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November 24, 2020
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Today; Beth teaches us how to embrace God's healing grace for chronic regret.

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  • Shall we not go eating fromthe tree of the knowledge
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  • of good and evil.
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  • We don't really have to askour loved one if a thought
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  • ever goes through their mindabout anyone
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  • Can I just say,"Don't go there."?
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  • Don't go there.Just don't even go there.
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  • I'm not saying I went thereor not.
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  • I'm just saying that, you know,I just was having this struggle
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  • and I'll never forgetwhat he said to me.
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  • It didn't satisfy everythingbut I've thought about it
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  • a million times.
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  • He said, "Elizabeth, I chooseyou every day."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Turn with meto John chapter 15.
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  • John chapter 15 and I'm alsogoing to open for you,
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  • because it's very important thatwe make the distinction.
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  • One of the things I love to dois if I see Jesus speak
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  • something over the disciples,then I love to see--one
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  • of the questions I'm gonna askis, "Okay, is that for us also?
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  • Or was that for them?"
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  • Because, I mean, those werehis 12 or his 11 and then,
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  • of course, the apostle Paulbut can I just take
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  • and assure--now,I can pray anything.
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  • "O Lord, like you did for them,like you gave them a spirit
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  • of boldness in the Word of God."
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  • I can ask for anything,whether or not I gain that.
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  • But can I really go to itand just claim it?
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  • And can I believethat for myself?
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  • Well, I love to see are thereother verses
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  • where it's writtento the church at large
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  • where I can say,"Oh, that's not only them,
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  • it's also me,"and indeed there is.
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  • And that's why I've got my Biblealso open to Ephesians chapter 1
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  • because I'm gonna comparea verse with you.
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  • So John chapter 15 says,I wanna go to 12 to 17:
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  • "This is my commandment,
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  • "that you love one anotheras I have loved you.
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  • "Greater love has no onethan this,
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  • "that someone lay downhis life for his friends.
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  • "You are my friends if you dowhat I command you.
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  • "No longer do I call youservants,
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  • "for the servant does not knowwhat his master is doing;
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  • "but I have called you friends,
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  • "for all that I have heardfrom my Father
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  • "I have made known to you.
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  • "You did not choose me,I chose you and appointed you
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  • "that you should goand bear fruit
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  • and that your fruitshould abide,"
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  • fruit that lasts is whatthe NIV says and I love that.
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  • "Fruit that will last, thatwhatever you ask in my--the
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  • "Father in my name,he may give it to you.
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  • "These things I command you,
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  • so that you will loveone another."
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  • He said, "You did not choose me.
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  • I chose you."
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  • Now, this is so criticallyimportant because everything
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  • shifts right here on this truth.
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  • I want you to write downnumber four:
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  • "Choose to wholly embrace
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  • your chosenness."
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  • The most important choiceyou can make
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  • after you choose Christ
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  • is to fully embraceyour chosenness.
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  • There are several differentplaces I could send you.
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  • I'm thinking, also, be sure youpore over Colossians chapter 1.
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  • But I want you to hear thisportion out of Ephesians 1.
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  • I'm reading 3 and,oh, I'm gonna wanna go forward,
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  • but I'm just gonnatry to stop at 4.
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  • "Blessed be the God and Fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • "who has blessed us in Christwith every spiritual blessing
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  • "in the heavenly places,
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  • "even as he chose us in him
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  • "before the foundationof the world,
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  • that we should be holyand blameless before him."
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  • It says: "In love he predestinedus to be adopted."
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  • It tells us in the next littleparagraph that we have--in him
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  • we have obtained an inheritance,we've been sealed
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  • by the Holy Spiritwho is our guarantee
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  • of our inheritance,is an earnest deposit over it
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  • until we have the full measureof it, face to face.
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  • We are chosen in him and,listen carefully,
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  • chosen before the foundationof the world.
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  • That means that he alreadyknew everything about you.
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  • He knew every pathetic decisionI was ever going to make,
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  • and he still says, "You did notchoose me; I chose you.
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  • I called you."
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  • I don't know, does thatrock anybody's world?
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  • Because what would happenif we truly,
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  • truly accepted that,
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  • that the God of the universewho by his voice said,
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  • "Let there be light,"and there was,
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  • who created the heavensand the earth
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  • by the power of his voice.
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  • He did not have to lifthis little finger.
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  • He took his hands to createthe form of man,
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  • so that he could get his handsinto it, touch, feel to it.
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  • Everything else, the soundof his voice,
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  • boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.
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  • That one, that one,has chosen you.
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  • You are choice,child of God, choice.
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  • Remember when I told you thatof all the things about a human
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  • that conveythat we are image bearers,
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  • that whisper the image of God,
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  • I am not sure thereis one that more flagrantly
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  • testifies to it,than the pure power of choice.
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  • I think somebody thinks,you know,
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  • just act like he tolerates me.
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  • He's obligated to me.
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  • No, he made a choice.
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  • You were his choice.
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  • He chose you.
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  • I looked at the opposite terms.
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  • I love antonyms.I love--I just love words.
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  • So I love to see synonymsand I love to see antonyms.
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  • I looked up the opposite words.
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  • You know--alreadyknow what it's gonna be.
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  • It's gonna be rejection.
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  • It's to be ignored or rejected.
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  • Ignored.
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  • That is when you'renot even noticed.
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  • When I'm not even noticed.
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  • And then there's just, "Oh, I'mnoticed all right and a judgment
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  • was made that I'm not worth it.
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  • And so I'm rejected."
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  • Do you know that it would be usembracing our chosenness
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  • that would bring healing toso much of the brokenness
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  • we have sufferedover being ignored and rejected.
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  • Chosen, chosen.
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  • I just want you to sayout loud: "I'm chosen."
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  • Say it again: "I've been chosenby God."
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  • See, when Jesus, I mean,looks the world of--before
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  • the foundation of the world,sees all the generations.
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  • It's like, I just picture justlike laying out the day planner
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  • from the beginning to the endand choosing what generation.
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  • He's chosen the generations,the Psalmist says.
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  • And the book of Acts saysthat he even determined
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  • what places in the worldwe'd be in and what generations
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  • we'd live in so thatwe might seek him and find him.
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  • Chosen, chosen.
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  • I don't know.
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  • I don't know how much this meansto somebody
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  • but I pray this is gonna land,
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  • I mean land, with a personin this room.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • You did not come up with you.
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  • Is that good news to anybody?
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  • 'Cause you're thinking, like,
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  • "I don't think itwas a good idea."
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  • No, you did notcome up with you.
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  • Jesus did.
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  • You did not plan you.
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  • Jesus did.
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  • You did not choose you.
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  • You might go, "I wouldn'thave chosen myself."
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  • Well, good, you didn't have to.
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  • Because it wasn't you.
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  • Jesus did.
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  • You did not norhave you ever fearfully
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  • and wonderfullymade yourself.
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  • Jesus did.
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  • Jesus did.
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  • You did not set you apartbefore your birth
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  • for works prepared in advance.
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  • Jesus did.Do you hear what I'm saying?
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  • Ephesians 2:10,
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  • that he even thought,"You know what?
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  • "I am going to make herreally, really gifted at this.
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  • "I'm gonna set herin this generation.
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  • "I'm gonna give--this is theDNA I'm gonna entrust to her.
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  • "This is where I'm gonnaput her on the planet.
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  • "I'm going to make surethat I equip her
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  • "with these spiritual giftswhen she comes
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  • "and receives the giftof salvation
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  • "that I'm going to woo her with.
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  • "I'm gonna set her up for works.
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  • "I already know what I want herto do before the foundation
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  • of the world," Jesus did.
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  • You do not get to determineyour worthiness, Jesus does.
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  • You do not get to decideyour lovability.
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  • Really, that's not up to you.
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  • You don't decide,"Well, I'm unlovable."
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  • You don't get to decide that.
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  • Jesus already decidedthat you are completely
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  • and wholly lovable.
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  • He who is all knowledge,all brilliance,
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  • he who is creator, maker,
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  • potter to the clay,cleanser to the leper,
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  • redeemer to those soldunder slavery to sin,
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  • has pronounced you lovable,effectual, and beautiful.
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  • Now, I mean, either you candeal with that or you can't.
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  • But that is who you are in him.
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  • I wonder, would anybody--anybodyin the room be prepared
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  • to just simply decide today,
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  • "Maybe I will believe thatfor a change."
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  • I need to see a hand.
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  • I need to see a hand.
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  • Chosen, effectual, I havebeen equipped, I am called.
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  • I am called.
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  • I look up--I loveto look up words.
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  • I thought, "What does itmean that we are called?"
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  • Well, it means this."Beth?"
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  • That's as well as I couldcome to it.
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  • "Kevin?"
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  • It means called by name
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  • to be a follower of Jesusfore-ordained,
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  • planned for, holy,
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  • completely loved and purposed.
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  • This next few minutes,I wanna spend on something
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  • I think is really important.
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  • And, man, you know, maybe someof you are gonna go,
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  • "Well, I think thatshe really transferred
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  • what she has struggledwith to the rest of us,"
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  • and that would probably be true.
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  • But I have a feelingthat I am not the only one.
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  • Number five:Choose to wholly embrace
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  • healing grace forchronic regret.
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  • Listen,
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  • I am not hoping that Godmakes us feel better
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  • about this issue.
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  • I am praying he liberates uscompletely
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  • because what I'm talking aboutin this point to you today
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  • is that our chronic regretcan go on years,
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  • years, after our repentance.
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  • I need to see somebody's hand ifyou know what I'm talking about.
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  • Will somebody just be boldenough
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  • because I'm gonna tell you,it takes some boldness
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  • to really take Jesus upon his deliverance.
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  • And so I don't--I'mnot for playing games.
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  • If I'm in a particular situationand they're wanting to talk
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  • about something at a gatheringand about Jesus would do for us
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  • if we'd let him and I need itin the worst way, Bill,
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  • I'm just gonna be--I'm gonnawave my hand for it.
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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,
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  • 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 Jess
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  • gets to be its own thin.
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  • Perhaps you know a new believeror just someone looking
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  • to get more committedto the Word this year.
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  • 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,
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  • because his Word
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  • 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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  • There was a time that I wentto a conference in Australia
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  • and it was sucha powerful conference
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  • and so the host of it said,
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  • "Now, we just wanna prayfor anybody that needs healing.
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  • Would you just come toyour feet."
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  • And so it was sucha powerful moment
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  • and I'm just one of thosepeople,
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  • I want whatever God's doing.
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  • I thought, "How do I knowI'm not sick?"
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  • And so, I stood up.
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  • I mean, nothing was wrongwith me
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  • but I wouldn't have knownthat for sure.
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  • I mean, I could have hadsomething brewing
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  • I didn't even know about.
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  • And so, 'cause I just thought,"I want prayer.
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  • I want prayer."
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  • Well, when they had people comeand lay hands on us,
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  • I gotta tell you that I did--Iwent, "You know, y'all, really,
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  • there's really notanything wrong with me.
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  • I just wanna make sure."
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  • But, I mean, you can sit backif you want to
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  • but I'm just gonna tellyou something.
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  • If Jesus is offering it,I want it.
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  • I want it.I want it.
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  • I'm getting up.
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  • I went on my feet becauseI want whatever he's doing.
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  • I'm praying this over usthis weekend
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  • that we would be set free
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  • because this thingwill kill you.
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  • I mean, repented long ago,long ago,
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  • and you just keep replayingover and over in your mind.
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  • Do you see the victorythe enemy is getting here?
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  • But for any of us, did you havea season of your life or a time
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  • in your life or an event in yourlife or whatever,
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  • that honestly was your nightmareand it needs to be,
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  • in this case, one that youfeel responsible for,
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  • it not that you outrightly did.
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  • So I need to know ifanybody's involved with me here.
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  • So then, picture--I mean,there's your nightmare.
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  • So what would the enemy havemore important on his agenda
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  • if he did not want youto get on with it
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  • and be victorious in Christ
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  • since he cannot undoyour forgiveness,
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  • he's just gonna tryto make you feel
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  • like you're really not forgiven.
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  • And so, he just keepsyou in your nightmare.
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  • So the more we replay it,
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  • we're just stayingthere with it.
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  • And I mean, we do need to dealwith it, but I'm talking
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  • about things that could havebeen--they were years ago,
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  • years ago.
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  • Somebody in this room hadan abortion
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  • 15 years ago--15 years ago.
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  • You've been brokenheartedsince this time.
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  • But, I mean, it is all youcan replay every time
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  • you come into an environmentlike this, you look around.
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  • I mean, it's justall you can replay.
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  • All you can replay.
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  • All you can replay.
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  • Somebody else had an affairten stinking years ago
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  • that you repented of,that you went
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  • and you received godly counsel,you dealt with your trash,
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  • you did what you had to do,you are living in freedom,
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  • you have not returned backto that sin,
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  • but you constantly--you arefixated on that regret.
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  • You really messed up somewherein your work in such a way
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  • that you lost your joband it just catapulted you
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  • into a time offinancial disaster.
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  • And it's just like,"But if I could go back,
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  • if I just--ooh, just, wouldn'tif I just--I wouldn't have."
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  • Do you see what we're doing?
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  • We're just livingin our nightmare
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  • because we have anightmare and we keep having it
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  • and we don't justhave it by night.
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  • We have our nightmare by day.
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  • We're just fixated.
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  • And so we stay right there
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  • 'cause it's allwe can think about.
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  • I so regret it, I so regret it,I so regret it,
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  • I so regret it, I so regret it.
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  • We need healing.
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  • We need healing.
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  • We got to have us some healing.
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  • Do you remember when I told you
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  • that we've gotta get outof the mindset
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  • that we've ruined our livesbecause we are still alive
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  • and there's still a lotof life to live?
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  • Remember had a wreck?
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  • But that if we'd surrenderthat to Jesus,
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  • he could either repairthat wreck
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  • or he could buy it backfrom the devil.
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  • That's what you call redemption.
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  • Buy it back from slaveryto darkness.
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  • Some of you, I try to thinkbecause I like conversations,
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  • I like dialog, I like a classwhere we can talk and discuss.
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  • So I try to think what you wouldsay if we were in class
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  • and we could really talk.
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  • So I know what I would probablyhave wanted
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  • to say along the way.
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  • I'd probably wanna raise upmy hand and go,
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  • "Well, you know what?I object.
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  • And the reason why I object isbecause I don't think
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  • that's always true.
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  • Some people don't live longenough to see him
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  • do either oneof those two things,
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  • but I wannasay something to you,
  • 00:20:12.503 --> 00:20:13.971
  • that is because you are assumingthat when your earthly life
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  • is over, it is done.
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  • And this is where we have got ussome skewed theology
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  • that is not what the Wordof God teaches.
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  • Listen carefully to Philippians1:6: "And I am sure of this,
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  • "that he who began a good workin you will bring it
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  • to completion at the dayof Jesus Christ."
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  • So you think just when you dropoff this body and it's dead,
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  • that all that's concerning you,all that concerns your life,
  • 00:20:41.032 --> 00:20:44.435
  • is just done.
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  • Are you out of yourever-loving mind?
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  • He keeps on working and keepson working and keeps on working.
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  • Our testimony about this life isnot even finished until the day
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  • Jesus Christ appearsfor every eye to see
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  • and every mouth to confessthat he is Lord
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  • and every single kneeto bow before him.
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  • That's when our testimony
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  • for this lifetimewill be complete.
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  • 'Til then, he's doing all sortsof stuff we can't see,
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  • all sorts of stuff we can't see.
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  • But tell you, I really hadsome wreckage.
  • 00:21:22.073 --> 00:21:26.410
  • Just really had some wreckagein my own life
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  • and one of the thingshe's done to redeem it,
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  • this hit me afresh this week
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  • and I know it was to bring thisto you as part of our lesson.
  • 00:21:40.691 --> 00:21:45.696
  • Because about Tuesday,
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  • I was studying for you
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  • and I got so excited,I started crying.
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  • Just starting to get the--seeingthe lesson coming together
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  • and just anticipating youand I just was getting ready
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  • and I just felt such joyin my heart
  • 00:22:04.348 --> 00:22:05.783
  • and the tears werejust streaming down my cheeks.
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  • Maybe that was partof the redemption
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  • because I don't know whyany other reason
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  • except his sustaining grace,
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  • why it still hits me that way.
  • 00:22:20.564 --> 00:22:24.301
  • I can pull into the parking lotfor Bible study in Houston
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  • and I don't know how to explainthis to you
  • 00:22:28.472 --> 00:22:30.808
  • but I'm still surprisedcars are there.
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  • And I think that partof the redemption
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  • was just thankfulness.
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  • I just--I can't believe I lived
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  • and that I livedto tell about it
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  • and that he wouldput his name on me
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  • and let me have the privilegeto serve you.
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  • I just--it never--it never,30 years,
  • 00:23:01.872 --> 00:23:06.811
  • it has never gotten old to me.
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  • And I just have to wonderand I jotted down--I
  • 00:23:08.913 --> 00:23:13.083
  • don't know that I've neverjotted this sentence down.
  • 00:23:13.117 --> 00:23:15.786
  • I jotted down,"Grace appreciation
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  • kills self-condemnation."
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  • I wonder if that could be true.
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  • That grace appreciation,that if, okay,
  • 00:23:26.263 --> 00:23:29.400
  • so we blew it, so we blew it.
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  • We've repented, we're so sorry,we've wept over it,
  • 00:23:34.605 --> 00:23:39.677
  • done what we know to doto make reparation
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  • if we hurt someone.
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  • Now, as the apostle Paul said,he called himself
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  • the worst of the worst,
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  • "I'm the leastof all the apostles.
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  • Greatest sinner of them all."
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  • Yet he said these wordsand I love 'em so much,
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  • they mean so much to me:
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  • "But his grace to mewas not in vain."
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  • I want you to stand to your feet
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  • and can we just praythrough this?
  • 00:24:04.568 --> 00:24:07.872
  • I just wanna praythrough this with you.
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  • There are some versesthat God used to bring me
  • 00:24:11.408 --> 00:24:16.580
  • some healing and I'm gonna tellyou something, girls.
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  • I am--there's a lot of precedentin the Word of God
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  • where acting the postureout of something
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  • is very, very much partof bringing us
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  • into that kind of a mindsetand heartset.
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  • In other words, when we bow,there's something to that.
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  • I just believe it.
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  • I mean, there's just somethingto coming to the altar.
  • 00:24:47.912 --> 00:24:50.481
  • Like, today, you won't forgetyou came to the--there's
  • 00:24:50.514 --> 00:24:53.651
  • just something about it,to just bend the knees.
  • 00:24:53.684 --> 00:24:55.619
  • I'm not just talking about,"I'll bend the knees
  • 00:24:55.653 --> 00:24:56.987
  • of my heart will--"
  • 00:24:57.021 --> 00:24:58.455
  • Let's let the knees go aheadwith the heart.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:24:59.957 --> 00:25:01.258
  • As long as we're bendingsomething, let's just go ahead
  • 00:25:01.292 --> 00:25:03.093
  • and drop it to the floor.
  • 00:25:03.127 --> 00:25:05.429
  • And so I just--so when I reallywent through this with the Lord,
  • 00:25:05.462 --> 00:25:11.068
  • I mean, I acted it outand I want you to
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  • in some ways do thatwith me today.
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  • If this is you, you've just gotchronic regret,
  • 00:25:16.373 --> 00:25:20.244
  • I just wonder,
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  • I wanna read these versesout of Hebrews 10:19 through 23.
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  • This is in the NIVbecause I love the way
  • 00:25:24.148 --> 00:25:26.517
  • the NIV words it.
  • 00:25:26.550 --> 00:25:28.085
  • "Therefore,brothers and sisters,
  • 00:25:28.118 --> 00:25:29.420
  • "since we have confidenceto enter the Most Holy Place
  • 00:25:29.453 --> 00:25:31.889
  • "by the blood of Jesus,
  • 00:25:31.922 --> 00:25:33.891
  • "by a new and living way openedfor us through the curtain,
  • 00:25:33.924 --> 00:25:36.694
  • "that is, his body,since we have
  • 00:25:36.727 --> 00:25:38.929
  • "a great high priestover the house of God,
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  • let us draw near to Godwith a sincere heart,"
  • 00:25:42.499 --> 00:25:46.503
  • so we're not gonna cometo him with a bunch
  • 00:25:46.537 --> 00:25:48.138
  • of bull, Hailey.
  • 00:25:48.172 --> 00:25:49.807
  • And we're gonna bringour real-life story,
  • 00:25:49.840 --> 00:25:52.576
  • the real thing.
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  • We're not gonna--we'renot gonna tone it down.
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  • We're gonna own it,we're gonna own it.
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  • So we come witha "sincere heart,
  • 00:25:58.449 --> 00:26:00.985
  • "with the full assurancethat faith brings,
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  • "having our hearts sprinkledto cleanse us
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  • from a guilty conscience."
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  • "Let us hold unswervinglyto the hope we profess,
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  • for he who promisedis faithful."
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  • I just want today, could anybodyjust stand, to just,
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  • Lord, will you just please comeand tend
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  • to my guilty conscience.
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  • Listen, our compulsivesecond-guessing
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  • is getting in the wayof our first love.
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  • Listen, at some pointwe gotta go,
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  • "Okay, I'm not positive if thatwas the right move or not.
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  • "But I did--I did the bestI knew how to do.
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  • "I sought wisdom,I've just said,
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  • "'I bow to you. This is yours,your authority over it.'
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  • "And so what I'm gonna do
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  • "is I'm just gonnabow to your sovereignty.
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  • "That's what I'm gonna choose.
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  • "That's what I'm gonna choose'cause you--what I know for sure
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  • is you can work it for good."
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