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Walking in God's Plan

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June 23, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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Walking in God's Plan

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: God has
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  • a will for your life.
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  • He loves you.
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  • He desires the best for you.
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  • And if you've missed it so far,
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  • start today and tell Him, "Lord,
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  • I don't know what You can do
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  • with what's left over, but God,
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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
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • - Dr. Stanley: I was
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  • twelve years of age.
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  • I always sat on the second row
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  • and the first seat there on the
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  • aisle.
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  • On this particular Sunday, a
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  • lady was preaching.
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  • And I don't exactly remember
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  • what she said.
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  • In fact, I don't remember
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  • anything she said except when
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  • they gave the invitation, it was
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  • about seven steps to the altar.
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  • I went straight to the altar,
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  • got on my knees, and asked the
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  • Lord to save me.
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  • And before I knew it, I had five
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  • of my Sunday School buddies
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  • around me praying that I'd get
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  • saved.
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  • But I remember thinking, "Okay
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  • now, Lord, I'm saved.
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  • Now what?"
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  • And nobody ever said another
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  • thing to me about--anything
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  • about the future, nothing.
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  • Then I began to think, "Well,
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  • Lord, You saved me.
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  • What did You save me for
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  • anyway?"
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  • And then I began to think and
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  • pray about it, and I thought,
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  • "Well, Lord, maybe You have
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  • something for me to do."
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  • Wasn't very long before I
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  • realized and learned and reading
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  • the Scripture, God has a will, a
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  • plan for all of His children.
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  • And if you will turn to
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  • Colossians for a moment, and I
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  • want us to begin reading in this
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  • ninth verse and read through the
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  • twelfth verse.
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  • And I want you to listen very
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  • carefully to this message.
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  • In the ninth verse, Paul writes
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  • to the Colossians, "For this
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  • reason also, since the day we
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  • heard of it, we have not ceased
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  • to pray for you and to ask that
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  • you may be filled with the
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  • knowledge of His will in all
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  • spiritual wisdom and
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  • understanding.
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  • So that you will walk in a
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  • manner worthy of the Lord, to
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  • please Him in all respects,
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  • bearing fruit in every good work
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  • and increasing in the knowledge
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  • of God; strengthened with all
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  • power, according to His glorious
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  • might, for the attaining of all
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  • steadfastness and patience,
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  • joyously giving thanks to the
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  • Father, who has qualified us to
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  • share in the inheritance of the
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  • saints in Light."
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  • Filled with the knowledge of His
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  • will.
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  • When is the last time you ever
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  • thought about that God has a
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  • will, He has a plan for your
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  • life.
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  • You probably were saved at some
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  • point in your life and thought,
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  • "Well, that's it!
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  • And you got baptized and joined
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  • the church and you've just sort
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  • of been living out your life.
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  • Has anybody ever told you that
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  • God has a plan for your life?
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  • What is His will?
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  • Listen to this.
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  • I want to be sure you get it
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  • clearly.
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  • That which God approves of and
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  • determines to bring about.
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  • It concerns God's choices of
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  • what to do and what not to do in
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  • our life.
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  • God has a will and a plan for
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  • your life.
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  • It doesn't make any difference
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  • how old you are, where you came
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  • from, what the situation is, God
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  • has a plan for your life.
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  • Don't ever listen to someone
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  • tell you, "Well, you're not
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  • important."
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  • Any time anybody looks at you
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  • and tells you that you're not
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  • important, you look at the cross
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  • and say, "I'll tell you why I'm
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  • important.
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  • He died for me.
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  • He not only died for me, but He
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  • died for everyone, but
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  • everybody's important."
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  • So, have you ever thought about
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  • the fact that God has a will for
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  • your life?
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  • He knows all about your
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  • background.
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  • All the things that you would
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  • bring up and say, "Well, God
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  • couldn't use me.
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  • He couldn't do this, He couldn't
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  • do that."
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  • He knows all about you.
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  • He knew about you before you
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  • were ever born.
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  • He has a will and a plan for all
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  • of our lives.
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  • The tragedy is that most people
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  • will never think about that.
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  • They were never told that.
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  • They never thought about that,
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  • that God had a special plan for
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  • their life.
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  • Yes, He does.
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  • Well, what's God's plan for my
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  • life?
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  • Have you ever asked Him?
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  • And what I want to ask you to do
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  • is to listen carefully, because
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  • there are three aspects of His
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  • plan.
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  • And so, think about it in this
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  • light.
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  • First of all, there's God's
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  • predestined will, and that means
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  • He's referring to those things
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  • that He will do.
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  • His predestined will will
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  • happen, and nothing can
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  • interfere with it.
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  • No matter what's happening in
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  • the world, He has a predestined
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  • will.
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  • Those things He will do.
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  • This is--or His overriding
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  • sovereign will by which He
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  • operates in the world in general
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  • and in our lives personally.
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  • It is irresistible,
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  • unchangeable, and unconditional.
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  • That is, His predestined will
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  • cannot be changed.
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  • No matter what happens, who it
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  • happens in, through cannot be
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  • changed.
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  • And a good example of His
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  • predestined will is the cross.
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  • He predestined the death of
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  • Jesus before the world was ever
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  • created.
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  • He makes no mistakes.
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  • His predestined will we can't do
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  • anything about.
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  • We're just here.
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  • Then there's His moral will.
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • This applies to every one of us,
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  • and let's go back to Exodus
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  • chapter twenty, and you know
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  • what this says.
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  • Listen to this, "You shall not
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  • murder," period.
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  • "You shall not commit adultery,"
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  • period.
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  • "You shall not steal.
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  • You shall not bear false
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  • witness.
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  • You shall not covet your
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  • neighbor's house," and
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  • belongings.
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  • That's just part.
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  • That's just part of His moral
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  • will.
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  • And then I'll turn to First
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  • Thessalonians chapter four, and
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  • this is a part of His will also,
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  • His moral will.
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  • Now, listen to this.
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  • "Finally then, brethren, we
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  • request and exhort you in the
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  • Lord Jesus Christ, as you
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  • received from us instructions as
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  • to how you ought to walk and
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  • please God, just as you actually
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  • do, that you excel even more."
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  • And then listen to what he says.
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  • This is His moral will, "For you
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  • know what commandments we gave
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  • you by the authority of the Lord
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  • Jesus Christ."
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  • Listen carefully, "For this is
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  • the will of God, your
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  • sanctification," to live a holy
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  • life, "that is, that you," to be
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  • specific, "that you abstain from
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  • sexual immorality; that each one
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  • of you know how to possess his
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  • own vessel in sanctification and
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  • honor, not in lustful passion,
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  • like the Gentiles," unbelievers,
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  • "do who know not God."
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  • Now, this is a part of God's
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  • moral will.
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  • We have the Ten Commandments
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  • and, specifically, he identifies
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  • in this chapter of
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  • Thessalonians, "This is the will
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  • of God, your sanctification,
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  • that is, that you abstain from
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  • sexual immorality."
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  • That is the law of the Living
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  • God.
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  • It doesn't make any difference
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  • what you think.
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  • Doesn't make any difference what
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  • group you belong to or where
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  • you're from or whatever it might
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  • be.
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  • And it is a moral law of God for
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  • which all of us will give an
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  • account for by the way we
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  • respond to it.
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  • And we have people today who
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  • want to--they want to defend all
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  • kind of things.
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  • The Scripture says, "Abstain
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  • from sexual immorality," that
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  • each one of us should know how
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  • to handle ourselves, "not in
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  • lustful passion, like the
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  • Gentiles," like the unbelievers,
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  • "who do not know God."
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  • Every believer knows God through
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • We live under the moral law of
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  • God to abstain from sexual
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  • immorality, which is a major,
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  • major, major cause of sin,
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  • wickedness, vileness, and a lot
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  • of other things in this country.
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  • And people can reason all they
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  • want to.
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  • When you go back to the Word of
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  • God, it is absolutely crystal
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  • clear that it is a sin against
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  • Almighty God, a sin against His
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  • moral law.
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  • Then, of course, there is one
  • 00:09:23.120 --> 00:09:26.120
  • other, and that is God's desired
  • 00:09:26.170 --> 00:09:29.170
  • will.
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  • Now, we say His predestined will
  • 00:09:30.180 --> 00:09:32.060
  • cannot be changed.
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  • His moral law is a law we should
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  • live by.
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  • God's desired will is this,
  • 00:09:37.210 --> 00:09:40.130
  • listen carefully, those things
  • 00:09:40.130 --> 00:09:42.200
  • He desires for us: salvation,
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  • baptism, the fruit of the Spirit
  • 00:09:46.230 --> 00:09:49.030
  • in our life, service, giving,
  • 00:09:49.030 --> 00:09:51.250
  • forgiving, loving, praying about
  • 00:09:51.250 --> 00:09:54.140
  • everything, many decisions in
  • 00:09:54.140 --> 00:09:56.200
  • our life.
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  • That is, there are three parts
  • 00:09:57.240 --> 00:09:58.260
  • to His will.
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  • His predestined will, which
  • 00:10:00.050 --> 00:10:01.140
  • cannot be changed.
  • 00:10:01.140 --> 00:10:03.010
  • His moral will for which we are
  • 00:10:03.010 --> 00:10:04.150
  • responsible.
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:05.190
  • God's desired will is for our
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  • whole life.
  • 00:10:07.100 --> 00:10:08.180
  • Somewhere in this, you are
  • 00:10:08.180 --> 00:10:11.130
  • today.
  • 00:10:11.130 --> 00:10:12.200
  • So, let me ask you: where are
  • 00:10:12.200 --> 00:10:13.250
  • you in light of the will of God?
  • 00:10:14.160 --> 00:10:17.160
  • You say, "Well, I've never
  • 00:10:17.160 --> 00:10:18.080
  • thought about it."
  • 00:10:18.080 --> 00:10:19.010
  • Well, you need to start thinking
  • 00:10:19.010 --> 00:10:20.030
  • about it today because you'll
  • 00:10:20.030 --> 00:10:21.240
  • have to think about it today
  • 00:10:21.240 --> 00:10:23.030
  • because I'm reminding you of it.
  • 00:10:23.030 --> 00:10:25.100
  • You'll have to think about it.
  • 00:10:25.100 --> 00:10:26.290
  • That the Holy God, Almighty God,
  • 00:10:26.290 --> 00:10:29.120
  • before whom all of us will stand
  • 00:10:29.120 --> 00:10:31.000
  • one day and give an account for
  • 00:10:31.000 --> 00:10:32.170
  • our life.
  • 00:10:32.170 --> 00:10:33.020
  • Read First Corinthians, we're
  • 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:34.140
  • going to give an account for our
  • 00:10:34.140 --> 00:10:35.260
  • life.
  • 00:10:35.260 --> 00:10:38.200
  • And some people will die having
  • 00:10:38.200 --> 00:10:41.110
  • only known the Lord a few days
  • 00:10:41.110 --> 00:10:43.150
  • or a few weeks, sometimes a few
  • 00:10:43.150 --> 00:10:44.260
  • minutes.
  • 00:10:44.260 --> 00:10:46.210
  • So, you say, "What about
  • 00:10:46.210 --> 00:10:47.160
  • so-and-so and so-and-so, and--"
  • 00:10:47.160 --> 00:10:49.010
  • You know what, forget so-and-so.
  • 00:10:49.010 --> 00:10:51.130
  • You think about your life.
  • 00:10:51.130 --> 00:10:53.070
  • You've heard the gospel.
  • 00:10:53.070 --> 00:10:55.130
  • You've had opportunities, you've
  • 00:10:55.130 --> 00:10:57.090
  • had awesome opportunities.
  • 00:10:57.090 --> 00:10:58.180
  • Maybe you didn't have too many
  • 00:10:58.180 --> 00:10:59.190
  • opportunities.
  • 00:10:59.190 --> 00:11:00.260
  • Maybe you've never felt loved in
  • 00:11:00.260 --> 00:11:01.290
  • your life.
  • 00:11:01.290 --> 00:11:02.270
  • God loves you, He has a plan for
  • 00:11:02.270 --> 00:11:04.170
  • your life.
  • 00:11:04.170 --> 00:11:05.120
  • You say, "Well, what about this
  • 00:11:05.120 --> 00:11:06.150
  • at this point in my life?"
  • 00:11:06.150 --> 00:11:07.190
  • Listen carefully, He'll pick you
  • 00:11:07.190 --> 00:11:09.140
  • up right where you are, right
  • 00:11:09.140 --> 00:11:12.100
  • where you are.
  • 00:11:12.100 --> 00:11:13.200
  • He'll start today in this
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  • minute.
  • 00:11:15.070 --> 00:11:15.220
  • If you said, "God, I never
  • 00:11:15.220 --> 00:11:16.290
  • thought about this before.
  • 00:11:16.290 --> 00:11:18.050
  • I want to do--I want the rest of
  • 00:11:18.050 --> 00:11:19.170
  • my life to be in Your will.
  • 00:11:19.170 --> 00:11:20.180
  • Lord, whatever it takes, here I
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:22.010
  • am."
  • 00:11:22.010 --> 00:11:22.170
  • He'll pick you up right where
  • 00:11:22.170 --> 00:11:23.140
  • you are and He, watch this, He
  • 00:11:23.140 --> 00:11:25.130
  • will enable you to do your best
  • 00:11:25.130 --> 00:11:27.120
  • the rest of your life.
  • 00:11:27.120 --> 00:11:29.130
  • But what He needs and is waiting
  • 00:11:29.130 --> 00:11:31.150
  • for is your willingness to
  • 00:11:31.150 --> 00:11:33.000
  • surrender to His will.
  • 00:11:33.000 --> 00:11:35.260
  • Because watch this, He always
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:37.160
  • has the best.
  • 00:11:37.160 --> 00:11:38.290
  • Does that mean the same?
  • 00:11:38.290 --> 00:11:39.290
  • No.
  • 00:11:39.290 --> 00:11:40.260
  • I don't understand why He
  • 00:11:40.260 --> 00:11:42.030
  • allowed some people to suffer
  • 00:11:42.030 --> 00:11:43.050
  • the way they suffer.
  • 00:11:43.050 --> 00:11:44.140
  • Don't understand why people grow
  • 00:11:44.140 --> 00:11:46.070
  • up the way they have to grow up,
  • 00:11:46.070 --> 00:11:47.270
  • situations and circumstances,
  • 00:11:47.270 --> 00:11:49.270
  • but God knows.
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:51.150
  • And all of His judgments will be
  • 00:11:51.150 --> 00:11:53.040
  • according to His perfect will.
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:55.100
  • He knows our opportunities.
  • 00:11:55.260 --> 00:11:58.260
  • He knows the things that people
  • 00:11:58.260 --> 00:12:01.030
  • are plagued with.
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:02.100
  • And He knows the opportunities
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:04.020
  • He's given us.
  • 00:12:04.020 --> 00:12:06.210
  • So, the issue is this, not
  • 00:12:06.210 --> 00:12:09.140
  • what I've--have I done or what
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:11.140
  • have I missed?
  • 00:12:11.140 --> 00:12:12.060
  • But, God, beginning today--maybe
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:15.040
  • you never thought about the fact
  • 00:12:15.040 --> 00:12:15.280
  • that He has a will for your
  • 00:12:15.280 --> 00:12:16.250
  • life.
  • 00:12:16.250 --> 00:12:18.150
  • And you see, watch this, you
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:19.250
  • don't know what kind of
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:20.170
  • influence you have.
  • 00:12:20.170 --> 00:12:22.120
  • Some of you've had tremendous
  • 00:12:22.120 --> 00:12:23.160
  • influence that you've not even
  • 00:12:23.160 --> 00:12:24.170
  • thought about.
  • 00:12:24.170 --> 00:12:26.080
  • And some of you have thought
  • 00:12:26.080 --> 00:12:27.050
  • about it.
  • 00:12:27.050 --> 00:12:28.140
  • You have an opportunity.
  • 00:12:28.140 --> 00:12:29.210
  • You have influence.
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:30.170
  • You have testimony.
  • 00:12:30.170 --> 00:12:32.030
  • You have the privilege of living
  • 00:12:32.160 --> 00:12:35.160
  • a life with God if you
  • 00:12:35.160 --> 00:12:37.150
  • choose to.
  • 00:12:37.150 --> 00:12:38.280
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:12:38.280 --> 00:12:40.130
  • If you had never heard before,
  • 00:12:40.130 --> 00:12:42.030
  • if you've never heard before
  • 00:12:42.030 --> 00:12:43.030
  • that He has a plan for your
  • 00:12:43.030 --> 00:12:43.290
  • life, what does He do?
  • 00:12:43.290 --> 00:12:45.220
  • I'll say it again, picks you up
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:46.270
  • right where you are, begins to
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:48.180
  • show you His will from this
  • 00:12:48.180 --> 00:12:51.130
  • point on in your life.
  • 00:12:51.130 --> 00:12:53.260
  • "Lord, I never knew You had
  • 00:12:53.260 --> 00:12:55.250
  • a will."
  • 00:12:55.250 --> 00:12:56.100
  • Yes.
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:57.090
  • "Well, Lord, I'm--I want to know
  • 00:12:57.090 --> 00:12:58.240
  • what Your will is."
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:12:59.170
  • Yes, He'll show you.
  • 00:12:59.170 --> 00:13:00.270
  • "Well, Lord, what is Your will?"
  • 00:13:00.270 --> 00:13:02.170
  • He will begin to put people
  • 00:13:02.170 --> 00:13:04.140
  • around you, in your path,
  • 00:13:04.140 --> 00:13:06.250
  • something you read, something
  • 00:13:06.250 --> 00:13:08.170
  • you hear, message you may hear,
  • 00:13:08.170 --> 00:13:10.150
  • that you begin to realize,
  • 00:13:10.150 --> 00:13:11.210
  • "Well, God, I never thought
  • 00:13:11.210 --> 00:13:13.140
  • about You having a will for
  • 00:13:13.140 --> 00:13:14.100
  • my life.
  • 00:13:14.100 --> 00:13:15.210
  • Well, Lord, I want to surrender
  • 00:13:15.210 --> 00:13:17.000
  • my life to You that whatever You
  • 00:13:17.000 --> 00:13:18.200
  • have in mind for me, Lord, here
  • 00:13:18.200 --> 00:13:20.180
  • I am."
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  • Watch this, that's always the
  • 00:13:21.210 --> 00:13:23.200
  • place to start.
  • 00:13:23.200 --> 00:13:24.240
  • God, He knows what opportunities
  • 00:13:24.240 --> 00:13:27.160
  • you've had and have not had.
  • 00:13:27.160 --> 00:13:30.110
  • And He knows that He'll take you
  • 00:13:30.110 --> 00:13:31.220
  • wherever you're willing to
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:32.250
  • surrender yourself to Him.
  • 00:13:32.250 --> 00:13:34.200
  • He will begin right there and do
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:38.010
  • what?
  • 00:13:38.010 --> 00:13:38.210
  • Work out the best in your life.
  • 00:13:38.210 --> 00:13:40.270
  • You don't ever give up.
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:42.090
  • You never quit, because God
  • 00:13:42.090 --> 00:13:44.020
  • doesn't give up.
  • 00:13:44.020 --> 00:13:44.250
  • He doesn't quit on you.
  • 00:13:44.250 --> 00:13:46.240
  • He'll take you right where you
  • 00:13:46.240 --> 00:13:47.230
  • are.
  • 00:13:47.230 --> 00:13:48.130
  • Some people are brilliantly
  • 00:13:48.130 --> 00:13:50.250
  • brilliant in many areas.
  • 00:13:50.250 --> 00:13:53.100
  • Some people have little of that.
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:55.200
  • You know what?
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:56.110
  • God takes them both right where
  • 00:13:56.110 --> 00:13:57.220
  • they are, and when they stand
  • 00:13:57.220 --> 00:13:59.050
  • before them, they will not be
  • 00:13:59.050 --> 00:14:00.270
  • judged on the basis of how smart
  • 00:14:00.270 --> 00:14:02.140
  • or how ignorant they were.
  • 00:14:02.140 --> 00:14:03.270
  • They'll be judged--we will all
  • 00:14:03.270 --> 00:14:05.170
  • be judged on the basis of what
  • 00:14:05.170 --> 00:14:07.140
  • did we do with what we knew and
  • 00:14:07.220 --> 00:14:10.220
  • what we had.
  • 00:14:10.220 --> 00:14:12.090
  • That puts us all in the same
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:13.140
  • category.
  • 00:14:13.140 --> 00:14:15.090
  • The smarter and those who are
  • 00:14:15.090 --> 00:14:17.090
  • less fortunate, whatever it
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:18.130
  • might be, God has a will for
  • 00:14:18.130 --> 00:14:20.050
  • your life.
  • 00:14:20.050 --> 00:14:22.190
  • And when I look at this, He says
  • 00:14:22.190 --> 00:14:24.140
  • that we, "May be filled with the
  • 00:14:24.140 --> 00:14:25.260
  • knowledge of His will."
  • 00:14:25.260 --> 00:14:26.260
  • Which means that God, He,
  • 00:14:26.260 --> 00:14:28.230
  • listen, He'll give you whatever
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:30.120
  • you need to begin today if you
  • 00:14:30.230 --> 00:14:33.230
  • ask Him, "Lord, I missed it
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:35.240
  • somewhere back yonder.
  • 00:14:35.240 --> 00:14:38.040
  • Please forgive me, but I'm
  • 00:14:38.040 --> 00:14:39.180
  • surrendering myself to You today
  • 00:14:39.180 --> 00:14:41.030
  • that whatever You want to do in
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:42.050
  • my life, God, here I am.
  • 00:14:42.090 --> 00:14:45.090
  • I probably messed up, Lord, but
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:47.110
  • here I am."
  • 00:14:47.110 --> 00:14:48.200
  • Will He forgive you?
  • 00:14:48.200 --> 00:14:49.200
  • Absolutely.
  • 00:14:49.200 --> 00:14:50.200
  • Do you have to beg Him to?
  • 00:14:50.200 --> 00:14:51.220
  • No.
  • 00:14:51.220 --> 00:14:52.150
  • All you have to do is surrender
  • 00:14:52.150 --> 00:14:53.250
  • your life at this point.
  • 00:14:53.250 --> 00:14:55.260
  • "Lord, I, from this point on, I
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:14:57.160
  • want whatever You have for me."
  • 00:14:57.160 --> 00:14:59.220
  • The issue is, have you ever
  • 00:14:59.220 --> 00:15:01.030
  • thought about it?
  • 00:15:01.030 --> 00:15:02.200
  • Have you ever thought about the
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:03.200
  • will of God for your life?
  • 00:15:03.200 --> 00:15:05.080
  • And so, when I think about that
  • 00:15:05.080 --> 00:15:06.190
  • and I think about the fact that
  • 00:15:06.190 --> 00:15:08.050
  • He will show us, it's consistent
  • 00:15:08.050 --> 00:15:11.000
  • with the character of God to
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:12.010
  • show you His will.
  • 00:15:12.010 --> 00:15:13.190
  • In other words, We're talking
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:14.150
  • about beginning right now.
  • 00:15:14.150 --> 00:15:16.260
  • We can't change the past, but
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:18.240
  • here's what we can do.
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:20.070
  • We can say, "God, I blew it.
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:23.010
  • If I'd-a had another chance, I
  • 00:15:23.010 --> 00:15:25.220
  • may have done something else,
  • 00:15:25.220 --> 00:15:27.000
  • but I'm asking You to forgive me
  • 00:15:27.000 --> 00:15:28.260
  • for my failures, forgive me for
  • 00:15:28.260 --> 00:15:30.200
  • my ignorance.
  • 00:15:30.200 --> 00:15:31.110
  • Maybe I didn't pursue it, Lord.
  • 00:15:31.110 --> 00:15:33.000
  • Asking You to forgive me.
  • 00:15:33.000 --> 00:15:34.140
  • And Lord, just enable me from
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:36.110
  • this point to walk in Your
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:38.140
  • footsteps and to follow Your
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:40.010
  • will."
  • 00:15:40.010 --> 00:15:40.230
  • Listen, all of us have had
  • 00:15:40.230 --> 00:15:41.290
  • second chances, third, fourth,
  • 00:15:41.290 --> 00:15:43.240
  • fifth, sixth, how many chances
  • 00:15:43.240 --> 00:15:45.170
  • all of us have had, the grace of
  • 00:15:45.170 --> 00:15:47.070
  • God.
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:48.110
  • The love of God.
  • 00:15:48.110 --> 00:15:48.260
  • Listen, God isn't up there
  • 00:15:48.260 --> 00:15:50.120
  • trying to judge you.
  • 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:52.000
  • God wants to live His life in
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:54.110
  • and through you, and He'll take
  • 00:15:54.110 --> 00:15:55.240
  • you wherever you'll surrender
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:57.220
  • yourself to Him.
  • 00:15:57.220 --> 00:15:58.280
  • You can't do better than having
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:01.160
  • Jesus, the Lord, the second
  • 00:16:01.220 --> 00:16:04.220
  • Person of the Trinity, living
  • 00:16:04.220 --> 00:16:06.060
  • His life in you and picking you
  • 00:16:06.060 --> 00:16:07.210
  • up where you are and taking you
  • 00:16:07.210 --> 00:16:09.180
  • on to what He had in mind to
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:10.180
  • begin with.
  • 00:16:10.180 --> 00:16:12.230
  • So, where would you consider
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:14.030
  • yourself to be as far as the
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:16.230
  • will of God in your life?
  • 00:16:16.230 --> 00:16:19.050
  • Maybe you've said, "Well, I
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:21.020
  • never even heard about it
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:22.000
  • before.
  • 00:16:22.000 --> 00:16:23.230
  • Oh, I knew about it, but I was
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:26.050
  • too busy doing my own thing.
  • 00:16:26.050 --> 00:16:28.230
  • I knew about it, but I had
  • 00:16:28.230 --> 00:16:29.240
  • something else in mind."
  • 00:16:30.000 --> 00:16:33.000
  • And here you are this morning
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:34.070
  • and you're hearing about it
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:35.040
  • again.
  • 00:16:35.040 --> 00:16:36.040
  • I pray that you won't ever have
  • 00:16:36.040 --> 00:16:37.160
  • to hear about it another time
  • 00:16:37.160 --> 00:16:39.050
  • before you surrender your life
  • 00:16:39.050 --> 00:16:41.030
  • to the Lord Jesus Christ and see
  • 00:16:41.030 --> 00:16:43.260
  • what He'll do in your life.
  • 00:16:43.260 --> 00:16:46.160
  • God can do an amazing work in
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:49.050
  • what's left because He loves us,
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:52.240
  • because He knows exactly what we
  • 00:16:52.240 --> 00:16:54.080
  • need.
  • 00:16:54.080 --> 00:16:55.240
  • He delights in showing us His
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:57.040
  • will for our life.
  • 00:16:57.040 --> 00:16:58.190
  • And I want to read you three
  • 00:16:58.190 --> 00:16:59.210
  • passages of Scripture.
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.210
  • So, let's turn to Psalm sixteen,
  • 00:17:03.130 --> 00:17:06.130
  • and it is the eleventh verse of
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  • the sixteenth Psalm.
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  • Listen, "You will make known to
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  • me the path of life, in Your
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:16.270
  • presence is fullness of joy, in
  • 00:17:16.270 --> 00:17:19.200
  • Your right hand there are
  • 00:17:19.200 --> 00:17:21.010
  • pleasures forevermore."
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  • Look at that, "You will make
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  • known to me Your path of life."
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  • Will you have to be a certain
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  • age or much ability, talent,
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  • and skill?
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  • No.
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  • You ask Him.
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  • So, watch this.
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  • If you left church today, you
  • 00:17:33.280 --> 00:17:35.080
  • went home, and you got in your
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:36.120
  • bedroom, you got on your knees
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  • or sat in your easy chair,
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:38.280
  • whatever, and you said to
  • 00:17:38.280 --> 00:17:40.060
  • Almighty God, "Lord, I heard it.
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  • I've messed up badly, but today
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  • I'm surrendering my life to You
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  • that for the rest of my life, I
  • 00:17:50.020 --> 00:17:51.220
  • want You to have Your way in my
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:52.270
  • life."
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  • You will be shocked at what
  • 00:17:54.110 --> 00:17:56.090
  • God'll do.
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  • Let me give you another verse,
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  • Psalm thirty-two verse eight.
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  • And you've heard me talk about
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  • this verse, probably several
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  • times.
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  • Listen to this verse, Psalm
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  • thirty-two, "I will instruct you
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  • and teach you in the way which
  • 00:18:18.190 --> 00:18:20.110
  • you should go, I will counsel
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:22.260
  • you with My eye upon you."
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  • Listen to that, "I will instruct
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  • you and teach you in the way
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  • which you should go."
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  • Is that by a certain age?
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  • No.
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  • Certain person?
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  • No.
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  • That's His offer to all of us
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  • who are willing to listen to
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  • Him.
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  • You may think, "Well, I've
  • 00:18:37.120 --> 00:18:38.120
  • really blown it in my life.
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:40.090
  • I really messed it up.
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  • I wish I'd done better.
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  • But Lord, today, whatever's
  • 00:18:43.270 --> 00:18:46.020
  • left, here's my life.
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  • What will You do with me?"
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  • You will be surprised at what
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:51.290
  • He'll do.
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:52.290
  • And so, when I think about these
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  • verses and think about how many
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:56.260
  • times--Proverbs three five and
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  • six, for example, one of my
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:19:00.040
  • favorite passages, "Trust in the
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  • Lord with all your heart, lean
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  • not to your own understanding.
  • 00:19:04.170 --> 00:19:06.080
  • In all your ways acknowledge
  • 00:19:06.080 --> 00:19:07.170
  • Him," and what's His promise?
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  • "He will direct your path."
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  • Just trust Him.
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  • See what He'll do.
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  • So, there are things that often
  • 00:19:15.080 --> 00:19:17.140
  • hinder us from discovering and
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:19.040
  • doing the will of God, and I'm
  • 00:19:19.040 --> 00:19:20.100
  • going to give you a little quick
  • 00:19:20.100 --> 00:19:22.000
  • list of them, because oftentimes
  • 00:19:22.290 --> 00:19:25.290
  • we come to a place of decision
  • 00:19:25.290 --> 00:19:27.260
  • and we give God some excuse.
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  • So, think about this.
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  • Things that hinder us from
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  • discovering the will of God for
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  • our life.
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  • Number one: self-will.
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  • We can't get over what we want
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  • to do, how we want to do it.
  • 00:19:39.200 --> 00:19:41.250
  • Secondly, the influence of other
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  • people.
  • 00:19:43.260 --> 00:19:44.200
  • We let other people influence
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  • us.
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  • "Oh, that won't work.
  • 00:19:46.090 --> 00:19:47.290
  • Well, why would you want to try
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:49.090
  • something like that?"
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:50.110
  • You're talking to God who works
  • 00:19:50.110 --> 00:19:52.090
  • the impossible.
  • 00:19:52.090 --> 00:19:53.140
  • Ignorance of the Word of God,
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:55.220
  • think about all the promises He
  • 00:19:55.220 --> 00:19:57.050
  • gives us about answered prayer.
  • 00:19:57.050 --> 00:19:59.100
  • And then doubt.
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  • Well, I don't think God could do
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:01.250
  • that in my life.
  • 00:20:01.250 --> 00:20:03.010
  • Listen, the God who created this
  • 00:20:03.010 --> 00:20:05.110
  • world can do anything He chooses
  • 00:20:05.110 --> 00:20:07.230
  • to do, no matter what's been in
  • 00:20:07.230 --> 00:20:09.210
  • the past.
  • 00:20:09.210 --> 00:20:10.260
  • That's who He is.
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  • Feelings of unworthiness.
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  • "Well, that may work for
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:14.290
  • somebody, but not for me because
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:16.110
  • I've really blown it bad."
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  • God is willing to love you,
  • 00:20:18.120 --> 00:20:20.050
  • forgive you, cleanse you, and
  • 00:20:20.050 --> 00:20:21.120
  • give you a new beginning.
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.080
  • "Well, I'm too busy to deal
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  • with that."
  • 00:20:24.180 --> 00:20:25.060
  • Listen, you don't want to die
  • 00:20:26.210 --> 00:20:29.210
  • having rejected Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:30.040 --> 00:20:33.040
  • Do you think God is going to
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:34.070
  • accept an excuse?
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:35.180
  • "Well, I would have, but I just
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:36.220
  • didn't have time."
  • 00:20:36.220 --> 00:20:38.050
  • There are people who are so
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:39.160
  • foolishly busy, they don't have
  • 00:20:39.160 --> 00:20:41.050
  • time for God.
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.210
  • Listen, Fear.
  • 00:20:42.210 --> 00:20:44.290
  • "Well, I know that's what God
  • 00:20:44.290 --> 00:20:45.250
  • wants me to do, but I just don't
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:46.290
  • think I could do that."
  • 00:20:46.290 --> 00:20:48.200
  • Probably every preacher who's
  • 00:20:48.200 --> 00:20:50.260
  • ever stood in a pulpit has told
  • 00:20:50.260 --> 00:20:52.210
  • God at first, "Oh, I couldn't
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:54.210
  • do that.
  • 00:20:54.210 --> 00:20:55.250
  • I couldn't stand in front of all
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:57.160
  • those people.
  • 00:20:57.160 --> 00:20:58.050
  • Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm."
  • 00:20:58.050 --> 00:20:59.230
  • You can't deliberately,
  • 00:20:59.230 --> 00:21:01.080
  • willfully choose to disobey God
  • 00:21:01.080 --> 00:21:03.180
  • and be happy with your life.
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:06.200
  • And there are a lot of people
  • 00:21:06.200 --> 00:21:07.190
  • because of their money, they can
  • 00:21:07.190 --> 00:21:09.090
  • cover up a lot of stuff.
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:10.250
  • But you can't cover up a
  • 00:21:10.250 --> 00:21:12.030
  • disobedient heart if you've got
  • 00:21:12.030 --> 00:21:13.260
  • millions.
  • 00:21:13.260 --> 00:21:15.070
  • You can't cover up disobedience
  • 00:21:15.070 --> 00:21:17.110
  • to God no matter what you have,
  • 00:21:17.110 --> 00:21:19.120
  • or who you have, or whatever it
  • 00:21:19.120 --> 00:21:20.230
  • might be.
  • 00:21:20.230 --> 00:21:21.200
  • God has a will for your life.
  • 00:21:21.200 --> 00:21:22.270
  • He loves you.
  • 00:21:22.270 --> 00:21:23.280
  • He desires the best for you.
  • 00:21:23.280 --> 00:21:25.230
  • And if you've missed it so far,
  • 00:21:25.230 --> 00:21:27.130
  • start today and tell Him, "Lord,
  • 00:21:27.130 --> 00:21:29.220
  • I don't know what You can do
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:30.260
  • with what's left over, but God,
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:32.260
  • here I am, take me like I am."
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:35.190
  • He'll forgive you, cleanse you.
  • 00:21:35.190 --> 00:21:37.020
  • Let me tell you something God
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:38.030
  • won't do.
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:38.240
  • You want to hear?
  • 00:21:38.240 --> 00:21:40.220
  • Well, somebody does.
  • 00:21:42.090 --> 00:21:45.090
  • One thing God won't do to you,
  • 00:21:46.170 --> 00:21:49.170
  • He won't bring up the past and
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:51.040
  • say, "See there.
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:52.200
  • I told you.
  • 00:21:52.200 --> 00:21:53.210
  • Mm-hmm.
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:54.060
  • See, you, mm-mm, yeah, mm-hmm."
  • 00:21:54.060 --> 00:21:56.210
  • He doesn't throw up the past.
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:21:58.140
  • He brings up the future of what
  • 00:21:58.140 --> 00:22:01.160
  • He's able to do and can do with
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:03.140
  • you.
  • 00:22:03.140 --> 00:22:04.040
  • It may be late in life or early
  • 00:22:04.040 --> 00:22:05.290
  • in life, but one thing for
  • 00:22:05.290 --> 00:22:07.080
  • certain, He'll take you where
  • 00:22:07.080 --> 00:22:08.230
  • you are.
  • 00:22:08.230 --> 00:22:09.230
  • And you've got willful known sin
  • 00:22:09.230 --> 00:22:12.100
  • in your life, maybe.
  • 00:22:12.100 --> 00:22:14.100
  • Now, watch this one.
  • 00:22:14.100 --> 00:22:16.290
  • God speaks to your heart this
  • 00:22:16.290 --> 00:22:18.220
  • morning in the worship service.
  • 00:22:18.220 --> 00:22:21.110
  • And He already points to you.
  • 00:22:21.110 --> 00:22:23.090
  • He's already said to you, "But
  • 00:22:23.090 --> 00:22:24.230
  • you know you'll have to correct
  • 00:22:24.230 --> 00:22:25.210
  • this.
  • 00:22:25.210 --> 00:22:27.100
  • You know you'll have to stop
  • 00:22:27.100 --> 00:22:28.150
  • this.
  • 00:22:28.150 --> 00:22:29.260
  • You know you'll have to change
  • 00:22:29.260 --> 00:22:30.240
  • this."
  • 00:22:30.240 --> 00:22:32.110
  • And you're sitting here
  • 00:22:32.110 --> 00:22:33.040
  • thinking, "Oh my goodness, God.
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:36.060
  • What am I going to do?"
  • 00:22:36.060 --> 00:22:37.210
  • You let God take you where you
  • 00:22:37.210 --> 00:22:39.110
  • are and watch Him do what He's
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:43.020
  • able to do in your life.
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:45.230
  • That's the awesome,
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:48.090
  • indescribable, eternal will of
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:51.220
  • God for your life.
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:53.140
  • And the question is: are you
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:54.270
  • willing to be--are you willing
  • 00:22:54.270 --> 00:22:57.000
  • to say to Him, "Lord, if I'd
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:23:01.090
  • only known.
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:03.210
  • God, I'm ashamed.
  • 00:23:03.210 --> 00:23:05.280
  • God, thank You for giving me one
  • 00:23:05.280 --> 00:23:07.030
  • more chance, and Lord, here's my
  • 00:23:07.030 --> 00:23:09.120
  • life.
  • 00:23:09.120 --> 00:23:11.000
  • I want to see what You'll do
  • 00:23:11.000 --> 00:23:12.010
  • with me."
  • 00:23:12.010 --> 00:23:13.050
  • Here's your opportunity today.
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:14.250
  • You came to church today.
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:16.210
  • Here's your opportunity.
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:19.120
  • Before you walk out of this
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:20.210
  • place, here's what you can do.
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:24.280
  • You can say, "God, I don't even
  • 00:23:24.280 --> 00:23:27.280
  • know how to confess all of my
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:29.080
  • sin, but I'm saying to You,
  • 00:23:29.080 --> 00:23:31.020
  • Lord, that I know I've blown it
  • 00:23:31.020 --> 00:23:32.290
  • lots of times.
  • 00:23:32.290 --> 00:23:33.250
  • I've sinned against You.
  • 00:23:33.250 --> 00:23:35.040
  • Haven't taken advantage of my
  • 00:23:35.040 --> 00:23:36.100
  • opportunities.
  • 00:23:36.100 --> 00:23:38.040
  • I've overlooked Your goodness
  • 00:23:38.040 --> 00:23:39.120
  • and love and mercy and
  • 00:23:39.120 --> 00:23:40.070
  • forgiveness toward me.
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:41.180
  • But today, as best I know how,
  • 00:23:42.000 --> 00:23:45.000
  • I'm asking You to forgive me of
  • 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:46.150
  • my sin.
  • 00:23:46.150 --> 00:23:47.210
  • I'm surrendering my life to You.
  • 00:23:47.210 --> 00:23:49.100
  • I probably won't do a very good
  • 00:23:49.100 --> 00:23:50.140
  • job of it.
  • 00:23:50.140 --> 00:23:51.050
  • I'm surrendering my life to You
  • 00:23:51.050 --> 00:23:52.270
  • and I say to You, Dear Father,
  • 00:23:53.060 --> 00:23:56.060
  • forgive me, and here's my life.
  • 00:23:57.060 --> 00:24:00.080
  • I want You to govern my life
  • 00:24:00.080 --> 00:24:02.120
  • from this point forward.
  • 00:24:02.120 --> 00:24:05.030
  • Here's my life."
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:07.190
  • If you will surrender your life
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:09.000
  • to God sitting right where you
  • 00:24:09.000 --> 00:24:10.150
  • are, you don't have to give Him
  • 00:24:10.150 --> 00:24:11.140
  • any details.
  • 00:24:11.140 --> 00:24:12.100
  • He knows all the details.
  • 00:24:12.100 --> 00:24:14.030
  • All you need to say to Him
  • 00:24:14.030 --> 00:24:15.150
  • sincerely with all your heart,
  • 00:24:15.150 --> 00:24:17.100
  • "God, I've messed up.
  • 00:24:17.100 --> 00:24:20.020
  • I've blown it.
  • 00:24:20.020 --> 00:24:20.190
  • And I'm sorry, I'm ashamed, I'm
  • 00:24:20.190 --> 00:24:22.030
  • asking You to forgive me.
  • 00:24:22.030 --> 00:24:23.200
  • And Lord, by Your help, by Your
  • 00:24:23.200 --> 00:24:25.280
  • strength, by Your wisdom, by
  • 00:24:25.280 --> 00:24:27.160
  • Your grace, by Your goodness, by
  • 00:24:27.160 --> 00:24:29.010
  • Your love, Your mercy, I'm
  • 00:24:29.010 --> 00:24:31.160
  • willing to start all over
  • 00:24:31.160 --> 00:24:32.200
  • again."
  • 00:24:32.200 --> 00:24:35.100
  • Think about how awesome God is,
  • 00:24:35.100 --> 00:24:38.080
  • that He's willing to forget your
  • 00:24:38.080 --> 00:24:39.180
  • past and only remember the
  • 00:24:39.180 --> 00:24:41.240
  • future.
  • 00:24:41.240 --> 00:24:42.290
  • Amen?
  • 00:24:42.290 --> 00:24:44.190
  • Father, we couldn't even begin
  • 00:24:44.190 --> 00:24:46.110
  • to describe how awesome You are,
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:49.080
  • what grace really means.
  • 00:24:50.000 --> 00:24:53.000
  • When we think about all that You
  • 00:24:53.000 --> 00:24:55.090
  • forgive us for, all that You're
  • 00:24:55.140 --> 00:24:58.140
  • willing to do in us and through
  • 00:24:58.140 --> 00:24:59.270
  • us, we pray that the Holy Spirit
  • 00:24:59.290 --> 00:25:03.010
  • will do His work right now.
  • 00:25:07.050 --> 00:25:10.050
  • And that every single one of us
  • 00:25:10.180 --> 00:25:13.180
  • will take a fresh look at our
  • 00:25:13.180 --> 00:25:14.190
  • life and surrender ourselves
  • 00:25:15.100 --> 00:25:18.100
  • totally to You again if
  • 00:25:18.100 --> 00:25:21.070
  • necessary.
  • 00:25:21.070 --> 00:25:23.280
  • We love You and we praise You.
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  • In Jesus's name.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
  • 00:25:30.220 --> 00:25:31.110
  • blessed by today's program,
  • 00:25:31.110 --> 00:25:32.250
  • - announcer: Sometimes it feels
  • 00:25:44.020 --> 00:25:45.190
  • as if all is lost.
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  • Life seems broken, beyond
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:50.170
  • repair.
  • 00:25:50.170 --> 00:25:52.070
  • But during those moments, we can
  • 00:25:52.070 --> 00:25:54.030
  • have faith God will heal.
  • 00:25:56.070 --> 00:25:59.070
  • He will redeem our brokenness.
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  • "Finding God's blessings in
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  • brokenness,"
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • - boy: I am a citizen of the
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  • United States of America.
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  • I love my country.
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  • A tide is rising that threatens
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  • to destroy this land.
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  • Some believe it is impossible
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  • for change.
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  • I believe we can stand up for
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  • freedom, for liberty.
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  • We have no time to hesitate.
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • - female: One of the hardest
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  • things about that day was
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  • telling the children that Mom
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  • had cancer, and to try to help
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  • them understand it was gonna be
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  • okay when I didn't believe I was
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  • going to be okay.
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  • I've learned through Dr. Stanley
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  • that you cannot be full of fear
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  • and full of faith at the same
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  • time.
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  • Every time he says somethin',
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  • I'm like, "Oh, wow, I see it,"
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  • and I get excited because I
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