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October 8, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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Prayers That Really Work: The Truth About Testing Part 2

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  • MUSIC
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  • FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • EVERY DAY, YOU AND I ARE FACED WITH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS,
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  • BUT WHAT MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE IS THIS.
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  • THE OUTCOME OF OUR TRIALS ENTIRELY DEPENDS
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  • UPON OUR RESPONSE TO THEM.
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  • WE CAN LET SATAN USE HARDSHIPS TO DESTROY US
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  • OR WE CAN LET GOD USE THEM TO STRENGTHEN US.
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  • SO WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?
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  • LAST TIME WE LEARNED THAT WHILE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
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  • CAN HAVE A POSITIVE EFFECT,
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  • IT'S OKAY TO ASK GOD TO EXEMPT US
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  • FROM THOSE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
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  • AND TODAY WE'LL LEARN HOW TO PRAY FOR PROTECTION
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  • THROUGH OUR PROBLEMS.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, "THE TRUTH ABOUT TESTING"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • THE SKY SHALL UNFOLD
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  • DECLARING HIS ENTRANCE
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  • THE STARS SHALL APPLAUD HIM
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  • WITH THUNDERS OF PRAISE
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  • AND THOSE WHO REMAIN SHALL
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  • SHALL BE CHANGED IN A MOMENT
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  • AND WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM
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  • THEN FACE TO FACE
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  • WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM
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  • WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM
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  • FACE TO FACE
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  • IN ALL OF HIS GLORY
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  • WE SHALL BEHOLD
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  • WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM
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  • WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM
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  • FACE TO FACE
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  • FACE TO FACE
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  • OUR SAVIOR AND LORD
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  • SAVIOR AND LORD
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  • WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM
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  • OUR SAVIOR
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  • AND LORD
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  • AND LORD
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  • OUR SAVIOR
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  • AND LORD
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  • SAVIOR AND LORD
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  • AMEN
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  • (CONGREGATION CLAPS)
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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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  • REMEMBER THE BACKGROUND FOR THIS PRAYER,
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  • THE DISCIPLES HAD HUNG AROUND JESUS JUST LONG ENOUGH
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  • TO BE CAPTIVATED BY THE KIND OF LIFE HE LED.
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  • THEY SAW THE SUPERNATURAL POWER THAT FLOWED THROUGH HIM.
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  • THEY SAW THAT HOW HE HAD PIECE OF MIND NO MATTER WHAT
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  • WAS HAPPENING AROUND HIM.
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  • THEY SAW HIS INTIMACY WITH GOD AND THEY SAID,
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  • "YOU KNOW WHAT? WE WANT SOME OF THAT IN OUR LIFE."
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  • NOW THESE WEREN'T THE SMARTEST BULBS IN THE UNIVERSE,
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  • THESE DISCIPLES.
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  • BUT EVEN THEY WERE ABLE TO CONNECT THE DOTS
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  • BETWEEN THE KIND OF SUPERNATURAL POWER JESUS EXPERIENCED
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  • EVERY DAY AND HIS PRAYER LIFE. THEY PUT THE TWO TOGETHER,
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  • THEY REALIZED THAT PRAYER WAS THE CHANNEL
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  • THROUGH WHICH THE POWER OF GOD FLOWED INTO JESUS' LIFE.
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  • AND SO THEY SAID TO JESUS,
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  • "JESUS TEACH US TO PRAY THE WAY YOU PRAY.
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  • "WE WANT SOME OF THAT POWER IN OUR LIFE.
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  • "TEACH US TO PRAY THE WAY YOU PRAY."
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  • REMEMBER HOW JESUS RESPONDED?
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  • HE SAID, "OKAY, YOU WANNA KNOW HOW TO PRAY?
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  • "PRAY IN THIS WAY."
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  • HE DIDN'T SAY, "PRAY THIS PRAYER."
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  • NOWHERE DID HE INSTRUCT US TO PRAY THIS PRAYER
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  • WORD FOR WORD.
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  • THESE ARE NOT MAGICAL WORDS KINDA LIKE "HOCUS POCUS"
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  • OR "ABRACADABRA" THAT IF YOU JUST SAY THEM,
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  • GREAT THINGS HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • NO, THIS IS A PATTERN FOR HOW TO PRAY.
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  • PRAY "THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE
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  • "ON EARTH AS IT'S BEING DONE IN HEAVEN."
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  • THAT IS "FATHER JUST IN THE SAME WAY
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  • "THAT ONE DAY YOU'RE GONNA RULE OVER THIS ENTIRE WORLD,
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  • "I WANT YOU TO TAKE CHARGE OF MY LIFE.
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  • "TODAY I AM SUBMITTING EVERY PART OF MY LIFE TO YOUR RULE."
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  • THAT'S HOW WE BEGIN TO PRAY, BUT THEN IT'S FINE TO GO INTO A
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  • LIST OF THINGS YOU'RE INTERESTED IN. THINGS YOU WANT FROM GOD.
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  • JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY FOR OUR NEEDS
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  • AND HE MENTIONS THREE OF THEM, BEGINNING IN VERSE 11.
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  • HE SAID FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE A NEED FOR PROVISION.
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  • THAT MEANS FOOD AND SHELTER AND CLOTHING AND MONEY.
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  • WE NEED THOSE THINGS. GOD KNOWS THAT.
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  • "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD."
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  • GIVE US WHAT WE NEED.
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  • SECONDLY, WE'RE TO PRAY FOR A PARDON FROM SINS.
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  • "AND FORGIVE US OF OUR DEBTS, OUR SINS,
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  • "AS WE HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS."
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  • THAT'S NOT JUST A ONE TIME PRAYER OF SALVATION
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  • FOR OUR FORGIVENESS OF SINS
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  • IT IS A DAILY CONFESSING, REPENTING, TURNING AWAY FROM SIN
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  • SO THAT OUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR FATHER STAYS INTACT.
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  • AND THEN WHEN WE GET TO VERSE 13,
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  • THE FINAL NEED WE ALL HAVE IS FOR PROTECTION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 13.
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  • "AND DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION,
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  • "BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL."
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  • NOW THAT RAISES THE QUESTION DOES GOD EVER TEMPT US?
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  • DOESN'T IT STAND TO REASON THAT IF JESUS SAID,
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  • "PRAY THAT GOD WOULDN'T LEAD YOU INTO TEMPTATION"
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  • THAT MAYBE SOMETIMES HE DOES LEAD YOU INTO TEMPTATION?
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  • WHY WOULD YOU PRAY THIS PRAYER IF IT WERE NOT A POSSIBILITY?
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  • JAMES SAID THE REASON WE FALL INTO SIN
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  • IS BECAUSE OF OUR CORRUPT DESIRES ON THE INSIDE
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  • AND SATAN WHO DANGLES THE RIGHT BAIT IN FRONT OF US
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  • ON THE OUTSIDE. SATAN IS A MASTER FISHERMAN,
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  • HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT BAIT WILL HOOK YOU.
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  • FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S SEX. FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S PRESTIGE.
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  • FOR SOME PEOPLE IT'S MONEY.
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  • HE KNOWS EXACTLY THE RIGHT BAIT TO DANGLE IN FRONT OF YOU
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  • AND WHEN YOU'RE CORRUPT DESIRES SEE THAT BAIT
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  • AND YOU SNAP AT IT, JAMES SAYS YOU'RE HOOKED.
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE WORD "ENTICED" MEANS,
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  • IT'S A FISHING TERM THAT'S USED FOR THE HOOKING OF A FISH.
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  • THAT'S HOW TEMPTATION COMES,
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  • OUR CORRUPT DESIRES COUPLED WITH SATAN'S TEMPTATION.
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  • NOW IN ENGLISH, WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT WORDS.
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  • WE HAVE ONE WORD, TEMPTATION.
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  • IF YOU LOOK UP TEMPTATION IN "WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY,"
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  • IT MEANS TO ENTICE TO DO EVIL.
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  • THAT'S WHAT TEMPTATION IS, IT'S AN ENTICEMENT TO DO EVIL.
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  • IT'S TRUE, GOD NEVER ENTICES ANYBODY TO DO EVIL.
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  • ON THE OTHER HAND, WE HAVE A WORD "TEST."
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  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TESTING
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  • THAT ALWAYS HAS A POSITIVE RESULT IN MIND.
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  • IT MEANS A DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCE THAT IS USED
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  • TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS GOD TESTS PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME.
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  • THERE IS NOTHING WRONG AND EVERYTHING RIGHT
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  • TO ASK GOD TO KEEP YOU OUT OF DIFFICULTIES.
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  • JESUS SAID, "WHEN YOU PRAY,
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  • "ASK GOD TO SPARE YOU FROM TESTING."
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  • NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
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  • YOU KNOW WHY JESUS SAID IT'S OKAY TO ASK GOD
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  • TO KEEP YOU FROM TESTING, FROM DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES?
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  • BECAUSE THAT'S HOW JESUS PRAYED HIMSELF.
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  • REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE,
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  • THE CHOIR JUST SANG ABOUT IT.
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  • THE NIGHT BEFORE HE WAS CRUCIFIED,
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  • WHAT DID JESUS SAY TO GOD?
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  • HE SAID "GOD, IF IT'S ALL THE SAME TO YOU,
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  • "I'D RATHER NOT GO THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE.
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  • "LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME."
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  • IT WASN'T JUST THE PHYSICAL TORTURE JESUS DREADED,
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  • BUT THE SPIRITUAL SUFFERING OF BEARING THE SINS
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  • OF THE ENTIRE WORLD, OF TAKING GOD'S CONDEMNATION
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  • UPON HIMSELF.
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  • HE SAID, "FATHER, I'D RATHER NOT GO THROUGH THIS."
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  • WHY DID HE SAY THAT?
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  • BECAUSE HE KNEW THIS TEST COULD GO EITHER WAY.
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  • IF INDEED HE WERE OBEDIENT TO THE FATHER,
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  • THEN THERE WOULD BE GREAT VICTORY.
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  • BUT IF HE REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO THE FATHER'S WILL
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  • AND GAVE INTO SATAN,
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  • IT WOULD BE THE GREATEST DISASTER IN HISTORY.
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  • SO HE SAID, "FATHER, IF IT'S ALL THE SAME TO YOU,
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  • "I WOULD JUST PREFER NOT TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS TEST."
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  • BUT THEN HE QUICKLY ADDED, "YET NOT MY WILL,
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  • "BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE."
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  • JESUS SAID IN THE SAME WAY WE OUGHT TO DAILY ASK GOD
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  • TO PROTECT US FROM DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
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  • "LEAD US NOT INTO DIFFICULTIES."
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  • IN HIS BOOK "PRAYER, THE GREAT ADVENTURE,"
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  • DAVID JEREMIAH LISTS FOUR SPECIFIC EXEMPTIONS
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  • WE OUGHT TO ASK GOD FOR FROM DANGERS.
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  • HE SAID FIRST OF ALL WE OUGHTA PRAY FOR AN EXEMPTION
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  • FROM PERSECUTION.
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  • WE OUGHTA ASK GOD TO EXEMPT US FROM PERSECUTION.
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  • YOU KNOW IN MATTHEW CHAPTER FIVE, JESUS SAID
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  • TO HIS DISCIPLES, "NOW WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED
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  • "FOR YOUR FAITH, REJOICE FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD."
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  • FIVE CHAPTERS LATER IN CHAPTER 10, HE SAYS
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  • NOW WHEN PERSECUTION COMES, RUN FOR THE HILLS.
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  • WHY DID HE SAY THAT?
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  • HE SAID IT BECAUSE HE KNEW PERSECUTION
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  • COULD STRENGTHEN SOMEBODY'S FAITH,
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  • BUT IT COULD ALSO DESTROY SOMEBODY'S FAITH.
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  • DAVID PRAYED FOR EXEMPTION FROM PERSECUTION.
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  • IN PSALM 7, VERSES ONE AND TWO, DAVID PRAYED,
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  • "O LORD, MY GOD, IN THEE I HAVE TAKEN REFUGE.
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  • "SAVE ME FROM ALL THOSE WHO PURSUE ME,
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  • "AND DELIVER ME LEST HE TEAR MY SOUL LIKE A LION,
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  • "DRAGGING ME AWAY, WHILE THERE IS NONE TO DELIVER."
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  • SECOND, WE OUGHTA PRAY FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM DANGER.
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  • NOW LISTEN TO THE REQUEST OF DAVID IN PSALM 22,
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  • VERSES 19 TO 21.
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  • "BUT YOU, O LORD, BE NOT FAR OFF.
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  • "O MY STRENGTH COME QUICKLY TO HELP ME.
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  • "DELIVER MY LIFE FROM THE SWORD,
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  • "MY PRECIOUS LIFE FROM THE POWER OF THE DOGS.
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  • "RESCUE ME FROM THE MOUTH OF LIONS.
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  • "SAVE ME FROM THE HORNS OF THE WILD OXEN."
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  • NOW WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU PRAYED THAT PRAYER?
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • "LORD, DELIVER ME FROM THE DOGS,
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  • "FROM THE OXEN, FROM THE LIONS."
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  • WE DON'T PRAY THOSE PRAYERS BECAUSE THEY DON'T REPRESENT
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  • REAL DANGERS TO US UNLESS, YOU KNOW,
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  • YOU GO TO THE DALLAS ZOO AND SOMETHING GETS LOOSE
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  • AT THE ZOO, YOU'RE PROBABLY OKAY FROM THE TIGERS
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  • AND THE BEARS AND THE LIONS AND SO FORTH.
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  • BUT IN DAVID'S DAY, THOSE WERE VERY REAL DANGERS.
  • 00:12:33.220 --> 00:12:38.010
  • DAVID SAYS, "YOU OUGHT TO PRAY THAT GOD SAVES YOU
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:40.190
  • "FROM DANGER."
  • 00:12:40.200 --> 00:12:41.250
  • TODAY IF DAVID WERE TELLING US HOW TO PRAY,
  • 00:12:41.260 --> 00:12:43.180
  • HE WOULD SAY, "YOU OUGHT TO PRAY THIS WAY.
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:45.020
  • "LORD, DELIVER ME FROM CANCER.
  • 00:12:45.030 --> 00:12:48.070
  • "SPARE ME FROM MUGGERS.
  • 00:12:48.080 --> 00:12:51.070
  • "SAVE ME FROM THOSE SUVS THAT COME ROARING PAST ME
  • 00:12:51.080 --> 00:12:53.260
  • "ON THE DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY.
  • 00:12:53.270 --> 00:12:55.250
  • "SAVE ME. PROTECT ME."
  • 00:12:55.260 --> 00:12:58.260
  • WE PRAY FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM DANGER.
  • 00:12:58.270 --> 00:13:01.080
  • THIRDLY, WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM POVERTY.
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:04.140
  • SOME PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED THAT I WOULD SAY THAT,
  • 00:13:04.150 --> 00:13:07.190
  • BUT THAT'S A BIBLICAL PRAYER.
  • 00:13:07.200 --> 00:13:09.280
  • LORD, KEEP ME FROM GOING THROUGH FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY.
  • 00:13:09.290 --> 00:13:14.010
  • IN PSALM 33, VERSES 18 AND 19, DAVID PRAYED,
  • 00:13:14.020 --> 00:13:17.190
  • "BEHOLD, THE EYE OF THE LORD IS ON THOSE WHO FEAR HIM,
  • 00:13:17.200 --> 00:13:20.220
  • "ON THOSE WHO HOPE FOR HIS LOVINGKINDNESS,
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:23.090
  • "TO DELIVER THEIR SOUL FROM DEATH,
  • 00:13:23.100 --> 00:13:25.080
  • "AND TO KEEP THEM ALIVE IN TIME OF FAMINE."
  • 00:13:25.090 --> 00:13:30.030
  • FOURTH, DAVID TELLS US WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR AN EXEMPTION
  • 00:13:30.040 --> 00:13:32.250
  • FROM FEAR. DON'T LET FEAR OVERWHELM ME.
  • 00:13:32.260 --> 00:13:36.260
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER HAD THIS SITUATION?
  • 00:13:36.270 --> 00:13:39.130
  • YOU'RE SITTING AT YOUR COMPUTER WORKING
  • 00:13:39.140 --> 00:13:41.050
  • OR MAYBE ENJOYING JUST SOME FAMILY TIME TOGETHER,
  • 00:13:41.060 --> 00:13:44.270
  • HAVING A GREAT TIME, WHEN ALL OF THE SUDDEN,
  • 00:13:44.280 --> 00:13:47.170
  • OUT OF NOWHERE, THIS ALIEN THOUGHT COMES INTO YOUR MIND.
  • 00:13:47.180 --> 00:13:52.180
  • "WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS. "WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS.
  • 00:13:52.190 --> 00:13:57.180
  • "WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS." AND SUDDENLY,
  • 00:13:57.190 --> 00:14:02.190
  • YOUR SENSE OF WELL BEING IS STRANGLED
  • 00:14:02.200 --> 00:14:05.200
  • AND YOU ARE PARALYZED BY FEAR. EVERYBODY EXPERIENCES THAT.
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:11.250
  • DAVID HAD HIS OWN ANXIETY ISSUES AND THAT'S WHY
  • 00:14:11.260 --> 00:14:14.210
  • IN PSALM 34 VERSE FOUR, HE PRAYED, HE SAID,
  • 00:14:14.220 --> 00:14:17.240
  • "I SOUGHT THE LORD, AND HE ANSWERED ME,
  • 00:14:17.250 --> 00:14:20.040
  • "AND HE DELIVERED ME FROM ALL MY FEARS."
  • 00:14:20.050 --> 00:14:25.040
  • JESUS SAID, "WHEN YOU PRAY EVERY DAY,
  • 00:14:25.050 --> 00:14:28.010
  • "ASK GOD TO PROTECT YOU FROM DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:32.100
  • "TO KEEP YOU FROM DIFFICULTIES."
  • 00:14:32.110 --> 00:14:34.150
  • YOU KNOW, I THINK AS CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:35.290
  • WE'VE ALMOST ROMANTICIZED DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:39.200
  • WE THINK SOMEHOW THEY'RE JUST SO WONDERFUL,
  • 00:14:39.210 --> 00:14:41.230
  • THESE WONDERFUL TESTS THAT COME INTO OUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:41.240 --> 00:14:44.060
  • NO, THEY'RE REALLY NOT.
  • 00:14:44.070 --> 00:14:45.200
  • THEY COULD STRENGTHEN US, THEY COULD DESTROY US.
  • 00:14:45.210 --> 00:14:49.110
  • SO LIKE JESUS, WE SHOULD SAY, "LORD, IF IT'S ALL THE SAME
  • 00:14:49.120 --> 00:14:51.230
  • "TO YOU, PLEASE KEEP THESE THINGS FROM HAPPENING TO ME."
  • 00:14:51.240 --> 00:14:56.230
  • BUT WE ALSO KNOW, LIKE JESUS DISCOVERED,
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:58.270
  • THAT SOMETIMES GOD HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN FOR US.
  • 00:14:58.280 --> 00:15:02.270
  • INSTEAD OF SPARING US, EXEMPTING US FROM PROBLEMS,
  • 00:15:02.280 --> 00:15:06.010
  • HIS PLAN IS TO TAKE US THROUGH PROBLEMS
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:09.150
  • AND THAT'S WHY JESUS ADDED THE SECOND PART OF THE PRAYER,
  • 00:15:09.160 --> 00:15:12.150
  • "DELIVER US FROM EVIL."
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:14.200
  • THAT IS A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION THROUGH PROBLEMS.
  • 00:15:14.210 --> 00:15:19.030
  • A PROTECTION THROUGH PROBLEMS.
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:22.220
  • THERE ARE SOME OF YOU HERE THIS MORNING,
  • 00:15:22.230 --> 00:15:23.290
  • SOME OF YOU WATCHING ON TELEVISION RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:15:24.000 --> 00:15:27.240
  • YOU'RE FACING THE SINGLE, GREATEST CHALLENGE
  • 00:15:27.250 --> 00:15:30.220
  • YOU HAVE EVER FACED BEFORE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:33.110
  • MAYBE IT'S THE BREAKUP OF A RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:36.150
  • MAYBE IT'S A REBELLIOUS CHILD.
  • 00:15:36.160 --> 00:15:39.060
  • IT MAY BE THE LOSS OF A JOB.
  • 00:15:39.070 --> 00:15:42.090
  • IT MAY BE THE LOSS OF A DREAM.
  • 00:15:42.100 --> 00:15:45.020
  • AND RIGHT NOW, IT'S DURING THIS TIME
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:46.270
  • THAT YOU FEEL SEPARATED FROM GOD.
  • 00:15:46.280 --> 00:15:49.130
  • AND MAYBE LIKE JESUS AND PAUL,
  • 00:15:49.140 --> 00:15:51.030
  • YOU HAVE PRAYED OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:52.260
  • "LORD, DELIVER ME OUT OF THIS PROBLEM"
  • 00:15:52.270 --> 00:15:56.150
  • AND UP TO THIS POINT GOD HAS SAID NO.
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:59.040
  • "MY PLAN IS TO TAKE YOU THROUGH THIS PROBLEM."
  • 00:15:59.050 --> 00:16:03.240
  • IF THAT'S TRUE FOR YOU, IF IT APPEARS THAT GOD'S PLAN
  • 00:16:03.250 --> 00:16:06.270
  • FOR YOUR LIFE IS FOR YOU TO GO THROUGH THIS DIFFICULTY,
  • 00:16:06.280 --> 00:16:11.220
  • LET ME SHARE WITH YOU THREE TIMELESS TRUTHS
  • 00:16:11.230 --> 00:16:13.280
  • ABOUT TESTING THAT WILL HELP YOU,
  • 00:16:13.290 --> 00:16:16.110
  • ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU RIGHT NOW WHO ARE RIGHT
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:18.170
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRUCIBLE OF TESTING.
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:21.160
  • WHEN YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THIS TIME OF TESTING,
  • 00:16:21.170 --> 00:16:23.200
  • GOD CHOOSES NOT TO EXEMPT YOU FROM SUFFERING,
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:26.050
  • BUT TO HAVE YOU EXPERIENCE IT, REMEMBER THESE THREE THINGS.
  • 00:16:26.060 --> 00:16:28.200
  • FIRST OF ALL, TESTS DO NOT TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE.
  • 00:16:28.210 --> 00:16:33.070
  • TESTS DO NOT TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE.
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:35.210
  • WHETHER GOD DIRECTLY CAUSED
  • 00:16:35.220 --> 00:16:38.040
  • THE DIFFICULTY YOU'RE EXPERIENCING,
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:40.160
  • WHETHER HE ALLOWED SATAN TO CAUSE IT,
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:43.040
  • OR WHETHER YOUR PROBLEM IS JUST THE RESULT
  • 00:16:43.050 --> 00:16:45.200
  • OF YOUR OWN STUPIDITY, YOU KNOW.
  • 00:16:45.210 --> 00:16:47.250
  • SOMETIMES WE SUFFER FOR OUR OWN STUPIDITY, DON'T WE?
  • 00:16:47.260 --> 00:16:50.290
  • BUT WHATEVER THE CAUSE THE CATALYST FOR YOUR SUFFERING,
  • 00:16:51.000 --> 00:16:55.080
  • IT DIDN'T TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE.
  • 00:16:55.090 --> 00:16:58.010
  • IN PSALM 139, DAVID SAID EVERY DETAIL OF EVERY DAY
  • 00:16:58.020 --> 00:17:02.240
  • OF OUR LIVES WERE WRITTEN IN GOD'S BOOK
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:05.070
  • BEFORE WE EVER BREATHED OUR FIRST BREATH.
  • 00:17:05.080 --> 00:17:07.080
  • ISN'T THAT AN AMAZING THOUGHT?
  • 00:17:07.090 --> 00:17:09.010
  • BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:17:09.020 --> 00:17:10.180
  • HE WROTE DOWN EVERY DETAIL OF OUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:10.190 --> 00:17:15.040
  • BUT LISTEN TO THIS, GOD NOT ONLY KNEW EVERY DETAIL
  • 00:17:15.050 --> 00:17:19.040
  • OF YOUR LIFE, GOD HAS PLANNED EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:24.000
  • FOR A GREAT, ETERNAL PURPOSE.
  • 00:17:24.010 --> 00:17:28.170
  • WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THAT FAILED MARRIAGE,
  • 00:17:28.180 --> 00:17:31.040
  • WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THAT BANKRUPTCY,
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:33.200
  • WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THAT LOSS OF AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:17:33.210 --> 00:17:36.120
  • IN YOUR LIFE, WHEN YOU'RE GOING THROUGH CANCER,
  • 00:17:36.130 --> 00:17:39.110
  • GOD DOESN'T SLAP HIS FOREHEAD AND SAY,
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:40.260
  • "OH, I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED,
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:42.230
  • WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?"
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:44.080
  • IT DOESN'T TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE.
  • 00:17:44.090 --> 00:17:47.110
  • THESE THINGS THAT COME INTO YOUR LIFE, LISTEN TO THIS,
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:49.240
  • ARE NOT DETOURS FROM GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:17:49.250 --> 00:17:53.180
  • THEY ARE A PART OF GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:56.160
  • A PLAN FOR YOUR GOOD.
  • 00:17:56.170 --> 00:17:58.160
  • A PLAN FOR THE STRENGTHENING OF YOUR FAITH.
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:18:01.190
  • I LOVE THE WORDS OF ALLAN REDPATH, WHO WROTE,
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:03.270
  • "THERE IS NOTHING, NO CIRCUMSTANCE, NO TROUBLE,
  • 00:18:03.280 --> 00:18:07.160
  • NO TESTING, THAT CAN EVER TOUCH ME
  • 00:18:07.170 --> 00:18:10.190
  • UNTIL FIRST OF ALL IT HAS COME PAST GOD,
  • 00:18:10.200 --> 00:18:14.070
  • PAST CHRIST, RIGHT THROUGH TO ME;
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:17.050
  • AND IF IT'S COME THAT FAR,
  • 00:18:17.060 --> 00:18:19.000
  • IT HAS COME WITH A GREAT PURPOSE."
  • 00:18:19.010 --> 00:18:21.260
  • AREN'T THOSE GREAT WORDS?
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:23.240
  • GOD'S TESTS NEVER TAKE GOD BY SURPRISE.
  • 00:18:23.250 --> 00:18:28.000
  • SECONDLY, TESTS ARE EVIDENCE OF GOD'S LOVE FOR US.
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:34.050
  • THE TESTS THAT COME INTO OUR LIVES ARE EVIDENCE
  • 00:18:34.060 --> 00:18:36.140
  • OF GOD'S LOVE FOR US.
  • 00:18:36.150 --> 00:18:37.280
  • HERE'S AN INTERESTING FACT, SEARCH THROUGH THE BIBLE
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:40.130
  • AND YOU NEVER FIND GOD TESTING THE UNGODLY.
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:44.150
  • THERE'S NO INSTANCE THAT GOD EVER TESTED
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:46.120
  • THE HEATHEN NATIONS, ONLY ISRAEL.
  • 00:18:46.130 --> 00:18:48.160
  • FURTHERMORE, HE NEVER TESTED UNBELIEVERS, ONLY BELIEVERS.
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:54.170
  • TAKE FOR EXAMPLE, JOB. REMEMBER JOB?
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:55.240
  • WE TALKED ABOUT HIM A FEW MOMENTS AGO.
  • 00:18:55.250 --> 00:18:57.090
  • THE OPENING VERSE OF HIS STORY READS THIS WAY,
  • 00:18:57.100 --> 00:19:00.140
  • "THERE WAS A MAN NAMED JOB WHO WAS AN UPRIGHT MAN,
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:03.110
  • "WHO FEARED GOD AND TURNED AWAY FROM EVIL."
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:07.090
  • THAT WAS JOB.
  • 00:19:07.100 --> 00:19:08.250
  • AND YET FOR THIS UPRIGHT MAN, GOD PLANNED A TEST.
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:14.170
  • OR THINK ABOUT ABRAHAM. HE WAS KNOWN AS THE FRIEND OF GOD.
  • 00:19:14.180 --> 00:19:17.040
  • HERE WAS ABRAHAM, A LIFE OF FAITHFULNESS
  • 00:19:17.050 --> 00:19:20.060
  • FROM THE TIME OF 75 ON,
  • 00:19:20.070 --> 00:19:22.200
  • AND YET IN GENESIS CHAPTER 22, IT SAYS,
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:25.070
  • "AND GOD TESTED ABRAHAM."
  • 00:19:25.080 --> 00:19:30.090
  • HE TESTED HIS FRIEND ABRAHAM, WHY?
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:31.290
  • NOT TO DESTROY HIS FAITH, BUT TO STRENGTHEN IT.
  • 00:19:32.000 --> 00:19:36.080
  • F.B. MEYER HAS WRITTEN,
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:38.150
  • "TESTS ARE GOD'S VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN US."
  • 00:19:38.160 --> 00:19:44.170
  • "TESTS ARE GOD'S VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN US."
  • 00:19:44.180 --> 00:19:47.140
  • GOD NEVER TESTS THE UNFAITHFUL, BUT ONLY THE FAITHFUL.
  • 00:19:47.150 --> 00:19:53.210
  • THEY ARE EVIDENCE OF HIS LOVE FOR ME.
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:56.270
  • AND NUMBER THREE, TESTS ARE MOMENTARY,
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:20:00.150
  • BUT GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IS FOREVER.
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:03.080
  • TESTS ARE MOMENTARY, BUT GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IS FOREVER.
  • 00:20:03.090 --> 00:20:08.220
  • IN HIS BOOK "A GRACE DISGUISED," GERALD SITTSER TELLS
  • 00:20:08.230 --> 00:20:12.180
  • ABOUT HIS STRUGGLE TO MAKE SENSE OUT
  • 00:20:12.190 --> 00:20:14.120
  • OF AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT THAT TOOK THE LIFE
  • 00:20:14.130 --> 00:20:17.060
  • OF HIS WIFE, HIS DAUGHTER, AND HIS MOTHER,
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:19.130
  • ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:22.000
  • LISTEN TO WHAT HE WRITES,
  • 00:20:22.010 --> 00:20:24.090
  • "LOSS CREATES A BARREN PRESENT AS IF ONE WERE SAILING
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:28.240
  • "ON A VAST SEA OF NOTHINGNESS.
  • 00:20:28.250 --> 00:20:31.200
  • "THOSE WHO SUFFER LOSS LIVE SUSPENDED BETWEEN A PAST
  • 00:20:31.210 --> 00:20:35.110
  • "FOR WHICH THEY LONG AND A FUTURE FOR WHICH THEY HOPE.
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:39.170
  • "THEY WANT TO RETURN TO THE HARBOR OF A FAMILIAR PAST
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:43.060
  • "AND RECOVER WHAT WAS LOST OR THEY WANT TO SAIL ON
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:46.180
  • "AND DISCOVER A MEANINGFUL FUTURE THAT PROMISES
  • 00:20:46.190 --> 00:20:49.270
  • "TO BRING THEM LIFE AGAIN.
  • 00:20:49.280 --> 00:20:52.090
  • "INSTEAD, THEY FIND THEMSELVES LIVING IN A BARREN PRESENT
  • 00:20:52.100 --> 00:20:57.000
  • "THAT IS EMPTY OF MEANING."
  • 00:20:57.010 --> 00:21:00.160
  • THERE ARE SOME OF YOU HERE TODAY WHO CAN IDENTIFY
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:02.150
  • WITH THOSE WORDS.
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:05.000
  • YOU'VE LOST SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO YOU.
  • 00:21:05.010 --> 00:21:08.040
  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE ON THAT SEA OF NOTHINGNESS
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:12.040
  • AND YOU HAVE SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD.
  • 00:21:12.050 --> 00:21:15.240
  • "GOD, DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MY SITUATION?
  • 00:21:15.250 --> 00:21:19.050
  • "DO YOU CARE ABOUT MY SITUATION?
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:22.220
  • "DO YOU EVEN EXIST?"
  • 00:21:22.230 --> 00:21:27.140
  • CORRIE TEN BOOM SAID, "IF YOU'RE ON A TRAIN THAT IS GOING
  • 00:21:27.150 --> 00:21:31.020
  • "THROUGH A DARK TUNNEL, YOU DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR TICKET
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:35.090
  • "AND JUMP OFF THE TRAIN.
  • 00:21:35.100 --> 00:21:37.150
  • "INSTEAD, YOU TRUST THE ENGINEER."
  • 00:21:37.160 --> 00:21:42.040
  • THERE ARE SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW WHO ARE GOING THROUGH
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:43.260
  • THAT TUNNEL OF TESTING.
  • 00:21:43.270 --> 00:21:47.010
  • THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO ABANDON YOUR FAITH, TO JUMP OFF.
  • 00:21:47.020 --> 00:21:52.170
  • JESUS SAID THIS IS THE TIME TO TRUST THE ENGINEER
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:55.180
  • TO LEAD YOU SAFELY TO THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:22:00.070
  • "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL."
  • 00:22:00.080 --> 00:22:06.060
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:06.070 --> 00:22:11.180
  • AT THIS VERY MOMENT, I KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 00:22:11.190 --> 00:22:14.200
  • IS CALLING MEN AND WOMEN ALL ACROSS OUR NATION
  • 00:22:14.210 --> 00:22:17.210
  • AND AROUND THE WORLD TO RESPOND TO HIS CALL.
  • 00:22:17.220 --> 00:22:21.170
  • DO YOU HEAR HIS VOICE?
  • 00:22:21.180 --> 00:22:23.140
  • PERHAPS YOU'RE IN A SEASON OF INTENSE, PERSONAL TESTING.
  • 00:22:23.150 --> 00:22:27.240
  • I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.
  • 00:22:27.250 --> 00:22:31.110
  • HE IS YOUR RESCUER.
  • 00:22:31.120 --> 00:22:33.030
  • HE IS READY TO RECEIVE YOU NOW.
  • 00:22:33.040 --> 00:22:37.050
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  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:21.220
  • IN ONE YEAR, YOU WENT THROUGH THREE MISCARRIAGES.
  • 00:23:21.230 --> 00:23:25.160
  • THE THIRD MISCARRIAGE WAS DEVASTATING.
  • 00:23:25.170 --> 00:23:27.180
  • WE WERE SUFFERING LOSSES.
  • 00:23:27.190 --> 00:23:29.030
  • AND YOU KEPT PRAYING.
  • 00:23:29.040 --> 00:23:31.010
  • WE PRAYED A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY
  • 00:23:31.020 --> 00:23:32.050
  • PROBABLY THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.
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  • IN HER NEW BOOK, JULIA SHARES THE STORY
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  • OF GOD'S LIFE CHANGING ANSWERS TO BOLD PRAYERS.
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  • MY DAUGHTER, JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
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  • HAS NEVER BEEN SHY ABOUT PRAYING WITH BOLDNESS
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  • AND I'M EXCITED TO SHARE HER WONDERFUL, NEW BOOK
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  • WITH YOU TODAY, "PRAY BIG THINGS."
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  • IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY GOD ISN'T ANSWERING YOUR PRAYERS
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  • OR YOUR DREAMS SEEM IMPOSSIBLE,
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  • I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE SURPRISING LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU
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  • WHEN YOU'RE BOLD ENOUGH TO ASK HIM.
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  • "PRAY BIG THINGS" IS YOURS
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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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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" PRAYER JOURNAL
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  • TO HELP YOU DOCUMENT HOW GOD ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE
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  • DR. JEFFRESS' TEACHING SERIES, "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK"
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • IF JESUS CHRIST FELT IT ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
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  • TO MAKE PRAYER A PRIORITY IN HIS LIFE,
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  • HOW MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL IS PRAYER
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  • FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME?
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  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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  • AS TOGETHER WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • MUSIC
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  • WE CAN ASK GOD TO KEEP US OUT OF DIFFICULT SITUATIONS,
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  • BUT SOMETIMES THAT'S NOT HIS PLAN.
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  • SOMETIMES GOD ALLOWS US TO GO THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES.
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  • AND IF YOU'RE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF TESTING RIGHT NOW,
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  • I HOPE THESE THREE TRUTHS ARE A COMFORT TO YOU.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, GOD ISN'T SURPRISED.
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  • SECOND, GOD LOVES YOU.
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  • AND THIRDLY, GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IS FOREVER.
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  • WELL, THIS CONCLUDES OUR IN-DEPTH STUDY
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  • ON THE LORD'S PRAYER, BUT THERE'S STILL SO MUCH MORE
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  • FOR US TO LEARN ON THE TOPIC OF PRAYER IN GENERAL
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  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL LOOK AT HOW WE SHOULD PRAY
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  • FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR MATES, AND EVEN FOR OURSELVES.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
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  • TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
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  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF "PRAY BIG THINGS" BY JULIA JEFFRESS SADLER,
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  • ALONG WITH THE "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" PRAYER JOURNAL.
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  • PLUS, YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST THREE COMPLIMENTARY ISSUES
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  • OF "PATHWAY MAGAZINE," SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
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  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE "PRAYERS THAT REALLY WORK"
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
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  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT, SO THANKS FOR CALLING,
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  • WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • IT IS A GOOD PLAN AND IT IS THE KEY TO EXPERIENCING JOY,
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  • FULFILLMENT, CONTENTMENT IN LIFE.
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  • NOW THE QUESTION IS, YOU ALL SAY YOU BELIEVE GOD
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  • HAS A SPECIFIC PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE,
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  • HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DISCOVER WHAT THAT PLAN IS?
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  • DO YOU READ THE TEA LEAVES?
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  • OPEN UP THE NEWSPAPER AND READ THE HOROSCOPE, YOU KNOW?
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  • TALK TO THIS PERSON, THAT PERSON?
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  • HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU GOING TO DISCOVER WHAT
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  • THAT GOOD, PERFECT PLAN OF GOD IS FOR YOUR LIFE?
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  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE, "THE PERFECT PRAYER,"
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