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Leaving the Wilderness: Putting an End to Frustration

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  • And listen, God has a Promised Land for every one of us.
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  • And not just the place you go after when you die, although
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  • that's the greatest Promised Land, going to heaven, but I'm
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  • talking about right here, right now in this life,
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  • where you can experience God's goodness, his provision,
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  • his protection in your life.
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  • Despite your circumstances,
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  • God's promises are available to you right now.
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  • The Bible says, "All the promises of God are yes
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  • and amen in Christ Jesus."
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  • Unfortunately, many people are stuck in the wilderness before
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  • they get into the Promised Land, the wilderness, that place of
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  • loneliness, and trial, and lack, and scarcity.
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  • A place where it's hard to get our harvest, hard to get our
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  • prayers answered, hard to see our breakthroughs.
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  • Well, it's time to get unstuck today.
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  • That's what this show's about.
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  • I want to show you how to get out of the wilderness, I want to
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  • show you how to stop circling around the mountain, and find
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  • your way in the Promised Land.
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  • If you've ever heard the promises of God, but you felt
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  • frustrated because you haven't seen them work in your life,
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  • today's teaching is for you.
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  • You don't have to be frustrated another day in your life.
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  • I want to show you how to walk in the promises of God.
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  • You'll never be the same again, check this out.
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  • Gregory: Well, I really look forward to studying with you the
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  • Bible, the Word of God, one on one, and that's why I want to
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  • just talk to you face to face, and have you get your Bible out,
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  • and let's study the Word of God because I want you to walk in
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  • all the promises that God has for you.
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  • You know, the Promised Land in the Old Testament was where the
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  • children of Israel were to leave Egypt, which was the place of
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  • enslavement, and get over into the Promised Land.
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  • But there was one eensy, weensy little problem, right?
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  • And in between Egypt and the Promised Land was this little
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  • spot of land called the wilderness.
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  • And in Deuteronomy chapter 2, verse 3, God told the children
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  • of Israel, "You have circled this mountain long enough.
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  • It's time to go into the Promised Land."
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  • Well, if you're like most people, you're tired of circling
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  • around the mountain in the wilderness, and you're ready to
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  • go into the Promised Land, a land of healing, and peace,
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  • and blessing, and prosperity.
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  • Well, Egypt in the Bible represents Satan controlling our
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  • lives, or sin being our master, and a life without Jesus Christ.
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  • But God rescues the children of Israel out of Egypt.
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  • He rescues us just like he rescued them out of Egypt.
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  • And if you're a Christian right now, maybe you can identify
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  • and relate to what is considered the wilderness experience,
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  • that place of trial.
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  • Even though you're saved, you feel lonely, you feel tempted,
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  • you feel like things are out of control.
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  • God took the people out of Egypt through Moses the deliverer, he
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  • led them out of Egypt.
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  • He wanted to take them out of the wilderness and into the
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  • Promised Land, but they got stuck in the
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  • wilderness for 40 years.
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  • And so often, this is the picture of the Christian life.
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  • Maybe you're watching right now, and you feel like it's a picture
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  • of your life, where you're just circling around the mountain and
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  • you're not making any progress.
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  • We want to go into the Promised Land, but we're dealing with the
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  • wilderness of trials, and tests, and temptation.
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  • It's hard to get a harvest in the wilderness.
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  • It's hard to get our prayers answered in the wilderness,
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  • it's hard to get a breakthrough in the wilderness.
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  • And you know, in the New Testament, you can see this life
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  • of Israel described in our lives in the book of Romans.
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  • If you read the book of Romans, you find Romans chapter 6,
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  • chapter 7, and chapter 8 are the very picture of coming out of
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  • sin into the wilderness and into the Promised Land.
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  • Romans chapter 6 talks about how we were all slaves to sin.
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  • The wages of sin is death,
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  • but the free gift of God is eternal life.
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  • And so, sin is not going to be your master anymore,
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  • the Bible says, because of the grace of God.
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  • That's you coming out of sin, coming out from being
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  • a child of the devil.
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  • It's you being born again, Romans chapter 6.
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  • That's you coming out of Egypt. And then Romans chapter 7.
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  • Well, many of us kind of skip that chapter
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  • because it's the wilderness experience.
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  • It's you and me dealing with our flesh, dealing with our
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  • selfishness, with lust, with pride, with wrong thinking.
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  • We're dealing with things that are keeping us trapped
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  • and keeping us limited.
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  • Though you're saved, you're not experiencing the fullness,
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  • the abundance of the-- and the fruitfulness
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  • that God has intended for you.
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  • That's Romans chapter 7.
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  • But oh, Romans chapter 8 awaits us.
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  • And what's in Romans chapter 8?
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  • Well, we talked about it earlier, there's no condemnation
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  • for those who are in Christ.
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  • God is not against you, he's for you.
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  • Your body is well, your mind is strong, every area
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  • of your life is prospering.
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  • Romans 8:32 says, "He that did not spare his own Son, but
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  • delivered him up for us all, how shall he not also
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  • with him freely give us all things?"
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  • You see, Romans chapter 6, we're coming out of the wilderness.
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  • Romans chapter 7--or we're coming out of Egypt.
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  • Romans chapter 7, we're going through
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  • the wilderness, it's tough.
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  • Romans chapter 8 is this land of plenty, this land of abundance,
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  • the Promised Land.
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  • But even though Paul--even Paul the Apostle had to go
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  • through Romans chapter 7.
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  • Even Paul had to deal with his flesh.
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  • Romans 7:15 says, "I don't really understand," he says,
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  • "I don't understand myself, for I want to
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  • do what's right, but I don't do it."
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  • Has anybody ever felt that?
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  • He said, "Instead, I end up doing what I hate."
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  • He said, "All the things I want to do I end up not doing, and
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  • the things I don't want to do I end up doing.
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  • Oh man."
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  • He says, "Who will deliver me from this wretched condition,
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  • from this miserable condition," right?
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  • Well, I think we've all asked God that.
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  • "Oh God, I've tried to do the right thing and I end up
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  • doing the wrong thing.
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  • I try to--I try to be healed, and I end up sick.
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  • I try to prosper, I end up in debt.
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  • I try to experience all you have for me.
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  • Something's not working, Lord.
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  • Why do I keep having these same problems?
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  • Why do I keep staying in the same position, or sickness,
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  • or pain, or depression, or fear?
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  • Why am I still struggling?
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  • Why does it seem like it's taking forever to get out of
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  • this situation?
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  • Why is it so frustrating?"
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  • Anybody ever felt like that?
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  • You see, coming out of the land of sin, going into the
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  • wilderness, and coming into the Promised Land, the children
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  • of Israel were our example in the Old Testament of
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  • how we're going to--we're going to go through this.
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  • We're going to go through some stuff in the New Testament, but
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  • God gives us a way to overcome whatever we're dealing with,
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  • and get out of the wilderness into the Promised Land.
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  • It is a land flowing with milk and honey.
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  • It's a land flowing with great relationships, a land flowing
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  • with wisdom, a land where you can plant seed and get a
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  • harvest, a land where you can pray and get your prayers
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  • answered, a land where you can speak
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  • the Word and things happen.
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  • In the wilderness, you cast out devils and the devil says,
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  • "No, I cast you out."
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  • In the wilderness, the devil fights back.
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  • In the Promised Land, you hit the devil,
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  • and the devil hits the ground.
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  • You see, the wilderness is where you've been standing on the Word
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  • of God for healing for years, and nothing's happened.
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  • But in the Promised Land, you speak the Word
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  • and things change.
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  • But you've got to go through the wilderness.
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  • You got to know how to get out of the wilderness.
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  • Well, I know you're ready to get out of the wilderness, and I
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  • know you're ready to get into the Promised Land.
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  • And so, let's start back here in Deuteronomy chapter 2 again.
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  • And it says this in verse 1.
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  • It says, "Then we turned and took our journey into the
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  • wilderness by the Red Sea."
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  • They said, "We took our journey," as if it was like
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  • going on vacation.
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  • Little did they know of the scorpions and the serpents that
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  • they were going to run into, and all the trials they were going
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  • to face because they said, "We took our--we took our journey
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  • into the wilderness by the Red Sea, and the Lord spoke to me,"
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  • Moses says, "and the Lord spoke to me as we compassed
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  • Mount Seir many days."
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  • Now, it was--it wasn't just many days, it was many years.
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  • And he says this, "The Lord spoke to me, saying, 'You have
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  • circled this mountain long enough.'"
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  • In other words, the Lord is saying something today to us
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  • through this Scripture that, whether it's many days or
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  • whether it's many years in your life, Moses said it was--he
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  • felt like it was many days, even though, for the children
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  • of Israel, it was many years.
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  • But Moses was determined to get through it, and he said,
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  • "You've circled this mountain long enough."
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  • You've circled this mountain of sickness long enough.
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  • You've circled this mountain of depression long enough.
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  • You've circled this mountain of poverty and lack long enough,
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  • this mountain of anxiety.
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  • You've circled this mountain long enough.
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  • It's time to get off the treadmill.
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  • It's time to go into the Promised Land.
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  • It's time to get out of the wilderness.
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  • Just like the children of Israel,
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  • we've been running around in circles.
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  • We've been having movement, but not having progress.
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  • We've been going around the mountains in our lives.
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  • And listen, when you've been going around the same mountain,
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  • you become familiar with that mountain.
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  • You know all the problems of that mountain.
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  • You know--you know, we talk about how this time of year,
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  • I'm always going to get the flu.
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  • You see, we're too familiar with that mountain.
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  • Every time I go in this direction, my nerve--
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  • my sciatic nerve gives out.
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  • Or every time I take the dishes out of the dishwasher,
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  • I know the pain is coming.
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  • You see, we've gotten so familiar with our problems
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  • because we keep going around the same mountain
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  • that we expect it to be the same.
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  • We might say, "Oh, you know, this time of year, or this--
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  • when this happens, I really get depressed."
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  • Or you know, someone called me once and said, "I don't know why
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  • it is, but every time I get in a relationship, it always starts
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  • out good, and then it ends up bad."
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  • They said, "I've had 5 or 6 boyfriends
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  • in the last 5 or 6 years.
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  • And every time it starts out going good, and it ends up bad."
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  • And so, my response is simple.
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  • Let's look at the common denominator.
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  • We got to look at why you keep going around the same mountain,
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  • you keep having the same problem.
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  • You're used to it.
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  • You're gotten into a pattern you've gotten familiar with, and
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  • it's time to break that.
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  • Listen, it's time to stop circling around the mountain.
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  • It's time to stop going around and around and around.
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  • So, let me give you the steps to stop circling
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  • around the mountain.
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  • Are you ready to stop and go into the Promised Land?
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  • "You've circled this mountain long enough," God said.
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  • Well, it starts in Romans chapter 8, verse 1.
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  • He says, "There is now no condemnation for those
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  • who are in Christ."
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  • The first step into the Promised Land is you got
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  • to stop beating yourself up.
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  • Everything good begins when you realize you're in Christ,
  • 00:10:56.090 --> 00:10:59.010
  • you're in God's grace, you're in his loving arms.
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  • He's not mad at you. he's mad about you.
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  • You got to stop beating yourself up, you got to stop condemning
  • 00:11:05.260 --> 00:11:08.180
  • yourself for why you've been at that mountain, why you've been
  • 00:11:08.190 --> 00:11:11.110
  • around Bubba so long, why you've hung out with the wrong people.
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  • Stop asking yourself those questions, stop beating yourself
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  • for the mistakes you've made, stop beating yourself up for the
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  • failures and the shortcomings you've had,
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  • and stop condemning yourself.
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  • That's step one into the Promised Land, step one
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  • out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land.
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  • Step two is admit where you're at, recognize where you're at.
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  • Don't condemn yourself about where you're at,
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  • but don't make excuses.
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  • Start moving forward.
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  • Stop blaming anybody else for why you're going through what
  • 00:11:41.010 --> 00:11:43.210
  • you're going through because that's why we keep circling the
  • 00:11:43.220 --> 00:11:45.260
  • mountain, we keep blaming other people.
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  • We talk about what they did to us, how they treated us.
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  • Listen, we've all made mistakes, we've all fallen short of the
  • 00:11:52.100 --> 00:11:55.200
  • glory of God, But as long as you live in negativity, complaining,
  • 00:11:55.210 --> 00:11:59.280
  • and hanging around the wrong people, you'll keep circling
  • 00:11:59.290 --> 00:12:02.090
  • around the same mountain.
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:04.260
  • If anybody had a right to complain about how
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  • he was treated, it was Jesus.
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  • And what did he do on the cross?
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  • He said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know
  • 00:12:11.230 --> 00:12:13.200
  • what they're doing."
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  • So, when somebody hurts you, they really don't
  • 00:12:15.220 --> 00:12:17.120
  • know what they're doing.
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  • They're reaching out of pain.
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:20.220
  • They're treating you out of their own pain
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  • and their own hurt.
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  • Hurt people hurt people.
  • 00:12:24.040 --> 00:12:25.270
  • So, first we got to stop beating ourselves up
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:27.280
  • to get out of this wilderness.
  • 00:12:27.290 --> 00:12:29.130
  • And second, we got to accept where we're at.
  • 00:12:29.140 --> 00:12:32.040
  • And third, if we want to stop circling around the mountain,
  • 00:12:32.050 --> 00:12:35.220
  • we've got to stop talking about the mountain,
  • 00:12:35.230 --> 00:12:38.120
  • and start talking to the mountain.
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  • That's why Jesus said what he said.
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  • He said, "If you'll say to this mountain, 'Be removed,
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:45.060
  • and cast into the sea,' it will obey you."
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  • So, we've got to stop talking about the mountain,
  • 00:12:50.010 --> 00:12:53.290
  • and start talking to the mountain.
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  • If you need to forgive someone, talk to God about that thing,
  • 00:12:56.230 --> 00:13:00.280
  • and command that unforgiveness to leave your life.
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  • Say, "God, you forgave me in Christ,
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  • so I forgive them in Christ."
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  • Let's talk about that for a minute.
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  • Forgiveness, it's really the key to getting
  • 00:13:10.100 --> 00:13:13.080
  • out of the wilderness.
  • 00:13:13.090 --> 00:13:14.290
  • Forgiveness is the gateway to the miraculous power of God.
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  • It's how we're going to stop circling the mountain of
  • 00:13:18.070 --> 00:13:21.130
  • sickness, and negative emotions, and hurt relationships.
  • 00:13:21.140 --> 00:13:24.060
  • When you know you're forgiven freely, then you can give
  • 00:13:24.070 --> 00:13:27.230
  • forgiveness freely.
  • 00:13:27.240 --> 00:13:30.060
  • The middle word of that word "forgiveness"
  • 00:13:30.070 --> 00:13:32.040
  • is give, it's a gift.
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  • When someone's got to earn it, it's no longer forgiveness.
  • 00:13:34.150 --> 00:13:36.140
  • When someone's got to deserve it, it's no longer forgiveness.
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:39.010
  • When somebody has to work for it, it's no longer forgiveness.
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  • We've got to stop circling around the mountain
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  • of what people did to us.
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  • You're not a victim.
  • 00:13:46.080 --> 00:13:48.070
  • I know you had it rough, but you don't have to circle
  • 00:13:48.080 --> 00:13:51.120
  • around that mountain anymore.
  • 00:13:51.130 --> 00:13:53.140
  • You don't have to keep going around and around and around.
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  • It can end today. Today is your day to be free.
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  • Today is your day to get into the Promised Land,
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  • to get out of the wilderness.
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  • Now, number four.
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  • To get out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land,
  • 00:14:07.190 --> 00:14:10.090
  • we need to stop for a moment and remember the good
  • 00:14:10.100 --> 00:14:12.290
  • that God has done in our lives.
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  • You follow these steps and you're going to be loving life,
  • 00:14:15.120 --> 00:14:17.230
  • and you're going to be enjoying your life like
  • 00:14:17.240 --> 00:14:19.270
  • you never have before.
  • 00:14:19.280 --> 00:14:21.250
  • You got to remember the good that God has done for you.
  • 00:14:21.260 --> 00:14:24.020
  • You got to remember the good that people have done for you.
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  • Thank those people.
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  • Stop thinking about the bad people because, for every bad
  • 00:14:28.010 --> 00:14:30.000
  • person that mistreated you, there's some really good people
  • 00:14:30.010 --> 00:14:32.200
  • that have done--that have done you well, that have treated you
  • 00:14:32.210 --> 00:14:36.020
  • well, have loved you, and appreciated you,
  • 00:14:36.030 --> 00:14:39.000
  • and respected you.
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  • Thank them.
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  • And think on these things, right?
  • 00:14:43.130 --> 00:14:45.230
  • Paul said in Philippians 4, "Whatever is good and honorable,
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:48.090
  • whatever is of good report, let your mind dwell
  • 00:14:48.100 --> 00:14:50.120
  • on these things."
  • 00:14:50.130 --> 00:14:52.150
  • God designed the Promised Land for you.
  • 00:14:52.160 --> 00:14:54.230
  • He made a path for you, and it's waiting for you.
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  • All you got to do is stop going around the same mountain,
  • 00:14:56.200 --> 00:14:59.090
  • complaining about the same problem, worrying about the same
  • 00:14:59.100 --> 00:15:02.000
  • situation, talking trash like you've
  • 00:15:02.010 --> 00:15:04.090
  • been talking, being negative.
  • 00:15:04.100 --> 00:15:06.260
  • Don't give people so much power in your life.
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  • Don't give them so much influence over
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  • your feelings and emotions.
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  • Stop thinking that they have any power to control your future.
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  • Your future is determined by the thoughts that you think
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  • and the decisions that you make.
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  • Your future is not determined by what people have done to you,
  • 00:15:21.190 --> 00:15:24.000
  • but it's how you respond.
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  • You've got an amazing future, even--no matter how bad
  • 00:15:26.090 --> 00:15:30.260
  • it looks right now, believe the best.
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  • Today, just believe.
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  • Jesus came to bring us into that land of promise.
  • 00:15:35.280 --> 00:15:39.090
  • In John chapter 10, verse 10, he said, "I came that you would
  • 00:15:39.100 --> 00:15:42.070
  • have life, and have it in abundance, to the full,
  • 00:15:42.080 --> 00:15:44.180
  • till it overflows."
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  • That's the life God has for you.
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:48.270
  • Now listen, I've got one more secret to ending frustration,
  • 00:15:48.280 --> 00:15:52.170
  • and getting out of this wilderness and into the
  • 00:15:52.180 --> 00:15:54.160
  • Promised Land that I want to share with you today.
  • 00:15:54.170 --> 00:15:56.150
  • But before I do, let me just encourage you,
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:58.180
  • today is your day.
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  • You've been going around the mountain long enough.
  • 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:03.000
  • So many believers, they're in the wilderness right now,
  • 00:16:03.010 --> 00:16:05.080
  • and they're wondering, "Why did God leave me here?
  • 00:16:05.090 --> 00:16:08.000
  • Did he leave me here to die?
  • 00:16:08.010 --> 00:16:10.060
  • Did he bring me out in the wilderness to punish me?
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  • Is he trying to humble me for all that I have done wrong?"
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  • No, God's not like that.
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:18.140
  • That wilderness thinking is what's
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:21.150
  • keeping us in the wilderness.
  • 00:16:21.160 --> 00:16:23.290
  • God has greater things in store for you that, no matter what you
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:27.120
  • feel like you're at in the bottom of the mountain,
  • 00:16:27.130 --> 00:16:30.040
  • it's time for you to go to the top.
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:32.150
  • It's time for you to stop circling.
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:34.160
  • You've put up with your situation
  • 00:16:34.170 --> 00:16:36.220
  • and circumstances long enough.
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:38.220
  • You put up with that depression long enough.
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:40.170
  • You've put up with financial problems long enough,
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:43.290
  • anxiety long enough, sickness long enough.
  • 00:16:44.000 --> 00:16:46.100
  • Don't listen to those lies anymore.
  • 00:16:46.110 --> 00:16:48.220
  • Stop circling that mountain.
  • 00:16:48.230 --> 00:16:50.250
  • Talk to it rather than letting it talk to you.
  • 00:16:50.260 --> 00:16:53.160
  • If God be for me, who can be against me?
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  • Talk like that.
  • 00:16:55.190 --> 00:16:57.100
  • Nothing can separate me from the love of God.
  • 00:16:57.110 --> 00:16:58.270
  • I'm more than a conqueror.
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  • That's what the Bible says that we should say.
  • 00:17:00.220 --> 00:17:02.240
  • You're not what the world says you are.
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:05.030
  • You're not defined by your past anymore.
  • 00:17:05.040 --> 00:17:07.060
  • You're not defined by your previous experiences anymore.
  • 00:17:07.070 --> 00:17:10.090
  • You don't have to be bound and hemmed in
  • 00:17:10.100 --> 00:17:12.210
  • by your past mistakes anymore.
  • 00:17:12.220 --> 00:17:14.290
  • Now, notice what he says there in Deuteronomy
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:17.160
  • chapter 2, verse 3.
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:19.110
  • He says, "You have circled this mountain long enough,
  • 00:17:19.120 --> 00:17:21.210
  • now turn north."
  • 00:17:21.220 --> 00:17:23.270
  • Now turn north. What does north represent?
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:26.050
  • It means turning north will get you out of the wilderness.
  • 00:17:26.060 --> 00:17:30.190
  • Turning north means looking up and expecting something good to
  • 00:17:30.200 --> 00:17:34.010
  • happen, to look up and expect God, to look up and trust God.
  • 00:17:34.020 --> 00:17:37.040
  • It means in Psalm 75, verse 6, he says, "Promotion doesn't come
  • 00:17:37.050 --> 00:17:42.160
  • from the east or from the west, it comes from the north."
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:45.010
  • It literally says, "Promotion comes from the north."
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  • So, turn north.
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  • As we look to God, as we trust him today, no matter how bad it
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:52.120
  • looks around us, look up, expect today.
  • 00:17:52.130 --> 00:17:55.110
  • Set your expectation.
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:17:57.220
  • Miracles happen, breakthroughs happen, increase happens,
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:18:01.280
  • all the things that God wants to do in your life happen when
  • 00:18:01.290 --> 00:18:04.090
  • you look up, when you're expecting.
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:07.180
  • Expectation is what produces manifestation.
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  • So, get ready.
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:13.280
  • I want you to get ready and be expecting today.
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:16.040
  • And so, I'm going to close with this final thought because I
  • 00:18:16.050 --> 00:18:18.100
  • said that I was going to share with you the fifth thing that
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:20.140
  • will get us out of the wilderness.
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  • And it's found in John chapter 6, verse 16.
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:25.100
  • Let's look there, John chapter 6, verse 16.
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  • It says, "Now, when evening had come, the disciples went down to
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:32.210
  • the sea, and they entered the--they entered into a ship,
  • 00:18:32.220 --> 00:18:36.080
  • and went over to the Sea of Capernaum.
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  • It was now dark, and Jesus was not with them.
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  • Listen, if you're going to go out--if you're going to get out
  • 00:18:41.050 --> 00:18:44.150
  • of the wilderness, I want to encourage you it's the presence
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:47.130
  • of God that makes all the difference.
  • 00:18:47.140 --> 00:18:50.120
  • What was the difference for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
  • 00:18:50.130 --> 00:18:53.050
  • It was the fourth man in the fire.
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  • That's who got them through the fiery furnace was Jesus.
  • 00:18:55.280 --> 00:18:58.280
  • It wasn't that they turned the fire off, it was that Jesus'
  • 00:18:58.290 --> 00:19:01.120
  • presence made the difference.
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:04.010
  • As long as Jesus was with them, they could stay in that fire the
  • 00:19:04.020 --> 00:19:08.020
  • whole time and not be burned.
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.080
  • So, we can't just be concerned about what we're going through,
  • 00:19:10.090 --> 00:19:12.250
  • we need to recognize who's with us.
  • 00:19:12.260 --> 00:19:15.090
  • When we recognize who is with us, everything's
  • 00:19:15.100 --> 00:19:17.100
  • going to be all right.
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:19.100
  • Now, look at verse 17, it says, "It was dark."
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:21.170
  • Verse 18, "And the sea arose because of the great wind."
  • 00:19:21.180 --> 00:19:24.070
  • And notice they're in the boat by themselves,
  • 00:19:24.080 --> 00:19:26.240
  • Jesus isn't with them.
  • 00:19:26.250 --> 00:19:29.000
  • And there's a storm.
  • 00:19:29.010 --> 00:19:31.170
  • And it says, "When they had rode--when they had gone 5 and
  • 00:19:31.180 --> 00:19:34.090
  • 20 furloughs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and they saw
  • 00:19:34.100 --> 00:19:37.290
  • Jesus coming near the ship.
  • 00:19:38.000 --> 00:19:41.050
  • And he said, 'It's I, don't be afraid.'"
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  • In the Amplified Bible, it says they had--
  • 00:19:43.260 --> 00:19:45.270
  • they had actually gone 3 to 4 miles without Jesus."
  • 00:19:45.280 --> 00:19:48.170
  • Now, that's a very important point.
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:52.010
  • They had gone 3 to 4 miles without Jesus.
  • 00:19:52.020 --> 00:19:55.180
  • And as I've studied this, and looked at the maps, and looked
  • 00:19:55.190 --> 00:20:00.050
  • at what 3 to 4 miles would have--where 3 or 4 miles would
  • 00:20:00.060 --> 00:20:05.120
  • have put them, I found that they were halfway across the sea.
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:08.120
  • You know, a lot of us are only halfway out of the wilderness
  • 00:20:08.130 --> 00:20:11.000
  • because we did something.
  • 00:20:11.010 --> 00:20:13.050
  • We can only get ourselves halfway healed.
  • 00:20:13.060 --> 00:20:15.030
  • We can only get ourselves halfway blessed,
  • 00:20:15.040 --> 00:20:17.160
  • halfway victorious.
  • 00:20:17.170 --> 00:20:20.020
  • We're never going to get to the other side completely
  • 00:20:20.030 --> 00:20:22.030
  • until Jesus gets in the boat.
  • 00:20:22.040 --> 00:20:24.150
  • And watch this, he said to them in verse 21, "It is I."
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:27.150
  • So, they're halfway across the sea, but once they receive him
  • 00:20:27.160 --> 00:20:30.020
  • into the ship, and it says, "And they received him into the
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  • ship," the ship was immediately at the other side
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  • where they were going.
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  • Immediately, they arrived at their destination.
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  • In other words, they could get themselves halfway through their
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  • struggling, and rowing, and their fighting, but they needed
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  • Jesus to get them all the way to their destination.
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  • Maybe you've gotten yourself halfway through your situation,
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  • but you're not going to get all the way through until the
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  • presence of God makes all the difference.
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  • As soon as Jesus got in the boat, they immediately arrived
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  • at their destination.
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  • And I don't see anywhere where they said, "Jesus."
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  • When he got in the boat, I don't see them saying,
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  • "Jesus, grab a row-- grab an oar.
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  • You know, start rowing.
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  • Come on, we're all in this together."
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  • Now, he got in the boat, and they were there.
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  • You want to come out of the wilderness?
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  • The presence of God makes the difference.
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  • You want--you want that healing?
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  • The presence of God makes the difference.
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  • As you're worshipping him, and thanking him for who he is,
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  • and realizing that you're in his presence by the blood of the
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  • Lamb, healing's going to flow, miracles are going to flow, the
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  • abundance of all that God has for you is going to flow.
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  • Well, it is time.
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  • It is time for you to get out of the wilderness
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  • and into the Promised Land.
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  • And there's so much more I want to share with you about this,
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  • and that's why I want to send you this entire teaching.
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  • From the full length message that I preached in my church
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  • live, I want to send it to you.
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  • We'll take you step by step out of the wilderness,
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  • into the Promised Land.
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  • It will walk you through this and so much more.
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  • Faith comes by hearing.
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  • My announcer's going to tell you more, and I'll be right back.
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  • Watch this.
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  • male announcer: The journey through life is filled
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  • with many ups and downs.
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  • Some days, you are on a mountaintop,
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  • where everything is going your way.
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  • At other times, circumstances take you into the valley,
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  • where it is often hard to see the light, or
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  • even know which way to turn.
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  • And in many cases, these valleys of despair and hopelessness can
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  • lead to a dry and barren place that feels
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  • like a wilderness, where you are all alone, and
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  • you feel that life is just going in circles.
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  • As Pastor Dickow said today, we keep going round and round,
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  • making the same bad decisions, failing at the same bad
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  • relationships, struggling in our finances, and being defeated
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  • with sickness and depression.
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  • Gregory: I've circled the mountain long enough.
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  • I'm turning north.
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  • I've had enough hell in my life, how about you?
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  • I've had enough fear and confusion in my life,
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  • how about you?
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  • I've had enough discouragement and lack in my life,
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  • how about you?
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  • I've had enough, and enough is enough, how about you?
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  • announcer: It's time to walk out of the wilderness.
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  • It's time to stop circling the mountain of doubt and fear,
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  • and discover your path to the Promised Land,
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  • where you can experience God's best for your life.
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  • In Pastor Dickow's new message series, "Leaving the Wilderness:
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  • Putting an End to Frustration," you will finally find your path
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  • to the Promised Land and escape the lack, temptation, and trials
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  • that are crippling you and causing discouragement.
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  • The "Leaving the Wilderness" series will show you how to stop
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  • circling the mountain, turn north, and begin to experience
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  • a healthy, prosperous, and fulfilling life.
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  • And your journey doesn't end there.
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  • Pastor Dickow will also include his life-changing message,
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  • "Speak to the Mountain," where you will learn to take charge of
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  • your circumstances and start living in abundance.
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  • Start enjoying productive and positive relationships, and
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  • start enjoying better health and a happier home.
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  • And to help you reach your full potential, Pastor Dickow will
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  • also include this must-have series entitled
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  • "The Presence of God Makes All the Difference."
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  • This is your daily reminder that God is for you, and
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  • that his presence in your life sets you apart
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  • from the rest of the world.
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  • All of this, the "Leaving the Wilderness" series, the special
  • 00:24:14.010 --> 00:24:16.230
  • message "Speak to the Mountain," and the powerful series "The
  • 00:24:16.240 --> 00:24:19.180
  • Presence of God Makes All the Difference," is yours today
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  • with your love gift of just $35 or more.
  • 00:24:22.260 --> 00:24:25.170
  • It's an investment in your peace of mind that will help you
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  • tackle every problem, and walk out of the wilderness
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  • with your head held high.
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  • It's also an investment in the work
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  • of Gregory Dickow Ministries.
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  • From the inner-city neighborhoods of Chicago to the
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  • impoverished areas of Haiti and Peru, we are partnering with you
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  • to take the message of grace to people who not only need to hear
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  • it, but who also live in a wilderness, and need to
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  • experience God's love in a special, tangible way.
  • 00:24:48.230 --> 00:24:52.090
  • Your gift makes all of this possible.
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  • So, your $35 love gift today will not only support our
  • 00:24:54.160 --> 00:24:58.160
  • mission efforts around the world, it will bless you
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  • personally as you receive these motivating teachings
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  • by Pastor Gregory Dickow.
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  • You can leave the wilderness and set yourself
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  • on a path for a better tomorrow.
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  • Call now to reserve your copy of these timely
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  • and encouraging messages.
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  • Gregory: Well, thanks so much for joining me today,
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  • and thanks for your support.
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  • You know, at Gregory Dickow Ministries, we're able to
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  • mobilize teams of people to help get this message around the
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  • world, and get people around the world out of the wilderness,
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  • to stop circling their mountains, and getting them
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  • into the Promised Land.
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  • We're going into the streets, and we're meeting people where
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  • they are, and we're sharing the gospel of Jesus.
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  • We're seeing people delivered from drug addictions.
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  • We're seeing people that have been homeless
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  • find places to live.
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  • We're seeing people that have been in gangs
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  • come out of those gangs.
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  • We're seeing people that--women that have been prostitutes
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  • coming out of prostitution and out of trafficking.
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  • All of them need Jesus.
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  • The rich guy who's got a house in the suburbs,
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  • he needs Jesus too.
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  • But everyone that we're coming in contact with is so hungry,
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  • and we're able to minister to them the love of God.
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  • And it's because of you and the seeds you're sowing into this
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  • ministry that enable us to do what we're doing, to reach
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  • people with the gospel, and to heal them where they're hurting.
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  • So, I want to say thank you again.
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  • And just like as we minister to these people that I just
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  • mentioned to you about, I want to minister to you as well.
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  • You're just as much a part of my life.
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  • And the people who sit in my church every week, you're just
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  • as important to me as they are.
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  • I love you, and I want you to reach out to me and tell me how
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  • you're doing, and how I can pray for you.
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  • And get the collection that my announcer told you about.
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  • And when you call, ask my operators how you can join me on
  • 00:26:39.250 --> 00:26:42.220
  • the mission to share the love of God one person at a time through
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  • my Love Revolution partnership program.
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  • Become a Love Revolution partner.
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  • Bring a revolution, a change into somebody else's life with
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  • the love of God.
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  • I'm compelled to raise up an army of thousands of warriors
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  • willing to cover the earth with God's love just like you, and
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  • help others just like the ones we talked about.
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  • It's time.
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  • It's time for you to make an impact.
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  • Join me.
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  • Maybe you're one of the thousands that God will speak to
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  • to respond and to become a partner today.
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  • Until then, remember God's not mad at you; he is mad about you.
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  • Don't miss our next broadcast.
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  • I can't wait to see you then, God bless.
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