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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 5

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July 31, 2019
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Living Proof with Beth Moore

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Staying Afloat on the Fellow Ship Part 5

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  • We are living in a Christian culture
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  • that is losing the Christ-like perspective
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  • that the family of God trumps all else.
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  • That that is what--he loves the traditional family.
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  • Praise God.
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  • Let's--we've got to pray for our marriages.
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  • We got to pray for our children if we're married
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  • and have children.
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  • If you are an aunt, you've got to pray
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  • for your nieces and nephews, your grandchildren.
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  • Oh, by all means let's pray for our families,
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  • but what investment,
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  • striving investment and prayer do you make in the church?
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  • Now, I want to show you something
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  • that I just think is dramatic.
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  • Go with me to 2 Corinthians 1, verse 24,
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  • it says something spectacular.
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  • "Not that we lord it over your faith,
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  • "but we work with you for your joy,
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  • for you stand firm in your faith."
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  • We work with you for your joy.
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  • Wouldn't it be something
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  • if we began to work with one another?
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  • It's being coworkers together for joy.
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  • Wouldn't that be marvelous?
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  • Do you know there is not a gift
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  • that would be more consequential to this world
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  • than if you and I honestly began to work together
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  • for one another's joy?
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  • For the joy of the body of Christ.
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  • I believe the time is now because I believe
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  • that it may be possible that the collective body
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  • of Christ in the west in this nation
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  • really is in a stronghold of misery.
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  • I think there are a lot of exceptions to that,
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  • praise God.
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  • You may even go to an entire church
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  • that that is not just the case.
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  • But I think overall, there is this tenor
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  • of such just nastiness between believers.
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  • And a lot of joylessness, irritability,
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  • a lot of criticism.
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  • And everybody's got a voice, and very few are using it with
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  • any--and we need some--and so, part of that would come
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  • with our joy, words of grace and words seasoned with salt.
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  • What if we worked together?
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  • There are some of you that are good friends
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  • and you're both going through hard times.
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  • What if you decided, "You know what?
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  • We're going to start working together for one another's joy."
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  • 'Cause what can happen in our very close
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  • and personal relationships,
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  • talk about we're seeing--I'm seeing and imagining
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  • our circles,
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  • all those circles by the time we get down to those,
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  • our discipleship group, love them so much.
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  • And then maybe those that are even the ones
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  • that just press in,
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  • and sometimes we just like suffer alongside those.
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  • Those we just throughout conceptually
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  • as maybe fellow prisoners.
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  • In other words, we're just--we go somewhere with them
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  • in the hard things that we don't go
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  • with a larger part of the body.
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  • But what can happen in between us is that sometimes
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  • we can just keep dragging one another down.
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  • Or maybe it is that one alone has all the stress
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  • of the relationship.
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  • One of the things that I've heard,
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  • one of the group dynamics
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  • that I've heard many, many times in doing women's Bible study
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  • and being involved in this ministry
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  • is that so how seldom a group dynamic will change.
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  • And it's meant to change continually.
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  • We're organic people.
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  • Our faith is organic.
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  • What will happen is a group will come together,
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  • and then people get in their roles
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  • and they keep it.
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  • And so, there's the one always in the crisis.
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  • And have you ever noticed she never comes out of it?
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  • You know why?
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  • Because she's gotten adapted that everyone
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  • is going to be around her,
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  • she's going to be the center of the attention.
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  • I'm not saying it's even on purpose.
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  • But I'm saying if anybody knows what I'm talking about,
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  • I need to see your hand.
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  • That that group dynamic can happen
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  • where we get in these roles.
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  • There's the rock
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  • and she only gets to be the rock.
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  • She never even gets to come in and say, "You know what?
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  • "I am really feeling bad.
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  • I'm down, I can't get up."
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  • Well, she can't do that, the rest of the group
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  • would just freak out.
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  • They break code. What if we broke code?
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  • What if it wasn't always one person's time for everybody
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  • to pull out their sword, but that we took turns?
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  • Who really does need it?
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  • Some of us never do get out of the pit
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  • because we're getting so much attention from everyone
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  • standing over the pit going, "We love you so much.
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  • We believe in you."
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  • Somebody ought to be saying three years later,
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  • "We believe you're still in the pit."
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  • You know, not to still be in--am I telling the truth?
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  • Then there is a changing of places.
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  • Okay, we really want to--this one's really going through it.
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  • She's had a recent diagnosis of cancer
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  • and is going to be going through treatment.
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  • Let's put our shoulders together, let's strive together,
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  • pull out our swords.
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  • Let's strive together for her full restoration
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  • and that God would just destroy those cancer cells.
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  • You see what I'm talking about?
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  • That we're taking turns.
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  • And if we've gotten in this little thing,
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  • you know a group needs some change,
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  • especially if it's one on one.
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  • We're just dragged down.
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  • Every time you get together, you're talking
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  • about everything that's wrong.
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  • Somebody needs to break that pattern
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  • and fight together for your joy.
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  • Joy is our birthright, we get it.
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  • We ought to ask.
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  • Biblically speaking, read from Matthew 1
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  • all the way to the end of Revelation,
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  • biblically speaking,
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  • you and I have the birthright of joy.
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  • We get to say, "Okay, you know, it's not what's wrong with me
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  • "if I have joy,
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  • "it's what's wrong with me if I don't.
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  • "Lord, something's amiss because even though
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  • "I'm going through a hard time, you know what?
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  • "I get to have my joy.
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  • "I get to have my joy in you.
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  • "And I don't know why I'm bound up in this,
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  • "I'm so miserable and in such despair.
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  • "But Lord, I pray that you'll help me.
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  • "And I want fellow believers to come around me
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  • "and help me.
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  • "I want to get the healthcare that I need
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  • if that's in play here."
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  • That we're just coming back for it,
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  • fighting together for our joy.
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  • I want you to hear 2 Corinthians 1:24
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  • in the New King James.
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  • "Not that we have dominion over your faith,
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  • but are fellow workers,"
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  • there it is, "fellow workers for your joy;
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  • for by faith you stand."
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  • Number 6 says this,
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  • "When we're fellow workers for the joy of others,
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  • a joyless world ogles."
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  • Our joy is no small thing.
  • 00:08:05.070 --> 00:08:10.080
  • It is a constant witness.
  • 00:08:10.090 --> 00:08:14.060
  • When in your workplace, everybody's competing,
  • 00:08:14.070 --> 00:08:18.190
  • everybody's cutthroat, or they're just plain miserable.
  • 00:08:18.200 --> 00:08:21.110
  • Nobody's even looking up from their stuff.
  • 00:08:21.120 --> 00:08:23.080
  • Or maybe they're not even doing their job.
  • 00:08:23.090 --> 00:08:25.160
  • Some of you in here are doing a lot of people's job
  • 00:08:25.170 --> 00:08:27.160
  • because they're playing on their computers
  • 00:08:27.170 --> 00:08:30.030
  • and on their phones.
  • 00:08:30.040 --> 00:08:31.160
  • They're not even paying attention.
  • 00:08:31.170 --> 00:08:33.210
  • But when you in spite of that bring this joy,
  • 00:08:33.220 --> 00:08:39.180
  • when you're not dragged down by everything,
  • 00:08:39.190 --> 00:08:41.200
  • let me tell you something, sooner or later
  • 00:08:41.210 --> 00:08:43.170
  • in your school, in your college,
  • 00:08:43.180 --> 00:08:45.250
  • in your university, our young high schoolers
  • 00:08:45.260 --> 00:08:48.240
  • that took the study, when people start being able
  • 00:08:48.250 --> 00:08:52.240
  • to tell a difference, be ready
  • 00:08:52.250 --> 00:08:56.260
  • because they're going to ask you the reason
  • 00:08:56.270 --> 00:08:58.280
  • for the hope that is in you.
  • 00:08:58.290 --> 00:09:00.160
  • And be ready to tell your story, who Jesus is,
  • 00:09:00.170 --> 00:09:05.270
  • what he does, and what he did for you.
  • 00:09:05.280 --> 00:09:08.230
  • And let me tell you something, that is something
  • 00:09:08.240 --> 00:09:11.290
  • the world will ogle over.
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  • In Acts 27,
  • 00:09:14.150 --> 00:09:16.070
  • it's the most fascinating chapter because it records
  • 00:09:16.080 --> 00:09:20.150
  • the shipwreck of a group of passengers
  • 00:09:20.160 --> 00:09:25.120
  • in whom there would be both Paul and Luke,
  • 00:09:25.130 --> 00:09:29.240
  • and we don't know what other attendants
  • 00:09:29.250 --> 00:09:32.070
  • might have been with them.
  • 00:09:32.080 --> 00:09:34.020
  • But all these prisoners onboard because they are making
  • 00:09:34.030 --> 00:09:37.140
  • their way to Rome,
  • 00:09:37.150 --> 00:09:39.130
  • and he has been in prison and has asked to go
  • 00:09:39.140 --> 00:09:43.040
  • before Rome itself with his cause
  • 00:09:43.050 --> 00:09:46.280
  • and with his case because he is a Roman citizen.
  • 00:09:46.290 --> 00:09:50.080
  • Well, it gets into a storm.
  • 00:09:50.090 --> 00:09:53.210
  • And Paul, who just is the beautiful,
  • 00:09:53.220 --> 00:09:56.250
  • marvelous know it all says,
  • 00:09:56.260 --> 00:09:58.210
  • "I'm going to tell you something,
  • 00:09:58.220 --> 00:10:00.060
  • it's not going to go well for us."
  • 00:10:00.070 --> 00:10:01.270
  • And then when it doesn't go well, he goes,
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:03.270
  • "I said it was not going to go well for us."
  • 00:10:03.280 --> 00:10:07.210
  • But I just know the captain appreciated him so much.
  • 00:10:07.220 --> 00:10:11.020
  • But you know, the Lord had placed that on him,
  • 00:10:11.030 --> 00:10:13.040
  • and he really didn't know what he was talking about,
  • 00:10:13.050 --> 00:10:14.290
  • and it was miserable.
  • 00:10:15.000 --> 00:10:16.160
  • They were without a single glimpse of the sun for 14 days.
  • 00:10:16.170 --> 00:10:22.220
  • They've had to throw off all their food overboard,
  • 00:10:22.230 --> 00:10:25.250
  • all their grain.
  • 00:10:25.260 --> 00:10:28.050
  • Absolute misery, and they knew that their death--their
  • 00:10:28.060 --> 00:10:33.000
  • death seemed like imminent.
  • 00:10:33.010 --> 00:10:34.210
  • It was just like this can take no other course.
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  • I want you to hear in Acts 27, listen to verses 39
  • 00:10:37.230 --> 00:10:42.060
  • through the end of the chapter in 44.
  • 00:10:42.070 --> 00:10:44.040
  • "Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land,
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:46.170
  • "but they noticed a bay with a beach,
  • 00:10:46.180 --> 00:10:47.270
  • "on which they planned if possible
  • 00:10:47.280 --> 00:10:49.180
  • "to run the ship ashore.
  • 00:10:49.190 --> 00:10:51.150
  • "So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea,
  • 00:10:51.160 --> 00:10:54.120
  • "and at the same time loosening the ropes
  • 00:10:54.130 --> 00:10:56.000
  • "that tied the rudders.
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:57.100
  • "Then hoisting the foresail to the wind
  • 00:10:57.110 --> 00:10:58.280
  • "they made for the beach.
  • 00:10:58.290 --> 00:11:00.180
  • "But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground.
  • 00:11:00.190 --> 00:11:04.110
  • "The bow stuck and remained immovable,
  • 00:11:04.120 --> 00:11:06.280
  • "and the stern was being broken up by the surf.
  • 00:11:06.290 --> 00:11:09.100
  • "The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners,
  • 00:11:09.110 --> 00:11:11.150
  • "lest any should swim away and escape.
  • 00:11:11.160 --> 00:11:13.200
  • "But the centurion, wishing to save Paul,
  • 00:11:13.210 --> 00:11:16.230
  • "kept them from carrying out their plan.
  • 00:11:16.240 --> 00:11:19.090
  • "He ordered that those who could swim would jump overboard first
  • 00:11:19.100 --> 00:11:23.030
  • "and make for land, and the rest on planks
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  • or on pieces of the ship."
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  • This is what I want you to hear, very last sentence,
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  • "And so it was that all were brought safely to land."
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  • If something happens in your community of faith
  • 00:11:35.200 --> 00:11:38.250
  • where that ship breaks apart, you don't need to break apart.
  • 00:11:38.260 --> 00:11:44.270
  • Because we're still human flesh and blood here,
  • 00:11:44.280 --> 00:11:47.110
  • thank God inhabited by the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:11:47.120 --> 00:11:49.280
  • But weird things can happen, and sin happens,
  • 00:11:49.290 --> 00:11:55.030
  • and some abusive things happen
  • 00:11:55.040 --> 00:11:59.200
  • in some realms.
  • 00:11:59.210 --> 00:12:03.200
  • And I'm not talking about necessarily physical,
  • 00:12:03.210 --> 00:12:06.020
  • but just spiritually abusive things that sooner or later
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:10.100
  • are going to turn belly up.
  • 00:12:10.110 --> 00:12:12.020
  • And the ship of faith that we're all on
  • 00:12:12.030 --> 00:12:17.090
  • is not going to break apart, but what if your particular
  • 00:12:17.100 --> 00:12:20.230
  • little community just fractures to pieces?
  • 00:12:20.240 --> 00:12:26.240
  • You got to know, you got to know that you can be okay.
  • 00:12:26.250 --> 00:12:32.060
  • Even if our fellowship fell apart, we'd still be saved.
  • 00:12:32.070 --> 00:12:39.050
  • We got to know we still can make it safely to shore.
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:44.190
  • God's going to give you a plank.
  • 00:12:46.210 --> 00:12:49.130
  • Sometimes, you'll feel strong enough to swim,
  • 00:12:49.140 --> 00:12:52.060
  • but if you don't, grab a plank and kick your legs.
  • 00:12:52.070 --> 00:12:55.110
  • And I want to tell you why this is important.
  • 00:12:55.120 --> 00:12:57.280
  • Do you know how many people fall apart
  • 00:12:57.290 --> 00:13:00.260
  • in their spiritual lives
  • 00:13:00.270 --> 00:13:02.100
  • because their community of faith fell apart?
  • 00:13:02.110 --> 00:13:05.170
  • And that's just it.
  • 00:13:05.180 --> 00:13:07.130
  • I know people that have never been back to church
  • 00:13:07.140 --> 00:13:11.000
  • since they were in high school because their student minister
  • 00:13:11.010 --> 00:13:13.280
  • had an affair.
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:15.210
  • And they were so devastated that they just never could
  • 00:13:15.220 --> 00:13:19.250
  • bring themselves to go back.
  • 00:13:19.260 --> 00:13:22.090
  • Or something happened, maybe they were rejected,
  • 00:13:22.100 --> 00:13:25.060
  • treated wrong.
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  • I mean, honestly unjustly by a body of believers.
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  • Maybe just abusively misused.
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  • Maybe it was cultish.
  • 00:13:36.090 --> 00:13:37.290
  • There are all sorts of things that can go awry.
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  • But here's the thing I want to speak over you.
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  • We must never get Jesus confused with people, never.
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  • (Beth Moore) I am so full of joy this morning.
  • 00:14:49.010 --> 00:14:51.160
  • Anybody else got a little joy on them today?
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:56.150
  • We're going to lift it up and let the name of Jesus
  • 00:14:56.160 --> 00:15:00.070
  • go forth in this place in such power and in such presence.
  • 00:15:00.080 --> 00:15:05.160
  • We are so, so thrilled to be with you.
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:09.270
  • And I think what God's going to remind us of today
  • 00:15:09.280 --> 00:15:12.240
  • is that we're in the middle of the story.
  • 00:15:12.250 --> 00:15:16.130
  • Do you not think that he's going to tie up every thread
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:19.050
  • where you are concerned?
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  • That he who started the plan knows how to end it?
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:26.000
  • We're going to get some confidence in him today
  • 00:15:26.010 --> 00:15:28.250
  • in his ability to always bring something to a good finish.
  • 00:15:28.260 --> 00:15:35.010
  • Can somebody say hallelujah?
  • 00:15:35.020 --> 00:15:37.180
  • There's nothing, no sin, no transgression
  • 00:15:37.190 --> 00:15:42.010
  • that exceeds the power of the cross.
  • 00:15:42.020 --> 00:15:44.120
  • Thank you, God.
  • 00:15:44.130 --> 00:15:45.280
  • All of us have this thing
  • 00:15:47.190 --> 00:15:49.010
  • that we're really allergic to, right?
  • 00:15:49.020 --> 00:15:50.150
  • You have yours, I have mine, the kinds of things
  • 00:15:50.160 --> 00:15:52.270
  • that we're really--that have really caused us
  • 00:15:52.280 --> 00:15:54.250
  • a lot of harm that we're very tender to.
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:57.210
  • Mine is a bully.
  • 00:15:57.220 --> 00:15:59.020
  • I don't like bullies.
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:00.200
  • I had one in my early childhood, and I also was misused
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:07.060
  • by that same bully.
  • 00:16:07.070 --> 00:16:08.270
  • And so, I have very, very low tolerance for bullies.
  • 00:16:08.280 --> 00:16:13.160
  • And when I was growing up and into much of my young adulthood,
  • 00:16:13.170 --> 00:16:16.280
  • I would be closed down by a bully.
  • 00:16:16.290 --> 00:16:19.020
  • You know what I'm talking about? Like I would retreat.
  • 00:16:19.030 --> 00:16:20.280
  • I would feel powerless, absolutely powerless,
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:23.290
  • just like I did when I was little,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:26.090
  • when that personality would come at me.
  • 00:16:26.100 --> 00:16:28.050
  • I would retreat every single time.
  • 00:16:28.060 --> 00:16:30.020
  • I would submit, submit to a bully.
  • 00:16:30.030 --> 00:16:34.000
  • And you know, it took me a long time
  • 00:16:34.010 --> 00:16:38.120
  • for God to just really put me back together,
  • 00:16:38.130 --> 00:16:40.100
  • where I understood that that is not God's idea
  • 00:16:40.110 --> 00:16:45.150
  • of submission to authority is to submit
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:49.020
  • to being mistreated and abused.
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:51.180
  • It's not what he's talking about.
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:54.060
  • And you know, I had to really deal with that
  • 00:16:54.070 --> 00:16:56.100
  • and come to grips with that.
  • 00:16:56.110 --> 00:16:58.240
  • But you've had your same kind of thing,
  • 00:16:58.250 --> 00:17:02.270
  • where some things happened that has caused you
  • 00:17:02.280 --> 00:17:05.220
  • perhaps to retreat out of the whole thing.
  • 00:17:05.230 --> 00:17:08.150
  • You think, "You know what?
  • 00:17:08.160 --> 00:17:09.250
  • "I'm still a Christian,
  • 00:17:09.260 --> 00:17:11.050
  • "the Holy Spirit's never going to leave me,
  • 00:17:11.060 --> 00:17:12.280
  • "but I'm just sort of going to get my faith built up
  • 00:17:12.290 --> 00:17:17.100
  • "through podcasts.
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:18.240
  • I'm not going to do that whole thing."
  • 00:17:18.250 --> 00:17:20.180
  • I really want to encourage you, really want to encourage you,
  • 00:17:20.190 --> 00:17:24.120
  • still find a body of believers.
  • 00:17:24.130 --> 00:17:27.100
  • Still look for a body of believers.
  • 00:17:27.110 --> 00:17:29.010
  • But whatever you do, do not give up your faith over people.
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:34.160
  • Your faith cannot be in people, it is in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:34.170 --> 00:17:39.270
  • One of the things that I say--I have said to myself
  • 00:17:39.280 --> 00:17:43.000
  • so many times, I was just going to say I say it all the time
  • 00:17:43.010 --> 00:17:45.240
  • in present tense, but that is not true.
  • 00:17:45.250 --> 00:17:47.280
  • It goes to show how much I have grown
  • 00:17:47.290 --> 00:17:49.220
  • in this area that I no longer have to say it
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:52.000
  • to myself all the time.
  • 00:17:52.010 --> 00:17:53.110
  • But when I was really learning to overcome my past
  • 00:17:53.120 --> 00:17:59.000
  • and I was really getting put back together
  • 00:17:59.010 --> 00:18:01.170
  • after an abusive background and really took that on
  • 00:18:01.180 --> 00:18:04.160
  • and started trying to deal with that,
  • 00:18:04.170 --> 00:18:07.110
  • this statement meant more to me than I can even begin
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:12.180
  • to tell you.
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:14.000
  • I would say all the time, "God is light and in him
  • 00:18:14.010 --> 00:18:17.080
  • "there is no darkness.
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:18.200
  • "God is light and in him there is no darkness.
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:21.290
  • "God is light and he has no darkness.
  • 00:18:22.000 --> 00:18:24.200
  • God is light and he has no darkness."
  • 00:18:24.210 --> 00:18:27.030
  • And then I would say over and over again,
  • 00:18:27.040 --> 00:18:28.230
  • "God has no dark side."
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:31.290
  • I had met so many people and ultimately seen the dark side
  • 00:18:32.000 --> 00:18:36.130
  • that it gets really easy if we're not really equipping
  • 00:18:36.140 --> 00:18:40.080
  • ourselves with the Scriptures and in a healthy,
  • 00:18:40.090 --> 00:18:42.150
  • functioning group of people that can remind us of this,
  • 00:18:42.160 --> 00:18:45.230
  • that God is not like man.
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:48.230
  • He cannot lie, he cannot betray us,
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:50.230
  • he cannot cheat us.
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:52.030
  • He incapable of sinning against you,
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:55.050
  • he is incapable of fooling you,
  • 00:18:55.060 --> 00:18:57.200
  • he is incapable of doing you wrong.
  • 00:18:57.210 --> 00:19:00.120
  • He will never in any way molest you,
  • 00:19:00.130 --> 00:19:03.290
  • mistreat you, or abuse you.
  • 00:19:04.000 --> 00:19:06.250
  • He doesn't have it in his person.
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:10.010
  • Does anybody understand what I'm saying?
  • 00:19:10.020 --> 00:19:11.250
  • He is completely holy.
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:16.010
  • He has no capacity whatsoever to do you wrong.
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:21.160
  • None, none.
  • 00:19:21.170 --> 00:19:23.160
  • You can trust him.
  • 00:19:23.170 --> 00:19:25.020
  • And so, you got to know if your fellowship
  • 00:19:25.030 --> 00:19:27.260
  • should fall apart,
  • 00:19:27.270 --> 00:19:29.060
  • I pray that it doesn't, get with fellow believers,
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:31.160
  • pray that it won't.
  • 00:19:31.170 --> 00:19:32.260
  • Draw swords, strive together.
  • 00:19:32.270 --> 00:19:35.280
  • But if it should, you swim.
  • 00:19:35.290 --> 00:19:40.070
  • You swim, girl.
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:41.170
  • There is a shore for you, and you will get out
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:43.150
  • of that deep water, you'll get out of it.
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:45.280
  • You'll see some miracles again,
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:48.020
  • and you'll get back on your feet again,
  • 00:19:48.030 --> 00:19:49.290
  • and there is going to be another body of believers
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:52.110
  • if that one doesn't get put back together
  • 00:19:52.120 --> 00:19:54.030
  • or if you never want to see it again.
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:55.220
  • But do not give up Jesus and the church over Christians.
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:20:02.000
  • Is that--is that good?
  • 00:20:02.010 --> 00:20:03.230
  • Okay, we'll just shake on that one, okay?
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:06.150
  • We'll shake on that one.
  • 00:20:06.160 --> 00:20:07.250
  • Got to tell you something, I did a little reading
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:10.220
  • on a cruise ship that sank back in I think it was 1993.
  • 00:20:10.230 --> 00:20:17.170
  • It was a Greek cruise ship by the name of Oceanos.
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  • I think--I'm supposing that I'm saying that right.
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  • It's ocean and then O-S, so Oceanos.
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  • And it sailed the seas back in that particular year,
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  • and it had 361 tourists aboard this particular time.
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  • And it had gone into a place off of the South African coast.
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  • In fact, it's called South Africa's wild coast,
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  • and there's a reason why it's called that,
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  • because it's a wild coast.
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  • And it had gotten into some really high seas,
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  • and then there began to be some gale force winds to it.
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  • And so they had--you know,
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  • everybody is tossing back and forth,
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  • but everybody's trying to just like keep with it,
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  • keep with it.
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  • And so, it was the evening when they would
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  • have the entertainment on board,
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  • so they still came to that main area,
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  • and there's a little stage set there.
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  • Well, they all got there, all got gathered in there
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  • and all--and the engine completely shut down.
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  • All the lights went out, pitch black, it was night time,
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  • and the entire boat is out of power altogether.
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  • And it starts tossing and tossing,
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  • and it starts to take on water.
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  • And I mean, sinking is inevitable,
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  • which it inevitably did.
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  • What's interesting about it is that as they brought down
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  • the life boats, that many of the 184-member crew
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  • got on those first boats.
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  • In one of the second evacuations,
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  • the captain himself left the boat,
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  • the man in charge left the boat with 217 people
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  • still on board.
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  • He left the boat.
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  • So, here's this magician and he takes on the whole boat.
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  • He's the one that goes back and is on the radio,
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  • and they're going like,
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  • "Yes, now let us talk to your captain."
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  • "Our captain is gone." "Who are you?"
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  • "Well, I'm the magician."
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  • He gets word to them where they are, what to do,
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  • tells them every report he knows to tell them.
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  • He goes back and sits with every one
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  • of those people.
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  • He sings songs with them, he entertains them,
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  • he talks to them,
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  • and encourages them for hours until he is finally
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  • the last man on board.
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  • When they finally pull him off as the last man rescued,
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  • it goes down completely.
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  • Nose up, goes down.
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  • Two hours later, that thing is on the bottom
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  • of the ocean.
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  • And this unlikely hero, the entertainer,
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  • the magician,
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  • that's who God raised up and used.
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  • You have no idea how God can use you
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  • if you will surrender,
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  • "Lord, take it. You got my whole self.
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  • "Here's my body.
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  • "Here's my mind,
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  • "whatever intellect I can bring to it,
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  • "whatever I can't.
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  • "My life experience, Lord, my workplace,
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  • "my season of life,
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  • "I won't withhold from you nothing.
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  • Just have it, have it."
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  • God will floor you with purpose
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  • and a sense of meaning,
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  • that when you lay down your life one of these days,
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  • you will have known you lived it,
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  • you lived it for something that lives on
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  • way beyond you forever.
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  • Look at the very end of Colossians 4.
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  • All of the sudden, after all of these names,
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  • Paul pulls out a name and he says in verse 17,
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  • "And say to Archippus, 'See that you fulfill the ministry
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  • that you have received in the Lord.'"
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  • I love that, getting into one another's ministry business.
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  • We all have been entrusted with ministry.
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  • That's what Ephesians 4 says, that we're to equip the saints
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  • for the work of ministry, for the building up
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  • of the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity
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  • of the faith and of the knowledge
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  • of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
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  • to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
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  • that we may no longer be tossed to and fro
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  • by the waves or carried about by every wind of doctrine,
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  • by human cunning, by craftiness
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  • and deceitful schemes.
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  • But rather, speaking the truth in love,
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  • we are to grow up in every way into him
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  • who is the head, into Christ, in whom the whole body
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  • joined and held together by every joint
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  • with which it is equipped,
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  • when each part is working properly,
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  • makes the body grow so that it builds itself
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  • up in love.
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  • We've all got ministry. Yours may take place as a nurse.
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  • Yours may take place as a mother's day
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  • out teacher.
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  • Yours may take place as a homeschooling mom.
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  • Yours may take place as a lawyer, as a paralegal,
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  • as a teller at a bank, but you've got ministry.
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  • You've got a calling on your life.
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  • And the last thing I want to say to you
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  • is what I always want you to say to me.
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  • To the death, come what may.
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  • Beth, you see to it that you fulfill the ministry that you
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  • have received in the Lord.
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  • And I speak it over you today as clearly
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  • as I know how to say it.
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  • Girlfriend, this is your big sister talking to you.
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  • This is your fellow, and this fellow wants to say
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  • to you you all have a calling.
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  • See to it that you fulfill it.
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  • See to it that you fulfill it.
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  • This particular event is going to center around the Word
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  • in the Scripture "embrace."
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  • We are here to be called and challenged to fully embrace
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  • this kingdom life, to fully embrace this God life.
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  • To not just keep this Jesus thing a part of our lives
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  • and even an important part of our lives,
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  • but to let it invade us completely
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  • from our skin to our bone marrow.
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  • This is the blessed embraced.
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