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August 21, 2019
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  • Come, join us for our simulcast for Living Proof Live in 2019.
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  • September 28, our home base
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  • will be Woodstock, Georgia.
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  • But the beauty of it is, you can come from anywhere.
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  • You don't have to go anywhere to come
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  • as long as you have online access.
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  • You can do it from home,
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  • you can do it anywhere that you can throw in your headphones,
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  • you can do it with a small group,
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  • you can do it at a church that may have that gathering
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  • that is going to be a host church for the event.
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  • Wherever it might be, come be part of it.
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  • We can't wait to see what God would speak over us.
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  • We'll worship, we'll be in the Word of God,
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  • and we anticipate him doing more than we could ask or imagine.
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  • I hope so much you'll join us.
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  • Listen, don't think for a minute
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  • wrestling with God is not a form of intimacy.
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  • When you're wrestling with somebody,
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  • you're face to face with them, and you're touching.
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  • Listen, I have a feeling
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  • that one of the most important reasons
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  • God has brought us into this place,
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  • is that a whole lot of us in this room
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  • have been wrestling with God about something,
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  • and he's going to take that wrestling
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  • to a full embrace.
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  • You may be seated.
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  • I want you to turn with me to Philippians, chapter 3.
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  • Philippians, chapter 3.
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  • And before we turn there, we're going to turn there
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  • as soon as we've made our fourth statement,
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  • and then we're going to prove it in the Scriptures.
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  • But I want to remind you of the verse
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  • that has this phrase in it,
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  • that we're camping on over and over again
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  • in our present series.
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  • This is going to be out of Mark 11, 22 through 24.
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  • And so, here's what I'm going to ask you to do this time.
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  • I'm going to bring it up on the screen
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  • and I want you to read it with me,
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  • because I want you to get the feel of it.
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  • Listen, at home, you know, I want so much
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  • for people to enjoy their relationship with Jesus.
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  • I enjoy him.
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  • I just flat out enjoy him.
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  • One reason why I don't sleep in in the morning
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  • over my quiet time
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  • is not only because I am desperate for him,
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  • but because I'm afraid I'm going to miss something.
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  • Now, I didn't always feel that way
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  • and I had to figure that out for myself
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  • because nobody really told me.
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  • Listen, he can be the biggest blast in your life.
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  • Yes, he is your boss; yes, he is your master;
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  • yes, he is your Lord,
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  • but he also the biggest blast in your life
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  • and there is nothing, nothing like being drawn in closely
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  • to the Creator of the universe and sensing that his Spirit
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  • is quickening his own Scriptures.
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  • There's nothing like that, nothing like it.
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  • And so, I want you to sense that.
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  • And part of it, when I am sluggish early in the morning,
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  • one of the things that he's taught me to do
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  • is to not just read it silently but read it out loud,
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  • and to read it with some passion.
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  • If I need to stand to my feet, stand to my feet.
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  • If I need to declare it, declare it.
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  • Somebody know what I'm talking about?
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  • So let's bring it up to the screen,
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  • and I want you to say it out loud with me.
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  • Just this whole little paragraph through Mark 11, 22 through 24.
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  • You ready?
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  • "Jesus was matter-of-fact: 'Embrace this God-life.
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  • "'Really embrace it, and nothing will be too much for you.
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  • "'This mountain, for instance:
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  • "'just say, "Go jump in the lake"--
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  • "'no shuffling or shilly-shallying--
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  • "'and it's as good as done.
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  • "'That's why I urge you to pray
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  • "'for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.
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  • "'Include everything as you embrace this God-life,
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  • and you'll get God's everything.'"
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  • We have that promise in the gospel of Matthew.
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  • We're told right there
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  • if we will seek him and his righteousness,
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  • everything else will be added to it.
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  • And I say this to you because we've got
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  • so many really young, young women.
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  • I looked around the room last night and realized
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  • we have a number, a lot of teenagers in here.
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  • We got a lot of early 20s in here.
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  • And I want to say something to you, this is the--
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  • hopefully, the value we can bring you as older women,
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  • and testify to the grace of God.
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  • Because I'mma tell ya, he is the only one
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  • who is offering you this deal,
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  • "If you will make me your everything,
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  • "I will make sure that you have everything of value
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  • "in the course of your lifetime.
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  • "Everything that you need
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  • "to be the person that I've called you to be,
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  • "to fulfill the calling that I have placed on your life,
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  • "everything that is imperative to your satisfaction,
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  • "to your joy, and to your full fruit bearing,
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  • if you will embrace me, you will get the whole thing."
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  • Now, there's nothing else in life
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  • that if you went for one thing,
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  • if you became a single-minded person
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  • with a united heart toward one thing,
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  • there is nothing else in this world,
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  • there is no other philosophy,
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  • no other mindset that can promise you,
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  • you do one thing, you get everything.
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  • And this is Jesus.
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  • He said, you put everything in me.
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  • You take that risk in your mind of losing everything
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  • to give your life entirely to me,
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  • and you will find the very life you lost in me.
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  • I mean, it is like this is the paradox.
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  • This, if life will have been a test,
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  • this will be the test.
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  • Who is going to risk that?
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  • Because you don't get to test it out in advance.
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  • You have to go do it.
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  • Who is going to honestly give over
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  • everything they are, everything they have
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  • to this one and only who says,
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  • "You do it and I will make sure you actually find
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  • the life you just agreed to lose in me."
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  • Magnificent. It's absolutely magnificent.
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  • Absolutely magnificent.
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  • Now, this is where we start this morning
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  • because this is imperative.
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  • So I'm going to get really practical with you
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  • over the next few minutes because this is
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  • really one of my passions right here.
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  • Number four is this,
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  • "Embrace your place in the gospel story."
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  • Embrace your very own place in the gospel story.
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  • I want you to hear this all the way down to your bones.
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  • Do not just accept it, fully embrace it.
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  • I want you to hear
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  • Philippians 3, verses 12 through 14.
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  • I want you to let this fall on you
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  • and let this become part of your whole life goal.
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  • This is goal setting according to the Apostle Paul
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  • who is under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
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  • when he says it.
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  • "Not that I have already obtained this
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  • "or am already perfect,
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  • "but I press on to make it my own,
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  • "because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
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  • "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
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  • "But this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
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  • "and straining forward to what lies ahead,
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  • "I press on toward the goal,
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  • for the prize of the upward call of Christ Jesus."
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  • The upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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  • Some of your formal translations will say it this way.
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  • I love the one that says, "So that I may apprehend
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  • that for which Christ Jesus has apprehended me."
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  • I believe it's the NIV that says,
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  • "So that I may take hold
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  • of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."
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  • He's got a reason he took hold of your life,
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  • he's got a reason that he left you here
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  • after you were saved, after you accepted him.
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  • And what he's calling us to in these verses
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  • is that we would fully embrace, hold on to, apprehend,
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  • pull to ourselves,
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  • that for which he has drawn us to himself.
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  • Now, let's lay this down in practical terms.
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  • There's a reason why you're on this planet,
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  • and there's a reason why you have
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  • your particular life history,
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  • you have your experiences, you have your education,
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  • you have your kind of family background,
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  • you have your particular gifting,
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  • you have your DNA.
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  • You are called to make a contribution,
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  • and it's your contribution, your contribution.
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  • But we spend all this time
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  • trying to mimic somebody else's contribution.
  • 00:09:04.260 --> 00:09:08.150
  • You and I have got to figure out our own place.
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  • Listen, when I was first called,
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  • I gave my life to the Lord Jesus.
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  • As a child, I accepted him.
  • 00:09:16.230 --> 00:09:19.280
  • But I came to a place to fully embrace
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  • what I would call my calling,
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  • and I didn't even know what it was,
  • 00:09:24.200 --> 00:09:26.290
  • because I truly am convinced,
  • 00:09:27.000 --> 00:09:28.270
  • we are surrendering just to whatever Jesus says.
  • 00:09:28.280 --> 00:09:32.260
  • I'm gonna to just follow him, and he gets to say.
  • 00:09:32.270 --> 00:09:35.170
  • And so, that was about 18 years old for me.
  • 00:09:35.180 --> 00:09:39.070
  • And it became this whole game changer
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  • of whatever's next, whatever's next.
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  • I tell women all the time when they say
  • 00:09:45.290 --> 00:09:47.210
  • I'm trying to figure what I'm called to do.
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  • You know what, till you figure it out,
  • 00:09:49.050 --> 00:09:50.140
  • just meet the next need.
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  • Just meet the next need.
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  • Next thing comes up, minister to that need.
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  • Next person you get a chance to minister to,
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  • you do that.
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  • If it's three next time, do that.
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  • If it's six next time, do that.
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  • You just keep doing what God brings to you,
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  • apprehending that for which he has apprehended us.
  • 00:10:04.230 --> 00:10:08.180
  • But let me tell you something, for some of us in this room,
  • 00:10:08.190 --> 00:10:11.120
  • we don't like our own story.
  • 00:10:11.130 --> 00:10:13.250
  • We want somebody else's story.
  • 00:10:13.260 --> 00:10:16.010
  • Anybody?
  • 00:10:16.020 --> 00:10:17.110
  • We want somebody else's contribution,
  • 00:10:17.120 --> 00:10:19.180
  • and we're clamoring for somebody else's gifting.
  • 00:10:19.190 --> 00:10:22.010
  • Listen, you are a masterpiece, a masterpiece.
  • 00:10:22.020 --> 00:10:26.280
  • You've got it going on, and you have got a great story,
  • 00:10:26.290 --> 00:10:30.230
  • you just may not have seen it from Jesus's point of view yet,
  • 00:10:30.240 --> 00:10:35.010
  • because your story is
  • 00:10:35.020 --> 00:10:36.130
  • a wonderful story all its own.
  • 00:10:36.140 --> 00:10:37.230
  • Now, go with me here for a moment
  • 00:10:37.240 --> 00:10:39.140
  • and see if this does not resonate with you,
  • 00:10:39.150 --> 00:10:41.160
  • because I feel so strongly about this.
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  • The word gospel means good news.
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  • It means good news.
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  • And every one of our stories, if we are in Christ
  • 00:10:48.250 --> 00:10:53.120
  • and we have begun to grow in him,
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  • every one of our stories presents good news.
  • 00:10:55.180 --> 00:11:00.140
  • And let me tell you what's good news.
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  • It may be that your story is that somehow you got through
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  • your young life fairly unscathed.
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  • I really do believe that there are
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  • a few households in the world
  • 00:11:12.100 --> 00:11:15.040
  • that are fairly healthy and normal.
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  • Anybody? Anybody?
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  • I don't know many of them personally,
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  • but I do, by faith, I believe
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  • there are a number of them out there,
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  • and it may be that you grew up,
  • 00:11:26.260 --> 00:11:29.250
  • you have never just really lived life deep in a pit.
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  • For instance, my young friend, Faith,
  • 00:11:33.160 --> 00:11:35.170
  • I don't get the feeling from my young friend, Faith,
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  • that she has lived
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  • a good measure of her life in the pit.
  • 00:11:40.000 --> 00:11:42.070
  • And you know why that's good news?
  • 00:11:42.080 --> 00:11:44.190
  • See, you're thinking I really need a dramatic story.
  • 00:11:44.200 --> 00:11:46.200
  • See, people that have actually done the thing right
  • 00:11:46.210 --> 00:11:51.040
  • are thinking, "You know what, I needed a dramatic testimony.
  • 00:11:51.050 --> 00:11:54.000
  • Everybody else's testimony is better."
  • 00:11:54.010 --> 00:11:55.170
  • No actually, Faith, you bring us some really good news
  • 00:11:55.180 --> 00:11:59.100
  • because this is how we're hoping our kids will do.
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  • Anybody agree with me on that?
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  • This is what we want. This is what we want.
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  • So is it good news
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  • that somebody really could come to fiery faith,
  • 00:12:08.290 --> 00:12:12.070
  • I mean fiery faith.
  • 00:12:12.080 --> 00:12:13.170
  • I love to be reminded that somebody who has not been
  • 00:12:13.180 --> 00:12:17.130
  • in a terribly desperate situation
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  • still understands that it took just as much grace
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  • for her to be saved
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  • as somebody in the bottom of a pit.
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:25.250
  • I love that. I love that.
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:27.120
  • That's even a grace from God
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  • that they would know that without being taught that
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  • in the bottom of a well.
  • 00:12:31.270 --> 00:12:34.010
  • Anybody hear what I'm saying?
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:35.260
  • So that's good news.
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:37.100
  • But you know what else is good news?
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  • Say you have sold your body hundreds of times,
  • 00:12:39.000 --> 00:12:44.160
  • hundreds of times, given it away, subjected it
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:49.180
  • to all manner of addiction and misuse, depravity.
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  • You may have cheated on your spouse,
  • 00:12:58.030 --> 00:13:01.280
  • you may have cheated on your taxes,
  • 00:13:01.290 --> 00:13:05.160
  • you may have cheated your company,
  • 00:13:05.170 --> 00:13:09.290
  • you may have lived in all sorts of sin and pride
  • 00:13:10.000 --> 00:13:14.130
  • and self-righteousness and arrogance.
  • 00:13:14.140 --> 00:13:16.260
  • But when God delivers you, you got yourself some good news.
  • 00:13:16.270 --> 00:13:23.200
  • See, you--there's-- you don't have the story
  • 00:13:23.210 --> 00:13:26.250
  • that, when it's put in the gospel context,
  • 00:13:26.260 --> 00:13:29.210
  • does not become good news.
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  • You have it and you got to figure out how to tell it
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  • because you've got it.
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  • You've got an interesting story.
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  • You've got a compelling story.
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  • And when we let God teach us how to tell it,
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  • teach us how to express it, teach us how to communicate it,
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  • we come to a day, this day, on our calendar
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  • to embrace our own story.
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
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  • Anybody else got a little joy on 'em today?
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  • We're gonna lift it up
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  • and let the name of Jesus go forth in this place
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  • in such power and in such presence.
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  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
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  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
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  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
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  • Do you not think that he's gonna tie up
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  • every thread where you are concerned,
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  • that he who started the plan knows how to end it?
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  • We're gonna get some confidence in him today
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  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
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  • Can somebody say, "Hallelujah"?
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  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
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  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • Who has God made you?
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  • Who's God made you?
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  • What do you have to bring?
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  • What kind of hope?
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  • When you think about Mary Magdalene,
  • 00:16:05.170 --> 00:16:06.290
  • and Mary, the mother of Jesus, I mean like, she was like,
  • 00:16:07.000 --> 00:16:12.280
  • talk about somebody who did it right.
  • 00:16:12.290 --> 00:16:16.140
  • And she didn't, like, drop baby Jesus or anything, nothing.
  • 00:16:16.150 --> 00:16:22.010
  • Imagine her giving her testimony,
  • 00:16:22.020 --> 00:16:24.230
  • "I was a teenager, a virgin."
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  • And next is Mary Magdalene, she gets up to give hers
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  • and she says, "Seven demons were cast out of me."
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  • I mean--
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  • [audience laughing]
  • 00:16:37.190 --> 00:16:41.130
  • I mean, they can't trade testimonies,
  • 00:16:41.140 --> 00:16:44.080
  • 'cause it's not their story.
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  • What's yours?
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  • You got one.
  • 00:16:51.110 --> 00:16:53.080
  • You don't have to tell all the gritty details.
  • 00:16:53.090 --> 00:16:55.000
  • I don't either,
  • 00:16:55.010 --> 00:16:56.240
  • but I am sick to death of us playing church.
  • 00:16:56.250 --> 00:17:03.170
  • I am sick of it.
  • 00:17:05.000 --> 00:17:09.160
  • I am sick
  • 00:17:09.170 --> 00:17:10.260
  • of our beautiful, spectacular little Instagram post
  • 00:17:10.270 --> 00:17:15.220
  • that make our lives look all filtered
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:18.070
  • like the sun always shines through the window just right.
  • 00:17:18.080 --> 00:17:22.290
  • I'm sick of it.
  • 00:17:23.000 --> 00:17:25.030
  • I just want, I want somebody
  • 00:17:25.040 --> 00:17:26.150
  • to take Instagram post of this, "Pftt."
  • 00:17:26.160 --> 00:17:29.220
  • [audience laughing]
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  • Because it gives the idea that it all fixes.
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:42.090
  • And I don't care how fixed you're acting today,
  • 00:17:42.100 --> 00:17:44.240
  • you ain't fixed, I know that for a fact.
  • 00:17:44.250 --> 00:17:47.000
  • If you were fixed, you'd be dead, you'd be dead.
  • 00:17:47.010 --> 00:17:52.170
  • I guess that's enough of that, isn't it?
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  • All right, where in the world am I?
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  • Okay, somebody,
  • 00:17:57.020 --> 00:18:00.040
  • y'all, y'all did this, y'all.
  • 00:18:00.050 --> 00:18:03.110
  • Then that brings us to number five,
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  • "Embrace whatever suffering
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  • accompanies your Christ-following."
  • 00:18:10.120 --> 00:18:13.080
  • Oh, I know, and do groan over it.
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:16.130
  • Do--I don't like it either.
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:18.210
  • But you know what, you're already doing it.
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:20.090
  • Nobody's getting out of this thing
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  • without some suffering.
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:26.100
  • Embrace whatever suffering
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  • accompanies your Christ-following.
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.190
  • So much of our suffering we've gone looking for.
  • 00:18:30.200 --> 00:18:35.240
  • So much of my suffering came from foolish decisions.
  • 00:18:35.250 --> 00:18:39.270
  • So we don't want to suffer because of sin.
  • 00:18:39.280 --> 00:18:44.210
  • We want to repent. We want to repent.
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  • Repenting is one of the best things
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  • that ever happened to us.
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  • Listen, I'mma tell you something.
  • 00:18:51.230 --> 00:18:53.020
  • If the church drops the word repent,
  • 00:18:53.030 --> 00:18:56.140
  • we're all going to hell in a handbasket.
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:18:59.220
  • We're not really going to hell, not if you're saved,
  • 00:18:59.230 --> 00:19:01.140
  • you're not going to hell, but the world is going to
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:04.160
  • because we have the right to repent
  • 00:19:04.170 --> 00:19:08.170
  • and be cleansed of our sins and make pure in him,
  • 00:19:08.180 --> 00:19:11.190
  • we have the right.
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:12.290
  • But there's also, just in being obedient to Jesus,
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:16.240
  • there is suffering that comes along.
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  • I just--in my Christ-following,
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  • I'm going to do what you're going to do
  • 00:19:22.250 --> 00:19:25.210
  • and what the apostle Paul set us the example to do,
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  • when I am suffering,
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  • I'm going to ask to be delivered,
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  • just like he asked to be delivered
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  • from his thorn in the flesh in 2 Corinthians, chapter 12.
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  • I'm going to ask to be delivered.
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  • I don't want to just go looking for suffering.
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  • I don't want to.
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:45.180
  • I don't want to have to be a self-styled martyr.
  • 00:19:45.190 --> 00:19:47.220
  • I don't want that. I don't want that.
  • 00:19:47.230 --> 00:19:51.060
  • But if the Lord leaves it,
  • 00:19:51.070 --> 00:19:56.250
  • then I want to try to embrace and milk
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:20:01.120
  • every drop of Jesus,
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  • every drop of the Spirit that suffering has to offer me,
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  • everything its got to offer me.
  • 00:20:08.010 --> 00:20:09.160
  • Now listen, listen, listen, I do not romanticize suffering.
  • 00:20:09.170 --> 00:20:16.030
  • And the reason why I don't is because I've done some.
  • 00:20:16.040 --> 00:20:19.080
  • And here's the thing about suffering,
  • 00:20:19.090 --> 00:20:20.180
  • I don't know if this will be any news to anyone,
  • 00:20:20.190 --> 00:20:22.090
  • but the thing that I find about suffering is it hurts.
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  • For now, and for some amount of years, one of my areas,
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:33.110
  • one of my thorns in the flesh is physical pain.
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  • I've dealt with it for years, for years.
  • 00:20:36.110 --> 00:20:39.270
  • And it's widespread because it's skeletal,
  • 00:20:39.280 --> 00:20:43.090
  • so it's just--I mean you can see it right there.
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:45.140
  • You see that, that's medical tape
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:46.240
  • on my back right there.
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:48.040
  • There's another one under it.
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  • I, every single day, every single day,
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:55.030
  • deal with pain.
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.130
  • Every single day,
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:57.260
  • every time I wake up in the night, I have pain.
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:21:01.130
  • Always, always, it does not stop.
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  • It's just what degree it is.
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  • Travis is my son, my son, and he'll ask me,
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  • "How is it today?"
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  • "About a three, about a three.
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  • Doing good. Doing good."
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  • I want to be delivered.
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  • I'm seeing another doctor on Monday.
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  • I want to be delivered.
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  • If God wants to deliver me,
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  • I just keep praying it, I keep praying it.
  • 00:21:23.260 --> 00:21:26.070
  • But what I also do
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  • is that every morning of my life,
  • 00:21:27.220 --> 00:21:30.040
  • I go lay this body down flat on the floor,
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  • first thing, first thing, and I go,
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:36.150
  • "I present to you
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  • "this body as a living sacrifice
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:44.020
  • "and I ask you to be my divine strength,
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  • and I ask you to speak to my bones."
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:50.170
  • When we sing that song, where these bones will live,
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  • these bones cry out.
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  • I mean, I'm all like these bones.
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  • I just that seriously.
  • 00:21:59.160 --> 00:22:02.090
  • With the Word talks about wisdom coming into our bones,
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  • I take that seriously, the Word come in,
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  • I take it seriously
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  • because my bones are my struggle.
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  • It's not fun, but I cannot believe
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  • I am about to finish another study.
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  • I don't know if anybody can go here with me,
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  • that I have written, every day I have written it,
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  • I have written it in physical pain.
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  • And by June, it'll be done.
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:41.150
  • "And you and me, Jesus, oh we,
  • 00:22:41.160 --> 00:22:45.030
  • "we're just making it together, aren't we Jesus?
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:48.070
  • "We're just making it, you and me,
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  • we're just making it, we're just making it."
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  • Anybody get that with me?
  • 00:22:53.210 --> 00:22:55.260
  • And so I know something a lot of people won't know
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  • when it shows up on the shelf.
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  • I'll know the same thing I knew last time,
  • 00:23:03.080 --> 00:23:06.010
  • and the same thing I knew the time before,
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  • and the same thing I knew the time before,
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  • that work right there is a miracle.
  • 00:23:12.290 --> 00:23:15.260
  • I do know if you know it, but me and Jesus know it.
  • 00:23:15.270 --> 00:23:20.050
  • Because at times, it was not my physical body,
  • 00:23:20.060 --> 00:23:22.110
  • it was my marriage, and it was other things,
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  • and it was the home life I came from.
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  • I don't know any other way to tell you.
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  • It has always been something, and here Jesus and I are.
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  • You know, I have a pretty good marriage.
  • 00:23:37.100 --> 00:23:42.140
  • But I'm going to tell ya, I live off the delight
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  • of my God and my Savior Jesus Christ.
  • 00:23:48.230 --> 00:23:52.010
  • And I don't know what you're going through.
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  • Let's pray for deliverance.
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  • We're going to believe God for it.
  • 00:23:57.230 --> 00:23:59.020
  • I still believe he performs miracles.
  • 00:23:59.030 --> 00:24:02.080
  • I'm still asking for one.
  • 00:24:02.090 --> 00:24:03.290
  • I'm praying that I'll be able to look back on it and go,
  • 00:24:04.000 --> 00:24:06.060
  • "You know, they were, like, those ten years
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  • that I dealt with pain constantly."
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:10.170
  • I want it to be a past tense.
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:12.230
  • I'm not going to quit believing for it
  • 00:24:12.240 --> 00:24:14.230
  • until I'm just certain, certain he said, "I'm leaving it
  • 00:24:14.240 --> 00:24:18.210
  • "because it's doing some good.
  • 00:24:18.220 --> 00:24:21.170
  • "Makes you dependent on me, Beth.
  • 00:24:21.180 --> 00:24:23.240
  • "You can pay your bills these days.
  • 00:24:23.250 --> 00:24:26.090
  • So exactly what are you going to depend on me for?"
  • 00:24:26.100 --> 00:24:31.080
  • "Well, to get out of bed."
  • 00:24:31.090 --> 00:24:34.230
  • I don't know what yours is,
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:37.060
  • but why don't we just go ahead and say,
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  • "Alrighty, what does this thing have to offer me?"
  • 00:24:40.210 --> 00:24:44.150
  • Looking around at some young women,
  • 00:24:49.200 --> 00:24:51.000
  • I'm pretty sure, some of your parents,
  • 00:24:51.010 --> 00:24:54.130
  • after all these years are splitting up
  • 00:24:54.140 --> 00:24:58.060
  • and that's terrible, heartbreaking.
  • 00:24:58.070 --> 00:25:02.130
  • What does Jesus have to offer you in that suffering.
  • 00:25:02.140 --> 00:25:09.000
  • A dream got broken here recently.
  • 00:25:09.010 --> 00:25:15.190
  • What does this season have to offer you?
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  • Go ahead, stand in it.
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  • Take a deep breath, hold your shoulders back,
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  • ask God every single day
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  • to empower you to live victoriously in it,
  • 00:25:27.120 --> 00:25:31.010
  • and you will get through your life and you will go,
  • 00:25:31.020 --> 00:25:34.120
  • "We lived a miracle together,
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  • we lived a miracle together."
  • 00:25:40.150 --> 00:25:44.140
  • Listen to these words,
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  • I'm going to put it up where you can see them,
  • 00:25:47.140 --> 00:25:49.030
  • and I'll read them to you,
  • 00:25:49.040 --> 00:25:50.140
  • "Then Jesus went to work on his disciples.
  • 00:25:50.150 --> 00:25:53.130
  • "'Anyone who intends to come with me
  • 00:25:53.140 --> 00:25:55.140
  • "'has to let me lead.
  • 00:25:55.150 --> 00:25:57.140
  • "'You're not in the driver's seat; I am.
  • 00:25:57.150 --> 00:25:59.250
  • "'Don't run from suffering; embrace it.
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:02.250
  • "'Follow me and I'll show you how.
  • 00:26:02.260 --> 00:26:04.260
  • "'Self-help is no help at all.
  • 00:26:04.270 --> 00:26:06.250
  • "'Self-sacrifice is the way, my way,
  • 00:26:06.260 --> 00:26:09.290
  • "'to finding yourself, your true self.
  • 00:26:10.000 --> 00:26:12.250
  • "'What kind of deal is it to get everything you want
  • 00:26:12.260 --> 00:26:15.260
  • "'but lose yourself?
  • 00:26:15.270 --> 00:26:17.190
  • What could you ever trade your soul for?'"
  • 00:26:17.200 --> 00:26:22.060
  • Somebody here just, like, traded off your soul,
  • 00:26:22.070 --> 00:26:25.130
  • and you know what's going to be beautiful today?
  • 00:26:25.140 --> 00:26:29.070
  • Today's the day to get it back.
  • 00:26:29.080 --> 00:26:31.020
  • How many of you have already learned
  • 00:26:39.220 --> 00:26:42.000
  • what it's like to embrace the big lie
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  • and be devastated by it?
  • 00:26:45.160 --> 00:26:50.130
  • To know the destruction
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  • of embracing the big lie.
  • 00:26:52.190 --> 00:26:55.070
  • If there's anything you and I want to let go of today,
  • 00:26:55.080 --> 00:26:58.010
  • because we really do get to,
  • 00:26:58.020 --> 00:26:59.240
  • we can't make anybody else's decision for them,
  • 00:26:59.250 --> 00:27:02.130
  • but we can make it for ourselves.
  • 00:27:02.140 --> 00:27:04.170
  • And so what we got to know, listen,
  • 00:27:04.180 --> 00:27:06.260
  • we've got to be in the Scriptures.
  • 00:27:06.270 --> 00:27:09.060
  • We've got to know the Scriptures because we will not be able
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  • to recognize the big lie or all of the little lies
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  • if we don't know what the truth is.
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