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Encountering God's Promotion

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June 23, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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Encountering God's Promotion

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  • - Dr. Tony Evans: I want you
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  • to go back to work tomorrow
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  • and be a Christian on your job,
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  • serving with excellence, serving
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  • the Lord, but knowing the Lord
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  • knows where you're sittin'.
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  • He knows how long he
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  • wants you there.
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  • He knows when it's time to move,
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  • and he knows the bills that you
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  • have to pay and says,
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  • "He is your source,
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  • and everything
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  • - Tony Evans: Today I want
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  • to look at encountering
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  • God's promotion.
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  • A promotion is
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  • when you are lifted
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  • from one level to another level.
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  • Many of you know what
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  • it is to be promoted in your job
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  • or to be promoted in your
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  • experience or to be promoted
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  • from the JV to the Varsity team;
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  • to go through things that lift
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  • you to a higher level.
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  • In our story today from
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  • Daniel chapter 3 a promotion
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  • is going to take place.
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  • Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego,
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  • they are going to experience
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  • a promotion, but it will not
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  • come without a trial.
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  • They're going to encounter God
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  • in a bad situation.
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  • And now, some of the things I am
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  • going to say from this passage
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  • will not feel right and will not
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  • be comfortable, but that's okay
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  • because the more uncomfortable
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  • it is, the better possibility
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  • for a divine encounter.
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  • Let's start with the backdrop
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  • of the story.
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  • Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego
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  • find themselves working in
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  • a secular culture.
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  • They're in Babylon.
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  • Babylon is an evil, pagan,
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  • and idolatrous country.
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  • Because of Israel's sin, God
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  • told Babylon to invade Israel,
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  • and they brought out many of the
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  • young people back into Babylon
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  • to live and to work.
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  • Daniel, along with the
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  • three Hebrew boys,
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  • are part of the group
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  • that was brought
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  • from Israel to Babylon,
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  • and now they have to live their
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  • life and do their work in
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  • a non-Christian environment.
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  • Many of you tomorrow will go
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  • to work in a pagan environment,
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  • where the people you work
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  • for and the people you work
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  • with do not share your
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  • Christian worldview.
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  • They do not believe what
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  • you believe.
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  • They do not act like you act.
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  • They do not walk like you walk.
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  • They do not talk like you talk.
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  • But that's the world you live in
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  • because you have to provide
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  • for yourself, for your family,
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  • and you will find yourself in
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  • an unrighteous environment.
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  • That was the three Hebrew boys.
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  • They found themselves working
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  • for the federal government
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  • because they were administrators
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  • in the regime of Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • who was the governing head
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  • of Babylon.
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  • So they were government
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  • employees working
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  • for a pagan government.
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  • They were sent to a Babylonian
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  • school it says in chapter 1.
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  • It says that they
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  • were indoctrinated
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  • with Babylonian thinking.
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  • It says they were even given a
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  • Babylonian name after the name
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  • of a Babylonian god.
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  • So the culture was trying
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  • to de-Israelize them
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  • and pro-Babylonize them,
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  • trying to take their mindset
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  • from the rearing
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  • of their faith to the
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  • raising of the culture.
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  • And so you and I, like the
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  • three Hebrew boys, are caught in
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  • a cultural tension, how we were
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  • raised and what we're taught
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  • to believe, and where we have
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  • to live and earn our money.
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  • Where we have to live and
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  • function, or the people we have
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  • to be around because that's the
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  • nature of the job in which
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  • we're situated.
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  • How do you be Christian when the
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  • environment you're in doesn't
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  • support your Christianity?
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  • When the environment that you're
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  • in is trying to lure you away
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  • from your faith, as colleges
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  • do with you and me and our
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  • children, and as the society
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  • does with people of God.
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  • So that's the situation.
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  • That's the circumstance
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  • that they find themselves in.
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  • Well, something happens
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  • in the beginning of the chapter,
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  • chapter 3, Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • the head of Babylon, develops
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  • a theo ego.
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  • "Theo" is "God."
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  • "Ego" is "your mindset."
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  • He developed a God mentality.
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  • He deified himself.
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  • He goes on to say in the
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  • first nine verses,
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  • you'll see seven times
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  • discussion about this
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  • image he built to himself.
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  • He builds a statue to honor him
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  • 90 feet tall and 9 feet wide.
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  • He not only builds a statue,
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  • he comes up with a law.
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  • The law says that everybody
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  • is supposed to bow to the statue
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  • of Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • He calls all of his leaders
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  • together, and he says,
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  • "I want you to all to bow."
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  • And then he gives a warning in
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  • verse 6: "Whoever does not fall
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  • down and worship shall
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  • immediately be cast
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  • into the midst of a furnace
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  • of blazing fire."
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  • Okay, watch this.
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  • Now, the issue revolves
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  • around one thing:
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  • who you gonna worship?
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  • It says, "He built a statue."
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  • And he says, "You are to worship
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  • before the statue."
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  • At the heart of the Bible,
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  • from Genesis to Revelation,
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  • is this issue of idolatry.
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  • Let me, for those who may not
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  • remember the definition of an
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  • "idol," an "idol" is "any noun,
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  • person, place, thing, or thought
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  • that becomes your source."
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  • So any person, place, thing,
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  • or thought that becomes your
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  • source has now become your God.
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  • Anything that competes with the
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  • God of the Bible as the thing
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  • you ultimately look to as your
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  • source is your God rather,
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  • no matter whether you call it
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  • your God or not.
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  • You and I live in a culture
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  • that not only wants our work,
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  • they want our worship because
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  • they often ask us to compromise
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  • biblical values in order
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  • to be accepted or in order
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  • to be promoted.
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  • So, Shadrach, Meshach,
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  • and Abednego found themselves in
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  • a dilemma, and their career
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  • was on the line.
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  • While all of this is taking
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  • place, racism reared its
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  • ugly head.
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  • A racial dilemma takes place
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  • because verse 8 says:
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  • "For this reason
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  • at that time certain Chaldeans
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  • came forth and brought
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  • charges against the Jews."
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  • So some Babylonians brought
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  • charges against the Jews.
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  • They didn't like the Jews.
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  • They didn't want the Jews
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  • workin' at the company.
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  • And the reason they didn't like
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  • the Jews is, one, they were
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  • Jewish, and, two, they brought
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  • their faith to work.
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  • See, they knew they were
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  • followers of God.
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  • So let me ask you a question.
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  • If you were accused of being a
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  • Christian on your job would
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  • there be enough evidence
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  • to convict you or would you
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  • be found innocent of all charges
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  • cause your faith is very vague?
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  • You know it
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  • but nobody else does.
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  • They were clearly followers
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  • of God and they were Jewish.
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  • They could not condemn them
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  • because of their work,
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  • so they had to condemn them
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  • because of their faith.
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  • So these three Hebrew boys find
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  • themselves on a dilemma because
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  • now the Babylonians who work
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  • with them, their coworkers,
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  • come and say and play politics.
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  • You know how politics is
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  • in the office.
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  • They come and play politics.
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  • They said,
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  • "Oh, oh, Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • you got these Jewish guys here,
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  • and they won't bow.
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  • Oh, they come to work.
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  • They do their job, but you told
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  • 'em to bow to the company,
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  • and they're not bowin'
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  • to the company.
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  • They're not submitting to the
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  • authority of the company."
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  • So, Nebuchadnezzar, when he
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  • finds out this minority group
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  • would not bow, he said,
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  • "Bring 'em here."
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  • Verse 13: "Bring Meshach,
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  • Shadrach, and Abednego here."
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  • And in verses 14 and 15,
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  • he says, "I'mma give
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  • y'all another chance."
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  • And then he asks the question:
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  • "If you don't bow," verse 15,
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  • "if you do not worship, you will
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  • immediately be cast into
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  • the midst of a furnace
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  • of blazing fire, and what god
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  • is there who can deliver you
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  • out of my hands?"
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  • Now, that's the question.
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  • The question is, "I am so
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  • powerful, this company is so
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  • strong, this government is so
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  • much in control that if I fire
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  • you, you will be fired.
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  • And you don't know anybody who
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  • can overrule my decision
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  • 'cause I'm the man.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
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  • responded to the king.
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  • Okay, see, I don't know if you
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  • caught that.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
  • 00:10:44.230 --> 00:10:46.060
  • responded to the king.
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  • So they either all talked at the
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  • same time, or one talked
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  • for all three 'cause it says
  • 00:10:52.080 --> 00:10:53.190
  • all three responded.
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  • That's why you need to hook up
  • 00:10:56.040 --> 00:10:57.110
  • with some other Christians in
  • 00:10:57.110 --> 00:10:58.190
  • your company so that you not
  • 00:10:58.190 --> 00:11:00.060
  • standing there alone, okay?
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:03.280
  • So they responded to the king,
  • 00:11:03.280 --> 00:11:04.280
  • "Respectfully, we do not need
  • 00:11:07.010 --> 00:11:10.010
  • to give you an answer
  • 00:11:10.010 --> 00:11:11.230
  • concerning this matter.
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  • Let us answer you.
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  • If so be, our God whom we serve
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:21.140
  • is able to deliver us."
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  • You are to look at your
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  • occupation as service to the
  • 00:11:25.130 --> 00:11:27.200
  • Lord through the vehicle
  • 00:11:27.200 --> 00:11:29.210
  • of that company.
  • 00:11:29.210 --> 00:11:31.010
  • It is the Lord Christ whom
  • 00:11:31.010 --> 00:11:33.110
  • you serve.
  • 00:11:33.110 --> 00:11:34.040
  • So they say, "We may work
  • 00:11:34.040 --> 00:11:35.050
  • for you, but we serve the Lord.
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  • The God who we serve is able.
  • 00:11:37.180 --> 00:11:40.140
  • The God who we serve," 'cause
  • 00:11:40.140 --> 00:11:41.270
  • that's what got 'em in trouble
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:43.010
  • in the first place, their
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:44.130
  • coworkers knew that they
  • 00:11:44.130 --> 00:11:45.250
  • served the Lord in
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  • their job description.
  • 00:11:48.090 --> 00:11:50.170
  • But most Christians,
  • 00:11:50.170 --> 00:11:51.150
  • many Christians divorce their
  • 00:11:51.150 --> 00:11:53.120
  • everyday work from
  • 00:11:53.120 --> 00:11:55.000
  • their service of God,
  • 00:11:55.000 --> 00:11:57.060
  • and these three boys didn't.
  • 00:11:57.200 --> 00:12:00.220
  • "But because we serve him,
  • 00:12:00.220 --> 00:12:03.030
  • the God who we serve is able
  • 00:12:03.030 --> 00:12:05.140
  • to deliver us."
  • 00:12:06.000 --> 00:12:09.000
  • But let's hear the rest
  • 00:12:09.000 --> 00:12:09.260
  • of the story.
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  • "Even if he does not."
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  • Because there are two things you
  • 00:12:15.070 --> 00:12:16.250
  • need to know about God.
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  • He's powerful so he's able,
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:21.040
  • but he's sovereign
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  • so he can choose.
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  • In other words, you never let
  • 00:12:24.150 --> 00:12:26.230
  • God's omnipotence, his power,
  • 00:12:26.230 --> 00:12:29.140
  • cancel out his sovereignty.
  • 00:12:29.140 --> 00:12:31.220
  • God must have the option in any
  • 00:12:32.030 --> 00:12:35.030
  • situation to choose what the
  • 00:12:35.030 --> 00:12:37.090
  • right thing is to do
  • 00:12:37.090 --> 00:12:38.080
  • at that moment,
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.230
  • and sometimes he does not.
  • 00:12:40.250 --> 00:12:43.250
  • And you need a theology that
  • 00:12:43.250 --> 00:12:45.060
  • covers when he doesn't 'cause if
  • 00:12:45.060 --> 00:12:46.280
  • you don't have a theology that
  • 00:12:46.280 --> 00:12:48.060
  • covers when he doesn't, then
  • 00:12:48.060 --> 00:12:49.190
  • you gonna be mad at him when he
  • 00:12:49.190 --> 00:12:50.260
  • doesn't 'cause somebody told you
  • 00:12:50.260 --> 00:12:52.260
  • from the pulpit, "He's able."
  • 00:12:52.260 --> 00:12:54.290
  • So you gotta keep both in
  • 00:12:54.290 --> 00:12:57.180
  • tension, and about both you must
  • 00:12:57.180 --> 00:13:00.080
  • say the same thing.
  • 00:13:00.080 --> 00:13:01.260
  • Because they say,
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:02.260
  • "Even if he does not,
  • 00:13:02.260 --> 00:13:03.200
  • let it be known to you,
  • 00:13:03.200 --> 00:13:05.010
  • O King, we respect you.
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  • We're gonna work for you.
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  • We are not going to serve your
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  • gods or worship the golden image
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:16.000
  • that you have set up."
  • 00:13:16.000 --> 00:13:18.010
  • 'Cause it says in verse 19:
  • 00:13:18.010 --> 00:13:19.060
  • "Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled
  • 00:13:19.060 --> 00:13:21.130
  • with wrath," filled with wrath,
  • 00:13:22.250 --> 00:13:25.250
  • "and his facial expression
  • 00:13:25.250 --> 00:13:28.000
  • was altered," okay?
  • 00:13:28.180 --> 00:13:31.180
  • It's written all over
  • 00:13:31.180 --> 00:13:32.100
  • your face.
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  • You don't have
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  • to say a word.
  • 00:13:34.230 --> 00:13:36.270
  • You know, it just,
  • 00:13:36.270 --> 00:13:38.180
  • he's contorted.
  • 00:13:38.180 --> 00:13:40.010
  • He's contorted.
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  • "Who do you think you
  • 00:13:41.110 --> 00:13:42.030
  • talkin' to?
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  • I don't care that you said
  • 00:13:44.050 --> 00:13:45.000
  • it respectfully.
  • 00:13:45.000 --> 00:13:46.080
  • Do you know who I am?"
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  • Guess what he does?
  • 00:13:49.220 --> 00:13:51.030
  • He is so hot, no pun intended,
  • 00:13:51.140 --> 00:13:54.140
  • he is so hot, he gave orders
  • 00:13:54.150 --> 00:13:57.150
  • in verse 18 to heat the furnace
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  • seven times more than it was
  • 00:14:00.140 --> 00:14:03.060
  • already heated.
  • 00:14:03.060 --> 00:14:05.190
  • We talkin' about crispy here.
  • 00:14:06.290 --> 00:14:09.290
  • Oh, let's look at this.
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:12.060
  • Seven is the number
  • 00:14:12.060 --> 00:14:12.250
  • of completion.
  • 00:14:12.250 --> 00:14:14.100
  • This is like your boss sayin'
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:15.190
  • to you, "Look, if you don't do
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:17.190
  • this, not only will I fire you,
  • 00:14:18.150 --> 00:14:21.150
  • I will see that you never work
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:22.170
  • in this kind of business ever
  • 00:14:22.170 --> 00:14:24.290
  • again 'cause I'mma tell
  • 00:14:24.290 --> 00:14:27.180
  • everybody else who you are
  • 00:14:27.180 --> 00:14:29.120
  • and what you do, and we
  • 00:14:29.120 --> 00:14:30.270
  • gonna--I'mma get the word out.
  • 00:14:30.270 --> 00:14:33.100
  • I'm the man, and you talkin'
  • 00:14:33.100 --> 00:14:35.060
  • about you not gonna bow 'cause
  • 00:14:35.060 --> 00:14:37.020
  • you got some other
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:38.020
  • spiritual commitment."
  • 00:14:38.040 --> 00:14:41.040
  • So the men who brought them
  • 00:14:41.040 --> 00:14:42.160
  • to the furnace, the furnace was
  • 00:14:42.160 --> 00:14:43.180
  • so hot, it burned them up.
  • 00:14:43.180 --> 00:14:46.160
  • The Bible says, "The men
  • 00:14:46.160 --> 00:14:47.060
  • who brought 'em got burnt up."
  • 00:14:47.060 --> 00:14:48.120
  • That's how hot it was.
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:52.250
  • "They tied 'em up," in verse 23,
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:58.280
  • "and threw 'em into the midst
  • 00:14:58.280 --> 00:14:59.190
  • of the furnace still tied up.
  • 00:14:59.250 --> 00:15:02.270
  • So they tied up the hands, tied
  • 00:15:02.270 --> 00:15:04.170
  • up their feet, and threw 'em in.
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:11.020
  • God didn't deliver them
  • 00:15:11.020 --> 00:15:11.240
  • from the furnace.
  • 00:15:11.290 --> 00:15:14.290
  • He let 'em get fired.
  • 00:15:15.220 --> 00:15:18.220
  • But somethin' happens.
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:23.000
  • Verse 24: "Then Nebuchadnezzar
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:24.050
  • the king was astounded
  • 00:15:25.010 --> 00:15:28.010
  • and he stood up in haste.
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:30.000
  • He said to his high officials,
  • 00:15:30.100 --> 00:15:33.100
  • 'Was it not three men we cast
  • 00:15:33.100 --> 00:15:35.110
  • down into the midst of a fire?'"
  • 00:15:37.070 --> 00:15:40.070
  • "Come on, now, help me
  • 00:15:40.070 --> 00:15:41.030
  • with my math.
  • 00:15:41.030 --> 00:15:42.010
  • Wasn't it one, two, three,
  • 00:15:42.010 --> 00:15:43.030
  • Meshach, Shadrach,
  • 00:15:43.030 --> 00:15:43.240
  • and Abednego?"
  • 00:15:43.240 --> 00:15:45.270
  • They replied to the king,
  • 00:15:45.270 --> 00:15:47.040
  • "Well, certainly, King, we put
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:48.090
  • three guys in there."
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:50.040
  • He said, "Well, come here,
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:51.180
  • come here, come here.
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:53.290
  • Look through this glass."
  • 00:15:53.290 --> 00:15:56.010
  • "Look," verse 25,
  • 00:15:56.010 --> 00:15:57.180
  • "I see four men
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:16:01.070
  • loosed and walking around in
  • 00:16:01.100 --> 00:16:04.100
  • the midst of the fire without
  • 00:16:04.100 --> 00:16:06.080
  • harm, and the appearance
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:08.010
  • of the fourth is like a
  • 00:16:08.010 --> 00:16:09.230
  • Son of the gods."
  • 00:16:10.040 --> 00:16:13.040
  • You could preach right here.
  • 00:16:15.180 --> 00:16:18.180
  • He says,
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:20.180
  • "We put in three, right?"
  • 00:16:20.180 --> 00:16:23.000
  • "Yeah, we put in three."
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:24.050
  • "Well, how come--?
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:27.270
  • And we tied 'em up, right?"
  • 00:16:27.270 --> 00:16:29.280
  • "Yeah, we tied 'em up."
  • 00:16:29.280 --> 00:16:30.140
  • "Okay, well, why am
  • 00:16:30.140 --> 00:16:33.020
  • I seeing four?
  • 00:16:33.020 --> 00:16:35.190
  • So if we put in three, why four?
  • 00:16:35.200 --> 00:16:38.200
  • And how they walkin' around when
  • 00:16:38.200 --> 00:16:40.200
  • we tied 'em up, and no crispy,
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:44.050
  • nobody burnt, nobody--?"
  • 00:16:44.110 --> 00:16:47.110
  • Okay, watch this.
  • 00:16:47.110 --> 00:16:49.050
  • Sometimes when God wants
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:52.250
  • to give you an encounter
  • 00:16:52.250 --> 00:16:54.170
  • with him, sometimes he takes
  • 00:16:54.170 --> 00:16:56.170
  • you out of it.
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:58.000
  • Sometimes he delivers you
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:16:58.270
  • from it.
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:00.030
  • Sometimes you don't have
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:00.260
  • to worry about it.
  • 00:17:00.260 --> 00:17:02.040
  • But sometimes he wants to take
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:06.010
  • you through it or join you in
  • 00:17:06.010 --> 00:17:09.000
  • it, not deliver you from it.
  • 00:17:10.040 --> 00:17:13.040
  • Sometimes he wants you to see
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:15.040
  • what it's like when you're in
  • 00:17:15.040 --> 00:17:17.180
  • the fire and not bein' burned
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:19.160
  • by the fire.
  • 00:17:19.160 --> 00:17:22.020
  • You're in the bad situation
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:24.000
  • at work, and he's workin'
  • 00:17:24.000 --> 00:17:25.060
  • right beside you.
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:26.290
  • He says, "I see four, and the
  • 00:17:26.290 --> 00:17:29.100
  • fourth one I see looks like
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:31.150
  • somebody straight from heaven."
  • 00:17:31.150 --> 00:17:33.240
  • Sometimes heaven wants to join
  • 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:36.070
  • you in a bad situation without
  • 00:17:36.070 --> 00:17:39.070
  • taking you out of it.
  • 00:17:39.140 --> 00:17:42.140
  • He just gonna join you in it.
  • 00:17:42.140 --> 00:17:44.150
  • But whether he takes you from it
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:46.200
  • or joins you in it, you have an
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:49.090
  • encounter with the living God
  • 00:17:49.090 --> 00:17:51.080
  • 'cause you supposed to be all
  • 00:17:51.080 --> 00:17:52.190
  • shook up, all tied up, all
  • 00:17:52.190 --> 00:17:55.010
  • screamin' and hollerin'
  • 00:17:55.010 --> 00:17:56.270
  • and worried and depressed.
  • 00:17:56.270 --> 00:17:58.270
  • And here you are, walkin' around
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:00.090
  • the fire.
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:01.240
  • Here you are, struttin' around
  • 00:18:01.240 --> 00:18:03.000
  • the fire.
  • 00:18:03.000 --> 00:18:04.030
  • Here you are, movin'
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:04.190
  • around the fire.
  • 00:18:04.190 --> 00:18:06.050
  • They messin with you at work,
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:08.000
  • and you still walkin'.
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:09.110
  • They criticizin' you at work,
  • 00:18:09.110 --> 00:18:10.250
  • and you still praisin'.
  • 00:18:10.250 --> 00:18:12.240
  • They're makin' it hard for you,
  • 00:18:12.240 --> 00:18:14.120
  • and you still gettin' it on.
  • 00:18:14.120 --> 00:18:16.010
  • Why?
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:16.220
  • 'Cause you know you're
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:17.160
  • not by yourself.
  • 00:18:20.000 --> 00:18:23.000
  • But sometimes he wants you to
  • 00:18:23.000 --> 00:18:25.140
  • see what it's like when you're
  • 00:18:25.140 --> 00:18:27.040
  • in the fire with the Lord.
  • 00:18:32.260 --> 00:18:35.260
  • Why?
  • 00:18:35.260 --> 00:18:36.110
  • Why God?
  • 00:18:36.110 --> 00:18:36.260
  • Why you gonna do this?"
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:39.060
  • Look, I need to walk with you.
  • 00:18:39.060 --> 00:18:40.040
  • I need to walk with you.
  • 00:18:40.040 --> 00:18:40.290
  • Walk with me.
  • 00:18:40.290 --> 00:18:41.270
  • I want you to turn to 1 Peter.
  • 00:18:41.270 --> 00:18:44.140
  • I want to walk you through
  • 00:18:44.140 --> 00:18:45.110
  • a series of Scriptures.
  • 00:18:45.110 --> 00:18:47.120
  • I want to walk through a series.
  • 00:18:47.120 --> 00:18:48.050
  • You need to know these
  • 00:18:48.050 --> 00:18:49.030
  • Scriptures in 1 Peter.
  • 00:18:49.030 --> 00:18:50.070
  • Let me show this is not just
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:51.020
  • Old Testament, this is
  • 00:18:51.020 --> 00:18:52.120
  • New Testament.
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:53.150
  • He says in 1 Peter a number
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:55.160
  • of Scriptures that will
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:56.210
  • change your bad situation
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:57.190
  • at work, change your
  • 00:18:57.190 --> 00:18:59.130
  • bad situation at the company
  • 00:18:59.130 --> 00:19:00.250
  • where you have this kind
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:02.130
  • of understanding of a bad
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:03.290
  • suffering season in your life.
  • 00:19:03.290 --> 00:19:06.210
  • He says in
  • 00:19:06.210 --> 00:19:07.170
  • 1 Peter chapter 2, verse 20,
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:09.170
  • he says, For what credit is
  • 00:19:09.170 --> 00:19:11.150
  • there if when you sin you
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:13.090
  • are harshly treated?
  • 00:19:13.090 --> 00:19:15.180
  • You endure it with patience,
  • 00:19:15.180 --> 00:19:17.180
  • but if when you do what
  • 00:19:17.180 --> 00:19:19.190
  • is right and suffer,
  • 00:19:19.190 --> 00:19:21.160
  • for if you patiently endure
  • 00:19:21.160 --> 00:19:23.240
  • this finds favor with God.
  • 00:19:24.090 --> 00:19:27.090
  • So if you doing right
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:28.150
  • and taking your stand,
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:30.070
  • you're making God happy
  • 00:19:30.070 --> 00:19:32.050
  • and you're finding
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.100
  • favor with God
  • 00:19:33.100 --> 00:19:34.040
  • even though you're suffering.
  • 00:19:34.040 --> 00:19:35.170
  • Look at chapter 3, verse 14.
  • 00:19:35.170 --> 00:19:38.140
  • He says, But even if your
  • 00:19:38.140 --> 00:19:40.110
  • should suffer for the sake
  • 00:19:40.110 --> 00:19:42.000
  • of righteousness,
  • 00:19:42.000 --> 00:19:43.090
  • you are blessed and do not fear
  • 00:19:43.100 --> 00:19:46.100
  • their intimidation.
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:48.110
  • I don't care who they are
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:49.150
  • or what their title is,
  • 00:19:49.150 --> 00:19:50.210
  • don't be scared of their
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:52.060
  • intimidation and do not
  • 00:19:52.060 --> 00:19:54.060
  • be troubled just cause they
  • 00:19:54.060 --> 00:19:55.260
  • talking smack and talking noise
  • 00:19:55.260 --> 00:19:57.240
  • if you're suffering
  • 00:19:57.240 --> 00:19:59.130
  • for righteousness.
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:00.160
  • Verse 17:
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:01.280
  • For it is better if God should
  • 00:20:01.280 --> 00:20:04.030
  • will it so that you suffer
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:06.100
  • for doing what is right rather
  • 00:20:06.100 --> 00:20:08.110
  • than doing what is wrong.
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:10.200
  • Finally, he says in
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:11.240
  • chapter 5, verse 10:
  • 00:20:11.240 --> 00:20:13.230
  • After you have
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  • suffered for a little while,
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  • the God of all grace who
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  • called you by his eternal glory
  • 00:20:18.260 --> 00:20:21.040
  • in Christ, will himself perfect,
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:24.020
  • confirm, strengthen,
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  • and establish you to him
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  • be the dominion.
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  • He gonna call
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  • the final shot.
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  • He gonna say where
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  • this job situation works out
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  • whether there or somebody else
  • 00:20:34.110 --> 00:20:36.050
  • because remember, your job,
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:38.100
  • your government is only your
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:40.040
  • resource, it is not your source.
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  • Some of you remember my story
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  • when I was in seminary workin'
  • 00:20:45.170 --> 00:20:47.100
  • at Trailways.
  • 00:20:47.100 --> 00:20:49.050
  • I was loadin' and unloadin'
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  • buses.
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  • They came to me because they
  • 00:20:51.220 --> 00:20:52.260
  • had a scam.
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:54.030
  • The scam was when people went
  • 00:20:54.030 --> 00:20:55.160
  • out for lunch, then somebody
  • 00:20:55.160 --> 00:20:57.290
  • else would punch 'em in after
  • 00:20:57.290 --> 00:20:59.130
  • an hour, even though they may
  • 00:20:59.130 --> 00:21:01.060
  • stay out three or four hours
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:02.210
  • and hadn't been punched in.
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:04.280
  • And so you rotated, and somebody
  • 00:21:04.280 --> 00:21:06.140
  • did that for you, you did
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:07.250
  • that for somebody else.
  • 00:21:07.250 --> 00:21:09.090
  • They came and said to me,
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:10.070
  • "Well, here's the deal.
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  • This is how you do it.
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  • This is your day to punch
  • 00:21:13.090 --> 00:21:14.180
  • somebody else in after an hour
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:16.070
  • even though they'll be gone
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.130
  • three hours, and then somebody
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:18.200
  • will do that for you."
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:20.070
  • In other words, rob the company
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:21.070
  • of time and money
  • 00:21:21.070 --> 00:21:22.070
  • and what's goin' on.
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:24.000
  • So, I told 'em, I said, "I can't
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  • do that because, as a Christian,
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:27.150
  • that's stealing, and that's
  • 00:21:27.150 --> 00:21:29.090
  • not something I can do."
  • 00:21:29.090 --> 00:21:31.040
  • And they said,
  • 00:21:31.040 --> 00:21:32.000
  • "Oh, no, you don't understand.
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:32.290
  • Everybody does it.
  • 00:21:32.290 --> 00:21:34.210
  • It's the way we roll up in here.
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:36.190
  • So, you gotta expect, you can't
  • 00:21:36.190 --> 00:21:38.210
  • be an exception.
  • 00:21:38.210 --> 00:21:40.020
  • Everybody does it.
  • 00:21:40.020 --> 00:21:41.060
  • Let's get over this Christian
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:43.070
  • stuff, and this is how we do
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:45.030
  • it in the company."
  • 00:21:45.030 --> 00:21:46.170
  • I said,
  • 00:21:46.170 --> 00:21:47.090
  • "I'm so sorry, respectfully,
  • 00:21:47.090 --> 00:21:48.180
  • you know, I can't do that."
  • 00:21:48.180 --> 00:21:50.070
  • Well, they said, "Well, since
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:51.270
  • you can't do that, you gonna
  • 00:21:51.270 --> 00:21:53.110
  • be unloadin' a lot of these
  • 00:21:53.110 --> 00:21:54.160
  • buses by yourself."
  • 00:21:54.160 --> 00:21:56.170
  • When the buses came in, I wound
  • 00:21:56.170 --> 00:21:58.090
  • up havin' to unload a lot of 'em
  • 00:21:58.090 --> 00:21:59.280
  • by myself 'cause they wouldn't
  • 00:21:59.280 --> 00:22:01.260
  • help me because I didn't conform
  • 00:22:01.260 --> 00:22:03.180
  • to what they were askin' me
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:04.240
  • to do that was clearly
  • 00:22:04.240 --> 00:22:06.050
  • unbiblical with the company.
  • 00:22:06.050 --> 00:22:08.030
  • This went on for weeks
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:09.030
  • and weeks and weeks.
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:10.030
  • I'm discouraged, I'm depressed,
  • 00:22:10.030 --> 00:22:11.150
  • I'm frustrated because this has
  • 00:22:11.150 --> 00:22:13.130
  • been thrown on me, and I had
  • 00:22:13.130 --> 00:22:15.070
  • that same attitude that we all
  • 00:22:15.070 --> 00:22:16.210
  • have sometimes.
  • 00:22:16.210 --> 00:22:17.220
  • "God, why you lettin' this
  • 00:22:17.220 --> 00:22:19.060
  • happen to me when I'm tryin'
  • 00:22:19.060 --> 00:22:20.180
  • to be fair to you?"
  • 00:22:20.180 --> 00:22:22.280
  • A number of months later,
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:24.120
  • I got a call.
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:26.010
  • The call in was to come to the
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:27.250
  • owner's office, or the manager's
  • 00:22:27.250 --> 00:22:30.190
  • office for Trailways.
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.070
  • I went in the manager's office.
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  • He said to me, "We've been
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  • havin' a night supervisor come
  • 00:22:35.200 --> 00:22:37.110
  • around at night to see what was
  • 00:22:37.110 --> 00:22:39.090
  • going on with the night shift.
  • 00:22:39.090 --> 00:22:40.260
  • We are very aware of this scheme
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:44.080
  • that they doin' of punchin'
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:46.000
  • people in when they really
  • 00:22:46.000 --> 00:22:47.060
  • haven't come back.
  • 00:22:47.060 --> 00:22:48.120
  • We're also aware that you were
  • 00:22:48.120 --> 00:22:50.000
  • not a participant.
  • 00:22:50.000 --> 00:22:51.160
  • So what we would like to do
  • 00:22:51.160 --> 00:22:52.220
  • is make you manager
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:53.270
  • of the whole shift."
  • 00:22:53.270 --> 00:22:55.170
  • Now, I didn't know somebody
  • 00:22:55.170 --> 00:22:57.010
  • was watching.
  • 00:22:57.010 --> 00:22:58.130
  • I didn't know there was a
  • 00:22:58.130 --> 00:22:59.180
  • fourth person in the fire.
  • 00:22:59.180 --> 00:23:01.280
  • I didn't know that something
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:03.100
  • else was going on.
  • 00:23:03.100 --> 00:23:04.270
  • But you have to understand
  • 00:23:04.270 --> 00:23:06.180
  • that when God decides to promote
  • 00:23:06.180 --> 00:23:08.230
  • you, it doesn't matter what men
  • 00:23:08.230 --> 00:23:11.030
  • say to you.
  • 00:23:11.030 --> 00:23:13.040
  • So it's time for us to take
  • 00:23:13.040 --> 00:23:14.150
  • a stand.
  • 00:23:14.150 --> 00:23:15.100
  • A man was on an island one day
  • 00:23:15.100 --> 00:23:17.060
  • and he got shipwrecked on this
  • 00:23:17.060 --> 00:23:19.030
  • island and nobody was there.
  • 00:23:19.030 --> 00:23:21.020
  • He was out there by himself
  • 00:23:21.020 --> 00:23:22.140
  • and he's wondering well how
  • 00:23:22.140 --> 00:23:23.140
  • was he going to survive
  • 00:23:23.140 --> 00:23:24.160
  • on this island.
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:25.220
  • He put some sticks together
  • 00:23:25.220 --> 00:23:26.290
  • to make a little hut to keep
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:28.140
  • him away from the inclement
  • 00:23:28.140 --> 00:23:30.010
  • weather and he got in that hut
  • 00:23:30.010 --> 00:23:31.260
  • but through series of events
  • 00:23:31.260 --> 00:23:33.160
  • the hut caught on fire.
  • 00:23:33.160 --> 00:23:35.070
  • So the hut is on fire,
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:36.160
  • he's on this isolated island.
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:38.000
  • A few days later a boat
  • 00:23:38.000 --> 00:23:39.180
  • comes to deliver him
  • 00:23:39.180 --> 00:23:41.150
  • from the island.
  • 00:23:41.150 --> 00:23:43.010
  • He said, Well, how did
  • 00:23:43.010 --> 00:23:44.050
  • you know I was on the island?
  • 00:23:44.050 --> 00:23:45.200
  • Oh, they said, It was simple.
  • 00:23:45.200 --> 00:23:47.050
  • We saw the smoke signals you
  • 00:23:47.050 --> 00:23:48.260
  • were sending up to let us know
  • 00:23:48.260 --> 00:23:50.190
  • you were here.
  • 00:23:50.190 --> 00:23:51.210
  • Sometimes God let's you
  • 00:23:51.210 --> 00:23:53.030
  • catch fire but it's
  • 00:23:53.030 --> 00:23:54.220
  • really a smoke signal saying
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:56.230
  • to God, God, here's where I am
  • 00:23:56.230 --> 00:23:59.150
  • and even though I'm in a fire,
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:01.060
  • I know you know where
  • 00:24:01.060 --> 00:24:03.080
  • I'm located.
  • 00:24:03.080 --> 00:24:04.060
  • So I want you to go back to work
  • 00:24:04.060 --> 00:24:05.210
  • tomorrow and serve
  • 00:24:05.210 --> 00:24:07.000
  • the Lord Christ.
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:08.060
  • I want you to go back to work
  • 00:24:08.060 --> 00:24:09.090
  • tomorrow and be a Christian
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:10.210
  • on your job, serving
  • 00:24:10.210 --> 00:24:12.110
  • with excellence, serving
  • 00:24:12.110 --> 00:24:13.290
  • the Lord, but knowing the Lord
  • 00:24:13.290 --> 00:24:16.010
  • knows where you're sittin'.
  • 00:24:16.010 --> 00:24:17.200
  • He knows how long he
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:18.270
  • wants you there.
  • 00:24:18.270 --> 00:24:20.080
  • He knows when it's time to move,
  • 00:24:20.080 --> 00:24:21.130
  • and he knows the bills that you
  • 00:24:21.130 --> 00:24:22.170
  • have to pay, and says,
  • 00:24:22.170 --> 00:24:24.000
  • "He is your source,"
  • 00:24:24.000 --> 00:24:25.250
  • and everything else
  • 00:24:25.250 --> 00:24:26.180
  • is your resource.
  • 00:24:26.180 --> 00:24:28.010
  • You can lift your head up high,
  • 00:24:28.010 --> 00:24:29.120
  • and even if the rest of the folk
  • 00:24:29.120 --> 00:24:31.000
  • don't like you on the job,
  • 00:24:31.000 --> 00:24:33.220
  • you just find you a Meshach,
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:35.080
  • a Shadrach, and an Abednego,
  • 00:24:35.080 --> 00:24:37.240
  • and you take your stand for God
  • 00:24:37.240 --> 00:24:39.190
  • because God ultimately owns
  • 00:24:39.230 --> 00:24:42.230
  • the company.
  • 00:24:42.230 --> 00:24:44.060
  • Let's give him some praise
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  • - Tony: Divine encounters often
  • 00:24:56.170 --> 00:24:59.170
  • happens in the midst
  • 00:24:59.170 --> 00:25:00.200
  • of struggle, and that's when God
  • 00:25:01.230 --> 00:25:04.230
  • wants to give us an encounter
  • 00:25:04.230 --> 00:25:06.210
  • to change us.
  • 00:25:06.210 --> 00:25:09.010
  • For example, Jacob was
  • 00:25:09.010 --> 00:25:11.040
  • a trickster.
  • 00:25:11.040 --> 00:25:13.190
  • He lived his life through
  • 00:25:13.190 --> 00:25:15.130
  • conniving and tricking people,
  • 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:19.000
  • and it caught up with him,
  • 00:25:19.000 --> 00:25:20.260
  • just like our character flaws
  • 00:25:20.260 --> 00:25:23.110
  • catch up with us.
  • 00:25:23.110 --> 00:25:25.010
  • But even then, in our mess,
  • 00:25:25.130 --> 00:25:28.130
  • God performs miracles.
  • 00:25:28.130 --> 00:25:30.220
  • He creates a struggle,
  • 00:25:30.220 --> 00:25:33.020
  • a struggle that binds us
  • 00:25:33.020 --> 00:25:35.100
  • and ties us up
  • 00:25:35.100 --> 00:25:37.060
  • and won't let us go.
  • 00:25:37.060 --> 00:25:38.200
  • And God is right in the midst
  • 00:25:38.200 --> 00:25:41.060
  • of the struggle because the
  • 00:25:41.060 --> 00:25:43.050
  • angel of God came and wrestled
  • 00:25:43.050 --> 00:25:44.270
  • with Jacob all night long until
  • 00:25:44.270 --> 00:25:46.290
  • he got his name changed.
  • 00:25:47.020 --> 00:25:50.020
  • The changing of names
  • 00:25:50.020 --> 00:25:51.050
  • in the Bible is a shifting
  • 00:25:51.050 --> 00:25:52.270
  • of character.
  • 00:25:52.270 --> 00:25:54.050
  • He went from this trickster
  • 00:25:54.050 --> 00:25:57.020
  • to a person whom God helped.
  • 00:25:57.140 --> 00:26:00.160
  • But something had to get
  • 00:26:00.160 --> 00:26:02.110
  • dislocated first, and God
  • 00:26:02.110 --> 00:26:04.110
  • dislocated his hip because he
  • 00:26:04.110 --> 00:26:07.080
  • had to walk with a limp
  • 00:26:07.080 --> 00:26:09.230
  • as a perpetual reminder
  • 00:26:09.230 --> 00:26:11.050
  • that he wrestled with God.
  • 00:26:11.050 --> 00:26:13.150
  • And God will wrestle
  • 00:26:13.150 --> 00:26:15.080
  • with us until he changes us.
  • 00:26:15.080 --> 00:26:17.240
  • And sometimes he leaves some
  • 00:26:17.240 --> 00:26:19.120
  • things behind that remind us not
  • 00:26:19.120 --> 00:26:21.010
  • to go back to the old character
  • 00:26:21.010 --> 00:26:23.220
  • that was damaging before.
  • 00:26:23.220 --> 00:26:26.010
  • But that's good news in
  • 00:26:26.010 --> 00:26:27.190
  • a painful situation.
  • 00:26:27.190 --> 00:26:30.040
  • If you're struggling right now
  • 00:26:30.040 --> 00:26:32.090
  • because something needs
  • 00:26:32.090 --> 00:26:33.270
  • to change in your life or mine,
  • 00:26:34.070 --> 00:26:37.070
  • God is loving you and me enough
  • 00:26:37.070 --> 00:26:39.200
  • to take us through the struggle,
  • 00:26:39.200 --> 00:26:42.040
  • and he will keep the struggle
  • 00:26:42.040 --> 00:26:44.120
  • there until we get the message
  • 00:26:44.120 --> 00:26:46.110
  • that character flaws need
  • 00:26:46.110 --> 00:26:49.100
  • to be changed because he wants
  • 00:26:49.100 --> 00:26:51.250
  • to conform us to the image
  • 00:26:51.250 --> 00:26:53.120
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:26:53.120 --> 00:26:55.000
  • So, rather than getting mad at
  • 00:26:55.000 --> 00:26:56.150
  • the struggle or the limp, I want
  • 00:26:56.150 --> 00:26:58.260
  • you to praise God that he loved
  • 00:26:58.260 --> 00:27:01.260
  • you enough to put you in the
  • 00:27:01.260 --> 00:27:03.130
  • struggle in order to change
  • 00:27:03.130 --> 00:27:05.010
  • your character.
  • 00:27:05.010 --> 00:27:06.180
  • Because once he changed Jacob's
  • 00:27:06.180 --> 00:27:08.180
  • character, he became useful,
  • 00:27:08.180 --> 00:27:11.060
  • he became productive, and he
  • 00:27:11.060 --> 00:27:13.270
  • is found in the New Testament
  • 00:27:13.270 --> 00:27:16.060
  • as a hero and not as a failure.
  • 00:27:17.130 --> 00:27:20.130
  • So, your yesterday character
  • 00:27:20.130 --> 00:27:22.130
  • flaws don't have to be your
  • 00:27:22.130 --> 00:27:24.050
  • tomorrow's definition because
  • 00:27:24.050 --> 00:27:26.080
  • once God gives you an encounter,
  • 00:27:26.080 --> 00:27:29.020
  • a struggle that changes you,
  • 00:27:29.020 --> 00:27:30.290
  • then he can use you for his
  • 00:27:30.290 --> 00:27:33.090
  • glory, the advancement of his
  • 00:27:33.090 --> 00:27:35.130
  • kingdom, and the improvement
  • 00:27:35.130 --> 00:27:37.250
  • of the lives and in the lives
  • 00:27:37.250 --> 00:27:40.150
  • of others.
  • 00:27:40.210 --> 00:27:43.210
  • of others.
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