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Steven Furtick: Unqualified

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  • the life God's called you to,
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  • I wanna share with you why I believe you do.
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  • The "[Un]Qualified" series is for every person
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  • who's tired of dealing with the frustration and insecurity
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  • of feeling inadequate and ready to discover
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  • that God still uses broken people to do big things.
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  • (female announcer) They are the heroes of the Bible.
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  • They are immortalized, sanctified, revered.
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  • They were God's chosen people, the founders of the church.
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  • What were their qualifications?
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  • A speech impediment.
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  • A denial of faith.
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  • An affair.
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  • Who were these heroes?
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  • A murderer.
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  • A prostitute.
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  • A liar and a schemer.
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  • In the eyes of the world, they were unqualified.
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  • But God has a history of using broken people to do big things.
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  • And he still does it today.
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  • I wanna begin with a confession.
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  • I am a goal-oriented person,
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  • which may sound like a good thing.
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  • But I tend to be a little extreme about it.
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  • In setting goals, sometimes I set unrealistic goals.
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  • Sometimes in reaching them, like,
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  • one time I decided to eat low carb.
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  • And so I was so strict about it because if I set the goal that
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  • I'm not gonna eat carbs, well, then if I'm at an event
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  • and they have barbecued chicken, yes,
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  • I'm going to take my barbecued chicken
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  • in the bathroom and wash the barbecue off the chicken
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  • because I have goals.
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  • I see life sometimes as a series of goals,
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  • and I think it causes me to miss the process that life
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  • is really all about.
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  • I even approach my relationship with God this way sometimes.
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  • And so everything is a destination,
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  • and I don't enjoy the journey.
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  • Can you relate?
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  • It even extends into my parenting.
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  • When our first child was born,
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  • I remember having this sense of relief because I, you know,
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  • I did so much to bring him into the world.
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  • But for me there was a sense of worry the whole time
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  • that Holly was pregnant.
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  • "Is the baby gonna be born healthy?"
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  • You know, like, I would see somebody smoking
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  • in the general 10-mile vicinity of my pregnant wife
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  • and I would cut their throat.
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  • You know what I'm sayin'?
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  • Because my child can't be born with any extra appendages.
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  • And when he was born and he was healthy,
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  • and they were like, "Oh, he scored super high
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  • on the APGAR test," which is, I didn't even know
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  • it was a competition of how healthy the baby could look
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  • based on his skin color
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  • and whether or not it's healthy and vibrant.
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  • I remember feeling this sense of incredible relief.
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  • And the night after Elijah was born,
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  • I was sitting with Holly in the hospital room
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  • 'cause I was tired watching her produce a human being.
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  • And I was sitting there going,
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  • "Well, we got that over with."
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  • And we both kinda laughed.
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  • We both started laughing because we both knew nothing
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  • could be further from the truth, that, "That's over with."
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  • And I wanna tell you now, about 11 years into being a parent,
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  • my worries about my children were just beginning
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  • when they were still inside their mother's body.
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  • I mean, I don't even have teenagers yet.
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  • So I don't even think I am qualified
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  • to speak on parental concern.
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  • Because anybody knows, if you stop and think about it,
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  • that having a baby is not a project.
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  • Raising children is a process.
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  • I want you think about those two words
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  • because they're very key to where I wanna focus today:
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  • project and process.
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  • In so many ways, when I first started following Christ,
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  • I thought of, like, a project was completed.
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  • That's how it was presented to me.
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  • "Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior,
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  • "and he will make you a new creation.
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  • "And you'll have a new heart,
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  • "and you'll be forgiven of your sin,
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  • and you'll be headed to heaven when you die."
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  • But what about while I live?
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  • Because I've found out
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  • that although Christ gave me new desires,
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  • it didn't take the old ones completely away.
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  • It gave me the ability to choose.
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  • And walking with Christ is a process,
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  • not a project.
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  • See, the more you see your relationship with Christ
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  • or fulfilling his calling on your life or being a parent
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  • as a project, the more you're going to be disappointed
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  • and disillusioned as you, well, as you come
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  • face to face with the clash
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  • between your goals and the grind.
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  • If I could talk about that for a moment.
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  • There is an interesting hashtag that you will see
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  • populating social media.
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  • And the hashtag #goals has become
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  • somewhat of a cultural phenomenon.
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  • I don't know if you've seen this online.
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  • Have you seen this? People use it for everything.
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  • I'm sure you've seen this.
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  • The kids have been doin' this for years now.
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  • Everything is goals. Everything is goals.
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  • So you may see a picture of Jay-Z and Beyoncé,
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  • and you may see on the comments section,
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  • 10.000 people would say, "Goals."
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  • It's a way of saying, like, "Yeah right, I wish,
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  • "if only my life could be like that.
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  • Goals."
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  • Everybody say, "Goals."
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  • Are you a goal setter?
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  • Are you?
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  • Now, I did not ask if you were a goal reacher.
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  • That's a different thing.
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  • Because some of us are better at setting goals than we are
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  • at reaching goals.
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  • And there are entire industries formulated
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  • around this hypothesis that, especially as Americans,
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  • we're much better at setting goals than reaching them.
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  • So health clubs bank on this every January, goals.
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  • And because of the proliferation of this hashtag and what it
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  • means to culture, that it's kind of an indictment that we find
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  • the most unrealistic view of reality we can find
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  • and then say, "Goals."
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  • This term pairs neatly with relationship,
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  • relationship goals, squad goals, hair goals,
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  • pet goals, goals, goals, goals, goals, goals.
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  • Project, "If I could be married to someone like that: goals."
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  • I think we even do it in the church sometimes.
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  • We have people that we silently think,
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  • "If I could have their insight.
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  • If I could have their self-control."
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  • (announcer) Discover why unqualified
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  • is God's favorite qualification.
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  • Call or click to receive Steven's new book,
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  • "[Un]Qualified" as our thank you for your gift of any amount.
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  • Call... or visit TBN.org/unqualified.
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  • We've been talking a lot in this series of teachings about
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  • what makes you truly qualified.
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  • And we've been talking a lot about the Apostle Paul.
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  • I mean, if anybody was qualified,
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  • it would have been Paul from several vantage points.
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  • His giftedness made him qualified.
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  • But his background also gave him
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  • some pretty unique qualifications.
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  • When he's writing to the Philippian church
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  • from a prison cell in Philippians chapter 3,
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  • he talks about how he doesn't want to put confidence
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  • in the flesh.
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  • He doesn't want to just reach the goals that other people
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  • present as the object of perfection.
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  • And he's talking about some of his accomplishments in life
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  • in verse 4.
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  • He says that: "I myself have reasons for this
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  • "kind of confidence.
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  • "If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence
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  • in the flesh," in other words,
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  • if anybody has the right to flash the goals
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  • that they've reached, it's Paul.
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  • And he lists a few of these.
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  • Some of them are the product of his birth and his background.
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  • He says, "I was circumcised on the eighth day," goals.
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  • "I'm of the people of Israel," goals.
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  • "I'm of the tribe of Benjamin,"
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  • this is a prestigious kingly line, goals.
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  • "I'm a Hebrew of Hebrews; I'm at the top of my class," goals.
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  • "In regard to the law of Pharisee,"
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  • this was a strict ruling council that Paul
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  • could claim right to by virtue of his study
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  • and his training, goals.
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  • "As for zeal, persecuting the church;
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  • "as for righteousness based on the law,
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  • faultless," goals.
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  • You wanna talk about goals? Look at Paul.
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  • He takes an interesting turn in verse 7.
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  • He says: "Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss
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  • for the sake of Christ."
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  • In other words, "All of the goals
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  • "that I had reached before Christ,
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  • I've given up those goals for a greater one."
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  • Maybe what we need in life is to not get better at reaching goals
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  • but at setting the right ones to begin with.
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  • Because Paul said, "I achieved all of that,
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  • and I did all of that, and now I consider it garbage," verse 8,
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  • "compared to the surpassing worth of knowing
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  • "Christ Jesus my Lord.
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  • I wanna be found in him," verse 9,
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  • "not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
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  • but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness
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  • that comes from God on the basis of faith."
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  • The basis of faith. What is that basis?
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  • Well, to examine that we need to bring Peter over and compare him
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  • to Paul because we live in a culture of comparison.
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  • So let's look at Peter.
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  • Peter, who was a fisherman.
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  • Peter, who was an unschooled, ordinary man.
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  • In fact, that's what the Bible gives us
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  • as a descriptor of Peter and John.
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  • That's the reason that people were so blown away at the power
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  • of the early church because when they compared their power
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  • to their pedigree, the two didn't seem to assimilate.
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  • Now you have Peter, who's a fisherman,
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  • who's going through and sweeping through the culture on not only
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  • the Jewish culture but the culture of his time
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  • and is performing great miracles.
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  • And you've got Paul, who's a great apostle.
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  • And you've got Peter, who's an unschooled, ordinary man.
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  • And the Bible says that,
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  • "Both of them were greatly used by God."
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  • It's interesting because Peter, as a Jew,
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  • would have been told all of his life to be more like Paul.
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  • But now Paul, who has reached all the goals that anybody
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  • would want to reach in a religious setting,
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  • is trying to become more like Peter.
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  • Paul is the epitome of the virtue that is esteemed,
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  • and Peter is the epitome
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  • of the kind of person that God can use.
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  • I brought it up only to say that sometimes
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  • you have a vision of a version of yourself
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  • that you believe God wants to use that is
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  • actually getting in the way of the very things
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  • that God put in you to use according to his purpose.
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  • Which brings up an interesting question.
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  • If it's true that Paul was becoming more like Peter
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  • instead of Peter becoming more like Paul,
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  • if Paul is saying, "All my qualifications,
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  • "I had to put 'em aside so I could fulfill my calling
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  • based on the righteousness that comes through faith,"
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  • and if Peter, in an ordinary way,
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  • is being used by God extraordinarily,
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  • what's stopping you from reaching your goals?
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  • I believe goals are good.
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  • Don't get me wrong. I'm not against goals.
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  • Set 'em.
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  • Do it.
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  • Make it happen.
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  • Make it work for you.
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  • Set the goals.
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  • Fit into the jeans.
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  • Eat the broccoli, whatever.
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  • God is a God of goals.
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  • He didn't leave his disciples and say,
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  • "Y'all enjoy the planet."
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  • He said, "No, make disciples of all the nations,"
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  • all the nations?
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  • That's a goal.
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  • "Baptizing them in the name of the Father,
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  • Son, and Holy Spirit."
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  • That's a specific goal.
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  • God's a God of goals.
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  • He has a goal for your life.
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  • He wants to conform you to the image of his Son.
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  • It's good to have goals.
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  • What's stopping you?
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  • If Peter, an unschooled, ordinary man,
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  • if John, an unschooled, ordinary man,
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  • were greatly used by God, and Paul had to give up
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  • on the things that should have qualified him to be the person
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  • God called him to be and step away from them
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  • as his source of significance, what's stopping you?
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  • Maybe we break it down into three categories.
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  • Maybe there's a limitation that's stopping you
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  • from reaching the goal in your life,
  • 00:13:01.070 --> 00:13:06.240
  • a limitation,
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  • something that you can't do, don't have,
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  • never had, should've had, should've received,
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  • could've been better at.
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  • Limitation like the man with the withered hand
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  • that Jesus healed in Mark chapter 3,
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  • where he couldn't have full function of his hand,
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  • and it must have affected his employment.
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  • And Jesus healed him on the Sabbath.
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  • And the Pharisees didn't like that because they had limited
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  • their view of what God could do and when he could do it
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  • to this specific, narrow frame in time and way of doing it.
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  • And when Jesus broke all of those rules,
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  • they didn't like it.
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  • But Jesus was determined.
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  • Maybe it's intimidation that's keeping you
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  • from reaching your goal.
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  • The Bible says that,
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  • "As Peter and John went about doing miracles,"
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  • and you can read this in Acts chapter 4,
  • 00:13:57.110 --> 00:13:59.030
  • it's a fascinating account.
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  • When they healed a man who was unable to walk
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  • and was sitting at the gate called Beautiful
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  • at the entrance to the temple at the hour of prayer,
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  • when they healed him,
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  • the authorities responded by arresting Peter and John
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  • and telling them to, "Speak no more in the name of Jesus."
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:16.040
  • And Peter and John had their own thoughts about that.
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  • Peter and John said, "We cannot stop speaking.
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  • We'd rather obey God than obey men."
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  • Yeah.
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  • But it can be intimidating, especially when you've lived
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  • your whole life one way,
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  • to believe that you could actually become something else.
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  • It's intimidating to face the possibility of change
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  • and to believe that it can be possible for you,
  • 00:14:39.110 --> 00:14:41.290
  • little old you.
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  • You ever found out that other people sometimes believe things
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  • about you that you don't even believe about yourself,
  • 00:14:47.280 --> 00:14:50.000
  • and that it is easier for you to believe in someone else's
  • 00:14:50.010 --> 00:14:52.260
  • potential than to believe in your own?
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:55.180
  • Intimidated, just scared that, "If I try, how would it look?
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  • "And what if I fail?
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  • "And what would they think?
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  • And what would they say?"
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  • Maybe it's an expectation.
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  • Maybe it's the fact that you don't wanna let anyone down.
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  • You know, sometimes it's easier to live beneath your potential
  • 00:15:15.140 --> 00:15:19.190
  • than to take the risk that you're gonna step out and sink.
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  • I think it's interesting that Peter was always the one
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  • who was willing to do the unexpected thing.
  • 00:16:04.240 --> 00:16:08.060
  • And the people who are not held hostage by their own
  • 00:16:08.070 --> 00:16:11.260
  • expectations or the expectations of others are the ones who
  • 00:16:11.270 --> 00:16:15.280
  • experience the miracle-working power of God
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:18.250
  • in an unexpected way.
  • 00:16:18.260 --> 00:16:21.190
  • So is it really the expectations of others?
  • 00:16:21.200 --> 00:16:24.140
  • Is it really the intimidation of others?
  • 00:16:24.150 --> 00:16:26.070
  • Is it really external limitations?
  • 00:16:26.080 --> 00:16:28.140
  • Is that really what's stopping you from reaching your goal?
  • 00:16:28.150 --> 00:16:31.030
  • 'Cause this is what we tell ourselves, you know?
  • 00:16:31.040 --> 00:16:32.270
  • "If I had more, I'd do more.
  • 00:16:32.280 --> 00:16:34.180
  • "If I had more time, I'd do more good.
  • 00:16:34.190 --> 00:16:37.010
  • "If I had better genetics, I'd be in better shape.
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  • If I had, if I had, if I had."
  • 00:16:39.210 --> 00:16:41.050
  • Well, Peter solves all of that.
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  • He says, "Silver and gold have I none,
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  • but such as I have I give unto you."
  • 00:16:44.250 --> 00:16:46.220
  • It's not what you don't have that keeps you from being
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:50.120
  • who God has called you to be.
  • 00:16:50.130 --> 00:16:52.140
  • And it's not what others don't want you to do.
  • 00:16:52.150 --> 00:16:54.070
  • It's not the intimidation.
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  • I don't think it is because they nailed Jesus to a cross,
  • 00:16:55.200 --> 00:16:58.180
  • but it's all right.
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  • That was the whole purpose he came for.
  • 00:17:00.130 --> 00:17:02.110
  • Nobody can be against you that is greater than God for you.
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:07.030
  • "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
  • 00:17:07.040 --> 00:17:09.180
  • It's not the intimidation.
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  • And it's not the expectation.
  • 00:17:11.130 --> 00:17:13.020
  • I think beneath all of this is the lie.
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:18.260
  • That's what's stopping you from reaching the goal,
  • 00:17:18.270 --> 00:17:22.090
  • the goal that God has for you, what Paul calls,
  • 00:17:22.100 --> 00:17:26.080
  • "The upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:17:26.090 --> 00:17:30.090
  • He says in verse 12:
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  • "It's not that I have already obtained all this."
  • 00:17:32.070 --> 00:17:36.070
  • "I don't know Christ like I want to know Christ.
  • 00:17:36.080 --> 00:17:38.240
  • "I am not where I want to be.
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:40.210
  • "I am not a perfect specimen of spirituality.
  • 00:17:40.220 --> 00:17:43.210
  • That's not the point."
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:45.030
  • "It's not that I have already obtained all this
  • 00:17:45.040 --> 00:17:48.000
  • or have already arrived at my goal,"
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:53.090
  • even Paul was using the hashtag.
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:56.080
  • How modern is Paul?
  • 00:17:56.090 --> 00:17:58.120
  • How did he know?
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.240
  • He said, "It's not that I have already arrived at my goal,
  • 00:18:00.250 --> 00:18:04.040
  • but I press on to take hold of that,"
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:08.200
  • pay attention to this language.
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:10.010
  • It's significant.
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  • "I want to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:15.100
  • took hold of me."
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:16.210
  • Notice, for Paul, this is personal.
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:19.030
  • "I'm not reaching for what Christ Jesus put in you.
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:23.170
  • "I'm not reaching for the expectations of others
  • 00:18:23.180 --> 00:18:27.280
  • "to be met.
  • 00:18:27.290 --> 00:18:29.110
  • "I'm not reaching to be pleasing in the eyes of others
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:33.100
  • "by my performance.
  • 00:18:33.110 --> 00:18:35.030
  • I just wanna fulfill the calling God has placed on my life."
  • 00:18:35.040 --> 00:18:39.190
  • "And I don't consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:43.240
  • But one thing I do," I'm focused,
  • 00:18:43.250 --> 00:18:46.220
  • "so I forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead,
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:53.010
  • and I press on toward the goal."
  • 00:18:53.020 --> 00:18:59.130
  • Goal, one, one goal.
  • 00:18:59.140 --> 00:19:04.200
  • I might have many different outworking of that goal,
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:07.200
  • but they have a singular focus.
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:10.100
  • Paul was able to focus his life and overcome
  • 00:19:10.110 --> 00:19:14.200
  • because he had a singular focus on,
  • 00:19:14.210 --> 00:19:18.010
  • "The goal to win the prize for which God
  • 00:19:18.020 --> 00:19:21.000
  • has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:19:21.010 --> 00:19:25.260
  • What are your goals?
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:29.030
  • Wouldn't it be terrible to reach the goal to realize
  • 00:19:29.280 --> 00:19:35.190
  • that you reached the wrong goal?
  • 00:19:35.200 --> 00:19:39.290
  • 00:19:40.110 --> 00:19:42.260
  • (announcer) Paul was a murderer.
  • 00:19:43.090 --> 00:19:44.230
  • Rahab was a prostitute.
  • 00:19:44.240 --> 00:19:46.130
  • Peter denied Jesus.
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  • And Jonah was fish food.
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:50.040
  • By any standard, these guys were unqualified.
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  • And yet, God entrusted them with some of the most important tasks
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  • in human history.
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  • Just like these Bible greats, we struggle in the space between
  • 00:19:57.290 --> 00:20:00.250
  • our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we think we are
  • 00:20:00.260 --> 00:20:04.070
  • and who God says we're meant to be.
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  • God's favorite qualification.
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  • in light of who God is.
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  • It's about coming to terms with the good,
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  • the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let
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  • God use you right where you are.
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  • You can reach, I see Adam in the garden of Eden
  • 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:19.160
  • reaching for the fruit of the tree
  • 00:21:19.170 --> 00:21:22.110
  • of the knowledge of good and--he's reaching
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:25.110
  • and he gets it.
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  • Well, Eve gave it to him.
  • 00:21:27.080 --> 00:21:29.040
  • It's not sexist. It's just biblical.
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  • I'm telling you how it says it in the Bible.
  • 00:21:30.220 --> 00:21:32.230
  • And they got it.
  • 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:34.070
  • And they knew the difference between good and evil.
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:37.120
  • But they also lost their innocence
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:39.200
  • and lost their place in paradise.
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:41.280
  • The construction workers of the Tower of Babel,
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:43.290
  • they built a great project.
  • 00:21:44.000 --> 00:21:46.030
  • They were able to communicate together and work together.
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  • And because they did it,
  • 00:21:48.060 --> 00:21:49.160
  • they were able to build something massive.
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:52.100
  • They were reaching to the heavens.
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:54.060
  • But they were reaching to the heavens
  • 00:21:54.070 --> 00:21:55.280
  • for the wrong reason.
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:57.190
  • And anything that is built for the wrong reason
  • 00:21:57.200 --> 00:22:00.130
  • can't be sustained.
  • 00:22:00.140 --> 00:22:03.080
  • It didn't work because they reached the wrong goal.
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:08.260
  • I guess I don't want to spend my ministry,
  • 00:22:08.270 --> 00:22:10.210
  • I don't want to spend my life,
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:12.090
  • I don't want to spend all the time
  • 00:22:12.100 --> 00:22:13.200
  • that my kids have growin' up in my house,
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:16.100
  • reaching for something that can't truly satisfy,
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:21.270
  • reaching the goal, reaching.
  • 00:22:23.170 --> 00:22:27.070
  • I wonder if we don't have the wrong idea
  • 00:22:27.080 --> 00:22:32.050
  • of what the goal is.
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:34.100
  • Maybe sometimes we put too much emphasis on the goal
  • 00:22:34.110 --> 00:22:39.150
  • and not enough on the reach.
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:42.280
  • And maybe that's why we feel unqualified.
  • 00:22:42.290 --> 00:22:45.250
  • And maybe that's why we don't feel satisfied.
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:48.190
  • Maybe that's why we silently hate ourselves
  • 00:22:48.200 --> 00:22:51.200
  • because we haven't come farther.
  • 00:22:51.210 --> 00:22:53.010
  • Maybe that's why the way we talk to ourselves,
  • 00:22:53.020 --> 00:22:55.230
  • we treat ourselves more like an enemy than a friend.
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:22:57.270
  • But Paul says, "I press toward the mark."
  • 00:22:57.280 --> 00:23:02.290
  • In other words, here is a guy
  • 00:23:03.000 --> 00:23:04.220
  • who has accomplished so much for God,
  • 00:23:04.230 --> 00:23:07.090
  • and yet he's still pressing.
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:10.010
  • "I haven't arrived yet."
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:12.060
  • Really, Paul?
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:13.220
  • If anybody has arrived, it's Paul.
  • 00:23:13.230 --> 00:23:15.080
  • He said, "No, no, no, I haven't reached my goal.
  • 00:23:15.090 --> 00:23:18.030
  • Because reaching is the goal."
  • 00:23:18.040 --> 00:23:24.290
  • Reaching is the goal.
  • 00:23:25.000 --> 00:23:29.080
  • God doesn't desire for me to get to a place in my life
  • 00:23:29.090 --> 00:23:32.160
  • where I can say, "I have arrived."
  • 00:23:32.170 --> 00:23:36.010
  • You think you're gonna be more perfect than Paul?
  • 00:23:36.020 --> 00:23:38.090
  • Give it up.
  • 00:23:38.100 --> 00:23:40.080
  • You think you're gonna progress past the most prolific
  • 00:23:40.090 --> 00:23:42.260
  • philosophical mind and preaching voice in the entirety of time
  • 00:23:42.270 --> 00:23:47.250
  • since Jesus Christ himself ascended to heaven?
  • 00:23:47.260 --> 00:23:50.060
  • Give it up.
  • 00:23:50.070 --> 00:23:51.180
  • If he was still reaching, you're gonna still be reaching.
  • 00:23:51.190 --> 00:23:55.200
  • But what if that's exactly what God wants?
  • 00:23:55.210 --> 00:23:58.060
  • Is just that you would continue to reach for him,
  • 00:23:58.070 --> 00:24:01.060
  • that you would continue to say,
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:02.190
  • "God, I want more of you.
  • 00:24:02.200 --> 00:24:04.110
  • "God, I'm not as patient as I wanna be yet.
  • 00:24:04.120 --> 00:24:06.250
  • "But I thank you for this win.
  • 00:24:06.260 --> 00:24:08.210
  • "God, I'm not as holy as I wanna be yet,
  • 00:24:08.220 --> 00:24:11.270
  • but I thank you that I am making progress."
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  • What if all along you thought that the goal
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  • was to get somewhere, and from God's vantage point,
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  • the goal is just that you keep going?
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  • It's a process, not a project.
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  • It's not a goal to get there.
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  • It's a goal to be getting there.
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  • Sometimes you get so frustrated with yourself,
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  • feel like, "I should be further along by now."
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  • But keep reaching.
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  • Keep reaching.
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  • And as you're reaching, you're being strengthened.
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  • And as you're strengthened, you keep reaching.
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  • And this is God's process of change.
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  • And he invites you into it today.
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  • Not that you would arrive at this place one day
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  • where you could finally announce, "I'm there."
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  • But where you could say with Paul,
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  • "I have goals, but I'm enjoying this journey on the way
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  • "to where I'm going.
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  • I thank God for where I am and who I'm becoming."
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  • So, Lord, we thank you today
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  • that you have called us to great things,
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  • but we no longer see greatness as a destination.
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  • We see it as a journey.
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  • And we thank you that you are shaping us and forming us.
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  • And we thank you that the process is powerful.
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  • We're very excited, God, about all of the growth opportunities
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  • that are ahead of us.
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  • And we thank you for all the ways
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  • that we haven't arrived yet.
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  • And we thank you that as we continue to reach,
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  • you promised that if we would seek,
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  • you would be found.
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  • I pray that you would speak words of affirmation
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  • and encouragement for our next step today,
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  • in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • (announcer) We hope you've been enjoying
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  • the "[Un]Qualified" special with Pastor Steven Furtick.
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  • Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of
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  • Elevation Church
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  • based out of Charlotte, North Carolina,
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  • as well as a "New York Times" bestselling author.
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  • His ministry focuses on equipping people for a life
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  • of faith, and bringing the hope of the gospel to people
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  • around the world in an authentic and creative way.
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  • (announcer) Jacob, Esther, Mary, and David.
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  • Their spiritual resumes didn't match up with their
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  • earthly assignments, and yet, God promoted these
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  • unqualified people to positions
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  • they never dreamed they would fulfill.
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  • The Bible is filled with unlikely heroes.
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  • If you've ever felt like you aren't right for the job
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  • God has called you to, then you're in good company.
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  • In his encouraging book "[Un]Qualified," Steven Furtick
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  • reveals the inspiring truth, that being unqualified is
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  • God's favorite qualification.
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  • I believe that as you read it,
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  • you'll discover that God has a way of using our weaknesses.
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  • In fact, you'll be encouraged as you find out that God really
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  • loves and uses unqualified people like you and me.
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