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  • female: Thanks for watchingtoday.
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  • I pray the message you're aboutto hear will empower you to use
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  • your voice, help change the wayyou think, and refresh
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  • your spirit.
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  • find them on the "on demand"page of walkingbyfaith.TV, or on
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  • our app.
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  • When you find yourselfdepressed, discouraged, and
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  • disheartened, it's easy to getcaught up in a negative
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  • self talk.
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  • The woe is me, I can't doanything right, I'm a
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  • horrible person.
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  • When we start to feel like this,the best thing we can do is put
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  • on a garment of praise.
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  • Begin to praise God for justbeing a good God.
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  • When we start to lay thisfoundation of praise, we start
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  • looking ahead at the thingsGod's going to be doing for us.
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  • We start to leave that depressedlife behind.
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  • Let's join Pastor today in hismessage, "Garment of Praise."
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  • Duane Vander Klok: Well, todaywe're gonna jump right back in.
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  • We're gonna be talk aboutrecalibrating and really looking
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  • at what has happened in oursociety recently with the
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  • turmoil, with COVID, witheverything that's going on.
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  • So many people are discouraged,they're depressed, there's
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  • dread, there's fear.
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  • I just want to say that justbecause you're going through
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  • something, don't think you'realone.
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  • You know, the Bible says, "Notemptation has overtaken you but
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  • such as is common."
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  • And whatever you're feeling,just realize that, hey, this is
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  • not abnormal.
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  • In fact, I was thinking about,particularly about
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  • discouragement and depression.
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  • Many great people, AbrahamLincoln was actually on
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  • suicide watch.
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  • I mean, they were watching him24 hours a day.
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  • He had gone through a setback,and then his fiance died, and he
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  • was literally on suicide watch.
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  • He was so depressed.
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  • Winston Churchill, probably oneof the greatest people of the
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  • last century, he foughtdepression literally all
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  • his life.
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  • He would call it the black dog.
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  • The black dog is back.
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  • Solomon, this one's the classic.
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  • He says I hate my life.
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  • Anybody been there?
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  • He says I just hate my life.
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  • Now, it can happen, in fact, Ithink it's interesting that one
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  • of the clinical definitions ofdepression is anger
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  • turned inward.
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  • Anger turned inward.
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  • In other words, you can probablyspot it by your self-talk.
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  • How many of you know we all talkto each other?
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  • I mean, on the inside, we'retalking.
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  • You're talking to you, I'mtalking to me, and there are
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  • some things, when things aregoin' like, "You are such
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  • a loser.
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  • You're an idiot.
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  • You can't do anything right.
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  • You are so pathetic."
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  • You know, everything that'sgoing wrong in your life is only
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  • half of what you deserve.
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  • You know, when that kindaself-talk is going on, it is a
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  • sure sign there's depression.
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  • Some of the signs, yourmotivation is gone, your hunger
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  • and your fire to pursue thethings of God, it just dries up,
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  • it's gone.
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  • When you look at something, youonly see the thorns and you
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  • don't see the roses.
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  • Every place you look, it's just,you just see the bad.
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  • Your conversation is negative,and sour, and of course, that's
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  • especially including yourself-talk.
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  • You don't see your currentblessings.
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  • You can be blessed in so manyways, but all you see are the
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  • negative things.
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  • Your enthusiasm, it's fake, it'sforced, you gotta work it up.
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  • And here's a big one, yourfuture plans, they seem to just
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  • be really foggy, or they'regone, or they're dazed.
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  • You don't see the futurebreakthrough coming.
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  • You don't see the fact, well,I've been doing right.
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  • I've been sowing, and I'm goingto reap what I sow.
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  • The Bible says, "God is notmocked.
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  • Whatever a man sows, he willalso reap."
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  • But when we begin to thinkwrong, it just tells us where
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  • we are.
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  • The Bible says, "As a man thinksin his heart, so is he."
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  • As you think in your heart.
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  • So, addressing that, God saysthis, Isaiah 61, excuse me 61,
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  • Isaiah 26 and verse 3. "You willkeep him in perfect peace whose
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  • mind is stayed on you, becausehe trusts in you."
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  • So, no matter what the situationis, no matter the obstacles that
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  • you're facing, God says you canbe in perfect peace, but it
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  • depends where your mind is.
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  • So, you can't be thinkingnegative thoughts and have
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  • perfect peace.
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  • In fact, the reason God gave usa Bible was to correct
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  • our thinking.
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  • Romans 12 verse 2, "Do not beconformed to this world."
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  • Don't be like the world, "But betransformed," or be changed, one
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  • translation says it this way,"By changing the way you think."
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  • Another translation says, youknow, "Don't be conformed to
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  • this world, but be transformedby the renewing of your mind,"
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  • changing how you think.
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  • Now, if we can think right, wecan have perfect peace.
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  • Now, Jesus said this, John 14verse 1, he said, "Do not let
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  • your heart be troubled."
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  • Don't let your heart bedepressed.
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  • Don't let your heart bediscouraged.
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  • Don't let it be troubled.
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  • But now, here's where we live.
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  • People say, "Yeah, but that'swhat I feel."
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  • They say, "I feel that, sothat's my reality, because I
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  • feel it."
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  • Well, Jesus said don't letyourself feel that.
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  • Now, how do you not feel that?
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  • Well, here's what we believe.
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  • Most of us believe that ourfeelings determine our thoughts,
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  • but the Bible says that yourthoughts determine
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  • your feelings.
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  • Jesus said, "Do not let yourheart be troubled."
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  • He says you're thinkin' aboutthe wrong things.
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  • Over here in Isaiah, it says,"You'll keep him in perfect
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  • peace whose mind is stayed onhim."
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  • You see, he said he will neverleave you and never forsake you.
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  • And let me remind you, when hesaid "leave," it means to
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  • physically leave, but to forsakemeans to turn his heart away
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  • from you.
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  • God said I'm never physicallygonna leave you.
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  • How many of you felt like Godwas distant?
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  • He wasn't, how many have feltlike God was mad and
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  • rejecting you?
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  • He wasn't, he said I'll neverturn my heart away from you.
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  • You see, you are who God saysyou are.
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  • You can do what God says you cando.
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  • And you have what God says thatyou can have.
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  • You can have it, but if you'regonna look at what the world
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  • tells you, you are gonna bediscouraged.
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  • Let me just say it like this.
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  • I want to be nice, but if yourintake on the world's
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  • perspective, if you're intake onthe world's news
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  • and the world's entertainment
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  • is greater thanyour intake of the Word of God,
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  • your depression isself-inflicted.
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  • Is it any wonder if your mind isnot stayed on him, on his
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  • promises, in his love, and hisredemption, who he says you are,
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  • what he says you have, you'regonna be depressed?
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  • This world is a mess.
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  • It's a mess, and when we letthem tell us how to think and
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  • how to feel, is it any wonderwe're a mess?
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  • We need to find out what Godsays.
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  • Don't be like the world, but betransformed by changing the way
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  • you think.
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  • The Bible is supposed to changehow we think.
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  • That's why the Bible says youneed to meditate in his Word day
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  • and night, day and night.
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  • When we do it God's way, we'llget God's results.
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  • In Philippians 4 verse 8, theApostle Paul writes to the
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  • church in Philippi, and he says,"Finally brethren," I would just
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  • like to say the church in GrandRapids, "Whatever things are
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  • true, whatever things are noble,whatever things are just,
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  • whatever things are pure,whatever things are lovely,
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  • whatever things are of a goodreport, if there be any virtue,
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  • if there be any praise, think ormeditate on these things."
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  • See, when we meditate, when wefocus on the right things, our
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  • thoughts are gonna change ourfeelings.
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  • And don't let the world tell youthat's what you feel, because
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  • you can change what you feel bychanging the way that you think.
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  • Isaiah 14 and 3, "The Lord willgive you rest from your sorrow."
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  • When we keep our mind focused onhim and on what he promises us,
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  • no matter how dark it is, theBible says, "The entrance of
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  • your word brings light."
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  • It doesn't matter how dark yourcircumstances are, god says
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  • look, my Word will bring light,and it will give understanding
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  • to the simple.
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  • In Psalms 7 and verse 14, itsays, "Behold the wicked man
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  • conceives evil and is pregnantwith mischief and gives birth
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  • to lies."
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  • You conceive, you're pregnant,and then you give birth.
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  • Your feelings and your life doesnot just happen.
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  • You conceive, you're pregnant,and you give birth.
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  • In the New Testament, James istalking about the same thing.
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  • He says, "Let no one say whenhe's tempted, 'I'm being tempted
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  • by God,' for God is not temptedby evil, nor does he himself
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  • tempt anyone.
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  • But each one is tempted whenhe's drawn away by his own
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  • desires and enticed.
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  • And when desire has conceived,it gives birth to sin, and sin,
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  • when it's full grown, givesbirth to death."
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  • It gives birth to death.
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  • It's saying the same thing.
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  • First we conceive, then there'sthis time where we're meditating
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  • on things, and after we meditateon it for a while,
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  • it gives birth.
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  • It gives birth.
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  • So, "As a man thinks in hisheart, so is he."
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  • So, the Bible says to guard yourheart with all diligence.
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  • And I just want you to thinktoday, am I guarding my heart?
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  • Am I letting the world'spropaganda in my heart, or am I
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  • taking God's Word, which istruth, and putting that in
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  • my heart?
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  • Because what you believe,listen, what you believe, what
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  • you believe, whether it's trueor false, will determine how
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  • you feel.
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  • You say, "I don't believe that,"let me give you an example.
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  • Let us suppose that someonewho's very dear to you lives in
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  • another state, and someone comesand says to you they just died
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  • in an automobile accident.
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  • How many of you know you willexperience some feelings?
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  • You will have some thoughts.
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  • Even though it's a lie, you canbelieve a lie.
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  • And when you believe a lie, youwill act in accordance with what
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  • you believe.
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  • So, what we've gotta do is,we've got to be sure we're
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  • thinking all of the rightthoughts.
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  • "And you will keep him inperfect peace whose mind is
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  • stayed on you."
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  • So, Jeremiah the prophet isprophesying to the children of
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  • Israel, who have literallyturned away from God and they're
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  • worshiping the sun, and they'reworshiping other false gods, and
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  • he says you need to repent andcome back to God, and the people
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  • don't listen.
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  • In fact, he says if you don'trepent, he said the day's gonna
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  • come when the King of Babylon isgonna come, and he's gonna
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  • destroy the city and take youcaptive.
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  • And remember, he's called theweeping prophet.
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  • He literally is just crying,because nobody's listening, and
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  • he knows what's gonna happen.
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  • Well, sure enough, theBabylonians come, they capture
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  • the city, they take the peoplecaptive.
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  • Daniel and his three friendswere some of those that were
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  • taken captive.
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  • When the city fell, Jeremiahgave them a word from the Lord.
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  • And he says, "Thus says theLord."
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  • He said, "Pray for the citywhere you're being taken."
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  • Plant vineyards and gardens,give your sons and daughters in
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  • marriage, have children, andpray for this place, because as
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  • this city prospers, you're goingto prosper.
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  • And I am going to visit you, andI'm going to bring you back to
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  • your own land.
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  • And I won't leave you, and Iwon't forsake you.
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  • That's a good prophecy,especially for somebody in
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  • their condition.
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  • Psalms 137 says, "By the riversof Babylon, there we sat down,
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  • and we wept when we rememberedZion."
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  • Now, instead of looking at theprophecy that Jeremiah has given
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  • them, they looked back, and theysaid, you know what?
  • 00:14:04.894 --> 00:14:08.030
  • We should have listened.
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  • And if we had listened to theprophet, well, this person
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  • wouldn't have died, our citywouldn't have been taken, we
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  • wouldn't be here as captives.
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  • And it says, "We hung our harpsin the willows in the
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  • midst thereof.
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  • And there, those who carried usaway captive asked of us a song,
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  • and those who plundered usrequired of us mirth, saying,
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  • 'Sing one of the songs ofZion.'"
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  • Now, because of theirdepression, and because they're
  • 00:14:27.983 --> 00:14:30.486
  • thinking on the wrong things,they aren't able to worship God.
  • 00:14:30.519 --> 00:14:35.357
  • You know, you can get sodepressed, people around you are
  • 00:14:35.391 --> 00:14:37.826
  • like, "Hallelujah," and you'rejust like, "They're hypocrites,
  • 00:14:37.860 --> 00:14:40.930
  • what are they rejoicing about?
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  • Don't they know how bad it is?"
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  • And literally, instead oflooking at the promises that God
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  • gave them that he was going tobless them and bring them back
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  • to their land, they look at whatcould have been, and should have
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  • been, and might have been, andought to have been.
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  • How many of you can lookbackwards and go, "Ooh it could
  • 00:14:55.144 --> 00:14:57.880
  • have been better?
  • 00:14:57.913 --> 00:14:59.248
  • I could've done better If I had,if I hadn't."
  • 00:14:59.281 --> 00:15:03.786
  • And we can all do that, butbecause they looked back,
  • 00:15:03.819 --> 00:15:09.858
  • they're depressed.
  • 00:15:09.892 --> 00:15:11.260
  • They can't worship God, andthey're really missing out on
  • 00:15:11.293 --> 00:15:14.863
  • what God has for them.
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  • Let me--this is my firstclosing, my first closing.
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  • Alright, Jesus goes to hishometown of Nazareth, and he
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  • opens the scroll of the prophetIsaiah, to what we call chapter
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  • 61, and it's a prophecy aboutthe Messiah.
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  • And he begins to read it, andthis is probably what he read
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  • every place that he went tobegin his ministry.
  • 00:15:43.592 --> 00:15:46.562
  • And he said, "The spirit of theLord is upon me," and he says,
  • 00:15:46.595 --> 00:15:49.498
  • "I'm here to proclaim theacceptable year of the Lord, to
  • 00:15:49.531 --> 00:15:52.968
  • comfort all who mourn in Zion,to console those who mourn in
  • 00:15:53.002 --> 00:15:56.772
  • Zion, to give them beauty forashes, the oil of joy for
  • 00:15:56.805 --> 00:16:00.142
  • mourning, and the garment ofpraise for the spirit of
  • 00:16:00.175 --> 00:16:05.814
  • heaviness," or depression.
  • 00:16:05.848 --> 00:16:10.486
  • Now, the Bible says this, thatGod wants to make an exchange.
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  • He wants to give you the garmentof praise instead of the spirit
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  • of depression.
  • 00:16:17.960 --> 00:16:19.395
  • Depression and praise do notcoexist.
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  • When we begin to praise God,when we began to thank God for
  • 00:16:24.299 --> 00:16:28.537
  • who he is, for what he's done,it lifts us.
  • 00:16:28.570 --> 00:16:33.442
  • I was just reading this.
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  • I was reading the ESV Bible thisweek, and a verse jumped out at
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  • me that I'd never seen before,and I thought, "Boy that fits."
  • 00:16:38.547 --> 00:16:42.151
  • It's Psalms 33:1, it says,"Shout for joy in the Lord, O
  • 00:16:42.184 --> 00:16:49.158
  • you righteous.
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  • Praise benefits the upright."
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  • I'm gonna say that again.
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  • "Praise benefits the upright."
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  • Praise doesn't just benefit God,but praise benefits you.
  • 00:17:00.369 --> 00:17:06.442
  • "Praise benefits the upright."
  • 00:17:06.475 --> 00:17:09.244
  • It lifts you, it recalibratesyou, it uproots your unbelief
  • 00:17:09.278 --> 00:17:14.516
  • and your doubt.
  • 00:17:14.550 --> 00:17:15.884
  • It is a weapon, literally aweapon against the enemy.
  • 00:17:15.918 --> 00:17:20.956
  • And God, literally, how can wesay this?
  • 00:17:20.989 --> 00:17:24.226
  • Praise is God's address.
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  • He inhabits the praises of hispeople.
  • 00:17:26.695 --> 00:17:30.332
  • And when we begin to praise him,begin to thank him, began to
  • 00:17:30.365 --> 00:17:33.869
  • worship him, God shows up.
  • 00:17:33.902 --> 00:17:37.873
  • He shows up.
  • 00:17:37.906 --> 00:17:39.908
  • "Praise benefits the upright."
  • 00:17:39.942 --> 00:17:43.512
  • It is to your advantage topraise the Lord.
  • 00:17:43.545 --> 00:17:47.583
  • Now, the Bible says in Hebrews13 to give the sacrifice
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  • of praise.
  • 00:17:53.088 --> 00:17:54.389
  • So, that means when you don'tfeel like it, when you don't see
  • 00:17:54.423 --> 00:17:58.927
  • it, you need to begin to praisemore than any other time,
  • 00:17:58.961 --> 00:18:05.868
  • because praise is his address.
  • 00:18:05.901 --> 00:18:08.904
  • He shows up when we begin topraise.
  • 00:18:08.937 --> 00:18:11.974
  • In Psalms 8 and verse 2, itsays, "You ordained strength
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  • because of your enemies, thatyou may silence the enemy and
  • 00:18:15.377 --> 00:18:19.848
  • the avenger.
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  • It's out of the mouth of babesand nursing infants you ordained
  • 00:18:21.216 --> 00:18:24.453
  • strength," Psalms 8. Jesusquotes it, but Jesus says it a
  • 00:18:24.486 --> 00:18:29.057
  • little bit differently.
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  • He says, "You have perfectedpraise."
  • 00:18:30.526 --> 00:18:33.529
  • "You have perfected praise,"why?
  • 00:18:33.562 --> 00:18:35.797
  • Because of your enemies, tosilence the enemy and
  • 00:18:35.831 --> 00:18:40.068
  • the avenger.
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  • When we began to praise God, itshuts the devil up.
  • 00:18:41.436 --> 00:18:46.008
  • It shuts the devil up.
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  • They were saying, "Hosanna,blessed is he who comes in the
  • 00:18:48.744 --> 00:18:52.080
  • name of the Lord."
  • 00:18:52.114 --> 00:18:54.082
  • It crushes the enemies foothold.
  • 00:18:54.116 --> 00:18:58.253
  • It takes that stronghold and itcrumbles.
  • 00:18:58.287 --> 00:19:02.057
  • Now, in Ezra chapter 3, Ezra hascome and he's building
  • 00:19:02.090 --> 00:19:06.562
  • the temple.
  • 00:19:06.595 --> 00:19:07.896
  • And the Bible says when theylaid the foundation of that
  • 00:19:07.930 --> 00:19:11.133
  • temple, it says they began toshout, and they said, "For he is
  • 00:19:11.166 --> 00:19:15.904
  • good, and his mercy enduresforever towards Israel."
  • 00:19:15.938 --> 00:19:21.543
  • "All the people shouted with agreat shout, and they praised
  • 00:19:21.577 --> 00:19:24.646
  • the Lord because the foundationof the house of the Lord
  • 00:19:24.680 --> 00:19:28.584
  • was laid."
  • 00:19:28.617 --> 00:19:30.052
  • What we typically do is, wedon't want to praise until the
  • 00:19:30.085 --> 00:19:34.990
  • foundation has been laid, thewalls are up, the roof is on,
  • 00:19:35.023 --> 00:19:40.896
  • and there's a dedicationservice.
  • 00:19:40.929 --> 00:19:44.333
  • But when they just saw thefoundation, you say, "But I
  • 00:19:44.366 --> 00:19:48.303
  • prayed for healing and I'm only20% better."
  • 00:19:48.337 --> 00:19:52.241
  • Whoo, time to praise.
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  • Time to give some thanksgiving.
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  • You don't need to wait until yousee the full manifestation, you
  • 00:19:56.078 --> 00:20:00.115
  • need to begin to praise Godimmediately, immediately.
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  • In fact, everybody stand up.
  • 00:20:04.553 --> 00:20:06.588
  • We're gonna take a praise break.
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  • I'm not done yet, alright, mysecond closing is coming in just
  • 00:20:07.990 --> 00:20:10.926
  • a minute.
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  • I want you lift your hands, justshout this.
  • 00:20:12.327 --> 00:20:13.629
  • "For the Lord is good, and hismercy endures forever.
  • 00:20:13.662 --> 00:20:19.167
  • The Lord is good and his mercyendures forever.
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  • He'll never leave me.
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  • He never forsakes me.
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  • God, you're awesome," whoo.
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  • Alright, sit down, sit down, 2Chronicles chapter 20.
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  • Now it happened, Jehoshaphat isking, "And it happened after
  • 00:20:45.027 --> 00:20:51.566
  • this that the people of Moab,the people of Ammon, and others
  • 00:20:51.600 --> 00:20:55.570
  • besides them came to battleagainst Jehoshaphat."
  • 00:20:55.604 --> 00:20:59.908
  • So, he's got the Moabites, andhe's got the Ammonites, and
  • 00:20:59.941 --> 00:21:04.346
  • others, at least two others.
  • 00:21:04.379 --> 00:21:07.849
  • How many ever felt like you hadtoo many enemies at one time?
  • 00:21:07.883 --> 00:21:10.919
  • Too many problems at once.
  • 00:21:10.952 --> 00:21:12.788
  • You know, I always say, just Ialways just want one front.
  • 00:21:12.821 --> 00:21:16.391
  • I just want one.
  • 00:21:16.425 --> 00:21:18.193
  • In fact, Germany, their bigmistake in the Second World War
  • 00:21:18.226 --> 00:21:21.296
  • was to have two fronts.
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  • They had the Eastern front andthe Western front, and they
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  • we're divided.
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  • But sometimes you've gotproblems that's in your family,
  • 00:21:27.169 --> 00:21:29.871
  • you've got problems in yourbody, you've got problems with
  • 00:21:29.905 --> 00:21:32.341
  • your finances, you got problemsat work, and they're coming at
  • 00:21:32.374 --> 00:21:35.644
  • you in every direction.
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  • All right, we need to look, thisis what he did.
  • 00:21:38.380 --> 00:21:40.716
  • When it happened it says, "AndJehoshaphat feared."
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  • How many of you have ever hadsome fear, been depressed?
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  • Like, what's gonna happen?
  • 00:21:48.223 --> 00:21:49.925
  • He had fear.
  • 00:21:49.958 --> 00:21:51.393
  • And look what he did.
  • 00:21:51.426 --> 00:21:52.728
  • This is what we need to do.
  • 00:21:52.761 --> 00:21:54.096
  • "And he set himself to seek theLord."
  • 00:21:54.129 --> 00:21:57.499
  • The fear is not wrong, but yougotta react to that fear.
  • 00:21:57.532 --> 00:22:02.037
  • How do you do it?
  • 00:22:02.070 --> 00:22:03.638
  • You go to God.
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  • And he proclaimed a fast, andall the people get together and
  • 00:22:05.574 --> 00:22:08.710
  • they pray.
  • 00:22:08.744 --> 00:22:10.112
  • And then Jehoshaphat stood upand he said, "Hear me, O Judah
  • 00:22:10.145 --> 00:22:13.448
  • and inhabitants of Jerusalem,believe the Lord your God and
  • 00:22:13.482 --> 00:22:16.118
  • you'll be established.
  • 00:22:16.151 --> 00:22:17.486
  • Believe his prophets and you'llprosper."
  • 00:22:17.519 --> 00:22:19.721
  • And they consulted together, andthey made this decision.
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  • Let's take the choir and put thechoir in front of the army, and
  • 00:22:23.792 --> 00:22:28.163
  • let the choir attack the enemyby singing.
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  • Does that sound like a dumbstrategy?
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  • In the natural that made nosense, right?
  • 00:22:36.705 --> 00:22:39.408
  • No sense at all, but they putthe choir in front of the army
  • 00:22:39.441 --> 00:22:44.179
  • as the minimum of four enemiesare coming against them.
  • 00:22:44.212 --> 00:22:49.684
  • And the Bible says that whenthey did, God showed up.
  • 00:22:49.718 --> 00:22:54.589
  • They began to sing and topraise, and the Lord sent
  • 00:22:54.623 --> 00:22:56.958
  • ambushments against theAmmonites, the Moabites, Mount
  • 00:22:56.992 --> 00:23:01.463
  • Seir who had come against Judah,and they were defeated.
  • 00:23:01.496 --> 00:23:05.233
  • In fact, they turned on eachother and defeated themselves.
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  • Now, I'm going to tell yousomething.
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  • I'm starting to preach myselfhappy.
  • 00:23:10.806 --> 00:23:12.407
  • You see, when we began to praiseand we began to worship, he
  • 00:23:12.441 --> 00:23:16.378
  • inhabits the praises of hispeople.
  • 00:23:16.411 --> 00:23:20.649
  • And literally, again, praise ishis address.
  • 00:23:20.682 --> 00:23:23.485
  • And when God shows up, God moveson your behalf.
  • 00:23:23.518 --> 00:23:28.557
  • He defeated the enemy, and allthey needed to do was go out and
  • 00:23:28.590 --> 00:23:35.163
  • take the spoil from the battle.
  • 00:23:35.197 --> 00:23:39.234
  • Jesus said that perfectedpraise, it silences the enemy
  • 00:23:39.267 --> 00:23:45.640
  • and the avenger.
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  • And I really believe this.
  • 00:23:47.309 --> 00:23:48.810
  • I believe that we live in asociety that is a very
  • 00:23:48.844 --> 00:23:52.747
  • ungrateful society, but we needto begin to praise, and we need
  • 00:23:52.781 --> 00:23:58.186
  • to begin to thank God.
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:23:59.855
  • And when we do, he shows up inour life, in our situation.
  • 00:23:59.888 --> 00:24:05.494
  • Duane: Thanks for theopportunity today to share the
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  • Word of God with you.
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  • And if you're watching today,and you realize in your heart
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  • you're not right with God, oryou're away from the Lord, and
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  • you say I wanna be right withGod, you see, there's two things
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  • that are necessary.
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  • The first one is for you tosurrender your life to Jesus.
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  • And you need to receive theforgiveness that he has for you.
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  • Just say, "Oh God, I believethat Jesus died on the cross.
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