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Who Am I: Getting a God Identity

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January 15, 2017
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Balanced Living with Dr. Jim Reeve

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Who Am I: Getting a God Identity

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  • - Dan Reeve: No matter
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  • how great you pretend to be,
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  • who God has created you to be
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  • is even greater.
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  • The greatest battle we face
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  • is not around us.
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  • The greatest battle we face
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  • is within us.
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  • At once the man stood up,
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  • he picked up his mat and walked.
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  • You see, when you cannot
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  • get to your healing,
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  • Jesus brings healing to you.
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  • He brings it
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  • in the form of himself.
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  • He shows up.
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  • Jesus is not just the way
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  • to heaven, Jesus is the way
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  • - Dan: One of my kids
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  • sent me this;
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  • it says, "A police officer
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  • pulled over a driver
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  • and informed him that because
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  • he was wearing his seatbelt,
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  • he had just won $1.000
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  • in a safety competition.
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  • 'What are you gonna do
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  • with the prize money?'
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  • the officer asked.
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  • The man responded, 'I guess
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  • I'll go to driving school
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  • and get my license.'
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  • At that moment, his wife who was
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  • seated next to him chimed in,
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  • 'Officer, don't listen to him,
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  • he's drunk.'
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  • That woke up the guy
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  • in the backseat who, when
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  • he saw the cop, blurted out,
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  • 'I knew we wouldn't get
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  • very far in a stolen car.'
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  • At that moment,
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  • there was a knock from
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  • the trunk and a voice asked,
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  • 'Are we over the border yet?'"
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  • Sometimes life doesn't go
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  • the way that we plan for it
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  • to go.
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  • R.W. Emerson wrote,
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  • "To be yourself
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  • in a world that is
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  • constantly trying to
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  • make you something else is
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  • the greatest accomplishment."
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  • You see, in life what we see on
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  • the outside doesn't always match
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  • the reality of what's
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  • taking place on the inside.
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  • There's the life that we are
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  • really living and then there's
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  • the life that we are pretending
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  • to live, that we want everyone
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  • to think that we're living.
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  • That's our Facebook life,
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  • that's our Instagram life.
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  • You see, too many people
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  • are hiding their true identity.
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  • Too many people are pretending
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  • to be something or someone
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  • that they're not.
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  • And, in fact, as time goes on,
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  • you can even forget what
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  • real feels like if all
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  • you've been living is pretend.
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  • Authentic is so much better
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  • than fake.
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  • Don't rob people
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  • of experiencing you.
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  • You are a gift.
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  • Little kids love to play
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  • pretend.
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  • All my kids when they were
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  • little, they would love to play
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  • pretend but my daughter's
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  • the only one who still likes
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  • to play pretend.
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  • If I try to like play pretend
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  • with my boys, they'll look at me
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  • like I'm crazy.
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  • But my daughter's like,
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  • "Come on, daddy."
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  • And she sets up all of her toys
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  • and we make these
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  • pretend worlds.
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  • And somebody saves this princess
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  • and then this bad guy comes in,
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  • and it's this beautiful thing.
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  • And then at some point she says,
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  • "Daddy, it's time to have
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  • a pretend beauty school."
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  • And she says, "I'm gonna
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  • make you look beautiful."
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  • And I'm like, "Well, Delaney,
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  • I can't make you look anymore
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  • beautiful because makeup
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  • will just, it will just
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  • take away from your beauty."
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  • And, you know, it's amazing that
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  • as kids, we do love to play
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  • pretend, but we don't live in
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  • a pretend world.
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  • And as adults, sometimes we act
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  • like we got it all together
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  • when frankly we're just trying
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  • to hold it all together.
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  • Unfortunately, we find too much
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  • of our, or we try to find
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  • too much of our identity in
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  • the superficial things in life,
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  • the exterior things, the clothes
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  • we wear, the car we drive,
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  • the house we live in,
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  • but that's not who you are.
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  • 1 Samuel 16:7 says,
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  • "The Lord doesn't look at
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  • the things people look at."
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  • People look at the outer side.
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  • People look at what's on
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  • the outside but God looks at,
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  • what?
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  • He looks at the heart.
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  • So, I have an announcement
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  • for you this morning:
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  • No matter how great you pretend
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  • to be, who God has created
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  • you to be is even greater.
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  • I don't know if you heard that,
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  • but no matter how great you
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  • pretend but who God created
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  • you to be is even greater.
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  • If you have your Bibles, open up
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  • to the Book of John chapter 5.
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  • John chapter 5 beginning in
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  • verse 1, "Some time later,
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  • Jesus went up to Jerusalem
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  • for one of the Jewish festivals.
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  • Now there is in Jerusalem near
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  • the Sheep Gate a pool, which in
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  • Aramaic is called Bethesda
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  • and which is surrounded by
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  • five covered colonnades.
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  • Here a great number of disabled
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  • people used to lie--the blind,
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  • the lame, the paralyzed.
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  • One who was there had been
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  • an invalid for
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  • thirty-eight years.
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  • When Jesus saw him lying there
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  • and learned that he had been in
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  • this condition for a long time,
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  • he asked him,
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  • 'Do you want to get well?'
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  • 'Sir,' the invalid replied,
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  • 'I have no one to help me
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  • into the pool
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  • when the water is stirred.
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  • While I am trying to get in,
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  • someone else goes down
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  • ahead of me.'
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  • Then Jesus said to him,
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  • 'Get up!'"
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  • Somebody say, "Get up."
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  • "Pick up--" Someone say,
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  • "Pick up."
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  • "'Pick up your mat and walk.'
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  • At once the man was cured; he
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  • picked up his mat and walked."
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  • Who am I?
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  • Last week, we looked at
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  • Genesis 32 where Jacob was faced
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  • with this question, "Who am I?"
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  • We saw that people will try to
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  • label us by their words,
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  • try to identify who we are.
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  • Yet as we grow in our
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  • relationship with Christ,
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  • we become less concerned with
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  • what people have to say and
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  • more concerned with what God
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  • has to say because his words
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  • have absolute power.
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  • When God speaks,
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  • something will happen.
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  • And you only discover who you
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  • are when you discover whose you
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  • are and when you know whose you
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  • are, there's an internal sense
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  • of security about who you are
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  • and who God created you to be.
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  • C.S. Lewis puts it this way,
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  • "Look for yourself and you will
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  • find loneliness and despair.
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  • Look for Christ, and you will
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  • find him and everything else."
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  • And, you know, God is not just
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  • the God of our success, but
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  • he is the God of our struggle.
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  • God loves and uses
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  • imperfect people.
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  • Peter spoke boldly
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  • and confidently on
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  • the day of Pentecost,
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  • yet not too long before that, he
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  • was denying he even knew Christ.
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  • Moses delivered God's people
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  • from captivity,
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  • yet he killed a man.
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  • Abram was the father of
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  • many nations, but he was a liar.
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  • Noah built a boat that would
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  • save humanity, yet he got drunk
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  • and did some crazy things.
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  • David was a man after God's
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  • own heart, yet he committed
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  • adultery and murdered somebody,
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  • had somebody murdered
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  • trying to cover it up.
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  • Don't believe the lie that
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  • God only loves and uses
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  • perfect people.
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  • He is the God of Abraham.
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  • He's the God of Isaac
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  • and as last week we saw,
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  • he is the God of Jacob.
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  • And Jacob discovered who he was
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  • in the struggle because
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  • the struggle makes us stronger.
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  • And sometimes it could be
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  • a battle but Jacob faced
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  • his battle, although it wasn't
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  • until he'd been on the run
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  • for a few decades.
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  • He deceives his father
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  • and then he's on the run.
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  • And, you know, so much of
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  • our lives are spent running.
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  • We're running,
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  • but are we running to
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  • or are we running from?
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  • Are we running to a future,
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  • or are we running from a past,
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  • running from a painful
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  • childhood, running from
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  • a broken relationship, running
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  • from a disappointing career?
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  • Physically, we might be
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  • in the same place,
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  • but we are still running.
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  • Nobody might even be able to
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  • tell, but on the inside, we are
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  • running and there is no rest
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  • when you're running from,
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  • there is no peace
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  • when you're running from.
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  • Augustine wrote,
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  • "We are restless
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  • until we find our rest in thee."
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  • You know, sometimes, sometimes
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  • we're actually running from God.
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  • We're not running to God
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  • but we're running from God.
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  • Jonah ran from God.
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  • God said, "I'm gonna send you
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  • to Nineveh."
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  • Jonah's like, "Okay, thank you,
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  • but no thank you," and
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  • he heads the other direction.
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  • He's not running to God,
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  • he's running from God.
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  • Why did he run?
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  • Maybe he was scared, maybe
  • 00:08:34.220 --> 00:08:36.020
  • the assignment seemed too big,
  • 00:08:36.020 --> 00:08:38.040
  • maybe he didn't want the people
  • 00:08:38.040 --> 00:08:39.140
  • of Nineveh to repent.
  • 00:08:39.140 --> 00:08:40.280
  • Maybe he wanted them to face
  • 00:08:40.280 --> 00:08:42.070
  • judgment but whatever his
  • 00:08:42.070 --> 00:08:43.110
  • reason, he's on the run and he
  • 00:08:43.180 --> 00:08:46.180
  • ends up in the belly of a fish.
  • 00:08:47.010 --> 00:08:50.010
  • He's not like, "I'm gonna be
  • 00:08:50.010 --> 00:08:51.140
  • on a beach chillin' somewhere
  • 00:08:51.140 --> 00:08:53.080
  • working on my tan."
  • 00:08:53.080 --> 00:08:54.250
  • And he ends up in the belly
  • 00:08:54.250 --> 00:08:56.030
  • of a fish maybe wondering,
  • 00:08:56.030 --> 00:08:58.280
  • "How did I get here?"
  • 00:08:59.120 --> 00:09:02.140
  • Have you ever been there
  • 00:09:02.140 --> 00:09:03.130
  • in life?
  • 00:09:03.130 --> 00:09:04.110
  • Maybe you're there right now,
  • 00:09:04.110 --> 00:09:06.010
  • "How did I get here?"
  • 00:09:06.010 --> 00:09:08.140
  • Maybe you're single and you
  • 00:09:08.140 --> 00:09:09.230
  • thought that you'd be married
  • 00:09:09.230 --> 00:09:12.060
  • by now, "How did I get here?"
  • 00:09:13.020 --> 00:09:16.020
  • Maybe you're marry and you
  • 00:09:16.020 --> 00:09:17.030
  • thought, "I thought
  • 00:09:17.030 --> 00:09:18.220
  • I'd have kids by now,
  • 00:09:18.220 --> 00:09:20.000
  • "How did I get here?"
  • 00:09:20.000 --> 00:09:21.250
  • Maybe you're in your career you
  • 00:09:21.250 --> 00:09:23.120
  • thought that you'd be farther
  • 00:09:23.120 --> 00:09:24.170
  • along and you're looking around
  • 00:09:24.170 --> 00:09:26.000
  • wondering, "How did I get,
  • 00:09:26.000 --> 00:09:28.180
  • how did I get here?"
  • 00:09:28.180 --> 00:09:30.250
  • Someone, you've been spending
  • 00:09:30.250 --> 00:09:32.050
  • time in a counselor's office
  • 00:09:32.050 --> 00:09:33.230
  • dealing with issues you didn't
  • 00:09:33.230 --> 00:09:34.270
  • even know existed wondering,
  • 00:09:34.270 --> 00:09:37.050
  • "How did I get here?"
  • 00:09:37.050 --> 00:09:39.100
  • Someone's been in a doctor's
  • 00:09:39.100 --> 00:09:40.220
  • office staring at horrible
  • 00:09:40.220 --> 00:09:42.250
  • reports wondering,
  • 00:09:42.250 --> 00:09:44.030
  • "How did I get here?"
  • 00:09:44.030 --> 00:09:46.270
  • Someone's been in court dealing
  • 00:09:46.270 --> 00:09:48.100
  • with issues wondering, "How,
  • 00:09:48.100 --> 00:09:50.250
  • how did I get here?"
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  • Well, please understand that
  • 00:09:53.130 --> 00:09:54.280
  • where you are
  • 00:09:54.280 --> 00:09:56.200
  • is not who you are.
  • 00:09:56.200 --> 00:09:58.200
  • Don't let your circumstances
  • 00:09:58.200 --> 00:10:00.170
  • define who you are.
  • 00:10:00.170 --> 00:10:01.260
  • Don't let your situations
  • 00:10:01.260 --> 00:10:03.060
  • label who you are.
  • 00:10:03.060 --> 00:10:04.090
  • Just as we shouldn't let
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:05.110
  • the words of other people label
  • 00:10:05.110 --> 00:10:06.160
  • us, let's not let our situations
  • 00:10:06.160 --> 00:10:08.160
  • define who we are.
  • 00:10:08.160 --> 00:10:10.090
  • And so, we find this man in
  • 00:10:10.090 --> 00:10:12.180
  • John chapter 5 and this man
  • 00:10:13.040 --> 00:10:16.040
  • cannot run even if he wanted to,
  • 00:10:16.040 --> 00:10:18.180
  • at least not physically.
  • 00:10:18.180 --> 00:10:20.210
  • And he's at a pool called
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:22.120
  • Bethesda in Jerusalem and it's
  • 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:24.190
  • by a sheep gate, which means
  • 00:10:24.190 --> 00:10:26.110
  • it's not a luxurious place.
  • 00:10:26.110 --> 00:10:28.220
  • It's not a Ritz-Carlton,
  • 00:10:28.220 --> 00:10:29.270
  • in fact, it's not even like
  • 00:10:29.270 --> 00:10:31.170
  • a budget motel.
  • 00:10:31.170 --> 00:10:33.120
  • And at this pool, there are
  • 00:10:33.120 --> 00:10:34.170
  • a bunch of disabled people,
  • 00:10:34.170 --> 00:10:36.100
  • people who are blind,
  • 00:10:36.100 --> 00:10:37.180
  • people who are lame,
  • 00:10:37.180 --> 00:10:38.190
  • people who are paralyzed.
  • 00:10:38.190 --> 00:10:41.010
  • Some might even consider this
  • 00:10:41.010 --> 00:10:42.180
  • a place of problems.
  • 00:10:42.290 --> 00:10:45.290
  • You know, it's amazing in life
  • 00:10:45.290 --> 00:10:47.150
  • that we often surround ourselves
  • 00:10:47.150 --> 00:10:49.090
  • with people going through
  • 00:10:49.090 --> 00:10:50.110
  • the same stuff that we're going
  • 00:10:50.110 --> 00:10:51.060
  • through, and it can actually be
  • 00:10:51.060 --> 00:10:54.020
  • comforting because when you're
  • 00:10:54.020 --> 00:10:55.160
  • around people going through
  • 00:10:55.160 --> 00:10:56.120
  • the same thing as you
  • 00:10:56.120 --> 00:10:57.040
  • you're like, "Okay, cool.
  • 00:10:57.040 --> 00:10:58.040
  • I'm not the only one
  • 00:10:58.040 --> 00:10:58.290
  • going through this."
  • 00:10:58.290 --> 00:11:00.080
  • You can relate to one another.
  • 00:11:00.080 --> 00:11:02.010
  • It's comforting but just because
  • 00:11:02.010 --> 00:11:03.040
  • something is comforting
  • 00:11:03.040 --> 00:11:04.170
  • doesn't mean that it's helpful.
  • 00:11:04.170 --> 00:11:05.290
  • And we need to surround
  • 00:11:05.290 --> 00:11:06.290
  • ourselves with people who've
  • 00:11:06.290 --> 00:11:08.090
  • been through what we're going
  • 00:11:08.090 --> 00:11:09.190
  • through, people who can help
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:10.210
  • encourage us, show us how to
  • 00:11:10.210 --> 00:11:12.170
  • get to a new level in life,
  • 00:11:12.170 --> 00:11:13.270
  • get to that next stage.
  • 00:11:13.270 --> 00:11:15.130
  • But I don't think this man
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:16.260
  • had a choice.
  • 00:11:16.260 --> 00:11:18.190
  • I don't think this man here in
  • 00:11:18.190 --> 00:11:20.070
  • John 5 had a choice because he'd
  • 00:11:20.070 --> 00:11:21.290
  • been an invalid for 38 years.
  • 00:11:22.140 --> 00:11:25.140
  • Thirty-eight years
  • 00:11:25.140 --> 00:11:26.210
  • is a long time.
  • 00:11:26.210 --> 00:11:28.230
  • I'm 38 years old and my kids
  • 00:11:28.230 --> 00:11:30.220
  • will tell you that that's old.
  • 00:11:30.220 --> 00:11:32.230
  • It is a long time.
  • 00:11:32.230 --> 00:11:35.190
  • And this man is not even given
  • 00:11:35.190 --> 00:11:38.060
  • a name.
  • 00:11:38.060 --> 00:11:39.020
  • He is unnamed.
  • 00:11:39.020 --> 00:11:40.260
  • All we know about him is
  • 00:11:40.260 --> 00:11:42.260
  • his location and his condition.
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:46.010
  • He's labeled by his situation,
  • 00:11:47.230 --> 00:11:50.230
  • by his circumstance.
  • 00:11:50.230 --> 00:11:52.250
  • It kind of reminds me of
  • 00:11:52.250 --> 00:11:53.290
  • that other story in Scripture,
  • 00:11:53.290 --> 00:11:55.080
  • the woman
  • 00:11:55.080 --> 00:11:56.010
  • with the issue of blood.
  • 00:11:56.010 --> 00:11:57.160
  • Do you remember that story?
  • 00:11:57.160 --> 00:11:58.210
  • Where we are not given her name.
  • 00:11:58.210 --> 00:12:00.080
  • We only know the issue that
  • 00:12:00.080 --> 00:12:01.280
  • she has and for 12 years,
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:03.220
  • she'd been suffering.
  • 00:12:03.220 --> 00:12:05.090
  • And it wasn't like she was just
  • 00:12:05.090 --> 00:12:07.030
  • sitting back just waiting
  • 00:12:07.030 --> 00:12:08.190
  • for life to get better, she was
  • 00:12:08.190 --> 00:12:10.120
  • spending everything she had
  • 00:12:10.120 --> 00:12:11.260
  • on medical care and rather than
  • 00:12:11.260 --> 00:12:13.230
  • getting better, she got worse.
  • 00:12:13.230 --> 00:12:15.260
  • See, someone you know
  • 00:12:15.260 --> 00:12:17.110
  • what's that's like.
  • 00:12:17.110 --> 00:12:18.130
  • You're doing what you think
  • 00:12:18.130 --> 00:12:19.180
  • is the right thing to do.
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:20.220
  • You're doing what is the right
  • 00:12:20.220 --> 00:12:21.250
  • thing to do and rather
  • 00:12:21.250 --> 00:12:22.280
  • than getting better,
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:23.260
  • things have gotten worse.
  • 00:12:23.260 --> 00:12:25.150
  • And yet Jesus comes to town,
  • 00:12:26.170 --> 00:12:29.170
  • but Jesus isn't coming to her,
  • 00:12:29.170 --> 00:12:31.080
  • he's just near her.
  • 00:12:31.080 --> 00:12:32.180
  • So she's like, "You know what?
  • 00:12:32.180 --> 00:12:34.000
  • If Jesus is in town,
  • 00:12:34.000 --> 00:12:35.140
  • I'm gonna get to Jesus.
  • 00:12:35.140 --> 00:12:36.210
  • He may not be coming to me,
  • 00:12:36.210 --> 00:12:37.250
  • but I am gonna go to him."
  • 00:12:37.250 --> 00:12:39.110
  • And she presses through
  • 00:12:39.110 --> 00:12:40.250
  • the crowd.
  • 00:12:40.250 --> 00:12:41.160
  • She's probably shoving people
  • 00:12:41.160 --> 00:12:42.170
  • out of the way like, "You're
  • 00:12:42.170 --> 00:12:43.220
  • just here to hear him teach.
  • 00:12:43.220 --> 00:12:45.220
  • I need to get healed.
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:46.290
  • I'm sick of
  • 00:12:46.290 --> 00:12:47.290
  • my current condition."
  • 00:12:47.290 --> 00:12:49.050
  • And she just presses through
  • 00:12:49.050 --> 00:12:50.120
  • the crowd.
  • 00:12:50.120 --> 00:12:51.080
  • Sometimes we need to do that.
  • 00:12:51.080 --> 00:12:53.070
  • We need to get past ourselves.
  • 00:12:53.070 --> 00:12:55.020
  • We need to get past the hurt
  • 00:12:55.020 --> 00:12:56.100
  • and do whatever we can
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:58.010
  • to get to Jesus.
  • 00:12:59.010 --> 00:13:02.030
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:04.020
  • But this man cannot,
  • 00:13:04.110 --> 00:13:07.110
  • he cannot get to Jesus.
  • 00:13:07.110 --> 00:13:09.210
  • And one of the things
  • 00:13:09.210 --> 00:13:11.070
  • I love about Jesus is
  • 00:13:11.070 --> 00:13:12.280
  • when you cannot get to Jesus,
  • 00:13:12.280 --> 00:13:15.120
  • Jesus will come to you.
  • 00:13:15.120 --> 00:13:17.260
  • Jesus will show up in places
  • 00:13:17.260 --> 00:13:19.140
  • other people won't,
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:20.240
  • places considered dirty,
  • 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:22.160
  • places people consider unclean.
  • 00:13:22.160 --> 00:13:25.000
  • And he shows up where people
  • 00:13:25.000 --> 00:13:26.130
  • are hurting.
  • 00:13:26.130 --> 00:13:27.120
  • He shows up where people are
  • 00:13:27.120 --> 00:13:28.180
  • lost, where people are broken,
  • 00:13:28.180 --> 00:13:30.160
  • where people are sick.
  • 00:13:30.160 --> 00:13:32.100
  • Jesus is showing us here that
  • 00:13:32.100 --> 00:13:34.030
  • it's better to be helping
  • 00:13:34.030 --> 00:13:35.060
  • the hurting than just
  • 00:13:35.060 --> 00:13:36.130
  • hanging with the holy.
  • 00:13:36.140 --> 00:13:39.140
  • And so, he shows up and
  • 00:13:39.140 --> 00:13:41.190
  • he doesn't just see a crowd
  • 00:13:41.190 --> 00:13:44.010
  • of hurting people, he sees
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.130
  • an individual that's hurting.
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:49.140
  • And maybe this guy, you know, he
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:50.160
  • could have been in his condition
  • 00:13:50.160 --> 00:13:51.250
  • the longest.
  • 00:13:51.250 --> 00:13:52.250
  • Maybe this was
  • 00:13:52.250 --> 00:13:53.160
  • the toughest case.
  • 00:13:53.160 --> 00:13:56.060
  • And he asked this man
  • 00:13:56.060 --> 00:13:57.030
  • a question, he says,
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:13:57.290
  • "Do you want to be well?"
  • 00:13:58.040 --> 00:14:01.060
  • Now, maybe you're thinking,
  • 00:14:01.060 --> 00:14:02.040
  • "That's a crazy question.
  • 00:14:02.040 --> 00:14:03.270
  • Why wouldn't he won't to be
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:04.210
  • well?
  • 00:14:04.210 --> 00:14:05.080
  • He's sick like, hello?"
  • 00:14:05.080 --> 00:14:07.120
  • But growing up in church,
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:08.130
  • growing up the son of a preacher
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:10.180
  • man, I've seen a lot of people
  • 00:14:10.180 --> 00:14:13.110
  • who didn't want to get well
  • 00:14:13.110 --> 00:14:15.060
  • because if they got well,
  • 00:14:15.060 --> 00:14:16.190
  • they'd have responsibilities.
  • 00:14:16.190 --> 00:14:18.210
  • If they got well,
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:19.100
  • they might have to get a job.
  • 00:14:19.100 --> 00:14:21.210
  • You see, as bad as things might
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:22.210
  • be right now, you know what life
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:25.040
  • is like and it's actually, in
  • 00:14:25.040 --> 00:14:26.180
  • a strange way, almost comforting
  • 00:14:26.180 --> 00:14:28.220
  • but do you want to get well?
  • 00:14:28.220 --> 00:14:31.080
  • And this man answers him, "Sir,
  • 00:14:31.220 --> 00:14:34.220
  • I don't have anyone to help me
  • 00:14:34.220 --> 00:14:36.130
  • when the water stirs.
  • 00:14:36.130 --> 00:14:37.280
  • I'm on my way there
  • 00:14:37.280 --> 00:14:39.250
  • but somebody beats me to it."
  • 00:14:39.250 --> 00:14:42.210
  • He's explaining how this system
  • 00:14:42.210 --> 00:14:44.140
  • works, that what happens
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:46.090
  • is that the water stirs.
  • 00:14:46.090 --> 00:14:48.090
  • It begins to bubble and only
  • 00:14:48.090 --> 00:14:50.140
  • the first person in is healed.
  • 00:14:51.210 --> 00:14:54.210
  • And we live in such
  • 00:14:54.210 --> 00:14:55.250
  • a "me first" culture.
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:58.050
  • We have such
  • 00:14:58.050 --> 00:14:58.250
  • a "me first" mindset.
  • 00:14:58.280 --> 00:15:02.000
  • I need to admit that
  • 00:15:02.000 --> 00:15:04.160
  • I had a hard time in T-ball.
  • 00:15:05.120 --> 00:15:08.120
  • I know it may sound surprising,
  • 00:15:08.120 --> 00:15:10.070
  • but I struggled with T-ball.
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:13.020
  • It was challenging.
  • 00:15:13.020 --> 00:15:14.190
  • I didn't struggle playing
  • 00:15:14.190 --> 00:15:15.200
  • T-ball, I struggled when
  • 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:17.200
  • my boys were in T-ball because
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:19.090
  • I went to the first game and I'm
  • 00:15:19.090 --> 00:15:21.140
  • talking with the other parents
  • 00:15:21.140 --> 00:15:22.180
  • like, "Man, we're winning
  • 00:15:22.180 --> 00:15:23.190
  • 8 to 6."
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:25.220
  • And they're like,
  • 00:15:25.220 --> 00:15:26.080
  • "We don't keep score here."
  • 00:15:26.080 --> 00:15:28.130
  • "What do you mean
  • 00:15:28.130 --> 00:15:29.230
  • we don't keep score?
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:32.200
  • How can you not keep score?"
  • 00:15:32.200 --> 00:15:34.160
  • And they're like,
  • 00:15:34.160 --> 00:15:35.060
  • "Yeah, everyone wins."
  • 00:15:35.060 --> 00:15:36.010
  • "No, they don't!
  • 00:15:36.010 --> 00:15:38.070
  • One team wins, one team loses,
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:41.080
  • and we need to beat them.
  • 00:15:41.080 --> 00:15:42.240
  • Someone needs to tell the coach
  • 00:15:42.240 --> 00:15:44.020
  • we need to get more aggressive
  • 00:15:44.020 --> 00:15:45.050
  • on the base pads.
  • 00:15:45.050 --> 00:15:46.030
  • We need to make
  • 00:15:46.030 --> 00:15:46.280
  • some defensive switches.
  • 00:15:46.280 --> 00:15:48.050
  • This isn't working."
  • 00:15:50.000 --> 00:15:53.000
  • At the end of the game,
  • 00:15:53.000 --> 00:15:54.030
  • everyone got goody bags.
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:56.120
  • At the end of the season,
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:57.110
  • everyone got
  • 00:15:57.110 --> 00:15:58.080
  • first place trophies.
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:15:59.110
  • That doesn't make sense!
  • 00:15:59.110 --> 00:16:01.290
  • And so, we...
  • 00:16:01.290 --> 00:16:04.260
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:10.080
  • It's nice to be around people
  • 00:16:10.080 --> 00:16:11.110
  • who know what
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:12.030
  • you're going through.
  • 00:16:13.140 --> 00:16:16.140
  • And so, there's this situation,
  • 00:16:18.070 --> 00:16:21.070
  • there's this situation that's
  • 00:16:21.070 --> 00:16:22.130
  • taking place where this man
  • 00:16:23.010 --> 00:16:26.010
  • is at this pool and there's
  • 00:16:26.250 --> 00:16:29.250
  • this "me first" mentality.
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:31.250
  • Because, you know, it's not like
  • 00:16:31.250 --> 00:16:33.170
  • they're sitting there thinking,
  • 00:16:33.170 --> 00:16:34.180
  • "Okay, who's the sickest?
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:36.000
  • Okay, who, you know, who is--
  • 00:16:36.030 --> 00:16:39.030
  • who's been here the longest?"
  • 00:16:39.200 --> 00:16:42.200
  • When that water stirs,
  • 00:16:42.200 --> 00:16:43.270
  • it's a free-for-all.
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:45.260
  • They want to get in first.
  • 00:16:45.260 --> 00:16:47.020
  • And you gotta imagine,
  • 00:16:47.020 --> 00:16:48.020
  • you have blind people all of
  • 00:16:48.020 --> 00:16:50.090
  • a sudden--have you ever been
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:53.280
  • at a kids' birthday party
  • 00:16:53.280 --> 00:16:55.190
  • where there is a pinata
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:57.120
  • and when that pinata breaks,
  • 00:16:57.120 --> 00:16:58.230
  • the kids just go crazy, right?
  • 00:16:58.230 --> 00:17:00.200
  • I mean, they're just scrambling
  • 00:17:00.200 --> 00:17:02.020
  • but then every once in a while,
  • 00:17:02.020 --> 00:17:03.100
  • you get that crazy adult...
  • 00:17:03.280 --> 00:17:06.280
  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:17:07.240 --> 00:17:10.240
  • Who like sees their favorite
  • 00:17:10.240 --> 00:17:13.100
  • candy, they see that Milky Way
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:15.210
  • and somehow they forget about
  • 00:17:15.210 --> 00:17:17.230
  • kids and they just shove kids
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:19.200
  • out of the way on their way
  • 00:17:19.200 --> 00:17:22.040
  • to get that 25-cent Milky Way.
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:24.070
  • You have a 2-year-old on
  • 00:17:24.070 --> 00:17:25.160
  • the ground crying while they're
  • 00:17:25.160 --> 00:17:27.040
  • enjoying their candy bar.
  • 00:17:27.130 --> 00:17:30.130
  • And this isn't about candy.
  • 00:17:30.130 --> 00:17:32.190
  • This is about getting healed.
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:35.040
  • This is about people who've been
  • 00:17:35.040 --> 00:17:36.150
  • sick, people who've been blind,
  • 00:17:36.150 --> 00:17:38.060
  • people who've been paralyzed.
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:39.220
  • So, there is desperation
  • 00:17:39.220 --> 00:17:42.050
  • to get to this water.
  • 00:17:42.050 --> 00:17:43.200
  • So, when that water begins
  • 00:17:43.200 --> 00:17:44.210
  • to stir, you have blind people,
  • 00:17:44.210 --> 00:17:46.220
  • they can't see
  • 00:17:46.220 --> 00:17:48.010
  • where they're going.
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:48.290
  • They just take off running.
  • 00:17:48.290 --> 00:17:50.180
  • They're like, "I'm either gonna
  • 00:17:50.180 --> 00:17:51.140
  • get to the water or I'm gonna
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:52.230
  • hit the wall, but one way
  • 00:17:52.230 --> 00:17:54.100
  • or the other, I'm going fast."
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:56.100
  • You have people who can't walk
  • 00:17:56.100 --> 00:17:57.240
  • who are trying to roll
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:17:59.040
  • into the water.
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:00.130
  • And it's not just, "I want to be
  • 00:18:00.130 --> 00:18:01.160
  • first, but I've gotta stop other
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:03.080
  • people from beating me."
  • 00:18:03.080 --> 00:18:04.100
  • So, they're tripping each other.
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:05.190
  • They're knocking each other
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:06.220
  • down.
  • 00:18:06.220 --> 00:18:07.290
  • I mean, this almost seems funny
  • 00:18:08.040 --> 00:18:11.040
  • unless you're the man who's been
  • 00:18:11.040 --> 00:18:13.020
  • in this condition for 38 years,
  • 00:18:13.020 --> 00:18:15.240
  • and you're staring at the place
  • 00:18:16.100 --> 00:18:19.100
  • of your miracle, and you're
  • 00:18:19.100 --> 00:18:22.060
  • seeing all of this happening and
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:23.200
  • you're hearing it,
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:25.060
  • yet you can't get to it.
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:28.190
  • You see, that's how many people
  • 00:18:28.190 --> 00:18:30.110
  • feel in church.
  • 00:18:30.110 --> 00:18:33.040
  • "Oh, you got healed of cancer.
  • 00:18:33.040 --> 00:18:35.230
  • Oh, that's awesome.
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:38.170
  • Oh, you, your kid is no longer
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:43.060
  • hooked on drugs, they're healed.
  • 00:18:43.060 --> 00:18:45.230
  • That's awesome."
  • 00:18:45.230 --> 00:18:46.280
  • You come here and you see God
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:48.010
  • doing great things and you
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:49.120
  • hear God doing great things,
  • 00:18:49.120 --> 00:18:50.130
  • but you can't get to it.
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:54.270
  • You can't get to it that this
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:57.150
  • man is saying, "I can see it,
  • 00:18:57.150 --> 00:18:59.160
  • but I can't get there on my own.
  • 00:18:59.160 --> 00:19:02.100
  • I don't have people to help me."
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:05.040
  • It reminds me of the story of
  • 00:19:05.040 --> 00:19:07.010
  • the paralyzed man who had
  • 00:19:07.010 --> 00:19:08.100
  • four friends who brought him to
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:10.210
  • Jesus, yet the house was packed.
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:14.060
  • They could not get into
  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:15.060
  • the house, yet these friends
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:16.230
  • would not give up,
  • 00:19:16.230 --> 00:19:17.150
  • so they went on to the roof.
  • 00:19:17.150 --> 00:19:19.120
  • You may remember the story
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:20.260
  • and they began to cut a hole
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:22.190
  • in the roof.
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:23.260
  • Imagine if you're inside and
  • 00:19:23.260 --> 00:19:25.030
  • like the roof is collapsing and
  • 00:19:25.030 --> 00:19:26.150
  • they lower this man to Jesus.
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:29.170
  • We're like, they're thinking,
  • 00:19:29.170 --> 00:19:30.200
  • "We're gonna do whatever we need
  • 00:19:30.200 --> 00:19:32.030
  • do to get our friend to Jesus."
  • 00:19:32.030 --> 00:19:34.030
  • And Jesus heals this paralyzed
  • 00:19:34.030 --> 00:19:35.270
  • man, but this man in John 5
  • 00:19:35.270 --> 00:19:38.170
  • did not have friends like that.
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:41.210
  • And he may have begun to think
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.050
  • that, "This is just my life,
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:46.250
  • maybe this is just my reality,
  • 00:19:46.250 --> 00:19:49.130
  • maybe this is just, maybe this
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:53.170
  • is just how things are gonna be.
  • 00:19:54.100 --> 00:19:57.100
  • Maybe my current reality
  • 00:19:57.220 --> 00:20:00.220
  • is my permanent reality."
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:03.240
  • And, you know, I gotta think
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:05.180
  • that this man's greatest battle
  • 00:20:06.180 --> 00:20:09.180
  • was not getting to the water,
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:12.180
  • his greatest battle
  • 00:20:12.180 --> 00:20:13.210
  • was not giving up on life.
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:16.110
  • His greatest battle
  • 00:20:16.110 --> 00:20:17.030
  • was not losing hope.
  • 00:20:17.030 --> 00:20:19.210
  • The greatest battle we face
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:21.230
  • is not around us.
  • 00:20:21.230 --> 00:20:23.000
  • The greatest battle we face is
  • 00:20:23.000 --> 00:20:24.060
  • within us.
  • 00:20:24.060 --> 00:20:26.290
  • Emerson wrote, "What lies behind
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:29.170
  • and what lies ahead
  • 00:20:29.170 --> 00:20:32.010
  • are tiny measures
  • 00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:33.140
  • compared to what lies within."
  • 00:20:34.010 --> 00:20:37.010
  • Many battles come and many
  • 00:20:37.260 --> 00:20:40.260
  • battles go but the battle
  • 00:20:40.260 --> 00:20:43.070
  • we face every day, the battle
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:44.290
  • I face every day is the battle
  • 00:20:44.290 --> 00:20:46.270
  • within, doubting myself,
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:49.210
  • questioning myself.
  • 00:20:53.240 --> 00:20:56.240
  • And so, this man may have began
  • 00:20:56.240 --> 00:20:57.290
  • to think, "This is just
  • 00:20:57.290 --> 00:20:59.120
  • my new reality."
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:00.220
  • And it can get to a point in
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:01.270
  • life where you start to realize,
  • 00:21:01.270 --> 00:21:03.270
  • "You know what?
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:05.020
  • I've been this way for 38 years
  • 00:21:05.020 --> 00:21:06.130
  • and I think I can
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:09.030
  • deal with this.
  • 00:21:09.030 --> 00:21:10.020
  • But you know what
  • 00:21:10.020 --> 00:21:10.250
  • I can't deal with?
  • 00:21:10.250 --> 00:21:11.260
  • I can't deal with getting my
  • 00:21:11.260 --> 00:21:13.030
  • hopes up that life is gonna
  • 00:21:13.030 --> 00:21:15.110
  • get better only to be let down
  • 00:21:15.160 --> 00:21:18.160
  • one more time."
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:24.110
  • Years ago when I would read this
  • 00:21:24.110 --> 00:21:25.230
  • story, I would judge this man
  • 00:21:25.230 --> 00:21:28.200
  • here in John 5.
  • 00:21:28.200 --> 00:21:30.250
  • I'd be like, "Come on, dude.
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:32.210
  • You gotta find a way
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:34.180
  • into the water.
  • 00:21:34.180 --> 00:21:36.080
  • Like, what you're doing
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:37.030
  • isn't working.
  • 00:21:37.030 --> 00:21:38.190
  • Change your locations.
  • 00:21:38.190 --> 00:21:39.190
  • Set up closer to the water.
  • 00:21:39.190 --> 00:21:41.150
  • I mean, haven't you seen
  • 00:21:41.150 --> 00:21:42.060
  • 'The Hunger Games'?
  • 00:21:42.060 --> 00:21:43.050
  • Form an alliance.
  • 00:21:43.050 --> 00:21:44.290
  • Do something different.
  • 00:21:44.290 --> 00:21:47.250
  • What you're doing's not working.
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:49.270
  • Where there's a will,
  • 00:21:49.270 --> 00:21:50.170
  • there's a way.
  • 00:21:50.170 --> 00:21:52.090
  • In life, you gotta
  • 00:21:52.090 --> 00:21:53.020
  • make things happen.
  • 00:21:53.020 --> 00:21:54.110
  • Maybe you just think that
  • 00:21:54.110 --> 00:21:55.220
  • you can't do it.
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:21:56.270
  • Learned helplessness
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:21:57.190
  • is dangerous."
  • 00:21:57.190 --> 00:21:59.000
  • I once read that it's not who
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:00.260
  • we are that holds us back,
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:02.040
  • it's who we think we are not.
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:03.210
  • So, maybe it wasn't just
  • 00:22:03.210 --> 00:22:04.210
  • a physical thing with this man,
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:06.230
  • maybe it was a mental thing and
  • 00:22:06.230 --> 00:22:08.040
  • I was judging this man like,
  • 00:22:08.040 --> 00:22:09.290
  • "You gotta make it happen."
  • 00:22:09.290 --> 00:22:12.110
  • But I look at the story
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:15.110
  • way different now.
  • 00:22:15.110 --> 00:22:17.220
  • I don't judge this man now
  • 00:22:17.220 --> 00:22:18.280
  • because I ended up on a mat.
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:22.210
  • It's easy to judge people living
  • 00:22:24.070 --> 00:22:27.070
  • a life that you've never had
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:28.160
  • to live.
  • 00:22:28.160 --> 00:22:30.010
  • It's easy to criticize somebody
  • 00:22:30.010 --> 00:22:32.020
  • based on a theory that's in your
  • 00:22:32.020 --> 00:22:34.040
  • head that's never been tested by
  • 00:22:34.040 --> 00:22:35.130
  • the crushing of your spirit.
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:38.120
  • It's easy to point your
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:39.220
  • judgmental finger down at
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:42.050
  • somebody who can't even stand up
  • 00:22:42.050 --> 00:22:44.080
  • and look you in the eyes.
  • 00:22:47.250 --> 00:22:50.250
  • It feels like giving up on life
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:53.130
  • sometimes.
  • 00:22:53.130 --> 00:22:55.070
  • But I look at, I look at
  • 00:22:55.110 --> 00:22:58.110
  • this man different now.
  • 00:22:58.110 --> 00:23:00.090
  • You see, I don't think
  • 00:23:00.090 --> 00:23:01.170
  • he was giving Jesus an excuse.
  • 00:23:01.170 --> 00:23:04.070
  • "I don't have people
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:05.070
  • to help me."
  • 00:23:05.070 --> 00:23:05.290
  • I think he was just telling
  • 00:23:05.290 --> 00:23:06.200
  • Jesus the way it is because when
  • 00:23:06.200 --> 00:23:09.100
  • he answers that way, guess what.
  • 00:23:09.100 --> 00:23:11.070
  • Jesus heals him.
  • 00:23:11.070 --> 00:23:13.160
  • Just like when Jacob finally
  • 00:23:13.160 --> 00:23:15.150
  • admitted who he really was,
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:17.180
  • God gave him a new name,
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:19.080
  • a new identity.
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:19.270
  • See, there is something powerful
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:22.080
  • when we take off the mask,
  • 00:23:22.080 --> 00:23:24.070
  • and we get real with God,
  • 00:23:24.070 --> 00:23:25.250
  • and we just tell him like it is.
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:28.040
  • This man was talking with Jesus
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.200
  • and he did not even realize it.
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:33.080
  • Just like Jacob was wrestling
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:35.020
  • with God and he did not even
  • 00:23:35.020 --> 00:23:36.270
  • realize it, just like God can
  • 00:23:36.270 --> 00:23:39.160
  • be working in your life
  • 00:23:39.160 --> 00:23:42.080
  • and you do not even realize it.
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:44.190
  • He could be about to do
  • 00:23:44.190 --> 00:23:46.000
  • something spectacular
  • 00:23:46.000 --> 00:23:47.060
  • and you don't even know it.
  • 00:23:48.130 --> 00:23:51.130
  • We're too busy focused on the
  • 00:23:51.130 --> 00:23:53.130
  • water trying to focus on getting
  • 00:23:53.130 --> 00:23:54.250
  • there the way that we know how
  • 00:23:54.250 --> 00:23:56.100
  • when Jesus can be right there
  • 00:23:56.100 --> 00:23:58.010
  • in front of us.
  • 00:23:58.010 --> 00:23:59.080
  • Sometimes we gotta forget about
  • 00:23:59.080 --> 00:24:00.160
  • the plan and focus on the man.
  • 00:24:00.160 --> 00:24:03.010
  • Did I just rhyme?
  • 00:24:03.010 --> 00:24:04.190
  • That's the inner rapper
  • 00:24:04.190 --> 00:24:05.210
  • coming out of me.
  • 00:24:05.210 --> 00:24:06.160
  • That's some Vanilla Ice that's
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:07.250
  • just flowing out of me.
  • 00:24:07.250 --> 00:24:09.280
  • Jesus, Jesus tells this,
  • 00:24:09.280 --> 00:24:12.190
  • he tells this man, he says, "Get
  • 00:24:12.190 --> 00:24:14.100
  • up, pick up your mat and walk."
  • 00:24:14.280 --> 00:24:17.280
  • At once, the man stood up.
  • 00:24:18.150 --> 00:24:21.150
  • He picked up his mat and walked.
  • 00:24:21.150 --> 00:24:23.070
  • You see, when you cannot get
  • 00:24:23.070 --> 00:24:24.180
  • to your healing,
  • 00:24:24.180 --> 00:24:25.180
  • Jesus brings healing to you.
  • 00:24:25.180 --> 00:24:27.050
  • Ha-ha!
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:27.270
  • He brings it
  • 00:24:27.270 --> 00:24:28.160
  • in the form of himself.
  • 00:24:28.160 --> 00:24:30.070
  • He shows up.
  • 00:24:30.070 --> 00:24:31.180
  • Jesus is not just the way to
  • 00:24:31.180 --> 00:24:33.060
  • heaven, Jesus is the way to life
  • 00:24:33.060 --> 00:24:35.120
  • on this earth.
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:38.010
  • And so, this man holds up
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:40.020
  • his mat and one of the things
  • 00:24:40.020 --> 00:24:42.160
  • that this mat represents is
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:44.210
  • it represents his struggle.
  • 00:24:44.210 --> 00:24:46.210
  • And if you haven't got it by
  • 00:24:46.210 --> 00:24:48.090
  • now, I hope you get it that God
  • 00:24:48.090 --> 00:24:49.280
  • is not just the God of your
  • 00:24:49.280 --> 00:24:51.030
  • success but he is the God
  • 00:24:51.030 --> 00:24:52.250
  • of your struggle.
  • 00:24:52.250 --> 00:24:54.240
  • And when you're holding your
  • 00:24:54.240 --> 00:24:55.250
  • mat, it shows people that there
  • 00:24:55.290 --> 00:24:58.290
  • is hope in hopeless situations.
  • 00:24:58.290 --> 00:25:01.250
  • Never stop telling people
  • 00:25:01.250 --> 00:25:03.160
  • your story.
  • 00:25:03.160 --> 00:25:04.220
  • Never stop telling people
  • 00:25:04.220 --> 00:25:05.280
  • what God has done in your life.
  • 00:25:05.280 --> 00:25:07.210
  • Never stop telling what God
  • 00:25:07.210 --> 00:25:09.010
  • has brought you out of.
  • 00:25:09.010 --> 00:25:10.220
  • Your mat, hold it up.
  • 00:25:10.220 --> 00:25:12.200
  • It's not a painful reminder
  • 00:25:12.200 --> 00:25:13.260
  • of a dark past.
  • 00:25:13.260 --> 00:25:15.120
  • No, it is battle tested,
  • 00:25:15.120 --> 00:25:17.070
  • proof of a bright future.
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:19.220
  • Do you believe that
  • 00:25:19.220 --> 00:25:20.160
  • this morning?
  • 00:25:20.160 --> 00:25:21.270
  • You cannot be the old you and
  • 00:25:28.100 --> 00:25:31.010
  • the new you at the same time.
  • 00:25:31.010 --> 00:25:32.260
  • It doesn't work that way.
  • 00:25:32.260 --> 00:25:34.170
  • The old you sat on your mat.
  • 00:25:34.170 --> 00:25:37.080
  • The new you carries your mat.
  • 00:25:37.200 --> 00:25:40.200
  • It's time to do
  • 00:25:40.200 --> 00:25:41.180
  • something different.
  • 00:25:41.180 --> 00:25:42.180
  • It's time to stretch.
  • 00:25:42.180 --> 00:25:45.160
  • Whatever you're been doing
  • 00:25:45.160 --> 00:25:46.060
  • has gotten you here
  • 00:25:46.060 --> 00:25:47.070
  • but it's not gonna get you
  • 00:25:47.070 --> 00:25:48.010
  • to where God's taking you.
  • 00:25:48.010 --> 00:25:49.120
  • Don't hold on to the past.
  • 00:25:49.120 --> 00:25:51.030
  • Grow from the past but gravitate
  • 00:25:51.030 --> 00:25:53.080
  • to the future 'cause God is
  • 00:25:53.080 --> 00:25:55.040
  • about to do something powerful
  • 00:25:55.040 --> 00:25:56.220
  • in your life.
  • 00:25:57.060 --> 00:26:00.080
  • C.S. Lewis wrote,
  • 00:26:00.080 --> 00:26:01.280
  • "Shine, not so that
  • 00:26:01.280 --> 00:26:03.270
  • others can see you,
  • 00:26:03.270 --> 00:26:06.070
  • shine that so through you
  • 00:26:06.070 --> 00:26:08.050
  • others can see him."
  • 00:26:08.050 --> 00:26:10.010
  • Your mat used to be about
  • 00:26:10.050 --> 00:26:13.050
  • your comfort but now your mat
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:15.170
  • is about your calling.
  • 00:26:15.170 --> 00:26:18.170
  • Oh, you see, pick that mat up.
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  • You used it for a long time but
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  • now you're gonna see God
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  • begin to use that mat.
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  • Don't let people write you off.
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  • Don't write yourself off
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  • because of the situation or
  • 00:26:31.240 --> 00:26:33.050
  • the circumstances 'cause you've
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  • been sitting on it but now
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  • you're gonna pick that thing up
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  • and you're gonna see God use it.
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  • But we've gotta turn our eyes
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  • off the water, off the way that
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  • we think we're gonna get there.
  • 00:26:48.040 --> 00:26:51.040
  • You see, we've been so focused
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  • on getting to that water but
  • 00:26:52.240 --> 00:26:53.270
  • come on, it hasn't happened
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  • after all this time and maybe
  • 00:26:55.060 --> 00:26:56.180
  • it's not gonna happen that way.
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  • And what we may not realize is
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  • Jesus, he's like right here
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  • and we're telling him,
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  • "I need help to the water."
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  • He's like,
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  • "I am your help, I'm here
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  • and you don't even see it."
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  • But if we can just take our eyes
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  • off, off of that and on to
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  • Jesus, you see just like
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  • the pool of Bethesda,
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  • right here at Faith,
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  • there's a lot of hurting,
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  • a lot of lost, a lot of broken,
  • 00:27:23.260 --> 00:27:26.010
  • a lot of sick people,
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