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December 2, 2016
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Steven Furtick: Unqualified

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  • If you've ever wondered if you've got what it takes
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  • to live 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
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  • and insecurity of feeling inadequate,
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  • and ready to discover that God still uses broken people
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  • 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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  • One of the things you should try some time,
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  • it's so much fun.
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  • You should just, like, walk up to a guy, any guy.
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  • You could pick any guy, It doesn't matter how old he is,
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  • how big he is, doesn't matter.
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  • Just walk up to him and say,
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  • "Hey, have you been workin' out?" just try it.
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  • Now, if you're a married woman, don't do it to another man.
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  • Don't do that.
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  • But just try it sometimes. It's interesting.
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  • You'll notice, he'll suck in, he'll start flexing stuff,
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  • he'll start contorting his body in all kinds of interesting ways
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  • in response to that question.
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  • There's nothing men love more than to be complimented
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  • on their growth, their muscular growth.
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  • And it can take on different shapes
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  • and things like that.
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  • I, personally, personally, am not a fan of exercise
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  • in any format.
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  • But I have embraced exercise,
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  • realizing that sometimes routines and results
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  • are connected in unexpected ways.
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  • Like, if you actually move more and eat less,
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  • you'll look better.
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  • How 'bout that?
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  • It's a new nutrition program.
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  • It's exclusively available here.
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  • I'm a spiritual teacher and a nutritionist.
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  • Who knew?
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  • A fitness coach, strength coach.
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  • In some ways, though, I think a lot of times
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  • our solutions are a lot simpler
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  • than we think they are.
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  • It's the implementation of solutions in our life
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  • that's more difficult.
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  • And we're talking all in this series,
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  • we've been looking at different ways
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  • that God makes us stronger, and the fact that God
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  • will often take someone who looks weak
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  • and use them to demonstrate his strength.
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  • Sometimes God prefers
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  • Danny DeVito over Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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  • That's a dated reference, but some of you will get it.
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  • Sometimes God wants to use the weak things of the world
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  • to confound the wise.
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  • And so you can't just always walk up
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  • to somebody and see how strong they are,
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  • not on the surface.
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  • It's been a major theme of this series,
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  • and I hope the message
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  • is starting to get through to you.
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  • To keep this moving forward, though, I wanna take a look
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  • at a church in the New Testament,
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  • a church that was struggling,
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  • a church that was dealing with immense persecution.
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  • And in the midst of their struggle,
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  • God is using the writer of the book of Hebrews
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  • to speak strength to their struggle.
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  • And he's going through a list of different people
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  • throughout the Scripture who were unlikely,
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  • people who didn't look very strong
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  • but who God used to accomplish great feats of strength.
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  • He's using these illustrations because they need to know
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  • that although they are a young upstart church--
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  • this is not mega-church.
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  • This is not modern Christianity, which is spanning the globe.
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  • This is when the church was considered a cult.
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  • This is when Christianity wasn't a brand name.
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  • There were no television networks
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  • proclaiming the name of Jesus.
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  • It was just a huddle, just a group.
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  • It was starting to spread, though,
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  • starting to gain traction,
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  • and starting to increase
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  • in intensity of persecution and difficulty.
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  • And so the writer of Hebrews is listing some examples
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  • that they can draw encouragement from,
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  • people who didn't look that big, who didn't seem that strong,
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  • but who God used to accomplish great things.
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  • In the middle of this list it's as if the writer of Hebrews
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  • is ready to land the plane, but doesn't know where to stop.
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  • And he says in verse 32 of Hebrews 11,
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  • which is sometimes called, "The Hall of Faith," get it?
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  • Like the Hall of Fame, Hall of Faith.
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  • This is things that preachers sit around and think of
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  • because we don't have real jobs.
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  • He says, "And what more shall I say?
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  • "I don't have time to tell about Gideon,
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  • "Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel
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  • and the prophets, who through faith,"
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  • pay attention to that phrase
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  • because I wanna come all the way back to it
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  • in a moment,
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  • "conquered kingdoms," listen what they did,
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  • "administered justice, and gained
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  • "what was promised; they shut the mouths of lions,
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  • "quenched the fury of the flames,
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  • and escaped the edge of the sword,"
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  • I wanna be in this club.
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  • I wanna do big things for God.
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  • "Whose weakness was turned into strength."
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  • That's the phrase that puzzled me in this list
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  • because I don't wanna argue with the author of Hebrews.
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  • He's much smarter than I am, whoever he is.
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  • We don't know who he is.
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  • It's an anonymous book of the Bible.
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  • Someone suggested
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  • that he's obviously a coffee drinker
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  • because he brews.
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  • But whoever he was,
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  • I just would love to interview him
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  • 'cause I get most of the list that he used
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  • right there in that little section.
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  • I totally understand why he brings up Samuel.
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  • Samuel's mother was unable to conceive a baby for a period.
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  • And when she finally gave birth to Samuel,
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  • she dedicated him to God.
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  • And he was thrust into a wicked temple system.
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  • And he was a reformer of that system in many ways
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  • as a prophet.
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  • But he came from a barren situation.
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  • So I understand that God wants to use Samuel to illustrate
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  • how you can come from a barren situation
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  • and redeem a broken system.
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  • I understand that part, and I understand
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  • why God would mention David
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  • through the writer of the book of Hebrews.
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  • That makes sense to put him in there
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  • as an example of somebody who,
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  • as we've mentioned in several of these sessions,
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  • started very much from the bottom,
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  • started almost excluded,
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  • not in the lineup at all of people in his own family
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  • who were candidates to be called by God
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  • for kingship.
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  • But he rose to prominence and did great things,
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  • and delivered God's people.
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  • Speaking of delivering God's people,
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  • it makes sense that the writer of Hebrews,
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  • who was writing to a mostly Jewish community,
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  • would reach back into the canon of their history
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  • and mention some of the judges
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  • who were, well,
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  • in between the time where there were no human kings,
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  • God would raise up judges for the people of Israel
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  • to deliver them in battle.
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  • And some of the famous ones are mentioned here.
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  • Gideon, I get Gideon.
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  • I get Gideon.
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  • He hid in a winepress because he didn't wanna thresh wheat
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  • out in the open because he didn't wanna expose himself
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  • to the enemy.
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  • I know what that feels like.
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  • I know what it feels like to retreat in fear.
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  • And I know what it feels like for God to stir up my faith.
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  • And Gideon went, and with only 300 men
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  • did awesome things for God.
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  • So I get mentioning Gideon because that's an example
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  • of God turning weakness into strength.
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  • Any time that God calls you out of a winepress of sorts,
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  • raises you up to be a warrior, and gives you a great victory
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  • in spite of your limited vision,
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  • that's an example of weakness into strength.
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  • And so is Barak and Jephthah.
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  • Jephthah was the one whose mom was a prostitute.
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  • I don't know if you've read about Jephthah.
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  • We don't do Bible studies around Jephthah,
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  • because the Bible says that he was kicked out of his house
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  • and surrounded by worthless men.
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  • But it's not what surrounds you that determines
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  • how far you can go in life.
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  • And it's not where you started that determines
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  • where you end up.
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  • So, he ended up being used by God in some unusual ways,
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  • so I understand his inclusion.
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  • Weakness into strength.
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  • But Samson, Samson, he gets me.
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  • He gets me because, you know,
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  • anything about Samson's life,
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  • wouldn't you call that strength into weakness?
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  • We've got a whole list of people
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  • who started weak and finished strong.
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  • But then we've got this guy,
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  • this legendary, mythical Bible character
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  • that even people who have walked by a church
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  • at any point in their life have heard of, Samson.
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  • Samson, who started out very strong
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  • and ended very weak,
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  • ended up in a place that was not fitting
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  • for his potential.
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  • In fact, the Bible says that Samson,
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  • after he had renounced his vows as a Nazarite
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  • by not only touching a dead body,
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  • that was one of the vows that he broke,
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  • and not only drinking alcohol,
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  • that was another one of his vows.
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  • There are three vows that were a part of his Nazarite vow
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  • that coincided with his miraculous birth
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  • that gave him his great strength.
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  • But when his hair was cut off because he
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  • wasn't supposed to shave his head,
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  • when a razor touched his head, the Bible says,
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  • "His strength left him."
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  • His strength left him.
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  • The writer of Hebrews is encouraging
  • 00:10:29.040 --> 00:10:30.200
  • a church that's getting stronger but facing more resistance.
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  • Because that's the way you get stronger
  • 00:10:35.010 --> 00:10:36.110
  • is to face more resistance.
  • 00:10:36.120 --> 00:10:39.160
  • I mean, what if you got a trainer
  • 00:10:39.170 --> 00:10:42.060
  • to help you get stronger
  • 00:10:42.070 --> 00:10:44.070
  • and the trainer pointed you to the weights
  • 00:10:44.080 --> 00:10:49.010
  • and you were frustrated with the trainer
  • 00:10:49.020 --> 00:10:52.030
  • for making you work?
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  • I think sometimes the direction God points us to
  • 00:10:53.140 --> 00:10:56.280
  • in our spiritual development frustrates us,
  • 00:10:56.290 --> 00:11:01.070
  • even though that's the very reason
  • 00:11:01.080 --> 00:11:03.180
  • that we came to him to make us stronger.
  • 00:11:03.190 --> 00:11:05.280
  • So when you come to God and ask him to strengthen you,
  • 00:11:05.290 --> 00:11:08.170
  • don't be surprised when he puts a weight on your life.
  • 00:11:08.180 --> 00:11:14.120
  • You gotta brace yourself.
  • 00:11:14.130 --> 00:11:16.210
  • Now, Samson was somebody who was very strong but ended very weak.
  • 00:11:16.220 --> 00:11:22.030
  • And yet, the writer of Hebrews uses him
  • 00:11:22.040 --> 00:11:25.030
  • as an example of weakness into strength.
  • 00:11:25.040 --> 00:11:30.220
  • And I wanna look at that.
  • 00:11:30.230 --> 00:11:32.020
  • Why is it that sometimes in our lives we feel so strong,
  • 00:11:32.030 --> 00:11:36.250
  • able, competent, ready, faith filled, fired up?
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:40.050
  • Usually on, like, Sunday afternoon,
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:42.000
  • 20 minutes after the sermon.
  • 00:11:42.010 --> 00:11:44.190
  • And then why is it that our strength can leave us?
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:47.000
  • The Bible says that Samson's strength left us.
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  • Have you ever felt like your strength
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:50.000
  • just left you?
  • 00:11:50.010 --> 00:11:51.230
  • Just like that.
  • 00:11:51.240 --> 00:11:53.030
  • "I was in the zone.
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:56.030
  • "I was doin' it. I was doin' it."
  • 00:11:56.040 --> 00:11:57.140
  • And then...your will leaves.
  • 00:11:57.150 --> 00:11:59.040
  • Your resolve leaves.
  • 00:11:59.050 --> 00:12:00.160
  • It can leave
  • 00:12:00.170 --> 00:12:01.260
  • with one plate of chocolate chip cookies.
  • 00:12:01.270 --> 00:12:03.100
  • Your resolve can leave.
  • 00:12:03.110 --> 00:12:04.200
  • It's amazing
  • 00:12:04.210 --> 00:12:06.000
  • how quickly your strength can leave.
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:07.220
  • You were gonna forgive 'em,
  • 00:12:07.230 --> 00:12:09.020
  • and then you had to be around 'em, okay?
  • 00:12:09.030 --> 00:12:11.080
  • And then your strength leaves.
  • 00:12:11.090 --> 00:12:12.200
  • You had so much strength,
  • 00:12:12.210 --> 00:12:14.020
  • and you were just thinkin' it through in your mind.
  • 00:12:14.030 --> 00:12:15.170
  • But then you actually had to carry it out.
  • 00:12:15.180 --> 00:12:16.280
  • It happens.
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:18.080
  • Now, the other day, I was actually exercising,
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:20.100
  • which I don't like to do, but I do it.
  • 00:12:20.110 --> 00:12:22.000
  • I gotta do it, I need to do it, so I do it.
  • 00:12:22.010 --> 00:12:24.040
  • And I had actually, now, I've started to enjoy it
  • 00:12:24.050 --> 00:12:26.010
  • a little bit more because what happens is
  • 00:12:26.020 --> 00:12:27.120
  • you get a little bit stronger, you enjoy it more.
  • 00:12:27.130 --> 00:12:29.020
  • You're able to do more.
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:30.120
  • Sometimes once you get into the thing,
  • 00:12:30.130 --> 00:12:31.250
  • you're able to enjoy the thing.
  • 00:12:31.260 --> 00:12:33.080
  • And so, I've enjoyed lifting weights.
  • 00:12:33.090 --> 00:12:35.110
  • I've actually been working on my bench press.
  • 00:12:35.120 --> 00:12:37.110
  • Well, the other day, I went in to lift weights
  • 00:12:37.120 --> 00:12:40.030
  • and I put some weight on the bench press.
  • 00:12:40.040 --> 00:12:42.270
  • And I went to go and bench press the weight.
  • 00:12:42.280 --> 00:12:45.130
  • And it was a weight
  • 00:12:45.140 --> 00:12:47.010
  • that I was supposed to do 12 times.
  • 00:12:47.020 --> 00:12:49.070
  • And I've done it before 14 times recently.
  • 00:12:49.080 --> 00:12:54.240
  • And I got under the weight,
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:58.100
  • and when I went to lift it,
  • 00:12:58.110 --> 00:13:01.080
  • I could only do it once, barely.
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:04.210
  • So the first thing I did was check, like,
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:07.120
  • "Did Buck put more weight on this thing?"
  • 00:13:07.130 --> 00:13:09.100
  • That's the guy I work out with.
  • 00:13:09.110 --> 00:13:10.200
  • I'm like, "Is this somebody playin' a trick on me?"
  • 00:13:10.210 --> 00:13:12.140
  • I was lookin' to see if their hands were--
  • 00:13:12.150 --> 00:13:13.260
  • but somethin' had changed.
  • 00:13:13.270 --> 00:13:15.250
  • I did it once. I was so confused.
  • 00:13:15.260 --> 00:13:17.230
  • I couldn't understand.
  • 00:13:17.240 --> 00:13:19.150
  • I was dismayed, like,
  • 00:13:19.160 --> 00:13:21.010
  • "How can I gain all that strength
  • 00:13:21.020 --> 00:13:23.050
  • "and then just lose it all at once?
  • 00:13:23.060 --> 00:13:27.140
  • "Did Delilah slip into the weight room today?
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:30.120
  • Did somebody cut my hair and I didn't know it?"
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:32.120
  • I'm looking for clippers. I'm looking for scissors.
  • 00:13:32.130 --> 00:13:35.020
  • Do it once, I'm so upset.
  • 00:13:35.030 --> 00:13:37.210
  • And I was talkin' to one of my friends about it,
  • 00:13:37.220 --> 00:13:39.120
  • who used to be a physical therapist.
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:42.120
  • He's actually now, he's an ex-physical therapist,
  • 00:13:42.130 --> 00:13:46.210
  • but I still go to him for my advice
  • 00:13:46.220 --> 00:13:48.170
  • because I'm cheap and he's the best I've got.
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:50.130
  • And I said, I asked him, I said,
  • 00:13:50.140 --> 00:13:53.030
  • "How is it possible that I could have been able
  • 00:13:53.040 --> 00:13:56.260
  • to do it 14 times, and today I can only do it once?
  • 00:13:56.270 --> 00:14:02.080
  • You know, it isn't like my shoulder went out.
  • 00:14:02.090 --> 00:14:04.190
  • It wasn't--my grip didn't slip.
  • 00:14:04.200 --> 00:14:06.200
  • It wasn't like I had done it the day before and I was tired.
  • 00:14:06.210 --> 00:14:09.080
  • I said, "How could I have been so strong,
  • 00:14:09.090 --> 00:14:12.230
  • and my strength just left?"
  • 00:14:12.240 --> 00:14:15.130
  • But he said somethin' that encouraged me.
  • 00:14:15.140 --> 00:14:16.290
  • He said, "Oh, you're still strong.
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:20.100
  • "It's not a lack of strength.
  • 00:14:20.110 --> 00:14:23.220
  • It's stability."
  • 00:14:23.230 --> 00:14:26.130
  • See, I have this injury. I have this injury.
  • 00:14:26.140 --> 00:14:29.170
  • It's a scapular injury.
  • 00:14:29.180 --> 00:14:31.130
  • That's what he told me anyway.
  • 00:14:31.140 --> 00:14:32.230
  • I'm using the technical terms.
  • 00:14:32.240 --> 00:14:34.030
  • Some people might just call it
  • 00:14:34.040 --> 00:14:35.130
  • the shoulder area.
  • 00:14:35.140 --> 00:14:36.230
  • No, it's a scapular injury.
  • 00:14:36.240 --> 00:14:39.030
  • I have this injury,
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:40.130
  • and it flares up from time to time.
  • 00:14:40.140 --> 00:14:42.030
  • It may just be a result of tension.
  • 00:14:42.040 --> 00:14:43.210
  • It may have something to do with the nerves.
  • 00:14:43.220 --> 00:14:45.100
  • This is where my knowledge of theology is greater
  • 00:14:45.110 --> 00:14:47.180
  • than my knowledge of anatomy.
  • 00:14:47.190 --> 00:14:49.140
  • But what I know is he said,
  • 00:14:49.150 --> 00:14:51.250
  • "You still have just as much strength.
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:54.190
  • "But when you have instability in a part of your body,
  • 00:14:54.200 --> 00:14:57.220
  • "it affects your strength in other areas.
  • 00:14:57.230 --> 00:15:00.290
  • "So I know you didn't feel the pain directly,
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:03.270
  • "but the instability was feeling to you
  • 00:15:03.280 --> 00:15:07.100
  • "and appearing to you and seeming to you
  • 00:15:07.110 --> 00:15:09.130
  • like a lack of strength."
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:10.260
  • And I got encouraged because he let me know,
  • 00:15:10.270 --> 00:15:13.130
  • "You didn't lose your strength.
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:15.240
  • "You just lost your stability.
  • 00:15:15.250 --> 00:15:18.070
  • "And if you can get your stability back,
  • 00:15:18.080 --> 00:15:20.280
  • "if we can stabilize the part that's injured,
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:23.240
  • "if we can stabilize the part that's damaged,
  • 00:15:23.250 --> 00:15:26.100
  • "if we can exercise in this area,
  • 00:15:26.110 --> 00:15:28.170
  • "it'll be no time before you're doin' it
  • 00:15:28.180 --> 00:15:30.180
  • "14 times again, and 15 times again,
  • 00:15:30.190 --> 00:15:33.220
  • and 16 times again."
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:35.200
  • And I want to encourage you, my friend,
  • 00:15:35.210 --> 00:15:38.010
  • it's possible that the enemy has convinced you
  • 00:15:38.020 --> 00:15:40.170
  • that you're weak where you're not weak,
  • 00:15:40.180 --> 00:15:42.260
  • that he's convinced that you're broken
  • 00:15:42.270 --> 00:15:44.140
  • where you're not broken, you're whole.
  • 00:15:44.150 --> 00:15:46.080
  • There may be an instability in your life that is causing you
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:49.130
  • to underestimate your strength.
  • 00:15:49.140 --> 00:15:51.110
  • But I came to encourage you today.
  • 00:15:51.120 --> 00:15:53.180
  • Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.
  • 00:15:53.190 --> 00:15:57.050
  • It's not too late for you to push again
  • 00:15:57.060 --> 00:15:59.120
  • and see God do great things in and through your life.
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  • You'll never be stronger than you are stable.
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  • God can give you strength.
  • 00:16:41.290 --> 00:16:44.070
  • You're strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
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  • You are.
  • 00:16:46.090 --> 00:16:47.180
  • That's who you are as a child of God.
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:48.290
  • It's your birthright.
  • 00:16:49.000 --> 00:16:50.090
  • And there's nothin' the enemy can do
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:53.010
  • to take that away,
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:54.200
  • nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing.
  • 00:16:54.210 --> 00:16:58.050
  • But if you become unstable,
  • 00:16:58.060 --> 00:17:02.150
  • when there's instability in your life,
  • 00:17:02.160 --> 00:17:05.130
  • in fact, I wanna look at it in a couple of different areas
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:08.140
  • and check your stability.
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:09.250
  • Because some of the reasons
  • 00:17:09.260 --> 00:17:11.050
  • that you're not feeling confident right now
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:14.070
  • in your relationship with Christ
  • 00:17:14.080 --> 00:17:15.260
  • have nothing to do with your strength
  • 00:17:15.270 --> 00:17:17.240
  • and everything to do with your stability.
  • 00:17:17.250 --> 00:17:19.270
  • From Samson's life, we could check five areas.
  • 00:17:19.280 --> 00:17:23.000
  • We could check your emotional stability.
  • 00:17:23.010 --> 00:17:26.030
  • How stable are you in your emotions?
  • 00:17:26.040 --> 00:17:28.180
  • Samson was incredibly strong, but he was terribly unstable,
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:34.140
  • terribly unstable.
  • 00:17:34.150 --> 00:17:37.270
  • Emotions are a gift from God.
  • 00:17:37.280 --> 00:17:39.190
  • But if you don't keep 'em in their proper place,
  • 00:17:39.200 --> 00:17:42.010
  • they'll destroy your life.
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:43.120
  • It's kinda like a fire.
  • 00:17:43.130 --> 00:17:44.220
  • It can warm the house or burn it down.
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:46.180
  • It depends on the context.
  • 00:17:46.190 --> 00:17:49.100
  • You control your emotions, or they control you.
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:51.280
  • Samson saw it.
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:53.220
  • He wanted it. He went for it.
  • 00:17:53.230 --> 00:17:55.140
  • If Samson was teased, he would respond by killing you.
  • 00:17:55.150 --> 00:17:58.160
  • Samson had
  • 00:17:58.170 --> 00:17:59.260
  • a little bit of emotional instability.
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:02.040
  • Now, he's a drastic example.
  • 00:18:02.050 --> 00:18:04.220
  • But I wonder, is there an area of your life
  • 00:18:04.230 --> 00:18:06.070
  • where you have started serving your emotions
  • 00:18:06.080 --> 00:18:09.160
  • and being mastered by them
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:11.030
  • when your emotions were meant to serve your purpose?
  • 00:18:11.040 --> 00:18:14.140
  • And now you're unstable because your energy
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:17.080
  • is not directed toward purpose.
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:20.010
  • That was Samson, emotionally unstable.
  • 00:18:20.020 --> 00:18:21.210
  • And if you ever wanna study his emotional instability,
  • 00:18:21.220 --> 00:18:24.200
  • just look for the ways that he responded to different dilemmas.
  • 00:18:24.210 --> 00:18:28.010
  • Now, God gave him strength.
  • 00:18:28.020 --> 00:18:29.110
  • God made him strong.
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:30.210
  • God raised him up to be a deliverer.
  • 00:18:30.220 --> 00:18:32.180
  • It wasn't the strength that was the issue.
  • 00:18:32.190 --> 00:18:34.180
  • It was his application of the strength,
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:38.190
  • his ability to channel it.
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:42.030
  • Are you stable in your emotions?
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:43.140
  • Also, are you stable in your commitment,
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:48.230
  • in your commitment?
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:52.090
  • I already told you that Samson wasn't faithful in his vows.
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:55.220
  • Now, we know that we're saved by grace,
  • 00:18:55.230 --> 00:18:57.040
  • and we know that we don't have to keep laws
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:18:58.190
  • for God to love us.
  • 00:18:58.200 --> 00:19:00.230
  • However, for us to fulfill our calling
  • 00:19:00.240 --> 00:19:03.160
  • is gonna require commitment, commitment.
  • 00:19:03.170 --> 00:19:09.090
  • I can't find anywhere in Samson's story
  • 00:19:09.100 --> 00:19:12.010
  • where he committed to anything other than what served him.
  • 00:19:12.020 --> 00:19:16.040
  • I can't find in the story of Samson
  • 00:19:16.050 --> 00:19:19.090
  • where he had any ambition, that might be the third check,
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:23.070
  • beyond himself, beyond his lust,
  • 00:19:23.080 --> 00:19:29.070
  • beyond his senses.
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:32.050
  • Are you stable in your ambition?
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:34.060
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:19:34.070 --> 00:19:35.160
  • When you don't have a stable ambition,
  • 00:19:35.170 --> 00:19:38.250
  • Paul said, "This one thing I do.
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:41.180
  • "This one thing I do.
  • 00:19:41.190 --> 00:19:43.110
  • "Press toward the mark. This one thing I do.
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:44.260
  • "I have an ambition.
  • 00:19:44.270 --> 00:19:46.060
  • My ambition is set and it's stable."
  • 00:19:46.070 --> 00:19:48.290
  • And that's why Paul was able to say,
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:50.140
  • "I can do all things
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:51.240
  • through Christ who strengthens me."
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:53.160
  • His strength came from his stability.
  • 00:19:53.170 --> 00:19:57.020
  • His achievement was the result of a stable ambition.
  • 00:19:57.030 --> 00:20:01.040
  • And when you kinda want this one day,
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:03.100
  • and you kinda want that the other,
  • 00:20:03.110 --> 00:20:04.200
  • but you don't have
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:06.000
  • a clear ambition that is attached to a purpose,
  • 00:20:06.010 --> 00:20:09.260
  • you won't be committed,
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:11.090
  • and your emotions will be all over the place.
  • 00:20:11.100 --> 00:20:13.170
  • Samson was strong. Don't get it twisted.
  • 00:20:13.180 --> 00:20:15.220
  • Samson ripped a lion's mouth open.
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:18.050
  • Samson could kill hundreds of Philistines
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:19.280
  • with the jawbone of a donkey.
  • 00:20:19.290 --> 00:20:21.080
  • He was strong, he was plenty strong.
  • 00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:23.040
  • And so are you.
  • 00:20:23.050 --> 00:20:25.030
  • You will receive power
  • 00:20:25.040 --> 00:20:26.130
  • when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
  • 00:20:26.140 --> 00:20:28.090
  • It's not that you don't have the strength.
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:29.190
  • It's not that you don't have the spirit.
  • 00:20:29.200 --> 00:20:31.170
  • You just need to stabilize.
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:33.250
  • That's my word for you today: stabilize.
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:36.030
  • How does God turn weakness into strength?
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:38.070
  • How does God use broken people to do big things?
  • 00:20:38.080 --> 00:20:40.240
  • Well, he does it through a process,
  • 00:20:40.250 --> 00:20:43.070
  • but it starts with stability.
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:45.080
  • (announcer) Paul was a murderer.
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.040
  • Rahab was a prostitute.
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:52.200
  • Peter denied Jesus.
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  • And Jonah was fish food.
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  • By any standard, these guys were unqualified.
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  • And yet, God entrusted them
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  • with some of the most important tasks in human history.
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  • Just like these Bible greats, we struggle in the space
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  • between our weaknesses and our dreams,
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  • between who we think we are
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  • and who God says we are meant to be.
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  • Feeling unqualified?
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  • Welcome to the club.
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  • In his encouraging book " (Un) Qualified",
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  • Steven Furtick reveals the inspiring truth
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  • that being unqualified is God's favorite qualification.
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  • This book is about understanding your identity
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  • in light of who God is.
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  • It's about coming to terms with the good, the bad,
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  • and the unmentionable in your life
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  • and learning to let God use you right where you are.
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  • I believe that as you read it, you'll discover that God
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  • has a way of using our weaknesses.
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  • In fact, you'll be encouraged as you find out
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  • that God really loves and uses unqualified people.
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  • And you gotta be stable in your relationships.
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  • Now, I really believe this, that as a teenager,
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  • who you surround yourself with is sort of a crystal ball
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  • that will predict many components of your future.
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  • "Bad company corrupts good habits and good character."
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  • So you gotta be stable in your emotions.
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  • You gotta be stable in your commitment.
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  • You gotta be stable in your ambition.
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  • You gotta be stable in your relationships.
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  • I didn't say, "You gotta be perfect."
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  • I said, "You gotta be stable."
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  • Sometimes God
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  • will even take people out of your life
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  • to stabilize you in him.
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  • Sometimes God will move people on
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  • into a different season
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  • because he doesn't want you relying
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  • on the wrong relationships.
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  • You can even make a great relationship
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  • the wrong relationship by putting too much weight
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  • on another human.
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  • No other person can fulfill you.
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  • Samson came running to Delilah.
  • 00:23:17.170 --> 00:23:18.280
  • That's how he got his hair cut off,
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  • because he was leaning in the wrong lap.
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  • But the writer of Hebrews gives us the key.
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  • He says that, "It was through faith
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  • that weakness was turned into strength."
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  • And the real thing you've gotta stabilize
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  • is your belief, your belief,
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  • through faith, through faith.
  • 00:23:41.030 --> 00:23:45.040
  • It's interesting because if you put these five areas together,
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  • the belief, the relationships, the ambition,
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  • the commitment, the emotions,
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  • this'll give you not only a way to evaluate
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  • some pillars of stability in your life,
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  • but it spells the word "Brace."
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  • And the reason that's interesting to me
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  • is because at the end of Samson's life
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  • we see his strength return to him.
  • 00:24:03.270 --> 00:24:06.170
  • It's never too late for your strength to return.
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  • It's never too late for your future to begin.
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  • It's never too late to complete your calling.
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  • You may have lost some time,
  • 00:24:14.200 --> 00:24:15.290
  • but I feel like somebody's strength
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  • is coming back today
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  • just under the sound of this teaching.
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  • You know, the Bible says that,
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  • "Samson's hair began to grow back
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  • after it was shaved."
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  • That's one thing about hair follicles.
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  • They will grow back.
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  • There's no decision that you'll make
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  • that God can't redeem and use.
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  • You still have a destiny.
  • 00:24:32.060 --> 00:24:33.150
  • You still have a hope.
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  • You still have a future.
  • 00:24:34.260 --> 00:24:36.050
  • And the Bible says that at the end of his life,
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  • they took Samson out and they placed him among some pillars.
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  • It says in Judges chapter 16, verse 29 that:
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  • "Samson reached toward the two central pillars
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  • on which the temple stood."
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  • Watch this,
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  • "Bracing himself against them,"
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  • what did Samson do at the end of his life?
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  • Because the Bible says, "He braced himself against them,
  • 00:24:58.270 --> 00:25:01.040
  • "his right hand on one, his left hand on the other,
  • 00:25:01.050 --> 00:25:03.040
  • "and said, 'Let me die with the Philistines!'
  • 00:25:03.050 --> 00:25:04.260
  • "Then he pushed with all of his might,
  • 00:25:04.270 --> 00:25:06.200
  • "and down came the temple on the rulers
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  • "and all the people in it.
  • 00:25:08.230 --> 00:25:10.020
  • "Thus he killed many more when he died
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  • than while he lived."
  • 00:25:12.100 --> 00:25:13.190
  • He did in his death what he couldn't do in his life.
  • 00:25:13.200 --> 00:25:17.020
  • He braced himself.
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  • And when he braced himself,
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  • his strength came back.
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  • Brace yourself because God has great plans for you
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  • and has put great potential in you.
  • 00:25:30.130 --> 00:25:32.260
  • But you're never gonna see his strength
  • 00:25:32.270 --> 00:25:35.010
  • until you stabilizes yourself.
  • 00:25:35.020 --> 00:25:36.200
  • Through faith, through faith,
  • 00:25:36.210 --> 00:25:40.260
  • God still turns weakness into strength.
  • 00:25:40.270 --> 00:25:44.100
  • And we pray that it would be so
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  • in the lives of every listener today, God.
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  • Infuse us with faith to brace ourselves,
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  • the substance of things not seen to uphold us,
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  • in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • (announcer) We hope you've been enjoying the " (Un) Qualified" special
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  • with Pastor Steven Furtick.
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  • Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor
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  • of Elevation Church 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
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  • for a life of faith,
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  • and bringing the hope of the gospel
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  • to people around the world
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  • in an authentic and creative way.
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  • We'd love for you to visit stevenfurtick.com,
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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
  • 00:26:52.140 --> 00:26:55.160
  • God's favorite qualification.
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  • I believe that as you read it,
  • 00:26:58.060 --> 00:26:59.280
  • you'll discover that God has a way of using our weaknesses.
  • 00:26:59.290 --> 00:27:03.180
  • 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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