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Save Your Strength Part 1

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August 24, 2020
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Pastor Steven shares the key to sustaining strength in a draining world.

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Save Your Strength Part 1

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  • - Announcer: If you're looking
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  • to grow your faith
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  • to encourage and inspire you,
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  • this is a great place to start,
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  • but this is more than
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  • just a TV episode,
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  • it's an opportunity
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  • to connect with a growing
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  • community of believers,
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  • all over the world.
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  • It's as simple as joining us
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  • hear incredible preaching,
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  • and get to participate
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  • in the community of
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  • people tuning in,
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  • just like yourself.
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  • Join us online this weekend
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  • - I thought I would take
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  • - I thought I would takea moment and just illustrate how
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  • a moment and just illustrate howsometimes where something
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  • sometimes where somethingshows up is not
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  • shows up is notwhere it started.
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  • where it started.This sermon that you're hearing
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  • This sermon that you're hearingtoday came from a note
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  • today came from a notethat I made last year.
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  • that I made last year.And sometimes where something
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  • And sometimes where somethingshows up isn't where it starts.
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  • shows up isn't where it starts.By the time you hear the sermon,
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  • in the process of me thinking
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  • in the process of me thinkingabout it for a long time.
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  • about it for a long time.'Cause I don't wanna just
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  • 'Cause I don't wanna justthink of something Saturday
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  • think of something Saturdayand say it on Sunday.
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  • and say it on Sunday.I even realized
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  • I even realizedthat about your life.
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  • that about your life.You showed up today
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  • but I don't really see what
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  • but I don't really see whatit took for you to get here.
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  • it took for you to get here.Or what is affecting
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  • Or what is affectingyour mind as I preach.
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  • your mind as I preach.Sometimes people would say,
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  • Sometimes people would say,"That's the best sermon
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  • "That's the best sermonyou ever preached."
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  • you ever preached."And I'll say, "That's just
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  • And I'll say, "That's justthe best you ever listened.
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  • the best you ever listened.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Wasn't that good."
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  • Wasn't that good."But the sermon starts
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  • But the sermon startsbefore it starts.
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  • before it starts.I always tell the parking team,
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  • I always tell the parking team,"Hey help me out.
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  • "Hey help me out.When people are coming in
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  • When people are coming insmile at 'em, wave at 'em,
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  • smile at 'em, wave at 'em,put 'em in a good mood.
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  • put 'em in a good mood.It'll make my job easier.
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  • It'll make my job easier.'Cause the sermon starts
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  • 'Cause the sermon startsbefore it starts.
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  • before it starts.It starts before it starts.
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  • It starts before it starts.It starts checking in your kids,
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  • It starts checking in your kids,it starts -- so make sure,
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  • it starts -- so make sure,make sure that you get
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  • make sure that you getas good of a start as possible.
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  • as good of a start as possible.And this time of year we're
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  • And this time of year we'reso focused on new beginnings,
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  • so focused on new beginnings,but the longer you live
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  • but the longer you livethe less you really believe
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  • the less you really believein new beginnings.
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  • in new beginnings.And the clichés don't really
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  • And the clichés don't reallycomfort you in the same way
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  • comfort you in the same wayor inspire you
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  • or inspire youat the same level anymore.
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  • at the same level anymore."New year, new you."
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  • "New year, new you."Nope.
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  • Nope.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]I didn't grow three inches.
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  • I didn't grow three inches.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]No, I'm the same me.
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  • No, I'm the same me.You can't really get
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  • You can't really geta new start to your story.
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  • a new start to your story.What you can do
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  • What you can dois change the ending.
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  • is change the ending.And the only real way for you
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  • And the only real way for youto affect the ending is to
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  • to affect the ending is tounderstand the starting place.
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  • understand the starting place.It's very important that
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  • It's very important thatwe understand the scripture
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  • we understand the scripturethat I read in the context
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  • that I read in the contextof the times because there
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  • of the times because therewould have been an outside gate,
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  • would have been an outside gate,the outer wall of the city
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  • the outer wall of the citywith a gate for entrance,
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  • with a gate for entrance,and an inner gate --
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  • and an inner gate --as a line of defense --
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  • as a line of defense --and then this space
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  • and then this spacebetween the gate where justice
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  • between the gate where justicewas supposed to be served.
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  • was supposed to be served.Negotiations happened,
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  • Negotiations happened,and people would buy and sell.
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  • and people would buy and sell.That was the space
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  • That was the spacebetween the gates,
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  • between the gates,where the negotiations of life
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  • where the negotiations of lifeand the deliberations
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  • and the deliberationstook place.
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  • took place.But between the gates.
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  • But between the gates.The realm of your decisions,
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  • The realm of your decisions,the realm of your
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  • the realm of yourthought process.
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  • thought process.The space between
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  • The space betweenwhat you see with your eyes
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  • what you see with your eyesand what you do in your life.
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  • and what you do in your life.What you hear with your ears
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  • What you hear with your earsand how you act
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  • and how you actwhen you go home.
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  • when you go home.That's space, that's where
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  • That's space, that's wherethe battle is won and lost.
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  • the battle is won and lost.Now, by the time the battle
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  • Now, by the time the battleis won, there has already
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  • is won, there has alreadybeen significant work done.
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  • been significant work done.Nobody wins the Olympics
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  • Nobody wins the Olympicsat the race.
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  • at the race.They won the Olympics
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  • They won the Olympicsin the dark, at 4:30.
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  • in the dark, at 4:30.Where their success showed up is
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  • Where their success showed up isnot where their success started.
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  • not where their success started.Usually when you see an issue
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  • Usually when you see an issuein somebody's life,
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  • in somebody's life,where it showed up
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  • where it showed upis not where it started.
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  • is not where it started.It's the same with victories
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  • It's the same with victoriesthat it is with defeat.
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  • that it is with defeat.I told a story last week
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  • I told a story last weekabout my dad.
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  • about my dad.And the reason I like to tell so
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  • And the reason I like to tell somany stories about my dad
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  • many stories about my dadis 'cause he's not here
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  • is 'cause he's not hereto correct them.
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  • to correct them.I can tell 'em
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  • I can tell 'emhow I wanna tell 'em.
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  • how I wanna tell 'em.The one I told
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  • The one I toldabout him last week
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  • about him last weekmade him sound kinda bad,
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  • made him sound kinda bad,but I thought I would tell
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  • but I thought I would tella good one about him.
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  • a good one about him.No, my dad was a good dad.
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  • No, my dad was a good dad.especially if you compare him
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  • especially if you compare himto the standard that
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  • to the standard thathe didn't have a dad
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  • he didn't have a dadto show him how to do it
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  • to show him how to do itand he was making it up
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  • and he was making it upwhen he was doing it.
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  • when he was doing it.He was just kinda --
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  • He was just kinda --he was winging it.
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  • he was winging it.And I have mad respect for that,
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  • And I have mad respect for that,'cause it's hard enough
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  • 'cause it's hard enoughto be a dad when
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  • to be a dad whenyou've seen a dad,
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  • you've seen a dad,but he had to make it up.
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  • but he had to make it up.So some of his tactics
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  • So some of his tacticswere not FDA approved.
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  • were not FDA approved.Some of his tactics were
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  • Some of his tactics werekinda street tactics.
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  • kinda street tactics.One time I told my mom
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  • One time I told my momI wanted to kill him.
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  • I wanted to kill him.Yeah.
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  • Yeah.Not my finest moment.
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  • Not my finest moment."I'll kill him!
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  • "I'll kill him!I wanna kill him!"
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  • I wanna kill him!"And when he picked me up
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  • And when he picked me upfrom school that day,
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  • from school that day,early dismissal,
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  • early dismissal,picked me up from school
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  • picked me up from schooland said he had two guns
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  • and said he had two gunsin the back of the truck
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  • in the back of the truckand I was gonna get one
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  • and I was gonna get oneand was gonna get one
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  • and was gonna get one'cause he heard I wanted
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  • 'cause he heard I wantedto kill him and if I didn't
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  • to kill him and if I didn'tshoot he was going to.
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  • shoot he was going to.And that is not the necessarily
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  • And that is not the necessarilythe type of parenting you hear
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  • the type of parenting you hearabout on Focus On The Family.
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  • about on Focus On The Family.But he was doing
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  • But he was doingthe best he could.
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  • the best he could.And he didn't actually do it,
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  • And he didn't actually do it,he let me cry for 10 minutes
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  • he let me cry for 10 minutesand think that
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  • and think thathe was gonna do it.
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  • he was gonna do it.But I never said it again.
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  • But I never said it again.One of his finest moments,
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  • One of his finest moments,though -- I don't know where
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  • though -- I don't know wherehe got the idea to do this.
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  • he got the idea to do this.Was when he began
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  • Was when he beganto talk to me about addiction.
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  • to talk to me about addiction.He began to talk to me about
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  • He began to talk to me aboutaddiction because his father
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  • addiction because his fathercommitted suicide
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  • committed suicideand had been a very mean drunk.
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  • and had been a very mean drunk.His father's father
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  • His father's fatherhad been an alcoholic.
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  • had been an alcoholic.And somewhere along the line
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  • And somewhere along the linehe made the decision
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  • he made the decisionthat I can't go back
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  • that I can't go backand rewrite how this story
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  • and rewrite how this storystarted in our bloodline,
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  • started in our bloodline,but I'm gonna impart a vision
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  • but I'm gonna impart a visionto my son so that
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  • to my son so thathe might be the one
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  • he might be the oneto write a different ending.
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  • to write a different ending.You can't create
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  • You can't createa new beginning,
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  • a new beginning,but you can write a new ending.
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  • but you can write a new ending.That's what I'm trying to say.
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  • That's what I'm trying to say.[Applause]
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  • [Applause]You can't change who
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  • You can't change whowasn't there for you,
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  • wasn't there for you,but you can write a new ending.
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  • but you can write a new ending.And maybe we should start
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  • And maybe we should startthis year not as an expectation
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  • this year not as an expectationof new beginnings,
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  • of new beginnings,but new endings.
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  • I said from this point forward.
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  • I said from this point forward.Paul said, I press
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  • Paul said, I presstowards the mark,
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  • towards the mark,this one thing I do
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  • this one thing I doforgetting what is behind me.
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  • forgetting what is behind me.There is no strength
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  • There is no strengthin what's behind me.
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  • in what's behind me.I stretch toward what's ahead.
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  • I stretch toward what's ahead.And so my dad,
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  • And so my dad,he would pull me aside,
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  • he would pull me aside,even from a really young age.
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  • even from a really young age.Like, I was eight years old
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  • Like, I was eight years oldand he would pull me aside
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  • and he would pull me asideand start talking to me about
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  • Eight years old!
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  • Eight years old!And he would tell me,
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  • And he would tell me,"My dad was a drunk,
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  • "My dad was a drunk,and his dad was a drunk,
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  • and his dad was a drunk,and his dad was a drunk."
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  • and his dad was a drunk."And he would say,
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  • And he would say,"You could be the first Furtick
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  • "You could be the first Furtickthat wasn't an alcoholic."
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  • that wasn't an alcoholic."He put it out there
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  • He put it out therelike a challenge to me.
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  • like a challenge to me.Like, you could go to the moon.
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  • Like, you could go to the moon.You could be the first Furtick.
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  • You could be the first Furtick.And I kinda liked that.
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  • And I kinda liked that.I was only eight!
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  • I was only eight!I was eight.
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  • I was eight.I don't know what he thought
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  • I don't know what he thoughtthat kids were bringing
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  • that kids were bringingto school in their juice boxes
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  • to school in their juice boxeslike what temptation
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  • like what temptationhe thought I was under.
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  • he thought I was under.You could be the first Furtick.
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  • You could be the first Furtick.And it got through to me
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  • And it got through to meeven when I got a little older,
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  • even when I got a little older,I could be the first Furtick.
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  • I could be the first Furtick.This is not a sermon about
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  • This is not a sermon aboutdon't drink, by the way.
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  • don't drink, by the way.Okay, I don't want you
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  • Okay, I don't want youto get all nervous, like that.
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  • to get all nervous, like that.I'm not one of those preachers.
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  • I'm not one of those preachers.'Cause I have noticed that a lot
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  • 'Cause I have noticed that a lotof preachers who don't drink
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  • of preachers who don't drinkare 80 pounds overweight so
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  • are 80 pounds overweight soapparently they skipped all
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  • apparently they skipped allthe verses about gluttony and --
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  • the verses about gluttony and --Okay, okay.
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  • Okay, okay.You didn't come for all that.
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  • You didn't come for all that.Let's get back to the scripture.
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  • Let's get back to the scripture.Isaiah said, that,
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  • Isaiah said, that,"He will be..."
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  • "He will be..."-- is anybody leaving?
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  • -- is anybody leaving?I can't see
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  • I can't seevery well back there.
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  • very well back there.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Y'all still there?
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  • Y'all still there?Okay.
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  • Okay."... a source of strength to him
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  • "... a source of strength to himwho turns back the battle
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  • who turns back the battleat the gate."
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  • at the gate."In other words, God will
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  • In other words, God willstrengthen the will of
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  • strengthen the will ofthe one who makes the decision.
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  • the one who makes the decision.It stops here.
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  • It stops here.I'm taking my place in the gate
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  • I'm taking my place in the gateto say that I cannot affect
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  • to say that I cannot affecthow the story has started.
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  • how the story has started.But my dad said if you really
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  • But my dad said if you reallywanna be the first Furtick
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  • wanna be the first Furtickto beat this, you gotta
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  • to beat this, you gottabeat it in your blood.
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  • beat it in your blood.Because if you taste it,
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  • Because if you taste it,you're gonna like it.
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  • you're gonna like it.So I wanna challenge you,
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  • So I wanna challenge you,just don't ever fight it.
  • 00:08:04.703 --> 00:08:06.338
  • just don't ever fight it.He was trying to get me to see
  • 00:08:06.338 --> 00:08:08.540
  • He was trying to get me to seethat sometimes the best place
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  • that sometimes the best placeto fight the battle
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  • to fight the battleis before it ever begins.
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  • is before it ever begins.To draw a line and say,
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  • To draw a line and say,"I'm not even going there.
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  • "I'm not even going there.I'm not even playin' with this.
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  • I'm not even playin' with this.This is not going to be a part
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  • This is not going to be a partof my children's legacy.
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  • of my children's legacy.I can't control
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  • I can't controlwhat it's been until now,
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  • what it's been until now,but from this day forward,
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  • but from this day forward,by the grace of God,
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  • by the grace of God,I am a new creation in Christ.
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  • I am a new creation in Christ.And I'm gonna beat it
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  • And I'm gonna beat itin the bloodline.
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  • in the bloodline.I'm gonna make a stand
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  • I'm gonna make a standfor the next generation.
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  • for the next generation.There are going to be
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  • There are going to besome changes at the gate."
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  • some changes at the gate."[Applause]
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  • [Applause]The place to beat it
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  • The place to beat itis before it begins.
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  • is before it begins.Because if you let it in,
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  • Because if you let it in,you've already let it win.
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  • you've already let it win.It's like this in marriage
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  • It's like this in marriageby the time you let
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  • by the time you letresentment in, you've already
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  • resentment in, you've alreadylet bitterness win.
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  • let bitterness win.It's like this in our
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  • It's like this in ourthought process by the time
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  • thought process by the timewe let worry in, we've already
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  • we let worry in, we've alreadylet anxiety win.
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  • let anxiety win.And this is the year
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  • And this is the yearwe no longer fight
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  • we no longer fightthe devil on his level.
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  • the devil on his level.[Applause]
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  • [Applause]Because Isaiah said
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  • Because Isaiah saidthere is a strategy.
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  • there is a strategy.You can turn back
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  • You can turn backthe battle at the gate.
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  • the battle at the gate.It's a powerful thought.
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  • It's a powerful thought.Sometimes people make fun of me
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  • Sometimes people make fun of mewhen we go out to eat.
  • 00:09:35.827 --> 00:09:36.995
  • when we go out to eat.They say, "Oh yeah, I forgot,
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  • They say, "Oh yeah, I forgot,you don't drink."
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  • you don't drink."You know, it's fine
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  • You know, it's fineI'm not judging you,
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  • I'm not judging you,drink what you wanna drink.
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  • a day I got no judgement
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  • a day I got no judgementfor your liquid consumption.
  • 00:09:46.271 --> 00:09:47.305
  • for your liquid consumption.I just got a different drug.
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  • I just got a different drug.What I'm saying is
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  • What I'm saying isthis is a decision I made.
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  • this is a decision I made.It's a standard that I have set.
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  • It's a standard that I have set.And the problem in Isaiah is
  • 00:10:00.919 --> 00:10:03.488
  • who should have been setting
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  • who should have been settingthe standard for the people
  • 00:10:06.591 --> 00:10:07.592
  • the standard for the peoplehave lowered the standard
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  • have lowered the standardand left the people vulnerable.
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  • and left the people vulnerable.This has no relevance to
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  • This has no relevance toour modern day of course.
  • 00:10:15.333 --> 00:10:20.038
  • our modern day of course.The Bible is an ancient book.
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  • The Bible is an ancient book.In fact, Isaiah says,
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  • In fact, Isaiah says,he gives a picture of it.
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  • he gives a picture of it.He says that the leaders who are
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  • He says that the leaders who aresupposed to be sitting in their
  • 00:10:26.111 --> 00:10:27.445
  • supposed to be sitting in theirseat of judgement rendering
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  • seat of judgement renderingdecisions of virtue and justice,
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  • decisions of virtue and justice,verse 7 he says,
  • 00:10:33.451 --> 00:10:34.786
  • verse 7 he says,"They stagger from wine
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  • "They stagger from wineand reel from beer.
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  • and reel from beer.The priests and the prophets..."
  • 00:10:39.557 --> 00:10:40.125
  • The priests and the prophets..."Wouldn't this make church
  • 00:10:40.125 --> 00:10:41.826
  • Wouldn't this make churchmore interesting?
  • 00:10:41.826 --> 00:10:43.662
  • more interesting?The priests and the prophets
  • 00:10:43.662 --> 00:10:46.331
  • The priests and the prophetsstagger from beer
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  • stagger from beerand are befuddled with wine.
  • 00:10:47.866 --> 00:10:48.466
  • and are befuddled with wine.Y'all I have a hard
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  • Y'all I have a hardenough time making sense
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  • enough time making sensewhen I'm up here sober.
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  • when I'm up here sober.Could you imagine what I would
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  • Could you imagine what I wouldsound like if I had a few.
  • 00:10:57.142 --> 00:10:58.076
  • sound like if I had a few.He said, "They stagger
  • 00:10:58.076 --> 00:11:00.211
  • He said, "They staggerwhen seeing visions..."
  • 00:11:00.211 --> 00:11:02.247
  • when seeing visions..."They cannot see correctly
  • 00:11:02.247 --> 00:11:06.985
  • They cannot see correctlyso how can they lead correctly?
  • 00:11:06.985 --> 00:11:08.253
  • so how can they lead correctly?"...they stumble when
  • 00:11:08.253 --> 00:11:10.722
  • "...they stumble whenrendering decisions."
  • 00:11:10.722 --> 00:11:11.589
  • rendering decisions."They are the ones who
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  • They are the ones whoare supposed to calibrate
  • 00:11:12.924 --> 00:11:16.094
  • are supposed to calibratethe calling of the nation.
  • 00:11:16.094 --> 00:11:17.328
  • the calling of the nation.And yet they are so drunk --
  • 00:11:17.328 --> 00:11:18.630
  • And yet they are so drunk --maybe it's a metaphor.
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  • maybe it's a metaphor.Maybe it's not just that
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  • Maybe it's not just thatthey are drunk on alcohol,
  • 00:11:21.700 --> 00:11:25.336
  • they are drunk on alcohol,maybe they're drunk on pride.
  • 00:11:25.336 --> 00:11:26.571
  • maybe they're drunk on pride.Maybe they're intoxicated
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  • Maybe they're intoxicatedwith power.
  • 00:11:28.907 --> 00:11:30.608
  • with power.Maybe it's self aggrandizement
  • 00:11:30.608 --> 00:11:32.010
  • Maybe it's self aggrandizementthat has caused the leaders
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  • that has caused the leadersof this day to begin
  • 00:11:33.378 --> 00:11:35.547
  • of this day to beginto weigh self interest
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  • to weigh self interestin a different scale than
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  • in a different scale thanthe best interest of the people.
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  • the best interest of the people.[Cheering and Applause]
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  • [Cheering and Applause]And yet Isaiah says something
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  • And yet Isaiah says somethingthat rings true today.
  • 00:11:47.992 --> 00:11:50.095
  • that rings true today.That God will be a source
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  • That God will be a sourceof strength to those who turn
  • 00:11:53.164 --> 00:11:55.400
  • of strength to those who turnback the battle at the gate.
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  • back the battle at the gate.Notice he says that no matter
  • 00:11:57.235 --> 00:11:58.870
  • Notice he says that no matterwho sits in the gate,
  • 00:11:58.870 --> 00:12:00.538
  • who sits in the gate,God is still the source of
  • 00:12:00.538 --> 00:12:02.907
  • God is still the source ofstrength to those who turn back
  • 00:12:02.907 --> 00:12:07.145
  • strength to those who turn backthe battle at the gate.
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  • the battle at the gate.It would be worth answering
  • 00:12:07.846 --> 00:12:09.280
  • It would be worth answeringthe question, who is
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:11.683
  • the question, who isthe source of your strength?
  • 00:12:11.683 --> 00:12:12.550
  • the source of your strength?If you haven't decided it by now
  • 00:12:12.550 --> 00:12:13.218
  • If you haven't decided it by nowyou need to decide it
  • 00:12:13.218 --> 00:12:15.386
  • you need to decide itreally quickly because
  • 00:12:15.386 --> 00:12:17.388
  • really quickly becauseif the source of your strength
  • 00:12:17.388 --> 00:12:20.258
  • if the source of your strengthis who you're sitting beside,
  • 00:12:20.258 --> 00:12:20.625
  • is who you're sitting beside,you will live
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  • you will livea very disappointed life.
  • 00:12:24.596 --> 00:12:26.264
  • a very disappointed life.If the source of your strength
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  • If the source of your strengthis a number at the bottom
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  • is a number at the bottomof your balance sheet,
  • 00:12:28.099 --> 00:12:29.067
  • of your balance sheet,something will hit your life
  • 00:12:29.067 --> 00:12:29.868
  • something will hit your lifeso hard that you can't
  • 00:12:29.868 --> 00:12:31.136
  • so hard that you can'tbuy your way out of it
  • 00:12:31.136 --> 00:12:31.803
  • buy your way out of itand you will find out
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  • and you will find outreally quickly that net worth
  • 00:12:33.204 --> 00:12:34.672
  • really quickly that net worthis a terrible place
  • 00:12:34.672 --> 00:12:37.475
  • is a terrible placeto put your self-sense value.
  • 00:12:37.475 --> 00:12:38.843
  • to put your self-sense value.If the source of your strength
  • 00:12:38.843 --> 00:12:40.445
  • If the source of your strengthis how people look at you,
  • 00:12:40.445 --> 00:12:40.979
  • is how people look at you,or treat you,
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  • or treat you,or think about you,
  • 00:12:42.781 --> 00:12:43.915
  • or think about you,if the source of your strength
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  • if the source of your strengthon any given day
  • 00:12:45.183 --> 00:12:46.785
  • on any given dayis the condition of your health
  • 00:12:46.785 --> 00:12:47.452
  • is the condition of your healthyou will always be
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  • you will always besusceptible to the elements.
  • 00:12:50.054 --> 00:12:51.189
  • susceptible to the elements.And so Isaiah says,
  • 00:12:51.189 --> 00:12:52.457
  • And so Isaiah says,"He will be a spirit of justice
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  • "He will be a spirit of justiceto the one who sits in judgement
  • 00:12:54.492 --> 00:12:55.560
  • to the one who sits in judgementand a source of strength
  • 00:12:55.560 --> 00:12:56.895
  • and a source of strengthto those who turn back
  • 00:12:56.895 --> 00:12:59.230
  • to those who turn backthe battle at the gate."
  • 00:12:59.230 --> 00:13:00.265
  • the battle at the gate."To make God the source
  • 00:13:00.265 --> 00:13:01.366
  • To make God the sourceof your strength means
  • 00:13:01.366 --> 00:13:03.034
  • of your strength meansthat you depend on Him.
  • 00:13:03.034 --> 00:13:04.169
  • that you depend on Him.As one psalmist said,
  • 00:13:04.169 --> 00:13:05.069
  • As one psalmist said,"You lift your eyes
  • 00:13:05.069 --> 00:13:06.271
  • "You lift your eyesto the hills, from whence cometh
  • 00:13:06.271 --> 00:13:07.539
  • to the hills, from whence comethyour help, your help cometh
  • 00:13:07.539 --> 00:13:08.473
  • your help, your help comethfrom the Lord, the maker
  • 00:13:08.473 --> 00:13:09.274
  • from the Lord, the makerof Heaven and Earth
  • 00:13:09.274 --> 00:13:10.008
  • of Heaven and Earthand He will not suffer
  • 00:13:10.008 --> 00:13:10.975
  • and He will not sufferyour foot to be moved.
  • 00:13:10.975 --> 00:13:12.043
  • your foot to be moved.The Lord that keepeth thee
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  • The Lord that keepeth theewill not slumber, nor sleep.
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  • will not slumber, nor sleep.The Lord is your keeper,
  • 00:13:14.279 --> 00:13:15.079
  • The Lord is your keeper,the Lord is your shade
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  • the Lord is your shadeupon your right hand.
  • 00:13:16.281 --> 00:13:17.215
  • upon your right hand.The sun will not smite thee
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  • The sun will not smite theeby day, nor the moon by night.
  • 00:13:18.716 --> 00:13:19.717
  • by day, nor the moon by night.He will preserve your soul,
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  • He will preserve your soul,even forevermore."
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  • even forevermore."To know that all
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  • To know that allyour help comes from God.
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  • That all of your help comes
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  • That all of your help comesnot from the right,
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  • not from the right,not from the left,
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  • not from the left,not from the north,
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  • not from the north,not from the south,
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  • not from the south,not from the economy,
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  • not from the economy,not from the job.
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  • not from the job.Tell somebody, say,
  • 00:13:35.567 --> 00:13:37.101
  • Tell somebody, say,"Not you.
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  • "Not you.God is my source."
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  • God is my source."Go ahead and clap right now
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  • Go ahead and clap right nowif you know God's got your back.
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  • if you know God's got your back.[Applause]
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  • and shout about it.
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  • and shout about it.If God is your source
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  • If God is your sourcein every season of your life.
  • 00:13:50.515 --> 00:13:51.549
  • in every season of your life.In every famine
  • 00:13:51.549 --> 00:13:53.585
  • In every famineI have a friend named Jesus.
  • 00:13:53.585 --> 00:13:59.424
  • I have a friend named Jesus.[Applause]
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  • [Applause]He is my source.
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  • He is my source.I am so tempted to preach
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  • I am so tempted to preachon this part of the verse
  • 00:14:06.865 --> 00:14:08.166
  • on this part of the versethat I almost forgot
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  • that I almost forgotwhat came before it.
  • 00:14:10.869 --> 00:14:13.137
  • what came before it.Isaiah said, "In that day
  • 00:14:13.137 --> 00:14:13.972
  • Isaiah said, "In that daythe Lord Almighty will be
  • 00:14:13.972 --> 00:14:15.340
  • the Lord Almighty will bea glorious crown,
  • 00:14:15.340 --> 00:14:16.207
  • a glorious crown,a beautiful wreath for
  • 00:14:16.207 --> 00:14:18.209
  • a beautiful wreath forthe remnant of His people."
  • 00:14:18.209 --> 00:14:19.077
  • the remnant of His people."Now what is a wreath
  • 00:14:19.077 --> 00:14:20.211
  • Now what is a wreathand what is a remnant?
  • 00:14:20.211 --> 00:14:22.146
  • and what is a remnant?Besides a Christmas decoration,
  • 00:14:22.146 --> 00:14:25.283
  • Besides a Christmas decoration,a wreath symbolizes victory.
  • 00:14:25.283 --> 00:14:26.384
  • a wreath symbolizes victory.And He is preaching victory
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  • And He is preaching victoryto people who are about
  • 00:14:27.085 --> 00:14:29.988
  • to people who are aboutto experience defeat.
  • 00:14:29.988 --> 00:14:31.789
  • to experience defeat.He's preaching of course about
  • 00:14:31.789 --> 00:14:34.092
  • He's preaching of course aboutthe impending Assyrian invasion
  • 00:14:34.092 --> 00:14:36.461
  • the impending Assyrian invasionto the northern territory of
  • 00:14:36.461 --> 00:14:37.695
  • to the northern territory ofSumeria the crown jewel of
  • 00:14:37.695 --> 00:14:39.097
  • Sumeria the crown jewel ofthe northern kingdom of Israel,
  • 00:14:39.097 --> 00:14:41.065
  • the northern kingdom of Israel,set on a fertile valley.
  • 00:14:41.065 --> 00:14:42.066
  • set on a fertile valley.He's speaking to them
  • 00:14:42.066 --> 00:14:45.136
  • He's speaking to themabout their potential.
  • 00:14:45.136 --> 00:14:45.770
  • about their potential.And He's telling them how
  • 00:14:45.770 --> 00:14:48.072
  • And He's telling them howtheir protection is gone.
  • 00:14:48.072 --> 00:14:49.540
  • their protection is gone.And so now they're gonna face
  • 00:14:49.540 --> 00:14:53.011
  • And so now they're gonna facea season of defeat.
  • 00:14:53.011 --> 00:14:54.078
  • a season of defeat.And in the same breath that
  • 00:14:54.078 --> 00:14:55.313
  • And in the same breath thatHe promises to be a source
  • 00:14:55.313 --> 00:14:56.314
  • He promises to be a sourceof strength, He warns them
  • 00:14:56.314 --> 00:14:58.216
  • of strength, He warns themof a coming defeat.
  • 00:14:58.216 --> 00:15:00.218
  • of a coming defeat.But He speaks about victory
  • 00:15:00.218 --> 00:15:02.120
  • But He speaks about victoryin the context of defeat.
  • 00:15:02.120 --> 00:15:02.720
  • in the context of defeat.He says, "In that day,
  • 00:15:02.720 --> 00:15:03.655
  • He says, "In that day,the Lord Almighty will be
  • 00:15:03.655 --> 00:15:05.456
  • the Lord Almighty will bea glorious crown,
  • 00:15:05.456 --> 00:15:06.758
  • a glorious crown,a beautiful wreath,
  • 00:15:06.758 --> 00:15:08.293
  • a beautiful wreath,for the remnant of His people."
  • 00:15:08.293 --> 00:15:09.661
  • for the remnant of His people."God said He will be
  • 00:15:09.661 --> 00:15:12.096
  • God said He will bea wreath for the remnant.
  • 00:15:12.096 --> 00:15:13.631
  • a wreath for the remnant.The wreath symbolizes victory,
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  • The wreath symbolizes victory,the remnant represents
  • 00:15:14.565 --> 00:15:16.401
  • the remnant representswhat's left.
  • 00:15:16.401 --> 00:15:18.903
  • what's left.God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:18.903 --> 00:15:19.270
  • God always has a remnant.No matter what
  • 00:15:19.270 --> 00:15:20.305
  • No matter whatyou've lost in your life
  • 00:15:20.305 --> 00:15:21.572
  • you've lost in your lifeor who walked away from you,
  • 00:15:21.572 --> 00:15:24.742
  • or who walked away from you,God always leaves a remnant.
  • 00:15:24.742 --> 00:15:25.810
  • God always leaves a remnant.No matter how wicked this world
  • 00:15:25.810 --> 00:15:26.878
  • No matter how wicked this worldgets or how dark the times
  • 00:15:26.878 --> 00:15:28.346
  • gets or how dark the timesthat we live in may seem to be,
  • 00:15:28.346 --> 00:15:30.481
  • that we live in may seem to be,God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:30.481 --> 00:15:31.316
  • God always has a remnant.In every office,
  • 00:15:31.316 --> 00:15:33.151
  • In every office,God has a remnant.
  • 00:15:33.151 --> 00:15:33.818
  • God has a remnant.In every church,
  • 00:15:33.818 --> 00:15:35.086
  • In every church,God has a remnant.
  • 00:15:35.086 --> 00:15:35.720
  • God has a remnant.In every city and every
  • 00:15:35.720 --> 00:15:38.790
  • In every city and everygeneration, God has a remnant.
  • 00:15:38.790 --> 00:15:40.191
  • generation, God has a remnant.God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:40.191 --> 00:15:40.892
  • God always has a remnant.There's always a little bit
  • 00:15:40.892 --> 00:15:41.759
  • There's always a little bitof oil in the house
  • 00:15:41.759 --> 00:15:42.593
  • of oil in the houseeven if you feel like
  • 00:15:42.593 --> 00:15:43.428
  • even if you feel likeyou're starving to death.
  • 00:15:43.428 --> 00:15:45.863
  • you're starving to death.God always has a remnant.
  • 00:15:45.863 --> 00:15:46.764
  • God always has a remnant.There's always a little boy
  • 00:15:46.764 --> 00:15:47.799
  • There's always a little boywith a lunch if you call him
  • 00:15:47.799 --> 00:15:48.800
  • with a lunch if you call himforward and put it in the hands
  • 00:15:48.800 --> 00:15:50.601
  • forward and put it in the handsof the Master it will multiply
  • 00:15:50.601 --> 00:15:51.869
  • of the Master it will multiplybecause God always
  • 00:15:51.869 --> 00:15:53.438
  • because God alwayshas a remnant.
  • 00:15:53.438 --> 00:15:54.906
  • has a remnant.No matter how many leave Gideon,
  • 00:15:54.906 --> 00:15:56.841
  • No matter how many leave Gideon,there will always be 300.
  • 00:15:56.841 --> 00:15:57.642
  • there will always be 300.And God is able
  • 00:15:57.642 --> 00:15:59.143
  • And God is ableto win with the remnant.
  • 00:15:59.143 --> 00:16:01.212
  • to win with the remnant.God said, "I'm gonna bless
  • 00:16:01.212 --> 00:16:02.380
  • God said, "I'm gonna blesswhat's left.
  • 00:16:02.380 --> 00:16:03.915
  • what's left.I will not be limited
  • 00:16:03.915 --> 00:16:05.350
  • I will not be limitedby what you lost.
  • 00:16:05.350 --> 00:16:06.551
  • by what you lost.I will be a wreath
  • 00:16:06.551 --> 00:16:07.785
  • I will be a wreathfor the remnant.
  • 00:16:07.785 --> 00:16:09.988
  • for the remnant.I'm gonna bless what's left.
  • 00:16:09.988 --> 00:16:12.323
  • I'm gonna bless what's left.I'm gonna bless what's left.
  • 00:16:12.323 --> 00:16:14.826
  • I'm gonna bless what's left.Stop weeping over what's lost.
  • 00:16:14.826 --> 00:16:17.362
  • Stop weeping over what's lost.I'm gonna bless what's left."
  • 00:16:17.362 --> 00:16:18.930
  • I'm gonna bless what's left."I want you to shout right now
  • 00:16:18.930 --> 00:16:21.366
  • I want you to shout right nowover what you've got left.
  • 00:16:21.366 --> 00:16:22.700
  • over what you've got left.I want you to shout right now
  • 00:16:22.700 --> 00:16:24.335
  • I want you to shout right nowover the gift you have,
  • 00:16:24.335 --> 00:16:25.737
  • over the gift you have,the strength you have,
  • 00:16:25.737 --> 00:16:27.005
  • the strength you have,the friends you have,
  • 00:16:27.005 --> 00:16:28.406
  • the friends you have,the opportunities you have,
  • 00:16:28.406 --> 00:16:29.874
  • the opportunities you have,the time you have.
  • 00:16:29.874 --> 00:16:31.676
  • the time you have.God said, "I'm gonna bless
  • 00:16:31.676 --> 00:16:32.877
  • God said, "I'm gonna blesswhat you've got left,
  • 00:16:32.877 --> 00:16:34.178
  • what you've got left,if you will not stay stuck
  • 00:16:34.178 --> 00:16:35.513
  • if you will not stay stuckin what walked away.
  • 00:16:35.513 --> 00:16:36.514
  • in what walked away.I gonna bless
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  • I gonna blesswhat you've got left.
  • 00:16:37.682 --> 00:16:38.716
  • what you've got left.You can win with
  • 00:16:38.716 --> 00:16:41.119
  • You can win withwhat you got left."
  • 00:16:41.119 --> 00:16:43.388
  • what you got left."[Cheering and Applause]
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  • [Cheering and Applause]Feel like preaching.
  • 00:16:45.323 --> 00:16:46.090
  • Feel like preaching.I feel like preaching
  • 00:16:46.090 --> 00:16:46.891
  • I feel like preachingto the remnant.
  • 00:16:46.891 --> 00:16:48.626
  • to the remnant.Where's the remnant at?
  • 00:16:48.626 --> 00:16:49.460
  • Where's the remnant at?We are the ones who
  • 00:16:49.460 --> 00:16:50.528
  • We are the ones whowent through the fire
  • 00:16:50.528 --> 00:16:51.662
  • went through the fireand came out unbound?
  • 00:16:51.662 --> 00:17:01.039
  • and came out unbound?[Applause]
  • 00:17:01.039 --> 00:17:03.875
  • [Applause]Gonna bless what's left.
  • 00:17:03.875 --> 00:17:05.610
  • Gonna bless what's left.No matter what happens
  • 00:17:05.610 --> 00:17:07.979
  • No matter what happensat the leadership level,
  • 00:17:07.979 --> 00:17:10.114
  • at the leadership level,I'm looking for someone
  • 00:17:10.114 --> 00:17:11.249
  • I'm looking for someonewho will turn back
  • 00:17:11.249 --> 00:17:13.051
  • who will turn backthe battle at the gate.
  • 00:17:13.051 --> 00:17:13.584
  • the battle at the gate."And in that day
  • 00:17:13.584 --> 00:17:14.519
  • "And in that daythe Lord Almighty will be
  • 00:17:14.519 --> 00:17:15.620
  • the Lord Almighty will bea glorious crown,
  • 00:17:15.620 --> 00:17:16.554
  • a glorious crown,a beautiful wreath
  • 00:17:16.554 --> 00:17:18.356
  • a beautiful wreathfor the remnant of his people."
  • 00:17:18.356 --> 00:17:18.923
  • for the remnant of his people."Then he mentions
  • 00:17:18.923 --> 00:17:20.158
  • Then he mentionstwo different spirits,
  • 00:17:20.158 --> 00:17:21.492
  • two different spirits,watch this in verse 6,
  • 00:17:21.492 --> 00:17:24.062
  • watch this in verse 6,can we study the Bible?
  • 00:17:24.062 --> 00:17:26.764
  • can we study the Bible?"He will be a spirit of justice
  • 00:17:26.764 --> 00:17:27.265
  • "He will be a spirit of justiceto the one who
  • 00:17:27.265 --> 00:17:29.133
  • to the one whosits in judgement..."
  • 00:17:29.133 --> 00:17:30.768
  • sits in judgement..."That's the first one,
  • 00:17:30.768 --> 00:17:32.703
  • That's the first one,and, "...a source of strength
  • 00:17:32.703 --> 00:17:33.871
  • and, "...a source of strengthto those who turn back
  • 00:17:33.871 --> 00:17:37.708
  • to those who turn backthe battle at the gate."
  • 00:17:37.708 --> 00:17:38.509
  • the battle at the gate."So you've got the spirit
  • 00:17:38.509 --> 00:17:40.511
  • So you've got the spiritof justice to the one
  • 00:17:40.511 --> 00:17:42.814
  • of justice to the onewho sits in judgement.
  • 00:17:42.814 --> 00:17:43.681
  • who sits in judgement.And the source of strength
  • 00:17:43.681 --> 00:17:44.582
  • And the source of strengthto those who turn back
  • 00:17:44.582 --> 00:17:47.452
  • to those who turn backthe battle at the gate.
  • 00:17:47.452 --> 00:17:48.386
  • the battle at the gate.Studied that text all week
  • 00:17:48.386 --> 00:17:49.153
  • Studied that text all weekand I thought I was talking
  • 00:17:49.153 --> 00:17:51.522
  • and I thought I was talkingabout two different things.
  • 00:17:51.522 --> 00:17:52.890
  • about two different things.But the more I read it the more
  • 00:17:52.890 --> 00:17:55.426
  • But the more I read it the moreI realized that this is two
  • 00:17:55.426 --> 00:17:57.895
  • I realized that this is twofunctions of the same spirit.
  • 00:17:57.895 --> 00:18:01.132
  • functions of the same spirit.He will be a spirit of justice
  • 00:18:01.132 --> 00:18:01.632
  • He will be a spirit of justiceto the one who
  • 00:18:01.632 --> 00:18:03.801
  • to the one whosits in judgement,
  • 00:18:03.801 --> 00:18:05.536
  • sits in judgement,a source of strength
  • 00:18:05.536 --> 00:18:06.537
  • a source of strengthto those who turn back
  • 00:18:06.537 --> 00:18:08.906
  • to those who turn backthe battle at the gate.
  • 00:18:08.906 --> 00:18:09.807
  • the battle at the gate.The first part of the verse
  • 00:18:09.807 --> 00:18:12.176
  • The first part of the verseis about standards.
  • 00:18:12.176 --> 00:18:15.179
  • is about standards.He will be a spirit of justice.
  • 00:18:15.179 --> 00:18:15.780
  • He will be a spirit of justice.He will decide
  • 00:18:15.780 --> 00:18:17.682
  • He will decidewhat is wrong and right.
  • 00:18:17.682 --> 00:18:18.182
  • what is wrong and right.To the one who
  • 00:18:18.182 --> 00:18:19.150
  • To the one whosits in judgement,
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:21.152
  • sits in judgement,He will be a spirit of justice.
  • 00:18:21.152 --> 00:18:22.753
  • He will be a spirit of justice.And a source of strength
  • 00:18:22.753 --> 00:18:23.488
  • And a source of strengthto the one who turns back
  • 00:18:23.488 --> 00:18:25.523
  • to the one who turns backthe battle at the gate.
  • 00:18:25.523 --> 00:18:27.558
  • the battle at the gate.So the same God that is
  • 00:18:27.558 --> 00:18:30.061
  • So the same God that isthe source of our strength
  • 00:18:30.061 --> 00:18:31.362
  • the source of our strengthis to also be the source
  • 00:18:31.362 --> 00:18:33.498
  • is to also be the sourceof our standards.
  • 00:18:33.498 --> 00:18:34.265
  • of our standards.And here's the question
  • 00:18:34.265 --> 00:18:36.467
  • And here's the questionthat I came to ask today.
  • 00:18:36.467 --> 00:18:40.171
  • that I came to ask today.How can I expect God's strength
  • 00:18:40.171 --> 00:18:41.806
  • How can I expect God's strengthif I do not embrace
  • 00:18:41.806 --> 00:18:45.676
  • if I do not embraceGod's standards?
  • 00:18:45.676 --> 00:18:46.210
  • God's standards?I'm about to throw
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:47.512
  • I'm about to throwthis mic, brother.
  • 00:18:47.512 --> 00:18:50.681
  • this mic, brother.[Applause]
  • 00:18:50.681 --> 00:18:53.284
  • [Applause]See how can I call God
  • 00:18:53.284 --> 00:18:56.621
  • if I have not made Him
  • 00:18:57.755 --> 00:19:00.391
  • if I have not made Himthe source of my standards?
  • 00:19:00.391 --> 00:19:02.660
  • the source of my standards?He will be a spirit of justice
  • 00:19:02.660 --> 00:19:03.161
  • He will be a spirit of justiceto the one who
  • 00:19:03.161 --> 00:19:04.862
  • to the one whosits in judgement.
  • 00:19:04.862 --> 00:19:05.830
  • sits in judgement.Now if I have left
  • 00:19:05.830 --> 00:19:08.666
  • Now if I have leftthat seat open and I have left
  • 00:19:08.666 --> 00:19:12.837
  • that seat open and I have leftculture to tell me
  • 00:19:12.837 --> 00:19:14.805
  • culture to tell mewhat's right and wrong,
  • 00:19:14.805 --> 00:19:16.607
  • what's right and wrong,how can I look to culture
  • 00:19:16.607 --> 00:19:18.376
  • look to God for my strength?
  • 00:19:22.213 --> 00:19:24.148
  • look to God for my strength?[Cheering and Applause]
  • 00:19:24.148 --> 00:19:25.650
  • [Cheering and Applause]How can I look for the world
  • 00:19:25.650 --> 00:19:27.685
  • How can I look for the worldto tell me how to live
  • 00:19:27.685 --> 00:19:29.954
  • to tell me how to liveand then expect God to give me
  • 00:19:29.954 --> 00:19:30.788
  • and then expect God to give mestrength for a standard
  • 00:19:30.788 --> 00:19:35.059
  • strength for a standardthat was not His?
  • 00:19:35.059 --> 00:19:37.461
  • that was not His?How can I call God the source
  • 00:19:37.461 --> 00:19:39.297
  • How can I call God the sourceof my strength if He is not
  • 00:19:39.297 --> 00:19:40.831
  • of my strength if He is notthe source of my standards?
  • 00:19:40.831 --> 00:19:43.000
  • the source of my standards?How can I expect His strength
  • 00:19:43.000 --> 00:19:47.972
  • How can I expect His strengthand resist His standards?
  • 00:19:47.972 --> 00:19:48.973
  • and resist His standards?It's good right?
  • 00:19:48.973 --> 00:19:49.974
  • It's good right?- CONGREGATION: Yes.
  • 00:19:49.974 --> 00:19:50.641
  • - CONGREGATION: Yes.- That's why I feel
  • 00:19:50.641 --> 00:19:52.343
  • - That's why I feelweak sometimes.
  • 00:19:52.343 --> 00:19:53.711
  • weak sometimes.Because I'm asking God
  • 00:19:53.711 --> 00:19:55.580
  • Because I'm asking Godto strengthen me, but I have
  • 00:19:55.580 --> 00:19:58.115
  • to strengthen me, but I havegiven away my strength because
  • 00:19:58.115 --> 00:20:02.053
  • given away my strength becauseI have lowered my standard.
  • 00:20:02.053 --> 00:20:02.620
  • I have lowered my standard.And then the enemy
  • 00:20:02.620 --> 00:20:03.854
  • And then the enemycomes in like a flood,
  • 00:20:03.854 --> 00:20:12.530
  • comes in like a flood,but I don't have a standard.
  • 00:20:12.530 --> 00:20:14.632
  • but I don't have a standard.And then I asked God
  • 00:20:14.632 --> 00:20:16.133
  • And then I asked Godto give me joy.
  • 00:20:16.133 --> 00:20:16.968
  • to give me joy.You know, in Your presence
  • 00:20:16.968 --> 00:20:17.702
  • You know, in Your presencefills with joy.
  • 00:20:17.702 --> 00:20:18.302
  • fills with joy.The joy of the Lord
  • 00:20:18.302 --> 00:20:19.870
  • The joy of the Lordis my strength.
  • 00:20:19.870 --> 00:20:20.738
  • is my strength.And I want His strength,
  • 00:20:20.738 --> 00:20:23.741
  • And I want His strength,I want His joy, but if I have
  • 00:20:23.741 --> 00:20:26.177
  • I want His joy, but if I havenot applied His standard
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  • my mind think whatever it wants
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  • my mind think whatever it wantsto think, and I go to God
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  • to think, and I go to Godfor strength, but I did not
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  • for strength, but I did notgo to Him for standards,
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  • go to Him for standards,I am asking Him
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  • I am asking Himto violate the very nature
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  • to violate the very natureof our relationship.
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  • of our relationship.How can He be the source
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  • How can He be the sourceof my strength if I won't
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  • of my strength if I won'tlet Him be the source
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  • Who set your standards?
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  • Who set your standards?Who set your standards?
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  • Who set your standards?Was it God,
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  • Was it God,that set your standards?
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  • that set your standards?I was talking to one guy
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  • I was talking to one guythe other day and became
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  • the other day and becameapparent to me, pretty quickly,
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  • apparent to me, pretty quickly,that he sets his own standards
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  • that he sets his own standardsfor right and wrong.
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  • for right and wrong.And I admire him for that 'cause
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  • And I admire him for that 'causeI don't trust myself that much.
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  • I don't trust myself that much.I mean, he must be really
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  • I mean, he must be reallyperfect to have his own standard
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  • perfect to have his own standardfor right and wrong.
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  • for right and wrong.See I need a God.
  • 00:21:20.598 --> 00:21:21.299
  • See I need a God.I need a God who's
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  • I need a God who'sbigger than me, wiser than me,
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  • bigger than me, wiser than me,who's been around
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  • who's been aroundlonger than me.
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  • longer than me.I need a God who can
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  • I need a God who cansee around the next corner
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  • see around the next cornerand know how this decision
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  • and know how this decisionis going to affect my destiny.
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  • is going to affect my destiny.I don't wanna
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  • I don't wannaoccupy that seat.
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  • occupy that seat.I need a God.
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  • I need a God.And sometimes we're so crazy
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  • And sometimes we're so crazyas Christians, we will allow
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  • as Christians, we will allowthe world to set our standards
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  • the world to set our standardsas a church.
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  • as a church.And tell us what the church
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  • And tell us what the churchought to be and not be.
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  • ought to be and not be.And put us in a box and call us
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  • And put us in a box and call usby our denomination.
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  • by our denomination.But I will not be standardized
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  • But I will not be standardizedby a dysfunctional world.
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  • by a dysfunctional world.I have a higher standard.
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  • I have a higher standard.We are a chosen people.
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  • We are a chosen people.A royal priesthood.
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  • A royal priesthood.A holy nation to the declare
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  • A holy nation to the declarethe praises of Him
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  • the praises of Himwho called us out of darkness!
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  • who called us out of darkness![Applause]
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  • [Applause]Feel like preachin'.
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  • Feel like preachin'.I'm preaching like this
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  • - I don't know about you
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  • - I don't know about youbut I'm a little bit
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  • but I'm a little bitof a control freak.
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  • of a control freak.And sometimes
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  • And sometimesthat's a really good thing,
  • 00:22:22.226 --> 00:22:22.893
  • that's a really good thing,you know, when it comes
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  • you know, when it comesto excellence.
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  • to excellence.Like if I'm in church
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  • Like if I'm in churchand I see something
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  • and I see somethingthat's not done the best way
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  • that's not done the best wayit can be done,
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  • it can be done,I want to do it right for God.
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  • I want to do it right for God.You know?
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  • You know?And as a leader
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  • And as a leaderthat's a really big strength.
  • 00:22:32.937 --> 00:22:33.904
  • that's a really big strength.It can also be
  • 00:22:33.904 --> 00:22:34.839
  • It can also bea weakness though:
  • 00:22:34.839 --> 00:22:37.108
  • a weakness though:when I want to control people
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  • when I want to control peopleand situations and circumstances
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  • and situations and circumstancesthat, honestly,
  • 00:22:40.978 --> 00:22:42.213
  • that, honestly,I can't control.
  • 00:22:42.213 --> 00:22:43.314
  • I can't control.One time I was trying
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  • One time I was tryingto control something
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  • to control somethingI had no business
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  • I had no businesstrying to control
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  • trying to controland the Spirit of God
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  • and the Spirit of Godspoke to me,
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  • spoke to me,"Control is an illusion."
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  • "Control is an illusion."Control is an illusion?
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  • Control is an illusion?What do you mean by that?
  • 00:22:52.890 --> 00:22:53.891
  • What do you mean by that?And I felt like God said,
  • 00:22:53.891 --> 00:22:56.093
  • And I felt like God said,"You never really have control,
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  • "You never really have control,but you always have a choice."
  • 00:22:58.129 --> 00:22:59.897
  • but you always have a choice."And that changed my life
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  • And that changed my lifebecause I realized
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  • because I realizedthere's one thing
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  • there's one thingthat I can always control,
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  • that I can always control,that's my own soul.
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  • that's my own soul.If you can control your own soul
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  • If you can control your own soulyou can navigate
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  • you can navigateany circumstance in life.
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  • any circumstance in life.You can praise God in prison
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  • You can praise God in prisonlike Paul and Silas did.
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  • like Paul and Silas did.You can be like the psalmist
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  • You can be like the psalmistwho said, "Bless the Lord,
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  • who said, "Bless the Lord,O my soul."
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  • O my soul."Sometimes we have
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  • Sometimes we haveto command our soul
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  • to command our soulrather than letting
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  • rather than lettingour soul control us.
  • 00:23:19.617 --> 00:23:21.185
  • our soul control us.Sometimes we have to tell fear,
  • 00:23:21.185 --> 00:23:22.353
  • Sometimes we have to tell fear,"You get in the back seat!
  • 00:23:22.353 --> 00:23:23.554
  • "You get in the back seat!I'm driving.
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  • I'm driving.My faith
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  • My faithis gonna steer this ship."
  • 00:23:25.389 --> 00:23:26.724
  • is gonna steer this ship."So I want to offer you
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  • So I want to offer youa special series today
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  • a special series todaythat we've put together
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  • that we've put togethercalled "Soul Control".
  • 00:23:31.061 --> 00:23:31.762
  • called "Soul Control".We offer so many
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  • We offer so manyresource available
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  • resource availablefor free online and we hope
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  • for free online and we hopethat you enjoy those,
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  • that you enjoy those,but this is special
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  • but this is specialexclusive offer -
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  • exclusive offer -a six part DVD series,
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  • a six part DVD series,that you might want
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  • that you might wantto get your hands on
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  • to get your hands onif you've been dealing with
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  • if you've been dealing withanxiety or fear
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  • anxiety or fearor negative emotions
  • 00:23:45.342 --> 00:23:46.644
  • or negative emotionsor the opinions of people.
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  • or the opinions of people.This is gonna show you
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  • This is gonna show youhow to really contain
  • 00:23:49.980 --> 00:23:51.949
  • how to really containthe calling God has given you
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  • the calling God has given youwithin the perimeters
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  • within the perimetersof your own faith
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  • of your own faithand move forward believing
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  • and move forward believingin God's purpose for you.
  • 00:23:56.587 --> 00:23:57.655
  • in God's purpose for you.I want you to request
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  • I want you to requestthis today.
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  • this today.You can go right there
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  • You can go right therebelow and request
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  • below and requestthe series "Soul Control".
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  • the series "Soul Control".It's the key to sustaining
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  • It's the key to sustainingstrength in a draining world.
  • 00:24:04.895 --> 00:24:06.297
  • strength in a draining world.And the key is not
  • 00:24:06.297 --> 00:24:08.499
  • And the key is notfor you to fake it.
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  • for you to fake it.The key is not for you
  • 00:24:09.433 --> 00:24:10.334
  • The key is not for youto act like you've got it
  • 00:24:10.334 --> 00:24:11.769
  • to act like you've got itall under control.
  • 00:24:11.769 --> 00:24:12.703
  • all under control.The key is for you to open
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  • The key is for you to openyourself to God and say,
  • 00:24:13.904 --> 00:24:15.139
  • yourself to God and say,"I really need you,"
  • 00:24:15.139 --> 00:24:16.474
  • "I really need you,"and then to feel yourself
  • 00:24:16.474 --> 00:24:17.308
  • and then to feel yourselfwith His Word
  • 00:24:17.308 --> 00:24:18.242
  • with His Wordso that you'll know
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  • so that you'll knowhow to navigate
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  • how to navigatethese moments in life
  • 00:24:20.177 --> 00:24:21.779
  • these moments in lifethat feel so out of control
  • 00:24:21.779 --> 00:24:23.347
  • that feel so out of controland so chaotic.
  • 00:24:23.347 --> 00:24:24.515
  • and so chaotic.Sometimes we feel overwhelmed,
  • 00:24:24.515 --> 00:24:25.816
  • Sometimes we feel overwhelmed,but we don't be overwhelmed
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  • but we don't be overwhelmedand we don't have
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  • and we don't haveto let it stops us.
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  • to let it stops us.So I want you to get
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  • So I want you to getthis series today,
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  • this series today,"Soul Control."
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  • "Soul Control."Thank you for your connection.
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  • Thank you for your connection.Thank you for your partnership
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  • - ♪ Oh, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ There's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Nothing is ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, yes, I know ♪
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  • ♪ It's true ♪
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  • - ♪ I'm not afraid ♪
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  • ♪ To show You ♪
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  • ♪ My weakness ♪
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  • ♪ My failures and flaws ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, You've seen them all ♪
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  • ♪ 'Cause the God of ♪
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  • ♪ The mountain ♪
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  • ♪ Is the God of ♪
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  • ♪ The valley ♪
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  • ♪ There's not a place ♪
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  • ♪ Your mercy and grace ♪
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  • ♪ Won't find me again ♪
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  • - Come on now.
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  • - ♪ Oh, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ There's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, better than You ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Nothing is ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ I know it's true ♪
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  • ♪ Lord, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Somebody, testify ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Better than You ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, there's nothing ♪
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  • ♪ Nothing is better ♪
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  • He's ever made a way for you
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  • I want you to sing this:
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  • Come on,
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  • ♪ You turn mourning ♪
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  • ♪ You give beauty ♪
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