Knock Knock Part 1

October 24, 2022 | 339 | 27:29

Learn how to give your battles over to God and trust Him with the outcome.

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Steven Furtick | Knock Knock Part 1 | October 24, 2022
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  • >> the message
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  • >> the message that i have to share with you
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  • That i have to share with you comes from acts 12.
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  • Comes from acts 12. and why i want to share
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  • And why i want to share this passage today
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  • This passage today is because god told me to.
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  • Is because god told me to. how's that?
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  • How's that? no other logic,
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  • No other logic, no other reason.
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  • No other reason. but just i found myself coming
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  • But just i found myself coming to this passage for our time
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  • To this passage for our time together today
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  • Together today and i want you
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  • And i want you to give it your attention.
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  • To give it your attention. this story in the bible
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  • This story in the bible may relate to the situation
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  • May relate to the situation in your life.
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  • In your life. acts 12: 1, "it was about
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  • Acts 12: 1, "it was about this time
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  • This time that king herod arrested
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  • That king herod arrested some who belong to the church
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  • Some who belong to the church intending to persecute them."
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  • Intending to persecute them." he intended to persecute them.
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  • He intended to persecute them. and yet god's purpose
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  • And yet god's purpose will always overrule
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  • Will always overrule human intention.
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  • Human intention. and no matter what people
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  • And no matter what people do to you,
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  • Do to you, no matter what people
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  • No matter what people conspire against you,
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  • Conspire against you, all of it is working
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  • All of it is working for the purpose
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  • For the purpose of the god who is greater
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  • Of the god who is greater than any person.
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  • Than any person. that's what it means to say
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  • That's what it means to say if god is for me,
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  • If god is for me, who can be against me?
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  • Who can be against me? you can try to stand against me,
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  • You can try to stand against me, but in the end it will be
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  • But in the end it will be god's purpose for me
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  • God's purpose for me that will prevail.
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  • That will prevail. how many believe that?
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  • How many believe that? how many believe that?
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  • How many believe that? now, ya'll gotta calm down
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  • Now, ya'll gotta calm down because that was one verse and
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  • Because that was one verse and it's a long chapter.
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  • It's a long chapter. i'm just so glad to be back,
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  • I'm just so glad to be back, i love the bible.
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  • I love the bible. it says that, herod intended
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  • It says that, herod intended to persecute them.
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  • To persecute them. and it says in verse 2,
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  • And it says in verse 2, "he had james,
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  • "he had james, the brother of john
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  • The brother of john put to death with the sword.
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  • Put to death with the sword. when he saw that this pleased
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  • When he saw that this pleased the jews and gained him
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  • The jews and gained him political clout he proceeded to
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  • Political clout he proceeded to cease peter also.
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  • Cease peter also. this happened during the feast
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  • This happened during the feast of unleavened bread.
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  • Of unleavened bread. and after arresting him he put
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  • And after arresting him he put him in prison, handing him over
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  • Him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of
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  • To be guarded by four squads of four soldiers.
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  • Four soldiers. herod intended to bring him to
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  • Herod intended to bring him to public trial after
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  • Public trial after the passover."
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  • The passover." so, verse 5, "peter was kept in
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  • So, verse 5, "peter was kept in prison but the church was
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  • Prison but the church was earnestly praying to
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  • Earnestly praying to god for him."
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  • God for him." and, so, now we've got
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  • And, so, now we've got a show down.
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  • A show down. it's herod's prison versus the
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  • It's herod's prison versus the church's prayers.
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  • Church's prayers. it's a cage match between
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  • It's a cage match between herod's intention
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  • Herod's intention and god's purpose.
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  • And god's purpose. and it says that they were
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  • And it says that they were earnestly praying to god.
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  • Earnestly praying to god. it doesn't mean that they were
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  • It doesn't mean that they were saying one of those nice,
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  • Saying one of those nice, quiet, whispered prayers.
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  • Quiet, whispered prayers. it means that
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  • It means that they wouldn't stop.
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  • They wouldn't stop. it means that even though
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  • It means that even though it hurt they prayed.
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  • It hurt they prayed. even though they were
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  • Even though they were disappointed they prayed.
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  • Disappointed they prayed. even though they had no clue if
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  • Even though they had no clue if it was working they prayed.
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  • It was working they prayed. it's the same word that
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  • It's the same word that describes prayer when jesus
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  • Describes prayer when jesus knelt in the garden of
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  • Knelt in the garden of gethsemane and said not what i
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  • Gethsemane and said not what i will, but what you will be done.
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  • Will, but what you will be done. they prayed like that.
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  • They prayed like that. it's the kind of prayer that
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  • It's the kind of prayer that jesus described in matthew 7:7.
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  • Jesus described in matthew 7:7. he said, "ask and it will be
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  • He said, "ask and it will be given to you.
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  • Given to you. seek and you will find.
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  • Seek and you will find. knock and the door will be
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  • Knock and the door will be opened to you."
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  • Opened to you." that's my topic for today.
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  • That's my topic for today. the title of this message
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  • The title of this message is, "knock knock".
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  • Is, "knock knock". look at your neighbor and say
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  • Look at your neighbor and say who's there?
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  • Who's there? you may be seated.
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  • You may be seated. you may be seated.
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  • One of the weird things about
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  • One of the weird things about living with other human beings
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  • Living with other human beings in the same house
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  • In the same house is the idiosyncrasies
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  • Is the idiosyncrasies that you notice about them
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  • That you notice about them whether you want to or not.
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  • Whether you want to or not. oh, that sounded tender.
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  • [laughter]
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  • External processor
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  • External processor over here, watch out.
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  • Over here, watch out. yeah, because like my kids
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  • Yeah, because like my kids i can tell which one of them
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  • I can tell which one of them is knocking on the door
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  • Is knocking on the door just by the way they knock.
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  • Just by the way they knock. just by how they use
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  • Just by how they use their knuckles.
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  • Their knuckles. i know my kids by their knock.
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  • I know my kids by their knock. isn't that weird as a parent?
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  • Isn't that weird as a parent? you learn to identify
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  • You learn to identify which kid because abby
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  • Which kid because abby has a very polite knock.
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  • Has a very polite knock. it's a very gentle knock.
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  • It's a very gentle knock. it's a very delicate knock.
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  • It's a very delicate knock. it's a beautiful knock.
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  • It's a beautiful knock. it's a knock that says,
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  • It's a knock that says, if you have the time
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  • If you have the time to open the door,
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  • To open the door, and this is the opportune time,
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  • And this is the opportune time, would it be possible
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  • Would it be possible that you do so?
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  • That you do so? it's just a very gentle knock.
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  • It's just a very gentle knock. it's a tender knock.
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  • It's a tender knock. and then um,
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  • And then um, elijah was totally different.
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  • Elijah was totally different. now he's very chill,
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  • Now he's very chill, but when he was smaller,
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  • But when he was smaller, his knock was undeniable.
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  • His knock was undeniable. meaning, he's not stopping until
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  • Meaning, he's not stopping until you open the door.
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  • You open the door. and even back then he's actually
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  • And even back then he's actually really good at making beats.
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  • Really good at making beats. and he's making
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  • And he's making a lot of beats these days.
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  • A lot of beats these days. "do the dash" on youtube,
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  • "do the dash" on youtube, by the way, you owe me for that.
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  • By the way, you owe me for that. that's a big plug, man.
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  • That's a big plug, man. this is international.
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  • This is international. but when you used
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  • But when you used to knock on the door,
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  • To knock on the door, you used to make
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  • You used to make beats on the door.
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  • Beats on the door. that's when you started making
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  • That's when you started making your beats just on the door.
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  • Your beats just on the door. and they were relentless.
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  • And they were relentless. i mean, he's not stopping
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  • I mean, he's not stopping it's like a trap beats
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  • It's like a trap beats on the door just to get him
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  • On the door just to get him to let you in.
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  • To let you in. but then graham,
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  • But then graham, graham is the one
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  • Graham is the one who doesn't knock
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  • Who doesn't knock and you don't even know
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  • And you don't even know he was at the door
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  • He was at the door until three weeks later
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  • Until three weeks later when he says something
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  • When he says something that he overheard
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  • That he overheard in the conversation
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  • In the conversation that he wasn't
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  • That he wasn't supposed to hear.
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  • Supposed to hear. and, you know, like --
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  • And, you know, like -- because you get
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  • Because you get to know somebody
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  • To know somebody when you're living with them
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  • When you're living with them so you can tell
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  • So you can tell who's at the door
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  • Who's at the door just by how the knock sounds.
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  • Just by how the knock sounds. living in relationship with god
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  • Living in relationship with god you learn to discern
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  • You learn to discern when it's him knocking
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  • When it's him knocking and if you don't,
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  • And if you don't, you'll open the door to people
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  • You'll open the door to people who don't have the best
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  • Who don't have the best intentions in mind.
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  • Intentions in mind. and you'll open the door
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  • And you'll open the door to the enemy
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  • To the enemy will they bring you
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  • Will they bring you what you want in your feelings
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  • What you want in your feelings that is destructive
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  • That is destructive to your faith.
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  • To your faith. and, if god lives
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  • And, if god lives in your heart over time,
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  • In your heart over time, you'll learn
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  • You'll learn to discern his knock.
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  • To discern his knock. at first you think god knocks
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  • At first you think god knocks with a sledgehammer
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  • With a sledgehammer because that's what church
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  • Because that's what church teaches you about god
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  • Teaches you about god pretty early on,
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  • Pretty early on, at least in the southeastern
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  • At least in the southeastern united states
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  • United states if it's a fired up church
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  • If it's a fired up church they teach you about god
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  • They teach you about god coming through the door.
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  • Coming through the door. you know, have you ever seen
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  • You know, have you ever seen this kind of god?
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  • This kind of god? he is a battering ram
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  • He is a battering ram and people say things like,
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  • And people say things like, "oh, i loved
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  • "oh, i loved that sermon today, pastor.
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  • That sermon today, pastor. god was just kicking
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  • God was just kicking my butt all over the place."
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  • My butt all over the place." and, yet, you learned
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  • And, yet, you learned that when you really live
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  • That when you really live with god his knock
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  • With god his knock doesn't take much
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  • Doesn't take much because you know his knock.
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  • Because you know his knock. knock knock.
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  • Knock knock. knock knock.
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  • Knock knock. and, you also learned
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  • And, you also learned that a lot of times
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  • That a lot of times what you will initially think
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  • What you will initially think is the devil knocking
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  • Is the devil knocking on your door to attack you
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  • On your door to attack you is actually god knocking
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  • Is actually god knocking on your door
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  • On your door to develop you.
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  • To develop you. and what knocks
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  • And what knocks on the door looking like
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  • On the door looking like trouble sometimes
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  • Trouble sometimes is training to teach you
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  • Is training to teach you to trust in god.
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  • To trust in god. and this takes time
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  • And this takes time walking with god
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  • Walking with god to learn that sometimes
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  • To learn that sometimes even if you don't like
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  • Even if you don't like what's standing at the door,
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  • What's standing at the door, when you hear the knock,
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  • When you hear the knock, that by the time
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  • That by the time god gets done working
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  • God gets done working in your situation
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  • In your situation that even what the enemy
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  • That even what the enemy meant for evil,
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  • Meant for evil, god will turn it for good.
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  • God will turn it for good. and it enables you to live
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  • And it enables you to live with the kind of faith
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  • With the kind of faith that is very peculiar
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  • That is very peculiar to people who think
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  • To people who think that everything that god
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  • That everything that god brings into your life
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  • Brings into your life looks nice because sometimes
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  • Looks nice because sometimes when you pray
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  • When you pray for an opportunity
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  • For an opportunity you'll be surprised
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  • You'll be surprised to open the door
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  • To open the door and find opposition instead.
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  • And find opposition instead. have you ever prayed
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  • Have you ever prayed for patience?
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  • For patience? that's a dumb idea.
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  • [laughter]
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  • I never pray for patients
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  • I never pray for patients because i know exactly
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  • Because i know exactly what god is going to send
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  • What god is going to send to the door if i do, trouble.
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  • To the door if i do, trouble. god is going to send something
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  • God is going to send something to get on my nerves so bad.
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  • To get on my nerves so bad. god is going to send
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  • God is going to send a bad driver in front of me
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  • A bad driver in front of me on providence road
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  • On providence road with an elevation sticker.
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  • With an elevation sticker. the other day
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  • The other day i was coming to church
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  • I was coming to church and i was singing in the car
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  • And i was singing in the car and i was singing
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  • And i was singing "i'mma see a victory"
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  • "i'mma see a victory" or something like that,
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  • Or something like that, one of these good songs
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  • One of these good songs that we sing around here.
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  • That we sing around here. and the person in front of it
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  • And the person in front of it was such a bad driver.
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  • Was such a bad driver. i lost all of the holy spirit.
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  • I lost all of the holy spirit. i lost 12 percent
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  • I lost 12 percent of my anointing per minute
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  • Of my anointing per minute that i was behind this person.
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  • That i was behind this person. and i was so mad
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  • And i was so mad i came right up on them.
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  • I came right up on them. and then i passed him
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  • And then i passed him and i slow down
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  • And i slow down just to teach him a lesson.
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  • Just to teach him a lesson. and then they turned
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  • And then they turned into the parking lot with me
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  • Into the parking lot with me and they were coming to church
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  • And they were coming to church and they were a volunteer.
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  • And they were a volunteer. so, i'm having to learn...
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  • So, i'm having to learn... [laughter]
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  • [laughter] ...that you might not like
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  • ...that you might not like the package that
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  • The package that your prayer requests shows up
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  • Your prayer requests shows up in when it comes to your door.
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  • In when it comes to your door. knock knock.
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  • Knock knock. but no matter the delivery
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  • But no matter the delivery system you can trust that god is
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  • System you can trust that god is the one who is super intending.
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  • The one who is super intending. now, the early church had to
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  • Now, the early church had to believe this in a way that very
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  • Believe this in a way that very few of us will ever have to
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  • Few of us will ever have to lay hold of it because they were
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  • Lay hold of it because they were experiencing such a time of
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  • Experiencing such a time of persecution and a time where
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  • Persecution and a time where they had to trust god
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  • They had to trust god for their very provision,
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  • For their very provision, especially in jerusalem.
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  • Especially in jerusalem. there's a famine in chapter 11,
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  • There's a famine in chapter 11, they are taking up offerings
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  • They are taking up offerings just so the church can make it.
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  • Just so the church can make it. and around about that time they
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  • And around about that time they are getting the
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  • Are getting the famine sorted out.
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  • Famine sorted out. the writer here luke of acts
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  • The writer here luke of acts says about that same time he
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  • Says about that same time he connects the events.
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  • Connects the events. he said, while there dealing
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  • He said, while there dealing with the famine on one hand,
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  • With the famine on one hand, they have to deal with the fight
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  • They have to deal with the fight on the other hand and now herod
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  • On the other hand and now herod starts throwing their
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  • Starts throwing their leaders in jail.
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  • Leaders in jail. some of the disciples, if they
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  • Some of the disciples, if they were thrown in jail you probably
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  • Were thrown in jail you probably wouldn't miss them because
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  • Wouldn't miss them because bartholomew really, you know,
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  • Bartholomew really, you know, i'm sure he's a good guy, but
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  • I'm sure he's a good guy, but james is one of the three.
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  • James is one of the three. when jesus got ready to go up on
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  • When jesus got ready to go up on the mountain and transfigure
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  • The mountain and transfigure in front of them
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  • In front of them to reveal his glory,
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  • To reveal his glory, james, john, and peter
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  • James, john, and peter got to go up and see him.
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  • Got to go up and see him. what one of the sons of zebedee,
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  • What one of the sons of zebedee, the sons of thunder, james was
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  • The sons of thunder, james was one of the guys and he's dead.
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  • One of the guys and he's dead. and now they've got peter too.
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  • And now they've got peter too. and, remember,
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  • And, remember, peter is their preacher.
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  • Peter is their preacher. and, so, it's one thing to lose
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  • And, so, it's one thing to lose james, it's painful, but to lose
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  • James, it's painful, but to lose peter threatens the very
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  • Peter threatens the very purpose of god.
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  • Purpose of god. and there's so much opportunity
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  • And there's so much opportunity because the kingdom of god is
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  • Because the kingdom of god is spreading and advancing and
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  • Spreading and advancing and there's so much opposition.
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  • There's so much opposition. and there's so much opportunity
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  • And there's so much opportunity and there's so much opposition.
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  • And there's so much opposition. don't you know that when
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  • Don't you know that when opportunity comes to the door,
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  • Opportunity comes to the door, opposition comes with it?
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  • Opposition comes with it? don't you know that sometimes
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  • Don't you know that sometimes they are one in the same?
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  • They are one in the same? this is what i'm learning.
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  • This is what i'm learning. i'm learning that a lot of times
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  • I'm learning that a lot of times when i open the door and see
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  • When i open the door and see something that i would love
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  • Something that i would love to send away in my life,
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  • To send away in my life, a challenge
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  • A challenge that i wish didn't come,
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  • That i wish didn't come, it is actually
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  • It is actually the opportunity for god
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  • The opportunity for god to teach me to trust him.
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  • To teach me to trust him. kind of hard to say, "amen"
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  • Kind of hard to say, "amen" to that because
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  • To that because usually you want god
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  • Usually you want god to knock and come in
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  • To knock and come in with the flower bouquet.
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  • With the flower bouquet. it's kind of hard to know
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  • It's kind of hard to know that is god knocking unless
  • 00:11:53.743 --> 00:11:54.710
  • That is god knocking unless you walk with him for a while.
  • 00:11:54.777 --> 00:11:57.346
  • You walk with him for a while. and then you hear the knock
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  • And then you hear the knock the next time and you know
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  • The next time and you know whatever is at the door,
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  • Whatever is at the door, even if god didn't send it,
  • 00:12:04.854 --> 00:12:06.689
  • Even if god didn't send it, he's going to use it.
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  • He's going to use it. and the church is praying
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  • And the church is praying for peter
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  • For peter but they're still
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  • But they're still broken hearted about james.
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  • Broken hearted about james. did you notice that part
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  • Did you notice that part in the passage where it said
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  • In the passage where it said that he had just killed james
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  • That he had just killed james with the sword?
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  • With the sword? that means he cut his head off.
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  • That means he cut his head off. that means he was coming
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  • That means he was coming after the head;
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  • After the head; he was trying to stop
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  • He was trying to stop the movement of christianity
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  • The movement of christianity because he knew
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  • Because he knew it would appease the jews.
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  • It would appease the jews. and he knew
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  • And he knew that in this great time
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  • That in this great time of opportunity for the church
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  • Of opportunity for the church it was a time
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  • It was a time of opportunity for him
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  • Of opportunity for him to advance his human agenda.
  • 00:12:42.691 --> 00:12:47.163
  • To advance his human agenda. and, so, the church is praying,
  • 00:12:47.229 --> 00:12:49.465
  • And, so, the church is praying, the church is knocking
  • 00:12:49.532 --> 00:12:51.233
  • The church is knocking on the door of heaven
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  • On the door of heaven asking god to do something
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  • Asking god to do something in the situation.
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  • In the situation. and peter is in prison
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  • And peter is in prison while the church is praying.
  • 00:12:59.608 --> 00:13:02.545
  • While the church is praying. now, one interesting thing
  • 00:13:02.611 --> 00:13:03.612
  • Now, one interesting thing about this text,
  • 00:13:03.679 --> 00:13:04.580
  • About this text, is it all right if i teach
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  • Is it all right if i teach the bible for a minute?
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  • The bible for a minute? okay.
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  • Okay. because it's interesting
  • 00:13:07.750 --> 00:13:08.818
  • Because it's interesting to note that peter
  • 00:13:08.884 --> 00:13:10.553
  • To note that peter has no idea at this moment
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  • Has no idea at this moment what the people are doing,
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  • What the people are doing, and the people have no idea
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  • And the people have no idea how peter is doing.
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  • How peter is doing. sometimes you've got to pray
  • 00:13:18.494 --> 00:13:19.695
  • Sometimes you've got to pray by faith not even knowing
  • 00:13:19.762 --> 00:13:22.264
  • By faith not even knowing if it's doing any good
  • 00:13:22.331 --> 00:13:23.299
  • If it's doing any good in your life.
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  • In your life. and, sometimes the proof
  • 00:13:24.800 --> 00:13:27.303
  • And, sometimes the proof that your prayers and faith
  • 00:13:27.369 --> 00:13:28.671
  • That your prayers and faith are working is that
  • 00:13:28.737 --> 00:13:30.039
  • Are working is that the opposition increases.
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  • The opposition increases. good god help me
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  • Good god help me get this message
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  • Get this message to the back row.
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  • To the back row. because somebody
  • 00:13:35.778 --> 00:13:36.545
  • Because somebody has been wondering is god
  • 00:13:36.612 --> 00:13:37.780
  • Has been wondering is god even still with me?
  • 00:13:37.847 --> 00:13:39.114
  • Even still with me? is god using me?
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  • Is god using me? is this even worth it?
  • 00:13:40.482 --> 00:13:41.684
  • Is this even worth it? but there's something about that
  • 00:13:41.750 --> 00:13:43.352
  • But there's something about that that should let you know
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  • That should let you know that if the devil showed up
  • 00:13:44.954 --> 00:13:46.322
  • That if the devil showed up in the first place,
  • 00:13:46.388 --> 00:13:47.890
  • In the first place, there must be
  • 00:13:47.957 --> 00:13:48.958
  • There must be something important,
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  • Something important, and he must be defending
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  • And he must be defending his territory or else
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  • His territory or else he wouldn't bother with you.
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  • [applause]
  • 00:13:55.431 --> 00:13:59.468
  • So, peter was in prison
  • 00:14:01.604 --> 00:14:04.974
  • So, peter was in prison but the church was praying.
  • 00:14:05.040 --> 00:14:09.211
  • But the church was praying. and now would be a good time
  • 00:14:09.278 --> 00:14:10.779
  • And now would be a good time for us to check on peter, right?
  • 00:14:10.846 --> 00:14:13.182
  • For us to check on peter, right? we know what the church
  • 00:14:13.249 --> 00:14:13.849
  • We know what the church was doing,
  • 00:14:13.916 --> 00:14:14.617
  • Was doing, they gather together
  • 00:14:14.683 --> 00:14:15.351
  • They gather together for prayer meeting
  • 00:14:15.417 --> 00:14:16.318
  • For prayer meeting and they got in there
  • 00:14:16.385 --> 00:14:17.152
  • And they got in there and they started joining
  • 00:14:17.219 --> 00:14:18.187
  • And they started joining their faith together.
  • 00:14:18.254 --> 00:14:19.521
  • Their faith together. and peter is in prison
  • 00:14:19.588 --> 00:14:22.157
  • And peter is in prison and he's just hours away
  • 00:14:22.224 --> 00:14:24.293
  • And he's just hours away from his trial.
  • 00:14:24.360 --> 00:14:25.594
  • From his trial. and if it turns out the same way
  • 00:14:25.661 --> 00:14:27.663
  • And if it turns out the same way that james has turned out,
  • 00:14:27.730 --> 00:14:29.064
  • That james has turned out, this will be his last night
  • 00:14:29.131 --> 00:14:30.733
  • This will be his last night on the planet.
  • 00:14:30.799 --> 00:14:33.235
  • On the planet. so, it's that kind of pressure.
  • 00:14:33.302 --> 00:14:35.371
  • So, it's that kind of pressure. let's see what he's doing.
  • 00:14:35.437 --> 00:14:37.172
  • Let's see what he's doing. let's check in on a nanny cam
  • 00:14:37.239 --> 00:14:39.008
  • Let's check in on a nanny cam on peter, the rock.
  • 00:14:39.074 --> 00:14:42.544
  • On peter, the rock. let's check on peter on the eve
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  • Let's check on peter on the eve of his potential
  • 00:14:45.014 --> 00:14:46.448
  • Of his potential probable execution.
  • 00:14:46.515 --> 00:14:48.450
  • Probable execution. verse 6: "the night before
  • 00:14:48.517 --> 00:14:50.252
  • Verse 6: "the night before herod was to bring him
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  • Herod was to bring him to trial peter was --"
  • 00:14:51.453 --> 00:14:54.456
  • I need somebody to fix
  • 00:14:58.360 --> 00:14:58.928
  • I need somebody to fix that in the back.
  • 00:14:58.994 --> 00:14:59.895
  • That in the back. that can't be what
  • 00:14:59.962 --> 00:15:00.562
  • That can't be what the verse says.
  • 00:15:00.629 --> 00:15:03.265
  • The verse says. how are you going to sleep?
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  • How are you going to sleep? when your life is on the line?
  • 00:15:07.036 --> 00:15:09.772
  • When your life is on the line? ya'll need to fix that verse
  • 00:15:09.838 --> 00:15:10.572
  • Ya'll need to fix that verse because it's not --
  • 00:15:10.639 --> 00:15:12.341
  • Because it's not -- that's not possible, is it?
  • 00:15:12.408 --> 00:15:14.710
  • That's not possible, is it? the night before herod
  • 00:15:14.777 --> 00:15:16.178
  • The night before herod was to bring him to trial
  • 00:15:16.245 --> 00:15:18.681
  • Was to bring him to trial peter was what?
  • 00:15:18.747 --> 00:15:19.748
  • Peter was what? >> congregation: sleeping.
  • 00:15:19.815 --> 00:15:20.950
  • >> congregation: sleeping. >> pacing?
  • 00:15:21.016 --> 00:15:21.684
  • >> pacing? >> congregation: sleeping.
  • 00:15:21.750 --> 00:15:23.352
  • >> congregation: sleeping. >> praising?
  • 00:15:23.419 --> 00:15:24.553
  • >> praising? >> congregation: sleeping.
  • 00:15:24.620 --> 00:15:25.354
  • >> congregation: sleeping. >> praying?
  • 00:15:25.421 --> 00:15:26.355
  • >> praying? >> congregation: sleeping.
  • 00:15:26.422 --> 00:15:27.256
  • >> how can you sleep
  • 00:15:28.457 --> 00:15:31.193
  • >> how can you sleep at a time like this?
  • 00:15:31.260 --> 00:15:34.797
  • At a time like this? that really got me
  • 00:15:34.863 --> 00:15:36.332
  • That really got me because i did not expect peter
  • 00:15:36.398 --> 00:15:37.700
  • Because i did not expect peter to be sleeping at this moment.
  • 00:15:37.766 --> 00:15:41.270
  • To be sleeping at this moment. i did not --
  • 00:15:41.337 --> 00:15:41.837
  • I did not -- let me tell you
  • 00:15:41.904 --> 00:15:43.005
  • Let me tell you this right now and this
  • 00:15:43.072 --> 00:15:43.772
  • This right now and this is just a confession.
  • 00:15:43.839 --> 00:15:44.606
  • Is just a confession. there is not enough lunesta
  • 00:15:44.673 --> 00:15:46.108
  • There is not enough lunesta in the pharmacy.
  • 00:15:46.175 --> 00:15:47.843
  • In the pharmacy. there is not enough ambien
  • 00:15:47.910 --> 00:15:49.645
  • There is not enough ambien on earth that i could sleep
  • 00:15:49.712 --> 00:15:52.648
  • On earth that i could sleep when i have --
  • 00:15:52.715 --> 00:15:53.716
  • When i have -- especially after
  • 00:15:53.782 --> 00:15:54.750
  • Especially after what happened to james.
  • 00:15:54.817 --> 00:15:56.652
  • What happened to james. especially knowing
  • 00:15:56.719 --> 00:15:57.820
  • Especially knowing this might not turn out well.
  • 00:15:57.886 --> 00:15:59.855
  • This might not turn out well. we pray for james
  • 00:15:59.922 --> 00:16:01.223
  • We pray for james and look what happened to him
  • 00:16:01.290 --> 00:16:02.624
  • And look what happened to him and now they got me too.
  • 00:16:02.691 --> 00:16:03.726
  • And now they got me too. and peter,
  • 00:16:03.792 --> 00:16:04.326
  • And peter, put it back up there,
  • 00:16:04.393 --> 00:16:05.694
  • Put it back up there, is sleeping
  • 00:16:05.761 --> 00:16:07.563
  • Is sleeping between two soldiers.
  • 00:16:07.629 --> 00:16:11.367
  • Between two soldiers. how about that?
  • 00:16:11.433 --> 00:16:12.368
  • How about that? have you ever had to sleep
  • 00:16:12.434 --> 00:16:13.535
  • Have you ever had to sleep in between?
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  • Come on, ya'll,
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  • Come on, ya'll, i came back to preach.
  • 00:16:18.974 --> 00:16:20.109
  • I came back to preach. i didn't come back
  • 00:16:20.175 --> 00:16:20.642
  • I didn't come back to have coffee.
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  • To have coffee. have you ever had
  • 00:16:22.378 --> 00:16:22.845
  • Have you ever had to sleep between --
  • 00:16:22.911 --> 00:16:25.814
  • To sleep between -- i don't know how this
  • 00:16:25.881 --> 00:16:26.782
  • I don't know how this is going to turn out,
  • 00:16:26.849 --> 00:16:27.616
  • Is going to turn out, but i have to sleep in between?
  • 00:16:27.683 --> 00:16:30.386
  • But i have to sleep in between? i have to sleep,
  • 00:16:30.452 --> 00:16:30.986
  • I have to sleep, i don't really know
  • 00:16:31.053 --> 00:16:32.154
  • I don't really know if this situation
  • 00:16:32.221 --> 00:16:32.888
  • If this situation is going to get better
  • 00:16:32.955 --> 00:16:33.856
  • Is going to get better or what the doctors going
  • 00:16:33.922 --> 00:16:34.790
  • Or what the doctors going to say next time i go back,
  • 00:16:34.857 --> 00:16:36.125
  • To say next time i go back, but i have to sleep in between.
  • 00:16:36.191 --> 00:16:38.994
  • But i have to sleep in between. i'm in a tight space
  • 00:16:39.061 --> 00:16:39.928
  • I'm in a tight space and i don't know
  • 00:16:39.995 --> 00:16:40.596
  • And i don't know if i'm going to make it out,
  • 00:16:40.662 --> 00:16:41.630
  • If i'm going to make it out, but i've got to sleep
  • 00:16:41.697 --> 00:16:43.565
  • But i've got to sleep in between.
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  • [applause]
  • 00:16:45.034 --> 00:16:46.835
  • Peter was sleeping in between.
  • 00:16:47.536 --> 00:16:50.406
  • Peter was sleeping in between. no, he's come a long way,
  • 00:16:50.472 --> 00:16:51.774
  • No, he's come a long way, hasn't he?
  • 00:16:51.840 --> 00:16:52.808
  • Hasn't he? remember when jesus was telling
  • 00:16:52.875 --> 00:16:55.210
  • Remember when jesus was telling peter you've got to go
  • 00:16:55.277 --> 00:16:56.278
  • Peter you've got to go to the cross and peter's
  • 00:16:56.345 --> 00:16:57.546
  • To the cross and peter's arguing with jesus.
  • 00:16:57.613 --> 00:16:59.615
  • Arguing with jesus. and he's trying to tell jesus,
  • 00:16:59.681 --> 00:17:01.216
  • And he's trying to tell jesus, you'll never go to the cross.
  • 00:17:01.283 --> 00:17:02.751
  • You'll never go to the cross. he's trying to get jesus
  • 00:17:02.818 --> 00:17:04.319
  • He's trying to get jesus his plan for jesus.
  • 00:17:04.386 --> 00:17:05.821
  • His plan for jesus. he's trying to create
  • 00:17:05.888 --> 00:17:06.989
  • He's trying to create the itinerary for the son of god
  • 00:17:07.056 --> 00:17:08.957
  • The itinerary for the son of god who created time and space
  • 00:17:09.024 --> 00:17:10.125
  • Who created time and space and now he sleeping?
  • 00:17:10.192 --> 00:17:13.829
  • And now he sleeping? what did peter know
  • 00:17:13.896 --> 00:17:16.432
  • What did peter know that enabled him to sleep
  • 00:17:16.498 --> 00:17:19.835
  • That enabled him to sleep between two soldiers?
  • 00:17:19.902 --> 00:17:22.704
  • Between two soldiers? he was sleeping.
  • 00:17:22.771 --> 00:17:24.406
  • He was sleeping. put it back up,
  • 00:17:24.473 --> 00:17:25.007
  • Put it back up, i'm not done with that verse.
  • 00:17:25.074 --> 00:17:26.208
  • I'm not done with that verse. he was sleeping.
  • 00:17:26.275 --> 00:17:27.910
  • He was sleeping. in the greatest trial
  • 00:17:27.976 --> 00:17:29.511
  • In the greatest trial of his life
  • 00:17:29.578 --> 00:17:30.946
  • Of his life he was sleeping
  • 00:17:31.013 --> 00:17:32.714
  • He was sleeping between two soldiers
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  • Between two soldiers bound with two chains.
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:37.119
  • Bound with two chains. some scholars think
  • 00:17:37.186 --> 00:17:38.053
  • Some scholars think that little wayne
  • 00:17:38.120 --> 00:17:38.921
  • That little wayne could have been
  • 00:17:38.987 --> 00:17:39.421
  • Could have been in the next cell.
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  • [laughter]
  • 00:17:40.522 --> 00:17:41.890
  • A lot of people were there.
  • 00:17:42.324 --> 00:17:44.393
  • A lot of people were there. and centuries stood guard
  • 00:17:44.460 --> 00:17:45.894
  • And centuries stood guard at the entrance.
  • 00:17:45.961 --> 00:17:47.629
  • At the entrance. and, so, he was sleeping.
  • 00:17:47.696 --> 00:17:49.198
  • And, so, he was sleeping. what did he know
  • 00:17:49.264 --> 00:17:52.101
  • What did he know that enabled him
  • 00:17:52.167 --> 00:17:54.336
  • That enabled him to sleep in between?
  • 00:17:54.403 --> 00:17:57.840
  • To sleep in between? what did he --
  • 00:17:57.906 --> 00:18:00.275
  • What did he -- maybe, suggestion,
  • 00:18:00.342 --> 00:18:04.246
  • Maybe, suggestion, he wasn't sleeping
  • 00:18:04.313 --> 00:18:05.047
  • He wasn't sleeping because of something
  • 00:18:05.114 --> 00:18:06.548
  • Because of something he knew with his senses,
  • 00:18:06.615 --> 00:18:09.051
  • He knew with his senses, maybe he was sleeping
  • 00:18:09.118 --> 00:18:09.818
  • Maybe he was sleeping because of something
  • 00:18:09.885 --> 00:18:10.552
  • Because of something that he saw in his spirit.
  • 00:18:10.619 --> 00:18:15.190
  • And maybe what he saw
  • 00:18:17.359 --> 00:18:19.661
  • And maybe what he saw in his spirit
  • 00:18:19.728 --> 00:18:20.729
  • In his spirit was a direct reflection
  • 00:18:20.796 --> 00:18:22.631
  • Was a direct reflection of an experience
  • 00:18:22.698 --> 00:18:25.000
  • Of an experience that he had with jesus.
  • 00:18:25.067 --> 00:18:27.536
  • That he had with jesus. because, remember,
  • 00:18:27.603 --> 00:18:28.937
  • Because, remember, in the boat one night
  • 00:18:29.004 --> 00:18:31.306
  • In the boat one night when they were going
  • 00:18:31.373 --> 00:18:32.274
  • When they were going to the other side,
  • 00:18:32.341 --> 00:18:34.610
  • To the other side, but then in between
  • 00:18:34.676 --> 00:18:36.678
  • But then in between where they were
  • 00:18:36.745 --> 00:18:37.880
  • Where they were and where they were going
  • 00:18:37.946 --> 00:18:39.381
  • And where they were going they hit a storm.
  • 00:18:39.448 --> 00:18:41.383
  • They hit a storm. sometimes you set out
  • 00:18:41.450 --> 00:18:42.951
  • Sometimes you set out for the destination,
  • 00:18:43.018 --> 00:18:44.486
  • For the destination, but it's in between
  • 00:18:44.553 --> 00:18:46.188
  • But it's in between that your faith has to kick in
  • 00:18:46.255 --> 00:18:48.457
  • That your faith has to kick in to believe god.
  • 00:18:48.524 --> 00:18:50.592
  • To believe god. and when all the disciples
  • 00:18:50.659 --> 00:18:52.661
  • And when all the disciples were straining,
  • 00:18:52.728 --> 00:18:54.429
  • Were straining, the bible says
  • 00:18:54.496 --> 00:18:55.030
  • The bible says they were straining at the oar,
  • 00:18:55.097 --> 00:18:57.466
  • They were straining at the oar, they were straining
  • 00:18:57.533 --> 00:18:58.600
  • They were straining against the wind,
  • 00:18:58.667 --> 00:18:59.735
  • Against the wind, they were straining
  • 00:18:59.801 --> 00:19:00.836
  • They were straining against the waves.
  • 00:19:00.903 --> 00:19:02.237
  • Against the waves. and while they were straining
  • 00:19:02.304 --> 00:19:04.006
  • And while they were straining they went down
  • 00:19:04.072 --> 00:19:04.806
  • They went down to check out jesus.
  • 00:19:04.873 --> 00:19:06.808
  • To check out jesus. and they were surprised
  • 00:19:06.875 --> 00:19:08.043
  • And they were surprised to find out
  • 00:19:08.110 --> 00:19:09.111
  • To find out that while they were straining,
  • 00:19:09.178 --> 00:19:11.213
  • That while they were straining, jesus was sleeping.
  • 00:19:11.280 --> 00:19:14.750
  • [applause]
  • 00:19:15.184 --> 00:19:16.418
  • So, maybe when peter found out
  • 00:19:17.252 --> 00:19:19.688
  • So, maybe when peter found out they might kill me
  • 00:19:19.755 --> 00:19:21.390
  • They might kill me he decided there's only so much
  • 00:19:21.456 --> 00:19:23.792
  • He decided there's only so much i can do about this.
  • 00:19:23.859 --> 00:19:25.661
  • I can do about this. and when i get to the other side
  • 00:19:25.727 --> 00:19:28.263
  • And when i get to the other side i'm going to need
  • 00:19:28.330 --> 00:19:29.531
  • I'm going to need all my strength
  • 00:19:29.598 --> 00:19:30.632
  • All my strength so i'm going to sleep
  • 00:19:30.699 --> 00:19:32.167
  • So i'm going to sleep in between.
  • 00:19:32.234 --> 00:19:33.535
  • In between. this is god's word for somebody.
  • 00:19:33.602 --> 00:19:36.071
  • This is god's word for somebody. god said, i can do more
  • 00:19:36.138 --> 00:19:37.940
  • God said, i can do more while you're sleeping
  • 00:19:38.006 --> 00:19:38.941
  • While you're sleeping than you can
  • 00:19:39.007 --> 00:19:39.741
  • Than you can while you're straining.
  • 00:19:39.808 --> 00:19:41.343
  • While you're straining. and if you will get out
  • 00:19:41.410 --> 00:19:42.444
  • And if you will get out of the way
  • 00:19:42.511 --> 00:19:43.345
  • Of the way and out of your flesh,
  • 00:19:43.412 --> 00:19:44.646
  • And out of your flesh, and out of your anxiety...
  • 00:19:44.713 --> 00:19:46.848
  • [applause]
  • 00:19:47.516 --> 00:19:50.819
  • The disciples said,
  • 00:19:52.521 --> 00:19:53.222
  • The disciples said, jesus, don't you care,
  • 00:19:53.288 --> 00:19:55.123
  • Jesus, don't you care, we are in the storm?
  • 00:19:55.190 --> 00:19:56.225
  • We are in the storm? jesus said, this is how
  • 00:19:56.291 --> 00:19:57.726
  • Jesus said, this is how i fight my --
  • 00:19:57.793 --> 00:19:59.127
  • I fight my -- >> congregation: battles!
  • 00:19:59.194 --> 00:20:00.362
  • [applause]
  • 00:20:00.796 --> 00:20:05.400
  • >> my friend joseph prince
  • 00:20:06.768 --> 00:20:07.603
  • >> my friend joseph prince says, "rip",
  • 00:20:07.669 --> 00:20:10.239
  • Says, "rip", rest is power.
  • 00:20:10.305 --> 00:20:15.043
  • And, so, it's a beautiful
  • 00:20:17.546 --> 00:20:19.147
  • And, so, it's a beautiful picture that he would sleep
  • 00:20:19.214 --> 00:20:22.184
  • Picture that he would sleep and trust god when herod
  • 00:20:22.251 --> 00:20:25.320
  • And trust god when herod comes knocking.
  • 00:20:25.387 --> 00:20:27.422
  • Comes knocking. peter's faith answers the door.
  • 00:20:27.489 --> 00:20:28.924
  • Knock knock,
  • 00:20:32.194 --> 00:20:32.794
  • Knock knock, they're coming
  • 00:20:32.861 --> 00:20:33.195
  • They're coming to get you peter.
  • 00:20:33.262 --> 00:20:34.630
  • To get you peter. but he's learned something.
  • 00:20:34.696 --> 00:20:36.832
  • But he's learned something. he's learned that obedience
  • 00:20:36.898 --> 00:20:40.235
  • He's learned that obedience always comes before freedom.
  • 00:20:40.302 --> 00:20:43.405
  • Now, i mention this
  • 00:20:45.540 --> 00:20:46.108
  • Now, i mention this because i see a lot of people
  • 00:20:46.174 --> 00:20:47.376
  • Because i see a lot of people on instagram,
  • 00:20:47.442 --> 00:20:52.214
  • On instagram, i haven't been on instagram
  • 00:20:52.281 --> 00:20:53.115
  • I haven't been on instagram in two months, y'all.
  • 00:20:53.181 --> 00:20:53.949
  • In two months, y'all. and let me tell you,
  • 00:20:54.016 --> 00:20:54.883
  • And let me tell you, it's amazing.
  • 00:20:54.950 --> 00:20:57.586
  • It's amazing. the birds are chirping,
  • 00:20:57.653 --> 00:20:58.987
  • The birds are chirping, the sun is beautiful.
  • 00:20:59.054 --> 00:21:00.922
  • The sun is beautiful. you'd be shocked
  • 00:21:00.989 --> 00:21:02.090
  • You'd be shocked how nice the world looks
  • 00:21:02.157 --> 00:21:03.925
  • How nice the world looks when there's not a screen
  • 00:21:03.992 --> 00:21:04.826
  • When there's not a screen in front of your face,
  • 00:21:04.893 --> 00:21:06.261
  • In front of your face, a pretend universe.
  • 00:21:06.328 --> 00:21:09.064
  • A pretend universe. just a thought.
  • 00:21:09.131 --> 00:21:10.932
  • Just a thought. i've had a great summer.
  • 00:21:10.999 --> 00:21:13.001
  • I've had a great summer. i got tan, i detoxed
  • 00:21:13.068 --> 00:21:14.803
  • I got tan, i detoxed from everybody's pretend life
  • 00:21:14.870 --> 00:21:16.571
  • From everybody's pretend life and i'm just happy about it.
  • 00:21:16.638 --> 00:21:17.372
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:17.806 --> 00:21:18.940
  • And then peter
  • 00:21:19.741 --> 00:21:23.912
  • And then peter has to do something
  • 00:21:23.979 --> 00:21:25.147
  • Has to do something that's very difficult to do
  • 00:21:25.213 --> 00:21:26.682
  • That's very difficult to do because we all want
  • 00:21:26.748 --> 00:21:28.050
  • Because we all want opportunities to come our way.
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  • Opportunities to come our way. and opportunities are weird
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  • And opportunities are weird because they don't show up
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  • Because they don't show up looking like opportunities
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  • Looking like opportunities when they knock.
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  • When they knock. they just look like obedience.
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  • They just look like obedience. everybody will say,
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  • Everybody will say, i want to kill my goliath,
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  • I want to kill my goliath, i want to take down my giants.
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  • I want to take down my giants. you know, in church we say stuff
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  • You know, in church we say stuff like that great probably don't
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  • Like that great probably don't say that if they
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  • Say that if they don't go to church.
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  • Don't go to church. but, you know, goliath didn't
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  • But, you know, goliath didn't come knocking on david's door.
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  • Come knocking on david's door. hey, david, i'm goliath.
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  • Hey, david, i'm goliath. if you kill me today you can
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  • If you kill me today you can become the king of israel
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  • Become the king of israel and have great status
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  • And have great status and wealth.
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  • And wealth. none of that's true.
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  • None of that's true. david's dad came to his door
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  • David's dad came to his door said get this bread
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  • Said get this bread down to your brothers.
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  • Down to your brothers. because when opportunity knocks
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  • Because when opportunity knocks it just looks like obedience.
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  • It just looks like obedience. that's all it looks like.
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  • That's all it looks like. it doesn't look like something
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  • It doesn't look like something big; it doesn't look like
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  • Big; it doesn't look like something extraordinary.
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  • Something extraordinary. now, peter's about to get a big
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  • Now, peter's about to get a big miracle but i want you to notice
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  • Miracle but i want you to notice how he gets it.
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  • How he gets it. and most of us
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  • And most of us would not have gotten it.
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  • Would not have gotten it. because, spoiler alert,
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  • Because, spoiler alert, peter's about to get out
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  • Peter's about to get out of jail.
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  • Of jail. he's not going to die,
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  • He's not going to die, he still got work to do.
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  • Peter's not going to die
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  • Peter's not going to die in this moment
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  • In this moment because god still has a purpose
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  • Because god still has a purpose because peter is invincible
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  • Because peter is invincible until god's purpose
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  • Until god's purpose for him is completed.
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  • For him is completed. and, so, peter's not going
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  • And, so, peter's not going to die in this
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  • To die in this but he doesn't know that yet.
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  • But he doesn't know that yet. as far as he knows
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  • As far as he knows it's over but he sleeping.
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  • It's over but he sleeping. and, so, while he's asleep,
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  • And, so, while he's asleep, look at verse 6
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  • Look at verse 6 and how god interrupts his,
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  • And how god interrupts his, what you call it,
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  • What you call it, rem cycle
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  • Rem cycle because peter's in a deep sleep.
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  • Because peter's in a deep sleep. i'll show you in a minute.
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  • I'll show you in a minute. it's in the text.
  • 00:22:45.994 --> 00:22:46.695
  • It's in the text. the bible is so fun to read.
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  • The bible is so fun to read. i want you to read it
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  • I want you to read it between sundays.
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  • Between sundays. it's real good.
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  • It's real good. it's real good without me
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  • It's real good without me here talking about it.
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  • Here talking about it. it's real good.
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  • It's real good. so, it says,
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  • So, it says, "suddenly," verse 7,
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  • "suddenly," verse 7, just like in a deep sleep, "ah!"
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  • Just like in a deep sleep, "ah!" "suddenly, an angel of the lord
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  • "suddenly, an angel of the lord appeared and he didn't knock,
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  • Appeared and he didn't knock, he just came in,
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  • He just came in, and a light shown in cell.
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  • And a light shown in cell. it struck peter on the side
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  • It struck peter on the side and woke him up."
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  • And woke him up." and i guess peter
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  • And i guess peter wasn't all the way awake
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  • Wasn't all the way awake because the angel said,
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  • Because the angel said, "'quick, get up.'
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  • "'quick, get up.' and the chains fell
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  • And the chains fell off peter's wrist."
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  • Off peter's wrist." now, please leave that verse
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  • Now, please leave that verse on the screen
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  • On the screen because i want
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  • Because i want to show you something.
  • 00:23:30.806 --> 00:23:31.673
  • To show you something. it said, "'quick, get up,'
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  • It said, "'quick, get up,' and the chains
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  • And the chains fell off peter's wrist."
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  • Fell off peter's wrist." now, the natural sequence
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  • Now, the natural sequence would be the chains
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  • Would be the chains fell off peter's wrist
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  • Fell off peter's wrist and so he got up.
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  • And so he got up. but it doesn't say that.
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  • But it doesn't say that. it says that the angel
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  • It says that the angel told him get up,
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  • Told him get up, and when he got up
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  • And when he got up the chains fell off his wrist.
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  • The chains fell off his wrist. you see it?
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  • You see it? so, we think the chains
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  • So, we think the chains are going to fall off
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  • Are going to fall off and it's going to get easier
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  • And it's going to get easier and we are going to feel free,
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  • And we are going to feel free, and then we can obey god.
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  • And then we can obey god. no, you get up
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  • No, you get up and then chains fell off.
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  • And then chains fell off. because obedience comes
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  • Because obedience comes before freedom.
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  • >> we are so thankful
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  • >> we are so thankful that you joined us today.
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  • That you joined us today. one of my favorite things
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  • One of my favorite things about these sermons
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  • About these sermons is how i can take the word
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  • Is how i can take the word and apply it immediately.
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  • And apply it immediately. there are always connections
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  • There are always connections that i can make
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  • That i can make and ways that i can practically
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  • And ways that i can practically process these teachings.
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  • Process these teachings. i could easily listen
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  • I could easily listen and then walk away
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  • And then walk away and really not do
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  • And really not do anything with it.
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  • Anything with it. but when i really do sit down
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  • But when i really do sit down and apply this to my life,
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  • And apply this to my life, i begin to feel a shift
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  • I begin to feel a shift in my spirit.
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  • In my spirit. >> yeah.
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  • >> yeah. and you see changes
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  • And you see changes in your life
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  • In your life when you accept
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  • When you accept and embrace the challenge.
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  • And embrace the challenge. so today if you felt
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  • So today if you felt challenged or encouraged,
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  • >> it's wise to choose
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  • Your battles when you can,
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  • But what do you do
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  • When your battle chooses you?
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  • This is what
  • 00:25:47.709 --> 00:25:48.209
  • The lord says to you,
  • 00:25:48.276 --> 00:25:49.077
  • “don't be afraid,
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  • Don't be discouraged,
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  • Don't back down;
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  • If you fight it,
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  • You're gonna lose it.”
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  • You can't fight it;
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  • Give it back.
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  • You can't figure it out;
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  • Give it back.
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  • How d'you give it back?
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  • That's a focus.
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  • That's looking beyond
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  • What's coming against you,
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  • And looking toward
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  • What is within you,
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  • To know that greater is he
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  • That is in me,
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  • Than he that is in the world,
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  • And god wants his battle back.
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  • I want you to get in position;
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  • Not so that you can fight,
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  • Not so that you can struggle,
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  • But so that you can see
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  • The deliverance.
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  • God is fighting for worshippers,
  • 00:26:24.980 --> 00:26:26.815
  • God is fighting for praisers,
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  • God is fighting for his people;
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  • God is fighting for you,
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  • Because somebody
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  • Has been wondering,
  • 00:26:33.688 --> 00:26:34.589
  • “is god using me?
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  • Is this even worth it?”,
  • 00:26:36.024 --> 00:26:37.258
  • But there's something
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  • About that,
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  • That should let you know
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  • That if the devil showed up
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  • In the first place,
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  • There must be
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  • Something important.
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  • You're his friend;
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  • You get his help,
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  • You get his strength,
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  • You get his miracles,
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  • You get his wisdom,
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  • You get his provision,
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  • You get his angels.
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  • What d'you do
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  • When the battle chooses you?
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  • You worship your way through it.
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  • >> we all face
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  • Battles in situations
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  • That feel like
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  • They're too much to manage.
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  • Get your copy, today, of
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  • “when the battle chooses you”,
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  • And give your battle
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  • Back to god.
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  • ♪ ♪
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