • and still be as dry as a boneand knee deep in mud.
  • 00:20:49.063 --> 00:20:53.601
  • I want you to stand to your feetand I want to tell you a story.
  • 00:20:53.634 --> 00:20:56.537
  • We'll read itstraight out of Scripture,
  • 00:20:56.570 --> 00:20:57.872
  • John chapter 19.
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  • Jesus is hanging on the cross,been there for hours now.
  • 00:21:00.875 --> 00:21:05.179
  • He's seen his mother grievingat the foot of the cross.
  • 00:21:07.948 --> 00:21:13.788
  • John, who's believed to bethe youngest disciple
  • 00:21:13.821 --> 00:21:16.957
  • not far from her,everybody else is gone,
  • 00:21:16.991 --> 00:21:20.594
  • he entrusts them to one another,
  • 00:21:20.628 --> 00:21:22.496
  • and then it says in verse 28,
  • 00:21:23.164 --> 00:21:25.132
  • "After this, Jesus, knowingall was now finished,
  • 00:21:25.166 --> 00:21:29.837
  • "said (to fulfillthe Scripture), 'I thirst.'
  • 00:21:29.870 --> 00:21:33.474
  • "A jar full of sour winestood there,
  • 00:21:33.507 --> 00:21:35.142
  • "so they put a spongefull of the sour wine
  • 00:21:35.176 --> 00:21:37.378
  • "on a hyssop branchand held it to his mouth.
  • 00:21:37.411 --> 00:21:40.147
  • "When Jesus had receivedthe sour wine,
  • 00:21:40.181 --> 00:21:41.482
  • "he said, 'It is finished,'
  • 00:21:41.515 --> 00:21:43.351
  • and he bowed his headand gave up his spirit."
  • 00:21:43.384 --> 00:21:46.253
  • So much in play hereif we read it too quickly
  • 00:21:46.287 --> 00:21:51.659
  • because hehad earlier been asked,
  • 00:21:51.692 --> 00:21:54.995
  • according to a different Gospel,the Gospel of Mark,
  • 00:21:55.029 --> 00:21:57.832
  • if he wanted a sip of a drink,and he said no.
  • 00:21:57.865 --> 00:22:01.902
  • And there are many that believe
  • 00:22:01.936 --> 00:22:03.237
  • that the reasonwhy I said no to that
  • 00:22:03.270 --> 00:22:04.605
  • is because it would have dulledthe pain
  • 00:22:04.638 --> 00:22:06.874
  • and he was therefor the full wrath,
  • 00:22:06.907 --> 00:22:11.645
  • the full measure of pain,and the burden of our sins,
  • 00:22:11.679 --> 00:22:16.784
  • and the tearing of his fleshto be upon him.
  • 00:22:16.817 --> 00:22:19.820
  • But here, here he takes it, why?
  • 00:22:19.854 --> 00:22:25.359
  • Because he knewit was now finished.
  • 00:22:25.393 --> 00:22:28.863
  • He says, "I thirst."
  • 00:22:28.896 --> 00:22:30.631
  • They touch his lipsand then he says,
  • 00:22:30.664 --> 00:22:35.236
  • "It is finished."
  • 00:22:35.269 --> 00:22:39.173
  • Do you know in Matthew's Gospel
  • 00:22:39.206 --> 00:22:41.575
  • when you put itnext to one another,
  • 00:22:41.609 --> 00:22:43.611
  • Matthew 27:48 through 50 says
  • 00:22:43.644 --> 00:22:46.714
  • that after he tookthe sour wine,
  • 00:22:46.747 --> 00:22:48.682
  • he cried out in a loud voice.
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  • Doesn't say what he yelled.
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  • It says it here in John,
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  • and he yielded up his spirit.
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  • So, I just wonderif the reason why he,
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  • in his thirst, took somethingon his tongue
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  • was to swallowjust a little bit,
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  • just enoughafter all his suffering
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  • to, as loud as hecould possibly cry out, say,
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  • "It is finished."
  • 00:23:15.242 --> 00:23:20.080
  • And it's not a word that means
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  • to be done, over.
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  • It is a word that meansto be accomplished.
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  • He bowed his head,yielded his spirit.
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  • It says that he bowedhis head and died.
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  • You know what wethink of that no, no,
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  • we die and then webow our head.
  • 00:23:39.033 --> 00:23:40.701
  • No, no, his deathwas an offering.
  • 00:23:40.734 --> 00:23:44.305
  • He bowed his head,and yielded up his Spirit.
  • 00:23:44.338 --> 00:23:48.609
  • He had said earlier, "No onetakes my life from me,
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  • I give it.
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  • I gladly give it."
  • 00:23:53.681 --> 00:23:59.587
  • Do you know this living water?
  • 00:23:59.620 --> 00:24:03.257
  • He cries out,"I am the living water,
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  • everyone who comes to me
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  • will drink freelyfrom this well."
  • 00:24:08.596 --> 00:24:13.334
  • I want that.
  • 00:24:13.367 --> 00:24:15.069
  • Whatever Jesus is giving,man, I want that.
  • 00:24:15.102 --> 00:24:18.205
  • I've been so dry.I've been so hollow.
  • 00:24:18.239 --> 00:24:20.040
  • I've been so hard.
  • 00:24:20.074 --> 00:24:22.610
  • I've been in the deepest,driest well.
  • 00:24:22.643 --> 00:24:26.247
  • I've been knee deep in mud.
  • 00:24:26.280 --> 00:24:28.549
  • Let me tell you,there is a Jesus who saves.
  • 00:24:28.582 --> 00:24:31.886
  • I could tell yousomething, Trav,
  • 00:24:31.919 --> 00:24:36.724
  • do you knowthat yesterday I found out
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  • from someonewho tweeted me
  • 00:24:39.860 --> 00:24:43.664
  • that had been here20 years ago,
  • 00:24:43.697 --> 00:24:46.200
  • that I was speakingon the same thing,
  • 00:24:46.233 --> 00:24:49.703
  • that I'd spoken on living water20 years ago.
  • 00:24:49.737 --> 00:24:54.475
  • I nearly fellflat out on the floor,
  • 00:24:54.508 --> 00:24:58.245
  • and I'm gonna tryto tell you why.
  • 00:24:58.279 --> 00:25:00.948
  • Because I felt like
  • 00:25:04.752 --> 00:25:06.053
  • that the message of Godto me was,
  • 00:25:06.086 --> 00:25:08.155
  • "Go back and teach it again,
  • 00:25:08.188 --> 00:25:10.591
  • "this time with 20 more yearsof experience,
  • 00:25:10.624 --> 00:25:15.596
  • "20 years more Bible study,
  • 00:25:15.629 --> 00:25:18.432
  • "20 years more of all mannerof disappointments
  • 00:25:18.465 --> 00:25:21.602
  • and heartbreaksand shattered naivety."
  • 00:25:21.635 --> 00:25:25.205
  • You told him 20 years agowhat you hoped,
  • 00:25:25.239 --> 00:25:28.008
  • but you can go back and youcan tell them 20 years later
  • 00:25:28.042 --> 00:25:30.744
  • what you know,not just what you hope.
  • 00:25:30.778 --> 00:25:33.380
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:25:33.414 --> 00:25:39.153
  • "Tell them that youhave thirsted all your life,
  • 00:25:39.186 --> 00:25:41.155
  • and I have been the only thing
  • 00:25:41.188 --> 00:25:42.489
  • that has ever quenchedyour thirst.
  • 00:25:42.523 --> 00:25:43.991
  • Tell them that youhave been like Hagar,
  • 00:25:44.024 --> 00:25:46.360
  • you have been likethat Samaritan woman,
  • 00:25:46.393 --> 00:25:48.696
  • and you have met me there."
  • 00:25:48.729 --> 00:25:50.030
  • I'mma tell yousomething, girls.
  • 00:25:50.064 --> 00:25:51.365
  • I have been drivenby passion all my life.
  • 00:25:51.398 --> 00:25:54.034
  • I'm a yearner, I'm a yearner.
  • 00:25:54.068 --> 00:25:56.737
  • I crave life, I crave it,
  • 00:25:56.770 --> 00:26:00.708
  • and I am going to tell youI have looked
  • 00:26:00.741 --> 00:26:03.010
  • in some terrible placesto get it filled.
  • 00:26:03.043 --> 00:26:06.046
  • And I have looked in good placesthat still couldn't fill it.
  • 00:26:06.080 --> 00:26:09.850
  • I have loved lotsand lots of skins of water,
  • 00:26:09.883 --> 00:26:12.686
  • but they could not give meliving water.
  • 00:26:12.720 --> 00:26:16.156
  • I am telling you for this woman,there has been one thing,
  • 00:26:16.190 --> 00:26:19.660
  • one thing in all the worldthat has ever cut it for me,
  • 00:26:19.693 --> 00:26:23.731
  • and that has beenJesus Christ himself,
  • 00:26:23.764 --> 00:26:26.634
  • Jesus Christ himself.
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  • Not we might,not we probably will,
  • 00:26:41.081 --> 00:26:43.817
  • but we absolutely will.
  • 00:26:43.851 --> 00:26:45.786
  • We absolutely will defaultto our old patterns
  • 00:26:45.819 --> 00:26:49.623
  • and to worldly waysof thinking,
  • 00:26:49.657 --> 00:26:51.358
  • we absolutely will
  • 00:26:51.392 --> 00:26:52.693
  • because it's whatcomes naturally to us.
  • 00:26:52.726 --> 00:26:55.162
  • And we've had a lot of practiceat being our old selves.
  • 00:26:55.195 --> 00:26:59.900
  • We have patterns of thinking,the way we process thoughts,
  • 00:26:59.933 --> 00:27:04.138
  • the way we process conflict.
  • 00:27:04.171 --> 00:27:06.173
  • We practiced how we do conflict.
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  • We practiced it for years,
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  • but is it a good habit?
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  • Is it a godly wayof dealing with conflict?
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