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It's Only a Test

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July 8, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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It's Only a Test

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL, GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • IT'S ALWAYS A JOY TO COME INTO
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  • YOUR HOMES.
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  • WE LOVE YOU.
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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.
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  • I PROMISE YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU
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  • FEEL RIGHT AT HOME.
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  • BUT THANKS SO MUCH FOR TUNING
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  • IN.
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  • THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING OUT
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  • TODAY.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY EACH WEEK.
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  • THIS IS JUST A JOKE.
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  • PLEASE DON'T BE OFFENDED.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • I HEARD ABOUT THIS BLONDE LADY.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • THAT'S WHAT GETS ME INTO
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  • TROUBLE.
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  • BUT THIS BLONDE LADY WAS
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  • SPEEDING DOWN THE FREEWAY WHEN
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  • SHE WAS PULLED OVER BY A FEMALE
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  • POLICE OFFICER WHO ALSO HAPPENED
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  • TO BE BLONDE.
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  • THE OFFICER ASKED TO SEE HER
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  • DRIVER'S LICENSE.
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  • THE LADY DUG AND DUG THROUGH HER
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  • PURSE GETTING MORE AND MORE
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  • AGITATED.
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  • FINALLY SAID TO THE OFFICER,
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  • "WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?"
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  • THE OFFICER SAID, "IT'S JUST A
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  • LITTLE SQUARE THAT'S GOT YOUR
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  • PICTURE ON IT."
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  • THE LADY FOUND A MIRROR IN HER
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  • PURSE AND SAW HERSELF IN IT AND
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  • SAID, "OH!" AND HANDED IT TO
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  • THE OFFICER.
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  • THE OFFICER LOOKED AT THE MIRROR
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  • AND SAW HERSELF AND HANDED IT
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  • BACK AND SAID, "YOU CAN GO.
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  • I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU WERE A
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  • POLICE OFFICER."
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  • (LAUGHTER/APPLAUSE)
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  • HOLD UP YOUR BIBLE.
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  • I'M GOING TO NEED A RIDE HOME
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  • TODAY. (LAUGHTER)
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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 THE WORD
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  • 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 IT'S ONLY A TEST.
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  • WE ALL FACE SITUATIONS THAT ARE
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  • UNCOMFORTABLE.
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  • WE'RE NOT GETTING OUR WAY.
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  • WE'RE DEALING WITH A PERSON
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  • THAT'S HARD TO GET ALONG WITH.
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  • WE GET CAUGHT BY THE TRAIN
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  • DRIVING TO WORK.
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  • MISSED THE MORNING APPOINTMENT.
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  • AS MUCH AS WE DON'T LIKE IT, GOD
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  • ALLOWS UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATIONS.
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  • WHEN WE'RE PUT UNDER PRESSURE IT
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  • SHOWS WHAT WE'RE MADE OF.
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  • THESE TESTS BRING TO LIGHT
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  • IMPURITIES IN OUR CHARACTER THAT
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  • WE NEED TO DEAL WITH.
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  • PETER SAID TO JESUS, "I'LL
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  • NEVER DENY YOU. I'M YOUR BEST
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  • FRIEND. I'LL BE LOYAL TO THE
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  • VERY END."
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  • PETER'S HEART WAS RIGHT.
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  • HE HAD GOOD INTENTIONS BUT WHEN
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  • HE WAS PUT UNDER PRESSURE IT WAS
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  • A DIFFERENT STORY.
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  • HE DENIED THREE TIMES THAT HE
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  • KNEW CHRIST.
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  • IT'S NOT THAT GOD JUST WANTS US
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  • TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE.
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  • THESE TESTS ARE BENEFICIAL.
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  • THEY SHOW US WEAKNESSES IN OUR
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  • CHARACTER.
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  • LIKE PETER, AREAS THAT ARE
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  • KEEPING US FROM BEING OUR BEST.
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  • AND IF WE'LL BE WILLING TO MAKE
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  • ADJUSTMENTS, IMPROVEMENTS, LET
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  • GOD REFINE US, THEN WE'LL PASS
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  • THE TESTS.
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  • THAT'S WHEN PROMOTION COMES.
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  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN FIRST
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  • PETER, "DON'T BE AMAZED AT THE
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  • FIERY ORDEAL THAT IS TAKING
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  • PLACE TO TEST YOUR QUALITY."
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  • NOTICE THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIAL
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  • IS TO TEST YOUR CHARACTER.
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  • EVERY TRAFFIC JAM, EVERY PERSON
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  • THAT IRRITATES YOU, EVERY TIME
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  • YOU'RE TEMPTED TO WORRY, TO BE
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  • CRITICAL, TO BE JEALOUS, TO GET
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  • DISCOURAGED, THOSE ARE NOT JUST
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  • RANDOM TRIALS.
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  • THAT IS GOD TESTING YOUR
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  • QUALITY.
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  • IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO
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  • GROW.
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  • IN THE DIFFICULT TIMES WE SHOW
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  • GOD WHAT WE'RE MADE OF.
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  • MANY PEOPLE GET STUCK AT THE
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  • SAME LEVEL BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT
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  • DEALING WITH WHAT GOD BRINGS TO
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  • LIGHT.
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  • THE NEXT TIME YOU GET CAUGHT IN
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  • TRAFFIC, INSTEAD OF FIGHTING
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  • AGAINST IT, BEING ALL UPSET, TRY
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  • A DIFFERENT APPROACH.
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  • SAY, "I REALIZE THIS IS ONLY A
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  • TEST. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY
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  • FOR ME TO COME UP HIGHER.
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  • I'M GOING TO KEEP MY PEACE AND
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  • JUST GO WITH THE FLOW."
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  • THAT'S PASSING THE TEST.
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  • WHEN YOU GO THROUGH A
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  • DISAPPOINTMENT, SOMETHING UNFAIR
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  • HAPPENS, INSTEAD OF BEING
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  • DISCOURAGED, LIVING IN
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  • SELF-PITY, "NO, I REALIZE THIS
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  • IS ONLY A TEST. I'M GOING TO
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  • KEEP MY JOY. GOD IS STILL ON
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  • THE THRONE. HE'S GOT SOMETHING
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  • AMAZING IN MY FUTURE."
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  • THAT'S PASSING THE TEST.
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  • THAT'S HOW GOD REFINES US.
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  • BUT SO OFTEN WE TRY TO PRAY
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  • AWAY WHAT GOD WANTS TO USE.
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  • "GOD I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PUT UP
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  • WITH THIS GROUCHY BOSS.
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  • HE'S GETTING ON MY NERVES.
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  • HE IRRITATES ME."
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  • HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT GOD MAY
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  • HAVE YOU THERE ON PURPOSE TO DO
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  • A WORK IN YOU, TO TEST YOUR
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  • QUALITY?
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  • YOU MAY NOT LIKE IT BUT THAT
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  • BOSS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
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  • TO GROW.
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  • THAT BOSS IS LIKE SANDPAPER THAT
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  • CAN RUB THE ROUGH EDGES OFF OF
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  • YOU.
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  • GOD USES THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIFE,
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  • OUR SPOUSE, OUR CHILDREN, OUR
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  • FRIENDS, TO SHOW US AREAS WE
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  • NEED TO IMPROVE IN.
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  • WE PRAY, "GOD, YOU HAVE GOT TO
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  • CHANGE THESE CHILDREN.
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  • THEY'RE ABOUT TO DRIVE ME
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  • CRAZY."
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  • AND SAY, "GOD, HOW CAN I
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  • CAN I LEARN TO BE MORE PATIENT,
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  • MORE UNDERSTANDING, MORE
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  • FORGIVING?
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  • DON'T EVER ASK GOD TO CHANGE
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  • SOMEBODY ELSE WITHOUT FIRST
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  • ASKING GOD TO CHANGE YOU.
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  • "WELL, JOEL. MY SPOUSE KNOWS
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  • HOW TO PUSH JUST THE RIGHT
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  • BUTTONS. HE AGGRAVATES ME.
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  • SHE GETS ME SO UPSET."
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  • THAT MAY BE TRUE BUT IT'S ONLY A
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  • TEST.
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  • IF YOU'LL START RULING OVER YOUR
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  • EMOTIONS, EXERCISING
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  • SELF-CONTROL, BEFORE LONG THOSE
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  • BUTTONS WON'T WORK ANYMORE.
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  • THEY CAN PUSH ALL THEY WANT.
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  • IT DOESN'T AFFECT YOU.
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  • THEY DIDN'T CHANGE BUT YOU'VE
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  • CHANGED.
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  • YOU LET GOD REFINE YOU.
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  • WHAT HAPPENED?
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  • YOUR QUALITY CAME UP HIGHER.
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  • EVERY TIME YOU OVERLOOK AN
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  • OFFENSE YOU'RE PASSING THE TEST.
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  • EVERY TIME YOU BITE YOUR TONGUE
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  • WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE ARGUING
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  • YOU'RE PASSING THE TEST.
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  • WHEN YOU LET SOMEONE ELSE BE
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  • RIGHT EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW
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  • THEY'RE WRONG, THAT'S PASSING
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  • THE TEST.
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  • WHEN YOU DO THAT, THAT'S
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  • ALLOWING GOD TO MAKE YOU AND
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  • MOLD YOU INTO WHO HE WANTS YOU
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  • TO BE.
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  • I'VE LEARNED GOD IS MORE
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  • INTERESTED IN CHANGING ME THAN
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  • HE IS IN CHANGING MY
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  • CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • AND YES, GOD WILL CHANGE THE
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  • CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • GOD WILL CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • BUT YOU HAVE TO LOOK INSIDE AND
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  • SAY, "WHERE CAN I COME UP
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  • HIGHER?"
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  • I KNOW PEOPLE THEY'RE DEALING
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  • WITH THE SAME ISSUES YEAR AFTER
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  • YEAR: ARGUING WITH THEIR SPOUSE
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  • OVER THE SAME PETTY THINGS,
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  • GETTING UPSET EVERY TIME THEY
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  • DON'T GET THEIR WAY, STRESSED
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  • OUT EVERY TIME THEY GET CAUGHT
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  • IN TRAFFIC.
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  • THEY WONDER, "GOD, WHEN ARE YOU
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  • GOING TO CHANGE THIS? WHEN ARE
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  • YOU GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER?"
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  • NO, GOD IS NOT GOING TO REMOVE
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  • IT.
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  • HE WANTS TO DO A WORK IN YOU.
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  • YOU'VE GOT TO STAY PLIABLE.
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  • YOU'VE GOT TO BE WILLING TO MAKE
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  • ADJUSTMENTS.
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  • SOMETIMES YOU'LL EVEN HAVE TO
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  • SOW A RADICAL SEED OF OBEDIENCE.
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  • THAT MEANS YOU'VE GOT TO DO THE
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  • RIGHT THING WHEN IT'S HARD.
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  • IT'S HARD TO BE KIND TO SOMEONE
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  • WHEN THEY'RE BEING RUDE TO YOU.
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  • IT'S HARD TO BE HAPPY FOR THEM
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  • WHEN THEY GOT THE PROMOTION YOU
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  • WANTED.
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  • IT'S HARD TO STAY IN PEACE WHEN
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  • THE TRAFFIC IS SLOWING DOWN AND
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  • YOUR PLANE LEAVES IN 30 MINUTES.
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  • BUT WHEN YOU SOW A RADICAL SEED
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  • OF OBEDIENCE, YOU DO THE RIGHT
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  • THING WHEN IT'S HARD, YOU WILL
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  • REAP A RADICAL HARVEST.
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  • ANY TIME WE'RE GOING TO GO UP
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  • HIGHER, PART OF OUR FLESH HAS TO
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  • GO DOWN LOWER.
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  • WE'LL NEVER SEE OUR CHARACTER
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  • FULLY DEVELOPED IF WE'RE GETTING
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  • OUR WAY ALL THE TIME.
  • 00:06:56.240 --> 00:06:58.040
  • THE NEXT TIME YOU FIND YOURSELF
  • 00:06:58.040 --> 00:06:59.220
  • IN A SITUATION THAT'S
  • 00:06:59.220 --> 00:07:00.290
  • UNCOMFORTABLE, YOU DON'T LIKE
  • 00:07:00.290 --> 00:07:02.250
  • IT, INSTEAD OF FIGHTING AGAINST
  • 00:07:02.250 --> 00:07:04.030
  • IT, HAVE THE ATTITUDE, "I MUST
  • 00:07:04.030 --> 00:07:05.280
  • NEED THIS OR I WOULDN'T BE
  • 00:07:05.280 --> 00:07:07.180
  • HERE."
  • 00:07:07.180 --> 00:07:09.050
  • SEE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME
  • 00:07:09.050 --> 00:07:10.110
  • UP HIGHER.
  • 00:07:10.110 --> 00:07:11.290
  • MAYBE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS ARE
  • 00:07:11.290 --> 00:07:12.200
  • GETTING MARRIED.
  • 00:07:12.200 --> 00:07:13.190
  • YOU'RE STILL SINGLE.
  • 00:07:13.190 --> 00:07:14.230
  • YOU HAVEN'T MET ANYONE.
  • 00:07:14.230 --> 00:07:16.010
  • THAT'S A TEST.
  • 00:07:16.010 --> 00:07:17.170
  • HAVE THE ATTITUDE, "NO BIG DEAL.
  • 00:07:17.170 --> 00:07:19.100
  • I'M NOT GOING TO LIVE
  • 00:07:19.100 --> 00:07:20.080
  • DISCOURAGED. I KNOW GOD IS
  • 00:07:20.080 --> 00:07:21.200
  • WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES AND
  • 00:07:21.200 --> 00:07:23.150
  • AT THE RIGHT TIME HE WILL BRING
  • 00:07:23.150 --> 00:07:24.290
  • THE PERFECT PERSON INTO MY
  • 00:07:24.290 --> 00:07:25.250
  • LIFE."
  • 00:07:25.250 --> 00:07:27.050
  • PASS THAT TEST.
  • 00:07:27.050 --> 00:07:28.150
  • MAYBE YOU'RE STANDING WITH A
  • 00:07:28.150 --> 00:07:29.100
  • GROUP OF FRIENDS AND THEY START
  • 00:07:29.100 --> 00:07:30.220
  • TO TALK BAD ABOUT SOMEONE, START
  • 00:07:30.220 --> 00:07:32.190
  • TO GOSSIP.
  • 00:07:32.190 --> 00:07:34.120
  • UNDERSTAND IT'S NOT A
  • 00:07:34.120 --> 00:07:35.130
  • COINCIDENCE THAT YOU'RE THERE.
  • 00:07:35.130 --> 00:07:37.110
  • YOU ARE THERE SO YOU CAN SHOW
  • 00:07:37.110 --> 00:07:38.140
  • GOD YOUR QUALITY.
  • 00:07:38.140 --> 00:07:40.240
  • YOU CAN PROVE TO HIM YOU'RE
  • 00:07:40.240 --> 00:07:42.030
  • GOING TO TAKE THE HIGH ROAD AND
  • 00:07:42.030 --> 00:07:43.210
  • NOT SAY SOMETHING THAT COULD
  • 00:07:43.210 --> 00:07:44.290
  • DAMAGE THEIR REPUTATION.
  • 00:07:44.290 --> 00:07:47.060
  • MAYBE THE PERSON THEY'RE TALKING
  • 00:07:47.060 --> 00:07:48.180
  • ABOUT HAS DONE YOU WRONG.
  • 00:07:48.180 --> 00:07:50.130
  • YOU KNOW SOME JUICY INFORMATION.
  • 00:07:50.130 --> 00:07:53.020
  • IT COULD REALLY MAKE THEM LOOK
  • 00:07:53.020 --> 00:07:53.230
  • BAD.
  • 00:07:53.230 --> 00:07:55.140
  • IN YOUR MIND YOU COULD JUSTIFY
  • 00:07:55.140 --> 00:07:56.170
  • IT.
  • 00:07:56.170 --> 00:07:57.160
  • YOU CAN THINK OF A THOUSAND
  • 00:07:57.160 --> 00:07:58.160
  • REASONS WHY IT WOULD BE OKAY.
  • 00:07:58.160 --> 00:07:59.190
  • NO, YOU'VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT
  • 00:07:59.190 --> 00:08:01.030
  • IS A TEST.
  • 00:08:01.030 --> 00:08:03.290
  • THAT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO
  • 00:08:03.290 --> 00:08:05.050
  • COME UP HIGHER.
  • 00:08:05.050 --> 00:08:07.050
  • IF YOU WILL BITE YOUR TONGUE,
  • 00:08:07.050 --> 00:08:08.090
  • COVER THE OFFENSE, THEN YOU'VE
  • 00:08:08.090 --> 00:08:09.210
  • PASSED THE TEST.
  • 00:08:09.210 --> 00:08:11.210
  • THAT'S WHAT PUTS YOU IN POSITION
  • 00:08:11.210 --> 00:08:12.140
  • FOR PROMOTION.
  • 00:08:12.140 --> 00:08:15.000
  • BUT IF YOU GIVE IN, TALK BAD
  • 00:08:15.000 --> 00:08:16.230
  • ABOUT THEM, FAIL THE TEST, THE
  • 00:08:16.230 --> 00:08:18.100
  • GOOD NEWS IS GOD DOESN'T WRITE
  • 00:08:18.100 --> 00:08:19.240
  • US OFF.
  • 00:08:19.240 --> 00:08:21.200
  • HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER
  • 00:08:21.200 --> 00:08:22.220
  • OPPORTUNITY.
  • 00:08:22.220 --> 00:08:24.000
  • YOU'LL GET TO TAKE THE TEST
  • 00:08:24.000 --> 00:08:24.240
  • AGAIN.
  • 00:08:24.240 --> 00:08:26.020
  • WHEN YOU PASS THAT TEST, NOT
  • 00:08:26.020 --> 00:08:27.200
  • ONCE, BUT AGAIN AND AGAIN, EVERY
  • 00:08:27.200 --> 00:08:29.090
  • TIME YOU DO IT WILL GET EASIER.
  • 00:08:29.090 --> 00:08:32.050
  • THAT'S GOD REFINING YOU.
  • 00:08:32.050 --> 00:08:33.220
  • WHAT HAPPENED?
  • 00:08:33.220 --> 00:08:35.180
  • YOUR QUALITY CAME UP HIGHER.
  • 00:08:35.180 --> 00:08:38.100
  • NOW SOME OF YOU ARE GOING TO BE
  • 00:08:38.100 --> 00:08:39.040
  • TESTED BEFORE YOU GET HOME
  • 00:08:39.040 --> 00:08:40.040
  • TODAY.
  • 00:08:40.040 --> 00:08:42.100
  • DRIVING OUT OF THE PARKING LOT,
  • 00:08:42.100 --> 00:08:43.120
  • THE POLICE OFFICER IS GOING TO
  • 00:08:43.120 --> 00:08:44.150
  • LET 400 CARS GO IN FRONT OF YOU.
  • 00:08:44.150 --> 00:08:46.130
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:08:46.130 --> 00:08:48.140
  • WILL YOU KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE
  • 00:08:48.140 --> 00:08:49.270
  • AND REMEMBER THIS IS ONLY A
  • 00:08:49.270 --> 00:08:51.070
  • TEST?
  • 00:08:51.070 --> 00:08:52.220
  • OR WILL YOU THINK, "I DON'T CARE
  • 00:08:52.220 --> 00:08:53.210
  • WHAT THAT YOUNG MINISTER SAYS.
  • 00:08:53.210 --> 00:08:54.240
  • I'M HONKING MY HORN."
  • 00:08:54.240 --> 00:08:55.290
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:08:55.290 --> 00:08:57.140
  • YOU GET HOME AND YOU WANT TO
  • 00:08:57.140 --> 00:08:58.240
  • WATCH THE BALLGAME.
  • 00:08:58.240 --> 00:08:59.200
  • YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO
  • 00:08:59.200 --> 00:09:00.120
  • IT.
  • 00:09:00.120 --> 00:09:01.050
  • THE DOORBELL RINGS.
  • 00:09:01.050 --> 00:09:02.000
  • IT'S THE NEW FAMILY IN THE
  • 00:09:02.000 --> 00:09:03.010
  • NEIGHBORHOOD.
  • 00:09:03.010 --> 00:09:04.210
  • THEY STOPPED BY TO SPEND SOME
  • 00:09:04.210 --> 00:09:05.260
  • TIME GETTING TO KNOW YOU.
  • 00:09:05.260 --> 00:09:07.270
  • THAT'S A TEST.
  • 00:09:07.270 --> 00:09:09.090
  • ARE YOU GOING TO BE FRIENDLY AND
  • 00:09:09.090 --> 00:09:10.060
  • INVITE THEM IN?
  • 00:09:10.060 --> 00:09:11.210
  • OR ARE YOU GOING TO TELL THEM,
  • 00:09:11.210 --> 00:09:12.260
  • "WE DON'T LIVE HERE. WE'RE JUST
  • 00:09:12.260 --> 00:09:13.210
  • CLEANING THE CARPETS."
  • 00:09:13.210 --> 00:09:14.280
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:09:14.280 --> 00:09:16.130
  • PASS THAT TEST.
  • 00:09:16.130 --> 00:09:17.180
  • MOST OF THE TIME, WE ARE TESTED
  • 00:09:17.180 --> 00:09:18.280
  • IN THE AREA OF OUR GREATEST
  • 00:09:18.280 --> 00:09:21.070
  • WEAKNESS.
  • 00:09:21.070 --> 00:09:22.210
  • IF YOU STRUGGLE WITH JEALOUSY,
  • 00:09:22.210 --> 00:09:24.060
  • DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU SEE
  • 00:09:24.060 --> 00:09:25.260
  • EVERY PERSON THAT HAS MORE THAN
  • 00:09:25.260 --> 00:09:26.270
  • YOU.
  • 00:09:26.270 --> 00:09:28.120
  • YOUR CO-WORKER THAT MAKES HALF
  • 00:09:28.120 --> 00:09:29.090
  • OF YOUR INCOME WILL DRIVE IN IN
  • 00:09:29.090 --> 00:09:31.060
  • A BRAND NEW CAR.
  • 00:09:31.060 --> 00:09:33.140
  • YOUR COUSIN WILL CALL AND TELL
  • 00:09:33.140 --> 00:09:34.150
  • HOW THEY'VE JUST WON THE
  • 00:09:34.150 --> 00:09:35.220
  • LOTTERY.
  • 00:09:35.220 --> 00:09:36.220
  • YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:09:36.220 --> 00:09:37.210
  • TO GALVESTON FOR A FEW DAYS JUST
  • 00:09:37.210 --> 00:09:39.040
  • TO GET AWAY.
  • 00:09:39.040 --> 00:09:40.270
  • YOU'RE EXCITED UNTIL YOUR FRIEND
  • 00:09:40.270 --> 00:09:42.000
  • TELLS HOW SHE'S GOING TO PARIS
  • 00:09:42.000 --> 00:09:43.100
  • FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS WITH HER
  • 00:09:43.100 --> 00:09:44.210
  • WHOLE FAMILY. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:09:44.210 --> 00:09:47.010
  • GOD WILL PUT YOU RIGHT IN THE
  • 00:09:47.010 --> 00:09:48.030
  • MIDDLE OF THE FIRE, SO TO SPEAK,
  • 00:09:48.030 --> 00:09:50.280
  • TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF, TO
  • 00:09:50.280 --> 00:09:52.110
  • TEST YOUR QUALITY.
  • 00:09:52.110 --> 00:09:54.040
  • ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP A GOOD
  • 00:09:54.040 --> 00:09:55.140
  • ATTITUDE AND BE HAPPY FOR THEM?
  • 00:09:55.140 --> 00:09:57.030
  • OR ARE YOU GOING TO THINK, "GOD,
  • 00:09:57.030 --> 00:09:58.280
  • IT'S NOT FAIR. I WORK HARDER
  • 00:09:58.280 --> 00:10:00.170
  • THAN THEY DO, COME TO CHURCH
  • 00:10:00.170 --> 00:10:02.080
  • EVERY SUNDAY. WHY DON'T I GET
  • 00:10:02.080 --> 00:10:03.150
  • ANY OF THESE GOOD BREAKS?"
  • 00:10:03.150 --> 00:10:05.260
  • THAT PRESSURE IS BRINGING TO
  • 00:10:05.260 --> 00:10:07.110
  • LIGHT IMPURITIES THAT WE NEED TO
  • 00:10:07.110 --> 00:10:08.280
  • DEAL WITH.
  • 00:10:08.280 --> 00:10:10.160
  • IT'S NOT A COINCIDENCE THE
  • 00:10:10.160 --> 00:10:12.010
  • UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATIONS WE FIND
  • 00:10:12.010 --> 00:10:14.030
  • OURSELVES IN.
  • 00:10:14.030 --> 00:10:15.260
  • GOD PUTS US THERE ON PURPOSE SO
  • 00:10:15.260 --> 00:10:17.240
  • WE CAN SEE THE PROBLEM AND
  • 00:10:17.240 --> 00:10:19.100
  • HOPEFULLY DEAL WITH IT.
  • 00:10:19.100 --> 00:10:21.190
  • NOW PAY ATTENTION TO THE AREAS
  • 00:10:21.190 --> 00:10:23.160
  • WHERE YOU'RE BEING TESTED.
  • 00:10:23.160 --> 00:10:24.280
  • IN MY LIFE, I'VE NEVER LIKED
  • 00:10:24.280 --> 00:10:26.110
  • WAITING BUT IT SEEMED LIKE THE
  • 00:10:26.110 --> 00:10:28.020
  • MORE IMPATIENT I WAS THE MORE I
  • 00:10:28.020 --> 00:10:29.290
  • HAD TO WAIT.
  • 00:10:29.290 --> 00:10:31.290
  • I WOULDN'T HAVE A CHOICE.
  • 00:10:31.290 --> 00:10:33.090
  • AT THE GROCERY STORE, IF I WAS
  • 00:10:33.090 --> 00:10:34.080
  • IN A HURRY, INEVITABLY, I WOULD
  • 00:10:34.080 --> 00:10:36.010
  • GET IN THE LINE WITH THE SLOWEST
  • 00:10:36.010 --> 00:10:37.250
  • CASHIER, FIRST DAY ON THE JOB.
  • 00:10:37.250 --> 00:10:40.150
  • THE MAN IN FRONT OF ME WOULD
  • 00:10:40.150 --> 00:10:41.230
  • HAVE 23 ITEMS WITH NO PRICE ON
  • 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:42.240
  • IT. I'D GET SO FRUSTRATED.
  • 00:10:42.240 --> 00:10:44.110
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:10:44.110 --> 00:10:46.100
  • IT SEEMED LIKE THE MORE
  • 00:10:46.100 --> 00:10:47.060
  • IMPATIENT I WAS THE LONGER IT
  • 00:10:47.060 --> 00:10:48.060
  • WOULD TAKE VICTORIA TO GET
  • 00:10:48.060 --> 00:10:49.160
  • DRESSED. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:10:49.160 --> 00:10:51.200
  • IF WE WERE RUNNING LATE TO
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:52.130
  • CHURCH, LITTLE ALEXANDRA
  • 00:10:52.130 --> 00:10:53.190
  • WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FIND HER
  • 00:10:53.190 --> 00:10:54.180
  • SHOES. THE IRON WOULDN'T WORK.
  • 00:10:54.180 --> 00:10:56.090
  • JONATHAN WOULD SPILL SOMETHING
  • 00:10:56.090 --> 00:10:57.140
  • ON HIS SHIRT. ON AND ON.
  • 00:10:57.140 --> 00:10:59.080
  • I NEVER SAW THAT AS A TEST.
  • 00:10:59.080 --> 00:11:00.220
  • I SAW THAT AS THE ENEMY TRYING
  • 00:11:00.220 --> 00:11:02.060
  • TO DELAY ME. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:11:02.060 --> 00:11:05.000
  • SO I WOULD TRY TO PRAY IT AWAY,
  • 00:11:05.000 --> 00:11:05.270
  • REBUKE, RESIST.
  • 00:11:05.270 --> 00:11:07.140
  • "GOD, I NEED TO GET THERE ON
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:08.150
  • TIME. I'M THE PASTOR OF THE
  • 00:11:08.150 --> 00:11:09.190
  • CHURCH, GOD."
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:11.040
  • "AND IT'S A BIG CHURCH, GOD.
  • 00:11:11.040 --> 00:11:12.170
  • LAKEWOOD CHURCH."
  • 00:11:12.170 --> 00:11:13.130
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:11:13.130 --> 00:11:15.170
  • "GOD, ALL THESE THINGS ARE
  • 00:11:15.170 --> 00:11:16.120
  • COMING AGAINST ME. GOD, YOU
  • 00:11:16.120 --> 00:11:17.210
  • HAVE GOT TO HELP ME OUT."
  • 00:11:17.210 --> 00:11:19.020
  • THE MORE I PRAYED THE SLOWER
  • 00:11:19.020 --> 00:11:19.250
  • THINGS WENT. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:11:19.250 --> 00:11:22.120
  • ONE DAY I REALIZED WHAT I'M
  • 00:11:22.120 --> 00:11:23.010
  • TELLING YOU.
  • 00:11:23.010 --> 00:11:24.020
  • THAT WASN'T THE ENEMY ATTACKING
  • 00:11:24.020 --> 00:11:24.290
  • ME.
  • 00:11:24.290 --> 00:11:26.080
  • THAT WAS GOD ATTACKING MY
  • 00:11:26.080 --> 00:11:27.180
  • PROBLEM OF BEING IMPATIENT.
  • 00:11:27.180 --> 00:11:29.210
  • YOU CAN REBUKE UNTIL YOUR
  • 00:11:29.210 --> 00:11:30.270
  • REBUKER WEARS OUT.
  • 00:11:30.270 --> 00:11:32.200
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:11:32.200 --> 00:11:33.220
  • YOU CAN PRAY, BIND, LOOSE,
  • 00:11:33.220 --> 00:11:35.030
  • SING, SHOUT.
  • 00:11:35.030 --> 00:11:35.280
  • IT'S NOT GOING TO DO ANY GOOD.
  • 00:11:35.280 --> 00:11:37.040
  • GOD IS INTERESTED IN CHANGING
  • 00:11:37.040 --> 00:11:38.080
  • YOU.
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:39.240
  • HE IS NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU
  • 00:11:39.240 --> 00:11:40.220
  • ALONE.
  • 00:11:40.220 --> 00:11:41.200
  • THAT TEST IS GOING TO COME AGAIN
  • 00:11:41.200 --> 00:11:42.230
  • AND AGAIN.
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:44.070
  • THE SOONER YOU DEAL WITH IT, THE
  • 00:11:44.070 --> 00:11:45.270
  • SOONER YOU MAKE ADJUSTMENTS, THE
  • 00:11:45.270 --> 00:11:47.180
  • BETTER OFF YOU'LL BE.
  • 00:11:47.180 --> 00:11:49.030
  • YEARS AGO, I WAS DRIVING TO
  • 00:11:49.030 --> 00:11:50.090
  • CHURCH.
  • 00:11:50.090 --> 00:11:51.230
  • IT WAS A TUESDAY MORNING.
  • 00:11:51.230 --> 00:11:53.050
  • I HAD A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING
  • 00:11:53.050 --> 00:11:54.000
  • TO ATTEND.
  • 00:11:54.000 --> 00:11:55.040
  • BACK THEN THE DRIVE WAS 30
  • 00:11:55.040 --> 00:11:56.030
  • MINUTES.
  • 00:11:56.030 --> 00:11:57.090
  • I WAS RUNNING A LITTLE LATE BUT
  • 00:11:57.090 --> 00:11:58.120
  • I KNEW IF I DIDN'T HIT ANY
  • 00:11:58.120 --> 00:11:59.250
  • TRAFFIC I COULD STILL MAKE IT ON
  • 00:11:59.250 --> 00:12:00.260
  • TIME.
  • 00:12:00.260 --> 00:12:02.130
  • SO I PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD GIVE
  • 00:12:02.130 --> 00:12:03.270
  • ME FAVOR ON THE FREEWAY.
  • 00:12:03.270 --> 00:12:05.070
  • I QUOTED THE SCRIPTURE, "GOD IS
  • 00:12:05.070 --> 00:12:06.110
  • GOING BEFORE ME MAKING CROOKED
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:07.120
  • PLACES STRAIGHT."
  • 00:12:07.120 --> 00:12:08.220
  • I REBUKED EVERY SLOW DRIVER OUT
  • 00:12:08.220 --> 00:12:10.000
  • OF MY PATH.
  • 00:12:10.000 --> 00:12:11.040
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:12:11.040 --> 00:12:12.140
  • JUST THE OPPOSITE HAPPENED.
  • 00:12:12.140 --> 00:12:13.270
  • IT WAS ALMOST COMICAL.
  • 00:12:13.270 --> 00:12:15.230
  • THERE'S A LIGHT LEAVING MY
  • 00:12:15.230 --> 00:12:16.260
  • NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IN THREE YEARS
  • 00:12:16.260 --> 00:12:18.130
  • I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT RED.
  • 00:12:18.130 --> 00:12:20.210
  • IT'S ALWAYS GREEN, BUT THAT DAY
  • 00:12:20.210 --> 00:12:22.100
  • WHEN I GOT IT, IT TURNED RED.
  • 00:12:22.100 --> 00:12:24.210
  • I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.
  • 00:12:24.210 --> 00:12:26.030
  • I JUST KNEW THAT WAS THE ENEMY.
  • 00:12:26.030 --> 00:12:27.220
  • I GOT ON THE FREEWAY AND TOOK
  • 00:12:27.220 --> 00:12:28.230
  • OFF, PRAYING FOR DISCERNMENT,
  • 00:12:28.230 --> 00:12:30.290
  • THAT GOD WOULD SHOW ME WHICH
  • 00:12:30.290 --> 00:12:32.010
  • HILL THE POLICE OFFICER WOULD BE
  • 00:12:32.010 --> 00:12:33.050
  • SITTING OVER.
  • 00:12:33.050 --> 00:12:34.170
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:12:34.170 --> 00:12:35.190
  • I WAS DOING FINE, STILL HAD
  • 00:12:35.190 --> 00:12:36.230
  • TIME TO MAKE IT, THEN THE
  • 00:12:36.230 --> 00:12:37.270
  • TRAFFIC STARTED TO SLOW DOWN.
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:39.200
  • I STARTED TO PRAY EVEN HARDER.
  • 00:12:39.200 --> 00:12:41.190
  • "GOD, YOU PARTED THE RED SEA
  • 00:12:41.190 --> 00:12:43.010
  • FOR MOSES. YOU CAN PART THESE
  • 00:12:43.010 --> 00:12:44.040
  • CARS FOR ME."
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:45.290
  • MY PRAYER DIDN'T WORK.
  • 00:12:45.290 --> 00:12:47.110
  • MY LANE GOT SLOWER AND SLOWER.
  • 00:12:47.110 --> 00:12:49.230
  • FINALLY, IT CAME TO A COMPLETE
  • 00:12:49.230 --> 00:12:50.270
  • STOP. I WAS SO FRUSTRATED.
  • 00:12:50.270 --> 00:12:53.070
  • THE LANE NEXT TO ME WAS STILL
  • 00:12:53.070 --> 00:12:54.170
  • MOVING TEN OR FIFTEEN MILES AN
  • 00:12:54.170 --> 00:12:56.000
  • HOUR.
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:57.050
  • I PUT MY BLINKER ON BUT NOBODY
  • 00:12:57.050 --> 00:12:58.120
  • WOULD LET ME OVER.
  • 00:12:58.120 --> 00:13:00.240
  • I SMILED. I WAVED. I BLEW
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:02.080
  • KISSES. I HELD UP MONEY.
  • 00:13:02.080 --> 00:13:03.190
  • NONE OF THAT WORKED.
  • 00:13:03.190 --> 00:13:04.260
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:13:04.260 --> 00:13:06.060
  • I THOUGHT, "THESE ARE THE
  • 00:13:06.060 --> 00:13:06.240
  • MEANEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER
  • 00:13:06.240 --> 00:13:07.120
  • SEEN." (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:13:07.120 --> 00:13:09.080
  • AFTER THE LONGEST TIME THIS
  • 00:13:09.080 --> 00:13:10.030
  • LITTLE OLD LADY SLOWED DOWN AND
  • 00:13:10.030 --> 00:13:12.020
  • LET ME IN THAT LANE.
  • 00:13:12.020 --> 00:13:13.230
  • I THOUGHT, "THANK YOU, JESUS."
  • 00:13:13.230 --> 00:13:14.290
  • THE MOMENT I GOT IN THAT LANE IT
  • 00:13:14.290 --> 00:13:16.290
  • STOPPED AND MY OLD LANE STARTED
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:18.040
  • GOING. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:13:18.040 --> 00:13:20.240
  • I REALIZE NOW THAT WASN'T A
  • 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:21.270
  • COINCIDENCE.
  • 00:13:21.270 --> 00:13:23.170
  • THAT WAS GOD ALLOWING ME TO BE
  • 00:13:23.170 --> 00:13:25.060
  • IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION SO
  • 00:13:25.060 --> 00:13:27.100
  • I COULD GROW.
  • 00:13:27.100 --> 00:13:29.030
  • IT DIDN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, BUT
  • 00:13:29.030 --> 00:13:31.060
  • LITTLE BY LITTLE I LET GOD
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:32.030
  • REFINE ME.
  • 00:13:32.030 --> 00:13:33.190
  • NOW, IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME
  • 00:13:33.190 --> 00:13:34.250
  • ANYMORE.
  • 00:13:34.250 --> 00:13:35.250
  • I'VE LEARNED TO JUST BE PATIENT.
  • 00:13:35.250 --> 00:13:36.260
  • GO WITH THE FLOW.
  • 00:13:36.260 --> 00:13:38.170
  • MAYBE SOME OF YOU ARE DOING WHAT
  • 00:13:38.170 --> 00:13:39.060
  • I DID.
  • 00:13:39.060 --> 00:13:40.180
  • YOU'RE TRYING TO PRAY AWAY THE
  • 00:13:40.180 --> 00:13:41.190
  • VERY THING THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO
  • 00:13:41.190 --> 00:13:43.140
  • DEAL WITH.
  • 00:13:43.140 --> 00:13:45.030
  • THE SITUATION MAY NOT CHANGE BUT
  • 00:13:45.030 --> 00:13:47.120
  • WHEN YOU CHANGE IT'S NOT GOING
  • 00:13:47.120 --> 00:13:49.080
  • TO BOTHER YOU ANYMORE.
  • 00:13:49.080 --> 00:13:51.060
  • I'D LOVE TO TELL YOU THAT IF YOU
  • 00:13:51.060 --> 00:13:52.130
  • LET GOD REFINE YOU AND YOU DEAL
  • 00:13:52.130 --> 00:13:54.090
  • WITH THESE IMPURITIES THEN ALL
  • 00:13:54.090 --> 00:13:55.240
  • THESE THINGS THAT ANNOY YOU,
  • 00:13:55.240 --> 00:13:58.050
  • THAT IRRITATE YOU; THAT THEY'LL
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:13:59.040
  • GO AWAY.
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:00.230
  • BUT THAT'S NOT REALITY.
  • 00:14:00.230 --> 00:14:02.080
  • I STILL GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC,
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:03.220
  • STILL GET IN THE LONGEST LINE AT
  • 00:14:03.220 --> 00:14:05.120
  • THE GROCERY STORE, OUR FLIGHTS
  • 00:14:05.120 --> 00:14:06.160
  • ARE STILL DELAYED.
  • 00:14:06.160 --> 00:14:08.030
  • NOW, IT DOESN'T STRESS ME.
  • 00:14:08.030 --> 00:14:10.050
  • I DON'T GET UPSET. I STAY IN
  • 00:14:10.050 --> 00:14:10.250
  • PEACE. WHY?
  • 00:14:10.250 --> 00:14:12.200
  • MY QUALITY HAS IMPROVED.
  • 00:14:12.200 --> 00:14:15.150
  • BECAUSE I WORKED WITH GOD AND
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:16.230
  • LET HIM MAKE ME AND MOLD ME,
  • 00:14:16.230 --> 00:14:18.200
  • THOSE TESTS HAVE ACTUALLY MADE
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:20.090
  • ME BETTER.
  • 00:14:20.090 --> 00:14:22.000
  • THE NEXT TIME YOU'RE TEMPTED TO
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:23.130
  • BE IMPATIENT REMIND YOURSELF,
  • 00:14:23.130 --> 00:14:25.040
  • "THIS IS ONLY A TEST. I'M GOING
  • 00:14:25.040 --> 00:14:26.240
  • TO STAY IN PEACE. I KNOW GOD IS
  • 00:14:26.240 --> 00:14:28.210
  • DIRECTING MY STEPS."
  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:30.290
  • WHEN YOU'RE TEMPTED TO GET YOUR
  • 00:14:30.290 --> 00:14:32.100
  • FEELINGS HURT, SOMEBODY SAYS
  • 00:14:32.100 --> 00:14:34.050
  • SOMETHING INSENSITIVE, REMIND
  • 00:14:34.050 --> 00:14:36.000
  • YOURSELF, "THIS IS ONLY A TEST.
  • 00:14:36.000 --> 00:14:38.110
  • I'M NOT GOING TO GET BITTER.
  • 00:14:38.110 --> 00:14:40.030
  • I KNOW GOD IS FIGHTING MY
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:41.000
  • BATTLES."
  • 00:14:41.000 --> 00:14:42.120
  • YOU GO THROUGH THAT
  • 00:14:42.120 --> 00:14:43.150
  • DISAPPOINTMENT, "THIS IS ONLY A
  • 00:14:43.150 --> 00:14:44.100
  • TEST. I KNOW WHAT'S MEANT FOR
  • 00:14:44.100 --> 00:14:46.040
  • MY HARM GOD IS GOING TO USE TO
  • 00:14:46.040 --> 00:14:47.160
  • MY ADVANTAGE."
  • 00:14:47.160 --> 00:14:49.000
  • SEE IT AS A TEST.
  • 00:14:49.000 --> 00:14:51.000
  • SHOW GOD WHAT QUALITY YOU ARE.
  • 00:14:51.000 --> 00:14:53.210
  • SOMETIMES GOD WILL ALLOW US TO
  • 00:14:53.210 --> 00:14:54.280
  • BE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:56.190
  • NOT GETTING ANY THANKS, ANY KIND
  • 00:14:56.190 --> 00:14:58.090
  • OF APPRECIATION.
  • 00:14:58.090 --> 00:15:00.220
  • AT THE OFFICE YOU'RE DOING ALL
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:01.230
  • THE WORK BUT NOT GETTING ANY
  • 00:15:01.230 --> 00:15:03.100
  • CREDIT.
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:05.000
  • IN THE NURSERY, OR AT THE
  • 00:15:05.000 --> 00:15:06.020
  • HOSPITAL, YOU'VE BEEN
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:07.030
  • VOLUNTEERING FOR TWO YEARS AND
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:08.140
  • NOT ONE PERSON HAS EVER SAID
  • 00:15:08.140 --> 00:15:09.240
  • THANK YOU.
  • 00:15:09.240 --> 00:15:11.100
  • IT'S ALMOST LIKE PEOPLE HAVE
  • 00:15:11.100 --> 00:15:12.190
  • GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO NOT
  • 00:15:12.190 --> 00:15:14.070
  • EXPRESS APPRECIATION, TO NOT
  • 00:15:14.070 --> 00:15:16.060
  • COMPLIMENT YOU.
  • 00:15:16.060 --> 00:15:17.170
  • THAT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE.
  • 00:15:17.170 --> 00:15:19.050
  • THAT IS A TEST.
  • 00:15:19.050 --> 00:15:21.090
  • GOD IS WANTING TO TEACH US TO
  • 00:15:21.090 --> 00:15:22.070
  • TRUST HIM IN A GREATER WAY AND
  • 00:15:22.070 --> 00:15:23.290
  • TO NOT RELY ON OTHER PEOPLE'S
  • 00:15:23.290 --> 00:15:25.260
  • APPROVAL.
  • 00:15:25.260 --> 00:15:28.070
  • DON'T GET DISCOURAGED.
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.230
  • KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE, KNOWING
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:31.010
  • THAT GOD IS USING THAT TO WORK
  • 00:15:31.010 --> 00:15:32.130
  • SOMETHING IN YOU.
  • 00:15:32.130 --> 00:15:34.100
  • HE IS GROWING YOU UP, GETTING
  • 00:15:34.100 --> 00:15:35.250
  • YOU PREPARED FOR GREATER THINGS.
  • 00:15:35.250 --> 00:15:38.140
  • WHEN I FIRST STARTED MINISTERING
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:39.270
  • BACK IN 1999 I WAS VERY
  • 00:15:39.270 --> 00:15:42.030
  • INSECURE.
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:43.180
  • I'D NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE AND I
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:45.020
  • RELIED SO HEAVILY ON PEOPLE'S
  • 00:15:45.020 --> 00:15:46.230
  • COMPLIMENTS.
  • 00:15:46.230 --> 00:15:49.090
  • AFTER THE SERVICE, IF ENOUGH
  • 00:15:49.090 --> 00:15:50.130
  • PEOPLE DIDN'T TELL ME, "THAT WAS
  • 00:15:50.130 --> 00:15:51.170
  • GOOD" AND THEY ENJOYED IT,
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:52.250
  • I'D GET DISCOURAGED AND WONDER
  • 00:15:52.250 --> 00:15:54.030
  • IF I WAS EVEN CALLED TO DO
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:55.130
  • THIS.
  • 00:15:55.130 --> 00:15:57.130
  • THE FIRST YEAR OR SO, I HAD ALL
  • 00:15:57.130 --> 00:15:59.090
  • KINDS OF COMPLIMENTS.
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:00.270
  • I'D GO HOME SUNDAY AFTERNOON ALL
  • 00:16:00.270 --> 00:16:02.020
  • FIRED UP, READY FOR THE NEXT
  • 00:16:02.020 --> 00:16:03.210
  • WEEK.
  • 00:16:03.210 --> 00:16:05.170
  • BUT A YEAR OR TWO INTO IT IT GOT
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:06.130
  • TO THE PLACE WHERE I WASN'T
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:07.100
  • GETTING THE APPRECIATION LIKE I
  • 00:16:07.100 --> 00:16:09.030
  • HAD BEFORE.
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:11.030
  • I REMEMBER ONE SUNDAY IN
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:12.060
  • PARTICULAR I SPOKE THE BEST
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:13.130
  • MESSAGE THAT I POSSIBLY COULD.
  • 00:16:13.130 --> 00:16:16.100
  • AFTERWARDS I WAS JUST WAITING
  • 00:16:16.100 --> 00:16:17.120
  • FOR EVERYBODY TO TELL ME HOW
  • 00:16:17.120 --> 00:16:19.170
  • MUCH THEY ENJOYED IT.
  • 00:16:19.170 --> 00:16:21.090
  • BUT DO YOU KNOW NOT ONE PERSON
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:23.080
  • SAID ANYTHING ABOUT IT?
  • 00:16:23.080 --> 00:16:24.220
  • NOT EVEN VICTORIA AND SHE ALWAYS
  • 00:16:24.220 --> 00:16:26.070
  • WOULD COMPLIMENT ME.
  • 00:16:26.070 --> 00:16:27.210
  • WHAT AM I SAYING?
  • 00:16:27.210 --> 00:16:29.090
  • SOMETIMES GOD WILL CAUSE PEOPLE
  • 00:16:29.090 --> 00:16:32.040
  • IN YOUR LIFE TO NOT GIVE YOU
  • 00:16:32.040 --> 00:16:33.130
  • SOMETHING SO THAT YOU CAN GROW
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:34.190
  • UP.
  • 00:16:34.190 --> 00:16:36.250
  • I MEAN, VICTORIA'S PERSONALITY
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:37.290
  • IS VERY ENCOURAGING.
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:39.190
  • FOR HER TO NOT SAY SOMETHING, IT
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:41.010
  • HAD TO BE GOD, ESPECIALLY SINCE
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:42.130
  • MY MESSAGE WAS SO GOOD.
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:44.040
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:16:44.040 --> 00:16:46.040
  • BUT ONE DAY I REALIZED THAT WAS
  • 00:16:46.040 --> 00:16:47.010
  • A TEST.
  • 00:16:47.010 --> 00:16:48.210
  • THAT WAS GOD TEACHING ME TO NOT
  • 00:16:48.210 --> 00:16:50.050
  • RELY ON WHAT EVERYBODY THINKS
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:53.020
  • AND NOT TO JUST LIVE TO PLEASE
  • 00:16:53.020 --> 00:16:54.120
  • PEOPLE BUT INSTEAD TO BE MY BEST
  • 00:16:54.120 --> 00:16:56.220
  • KNOWING THAT HE IS PLEASED WITH
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:57.240
  • ME. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:16:57.240 --> 00:17:00.250
  • I HAVE A MINISTER FRIEND.
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:01.230
  • HE STRUGGLED IN THIS SAME AREA.
  • 00:17:01.230 --> 00:17:03.080
  • HE JUST LIVED BY HOW MANY
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:04.190
  • COMPLIMENTS HE COULD GET AND HOW
  • 00:17:04.190 --> 00:17:05.250
  • MANY PEOPLE LIKED HIS MESSAGE.
  • 00:17:05.250 --> 00:17:07.220
  • ONE SUNDAY AFTER THE SERVICE HE
  • 00:17:07.220 --> 00:17:09.150
  • ASKED THE MAN THAT SOLD HIS CD'S
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:11.010
  • IN THE BACK, "DID ANYBODY BUY A
  • 00:17:11.010 --> 00:17:13.060
  • CD FROM THIS MORNING'S MESSAGE?"
  • 00:17:13.060 --> 00:17:16.010
  • HE WAS HOPING TO GET A GOOD
  • 00:17:16.010 --> 00:17:16.200
  • REPORT AND BE ENCOURAGED.
  • 00:17:16.200 --> 00:17:18.000
  • THE MAN SAID, "NO, PASTOR.
  • 00:17:18.000 --> 00:17:19.130
  • NOBODY BOUGHT A CD OF TODAY'S
  • 00:17:19.130 --> 00:17:21.140
  • MESSAGE BUT ONE LADY DID RETURN
  • 00:17:21.140 --> 00:17:22.160
  • ONE FROM LAST WEEK."
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:24.160
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:26.000
  • WE HAVE TO REALIZE THOSE ARE
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:26.240
  • TESTING TIMES.
  • 00:17:26.240 --> 00:17:29.130
  • IF YOUR SPOUSE IS NOT GIVING YOU
  • 00:17:29.130 --> 00:17:31.040
  • COMPLIMENTS LIKE THEY USED TO,
  • 00:17:31.040 --> 00:17:33.110
  • THAT'S A TEST.
  • 00:17:33.110 --> 00:17:35.160
  • IF YOU'RE DOING THE WORK AND NOT
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:36.270
  • GETTING THE CREDIT, IT'S A TEST.
  • 00:17:36.270 --> 00:17:39.210
  • IF PEOPLE ARE OVERLOOKING YOU,
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:41.110
  • TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDE AND PASS
  • 00:17:41.110 --> 00:17:43.080
  • THAT TEST.
  • 00:17:43.080 --> 00:17:44.230
  • THAT'S GOD GROWING YOU UP.
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:47.050
  • IT'S EASY TO GET A CHIP ON OUR
  • 00:17:47.050 --> 00:17:48.070
  • SHOULDER AND THINK, "NOBODY
  • 00:17:48.070 --> 00:17:49.170
  • APPRECIATES ME.
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:50.280
  • SEE IF I DO ANYTHING FOR YOU."
  • 00:17:50.280 --> 00:17:53.080
  • NO, KEEP THE GOOD ATTITUDE AND
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:54.220
  • SAY, "GOD, I'M GOING TO BE MY
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:56.030
  • BEST EACH DAY UNTO YOU.
  • 00:17:56.030 --> 00:17:58.200
  • IF PEOPLE DON'T GIVE ME CREDIT,
  • 00:17:58.200 --> 00:18:00.080
  • IF THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE IT,
  • 00:18:00.080 --> 00:18:01.120
  • THAT'S ALRIGHT. I KNOW YOU WILL
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:02.100
  • GIVE ME EVERYTHING THAT I
  • 00:18:02.100 --> 00:18:03.120
  • NEED."
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:05.110
  • SEE, GOD WANTS US TO GET OUR
  • 00:18:05.110 --> 00:18:06.190
  • APPROVAL, OUR WORTH, OUR VALUE,
  • 00:18:06.190 --> 00:18:08.160
  • FROM HIM.
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:11.020
  • THAT WAY WE'RE NOT DEPENDENT ON
  • 00:18:11.020 --> 00:18:12.130
  • OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:18:12.130 --> 00:18:14.070
  • PEOPLE WILL LET YOU DOWN.
  • 00:18:14.070 --> 00:18:15.230
  • PEOPLE WILL BE TOO BUSY.
  • 00:18:15.230 --> 00:18:18.000
  • PEOPLE WON'T ALWAYS BE THERE
  • 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:19.210
  • WHEN YOU NEED THEM.
  • 00:18:19.210 --> 00:18:20.120
  • REALLY, NO ONE PERSON CAN KEEP
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:21.240
  • YOU CHEERED UP, KEEP YOU FEELING
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:23.200
  • GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF.
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:25.190
  • ONLY GOD CAN.
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:27.180
  • WE START OFF LIKE BABIES WHERE
  • 00:18:27.180 --> 00:18:29.170
  • WE NEED SOMEBODY TO TAKE CARE OF
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:30.210
  • US, SOMEBODY TO ENCOURAGE US
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:33.070
  • WHEN WE'RE DOWN, TO MAKE SURE WE
  • 00:18:33.070 --> 00:18:35.070
  • FEEL LOVED, APPRECIATED, VALUED,
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:38.170
  • APPROVED.
  • 00:18:38.170 --> 00:18:39.080
  • THAT'S ALL IMPORTANT.
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:40.210
  • WE NEED THAT FOR A SEASON.
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:42.140
  • BUT THERE WILL COME A POINT
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:43.170
  • WHERE GOD WILL SAY, "IT'S TIME
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.110
  • TO GROW UP. I WANT YOU TO
  • 00:18:45.110 --> 00:18:46.280
  • DEPEND NOT ON PEOPLE BUT ON
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:49.230
  • ME."
  • 00:18:49.230 --> 00:18:51.110
  • AND GOD WILL REMOVE THAT CRUTCH,
  • 00:18:51.110 --> 00:18:52.160
  • SO TO SPEAK.
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:54.220
  • THAT PERSON THAT'S ALWAYS
  • 00:18:54.220 --> 00:18:55.210
  • KEEPING YOU CHEERED UP.
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:57.000
  • THAT FRIEND THAT CALLS YOU ALL
  • 00:18:57.000 --> 00:18:58.100
  • THE TIME TO COMPLIMENT YOU AND
  • 00:18:58.100 --> 00:18:59.290
  • TELL YOU HOW GREAT YOU ARE.
  • 00:18:59.290 --> 00:19:02.110
  • HE WILL REMOVE MAYBE NOT THE
  • 00:19:02.110 --> 00:19:03.150
  • PERSON BUT THE ENCOURAGEMENT,
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:06.120
  • THE COMPLIMENTS, THE APPROVAL.
  • 00:19:06.120 --> 00:19:07.080
  • DON'T GET MAD AT THEM.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:09.020
  • IT'S A TEST.
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:11.060
  • GOD IS SAYING, "I WANT YOU TO
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:12.110
  • LOOK TO ME. I'M EVERYTHING YOU
  • 00:19:12.110 --> 00:19:14.080
  • NEED. I'M YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT.
  • 00:19:14.080 --> 00:19:16.160
  • I'M YOUR APPROVAL. I'M YOUR
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:17.170
  • VALIDATION. I'M YOUR FRIEND."
  • 00:19:17.170 --> 00:19:19.110
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:20.170
  • "I LOVE YOU. I'M FOR YOU.
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:22.120
  • I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN."
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:25.200
  • IF GOD DIDN'T REMOVE THE CRUTCH
  • 00:19:25.200 --> 00:19:27.140
  • WE WOULD NEVER GROW UP AND
  • 00:19:27.140 --> 00:19:28.240
  • BECOME ALL HE HAS CREATED US TO
  • 00:19:28.240 --> 00:19:30.070
  • BE.
  • 00:19:30.070 --> 00:19:32.020
  • OUR SON JONATHAN IS SEVENTEEN
  • 00:19:32.020 --> 00:19:32.250
  • YEARS OLD NOW.
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:34.100
  • WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY I USED
  • 00:19:34.100 --> 00:19:35.190
  • TO CUT HIS FOOD UP FOR HIM AND
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:37.220
  • MAKE SURE THAT HE HAD BRUSHED
  • 00:19:37.220 --> 00:19:39.060
  • HIS TEETH.
  • 00:19:39.060 --> 00:19:40.090
  • EVERY DAY BEFORE HE'D GO TO
  • 00:19:40.090 --> 00:19:41.260
  • FIRST GRADE HE WOULD COME INTO
  • 00:19:41.260 --> 00:19:43.100
  • MY ROOM AND SAY, "DADDY, FIX MY
  • 00:19:43.100 --> 00:19:44.100
  • HAIR LIKE YOU FIX YOURS."
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:46.170
  • I'D GET THAT GEL AND PULL IT
  • 00:19:46.170 --> 00:19:47.240
  • BACK JUST RIGHT. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:19:47.240 --> 00:19:50.110
  • WE TOLD HIM MORNING, NOON AND
  • 00:19:50.110 --> 00:19:51.160
  • NIGHT HOW MUCH WE LOVED HIM, HOW
  • 00:19:51.160 --> 00:19:53.260
  • PROUD WE WERE OF HIM, HOW HE WAS
  • 00:19:53.260 --> 00:19:55.210
  • GOING TO DO GREAT THINGS IN
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:56.230
  • LIFE.
  • 00:19:56.230 --> 00:19:57.210
  • AND THAT'S IMPORTANT.
  • 00:19:57.210 --> 00:19:58.260
  • WE SHOULD DO THAT AS PARENTS.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:00.130
  • BUT NOW THAT HE IS SEVENTEEN I
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:02.020
  • DON'T CUT HIS FOOD UP FOR HIM
  • 00:20:02.020 --> 00:20:04.020
  • ANYMORE. HE WON'T LET ME TOUCH
  • 00:20:04.020 --> 00:20:05.040
  • HIS HAIR. (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:07.100
  • HE DOESN'T HAVE TO HEAR EVERY
  • 00:20:07.100 --> 00:20:08.100
  • TEN MINUTES HOW MUCH WE LOVE
  • 00:20:08.100 --> 00:20:09.180
  • HIM, HOW MUCH WE'RE PROUD OF
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:11.260
  • HIM, FOR HIM TO STILL FEEL GOOD
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:13.190
  • ABOUT HIMSELF.
  • 00:20:13.190 --> 00:20:14.260
  • HE'S GROWING UP.
  • 00:20:14.260 --> 00:20:16.030
  • IT'S THE SAME WAY WITH OUR
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:17.050
  • HEAVENLY FATHER.
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:18.280
  • WE START OFF LIKE LITTLE BABIES.
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:21.020
  • GOD WILL MAKE SURE SOMEBODY IS
  • 00:20:21.020 --> 00:20:22.150
  • THERE TO ENCOURAGE US, SOMEBODY
  • 00:20:22.150 --> 00:20:24.010
  • TO TELL US HOW LOVED AND
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:26.050
  • VALUABLE AND NEEDED WE ARE.
  • 00:20:26.050 --> 00:20:28.230
  • THERE'S A SEASON WHERE IT SEEMS
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:30.160
  • LIKE EVERYTHING FALLS INTO
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.000
  • PLACE.
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:33.040
  • YOUR PRAYERS ARE GETTING
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:33.270
  • ANSWERED LEFT AND RIGHT.
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:36.010
  • A FRIEND CALLS AT JUST THE RIGHT
  • 00:20:36.010 --> 00:20:37.090
  • TIME AND GIVES YOU A WORD IN DUE
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:38.260
  • SEASON.
  • 00:20:38.260 --> 00:20:40.150
  • YOU OPEN THE BIBLE AND READ JUST
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:41.230
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR.
  • 00:20:41.230 --> 00:20:43.090
  • YOU KNOW GOD IS REAL.
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:44.250
  • YOU'VE SEEN HIS HAND AGAIN AND
  • 00:20:44.250 --> 00:20:46.060
  • AGAIN.
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:47.200
  • AND THAT'S GREAT FOR A SEASON
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:49.290
  • BUT THE TRUTH IS IT WON'T LAST
  • 00:20:49.290 --> 00:20:51.070
  • FOREVER.
  • 00:20:51.070 --> 00:20:52.210
  • GOD WON'T LET US STAY BABIES.
  • 00:20:52.210 --> 00:20:55.190
  • THERE'LL BE A POINT WHERE GOD
  • 00:20:55.190 --> 00:20:56.220
  • REMOVES THE PAMPERING.
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:58.240
  • IF HE DIDN'T IT WOULD HINDER OUR
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:00.240
  • GROWTH.
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:02.020
  • I COULD STILL BE CUTTING
  • 00:21:02.020 --> 00:21:03.030
  • JONATHAN'S FOOD UP FOR HIM BUT
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:04.130
  • THAT WOULD BE DOING HIM A
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:05.180
  • DISSERVICE.
  • 00:21:05.180 --> 00:21:07.040
  • IF YOU'RE NOT GETTING WHAT YOU
  • 00:21:07.040 --> 00:21:08.120
  • USED TO, THE APPROVAL FROM
  • 00:21:08.120 --> 00:21:10.070
  • ANOTHER PERSON, YOUR PRAYERS
  • 00:21:10.070 --> 00:21:12.290
  • DON'T GET ANSWERED THE FIRST DAY
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:13.290
  • LIKE THEY DID BEFORE.
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:15.150
  • THIS MAY SOUND STRANGE BUT TAKE
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:16.290
  • THAT AS A COMPLIMENT.
  • 00:21:16.290 --> 00:21:19.020
  • GOD IS GROWING YOU UP.
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:21.040
  • HE IS MATURING YOU, GETTING YOU
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:22.150
  • READY FOR THE AMAZING FUTURE HE
  • 00:21:22.150 --> 00:21:24.000
  • HAS IN STORE.
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:26.090
  • THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT HOW AS
  • 00:21:26.090 --> 00:21:27.230
  • LONG AS WE REMAIN A CHILD WE'LL
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:30.090
  • NEVER RECEIVE OUR INHERITANCE;
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:33.040
  • WE'LL NEVER REACH OUR FULL
  • 00:21:33.040 --> 00:21:34.050
  • POTENTIAL.
  • 00:21:34.050 --> 00:21:35.270
  • BUT AS YOU GROW UP, AS YOU LET
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:37.240
  • GOD MAKE YOU AND MOLD YOU, THEN
  • 00:21:37.240 --> 00:21:40.110
  • THOSE SEEDS OF GREATNESS GOD HAS
  • 00:21:40.110 --> 00:21:42.020
  • PLACED ON THE INSIDE, THEY'RE
  • 00:21:42.020 --> 00:21:43.150
  • GOING TO TAKE ROOT AND START TO
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:44.200
  • FLOURISH.
  • 00:21:44.200 --> 00:21:46.050
  • IT'S FUNNY HOW WHEN WE FIRST
  • 00:21:46.050 --> 00:21:47.010
  • START OFF, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:48.070
  • WE OPENED OUR BIBLE, JUST
  • 00:21:48.070 --> 00:21:49.170
  • RANDOMLY, CLOSED OUR EYES AND
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:51.200
  • POINTED TO A SCRIPTURE AND THERE
  • 00:21:51.200 --> 00:21:52.260
  • IS SOMETHING JUST WHAT WE NEEDED
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:54.260
  • TO HEAR. IT JUST SPOKE TO US.
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:56.120
  • YOU GO A FEW YEARS AND START TO
  • 00:21:56.120 --> 00:21:57.280
  • GROW UP AND OPEN THAT BIBLE,
  • 00:21:57.280 --> 00:21:59.290
  • RANDOMLY POINT AND IT SAYS,
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:01.170
  • "?REPENT, YOU BROOD OF VIPERS."
  • 00:22:01.170 --> 00:22:03.150
  • (LAUGHTER)
  • 00:22:03.150 --> 00:22:05.120
  • THAT'S WHEN YOU KNOW YOU'RE
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:06.140
  • GROWING UP.
  • 00:22:06.140 --> 00:22:07.230
  • NOW PASS THE TEST.
  • 00:22:07.230 --> 00:22:08.200
  • LEARN TO ENCOURAGE YOURSELF.
  • 00:22:08.200 --> 00:22:11.100
  • STAY FAITHFUL EVEN THOUGH YOUR
  • 00:22:11.100 --> 00:22:12.210
  • PRAYERS AREN'T BEING ANSWERED ON
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:14.130
  • YOUR TIMETABLE.
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:16.000
  • DON'T RELY ON OTHER PEOPLE FOR
  • 00:22:16.000 --> 00:22:17.170
  • THEIR APPROVAL, THEIR
  • 00:22:17.170 --> 00:22:18.190
  • VALIDATION.
  • 00:22:18.190 --> 00:22:20.110
  • GET UP EVERY MORNING AND SAY,
  • 00:22:20.110 --> 00:22:21.280
  • "FATHER, I WANT TO THANK YOU
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:23.030
  • THAT YOU APPROVE ME.
  • 00:22:23.030 --> 00:22:24.250
  • YOU MADE ME IN YOUR IMAGE.
  • 00:22:24.250 --> 00:22:27.040
  • YOU BREATHED YOUR LIFE INTO ME.
  • 00:22:27.040 --> 00:22:28.240
  • YOU SAID I'M A MASTERPIECE.
  • 00:22:28.240 --> 00:22:31.050
  • I'M VALUABLE. I'M APPROVED.
  • 00:22:31.050 --> 00:22:33.070
  • SO GOD, I DON'T NEED OTHER
  • 00:22:33.070 --> 00:22:34.060
  • PEOPLE'S APPROVAL I HAVE YOUR
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:35.210
  • APPROVAL."
  • 00:22:35.210 --> 00:22:38.110
  • THE MORE WE GROW, THE MORE WE
  • 00:22:38.110 --> 00:22:39.050
  • MATURE, THE LESS AND LESS
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:40.050
  • DEPENDENT WE BECOME ON WHAT
  • 00:22:40.050 --> 00:22:42.190
  • OTHER PEOPLE THINK, OR ON WHAT
  • 00:22:42.190 --> 00:22:45.030
  • OTHER PEOPLE DO OR DON'T GIVE
  • 00:22:45.030 --> 00:22:47.120
  • US.
  • 00:22:47.120 --> 00:22:48.200
  • WE GET IT FROM OUR HEAVENLY
  • 00:22:48.200 --> 00:22:49.110
  • FATHER.
  • 00:22:49.110 --> 00:22:50.250
  • AND SOME OF YOU TODAY ARE
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:51.180
  • FRUSTRATED BECAUSE A PRAYER IS
  • 00:22:51.180 --> 00:22:52.240
  • NOT BEING ANSWERED.
  • 00:22:52.240 --> 00:22:54.030
  • ANOTHER PERSON IS NOT GIVING YOU
  • 00:22:54.030 --> 00:22:55.040
  • THE APPROVAL THEY USED TO.
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:57.130
  • YOU KIND OF FEEL LIKE THAT GOD
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:59.020
  • HAS FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT YOU.
  • 00:22:59.020 --> 00:23:01.100
  • BUT IT'S JUST THE OPPOSITE.
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:02.280
  • GOD IS CLOSELY WATCHING YOU.
  • 00:23:02.280 --> 00:23:04.280
  • THIS IS A TEST OF YOUR QUALITY.
  • 00:23:05.160 --> 00:23:08.160
  • GOD WANTS TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:09.130
  • MADE OF.
  • 00:23:09.130 --> 00:23:11.050
  • THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO GET
  • 00:23:11.050 --> 00:23:12.140
  • DISCOURAGED.
  • 00:23:12.140 --> 00:23:13.260
  • IT'S NOT THE TIME TO THINK,
  • 00:23:13.260 --> 00:23:14.280
  • "WHAT'S THE USE? IT'S NEVER
  • 00:23:14.280 --> 00:23:16.010
  • GOING TO CHANGE. I'M STUCK
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:16.280
  • HERE."
  • 00:23:16.280 --> 00:23:17.260
  • NO, IT'S ONLY A TEST.
  • 00:23:17.260 --> 00:23:20.090
  • THIS IS THE TIME MORE THAN EVER
  • 00:23:20.090 --> 00:23:21.190
  • TO DIG YOUR HEELS IN AND SOW A
  • 00:23:21.190 --> 00:23:23.130
  • RADICAL SEED OF OBEDIENCE.
  • 00:23:23.170 --> 00:23:26.170
  • DO THE RIGHT THING IN SPITE OF
  • 00:23:26.170 --> 00:23:28.290
  • WHAT SOMEBODY IS NOT GIVING YOU.
  • 00:23:28.290 --> 00:23:30.140
  • KEEP PRAYING EVEN THOUGH IT
  • 00:23:30.140 --> 00:23:31.220
  • FEELS LIKE GOD WENT ON VACATION.
  • 00:23:31.220 --> 00:23:34.050
  • KEEP BELIEVING EVEN THOUGH YOUR
  • 00:23:34.050 --> 00:23:35.200
  • MIND IS TELLING YOU IT'S NEVER
  • 00:23:35.200 --> 00:23:37.010
  • GOING TO CHANGE.
  • 00:23:37.010 --> 00:23:38.230
  • IF YOU'LL DO THAT, YOU'LL PASS
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:39.200
  • THAT TEST AND YOU WILL SEE THAT
  • 00:23:39.200 --> 00:23:41.180
  • RADICAL HARVEST.
  • 00:23:41.180 --> 00:23:42.290
  • THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS IN JAMES.
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:44.070
  • WHEN WE PASS THE TEST YOU WILL
  • 00:23:44.070 --> 00:23:45.290
  • RECEIVE A VICTOR'S CROWN OF
  • 00:23:45.290 --> 00:23:48.010
  • LIFE.
  • 00:23:48.010 --> 00:23:50.100
  • FRIENDS, THERE IS A CROWN OF
  • 00:23:50.100 --> 00:23:51.120
  • VICTORY WAITING FOR YOU.
  • 00:23:51.120 --> 00:23:53.130
  • THE TEST YOU ARE IN IS NOT
  • 00:23:53.130 --> 00:23:54.170
  • PERMANENT.
  • 00:23:54.170 --> 00:23:56.030
  • IT'S ONLY FOR A SEASON.
  • 00:23:56.030 --> 00:23:57.260
  • YOU KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
  • 00:23:57.260 --> 00:23:59.130
  • DON'T FIGHT AGAINST EVERYTHING
  • 00:23:59.130 --> 00:24:00.200
  • THAT'S HARD.
  • 00:24:00.200 --> 00:24:02.080
  • LET GOD MAKE YOU AND MOLD YOU.
  • 00:24:02.080 --> 00:24:04.040
  • WORK WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:04.040 --> 00:24:06.160
  • BE WILLING TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS,
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:08.010
  • MAKE IMPROVEMENTS.
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:09.140
  • GOD IS ALWAYS GIVING US
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:10.260
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO COME UP HIGHER.
  • 00:24:10.260 --> 00:24:12.260
  • AS YOU GROW, AS YOU MATURE, GOD
  • 00:24:12.260 --> 00:24:14.240
  • IS GOING TO RELEASE THE
  • 00:24:14.240 --> 00:24:16.100
  • INHERITANCE THAT HE HAS LAID UP
  • 00:24:16.100 --> 00:24:17.220
  • FOR YOU.
  • 00:24:17.220 --> 00:24:19.050
  • IT'S LIKE NOTHING YOU'VE SEEN
  • 00:24:19.050 --> 00:24:20.160
  • BEFORE.
  • 00:24:20.160 --> 00:24:21.240
  • GOD IS GOING TO RELEASE FAVOR IN
  • 00:24:21.240 --> 00:24:22.290
  • A GREATER WAY.
  • 00:24:22.290 --> 00:24:24.210
  • YOU'RE GOING TO COME INTO
  • 00:24:24.210 --> 00:24:25.290
  • SUPERNATURAL OPPORTUNITIES.
  • 00:24:25.290 --> 00:24:27.240
  • PROBLEMS THAT HAVE DOGGED YOU
  • 00:24:27.240 --> 00:24:28.290
  • FOR YEARS ARE GOING TO SUDDENLY
  • 00:24:28.290 --> 00:24:30.070
  • TURN AROUND.
  • 00:24:30.070 --> 00:24:32.010
  • LOVED ONES THAT WOULDN'T HAVE
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:32.290
  • ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE LORD ARE
  • 00:24:32.290 --> 00:24:34.120
  • GOING TO SUDDENLY COME BACK
  • 00:24:34.120 --> 00:24:36.030
  • HOME.
  • 00:24:36.030 --> 00:24:36.270
  • DREAMS YOU'VE BEEN PRAYING ABOUT
  • 00:24:36.270 --> 00:24:37.290
  • ARE GOING TO SUDDENLY COME TO
  • 00:24:37.290 --> 00:24:39.000
  • PASS.
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:40.040
  • BECAUSE YOU PASSED THE TEST GOD
  • 00:24:40.040 --> 00:24:41.180
  • PROMISES A CROWN OF VICTORY IS
  • 00:24:41.180 --> 00:24:43.160
  • WAITING FOR YOU.
  • 00:24:43.160 --> 00:24:45.090
  • THAT MEANS VICTORY IN YOUR
  • 00:24:45.090 --> 00:24:46.220
  • HEALTH, VICTORY IN YOUR
  • 00:24:46.220 --> 00:24:47.240
  • FINANCES, VICTORY IN YOUR
  • 00:24:47.240 --> 00:24:49.000
  • CAREER, VICTORY IN
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:50.090
  • RELATIONSHIPS.
  • 00:24:50.090 --> 00:24:52.120
  • I BELIEVE AND DECLARE VICTORY IS
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:53.280
  • IN YOUR FUTURE.
  • 00:24:53.280 --> 00:24:55.200
  • IN JESUS' NAME.
  • 00:24:55.200 --> 00:24:57.090
  • IF YOU RECEIVE IT TODAY CAN YOU
  • 00:24:57.090 --> 00:24:58.200
  • SAY, "AMEN." (AMEN)
  • 00:24:58.200 --> 00:25:00.110
  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL, WE NEVER LIKE TO CLOSE
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  • 00:25:04.000 --> 00:25:05.190
  • LORD OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:05.190 --> 00:25:07.020
  • WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME?
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:08.040
  • JUST SAY, "LORD JESUS,
  • 00:25:08.040 --> 00:25:09.230
  • I REPENT OF MY SINS.
  • 00:25:09.230 --> 00:25:12.130
  • COME IN TO MY HEART.
  • 00:25:12.130 --> 00:25:14.030
  • I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND SAVIOR."
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  • FRIENDS, IF YOU PRAYED THAT
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  • SIMPLE PRAYER WE BELIEVE
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