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Giving Up Gold For Glory Part 3

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  • Dr. Michael Youssef:God specializes
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  • in turning brokenness
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  • into glorious opportunities,amen?
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  • If you're willing to learn,
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  • he will createa beautiful tapestry
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  • out of your brokenness.
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  • Take heart, because you'reabout to experience
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  • greater height than youever thought possible.
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  • Moses is the guy
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  • who could have becomea Pharaoh in Egypt,
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  • and he turned his back on itbecause his priority was God,
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  • how I'm gonna please him,how I'm gonna obey him,
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  • how I'm gonna serve him,
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  • how I'm gonna makemy life count.
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  • I'm showing you a live exampleof a person who says
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  • I could sit on the throne,or I can serve God,
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  • Dr. Youssef:Today, we'll see Moses,
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  • who gave up the world's goldfor God's glory,
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  • experiencing both successand failure.
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  • Experiencing both the palaceand the tent.
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  • Experiencingthe shades of luxury
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  • and the heat of the desert,
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  • the scorching heatof the desert.
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  • We have already beguna series
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  • from the life of Moses,we're calling it
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  • "Giving Up the World's Goldfor God's Glory."
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  • And that's exactly whatthe Bible said about Moses
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  • in Hebrews chapter 11.
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  • In Hebrews chapter 11,as you look at the life of Moses
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  • and the author,which is the Holy Spirit,
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  • says, "By faith,Moses turned his back
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  • on the powerand the wealth of Egypt
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  • in order to choose insteadthe suffering
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  • with God's peoplein obedience to God."
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  • As I said before,that does not mean
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  • everyone has to go through this,but sometimes we do.
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  • And we saw in the last messageHebrews 11:23,
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  • that by that same faith,the Bible said by faith,
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  • Moses's parents exercisedthat faith on his behalf,
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  • and by faith Moses's parentsrisked their life
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  • to keep him and save him,
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  • and they placed that basket
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  • right there in the edgeof the River Nile,
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  • where they knewthat Pharaoh's daughter
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  • comes to swim every morning.
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  • And sure enough,she comes across that basket,
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  • looks at that beautiful baby,and she says,
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  • "I want to adopt this baby."
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  • But in the end,Moses's birth mother
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  • ended up nursing himand got paid for it.
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  • Moses got to spend
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  • the first five years,possibly six,
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  • with his birth motherand father.
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  • He had the privilege of spendingthose formative years
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  • with his real parents
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  • before they had to deliver himback to his adopted mother
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  • that is Pharaoh's daughter.
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  • But those first five yearsof Moses's life proved to be
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  • so extremely importantin his development.
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  • During those years,no doubt his parents taught him
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  • and engraved in the cortexof his brain and his memories
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  • how God has been faithful,how he was faithful to Abraham,
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  • how he was faithful to Jacob,how he was faithful to Joseph
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  • who brought theminto Egypt to begin with.
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  • How God has been faithfulthrough the years.
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  • The following 35 years,
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  • he received the bestof secular education in Egypt.
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  • I mean, it is the best.
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  • But they could not erasethe first five years.
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  • As adopted grandson of Pharaoh,
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  • Moses was giventhe best of education.
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  • Moses would have been trainedin the temple of Heliopolis.
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  • Back then, it was the Oxford
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  • and the Harvard of the worldat that time.
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  • In spite of that,he was also educated,
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  • because he can be schooledbut not educated, right?
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  • You'll get thattomorrow morning at coffee.
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  • And so, here he is,
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  • the most educated manin the world at that time,
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  • but that was not all.
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  • He was also strong and powerful.
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  • Obviously he's been spendinga lot of hours in the palace gym
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  • working out, pumping iron.
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  • You say, "Michael,how do you know that?"
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  • Well, with one punch,he killed a man.
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  • But actually more than that.
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  • The Bible said in Acts 7:22,
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  • "Moses was powerfulin speech and action."
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  • Now, listen to me,I want you to remember that.
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  • Tuck it in your brainas we go through this series,
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  • because I'm gonna show youthe time is gonna come
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  • when Moses totally losthis self-confidence.
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  • Ah, but God builthis confidence in him.
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  • See, when Moses traveledin his golden Ferrari chariot,
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  • people bowed to him.
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  • You see, when he came downthe Nile in his royal yacht,
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  • people lined upthe banks of the river
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  • trying to catch a glimpse of himas the music played.
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  • He was a prince,don't forget that.
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  • He was a prince,and yet through it all,
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  • he was thinkingof his childhood training,
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  • of his childhood memoryof Yahweh and his people
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  • and the suffering of his peopleand the salvation of his people.
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  • Not only that,
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  • but he was probably concernedfirst and foremost
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  • of how he, Moses,can deliver them.
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  • Of how he, Moses,
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  • can release themfrom that misery.
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  • Of how he, Moses,
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  • can rescue themout of the mud pit
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  • and out of the lashesof the whips
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  • of the slave masters.
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  • And so, one day, he sawan opportunity and he took it.
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  • And so, he saw this slave driverbeating up on two Hebrews,
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  • and he said, "This is it.
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  • This is my opportunity.This is my moment.
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  • This is my time."
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  • When Moses saw this abuse,
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  • the Bible said he lookedto the left
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  • and then he lookedto the right,
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  • and he saw that nobodywas watching,
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  • and he killed the guy.
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  • Not only that,he buried him in the sand.
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  • What's wrong with this picture?
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  • It was not God's timing.It was not God's timing.
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  • Not only did he killthe slave driver, he buried him.
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  • What was Moses thinking?
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  • If I bury this Egyptian,nobody will know, right?
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  • Nobody will know,nobody knows,
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  • nobody was watching,God is watching.
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  • That's why the Bible said,
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  • "Be sure your sinswill find you out."
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  • They'll find you out.
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  • You can try to bury the resultsof your disobedience,
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  • you can bury your secret sin,you can try to bury your pride,
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  • you can try to burythe evidence,
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  • but it will always haunt you,
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  • it will always riseto the surface of your memory.
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  • But thank God there is a placein which you can bury your sins.
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  • There is a place where youcan bury your guilt.
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  • There is a place where you
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  • can bury the consequencesof disobedience.
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  • There is only one place,and that is through repentance
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  • and confession and repentance,
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  • and you place themunder the blood of Jesus, amen?
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  • Some of you perhaps say,"Well, wait a minute, Michael,
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  • Moses didsomething very selfless.
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  • He selflessly acted.
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  • Moses was defendingthe oppressed.
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  • Moses was sincere.
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  • Moses thought that this isthe way to help God out."
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  • You can do what youthink is right
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  • to the best of your intentions,
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  • but is it the will of God?
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  • Is it God's timing?
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  • Is it what God commands?
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  • Is it consistentwith the Word of God
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  • or go in contraryto the Word of God?
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  • Is it done in obedience to God?
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  • I want you to rememberwhat I'm gonna tell you.
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  • There is no substitutefor obedience.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Even in the Old Testament,God looked down and said,
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  • "Wait a minute,
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  • obedience is betterthan sacrifice."
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  • It's a timewhen they're sacrificing
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  • at the drop of a hat.
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  • Obedience is betterthan a sacrifice.
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  • So, let me repeat it again.
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  • There is no substitutefor obedience.
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  • The good news is Godgives us a second chance
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  • and a third chanceand a fourth chance
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  • and a 50th chanceand a 100th chance.
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  • God is alwaysthe God of second chances.
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  • He never gets tired,
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  • and that is why laterwe're gonna see
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  • Moses goinginto God's university.
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  • And God's university isvery different from Heliopolis,
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  • let me tell you.
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  • It's a very different schoolaltogether.
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  • And that is why later onwe see Moses,
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  • this great man of God,
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  • after he's been throughGod's university in the desert,
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  • who was long associatedwith oppressors,
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  • took the side of the oppressed.
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  • That is why he hadthe crown of Pharaoh,
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  • but he chosethe cross of Christ.
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  • That's what happens after yougraduate from God's university.
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  • You see, before all of that,before that happened,
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  • when Moses jumped ahead of God,he paid the price.
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  • Now, put yourselfin Moses's place.
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  • You have everythinggoing for you.
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  • You have the world at your feet.
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  • You are staring at the stairwellof the throne
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  • of the most powerful nationin the world.
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  • You are physically powerful.
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  • You're socially popular.
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  • You can do no wrong.
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  • What's wrong with that?
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  • Very simply, God cannot use you.
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  • Listen to me,God does not use
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  • powerful, arrogant,unbroken people
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  • to be his instruments.
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  • And so, God had to first stripMoses of that veneer,
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  • so that he may build him upto be a great champion for God.
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  • Often God has to break the masks
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  • in order the real personhe sees in us comes out.
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  • God had to take awaythe Mr. Egypt title
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  • in order that he may bethe godly man,
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  • the meekest manon the face of the earth.
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  • God had to strip Mosesof the garments of Pharaoh
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  • in order that he may be clothedwith the righteousness of God.
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  • God specializesin using brokenness,
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  • he does.
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  • That is his speciality.
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  • And so, take heart.
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  • Take heart,
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  • rejoice in the middleof your brokenness,
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  • because you areabout to experience
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  • greater heightthan you ever thought possible
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  • when you learn the lessonof your brokenness.
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  • When Moses actedout of his emotions,
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  • and out of impulse,
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  • and out of feelingsinstead of obedience,
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  • what happened?
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  • He got into trouble
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  • and he brought brokennesson himself.
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  • But sometimes,
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  • because I know some of yousitting here are saying,
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  • "Well, Michael,
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  • I didn't do anythingto bring about my brokenness.
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  • My brokennesscame into my life
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  • unwelcome, unwanted,
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  • I'm experiencing brokennessright now that I can't explain.
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  • I cannot point my fingeron something.
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  • I searched myself,"
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  • and I don't want to put youon the guilt trip here, okay,
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  • because many times brokennesscomes to us not sought,
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  • not requested, not wanted,and unwelcome,
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  • but in either case,
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  • God specializesin turning brokenness
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  • into glorious opportunities,amen?
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  • If you're willing to learn,
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  • he will createa beautiful tapestry
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  • out of your brokenness.
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  • And so, please, please,please, please, please,
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  • please be very carefulwhen you act out of emotions
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  • and sentimentalityand feelings,
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  • and not obedience.
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  • So, what happened to Moses?
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  • Well, God had to send himto 40 years of God's university,
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  • 40 more years of schooling.
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  • Oh, but this is very differentfrom Heliopolis university.
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  • Very, very different.
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  • Remember I told you
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  • at the very first messagethat Stephen,
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  • the first Christian martyrin the book of Acts chapter 7,
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  • he divided Moses's lifeinto three stages.
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  • Each of them was 40 years.
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  • And I gave youa Youssef explanation
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  • of those three stages.
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  • The first 40 years,he was in the palace of Pharaoh
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  • learning that he is something.
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  • The next 40 years
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  • with the Midianitesin the desert,
  • 00:15:57.205 --> 00:16:00.174
  • he was learningthat he was nothing.
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  • And then, 40 years
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  • with God's peoplein the wilderness
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  • where he was learning that Godis everything, is everything.
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  • And that's what Godis waiting for you to learn,
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  • and waiting for me to learn.
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  • The first 40 years,Moses believed in Moses.
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  • Hello, believe in yourself,are you with me?
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  • Moses deeply felt rejection.
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  • He was rejectedby his own fellow Hebrews.
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  • Beloved, listen to me.
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  • Fear of rejection causes youto flee every time.
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  • When you believe in yourself,
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  • not in the power of Godworking in you,
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  • the slightest problem
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  • will turn your courageinto fear,
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  • and you will run.
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  • Where did fear take Moses?
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  • Well, it took him to a place
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  • of helplessnessand hopelessness,
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  • and you can see
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  • even in the namingof his first son.
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  • See, he burntall his Egyptian bridges,
  • 00:17:14.382 --> 00:17:19.353
  • he was rejectedby his fellow Hebrews,
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  • had nothing left, right?
  • 00:17:23.424 --> 00:17:27.161
  • Ah, but he got everything leftbecause he got God.
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  • You may be where Moses wasat that point.
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  • You might be downand discouraged.
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  • You might be saying,"Why, God, why?
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  • Why did this happen?
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  • God, where are you?
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  • God, I know I ran ahead of you,but you promised to overrule,
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  • and you're takingyour sweet time."
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  • Listen carefully, please,what I'm gonna tell you.
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  • God is never too earlyand God is never too late.
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  • God is always on time.
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  • He does, oh, give him glory,don't clap for me.
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  • Give him glory.
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  • Give him glory, he is.
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  • And he is working things out
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  • for what he knowsto be your good.
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  • Now, you might not agreewith God,
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  • you might not think it's good,it's not for your good,
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  • but he does, because he seesthe end from the beginning.
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  • He is working it all for what heknows to be your good.
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  • And so, the desert school,this college of God
  • 00:18:43.571 --> 00:18:47.441
  • hasn't yet quite begun
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  • when Moses ended upwith the Midianites.
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  • It hasn't started yet.I'm gonna show you why.
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  • School didn't start right away,
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  • it took a while
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  • because you'll seein the Bible reading of today,
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  • Moses comes in,
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  • and he runs into a bunchof good-looking girls,
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  • hello.
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  • They were good looking,
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  • so good that hemarried one of them.
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  • And he saw them being harassedby the shepherds,
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  • what did he do?
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  • See this, right?
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  • He flexed his biceps,and he gave them a whacking.
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  • He's still trying to do thingsMoses's way.
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  • As I told you,later on the Bible said,
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  • "Moses was the meekest manon the face of the earth."
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  • That was later, after school,the school of God.
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  • Why is that?
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  • Ah, because, listen carefully,meekness does not mean weakness.
  • 00:19:50.137 --> 00:19:55.309
  • It's not saying he wasthe weakest man,
  • 00:19:55.343 --> 00:19:56.644
  • oh no, he was the meekest manin the world.
  • 00:19:56.677 --> 00:19:58.279
  • You know what meekness means?
  • 00:19:58.312 --> 00:19:59.614
  • It means power under control.
  • 00:19:59.647 --> 00:20:02.883
  • And when Moses learnedto place his power
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  • under the control of God,
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  • God used him mightily
  • 00:20:07.221 --> 00:20:08.623
  • like very few peopleon the face of the earth.
  • 00:20:08.656 --> 00:20:12.827
  • Are you in school right now?
  • 00:20:12.860 --> 00:20:15.730
  • Graduation is on its way.
  • 00:20:15.763 --> 00:20:19.834
  • Take heart,
  • 00:20:19.867 --> 00:20:22.603
  • but you have to come,
  • 00:20:22.637 --> 00:20:25.106
  • if you want to graduate,
  • 00:20:25.139 --> 00:20:27.942
  • you have to cometo this conviction,
  • 00:20:27.975 --> 00:20:32.380
  • not words, not say,"Oh, yeah, okay, I agree."
  • 00:20:32.413 --> 00:20:35.950
  • No, when you believe itwith every ounce of your being,
  • 00:20:35.983 --> 00:20:41.756
  • God, without youI can do nothing,
  • 00:20:41.789 --> 00:20:50.331
  • then you're on your wayto graduation.
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:20:52.600 --> 00:20:58.506
  • Jane Robelot: Hello, and welcometo a special session
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  • of "Leading the Waywith Dr. Michael Youssef."
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  • One of the most popular topicsin many churches
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  • and in Christian families is
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  • to what degreeare Christians called
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  • to be involvedin the political process?
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef's education,his work, his life experience
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  • make him uniquely qualifiedto give us
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  • a biblical world viewof government.
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  • He was born
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  • under a socialist dictatorshipin Egypt.
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  • He came to the United Statesfor his master's in theology,
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  • then earned his doctoratein social anthropology.
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  • And through his decadesas the pastor of a church,
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  • and leader of an internationalministry outreach,
  • 00:21:39.013 --> 00:21:41.816
  • Michael Youssefhas traveled the world,
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  • met with heads of state,authored more than 40 books,
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  • and he would say
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  • one of the most meaningfuldecisions of his life,
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  • he chose to becomean American citizen.
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  • So, Michael, let's startright from the Bible.
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  • What does Scripture say aboutChristians's role in government?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Well, Jane,the Scripture is very clear.
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  • First of all, Jesus said when hewas being tricked
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  • about Caesar and the government,and he said,
  • 00:22:07.341 --> 00:22:10.277
  • "Show me a coin,"and he showed the coin.
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  • "Whose image is that?"
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  • They said, "Caesar," he said,
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  • "Give to Caesarwhat belongs to Caesar,
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  • and give to Godwhat belongs to God."
  • 00:22:17.118 --> 00:22:19.587
  • And then the Apostle Paulexpounded on that,
  • 00:22:19.620 --> 00:22:22.356
  • and so does the Apostle Peter,by the way.
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  • And they explain that weare to live peacefully,
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  • that is obeythe law of the land,
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  • so that we can live in peace.
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  • In America, God has blessed us
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  • with a unique formof government,
  • 00:22:38.539 --> 00:22:40.841
  • and the foundersbasically said
  • 00:22:40.875 --> 00:22:43.811
  • the people are the oneswho govern themselves.
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  • And so, we have
  • 00:22:47.715 --> 00:22:49.116
  • a huge responsibilityin America to elect people
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  • whom we believethat they will keep the peace,
  • 00:22:54.855 --> 00:22:58.426
  • they'll protect the citizenry,because that's really
  • 00:22:58.459 --> 00:23:00.728
  • the primary goalof a government.
  • 00:23:00.761 --> 00:23:03.364
  • So, we need to be thinkingabout that
  • 00:23:03.397 --> 00:23:05.266
  • as we think about electionsand voting and all of that.
  • 00:23:05.299 --> 00:23:10.237
  • Is this government gonna protectme and keep me safe,
  • 00:23:10.271 --> 00:23:14.041
  • or going to make me vulnerable?
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  • And that's why the roleof government in the West,
  • 00:23:17.945 --> 00:23:21.715
  • particularly in America,because even Western democracy,
  • 00:23:21.749 --> 00:23:24.652
  • and I lived under onefor a period of time,
  • 00:23:24.685 --> 00:23:28.088
  • not the sameas you have in America.
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  • In America, for example,if you become a British subject,
  • 00:23:31.058 --> 00:23:34.795
  • they don't call ita British citizen,
  • 00:23:34.829 --> 00:23:36.497
  • but a British subject,
  • 00:23:36.530 --> 00:23:38.399
  • you basically give allegianceto Her Majesty, the Queen,
  • 00:23:38.432 --> 00:23:42.036
  • and that's fine,that's their law.
  • 00:23:42.069 --> 00:23:44.238
  • In America, we do not giveallegiance to president,
  • 00:23:44.271 --> 00:23:46.841
  • to congress, to senate,to the Supreme Court,
  • 00:23:46.874 --> 00:23:50.744
  • we give allegianceto the constitution.
  • 00:23:50.778 --> 00:23:53.948
  • And the constitutionis that we basically,
  • 00:23:53.981 --> 00:23:56.851
  • that we the peopleare the ones
  • 00:23:56.884 --> 00:23:58.519
  • who decide who governs us.
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  • Jane: Christiansthroughout the world live
  • 00:24:00.921 --> 00:24:02.223
  • under vastly different formsof governments though,
  • 00:24:02.256 --> 00:24:05.192
  • so isa Christian's responsibility
  • 00:24:05.226 --> 00:24:07.361
  • different if they're livingin a republic,
  • 00:24:07.394 --> 00:24:10.064
  • then say if they're livingin a dictatorship?
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  • Dr. Youssef: Oh, absolutelythe responsibility varies.
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  • I can say the New Testament
  • 00:24:17.538 --> 00:24:20.641
  • should be appliedto the situation,
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  • to the current situationin the country you live in,
  • 00:24:23.677 --> 00:24:27.081
  • not every countryis the same.
  • 00:24:27.114 --> 00:24:28.482
  • I lived under a dictatorship.
  • 00:24:28.516 --> 00:24:31.051
  • I didn't have a choiceabout certain things.
  • 00:24:31.085 --> 00:24:34.021
  • I didn't even havea choice to vote.
  • 00:24:34.054 --> 00:24:37.057
  • But nonetheless,
  • 00:24:37.091 --> 00:24:38.392
  • I lived in obedienceto the law of that land.
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  • Only if the governmentwould require me
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  • to do things against God,and therefore I'll be
  • 00:24:45.299 --> 00:24:49.770
  • like first-century Christianswould say,
  • 00:24:49.803 --> 00:24:52.940
  • God comes first,God is above Caesar,
  • 00:24:52.973 --> 00:24:57.344
  • and God must be obeyedabove Caesar.
  • 00:24:57.378 --> 00:25:01.181
  • And so, if there's a conflict,I have to obey God
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  • and then pay the consequences,pay the price for that.
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  • It's very important.
  • 00:25:06.921 --> 00:25:08.255
  • So, I've experienced it,
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  • I'm not talkingabout theory here.
  • 00:25:10.157 --> 00:25:12.860
  • But inthe United States of America
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  • particularly, but in otherWestern democracies as well,
  • 00:25:14.995 --> 00:25:19.433
  • our responsibility, because weare asked by the government,
  • 00:25:19.466 --> 00:25:24.905
  • by our very constitution,to be involved,
  • 00:25:24.939 --> 00:25:28.175
  • we must be involved.
  • 00:25:28.208 --> 00:25:29.710
  • Jane: Dr. Michael Youssef,thank you
  • 00:25:29.743 --> 00:25:31.045
  • for this biblical world viewon government.
  • 00:25:31.078 --> 00:25:33.714
  • And we hopethat you'll join us next time
  • 00:25:33.747 --> 00:25:35.482
  • for part two of this discussionas we continue
  • 00:25:35.516 --> 00:25:38.052
  • this non-partisanbiblical perspective
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  • on the Americanpolitical process.
  • 00:25:40.354 --> 00:25:42.556
  • announcer: How doChristians balance
  • 00:25:50.364 --> 00:25:51.665
  • being citizensof the United States
  • 00:25:51.699 --> 00:25:53.734
  • in light of our citizenshipin heaven?
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  • announcer: Never beforehas our nation been so divided,
  • 00:26:17.891 --> 00:26:20.794
  • so distracted, so proneto seeking our own way.
  • 00:26:20.828 --> 00:26:24.765
  • Yet for the believer,
  • 00:26:24.798 --> 00:26:26.100
  • we are called to a hopethat does not disappoint.
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  • Join Leading the Way'snewest initiative,
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  • Awake America,a call to God's people
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  • to prayfor a spiritual awakening
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  • like we have never witnessedbefore.
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  • We are askingBible-believing Christians
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  • all over the country
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  • to join us as we prayin our neighborhoods,
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  • our cities, and on our campuses.
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  • Pray that Godwill bring salvation
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  • and revival to our land.
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  • by joining this growing movementto awake America?
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  • Together, we will proclaim
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  • the uncompromising truthof Christ.
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