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June 17, 2019
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  • BABY BOOMERS NEED JESUS.
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  • MILLENNIALS NEED JESUS.
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  • THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
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  • SURE, EACH GENERATION HAS THEIR UNIQUE TRAITS AND
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  • THINGS THAT THEY LIKE AND DON'T LIKE, BUT WHEN IT'S
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  • ALL SAID AND DONE THE ANSWER IS A RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH CHRIST BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST IS THE
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  • SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER.
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  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY
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  • WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • THIS IS THE DAY FOR A NEW BEGINNING.
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  • AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND.
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  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING THIS
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  • IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
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  • DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WERE CHOSEN BY GOD?
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  • BEFORE YOUR LIFE BEGAN, BEFORE YOUR PARENT'S
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  • LIFE BEGAN, OR YOUR GRANDPARENTS OR YOUR
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  • GREAT GRANDPARENTS BEFORE ADAM AND EVE WERE PLACED
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  • IN THE GARDEN, BEFORE THE EARTH WAS CREATED,
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  • GOD CHOSE YOU TO BE HIS CHILD.
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  • NOW IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT IF YOU COULD KNOW
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  • EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME.
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  • WELL GOD IS THAT WAY.
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  • OF COURSE HE'S OMNISCIENT WHICH MEANS HE'S ALL KNOWING.
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  • SO GOD KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT WE WILL DO IN LIFE.
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  • HE KNOWS HOW EVERY EVENT WILL UNFOLD.
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  • IMAGINE YOU HAD THAT KNOWLEDGE.
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  • MAN THAT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO KEEP TO YOURSELF.
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  • I THINK, FOR STARTERS, YOU WOULD PROBABLY GO DOWN TO
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  • A HORSE RACE AND BET ON THE WINNER AND MAKE A LOT
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  • OF MONEY AND USE IT FOR YOUR OWN ADVANTAGE.
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  • I DON'T THINK IF YOU WERE BETTING ON A RACE,
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  • YOU WOULD PICK A LOSER.
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  • I'M SURE YOU WOULD PICK THE WINNER,
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  • YET GOD CHOSE US.
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  • IF ANYONE KNOWS OUR FLAWS, IF ANYONE KNOWS
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  • YOUR SHORTCOMINGS, IT'S YOU.
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  • IF ANYONE KNOWS MY SHORTCOMINGS,
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  • IT'S ME AND MY WIFE.
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  • OKAY, SO WE ALL KNOW HOW WE FALL SHORT OF GOD'S
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  • GLORY AND WHAT FAILURES WE OFTEN ARE,
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  • BUT YET GOD CHOSE US.
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  • JESUS SAID, "YOU HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME,
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  • BUT I HAVE CHOSEN YOU."
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  • SO THE FIRST QUESTION THAT MAY JUMP
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  • INTO OUR MIND IS WHY?
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  • WHY WOULD GOD ALMIGHTY CHOOSE SOMEONE LIKE ME
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  • TO BE HIS CHILD TO LIVE FOREVER WITH HIM IN HEAVEN?
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  • WHAT MERIT OR GOODNESS DID GOD SEE IN ME THAT WOULD
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  • CAUSE HIM TO SAY "I WANT THAT PERSON ON MY TEAM.
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  • I WANT THAT MAN AS MY SON.
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  • I WANT THAT WOMAN AS MY DAUGHTER"?
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  • WHY WOULD HE CHOOSE US?
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  • WELL IT ACTUALLY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH
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  • ANY MERIT OR GOODNESS ON OUR PART.
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  • IN FACT, IT'S THE SAME REASON THAT GOD CHOSE ISRAEL.
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  • HE TALKS ABOUT IT IN DEUTERONOMY 7:7.
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  • HE SAID, "THE LORD DID NOT SET HIS LOVE UPON YOU OR
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  • CHOOSE YOU BECAUSE YOU WERE MORE IN NUMBER THAN
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  • OTHER PEOPLE, FOR YOU WERE THE FEWEST.
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  • BUT HE CHOSE YOU BECAUSE HE LOVED YOU."
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  • THAT'S A GREAT ANSWER.
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  • WHY DID GOD CHOOSE YOU? BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.
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  • WHY DOES GOD LOVE YOU? I DON'T KNOW BUT HE DOES.
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  • HE LOVES YOU.
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  • HE LOVES ME.
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  • HE LOVES ALL OF US.
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  • YOU SAY, "WELL, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT."
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  • WELCOME TO THE CLUB.
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  • NOW THE NEXT QUESTION IS HOW DID GOD CHOOSE US?
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  • ON WHAT BASIS DID HE CHOOSE US?
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  • DO WE HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT OR IS IT
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  • SOMETHING THAT'S ALL PREDETERMINED?
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  • I WANT TO SAY THAT THE GREATEST MINDS IN THE
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  • CHURCH HAVE DEALT WITH THIS FOR 2.000 YEARS AND
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  • I'M GOING TO RESOLVE IT RIGHT HERE TODAY
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  • IN THIS SERMON.
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  • THAT WAS A JOKE, BY THE WAY.
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  • NO. I CAN TELL YOU STRAIGHT UP I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.
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  • I DON'T THINK ANYONE REALLY DOES,
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  • BUT I DO REJOICE IN IT.
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  • SOMEONE PUT IT THIS WAY "TRY TO EXPLAIN ELECTION,"
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  • NOW ELECTION IS SPEAKING ABOUT PREDESTINATION OF
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  • THE FACT THAT YOU WERE CHOSEN BEFORE YOU CHOSE
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  • GOD, "TRY TO EXPLAIN ELECTION" THEY WRITE,
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  • "AND YOU MAY LOSE YOUR MIND, BUT TRY TO EXPLAIN IT
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  • AWAY AND YOU MAY LOOSE YOUR SOUL."
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  • SO HOW DID GOD CHOOSE US?
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  • WHAT WAS THE BASIS OF THAT CHOICE?
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  • SOME WOULD TEACH SOMETHING CALLED IRRESISTIBLE GRACE,
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  • WHICH SIMPLY MEANS THAT NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK OR
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  • WHAT YOU FEEL OR WHAT YOUR OPINION IS, GOD HAS
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  • EXTENDED THIS IRRESISTIBLE GRACE AND BECAUSE
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  • YOU ARE CHOSEN BY GOD YOU WILL RESPOND
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  • TO THAT IRRESISTIBLE GRACE.
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  • OTHERS WOULD ALSO TEACH US ABOUT WHAT
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  • IS CALLED DOUBLE PREDESTINATION.
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  • NOW WE BELIEVE IN PREDESTINATION.
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  • BUT DOUBLE PREDESTINATION BASICALLY SAYS WAY BACK
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  • IN THE BEGINNING BEFORE WE COULD EVEN IMAGINE,
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  • GOD MADE CHOICES.
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  • HE CHOSE WHO WOULD GO TO HEAVEN
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  • AND WHO WOULD GO TO HELL.
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  • JUST...YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT.
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  • YOU HAVE NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER BECAUSE THERE'S
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  • THIS IRRESISTIBLE GRACE YOU'RE GOING TO BELIEVE
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  • IF YOU WANT TO OR NOT AND IT'S DOUBLE PREDESTINATION.
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  • GOD HAS ALREADY PREDETERMINED WHO
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  • GETS IN HEAVEN OR WHO GETS IN HELL.
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  • I WANT YOU TO KNOW I DO NOT BELIEVE
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  • THOSE TWO IDEAS AT ALL.
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  • AND THERE'S ANOTHER TEACHING CALLED LIMITED
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  • ATONEMENT AND LIMITED ATONEMENT BASICALLY
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  • TEACHES THAT CHRIST DIED FOR THE ELECT.
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  • IN OTHER WORDS, CHRIST DIED FOR THOSE WHO
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  • WOULD RESPOND TO THAT IRRESISTIBLE GRACE WHO
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  • HAD BEEN PREDESTINED TO GO TO HEAVEN BUT HE DID
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  • NOT DIE FOR THOSE THAT WERE CHOSEN,
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  • IF YOU WILL, TO GO TO HELL.
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  • SO IT'S LIMITED ATONEMENT.
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  • HE DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE ELECT ONLY.
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  • I REJECT ALL OF THAT BECAUSE I BELIEVE YOU
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  • CAN RESIST THE GRACE OF GOD.
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  • THE BIBLE EVEN TELLS US THAT WE SHOULD BE
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  • CAREFUL TO NOT RESIST IT.
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  • AND I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS PREDETERMINED SOME
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  • WILL GO TO HEAVEN AND SOME WILL GO TO HELL.
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  • WE DO HAVE A SAY SO IN THE MATTER AND I ALSO BELIEVE
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  • THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR THE SIN OF THE WHOLE
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  • WORLD, NOT JUST THE ELECT. EVERYBODY.
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  • [applause]
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  • ROMANS 5:6 SAYS "WHEN WE WERE WITHOUT
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  • STRENGTH, IN DUE TIME CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY.
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  • SCARCELY FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN WOULD ONE DIE; PERHAPS
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  • FOR A GOOD MAN SOMEONE WOULD EVEN DARE TO DIE.
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  • BUT GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US THAT WHILE
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  • WE WERE YET SINNER, CHRIST DIED FOR US."
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  • SEE HE DIDN'T JUST DIE FOR THE ELECT, HE DIED FOR US
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  • WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS.
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  • JESUS PUT IT SO CLEARLY IN JOHN 3:16 "FOR GOD SO
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  • LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON."
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  • SO YES, IT IS TRUE THAT GOD CHOSE ME, BUT IT IS
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  • ALSO TRUE THAT I MUST CHOOSE HIM.
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  • JESUS SAYS, "WHOSOEVER WILL LET HIM COME."
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  • SO THERE IS GOD'S PART AND THERE IS MY PART.
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  • IT IS NOT AS THOUGH GOD PREDESTINED SOME PEOPLE
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  • TO BE SAVED AND OTHER PEOPLE TO BE DAMNED.
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  • HE WANTS EVERYONE TO BE SAVED BECAUSE THE BIBLE
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  • SAYS "GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH
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  • BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE."
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  • ONE PERSON PUT IT THIS WAY "GOD PREDESTINES EVERY
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  • MAN TO BE SAVED, THE DEVIL PREDESTINES
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  • EVERY MAN TO BE DAMNED. MAN HAS THE CASTING VOTE."
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  • SO YOU'RE SAYING, "NOW YOU'VE CONFUSED ME.
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  • FIRST, YOU TOLD ME I'M CHOSEN.
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  • THEN YOU'RE TELLING ME I NEED TO CHOOSE HIM.
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  • AND I CAN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND ALL THESE
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  • THINGS THAT YOU'RE SAYING."
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  • WELCOME TO THE ONGOING DEBATE.
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  • HOW DO I DETERMINE IF I'M ONE OF THE CHOSEN ONES?
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  • IT'S VERY SIMPLE.
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  • BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND YOU WILL CONFIRM
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  • THAT YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD.
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  • NOW LET ME SHOW YOU HOW RIDICULOUS THIS CAN GET.
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  • IF YOU GO TOO FAR IN ONE DIRECTION, WHICH WOULD BE
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  • YOUR REFORMED THEOLOGY CALVINISM APPROACH, YOU
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  • CAN GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU WOULD NOT EVEN BE ABLE
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  • TO SAY TO A PERSON "GOD LOVES YOU" AND YOU WOULD
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  • NOT EVEN BE ABLE TO SAY TO A PERSON "BELIEVE IN
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  • JESUS" BECAUSE YOUR FEAR IS YOU MIGHT PREACH
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  • TO ONE OF THE NON-ELECT.
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  • AND IF THEY BELIEVE AND THEY'RE NOT ONE OF THE
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  • ELECT OR ONES WHO WERE CHOSEN THEN YOU WOULD
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  • BE GIVING THEM FALSE ASSURANCE.
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  • I LIKE D. L. MOODY THE GREAT EVANGELIST
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  • HIS TAKE ON THIS. HE SAYS,
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  • "LORD, SAVE THE ELECT AND THEN ELECT SOME MORE."
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  • OKAY. SO THAT'S GOOD.
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  • SO HERE'S ALL YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT.
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  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHO THE ELECT ARE
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  • OR WHO THE ELECT AREN'T.
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  • JUST BE THANKFUL THAT YOU'VE BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD
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  • AND GO OUT AND TELL OTHER PEOPLE THAT GOD DOES LOVE
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  • THEM AND CHRIST DIED FOR THEIR SINS AND THEY CAN
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  • BELIEVE IN HIM AND BE FORGIVEN OF ALL OF THEIR
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  • SIN IF THEY COME TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THAT'S OUR MESSAGE. IT'S VERY SIMPLE.
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  • I THINK SOMETIMES WE GET SO EMBEDDED INTO THIS
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  • DEBATE, WE START MISSING THE BIG PICTURE OF WHAT WE
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  • ARE CALLED TO DO, WHICH IS TO GO BRING THE GOSPEL
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  • TO PEOPLE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PROMISES IN
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  • SCRIPTURE WHERE ETERNAL LIFE IS OFFERED
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  • TO THE PERSON WHO BELIEVES.
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  • JESUS SAID IN JOHN 11:26 "WHOEVER LIVES AND
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  • BELIEVES IN ME WILL NEVER DIE."
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  • ROMANS 10:13, WE'LL GET TO THIS LATER, "WHOEVER WILL
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  • CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE
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  • SAVED AND ON AND ON IT GOES.
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  • SO LET'S JUST SORT OF STEP ASIDE FROM THAT
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  • FOR A MOMENT AND NOW ASK ANOTHER QUESTION
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  • THAT PEOPLE OFTEN FORGET ABOUT.
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  • INSTEAD OF ARGUING ABOUT WHO IS PREDESTINED, LET'S
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  • INSTEAD ASK THE QUESTION: WHAT AM I PREDESTINED FOR?
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  • WHY DID GOD CHOOSE ME? FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
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  • I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU JUST THREE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES.
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  • THERE'S MANY MORE I COULD SHARE BUT HERE IS THREE
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  • THINGS IF YOU'RE TAKING NOTES.
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  • WHY DID GOD CHOOSE YOU?
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  • 1. GOD CHOSE YOU SO YOU WOULD BE
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  • HOLY AND WITHOUT BLAME.
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  • EPHESIANS 1:4 SAYS "HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE
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  • THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY
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  • AND WITHOUT BLAME BEFORE HIM IN LOVE."
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  • THIS IS REALLY SPEAKING OF THE OUTGROWTH OF OUR
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  • RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD.
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  • HOLINESS SPEAKS OF INWARD PURITY.
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  • WITHOUT BLAME MEANS AN OUTWARD OR EXTERNAL
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  • CONDITION OF PURITY.
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  • SO GOD WANT'S US TO LIVE GODLY LIVES.
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  • HE WANTS US TO LIVE PURE LIVES.
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  • 2. GOD CHOSE ME SO I WOULD BECOME MORE AND MORE LIKE
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  • JESUS EACH AND EVERYDAY.
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:11.180
  • WE ALREADY LOOKED AT THIS TOGETHER ROMANS 8:28 WE
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:15.080
  • TALKED ABOUT FOR ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR
  • 00:10:15.110 --> 00:10:17.120
  • GOOD TO THOSE THAT LOVE GOD AND ARE THE CALLED
  • 00:10:17.150 --> 00:10:19.050
  • ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE AND THEN OF COURSE,
  • 00:10:19.080 --> 00:10:21.050
  • THE VERSE THAT FOLLOWS VERSE 29 THAT SAYS HE
  • 00:10:21.080 --> 00:10:25.080
  • PREDESTINED US TO BE CONFORMED INTO THE
  • 00:10:25.110 --> 00:10:28.250
  • IMAGE OF HIS OWN DEAR SON.
  • 00:10:28.280 --> 00:10:31.200
  • SO EACH AND EVERYDAY I SHOULD SEEK TO BECOME MORE
  • 00:10:31.230 --> 00:10:34.100
  • AND MORE LIKE JESUS AND FINALLY, GOD CHOSE ME,
  • 00:10:34.130 --> 00:10:38.230
  • OR I'VE BEEN PREDESTINED THAT I MIGHT LIVE
  • 00:10:38.260 --> 00:10:41.220
  • A SPIRITUALLY FRUITFUL LIFE.
  • 00:10:41.250 --> 00:10:43.250
  • JESUS SAID IN JOHN 15:16 "YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME,
  • 00:10:43.280 --> 00:10:47.230
  • BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU THAT YOU
  • 00:10:47.260 --> 00:10:50.230
  • SHOULD GO AND BEAR FRUIT AND THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD
  • 00:10:50.260 --> 00:10:54.020
  • REMAIN AND WHATEVER YOU ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME
  • 00:10:54.050 --> 00:10:56.270
  • HE'LL GIVE IT TO YOU."
  • 00:10:57.000 --> 00:10:58.110
  • SO WHAT IS FRUIT?
  • 00:10:58.140 --> 00:10:59.100
  • FRUIT IS TANGIBLE EVIDENCE.
  • 00:10:59.130 --> 00:11:01.160
  • FRUIT IS SOMETHING THAT OTHERS CAN SEE THAT SHOWS
  • 00:11:01.190 --> 00:11:05.080
  • THAT I AM A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:11:05.110 --> 00:11:08.080
  • 00:11:08.110 --> 00:11:12.190
  • I KEEP MY EYES ON YOU.
  • 00:11:12.220 --> 00:11:18.030
  • WHAT ELSE COULD I DO, WHEN THE SKY IS FALLING DOWN,
  • 00:11:18.060 --> 00:11:27.240
  • IT CRUMBLES TO THE GROUND.
  • 00:11:27.270 --> 00:11:30.100
  • IT CRUMBLES TO THE GROUND.
  • 00:11:30.130 --> 00:11:34.220
  • BUT I SEE HEAVEN BREAKING THROUGH.
  • 00:11:34.250 --> 00:11:40.170
  • YOU ARE MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.
  • 00:11:40.200 --> 00:11:46.030
  • MAY YOUR SPIRIT BURN THIS TOWN
  • 00:11:46.060 --> 00:11:50.200
  • THERE IS FIRE ALL AROUND.
  • 00:11:50.230 --> 00:11:53.090
  • THERE IS FIRE ALL AROUND.
  • 00:11:53.120 --> 00:11:57.230
  • YOU ARE NEAR ME.
  • 00:11:57.260 --> 00:11:59.260
  • 00:11:59.290 --> 00:12:03.160
  • YOU ARE NEAR ME LORD.
  • 00:12:03.190 --> 00:12:05.220
  • 00:12:05.250 --> 00:12:09.150
  • YOU ARE NEAR, YOU ARE NEAR, YOU ARE NEAR ME LORD
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:16.080
  • 00:12:16.110 --> 00:12:20.150
  • YOU ARE NEAR ME
  • 00:12:20.180 --> 00:12:24.070
  • 00:12:24.100 --> 00:12:31.190
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
  • 00:12:31.220 --> 00:12:39.000
  • PAUL TOLD US, AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN OUR
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:41.110
  • LAST MESSAGE, HOW MUCH HE LOVED HIS FELLOW JEWS.
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:44.160
  • HE HAD A BURDEN FOR THEM.
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:46.130
  • HE SAID IN ROMANS 9 "I WOULD BE WILLING TO
  • 00:12:46.160 --> 00:12:49.050
  • BE FOREVER CURSED THAT IS CUT OFF FROM CHRIST
  • 00:12:49.080 --> 00:12:52.010
  • IF THAT WOULD SAVE THEM."
  • 00:12:52.040 --> 00:12:53.210
  • PAUL EFFECTIVELY SAYS I WOULD GO TO HELL SO
  • 00:12:53.240 --> 00:12:57.120
  • THEY WOULD GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:12:59.090
  • BUT OF COURSE, WE DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT BECAUSE
  • 00:12:59.120 --> 00:13:01.060
  • CHRIST DIED FOR ALL OF US.
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:03.250
  • HE PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR SIN BUT THE TAKEAWAY TRUTH
  • 00:13:03.280 --> 00:13:07.150
  • IS WE LIKE PAUL OUGHT TO HAVE A BURDEN FOR LOST
  • 00:13:07.180 --> 00:13:10.280
  • PEOPLE BECAUSE NUMBER ONE:
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:14.160
  • EVERYBODY NEEDS TO HEAR THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:13:17.180 --> 00:13:19.080
  • SOMETIMES WE THINK REACH THE DOWN AND OUTERS.
  • 00:13:19.110 --> 00:13:22.170
  • REACH THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION.
  • 00:13:22.200 --> 00:13:26.000
  • MAYBE LIVING ON SKID ROW.
  • 00:13:26.030 --> 00:13:27.250
  • REACH THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE INCARCERATED.
  • 00:13:27.280 --> 00:13:30.060
  • REACH THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MESSED THEIR LIVES UP.
  • 00:13:30.090 --> 00:13:32.290
  • YEAH. GET TO THE DOWN AND OUTERS FOR THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:13:33.020 --> 00:13:35.140
  • VERY TRUE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:13:35.170 --> 00:13:37.160
  • THE UP AND OUTERS NEED HIM TOO.
  • 00:13:37.190 --> 00:13:40.010
  • YOU MIGHT BE DOWN AND OUT, YOU MIGHT BE UP AND OUT,
  • 00:13:40.040 --> 00:13:42.040
  • BUT YOU'RE STILL OUT. AND YOU NEED JESUS.
  • 00:13:42.070 --> 00:13:45.030
  • EVERYBODY NEEDS JESUS. EVERY PERSON NEEDS JESUS.
  • 00:13:45.060 --> 00:13:48.210
  • BABY BOOMERS NEED JESUS. MILLENNIALS NEED JESUS.
  • 00:13:48.240 --> 00:13:52.260
  • THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 00:13:52.290 --> 00:13:54.250
  • SURE EACH GENERATION HAS THEIR UNIQUE TRAITS AND
  • 00:13:54.280 --> 00:13:57.040
  • THINGS THAT THEY LIKE AND DON'T LIKE, BUT WHEN ITS
  • 00:13:57.070 --> 00:13:59.080
  • ALL SAID AND DONE THE ANSWER IS A RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:13:59.110 --> 00:14:02.170
  • WITH CHRIST BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME TODAY,
  • 00:14:02.200 --> 00:14:06.080
  • THE SAME TOMORROW AND THE SAME FOREVER.
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:09.100
  • YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.
  • 00:14:09.130 --> 00:14:11.230
  • I LIKE WHAT PSALM 145:4 SAYS, "LET EACH GENERATION
  • 00:14:11.260 --> 00:14:15.170
  • TELL ITS CHILDREN OF GOD'S MIGHTY ACTS;
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:19.050
  • LET THEM PROCLAIM YOUR POWER."
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:21.190
  • EVERYBODY NEEDS JESUS INCLUDING THE RELIGIOUS PERSON.
  • 00:14:21.220 --> 00:14:26.010
  • PAUL ADDRESSES THIS IN VERSE 6.
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:28.070
  • "WELL THEN, HAS GOD FAILED TO FULFILL
  • 00:14:28.100 --> 00:14:30.170
  • HIS PROMISE TO ISRAEL?
  • 00:14:30.200 --> 00:14:32.030
  • NO FOR NOT ALL WHO ARE BORN INTO THE NATION
  • 00:14:32.060 --> 00:14:34.200
  • OF ISRAEL ARE TRULY MEMBERS OF GOD'S PEOPLE
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:36.280
  • BEING DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM DOESN'T MAKE
  • 00:14:37.010 --> 00:14:39.280
  • THEM TRULY ABRAHAM'S CHILDREN."
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:42.210
  • SO PAUL IS NOW ADDRESSING THE JEWISH MINDSET
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:45.210
  • THAT SAYS "I'M A JEW AND I'M ONE OF GOD'S
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:47.250
  • CHOSEN PEOPLE SO I'M GOOD."
  • 00:14:47.280 --> 00:14:50.110
  • PAUL SAYS, "JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE BORN AS A JEW
  • 00:14:50.140 --> 00:14:52.040
  • DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU REALLY HAVE
  • 00:14:52.070 --> 00:14:54.000
  • A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:14:54.030 --> 00:14:55.230
  • THIS COULD BE APPLIED TO CHRISTIANS AS WELL.
  • 00:14:55.260 --> 00:14:58.260
  • JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE RAISED IN A CHRISTIAN HOME,
  • 00:14:58.290 --> 00:15:00.180
  • DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:15:00.210 --> 00:15:03.160
  • SOMETIMES YOU'LL TALK TO PEOPLE AND SAY
  • 00:15:03.190 --> 00:15:05.130
  • "ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?"
  • 00:15:05.160 --> 00:15:06.170
  • THEN THEY'LL SAY "MY GRANDFATHER WAS A PREACHER"
  • 00:15:06.200 --> 00:15:09.070
  • OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND IT'S LIKE YEAH. SO?
  • 00:15:09.100 --> 00:15:12.280
  • WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH YOU?
  • 00:15:13.010 --> 00:15:14.170
  • YOU HAVE TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:14.200 --> 00:15:18.180
  • YOU HAVE TO KNOW HIM PERSONALLY.
  • 00:15:18.210 --> 00:15:21.180
  • SO WE COME NOW TO POINT NUMBER THREE:
  • 00:15:21.210 --> 00:15:24.160
  • AND A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THIS IS
  • 00:15:29.220 --> 00:15:31.280
  • THE PHARAOH OF EGYPT.
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:34.050
  • YOU REMEMBER THAT MOSES WAS RAISED IN
  • 00:15:34.080 --> 00:15:38.000
  • THE HOME OF THE PHARAOH.
  • 00:15:38.030 --> 00:15:39.250
  • HE WAS ADOPTED INTO THAT HOME AND ONE DAY HE SAW AN
  • 00:15:39.280 --> 00:15:44.170
  • EGYPTIAN BEATING A HEBREW AND HE GOT UPSET AND
  • 00:15:44.200 --> 00:15:47.140
  • KILLED THE EGYPTIAN AND THEN HE WAS A MARKED MAN
  • 00:15:47.170 --> 00:15:50.180
  • AND BASICALLY RAN INTO HIDING AND FOR 40 YEARS
  • 00:15:50.210 --> 00:15:53.270
  • HE WAS LIVING IN OBSCURITY.
  • 00:15:54.000 --> 00:15:56.080
  • AND THE LORD CALLED HIM, AS YOU RECALL, THROUGH
  • 00:15:56.110 --> 00:15:58.110
  • A BURNING BUSH THE LORD SPOKE TO HIM AND SAID I
  • 00:15:58.140 --> 00:16:01.170
  • WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO EGYPT AND DELIVER MY
  • 00:16:01.200 --> 00:16:04.040
  • PEOPLE, THE JEWS, WHO ARE CAPTIVES THERE.
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:06.190
  • SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID, BUT AS HE WENT TO
  • 00:16:06.220 --> 00:16:09.220
  • PHARAOH WHOM WE WOULD THINK HE MIGHT'VE
  • 00:16:09.250 --> 00:16:11.130
  • HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH.
  • 00:16:11.160 --> 00:16:12.260
  • IN FACT, THE PHARAOH MAY HAVE BEEN LIKE A
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:14.080
  • BROTHER TO HIM BECAUSE MOSES WOULD'VE
  • 00:16:14.110 --> 00:16:17.120
  • BEEN RAISED WITH HIM.
  • 00:16:17.150 --> 00:16:19.000
  • BUT WHATEVER THE CASE, HE GOES BACK TO THE PHARAOH
  • 00:16:19.030 --> 00:16:21.120
  • AND HE DEMANDS THE RELEASE OF THE HEBREWS
  • 00:16:21.150 --> 00:16:25.180
  • AND THE PHARAOH HARDENS HIS HEART.
  • 00:16:25.210 --> 00:16:27.130
  • ROMANS 9:17
  • 00:16:27.160 --> 00:16:30.170
  • NOW PEOPLE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THIS.
  • 00:16:47.050 --> 00:16:48.220
  • THEY'LL SAY, "YOU SEE, GOD HARDENS THE HEARTS
  • 00:16:48.250 --> 00:16:51.170
  • OF CERTAIN PEOPLE.
  • 00:16:51.200 --> 00:16:53.070
  • THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT.
  • 00:16:53.100 --> 00:16:55.070
  • THEY'VE BEEN CHOSEN OR NOT CHOSEN.
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:57.270
  • THEY'RE EITHER ONE OF THE ELECT OR NOT THE
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:17:00.030
  • ELECT AND GOD HARDENED THE PHARAOH'S HEART."
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:02.030
  • WELL LET'S UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 00:17:02.060 --> 00:17:04.020
  • IT'S TRUE THAT PHARAOH HARDENED HIS HEART.
  • 00:17:04.050 --> 00:17:06.190
  • WE'RE TOLD THAT IN EXODUS 8:15.
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:08.220
  • IT'S ALSO TRUE THAT GOD HARDENED PHARAOH'S HEART
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:12.250
  • AS WE READ HERE IN ROMANS 9 AND ALSO IN EXODUS 10.
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:17.250
  • BUT DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE PHARAOH HAD
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:19.190
  • NO CHOICE IN THE MATTER OF WHAT TO DO?
  • 00:17:19.220 --> 00:17:22.190
  • WELL THE ANSWER IS NO BECAUSE THE WORD
  • 00:17:22.220 --> 00:17:25.160
  • HARDEN MEANS TO STRENGTHEN OR STIFFEN.
  • 00:17:25.190 --> 00:17:29.200
  • SEE, THE PHARAOH HAD A CHOICE IN THE MATTER.
  • 00:17:29.230 --> 00:17:32.290
  • HE COULD'VE RELEASED THE JEWS.
  • 00:17:33.020 --> 00:17:34.220
  • HE COULD'VE AGREED TO THE DEMANDS OF MOSES BUT HE
  • 00:17:34.250 --> 00:17:37.160
  • HARDENED HIS HEART AND WE READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:41.110
  • PHARAOH HARDENED HIS HEART.
  • 00:17:41.140 --> 00:17:42.180
  • PHARAOH HARDENED HIS HEART.
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:44.000
  • PHARAOH HARDENED HIS HEART AND MIRACLES WERE EVEN
  • 00:17:44.030 --> 00:17:46.250
  • DONE BY MOSES IN THE PRESENCE OF PHARAOH
  • 00:17:46.280 --> 00:17:50.140
  • INCLUDING MOSES' STAFF TURNING INTO A SNAKE.
  • 00:17:50.170 --> 00:17:52.280
  • BUT THE PHARAOH HAD A COUPLE OF MAGICIANS AND
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:55.130
  • THEY HAD RODS AND THEIR RODS TURNED INTO SNAKES TOO.
  • 00:17:55.160 --> 00:17:58.100
  • "SEE, WE COULD DO IT TOO." BUT THEN MOSES' ROD
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.220
  • THAT BECAME A SNAKE ATE THEIR SNAKES.
  • 00:18:00.250 --> 00:18:03.230
  • A LITTLE DETAIL I KIND OF ENJOY.
  • 00:18:03.260 --> 00:18:06.000
  • BUT MANY OF THESE MIRACLES WERE, SHALL WE SAY,
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:09.090
  • REPLICATED BY THE MAGICIANS.
  • 00:18:09.120 --> 00:18:11.230
  • I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS SLEIGHT-OF-HAND OR A
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:13.270
  • DEVILISH KIND OF SIGN BUT WHATEVER IT WAS,
  • 00:18:14.000 --> 00:18:15.250
  • BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO REPLICATE SOME OF THESE
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:19.130
  • SIGNS, PHARAOH WOULD HARDEN HIS HEART.
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:21.200
  • BUT THEN THERE CAME A POINT WHERE HIS MAGICIANS
  • 00:18:21.230 --> 00:18:23.170
  • COULD NOT REPLICATE THE SIGNS, BUT STILL
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:26.050
  • PHARAOH HARDENED HIS HEART.
  • 00:18:26.080 --> 00:18:29.200
  • SO THE POINT OF IT IS THAT AT A
  • 00:18:29.230 --> 00:18:31.260
  • CERTAIN MOMENT THE LORD SAID
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:33.010
  • "OKAY. NOW I'M GOING TO HARDEN YOUR HEART."
  • 00:18:33.040 --> 00:18:34.260
  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:36.070
  • IT MEANS THAT GOD STRENGTHENED HIM
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:37.220
  • AND THE DECISION THAT HE ALREADY MADE.
  • 00:18:37.250 --> 00:18:41.090
  • SO THE POINT OF IT IS SIMPLY THIS.
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:43.150
  • PHARAOH DEDICATED HIMSELF TO EVIL AND DIRECT
  • 00:18:43.180 --> 00:18:46.080
  • OPPOSITION TO GOD'S REDEMPTIVE PLAN.
  • 00:18:46.110 --> 00:18:49.020
  • HE CHOSE EVIL.
  • 00:18:49.050 --> 00:18:50.190
  • GOD DID NOT CHOOSE IT FOR HIM.
  • 00:18:50.220 --> 00:18:53.220
  • SO COMING BACK TO OUR MAIN POINT.
  • 00:18:53.250 --> 00:18:55.200
  • GOD LET'S YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU'LL DO AND
  • 00:18:55.230 --> 00:18:59.020
  • HE'LL EFFECTIVELY STRENGTHEN YOU IN IT.
  • 00:18:59.050 --> 00:19:01.120
  • HIS OFFER OF FORGIVENESS IS FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:04.060
  • BUT IF YOU REJECT IT, FRIEND, IT'S ON YOU.
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:07.100
  • DON'T BLAME IT ON GOD. IT'S ON YOU.
  • 00:19:07.130 --> 00:19:10.240
  • IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE BIBLE TELLS US
  • 00:19:10.270 --> 00:19:14.030
  • THAT JESUS COULD DO NO MIRACLES IN HIS HOMETOWN
  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:18.000
  • OF NAZARETH AND THE REASON HE COULD DO NO MIRACLES
  • 00:19:18.030 --> 00:19:21.220
  • THERE ACCORDING TO MARK 6:5 IS HE COULD DO NO
  • 00:19:21.250 --> 00:19:24.120
  • MIRACLES THERE EXCEPT LAY HIS HANDS ON A FEW SICK
  • 00:19:24.150 --> 00:19:27.010
  • PEOPLE AND HEAL THEM, AND HE MARVELED
  • 00:19:27.040 --> 00:19:29.040
  • AT THEIR UNBELIEF. BECAUSE THEY SAID,
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:31.280
  • "OH. WE KNOW THIS GUY. JESUS.
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:35.120
  • HE WAS THE SON OF MARY AND JOSEPH.
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:38.090
  • THE CARPENTER'S SON. WE WATCHED HIM GROW UP.
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:41.060
  • THIS ISN'T THE MESSIAH."
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:43.170
  • THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID A PROPHET IS NOT WITHOUT
  • 00:19:43.200 --> 00:19:46.020
  • HONOR, EXCEPT IN HIS OWN COUNTRY.
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:48.140
  • SO IT STOPPED JESUS FROM PERFORMING MIRACLES.
  • 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:51.220
  • INTERESTING LITTLE DETAIL, WE READ THAT JESUS
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:54.100
  • MARVELED AT THEIR UNBELIEF.
  • 00:19:54.130 --> 00:19:56.180
  • THE WORD MARVEL MEANS TO STAND AMAZED.
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:00.110
  • DO YOU KNOW THERE'S ONLY TWO TIMES THAT JESUS MARVELED?
  • 00:20:00.140 --> 00:20:05.220
  • ONE WAS WHEN HE MARVELED AT THE UNBELIEF OF THE
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:09.120
  • PEOPLE, THE OTHER WAS WHEN HE MARVELED AT
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:11.190
  • THE FAITH OF THE ROMAN CENTURION.
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:14.160
  • A ROMAN CENTURION CAME TO JESUS.
  • 00:20:14.190 --> 00:20:16.140
  • SAID I'D LIKE YOU TO HEAL MY SERVANT.
  • 00:20:16.170 --> 00:20:18.010
  • JESUS SAID, ALL RIGHT.
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:19.220
  • HE WAS ON HIS WAY WITH THE ROMANS TO TOUCH THE MAN.
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:22.200
  • HE GOES, NO WAIT.
  • 00:20:22.230 --> 00:20:23.170
  • YOU DON'T NEED TO COME HOME WITH ME.
  • 00:20:23.200 --> 00:20:24.250
  • I'M A ROMAN CENTURION.
  • 00:20:24.280 --> 00:20:26.020
  • I HAVE PEOPLE UNDER MY COMMAND.
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:27.090
  • I SAY THIS AND THAT HAPPENS.
  • 00:20:27.120 --> 00:20:28.120
  • I GIVE A COMMAND IT TAKES PLACE.
  • 00:20:28.150 --> 00:20:30.090
  • JUST SPEAK THE WORD.
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:31.250
  • SPEAK THE WORD AND IT WILL HAPPEN.
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:34.020
  • AND JESUS MARVELED AT THE FAITH OF THIS MAN.
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:38.120
  • SO IT APPEARS THAT THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:40.050
  • MAKE JESUS SAY WOW.
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:42.130
  • 1. WHEN THOSE WHO ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BELIEVE,
  • 00:20:42.160 --> 00:20:47.120
  • BELIEVE LIKE THE ROMAN CENTURION.
  • 00:20:47.150 --> 00:20:49.210
  • AND ALSO, WHEN THOSE WHO SHOULD'VE ALREADY BELIEVED
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:52.270
  • DON'T BELIEVE LIKE THE PEOPLE IN HIS HOMETOWN.
  • 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:56.100
  • NOW HOW DO YOU GET A HARDENED HEART?
  • 00:20:56.130 --> 00:20:59.030
  • YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED BY MY ANSWER.
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:02.050
  • BY CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO THE WORD OF GOD AND
  • 00:21:02.080 --> 00:21:05.250
  • A REFUSAL TO RESPOND TO IT AND OBEY IT.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:09.080
  • IN FACT, ONE OF THE EASIEST PLACES YOU CAN
  • 00:21:09.110 --> 00:21:11.170
  • GET A HARDENED HEART IS WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:16.090
  • YOU MIGHT SAY OH NO.
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  • THE EASIEST PLACE TO GET A HARDENED HEART IS WHEN
  • 00:21:17.240 --> 00:21:19.140
  • YOU'RE OUT LIVING IN SIN AND DOING SINFUL
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  • THINGS WITH SINFUL PEOPLE.
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  • YEAH I GUESS YOU CAN GET A HARD HEART THERE.
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  • THAT'S USUALLY WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU ALREADY
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  • HAVE A HARD HEART.
  • 00:21:27.210 --> 00:21:29.010
  • BUT HOW DO YOU GET A HARD HEART?
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:30.220
  • IT'S WHEN YOU COME TO A PLACE LIKE THIS AND YOU
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:34.110
  • HEAR THE WORD OF GOD LIKE YOU'RE HEARING IT RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:21:34.140 --> 00:21:37.100
  • MAYBE YOU HAVE YOUR ARMS FOLDED.
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:39.020
  • SOME OF YOU ARE UNFOLDING YOUR ARMS.
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  • I DON'T KNOW.
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  • [laughter]
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  • YOU'RE THINKING I DON'T KNOW.
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  • I'VE HEARD THIS. DIDN'T I HEAR THIS BEFORE?
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  • WHEN ARE WE DONE HERE?
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:48.260
  • I DON'T REALLY CARE.
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:51.010
  • OR EVEN WORSE, YOU'VE COME, YOU'RE NOT A
  • 00:21:51.040 --> 00:21:52.280
  • BELIEVER, YOU'RE LIVING A LIFE THAT CONTRADICTS
  • 00:21:53.010 --> 00:21:56.100
  • EVERYTHING WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BUT YOU SHOW UP
  • 00:21:56.130 --> 00:21:58.040
  • IN CHURCH FOR WHATEVER REASON.
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:21:59.180
  • MAYBE TO MAKE THE WIFE HAPPY OR THE HUSBAND HAPPY
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:02.140
  • OR THE KIDS HAPPY OR THE PARENTS
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  • HAPPY OR EVEN THE DOG.
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  • THE DOG IS HAPPIER IS WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:08.080
  • HE CAN TEAR UP THE HOUSE WHILE YOU'RE GONE RIGHT.
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:10.170
  • BUT THE POINT IS YOU'RE NOT HERE BECAUSE YOU
  • 00:22:10.200 --> 00:22:13.140
  • REALLY WANT TO BE HERE.
  • 00:22:13.170 --> 00:22:15.130
  • AND EVEN WHILE YOU'RE HERE, YOU'RE NOT EVEN HERE.
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:17.160
  • YOU'RE JUST SITTING.
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:19.130
  • YOU'RE OCCUPYING SPACE, BUT YOU'RE NOT
  • 00:22:19.160 --> 00:22:21.200
  • OPEN TO GOD'S WORD.
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  • YOU'RE NOT SAYING "SPEAK TO ME, LORD."
  • 00:22:23.100 --> 00:22:24.270
  • YOU'RE KIND OF CRITICAL.
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:26.140
  • YOU'RE RESISTANT AND THIS IS WHERE YOUR HEART CAN
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:29.270
  • ACTUALLY GET HARD SO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THE
  • 00:22:30.000 --> 00:22:34.230
  • GREATEST INOCULATION AGAINST THE GOSPEL IS
  • 00:22:34.260 --> 00:22:37.070
  • THE GOSPEL HEARD BUT NOT HEEDED.
  • 00:22:37.100 --> 00:22:40.120
  • IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO THIS: WE'RE SORT OF
  • 00:22:40.150 --> 00:22:42.140
  • LIKE A PIECE OF CLAY ON A WHEEL.
  • 00:22:42.170 --> 00:22:44.290
  • LOOK AT ROMANS 9:19 "WELL THEN YOU MIGHT SAY WHY
  • 00:22:45.020 --> 00:22:48.260
  • DOES GOD BLAME PEOPLE FOR NOT RESPONDING?
  • 00:22:48.290 --> 00:22:51.160
  • HAVEN'T THEY SIMPLY DONE WHAT HE MAKES THEM DO?
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:54.080
  • NO. DON'T SAY THAT.
  • 00:22:54.110 --> 00:22:56.040
  • WHO ARE YOU, A MERE HUMAN BEING, TO ARGUE WITH GOD?
  • 00:22:56.070 --> 00:22:58.170
  • SHOULD THE THING THAT WAS CREATED SAY TO THE ONE WHO
  • 00:22:58.200 --> 00:23:01.240
  • CREATED IT 'WHY HAVE YOU MADE ME LIKE THIS?'
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:05.280
  • " SO NOW PAUL IS ARGUING AGAINST THE IDEA OF A
  • 00:23:06.010 --> 00:23:09.170
  • PERSON SAYING "WELL I'M JUST MADE TO BE THIS WAY.
  • 00:23:09.200 --> 00:23:11.260
  • I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT."
  • 00:23:11.290 --> 00:23:13.020
  • HE GOES, "WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:14.070
  • DON'T ARGUE WITH GOD. YOU HAVE A ROLL TO PLAY."
  • 00:23:14.100 --> 00:23:17.060
  • WE'RE LIKE THAT PIECE OF CLAY AND THIS ANALOGY
  • 00:23:17.090 --> 00:23:19.250
  • IS USED MORE THAN ONCE IN SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:23:19.280 --> 00:23:22.100
  • GOD HAS A PLAN.
  • 00:23:22.130 --> 00:23:24.040
  • SO WHEN THE POTTER SITS DOWN, HE HAS A VISION IN
  • 00:23:24.070 --> 00:23:27.030
  • HIS MIND AND HIS HEART FOR WHAT THAT LUMP OF CLAY WILL BECOME.
  • 00:23:27.060 --> 00:23:32.190
  • NOW SOMETIMES CLAY IS SORT OF RESISTANT.
  • 00:23:32.220 --> 00:23:35.110
  • IF THE CLAY IS RESISTANT THE POTTER WILL PRESS IN
  • 00:23:35.140 --> 00:23:38.210
  • AND IF THE CLAY IS STILL RESISTANT SOMETIMES HE'LL
  • 00:23:38.240 --> 00:23:41.160
  • TAKE IT AND CAST IT ASIDE.
  • 00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:43.160
  • IT DIDN'T TURN OUT TO BE WHAT HE WANTED IT TO BE.
  • 00:23:43.190 --> 00:23:46.040
  • BUT OTHER CLAY IS PLIABLE AND OTHER CLAY IS
  • 00:23:46.070 --> 00:23:48.150
  • RESPONSIVE AND IT WILL BE WHAT THE POTTER HAS IN MIND.
  • 00:23:48.180 --> 00:23:52.110
  • GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:23:52.140 --> 00:23:54.180
  • IT'S BEEN SAID A MILLION TIMES.
  • 00:23:54.210 --> 00:23:56.110
  • BUT I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT PLAN.
  • 00:23:56.140 --> 00:23:58.100
  • LISTEN TO ME, I CAN SABOTAGE THE PLAN.
  • 00:23:58.130 --> 00:24:01.100
  • I CAN START WELL AND CRASH AND BURN.
  • 00:24:01.130 --> 00:24:05.010
  • OR I CAN START POORLY AND RECOMMIT MYSELF TO HIM
  • 00:24:05.040 --> 00:24:08.170
  • AND HAVE A GREAT ENDING.
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:09.200
  • OR I CAN START WELL AND I CAN FINISH WELL.
  • 00:24:09.230 --> 00:24:12.130
  • BUT YOU MUST YIELD TO THAT PLAN.
  • 00:24:12.160 --> 00:24:14.180
  • BY THE WAY, GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU IS BETTER THAN
  • 00:24:14.210 --> 00:24:17.040
  • YOUR PLAN FOR YOURSELF.
  • 00:24:17.070 --> 00:24:18.290
  • HOW MANY OF YOU BELIEVE THAT?
  • 00:24:19.020 --> 00:24:21.030
  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
  • 00:24:21.060 --> 00:24:22.260
  • HOW MANY OF YOU SOMETIMES QUESTION IT?
  • 00:24:22.290 --> 00:24:24.150
  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP. OH GET YOUR HANDS UP.
  • 00:24:24.180 --> 00:24:26.290
  • DID YOU SEE MY HAND WAS UP?
  • 00:24:27.020 --> 00:24:29.130
  • OH YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT.
  • 00:24:29.160 --> 00:24:31.110
  • YOU DON'T THINK THAT I'VE WONDERED LIKE
  • 00:24:31.140 --> 00:24:32.180
  • WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
  • 00:24:32.210 --> 00:24:34.050
  • HOW MANY OF YOU SOMETIMES QUESTION GOD'S PLAN FOR YOU?
  • 00:24:34.080 --> 00:24:36.080
  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
  • 00:24:36.110 --> 00:24:37.020
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY.
  • 00:24:37.050 --> 00:24:38.040
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE NEVER QUESTIONED IT EVER?
  • 00:24:38.070 --> 00:24:40.030
  • GO AHEAD. RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
  • 00:24:40.060 --> 00:24:41.080
  • I DIDN'T THINK SO. YOU'RE BEING HONEST.
  • 00:24:41.110 --> 00:24:44.240
  • WE'RE HUMANS. THINGS DON'T ALWAYS MAKE SENSE.
  • 00:24:44.270 --> 00:24:48.240
  • BUT WE KNOW GOD IS ON CONTROL AND OUR OBJECTIVE
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:52.040
  • IS TO RESPOND TO WHAT HE IS SEEKING
  • 00:24:52.070 --> 00:24:55.090
  • TO DO IN OUR LIFE. YES, YOU ARE LOVED BY GOD.
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:24:57.260
  • YES, YOU ARE CHOSEN BY GOD.
  • 00:24:57.290 --> 00:24:59.260
  • YES THERE IS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE BY GOD,
  • 00:24:59.290 --> 00:25:02.070
  • BUT YET IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT YOU CAN RESIST
  • 00:25:02.100 --> 00:25:04.250
  • THE LOVE OF GOD.
  • 00:25:04.280 --> 00:25:06.090
  • YES IT IS TRUE YOU CANNOT YIELD TO HIS PLAN FOR YOUR
  • 00:25:06.120 --> 00:25:09.070
  • LIFE SO GOD WANTS TO DO HIS WORK BUT WE MUST
  • 00:25:09.100 --> 00:25:12.160
  • RESPOND TO THAT WORK.
  • 00:25:12.190 --> 00:25:14.140
  • HERE'S A VERSE THAT PULLS IT ALL TOGETHER.
  • 00:25:14.170 --> 00:25:17.110
  • IT SAYS "WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND
  • 00:25:17.140 --> 00:25:21.050
  • TREMBLING FOR IT IS GOD THAT WORKS IN YOU BOTH
  • 00:25:21.080 --> 00:25:24.100
  • TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE."
  • 00:25:24.130 --> 00:25:26.210
  • WAIT. WHAT? WORK OUT MY OWN SALVATION?
  • 00:25:26.240 --> 00:25:28.250
  • YOU MEAN WORK FOR MY SALVATION?
  • 00:25:28.280 --> 00:25:31.050
  • ABSOLUTELY NOT.
  • 00:25:31.080 --> 00:25:32.080
  • SALVATION IS A GIFT FROM GOD.
  • 00:25:32.110 --> 00:25:34.280
  • IT SAYS WORK IT OUT.
  • 00:25:35.010 --> 00:25:36.000
  • THE IDEA THERE OF WORKING IT OUT IS THE IDEA
  • 00:25:36.030 --> 00:25:39.080
  • OF GOING INTO A MINE.
  • 00:25:39.110 --> 00:25:40.260
  • YOU'RE LOOKING FOR GOLD. YOU FIND THE GOLD.
  • 00:25:40.290 --> 00:25:43.030
  • GET THE GOLD OUT OF THE MINE.
  • 00:25:43.060 --> 00:25:44.200
  • SO IT'S SORT OF WORKING OUT WHAT GOD HAS WORKED IN.
  • 00:25:44.230 --> 00:25:48.080
  • WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION.
  • 00:25:48.110 --> 00:25:50.020
  • CARRY IT TO THE GOAL. COMPLETE IT.
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:53.020
  • BUT THEN IT SAYS, "BUT IT IS GOD THAT WORKS
  • 00:25:53.050 --> 00:25:55.120
  • IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE."
  • 00:25:55.150 --> 00:25:59.000
  • YES. SO GOD IS GOING TO GIVE ME
  • 00:25:59.030 --> 00:26:00.240
  • THE ABILITY TO DO IT. BUT I ALSO NEED TO LIVE
  • 00:26:00.270 --> 00:26:03.270
  • IT OUT AND WORK IT OUT AND DO MY PART.
  • 00:26:04.000 --> 00:26:08.130
  • THERE'S GOD'S PART AND THERE'S MY PART.
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  • GREAT AND SMALL, WILL TEST US.
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  • TEST OUR METAL, OUR FAITH, BUT WE ARE OVERCOMERS
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