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Walking in the Favor of God Part 2 and Encouraging One Another

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August 3, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Walking in the Favor of God Part 2 and Encouraging One Another

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Noah
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  • found favor in the eyes
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  • of the Lord.
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  • Why did he find favor?
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  • Because he listened to Him
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  • and because he trusted Him.
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  • So let's ask yourself the
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  • question: do you listen to Him?
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  • Do you trust Him?
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  • Then if that's true in your
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  • life, then God--listen, God will
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  • show you favor in every single
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  • area of your life, if in each
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  • area of your life, you will
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, his love and
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  • his blessings in such awesome
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  • ways 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," "Walking
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  • I've had a lot of troubles
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  • and trials in my little
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  • life span
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  • But when I'm standing alone
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  • and the battle gets hot
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  • I always do the best I can
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  • I must have crossed a
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  • million valleys, and shed a
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  • million tears
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  • When I come to the River
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  • Jordan, Hallelujah
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  • Then I'll have no fear
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  • Oh, then I'll have no fear
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  • 'Cause I got one more river
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  • to cross, one more mountain
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  • to climb
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  • One more valley that I gotta
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  • go through
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  • Leavin' my troubles behind
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  • Well, I got one more battle
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  • with the Devil and I know
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  • he'll understand
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  • I'm going through with
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  • Jesus, Hallelujah
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  • Holding to his nail scarred
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  • hand, yeah holding to his
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  • nail scarred hand
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  • There's been a lot of people
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  • talkin' about me since I've
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  • walked this narrow way
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  • Oh, if this is just another
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  • little valley, I came
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  • through it when I pray
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  • I've climbed a lot of high
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  • mountains, and crossed a lot
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  • of raging streams
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  • When I see old Jordan, cold
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  • and dark, that'll be the
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  • last for me
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  • Well, that'll be the last
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  • for me
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  • Yeah, well, I got one more
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  • river to cross, one more
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  • mountain to climb
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  • One more valley that I gotta
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  • go through
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  • Leavin' my troubles behind
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  • Well, I got one more battle
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  • with the Devil and I know
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  • he'll understand
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  • I'm going through with
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  • Jesus, Hallelujah
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  • Holding to his nail scarred
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  • hand, well, holding to his
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  • nail scarred hand
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  • Well, I got one more river
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  • to cross, yeah, one more
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  • mountain to climb
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  • One more valley that I gotta
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  • go through
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  • Leavin' my trouble behind
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  • Yeah, I got one more battle
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  • with the Devil and I know
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  • he'll understand
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  • I'm going through with
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  • Jesus, Hallelujah
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  • Holding to his nail scarred
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  • hand, well, holding to his
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  • nail scarred hand
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  • I'm going through with
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  • Jesus, Hallelujah
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  • I'm going through with
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  • Jesus, Hallelujah
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  • I'm going through with
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  • Jesus, Hallelujah
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  • Holding to his nail scarred
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  • hand, oh, holding to his
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Well, the Bible
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  • says that Noah found favor
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  • in the eyes of God.
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  • And when I think about that,
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  • I think about what the Bible
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  • says in this Genesis
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  • chapter six,
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  • if you want to turn there
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  • for a moment.
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  • And the reason he found favor
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  • with the Lord, first of all,
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  • is because he listened to God.
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  • That's what we talked about
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  • last week.
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  • He listened to God.
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  • He found favor in the eyes of
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  • the Lord.
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  • He not only listened to Him, but
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  • the Scripture says he also
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  • trusted in Him.
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  • And that's the part that I want
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  • us to deal with this morning in
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  • this passage.
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  • He listened to God and then he
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  • trusted Him.
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  • And so, when you think
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  • about--ask yourself this
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  • question: do you know how to
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  • listen to God?
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  • And would you say that after you
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  • listen to Him, that you are
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  • willing and ready to not only
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  • listen to Him, but you're
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  • willing to trust Him?
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  • Think about this: you can pray
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  • all you want to pray.
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  • If you don't trust God, you're
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  • wasting your time because faith
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  • is absolutely essential.
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  • It was absolutely essential to
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  • get you saved.
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  • It's absolutely essential to
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  • live the Christian life.
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  • And there are a lot of people
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  • would say, "Well, I'm saved."
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  • Well, do you ever listen to God?
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  • "Well, not really, I'm--but I
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  • know I'm saved."
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  • Well, first of all, if you're
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  • saved, you had to listen to God
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  • because He's the One who told
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  • you you needed to be saved.
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  • And once you listen to Him, He's
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  • going to tell you what to do.
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  • So, you trusted Christ as your
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  • Savior.
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  • But many people don't listen to
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  • God.
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  • And if you don't listen to Him,
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  • how can you know whether you're
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  • doing the right thing or not?
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  • And then, do you trust Him when
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  • you ask Him something?
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  • When you ask God for something,
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  • do you close your prayer with a
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  • sense of expectation of God
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  • answering your request?
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  • Or do you do like most
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  • people do?
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  • And that is, they pray and talk
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  • to God about this, that, and the
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  • other and say, "Amen, in Jesus's
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  • name, amen," and get up and walk
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  • away.
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  • First of all, we must listen to
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  • Him; and secondly, we must trust
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  • Him.
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  • And that's what this passage is
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  • all about and this sermon's all
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  • about.
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  • So, we talked about what is the
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  • favor of God?
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  • The favor of God is His
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  • acceptance of us, His approval
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  • of us, His support of us, His
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  • provision for us, His divine
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  • energy He provides for us and
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  • His joy.
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  • So, with that in mind, I want
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  • you to turn to Proverbs chapter
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  • three, because this is an
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  • awesome passage of Scripture.
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  • And it's really the way Noah
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  • lived in these days when he
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  • heard the Lord.
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  • So, look in Proverbs chapter
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  • three beginning in verse five.
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  • The Scripture says, "Trust in
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  • the Lord with all your heart, do
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  • not lean on your own
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  • understanding."
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  • Trust Him.
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  • "In all your ways acknowledge
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  • Him," trust Him, "and He will
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  • make your paths straight."
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  • Trust Him.
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  • "Do not be wise in your own
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  • eyes, fear the Lord and turn
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  • away from evil."
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  • So, our first responsibility is
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  • to listen to Him.
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  • So, I want to ask you this
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  • question: do you take time to
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  • listen to God, and not just
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  • kneel or whatever you do and
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  • start doing the talking?
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  • And secondly, once you pray, do
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  • you begin to think about what
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  • you prayed about and begin to
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  • think, "Well, this is what I've
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  • asked God for."
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  • Do you trust Him?
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  • Do you have a sense of
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  • expectation when you get up off
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  • your knees?
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  • That's the only way for me to
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  • say it.
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  • That's happened to be the way I
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  • pray.
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  • When you finish, do you expect
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  • Him to do something about what
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  • you said?
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  • And I think most people don't
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  • pray that way.
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  • They talk to God and tell Him
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  • what they want Him to do, and so
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  • what they need Him to do, and
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  • then say, "In Jesus's name,
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  • amen."
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  • No, wait a minute.
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  • If I'm gonna ask Him that,
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  • am I going to trust Him?
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  • Do I stand up, sit up,
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  • walk away saying, "Yes, God.
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  • I've asked You this.
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  • I'm expecting, I'm trusting You
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  • to answer my petition."
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  • And if you do not end your
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  • prayer with a sense of trust,
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  • you're just mumbling words.
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  • So, if you'll think about this,
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  • your entire relationship is
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  • built on that.
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  • How did you get saved?
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  • You got saved by listening to
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  • the Word of God.
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  • And you got saved by trusting
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  • that what God said He would do.
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  • Amen?
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  • That's pretty weak.
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  • Amen?
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  • You trusted Him to save you, and
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  • all you did was to ask Him
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  • verbally, repent of your sins,
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  • confess your sin, and you asked
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  • Him that and then you got up and
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  • walked away and you trusted God
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  • that He answered your prayer.
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  • So, the reason Noah found favor
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  • in the eyes of God is, first of
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  • all, he listened to God, what
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  • God said to him.
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  • And secondly, he trusted Him.
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  • And we know the story.
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  • So, I want you to turn back to
  • 00:09:53.070 --> 00:09:54.110
  • the sixth chapter for a moment
  • 00:09:54.110 --> 00:09:56.030
  • because he's a perfect example
  • 00:09:56.030 --> 00:09:58.180
  • of the absolutely three
  • 00:09:58.180 --> 00:10:00.150
  • essentials if God's going to
  • 00:10:00.150 --> 00:10:02.030
  • work in our life and we're going
  • 00:10:02.030 --> 00:10:04.100
  • to accomplish what He wants us
  • 00:10:04.100 --> 00:10:05.200
  • to accomplish.
  • 00:10:05.200 --> 00:10:06.270
  • First of all, to listen to Him.
  • 00:10:06.270 --> 00:10:08.200
  • Secondly, to trust Him.
  • 00:10:08.200 --> 00:10:11.040
  • So, I want us to look at this in
  • 00:10:11.040 --> 00:10:13.080
  • the light of the character of
  • 00:10:13.080 --> 00:10:14.090
  • Noah.
  • 00:10:14.090 --> 00:10:14.290
  • What kind of fellow was he?
  • 00:10:14.290 --> 00:10:16.220
  • And the way God said for him to
  • 00:10:16.280 --> 00:10:19.280
  • look at his society, here's what
  • 00:10:19.280 --> 00:10:21.140
  • he said in the sixth chapter,
  • 00:10:21.140 --> 00:10:24.040
  • that God, "Saw the wickedness of
  • 00:10:24.040 --> 00:10:25.200
  • man," in verse five, "was great
  • 00:10:25.200 --> 00:10:28.030
  • on the earth, and that every
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  • intent of the thoughts of his
  • 00:10:29.130 --> 00:10:30.210
  • heart was only evil continually.
  • 00:10:30.210 --> 00:10:33.190
  • The Lord was sorry that He had
  • 00:10:33.190 --> 00:10:35.040
  • made him on the earth, He was
  • 00:10:35.040 --> 00:10:36.240
  • grieved in His heart.
  • 00:10:36.240 --> 00:10:38.130
  • The Lord said, 'I will blot out
  • 00:10:38.130 --> 00:10:39.280
  • man whom I have created from the
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  • face of this land, from man to
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  • animals, creeping things, the
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  • birds of the sky, for I am sorry
  • 00:10:45.160 --> 00:10:47.200
  • that I have made them.'
  • 00:10:47.200 --> 00:10:48.270
  • But Noah found favor in the eyes
  • 00:10:48.270 --> 00:10:51.010
  • of the Lord."
  • 00:10:51.010 --> 00:10:51.240
  • This was a horrible society that
  • 00:10:51.240 --> 00:10:53.270
  • he was in, and God spoke to him.
  • 00:10:54.070 --> 00:10:57.070
  • And God looked upon Noah
  • 00:10:57.070 --> 00:10:58.290
  • different from all the other
  • 00:10:58.290 --> 00:11:00.180
  • people, and what He saw was He
  • 00:11:00.180 --> 00:11:02.220
  • saw a man who had a different
  • 00:11:02.220 --> 00:11:04.100
  • view.
  • 00:11:04.100 --> 00:11:06.160
  • And so, the Scripture says, "He
  • 00:11:06.160 --> 00:11:08.120
  • found favor in the eyes of the
  • 00:11:08.120 --> 00:11:11.070
  • Lord."
  • 00:11:11.070 --> 00:11:11.280
  • Now, look at this, "These are
  • 00:11:11.280 --> 00:11:13.190
  • the records of the generations
  • 00:11:13.190 --> 00:11:15.030
  • of Noah.
  • 00:11:15.030 --> 00:11:15.280
  • Noah was a righteous man,
  • 00:11:16.050 --> 00:11:19.050
  • blameless in his time, Noah
  • 00:11:19.050 --> 00:11:22.020
  • walked with God."
  • 00:11:22.020 --> 00:11:24.080
  • Now, think about this seriously.
  • 00:11:24.080 --> 00:11:26.140
  • Can it be said of you by your
  • 00:11:26.140 --> 00:11:28.190
  • three ways: conversation, your
  • 00:11:28.190 --> 00:11:31.020
  • conduct, and your character;
  • 00:11:31.100 --> 00:11:34.100
  • that you are a person who walks
  • 00:11:34.100 --> 00:11:36.260
  • with God?
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:39.000
  • When somebody thinks about you,
  • 00:11:39.000 --> 00:11:40.150
  • some friend or somebody you work
  • 00:11:40.150 --> 00:11:41.250
  • with or what--in your family,
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:43.010
  • whatever it may be.
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:44.010
  • Would you say that that's the
  • 00:11:44.010 --> 00:11:45.120
  • way they see you?
  • 00:11:45.120 --> 00:11:47.230
  • By your very character, your
  • 00:11:47.230 --> 00:11:49.200
  • conduct.
  • 00:11:49.200 --> 00:11:52.120
  • Do they see you as a person who
  • 00:11:52.190 --> 00:11:55.190
  • walks with God?
  • 00:11:55.190 --> 00:11:58.070
  • Or we'll see in just a moment as
  • 00:11:58.070 --> 00:11:59.170
  • we begin to look at all of these
  • 00:11:59.170 --> 00:12:00.230
  • things.
  • 00:12:00.230 --> 00:12:01.100
  • And so, I want us to look at--to
  • 00:12:01.100 --> 00:12:03.210
  • see God's view of Noah, and He
  • 00:12:03.290 --> 00:12:06.290
  • said, first of all, "Found favor
  • 00:12:06.290 --> 00:12:09.170
  • in the eyes of the Lord."
  • 00:12:09.170 --> 00:12:11.080
  • His record was, "Righteous,
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:13.290
  • blameless in his time, Noah
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:15.250
  • walked with God."
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:17.030
  • Can that be said of us?
  • 00:12:17.110 --> 00:12:20.110
  • If that not--cannot be said of
  • 00:12:20.110 --> 00:12:21.270
  • us, what can people say?
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  • That you're rich, or that you're
  • 00:12:25.200 --> 00:12:28.030
  • famous, that you're busy, you're
  • 00:12:28.040 --> 00:12:31.040
  • a good employee, you're a good
  • 00:12:31.040 --> 00:12:32.190
  • manager, you're a great
  • 00:12:32.190 --> 00:12:34.030
  • neighbor, you're a church
  • 00:12:34.030 --> 00:12:36.150
  • person, you attend church, you
  • 00:12:36.150 --> 00:12:38.250
  • listen.
  • 00:12:38.250 --> 00:12:39.100
  • Or what can they say?
  • 00:12:39.100 --> 00:12:41.140
  • What would be more powerful to
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:43.240
  • be said of you than you walked
  • 00:12:43.270 --> 00:12:46.270
  • with God?
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:48.170
  • You walked in the--you had favor
  • 00:12:48.170 --> 00:12:51.100
  • with the Lord.
  • 00:12:51.100 --> 00:12:52.280
  • We have favor with the Lord when
  • 00:12:52.280 --> 00:12:54.220
  • we listen to Him and when we
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:57.250
  • trust Him.
  • 00:12:57.250 --> 00:12:59.070
  • And that is true in the life of
  • 00:12:59.070 --> 00:13:01.260
  • Noah.
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:02.110
  • So, I want us to think about it
  • 00:13:02.110 --> 00:13:03.140
  • for just a moment.
  • 00:13:03.140 --> 00:13:05.230
  • God said to him, "Noah, It's
  • 00:13:05.230 --> 00:13:07.230
  • only unrighteousness and
  • 00:13:07.230 --> 00:13:09.100
  • sinfulness and wicked
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:10.150
  • everywhere.
  • 00:13:10.150 --> 00:13:11.140
  • I have found in you a blameless
  • 00:13:11.140 --> 00:13:13.090
  • man, so here's what I want you
  • 00:13:13.090 --> 00:13:14.160
  • to do."
  • 00:13:14.160 --> 00:13:15.260
  • And so, God began to speak to
  • 00:13:15.260 --> 00:13:17.030
  • him, and he commanded him to
  • 00:13:17.030 --> 00:13:19.030
  • build this ark.
  • 00:13:19.030 --> 00:13:20.150
  • Now, what in the world was
  • 00:13:20.150 --> 00:13:21.090
  • an ark?
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:22.020
  • Nobody had ever heard of an ark
  • 00:13:22.020 --> 00:13:22.260
  • before.
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:24.040
  • They wouldn't have any idea what
  • 00:13:24.040 --> 00:13:25.040
  • it was.
  • 00:13:25.040 --> 00:13:26.150
  • And so, when you think about
  • 00:13:26.150 --> 00:13:27.280
  • something four hundred and fifty
  • 00:13:27.280 --> 00:13:29.040
  • feet long and about fifty feet
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  • wide and about three stories
  • 00:13:32.130 --> 00:13:34.040
  • high.
  • 00:13:34.040 --> 00:13:35.010
  • And so, the Lord spoke to him
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:37.200
  • and then the question was: was
  • 00:13:38.210 --> 00:13:41.210
  • he going to trust what God said?
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:44.210
  • But you see, he walked with God.
  • 00:13:44.210 --> 00:13:47.170
  • And the Scripture said he had
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:48.210
  • favor with the Lord.
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:50.080
  • Now, watch this carefully.
  • 00:13:50.080 --> 00:13:51.230
  • You listening?
  • 00:13:51.230 --> 00:13:52.080
  • Say amen.
  • 00:13:52.080 --> 00:13:53.260
  • When you ask God for something
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:56.180
  • and He gives you the first step,
  • 00:13:56.180 --> 00:13:59.080
  • it may be a juvenile step, it
  • 00:13:59.080 --> 00:14:01.030
  • may be something very, very
  • 00:14:01.030 --> 00:14:02.140
  • simple that anybody could do or
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:04.290
  • go, whatever God has said to
  • 00:14:04.290 --> 00:14:06.110
  • you.
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:07.230
  • When He gives you the first step
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:10.160
  • and you don't take the first
  • 00:14:10.160 --> 00:14:11.200
  • step, you miss it.
  • 00:14:11.290 --> 00:14:14.290
  • Now, human nature says what?
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:17.140
  • "Well, God, if You'll show me
  • 00:14:17.140 --> 00:14:18.170
  • how, tell me how I'm going to do
  • 00:14:18.170 --> 00:14:20.090
  • this then I'll do it."
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:21.090
  • No, God said, "Get busy."
  • 00:14:21.090 --> 00:14:23.250
  • So, he had to get busy doing the
  • 00:14:23.250 --> 00:14:26.080
  • first thing God told him to do.
  • 00:14:26.080 --> 00:14:28.040
  • So, I want to ask you a
  • 00:14:28.040 --> 00:14:28.270
  • question: when you have an
  • 00:14:28.270 --> 00:14:30.080
  • impression, a deep impression in
  • 00:14:30.080 --> 00:14:31.290
  • your own heart about something
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:33.160
  • God wants you to do, do you give
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:35.270
  • Him some excuse for not moving
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:38.270
  • ahead and saying, "Okay God,
  • 00:14:38.270 --> 00:14:40.080
  • whatever You say."
  • 00:14:40.080 --> 00:14:41.220
  • Or do you have to have an
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:42.260
  • explanation for everything?
  • 00:14:43.020 --> 00:14:46.020
  • I think about many things God
  • 00:14:46.020 --> 00:14:47.090
  • has said to me that He didn't
  • 00:14:47.090 --> 00:14:48.140
  • explain.
  • 00:14:48.140 --> 00:14:50.030
  • If He'd have explained, I
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:51.100
  • probably would have had a bigger
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:52.220
  • problem.
  • 00:14:52.220 --> 00:14:53.270
  • He just says, "Here's what I
  • 00:14:53.270 --> 00:14:54.210
  • want you to do.
  • 00:14:54.210 --> 00:14:55.120
  • Trust Me.
  • 00:14:55.120 --> 00:14:57.140
  • Not only listen to Me, but trust
  • 00:14:57.140 --> 00:14:59.010
  • Me."
  • 00:14:59.010 --> 00:15:00.060
  • There are three key words
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:01.210
  • in Noah's life: listen to Me,
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:05.210
  • trust Me, and obey Me.
  • 00:15:05.210 --> 00:15:07.240
  • Those are the three bottom line
  • 00:15:07.240 --> 00:15:09.250
  • questions in life: trust Me,
  • 00:15:10.080 --> 00:15:13.080
  • listen to Me, obey Me.
  • 00:15:13.080 --> 00:15:16.010
  • And so, he had to deal
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:17.070
  • with this.
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:18.070
  • He simply said to Noah, "Noah,
  • 00:15:19.090 --> 00:15:22.090
  • I've found in you a righteous
  • 00:15:22.090 --> 00:15:23.150
  • person, blameless.
  • 00:15:23.150 --> 00:15:25.110
  • Here's what I want you to do."
  • 00:15:25.110 --> 00:15:28.060
  • And so, that's His instructions
  • 00:15:28.060 --> 00:15:30.060
  • at the time.
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:32.040
  • So, I'm asking you, when you ask
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:33.220
  • God about something and God
  • 00:15:33.220 --> 00:15:35.270
  • gives you whatever you call,
  • 00:15:35.270 --> 00:15:38.170
  • whatever you receive, I just
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:40.060
  • say, "God spoke to my heart and
  • 00:15:40.060 --> 00:15:41.090
  • said."
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:42.170
  • That's the way I hear it.
  • 00:15:42.170 --> 00:15:44.070
  • When He does, what do you do?
  • 00:15:44.120 --> 00:15:47.120
  • The Bible said he walked with
  • 00:15:47.120 --> 00:15:48.120
  • God and he had favor with God.
  • 00:15:48.120 --> 00:15:51.000
  • So, the challenge to him was his
  • 00:15:51.000 --> 00:15:53.110
  • faith.
  • 00:15:53.110 --> 00:15:54.070
  • Am I going to do what God said
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:56.170
  • do, why He said do it,
  • 00:15:56.170 --> 00:15:58.290
  • even though I don't understand
  • 00:15:58.290 --> 00:16:00.210
  • any possibility of it.
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:02.060
  • I don't even know
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:03.060
  • what this looks like.
  • 00:16:03.060 --> 00:16:05.080
  • So, think about this.
  • 00:16:05.080 --> 00:16:07.110
  • When he did, he had a head-on
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:09.080
  • collision with his society.
  • 00:16:09.080 --> 00:16:12.040
  • Think about it.
  • 00:16:12.040 --> 00:16:13.100
  • He was the only righteous
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:14.090
  • person.
  • 00:16:14.090 --> 00:16:16.120
  • And here he's beginning to do
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:17.240
  • something that is totally
  • 00:16:17.240 --> 00:16:19.070
  • unbelievable, looks absolutely
  • 00:16:19.170 --> 00:16:22.170
  • ridiculous.
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:24.020
  • Only somebody out of his mind
  • 00:16:24.020 --> 00:16:25.270
  • would even think about such a
  • 00:16:25.270 --> 00:16:27.050
  • thing, not only attempting to
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:29.270
  • do it.
  • 00:16:29.270 --> 00:16:32.080
  • Watch this carefully, there will
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:34.030
  • be times when God will tell you
  • 00:16:34.030 --> 00:16:35.270
  • to do something that nobody else
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:38.050
  • would probably agree with.
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:40.080
  • Or even you may not understand
  • 00:16:40.080 --> 00:16:42.170
  • it, but that's not a sign for
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:45.070
  • you not to obey God.
  • 00:16:45.070 --> 00:16:46.260
  • You do what He says do, when He
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:48.230
  • says do it, and how He says do
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:50.070
  • it, and what you do?
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:51.260
  • You leave the consequences to
  • 00:16:51.260 --> 00:16:53.130
  • Him.
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:54.190
  • When you obey Him, you can leave
  • 00:16:54.190 --> 00:16:56.290
  • all the responsibility to Him.
  • 00:16:57.230 --> 00:17:00.250
  • So, let's think about it for a
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:01.220
  • moment.
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:02.130
  • He had a head-on collision.
  • 00:17:02.130 --> 00:17:04.140
  • Think about the public uproar
  • 00:17:04.170 --> 00:17:07.170
  • when Noah begins this
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:10.050
  • construction of something that
  • 00:17:10.050 --> 00:17:12.040
  • looks like it's going to be
  • 00:17:12.040 --> 00:17:13.040
  • huge.
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:15.190
  • And wonder how he thinks he's
  • 00:17:15.190 --> 00:17:16.270
  • going to do all this.
  • 00:17:16.270 --> 00:17:18.190
  • So, he had a head-on collision
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:20.090
  • with his society that didn't
  • 00:17:20.090 --> 00:17:21.200
  • understand it and thought it was
  • 00:17:21.200 --> 00:17:22.270
  • messy and going to mess up their
  • 00:17:22.270 --> 00:17:25.010
  • beautiful terrain and so forth.
  • 00:17:25.010 --> 00:17:26.270
  • And secondly, when he says God
  • 00:17:26.270 --> 00:17:29.060
  • told him to do it, watch this,
  • 00:17:29.060 --> 00:17:31.080
  • who is this God that's told you
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:34.180
  • to do this which seems
  • 00:17:34.180 --> 00:17:36.040
  • impossible?
  • 00:17:36.040 --> 00:17:38.160
  • Well, what did that do?
  • 00:17:38.160 --> 00:17:39.160
  • That gave Noah an opportunity to
  • 00:17:39.160 --> 00:17:41.120
  • tell them who God is.
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:43.140
  • Now, do they understand that?
  • 00:17:43.140 --> 00:17:44.230
  • No.
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:45.080
  • Did they believe it?
  • 00:17:45.080 --> 00:17:45.270
  • No.
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:46.230
  • How do I know that?
  • 00:17:46.230 --> 00:17:47.220
  • Simple reason: that God wiped
  • 00:17:47.220 --> 00:17:49.210
  • them all out.
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:51.260
  • So, they wanted to know who is
  • 00:17:51.260 --> 00:17:53.100
  • this God who's told you to
  • 00:17:53.100 --> 00:17:55.150
  • do that?
  • 00:17:55.150 --> 00:17:56.020
  • Let me ask you a question.
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:17:57.020
  • Have you ever told somebody
  • 00:17:57.020 --> 00:17:58.100
  • something that God told you and
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:18:00.100
  • they said, "Well, what kind of
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:01.130
  • God was that?
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:02.260
  • God doesn't speak to me
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:03.270
  • that way.
  • 00:18:03.270 --> 00:18:04.170
  • Who is this God that told you
  • 00:18:04.170 --> 00:18:05.270
  • that?
  • 00:18:05.270 --> 00:18:06.150
  • God doesn't talk to me that
  • 00:18:06.150 --> 00:18:07.200
  • way"?
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:08.070
  • Every once in a while, I've said
  • 00:18:08.070 --> 00:18:09.200
  • something that God told me to
  • 00:18:09.200 --> 00:18:10.270
  • do, and that's what somebody
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:11.210
  • would say.
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:12.260
  • "Well, God never tells me things
  • 00:18:12.260 --> 00:18:15.090
  • like that."
  • 00:18:15.090 --> 00:18:15.240
  • Well, maybe you don't ask Him.
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:18.250
  • Be--watch this.
  • 00:18:18.250 --> 00:18:19.250
  • God doesn't treat us all the
  • 00:18:19.250 --> 00:18:21.040
  • same way, it's--it depends upon
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  • His will for your life.
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  • And what I want you to see is
  • 00:18:24.140 --> 00:18:25.160
  • that our responsibilities before
  • 00:18:25.160 --> 00:18:27.210
  • God is not to answer all the
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  • questions, but to listen to Him
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  • and to trust Him.
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  • Because if you don't trust Him,
  • 00:18:33.010 --> 00:18:35.000
  • nothing else is going to work in
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  • your life.
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:37.290
  • Think about it.
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  • You don't have four wheels on a
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  • car, it's not going anywhere.
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:42.020
  • You don't have any trust for
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  • God, you're not going anywhere
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  • in life.
  • 00:18:45.050 --> 00:18:46.210
  • "So, this God you worship, how
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:49.120
  • are you going to finance this,
  • 00:18:49.120 --> 00:18:50.170
  • Noah?
  • 00:18:50.170 --> 00:18:52.030
  • You don't look like a rich man."
  • 00:18:52.030 --> 00:18:54.020
  • Well, how did he finance it?
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:55.040
  • I don't have any idea how God
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:56.100
  • provided, but one thing I know
  • 00:18:56.100 --> 00:18:57.170
  • for sure.
  • 00:18:57.170 --> 00:18:58.080
  • Watch this, if God tells you to
  • 00:18:58.080 --> 00:19:00.210
  • do something, God assumes
  • 00:19:00.210 --> 00:19:02.270
  • responsibility for making a
  • 00:19:02.270 --> 00:19:05.030
  • means, whatever is necessary for
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:07.170
  • you to be able to do His will.
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:09.070
  • Whatever it is.
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  • And if you always wait till you
  • 00:19:11.030 --> 00:19:12.230
  • have all the answers in life,
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  • God will never be able to bless
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  • you the way He wants to bless
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  • you.
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:18.130
  • He listened to God.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Yes.
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  • And what else did he do?
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  • Come on now.
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  • He listened to God, and what
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  • else did he do?
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  • Trusted Him.
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  • And that's where a lot of people
  • 00:19:31.100 --> 00:19:32.100
  • get hung up.
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:32.280
  • "I--here's what I believe God
  • 00:19:32.280 --> 00:19:34.120
  • said, but He--surely He didn't
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:36.150
  • say that."
  • 00:19:36.150 --> 00:19:37.150
  • And that must have been probably
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:40.030
  • what Noah was thinking when God
  • 00:19:40.030 --> 00:19:41.260
  • first told him to do this.
  • 00:19:41.260 --> 00:19:43.220
  • Because if you think about--if
  • 00:19:43.220 --> 00:19:45.150
  • you think of what, about what He
  • 00:19:45.150 --> 00:19:47.000
  • told him to do, and he said,
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:50.070
  • "Here's what I'm going to do."
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:52.010
  • And He says, "Make for yourself
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:54.010
  • an ark of gopher wood," and then
  • 00:19:54.010 --> 00:19:55.150
  • He describes everything.
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  • He describes it's going to be
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  • four hundred and fifty feet
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  • long, fifty feet wide, three
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  • stories high.
  • 00:20:00.080 --> 00:20:00.290
  • In other words, how?
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:05.220
  • But he listened to Him.
  • 00:20:05.220 --> 00:20:07.210
  • And having listened to Him,
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:09.000
  • he trusted God.
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:09.260
  • Now, watch what happens.
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:13.050
  • The reason he had the courage
  • 00:20:13.050 --> 00:20:15.040
  • that he had was God had spoken
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:20.000
  • to him and he trusted the God
  • 00:20:20.000 --> 00:20:23.000
  • that he'd been worshipping
  • 00:20:23.000 --> 00:20:25.000
  • to fulfill His promise.
  • 00:20:25.000 --> 00:20:26.230
  • And so, what happens?
  • 00:20:26.230 --> 00:20:28.130
  • God said, "Here are the plans.
  • 00:20:28.130 --> 00:20:31.110
  • I'll answer the questions."
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:33.060
  • Watch this.
  • 00:20:33.060 --> 00:20:34.060
  • God is just as willing to give
  • 00:20:34.060 --> 00:20:36.260
  • you as clear an answer to your
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:39.070
  • request when those requests are
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:41.210
  • sincerely offered to God, cried
  • 00:20:41.210 --> 00:20:44.080
  • out to Him, as He did to Noah.
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  • We're just not building arks.
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  • We're doing something else.
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  • We're purchasing something or
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:52.290
  • moving somewhere or doing
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  • something, and whatever it might
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.210
  • be.
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:20:57.240
  • We have a right to ask God,
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:20:59.040
  • "What do I do next?"
  • 00:20:59.040 --> 00:21:01.010
  • How many times do you think Noah
  • 00:21:01.010 --> 00:21:02.170
  • said, "God, whew!
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:07.260
  • You mean four hundred and fifty
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  • feet long."
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  • He had a--he had, listen,
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  • there's nothing in the Bible
  • 00:21:14.050 --> 00:21:15.030
  • that says I should never ask
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:16.230
  • any questions.
  • 00:21:16.230 --> 00:21:18.000
  • But to doubt the Word of God is
  • 00:21:18.000 --> 00:21:20.060
  • something else.
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:22.010
  • But listen, the Bible says Noah
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:23.240
  • found favor in the eyes of
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  • the Lord.
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  • Why did he find favor?
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:26.190
  • Because he listened to Him and
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:28.100
  • because he trusted Him.
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:30.210
  • So, let's ask yourself the
  • 00:21:30.210 --> 00:21:31.240
  • question: do you listen to Him?
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  • Do you trust Him?
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:37.220
  • Then if that's true in your
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:38.200
  • life, then God, listen, God will
  • 00:21:38.200 --> 00:21:40.260
  • show you favor in every single
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:44.100
  • area of your life, if in each
  • 00:21:44.100 --> 00:21:46.260
  • area of your lives, you listen
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:48.090
  • to Him and you trust Him.
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  • That's two-thirds of it.
  • 00:21:51.000 --> 00:21:52.260
  • We're in the process of trusting
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:54.130
  • Him.
  • 00:21:54.130 --> 00:21:55.200
  • And what's God going to do?
  • 00:21:55.200 --> 00:21:56.180
  • He's going to bless whatever you
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:57.160
  • do.
  • 00:21:57.160 --> 00:21:59.020
  • And Noah is such a perfect
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:00.240
  • example, listen to this, of
  • 00:22:00.240 --> 00:22:02.130
  • everyday life.
  • 00:22:02.190 --> 00:22:05.190
  • Everyday life, what do you do?
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:08.050
  • You listen to Him.
  • 00:22:08.050 --> 00:22:09.240
  • You trust Him.
  • 00:22:09.240 --> 00:22:10.220
  • And if you're wise,
  • 00:22:10.220 --> 00:22:11.210
  • you obey Him.
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  • A, B, C, one, two, three.
  • 00:22:12.220 --> 00:22:15.170
  • Now, think about this.
  • 00:22:15.170 --> 00:22:16.160
  • What do you need to add to that
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:18.200
  • formula for living?
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:23.130
  • I think the Bible is
  • 00:22:23.130 --> 00:22:24.100
  • absolutely--I can hardly
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:26.220
  • describe it.
  • 00:22:26.220 --> 00:22:28.060
  • In one story, thousands of years
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:31.140
  • ago, through one man, God laid
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:34.220
  • us down the foundation to live
  • 00:22:34.220 --> 00:22:36.220
  • every single day of our life.
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:39.130
  • Listen to Him, trust Him, and
  • 00:22:39.130 --> 00:22:41.270
  • obey Him.
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:43.080
  • Can you beat that?
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:44.110
  • No.
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:45.140
  • If you can count to one, two,
  • 00:22:45.140 --> 00:22:46.220
  • three or A, B, C, you have God's
  • 00:22:48.270 --> 00:22:51.270
  • solution for living life in a
  • 00:22:51.270 --> 00:22:54.170
  • wicked, vile, sinful, corrupt,
  • 00:22:54.170 --> 00:22:57.170
  • unrighteous world.
  • 00:22:58.030 --> 00:23:01.050
  • And we want to make it
  • 00:23:01.050 --> 00:23:01.260
  • complicated.
  • 00:23:01.260 --> 00:23:02.160
  • Now, they'd heard of this one
  • 00:23:02.160 --> 00:23:05.080
  • true God, and I'm sure he tried
  • 00:23:05.080 --> 00:23:06.280
  • to tell them who that was.
  • 00:23:06.280 --> 00:23:09.170
  • And I can imagine what they must
  • 00:23:10.140 --> 00:23:13.140
  • have said to him.
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:14.190
  • "God?
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:15.130
  • Who is this God?
  • 00:23:15.130 --> 00:23:17.030
  • Why are you the only one who's
  • 00:23:17.030 --> 00:23:19.020
  • heard from Him?
  • 00:23:19.020 --> 00:23:20.040
  • Why hasn't somebody
  • 00:23:20.040 --> 00:23:21.060
  • else heard from Him?"
  • 00:23:21.060 --> 00:23:21.210
  • Because God said they were
  • 00:23:21.210 --> 00:23:24.040
  • wicked as the devil and they
  • 00:23:24.220 --> 00:23:27.220
  • paid no attention to God.
  • 00:23:27.220 --> 00:23:29.220
  • The world was so corrupt that
  • 00:23:29.220 --> 00:23:30.230
  • God said, "I'm going to wipe
  • 00:23:30.230 --> 00:23:32.150
  • this whole thing out and start
  • 00:23:32.150 --> 00:23:33.170
  • all over again."
  • 00:23:35.080 --> 00:23:38.080
  • Now, this is so simple that a
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:39.190
  • five-year-old could get it.
  • 00:23:39.190 --> 00:23:42.040
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:23:42.040 --> 00:23:43.000
  • You can take that formula to any
  • 00:23:43.000 --> 00:23:45.200
  • single part of your life.
  • 00:23:48.270 --> 00:23:51.270
  • What do you teach your children?
  • 00:23:51.270 --> 00:23:53.200
  • To listen to you, trust you, and
  • 00:23:54.060 --> 00:23:57.060
  • obey you.
  • 00:23:57.060 --> 00:23:59.130
  • And so, when you think about how
  • 00:23:59.130 --> 00:24:01.110
  • Noah expressed His courage and
  • 00:24:02.000 --> 00:24:05.000
  • his trust in God, it was so
  • 00:24:05.000 --> 00:24:07.050
  • simple to him.
  • 00:24:07.050 --> 00:24:09.090
  • And think about this: there
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:12.010
  • wasn't any such thing.
  • 00:24:12.010 --> 00:24:13.200
  • He's one of the first guys
  • 00:24:13.200 --> 00:24:14.190
  • in here.
  • 00:24:14.190 --> 00:24:15.200
  • There was no such thing.
  • 00:24:15.200 --> 00:24:17.000
  • All he had was the voice of God
  • 00:24:17.230 --> 00:24:20.230
  • speaking to his mind, his heart,
  • 00:24:20.230 --> 00:24:23.000
  • to his spirit because he was
  • 00:24:23.000 --> 00:24:25.250
  • attempting to live a righteous,
  • 00:24:25.250 --> 00:24:28.030
  • holy, godly life, probably
  • 00:24:28.030 --> 00:24:30.060
  • knowing very little about God.
  • 00:24:30.060 --> 00:24:31.210
  • But God had made enough clear to
  • 00:24:31.210 --> 00:24:33.050
  • him that he knew to obey the
  • 00:24:33.050 --> 00:24:35.140
  • voice that was within him.
  • 00:24:35.210 --> 00:24:38.210
  • And He showed him how to do the
  • 00:24:38.210 --> 00:24:41.080
  • impossible.
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:43.000
  • And thousands of years later,
  • 00:24:43.000 --> 00:24:45.130
  • we find in one man the key
  • 00:24:45.160 --> 00:24:48.160
  • to living life.
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:52.000
  • You know, I could just stop
  • 00:24:52.000 --> 00:24:53.020
  • right there and praise God
  • 00:24:53.020 --> 00:24:54.170
  • the rest of the day.
  • 00:24:54.170 --> 00:24:56.240
  • You listen to Him, you trust
  • 00:24:56.240 --> 00:24:59.000
  • Him, and you obey Him.
  • 00:24:59.000 --> 00:25:01.090
  • And so, when I think about that,
  • 00:25:01.090 --> 00:25:03.100
  • I think about when you trust
  • 00:25:03.100 --> 00:25:05.100
  • God, sometimes you'll be in
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:06.200
  • situations where, watch this,
  • 00:25:06.200 --> 00:25:09.010
  • nobody else understood him.
  • 00:25:09.010 --> 00:25:11.110
  • Nobody understood him.
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:14.010
  • Think about how simple and
  • 00:25:14.010 --> 00:25:15.100
  • profound this is: that God said
  • 00:25:17.000 --> 00:25:20.000
  • to one man, and the only man on
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:22.260
  • the earth and his family whom
  • 00:25:22.260 --> 00:25:25.070
  • God would save from absolute,
  • 00:25:25.070 --> 00:25:27.170
  • total destruction of society.
  • 00:25:27.170 --> 00:25:30.060
  • One man.
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:32.110
  • "I'm--this is the reason I'm
  • 00:25:32.110 --> 00:25:34.100
  • going to favor you with life:
  • 00:25:35.080 --> 00:25:38.080
  • you listen to Me, you trust Me,
  • 00:25:38.120 --> 00:25:41.120
  • and now you're willing to obey
  • 00:25:41.120 --> 00:25:42.120
  • Me."
  • 00:25:42.120 --> 00:25:44.070
  • One of the most important men in
  • 00:25:44.070 --> 00:25:45.110
  • the Bible teaches us in the
  • 00:25:46.180 --> 00:25:49.180
  • beginning of the Bible how to
  • 00:25:49.180 --> 00:25:51.220
  • live our life the rest of our
  • 00:25:51.220 --> 00:25:53.290
  • life.
  • 00:25:53.290 --> 00:25:55.280
  • The way you live a godly life,
  • 00:25:56.010 --> 00:25:59.010
  • the way you live the Christian
  • 00:25:59.010 --> 00:25:59.280
  • life is, you listen to God, and
  • 00:26:00.190 --> 00:26:03.190
  • you listen to God by, primarily
  • 00:26:03.190 --> 00:26:05.080
  • by reading it in His Word.
  • 00:26:05.080 --> 00:26:07.260
  • You trust what it says, then you
  • 00:26:07.260 --> 00:26:10.070
  • obey what it says.
  • 00:26:10.070 --> 00:26:12.130
  • If you'll think about how
  • 00:26:12.130 --> 00:26:14.080
  • awesome God is, that He has all
  • 00:26:14.080 --> 00:26:17.050
  • knowledge about all things.
  • 00:26:17.050 --> 00:26:19.000
  • He has all power in every single
  • 00:26:19.000 --> 00:26:21.090
  • circumstance of life, nothing
  • 00:26:21.090 --> 00:26:22.250
  • beyond Him.
  • 00:26:22.250 --> 00:26:24.030
  • And what does He do?
  • 00:26:24.030 --> 00:26:25.080
  • He boils it all down to three
  • 00:26:25.080 --> 00:26:28.050
  • things I want you to do: I want
  • 00:26:28.050 --> 00:26:30.010
  • you to listen to Me, I want you
  • 00:26:30.010 --> 00:26:31.290
  • to trust Me, and I want you
  • 00:26:31.290 --> 00:26:32.260
  • to obey Me.
  • 00:26:34.260 --> 00:26:37.260
  • And the next time you read
  • 00:26:37.260 --> 00:26:40.080
  • the story of Noah,
  • 00:26:41.210 --> 00:26:44.210
  • you'll remember this.
  • 00:26:44.290 --> 00:26:47.290
  • You listen to Him, you trust
  • 00:26:47.290 --> 00:26:50.040
  • Him, and you obey Him.
  • 00:26:50.040 --> 00:26:52.240
  • And so, somebody says, "Well,
  • 00:26:52.240 --> 00:26:53.190
  • what happened?"
  • 00:26:53.190 --> 00:26:55.070
  • What happened was the whole
  • 00:26:55.070 --> 00:26:56.130
  • world was destroyed, and Noah
  • 00:26:56.130 --> 00:26:58.250
  • and that bunch of animals came
  • 00:26:58.250 --> 00:26:59.290
  • out alive.
  • 00:26:59.290 --> 00:27:01.280
  • Was Noah a perfect man?
  • 00:27:01.280 --> 00:27:03.060
  • No, he wasn't.
  • 00:27:03.060 --> 00:27:05.150
  • But he listened to God,
  • 00:27:05.150 --> 00:27:07.140
  • he trusted what He said,
  • 00:27:07.240 --> 00:27:10.240
  • and he obeyed Him.
  • 00:27:10.240 --> 00:27:12.270
  • And maybe you've never trusted
  • 00:27:12.270 --> 00:27:14.090
  • Jesus as your Savior, you don't
  • 00:27:14.180 --> 00:27:17.180
  • know what all this is about.
  • 00:27:17.180 --> 00:27:19.260
  • This is all about this:
  • 00:27:19.260 --> 00:27:22.030
  • that God loves you.
  • 00:27:22.030 --> 00:27:23.160
  • He has a plan for your life
  • 00:27:23.160 --> 00:27:25.190
  • if you'll listen to Him
  • 00:27:25.190 --> 00:27:27.260
  • and you'll follow His leadership
  • 00:27:27.260 --> 00:27:29.120
  • and His guidance.
  • 00:27:29.120 --> 00:27:30.210
  • That is, if you will trust Him
  • 00:27:30.210 --> 00:27:32.140
  • with your life, your future,
  • 00:27:32.140 --> 00:27:34.290
  • and obey Him.
  • 00:27:34.290 --> 00:27:36.100
  • You'll find life
  • 00:27:36.100 --> 00:27:37.270
  • at its very best.
  • 00:27:37.270 --> 00:27:39.220
  • If you fail to do that,
  • 00:27:39.220 --> 00:27:41.070
  • you're on your own.
  • 00:27:41.070 --> 00:27:42.250
  • God's not going to force you; He
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  • gives you a choice, a fantastic
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  • choice, an awesome choice.
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  • You have to decide.
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  • Now, think about it, only three
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  • things.
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  • Are you going to listen to Him,
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  • will you trust Him, and will you
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  • obey Him?
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  • If you want life at its very,
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  • very best no matter who you are,
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  • that's the solution right there.
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  • Amen?
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  • Father, we love You and praise
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  • You and thank You for the
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  • simple, child-like study that is
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  • so profound.
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  • And I pray the Holy Spirit will
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  • speak to somebody here who's
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  • never been saved because
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  • they haven't been listening.
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  • I pray that they've listened
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  • today.
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  • They're willing to trust You to
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  • forgive them no matter what
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  • they've done.
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  • They're willing to obey You
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  • today, trusting You as their
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  • Savior and their Lord.
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  • We're going to trust You for it
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  • - announcer: Coming up
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  • in just a moment,
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  • - announcer: What's my role
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  • in the church?
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  • Maybe it's helping those outside
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  • the church get closer to God
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  • while making lasting friendships
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  • or serving those in need while
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  • living and growing with others.
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  • When we share God's love
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  • and support each other,
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  • we participate in the work
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  • of building God's kingdom
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  • in our local community.
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  • Let's do more.
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  • Continue with us as we find
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  • our place in the whole church.
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  • To learn more, go to
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  • [music]
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • If I encourage somebody,
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  • I want to build them up.
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  • I want to build them up
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  • in some way, in somehow.
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  • In other words,
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  • if there's an area of their life
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  • in which they are weak,
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  • I want to help build them up.
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  • And the truth is, what I do
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  • every Sunday in my heart,
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  • my heart's desire every Sunday,
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • we continue our 2019 focus
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  • on the whole church
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  • by asking the question,
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  • "How do we welcome
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  • the outsider?"
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  • Today's message,
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  • - Dr. Stanley: What type person
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  • do you consider yourself to be?
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  • Would you say that you are
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  • outgoing and friendly; easy to
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  • know; confident; you're very
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  • comfortable in a crowd.
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  • People like you; you like being
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  • in a crowd.
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  • Or you can be just as happy
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  • being by yourself.
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  • But there's something about you
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  • that's sort of contagious.
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  • In other words, people like to
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  • be around you.
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  • Or would you say, No, I'm sort
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  • of self-contained.
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  • I don't need all that.
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  • And I just sort of like to keep
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  • my religion to myself and my
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  • faith to myself and I just sort
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  • of like to do my own thing.
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  • I don't want really anybody
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  • getting too personal with me.
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  • I'm not very comfortable
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  • with a group.
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  • I may stand on the outside,
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  • but that's okay.
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  • That's sort of who I am
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  • and I don't have to have
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  • a bunch of friends.
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  • I just, me, myself and I, and
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  • you know as long as I get along
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  • and I have what I need and I
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  • know that I've been saved back
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  • yonder somewhere, then that's
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  • the way I am.
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  • That may be the way you are, but
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  • that's not the way God intended
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  • you to be.
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  • That's not who He created us
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  • to be.
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  • And I'm here to tell you, when
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  • you do not build relationships,
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  • you build yourself an island.
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  • And when the time comes and
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  • you get to hurting and you're
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  • wondering, "Where are my friends
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  • and where's this
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  • and where's the other?"
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  • Because you created an island
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  • for yourself,
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  • which is certainly not of God.
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  • Now, if you look around,
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  • you ask yourself the question,
  • 00:31:37.040 --> 00:31:39.220
  • "Are you a relational kind
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  • of person?"
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  • Are you, "I'm self-contained;
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  • I don't need you."
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  • There's not such thing as not
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  • needing anybody, not really.
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  • And God doesn't want us to live
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  • that kind of way.
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  • And so when you encourage
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  • somebody, you give them
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  • something.
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  • If I encourage you, I'm going to
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  • want to motivate you to either
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  • get something, achieve
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  • something, go somewhere,
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  • whatever it might be.
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  • You're building up the other
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  • person.
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  • So let's clarify the meaning of
  • 00:32:07.080 --> 00:32:08.270
  • what we mean by encourage, and
  • 00:32:08.270 --> 00:32:10.180
  • that's simply this.
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  • To encourage is to call to one's
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  • side, to console, to strengthen,
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  • to put courage in, to inspire,
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  • to motivate with courage.
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  • So all of us need to see
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  • ourselves that way.
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  • And you think about this.
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  • Your children are growing up.
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  • You need to teach them that
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  • they're to be relational with
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  • people.
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  • Because when we relate to
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  • people, for example, we can all
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  • gain something from somebody.
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  • And we can all have something to
  • 00:32:36.090 --> 00:32:37.230
  • give to other people.
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  • And the Christian church,
  • 00:32:39.120 --> 00:32:40.210
  • the New Testament church, when
  • 00:32:40.210 --> 00:32:42.010
  • there was a need, they all got
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  • together to help each other.
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  • And as a result, they absolutely
  • 00:32:45.090 --> 00:32:47.130
  • transformed the Roman Empire.
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  • It was something about them that
  • 00:32:49.240 --> 00:32:51.230
  • was different.
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  • And so when I think about all
  • 00:32:53.110 --> 00:32:55.090
  • those passages of Scripture and
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  • how God worked in their lives
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  • and somebody says, Well, Jesus
  • 00:33:00.070 --> 00:33:01.280
  • didn't need any encouragement.
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  • Well, let's see if He did.
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  • Turn to Matthew chapter
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  • twenty-six for a moment.
  • 00:33:07.070 --> 00:33:09.060
  • Matthew chapter twenty-six,
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  • and I want you to look at this
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  • passage in the thirty-sixth
  • 00:33:13.180 --> 00:33:15.230
  • verse.
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  • Remember this is God in human
  • 00:33:16.160 --> 00:33:17.150
  • flesh.
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  • He had all power to do all
  • 00:33:18.290 --> 00:33:20.040
  • things.
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  • And now He's coming to
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  • Gethsemane and the thirty-sixth
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  • verse says, "Then Jesus came
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  • with them to a place called
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  • Gethsemane, and he said to His
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  • disciples, "Sit here while I go
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  • over there and pray."
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  • And He took with Him Peter, the
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  • two sons of Zebedee," Peter,
  • 00:33:38.000 --> 00:33:40.060
  • James and John, "and began to be
  • 00:33:40.060 --> 00:33:41.250
  • grieved and distressed."
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  • Now watch this.
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  • This is the Son of God; has all
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  • power, "Then He said to them,
  • 00:33:46.230 --> 00:33:49.230
  • 'My soul is deeply grieved, to
  • 00:33:50.230 --> 00:33:53.230
  • the point of death; remain here
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  • and watch with Me.'"
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  • Why do you think He said that?
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  • Because He needed their
  • 00:34:01.100 --> 00:34:03.140
  • presence.
  • 00:34:03.140 --> 00:34:05.290
  • And when I read that passage and
  • 00:34:05.290 --> 00:34:07.110
  • think about if the Lord Jesus
  • 00:34:07.110 --> 00:34:09.090
  • Christ was in need and He was
  • 00:34:10.190 --> 00:34:13.190
  • asking someone to encourage Him,
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  • that's what they were to do.
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  • Come get--you--listen.
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  • They're over there but I want
  • 00:34:19.270 --> 00:34:21.030
  • you closer to me.
  • 00:34:21.030 --> 00:34:22.060
  • There's something about knowing
  • 00:34:22.060 --> 00:34:23.160
  • that you're here.
  • 00:34:23.160 --> 00:34:24.190
  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • Do you have any friends that
  • 00:34:26.130 --> 00:34:28.140
  • when you're going through a
  • 00:34:28.140 --> 00:34:30.100
  • tough time you want them to be
  • 00:34:30.100 --> 00:34:32.010
  • close?
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  • Do you have any friends that,
  • 00:34:33.270 --> 00:34:35.220
  • you know, they don't have to say
  • 00:34:35.220 --> 00:34:37.200
  • anything, you just want.
  • 00:34:37.200 --> 00:34:39.030
  • See, He didn't ask them to say
  • 00:34:39.030 --> 00:34:40.070
  • anything.
  • 00:34:40.070 --> 00:34:41.140
  • He just said, Would you all come
  • 00:34:41.140 --> 00:34:42.250
  • over here with Me?
  • 00:34:42.250 --> 00:34:45.010
  • He wanted those three to be
  • 00:34:45.010 --> 00:34:47.090
  • close by when He was going
  • 00:34:47.090 --> 00:34:49.240
  • through the agony of His life.
  • 00:34:49.240 --> 00:34:52.140
  • What does that say?
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  • It tells me two things.
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  • Not only was Jesus God
  • 00:34:54.190 --> 00:34:56.210
  • in the flesh, but He was a man.
  • 00:34:56.210 --> 00:34:59.110
  • The physical human side of Him
  • 00:34:59.240 --> 00:35:02.260
  • felt the very same things
  • 00:35:02.260 --> 00:35:04.110
  • you and I felt.
  • 00:35:04.110 --> 00:35:06.060
  • When we go through tough times,
  • 00:35:06.060 --> 00:35:07.100
  • what do we want?
  • 00:35:07.100 --> 00:35:08.150
  • We don't want just anybody
  • 00:35:08.150 --> 00:35:09.160
  • by us, want somebody
  • 00:35:09.160 --> 00:35:10.210
  • who can encourage us.
  • 00:35:10.210 --> 00:35:11.290
  • And all of us have been there.
  • 00:35:11.290 --> 00:35:13.090
  • And I can think of people who
  • 00:35:13.090 --> 00:35:15.030
  • have encouraged me in my life
  • 00:35:15.030 --> 00:35:16.180
  • and going through
  • 00:35:16.180 --> 00:35:18.010
  • a very difficult times,
  • 00:35:18.010 --> 00:35:19.160
  • somebody who was always there.
  • 00:35:19.160 --> 00:35:21.040
  • That I didn't have to call
  • 00:35:21.040 --> 00:35:22.260
  • and play--say,
  • 00:35:22.260 --> 00:35:24.140
  • "Would you please do so and so?"
  • 00:35:24.140 --> 00:35:25.150
  • One of my friends, I could call
  • 00:35:25.150 --> 00:35:27.090
  • him on the phone or he could
  • 00:35:27.090 --> 00:35:28.260
  • call me when I was going through
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  • a tough, probably toughest time
  • 00:35:30.110 --> 00:35:31.180
  • in my life.
  • 00:35:31.180 --> 00:35:32.260
  • And he'd hear my voice and say,
  • 00:35:32.260 --> 00:35:35.090
  • I'm come, build a fire, I'm
  • 00:35:35.090 --> 00:35:38.070
  • coming over and let's talk.
  • 00:35:38.070 --> 00:35:40.010
  • I didn't have to say a word.
  • 00:35:40.010 --> 00:35:41.260
  • He was just there.
  • 00:35:41.260 --> 00:35:43.180
  • We're to be encouragers.
  • 00:35:43.180 --> 00:35:45.040
  • And God knows how to make us
  • 00:35:45.040 --> 00:35:47.070
  • encouragers.
  • 00:35:47.070 --> 00:35:48.020
  • Now, I want to give you
  • 00:35:48.020 --> 00:35:50.060
  • two biblical examples.
  • 00:35:50.060 --> 00:35:52.090
  • How many of you know
  • 00:35:52.090 --> 00:35:53.140
  • who Barnabas was?
  • 00:35:53.140 --> 00:35:56.140
  • Well, poor Barnabas, he was not
  • 00:35:56.140 --> 00:35:58.070
  • known by many of you.
  • 00:35:58.070 --> 00:35:59.260
  • But let's put it this way.
  • 00:35:59.260 --> 00:36:01.130
  • He was called "the son of
  • 00:36:01.130 --> 00:36:03.230
  • encouragement."
  • 00:36:03.230 --> 00:36:05.080
  • And that was the way they named
  • 00:36:05.080 --> 00:36:07.030
  • him.
  • 00:36:07.030 --> 00:36:09.010
  • And let me tell you what he did.
  • 00:36:09.010 --> 00:36:10.110
  • And the reason for my telling
  • 00:36:10.110 --> 00:36:11.190
  • you this is because I want you
  • 00:36:11.190 --> 00:36:12.290
  • to remember this.
  • 00:36:12.290 --> 00:36:14.070
  • You never know whose life you're
  • 00:36:14.070 --> 00:36:15.100
  • going to impact and the awesome
  • 00:36:15.100 --> 00:36:16.100
  • impact.
  • 00:36:16.100 --> 00:36:17.180
  • Barnabas, when he heard that
  • 00:36:17.180 --> 00:36:19.110
  • there were lots of people in
  • 00:36:19.110 --> 00:36:21.100
  • need in the early New Testament
  • 00:36:21.100 --> 00:36:23.050
  • church, he brought a piece of
  • 00:36:23.050 --> 00:36:24.190
  • property and laid the money at
  • 00:36:24.190 --> 00:36:26.140
  • the feet of the apostles,
  • 00:36:26.140 --> 00:36:28.170
  • Barnabas.
  • 00:36:28.170 --> 00:36:29.240
  • First time you hear of him.
  • 00:36:29.240 --> 00:36:31.030
  • And so the next thing you know,
  • 00:36:31.030 --> 00:36:32.070
  • Barnabas is used by God to do an
  • 00:36:32.070 --> 00:36:34.220
  • awesome thing.
  • 00:36:34.220 --> 00:36:36.070
  • When Saul of Tarsus was
  • 00:36:36.070 --> 00:36:37.260
  • persecuting the Christians and
  • 00:36:37.260 --> 00:36:39.120
  • killing Christians and tearing
  • 00:36:39.120 --> 00:36:40.250
  • them out of their homes and
  • 00:36:40.250 --> 00:36:42.010
  • putting them in prison, then he
  • 00:36:42.010 --> 00:36:43.230
  • got saved on the Damascus road.
  • 00:36:43.230 --> 00:36:46.010
  • Well, the Christian church at
  • 00:36:46.010 --> 00:36:47.250
  • that time would have nothing to
  • 00:36:47.250 --> 00:36:49.070
  • do with him.
  • 00:36:49.070 --> 00:36:50.120
  • They were scared of him; and
  • 00:36:50.120 --> 00:36:51.150
  • when they said that this Saul of
  • 00:36:51.150 --> 00:36:52.180
  • Tarsus had been converted, they
  • 00:36:52.180 --> 00:36:54.050
  • didn't believe it and they
  • 00:36:54.050 --> 00:36:55.120
  • wanted nothing to do with him.
  • 00:36:55.120 --> 00:36:56.100
  • Barnabas talked to the Apostle
  • 00:36:56.100 --> 00:36:59.020
  • Paul, who was only Saul of
  • 00:36:59.020 --> 00:37:01.100
  • Tarsus at that time and began to
  • 00:37:01.100 --> 00:37:02.260
  • get a hold of his heart and
  • 00:37:02.260 --> 00:37:05.010
  • recognize that he was genuinely
  • 00:37:05.010 --> 00:37:06.140
  • saved.
  • 00:37:06.140 --> 00:37:07.220
  • That his Damascus road
  • 00:37:07.220 --> 00:37:08.210
  • experience was a true
  • 00:37:08.210 --> 00:37:10.000
  • experience; and that he had now
  • 00:37:10.000 --> 00:37:11.250
  • had changed and he was a friend
  • 00:37:11.250 --> 00:37:13.100
  • of the church and he was a
  • 00:37:13.100 --> 00:37:14.100
  • Christian.
  • 00:37:14.100 --> 00:37:15.080
  • He was the one who stuck out his
  • 00:37:15.080 --> 00:37:17.030
  • neck for the Apostle Paul,
  • 00:37:17.030 --> 00:37:19.270
  • introduced him to the apostles
  • 00:37:19.270 --> 00:37:21.100
  • and went to bat for him and
  • 00:37:21.100 --> 00:37:23.080
  • said, This man is saved.
  • 00:37:23.080 --> 00:37:24.130
  • He's called of God.
  • 00:37:24.130 --> 00:37:25.200
  • Let's accept him.
  • 00:37:25.200 --> 00:37:27.090
  • Barnabas.
  • 00:37:28.130 --> 00:37:31.130
  • And so I ask you, Who was
  • 00:37:31.130 --> 00:37:32.270
  • Barnabas?
  • 00:37:32.270 --> 00:37:34.020
  • I don't know who Barnabas is.
  • 00:37:34.020 --> 00:37:36.090
  • I'll tell you who he was.
  • 00:37:36.090 --> 00:37:37.060
  • He was an encourager.
  • 00:37:37.060 --> 00:37:39.030
  • That's why his nickname was
  • 00:37:39.030 --> 00:37:40.220
  • Barnabas, Son of Encouragement.
  • 00:37:40.240 --> 00:37:43.240
  • And what I want you to see is
  • 00:37:43.240 --> 00:37:45.000
  • this.
  • 00:37:45.000 --> 00:37:46.070
  • Barnabas didn't, he didn't know
  • 00:37:46.070 --> 00:37:47.070
  • all that.
  • 00:37:47.070 --> 00:37:48.050
  • Of course he went with Paul on
  • 00:37:48.050 --> 00:37:49.000
  • his missionary journeys and so
  • 00:37:49.000 --> 00:37:50.080
  • forth.
  • 00:37:50.080 --> 00:37:51.080
  • But he would never have imagined
  • 00:37:51.080 --> 00:37:52.220
  • what would happen.
  • 00:37:52.220 --> 00:37:54.130
  • And he would never have imagined
  • 00:37:54.130 --> 00:37:55.250
  • that his willingness to take the
  • 00:37:55.250 --> 00:37:57.260
  • courage and the motivation to
  • 00:37:57.260 --> 00:38:00.160
  • help this man who was rejected
  • 00:38:00.160 --> 00:38:03.090
  • by the church, to be accepted
  • 00:38:03.090 --> 00:38:04.220
  • and then look what happened to
  • 00:38:04.220 --> 00:38:06.280
  • the Apostle Paul.
  • 00:38:06.280 --> 00:38:09.190
  • What was he?
  • 00:38:09.190 --> 00:38:10.210
  • Well most all of this we just
  • 00:38:10.210 --> 00:38:11.290
  • talked about was his words,
  • 00:38:11.290 --> 00:38:13.150
  • admonishing and forgiving and so
  • 00:38:13.150 --> 00:38:15.020
  • forth.
  • 00:38:15.020 --> 00:38:16.140
  • And so, when I look at Paul's
  • 00:38:16.140 --> 00:38:18.060
  • life, he was an encourager.
  • 00:38:19.060 --> 00:38:22.060
  • Remember when they stoned him to
  • 00:38:22.060 --> 00:38:23.130
  • death and left him for dead in
  • 00:38:23.130 --> 00:38:24.130
  • Lystra?
  • 00:38:24.130 --> 00:38:25.150
  • He got up and next few verses
  • 00:38:25.150 --> 00:38:26.180
  • he's encouraging people.
  • 00:38:26.180 --> 00:38:28.130
  • In Acts when the whole account
  • 00:38:28.130 --> 00:38:31.060
  • of the shipwreck takes place,
  • 00:38:31.090 --> 00:38:34.090
  • here's what you find Paul doing.
  • 00:38:34.090 --> 00:38:37.050
  • He's encouraging them to eat;
  • 00:38:37.050 --> 00:38:39.230
  • encouraging them to, you know,
  • 00:38:39.230 --> 00:38:42.190
  • stay on board because if anybody
  • 00:38:42.190 --> 00:38:44.030
  • escaped, the Romans would kill
  • 00:38:44.030 --> 00:38:46.160
  • ever who's in charge.
  • 00:38:46.160 --> 00:38:48.140
  • And so four times, what is he
  • 00:38:48.140 --> 00:38:50.050
  • doing?
  • 00:38:50.050 --> 00:38:51.040
  • He's encouraging, encouraging,
  • 00:38:51.040 --> 00:38:52.070
  • encouraging.
  • 00:38:52.070 --> 00:38:53.220
  • And when you read the epistles,
  • 00:38:53.220 --> 00:38:55.000
  • that's who he was.
  • 00:38:55.000 --> 00:38:57.040
  • You don't see him condemning.
  • 00:38:57.040 --> 00:38:58.250
  • The only folks he condemned are
  • 00:38:58.250 --> 00:39:00.140
  • the same folks Jesus condemned,
  • 00:39:00.140 --> 00:39:01.270
  • that was the Sadducees and
  • 00:39:01.270 --> 00:39:03.040
  • Pharisees who were just
  • 00:39:03.040 --> 00:39:04.150
  • hypocrites anyway.
  • 00:39:04.150 --> 00:39:06.070
  • But he was an encourager.
  • 00:39:06.070 --> 00:39:08.290
  • And so we ask the question,
  • 00:39:08.290 --> 00:39:10.040
  • Well, why all this emphasis
  • 00:39:10.040 --> 00:39:11.090
  • about encouraging?
  • 00:39:11.090 --> 00:39:13.160
  • Well, first of all, it's a major
  • 00:39:13.160 --> 00:39:16.020
  • theme in the Scripture.
  • 00:39:16.020 --> 00:39:17.220
  • It's a major theme
  • 00:39:17.220 --> 00:39:19.030
  • in the Scriptures.
  • 00:39:19.030 --> 00:39:19.280
  • And then, of course,
  • 00:39:19.280 --> 00:39:21.030
  • Jesus was an encourager.
  • 00:39:21.030 --> 00:39:22.230
  • And I think one of the most
  • 00:39:22.230 --> 00:39:23.240
  • dramatic times was when He was
  • 00:39:23.240 --> 00:39:25.260
  • walking along out of Jericho and
  • 00:39:25.260 --> 00:39:28.020
  • this poor blind beggar, now a
  • 00:39:28.020 --> 00:39:30.170
  • blind beggar was rotten poor and
  • 00:39:30.170 --> 00:39:32.190
  • you just didn't want to get
  • 00:39:32.190 --> 00:39:34.160
  • around them, and they were
  • 00:39:34.160 --> 00:39:35.210
  • always scattered around the
  • 00:39:35.210 --> 00:39:36.180
  • gates.
  • 00:39:36.180 --> 00:39:38.070
  • And I love the King James
  • 00:39:38.070 --> 00:39:39.180
  • Version when it says, Jesus was
  • 00:39:39.180 --> 00:39:41.240
  • passing by and they were telling
  • 00:39:41.240 --> 00:39:43.070
  • Bartimaeus to be quiet, shut up,
  • 00:39:43.070 --> 00:39:45.110
  • because he was saying, Jesus,
  • 00:39:45.110 --> 00:39:46.230
  • Son of David, have mercy on me.
  • 00:39:46.230 --> 00:39:48.090
  • And finally, the Bible says, in
  • 00:39:48.090 --> 00:39:50.000
  • the King James Version, And
  • 00:39:50.000 --> 00:39:51.130
  • Jesus stood still.
  • 00:39:52.080 --> 00:39:55.080
  • Not for some officer or some
  • 00:39:56.010 --> 00:39:59.010
  • politician, but for a poor blind
  • 00:39:59.010 --> 00:40:01.220
  • beggar who was on the bottom
  • 00:40:01.220 --> 00:40:03.180
  • rung of society.
  • 00:40:03.180 --> 00:40:05.280
  • Jesus stood still and He said to
  • 00:40:05.280 --> 00:40:07.120
  • him when Bartimaeus came,
  • 00:40:07.120 --> 00:40:09.070
  • Bartimaeus, what do you want me
  • 00:40:09.070 --> 00:40:10.200
  • to do for you?
  • 00:40:10.200 --> 00:40:12.040
  • He said, I want You to heal me,
  • 00:40:12.040 --> 00:40:14.020
  • give me my sight.
  • 00:40:14.020 --> 00:40:15.050
  • And that's exactly what Jesus
  • 00:40:15.050 --> 00:40:16.040
  • did.
  • 00:40:16.040 --> 00:40:18.080
  • Because you see, He was
  • 00:40:18.080 --> 00:40:19.040
  • sensitive.
  • 00:40:19.040 --> 00:40:20.160
  • He was an encourager.
  • 00:40:20.160 --> 00:40:22.010
  • And what that did, it not only
  • 00:40:22.010 --> 00:40:23.200
  • encouraged Bartimaeus, it
  • 00:40:23.200 --> 00:40:25.120
  • encouraged everybody else.
  • 00:40:25.120 --> 00:40:26.200
  • Jesus, the Son of God, taking
  • 00:40:26.200 --> 00:40:29.000
  • time to heal a blind beggar.
  • 00:40:29.000 --> 00:40:31.030
  • And then, you remember the woman
  • 00:40:31.030 --> 00:40:33.210
  • who was caught in the very act
  • 00:40:33.210 --> 00:40:35.160
  • of adultery, so as not to
  • 00:40:35.160 --> 00:40:36.270
  • question about that.
  • 00:40:36.270 --> 00:40:38.120
  • And they got the stones, all
  • 00:40:38.120 --> 00:40:40.030
  • ready to stone her, a bunch of
  • 00:40:40.030 --> 00:40:41.190
  • hypocrites, really they were.
  • 00:40:41.190 --> 00:40:43.170
  • And they were getting ready to
  • 00:40:43.170 --> 00:40:44.230
  • stone her and what did Jesus
  • 00:40:44.230 --> 00:40:46.010
  • say?
  • 00:40:46.010 --> 00:40:47.130
  • He said, Neither do I condemn
  • 00:40:47.130 --> 00:40:48.280
  • you; go and sin no more.
  • 00:40:49.040 --> 00:40:52.040
  • What an awesome response.
  • 00:40:54.020 --> 00:40:57.020
  • We're to be encouragers.
  • 00:40:57.020 --> 00:40:58.280
  • It's the Gospel; it's the New
  • 00:40:58.280 --> 00:41:00.080
  • Testament; it's the, these are
  • 00:41:00.080 --> 00:41:01.240
  • the principles.
  • 00:41:01.240 --> 00:41:02.220
  • And the truth is all of us need
  • 00:41:02.220 --> 00:41:04.250
  • encouragement to walk the faith.
  • 00:41:05.000 --> 00:41:08.000
  • There's nobody here that doesn't
  • 00:41:08.000 --> 00:41:09.080
  • need encouragement at some time
  • 00:41:09.080 --> 00:41:10.170
  • or the other for some reason or
  • 00:41:10.170 --> 00:41:11.190
  • the other.
  • 00:41:11.190 --> 00:41:12.170
  • When you make a mistake, don't
  • 00:41:12.170 --> 00:41:14.070
  • you want to be encouraged?
  • 00:41:14.070 --> 00:41:15.270
  • You may blow it bad, you didn't
  • 00:41:15.270 --> 00:41:17.040
  • mean to, but you don't want
  • 00:41:17.040 --> 00:41:19.000
  • somebody to condemn you.
  • 00:41:19.000 --> 00:41:20.040
  • You want somebody to at least
  • 00:41:20.040 --> 00:41:21.060
  • understand why you did it.
  • 00:41:21.060 --> 00:41:23.030
  • Maybe something going on in your
  • 00:41:23.030 --> 00:41:24.030
  • life you don't even understand
  • 00:41:24.030 --> 00:41:25.030
  • yourself.
  • 00:41:25.030 --> 00:41:26.200
  • And then of course, Isolation
  • 00:41:26.200 --> 00:41:28.260
  • from the encouragement of godly
  • 00:41:28.260 --> 00:41:31.050
  • friends is very dangerous.
  • 00:41:32.030 --> 00:41:35.030
  • The devil is always there to
  • 00:41:35.030 --> 00:41:37.000
  • trap you, to trip you up any way
  • 00:41:37.000 --> 00:41:38.220
  • he can.
  • 00:41:38.220 --> 00:41:40.130
  • And it's the encouragement of
  • 00:41:40.130 --> 00:41:42.110
  • godly friends who sometimes see
  • 00:41:42.180 --> 00:41:45.180
  • things we don't see, and they
  • 00:41:45.180 --> 00:41:47.210
  • warn us lest we find ourselves
  • 00:41:47.210 --> 00:41:49.280
  • falling in Satan's trap.
  • 00:41:49.280 --> 00:41:52.000
  • We have--we need to be
  • 00:41:52.000 --> 00:41:54.050
  • encouragers.
  • 00:41:54.050 --> 00:41:55.220
  • And sometimes you may have to
  • 00:41:55.220 --> 00:41:57.060
  • say to somebody, I know, this is
  • 00:41:57.060 --> 00:41:59.260
  • not my desire to get into your
  • 00:41:59.260 --> 00:42:01.200
  • life, into your business and so
  • 00:42:01.200 --> 00:42:02.280
  • forth.
  • 00:42:02.280 --> 00:42:04.010
  • But I'd just like to give you a
  • 00:42:04.010 --> 00:42:05.080
  • word of encouragement.
  • 00:42:05.080 --> 00:42:07.100
  • I don't know anybody who would
  • 00:42:07.100 --> 00:42:08.250
  • reject genuine encouragement,
  • 00:42:08.280 --> 00:42:11.280
  • unless somebody is absolutely
  • 00:42:11.280 --> 00:42:13.140
  • committed to living a life of
  • 00:42:13.140 --> 00:42:15.080
  • disobedience.
  • 00:42:15.080 --> 00:42:17.040
  • And what it means is this.
  • 00:42:17.040 --> 00:42:18.230
  • If I encourage somebody, I want
  • 00:42:18.230 --> 00:42:20.080
  • to build them up.
  • 00:42:20.080 --> 00:42:22.060
  • I want to build them up in some
  • 00:42:22.060 --> 00:42:23.080
  • way, in somehow.
  • 00:42:23.080 --> 00:42:25.030
  • In other words, if there's an
  • 00:42:25.030 --> 00:42:26.010
  • area of their life in which they
  • 00:42:26.010 --> 00:42:27.070
  • are weak, I want to help build
  • 00:42:27.070 --> 00:42:28.280
  • them up.
  • 00:42:28.280 --> 00:42:30.020
  • And the truth is, what I do
  • 00:42:30.020 --> 00:42:31.150
  • every Sunday in my heart, my
  • 00:42:31.150 --> 00:42:34.000
  • heart's desire every Sunday, is
  • 00:42:34.000 --> 00:42:35.160
  • to build you up by the Word of
  • 00:42:35.160 --> 00:42:38.100
  • God.
  • 00:42:38.100 --> 00:42:39.130
  • To build you up, to lift your
  • 00:42:39.130 --> 00:42:40.140
  • spirit, to get you confident and
  • 00:42:40.140 --> 00:42:41.290
  • bold, and brave, and emboldened
  • 00:42:42.260 --> 00:42:45.260
  • about your testimony and your
  • 00:42:45.260 --> 00:42:47.170
  • witness because of what Christ
  • 00:42:47.170 --> 00:42:48.220
  • is doing in your life.
  • 00:42:48.220 --> 00:42:50.100
  • I want you to understand the
  • 00:42:50.100 --> 00:42:51.140
  • truth, which is the foundation
  • 00:42:51.140 --> 00:42:52.290
  • of it all.
  • 00:42:52.290 --> 00:42:54.010
  • I want you to have the courage
  • 00:42:54.010 --> 00:42:55.050
  • to stand up for the Lord Jesus
  • 00:42:55.050 --> 00:42:56.270
  • Christ.
  • 00:42:56.270 --> 00:42:57.250
  • I want you to have the courage
  • 00:42:57.250 --> 00:42:59.030
  • to speak out when you need to
  • 00:42:59.030 --> 00:43:00.210
  • speak out; be wise enough to be
  • 00:43:00.210 --> 00:43:02.170
  • quiet till the right time to
  • 00:43:02.170 --> 00:43:03.170
  • speak out.
  • 00:43:03.170 --> 00:43:04.160
  • That's what I'm about.
  • 00:43:04.160 --> 00:43:06.250
  • And all of us ought to be about
  • 00:43:06.250 --> 00:43:08.240
  • the same thing to the degree to
  • 00:43:08.240 --> 00:43:10.180
  • which God has given you the
  • 00:43:10.180 --> 00:43:12.080
  • circle of friends, or people you
  • 00:43:12.080 --> 00:43:13.220
  • work with, whose life your life
  • 00:43:13.220 --> 00:43:14.270
  • can influence and impact.
  • 00:43:14.270 --> 00:43:16.260
  • And it also means showing caring
  • 00:43:17.290 --> 00:43:20.290
  • concern for people.
  • 00:43:20.290 --> 00:43:22.230
  • If I really and truly want to
  • 00:43:22.230 --> 00:43:24.220
  • encourage somebody, I need to
  • 00:43:24.240 --> 00:43:27.240
  • show some kind of genuine
  • 00:43:27.240 --> 00:43:29.110
  • caring.
  • 00:43:29.110 --> 00:43:30.120
  • That is, I'm not going to do
  • 00:43:30.120 --> 00:43:32.030
  • this for you because I want you
  • 00:43:32.030 --> 00:43:33.200
  • to do this for me.
  • 00:43:33.200 --> 00:43:35.050
  • That is not what we're talking
  • 00:43:35.050 --> 00:43:36.150
  • about.
  • 00:43:36.150 --> 00:43:37.160
  • What I'm talking about is that I
  • 00:43:37.160 --> 00:43:38.210
  • see something in you that I can
  • 00:43:38.210 --> 00:43:40.180
  • help in some way, some fashion,
  • 00:43:40.180 --> 00:43:42.250
  • that's what I want to do.
  • 00:43:42.250 --> 00:43:44.180
  • And then of course, as we say,
  • 00:43:44.180 --> 00:43:46.080
  • it's a positive motivator.
  • 00:43:46.080 --> 00:43:47.190
  • It makes the difference; and I
  • 00:43:47.190 --> 00:43:49.020
  • think this is true in any walk
  • 00:43:49.020 --> 00:43:50.130
  • of life.
  • 00:43:50.240 --> 00:43:53.240
  • What makes the difference in the
  • 00:43:53.240 --> 00:43:55.170
  • lives of many people, whether
  • 00:43:55.170 --> 00:43:57.050
  • they succeed or fail, is the
  • 00:43:57.050 --> 00:43:58.110
  • encouragement of someone else.
  • 00:44:00.050 --> 00:44:03.050
  • And I can remember the times my
  • 00:44:03.050 --> 00:44:04.080
  • mom would encourage me when I
  • 00:44:04.080 --> 00:44:05.200
  • didn't do very good in some area
  • 00:44:05.200 --> 00:44:07.090
  • of school.
  • 00:44:07.090 --> 00:44:08.070
  • She never said, Shame on you.
  • 00:44:08.070 --> 00:44:10.090
  • You should have done better.
  • 00:44:10.090 --> 00:44:11.220
  • She never, she'd say,
  • 00:44:11.220 --> 00:44:13.010
  • "Now I just want you
  • 00:44:13.010 --> 00:44:14.070
  • to do your best."
  • 00:44:14.070 --> 00:44:15.210
  • She never condemned me.
  • 00:44:15.210 --> 00:44:16.210
  • She just said, I just want you
  • 00:44:16.210 --> 00:44:17.230
  • to do your best.
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  • What did that--what did that do?
  • 00:44:19.010 --> 00:44:20.140
  • It made me want to do my best.
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  • My best wasn't nearly as good as
  • 00:44:22.290 --> 00:44:24.190
  • my fellow students in lots of
  • 00:44:24.190 --> 00:44:26.240
  • ways; but my Mama said she
  • 00:44:26.240 --> 00:44:29.100
  • wanted me to do my best; and if
  • 00:44:29.100 --> 00:44:31.240
  • that's what she wanted, that's
  • 00:44:31.240 --> 00:44:33.020
  • what I was going to do.
  • 00:44:33.020 --> 00:44:34.060
  • It wasn't the best, but it was
  • 00:44:34.060 --> 00:44:35.290
  • my best.
  • 00:44:35.290 --> 00:44:37.000
  • And sometimes you don't need a
  • 00:44:37.000 --> 00:44:38.290
  • sermon.
  • 00:44:38.290 --> 00:44:40.110
  • You just need the opportunity to
  • 00:44:40.110 --> 00:44:41.240
  • express it; and the courage to
  • 00:44:41.240 --> 00:44:44.130
  • express it to somebody who needs
  • 00:44:44.130 --> 00:44:46.080
  • just the word from you.
  • 00:44:46.080 --> 00:44:48.210
  • And we're living in a society
  • 00:44:48.210 --> 00:44:49.260
  • when most people have major
  • 00:44:49.270 --> 00:44:52.270
  • problems, difficult problems of
  • 00:44:52.270 --> 00:44:54.090
  • all kinds.
  • 00:44:54.090 --> 00:44:55.230
  • And if ever the church, the Body
  • 00:44:55.230 --> 00:44:57.100
  • of Christ, needed to be an
  • 00:44:57.100 --> 00:44:58.210
  • encouraging body, this is a time
  • 00:44:58.210 --> 00:45:01.090
  • we certainly need to be that.
  • 00:45:01.090 --> 00:45:03.030
  • And, think about this.
  • 00:45:03.030 --> 00:45:04.190
  • Sometimes your encouragement
  • 00:45:04.190 --> 00:45:07.090
  • could make the difference
  • 00:45:07.090 --> 00:45:08.280
  • between somebody's eternal life
  • 00:45:08.280 --> 00:45:11.050
  • and their eternal separation
  • 00:45:11.050 --> 00:45:13.120
  • from God.
  • 00:45:13.120 --> 00:45:15.200
  • And this is why it's a dangerous
  • 00:45:15.200 --> 00:45:17.140
  • thing to be quiet when you
  • 00:45:18.000 --> 00:45:21.000
  • should speak up.
  • 00:45:21.000 --> 00:45:22.240
  • When you see somebody heading in
  • 00:45:22.240 --> 00:45:24.020
  • the wrong direction; they may
  • 00:45:24.020 --> 00:45:26.120
  • not like your encouragement,
  • 00:45:26.120 --> 00:45:28.000
  • that's not the issue.
  • 00:45:28.000 --> 00:45:29.230
  • You and I are responsible to be
  • 00:45:29.230 --> 00:45:30.280
  • encouraging.
  • 00:45:30.280 --> 00:45:32.020
  • Now.
  • 00:45:32.020 --> 00:45:33.100
  • There are many ways to show
  • 00:45:33.100 --> 00:45:35.160
  • encouragement.
  • 00:45:35.160 --> 00:45:37.240
  • And the first one is this, you
  • 00:45:37.240 --> 00:45:39.010
  • can call someone and encourage
  • 00:45:39.010 --> 00:45:41.110
  • them on the phone.
  • 00:45:41.110 --> 00:45:42.280
  • I'll just give you one word.
  • 00:45:42.280 --> 00:45:44.110
  • Or secondly, you can text them,
  • 00:45:44.110 --> 00:45:46.090
  • if that's the best you can do.
  • 00:45:47.090 --> 00:45:50.090
  • And that's better than nothing.
  • 00:45:50.090 --> 00:45:52.060
  • But you can text them.
  • 00:45:52.210 --> 00:45:55.210
  • Then of course, you can write a
  • 00:45:55.210 --> 00:45:56.200
  • letter.
  • 00:45:56.200 --> 00:45:58.020
  • You say a lot more in letters,
  • 00:45:58.020 --> 00:45:59.090
  • more personal.
  • 00:45:59.090 --> 00:46:00.270
  • And then of course, there's a
  • 00:46:00.270 --> 00:46:02.170
  • sincere compliment.
  • 00:46:02.170 --> 00:46:04.030
  • Then of course, you can say to
  • 00:46:04.030 --> 00:46:05.220
  • somebody, "What would you
  • 00:46:05.220 --> 00:46:07.110
  • have me pray for you about?"
  • 00:46:07.110 --> 00:46:10.040
  • That's a whole lot better than
  • 00:46:10.040 --> 00:46:11.030
  • saying, "Well,
  • 00:46:11.030 --> 00:46:12.060
  • I'm praying for you."
  • 00:46:12.060 --> 00:46:13.150
  • But, what would you have me pray
  • 00:46:13.150 --> 00:46:14.250
  • about?
  • 00:46:14.250 --> 00:46:15.260
  • Or, you can just let somebody
  • 00:46:15.260 --> 00:46:16.290
  • know that you're praying for
  • 00:46:16.290 --> 00:46:18.000
  • them.
  • 00:46:18.000 --> 00:46:19.070
  • Then you can fulfill a need in
  • 00:46:19.070 --> 00:46:20.140
  • someone's life.
  • 00:46:20.140 --> 00:46:21.240
  • You know that there's maybe a
  • 00:46:21.240 --> 00:46:22.250
  • financial need or some emotional
  • 00:46:22.250 --> 00:46:24.160
  • need, and one of the ways you
  • 00:46:24.160 --> 00:46:26.170
  • want to encourage them is let
  • 00:46:26.170 --> 00:46:27.280
  • them know you're going to help
  • 00:46:27.280 --> 00:46:29.120
  • them at that point.
  • 00:46:29.120 --> 00:46:30.150
  • And then, give somebody time.
  • 00:46:30.150 --> 00:46:32.110
  • You want to encourage somebody,
  • 00:46:32.110 --> 00:46:33.220
  • give them time.
  • 00:46:33.220 --> 00:46:35.190
  • It's one thing to say, Well, I
  • 00:46:35.190 --> 00:46:36.250
  • hope you get along well and so
  • 00:46:36.250 --> 00:46:38.050
  • forth, and never have any time
  • 00:46:38.050 --> 00:46:39.230
  • to sit down.
  • 00:46:39.230 --> 00:46:41.190
  • And sometimes a very brief
  • 00:46:41.190 --> 00:46:44.160
  • conversation, ten minutes,
  • 00:46:44.160 --> 00:46:47.010
  • changes somebody's whole
  • 00:46:47.010 --> 00:46:49.020
  • direction in life.
  • 00:46:49.020 --> 00:46:50.230
  • And then of course, point them
  • 00:46:50.230 --> 00:46:53.050
  • to some applicable Scripture.
  • 00:46:53.050 --> 00:46:55.210
  • And you, listen, you ought to
  • 00:46:55.210 --> 00:46:57.080
  • have a few Scriptures on
  • 00:46:57.080 --> 00:46:58.100
  • your--tip of your tongue that
  • 00:46:58.100 --> 00:46:59.250
  • you can hand out any time.
  • 00:46:59.250 --> 00:47:01.190
  • And I'll tell you one of mine.
  • 00:47:01.190 --> 00:47:03.000
  • Doesn't make any difference who
  • 00:47:03.000 --> 00:47:04.000
  • I meet, if they bring up
  • 00:47:04.000 --> 00:47:05.080
  • something, I can give them this.
  • 00:47:05.080 --> 00:47:06.260
  • Psalm thirty-two, eight.
  • 00:47:06.260 --> 00:47:08.260
  • I will instruct you and teach
  • 00:47:08.260 --> 00:47:10.030
  • you in the way which you should
  • 00:47:10.030 --> 00:47:11.050
  • go.
  • 00:47:11.050 --> 00:47:11.280
  • I will guide you with My eye
  • 00:47:11.280 --> 00:47:13.000
  • upon you.
  • 00:47:13.000 --> 00:47:14.040
  • Everybody needs to hear that.
  • 00:47:14.040 --> 00:47:15.290
  • I will guide you with My eye
  • 00:47:15.290 --> 00:47:17.030
  • upon you.
  • 00:47:17.030 --> 00:47:18.000
  • Psalm thirty-two, verse eight.
  • 00:47:18.000 --> 00:47:19.190
  • And so some applicable Scripture
  • 00:47:19.190 --> 00:47:21.180
  • is very, very encouraging.
  • 00:47:21.180 --> 00:47:23.170
  • And then of course, just tell
  • 00:47:23.180 --> 00:47:26.180
  • them the truth.
  • 00:47:26.180 --> 00:47:28.130
  • Sometimes somebody asks you
  • 00:47:28.130 --> 00:47:29.180
  • something, just tell them the
  • 00:47:29.180 --> 00:47:30.160
  • truth.
  • 00:47:30.160 --> 00:47:31.260
  • And oftentimes you'll hear them
  • 00:47:31.260 --> 00:47:33.000
  • say, Well, thank you for being
  • 00:47:33.000 --> 00:47:34.240
  • truthful about it with me.
  • 00:47:34.240 --> 00:47:37.130
  • Because lots of times people
  • 00:47:37.130 --> 00:47:38.080
  • want the truth and listen,
  • 00:47:38.080 --> 00:47:39.100
  • now watch this.
  • 00:47:39.100 --> 00:47:40.140
  • Sometimes they won't like the
  • 00:47:40.140 --> 00:47:42.000
  • truth, but he didn't say I'm to
  • 00:47:42.000 --> 00:47:44.070
  • encourage those who like.
  • 00:47:44.070 --> 00:47:46.000
  • I'm to be truthful and honest no
  • 00:47:46.000 --> 00:47:47.230
  • matter what.
  • 00:47:47.230 --> 00:47:49.070
  • Then you've got to be forgiving.
  • 00:47:50.060 --> 00:47:53.060
  • If I really want to be an
  • 00:47:53.060 --> 00:47:56.000
  • encourager, I've got to be
  • 00:47:56.000 --> 00:47:57.080
  • forgiving.
  • 00:47:57.080 --> 00:47:59.250
  • And then of course, you've got
  • 00:47:59.250 --> 00:48:00.250
  • to love them.
  • 00:48:00.250 --> 00:48:02.020
  • There are different ways to love
  • 00:48:02.020 --> 00:48:02.270
  • somebody.
  • 00:48:02.270 --> 00:48:04.040
  • And one of the ways you love
  • 00:48:04.040 --> 00:48:04.290
  • somebody is you can tell them.
  • 00:48:05.030 --> 00:48:08.030
  • There's something about I love
  • 00:48:08.030 --> 00:48:10.100
  • you that comes from a sincere
  • 00:48:10.100 --> 00:48:12.190
  • heart that's powerful.
  • 00:48:13.150 --> 00:48:16.150
  • Then likewise, give godly
  • 00:48:16.150 --> 00:48:17.230
  • correction to them.
  • 00:48:17.230 --> 00:48:19.030
  • In other words, if you love
  • 00:48:19.030 --> 00:48:20.100
  • somebody and you really care,
  • 00:48:20.100 --> 00:48:22.030
  • you want to give them godly
  • 00:48:22.030 --> 00:48:23.070
  • correction.
  • 00:48:23.070 --> 00:48:24.060
  • Sometimes people are in the
  • 00:48:24.060 --> 00:48:25.090
  • process of making a mistake.
  • 00:48:25.090 --> 00:48:27.020
  • And you may say to them, I
  • 00:48:27.020 --> 00:48:28.110
  • just--I really care for what's
  • 00:48:28.110 --> 00:48:30.210
  • going on in your life and I'm
  • 00:48:30.210 --> 00:48:32.030
  • thinking about you.
  • 00:48:32.030 --> 00:48:33.160
  • But I just want you to know that
  • 00:48:33.160 --> 00:48:35.040
  • I've been praying for you.
  • 00:48:35.040 --> 00:48:36.230
  • And if you keep heading in the
  • 00:48:36.230 --> 00:48:38.060
  • direction you're going to make a
  • 00:48:38.060 --> 00:48:39.140
  • terrible mistake.
  • 00:48:39.140 --> 00:48:42.030
  • There are ways that you can say
  • 00:48:42.030 --> 00:48:44.040
  • something to correct somebody's
  • 00:48:44.040 --> 00:48:45.200
  • direction.
  • 00:48:45.200 --> 00:48:47.060
  • You say it lovingly.
  • 00:48:47.060 --> 00:48:48.160
  • And then of course, if you want
  • 00:48:48.160 --> 00:48:50.050
  • to show encouragement, listen to
  • 00:48:50.050 --> 00:48:52.070
  • them.
  • 00:48:52.070 --> 00:48:53.280
  • And not many folks have
  • 00:48:53.280 --> 00:48:55.080
  • listeners.
  • 00:48:55.080 --> 00:48:56.200
  • Sometimes the only thing a
  • 00:48:56.200 --> 00:48:59.040
  • person needs is to be able to
  • 00:48:59.040 --> 00:49:01.140
  • speak and know that you heard
  • 00:49:01.140 --> 00:49:04.040
  • them.
  • 00:49:04.040 --> 00:49:05.200
  • Now you think about this for a
  • 00:49:05.200 --> 00:49:06.170
  • moment.
  • 00:49:06.170 --> 00:49:07.130
  • Suppose nobody listens to you.
  • 00:49:07.130 --> 00:49:09.200
  • You may have something important
  • 00:49:09.200 --> 00:49:10.270
  • to say or it may be something
  • 00:49:10.270 --> 00:49:12.080
  • that's not important.
  • 00:49:12.080 --> 00:49:14.060
  • But would you not agree that
  • 00:49:14.060 --> 00:49:16.000
  • just to have somebody listen
  • 00:49:17.280 --> 00:49:20.280
  • is awesomely encouraging?
  • 00:49:20.280 --> 00:49:23.050
  • And as I said to you when
  • 00:49:23.050 --> 00:49:24.050
  • my friend would call me and
  • 00:49:24.050 --> 00:49:25.140
  • he'd just hear my voice and say,
  • 00:49:25.140 --> 00:49:27.020
  • "I'm coming over."
  • 00:49:27.020 --> 00:49:28.170
  • And he didn't come over to talk.
  • 00:49:28.170 --> 00:49:30.150
  • He came to listen to me express
  • 00:49:30.150 --> 00:49:32.160
  • what I was feeling and knew that
  • 00:49:32.160 --> 00:49:35.020
  • I needed an encouraging word
  • 00:49:35.020 --> 00:49:36.110
  • at that time.
  • 00:49:36.110 --> 00:49:37.260
  • And then of course, you give
  • 00:49:37.260 --> 00:49:39.070
  • them your full attention and the
  • 00:49:39.070 --> 00:49:40.170
  • best way to do that is to look
  • 00:49:40.170 --> 00:49:41.140
  • them square in the eye and say
  • 00:49:41.140 --> 00:49:42.260
  • "happy to meet you," "glad to
  • 00:49:42.260 --> 00:49:44.010
  • see you," "thanks for coming"
  • 00:49:44.010 --> 00:49:46.160
  • or whatever it might be.
  • 00:49:46.160 --> 00:49:48.060
  • And so, it makes a difference
  • 00:49:48.060 --> 00:49:49.160
  • when we do that.
  • 00:49:49.160 --> 00:49:51.100
  • And then of course,
  • 00:49:51.100 --> 00:49:52.110
  • be patient with them.
  • 00:49:52.110 --> 00:49:53.240
  • We have to be patient with
  • 00:49:53.240 --> 00:49:54.190
  • people.
  • 00:49:54.190 --> 00:49:55.170
  • They have to be patient with us.
  • 00:49:55.170 --> 00:49:57.010
  • And to be patient means I'm
  • 00:49:57.010 --> 00:49:58.050
  • willing to wait till they say
  • 00:49:58.050 --> 00:50:00.090
  • what they want to say, or till
  • 00:50:00.090 --> 00:50:01.290
  • they have the courage to express
  • 00:50:01.290 --> 00:50:03.090
  • what they're feeling.
  • 00:50:03.090 --> 00:50:05.050
  • And then sometimes you may have
  • 00:50:05.050 --> 00:50:06.160
  • to cry with them.
  • 00:50:06.160 --> 00:50:08.150
  • If you're going to encourage
  • 00:50:08.150 --> 00:50:10.120
  • them, you may have to cry with
  • 00:50:10.120 --> 00:50:12.130
  • them, not have to, but find
  • 00:50:12.130 --> 00:50:14.080
  • yourself weeping with them
  • 00:50:14.080 --> 00:50:15.280
  • because of what they're going
  • 00:50:15.280 --> 00:50:16.250
  • through.
  • 00:50:16.250 --> 00:50:18.080
  • And then agree with them when
  • 00:50:18.080 --> 00:50:19.130
  • it's appropriate.
  • 00:50:19.130 --> 00:50:20.130
  • Yes, you're exactly right.
  • 00:50:20.130 --> 00:50:21.260
  • I think that's a fantastic idea.
  • 00:50:21.260 --> 00:50:24.080
  • Agree with them.
  • 00:50:24.080 --> 00:50:25.150
  • And all of us need some of that
  • 00:50:25.150 --> 00:50:26.140
  • at times.
  • 00:50:26.140 --> 00:50:28.000
  • Then, give them a meaningful
  • 00:50:28.000 --> 00:50:29.150
  • gift.
  • 00:50:29.150 --> 00:50:31.160
  • Give them something meaningful.
  • 00:50:31.160 --> 00:50:33.060
  • And I'll tell you, someone gave
  • 00:50:33.060 --> 00:50:34.150
  • me this week a very meaningful
  • 00:50:36.030 --> 00:50:39.030
  • gift.
  • 00:50:39.030 --> 00:50:40.220
  • It didn't cost a lot of money,
  • 00:50:40.220 --> 00:50:42.110
  • but it was one of the most
  • 00:50:42.110 --> 00:50:43.080
  • meaningful gifts I've ever been
  • 00:50:43.080 --> 00:50:44.160
  • given.
  • 00:50:44.160 --> 00:50:45.290
  • And you know what?
  • 00:50:45.290 --> 00:50:46.140
  • Somebody knew enough about me
  • 00:50:46.140 --> 00:50:48.090
  • or heard me say enough
  • 00:50:48.090 --> 00:50:49.200
  • about kneeling to pray.
  • 00:50:49.200 --> 00:50:51.140
  • They took the time to find this
  • 00:50:51.140 --> 00:50:52.220
  • old piece of wood; polished it
  • 00:50:52.220 --> 00:50:54.150
  • all up beautifully; wrote on
  • 00:50:54.150 --> 00:50:55.170
  • the back, on the bottom of it,
  • 00:50:55.170 --> 00:50:56.230
  • "Obey God and leave
  • 00:50:56.230 --> 00:50:58.120
  • all the consequences to Him."
  • 00:50:58.120 --> 00:50:59.290
  • So, I'm kneeling
  • 00:50:59.290 --> 00:51:00.200
  • on that principle every day.
  • 00:51:00.200 --> 00:51:02.200
  • Praise the Lord!
  • 00:51:02.200 --> 00:51:04.030
  • And, you know what?
  • 00:51:04.030 --> 00:51:06.010
  • What does it say?
  • 00:51:06.010 --> 00:51:07.030
  • It says they were thinking about
  • 00:51:07.030 --> 00:51:08.060
  • me.
  • 00:51:08.060 --> 00:51:09.070
  • That person wouldn't have to say
  • 00:51:09.070 --> 00:51:10.200
  • a word, but it was an absolutely
  • 00:51:10.200 --> 00:51:13.100
  • very, very appropriate
  • 00:51:13.100 --> 00:51:15.120
  • meaningful gift.
  • 00:51:15.120 --> 00:51:17.110
  • Then, an affirming look.
  • 00:51:17.110 --> 00:51:19.010
  • What about when they said, they
  • 00:51:24.180 --> 00:51:27.120
  • affirmed what you were saying or
  • 00:51:27.120 --> 00:51:29.040
  • what you were doing and you can,
  • 00:51:29.040 --> 00:51:30.100
  • you can look at people and see
  • 00:51:30.100 --> 00:51:31.210
  • that.
  • 00:51:31.210 --> 00:51:33.070
  • And then, sometimes they just
  • 00:51:35.000 --> 00:51:38.000
  • need for you to pass on some
  • 00:51:38.000 --> 00:51:39.000
  • helpful information.
  • 00:51:39.000 --> 00:51:40.210
  • And my friends and I were
  • 00:51:40.210 --> 00:51:42.050
  • shopping the other day and I saw
  • 00:51:42.050 --> 00:51:44.230
  • this young lady and she had one
  • 00:51:44.230 --> 00:51:46.090
  • of these things on her hand,
  • 00:51:46.090 --> 00:51:47.200
  • it's to control her hand.
  • 00:51:47.200 --> 00:51:49.020
  • I--and--my hand had been hurting
  • 00:51:49.020 --> 00:51:51.010
  • me for some time and I said,
  • 00:51:51.010 --> 00:51:52.040
  • what's that for?
  • 00:51:52.040 --> 00:51:54.080
  • She told me and what had been
  • 00:51:54.080 --> 00:51:55.230
  • going on, and this, that and the
  • 00:51:55.230 --> 00:51:57.090
  • other, it was hard for her to do
  • 00:51:57.090 --> 00:51:58.040
  • her job.
  • 00:51:58.040 --> 00:51:58.280
  • She had this brace on and so
  • 00:51:58.280 --> 00:51:59.210
  • forth.
  • 00:51:59.210 --> 00:52:00.180
  • I said, I can help you, because
  • 00:52:00.180 --> 00:52:02.130
  • I had the same kind of problem
  • 00:52:02.130 --> 00:52:03.250
  • and somebody's really helped me.
  • 00:52:03.250 --> 00:52:05.190
  • And so, somebody took the time
  • 00:52:05.190 --> 00:52:07.290
  • to share something with me, then
  • 00:52:07.290 --> 00:52:10.150
  • I want to pass it on to somebody
  • 00:52:10.150 --> 00:52:12.030
  • else, very helpful information.
  • 00:52:12.030 --> 00:52:13.210
  • And then to express loyalty to
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  • somebody.
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  • You know what?
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  • I really appreciate what you do.
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  • I just love that.
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  • You know, count on me.
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  • Whatever it, just loyalty.
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  • And there are not many folks I
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  • think today who are really all
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  • that loyal.
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  • Then I think assisting somebody
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  • in an area in which they feel
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  • inadequate is a very helpful way
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  • to show encouragement.
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  • And I have some staff members
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  • that if, if they weren't right
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  • by my side at times, my work on
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  • the computer would be a total
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  • disaster.
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  • Because I don't understand some
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  • of that.
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  • Some of it I do and I keep
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  • learning, but they're people I
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  • depend upon.
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  • And I think we--there's
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  • something healthy about good
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  • interdependence on each other,
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  • not just somebody wants to do
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  • everything.
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  • If you love somebody, you want
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  • to be helpful.
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  • And then the last thing I would
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  • say, You want to be an
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  • encouragement?
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  • Say amen.
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  • Here's all you have to do.
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  • And that's smile.
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  • That's the easiest way I know to
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  • be an encouragement.
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  • And so, let me just say this to
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  • you.
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  • You encourage me.
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  • In fact, I can't wait to get
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  • here on Sundays, because I can't
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  • wait to share with you what God
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  • has shared with me, because I
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  • know it'll transform your life.
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  • And in the process of your
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  • listening, taking notes, that
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  • just motivates me for the next
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  • week.
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  • And so I go home on Sunday
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  • afternoon, start working on next
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  • Sunday; because I'm motivated to
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  • give my best.
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  • You motivate me by your
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  • attention and by your writing
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  • and your--and by your living and
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  • by your giving and all the rest.
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  • Well, if you'll think about your
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  • life, take your life out of the
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  • church and put it where you
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  • live, for example.
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  • There are people around you
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  • that if you encourage them,
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  • they're going to encourage you.
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  • And I would say to you, wherever
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  • you are and you're listening to
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  • this message, it doesn't make
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  • any difference who you are
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  • or where you are.
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  • You can be an encourager when
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  • Jesus Christ is in your heart;
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  • because there's something that
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  • just bubbles up and flows out
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  • when He's there.
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  • You can encourage the people
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  • around you to trust Christ as
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  • their Savior.
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  • You can encourage your family.
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  • You can encourage people you
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  • work for.
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  • You can encourage your friends.
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  • You can encourage everybody.
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  • And one of those twenty-five
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  • ways, surely you can be an
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  • encourager.
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  • It begins with trusting Jesus as
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  • your personal Savior.
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  • That is, asking Him to forgive
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  • you of your sins, based on what
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  • He did at the cross.
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  • He shed His blood.
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  • He died on the cross.
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  • He made it possible for you to
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  • be forgiven.
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  • What we do is ask and surrender.
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  • What He did is die and
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  • resurrect.
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  • And I would encourage you to do
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  • that.
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  • He will encourage you every day
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  • of your life, if you'll let Him
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  • do it.
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  • And Father, how grateful we are
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  • that You're such an awesome God.
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  • And I pray that You'll sink this
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  • message deep in the heart of
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  • every one of us.
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  • And Lord, that we'll always be
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  • an encourager through
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  • the last day of our life.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • of God's Word.
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  • I want to capture something that
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  • God uses to send me a message
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  • has blessed me personally
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  • over the years.
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  • Here's what I can tell you--
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  • announcer: Charles Stanley
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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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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