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The Possessor Will Provide

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May 19, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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The Possessor Will Provide

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  • Kerry Shook: And Abraham obeyed
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  • Kerry Shook: And Abraham obeyed.
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  • He obeyed God again and again.
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  • It didn't mean he didn't have some fears and some worries
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  • about how God was going to provide for him.
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  • And God was so pleased, he said, "Don't be afraid.
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  • Abraham, don't be afraid, I'm going to meet your needs."
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  • Kerry: Well, Woodlands Church,
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  • we're in a series where we're learning
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  • how the maker of heaven and earth can
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  • make all the difference in every area of our lives.
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  • The Scriptures tell us that one of the titles for God
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  • is maker of heaven and earth.
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  • And when I'm overwhelmed by my problems,
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  • when I'm overcome by anxieties,
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  • it's so important to remember that God is the maker
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  • of heaven and earth, that God is the maker of the mountains,
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  • the creator of the cosmos.
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  • He's the source of all solar systems,
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  • and he is the designer of your DNA.
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  • 'Cause we said last week that if you're a Christ follower,
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  • the real reason why we get overwhelmed by problems
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  • and the pressures of life
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  • is because we forget two things about God.
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  • First, how big he is, and secondly how much he cares.
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  • We forget how big and great God is
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  • and how much he cares about us.
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  • There's no problem in your life so big that God can't handle it,
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  • and there's no problem too small
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  • that the maker doesn't care about it.
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  • For when we remember that God is the maker of heaven and earth,
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  • we realize the maker can make a way for us, that the maker can
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  • make a way where there is no way, that the maker can make
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  • your path straight, that the maker can stop
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  • the storms in your life.
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  • That the maker can make all things new, that the maker can
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  • make a way for you, and the maker can make
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  • all the difference in your life.
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  • Today, we're going to look at a passage of Scripture where
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  • we see that God is not only the maker of heaven and earth,
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  • but he's also the possessor of heaven and earth.
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  • He made it all and he owns it all.
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  • We're going to see in this passage of Scripture that God is
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  • called the possessor and maker of heaven and earth.
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  • And we're going to see how the maker
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  • and possessor can provide for all your needs.
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  • I want you to open your Bibles to Genesis chapter 14, and here
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  • we see that Abram, later called Abraham, this great man of God
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  • who's following God with all his heart out into the unknown, he's
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  • obeying God, and God leads him to this place of blessing.
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  • And then Abraham's nephew Lot and his family,
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  • they go their separate ways.
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  • And they go down to the country of Sodom in the Jordan Valley.
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  • And Sodom is this very materialistic and hedonistic
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  • culture, but Lot's family is drawn to that.
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  • And then the country of Sodom gets into a war.
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  • And Elam and the king of Elam and three other countries attack
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  • them, and they really loot Sodom,
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  • and they take a lot of their material goods
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  • and a lot of their people to make them as slaves.
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  • And someone goes and tells Abraham about this and says,
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  • "Your nephew Lot was also taken to become a slave."
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  • So, Abraham gets 318 of his men, this elite force,
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  • and he goes by night and he attacks this caravan
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  • that really came through and stole all the goods
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  • and the people from Sodom.
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  • And God gives him favor and God works a miracle,
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  • and somehow the 318 defeat all 4 of these kings,
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  • and they take back all the goods
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  • and all the people, and most importantly for Abraham
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  • his nephew Lot is free.
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  • And then after this great battle and this great miracle of God,
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  • we look at Genesis 14 to see what happens next.
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  • So, would you stand in honor of God's Word?
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  • And I want to welcome all you guys worshipping with us through
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  • our satellite campuses and everyone worshipping with us
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  • through our broadcast and online ministry.
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  • Wherever you are in the world, you're welcome,
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  • and God has a purpose and a plan for you.
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  • I don't know what you're going through,
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  • but the maker does, and he can make a way for you.
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  • He cares about everything that you go through.
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  • From the Woodlands to the world, we're one church.
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  • And so, I want you to follow along with me,
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  • chapter 14 beginning with verse 18
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  • and all the way through chapter 15, verse 1.
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  • "Melchizedek, king of Salem, later called Jerusalem,
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  • brought out bread and wine for their nourishment.
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  • He was the priest of God Most High,
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  • and he blessed him and said,
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  • 'Blessed, favored with blessings,
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  • may blissful, joyful be Abram by God Most High,
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  • possessor and maker of heaven and earth.
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  • And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High
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  • who has given your foes into your hand.'
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  • And Abram gave him a tenth of all he had taken.
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  • And the king of Sodom said to Abraham, 'Give me the persons
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  • and keep the goods for yourself.'
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  • But Abraham said to the king of Sodom,
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  • 'I have lifted up my hand and sworn
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  • to the Lord God Most High, the possessor
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  • and maker of heaven and earth,
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  • that I would not take a thread or a shoelace, or anything
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  • that is yours lest you should say,
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  • "I have made Abram rich."'
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  • After these things, the Word of the Lord came to Abram
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  • in a vision, saying, 'Fear not, Abram, I am your shield,
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  • your abundant compensation, and your reward
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  • shall be exceedingly great.'"
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  • You can be seated.
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  • And I want you to underling that phrase, that title of God,
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  • "the possessor of heaven and earth."
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  • It appears twice in the passage.
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  • First this mystery man Melchizedek says it,
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  • that God is the possessor and maker of heaven and earth.
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  • And then Abraham says it, God Most High is the possessor
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  • and maker of heaven and earth.
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  • And we're going to get back to that and we're going to look
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  • at who Melchizedek is a little bit later.
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  • But I want you to move to the end of the passage,
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  • where God says, "Fear not, Abram," and underline that.
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  • Fear not, Abram. Why did God say, "Fear not"?
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  • Because apparently Abraham was afraid.
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  • And God looked right into his heart and he saw his emotions.
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  • "Fear not," he tells him.
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  • For you see, God gave Abraham this great victory in battle.
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  • There's no way they should've won, but God did it.
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  • And they won and they took all the material goods
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  • and they set free all the people.
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  • Then the wicked king of Sodom comes up and he says,
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  • "Hey Abraham, I'm going to give you the loot here, you know?
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  • I mean, I couldn't have done it without you."
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  • Well, of course he couldn't.
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  • You know, he said, "I own all this stuff, so I'm going to give
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  • you some of this stuff and I'm going to bless you.
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  • And so, take it."
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  • But God had told Abraham, "Don't you take one thing that that
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  • king gives you because he's not the possessor and the provider.
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  • And I will--I the possessor will provide for you."
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  • But apparently, Abraham started having some thoughts come in
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  • to his mind and his heart that, I mean,
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  • he could've been set for life if all these goods were his.
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  • And you know, what are the chances this wicked king
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  • would give up all these goods?
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  • You know, this must be God. But God had told him no.
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  • And Abraham obeyed.
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  • He obeyed God again and again.
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  • It didn't mean he didn't have some fears and some worries
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  • about how God was going to provide for him.
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  • And God was so pleased, he said, "Don't be afraid.
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  • Abraham, don't be afraid, I'm going to meet your needs."
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  • And underline the next phrase, he says,
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  • "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield."
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  • He says, "I'll protect you.
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  • I the maker of heaven and earth will protect you.
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  • I the possessor of heaven and earth will protect you."
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  • And then underline the next phrase,
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  • "I'm also your abundant compensation.
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  • I will provide for you.
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  • Hey, you don't need to be afraid.
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  • I know you're feeling a little afraid,
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  • a little anxious, but just know this.
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  • I the possessor of heaven and earth will protect you
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  • and will provide for you."
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  • Then underline the last phrase, "And your reward
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  • shall be exceedingly great."
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  • He's saying, "I'm going to bless you so much,
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  • I'm going to meet all your material needs.
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  • But more important than that, I'm going to bless you
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  • with the things that money can't buy, a destiny,
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  • a purpose, fulfillment in your soul."
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  • Meaning true joy.
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  • I'm going to bless you with protection and provision,
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  • and I'm going to bless you with purpose.
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  • And what an amazing thing.
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  • And the Scripture tells us that we too are children
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  • of the promise,
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  • that this promise is also for you and for me.
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  • God says, "I know you're afraid right now.
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  • I know you're filled with anxieties.
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  • I know you're worrying how you're going
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  • to get through that problem.
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  • I know you're worrying how you're going
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  • to get that need met.
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  • I know you're worrying how you're going to pay that bill.
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  • I know you're worried, but just know
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  • you don't have to be afraid.
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  • I'm going to protect you and I'm going to provide for you."
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: We're always looking for ways and always looking
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  • for things to bring fulfillment and happiness,
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  • rather than looking to the possessor and maker
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  • of heaven and earth, who owns it all, to provide for us.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary
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  • Kerry: God is saying, "Don't worry, Abraham.
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  • Remember, I'm the maker and possessor of heaven and earth,
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  • and I the possessor will provide for you."
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  • And God says that to you today, "I the possessor will provide
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  • for you if you'll align your heart with me."
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  • So, how do I do that?
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  • Let's look at Abraham and what he did not to deserve
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  • the blessing, but to put himself in position
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  • to receive God's grace and blessing.
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  • First, I have to acknowledge that God is the possessor
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  • of heaven and earth.
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  • God is the possessor of heaven and earth.
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  • Now, that may sound really simple,
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  • of course God's the possessor of heaven and earth,
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  • but do you really acknowledge that in the way you live?
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  • Look at this next passage, Psalm 50:10.
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  • God says, "Every animal in the forest belongs to me,
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  • and so do the cattle on a thousand hills.
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  • I know all the birds in the mountains,
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  • and every wild creature is in my care.
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  • If I were hungry, I wouldn't tell you
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  • because I own the world and everything in it."
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  • Drop the mic.
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  • I mean, that's pretty amazing, isn't it?
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  • That says it all, that kind of sums it all up.
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  • God says, "I don't need you.
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  • I just want to remind you that I don't need anything, I don't
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  • need you, but I want you to be in a relationship with me.
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  • Yeah, I possess the heavens and the earth,
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  • and I want to possess your heart.
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  • And I give you that choice."
  • 00:12:06.290 --> 00:12:10.170
  • God reminds us he doesn't need us, he owns it all,
  • 00:12:10.180 --> 00:12:14.040
  • but God says, "I want you to look to me to provide for you
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  • because I own the cattle in a thousand hills
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  • and the hills those cattle are on.
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  • I made it all. And so, look to me."
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:23.260
  • But as human beings, we naturally start looking to
  • 00:12:23.270 --> 00:12:26.010
  • everything and everyone else to provide, to meet our deepest
  • 00:12:26.020 --> 00:12:29.230
  • needs, to meet material needs.
  • 00:12:29.240 --> 00:12:33.130
  • We're always looking for ways and always looking for things
  • 00:12:33.140 --> 00:12:38.130
  • to bring fulfillment and happiness rather than looking
  • 00:12:38.140 --> 00:12:41.280
  • to the possessor and maker of heaven and earth,
  • 00:12:41.290 --> 00:12:44.070
  • who owns it all, to provide for us.
  • 00:12:44.080 --> 00:12:46.290
  • The lottery this weekend got up to like $1.5 billion
  • 00:12:47.000 --> 00:12:52.070
  • and people just started going crazy.
  • 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:54.290
  • You know, it just makes no sense to me that it gets up
  • 00:12:55.000 --> 00:12:57.120
  • to 1.5 billion, then everybody's got to buy a ticket.
  • 00:12:57.130 --> 00:13:00.060
  • It's like it's at 100 million,
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:02.010
  • "No, I don't want to settle for 100 million.
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  • It gets up to 1.5 billion, I'll get a ticket.
  • 00:13:04.020 --> 00:13:07.050
  • You know, just no, I don't want to be 100 millionaire.
  • 00:13:07.060 --> 00:13:09.130
  • You know, maybe a billionaire. Yeah, then I'll buy a ticket."
  • 00:13:09.140 --> 00:13:13.280
  • I mean, how crazy is that?
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:16.030
  • You know, and all these people going crazy,
  • 00:13:16.040 --> 00:13:17.210
  • "It's at 1.5 billion, so now I've got to get a ticket."
  • 00:13:17.220 --> 00:13:21.200
  • And they don't realize that their chances of winning
  • 00:13:21.210 --> 00:13:24.100
  • the lottery are slim to none.
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  • I mean, I think they said you have a better chance of being
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  • attacked by a shark and all your limbs eaten off,
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:32.270
  • but somehow making it back up onto the shore,
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:35.060
  • then getting struck by lightning seven times.
  • 00:13:35.070 --> 00:13:38.100
  • That's--you have a better chance of that happening to you
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  • than winning the 1.5 billion.
  • 00:13:43.210 --> 00:13:47.120
  • I know some of you are going,
  • 00:13:47.130 --> 00:13:48.220
  • "Yeah, but I'm praying about it, Kerry.
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  • And I promise you, I promise you I'll tithe."
  • 00:13:50.030 --> 00:13:52.190
  • It's like okay, do it then, that's great.
  • 00:13:52.200 --> 00:13:55.270
  • We'll put it--we'll plan on it in the budget next year.
  • 00:13:55.280 --> 00:14:01.230
  • But people, you know, they look to all these things.
  • 00:14:01.240 --> 00:14:06.190
  • When--then they think, "1.5 billion, the lottery,
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:09.120
  • I'm going to take my chance on that,"
  • 00:14:09.130 --> 00:14:11.270
  • when we have a God who owns 100 billion galaxies.
  • 00:14:11.280 --> 00:14:16.270
  • He created it all and he owns it all.
  • 00:14:16.280 --> 00:14:19.100
  • And we don't look to God, we don't seek God.
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:22.170
  • So, how do I acknowledge that God is the possessor
  • 00:14:22.180 --> 00:14:25.070
  • and the maker of everything?
  • 00:14:25.080 --> 00:14:29.070
  • Will I start worrying about finances?
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  • If I really believe that,
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  • then I have to stop worrying about finances.
  • 00:14:32.110 --> 00:14:33.270
  • Now, everybody goes through financial stress.
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:35.280
  • We all worry at times about finances,
  • 00:14:35.290 --> 00:14:37.280
  • regardless of how much or how little you have.
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:41.010
  • There's a myth that says only poor people
  • 00:14:41.020 --> 00:14:42.240
  • experience financial stress.
  • 00:14:42.250 --> 00:14:44.270
  • In fact, the more you have, the more you have to worry
  • 00:14:44.280 --> 00:14:46.270
  • about maintain, ensure, protect, pay taxes
  • 00:14:46.280 --> 00:14:50.060
  • on. And so, everyone experiences financial stress.
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:55.140
  • And we spend a lot of time stressing over stuff,
  • 00:14:55.150 --> 00:14:58.180
  • being possessed by our possessions.
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:15:02.030
  • We also worry about finances because we forget that people
  • 00:15:02.040 --> 00:15:06.160
  • are more important than possessions.
  • 00:15:06.170 --> 00:15:07.270
  • We start putting possessions ahead of people and being
  • 00:15:07.280 --> 00:15:10.200
  • concerned about possessions more than we are about people.
  • 00:15:10.210 --> 00:15:14.070
  • And we start using people and loving things,
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:16.280
  • rather than loving people and using things.
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  • Heard the true story about a husband
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  • who bought a classic sports car.
  • 00:15:21.240 --> 00:15:23.230
  • And he restored that sports car, he worked for hours on it,
  • 00:15:23.240 --> 00:15:27.070
  • it was just a passion of his.
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  • And when he finished it, it just looked beautiful,
  • 00:15:28.270 --> 00:15:31.070
  • and he told his wife, he said, "Honey, you know,
  • 00:15:31.080 --> 00:15:33.140
  • I just want you to know I'm not going to control this car.
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  • I want--this car is yours as much as it is mine.
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  • You can drive it anytime you want."
  • 00:15:38.050 --> 00:15:39.230
  • Well, the first time she took it out, she had a wreck.
  • 00:15:39.240 --> 00:15:42.060
  • And it was her fault and she smashed the whole front end in,
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  • and she was just devastated.
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:46.280
  • She got out of the car and she just sat on the curb and started
  • 00:15:46.290 --> 00:15:48.180
  • just crying, thinking, "How am I going to tell my husband?"
  • 00:15:48.190 --> 00:15:54.140
  • And then she went back to the car and opened up the glove box
  • 00:15:54.150 --> 00:15:57.240
  • to get the insurance out to exchange insurances, and she
  • 00:15:57.250 --> 00:16:01.120
  • found this little note from her husband in the glove box.
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:03.260
  • It said, "Sweetheart, since you're reading this, it probably
  • 00:16:03.270 --> 00:16:07.180
  • means you had a wreck in the car.
  • 00:16:07.190 --> 00:16:10.070
  • I hope and pray you're okay.
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  • Please know that my only concern is that you're safe.
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  • Don't worry about the car, you're the only thing
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  • that matters to me, your loving husband."
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  • Aww.
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  • Really there's no husband like that, it's not a true story, so.
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  • But wouldn't it be cool if there was, you know,
  • 00:16:25.110 --> 00:16:29.140
  • a husband like that?
  • 00:16:29.150 --> 00:16:30.260
  • And I thought that'd be so awesome
  • 00:16:30.270 --> 00:16:32.130
  • if that was a true story.
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  • I think the true story is the husband put a note in there,
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  • it says, "Better not be your fault," or something like that,
  • 00:16:39.260 --> 00:16:42.010
  • that's the true story.
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:44.020
  • But we do worry so much about stuff.
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:50.050
  • And we get so concerned and we put possessions over people.
  • 00:16:50.060 --> 00:16:53.240
  • So, we need to stop worrying, and then we need to start
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  • praying for God's provision.
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  • I acknowledge that he is the possessor and maker of heaven
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  • and earth when I start praying for God to meet my needs.
  • 00:17:00.050 --> 00:17:04.000
  • Philippians 4:19 says, "And my God will meet all your needs
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  • according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:17:06.210 --> 00:17:09.130
  • Underline that word "all."
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  • Does that include mortgage payments? Yes.
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  • Does that include tuition? Yes.
  • 00:17:13.080 --> 00:17:17.100
  • God says all, not your greeds, but your needs.
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:20.040
  • He says, "I'm going to meet--I care about everything that
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:22.170
  • you're going through."
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:23.270
  • The possessor and maker of heaven and earth
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:26.010
  • will provide for you all.
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:28.150
  • But this promise has a premise, a condition to it.
  • 00:17:28.160 --> 00:17:32.070
  • And it's the second thing, honor the possessor of heaven
  • 00:17:32.080 --> 00:17:36.000
  • and earth with your finances.
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:38.010
  • We have to honor God and put him first.
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  • Proverbs 3:9 and 10 says, "Honor the Lord with all your wealth
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  • and with the first and best part of all your income.
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  • Then your barns will be full and your vats
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:49.260
  • will overflow with fresh wine."
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  • Underline the word "first and best,"
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:55.150
  • and underline the word "honor" and connect them.
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  • Because to honor someone, you give them the first
  • 00:17:59.060 --> 00:18:00.270
  • and the best.
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:02.070
  • That honors someone.
  • 00:18:02.080 --> 00:18:03.170
  • Give them the first and the best.
  • 00:18:03.180 --> 00:18:04.270
  • To honor God, you give him the first and the best
  • 00:18:04.280 --> 00:18:06.270
  • of all you make.
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:09.280
  • It's the principle of tithing,
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  • it's taught all through Scripture.
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  • And tithe just means tenth.
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  • You give God the first 10% of all you make to show
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:18.060
  • that he's first place in your life.
  • 00:18:18.070 --> 00:18:19.160
  • Now, why did God say 10%?
  • 00:18:19.170 --> 00:18:22.160
  • You know, he said it all through the Old Testament,
  • 00:18:22.170 --> 00:18:24.080
  • Jesus affirmed it in the New Testament.
  • 00:18:24.090 --> 00:18:26.020
  • Why did he say 10%?
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:28.250
  • He could've said 30%, he could've said 2%.
  • 00:18:28.260 --> 00:18:31.050
  • Why did he say 10%?
  • 00:18:31.060 --> 00:18:32.150
  • I don't know why he picked 10%, but I know the purpose of it,
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:35.000
  • it's to teach us to put God first
  • 00:18:35.010 --> 00:18:38.150
  • because it's not that he needs our money,
  • 00:18:38.160 --> 00:18:40.190
  • it's he wants what it represents, it's our heart.
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:43.120
  • He wants to possess our heart.
  • 00:18:43.130 --> 00:18:44.220
  • And he knows that if he's not first place in our finances,
  • 00:18:44.230 --> 00:18:49.020
  • in our relationships, in our schedule,
  • 00:18:49.030 --> 00:18:51.050
  • then he's not first
  • 00:18:51.060 --> 00:18:52.150
  • place in our lives because those are important things to us.
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:56.180
  • Now, I want us to go back to that passage in Genesis 14.
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  • In verse 18, it says, "Melchizedek, king of Salem,
  • 00:19:01.010 --> 00:19:03.220
  • later called Jerusalem, brought out bread and wine
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:06.020
  • for their nourishment.
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:07.160
  • He was the priest of God Most High.
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:10.120
  • And he blessed him and said, "Blessed, favored with blessing,
  • 00:19:10.130 --> 00:19:13.100
  • blissful, joyful be Abram by God Most
  • 00:19:13.110 --> 00:19:16.100
  • High, possessor and maker of heaven and earth.
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:19.000
  • And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High
  • 00:19:19.010 --> 00:19:22.120
  • who has given your foes into your hand.
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  • And Abram gave him a tenth of all he had taken."
  • 00:19:24.270 --> 00:19:28.040
  • So, here we see the tithe again.
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:30.290
  • And again, it's all through Scripture.
  • 00:19:31.000 --> 00:19:33.080
  • Now, who is this mystery man Melchizedek?
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:35.120
  • Well, he was more than a man.
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:37.040
  • He shows up here out of the blue as a priest
  • 00:19:37.050 --> 00:19:40.070
  • of the Most High God.
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:41.290
  • And Melchizedek, his name meant king of righteousness.
  • 00:19:42.000 --> 00:19:46.280
  • He was the king of Salem, Salem means peace,
  • 00:19:46.290 --> 00:19:49.170
  • so he was the king of righteousness,
  • 00:19:49.180 --> 00:19:50.270
  • the king of peace, the priest of the Most High God.
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:54.030
  • Who does that remind you of? Jesus.
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:56.290
  • And the writer in Hebrews in the New Testament says that this
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:19:59.280
  • Melchizedek was without mother or a father, was not born and
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:05.210
  • would never die, and was made like the Son of God.
  • 00:20:05.220 --> 00:20:09.220
  • So, Melchizedek was a type of Christ
  • 00:20:09.230 --> 00:20:14.020
  • or a foreshadowing of Christ,
  • 00:20:14.030 --> 00:20:15.220
  • or he was Jesus himself because Jesus appeared
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:18.090
  • in the Old Testament many times.
  • 00:20:18.100 --> 00:20:20.180
  • Remember one of the times was when the three Hebrew young men
  • 00:20:20.190 --> 00:20:24.130
  • took a stand for God and didn't worship idols
  • 00:20:24.140 --> 00:20:26.130
  • and they were thrown into the fiery furnace.
  • 00:20:26.140 --> 00:20:28.060
  • And the king looked in and he said,
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:30.060
  • "I see four walking around in there.
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:32.110
  • I only threw three men in the furnace and four are walking
  • 00:20:32.120 --> 00:20:35.180
  • around, they're unharmed, and the fourth looks
  • 00:20:35.190 --> 00:20:37.200
  • like a son of the gods."
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:39.200
  • That's because he was the Son of God, Jesus Christ
  • 00:20:39.210 --> 00:20:42.010
  • in the fire with them, protecting them,
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:44.110
  • providing for them.
  • 00:20:44.120 --> 00:20:45.260
  • And so, we see Jesus all through the Old Testament
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:49.180
  • making these appearances.
  • 00:20:49.190 --> 00:20:51.040
  • And so Melchizedek, probably Christ himself,
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:55.250
  • the king of righteousness,
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:57.080
  • the king of peace, the priest to the Most High God
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:21:00.280
  • that intercedes and brings us to perfect God.
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:06.060
  • And Abraham gives him a tenth of his possessions,
  • 00:21:06.070 --> 00:21:08.160
  • he tithes to him.
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  • He gives the first and the best, the 10% back to God.
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:14.180
  • And he trusts God to provide for him, and that's why God says,
  • 00:21:14.190 --> 00:21:17.250
  • "I'm going to reward you greatly."
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:19.170
  • In Malachi 3:10, we see, "'Bring all the tithes into the
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:22.210
  • storehouse so there will be enough food in my temple.
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  • If you do,' says the Lord of heaven's armies,
  • 00:21:25.020 --> 00:21:27.060
  • 'I will open the windows of heaven for you.
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  • I will pour out a blessing so great
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:31.060
  • you won't have room enough to take it in.
  • 00:21:31.070 --> 00:21:33.060
  • Try it, put me to the test.'" God says, "If you will give the
  • 00:21:33.070 --> 00:21:37.060
  • first 10%, if you will tithe and give me the first and best,
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:42.020
  • then I'm going to bless the rest and I'm going to pour
  • 00:21:42.030 --> 00:21:44.130
  • out blessings on you.
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  • I'm going to meet all your material needs,
  • 00:21:45.240 --> 00:21:47.160
  • and then I'm going to meet needs
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:51.060
  • that are the real needs, the things that money can't buy,
  • 00:21:51.070 --> 00:21:55.000
  • a destiny, a purpose, joy, and fulfillment."
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:59.010
  • And God says, "You can test me in this."
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  • We're never to test God in anything, did you know that?
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:03.210
  • The Bible says don't test the Lord your God except
  • 00:22:03.220 --> 00:22:06.130
  • in this one area, in giving, in giving.
  • 00:22:06.140 --> 00:22:11.060
  • Why is that?
  • 00:22:11.070 --> 00:22:12.160
  • Because God wants you to put him first
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:14.260
  • in this really important area
  • 00:22:14.270 --> 00:22:16.060
  • because if our Christianity doesn't work in our finances,
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:18.160
  • our relationships, our schedule, then it doesn't really work.
  • 00:22:18.170 --> 00:22:22.160
  • And so God says, "I want you to honor me with your finances."
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:28.010
  • But then the third thing, let the possessor of heaven
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:30.050
  • and earth possess your heart.
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  • It's really a heart issue.
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  • And Matthew 6:21, it says, "For where your treasure is,
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  • there your heart will be also."
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  • It's easier for God to possess heaven and earth than it is
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  • for him to possess the hearts of men and women
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  • because he gives us the choice
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  • as to whether or not we let him possess our hearts.
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  • And really what we're talking about here
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  • is just a heart issue.
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  • Do I trust God with my whole heart?
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  • 'Cause if I don't trust him with my finances,
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  • I don't trust him with my eternal destiny.
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  • I don't trust him with my whole heart.
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  • And so, God wants to teach us to trust him in these things
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  • that aren't as important as the big things,
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  • but are really important to us.
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  • It's really a heart issue because think about it, human
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  • beings are the only ones who get to choose whether
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  • or not God possesses our heart because he gives us
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  • that free choice 'cause he loves us so much.
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  • Think about it, the earth didn't murder the maker.
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  • The earth revolted and quaked when the maker
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  • was crucified on that cross by us as human beings.
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  • The sun didn't crucify the Savior, the sun hid itself and
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  • couldn't look upon the great evil that we brought against
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  • the perfect one.
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  • It's not the heavens and earth that God has trouble possessing,
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  • it's the hearts of human beings.
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  • And so, does God possess your heart?
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  • Doesn't need your money, but he wants and desires
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  • your heart because he loves you so much.
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  • And he knows what's best for you.
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  • And so, I want us to bow our heads right now.
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  • And with your head bowed, I want you to think about this verse
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  • I'm about to read, Psalm 146, verse 5, "Blessed are those
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  • whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope
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  • is in the Lord their God.
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  • He is the maker of heaven and earth, the sea,
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  • and everything in them.
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  • He keeps every promise forever."
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  • When the maker of heaven and earth makes a promise,
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  • he keeps it.
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  • He's made a promise to you that he'll meet all your needs
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  • if you put him first and honor him.
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  • He will keep his promise.
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  • When the maker makes a promise, you can take it to the bank.
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  • 00:24:48.030 --> 00:24:57.270
  • Kerry: The most important decision you can ever make
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  • is to receive Christ into your life.
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  • You see, it's not about religion,
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  • it's about a relationship with God
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  • through his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • In fact, I don't like religion to be honest.
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  • Religion is really man trying to work our way up to God.
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  • It's humankind trying to do enough good works and to follow
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  • rules, rituals, and regulations so that God looks down at us
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  • and says, "Okay, I accept you."
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  • But the problem is God is perfect and holy,
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  • and we're all sinners.
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  • None of us are perfect, but that's why Christ came.
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  • He came and he became one of us and he died on a cross.
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  • And I don't understand it completely,
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  • but I know this with all my heart,
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  • what he did on that cross gives me forgiveness of all my sins.
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  • It just takes away my guilt,
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  • and it's about a relationship with Christ.
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  • It's not about religion, it's a relationship with Jesus, and all
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  • you have to do is just say, "Jesus Christ, I need you.
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  • I can't save myself, so I ask you to come
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  • into my life and save me.
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  • Forgive me of all my sins and just be the Lord of my life."
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  • And when you do that, Christ comes into your life and
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  • he says, "I'll never leave you and never forsake you."
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  • announcer: The key to living an effective, fulfilling,
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  • productive life is not increasing
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  • your ability to multitask.
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  • On the contrary, the missing ingredient is focus.
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  • In fact, choosing to narrow your focus on God
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  • is the very thing that will broaden your life.
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  • It's through prayer and devotion that God is able to energize
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  • with you with the power and desire to do his will.
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  • Are you making time to meet privately with God
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  • and seek his direction?
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  • practical resources to help you develop the spiritual habit
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  • of spending time with God daily.
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  • Commit to spending time with God
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  • so that you can soar to new heights.
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