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Don't Fight It

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June 18, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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Don't Fight It

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • GOD BLESS YOU. IT'S A JOY TO
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  • COME INTO YOUR HOMES.
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  • IF YOU'RE EVER IN OUR AREA
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  • PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A PART OF
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  • ONE OF OUR SERVICES. I PROMISE
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  • YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU FEEL RIGHT
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  • AT HOME. BUT THANKS SO MUCH FOR
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  • TUNING IN.
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  • THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING OUT.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY. I HEARD ABOUT THIS
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  • HUSBAND. HE WAS QUIETLY READING
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  • THE NEWSPAPER WHEN HIS WIFE
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  • WALKED UP BEHIND HIM AND HIT
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  • HIM ON THE HEAD WITH A FRYING
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  • PAN. (LAUGHTER)
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  • HE SAID, "WHAT WAS THAT FOR?"
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  • SHE SAID, "THAT WAS FOR THE
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  • PIECE OF PAPER I FOUND IN YOUR
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  • POCKET WITH THE NAME MARY LOU
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  • ON IT."
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  • HE SAID, "OH, HONEY. THAT'S
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  • JUST ONE OF THE HORSES THAT
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  • I BET ON AT THE RACETRACK LAST
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  • WEEK." (LAUGHTER)
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  • SHE APOLOGIZED AND WENT ABOUT
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  • HER BUSINESS. TWO DAYS LATER
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  • SHE HIT HIM ON THE HEAD WITH A
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  • BIGGER FRYING PAN. (LAUGHTER)
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  • WHEN HE CAME TO HE SAID, "WHAT
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  • IN THE WORLD WAS THAT FOR?"
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  • SHE SAID, "YOUR HORSE JUST
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  • CALLED." (LAUGHTER/APPLAUSE)
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  • THAT'S NOT INSPIRING AT ALL,
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  • BUT...
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  • SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT.
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  • THIS IS MY BIBLE.
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  • I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.
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  • I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.
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  • I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO.
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  • TODAY I WILL BE TAUGHT
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  • THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • I BOLDLY CONFESS:
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  • MY MIND IS ALERT.
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  • MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.
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  • I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME.
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  • GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY
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  • ABOUT DON'T FIGHT IT.
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  • WE ALL FACE SITUATIONS THAT WE
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  • DON'T LIKE. SOMEBODY IS NOT
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  • TREATING US RIGHT. BUSINESS IS
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  • NOT GROWING AS FAST AS WE HAD
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  • HOPED. WE'RE SINGLE AND STILL
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  • HAVEN'T MET ANYONE.
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  • IT'S EASY TO LIVE UPTIGHT, ALL
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  • WROUGHT UP ON THE INSIDE.
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  • WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S
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  • TAKING SO LONG, WHY THIS PERSON
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  • HASN'T CHANGED AND WHY OUR
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  • PRAYERS HAVEN'T BEEN ANSWERED.
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  • WE END UP FRUSTRATED, FIGHTING
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  • AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT WE
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  • DON'T LIKE. BUT HERE'S A KEY.
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  • JUST BECAUSE IT'S UNCOMFORTABLE
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  • DOESN'T MEAN IT'S NOT WHERE
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  • WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE. GOD USES
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  • DIFFICULTIES TO DO A WORK IN
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  • US. WE GROW IN THE TOUGH TIMES.
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  • THAT'S WHEN OUR CHARACTER IS
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  • BEING DEVELOPED. GOD WILL NOT
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  • ALLOW A DIFFICULTY UNLESS HE
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  • HAS A DIVINE PURPOSE FOR IT.
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  • IF WE'RE GOING TO REACH OUR
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  • HIGHEST POTENTIAL WE HAVE TO
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  • MAKE UP OUR MIND, "I'M NOT GOING
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  • TO LIVE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I AM
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  • UNCOMFORTABLE. I'M NOT GOING TO
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  • BE UPSET BECAUSE THINGS ARE NOT
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  • HAPPENING ON MY TIMETABLE.
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  • I'M NOT GOING TO FIGHT AGAINST
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  • EVERYTHING THAT I DON'T LIKE."
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  • OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE, "GOD,
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  • I TRUST YOU. YOU ARE IN
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  • COMPLETE CONTROL. I MAY NOT
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  • LIKE THIS SITUATION BUT YOU
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  • WOULDN'T HAVE ME HERE UNLESS
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  • I NEEDED IT. SO I'M GOING TO
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  • KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE AND BE MY
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  • BEST RIGHT WHERE I AM."
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  • THAT'S HOW YOU POSITION YOURSELF
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  • FOR PROMOTION. IN THE SCRIPTURE
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  • IT SAYS THAT GOD DIDN'T LEAD
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  • THE ISRAELITES THE SHORTEST
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  • ROUTE TO THE PROMISED LAND.
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  • HE TOOK THEM THE LONG WAY ON
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  • PURPOSE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT
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  • PREPARED FOR WAR.
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  • GOD KNEW IF HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN
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  • THEM IN TOO QUICKLY THEY WOULD
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  • HAVE BEEN EASILY DEFEATED.
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  • THEIR ENEMIES WERE MUCH BIGGER,
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  • MUCH MORE EXPERIENCED.
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  • I'M SURE THEY PRAYED MANY TIMES,
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  • "GOD, WE'RE UNCOMFORTABLE OUT
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  • HERE IN THE DESERT. WE'RE HOT.
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  • WE'RE TIRED. LET US GO IN
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  • SOONER."
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  • BUT GOD DIDN'T ANSWER THAT
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  • PRAYER, NOT BECAUSE GOD WAS
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  • TRYING TO MAKE THEIR LIFE
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  • MISERABLE. BUT GOD KNEW WHAT
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  • WAS UP IN FRONT OF THEM. HE HAD
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  • TO TOUGHEN THEM UP AND GET THEM
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  • PREPARED SO THEY COULD STEP
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  • INTO THE FULLNESS OF THEIR
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  • DESTINY.
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  • IN THE SAME WAY, GOD HAS ALREADY
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  • LAID OUT THE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED,
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  • WHEN YOU NEED IT, WHO YOU NEED.
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  • HE KNOWS THE BATTLES YOU'RE
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  • GOING TO FACE, THE DREAMS YOU'RE
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  • GOING TO ACCOMPLISH.
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  • HE HAS GOT IT ALL FIGURED OUT.
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  • THAT'S WHY WE CANNOT PRAY AWAY
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  • EVERY UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION.
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  • "GOD, THIS PERSON AT WORK,
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  • THEY'RE GETTING ON MY NERVES.
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  • YOU'VE GOT TO GET HIM OUT OF MY
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  • LIFE."
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  • NO, GOD WILL USE THAT PERSON,
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  • LIKE SANDPAPER, TO RUB THE ROUGH
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  • EDGES OFF OF YOU. EVEN IF YOU
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  • WERE TO PRAY THEM AWAY GOD
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  • WOULD SEND YOU TWO MORE PEOPLE
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  • JUST LIKE THEM. (LAUGHTER)
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  • I'VE LEARNED THIS; GOD IS MORE
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  • INTERESTED IN CHANGING US THAN
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  • HE IS IN CHANGING OUR
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  • CIRCUMSTANCES. GOD LOVES YOU
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  • TOO MUCH TO LET YOU STAY WHERE
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  • YOU ARE. IT MAY BE
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  • UNCOMFORTABLE BUT YOU HAVE TO
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  • REMIND YOURSELF, "THIS IS NOT
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  • WORKING AGAINST ME. THIS IS
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  • WORKING FOR ME. IT'S GETTING ME
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  • IN POSITION FOR THE AMAZING
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  • FUTURE GOD HAS IN STORE."
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • THE TRUTH IS...(APPLAUSE)
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  • ...SOME OF THE THINGS YOU MAY BE
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  • PRAYING ABOUT, IF GOD WERE TO
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  • REMOVE THEM RIGHT NOW, YOU
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  • WOULDN'T BE PREPARED FOR WHERE
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  • GOD IS TAKING YOU. YOU'VE GOT
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  • TO LET GOD DO THE WORK IN YOU.
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  • IN OTHER WORDS, BE KIND TO THE
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  • PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT TREATING YOU
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  • RIGHT. KEEP BEING YOUR BEST
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  • EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE NOT GETTING
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  • THE CREDIT. PASS THOSE TESTS.
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  • PAUL PRAYED IN COLOSSIANS 3 THAT
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  • THE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THE
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  • STRENGTH TO ENDURE WHATEVER
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  • CAME THEIR WAY. HE DIDN'T PRAY
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  • THAT GOD WOULD DELIVER THEM
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  • INSTANTLY, REMOVE THE
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  • DIFFICULTY. HE PRAYED THAT THEY
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  • WOULD HAVE THE STRENGTH TO GO
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  • THROUGH IT WITH A GOOD
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  • ATTITUDE. PAUL UNDERSTOOD THIS
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  • PRINCIPLE THAT GOD USES THE
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  • TOUGH TIMES TO GET US PREPARED
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  • FOR THE NEXT LEVEL.
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  • THINK ABOUT DAVID. HE WAS
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  • CHOSEN TO BE KING, ANOINTED BY
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  • GOD TO BE THE NEXT LEADER OF
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  • ISRAEL. SURELY GOD WOULD ANSWER
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  • ALL OF HIS PRAYERS. SURELY GOD
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  • WOULD MAKE HIS LIFE
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  • COMFORTABLE.
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  • NO, DAVID HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS
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  • SAME PROCESS. FOR MANY YEARS
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  • KING SAUL MADE DAVID'S LIFE
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  • MISERABLE. DAVID HAD DONE SAUL
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  • NOTHING BUT GOOD.
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  • HE WOULD PLAY MUSIC WHEN SAUL
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  • WASN'T FEELING WELL, TREATED HIM
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  • WITH RESPECT, BUT IN RETURN SAUL
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  • TRIED TO KILL DAVID, CHASED HIM
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  • THROUGH THE MOUNTAINSIDE.
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  • I CAN HEAR DAVID PRAYING, "GOD,
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  • YOU HAVE GOT TO GET THIS MAN OUT
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  • OF MY LIFE.
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  • GOD, YOU KNOW I HAVEN'T DONE
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  • ANYTHING WRONG."
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  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING GOD DIDN'T
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  • REMOVE SAUL?
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  • HE DIDN'T ANSWER THAT PRAYER.
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  • HERE DAVID WAS DOING THE RIGHT
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  • THING.
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  • IT WAS AN UNFAIR SITUATION BUT
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  • GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING.
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  • HE WAS GETTING DAVID PREPARED.
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  • THE LONGER YOU DO THE RIGHT
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  • THING WHEN THE WRONG THING IS
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  • HAPPENING, THE LONGER YOU KEEP A
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  • GOOD ATTITUDE IN AN UNFAIR
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  • SITUATION, THE HIGHER GOD IS
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  • GOING TO TAKE YOU.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • DON'T BE DISCOURAGED BY IT.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • "JOEL, I'VE BEEN DOING THE
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  • RIGHT THING IN THIS MARRIAGE FOR
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  • YEARS.
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  • I'M NOT SEEING ANY RESULTS."
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  • "I'VE BEEN VOLUNTEERING IN THE
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  • NURSERY FOR A LONG TIME.
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  • NOBODY EVER SAYS THANK YOU."
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  • "I GO TO WORK. DO MORE THAN I
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  • HAVE TO. I'M NOT BEING
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  • PROMOTED."
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  • YOU'RE RIGHT WHERE DAVID WAS.
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  • KEEP BEING FAITHFUL.
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  • KEEP DOING THE RIGHT THING.
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  • GOD IS GETTING YOU PREPARED FOR
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  • SOMETHING AMAZING.
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  • YOUR FUTURE IS SO BIG GOD HAS TO
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  • GET YOUR SPIRITUAL MUSCLES, YOUR
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  • CHARACTER, YOUR MATURITY, TO
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  • MATCH THE LEVEL THAT GOD IS
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  • ABOUT TO THRUST YOU TO.
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  • NOW DON'T FIGHT IT.
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • JUST KEEP BEING YOUR BEST.
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  • GOD IS CLOSELY WATCHING YOU.
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  • HE SEES EVERY TIME YOU MAKE A
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  • SACRIFICE, EVERY TIME YOU
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  • OVERLOOK A WRONG, EVERY TIME YOU
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  • TAKE THE HIGH ROAD, EVERY TIME
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  • YOU HELP SOMEONE IN NEED.
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  • THAT DOESN'T GO UNNOTICED.
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  • GOD IS KEEPING THE RECORDS.
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  • HE IS SAYING, "PAYDAY IS COMING.
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  • THE BREAKTHROUGH IS COMING.
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  • THE REWARD IS COMING.
  • 00:07:17.090 --> 00:07:18.210
  • THE NEW LEVEL IS COMING."
  • 00:07:18.210 --> 00:07:20.040
  • JUST LIKE DAVID, YOU'RE GOING TO
  • 00:07:20.040 --> 00:07:21.090
  • TAKE YOUR THRONE AND BECOME
  • 00:07:21.090 --> 00:07:22.240
  • EVERYTHING GOD HAS CREATED YOU
  • 00:07:22.240 --> 00:07:24.000
  • TO BE.
  • 00:07:24.000 --> 00:07:25.180
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:07:25.180 --> 00:07:26.170
  • BUT WE NATURALLY ALL LIKE
  • 00:07:26.170 --> 00:07:27.190
  • THINGS EASIER.
  • 00:07:27.190 --> 00:07:29.000
  • WE WOULD LOVE FOR GOD TO REMOVE
  • 00:07:29.000 --> 00:07:30.030
  • THE DIFFICULT PEOPLE, ELIMINATE
  • 00:07:30.030 --> 00:07:32.100
  • THE HARDSHIPS AND ANSWER OUR
  • 00:07:32.100 --> 00:07:34.100
  • PRAYERS THE FIRST TIME WE
  • 00:07:34.100 --> 00:07:35.260
  • PRAYED.
  • 00:07:35.260 --> 00:07:37.030
  • BUT THAT'S NOT ALWAYS WHAT'S
  • 00:07:37.030 --> 00:07:38.040
  • BEST.
  • 00:07:38.040 --> 00:07:39.070
  • HAVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:07:39.070 --> 00:07:40.230
  • THOSE DIFFICULTIES ARE NOT
  • 00:07:40.230 --> 00:07:42.040
  • HAPPENING TO YOU.
  • 00:07:42.040 --> 00:07:44.170
  • THEY'RE HAPPENING FOR YOU.
  • 00:07:44.170 --> 00:07:46.220
  • THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HARD TO GET
  • 00:07:46.220 --> 00:07:47.190
  • ALONG WITH.
  • 00:07:47.190 --> 00:07:48.180
  • IF YOU'LL HAVE THE RIGHT
  • 00:07:48.180 --> 00:07:49.190
  • ATTITUDE, TAKE THE HIGH ROAD, BE
  • 00:07:49.190 --> 00:07:52.000
  • KIND, IGNORE THEIR NEGATIVE
  • 00:07:52.000 --> 00:07:53.280
  • COMMENTS, THEY'RE NOT HOLDING
  • 00:07:53.280 --> 00:07:54.290
  • YOU DOWN.
  • 00:07:54.290 --> 00:07:56.070
  • THEY'RE POLISHING YOU.
  • 00:07:56.070 --> 00:07:57.180
  • THEY'RE REFINING YOU.
  • 00:07:57.180 --> 00:07:59.000
  • THEY'RE MAKING YOU SHINE.
  • 00:07:59.000 --> 00:08:00.280
  • DON'T BE UPSET.
  • 00:08:00.280 --> 00:08:02.000
  • YOU COULDN'T GO WHERE GOD WANTS
  • 00:08:02.000 --> 00:08:03.260
  • YOU TO GO WITHOUT THEM.
  • 00:08:03.260 --> 00:08:05.280
  • THEY'RE DOING YOU A FAVOR.
  • 00:08:05.280 --> 00:08:07.270
  • WITHOUT THAT SANDPAPER YOU WOULD
  • 00:08:07.270 --> 00:08:09.070
  • STAY ROUGH.
  • 00:08:09.070 --> 00:08:10.200
  • THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE THEM,
  • 00:08:10.200 --> 00:08:11.240
  • INSTEAD OF THINKING, "OH, MAN.
  • 00:08:11.240 --> 00:08:13.000
  • I DON'T FEEL LIKE DEALING WITH
  • 00:08:13.000 --> 00:08:13.270
  • THEM."
  • 00:08:13.270 --> 00:08:14.200
  • NO, JUST SMILE AND SAY, "THANK
  • 00:08:14.200 --> 00:08:15.190
  • YOU, LORD.
  • 00:08:15.190 --> 00:08:16.140
  • I'M GOING TO BE POLISHED A
  • 00:08:16.140 --> 00:08:17.110
  • LITTLE BIT MORE TODAY.
  • 00:08:17.110 --> 00:08:18.170
  • I'M GOING TO SHINE A LITTLE BIT
  • 00:08:18.170 --> 00:08:19.180
  • BRIGHTER."
  • 00:08:19.180 --> 00:08:20.150
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:08:20.150 --> 00:08:22.110
  • COULD IT BE THAT YOU ARE
  • 00:08:22.110 --> 00:08:23.120
  • FIGHTING WHAT GOD WANTS TO USE?
  • 00:08:23.130 --> 00:08:26.130
  • YOU'RE SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME
  • 00:08:26.130 --> 00:08:27.010
  • TRYING TO PRAY AWAY THE
  • 00:08:27.010 --> 00:08:28.240
  • DIFFICULTY WHEN YOU SHOULD BE
  • 00:08:28.240 --> 00:08:31.000
  • SPENDING YOUR TIME HONORING GOD
  • 00:08:31.000 --> 00:08:33.170
  • IN THE MIDST OF THE DIFFICULTY.
  • 00:08:33.170 --> 00:08:34.250
  • INSTEAD OF FIGHTING WHERE YOU
  • 00:08:34.250 --> 00:08:36.060
  • ARE TRY A DIFFERENT APPROACH.
  • 00:08:36.060 --> 00:08:39.060
  • EMBRACE WHERE YOU ARE.
  • 00:08:39.060 --> 00:08:41.160
  • IT MAY NOT BE WHERE YOU WANT TO
  • 00:08:41.160 --> 00:08:42.150
  • STAY.
  • 00:08:42.150 --> 00:08:44.020
  • I'M NOT SAYING TO SETTLE THERE
  • 00:08:44.020 --> 00:08:45.040
  • AND ACCEPT MEDIOCRITY.
  • 00:08:45.040 --> 00:08:46.270
  • I'M SAYING TO ACCEPT WHERE YOU
  • 00:08:46.270 --> 00:08:48.290
  • ARE KNOWING THAT THE CREATOR OF
  • 00:08:48.290 --> 00:08:50.260
  • THE UNIVERSE HAS YOU IN THE PALM
  • 00:08:50.260 --> 00:08:52.130
  • OF HIS HAND.
  • 00:08:52.130 --> 00:08:54.070
  • HE IS DIRECTING YOUR STEPS.
  • 00:08:54.070 --> 00:08:56.000
  • NOTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU
  • 00:08:56.000 --> 00:08:57.150
  • IS A SURPRISE TO HIM.
  • 00:08:57.150 --> 00:08:58.290
  • AT THE RIGHT TIME GOD WILL
  • 00:08:58.290 --> 00:09:00.100
  • CHANGE IT.
  • 00:09:00.100 --> 00:09:02.080
  • IN YOUR DUE SEASON, WHEN YOU'RE
  • 00:09:02.080 --> 00:09:03.110
  • READY, WHEN IT'S BEST FOR YOU,
  • 00:09:03.110 --> 00:09:04.280
  • GOD WILL REMOVE THE DIFFICULTY
  • 00:09:04.280 --> 00:09:07.260
  • AND TAKE YOU TO A NEW LEVEL.
  • 00:09:07.260 --> 00:09:10.000
  • BUT IN THE MEANTIME, ONE WAY WE
  • 00:09:10.000 --> 00:09:11.130
  • CAN SHOW GOD WE'RE TRUSTING HIM
  • 00:09:11.130 --> 00:09:14.070
  • IS BY ENJOYING OUR LIFE WHILE
  • 00:09:14.070 --> 00:09:16.210
  • GOD IS CHANGING THE
  • 00:09:16.210 --> 00:09:18.010
  • CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 00:09:18.010 --> 00:09:19.210
  • MAYBE ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE
  • 00:09:19.210 --> 00:09:20.250
  • MARRIED.
  • 00:09:20.250 --> 00:09:22.190
  • YOU'RE STILL SINGLE.
  • 00:09:22.190 --> 00:09:23.140
  • "THAT'S ALRIGHT. THIS IS WHERE
  • 00:09:23.140 --> 00:09:24.200
  • GOD HAS ME RIGHT NOW. I'M AT
  • 00:09:24.200 --> 00:09:26.000
  • PEACE. I'M HAPPY. I KNOW THE
  • 00:09:26.000 --> 00:09:27.280
  • RIGHT PERSON IS ALREADY ON
  • 00:09:27.280 --> 00:09:29.150
  • THEIR WAY."
  • 00:09:29.150 --> 00:09:30.230
  • THAT'S HOW YOU PASS THE TEST.
  • 00:09:30.230 --> 00:09:32.210
  • NOT EVERY OTHER MINUTE, "GOD,
  • 00:09:32.210 --> 00:09:33.260
  • I'M BEGGING YOU.
  • 00:09:33.260 --> 00:09:34.230
  • PLEASE SEND ME A MAN."
  • 00:09:34.230 --> 00:09:35.200
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:09:35.200 --> 00:09:36.180
  • "GOD, I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
  • 00:09:36.180 --> 00:09:37.170
  • THIS..."
  • 00:09:37.170 --> 00:09:38.050
  • NO. "GOD, I TRUST YOU."
  • 00:09:38.050 --> 00:09:39.220
  • MAYBE YOU'RE IN AN APARTMENT
  • 00:09:39.220 --> 00:09:40.150
  • BELIEVING FOR A NICER PLACE TO
  • 00:09:40.150 --> 00:09:41.190
  • LIVE.
  • 00:09:41.190 --> 00:09:42.280
  • NOT, "GOD, I AM SO SICK AND
  • 00:09:42.280 --> 00:09:44.060
  • TIRED OF THIS PLACE.
  • 00:09:44.060 --> 00:09:45.250
  • GOD, JOEL SAID THINGS HAVE
  • 00:09:45.250 --> 00:09:46.240
  • SHIFTED AND I HAVEN'T SEEN ONE
  • 00:09:46.240 --> 00:09:48.020
  • SHIFT IN MY LIFE."
  • 00:09:48.020 --> 00:09:49.050
  • NO.
  • 00:09:49.050 --> 00:09:50.000
  • "GOD, I TRUST YOU.
  • 00:09:50.000 --> 00:09:51.070
  • THIS IS WHERE YOU HAVE ME RIGHT
  • 00:09:51.070 --> 00:09:52.110
  • NOW. I'M CONTENT. BUT GOD, I
  • 00:09:52.110 --> 00:09:54.210
  • KNOW IN MY FUTURE YOU ARE GOING
  • 00:09:54.210 --> 00:09:56.190
  • TO OPEN THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:09:56.190 --> 00:09:57.260
  • POUR OUT BLESSINGS THAT
  • 00:09:57.260 --> 00:09:58.260
  • I CANNOT CONTAIN."
  • 00:09:58.260 --> 00:09:59.270
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:09:59.270 --> 00:10:01.160
  • "LORD, I WANT TO THANK YOU IN
  • 00:10:01.160 --> 00:10:02.160
  • ADVANCE THAT IT'S ON THE WAY."
  • 00:10:02.160 --> 00:10:04.110
  • THAT'S HOW YOU SEE PROMISES COME
  • 00:10:04.110 --> 00:10:05.190
  • TO PASS.
  • 00:10:05.190 --> 00:10:07.170
  • WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO ACQUIRE
  • 00:10:07.170 --> 00:10:08.100
  • THIS FACILITY, THE FORMER COMPAQ
  • 00:10:08.100 --> 00:10:10.070
  • CENTER, IT WAS A THREE AND A
  • 00:10:10.070 --> 00:10:10.260
  • HALF YEAR BATTLE.
  • 00:10:11.260 --> 00:10:14.260
  • THE HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL VOTED
  • 00:10:14.260 --> 00:10:15.140
  • FOR US TO HAVE THE BUILDING BUT
  • 00:10:15.140 --> 00:10:16.230
  • THEN A LARGE COMPANY FILED A
  • 00:10:16.230 --> 00:10:18.140
  • LAWSUIT TO TRY TO KEEP US FROM
  • 00:10:18.140 --> 00:10:19.260
  • MOVING IN.
  • 00:10:19.260 --> 00:10:21.200
  • AT TIMES IT LOOKED IMPOSSIBLE.
  • 00:10:21.200 --> 00:10:23.240
  • ALL THE ODDS WERE AGAINST US.
  • 00:10:23.240 --> 00:10:25.200
  • EVEN IF WE WERE TO WIN THE
  • 00:10:25.200 --> 00:10:27.030
  • LAWSUIT IT COULD HAVE BEEN TIED
  • 00:10:27.030 --> 00:10:28.050
  • UP FOR TEN YEARS IN THE COURT
  • 00:10:28.050 --> 00:10:29.090
  • SYSTEM.
  • 00:10:29.090 --> 00:10:30.240
  • I HAD ALREADY TOLD THE
  • 00:10:30.240 --> 00:10:31.290
  • CONGREGATION THAT IT WAS OURS,
  • 00:10:31.290 --> 00:10:33.290
  • WE WERE GOING TO RENOVATE IT AND
  • 00:10:33.290 --> 00:10:34.260
  • MOVE IN.
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:36.090
  • MANY TIMES I WOKE UP IN THE
  • 00:10:36.090 --> 00:10:38.060
  • MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IN A COLD
  • 00:10:38.060 --> 00:10:40.000
  • SWEAT WITH A VOICE SAYING, "WHAT
  • 00:10:40.000 --> 00:10:42.060
  • IF IT DOESN'T WORK OUT?
  • 00:10:42.150 --> 00:10:45.150
  • WHAT IF YOU DON'T WIN THE
  • 00:10:45.150 --> 00:10:46.010
  • LAWSUIT?
  • 00:10:46.010 --> 00:10:46.290
  • YOU'VE ALREADY PUT THE VISION
  • 00:10:46.290 --> 00:10:47.260
  • OUT, JOEL.
  • 00:10:47.260 --> 00:10:48.210
  • PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN FUNDS.
  • 00:10:48.210 --> 00:10:50.010
  • IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG MESS."
  • 00:10:50.010 --> 00:10:51.200
  • I WAS TEMPTED TO WORRY, BE
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:53.050
  • STRESSED, BEG GOD, "GOD, YOU
  • 00:10:53.050 --> 00:10:55.060
  • HAVE GOT TO PLEASE MAKE THIS
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:56.030
  • HAPPEN."
  • 00:10:56.030 --> 00:10:56.270
  • NO, I DID WHAT I'M ASKING YOU TO
  • 00:10:56.270 --> 00:10:58.100
  • DO.
  • 00:10:58.100 --> 00:10:59.110
  • "GOD, IT'S ALL IN YOUR HANDS.
  • 00:10:59.110 --> 00:11:01.030
  • I BELIEVE, GOD, YOU HAVE
  • 00:11:01.030 --> 00:11:02.140
  • PROMISED US THIS BUILDING.
  • 00:11:02.140 --> 00:11:03.200
  • BUT WHILE I'M WAITING I'M NOT
  • 00:11:03.200 --> 00:11:05.060
  • GOING TO WORRY.
  • 00:11:05.060 --> 00:11:06.190
  • I'M NOT GOING TO LIVE
  • 00:11:06.190 --> 00:11:07.200
  • FRUSTRATED.
  • 00:11:07.200 --> 00:11:08.240
  • I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY OUT ALL
  • 00:11:08.240 --> 00:11:09.190
  • THE 'WHAT IF'S.' GOD, I TRUST
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:10.250
  • YOU. I KNOW YOU HAVE THE FINAL
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:13.220
  • SAY."
  • 00:11:13.220 --> 00:11:15.120
  • INSTEAD OF FIGHTING IT, BEGGING
  • 00:11:15.120 --> 00:11:16.260
  • GOD, I EMBRACED WHERE I WAS.
  • 00:11:16.260 --> 00:11:18.290
  • "WE'RE IN A LAWSUIT.
  • 00:11:18.290 --> 00:11:21.190
  • IT'S OUT OF MY CONTROL.
  • 00:11:21.190 --> 00:11:22.240
  • I'VE DONE MY BEST.
  • 00:11:22.240 --> 00:11:24.190
  • NOW I'M GOING TO STAY IN FAITH
  • 00:11:24.190 --> 00:11:25.200
  • AND TRUST GOD TO DO THE REST."
  • 00:11:25.270 --> 00:11:28.270
  • THREE AND A HALF YEARS LATER GOD
  • 00:11:28.270 --> 00:11:29.200
  • GAVE US THIS BEAUTIFUL FACILITY
  • 00:11:29.200 --> 00:11:31.130
  • AND HERE WE ARE TODAY.
  • 00:11:31.130 --> 00:11:33.090
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:11:33.090 --> 00:11:34.210
  • BUT THINK ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:11:34.210 --> 00:11:35.120
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:11:35.120 --> 00:11:36.070
  • GOD COULD HAVE ANSWERED OUR
  • 00:11:36.070 --> 00:11:37.040
  • PRAYERS THE FIRST WEEK WE PRAYED
  • 00:11:37.040 --> 00:11:38.120
  • JUST AS EASILY AS HE DID THREE
  • 00:11:38.120 --> 00:11:41.060
  • AND A HALF YEARS LATER.
  • 00:11:41.060 --> 00:11:43.010
  • HE IS GOD.
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:44.070
  • IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NO BIG DEAL.
  • 00:11:44.070 --> 00:11:45.170
  • HE WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN HAD TO GET
  • 00:11:45.170 --> 00:11:46.160
  • UP OFF THE THRONE.
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:47.240
  • HE COULD HAVE JUST SPOKEN IT AND
  • 00:11:47.240 --> 00:11:48.290
  • IT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.
  • 00:11:48.290 --> 00:11:49.270
  • WHY DIDN'T HE DO IT?
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:51.030
  • ONE REASON, I BELIEVE, IS GOD
  • 00:11:51.030 --> 00:11:53.050
  • WAS DOING A WORK IN ME.
  • 00:11:53.050 --> 00:11:55.270
  • DURING THOSE THREE AND A HALF
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:56.250
  • YEARS I LEARNED TO TRUST GOD
  • 00:11:56.250 --> 00:11:58.200
  • LIKE I'VE NEVER TRUSTED HIM
  • 00:11:58.200 --> 00:11:59.280
  • BEFORE.
  • 00:11:59.280 --> 00:12:01.150
  • SOME THINGS YOU CAN ONLY LEARN
  • 00:12:01.150 --> 00:12:03.000
  • IN THE STRUGGLE.
  • 00:12:03.000 --> 00:12:04.140
  • YOU CAN'T LEARN IN THE GOOD
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:05.200
  • TIMES, WHEN IT'S EASY,
  • 00:12:05.200 --> 00:12:06.270
  • EVERYTHING IS GOING YOUR WAY.
  • 00:12:06.270 --> 00:12:08.030
  • THAT DOESN'T TAKE ANY FAITH.
  • 00:12:08.030 --> 00:12:09.140
  • YOU CAN ONLY LEARN, LIKE DAVID,
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:11.200
  • WHEN YOU'RE IN THE WILDERNESS
  • 00:12:11.200 --> 00:12:13.050
  • AND YOU'RE NOT BEING TREATED
  • 00:12:13.050 --> 00:12:14.060
  • RIGHT.
  • 00:12:14.060 --> 00:12:15.110
  • DON'T BE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE IT'S
  • 00:12:15.110 --> 00:12:16.230
  • NOT HAPPENING YOUR WAY, ON YOUR
  • 00:12:16.230 --> 00:12:18.190
  • TIMETABLE.
  • 00:12:18.190 --> 00:12:20.080
  • GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING.
  • 00:12:20.080 --> 00:12:21.270
  • HE IS GETTING YOUR PREPARED.
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:23.170
  • HERE'S THE KEY; YOUR DESTINY IS
  • 00:12:23.170 --> 00:12:24.270
  • BIGGER THAN YOU THINK.
  • 00:12:24.270 --> 00:12:27.200
  • YOU'RE GOING TO GO FURTHER THAN
  • 00:12:27.200 --> 00:12:28.280
  • YOU CAN IMAGINE.
  • 00:12:28.280 --> 00:12:30.240
  • GOD CAN SEE THE NEW LEVELS IN
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:32.160
  • FRONT OF YOU.
  • 00:12:32.160 --> 00:12:33.190
  • HE KNOWS WHAT'S UP THERE.
  • 00:12:33.190 --> 00:12:35.050
  • NOW KEEP PASSING THOSE TESTS.
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:37.010
  • STAY IN FAITH EVEN WHEN IT'S
  • 00:12:37.010 --> 00:12:38.210
  • DIFFICULT.
  • 00:12:38.210 --> 00:12:40.250
  • KEEP DOING THE RIGHT THING EVEN
  • 00:12:40.250 --> 00:12:42.010
  • WHEN THE WRONG THING IS
  • 00:12:42.010 --> 00:12:43.020
  • HAPPENING.
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:44.100
  • DON'T FIGHT IT, BEGGING GOD
  • 00:12:44.100 --> 00:12:46.020
  • EVERY OTHER MINUTE, "PLEASE,
  • 00:12:46.020 --> 00:12:46.270
  • GOD.
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:47.150
  • YOU HAVE GOT TO CHANGE IT."
  • 00:12:47.150 --> 00:12:48.150
  • THAT'S JUST GOING TO FRUSTRATE
  • 00:12:48.150 --> 00:12:49.060
  • YOU.
  • 00:12:49.060 --> 00:12:50.010
  • LEARN TO EMBRACE WHERE YOU ARE.
  • 00:12:50.010 --> 00:12:52.180
  • AND IT'S OKAY TO BE HONEST AND
  • 00:12:52.180 --> 00:12:53.270
  • SAY, "GOD, I DON'T LIKE WHERE I
  • 00:12:53.270 --> 00:12:54.240
  • AM. I'M UNCOMFORTABLE. IT'S
  • 00:12:55.000 --> 00:12:58.000
  • TAKING LONGER THAN I THOUGHT.
  • 00:12:58.000 --> 00:12:59.210
  • BUT GOD, I TRUST YOU. I KNOW
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:02.030
  • THIS IS NOT HAPPENING TO ME.
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:04.100
  • IT'S HAPPENING FOR ME. IT'S ALL
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:05.250
  • A PART OF YOUR DIVINE PLAN."
  • 00:13:05.250 --> 00:13:08.060
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:13:08.060 --> 00:13:09.190
  • WHEN YOU LEARN TO EMBRACE WHERE
  • 00:13:09.190 --> 00:13:10.240
  • YOU ARE IT'S A FREEING WAY TO
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:12.260
  • LIVE.
  • 00:13:12.260 --> 00:13:13.280
  • IT TAKES ALL THE PRESSURE OFF.
  • 00:13:13.280 --> 00:13:15.000
  • HEBREWS SAYS, "THOSE WHO HAVE
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:16.200
  • BELIEVED ENTER IN TO REST."
  • 00:13:18.090 --> 00:13:21.090
  • THE WAY TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE
  • 00:13:21.090 --> 00:13:22.230
  • REALLY IN FAITH IS YOU'RE AT
  • 00:13:22.230 --> 00:13:24.020
  • REST.
  • 00:13:24.020 --> 00:13:26.140
  • THERE IS A PEACE.
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:27.050
  • YOU MAY HAVE A PROBLEM,
  • 00:13:27.050 --> 00:13:28.190
  • BELIEVING FOR A SITUATION TO
  • 00:13:28.190 --> 00:13:30.010
  • TURN AROUND.
  • 00:13:30.010 --> 00:13:30.280
  • IT'S TAKING A LONG TIME.
  • 00:13:30.280 --> 00:13:32.100
  • YOU COULD EASILY BE DISCOURAGED.
  • 00:13:32.100 --> 00:13:33.260
  • NO, THE KEY IS TO STAY IN THAT
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:35.230
  • PLACE OF REST WHERE YOU KNOW GOD
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:38.040
  • IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL.
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:39.240
  • YOU'RE NOT MOVED BY WHAT YOU
  • 00:13:39.240 --> 00:13:41.000
  • SEE.
  • 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:42.120
  • YOU'RE NOT WORRIED BECAUSE IT'S
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:43.190
  • TAKING A LONG TIME.
  • 00:13:43.190 --> 00:13:45.200
  • YOU'RE NOT DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE
  • 00:13:45.200 --> 00:13:46.240
  • YOU WENT THROUGH A SETBACK.
  • 00:13:46.240 --> 00:13:48.160
  • EVERY DAY YOU STAY IN PEACE YOU
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:50.030
  • ARE ONE DAY CLOSER TO SEEING
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:51.210
  • THAT SITUATION TURN AROUND.
  • 00:13:51.210 --> 00:13:53.290
  • WELL, YOU SAY, "JOEL, I JUST
  • 00:13:53.290 --> 00:13:55.020
  • DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY GOD DOESN'T
  • 00:13:55.020 --> 00:13:56.180
  • ANSWER MY PRAYERS. I'M GOING TO
  • 00:13:56.180 --> 00:13:57.270
  • CHURCH. I'M FAITHFUL. I HELP
  • 00:13:57.270 --> 00:13:59.270
  • OTHERS."
  • 00:13:59.270 --> 00:14:01.110
  • THINK ABOUT THIS. MAYBE WHAT
  • 00:14:01.110 --> 00:14:03.060
  • YOU'RE PRAYING ABOUT IS TOO
  • 00:14:03.060 --> 00:14:04.160
  • SMALL.
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:06.240
  • MAYBE GOD HAS SOMETHING MUCH
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:08.070
  • BETTER AND HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:11.020
  • THAT HE WON'T ANSWER THAT
  • 00:14:11.020 --> 00:14:12.040
  • PRAYER.
  • 00:14:12.040 --> 00:14:13.130
  • BUT UNTIL YOU ENTER INTO THIS
  • 00:14:13.130 --> 00:14:14.270
  • REST AND QUIT BEING SOUR,
  • 00:14:14.270 --> 00:14:17.050
  • THINKING THAT GOD IS LETTING YOU
  • 00:14:17.050 --> 00:14:18.080
  • DOWN, IT WILL KEEP THE NEW THING
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:19.220
  • FROM HAPPENING.
  • 00:14:19.220 --> 00:14:21.230
  • A PRAYER THAT WE SHOULD ALL PRAY
  • 00:14:21.230 --> 00:14:23.040
  • ON A REGULAR BASIS IS, "GOD, NOT
  • 00:14:23.040 --> 00:14:25.030
  • MY WILL BUT LET YOUR WILL BE
  • 00:14:25.030 --> 00:14:26.290
  • DONE."
  • 00:14:26.290 --> 00:14:28.110
  • IT'S OKAY TO SAY, "GOD, THIS IS
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:29.250
  • WHAT I'M BELIEVING FOR.
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.220
  • GOD, THIS IS WHAT I WANT.
  • 00:14:31.220 --> 00:14:32.080
  • THIS IS WHAT I'M DREAMING ABOUT.
  • 00:14:32.080 --> 00:14:34.160
  • BUT GOD, IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:35.170
  • BETTER I TRUST YOU.
  • 00:14:35.170 --> 00:14:37.150
  • YOU KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR ME."
  • 00:14:37.150 --> 00:14:39.070
  • IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BE HAPPY
  • 00:14:39.070 --> 00:14:41.190
  • IF GOD DOES IT YOUR WAY THEN
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:43.160
  • YOU'RE NOT REALLY TRUSTING.
  • 00:14:43.160 --> 00:14:44.210
  • WE CAN ONLY SEE A LITTLE BIT
  • 00:14:44.210 --> 00:14:47.190
  • DOWN THE ROAD.
  • 00:14:47.190 --> 00:14:49.060
  • GOD CAN SEE THE BIG PICTURE.
  • 00:14:49.060 --> 00:14:50.270
  • HE CAN SEE AROUND EVERY CURVE.
  • 00:14:50.270 --> 00:14:53.040
  • HE KNOWS WHERE THE DEAD ENDS
  • 00:14:53.040 --> 00:14:54.090
  • ARE, WHERE THE SHORTCUTS ARE.
  • 00:14:54.090 --> 00:14:55.290
  • GOD KNOWS HOW TO GET YOU TO YOUR
  • 00:14:55.290 --> 00:14:57.240
  • DESTINATION.
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:14:59.080
  • WHY DON'T YOU TAKE YOUR HANDS
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:01.020
  • OFF THE WHEEL, SO TO SPEAK, AND
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:02.240
  • LET GOD TAKE YOU WHERE HE WANTS
  • 00:15:02.240 --> 00:15:04.010
  • YOU TO GO?
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:06.060
  • IN 2001, AN EXECUTIVE FLEW TO
  • 00:15:06.060 --> 00:15:07.280
  • HOUSTON FOR AN IMPORTANT JOB
  • 00:15:07.280 --> 00:15:09.260
  • INTERVIEW.
  • 00:15:09.260 --> 00:15:12.040
  • IT WAS AT A TOP COMPANY, ONE OF
  • 00:15:12.040 --> 00:15:13.060
  • THE LARGEST IN THE NATION,
  • 00:15:13.060 --> 00:15:14.280
  • HEADQUARTERED RIGHT HERE IN
  • 00:15:14.280 --> 00:15:16.010
  • HOUSTON.
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:16.210
  • IN THE NATURAL IT WAS A GOLDEN
  • 00:15:16.210 --> 00:15:17.160
  • OPPORTUNITY.
  • 00:15:17.160 --> 00:15:19.060
  • IT LOOKED LIKE A HUGE BOOST FOR
  • 00:15:19.060 --> 00:15:20.120
  • HIS CAREER.
  • 00:15:20.120 --> 00:15:21.220
  • HE WAS READY TO GIVE UP HIS
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:23.010
  • POSITION OF NEARLY 30 YEARS AND
  • 00:15:23.010 --> 00:15:25.040
  • MOVE HIS FAMILY HERE TO TOWN.
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:27.160
  • HE FLEW IN A DAY EARLY, CAME TO
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:29.120
  • THE SERVICE AND ASKED US TO PRAY
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:30.170
  • OVER THE INTERVIEW.
  • 00:15:30.170 --> 00:15:32.090
  • WE PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD GIVE
  • 00:15:32.090 --> 00:15:33.120
  • HIM WISDOM AND FAVOR AND CAUSE
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:34.140
  • HIM TO STAND OUT.
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:35.230
  • HE CALLED BACK THE NEXT DAY SO
  • 00:15:35.230 --> 00:15:37.050
  • EXCITED.
  • 00:15:37.050 --> 00:15:38.250
  • EVERYTHING HAD GONE GREAT.
  • 00:15:38.250 --> 00:15:40.120
  • IT LOOKED VERY PROMISING.
  • 00:15:40.120 --> 00:15:41.280
  • THREE WEEKS LATER HE WAS INVITED
  • 00:15:41.280 --> 00:15:43.200
  • BACK FOR A SECOND INTERVIEW.
  • 00:15:43.200 --> 00:15:46.170
  • ONCE AGAIN HE FLEW IN A DAY
  • 00:15:46.170 --> 00:15:47.150
  • EARLY.
  • 00:15:47.150 --> 00:15:48.180
  • WE PRAYED. HE WENT TO THE
  • 00:15:48.180 --> 00:15:50.240
  • INTERVIEW. A FEW HOURS LATER
  • 00:15:50.240 --> 00:15:51.210
  • THEY CALLED HIM BACK IN AND
  • 00:15:51.210 --> 00:15:53.020
  • SAID, "WE REALLY LIKE YOU.
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:54.070
  • YOU'RE VERY TALENTED BUT WE'RE
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:55.200
  • SORRY. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO FIT
  • 00:15:55.200 --> 00:15:57.080
  • WITH OUR ORGANIZATION."
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:15:59.130
  • YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT HIS
  • 00:15:59.130 --> 00:16:00.260
  • WORLD HAD JUST ENDED.
  • 00:16:00.260 --> 00:16:03.060
  • HE WAS SO SET ON HAVING THAT
  • 00:16:03.060 --> 00:16:04.200
  • POSITION.
  • 00:16:04.200 --> 00:16:05.240
  • HE FELT LIKE GOD HAD TOTALLY LET
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:07.060
  • HIM DOWN.
  • 00:16:07.060 --> 00:16:08.210
  • I TOLD HIM WHAT I'M TELLING YOU.
  • 00:16:08.210 --> 00:16:10.130
  • YOU'VE GOT TO TRUST GOD EVEN
  • 00:16:10.130 --> 00:16:11.290
  • WHEN YOU DON'T GET THE ANSWER
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:13.260
  • THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR.
  • 00:16:13.260 --> 00:16:15.270
  • YOU'VE GOT TO BELIEVE THAT GOD
  • 00:16:15.270 --> 00:16:16.200
  • IS IN CONTROL.
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:18.040
  • HE IS DIRECTING YOUR STEPS,
  • 00:16:18.040 --> 00:16:19.190
  • KEEPING YOU ON THE BEST PLAN FOR
  • 00:16:19.190 --> 00:16:21.060
  • YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:21.060 --> 00:16:22.170
  • HE WENT BACK HOME TO HIS CITY
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:23.250
  • VERY, VERY DISAPPOINTED.
  • 00:16:23.250 --> 00:16:26.000
  • SIX MONTHS LATER THE COMPANY HE
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:27.110
  • WAS TRYING TO GET A POSITION
  • 00:16:27.110 --> 00:16:29.080
  • WITH FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY.
  • 00:16:29.080 --> 00:16:32.050
  • IT WAS A BIG SCANDAL ALL OVER
  • 00:16:32.050 --> 00:16:33.160
  • THE NATIONAL NEWS.
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:36.150
  • THE COMPANY ENDED UP TOTALLY
  • 00:16:36.150 --> 00:16:37.160
  • FOLDING.
  • 00:16:37.160 --> 00:16:38.150
  • HERE'S HOW GOOD GOD IS.
  • 00:16:38.150 --> 00:16:39.130
  • HE WAS TWO YEARS AWAY FROM HIS
  • 00:16:39.130 --> 00:16:40.070
  • RETIREMENT.
  • 00:16:40.070 --> 00:16:42.010
  • IF HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN HIRED BY
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:43.000
  • THAT COMPANY HE WOULD NOT ONLY
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:44.180
  • NOT HAVE A JOB BUT HE WOULD HAVE
  • 00:16:44.180 --> 00:16:46.250
  • LOST NEARLY 30 YEARS OF HIS
  • 00:16:46.250 --> 00:16:48.240
  • RETIREMENT BENEFITS.
  • 00:16:48.240 --> 00:16:50.250
  • FRIENDS, GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS
  • 00:16:50.250 --> 00:16:51.210
  • DOING.
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:53.080
  • QUIT FIGHTING AGAINST WHAT
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:54.030
  • DOESN'T GO YOUR WAY.
  • 00:16:54.030 --> 00:16:55.250
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:16:55.250 --> 00:16:57.280
  • QUIT BEING DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:16:58.220
  • YOUR PLANS DIDN'T WORK OUT.
  • 00:16:58.220 --> 00:17:00.220
  • YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND IT NOW
  • 00:17:00.220 --> 00:17:02.140
  • BUT ONE DAY YOU WILL THANK GOD
  • 00:17:02.140 --> 00:17:04.230
  • FOR THOSE CLOSED DOORS.
  • 00:17:04.230 --> 00:17:06.220
  • GOD'S WAYS ARE BETTER THAN OUR
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:07.290
  • WAYS.
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:09.150
  • DON'T TRY TO FIGURE IT ALL OUT.
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:11.060
  • "WELL, JOEL. WHY DIDN'T I GET
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:12.240
  • THE PROMOTION? I HAD THE
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:13.290
  • SENIORITY. I WORKED THE
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:15.080
  • HARDEST. WHY HASN'T GOD
  • 00:17:15.080 --> 00:17:18.070
  • ANSWERED MY PRAYERS?"
  • 00:17:18.070 --> 00:17:19.210
  • LISTEN, JUST AS GOD
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:20.110
  • SUPERNATURALLY OPENS DOORS GOD
  • 00:17:20.110 --> 00:17:21.040
  • WILL SUPERNATURALLY CLOSE DOORS.
  • 00:17:21.040 --> 00:17:22.050
  • WE ALL THANK GOD FOR THE OPEN
  • 00:17:22.050 --> 00:17:23.050
  • DOORS AND THAT'S GOOD.
  • 00:17:23.050 --> 00:17:24.280
  • WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THAT.
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:25.280
  • BUT I'VE LEARNED TO THANK GOD
  • 00:17:25.280 --> 00:17:27.040
  • JUST AS MUCH FOR MY CLOSED
  • 00:17:27.040 --> 00:17:28.190
  • DOORS.
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:30.090
  • WHAT I USED TO SEE AS A
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:31.100
  • DISAPPOINTMENT NOW I SEE AS THE
  • 00:17:31.100 --> 00:17:33.070
  • HAND OF GOD.
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:35.290
  • I REALIZED IF GOD CLOSED IT HE
  • 00:17:35.290 --> 00:17:37.080
  • HAS SOMETHING BETTER IN STORE.
  • 00:17:37.080 --> 00:17:39.220
  • WHY DON'T YOU TRUST HIM?
  • 00:17:39.220 --> 00:17:41.160
  • WHY DON'T YOU ENTER IN TO THAT
  • 00:17:41.160 --> 00:17:42.150
  • REST?
  • 00:17:42.150 --> 00:17:43.220
  • "GOD, YOU KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR
  • 00:17:43.220 --> 00:17:44.270
  • ME. I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE MY WAY
  • 00:17:44.270 --> 00:17:46.150
  • TO BE HAPPY. I KNOW YOUR PLANS
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:48.190
  • ARE BETTER THAN MY PLANS."
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:51.030
  • A FEW YEARS BACK A YOUNG LADY
  • 00:17:51.030 --> 00:17:52.220
  • CAME TO THE ALTAR FOR PRAYER.
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:55.090
  • SHE WAS VERY DISTRAUGHT BECAUSE
  • 00:17:55.090 --> 00:17:56.230
  • HER BOYFRIEND HAD JUST BROKEN UP
  • 00:17:56.230 --> 00:17:57.230
  • WITH HER.
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:17:59.160
  • SHE WAS CERTAIN HE WAS THE MAN
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:00.270
  • OF HER DREAMS AND SHE COULDN'T
  • 00:18:00.270 --> 00:18:02.100
  • LIVE WITHOUT HIM.
  • 00:18:02.100 --> 00:18:04.050
  • WE PRAYED AND ASKED GOD TO
  • 00:18:04.050 --> 00:18:05.140
  • RESTORE THAT RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:18:05.140 --> 00:18:07.080
  • FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, ALMOST
  • 00:18:07.080 --> 00:18:09.000
  • EVERY WEEK SHE WOULD COME BACK
  • 00:18:09.000 --> 00:18:10.240
  • FOR PRAYER.
  • 00:18:10.240 --> 00:18:11.280
  • WE PRAYED AGAIN AND AGAIN.
  • 00:18:11.280 --> 00:18:13.240
  • I TRIED TO TELL HER TO STAY
  • 00:18:13.240 --> 00:18:14.220
  • OPEN.
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:16.030
  • TRUST GOD TO DO IT HIS WAY.
  • 00:18:16.030 --> 00:18:18.020
  • HE KNOWS WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU.
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:19.150
  • SHE DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR ANY OF
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:20.090
  • THAT.
  • 00:18:20.090 --> 00:18:21.050
  • SHE ONLY WANTED GOD TO DO IT HER
  • 00:18:21.050 --> 00:18:22.250
  • WAY.
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:24.010
  • BUT GOD IS SO MERCIFUL.
  • 00:18:24.010 --> 00:18:25.220
  • HE LOVES US SO MUCH.
  • 00:18:25.220 --> 00:18:28.010
  • IF IT'S NOT THE RIGHT THING, GOD
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:28.270
  • WILL KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED EVEN
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:31.050
  • THOUGH WE'RE TRYING TO PRY IT
  • 00:18:31.050 --> 00:18:32.110
  • OPEN.
  • 00:18:32.110 --> 00:18:33.280
  • WE SEE IT AS A BIG
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:34.180
  • DISAPPOINTMENT.
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:35.270
  • "GOD, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU LET ME
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:36.160
  • DOWN. YOU DIDN'T ANSWER MY
  • 00:18:36.160 --> 00:18:38.030
  • PRAYER."
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:39.170
  • THE TRUTH IS GOD WAS DOING US A
  • 00:18:39.170 --> 00:18:40.260
  • FAVOR. HE WAS SAVING US FROM
  • 00:18:40.260 --> 00:18:42.070
  • HEARTACHE AND PAIN.
  • 00:18:42.070 --> 00:18:44.290
  • I DIDN'T SEE HER FOR A LONG
  • 00:18:44.290 --> 00:18:46.150
  • TIME. ABOUT FIVE YEARS LATER I
  • 00:18:46.150 --> 00:18:48.020
  • RAN INTO HER IN THE LOBBY AFTER
  • 00:18:48.020 --> 00:18:50.150
  • THE SERVICE. SHE WAS VERY
  • 00:18:50.150 --> 00:18:51.290
  • HAPPY. SHE HAD A HANDSOME YOUNG
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:53.150
  • MAN BY HER SIDE. A NEWBORN
  • 00:18:53.150 --> 00:18:54.110
  • BABY. COME TO FIND OUT, THEY
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:58.070
  • WERE MARRIED A COUPLE OF YEARS
  • 00:18:58.070 --> 00:18:59.080
  • EARLIER. SHE WAS SO EXCITED.
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:01.210
  • I CONGRATULATED THEM, PRAYED
  • 00:19:01.210 --> 00:19:03.080
  • OVER THE LITTLE BABY.
  • 00:19:03.080 --> 00:19:04.250
  • AT ONE POINT HER HUSBAND STEPPED
  • 00:19:04.250 --> 00:19:06.160
  • AWAY. SHE WHISPERED, "JOEL, YOU
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:08.080
  • REMEMBER THE YOUNG MAN I USED TO
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:09.290
  • HAVE YOU PRAY ABOUT ALL THE
  • 00:19:09.290 --> 00:19:11.220
  • TIME?" I THOUGHT, "YEAH, THE
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:13.030
  • ONE YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT."
  • 00:19:13.030 --> 00:19:14.120
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:16.070
  • SHE TOLD HOW HE HAS BEEN
  • 00:19:16.070 --> 00:19:17.160
  • MARRIED AND DIVORCED TWICE
  • 00:19:17.160 --> 00:19:19.090
  • ALREADY. HE IS CONSTANTLY IN
  • 00:19:19.090 --> 00:19:20.140
  • AND OUT OF TROUBLE, CAN'T HOLD
  • 00:19:20.140 --> 00:19:22.010
  • DOWN A GOOD JOB. I'LL NEVER
  • 00:19:22.010 --> 00:19:24.210
  • FORGET WHAT SHE SAID. "I THANK
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:25.280
  • GOD EVERY DAY THAT HE DIDN'T
  • 00:19:25.280 --> 00:19:27.220
  • ANSWER THOSE PRAYERS."
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:28.260
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:19:28.260 --> 00:19:31.170
  • BUT I WONDER...(APPLAUSE)
  • 00:19:31.170 --> 00:19:33.000
  • ...HOW MANY THINGS ARE WE UPSET
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:34.160
  • OVER WONDERING WHY GOD DIDN'T
  • 00:19:34.160 --> 00:19:36.070
  • ANSWER THAT PRAYER, WHY THE
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:38.100
  • SITUATION DIDN'T CHANGE, WHY THE
  • 00:19:38.100 --> 00:19:40.000
  • DOOR CLOSED.
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:41.210
  • YET, IF GOD WERE TO PULL BACK
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.030
  • THE CURTAIN AND LET US SEE INTO
  • 00:19:43.030 --> 00:19:44.260
  • THE FUTURE WHAT HE CAN SEE WE
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:47.040
  • WOULD REALIZE GOD KNOWS EXACTLY
  • 00:19:47.040 --> 00:19:48.180
  • WHAT HE IS DOING.
  • 00:19:48.180 --> 00:19:50.190
  • GOD HAS OUR BEST INTERESTS AT
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:51.210
  • HEART.
  • 00:19:51.210 --> 00:19:52.270
  • THAT PROMOTION YOU DIDN'T GET
  • 00:19:52.270 --> 00:19:53.280
  • YOU WERE SO DISAPPOINTED.
  • 00:19:53.280 --> 00:19:55.150
  • IT'S BECAUSE GOD HAS SOMETHING
  • 00:19:55.150 --> 00:19:56.090
  • BETTER.
  • 00:19:56.090 --> 00:19:57.080
  • THAT DOOR THAT CLOSED.
  • 00:19:57.080 --> 00:19:58.260
  • WE COULDN'T UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:00.090
  • IT SEEMED LIKE A PERFECT FIT FOR
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:01.100
  • US.
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:02.290
  • BUT SEEING THE BIG PICTURE WE
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:04.010
  • REALIZE THAT ROAD WAS A DEAD
  • 00:20:04.010 --> 00:20:05.200
  • END.
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:06.290
  • IT WAS LEADING TO NOWHERE.
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:08.140
  • THAT TRAFFIC JAM YOU GOT CAUGHT
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:09.230
  • IN.
  • 00:20:09.230 --> 00:20:10.280
  • YOU WERE SO STRESSED OUT.
  • 00:20:10.280 --> 00:20:11.210
  • IT WAS SAVING YOU FROM AN
  • 00:20:11.210 --> 00:20:13.010
  • ACCIDENT.
  • 00:20:13.010 --> 00:20:13.290
  • THAT PERSON THAT WALKED OUT ON
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:15.010
  • YOU.
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:15.210
  • IT'S VERY PAINFUL BUT IF THEY
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:16.280
  • HADN'T LEFT YOU WOULDN'T MEET
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:18.230
  • THE RIGHT PERSON GOD HAS IN YOUR
  • 00:20:18.230 --> 00:20:20.090
  • FUTURE.
  • 00:20:20.090 --> 00:20:22.030
  • I'M ASKING YOU TO QUIT FIGHTING
  • 00:20:22.030 --> 00:20:23.260
  • AGAINST EVERYTHING YOU DON'T
  • 00:20:23.260 --> 00:20:25.140
  • LIKE.
  • 00:20:25.140 --> 00:20:26.190
  • IT'S NOT HAPPENING TO YOU.
  • 00:20:26.190 --> 00:20:28.000
  • IT'S HAPPENING FOR YOU.
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  • WHEN YOU'RE AT REST YOU'RE
  • 00:20:29.250 --> 00:20:30.210
  • PASSING THE TEST.
  • 00:20:30.210 --> 00:20:32.140
  • A FRIEND OF MINE WENT UP TO THE
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:33.280
  • MALL RECENTLY TO RETURN AN ITEM.
  • 00:20:34.170 --> 00:20:37.170
  • SHE HAD HER LITTLE NEWBORN BABY
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:39.000
  • IN THE BACKSEAT.
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:40.210
  • WHEN SHE PULLED IN THE PARKING
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:41.220
  • LOT SHE NOTICED THIS LADY WAS
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:43.080
  • ABOUT TO PULL OUT AND SHE WAITED
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:44.190
  • THERE AND WAITED AND WAITED AND
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:47.080
  • WAITED.
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:48.090
  • THE LADY WAS TAKING FOREVER.
  • 00:20:48.090 --> 00:20:50.000
  • THE LONGER SHE WAITED THE MORE
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:51.040
  • FRUSTRATED SHE BECAME.
  • 00:20:51.040 --> 00:20:52.260
  • SHE THOUGHT, "COME ON, LADY.
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:53.230
  • I KNOW YOU CAN SEE ME.
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:55.090
  • WHAT COULD BE TAKING YOU SO
  • 00:20:55.090 --> 00:20:56.090
  • LONG?"
  • 00:20:56.090 --> 00:20:57.120
  • AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES SHE GOT
  • 00:20:57.120 --> 00:20:58.120
  • AGGRAVATED AND JUST DROVE OFF,
  • 00:20:58.120 --> 00:21:00.030
  • WENT AND PARKED AT THE VERY END
  • 00:21:00.030 --> 00:21:01.230
  • OF THE ROAD.
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:03.140
  • SHE GOT OUT AND GOT HER LITTLE
  • 00:21:03.140 --> 00:21:04.170
  • BABY AND HEADED TOWARD THE
  • 00:21:04.170 --> 00:21:05.210
  • STORE.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:07.050
  • WHEN SHE GOT TO THE FRONT OF THE
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:08.030
  • STORE SHE REALIZED SHE HAD
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:09.190
  • FORGOTTEN THE ITEM THAT SHE
  • 00:21:09.190 --> 00:21:10.230
  • WANTED TO TAKE BACK.
  • 00:21:10.230 --> 00:21:12.200
  • SHE WAS ALREADY FRUSTRATED.
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:14.000
  • SHE THOUGHT, "THIS IS JUST NOT
  • 00:21:14.000 --> 00:21:15.060
  • MY DAY. NOTHING IS GOING MY
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:17.170
  • WAY."
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:18.290
  • SHE WALKED ALL THE WAY BACK TO
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:19.280
  • HER CAR, A LONG WAY, WITH HER
  • 00:21:19.280 --> 00:21:21.220
  • BABY, GOT THE ITEM SHE NEEDED,
  • 00:21:21.220 --> 00:21:23.180
  • TURNED BACK AND STARTED WALKING
  • 00:21:23.180 --> 00:21:24.210
  • TOWARD THE STORE.
  • 00:21:24.210 --> 00:21:26.270
  • WHEN SHE GOT ABOUT HALFWAY THERE
  • 00:21:26.270 --> 00:21:28.080
  • THIS CAR CAME AROUND IN A BIG
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:29.080
  • RUSH, ROLLED DOWN THE WINDOW AND
  • 00:21:29.080 --> 00:21:31.030
  • SAID, "HEY! DON'T GO IN THE
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:32.140
  • STORE. THERE'S A DERANGED MAN
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:33.280
  • IN THERE WITH A GUN TAKING
  • 00:21:33.280 --> 00:21:36.260
  • PEOPLE HOSTAGE."
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:38.160
  • IN LESS THAN A MINUTE THERE WERE
  • 00:21:38.160 --> 00:21:39.240
  • A DOZEN POLICE CARS, SWAT TEAM,
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:42.160
  • HELICOPTER, SURROUNDING THAT
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:44.040
  • PLACE TRYING TO GET THE PEOPLE
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:45.100
  • OUT SAFELY.
  • 00:21:45.100 --> 00:21:46.280
  • WITHOUT THAT DELAY SHE COULD
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:48.170
  • HAVE BEEN IN THERE WITH HER
  • 00:21:48.170 --> 00:21:50.140
  • NEWBORN BABY TRAPPED WITH THAT
  • 00:21:50.140 --> 00:21:52.120
  • DERANGED MAN.
  • 00:21:52.120 --> 00:21:54.120
  • WHAT AM I SAYING?
  • 00:21:54.120 --> 00:21:55.110
  • DON'T FIGHT YOUR DELAYS.
  • 00:21:55.110 --> 00:21:56.270
  • DON'T FIGHT THE INCONVENIENCES.
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:21:58.150
  • DON'T FIGHT WHEN YOU GET CAUGHT
  • 00:21:58.150 --> 00:21:59.120
  • BY THAT TRAIN.
  • 00:21:59.120 --> 00:22:00.250
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:03.060
  • YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND IT BUT
  • 00:22:03.060 --> 00:22:04.150
  • GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING.
  • 00:22:04.150 --> 00:22:06.080
  • HE CAN SEE THE BIG PICTURE.
  • 00:22:06.080 --> 00:22:07.260
  • DARE TO TRUST HIM.
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:09.180
  • PROVERBS 20 SAYS, "SINCE THE
  • 00:22:09.180 --> 00:22:11.090
  • LORD IS DIRECTING OUR STEPS WHY
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:14.000
  • DO WE TRY TO FIGURE OUT
  • 00:22:14.000 --> 00:22:15.150
  • EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS ALONG
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:16.120
  • THE WAY?"
  • 00:22:16.120 --> 00:22:18.210
  • YOU MAY NEVER KNOW WHY YOU HAD A
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:20.000
  • DELAY, A DISAPPOINTMENT, A
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:22.000
  • SETBACK, BUT WHEN YOU REALLY
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:23.210
  • BELIEVE THAT THE CREATOR OF THE
  • 00:22:23.210 --> 00:22:25.160
  • UNIVERSE HAS YOU IN THE PALM OF
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:27.090
  • HIS HAND THEN YOU CAN STAY IN
  • 00:22:27.090 --> 00:22:29.130
  • PEACE EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:30.220
  • UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 00:22:30.220 --> 00:22:32.080
  • THAT'S WHAT FAITH IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:22:32.080 --> 00:22:33.220
  • I KNOW A GENTLEMAN THAT DOES
  • 00:22:33.220 --> 00:22:35.290
  • MISSIONARY WORK IN AFRICA.
  • 00:22:35.290 --> 00:22:37.130
  • HE WAS SUPPOSED TO CATCH AN
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:39.010
  • EARLY MORNING FLIGHT THE NEXT
  • 00:22:39.010 --> 00:22:40.100
  • DAY TO COME BACK HOME.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:42.250
  • THE PERSON TAKING HIM HAD CAR
  • 00:22:42.250 --> 00:22:44.090
  • TROUBLE AND HE ENDED UP MISSING
  • 00:22:44.090 --> 00:22:46.040
  • THAT FLIGHT.
  • 00:22:46.040 --> 00:22:47.170
  • HE WAS VERY UPSET BECAUSE IT WAS
  • 00:22:47.170 --> 00:22:48.240
  • GOING TO TAKE HIM ANOTHER WEEK
  • 00:22:48.240 --> 00:22:50.070
  • TO GET HOME FROM THAT SMALL
  • 00:22:50.070 --> 00:22:51.080
  • CITY.
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:52.200
  • HE WENT BACK TO THE HOTEL A
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:53.260
  • LITTLE LATER THAT AFTERNOON,
  • 00:22:53.260 --> 00:22:55.020
  • FLIPPED ON THE NEWS.
  • 00:22:55.020 --> 00:22:56.130
  • THE PLANE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
  • 00:22:56.130 --> 00:22:57.130
  • ON HAD CRASHED INTO THE
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:59.000
  • MOUNTAINSIDE.
  • 00:22:59.000 --> 00:23:00.290
  • SOME OF THE VERY THINGS THAT WE
  • 00:23:00.290 --> 00:23:02.290
  • FIGHT AGAINST, THE THINGS THAT
  • 00:23:02.290 --> 00:23:04.050
  • FRUSTRATE US, GOD HAS ORDAINED
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:06.110
  • THEM TO KEEP US FROM ACCIDENT
  • 00:23:06.110 --> 00:23:08.090
  • AND HARM.
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:09.200
  • THEY'RE CALLED DIVINE DELAYS.
  • 00:23:09.200 --> 00:23:12.040
  • YOUR PLANS ARE INTERRUPTED ON
  • 00:23:12.040 --> 00:23:13.260
  • PURPOSE.
  • 00:23:13.260 --> 00:23:15.080
  • SINCE THE LORD IS DIRECTING OUR
  • 00:23:15.080 --> 00:23:16.170
  • STEPS DON'T FIGHT IT.
  • 00:23:16.170 --> 00:23:19.120
  • IT'S NOT ALWAYS GOING TO MAKE
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:20.000
  • SENSE.
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:21.220
  • I TURNED 50 YEARS OLD IN MARCH
  • 00:23:21.220 --> 00:23:22.210
  • OF THIS YEAR.
  • 00:23:22.210 --> 00:23:24.120
  • MY...(APPLAUSE) THANK YOU. THANK
  • 00:23:25.230 --> 00:23:28.080
  • THOUGHT. ALL RIGHT. COME ON.
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:32.220
  • I WAS REFLECTING BACK OVER MY
  • 00:23:32.220 --> 00:23:34.040
  • LIFE AND JUST THINKING ABOUT
  • 00:23:34.040 --> 00:23:35.070
  • WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:36.130
  • DIFFERENTLY, WHAT COULD I HAVE
  • 00:23:36.130 --> 00:23:37.180
  • DONE BETTER.
  • 00:23:37.180 --> 00:23:38.190
  • I HAVE NO BIG REGRETS.
  • 00:23:38.190 --> 00:23:40.130
  • I'VE LIVED A HAPPY, BLESSED
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:41.130
  • LIFE.
  • 00:23:41.130 --> 00:23:42.220
  • BUT ONE ADJUSTMENT I WOULD HAVE
  • 00:23:42.220 --> 00:23:44.000
  • MADE IS I WOULD HAVE TRUSTED GOD
  • 00:23:44.000 --> 00:23:46.050
  • MORE.
  • 00:23:46.050 --> 00:23:47.140
  • I WOULDN'T HAVE WORRIED ABOUT
  • 00:23:47.140 --> 00:23:48.140
  • THINGS THAT I COULDN'T CHANGE.
  • 00:23:48.140 --> 00:23:50.030
  • I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN STRESSED
  • 00:23:50.030 --> 00:23:51.200
  • OUT WHEN MY PLANS DIDN'T WORK
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:52.250
  • OUT.
  • 00:23:52.250 --> 00:23:54.030
  • I WOULDN'T HAVE STAYED AWAKE AT
  • 00:23:54.030 --> 00:23:55.010
  • NIGHT WONDERING HOW WE'RE GOING
  • 00:23:55.010 --> 00:23:56.060
  • TO RAISE THE FUNDS AND WHAT AM I
  • 00:23:56.060 --> 00:23:57.210
  • GOING TO SPEAK ON NEXT WEEK.
  • 00:23:57.210 --> 00:23:59.160
  • I WOULD HAVE ENTERED INTO THIS
  • 00:23:59.160 --> 00:24:01.110
  • PLACE OF REST.
  • 00:24:01.110 --> 00:24:02.280
  • SOME OF YOU ARE ALWAYS FIGHTING,
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:04.270
  • WORRIED, UPTIGHT, DON'T LIKE
  • 00:24:04.270 --> 00:24:06.250
  • WHERE YOU ARE, DON'T LIKE THE
  • 00:24:06.250 --> 00:24:08.100
  • JOB, DON'T LIKE THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:24:08.100 --> 00:24:10.020
  • WHY DON'T YOU TRY A DIFFERENT
  • 00:24:10.020 --> 00:24:11.070
  • APPROACH?
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:12.210
  • THIS WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF
  • 00:24:12.210 --> 00:24:13.190
  • FRUSTRATION.
  • 00:24:13.190 --> 00:24:14.240
  • EMBRACE WHERE YOU ARE.
  • 00:24:14.240 --> 00:24:16.210
  • EVEN WHEN IT'S UNCOMFORTABLE.
  • 00:24:16.210 --> 00:24:18.190
  • EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T LIKE IT.
  • 00:24:18.190 --> 00:24:20.060
  • STAY IN PEACE.
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:21.070
  • KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE.
  • 00:24:21.070 --> 00:24:22.210
  • WHEN YOU DO THAT GOD IS USING IT
  • 00:24:22.210 --> 00:24:24.060
  • TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.
  • 00:24:24.060 --> 00:24:25.200
  • YOU'RE GROWING.
  • 00:24:25.200 --> 00:24:26.190
  • YOU'RE DEVELOPING CHARACTER.
  • 00:24:26.190 --> 00:24:28.060
  • IT'S POSITIONING YOU FOR THE
  • 00:24:28.060 --> 00:24:29.130
  • AMAZING FUTURE GOD HAS IN STORE.
  • 00:24:29.130 --> 00:24:32.100
  • IF YOU WILL ENTER INTO THIS REST
  • 00:24:32.100 --> 00:24:34.010
  • AND NOT FIGHT AGAINST EVERYTHING
  • 00:24:34.010 --> 00:24:35.210
  • YOU'LL NOT ONLY ENJOY YOUR LIFE
  • 00:24:35.210 --> 00:24:37.160
  • MORE BUT I BELIEVE AND DECLARE,
  • 00:24:37.160 --> 00:24:39.170
  • JUST LIKE DAVID, YOU'RE GOING TO
  • 00:24:39.170 --> 00:24:41.120
  • STEP INTO THE FULLNESS OF YOUR
  • 00:24:41.120 --> 00:24:42.260
  • DESTINY.
  • 00:24:42.260 --> 00:24:44.070
  • GOD IS GOING TO TAKE YOU FURTHER
  • 00:24:44.070 --> 00:24:45.240
  • THAN YOU'VE IMAGINED, OPENING
  • 00:24:45.240 --> 00:24:47.100
  • DOORS THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT.
  • 00:24:47.100 --> 00:24:49.280
  • YOU'RE GOING TO OVERCOME EVERY
  • 00:24:49.280 --> 00:24:50.240
  • OBSTACLE, ACCOMPLISH EVERY DREAM
  • 00:24:50.240 --> 00:24:53.010
  • AND BECOME EVERYTHING THAT GOD
  • 00:24:53.010 --> 00:24:54.120
  • HAS CREATED YOU TO BE.
  • 00:24:54.120 --> 00:24:56.060
  • IN JESUS' NAME.
  • 00:24:56.060 --> 00:24:57.070
  • IF YOU RECEIVE IT CAN YOU SAY,
  • 00:24:57.070 --> 00:24:58.090
  • "AMEN" TODAY? (AMEN.)
  • 00:24:58.090 --> 00:25:00.030
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:01.270
  • WE NEVER LIKE TO CLOSE OUR
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  • 00:25:02.180 --> 00:25:04.050
  • OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE JESUS THE
  • 00:25:04.050 --> 00:25:05.130
  • LORD OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:05.130 --> 00:25:06.220
  • WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME?
  • 00:25:06.220 --> 00:25:08.000
  • JUST SAY, "LORD JESUS,
  • 00:25:08.000 --> 00:25:09.130
  • I REPENT OF MY SINS.
  • 00:25:09.130 --> 00:25:11.220
  • COME IN TO MY HEART.
  • 00:25:11.220 --> 00:25:14.010
  • I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND SAVIOR."
  • 00:25:14.010 --> 00:25:16.270
  • FRIENDS, IF YOU PRAYED THAT
  • 00:25:16.270 --> 00:25:18.140
  • SIMPLE PRAYER WE BELIEVE YOU GOT
  • 00:25:18.140 --> 00:25:19.290
  • BORN AGAIN.
  • 00:25:19.290 --> 00:25:21.230
  • GET IN A GOOD BIBLE-BASED
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  • CHURCH.
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:23.160
  • KEEP GOD FIRST PLACE.
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:24.280
  • HE WILL TAKE YOU PLACES THAT
  • 00:25:24.280 --> 00:25:26.060
  • YOU'VE NEVER DREAMED OF.
  • 00:25:26.060 --> 00:25:27.080
  • > ANNCR: AS A THANK YOU
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  • MINISTRY THIS MONTH,
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  • 00:25:35.150 --> 00:25:37.050
  • IN THE STORM."
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:39.050
  • IN THIS NEW SERIES, YOU'LL
  • 00:25:39.050 --> 00:25:40.090
  • LEARN THAT YOU DON'T HAVE
  • 00:25:40.090 --> 00:25:41.190
  • TO STAY STUCK IN DEFEAT WHEN
  • 00:25:41.190 --> 00:25:43.050
  • THE WINDS AND STORMS COME.
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  • YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STAY
  • 00:25:44.280 --> 00:25:46.110
  • STRONG REGARDLESS OF WHAT
  • 00:25:46.110 --> 00:25:48.020
  • COMES AGAINST YOU.
  • 00:25:48.020 --> 00:25:49.180
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  • IN EVERY SITUATION AND
  • 00:25:51.070 --> 00:25:52.280
  • > VICTORIA: WE CAN'T CONTROL
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  • EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS
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  • TO US BUT WE CAN CONTROL
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  • HOW WE RESPOND. IN DIFFICULT
  • 00:25:58.160 --> 00:26:00.080
  • TIMES, WE DON'T HAVE TO GET
  • 00:26:00.080 --> 00:26:01.190
  • UPSET. WE CAN STAY IN PEACE
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  • KNOWING THAT GOD PROMISED ALL
  • 00:26:03.050 --> 00:26:05.160
  • THINGS ARE GOING TO WORK OUT
  • 00:26:05.160 --> 00:26:06.240
  • FOR OUR GOOD.
  • 00:26:06.240 --> 00:26:08.130
  • > JOEL: THAT DIFFICULTY IS
  • 00:26:08.130 --> 00:26:09.120
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  • 00:26:09.120 --> 00:26:10.210
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  • MASTERPIECE.
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  • IN THIS BOOK, I'LL SHOW
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  • YOU HOW TO SEE YOURSELF
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  • THE RIGHT WAY. HOW TO
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  • LIVE HAPPY EACH DAY.
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  • HOW TO STIR UP THE
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  • GREATNESS IN YOU SO
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  • THAT YOU CAN LIVE THE
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  • EXCEPTIONAL LIFE.
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  • "EXCEPTIONAL YOU!"
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  • NOW AVAILABLE AT
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