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November 16, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Lessons From the Life of Moses Part 6: The Mighty Hand of God and the Prayer ...

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: You say,
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  • "Well, now doesn't
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  • the Bible say,
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  • confession means to agree with?"
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  • Yes.
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  • But if I really and truly agree
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  • with God, out of my heart,
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  • out of my spirit,
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  • out of my soul,
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  • genuinely confessing, genuinely
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  • agreeing with God, I am going
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  • to make a change in my conduct,
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  • in my conversation,
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  • my character,
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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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  • Every step
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  • along this journey
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  • His sweet presence
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  • has been near
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  • Through the days of joy
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  • and sunshine
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  • Through the nights
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  • of painful tears
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  • I would never trade
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  • a moment
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  • For I've learned
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  • to trust my Lord
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  • And He lovingly
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  • will lead me
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  • All the way
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  • to haven's shore
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  • 'Til the last long mile's
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  • been traveled
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  • 'Til the last hard trial
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  • has passed
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  • I will walk here
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  • with my Savior
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  • 'Til He takes me home
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  • at last
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  • 'Til He takes me home
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  • When I come to cross
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  • death's river
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  • He will firmly
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  • hold my hand
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  • One last time on earth
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  • I'll praise Him
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  • Then forever in that land
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  • There's no cause to fear
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  • the crossing
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  • For eternity is mine
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  • 'Til my final breath
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  • I'll trust Him
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  • All I need He will provide
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  • 'Til the last long mile's
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  • been traveled
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  • 'Til the last hard trial
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  • has passed
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  • I will walk here
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  • with my Savior
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  • 'Til He takes me home
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  • at last
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  • 'Til He takes me home
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  • at last
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  • Because He is so faithful
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  • I am able to press on
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  • 'Til the last long mile's
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  • been traveled
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  • 'Til the last hard trial
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  • has passed
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  • I will walk here
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  • with my Savior
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  • 'Til He takes me home
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  • at last
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  • Home at last
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  • Home at last
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  • Home at last
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • Sometimes we read the Bible
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  • and we know that
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  • the story is true but, somehow,
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  • we don't get the message.
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  • Very important you get
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  • the message of this passage
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  • of Scripture because all of us
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  • could be guilty of doing
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  • the same thing that
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  • these Egyptians did.
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  • And so, when we look at this
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  • passage, do not look at it just
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  • as some historical fact, but
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  • is God saying something to me?
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  • Is there a pattern here that was
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  • found in the life of Pharaoh
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  • that could be a pattern
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  • I find in my own life?
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  • So, let me catch you up
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  • on where we are.
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  • God spoke to Joseph, who is in
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  • prison who interpreted a dream.
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  • Ended up--Pharaoh of Egypt
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  • freed him, took him his family
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  • of about seventy,
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  • put them in Goshen, in Egypt,
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  • the best of the land.
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  • And now almost four hundred
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  • years have gone by.
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  • So, a number of Pharaohs.
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  • This particular Pharaoh looked
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  • around and thought.
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  • Those Israelites, those Hebrews
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  • are growing and growing
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  • and they're probably somewhere
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  • around two million by now.
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  • And they're in the best
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  • of the land.
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  • If we were to have an enemy,
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  • they may side up
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  • with our enemies.
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  • So, in order to prevent
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  • any problem here, I'm just going
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  • to enslave that whole crowd.
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  • And so, he put Israel
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  • into enslavement,
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  • building him monuments
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  • to himself and so forth.
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  • Well, somebody grew up in his
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  • family, that is, in the family
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  • of Pharaoh's daughter.
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  • And he happened to be a Hebrew.
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  • He grew up and was educated
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  • in Pharaoh's palace.
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  • Then, he made a mistake.
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  • He got banished on the other
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  • side of the desert, and now
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  • God is speaking to his heart.
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  • And at a burning bush,
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  • God gave him his next big task.
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  • That is,
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  • "You're to go back to Egypt.
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  • I'm going to set
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  • My people free."
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  • And naturally, Moses had lots of
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  • questions to ask, but the truth
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  • is, that was His commandment.
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  • So, what we have here is God
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  • using Moses to work in the life
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  • of Pharaoh in a way that
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  • isn't just something distant
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  • from the way you and I live,
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  • but it should be a lesson to us.
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  • And so, I want us to notice
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  • what's happening.
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  • God says to him, he said--
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  • Lord said to Moses,
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  • "And when you go back to Egypt,
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  • see that you perform
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  • before Pharaoh all the wonders
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  • which I've put in your power.
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  • I will harden his heart so that
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  • he will not let the people go.
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  • Now what kind of a command
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  • is that?
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  • Well, that doesn't sound very
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  • fair, but God is not a matter
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  • of fair or not being fair,
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  • that's His command because
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  • he wanted to do something.
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  • He wanted to subject Egypt
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  • to submission to Almighty God
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  • and to know
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  • that He's the one true God.
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  • So that's exactly what happens.
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  • Afterwards, Moses and Aaron came
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  • and said to Pharaoh, "Thus says
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  • the Lord, the God of Israel,
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  • 'Let My people go that
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  • they may celebrate a feast to Me
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  • in the wilderness.'"
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  • And so, Pharaoh said,
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  • "Who is this Lord
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  • that I should obey His voice
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  • to let people go?
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  • I do not know the Lord,
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  • and besides,
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  • I will not let Israel go."
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  • Well now God knew
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  • that's what was going to happen.
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  • In fact, as a result, God begins
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  • His work in Pharaoh's life
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  • and begins His whole process
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  • of liberating the Jews,
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  • that is Israel, the Hebrews,
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  • from Egyptian bondage.
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  • And what happens is,
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  • then hearing this,
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  • Pharaoh increases their labor,
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  • causes them to make
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  • bricks without straw,
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  • so everything's getting worse.
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  • And naturally, Moses is not very
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  • popular for making this happen.
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  • But God says four times in this
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  • sixth chapter, "I am the Lord,
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  • I am the Lord, I am the Lord,
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  • I am the Lord.
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  • I'm going to fix all of this."
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  • And so, as a result, God begins
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  • to send pestilences,
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  • the word is, that is, He sends
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  • like an arrow on the Egyptians.
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  • And so, one by one, He begins to
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  • work in Pharaoh's heart in order
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  • for him to let the people go.
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  • And you and I know
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  • the end result is that
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  • they were released.
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  • So, I want us to notice what
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  • happens here.
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  • And that is Moses goes
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  • to Pharaoh and says,
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  • "Here's what God said,
  • 00:11:03.130 --> 00:11:05.120
  • 'Let My people go.'"
  • 00:11:05.120 --> 00:11:07.050
  • And as a result,
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  • he naturally says,
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  • I'm not going to let them go.
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  • And so, God says, "Alright."
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  • And what happens is,
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  • God turns the waters
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  • of the Nile River to blood.
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  • Now the Nile was like
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  • a life stream for them.
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  • It was for food
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  • and for transportation and
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  • the Nile River they worshipped.
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  • And so, here's what He did.
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  • He turned it into blood.
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  • And the people had to dig
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  • around the edge of the river
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  • to find water to drink.
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  • Seven days passed after that.
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  • And then, God sent Moses
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  • back again, said, "Look!
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  • I want you to let my people go,
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  • and if not,
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  • here's what you can expect."
  • 00:11:49.010 --> 00:11:51.280
  • And so, Pharaoh naturally said,
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  • "No, I'm not letting them go."
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  • So, then there came
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  • this flock of frogs.
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  • And so, the Bible says
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  • that there were frogs,
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  • kept coming from everywhere.
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  • The people, everywhere
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  • they went, Moses said,
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  • "The hour is yours to tell me:
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  • when shall I entreat for you,
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  • and your servants,
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  • and your people,
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  • that the frogs be destroyed
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  • from you and your house."
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  • And so, what happens is,
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  • frogs were everywhere.
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  • Can you imagine going to bed
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  • at night and all of a sudden
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  • you feel something down
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  • at your feet?
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  • Then on your legs, up here in
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  • your part, frogs, frogs, frogs.
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  • Frogs on the floor, frogs
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  • in the street, frogs, frogs,
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  • frogs everywhere.
  • 00:12:36.100 --> 00:12:38.000
  • And so, what does Pharaoh do?
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  • He calls for Moses and says.
  • 00:12:40.010 --> 00:12:42.190
  • You know, get these critters out
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  • of here and I'll let them go.
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  • And what does he do?
  • 00:12:45.230 --> 00:12:46.280
  • He decides not to.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • There are lessons here about
  • 00:12:49.210 --> 00:12:50.280
  • making a decision and then
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  • not keeping your word.
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  • He says, "I will let them go.
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  • Get rid of the frogs,
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  • I'll let them go."
  • 00:12:58.050 --> 00:12:59.090
  • But he didn't let them go.
  • 00:12:59.090 --> 00:13:00.230
  • And so, Moses had to confront
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:04.110
  • him again, in spite of all
  • 00:13:04.110 --> 00:13:07.040
  • the things that were going on.
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:09.100
  • And so, the next thing that
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:10.280
  • happened was, He sent gnats.
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:14.240
  • And so, all of a sudden,
  • 00:13:14.240 --> 00:13:16.100
  • all over Egypt, gnats.
  • 00:13:17.100 --> 00:13:20.100
  • Just think about gnats
  • 00:13:20.100 --> 00:13:21.160
  • all over you.
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  • And this is what was happening.
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  • It had to be so bad that
  • 00:13:23.270 --> 00:13:25.190
  • even Pharaoh said, you know,
  • 00:13:26.170 --> 00:13:29.170
  • get rid of the gnats
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:31.000
  • and I'll let them go.
  • 00:13:31.000 --> 00:13:32.280
  • Well, he didn't mean that.
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:34.180
  • So, over and over and
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:35.280
  • over again, God gives Pharaoh
  • 00:13:36.170 --> 00:13:39.170
  • an opportunity to do
  • 00:13:39.170 --> 00:13:42.130
  • the right thing.
  • 00:13:42.130 --> 00:13:43.230
  • But, Pharaoh does what a lot
  • 00:13:43.230 --> 00:13:45.250
  • of people do, they make God
  • 00:13:45.250 --> 00:13:48.050
  • promises when they're really
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:50.150
  • hurting badly and they keep them
  • 00:13:50.150 --> 00:13:52.160
  • about two weeks, maybe a month.
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  • Have you ever told God if
  • 00:13:56.150 --> 00:13:57.220
  • He'd take the pressure off you,
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:58.270
  • here's what you would do?
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  • Did you ever make God a promise?
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  • Say amen.
  • 00:14:03.200 --> 00:14:05.080
  • Did you ever break it?
  • 00:14:05.080 --> 00:14:06.050
  • Say amen.
  • 00:14:06.050 --> 00:14:07.250
  • That's exactly right.
  • 00:14:07.250 --> 00:14:10.110
  • And so, that's what Pharaoh did.
  • 00:14:10.110 --> 00:14:12.190
  • Think about the pattern.
  • 00:14:12.190 --> 00:14:13.280
  • We follow the pattern
  • 00:14:13.280 --> 00:14:15.060
  • of a pagan.
  • 00:14:15.060 --> 00:14:16.150
  • We made promises to God
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  • and don't keep them.
  • 00:14:17.210 --> 00:14:19.130
  • And so, he says,
  • 00:14:19.130 --> 00:14:21.270
  • I'm not going to let them go.
  • 00:14:21.270 --> 00:14:23.180
  • And the Bible says,
  • 00:14:23.180 --> 00:14:24.190
  • and then he sends insects,
  • 00:14:24.190 --> 00:14:27.000
  • all kinds of insects begin
  • 00:14:27.030 --> 00:14:30.030
  • to penetrate all over Egypt.
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:32.190
  • And so, what does he do?
  • 00:14:32.190 --> 00:14:34.000
  • He reneges again.
  • 00:14:34.000 --> 00:14:35.150
  • He doesn't let them go.
  • 00:14:35.150 --> 00:14:37.260
  • So, they have a confrontation
  • 00:14:37.260 --> 00:14:39.150
  • and then there are difficult
  • 00:14:41.100 --> 00:14:44.100
  • problems coming because what
  • 00:14:44.100 --> 00:14:45.190
  • happens, he says, "If you don't
  • 00:14:45.190 --> 00:14:47.170
  • let them go, I'm going to kill
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:49.010
  • all of your livestock.
  • 00:14:49.010 --> 00:14:50.190
  • All of the Egyptian livestock,
  • 00:14:50.190 --> 00:14:53.010
  • going to kill all of your cows.
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:54.260
  • Not going to have
  • 00:14:54.260 --> 00:14:56.050
  • anything to eat.
  • 00:14:56.050 --> 00:14:58.030
  • You're going to suffer
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:14:59.030
  • the results."
  • 00:14:59.030 --> 00:15:00.140
  • And so, watch this.
  • 00:15:00.140 --> 00:15:03.110
  • Pharaoh in his arrogance,
  • 00:15:03.110 --> 00:15:06.020
  • he says,
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:07.020
  • "I'm not going to do it."
  • 00:15:07.020 --> 00:15:07.270
  • And so, they suffer the results.
  • 00:15:07.270 --> 00:15:09.160
  • Now, all the people in Egypt are
  • 00:15:09.160 --> 00:15:11.040
  • suffering the results of all of
  • 00:15:11.040 --> 00:15:12.160
  • these things as a result of one
  • 00:15:12.160 --> 00:15:14.070
  • man's decision that is to have
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:17.050
  • his way, to deny God,
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:20.070
  • His command, and to deny
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:23.050
  • God's people their freedom.
  • 00:15:23.050 --> 00:15:25.230
  • Because what they asked Pharaoh
  • 00:15:25.230 --> 00:15:27.130
  • was, "We want to go
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:29.020
  • for a season, and of worship
  • 00:15:29.040 --> 00:15:32.040
  • and praise to God.
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:33.280
  • He wouldn't let them go.
  • 00:15:33.280 --> 00:15:35.200
  • And so, session after session
  • 00:15:35.200 --> 00:15:38.110
  • with Pharaoh, they confront
  • 00:15:38.110 --> 00:15:40.090
  • Pharaoh with the fact that
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:42.020
  • he's disobeying Almighty God.
  • 00:15:42.260 --> 00:15:45.260
  • So, then, Moses confronts him
  • 00:15:46.130 --> 00:15:49.130
  • again and says, God says,
  • 00:15:49.130 --> 00:15:51.280
  • "Let His people go.
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:53.200
  • Are you going to let them go
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:54.260
  • or not?"
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:55.190
  • And the Bible says
  • 00:15:55.190 --> 00:15:56.160
  • that God lets boils break out.
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:59.030
  • So, all over Egypt, this is not
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:02.020
  • just moms and dads and
  • 00:16:02.020 --> 00:16:03.220
  • grandfathers, but children,
  • 00:16:03.220 --> 00:16:05.050
  • everybody's breaking out
  • 00:16:05.050 --> 00:16:06.220
  • with boils.
  • 00:16:06.220 --> 00:16:07.260
  • So, imagine what they've gone
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:09.030
  • through by now, and that is,
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:10.230
  • the water's turned to blood.
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:15.080
  • Got frogs, and gnats,
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:16.240
  • and insects, and livestock,
  • 00:16:16.240 --> 00:16:18.050
  • and boils,
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:20.050
  • and still nothing's happening.
  • 00:16:20.050 --> 00:16:22.140
  • And then, of course,
  • 00:16:22.140 --> 00:16:23.110
  • he's confronted again.
  • 00:16:23.110 --> 00:16:24.180
  • And this time
  • 00:16:24.180 --> 00:16:26.070
  • there are hailstorms.
  • 00:16:26.070 --> 00:16:28.110
  • Hailstorms everywhere,
  • 00:16:28.110 --> 00:16:29.170
  • which would beat down the crops
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:31.060
  • and animals, whatever.
  • 00:16:31.060 --> 00:16:33.220
  • It's all a matter of devastation
  • 00:16:33.220 --> 00:16:35.280
  • to say to Pharaoh,
  • 00:16:36.190 --> 00:16:39.190
  • "Let My people go."
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:42.150
  • Now, God knows
  • 00:16:42.150 --> 00:16:43.210
  • he's not going to.
  • 00:16:43.210 --> 00:16:46.060
  • He knows he's not going to.
  • 00:16:46.060 --> 00:16:48.250
  • And so, He keeps giving him an
  • 00:16:48.250 --> 00:16:50.100
  • opportunity, and he keeps saying
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:52.220
  • he will, but then, he does not.
  • 00:16:52.220 --> 00:16:55.170
  • So, then of course,
  • 00:16:55.170 --> 00:16:57.260
  • comes the grasshoppers.
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:17:01.000
  • And I think about, you know,
  • 00:17:01.000 --> 00:17:02.220
  • grasshoppers everywhere.
  • 00:17:02.220 --> 00:17:04.200
  • Grasshoppers cover the earth,
  • 00:17:04.200 --> 00:17:05.290
  • covered everything.
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:07.030
  • Think of all the innocent people
  • 00:17:07.030 --> 00:17:09.060
  • who were suffering
  • 00:17:09.060 --> 00:17:10.050
  • because of one man's decision.
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:13.290
  • And I think about sometimes how
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:15.060
  • whole families suffer because
  • 00:17:15.060 --> 00:17:17.290
  • of either, it's just the dad,
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:19.250
  • or the mother, or the son,
  • 00:17:19.250 --> 00:17:21.060
  • or the daughter.
  • 00:17:21.060 --> 00:17:23.020
  • It's hard to disobey God
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:24.150
  • privately.
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:27.140
  • It's hard to disobey God alone,
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:30.210
  • because all of us have influence
  • 00:17:30.210 --> 00:17:32.090
  • or relationships in life
  • 00:17:32.090 --> 00:17:33.240
  • or testimony.
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:35.200
  • And we disobey God.
  • 00:17:35.200 --> 00:17:37.110
  • It isn't--
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:38.230
  • You may think it's private,
  • 00:17:38.230 --> 00:17:40.000
  • but it's not.
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:41.200
  • And everybody in the family
  • 00:17:41.200 --> 00:17:43.050
  • suffers when somebody
  • 00:17:43.050 --> 00:17:44.070
  • disobeys God.
  • 00:17:44.070 --> 00:17:45.180
  • Well, here's the head of Egypt,
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:47.050
  • Pharaoh himself.
  • 00:17:47.050 --> 00:17:48.210
  • And he refuses to let
  • 00:17:48.210 --> 00:17:50.050
  • God's people go, and so,
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:51.140
  • everybody suffers as a result.
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:53.110
  • He's made promise after promise
  • 00:17:53.110 --> 00:17:55.000
  • after promise and God knows that
  • 00:17:55.000 --> 00:17:56.130
  • all these promises are going
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:17:58.140
  • to fall apart.
  • 00:17:58.140 --> 00:18:00.110
  • That's not going to be true.
  • 00:18:00.110 --> 00:18:02.190
  • And then, he comes to
  • 00:18:02.190 --> 00:18:04.050
  • the last one I want to mention
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:06.210
  • in this message, and that is,
  • 00:18:06.210 --> 00:18:09.140
  • people wake up one morning
  • 00:18:09.140 --> 00:18:11.010
  • and they think,
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:12.160
  • "This is a long night."
  • 00:18:12.160 --> 00:18:15.040
  • And God has cast darkness all
  • 00:18:15.040 --> 00:18:17.070
  • over Egypt except down in Goshen
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:20.050
  • where God's people are.
  • 00:18:20.050 --> 00:18:22.150
  • And it's interesting
  • 00:18:22.150 --> 00:18:23.190
  • what he says about it
  • 00:18:23.190 --> 00:18:26.110
  • because it is so dark.
  • 00:18:26.110 --> 00:18:28.290
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:18:28.290 --> 00:18:31.030
  • It's so dark
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:32.280
  • that when the people reached out
  • 00:18:32.280 --> 00:18:35.130
  • to touch each other, they--
  • 00:18:35.150 --> 00:18:38.150
  • nobody could see anything,
  • 00:18:38.150 --> 00:18:41.060
  • absolute total blackness,
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:42.290
  • total darkness.
  • 00:18:42.290 --> 00:18:44.070
  • Now I would think
  • 00:18:44.070 --> 00:18:45.030
  • of all the things that happened,
  • 00:18:45.030 --> 00:18:46.090
  • that would be one
  • 00:18:46.090 --> 00:18:47.030
  • of the most frightening.
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:48.030
  • Am I blind?
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:49.260
  • Is this that I can't see?
  • 00:18:49.260 --> 00:18:51.190
  • And then, your husband,
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:52.250
  • or your wife and children,
  • 00:18:52.250 --> 00:18:53.290
  • "What's wrong with--?
  • 00:18:53.290 --> 00:18:54.250
  • We can't see anything."
  • 00:18:54.250 --> 00:18:56.060
  • For three days,
  • 00:18:56.060 --> 00:18:57.070
  • nobody could see anything.
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:02.190
  • Did he let them go?
  • 00:19:02.190 --> 00:19:04.170
  • No, he did not.
  • 00:19:04.170 --> 00:19:06.220
  • And then of course, there's one
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:07.270
  • last one, which I will not deal
  • 00:19:07.270 --> 00:19:09.110
  • with today, on purpose.
  • 00:19:09.110 --> 00:19:11.220
  • And so, nine of these strikes,
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:15.120
  • that's what a plague was called,
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:18.080
  • have happened to all of Egypt.
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:21.100
  • Everybody has suffered
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:23.140
  • except that band of Hebrews
  • 00:19:23.210 --> 00:19:26.210
  • down in Goshen.
  • 00:19:27.160 --> 00:19:30.160
  • So, let's think about this
  • 00:19:30.160 --> 00:19:32.010
  • for a moment.
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:33.210
  • When God confronts you with
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:36.090
  • something, or when He tells you
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:37.240
  • something, or you pray and
  • 00:19:37.240 --> 00:19:39.020
  • you ask Him about something and
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:40.090
  • He's required something of you,
  • 00:19:40.090 --> 00:19:42.160
  • do you take that
  • 00:19:42.160 --> 00:19:44.060
  • really seriously?
  • 00:19:45.180 --> 00:19:48.180
  • Most people think, "Well,
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:50.170
  • you know I did pray about it
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:51.270
  • and I asked God to forgive me,"
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:53.020
  • and on and on.
  • 00:19:53.020 --> 00:19:54.000
  • They had no intention
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:55.090
  • of changing their activity.
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:57.040
  • No intention of changing
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:58.120
  • their behavior.
  • 00:19:58.120 --> 00:19:59.180
  • But they say.
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:00.260
  • "Lord, please forgive me
  • 00:20:00.260 --> 00:20:01.240
  • in Jesus' name, amen."
  • 00:20:01.240 --> 00:20:04.060
  • God knew that you did not mean
  • 00:20:04.060 --> 00:20:05.190
  • to change.
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:08.010
  • Or you may have had
  • 00:20:08.010 --> 00:20:08.290
  • a momentary feeling.
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:10.160
  • "Well yes, I will change.
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:11.290
  • I want things to get better."
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:14.110
  • But you don't.
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:15.290
  • Is God showing us the fallacy of
  • 00:20:15.290 --> 00:20:18.020
  • making promises to God we do not
  • 00:20:19.090 --> 00:20:22.090
  • intend to keep, or even if
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:24.160
  • we intend to keep them,
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:26.000
  • we don't keep them?
  • 00:20:26.000 --> 00:20:27.010
  • In other words,
  • 00:20:27.010 --> 00:20:27.290
  • let's call it what it is,
  • 00:20:27.290 --> 00:20:29.290
  • willful, deliberate disobedience
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:33.120
  • to God when He has made
  • 00:20:33.120 --> 00:20:35.230
  • His way clear
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:37.090
  • of what He's required of me.
  • 00:20:37.130 --> 00:20:40.130
  • And it's amazing how people
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:41.220
  • think they can make promises to
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:43.050
  • God and just move on and act
  • 00:20:43.050 --> 00:20:45.000
  • like nothing ever happened.
  • 00:20:45.000 --> 00:20:46.250
  • Making a promise to God
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:48.050
  • is serious business.
  • 00:20:48.050 --> 00:20:50.130
  • And we watch this happen
  • 00:20:50.130 --> 00:20:52.200
  • all through these chapters.
  • 00:20:52.200 --> 00:20:54.260
  • Pharaoh is not going to live up
  • 00:20:54.260 --> 00:20:56.180
  • to his promise because that's
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:20:58.030
  • his heart and God knows it.
  • 00:20:58.230 --> 00:21:01.250
  • What does it take
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:03.020
  • to finally convince Pharaoh
  • 00:21:03.070 --> 00:21:06.070
  • to let the people of God go?
  • 00:21:06.260 --> 00:21:09.260
  • Major, major, major challenge.
  • 00:21:11.160 --> 00:21:14.160
  • But the important thing is this.
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:16.020
  • What's our lesson here?
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:18.030
  • What is God saying to us?
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:19.280
  • And I think probably all of us
  • 00:21:19.280 --> 00:21:21.050
  • have said at some time,
  • 00:21:21.050 --> 00:21:22.180
  • "Yes, Lord, yes."
  • 00:21:22.180 --> 00:21:23.140
  • I thank You for forgiving me.
  • 00:21:23.140 --> 00:21:24.230
  • You can count on me, God."
  • 00:21:24.230 --> 00:21:27.040
  • And in our hearts, we might
  • 00:21:27.040 --> 00:21:30.000
  • think we possibly would,
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:31.200
  • but we're not all that convinced
  • 00:21:31.200 --> 00:21:33.010
  • we're going to be obedient
  • 00:21:33.010 --> 00:21:34.080
  • to Him.
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:35.270
  • How many times do we have
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:37.060
  • to confess our sins
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  • before we're forgiven?
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  • How many?
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  • Well, most people don't know
  • 00:21:44.130 --> 00:21:45.180
  • the answer to that?
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  • Hmm.
  • 00:21:46.170 --> 00:21:47.260
  • If we confess our sin, He's
  • 00:21:47.260 --> 00:21:49.290
  • faithful and just to forgive us
  • 00:21:49.290 --> 00:21:52.040
  • our sins and to cleanse us
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  • from all unrighteousness.
  • 00:21:53.150 --> 00:21:54.290
  • But if my confession is only
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:57.290
  • this deep, God doesn't even
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:22:00.270
  • recognize that.
  • 00:22:00.270 --> 00:22:02.270
  • If my confession is heart-deep,
  • 00:22:02.270 --> 00:22:05.130
  • soul-deep, spirit-deep,
  • 00:22:05.130 --> 00:22:07.150
  • that's one thing.
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  • But if I just say, "Well,"
  • 00:22:08.200 --> 00:22:10.210
  • you say, "Well,
  • 00:22:10.210 --> 00:22:11.140
  • now doesn't the Bible say,
  • 00:22:11.140 --> 00:22:12.140
  • confession means to agree with?"
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:14.040
  • Yes.
  • 00:22:14.040 --> 00:22:15.050
  • But if I really and truly agree
  • 00:22:15.050 --> 00:22:16.190
  • with God, out of my heart,
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:19.210
  • out of my spirit,
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:20.220
  • out of my soul,
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:21.230
  • genuinely confessing, genuinely
  • 00:22:21.230 --> 00:22:23.270
  • agreeing with God, I am going
  • 00:22:23.270 --> 00:22:25.250
  • to make a change in my conduct,
  • 00:22:25.250 --> 00:22:28.230
  • in my conversation,
  • 00:22:28.230 --> 00:22:29.270
  • my character,
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  • if I really mean that.
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:34.180
  • So, all of us make mistakes.
  • 00:22:34.180 --> 00:22:36.230
  • All of us sin at times probably,
  • 00:22:36.230 --> 00:22:38.200
  • something that's maybe brief,
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.240
  • or not really a big serious kind
  • 00:22:40.240 --> 00:22:42.260
  • of situation, or circumstance,
  • 00:22:42.260 --> 00:22:44.080
  • or maybe so.
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:46.000
  • But whatever we ask God
  • 00:22:46.000 --> 00:22:47.150
  • to forgive us for and we know
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:49.010
  • in our heart, we just--
  • 00:22:49.010 --> 00:22:50.280
  • Here's what we want.
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  • We want relief for the moment.
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:54.270
  • Ahh!
  • 00:22:54.270 --> 00:22:56.160
  • And so, I think many people find
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:22:57.210
  • themselves in a lifestyle of
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:23:00.200
  • sin, who've been confessing it
  • 00:23:00.200 --> 00:23:02.220
  • for years and years and years.
  • 00:23:02.220 --> 00:23:04.220
  • Confessing the same thing,
  • 00:23:04.220 --> 00:23:06.040
  • "Well, the Bible says if we
  • 00:23:06.040 --> 00:23:07.120
  • confess our sins," which means
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:09.040
  • that we agree with Him about it.
  • 00:23:09.040 --> 00:23:11.080
  • Agreeing with Him
  • 00:23:11.080 --> 00:23:12.190
  • about it and changing
  • 00:23:12.190 --> 00:23:13.250
  • are two different things.
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:15.280
  • And Moses confronted Pharaoh.
  • 00:23:17.200 --> 00:23:20.200
  • Pharaoh would finally have
  • 00:23:20.200 --> 00:23:21.280
  • to agree, and yet, he had
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:23.280
  • no intention of changing,
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:27.160
  • until the final and last plague,
  • 00:23:28.120 --> 00:23:31.120
  • and even then,
  • 00:23:31.120 --> 00:23:33.010
  • he did not change.
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  • You say, "Why do you spend
  • 00:23:36.100 --> 00:23:37.130
  • all that time on all of that?"
  • 00:23:37.130 --> 00:23:39.050
  • For the simple reason I think
  • 00:23:39.050 --> 00:23:40.090
  • many people are living a life
  • 00:23:40.090 --> 00:23:42.010
  • that they think's pretty good.
  • 00:23:42.020 --> 00:23:45.020
  • But the question is, "What's
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  • the condition of your heart?"
  • 00:23:46.120 --> 00:23:48.080
  • That is, when you are
  • 00:23:48.080 --> 00:23:49.110
  • by yourself, you're alone,
  • 00:23:49.110 --> 00:23:51.200
  • and it's just you and God,
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:54.000
  • are you genuinely truthful
  • 00:23:54.000 --> 00:23:56.130
  • with God when you deal with sin
  • 00:23:56.130 --> 00:23:58.130
  • in your life?
  • 00:23:58.130 --> 00:24:00.130
  • When something comes along,
  • 00:24:00.130 --> 00:24:01.230
  • you know that
  • 00:24:01.230 --> 00:24:02.140
  • you have to deal with it.
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:03.110
  • Do you just make Him a promise
  • 00:24:03.110 --> 00:24:04.190
  • and, and claim the promise,
  • 00:24:04.190 --> 00:24:06.230
  • or do you really
  • 00:24:06.230 --> 00:24:07.290
  • and truly deal with it?
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:10.010
  • If I deal with sin, that means
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:11.150
  • not only am I going
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:13.140
  • to confess it, and I'm going
  • 00:24:13.140 --> 00:24:16.070
  • to agree with Him, but I'm going
  • 00:24:16.070 --> 00:24:17.230
  • to turn away from it.
  • 00:24:17.230 --> 00:24:19.280
  • I may falter, but I'm going
  • 00:24:19.280 --> 00:24:21.260
  • to turn away from it.
  • 00:24:21.260 --> 00:24:23.140
  • If my confession is all that
  • 00:24:23.140 --> 00:24:26.020
  • I do, and I know in my heart
  • 00:24:26.080 --> 00:24:29.080
  • I'm going to sin again,
  • 00:24:29.080 --> 00:24:30.190
  • I'm going to do the same thing
  • 00:24:30.190 --> 00:24:32.000
  • again, is it acceptable
  • 00:24:32.000 --> 00:24:34.230
  • to God to confess and to agree,
  • 00:24:34.290 --> 00:24:37.290
  • knowing in your heart it's going
  • 00:24:37.290 --> 00:24:39.110
  • to be right back again?
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:42.140
  • Now, look at this.
  • 00:24:42.140 --> 00:24:44.110
  • When you see what God did to a
  • 00:24:44.110 --> 00:24:46.100
  • whole nation of people because
  • 00:24:46.100 --> 00:24:48.260
  • they would not recognize
  • 00:24:48.260 --> 00:24:50.210
  • Jehovah God as God,
  • 00:24:50.210 --> 00:24:53.150
  • would not free God's people,
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:57.040
  • in order for God to accomplish
  • 00:24:57.040 --> 00:24:58.210
  • His purpose, He was willing
  • 00:24:58.210 --> 00:25:01.140
  • to cause great harm,
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:03.120
  • great suffering, great trial,
  • 00:25:03.230 --> 00:25:06.230
  • in order to accomplish
  • 00:25:06.230 --> 00:25:07.270
  • His purpose.
  • 00:25:07.270 --> 00:25:09.110
  • When I look at this passage
  • 00:25:09.110 --> 00:25:10.180
  • of Scripture, I think,
  • 00:25:10.180 --> 00:25:11.240
  • "God, how much gospel
  • 00:25:11.240 --> 00:25:13.100
  • have we heard in America?"
  • 00:25:13.290 --> 00:25:16.290
  • Who in America
  • 00:25:16.290 --> 00:25:17.200
  • wants to know the truth?
  • 00:25:17.200 --> 00:25:19.240
  • They can't hear it,
  • 00:25:19.240 --> 00:25:20.170
  • they can turn on the television,
  • 00:25:20.170 --> 00:25:21.140
  • or the radio, or go to church,
  • 00:25:21.140 --> 00:25:22.280
  • or talk to a godly friend
  • 00:25:22.280 --> 00:25:25.000
  • if they want to know.
  • 00:25:25.000 --> 00:25:27.020
  • And are we not slipping
  • 00:25:27.020 --> 00:25:28.270
  • and deliberately walking
  • 00:25:28.270 --> 00:25:31.050
  • in a direction as if we know
  • 00:25:31.120 --> 00:25:34.120
  • what God said.
  • 00:25:34.120 --> 00:25:36.130
  • We've had churches and gospel
  • 00:25:36.130 --> 00:25:38.000
  • preaching all these years,
  • 00:25:38.000 --> 00:25:39.280
  • and we keep moving
  • 00:25:39.280 --> 00:25:40.290
  • the same way, same direction.
  • 00:25:41.000 --> 00:25:44.000
  • Will we move it in a direction
  • 00:25:44.070 --> 00:25:47.070
  • to a point at which God says,
  • 00:25:47.070 --> 00:25:48.260
  • "No more."
  • 00:25:49.080 --> 00:25:52.080
  • No one has ever lived
  • 00:25:52.080 --> 00:25:53.250
  • in a society like this.
  • 00:25:53.250 --> 00:25:56.210
  • And yet, we are gradually
  • 00:25:56.210 --> 00:25:58.030
  • drifting in our attitudes, in
  • 00:25:58.070 --> 00:26:01.090
  • things that we accept as okay,
  • 00:26:01.090 --> 00:26:04.070
  • deliberate, willful disobedience
  • 00:26:04.070 --> 00:26:06.190
  • to God that God is very clear in
  • 00:26:06.190 --> 00:26:08.220
  • His Word about, thou shalt not.
  • 00:26:09.030 --> 00:26:12.030
  • Attitudes, dress, our whole
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:16.050
  • moral fiber falling apart, and
  • 00:26:16.270 --> 00:26:19.270
  • we say that we're Christians,
  • 00:26:19.270 --> 00:26:21.180
  • and we say we love God.
  • 00:26:21.180 --> 00:26:24.000
  • And it isn't just lost people,
  • 00:26:24.000 --> 00:26:26.210
  • but God's people compromising
  • 00:26:26.210 --> 00:26:28.130
  • their convictions and think.
  • 00:26:28.130 --> 00:26:30.000
  • "Well, you know, if I ask God to
  • 00:26:30.000 --> 00:26:31.100
  • forgive me, I'm sure He will."
  • 00:26:31.100 --> 00:26:33.080
  • And I think about our whole
  • 00:26:33.080 --> 00:26:34.140
  • nation, where we're headed.
  • 00:26:34.140 --> 00:26:36.120
  • If ever we needed to be revived,
  • 00:26:36.220 --> 00:26:39.220
  • genuine revival, a whole new
  • 00:26:39.220 --> 00:26:42.050
  • awakening in our nation,
  • 00:26:42.050 --> 00:26:44.130
  • this is the time.
  • 00:26:44.130 --> 00:26:46.050
  • When you listen to all
  • 00:26:46.050 --> 00:26:47.260
  • the people who are giving their
  • 00:26:47.260 --> 00:26:49.070
  • speeches and all the things
  • 00:26:49.070 --> 00:26:50.270
  • that they're promising,
  • 00:26:50.270 --> 00:26:52.110
  • and all the rest, you think,
  • 00:26:52.110 --> 00:26:54.010
  • "Where are we headed?"
  • 00:26:54.010 --> 00:26:55.250
  • We're headed
  • 00:26:55.250 --> 00:26:56.170
  • in the wrong direction.
  • 00:26:56.170 --> 00:26:58.130
  • We're going to suffer the
  • 00:26:58.130 --> 00:27:00.030
  • consequences for deliberately,
  • 00:27:00.030 --> 00:27:01.240
  • willfully disobeying God,
  • 00:27:01.240 --> 00:27:04.080
  • His ways, His commandments,
  • 00:27:04.080 --> 00:27:06.080
  • His truth, His rules,
  • 00:27:06.080 --> 00:27:08.160
  • and His opportunities.
  • 00:27:08.160 --> 00:27:11.090
  • And so, when I read these
  • 00:27:11.090 --> 00:27:12.240
  • chapters, I can't stop with
  • 00:27:12.240 --> 00:27:15.060
  • just these chapters as far as
  • 00:27:15.060 --> 00:27:17.000
  • the truth is concerned,
  • 00:27:17.000 --> 00:27:18.110
  • because the truth goes
  • 00:27:18.110 --> 00:27:19.180
  • all the way through this Book.
  • 00:27:19.180 --> 00:27:22.060
  • And whether it's a nation
  • 00:27:22.060 --> 00:27:23.140
  • or an individual,
  • 00:27:23.140 --> 00:27:24.280
  • sin against God has a penalty.
  • 00:27:26.110 --> 00:27:29.110
  • Now, I'll say this briefly.
  • 00:27:29.110 --> 00:27:31.170
  • We are headed in a disastrous
  • 00:27:33.290 --> 00:27:36.290
  • direction in the life
  • 00:27:36.290 --> 00:27:38.260
  • of this nation.
  • 00:27:38.260 --> 00:27:41.030
  • Unless the people of God begin
  • 00:27:41.030 --> 00:27:42.240
  • to pray and cry out to God,
  • 00:27:42.240 --> 00:27:45.040
  • for God to change
  • 00:27:45.040 --> 00:27:46.050
  • So, the principle is here.
  • 00:27:53.000 --> 00:27:55.160
  • You obey God and be blessed.
  • 00:27:55.160 --> 00:27:57.230
  • You disobey God as a nation
  • 00:27:57.230 --> 00:27:59.190
  • and you suffer the consequences.
  • 00:27:59.190 --> 00:28:02.110
  • All of Egypt suffered
  • 00:28:02.110 --> 00:28:03.260
  • the consequences of their
  • 00:28:03.260 --> 00:28:05.110
  • disobedience to Almighty God.
  • 00:28:05.180 --> 00:28:08.180
  • It's a principle,
  • 00:28:08.180 --> 00:28:09.250
  • not just a story.
  • 00:28:09.250 --> 00:28:11.200
  • It isn't just an event
  • 00:28:11.200 --> 00:28:13.010
  • that happened years ago.
  • 00:28:13.010 --> 00:28:14.260
  • It is also a principle.
  • 00:28:14.260 --> 00:28:17.010
  • If a nation disobeys God,
  • 00:28:17.010 --> 00:28:19.150
  • turns their back on God.
  • 00:28:19.150 --> 00:28:21.210
  • And I think about
  • 00:28:21.210 --> 00:28:22.170
  • all the nations that have.
  • 00:28:22.170 --> 00:28:25.110
  • And God's people are the key
  • 00:28:25.110 --> 00:28:27.160
  • in this country,
  • 00:28:27.160 --> 00:28:29.170
  • God's people,
  • 00:28:29.170 --> 00:28:30.200
  • not politicians,
  • 00:28:30.200 --> 00:28:31.200
  • God's people.
  • 00:28:31.200 --> 00:28:34.030
  • Everything hangs in the balance
  • 00:28:34.030 --> 00:28:35.180
  • of obedience to God.
  • 00:28:35.180 --> 00:28:38.060
  • May God grant us the wisdom to
  • 00:28:38.060 --> 00:28:40.150
  • make the wise choice, whatever
  • 00:28:40.150 --> 00:28:43.080
  • that may be, not what suits me,
  • 00:28:43.080 --> 00:28:45.130
  • not what pleases me, or not what
  • 00:28:45.130 --> 00:28:46.240
  • profits me, but Lord, what
  • 00:28:46.240 --> 00:28:48.170
  • pleases You, what honors You,
  • 00:28:49.160 --> 00:28:52.160
  • Father, we thank You for loving
  • 00:28:55.050 --> 00:28:57.020
  • us, forgiving us, but God,
  • 00:28:57.020 --> 00:28:59.230
  • open the eyes of people
  • 00:28:59.230 --> 00:29:02.100
  • all across this nation.
  • 00:29:03.090 --> 00:29:06.090
  • Let us not be as stubborn as
  • 00:29:06.090 --> 00:29:08.270
  • Pharaoh and suffer the results
  • 00:29:09.240 --> 00:29:12.240
  • as they did.
  • 00:29:12.240 --> 00:29:15.090
  • But Father, let us be honest,
  • 00:29:15.200 --> 00:29:18.200
  • obedient, submissive, committed
  • 00:29:18.200 --> 00:29:21.170
  • to Your will, standing for truth
  • 00:29:21.180 --> 00:29:24.180
  • in spite of what
  • 00:29:24.180 --> 00:29:26.080
  • the consequences may be.
  • 00:29:27.250 --> 00:29:30.250
  • And Father, help us to be honest
  • 00:29:30.250 --> 00:29:33.140
  • about what we know is right,
  • 00:29:33.140 --> 00:29:36.130
  • Your precious Word as a guide.
  • 00:29:36.130 --> 00:29:39.040
  • God, we pray in Jesus' name.
  • 00:29:39.040 --> 00:29:41.240
  • Don't give us what we deserve,
  • 00:29:41.240 --> 00:29:43.250
  • but turn the hearts of
  • 00:29:43.250 --> 00:29:46.030
  • the leadership of this nation,
  • 00:29:46.030 --> 00:29:48.190
  • all across this nation,
  • 00:29:48.190 --> 00:29:50.210
  • people all around this nation,
  • 00:29:50.210 --> 00:29:53.030
  • that we would ask:
  • 00:29:53.030 --> 00:29:55.080
  • What is the wisest thing to do?
  • 00:29:55.080 --> 00:29:57.190
  • What is the will of Almighty God
  • 00:29:57.190 --> 00:29:59.170
  • for our nation?
  • 00:29:59.170 --> 00:30:01.090
  • And we pray this in Jesus' name,
  • 00:30:01.280 --> 00:30:04.280
  • - announcer: Coming up
  • 00:30:10.120 --> 00:30:11.100
  • in just a moment,
  • 00:30:11.100 --> 00:30:12.210
  • - female: When my daughter was
  • 00:30:17.220 --> 00:30:18.250
  • two months old,
  • 00:30:18.250 --> 00:30:19.220
  • she was diagnosed
  • 00:30:19.220 --> 00:30:20.130
  • with a terminal illness.
  • 00:30:20.130 --> 00:30:22.080
  • I would pray and ask God
  • 00:30:22.080 --> 00:30:24.220
  • if He would heal her.
  • 00:30:24.220 --> 00:30:26.210
  • I just wondered
  • 00:30:26.210 --> 00:30:27.180
  • what God's will was.
  • 00:30:27.180 --> 00:30:29.270
  • After losing her,
  • 00:30:29.270 --> 00:30:31.010
  • I started photographing people
  • 00:30:31.010 --> 00:30:32.220
  • facing a terminal diagnosis,
  • 00:30:32.220 --> 00:30:34.150
  • so that they would have
  • 00:30:34.150 --> 00:30:35.160
  • photographs to cherish forever.
  • 00:30:35.160 --> 00:30:37.270
  • In the midst of suffering,
  • 00:30:37.270 --> 00:30:39.050
  • how do we know
  • 00:30:39.050 --> 00:30:40.060
  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
  • 00:30:50.040 --> 00:30:50.240
  • There's something about you
  • 00:30:50.240 --> 00:30:53.220
  • and the Lord Jesus by yourself.
  • 00:30:53.220 --> 00:30:56.100
  • There's nothing in the world
  • 00:30:56.100 --> 00:30:57.280
  • to match that--nothing.
  • 00:30:57.280 --> 00:31:00.080
  • Nothing so powerful as that.
  • 00:31:00.080 --> 00:31:02.260
  • Because remember
  • 00:31:02.260 --> 00:31:03.170
  • who you're talking to.
  • 00:31:03.170 --> 00:31:05.010
  • You're talking to the sovereign
  • 00:31:05.010 --> 00:31:06.090
  • God of the universe, who has all
  • 00:31:06.090 --> 00:31:08.230
  • power; can do anything that
  • 00:31:08.230 --> 00:31:10.120
  • - male announcer: Next on,
  • 00:31:13.280 --> 00:31:15.000
  • "In Touch,"
  • 00:31:15.000 --> 00:31:16.060
  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Where is
  • 00:31:20.160 --> 00:31:21.130
  • prayer in your life?
  • 00:31:21.130 --> 00:31:24.060
  • Is it first place, second place,
  • 00:31:25.200 --> 00:31:28.200
  • someplace, or no place?
  • 00:31:30.030 --> 00:31:33.030
  • So, we ask the question:
  • 00:31:33.030 --> 00:31:34.240
  • What place did it have
  • 00:31:34.240 --> 00:31:36.180
  • in Jesus's life?
  • 00:31:36.180 --> 00:31:38.030
  • That ought to say something to
  • 00:31:38.030 --> 00:31:39.030
  • us about where it ought to be
  • 00:31:39.030 --> 00:31:40.200
  • in our life.
  • 00:31:40.200 --> 00:31:42.210
  • And oftentimes people will say,
  • 00:31:42.210 --> 00:31:44.030
  • "Well, I pray once in a while."
  • 00:31:44.030 --> 00:31:46.280
  • That means they don't pray
  • 00:31:46.280 --> 00:31:47.250
  • hardly at all.
  • 00:31:47.250 --> 00:31:49.180
  • Or they may say, "I pray when
  • 00:31:49.180 --> 00:31:51.250
  • I get in trouble, I pray when
  • 00:31:51.250 --> 00:31:54.200
  • I'm having a hard time."
  • 00:31:54.200 --> 00:31:56.120
  • And most people pray when
  • 00:31:56.120 --> 00:31:57.270
  • there's a need or a want.
  • 00:31:58.040 --> 00:32:01.060
  • Not simply because they love
  • 00:32:01.060 --> 00:32:02.080
  • God, not simply because they
  • 00:32:02.080 --> 00:32:04.100
  • enjoy being in His presence.
  • 00:32:04.100 --> 00:32:07.050
  • Not simply because they love
  • 00:32:07.050 --> 00:32:09.170
  • to love Him and adore Him
  • 00:32:09.170 --> 00:32:12.030
  • with words of prayer.
  • 00:32:12.030 --> 00:32:13.220
  • What about the prayer life of
  • 00:32:13.220 --> 00:32:16.060
  • Jesus?
  • 00:32:16.060 --> 00:32:17.090
  • Where did prayer fit in His
  • 00:32:17.090 --> 00:32:19.260
  • life?
  • 00:32:19.260 --> 00:32:21.060
  • Well, here's where it fit, and
  • 00:32:21.190 --> 00:32:24.190
  • that is, prayer was number one
  • 00:32:24.190 --> 00:32:26.250
  • with Jesus.
  • 00:32:26.250 --> 00:32:29.030
  • It was where He began His day.
  • 00:32:29.030 --> 00:32:31.230
  • And if you turn, for example, to
  • 00:32:31.230 --> 00:32:34.060
  • Mark, and just look at a couple
  • 00:32:34.060 --> 00:32:36.190
  • of verses here.
  • 00:32:36.190 --> 00:32:38.070
  • Look if you will in Mark, the
  • 00:32:38.070 --> 00:32:39.240
  • first chapter, and we find out
  • 00:32:40.010 --> 00:32:43.010
  • quickly where prayer had its
  • 00:32:43.010 --> 00:32:45.070
  • place in Jesus's life.
  • 00:32:45.070 --> 00:32:47.250
  • It says, "In the early morning,
  • 00:32:47.250 --> 00:32:50.090
  • while it was still dark, Jesus
  • 00:32:50.090 --> 00:32:52.280
  • got up, left the house,
  • 00:32:53.050 --> 00:32:56.050
  • went away to a secluded place,
  • 00:32:56.050 --> 00:32:58.070
  • and was praying there.
  • 00:32:58.070 --> 00:33:00.020
  • Simon and his companions
  • 00:33:00.020 --> 00:33:01.220
  • searched for Him; they found
  • 00:33:01.220 --> 00:33:03.200
  • Him, and said to Him, 'Everyone
  • 00:33:03.200 --> 00:33:05.090
  • is looking for You.'
  • 00:33:05.090 --> 00:33:07.080
  • And He said to them,
  • 00:33:07.080 --> 00:33:08.180
  • 'Let us go somewhere else
  • 00:33:08.180 --> 00:33:09.240
  • to the towns nearby, so that
  • 00:33:09.240 --> 00:33:11.180
  • I may preach there also;
  • 00:33:11.180 --> 00:33:14.010
  • for that is the purpose
  • 00:33:14.010 --> 00:33:15.250
  • for which I came.'"
  • 00:33:15.250 --> 00:33:17.240
  • Now, one of the things
  • 00:33:17.240 --> 00:33:19.190
  • that's so evident about Jesus,
  • 00:33:19.190 --> 00:33:21.020
  • you think about His prayer life,
  • 00:33:21.020 --> 00:33:23.220
  • He got up early.
  • 00:33:23.220 --> 00:33:25.280
  • He began His prayer early in the
  • 00:33:25.280 --> 00:33:28.240
  • morning getting ready.
  • 00:33:28.240 --> 00:33:30.190
  • So, let me ask you this.
  • 00:33:30.190 --> 00:33:32.090
  • How many of you are naturally,
  • 00:33:32.090 --> 00:33:34.060
  • this is private to you, how many
  • 00:33:34.060 --> 00:33:35.190
  • of you start your day early in
  • 00:33:35.190 --> 00:33:37.200
  • the morning and the first thing
  • 00:33:37.200 --> 00:33:39.210
  • you do is pray in the morning?
  • 00:33:40.000 --> 00:33:43.000
  • In fact, maybe some of you do.
  • 00:33:43.000 --> 00:33:45.270
  • I certainly hope so.
  • 00:33:45.270 --> 00:33:47.240
  • I got in a habit of that because
  • 00:33:47.240 --> 00:33:49.260
  • when I was growing up,
  • 00:33:49.260 --> 00:33:52.070
  • I delivered newspapers and so
  • 00:33:52.070 --> 00:33:53.220
  • I started early in the morning
  • 00:33:53.220 --> 00:33:55.210
  • about five-thirty or
  • 00:33:55.210 --> 00:33:56.270
  • thereabouts.
  • 00:33:56.270 --> 00:33:58.050
  • Nobody on the street but me and
  • 00:33:58.050 --> 00:33:59.100
  • sometimes I was a little bit
  • 00:33:59.100 --> 00:34:00.240
  • scared, to tell you the truth.
  • 00:34:00.240 --> 00:34:02.220
  • And so, I started praying very
  • 00:34:02.220 --> 00:34:04.010
  • early.
  • 00:34:04.010 --> 00:34:05.090
  • Well, it was a good habit for me
  • 00:34:05.090 --> 00:34:06.140
  • because I prayed all those years
  • 00:34:06.140 --> 00:34:08.170
  • delivering newspapers.
  • 00:34:08.170 --> 00:34:10.220
  • And in the afternoons,
  • 00:34:10.220 --> 00:34:12.090
  • of course, I watched the traffic
  • 00:34:12.090 --> 00:34:13.270
  • because I had to go in and out
  • 00:34:13.270 --> 00:34:15.030
  • across a very, very busy street.
  • 00:34:15.030 --> 00:34:17.090
  • But it taught me a great
  • 00:34:17.090 --> 00:34:19.220
  • lesson--and that is you start
  • 00:34:19.220 --> 00:34:22.040
  • the day with the Father before
  • 00:34:22.040 --> 00:34:24.170
  • you do anything else.
  • 00:34:24.170 --> 00:34:26.110
  • And the truth is none of us can
  • 00:34:26.110 --> 00:34:28.100
  • give an acceptable excuse for
  • 00:34:28.100 --> 00:34:30.240
  • starting it any other way.
  • 00:34:30.240 --> 00:34:32.230
  • You sleep all night, you even if
  • 00:34:32.230 --> 00:34:34.260
  • you had to get up early in the
  • 00:34:34.260 --> 00:34:37.110
  • morning or maybe you didn't
  • 00:34:37.110 --> 00:34:39.070
  • sleep very good, but starting
  • 00:34:39.070 --> 00:34:41.040
  • the day with the Lord.
  • 00:34:41.040 --> 00:34:43.060
  • That's what Jesus did.
  • 00:34:43.060 --> 00:34:44.290
  • Because He got up early in the
  • 00:34:44.290 --> 00:34:47.060
  • morning, left the house,
  • 00:34:47.060 --> 00:34:49.030
  • and went to a solitary place
  • 00:34:49.030 --> 00:34:50.260
  • to talk to the Father.
  • 00:34:50.260 --> 00:34:52.290
  • Now, when I think about Jesus
  • 00:34:52.290 --> 00:34:54.070
  • and what He had to do
  • 00:34:54.070 --> 00:34:55.260
  • and what every day for Him
  • 00:34:55.260 --> 00:34:58.120
  • called for, how did He get up
  • 00:34:59.120 --> 00:35:02.140
  • early each morning and begin
  • 00:35:02.140 --> 00:35:03.270
  • the day?
  • 00:35:03.270 --> 00:35:05.130
  • How He did it in
  • 00:35:05.130 --> 00:35:07.100
  • the determination on His part,
  • 00:35:07.100 --> 00:35:08.270
  • Jesus made it His priority.
  • 00:35:08.270 --> 00:35:11.000
  • Now think about this.
  • 00:35:11.000 --> 00:35:12.010
  • He was the Son of God.
  • 00:35:12.010 --> 00:35:14.240
  • But He knew that for Him to
  • 00:35:14.240 --> 00:35:16.210
  • accomplish what the Father
  • 00:35:16.210 --> 00:35:18.120
  • wanted Him to accomplish,
  • 00:35:18.120 --> 00:35:19.160
  • He had to start the day
  • 00:35:19.160 --> 00:35:21.110
  • with the Father.
  • 00:35:21.110 --> 00:35:23.100
  • And I believe therein is the key
  • 00:35:23.100 --> 00:35:24.210
  • to our accomplishing anything or
  • 00:35:25.040 --> 00:35:28.040
  • much in life that's really
  • 00:35:28.040 --> 00:35:30.040
  • worthwhile that has lasting
  • 00:35:30.040 --> 00:35:31.190
  • value, that we start off with
  • 00:35:31.190 --> 00:35:33.140
  • the, with the Lord Jesus Christ;
  • 00:35:33.140 --> 00:35:35.190
  • surrendering our life to Him for
  • 00:35:35.190 --> 00:35:37.090
  • the day; asking for direction;
  • 00:35:37.090 --> 00:35:38.150
  • making us sensitive, and making
  • 00:35:38.180 --> 00:35:41.180
  • us sensitive to people around
  • 00:35:41.180 --> 00:35:43.050
  • us, whatever the situation may
  • 00:35:43.050 --> 00:35:44.190
  • be, that's the way He began
  • 00:35:44.190 --> 00:35:46.200
  • the day.
  • 00:35:46.200 --> 00:35:47.250
  • Early in the morning He got up.
  • 00:35:48.160 --> 00:35:51.160
  • But it's interesting in Matthew
  • 00:35:51.160 --> 00:35:52.220
  • fourteen, twenty-three it says,
  • 00:35:52.220 --> 00:35:53.290
  • "He went away to a secluded
  • 00:35:53.290 --> 00:35:55.280
  • place."
  • 00:35:55.280 --> 00:35:57.000
  • Now this is very important.
  • 00:35:57.000 --> 00:35:58.260
  • That is when Jesus began early
  • 00:35:58.280 --> 00:36:02.000
  • praying, He went somewhere He
  • 00:36:02.000 --> 00:36:04.010
  • wouldn't be disturbed.
  • 00:36:04.010 --> 00:36:06.000
  • So, let me ask you this.
  • 00:36:06.000 --> 00:36:07.110
  • If you start your day off with
  • 00:36:07.110 --> 00:36:09.070
  • the Lord, is there a place at
  • 00:36:09.070 --> 00:36:11.110
  • your house you won't be
  • 00:36:11.110 --> 00:36:12.030
  • disturbed?
  • 00:36:12.030 --> 00:36:13.260
  • Probably most people would have
  • 00:36:13.260 --> 00:36:15.160
  • some place.
  • 00:36:15.160 --> 00:36:17.180
  • Why did He not want to be
  • 00:36:17.180 --> 00:36:18.230
  • disturbed?
  • 00:36:18.230 --> 00:36:20.130
  • Because He was asking for the
  • 00:36:20.130 --> 00:36:21.160
  • Father's direction.
  • 00:36:21.160 --> 00:36:23.090
  • He knew every day for Him
  • 00:36:23.090 --> 00:36:25.040
  • counted.
  • 00:36:25.040 --> 00:36:26.140
  • Somebody says, "Well, I don't
  • 00:36:26.140 --> 00:36:27.210
  • have a place in my house."
  • 00:36:27.210 --> 00:36:28.180
  • There must be some place in your
  • 00:36:28.180 --> 00:36:29.290
  • house.
  • 00:36:29.290 --> 00:36:31.230
  • Somebody says, "Well, I have
  • 00:36:31.230 --> 00:36:34.180
  • a closet but it's full
  • 00:36:34.180 --> 00:36:35.260
  • of clothes."
  • 00:36:35.260 --> 00:36:37.160
  • Move them aside.
  • 00:36:37.160 --> 00:36:39.080
  • In other words, here's the
  • 00:36:39.080 --> 00:36:40.270
  • important thing.
  • 00:36:40.270 --> 00:36:42.010
  • There's something about a place.
  • 00:36:42.010 --> 00:36:43.090
  • And I've always had a place, and
  • 00:36:43.090 --> 00:36:45.060
  • it hasn't been away from
  • 00:36:45.060 --> 00:36:46.250
  • everybody.
  • 00:36:46.250 --> 00:36:47.200
  • There was a place over in my
  • 00:36:47.200 --> 00:36:48.280
  • living room over in the corner,
  • 00:36:48.280 --> 00:36:50.080
  • and my study over in this
  • 00:36:50.080 --> 00:36:51.130
  • corner.
  • 00:36:51.130 --> 00:36:52.070
  • But I had a mat that I lay on
  • 00:36:53.200 --> 00:36:56.200
  • and talked to the Lord.
  • 00:36:56.200 --> 00:36:59.040
  • And here's what I discovered.
  • 00:36:59.040 --> 00:37:00.270
  • After a season of time, a very
  • 00:37:00.270 --> 00:37:02.130
  • short period of time, I didn't
  • 00:37:02.130 --> 00:37:03.270
  • have to get ready.
  • 00:37:03.270 --> 00:37:05.120
  • Because the only thing I did in
  • 00:37:05.120 --> 00:37:06.150
  • that place was to talk to the
  • 00:37:06.150 --> 00:37:08.190
  • Lord.
  • 00:37:08.190 --> 00:37:09.270
  • And so, everybody can have a
  • 00:37:09.270 --> 00:37:11.100
  • place somewhere.
  • 00:37:11.100 --> 00:37:13.150
  • Because if that's all you do
  • 00:37:13.150 --> 00:37:15.000
  • there, there's something about
  • 00:37:15.000 --> 00:37:16.210
  • getting there, getting down on
  • 00:37:16.210 --> 00:37:19.010
  • your knees or your face,
  • 00:37:19.010 --> 00:37:20.080
  • whichever you choose and here's
  • 00:37:20.080 --> 00:37:22.000
  • what happens.
  • 00:37:22.000 --> 00:37:23.150
  • After a while, your mind, your
  • 00:37:24.270 --> 00:37:27.270
  • spirit, and your body adjusts
  • 00:37:27.270 --> 00:37:30.210
  • quickly.
  • 00:37:30.210 --> 00:37:32.080
  • This is where the only thing you
  • 00:37:32.080 --> 00:37:33.100
  • do is you talk to God.
  • 00:37:33.100 --> 00:37:36.100
  • Everybody needs a place they can
  • 00:37:36.100 --> 00:37:38.200
  • talk to the Father.
  • 00:37:38.200 --> 00:37:40.160
  • There's something about a place
  • 00:37:40.160 --> 00:37:41.290
  • where you and God--what happens
  • 00:37:41.290 --> 00:37:44.260
  • is it becomes a holy place.
  • 00:37:45.010 --> 00:37:48.010
  • And you may just have to have
  • 00:37:48.010 --> 00:37:49.090
  • a mat or something.
  • 00:37:49.090 --> 00:37:50.150
  • That's--and I remember when I
  • 00:37:50.150 --> 00:37:52.080
  • was, got married we just had one
  • 00:37:52.080 --> 00:37:53.150
  • small bedroom and a bath and a
  • 00:37:53.150 --> 00:37:55.210
  • living room and a little small
  • 00:37:55.210 --> 00:37:58.000
  • kitchen, so the only place I had
  • 00:37:58.000 --> 00:37:59.240
  • to pray was over in the corner
  • 00:37:59.240 --> 00:38:01.040
  • of the living room.
  • 00:38:01.040 --> 00:38:03.290
  • But I could tell you some things
  • 00:38:03.290 --> 00:38:06.000
  • that God spoke to my heart over
  • 00:38:06.000 --> 00:38:07.240
  • by myself in the living room on
  • 00:38:07.240 --> 00:38:10.180
  • my mat.
  • 00:38:10.180 --> 00:38:12.050
  • I remember one night I was
  • 00:38:12.050 --> 00:38:13.270
  • praying and asking the Lord to
  • 00:38:13.270 --> 00:38:15.060
  • give me direction in my life.
  • 00:38:15.180 --> 00:38:18.180
  • And I remember the Lord saying
  • 00:38:18.180 --> 00:38:19.140
  • to me crystal clear whatever you
  • 00:38:19.140 --> 00:38:22.000
  • accomplish in life, you let--and
  • 00:38:22.000 --> 00:38:24.100
  • I was in seminary, first year,
  • 00:38:24.100 --> 00:38:26.040
  • so I was in my early twenties.
  • 00:38:26.100 --> 00:38:29.100
  • Whatever you accomplish in life,
  • 00:38:29.100 --> 00:38:30.200
  • you'll have to accomplish on
  • 00:38:30.200 --> 00:38:31.270
  • your knees.
  • 00:38:31.270 --> 00:38:33.190
  • You can't depend upon your
  • 00:38:33.190 --> 00:38:34.230
  • abilities, your talents, your
  • 00:38:34.230 --> 00:38:36.000
  • skill--anything.
  • 00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:38.130
  • The only thing you can depend
  • 00:38:38.130 --> 00:38:39.040
  • upon is prayer on your knees.
  • 00:38:40.100 --> 00:38:43.100
  • I've never forgotten it.
  • 00:38:43.100 --> 00:38:44.140
  • I couldn't possibly forget it.
  • 00:38:44.140 --> 00:38:46.060
  • I couldn't ever take any credit
  • 00:38:46.060 --> 00:38:47.220
  • for anything God's done.
  • 00:38:47.260 --> 00:38:50.260
  • There's something about your
  • 00:38:50.260 --> 00:38:52.110
  • place--God will speak to you and
  • 00:38:53.180 --> 00:38:56.180
  • give you direction and
  • 00:38:56.180 --> 00:38:57.240
  • encouragement for your life.
  • 00:38:57.240 --> 00:38:59.010
  • Then I can think about many
  • 00:38:59.010 --> 00:39:00.150
  • times I've knelt on that same
  • 00:39:00.150 --> 00:39:01.210
  • old mat.
  • 00:39:01.210 --> 00:39:03.140
  • And that mat happened to be an
  • 00:39:03.140 --> 00:39:05.030
  • afghan that my mother had
  • 00:39:05.030 --> 00:39:07.000
  • crocheted--I guess that's what
  • 00:39:07.000 --> 00:39:07.240
  • you call it--crocheted--for me
  • 00:39:07.240 --> 00:39:09.280
  • and that's what I always prayed
  • 00:39:09.280 --> 00:39:11.210
  • on and I still have it.
  • 00:39:11.210 --> 00:39:14.100
  • There's something about a place
  • 00:39:14.100 --> 00:39:15.070
  • that you and the Father can talk
  • 00:39:15.070 --> 00:39:18.070
  • about the most intimate things
  • 00:39:18.070 --> 00:39:20.020
  • in your life.
  • 00:39:20.020 --> 00:39:21.240
  • Where you'll find out that He
  • 00:39:21.240 --> 00:39:23.020
  • gave you direction.
  • 00:39:23.020 --> 00:39:24.120
  • And the wonderful thing about
  • 00:39:24.120 --> 00:39:25.130
  • having a place is this.
  • 00:39:25.130 --> 00:39:27.010
  • You'll remember things that God
  • 00:39:27.010 --> 00:39:28.110
  • says to you there that if you
  • 00:39:28.110 --> 00:39:30.210
  • just prayed any old place, more
  • 00:39:30.210 --> 00:39:31.260
  • than likely you'd forget it.
  • 00:39:31.260 --> 00:39:34.160
  • But there's something about you
  • 00:39:34.160 --> 00:39:35.200
  • and the Father and your place.
  • 00:39:37.160 --> 00:39:40.160
  • It's a private place.
  • 00:39:40.160 --> 00:39:42.270
  • It's a holy place.
  • 00:39:42.270 --> 00:39:44.220
  • It's a place where you get
  • 00:39:44.220 --> 00:39:46.140
  • direction and guidance and
  • 00:39:46.140 --> 00:39:47.290
  • encouragement and assurance.
  • 00:39:47.290 --> 00:39:49.100
  • And where you get conviction.
  • 00:39:49.100 --> 00:39:51.030
  • And where you have to weep
  • 00:39:51.030 --> 00:39:53.060
  • sometime.
  • 00:39:53.060 --> 00:39:54.190
  • And where you have to cry out
  • 00:39:54.190 --> 00:39:55.280
  • to God and confess sin.
  • 00:39:55.280 --> 00:39:58.140
  • But it's your place where you
  • 00:39:58.140 --> 00:40:00.050
  • and God only meet together.
  • 00:40:03.160 --> 00:40:06.160
  • It's your place--just you
  • 00:40:06.160 --> 00:40:08.110
  • and Jesus meet there.
  • 00:40:08.110 --> 00:40:10.180
  • But you look at His life.
  • 00:40:10.180 --> 00:40:12.220
  • He began early.
  • 00:40:12.220 --> 00:40:14.170
  • He went to a secluded place and
  • 00:40:16.080 --> 00:40:19.080
  • I say oftentimes on His knees.
  • 00:40:19.080 --> 00:40:21.240
  • Now the Scripture says that He
  • 00:40:21.240 --> 00:40:24.210
  • fell down to the ground.
  • 00:40:24.210 --> 00:40:27.040
  • I don't know whether Jesus
  • 00:40:27.040 --> 00:40:28.030
  • prayed on His knees like you and
  • 00:40:28.030 --> 00:40:29.190
  • I would or not.
  • 00:40:29.190 --> 00:40:30.250
  • He probably did.
  • 00:40:30.250 --> 00:40:32.270
  • That would be more likely than
  • 00:40:32.270 --> 00:40:33.290
  • just stretching out
  • 00:40:33.290 --> 00:40:35.190
  • on the ground somewhere.
  • 00:40:35.190 --> 00:40:37.150
  • But somebody says, "Well, I
  • 00:40:37.150 --> 00:40:38.230
  • don't have to get on my knees."
  • 00:40:38.230 --> 00:40:39.250
  • No, you don't have to.
  • 00:40:39.250 --> 00:40:41.110
  • But just think about this.
  • 00:40:41.110 --> 00:40:42.170
  • Who are you talking to?
  • 00:40:42.170 --> 00:40:45.120
  • You're talking to Holy God.
  • 00:40:45.120 --> 00:40:47.160
  • You're going to stand up face
  • 00:40:47.160 --> 00:40:48.060
  • to face and talk to Him?
  • 00:40:48.060 --> 00:40:49.230
  • You can.
  • 00:40:49.230 --> 00:40:51.030
  • But in the privacy of your home
  • 00:40:51.030 --> 00:40:53.060
  • or wherever you are, kneeling
  • 00:40:53.060 --> 00:40:55.120
  • before Him if at all possible.
  • 00:40:55.120 --> 00:40:57.290
  • Sometimes people can't kneel.
  • 00:40:57.290 --> 00:40:59.130
  • I understand that.
  • 00:40:59.130 --> 00:41:01.150
  • But there's something about
  • 00:41:01.150 --> 00:41:02.260
  • bowing in the presence of
  • 00:41:02.260 --> 00:41:04.220
  • Almighty God that says something
  • 00:41:04.220 --> 00:41:07.140
  • about our spirit, about our
  • 00:41:07.140 --> 00:41:09.000
  • attitude.
  • 00:41:09.000 --> 00:41:11.030
  • And here's the Son of God and
  • 00:41:11.030 --> 00:41:13.080
  • what does He do?
  • 00:41:13.080 --> 00:41:14.120
  • He falls to the ground or He
  • 00:41:14.120 --> 00:41:15.230
  • kneels before the Father.
  • 00:41:15.230 --> 00:41:18.110
  • And in Gethsemane, He fell to
  • 00:41:18.110 --> 00:41:20.030
  • the ground, began to pray.
  • 00:41:20.030 --> 00:41:21.090
  • Well, the Bible doesn't say He
  • 00:41:21.090 --> 00:41:23.000
  • knelt or stretched out, but more
  • 00:41:23.000 --> 00:41:24.150
  • than likely He knelt before the
  • 00:41:24.150 --> 00:41:26.150
  • Father.
  • 00:41:26.150 --> 00:41:28.190
  • There's something about that.
  • 00:41:29.090 --> 00:41:32.090
  • There's something about kneeling
  • 00:41:32.090 --> 00:41:33.270
  • in the presence of Almighty God,
  • 00:41:33.270 --> 00:41:36.190
  • talking to Him about your life
  • 00:41:36.190 --> 00:41:38.250
  • and about your day and about the
  • 00:41:38.250 --> 00:41:40.060
  • things that concern you.
  • 00:41:40.060 --> 00:41:42.000
  • If you want to accomplish the
  • 00:41:42.000 --> 00:41:43.110
  • most in life, you start it with
  • 00:41:43.110 --> 00:41:45.040
  • Him.
  • 00:41:45.040 --> 00:41:46.160
  • And you start it with Him by
  • 00:41:46.160 --> 00:41:47.180
  • yourself.
  • 00:41:47.180 --> 00:41:48.200
  • You say, "Well, I pray with my
  • 00:41:48.200 --> 00:41:49.200
  • husband or my wife or my
  • 00:41:49.200 --> 00:41:50.190
  • children or my parents."
  • 00:41:50.190 --> 00:41:51.220
  • There's something about just you
  • 00:41:51.220 --> 00:41:53.080
  • and God.
  • 00:41:53.080 --> 00:41:55.030
  • Because the truth is you
  • 00:41:55.030 --> 00:41:56.050
  • can't pray about everything
  • 00:41:56.050 --> 00:41:57.280
  • in front of somebody else.
  • 00:41:57.280 --> 00:41:59.260
  • We all have those things in life
  • 00:41:59.260 --> 00:42:01.070
  • that we have to deal with,
  • 00:42:01.070 --> 00:42:02.100
  • that we need privacy.
  • 00:42:02.100 --> 00:42:04.180
  • And certainly, Jesus did that.
  • 00:42:04.180 --> 00:42:06.030
  • And so, ask yourself the
  • 00:42:06.030 --> 00:42:08.110
  • question: How much time do you
  • 00:42:08.110 --> 00:42:10.080
  • spend with Him in a given day?
  • 00:42:10.100 --> 00:42:13.100
  • And Jesus didn't go out healing
  • 00:42:13.100 --> 00:42:15.240
  • and preaching and then decide He
  • 00:42:15.240 --> 00:42:17.020
  • was going to pray.
  • 00:42:17.020 --> 00:42:19.130
  • But that's the way He began His
  • 00:42:19.130 --> 00:42:21.100
  • day.
  • 00:42:21.100 --> 00:42:22.230
  • What did He pray?
  • 00:42:22.230 --> 00:42:25.000
  • One of the things He prayed was
  • 00:42:25.000 --> 00:42:26.130
  • to know the Father's will.
  • 00:42:26.130 --> 00:42:27.290
  • Listen, He says, "Not that I
  • 00:42:28.020 --> 00:42:31.020
  • will, but what You will."
  • 00:42:31.020 --> 00:42:33.170
  • That's what Jesus prayed.
  • 00:42:33.170 --> 00:42:35.030
  • So, ask yourself the question,
  • 00:42:35.030 --> 00:42:36.060
  • when you pray, let's just,
  • 00:42:36.060 --> 00:42:37.210
  • let's just take it for granted
  • 00:42:37.210 --> 00:42:38.260
  • for a few moments that you pray
  • 00:42:38.260 --> 00:42:40.080
  • every morning.
  • 00:42:40.080 --> 00:42:41.180
  • What do you pray?
  • 00:42:41.180 --> 00:42:43.100
  • Do you begin your prayer with a
  • 00:42:43.100 --> 00:42:45.200
  • list of things that you're
  • 00:42:45.200 --> 00:42:46.240
  • concerned about?
  • 00:42:46.240 --> 00:42:48.050
  • Or do you stop to think about,
  • 00:42:48.050 --> 00:42:49.260
  • "God, I want Your will to be
  • 00:42:49.260 --> 00:42:51.120
  • done today."
  • 00:42:51.120 --> 00:42:52.280
  • Watch this.
  • 00:42:52.280 --> 00:42:54.020
  • There's something about your own
  • 00:42:54.020 --> 00:42:55.270
  • personal private prayer life
  • 00:42:55.270 --> 00:42:57.170
  • that you surrender yourself
  • 00:42:57.170 --> 00:42:59.060
  • every morning to the Lord.
  • 00:42:59.060 --> 00:43:02.020
  • Lord, not my will but You will
  • 00:43:02.020 --> 00:43:03.020
  • be done.
  • 00:43:03.020 --> 00:43:04.110
  • There's something about laying
  • 00:43:04.110 --> 00:43:06.120
  • everything bare before Him, all
  • 00:43:06.120 --> 00:43:08.230
  • alone, just you and the Lord.
  • 00:43:08.230 --> 00:43:10.230
  • God does something in
  • 00:43:10.230 --> 00:43:12.040
  • your heart.
  • 00:43:12.040 --> 00:43:12.260
  • I'll tell you what He does.
  • 00:43:12.260 --> 00:43:13.180
  • He's growing you up.
  • 00:43:13.180 --> 00:43:14.270
  • He's growing you spiritually.
  • 00:43:14.270 --> 00:43:16.130
  • Something's happening in your
  • 00:43:16.130 --> 00:43:17.010
  • heart.
  • 00:43:17.010 --> 00:43:17.220
  • You say, "Well, I don't feel
  • 00:43:17.220 --> 00:43:18.160
  • anything."
  • 00:43:18.160 --> 00:43:19.040
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:43:19.040 --> 00:43:20.130
  • The issue is you have said to
  • 00:43:20.130 --> 00:43:21.190
  • Him, "I acknowledge You as my
  • 00:43:21.190 --> 00:43:22.290
  • Heavenly Father.
  • 00:43:22.290 --> 00:43:24.200
  • Before I begin this day with
  • 00:43:24.200 --> 00:43:26.050
  • anybody else, I'm beginning it
  • 00:43:26.050 --> 00:43:27.110
  • with You.
  • 00:43:27.110 --> 00:43:28.110
  • I know I need You for this day.
  • 00:43:28.110 --> 00:43:29.220
  • I need correction.
  • 00:43:29.220 --> 00:43:31.070
  • I need help.
  • 00:43:31.070 --> 00:43:32.210
  • I need support.
  • 00:43:32.210 --> 00:43:33.190
  • I have needs this day and I want
  • 00:43:33.190 --> 00:43:35.180
  • You and I, Lord, to talk about
  • 00:43:35.180 --> 00:43:38.030
  • this.
  • 00:43:38.030 --> 00:43:39.140
  • Lord Jesus, here I am this
  • 00:43:39.140 --> 00:43:40.260
  • morning.
  • 00:43:40.260 --> 00:43:42.120
  • And Lord here I am again this
  • 00:43:42.120 --> 00:43:43.190
  • morning, talking about what
  • 00:43:43.190 --> 00:43:44.220
  • I talked to You about yesterday
  • 00:43:44.220 --> 00:43:45.120
  • morning.
  • 00:43:45.120 --> 00:43:46.210
  • And Lord, I'm just as concerned
  • 00:43:46.210 --> 00:43:47.210
  • today as I was yesterday.
  • 00:43:47.210 --> 00:43:49.010
  • And God, I didn't have any
  • 00:43:49.010 --> 00:43:49.290
  • answers."
  • 00:43:49.290 --> 00:43:50.220
  • In other words, when you have a
  • 00:43:50.220 --> 00:43:52.120
  • private prayer life, You can
  • 00:43:52.120 --> 00:43:54.020
  • tell Him you're disappointed He
  • 00:43:54.020 --> 00:43:55.160
  • didn't answer your prayer,
  • 00:43:55.160 --> 00:43:57.020
  • if you want to.
  • 00:43:57.020 --> 00:43:57.290
  • Or you can thank Him for what
  • 00:43:57.290 --> 00:43:58.190
  • He's done.
  • 00:43:58.190 --> 00:44:00.060
  • Here's what I want you
  • 00:44:00.060 --> 00:44:01.080
  • to realize.
  • 00:44:01.080 --> 00:44:02.090
  • There's something about you and
  • 00:44:02.090 --> 00:44:04.020
  • the Lord Jesus by yourself.
  • 00:44:04.120 --> 00:44:07.120
  • There's nothing in the world to
  • 00:44:07.120 --> 00:44:08.240
  • match that--nothing.
  • 00:44:08.240 --> 00:44:11.080
  • Nothing so powerful as that.
  • 00:44:11.080 --> 00:44:13.230
  • Because remember who you're
  • 00:44:13.230 --> 00:44:14.230
  • talking to.
  • 00:44:14.230 --> 00:44:15.290
  • You're talking to the sovereign
  • 00:44:15.290 --> 00:44:17.110
  • God of the universe, who has all
  • 00:44:17.110 --> 00:44:19.200
  • power; can do anything that
  • 00:44:19.200 --> 00:44:21.160
  • needs to be done in your life.
  • 00:44:21.160 --> 00:44:24.010
  • And think about this.
  • 00:44:24.010 --> 00:44:25.070
  • You can't ask Him anything that
  • 00:44:25.070 --> 00:44:26.210
  • He doesn't have the power to do.
  • 00:44:27.290 --> 00:44:30.290
  • And all of us have brought
  • 00:44:30.290 --> 00:44:32.200
  • things to Him in our prayer life
  • 00:44:32.200 --> 00:44:34.100
  • we thought, "God, I'm desperate,
  • 00:44:34.100 --> 00:44:35.220
  • Lord.
  • 00:44:35.220 --> 00:44:37.050
  • I desperately need Your help.
  • 00:44:37.050 --> 00:44:38.250
  • God, You just got to come
  • 00:44:38.250 --> 00:44:40.170
  • through with me, Lord,
  • 00:44:40.170 --> 00:44:41.290
  • about this."
  • 00:44:41.290 --> 00:44:43.050
  • He doesn't get upset.
  • 00:44:43.050 --> 00:44:45.280
  • He's always available and always
  • 00:44:46.030 --> 00:44:49.030
  • ready and always capable of
  • 00:44:49.030 --> 00:44:51.040
  • dealing with anything you
  • 00:44:51.040 --> 00:44:53.170
  • and I bring to Him.
  • 00:44:53.170 --> 00:44:55.090
  • Then the Scripture says that He
  • 00:44:55.090 --> 00:44:56.230
  • spent the whole night in prayer
  • 00:44:56.230 --> 00:44:58.070
  • to the Father.
  • 00:44:58.070 --> 00:45:00.220
  • I don't want you to raise your
  • 00:45:00.220 --> 00:45:02.240
  • hand naturally, but have you
  • 00:45:02.240 --> 00:45:04.060
  • ever spent all night in prayer
  • 00:45:04.060 --> 00:45:05.070
  • to God?
  • 00:45:06.120 --> 00:45:09.120
  • Probably 99.9% of the people
  • 00:45:09.120 --> 00:45:12.020
  • have not.
  • 00:45:12.020 --> 00:45:14.070
  • Because somebody would say,
  • 00:45:14.070 --> 00:45:15.150
  • "Well, I can't think up that
  • 00:45:15.150 --> 00:45:16.150
  • much to say."
  • 00:45:16.150 --> 00:45:18.060
  • That's not what motivated Him.
  • 00:45:18.060 --> 00:45:21.040
  • What motivated Jesus to pray
  • 00:45:21.040 --> 00:45:23.200
  • all night?
  • 00:45:23.200 --> 00:45:25.080
  • What motivated Him to pray
  • 00:45:25.080 --> 00:45:26.130
  • different things?
  • 00:45:26.130 --> 00:45:28.090
  • For example, when He was praying
  • 00:45:28.090 --> 00:45:29.130
  • for His disciples and asking the
  • 00:45:29.130 --> 00:45:31.090
  • Father to show Him who they
  • 00:45:31.090 --> 00:45:32.150
  • were.
  • 00:45:32.150 --> 00:45:34.040
  • And they were starting the
  • 00:45:34.040 --> 00:45:35.030
  • ministry together.
  • 00:45:35.030 --> 00:45:36.040
  • And so, think about it.
  • 00:45:36.040 --> 00:45:37.240
  • Here's the Son of God, He prayed
  • 00:45:37.240 --> 00:45:39.160
  • all night because of His
  • 00:45:40.100 --> 00:45:43.100
  • relationship to the Father.
  • 00:45:43.100 --> 00:45:45.000
  • Think about how absolutely
  • 00:45:45.000 --> 00:45:45.240
  • awesome that relationship was.
  • 00:45:45.240 --> 00:45:47.180
  • No sin.
  • 00:45:47.180 --> 00:45:49.270
  • Perfect relationship.
  • 00:45:49.270 --> 00:45:52.120
  • Perfect intimacy with one
  • 00:45:52.120 --> 00:45:53.140
  • another.
  • 00:45:53.140 --> 00:45:55.000
  • And when you and I kneel before
  • 00:45:55.000 --> 00:45:56.090
  • Him and ask for direction for
  • 00:45:56.090 --> 00:45:57.180
  • our life, bring before Him the
  • 00:45:57.180 --> 00:46:00.160
  • things that concern us.
  • 00:46:00.160 --> 00:46:01.280
  • Lord, what is Your will?
  • 00:46:01.290 --> 00:46:04.290
  • What would You have me to do?
  • 00:46:04.290 --> 00:46:07.270
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:46:07.270 --> 00:46:09.180
  • You and I have some promises in
  • 00:46:09.180 --> 00:46:10.290
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:46:10.290 --> 00:46:12.190
  • Ask and what?
  • 00:46:12.190 --> 00:46:14.090
  • It shall be given you.
  • 00:46:14.090 --> 00:46:15.210
  • Seek and what?
  • 00:46:15.210 --> 00:46:18.030
  • Knock and it shall be opened
  • 00:46:18.030 --> 00:46:19.270
  • to you.
  • 00:46:19.270 --> 00:46:21.110
  • He promises to answer our
  • 00:46:21.110 --> 00:46:22.070
  • prayer.
  • 00:46:22.070 --> 00:46:23.180
  • He doesn't promise to give us
  • 00:46:23.180 --> 00:46:24.180
  • everything we ask for, but
  • 00:46:24.180 --> 00:46:26.160
  • He--watch this--He promises to
  • 00:46:26.160 --> 00:46:28.210
  • be there.
  • 00:46:28.210 --> 00:46:30.070
  • And He promises to listen.
  • 00:46:30.070 --> 00:46:32.080
  • And He promises to answer our
  • 00:46:32.080 --> 00:46:33.230
  • prayer according to what He
  • 00:46:33.230 --> 00:46:36.130
  • knows is best for us.
  • 00:46:36.130 --> 00:46:39.060
  • He knows all of our needs.
  • 00:46:39.060 --> 00:46:41.070
  • He's ready to help us in every
  • 00:46:41.070 --> 00:46:43.010
  • single situation in life.
  • 00:46:43.010 --> 00:46:45.060
  • We don't have to plead with Him
  • 00:46:45.060 --> 00:46:46.210
  • to listen to us.
  • 00:46:46.210 --> 00:46:48.090
  • We don't have to plead with Him
  • 00:46:48.090 --> 00:46:49.080
  • to answer our prayer.
  • 00:46:49.080 --> 00:46:50.140
  • He's ready and willing to help
  • 00:46:50.140 --> 00:46:52.040
  • us in every circumstance.
  • 00:46:52.040 --> 00:46:55.040
  • Then He prayed in that
  • 00:46:55.040 --> 00:46:57.040
  • seventeenth chapter of John that
  • 00:46:57.040 --> 00:46:58.180
  • the Father would protect His
  • 00:46:58.180 --> 00:47:00.140
  • followers.
  • 00:47:00.140 --> 00:47:02.020
  • And every parent should
  • 00:47:02.020 --> 00:47:03.180
  • be praying for God to protect
  • 00:47:03.180 --> 00:47:05.150
  • their children.
  • 00:47:05.150 --> 00:47:07.200
  • That's exactly what
  • 00:47:07.200 --> 00:47:08.240
  • He was doing.
  • 00:47:08.240 --> 00:47:09.210
  • Who do you pray for?
  • 00:47:09.210 --> 00:47:12.170
  • Is there anybody in your life
  • 00:47:12.170 --> 00:47:14.120
  • that's valuable enough that,
  • 00:47:14.120 --> 00:47:17.080
  • that you pray for them
  • 00:47:17.080 --> 00:47:18.040
  • every day?
  • 00:47:18.040 --> 00:47:19.260
  • Do you know what their
  • 00:47:19.260 --> 00:47:20.290
  • needs are?
  • 00:47:20.290 --> 00:47:22.040
  • Why would you be concerned about
  • 00:47:22.040 --> 00:47:23.270
  • praying for them every day?
  • 00:47:23.270 --> 00:47:25.200
  • We live in a world that is
  • 00:47:25.200 --> 00:47:26.240
  • dangerous, wicked, vile, sinful,
  • 00:47:26.260 --> 00:47:29.260
  • hostile--you name it.
  • 00:47:29.260 --> 00:47:31.270
  • We all need each other's
  • 00:47:31.270 --> 00:47:33.090
  • prayers.
  • 00:47:33.090 --> 00:47:34.150
  • And we certainly need
  • 00:47:34.150 --> 00:47:35.160
  • to pray for our children.
  • 00:47:35.160 --> 00:47:37.010
  • And we need to pray
  • 00:47:37.010 --> 00:47:38.160
  • for our parents.
  • 00:47:38.160 --> 00:47:40.090
  • Everywhere you turn,
  • 00:47:40.090 --> 00:47:42.000
  • there is evil.
  • 00:47:42.000 --> 00:47:43.240
  • Jesus prayed for His
  • 00:47:43.240 --> 00:47:45.050
  • disciples and He prayed that God
  • 00:47:45.050 --> 00:47:47.080
  • would protect them.
  • 00:47:47.080 --> 00:47:49.260
  • He said, "Keep them from the
  • 00:47:49.260 --> 00:47:50.180
  • evil one."
  • 00:47:50.180 --> 00:47:51.090
  • All of us, if we pray very much,
  • 00:47:51.090 --> 00:47:53.280
  • you'll wrestle with the devil
  • 00:47:53.280 --> 00:47:55.160
  • because here's what he'll do.
  • 00:47:55.160 --> 00:47:56.270
  • He'll do his best to divide your
  • 00:47:56.270 --> 00:47:58.180
  • mind while you're praying.
  • 00:47:58.180 --> 00:48:00.190
  • He'll get you thinking about
  • 00:48:00.190 --> 00:48:01.160
  • something else.
  • 00:48:01.160 --> 00:48:02.110
  • Haven't you been praying at some
  • 00:48:02.110 --> 00:48:03.100
  • point in your life; next thing
  • 00:48:03.100 --> 00:48:04.290
  • you know you're thinking about
  • 00:48:04.290 --> 00:48:06.070
  • something had nothing to do with
  • 00:48:06.070 --> 00:48:07.140
  • what you started with.
  • 00:48:07.140 --> 00:48:09.050
  • Because Satan will disrupt your
  • 00:48:09.050 --> 00:48:10.240
  • praying.
  • 00:48:10.240 --> 00:48:12.260
  • He's our enemy.
  • 00:48:12.260 --> 00:48:14.260
  • He doesn't want us spending time
  • 00:48:14.260 --> 00:48:16.110
  • in the most valuable place,
  • 00:48:16.110 --> 00:48:19.040
  • doing the most valuable thing we
  • 00:48:19.040 --> 00:48:20.070
  • could possibly do.
  • 00:48:20.070 --> 00:48:22.220
  • And so, Jesus had to deal
  • 00:48:22.220 --> 00:48:23.260
  • with him.
  • 00:48:23.260 --> 00:48:25.250
  • Then of course, the Bible says
  • 00:48:25.250 --> 00:48:27.150
  • He agonized in prayer.
  • 00:48:27.150 --> 00:48:30.020
  • That is, when He and the Father
  • 00:48:30.020 --> 00:48:32.200
  • were talking about the
  • 00:48:32.200 --> 00:48:34.050
  • crucifixion, He was in agony.
  • 00:48:35.210 --> 00:48:38.210
  • Somebody says, "Well, what does
  • 00:48:38.210 --> 00:48:39.200
  • agonize mean?"
  • 00:48:39.200 --> 00:48:40.260
  • Here's what it means.
  • 00:48:40.260 --> 00:48:42.140
  • It means the trouble is so
  • 00:48:42.140 --> 00:48:43.130
  • troubling and the burden is so
  • 00:48:43.130 --> 00:48:45.200
  • heavy you think, "God, I don't
  • 00:48:45.200 --> 00:48:47.120
  • know how to handle this."
  • 00:48:47.170 --> 00:48:50.170
  • Now Jesus didn't have to say,
  • 00:48:50.170 --> 00:48:51.270
  • "I don't know how to handle it."
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  • But sometimes we have to
  • 00:48:52.160 --> 00:48:54.000
  • say that.
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  • God, You're going to have to
  • 00:48:55.130 --> 00:48:56.070
  • help me.
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  • I don't know what to do at this
  • 00:48:57.120 --> 00:48:58.080
  • point, but Lord, You promised to
  • 00:48:58.080 --> 00:48:59.220
  • listen to me and You promised to
  • 00:48:59.220 --> 00:49:01.070
  • answer my prayer, God.
  • 00:49:01.070 --> 00:49:04.040
  • And you'll find yourself
  • 00:49:04.040 --> 00:49:05.010
  • weeping, wondering what God's
  • 00:49:05.010 --> 00:49:07.040
  • going to do.
  • 00:49:07.040 --> 00:49:08.240
  • Does God always answer your
  • 00:49:08.240 --> 00:49:09.250
  • prayer when you ask Him?
  • 00:49:09.250 --> 00:49:11.060
  • Not always.
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  • Not just because you ask Him
  • 00:49:12.120 --> 00:49:13.250
  • then.
  • 00:49:13.250 --> 00:49:15.010
  • He--watch this.
  • 00:49:15.010 --> 00:49:16.010
  • Whatever we ask, He listens and
  • 00:49:16.180 --> 00:49:19.180
  • He's going to answer it when
  • 00:49:19.180 --> 00:49:21.100
  • He's ready, when He knows we're
  • 00:49:21.100 --> 00:49:23.220
  • ready, and the time is right for
  • 00:49:23.220 --> 00:49:26.180
  • Him to be glorified and honored
  • 00:49:26.180 --> 00:49:28.090
  • in answering that prayer.
  • 00:49:28.090 --> 00:49:30.230
  • And if you've prayed very much,
  • 00:49:30.230 --> 00:49:33.130
  • you're going to come to a place
  • 00:49:33.130 --> 00:49:34.280
  • in your life in situations and
  • 00:49:34.280 --> 00:49:36.170
  • circumstances that'll be
  • 00:49:36.170 --> 00:49:38.180
  • agonizing.
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  • Things will happen that you have
  • 00:49:40.180 --> 00:49:42.200
  • no control over.
  • 00:49:42.200 --> 00:49:44.100
  • The only place you can go for
  • 00:49:44.100 --> 00:49:45.120
  • help is to God.
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  • I think about people when the
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  • wife or husband comes home
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  • in the afternoon; they have
  • 00:49:51.060 --> 00:49:53.010
  • a little note: "I'm leaving;
  • 00:49:53.010 --> 00:49:54.260
  • this marriage is over."
  • 00:49:54.260 --> 00:49:56.160
  • Or a son or daughter says
  • 00:49:56.160 --> 00:49:58.160
  • I don't want to live at home any
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  • longer, or whatever it might be.
  • 00:50:00.080 --> 00:50:02.250
  • All of us have heard bad news at
  • 00:50:02.250 --> 00:50:05.220
  • some point in our life.
  • 00:50:05.220 --> 00:50:08.170
  • All of us have heard bad news
  • 00:50:09.130 --> 00:50:12.130
  • that we just felt, "Lord, what
  • 00:50:12.290 --> 00:50:15.290
  • do I do at this point?
  • 00:50:15.290 --> 00:50:18.220
  • Maybe a sense of desperation."
  • 00:50:18.220 --> 00:50:19.260
  • One thing about it--in your
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  • place to pray, wherever that is.
  • 00:50:22.160 --> 00:50:25.160
  • It's like God's waiting for you.
  • 00:50:25.160 --> 00:50:28.140
  • And then I think about this.
  • 00:50:28.140 --> 00:50:30.190
  • The Scripture says that "He went
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  • up into the mountain by Himself
  • 00:50:32.210 --> 00:50:34.130
  • to pray, and when it was
  • 00:50:34.130 --> 00:50:35.290
  • evening, He was there alone."
  • 00:50:36.060 --> 00:50:39.060
  • Somebody says, "Well, I usually
  • 00:50:39.060 --> 00:50:40.090
  • pray with somebody."
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  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:50:41.280 --> 00:50:43.170
  • You need to become such a friend
  • 00:50:43.170 --> 00:50:45.270
  • to God, you don't need anybody
  • 00:50:45.270 --> 00:50:47.270
  • to pray with you.
  • 00:50:47.270 --> 00:50:50.170
  • Now, there's one--it's fine to
  • 00:50:50.170 --> 00:50:52.020
  • have somebody to pray with you.
  • 00:50:52.020 --> 00:50:53.200
  • And having a prayer partner's
  • 00:50:53.200 --> 00:50:55.140
  • a wonderful thing.
  • 00:50:55.140 --> 00:50:57.070
  • But you and God need to be such
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  • friends; you don't need anybody.
  • 00:51:00.120 --> 00:51:03.100
  • God will show you what to do.
  • 00:51:03.100 --> 00:51:05.160
  • You say, "Well, I'm praying but
  • 00:51:05.160 --> 00:51:07.000
  • I ask my friend."
  • 00:51:07.000 --> 00:51:09.040
  • Well, you ask--we all have
  • 00:51:09.040 --> 00:51:10.050
  • friends, but your Heavenly
  • 00:51:10.050 --> 00:51:12.170
  • Father loves you enough and is
  • 00:51:12.170 --> 00:51:15.020
  • so committed to you He says,
  • 00:51:15.020 --> 00:51:16.240
  • "Ask and it shall be given you;
  • 00:51:16.240 --> 00:51:19.240
  • seek and you will find;
  • 00:51:19.240 --> 00:51:20.280
  • knock and it'll be opened
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  • to you."
  • 00:51:21.200 --> 00:51:23.220
  • This is the confidence that we
  • 00:51:23.220 --> 00:51:24.290
  • have in Him; that if we ask
  • 00:51:24.290 --> 00:51:26.230
  • anything according to His will,
  • 00:51:26.230 --> 00:51:28.220
  • He hears us.
  • 00:51:28.220 --> 00:51:30.090
  • And if we know that He hears us,
  • 00:51:30.090 --> 00:51:31.120
  • we know that we have the
  • 00:51:31.120 --> 00:51:32.240
  • petition we desired of Him.
  • 00:51:33.020 --> 00:51:36.020
  • That's who He is.
  • 00:51:36.020 --> 00:51:37.220
  • You know what He's waiting for?
  • 00:51:37.220 --> 00:51:40.130
  • He's just waiting for us to give
  • 00:51:40.130 --> 00:51:42.100
  • Him time, to listen to Him
  • 00:51:42.100 --> 00:51:44.210
  • carefully, and to do whatever
  • 00:51:44.210 --> 00:51:47.190
  • He says do.
  • 00:51:47.190 --> 00:51:49.200
  • Now here's what'll happen.
  • 00:51:49.200 --> 00:51:51.040
  • If you're praying to Him and God
  • 00:51:51.090 --> 00:51:54.090
  • shows you what to do and you
  • 00:51:54.090 --> 00:51:56.070
  • don't do it, I can tell you
  • 00:51:56.070 --> 00:51:58.260
  • exactly what will happen.
  • 00:51:58.260 --> 00:52:00.120
  • Next time you show up to pray
  • 00:52:00.120 --> 00:52:01.170
  • in your place--Heavenly Father,
  • 00:52:01.170 --> 00:52:04.020
  • I want to thank You.
  • 00:52:04.020 --> 00:52:05.170
  • God's silent.
  • 00:52:05.170 --> 00:52:08.070
  • He loves us too much to answer
  • 00:52:08.070 --> 00:52:10.170
  • our petitions when we're living
  • 00:52:10.170 --> 00:52:13.130
  • in disobedience to Him.
  • 00:52:13.130 --> 00:52:16.040
  • And oftentimes people say,
  • 00:52:16.040 --> 00:52:17.110
  • "Well, I prayed and I'm still
  • 00:52:17.110 --> 00:52:18.240
  • have sin in my life but God
  • 00:52:18.240 --> 00:52:21.150
  • seems to be blessing me."
  • 00:52:21.150 --> 00:52:23.200
  • You know, it's not God blessing
  • 00:52:23.200 --> 00:52:24.240
  • you.
  • 00:52:24.240 --> 00:52:26.040
  • You're smart enough to manage
  • 00:52:26.040 --> 00:52:27.060
  • things.
  • 00:52:27.060 --> 00:52:29.220
  • For example, people will say,
  • 00:52:29.220 --> 00:52:31.290
  • "Well, I prayed about buying
  • 00:52:31.290 --> 00:52:33.210
  • this house or buying this car
  • 00:52:33.210 --> 00:52:35.020
  • and, and I asked the Lord about
  • 00:52:35.020 --> 00:52:37.100
  • it and He didn't tell me not
  • 00:52:37.100 --> 00:52:38.270
  • to do it.
  • 00:52:39.060 --> 00:52:42.060
  • So, if He didn't tell me not to,
  • 00:52:42.060 --> 00:52:43.020
  • I guess it's okay."
  • 00:52:43.020 --> 00:52:44.210
  • No, it's not.
  • 00:52:44.210 --> 00:52:47.080
  • God, more than likely would
  • 00:52:47.080 --> 00:52:49.190
  • tell you, "This is what you
  • 00:52:49.190 --> 00:52:51.100
  • should do."
  • 00:52:51.100 --> 00:52:52.220
  • And God may tell you not to, but
  • 00:52:53.020 --> 00:52:56.020
  • if He tries to point you to a
  • 00:52:56.020 --> 00:52:58.200
  • better way or to a later time.
  • 00:52:59.150 --> 00:53:02.170
  • Listen, this is why your place
  • 00:53:02.170 --> 00:53:05.120
  • and you and God become such good
  • 00:53:05.120 --> 00:53:07.140
  • friends, there's no argument
  • 00:53:07.140 --> 00:53:09.270
  • about it.
  • 00:53:09.270 --> 00:53:11.200
  • In other words, He's
  • 00:53:11.200 --> 00:53:12.120
  • going--listen--watch this,
  • 00:53:12.120 --> 00:53:14.060
  • God does not mumble.
  • 00:53:14.060 --> 00:53:16.130
  • He makes it very clear what
  • 00:53:16.130 --> 00:53:18.280
  • we're to do.
  • 00:53:18.280 --> 00:53:20.210
  • Does He tell me the first time,
  • 00:53:20.210 --> 00:53:21.240
  • or tell you the first time?
  • 00:53:21.240 --> 00:53:23.080
  • Maybe not.
  • 00:53:23.080 --> 00:53:24.180
  • Because watch this.
  • 00:53:24.180 --> 00:53:25.200
  • Sometimes He has to get some
  • 00:53:25.200 --> 00:53:27.210
  • stuff out of our life before we
  • 00:53:27.210 --> 00:53:29.170
  • listen to Him.
  • 00:53:29.170 --> 00:53:31.090
  • So we may have to pray and Lord,
  • 00:53:31.090 --> 00:53:33.200
  • show me if there's anything that
  • 00:53:33.200 --> 00:53:36.020
  • keeps me from getting the truth
  • 00:53:36.020 --> 00:53:37.080
  • and sometimes we have to have,
  • 00:53:37.080 --> 00:53:39.160
  • be sifted a little bit before
  • 00:53:39.160 --> 00:53:41.280
  • we'll listen.
  • 00:53:41.280 --> 00:53:43.070
  • Then He will show us what to do.
  • 00:53:43.070 --> 00:53:45.100
  • The most valuable place in your
  • 00:53:45.100 --> 00:53:47.190
  • house is where you and the Lord
  • 00:53:47.190 --> 00:53:50.120
  • meet.
  • 00:53:50.120 --> 00:53:51.270
  • The most valuable time you spend
  • 00:53:51.270 --> 00:53:53.150
  • or invest--and that's what it
  • 00:53:53.150 --> 00:53:55.280
  • is; an investment of your
  • 00:53:55.280 --> 00:53:57.000
  • time is when you and the Father
  • 00:53:57.000 --> 00:53:59.100
  • are together.
  • 00:53:59.100 --> 00:54:01.200
  • You'll be amazed what He'll
  • 00:54:01.200 --> 00:54:03.020
  • tell you.
  • 00:54:03.020 --> 00:54:05.070
  • You'll be amazed at what He'll
  • 00:54:05.070 --> 00:54:06.100
  • start doing in your life.
  • 00:54:06.100 --> 00:54:08.260
  • And you'll be amazed how that
  • 00:54:08.260 --> 00:54:10.120
  • place becomes the most valuable
  • 00:54:10.120 --> 00:54:13.060
  • place in your home.
  • 00:54:13.150 --> 00:54:16.150
  • Now you may not listen to
  • 00:54:16.150 --> 00:54:18.020
  • another sermon, but this very
  • 00:54:18.060 --> 00:54:21.060
  • casual, friendly chat--it's what
  • 00:54:21.260 --> 00:54:24.260
  • this is.
  • 00:54:24.260 --> 00:54:26.130
  • If you'll take it to heart,
  • 00:54:26.130 --> 00:54:29.060
  • God will do something awesome
  • 00:54:29.060 --> 00:54:31.110
  • in your life.
  • 00:54:31.110 --> 00:54:33.270
  • But you have to choose that you
  • 00:54:33.270 --> 00:54:36.230
  • love God enough to give Him
  • 00:54:36.230 --> 00:54:39.180
  • time.
  • 00:54:39.180 --> 00:54:41.110
  • Amen?
  • 00:54:41.110 --> 00:54:42.150
  • Father, we thank You
  • 00:54:42.150 --> 00:54:44.270
  • for loving us.
  • 00:54:44.270 --> 00:54:46.150
  • Thank You for loving us enough
  • 00:54:46.150 --> 00:54:47.170
  • to listen to us, and never say
  • 00:54:47.240 --> 00:54:50.240
  • that You're in a hurry,
  • 00:54:50.240 --> 00:54:53.240
  • always have time to listen.
  • 00:54:54.060 --> 00:54:57.060
  • Thank You for being willing to
  • 00:54:57.060 --> 00:54:59.130
  • intervene into our life at any
  • 00:55:00.080 --> 00:55:03.080
  • moment, to help us, strengthen
  • 00:55:03.160 --> 00:55:06.160
  • us, enable us to become
  • 00:55:06.160 --> 00:55:09.020
  • the person You want us to be.
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  • I pray that You will not allow
  • 00:55:11.160 --> 00:55:14.160
  • this message to be lost in
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  • traffic, in all the things that
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  • happen the rest of this day.
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  • We love You and we praise You,
  • 00:55:24.050 --> 00:55:25.130
  • Lord, in Jesus's name.
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  • - male announcer: If you've
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  • been blessed by today's program,
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  • a large mocha please?
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  • - male: Absolutely.
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  • - male: Thank you.
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  • - boy: Tired of buying of
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  • the same old gifts for people?
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  • This year it's time
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  • to take it up a notch.
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  • more meaningful?
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  • The In Touch catalogue's full of
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  • great personal gifts that bless.
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  • It's a no-brainer,
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  • because if not,
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  • you'll end up like this guy.
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  • - boy: So, get your friend,
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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,
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  • [music]
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  • - male: Prayer is a lifestyle.
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  • Prayer is the ability to commune
  • 00:56:42.040 --> 00:56:45.040
  • with God, which is a privilege.
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  • - female: Because of the close
  • 00:56:47.010 --> 00:56:48.020
  • relationship I have had
  • 00:56:48.020 --> 00:56:49.090
  • with Him, through my prayer,
  • 00:56:49.090 --> 00:56:51.250
  • I never feel alone.
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  • - female: Always make time for
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  • prayer because the peace that
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  • comes, the direction that comes,
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  • the love that I feel
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  • - male: I've learned
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  • to trust God through prayer.
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  • It's the gift
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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,
  • 00:57:46.180 --> 00:57:48.100
  • he's still speaking the truth
  • 00:57:48.100 --> 00:57:49.290
  • about hearing the voice of God
  • 00:57:49.290 --> 00:57:51.220
  • and obedience.
  • 00:57:51.220 --> 00:57:53.110
  • There's nothing added to it,
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  • there's nothing that he's taken
  • 00:57:54.230 --> 00:57:56.110
  • away, it's just truthful.
  • 00:57:56.110 --> 00:57:58.040
  • And then it's Dr. Stanley, and
  • 00:57:58.040 --> 00:58:00.080
  • he is an amazing communicator.
  • 00:58:00.080 --> 00:58:03.010
  • There's just no nonsense there
  • 00:58:03.010 --> 00:58:04.090
  • and that's what I love
  • 00:58:04.090 --> 00:58:05.130
  • about him.
  • 00:58:05.130 --> 00:58:06.080
  • You know, he's very honest about
  • 00:58:06.080 --> 00:58:08.180
  • who God is and truthful and
  • 00:58:08.180 --> 00:58:10.240
  • that's essential in the world
  • 00:58:10.240 --> 00:58:12.090