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Giving Up Gold For Glory Part 1

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  • male announcer: Coming upnext on "Leading the Way."
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: God hasgiven men and women
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  • an opportunity to choose eitherthe world's gold or God's glory.
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  • I pray that you'll cry,and the cry of your heart
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  • to the Lord is "Lord, I havedisobeyed you long enough.
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  • Empower me to give up my goaland for your glory."
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  • and only what is donefor Christ will last.
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  • it is easy to get caught upin what the world values:
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  • wealth, prestige, popularity.
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  • We, as believers,have to ask ourselves, though,
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  • what really matters?
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  • to the fruitless pursuitof popularity and fortune.
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  • Dr. Youssef encourages usto step out in faith
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  • and to put our time, talent, andtreasure in what matters most.
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  • Dr. Youssef: But you knowin your heart what the finger
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  • of the Holy Spirit is pointingto, that is holding you back
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  • from holiness, from walkingin obedience to God.
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  • Pray that he'll give youthe courage to say,
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  • "Lord, here's my gold.I'd rather have your glory."
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  • of Moses will inspire you totrust the God of the impossible
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  • Dr. Youssef: If we are honestwith ourselves
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  • in our self-examination or takeourselves and put ourselves
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  • on the examination table and letthe Holy Spirit really examine
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  • our hearts, I think every oneof us will have to confess
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  • that there is something orsomeone that is constantly vying
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  • for our love and affectionfor Jesus.
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  • The deeper issue that I willbe bringing up here is whoever
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  • and whatever is competingfor your full affection
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  • for the Lord Jesus Christis your gold.
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  • That can be your gold.
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  • Gold has been valuedand treasured since
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  • the beginning of time.
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  • In fact, some of you rememberwhen the oil became so valuable
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  • and used to refer to it as,"black gold"
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  • because it has value in it.
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  • Now here's the question:What is your gold?
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  • What's your gold?
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  • That is the question.
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  • Take time and answer itto yourself.
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  • "What is my gold?"
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  • And once you answerthat question,
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  • then the next question is,"Am I willing,
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  • for the sake of Jesusand for my love for Jesus,
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  • to turn my back on my gold?"
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  • I want you to turn with meto Hebrews 11:26, one verse,
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  • but then we'll be doingother things throughout
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  • the next many weeks to come.
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  • It begins by saying,"By faith Moses--"
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  • and then the rest of the versethat I'm gonna read is
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  • a Youssef translation.
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  • It's a Youssef interpretation.
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  • "By faith Moses--"
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  • turned his back on the goldof a privileged life in Egypt
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  • and chose instead to bea type of Christ
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  • and be the delivererof his people.
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  • He's not, of course, talkingabout gold as a gold medal.
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  • Giving up the world's goldfor God's glory is the core
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  • of this series of messages thatI'm gonna be pursing with you.
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  • Since the beginning of time,God has given men and women,
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  • boys and girls, given theman opportunity to choose,
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  • giving them the opportunityto decide,
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  • giving them an opportunity tochoose either the world's gold,
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  • whatever it is to each of you,or God's glory.
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  • Every day, you and I areconfronted by opportunities
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  • to decide on this question.
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  • The first decision thatour very first parents made
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  • is choosing betweenGod's glory or man's gold,
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  • and we know the choicesthey made.
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  • In fact, the word "decide"or "decision" mean
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  • "cutting" because, by the virtueof choosing one option,
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  • you are cutting outall the other options.
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  • In Acts chapter 7, beforeStephen was martyred to death,
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  • he somehow said that Moses knewthat his mission is to obey God,
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  • and he did at a colossalpersonal cost.
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  • Now, that is not somethingGod ask of everybody,
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  • but whatever he's asking youto turn your back on,
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  • are you doing it,and how can you go about it?
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  • You see, Moses' missionis very similar to Joseph.
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  • And yet, they went about ittwo different ways.
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  • Joseph used worldly powersto bless God's people
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  • and save God's people.
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  • Moses would reject worldly powerfor that same purpose.
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  • So, God does not call two of usto do the same,
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  • because what is gold to youmight not be gold to me,
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  • and what is gold to memight not be gold to you.
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  • That is why he callseach of us to decide.
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  • Heaven values thosewho determine to choose
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  • the glory of Godinstead of the world's gold.
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  • I was reading not long agoabout a Dutch baron
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  • by the nameof Justinian von Welz,
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  • or von Welz.
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  • Justinian who willingly andjoyfully renounced his fame,
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  • renounced his wealth,renounced his title
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  • and became a missionary.
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  • He became a missionary to,what was back then was known
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  • as Dutch Guiana.
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  • Today his body is therein a lonely grave
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  • forgotten by most people,but not by heaven,
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  • not by God,
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  • because he gave the world's goldfor God's glory.
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  • As he was prepared to give upeverything for Jesus,
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  • in obedience to Jesus,and obedience
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  • to the call of Jesus,
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  • he said the following,let me read it to you.
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  • He said, "What is it to meto bear the title, 'Well-born',
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  • when I am born again in Christ?
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  • What is it to meto have the title, 'Lord',
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  • when I chose to bea servant of Christ?
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  • What is it to me to be called,'Your Grace',
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  • when I have neededthe grace of God?
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  • All these things,values, I will away with,
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  • and all else I layat the feet of Jesus."
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  • Now, my beloved friends,this is giving up
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  • the world's goldfor God's glory.
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  • Moses had a choice.
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  • He can obey God or disobey God.
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  • He really had a choice.
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  • Every one of us have a choice.
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  • You obey or disobey.
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  • Disobedience has a short-termadvantage.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Oh, both in the long run,it is extremely painful.
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  • Trust me.
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  • Listen, it is hard enough notto seek after these things,
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  • whether they're pleasure or werethey ease or they're comfort,
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  • whether they are wealth,whatever that may be.
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  • It is hard enoughnot to seek out,
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  • but to have them alland then give them all up,
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  • that's another story.
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  • Whatever comes between you andobedience to the Lord is a sin.
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  • That is a sin.
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  • And that is why the Word of Godcommends Moses for giving up
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  • the world's goldfor God's glory.
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  • He gave up everythingand anything that stood
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  • in the way of perfect obedience.
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  • Please hear me right.
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  • This is important.
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  • Obedience is not always easy.
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  • In fact, I can honestly tell youit's seldom easy.
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  • Oh, but the consequencesof disobedience is far worse,
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  • far worse, far worse.
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  • So let me ask you this.
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  • Please listen carefully.
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  • Answer it to yourself.
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  • Nobody can answerthat question for you.
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  • You have to answer itfor yourself.
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  • What is God calling you to do?
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  • When you're alone with God, whatdoes his finger is placed on
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  • in your life that is stoppingyou from the life of holiness?
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  • What is it that you're runningaway from?
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  • What mission is he calling youto do,
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  • but you're digging your heels?
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  • What kind of gold of the worldthat is holding onto you,
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  • that is keeping youfrom the life of holiness?
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  • Only you can answerthat question.
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  • In Hebrews 11:26, again, let megive you a literal translation.
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  • A literal translation.
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  • Talking about Moses now.
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  • He said, "consideringthe reproach of Christ
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  • greater riches than allof the treasures of Egypt."
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  • Now, the word"considering" here, it's there.
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  • It's an important word,very, very important,
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  • because it means thatMoses didn't just say,
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  • "Oh, okay, God.You're calling me.
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  • I'm gonna respond."No, no, no.
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  • The word "considering"means that he gave this a long,
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  • thoughtful, and careful thought.
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  • He weighed the prosand the cons.
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  • He weighed the "for"and "against."
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  • He weighed the powerand the wealth of Egypt
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  • against what Godis offering him,
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  • which is very littleif anything.
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  • In fact, a lot of suffering.
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  • Then he decided.
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  • He considered it all.
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  • He made the decision.
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  • The worst that he could endurefor Christ, whom, of course,
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  • he saw by faith down the roadmore than 1.500 years
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  • before Christ,was more valuable
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  • than what the worldcan offer him.
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  • You say, "Well, how come?
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  • I mean, 1.500 years or morebefore Christ,
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  • how could he have seen Christ?
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  • How can he envision that?"
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  • When we get to heaven,we're gonna find that everybody
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  • in heaven is saved throughthe shed blood of Jesus Christ,
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  • whether they livedin the Old Testament
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  • or in the New Testamentbecause those who have lived
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  • in the Old Testament,they looked by faith
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  • to the cross of Jesus Christ,just like Abraham,
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  • who saw that city from afar,2.000 years,
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  • and all of those who are savedby every time they saw a lamb
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  • being slaughtered,they knew it's a foreshadowing
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  • of the comingof the cross of Christ,
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  • and that's how they are savedin the Old Testament.
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  • In the New Testament,we are saved by faith
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  • as we look backwardby that same faith.
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  • But before I go any further,there's something very important
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  • I don't want you to miss.
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  • You say, "Man, I knowhe's talking about Moses,
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  • but that's Moses."
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  • Well, am I in a schoolor maybe at work,
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  • and a guy who's just gonnaget up Monday morning
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  • and get on the slogand face all my problems,
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  • I mean, "It's just notrelevant to me.
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  • This is Moses."
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  • That's why we're gonna spendseveral weeks going
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  • through the details,but I'm gonna show you
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  • that Moses had fallenand stumbled just like we do,
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  • that he tried to do thingsin his own strength,
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  • and he bombed out,that he tried to take things
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  • into his own hands,and he blew it,
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  • and you'll see God stripping himof his own strength,
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  • and we'll see God building himback up so he'd be
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  • a true instrument of God.
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  • You'll see him learninghow to walk with God
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  • in the power of God,not his own power.
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  • But, most of all, you're gonnasee him as a man
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  • who's frustrated, and impatient,and angry.
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  • In other words, he was just likeyou and me.
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  • He was flawed, too.
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  • When he made himself availableto him, he used him mightily.
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  • He had weaknessesjust like we do,
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  • yet his decision to give upthe world's gold for God's glory
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  • sustained him, blessed him,and used him mightily.
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  • Someone said, you know,"If it were Moses versus Egypt,
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  • you would have to pity Moses,but it was because
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  • it was God versus Egypt,you have to pity Egypt."
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  • I can assure you of one thing:See, the moment you,
  • 00:14:54.519 --> 00:14:58.423
  • in obedience,turn your back on whatever
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  • your gold is for God's glory,there will be many others
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  • who are watching you,who are gonna be inspired
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  • to do great things for God.
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  • My beloved friends,giving up gold for glory
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  • has its own incalculable--because there is no calculator
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  • in the worldthat can measure it--
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  • it's incalculable rewards.
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  • Now, I go back to Stephenin the book of Acts chapter 7.
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  • If you can't flip through it,just make a note of it because
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  • what Stephen does justbefore he's martyred
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  • and saw the vision of Christreceiving him in heaven,
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  • he divides Moses's lifeinto three different stages.
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  • Each stage was 40 years.
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  • And you've been waiting for Godfor so long, and you say,
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  • "When, Lord?"
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  • This man waited 80 years.
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  • I hope I'm in heaven by then,so if God wants to do something,
  • 00:15:54.979 --> 00:15:57.982
  • he better hurry up.
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  • But here's what Stephen did.
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  • Stephen divided the lifeof Moses into three stages,
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  • 40 years each, and I'm gonnagive you a Youssef explanation,
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  • not what Stephen said.
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  • You can go home and read itin the book of Acts chapter 7.
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  • Forty years in the palace whereMoses was learning that he is
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  • something, then forty years inthe desert with the Midianites,
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  • learning that he was nothing,and third stage,
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  • forty years in the wildernesswith God's people,
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  • learning that God is everything.
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  • Had Moses stayedin the palace of Pharaoh,
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  • in the lap of luxury,we would've read about him
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  • in the history books that he wasthe first Hebrew descendant
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  • of slaves becamea Pharaoh in Egypt.
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  • Everybody's obsessed about beingfirst in this and first that.
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  • Well, Moses wasn't interestin being first anything.
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  • Are you with me?
  • 00:17:07.985 --> 00:17:10.054
  • All he was interested inwas obeying God.
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  • That's all that matters to him.
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  • All that mattered to him.
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  • Now, let me give you in one anda half minute a historic summary
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  • because we're gonna be lookingat this for weeks in details,
  • 00:17:20.698 --> 00:17:23.734
  • but you gotta come in with mehere on the history
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  • so you know where we arein this stage of history.
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  • Back in Genesis chapter 15,verses 13 and 14,
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  • God said to his servant Abraham,to his friend Abraham, he said,
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  • "Abraham, your descendants,your children's children,
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  • are gonna go into a landin which they'll be enslaved,
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  • but I'm gonna hear their cry,
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  • and I'm gonna send thema deliverer.
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  • After 400 years of slavery,I'm gonna deliver them."
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  • All right, just remember that.
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  • Abraham, Moses, 400 years apart.
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  • And sure, right on schedule,Joseph, that is Abraham's
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  • great-grandson--remember, his son is Isaac,
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  • so Isaac's son is Jacobor Israel,
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  • and Israel's son was Joseph.
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  • Out of envy and jealousy,his brothers sold him
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  • into slavery in Egypt,
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  • and there he becamethe second highest in the land.
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  • What happenedto the people of Israel,
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  • the children of Israel,they grew in number.
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  • They multiplied much fasterthan the Egyptians.
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  • They became numerous.
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  • So what does Pharaoh doin order to keep them
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  • from causing trouble is that hekept them knee-deep in mud,
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  • making bricks for the Egyptians,and so that Pharaoh
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  • oppressed the Israelitesto keep them busy,
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  • but right on God's schedule.
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  • Don't worry, we're gonna getto that in details.
  • 00:18:52.290 --> 00:18:54.225
  • Right on God's schedule,miraculously,
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  • he raises up Moses to deliverthe Israelites just
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  • as he promised Abraham400 years early.
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  • Beloved, listen to me.
  • 00:19:03.634 --> 00:19:05.036
  • God always, always,always keeps his promises.
  • 00:19:05.069 --> 00:19:09.740
  • He never failed yet,and he ain't gonna fail now.
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  • The amazing thing aboutGod using Moses is this:
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  • Moses had it all.
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  • He really did.
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  • He gave it all up.
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  • Says the apostle Paul--I don'tknow whether you understand.
  • 00:19:27.258 --> 00:19:28.993
  • Paul said--and he hadthe privilege,
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  • and he did thisout of frustration one time,
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  • and he started talking aboutall the things that he had.
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  • He was a great scholar.He was respected.
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  • He was wealthy.He was paid big bucks.
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  • He had all these thingswhich he calls them rubbish,
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  • later on, in comparisonto Christ.
  • 00:19:44.508 --> 00:19:47.545
  • He had everything.
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  • He gave it up.
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  • But, of course,the greatest example of,
  • 00:19:50.915 --> 00:19:52.717
  • talk about giving it all up,is Jesus, the Son of God,
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  • for whom the world was createdwhen they clicked their fingers
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  • and all the stars dancedin their place.
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  • He is the God from whomand through whom all world,
  • 00:20:03.094 --> 00:20:06.297
  • all the universe,all the galaxies were created,
  • 00:20:06.330 --> 00:20:08.799
  • and, yet he gave up allof the splendor,
  • 00:20:08.833 --> 00:20:11.168
  • all of the glory of heavenin order to glorify his Father.
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  • The Bible said he died for us,but he did it all in obedience
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  • to the Father to bring gloryto the Father.
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  • If you study closely Hebrews 11,I hope you will one day.
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  • Just go there and study itvery closely.
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  • We call, "Faith Hall of Fame".
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  • You read there,"By faith, by faith, by faith."
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  • That's the one thingthey had in common.
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  • You can substitute the word"faith" and put "obedience,"
  • 00:20:42.033 --> 00:20:45.102
  • and you get the same thing,"in obedience,"
  • 00:20:45.136 --> 00:20:49.040
  • "in obedience," "in obedience."
  • 00:20:49.073 --> 00:20:52.476
  • Able, "in obedience,"Moses, "in obedience,"
  • 00:20:52.510 --> 00:20:55.212
  • Noah, "in obedience."
  • 00:20:55.246 --> 00:20:56.781
  • And if you examine the waythe Lord Jesus Christ talked
  • 00:20:56.814 --> 00:20:59.350
  • to his disciples, never one timedid he praise them
  • 00:20:59.383 --> 00:21:02.353
  • for their power, or praise themfor their wisdom,
  • 00:21:02.386 --> 00:21:04.855
  • or praise themfor their passion,
  • 00:21:04.889 --> 00:21:06.424
  • or praise themfor their sound strategy,
  • 00:21:06.457 --> 00:21:08.659
  • or praise themfor their strategic thinking.
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  • Faith.
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  • Faith as small as a mustard seedcan uproot the sycamore tree.
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  • Faith small as a mustard seedcan move a mountain
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  • and place it in the middleof the sea.
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  • Faith that casts out demon.
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  • Faith that makes God's powermanifest in the darkest
  • 00:21:27.812 --> 00:21:30.948
  • circumstances in which we walk.
  • 00:21:30.981 --> 00:21:35.252
  • Every time I see some of thesepeople talking about faith,
  • 00:21:35.286 --> 00:21:38.289
  • I grieve deeply in my heart.
  • 00:21:38.322 --> 00:21:41.425
  • And the way they talkabout faith, it make--
  • 00:21:41.459 --> 00:21:43.294
  • actually makes greed to look--be virtuous.
  • 00:21:43.327 --> 00:21:47.665
  • Are you with me?
  • 00:21:47.698 --> 00:21:49.967
  • "Have faith to be rich.
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  • Have faith to be pampered.
  • 00:21:51.335 --> 00:21:52.636
  • Have faith to be healthy.
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  • Have faith to getwhatever you want in life."
  • 00:21:54.004 --> 00:21:59.276
  • And, yet accordingto the Word of God,
  • 00:21:59.310 --> 00:22:01.078
  • as I read it, faith isthe willingness
  • 00:22:01.112 --> 00:22:03.981
  • to let God rule supremein everything.
  • 00:22:04.014 --> 00:22:06.717
  • Faith says, "Have thineown way, Lord."
  • 00:22:06.751 --> 00:22:09.653
  • Faith says, "I am willingto give up my gold
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  • for God's glory anytime."
  • 00:22:12.890 --> 00:22:14.892
  • Faith says,with John the Baptist,
  • 00:22:14.925 --> 00:22:17.194
  • "He must increase,and I must decrease."
  • 00:22:17.228 --> 00:22:20.097
  • Faith is far fromself-serving that we get it all,
  • 00:22:20.131 --> 00:22:25.369
  • live it up, for it was the faithof Moses that made him turn
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  • his back on prosperity,not demand prosperity.
  • 00:22:31.675 --> 00:22:36.914
  • And, by the way, there's nothingwrong with prosperity.
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  • God prosper you?
  • 00:22:39.216 --> 00:22:40.518
  • Praise God.
  • 00:22:40.551 --> 00:22:42.086
  • That's fine.
  • 00:22:42.119 --> 00:22:44.655
  • By faith, Moses renounced all ofthe wealth of the great Pharaoh,
  • 00:22:44.688 --> 00:22:49.226
  • not clawing his wayinto power and prestige.
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:53.464
  • By faith, Moses identifiedwith God's persecuted people,
  • 00:22:53.497 --> 00:22:57.768
  • not the ruling elite.
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  • Now here's something you mustnot miss: That faith of Moses
  • 00:23:01.038 --> 00:23:06.944
  • was considered to be foolishnessby Grandpa Pharaoh,
  • 00:23:06.977 --> 00:23:11.649
  • adopted grandpa.
  • 00:23:11.682 --> 00:23:14.151
  • It was considered foolishnessby all his cousin,
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  • Pharaoh-ettes.
  • 00:23:18.556 --> 00:23:22.259
  • There are a lot Pharaoh-ettesrunning around the palace.
  • 00:23:22.293 --> 00:23:26.664
  • The faith of Moses wasconsidered to be foolishness
  • 00:23:26.697 --> 00:23:29.366
  • on the part of his adopted mama.
  • 00:23:29.400 --> 00:23:32.803
  • Now, there is no doubt thatMoses could have rationalized
  • 00:23:32.837 --> 00:23:36.207
  • his staying in the luxuryof the palace of Pharaoh.
  • 00:23:36.240 --> 00:23:39.310
  • There's no doubt he couldrationalize it: "You know,
  • 00:23:39.343 --> 00:23:41.045
  • I could do better on the insidethan I'm on the outside."
  • 00:23:41.078 --> 00:23:43.914
  • And you know what?
  • 00:23:43.948 --> 00:23:45.282
  • God calls people to do that,but not for Moses.
  • 00:23:45.316 --> 00:23:48.886
  • That would've been a sin.
  • 00:23:48.919 --> 00:23:51.522
  • For Moses, faith called himto give up
  • 00:23:51.555 --> 00:23:55.559
  • the world's temporary crownfor the eternal crown.
  • 00:23:55.593 --> 00:24:00.731
  • By faith, Moses gave upthe world's gold
  • 00:24:00.764 --> 00:24:02.833
  • for God's glory.
  • 00:24:02.867 --> 00:24:04.802
  • Do you know in your heart whatthe finger of the Holy Spirit
  • 00:24:04.835 --> 00:24:08.839
  • is pointing to that isholding you back from holiness,
  • 00:24:08.873 --> 00:24:14.578
  • from walking in obedienceto God?
  • 00:24:14.612 --> 00:24:17.047
  • You know what it is,and it's between you
  • 00:24:17.081 --> 00:24:19.016
  • and God to figure it out,and then pray
  • 00:24:19.049 --> 00:24:23.254
  • that he'll give you the courageto say, "Lord, here's my gold.
  • 00:24:23.287 --> 00:24:28.659
  • I'd rather have your glory,"or whatever you are,
  • 00:24:28.692 --> 00:24:32.663
  • whatever level you are on,whether you know very little
  • 00:24:32.696 --> 00:24:35.466
  • about Christ and you wannacommit your life to him,
  • 00:24:35.499 --> 00:24:37.601
  • whether have walked with himand you know what he's saying
  • 00:24:37.635 --> 00:24:40.771
  • to you, I pray that your cryand the cry of your heart
  • 00:24:40.804 --> 00:24:45.009
  • to the Lord is "Lord, I havedisobeyed you long enough.
  • 00:24:45.042 --> 00:24:50.848
  • Empower me to give upmy gold for your glory."
  • 00:24:50.881 --> 00:24:55.286
  • Will you do that?
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