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  • You and I are learning that in a world even
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  • an unbelieving world where it's so polarized that we fill like
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  • we've got to go to one extreme or the other extreme and there's
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  • only one to be had or the other to be had that in this case
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  • it is not either grace or grit.
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  • It is both grace and grit.
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  • Both grace and...
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  • and the brings us to number one which is might...
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  • Might in Christ takes grace and grit.
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  • Number two is what?
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  • And the beautiful thing is this whether you are 16 or you are 66
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  • or you are 86, you can--and not only can, but must build muscle
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  • to be a mighty person of faith on planet Earth at this hour.
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  • Turn back with me, we won't be here really long but turn back
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  • with me to Proverbs 31 and verse 13: "She seeks wool and flax
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  • and works with willing hands."
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  • And then I want you to notice that it says in verse 19.
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  • So you're going to start verse 13 and 19 because
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  • they go together.
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  • "She puts her hands to the distaff,
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  • and her hands hold the spindle."
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  • And the it talks about her opening her hands to the poor
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  • and reaching out her hands to the needy but notice with me
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  • that it says in verse 13 that she seeks wool and flax
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  • and works with willing hands and then,
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  • she puts her hands to the distaff.
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  • Now I had to do a lot of looking into what a distaff is.
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  • And this is what happens is that they take the flax or the wool
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  • and they're going to be winding it and twisting it to make it
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  • into threads around this distaff that they're going to turn and
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  • this is what's going to come into thread that is then going
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  • to come into the fabric.
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  • So it's quite a process and the reason why I'm bringing this up
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  • is because over and over again when I'm studying Proverbs 31
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  • the word "industrious" came up.
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  • That the Proverbs 31 woman is industrious.
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  • Well, I looked up industry.
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  • Why?
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  • Because this is the kind of thing I do, weird stuff where I
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  • just love a word and I want to go find out what it really means
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  • and what it comes from.
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  • Industry is a way--in its most basic level of taking a raw
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  • product and turning it into something else.
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  • It talks about her being resourceful so I went and
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  • I looked up the word "resource."
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  • You can see the word resource.
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  • You can see the French word that
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  • it comes from, the old French.
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  • Then see the part that says,
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  • "To relieve, literally, to rise
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  • again, from the Latin" word
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  • from which we get resurrection.
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  • I want you to just try to understand this with me that
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  • resourcefulness is taking one thing, taking the raw material
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  • of one thing and then doing the thing with it that makes
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  • it useful and a provision for people.
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  • Is anybody gonna step in that with me?
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  • Because this is critical to you and me to understand
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  • what it means to be industrious and resourceful.
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  • When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior,
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  • his Holy Spirit comes and takes residency in us in that moment.
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  • You and I are made up as human beings are created by God
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  • in his image in three parts.
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  • There is the soul, there is the spirit,
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  • and then there is our physical body.
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  • Now a lot of times in the Scripture there is
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  • no distinction made between soul or spirit
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  • it will just mean that which is immaterial in us.
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  • But when there is a difference between those three components,
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  • of course the physical body, but then the soul and the spirit,
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  • then the soul would be like the seat of our emotions,
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  • our personalities, our preferences.
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  • The things that sort of make you, you.
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  • Your spirit that was created in all of us this is what separates
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  • the human beings from animals.
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  • We were given a spirit.
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  • The spirit in a man or a woman, in a child,
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  • is our capacity to know God.
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  • Our capacity to know God.
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  • When we are, what the Bible calls born-again into Christ,
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  • his Spirit takes up occupancy in us.
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  • In other words, now it's no longer the natural human spirit.
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  • The Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of Christ,
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  • is taken up residency in us.
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  • So he brings his Holy Spirit in us and he comes
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  • with empowerment, with anointing, and with gifting.
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  • He says, "I put all this gifting in you but think with me--"
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  • you talk about grace and grit.
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  • When in 2 Timothy 1:6, Paul says to Timothy, "You know the gift
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  • that came to you by the laying on of my hands."
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  • And in that particular context it's talking about the deposit
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  • of the Holy Spirit and he says, "You're to fan it into a flame."
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  • So you were gifted with the Holy Spirit
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  • when you were born again in Christ.
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  • You are spiritually gifted.
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  • Girlfriend, you don't begin to know how gifted you are but it
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  • can just sit in there in the raw portion of it and us never do
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  • anything to fan it into a flame.
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  • We could live all of our lives and we've never even developed
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  • in our spiritual gifting because we just saw,
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  • "Well, I just took it."
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  • No, it's take and make.
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  • Take and make.
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  • Take and make.
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  • You go, "Well, he can make it himself."
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  • Of course he can.
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  • In a heartbeat without lifting his little finger.
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  • What he's saying is "I'm not just after saving your debt,
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  • I'm after engaging you with me in the work of the gospel."
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  • This engagement, this intimacy with God coming along beside him
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  • and letting him work through us and fanning it into a flame,
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  • that's what we're talking about here.
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  • What in the world does that have to do with flax and with wool.
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  • Well, everything.
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  • Everything because--I just wrote down--I love little rhymes and
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  • I just wrote down these little two line rhymes:
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  • "Flax to linen takes some spinnin'.
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  • And if you want cashmere fetch a goat dear."
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  • Anybody?
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  • Because I started thinking to myself spinning wool
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  • starts with sheep and cashmere starts with a goat.
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  • And here's what is happening with many of us,
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  • we're just like carrying around our goat it's going mah, mah.
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  • We're not doing anything with our goat, the goat hair is just
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  • getting thicker and thicker and thicker,
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  • but we just like walk-- everything we do we're just
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  • walking around holding our goat.
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  • Its legs are just going like this.
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  • We got a live goat on our hands, a live goat on our hands but no,
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  • no we're not shearing the goat and then working it out with God
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  • to spin that fabric into something that really does
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  • become a provision for people.
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  • Oh no, we're just carrying around goat.
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  • Shear the goat!
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  • If you do not think there's something for us to do on this
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  • planet--it wasn't just about us standing here being.
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  • "I'm being full in the Spirit."
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  • You know what?
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  • Get your full in the Spirit behind out there
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  • and do something with it.
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  • We were called to good works which God prepared beforehand
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  • that we should walk in them.
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  • Yes, there's being.
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  • I don't have any doing if I don't have any being
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  • but out of the being comes the doing.
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  • There is activity for--there's jobs for us to do and
  • 00:10:22.050 --> 00:10:26.120
  • you're just going like, "Well, I don't know which one."
  • 00:10:26.130 --> 00:10:28.090
  • Just go try one, try one.
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  • "I feel like I'm called to ministry."
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  • I don't know what you meet the next need 'cause really
  • 00:10:32.220 --> 00:10:35.220
  • that's why we're here.
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  • Meet needs.
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  • Meet needs.
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  • Love people that fell very unloved.
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  • Go to those that are disenfranchised.
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  • Go to those who are hurting.
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  • My heart just broken on the airplane because I had my Bible
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  • out--I have to really, man, these days pull your Bible out
  • 00:10:52.110 --> 00:10:57.210
  • and study it hard, makes people nervous,
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:11:00.220
  • makes people nervous
  • 00:11:00.230 --> 00:11:02.060
  • And I had a guy not far from me
  • 00:11:02.070 --> 00:11:03.250
  • that I'm fairly sure was gay and I knew
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:09.000
  • he had a very interesting line of work because
  • 00:11:09.010 --> 00:11:13.060
  • I could see what he was working on and I wanted
  • 00:11:13.070 --> 00:11:15.210
  • to converse with him so badly but he was just like,
  • 00:11:15.220 --> 00:11:19.130
  • "'Cause you're gonna be ugly to me."
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  • No, I'm not.
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  • I'm not.
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  • To love people to stretch out our hands to them, to take
  • 00:11:27.220 --> 00:11:33.070
  • what's been deposited into us, to be gracious people with bold
  • 00:11:33.080 --> 00:11:38.000
  • hearts and yes, convictions.
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  • Not with compromise but with love, with grace,
  • 00:11:40.170 --> 00:11:46.160
  • carrying the very reputation of the gospel.
  • 00:11:46.170 --> 00:11:50.240
  • If you're gonna be carrying around your big Bible you got
  • 00:11:50.250 --> 00:11:55.250
  • to have a gracious mouth and a gracious countenance.
  • 00:11:55.260 --> 00:12:00.200
  • And be twice as ready to love with humility, with humility,
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  • and treat people with dignity.
  • 00:12:07.110 --> 00:12:09.100
  • It's about take and make.
  • 00:12:09.110 --> 00:12:11.020
  • It's about take and make.
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  • Somebody say, "It's about take and make."
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  • You find this all the way to Matthew 25
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  • in the parable of the talents.
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  • Because he gives them their talents and he send them out
  • 00:12:21.100 --> 00:12:27.060
  • with it and they are to come back to him with a return on it.
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  • The one that just comes back and bring it that they just
  • 00:12:31.150 --> 00:12:33.220
  • buried it in the dirt and brings it back like this,
  • 00:12:33.230 --> 00:12:35.230
  • see he was just a taker.
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  • He didn't then ask God to infiltrate through him
  • 00:12:37.220 --> 00:12:40.200
  • that he'd be able to make what it was God was after
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:43.100
  • with what he had taken.
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  • No, no, he just returned it back to him just like that.
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  • And you know what God told him?
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  • "Wicked."
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  • He said, "You wicked, lazy servant."
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
  • 00:13:51.140 --> 00:13:54.000
  • Anybody else got a little bit of joy on them today?
  • 00:13:54.010 --> 00:13:58.280
  • We're gonna lift it up and let the name of Jesus
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  • go forth in this place in such power
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  • and in such presence.
  • 00:14:06.060 --> 00:14:08.010
  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
  • 00:14:08.020 --> 00:14:12.090
  • And I think what God's gonna remind us of today
  • 00:14:12.100 --> 00:14:15.060
  • is it we're in the middle of the story.
  • 00:14:15.070 --> 00:14:18.260
  • Do you not think that he's gonna tie up
  • 00:14:18.270 --> 00:14:20.150
  • 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 in his ability
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  • 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
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:44.150
  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • I love this portion.
  • 00:14:51.010 --> 00:14:52.130
  • Listen to this, I just think it's so interesting because
  • 00:14:52.140 --> 00:14:54.180
  • ladies, I get fascinated by the things that
  • 00:14:54.190 --> 00:15:00.180
  • are comparable under the old covenant and the new covenant.
  • 00:15:00.190 --> 00:15:04.280
  • Things that were true of Israel very literally that are true
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:09.180
  • of us as well.
  • 00:15:09.190 --> 00:15:11.000
  • Just as true but spiritually.
  • 00:15:11.010 --> 00:15:13.050
  • For instance, they brought literal sacrifices of animals;
  • 00:15:13.060 --> 00:15:17.230
  • we bring the sacrifice of our praise the Lord says.
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  • We're living sacrifices.
  • 00:15:20.180 --> 00:15:22.180
  • They were built up into a holy priesthood very literally with
  • 00:15:22.190 --> 00:15:26.040
  • the tabernacle and the temple.
  • 00:15:26.050 --> 00:15:28.010
  • We are a holy priesthood being built up as living stones;
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  • ours has a spiritual connotation.
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  • Well, this is true too.
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  • Listen to this in Deuteronomy 8:7.
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  • Listen to this: "For the Lord your God is bringing you into
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:40.050
  • a good land, a land of brooks and of water, of fountains
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  • and springs, flowing out of the valley and hills,
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  • a land of wheat and barley,
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  • of vines and fig trees and pomegranates,
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  • a land of olive trees and honey,
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  • a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity,
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  • in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron,
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:16:02.210
  • and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
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  • And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord
  • 00:16:05.240 --> 00:16:09.060
  • your God for the good land he has given you."
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  • I don't know when the last time was you like ever put your slice
  • 00:16:11.250 --> 00:16:15.010
  • of bologna on like a little sheath of wheat or barely and
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:20.140
  • then just like crunched on it but what we know is taking place
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:24.200
  • is that a process, there has been a take and make
  • 00:16:24.210 --> 00:16:28.130
  • the Lord had given them.
  • 00:16:28.140 --> 00:16:29.290
  • "Take this.
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  • I have given you a land of promise, of milk and honey.
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  • But you're going to have to milk the cow.
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  • And you have to deal with the bees.
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  • Engage with me in this work.
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  • Engage with me."
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  • They had to make the bread from the wheat.
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  • They had to take the grain of barley and bring it
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  • into a product because that was engagement.
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  • We are created in the image of our God.
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  • His DNA that desires to form something new
  • 00:17:04.260 --> 00:17:10.140
  • out of something that already exists is in us.
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  • We can't create; we are not creators.
  • 00:17:13.200 --> 00:17:16.160
  • He alone can create because that's ex nihilo,
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  • that means out of absolutely nothing.
  • 00:17:19.250 --> 00:17:21.240
  • But when he formed man, Genesis 2 tells us that
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:26.050
  • he gathered the dust from the ground and formed him.
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  • I wanna suggest to you that he has put that in us.
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  • That we have that in bearing his image,
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  • we want to be able to be engaged enough to take something
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  • the he's given us and to form it.
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  • To form it.
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  • He could do it all himself.
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  • He's saying, "I want to show you what I can do through you.
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  • I want you to get in there with me.
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  • I want you to fight for this or you will not have the muscle
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  • to keep it."
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  • You cannot be intimidated by failure if you want to
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  • be a mighty woman of God.
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  • You got--listen, some of you have not come back
  • 00:18:12.140 --> 00:18:15.110
  • from a failure that was ten solid years ago.
  • 00:18:15.120 --> 00:18:20.050
  • It is time for you to get up and look forward.
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  • You cannot quit--you gotta quit using the old excuse of
  • 00:18:23.260 --> 00:18:27.240
  • your failure to keep you from going forward and flourishing.
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:31.140
  • What is to be learned from that failure?
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  • Take it forward.
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  • Take it forward.
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  • What I'm suggesting to you today--I know this is not what
  • 00:18:36.180 --> 00:18:39.100
  • some of us want to hear, we just want to hear like,
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:41.060
  • "Let's take--let's just be for the rest of our lives.
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  • Let's just be."
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:46.150
  • Because you know what?
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  • You're not happy just being.
  • 00:18:47.220 --> 00:18:49.220
  • You have something in you that wants to contribute.
  • 00:18:49.230 --> 00:18:52.050
  • You have something in you that wants to be part of something
  • 00:18:52.060 --> 00:18:55.020
  • much bigger than you.
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  • Okay, it says in Hebrews 10:35 and 36 powerful, powerful words
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  • to men or women in Christ: "So do not throw away
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:04.180
  • your confidence which will be richly rewarded.
  • 00:19:04.190 --> 00:19:07.100
  • You need to persevere," everybody say "persevere."
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  • I love that word 'cause it's got a good closeness in it.
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  • "Persevere so that when you have done the will of God,
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  • you will receive what he has promised."
  • 00:19:16.190 --> 00:19:19.180
  • Okay, number three is this: grit hacks the path between
  • 00:19:19.190 --> 00:19:25.190
  • God's promise and great reward.
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  • Listen carefully because this has helpful to me.
  • 00:19:28.220 --> 00:19:31.080
  • I like to think in practical terms.
  • 00:19:31.090 --> 00:19:33.270
  • God has a will for your life, he has a will for my life.
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:38.050
  • There are certain things he's after for us.
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:39.290
  • There is a reason why your feet are on this planet.
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:43.080
  • And so, there are things he wants to accomplish through you
  • 00:19:43.090 --> 00:19:46.210
  • and they have to do--they're this blend of
  • 00:19:46.220 --> 00:19:50.290
  • your spiritual gifting of Holy Spirit empowerment,
  • 00:19:51.000 --> 00:19:53.280
  • literally divine empowerment and strength and courage.
  • 00:19:53.290 --> 00:19:57.060
  • And then it pulls together your realm of experience,
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:20:00.080
  • your talents, and your skills.
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:02.040
  • You just made this whole masterpiece out of you and there
  • 00:20:02.050 --> 00:20:04.120
  • are things that he has willed for you but those things that he
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:06.210
  • gets willed for you that he has promised reward over.
  • 00:20:06.220 --> 00:20:09.220
  • I--listen, it blows my mind that God still gives us reward
  • 00:20:09.230 --> 00:20:14.060
  • for obedience.
  • 00:20:14.070 --> 00:20:15.210
  • That he says, "You obey me and I won't just go where
  • 00:20:15.220 --> 00:20:18.230
  • you should've obeyed me, glad you did, I mean,
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:20.220
  • be glad I didn't send you to hell."
  • 00:20:20.230 --> 00:20:22.260
  • He doesn't do that.
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:24.020
  • He says, "You obey me, I will reward you."
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:26.080
  • But he said, "I need you to understand that between
  • 00:20:26.090 --> 00:20:28.060
  • my promise and my reward to you is your perseverance."
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:33.070
  • So we keep going like, "I've never gotten any.
  • 00:20:34.120 --> 00:20:38.090
  • I mean, nothing has ever come--"
  • 00:20:38.100 --> 00:20:39.290
  • Perseverance.
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  • Perseverance.
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:43.140
  • You literally and I literally cannot fulfill our callings
  • 00:20:43.150 --> 00:20:46.290
  • and be wimps.
  • 00:20:47.000 --> 00:20:48.250
  • We cannot.
  • 00:20:48.260 --> 00:20:50.070
  • It is spiritually impossible.
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:51.290
  • We cannot.
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:20:53.130
  • It is gonna be--we're gonna hack through it.
  • 00:20:53.140 --> 00:20:56.060
  • It is grace that it is come to us and then we're gonna hack
  • 00:20:56.070 --> 00:20:59.260
  • through it with some grit because that's what it's
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:04.000
  • going to take.
  • 00:21:04.010 --> 00:21:05.250
  • You're right near Hebrews 11.
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  • Look there and look at the 34th verse.
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:10.000
  • You know how you've seen a chapter a thousand times and
  • 00:21:10.010 --> 00:21:14.080
  • all of the sudden you're reading it and something just jumps out
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:16.060
  • at you, brand new?
  • 00:21:16.070 --> 00:21:17.270
  • This happened to me a couple of days ago.
  • 00:21:17.280 --> 00:21:19.220
  • I was reading Hebrews 11 in a different translation at home
  • 00:21:19.230 --> 00:21:23.040
  • during my quiet time and I came to this particular verse
  • 00:21:23.050 --> 00:21:26.160
  • and it just killed me, it moved me so much.
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:29.190
  • Look at verse 34.
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  • It's been talking about all the heroes of faith and then it
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:37.060
  • talks about "what more shall I say" in verse 32.
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:39.240
  • "For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, of Samson."
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:43.170
  • They talked about David and Samuel and it says in verse 33,
  • 00:21:43.180 --> 00:21:47.200
  • "Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice,
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:50.100
  • obtained promises, stopped the mouth of lions."
  • 00:21:50.110 --> 00:21:53.060
  • Look at verse 34 because this gonna fall on someone today:
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:56.020
  • "Quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,
  • 00:21:56.030 --> 00:22:00.210
  • were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war."
  • 00:22:00.220 --> 00:22:07.040
  • Oh, somebody's gonna get a word.
  • 00:22:07.050 --> 00:22:09.030
  • Somebody's gonna get a word.
  • 00:22:09.040 --> 00:22:10.270
  • Do you love that?
  • 00:22:10.280 --> 00:22:12.100
  • Became strong, literally, in and out of their weakness.
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:18.140
  • Listen, fragility is real, we are breakable,
  • 00:22:18.150 --> 00:22:21.170
  • we are breakable.
  • 00:22:21.180 --> 00:22:23.080
  • But our brokenness can be used by God to bring us healing,
  • 00:22:23.090 --> 00:22:26.180
  • to put us back together again into a whole new person
  • 00:22:26.190 --> 00:22:28.280
  • that has got a strength that we never had before.
  • 00:22:28.290 --> 00:22:31.210
  • And already give up on perfect.
  • 00:22:31.220 --> 00:22:35.180
  • Give up on it and get up after failure because our grace
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  • is gonna have to be gritty.
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  • Do you know that that which has nearly killed you can be
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  • the very thing that God uses to give you a strength
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  • you have never known in your life?
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  • That thing that has nearly killed you,
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  • he can turn into iron in your blood.
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  • He can turn into calcium in your bones.
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  • He can put steel in your spine over the very thing you thought
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  • you would kill you.
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  • They're rather your weakness can be turned to your strength.
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  • They're the strength out of weakness and I love this part:
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  • "Became mighty."
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  • I know how weak I was in war.
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  • It nearly burned me down like a fire but we can become mighty.
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  • Do you believe that there is a woman in you that you will see
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  • before this day is over in the mirror of some bathroom
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  • that has the capacity to become mighty?
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  • Okay, so you've been week.
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  • So you've done some foolish things.
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  • I get that in every way.
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  • I have been there, but you can become mighty.
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  • And it can start today, you can become mighty.
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  • Oh yes, you can become mighty.
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  • Keith always prays over me before I speak and he said these
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  • words.
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:07.060
  • He was praying for this week and he was praying for P.L.
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  • and he asked God that many would come--and I'm going to quote him
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  • now, "would come to the end of old, lost fights."
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  • "That many."
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  • Do you know that can be you?
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  • You don't have to sit there and go, "Oh, I wish that were me."
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  • No, it can be you.
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  • You have it in you in the power of God.
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  • Be strong in the strength and in the might of God.
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  • That can be us that we could come to the end of many
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  • old, lost battles.
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  • Aren't you sick of losing that same battle over and over again.
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  • I have so been there.
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  • I come from a background of addictive sin
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  • so I get it in every way.
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  • And I'm gonna tell you this doesn't just apply to addiction,
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  • it applies to anything.
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  • But I will say this to you
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  • that have this addictive thing going on.
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  • I'm 'a tell you right now.
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  • You cannot fight with the same tactics that
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  • you've lost the battle with a thousand times before.
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  • It is time for new warfare.
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  • It is time to understand that our weapons are not of this
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  • world but are mighty in God to the tearing down of strongholds.
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  • We're gonna start taking him at his Word
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  • and we're not gonna be wimps.
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  • We're gonna stand firm and make hard decisions in Jesus's name.
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  • You cannot swat at an addiction like a fly.
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  • Paul talks about that he doesn't just beat the air with his fists
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  • but that he aims for what he wants to hit.
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  • You know what we're doing in our battles?
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  • We're just going like, we're just fighting like little girls&
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  • we got our eyes closed and we're just like swatting and stuff.
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  • You're not gonna get the devil to back off by swatting him
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  • like a fly.
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  • We're gonna have to resist the devil then he will flee.
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  • We're gonna have to stand in the Word of God and go,
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  • "I know who I believe and I am convinced that he is able
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  • to keep what he has entrusted to me until that day.
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  • I know my God and the power of the gospel.
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  • I know my God is able and he has made me very able.
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  • I know that this day, again today,
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  • I woke up to the fresh mercies of my God.
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  • His mercies are new every morning and I'm gonna take him
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  • up on those mercies."
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  • We can indeed do that.
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  • Your children do not need you to be successful in money making,
  • 00:26:58.280 --> 00:27:06.080
  • sophisticated, and all together but let me tell you
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  • it is some blessed kids that can simply say,
  • 00:27:12.220 --> 00:27:16.110
  • "I had a happy mom."
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