When The Battle Chooses You Part 1

October 19, 2022 | 333 | 27:29

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

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Steven Furtick | When The Battle Chooses You Part 1 | October 19, 2022
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  • >> people will give you
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  • >> people will give you marriage advice, or life advice,
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  • Marriage advice, or life advice, or parenting advice.
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  • Or parenting advice. but they'll give it to you based
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  • But they'll give it to you based on ideal situations.
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  • On ideal situations. and the problem with that is,
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  • And the problem with that is, when someone is advising you,
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  • When someone is advising you, but they don't know the exact
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  • But they don't know the exact nature of your challenges,
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  • Nature of your challenges, that they might give you a
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  • That they might give you a strategy that worked for them,
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  • Strategy that worked for them, but it might not work for you.
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  • But it might not work for you. because every relationship,
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  • Because every relationship, every challenge,
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  • Every challenge, every battle is
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  • Every battle is not created equal.
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  • And i remember asking so
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  • And i remember asking so many different couples
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  • Many different couples before our wedding,
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  • Before our wedding, what advice they would give.
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  • What advice they would give. and mostly you would get the
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  • And mostly you would get the same old cliches.
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  • The same old tired
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  • The same old tired cliches about, you know,
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  • Cliches about, you know, never go to bed angry.
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  • Never go to bed angry. which i wanna say is a horrible,
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  • Which i wanna say is a horrible, horrible thing to try.
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  • Horrible thing to try. because the best thing to do
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  • Because the best thing to do sometimes is get some rest and
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  • Sometimes is get some rest and come at it fresh in the morning
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  • Come at it fresh in the morning before you say something you
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  • Before you say something you regret with your sleep deprived,
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  • Regret with your sleep deprived, delirious self with
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  • Delirious self with your filter off.
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  • Your filter off. and now you're tired,
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  • And now you're tired, saying stuff that you would
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  • Saying stuff that you would never say if it wasn't 3 am.
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  • Never say if it wasn't 3 am. so, go to your corner and come
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  • So, go to your corner and come back tomorrow morning.
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  • Back tomorrow morning. see, i'm saying some
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  • See, i'm saying some of this advice,
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  • Of this advice, it sounds good.
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  • It sounds good. like choose your battles.
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  • Like choose your battles. that's one advice
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  • That's one advice you always get.
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  • You always get. choose your battles.
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  • Choose your battles. don't fight over everything.
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  • Don't fight over everything. which is great advice, you know.
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  • Which is great advice, you know. you have to decide
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  • You have to decide in any relationship,
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  • In any relationship, this is not a marriage seminar,
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  • This is not a marriage seminar, by the way.
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  • By the way. i'm just using it for an
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  • I'm just using it for an opening illustration.
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  • Opening illustration. but you have to decide like,
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  • But you have to decide like, is this really worth
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  • Is this really worth waging a war over?
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  • Waging a war over? is it really worth?
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  • Is it really worth? if holly still after 17 years
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  • If holly still after 17 years doesn't know how to correctly
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  • Doesn't know how to correctly load the silverware in the
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  • Load the silverware in the dishwasher and she thinks it's
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  • Dishwasher and she thinks it's still okay to put the part of
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  • Still okay to put the part of the fork that you put in your
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  • The fork that you put in your mouth facing up so that your
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  • Mouth facing up so that your hand touches the part that's
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  • Hand touches the part that's going in your mouth when you get
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  • Going in your mouth when you get it out the next day.
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  • It out the next day. if she really still thinks that
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  • If she really still thinks that makes sense after 17 years,
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  • Makes sense after 17 years, is it really worth
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  • Is it really worth fighting about?
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  • Fighting about? no.
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  • No. i'm bigger than that.
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  • I'm bigger than that. i'm not a petty man.
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  • I'm not a petty man. i let it go.
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  • So they tell you
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  • So they tell you choose your battles.
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  • Choose your battles. let your kids play the music too
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  • Let your kids play the music too loud every once in awhile.
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  • Loud every once in awhile. don't always,
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  • Don't always, choose your battles.
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  • Choose your battles. don't get tripped up
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  • Don't get tripped up over tiny things.
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  • Over tiny things. choose your battles.
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  • Choose your battles. the question i wanna ask today,
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  • The question i wanna ask today, and i guess you could use it as
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  • And i guess you could use it as a title for the message as well
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  • A title for the message as well from 2 chronicles 20 is it's
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  • From 2 chronicles 20 is it's wise to choose your
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  • Wise to choose your battles when you can.
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  • Battles when you can. but what do you do when your
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  • But what do you do when your battle chooses you?
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  • Battle chooses you? what do you do when something
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  • What do you do when something shows up on your door step and
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  • Shows up on your door step and it's not from amazon prime and
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  • It's not from amazon prime and you didn't order it?
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  • You didn't order it? what do you do when the devil
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  • What do you do when the devil drops something off for you to
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  • Drops something off for you to deal with that you did not
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  • Deal with that you did not directly cause, choose,
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  • Directly cause, choose, or definitely anticipate?
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  • Or definitely anticipate? like jehoshaphat in 2 chronicles
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  • Like jehoshaphat in 2 chronicles 20:1 one morning, might i add in
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  • 20:1 one morning, might i add in a time of spiritual renewal for
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  • A time of spiritual renewal for judah the southern kingdom of
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  • Judah the southern kingdom of israel in a time of great
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  • Israel in a time of great momentum spiritually.
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  • Momentum spiritually. one day, just when
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  • One day, just when everything's going good,
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  • Everything's going good, you know how just
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  • You know how just when you get
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  • When you get something figured out,
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  • Something figured out, and just when
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  • And just when you get in your groove,
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  • You get in your groove, and just when you
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  • And just when you get in your rhythm,
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  • And here comes some news.
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  • And here comes some news. the bible says, "after this,"
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  • The bible says, "after this," verse one, "the moabites and
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  • Verse one, "the moabites and ammonites" and even "some of
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  • Ammonites" and even "some of the meunites came to make
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  • The meunites came to make war on jehoshaphat."
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  • War on jehoshaphat." and "some men came
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  • And "some men came and told jehoshaphat,"
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  • And told jehoshaphat," i'm not telling them.
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  • I'm not telling them. you tell 'em.
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  • You tell 'em. i'm not telling them.
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  • I'm not telling them. you tell 'em.
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  • You tell 'em. you tell 'em.
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  • You tell 'em. we'll all tell 'em.
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  • We'll all tell 'em. let's all tell 'em together.
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  • Let's all tell 'em together. "a vast army is coming against
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  • "a vast army is coming against you from edom, from the other
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  • You from edom, from the other side of the sea."
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  • Side of the sea." this means they're
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  • This means they're sneaking up from behind.
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  • They're going around the dead
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  • They're going around the dead sea and then coming back up to
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  • Sea and then coming back up to attack the people of god on a
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  • Attack the people of god on a little known route,
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  • Little known route, because they can't use
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  • Because they can't use the normal trade route.
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  • The normal trade route. and so, they're sneaking up from
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  • And so, they're sneaking up from behind and they're 25 miles out.
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  • Behind and they're 25 miles out. that means that jehoshaphat
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  • That means that jehoshaphat doesn't have time to
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  • Doesn't have time to develop a strategy.
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  • Develop a strategy. he doesn't have time to build
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  • He doesn't have time to build the armed forces to
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  • The armed forces to mount a defense.
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  • Mount a defense. he doesn't have time to rethink
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  • He doesn't have time to rethink the occasions that led up
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  • The occasions that led up to this event.
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  • To this event. it's coming.
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  • It's coming. and it's coming now.
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  • And it's coming now. have you ever got that phone
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  • Have you ever got that phone call, that text message,
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  • Call, that text message, that moment in time where
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  • That moment in time where something is sneaking up on you,
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  • Something is sneaking up on you, and it's only
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  • And it's only a day's march away.
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  • A day's march away. that means i have to deal
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  • That means i have to deal with it tomorrow.
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  • With it tomorrow. i don't have time to
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  • I don't have time to read a book.
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  • Read a book. i don't have time to watch
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  • I don't have time to watch a ted talk.
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  • A ted talk. i don't have time to get my
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  • I don't have time to get my nutrition in my sleep.
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  • Nutrition in my sleep. this one caught me off guard.
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  • This one caught me off guard. this one slapped me
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  • This one slapped me upside the head.
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  • Upside the head. this one left my ear ringing.
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  • This one left my ear ringing. this one i can't even
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  • This one i can't even believe is happening.
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  • Believe is happening. this one i'm even really sure if
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  • This one i'm even really sure if it's real yet.
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  • It's real yet. this one i don't have time to
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  • This one i don't have time to call 12 people about.
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  • Call 12 people about. this one i don't have time to
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  • This one i don't have time to get everybody's opinion.
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  • Get everybody's opinion. this one i don't have time to
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  • This one i don't have time to get everybody's advice.
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  • Get everybody's advice. so watch what jehoshaphat did.
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  • So watch what jehoshaphat did. he said, i don't have time for
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  • He said, i don't have time for all that, so i gotta go to god.
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  • All that, so i gotta go to god. there's something about a
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  • There's something about a surprise attack that will drive
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  • Surprise attack that will drive you into the presence of god.
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  • You into the presence of god. there's something about the one
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  • There's something about the one you didn't see coming that'll
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  • You didn't see coming that'll make you run to the place you
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  • Make you run to the place you should've run to all along.
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  • Should've run to all along. i'm getting ahead of myself,
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  • I'm getting ahead of myself, but it said that
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  • But it said that they were coming,
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  • They were coming, and they were
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  • And they were already in en-gedi.
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  • Already in en-gedi. and so, the response of
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  • And so, the response of the king is urgent.
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  • It says that in verse three,
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  • It says that in verse three, he was alarmed,
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  • He was alarmed, but yet he resolved.
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  • But yet he resolved. i really like that.
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  • I really like that. i really like that he had a
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  • I really like that he had a determination to seek the lord
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  • Even in the face of an
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  • Even in the face of an unexpected attack.
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  • Unexpected attack. he had made up his mind who he
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  • He had made up his mind who he would go to before he even knew
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  • Would go to before he even knew what would come against him.
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  • And of course, he didn't always
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  • And of course, he didn't always respond this way.
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  • Respond this way. nobody does.
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  • Nobody does. come on, nobody does.
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  • Come on, nobody does. oh man, this is so difficult to
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  • Oh man, this is so difficult to get across to hypocritical
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  • Get across to hypocritical christians who always wanna act
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  • Christians who always wanna act like they always sought the lord
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  • Like they always sought the lord and prayed about everything.
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  • Like you always
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  • Like you always prayed in tongues.
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  • Prayed in tongues. like you always
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  • Like you always lifted your hands.
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  • Lifted your hands. like you always prostrated
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  • Like you always prostrated yourself before the holiness of
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  • Yourself before the holiness of his majesty, the great jehovah
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  • His majesty, the great jehovah who fights your battles.
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  • Who fights your battles. no.
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  • No. jehoshaphat hooked up with ahab
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  • Jehoshaphat hooked up with ahab and almost got himself killed
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  • And almost got himself killed two chapters ago.
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  • Two chapters ago. because it seemed like
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  • Because it seemed like the right strategy.
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  • The right strategy. because when they wanted to
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  • Because when they wanted to attack a strategic city,
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  • Attack a strategic city, the wicked king ahab,
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  • The wicked king ahab, and you might recognize
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  • And you might recognize his name from the
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  • His name from the prophetic account of elijah.
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  • Prophetic account of elijah. that's the one elijah went to
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  • That's the one elijah went to and he was like, a,
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  • And he was like, a, it's not gonna rain
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  • It's not gonna rain until i say so.
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  • Until i say so. the heavens are gonna be like a
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  • The heavens are gonna be like a voice activated shower system.
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  • Voice activated shower system. and until i say so,
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  • And until i say so, it's not gonna rain.
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  • It's not gonna rain. that was ahab.
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  • That was ahab. he said that, too.
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  • He said that, too. and so jehoshaphat got with that
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  • And so jehoshaphat got with that same king and went out to do
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  • Same king and went out to do what seemed smart.
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  • What seemed smart. and they almost got killed.
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  • And they almost got killed. in fact, ahab did get killed.
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  • In fact, ahab did get killed. and the prophet micaiah
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  • And the prophet micaiah tried to tell him these
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  • Tried to tell him these false bail prophets,
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  • False bail prophets, what they're telling
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  • What they're telling you is what you wanna hear,
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  • You is what you wanna hear, but it's not what
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  • But it's not what you need to hear.
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  • You need to hear. if you go into that battle,
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  • If you go into that battle, you're gonna get yourself hurt.
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  • You're gonna get yourself hurt. and he did.
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  • And he did. and he barely made it out.
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  • And he barely made it out. because he fought
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  • Because he fought the wrong battle.
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  • The wrong battle. have you ever barely made it out
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  • Have you ever barely made it out because you fought a battle that
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  • Because you fought a battle that you weren't supposed to fight?
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  • You weren't supposed to fight? one time my father in
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  • One time my father in law were driving,
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  • Law were driving, it was actually on the day
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  • It was actually on the day of my wedding 17 years ago.
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  • Of my wedding 17 years ago. and we passed a couple who on
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  • And we passed a couple who on the side of the road,
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  • The side of the road, they were fighting.
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  • They were fighting. physically.
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  • Physically. but the interesting thing
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  • But the interesting thing about it was the man was
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  • About it was the man was in a headlock.
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  • In a headlock. and the woman seemed to have the
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  • And the woman seemed to have the situation firmly in control.
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  • Situation firmly in control. i didn't see that till i pulled,
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  • I didn't see that till i pulled, when i pulled the car over,
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  • When i pulled the car over, i was gonna get out and help.
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  • I was gonna get out and help. cause i thought that the man was
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  • Cause i thought that the man was beating up on the woman.
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  • Beating up on the woman. but when i saw that the woman
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  • But when i saw that the woman was taking care of the man,
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  • Was taking care of the man, i figured you know,
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  • I figured you know, just praise god
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  • Just praise god for his sovereignty,
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  • For his sovereignty, that he knows what's best.
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  • That he knows what's best. and apparently this woman
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  • And apparently this woman doesn't need my help.
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  • Doesn't need my help. so i just drove off.
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  • So i just drove off. but my father in law said,
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  • But my father in law said, "why did you stop?"
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  • "why did you stop?" i said, "i was gonna get
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  • I said, "i was gonna get out and help."
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  • Out and help." he said, "no, no, no.
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  • He said, "no, no, no. never get in a fight between a
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  • Never get in a fight between a man and his woman.
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  • Man and his woman. because you'll step in
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  • Because you'll step in to help them,
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  • To help them, and then if you step into
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  • And then if you step into their fight and
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  • Their fight and it's not your fight,
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  • It's not your fight, but you get in the middle of it,
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  • But you get in the middle of it, they'll turn around and
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  • They'll turn around and both start fighting you."
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  • Both start fighting you." it's good life advice.
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  • It's good life advice. don't try to take on a fight
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  • Don't try to take on a fight that's not your fight.
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  • That's not your fight. because you might find out when
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  • Because you might find out when you take on a fight
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  • You take on a fight that's not your fight,
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  • That's not your fight, you might find out that
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  • You might find out that the surest way for you to
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  • The surest way for you to get yourself in trouble is for
  • 00:09:40.610 --> 00:09:42.511
  • Get yourself in trouble is for you to take on a battle that
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  • You to take on a battle that doesn't belong to you.
  • 00:09:44.780 --> 00:09:47.016
  • Doesn't belong to you. this is why christians don't
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  • This is why christians don't always need to share their
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  • Always need to share their opinion on every subject that is
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  • Opinion on every subject that is presented as a cultural issue.
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  • Presented as a cultural issue. you've gotta
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  • You've gotta choose your battles.
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  • Choose your battles. and to know god,
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  • And to know god, this is what jehoshaphat
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  • This is what jehoshaphat wanted to know,
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  • Wanted to know, is this my battle?
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  • Is this my battle? is this my fight?
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  • Is this my fight? is this something that i need
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  • Is this something that i need to be involved in?
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  • To be involved in? is this something that
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  • Is this something that i'm called to do?
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  • I'm called to do? you'd be shocked how many people
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  • You'd be shocked how many people through the years have tried to
  • 00:10:12.742 --> 00:10:14.310
  • Through the years have tried to get me to be more political
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  • Get me to be more political from my pulpit.
  • 00:10:15.978 --> 00:10:17.813
  • From my pulpit. but that's not my fight.
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  • But that's not my fight. i vote.
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  • I vote. i'm involved.
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  • I'm involved. i lead thousands of
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  • I lead thousands of people to make a
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  • People to make a difference in our community.
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  • Difference in our community. i built something that
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  • I built something that represents and reflects
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  • Represents and reflects unity to a broken,
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  • Unity to a broken, fragmented world,
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  • Fragmented world, and we do it together every six
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  • And we do it together every six days and through the week.
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  • Days and through the week. but, you gotta be very careful
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  • But, you gotta be very careful that you don't expend all of
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  • That you don't expend all of your energy fighting battles
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  • Your energy fighting battles that are not yours.
  • 00:10:44.573 --> 00:10:46.575
  • That are not yours. and then you don't have any
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  • And then you don't have any energy left for the battles
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  • Energy left for the battles that are yours.
  • 00:10:49.178 --> 00:10:52.214
  • That are yours. and now, you've gotten so tired
  • 00:10:52.281 --> 00:10:53.916
  • And now, you've gotten so tired leaving comments on facebook
  • 00:10:53.983 --> 00:10:55.484
  • Leaving comments on facebook posts with people
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  • Posts with people that you don't know,
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  • That you don't know, in idaho that you don't
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  • In idaho that you don't have any strength to engage with
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  • Have any strength to engage with the people who live in
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  • The people who live in your own house.
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  • Your own house. i'm not trying to run
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  • I'm not trying to run the white house.
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  • I'm trying to run my house and i
  • 00:11:05.928 --> 00:11:07.663
  • I'm trying to run my house and i got my hands full.
  • 00:11:07.730 --> 00:11:09.365
  • Got my hands full. i got three people in my house
  • 00:11:09.432 --> 00:11:11.100
  • I got three people in my house who are dependents.
  • 00:11:11.167 --> 00:11:13.302
  • Who are dependents. you got to know when you're
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  • You got to know when you're wearing yourself out,
  • 00:11:18.207 --> 00:11:19.108
  • Wearing yourself out, swinging that stuff that's
  • 00:11:19.175 --> 00:11:20.342
  • Swinging that stuff that's not even yours to fight.
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  • I'm bad about this, though.
  • 00:11:24.580 --> 00:11:26.415
  • I'm bad about this, though. i, sometimes it's as if i don't
  • 00:11:26.482 --> 00:11:30.019
  • I, sometimes it's as if i don't have enough drama for
  • 00:11:30.086 --> 00:11:31.187
  • Have enough drama for my own self.
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  • My own self. so i start trying to control
  • 00:11:34.457 --> 00:11:35.491
  • So i start trying to control other people.
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  • Other people. you know how you can tell
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  • You know how you can tell if you're fighting
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  • If you're fighting the wrong battles?
  • 00:11:39.061 --> 00:11:40.296
  • The wrong battles? if you are trying
  • 00:11:40.362 --> 00:11:41.230
  • If you are trying to control others,
  • 00:11:41.297 --> 00:11:42.798
  • To control others, you're fighting the
  • 00:11:42.865 --> 00:11:43.733
  • You're fighting the wrong battle.
  • 00:11:43.799 --> 00:11:45.601
  • Wrong battle. you can't control others.
  • 00:11:45.668 --> 00:11:47.937
  • You can't control others. past a certain point,
  • 00:11:48.003 --> 00:11:48.804
  • Past a certain point, you can only manipulate
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  • You can only manipulate short term behavior or results.
  • 00:11:49.739 --> 00:11:52.007
  • Short term behavior or results. but you can't
  • 00:11:52.074 --> 00:11:52.775
  • But you can't change somebody's heart.
  • 00:11:52.842 --> 00:11:55.711
  • Change somebody's heart. that's why even the new
  • 00:11:55.778 --> 00:11:57.179
  • That's why even the new testament says, "as much as it
  • 00:11:57.246 --> 00:11:58.547
  • Testament says, "as much as it is possible with you,
  • 00:11:58.614 --> 00:11:59.381
  • Is possible with you, live at peace with all men."
  • 00:11:59.448 --> 00:12:00.149
  • Live at peace with all men." there comes a point where the
  • 00:12:00.216 --> 00:12:01.383
  • There comes a point where the peace of another person is not
  • 00:12:01.450 --> 00:12:03.853
  • Peace of another person is not your responsibility.
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  • Your responsibility. your peace is your
  • 00:12:05.654 --> 00:12:06.722
  • Your peace is your responsibility.
  • 00:12:06.789 --> 00:12:08.224
  • Responsibility. and there comes a point where
  • 00:12:08.290 --> 00:12:09.759
  • And there comes a point where you have to say,
  • 00:12:09.825 --> 00:12:12.094
  • You have to say, "that's not my battle."
  • 00:12:12.161 --> 00:12:15.865
  • "that's not my battle." that's not my battle.
  • 00:12:15.931 --> 00:12:16.766
  • That's not my battle. i've done all i can do,
  • 00:12:16.832 --> 00:12:18.534
  • I've done all i can do, but that's not my battle.
  • 00:12:18.601 --> 00:12:20.770
  • But that's not my battle. in fact, let me give you a great
  • 00:12:20.836 --> 00:12:21.737
  • In fact, let me give you a great little line to use.
  • 00:12:21.804 --> 00:12:23.405
  • Little line to use. the next time somebody tries to
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  • The next time somebody tries to draw you into some gossip,
  • 00:12:24.907 --> 00:12:26.809
  • Draw you into some gossip, or draw you into some drama,
  • 00:12:26.876 --> 00:12:28.110
  • Or draw you into some drama, okay.
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  • Okay. and they'll usually say,
  • 00:12:29.278 --> 00:12:30.346
  • And they'll usually say, "what do you think
  • 00:12:30.412 --> 00:12:31.013
  • "what do you think about so and so?
  • 00:12:31.080 --> 00:12:33.482
  • About so and so? you heard about so and so?
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  • You heard about so and so? what you think about?"
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  • What you think about?" people ask me this all the time,
  • 00:12:35.351 --> 00:12:36.152
  • People ask me this all the time, about another minister.
  • 00:12:36.218 --> 00:12:37.153
  • About another minister. "what do you think about
  • 00:12:37.219 --> 00:12:38.387
  • "what do you think about so and so?"
  • 00:12:38.454 --> 00:12:39.722
  • So and so?" and i learned this from
  • 00:12:39.789 --> 00:12:40.589
  • And i learned this from an older minister.
  • 00:12:40.656 --> 00:12:41.457
  • An older minister. they taught me what to say.
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  • They taught me what to say. "what do you think about?"
  • 00:12:42.792 --> 00:12:43.826
  • "what do you think about?" and here's what you say back.
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  • And here's what you say back. "i don't."
  • 00:12:45.327 --> 00:12:47.496
  • It'll work for a
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  • It'll work for a variety of situations.
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  • Variety of situations. it can work for a situation that
  • 00:12:56.105 --> 00:12:57.473
  • It can work for a situation that you're ignorant about and you
  • 00:12:57.540 --> 00:12:58.507
  • You're ignorant about and you only read headlines so you
  • 00:12:58.574 --> 00:12:59.642
  • Only read headlines so you really you don't
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  • Really you don't have anything to say,
  • 00:13:00.376 --> 00:13:00.976
  • Have anything to say, because we can't
  • 00:13:01.043 --> 00:13:01.610
  • Because we can't trust the information
  • 00:13:01.677 --> 00:13:02.378
  • Trust the information that we're given.
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  • That we're given. it can work about donald trump.
  • 00:13:05.247 --> 00:13:06.415
  • It can work about donald trump. it can work about kanye west.
  • 00:13:06.482 --> 00:13:07.783
  • It can work about kanye west. it can work about somebody else
  • 00:13:07.850 --> 00:13:09.251
  • It can work about somebody else that drops their kid off at
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  • That drops their kid off at school next to you,
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  • School next to you, and they're having
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  • And they're having trouble in their marriage.
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  • Trouble in their marriage. "what do you think
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  • "what do you think about so and so?"
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  • About so and so?" i don't.
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  • I don't. my heart is a full
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  • My heart is a full time drama factory.
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  • Time drama factory. i do not need to borrow
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  • I do not need to borrow drama from anybody
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  • Drama from anybody else's personal life.
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  • Else's personal life. i got my own drama.
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  • I got my own drama. byod.
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  • Byod. bring your own drama.
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  • Bring your own drama. i got enough.
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  • I got enough. you brought your own drama to
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  • You brought your own drama to church without judging somebody
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  • Church without judging somebody else from what you think about
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  • Else from what you think about them from ten
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  • Them from ten seconds of their life,
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  • Seconds of their life, compared to the entirety of it.
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  • Compared to the entirety of it. i don't have time for it.
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  • I don't have time for it. and jehoshaphat didn't run
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  • And jehoshaphat didn't run around looking at what other
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  • Around looking at what other people were doing.
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  • People were doing. he went to seek the lord.
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  • He went to seek the lord. he went to inquire of the lord.
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  • He went to inquire of the lord. and this is not just
  • 00:13:51.894 --> 00:13:52.728
  • And this is not just some glib prayer.
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  • Some glib prayer. or his is not just getting some
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  • Or his is not just getting some feeling and going with it and
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  • Feeling and going with it and calling it god.
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  • Calling it god. and this isn't just slapping a
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  • And this isn't just slapping a scripture verse on something
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  • Scripture verse on something that you wanted to do anyway so
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  • That you wanted to do anyway so that you can blame it on god
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  • That you can blame it on god when it doesn't work out.
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  • When it doesn't work out. this is really seeking the lord.
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  • In fact, the bible says that he
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  • In fact, the bible says that he was shaken, but he wasn't,
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  • Was shaken, but he wasn't, maybe i should say it this way.
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  • Maybe i should say it this way. he was shocked but
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  • He wasn't shook.
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  • He wasn't shook. whoo, didn't see this coming.
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  • Whoo, didn't see this coming. ammon, moab, and the edomites?
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  • Ammon, moab, and the edomites? that's three of 'em.
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  • That's three of 'em. i can fight one.
  • 00:14:28.397 --> 00:14:30.766
  • I can fight one. but there's three of them.
  • 00:14:30.833 --> 00:14:32.801
  • But there's three of them. it's bigger than me.
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  • It's bigger than me. and it's coming
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  • Up from behind me.
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  • Up from behind me. you got something bigger than
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  • You got something bigger than you that came up
  • 00:14:39.842 --> 00:14:41.977
  • You that came up from behind you?
  • 00:14:42.044 --> 00:14:44.847
  • From behind you? jehoshaphat's prayer
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  • Jehoshaphat's prayer is interesting.
  • 00:14:46.382 --> 00:14:47.816
  • Is interesting. cause he's prayed about ammon,
  • 00:14:47.883 --> 00:14:48.951
  • Cause he's prayed about ammon, moab, and the edomites
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  • Moab, and the edomites from mount seir.
  • 00:14:52.021 --> 00:14:54.056
  • From mount seir. but we got three
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  • But we got three different enemies.
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  • Different enemies. we got the world, the flesh,
  • 00:14:55.491 --> 00:14:58.794
  • We got the world, the flesh, and the devil.
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  • And the devil. that's from 1 john.
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  • That's from 1 john. that's your enemy.
  • 00:15:01.563 --> 00:15:02.364
  • That's your enemy. the world, the flesh,
  • 00:15:02.431 --> 00:15:04.767
  • The world, the flesh, and the devil.
  • 00:15:04.833 --> 00:15:06.368
  • And the devil. that's the values that oppose
  • 00:15:06.435 --> 00:15:08.070
  • That's the values that oppose your purpose, the world.
  • 00:15:08.137 --> 00:15:09.538
  • Your purpose, the world. the flesh, that's the patterns
  • 00:15:09.605 --> 00:15:11.307
  • The flesh, that's the patterns that oppose your purpose,
  • 00:15:11.373 --> 00:15:12.708
  • That oppose your purpose, and the devil.
  • 00:15:12.775 --> 00:15:13.976
  • And the devil. that is the principality that
  • 00:15:14.043 --> 00:15:15.411
  • That is the principality that opposes your purpose.
  • 00:15:15.477 --> 00:15:17.646
  • Opposes your purpose. and i could fight one,
  • 00:15:17.713 --> 00:15:19.581
  • And i could fight one, but how do i fight the devil
  • 00:15:19.648 --> 00:15:21.350
  • But how do i fight the devil when i'm fighting my own flesh?
  • 00:15:21.417 --> 00:15:24.119
  • When i'm fighting my own flesh? how do i fight the world when
  • 00:15:24.186 --> 00:15:25.988
  • How do i fight the world when actually there's a part of me
  • 00:15:26.055 --> 00:15:27.222
  • Actually there's a part of me that wants to do it
  • 00:15:27.289 --> 00:15:28.257
  • That wants to do it like the world?
  • 00:15:28.324 --> 00:15:29.491
  • Like the world? i can fight one,
  • 00:15:29.558 --> 00:15:30.993
  • I can fight one, but i can't fight 'em all,
  • 00:15:31.060 --> 00:15:32.461
  • But i can't fight 'em all, and they're bigger than me.
  • 00:15:32.528 --> 00:15:33.862
  • And they're bigger than me. and it's coming up from behind.
  • 00:15:33.929 --> 00:15:36.031
  • And it's coming up from behind. how do i raise kids in a culture
  • 00:15:36.098 --> 00:15:38.801
  • How do i raise kids in a culture where the information of the
  • 00:15:38.867 --> 00:15:40.602
  • Where the information of the history of the universe is
  • 00:15:40.669 --> 00:15:43.005
  • History of the universe is in their pocket?
  • 00:15:43.072 --> 00:15:44.440
  • In their pocket? how do i have a sex talk with
  • 00:15:44.506 --> 00:15:46.008
  • How do i have a sex talk with kids when they don't have to
  • 00:15:46.075 --> 00:15:47.509
  • Kids when they don't have to go to a gas station
  • 00:15:47.576 --> 00:15:49.011
  • Go to a gas station to see pornography,
  • 00:15:49.078 --> 00:15:50.512
  • To see pornography, they can do it right
  • 00:15:50.579 --> 00:15:51.547
  • They can do it right beside their bible app?
  • 00:15:51.613 --> 00:15:53.182
  • Beside their bible app? the nature of the battle
  • 00:15:53.248 --> 00:15:56.585
  • The nature of the battle determines the nature of
  • 00:15:56.652 --> 00:15:58.787
  • Determines the nature of the strategy.
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  • The strategy. when you don't understand the
  • 00:16:01.056 --> 00:16:02.057
  • When you don't understand the nature of the battle,
  • 00:16:02.124 --> 00:16:04.226
  • Nature of the battle, you will not understand the
  • 00:16:04.293 --> 00:16:05.627
  • You will not understand the nuance of the strategy.
  • 00:16:05.694 --> 00:16:07.830
  • Nuance of the strategy. so you will fight the battle,
  • 00:16:07.896 --> 00:16:09.898
  • So you will fight the battle, not understanding the dynamics
  • 00:16:09.965 --> 00:16:11.400
  • Not understanding the dynamics of the battle,
  • 00:16:11.467 --> 00:16:12.534
  • Of the battle, and you will lose the battle
  • 00:16:12.601 --> 00:16:14.403
  • And you will lose the battle because you will wrestle
  • 00:16:14.470 --> 00:16:15.871
  • Because you will wrestle on the wrong level.
  • 00:16:15.938 --> 00:16:17.706
  • On the wrong level. can i preach a little bit today?
  • 00:16:17.773 --> 00:16:20.676
  • Can i preach a little bit today? it's for 50 people that you are
  • 00:16:20.743 --> 00:16:23.545
  • It's for 50 people that you are facing something that snuck up
  • 00:16:23.612 --> 00:16:26.048
  • Facing something that snuck up from behind you.
  • 00:16:26.115 --> 00:16:27.282
  • From behind you. didn't see this coming,
  • 00:16:27.349 --> 00:16:28.517
  • Didn't see this coming, and it's bigger than you.
  • 00:16:28.584 --> 00:16:30.052
  • And it's bigger than you. i don't know which one
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  • I don't know which one to fight next.
  • 00:16:30.919 --> 00:16:33.555
  • To fight next. when you understand the nature
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  • When you understand the nature of the battle,
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  • Of the battle, you can understand the
  • 00:16:37.292 --> 00:16:38.193
  • You can understand the nature of the strategy.
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:40.996
  • Nature of the strategy. and that's why i gotta ask god,
  • 00:16:41.063 --> 00:16:43.499
  • And that's why i gotta ask god, jehoshaphat resolved to
  • 00:16:43.565 --> 00:16:44.666
  • Jehoshaphat resolved to seek the lord.
  • 00:16:44.733 --> 00:16:45.868
  • Seek the lord. that means he involved priest,
  • 00:16:45.934 --> 00:16:48.370
  • That means he involved priest, the levites.
  • 00:16:48.437 --> 00:16:50.139
  • The levites. and they got together.
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  • And they got together. and he got surrounded by the
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  • And he got surrounded by the right people.
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  • Right people. he's not going to
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  • He's not going to ahab this time.
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  • Ahab this time. he's not asking all his friends
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  • He's not asking all his friends what they think about
  • 00:16:57.946 --> 00:16:58.480
  • What they think about it this time.
  • 00:16:58.547 --> 00:16:59.815
  • It this time. he's not looking for celebrity
  • 00:16:59.882 --> 00:17:01.383
  • He's not looking for celebrity culture to influence his
  • 00:17:01.450 --> 00:17:02.651
  • Culture to influence his decisions this time.
  • 00:17:02.718 --> 00:17:04.119
  • Decisions this time. he's going to the right place,
  • 00:17:04.186 --> 00:17:06.855
  • He's going to the right place, but he doesn't have a plan.
  • 00:17:06.922 --> 00:17:08.690
  • But he doesn't have a plan. and i want you to
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  • And i want you to see his prayer,
  • 00:17:09.858 --> 00:17:10.526
  • See his prayer, because it'll help you.
  • 00:17:10.592 --> 00:17:11.326
  • Because it'll help you. if you're facing the battle that
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  • If you're facing the battle that is bigger than you,
  • 00:17:12.194 --> 00:17:14.596
  • Is bigger than you, and it snuck up from behind you,
  • 00:17:14.663 --> 00:17:16.532
  • And it snuck up from behind you, every day this week,
  • 00:17:16.598 --> 00:17:17.833
  • Every day this week, i want you to open
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  • I want you to open your bible to
  • 00:17:18.934 --> 00:17:19.468
  • Your bible to 2 chronicles 20:3 and following.
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  • 2 chronicles 20:3 and following. read what jehoshaphat prayed,
  • 00:17:24.773 --> 00:17:26.909
  • Read what jehoshaphat prayed, and then pray it.
  • 00:17:26.975 --> 00:17:28.977
  • And then pray it. because verse 5 says out loud,
  • 00:17:29.044 --> 00:17:30.612
  • Because verse 5 says out loud, i want you to pray this every
  • 00:17:30.679 --> 00:17:32.114
  • I want you to pray this every day this week if you're fighting
  • 00:17:32.181 --> 00:17:33.482
  • Day this week if you're fighting a battle that is bigger than you
  • 00:17:33.549 --> 00:17:35.717
  • A battle that is bigger than you and it snuck up from behind you,
  • 00:17:35.784 --> 00:17:38.087
  • And it snuck up from behind you, get in god's face this week for
  • 00:17:38.153 --> 00:17:40.355
  • Get in god's face this week for a few minutes every day
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  • A few minutes every day and pray this prayer.
  • 00:17:42.825 --> 00:17:44.259
  • Because jehoshaphat stood up,"
  • 00:17:44.359 --> 00:17:45.794
  • Because jehoshaphat stood up," verse 5, "in the assembly of
  • 00:17:45.861 --> 00:17:47.196
  • Verse 5, "in the assembly of judah and jerusalem at the
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  • Judah and jerusalem at the temple of the lord in the front
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  • Temple of the lord in the front of the new courtyard.
  • 00:17:50.933 --> 00:17:52.201
  • Of the new courtyard. this is solomon's temple.
  • 00:17:52.267 --> 00:17:53.635
  • This is solomon's temple. this is the one they
  • 00:17:53.702 --> 00:17:54.503
  • This is the one they dedicated to god.
  • 00:17:54.570 --> 00:17:55.871
  • Dedicated to god. this is the one where god
  • 00:17:55.938 --> 00:17:56.805
  • Promised to pour out his
  • 00:17:56.905 --> 00:17:58.507
  • Promised to pour out his presence for any
  • 00:17:58.574 --> 00:17:59.942
  • Presence for any problem you face.
  • 00:18:00.008 --> 00:18:01.844
  • Problem you face. and he starts reminding god of
  • 00:18:01.910 --> 00:18:04.613
  • What god said.
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  • What god said. "o lord, god of our fathers, are
  • 00:18:06.348 --> 00:18:08.550
  • "o lord, god of our fathers, are you not god who is in heaven?"
  • 00:18:08.617 --> 00:18:10.786
  • You not god who is in heaven?" i love this, man.
  • 00:18:10.853 --> 00:18:12.020
  • I love this, man. because he has already shifted
  • 00:18:12.087 --> 00:18:13.822
  • Because he has already shifted his focus from what is coming
  • 00:18:13.889 --> 00:18:16.325
  • Against him to the one who
  • 00:18:16.425 --> 00:18:18.694
  • Against him to the one who reigns above him.
  • 00:18:18.760 --> 00:18:21.130
  • "o lord, god of our fathers,
  • 00:18:21.230 --> 00:18:22.898
  • "o lord, god of our fathers, are you not god
  • 00:18:22.965 --> 00:18:23.765
  • Are you not god who is in heaven?
  • 00:18:23.832 --> 00:18:25.234
  • Who is in heaven? you rule over all the kingdoms
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  • You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.
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  • Of the nations. power and might
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  • Power and might are in your hand,
  • 00:18:29.404 --> 00:18:30.506
  • Are in your hand, and no one can
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  • And no one can withstand you.
  • 00:18:31.573 --> 00:18:33.108
  • Withstand you. o our god, did you not drive out
  • 00:18:33.175 --> 00:18:35.177
  • O our god, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land
  • 00:18:35.244 --> 00:18:37.045
  • The inhabitants of this land before your people israel?"
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  • Remind god of what he's already
  • 00:18:39.214 --> 00:18:40.983
  • Remind god of what he's already done when you're not sure what
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  • Done when you're not sure what he's doing right now.
  • 00:18:42.184 --> 00:18:43.652
  • He's doing right now. not so he can remember,
  • 00:18:43.719 --> 00:18:44.920
  • Not so he can remember, but so you can.
  • 00:18:44.987 --> 00:18:46.221
  • But so you can. come on, you need to remember,
  • 00:18:46.288 --> 00:18:47.523
  • Come on, you need to remember, this is not your first rodeo,
  • 00:18:47.589 --> 00:18:48.857
  • This is not your first rodeo, cowboy.
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  • Cowboy. this is not the first
  • 00:18:50.225 --> 00:18:51.026
  • This is not the first time you cried.
  • 00:18:51.093 --> 00:18:52.194
  • Time you cried. this is not the first time you
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  • This is not the first time you were short of breath.
  • 00:18:53.395 --> 00:18:54.496
  • Were short of breath. this is not the first time you
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  • This is not the first time you didn't see a way clear.
  • 00:18:55.797 --> 00:18:57.366
  • Didn't see a way clear. this is not the first time
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  • This is not the first time you were hurt.
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  • You were hurt. this is not the first time your
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  • This is not the first time your heart was broken.
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  • Heart was broken. this is not the first time you
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  • This is not the first time you didn't have enough money.
  • 00:19:02.871 --> 00:19:04.206
  • Didn't have enough money. this is not the first diagnosis
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  • This is not the first diagnosis that came up from behind.
  • 00:19:06.041 --> 00:19:10.579
  • That came up from behind. feel his presence.
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  • Did you not do it "before your
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  • Did you not do it "before your people israel and give it
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  • People israel and give it forever to the descendants of
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  • Forever to the descendants of abraham your friend?"
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  • Abraham your friend?" watch this, he said,
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  • Watch this, he said, you gave it forever.
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  • You gave it forever. and since you gave it forever,
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  • It can't stop now.
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  • It can't stop now. since you promised to fulfil
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  • Since you promised to fulfil your purpose,
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  • Your purpose, no enemy from ammon,
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  • No enemy from ammon, no enemy from moab,
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  • No enemy from moab, no enemy from mount seir,
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  • No enemy from mount seir, no edomite can take it away.
  • 00:19:38.240 --> 00:19:41.577
  • No edomite can take it away. and when he says it,
  • 00:19:41.643 --> 00:19:43.779
  • And when he says it, on one hand he's praising god,
  • 00:19:43.845 --> 00:19:46.381
  • On one hand he's praising god, but it almost sounds
  • 00:19:46.448 --> 00:19:47.249
  • But it almost sounds like he's blaming god.
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  • Like he's blaming god. notice the tone.
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  • Notice the tone. it shifts in verse 8.
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  • "they have lived in it and have
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  • "they have lived in it and have built in it a
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  • Built in it a sanctuary for your name,
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  • Sanctuary for your name, saying, if calamity
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  • Saying, if calamity comes upon us,
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  • Comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment,
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  • Whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine,
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  • Or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence
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  • We will stand in your presence before this temple that bears
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  • Before this temple that bears your name and will cry out to
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  • Your name and will cry out to you in our distress,
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  • You in our distress, and you will hear
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  • And you will hear us and save us.'
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  • Us and save us.' but now," god, great god,
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  • But now," god, great god, respectfully king sir,
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  • Respectfully king sir, the righteous one,
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  • The righteous one, but now,
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  • But now, "here are men from ammon,
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  • "here are men from ammon, moab and mount seir,
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  • Moab and mount seir, whose territory you would
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  • Whose territory you would not allow israel to invade
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  • Not allow israel to invade when they came from egypt;"
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  • Uh oh.
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  • Uh oh. jehoshaphat said this is
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  • Jehoshaphat said this is not my fault.
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  • Not my fault. now, last time, when i hooked
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  • Now, last time, when i hooked up with ahab,
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  • Up with ahab, that's on me.
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  • That's on me. but this one,
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  • But this one, somebody shout this one.
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  • Somebody shout this one. this one, we're doing the
  • 00:20:48.076 --> 00:20:49.444
  • This one, we're doing the best we can.
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  • Best we can. this one, we're praying
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  • This one, we're praying in the temple.
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  • In the temple. this one, we were acting
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  • This one, we were acting according to the wisdom that we
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  • According to the wisdom that we have for the situation
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  • Have for the situation we were in.
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  • We were in. this one, nobody really
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  • This one, nobody really knew how to do it.
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  • Knew how to do it. this one, we couldn't have
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  • This one, we couldn't have prevented by obedience.
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  • Prevented by obedience. this one is different.
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  • This one is different. this one is different.
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  • This one is different. and you're going through
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  • And you're going through something right now that's
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  • Something right now that's a little different.
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  • A little different. sure, you've got sin and you've
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  • Sure, you've got sin and you've got things you need to repent
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  • Got things you need to repent of and i do, too.
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  • Of and i do, too. and if you dare look at me with
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  • And if you dare look at me with an angelic face when i say that,
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  • An angelic face when i say that, i promise i will prophesy and
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  • I promise i will prophesy and god will show me something about
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  • God will show me something about your life that you do not want
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  • Your life that you do not want on these imac screens.
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  • On these imac screens. i'll do it.
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  • I'll do it. but this one, this battle, this
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  • But this one, this battle, this coalition is three enemies.
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  • Coalition is three enemies. they joined up to fight me.
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  • They joined up to fight me. and the whole reason they're
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  • And the whole reason they're even there is because when moses
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  • Even there is because when moses led the people out of egypt,
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  • Led the people out of egypt, you told him that he
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  • You told him that he couldn't drive him out.
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  • Couldn't drive him out. because they were
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  • Because they were the relatives of esau.
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  • The relatives of esau. that's who the edomites were.
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  • That's who the edomites were. they were descendants of esau.
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  • They were descendants of esau. and esau was the son of isaac.
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  • And esau was the son of isaac. he wasn't his favorite son,
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  • He wasn't his favorite son, but he was still his son.
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  • But he was still his son. he gave away his birth right,
  • 00:22:00.248 --> 00:22:01.383
  • He gave away his birth right, but he was still his son.
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  • But he was still his son. and isaac was the
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  • And isaac was the son of abraham.
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  • Son of abraham. and abraham was god's friend.
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  • And abraham was god's friend. and so, god did not let the
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  • And so, god did not let the israelites drive out somebody
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  • Israelites drive out somebody that belonged to his friend.
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  • That belonged to his friend. when you've got a friend who
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  • When you've got a friend who knows how to fight,
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  • Knows how to fight, it will make you confident.
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  • It will make you confident. when you've got a friend who
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  • When you've got a friend who knows how to fight.
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  • Knows how to fight. i remember this kid we used to
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  • I remember this kid we used to pick on in fourth
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  • Pick on in fourth grade called eric pie.
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  • Grade called eric pie. but then eric pie made friends
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  • But then eric pie made friends with harry walker.
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  • With harry walker. eric pie couldn't fight,
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  • Eric pie couldn't fight, but harry walker could.
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  • But harry walker could. harry walker was 17 with chest
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  • Harry walker was 17 with chest hair in the fourth grade.
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  • Hair in the fourth grade. harry walker had a prison record
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  • Harry walker had a prison record in the fourth grade.
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  • In the fourth grade. harry walker said,
  • 00:22:40.422 --> 00:22:41.656
  • Harry walker said, "you pick on him,
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  • "you pick on him, you pick on me."
  • 00:22:43.425 --> 00:22:44.726
  • You pick on me." now look at somebody confident
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  • Now look at somebody confident and say, "you fight me,
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  • And say, "you fight me, you gotta fight my friend."
  • 00:22:46.962 --> 00:22:49.865
  • You gotta fight my friend." this is a bold message.
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  • This is a bold message. this is to know it might
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  • This is to know it might be bigger than me,
  • 00:22:52.634 --> 00:22:53.935
  • Be bigger than me, but it's not bigger than god.
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  • >> we're so thankful that
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  • >> we're so thankful that you joined us today.
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  • You joined us today. one of my favorite things
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  • One of my favorite things about these sermons is
  • 00:23:01.676 --> 00:23:03.011
  • About these sermons is how i can take the word
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  • 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 and really
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  • And then walk away and really not do anything with it.
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  • Not do 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, and you see changes
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  • >> yeah, and you see changes in your life when you accept
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  • In your life 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 encourage,
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  • Challenged or encourage, i have a resource i wanna
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  • Make available for you.
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  • >> it's wise to choose
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  • >> it's wise to choose your battles when you can,
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  • Your battles when you can, but what do you do
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  • But what do you do when your battle chooses you?
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  • When your battle chooses you? this is what
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  • This is what the lord says to you,
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  • The lord says to you, “don't be afraid,
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  • “don't be afraid, don't be discouraged,
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  • Don't be discouraged, don' back down;
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  • Don' back down; if you fight it,
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  • If you fight it, you're gonna lose it.”
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  • You're gonna lose it.” you can't fight it;
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  • You can't fight it; give it back.
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  • Give it back. you can't figure it out;
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  • You can't figure it out; give it back.
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  • Give it back. how do you give it back?
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  • How do you give it back? that's a focus.
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  • That's a focus. that's looking beyond
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  • That's looking beyond what's coming against you,
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  • What's coming against you, and looking toward
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  • And looking toward what is within you,
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  • What is within you, to know that greater is he
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  • To know that greater is he that is in me,
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  • That is in me, than he that is in the world,
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  • Than he that is in the world, and god wants his battle back.
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  • And god wants his battle back. i want you to get in position;
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  • I want you to get in position; not so that you can fight,
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  • Not so that you can fight, not so that you can struggle,
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  • Not so that you can struggle, but so that you can see
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  • But so that you can see the deliverance.
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  • The deliverance. god is fighting for worshippers,
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  • God is fighting for worshippers, god is fighting for praisers,
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  • God is fighting for praisers, god is fighting for his people;
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  • God is fighting for his people; god is fighting for you,
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  • God is fighting for you, because somebody
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  • Because somebody has been wondering,
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  • Has been wondering, “is god using me?
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  • “is god using me? is this even worth it?”,
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  • Is this even worth it?”, but there's something
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  • But there's something about that,
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  • About that, that should let you know
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  • That should let you know that if the devil showed up
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  • That if the devil showed up in the first place,
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  • In the first place, there must be
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  • There must be something important.
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  • Something important. you're his friend;
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  • You're his friend; you get his help,
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  • You get his help, you get his strength,
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  • You get his strength, you get his miracles,
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  • You get his miracles, you get his wisdom,
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  • You get his wisdom, you get his provision,
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  • You get his provision, you get his angels.
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  • You get his angels. what do you do
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  • What do you do when the battle chooses you?
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  • When the battle chooses you? you worship your way through it.
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  • >> announcer: 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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  • >> you didn't just buy a ticket,
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  • You set something in motion
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  • Just by being here tonight.
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  • Some of you brought
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  • Somebody else a ticket tonight
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  • And it's gonna change their life
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  • To know that god loves them
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  • And has not forsaken them
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  • And he is for you
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  • And not against you.
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  • >> ♪ hail hail lion of judah ♪
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  • ♪ let the lion roar ♪
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  • ♪ hail hail lion of judah ♪
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  • ♪ let the lion roar ♪
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  • >> efam is our online family
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  • At elevation church.
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  • It doesn't matter
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  • Where you call home,
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  • Becoming a part of our efam
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  • Is as simple as joining us
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  • Online each week.
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  • Each weekend we broadcast
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  • Our worship experiences
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  • To thousands of people
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  • Around the world.
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  • It's so simple for you
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  • To join a huge move of god
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  • That is happening through
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  • Our efam by tuning in
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  • To experiences on the weekend
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  • Or on demand when
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  • It's convenient for you.
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  • When you participate,
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  • You'll experience awesome
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  • Worship music,
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  • Preaching and community
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  • With people tuning in,
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  • Just like yourself.
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  • You can have a deeper connection
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  • By joining an egroup
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  • And an eteam,
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  • Giving online
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  • And connecting with other
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  • Efam near you
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  • Through watch parties.
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  • Wherever you
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  • Find yourself in life,
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  • We wanna be a place
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  • You can depend on for
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  • Receiving inspiration,
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  • Encouragement and support.
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  • Grow your faith,
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  • No matter where you are.
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  • ♪ ♪
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