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Counting Stars in an Empty Sky: Counting Stars Renews Your Vision Part 5

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October 5, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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Counting Stars in an Empty Sky: Counting Stars Renews Your Vision Part 5

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  • Dr. Youssef: God began to speak in my spirit again from '04,
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  • "You need to come up with a station
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  • that is gonna broadcast the gospel unapologetically,
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  • and bring other people
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  • who share my vision to be on that channel."
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  • Johnny Hunt: Thank you for giving me the privilege
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  • to join with you and your team in Kingdom Sat, ten years.
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  • Dr. O.S. Hawkins: That incredible media ministry
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  • that reaches millions of people day by day.
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  • Kay Arthur: And people are learning the Word of God
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  • because you are leading the way.
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  • Jane Robelot: Thank you for your fearless teaching.
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  • Thank you for your loving ministry.
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  • Atef Mahni: Kingdom Satellite is very influential,
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  • very effective, very impactful.
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  • R.T. Kendall: What a privilege it is for me, Michael,
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  • to say congratulations to you.
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  • David Jeremiah: Well, you did it, Michael.
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  • Thank you so much for what you do and continue to do.
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  • Dr. James Dobson: Dr. Youssef has had an incredible influence
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  • on millions of people around the world.
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  • Jay Sekulow: All of us that appreciate so much
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  • your great work, your great ministry,
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  • your great Bible teaching
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  • that comes out on the broadcasts every day.
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  • Franklin Graham: Congratulations to all you folks
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  • at Kingdom Sat channel.
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  • You do an incredible job,
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  • presenting the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Ten years!
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  • Dr. Andrea Zaki: I would like to congratulate Kingdom Sat
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  • for ten years anniversary.
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  • Jonathan Bernis: Everyone at Jewish Voice Ministries
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  • blesses you as you continue your endeavors
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  • to reach the Middle East and the world
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  • with the powerful gospel of Jesus the Messiah.
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  • Dr. Youssef: That is really the Kingdom Sat mission,
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  • that those who don't know him come to know him
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  • and those who know him grow to be like him.
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  • male announcer: Have you experienced doubt and fear
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  • 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 to try to solve
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  • all our problems on our own.
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  • In his new book, "Counting Stars 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 to keep their faith in God's promises.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Call, write, or visit us online at ltw.org
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  • to request your copy today.
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  • Dr. 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 circumstance,
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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 and trust
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  • 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: All of life, if you think about it,
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  • there are all sorts of covenants,
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  • and all sorts of agreements, and all sorts of contracts.
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  • Most of them are agreements between two equals, in marriage,
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  • a husband and wife,
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  • two equals stand and make an agreement
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  • or a covenant before God.
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  • He is the witness, the primary witness,
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  • and then the congregation is a secondary witness.
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  • In business, thanks to lawyers,
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  • even if we're exchanging a few dollars,
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  • we have a hundred-page document to sign.
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  • In the Bible, we often see God making covenant.
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  • God speaks as the covenant-making God.
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  • He makes covenant with people, but the covenants
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  • that God makes with man far from two equals.
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  • Indeed, it is a covenant of two very unequal.
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  • It is a covenant where God does all of the heavy lifting.
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  • It's a covenant where God takes upon himself
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  • 100% of the responsibility.
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  • For example, we see that God made a covenant
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  • with Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15,
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  • where he promised Jesus the Messiah will come.
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  • Then we see him making a covenant with Noah
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  • after the flood.
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  • And here in Genesis chapter 15,
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  • we see him making a covenant with Abraham.
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  • Now, I want you to turn with me
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  • to chapter 15 of the book of Genesis.
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  • When Abraham was still not sure, even though God said,
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  • "I am your shield, I am your great reward,"
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  • the Lord can sense that he's still not certain.
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  • But God's so gracious, even when we are not certain.
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  • He's saying, "How could this happen
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  • when Sarah and I are not getting any younger?"
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  • And so, God does something so stupendous.
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  • God does something so magnificent.
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  • He does something so unprecedented.
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  • He does something that is unheard of.
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  • God does something beyond anyone's imagination
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  • at that time.
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  • Not only that he makes a covenant with Abraham,
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  • but God commits himself and his honor
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  • in a tangible demonstration
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  • of how God is gonna keep his Word no matter what.
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  • But there's something here
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  • I want you to learn from Abraham.
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  • I don't want you to miss.
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  • I want you to see how God was not offended
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  • by Abraham's candor.
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  • God was not offended by Abraham
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  • unloading of his burdens before the Lord.
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  • God was not offended when Abraham
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  • poured his innermost in the presence of God,
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  • his innermost thoughts,
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  • what he was thinking and how he's feeling.
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  • He poured it all out to God and God was never offended.
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  • Don't you think God knows if you got volcanoes
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  • inside of you or not?
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  • Don't you think he already knows that it is unhealthy for you
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  • to repress how you really feel or what you're thinking?
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  • Do you think that God will fall off his throne
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  • if you come clean and unload on God
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  • of how you're feeling and what's going on?
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  • No, because God already knows what's inside of us.
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  • He longs for us to verbalize it.
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  • He longs for us to speak it out to him,
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  • for that is the mark of an honest relationship with God.
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  • Now, they can be polite with God and only say polite things.
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  • No, no, no, he already knows what's inside.
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  • Look with me, verse 8. Genesis 15:8.
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  • Here's Abraham with uttermost respect to God,
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  • but he's pouring out.
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  • He said, "Sovereign Lord, how can I know
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  • that I will possess these promises?"
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  • Now, I wanna ask you a question.
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  • Does this represent unbelief on the part of Abraham?
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  • No, absolutely not.
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  • I know in Luke chapter 1, verse 18,
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  • when God supernaturally promised Zechariah the priest
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  • he's gonna give him a son, and that being John the Baptist.
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  • And he didn't believe it
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  • so he was struck dumb until the baby is born,
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  • and then finally God let his sight.
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  • That's unbelief.
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  • But not all asking, not all questioning is unbelief.
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  • On the cross, Jesus,
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  • the second member of the Trinity,
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  • who he and the Father
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  • have been one before all eternity in intimacy,
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  • he hung on that cross, though he knew the answer,
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  • he asked, "Why?"
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  • Sometimes, to ask why is not an unbelief.
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  • God understands our weaknesses. He really does.
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  • He understands our weaknesses more than we do.
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  • In fact, that is why the Apostle Paul said,
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  • "Even when our conscience condemn us,
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  • he is greater than our conscience."
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  • Oh, to be sure, God does not wink at our disobedience.
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  • He does not wink at our sin.
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  • He does not wink at our failure,
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  • but he gives us the strength to overcome.
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  • Like the man in Mark chapter 9, verse 24,
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  • he came to Jesus crying out and said,
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  • "I believe; help my unbelief."
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  • That is a true, genuine pouring of the heart to God.
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  • And that is why in response to Abraham's query,
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  • God enacted a covenant with him.
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  • God actually gave him a tangible,
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  • a tangible sign when he made that covenant with him.
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  • God gave him his Word,
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  • but he realized that this man is weak like we all are,
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  • so he graciously gave him a sign.
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  • God sometimes does that.
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  • When he makes a covenant, he gives a tangible sign.
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  • When he made a covenant with Noah after the flood,
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  • he gave him a tangible sign, the rainbow.
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  • When he--when Gideon came to him twice, not sure, uncertain,
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  • God graciously twice took care of that fleece.
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  • He said, "I want it wet," he did it wet.
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  • "I want it dry."
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  • God is so gracious and he's merciful.
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  • God responded to Hezekiah's request
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  • in 2 Kings chapter 20
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  • by making the shadow of the sundial move backward.
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  • Now, there are times in my life,
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  • and I testify this to the graciousness of God,
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  • when I'm not absolutely sure if it is God or it's me.
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  • And before I run headlong, I cry to God,
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  • "Just show me a sign.
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  • Just let me know that this is you
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  • and I'm ready to obey."
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  • And God graciously every time gives me a clear sign.
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  • Covenant in its basic definition,
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  • the word "covenant" means promise.
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  • In this case, a promise that is made by God to Abraham.
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  • I personally prefer the word "promise"
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  • than the word "covenant."
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  • See, the word "covenant" sometimes comes across as,
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  • "Well, let's make a deal.
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  • God, you do this, and I do this, and if I do this,
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  • God would you do this?"
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  • It doesn't mean that.
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  • Sadly, many of us don't keep our side of the bargain,
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  • but not so with God.
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  • Why?
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  • As we see here in Genesis 15,
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  • because God's covenant of promise is unilateral.
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  • It's unilateral. God took it all upon himself.
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  • First, all of God covenants are unilateral.
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  • When he makes them, he makes them unilaterally.
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  • Secondly, all of God's covenants are eternal,
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  • not temporary or just for a season.
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  • They are eternal.
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  • Thirdly, all of God's covenantal promises
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  • that he makes are based on his grace,
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  • not on our performance.
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  • What a great God we worship. What a great God we worship.
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  • So, his covenants are unilateral, eternal,
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  • and dependent on his grace.
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  • Let's say those together.
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  • Unilateral, eternal, and based on his grace.
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  • Here is a fact, none of us deserve the promise of God
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  • through Jesus Christ for salvation.
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  • I know I don't.
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  • None of us, and that is why
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  • I want you to look at these three characteristics.
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  • The Bible tells us in Galatians and in Romans
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  • that all of the promises,
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  • all the seven-fold promises that God gave Abraham,
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  • all of them fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
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  • And the descendants of Jesus Christ
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  • are numerous as the star and the sands of the sea.
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  • First, it is one-sided covenant. It's unilateral.
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  • You may know that an oath, or a promise, or a covenant,
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  • or a contract is executed in different cultures,
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  • and different countries,
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  • and different parts of the world differently.
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  • For example, in Africa,
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  • there is a tribe called the Hausa tribe.
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  • Hausa tribe, for example, have no word
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  • for a contract or covenant
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  • because when they do make a covenant,
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  • what the two parties of the covenant,
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  • they spit at each other's feet.
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  • And so, the Bible translators
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  • who were trying to translate the Bible
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  • that God is a covenant-making God,
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  • so basically they wrote down and said,
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  • "He is the one who spits at your feet,"
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  • and then they began to understand what it means.
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  • In America, we go to court and raise our right hand
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  • and say, "I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth,
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  • and nothing but the truth."
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  • In the old days, it used to be a Bible.
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  • Now they moved the Bible, but nonetheless,
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  • that's a way by which we make a promise.
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  • In Abraham's day, a covenant is made based on a ceremony.
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  • This what was done in that day.
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  • And look how gracious God is
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  • that he did something not strange,
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  • not unusual, not something Abraham
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  • can never understand or comprehend.
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  • No, he came down to Abraham's level,
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  • to what is familiar to him,
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  • to what he knows it happens when people make contract.
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  • And what do they do? They cut an animal in half.
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  • That's the ceremony.
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  • Now, I couldn't show you illustration
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  • because out of fear that the PETA group
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  • would go after me and be added to--
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  • I got enough list of people who don't like me,
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  • so I don't wanna add to the list,
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  • but use your imagination.
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  • They cut the animal in half and they put the two halves
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  • across from each other, and the two contracting parties
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  • would walk in the space between those two halves.
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  • That's how covenant was conducted in those days.
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  • And so, God says to Abraham,
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  • "I'm gonna do it the way you understand it."
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  • And so, he cuts the animals in half,
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  • but instead of Abraham and God walks through the space,
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  • he noticed something I told you stupendous,
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  • it's unprecedented, unheard of.
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  • God alone walks in the middle.
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  • He takes the full responsibility.
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  • The reason they do this ceremonially,
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  • as we study in history,
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  • is because as if to announce to the world
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  • or those who are witnessing the covenant
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  • that if any of us will break the covenant,
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  • what happen to that animal will happen to him.
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  • As a matter of fact,
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  • the shedding of blood was a clear indication
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  • of the seriousness by which a covenant is taken.
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  • Now, if you look at verse 17 of Genesis 15,
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  • you'll see what I'm talking about.
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  • God alone passes through the pieces, by himself,
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  • while Abraham just sitting tight,
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  • trying to keep the wild animals and the bird
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  • away from the sacrifice.
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  • Not only did God come down to Abraham's level,
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  • but God assures Abraham
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  • that he is not an only covenant-making God,
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  • but he's a covenant-keeping God.
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  • What a gracious God we have.
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  • And that is why Hebrews chapter 6,
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  • beginning at verse 13 says,
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  • "And so after waiting patiently," don't miss that one,
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  • "after waiting patiently,
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  • Abraham received what was promised."
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  • God shows Abraham the refiner's fire
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  • and then he shows him the blazing torch,
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  • all of the symbolizing of God's perseverance.
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  • So, God's promises are unilateral.
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  • Secondly, they are eternal.
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  • All of his promises are always eternal,
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  • always eternal.
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  • They are unchangeable.
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  • They are unshakeable.
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  • Listen to me, God is not sitting in heaven,
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  • when a person repent of their sins,
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  • and become born again, and adopted in God's family,
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  • he writes their name in the Book of Life with a pencil,
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  • and the moment they mess up,
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  • he turns the pencil over and erases that name.
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  • And then they repent and come back to God,
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  • so he writes their name back.
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  • And then they mess up again and God erases,
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  • and on, and on, and on.
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  • No, no, no!
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  • God loved us and he loved us to the end.
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  • His love is eternal.
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  • The name of every believer in Jesus Christ,
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  • all his children whom he adopted,
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  • are written in the Book of Life
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  • by no other than the blood of Jesus Christ himself,
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  • and nobody can erase.
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  • But the reason I'm sure is because God's love for us
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  • was always there before we were ever born.
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  • His love for us was always there
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  • before we ever responded to his love.
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  • His pure grace is what caused us to respond in obedience.
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  • It is his gracious love that caused us
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  • to be delighted in loving him back.
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:33.030
  • It is his pure grace and love
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  • that caused us to delight in serving him.
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  • You see, God's love is not dependent on whims and moods.
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  • God's love is not limited to a moment of time or a space.
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  • God's love is always for better, for worse,
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  • our worse and his better.
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  • No matter what we do,
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  • his love and promise of love is everlasting.
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  • Oh, to be sure, the scars of our rebellion,
  • 00:20:03.230 --> 00:20:08.290
  • the scars of our disobedience will always be there.
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  • It's like a mommy that says to her little boy,
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:18.040
  • "Don't touch the stove, you'll burn,"
  • 00:20:18.050 --> 00:20:21.000
  • and the boy tries it and he gets burnt.
  • 00:20:21.010 --> 00:20:25.060
  • And he said, "I'm sorry Mommy,"
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:28.010
  • as they were going into the ambulance
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:30.130
  • to get some medical help.
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  • "I'm so sorry."
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  • Of course the mom forgives him,
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  • but that scar might stay for life.
  • 00:20:36.200 --> 00:20:40.020
  • You see, those scars of our disobedience
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:43.100
  • will always be there
  • 00:20:43.110 --> 00:20:44.290
  • to remind us of our disobedience,
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  • but it doesn't mean that God does not forgive us.
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  • Please listen carefully.
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  • Don't let anyone mislead you and tell you
  • 00:20:52.270 --> 00:20:56.230
  • that the God of the Old Testament
  • 00:20:56.240 --> 00:20:58.170
  • is the God of wrath,
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:00.090
  • but the God of the New Testament is the God of love.
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  • That is a lie from the pit of hell.
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  • It is the same God in the Old Testament
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  • who is the God and Father
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:09.130
  • of our Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
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  • All you need to do,
  • 00:21:13.220 --> 00:21:15.080
  • take them to this passage here in Genesis chapter 15.
  • 00:21:15.090 --> 00:21:18.240
  • Take them to Genesis.
  • 00:21:18.250 --> 00:21:20.050
  • Show them before the law was ever given,
  • 00:21:20.060 --> 00:21:23.110
  • and show them the incredible love and grace of God
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  • that he poured on Abraham.
  • 00:21:26.230 --> 00:21:30.280
  • Here, you see the promise of God to Abraham,
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:33.260
  • and to you, and you, and you, and you is unilateral.
  • 00:21:33.270 --> 00:21:42.040
  • It's eternal.
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:45.030
  • And when you see the promise of God to Abraham,
  • 00:21:45.040 --> 00:21:47.160
  • you understand why we have one true God,
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:51.220
  • consistent throughout the Scripture.
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  • First of all, God exercises his love by choosing us,
  • 00:21:54.280 --> 00:21:57.270
  • and electing us, and bringing us to himself.
  • 00:21:57.280 --> 00:22:02.090
  • Then, his love is being exercised
  • 00:22:02.100 --> 00:22:04.200
  • as he perseveres with us,
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  • with our foolishness and with our disobedience.
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  • He continuously perseveres with us.
  • 00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:13.100
  • For God's love is a steadfast love,
  • 00:22:13.110 --> 00:22:16.030
  • not an emotional and changeable love,
  • 00:22:16.040 --> 00:22:19.140
  • and he gets mad at us when we're not good,
  • 00:22:19.150 --> 00:22:21.240
  • and he gets happy when we're good.
  • 00:22:21.250 --> 00:22:23.210
  • No, that is a human image of God.
  • 00:22:23.220 --> 00:22:27.090
  • I am convinced that the reason why
  • 00:22:27.100 --> 00:22:29.010
  • we have a messed up view of God
  • 00:22:29.020 --> 00:22:31.010
  • is because we have a messed up view of love.
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  • We really do.
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:37.070
  • I hear people always talking, "I'm in love.
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:39.120
  • I'm out of love. I'm in love.
  • 00:22:39.130 --> 00:22:41.010
  • I'm out of love."
  • 00:22:41.020 --> 00:22:42.110
  • It's like, "I'm in the shower. I'm out of the shower."
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  • That's not how God loves us,
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  • because God's love is unilateral,
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:54.110
  • because God's love is eternal.
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.190
  • And that is why the Bible said he took our infirmity.
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  • He carried our sorrows. He removed our sins.
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:07.040
  • He took upon himself our deserved punishment.
  • 00:23:07.050 --> 00:23:11.200
  • And he did all of this not so that he may forgive you
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  • one day and turn on you the other,
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:22.170
  • so that he can change from day to day,
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  • from season to season.
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  • No, it's for eternity, all the way to heaven.
  • 00:23:26.150 --> 00:23:30.060
  • That's why Paul can say,
  • 00:23:30.240 --> 00:23:32.040
  • "Who can separate us from the love of God?"
  • 00:23:32.050 --> 00:23:33.290
  • and in the end it says,
  • 00:23:34.000 --> 00:23:35.090
  • "Nothing will separate us from the love of God."
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  • God is not changing
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  • depending on our faithfulness or lack of it.
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  • No, when you take time, when you really take time,
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  • and I plead that you would at some point,
  • 00:23:45.290 --> 00:23:48.070
  • and you just reflect on the unbelievable,
  • 00:23:48.080 --> 00:23:52.020
  • unmerited love of God.
  • 00:23:52.030 --> 00:23:54.200
  • His love, and therefore his covenant of promise,
  • 00:23:55.200 --> 00:23:58.090
  • is unilateral.
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  • His love, and therefore
  • 00:24:01.160 --> 00:24:02.250
  • his covenant of promise, is eternal.
  • 00:24:02.260 --> 00:24:06.060
  • And thirdly, his love, and therefore
  • 00:24:06.070 --> 00:24:09.010
  • his covenant of promise, is totally undeserved.
  • 00:24:09.020 --> 00:24:13.050
  • Totally undeserved.
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  • But I know human nature the way it is,
  • 00:24:15.130 --> 00:24:17.080
  • human pride the way it is, human arrogance the way it is.
  • 00:24:17.090 --> 00:24:20.030
  • We want take credit for only what God could've done.
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  • I know that. I know that.
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  • What did Abraham do to deserve
  • 00:24:28.270 --> 00:24:32.070
  • this magnificent act of unilateral and eternal grace?
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  • Nothing.
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:41.070
  • He was an idol worshiper in Ur of Chaldeans.
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:46.100
  • What did I deserve? What did you deserve?
  • 00:24:46.110 --> 00:24:49.110
  • What did you do?
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  • What did I do to deserve the love of Christ,
  • 00:24:50.220 --> 00:24:53.080
  • the forgiveness of my sins,
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  • and the assurance of eternal life?
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  • Nothing.
  • 00:24:57.230 --> 00:24:59.020
  • As a matter of fact, I can only speak for me,
  • 00:24:59.030 --> 00:25:01.130
  • I did something that is worse than nothing,
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:04.160
  • and that is I rebelled against God.
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  • I shook my fist at God. I falsely accused God.
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  • If it's anything I deserve, it'd be judgment.
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  • But instead, I received grace, upon grace, upon grace.
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