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It's All About The Heart

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September 10, 2020
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In the first message of The Blessed Life series; Pastor Robert explains that giving is an attitude of the heart.

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It's All About The Heart

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Welcome toThe Blessed Life.
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  • Why did God invent giving?
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  • Because man didn't invent it.
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  • God did. Why? Stay tuned.
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  • God did not creategiving for His sake.
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  • He created givingfor your sake.
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  • Giving, more than any otheractivity that a believer does,
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  • works selfishness andgreed out of our lives.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: Alright.
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  • We're beginning a new seriescalled "The Blessed Life."
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  • And I want you to understandthat this is my life message
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  • because it's been inmy heart for years.
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  • It's been something Debbieand I have been living
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  • and I've been preaching andteaching for years.
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  • The blessed life now, thebook -- millions of copies.
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  • I've been told 30-somethinglanguages around the world.
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  • I've given all the royaltiesaway to this book.
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  • And so it's been, it's just --God uses it all over the world.
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  • Here's the reason.
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  • Because there's truth in thisbook that will change your life.
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  • I promise you.
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  • And it will change yourmarriage, and it will change
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  • your family, and it willchange your health.
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  • It will change yourrelationships.
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  • It will change your job.
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  • It will change your life.
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  • It's a blessed life,not a blessed pocket book
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  • or a blessed wallet.
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  • It's a blessed life.
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  • And so I want you to turn,if you can, really,
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  • to two passages this time.
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  • Matthew 7 and Luke 6.
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  • Here's the reason.
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  • Because we're going to reada passage in Matthew 7,
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  • and then we're going to flip toLuke 6 quickly so we can
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  • read the parallel passage.
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  • So look here atMatthew 7:1-2.
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  • It says judge not,that you be not judged.
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  • For with what judgment youjudge, you will be judged.
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  • And with the measure you use, itwill be measured back to you.
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  • Now I just want to askyou a simple question.
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  • Is the word money anywherein those two verses?
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  • No.
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  • And the context is judging.
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  • Don't judge, oryou'll be judged, OK?
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  • Now I want us to commit toshort-term memory the first
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  • phrase and the last phrase.
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  • And I'd like for you tojust say it after me.
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  • Judge not, and youwill not be judged.
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  • And with the measure you use, itwill be measured back to you.
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  • Say that.
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  • Now flipover to Luke 6, OK?
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  • Now let's say themone more time.
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  • Judge not, and youwill not be judged.
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  • With the measure you use, itwill be measured back to you.
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  • OK.
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  • Look at the firstsentence of verse 37.
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  • Luke 6:37.
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  • Judge not, and youwill not be judged.
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  • No, you don'thave to say it.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Thank you, though.
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  • OK.
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  • And then look at the lastsentence of verse 38.
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  • For with the same measureyou use, it will be measured
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  • back to you.
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  • OK, I want youto understand.
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  • This is theparallel passage.
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  • But I want to show you averse in the middle that,
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  • in my opinion, many times thecontext is not understood.
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  • OK, so Luke 6:37-38.
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  • Judge not, and youshall not be judged.
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  • Condemn not, and youshall not be condemned.
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  • Forgive, and youwill be forgiven.
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  • Now look at verse 38.
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  • Give, and it willbe given to you.
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  • Good measure, pressed down,shaken together,
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  • and running over will be putin your bosom.
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  • For with the same measureyou use, it will be measured
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  • back to you.
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  • Now let me justmake a statement.
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  • And this might shock you.
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  • The word money does notappear in those verses.
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  • And yet most of the timewhen we hear Luke 6:38,
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  • we think about money.
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  • As a matter of fact, when wethink about the word give,
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  • we think money.
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  • I was being interviewed by amagazine a while back,
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  • and they said, how often doyou preach on giving?
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  • And I said every week.
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  • They said, you preachon giving every week?
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  • And I said yes.
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  • I think what you meant toask me was how often do I preach
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  • on giving money.
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  • And that's aboutevery three years.
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  • Every three years, I do aseries on stewardship
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  • and generosity.
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  • But you didn't ask me how oftendo I preach on giving money.
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  • You asked me how oftenI preach on giving.
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  • I can't preach on graceand not talk about giving
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  • because God so lovedthe world He --
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  • I can't preach on marriageand not preach on giving
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  • because a marriage will notwork if you're not givers.
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  • If both peoplearen't givers.
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  • And again, not finances now.
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  • Giving.
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  • You understandwhat I'm saying?
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  • This applies to everyarea of our life.
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  • That's what wehave to understand.
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  • Giving is about the heart.
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  • Here's the titleof the message.
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  • I should have given it toyou earlier, but the title
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  • is "It's AllAbout the Heart."
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  • It's all about the heart.
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  • Jesus said where yourtreasure is,
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  • there your heart will be.
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  • Some people say well, youknow, they're after my money.
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  • Let me explainsomething to you.
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  • Yes, God is afteryour -- not the church.
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  • God is after your moneybecause He's after your heart.
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  • And your heart isconnected to your wallet.
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  • Your heart followsyour treasure.
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  • You put yourtreasure in a stock.
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  • You put somemoney in a stock.
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  • You'll start going on theInternet,
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  • checking to see how that stockis doing.
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  • And you never checked itbefore, and you never cared
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  • about it before, but youcare about it now because
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  • your treasure is there.
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  • You want your heartin the kingdom?
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  • You put your treasurein the kingdom.
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  • OK.
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  • So it's a heart issue.
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  • Because he's talkingin these verses about
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  • judgement, condemnation,and forgiveness.
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  • Don't judge, oryou'll be judged.
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  • Don't condemn, oryou'll be condemned.
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  • Don't -- and then he saysforgive, and you'll be forgiven.
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  • And then he says give.
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  • OK, what's he saying though?
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  • Give judgement, and judgementwill be given back to you.
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  • And here's the part I don'thear a lot of preaching on.
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  • Good measure, pressed down,shaken together, and running
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  • over will men givejudgement back to you.
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  • For with the same measureyou give judgement,
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  • you'll get judgement back.
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  • That's the contextof these verses.
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  • Judgement, condemnation,and forgiveness.
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  • Now you can apply it toother areas because of the laws
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  • of sowing and reaping.
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  • If you give a seed, youdon't just get back one seed.
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  • You get back a tree or aplant with many seeds.
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  • And that's the way God is.
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  • So whatever you give, you'regoing to get more back.
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  • So it would be better togive good things than bad
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  • things because you're goingto get more of it back,
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  • whatever it is.
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  • I was counseling with a ladyone time,
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  • and she was a single mother, andshe didn't have anywhere
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  • to leave her kids.
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  • And so she brought her kids,and we just let them --
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  • I said, please come anyway.
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  • And she just left themwith the -- my assistant.
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  • We left the door open there,and I was talking to her,
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  • and here, literally,this is what she said.
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  • She said, mykids yell at me.
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  • She said, they yell at me.
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  • I don't know why.
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  • And then she did this.
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  • Y'all stoptalking out there!
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  • I don'twhy they yell at me.
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  • I said Luke 6:38.
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  • Give yelling, and yellingwill be given back to you.
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  • Good measure, pressed -- OK.
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  • Alright.
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  • How are you going to developa heart of generosity?
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  • Well, way back Deuteronomy15, God tells us
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  • what we need to do.
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  • Four things we need to do.
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  • Because it's all aboutthe heart, alright?
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  • So Deuteronomy 15.
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  • Look at verses 7 and 8.
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  • If there is among you a poorman of your brethren
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  • within any of the gates in yourland which the Lord your God
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  • is giving you, notice Godis giving you the land,
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  • by the way.
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  • Notice the word giving.
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  • You shall notharden your heart.
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  • It's about your heart.
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  • Nor shut your hand from yourpoor brother, but you shall open
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  • your hand wide to him andwillingly, that would be about
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  • your heart, lendhim sufficient for his need,
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  • whatever he needs.
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  • OK.
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  • So there are four thingsthat we need to do if we're
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  • going to becomegenerous givers.
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  • Here's number one.
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  • Deal with a selfish heart.
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  • Deal with a selfish heart.
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  • Look at verse 9.
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  • Deuteronomy 15:9.
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  • Beware lest there be awicked thought in your heart.
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  • Notice heart again.
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  • Saying the seventh year, theyear of release is at hand,
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  • and your eye be evil againstyour poor brother,
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  • and you give him nothing.
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  • And he cry out to the Lordagainst you,
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  • and it become sin among you.
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  • Notice selfishness iswickedness in God's eyes,
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  • and it becomes sin.
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  • Now here's what he's saying.
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  • He's saying, now when yourbrother comes and asks
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  • to borrow from you, you openyour hand and willingly
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  • lend to him.
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  • You open your heart to him.
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  • But don't let there be thiswicked or selfish thought
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  • in you that says man, thisis the year of jubilee.
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  • That means all debtswill be canceled.
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  • In other words, if he cameand said hey, I need to borrow
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  • some money, my cropswere bad this year,
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  • and you thought, you know what?
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  • Six more months isthe year of jubilee.
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  • If he can't pay me back insix months,
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  • then I have to cancel this debt.
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  • See, God implemented aneconomic system where all
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  • debts were canceledevery seven years.
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  • So if you thought, you know,I'm not going to do this
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  • because he might notbe able to pay me back.
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  • You know what God said?
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  • Don't do that.
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  • Don't think that way.
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  • And here's whatHe called it.
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  • He calls selfishnesswickedness.
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  • He's dealing.
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  • He's telling the people ofIsrael, this,
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  • I don't want you to do this.
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  • I want you to be generouslike I'm generous.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • Why did God create giving?
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  • You ever thought about that?
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  • Because God did.
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  • It's all through God's word.
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  • So why did God inventor create giving?
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  • Do you really think that Godneeds your money
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  • to support His work?
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  • I mean, is the light bill,you know, in Heaven,
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  • you know, too big for God?
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  • They're running out ofgold for the streets?
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  • I mean, cattle ona thousand hills.
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  • He's running out of cow?
  • 00:10:38.720 --> 00:10:39.721
  • I mean, you know what?
  • 00:10:39.821 --> 00:10:41.523
  • God needs you -- no, listen.
  • 00:10:41.623 --> 00:10:43.191
  • God did not creategiving for His sake.
  • 00:10:43.291 --> 00:10:48.063
  • He created givingfor your sake.
  • 00:10:48.163 --> 00:10:51.866
  • Giving, more than any otheractivity that a believer does,
  • 00:10:51.966 --> 00:10:56.504
  • works selfishness andgreed out of our lives.
  • 00:10:56.604 --> 00:11:00.542
  • This is why I don't likemuch of the preaching
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  • I hear on giving.
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  • Because it's give to get.
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  • Give, and you'll get.
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  • Give, and you'll get.
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  • And let me tellyou what that does.
  • 00:11:08.650 --> 00:11:09.517
  • It actually worksselfishness and greed
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  • back in your life.
  • 00:11:11.319 --> 00:11:13.788
  • And what do you -- how doyou think God feels
  • 00:11:13.888 --> 00:11:16.257
  • when a preacher preachesgive, and you'll get.
  • 00:11:16.357 --> 00:11:18.493
  • Give, and you'll get.
  • 00:11:18.593 --> 00:11:19.494
  • And people will say, well, Iwant to get,
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  • so I'm going to give.
  • 00:11:23.198 --> 00:11:24.532
  • I wonder if God is thinking,well, this is great.
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  • All of my people are catchingthe revelation of getting.
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  • No.
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  • We need to catch therevelation of giving.
  • 00:11:34.843 --> 00:11:37.178
  • Now, I do want to say,ladies, that there's an area
  • 00:11:37.278 --> 00:11:40.715
  • of selfishness thatmen never grow out of.
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  • I just want you to know, OK?
  • 00:11:45.754 --> 00:11:47.922
  • We do not want toshare our food.
  • 00:11:48.022 --> 00:11:56.197
  • And for somereason, you want our food.
  • 00:11:56.297 --> 00:12:02.237
  • And I don't understand it.
  • 00:12:02.337 --> 00:12:04.339
  • And we do not wantto share our food.
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  • The very first time PastorTom and Jan Lane,
  • 00:12:07.075 --> 00:12:09.444
  • sitting on the front row --Jan said, I knew you were going
  • 00:12:09.544 --> 00:12:11.379
  • to say this.
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  • Sitting right there.
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  • The very first time I wentto dinner with them,
  • 00:12:13.748 --> 00:12:15.650
  • I -- we were going aroundthe table ordering.
  • 00:12:15.750 --> 00:12:17.418
  • I ordered.
  • 00:12:17.519 --> 00:12:18.386
  • And Jan said, oh good.
  • 00:12:18.486 --> 00:12:20.054
  • I've been wantingto try that.
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  • I never even met the woman, andshe wanted to eat off my plate.
  • 00:12:26.461 --> 00:12:33.668
  • And I said well, you betterorder some because
  • 00:12:33.768 --> 00:12:35.370
  • that's the only way you'regoing to get any.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Come on.
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  • What does every woman say whenyou're at the drive-through?
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  • What does every woman say?
  • 00:12:45.713 --> 00:12:46.848
  • You say, would youlike something?
  • 00:12:46.948 --> 00:12:48.817
  • No, I'll just havesome of yours.
  • 00:12:48.917 --> 00:12:56.157
  • No, you won't.
  • 00:12:56.257 --> 00:13:00.028
  • I'll buy you two ordersof fries, but you're not
  • 00:13:00.128 --> 00:13:02.797
  • getting any of my fries.
  • 00:13:02.897 --> 00:13:05.166
  • And the fries that fall in thebottom of the bag are mine, too.
  • 00:13:05.266 --> 00:13:12.974
  • So point number one isdeal with a selfish heart.
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  • I don't know if that'sdirected just to the men
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  • or to all of us, alright?
  • 00:13:18.479 --> 00:13:20.148
  • Here's number two.
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  • Deal with a grieving heart.
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  • Grieving heart.
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  • Now he's talkingabout money.
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  • He's talking about giving.
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  • Verse 10.
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  • You shall surelygive to him.
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  • Give to him.
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  • And your heart should not begrieved when you give
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  • to him because for thisthing, watch.
  • 00:13:35.630 --> 00:13:37.832
  • For this thing, giving withthe right heart,
  • 00:13:37.932 --> 00:13:40.301
  • the Lord your God will blessyou in all your works.
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  • That's amazing.
  • 00:13:46.040 --> 00:13:47.275
  • And in all to whichyou put your hand.
  • 00:13:47.375 --> 00:13:50.612
  • If you learn to give fromthe heart, with the right heart,
  • 00:13:50.712 --> 00:13:53.448
  • God will blessyou in everything you do.
  • 00:13:53.548 --> 00:13:55.483
  • That's what he just said.
  • 00:13:55.583 --> 00:13:56.985
  • See, we need to understand.
  • 00:13:57.085 --> 00:13:58.686
  • This is a heart issue.
  • 00:13:58.786 --> 00:14:00.154
  • But selfishness attacks usbefore we give,
  • 00:14:00.255 --> 00:14:03.358
  • and grief attacks usafter we give.
  • 00:14:03.458 --> 00:14:06.160
  • Have you ever given a largeamount or made a commitment
  • 00:14:06.261 --> 00:14:09.631
  • and then something breaks?
  • 00:14:09.731 --> 00:14:11.799
  • And the enemy comesimmediately to say see?
  • 00:14:11.900 --> 00:14:13.668
  • You shouldn'thave done that.
  • 00:14:13.768 --> 00:14:15.336
  • He comes in.
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  • And then -- and griefbecause we gave.
  • 00:14:16.504 --> 00:14:18.940
  • And, you know,I'm setting here.
  • 00:14:19.040 --> 00:14:21.209
  • Here I am, preaching thismessage,
  • 00:14:21.309 --> 00:14:22.944
  • and I had this thought just gothrough my mind.
  • 00:14:23.044 --> 00:14:25.146
  • And after 30 years ofpreaching,
  • 00:14:25.246 --> 00:14:26.581
  • I ought to know to just let thethought go on by.
  • 00:14:26.681 --> 00:14:29.083
  • But here's thethought I had.
  • 00:14:29.183 --> 00:14:30.251
  • I just thought to myself,I'm going out to eat after
  • 00:14:30.351 --> 00:14:33.821
  • the service, and Idon't have any cash.
  • 00:14:33.922 --> 00:14:36.758
  • I just had that thought justgo through my mind, you know?
  • 00:14:36.858 --> 00:14:39.394
  • I'm just --
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  • Oh, wow.
  • 00:14:41.629 --> 00:14:44.265
  • Wow.Look.
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  • A hundred dollars.OK.
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  • I'm going to start sayingthose thoughts more often.
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  • OK, no.
  • 00:14:53.908 --> 00:14:54.876
  • Let's talk about thatfor a minute, alright?
  • 00:14:54.976 --> 00:14:56.577
  • Why -- when I said I don'thave any cash,
  • 00:14:56.678 --> 00:14:59.681
  • why did David get up that fastand give it to me?
  • 00:14:59.781 --> 00:15:02.283
  • Let me tell you why.
  • 00:15:02.383 --> 00:15:03.351
  • Because I gave it tohim before the service.
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  • It's myhundred dollars.
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  • OK, now, he's not grievingthat he gave because why?
  • 00:15:12.994 --> 00:15:17.932
  • Because it was mine.
  • 00:15:18.032 --> 00:15:26.240
  • See, the reason that wegrieve after we give
  • 00:15:26.341 --> 00:15:31.179
  • is because we thoughtit was ours.
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  • And the earth is the Lord'sand the fullness thereof.
  • 00:15:34.382 --> 00:15:40.054
  • So when we give back to Godwhat is already His,
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  • then we don't grieve over it.
  • 00:15:44.392 --> 00:15:45.994
  • So deal with agrieving heart.
  • 00:15:46.094 --> 00:15:47.929
  • Here's number three.
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  • Develop a generous heart.
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  • Develop a generous heart.
  • 00:15:52.900 --> 00:15:55.136
  • Look at verse 14.
  • 00:15:55.236 --> 00:15:56.738
  • You shall supply himliberally,
  • 00:15:56.838 --> 00:15:59.307
  • generously from your flock,watch.
  • 00:15:59.407 --> 00:16:02.310
  • From your threshing floorand from your winepress.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • From what the Lord hasblessed you with,
  • 00:16:05.880 --> 00:16:10.118
  • you shall give to him.
  • 00:16:10.218 --> 00:16:11.853
  • God wants us to be generous.
  • 00:16:11.953 --> 00:16:15.156
  • We were born selfish.
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  • We are born again generous.
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  • We just have torenew our minds.
  • 00:16:19.494 --> 00:16:21.829
  • You think about it.
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  • You really wantto be generous.
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  • Even hoping not to receiveanything in return.
  • 00:16:25.266 --> 00:16:28.836
  • What he's doing isdealing with the heart.
  • 00:16:28.936 --> 00:16:31.005
  • It's the first thing we have totry to teach our children.
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  • I want you tothink about that.
  • 00:16:33.908 --> 00:16:34.909
  • What do you have to try toteach your children
  • 00:16:35.009 --> 00:16:36.711
  • that is so hard to teachyour children?
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  • Share.Share.
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  • No, we share.
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  • And what happens?
  • 00:16:43.284 --> 00:16:44.252
  • The little neighbor boycomes over to play,
  • 00:16:44.352 --> 00:16:45.853
  • and the neighbor boypicks up a toy.
  • 00:16:45.953 --> 00:16:47.422
  • What does your boy do?
  • 00:16:47.522 --> 00:16:48.790
  • Drops the toy he's playingwith, runs over,
  • 00:16:48.890 --> 00:16:50.425
  • and says I was playingwith that.
  • 00:16:50.525 --> 00:16:51.626
  • I was playing with that.Right?
  • 00:16:51.726 --> 00:16:55.196
  • And the neighborboy says, OK.
  • 00:16:55.296 --> 00:16:56.264
  • So he goes over andpicks up something else.
  • 00:16:56.364 --> 00:16:57.465
  • Your boy runs over, I wasplaying with that, too.
  • 00:16:57.565 --> 00:16:59.200
  • I was playingwith that, too.
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  • Do you realize what God issaying to all of His children?
  • 00:17:02.603 --> 00:17:08.109
  • When are yougoing to grow up?
  • 00:17:08.209 --> 00:17:12.046
  • When are yougoing to grow up?
  • 00:17:12.146 --> 00:17:14.182
  • When are you going to becomelike your Father
  • 00:17:14.282 --> 00:17:17.718
  • that so loved that He gave?
  • 00:17:17.819 --> 00:17:21.789
  • You know, I heard astory my son, Josh,
  • 00:17:21.889 --> 00:17:25.726
  • and daughter-in-law, Hannah,told me a while back.
  • 00:17:25.827 --> 00:17:27.895
  • They have two children,Grady, who is seven,
  • 00:17:27.995 --> 00:17:30.398
  • and Willow, who is four.
  • 00:17:30.498 --> 00:17:32.133
  • And they got in the car,Hannah picked them up
  • 00:17:32.233 --> 00:17:34.335
  • from church, and Willow said,Mommy, did you know
  • 00:17:34.435 --> 00:17:38.739
  • that there was a woman in theBible that only had two pennies,
  • 00:17:38.840 --> 00:17:43.811
  • and she gaveboth of them to God?
  • 00:17:43.911 --> 00:17:46.881
  • And Hannah said, yeah.
  • 00:17:46.981 --> 00:17:47.915
  • That's a wonderful story.
  • 00:17:48.015 --> 00:17:50.118
  • And Willow said, I wantto give something to God.
  • 00:17:50.218 --> 00:17:54.388
  • So Hannah said well, prayand ask the Lord
  • 00:17:54.489 --> 00:17:57.725
  • what He wants you to give.
  • 00:17:57.825 --> 00:18:00.027
  • And so you could see her.
  • 00:18:00.128 --> 00:18:01.028
  • She closed her eyes.
  • 00:18:01.129 --> 00:18:02.130
  • Hannah was watching herin the mirror, you know?
  • 00:18:02.230 --> 00:18:03.431
  • She closed her eyes.
  • 00:18:03.531 --> 00:18:05.299
  • She did like this and, ina minute, she said, what?
  • 00:18:05.399 --> 00:18:15.009
  • And thenshe said, Little Baby?
  • 00:18:15.109 --> 00:18:18.946
  • No, not Little Baby.
  • 00:18:19.046 --> 00:18:21.582
  • Oh, Betty Baby.
  • 00:18:21.682 --> 00:18:23.151
  • Oh yeah, you canhave Betty Baby.
  • 00:18:23.251 --> 00:18:24.285
  • I don't like her.
  • 00:18:24.385 --> 00:18:28.856
  • OK, that's cute.
  • 00:18:28.956 --> 00:18:29.790
  • That's kids learningabout giving.
  • 00:18:29.891 --> 00:18:34.562
  • But at some point,you have to grow up.
  • 00:18:34.662 --> 00:18:37.965
  • At some point you say, Lord,what do you want me to give?
  • 00:18:38.065 --> 00:18:42.703
  • And say, that's great.
  • 00:18:42.803 --> 00:18:44.372
  • That's what I'll do.
  • 00:18:44.472 --> 00:18:45.540
  • That's what I'll do.
  • 00:18:45.640 --> 00:18:47.341
  • So we want to developa generous heart.
  • 00:18:47.441 --> 00:18:48.910
  • Here's number four.
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:50.344
  • Develop a grateful heart.
  • 00:18:50.444 --> 00:18:53.247
  • Develop a grateful heart.
  • 00:18:53.347 --> 00:18:54.749
  • Back in Deuteronomy 15.
  • 00:18:54.849 --> 00:18:55.950
  • Look at verse 15.
  • 00:18:56.050 --> 00:18:57.318
  • You shall remember that you werea slave in the land of Egypt,
  • 00:18:57.418 --> 00:19:03.191
  • and the Lordyour God redeemed you.
  • 00:19:03.291 --> 00:19:05.793
  • Then he says this.
  • 00:19:05.893 --> 00:19:07.028
  • Therefore, I commandyou this thing today.
  • 00:19:07.128 --> 00:19:10.264
  • You know what he's saying?
  • 00:19:10.364 --> 00:19:11.465
  • I command youto be generous.
  • 00:19:11.566 --> 00:19:14.535
  • I'm commanding you.
  • 00:19:14.635 --> 00:19:15.736
  • And you know on the authoritythat I'm commanding you?
  • 00:19:15.836 --> 00:19:18.105
  • It's that everythingyou have came from me.
  • 00:19:18.206 --> 00:19:21.242
  • You need to remind yourselfevery now and then
  • 00:19:21.342 --> 00:19:24.445
  • that you were slaves.
  • 00:19:24.545 --> 00:19:26.847
  • You know what?
  • 00:19:26.948 --> 00:19:27.782
  • Every now and then,I get a reminder.
  • 00:19:27.882 --> 00:19:30.851
  • I leaned over to John and toDavid right before I came up
  • 00:19:30.952 --> 00:19:34.622
  • and told them, because ithappened to me yesterday.
  • 00:19:34.722 --> 00:19:39.427
  • And it was hard goingto sleep last night.
  • 00:19:39.527 --> 00:19:40.828
  • I knew the enemy was tryingto attack me, too,
  • 00:19:40.928 --> 00:19:42.697
  • because this series wasbeginning.
  • 00:19:42.797 --> 00:19:45.299
  • But Debbie got an email froma friend of ours we went
  • 00:19:45.399 --> 00:19:47.435
  • to high school with.
  • 00:19:47.535 --> 00:19:48.636
  • And she said, you know,loved the first conference,
  • 00:19:48.736 --> 00:19:50.738
  • watched on the Internet.
  • 00:19:50.838 --> 00:19:51.639
  • All this.
  • 00:19:51.739 --> 00:19:52.840
  • But hate to bring bad news,but we've lost two more
  • 00:19:52.940 --> 00:19:54.809
  • of our class members.
  • 00:19:54.909 --> 00:19:57.111
  • She named two guys.
  • 00:19:57.211 --> 00:19:59.380
  • Both guys, I did drugs with.
  • 00:19:59.480 --> 00:20:02.016
  • One of the guys, Istarted on drugs.
  • 00:20:02.116 --> 00:20:05.953
  • And one of the guys diedfrom a drug overdose,
  • 00:20:06.053 --> 00:20:08.356
  • and the other guycommitted suicide.
  • 00:20:08.456 --> 00:20:12.727
  • And I'm lying there lastnight, thinking thank you, God,
  • 00:20:12.827 --> 00:20:19.767
  • for redeeming me fromthat type of a lifestyle.
  • 00:20:19.867 --> 00:20:23.070
  • These guys now, 35 yearssince high school, and still --
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:28.142
  • what a horrible life theymust have had for 35 years.
  • 00:20:28.242 --> 00:20:32.446
  • Thank you, God.
  • 00:20:32.546 --> 00:20:33.314
  • You know, the Lordjust reminds me.
  • 00:20:33.414 --> 00:20:35.149
  • It's not hardfor me to give.
  • 00:20:35.249 --> 00:20:36.951
  • You understand?
  • 00:20:37.051 --> 00:20:38.219
  • I didn't have anything.
  • 00:20:38.319 --> 00:20:40.755
  • I was a slave.
  • 00:20:40.855 --> 00:20:43.190
  • You didn't haveanything either.
  • 00:20:43.291 --> 00:20:45.660
  • No matter what you had, youdidn't have anything if you
  • 00:20:45.760 --> 00:20:48.029
  • didn't have Christ.
  • 00:20:48.129 --> 00:20:50.898
  • A while back, a pastor andhis wife were --
  • 00:20:50.998 --> 00:20:56.270
  • and had heard me share ourtestimony on giving.
  • 00:20:56.370 --> 00:20:57.705
  • And in this series, I'llshare our testimony on giving.
  • 00:20:57.805 --> 00:21:00.608
  • And by God's grace, Debbieand I have been able to give
  • 00:21:00.708 --> 00:21:03.678
  • like many cars to people.
  • 00:21:03.778 --> 00:21:05.046
  • We were able to giveour first home away.
  • 00:21:05.146 --> 00:21:07.648
  • We've just been able to givevery extravagantly,
  • 00:21:07.748 --> 00:21:09.784
  • and we love to do that.
  • 00:21:09.884 --> 00:21:12.386
  • And I shared that testimonyin the church,
  • 00:21:12.486 --> 00:21:13.988
  • and we went to dinner with thispastor and his wife.
  • 00:21:14.088 --> 00:21:16.090
  • And the wife said to Debbie,I have a question for you.
  • 00:21:16.190 --> 00:21:19.760
  • And both of us knew thequestion because we've heard
  • 00:21:19.860 --> 00:21:22.096
  • it many times.
  • 00:21:22.196 --> 00:21:23.531
  • She said, how did you feelwhen your husband
  • 00:21:23.631 --> 00:21:26.867
  • said he wanted to giveaway your house?
  • 00:21:26.967 --> 00:21:31.572
  • And Debbie said,I felt great.
  • 00:21:31.672 --> 00:21:36.944
  • She said, you have toremember that Robert
  • 00:21:37.044 --> 00:21:38.946
  • and I were married beforehe got saved.
  • 00:21:39.046 --> 00:21:46.220
  • And every time he's wanted togive something extravagantly,
  • 00:21:46.320 --> 00:21:50.758
  • I think, thank you, God.
  • 00:21:50.858 --> 00:21:53.561
  • Thank you, God,for my new husband.
  • 00:21:53.661 --> 00:21:57.665
  • And then the pastor asked her aquestion she'd never been asked.
  • 00:21:57.765 --> 00:22:04.004
  • He said, why do you thinkthat Robert is so generous?
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  • And I'm not trying to setmyself up as an example.
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  • I know many, many peopleare very generous.
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  • But he said, why do youthink that, I mean,
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  • he just has given soextravagantly.
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  • Retirement.Savings.
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  • All these thingsover the years.
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  • Why do you thinkhe's so generous?
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  • A tear came down her cheek,and she said,
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  • because he's never gotten overgetting saved.
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  • He's never forgotwhere he came from.
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  • And he knows that everythingwe have came from the Lord.
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  • ROBERT: I know you feelthe same way that I do.
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  • We never get overgetting saved.
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  • And because of that,you're a giver.
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  • God's given you a newheart, and we want to give.
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  • Don't let the devil messwith your mind and tell you
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  • that you're not a giver.
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  • I want to encourage you.
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  • When the Holy Spirit leadsyou to give to your church,
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  • or to a missionary, or tosome person in need,
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  • give as God leads you.
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  • Hey, thanks somuch for watching.
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  • I'll see you next time asI continue the series
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  • "The Blessed Life."
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  • ANNOUNCER: It's our desire foryou to live a blessed life.
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  • But all too often, greed andmaterialism can choke out
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  • the true spirit ofgenerosity that's found
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  • only in Christ.
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  • The enemy will do anythingto keep you from discovering
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  • God's principles forfinancial stewardship,
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  • giving, and blessing.
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  • And it's because once youapply these godly principles
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  • as Pastor Robert hasoutlined in this series,
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  • you'll begin to see changein every area of your life.
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  • From your marriage, to yourhealth, to your finances.
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  • Your life will betransformed for the better,
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  • and you will be positionedto make an even bigger impact
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  • for thekingdom of God.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • As I look back to April2004, we were dead broke.
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  • We had $500 inour bank account.
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  • $6.000 to $7.000 in bills.
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  • My focus was on stuff.
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  • Without me even knowing it,my focus was on my 401k,
  • 00:24:56.043 --> 00:25:01.615
  • the car that I drove, the incomethat I made per year.
  • 00:25:01.715 --> 00:25:04.985
  • I was raised in a verysuccessful family,
  • 00:25:05.085 --> 00:25:06.687
  • and my focus was allof those things.
  • 00:25:06.787 --> 00:25:08.889
  • I didn't even knowthat my focus was off.
  • 00:25:08.989 --> 00:25:11.425
  • I found myself second row,left side of the sanctuary,
  • 00:25:11.525 --> 00:25:15.229
  • listening to Robert Morris'blessed life series.
  • 00:25:15.329 --> 00:25:17.665
  • I remember just thispenetration by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:25:17.765 --> 00:25:23.070
  • Something thatjust moved me.
  • 00:25:23.170 --> 00:25:25.306
  • It felt like a supernaturalheart transplant of some kind.
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  • At the end of the sermon, Ilooked at my wife,
  • 00:25:30.811 --> 00:25:33.447
  • reached into my wallet, pulledit out, and said honey,
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  • from this point forward, we'regoing to be a tithing household.
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  • Period.
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  • The way we've been runningour finances, my way,
  • 00:25:40.454 --> 00:25:43.090
  • hasn't worked.
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  • When I looked at my wife andsaid that,
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  • I noticed she was crying.
  • 00:25:45.826 --> 00:25:46.727
  • I was crying.
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  • We prayed in our seat.
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  • We went and prayed with acouple elders up front.
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  • We dropped 10 percent ofwhat was currently
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  • in our bank account in theback in the offering.
  • 00:25:54.168 --> 00:25:58.005
  • We were led to do that.
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  • At some point, a man's goingto make a decision,
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  • and a heart change has tohappen.
  • 00:26:02.076 --> 00:26:03.644
  • I can think about what it'sdone for me, but as I look
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  • at my now 11-year-oldand 14-year-old,
  • 00:26:06.547 --> 00:26:09.383
  • and the conversations that Ihave with them, that I now
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  • recognize fully that thoseare the true riches of life.
  • 00:26:12.753 --> 00:26:16.490
  • That that's wherethe riches are.
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  • Not what you drive.
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  • Not where you live.
  • 00:26:19.560 --> 00:26:20.594
  • And I think that's thefreedom that the blessed
  • 00:26:20.694 --> 00:26:23.597
  • life gave me.
  • 00:26:23.697 --> 00:26:24.865
  • And so I'm so thankful thatback in 2004 that the Lord
  • 00:26:24.965 --> 00:26:28.769
  • swept up our family.
  • 00:26:28.869 --> 00:26:31.338
  • Got me on a completelydifferent target,
  • 00:26:31.438 --> 00:26:33.173
  • 180 degrees from whereI was focused.
  • 00:26:33.273 --> 00:26:35.576
  • And certainly I'd like tosay thank you to Robert
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  • for writing "TheBlessed Life" book.
  • 00:26:37.411 --> 00:26:39.546
  • Because for the Ruben familyin McKinney, Texas,
  • 00:26:39.647 --> 00:26:41.448
  • our lives are changed.
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  • Try it.
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  • Try it.
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  • It'll blow your mind.
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  • ♪ ♪
  • 00:26:47.321 --> 00:27:02.603
  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
  • 00:27:02.703 --> 00:27:05.939
  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
  • 00:27:06.040 --> 00:27:09.043
  • It's about changesin your family, health,
  • 00:27:09.143 --> 00:27:11.779
  • and relationships.
  • 00:27:11.879 --> 00:27:13.447
  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
  • 00:27:13.547 --> 00:27:15.616
  • that there is so muchmore to life.
  • 00:27:15.716 --> 00:27:18.719
  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
  • 00:27:18.819 --> 00:27:21.255
  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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