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Taking Happy Back Part 1

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December 31, 2019
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Living Proof with Beth Moore

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Taking Happy Back Part 1

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  • (female announcer) "Living Proof with Beth Moore" is sponsored
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  • by the friends and partners of Living Proof Ministries.
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  • I've come prepared for someone I love
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  • so much and am so thankful to serve that is already going,
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  • "It is not biblical to be happy."
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  • (Beth Moore) Some of you may not be given to that but honestly,
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  • many of us were raised in a part of the body of Christ where it,
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  • listen, to be happy would admit you're in some kind of sin.
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  • And if you're happy and you know it, repent.
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  • [laughing]
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  • There'll be no clapping your hands, repent.
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  • I wonder where your heart is as we meet in this place.
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  • I wonder how many of us in this room have the guts
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  • to come completely, honestly before the Lord Jesus because
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  • that's the only way that the Word lands
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  • is the spirit of truth.
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  • We come to him, whatever our circumstances,
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  • whatever state that we're in, but we come to him gut-level
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  • honest so he can get down to the real life
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  • quick of what we're going through.
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  • And I wonder if you would do something for me.
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  • All over the room, I wonder if you have a smartphone,
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  • would you get it out?
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  • I want to ask you a couple of questions.
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  • And you answer as honestly as you know how, are you ready?
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  • Number one, you would say,
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  • "I consistently have a happy heart."
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  • Could I see your lights in the air?
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  • So thankful for you, so thankful for you.
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  • And you know what?
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  • We don't want anybody to be mad at you that came
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  • with you, particularly if they're going like,
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  • "I had no idea."
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  • If they're looking at you with a lot of shock,
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  • that's another area that we really need to work through.
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  • But that's a beautiful thing.
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  • How many of you in this room would say,
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  • "I could stand to have a happier heart"?
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  • Okay that, now we're talking. Now we're talking.
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  • Now, I want somebody to be really gutsy
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  • here because let me tell you something
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  • I've learned about Jesus.
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  • Somebody's already holding-- "I know where this is going.
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  • I know where this is going."
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  • I'm gonna tell you something I know about him.
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  • When we're desperate for him, he's coming for us.
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  • It's just his way.
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  • When we need him, that's part of what
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  • the Beatitudes are all about.
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  • Blessed is this one, blessed is that one,
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  • but and we're looking at all thinking,
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  • why would they be blessed?
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  • Because blessed are you if you need me because
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  • I'm gonna be there for you.
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  • I'm gonna come through.
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  • But here's the third one, what on the earth
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  • is a happy heart, anybody?
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  • Aha, now we're talking.
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  • Now we're talking.
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  • Now, I have an agree or disagree question for you.
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  • I'm gonna make a statement, rather, and then I want you
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  • to just either you agree with it or disagree.
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  • And I'll ask for all the agrees to hold their light up,
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  • and then I'll ask for all the disagrees.
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  • The body of Christ has a reputation for being
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  • a happy people.
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  • If you agree with that, may I please see your lights?
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  • Mm-hmm, yes.
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  • If you disagree with that, may I please see your lights?
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  • Uh-huh, so let me tell you what's gonna
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  • be worrisome right now.
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  • If somebody is already sad because we're going to study
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  • happy, that's how you know, that's how you know you
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  • are exactly the place that you need to be sitting.
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  • And I'm gonna tell you what started this with me.
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  • I, last week, was just, you know, I'm social.
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  • I love social media. I like to watch conversations.
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  • I like to keep up with what's going on.
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  • I like to know the climate, or the social climate,
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  • sociology and people kinds of issues in our
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  • part of the world and on the globe,
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  • but I'm particularly interested in what
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  • has impact over the church.
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  • That's my whole life and many, many others in this room
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  • would say the same thing.
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  • That's what we're called to, so I have
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  • great interest in this.
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  • And I just, I sat back and said out loud,
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  • we are just getting more and more miserable,
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  • and maybe that doesn't startle you,
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  • but it startled me because I gotta tell you something,
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  • I have not been a miserable person.
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  • Just misery is not one of those things,
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  • but I just can't tell you that I've ever felt at risk
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  • of catching a climate of church misery until just here recently.
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  • And you know how you have a revelation all of a sudden
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  • that you think, uh-uh, I'm not doing that.
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  • I'm not gonna get miserable with you people.
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  • Anybody?
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  • I need to hear somebody, anybody?
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  • And you know what?
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  • I want you to be able to say that to me, people.
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  • I want you to, "Listen, Beth, I'm not gonna
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  • get miserable with you."
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  • We've had so much divisiveness and,
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  • you know, here's the thing, I don't think
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  • anybody's happy in any--I think the church
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  • is in such--I say that, let me back that up.
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  • I'm generally speaking here, but I'm saying I don't know
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  • of any pockets that I would just tell you are thriving
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  • in their joy right now.
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  • I just don't see it. I don't see it.
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  • I just see so much fighting, so much division,
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  • and so, so much meanness.
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  • Listen, I'm not talking about the world.
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  • I'm talking about us.
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  • We're getting meaner than snakes.
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  • We're supposed to be sheep among wolves,
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  • and we become wolves among sheep.
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  • And at some point, we gotta raise up our hand and go uh-uh,
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  • no, you know what?
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  • I'm not, I'm not doing this.
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  • I'm not doing this. I'm not taking part in this.
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  • You and I are gonna study the theology of happiness,
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  • Taking Happy Back.
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  • And I hope that you will see,
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  • and I'm ready, I'm ready.
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  • In other words, I've come prepared for someone I love
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  • so much and am so thankful to serve that is already going,
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  • it is not biblical to be happy.
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  • I'm ready for because some of you may not be
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  • given to that.
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  • But honestly, many of us were raised in
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  • a part of the body of Christ where it, listen, to be happy,
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  • would admit you're in some kind of sin and if you're
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  • happy and you know it, repent.
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  • [audience laughing]
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  • There'll be no clapping your hands, repent.
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  • So, is that sound theology or not?
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  • We're gonna study that through.
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  • Here's what we're gonna launch.
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  • I want you to get two different portions of the Scripture
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  • in your hand right now.
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  • Go to Isaiah 52, and then I want you to go to Luke 2,
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  • and so I want to look at them back and forth.
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  • We're gonna look at Isaiah 52, then Luke 2,
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  • then back to Isaiah 52 to make the point.
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  • So, I want you to look at these two places.
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  • Isaiah 52, verse 7 says this,
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  • "How beautiful upon the mountains are
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  • "the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace,
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  • "who brings good news of happiness,
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  • "who publishes salvation, who says to Zion,
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  • 'Your God reigns.'"
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  • I want you to turn with me now to Luke.
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  • Don't let go of Isaiah 52 because I'm coming
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  • right back to it.
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  • Luke chapter 2, 8 through 11.
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  • "And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field,
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  • "keeping watch over their flock by night.
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  • "And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
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  • "and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
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  • and they were filled with great fear."
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  • Verse 10: "And the angel said to them,
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  • 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
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  • that will be for all the people.'"
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  • Would you go back with me one more time to Isaiah 52:7
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  • let's let it land.
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  • It says this, "How beautiful upon the mountains
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  • "or the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace,
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  • who brings good news of happiness."
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  • Let's just put it really bluntly:
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  • happy is not bad in the Bible.
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  • I gotta tell you something, one of our expectations
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  • in a verse like that, when I threw out that wording
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  • in the NASB, Isaiah 52:7, good news of happiness.
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  • You and I would not have looked up so quickly had it said,
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  • "Good news of holiness."
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  • We'd have been ready for that and it seems
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  • to us that's what it ought to say because
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  • that we're comfortable with.
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  • Good news of happiness, what does that mean?
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  • Because we so seldom will throw that word into a sound
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  • presentation of the Scriptures, unless somehow we're gonna
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  • try to refute it as even being on the list of things we want
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  • to think about pursuing in Christ.
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  • I want to challenge that based on his Word,
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  • but what we're gonna find out as we study together,
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  • because holiness is huge.
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  • We have been set apart in him.
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  • "You be holy," the Word of God says
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  • in 1 Peter 1, "because He is holy."
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  • There is a happiness to holiness,
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  • and there's a holiness to happiness when
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  • it is in Christ.
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  • Hi, friends, I'm Selena and this is Natalie.
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  • We work with Living Proof Ministries,
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  • and we're so glad that you're joining us today to dive
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  • into Beth's teaching.
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  • Friends, I know what it's like to have to fight
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  • for a happy heart in Christ.
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  • At the start of every year, I feel like the Lord places a word
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  • on my heart, something to have as a banner over
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  • my life to motivate me, and this year my word
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  • is "enduring" because we know it takes endurance
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  • to fight for our happiness.
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  • What about you, Selena?
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  • My word for this year is "believing" because I really
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  • need to, not just believe in God,
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  • but I need to press into believing his promises,
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  • and what his Word has to say about
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  • the fullness of my happiness in Christ.
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  • And we know that happiness is not always going
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  • to be easy to come by.
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  • There will be hardship in our lives,
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  • but we have hope in Christ to start a new chapter.
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  • Let's see what Beth has to say on this in her teaching,
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  • "The Master Storyteller."
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  • I was either gonna be full on in it with him,
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  • or I was going to circle back into defeat over and over again.
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  • I literally the word "no" was not in my vocabulary.
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  • It was not in my vocabulary.
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  • But this I know, Jesus did not leave me there.
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  • He did not leave me there.
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  • And this I know, I am not the same woman
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  • I used to be, anybody?
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  • Can I hear that from anybody?
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  • I'm not the same woman I used to be.
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  • God has such a plan for your life.
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  • He has a story to tell through you and it's going
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  • to require you to be fierce, enduring,
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  • and believing, no matter what you're facing.
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  • (Natalie) And as our thank you for your donation,
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  • we want to bless you with the full teaching
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  • of "The Master Storyteller."
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  • And as a bonus, you will receive a T-shirt to remind you of those
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  • three powerful words, as well as the storybook
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  • Beth reads during this series.
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  • (Selena) If you feel like the Lord has given you
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  • a word for this upcoming year, share it with us.
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  • Tag us on social media, we would love to hear
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  • from you and we will see you next week.
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  • It doesn't matter where you are from,
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  • if you will give the time and space to this event
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  • this weekend,
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  • (Beth) if you will lend your heart to it and you'll
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  • really pay attention, then it's gonna come right back
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  • around because some of the things we're talking
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:47.080
  • about this weekend simply could not be more practical.
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  • 00:12:52.220 --> 00:12:54.160
  • We're gonna be talking about divine power that God exerts
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  • on the behalf of people
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  • just like you and me,
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  • and we're gonna see God do something that we
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  • could not have thought to ask him.
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  • Lord, we want all that you have for us this weekend,
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  • every little thing.
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • (male announcer) Come join us in a city near you.
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • Let me tell you, if we equate licentiousness with happiness,
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  • we have got a skewed view of holiness.
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  • Honestly, if we don't think, in our minds,
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  • that we could be set apart and holy at the same time
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  • that we could have a happy heart,
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  • we want to have a stronghold of legalism
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  • broken off of us because that is not
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  • sound theology, and I hope to prove it to you.
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  • Do you realize that we have set parts of our entire
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  • systematic theologies on five or less verses,
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  • built whole entire doctrines around a couple of verses.
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  • I'm not even challenging that.
  • 00:14:03.240 --> 00:14:05.250
  • I'm just saying by the time you have a concept that is mentioned
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:09.170
  • 1700 times in the Scripture, we might want to look up
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  • and give it some thought because I'm telling you what
  • 00:14:13.140 --> 00:14:16.140
  • I'm throwing out is that right now, we could
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  • use a message on the happy heart, anybody?
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  • Because what I'm here to tell you is that I think from where
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  • I'm sitting and from where a whole lot of other people
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  • are sitting, it looks like the church is getting nothing
  • 00:14:32.040 --> 00:14:36.080
  • but unhappier day by day, week by week,
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  • and fight by fight.
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  • I'mma tell you this, life gives us ample grounds,
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  • every single one of us, to be unhappy, every one of us.
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  • So, we've earned the right, if we want to be unhappy people,
  • 00:14:50.050 --> 00:14:53.080
  • we've earned the right so we can go right ahead,
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  • just if we want to give way to that or not and that's
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:59.020
  • the way we want to live because naturally speaking,
  • 00:14:59.030 --> 00:15:01.090
  • we've all had things that have happened.
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  • But what we'd be shocked to know,
  • 00:15:03.010 --> 00:15:04.290
  • if we don't already know it, is that people who are happy
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  • and have a happy heart have not had all happy circumstances.
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  • It will be very rare that you find someone that
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:18.170
  • you can just say, "You know what?
  • 00:15:18.180 --> 00:15:20.120
  • You just, you really honestly, you seem to be a happy person."
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  • That they're gonna return back to you in earnest,
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  • if you've got time for real conversation,
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  • "You know what?
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  • I've never had anything bad happen."
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  • [audience laughing]
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  • It just, it just doesn't happen."
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  • That's not the way it goes.
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  • Are there seasons and times that are extremely
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  • sad and tragic, when grief is not only appropriate,
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  • but needful that we wouldn't have a healthy heart
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  • if we didn't work through it.
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  • But you have the biblical right and responsibility
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  • to fight for a happy heart in Christ.
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  • I'm serious about being happy in Jesus, anybody else?
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  • I mean, I'm serious that I'm not letting anyone
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  • take that from me.
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  • I'm not.
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  • That is something I have had as a gift in my heart
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  • for most of my life, and I am not letting it go.
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  • Now listen carefully 'cause I want to throw something at you
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  • that I think can be an issue in our churches when we want
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  • to have, you know, when we want to be conservative
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  • about the Scriptures, and I do, I do.
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  • What can happen to us sometimes is that
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  • in our appropriate resistance,
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  • listen carefully, appropriate resistance to what
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  • 2 Timothy 4, verse 3 says, there will come a time
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  • when people will not tolerate sound teaching,
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  • instead following their own desires,
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  • they will accumulate teachers for themselves because they have
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  • an insatiable curiosity to hear new things.
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  • And they will turn away from hearing the truth but instead,
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  • they will turn to myths.
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  • And so, we are so, so vigilant to make sure
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  • that's not happening, that sometimes we'll shut
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  • down a Word before we even know it's sound because
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  • here's what we think, this is what we are risking when
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  • we want to be really, really, really taught,
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  • and we do, in the way we're interpreting the Scriptures.
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  • Because what can happen is that we can get in the mindset,
  • 00:17:34.230 --> 00:17:39.030
  • we can twist that until what it means to us is that if it sounds
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  • like good news, it could not possibly be scriptural.
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  • And do you realize how absurd that sounds?
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  • Because the gospel, the word "gospel" means good news.
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  • And so, in our hypervigilance to guard carefully
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  • our sound doctrine, and I want that.
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  • I want you to hold me to that.
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  • I want to hold you to that.
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  • I want my pastor to be held to that.
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  • I want our leaders to be held to that, I want that.
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  • But let's be careful that we don't immediately
  • 00:18:14.100 --> 00:18:17.290
  • assume that it's got to be our itching ears
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  • that want to hear something that happens to be good,
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  • that if everything we thought we were
  • 00:18:27.100 --> 00:18:30.120
  • getting until we get to heaven is just find a way to suffer
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  • well, if that's it, and we have to find a way to suffer well,
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  • but I mean, is that it?
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  • Is that all there is to it?
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  • Because we can get where we think,
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  • you know, because I liked it, it cannot be sound.
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  • It cannot be sound. I object and I'm closing down.
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  • But what if we went to the Scriptures,
  • 00:18:51.120 --> 00:18:54.170
  • checked it out to see is it so or not?
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  • We've got a gospel responsibility to rebel
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  • against our misery.
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  • Good news falls on deaf ears
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  • coming from miserable people.
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  • I've said it so many times that it's just like nothing
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  • new but it, it just it means nothing to share the good news
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  • in a bad mood, it doesn't work.
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  • It doesn't work.
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  • Nobody wants it. Nobody wants it.
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  • Here lately, I've just had to look in the mirror
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  • at home and go does someone want what you have?
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  • Because that's imperative 'cause we'll just be meaner than snakes
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  • or we're just joyless and we're gonna share
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  • the gospel with someone--
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  • "Let me tell you the secret that I found to my happy life--"
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  • and they're going like--
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  • [audience laughing]
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  • Our witness is at stake,
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  • and I want to push a step further than that.
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  • I've read this and reread this in my notes,
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  • and I think this is sound.
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  • For us to teach the world and the church to associate
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  • Christianity with misery is its own brand of heresy.
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  • I believe it, that when we teach the world and we teach
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  • one another through the church to associate Christianity
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  • with misery, it's its own brand of heresy.
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  • I truly believe that it is. I believe it counts.
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  • Would you go with me to Romans 12:1 and 2
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  • and let me show you something?
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  • "I appeal to you therefore, brothers,
  • 00:20:29.120 --> 00:20:30.210
  • "by the mercies of God to present your bodies
  • 00:20:30.220 --> 00:20:33.020
  • "as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
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  • to God, which is your spiritual worship."
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:38.210
  • Verse 2: "Do not be conformed to this world,
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  • "but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
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  • "that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,
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  • what is good and acceptable and perfect."
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  • "Do not be conformed to this world,
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  • but be transformed by the renewal of your mind."
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  • Look at the state of our world.
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  • Can you imagine how much light we could carry
  • 00:21:02.100 --> 00:21:05.090
  • as this part of the world gets more and more miserable
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:10.050
  • for us not to be conformed to them?
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  • And that's what's happening, we're catching it from them.
  • 00:21:14.290 --> 00:21:17.290
  • Instead of them catching our joy,
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  • we're catching their misery and it literally is invading
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  • through the body of Christ
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  • and through the doors of the church.
  • 00:21:27.190 --> 00:21:34.020
  • And we want to hold our hands up and say,
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  • "I'm not gonna be any part of that."
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  • There is nothing about our calling that remotely suggests,
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  • in this part of the free world, that we're to blend in.
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  • Even in parts of the world where we can't own up openly
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  • and in the marketplace to our faith, something about us
  • 00:21:57.000 --> 00:22:01.150
  • is meant to so shine, has such a brilliance to it
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:07.110
  • that it draws the attention of those around us to wonder
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:13.050
  • what is the hope that is in us.
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  • Our lens is the gospel.
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  • We look at the world through the lens of the gospel,
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  • not at the gospel through the lens of the world.
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  • Happiness is not cluelessness.
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  • I'm gonna tell you this.
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  • I want to just be straight out with this.
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  • I am not one wit encouraged by aphorisms that come
  • 00:22:31.170 --> 00:22:37.210
  • from people who have their heads in the sand.
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  • That means nothing to me, nothing.
  • 00:22:41.170 --> 00:22:44.210
  • So, when I hear people--when we're all posting our great
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:49.080
  • sayings, but it's people that don't even know what's going on,
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:55.040
  • it doesn't mean anything to me, maybe it should.
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:58.150
  • I'm just saying it doesn't.
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  • What means something to me is when somebody that is awake
  • 00:23:00.200 --> 00:23:05.080
  • and aware of the turmoil that our world is in.
  • 00:23:05.090 --> 00:23:08.200
  • This is when I start listening, when somebody then starts
  • 00:23:08.210 --> 00:23:13.020
  • speaking faith, and hope, and love,
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:17.290
  • and light, and forgiveness, and turning the other cheek.
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  • When we start talking this in our day-to-day relationships,
  • 00:23:22.280 --> 00:23:26.040
  • when I start seeing this of somebody who's aware,
  • 00:23:26.050 --> 00:23:28.240
  • then all of a sudden, this changes everything
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  • and I'm listening 'cause this is not somebody just doing
  • 00:23:34.070 --> 00:23:37.030
  • the like head in the sand thing.
  • 00:23:37.040 --> 00:23:41.010
  • There's somebody that's watching and still says,
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:43.140
  • "Despite what is going on around us,
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:47.040
  • "this is the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • good news of happiness."
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  • Did you know that right here in Romans, you're right by it.
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:23:58.230
  • Turn to Romans 10.
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  • I mean, you're right next to it.
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  • Just flip back a page, Romans 10,
  • 00:24:01.260 --> 00:24:03.050
  • and I want to read you verses 14 through 17.
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  • Remember back in Isaiah 52:7 when it said that we,
  • 00:24:05.180 --> 00:24:10.000
  • that beautiful are the feet of those
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:12.210
  • that bring good news of, what?
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  • Somebody tell me. Tell me again.
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  • Good news of happiness.
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  • Listen what happens right here.
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  • Romans 10:14 through 17.
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  • "How then will they call on him and whom they have not believed?
  • 00:24:24.110 --> 00:24:27.070
  • "And how are they to believe in him of whom they've never heard?
  • 00:24:27.080 --> 00:24:32.240
  • "And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
  • 00:24:32.250 --> 00:24:35.240
  • "And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
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  • As it is written,"
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  • here he's gonna quote it out of Isaiah 52,
  • 00:24:39.290 --> 00:24:41.170
  • this portion of it.
  • 00:24:41.180 --> 00:24:42.270
  • "How beautiful are the feet of those
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.070
  • "who preach the good news!
  • 00:24:44.080 --> 00:24:46.020
  • "But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
  • 00:24:46.030 --> 00:24:47.210
  • "For Isaiah says,
  • 00:24:47.220 --> 00:24:49.110
  • 'Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?'
  • 00:24:49.120 --> 00:24:51.240
  • "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through
  • 00:24:51.250 --> 00:24:54.180
  • the Word of Christ."
  • 00:24:54.190 --> 00:24:55.280
  • So beautiful and powerful.
  • 00:24:55.290 --> 00:24:57.080
  • The point is that in Romans, the Apostle Paul,
  • 00:24:57.090 --> 00:25:01.000
  • under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:25:01.010 --> 00:25:03.020
  • now says remember that verse back in Isaiah 52:7?
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  • Of course, ultimately in is Jesus Christ,
  • 00:25:06.270 --> 00:25:09.140
  • the complete consummation of that coming of the good news
  • 00:25:09.150 --> 00:25:13.200
  • in the flesh to give his life and to be resurrected
  • 00:25:13.210 --> 00:25:17.190
  • from the dead.
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  • And that every bit of that, every bit of that is applied
  • 00:25:19.070 --> 00:25:24.040
  • to every believer who receives it.
  • 00:25:24.050 --> 00:25:25.290
  • But right here in Romans chapter 10,
  • 00:25:26.000 --> 00:25:28.200
  • the Apostle Paul is saying it's now our job
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  • and we're the bearers of the good news.
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  • We're the bearers of it.
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  • We remember from Isaiah 52:7, it's good news of happiness.
  • 00:25:37.130 --> 00:25:41.120
  • Here's the thing, it is undeniably innate
  • 00:25:41.130 --> 00:25:45.010
  • in the human being to yearn to be happy.
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  • Is it everything to us?
  • 00:25:48.200 --> 00:25:50.040
  • No, no.
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:51.210
  • But I am saying that when we figure out that our heart is
  • 00:25:51.220 --> 00:25:54.270
  • getting more and more miserable, there comes a time to go,
  • 00:25:54.280 --> 00:25:57.070
  • "You know what?
  • 00:25:57.080 --> 00:25:58.170
  • "I have a biblical right and responsibility
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  • "to fight for a happy heart.
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  • I really, really do. I really, really do."
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  • Because it's fruitless that somehow we're gonna
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  • get through to the world that there is absolutely no merit
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  • whatsoever in wondering, what is it that would bring
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  • my heart some joy?
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  • I gotta tell you something.
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  • Jesus has made me happy.
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  • I mean he just like makes me happy,
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  • and that gets to show in us.
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  • That gets to show because we really do have something
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  • that people are yearning for,
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  • we really do.
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  • There is something we have access to that this world
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  • cannot touch but if we don't access ourselves to it,
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  • then we are drawn to carnal pleasures.
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  • Do you even know? Do I know?
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  • How long did it take for me to figure it out,
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  • that Jesus Christ is meant to be
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  • the greatest pleasure of our lives, of our lives?
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