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October 9, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER STARTED PRAYING FOR SOMEONE
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  • BUT FOUND YOURSELF AT A LOSS FOR WORDS?
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  • MAYBE YOU WANNA BRING YOUR KIDS BEFORE GOD'S THRONE OF GRACE
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  • BUT YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT TO ASK FOR.
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  • PERHAPS YOU HAVE A FRIEND WHO'S STRUGGLING
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  • BUT YOUR PRAYER SEEM MISGUIDED OR SHALLOW,
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  • OR MAYBE YOU NEED PRAYER BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START.
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  • WELL, TODAY I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A BIBLICAL BLUEPRINT
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  • FOR A LIFE TRANSFORMING COMMUNICATION WITH GOD.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "THE PERFECT PRAYER"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • FOR JESUS, PRAYER WAS KEY TO HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
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  • SO IF THE SON OF GOD BELIEVED PRAYER WAS IMPORTANT,
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  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME?
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  • IN HER BRAND NEW BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS",
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  • JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER CHALLENGES YOU TO PRAY BIG THINGS
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  • AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S EVEN BIGGER ANSWERS.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO SEE GOD MOVE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • LIKE NEVER BEFORE?
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  • REQUEST THE BOOK "PRAY BIG THINGS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • THE THING I WANT MOST FOR MY CHILD IS BLANK.
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  • HOW WOULD YOU FILL IN THAT BLANK?
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DESIRE MOST FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
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  • EXCELLENCE AND ATHLETIC PURSUITS?
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  • GOOD ACADEMIC SKILLS?
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  • SUCCESS IN THEIR CAREERS?
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  • A FULFILLING MARRIAGE?
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  • FREEDOM FROM MANY KINDS OF DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE?
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  • HOW YOU WOULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION REVEALS
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  • WHAT YOU VALUE MOST IN LIFE.
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  • NOW GROWING UP, I NEVER HAD ANY DOUBT ABOUT WHAT
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  • MY PARENTS MOST WANTED FOR ME.
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  • IN MY PARENTS' BEDROOM THERE'S A PICTURE OF MY BROTHER
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  • AND SISTER AND ME, AND UNDERNEATH THOSE PICTURES
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  • WAS THIS VERSE FROM 3 JOHN 1:4,
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  • "I HAVE NO GREATER JOY THAN THIS THAN TO HEAR
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  • "MY CHILDREN ARE WALKING IN TRUTH."
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  • I KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING THAT WHAT MY PARENTS
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  • WANTED MOST FOR ME WAS THAT I WOULD CONDUCT MY LIFE
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  • IN A WAY THAT WAS OBEDIENT TO GOD.
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  • THEY KNEW THAT EVERY GOOD BLESSING IN LIFE
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  • FLOWED OUT OF A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • PAUL EXPRESSED THAT SAME THOUGHT
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  • ABOUT HIS SPIRITUAL CHILDREN, THE CHRISTIANS AT COLOSSAE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES THIS MORNING
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1
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  • AS WE DISCOVER WHAT WE OUGHT TO PRAY MOST
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  • FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR MATES,
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  • AND EVEN FOR OURSELVES.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT
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  • WHAT I'VE CALLED "THE PERFECT PRAYER".
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  • COLOSSIANS 1, IN THIS LETTER PAUL WAS WRITING
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  • TO HIS SPIRITUAL CHILDREN IN COLOSSAE.
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  • HE HAD NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE BUT FELT A SPECIAL KINSHIP
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  • WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE AN OUTGROWTH
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  • WITH HIS MINISTRY IN EPHESUS.
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  • AND SO IN THE OPENING VERSES, VERSES THREE TO EIGHT,
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  • PAUL EXPRESSES HIS EXCITEMENT, HIS GRATITUDE
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  • FOR WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE IN THEIR LIVES.
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  • HE SAID, "I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THE GOOD NEWS
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  • "I'VE HEARD ABOUT YOU,
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  • "ABOUT SPECIFICALLY YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST,
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  • "YOUR LOVE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS,
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  • "THE HOPE YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE."
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  • BUT THEN WHEN WE GET TO VERSE 9,
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  • PAUL WAS GOING TO VOICE HIS PRAYER REQUEST
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  • FOR THE COLOSSIANS.
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  • AND WHAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE IN THIS PASSAGE
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  • IS HE MENTIONS THREE SPECIFIC THINGS HE WAS PRAYING
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  • FOR THESE CHRISTIANS AT COLOSSAE.
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  • AND AGAIN, THESE ARE THE THINGS WE OUGHT
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  • TO BE PRAYING FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
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  • IT'S WHAT WE OUGHT TO DESIRE AND PRAY FOR
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  • AND OUR MATE AND IT'S WHAT WE OUGHT TO STRIVE FOR
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  • IN OUR OWN LIFE.
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  • LOOK BEGINNING AT VERSE 9.
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  • PAUL SAYS, "FOR THIS REASON ALSO,
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  • "SINCE THE DAY WE HEARD OF IT,"
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  • NOW WHAT DOES HE MEAN THE DAY WE HEARD OF IT?
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  • HEARD OF WHAT?
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  • WELL THAT RELATES BACK TO VERSE 4.
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  • "SINCE WE HEARD OF YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS
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  • "AND THE LOVE YOU HAVE FOR ALL OF THE SAINTS."
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  • "SINCE WE HEARD OF YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST," PAUL SAYS,
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  • "WE HAVE NOT CEASED TO PRAY FOR YOU."
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD PEOPLE SAY TO YOU,
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  • "OH, I'M PRAYING FOR YOU,"
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  • AND DEEP DOWN YOU WONDER, "ARE YOU REALLY?"
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  • I MEAN, DO YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT ME MUCH LESS PRAY FOR ME?
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  • THAT'S KINDA BECOME A STANDARD GREETING WE SAY TO PEOPLE,
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  • "OH, I'M PRAYING FOR YA."
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  • HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SAID TO SOMEBODY,
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  • "I'M PRAYING FOR YOU" WHEN YOU NEVER EVEN THINK
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  • ABOUT THE PERSON MUCH LESS PRAY FOR THEM?
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  • AND WHEN PAUL SAID THIS, "NOW,
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  • "COLOSSIANS, I'M ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU.
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  • "I'VE NEVER CEASED TO PRAY FOR YOU,"
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  • HOW DO WE KNOW THAT PAUL JUST WASN'T USING SOME
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  • PASTORAL HYPERBOLE HERE?
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  • WHAT DID HE MEAN HE NEVER CEASE TO PRAY FOR THEM?
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  • WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND PAUL'S PERSPECTIVE ABOUT PRAYER.
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  • THESE WORDS ARE SIMILAR TO WHAT HE SAID
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  • IN 1 THESSALONIANS 5:17 WHEN HE SAID,
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  • "PRAY WITHOUT CEASING."
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  • PAUL SAID OUR WHOLE LIFE OUGHT TO BE ONE
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  • OF PRAYING WITHOUT CEASING.
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  • THAT PRAISE WITHOUT CEASING IN GREEK LITERALLY MEANS PRAY
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  • WITH THE FREQUENCY OF A HACKING COUGH.
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT?
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  • HOW THOSE COUGHS COME AND YOU JUST CAN'T SUPPRESS IT.
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  • IT JUST COMES AND IT COMES AND IT COMES.
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  • THAT'S WHAT PAUL SAYS PRAYER OUGHT TO BE.
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  • YOU SEE, TO PAUL PRAYER WAS NOT JUST SOME RITUALISTIC
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  • DUTY TO TRY TO SQUEEZE INTO AN OVERCROWDED SCHEDULE.
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  • FOR PAUL PRAYER WAS JUST A WAY OF EXISTING.
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  • IT WAS CONVERSING WITH GOD.
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  • IT WAS A CONTINUOUS CONVERSATION WITH GOD.
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  • AND THAT'S HOW PAUL SAID, "WE ARE TO PRAY
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  • "NOT JUST FOR A FEW MINUTES EVERY DAY,
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  • "IT'S A WAY WE CONDUCT OUR LIVES CONVERSING WITH GOD."
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  • THOMAS KELLY ONCE WROTE THAT THERE IS A WAY
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  • TO ORDER OUR LIVES SO THAT WE'RE DOING SEVERAL THINGS
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  • AT THE SAME TIME.
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  • ONE ONE LEVEL WE'RE GOING THROUGH OUR DAILY
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  • RESPONSIBILITIES BUT AT THE SAME TIME ON A HIGHER PLANE,
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  • WE'RE CARRYING OUT A CONVERSATION WITH GOD.
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  • WE'RE LIKE JOB WHO SAID,
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  • "I HAVE SET THE LORD EVER BEFORE ME."
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  • YOU KNOW, TO KEEP THIS CONVERSATION GOING WITH GOD
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  • MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO ALWAYS HAVE A CONSCIOUSNESS
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  • OF GOD'S PRESENCE.
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  • AND PAUL DID, AND WE ARE AS WELL.
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  • I MEAN, WHENEVER WE MEET SOMEBODY OR IN A CONVERSATION
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  • WITH SOMEBODY, WE'RE ASKING, GOD, HOW DO YOU WANT ME
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  • TO MINISTER TO THIS PERSON?
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  • WHENEVER YOU FACE A TEMPTATION, YOU'RE PRAYING,
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  • "GOD, GIVE ME THE POWER TO SAY NO TO THIS."
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  • WHENEVER YOU'RE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCE,
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  • OR YOU'VE ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULT PEOPLE,
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  • YOU'RE TALKING TO GOD ABOUT IT,
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  • "GOD, GIVE ME THE SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH TO DO THIS."
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT,
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  • TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.
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  • AND WHEN PAUL SAYS, "WE'VE NEVER CEASED TO PRAY FOR YOU,"
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  • PAUL IS SAYING EVERY TIME YOU COME TO MIND, COLOSSIANS,
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  • AND IT'S OFTEN, I PRAY FOR YOU.
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  • BUT NOTICE HE SAYS, "NOT ONLY DO WE PRAY FOR YOU,"
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  • HE SAID, "WE PRAY FOR YOU AND ASK THAT."
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  • PAUL SAID, I'M GONNA TELL YOU EXACTLY
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  • HOW I'M PRAYING FOR YOU.
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  • THERE'S GREAT WISDOM IN THAT BY THE WAY.
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  • ANY TIME WE TELL SOMEBODY WE'RE PRAYING FOR THEM
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  • IF WE'RE TELLING THE TRUTH,
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  • WE OUGHT TO TELL THEM EXACTLY HOW WE'RE PRAYING FOR THEM.
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  • I HAVE A PRAYER PARTNER HERE IN THE CHURCH,
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  • ONE OF MY PRAYER PASTOR'S PRAYER PARTNERS.
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  • HE'S ALWAYS SAYING TO ME,
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  • "PASTOR, I'M PRAYING FOR YOU."
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  • BUT HE DOESN'T STOP THERE, HE TELLS ME SPECIFICALLY
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  • WHAT HE'S PRAYING FOR.
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  • "PASTOR, I'M PRAYING FOR YOU THAT YOU PREACH ORDER SERMONS."
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  • I MEAN, HE TELLS ME WHAT HE'S SPECIFICALLY PRAYING FOR ME.
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  • NOW WE OUGHT TO DO THAT WHEN WE'RE PRAYING
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  • FOR OUR CHILDREN.
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  • WE SAY, "HONEY, I AM PRAYING FOR YOU THAT
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  • "YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND ALONE.
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  • "I PRAY FOR YOU THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER
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  • "TO SAY NO TO TEMPTATION."
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  • WE OUGHT TO TELL OUR MATES,
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  • "I PRAYED FOR YOU THIS MORNING
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  • "THAT YOU WOULD BE ENCOURAGED TODAY IN A SPECIAL WAY."
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  • THAT'S WHAT PAUL DID.
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  • HE SAID, "I AM PRAYING FOR YOU,"
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  • AND NOTICE THE THREE THINGS HE MENTIONS
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  • HE IS PRAYING FOR THE COLOSSIAN CHRISTIANS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL HE SAID,
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  • "I PRAY THAT YOU WOULD KNOW THE WILL OF GOD."
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  • HE SAYS IN VERSE NINE,
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  • "I WANT YOU TO BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE
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  • "OF GOD'S WILL."
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  • THAT WORD FILL LITERALLY MEANS TO BE CONTROLLED.
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  • I WANT YOU TO KNOW AND BE CONTROLLED BY THE WILL OF GOD
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  • FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • NOW WHAT DOES PAUL MEAN THE WILL OF GOD?
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  • WHENEVER THE BIBLE USES THE PHRASE, "THE WILL OF GOD,"
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  • IT USUALLY IS USED IN REFERENCE TO ONE OF TWO ASPECTS
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  • OF THE WILL OF GOD.
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  • SOMETIMES THE PHRASE, "THE WILL OF GOD"
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  • IS REFERRING TO THE GENERAL WILL OF GOD.
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  • GOD'S WILL FOR EVERY PERSON.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, PART OF GOD'S GENERAL WILL FOR EVERYONE
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  • IS THAT THEY BE SAVED, THAT THEY TRUST IN CHRIST.
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  • IN 1 TIMOTHY 2:3 AND 4, PAUL SAID,
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  • "FOR THIS IS ACCEPTABLE ON THE SIDE OF GOD, OUR SAVIOR,
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  • WHO DESIRES THAT ALL MEN BE SAVED AND COME
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  • TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.
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  • AS MY PROFESSOR DR. RYRIE USED TO SAY,
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  • PUT THAT IN YOUR CALVINIST PIPE AND SMOKE ON IT FOR A WHILE.
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  • GOD DESIRES NOT JUST THAT SOME PEOPLE BE SAVED,
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  • GOD'S DESIRE IS THAT ALL PEOPLE BE SAVED
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  • AND COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.
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  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SAVED
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  • BUT GOD DESIRES THAT AS MANY BE SAVED AS POSSIBLE,
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  • NOT AS FEW BE SAVED AS POSSIBLE.
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  • THAT'S PART OF GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • AND BY THE WAY, HE SAYS, "THAT COMES THAT KNOWLEDGE
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  • "OF GOD'S WILL ONLY COMES THROUGH WISDOM
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  • "AND THROUGH UNDERSTANDING."
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  • YOU DON'T COME TO SALVATION IN YOUR OWN WISDOM
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  • AND UNDERSTANDING.
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  • IN FACT 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18 TO 21 SAYS
  • 00:10:07.120 --> 00:10:10.130
  • THAT MAN'S WISDOM IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
  • 00:10:10.140 --> 00:10:12.230
  • FROM GOD'S WISDOM WHEN IT COMES TO SALVATION.
  • 00:10:12.240 --> 00:10:15.170
  • MAN'S WISDOM SAID MAN IS BASICALLY GOOD
  • 00:10:15.180 --> 00:10:17.260
  • AND MAY NEED JUST A LITTLE CLEANING UP,
  • 00:10:17.270 --> 00:10:19.280
  • GOD'S WISDOM SAYS MAN IS COMPLETELY EVIL
  • 00:10:19.290 --> 00:10:22.180
  • AND NEEDS SAVING.
  • 00:10:22.190 --> 00:10:24.030
  • MAN'S WISDOM SAYS THAT WE'RE SAVED BY GOOD WORKS.
  • 00:10:24.040 --> 00:10:27.240
  • GOD'S WISDOM SAYS WE ARE SAVED BY GOD'S GRACE.
  • 00:10:27.250 --> 00:10:31.040
  • MAN'S WISDOM SAYS EVERYONE IS GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:10:31.050 --> 00:10:34.040
  • GOD'S WISDOM SAYS ONLY A FEW ARE GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:10:34.050 --> 00:10:38.040
  • GOD'S WILL FOR EVERYONE IS THAT THEY WOULD BE SAVED.
  • 00:10:38.050 --> 00:10:41.000
  • HERE'S ANOTHER PART OF GOD'S GENERAL WILL FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:10:41.010 --> 00:10:44.110
  • IT'S FOUND IN 1 THESSALONIANS 4:3 AND FOUR,
  • 00:10:44.120 --> 00:10:47.050
  • AND THAT IS WE WOULD BE SANCTIFIED.
  • 00:10:47.060 --> 00:10:49.130
  • LISTEN TO THIS,
  • 00:10:49.140 --> 00:10:50.280
  • FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD, YOUR SANCTIFICATION.
  • 00:10:50.290 --> 00:10:55.020
  • THAT WORD SANCTIFICATION MEANS TO SET ASIDE
  • 00:10:55.030 --> 00:10:58.010
  • FOR A SPECIAL PURPOSE.
  • 00:10:58.020 --> 00:10:59.270
  • GOD SAYS, MY WILL FOR YOU IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN
  • 00:10:59.280 --> 00:11:02.150
  • IS THAT YOU UNDERSTAND GOD HAS SAVED YOU
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:05.150
  • AND HE HAS SET YOU ASIDE FOR A SPECIAL PURPOSE.
  • 00:11:05.160 --> 00:11:08.210
  • AND HE GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 00:11:08.220 --> 00:11:10.060
  • "THAT IS, THAT YOU ABSTAIN FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY;
  • 00:11:10.070 --> 00:11:13.230
  • "THAT EACH OF YOU MAY KNOW HOW TO POSSES
  • 00:11:13.240 --> 00:11:15.220
  • "HIS OWN VESSEL AND SANCTIFICATION AND HONOR."
  • 00:11:15.230 --> 00:11:19.050
  • GOD WANTS YOU AS A BELIEVER
  • 00:11:19.060 --> 00:11:20.250
  • TO LIVE A SEPARATE KIND OF EXISTENCE.
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:24.020
  • SO WHEN PAUL SAYS, "COLOSSIANS, I'M PRAYING
  • 00:11:24.030 --> 00:11:26.130
  • "THAT YOU KNOW THE WILL OF GOD,"
  • 00:11:26.140 --> 00:11:28.060
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE GENERAL WILL OF GOD
  • 00:11:28.070 --> 00:11:30.210
  • BUT HE'S ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE SPECIFIC WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:11:30.220 --> 00:11:35.230
  • NOT ONLY DOES GOD HAVE A GENERAL WILL FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:11:35.240 --> 00:11:38.080
  • HE HAS A SPECIFIC BLUEPRINT FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:11:38.090 --> 00:11:40.280
  • HOW MANY OF YOU BELIEVE GOD LOVES YOU ENOUGH
  • 00:11:40.290 --> 00:11:42.260
  • THAT HE HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:11:42.270 --> 00:11:45.070
  • HE DOES.
  • 00:11:45.080 --> 00:11:46.130
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES EVERY DAY OF OUR LIFE
  • 00:11:46.140 --> 00:11:48.050
  • HAS BEEN NUMBERED BY GOD, EVERY DAY HAS BEEN PLANNED
  • 00:11:48.060 --> 00:11:51.000
  • IN HIS BOOK BEFORE WE EVER LIVED ONE OF THOSE DAYS.
  • 00:11:51.010 --> 00:11:54.040
  • GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:11:54.050 --> 00:11:56.080
  • IT IS A GOOD PLAN AND IT IS THE KEY TO EXPERIENCING
  • 00:11:56.090 --> 00:12:00.190
  • JOY, FULFILLMENT, CONTENTMENT IN LIFE.
  • 00:12:00.200 --> 00:12:04.010
  • NOW THE QUESTION IS YOU ALL SAY YOU BELIEVE
  • 00:12:04.020 --> 00:12:05.280
  • GOD HAS A SPECIFIC PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:12:05.290 --> 00:12:08.080
  • HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DISCOVER WHAT THAT PLAN IS?
  • 00:12:08.090 --> 00:12:11.170
  • YOU READ THE READ THE TEA LEAVES, OPEN UP THE NEWSPAPER,
  • 00:12:11.180 --> 00:12:14.050
  • READ THE HOROSCOPE, TALK TO THIS PERSON, THAT PERSON.
  • 00:12:14.060 --> 00:12:17.050
  • HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU GOING TO DISCOVER
  • 00:12:17.060 --> 00:12:19.140
  • WHAT THAT GOOD PERFECT PLAN OF GOD IS
  • 00:12:19.150 --> 00:12:22.010
  • FOR YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:12:22.020 --> 00:12:23.140
  • WELL, PAUL TELLS US IN VERSE NINE HOW WE UNDERSTAND
  • 00:12:23.150 --> 00:12:26.140
  • THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:12:26.150 --> 00:12:27.230
  • AND THERE ARE THREE WORDS HE USES HERE:
  • 00:12:27.240 --> 00:12:30.050
  • KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, AND UNDERSTANDING.
  • 00:12:30.060 --> 00:12:34.160
  • NOW, WHAT'S FUNNY IS REMEMBER THE GNOSTICS,
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:36.170
  • THEY USE THOSE WORDS IN THEIR FALSE RELIGION.
  • 00:12:36.180 --> 00:12:39.030
  • THEY TALKED ABOUT THIS DEEPER KNOWLEDGE,
  • 00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:41.090
  • OR THEIR SPECIAL WISDOM, OR THIS HIDDEN UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:12:41.100 --> 00:12:44.100
  • THAT ONLY THEY, THE GNOSTICS HAD.
  • 00:12:44.110 --> 00:12:46.140
  • WELL, PAUL TURNS THIS WORDS AROUND ON THEM.
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:48.160
  • HE SAID, YEAH, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, WISDOM,
  • 00:12:48.170 --> 00:12:51.150
  • THOSE ARE ALL IMPORTANT WORDS.
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:53.100
  • BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THEY REALLY MEAN.
  • 00:12:53.110 --> 00:12:55.250
  • IF YOU WANNA KNOW GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:12:55.260 --> 00:12:58.060
  • IT STARTS WITH KNOWLEDGE.
  • 00:12:58.070 --> 00:13:00.230
  • KNOWLEDGE, WRITE THAT DONE ON YOUR OUTLINE.
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:02.170
  • KNOWLEDGE.
  • 00:13:02.180 --> 00:13:04.010
  • IF YOU DON'T HEAR ANOTHER WORD I SAY, HEAR THIS,
  • 00:13:04.020 --> 00:13:06.220
  • THE STARTING PLACE FOR KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD
  • 00:13:06.230 --> 00:13:10.290
  • IS KNOWING THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:13:11.000 --> 00:13:14.080
  • THE BIBLE SAYS THIS BOOK IS THE BEGINNING PLACE
  • 00:13:14.090 --> 00:13:17.070
  • TO KNOW GOD'S WILL, HIS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:17.080 --> 00:13:20.210
  • REMEMBER PSALM 119:105, "THY WORD IS A LAMP INTO MY FEET
  • 00:13:20.220 --> 00:13:26.170
  • AND IT IS A LIGHT UNTO MY PATH."
  • 00:13:26.180 --> 00:13:28.220
  • AND IT'S TRUE, YOU CAN KNOW MORE GOD'S WORD
  • 00:13:28.230 --> 00:13:32.000
  • THAN YOU EVER APPLY IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:13:32.010 --> 00:13:34.060
  • BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO APPLY MORE OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:13:34.070 --> 00:13:37.100
  • IN YOUR LIFE THAN YOU KNOW.
  • 00:13:37.110 --> 00:13:39.150
  • THE BEGINNING PLACE TO KNOWING GOD'S WILL
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:42.130
  • IS TO KNOW GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:42.140 --> 00:13:44.170
  • AND UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE TODAY ARE WOEFULLY
  • 00:13:44.180 --> 00:13:47.130
  • IGNORANT OF THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:13:47.140 --> 00:13:49.210
  • I WAS READING THIS WEEK A SURVEY BY GEORGE BARNA,
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:53.070
  • THE GREAT SCANDAL OF THE CHURCH TODAY IS THE BIBLICAL
  • 00:13:53.080 --> 00:13:56.110
  • ILLITERACY THAT IS RUNNING RAMPANT AMONG CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:13:56.120 --> 00:13:59.240
  • CHRISTIANS TODAY ARE WOEFULLY IGNORANT OF THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:13:59.250 --> 00:14:03.210
  • FOR EXAMPLE IN HIS SURVEY BARNA FOUND
  • 00:14:03.220 --> 00:14:05.290
  • THAT 82% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE PHRASE
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:10.030
  • "GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES"
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:12.180
  • IS ACTUALLY A VERSE IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14:12.190 --> 00:14:15.010
  • 82% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT'S IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14:15.020 --> 00:14:18.190
  • YOU SAY, "WELL, THAT'S AMERICANS, NOT CHRISTIANS."
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:20.260
  • CHRISTIANS DON'T FAIR ANY BETTER.
  • 00:14:20.270 --> 00:14:22.210
  • 81% OF BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THOSE WORDS
  • 00:14:22.220 --> 00:14:26.130
  • ARE IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14:26.140 --> 00:14:28.000
  • GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES,
  • 00:14:28.010 --> 00:14:30.150
  • BUT PAUL ALSO REVEALED SOME OTHER TROUBLING STATISTICS.
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:33.190
  • THAT PAUL INDICATED THAT AT LEAST 12% OF ADULTS
  • 00:14:33.200 --> 00:14:36.290
  • BELIEVED THAT JOAN OF ARC WAS NOAH'S WIFE.
  • 00:14:37.000 --> 00:14:41.070
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:14:41.080 --> 00:14:46.270
  • 50% OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
  • 00:14:46.280 --> 00:14:50.280
  • BELIEVE THAT SODOM AND GOMORRAH WERE A HUSBAND AND WIFE
  • 00:14:50.290 --> 00:14:53.290
  • IN THE BIBLE, AND AN ALARMINGLY HIGH NUMBER
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:58.130
  • OF BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS BELIEVE
  • 00:14:58.140 --> 00:15:01.050
  • THAT THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT WAS DELIVERED
  • 00:15:01.060 --> 00:15:03.190
  • BY BILLY GRAHAM.
  • 00:15:03.200 --> 00:15:05.040
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:15:05.050 --> 00:15:06.280
  • NOW YOU KNOW THAT WOULD BE HUMOROUS
  • 00:15:06.290 --> 00:15:09.010
  • IF IT WERE NOT SO TRAGIC.
  • 00:15:09.020 --> 00:15:11.270
  • IN HOSEA 4:6 GOD SAID, "MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED
  • 00:15:11.280 --> 00:15:17.170
  • "FOR A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE."
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:19.160
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "WHERE THERE IS NO VISION,
  • 00:15:19.170 --> 00:15:22.270
  • "THE PEOPLE PERISH."
  • 00:15:22.280 --> 00:15:25.040
  • BY THE WAY, THAT WORD VISION DOESN'T MEAN FORESIGHT.
  • 00:15:25.050 --> 00:15:27.160
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN HAVING THE FORESIGHT FOR A BUILDING
  • 00:15:27.170 --> 00:15:29.220
  • CAMPAIGN IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:31.030
  • TO HAVE VISION IN THE BIBLE,
  • 00:15:31.040 --> 00:15:32.150
  • THE WORD VISION MEANS A REVELATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:15:32.160 --> 00:15:35.220
  • WHERE THERE IS NO WORD FROM GOD, THE PEOPLE PERISH.
  • 00:15:35.230 --> 00:15:42.040
  • YOU CAN NEVER KNOW GOD'S WILL APART FROM GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:15:42.050 --> 00:15:44.180
  • NOW, I WANT YOU TO KNOW, I'M JUST DOING MORE
  • 00:15:44.190 --> 00:15:47.010
  • THAN FLAPPING MY JAW ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:15:47.020 --> 00:15:49.290
  • I BELIEVE THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR CHURCH,
  • 00:15:50.000 --> 00:15:53.190
  • FOR OUR PEOPLE WHO COME HERE EVERY WEEK,
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:55.230
  • SUNDAY MORNING, SUNDAY SCHOOL, CHURCH, SUNDAY EVENING.
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:59.180
  • I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE STOP, PAUSE,
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:02.080
  • AND REALLY MEASURE HOW MUCH OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:05.050
  • OUR PEOPLE KNOW.
  • 00:16:05.060 --> 00:16:06.120
  • I THINK WE WOULD BE SHOCKED AT HOW LITTLE
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:08.100
  • OUR PEOPLE KNOW OF THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:16:08.110 --> 00:16:10.000
  • AND ONE OF THE THINGS I'M PRAYING THROUGH RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:16:10.010 --> 00:16:12.120
  • ONE OF THE THINGS I'M THINKING THROUGH IS WHAT CAN WE DO
  • 00:16:12.130 --> 00:16:16.000
  • TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FULFILLING THE TASK
  • 00:16:16.010 --> 00:16:18.190
  • OF INSTILLING THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S WORD IN OUR PEOPLE.
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:22.150
  • THE BIBLE SAYS IT IS THE STARTING PLACE
  • 00:16:22.160 --> 00:16:25.030
  • FOR KNOWING GOD'S WILL, KNOWLEDGE.
  • 00:16:25.040 --> 00:16:27.190
  • BUT KNOWLEDGE ALONE ISN'T ENOUGH TO KNOW GOD'S WILL
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:30.160
  • FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:32.030
  • THE FACT IS KNOWLEDGE BY ITSELF PUFFS UP A PERSON,
  • 00:16:32.040 --> 00:16:34.120
  • PAUL SAID IN 1 CORINTHIANS.
  • 00:16:34.130 --> 00:16:35.260
  • THERE'S A SECOND WORD HERE PAUL USES
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:38.090
  • AND THAT IS THE WORD WISDOM.
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:41.040
  • WISDOM.
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:42.170
  • WISDOM REFERS TO THE ABILITY TO FIND THE PRINCIPLES
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:46.230
  • FROM GOD'S WORD THAT APPLY TO OUR LIVES.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:50.060
  • IT'S NOT JUST READING THE BIBLE AS ANCIENT HISTORY
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:52.140
  • AND UNDERSTANDING THE GREEK AND HEBREW WORD MEANINGS.
  • 00:16:52.150 --> 00:16:55.000
  • IT MEANS FINDING THOSE PRINCIPLES THAT
  • 00:16:55.010 --> 00:16:57.190
  • APPLY TO US TODAY 2.000 YEARS LATER, 3.000 YEARS LATER.
  • 00:16:57.200 --> 00:17:01.220
  • LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF THAT.
  • 00:17:01.230 --> 00:17:03.080
  • TURN OVER TO COLOSSIANS 4:1.
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:06.060
  • PAUL WRITES, HE SAYS, "MASTERS, GRANT TO YOUR SLAVES
  • 00:17:06.070 --> 00:17:11.000
  • "JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS, KNOWING THAT YOU TOO
  • 00:17:11.010 --> 00:17:14.190
  • "HAVE A MASTER IN HEAVEN."
  • 00:17:14.200 --> 00:17:17.060
  • NOW IN YOUR BIBLE STUDY YOU COULD READ THAT VERSE.
  • 00:17:17.070 --> 00:17:20.040
  • YOU COULD READ THE BACKGROUND OF THE VERSE
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:21.220
  • AND REALIZE THAT TWO-THIRDS OF THE WORLDS
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.270
  • WAS SLAVE AT THAT TIME.
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:26.000
  • YOU COULD DO A WORD STUDY OF JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS
  • 00:17:26.010 --> 00:17:28.250
  • AND FIND OUT THAT JUSTICE MEANS TO COMPENSATE
  • 00:17:28.260 --> 00:17:31.050
  • ADEQUATELY BECAUSE SLAVES WERE PAID IN PAUL'S DAY.
  • 00:17:31.060 --> 00:17:35.260
  • FAIRNESS MEANS TO DEAL EQUITABLY WITH THEM,
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:38.090
  • TO TREAT EVERYONE USING THE SAME STANDARD.
  • 00:17:38.100 --> 00:17:41.140
  • SO YOU COULD SAY, "OKAY, THIS MEANS THAT PEOPLE
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:44.250
  • "WHO OWNS SLAVES IN PAUL'S DAY WERE TO PAY THEM RIGHT
  • 00:17:44.260 --> 00:17:47.150
  • "AND TREAT THE FAIRLY."
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:50.170
  • BUT SO WHAT?
  • 00:17:50.180 --> 00:17:52.050
  • I MEAN, YOU'RE NOT LIVING IN PAUL'S DAY.
  • 00:17:52.060 --> 00:17:54.030
  • THAT MEANS NOTHING TO YOU AND ME
  • 00:17:54.040 --> 00:17:55.160
  • UNLESS YOU FIND THE PRINCIPLE THAT APPLIES TO US.
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:59.250
  • WHAT'S THE PRINCIPLE FOR US?
  • 00:17:59.260 --> 00:18:01.230
  • MEAN, YOU MAY SAY, "I DON'T HAVE A SLAVE."
  • 00:18:01.240 --> 00:18:05.190
  • SOME OF YOU WHO ARE EMPLOYEES FEEL LIKE YOU'RE A SLAVE
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:07.260
  • OF YOUR EMPLOYER.
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:09.050
  • IT'S NOT A ONE-TO-ONE CORRESPONDENCE
  • 00:18:09.060 --> 00:18:11.100
  • BUT THERE IS A PRINCIPLE THAT YOU CAN DERIVE OUT OF THAT,
  • 00:18:11.110 --> 00:18:14.140
  • AND THAT IS IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER,
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:17.060
  • PAUL IS SAYING YOU HAVE A DUTY
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:19.130
  • TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMPENSATING
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:21.240
  • YOUR EMPLOYEES ADEQUATELY.
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:24.080
  • AND NOT ONLY THAT, YOU'RE TO TREAT THEM EQUITABLY.
  • 00:18:24.090 --> 00:18:27.100
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THE SAME
  • 00:18:27.110 --> 00:18:29.170
  • BUT WHAT IT DOES MEAN IS YOU USE THE SAME STANDARDS
  • 00:18:29.180 --> 00:18:32.040
  • BY WHICH TO JUDGE EVERY EMPLOYEE.
  • 00:18:32.050 --> 00:18:35.090
  • YOU'RE EVEN HANDED IN YOUR TREATMENT OF YOUR EMPLOYEES.
  • 00:18:35.100 --> 00:18:38.160
  • THAT'S WHAT WISDOM IS, IT'S FINDING THOSE TIMELESS
  • 00:18:38.170 --> 00:18:41.200
  • PRINCIPLES FROM GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:18:41.210 --> 00:18:43.190
  • BUT THEN THERE'S A THIRD WORD THAT'S KEY
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:45.130
  • TO FINDING GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:18:45.140 --> 00:18:47.100
  • NOT JUST TO KNOW GOD'S WORD AND TO UNDERSTAND
  • 00:18:47.110 --> 00:18:50.060
  • OR DEFINE THE PRINCIPLES BUT THE THIRD WORD
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:52.190
  • IS UNDERSTANDING.
  • 00:18:52.200 --> 00:18:54.130
  • UNDERSTANDING.
  • 00:18:54.140 --> 00:18:55.250
  • IN ALL SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING.
  • 00:18:55.260 --> 00:18:59.010
  • AND THAT WORD UNDERSTANDING IS DIFFERENT FROM WISDOM.
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:02.060
  • THERE'S A NUANCE HERE.
  • 00:19:02.070 --> 00:19:03.230
  • THE IDEA IS OKAY, NOW THAT I KNOW THE PRINCIPLE,
  • 00:19:03.240 --> 00:19:06.250
  • HOW AM I GOING TO APPLY IT TO MY LIFE?
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:10.010
  • WHAT DO I NEED TO DO DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE OF THIS TRUTH
  • 00:19:10.020 --> 00:19:13.070
  • I JUST DISCOVERED THAT EMPLOYEES ARE TO TREAT THEIR,
  • 00:19:13.080 --> 00:19:16.040
  • OR EMPLOYERS ARE TO TREAT THEIR EMPLOYEES
  • 00:19:16.050 --> 00:19:17.290
  • WITH JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS?
  • 00:19:18.000 --> 00:19:19.150
  • AND I MAY SAY, "HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:20.270
  • "SHOW ME WHAT I NEED TO DO DIFFERENTLY."
  • 00:19:20.280 --> 00:19:23.040
  • AND AS A RESULT OF READING THIS AND FINDING THE TIMELESS
  • 00:19:23.050 --> 00:19:25.250
  • PRINCIPLES, I MAY SAY, "YOU KNOW WHAT,
  • 00:19:25.260 --> 00:19:28.100
  • "I NEED TO GIVE MY EMPLOYEES A 5% RAISE.
  • 00:19:28.110 --> 00:19:30.240
  • "THEY'RE UNDERPAID, I NEED TO GIVE THEM A 5% RAISE."
  • 00:19:30.250 --> 00:19:33.140
  • STAFF, DON'T GET EXCITED.
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:34.200
  • THIS IS JUST AN ILLUSTRATION, OKAY?
  • 00:19:34.210 --> 00:19:37.190
  • BUT YOU MAY SAY, "THAT'S ONE STEP OF ACTION I NEED TO TAKE."
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:40.170
  • OR MAYBE THERE'S AN EMPLOYEE THAT YOU'VE BEEN OVERLY
  • 00:19:40.180 --> 00:19:42.270
  • HARSH WITH, YOU'VE BEEN HOLDING HIM TO A STRICTER STANDARD
  • 00:19:42.280 --> 00:19:46.000
  • THAN YOUR OTHER EMPLOYEE AND YOU SAY,
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:47.240
  • "I NEED TO BE MORE EVEN HANDED AND EQUITABLE
  • 00:19:47.250 --> 00:19:50.180
  • "IN MY ENTREATMENT OF THAT EMPLOYEE,
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:52.100
  • "AND I'M GONNA START DOING THAT."
  • 00:19:52.110 --> 00:19:53.270
  • THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE UNDERSTANDING.
  • 00:19:53.280 --> 00:19:57.050
  • NOW, NOTICE HOW THIS WORKS.
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  • A KNOWLEDGE COMES FROM GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:03.160
  • BUT WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING COMES FROM GOD'S SPIRIT.
  • 00:20:03.170 --> 00:20:07.170
  • AND GOD'S SPIRIT AND GOD'S WORD WORK TOGETHER
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:10.230
  • TO REVEAL THE WILL OF GOD TO US IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:10.240 --> 00:20:13.260
  • IT'S LIKE PAUL SAID IN 1 CORINTHIANS 2:13,
  • 00:20:13.270 --> 00:20:16.040
  • "THE HOLY SPIRIT COMBINES SPIRITUAL WORDS FROM THE BIBLE
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:19.270
  • "WITH SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT."
  • 00:20:19.280 --> 00:20:22.190
  • REMEMBER WHAT WE SAID IN OUR SERIES ON THE HOLY SPIRIT?
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:24.250
  • THE SPIRIT OF GOD USES THE WORD OF GOD
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:27.210
  • TO REVEAL THE WILL OF GOD
  • 00:20:27.220 --> 00:20:29.150
  • SO THAT WE CAN BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF GOD.
  • 00:20:29.160 --> 00:20:32.160
  • PAUL SAID, "MY PRAYER FOR YOU, COLOSSIANS,
  • 00:20:32.170 --> 00:20:34.190
  • "IS THAT YOU WOULD KNOW NOT JUST THE GENERAL
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:37.220
  • "BUT THE SPECIFIC WILL OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE."
  • 00:20:37.230 --> 00:20:41.080
  • WHY?
  • 00:20:41.090 --> 00:20:42.230
  • WELL, THAT LEADS TO THE SECOND PRAYER SECOND PRAYER REQUEST
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:43.180
  • IN VERSE 10.
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:44.260
  • SO THAT YOU MIGHT OBEY THE COMMANDS OF GOD.
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:48.140
  • LOOK AT VERSE 10.
  • 00:20:48.150 --> 00:20:50.000
  • SO THAT YOU WILL WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD
  • 00:20:50.010 --> 00:20:53.270
  • TO PLEASE HIM IN ALL PROSPECTS, BEARING FRUIT
  • 00:20:53.280 --> 00:20:56.270
  • IN EVERY GOOD WORK, AND INCREASING
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:58.280
  • IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:01.030
  • SOME PEOPLE SAY, "OH, LORD, SHOW ME YOUR WILL.
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:03.280
  • "I WANNA KNOW YOUR WILL FOR MY LIFE,"
  • 00:21:03.290 --> 00:21:06.050
  • WHILE SECRETLY THINKING, "SO I CAN DECIDE WHETHER
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:09.030
  • "I WANNA OBEY IT OR NOT."
  • 00:21:09.040 --> 00:21:11.230
  • IT'S NOT OPTIONAL FOR A CHILD OF GOD.
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:13.190
  • THE ONLY REASON TO KNOW GOD'S WILL
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:16.010
  • IS SO THAT YOU CAN DO IT.
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:17.190
  • SO THAT YOU CAN WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD.
  • 00:21:17.200 --> 00:21:21.160
  • THAT WORD WALK MEANS TO CONDUCT YOUR LIFE
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:23.290
  • IN A WAY THAT'S WORTHY OF THE LORD.
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:27.020
  • DR. GEORGE W. TRUETT WHO IS PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH
  • 00:21:27.030 --> 00:21:29.130
  • FOR 50 YEARS STOOD BEHIND THIS PULPIT FOR 50 YEARS, SAID,
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:33.160
  • "SUCCESS IS KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD AND DOING IT."
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:40.070
  • THERE'S A DIFFERENCE JUST BETWEEN KNOWING IT
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:42.070
  • AND KNOWING IT AND DOING IT.
  • 00:21:42.080 --> 00:21:45.100
  • AND PAUL SAYS, "THE BLESSINGS THAT COME IN LIFE
  • 00:21:45.110 --> 00:21:47.170
  • "COME FROM NOT JUST KNOWING GOD'S WORD
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:49.190
  • "BUT DOING THE WILL OF GOD."
  • 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:51.070
  • LOOK AGAIN AT VERSE 10,
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:52.230
  • "SO THAT YOU MAY WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:55.020
  • "TO PLEASE HIM IN ALL RESPECTS."
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:59.130
  • THAT IS THE HEART DESIRE OF EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN:
  • 00:21:59.140 --> 00:22:05.030
  • TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:07.040
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:12.030
  • SO MANY PEOPLE ARE LONGING FOR DIRECTION
  • 00:22:12.040 --> 00:22:14.210
  • IN THEIR LIVES TODAY, CRAVING DEEPER PURPOSE,
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:18.180
  • WANTING TO KNOW WHAT THEIR FUTURE HOLDS.
  • 00:22:18.190 --> 00:22:21.140
  • IT ALL BEGINS WITH KNOWING THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:22:21.150 --> 00:22:24.250
  • THE SPIRIT OF GOD USES THE WORD OF GOD
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:27.230
  • TO REVEAL THE WILL OF GOD,
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:29.230
  • SO THAT WE MIGHT BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF GOD.
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:33.270
  • SO LET ME URGE YOU TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP
  • 00:22:33.280 --> 00:22:36.170
  • ALONG YOUR PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:22:36.180 --> 00:22:38.290
  • ONE WAY FOR YOU TO DIG DEEPER INTO GOD'S WORD
  • 00:22:39.000 --> 00:22:42.000
  • IS WITH THE HELP OF THE DAILY DEVOTIONALS
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  • I'VE WRITTEN FOR YOU IN PATHWAY MAGAZINE.
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  • EACH ISSUE OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE CONTAINS DEVOTIONALS
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  • FOR EVERY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY,
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  • 00:22:53.050 --> 00:22:56.160
  • AND BEHIND THE SCENES INFORMATION ON
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY, AND THREE COMPLEMENTARY ISSUES OF
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  • PATHWAY MAGAZINE ARE MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
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  • TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • GO TO PTV.ORG.
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  • NOW PLEASE STAY RIGHT THERE,
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:15.040 --> 00:23:19.220
  • IN ONE YEAR, YOU WENT THROUGH THREE MISCARRIAGES.
  • 00:23:19.230 --> 00:23:23.190
  • THE THIRD MISCARRIAGE WAS DEVASTATING.
  • 00:23:23.200 --> 00:23:25.200
  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSSES.
  • 00:23:25.210 --> 00:23:27.050
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
  • 00:23:27.060 --> 00:23:29.040
  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY
  • 00:23:29.050 --> 00:23:30.140
  • PROBABLY THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.
  • 00:23:30.150 --> 00:23:31.290
  • WE'RE NOT GONNA BE EMBARRASSED TO ASK YOU
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  • FOR EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT.
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  • WE WANT MULTIPLES, WE WANT THREE BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN,
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  • AND WE WANT YOU TO DO MORE THAN ANYTHING WE CAN IMAGINE.
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  • [PRESENTER] IN HER NEW BOOK, JULIA SHARES THE STORY
  • 00:23:40.100 --> 00:23:42.170
  • OF GOD'S LIFE-CHANGING ANSWERS TO BOLD PRAYERS.
  • 00:23:42.180 --> 00:23:46.080
  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER
  • 00:23:46.090 --> 00:23:48.230
  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS.
  • 00:23:48.240 --> 00:23:52.130
  • AND I'M EXCITED TO SHARE HER WONDERFUL NEW BOOK
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  • WITH YOU TODAY, "PRAY BIG THINGS".
  • 00:23:55.060 --> 00:23:58.090
  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING YOUR PRAYERS
  • 00:23:58.100 --> 00:24:01.050
  • OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
  • 00:24:01.060 --> 00:24:03.110
  • I WANNA SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU
  • 00:24:03.120 --> 00:24:06.200
  • WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
  • 00:24:06.210 --> 00:24:08.190
  • "PRAY BIG THINGS" IS YOURS
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:10.140
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:10.150 --> 00:24:11.250
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:11.260 --> 00:24:14.190
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY "PRAYER JOURNAL"
  • 00:24:14.200 --> 00:24:17.240
  • TO HELP YOU DOCUMENT HOW GOD ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS.
  • 00:24:17.250 --> 00:24:21.070
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:21.080 --> 00:24:24.060
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE DR. JEFFRESS' TEACHING SERIES
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  • "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK" ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:26.260 --> 00:24:30.180
  • IF JESUS CHRIST FELT IT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
  • 00:24:30.190 --> 00:24:34.290
  • TO MAKE PRAYER PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
  • 00:24:35.000 --> 00:24:38.200
  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER
  • 00:24:38.210 --> 00:24:41.070
  • FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:42.220
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT!
  • 00:24:42.230 --> 00:24:44.170
  • AS TOGETHER, WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:24:44.180 --> 00:24:46.170
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:24:46.180 --> 00:24:50.220
  • WHETHER WE'RE PRAYING FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR MATES,
  • 00:24:50.230 --> 00:24:54.020
  • OR EVEN OURSELVES, IT CAN BE HARD TO KNOW HOW TO PRAY,
  • 00:24:54.030 --> 00:24:58.220
  • BUT PAUL'S PRAYER FOR THE COLOSSIANS
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:25:00.250
  • CLEARLY OUTLINES OUR PRIORITIES.
  • 00:25:00.260 --> 00:25:04.120
  • PRAY THAT THEY WOULD KNOW THE WILL OF GOD
  • 00:25:04.130 --> 00:25:07.030
  • AND THEN PRAY THAT THEY WOULD OBEY THE COMMANDS OF GOD.
  • 00:25:07.040 --> 00:25:11.070
  • WELL, PAUL SAYS THAT WHENEVER WE OBEY GOD'S COMMANDS,
  • 00:25:11.080 --> 00:25:14.250
  • WE'RE GOING TO BE GIVEN SUPERNATURAL POWER.
  • 00:25:14.260 --> 00:25:19.000
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL LOOK AT THREE TANGIBLE RESULTS
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:21.290
  • OF GOD'S SUPERNATURAL POWER IN OUR LIFE
  • 00:25:22.000 --> 00:25:25.070
  • AND ALSO THREE THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE FOR EVERY BELIEVER.
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:31.120
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
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  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:34.190
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:34.200 --> 00:25:35.280
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:35.290 --> 00:25:37.220
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:37.230 --> 00:25:40.080
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:40.090 --> 00:25:42.090
  • OF "PRAY BIG THINGS" BY JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
  • 00:25:42.100 --> 00:25:45.230
  • ALONG WITH THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY "PRAYER JOURNAL".
  • 00:25:45.240 --> 00:25:48.070
  • PLUS, YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST THREE COMPLIMENTARY ISSUES
  • 00:25:48.080 --> 00:25:51.090
  • OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE, SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
  • 00:25:51.100 --> 00:25:54.030
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:54.040 --> 00:25:55.150
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:55.160 --> 00:25:58.130
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:02.130 --> 00:26:04.180
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:04.190 --> 00:26:06.080
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:06.090 --> 00:26:08.020
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE
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  • TO GIVE TODAY.
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  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:11.220 --> 00:26:14.290
  • WHY DO WE NEED TO BE RESCUED FROM THIS WORLD?
  • 00:26:15.000 --> 00:26:17.070
  • THIS WORLD IS HARDLY LIKE A BURNING AUTOMOBILE
  • 00:26:17.080 --> 00:26:19.160
  • THAT WE'RE TRAPPED IN.
  • 00:26:19.170 --> 00:26:21.100
  • NOW LOOK AROUND, THIS WORLD'S A PRETTY NICE PLACE
  • 00:26:21.110 --> 00:26:23.210
  • WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:26:23.220 --> 00:26:26.050
  • COME TO THINK ABOUT LOUIS ARMSTRONG,
  • 00:26:26.060 --> 00:26:27.170
  • THAT OLD SONG, REMEMBER?
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  • I SEE TREES OF GREEN
  • 00:26:29.040 --> 00:26:31.230
  • AND RED ROSES TOO
  • 00:26:31.240 --> 00:26:33.230
  • AND I SEE THEM BLOOM FOR ME AND FOR YOU
  • 00:26:33.240 --> 00:26:37.110
  • AND I THINK TO MYSELF
  • 00:26:37.120 --> 00:26:39.270
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
  • 00:26:39.280 --> 00:26:43.140
  • DON'T WE KIND OF THINK THAT WAY?
  • 00:26:43.150 --> 00:26:45.140
  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE "THE PERFECT PRAYER"
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • PICTURE YOURSELF WAKING UP
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  • TO SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS
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  • OR SPOTTING WILDLIFE FROM A LUXURIOUS CRUISE SHIP.
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  • JOIN DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS; CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN,
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  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBURG
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  • LEAVE THE STRESS BEHIND AS YOU TAKE IN
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  • GOD'S MAGNIFICENT CREATION AND REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT
  • 00:27:18.260 --> 00:27:22.120
  • WITH TIME SPENT IN GOD'S WORD.
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