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Thriving in our Choices Part 2

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November 10, 2020
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Beth highlights some potential detonators that make us prone to regrettable choices.

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Thriving in our Choices Part 2

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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 thingsout of the way
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  • so that we're not confusedby 'em.
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  • Let's set the deception aside,and there are some lies
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  • that really, really, reallyneed dismantling.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • My job as a teacheris to make sure
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  • the best of my understanding,
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  • led by the Holy Spirit,that you remember our lesson.
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  • And so I'll do anything:Corny works for me.
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  • Cheesy works for me.
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  • Whatever it takesto have enough rhythm to it
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  • or to be silly enoughor goofy enough
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  • or just memorable enough that,when somebody said,
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  • "What was that about?"
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  • You could look at themand tell 'em.
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  • That's what we're gonna do.
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  • Number one is this: Quashfalse voices about choices.
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  • I wanna hear you say number one.Say it back to me.
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  • All right, there are some liesthat need dispelling.
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  • If you and I are gonna getto the truth
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  • about really, reallygood decision making,
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  • about making good choicesthat set us up
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  • by the power of the Holy Spiritto 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 things outof the way
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  • so that we're not confusedby '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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  • Now, what I've done here thisweekend is I've brought us--just
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  • so that we'll knowthe difference,
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  • when we get there,
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  • that this sound is goingto be false--
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • And this soundis gonna be true--
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  • [ding, ding,ding, ding, ding]
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  • So that you will knowthe difference.
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  • Again, this one's gonnabe wrong--
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • This one's gonna be right.
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  • [ding, ding,ding, ding, ding]
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  • And so we're gonna go throughthis a little bit together
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  • because here's what I want youto--I'm gonna say 'em too fast
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  • for you to jot 'em down,
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  • but I am gonna pitch 'emon the board
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  • so that you can see 'em, butif there's one that you go,
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  • "Oh, that is me,"
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  • that is the liethat I need to dispel.
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  • Then you write that one down.
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  • But, beyond that, just listen upfor a minute.
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  • Just a couple of 'emI wanna throw at you
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  • that we have got to dispel.
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  • We're gonna quash false voicesabout choices.
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  • The first statement is this:"I've made choices
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  • that have ruined my whole life."
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  • Anybody?
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  • Would anybody in here be like,"I have been in the course
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  • of my life--"
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  • that you would be very prone tosay, "I can tell you right now,
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  • I have made choicesthat have ruined my whole life."
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • Wrong.
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  • Because we're never gonna get onwith it if you've already got it
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  • in your head, "It is too late.
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  • I've already done all that."
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  • I don't know what you thinkyou're doing
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  • now--taking up space?
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  • Taking up oxygen?
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  • I don't know, but you may haveit in your head,
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  • "Listen, I'm just existinguntil I get home to Jesus
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  • "because, honestly,I have already
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  • completely destroyed my life."
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • No, no, you haven't.
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  • Now, here's what I wannasay to you.
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  • You may, like I had, you mayhave wrecked your life,
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  • but you have not destroyedyour life.
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  • And let me tell you,the beautiful thing
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  • about wreckage and what makes itvery, very different
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  • from having destroyed our lives,
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  • because, "wreckage,"what happens,
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  • if your life has been wreckedby some choices,
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  • not ruined--you can't ruin it.
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  • You're still living it.
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  • But if it's wrecked,then here's what happens.
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  • When you surrender that wreckageto God,
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  • I can tell you that oneof two things will happen
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  • every single time.
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  • He is either--and yousurrender it to him.
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  • He will either repair the wreck,or he will redeem the wreck.
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  • I need somebodyto get that with me.
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  • See, there are people,
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  • you're thinkin',"I'mma tell you,
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  • I've already completelywrecked my family."
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  • Well, let me tell ya,you surrender
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  • that family to the Lord.
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  • And, for some of you,you literally will watch him
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  • over the years to come,one person at a time,
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  • one conversation at a time,
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  • start puttingthat back together.
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  • But if it never happens
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  • because they're also gettingto make their own choices,
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  • I can tell you this:
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  • He could redeemwhat was stolen from you,
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  • and you can still livea fruitful,
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  • thriving life.
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  • Let him repair.
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  • Let him redeem.
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  • Watch what he will do.
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  • The next statement is this,that we've got to quash:
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  • "Making good choices is equallychallenging for everyone."
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • Wrong, wrong.
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  • Our situationsvary dramatically.
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  • The tools we've been givenand taught
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  • in our upbringingdiffer dramatically.
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  • Each of us may havethe opportunity
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  • to make a good choice,
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  • but we do not all haveequal ease in making
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  • that good choicein that opportunity.
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  • Is anybody gettin' that with me?
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  • I want you to see1 Samuel chapter 30.
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  • Let me give you a little bitof background.
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  • Saul is king at this time.
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  • David has a small army of peopleat this time
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  • that are serving with him,
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  • and he and his men have beenout on a--to do battle,
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  • and when they come backto the village
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  • where their familieshave been,
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  • all of their wivesand their children are missing.
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  • All of them have beentaken captive.
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  • None of them have been killed,but they don't know that.
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  • All of them have been kidnapped.
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  • Not one of their family membersis there in that village
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  • when they get back,
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  • and so you can imaginethey're horrified.
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  • And so I want you to see
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  • verses 3 through 6,that say this.
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  • It says, "And when Davidand his men came to the city,
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  • "they found it burned with fire,
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  • "and their wives and sonsand daughters taken captain.
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  • "Then David and the peoplewho were with him
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  • "raised their voices and wept
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  • until they had no more strengthto weep."
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  • Can you imagine the scene,all of them going,
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  • and everything's burned?
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  • Imagine them seeing itfrom a distance,
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  • and all they can see is smokecoming up from that village,
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  • and they come, and they findnone of their wives,
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  • none of their children,and their grief is so strong.
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  • It says that they "raised uptheir voices and wept
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  • until they had no morestrength to weep."
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  • David's family hadalso been taken.
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  • Verse 6, says, "And Davidwas greatly distressed,
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  • "for the people spokeof stoning him,
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  • "because all the peoplewere bitter in soul,
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  • "each for his sonsand daughters.
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  • But David strengthenedhimself in the Lord his God."
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  • Can you imagine this,on any regular day,
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  • they had thought,"I believe we'll stone David"?
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  • Why did they have stonesin their hands?
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  • Because they had bitternessof soul.
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  • Had bitterness of soul.
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  • So important for us to see thatso many of our decisions
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  • that are out of kilterwhen we look
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  • at one anotherand judge one another
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  • for some of the decisionswe've made.
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  • Sometimes the circumstancesare overwhelming.
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  • The challenges are inestimable.
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  • There's real-life bondagethat can be in play.
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  • I was thinking.
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  • I've jotted a couple of thingsdown just to make the point.
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  • For instance, a severelyunderprivileged kid
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  • doesn't even knowwhat the good options are
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  • half the time.
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  • Anybody gettin' that with me?
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  • Doesn't meanhe can't make good decisions.
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  • He can.
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  • It means he's making decisionswith a whole lot fewer tools.
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  • A sexually abused childwon't develop the tools
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  • that naturally make "No"seem like a viable option
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  • for boundary setting.
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  • I mean, it's just different.
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  • It's just different.
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  • Does she have,does he have this,
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  • the opportunity to makea good choice?
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  • Yes.
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  • The same easein that opportunity?
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  • Absolutely not.
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  • Person who is only eatin' dirtdoes not know manna
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  • is even on the menu.
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  • If that's all they've had,why in the world
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  • would they think there wasanything else they could order?
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  • Ready for the next one?
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  • Good and evil are obvious.
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  • Make the right choice.
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  • It should be plain to you.
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • No, not always, not always.
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  • Hebrews 5, verse 11,"about this we have much to say,
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  • "and it is hard to explain,
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  • "since you have become dullof hearing.
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  • "For though by this timeyou ought to be teachers,
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  • "you need someoneto teach you again
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  • "the basic principlesof the oracles of God.
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  • "You need milk, not solid food,for everyone who lives on milk
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  • "is unskilled in the wordof righteousness,
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  • "since he is a child.
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  • "But solid foodis for the mature,
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  • "for those who have their powersof discernment
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  • "trained by constant practiceto distinguish
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  • good from evil."
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  • There are forms of good and evilthat only people that honestly
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  • have trained themselves upin the Word of God
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  • can even recognize.
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  • He said it's for people thatknow how to eat solid food
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  • in the Scriptures.
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  • I mean, that is,that's almost troubling.
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  • I gotta tell you,just last fall,
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  • I took the girlson a bucket-list trip
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  • that we had plannedfor years.
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  • I took them to Italy,
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  • and it was really,really important, to me,
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  • that I took themon frequent flyer miles
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  • because it was my rewardback to them
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  • because they had said,"Bye," to their mother
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  • so many times when I'd gotten onan airplane,
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  • and so I just kept watchingmy miles go up,
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  • and I thought,"One of these days,
  • 00:11:00.518 --> 00:11:02.287
  • "y'all just keep kissin' megood-bye
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  • "because, one of these days,
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  • "I'm gon' put you on this planewith me
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  • when I have enough milesand a balance."
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  • Last mid-spring, I realizedI was getting really,
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  • really close to the miles,
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  • and I wanted itto be so special,
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  • and I wanted usto have great seats.
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  • And it got to be time, and sowe planned that trip,
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  • and we went.
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  • We had the time of our lives,but I will know--about
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  • a day five of eating pasta?
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  • And I don't wanna insult anyone,but where I come from,
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  • we have lotsof international foods
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  • because, you know,in the United States,
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  • we're made up of very,very diverse people,
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  • and they bring usall their foods.
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  • Is anybody understandingwhat I'm saying?
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  • I eat a different ethnic foodevery single day of the week
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  • back in Houston.
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  • It's the way we eat.
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  • We never eat just one kindof food,
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  • never five days of pasta.
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  • I looked at my girlsand said,
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  • "I need you to understandsomething today.
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  • "I need to use my teeth.
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  • [audience laughing]
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  • "If I don't use my teeth today,something's gonna happen.
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  • It's gonna be ugly."
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  • I said--I went through the wholething: "Do you think God's not
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  • given us teeth for a reason?"
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  • And so everythingbecame--I would run
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  • from restaurant to restaurant.
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  • Melissa can testify to this--runfrom restaurant to restaurant.
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  • You know how they putthe menu out front
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  • under the little glass?
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  • I would run to it and look atit and go, "No teeth, no teeth."
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  • And if it was no teeth,we would not stay
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  • because there comes a timewhen you gotta use your teeth.
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  • You just got to.
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  • You can't just gum the Wordof God all your life.
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  • [audience laughing]
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  • At some point,bite into the thing, amen?
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  • At some point, leave sometooth marks on the page.
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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,
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  • 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,
  • 00:13:23.461 --> 00:13:26.731
  • 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
  • 00:13:42.380 --> 00:13:44.883
  • gets to be its own thing.
  • 00:13:44.916 --> 00:13:47.719
  • Perhaps you know a new believeror just someone looking
  • 00:13:47.752 --> 00:13:50.788
  • to get more committedto the Word this year.
  • 00:13:50.822 --> 00:13:53.424
  • 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,
  • 00:15:03.394 --> 00:15:05.964
  • because his Word
  • 00:15:05.997 --> 00:15:07.298
  • 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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  • This one's really,really important.
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  • This is more broad-spectrum thanthe ones that we've said so far,
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  • but I've got to say it'cause I think it's titanic.
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  • For every gathering like this,
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  • it's criticalthat we dispel this lie.
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  • I'm hopin' this landswith somebody in this room.
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  • Last statement is this:"For the most part,
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  • people don't really change."
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  • Now, I'm not gonna ask you toraise your hand or anything,
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  • but when was the last timeyou said it?
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  • When was the last timeyou thought it?
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  • And, I mean, you thought itbased on evidence,
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  • like, "I knew it."
  • 00:15:52.577 --> 00:15:55.546
  • You know, he said or she saidthey really had changed, and,
  • 00:15:55.580 --> 00:15:59.083
  • obviously, you can see theydidn't, and so the thing is,
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  • for the most part,
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  • there are a few exceptions hereand there,
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  • but for the most part,people don't really change.
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  • [dong, dong]
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  • Wrong.
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  • Nothing could be furtherfrom the Gospel message.
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  • It is conversion,and it is transformation,
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  • over and over and over.
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  • We wanna catch ourselves in thisdemonic lie every single time
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  • it rears up its head becauseconversion and transformation
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  • are the two valves ofthe heart of the Gospel.
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  • Mary Magdalene,delivered from numerous demons
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  • to become the first evangelistin the Gospel.
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  • Transformation, change,do not ever become
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  • so cynical in the faith
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  • that you have it in your headthat,
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  • "Really, at the end of the day,people don't change."
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  • Number two is this:"Recognize every choose-fuse."
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  • Okay, what is a fuse?
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  • Number one, in the definition,"a continuous train
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  • "of combustiblesubstance enclosed
  • 00:17:09.921 --> 00:17:11.889
  • "in a cord or cablefor setting off
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  • an explosive chargeby transmitting fire to it."
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  • Listen up to two, "a mechanicalor electrical detonating device
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  • "for setting off the burstingcharge of a projectile,
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  • bomb, or torpedo."
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  • I wanna suggest to you thatwe have things in our lives
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  • that are fuses to us and that,when that fuse goes off,
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  • it's detonators.
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  • Everybody, say, "detonator."
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  • When something detonatesinside of us,
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  • that is when we are most proneto make a regrettable choice.
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  • It's not gonna be whenwe're feeling levelheaded.
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  • It's gonna be when somethingin us,
  • 00:17:51.062 --> 00:17:52.597
  • when a fuse blows--and, I mean,
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  • then that decision comes outlike a projectile.
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  • Anybody knowwhat I'm talkin' about?
  • 00:17:57.702 --> 00:17:59.604
  • Like, that thing just shoots offlike a rocket.
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  • And so here is the thing.
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  • If you and I could get towhere we could recognize
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  • some choose-fuses,
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  • then we would knowwhen it happens.
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  • "Oh-oh, that's what that is."
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  • Fear--huge.
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  • Fear never makes a gooddecision for us--not ever.
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  • But it is a huge detonatingdevice because,
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  • I mean, when it rises up,I mean, that fuse goes off,
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  • and it starts to push downthat lever
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  • that sends up that projectile,and I'm telling you,
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  • at that point, at that point,we gotta know that fuse
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  • just went off, and "What amI going to do with this?"
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  • Fear stunts our growth.
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  • If we maintain a strongholdof fear,
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  • we will not fulfillour callings.
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  • We won't.
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  • It's not that we might not.We won't.
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  • We won't because we willbe too scared to do
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  • what Jesus calls us to do.
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  • Panic is the next one.
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  • Could--anybody agrees withme, panic is the world's worst?
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  • Honestly, I don't know--in thislist of things,
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  • I don't know anythingthat sets me up
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  • for a poor decisionany faster.
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  • I cannot have a clear thoughtin my brain when I panic.
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  • That is a choose-fuse.
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  • It is fear on fire--anybody?
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  • Fear on fire.
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  • The next one is insecurity.
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  • Ignore the fuse of insecurity.
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  • Ignore it.
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  • Tell it, "No, you haveno authority over me.
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  • "You have no dominion over me.
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  • That's not what I'm gonna do."
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  • We have to get secure in whowe are in Christ,
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  • in who we are.
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  • Nobody can bring to that mixwhat you can bring
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  • because they're not you.
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  • Even if they have your samegifting, you might say,
  • 00:19:53.284 --> 00:19:54.752
  • "No, no, they're betterthan me at the gifting."
  • 00:19:54.785 --> 00:19:57.455
  • But they're not youwith that gifting.
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  • You have to believe thatyou've got a uniqueness
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  • that you get to bring to themix, that you get to live out.
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  • This has got to getinto us because,
  • 00:20:06.664 --> 00:20:07.999
  • let me tell you something:
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  • We're not gonna winanybody with our insecurity.
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  • We may make them feel sorryfor us for a while,
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  • but then they're gonnawithdraw.
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  • We get to makea different decision.
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  • We're talkin' about detonatorshere, when "boom,"
  • 00:20:24.048 --> 00:20:27.018
  • something so blows upinside of you
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  • and inside of methat we are set up
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  • in that moment.
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  • We got this pre-idiocymoment here,
  • 00:20:35.326 --> 00:20:37.628
  • this window of opportunity, andwhat are we gonna do with it?
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  • And intense sexual desireis one of them.
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  • I would be an idiotnot to mention this one.
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  • I wanna tell you something.
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  • We can make a decision outof intense sexual desire
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  • that is not just immoralbut deadly,
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:21:02.353
  • terribly, terribly dangerous.
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  • We live in a hook-up culturewhere people just, like--I mean,
  • 00:21:06.524 --> 00:21:12.263
  • you can just, like, have thatintense sexual desire
  • 00:21:12.296 --> 00:21:18.936
  • overtake you,
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  • and you can just get onlineand be with somebody
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  • in no time at all,
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  • and it's disastrous.
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  • It's disastrous.
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  • I wanna throw this one out.
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  • I don't know a better wayto say it,
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  • that one thing thatcan really, really, really
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  • be a huge obstacleto making good,
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  • thriving decisions is hatredlodged in the heart,
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  • hatred lodged in the heart.
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  • We talked about panicbeing fear on fire.
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  • Well, hatred is dislike on fire.
  • 00:21:50.568 --> 00:21:53.170
  • Hatred is always passionate,always, always.
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  • It's always energetic.
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  • It's always got heat to it.
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  • Hatred is never withoutheat--dislike can be.
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  • But by the time we gothatred, it is passionate.
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  • It is passionate.
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  • So it consumes a lot of energy.
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  • And, now, listen, don'tanybody misunderstand me.
  • 00:22:11.522 --> 00:22:13.324
  • There are people in our livesthat, in natural means,
  • 00:22:13.357 --> 00:22:17.061
  • have deserved our hatred.
  • 00:22:17.094 --> 00:22:20.498
  • There are situations thathave deserved our hatred.
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  • There are people who have hurtus, abandoned us, cheated us,
  • 00:22:24.168 --> 00:22:26.370
  • betrayed us, lied about us,treated us unjustly,
  • 00:22:26.404 --> 00:22:32.610
  • but the think about hatred is
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  • it does not just becomea killer
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  • in the relationship
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  • with the personthat is its target.
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  • It becomes a murdererto its host.
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  • Jesus compared hatred to murder,and there's a reason for that.
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  • Hatred kills allsorts of things.
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  • Hatred cannot doanything but kill.
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  • That's its job.It kills relationships.
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  • It kills security.
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  • It kills peace,and not just its target.
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  • It kills its host, sometimesquickly, sometimes slowly.
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  • That's why Jesus couldcompare it to murder.
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  • Here's the strange thingwhere our topic is concerned.
  • 00:23:13.417 --> 00:23:17.822
  • It clouds our choicesbecause it puts us in the dark.
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  • For some of us, blind hatredis making our choices for us.
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  • And I'll show you howmuch it affects our choices.
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  • I'm gonna bring up 1 John 2:11,and it says this:
  • 00:23:29.867 --> 00:23:32.336
  • "But whoever hates his brotheris in darkness
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  • "and walks in the darkness,and does not know
  • 00:23:35.372 --> 00:23:37.775
  • "where he is going,because the darkness
  • 00:23:37.808 --> 00:23:40.411
  • has blinded his eyes."
  • 00:23:40.444 --> 00:23:42.880
  • Do you realize that, for someof us, when we're goin' like,
  • 00:23:42.913 --> 00:23:45.983
  • "I can't even see my way,"
  • 00:23:46.016 --> 00:23:47.651
  • "I don't know even knowwhat people are talkin' about
  • 00:23:47.685 --> 00:23:49.386
  • when they say they reallyhave vision for something,"
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  • "I mean,my way just looks dark,"
  • 00:23:51.355 --> 00:23:54.792
  • could it be that there isa lodged hatred inside?
  • 00:23:54.825 --> 00:24:00.865
  • Because that lodged hatreddarkens the path
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  • until we do not knowwhere we are going.
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  • This is a very, very wonderfultime to surrender that
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  • and to let it go.
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  • I want you to turn with meto Deuteronomy 1,
  • 00:24:17.748 --> 00:24:20.084
  • all the way backto Deuteronomy 1.
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  • I wanna show you a veryinteresting little thing here.
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  • I was thinking about how hate'shost is often also its target.
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  • I don't know if I have dealtwith many things more
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  • in the course of my life--whenyou do some of the stupid things
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  • I've done in my life,then you kind of have
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  • that leaningtowards self-loathing.
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  • There is nothingthat God is confusing
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  • between our self-loathingand our humility.
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  • They're not the same thing.
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  • Self-loathing is its ownmurderous act
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  • toward ourselvesthat God created
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  • in his beautiful,beautiful image.
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  • I want you to see these wordsout of Deuteronomy 1:25-32.
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  • It says,"And they took in their hands
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  • "some of the fruit of the landand brought it down to us,
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  • "and brought us word againand said,
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  • "'It is a good land thatthe Lord our God is giving us.'
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  • "Yet you would not go up,but you rebelled against
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  • "the command of the Lordyour God.
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  • "And you murmured in your tentsand said, 'Because the Lord
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  • "'hated us, he has brought usout of the land of Egypt,
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  • to the land of the Amorites,to destroy us."'"
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  • It goes on to say
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  • that even though the Lordhad promised them
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  • that he would go before themand he would fight
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  • their battles for them,in verse 32,
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  • "Yet in spite of this wordyou did not believe the Lord
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  • "your God, who went before youin the way to seek you out
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  • "to place a placeto pitch your tents,
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  • "in fire by nightand in the clouds by day,
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  • to show you what wayyou should go."
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  • Somebody in this room, you just,honestly, somewhere deep inside
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  • of you, you think,"The Lord hates me.
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  • He hates me."
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  • It's an interesting thing inDeuteronomy chapter 7:
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  • "It was not becauseyou were more in number
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  • "than any other peoplethat the Lord chose you,
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  • "for you were the fewest.
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  • It was becausethe Lord loves you."
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  • The Lord loves you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • I want you to understandwhat is happening here
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  • because you are watchingsomething revolutionary,
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  • and sometimes we can missthe forest for the trees,
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  • and I want you to understandwith me
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  • that Mary was in thereat Jesus's feet,
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  • listening to him teach,women in theology class,
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  • right here, in Luke chapter 10.
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