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Be a Better You: The Power of Prayer

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December 24, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Be a Better You: The Power of Prayer

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God said,
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God said, I
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God said, I am going to destroy them
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God said, I am going to destroy them a
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God said, I am going to destroy them all
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  • and start over with you.
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  • Moses prayed, and God relented.
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  • God changed His mind because a believer prayed!
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  • ROBERT: All right.
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  • I want you to turn in your Bibles to two passages
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  • of Scripture, Jeremiah 32 and Jonah 3.
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  • Jeremiah 32 and Jonah 3, and I want to share a message
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  • with you called, "The Power of Prayer."
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  • All right, let me tell you how this message got stirred up
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  • in me.
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  • We should be praying.
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  • That is our responsibility.
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  • And, yes, part of what's happened in this country
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  • is because we did not get involved,
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  • and we haven't let our voice be heard,
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  • but the majority of what has happened
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  • in this country that's bad has been because the church
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  • has not prayed.
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  • And if we really believed that prayer makes a difference,
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  • we would pray more.
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  • We'd pray for our country.
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  • We'd pray for our family.
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  • We'd pray for our friends.
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  • But, I read this Scripture as I'm reading through
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  • the Bible, and this is where we're gonna start.
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  • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, "Therefore I exhort",
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  • this is Paul speaking to Timothy, his spiritual son.
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  • "First of all", first, "first of all that
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  • supplications, prayers, intercessions,
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  • and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings" -
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  • now, in our governmental system, that would be presidents.
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  • For presidents, "and all who are in authority."
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  • That'd be all elected officials -
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  • congressmen and congresswomen, and mayors, and governors,
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  • and things like that.
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  • "For all in authority, that we may lead a quiet
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  • and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."
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  • So, our first responsibility is to pray.
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  • My question is, why don't we pray more?
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  • Since prayer changes things, why don't we pray more?
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  • And I really believe it's because of a misunderstanding
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  • of theology that we don't pray more.
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  • You know, you've heard the old saying, I know just enough
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  • about that to be dangerous, you know?
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  • Well, unfortunately, I believe many times
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  • the church knows just enough about theology to be dangerous,
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  • and my goal is to help you understand theology
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  • and doctrine, because when we really understand God,
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  • it changes everything in our lives.
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  • So, there are two attributes of God that I believe
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  • we have misunderstood.
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  • And because we've misunderstood them,
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  • they've caused us to pray less, but they actually should
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  • cause us to pray more.
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  • Does everyone follow me?
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  • So, I only have two points today.
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  • I'm gonna cover two of the attributes of God,
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  • that because of a misunderstanding
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  • in the body of Christ, cause people to pray less,
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  • but these should cause people to pray more.
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  • All right?
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  • So, here's number one - the sovereignty of God.
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  • Now, there's a huge misunderstanding
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  • about the sovereignty of God, and here's what happens.
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  • People actually blame tragedies on this attribute.
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  • They say, well, we just have to trust the sovereignty of God.
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  • Well, I believe in trusting the sovereignty of God,
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  • but you're misusing that right there.
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  • That's not what that means at all.
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  • In other words, we're blaming God for a lot of things
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  • that are happening in this world that God's not doing.
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  • And so, the sovereignty of God, if you want to understand it,
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  • it doesn't mean that God does whatever He wants to.
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  • That's not what it means at all.
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  • What it means, again, you can break the word down.
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  • So, look at the word "sovereignty".
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  • I'm gonna put it up so you can see it, "sovereignty",
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  • or "sovereign".
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  • Just the word, "sovereign", all right?
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  • Then you break it apart.
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  • You've got S-O-V-E, and the word, "reign".
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  • Now, just so you know, the second word means exactly
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  • what it says, "reign".
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  • The S-O-V-E though, means supreme - supreme reign.
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  • Supreme reign.
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  • In other words, God has supreme reign.
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  • He also is the supreme ruler of the universe.
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  • So to understand this, it doesn't mean that God
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  • does whatever He wants.
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  • It means that He is in complete charge and authority.
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  • But, He gave stewardship of the earth to us,
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  • and the problem is He gave it to Adam and Eve,
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  • and Adam and Eve lost it.
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  • So, let me show you something that happened in Jeremiah 32.
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  • I'll give you the historical exegesis of this passage,
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  • but then I'm gonna give you the messianic exegesis.
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  • The word "exegete" comes from a Greek word which means
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  • "to draw out", like you draw water out of a well.
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  • So when you look at a passage of Scripture,
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  • you look at the historical exegesis of it,
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  • you look at if there's a messianic exegesis,
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  • you look at the geographical exegesis,
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  • and you look at what many have discounted,
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  • and that's the revelational exegesis.
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  • In other words, what's God saying to me
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  • out of this passage?
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  • All right?
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  • So, let me show you this in Jeremiah 32:8.
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  • It says, "Then Hanamel, my uncle's son", in other words,
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  • his cousin, "came to me", that's Jeremiah,
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  • "in the court of the prison
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  • according to the word of the Lord."
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  • In other words, the Lord had already told Jeremiah
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  • this would happen.
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  • "And said to me, "Please buy my field that is in Anathoth,
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  • which is in the country of Benjamin,
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  • for the right of inheritance is yours", notice
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  • "right of inheritance", "and the redemption yours.
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  • Buy it for yourself."
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  • Then I knew this was the word of the Lord.
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  • So I bought the field from Hanamel,
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  • the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth,
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  • and weighed out to him the money - seventeen shekels of silver.
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  • And I signed the deed"... I signed it.
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  • "I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses,
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  • and weighed the money on the scales."
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  • Verse 11, "So I took the purchase deed", watch,
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  • "both"..." both that which was sealed according to the law
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  • and custom, and that which was open."
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  • Okay, so Jeremiah speaks of two deeds here.
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  • He speaks of a sealed deed and an open deed.
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  • He also speaks of two rights - a right of inheritance
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  • and a right of redemption.
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  • So, let me explain those to you, all right?
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  • He said, "My uncle's son came to me"
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  • and said buy this field back.
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  • What that means is his uncle had bought that field
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  • from his mother.
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  • Probably what had happened is that Jeremiah's father
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  • had died, and so the brother, the father's brother,
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  • the uncle, bought the field so the family
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  • would have money to live on.
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  • Because it was in the family of Jeremiah,
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  • Jeremiah then would have been the first born son,
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  • because he had the right of redemption.
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  • So, the cousin comes to him and says, hey,
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  • buy the field back, now you're old enough.
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  • It probably happened, his father probably passed away
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  • when he was young, so they couldn't work the field,
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  • so they needed money.
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  • Now that he's grown up, they can work the field
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  • and make a living.
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  • So, he said, buy it back.
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  • And this is what he said, "For the right of inheritance
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  • is yours."
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  • That means he's the first born son.
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  • So that means when the uncle dies,
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  • he's gonna get it back anyway.
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  • The field would go back to him.
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  • "The right of inheritance is yours,
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  • and the right of redemption is yours."
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  • In other words, you're the nearest
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  • first born male.
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  • You're the nearest kinsman.
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  • You're the first born.
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  • You can buy it back.
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  • So, you have the right of inheritance
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  • and the right of redemption.
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  • Okay, hold onto those, all right?
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  • Then you have a sealed deed and open deed.
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  • The sealed deed was the family that it belonged to,
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  • and that land always went back to the original family,
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  • the bloodline of that family, always went back to them
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  • when someone would pass away.
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  • But, there was an open deed, so that if they needed to sell
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  • the land for money, they could take that deed
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  • and they could write on it whose name it was,
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  • like Hanamel, the uncle, but that sealed deed
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  • always was with the original family.
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  • Okay, you say, well, what does all of this mean?
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  • Well, historically it was that they were being taken
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  • out of the land for 70 years to be in captivity to Babylon,
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  • and God was saying, I want you to do this
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  • because I want to say to My people, you will again
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  • be brought back to this land, and you will own land again.
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  • That's what it meant historically.
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  • But, what does it mean messianically?
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  • It is a type and a shadow of Jesus Christ Himself,
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  • because Jesus is the first born Son.
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  • God gave the open deed to Adam and Eve, to the earth -
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  • the open deed.
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  • But, God kept the sealed deed.
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  • But, He gives the open deed to Adam and Eve.
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  • They lost it to Satan.
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  • Satan actually said to Jesus, when he was tempting Him,
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  • remember this?
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  • "All of these", all of the kingdoms of the world,
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  • "have been given to me."
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  • They've been given to me.
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  • They were given by Adam and Eve.
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  • But, Jesus, who's the first born Son, who has the right
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  • of inheritance, it's all coming back to Him anyway,
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  • decides to exercise His option and redeem it,
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  • and buy it back, and Jesus bought the authority
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  • and the dominion of this world back, 2.000 years ago.
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  • It's a great read when you read Revelation 5.
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  • John says, "And I looked and I saw in the hand of Him
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  • who sat on the throne a scroll, sealed."
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  • I think that's the sealed deed.
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  • And he said, and one of the elders said,
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  • "A strong angel said, who is worthy to take
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  • the seal, the scroll, and to break its seal,
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  • or to loose its seal?"
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  • And he says, "I wept much because no one in heaven
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  • and earth was found worthy, and then one of the elders
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  • said to me, do not weep, for behold,
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  • the lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed."
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  • And it says "He came forth and took the seal and opened it,
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  • and then they sang, worthy are You to receive
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  • glory and honor, and riches and power,
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  • because You have redeemed us."
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  • He had the inheritance and He had the right
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  • of redemption.
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  • "You have redeemed us to God out of every tribe,
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  • tongue, and nation, out of every ethnicity.
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  • You have redeemed us back to God and made us
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  • kings and priests."
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  • Jesus came [indiscernible].
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  • Now, listen to me.
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  • Here is the reason the sovereignty of God
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  • is a reason to pray, not to pray.
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  • People say, well, you've just got to trust
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  • God's sovereignty.
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  • Whatever's gonna happen, God's gonna do it anyway.
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  • No.
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  • God gave us authority.
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  • We lost that authority to Satan.
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  • Jesus, the first born Son, came and got it back,
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:36.130
  • and then gave it back to us, because this is what He said.
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  • When He said, "I will build My church."
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  • "I will build My church", He said, "and I give you
  • 00:10:40.290 --> 00:10:43.260
  • the keys to the kingdom, so that whatever you bind on earth
  • 00:10:43.290 --> 00:10:48.120
  • will be bound in heaven... bound in heaven
  • 00:10:48.150 --> 00:10:51.130
  • will be bound on earth, and whatever you loose in heaven
  • 00:10:51.160 --> 00:10:53.080
  • will be loosed on earth."
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  • The reason to pray is because we are praying to
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  • the supreme ruler of the universe,
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  • who can do something about it, who can hear from heaven
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  • and forgive our sin, and heal our land.
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:07.060
  • [Applause]
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  • "If My people will pray."
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  • "If My people, who are called by My name,
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  • will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face,
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  • and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,
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  • and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land."
  • 00:11:24.210 --> 00:11:28.080
  • So, the reason to pray is the sovereignty of God,
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  • because we're praying to the One who's in charge.
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  • We're praying to the One who has the power to do
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  • something about it.
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  • George Mueller was a great missionary,
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  • and the thing that's most known probably about him is prayer.
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  • He lived a very sinful life until he was about 30 years old,
  • 00:11:44.080 --> 00:11:48.290
  • and came to Christ, and then he goes
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  • to missionary school, because he wants to be a missionary.
  • 00:11:51.140 --> 00:11:53.140
  • Then after he completes missionary school,
  • 00:11:53.170 --> 00:11:55.110
  • he goes in front of a missionary board,
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  • and they turned him down to be a missionary because he had led
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  • too sinful of a life before he got saved.
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  • And so, he said, Lord, what do I do?
  • 00:12:05.180 --> 00:12:07.090
  • The Lord said, pray.
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  • So, he prayed for one year - one year, and then the Lord
  • 00:12:08.200 --> 00:12:12.220
  • said, now go to this city.
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  • So, he went to a city.
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  • He'd been saving for that year.
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  • Went to a city, walked to the only church in that city
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  • and said, I'd like to speak to the pastor.
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  • And they said, well, our pastor resigned last Sunday.
  • 00:12:23.190 --> 00:12:27.160
  • He said, well, I graduated from missionary school,
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  • and God called me to be a missionary to this city.
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  • They said, you're hired.
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  • He got there on the exact day that he should tell them that.
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  • He becomes the pastor, then they start orphanages.
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  • All the time, all he would do is pray.
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  • By the way, the first thing that he did was
  • 00:12:44.080 --> 00:12:46.050
  • he implemented tithing, because people were buying seats.
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  • That's how the church was making their money.
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  • People would buy seats and sit where they wanted to sit.
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  • Now, we're not gonna talk about if you ever bought a seat, so.
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:13:01.030
  • All right, so.
  • 00:13:01.060 --> 00:13:02.050
  • And so he implemented tithing, and he said,
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  • we're not gonna pass a plate, because I want people to
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  • give out of a free will.
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  • He put boxes beside the doors.
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  • I actually thought that I invented that,
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  • until I read his story.
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  • And then, they started orphanages,
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  • and in the late 1800s, listen to this.
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  • Their mission giving from this little church
  • 00:13:20.290 --> 00:13:22.220
  • was $7.5 million.
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  • They started more orphanages than any missionary organization
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  • before or since, and all out of prayer.
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  • When he got saved, he had five friends,
  • 00:13:35.230 --> 00:13:37.260
  • very close friends.
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  • He prayed for them.
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  • Three of them got saved in ten years.
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  • It took ten years.
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  • He said he prayed every day for 'em.
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  • The fourth one got saved 25 years later.
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  • The fifth one... George Mueller lived 52 years after
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  • he got saved.
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  • He died...right before his death, his friend
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  • heard him praying for this person he'd been praying for
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  • for 52 years.
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  • He died, and the person he was praying for came and knelt
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  • at his graveside and gave his life to Christ,
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  • 'cause God answers prayer.
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  • We pray to the supreme ruler of the universe.
  • 00:14:10.230 --> 00:14:13.010
  • Well, here's the second doctrine
  • 00:14:13.040 --> 00:14:14.230
  • that's misunderstood - the immutability of God.
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  • Again, look at the word for a moment, "immutability".
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  • "Mutable", in the middle of the word, means "change".
  • 00:14:22.280 --> 00:14:25.280
  • So, something that is mutable can mutate, it can change.
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  • You put the I-M on the front, it can't change.
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  • The immutability of God means it can't change,
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  • God can't change.
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  • Malachi 3:6, "For I am the Lord, I do not change."
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  • James 1:17, "Every good and every perfect gift
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  • is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights,
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  • with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
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  • Let me read that to you in the New Living Translation,
  • 00:14:50.200 --> 00:14:52.080
  • that last phrase - "He never changes."
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  • "He never changes or casts a shifting shadow."
  • 00:14:53.140 --> 00:14:59.250
  • So, He never changes, so here's the problem.
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:15:02.010
  • People misunderstand this doctrine and say, well,
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  • God never changes, so why pray?
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  • You need to understand.
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  • What this means is God never changes His character.
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  • It doesn't mean that He never changes His mind.
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  • And we have instance after instance...if this was
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:21.100
  • a three hour seminary class, I could take you through -
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  • the whole three hours I could spend showing you where God
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:25.100
  • changed His mind in Scripture when His people prayed.
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:28.200
  • But, I'll give you two examples of it, all right?
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  • One is when Moses went up on the mountain to receive
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  • the Ten Commandments.
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  • He goes up on the mountain, and God says to him, get down.
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  • Get down off this mountain.
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  • The people have already sinned.
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  • They've already sinned.
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  • They've made golden calves.
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  • They're saying that those golden calves are their gods
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  • and those golden calves brought 'em out of Egypt.
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  • And then, God said it.
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  • I am going to destroy all of them and start over with you.
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  • So you think if God said it, then it's going to happen.
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  • Here's what happened.
  • 00:15:58.020 --> 00:15:59.050
  • Moses prays and says, God, please don't destroy them.
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  • Give them another chance.
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  • And then, look at this verse, Exodus 32:14.
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  • "So the Lord relented from the harm which He said
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  • He would do to His people."
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  • The Lord relented.
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:19.240
  • Now, I want you to look at the word, "relented",
  • 00:16:19.270 --> 00:16:21.190
  • just for a moment.
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  • If you change one letter in that word, it's another word.
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  • "Relented", take the L out and put a P in,
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  • and what do you have?
  • 00:16:31.280 --> 00:16:33.010
  • "Repented."
  • 00:16:33.040 --> 00:16:34.210
  • Okay, now you'd say, well, God couldn't repent.
  • 00:16:34.240 --> 00:16:37.260
  • Okay, listen to me.
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:39.040
  • That's 'cause you don't know the definition of the word,
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:40.260
  • "repent".
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:42.190
  • Many, many preachers have said repent
  • 00:16:42.220 --> 00:16:44.150
  • means to turn from your sin.
  • 00:16:44.180 --> 00:16:45.220
  • It doesn't mean turn from your sin.
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:47.180
  • Sin is nowhere in the word.
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:49.170
  • When you go to the actual word, it's not in there.
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:51.130
  • It's not what it means.
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  • It says, "God relented".
  • 00:16:52.110 --> 00:16:54.120
  • It's the same as the word, "repented".
  • 00:16:54.150 --> 00:16:57.120
  • Now, you say, well, but it says, "relented",
  • 00:16:57.150 --> 00:16:58.230
  • you can't say, "repented".
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:16:59.250
  • Well, it's in the Old Testament 108 times;
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:03.040
  • 41 of those times, it's translated, "repented".
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:08.050
  • 38% of the time that it's in there, it's translated,
  • 00:17:08.080 --> 00:17:10.050
  • "repented".
  • 00:17:10.080 --> 00:17:10.290
  • Okay?
  • 00:17:11.020 --> 00:17:11.240
  • So, God repented.
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:13.280
  • Okay, you say, well, how could God repent,
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:15.230
  • because we think repent means to turn from your sin.
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  • It doesn't mean that.
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  • It means to change your mind.
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  • God said, I am going to destroy them all
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  • and start over with you.
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:24.250
  • Moses prayed, and God relented.
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:29.130
  • God changed His mind because a believer prayed.
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:34.240
  • So, the immutability of God's a reason to pray.
  • 00:17:34.270 --> 00:17:37.140
  • Let me show you another instance,
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:39.150
  • because God's character can't change.
  • 00:17:39.180 --> 00:17:41.100
  • This will really illustrate it.
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  • Jonah 3:10 says, "Then God saw their works,
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:49.010
  • that they turned from their evil way, and God relented."
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  • Same word that's translated "repented" many times.
  • 00:17:55.000 --> 00:17:57.090
  • "Relented from the disaster that He had said He would
  • 00:17:57.120 --> 00:18:02.070
  • bring upon them, and He did not do it."
  • 00:18:02.100 --> 00:18:06.080
  • Now, you would think that Jonah would be happy
  • 00:18:06.110 --> 00:18:08.020
  • about this.
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:09.200
  • But the very next verse, it's Chapter 4,
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:13.050
  • but it's the very next verse, Verse 1, "But it displeased
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:16.020
  • Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.
  • 00:18:16.050 --> 00:18:20.290
  • So he prayed to the Lord and said, "Ah, Lord",
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:23.140
  • watch this.
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:24.220
  • "Was not this what I said when I was still in my country?
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  • Therefore"...anytime you see the word, "therefore",
  • 00:18:29.070 --> 00:18:31.210
  • it means "this is the reason".
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:33.060
  • You can put "this is the reason".
  • 00:18:33.090 --> 00:18:34.150
  • This is the reason that "I fled previously to Tarshish,
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:37.280
  • for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God,
  • 00:18:38.010 --> 00:18:42.060
  • slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness,
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:45.120
  • One who relents from doing harm."
  • 00:18:45.150 --> 00:18:50.010
  • Okay, many people don't know this.
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:51.100
  • They say, I don't know why Jonah went.
  • 00:18:51.130 --> 00:18:53.140
  • I guess he just rebelled, or he didn't want to preach.
  • 00:18:53.170 --> 00:18:55.010
  • Maybe he feared for his life.
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  • No, he didn't fear for his life.
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:57.260
  • He went the other way, and he says it right here.
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:19:00.040
  • He says, "Was not this what I said?"
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  • I told You this would happen.
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  • I knew I would come and preach judgment,
  • 00:19:06.040 --> 00:19:09.050
  • and they would repent, and then You'd change Your mind,
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:14.130
  • because You're slow to anger, and gracious, and merciful,
  • 00:19:14.160 --> 00:19:17.110
  • and compassionate.
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:20.140
  • And in essence, he's saying, and You can't change.
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:22.240
  • That's who You are.
  • 00:19:22.270 --> 00:19:24.010
  • You're a gracious God.
  • 00:19:24.040 --> 00:19:25.210
  • If people repent, then You...now, listen,
  • 00:19:25.240 --> 00:19:28.170
  • don't get hung up on this word.
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:29.220
  • Then You repent.
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:31.140
  • You relent.
  • 00:19:31.170 --> 00:19:33.180
  • You change Your mind.
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:35.000
  • If people will change their mind,
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:36.000
  • then You'll change Your mind.
  • 00:19:36.030 --> 00:19:38.010
  • It's also funny, a great story - so God, He's Jonah now.
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:42.270
  • He's sitting out in the heat of the day, and He says what
  • 00:19:43.000 --> 00:19:46.090
  • all prophets say when their prophecy doesn't come true -
  • 00:19:46.120 --> 00:19:49.040
  • might as well just die.
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  • Might as well just die.
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  • By the way, all words from the Lord are submitted to
  • 00:19:54.080 --> 00:19:57.120
  • the Lord of the Word.
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:59.140
  • All words from God are submitted to the God
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:03.030
  • of the Word.
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:04.220
  • In other words, God can tell you to say somethin' to get
  • 00:20:04.250 --> 00:20:06.260
  • a person to repent, and then God can have mercy
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:09.220
  • on that person.
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:11.030
  • So, God causes a plant to grow up in one day.
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:15.090
  • A plant grows up in one day, to give Jonah shade.
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  • Then God creates a worm to eat the plant in one day.
  • 00:20:17.240 --> 00:20:22.240
  • And Jonah gets mad because the plant dies,
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:29.020
  • because the worm eats the plant.
  • 00:20:29.050 --> 00:20:30.160
  • And here's what God said.
  • 00:20:30.190 --> 00:20:31.160
  • Don't ever forget this.
  • 00:20:31.190 --> 00:20:32.230
  • God said, you're upset because a plant that
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:35.070
  • you didn't make died, and you don't think
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:40.130
  • I would be upset over 120.000 people that I made dying?
  • 00:20:40.160 --> 00:20:47.120
  • Speaking of Nineveh, it was 120.000 population.
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  • So, please hear me.
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  • When we talk about the immutability of God,
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  • this is not a reason not to pray,
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  • this is a reason to pray,
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  • because we're praying to the God who can't change.
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  • He can change His mind, but He can't change
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  • His character, and He's a loving,
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  • and He's a compassionate, and He's a merciful,
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  • and He's a gracious God, and He wants to have mercy on us,
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  • if He can get one person to agree with Him.
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  • Here's what He said to Ezekiel.
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  • I wanted one...I looked, I looked, I looked,
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  • I looked for one man, just one man,
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  • who would stand in the gap and make up the heads
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  • that I would not destroy them, but I found no one.
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  • I just needed one believer to stand in agreement with Me.
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  • You've got to understand.
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  • God can do anything.
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  • He's the supreme ruler of the universe,
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  • and He never changes.
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  • So, why is our nation in such a fix?
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  • Because we, the church, have not prayed.
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  • What about the fix that you're in, your family?
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  • I was in a prophetic Presbytery meeting one time
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  • at Clark Whitney's church.
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  • Clark's been here many times.
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  • And there was an older lady by herself, and I got this word.
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  • I said, you know how to pray.
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  • You know how to pray, and I said, you're gonna
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  • teach younger ladies how to pray.
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  • And this was the prophetic word that the Lord gave me.
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  • You are going to teach younger ladies how to pray
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  • for their unbelieving husbands to come to Christ.
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  • So, after the prophecy, and the congregation
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  • started clapping, because they knew her story.
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  • Afterwards, Clark said... after the service, he said,
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  • I want her to come and tell you why everyone knew
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  • what you were saying was true.
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  • So, she came up, and here's what she told me.
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  • Her husband, she'd been married to him for 42 years,
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  • and he was an unbeliever.
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  • She prayed every day for 42 years for him to come to Christ.
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  • One day, he was on a business trip in Florida
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  • and he was killed in a car accident.
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  • About a month after he was killed, her phone rang
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  • and this man on the phone said, is so-and-so there,
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  • asked for her husband.
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  • She said, no, I'm sorry to tell you, he's passed away.
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  • He died in a car accident about a month ago in Florida.
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  • And the guy got kind of quiet, and he said, did you say
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  • he died about a month ago in a car accident
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  • in Florida?
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  • She said, yes.
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  • He said, was it on this day?
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  • And he said the date, and she said, yes, it was.
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  • He said, did you get to talk to him that day?
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  • She said, no, I did not.
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  • He would always call me at night when he got to the hotel room.
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  • He said, ma'am, I have good news for you.
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  • He said, I'm a businessman.
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  • I wear a suit and tie to work.
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  • I work downtown in an office building.
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  • And God would not leave me alone that morning,
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  • and God spoke to me to go out to the highway and park my car,
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  • and put my phone out.
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  • And your husband came by, and I shared Christ
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  • with your husband, and your husband accepted Christ
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  • before he was killed in that car accident.
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  • [Applause]
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  • I met this lady.
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  • Clark Whitney can verify this story.
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  • She prayed, and you know who she prayed to?
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  • She prayed to the supreme ruler of the universe,
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  • who is a merciful and compassionate God.
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  • I love to hear testimonies of God answering prayer,
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  • and every one of us have heard testimonies
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  • and we have testimonies.
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  • I believe that you watched this program today
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  • because there's something in your life that you need
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  • to be encouraged to continue to pray about,
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  • and I want to encourage you that God is the supreme ruler
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  • of the universe, and He can't change.
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  • That means that He has the power to answer our prayers
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  • and He has the desire to answer our prayers,
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  • because we know He is a loving and compassionate God.
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  • So, whatever you're praying for, continue to pray,
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  • because God really does answer prayer.
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  • Hey, thanks so much for watching.
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  • I'm gonna continue this series, "Be a Better You", next time.
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  • See you then.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for joining us for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares how you can "Be a Better You."
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  • is like constructing a house on a foundation that is solid,
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  • firm, and secure.
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  • as a follower of Jesus?
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  • that are on God's heart for your life, and to really know
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  • what's most important to Him in our relationship with Him,
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