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October 12, 2020
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Pastor Robert concludes the More than Words series with a message about how God’s Word lights up the darkness in the world today.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS:Read God's word.
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  • What if you loseyour relationship?
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  • What if you losean investment?
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  • Somehow you did something thatyou never thought you would do.
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  • What if you loseyour reputation?
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  • Anytime you lose something,light a lamp.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So, this is the lastmessage in the series,
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  • "More than Words",and we're talking about
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  • the Bible is more than words,
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  • and the title of thismessage is "Light".
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  • I want to focus in onthat God's word is light.
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  • Let me show youthis Scripture.
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  • I think all of youare familiar with it.
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  • This comes fromthe longest chapter
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  • in the Bible, by the way.
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  • Psalm 119:105, "Your wordis a lamp to my feet
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  • and a light to my path."
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  • Now, just think about that,even though it's a famous verse.
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  • "Your word", the word of God,
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  • "Your word isa lamp to my feet",
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  • so that I would know howto take the next step,
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  • and it's "a light to my path",so that I would know
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  • which path in lifeYou want me to take,
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  • the next path Youwant me to take.
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  • We find that inthe word of God.
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  • So, let me tell you three thingsabout light, all right?
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  • Here's number one,light dispels darkness.
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  • Light dispels darkness.
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  • All right, so let'stake a little poll.
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  • How many of you, at sometime in your life,
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  • have ever been walkingacross a dark room?
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  • Maybe it was in the middleof the night,
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  • and maybe you had to get upto go to the bathroom.
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  • Maybe you don't haveto do that yet, but you will.
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  • Maybe you were goingto the kitchen
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  • to get a snack,I don't know.
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  • But, how many of you haveever been walking across
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  • a dark room andstubbed your toe?
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  • Can I?
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  • Yeah, look at allthe clumsy people
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  • that attend Gateway Church.Okay.
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  • No, no, we're not clumsy.
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  • We did it because wedidn't have light, right?
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  • If we had simply had,think about it,
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  • a lamp to our feet,or a light to our path,
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  • we wouldn't have stubbedour toe, right? Okay.
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  • Think about the analogy.
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  • We're supposed towalk in the Spirit,
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  • but we are walkingin a dark world.
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  • Would you agree with that?
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  • So, how many Christiansare stumbling
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  • because they're notusing their lamp?
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  • They're not using their light,and so they stumble.
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  • So again, lightdispels darkness.
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  • It takes it away.
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  • You need to know thatthere's no struggle
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  • between lightand darkness.
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  • Now, we are in a strugglewith darkness as believers,
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  • but God is not in a strugglewith darkness.
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  • Light is not havinga fight with darkness!
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  • You walk in a room andturn a light switch on,
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  • and see if there'sa struggle.
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  • There's no struggle!
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  • The light is not saying, if Icould just push a little harder,
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  • I could getthis darkness to leave.
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  • The darkness leavesimmediately, right,
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  • when you turn the light on.
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  • Let me show you a Scripturethat many people
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  • have seen in the negative.
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  • We'll get to Luke 11in a minute.
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  • This is in John 3.
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  • John 3:20 says, "For everyonepracticing evil hates",
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  • or literally stays away from,"the light, and does not come
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  • to the light, lest his deedsshould be exposed."
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  • Now, so many times we readthe Bible in a negative light,
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  • but I don't wantyou to read it that way.
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  • I want you tothink about this.
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  • If you're caught in darkness,many people stay away
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  • from the word,don't want to read the word,
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  • because they don't want whatthey're doing to be exposed.
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  • But, that's not what thisverse is talking about.
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  • If you're caught in a darkness,what you would think is,
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  • the last thing I want to dois read the Bible.
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  • No, the first thing youwant to do is read the Bible,
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  • because light dispels darkness,and it says,
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  • "That his deedsmay be exposed." Listen.
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  • That means that your deeds wouldbe demolished by the light.
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  • Think about film,and remember how film,
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  • it's developedin a dark room.
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  • And remember, you seethis on TV or somethin'.
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  • Someone would open thedoor and they'd say,
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  • oh, you exposed the darkness.
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  • You exposed the film todarkness and you ruined it.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • If there's darknessin your life,
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  • expose it to the light,and it immediately goes away.
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  • I want you to think about this.
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  • If in your mind, if you'vetaken pictures of dark things,
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  • of negative things,maybe immoral or sexual things,
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  • expose it to the light.
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  • It will ruin that film.Are you all hearing me?
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  • That was reallya good illustration.
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  • I mean, thatwas really good! Okay.
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  • So, let me show it to you.Let me show you Luke 11.
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  • This is where Jesus now istalking about this, Luke 11:33.
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  • "No one, when he has lit a lamp,puts it in a secret place
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  • or under a basket,but on a lampstand,
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  • that those who come inmay see the light.
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  • The lamp", this is important,"of the body is the eye."
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  • In other words, what youlook at is how light
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  • or darkness getsinto your body.
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  • "Therefore, whenyour eye is good",
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  • or when you're lookingat good things,
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  • "your whole body alsois full of light.
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  • But when your eye is bad",or you're looking at bad things,
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  • "your body alsois full of darkness."
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  • Think about all the darknessthat our eyes see every day.
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  • I actually, for this message,I tried to do something
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  • for an illustration.
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  • I opened up, just Yahoo.
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  • I just opened it up andI was going to count
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  • how many of the articleswere either about murder
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  • or immorality,
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  • someone getting killed orsomeone committing immorality.
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  • And I got so discouraged,I stopped counting.
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  • I couldn't.But, it was over --
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  • When I stopped,I had already gotten
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  • to seven out of eleven,so the majority were about that.
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  • Can you imagine,and you know, we open it
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  • because we wantto read some fun story,
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  • somethin' good,
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  • but we've got all of thesearticles about --
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  • and it's just darkness.
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  • How many hours do wespend reading darkness?
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  • And darkness is enteringthrough the eye.
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  • It's entering our body.
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  • Can you imagine if you spentthe same amount of time,
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  • or more, reading light, andletting light get in your body?
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  • I was counselingwith a guy one time,
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  • and we were talking aboutlust and overcoming lust.
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  • And he said, "Robert,you just don't understand
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  • how many things I've seen thatI can't get out of my mind now.
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  • The pictures that I've seen,the movies that I've seen,
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  • the things that I did,that I actually did,
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  • that I saw that Ishouldn't have seen.
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  • You don't understand."
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  • First of all, I said to him,"I do understand,
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  • because I'm a human too, and Ihave a past like your past.
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  • I understandthose things."
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  • I said, "Do you reallywant to get free?"
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  • You remember, Jesus saidto the man that was lame,
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  • "Do you wantto be healed?"
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  • That's a very importantquestion, because there's a lot
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  • of people in bondagethat they kind of want to,
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  • but they don't wantto exert the effort.
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  • So I said, "Do you reallywant to get free from lust?"
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  • And he said, "I do."
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  • I said, "Okay, here'swhat I need you to do."
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  • I showed him theScripture in Luke 11.
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  • I told him, I said,"Darkness has entered
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  • your body'sfull of darkness.
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  • It's full of it becauseyou've looked at it,
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  • but I need you to lookat light now."
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  • So, I said, "For 30 days --we're not gonna meet again
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  • for 30 days.
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  • For 30 days, I want youto read the Bible,
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  • 30 minutes a day.
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  • I need, 30 minutes a day."
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  • Now, there are 260 chaptersin the New Testament.
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  • I told him to startreading in Mark.
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  • I've learned to tellpeople where to read,
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  • because they'll say,you know,
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  • they ask me a lot,where do you read?
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  • And I used to say to 'em, "Well,on the inside, you know, just."
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  • But, there are some goodplaces to start to read.
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  • I remember, I led a guyto Christ one time, and I said,
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  • "Before you go to bed,I want you to read the Bible."
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  • He said, "Where?"I said, "Anywhere."
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  • And the next morning I said,"Where did you read?"
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  • He said, "I read the Bookof Job, because I need one."
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  • [laughter]
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  • He said, "It didn'thelp me much, though."
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  • Okay, so I said,"Start in Matthew.
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  • Just start in Matthew, and justread the Bible for 30 days."
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  • And if you read about 30minutes a day,
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  • you'd read it in two months.
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  • You'd read the New Testamentin two months if you read
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  • 30 minutes a day.
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  • So, he did that.
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  • He comes back to me amonth later and he says,
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  • "You won't believethe difference."
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  • He said, "It is amazinghow lust has been driven
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  • out of my mind, and howmuch more I think about
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  • God and godly things."
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  • Then I saw him about sixmonths later, and he said to me,
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  • "I have to tellyou what happened.
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  • My wife and I went tosee a chick flick."
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  • That's what real men callthose types of movies,
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  • a chick flick.
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  • "And it was a love story,and you know, and so", he said,
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  • "but it had this one scene in itthat shouldn't have been
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  • in there, that they just,I don't know why they put it in,
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  • but they just put it in."
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  • And he said,"Here's what happened."
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  • He said, "What used toattract me was repulsive to me.
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  • I was repulsed by it becauseof the light that was in me."
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  • He said, "I didn't evenwant to look at it anymore."
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  • Please hear me.
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  • Read this book.
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  • Read this book.
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  • It has the power tochange your life.
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  • So, number one,it dispels darkness.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Light recoverslost things.
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  • If you lose something,it's very simple.
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  • You get a light, 'causeyou need to find it, right?
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  • You can't find itin a dark place.
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  • You need the light.
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  • If it's under your car,if it's under the seat,
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  • you get a flashlight.
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  • Under the couch, whereverit is, you get a light.
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  • Jesus tells this story abouta woman who lost something.
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  • He tells it in the middleof two other stories,
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  • one about a shepherdwho lost a sheep,
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  • remember who the shepherdis and who the sheep are.
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  • We're sheep.
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  • And He tells about afather who lost a son,
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  • the prodigal son.
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  • But He tells right in themiddle about a woman
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  • who lost a coin,something valuable.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • All three of these aretalkin' about people.
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  • They're all talkin'about people,
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  • because people arevaluable to God.
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  • So, here it is,Luke 15:8-10.
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  • "Or what woman,having ten silver coins,
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  • if she loses one coin,
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  • does not light a lamp,sweep the house,
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  • and search carefullyuntil she finds it?
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  • And when she has found it,she calls her friends
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  • and neighbors together,saying, "Rejoice with me,
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  • for I have found thepiece which I lost!"
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  • Now, remember when I toldyou all of these
  • 00:11:57.565 --> 00:11:59.400
  • are talking aboutpeople, right?
  • 00:11:59.501 --> 00:12:00.535
  • Look at thevery next verse.
  • 00:12:00.635 --> 00:12:02.237
  • "Likewise", in other words,here's the interpretation
  • 00:12:02.337 --> 00:12:05.940
  • of the allegory I just used,"I say to you,
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:09.277
  • there is joyin the presence of the angels
  • 00:12:09.377 --> 00:12:11.980
  • of God over onesinner who repents."
  • 00:12:12.080 --> 00:12:16.951
  • Okay, so we're gonna getback to people,
  • 00:12:17.051 --> 00:12:18.820
  • but what if you lose your job?
  • 00:12:18.920 --> 00:12:22.590
  • What do you do?
  • 00:12:22.690 --> 00:12:23.725
  • I'm tellin' you,light a lamp.
  • 00:12:23.825 --> 00:12:25.794
  • Go read the word of God.
  • 00:12:25.894 --> 00:12:28.363
  • Read God's word.
  • 00:12:28.463 --> 00:12:29.964
  • What if you loseyour relationship?
  • 00:12:30.064 --> 00:12:32.033
  • What if you losean investment?
  • 00:12:32.133 --> 00:12:34.736
  • You know, what if youlose your integrity?
  • 00:12:34.836 --> 00:12:38.740
  • Somehow you did something thatyou never thought you would do.
  • 00:12:38.840 --> 00:12:42.243
  • What if you loseyour reputation?
  • 00:12:42.343 --> 00:12:44.546
  • Anytime you lose something,light a lamp.
  • 00:12:44.646 --> 00:12:48.249
  • Okay, but let'stalk about people.
  • 00:12:48.349 --> 00:12:49.951
  • There's a natural leavingand cleaving that happens
  • 00:12:50.051 --> 00:12:54.956
  • with children.
  • 00:12:55.056 --> 00:12:57.025
  • There's a naturalprogression when a child
  • 00:12:57.125 --> 00:13:01.930
  • begins to become an adult,and in essence,
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:05.900
  • there's a little bitof a losing of control
  • 00:13:06.000 --> 00:13:10.038
  • that you've had over that child,and you have to begin trusting
  • 00:13:10.138 --> 00:13:14.509
  • that that child's gonnamake the right decision.
  • 00:13:14.609 --> 00:13:16.578
  • I don't know how many ofyou've been through this,
  • 00:13:16.678 --> 00:13:19.080
  • but it's a traumatic time,because all of a sudden
  • 00:13:19.180 --> 00:13:22.784
  • you realize you can'tjust say, don't do that.
  • 00:13:22.884 --> 00:13:27.388
  • You have to hope he or shemakes the decision
  • 00:13:27.488 --> 00:13:29.824
  • on his or her own, see?
  • 00:13:29.924 --> 00:13:31.693
  • So, one of the majordecisions that a child,
  • 00:13:31.793 --> 00:13:36.564
  • when he becomes an adult,we'll just say, or she,
  • 00:13:36.664 --> 00:13:40.101
  • is a mate,the choosing of a mate.
  • 00:13:40.201 --> 00:13:43.538
  • And with all threeof our children,
  • 00:13:43.638 --> 00:13:45.640
  • we asked them for the right
  • 00:13:45.740 --> 00:13:47.609
  • to speak into their livesduring this time,
  • 00:13:47.709 --> 00:13:50.078
  • because that'sa very important decision.
  • 00:13:50.178 --> 00:13:52.247
  • We said, "We know youbetter than anyone else."
  • 00:13:52.347 --> 00:13:55.450
  • We even joked about it.
  • 00:13:55.550 --> 00:13:57.018
  • We said, "We've knownyou since you were born.
  • 00:13:57.118 --> 00:13:59.554
  • That's how longwe've known you.
  • 00:13:59.654 --> 00:14:01.456
  • And we know the gifts thatyou have and we know
  • 00:14:01.556 --> 00:14:03.157
  • the personality you have,and you might meet someone
  • 00:14:03.258 --> 00:14:06.761
  • who might even be a goodperson, but your personality
  • 00:14:06.861 --> 00:14:10.999
  • and her personalitywill never get along,
  • 00:14:11.099 --> 00:14:13.601
  • and we knowthese things."
  • 00:14:13.701 --> 00:14:15.303
  • Let me give youa little exegesis,
  • 00:14:15.403 --> 00:14:19.173
  • if you don't mind meusing that word again,
  • 00:14:19.274 --> 00:14:20.875
  • of Hebrews 4:12.
  • 00:14:20.975 --> 00:14:22.443
  • It says, "The word of Godis living and powerful,
  • 00:14:22.543 --> 00:14:25.013
  • and divides betweenthe spirit and the soul."
  • 00:14:25.113 --> 00:14:28.216
  • Listen what that means.
  • 00:14:28.316 --> 00:14:30.385
  • The soul is your mind,your will, and your emotions;
  • 00:14:30.485 --> 00:14:33.721
  • your mind, and your emotions,and your will.
  • 00:14:33.821 --> 00:14:36.791
  • You make decisions basedon what you think
  • 00:14:36.891 --> 00:14:40.395
  • and what you feel.
  • 00:14:40.495 --> 00:14:41.963
  • Did everyone catch that?
  • 00:14:42.063 --> 00:14:43.298
  • Your mind and your emotions,what you think
  • 00:14:43.398 --> 00:14:45.533
  • and what you feel, and that'show we make decisions.
  • 00:14:45.633 --> 00:14:48.136
  • That's how our willdecides something.
  • 00:14:48.236 --> 00:14:50.004
  • But the Bible doesn'tdivide the soul,
  • 00:14:50.104 --> 00:14:53.641
  • it divides betweenthe soul and the spirit.
  • 00:14:53.741 --> 00:14:56.177
  • Let me say it another way.
  • 00:14:56.277 --> 00:14:57.211
  • It divides whatwe think is right,
  • 00:14:57.312 --> 00:15:00.114
  • what we feel is right,and what really is right.
  • 00:15:00.214 --> 00:15:04.619
  • Did you get that?
  • 00:15:04.719 --> 00:15:06.087
  • It divides between what wethink and feel is right,
  • 00:15:06.187 --> 00:15:09.023
  • but what is right.
  • 00:15:09.123 --> 00:15:10.992
  • Okay, so lightrecovers lost things.
  • 00:15:11.092 --> 00:15:13.394
  • Here's number three.
  • 00:15:13.494 --> 00:15:14.796
  • Light shows the way.
  • 00:15:14.896 --> 00:15:18.466
  • It's "a lamp to my feetand it's a light to my path."
  • 00:15:18.566 --> 00:15:20.735
  • It shows the way.
  • 00:15:20.835 --> 00:15:22.904
  • Now, I don't need to askyou to raise your hands,
  • 00:15:23.004 --> 00:15:24.772
  • 'cause it'll be like thedeath rate --
  • 00:15:24.872 --> 00:15:26.541
  • it'll be 100%, you know.
  • 00:15:26.641 --> 00:15:29.744
  • But, have you ever had adecision you needed to make?
  • 00:15:29.844 --> 00:15:33.281
  • Of course you have.
  • 00:15:33.381 --> 00:15:34.549
  • You ever needed to knowwhether to buy a home or not?
  • 00:15:34.649 --> 00:15:36.484
  • Is this the home God has?
  • 00:15:36.584 --> 00:15:37.552
  • Is this the schooldistrict for our children?
  • 00:15:37.652 --> 00:15:40.455
  • Is this the college?
  • 00:15:40.555 --> 00:15:41.823
  • What college shouldour children go to?
  • 00:15:41.923 --> 00:15:45.493
  • What job should I take?
  • 00:15:45.593 --> 00:15:47.295
  • What decisionshould I make?
  • 00:15:47.395 --> 00:15:48.429
  • What spouseshould I marry?
  • 00:15:48.529 --> 00:15:49.897
  • You know, I mean,we all have decisions.
  • 00:15:49.998 --> 00:15:52.967
  • The Bible talks aboutgeneral and specific revelation,
  • 00:15:53.067 --> 00:15:57.205
  • general and specific revelation.
  • 00:15:57.305 --> 00:15:59.574
  • There is the generalrevelation of God,
  • 00:15:59.674 --> 00:16:01.709
  • and then there's the specific.
  • 00:16:01.809 --> 00:16:03.578
  • The general revelation ofGod is how to be married.
  • 00:16:03.678 --> 00:16:06.614
  • The specific revelation ofGod is whom do you marry.
  • 00:16:06.714 --> 00:16:12.587
  • And, can God give youspecific revelation?
  • 00:16:12.687 --> 00:16:15.490
  • Of course He can.
  • 00:16:15.590 --> 00:16:18.359
  • But I'm telling you,God can actually speak
  • 00:16:18.459 --> 00:16:20.928
  • through this word.
  • 00:16:21.029 --> 00:16:22.397
  • So, what I want to do is showyou how to get a word from God
  • 00:16:22.497 --> 00:16:26.968
  • from God's word,
  • 00:16:27.068 --> 00:16:28.936
  • and it'll take mejust a few minutes.
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  • It's real easy.
  • 00:16:31.105 --> 00:16:32.073
  • So three words,remember these three words.
  • 00:16:32.173 --> 00:16:35.009
  • Praise, prayer, proclaim.
  • 00:16:35.109 --> 00:16:39.814
  • Praise, prayer, proclaim.
  • 00:16:39.914 --> 00:16:42.583
  • First of all, enter God'spresence with praise.
  • 00:16:42.683 --> 00:16:45.787
  • Psalm 100, "Enter into Hisgates with Thanksgiving,
  • 00:16:45.887 --> 00:16:48.089
  • and into His courtswith praise."
  • 00:16:48.189 --> 00:16:49.824
  • So, enter God'spresence with praise. Okay?
  • 00:16:49.924 --> 00:16:53.728
  • Again, that's Psalm 100:4.
  • 00:16:53.828 --> 00:16:56.130
  • "Enter into His gateswith Thanksgiving,
  • 00:16:56.230 --> 00:16:57.799
  • come into His courtswith praise."
  • 00:16:57.899 --> 00:16:59.634
  • Come into God's presence.The next is prayer.
  • 00:16:59.734 --> 00:17:03.137
  • Now, here's what I wantyou to pray about.
  • 00:17:03.237 --> 00:17:05.106
  • Pray about what youneed to pray about.
  • 00:17:05.206 --> 00:17:08.109
  • Pray about whateveryou need to pray about,
  • 00:17:08.209 --> 00:17:09.577
  • and I'm gonna ask youto do somethin'.
  • 00:17:09.677 --> 00:17:11.412
  • Write your prayers.Just write 'em.
  • 00:17:11.512 --> 00:17:14.949
  • Just write your prayers.
  • 00:17:15.049 --> 00:17:16.517
  • You might even write,"Lord, I'm gonna write
  • 00:17:16.617 --> 00:17:19.754
  • my prayers becausePastor Robert asked me to.
  • 00:17:19.854 --> 00:17:26.360
  • Do you know him?"
  • 00:17:26.461 --> 00:17:28.129
  • You know, I don't know.
  • 00:17:28.229 --> 00:17:29.297
  • Just write yourprayers, all right?
  • 00:17:29.397 --> 00:17:33.134
  • "If you know Him, you knowhow he is", you know?
  • 00:17:33.234 --> 00:17:35.203
  • So, just write yourprayers, all right?
  • 00:17:35.303 --> 00:17:36.871
  • But, I need to pray.
  • 00:17:36.971 --> 00:17:38.372
  • I need to knowabout this job.
  • 00:17:38.473 --> 00:17:40.408
  • That's what I'mpraying about.
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  • Write your prayers.And then, proclaim.
  • 00:17:41.509 --> 00:17:44.011
  • Proclaim isread God's word.
  • 00:17:44.112 --> 00:17:47.081
  • Now, you say, wheredo I read God's word?
  • 00:17:47.181 --> 00:17:49.717
  • Let's say that you'repraying about marriage,
  • 00:17:49.817 --> 00:17:52.186
  • you know, amarriage situation.
  • 00:17:52.286 --> 00:17:53.921
  • Think about any verses,or any chapters,
  • 00:17:54.021 --> 00:17:57.492
  • or any stories ofmarriages in the Bible.
  • 00:17:57.592 --> 00:18:01.662
  • Read about Abraham andSarah, Isaac and Rebecca,
  • 00:18:01.762 --> 00:18:05.633
  • Jacob and Rachel,Boaz and Ruth.
  • 00:18:05.733 --> 00:18:08.169
  • Here's a marriage in theBible -- Jesus and the church.
  • 00:18:08.269 --> 00:18:12.406
  • It's in Ephesians 5.
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  • So, just read somepassages about marriage.
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  • So, my daughter, years ago,was trying to decide
  • 00:18:17.044 --> 00:18:20.648
  • whether to go to ORU.
  • 00:18:20.748 --> 00:18:22.583
  • So, we took Elaine,Debbie and I.
  • 00:18:22.683 --> 00:18:24.652
  • We toured the campus.
  • 00:18:24.752 --> 00:18:25.887
  • We went and metwith Dr. Rutland.
  • 00:18:25.987 --> 00:18:27.955
  • He talked to usfor a little while,
  • 00:18:28.055 --> 00:18:29.290
  • but then he turned and juststarted talking to Elaine,
  • 00:18:29.390 --> 00:18:33.261
  • and it was so clearand so godly.
  • 00:18:33.361 --> 00:18:37.865
  • He was saying,"What do you want to do?"
  • 00:18:37.965 --> 00:18:40.101
  • She said, "I really thinkthat God's calling me to speak
  • 00:18:40.201 --> 00:18:43.304
  • and to write,kind of like my dad does."
  • 00:18:43.404 --> 00:18:45.940
  • And so, he said,"Well, that's great.
  • 00:18:46.040 --> 00:18:47.875
  • How are you goingto prepare for that?"
  • 00:18:47.975 --> 00:18:51.279
  • He said, "Your dadis a theologian
  • 00:18:51.379 --> 00:18:55.049
  • in the body of Christ,and he prepared.
  • 00:18:55.149 --> 00:18:58.119
  • So, how are you gonna prepare tobe able to write books
  • 00:18:58.219 --> 00:19:01.522
  • that peoplewill want to read,
  • 00:19:01.622 --> 00:19:02.757
  • and to be able to preachand teach messages people
  • 00:19:02.857 --> 00:19:05.726
  • are gonna want to hear, thatwill actually help people?
  • 00:19:05.826 --> 00:19:07.195
  • How are yougonna prepare?"
  • 00:19:07.295 --> 00:19:08.963
  • And so, he starts talkingto her, and it was so clear.
  • 00:19:09.063 --> 00:19:12.200
  • And so, on the way home,I said to her,
  • 00:19:12.300 --> 00:19:15.102
  • "So, what'd you think?"
  • 00:19:15.203 --> 00:19:16.237
  • She said, "I thinkI'm supposed to go."
  • 00:19:16.337 --> 00:19:18.239
  • I said, "Well, that's great,but that's not good enough.
  • 00:19:18.339 --> 00:19:21.209
  • You can't just thinkyou're supposed to go."
  • 00:19:21.309 --> 00:19:23.377
  • I said, "You have to pray
  • 00:19:23.477 --> 00:19:24.879
  • and you have to geta word from God."
  • 00:19:24.979 --> 00:19:28.583
  • And then, this iswhat she said to me.
  • 00:19:28.683 --> 00:19:29.850
  • She said, "Well, I thoughtyou were gonna do that for me."
  • 00:19:29.951 --> 00:19:36.224
  • By the way, a lotof people think that.
  • 00:19:36.324 --> 00:19:40.595
  • A lot of people think thatsomeone else is supposed
  • 00:19:40.695 --> 00:19:43.331
  • to get a word for them,but we all have
  • 00:19:43.431 --> 00:19:46.801
  • a personal relationshipwith Jesus,
  • 00:19:46.901 --> 00:19:49.971
  • and it'll mean more to youif you get the word
  • 00:19:50.071 --> 00:19:52.106
  • directly from God.
  • 00:19:52.206 --> 00:19:54.542
  • So, I said to her, "No, itdoesn't work that way, Sugar."
  • 00:19:54.642 --> 00:19:57.912
  • I said, "Because ina few months", I said,
  • 00:19:58.012 --> 00:19:59.847
  • "Right now, you thinkyou're supposed to go,
  • 00:19:59.947 --> 00:20:02.617
  • but in a few months,when you have two papers due
  • 00:20:02.717 --> 00:20:05.653
  • and a test,
  • 00:20:05.753 --> 00:20:06.754
  • you might not think you'resupposed to be there.
  • 00:20:06.854 --> 00:20:09.957
  • But if you have a word from God,you know you're there."
  • 00:20:10.057 --> 00:20:12.226
  • So, I told her how to geta word from God,
  • 00:20:12.326 --> 00:20:13.828
  • praise, prayer,and proclamation.
  • 00:20:13.928 --> 00:20:15.930
  • So, she went awayand prayed, came back.
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:18.866
  • I said, "Did you geta word from God?"
  • 00:20:18.966 --> 00:20:20.301
  • She said, "I gota word from God.
  • 00:20:20.401 --> 00:20:21.936
  • I know it.I heard God."
  • 00:20:22.036 --> 00:20:23.604
  • So, I said, "Well,tell me about it."
  • 00:20:23.704 --> 00:20:24.905
  • So, she was writingher prayers.
  • 00:20:25.006 --> 00:20:26.641
  • She worshipped, thenshe wrote her prayers.
  • 00:20:26.741 --> 00:20:28.242
  • So, she wrote downfour statements.
  • 00:20:28.342 --> 00:20:29.977
  • Here's the firstthing she wrote down.
  • 00:20:30.077 --> 00:20:31.646
  • She said, "I believe thatORU is an open door for me.
  • 00:20:31.746 --> 00:20:36.050
  • I believe God has openedthe door for me to go to ORU.
  • 00:20:36.150 --> 00:20:39.320
  • It's an open door."
  • 00:20:39.420 --> 00:20:40.955
  • Then she wrote, she thoughtabout when Dr. Rutland
  • 00:20:41.055 --> 00:20:43.958
  • spoke to her,and she thought it was so clear,
  • 00:20:44.058 --> 00:20:46.227
  • and she remembered,"Make a clear sound."
  • 00:20:46.327 --> 00:20:49.130
  • 1 Corinthians 14 says, "If atrumpet makes an unclear sound",
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:53.234
  • and so she literally wrote,"I felt like Dr. Rutland's voice
  • 00:20:53.334 --> 00:20:57.338
  • was like a trumpet,it was so clear."
  • 00:20:57.438 --> 00:21:00.608
  • She writes this down!
  • 00:21:00.708 --> 00:21:02.043
  • Then she wrote down,"I think I'm supposed
  • 00:21:02.143 --> 00:21:05.379
  • to go down to Tulsa."
  • 00:21:05.479 --> 00:21:07.448
  • Now, the reason I'mtelling you that is,
  • 00:21:07.548 --> 00:21:09.717
  • on the way back, she said,"I think I'm supposed to go
  • 00:21:09.817 --> 00:21:12.520
  • down to Tulsa" to me.
  • 00:21:12.620 --> 00:21:14.789
  • And so, I said to her,"Well, Sugar, let me help you
  • 00:21:14.889 --> 00:21:18.459
  • a little bit withwhat you just said."
  • 00:21:18.559 --> 00:21:22.029
  • I said, "When youlive in Texas,
  • 00:21:22.129 --> 00:21:24.832
  • you don't go "down"to Tulsa.
  • 00:21:24.932 --> 00:21:29.503
  • You go "up" to Tulsa, 'causeTulsa is north of Dallas."
  • 00:21:29.603 --> 00:21:35.042
  • And the reason I said thisis because she's not real good
  • 00:21:35.142 --> 00:21:38.245
  • with geography.
  • 00:21:38.346 --> 00:21:41.215
  • I know many people aren't.
  • 00:21:41.315 --> 00:21:43.284
  • She was one timeat a young adult event,
  • 00:21:43.384 --> 00:21:45.252
  • and one of the questions was,name a country,
  • 00:21:45.353 --> 00:21:47.922
  • and she named London.So, anyway.
  • 00:21:48.022 --> 00:21:51.992
  • So I said,"It's up, okay?"
  • 00:21:52.093 --> 00:21:53.661
  • So, she wrote down,"I think I'm supposed
  • 00:21:53.761 --> 00:21:55.963
  • to go down to Tulsa",and then she marked out "down",
  • 00:21:56.063 --> 00:21:59.700
  • 'cause she remembered ourconversation, and put "up".
  • 00:21:59.800 --> 00:22:02.203
  • That's important,all right? Up.
  • 00:22:02.303 --> 00:22:04.538
  • Then, the last statementshe wrote was,
  • 00:22:04.638 --> 00:22:08.008
  • "I think I'm supposedto go up to Tulsa,
  • 00:22:08.109 --> 00:22:12.313
  • but I don't knowwhat's going to happen next."
  • 00:22:12.413 --> 00:22:17.752
  • She had met Ethan, and shedidn't know what God was saying,
  • 00:22:17.852 --> 00:22:20.921
  • so she said, "I'm wondering,what am I supposed to do
  • 00:22:21.021 --> 00:22:24.625
  • after that, after ORU?What's next?"
  • 00:22:24.725 --> 00:22:28.596
  • And then she just wrote -all of a sudden,
  • 00:22:28.696 --> 00:22:30.798
  • she just wrote this statement.
  • 00:22:30.898 --> 00:22:32.533
  • I'll put it upso you can see it,
  • 00:22:32.633 --> 00:22:33.801
  • and it was like Godspeaking to her.
  • 00:22:33.901 --> 00:22:36.303
  • "I'm going to give you arevelation that on the fourth
  • 00:22:36.404 --> 00:22:40.875
  • will be the firstof many new things for you."
  • 00:22:40.975 --> 00:22:43.978
  • Now, I need to explain to youwhy she put "the fourth".
  • 00:22:44.078 --> 00:22:45.679
  • The reason was,if she decided to go,
  • 00:22:45.780 --> 00:22:48.849
  • it was the spring semester.
  • 00:22:48.949 --> 00:22:50.117
  • She had to be there onJanuary 4th,
  • 00:22:50.217 --> 00:22:53.254
  • so that's whyit was "the fourth".
  • 00:22:53.354 --> 00:22:54.488
  • So, "I'm gonna give youa revelation that on the fourth
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  • will be the firstof many new things for you."
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  • Now, then she remembered,okay, God's supposed
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  • to give me a Scripture.
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  • My dad said God wouldgive me a Scripture.
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  • And she sawthe word "revelation",
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  • and she underlined it.
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  • She thought, there's a bookin the Bible, Revelation,
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  • and then all of a sudden,it just jumped out to her --
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  • four and first, so you'vegot 4, Revelation 4:1.
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  • You see that?
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  • And she thought, I wonderif it's that easy?
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  • And so, she opens herBible to Revelation 4:1.
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  • Remember the fourstatements, okay?
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  • She said, "I thinkORU is an open door.
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  • I think Dr. Rutland'svoice was like a trumpet.
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  • I think I'm supposedto go up there,
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  • but I wonder what'sgonna happen next."
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  • Revelation 4:1 says this.
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  • "After these thingsI looked, and behold,
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  • a door standing open in heaven.
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  • And the first voice whichI heard was like a trumpet
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  • speaking with me,saying, "Come up here,
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  • and I will show youthe things
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  • which will takeplace after this."
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  • [Applause]
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  • She said, "I thinkI got a word from God."
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  • This book is more than words,
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  • and it will change yourlife if you read it.
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  • Robert: This bookis more than words,
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  • It's more than a greatpiece of literature.
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  • It is the word of God.
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  • It gives a lamp to your feetand a light to your path,
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  • and God wantsto speak to you.
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  • Can you imagine everydecision that you have
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  • that's an important decision,
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  • or maybe even a small decision,
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  • allowing God's wordto speak to your heart?
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  • Here's what you need to do:get in this book every day.
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  • This may be the first messageyou've heard in this series.
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  • I want to encourage you,get the whole series,
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  • because the more we learnto understand this book,
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  • the more we're gonna growas believers in Christ
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  • and be victorious in Him.
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  • Hey, thanks somuch for watching.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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