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Steven Furtick: Unqualified

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  • the life God's called you to,
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  • I wanna share with you why I believe you do.
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  • The "[Un]Qualified" series is for every person
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  • who's tired of dealing with the frustration and insecurity
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  • of feeling inadequate and ready to discover
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  • that God still uses broken people to do big things.
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  • (female announcer) They are the heroes of the Bible.
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  • They are immortalized, sanctified, revered.
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  • They were God's chosen people, the founders of the church.
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  • What were their qualifications?
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  • A speech impediment.
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  • A denial of faith.
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  • An affair.
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  • Who were these heroes?
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  • A murderer.
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  • A prostitute.
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  • A liar and a schemer.
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  • In the eyes of the world, they were unqualified.
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  • But God has a history of using broken people to do big things.
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  • And he still does it today.
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  • So anytime you're looking for the deepest parts of your soul,
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  • there's only one place you can go.
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  • And of course, that's YouTube.
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  • Now, I don't normally go to YouTube
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  • for my theological questions,
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  • but sometimes it just so happens that that's the place
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  • where you get 'em.
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  • I'll explain. It was a Saturday afternoon.
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  • I was preparing to go and preach.
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  • And I'd been watching a sermon on YouTube.
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  • And you know how YouTube has the little "Recommended for you"
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  • thing on the sidebar that you could go?
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  • Yeah, yeah, sometimes you freefall into the abyss
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  • of the sovereignty of YouTube.
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  • So it gave me a clip that it suggested I should watch next.
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  • And of course, since YouTube is all knowing,
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  • I decided I'd give it a shot.
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  • And I played the video
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  • and it was an interview with a theologian.
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  • Now, this theologian is world famous.
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  • This guy's world renowned.
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  • I had read his books in seminary,
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  • or I should say I was assigned to read his books in seminary.
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  • I'm not sure I actually finished his books.
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  • But I knew the guy and it was an interview to ask him
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  • about theological questions of the day.
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  • And so I kinda walked away from the clip.
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  • I hit "Play," and I was going to get ready to preach.
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  • And all of a sudden, I heard something really strange
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  • just in the background.
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  • I heard them say my name.
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  • And I ran back into the room.
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  • And I realized they had gone into a lightning round.
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  • And the interviewer was asking the theologian
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  • at this pastors' conference
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  • his opinion on several different topics.
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  • And he wanted him to answer in just one word
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  • these different topics that he threw out.
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  • And all of a sudden, the topic of my name came up.
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  • Well, I was excited.
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  • I was like, "They're takin' about me."
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  • I didn't even know the guy knew who I was,
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  • you know, this famous theologian.
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  • And so I run back in the room to hear what they're gonna say
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  • and the interviewer asks the theologian,
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  • he goes, "What comes to your mind when you hear
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  • the name Steven Furtick?"
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  • And the theologian dropped his head...
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  • and he sighed, as if, like, even considering the mention
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  • of my name was a burden.
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  • Like, my name was toxic, chemical,
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  • radioactive gas that he was breathing in.
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  • And he breathed out, big sigh, and he looks back up
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  • and he stares at the interviewer,
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  • and he summarizes my entire life and ministry in one word.
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  • And the way he said this word, I'm gonna try to impersonate it.
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  • I can't even tell you what it sounded like.
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  • He said it with the finality of a gavel in a death penalty case
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  • in the state of Texas, just one word.
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  • And he looked at the interviewer.
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  • "Steven Furtick."
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  • And he said, "Unqualified."
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  • What was interesting to me is I had never met the guy.
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  • And I found it kinda funny that he could summarize my whole life
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  • in one word.
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  • I mean, at least it was four syllables
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  • so it was kind of a big word.
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  • But I was sitting there, surprised that he could
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  • so accurately summarize my whole life and ministry in one word,
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  • "Unqualified."
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  • But what surprised me the most about it was the fact
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  • that I wasn't really angry.
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  • I mean, there would have been time where I would have followed
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  • that up with some words.
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  • And I don't even need four syllables.
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  • I could have followed it up with some words that would have made
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  • "unqualified" sound like a Valentine's Day card greeting.
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  • But instead, what I found myself thinking was,
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  • "Exactly. That's exactly how I feel."
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  • I know I'm not the only one.
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  • Like, I hear that all the time in my own mind.
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  • I don't need YouTube to tell me.
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  • I don't need a theologian to tell me.
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  • I've been a pastor now for coming up on 10 years.
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  • And there hasn't been a day that I've reported for work,
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  • whether I'm preaching or helping people or leading,
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  • that I haven't felt unqualified.
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  • He just finally put a label on what I've felt my whole life.
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  • And I didn't just start feelin' it when I became a pastor.
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  • And I don't only feel it when it comes to my leadership duties.
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  • I feel it as a dad.
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  • I feel it as a husband.
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  • I feel it as a Christian.
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  • And so I decided to approach this topic of being unqualified.
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  • And I started askin' people all around me,
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  • "Hey, do you ever feel unqualified?"
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  • And I wasn't askin' people who don't have jobs.
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  • I wasn't askin' people who never made it past the 7th grade.
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  • I was asking people with college degrees.
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  • I was asking people who are seemingly happily married.
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  • I was askin' people who look like
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  • they're at the top of their game.
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  • And every single person that I asked,
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  • no matter how long they've had a relationship with God,
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  • or no matter how much Bible knowledge they have,
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  • it resonated with them that, "Deep down,
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  • somewhere within myself, I feel unqualified."
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  • And the more I thought about the designated term that
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  • the theologian chose for me, "Unqualified," the less it felt
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  • like a criticism, and the more it felt like a compliment.
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  • 'Cause, see, if I'm unqualified,
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  • that puts me in some pretty good company.
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  • Like, that means I get to hang out with all the Bible heroes,
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  • the people that God hand-picked
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  • who were screwed up, dysfunctional.
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  • People like Noah, who got drunk after a flood.
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  • People like Gideon, who was hiding out in a winepress
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  • threshing wheat.
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  • People like Peter, who couldn't shut his mouth when he needed
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  • to shut his mouth.
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  • People like Peter, who cut off Malchus' ear in the garden when
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  • he should have been representing the one who came
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  • to bring healing to the world.
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  • I'm just sayin' that if you've ever felt unqualified,
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  • you're in pretty good company.
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  • So I wanna issue an invitation to everybody who has ever felt
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  • unqualified to join the club and own it,
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  • and realize that that's never stopped God because I've found
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  • that it really doesn't matter what a theologian
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  • thinks about me.
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  • It really doesn't matter what someone says about me.
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  • Really, what matters is what I see in myself.
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  • And you can't talk about being unqualified
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  • without talking about Moses.
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  • (announcer) Discover why unqualified
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  • is God's favorite qualification.
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  • Call or click to receive Steven's new book,
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  • Moses is my main character.
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  • He is the poster child for the unqualified.
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  • I wonder if we could look at him for a moment
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  • because one of the most famous scenes in Moses' life
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  • is found at what we call, "The burning bush."
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  • Now, to Moses, it wasn't the scene at the burning bush.
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  • For Moses, it was just any other day.
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  • It was just a day at the office, tending sheep for his
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  • father-in-law, Jethro, on the far side of the desert.
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  • He had no idea that he would encounter God in a special way
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  • on that day.
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  • And you know, a lot of times we don't.
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  • And a lot of times we're just going about our business,
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  • just flipping through television,
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  • just going to our job.
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  • And sometimes, in those moments God calls us to look
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  • and to step aside, and to stop.
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  • And he reveals something about our identity that we never could
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  • have known otherwise, something that YouTube can't show us,
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  • something that you can't even see in yourself sometimes.
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  • But God has seen it all along.
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  • And so when God calls to Moses and tells him that,
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  • "I've come down to rescue my people from Egyptian slavery,
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  • "and I've heard their cries,
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  • and I'm choosing you to be their deliverer."
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  • Moses says to God in Exodus chapter 3, verse 11:
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  • "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh
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  • and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
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  • "Who am I?"
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  • Isn't that the central question that really never goes away?
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  • Isn't that the question of identity that can keep us,
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  • in so many stages and phases of our life,
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  • pretending, posturing, posing, trying to accomplish our way
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  • into an identity that God has already given to us as a gift?
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  • And when God speaks to Moses about the great plans
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  • that he has, Moses has no doubt that God can do it.
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  • It's not God that Moses is concerned about.
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  • It's Moses.
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  • It's Moses.
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  • The researcher Brené Brown has some interesting work
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  • on vulnerability, shame, and wholehearted living.
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  • And Brené Brown posits that the feeling that most of us
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  • are walking around carrying, and the weight
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  • and the burden that most of us are living under,
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  • and the cloud that is covering our view
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  • so that we can't receive our calling in life,
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  • is this sense that, "I am never enough."
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  • Maybe we even put a blank there.
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  • "I am never enough."
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  • I asked a group of people to fill in that blank.
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  • I said, "What is it that you feel that you are never enough?"
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  • And their answers ranged.
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  • Someone said, "Never experienced enough."
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  • Someone said, "Never patient enough."
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  • Someone said, "Never competent enough."
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  • Someone said, "Never consistent enough."
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  • Someone said, "Never strong enough."
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  • Someone said, "Never smart enough."
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  • Someone said, "Never awesome enough."
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  • I like that one.
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  • Maybe you have your own word that goes in that blank.
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  • "I am never enough."
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  • I understand why Moses would have wondered,
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  • "God, did you dial the right number?"
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  • You know, we use all kinds of phrases and terms
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  • to qualify ourselves, and to explain ourselves,
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  • and to even understand ourselves.
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  • I call this concept, "The third word."
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  • Meaning that you've been filling in this blank,
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  • "I am."
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  • Sometimes it's hard to even know what to put after
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  • "I am."
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  • Moses has a few different things that are defining his identity
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  • at this point in his life.
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  • You have to understand that at this point in Moses' life,
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  • he is a murderer, a fugitive on the run.
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  • He grew up as Egyptian royalty, but now he's back in a place,
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  • he's actually dislocated from his destiny,
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  • in a sense.
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  • And so when God speaks to Moses, the first thought
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  • that Moses might have is, "I am dysfunctional."
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  • I wonder, can you relate to this feeling of being dysfunctional?
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  • Now, you may not have Moses' same dilemma.
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  • Moses was a murderer.
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  • He killed an Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
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  • He tried to do the right thing, which was deliver his people,
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  • but he did it in the wrong way.
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  • And so because of his choices in the past,
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  • and his experiences in the past,
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  • he reaches this place of dysfunction.
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  • And Moses is certainly carrying with him the dysfunction
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  • of knowing that, "I had a destiny, but I blew it."
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  • I wonder, do you feel dysfunctional?
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  • Now, you may not say it this way,
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  • but all of us have these third words.
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  • "I am dysfunctional."
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  • It's that thing you know about yourself that nobody else knows.
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  • It's that thing that you struggle with that you
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  • don't talk about in prayer group.
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  • It's that thing that you think about over and over again,
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  • that if we asked you about it,
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  • you would develop a code name to talk about it,
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  • but you wouldn't really get to the essence of it.
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  • It's the thing that you try to hide.
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  • It's the thing that makes you feel hidden.
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  • It's the thing that prevents you from connecting with others.
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  • "I am dysfunctional," Moses may have said.
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  • Or the next one.
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  • Moses may have said, "I am deficient."
  • 00:12:37.070 --> 00:12:40.230
  • You see, God was calling Moses to go to Pharaoh,
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  • the most powerful man in the world,
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  • and to speak on God's behalf, to release the captives
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  • by speaking liberation.
  • 00:12:49.100 --> 00:12:51.290
  • The only problem is Moses wasn't a very good speaker.
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  • Have you ever felt like God called you to do something that
  • 00:12:56.140 --> 00:12:59.030
  • he should've wired you to do, but apparently he forgot to put
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:01.210
  • that part in when he let you off the assembly line?
  • 00:13:01.220 --> 00:13:06.130
  • Yeah, we all feel that way.
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  • Maybe it's not speaking for you, but maybe it's an area
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:10.160
  • of expertise that you lack.
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  • Feel like you're trying to put in somethin' that God left out,
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  • or that life is demanding something form you
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  • that God didn't give you.
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  • Moses felt that way, "I am slow of speech.
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  • "I'm not very eloquent. I am deficient.
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:27.050
  • "And I am doubtful.
  • 00:13:27.060 --> 00:13:32.010
  • I wonder, could you really use me?"
  • 00:13:32.020 --> 00:13:36.040
  • I know some of you have probably never had anybody
  • 00:13:36.050 --> 00:13:38.040
  • break your heart.
  • 00:13:38.050 --> 00:13:39.150
  • Maybe you're the heartbreaker.
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:41.040
  • But I'll never forget a girl breaking up with me one time.
  • 00:13:41.050 --> 00:13:44.130
  • And what she told me was meant to make me feel good,
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:46.150
  • but really she was just trying to let me down easily.
  • 00:13:46.160 --> 00:13:50.010
  • She had this thing she said.
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  • Maybe you've heard it before.
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:52.250
  • She said, "It's not you. It's me."
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  • You've heard this too? You've heard this?
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  • She was trying to say, you know,
  • 00:14:00.260 --> 00:14:02.170
  • "I'm not ready for a relationship.
  • 00:14:02.180 --> 00:14:04.150
  • It's not you. It's me."
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:06.290
  • That's what I hear Moses saying to God at the burning bush.
  • 00:14:07.000 --> 00:14:10.270
  • And that's where I see a lot of believers getting stuck.
  • 00:14:10.280 --> 00:14:13.250
  • It's not that I don't believe that God is mighty.
  • 00:14:13.260 --> 00:14:15.290
  • I know God is mighty. He created the mountains.
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  • I know God is mighty.
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  • He summons the wind and the waves at his word.
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  • I know God is incredible.
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  • I know God can do all things.
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  • I just, I just, I just know me.
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  • It's not God that I'm worried about.
  • 00:14:28.260 --> 00:14:30.080
  • It's not you, God.
  • 00:14:30.090 --> 00:14:32.170
  • It's me.
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  • I am doubtful.
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  • Well, what's interesting about Moses,
  • 00:15:12.030 --> 00:15:13.140
  • and what's interesting about our lives is that God bypasses
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  • all of that and uses Moses anyway.
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  • As unqualified as he was according to his ability,
  • 00:15:22.230 --> 00:15:28.030
  • as disqualified as he was based on his history,
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:33.070
  • God used him anyway.
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  • And I wonder, is God trying to speak to you today that he
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  • has seen you, and watched you, and formed you,
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  • and made you, and he has chosen to use you anyway?
  • 00:15:43.170 --> 00:15:48.150
  • Because Moses went to the pharaoh and he unleashed
  • 00:15:48.160 --> 00:15:52.030
  • the plagues of Egypt.
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  • And maybe you wanna read all of this in your Bible,
  • 00:15:53.140 --> 00:15:55.050
  • but I wanted to go all the way over to Exodus chapter 20.
  • 00:15:55.060 --> 00:15:58.170
  • And this is where God is giving Moses what we call,
  • 00:15:58.180 --> 00:16:02.180
  • "The Ten Commandments."
  • 00:16:02.190 --> 00:16:03.280
  • Or the Hebrews would have known them as "The Ten Words,"
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  • or, "The Ten Laws."
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  • And there are several that you may be familiar with.
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  • There's, you know, "Don't kill," and,
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:13.040
  • "Don't commit adultery."
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  • And all of those are good.
  • 00:16:14.170 --> 00:16:15.290
  • But for the purpose of this study,
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:18.050
  • I wanted to look at Exodus 20, verse 7
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:22.010
  • where God tells Moses
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  • something that you may have heard before.
  • 00:16:23.150 --> 00:16:24.270
  • But I wonder, do you know what it means?
  • 00:16:24.280 --> 00:16:26.230
  • Because God tells Moses in this list of ways that he wants his
  • 00:16:26.240 --> 00:16:30.170
  • people to relate with him in covenant and to know him as God,
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:33.180
  • he says, "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God
  • 00:16:33.190 --> 00:16:38.160
  • in vain."
  • 00:16:38.170 --> 00:16:40.240
  • Now, the way I always heard that growin' up,
  • 00:16:40.250 --> 00:16:42.280
  • it had a very specific and limited application.
  • 00:16:42.290 --> 00:16:45.240
  • It basically meant, "Don't say, 'Oh my God.'
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  • Or don't use Jesus' name as a bad word."
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  • And I think that's great and we should listen to that.
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:56.120
  • But the Hebrews wouldn't have understood it that way.
  • 00:16:56.130 --> 00:16:58.230
  • We need a little language lesson here.
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  • For the Hebrews, to take someone's name meant
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:03.250
  • to associate with their character.
  • 00:17:03.260 --> 00:17:06.100
  • A more accurate way to translate it might be like this:
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  • "Don't carry the name of the Lord your God in vain."
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  • Not just in your speech but as your way of life.
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  • So don't know God and live like you don't.
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  • Don't have a relationship with God and then follow the customs
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  • of all of the people who don't have a relationship
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  • with your God.
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  • Don't carry or take the name of the Lord your God in a way
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  • that is empty or hollow in vain.
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  • I still don't know if this is making sense.
  • 00:17:41.170 --> 00:17:43.150
  • Maybe an illustration would help.
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  • On June the 1st of 2002, which I refer to as,
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  • "The greatest day of my wife's life,"
  • 00:17:50.040 --> 00:17:53.110
  • that's the day she married me.
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  • When she took my name, we became one.
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  • When she took my name, everything that I had,
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  • which was less than a thousand dollars at this point
  • 00:18:02.210 --> 00:18:05.130
  • in our relationship so we didn't need a prenup.
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  • But everything that I had became everything that she had.
  • 00:18:07.280 --> 00:18:11.270
  • And everything that she had became everything that I had.
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  • And everything that I dreamed became what she dreamed.
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  • And all of our aspirations and goals were wrapped up
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  • in each other when she took my name.
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  • Now, let me tell you what happened to you on the day
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  • that you decided to become a follower of Christ.
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  • You took his name.
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  • And when you took his name, it's more than just a label,
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  • "I'm a Christian."
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  • It's a way of life.
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  • It's a way of seeing yourself.
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  • It's a way of seeing your world.
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  • It's even a way of seeing your limitations.
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  • By any standard, these guys were unqualified.
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  • And yet, God entrusted them with some of the most important tasks
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  • in human history.
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  • our weaknesses and our dreams, between who we think we are
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  • So what is his name?
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  • If I took it, I need to know what it is.
  • 00:20:23.230 --> 00:20:25.120
  • And that's what Moses wanted to know.
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:26.270
  • He's standing at a bush and he wasn't expecting this.
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:30.200
  • And God gives him this great summons,
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:32.010
  • this great call to fulfill a destiny,
  • 00:20:32.020 --> 00:20:34.020
  • but he feels deficient and he feels dysfunctional
  • 00:20:34.030 --> 00:20:36.020
  • and he feels like maybe God got the wrong number.
  • 00:20:36.030 --> 00:20:38.180
  • But he wants to know, "What's your name, God?"
  • 00:20:38.190 --> 00:20:40.160
  • And I love what God says.
  • 00:20:40.170 --> 00:20:42.010
  • I think this is a sense of heavenly humor.
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  • I think that God is laughing when he's saying this to Moses.
  • 00:20:44.000 --> 00:20:46.150
  • God said to Moses, "I am who I am."
  • 00:20:46.160 --> 00:20:51.110
  • "I am who I am.
  • 00:20:51.120 --> 00:20:53.210
  • "I am present.
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:55.120
  • "I am perfect and powerful.
  • 00:20:55.130 --> 00:20:57.280
  • "I am whoever I need to be in any situation.
  • 00:20:57.290 --> 00:21:01.160
  • You can't limit me." Watch this.
  • 00:21:01.170 --> 00:21:03.000
  • He said, "This is what you are to say to the Israelites:
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:06.210
  • 'I am has sent me to you.'"
  • 00:21:06.220 --> 00:21:10.050
  • Now, you can imagine Moses at this point.
  • 00:21:10.060 --> 00:21:12.140
  • He's waiting on the rest of the name, right?
  • 00:21:12.150 --> 00:21:16.100
  • "I am."
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  • That's just the beginning.
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  • Okay, "I am?
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  • "Yes? I'm with you.
  • 00:21:21.160 --> 00:21:24.100
  • I'm waiting. I am?"
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  • "I am."
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:29.170
  • "You am what?
  • 00:21:29.180 --> 00:21:33.020
  • Is this Dr. Seuss? I mean, what--?"
  • 00:21:33.030 --> 00:21:36.220
  • "I am. I am."
  • 00:21:36.230 --> 00:21:39.150
  • See, God is so big.
  • 00:21:39.160 --> 00:21:41.020
  • He doesn't need a third word.
  • 00:21:41.030 --> 00:21:45.080
  • In fact, God is so big, one third word can't contain him,
  • 00:21:45.090 --> 00:21:49.230
  • not a paragraph, not a book of prose,
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:53.160
  • not an encyclopedia, not an Internet.
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:55.190
  • But you and I, see we need a third word.
  • 00:21:55.200 --> 00:22:01.000
  • And I wonder if, when the Bible says,
  • 00:22:01.010 --> 00:22:02.120
  • "Don't take the name of the Lord in vain," Hebrew "Yahweh."
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:07.030
  • Latin, we translate it "Jehovah."
  • 00:22:07.040 --> 00:22:09.020
  • It means "I am."
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:10.160
  • God said, "It's my name for all generations."
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:12.210
  • I wonder if, when God tells Moses,
  • 00:22:12.220 --> 00:22:16.160
  • "Make sure my people don't take my name in vain,"
  • 00:22:16.170 --> 00:22:19.010
  • I wonder if what he means is,
  • 00:22:19.020 --> 00:22:20.230
  • "Be very careful what you put in that blank
  • 00:22:20.240 --> 00:22:25.180
  • when you speak about yourself."
  • 00:22:25.190 --> 00:22:27.110
  • You fill in that blank all the time,
  • 00:22:27.120 --> 00:22:30.210
  • and you say all kinds of things about yourself.
  • 00:22:30.220 --> 00:22:32.090
  • I mean, some are positive.
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  • Some are negative.
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  • I am strong. I am driven.
  • 00:22:35.010 --> 00:22:37.130
  • I am stupid. I am stuck.
  • 00:22:37.140 --> 00:22:39.180
  • I am hurting. I am overwhelmed.
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:40.290
  • I am capable. I'm disappointed.
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:42.090
  • I'm broken. I'm jaded.
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:43.220
  • I'm content. It's fine.
  • 00:22:43.230 --> 00:22:45.280
  • It's fine because it's complicated.
  • 00:22:45.290 --> 00:22:48.040
  • I mean, the Bible says that, "God's thoughts are so numerous
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:51.070
  • about us that he doesn't even count them."
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:53.180
  • I mean, we're complicated.
  • 00:22:53.190 --> 00:22:55.080
  • You can't summarize it to one word.
  • 00:22:55.090 --> 00:22:57.060
  • But be very careful when you put something in that blank
  • 00:22:57.070 --> 00:23:01.150
  • that God is not.
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:02.260
  • Because you took his name.
  • 00:23:02.270 --> 00:23:05.120
  • And when God gave you the gift of the revelation of who he is
  • 00:23:05.130 --> 00:23:10.030
  • and called you to follow him, especially as a follower of
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  • Christ, especially of those who live on this side of the cross.
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  • We're like Peter.
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  • When Jesus asked Peter, "Who do people say that I am?"
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  • He's bringin' back that ancient name,
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  • that name that was given to Moses that was to be God's name
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  • for all generations.
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  • And Peter said, "You are the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God."
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  • But the next thing that Peter did was get a revelation
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  • of his own identity.
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  • Jesus said, "Now that you've identified who I am,
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  • "I'm gonna tell you who you are.
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  • "You are Peter.
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  • And upon this rock," petras in Greek,
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  • "I will build my church."
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  • Peter was unqualified.
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  • Moses was unqualified.
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  • You're unqualified.
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  • But thankfully for us, God gives us the gift of his identity.
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  • You say, "I'm so deficient."
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  • And God says, "But I am sufficient."
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  • "And my grace is sufficient for you," Paul would later say.
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  • "I am."
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  • It's the power of your third word.
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  • "I am doubtful."
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  • And God says, "I am faithful.
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  • "And even if you deny me, I will not deny myself.
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  • And if Christ is in you, this hope is in you."
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  • What comes to your mind when you hear the name
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  • Steven Furtick?
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  • "Unqualified."
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  • I'm glad God gave me a third word that isn't dependent on
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  • what someone else says about me, even what I see in myself.
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  • But his third words are the things that he has spoken
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  • over me and spoken over you before you were ever born.
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  • The psalmist said, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
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  • I am. I am.
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  • And God, we thank you today for the gift of your identity
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  • in our lives.
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  • We ask that we would locate those third words that have kept
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  • us stuck, and kept us bound, and kept us feeling unqualified.
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  • And that today we would embrace your qualification of us
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  • for the great things that you've called us to do.
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  • We thank you that you are present in this moment,
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  • the great I am, the one who was,
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  • and is, and is to come.
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  • And we ask you today for a revelation of who we are in
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  • Jesus Christ, for a revelation of what we've been called to do
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  • in his name, and for a revelation of the way
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  • that you see us and the word that you've spoken over us.
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  • We believe your words over our lives,
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  • in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • (announcer) We hope you've been enjoying
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  • the "[Un]Qualified" special with Pastor Steven Furtick.
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  • Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of
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  • Elevation Church
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  • based out of Charlotte, North Carolina,
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  • as well as a "New York Times" bestselling author.
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  • His ministry focuses on equipping people for a life of
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  • faith, and bringing the hope of the gospel to people
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  • around the world in an authentic and creative way.
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  • We'd love for you to visit StevenFurtick.com,
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  • as well as join our Facebook page to explore a wide range
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  • of inspirational resources.
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  • (announcer) Jacob, Esther, Mary, and David.
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  • Their spiritual resumes didn't match up with their
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  • earthly assignments, and yet, God promoted these
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  • unqualified people to positions
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  • they never dreamed they would fulfill.
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  • The Bible is filled with unlikely heroes.
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  • If you've ever felt like you aren't right for the job
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  • God has called you to, then you're in good company.
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  • In his encouraging book "[Un]Qualified" Steven Furtick
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  • reveals the inspiring truth, that being unqualified is
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  • God's favorite qualification.
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  • I believe that as you read it,
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  • you'll discover that God has a way of using our weaknesses.
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  • In fact, you'll be encouraged as you find out that God really
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  • loves and uses unqualified people like you and me.
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  • (announcer) As our thank you for your gift of any amount
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  • in support of TBN, we'll rush you your own copy
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  • of Steven's empowering book.
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