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October 2, 2016
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Reclaiming Your Spiritual Authority: Ruling Through Prayer

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  • - Tony Evans: You and I
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  • are supposed to be able to go
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  • to the throne room of God
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  • and lay claim
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  • to our legal rights,
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  • watch this now, overruling
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  • any other rule that would seek
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  • - Tony:
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  • One of the most misunderstood
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  • aspects of the Christian life
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  • is prayer and the power
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  • that it wields.
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  • Hello, I'm Dr. Tony Evans
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  • with "The Urban Alternative,"
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  • and I'm excited to be coming
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  • to you today.
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  • And we're going to today
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  • be talking about ruling
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  • through prayer.
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  • Because prayer is
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  • an authoritative
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  • communication mechanism that God
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  • has established for us to access
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  • heaven in order to intervene
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  • on earth.
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  • There's a lot more power
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  • to prayer than just saying
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  • a few words that go up.
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  • It's what we draw down
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  • through prayer that gives it
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  • its authority.
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  • Let me show you exactly what I
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  • mean as we
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  • - Tony: Ephesians chapter 3.
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  • The Apostle Paul, writing
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  • to the church at Ephesus,
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  • says this in verse 8.
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  • "To me,
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  • the very least of the saints,
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  • this grace was given to preach
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  • to the Gentiles
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  • the unfathomable riches
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  • of Christ, and to bring to light
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  • what is the administration
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  • of the mystery which for ages
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  • has been hidden in God
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  • who created all things;
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  • so that the manifold wisdom
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  • of God might be made known
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  • through the church
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  • to the rulers, authorities
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  • in the heavenly places.
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  • This was in accordance
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  • with the eternal purpose
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  • which is carried out
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  • in Christ Jesus our Lord,
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  • in whom we have boldness
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  • and confident access through him
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  • in faith."
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  • What I want to call
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  • your attention to is that Paul
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  • makes the statement that God
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  • who created all things
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  • wants to make known
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  • his mighty wisdom
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  • and purpose through his people,
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  • the church.
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  • And how God's rule
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  • is over all rule, all authority.
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  • It is over everything
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  • in heavenly places.
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  • He wants to show
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  • through his people that God
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  • rules and overrules.
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  • In other words, you're supposed
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  • to be ruling your world.
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  • And he says,
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  • "With this rulership comes,"
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  • in verse 12 he says,
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  • "bold and confident access
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  • through faith in him."
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  • You and I are supposed to be
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  • able to go
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  • to the throne room of God
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  • and lay claim
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  • to our legal rights,
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  • watch this now,
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  • overruling any other rule
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  • that would seek to overrule us.
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  • We're supposed to be able
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  • to have bold
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  • and confident access,
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  • he says, into the presence
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  • of God, overruling the things
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  • that look like they're
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  • overruling you, or overruling
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  • me, that will manifest
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  • the purposes of God.
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  • This access or prayer
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  • is designed to affect God's will
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  • in history.
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  • Prayer is not an extra thing
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  • you do.
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  • It's not something you throw in.
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  • It is absolutely essential
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  • because it is the, here it is,
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  • communication link between
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  • the visible and invisible world.
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  • God has said, "There is a device
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  • I am wiring by which we
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  • will talk to each other.
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  • And that device is called
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  • prayer.
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  • Because without it,
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  • there will be no communication.
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  • We will not be able
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  • to communicate if access
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  • is not utilized.
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  • It is the mechanism
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  • by which my will
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  • will be activated in history."
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  • Adam was God's go-between.
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  • He was the one through whom God
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  • was going to carry out his will
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  • on earth.
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  • Remember, God has decided
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  • not to do his activity on earth
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  • apart from man.
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  • He has said, "We're going to do
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  • it through man, and we're going
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  • to limit ourselves,
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  • and not do it until they
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  • are ready to do it."
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  • So we can actually be holding
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  • back what God plans to do,
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  • wants to do, has decided to do
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  • because we haven't connected
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  • to the doing of it.
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  • So we could be stopping God,
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  • not because we're more powerful
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  • than God, but because God has
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  • decided not to do certain things
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  • and most things until he's got
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  • a human person to do it through.
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  • So if you're not positioned
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  • for that to happen,
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  • then you could be delaying
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  • your authority.
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  • Let me give you an example
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  • of this in the Bible.
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  • In 1 Kings 18, Elijah
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  • is--has been told by God,
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  • "I'm going to make it
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  • stop raining for 3 years.
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  • And then,
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  • at the end of the 3 years,
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  • I'm going to let it rain again."
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  • God tells Elijah
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  • what he's going to do.
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  • He says, "This is my plan
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  • for it to rain for 3 years,
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  • and then it stop for 3 years.
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  • That's my plan."
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  • So Elijah knew the plan of God.
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  • He knew the will of God.
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  • He knew the voice of God.
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  • I'll talk about that
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  • in a moment.
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  • He knew exactly what God
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  • wanted to do in history.
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  • But what God wanted to do
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  • in history, rain, had to come
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  • from heaven.
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  • So God told him, "This is
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  • what we're going to do."
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  • But when you read the story
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  • in 1 Kings 18,
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  • guess what it says?
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  • It says, "And Elijah prayed
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  • seven times that it might rain."
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  • He prayed seven times.
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  • Why the number seven?
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  • Because the number seven is
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  • completion.
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  • That's the number of God
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  • completing something.
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  • He prays seven times
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  • it's going to rain.
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  • But wait a minute, if God
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  • already told him it's going
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  • to rain, why not just sit down
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  • and wait for it to rain?
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  • I mean, why do I have to pray
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  • if God's going to do
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  • what God's going to do anyway?
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  • 'Cause God's not going to do
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  • what God's going to do anyway.
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  • God's going to do
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  • what God's going to do when he
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  • has a person to do it through.
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  • So you matter.
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  • And not until Elijah prayed
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  • and completed the prayer cycle
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  • seven times did the rain come,
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  • even though God had already told
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  • him what his plan was.
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  • His plan in heaven included
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  • the communication on earth
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  • with man.
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  • And until that communication
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  • was complete, there would be
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  • no rain, even though that was
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  • God's plan.
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  • God has got some stuff hovering
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  • over you that he has been
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  • waiting to get done for years.
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  • It's been circling around you
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  • for years, but this plane
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  • won't land.
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  • Why won't this plane land if God
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  • says he wants to do it?
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  • Because he's waiting for you
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  • to complete your involvement.
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  • And if you don't complete
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  • your involvement, you can delay
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  • the purposes and plans of God
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  • for your life.
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  • Not because he doesn't have it,
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  • but because he wasn't getting
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  • the cooperation that he needs
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  • in order to deliver it.
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  • Because God has decided
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  • to work through man.
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  • This thing is so powerful
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  • and so potent that the Bible
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  • talks about men being able
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  • to change God's mind
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  • when they prayed.
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  • God said,
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  • "I'm going to do one thing."
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  • They prayed,
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  • God reversed his decision.
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  • It is earth giving heaven
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  • permission to intervene because
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  • God will only work when he
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  • can work through somebody.
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  • And so, that's why the Bible
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  • says, "You have not because you
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  • ask not."
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  • Or you ask, and I'm not
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  • connected with the request.
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  • You ask amiss.
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  • Prayer releases God to do
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  • what God has intended to do.
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  • It is calling forth in history
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  • what God has determined
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  • from eternity.
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  • Jesus is telling his disciples
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  • he's leaving.
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  • He wants them to know
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  • he's got to go
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  • about his father's business.
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  • He's getting ready to die,
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  • rise from the dead,
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  • and ascend into heaven.
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  • So he leaves them
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  • some information.
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  • Chapter 14, Philip is having
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  • a discussion with Jesus.
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  • And Jesus tells him
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  • in verse 7, "If you've known me,
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  • you would have known
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  • my Father also.
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  • From now on, you will know him
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  • and have seen him."
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  • Philip then raises the question,
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  • "Lord, show us the Father
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  • and it is enough for us.
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  • I know we've been hanging
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  • with you, we've been rolling
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  • with you for 3 years now.
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  • You getting ready to leave.
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  • Before you take off out of here,
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  • let us see the Father."
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  • Jesus then says to him, "Have I
  • 00:10:19.240 --> 00:10:22.110
  • been so long with you, and yet
  • 00:10:22.110 --> 00:10:24.210
  • you have not come to know me,
  • 00:10:24.210 --> 00:10:26.280
  • Philip?
  • 00:10:26.280 --> 00:10:27.130
  • If you have seen me,
  • 00:10:27.130 --> 00:10:28.260
  • you have seen the Father."
  • 00:10:28.260 --> 00:10:30.230
  • Now, watch this.
  • 00:10:30.230 --> 00:10:32.160
  • Philip is already saved.
  • 00:10:33.070 --> 00:10:36.070
  • Philip is already on his way
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:38.090
  • to heaven.
  • 00:10:38.090 --> 00:10:39.050
  • Philip is already a Christian
  • 00:10:39.050 --> 00:10:40.060
  • to use our vernacular today.
  • 00:10:40.180 --> 00:10:43.180
  • Yet, Jesus says,
  • 00:10:43.180 --> 00:10:46.010
  • "Have I been with you this long
  • 00:10:46.010 --> 00:10:48.150
  • that you still don't know me?"
  • 00:10:48.220 --> 00:10:51.220
  • Point: it's possible to be
  • 00:10:51.220 --> 00:10:53.260
  • a Christian and not know him.
  • 00:10:53.260 --> 00:10:55.260
  • That leads Jesus
  • 00:10:55.260 --> 00:10:56.230
  • into this discussion
  • 00:10:56.230 --> 00:10:58.080
  • about intimacy.
  • 00:10:58.270 --> 00:11:01.290
  • Jesus says in verse 10,
  • 00:11:01.290 --> 00:11:04.230
  • "Do you not believe
  • 00:11:04.230 --> 00:11:06.000
  • that I am in the Father,
  • 00:11:06.000 --> 00:11:07.070
  • the Father is in me, we're one?
  • 00:11:07.070 --> 00:11:09.000
  • The words that I say to you,
  • 00:11:09.000 --> 00:11:10.220
  • I speak on--
  • 00:11:10.220 --> 00:11:11.170
  • not on my own initiative,
  • 00:11:11.170 --> 00:11:13.160
  • but the Father abiding in me,"
  • 00:11:13.160 --> 00:11:16.010
  • there's our word "abiding."
  • 00:11:16.010 --> 00:11:17.060
  • "In me does his works."
  • 00:11:17.060 --> 00:11:20.030
  • He says, "What I tell you,
  • 00:11:20.030 --> 00:11:22.270
  • I only tell you because God
  • 00:11:22.270 --> 00:11:24.130
  • told me to tell you.
  • 00:11:24.130 --> 00:11:26.240
  • I don't talk to talk.
  • 00:11:26.240 --> 00:11:29.030
  • I talk because he told me
  • 00:11:29.030 --> 00:11:30.180
  • to tell you something.
  • 00:11:30.180 --> 00:11:32.120
  • And I do what I do because he
  • 00:11:33.170 --> 00:11:36.170
  • is doing it through me."
  • 00:11:37.120 --> 00:11:40.120
  • What he is saying is this.
  • 00:11:40.120 --> 00:11:42.150
  • "I'm in such intimate contact
  • 00:11:42.150 --> 00:11:45.050
  • with the Father that the Father
  • 00:11:45.210 --> 00:11:48.210
  • shows me what he's up to.
  • 00:11:49.260 --> 00:11:52.260
  • And when the Father shows me
  • 00:11:52.260 --> 00:11:55.190
  • in the invisible realm
  • 00:11:55.190 --> 00:11:57.000
  • what he's up to, I deliver it
  • 00:11:57.190 --> 00:12:00.210
  • in the visible realm.
  • 00:12:00.210 --> 00:12:02.240
  • All I do is find out
  • 00:12:02.240 --> 00:12:04.210
  • what he's up to, I act that out
  • 00:12:04.210 --> 00:12:07.200
  • in the visible realm
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:09.290
  • so that what you see is what we
  • 00:12:09.290 --> 00:12:12.110
  • were discussing.
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:13.290
  • You didn't see our discussion.
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:15.250
  • All you saw was what I did.
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:17.140
  • But what I did was because
  • 00:12:17.140 --> 00:12:18.270
  • of a private conversation
  • 00:12:18.270 --> 00:12:20.190
  • we had."
  • 00:12:20.190 --> 00:12:21.280
  • Now, let me tell you why this
  • 00:12:21.280 --> 00:12:22.280
  • is big.
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:25.010
  • Because Jesus Christ
  • 00:12:25.010 --> 00:12:27.160
  • never wasted time.
  • 00:12:27.160 --> 00:12:30.040
  • In other words, he would spend
  • 00:12:30.040 --> 00:12:32.040
  • hours with God so that he
  • 00:12:32.040 --> 00:12:35.030
  • would only have to spend
  • 00:12:35.030 --> 00:12:36.060
  • a few minutes with people.
  • 00:12:36.060 --> 00:12:38.150
  • You know what we do?
  • 00:12:38.150 --> 00:12:39.090
  • We spend hours with people
  • 00:12:40.190 --> 00:12:43.190
  • 'cause we've only spent
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:44.190
  • a few minutes with God.
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:47.020
  • So we are hit and miss
  • 00:12:47.020 --> 00:12:49.180
  • in our decisions, hit and miss
  • 00:12:49.180 --> 00:12:51.260
  • in our direction 'cause we
  • 00:12:51.260 --> 00:12:53.060
  • don't know which one to do
  • 00:12:53.060 --> 00:12:54.100
  • 'cause we haven't heard
  • 00:12:54.100 --> 00:12:56.000
  • what's happening up there.
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:57.180
  • So we're not sure what to do
  • 00:12:57.180 --> 00:12:58.220
  • down here.
  • 00:12:58.220 --> 00:13:00.190
  • He says, "I only do what I see
  • 00:13:00.190 --> 00:13:02.070
  • the Father doing," he says
  • 00:13:02.070 --> 00:13:03.210
  • in chapter 5.
  • 00:13:03.210 --> 00:13:05.280
  • And he goes on to say this
  • 00:13:05.280 --> 00:13:07.010
  • in the following verse.
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:10.020
  • He says,
  • 00:13:10.020 --> 00:13:10.250
  • "Because we love each other,
  • 00:13:12.190 --> 00:13:15.190
  • it is our intimate relationship,
  • 00:13:15.190 --> 00:13:17.280
  • he's going to do
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:19.000
  • greater things."
  • 00:13:19.010 --> 00:13:22.010
  • You say, "Okay, but that's
  • 00:13:22.010 --> 00:13:23.120
  • Jesus.
  • 00:13:23.120 --> 00:13:25.110
  • That's different, that's Jesus."
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:27.000
  • Stay with me here,
  • 00:13:27.000 --> 00:13:27.250
  • back to chapter 14.
  • 00:13:27.250 --> 00:13:30.230
  • "Believe me," verse 11,
  • 00:13:30.260 --> 00:13:33.260
  • "that I am in the Father,
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:35.230
  • and the Father's in me.
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:37.080
  • Otherwise, believe because
  • 00:13:37.080 --> 00:13:39.000
  • of the works themselves."
  • 00:13:39.000 --> 00:13:40.170
  • We are intertwined
  • 00:13:40.170 --> 00:13:42.140
  • and interconnected,
  • 00:13:42.140 --> 00:13:44.020
  • me and the Father.
  • 00:13:44.020 --> 00:13:46.010
  • All right, Jesus, but, you know,
  • 00:13:46.010 --> 00:13:47.100
  • you're the Son of God.
  • 00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:48.040
  • You know, I'm
  • 00:13:48.040 --> 00:13:48.230
  • just an ordinary human being.
  • 00:13:48.230 --> 00:13:50.250
  • Okay, ordinary humans.
  • 00:13:50.250 --> 00:13:53.060
  • Verse 12, "Truly, truly,"
  • 00:13:53.060 --> 00:13:55.270
  • that means for real, for real.
  • 00:13:56.100 --> 00:13:59.100
  • "Truly, truly I say to you,
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:14:01.270
  • he," now, he's left talking
  • 00:14:01.270 --> 00:14:04.090
  • about himself and his Father,
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:05.260
  • and now he's gone
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:06.180
  • to his disciples.
  • 00:14:06.220 --> 00:14:09.220
  • "He who believes in me,
  • 00:14:11.090 --> 00:14:14.090
  • the works that I do he will do
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:19.250
  • also, and greater works
  • 00:14:20.110 --> 00:14:23.110
  • than these he will do
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:27.010
  • because I go to the Father."
  • 00:14:27.150 --> 00:14:30.150
  • He says, "I've been doing
  • 00:14:30.150 --> 00:14:32.010
  • these things for 3 years.
  • 00:14:32.010 --> 00:14:33.180
  • You've seen my fellowship
  • 00:14:33.180 --> 00:14:34.190
  • with the Father produce things
  • 00:14:34.190 --> 00:14:36.130
  • on earth, but I'm getting ready
  • 00:14:36.130 --> 00:14:38.190
  • to leave here.
  • 00:14:38.190 --> 00:14:40.230
  • But if you believe in me,"
  • 00:14:40.230 --> 00:14:43.000
  • stay with me on that one,
  • 00:14:43.000 --> 00:14:43.290
  • "but if you believe in me,
  • 00:14:44.050 --> 00:14:47.050
  • you can have what I have.
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:51.110
  • I have
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:51.260
  • this intimate relationship
  • 00:14:51.260 --> 00:14:52.270
  • with the Father that's produced
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:54.040
  • the words I've said
  • 00:14:54.040 --> 00:14:55.240
  • and the works I've done.
  • 00:14:55.240 --> 00:14:57.100
  • And I'm getting ready to leave.
  • 00:14:57.100 --> 00:15:00.120
  • But don't worry about it because
  • 00:15:00.120 --> 00:15:02.230
  • what I have with him, you
  • 00:15:02.230 --> 00:15:05.100
  • can have with him through me.
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:08.190
  • Believe in me, and you will
  • 00:15:08.190 --> 00:15:10.170
  • be able to do works yourself,
  • 00:15:10.250 --> 00:15:13.250
  • and even greater works."
  • 00:15:13.270 --> 00:15:16.270
  • How, Jesus?
  • 00:15:16.270 --> 00:15:17.270
  • Verse 13, "Whatever you ask
  • 00:15:17.270 --> 00:15:20.270
  • in my name, that I will do
  • 00:15:22.160 --> 00:15:25.160
  • so the Father may be glorified
  • 00:15:25.160 --> 00:15:27.270
  • in the Son."
  • 00:15:28.220 --> 00:15:31.220
  • He says, "I want to get you
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:32.220
  • in on this.
  • 00:15:32.220 --> 00:15:35.070
  • I want you to become part
  • 00:15:35.070 --> 00:15:36.130
  • of this deal so that you
  • 00:15:36.130 --> 00:15:39.130
  • can reach up to heaven
  • 00:15:39.130 --> 00:15:41.020
  • and pull stuff down for earth."
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:45.030
  • Verse 7, "If you abide in me
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:48.000
  • and my word abides in you,
  • 00:15:48.240 --> 00:15:51.240
  • ask what you wish and it
  • 00:15:52.070 --> 00:15:55.070
  • will be done for you."
  • 00:15:55.280 --> 00:15:58.280
  • He says, "It just won't be done
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:00.110
  • for you if you ask."
  • 00:16:00.110 --> 00:16:02.110
  • He says, "It will be done
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:03.170
  • for you if you ask
  • 00:16:03.170 --> 00:16:06.070
  • out of an abiding relationship,"
  • 00:16:06.160 --> 00:16:09.160
  • not visitation rights.
  • 00:16:10.100 --> 00:16:13.100
  • See, what we do is we go
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:14.220
  • to prayer in visiting.
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:16.190
  • We visit God for a minute
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:19.200
  • around dinner, maybe 3 minutes.
  • 00:16:19.200 --> 00:16:21.240
  • We do visitation.
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:23.280
  • Visitation is not abiding.
  • 00:16:24.150 --> 00:16:27.150
  • The Bible says that Jesus
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:28.270
  • would get up while his disciples
  • 00:16:29.240 --> 00:16:32.240
  • were asleep, and go aside
  • 00:16:32.240 --> 00:16:35.240
  • to be alone with God.
  • 00:16:35.240 --> 00:16:38.040
  • Why?
  • 00:16:38.040 --> 00:16:39.200
  • Was he repeating the same phrase
  • 00:16:39.200 --> 00:16:40.220
  • over and over again?
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:41.200
  • No, he's asking God,
  • 00:16:41.200 --> 00:16:43.060
  • "What are you up to today?
  • 00:16:43.060 --> 00:16:45.210
  • What are you doing today that I
  • 00:16:45.210 --> 00:16:47.070
  • need to be aware of so I can
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:49.010
  • pull it down and act it out?"
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:54.010
  • What we do is we go to prayer
  • 00:16:55.060 --> 00:16:58.060
  • and tell God what we want him
  • 00:16:58.060 --> 00:16:59.250
  • to do.
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:02.070
  • "Do this for me, do that for me.
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:03.140
  • Pay my bills, give me a new car,
  • 00:17:03.140 --> 00:17:05.080
  • give me a new house.
  • 00:17:05.080 --> 00:17:06.060
  • Bless my family, you know,
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:08.030
  • general stuff.
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:09.020
  • You know, save the world."
  • 00:17:09.020 --> 00:17:11.000
  • You know, just stuff,
  • 00:17:11.000 --> 00:17:12.230
  • just vague stuff, stuff that has
  • 00:17:12.230 --> 00:17:15.130
  • no specificity to it.
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:17.010
  • And we certainly don't want
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:17.210
  • to know what he's up to today.
  • 00:17:17.210 --> 00:17:19.110
  • And so, we're asking God to do
  • 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:23.000
  • on earth what I want done.
  • 00:17:23.000 --> 00:17:25.290
  • That's not prayer.
  • 00:17:25.290 --> 00:17:27.080
  • Prayer is finding out
  • 00:17:27.080 --> 00:17:28.290
  • what he's up to so that you
  • 00:17:29.110 --> 00:17:32.110
  • can do that on earth.
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:36.070
  • And what he's up to always comes
  • 00:17:36.070 --> 00:17:38.150
  • to pass because he's up to it.
  • 00:17:39.050 --> 00:17:42.050
  • He says, "If you believe,
  • 00:17:43.150 --> 00:17:46.150
  • you will--if my word abides
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:48.250
  • in you, and you abide in me."
  • 00:17:48.250 --> 00:17:50.240
  • He talks about twofold abiding.
  • 00:17:50.240 --> 00:17:52.280
  • Remember the Greek word "meno"
  • 00:17:52.280 --> 00:17:54.020
  • means to hang out, loiter,
  • 00:17:54.020 --> 00:17:55.260
  • or stay.
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:57.240
  • Not a visit, it's a hanging out.
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:18:00.260
  • He says, "If you abide in me,"
  • 00:18:00.260 --> 00:18:03.000
  • that is we have
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:03.170
  • an intimate relationship,
  • 00:18:03.170 --> 00:18:04.220
  • "and my word abides in you,
  • 00:18:04.220 --> 00:18:07.190
  • then you can ask
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:08.190
  • whatever you want.
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:09.270
  • Because what you're asking for
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:12.100
  • was my intention to give you
  • 00:18:12.100 --> 00:18:13.090
  • anyway, because we're
  • 00:18:13.120 --> 00:18:16.120
  • on the same page."
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:18.220
  • See, if you're asking God
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:20.120
  • for something he doesn't want
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:21.180
  • to give you, or he doesn't want
  • 00:18:21.180 --> 00:18:23.270
  • to give you right now,
  • 00:18:23.270 --> 00:18:25.040
  • then you're going to be
  • 00:18:25.040 --> 00:18:25.260
  • frustrated and believe
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:27.130
  • that God's not hearing
  • 00:18:27.130 --> 00:18:28.120
  • your prayer.
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:29.090
  • It's not that God's not hearing
  • 00:18:29.090 --> 00:18:30.230
  • your prayer.
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:31.250
  • It's that you're not seeing
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:32.230
  • what he's up to.
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:34.180
  • So you're not praying
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:36.130
  • in light of his will.
  • 00:18:36.130 --> 00:18:38.250
  • You're simply praying
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:39.200
  • in light of your will.
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:40.240
  • Now, that doesn't mean you
  • 00:18:40.240 --> 00:18:41.200
  • can't take your desires to God.
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:43.080
  • God says to bring your desires
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:44.200
  • to him.
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:45.120
  • But he wants you and him
  • 00:18:45.120 --> 00:18:46.250
  • to be so close that you have
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:48.040
  • the same desires.
  • 00:18:48.040 --> 00:18:50.050
  • So you--what you're praying for
  • 00:18:50.050 --> 00:18:52.000
  • is what he plans to give you
  • 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:53.040
  • anyway.
  • 00:18:53.040 --> 00:18:53.240
  • And one of the ways you know
  • 00:18:53.240 --> 00:18:55.150
  • you're getting close to God is
  • 00:18:55.150 --> 00:18:57.060
  • more and more prayers are being
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:18:58.210
  • answered because more and more
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:19:01.120
  • prayers are being specific.
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:03.190
  • Jesus said, "I only do
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:06.020
  • what I see the Father doing."
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:08.190
  • In fact, in verse 24,
  • 00:19:10.170 --> 00:19:13.170
  • "He who does not love me
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:15.010
  • does not keep my words.
  • 00:19:15.010 --> 00:19:16.100
  • And the words which you hear
  • 00:19:16.100 --> 00:19:17.130
  • are not mine, but the Father
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:19.250
  • who sent me."
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:20.250
  • In other words,
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:21.120
  • I'm not only talking to him,
  • 00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:24.050
  • I am hearing from him.
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:28.170
  • God speaks to you and to me,
  • 00:19:30.170 --> 00:19:33.170
  • first of all through his Word.
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:37.280
  • That's always first.
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:39.180
  • So the first question
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:40.250
  • about any issue in your life is,
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:42.260
  • what does God say about it
  • 00:19:42.260 --> 00:19:44.140
  • in the Word?
  • 00:19:44.140 --> 00:19:46.200
  • Well, first of all, the Word is
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:48.170
  • a lot more specific than you
  • 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:49.220
  • realize because he
  • 00:19:49.220 --> 00:19:52.030
  • may be talking to Abraham,
  • 00:19:52.120 --> 00:19:55.120
  • but he may be speaking to you.
  • 00:19:55.120 --> 00:19:57.190
  • See, he may be talking to Moses.
  • 00:19:57.190 --> 00:19:59.110
  • You may be reading something
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:00.040
  • about Moses.
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:00.290
  • But it's the job
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:02.090
  • of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:02.090 --> 00:20:02.290
  • that's the next sermon,
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:04.000
  • to lift it off of the page
  • 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:06.150
  • and write it on your heart.
  • 00:20:06.150 --> 00:20:08.100
  • That's the job
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  • of the Holy Spirit.
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  • The Holy Spirit to say--his job
  • 00:20:09.260 --> 00:20:12.070
  • is to make you say now,
  • 00:20:12.070 --> 00:20:13.160
  • "Ooh, I didn't see that before."
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  • Now, here's how he--here's
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:17.270
  • how he will talk to you.
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  • He will always,
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  • based on his Word,
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  • and he will usually give you
  • 00:20:22.060 --> 00:20:23.010
  • a Scripture to back it up,
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:24.280
  • he will bring, here it is,
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  • thoughts to your mind.
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  • The Bible talks about Elijah,
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  • a still, small voice.
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  • Because he's speaking
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  • into the thinking.
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  • Or as 1 Corinthians 2 says,
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  • spiritual thoughts get connected
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  • with spiritual words.
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  • So the way God tells you
  • 00:20:48.130 --> 00:20:50.070
  • what he's up to is by bringing
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  • thoughts to your mind,
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  • validating it usually
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  • with something from the Word
  • 00:20:57.190 --> 00:21:00.200
  • that may have nothing to do
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  • initially with what you
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:03.060
  • were first thinking about.
  • 00:21:03.060 --> 00:21:04.180
  • But he brings a thought
  • 00:21:04.180 --> 00:21:06.020
  • to your mind that you know
  • 00:21:06.020 --> 00:21:08.190
  • wasn't your thought,
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:11.000
  • that was not your thought.
  • 00:21:11.000 --> 00:21:13.000
  • And you say,
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:14.000
  • "I don't know about what to do
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  • with this problem, God.
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:15.150
  • This is a problem.
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:16.050
  • I want to find out if anybody
  • 00:21:16.050 --> 00:21:17.060
  • in the Bible had a problem
  • 00:21:17.060 --> 00:21:18.140
  • like this, or what you say
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:19.200
  • about problems like this
  • 00:21:19.200 --> 00:21:21.010
  • and will tell you
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  • how to do that."
  • 00:21:21.250 --> 00:21:22.170
  • But I want to find out,
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:24.150
  • so I begin to read, and I begin
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  • to meditate, abiding.
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  • I begin to think
  • 00:21:27.220 --> 00:21:28.180
  • on those passages.
  • 00:21:28.180 --> 00:21:29.200
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:21:29.200 --> 00:21:31.060
  • God the Holy Spirit begins
  • 00:21:31.060 --> 00:21:32.240
  • to move, and bing,
  • 00:21:33.140 --> 00:21:36.140
  • a thought comes
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  • that wasn't your thought.
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:40.280
  • Now, here's the good news.
  • 00:21:40.280 --> 00:21:43.210
  • Jesus says when that happens,
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  • and you ask in my name because
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  • I'm your legal representative
  • 00:21:50.220 --> 00:21:51.250
  • in heaven.
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:53.070
  • I'm your attorney,
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:54.060
  • I'm your lawyer.
  • 00:21:54.060 --> 00:21:55.120
  • My job is to represent you
  • 00:21:55.120 --> 00:21:57.170
  • if you're representing me.
  • 00:21:57.170 --> 00:21:59.060
  • So if you're representing me
  • 00:21:59.060 --> 00:22:00.140
  • and ask in my name because
  • 00:22:01.200 --> 00:22:04.200
  • we've got this relationship,
  • 00:22:04.200 --> 00:22:06.290
  • I can authorize the transaction.
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:10.240
  • I give you legal right
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:12.250
  • to do business in heaven.
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:16.060
  • He says this thing is based on
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:17.120
  • our covenant relationship,
  • 00:22:17.120 --> 00:22:18.230
  • chapter 16, verse 23.
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  • "In that day, you will not
  • 00:22:23.290 --> 00:22:25.060
  • question me about anything.
  • 00:22:25.060 --> 00:22:27.020
  • Truly, truly I say unto you,
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:28.110
  • if you ask the Father
  • 00:22:28.110 --> 00:22:29.090
  • for anything in my name,
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:30.290
  • he will give it to you."
  • 00:22:31.190 --> 00:22:34.190
  • Verse 26, "In that day,
  • 00:22:34.190 --> 00:22:36.030
  • you will ask in my name,
  • 00:22:36.030 --> 00:22:37.150
  • and I do not say
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:38.080
  • that I will request
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:39.240
  • of the Father on your behalf,
  • 00:22:39.240 --> 00:22:40.280
  • for the Father himself loves you
  • 00:22:40.280 --> 00:22:42.080
  • because you have loved me,
  • 00:22:42.080 --> 00:22:43.150
  • and have believed
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:45.000
  • that I have come forth
  • 00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:46.060
  • from the Father."
  • 00:22:46.060 --> 00:22:47.000
  • If you take me seriously,
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:49.080
  • the Father takes you seriously.
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:52.090
  • You skip me,
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:54.040
  • you skip the Father.
  • 00:22:54.040 --> 00:22:57.020
  • And then he closes
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:22:57.290
  • in chapter 14.
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:23:00.210
  • He repeats it
  • 00:23:00.210 --> 00:23:01.120
  • in verse 14 of chapter 14,
  • 00:23:01.120 --> 00:23:03.230
  • "If you ask--"
  • 00:23:03.230 --> 00:23:04.200
  • This is real broad, isn't it?
  • 00:23:04.200 --> 00:23:06.120
  • "Anything that's connected
  • 00:23:07.070 --> 00:23:10.070
  • to my name."
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:11.020
  • In other words,
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:11.190
  • I can sign off on it.
  • 00:23:11.190 --> 00:23:14.130
  • "I will do it."
  • 00:23:14.130 --> 00:23:15.230
  • And then he says this.
  • 00:23:15.230 --> 00:23:17.020
  • "If you love me, you will keep
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:19.010
  • my commandments.
  • 00:23:21.060 --> 00:23:24.060
  • If you love me, you will keep
  • 00:23:24.060 --> 00:23:25.200
  • my commandments."
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:28.120
  • Look, look, watch this now.
  • 00:23:28.120 --> 00:23:30.270
  • "If you love me, you will keep
  • 00:23:31.050 --> 00:23:34.050
  • my commandments."
  • 00:23:34.050 --> 00:23:35.280
  • I said that too fast.
  • 00:23:36.130 --> 00:23:39.130
  • "If you love me, you will keep
  • 00:23:40.060 --> 00:23:43.060
  • my commandments."
  • 00:23:43.060 --> 00:23:45.000
  • Let me tell you
  • 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:45.150
  • what it doesn't say.
  • 00:23:45.150 --> 00:23:47.140
  • It doesn't say,
  • 00:23:47.140 --> 00:23:49.180
  • "Keep my commandments
  • 00:23:49.180 --> 00:23:50.270
  • so that you can love me."
  • 00:23:52.150 --> 00:23:55.150
  • 1 John says Jesus says
  • 00:23:55.150 --> 00:23:58.000
  • through the same writer,
  • 00:23:59.010 --> 00:24:02.030
  • "My commandments
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:03.020
  • are not burdensome."
  • 00:24:03.020 --> 00:24:05.090
  • In other words,
  • 00:24:05.090 --> 00:24:05.270
  • they aren't that hard.
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:08.090
  • They don't weigh you down.
  • 00:24:08.090 --> 00:24:09.270
  • But a lot of us in here
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:10.200
  • are weighed down
  • 00:24:10.200 --> 00:24:11.190
  • by the Christian life.
  • 00:24:11.190 --> 00:24:13.140
  • "I'm a Christian.
  • 00:24:14.140 --> 00:24:17.140
  • I'm happy in Jesus," you know?
  • 00:24:18.010 --> 00:24:21.010
  • It seems so burdensome.
  • 00:24:21.150 --> 00:24:24.150
  • You know why it's burdensome?
  • 00:24:24.150 --> 00:24:25.170
  • Because Jesus saying
  • 00:24:25.170 --> 00:24:26.060
  • you got it backwards.
  • 00:24:27.010 --> 00:24:30.010
  • You don't obey me
  • 00:24:30.010 --> 00:24:31.270
  • so you can love me.
  • 00:24:31.270 --> 00:24:34.180
  • You love me,
  • 00:24:34.180 --> 00:24:37.150
  • and then you will obey me.
  • 00:24:37.150 --> 00:24:39.280
  • Usually, a happy wife doesn't
  • 00:24:39.280 --> 00:24:42.250
  • mind serving her husband.
  • 00:24:42.250 --> 00:24:45.080
  • When she has to do it 'cause
  • 00:24:45.080 --> 00:24:46.260
  • that's your job 'cause you
  • 00:24:46.260 --> 00:24:48.090
  • the wife, she may still do it,
  • 00:24:49.240 --> 00:24:52.240
  • but you won't like the attitude
  • 00:24:53.270 --> 00:24:56.270
  • in which it is being done.
  • 00:24:56.270 --> 00:24:58.230
  • Why?
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:24:59.080
  • 'Cause she's doing a commandment
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:01.140
  • without the love.
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:02.290
  • And when she has to do the role
  • 00:25:02.290 --> 00:25:05.230
  • 'cause she's supposed to do
  • 00:25:05.230 --> 00:25:07.090
  • the role when there is
  • 00:25:07.090 --> 00:25:09.140
  • no abiding in the relationship,
  • 00:25:09.140 --> 00:25:12.040
  • it might get done,
  • 00:25:12.040 --> 00:25:14.050
  • but the atmosphere
  • 00:25:14.050 --> 00:25:15.100
  • in which it gets done won't be
  • 00:25:15.100 --> 00:25:17.020
  • a happy one.
  • 00:25:17.020 --> 00:25:18.220
  • But if there is a love jones
  • 00:25:19.050 --> 00:25:22.050
  • going on, if things are hot
  • 00:25:23.230 --> 00:25:26.230
  • in the atmosphere,
  • 00:25:26.230 --> 00:25:28.260
  • she liable to ask you,
  • 00:25:28.260 --> 00:25:30.070
  • "What else can I do for you
  • 00:25:30.070 --> 00:25:31.120
  • today?"
  • 00:25:31.120 --> 00:25:33.170
  • Because there is
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:34.180
  • a relational motivation
  • 00:25:34.180 --> 00:25:37.180
  • to the action that is taken.
  • 00:25:37.210 --> 00:25:40.210
  • Jesus says, "If you abide in me,
  • 00:25:40.280 --> 00:25:43.280
  • let's develop
  • 00:25:43.280 --> 00:25:44.220
  • this intimate relationship."
  • 00:25:44.220 --> 00:25:46.230
  • And you can't abide
  • 00:25:46.230 --> 00:25:48.020
  • if you're not hanging out.
  • 00:25:48.020 --> 00:25:50.090
  • If we're never talking,
  • 00:25:50.090 --> 00:25:51.200
  • if we're never communicating,
  • 00:25:51.200 --> 00:25:52.220
  • if all I get is
  • 00:25:52.220 --> 00:25:53.250
  • a three sentence thing
  • 00:25:53.250 --> 00:25:56.050
  • while you rush out to go
  • 00:25:56.050 --> 00:25:57.070
  • to work, a 30-second prayer
  • 00:25:57.070 --> 00:25:58.280
  • because you're
  • 00:25:58.280 --> 00:25:59.170
  • supposed to say grace,
  • 00:25:59.170 --> 00:26:00.190
  • if that's all I get from you,
  • 00:26:00.190 --> 00:26:02.270
  • then don't be surprised
  • 00:26:02.270 --> 00:26:04.210
  • when you pray that you
  • 00:26:04.210 --> 00:26:06.120
  • don't get an answer
  • 00:26:06.120 --> 00:26:07.110
  • because you don't even know
  • 00:26:07.110 --> 00:26:08.200
  • what I'm thinking, 'cause you
  • 00:26:08.200 --> 00:26:10.020
  • didn't have enough time to do
  • 00:26:10.020 --> 00:26:11.210
  • what most women say, to listen.
  • 00:26:13.220 --> 00:26:16.220
  • You ain't have enough time
  • 00:26:16.220 --> 00:26:17.190
  • to hear how I was feeling
  • 00:26:17.190 --> 00:26:18.150
  • about it.
  • 00:26:18.150 --> 00:26:19.140
  • You didn't have enough time
  • 00:26:19.140 --> 00:26:20.100
  • to interact with me.
  • 00:26:20.100 --> 00:26:21.170
  • All you want to do is just come
  • 00:26:21.170 --> 00:26:23.210
  • in, and eat, and leave.
  • 00:26:25.220 --> 00:26:28.220
  • There's no abiding.
  • 00:26:28.220 --> 00:26:30.160
  • So I was not able to tell you
  • 00:26:30.160 --> 00:26:31.200
  • what I was thinking, so you
  • 00:26:31.200 --> 00:26:33.170
  • didn't even know how to talk
  • 00:26:33.170 --> 00:26:34.290
  • to me when you prayed because I
  • 00:26:34.290 --> 00:26:37.030
  • never had access to your mind,
  • 00:26:37.030 --> 00:26:39.040
  • the unspoken word before it
  • 00:26:39.040 --> 00:26:40.060
  • comes out of your mouth.
  • 00:26:40.060 --> 00:26:42.100
  • Prayer is me talking to him,
  • 00:26:42.100 --> 00:26:43.150
  • finding out what he thinks
  • 00:26:43.150 --> 00:26:44.070
  • about the matter,
  • 00:26:44.070 --> 00:26:45.180
  • and then distributing it
  • 00:26:46.000 --> 00:26:49.000
  • in my day.
  • 00:26:49.000 --> 00:26:51.070
  • And then watching greater works,
  • 00:26:51.140 --> 00:26:54.140
  • more authority.
  • 00:26:54.140 --> 00:26:56.020
  • You rule in your world
  • 00:26:56.020 --> 00:26:57.190
  • instead of your world
  • 00:26:57.190 --> 00:26:58.040
  • - Tony: Well, we hope you
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  • and I hope you think about it
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  • because it does carry
  • 00:27:04.050 --> 00:27:05.070
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  • 00:27:05.070 --> 00:27:06.240
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