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A Happy Thanksgiving and Are You Walking With God?

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November 23, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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A Happy Thanksgiving and Are You Walking With God?

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: He loves
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  • us, eternally, completely,
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  • absolutely enough to
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  • cause us to fellowship with Him.
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  • To praise Him, to shout His
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  • glory and His praises, and to
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  • - Dr. Stanley:
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  • Four decades ago,
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  • we started In Touch Ministries
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  • to lead people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years,
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  • we've seen God's greatness,
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  • his love and his blessings
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  • in such awesome ways
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  • that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So let's open God's Word
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • Come, Thou Almighty King,
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  • Come Thou Almighty King.
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  • Help us Thy name to sing.
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  • Help us Thy name to sing.
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  • Help us to praise,
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  • Father all glorious.
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  • O'er all victorious,
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  • come, and reign over us.
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  • Reign over us, Ancient
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  • of Days.
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  • Praise to the Lord the
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  • Almighty, the King
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  • of creation!
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  • O my soul, praise Him for He
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  • is thy health and salvation!
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  • All ye who hear, now to his
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  • temple draw near.
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  • Join me in glad adoration.
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  • Praise to the Lord, O let
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  • all that is in me adore Him!
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  • All that hath life and
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  • breath, come now with
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  • praises before Him!
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  • Let the "amen" sound from
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  • His people again.
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  • Gladly forever adore,
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  • Gladly forever adore Him.
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  • We worship You Lord,
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  • all glorious above and
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  • gratefully sing Your
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  • wonderful love.
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  • Our Shield and Defender,
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  • the Ancient of Days
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  • Pavilioned in splendor
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  • and girded with praise.
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  • Praise to the Lord
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  • the Almighty!
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  • Let all things their
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  • Creator bless,
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  • And worship Him
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  • in humbleness.
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  • We praise You.
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Praise, praise the Father,
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  • praise the Son, Praise,
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  • praise the Father, praise
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  • the Son, And praise the
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  • Spirit, Three in One
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  • and praise the Spirit.
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  • We praise You,
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  • we praise You.
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Praise God from whom
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  • all blessings flow.
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Praise Him all creatures
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  • here below!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Alleluia!
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  • Praise Him above,
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  • ye heavenly host!
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  • Praise Father, Son,
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  • and Holy Ghost!
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  • A-a-a-ah, A-a-a-ah,
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  • A-a-a-ah, A-a-a-ah.
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  • Amen!
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  • Amen!
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  • Amen!
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  • Amen!
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  • Amen!
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  • Amen!
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: When you
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  • think of Thanksgiving, what do
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  • you think about?
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  • Do you think about the landing
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  • of the Pilgrims in 1620
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  • on this shore after a long hard
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  • trip across the Atlantic?
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  • Or do you think about the
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  • landing of turkey and dressing
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  • on your plate at your house on
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  • Thanksgiving morning?
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  • Well, either one would be okay.
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  • But don't you know that they
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  • were grateful beyond all
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  • measure, leaving their land of
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  • difficulty and hardship,
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  • especially about their religion,
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  • their faith?
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  • And coming to a new land
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  • unknown, adventurous, uncertain
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  • probably lots of hardships but
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  • they were free.
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  • They were free to worship God
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  • the way they intended.
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  • And when I think about
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  • Thanksgiving I think about what
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  • they must have thought about on
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  • that first Thanksgiving that
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  • they observed and probably they
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  • would have read the hundred
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  • Psalm.
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  • So I want us to read this
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  • hundredth Psalm and then I want
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  • to talk about what God has
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  • saying to us in it.
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  • "Shout joyfully to the Lord, all
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  • the earth.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness;
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  • Come before Him with joyful
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  • singing.
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  • Know that the Lord Himself is
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  • God; it is He who has made us,
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  • and we not we ourselves; we are
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  • His people and the sheep of His
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  • pasture.
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  • Enter His gates with
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  • thanksgiving and His courts with
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  • praise.
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  • Give thanks to Him, bless His
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  • name.
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  • For the Lord is good; His
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  • kindness is everlasting and His
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  • faithfulness to
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  • all generations."
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  • What an awesome Psalm.
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  • And if you'll think about it for
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  • a moment there is not a single
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  • negative note in that whole
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  • Psalm.
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  • It's all positive.
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  • It's all about God, and it's all
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  • about who He is and what He
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  • does.
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  • And it certainly ought to be our
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  • attitude and though our
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  • circumstances today were
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  • probably like theirs.
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  • They left because they were
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  • afraid.
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  • They left because they didn't
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  • have religious freedom.
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  • They left the continent because
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  • they wanted a new beginning, and
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  • a new start, and a new life.
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  • And every time a person trusts
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ as their
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  • personal Savior, they're born
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  • again.
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  • It's the beginning of a new
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  • life.
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  • Does that mean the end of
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  • problems and heartaches,
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  • and burdens?
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  • No, and neither did that mean
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  • that for them because there were
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  • Indians to face, and cold
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  • winters, and all the rest.
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  • And so, life was new, but it was
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  • a beginning of a whole new
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  • perspective on life.
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  • And when I read this Psalm
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  • I think about how positive it is
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  • in every single way, and I think
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  • about all the things we have to
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  • be grateful for.
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  • So I want us to look at this
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  • Psalm in the light of what God
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  • is saying to us, and what our
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  • attitude ought to be toward Him
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  • in spite of all the things that
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  • we see today.
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  • So, I want us to look at it in
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  • the light first of all of how
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  • positive it is.
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  • Look at this: "Shout joyfully to
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  • the Lord.
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  • Serve the Lord with gladness;
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  • come before Him with joyful
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  • singing.
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  • Know that the Lord Himself
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  • is God.
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  • Enter His gates with
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  • thanksgiving.
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  • Give thanks to Him, bless His
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  • name.
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  • For the Lord is good; His
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  • kindness is everlasting and His
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  • faithfulness to all
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  • generations."
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  • Think about all that God has
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  • said in those few verses.
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  • We're to shout, serve, come,
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  • know, enter His gates, enter His
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  • courts, give Him thanks, and
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  • bless His name.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Look back over all the weeks of
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  • this year how good God has been
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  • to you, and all the kind of ways
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  • He's been good.
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  • What does He say?
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  • Shout about Him, serve Him, to
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  • come before Him, know Him, enter
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  • His gates, enter His courts with
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  • praise, give thanks, and bless
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  • His name.
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  • We have lots to be grateful for.
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  • And this Psalm is all about
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  • giving thanks to God.
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  • So I wonder how often in a given
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  • week or a month, you just stop
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  • and give thanks to God?
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  • Just say, "Lord I just want to
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  • thank You.
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  • I want to thank You, thank You,
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  • thank You, Jesus.
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  • I want to thank You that I can
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  • talk to You.
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  • I want to thank You that You
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  • hear me.
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  • And Lord there's a lot of things
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  • going on in this world I don't
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  • like, but You're God and You're
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  • going to make it turn out to
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  • suit You no matter what.
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  • You're Jehovah God."
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  • We have Him to praise and to
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  • sing praises to.
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  • And I love this Psalm because
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  • it's all about Him.
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  • And when we come to
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  • Thanksgiving, He's the object of
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  • our thanksgiving.
  • 00:11:04.150 --> 00:11:06.070
  • And so, when I think about the
  • 00:11:06.070 --> 00:11:07.210
  • Psalms--so I want you to turn to
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  • several of them and just read
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  • them together.
  • 00:11:10.230 --> 00:11:13.230
  • And if you'll look in Psalm
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  • sixty-six first.
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  • Psalm sixty-six first, and I
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  • want us to read it and look at
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  • it and see what God is saying
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  • because He says the same thing
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  • in every one of them.
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  • Psalm sixty-six, verse one
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  • and two.
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  • Look at this: "Shout."
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  • How?
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  • Well, that's not very good.
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  • Shout, how?
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  • "Joyfully to God, all the
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  • earth; sing the glory of His
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  • name; make His praise glorious."
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  • That is when he says shout
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  • joyfully: cheerfully, happily,
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  • lighthearted, thrilled, the
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  • excited about the fact that we
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:51.200
  • love God.
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  • "Shout joyfully to God, all the
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  • earth."
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  • And then go to if you will, to
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  • Psalm eighty-one and let's look
  • 00:11:58.110 --> 00:12:01.050
  • at that for a moment.
  • 00:12:01.050 --> 00:12:02.140
  • Psalm eighty-one and look at
  • 00:12:02.140 --> 00:12:04.140
  • these verses.
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:07.020
  • Again, the Scriptures says,
  • 00:12:07.020 --> 00:12:08.000
  • "Sing for joy to God our
  • 00:12:08.060 --> 00:12:11.060
  • strength; shout joyfully to the
  • 00:12:11.070 --> 00:12:14.070
  • God of Jacob.
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  • Raise a song, strike the
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  • timbrel.
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  • Blow the trumpet."
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:19.090
  • These people made a noise
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  • serving God.
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  • Listen, he says shout joyfully.
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  • Then if you'll turn to the
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  • ninety-fifth Psalm.
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  • Ninety-fifth Psalm verse one
  • 00:12:29.250 --> 00:12:31.120
  • and two.
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  • Look at that.
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  • "O come, let us sing for joy to
  • 00:12:34.140 --> 00:12:37.120
  • the Lord, let us shout joyfully
  • 00:12:37.130 --> 00:12:40.130
  • to the rock of our salvation.
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  • Let us come before His presence
  • 00:12:41.270 --> 00:12:44.100
  • with thanksgiving, let us shout
  • 00:12:44.100 --> 00:12:46.080
  • joyfully to Him with psalms."
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  • Isn't it interesting that the
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:50.210
  • psalmist says every time we're
  • 00:12:50.210 --> 00:12:51.260
  • to shout joyfully?
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  • You can't shout joyfully and
  • 00:12:54.040 --> 00:12:55.080
  • be quiet.
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  • You say, "Well, I thought you
  • 00:12:56.220 --> 00:12:57.280
  • should come to church and be
  • 00:12:57.280 --> 00:12:58.230
  • reverent?"
  • 00:12:58.230 --> 00:13:00.030
  • Reverence doesn't always mean
  • 00:13:00.030 --> 00:13:02.010
  • quietness.
  • 00:13:02.010 --> 00:13:03.260
  • It means an attitude.
  • 00:13:03.260 --> 00:13:06.050
  • A reverence it an attitude about
  • 00:13:06.110 --> 00:13:09.110
  • the One I'm serving.
  • 00:13:09.110 --> 00:13:10.260
  • I can reverence for God and
  • 00:13:10.260 --> 00:13:12.160
  • shout to the ends of the earth.
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  • I can reverence God and be
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:16.140
  • absolutely quiet.
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  • Reverencing God speaks of our
  • 00:13:18.020 --> 00:13:19.210
  • acknowledgement of Him, who He
  • 00:13:19.210 --> 00:13:21.280
  • is, and all that He is.
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  • And think about what He's done
  • 00:13:23.030 --> 00:13:24.160
  • in your life.
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  • Every single one of us has a
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:27.020
  • reason to be grateful to God and
  • 00:13:27.020 --> 00:13:29.200
  • to shout His praises.
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:31.180
  • And yet we're taught to be
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:33.070
  • reverent.
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  • Be quiet when you go to church
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  • and reverence God.
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  • But when I look at the Psalms
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  • there's nothing quiet about
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  • that.
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  • Listen to it.
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • "Shout joyfully."
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  • In this ninety-eighth Psalm:
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  • "Shout joyfully to the Lord,
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  • all the earth;
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  • break--"listen--"break forth and
  • 00:13:49.130 --> 00:13:51.150
  • sing for joy and sing praises."
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  • That's what the choir does, and
  • 00:13:54.210 --> 00:13:55.220
  • we sing with them.
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  • "Sing praises to the Lord with
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  • the lyre," that's a string
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  • instrument, "with the lyre and
  • 00:14:00.130 --> 00:14:02.110
  • the sound of melody.
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  • With trumpets and a sound of the
  • 00:14:03.240 --> 00:14:05.220
  • horn, shout joyfully before the
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  • King, and the Lord."
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  • When I read those passages,
  • 00:14:10.170 --> 00:14:11.210
  • I think, there should be such
  • 00:14:11.210 --> 00:14:14.000
  • a joy in our hearts.
  • 00:14:14.000 --> 00:14:16.030
  • So these verses, these are
  • 00:14:16.030 --> 00:14:17.180
  • just a few verses in the Psalms,
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:21.280
  • and then let's think about this
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  • in listening to these Psalms,
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  • and how God speaks to us, and
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:28.010
  • there are many other verses, but
  • 00:14:28.100 --> 00:14:31.100
  • there are seven reasons for our
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  • joyful thanksgiving, if you'll
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:36.010
  • think about all these verses
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  • that we've read.
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  • And the first one is this:
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  • He's our God.
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  • To think--listen, there are many
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  • gods created by many people down
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:48.080
  • through the ages.
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  • Many gods, and they worshiped
  • 00:14:49.230 --> 00:14:51.080
  • them.
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  • They're gods that do
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  • not exist.
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  • Their gods that are in their
  • 00:14:54.070 --> 00:14:55.190
  • mind.
  • 00:14:55.190 --> 00:14:56.160
  • There are gods that have they've
  • 00:14:56.160 --> 00:14:57.140
  • been taught.
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  • And that--it's idolatry, but we
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:15:01.140
  • have a reason to shout to
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:03.260
  • holy God.
  • 00:15:03.260 --> 00:15:05.050
  • And so, if you think about this,
  • 00:15:05.050 --> 00:15:07.180
  • that the first chapter of the
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:09.120
  • first book of the Bible is all
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:11.120
  • about who?
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  • It's all about God.
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  • It is an expression of God.
  • 00:15:14.050 --> 00:15:16.290
  • What's the expression of God?
  • 00:15:16.290 --> 00:15:18.060
  • It's creation.
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  • "In the beginning, God created."
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  • It's all about God, the Creator.
  • 00:15:21.290 --> 00:15:24.290
  • And sometime we forget that and
  • 00:15:24.290 --> 00:15:27.000
  • think about all of the things He
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:28.070
  • created, but He intends for us
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:30.050
  • to know that He's the source of
  • 00:15:30.050 --> 00:15:31.270
  • all creation.
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  • He's still the Creator.
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  • He's the One who created a new
  • 00:15:34.220 --> 00:15:35.230
  • life within you.
  • 00:15:35.230 --> 00:15:38.170
  • You were born-again.
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:40.000
  • Almighty God, sovereign Lord of
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:41.230
  • the universe.
  • 00:15:41.230 --> 00:15:43.020
  • Jesus Christ His Son.
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  • We have so much to be grateful
  • 00:15:44.120 --> 00:15:45.220
  • for.
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  • He is our God.
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  • Secondly, He made us, we didn't
  • 00:15:48.240 --> 00:15:51.240
  • make ourselves.
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:53.020
  • He gave, listen--He gave
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  • you life.
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  • He gave you the privilege
  • 00:15:57.150 --> 00:15:58.200
  • to live.
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  • He gave you gifts and
  • 00:16:00.160 --> 00:16:01.260
  • talents and skills.
  • 00:16:01.260 --> 00:16:03.260
  • You compare yourself with
  • 00:16:03.260 --> 00:16:04.280
  • somebody else, you can't do
  • 00:16:04.280 --> 00:16:06.010
  • that, God didn't make him and
  • 00:16:06.010 --> 00:16:07.160
  • you alike, He made us all
  • 00:16:07.160 --> 00:16:09.110
  • differently.
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:10.220
  • He made us all for a purpose.
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  • He's the God who has created us,
  • 00:16:11.250 --> 00:16:14.220
  • and He's the God who's made us,
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:16.260
  • and He's not made any mistakes.
  • 00:16:16.260 --> 00:16:19.050
  • Anything and everything in our
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:20.190
  • life God has allowed for
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:22.200
  • a reason.
  • 00:16:22.200 --> 00:16:23.230
  • So think, He's our God, He made
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:25.220
  • us and we're His people.
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  • That's what the Scripture says,
  • 00:16:29.150 --> 00:16:30.110
  • we're His people.
  • 00:16:30.110 --> 00:16:31.150
  • We're the people of God.
  • 00:16:31.150 --> 00:16:33.160
  • You're not just somebody, you're
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:36.020
  • a child of God, and we have a
  • 00:16:36.020 --> 00:16:38.170
  • reason to shout to the
  • 00:16:38.170 --> 00:16:40.020
  • world that.
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:41.150
  • And then of course, He says,
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:42.220
  • we're the sheep of His pasture.
  • 00:16:42.220 --> 00:16:44.200
  • Think about that.
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:46.020
  • Think about how intimate
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:46.240
  • this is.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:48.010
  • He says He's made us, and He's
  • 00:16:48.010 --> 00:16:50.160
  • made us for Himself.
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:52.130
  • We're His people, we belong to
  • 00:16:52.130 --> 00:16:54.000
  • Him, we're the sheep of His
  • 00:16:54.000 --> 00:16:55.000
  • pasture.
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:55.250
  • What a beautiful way of
  • 00:16:55.250 --> 00:16:56.220
  • speaking about our relationship
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:58.200
  • to Him.
  • 00:16:58.200 --> 00:17:00.020
  • Think about all the other
  • 00:17:00.020 --> 00:17:00.230
  • animals and so forth in the
  • 00:17:00.230 --> 00:17:01.280
  • world.
  • 00:17:01.280 --> 00:17:03.050
  • Sheep and a shepherd, doesn't
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:06.070
  • that sound like God?
  • 00:17:06.070 --> 00:17:08.050
  • Why is--why did God choose that
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:11.240
  • relationship in the Scripture?
  • 00:17:11.240 --> 00:17:13.010
  • Because He loves us and because
  • 00:17:13.010 --> 00:17:15.230
  • He wants us to know that His
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:18.000
  • attitude toward us is, He
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:19.260
  • shepherds us, watches over us,
  • 00:17:19.260 --> 00:17:22.100
  • cares for us, protects us,
  • 00:17:22.100 --> 00:17:24.110
  • guides us, that's what shepherds
  • 00:17:24.110 --> 00:17:26.020
  • do.
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:27.100
  • Never forget this--my first trip
  • 00:17:27.280 --> 00:17:30.280
  • to the Holy Land we were sitting
  • 00:17:30.280 --> 00:17:33.230
  • in this restaurant and eating,
  • 00:17:33.230 --> 00:17:35.120
  • and I was sitting next to the
  • 00:17:35.120 --> 00:17:36.200
  • window, and I saw three
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:38.000
  • shepherds bring their sheep
  • 00:17:38.000 --> 00:17:40.180
  • together at a well, and
  • 00:17:40.270 --> 00:17:43.270
  • everything else was going, and I
  • 00:17:43.270 --> 00:17:45.220
  • just happened to be watching
  • 00:17:45.220 --> 00:17:46.200
  • this, and I was watching out of
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:48.090
  • curiosity because all those
  • 00:17:48.090 --> 00:17:49.290
  • sheep mix up with each other.
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:51.290
  • And I thought what a mess
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:52.260
  • that's gonna be.
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.100
  • I couldn't hear what was saying,
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:55.270
  • but I did see this shepherd, one
  • 00:17:56.050 --> 00:17:59.050
  • of these shepherds lifted up his
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:02.240
  • rod and said a few things.
  • 00:18:02.240 --> 00:18:04.100
  • I couldn't tell what he was
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:05.120
  • saying.
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:06.100
  • I watched those sheep separate
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:10.140
  • according to the voice of that
  • 00:18:10.180 --> 00:18:13.180
  • shepherd, until they were all
  • 00:18:13.180 --> 00:18:15.140
  • going in a different direction,
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:17.190
  • and what brought them away from
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  • the water to follow a shepherd
  • 00:18:19.260 --> 00:18:21.100
  • was the voice that they knew.
  • 00:18:21.190 --> 00:18:24.190
  • Their shepherd they knew which
  • 00:18:24.190 --> 00:18:27.010
  • to follow.
  • 00:18:27.010 --> 00:18:28.160
  • And I'll never forget there
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:29.060
  • thinking God, I hope I'm
  • 00:18:29.060 --> 00:18:31.100
  • like that.
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:32.120
  • I hope I can live such a life
  • 00:18:32.120 --> 00:18:34.030
  • that whenever Your voice come,
  • 00:18:34.030 --> 00:18:35.120
  • I'll know it's You, it's not the
  • 00:18:35.120 --> 00:18:36.250
  • devil, it's not somebody else,
  • 00:18:36.250 --> 00:18:37.210
  • it's You.
  • 00:18:37.210 --> 00:18:38.290
  • And when He says, we're the
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:40.040
  • sheep of His pasture, and He
  • 00:18:40.040 --> 00:18:41.160
  • didn't just say we're His sheep
  • 00:18:41.160 --> 00:18:44.010
  • of His pasture which means He's
  • 00:18:44.010 --> 00:18:46.250
  • the Provider.
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:48.080
  • He's the Provider, the Shepherd.
  • 00:18:48.080 --> 00:18:49.240
  • We're His sheep.
  • 00:18:49.240 --> 00:18:51.230
  • Now, sometimes we may act like
  • 00:18:51.230 --> 00:18:54.230
  • goats, but we're not goats,
  • 00:18:54.230 --> 00:18:57.230
  • we're sheep, and if a person is
  • 00:18:57.230 --> 00:19:00.110
  • lost, they fit the goat
  • 00:19:00.110 --> 00:19:02.010
  • attitude, probably, but we're
  • 00:19:02.010 --> 00:19:03.260
  • the sheep of His pasture.
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:06.080
  • We have a shepherd, we have
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:07.250
  • somebody to protect us, to
  • 00:19:07.250 --> 00:19:09.090
  • provide for us, to guide us,
  • 00:19:09.090 --> 00:19:10.250
  • to lead us.
  • 00:19:10.250 --> 00:19:12.010
  • Shepherds protect their sheep,
  • 00:19:12.010 --> 00:19:14.080
  • shepherds provide for them,
  • 00:19:14.080 --> 00:19:16.010
  • shepherds watch over them, and
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:17.170
  • it's interesting--sheep know
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:20.270
  • their shepherd's voice.
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:24.050
  • And I wonder if you know the
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:25.150
  • voice of God in your life.
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:29.220
  • Do you know when God is speaking
  • 00:19:29.220 --> 00:19:30.290
  • to you, that's not just your
  • 00:19:30.290 --> 00:19:33.150
  • attitude?
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:35.250
  • It's not just something you've
  • 00:19:35.250 --> 00:19:36.260
  • thought up.
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:38.260
  • Can you say that you can
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:40.030
  • identify the voice of God when
  • 00:19:40.090 --> 00:19:43.090
  • He speaks to you?
  • 00:19:43.090 --> 00:19:46.030
  • And God intends for us to listen
  • 00:19:46.030 --> 00:19:48.070
  • to Him.
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:49.230
  • We're the sheep of His pasture.
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:52.000
  • Not just sheep, the sheep of His
  • 00:19:52.000 --> 00:19:54.140
  • pasture.
  • 00:19:54.140 --> 00:19:55.140
  • We have a Shepherd, not two
  • 00:19:55.140 --> 00:19:56.240
  • shepherds, just one Shepherd:
  • 00:19:56.240 --> 00:19:57.200
  • the Lord Jesus.
  • 00:19:57.200 --> 00:19:59.030
  • When you trusted Him as your
  • 00:19:59.030 --> 00:20:00.070
  • Savior, He did an awesome thing.
  • 00:20:00.080 --> 00:20:03.080
  • He came into your life, into
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:04.170
  • your spirit, and to live His
  • 00:20:04.170 --> 00:20:07.040
  • life through you.
  • 00:20:07.040 --> 00:20:09.080
  • So we have His voice, we have
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  • His protection, we have His
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:14.220
  • provision, we have the pathway
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  • that He wants us to walk.
  • 00:20:16.240 --> 00:20:19.230
  • When I think about how
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  • intimately loving and personal
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:23.090
  • God is, we should never feel
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:26.100
  • like a stranger.
  • 00:20:26.100 --> 00:20:27.280
  • You should never have to feel
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  • alone.
  • 00:20:29.100 --> 00:20:31.000
  • Now I know there's a certain
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  • amount of aloneness when you're
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:33.230
  • by yourself if you happen to
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.090
  • live by yourself, or whatever it
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:36.260
  • might be.
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:38.060
  • But not alone.
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  • Once you receive Jesus Christ as
  • 00:20:39.270 --> 00:20:42.110
  • your Savior, He's in you.
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  • He is--watch this--watch
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  • this carefully--He is the
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  • Shepherd who has created every
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:51.230
  • single thing that exists,
  • 00:20:53.190 --> 00:20:56.190
  • and He's your Shepherd
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  • and He loves us.
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:20:59.290
  • He loves us, eternally,
  • 00:20:59.290 --> 00:21:02.270
  • completely, absolutely enough to
  • 00:21:02.270 --> 00:21:05.170
  • cause us to fellowship with Him.
  • 00:21:05.170 --> 00:21:08.130
  • To praise Him, to shout His
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:10.130
  • glory and His praises, and to
  • 00:21:10.130 --> 00:21:12.130
  • give Him thanks.
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:14.050
  • He's our God, He made us, we're
  • 00:21:14.050 --> 00:21:16.050
  • His people the Scripture says.
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  • We're the sheep of His pasture.
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  • God is good.
  • 00:21:20.120 --> 00:21:22.090
  • And if you had to sit down this
  • 00:21:22.090 --> 00:21:23.240
  • morning and write out a little
  • 00:21:23.240 --> 00:21:25.050
  • biographical sketch of the good
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:27.020
  • things God's done in your life
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:28.170
  • throughout your life, you could
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:30.090
  • fill up probably half a book.
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:33.050
  • At least twenty or thirty or
  • 00:21:33.050 --> 00:21:34.270
  • forty pages maybe of how God's
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:36.030
  • been good to you.
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:37.140
  • Now you can take another pen,
  • 00:21:37.140 --> 00:21:39.020
  • another book and write down all
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:40.260
  • the things that's happened to
  • 00:21:40.260 --> 00:21:41.290
  • you that were not so good.
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:44.150
  • I assure you when you count
  • 00:21:44.150 --> 00:21:47.030
  • correctly the good things that
  • 00:21:47.030 --> 00:21:48.290
  • God has done in your life far
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:50.250
  • outweighs the difficulty,
  • 00:21:50.250 --> 00:21:52.280
  • hardship, and pain that you've
  • 00:21:52.280 --> 00:21:54.070
  • suffered.
  • 00:21:54.070 --> 00:21:55.150
  • But somehow we forget that.
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:56.260
  • We forget how good He's been
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:58.270
  • because we've all been through
  • 00:21:58.270 --> 00:22:00.150
  • difficult times.
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:01.250
  • We've all hurt; we've suffered
  • 00:22:01.250 --> 00:22:03.190
  • physically, we hurt suffered
  • 00:22:03.190 --> 00:22:05.010
  • emotionally.
  • 00:22:05.010 --> 00:22:06.070
  • We've all been through difficult
  • 00:22:06.070 --> 00:22:07.200
  • times but we all--listen
  • 00:22:07.200 --> 00:22:09.220
  • to this--we all live in
  • 00:22:09.220 --> 00:22:10.230
  • godly times because you are
  • 00:22:10.230 --> 00:22:13.060
  • filled with the Spirit of God.
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:15.070
  • Your name has been written in
  • 00:22:15.070 --> 00:22:16.260
  • the Lamb's Book of Life.
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:18.030
  • You're on your way to Heaven no
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:19.230
  • matter what the world does,
  • 00:22:19.230 --> 00:22:21.040
  • the whole thing can blow
  • 00:22:21.040 --> 00:22:22.020
  • up and it's not going to
  • 00:22:22.020 --> 00:22:23.120
  • affect your eternal life.
  • 00:22:23.120 --> 00:22:25.190
  • We forget how good God is.
  • 00:22:25.190 --> 00:22:27.200
  • We can sing about it once or
  • 00:22:27.200 --> 00:22:29.190
  • twice a year but think about how
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:31.180
  • good He's been to you.
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:33.030
  • You say, "Well, but you just
  • 00:22:33.030 --> 00:22:34.060
  • don't know how bad it's been
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:35.060
  • for me."
  • 00:22:35.060 --> 00:22:35.280
  • No, you don't know how bad it's
  • 00:22:35.280 --> 00:22:37.140
  • been for people around you.
  • 00:22:37.140 --> 00:22:39.160
  • But the truth is He's been good
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:41.050
  • to you.
  • 00:22:41.050 --> 00:22:42.200
  • Because even in the difficult
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:44.020
  • times God showed up.
  • 00:22:44.020 --> 00:22:46.150
  • When you were in need God
  • 00:22:46.150 --> 00:22:47.050
  • showed up.
  • 00:22:47.050 --> 00:22:48.160
  • When you were sick He showed up.
  • 00:22:48.160 --> 00:22:50.110
  • When you were lonely He
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:51.090
  • showed up.
  • 00:22:51.090 --> 00:22:52.170
  • When you were going through
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:53.120
  • times that you couldn't share
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:54.150
  • with anybody else and you were
  • 00:22:54.150 --> 00:22:55.190
  • lonely and you were fed up with
  • 00:22:55.190 --> 00:22:56.280
  • life and you thought about
  • 00:22:56.280 --> 00:22:58.060
  • ending it, He showed up.
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:23:00.040
  • Why?
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  • Because He's an awesome,
  • 00:23:00.220 --> 00:23:01.220
  • good God and the Bible says His
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:03.290
  • lovingkindness endures forever.
  • 00:23:03.290 --> 00:23:06.100
  • Think about this, when you and I
  • 00:23:06.100 --> 00:23:08.090
  • are going through a tough time,
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:10.000
  • we have His lovingkindness.
  • 00:23:10.000 --> 00:23:12.180
  • Now we may not recognize it, but
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:14.040
  • we have His lovingkindness.
  • 00:23:14.040 --> 00:23:16.180
  • Sometimes you say, "Well, why
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:18.260
  • does God chastise us?"
  • 00:23:18.260 --> 00:23:20.050
  • Because He loves us.
  • 00:23:20.050 --> 00:23:23.050
  • And if a sheep gets astray,
  • 00:23:23.050 --> 00:23:26.030
  • the shepherd goes after the
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:27.050
  • sheep and depends upon where the
  • 00:23:27.050 --> 00:23:28.030
  • sheep or how far, or whatever.
  • 00:23:28.030 --> 00:23:29.080
  • He may have to tap him a little
  • 00:23:29.080 --> 00:23:30.260
  • bit to remind him not to do
  • 00:23:30.260 --> 00:23:32.270
  • that again.
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:34.290
  • Watch this carefully--can you
  • 00:23:34.290 --> 00:23:37.010
  • honestly say that you're happy
  • 00:23:37.010 --> 00:23:38.180
  • when God chastises you?
  • 00:23:39.290 --> 00:23:42.290
  • Can you say that, amen?
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  • I didn't think I'd get much
  • 00:23:44.130 --> 00:23:45.190
  • on that.
  • 00:23:45.190 --> 00:23:48.090
  • Think about this.
  • 00:23:48.090 --> 00:23:49.130
  • If God never chastised us, what
  • 00:23:49.130 --> 00:23:51.260
  • would we do?
  • 00:23:51.260 --> 00:23:52.290
  • We'd keep going 'til we went
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:54.130
  • over the hill, fall off the
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:57.020
  • mountain.
  • 00:23:57.020 --> 00:23:58.050
  • It is God's loving hand that
  • 00:23:58.070 --> 00:24:01.090
  • chastises us, to remind us don't
  • 00:24:01.090 --> 00:24:04.070
  • walk out of His will, there's
  • 00:24:04.070 --> 00:24:05.270
  • danger over there.
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:07.040
  • You're going to regret it.
  • 00:24:07.040 --> 00:24:08.130
  • You're going to find yourself in
  • 00:24:08.130 --> 00:24:10.130
  • trouble, just stay with
  • 00:24:10.130 --> 00:24:11.210
  • the pack.
  • 00:24:11.210 --> 00:24:12.220
  • Follow the Shepherd, listen to
  • 00:24:12.220 --> 00:24:14.180
  • His voice.
  • 00:24:14.180 --> 00:24:16.120
  • Because the Shepherd's always
  • 00:24:16.120 --> 00:24:17.160
  • going to provide what we need,
  • 00:24:17.160 --> 00:24:19.170
  • when we need it, how we need it.
  • 00:24:19.170 --> 00:24:21.270
  • Does that mean there'll never be
  • 00:24:21.270 --> 00:24:23.120
  • rainy days, hard days, difficult
  • 00:24:23.120 --> 00:24:25.010
  • days, rocky days to walk on?
  • 00:24:25.010 --> 00:24:27.010
  • No.
  • 00:24:27.010 --> 00:24:28.030
  • But the Good Shepherd is there
  • 00:24:28.030 --> 00:24:30.020
  • to protect us and to guide us.
  • 00:24:30.020 --> 00:24:32.040
  • This Psalm is all about God's
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:34.150
  • goodness, and our worship of
  • 00:24:34.160 --> 00:24:37.160
  • Him, and our recognition of who
  • 00:24:37.160 --> 00:24:39.140
  • He is.
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:41.020
  • And so, His faithfulness
  • 00:24:41.020 --> 00:24:43.130
  • continues with us throughout all
  • 00:24:43.230 --> 00:24:46.230
  • generations.
  • 00:24:46.230 --> 00:24:48.010
  • That is--watch this--you will
  • 00:24:48.010 --> 00:24:50.150
  • never have a moment of your life
  • 00:24:50.150 --> 00:24:52.150
  • when God ceases to be faithful.
  • 00:24:53.230 --> 00:24:56.230
  • He will always be faithful.
  • 00:24:56.230 --> 00:24:58.250
  • He will always be who He says
  • 00:24:58.250 --> 00:25:00.230
  • He is.
  • 00:25:00.230 --> 00:25:01.250
  • He will always do what He says
  • 00:25:01.250 --> 00:25:03.060
  • He'll do.
  • 00:25:03.060 --> 00:25:04.180
  • And when I think about our
  • 00:25:04.180 --> 00:25:05.160
  • Heavenly Father always being who
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:09.130
  • He is, always doing what He
  • 00:25:09.130 --> 00:25:11.260
  • says, always providing what He
  • 00:25:11.260 --> 00:25:14.130
  • promise, always being with us
  • 00:25:14.130 --> 00:25:16.120
  • through any and every
  • 00:25:16.120 --> 00:25:17.260
  • circumstance of life.
  • 00:25:17.260 --> 00:25:19.030
  • We should shout hallelujah,
  • 00:25:19.030 --> 00:25:21.000
  • praise to God continually.
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:23.010
  • This is the God whom we serve,
  • 00:25:23.010 --> 00:25:25.200
  • not the god the world serves,
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:27.200
  • because the god the world serves
  • 00:25:27.200 --> 00:25:30.020
  • is all confused; it's mixed up
  • 00:25:30.070 --> 00:25:33.070
  • with good, bad, and indifferent,
  • 00:25:33.070 --> 00:25:34.170
  • and they pacify themselves while
  • 00:25:34.170 --> 00:25:36.250
  • saying, "Well, God understands."
  • 00:25:36.250 --> 00:25:39.220
  • The god the world serves is not
  • 00:25:39.220 --> 00:25:42.000
  • the God of the Bible, it's the
  • 00:25:42.000 --> 00:25:44.130
  • god of the devil that
  • 00:25:44.130 --> 00:25:46.070
  • compromises sin and makes sin
  • 00:25:46.150 --> 00:25:49.150
  • acceptable, and misleads people
  • 00:25:49.150 --> 00:25:52.130
  • to do evil, to think evil,
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:54.180
  • to become evil.
  • 00:25:54.180 --> 00:25:56.080
  • That's not the God of the Bible.
  • 00:25:56.080 --> 00:25:57.290
  • You and I have a God who cares
  • 00:25:57.290 --> 00:25:59.260
  • so much for us that He loves us
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:02.260
  • enough to chastise us, to keep
  • 00:26:02.260 --> 00:26:05.130
  • us in the center of His will
  • 00:26:05.130 --> 00:26:07.050
  • which is the place we understand
  • 00:26:07.050 --> 00:26:09.050
  • and experience the love
  • 00:26:09.050 --> 00:26:10.230
  • of God most.
  • 00:26:10.230 --> 00:26:13.010
  • So when I think about it, and
  • 00:26:13.010 --> 00:26:14.040
  • think about all of that this
  • 00:26:14.040 --> 00:26:16.090
  • says to us, it speaks to me of
  • 00:26:16.090 --> 00:26:19.030
  • His untiring goodness,
  • 00:26:19.210 --> 00:26:22.210
  • continuous goodness toward us,
  • 00:26:22.210 --> 00:26:24.140
  • always.
  • 00:26:24.140 --> 00:26:25.220
  • His sacrificial love for us,
  • 00:26:25.220 --> 00:26:27.230
  • think about the cross, and His
  • 00:26:27.230 --> 00:26:29.100
  • eternal faithfulness to us.
  • 00:26:29.100 --> 00:26:32.010
  • Think of those three things.
  • 00:26:32.010 --> 00:26:33.220
  • His untiring goodness is
  • 00:26:33.220 --> 00:26:35.220
  • always there.
  • 00:26:35.220 --> 00:26:37.070
  • His sacrificial love for us,
  • 00:26:37.070 --> 00:26:39.220
  • always there.
  • 00:26:39.220 --> 00:26:41.040
  • His eternal faithfulness to us,
  • 00:26:41.040 --> 00:26:43.040
  • we don't ever have to worry
  • 00:26:43.040 --> 00:26:43.280
  • about Him changing.
  • 00:26:43.280 --> 00:26:45.140
  • That's the awesome God we serve,
  • 00:26:45.140 --> 00:26:47.270
  • we should praise Him and thank
  • 00:26:47.270 --> 00:26:49.110
  • Him, and glorify His name.
  • 00:26:49.130 --> 00:26:52.130
  • You say, "Well, I believe He's
  • 00:26:52.130 --> 00:26:54.000
  • forgotten me."
  • 00:26:54.000 --> 00:26:56.040
  • No.
  • 00:26:56.040 --> 00:26:57.050
  • You may have forgotten him, and
  • 00:26:57.050 --> 00:26:58.260
  • you may be one of those sheep
  • 00:26:58.260 --> 00:27:01.030
  • that's gone astray.
  • 00:27:01.030 --> 00:27:03.060
  • But if you'll notice in the
  • 00:27:03.060 --> 00:27:04.140
  • Scripture, watch this--are
  • 00:27:04.140 --> 00:27:06.070
  • you listening?
  • 00:27:06.070 --> 00:27:07.010
  • Say amen.
  • 00:27:07.010 --> 00:27:08.020
  • Jesus never whipped a sheep.
  • 00:27:11.010 --> 00:27:14.010
  • Never beat a sheep.
  • 00:27:14.010 --> 00:27:15.240
  • But He went after the sheep and
  • 00:27:15.240 --> 00:27:18.200
  • brought them back.
  • 00:27:18.200 --> 00:27:20.120
  • And so, you may feel like,
  • 00:27:20.120 --> 00:27:21.240
  • "Well, I know I was saved back
  • 00:27:21.240 --> 00:27:23.210
  • yonder somewhere but God sort of
  • 00:27:23.210 --> 00:27:25.250
  • forgotten me because I back slid
  • 00:27:25.250 --> 00:27:27.240
  • and got into this and got
  • 00:27:27.240 --> 00:27:29.140
  • into that."
  • 00:27:29.140 --> 00:27:30.020
  • No.
  • 00:27:30.020 --> 00:27:31.230
  • I'll tell what the situation is.
  • 00:27:31.230 --> 00:27:34.120
  • You're living in sin and the
  • 00:27:34.120 --> 00:27:36.260
  • Good Shepherd is waiting for you
  • 00:27:37.090 --> 00:27:40.090
  • to come home.
  • 00:27:40.090 --> 00:27:41.230
  • You say, "Well, how do I come
  • 00:27:41.230 --> 00:27:43.190
  • home?"
  • 00:27:43.190 --> 00:27:45.240
  • By asking Him to forgive you of
  • 00:27:45.240 --> 00:27:47.180
  • your sins.
  • 00:27:47.180 --> 00:27:49.080
  • Asking Him to help you get your
  • 00:27:50.010 --> 00:27:53.010
  • life back together.
  • 00:27:53.010 --> 00:27:55.000
  • Asking Him to encourage you and
  • 00:27:55.000 --> 00:27:57.090
  • show you the way and thank Him
  • 00:27:58.030 --> 00:28:01.050
  • for His forgiveness.
  • 00:28:01.050 --> 00:28:02.100
  • And thank Him for His goodness
  • 00:28:02.100 --> 00:28:03.140
  • toward you.
  • 00:28:03.140 --> 00:28:04.270
  • The Good Shepherd doesn't beat
  • 00:28:04.270 --> 00:28:07.180
  • His sheep.
  • 00:28:07.180 --> 00:28:09.060
  • It's the sheep who go astray and
  • 00:28:09.060 --> 00:28:11.000
  • He comes after us to bring us
  • 00:28:11.000 --> 00:28:13.030
  • home.
  • 00:28:13.030 --> 00:28:14.180
  • When I think about God's awesome
  • 00:28:14.180 --> 00:28:15.260
  • love and I think about this
  • 00:28:16.070 --> 00:28:19.070
  • awesome song:
  • 00:28:19.070 --> 00:28:21.060
  • "Shout joy to the Lord, the Good
  • 00:28:21.060 --> 00:28:23.260
  • Shepherd."
  • 00:28:23.260 --> 00:28:25.170
  • And the Good Shepherd will be
  • 00:28:25.170 --> 00:28:27.260
  • your Shepherd to guide you, lead
  • 00:28:27.260 --> 00:28:30.000
  • you, protect you, watch over you
  • 00:28:30.000 --> 00:28:31.110
  • through the last moment of
  • 00:28:31.140 --> 00:28:34.140
  • your life.
  • 00:28:34.140 --> 00:28:36.010
  • When you breathe your last
  • 00:28:36.010 --> 00:28:37.080
  • breath, you'll see Him for the
  • 00:28:37.270 --> 00:28:40.270
  • first time.
  • 00:28:40.270 --> 00:28:42.270
  • What an awesome eternal thought
  • 00:28:42.270 --> 00:28:45.220
  • that is.
  • 00:28:45.220 --> 00:28:47.090
  • If you have never trusted Jesus
  • 00:28:47.090 --> 00:28:48.210
  • Christ as your Savior,
  • 00:28:48.220 --> 00:28:51.220
  • you won't see Him.
  • 00:28:51.220 --> 00:28:53.110
  • You'll be eternally separated
  • 00:28:53.110 --> 00:28:55.010
  • from Him.
  • 00:28:55.010 --> 00:28:55.170
  • You say, "Well, that's
  • 00:28:55.170 --> 00:28:56.040
  • not fair."
  • 00:28:56.040 --> 00:28:56.280
  • He's warned you, He's told you,
  • 00:28:56.280 --> 00:28:59.180
  • He's sent the message to you
  • 00:28:59.180 --> 00:29:01.040
  • over and over, and over again.
  • 00:29:01.040 --> 00:29:03.200
  • And why have you rejected Him?
  • 00:29:03.200 --> 00:29:06.100
  • The one person you need in your
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  • life above everybody else
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  • is Jesus.
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  • "Come unto me, all ye that labor
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  • and are heavy laden, and I'll
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  • give you rest."
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  • "For God so loved the world,
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  • that He gave His only begotten
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  • Son, that whoever believes in
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  • Him will have eternal life."
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  • If you confess your sins, He's
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  • faithful and just to forgive you
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  • of your sins and to cleanse you
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  • from all unrighteousness.
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  • Why fight God?
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  • When you can receive the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ as your Savior,
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  • everything changes.
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  • Your name is written instantly
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  • in the Lamb's Book of Life from
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  • which there are no erasures.
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  • And when you breathe your last
  • 00:29:50.270 --> 00:29:52.170
  • breath, the first person you
  • 00:29:53.250 --> 00:29:56.250
  • will see is the Good Shepherd,
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  • the Lord Jesus.
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  • Is that not worth praising
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  • God for?
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  • Amen.
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  • Let's give God a hand.
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  • Praise God.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Father, we thank you and praise
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  • you for Your goodness and love
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  • and mercy toward us that's
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  • indescribable.
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  • Praise, thanksgiving, and
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  • blessing to You.
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  • Thank you for loving us.
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  • Thank you for putting up
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  • with us.
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  • Thank you for forgiving us.
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  • Thank you for being here for us
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  • twenty-four hours a day knowing
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  • everything about us, know how to
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  • heal us from any and everything.
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  • And know how to bless us.
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  • We just bless you this morning
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  • in Jesus name.
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  • - announcer: Coming up
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  • in just a moment,
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  • - male: When I discovered that
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  • I loved music, my dad was a
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  • pastor, and I could just see God
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  • had given me a gift.
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  • And I do wanna lead, and I do
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  • wanna be a great example.
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  • I often do have questions about
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  • the future; the fear of the
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  • unknown.
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  • Where am I pursuing my career
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  • and where am I pursuing what God
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  • really wants?
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  • I do wanna seek out what it is
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  • I do wanna seek out what it is
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  • [music]
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • Living a godly life,
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  • which is the requirement of God,
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  • the blessing of God, the promise
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  • of the help of God, is to do
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  • exactly what we're talking
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  • about.
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  • Walking in step with Him,
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  • walking in the same direction,
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  • walking in the power
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • - Dr. Stanley: When you come
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  • to the end of life, what do you
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  • want to be remembered for?
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  • Your kindness, your love,
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  • your generosity, your knowledge,
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  • your wisdom, your abilities
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  • and skills, that you knew how to
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  • relate to other people, or would
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  • they remember you
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  • for your stinginess, your pride,
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  • your antagonistic attitude,
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  • your dishonesty, you didn't
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  • love anybody, you were just
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  • an angry person?
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  • What are people going to say
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  • about you when you're gone?
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  • Well, you may be the kind of
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  • person who says, "Well, I hope
  • 00:32:39.260 --> 00:32:41.030
  • they don't remember anything
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  • about me."
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  • Well, they will--not much maybe,
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  • but they will.
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  • So, will anybody say, "I don't
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  • know a lot of things about him
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  • or about her, but this I do
  • 00:32:53.040 --> 00:32:54.130
  • know: he walked with God.
  • 00:32:55.270 --> 00:32:58.270
  • She walked with God, that much I
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  • know about him and about her."
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  • How could you have anything more
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  • uplifting and Christ-like than
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  • that to say, that somebody
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  • walked with God?
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  • So, let me ask you this: how
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  • does a person walk with God?
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  • How do you know when you're
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  • walking with God or not?
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  • So, what I'd like to do is to
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  • give you a brief statement
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  • to--just to define what it means
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  • to walk with God.
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  • To walk with God means to keep
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  • Him at the center of our
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  • thinking: in everything we do,
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  • everything we say, everything we
  • 00:33:39.280 --> 00:33:42.110
  • think in our relationships, in
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  • our finances, our plans, and in
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  • every area of our life.
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  • That's what it means to walk
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  • with God.
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  • It's the wisest way to walk.
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  • So, I want you to turn for just
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  • a moment and look, if you will,
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  • in Genesis chapter five.
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  • And here is Enoch, about which
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  • the Bible says that he walked
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  • with God and then he was no
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  • longer there, God took him.
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  • So, look in the fifth chapter,
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  • if you will, verse twenty-one.
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  • "Enoch lived sixty-five years,
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  • and became the father of
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  • Methuselah.
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  • Then Enoch walked with God three
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  • hundred years after he became
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  • the father of Methuselah, and he
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  • had other sons and daughters."
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  • Remember that his son lived the
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  • longest of anybody in the Bible,
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  • "So all the days of Enoch were
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  • three hundred and sixty-five
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  • years.
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  • Enoch walked with God, and he
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  • was not, for God took him."
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  • So, if somebody says, "Are you
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  • walking with God?"
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  • I wonder what you would say.
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  • Would you say, "Yes, I am"?
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  • And then if they said, "Well,
  • 00:34:50.130 --> 00:34:52.170
  • what are you doing in order to
  • 00:34:52.170 --> 00:34:53.280
  • walk with God?"
  • 00:34:53.280 --> 00:34:55.130
  • Could you even answer that?
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  • So, I want to give you an
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  • answer.
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  • And I want to give you a list of
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  • things absolutely essential to
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  • walking with God, to walking
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  • after God, and to walking in a
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  • way that pleases and honors God
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  • and brings you the best life
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  • that you could possibly have.
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  • So, the first thing is this, and
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  • that is to accept the Lord Jesus
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  • Christ as your personal Savior.
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  • That's the beginning.
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  • In other words, if I want to
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  • walk with God, I can't even get
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  • to God except through His Son,
  • 00:35:25.160 --> 00:35:28.020
  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • "No man comes to the Father,"
  • 00:35:29.220 --> 00:35:31.200
  • He said, "except by Me."
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  • You want to walk with God?
  • 00:35:33.070 --> 00:35:34.290
  • Come to Jesus.
  • 00:35:34.290 --> 00:35:36.070
  • Face the cross,
  • 00:35:36.070 --> 00:35:37.100
  • the resurrection, that's where
  • 00:35:37.100 --> 00:35:38.280
  • walking with God begins.
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  • Anybody who tells you
  • 00:35:40.150 --> 00:35:42.130
  • they're living a good life and
  • 00:35:42.130 --> 00:35:43.170
  • everything is fine, and they've
  • 00:35:43.170 --> 00:35:45.000
  • rejected Jesus Christ as their
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  • Savior, are either ignorant
  • 00:35:46.210 --> 00:35:49.210
  • or living in sin and totally
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  • blinded by it.
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  • So first of all, you have to
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  • accept the Lord Jesus Christ as
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  • your Savior.
  • 00:35:55.190 --> 00:35:56.090
  • That's the way we get to God.
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  • So, if I'm going to walk with
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  • Him, I've got to be with Him.
  • 00:35:59.120 --> 00:36:01.240
  • How do I get to be with Him?
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  • By receiving His Son, forgives
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  • my sin, makes it possible for me
  • 00:36:05.240 --> 00:36:08.090
  • to have a personal, intimate
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  • relationship with Him,
  • 00:36:09.290 --> 00:36:11.040
  • first step.
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  • Secondly, that is, I must learn
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  • to listen to Him.
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  • If I don't listen to God, I'm
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  • not going to follow Him.
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  • If you don't learn to pray and
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  • to listen to God, you are not
  • 00:36:20.280 --> 00:36:22.190
  • going to follow Him and you're
  • 00:36:22.190 --> 00:36:24.010
  • not going to walk with Him.
  • 00:36:24.010 --> 00:36:25.190
  • And prayer is absolutely
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  • essential, and this is why I say
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  • so often, that is, our prayer
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  • and meditation, the time we
  • 00:36:31.100 --> 00:36:32.230
  • spend alone with Him, is
  • 00:36:32.230 --> 00:36:34.170
  • absolutely essential.
  • 00:36:34.170 --> 00:36:36.100
  • Because when you're reading the
  • 00:36:36.100 --> 00:36:38.010
  • Word and talking to Him and
  • 00:36:38.010 --> 00:36:39.260
  • listening to Him, He's going to
  • 00:36:39.260 --> 00:36:41.040
  • be showing you things you,
  • 00:36:41.040 --> 00:36:42.130
  • listen, you're not going to find
  • 00:36:42.130 --> 00:36:44.120
  • out any other way.
  • 00:36:44.130 --> 00:36:47.130
  • Somebody says, "Well, I don't
  • 00:36:47.130 --> 00:36:48.120
  • think I need that."
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  • Yes, you do.
  • 00:36:49.100 --> 00:36:51.030
  • God gave us His Word because we
  • 00:36:51.030 --> 00:36:53.050
  • needed to know how to follow
  • 00:36:53.250 --> 00:36:56.250
  • Him, to walk in His ways and to
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  • be obedient to Him.
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  • So, if I'm going to walk with
  • 00:37:01.160 --> 00:37:03.030
  • God, I've got to listen to Him.
  • 00:37:03.180 --> 00:37:06.180
  • Thirdly, you've got to trust
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  • Him.
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  • If you don't trust Him, you're
  • 00:37:10.010 --> 00:37:11.160
  • not going to follow Him.
  • 00:37:11.160 --> 00:37:14.040
  • And oftentimes I'll be talking
  • 00:37:14.040 --> 00:37:15.090
  • to somebody and I'll say, "Well,
  • 00:37:15.090 --> 00:37:16.140
  • just trust the Lord."
  • 00:37:16.140 --> 00:37:17.110
  • Well, I am trusting Him.
  • 00:37:17.110 --> 00:37:18.190
  • Well, show me how you're
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  • trusting Him.
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  • And when they get through
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  • telling me, they're not trusting
  • 00:37:21.020 --> 00:37:22.160
  • God at all.
  • 00:37:22.160 --> 00:37:23.220
  • They're just hoping and wishing
  • 00:37:23.220 --> 00:37:24.260
  • and betting and this, that, and
  • 00:37:24.260 --> 00:37:25.280
  • the other, that things are going
  • 00:37:25.280 --> 00:37:27.000
  • to turn out right, and most of
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  • the time they have, they say.
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  • But they're not walking with
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  • God.
  • 00:37:31.200 --> 00:37:32.210
  • To walk with God, I've got to
  • 00:37:32.210 --> 00:37:34.090
  • listen to Him and I have to
  • 00:37:34.090 --> 00:37:35.230
  • trust Him.
  • 00:37:35.230 --> 00:37:36.290
  • If I don't trust Him, I'm not
  • 00:37:36.290 --> 00:37:39.090
  • going to walk with Him.
  • 00:37:39.090 --> 00:37:40.120
  • "Trust in the Lord with
  • 00:37:40.120 --> 00:37:41.100
  • all your heart.
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  • Lean not to your own
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  • understanding.
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  • In all your ways acknowledge
  • 00:37:44.170 --> 00:37:45.270
  • Him, and He will direct your
  • 00:37:45.270 --> 00:37:47.200
  • path.
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  • So, He's not going to lead me to
  • 00:37:48.240 --> 00:37:51.160
  • walk without following Him,
  • 00:37:51.240 --> 00:37:54.240
  • 'cause that's what that passage
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  • is all about.
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  • Trust in the Lord with
  • 00:37:56.270 --> 00:37:58.060
  • all your heart.
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  • Don't lean to your own
  • 00:37:58.250 --> 00:37:59.120
  • understanding.
  • 00:37:59.120 --> 00:38:00.020
  • In all your ways, acknowledge
  • 00:38:00.020 --> 00:38:02.050
  • Him and He will make your paths
  • 00:38:02.050 --> 00:38:04.010
  • straight.
  • 00:38:04.010 --> 00:38:05.140
  • And so, if you're going to
  • 00:38:05.140 --> 00:38:06.180
  • follow Him, if you're going to
  • 00:38:06.180 --> 00:38:08.120
  • walk with Him, if you're going
  • 00:38:08.120 --> 00:38:10.050
  • to be the person God wants you
  • 00:38:10.050 --> 00:38:11.140
  • to be, then you've got to decide
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  • at some point, "I'm going to
  • 00:38:12.230 --> 00:38:13.170
  • trust Him."
  • 00:38:13.170 --> 00:38:14.050
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:38:14.050 --> 00:38:15.210
  • Why do I put that emphasis
  • 00:38:15.210 --> 00:38:16.270
  • on trust?
  • 00:38:16.270 --> 00:38:17.130
  • Because sometimes, in fact, many
  • 00:38:17.130 --> 00:38:19.090
  • times, God will require
  • 00:38:19.090 --> 00:38:20.200
  • something of us that makes
  • 00:38:20.200 --> 00:38:22.260
  • no sense, doesn't fit, doesn't--
  • 00:38:22.260 --> 00:38:25.130
  • the timing's not right, couldn't
  • 00:38:25.130 --> 00:38:26.200
  • be him, couldn't be her,
  • 00:38:26.200 --> 00:38:28.010
  • couldn't be that, no, no, no,
  • 00:38:28.010 --> 00:38:29.200
  • no, no.
  • 00:38:29.200 --> 00:38:30.110
  • But God says,
  • 00:38:30.110 --> 00:38:31.000
  • "That's what I want you to do."
  • 00:38:31.000 --> 00:38:33.030
  • Nowhere does He promise us that
  • 00:38:33.030 --> 00:38:35.000
  • we will understand.
  • 00:38:35.000 --> 00:38:37.040
  • You remember that old gospel
  • 00:38:37.040 --> 00:38:37.220
  • hymn?
  • 00:38:37.220 --> 00:38:38.080
  • "We'll understand it better and
  • 00:38:38.080 --> 00:38:39.130
  • by and by, when the saints of
  • 00:38:39.130 --> 00:38:41.090
  • God are gathered home."
  • 00:38:41.090 --> 00:38:42.230
  • Well, there are a lot of things
  • 00:38:42.230 --> 00:38:43.200
  • we don't fully understand here.
  • 00:38:43.200 --> 00:38:45.200
  • But listen, if I'm going to walk
  • 00:38:45.200 --> 00:38:46.210
  • with Him, I'm going to do what
  • 00:38:46.210 --> 00:38:48.040
  • He says whether I understand it
  • 00:38:48.040 --> 00:38:50.090
  • or not.
  • 00:38:50.090 --> 00:38:51.200
  • And so, you have to decide
  • 00:38:51.200 --> 00:38:52.240
  • whether you're going to trust
  • 00:38:52.240 --> 00:38:54.050
  • Him or not.
  • 00:38:54.050 --> 00:38:56.020
  • And then of course, if you're
  • 00:38:56.020 --> 00:38:56.290
  • going to walk with Him, you've
  • 00:38:56.290 --> 00:38:58.030
  • got to agree with Him.
  • 00:38:58.030 --> 00:38:59.240
  • If you don't agree with Him,
  • 00:38:59.240 --> 00:39:01.020
  • you're not going to walk
  • 00:39:01.020 --> 00:39:02.020
  • with Him.
  • 00:39:02.020 --> 00:39:04.040
  • So, let me ask you this.
  • 00:39:04.040 --> 00:39:05.140
  • Have you ever disagreed
  • 00:39:05.140 --> 00:39:06.120
  • with God?
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  • Yes, we all have at some point
  • 00:39:07.250 --> 00:39:10.080
  • foolishly, ignorantly--maybe
  • 00:39:11.200 --> 00:39:14.200
  • before we really were in touch
  • 00:39:14.200 --> 00:39:17.050
  • with God as best we could be.
  • 00:39:17.050 --> 00:39:19.050
  • And so, what happens?
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  • We think somehow that we can
  • 00:39:21.130 --> 00:39:24.120
  • make everything work.
  • 00:39:24.120 --> 00:39:25.260
  • Watch this, we're not taught by
  • 00:39:25.260 --> 00:39:27.230
  • the Scriptures that God is to
  • 00:39:28.100 --> 00:39:31.100
  • agree with us.
  • 00:39:31.100 --> 00:39:33.000
  • We're taught by the Scripture
  • 00:39:33.000 --> 00:39:33.220
  • that we are to agree with him.
  • 00:39:33.220 --> 00:39:35.110
  • He's the one who is omniscient,
  • 00:39:35.110 --> 00:39:37.010
  • omnipotent, omnipresent.
  • 00:39:37.010 --> 00:39:39.150
  • Then, of course, it's not enough
  • 00:39:39.150 --> 00:39:41.080
  • just to agree with Him, you have
  • 00:39:41.080 --> 00:39:42.250
  • to obey Him.
  • 00:39:42.250 --> 00:39:44.220
  • If you're going to walk with
  • 00:39:44.220 --> 00:39:45.220
  • Him, you have to obey Him
  • 00:39:45.220 --> 00:39:46.290
  • because He's going to require
  • 00:39:46.290 --> 00:39:48.010
  • some things that you're not
  • 00:39:48.010 --> 00:39:49.010
  • going to like.
  • 00:39:49.010 --> 00:39:50.050
  • Or He's going to require some
  • 00:39:50.050 --> 00:39:51.160
  • things that you don't fully
  • 00:39:51.160 --> 00:39:53.010
  • understand.
  • 00:39:53.010 --> 00:39:54.130
  • Obedience to Him is absolutely
  • 00:39:54.130 --> 00:39:56.180
  • essential.
  • 00:39:56.180 --> 00:39:57.200
  • And people oftentimes wonder,
  • 00:39:57.200 --> 00:39:59.000
  • "Well, why doesn't God bless
  • 00:39:59.000 --> 00:40:00.180
  • me?"
  • 00:40:00.180 --> 00:40:01.170
  • Well, then I say, "Well, are you
  • 00:40:01.170 --> 00:40:02.240
  • obeying Him?"
  • 00:40:02.240 --> 00:40:04.010
  • "Well, I think so."
  • 00:40:04.010 --> 00:40:05.180
  • "Well, like what, for example?
  • 00:40:05.180 --> 00:40:07.110
  • Do you have a private communion?
  • 00:40:07.110 --> 00:40:08.290
  • Do you talk to Him every day?"
  • 00:40:08.290 --> 00:40:10.180
  • "Well, I'm pretty busy,
  • 00:40:10.180 --> 00:40:12.140
  • you know."
  • 00:40:12.140 --> 00:40:13.180
  • And they start off with
  • 00:40:13.180 --> 00:40:14.130
  • all the examples, reasons why
  • 00:40:15.130 --> 00:40:18.130
  • they don't obey the Living God.
  • 00:40:18.130 --> 00:40:20.280
  • Obey Him.
  • 00:40:20.280 --> 00:40:23.080
  • Disobedience implies that I know
  • 00:40:23.080 --> 00:40:25.160
  • better than He does.
  • 00:40:25.160 --> 00:40:26.240
  • Now, watch that.
  • 00:40:26.240 --> 00:40:28.060
  • If I don't obey God and
  • 00:40:28.060 --> 00:40:30.220
  • I'm a follower of the Lord Jesus
  • 00:40:30.220 --> 00:40:32.020
  • Christ, God is my Savior,
  • 00:40:32.020 --> 00:40:34.130
  • my Father, if I don't obey Him,
  • 00:40:35.130 --> 00:40:38.130
  • I am saying, "I know better
  • 00:40:38.130 --> 00:40:40.280
  • than God who is omniscient.
  • 00:40:40.280 --> 00:40:42.220
  • And so, I'm going this way.
  • 00:40:42.220 --> 00:40:44.010
  • Oh, I know what He says,
  • 00:40:44.010 --> 00:40:45.110
  • but this is not too far off."
  • 00:40:45.110 --> 00:40:47.010
  • Listen, one step off is
  • 00:40:47.010 --> 00:40:48.200
  • disastrous.
  • 00:40:49.050 --> 00:40:52.050
  • If we are to follow Him, we're
  • 00:40:52.050 --> 00:40:54.290
  • to walk with Almighty God.
  • 00:40:54.290 --> 00:40:57.230
  • Obedience is necessary.
  • 00:40:57.230 --> 00:41:00.060
  • Well, you say, "Well, how much
  • 00:41:00.060 --> 00:41:02.030
  • obedience?"
  • 00:41:02.030 --> 00:41:03.130
  • Well, partial obedience is what?
  • 00:41:03.290 --> 00:41:06.290
  • Disobedience.
  • 00:41:06.290 --> 00:41:08.130
  • So, if I'm going to obey Him,
  • 00:41:08.130 --> 00:41:10.090
  • I'm going to do what He says do,
  • 00:41:10.090 --> 00:41:11.290
  • when He says do it, and the way
  • 00:41:11.290 --> 00:41:13.180
  • He says do it, period.
  • 00:41:13.240 --> 00:41:16.240
  • So, are you walking with God?
  • 00:41:16.240 --> 00:41:18.100
  • In other words, is obedience,
  • 00:41:18.100 --> 00:41:20.080
  • watch this, is obedience
  • 00:41:20.080 --> 00:41:22.040
  • a lifestyle for you?
  • 00:41:22.040 --> 00:41:24.130
  • When you wake up in the morning,
  • 00:41:24.130 --> 00:41:25.210
  • your intention is to obey God
  • 00:41:25.210 --> 00:41:26.240
  • today.
  • 00:41:26.240 --> 00:41:28.090
  • Almighty God is our leader, our
  • 00:41:28.110 --> 00:41:31.110
  • guide, our God to guide us every
  • 00:41:31.170 --> 00:41:34.170
  • single day.
  • 00:41:34.170 --> 00:41:35.080
  • We're to walk with Him.
  • 00:41:35.080 --> 00:41:37.020
  • And walking with Him means
  • 00:41:37.020 --> 00:41:39.000
  • I surrendered my will and I'm
  • 00:41:39.000 --> 00:41:40.280
  • willing to obey Him because
  • 00:41:40.280 --> 00:41:43.060
  • I trust Him.
  • 00:41:43.060 --> 00:41:45.180
  • And because I trust Him, I will
  • 00:41:45.180 --> 00:41:47.030
  • obey Him.
  • 00:41:47.030 --> 00:41:48.050
  • Because I don't trust Him is the
  • 00:41:48.050 --> 00:41:50.180
  • reason I disobey Him.
  • 00:41:50.180 --> 00:41:53.000
  • So, ask yourself the question,
  • 00:41:53.000 --> 00:41:54.120
  • and I hope you'll ask it all the
  • 00:41:54.120 --> 00:41:55.170
  • way through this message.
  • 00:41:55.170 --> 00:41:56.170
  • Am I walking with God or am I
  • 00:41:56.170 --> 00:41:58.170
  • not?
  • 00:41:58.170 --> 00:42:00.080
  • It's easy to say I am, but there
  • 00:42:00.090 --> 00:42:03.090
  • are some criteria, and all we're
  • 00:42:03.090 --> 00:42:04.200
  • doing is saying let's give it a
  • 00:42:04.200 --> 00:42:06.070
  • test and see if you are or if
  • 00:42:06.070 --> 00:42:07.150
  • you're not.
  • 00:42:07.150 --> 00:42:10.130
  • Dangerous to walk in
  • 00:42:10.130 --> 00:42:11.280
  • disobedience to God.
  • 00:42:11.280 --> 00:42:13.190
  • But likewise, if I'm walking
  • 00:42:13.190 --> 00:42:15.020
  • with Him, I'm going to walk in
  • 00:42:15.020 --> 00:42:16.270
  • the same direction He walks.
  • 00:42:16.270 --> 00:42:19.160
  • If I'm really and truly walking
  • 00:42:19.160 --> 00:42:21.060
  • in His will and His way, I'm
  • 00:42:21.060 --> 00:42:23.210
  • obeying Him and I am walking in
  • 00:42:23.230 --> 00:42:26.230
  • the same direction.
  • 00:42:26.230 --> 00:42:28.140
  • Now, it doesn't mean that you
  • 00:42:29.200 --> 00:42:32.200
  • are like somebody else.
  • 00:42:32.200 --> 00:42:34.240
  • God hasn't got the same will
  • 00:42:34.240 --> 00:42:36.180
  • for two different people.
  • 00:42:36.180 --> 00:42:38.000
  • He has a way for you to walk.
  • 00:42:38.000 --> 00:42:40.140
  • And what you and I have to do is
  • 00:42:40.140 --> 00:42:41.200
  • to know in our heart,
  • 00:42:41.200 --> 00:42:43.010
  • as best I know my heart, Lord,
  • 00:42:43.010 --> 00:42:45.110
  • I'm walking in obedience to You.
  • 00:42:45.110 --> 00:42:47.040
  • I'll go wherever You want me to
  • 00:42:47.040 --> 00:42:48.020
  • go, do whatever You want me
  • 00:42:48.020 --> 00:42:49.040
  • to do.
  • 00:42:49.040 --> 00:42:49.220
  • And watch this, somebody says,
  • 00:42:49.220 --> 00:42:51.050
  • "Well, I was saved forty years
  • 00:42:51.050 --> 00:42:52.170
  • ago."
  • 00:42:52.170 --> 00:42:53.030
  • What's that got to do with
  • 00:42:53.030 --> 00:42:53.260
  • today?
  • 00:42:53.260 --> 00:42:56.020
  • In other words, listen, every
  • 00:42:56.020 --> 00:42:57.210
  • day we have to make a decision.
  • 00:42:57.210 --> 00:43:00.200
  • Am I going to follow Him
  • 00:43:00.200 --> 00:43:01.280
  • or am I not?
  • 00:43:01.280 --> 00:43:03.060
  • Am I going to walk with God
  • 00:43:03.060 --> 00:43:04.120
  • or am I not?
  • 00:43:04.120 --> 00:43:05.060
  • You say, "Well, now you mean to
  • 00:43:05.060 --> 00:43:06.080
  • tell me I'm to get up every day
  • 00:43:06.080 --> 00:43:07.120
  • and say, 'Am I going to
  • 00:43:07.120 --> 00:43:08.070
  • follow God?'"
  • 00:43:08.070 --> 00:43:08.270
  • No, you should get up every day
  • 00:43:08.270 --> 00:43:10.150
  • and say, "Thank You, Lord, I'm
  • 00:43:10.150 --> 00:43:11.190
  • going to follow You by the power
  • 00:43:11.190 --> 00:43:12.240
  • of the Holy Spirit, walk in Your
  • 00:43:12.240 --> 00:43:14.120
  • way, whatever You want today."
  • 00:43:14.120 --> 00:43:16.060
  • We should wake up committed
  • 00:43:16.060 --> 00:43:17.070
  • to Him.
  • 00:43:17.070 --> 00:43:17.230
  • We walk with God because that's
  • 00:43:17.230 --> 00:43:19.200
  • who we are.
  • 00:43:19.200 --> 00:43:21.000
  • We're indwelt
  • 00:43:21.000 --> 00:43:22.100
  • by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:43:22.100 --> 00:43:23.210
  • And the Holy Spirit always leads
  • 00:43:23.210 --> 00:43:25.110
  • us to make wise, godly decisions
  • 00:43:25.110 --> 00:43:27.250
  • because we're His children.
  • 00:43:27.250 --> 00:43:29.130
  • And we're walking in His Spirit
  • 00:43:29.290 --> 00:43:32.290
  • and we're walking in His path.
  • 00:43:32.290 --> 00:43:34.230
  • And so, obedience is absolutely
  • 00:43:34.230 --> 00:43:36.080
  • necessary.
  • 00:43:36.080 --> 00:43:37.050
  • Now, some ways may seem to be
  • 00:43:37.170 --> 00:43:40.170
  • shorter and faster and cheaper.
  • 00:43:42.180 --> 00:43:45.180
  • Notice I said, "Seem to be,"
  • 00:43:45.180 --> 00:43:48.120
  • because the ways that seem to be
  • 00:43:48.120 --> 00:43:50.020
  • that way are not God's ways.
  • 00:43:50.020 --> 00:43:52.180
  • If I'm going to walk in His way
  • 00:43:52.180 --> 00:43:54.040
  • and in the direction with Him,
  • 00:43:54.040 --> 00:43:56.130
  • I'll have to part ways with a
  • 00:43:56.130 --> 00:43:57.280
  • lot of people, probably.
  • 00:43:57.280 --> 00:44:00.110
  • You can't have the world's
  • 00:44:00.110 --> 00:44:01.140
  • friendship, close friendship and
  • 00:44:01.270 --> 00:44:04.270
  • walk in the ways of God.
  • 00:44:05.080 --> 00:44:08.080
  • The world--I didn't say just
  • 00:44:08.080 --> 00:44:09.120
  • anybody, in the world, because
  • 00:44:09.120 --> 00:44:11.210
  • there are people who want you to
  • 00:44:11.210 --> 00:44:12.280
  • follow them.
  • 00:44:12.280 --> 00:44:14.010
  • If you have to follow the ways
  • 00:44:14.010 --> 00:44:15.190
  • of the world, you'll have lay
  • 00:44:15.190 --> 00:44:17.130
  • down everything we're talking
  • 00:44:17.130 --> 00:44:19.050
  • about.
  • 00:44:19.050 --> 00:44:20.070
  • You will not walk with God,
  • 00:44:20.070 --> 00:44:21.220
  • you'll not listen to Him,
  • 00:44:21.220 --> 00:44:22.180
  • you won't obey Him,
  • 00:44:22.180 --> 00:44:23.080
  • you find yourself going
  • 00:44:23.080 --> 00:44:24.280
  • in an opposite direction.
  • 00:44:24.280 --> 00:44:26.190
  • So ask yourself the question: am
  • 00:44:26.190 --> 00:44:28.010
  • I really and truly walking with
  • 00:44:28.010 --> 00:44:29.240
  • God or am I just fooling myself?
  • 00:44:29.240 --> 00:44:32.240
  • Well, you're certainly going
  • 00:44:32.240 --> 00:44:35.100
  • to have to stay in step with Him
  • 00:44:35.100 --> 00:44:36.220
  • if you walk with Him.
  • 00:44:36.220 --> 00:44:38.250
  • Think about it.
  • 00:44:38.250 --> 00:44:41.160
  • It's one thing to go in the same
  • 00:44:41.160 --> 00:44:42.210
  • direction, but what about
  • 00:44:42.210 --> 00:44:44.050
  • keeping in step?
  • 00:44:44.050 --> 00:44:45.250
  • And this is where many people
  • 00:44:45.250 --> 00:44:48.020
  • get in trouble.
  • 00:44:48.020 --> 00:44:50.060
  • They may be walking
  • 00:44:50.060 --> 00:44:51.120
  • in the right direction,
  • 00:44:51.120 --> 00:44:52.190
  • but not in step with Him.
  • 00:44:52.210 --> 00:44:55.210
  • Oftentimes, we get ahead of Him.
  • 00:44:56.010 --> 00:44:59.010
  • You say, "Well, how am I to know
  • 00:44:59.010 --> 00:45:00.170
  • that I'm walking in step?"
  • 00:45:02.010 --> 00:45:05.010
  • Compass, never fails.
  • 00:45:05.190 --> 00:45:08.190
  • Never fails.
  • 00:45:08.190 --> 00:45:09.160
  • You, listen, you read the Word
  • 00:45:09.160 --> 00:45:10.290
  • of God and you're going to know
  • 00:45:11.030 --> 00:45:14.030
  • whether you're walking in the
  • 00:45:14.030 --> 00:45:15.080
  • right path or not, and if you're
  • 00:45:15.080 --> 00:45:17.120
  • in step with God.
  • 00:45:17.120 --> 00:45:18.070
  • What does in step mean?
  • 00:45:18.070 --> 00:45:19.290
  • In step means that He and I are
  • 00:45:19.290 --> 00:45:22.080
  • together.
  • 00:45:22.080 --> 00:45:23.230
  • Watch this, it's not the easiest
  • 00:45:23.230 --> 00:45:26.090
  • thing in the world to live
  • 00:45:26.090 --> 00:45:27.120
  • a godly life, a holy life,
  • 00:45:27.120 --> 00:45:28.270
  • a Christian life.
  • 00:45:28.270 --> 00:45:30.140
  • Now, when I say Christian,
  • 00:45:30.140 --> 00:45:31.190
  • I mean all of that.
  • 00:45:31.190 --> 00:45:33.030
  • And so, for most people saying a
  • 00:45:33.030 --> 00:45:34.270
  • Christian life is going to
  • 00:45:34.270 --> 00:45:35.250
  • church once or twice a week or
  • 00:45:35.250 --> 00:45:38.130
  • just going to church once a
  • 00:45:38.130 --> 00:45:39.220
  • month, living a godly life,
  • 00:45:40.210 --> 00:45:43.210
  • which is the requirement of God,
  • 00:45:43.210 --> 00:45:45.170
  • the blessing of God, the promise
  • 00:45:45.170 --> 00:45:47.080
  • of the help of God, is to do
  • 00:45:47.080 --> 00:45:49.230
  • exactly what we're talking
  • 00:45:49.230 --> 00:45:51.080
  • about.
  • 00:45:51.080 --> 00:45:52.050
  • Walking in step with Him,
  • 00:45:52.050 --> 00:45:53.220
  • walking in the same direction,
  • 00:45:53.220 --> 00:45:55.050
  • walking in the power
  • 00:45:55.050 --> 00:45:57.250
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:45:57.250 --> 00:45:59.260
  • And so, many people wonder why?
  • 00:45:59.260 --> 00:46:02.070
  • They say, "I'm a Christian, been
  • 00:46:02.070 --> 00:46:02.270
  • a Christian for years, why is
  • 00:46:02.270 --> 00:46:03.250
  • God letting all this happen
  • 00:46:03.250 --> 00:46:04.250
  • to me?"
  • 00:46:04.250 --> 00:46:05.190
  • And I talk to people all the
  • 00:46:05.190 --> 00:46:06.240
  • time who are going through
  • 00:46:06.240 --> 00:46:07.280
  • difficult problems.
  • 00:46:07.280 --> 00:46:09.140
  • Sometime they're on the
  • 00:46:09.140 --> 00:46:11.130
  • telephone usually, or maybe I
  • 00:46:11.130 --> 00:46:13.120
  • meet them and they'll bring up
  • 00:46:13.120 --> 00:46:14.290
  • something and they can't figure
  • 00:46:14.290 --> 00:46:16.050
  • out why this has happened to
  • 00:46:16.050 --> 00:46:17.190
  • them.
  • 00:46:17.190 --> 00:46:19.140
  • "Well, have you been listening
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  • to God?"
  • 00:46:20.030 --> 00:46:20.200
  • "Oh yes."
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  • People are quick to say,
  • 00:46:22.160 --> 00:46:23.170
  • "I listen to God," because,
  • 00:46:23.170 --> 00:46:24.270
  • watch this, you listening?
  • 00:46:24.270 --> 00:46:26.080
  • Say amen.
  • 00:46:26.080 --> 00:46:27.280
  • Listening to Him and thinking
  • 00:46:27.280 --> 00:46:30.130
  • about Him are not the same.
  • 00:46:30.160 --> 00:46:33.160
  • I can think about Him, doesn't
  • 00:46:33.160 --> 00:46:35.090
  • mean I'm listening to Him.
  • 00:46:35.090 --> 00:46:38.000
  • If I'm listening to Him, I'm
  • 00:46:38.000 --> 00:46:40.070
  • going to think about Him and I
  • 00:46:40.070 --> 00:46:42.070
  • am going to be receptive and
  • 00:46:42.070 --> 00:46:45.000
  • sensitive to what is God saying.
  • 00:46:45.000 --> 00:46:47.000
  • Is He saying slow down?
  • 00:46:47.000 --> 00:46:49.210
  • Is He saying speed it up?
  • 00:46:49.210 --> 00:46:52.030
  • Is He saying this direction,
  • 00:46:52.030 --> 00:46:53.240
  • that direction?
  • 00:46:53.240 --> 00:46:55.110
  • God is so willing.
  • 00:46:55.110 --> 00:46:57.080
  • And what do you do, your
  • 00:46:57.080 --> 00:46:58.170
  • children come along and one of
  • 00:46:58.170 --> 00:47:00.140
  • the first things you do is you
  • 00:47:00.140 --> 00:47:01.220
  • teach them to listen to you.
  • 00:47:01.220 --> 00:47:03.260
  • They learn to listen because the
  • 00:47:03.260 --> 00:47:06.230
  • goal of their listening is to be
  • 00:47:06.230 --> 00:47:08.040
  • obedient to you.
  • 00:47:08.040 --> 00:47:09.050
  • And that's all for their good.
  • 00:47:09.050 --> 00:47:11.030
  • But when I think about the whole
  • 00:47:11.030 --> 00:47:12.130
  • idea of walking and following
  • 00:47:12.130 --> 00:47:14.120
  • our Lord, think about this, you
  • 00:47:15.120 --> 00:47:18.120
  • can't improve on His timing.
  • 00:47:18.120 --> 00:47:20.250
  • Now, here's the reason why.
  • 00:47:20.250 --> 00:47:23.070
  • Because He's omniscient.
  • 00:47:23.070 --> 00:47:26.050
  • Think about this, He knows
  • 00:47:26.050 --> 00:47:27.260
  • all about your future.
  • 00:47:27.260 --> 00:47:29.110
  • He knows all about
  • 00:47:29.110 --> 00:47:30.140
  • your opportunities.
  • 00:47:30.140 --> 00:47:31.230
  • He--watch this, He knows every
  • 00:47:31.230 --> 00:47:33.290
  • weakness you have.
  • 00:47:33.290 --> 00:47:36.050
  • He knows the things that are
  • 00:47:36.050 --> 00:47:37.250
  • most susceptible to you to
  • 00:47:38.010 --> 00:47:41.010
  • disobey Him.
  • 00:47:41.010 --> 00:47:42.190
  • And so, God has your whole life
  • 00:47:44.030 --> 00:47:47.030
  • before Him.
  • 00:47:47.030 --> 00:47:48.100
  • He knows what's best.
  • 00:47:48.100 --> 00:47:50.150
  • He doesn't want you to get ahead
  • 00:47:50.150 --> 00:47:52.020
  • of Him or to lag behind.
  • 00:47:52.020 --> 00:47:54.190
  • And so, you can trust Him about
  • 00:47:54.190 --> 00:47:57.160
  • everything.
  • 00:47:57.160 --> 00:47:59.000
  • And if you're going to walk with
  • 00:47:59.000 --> 00:48:00.130
  • God, you have to trust Him,
  • 00:48:00.220 --> 00:48:03.220
  • follow Him as we've said about
  • 00:48:03.220 --> 00:48:05.020
  • all these other things, and you
  • 00:48:05.020 --> 00:48:07.270
  • can't improve on His timing.
  • 00:48:07.270 --> 00:48:10.160
  • And so, if you're going to live
  • 00:48:10.160 --> 00:48:12.110
  • a godly life, following Him,
  • 00:48:15.170 --> 00:48:18.170
  • trusting Him, listening to Him,
  • 00:48:18.280 --> 00:48:21.280
  • obeying Him, every single step
  • 00:48:22.120 --> 00:48:25.120
  • is important.
  • 00:48:25.120 --> 00:48:27.010
  • And then I think, one other
  • 00:48:27.010 --> 00:48:29.100
  • thing that's very important
  • 00:48:29.100 --> 00:48:30.180
  • here, and that is I have to love
  • 00:48:30.180 --> 00:48:33.040
  • Him.
  • 00:48:33.040 --> 00:48:34.200
  • If I don't love God, I'm not
  • 00:48:34.200 --> 00:48:36.210
  • going to follow Him, really--not
  • 00:48:36.210 --> 00:48:39.060
  • really.
  • 00:48:39.060 --> 00:48:41.030
  • If you love Him, what will you
  • 00:48:41.030 --> 00:48:42.080
  • do?
  • 00:48:42.080 --> 00:48:42.240
  • You'll want to obey Him.
  • 00:48:42.240 --> 00:48:45.010
  • If you love Him, you'll wait for
  • 00:48:45.010 --> 00:48:46.050
  • His timing.
  • 00:48:46.050 --> 00:48:47.290
  • If you love Him, you'll keep
  • 00:48:47.290 --> 00:48:49.020
  • your ear open to His heart.
  • 00:48:49.170 --> 00:48:52.170
  • All the things we've said before
  • 00:48:52.170 --> 00:48:55.150
  • are involved in expressing your
  • 00:48:55.150 --> 00:48:58.080
  • love for God.
  • 00:48:58.080 --> 00:48:59.260
  • Walking in His ways, in His
  • 00:48:59.260 --> 00:49:01.220
  • step, trusting Him, listening to
  • 00:49:01.220 --> 00:49:03.100
  • Him, all of those things are
  • 00:49:03.100 --> 00:49:05.100
  • a part of loving Him.
  • 00:49:06.050 --> 00:49:09.050
  • And if I love Him,
  • 00:49:09.050 --> 00:49:10.200
  • I will obey Him.
  • 00:49:10.200 --> 00:49:12.260
  • So ask yourself the question:
  • 00:49:12.260 --> 00:49:15.100
  • am I really and truly walking
  • 00:49:15.100 --> 00:49:18.020
  • with God, or am I not?
  • 00:49:18.100 --> 00:49:21.100
  • And nobody knows the answer
  • 00:49:21.100 --> 00:49:22.160
  • to that but you.
  • 00:49:22.160 --> 00:49:25.010
  • Then I think about if I'm going
  • 00:49:25.010 --> 00:49:27.130
  • to walk with God, I'm going to
  • 00:49:27.130 --> 00:49:28.190
  • forsake sin.
  • 00:49:28.190 --> 00:49:29.160
  • Now, what does that mean?
  • 00:49:29.160 --> 00:49:31.020
  • That means I'm going to keep
  • 00:49:31.020 --> 00:49:32.210
  • my heart clean all the time.
  • 00:49:34.240 --> 00:49:37.240
  • And if something comes up
  • 00:49:37.240 --> 00:49:39.200
  • that causes me to stumble in
  • 00:49:39.200 --> 00:49:41.000
  • my thinking or action, I'm going
  • 00:49:41.000 --> 00:49:42.220
  • to deal with it right then.
  • 00:49:42.220 --> 00:49:43.240
  • Doesn't mean you're going to be
  • 00:49:43.240 --> 00:49:44.170
  • perfect.
  • 00:49:44.170 --> 00:49:46.260
  • Forsaking sin, turning away from
  • 00:49:46.260 --> 00:49:49.240
  • it, doesn't fit who we are,
  • 00:49:49.240 --> 00:49:52.160
  • doesn't fit what God has in plan
  • 00:49:52.160 --> 00:49:54.260
  • for us.
  • 00:49:54.260 --> 00:49:55.150
  • And so, if you'll think about
  • 00:49:55.150 --> 00:49:56.240
  • this: sin always causes us
  • 00:49:56.240 --> 00:49:58.100
  • to stumble in some fashion
  • 00:49:58.100 --> 00:49:59.250
  • or the other.
  • 00:49:59.260 --> 00:50:02.260
  • Are you walking with God?
  • 00:50:03.180 --> 00:50:06.180
  • Ask Him.
  • 00:50:06.180 --> 00:50:08.080
  • Is there something in your life
  • 00:50:08.080 --> 00:50:09.200
  • that you know shouldn't be
  • 00:50:09.200 --> 00:50:10.270
  • there?
  • 00:50:10.270 --> 00:50:13.030
  • Is there some sin that just,
  • 00:50:13.030 --> 00:50:15.020
  • it's just attached to you?
  • 00:50:15.020 --> 00:50:16.180
  • You just think,
  • 00:50:16.180 --> 00:50:18.180
  • "Well, one little, listen,
  • 00:50:18.180 --> 00:50:20.130
  • I can't be perfect."
  • 00:50:20.130 --> 00:50:21.100
  • Doesn't mean that we are
  • 00:50:21.100 --> 00:50:22.060
  • perfect, everybody stumbles
  • 00:50:22.060 --> 00:50:24.020
  • along the way.
  • 00:50:24.020 --> 00:50:24.260
  • You can walk most anywhere and
  • 00:50:24.260 --> 00:50:27.200
  • there'll be a rock here or a
  • 00:50:27.200 --> 00:50:29.050
  • little hole there, and you may
  • 00:50:29.050 --> 00:50:30.080
  • stumble, but you keep going.
  • 00:50:30.080 --> 00:50:32.070
  • You don't just lie down and say
  • 00:50:32.070 --> 00:50:33.280
  • anything.
  • 00:50:33.280 --> 00:50:34.220
  • You make changes in your life
  • 00:50:34.220 --> 00:50:37.160
  • when you need to make changes.
  • 00:50:37.160 --> 00:50:39.280
  • But if you're not willing to lay
  • 00:50:39.280 --> 00:50:41.070
  • that down, then you're not going
  • 00:50:41.090 --> 00:50:44.090
  • to walk in obedience to God.
  • 00:50:44.090 --> 00:50:46.140
  • You're not going to enjoy life's
  • 00:50:46.140 --> 00:50:48.140
  • best.
  • 00:50:48.140 --> 00:50:49.230
  • You're going to miss out on
  • 00:50:49.230 --> 00:50:51.160
  • God's best blessing for your
  • 00:50:51.160 --> 00:50:53.050
  • life.
  • 00:50:53.050 --> 00:50:54.180
  • You can't have sin and holiness
  • 00:50:54.180 --> 00:50:57.090
  • at the same time.
  • 00:50:57.090 --> 00:50:58.210
  • It just doesn't work.
  • 00:50:58.210 --> 00:51:01.070
  • So, if I'm going to walk with
  • 00:51:01.070 --> 00:51:02.130
  • God, I'm going to pursue a life
  • 00:51:02.240 --> 00:51:05.240
  • of holiness.
  • 00:51:05.240 --> 00:51:07.020
  • Now, what does that mean?
  • 00:51:07.020 --> 00:51:08.250
  • A holy life is not a perfect
  • 00:51:08.250 --> 00:51:10.080
  • life, but it is a life committed
  • 00:51:10.100 --> 00:51:13.100
  • to, surrendered to, the perfect
  • 00:51:13.100 --> 00:51:15.290
  • will of Almighty God.
  • 00:51:15.290 --> 00:51:18.090
  • Does it mean we will always,
  • 00:51:18.090 --> 00:51:20.050
  • without exception--no, there are
  • 00:51:20.050 --> 00:51:21.160
  • times--that's why He says if we
  • 00:51:21.160 --> 00:51:23.270
  • confess our sins, "He's faithful
  • 00:51:23.270 --> 00:51:25.290
  • and just to forgive us our sins
  • 00:51:25.290 --> 00:51:27.150
  • and to cleanse us from all
  • 00:51:27.150 --> 00:51:29.110
  • unrighteousness."
  • 00:51:29.110 --> 00:51:30.110
  • John was writing that for
  • 00:51:30.110 --> 00:51:31.220
  • believers.
  • 00:51:31.220 --> 00:51:33.110
  • So that's what we do with sin.
  • 00:51:33.110 --> 00:51:36.110
  • We confess it.
  • 00:51:36.110 --> 00:51:37.130
  • We walk away from it.
  • 00:51:37.130 --> 00:51:39.260
  • So you have to ask yourself the
  • 00:51:39.260 --> 00:51:41.090
  • question: in light of all of
  • 00:51:41.090 --> 00:51:42.270
  • this, how many of these are true
  • 00:51:42.270 --> 00:51:44.130
  • in your life?
  • 00:51:44.130 --> 00:51:46.120
  • If you're going to walk with
  • 00:51:46.120 --> 00:51:47.140
  • God, all of them, all of them
  • 00:51:47.140 --> 00:51:48.290
  • are necessary.
  • 00:51:49.150 --> 00:51:52.150
  • So, let's go back to the first
  • 00:51:52.150 --> 00:51:53.240
  • question.
  • 00:51:53.240 --> 00:51:56.010
  • When God calls you, what will
  • 00:51:56.010 --> 00:51:59.000
  • people know you for?
  • 00:52:01.040 --> 00:52:04.040
  • You may be very gifted in some
  • 00:52:04.040 --> 00:52:06.180
  • areas.
  • 00:52:06.180 --> 00:52:09.030
  • And you may be very famous.
  • 00:52:09.180 --> 00:52:12.180
  • You may be very wealthy.
  • 00:52:12.180 --> 00:52:14.190
  • You may be one of many things,
  • 00:52:14.190 --> 00:52:16.280
  • but will they be able to say you
  • 00:52:17.200 --> 00:52:20.200
  • walked with God?
  • 00:52:20.200 --> 00:52:23.080
  • Only if you do walk with Him.
  • 00:52:25.290 --> 00:52:28.290
  • And if you do follow these
  • 00:52:28.290 --> 00:52:31.060
  • simple steps of accepting Christ
  • 00:52:31.170 --> 00:52:34.170
  • as your savior, listening to
  • 00:52:34.170 --> 00:52:36.220
  • Him, trusting Him, obeying Him,
  • 00:52:40.020 --> 00:52:43.020
  • abiding by His will for your
  • 00:52:43.020 --> 00:52:44.280
  • life, all of these issues are
  • 00:52:44.280 --> 00:52:47.180
  • part of living in obedience to
  • 00:52:48.230 --> 00:52:51.230
  • Him and being a part of the
  • 00:52:52.100 --> 00:52:55.100
  • kingdom of God and make a
  • 00:52:55.100 --> 00:52:57.070
  • difference where you are.
  • 00:52:57.070 --> 00:52:59.100
  • So, ask yourself the question:
  • 00:52:59.100 --> 00:53:01.160
  • am I walking with God?
  • 00:53:01.160 --> 00:53:04.060
  • And you might conclude at night
  • 00:53:04.060 --> 00:53:06.100
  • time before you--if I should ask
  • 00:53:06.100 --> 00:53:08.130
  • you, do you pray right before
  • 00:53:08.130 --> 00:53:09.200
  • you go to sleep?
  • 00:53:09.200 --> 00:53:11.260
  • Do you?
  • 00:53:11.260 --> 00:53:13.090
  • Well, some of you do.
  • 00:53:13.090 --> 00:53:14.010
  • The rest of you are in trouble.
  • 00:53:14.010 --> 00:53:16.160
  • You--listen, the truth is why
  • 00:53:16.160 --> 00:53:19.010
  • not go to bed every night
  • 00:53:19.010 --> 00:53:20.020
  • talking to God?
  • 00:53:20.020 --> 00:53:23.020
  • Listen, if it only takes you a
  • 00:53:23.020 --> 00:53:24.180
  • few moments to look back during
  • 00:53:24.180 --> 00:53:26.050
  • the day and say, "Lord, did I
  • 00:53:26.050 --> 00:53:27.270
  • walk with You today?"
  • 00:53:27.270 --> 00:53:30.260
  • And when you wake up in the
  • 00:53:30.260 --> 00:53:31.230
  • morning, begin to--begin the day
  • 00:53:31.230 --> 00:53:33.240
  • saying, "Lord, enable me to
  • 00:53:35.190 --> 00:53:38.190
  • follow You today, and to walk
  • 00:53:38.190 --> 00:53:40.280
  • with You today, and to become
  • 00:53:40.280 --> 00:53:42.280
  • what You want me to be."
  • 00:53:42.280 --> 00:53:45.110
  • If you've never trusted Jesus
  • 00:53:45.110 --> 00:53:46.290
  • Christ as your Savior, which is
  • 00:53:46.290 --> 00:53:48.110
  • the first step, you're not
  • 00:53:48.110 --> 00:53:49.130
  • walking with Him.
  • 00:53:49.160 --> 00:53:52.160
  • And I want to encourage you to
  • 00:53:52.160 --> 00:53:53.180
  • look at your life.
  • 00:53:53.180 --> 00:53:56.010
  • Ask God to show you what He
  • 00:53:56.010 --> 00:53:58.220
  • sees.
  • 00:53:58.220 --> 00:54:01.050
  • And then you're going to be
  • 00:54:01.050 --> 00:54:02.000
  • confessing and repenting of your
  • 00:54:02.000 --> 00:54:03.160
  • sin, asking God to forgive you,
  • 00:54:03.160 --> 00:54:06.150
  • which He promised to do.
  • 00:54:06.150 --> 00:54:07.210
  • If we confess our sins, He is
  • 00:54:07.210 --> 00:54:08.280
  • faithful and just, He has the
  • 00:54:08.280 --> 00:54:11.180
  • right to forgive us because of
  • 00:54:11.180 --> 00:54:13.030
  • the cross.
  • 00:54:13.030 --> 00:54:15.030
  • And get your life straightened
  • 00:54:15.030 --> 00:54:16.030
  • up, not by what you do, but by
  • 00:54:16.030 --> 00:54:18.050
  • what He's going to do in you and
  • 00:54:18.050 --> 00:54:20.050
  • through you.
  • 00:54:20.050 --> 00:54:21.050
  • And then start your walk
  • 00:54:21.050 --> 00:54:23.230
  • with God.
  • 00:54:23.230 --> 00:54:24.110
  • Look how long you've walked
  • 00:54:24.110 --> 00:54:25.230
  • without Him.
  • 00:54:25.230 --> 00:54:27.150
  • You may be one of those persons
  • 00:54:27.150 --> 00:54:28.170
  • that says, "Well, I've done
  • 00:54:28.170 --> 00:54:29.150
  • pretty good without Him."
  • 00:54:29.150 --> 00:54:31.090
  • No, it's His grace, love, and
  • 00:54:31.090 --> 00:54:33.250
  • mercy that's allowed you to come
  • 00:54:33.250 --> 00:54:36.060
  • this far.
  • 00:54:36.060 --> 00:54:37.100
  • He could take you off the scene
  • 00:54:37.100 --> 00:54:38.260
  • in a split second.
  • 00:54:38.260 --> 00:54:41.060
  • The issue is: are you willing to
  • 00:54:41.260 --> 00:54:44.260
  • walk with God?
  • 00:54:45.090 --> 00:54:48.090
  • And that's my prayer for you.
  • 00:54:48.090 --> 00:54:50.140
  • Father, how grateful we are for
  • 00:54:51.040 --> 00:54:54.040
  • that simple verse that says,
  • 00:54:55.080 --> 00:54:58.080
  • "Enoch walked with God, and he
  • 00:54:58.100 --> 00:55:01.120
  • was not because You took him."
  • 00:55:01.120 --> 00:55:04.120
  • May it be said of each of us,
  • 00:55:04.190 --> 00:55:07.190
  • and every one of us:
  • 00:55:07.190 --> 00:55:10.140
  • we walked with God.
  • 00:55:10.140 --> 00:55:12.190
  • Do whatever is necessary, change
  • 00:55:12.190 --> 00:55:14.040
  • whatever is necessary to get us
  • 00:55:14.110 --> 00:55:17.110
  • back in step with You, not ahead
  • 00:55:17.260 --> 00:55:20.260
  • of You, not behind You,
  • 00:55:20.260 --> 00:55:23.020
  • just in step with You.
  • 00:55:23.020 --> 00:55:24.280
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • to take it up a notch.
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  • coworker, grandmother,
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  • or anyone else
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  • you can think of,
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  • like that nice lady that you're
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  • always inviting to church.
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  • A gift that blesses
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  • To give a gift, visit,
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  • [music]
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  • - female: Jesus gave us the
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  • gift of prayer.
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  • - male: And so, we have to come
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  • to him daily and talk to him
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  • just like I'm talking to you
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  • now.
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  • - male: No matter what I'm
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  • going through in life, I can
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  • speak to God at any time.
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  • - female: Prayer has
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  • transformed my relationship
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  • with God in that it has
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  • deepened my faith.
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  • - female: I never feel alone.
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  • I always feel that he's there
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  • with me, guiding me along the
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  • way.
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  • - male: The more I invest into
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  • that relationship I guess you
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  • could say, I feel like he's
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  • guiding my life and I can sense
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: In watching
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  • Dr. Stanley all these years,
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  • he's still speaking the truth
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  • about hearing the voice of God
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  • and obedience.
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  • There's nothing added to it,
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  • there's nothing that he's taken
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  • away, it's just truthful.
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  • And then it's Dr. Stanley, and
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  • he is an amazing communicator.
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  • There's just no nonsense there
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  • and that's what I love
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  • about him.
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  • You know, he's very honest about
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  • who God is and truthful and
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  • that's essential in the world
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