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The Principle of Trust

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January 20, 2021
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Pastor Robert continues the RELAT10NSHIP series by explaining why stealing represents a lack of trust in God’s provision.

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The Principle of Trust

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God is tryingto put the principle
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  • of trust in his kids.
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  • Adam and Eve,he starts with Adam and Eve
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  • and here's what he says to them,you can every tree
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  • except that one, here's whathe's really saying: Trust me.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: Just to remind you,we're looking for
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  • the principle of relationshipbehind each commandment
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  • and we're on nowthe eighth commandment,
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  • so next week the ninth,the next week the tenth
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  • but the eighth commandment isExodus 20:15,
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  • four words, there's only oneother four word commandment
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  • but it is'you shall not steal.'
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  • Now I've had a lot of greatcomments from people saying
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  • you know we've been kind ofwondering where you're going to
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  • go on these messages you know.
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  • How you're going to preachon murder to a bunch of
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  • church going folks you knowso it's been wonderful to me
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  • to watch as the Lord hasunfolded these principles
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  • before us, so let me justlet you know here is
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  • the principle I believe that Godis trying to instill in us
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  • through the eighth commandment'you shall not steal.'
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  • I think the principleis the principle of trust.
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  • It's the principle of trustbecause when you think about it,
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  • it's really only one reasonthat anyone would steal.
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  • That's because you don'ttrust God to provide for you,
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  • it's got to be the only reason.
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  • So what was God trying toteach the nation of Israel
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  • that had been in slaveryfor 430 years?
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  • What was he trying to teachthem, what was he saying
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  • to them throughthis commandment?
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  • He's trying to sayyou don't need to steal
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  • because I'll always providefor you.
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  • I want you to learnto trust me.
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  • Now Ephesians 4,there's a passage
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  • that we're going to springboardoff of today
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  • all three points will come outof one verse,
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  • but I was interestedlooking at these
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  • last few commandments thatwe're in right now how these
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  • commandments several of themare in this passage
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  • in Ephesians 4,so let me show you this.
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  • Ephesians 4:25: "Thereforeputting away lying,
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  • let each one of you speak truthwith his neighbor for we are
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  • members of one another."
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  • Just so you know, that'snext week, in other words
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  • next week is 'you shall notbear false witness
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  • or you shall not lie'so here's the New Testament
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  • saying put away lyingand then verse 26,
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  • be angry and do not sin, ok,that was the one
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  • we talked about not murderingbecause one of the steps
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  • to murder is hate, one ofthe steps to hate
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  • is unresolved anger an areahe says be angry
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  • do not sin do not let the sungo down on your wrath,
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  • in other words don'tlet it be unresolved,
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  • don't have unresolved angerbecause it could turn into
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  • hate and bitterness.
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  • Verse 27, nor give placeto the devil.
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  • Last weekend we talked aboutadultery and how adultery
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  • whether it's body, soulor spirit gives a place
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  • to the enemy in your life.
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  • And verse 28 is this week,let him who stole,
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  • now he's talking to believers,let him who stole,
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  • steal no longer but rather lethim labor working with his hands
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  • what is good that he mayhave something to give him
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  • who has needs.
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  • All three points are goingto come out of this verse
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  • so it says let him who stole,steal no longer,
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  • so here is point number one.
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  • Stop stealing!
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  • It's kind of simple,stop stealing.
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  • So if you're going to developthis principle of trust
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  • in your life you're going tohave to stop stealing
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  • in little waysand I think sometimes
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  • we actually do stealand we excuse it
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  • because it's justthe little thing.
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  • Well let's go back now toright before he gives the law
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  • in Exodus 16 and in thewilderness and he provided
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  • manna for them, but somethingyou might not have ever
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  • seen before is that he providedthe exact amount of manna
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  • for every person every day.
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  • Look Exodus 16:16:"This is the thing
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  • which the Lord has commanded,let every man gather
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  • according to each one's need."
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  • One omer, now that's abouttwo liters we don't know
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  • what an omer isbut it's about two liters.
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  • "One omer for each personaccording to the number
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  • of persons let every man takefor those who are in his tent.
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  • Then the children of Israeldid so and gathered some more
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  • and some less", because itdepended on how many people
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  • lived in that tent.
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  • "So when they had measuredit out by omers
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  • he who gathered much had nothingleft over and he who had
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  • gathered littlehad no lack."
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  • In other words everyone hadthe perfect,
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  • exactly perfect amount.
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  • Every man had gatheredaccording to each one's need,
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  • ok, so let's think about thisfor a moment.
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  • Since God provided exactlyenough for every person,
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  • if you took more than what youwere supposed to take
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  • then you are stealingfrom another person.
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  • But here is what he saidwhen they went out looking
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  • on the seventh dayand he had told them not to
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  • because this is important.
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  • Exodus 16:28: "And the Lordsaid to Moses,
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  • how long do you refuse to keep",now underline the word 'keep'
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  • there, "keep my commandmentsand my laws?"
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  • Now let me tell you whatthis word 'keep' means.
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  • It means a guard or a trustworthy keeper of something.
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  • A trustworthy, here is whathe's really saying,
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  • how long do you refuseto trust me?
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  • How long do you refuseto keep my commandments?
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  • How long do you refuse to trustthat I'll provide for you?
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  • That was Israel's problem,they didn't trust that he
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  • would provide enough on thatsixth day for two days
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  • and he said how long areyou going to do this?
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  • How long?
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  • So that's what stealing is,stealing is a bold statement
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  • to God that youdon't trust him.
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  • Stealing is a bold statementyou don't trust that God can
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  • provide for you, so as I said,how are we going to make
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  • this real for a church fullof Christians?
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  • You got to remember that inEphesians Paul was writing
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  • to the church at Ephesuswhich they were part of
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  • a very corrupt societyand he said he's writing
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  • to believers let him who stolesteal no more and don't lie
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  • and don't be angryand not resolve your anger,
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  • ok, so we're part ofa corrupt society today
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  • so there's still stealing thatgoes on and I really think
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  • that Christians still steal.
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  • Can I say that?
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  • S-t-i-l-l, s-t-e-a-l,still steal.
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  • So I'm going to say some thingsand you might want
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  • to nudge someone, you might not,you might want to look
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  • straight ahead like you neverhad that thought before
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  • but have you ever boughtanything on an expense account
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  • that really was personal?
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  • You all are lookingstraight ahead,
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  • I never thought of that, no, no.
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  • Have you ever charged somethingto the company that really
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  • wasn't the company's?
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  • Ok, then I'll say it this way.
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  • Have you ever charged a mealto the company that really
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  • was personal?
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  • And I've heard it for instanceat lunch we'll say,
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  • how's your business?
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  • Great, how's yours?
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  • Great, ok we talked aboutbusiness I can write
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  • this one off.
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  • You laughedand then you moaned.
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  • Have you ever taken a longerlunch than you were allowed?
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  • That would be stealing.
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  • Have you ever paid for somethingin cash or asked to be paid
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  • in cash so you can hide itfrom the government?
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  • Have you ever receivedtoo much change back
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  • and considered ita blessing from God?
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  • Oh, thank you Lord!
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  • To not pay one's debtsis stealing.
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  • If you borrowed the moneyyou need to pay it back.
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  • Not working the agreednumber of hours for pay
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  • is stealing.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • The Lord owns everything, right?
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  • The earth is the Lord'sand the fullness thereof
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  • and all the people that dwelltherein Psalm 24:1,
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  • so when you steal from someoneelse aren't you really stealing
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  • from the Lord since heis the one that owns everything?
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  • And you know who the masterthief is, don't you?
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  • Very famous scriptureJohn 10:10: "The thief
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  • comes only to steal, killand destroy".
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  • Who is he talking about?
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  • Satan, he's the thief.
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  • Here's number two,start working.
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  • Look back at Ephesians 4:28:"Let him who stole,
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  • steal no longer",that was point one,
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  • "but rather let him laborworking with his hands
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  • what is good".
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  • And then it says that he mayhave gifts so that will be
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  • point three, alright but lethim labor ok, you might say
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  • I said start working youmight say I have a job,
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  • uh huh, start working.
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  • I know a lot of people whohave jobs that don't work.
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  • I know people who work hardand people who hardly work.
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  • God blesses hard work,he blesses hard work,
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  • this word 'labor' means to growweary, tired
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  • and to be exhausted,to be exhausted.
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  • This word 'work' means toearn something by working,
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  • to earn it because Godblesses hard work.
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  • This is the eighth commandmentis the balance
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  • to the fourth commandmentthat's why you need it.
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  • You need a day offbecause you worked.
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  • God's plan is that you wouldwork and receive joy
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  • from your work,did you know that?
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  • Did you know that God toldAdam and Eve
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  • to work before the fall?
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  • Before they sinnedthey were to work.
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  • Genesis 2:15: "The Lord Godput the man, took the man
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  • and put him in the gardenof Eden to work it",
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  • to work it but work is supposedto be a joy,
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  • if Ecclesiastes 2:10: watch this"for my heart rejoiced
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  • in all my labor and this wasmy reward from all my labor."
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  • What was his reward?
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  • That he worked!
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  • I grew up working formy father's company.
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  • My father owned a companyand I'd work for him
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  • during the summers.
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  • One part of his company --he had an engineering company,
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  • one part was a surveying companyso I did the land
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  • surveying part.
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  • I remember one of my friendstold me, he said man you got
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  • to come work for this otherengineering company in town.
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  • There were two big onesin our town, my father's
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  • and this other one and he saidman we don't work,
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  • that's what he told me,we don't work at all.
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  • I was a teenager, I thoughtthat sounds good
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  • because we worked.
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  • So I actually went to workfor this company
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  • and we get there 7:00 a.m.in the morning and sat around
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  • and eat donuts and drink coffeefor about an hour.
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  • Then we'd start heading outto the job
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  • then we'd set the equipment uparound 9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.
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  • then about 11:30 a.m. we'd breakdown to go to lunch.
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  • We'd come back from lunchand we'd sat in the car
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  • and take a nap.
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  • At about 2:00 p.m.
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  • we'd set the equipmentup again, about 4 p.m.
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  • we'd break the equipment downso we could be back to
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  • the office by 5 p.m.
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  • and we drove slow.
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  • About a month intoit I quit the job.
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  • I said dad I want tocome back work for you.
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  • He said why?
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  • I said it's no fun.
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  • I was a lost teenager,I didn't get saved
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  • until after Debbie and Igot married,
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  • but I'd grown upwhere you worked,
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  • I knew how to work,so if you want to trust God
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  • for provisions, stop stealing,start working,
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  • here's number three,get giving.
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  • Get to giving, get giving.
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  • Ephesians 4:28 again"let him who stole
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  • steal no longer but rather lethim labor working with his hands
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  • what is good that he may"I put these words "he may",
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  • and I'll tell you whyin a moment,
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  • "that he may have somethingto give him who has a need."
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  • So why did I underlinethe word 'may'?
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  • Let me tell you why,because we get to give
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  • we don't have to give.
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  • You didn't know this,God said I'll make you give,
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  • we get to give, let me say itanother way by the way
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  • and this is the whole premiseof the blessed life,
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  • most of you know.
  • 00:14:09.097 --> 00:14:10.064
  • We get to give,we don't give to get.
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  • Isn't it amazing that pastorsget up and preach
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.605
  • give and you'll get,give and you'll get
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  • instead of hey, we get to give,so we don't have to give,
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  • we get to give.
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  • We get to participateif we don't steal
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  • and if we're hard workers we getto give to those who truly do
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  • have a need, who reallydo have a need.
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  • We can make a difference,we get to give.
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  • Now in my opinion probablythe biggest theft
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  • that's going on in the church istaking what belongs to God,
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  • and that also has to bethe biggest statement
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  • of unbelief you could maketo God of not trusting him.
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  • I don't trust you that ifI do what your word says
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  • in the area of givingthat you'll bless me
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  • and you'll take care of me.
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  • Joshua 6, when they go intothe promise land remember
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  • God said bring all the silverand the gold
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  • into the house of the Lord,the treasury of the Lord,
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  • Joshua 6:19: "All the silverand gold and vessels of bronze
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  • and iron are consecrated",that's just the Bible word
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  • that means set apart.
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  • This is what the tithe is,set apart to the Lord,
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  • they shall come intothe treasury of the Lord.
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  • Then if you remember Achan tooksome and hid it in his tent.
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  • Joshua 7:11: "Israel hassinned for they have also
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  • transgressed my covenantwhich I commanded them
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  • for they have even taken someof the cursed things".
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  • They're consecrated if youbring them in the house of God
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  • but they're cursed ifyou keep it in your tent,
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  • and watch this, "and haveboth stolen and deceived",
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  • stolen and deceived"and have also put it
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  • among the stuff."
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  • I just want you all tounderstand the same way
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  • with adultery in orderto commit adultery
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  • you have to be deceptive,you have to be deceitful
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  • the same way, stealing you haveto be deceptive right.
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  • You have to learn deceit,matter of fact, you know how
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  • I love words, I love tostudy words and the root words
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  • and I immediately many timeswhen I see a word
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  • I break it down and see whatthe root word is
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  • and it helps me understand.
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  • I'm going to show you a wordso since I've told you that now,
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  • you might get ahead of meon this, but look at this word,
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  • look at the word 'stealthy'.
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  • Now look at the rootof the word, steal.
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  • Now I'm not talking aboutour military,
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  • obviously our military needsto be stealthy,
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  • they need to fly under the radarnot be detected
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  • but that's exactly what a thiefwants to do,
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  • a thief wants to fly underthe radar,
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  • he wants to not be detected,he wants to not be caught.
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  • As a matter of fact when theBible talks about a thief
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  • many times it says when athief is caught but a thief
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  • tries to be stealthy so helearns how to be deceptive,
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  • let me say it another way,he learns how to work
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  • in darkness which is wherethe enemy works.
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  • And here is what's amazingwhen you think about Achan.
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  • Achan was -- they were goingin the promise land
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  • and the promise land wasa bountiful land.
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  • It was a land of God'sprovision, a land flowing
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  • with milk and honeyand they're going into
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  • the promised land but Achandoesn't trust that God
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  • will provide for himand his own family,
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  • he has to provide for himselfand so he steals some.
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  • Here's the amazing thing,he never enters
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  • into God's provision.
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  • He doesn't even get to enterinto the promise land,
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  • because he stole from Godand let me remind you
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  • this represents the tithe.
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  • This was supposed to comeinto the house of God.
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  • Please, please, please hear me,please hear me, I don't care
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  • how much money you make,you'll never enter into
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  • God's provision for your lifeif you steal from him.
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  • It's all through scripture,do you understand,
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  • all through scripture God istrying to put the principle
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  • of trust in his kids.
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  • Adam and Eve he starts withAdam and Eve
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  • and here's what he says to them.
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  • You can have every treeexcept that one.
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  • Here's what he's really saying,trust me, trust me.
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  • Cain and Abel bring the firstinto the house,
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  • Abel brings first born,Cain doesn't bring first fruits,
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  • why?
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  • Because he's got to see how muchit is before he gives
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  • an offering to the Lord,because it takes trust
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  • to give the first part.
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  • God said bring the first born,you have to trust God
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  • to wait until your sheep hasten lambs and give God one,
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  • it takes trust to give himthe first one.
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  • Jericho which is what wejust read out of Joshua,
  • 00:19:01.756 --> 00:19:04.192
  • he said give me all the silverand gold from Jericho.
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  • Why?
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  • Because it was the firstcity in the promise land,
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  • God is saying if you'lltrust me, I'll provide,
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  • and so many timeswe just won't trust.
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  • Please hear me by the way,if you have to provide
  • 00:19:21.175 --> 00:19:23.711
  • for yourself, if you feel thatbecause you won't trust God's,
  • 00:19:23.811 --> 00:19:28.015
  • you won't do it God's way,you're going to have to
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  • do it for the rest ofyour life.
  • 00:19:30.218 --> 00:19:32.220
  • You're always going to haveto provide for yourself.
  • 00:19:32.320 --> 00:19:35.389
  • It's so much better livingin the provision that God
  • 00:19:35.489 --> 00:19:39.927
  • has for you and some peoplehave no clue how much God
  • 00:19:40.027 --> 00:19:45.099
  • could provide because theyjust won't trust
  • 00:19:45.199 --> 00:19:48.803
  • but it's all through scripture.
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  • Think about all throughscripture, trust me,
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  • even thoughthere's a lion's den.
  • 00:19:57.211 --> 00:20:01.482
  • Trust me even though there'sa fiery furnace, trust me
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  • even though the Egyptian armyis behind you and the red sea
  • 00:20:04.151 --> 00:20:07.188
  • is in front of you,stretch out your hand,
  • 00:20:07.288 --> 00:20:10.858
  • get out of the boat,rise and walk,
  • 00:20:10.958 --> 00:20:18.833
  • it's all through scripture.
  • 00:20:18.933 --> 00:20:20.501
  • God's saying trust,trust me, trust me.
  • 00:20:20.601 --> 00:20:23.638
  • Now most eastern cultures invokethe death penalty for stealing.
  • 00:20:23.738 --> 00:20:36.851
  • Israel was the only nationthat did not invoke
  • 00:20:36.951 --> 00:20:38.886
  • the death penalty for stealingbecause God came up
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  • with something.
  • 00:20:43.291 --> 00:20:44.358
  • Almost the whole chapter ofExodus 22 the majority
  • 00:20:44.458 --> 00:20:47.128
  • of Exodus 22 is about howa thief makes restitution.
  • 00:20:47.228 --> 00:20:53.267
  • God came up with restitutionand restitution --
  • 00:20:53.367 --> 00:20:57.305
  • and I'm really interestedthis week, God why restitution
  • 00:20:57.405 --> 00:21:02.143
  • and why when our sins are paidfor by Christ on the cross,
  • 00:21:02.243 --> 00:21:08.249
  • why restitution,why does a thief
  • 00:21:08.349 --> 00:21:10.785
  • need to make restitution?
  • 00:21:10.885 --> 00:21:16.824
  • And I found it in the word.
  • 00:21:16.924 --> 00:21:19.193
  • The Hebrew word forrestitution is made up
  • 00:21:19.293 --> 00:21:20.828
  • of two Hebrew words.
  • 00:21:20.928 --> 00:21:23.631
  • One means to restore toits original condition,
  • 00:21:23.731 --> 00:21:29.270
  • to restore to itsoriginal condition.
  • 00:21:29.370 --> 00:21:31.105
  • Here is the other one.
  • 00:21:31.205 --> 00:21:32.206
  • The second word meansto remove guilt and shame,
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  • to remove guilt and shame.
  • 00:21:36.744 --> 00:21:42.483
  • So you know what God doeswith for someone who steals?
  • 00:21:42.583 --> 00:21:45.553
  • See, if you hurt someoneand you can't pay them back
  • 00:21:45.653 --> 00:21:50.091
  • they could forgive you but youknow you can't pay them back,
  • 00:21:50.191 --> 00:21:53.494
  • but if you steal somethingGod says I'm going to give you
  • 00:21:53.594 --> 00:21:56.297
  • the opportunity to restorewhat you've stolen
  • 00:21:56.397 --> 00:22:00.201
  • so that you don't have to livethe rest of your life in guilt
  • 00:22:00.301 --> 00:22:03.404
  • and shame, I'm going to give youthis opportunity.
  • 00:22:03.504 --> 00:22:07.441
  • As I told you, my dad owneda company growing up
  • 00:22:07.541 --> 00:22:09.110
  • and for some reason my dad lovedto collect silver dollars,
  • 00:22:09.210 --> 00:22:14.482
  • back then you could collectsilver dollars,
  • 00:22:14.582 --> 00:22:16.350
  • every time he'd go to the bankfor something he'd see if they
  • 00:22:16.450 --> 00:22:18.719
  • had any silver dollarsand he'd buy them
  • 00:22:18.819 --> 00:22:20.688
  • and he'd put them in his piggybank and I remember
  • 00:22:20.788 --> 00:22:22.523
  • he showed them to me one timeand when I was a teenager
  • 00:22:22.623 --> 00:22:27.261
  • I started taking silver dollarsout of the piggy bank.
  • 00:22:27.361 --> 00:22:32.133
  • Just two or three you knowand then four or five
  • 00:22:32.233 --> 00:22:36.470
  • or whatever and again I didn'tget saved until
  • 00:22:36.570 --> 00:22:39.473
  • after Debbie and I got married,but after I got saved
  • 00:22:39.573 --> 00:22:42.810
  • I remembered this and I thoughtI need to make restitution
  • 00:22:42.910 --> 00:22:48.115
  • and I estimated that the mostI'd probably taken was 100
  • 00:22:48.215 --> 00:22:52.553
  • so scripture talks aboutfive-fold the thief restores
  • 00:22:52.653 --> 00:22:55.089
  • five-fold and so --and that's in Exodus 22
  • 00:22:55.189 --> 00:22:58.359
  • its four-fold and five-foldand so I said I wrote my dad
  • 00:22:58.459 --> 00:23:03.264
  • a check for $500 one dayand I confessed to him
  • 00:23:03.364 --> 00:23:05.099
  • and I said I used to takesilver dollars out of
  • 00:23:05.199 --> 00:23:08.269
  • your piggy bank and he said youdon't need to write me
  • 00:23:08.369 --> 00:23:12.606
  • this check, I said I know dadbut I need to make restitution,
  • 00:23:12.706 --> 00:23:16.877
  • but here's what he said,he said, you don't need
  • 00:23:16.977 --> 00:23:18.212
  • to write me this check, he saidI forgave you a long time ago.
  • 00:23:18.312 --> 00:23:25.252
  • I said you mean you knew thatI was stealing
  • 00:23:25.352 --> 00:23:34.428
  • these silver dollars?
  • 00:23:34.528 --> 00:23:35.629
  • He said oh yeah,I said how did you know,
  • 00:23:35.729 --> 00:23:40.634
  • because I thoughtI was stealthy.
  • 00:23:40.734 --> 00:23:46.874
  • I said how did you know?
  • 00:23:46.974 --> 00:23:48.609
  • He said well son I wasputting silver dollars
  • 00:23:48.709 --> 00:23:50.377
  • in every week and my piggy bankwas getting lighter,
  • 00:23:50.478 --> 00:23:56.517
  • it didn't take a genius.
  • 00:23:56.617 --> 00:24:02.223
  • I said so why didn'tyou confront me?
  • 00:24:02.323 --> 00:24:08.329
  • My dad is a very godly man.
  • 00:24:08.429 --> 00:24:13.367
  • He said I was wanting youto repent.
  • 00:24:13.467 --> 00:24:23.844
  • He's just likeour heavenly father,
  • 00:24:23.944 --> 00:24:27.715
  • our heavenly father he's alreadyforgiven me through Christ,
  • 00:24:27.815 --> 00:24:32.286
  • he's already forgiven youbut he'd like to restore
  • 00:24:32.386 --> 00:24:36.991
  • to you what the enemy has stolenfrom you and he'd like to
  • 00:24:37.091 --> 00:24:43.430
  • remove the guilt and the shamethat you feel.
  • 00:24:43.531 --> 00:24:47.668
  • You know, God isa good God and he gives us
  • 00:24:48.769 --> 00:24:52.439
  • these ten commandmentsand as we've said before,
  • 00:24:52.540 --> 00:24:55.109
  • principles for living.
  • 00:24:55.209 --> 00:24:57.211
  • Principles so that we canhave a better relationship
  • 00:24:57.311 --> 00:24:59.380
  • with him and a betterrelationship with others
  • 00:24:59.480 --> 00:25:02.449
  • and I want to encourage you toput the principle of trust
  • 00:25:02.550 --> 00:25:05.119
  • to work in your life,trust God to provide for you
  • 00:25:05.219 --> 00:25:09.757
  • and also trust God to provideenough so that you can be
  • 00:25:09.857 --> 00:25:13.060
  • a giver in his kingdom.
  • 00:25:13.160 --> 00:25:15.129
  • Hey, thanks so muchfor watching,
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  • I pray you'll watch next timebecause I'm going to continue
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  • this series "RelationshipThrough God's Top Ten."
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  • "Relationship".
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  • God really loves you and wantsto have a closer relationship
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  • with you, however, when we thinkof the ten commandments,
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  • many of us think of a list ofrules telling us what not to do.
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  • But the truth is, God designedthe ten commandments as a way
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  • for us to have a relationshipwith Him.
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  • You are so valuable to God,and His plan for your life
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  • has always been for you tothrive in your relationship
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  • with Him, and in therelationships with people
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  • In fact, relationship with youhas always been,
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  • and always will be His numberone priority.
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  • and help you discover how eachcommandment is actually
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  • a principle that draws us into adeeper relationship with Him.
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  • As you find relationship throughGod's top ten,
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  • your relationship with the Lordwill begin to grow to new
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  • depths, and you'll learn moreabout His heart
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  • Under the stewardshipof Gateway Church,
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  • TKU is equipping Christ-likeservant leaders
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  • through the powerof the Holy Spirit.
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  • Imagine what could happenif you took the first step.
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