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The Mighty Hand of God: Lessons from the Life of Moses Part 6

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November 17, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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The Mighty Hand of God: Lessons from the Life of Moses Part 6

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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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  • - 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,
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  • 'Let My people go.'"
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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  • And so, what does Pharaoh do?
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  • He calls for Moses and says.
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  • 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?
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  • He decides not to.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • There are lessons here about
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  • 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."
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  • But he didn't let them go.
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  • And so, Moses had to confront
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  • him again, in spite of all
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  • the things that were going on.
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  • And so, the next thing that
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  • happened was, He sent gnats.
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  • And so, all of a sudden,
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  • all over Egypt, gnats.
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  • Just think about gnats
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  • all over you.
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  • And this is what was happening.
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  • It had to be so bad that
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  • even Pharaoh said, you know,
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  • get rid of the gnats
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  • and I'll let them go.
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  • Well, he didn't mean that.
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  • So, over and over and
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  • over again, God gives Pharaoh
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  • an opportunity to do
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  • the right thing.
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  • But, Pharaoh does what a lot
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  • of people do, they make God
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  • promises when they're really
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  • hurting badly and they keep them
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  • about two weeks, maybe a month.
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  • Have you ever told God if
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  • He'd take the pressure off you,
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  • here's what you would do?
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  • Did you ever make God a promise?
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  • Say amen.
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  • Did you ever break it?
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  • Say amen.
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  • That's exactly right.
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  • And so, that's what Pharaoh did.
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  • Think about the pattern.
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  • We follow the pattern
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  • of a pagan.
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  • We made promises to God
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  • and don't keep them.
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  • And so, he says,
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  • I'm not going to let them go.
  • 00:09:44.170 --> 00:09:46.080
  • And the Bible says,
  • 00:09:46.080 --> 00:09:47.090
  • and then he sends insects,
  • 00:09:47.090 --> 00:09:49.200
  • all kinds of insects begin
  • 00:09:49.230 --> 00:09:52.230
  • to penetrate all over Egypt.
  • 00:09:52.230 --> 00:09:55.090
  • And so, what does he do?
  • 00:09:55.090 --> 00:09:56.200
  • He reneges again.
  • 00:09:56.200 --> 00:09:58.050
  • He doesn't let them go.
  • 00:09:58.050 --> 00:10:00.160
  • So, they have a confrontation
  • 00:10:00.160 --> 00:10:02.050
  • and then there are difficult
  • 00:10:04.000 --> 00:10:07.000
  • problems coming because what
  • 00:10:07.000 --> 00:10:08.090
  • happens, he says, "If you don't
  • 00:10:08.090 --> 00:10:10.070
  • let them go, I'm going to kill
  • 00:10:10.070 --> 00:10:11.210
  • all of your livestock.
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:13.090
  • All of the Egyptian livestock,
  • 00:10:13.090 --> 00:10:15.210
  • going to kill all of your cows.
  • 00:10:15.210 --> 00:10:17.160
  • Not going to have
  • 00:10:17.160 --> 00:10:18.250
  • anything to eat.
  • 00:10:18.250 --> 00:10:20.230
  • You're going to suffer
  • 00:10:20.230 --> 00:10:21.230
  • the results."
  • 00:10:21.230 --> 00:10:23.020
  • And so, watch this.
  • 00:10:23.020 --> 00:10:25.290
  • Pharaoh in his arrogance,
  • 00:10:25.290 --> 00:10:28.200
  • he says,
  • 00:10:28.200 --> 00:10:29.200
  • "I'm not going to do it."
  • 00:10:29.200 --> 00:10:30.150
  • And so, they suffer the results.
  • 00:10:30.150 --> 00:10:32.040
  • Now, all the people in Egypt are
  • 00:10:32.040 --> 00:10:33.220
  • suffering the results of all of
  • 00:10:33.220 --> 00:10:35.040
  • these things as a result of one
  • 00:10:35.040 --> 00:10:36.250
  • man's decision that is to have
  • 00:10:36.250 --> 00:10:39.230
  • his way, to deny God,
  • 00:10:39.250 --> 00:10:42.250
  • His command, and to deny
  • 00:10:42.250 --> 00:10:45.230
  • God's people their freedom.
  • 00:10:45.230 --> 00:10:48.110
  • Because what they asked Pharaoh
  • 00:10:48.110 --> 00:10:50.010
  • was, "We want to go
  • 00:10:50.010 --> 00:10:51.200
  • for a season, and of worship
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:54.220
  • and praise to God.
  • 00:10:54.220 --> 00:10:56.160
  • He wouldn't let them go.
  • 00:10:56.160 --> 00:10:58.080
  • And so, session after session
  • 00:10:58.080 --> 00:11:01.010
  • with Pharaoh, they confront
  • 00:11:01.010 --> 00:11:02.290
  • Pharaoh with the fact that
  • 00:11:02.290 --> 00:11:04.220
  • he's disobeying Almighty God.
  • 00:11:05.160 --> 00:11:08.160
  • So, then, Moses confronts him
  • 00:11:09.030 --> 00:11:12.030
  • again and says, God says,
  • 00:11:12.030 --> 00:11:14.180
  • "Let His people go.
  • 00:11:14.180 --> 00:11:16.100
  • Are you going to let them go
  • 00:11:16.100 --> 00:11:17.160
  • or not?"
  • 00:11:17.160 --> 00:11:18.090
  • And the Bible says
  • 00:11:18.090 --> 00:11:19.060
  • that God lets boils break out.
  • 00:11:19.060 --> 00:11:21.230
  • So, all over Egypt, this is not
  • 00:11:21.230 --> 00:11:24.200
  • just moms and dads and
  • 00:11:24.200 --> 00:11:26.100
  • grandfathers, but children,
  • 00:11:26.100 --> 00:11:27.230
  • everybody's breaking out
  • 00:11:27.230 --> 00:11:29.100
  • with boils.
  • 00:11:29.100 --> 00:11:30.140
  • So, imagine what they've gone
  • 00:11:30.140 --> 00:11:31.210
  • through by now, and that is,
  • 00:11:31.210 --> 00:11:33.110
  • the water's turned to blood.
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  • Got frogs, and gnats,
  • 00:11:37.260 --> 00:11:39.120
  • and insects, and livestock,
  • 00:11:39.120 --> 00:11:40.230
  • and boils,
  • 00:11:40.230 --> 00:11:42.230
  • and still nothing's happening.
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:45.020
  • And then, of course,
  • 00:11:45.020 --> 00:11:45.290
  • he's confronted again.
  • 00:11:45.290 --> 00:11:47.060
  • And this time
  • 00:11:47.060 --> 00:11:48.250
  • there are hailstorms.
  • 00:11:48.250 --> 00:11:50.290
  • Hailstorms everywhere,
  • 00:11:50.290 --> 00:11:52.050
  • which would beat down the crops
  • 00:11:52.050 --> 00:11:53.240
  • and animals, whatever.
  • 00:11:53.240 --> 00:11:56.100
  • It's all a matter of devastation
  • 00:11:56.100 --> 00:11:58.160
  • to say to Pharaoh,
  • 00:11:59.070 --> 00:12:02.090
  • "Let My people go."
  • 00:12:02.090 --> 00:12:05.050
  • Now, God knows
  • 00:12:05.050 --> 00:12:06.110
  • he's not going to.
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:08.260
  • He knows he's not going to.
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:11.150
  • And so, He keeps giving him an
  • 00:12:11.150 --> 00:12:13.000
  • opportunity, and he keeps saying
  • 00:12:13.000 --> 00:12:15.120
  • he will, but then, he does not.
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:18.070
  • So, then of course,
  • 00:12:18.070 --> 00:12:20.160
  • comes the grasshoppers.
  • 00:12:20.180 --> 00:12:23.180
  • And I think about, you know,
  • 00:12:23.180 --> 00:12:25.100
  • grasshoppers everywhere.
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:27.080
  • Grasshoppers cover the earth,
  • 00:12:27.080 --> 00:12:28.170
  • covered everything.
  • 00:12:28.170 --> 00:12:29.210
  • Think of all the innocent people
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:31.240
  • who were suffering
  • 00:12:31.240 --> 00:12:32.230
  • because of one man's decision.
  • 00:12:33.170 --> 00:12:36.170
  • And I think about sometimes how
  • 00:12:36.170 --> 00:12:37.240
  • whole families suffer because
  • 00:12:37.240 --> 00:12:40.170
  • of either, it's just the dad,
  • 00:12:40.170 --> 00:12:42.130
  • or the mother, or the son,
  • 00:12:42.130 --> 00:12:43.240
  • or the daughter.
  • 00:12:43.240 --> 00:12:45.200
  • It's hard to disobey God
  • 00:12:45.200 --> 00:12:47.030
  • privately.
  • 00:12:47.030 --> 00:12:50.020
  • It's hard to disobey God alone,
  • 00:12:50.090 --> 00:12:53.090
  • because all of us have influence
  • 00:12:53.090 --> 00:12:54.270
  • or relationships in life
  • 00:12:54.270 --> 00:12:56.120
  • or testimony.
  • 00:12:56.120 --> 00:12:58.080
  • And we disobey God.
  • 00:12:58.080 --> 00:12:59.290
  • It isn't--
  • 00:12:59.290 --> 00:13:01.130
  • You may think it's private,
  • 00:13:01.130 --> 00:13:02.200
  • but it's not.
  • 00:13:02.200 --> 00:13:04.100
  • And everybody in the family
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:05.250
  • suffers when somebody
  • 00:13:05.250 --> 00:13:06.270
  • disobeys God.
  • 00:13:06.270 --> 00:13:08.080
  • Well, here's the head of Egypt,
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:09.250
  • Pharaoh himself.
  • 00:13:09.250 --> 00:13:11.110
  • And he refuses to let
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:12.250
  • God's people go, and so,
  • 00:13:12.250 --> 00:13:14.040
  • everybody suffers as a result.
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:16.010
  • He's made promise after promise
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:17.200
  • after promise and God knows that
  • 00:13:17.200 --> 00:13:19.030
  • all these promises are going
  • 00:13:19.030 --> 00:13:21.040
  • to fall apart.
  • 00:13:21.040 --> 00:13:22.290
  • That's not going to be true.
  • 00:13:22.290 --> 00:13:25.070
  • And then, he comes to
  • 00:13:25.070 --> 00:13:26.230
  • the last one I want to mention
  • 00:13:26.230 --> 00:13:29.090
  • in this message, and that is,
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:32.020
  • people wake up one morning
  • 00:13:32.020 --> 00:13:33.190
  • and they think,
  • 00:13:33.190 --> 00:13:35.040
  • "This is a long night."
  • 00:13:35.040 --> 00:13:37.220
  • And God has cast darkness all
  • 00:13:37.220 --> 00:13:39.250
  • over Egypt except down in Goshen
  • 00:13:39.250 --> 00:13:42.230
  • where God's people are.
  • 00:13:42.230 --> 00:13:45.030
  • And it's interesting
  • 00:13:45.030 --> 00:13:46.070
  • what he says about it
  • 00:13:46.070 --> 00:13:48.290
  • because it is so dark.
  • 00:13:48.290 --> 00:13:51.170
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:13:51.170 --> 00:13:53.210
  • It's so dark
  • 00:13:53.210 --> 00:13:55.160
  • that when the people reached out
  • 00:13:55.160 --> 00:13:58.010
  • to touch each other, they--
  • 00:13:58.030 --> 00:14:01.050
  • nobody could see anything,
  • 00:14:01.050 --> 00:14:03.260
  • absolute total blackness,
  • 00:14:03.260 --> 00:14:05.190
  • total darkness.
  • 00:14:05.190 --> 00:14:06.270
  • Now I would think
  • 00:14:06.270 --> 00:14:07.230
  • of all the things that happened,
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:08.290
  • that would be one
  • 00:14:08.290 --> 00:14:09.230
  • of the most frightening.
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:10.230
  • Am I blind?
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  • Is this that I can't see?
  • 00:14:12.160 --> 00:14:14.090
  • And then, your husband,
  • 00:14:14.090 --> 00:14:15.150
  • or your wife and children,
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:16.190
  • "What's wrong with--?
  • 00:14:16.190 --> 00:14:17.150
  • We can't see anything."
  • 00:14:17.150 --> 00:14:18.260
  • For three days,
  • 00:14:18.260 --> 00:14:19.270
  • nobody could see anything.
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:25.070
  • Did he let them go?
  • 00:14:25.070 --> 00:14:27.050
  • No, he did not.
  • 00:14:27.050 --> 00:14:29.100
  • And then of course, there's one
  • 00:14:29.100 --> 00:14:30.150
  • last one, which I will not deal
  • 00:14:30.150 --> 00:14:31.290
  • with today, on purpose.
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:34.100
  • And so, nine of these strikes,
  • 00:14:35.000 --> 00:14:38.000
  • that's what a plague was called,
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:40.260
  • have happened to all of Egypt.
  • 00:14:40.280 --> 00:14:43.280
  • Everybody has suffered
  • 00:14:43.280 --> 00:14:46.020
  • except that band of Hebrews
  • 00:14:46.090 --> 00:14:49.090
  • down in Goshen.
  • 00:14:50.040 --> 00:14:53.040
  • So, let's think about this
  • 00:14:53.040 --> 00:14:54.190
  • for a moment.
  • 00:14:54.190 --> 00:14:56.090
  • When God confronts you with
  • 00:14:56.090 --> 00:14:58.270
  • something, or when He tells you
  • 00:14:58.270 --> 00:15:00.140
  • something, or you pray and
  • 00:15:00.140 --> 00:15:01.220
  • you ask Him about something and
  • 00:15:01.220 --> 00:15:02.290
  • He's required something of you,
  • 00:15:02.290 --> 00:15:05.060
  • do you take that
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:06.260
  • really seriously?
  • 00:15:08.080 --> 00:15:11.080
  • Most people think, "Well,
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:13.070
  • you know I did pray about it
  • 00:15:13.070 --> 00:15:14.170
  • and I asked God to forgive me,"
  • 00:15:14.170 --> 00:15:15.220
  • and on and on.
  • 00:15:15.220 --> 00:15:16.200
  • They had no intention
  • 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:17.290
  • of changing their activity.
  • 00:15:17.290 --> 00:15:19.240
  • No intention of changing
  • 00:15:19.240 --> 00:15:21.020
  • their behavior.
  • 00:15:21.020 --> 00:15:22.080
  • But they say.
  • 00:15:22.080 --> 00:15:23.160
  • "Lord, please forgive me
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:24.140
  • in Jesus' name, amen."
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:26.260
  • God knew that you did not mean
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:28.090
  • to change.
  • 00:15:28.090 --> 00:15:30.210
  • Or you may have had
  • 00:15:30.210 --> 00:15:31.190
  • a momentary feeling.
  • 00:15:31.190 --> 00:15:33.060
  • "Well yes, I will change.
  • 00:15:33.060 --> 00:15:34.190
  • I want things to get better."
  • 00:15:34.190 --> 00:15:37.010
  • But you don't.
  • 00:15:37.010 --> 00:15:38.190
  • Is God showing us the fallacy of
  • 00:15:38.190 --> 00:15:40.220
  • making promises to God we do not
  • 00:15:41.290 --> 00:15:44.290
  • intend to keep, or even if
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:47.060
  • we intend to keep them,
  • 00:15:47.060 --> 00:15:48.200
  • we don't keep them?
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:49.210
  • In other words,
  • 00:15:49.210 --> 00:15:50.190
  • let's call it what it is,
  • 00:15:50.190 --> 00:15:52.190
  • willful, deliberate disobedience
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:56.020
  • to God when He has made
  • 00:15:56.020 --> 00:15:58.130
  • His way clear
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:15:59.290
  • of what He's required of me.
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:03.050
  • And it's amazing how people
  • 00:16:03.050 --> 00:16:04.140
  • think they can make promises to
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:05.270
  • God and just move on and act
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:07.220
  • like nothing ever happened.
  • 00:16:07.220 --> 00:16:09.170
  • Making a promise to God
  • 00:16:09.170 --> 00:16:10.270
  • is serious business.
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:13.050
  • And we watch this happen
  • 00:16:13.050 --> 00:16:15.120
  • all through these chapters.
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:17.180
  • Pharaoh is not going to live up
  • 00:16:17.180 --> 00:16:19.100
  • to his promise because that's
  • 00:16:19.100 --> 00:16:20.250
  • his heart and God knows it.
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:24.150
  • What does it take
  • 00:16:24.150 --> 00:16:25.220
  • to finally convince Pharaoh
  • 00:16:25.270 --> 00:16:28.270
  • to let the people of God go?
  • 00:16:29.160 --> 00:16:32.160
  • Major, major, major challenge.
  • 00:16:34.060 --> 00:16:37.060
  • But the important thing is this.
  • 00:16:37.060 --> 00:16:38.220
  • What's our lesson here?
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:40.230
  • What is God saying to us?
  • 00:16:40.230 --> 00:16:42.180
  • And I think probably all of us
  • 00:16:42.180 --> 00:16:43.250
  • have said at some time,
  • 00:16:43.250 --> 00:16:45.080
  • "Yes, Lord, yes."
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:46.040
  • I thank You for forgiving me.
  • 00:16:46.040 --> 00:16:47.130
  • You can count on me, God."
  • 00:16:47.130 --> 00:16:49.240
  • And in our hearts, we might
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:52.200
  • think we possibly would,
  • 00:16:52.200 --> 00:16:54.100
  • but we're not all that convinced
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:55.210
  • we're going to be obedient
  • 00:16:55.210 --> 00:16:56.280
  • to Him.
  • 00:16:56.280 --> 00:16:58.170
  • How many times do we have
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:16:59.260
  • to confess our sins
  • 00:16:59.260 --> 00:17:01.160
  • before we're forgiven?
  • 00:17:01.270 --> 00:17:04.270
  • How many?
  • 00:17:04.270 --> 00:17:07.050
  • Well, most people don't know
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:08.100
  • the answer to that?
  • 00:17:08.100 --> 00:17:09.090
  • Hmm.
  • 00:17:09.090 --> 00:17:10.180
  • If we confess our sin, He's
  • 00:17:10.180 --> 00:17:12.210
  • faithful and just to forgive us
  • 00:17:12.210 --> 00:17:14.260
  • our sins and to cleanse us
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:16.070
  • from all unrighteousness.
  • 00:17:16.070 --> 00:17:17.210
  • But if my confession is only
  • 00:17:17.210 --> 00:17:20.210
  • this deep, God doesn't even
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:23.170
  • recognize that.
  • 00:17:23.170 --> 00:17:25.170
  • If my confession is heart-deep,
  • 00:17:25.170 --> 00:17:28.030
  • soul-deep, spirit-deep,
  • 00:17:28.030 --> 00:17:30.050
  • that's one thing.
  • 00:17:30.050 --> 00:17:31.100
  • But if I just say, "Well,"
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:33.110
  • you say, "Well,
  • 00:17:33.110 --> 00:17:34.040
  • now doesn't the Bible say,
  • 00:17:34.040 --> 00:17:35.040
  • confession means to agree with?"
  • 00:17:35.040 --> 00:17:36.240
  • Yes.
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:37.250
  • But if I really and truly agree
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:39.090
  • with God, out of my heart,
  • 00:17:39.110 --> 00:17:42.110
  • out of my spirit,
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:43.120
  • out of my soul,
  • 00:17:43.120 --> 00:17:44.130
  • genuinely confessing, genuinely
  • 00:17:44.130 --> 00:17:46.170
  • agreeing with God, I am going
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:48.150
  • to make a change in my conduct,
  • 00:17:48.150 --> 00:17:51.130
  • in my conversation,
  • 00:17:51.130 --> 00:17:52.170
  • my character,
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:53.190
  • if I really mean that.
  • 00:17:54.080 --> 00:17:57.080
  • So, all of us make mistakes.
  • 00:17:57.080 --> 00:17:59.130
  • All of us sin at times probably,
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.120
  • something that's maybe brief,
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:03.160
  • or not really a big serious kind
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:05.180
  • of situation, or circumstance,
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:07.000
  • or maybe so.
  • 00:18:07.000 --> 00:18:08.220
  • But whatever we ask God
  • 00:18:08.220 --> 00:18:10.070
  • to forgive us for and we know
  • 00:18:10.070 --> 00:18:11.230
  • in our heart, we just--
  • 00:18:11.230 --> 00:18:13.200
  • Here's what we want.
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:15.160
  • We want relief for the moment.
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:17.190
  • Ahh!
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:19.080
  • And so, I think many people find
  • 00:18:19.080 --> 00:18:20.130
  • themselves in a lifestyle of
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:23.100
  • sin, who've been confessing it
  • 00:18:23.100 --> 00:18:25.120
  • for years and years and years.
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:27.120
  • Confessing the same thing,
  • 00:18:27.120 --> 00:18:28.240
  • "Well, the Bible says if we
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:30.020
  • confess our sins," which means
  • 00:18:30.020 --> 00:18:31.240
  • that we agree with Him about it.
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:33.280
  • Agreeing with Him
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:35.090
  • about it and changing
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:36.150
  • are two different things.
  • 00:18:36.150 --> 00:18:38.180
  • And Moses confronted Pharaoh.
  • 00:18:40.100 --> 00:18:43.100
  • Pharaoh would finally have
  • 00:18:43.100 --> 00:18:44.180
  • to agree, and yet, he had
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.180
  • no intention of changing,
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:50.060
  • until the final and last plague,
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  • and even then,
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  • he did not change.
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  • You say, "Why do you spend
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  • all that time on all of that?"
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  • For the simple reason I think
  • 00:19:01.270 --> 00:19:03.010
  • many people are living a life
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:04.230
  • that they think's pretty good.
  • 00:19:04.240 --> 00:19:07.240
  • But the question is, "What's
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  • the condition of your heart?"
  • 00:19:09.040 --> 00:19:11.000
  • That is, when you are
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:12.030
  • by yourself, you're alone,
  • 00:19:12.030 --> 00:19:14.120
  • and it's just you and God,
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:16.220
  • are you genuinely truthful
  • 00:19:16.220 --> 00:19:19.050
  • with God when you deal with sin
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:21.050
  • in your life?
  • 00:19:21.050 --> 00:19:23.030
  • When something comes along,
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:24.130
  • you know that
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  • you have to deal with it.
  • 00:19:25.040 --> 00:19:26.010
  • Do you just make Him a promise
  • 00:19:26.010 --> 00:19:27.090
  • and, and claim the promise,
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:29.130
  • or do you really
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:30.190
  • and truly deal with it?
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  • If I deal with sin, that means
  • 00:19:32.210 --> 00:19:34.050
  • not only am I going
  • 00:19:34.050 --> 00:19:36.040
  • to confess it, and I'm going
  • 00:19:36.040 --> 00:19:38.270
  • to agree with Him, but I'm going
  • 00:19:38.270 --> 00:19:40.130
  • to turn away from it.
  • 00:19:40.130 --> 00:19:42.180
  • I may falter, but I'm going
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.160
  • to turn away from it.
  • 00:19:44.160 --> 00:19:46.040
  • If my confession is all that
  • 00:19:46.040 --> 00:19:48.220
  • I do, and I know in my heart
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:51.280
  • I'm going to sin again,
  • 00:19:51.280 --> 00:19:53.090
  • I'm going to do the same thing
  • 00:19:53.090 --> 00:19:54.200
  • again, is it acceptable
  • 00:19:54.200 --> 00:19:57.130
  • to God to confess and to agree,
  • 00:19:57.190 --> 00:20:00.190
  • knowing in your heart it's going
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:02.010
  • to be right back again?
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:05.040
  • Now, look at this.
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:07.010
  • When you see what God did to a
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:09.000
  • whole nation of people because
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:11.160
  • they would not recognize
  • 00:20:11.160 --> 00:20:13.110
  • Jehovah God as God,
  • 00:20:13.110 --> 00:20:16.050
  • would not free God's people,
  • 00:20:16.240 --> 00:20:19.240
  • in order for God to accomplish
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:21.110
  • His purpose, He was willing
  • 00:20:21.110 --> 00:20:24.020
  • to cause great harm,
  • 00:20:24.020 --> 00:20:26.000
  • great suffering, great trial,
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:29.110
  • in order to accomplish
  • 00:20:29.110 --> 00:20:30.150
  • His purpose.
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:31.290
  • When I look at this passage
  • 00:20:31.290 --> 00:20:33.060
  • of Scripture, I think,
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:34.120
  • "God, how much gospel
  • 00:20:34.120 --> 00:20:35.280
  • have we heard in America?"
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:39.170
  • Who in America
  • 00:20:39.170 --> 00:20:40.080
  • wants to know the truth?
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:42.120
  • They can't hear it,
  • 00:20:42.120 --> 00:20:43.050
  • they can turn on the television,
  • 00:20:43.050 --> 00:20:44.020
  • or the radio, or go to church,
  • 00:20:44.020 --> 00:20:45.160
  • or talk to a godly friend
  • 00:20:45.160 --> 00:20:47.180
  • if they want to know.
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:49.200
  • And are we not slipping
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:51.150
  • and deliberately walking
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:53.230
  • in a direction as if we know
  • 00:20:54.000 --> 00:20:57.000
  • what God said.
  • 00:20:57.000 --> 00:20:59.010
  • We've had churches and gospel
  • 00:20:59.010 --> 00:21:00.200
  • preaching all these years,
  • 00:21:00.200 --> 00:21:02.180
  • and we keep moving
  • 00:21:02.180 --> 00:21:03.190
  • the same way, same direction.
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:06.200
  • Will we move it in a direction
  • 00:21:06.270 --> 00:21:09.270
  • to a point at which God says,
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:11.160
  • "No more."
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  • No one has ever lived
  • 00:21:14.280 --> 00:21:16.150
  • in a society like this.
  • 00:21:16.150 --> 00:21:19.110
  • And yet, we are gradually
  • 00:21:19.110 --> 00:21:20.230
  • drifting in our attitudes, in
  • 00:21:20.270 --> 00:21:23.270
  • things that we accept as okay,
  • 00:21:23.270 --> 00:21:26.250
  • deliberate, willful disobedience
  • 00:21:26.250 --> 00:21:29.070
  • to God that God is very clear in
  • 00:21:29.070 --> 00:21:31.100
  • His Word about, thou shalt not.
  • 00:21:31.210 --> 00:21:34.210
  • Attitudes, dress, our whole
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:38.230
  • moral fiber falling apart, and
  • 00:21:39.150 --> 00:21:42.150
  • we say that we're Christians,
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:44.060
  • and we say we love God.
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:46.180
  • And it isn't just lost people,
  • 00:21:46.180 --> 00:21:49.090
  • but God's people compromising
  • 00:21:49.090 --> 00:21:51.010
  • their convictions and think.
  • 00:21:51.010 --> 00:21:52.180
  • "Well, you know, if I ask God to
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:53.280
  • forgive me, I'm sure He will."
  • 00:21:53.280 --> 00:21:55.260
  • And I think about our whole
  • 00:21:55.260 --> 00:21:57.020
  • nation, where we're headed.
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:21:59.000
  • If ever we needed to be revived,
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:02.120
  • genuine revival, a whole new
  • 00:22:02.120 --> 00:22:04.250
  • awakening in our nation,
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:07.030
  • this is the time.
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:08.250
  • When you listen to all
  • 00:22:08.250 --> 00:22:10.160
  • the people who are giving their
  • 00:22:10.160 --> 00:22:11.270
  • speeches and all the things
  • 00:22:11.270 --> 00:22:13.170
  • that they're promising,
  • 00:22:13.170 --> 00:22:15.010
  • and all the rest, you think,
  • 00:22:15.010 --> 00:22:16.210
  • "Where are we headed?"
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:18.150
  • We're headed
  • 00:22:18.150 --> 00:22:19.070
  • in the wrong direction.
  • 00:22:19.070 --> 00:22:21.030
  • We're going to suffer the
  • 00:22:21.030 --> 00:22:22.210
  • consequences for deliberately,
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:24.120
  • willfully disobeying God,
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:26.260
  • His ways, His commandments,
  • 00:22:26.260 --> 00:22:28.260
  • His truth, His rules,
  • 00:22:28.260 --> 00:22:31.040
  • and His opportunities.
  • 00:22:31.040 --> 00:22:33.270
  • And so, when I read these
  • 00:22:33.270 --> 00:22:35.120
  • chapters, I can't stop with
  • 00:22:35.120 --> 00:22:37.240
  • just these chapters as far as
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:39.180
  • the truth is concerned,
  • 00:22:39.180 --> 00:22:40.290
  • because the truth goes
  • 00:22:40.290 --> 00:22:42.060
  • all the way through this Book.
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:44.240
  • And whether it's a nation
  • 00:22:44.240 --> 00:22:46.020
  • or an individual,
  • 00:22:46.020 --> 00:22:47.160
  • sin against God has a penalty.
  • 00:22:48.290 --> 00:22:51.290
  • Now, I'll say this briefly.
  • 00:22:51.290 --> 00:22:54.050
  • We are headed in a disastrous
  • 00:22:56.170 --> 00:22:59.170
  • direction in the life
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:01.160
  • of this nation.
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:03.230
  • Unless the people of God begin
  • 00:23:03.230 --> 00:23:05.140
  • to pray and cry out to God,
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:07.240
  • for God to change
  • 00:23:07.240 --> 00:23:08.250
  • So, the principle is here.
  • 00:23:15.200 --> 00:23:18.060
  • You obey God and be blessed.
  • 00:23:18.060 --> 00:23:20.130
  • You disobey God as a nation
  • 00:23:20.130 --> 00:23:22.090
  • and you suffer the consequences.
  • 00:23:22.090 --> 00:23:24.290
  • All of Egypt suffered
  • 00:23:24.290 --> 00:23:26.140
  • the consequences of their
  • 00:23:26.140 --> 00:23:27.290
  • disobedience to Almighty God.
  • 00:23:28.060 --> 00:23:31.060
  • It's a principle,
  • 00:23:31.060 --> 00:23:32.130
  • not just a story.
  • 00:23:32.130 --> 00:23:34.080
  • It isn't just an event
  • 00:23:34.080 --> 00:23:35.190
  • that happened years ago.
  • 00:23:35.190 --> 00:23:37.140
  • It is also a principle.
  • 00:23:37.140 --> 00:23:39.190
  • If a nation disobeys God,
  • 00:23:39.190 --> 00:23:42.030
  • turns their back on God.
  • 00:23:42.030 --> 00:23:44.090
  • And I think about
  • 00:23:44.090 --> 00:23:45.050
  • all the nations that have.
  • 00:23:45.050 --> 00:23:47.290
  • And God's people are the key
  • 00:23:47.290 --> 00:23:50.040
  • in this country,
  • 00:23:50.040 --> 00:23:52.050
  • God's people,
  • 00:23:52.050 --> 00:23:53.080
  • not politicians,
  • 00:23:53.080 --> 00:23:54.080
  • God's people.
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:56.010
  • Everything hangs in the balance
  • 00:23:56.010 --> 00:23:57.160
  • of obedience to God.
  • 00:23:57.160 --> 00:24:00.060
  • May God grant us the wisdom to
  • 00:24:00.060 --> 00:24:02.150
  • make the wise choice, whatever
  • 00:24:02.150 --> 00:24:05.080
  • that may be, not what suits me,
  • 00:24:05.080 --> 00:24:07.130
  • not what pleases me, or not what
  • 00:24:07.130 --> 00:24:08.240
  • profits me, but Lord, what
  • 00:24:08.240 --> 00:24:10.170
  • pleases You, what honors You,
  • 00:24:11.160 --> 00:24:14.160
  • Father, we thank You for loving
  • 00:24:17.050 --> 00:24:19.020
  • us, forgiving us, but God,
  • 00:24:19.020 --> 00:24:21.230
  • open the eyes of people
  • 00:24:21.230 --> 00:24:24.080
  • all across this nation.
  • 00:24:25.070 --> 00:24:28.070
  • Let us not be as stubborn as
  • 00:24:28.070 --> 00:24:30.250
  • Pharaoh and suffer the results
  • 00:24:31.220 --> 00:24:34.220
  • as they did.
  • 00:24:34.220 --> 00:24:37.070
  • But Father, let us be honest,
  • 00:24:37.180 --> 00:24:40.180
  • obedient, submissive, committed
  • 00:24:40.180 --> 00:24:43.150
  • to Your will, standing for truth
  • 00:24:43.160 --> 00:24:46.160
  • in spite of what
  • 00:24:46.160 --> 00:24:48.060
  • the consequences may be.
  • 00:24:49.230 --> 00:24:52.230
  • And Father, help us to be honest
  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:55.120
  • about what we know is right,
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:24:58.110
  • Your precious Word as a guide.
  • 00:24:58.110 --> 00:25:01.040
  • God, we pray in Jesus' name.
  • 00:25:01.040 --> 00:25:03.240
  • Don't give us what we deserve,
  • 00:25:03.240 --> 00:25:05.250
  • but turn the hearts of
  • 00:25:05.250 --> 00:25:08.030
  • the leadership of this nation,
  • 00:25:08.030 --> 00:25:10.190
  • all across this nation,
  • 00:25:10.190 --> 00:25:12.210
  • people all around this nation,
  • 00:25:12.210 --> 00:25:15.030
  • that we would ask:
  • 00:25:15.030 --> 00:25:17.080
  • What is the wisest thing to do?
  • 00:25:17.080 --> 00:25:19.190
  • What is the will of Almighty God
  • 00:25:19.190 --> 00:25:21.170
  • for our nation?
  • 00:25:21.170 --> 00:25:23.090
  • And we pray this in Jesus' name,
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  • This year it's time
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  • coworker, grandmother,
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  • or anyone else
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  • A gift that blesses
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  • To give a gift,
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  • Prayer is the ability to commune
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  • with God, which is a privilege.
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  • - female: Because of the close
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  • relationship I have had
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  • with Him, through my prayer,
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  • 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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  • - female: In watching
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  • Dr. Stanley all these years,
  • 00:27:45.200 --> 00:27:47.120
  • he's still speaking the truth
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  • about hearing the voice of God
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  • and obedience.
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  • There's nothing added to it,
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  • there's nothing that he's taken
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  • away, it's just truthful.
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  • And then it's Dr. Stanley, and
  • 00:27:57.060 --> 00:27:59.080
  • he is an amazing communicator.
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  • There's just no nonsense there
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  • and that's what I love
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  • about him.
  • 00:28:04.150 --> 00:28:05.100
  • You know, he's very honest about
  • 00:28:05.100 --> 00:28:07.200
  • who God is and truthful and
  • 00:28:07.200 --> 00:28:09.260
  • that's essential in the world
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