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Thriving in our Choices Part 1

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November 3, 2020
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Could you use some leadership from God to help you make good choices? Let the Word show you how.

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  • (female announcer)"Living Proof with Beth Moore"
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  • is sponsoredby the friends and partners
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  • of Living Proof Ministries.
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  • To the best I knowhow to assure you,
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  • I promise you this is not gonnabe a guilt-shaming message.
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  • What it is liable to do is thatyou are at great risk of some
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  • healing, of some restoration,and maybe some powerful
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  • equipping, if we're willingto really listen up.
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  • I want you to knowin this room everybody
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  • has maderegrettable choices.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Everybody say, "Amen."
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  • Would you have a seat, please?
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  • And would youturn in your Bibles
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  • to Deuteronomythe 30th chapter.
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  • Deuteronomy 30.
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  • Now, I'm just wonderinghow many of you are facing
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  • some prettybig decisions right now.
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  • Can I see your hand, please?
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  • It has been big on your mind,a choice that you need to make.
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  • You are in the right place.
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  • And maybe it's that you'remaking some really hard choices,
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  • or sometimes we're makingannoying choices.
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  • Like, some of you arein a situation where it annoys
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  • you to no end thatyou're even having to make
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  • this choice right now.
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  • Am I resonatingwith anybody in the room?
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  • Whatever it may be, I bet allof us could use a little bit
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  • of leadership from Godon choosing what is the best
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  • of what may even be a numberof fair or even good options.
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  • I read a couple of differentarticles this week
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  • on decision-making and choicesand one by business
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  • administration professionalLubna Najjar called
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  • "The Power of Choice."
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  • And she says that it is believedthat the average working adult
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  • makes about 12 decisionsbefore 9 a.m.
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  • Now, I try to makevery few decisions
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  • before I turn on my coffee pot.
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  • I don't know about you.
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  • Well, the first thingI get outta bed,
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  • I walk straightover to the coffee maker,
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  • I turn it on,and then I go pray.
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  • I kinda doan introductory prayer.
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  • I bring my praises to the Lord,kinda get set in that direction.
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  • Go back, pourthe coffee, sit down,
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  • and then have my actualBible reading and prayer time,
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  • but the coffee machine isone of the very first decisions
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  • I make after I decidethat I'm gonna go ahead
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  • and get up.
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  • Now, she cites a studyfrom Cornell University
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  • that estimates that the averageworking adult makes about
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  • 70-plus decisions a day.
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  • Now, I don't know why,but that almost made me
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  • wanna laugh,because I know
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  • for a fact that you workingmoms of young children
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  • are making that manydecisions before you get
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  • their lunch kit filledand get them out the door.
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  • You have already decidedwhether or not to snatch them
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  • baldheaded many,many times before 9 a.m.
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  • I love the themethat God has led us
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  • toward for this weekend.
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  • I love it.
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  • I have never just given wayto an entire conference
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  • on making choices.
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  • I mean, it would havehit in any message
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  • I ever would have givenin all of these years,
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  • but I've never just, like,sold out to the topic,
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  • sensed the leadership ofthe Spirit directing me toward,
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  • "This is whatthe whole event is about,
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  • being choosy in a landof a million choices."
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  • Then, I thought to myself,"Perhaps nothing more
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  • forthrightly testifiesand radiates that we were
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  • created in the image of Godmore than the fact
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  • that we have been giventhe power of choice,"
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  • liberties to choose.
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  • All kinds of choices we've got,
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  • and we're gonnaaddress them all.
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  • We've got ourhigh-impact choices,
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  • those that makea ton of difference
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  • and alter the direction of life.
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  • We have got ourlow-impact choices that,
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  • I mean, are just,kind of, day-to-day,
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  • week-to-week kinds of things.
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  • And then, we, sort of,have our mid-range,
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  • mid-impact choices.
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  • And I don't know about you,but I--there are some things
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  • that I just don't botherto stress over choice-wise,
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  • like, for instance,whether or not I'm gonna
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  • have a Moundsor an Almond Joy.
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  • I just don't.I just don't.
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  • Sometimes, you feel like a nut.
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  • Sometimes, you don't.
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  • Almond Joy's got nuts,Mounds don't,
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  • so I don't reallystress over it.
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  • I'm either in the moodfor a nut or I'm not in the mood
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  • for a nut, but we're gonna seethat there are a lot of choices
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  • that are high-impact,and a lotta high-impact choices
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  • that can take authorityover a lot of mid-impact
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  • and low-impact,
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  • if we are willing.
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  • So, our theme launches
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  • from the pages of Deuteronomy.
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  • It's ultimately gonna jump.
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  • We're gonna gofrom the old covenant
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  • over to the new covenant.
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  • It's gonna jumpultimately over to John,
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  • John's Gospel, but, for now,I want you to go with me--
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  • now, we would see thousandsof times in the Word of God
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  • that choices aremade over and over
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  • and over and over again,
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  • all the wayfrom Genesis to Revelation,
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  • even the decision,the choice God made to say,
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  • "Let there be light,"and there was all
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  • the way to the very endof Revelation 22.
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  • But the word itself "choose"or some form of choice
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  • is used a number of timesin the Scripture,
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  • several hundredtimes in the Scriptures,
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  • but probably the iconic onein the Old Testament
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  • is right here in Deuteronomy 30.
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  • Now, I'm gonna needyou to really,
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  • really focus on what we'rereading for the next few minutes
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  • because I keep trying to thinkhow I can cut down some
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  • of the reading so that it wouldget to where we need it to be,
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  • but it's so beautifulthat I'm gonna read most
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  • of Deuteronomy 30 to you.
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  • Lemme give you a little bitof background on it.
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  • At this point, Mosesis 120 years old.
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  • He's at thevery end of his life.
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  • God has already told him,"You are sending them over,
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  • "but you are about to gothe way of the fathers,
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  • "and Joshua is whowe're going to commission.
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  • He is going to take theminto the Promised Land."
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  • So, Moses has gathered themout in the plains of Moab,
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  • and he is renewingthe covenant with them.
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  • They're about to nowgo into, very soon,
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  • into the Promised Land, and heis preparing them to do that,
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  • and he is reminding themwhat God's covenant said
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  • and what the promiseswere over their faithfulness
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  • and their unfaithfulness.
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  • And so, in this speech I wantyou to just jump in with me
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  • at Deuteronomy chapter 30,and I wanna read
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  • through these passageswith you and see
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  • if you don't find themabsolutely beautiful.
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  • Says in Deuteronomy 30, verse 1,
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  • "And when all thesethings come upon you,
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  • "the blessing and the curse,
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  • which I haveset before you--"
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  • Little bit of a comma.
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  • Let me pause right thereand tell you
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  • one of the things that isso fascinating about this
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  • is because of the wisdom thatGod is giving Moses.
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  • And because God is givinghim the Word in real time,
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  • he already knows and tells themin advance there are going to be
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  • disobedient and obedientseasons in the life
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  • of the people of God.
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  • He said, "We've setbefore you these choices,
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  • "and we already knowin advance you're
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  • "gonna often make the wrong one.
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  • "We're also gonna knowthat at times you're gonna
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  • make the right one."
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  • And so, with that in mindlisten to these words.
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  • "Which I have set before you,and you call them to mind among
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  • all the nations where yourGod has driven you."
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  • Now, listen carefully,
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  • because they were told--
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  • one of the things that Godmade clear to them is,
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  • "I will put up with a lot--"
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  • I'm gonna paraphrase this.
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  • I will put up with a whole lot,but I'm gonna tell you what
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  • I'm not gonna put up with.
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  • I will not put upwith idolatry.
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  • To God, inthe Old Testament--
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  • and we do see that thematicallyall the way through,
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  • but them turningto other gods was
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  • a form of spiritual adultery.
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  • He was like, "You know what?
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  • "I can deal with a lotof areas of disobedience,
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  • "but I'm gonna tell yawhen you insult me by turning
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  • "to the false godsof the nations,
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  • "and I remind youover and over again
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  • "through my prophets to repent
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  • "and you do not do it,I will let you be taken captive
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  • "by other nations,and you who wanted
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  • "to be like the other nationswill find yourself
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  • in those other nations."
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  • Now, watch the grace of Godin play as he says then when you
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  • are in those nations and itcomes to your mind
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  • why God has driven you there,look at verse 2,
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  • "And returnto the Lord your God,
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  • you and your children,and obey his voice
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  • in all that I command you today,with all of your heart
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  • and with all of your soul,"
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  • verse 3, "then the Lord your Godwill restore your fortunes
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  • "and have mercy on you,and he will gather you again
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  • "from all the peoplewhere the Lord
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  • your God has scattered you."
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  • Look at verse 4.It is spectacular.
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  • "If your outcasts are inthe uttermost parts of heaven,
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  • "from there the Lord your Godwill gather you,
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  • "and from there hewill take you.
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  • "And the Lord your Godwill bring you into the land
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  • "that your fathers possessed,that you may possess it.
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  • "And he will make youmore prosperous
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  • "and numerous than your fathers.
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  • "And the Lord your Godwill circumcise your heart
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  • "and the heart of youroffspring, so that you will love
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  • "the Lord your God with all yourheart and with all your soul,
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  • that you may live."
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  • Jump down to aboutthe mid portion of verse 9.
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  • "For the Lord will again takedelight in prospering you,
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  • "as he took delightin your fathers,
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  • "when you obey the voiceof the Lord your God,
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  • "to keep his commandmentsand his statutes that are
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  • "written in thisBook of the Law,
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  • "when you turnto the Lord your God
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  • with all your heartand with all of your soul."
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  • I wanna make sure somebody
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  • sees that even under thisold covenant, that God said,
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  • "And when you turn back to me,
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  • "when you find yourselfheld captive in those nations
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  • "because of yourdirect disobedience,
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  • "because I'm gonnabe faithful to my Word,
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  • "I want you to knowthat when you come back to me,
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  • I will delight to prosper you."
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  • What you gonna do with that?
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  • "For the Lord will againtake delight in prospering you,
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  • "as he took delightin your fathers,
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  • "when you obey the voiceof the Lord your God,
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  • "to keep his commandmentsand his statutes that
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  • "are written in thisBook of the Law,
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  • "when you turn to the Lord
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  • your God with all your heartand with all your soul."
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  • Verse 11: "For this commandmentthat I command you today is not
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  • "too hard for you,neither is it far off.
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  • "It is not in heaven,that you should say,
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  • "'Who will ascend to heavenfor us and bring it to us,
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  • that we may hear it and do it?'
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  • "Neither is it beyond the sea,that you should say,
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  • "'Who will go over the seafor us and bring it to us,
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  • "that we may hear itand do it?'
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  • "But the word is very near you.
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  • "It is in your mouthand it is in your heart,
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  • "so that you can do it.
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  • "'See, I have setbefore you today life and good,
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  • "death and evil.
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  • "If you obey the commandmentsof the Lord your God
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  • "that I command you today,by loving the Lord your God,
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  • "by walking in his ways,by keeping his commandments
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  • "and his statutes and his rules,then you shall live
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  • "and multiply, and the Lordyour God will bless you
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  • "in the land that youare entering to take
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  • possession of it."
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  • Verse 17: "But if yourheart turns away,
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  • "and you will not hear,but you are drawn to worship
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  • "other gods and serve them,I declare to you today,
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  • "that you shall surely perish.
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  • "That you shall not live longin the land that you are
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  • going over the Jordanto enter and possess."
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  • Verse 19: "I call heavenand earth to witness against you
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  • "today, that I have setbefore you life and death,
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  • "blessing and curse.
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  • Therefore choose life--"
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  • Everybody say,"Choose life."
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  • "Therefore choose life,that you and your offspring
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  • "may live, loving the Lordyour God, obeying his voice
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  • "and holding fast to him, for heis your life and length of days,
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  • "that you may dwellin the land that the Lord
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  • "swore to your fathers,to Abraham, to Isaac,
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  • and to Jacob, to give them."
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  • I looked up every single timein the Scriptures
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  • that any form of the word"choice," "choose," "chosen"--
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  • any time that comes up.
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  • I was so intriguedthat many, many,
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  • many times--in fact, I knowthat I can say the majority
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  • of times in the Old Testamentthat the word "choice" is used,
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  • it is used as an adjective.
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  • It describes something else.
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  • Like, it will bethe choice fruit,
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  • the choice lamb.
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  • Over and over againit is the choice,
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  • this choice theme,choice people,
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  • this choice tribe.
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  • Hi, I'm Selenaand this is Natalie.
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  • We know this has been one ofthe most difficult years for us,
  • 00:13:58.519 --> 00:14:01.656
  • collectively, but wewant you to know that God
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  • has not once been farfrom you in all of this.
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  • (Natalie)We've put togethera personal boxed set
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  • that will include a Bible,a daily devotional,
  • 00:14:09.297 --> 00:14:12.567
  • a digital downloadof Beth's full teaching
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  • a journal, and a pen.
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  • In the teaching includedwith your quiet-time box,
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  • Beth shares an exampleof how she does her
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  • daily personal timewith the Lord.
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  • (Selena)It's not necessarily somethingwe need to copy.
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  • Your individualrelationship with Jesus
  • 00:14:28.216 --> 00:14:30.718
  • gets to be its own thin.
  • 00:14:30.752 --> 00:14:33.554
  • Perhaps you know a new believeror just someone looking
  • 00:14:33.588 --> 00:14:36.624
  • to get more committedto the Word this year.
  • 00:14:36.658 --> 00:14:39.260
  • This would be the perfect giftto help inspire them to find joy
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  • in the Scriptures daily.
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  • (Natalie)These tools, as Beth says,allows the Word
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  • to speak over youbefore the world does.
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  • We look forward to seeingyou next week.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • (Beth)I gotta tell you, we haveall been through a lot
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  • in the last year asI have never in my life.
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  • I say to you, I have neverhad more confidence
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  • in the pure gospel of ourLord Jesus Christ.
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  • ♪ O my soul, lift up the name ♪
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  • ♪ of the one who saves ♪
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  • ♪ He reigns forever ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul,lift up your praise ♪
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  • ♪ I will riseand bless the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • He's come to speakin power to us this weekend,
  • 00:15:49.764 --> 00:15:52.333
  • because his Word
  • 00:15:52.367 --> 00:15:53.668
  • is fresh and alive.
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  • That's the miracleof the Scriptures.
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  • (female announcer)Come join us in a city near you.
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  • I know that I can saythe majority of times
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  • in the Old Testamentthat the word "choice" is used,
  • 00:16:07.048 --> 00:16:11.386
  • it is used as an adjective.
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  • It describes something else.
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  • Like, it will bethe choice fruit,
  • 00:16:16.324 --> 00:16:19.894
  • the choice lamb.
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  • Over and over again it isthe choice--this choice theme,
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  • choice people,this choice tribe,
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  • and I want youto keep that in mind
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  • because that divine choiceis coming very much
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  • into play in whatwe're going to study.
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  • So, we've got a choice motto.
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  • This is gonna be what isgonna rise above everything else
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  • we're talking aboutin this session tonight,
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  • even as we scoot outfrom under the old covenant
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  • and go right there to the newat the cross of Christ,
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  • so jot down oureight-word choice motto
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  • because I'm gonna beasking you about it.
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  • And it's this right here.
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  • It is "therefore choose life,for he is your life."
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  • Doe that hit anybody besides me?
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  • It's in 19 and 20, soif you mark in your Bibles,
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  • mark those phrases,because they're so powerful.
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  • Tie them together.
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  • Draw an arrow between them.
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  • Get out your good pen.
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  • Therefore, choose life,for he is your life.
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  • Now, I want you to saythose eight words with me,
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  • if you would please.
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  • Can you say them with me?
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  • Therefore, choose life,for he is your life.
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  • Say it one more time to me.
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  • Therefore--
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  • [audience reading aloud]
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  • I thought no matterwhat the previous paragraph,
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  • no matter where we've been,what we've done,
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  • what we've experienced,
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  • what valleywe've been through,
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  • what extrememountaintop we've climbed,
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  • whatever it may be, it canalways come to this therefore.
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  • Choose life, for hehimself is your life.
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  • There's one more that isthe second most famous verse
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  • that has "choose" in itin the Old Testament,
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  • the second most iconicverse where we find
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  • that kind of choice.
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  • And you probably areeven thinking--
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  • if you've gota little familiarity
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  • with the Old Testament,especially the book of Joshua,
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  • you're already thinkingwhat it is.
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  • Go with me to Joshua.
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  • It's the very, very nextbook, and go to the end of it
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  • to Joshua 24,and I wanna show it to you.
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  • Anybody glad to be
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  • in the houseof the Lord tonight?
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  • I love this so much.
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  • It's why you're turningand planting yourself
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  • in that place.
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  • I'm gonna tell ya, one reasonwhy this never gets old to me
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  • is this completelychanged my life.
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  • Anybody know whatI'm talking about?
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  • I had a heart to love God,but my mind was so tormented,
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  • just so tormented.
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  • Just I'd seen so muchand been through so much
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  • and done so much,
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  • and I just--I had sucha victim mentality
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  • in there, such a constant replayof so many hurtful things.
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  • And there were so manythings I wanted to do right,
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  • but I kept just cycling backinto that same old behavior,
  • 00:19:30.785 --> 00:19:37.525
  • same terrible decisions.
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  • And I'm gonna tell you,when I first started studying
  • 00:19:40.728 --> 00:19:44.232
  • the Scriptures, I did noteven know it was already
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  • working toward my healingby just really, honestly,
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  • re-wallpapering my mind.
  • 00:19:54.275 --> 00:19:58.579
  • But already I just startedstudying 'cause I love to study.
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  • Once I got a taste of it, Ijust could not--I could not
  • 00:20:03.284 --> 00:20:05.353
  • put it up, but already,even from the very beginning,
  • 00:20:05.386 --> 00:20:10.124
  • it was starting to changethe way I thought.
  • 00:20:10.157 --> 00:20:12.526
  • And then, when Godbegan to show me,
  • 00:20:12.560 --> 00:20:14.395
  • made me recognize the powerof it to pull that mind captive
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  • into the knowledge of Godso that it would demolish
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  • how much deception livedin my brain, listen,
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  • this was my freedom.
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  • This was my freedom.
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  • When it says, "You shall knowthe truth and the truth
  • 00:20:34.649 --> 00:20:37.618
  • shall set you free,"it doesn't mean when the truth
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  • is sittingon our bedside table.
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  • It's got to get in there.
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  • It's got to get in there,to know him through the pages
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  • of Scripture, to experiencethe life of the Holy Spirit,
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  • animating those wordsand those phrases.
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  • This has been lifeand liberty to me.
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  • I want you to see thesewords in Joshua 24:15.
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  • Now, it's a very interestingthing because he himself
  • 00:21:06.947 --> 00:21:10.318
  • is about to die and a lotof the things he is saying
  • 00:21:10.351 --> 00:21:13.487
  • to them are echoing back.
  • 00:21:13.521 --> 00:21:16.057
  • He's rememberingvery well the message,
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:19.894
  • the speech under the powerof God that Moses
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  • gave the people,and now it's his turn.
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  • And, I mean,he's just going like,
  • 00:21:24.932 --> 00:21:27.001
  • "I'm telling you, I can tellby the look on your faces
  • 00:21:27.034 --> 00:21:29.503
  • you're not gonna beobedient to the Lord."
  • 00:21:29.537 --> 00:21:31.439
  • I mean, you could read itfor yourself.
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  • That's exactlywhere he's going here,
  • 00:21:33.140 --> 00:21:34.575
  • exactly where he's going,and it says this in verse 15,
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  • "But if serving the Lord seemsundesirable to you,"
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  • I'm reading out of the NIV,
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  • "then choose for yourselvesthis day whom you will serve,
  • 00:21:43.984 --> 00:21:47.855
  • "whether the gods of yourancestors that they served
  • 00:21:47.888 --> 00:21:50.224
  • "beyond the Euphrates,or the gods of the Amorites,
  • 00:21:50.257 --> 00:21:52.293
  • "in whose land you are living.
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  • But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord."
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  • Choose this day whomyou will serve,
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  • but as for us, we'regonna serve the Lord.
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  • I need somebody to know thisupfront before you just look
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  • for the first momentthat you can run out that exit.
  • 00:22:11.345 --> 00:22:15.383
  • To the best I knowhow to assure you,
  • 00:22:15.416 --> 00:22:19.387
  • I promise you this is not gonnabe a guilt-shaming message.
  • 00:22:19.420 --> 00:22:23.324
  • What it is liable to do isthat you are at great risk
  • 00:22:23.357 --> 00:22:28.963
  • of some healing, of somerestoration, and maybe some
  • 00:22:28.996 --> 00:22:34.568
  • powerful equipping, if we'rewilling to really listen up.
  • 00:22:34.602 --> 00:22:38.606
  • I want you to knowin this room everybody
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  • has made regrettable choices.
  • 00:22:42.076 --> 00:22:44.812
  • Everybody has, even the personthat you are so convinced
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  • has it all togetherbecause she wants you
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  • to think she has itall together,
  • 00:22:52.153 --> 00:22:54.388
  • and one of her big regrettablechoices is that she has never
  • 00:22:54.422 --> 00:22:57.191
  • told you differently.
  • 00:22:57.224 --> 00:22:59.260
  • That is a regrettable choice,because people need
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  • to hear the real thing.
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  • And so, you need to knowwe're gonna try to do
  • 00:23:08.836 --> 00:23:11.672
  • that in this room.
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  • You've already madea good decision
  • 00:23:16.844 --> 00:23:18.279
  • even thinking to yourself,
  • 00:23:18.312 --> 00:23:20.815
  • "I wanna put myselfin an environment
  • 00:23:20.848 --> 00:23:23.317
  • "where God may move
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  • me to trust him."
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  • Good choices.
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  • God choices.Fruitful choices.
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  • Choices that blessand benefit not only us,
  • 00:23:38.766 --> 00:23:41.869
  • but many.
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  • You gotta understandfrom the very beginning
  • 00:23:43.904 --> 00:23:45.706
  • that this group of messages isnot about being naughty or nice.
  • 00:23:45.739 --> 00:23:51.645
  • It's about thriving.
  • 00:23:51.679 --> 00:23:55.683
  • It is about being equippedto get to situations
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  • where we need to make somechoices and under the leadership
  • 00:24:01.522 --> 00:24:05.359
  • of the Spirit as bestas we can perceive it.
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  • We make choices that Godcan use to cause us to thrive.
  • 00:24:10.064 --> 00:24:15.503
  • It's about discerning, deciding,and seeking direction.
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  • Anybody game for that?
  • 00:24:17.838 --> 00:24:19.139
  • Anybody?Anybody?
  • 00:24:19.173 --> 00:24:21.108
  • So, here's what I wanna do.
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  • I wanna give you a little title.
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  • This is what we'regoing to be doing,
  • 00:24:23.811 --> 00:24:25.112
  • what we're gonna be compiling.
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  • This is the heading:eight choice tools--
  • 00:24:26.480 --> 00:24:29.483
  • remember, we're usingthat adjective "choice."
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  • Eight choice tools for makingmostly great choices.
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  • Now, I don't like to throw off
  • 00:24:40.361 --> 00:24:41.862
  • my rhythm in a point,
  • 00:24:41.896 --> 00:24:44.198
  • but I had to throw it offhere because I had it like this:
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  • eight choice toolsfor making great choices.
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  • I love that becauseI had both the cha-chas going,
  • 00:24:50.671 --> 00:24:53.307
  • the choice and choices.
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  • I had the eight and great.
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  • I mean, it was just--itwasn't nearly perfect,
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  • nearly perfect,but I thought,
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  • "No, no, I'ma have to keep--I'ma have to put in 'mostly.'"
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  • And you know why I'm gonnahave to put in "mostly"?
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  • Because we are notcalled to a formula.
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  • We are called to faith.
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  • And when we get addictedand think that a formula
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  • has become our wayof success,
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  • then I'm gonnatell you something.
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  • Every single time, ultimately,that formula is going
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  • to fail us, because he has notcalled us to a formula.
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  • So, we can't justtake it and we go,
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  • "Now, if I dothe following things,
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  • I will always, always--"
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  • I mean, it's always.
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  • "I'm gonna alwaysmake the right choice.
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  • I'm gonna thrive in my choices."
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  • No, what I'm gonna tell you iswe've got eight choice tools
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  • for making--can everybodysay that next word.
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  • Look at one other and say,"Just mostly."
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  • I'd love to really see youuse your hands on this one.
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  • "Mostly.Mostly.
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  • Mostly."
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  • Got to throw in a littleparenthetical there,
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  • because mostly,mostly great choices,
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  • mostly, mostly,and it starts right here.
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  • So, we're gonnahave eight of 'em.
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  • We're gonna startwith number one,
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  • and number one is this:
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  • quash false voicesabout choices.
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  • Mm-hmm.Mm-hmm.
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  • There are some liesthat need dispelling.
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  • If you and I are gonna getto the truth about really,
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  • really good decision-making,about making good choices
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  • that set us up by the powerof the Holy Spirit to thrive,
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  • then we gotta dispel some liesbefore we ever get to the truth.
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  • Let's get some thingsoutta the way so that
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  • we're not confused by 'em.
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  • Let's set the deception aside,and there are some lies
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  • that really, really,really need dismantling.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • People don't really change.
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  • [buzzer sounding]
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  • Wrong.
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  • Nothing could be furtherfrom the gospel message.
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  • It is conversion and itis transformation
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  • over and over and over.
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  • We wanna catch ourselves in thisdemonic lie every single time it
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  • rears up its head,because conversion
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  • and transformationare the two valves
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  • of the heart of the gospel.
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