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David, Elijah | Episode 6

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February 6, 2018
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Max Lucado: Unshakable Hope

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David, Elijah | Episode 6

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  • Cathedrals, castles, and monuments
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  • still standing centuries after they were constructed,
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  • or buildings like this one.
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  • Cracks and creaks reveal the years,
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  • yet it still remains.
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  • From the cathedrals of Rome to the Alamo near my own home,
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  • there's something special about a building
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  • that stands the test of time.
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  • Wars could not destroy them, storms could not devastate them.
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  • You might even say they're unshakable.
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  • Hi, I'm Max Lucado, and I wonder,
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  • what kind of life are you building?
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  • We live in a shaky world.
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  • Promises break and stock markets crash,
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  • and relationships crumble.
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  • The pillars of our faith will be tested.
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  • Want to be unshakable in a shaky world?
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  • You can build your life on the enduring promises of God.
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  • You have a problem, God has a promise,
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  • and these promises stand the test of time,
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  • and they weather life's biggest storms.
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  • Today we're going to explore some of these great
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  • and precious promises found in God's Word.
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  • And when the world rages around you,
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  • you can stand with unshakable hope.
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  • Unshakable
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  • (female announcer) We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life.
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  • We stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • This is "Unshakable Hope."
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  • When you are facing a battle that seems too big to win,
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  • maybe even impossible, there is a powerful promise for you
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  • to consider found in 1 Samuel 17:47,
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  • "The battle is the Lord's."
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  • I spent a better part of an hour recently reciting to my wife
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  • the woes of my life.
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  • I felt overwhelmed by commitments and deadlines.
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  • I had been sick with the flu.
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  • There was tension at the church between some of my friends.
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  • We had received word of a couple who were getting a divorce.
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  • And then, to top it off, I received a manuscript
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  • from my editor that was bloody with red ink.
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  • I actually looked for a chapter that didn't need a rewrite,
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  • and there wasn't one.
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  • After several minutes of listening to my ranting,
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  • Denalyn interrupted me with a question.
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  • "Is God in this anywhere?"
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  • I hate it when she does that.
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  • I wasn't thinking about God.
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  • I wasn't consulting God.
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  • I wasn't turning to God.
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  • I wasn't talking about God.
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  • Maybe you've been there.
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  • You've had a hard week at work.
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  • Your project isn't going well, and your boss doesn't seem
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  • to notice how many late nights you're putting in.
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  • Nothing seems to be going right, and all you can do is lie awake
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  • at night in the few hours you're able to squeeze in,
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  • and worry about the next day.
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  • You eat, sleep, and dream the problem.
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  • So, the question comes, is God in this anywhere?
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  • Your marriage is coming apart at the seams.
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  • Harsh comments and resentful replies are the common thread
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  • woven through each interaction.
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  • You only see two options: live this way forever or cut the tie.
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  • The question returns, is God in this anywhere?
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  • The bills on your desk tower like a house of cards
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  • about to topple.
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  • Worry and fear grip your heart.
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  • Frustration and stress take you to places you don't want to go.
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  • Again the question is asked, is God in this anywhere?
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  • Sometimes, it feels like we are in a constant battle,
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  • a battle for our heart, a battle for our relationships,
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  • a battle for our finances, a battle for our peace.
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  • It can be exhausting and overwhelming.
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  • But we were never meant to fight our battles alone.
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  • In Matthew 1:23, God called himself Immanuel, which means
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  • God with us, not just God who made us, or God who thinks
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  • about us, or God up above us, but God with us.
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  • He breathed our air, and he walked this earth, God with us.
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  • He doesn't recoil, run, or retreat at the sight of pain.
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  • Just the opposite, he walks with us through it.
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  • He didn't walk the earth in an insulated bubble,
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  • or preach from an isolated, germ-free, pain-free island.
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  • He came into our midst to show us a way out.
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  • He stepped onto the battlefield and showed us how to win.
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  • When we are facing insurmountable odds,
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  • when the battle looks hopeless, when we are weary
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  • from the fight, we are not alone.
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  • We have the ultimate victor on our side.
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  • Jesus said in John 16:33, "I have said these things to you,
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  • "that in me you may have peace.
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  • "In the world you will have tribulation.
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  • But take heart, I have overcome the world!"
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  • Whatever you're walking through, whatever battle you're facing
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  • right now, whatever the unlikeliness of victory,
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  • remember this: the battle is the Lord's.
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  • You may have thought the battle was yours to fight,
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  • yours to win or lose, yours to sustain.
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  • It's not.
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  • The battle is the Lord's.
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  • Thank you, David, for modeling this promise.
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  • Not King David, not royal David, but young shepherd boy David.
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  • Mud moistens his knees.
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  • Bubbling water cools his hand.
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  • He searches not for his reflection, however, but for
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  • rocks, for stones, smooth stones, the kind that
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  • stack neatly in a shepherd's pouch and rest flush against
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  • a shepherd's leather sling.
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  • Flat rocks that balance heavy on the palm and missile with
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  • comet-crashing force into the head of a lion, a bear,
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  • or in this case, a giant.
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  • Goliath stares down from the hillside.
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  • Only disbelief keeps him from laughing.
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  • Goliath towers above them all, 9'9" tall on his stalking feet,
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  • wearing 125 pounds of armor and snarling like the main contender
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  • at a Worldwide Wresting Federation championship night.
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  • He wears a size 20 collar and a 56-inch belt.
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  • His biceps pop, thigh muscles ripple,
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  • and boasts belch through the valley.
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  • "This day I defy the ranks of Israel!
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  • "Give me a man and let us fight each other."
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  • Well, no Hebrew answered until today, until David.
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  • Now, David just showed up this morning.
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  • He clocked out of sheep watching, where he was usually
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  • found, to deliver bread and cheese to his brothers
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  • on the battlefront.
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  • And that's when David makes his decision.
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  • He selects five smooth stones.
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  • Goliath scoffs at the kid.
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  • He nicknames him Twiggy.
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  • "Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks?"
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  • What odds do you give David against his giant?
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  • Better odds perhaps than you'd give yourself against yours.
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  • Your Goliath doesn't carry sword or shield.
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  • He brandishes blades of unemployment, abandonment,
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  • abuse, or depression.
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  • You know well the roar of Goliath, the regretful taunting
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  • of your past, the mocking dread about your future,
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  • the unrelenting, fear-filled questions about your present.
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  • But on this day, David faced one who foghorned his challenges
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  • morning and night.
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  • Scripture says, "For forty days, twice a day,
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  • "morning and evening,
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  • the Philistine giant strutted in front of the Israelite army."
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  • Yours does the same.
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  • First thought of the morning, last worry of the night,
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  • your Goliath dominates your day, contaminates your hope,
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  • infuriates your soul, and infiltrates your joy.
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  • Goliath, the bully of the valley, tougher than a $2 steak.
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  • But not tougher than David's God.
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  • When David saw the giant, David said this.
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  • "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine
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  • "and removes this disgrace from Israel?
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  • "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy
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  • the armies of the living God?"
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  • And David marched into the battle keenly aware
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  • of the armies of the living God.
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  • He saw a battle, he thought of God.
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  • he saw the Philistine armies, he thought of God's armies.
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  • David majored in God.
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  • He saw the giant, mind you, he just saw God more so.
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  • Look carefully at David's battle cry,
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  • "You come to me
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  • "with a sword and a spear, and with a javelin.
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  • "But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
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  • the God of the armies of Israel."
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  • And because David did, David hurried and ran toward the army
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  • to meet the Philistine.
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  • David's brothers covered their eyes both in fear
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  • and embarrassment.
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  • Saul sighed as the young Hebrew raced to certain death.
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  • Goliath threw back his head in laugher just enough to shift
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  • his helmet and expose a square inch of forehead flesh.
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  • David spotted the target and seized the moment.
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  • The sound of the swirling sling was the only sound
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  • in the valley.
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  • [whooshing sound]
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  • And the stone torpedo'd into the skull.
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  • Goliath's eyes crossed and his legs buckled.
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  • He crumpled to the ground and died.
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  • David ran over and yanked Goliath's sword from the sheath,
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  • and shishkabob'd the Philistine, and cut off his head.
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  • You might say that David knew how to get ahead of his giant.
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  • When was the last time you did the same?
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  • How long since you ran toward your challenge?
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  • We tend to retreat, duck behind a desk of work, or crawl into
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  • a nightclub of distraction, or a bed of forbidden love.
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  • And for a moment, for a day, for a year,
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  • we feel safe and insulated.
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  • But then the work runs out, or the liquor wears off,
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  • or the lover leaves, and we hear Goliath again
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  • booming and bombastic.
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  • Do what David did.
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  • Rush your giant with a God-saturated soul.
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  • Amplify God; minimize Goliath.
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  • How long since you loaded your sling and took a swing
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  • at your giant?
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  • Too long, you say?
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  • Well, then David is your model.
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  • It's not just you and Goliath.
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  • You aren't alone in your struggles.
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  • Lay claim to this great and powerful promise.
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  • The next time you hear the bully of the valley snort and strut,
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  • you remind yourself and him of the promise
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  • in 1 Samuel 17:47,
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  • "The battle is the Lord's."
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  • And then, with a boldness like David's, make your own promise,
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  • "I will battle in the name of the Lord Almighty."
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  • Unshakable
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  • (male announcer) We're living in volatile times.
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  • It's almost as if the ground is shifting
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  • and crumbling beneath our feet.
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  • There's an exciting promise found in James 5:16.
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  • It says, "When a believing person prays,
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  • great things happen."
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  • I accompanied my wife Denalyn on some errand running recently.
  • 00:12:58.140 --> 00:13:02.020
  • We stopped at an office supply store
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:04.090
  • so she could buy a calendar.
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:06.070
  • As we walked through the parking lot, I pointed at the sign
  • 00:13:06.080 --> 00:13:09.010
  • and I said, "Honey, this is my store, OfficeMax."
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:13.030
  • She was unimpressed.
  • 00:13:13.040 --> 00:13:14.280
  • I hurried to the front door and held it open,
  • 00:13:14.290 --> 00:13:16.260
  • "Come into my store."
  • 00:13:16.270 --> 00:13:18.220
  • She rolled her eyes.
  • 00:13:18.230 --> 00:13:20.070
  • I continued my posturing as we shopped, thanking her for coming
  • 00:13:20.080 --> 00:13:23.260
  • to my store, to buy product off of my shelves.
  • 00:13:23.270 --> 00:13:28.000
  • She just rolled her eyes at me again.
  • 00:13:28.010 --> 00:13:30.140
  • I think she was speechless.
  • 00:13:30.150 --> 00:13:32.060
  • When we reached the checkout line,
  • 00:13:32.070 --> 00:13:33.260
  • I told the clerk my status.
  • 00:13:33.270 --> 00:13:36.080
  • I arched an eyebrow and I deepened my voice,
  • 00:13:36.090 --> 00:13:39.010
  • "Hi, I'm Max."
  • 00:13:39.020 --> 00:13:41.130
  • She smiled and processed the sale, and so I explained,
  • 00:13:41.140 --> 00:13:45.000
  • "As in OfficeMax."
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:47.210
  • She looked at me and then at Denalyn.
  • 00:13:47.220 --> 00:13:49.230
  • Denalyn rolled her eyes again, such admiration for her husband.
  • 00:13:49.240 --> 00:13:53.190
  • I was beginning to blush.
  • 00:13:53.200 --> 00:13:55.180
  • "I'm the boss of this place."
  • 00:13:55.190 --> 00:13:58.030
  • "Really?"
  • 00:13:58.040 --> 00:13:59.170
  • The clerk looked at me with no smile.
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:01.180
  • "Why don't you just take the afternoon off?" I said.
  • 00:14:01.190 --> 00:14:04.210
  • "What?"
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:06.100
  • "Just take the afternoon off, and if anyone asks, tell them
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:09.130
  • that Max of OfficeMax told you to go home."
  • 00:14:09.140 --> 00:14:14.100
  • This time, she stopped and looked at me.
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:17.020
  • "Sir, you've got the name, but you don't have the clout."
  • 00:14:17.030 --> 00:14:21.280
  • Well, she was right about me,
  • 00:14:21.290 --> 00:14:24.230
  • but the same cannot be said about you.
  • 00:14:24.240 --> 00:14:27.100
  • If you have taken on the name of Christ, then you do have clout.
  • 00:14:27.110 --> 00:14:32.020
  • And when you speak, God listens.
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:34.000
  • And when you pray, heaven takes note.
  • 00:14:34.010 --> 00:14:36.020
  • And what you bind on earth is bound in heaven,
  • 00:14:36.030 --> 00:14:38.130
  • and what you loose on earth is loosed in heaven.
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:40.290
  • Your prayer impacts the actions of God.
  • 00:14:41.000 --> 00:14:44.070
  • James says, "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has
  • 00:14:44.080 --> 00:14:48.120
  • great power and produces wonderful results."
  • 00:14:48.130 --> 00:14:51.240
  • According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For God made Christ,
  • 00:14:51.250 --> 00:14:56.010
  • "who never sinned, to be the offering for sin,
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:58.120
  • so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:15:01.270
  • So, let that sink in.
  • 00:15:01.280 --> 00:15:03.210
  • The prayers of a righteous person are powerful,
  • 00:15:03.220 --> 00:15:06.020
  • and God has made you righteous.
  • 00:15:06.030 --> 00:15:08.020
  • So, your prayers are powerful.
  • 00:15:08.030 --> 00:15:10.240
  • According to Scripture, they produce wonderful results.
  • 00:15:10.250 --> 00:15:15.120
  • A dramatic illustration of this promise is found
  • 00:15:15.130 --> 00:15:18.230
  • among the Christians of Russia.
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:21.030
  • For 8 decades of the 20th century,
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  • Christians in Russia experienced systematic persecution
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  • from the communist government.
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  • Schoolteachers would hold up a Bible and ask students
  • 00:15:29.160 --> 00:15:32.090
  • if they had seen such a book in their homes.
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:34.190
  • And if a student said yes, a government official
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  • would visit the family.
  • 00:15:36.140 --> 00:15:38.100
  • Pastors and laypeople were imprisoned,
  • 00:15:38.110 --> 00:15:40.190
  • never to be heard from again.
  • 00:15:40.200 --> 00:15:42.060
  • The Soviet gulag required pastors to visit their offices
  • 00:15:42.070 --> 00:15:45.130
  • once a week to report on any new visitors.
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  • Sermon topics had to be approved.
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  • This was the world in which a man named Dimitri
  • 00:15:50.020 --> 00:15:53.090
  • practiced his faith.
  • 00:15:53.100 --> 00:15:55.100
  • He and his family lived in a small village
  • 00:15:55.110 --> 00:15:57.100
  • 4 hours from Moscow.
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  • The nearest church was a 3-day walk,
  • 00:15:59.140 --> 00:16:01.200
  • making it impossible for them
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  • to attend church more than twice a year.
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  • Dimitri began to teach his family Bible stories and verses.
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  • Neighbors got wind of the lessons
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  • and wanted to participate.
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:13.050
  • Within a short time, the group grew to 25 people.
  • 00:16:13.060 --> 00:16:17.010
  • Officials took notice and demanded he stop.
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  • He refused.
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  • When the group reached 50 people,
  • 00:16:20.230 --> 00:16:22.180
  • Dimitri was dismissed from his factory job,
  • 00:16:22.190 --> 00:16:25.060
  • and his wife was fired from her teaching position,
  • 00:16:25.070 --> 00:16:27.210
  • and his sons were expelled from school.
  • 00:16:27.220 --> 00:16:29.270
  • Still he continued.
  • 00:16:29.280 --> 00:16:31.240
  • When the gathering increased to 75 people,
  • 00:16:31.250 --> 00:16:34.070
  • there wasn't enough room in his house.
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  • The villagers squeezed into every available corner
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  • and closed in around the windows
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  • so they might listen to this man of God teach.
  • 00:16:41.020 --> 00:16:43.260
  • One night, a group of soldiers burst into the gathering.
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:48.040
  • A soldier grabbed Dimitri and slapped him back and forth
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  • across the face.
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:52.070
  • He then warned the people to stop or the same
  • 00:16:52.080 --> 00:16:54.040
  • would happen to them.
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  • As the officer turned to leave, a small grandmother
  • 00:16:55.260 --> 00:16:59.000
  • stepped in his path and waved a finger in his face.
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:02.110
  • "You have laid hands on a man of God, and you will not survive."
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:06.140
  • Within 2 days, the officer was dead from a heart attack.
  • 00:17:06.150 --> 00:17:10.200
  • The fear of God spread, and 150 people showed up
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  • for the next house meeting.
  • 00:17:14.220 --> 00:17:16.240
  • Dimitri was arrested and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
  • 00:17:16.250 --> 00:17:21.040
  • His jail cell was so small that he needed only one step
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:24.110
  • to reach each wall.
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  • He was the only believer among 1.500 prisoners.
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  • The officials tortured him, and the prisoners mocked him,
  • 00:17:29.170 --> 00:17:33.030
  • yet he never broke.
  • 00:17:33.040 --> 00:17:34.170
  • Each morning at daybreak, Dimitri stood at attention by
  • 00:17:34.180 --> 00:17:37.180
  • his bed, faced eastward, raised his arms to God,
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  • and sang a song of praise.
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  • Other prisoners would jeer, still he would sing.
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  • Whenever he found a piece of scrap paper,
  • 00:17:45.290 --> 00:17:48.270
  • he scribbled a verse or story from memory.
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  • And when the paper was completely filled, he took it
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:54.080
  • to the corner of his cell and affixed it to a damp pillar
  • 00:17:54.090 --> 00:17:58.070
  • as a sacrifice to Jesus.
  • 00:17:58.080 --> 00:18:01.010
  • Officials routinely spotted the papers, removed them,
  • 00:18:01.020 --> 00:18:04.000
  • and beat Dimitri.
  • 00:18:04.010 --> 00:18:05.120
  • Still he worshiped.
  • 00:18:05.130 --> 00:18:06.240
  • This went on for 17 years.
  • 00:18:06.250 --> 00:18:09.170
  • Only on one occasion did he nearly recant his faith.
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  • Guards convinced him that his wife had been murdered
  • 00:18:13.100 --> 00:18:15.280
  • and his children were wards of the state.
  • 00:18:15.290 --> 00:18:18.090
  • The thought was more than Dimitri could bear.
  • 00:18:18.100 --> 00:18:20.220
  • He agreed to renounce his faith in Christ.
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  • The guards told him that they would return the next day
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  • with a document.
  • 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:28.000
  • All he had to do was sign it and he would be released.
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:31.090
  • The officials were sure of their victory.
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:33.220
  • What they did not know was this.
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  • When believing people pray, great things happen.
  • 00:18:36.010 --> 00:18:39.170
  • Believing people were praying for Dimitri.
  • 00:18:39.180 --> 00:18:42.010
  • A thousand kilometers away that night, his family sensed
  • 00:18:42.020 --> 00:18:46.070
  • a special burden to pray for him, and they knelt in
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  • a circle and interceded passionately for his protection.
  • 00:18:49.230 --> 00:18:53.230
  • Miraculously, the Lord allowed Dimitri to hear the voices of
  • 00:18:53.240 --> 00:18:58.010
  • his loved ones as they prayed, and he knew they were safe.
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:19:02.090
  • The next morning, when the guards came for his signature,
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:05.160
  • they saw a renewed man.
  • 00:19:05.170 --> 00:19:07.070
  • His face was calm and his eyes were resolute.
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  • "I'm not signing anything," he told them.
  • 00:19:10.010 --> 00:19:12.080
  • "In the night, God let me hear the voices of my wife
  • 00:19:12.090 --> 00:19:15.070
  • "and children and my brother praying for me.
  • 00:19:15.080 --> 00:19:17.280
  • "You lied to me.
  • 00:19:17.290 --> 00:19:19.130
  • "I know my wife is alive and physically well.
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:21.290
  • "I know that my sons are with her.
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:23.260
  • "I know that they are all still in Christ,
  • 00:19:23.270 --> 00:19:26.070
  • so I am not signing anything."
  • 00:19:26.080 --> 00:19:29.120
  • Well, the officials beat and threatened to execute him,
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:32.120
  • but Dimitri's resolve only increased.
  • 00:19:32.130 --> 00:19:35.050
  • He still worshiped in the mornings
  • 00:19:35.060 --> 00:19:36.220
  • and posted verses on the pillar.
  • 00:19:36.230 --> 00:19:39.050
  • Finally, the authorities had all they could take.
  • 00:19:39.060 --> 00:19:42.030
  • They dragged Dimitri from his cell through the corridor
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  • in the prison toward the place of execution.
  • 00:19:44.230 --> 00:19:47.080
  • As they did, 1.500 criminals raised their hands and began to
  • 00:19:47.090 --> 00:19:52.250
  • sing the song of praise they had heard Dimitri sing each morning.
  • 00:19:52.260 --> 00:19:58.000
  • The jailers released their hold on him and they stepped back.
  • 00:19:58.010 --> 00:20:01.110
  • "Who are you?"
  • 00:20:01.120 --> 00:20:03.090
  • "I'm a son of the living God, and Jesus is his name."
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:07.290
  • Dimitri was returned to his cell.
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:10.070
  • Sometime later, he was released and returned to his family.
  • 00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:14.150
  • You'll likely never find yourself in a Russian prison,
  • 00:20:14.160 --> 00:20:18.140
  • but you may find yourself in an impossible situation.
  • 00:20:18.150 --> 00:20:21.270
  • You'll feel outnumbered and out-maneuvered.
  • 00:20:21.280 --> 00:20:24.160
  • You will want to quit.
  • 00:20:24.170 --> 00:20:26.030
  • Could I ask you, could I implore you to memorize this promise,
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:30.180
  • and ask God to bring it to mind on that day?
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:33.110
  • Write it where you will find it.
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:35.090
  • Tattoo it if not on your skin, at least on your heart.
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:38.190
  • When a believing person prays, great things happen.
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:44.230
  • Prayer is a powerful catalyst of change.
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:55.290
  • For proof, consider the story of Elijah.
  • 00:20:56.000 --> 00:20:58.190
  • He lived during one of the darkest days
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:00.170
  • in the history of Israel.
  • 00:21:00.180 --> 00:21:02.110
  • The northern kingdom had 19 kings,
  • 00:21:02.120 --> 00:21:04.260
  • each one of whom was evil.
  • 00:21:04.270 --> 00:21:06.280
  • Ahab was one of the most evil kings in Israel's history.
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:10.240
  • Influenced by his wife, he turned from the God of Israel
  • 00:21:10.250 --> 00:21:14.050
  • to serve pagan gods, and ruled the people in wickedness
  • 00:21:14.060 --> 00:21:17.190
  • and cruelty.
  • 00:21:17.200 --> 00:21:19.020
  • The Bible even says, "No one else so completely sold himself
  • 00:21:19.030 --> 00:21:23.180
  • "to what was evil in the Lord's sight as Ahab did
  • 00:21:23.190 --> 00:21:26.220
  • under the influence of his wife Jezebel," 1 Kings 21:25 and 26.
  • 00:21:26.230 --> 00:21:33.220
  • Ahab would not turn from his evil ways, so an ultimatum
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:36.280
  • was given to him through the prophet.
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:39.140
  • The name Elijah means my God is Jehovah,
  • 00:21:39.150 --> 00:21:42.260
  • and he lived up to his name.
  • 00:21:42.270 --> 00:21:45.160
  • He gave King Ahab an unsolicited weather report.
  • 00:21:45.170 --> 00:21:48.250
  • In 1 Kings 17:1, he tells the king,
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:51.170
  • "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve,
  • 00:21:51.180 --> 00:21:55.060
  • "there will be neither dew nor rain
  • 00:21:55.070 --> 00:21:57.160
  • the next few years except at my word."
  • 00:21:57.170 --> 00:22:00.200
  • Elijah's attack was calibrated.
  • 00:22:00.210 --> 00:22:02.290
  • Baal was a fertility god of the pagans, the god to whom
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:06.110
  • they looked for rain and fertile fields.
  • 00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:09.160
  • Elijah called for a showdown, the true God of Israel against
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:13.120
  • the false god of the pagans.
  • 00:22:13.130 --> 00:22:15.170
  • How could Elijah be so confident of the impending drought?
  • 00:22:15.180 --> 00:22:18.280
  • Because he had prayed.
  • 00:22:18.290 --> 00:22:20.190
  • Eight centuries later, the prayers of Elijah were used
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:23.090
  • as a model by James, one of Jesus' disciples.
  • 00:22:23.100 --> 00:22:27.040
  • In chapter 5, verses 16 through 18, James wrote,
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:30.020
  • "When a believing person prays, great things happen.
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:33.290
  • "Elijah was a human being just like us.
  • 00:22:34.000 --> 00:22:36.210
  • "He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:38.290
  • "on the land for three and a half years!
  • 00:22:39.000 --> 00:22:41.050
  • "Then Elijah prayed again, and the rain came down from the sky,
  • 00:22:41.060 --> 00:22:44.210
  • and the land produced crops again."
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:47.080
  • This was no casual prayer or comfortable prayer,
  • 00:22:47.090 --> 00:22:50.020
  • but it was a radical prayer.
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:51.230
  • "Do whatever it takes, Lord," Elijah begged,
  • 00:22:51.240 --> 00:22:54.130
  • "even if that means no water."
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:56.170
  • So, Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:59.290
  • the prophets on Mount Carmel.
  • 00:23:00.020 --> 00:23:01.280
  • Elijah went before the people and said,
  • 00:23:01.290 --> 00:23:03.210
  • "How long will you waver between two opinions?
  • 00:23:03.220 --> 00:23:06.200
  • "If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.
  • 00:23:06.210 --> 00:23:10.040
  • But the people were silent."
  • 00:23:10.050 --> 00:23:12.220
  • The word "waver" is the exact Hebrew word
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:14.230
  • used later for dance.
  • 00:23:14.240 --> 00:23:17.090
  • So, Elijah was asking,
  • 00:23:17.100 --> 00:23:19.030
  • "How long are you going to dance this dance?
  • 00:23:19.040 --> 00:23:20.210
  • "You dance with God, then Baal.
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  • How long will this continue?"
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  • What happens next is
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  • one of the greatest stories in the Bible.
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  • Elijah told the 450 prophets of Baal,
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  • "You get a bowl, I'll get a bowl.
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  • "You build an altar, I'll build an altar.
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  • "You ask your god to send fire, I'll ask my God to send fire.
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  • And the God who answers by fire is the true God."
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  • The prophets of Baal agreed, and they went first.
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  • At noon, Elijah began to taunt them.
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  • "Shout louder," he said.
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  • "Surely he is a god.
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  • "Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling.
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  • Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened."
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  • So, they tried harder, and shouted louder, and begged,
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  • and pleaded, even cutting themselves as was the custom.
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  • Midday passed, and they continued their frantic
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  • prophesying until it was time for the evening sacrifice.
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  • Elijah would have flunked a course in diplomacy.
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  • Though the prophets cut themselves and raved
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  • all afternoon, nothing happened.
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  • Scripture says there was no response, no one answered,
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  • no one paid attention.
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  • Their god was silent.
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  • Finally, Elijah asked for his turn.
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  • He called everyone close, and the crowd gathered around.
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  • Then Elijah prayed this powerful prayer.
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  • "Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
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  • "let it be known today that you are God in Israel,
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  • "and that I am your servant and have done
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  • "all these things at your command.
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  • "Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you,
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  • "Lord, are God, and that you are turning
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  • their hearts back again."
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  • Now, note how quickly God answered.
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  • The next verse says, "Then the fire of the Lord fell
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  • "and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones,
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  • "and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
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  • "When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried,
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  • "'The Lord, he is God!
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  • The Lord, he is God!'"
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  • God delighted in Elijah's prayer.
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  • God delights in yours as well.
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  • James tells us to stand firmly on this promise that when
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  • a believing person prays, great things happen.
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  • You are never without hope
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  • because you're never without prayer.
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  • But why, we wonder?
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  • Why would our prayers matter?
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  • We can't even get the plumber to call us back.
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  • Why would God listen to our ideas?
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  • Simple.
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  • Your prayers matter to God because you matter to God.
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  • You aren't just anybody.
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  • You're his child, and God longs to be asked for what
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  • he longs to give.
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  • Will he do what we want?
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  • Sometimes, and sometimes not.
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  • But even when he says no, he says yes.
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  • He may not like our idea, but he still likes us.
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  • He loves to be asked for help.
  • 00:26:06.290 --> 00:26:09.060
  • So, let your prayers be heard, and remember the promise in
  • 00:26:09.070 --> 00:26:12.180
  • James 5:16, "When a believing person prays,
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  • great things happen."
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  • So, let's make this our promise: I will make prayer my priority
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  • and my passion.
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  • What's shaking in your world?
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  • Your finances, your family, your faith?
  • 00:26:29.130 --> 00:26:32.070
  • It's easy to lose hope when the storms of life come.
  • 00:26:32.080 --> 00:26:35.000
  • But there is one thing in life we can stand on when everything
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  • around us is shaken.
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  • We can build our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Why?
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  • Well, God's Word is sure.
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  • What he says happens.
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  • God will not, indeed he cannot break his promises.
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  • His covenants won't collapse.
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  • His word is his bond, and his bond won't break.
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  • What he says will happen.
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  • Won't you say it with me?
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  • We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems or life, or the pain in life.
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  • We stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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