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The Rocky Road To The Will of God

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October 25, 2020
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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The Rocky Road To The Will of God

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:God loves each one
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  • God loves each oneof us individually.
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  • of us individually.He has a plan for our life.
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  • He has a plan for our life.He'll walk us through that plan.
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  • He'll walk us through that plan.He'll provide everything
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  • He'll provide everythingwe need.
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  • we need.There'll be difficulty, hardship
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  • There'll be difficulty, hardshipand pain and suffering,
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  • and pain and suffering,and loss.
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  • and loss.And all of that God will turn
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  • And all of that God will turnfor our good if I recognize the
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  • for our good if I recognize thesource of it.
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  • [music]
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  • [music]- Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decadesago, we started In Touch
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  • ago, we started In TouchMinistries to lead people
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  • Ministries to lead peopleworldwide into a growing
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  • worldwide into a growingrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • Throughout the years, we've seenGod's greatness, his love and
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  • God's greatness, his love andhis blessings in such awesome
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  • his blessings in such awesomeways that we just want everyone
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  • ways that we just want everyoneto know him.
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  • to know him.So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • - male announcer: Next on"In Touch," "The Rocky Road
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: One of
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: One ofthe most important subjects in
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  • the most important subjects inthe Bible is the will of God.
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  • the Bible is the will of God.And unbelievers sort of scoff at
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  • And unbelievers sort of scoff atthe idea and believers
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  • the idea and believersoftentimes ignore it.
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  • oftentimes ignore it.But the truth is every single
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  • But the truth is every singleday you and I are either living
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  • day you and I are either livingin the will of God or out of the
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  • in the will of God or out of thewill of God.
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  • will of God.It's a choice we make.
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  • It's a choice we make.And it's a choice we make on the
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  • And it's a choice we make on thebasis of the decisions we face
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  • basis of the decisions we facein life and we face
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  • in life and we facemany of them.
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  • many of them.So, when you think about the
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  • So, when you think about thewill of God for your life, you
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  • will of God for your life, youthink about how you go about
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  • think about how you go aboutdiscovering His will, what you
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  • discovering His will, what youdo when you understand
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  • do when you understandwhat His will is.
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  • what His will is.Do you obey Him or do you not?
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  • Do you obey Him or do you not?Or you just think about it.
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  • Or you just think about it.Do you wonder why you get
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  • Do you wonder why you getyourself in trouble sometime?
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  • yourself in trouble sometime?And you think, "Well, if I'd
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  • And you think, "Well, if I'djust thought about so and so."
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  • just thought about so and so."Very important subject.
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  • Very important subject.So, what I want to title this
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  • So, what I want to title thismessage is this as I thought
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  • message is this as I thoughtabout "The Rocky Road
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  • about "The Rocky RoadTo The Will Of God."
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  • To The Will Of God."Because it's not easy and
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  • Because it's not easy andthere's stumbling blocks along
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  • there's stumbling blocks alongthe way, if we're not careful.
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  • the way, if we're not careful.And what I'd like to do is to
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  • And what I'd like to do is tosimply tell you about the
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  • simply tell you about theobstacles and let you ask
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  • obstacles and let you askyourself the question.
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  • yourself the question.Is that why I'm not seeking the
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  • Is that why I'm not seeking thewill of God for my life?
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  • will of God for my life?Have I neglected one of the most
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  • Have I neglected one of the mostimportant aspects of my life?
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  • important aspects of my life?So, I have a number of points
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  • So, I have a number of pointsand I hope you get them
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  • and I hope you get themall down.
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  • all down.And so, I want to begin with
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  • And so, I want to begin withnumber one.
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  • number one.One of the rocky roads is simply
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  • One of the rocky roads is simplythis and that's self-will.
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  • this and that's self-will.We want our way.
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  • We want our way.It's a matter of pride and
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  • It's a matter of pride andselfishness on our part.
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  • selfishness on our part.We don't want to ask God about
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  • We don't want to ask God abouta lot of things.
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  • a lot of things.We just like to do it and then,
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  • We just like to do it and then,then ask God to bless it.
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  • then ask God to bless it.But that's not His way
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  • But that's not His wayof operating.
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  • of operating.And people say, "Well, nobody is
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  • And people say, "Well, nobody isgoing to tell me how to live
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  • going to tell me how to livemy life."
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  • my life."That's a very foolish attitude
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  • That's a very foolish attitudebecause none of us, not one of
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  • because none of us, not one ofus is sufficient within
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  • us is sufficient withinourselves to live out the will
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  • ourselves to live out the willof God for our life.
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  • of God for our life.Nowhere in the Bible does He say
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  • Nowhere in the Bible does He sayit's a smooth road but it is a
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  • it's a smooth road but it is arocky road.
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  • rocky road.To think there's so many
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  • To think there's so manystumbling blocks to doing the
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  • stumbling blocks to doing thewill of God.
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  • will of God.You face them on your job, you
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  • You face them on your job, youface them at home and you look
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  • face them at home and you lookat your life and you think about
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  • at your life and you think abouthow many times have you stepped
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  • how many times have you steppedout of the will of God?
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  • out of the will of God?How many times have you almost
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  • How many times have you almostmissed the will of God
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  • missed the will of Godfor your life?
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  • for your life?So, it's a rocky road.
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  • So, it's a rocky road.And I simply want to mention
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  • And I simply want to mentionsome of those rocks and
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  • some of those rocks andself-will is the first one.
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  • self-will is the first one.A second one is the influence of
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  • A second one is the influence ofother people.
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  • other people.Other people are quick to tell
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  • Other people are quick to tellyou how you ought to live your
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  • you how you ought to live yourlife, how you can make
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  • life, how you can makedecisions, what your decisions
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  • decisions, what your decisionsought to be, how you spend your
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  • ought to be, how you spend yourmoney, who you marry, how you
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  • money, who you marry, how youraise your children.
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  • raise your children.They can tell you all
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  • They can tell you allkinds of reasons of how to live
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  • kinds of reasons of how to liveyour life.
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  • your life.But the truth is, oftentimes
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  • But the truth is, oftentimesyou're listening to the wrong
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  • you're listening to the wrongvoices, because God is willing
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  • voices, because God is willingto show you what you need to
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  • to show you what you need toknow about any area of your life
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  • know about any area of your lifeif you're willing to listen.
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  • if you're willing to listen.They want to place their opinion
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  • They want to place their opinionabove God's opinion and they
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  • above God's opinion and theysay, "Well, listen."
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  • say, "Well, listen."When somebody says, "If I were
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  • When somebody says, "If I wereyou--" watch it.
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  • you--" watch it.They are not you to begin with.
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  • They are not you to begin with.They can't be you.
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  • They can't be you.They don't know what God's plan
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  • They don't know what God's planis for your life and they don't
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  • is for your life and they don'tknow what God's up to
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  • know what God's up toin your life.
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  • in your life.They may think that what's
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  • They may think that what'shappening in your life is
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  • happening in your life isterrible and God thinks it's
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  • terrible and God thinks it'sperfectly on time.
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  • perfectly on time.A third one of those obstacles
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  • A third one of those obstaclesis ignorance of God's
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  • is ignorance of God'sprinciples.
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  • principles.Naturally, you can't walk in the
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  • Naturally, you can't walk in thewill of God if you don't know
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  • will of God if you don't knowthe principles of God.
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  • the principles of God.So let me just mention a few.
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  • So let me just mention a few.For example, one of those
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  • For example, one of thoseimportant principles to walk in
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  • important principles to walk inthe will of God is
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  • the will of God islearning, listen, learning
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  • learning, listen, learningto wait on God.
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  • to wait on God.God's timing is a major issue
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  • God's timing is a major issuein living the Christian life.
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  • in living the Christian life.And then a second one is this:
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  • And then a second one is this:Learning to trust God, leave all
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  • Learning to trust God, leave allthe consequences to Him, which
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  • the consequences to Him, whichis a foreign idea to the world.
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  • is a foreign idea to the world.What do you mean trust God and
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  • What do you mean trust God andleave all the consequences to
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  • leave all the consequences toHim?
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  • Him?That's what faith's all about.
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  • That's what faith's all about.We walk a difficult road
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  • We walk a difficult roadoftentimes.
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  • oftentimes.The will of God is never
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  • The will of God is neverpromised to be easy.
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  • promised to be easy.We'll face obstacles in life,
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  • We'll face obstacles in life,but we keep moving in the
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  • but we keep moving in thedirection of obedience to Him.
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  • direction of obedience to Him.And then, of course, one of
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  • And then, of course, one ofthose principles is that God'll
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  • those principles is that God'llsupply all of our needs.
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  • supply all of our needs.Most people don't believe that.
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  • Most people don't believe that.They think they've got to supply
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  • They think they've got to supplythem.
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  • them.No, God will supply all of our
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  • No, God will supply all of ourneeds that when we're walking
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  • needs that when we're walkingin the will of God, we're going
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  • in the will of God, we're goingto have everything we need.
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  • to have everything we need.And then, think about this.
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  • And then, think about this.Walking in the will of God you
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  • Walking in the will of God youonly take one step at a time.
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  • only take one step at a time.When you get in your automobile
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  • When you get in your automobileat nighttime and you're going
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  • at nighttime and you're goingto take a trip, you cut on
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  • to take a trip, you cut onthe lights.
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  • the lights.And you can only go as far as
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  • And you can only go as far asthose lights will shine.
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  • those lights will shine.Watch this, the will of God's
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  • Watch this, the will of God'snot going to show you the whole
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  • not going to show you the wholepicture of your life.
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  • picture of your life.He's going to have all of us
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  • He's going to have all of uswalking a step at a time,
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  • walking a step at a time,trusting Him, obeying Him and
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  • trusting Him, obeying Him andbelieving--watch this--believing
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  • believing--watch this--believingthat what I can't see around the
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  • that what I can't see around thecurve, God's already seen and
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  • curve, God's already seen andHe'll get me there at the right
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  • He'll get me there at the righttime.
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  • time.Very important to keep the
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  • Very important to keep thetiming of God's will in our
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  • timing of God's will in ourlife.
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  • life.And then, one of the other
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  • And then, one of the otherobstacles is willful known sin
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  • obstacles is willful known sinin our life.
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  • in our life.Now you may want to jot down
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  • Now you may want to jot downthese four things because this
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  • these four things because thisis what it's all about.
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  • is what it's all about.First of all, sin deafens our
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  • First of all, sin deafens ourears to the voice of God.
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  • ears to the voice of God.When you choose to disobey God,
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  • When you choose to disobey God,you no longer hear God as
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  • you no longer hear God asclearly as He desires to show
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  • clearly as He desires to showyou and to speak to your heart.
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  • you and to speak to your heart.The second fact here is that it
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  • The second fact here is that itblinds our eyes to the vision
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  • blinds our eyes to the visionof God.
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  • of God.We don't know the will of God.
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  • We don't know the will of God.Willful sin in our life blinds
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  • Willful sin in our life blindsour eyes to the vision of God of
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  • our eyes to the vision of God ofwhat He's up to in our life.
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  • what He's up to in our life.And naturally you're not going
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  • And naturally you're not goingto be happy about your life if
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  • to be happy about your life ifyou don't know where
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  • you don't know whereyou're headed.
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  • you're headed.Then the third thing is it
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  • Then the third thing is ithardens our heart to our
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  • hardens our heart to ourawareness of God.
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  • awareness of God.Disobedience to God always
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  • Disobedience to God alwayshardens your heart.
  • 00:07:02.438 --> 00:07:02.638
  • hardens your heart.And this is why people stumble
  • 00:07:03.840 --> 00:07:04.140
  • And this is why people stumblealong the way because they're
  • 00:07:05.241 --> 00:07:07.443
  • along the way because they'reallowing sin in their life
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  • allowing sin in their lifethat's a distraction.
  • 00:07:09.445 --> 00:07:09.846
  • that's a distraction.And God's best is ahead of them,
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  • And God's best is ahead of them,and they get sidetracked because
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  • and they get sidetracked becausethey would allow sin in their
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  • they would allow sin in theirlife.
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  • life.And then how many times have I
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  • And then how many times have Iheard people say, "Well, I just
  • 00:07:18.654 --> 00:07:19.455
  • heard people say, "Well, I justdon't want--I just don't
  • 00:07:19.455 --> 00:07:19.956
  • don't want--I just don'tunderstand why God treats me the
  • 00:07:20.990 --> 00:07:21.491
  • understand why God treats me theway He treats me."
  • 00:07:22.425 --> 00:07:23.926
  • way He treats me."No, it's how you're treating
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  • No, it's how you're treatingHim.
  • 00:07:25.595 --> 00:07:26.762
  • Him.You're not listening to Him.
  • 00:07:26.762 --> 00:07:26.796
  • You're not listening to Him.You're not obeying Him.
  • 00:07:27.763 --> 00:07:28.464
  • You're not obeying Him.And things are not going to work
  • 00:07:28.865 --> 00:07:29.565
  • And things are not going to workout for you.
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  • out for you.There's no promise in God's Word
  • 00:07:31.234 --> 00:07:31.300
  • There's no promise in God's Wordthat He's going to bless your
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  • that He's going to bless yoursin, your disobedience, and your
  • 00:07:35.037 --> 00:07:35.137
  • sin, your disobedience, and yourindifference to Him.
  • 00:07:36.839 --> 00:07:37.540
  • indifference to Him.Life's just not that way.
  • 00:07:40.710 --> 00:07:42.278
  • Life's just not that way.And then of course, sin dulls
  • 00:07:42.278 --> 00:07:42.578
  • And then of course, sin dullsour conscience to the Word of
  • 00:07:43.980 --> 00:07:44.780
  • our conscience to the Word ofGod.
  • 00:07:44.981 --> 00:07:45.915
  • God.When people say, "Well I read
  • 00:07:46.082 --> 00:07:47.183
  • When people say, "Well I readthe Word of God, it doesn't say
  • 00:07:47.183 --> 00:07:47.383
  • the Word of God, it doesn't saya thing to me."
  • 00:07:48.251 --> 00:07:48.751
  • a thing to me."It's because you're living in
  • 00:07:49.452 --> 00:07:50.486
  • It's because you're living indisobedience to God.
  • 00:07:50.820 --> 00:07:51.921
  • disobedience to God.You're not listening to Him.
  • 00:07:51.921 --> 00:07:52.788
  • You're not listening to Him.You have your own mind and heart
  • 00:07:53.389 --> 00:07:54.423
  • You have your own mind and heartmade up.
  • 00:07:54.423 --> 00:07:54.490
  • made up.And when you think about this,
  • 00:07:55.658 --> 00:07:56.359
  • And when you think about this,anything that does what?
  • 00:07:56.926 --> 00:07:57.593
  • anything that does what?Deafens my ears to Him, blinds
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  • Deafens my ears to Him, blindsmy eyes to Him, hardens my heart
  • 00:08:01.030 --> 00:08:02.198
  • my eyes to Him, hardens my heartto Him, and dulls my conscience
  • 00:08:02.198 --> 00:08:02.598
  • to Him, and dulls my conscienceto Him--I'm in trouble.
  • 00:08:05.134 --> 00:08:05.601
  • to Him--I'm in trouble.And when you're out of the will
  • 00:08:06.602 --> 00:08:06.702
  • And when you're out of the willof God, this is what happens.
  • 00:08:08.804 --> 00:08:10.206
  • of God, this is what happens.You begin to sense that
  • 00:08:10.373 --> 00:08:12.775
  • You begin to sense thatsomething's not right.
  • 00:08:12.875 --> 00:08:13.776
  • something's not right.You wonder why.
  • 00:08:13.776 --> 00:08:14.043
  • You wonder why.Don't look somewhere else, look
  • 00:08:15.011 --> 00:08:15.144
  • Don't look somewhere else, lookwithin your own heart to see
  • 00:08:16.412 --> 00:08:17.113
  • within your own heart to seewhat's going on in my own life.
  • 00:08:19.181 --> 00:08:19.515
  • what's going on in my own life.Do I really and truly want to
  • 00:08:20.383 --> 00:08:22.118
  • Do I really and truly want toknow and to walk in the will
  • 00:08:22.485 --> 00:08:23.719
  • know and to walk in the willof God?
  • 00:08:23.719 --> 00:08:24.220
  • of God?And then of course, one of those
  • 00:08:25.655 --> 00:08:26.255
  • And then of course, one of thoseobstacles along the way is
  • 00:08:27.056 --> 00:08:27.557
  • obstacles along the way isdoubt.
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  • doubt.Because living the Christian
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  • Because living the Christianlife is not easy--it's easy
  • 00:08:34.297 --> 00:08:35.765
  • life is not easy--it's easyto doubt.
  • 00:08:35.932 --> 00:08:37.199
  • to doubt.And when we doubt God, what
  • 00:08:37.199 --> 00:08:37.833
  • And when we doubt God, whathappens?
  • 00:08:38.100 --> 00:08:39.201
  • happens?We make wrong decisions.
  • 00:08:39.201 --> 00:08:39.702
  • We make wrong decisions.So, if I doubt Him, what am
  • 00:08:40.937 --> 00:08:41.370
  • So, if I doubt Him, what amI doubting?
  • 00:08:42.371 --> 00:08:42.838
  • I doubting?I'm doubting--let's think about
  • 00:08:43.639 --> 00:08:45.241
  • I'm doubting--let's think aboutthis, analyze this for a moment.
  • 00:08:45.241 --> 00:08:46.075
  • this, analyze this for a moment.If I'm doubting God, what am I
  • 00:08:47.343 --> 00:08:48.177
  • If I'm doubting God, what am Idoubting?
  • 00:08:48.177 --> 00:08:48.244
  • doubting?I'm doubting that God has a will
  • 00:08:49.345 --> 00:08:49.612
  • I'm doubting that God has a willfor me, personally.
  • 00:08:51.614 --> 00:08:52.415
  • for me, personally.He may have some general will,
  • 00:08:52.682 --> 00:08:53.950
  • He may have some general will,but not for me personally.
  • 00:08:54.150 --> 00:08:55.284
  • but not for me personally.Yes, He does.
  • 00:08:55.284 --> 00:08:55.351
  • Yes, He does.I'm doubting that God will make
  • 00:08:56.452 --> 00:08:56.886
  • I'm doubting that God will makeHis will known.
  • 00:08:57.853 --> 00:08:59.388
  • His will known.Well, why should God make His
  • 00:08:59.388 --> 00:08:59.388
  • Well, why should God make Hiswill known to me personally?
  • 00:09:01.223 --> 00:09:01.357
  • will known to me personally?Because He loves us.
  • 00:09:03.225 --> 00:09:03.225
  • Because He loves us.Then we doubt what we're hearing
  • 00:09:05.194 --> 00:09:05.227
  • Then we doubt what we're hearingfrom God.
  • 00:09:06.329 --> 00:09:06.929
  • from God.Well, I must not be hearing from
  • 00:09:07.430 --> 00:09:08.264
  • Well, I must not be hearing fromGod because that sounds too
  • 00:09:08.764 --> 00:09:09.398
  • God because that sounds toogood.
  • 00:09:09.565 --> 00:09:10.433
  • good.I've had people say that.
  • 00:09:10.433 --> 00:09:10.566
  • I've had people say that.So we doubt Him.
  • 00:09:11.701 --> 00:09:12.168
  • So we doubt Him.We doubt that we can do what He
  • 00:09:13.336 --> 00:09:13.502
  • We doubt that we can do what Herequires of us.
  • 00:09:15.004 --> 00:09:15.271
  • requires of us.And oftentimes this is where
  • 00:09:16.138 --> 00:09:17.106
  • And oftentimes this is wherepeople step out of the will
  • 00:09:17.707 --> 00:09:18.708
  • people step out of the willof God.
  • 00:09:18.708 --> 00:09:18.874
  • of God.God requires something of you,
  • 00:09:20.276 --> 00:09:20.876
  • God requires something of you,and because you doubt that He
  • 00:09:23.145 --> 00:09:24.480
  • and because you doubt that Hewill enable you to do it, you
  • 00:09:25.348 --> 00:09:26.248
  • will enable you to do it, youstep out of the will of God, you
  • 00:09:26.749 --> 00:09:28.084
  • step out of the will of God, youget ahead of Him or behind Him,
  • 00:09:28.351 --> 00:09:29.952
  • get ahead of Him or behind Him,things don't work right, and you
  • 00:09:30.386 --> 00:09:31.253
  • things don't work right, and yousay, "See, I trusted God and it
  • 00:09:31.454 --> 00:09:32.321
  • say, "See, I trusted God and itdidn't work."
  • 00:09:32.655 --> 00:09:33.089
  • didn't work."No.
  • 00:09:33.356 --> 00:09:34.023
  • No.You didn't trust God.
  • 00:09:34.190 --> 00:09:35.157
  • You didn't trust God.You didn't obey Him.
  • 00:09:35.157 --> 00:09:35.591
  • You didn't obey Him.You weren't on His schedule.
  • 00:09:36.692 --> 00:09:37.927
  • You weren't on His schedule.And if you'll think about every
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  • And if you'll think about everymorning you get up, every day's
  • 00:09:41.397 --> 00:09:42.398
  • morning you get up, every day'sdifferent.
  • 00:09:42.398 --> 00:09:42.798
  • different.But as a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:09:44.400 --> 00:09:45.001
  • But as a follower of Jesus,every day is different except
  • 00:09:46.035 --> 00:09:46.969
  • every day is different exceptfor one thing.
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  • for one thing.We have Him all day long to
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  • We have Him all day long toguide us, to lead us, to show us
  • 00:09:52.575 --> 00:09:53.709
  • guide us, to lead us, to show usthe way.
  • 00:09:53.709 --> 00:09:55.144
  • the way.To point us to those stumbling
  • 00:09:55.144 --> 00:09:55.878
  • To point us to those stumblingblocks along the way.
  • 00:09:57.413 --> 00:09:58.481
  • blocks along the way.It is a rocky road.
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  • It is a rocky road.There are many difficulties in
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  • There are many difficulties inwalking and living in the will
  • 00:10:02.018 --> 00:10:03.552
  • walking and living in the willof God for your life.
  • 00:10:03.552 --> 00:10:03.853
  • of God for your life.We doubt that we can do what He
  • 00:10:05.154 --> 00:10:06.155
  • We doubt that we can do what Herequires.
  • 00:10:06.155 --> 00:10:06.455
  • requires.And you remember when God came
  • 00:10:07.556 --> 00:10:07.957
  • And you remember when God cameto Gideon, to tell him what he
  • 00:10:09.358 --> 00:10:09.392
  • to Gideon, to tell him what hewanted Him to do, He said, "Who
  • 00:10:10.626 --> 00:10:10.626
  • wanted Him to do, He said, "Whoam I?"
  • 00:10:11.627 --> 00:10:11.927
  • am I?"Have you ever said that to God?
  • 00:10:13.029 --> 00:10:14.163
  • Have you ever said that to God?Sometimes when God makes a
  • 00:10:15.031 --> 00:10:15.297
  • Sometimes when God makes apromise, because we judge Him by
  • 00:10:17.833 --> 00:10:19.235
  • promise, because we judge Him byhow we see ourselves, we say,
  • 00:10:20.970 --> 00:10:21.904
  • how we see ourselves, we say,"God, I could never do that.
  • 00:10:23.205 --> 00:10:24.507
  • "God, I could never do that.I could never preach or I could
  • 00:10:26.108 --> 00:10:26.142
  • I could never preach or I couldnever sing or I could never
  • 00:10:27.343 --> 00:10:27.877
  • never sing or I could neverfulfill that particular position
  • 00:10:29.345 --> 00:10:29.945
  • fulfill that particular positionin my job.
  • 00:10:30.413 --> 00:10:31.113
  • in my job.I could never do that."
  • 00:10:32.214 --> 00:10:32.415
  • I could never do that."Who are you listening to?
  • 00:10:33.616 --> 00:10:34.083
  • Who are you listening to?You're not listening to God.
  • 00:10:35.051 --> 00:10:35.351
  • You're not listening to God.You're listening to
  • 00:10:35.584 --> 00:10:39.755
  • You're listening tothe devil's desire to
  • 00:10:40.356 --> 00:10:41.724
  • the devil's desire tocause you to doubt what is
  • 00:10:41.724 --> 00:10:42.058
  • cause you to doubt what isoftentimes the most beautiful
  • 00:10:43.559 --> 00:10:44.293
  • oftentimes the most beautifulpart of God's will.
  • 00:10:45.528 --> 00:10:45.528
  • part of God's will.He has something for you in the
  • 00:10:47.196 --> 00:10:47.596
  • He has something for you in thefuture you can't figure it out.
  • 00:10:48.931 --> 00:10:50.132
  • future you can't figure it out.You don't think you deserve it.
  • 00:10:50.132 --> 00:10:51.133
  • You don't think you deserve it.And so, you give all kind of
  • 00:10:51.500 --> 00:10:53.202
  • And so, you give all kind ofexcuses for disobeying God.
  • 00:10:54.503 --> 00:10:54.704
  • excuses for disobeying God.We doubt Him because we don't
  • 00:10:56.939 --> 00:10:57.073
  • We doubt Him because we don'thave the facts.
  • 00:10:57.640 --> 00:10:59.875
  • have the facts.The facts are God loves each one
  • 00:10:59.875 --> 00:11:00.209
  • The facts are God loves each oneof us individually.
  • 00:11:01.811 --> 00:11:02.712
  • of us individually.He has a plan for our life.
  • 00:11:04.113 --> 00:11:05.047
  • He has a plan for our life.He'll walk us through that plan.
  • 00:11:05.047 --> 00:11:05.214
  • He'll walk us through that plan.He'll provide everything
  • 00:11:05.981 --> 00:11:07.049
  • He'll provide everythingwe need.
  • 00:11:07.049 --> 00:11:07.049
  • we need.There'll be difficulty, hardship
  • 00:11:08.050 --> 00:11:08.384
  • There'll be difficulty, hardshipand pain and suffering,
  • 00:11:09.552 --> 00:11:10.519
  • and pain and suffering,and loss.
  • 00:11:10.519 --> 00:11:10.586
  • and loss.And all of that God will turn
  • 00:11:11.587 --> 00:11:12.321
  • And all of that God will turnfor our good if I recognize
  • 00:11:13.556 --> 00:11:14.190
  • for our good if I recognizethe source of it.
  • 00:11:15.758 --> 00:11:16.358
  • the source of it.All difficulty and hardship
  • 00:11:17.760 --> 00:11:17.827
  • All difficulty and hardshipand trial doesn't come
  • 00:11:19.428 --> 00:11:20.463
  • and trial doesn't comefrom the devil.
  • 00:11:20.596 --> 00:11:21.664
  • from the devil.God allows things in our life
  • 00:11:21.764 --> 00:11:22.932
  • God allows things in our lifeto do what?
  • 00:11:22.932 --> 00:11:22.932
  • to do what?To grow us up, to mature us in
  • 00:11:24.800 --> 00:11:24.800
  • To grow us up, to mature us inareas that we're not mature.
  • 00:11:26.736 --> 00:11:27.303
  • areas that we're not mature.And sometimes people trust the
  • 00:11:28.437 --> 00:11:29.071
  • And sometimes people trust theLord Jesus Christ as their
  • 00:11:29.839 --> 00:11:32.374
  • Lord Jesus Christ as theirSavior and then great difficulty
  • 00:11:32.541 --> 00:11:34.176
  • Savior and then great difficultycomes into their life.
  • 00:11:34.176 --> 00:11:34.543
  • comes into their life.Now watch this.
  • 00:11:35.077 --> 00:11:36.312
  • Now watch this.That difficulty God allows in
  • 00:11:37.046 --> 00:11:38.147
  • That difficulty God allows inorder to do what?
  • 00:11:39.048 --> 00:11:39.415
  • order to do what?Shape them, mold us, make us,
  • 00:11:41.684 --> 00:11:42.651
  • Shape them, mold us, make us,change us, eliminate stuff in
  • 00:11:44.687 --> 00:11:44.687
  • change us, eliminate stuff inour life that shouldn't be
  • 00:11:46.055 --> 00:11:46.689
  • our life that shouldn't bethere.
  • 00:11:46.722 --> 00:11:47.790
  • there.We take it all personal and say,
  • 00:11:47.790 --> 00:11:48.157
  • We take it all personal and say,"Well God doesn't love me.
  • 00:11:48.791 --> 00:11:49.658
  • "Well God doesn't love me.It doesn't really work, because
  • 00:11:50.259 --> 00:11:51.193
  • It doesn't really work, becauselook what's happening."
  • 00:11:51.660 --> 00:11:52.695
  • look what's happening."Look at the apostle Paul.
  • 00:11:53.028 --> 00:11:53.863
  • Look at the apostle Paul.Look at all of the major
  • 00:11:54.396 --> 00:11:55.865
  • Look at all of the majorcharacters of the Scripture.
  • 00:11:56.198 --> 00:11:57.166
  • characters of the Scripture.Think of the difficulty they
  • 00:11:57.600 --> 00:11:58.200
  • Think of the difficulty theywent through--all of which God
  • 00:11:59.468 --> 00:12:00.536
  • went through--all of which Godused to do what?
  • 00:12:00.970 --> 00:12:01.737
  • used to do what?To accomplish His purpose and to
  • 00:12:02.705 --> 00:12:03.239
  • To accomplish His purpose and tomold and make men and women
  • 00:12:04.540 --> 00:12:05.441
  • mold and make men and womengodly.
  • 00:12:06.108 --> 00:12:06.742
  • godly.And remember this is always
  • 00:12:07.143 --> 00:12:07.977
  • And remember this is alwaysGod's goal.
  • 00:12:08.811 --> 00:12:09.211
  • God's goal.God's goal is not to please you.
  • 00:12:10.045 --> 00:12:10.179
  • God's goal is not to please you.God's goal is not to give us
  • 00:12:11.447 --> 00:12:12.314
  • God's goal is not to give useverything we want.
  • 00:12:13.115 --> 00:12:13.716
  • everything we want.God's goal is to fashion us like
  • 00:12:14.750 --> 00:12:15.851
  • God's goal is to fashion us likeunto the likeness of Christ.
  • 00:12:17.019 --> 00:12:18.220
  • unto the likeness of Christ.So, when there's doubt, doubt
  • 00:12:19.655 --> 00:12:20.589
  • So, when there's doubt, doubtusually heads us in the wrong
  • 00:12:21.657 --> 00:12:21.791
  • usually heads us in the wrongdirection.
  • 00:12:22.992 --> 00:12:23.392
  • direction.So, ask yourself the question as
  • 00:12:23.959 --> 00:12:25.761
  • So, ask yourself the question asbest you know your life, "Are
  • 00:12:26.095 --> 00:12:28.497
  • best you know your life, "Areyou living a life of obedience
  • 00:12:28.564 --> 00:12:30.599
  • you living a life of obedienceto Christ?"
  • 00:12:30.599 --> 00:12:31.200
  • to Christ?"It's not easy because there are
  • 00:12:33.135 --> 00:12:33.569
  • It's not easy because there aremany obstacles.
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:34.837
  • many obstacles.And that's what I'm doing, I'm
  • 00:12:35.304 --> 00:12:36.572
  • And that's what I'm doing, I'mjust listing them and one of
  • 00:12:36.806 --> 00:12:38.541
  • just listing them and one ofthem is, we said feeling of
  • 00:12:38.541 --> 00:12:40.209
  • them is, we said feeling ofunworthiness.
  • 00:12:40.209 --> 00:12:40.743
  • unworthiness.As Gideon--look at Moses.
  • 00:12:41.544 --> 00:12:42.711
  • As Gideon--look at Moses.When God came to Moses and Moses
  • 00:12:43.345 --> 00:12:44.113
  • When God came to Moses and Moseslistened at what God's told him
  • 00:12:46.248 --> 00:12:46.315
  • listened at what God's told himHe wanted him to do, he said,
  • 00:12:47.316 --> 00:12:47.950
  • He wanted him to do, he said,"Mm, not me.
  • 00:12:49.485 --> 00:12:49.685
  • "Mm, not me.I can't speak, I can't do this,
  • 00:12:50.953 --> 00:12:51.287
  • I can't speak, I can't do this,I can't do that."
  • 00:12:52.188 --> 00:12:52.855
  • I can't do that."And I wonder how many of God's
  • 00:12:53.522 --> 00:12:54.023
  • And I wonder how many of God'sservants stepped out of God's
  • 00:12:55.624 --> 00:12:56.559
  • servants stepped out of God'swill early in their life because
  • 00:12:56.992 --> 00:12:58.227
  • will early in their life becausethey told God they couldn't
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  • they told God they couldn'tspeak, couldn't sing, couldn't
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  • speak, couldn't sing, couldn'tdo this, couldn't do that,
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  • do this, couldn't do that,wouldn't make it in that job.
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  • wouldn't make it in that job.Listen.
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  • Listen.Don't underestimate--watch this
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  • Don't underestimate--watch thiscarefully--don't underestimate
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  • carefully--don't underestimatewhat He thinks you can do
  • 00:13:09.371 --> 00:13:09.471
  • what He thinks you can dobecause He's there to help you
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  • because He's there to help youget it done.
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  • get it done.Help you to become the person He
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  • Help you to become the person Hewants you to be.
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  • wants you to be.So, don't make decisions based
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  • So, don't make decisions basedon how you think, make decisions
  • 00:13:18.013 --> 00:13:19.315
  • on how you think, make decisionsbased on what has God called you
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  • based on what has God called youto do.
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  • to do.He's going to do whatever He
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  • He's going to do whatever Heknows is best for us, provide
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  • knows is best for us, provideeverything we need to accomplish
  • 00:13:27.189 --> 00:13:27.790
  • everything we need to accomplishHis will and purpose for
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  • His will and purpose forour life.
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  • our life.Didn't say it was an easy road.
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  • Didn't say it was an easy road.And many people backslide.
  • 00:13:32.895 --> 00:13:33.395
  • And many people backslide.Now what I mean by that is they
  • 00:13:34.096 --> 00:13:34.864
  • Now what I mean by that is theyjust get back into sin.
  • 00:13:35.598 --> 00:13:37.266
  • just get back into sin.They slip back into sin, and
  • 00:13:37.900 --> 00:13:38.734
  • They slip back into sin, andit's not so much a slipping and
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  • it's not so much a slipping andis a matter of choosing to make
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  • is a matter of choosing to makea decision to do what you used
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  • a decision to do what you usedto do that God delivered you
  • 00:13:44.440 --> 00:13:45.441
  • to do that God delivered youfrom because you don't think you
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  • from because you don't think youcan be the person God wants you
  • 00:13:47.710 --> 00:13:48.544
  • can be the person God wants youto be.
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  • to be.But remember this, there's no
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  • But remember this, there's noplace in the Bible where God
  • 00:13:52.548 --> 00:13:53.349
  • place in the Bible where Godsays as His Word, that if one of
  • 00:13:55.284 --> 00:13:56.151
  • says as His Word, that if one ofHis children sins, that's it,
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  • His children sins, that's it,finished.
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  • finished.No.
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  • No.Why did He say?
  • 00:14:00.756 --> 00:14:01.123
  • Why did He say?If we confess our sins, He's
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  • If we confess our sins, He'sfaithful and just to forgive us
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  • faithful and just to forgive usour sins and to cleanse us from
  • 00:14:04.727 --> 00:14:05.494
  • our sins and to cleanse us fromall unrighteousness.
  • 00:14:06.195 --> 00:14:06.729
  • all unrighteousness.All along the Christian way,
  • 00:14:07.529 --> 00:14:08.097
  • All along the Christian way,we're going to make mistakes,
  • 00:14:08.998 --> 00:14:10.199
  • we're going to make mistakes,and we'll sin at times.
  • 00:14:10.566 --> 00:14:12.201
  • and we'll sin at times.And God has given us the
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  • And God has given us theassurance that He doesn't
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  • assurance that He doesn'tmake us an outcast because we
  • 00:14:15.738 --> 00:14:16.005
  • make us an outcast because wedisobey Him, because we falter
  • 00:14:17.640 --> 00:14:18.073
  • disobey Him, because we faltersomewhere along the way.
  • 00:14:19.174 --> 00:14:19.408
  • somewhere along the way.We're not all as strong, and the
  • 00:14:20.876 --> 00:14:21.577
  • We're not all as strong, and theother person may be at times,
  • 00:14:22.678 --> 00:14:23.979
  • other person may be at times,and so, we make mistakes--choose
  • 00:14:24.880 --> 00:14:25.547
  • and so, we make mistakes--chooseto disobey God.
  • 00:14:26.015 --> 00:14:26.782
  • to disobey God.We pay the consequences.
  • 00:14:27.182 --> 00:14:28.050
  • We pay the consequences.What do we do?
  • 00:14:28.284 --> 00:14:28.918
  • What do we do?Walk away?
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  • Walk away?No.
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  • No.Ask God to forgive us sincerely
  • 00:14:31.120 --> 00:14:31.487
  • Ask God to forgive us sincerelyand honestly and look to Him to
  • 00:14:34.490 --> 00:14:35.090
  • and honestly and look to Him togive us wisdom and guidance and
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  • give us wisdom and guidance anddirection and a warning in our
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  • direction and a warning in ourheart to avoid that sin.
  • 00:14:40.930 --> 00:14:41.330
  • heart to avoid that sin.He's not going to cast you out
  • 00:14:42.097 --> 00:14:43.732
  • He's not going to cast you outbecause you falter somewhere
  • 00:14:43.799 --> 00:14:45.434
  • because you falter somewherealong the way.
  • 00:14:45.434 --> 00:14:46.869
  • along the way.And then, of course, one of
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  • And then, of course, one ofthose excuses we give is
  • 00:14:49.238 --> 00:14:50.940
  • those excuses we give isbusyness.
  • 00:14:51.440 --> 00:14:54.209
  • busyness."You know, I've just been so
  • 00:14:54.209 --> 00:14:54.209
  • "You know, I've just been sobusy I don't have time to go to
  • 00:14:55.611 --> 00:14:56.612
  • busy I don't have time to go tochurch.
  • 00:14:56.612 --> 00:14:57.212
  • church.Well, I'm so busy I don't
  • 00:14:58.347 --> 00:14:58.681
  • Well, I'm so busy I don'thave time to read the Bible.
  • 00:14:59.982 --> 00:15:00.516
  • have time to read the Bible.I'm so busy I whisper,
  • 00:15:01.717 --> 00:15:02.685
  • I'm so busy I whisper,right before I go to sleep,
  • 00:15:03.986 --> 00:15:05.688
  • right before I go to sleep,I whisper a prayer."
  • 00:15:05.688 --> 00:15:06.188
  • I whisper a prayer."Busyness is a tool of the devil.
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  • Busyness is a tool of the devil.We can all claim busyness
  • 00:15:11.360 --> 00:15:11.660
  • We can all claim busynessas an excuse for our sin.
  • 00:15:13.228 --> 00:15:13.696
  • as an excuse for our sin.Because, watch this, we live in
  • 00:15:15.230 --> 00:15:15.431
  • Because, watch this, we live ina world--watch this--we live in
  • 00:15:17.266 --> 00:15:17.566
  • a world--watch this--we live ina world that's in opposition to
  • 00:15:19.001 --> 00:15:20.636
  • a world that's in opposition towho we are and the kind of life
  • 00:15:21.270 --> 00:15:22.905
  • who we are and the kind of lifewe're living.
  • 00:15:22.905 --> 00:15:23.138
  • we're living.We have a world that's
  • 00:15:24.540 --> 00:15:25.240
  • We have a world that'sin opposition to who we are.
  • 00:15:26.041 --> 00:15:26.375
  • in opposition to who we are.And I meet people every
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  • And I meet people everySunday--I would say every
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  • Sunday--I would say everySunday--from some other country
  • 00:15:29.678 --> 00:15:31.113
  • Sunday--from some other countryin the world.
  • 00:15:31.113 --> 00:15:31.947
  • in the world.And it's interesting the things
  • 00:15:32.815 --> 00:15:33.782
  • And it's interesting the thingsthat they go through.
  • 00:15:34.450 --> 00:15:36.118
  • that they go through.Suffering that they face at
  • 00:15:36.418 --> 00:15:37.753
  • Suffering that they face attimes if they're willing to
  • 00:15:37.886 --> 00:15:39.021
  • times if they're willing toshare, difficulty and
  • 00:15:39.221 --> 00:15:40.622
  • share, difficulty andhardship--that's true
  • 00:15:40.622 --> 00:15:40.756
  • hardship--that's trueeverywhere.
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  • everywhere.But because it's true doesn't
  • 00:15:43.559 --> 00:15:44.426
  • But because it's true doesn'tmean I give up.
  • 00:15:44.893 --> 00:15:45.561
  • mean I give up.Doesn't mean that I say, "Well,
  • 00:15:46.295 --> 00:15:47.863
  • Doesn't mean that I say, "Well,you know, I just don't know
  • 00:15:47.863 --> 00:15:49.898
  • you know, I just don't knowwhether I'm going to make it
  • 00:15:49.898 --> 00:15:49.898
  • whether I'm going to make itor not."
  • 00:15:50.566 --> 00:15:50.966
  • or not."Yes, you will.
  • 00:15:52.201 --> 00:15:52.868
  • Yes, you will.You can make it if you simply
  • 00:15:53.736 --> 00:15:55.471
  • You can make it if you simplyrely upon the Lord.
  • 00:15:56.705 --> 00:15:57.106
  • rely upon the Lord.The Christian life's not easy,
  • 00:15:58.073 --> 00:15:59.608
  • The Christian life's not easy,but one thing for certain, it
  • 00:16:00.275 --> 00:16:02.311
  • but one thing for certain, ithas an awesome eternal end.
  • 00:16:03.312 --> 00:16:04.813
  • has an awesome eternal end.God's going to take us home to
  • 00:16:05.481 --> 00:16:05.914
  • God's going to take us home toheaven.
  • 00:16:06.448 --> 00:16:07.449
  • heaven.And He's going to bless us for
  • 00:16:07.616 --> 00:16:09.218
  • And He's going to bless us forall eternity--for our
  • 00:16:09.218 --> 00:16:09.585
  • all eternity--for ourfaithfulness, for our loyalty,
  • 00:16:12.021 --> 00:16:13.956
  • faithfulness, for our loyalty,for our devotion because every
  • 00:16:13.956 --> 00:16:14.089
  • for our devotion because everysingle one of us is a living
  • 00:16:15.557 --> 00:16:16.925
  • single one of us is a livinglight, a witness of who He is.
  • 00:16:18.894 --> 00:16:20.729
  • light, a witness of who He is.And so naturally, we're going to
  • 00:16:21.663 --> 00:16:22.765
  • And so naturally, we're going tomake mistakes.
  • 00:16:23.232 --> 00:16:23.499
  • make mistakes.Naturally there'll be times in
  • 00:16:24.666 --> 00:16:25.968
  • Naturally there'll be times inour life we do what we know is
  • 00:16:26.068 --> 00:16:27.569
  • our life we do what we know isnot the wisest thing to do, but
  • 00:16:27.569 --> 00:16:28.470
  • not the wisest thing to do, butthere's a price to pay.
  • 00:16:29.004 --> 00:16:30.105
  • there's a price to pay.And so, one of the most
  • 00:16:30.939 --> 00:16:31.807
  • And so, one of the mostimportant things we do is spend
  • 00:16:33.809 --> 00:16:35.010
  • important things we do is spendtime with Him.
  • 00:16:36.211 --> 00:16:36.512
  • time with Him.It may be a short period of time
  • 00:16:37.513 --> 00:16:37.746
  • It may be a short period of timeor a long period of time,
  • 00:16:38.414 --> 00:16:40.082
  • or a long period of time,but all of us need that
  • 00:16:40.082 --> 00:16:40.282
  • but all of us need thatrelationship.
  • 00:16:42.618 --> 00:16:43.085
  • relationship.It takes--watch this--it takes
  • 00:16:45.421 --> 00:16:46.488
  • It takes--watch this--it takestime to be a godly person.
  • 00:16:47.823 --> 00:16:48.157
  • time to be a godly person.It takes time to walk
  • 00:16:49.391 --> 00:16:49.558
  • It takes time to walkwith the Lord.
  • 00:16:50.659 --> 00:16:52.061
  • with the Lord.It takes time to know His will.
  • 00:16:53.228 --> 00:16:54.930
  • It takes time to know His will.But, it's a rocky road.
  • 00:16:55.931 --> 00:16:56.765
  • But, it's a rocky road.And if you're looking for it to
  • 00:16:57.800 --> 00:16:57.900
  • And if you're looking for it toget easy, I can tell you this.
  • 00:16:59.334 --> 00:17:00.002
  • get easy, I can tell you this.It doesn't get easy.
  • 00:17:00.803 --> 00:17:01.637
  • It doesn't get easy.Some things may not be quite as
  • 00:17:03.072 --> 00:17:04.740
  • Some things may not be quite asdifficult as others, but
  • 00:17:04.740 --> 00:17:04.973
  • difficult as others, butthere'll never come a time in
  • 00:17:06.141 --> 00:17:07.309
  • there'll never come a time inyour life when living a godly
  • 00:17:07.476 --> 00:17:09.178
  • your life when living a godlylife is easy and you can just
  • 00:17:09.545 --> 00:17:10.913
  • life is easy and you can justrelax.
  • 00:17:11.213 --> 00:17:12.147
  • relax.Next thing you know, you're
  • 00:17:12.347 --> 00:17:13.682
  • Next thing you know, you'rebeing disobedient to God.
  • 00:17:13.682 --> 00:17:14.483
  • being disobedient to God.God has given us a life.
  • 00:17:16.018 --> 00:17:17.086
  • God has given us a life.He's given us an awesome life.
  • 00:17:17.953 --> 00:17:18.887
  • He's given us an awesome life.He's given us the Holy Spirit to
  • 00:17:19.521 --> 00:17:21.657
  • He's given us the Holy Spirit tolive within us, to walk with us
  • 00:17:22.324 --> 00:17:24.226
  • live within us, to walk with usevery single day and to face
  • 00:17:24.493 --> 00:17:25.761
  • every single day and to faceevery circumstance we face.
  • 00:17:26.128 --> 00:17:26.428
  • every circumstance we face.Remember this.
  • 00:17:27.596 --> 00:17:27.930
  • Remember this.You may feel like you're alone,
  • 00:17:28.864 --> 00:17:30.165
  • You may feel like you're alone,but you're not alone.
  • 00:17:30.165 --> 00:17:30.232
  • but you're not alone.You may feel lonely
  • 00:17:30.999 --> 00:17:31.300
  • You may feel lonelybut you're not alone.
  • 00:17:32.835 --> 00:17:33.068
  • but you're not alone.And when you look at your life,
  • 00:17:34.036 --> 00:17:34.269
  • And when you look at your life,for example, and you think,
  • 00:17:35.237 --> 00:17:36.238
  • for example, and you think,"Well, what am I missing?"
  • 00:17:36.905 --> 00:17:37.005
  • "Well, what am I missing?"Ask yourself the question: Are
  • 00:17:38.540 --> 00:17:40.676
  • Ask yourself the question: Areyou missing that precious time
  • 00:17:40.676 --> 00:17:41.110
  • you missing that precious timeHe desires to spend with you?
  • 00:17:44.580 --> 00:17:45.314
  • He desires to spend with you?To give you comfort, strength,
  • 00:17:46.882 --> 00:17:47.749
  • To give you comfort, strength,wisdom, guidance, direction,
  • 00:17:49.151 --> 00:17:49.651
  • wisdom, guidance, direction,support, help, warnings in
  • 00:17:51.253 --> 00:17:52.287
  • support, help, warnings inyour life.
  • 00:17:52.321 --> 00:17:53.355
  • your life.That's who He is.
  • 00:17:53.889 --> 00:17:54.790
  • That's who He is.The Christian life's not easy.
  • 00:17:55.591 --> 00:17:56.725
  • The Christian life's not easy.It's a rocky road, but having
  • 00:17:58.227 --> 00:17:59.895
  • It's a rocky road, but havingthe Holy Spirit to enable us,
  • 00:18:00.395 --> 00:18:01.096
  • the Holy Spirit to enable us,the presence of God in our life,
  • 00:18:03.332 --> 00:18:03.398
  • the presence of God in our life,and all the promises of the Word
  • 00:18:05.334 --> 00:18:07.603
  • and all the promises of the Wordof God, and this handbook, the
  • 00:18:07.603 --> 00:18:08.270
  • of God, and this handbook, theWord of God itself, makes living
  • 00:18:09.404 --> 00:18:10.439
  • Word of God itself, makes livingthe Christian life at its best,
  • 00:18:11.340 --> 00:18:12.508
  • the Christian life at its best,no matter what's going on
  • 00:18:13.942 --> 00:18:14.610
  • no matter what's going onaround us.
  • 00:18:15.477 --> 00:18:16.078
  • around us.Where would you place yourself
  • 00:18:17.713 --> 00:18:19.181
  • Where would you place yourselfin the Christian life?
  • 00:18:19.548 --> 00:18:19.848
  • in the Christian life?Would you say that you're living
  • 00:18:21.083 --> 00:18:21.884
  • Would you say that you're livingin the will of God?
  • 00:18:22.584 --> 00:18:23.552
  • in the will of God?That you genuinely, honestly
  • 00:18:24.486 --> 00:18:26.321
  • That you genuinely, honestlyattempt to walk in His will for
  • 00:18:27.556 --> 00:18:28.056
  • attempt to walk in His will foryour life each day.
  • 00:18:29.124 --> 00:18:30.159
  • your life each day.Or you find yourself complaining
  • 00:18:30.759 --> 00:18:31.693
  • Or you find yourself complainingand moaning and groaning and
  • 00:18:31.927 --> 00:18:33.262
  • and moaning and groaning andthinking, "Well, you know what?
  • 00:18:33.295 --> 00:18:34.730
  • thinking, "Well, you know what?What's missing in
  • 00:18:34.730 --> 00:18:35.597
  • What's missing inthe Christian life?"
  • 00:18:35.597 --> 00:18:35.898
  • the Christian life?"Nothing's missing
  • 00:18:36.532 --> 00:18:36.932
  • Nothing's missingin the Christian life.
  • 00:18:37.900 --> 00:18:39.101
  • in the Christian life.Usually you can trace it all
  • 00:18:40.235 --> 00:18:41.637
  • Usually you can trace it allback ultimately, to when is the
  • 00:18:42.971 --> 00:18:44.640
  • back ultimately, to when is thelast time you sat down and read
  • 00:18:44.907 --> 00:18:46.708
  • last time you sat down and readthe Word of God?
  • 00:18:47.176 --> 00:18:48.410
  • the Word of God?Asked God to speak to your
  • 00:18:48.410 --> 00:18:48.710
  • Asked God to speak to yourheart, show you His will for
  • 00:18:50.145 --> 00:18:50.145
  • heart, show you His will foryour life.
  • 00:18:51.180 --> 00:18:52.014
  • your life.You say, "Well, I don't even
  • 00:18:52.481 --> 00:18:52.814
  • You say, "Well, I don't evenknow where to turn."
  • 00:18:53.549 --> 00:18:53.916
  • know where to turn."It's amazing.
  • 00:18:54.583 --> 00:18:55.817
  • It's amazing.When you don't know where to
  • 00:18:56.151 --> 00:18:57.619
  • When you don't know where toturn and you turn some place,
  • 00:18:57.619 --> 00:18:57.953
  • turn and you turn some place,you look down and looks like
  • 00:18:58.954 --> 00:18:59.655
  • you look down and looks likeit's got your name on it.
  • 00:19:00.289 --> 00:19:01.423
  • it's got your name on it.God knows what you need to read.
  • 00:19:01.857 --> 00:19:03.759
  • God knows what you need to read.He knows when you need to read
  • 00:19:04.259 --> 00:19:05.027
  • He knows when you need to readit and He knows exactly what it
  • 00:19:05.594 --> 00:19:07.196
  • it and He knows exactly what ittakes to encourage your heart.
  • 00:19:07.696 --> 00:19:09.198
  • takes to encourage your heart.So, ask yourself the question:
  • 00:19:09.631 --> 00:19:11.366
  • So, ask yourself the question:Are you satisfied with your
  • 00:19:11.366 --> 00:19:12.100
  • Are you satisfied with yourChristian life?
  • 00:19:12.668 --> 00:19:13.035
  • Christian life?I don't mean that you think
  • 00:19:13.669 --> 00:19:14.303
  • I don't mean that you thinkeverything's just perfect.
  • 00:19:14.836 --> 00:19:16.104
  • everything's just perfect.But do you feel like you're
  • 00:19:16.104 --> 00:19:16.405
  • But do you feel like you'regrowing?
  • 00:19:17.372 --> 00:19:18.040
  • growing?Then I think of three things
  • 00:19:18.507 --> 00:19:21.176
  • Then I think of three thingsthat I think people fear that
  • 00:19:21.176 --> 00:19:22.144
  • that I think people fear thatthey'll miss it in the Christian
  • 00:19:23.679 --> 00:19:25.847
  • they'll miss it in the Christianlife.
  • 00:19:25.847 --> 00:19:26.281
  • life.Number one, they fear of what
  • 00:19:27.649 --> 00:19:28.650
  • Number one, they fear of whatGod may require of them.
  • 00:19:30.219 --> 00:19:31.353
  • God may require of them.And so, they think, "Well, you
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  • And so, they think, "Well, youknow, God may call me to be
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  • know, God may call me to bea missionary."
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  • a missionary."Don't be concerned about that.
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  • Don't be concerned about that."God may require me to do this,
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  • "God may require me to do this,that, and the other."
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  • that, and the other."No.
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  • No.Watch this.
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  • Watch this.A loving Father will only
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  • A loving Father will onlyrequire--watch this--what He
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  • require--watch this--what Heknows you're capable of doing
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  • knows you're capable of doingwith His help, His strength,
  • 00:19:48.036 --> 00:19:49.037
  • with His help, His strength,with His wisdom.
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  • with His wisdom.Never require more than He's
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  • Never require more than He'swilling to enable you to do.
  • 00:19:53.976 --> 00:19:54.676
  • willing to enable you to do.Secondly, a fear of failure.
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  • Secondly, a fear of failure.Say, "Well, I can't live the
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  • Say, "Well, I can't live theChristian life."
  • 00:19:57.446 --> 00:19:57.613
  • Christian life."Well, none of us can live the
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  • Well, none of us can live theChristian life ourselves.
  • 00:20:00.916 --> 00:20:02.317
  • Christian life ourselves.And we all fail at times.
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  • And we all fail at times.We ask God to forgive us and
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  • We ask God to forgive us andmove on, but we don't take it
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  • move on, but we don't take itfor granted and we don't do it
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  • for granted and we don't do itfoolishly or haphazardly.
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  • foolishly or haphazardly.If He says, "If we confess our
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  • If He says, "If we confess oursin."
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  • sin."That means if we agree with Him
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  • That means if we agree with Himabout it.
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  • about it.We confess our sins, He's
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  • We confess our sins, He'sfaithful and just to forgive us
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  • faithful and just to forgive usof our sins and to cleanse us
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  • of our sins and to cleanse usfrom all unrighteousness.
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  • from all unrighteousness.Pick us up on the road of the
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  • Pick us up on the road of theChristian life and move us on.
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  • Christian life and move us on.You don't live in the muck and
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  • You don't live in the muck andmire of disobedience and sin
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  • mire of disobedience and sinin your life.
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  • in your life.You ask God to forgive you
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  • You ask God to forgive youand you keep moving.
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  • and you keep moving.No such thing as a sinless
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  • No such thing as a sinlesssaint.
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  • saint.We're all contaminated, because,
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  • We're all contaminated, because,listen, the road to living the
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  • listen, the road to living thewill of God is a difficult road
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  • will of God is a difficult roadand we will stumble unless we
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  • and we will stumble unless welean heavily upon our Lord.
  • 00:20:48.830 --> 00:20:49.898
  • lean heavily upon our Lord.Listen to Him, depend
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  • Listen to Him, dependupon the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:52.234 --> 00:20:52.934
  • upon the Holy Spirit.And so, we say, "Well, I'm
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  • And so, we say, "Well, I'mafraid of what God may require
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  • afraid of what God may requireof me and--well, listen, many
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  • of me and--well, listen, manythings He'll require of you, you
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  • things He'll require of you, youcan't do without Him, but the
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  • can't do without Him, but theHoly Spirit came into your life
  • 00:21:03.378 --> 00:21:04.479
  • Holy Spirit came into your lifeand sealed you as a child of God
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  • and sealed you as a child of Godwhen you were saved.
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  • when you were saved.Therefore, watch this, this is
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  • Therefore, watch this, this isGod's indwelling Spirit within
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  • God's indwelling Spirit withinyou to enable you to do any and
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  • you to enable you to do any andeverything God will require
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  • everything God will requireof you.
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  • of you.That's God's godly assurance.
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  • That's God's godly assurance.So, if we fail it isn't
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  • So, if we fail it isn'tHis part.
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  • His part.And He knows when we do fail,
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  • And He knows when we do fail,He's there to forgive us.
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  • He's there to forgive us.And so, we fear for example, of
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  • And so, we fear for example, ofwhat God may require of us.
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  • what God may require of us.We fear failure.
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  • We fear failure.Then one of the things we fear
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  • Then one of the things we fearis criticism.
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  • is criticism.How many times have you
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  • How many times have youdisobeyed God because you were
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  • disobeyed God because you wereafraid of what somebody may say
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  • afraid of what somebody may sayto you about your life?
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  • to you about your life?It's amazing how Christians can
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  • It's amazing how Christians canbecome afraid of other people's
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  • become afraid of other people'scriticism.
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  • criticism.Watch this.
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  • Watch this.You live a godly life, you're
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  • You live a godly life, you'regoing to be criticized.
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  • going to be criticized.You live a godly life and obey
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  • You live a godly life and obeyGod and attempt to walk in His
  • 00:21:56.431 --> 00:21:56.765
  • God and attempt to walk in Hisway and His will, you're going
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  • way and His will, you're goingto be blessed no matter what.
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  • to be blessed no matter what.God is on your side,
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  • God is on your side,living within you.
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  • living within you.And listen, God is all about
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  • And listen, God is all abouthelping you, enabling you,
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  • helping you, enabling you,equipping you, entrusting to you
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  • equipping you, entrusting to youthe strength and wisdom,
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  • the strength and wisdom,and guidance you need to live
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  • and guidance you need to livea godly life because all of us
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  • a godly life because all of usshine brighter
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  • shine brighterwhen we're living godly.
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  • when we're living godly.So, let me ask you
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  • So, let me ask youa simple question.
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  • a simple question.As you look at your life it is
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  • As you look at your life it isnobody's business but yours.
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  • nobody's business but yours.Nobody else can read your mind
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  • Nobody else can read your mindthis morning.
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  • this morning.Would you say that you are
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  • Would you say that you arewalking in the will of God
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  • walking in the will of Godfor your life?
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  • for your life?Now I didn't say
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  • Now I didn't saythat you never sin.
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  • that you never sin.I didn't say
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  • I didn't saythat you never falter.
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  • that you never falter.I didn't say that you never
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  • I didn't say that you nevergoing to make mistakes.
  • 00:22:46.214 --> 00:22:46.515
  • going to make mistakes.I didn't say you had to--in
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  • I didn't say you had to--inother words, do you believe as
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  • other words, do you believe asbest you know your life, you're
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  • best you know your life, you'rewalking in the will of God?
  • 00:22:53.722 --> 00:22:53.922
  • walking in the will of God?Not the past.
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  • Not the past.Not what you're going to do.
  • 00:22:57.692 --> 00:22:57.793
  • Not what you're going to do.But do you believe the best as
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  • But do you believe the best asyou know your life you're
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  • you know your life you'rewalking in His will?
  • 00:23:03.331 --> 00:23:03.432
  • walking in His will?There'll be times in your life
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  • There'll be times in your lifewhen it'll be easier to be
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  • when it'll be easier to beobedient than other times.
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  • obedient than other times.There'll be times when it'll be
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  • There'll be times when it'll bevery difficult for you to be
  • 00:23:12.007 --> 00:23:12.707
  • very difficult for you to beobedient to God because of the
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  • obedient to God because of thecircumstances in which you're in
  • 00:23:15.343 --> 00:23:16.011
  • circumstances in which you're inthat maybe you didn't create,
  • 00:23:16.678 --> 00:23:17.412
  • that maybe you didn't create,somebody else did.
  • 00:23:21.483 --> 00:23:24.386
  • somebody else did.The safest place to be is in
  • 00:23:24.686 --> 00:23:26.254
  • The safest place to be is inthe center of the will of God.
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  • the center of the will of God.Nobody else can put you there
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  • Nobody else can put you therebut you.
  • 00:23:32.928 --> 00:23:33.895
  • but you.You say, "How do I get there?"
  • 00:23:34.129 --> 00:23:34.963
  • You say, "How do I get there?"You ask God to forgive you
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  • You ask God to forgive youfor your sin.
  • 00:23:37.032 --> 00:23:38.099
  • for your sin.And you tell Him that as best
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  • And you tell Him that as bestyou know your heart, "Lord,
  • 00:23:40.836 --> 00:23:42.204
  • you know your heart, "Lord,I want you to govern my life,
  • 00:23:42.204 --> 00:23:42.337
  • I want you to govern my life,guide my life, show me the way.
  • 00:23:43.839 --> 00:23:44.439
  • guide my life, show me the way.And Lord with your help and
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  • And Lord with your help andstrength and the power of
  • 00:23:46.842 --> 00:23:48.276
  • strength and the power ofthe Holy Spirit I'll do my best
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  • the Holy Spirit I'll do my bestto follow You."
  • 00:23:50.612 --> 00:23:51.513
  • to follow You."You can't ever promise Him you
  • 00:23:51.513 --> 00:23:51.613
  • You can't ever promise Him youwon't ever sin again.
  • 00:23:53.381 --> 00:23:54.216
  • won't ever sin again.You can't promise Him
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  • You can't promise Himperfection.
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  • perfection.You can't promise Him
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  • You can't promise Himyou'll always do right.
  • 00:23:59.054 --> 00:23:59.354
  • you'll always do right.But you can say, "Lord, here's
  • 00:24:00.155 --> 00:24:00.388
  • But you can say, "Lord, here'smy life.
  • 00:24:01.823 --> 00:24:01.923
  • my life.That's my heart's desire and I'm
  • 00:24:03.058 --> 00:24:04.292
  • That's my heart's desire and I'mgoing to trust the Holy Spirit
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  • going to trust the Holy Spiritthat you placed within me and
  • 00:24:07.195 --> 00:24:07.963
  • that you placed within me andpromised me the power and the
  • 00:24:10.465 --> 00:24:11.867
  • promised me the power and thestrength to be obedient to you."
  • 00:24:14.002 --> 00:24:14.069
  • strength to be obedient to you."Is that your prayer?
  • 00:24:17.539 --> 00:24:20.108
  • Is that your prayer?Father, thank you, thank you,
  • 00:24:20.108 --> 00:24:20.642
  • Father, thank you, thank you,thank you for grace.
  • 00:24:22.043 --> 00:24:23.245
  • thank you for grace.Thank you that You understand
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  • Thank you that You understandwho we are, where we are, why we
  • 00:24:26.948 --> 00:24:27.115
  • who we are, where we are, why weare where we are.
  • 00:24:29.184 --> 00:24:30.352
  • are where we are.Thank you for Your willingness
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  • Thank you for Your willingnessto step into our lives at
  • 00:24:31.686 --> 00:24:31.720
  • to step into our lives atany point.
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  • any point.Forgive us of our sin.
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  • Forgive us of our sin.Cleanse us, stand us up again
  • 00:24:37.325 --> 00:24:39.561
  • Cleanse us, stand us up againand move us on in the center
  • 00:24:40.028 --> 00:24:41.930
  • and move us on in the centerof Your will.
  • 00:24:41.930 --> 00:24:42.030
  • of Your will.I pray that You have spoken to
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  • I pray that You have spoken toevery single one of us this
  • 00:24:45.367 --> 00:24:47.969
  • every single one of us thismorning and I pray for that
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  • morning and I pray for thatperson who came today who
  • 00:24:50.372 --> 00:24:51.072
  • person who came today whodoesn't even know anything about
  • 00:24:52.374 --> 00:24:53.008
  • doesn't even know anything aboutYour will, who never thought
  • 00:24:53.441 --> 00:24:54.776
  • Your will, who never thoughtabout that You have any real
  • 00:24:54.776 --> 00:24:54.976
  • about that You have any realpersonal interest in their life,
  • 00:24:57.646 --> 00:24:58.046
  • personal interest in their life,that they would surrender
  • 00:24:58.680 --> 00:25:01.082
  • that they would surrendertheir life to You today.
  • 00:25:01.082 --> 00:25:01.416
  • their life to You today.Thank you for loving us Father.
  • 00:25:03.485 --> 00:25:03.919
  • Thank you for loving us Father.Thank you that You never, never,
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  • Thank you that You never, never,never give up on us.
  • 00:25:09.457 --> 00:25:11.826
  • never give up on us.And thank you that the very
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  • And thank you that the verymoment we pass on from this life
  • 00:25:13.461 --> 00:25:13.728
  • moment we pass on from this lifeto the next You'll be there
  • 00:25:15.597 --> 00:25:16.097
  • to the next You'll be therebecause You said, "I will never
  • 00:25:20.835 --> 00:25:23.038
  • because You said, "I will neverleave you nor forsake you."
  • 00:25:25.173 --> 00:25:26.508
  • leave you nor forsake you."So, we say hallelujah this
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • - announcer: If you've beenblessed by today's program,
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  • [music]
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  • - all: Wow.
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  • - all: Wow.- male: Wow, wow.
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  • - male: Wow, wow.- male: Surprise.
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  • - male: Surprise.- female: Thank you, guys.
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  • - female: Thank you, guys.- female: The flowers are
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  • - female: The flowers arebeautiful.
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  • beautiful.- female: Yes, looking forward
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  • - female: Yes, looking forwardto it.
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  • to it.- female announcer: Even though
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  • - female announcer: Even thoughlife might take turns you
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.- announcer: God created you
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  • - announcer: God created youwith a plan to fulfill an
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  • You may not realize how
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  • You may not realize howprofoundly God desires to
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  • profoundly God desires towork in you and impact others
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  • Just imagine what your life
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  • Just imagine what your lifemight look like a year from now
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  • might look like a year from nowafter connecting daily
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  • "God's Purpose for Your Life,"
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  • "God's Purpose for Your Life,"a new year-long devotional
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  • - male: Salt and light.
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  • - male: Salt and light.That's what Jesus wants from us.
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  • That's what Jesus wants from us.But if you're like me,
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  • But if you're like me,sometimes it's hard to define.
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  • sometimes it's hard to define.Do I add just a pinch of salt
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  • Do I add just a pinch of saltor dump the whole shaker?
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  • or dump the whole shaker?Do I light a candle or reach
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  • Do I light a candle or reachfor a spotlight?
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  • for a spotlight?Working through the Beatitudes
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  • Working through the Beatitudesthis year helped me see things
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  • this year helped me see thingsGod's way.
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  • God's way.The question is: how can we add
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  • The question is: how can we addthe essence of His grace and the
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  • the essence of His grace and thelight of His love to change
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into
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  • a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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