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From Valley to Victory

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June 8, 2019
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Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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From Valley to Victory

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  • in the valley you are today, you can walk out of here
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  • on top of the mount of victory.
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  • Only when you place all of your sins and guilt
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  • under the blood of Jesus Christ will he deliver you
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  • here and now and for all of eternity.
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  • Joy instead of despair.
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  • Freedom instead of bondage.
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  • Life instead of death.
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  • Love instead of duty.
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  • Willing service instead of begrudging effort.
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  • It means that when Adam fell, Jesus rose,
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  • and the believer wins.
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  • Dr. Youssef: In Romans 13:8, when the Apostle Paul said:
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  • "Let no debt remain outstanding,"
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  • he's not meaning that we should never borrow or come into debt,
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  • but he's talking about incurring a debt that can never be repaid.
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  • I want to remind you of the context of Romans 12 and 13.
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  • In Romans 12, we saw the Apostle Paul saying
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  • that a genuine, Bible-believing Christian
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  • is a person who exhibits the love of Christ
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  • that has been poured into his and her heart.
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  • And we saw eight different expression of genuine love.
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  • Let me remind you:
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  • Love hates evil.
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  • Love gives honor.
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  • Love is passionate about God.
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  • Love hopes and perseveres in prayer.
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  • Love loves to give.
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  • Love feels deeply with others.
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  • Love refuses to get even.
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  • And love reverses the cultural norms.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • All right, now, he immediately moves from this to Romans 13,
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  • and is really continuing that same theme,
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  • whether you know it or not, whether you noticed it or not.
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  • He's continuing with that same theme,
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  • that genuine love theme, and he says,
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  • "Genuine love on part of the believer is going
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  • to make him or her willingly obey the law of the land
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  • and pay their taxes."
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  • And secondly, love for God makes us pay our debts.
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  • Why?
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  • Because genuine love fulfills the law and redeems the time.
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  • Look at verses 1 to 7.
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  • Paul, he was living
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  • under the most horrendous,
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  • horrendous dictatorship of his day.
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  • It was the most vile dictatorship.
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  • He is saying that part of the believer's witness is
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  • to obey the law of the land and pay taxes.
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  • Jesus, in Matthew 22:21, he said:
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  • "'Give to Caesar's what belongs to Caesar,'"
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  • that's the taxes, "and give to God what belongs to God."
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  • So, here we see that love, genuine love for God obeys
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  • the law of the land.
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  • In fact, the only time it was permissible
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  • for the 1st-century believers, the first church,
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  • the only time it was permissible for them to disobey
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  • the law of the land and to disobey the government
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  • is when Caesar demanded worship.
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  • At that point, they said, "No, God above Caesar."
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  • Say it with me: "God above Caesar."
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  • And they were willing to pay the consequences.
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  • Verses 1 to 7, Romans 13 tells us that we are basically
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  • foreigners in this land.
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  • If you're a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • you are a foreigner.
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  • You are the citizen of where?
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  • God bless you.
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  • You see, we are representing our home country.
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  • But here's my understanding of this passage in the context
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  • of Western democracy in which we live, okay?
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  • Here's my understanding.
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  • Had Paul lived in Western democracy,
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  • he would have said the following:
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  • "Do you understand what privileged people you are?
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  • Do you understand that God gave you a unique opportunity
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  • to put people in power.
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  • Do you comprehend what an exquisite responsibility
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  • to have to be able to choose your government?
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  • Therefore, don't squander it.
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  • Therefore, don't take it for granted.
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  • And therefore, don't abuse it by not getting involved."
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  • Can I get a witness?
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  • I personally believe it is a sin not to vote.
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  • It is a sin not to participate in one of the greatest
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  • privileges that God gave us as citizens in this democracy.
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  • Study the candidates.
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  • Find out where they stand.
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  • Ask them questions, and then vote intelligently.
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  • Having grown up under horrible dictatorship,
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  • where election, you have one candidate in office,
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  • it's a referendum and you vote either for this dictator,
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  • you can say, "Yes," or, "No."
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  • And if you voted, "No," these people are watching you,
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  • and they're gonna follow you and they're gonna harass you,
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  • and they make your life miserable.
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  • So, consequently, the results of always being 99.9%.
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  • That's what happens in dictatorship,
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  • and that's what breaks my heart.
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  • Most Americans take it for granted.
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  • That's the saddest part for me.
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  • Now, having said that, I must hasten to say that
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  • we must vote for godly people who espouse godly policies,
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  • and yet our hope must never be placed on politicians.
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  • Our confidence must never be placed
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  • on those who are in power.
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  • Our total trust must never be in a man,
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  • any man but our complete confidence, trust,
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  • and hope must be placed on our King of kings,
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • If you take your eyes off Jesus and place them
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  • on the government, I can tell you,
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  • you will be discouraged and you will be disappointed.
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  • I'm not gonna ask you to raise your hand,
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  • but I'm tempted.
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  • When was the last time you prayed for the leaders
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  • of our country?
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  • Oh, listen, I read the other day that just before election time,
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  • every single prayer meeting around the nation is packed.
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  • Two weeks later, not so much.
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  • Everybody gone back to business as usual.
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  • Genuine love always obeys the law of the land.
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  • Genuine love must only be indebted,
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  • owe, indebtedness--here it said, "Indebtedness is not good,"
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  • but here's an indebtedness that's really good,
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  • indebtedness to God and to others.
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  • I'm gonna make a statement.
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  • I know it's gonna startle some of you,
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  • not all of you, some of you.
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  • A genuine, Bible-believing Christian lives
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  • in a state of perpetual spiritual indebtedness.
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  • A genuine, Bible-believing Christian lives
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  • in perpetual spiritual indebtedness.
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  • I'm gonna explain that.
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  • What is that indebtedness?
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  • It's a indebtedness to God.
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  • It's an indebtedness to God, and it prompts us to love him
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  • with all of our hearts and keep on loving him, and then,
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  • as his love keeps pouring into us,
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  • we love our neighbors as ourselves.
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  • But if you try to pay this debt yourself,
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  • listen to me, I've tried it and failed miserably--if you say,
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  • "I am gonna love God with all my--I am going to do this,
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  • and I'm gonna do this," you will only make few payments,
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  • and then you become bankrupt.
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  • The moment you think that you can pay that debt yourself,
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  • that you can love God with your own strength without his help,
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  • without his pouring his love into you on a regular basis,
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  • on a daily basis, trust me, the picture's not very pretty
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  • because, at that moment, love will become less authentic.
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  • It will be fake, and we see it all over the place.
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  • And this is a problem that I've seen through the years.
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  • There are some who confuse people pleasing with genuine,
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  • authentic, biblical love.
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  • People pleasers knock themselves out to please others.
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  • You see it in preachers.
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  • You see it in ministries even.
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  • You see it where they're knocking themselves out
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  • to please people, just wanna make them happy.
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  • They wanna please them.
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  • Why?
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  • Because they want to receive their applause.
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  • They do it because they wanna gain praise of people.
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  • But godly love is different because it is not emotional,
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  • surface-type of love.
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  • Godly love loves to serve without recognition.
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  • Godly love loves to exhort and warn.
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  • Godly love is willing to risk misunderstanding,
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  • being misunderstood.
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  • Godly love is always telling the truth,
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  • even when you know the person doesn't want to hear it.
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  • Godly love is fearless of criticism because godly love has
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  • only one source of strength, and that's God the Holy Spirit.
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  • And when you are constantly receiving a continuous supply
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  • of love from the Lord that is poured into you,
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  • when you allow God to love through you,
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  • when you are constantly opening yourself up
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  • to the pouring out of the love of the Holy Spirit in your life,
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  • you will never ask foolish questions like,
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  • "Are the Ten Commandments relevant for today,
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  • or are they only for the Old Testament?"
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  • You'll never ask a foolish question like that.
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  • When you love God, you will love what God loves.
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  • When you love God, you are going to want to please God.
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  • When you love God, you want what God wants.
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  • And at that point, when that is taking place,
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  • you're not gonna be asking or even thinking,
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  • "Are the Ten Commandments relevant for today?
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  • Should we ditch the Ten Commandments now?"
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  • And this is people pleasing.
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  • This is not biblical truth.
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  • Because living and loving your neighbor as yourself,
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  • you see, love fulfills all the commandments.
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  • It completes the commandments.
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  • Just like Jeremiah said, "It's written on our hearts.
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  • We live them."
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  • I can truly identify with Romans 13, verses 11 and 12.
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  • I truly identify with these two verses,
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  • that I always had this sense of urgency,
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  • and it's inexplicable.
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  • Many times, this sense of urgency has caused me
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  • to be less patient than I should have been.
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  • I know that.
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  • I'm not proud of that.
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  • That sense of urgency, and I wanting to conform
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  • to the character of Christ, that sense of urgency
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  • wanted me to reflect obedience to Christ.
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  • And sometimes I went about in a hurried way,
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  • in a wrong way, but I always had been as urgent and loving
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  • and seeking the lost.
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  • That's always been a burden of my heart.
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  • I've always been an urgent in encouraging and exhorting
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  • believers to live a holy life and to conform
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  • to the image of Christ.
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  • I've always been urgent in redeeming the moments
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  • and the opportunities that God has given me.
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  • Sadly, we live in a time when Christians have lost
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  • this sense of urgency.
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  • Now, that word "time" here, "redeeming the time,"
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  • he's not talking about chronological time.
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  • That's not what the word means.
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  • The word means, "a period of time,"
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  • your time, your time, your time, your time, your time, your time,
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  • my time, this period of time in which we live,
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  • these opportunities that God presents to us that are
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  • so uniquely to each individual.
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  • That's what the word "time" here means.
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  • Each of us must understand our time, and redeem the time,
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  • and redeem the opportunities that God presents to us
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  • in this time.
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  • Each of us must comprehend the uniqueness of the time
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  • and the opportunities in our lives
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  • that God presents us with.
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  • Each of us must seize the uniqueness of the time
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  • and the opportunities that he presents you.
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  • 1 Chronicles chapter 12, verse 32,
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  • that's always a verse that sticks in my spirit.
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  • It says: "The men of Issachar,"
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  • that's one of the tribes of Israel.
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  • "The men of Issachar, understood the times."
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  • They understood the opportunities.
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  • They understood those moments that God presents
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  • that's so uniquely for that period of time
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  • and that period of life in our lives.
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  • Sadly, the Pharisees and the religious leaders
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  • in Jesus's day, they did not understand the times
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  • and the privileged times in which they lived
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  • which they are seeing the Son of God
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  • with their own eyes.
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  • They did not understand the times.
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  • They did not comprehend the awesomeness
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  • of God's presence in their midst.
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  • They did not redeem the time and receive Jesus as their Messiah.
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  • They did not comprehend the times of the redemption that
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  • God has talked about in every book of the Old Testament,
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  • and they remained in their spiritual blindness.
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  • For a period of time God will speak to you,
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  • and I'm talking about every one of you,
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  • young or old, doesn't matter.
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  • For a period of time God will speak to you.
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  • For a period of time God is gonna pursue you.
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  • For a period of time God will present you with
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  • certain opportunities with your name written all over it.
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  • It's not for your neighbor. It's not for your friend.
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  • It's not for your brother or sister.
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  • It's for you.
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  • For a period of time God will be calling upon you.
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  • For a period of time God will open some doors
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  • just for you that no one can shut.
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  • But if you persist-- here's the warning.
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  • If you persist on going in your happy, merry way,
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  • that door is gonna shut.
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  • That voice is gonna be so faint that you will not be able
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  • to hear it.
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  • It'll be a whisper, and you're no longer
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  • hearing the voice of God.
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  • Those opportunities will cease to exist.
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  • It's never been a secret to this congregation for 31 years,
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  • I've never made a secret of the fact that the cry of my heart,
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  • and it's a singular cry, is that I want to take
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  • as many people to heaven with me as I can.
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  • I want to take as many people to heaven.
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  • There are a lot of good things that needs to be done,
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  • a lot of good deeds that can be done,
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  • but none more important in my life than
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  • the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.
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  • It is my daily cry to God to give me men and women,
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  • boys and girls who discern the times we live in.
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  • It is the cry of my heart that God will give me men and women
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  • who are willing to redeem the times in which we live,
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  • men and women who recognize the urgency for salvation
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  • and the opportunities for reaching the lost,
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  • men and women who walk with me through these open doors.
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  • Verse 11, Romans 13:
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  • "It is time to wake up from this sleep.
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  • Night has almost gone; and the day is at hand."
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  • The day of your meeting the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • in the cloud could be today.
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  • The clouds will be the moment
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  • you either go see Jesus,
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  • or Jesus comes to meet all of us.
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  • It doesn't matter.
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  • The day is gonna come sooner or later,
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  • and the more you're prepared, the better off you are.
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  • It could be today that some of you will go to heaven.
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  • It could be today that Jesus comes back from heaven.
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  • Either way, how should you live?
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  • And what would you say to him when you see him face to face?
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  • What are you gonna say to him?
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  • Are you going to say, "Lord, I just didn't get around
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  • to doing what you asked me to do.
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  • Lord, you know, my intentions were good.
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  • Lord, I got so busy with life
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  • that I didn't get around witnessing to others."
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  • Have you ever seen people who are physically fully awake
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  • but they're really asleep?
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  • In the animal kingdom, that is normal.
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  • In fact, I'm told that horses can nap and sleep
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  • while they're standing.
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  • Or like the bats that nap hanging by their feet.
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  • The Bible tells us, "Spiritual drowsiness--"
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  • Listen to me, I'm coming close to the end.
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  • "Spiritual drowsiness will rule supreme just prior
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  • to the return of the Lord."
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  • Think about this. Think about this.
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  • Judging from what I'm seeing, I think Jesus's return
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  • must be really close.
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  • The Bible said that the signs of spiritual sleepiness
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  • are as follows: The love of many will grow cold.
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  • People won't be able to stand hearing the truth,
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  • and they will run after people who tickle their ear.
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  • They're not gonna want to hear the truth,
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  • because the truth convicts and they don't wanna be convicted.
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  • Turning away from biblical truth will be rampant and fashionable
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  • at the end times, getting so bogged down with world affairs,
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  • many will become spiritually numb.
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  • Here are the symptoms of spiritual sleep,
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  • listen carefully: living for self,
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  • self-indulgence, spiritual drunkenness
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  • with the world's wine,
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  • little concern of what concerns the Lord,
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  • dividing and creating doubt in believer's lives,
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  • and sowing the seed of discontent,
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  • loving in words only that have no depth,
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  • paying lip service to God and presuming upon his grace.
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  • Beloved, these are the deeds of darkness.
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  • These are the deeds of darkness.
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  • Remember, you belong to the day.
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  • Shake off the nighttime and the night sleep.
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  • You belong to the light.
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  • Shake off the night life.
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  • You belong to watching and waiting,
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  • so open yourself up to the Holy Spirit.
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  • The time is urgent.
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  • The word "put on" here, it says, "Put on Christ," is like,
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  • you got up this morning and you put on your clothes,
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  • dress, suit, whatever you put on.
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  • That's what you put on.
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  • And when you put on your clothes and when you go outside,
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  • wherever you go, your clothes go with you, right?
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  • I mean, I don't leave my clothes over there.
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  • They go with me.
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  • That's what he means by putting on Christ because Christ is
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  • with you wherever you go, whatever circumstance you find
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  • yourself in, whatever situation, whatever temptation you face,
  • 00:21:02.260 --> 00:21:06.080
  • wherever you go, Christ, put on Christ.
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  • That's what he really means here.
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  • Beloved, the day is drawing near faster and sooner than
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  • many of us think when the clouds will roll like a scroll
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  • and the trumpet will sound and the shout of the archangel,
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  • and then our Lord, beloved Jesus,
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  • will appear in person.
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  • That day is coming, and it may be nearer
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  • than we think.
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  • Kayla: I was never really happy with who I was.
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  • I wasn't happy with a lot of things
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  • that society says is good.
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  • I did struggle a lot with anxiety during school,
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  • and depression.
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  • The challenges that I see teenagers face now
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  • is social media and having to worry about
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  • the way society sees you or the way you need to be.
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  • Being a Christian isn't necessarily appealing
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  • to a lot of teenagers because it kind of gives you a label,
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  • and it's different to what society says.
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  • Dr. Youssef: As our Lord Jesus was suspended--
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  • Kayla: So, I found out about, "Leading the Way"
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  • through my cousin, who actually works there.
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  • She provided me with a few CDs that I listened to
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  • on the way to college.
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  • By using the CDs, I found it a lot of easier for me
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  • to listen to them over and over again
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  • 'cause each time I did listen to each sermon,
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  • I did get something new from it.
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  • On my way to college, I'll listen to a sermon,
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  • and then on the way back I'll repeat it
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  • and I'll get something different from it.
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  • Dr. Youssef: This is Michael Youssef of--
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  • Kayla: I really enjoy the app because it's really accessible.
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  • It's just through my phone, and every day
  • 00:23:08.250 --> 00:23:11.050
  • he uploads another message.
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  • So if I wanna find something really quickly,
  • 00:23:12.210 --> 00:23:14.220
  • a certain topic or something, I can find it much easier.
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  • And my favorite series is on the seven last statements
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  • from the cross.
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  • Dr. Youssef: They did not know the horrors
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  • of what they were doing on that day was going to--
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  • Kayla: And I love the way that he's made it really
  • 00:23:27.160 --> 00:23:29.080
  • succinct but in depth so that I'm able to really understand.
  • 00:23:29.090 --> 00:23:32.020
  • Dr. Youssef: You're gonna ask the power of the Holy Spirit
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  • to work in you and through you and--
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  • Kayla: Michael's messages, because they're so short,
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  • they're much more convenient for teenagers.
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  • And he also focuses on a lot of topics that us
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  • teenagers do go through at the moment, like temptation.
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  • He has spoken about temptation or loss or heartache
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  • or trying to find your way back to God.
  • 00:23:48.160 --> 00:23:51.090
  • And I think that makes it a lot easier for us teenagers
  • 00:23:51.100 --> 00:23:54.070
  • to actually connect back to God.
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:56.270
  • Dr. Youssef: That you would give them strength to shine
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  • like the stars in the heavens.
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  • Kayla: But also how to know that you are doing what the Lord
  • 00:24:02.070 --> 00:24:05.280
  • wants you to do 'cause he does have a lot of messages
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  • to help you strengthen your relationship with God.
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  • Dr. Youssef: My friends, we have reached the end
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  • of our fiscal year, a very busy year of ministry.
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  • We launched the 2025 vision to see that 1 million souls
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  • will come to Christ in the next 7 years.
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  • We are adding a new television network to reach more people
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  • with the gospel.
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  • Our Middle East TV channel, Kingdom Sat,
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  • is ten years old this year, and we're having
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  • an incredible impact on the Muslim world.
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  • I need you to partner with me in this amazing work of,
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  • "Leading the Way" this month by making a generous gift.
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  • We need to finish our financial year strong
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  • so that we have a momentum into July and the fall.
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  • As you know, I receive nothing from "Leading the Way,"
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  • and so, the only hope for the world is Jesus,
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  • and that is why I'm giving my all to this.
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  • We are not ashamed of the gospel,
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  • and we do not water down the gospel.
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  • We are proclaiming to the nations the truth
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  • of the Word of God and Jesus as the only way.
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  • And so, friends of the ministry have given a generous gift
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  • and are challenging you to give as well.
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  • Join with me this month to make a real and lasting impact,
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  • and thank you in advance.
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  • announcer: Has your life been influenced
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  • female: Your message was like a lighting bolt.
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  • I stopped the car and cried like I've never cried before,
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  • asking the Lord's forgiveness.
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  • Watch as your generous gifts help radically transform lives
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  • as we expand the ministry
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  • through our Vision 2025 Initiative.
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  • Dr. Youssef's teaching programs will be available
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  • on new stations.
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  • Navigators will be delivered to unreached places.
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  • On-the-ground follow-up teams will work together
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  • to maximize the impact of our expanding media content,
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  • and the global ministry will share the gospel
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  • as we grow to reach the next generation.
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  • female: Your program says things I want to understand,
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  • and I want to believe in this God of yours,
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  • the God who is forgiving, loving,
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  • and accepting of sinners.
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  • announcer: Your gifts are fueling
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  • "Leading the Way's" ministry, and right now you have
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  • an exciting opportunity to multiply your impact.
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  • To help maximize our fiscal year-end gift challenge,
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  • generous partners have committed $650.000 in matching funds
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  • to "Leading the Way."
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  • You can help $650.000 become $1.3 million.
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  • Call, write, or visit us online at ltw.org
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  • to give your generous gift today.
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  • announcer: Passionately proclaiming
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  • uncompromising truth,
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  • "Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef"
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  • thanks you for your faithful support
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  • through your continued prayers and gifts.
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