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Counting Stars Because God Said So Part 1

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August 31, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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Counting Stars Because God Said So Part 1

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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: Abraham is the central figure
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  • in the Old Testament.
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  • He kept on counting stars regardless of the circumstances,
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  • regardless of the discouragement.
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  • He kept on counting stars when he could see none.
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  • I discovered that the place of blessing
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  • is in the place of obedience.
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  • The place of blessing is where he wanted me to be,
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  • not where I want to go.
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  • When you place your whole confidence
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  • and trust in God's Word,
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  • even when you see no evidence whatsoever,
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  • counting stars in an empty sky, that is faith.
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  • Dr. Youssef: For when God promised Abraham
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  • that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky,
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  • in the heavens, Abraham had none,
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  • no children whatsoever, but also,
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  • as you look at Abraham's journey of faith,
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  • you're gonna see it's not a smooth sailing.
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  • You're gonna find that he faced all sorts of challenges.
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  • He faced difficulties.
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  • He faced doubt and fear in his life.
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  • He faced his own demons.
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  • He faced sin and failure.
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  • He faced opposition of all sorts,
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  • and he faced many a temptation to stop counting stars
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  • when God said to him, "Count stars."
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  • But in the long run,
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  • the reason Abraham is the central figure,
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  • make no mistake about it,
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  • Abraham is the central figure in the Old Testament,
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  • and the reason for that is because he
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  • kept on counting stars regardless of the circumstances,
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  • regardless of the discouragement.
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  • He kept on counting stars when he could see none.
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  • And all he had, basically, is God's own word.
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  • The God of power and might spoke to him,
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  • and he said, "That's it, that's enough for me."
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  • So, I want you to turn with me, please, to Genesis 12.
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  • God commands Abraham, he says,
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  • "Abraham, go out of your country.
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  • Leave your country and get out to a land
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  • that I'm going to show you."
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  • He said, "I'll make you a great nation.
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  • I'll bless you, and through you, all the families of the earth
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  • are going to be blessed."
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  • I want you to see in Abraham's life
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  • a mirror for your life, and your life,
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  • and my life, because it is.
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  • For like Abraham, God called
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  • every single believer in the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • to come out of the old country.
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  • He called every one of us
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  • who came from the country of sin,
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  • because sin with which we are born,
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  • every one of us were in that country
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  • where we're born turning our back to God.
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  • And then, at some point, God said to every one of us,
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  • come and follow me.
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  • Get out of your life of sin.
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  • Turn away from the old ways, with all of its selfishness,
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  • with all of its stubbornness and rebellion
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  • and wanting to do your own thing.
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  • With all of its selfish ambitions,
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  • with all of its confusion, with all of its lostness,
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  • with all of its doubt, and come and follow me.
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  • He said to every one of us, I will forgive your sins
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  • through the blood of my Son, Jesus Christ.
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  • I will heal your wounded spirit and your wounded soul.
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  • I'm gonna bind your broken heart.
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  • I will adopt you as my child.
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  • I'll give you a new identity.
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  • I will give you a heart that desires obedience to me.
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  • I will adopt you as a child of the King of kings,
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  • and you will become an heir inheritor
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  • of all that belongs to Jesus.
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  • You will no longer be lost, but you belong to me.
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  • I will bless you as you trust me,
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  • as you obey me, as you walk with me,
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  • as you serve me.
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  • From now on, I want you to start counting stars.
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  • Here's the tragic situation,
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  • and in many ways that's what happened to Abraham.
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  • That after we come to Christ,
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  • after we surrender our life to him,
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  • after the joy and the excitement
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  • of knowing that I am a child of the living God,
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  • that God forgave me all of my sins,
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  • that he saved me eternally,
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  • that now I have this assurance of eternal life,
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  • after all the excitement has worn off,
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  • we get bogged down in our Harran.
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  • You say, "What is that?"
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  • Harran is the spiritual Las Vegas.
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  • But in that spiritual Harran,
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  • what happens in Harran does not stay in Harran.
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  • And there are many believers who get to Harran,
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  • the land of compromise and the land of confusion,
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  • and they never move to greater heights.
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  • The very thing that God called you for,
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  • the very thing that God saved you for,
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  • the very thing that God redeemed you for,
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  • we never move
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  • to this greater land of promise and blessing,
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  • what the Bible calls
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  • moving from one point of glory into another.
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  • We begin well and we start well
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  • when we say yes to Jesus, but then, before long,
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  • we begin to mix the old with the new.
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  • I am really praying to the Lord that he will use
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  • this series of messages
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  • for us as a body of believers,
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  • and many of those who are watching around the world,
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  • to challenge us like he's never challenged us before.
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  • Challenge us to do what?
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  • Challenges us to give up mediocrity,
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  • to throw away half-hearted faith,
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  • to throw away Harran living, to throw away the temptation
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  • of going into Egypt and staying in Egypt.
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  • To throw away doubt and disobedience,
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  • and begin to move to higher plains
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  • of God's power and might and glory, amen?
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  • Don't ever forget that when God called Abraham,
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  • Abraham and his whole family were idolaters.
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  • They were worshiping idols.
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  • In fact, many, many, many years later,
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  • his grandson, Jacob, goes back to Abraham's ancestors,
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  • and there his uncle, Laban, kept idols.
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  • In fact, his wife, Rachel, stole them.
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  • They're idol worshipers.
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  • There is nothing more offensive to God
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  • than when his own children, who claim to know him,
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  • who claim to love him, those whom he redeemed,
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  • and those whom he saved,
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  • begin to mix the old life with the new life.
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  • And when Abraham got halfway to Canaan,
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  • he decided to stay in Harran.
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  • But Harran is always a symbol of compromise.
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  • And when God had to come and get him out of Harran,
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  • God was a zealous God,
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  • and he wanted him to leave that life of half-heartedness.
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  • Now, some Christian believers, they cannot take
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  • being falsely accused of all sorts of false things.
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  • They are all false that we are unloving,
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  • that we are prejudiced,
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  • and that we don't believe in equality,
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  • and all of these false accusations.
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  • I have known some pastors who because they
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  • could not stand these false accusations,
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  • they decided to compromise with the world
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  • in order to be accepted.
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  • We should not be surprised that the world hates us.
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  • Jesus said it.
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  • He said, "The world will hate you
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  • because it hated me."
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  • The world hates our righteousness.
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  • The world hates our uprightness.
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  • The world hates our Biblical standards,
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  • and that should not surprise us.
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  • In fact, we should be expecting it.
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  • Let me show you from the Scripture.
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  • In the epistle to the Hebrews, chapter 11 and verse 7,
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  • it says of Noah, "By his faith, he condemned the world."
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  • Noah didn't condemn the world,
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  • he actually was inviting people to come into the ark.
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  • He wanted to save the world.
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  • Ah, but the world felt condemned by the faith of Noah.
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  • And you don't even have to open your mouth,
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  • your uprightness is going to make
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  • those who hate God angry.
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  • Don't be surprised.
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  • In fact, you need to rejoice when you're falsely accused.
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  • That's what Jesus said in the beatitudes.
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  • Rejoice when they falsely accuse you for my sake.
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  • And God asked Abraham to leave all of his past behind,
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  • to leave what is dear and near behind.
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  • To leave it and move
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  • to the place that he's never seen,
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  • and maybe even never heard of.
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  • And so, Abraham found himself nearly alone,
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  • but he really wasn't alone, he had Yahweh,
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  • and that's everything.
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  • You and I are privileged not to walk alone
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  • in our Christian walk.
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  • Genesis 12, look at verses 2 and 3.
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  • God made certain promises to Abraham,
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  • and God makes those promises to everyone
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  • when we repent of our sins
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  • and turn to the living God.
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  • He makes those promises, not only forgive your sins,
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  • I'm going to walk with you.
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  • You're my child, I love you,
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  • you'll never, ever be forgotten or forsaken.
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  • And here's what he says,
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  • "I will make you into a great nation.
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  • I will bless you.
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  • I will make your name great.
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  • You will be a blessing.
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  • I will bless those who bless you.
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  • I will curse those who curse you.
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  • I will make sure
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  • that the whole world be blessed through you."
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  • In fact, here in Genesis 12, God promised Abraham
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  • seven things to be exact, seven things.
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  • In return, all he asked Abraham to do
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  • is to walk away from his past.
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  • Let's look at these sevenfold blessings together.
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  • The first blessing he says I will show you a land.
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  • Did you see that in the Scripture?
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  • I will show you a land.
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  • Go to the very last, the seventh and the last one,
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  • he says I will give you a land.
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  • Isn't that amazing?
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  • I will show you a land, but I'm gonna give it to you.
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  • You go from seeing to receiving,
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  • and that is why a total trust is the key.
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  • God often works that way with you and me, he really does.
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  • He begins by saying I'm gonna show you
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  • great blessings that are all yours and stored for you
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  • as you walk with me, as you serve me,
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  • as you place me first and foremost in your life,
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  • all the way to saying you're gonna possess,
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  • you're gonna rule and reign with him forever.
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  • That always gets to me, it really does.
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  • Whenever I choose, my goodness, I get clobbered;
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  • but whenever God chooses and I follow his choice,
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  • I am totally blessed.
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  • I know many of you will testify to that, too.
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  • But please, please, please, be careful
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  • when you adamantly want your way,
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  • when you say I want this, I want this, I want this.
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  • You know, God might give it to you for a time,
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  • might let you have it for a time, but be careful,
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  • because a blessing is not on the other end.
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  • But when he takes you by the hand,
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  • and takes you to where he wants you to go,
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  • you get blessed out of your socks.
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  • Blessing number two, I will make you a great nation.
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  • Now, this is the first
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  • of many unconditional promises that God made.
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  • These folks, I'm talking about Abraham's descendants,
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:29.230
  • they messed up royally, again and again and again.
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  • In the Scripture, we see it clearly
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  • that there are conditional promises,
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  • that there are unconditional promises.
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  • Here's the problem, many Christians confuse the two,
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  • and they go and claim from God a conditional promise
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  • without meeting the condition, are you with me?
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  • When God chose us in Christ, that was his pure grace.
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  • It is unconditional.
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  • Had nothing to do with us.
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  • We had nothing that would endear us to him.
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  • We had nothing to do with it.
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  • But then, in our Christian walk,
  • 00:15:11.220 --> 00:15:14.000
  • there are a number of conditional promises,
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  • and I want you to remember this.
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  • When God made that unconditional promise
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  • to Abraham, Abraham, as I said, was 75 years old,
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  • and Sarah, his wife, was 65.
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  • When God said start counting stars,
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  • they were retirement age.
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  • They were drawing Social Security
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  • if there was such a thing over there.
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  • That is faith in the pure Biblical sense.
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  • "But God, I'm old."
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  • "Start counting stars, Abraham."
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  • "Oh, but God, what if I wander away from your will?"
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  • "Keep counting stars, Abraham."
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  • "Oh, but God, what if my descendants
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  • become idol worshipers?
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  • What if they worship Baal down the road?"
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  • "You keep on counting stars, Abraham."
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  • "But God, what will happen if this takes place or that--"
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  • "You keep counting stars," why?
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  • Because the greatness of his descendants
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  • was a spiritual greatness.
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  • Because this unconditional promise is fulfilled
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  • in his one and only descendant, the seed of Abraham
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  • in the singular, not in the plural, Jesus Christ.
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  • And millions of people today, around the world,
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  • come to worship the living God because of Jesus,
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  • and because all of these blessings
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  • are fulfilled in Jesus.
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  • And everyone, Paul said,
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  • who is follower of Jesus is a descendant of Abraham.
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  • No wonder in John chapter 8, when Jesus said,
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  • "Before Abraham was, I am."
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  • They got so mad, I mean, they wanted to kill him.
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  • Blessing number three, I will bless you,
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  • you personally, did you get that?
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  • I will bless you.
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  • That's another thing that gets to me.
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  • The promise of making him a great nation
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  • when he has no children, that in itself is mind-boggling.
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  • That in itself is absolutely mind-shattering.
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  • But God says now, in addition to that, Abraham,
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  • I'm gonna bless you personally.
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  • Now beloved, I can testify to the fact
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  • that in the last few decades, with all of my heart,
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  • I sought the kingdom of God and his righteousness.
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  • Every waking moment,
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  • I seek to serve and glorify Jesus.
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  • And to my utter, overwhelming amazement,
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  • I get blessed in the process.
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  • I did not expect it, but that's the way God works.
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  • Hear me right, please.
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  • There is nothing wrong with you, anyone,
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  • whether you're watching or here in this room,
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  • to ask God to bless you.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • There is nothing wrong with it.
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  • I just happened not to ask God for it,
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  • I just asked God to bless the ministry
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  • and the work of my hand.
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  • I spend my time praying for others and praying
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  • for the kingdom of God.
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  • That's been my way every waking moment,
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  • seeking first the kingdom of God.
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  • But in the process, I get blessed out of my socks.
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  • Blessing number four, I will make your name great,
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  • and you will bless the world,
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  • or the world will be blessed by you.
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  • To be sure, for 4.000 years, Christians,
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  • Jews first, Christians and Muslims,
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  • they all claim Abraham for their father.
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  • But what's the name of Abraham stands for?
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  • That name stands for immovable faith and trust
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  • in the living God.
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  • The name stands for what God promised.
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  • That name stands for what God had done.
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  • That name stands for God's faithfulness.
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  • And so, God changed his name
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  • from Abram to Abraham, which means the father of many.
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  • Galatians chapter 3 verse 14,
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  • write it down, study it when you go home.
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  • Galatians 3:14 tells us
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  • that Abraham's greatest descendant, by far,
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  • is the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • And the world is blessed by coming to Jesus.
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  • Today, the whole world is blessed
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  • by that one descendant of Abraham.
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  • People from every nation, from every tongue,
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  • from every tribe, they are saved
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  • and they are redeemed
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  • and they are rejoicing in their salvation,
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  • even in the midst of persecution,
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  • because of that one descendant of Abraham,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Blessing five and six, he says I will bless those who bless you,
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  • then he said I will curse those who curse you.
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  • Throughout history, we see that,
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  • in the Old Testament, particularly.
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  • God fulfilled that promise
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  • again and again and again and again.
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  • I wish I had time to give you a lot of examples,
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  • but a couple of examples.
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  • When Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham,
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  • was sold into slavery in Egypt,
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  • the Bible said that God blessed Egypt because of Joseph.
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  • Rahab, the prostitute,
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  • when they were finally returning,
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  • going into the Promised Land, into Canaan,
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  • the Bible said that God blessed her and her family
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  • because of what she did for Israel,
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  • and on and on and on I could go on
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  • how God fulfilled this promise
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  • literally and then spiritually and every other way.
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  • Now, as believers,
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  • and if you stand up in any way for your faith,
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  • there are gonna be enemies.
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  • You don't make enemies.
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  • I can tell you, as the Lord my witness,
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  • I have no enemies.
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  • There's nobody who's my enemy from my point of view.
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  • It doesn't matter what they-- they're not my enemies.
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  • But they set themselves as our enemies.
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  • We don't do it, but they do.
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  • They view themselves as our enemies.
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  • And we don't have to fight them in any way whatsoever.
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  • In fact, we stand still and he will fight the battles for us.
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  • For God promised if they continue in their enmity,
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  • he will take care of them,
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  • and he does a far better job than any of us can.
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  • "Vengeance is mine," says the Lord.
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  • I was talking to a young man, he was so angry
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  • over some injustice that had happened to him,
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  • and he was angry, and he wants to do something.
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  • I said the blessing of living a little longer
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  • is I watch God to a much better job.
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  • Be patient, and sure enough, a few weeks later,
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  • God took care of that problem for him
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  • and proved his faithfulness.
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  • Blessing number seven,
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  • I will give your offspring this land.
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  • At the time when this promise was given,
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  • Abraham had no offspring and he had no land.
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  • But that's not all, Abraham and Sarah died,
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  • and they were buried without owning land.
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  • Isn't that amazing? Isn't that amazing?
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  • And yet, 400-plus years later,
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  • God fulfills his promise to the descendants of Abraham,
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  • and they received the land of promise.
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  • God's promises, beloved, listen to me,
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  • God's promise, it will be fulfilled
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  • in the third and the fourth and the fifth
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  • and the sixth and the tenth generation.
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  • God's promises are more real
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  • than I'm standing right here in front of you.
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  • Jesus made a number of promises
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  • that you can literally take to the bank.
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  • In Matthew 11:28 and 29, he said, "Come unto me."
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  • "Come unto me all who are weary and burdened.
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  • Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
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  • and you will find rest for your souls."
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  • And I don't know about you,
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  • and I don't know where you are in your walk,
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  • you may be walking in here in this place,
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  • or watching around the world,
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  • carrying a refrigerator on your back.
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  • And you might be feeling so burdened
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  • and so weary and so tired,
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  • but this is a promise of God to you.
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  • You come to him,
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  • and he will unload that load on himself.
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  • He already has done that on the cross anyway.
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  • In Matthew 19:21,
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  • Jesus's word to the rich young man,
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  • he said, "If you want what is eternal,
  • 00:24:08.180 --> 00:24:12.020
  • give up your idols.
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  • Give them away, and come and follow me."
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  • And there you're gonna have untold treasures in heaven.
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  • This, my beloved friends,
  • 00:24:23.220 --> 00:24:26.030
  • is the principal of God's calling to Abraham.
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  • Leave behind your country, leave behind your people,
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  • leave behind your land, leave behind your household,
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  • and go to the land that you cannot see,
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  • but I will show you,
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  • and I'll make you a great nation,
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  • and I'll bless you.
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  • I will make your name great,
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  • and I'll bless those who bless you,
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  • I will curse those who curse you,
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  • and I will give you the land.
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  • Dr. Youssef: If the title of this book,
  • 00:25:03.130 --> 00:25:05.060
  • "Counting Stars in an Empty Sky,"
  • 00:25:05.070 --> 00:25:09.060
  • intrigue you, it should.
  • 00:25:09.070 --> 00:25:11.230
  • Because every one of us, at some point,
  • 00:25:11.240 --> 00:25:14.130
  • we're in a place where we know the promises of God,
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:18.250
  • but we cannot see a sign
  • 00:25:18.260 --> 00:25:21.090
  • that those promises are gonna be fulfilled.
  • 00:25:21.100 --> 00:25:24.070
  • But God says hold on.
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  • And then, if you have been there,
  • 00:25:26.000 --> 00:25:28.190
  • or if you are there now, you will need to get this book.
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  • It will strengthen your faith.
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  • It will strengthen your trust in the promises of God.
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  • Start counting stars and order the book.
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  • announcer: Have you experienced doubt and fear in your own life?
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  • When our world grows dark, it's easy to be discouraged,
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  • especially when we only rely on ourselves.
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  • God never intended for us
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  • to try to solve all our problems on our own.
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  • Did you know that there are more than 3.000 promises
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  • for Christians in the Bible?
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  • In his new book, "Counting Starts in an Empty Sky:
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  • Trusting God's Promises for Your Impossibilities,"
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  • Pastor and Author, Dr. Michael Youssef
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  • uses the life of a familiar Bible hero, Abraham,
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  • to encourage readers
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  • to keep their faith in God's promises.
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  • even when the sky appears to be starless.
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  • Over the course of many years of waiting,
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  • and sometimes trying to take matters into his own hands,
  • 00:26:23.260 --> 00:26:26.270
  • Abraham would count the stars in the sky
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  • as a reminder of God's faithfulness.
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  • Dr. Youssef: As you look at Abraham's journey of faith,
  • 00:26:32.130 --> 00:26:34.260
  • he kept on counting stars
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  • regardless of the discouragement,
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  • regardless of the circumstances.
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  • announcer: Like Abraham, you are never alone,
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  • even when the sky seems vast and the clouds begin to roll in.
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  • Just as the stars are plentiful and infinite,
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  • so is the love and grace of God
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  • as he fulfills his promises in your life.
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  • As a token of his appreciation for your faithfulness,
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  • Dr. Youssef would like to send you a copy of his new book,
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  • "Counting Stars in an Empty Sky,"
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  • for your gift of any amount.
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  • Dr. Youssef: At the Church of the Apostles
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  • in Atlanta, Georgia, every Sunday,
  • 00:28:04.180 --> 00:28:07.270
  • I meet people from all over the United States,
  • 00:28:07.280 --> 00:28:10.260
  • from Maine to California, and they love the experience.
  • 00:28:10.270 --> 00:28:14.070
  • They said, "For years,
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  • we've been wanting to come and visit."
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  • And so, if you're ever in Atlanta, Georgia,
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  • I would love for you to come and visit, shake my hand.
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  • And I wanna thank you in advance for making that to be
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  • a priority in your life, visiting Apostles, God bless.
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