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Beyond Blessed: Living Beyond Blessed

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December 29, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Beyond Blessed: Living Beyond Blessed

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: So, giving is very important.
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  • Generosity.
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  • But there's a huge second component,
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  • and that's what we're going to talk about
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  • in "Beyond Blessed", and it's stewardship.
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  • Now, please hear me.
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  • Stewardship is not a bad word.
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  • It's not a bad word.
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  • ROBERT: So we're going to begin a new series
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  • called "Beyond Blessed".
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  • It'll be four weeks.
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  • I'll preach all the weeks.
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  • And, the title of this message is "Living Beyond Blessed."
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  • Now you might think, well, what do you mean
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  • by beyond blessed?
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  • I mean, if you're blessed, aren't you blessed?
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  • How can you be beyond blessed?
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  • So, I thought of a little natural example and it relates
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  • to where I am in my stage of life.
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  • If you have a grandchild, that's blessed.
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  • If you have nine of 'em, that's beyond blessed!
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  • [laughter]
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  • So, I'm beyond blessed.
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  • So, what I mean by beyond blessed is
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  • that God so blesses us.
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  • I'm not talking about materialism.
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  • Please hear me.
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  • But, it's so that we can be a blessing.
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  • It's so that we can bless others.
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  • And this started, this is actually - "Beyond Blessed"
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  • is the sequel to "The Blessed Life."
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  • In some ways, it's the prequel.
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  • They go hand in hand, and I'll explain that,
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  • but let me give you a little history of "The Blessed Life."
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  • We started the church in 2000.
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  • In 2001, James Robison's ministry came to me and asked me
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  • to come on the program and teach on giving.
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  • And the reason was, James said, because I teach giving,
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  • the way I teach giving.
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  • He was talkin' to me, he said the way you teach giving
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  • is that you teach that we get to give,
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  • we don't give to get.
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  • Everyone get that?
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  • And there's a lot of give-to-get teaching
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  • going on right now.
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  • And so he said, you know, I want you to come on
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  • and teach on that.
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  • And then he said, and if you can write a book,
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  • that would be good.
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  • [laughter]
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  • And so I said, well, when are you talking about
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  • airing these programs?
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  • He said in about three to four months.
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  • Okay.
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  • So, I actually went to a friend's vacation home
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  • and dictated "The Blessed Life"
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  • into a tape recorder in three days,
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  • and then gave it to a guy in our church
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  • who's an editor and ghostwriter that helped put it in,
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  • you know, written form for me,
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  • who still works with me to this day.
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  • He helped me on "Beyond Blessed,"
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  • a very, very gifted writer.
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  • And so, anyway, we had it out and we self-published it.
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  • Now, let me give you a little background.
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  • I believe in giving the first to God.
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  • I believe the Bible teaches that.
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  • We'll talk about that a little bit.
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  • And when I laid my hands on the manuscript for
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  • "The Blessed Life," I felt like the Lord said,
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  • will you give this one to Me?
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  • And so, I gave that book to Gateway Church.
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  • Gateway Church owns "The Blessed Life."
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  • Now, this is something that's so amazing about this.
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  • Debbie and I have never taken a dime from it.
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  • This is gonna shock you, what I'm about to say,
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  • and I wondered whether I should say it or not,
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  • because it is a big number, but I just want
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  • to let you know how God's used the book.
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  • Gateway Church, it brings in...
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  • about a half a million dollars a year,
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  • that one book to the church.
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  • So, it's unbelievable what God's done with the book.
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  • [applause]
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  • And I believe it has helped spark a movement of generosity
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  • in the kingdom of God, and many pastors
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  • would agree with that.
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  • But right after I wrote the book, I started
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  • getting a lot of e-mails and questions,
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  • and people would say something like this.
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  • Pastor Robert, I'm giving, but I'm still in debt.
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  • And for me, I didn't understand that,
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  • because giving is only one part of being blessed.
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  • And it's almost like saying, you know, when you
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  • talk about grooming, you know, you need to brush your teeth,
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  • and wash your hair, and use deodorant,
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  • and you know, all sorts of things for grooming,
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  • but it was almost like someone was saying to me, you know,
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  • I comb my hair, but I still stink.
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  • Well...
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  • [laughter]
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  • You know, there's more to it than simply running
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  • a comb through your hair, you know?
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  • So, giving is very important, generosity,
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  • but there's a huge second component, and that's what
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  • we're gonna talk about in "Beyond Blessed,"
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  • and it's stewardship.
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  • Now, please hear me.
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  • Stewardship is not a bad word.
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  • It's not a bad word.
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  • Many times we have a bad connotation of it because
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  • a church'll say we're going to do a stewardship campaign.
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  • That means we're gonna raise money for something.
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  • Or, I'm gonna bring my annual stewardship message.
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  • That means he's going to preach on money, you know.
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  • But, stewardship has to do with every area of your life.
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  • So, let me explain to you about living beyond blessed.
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  • Let me tell you point number one.
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  • Point number one is it takes two legs.
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  • It takes two legs.
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  • Here's what I mean by that.
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  • I didn't name "The Blessed Life."
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  • I didn't name it "The Blessed Wallet."
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  • I didn't name it "The Blessed Checkbook."
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  • I named it "The Blessed Life," and a life walks on two legs.
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  • If you're going to get somewhere, you've got to be able
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  • to move forward by moving one at a time.
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  • So, it's the same thing with being blessed.
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  • The two legs are generosity, which I covered
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  • in "The Blessed Life," and stewardship.
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • If you are generous, but you're not a good steward,
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  • God will never open the windows of heaven over you.
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  • Here's the reason why:
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  • because you won't manage it right.
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  • He can never give you a lot of resources because
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  • you don't understand stewardship.
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  • You're not managing.
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  • You won't manage them.
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  • And so, it'll get wasted.
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  • On the other hand, if you're a good steward
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  • but you're not generous --
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  • by the way, we call that "tight."
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  • [laughter]
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  • Go ahead and nudge.
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  • Okay.
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  • Then why would God bless you either?
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  • Now, please hear me.
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  • Because His purpose is to get the resources to the people
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  • who need it.
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  • See, think about the need, all the people who need food,
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  • water, the gospel preached, churches built,
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  • missionaries sent, all the need.
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  • Over here, all the supply.
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  • Supply and demand would be God.
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  • God owns everything.
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  • He owns everything.
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  • He owns everything in the world, and out of the world,
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  • for that matter.
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  • He owns Mars.
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  • You know, He'll be at Mars when Elon Musk gets there.
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  • So, He owns everything, okay?
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  • So, God owns it all.
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  • Here are all the resources, right?
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  • All of them.
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  • All of them.
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  • God has it all.
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  • Here's all the need.
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  • What's in between?
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  • You are, because God channels, directs,
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  • funnels His resources through His children.
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  • So, He's trying to get it over there, so He'll bless you,
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  • but if it doesn't get over there, please hear me,
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  • He's gonna move on to someone else.
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  • He's gonna find someone who will be a river,
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  • not a reservoir, 'cause He's trying to help those
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  • people who need help.
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  • So, He blesses so we can be generous,
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  • but here's what happened with "The Blessed Life."
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  • A lot of people caught generosity, but then
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  • they did not catch stewardship, or the management
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  • of their resources well, and so the blessing
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  • didn't last very long,
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  • because when they got blessed more,
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  • they didn't handle it well.
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  • They didn't manage it.
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  • That's what a lot of Christians are like.
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  • They're either generous, and they just keep
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  • going in circles, or they're tight, and they just keep
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  • going in circles.
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  • But, you have to have both.
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  • You have to be a good steward
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  • and you have to be generous,
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  • and here's the reason why it takes both legs
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  • to be blessed.
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  • It goes all the way back to our patriarch in the faith, Abraham.
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  • Genesis 12:2, "I will make you a great nation."
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  • This is God talking to Abraham.
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  • "I will bless you."
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  • Notice the idea of blessing a person was God's idea.
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  • God said, I will.
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  • I want to bless you, "And make your name great,
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  • and," here's the reason why, "you shall be a blessing."
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  • I will bless you so that you can be a blessing.
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  • See, God wants His kids to be beyond blessed.
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  • We're so blessed that we get to give it away.
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  • We get to help people.
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  • We get to minister to people.
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  • Again, you have to have both.
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  • You have to be generous and a good steward.
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  • Now, I got three kids, Josh, James, and Elaine.
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  • And James, the best way to say it
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  • was he was tight growing up.
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  • All of my kids are good stewards, but let me just
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  • give you the analogy.
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  • So, I told all of my children when they were growing up,
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  • whatever you put in the bank,
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  • I will match.
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  • James almost broke me.
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  • [laughter]
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  • He put everything in the bank.
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  • When he was 12 years old, he started working
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  • part-time at a dry cleaner's after school,
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  • just a few hours a week, and he said to me,
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  • "You told me you would match everything I put in the bank.
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  • Now, not just gifts from grandparents,
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  • but what I earn, too, right?
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  • Like when I earn chores, when I did chores you did it,
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  • so now I'm working here, you're gonna do it."
  • 00:09:38.180 --> 00:09:40.080
  • I thought, well, it's just a few hours a week.
  • 00:09:40.110 --> 00:09:42.240
  • Well, he started working more in high school.
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  • He had thousands of dollars in the bank,
  • 00:09:46.020 --> 00:09:49.130
  • and I mean multiple, multiple thousands of dollars.
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  • Josh and Elaine borrowed from him.
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  • [laughter]
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  • I borrowed from him.
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  • [laughter]
  • 00:10:01.100 --> 00:10:03.170
  • But I quit, because I couldn't afford the interest!
  • 00:10:03.200 --> 00:10:05.140
  • So, tight -- he's so tight he would squeak when he'd walk!
  • 00:10:05.170 --> 00:10:10.050
  • You know, he just was tight, and everybody knew he was.
  • 00:10:10.080 --> 00:10:15.150
  • I didn't know he was generous though,
  • 00:10:15.180 --> 00:10:18.030
  • until a lady wrote me a letter.
  • 00:10:18.060 --> 00:10:20.170
  • So when we published "The Blessed Life," remember it
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:22.090
  • was Gateway Church that published it.
  • 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:24.040
  • So, Gateway Church was the only place you could get it,
  • 00:10:24.070 --> 00:10:28.070
  • and we didn't have but just a few hundred members.
  • 00:10:28.100 --> 00:10:31.020
  • And so, you had to come to the church to get it.
  • 00:10:31.050 --> 00:10:32.290
  • So, one day this lady comes to the church.
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  • James was 16 years old.
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  • He was the janitor.
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  • He was our first janitor.
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  • So, he was cleaning the church building.
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  • She comes to the church to buy some books,
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  • and she tells the receptionist - she's asking
  • 00:10:45.260 --> 00:10:48.020
  • where the bookstore is.
  • 00:10:48.050 --> 00:10:49.080
  • She tells the receptionist, I didn't know the Lord,
  • 00:10:49.110 --> 00:10:53.090
  • and my husband and I were separated
  • 00:10:53.120 --> 00:10:54.290
  • and we were just a few weeks away from a divorce,
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  • and I read "The Blessed Life," and I got saved.
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  • I gave my life to Christ.
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  • And I said to my husband, I will give you anything
  • 00:11:02.080 --> 00:11:05.030
  • you want in the divorce.
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  • I'll take no money at all if you'll do one thing for me,
  • 00:11:06.230 --> 00:11:09.030
  • but you have to do this one thing.
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  • I want you to read this book.
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  • He read the book and got saved, and they called off the divorce.
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  • That's pretty good.
  • 00:11:16.220 --> 00:11:18.080
  • Because they understood to give their lives to the Lord,
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  • okay?
  • 00:11:20.210 --> 00:11:21.180
  • So, she's telling the receptionist this.
  • 00:11:21.210 --> 00:11:23.010
  • She said, and I want to buy 10 books to give them away
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  • to my friends that don't know the Lord.
  • 00:11:25.060 --> 00:11:27.130
  • So, the receptionist, they talked for a while
  • 00:11:27.160 --> 00:11:29.160
  • and then she tells her where the bookstore is.
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  • She goes down to the bookstore, they've already
  • 00:11:31.190 --> 00:11:33.020
  • got the 10 books set out.
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:35.190
  • And when she goes to pay for 'em, the lady at the bookstore
  • 00:11:35.220 --> 00:11:38.130
  • said, "It's taken care of."
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  • I would have never known this, but the lady that
  • 00:11:44.150 --> 00:11:46.010
  • got these books wrote me a letter and told me.
  • 00:11:46.040 --> 00:11:49.010
  • And she said, what do you mean, it's taken care of?
  • 00:11:49.040 --> 00:11:50.170
  • She said, well, did you see the young man that was
  • 00:11:50.200 --> 00:11:53.200
  • standing behind you that was taking out the trash
  • 00:11:53.230 --> 00:11:56.100
  • when you were talking to the receptionist?
  • 00:11:56.130 --> 00:11:59.050
  • She said, yeah, I saw him.
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  • She said, that was Pastor Robert's son,
  • 00:12:01.090 --> 00:12:04.150
  • and he came down and paid for the books for you.
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  • I've watched God bless him in supernatural ways -
  • 00:12:08.120 --> 00:12:13.150
  • supernatural ways.
  • 00:12:13.180 --> 00:12:15.080
  • Why?
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  • Because he manages well what God gives him
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  • and he's very, very generous, and he never tells anyone
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  • what he does, he just does it.
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  • So, it takes two legs to live a blessed life
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  • and to live beyond blessed.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Why talk about money?
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  • And I want to answer this question, why talk about money?
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  • Pastor, I don't think you ought to
  • 00:12:36.220 --> 00:12:39.110
  • preach messages on money, and I really don't think
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  • you ought to write a book talking about it.
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  • Well, have you ever read the Bible?
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  • Now really, I don't mean that wrong.
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  • Have you ever read the Bible?
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  • It talks a lot about money.
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  • You say, well, I don't know about that.
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  • Every time someone worshipped, watch it,
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:13:00.260
  • they brought an offering.
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  • God commanded offerings.
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  • God set up tithing.
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  • That was not thought up by a preacher,
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  • even though you might think it was.
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  • A preacher didn't think it up; God did.
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  • God put tithing in the Scriptures,
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  • that heaven and earth will pass away,
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  • but the word will never pass away.
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  • It's pretty amazing.
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  • So, God did this.
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  • As a matter of fact, Jesus talked about it so much,
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  • it probably would have upset you, too.
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  • 16 out of 38 parables talk about money and ossessions.
  • 00:13:29.180 --> 00:13:36.050
  • So, here's a good question.
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  • Was Jesus trying to get their money?
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  • Okay, before I answer that, am I trying to get your money?
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  • I mean, let's just come straight out and answer the question.
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  • Am I trying to get your money?
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:49.070
  • Now, I never want to be mean, but sometimes I like
  • 00:13:49.100 --> 00:13:51.090
  • to say things straightforward.
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  • I'm just going to say it straightforward.
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  • I don't need your money.
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  • I have never needed your money.
  • 00:13:57.010 --> 00:13:59.060
  • Now you might think, well, you needed it to build this church.
  • 00:13:59.090 --> 00:14:02.080
  • No, I didn't, because God built this church.
  • 00:14:02.110 --> 00:14:05.210
  • And you might think, well, yeah, but He used my money.
  • 00:14:05.240 --> 00:14:08.220
  • No, He didn't, He used His money.
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  • [applause]
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  • And I would be very careful about calling the money
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  • in your account "yours," because He'll let you know
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  • whose it is pretty quickly.
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  • "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof."
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  • Matter of fact, that's the content of the whole book,
  • 00:14:29.200 --> 00:14:33.070
  • is whose is it, who does it belong to?
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  • Who is the owner and who is the steward,
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  • and God's the owner.
  • 00:14:39.110 --> 00:14:40.290
  • So, God has it all and He directs it through those
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  • who will be good stewards and who will be generous,
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  • because He's trying to get it to a need.
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  • He knows what He's trying to do.
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  • So, I've never apologized for preaching on giving.
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  • The reason is, I know it's actually a blessing
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  • for you to give.
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  • I know that.
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  • I believe it with all my heart.
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  • I wouldn't apologize when I preach to you on marriage.
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  • I wouldn't apologize when I preach on prayer.
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  • Why?
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  • Because I'm helping you.
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  • I know in my heart I'm doing this to help you,
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  • and I know it will help you.
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  • I know it will.
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  • So, let me just go back to this question.
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  • Was Jesus trying to get their money?
  • 00:15:14.040 --> 00:15:16.260
  • No, He was trying to get their hearts.
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  • That's why He had to talk about money and possessions.
  • 00:15:20.080 --> 00:15:23.040
  • And let me read it directly from Him, Matthew 6:21.
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  • This is Jesus speaking.
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  • "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
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  • How many times do we get that backward?
  • 00:15:34.240 --> 00:15:36.290
  • I've heard pastors even get it backward.
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:39.050
  • They'll say, you know, the Bible says where your heart is,
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:41.160
  • and they're doing it right before the offering, you know?
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  • Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.
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  • That is not what it says.
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:48.270
  • It says, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be."
  • 00:15:49.000 --> 00:15:54.070
  • In other words, it's not there now, but it will move there
  • 00:15:54.100 --> 00:15:56.220
  • once you put your treasure there.
  • 00:15:56.250 --> 00:15:58.250
  • "There your heart will be also."
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:00.220
  • There's one pastor said to me, I know if I can get
  • 00:16:00.250 --> 00:16:03.020
  • the people's hearts in the church, then they'll give.
  • 00:16:03.050 --> 00:16:05.230
  • I said, no, actually if you can get them to give,
  • 00:16:05.260 --> 00:16:09.210
  • then their hearts will be there.
  • 00:16:09.240 --> 00:16:12.080
  • Another pastor I was --
  • 00:16:12.110 --> 00:16:14.120
  • I travel and speak, you know, in other churches
  • 00:16:14.150 --> 00:16:16.030
  • and conferences and things.
  • 00:16:16.060 --> 00:16:17.080
  • And so, I was in this church one time and the guy said,
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:20.030
  • listen, if you see anything in the service that,
  • 00:16:20.060 --> 00:16:22.250
  • you know, that can help us, you know,
  • 00:16:22.280 --> 00:16:24.240
  • please let me know.
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:26.100
  • So, after the service we went out to eat and I said,
  • 00:16:26.130 --> 00:16:28.010
  • yeah, I did see something and I want to
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:30.090
  • kind of put it straightforwardly
  • 00:16:30.120 --> 00:16:32.170
  • to you so it'll make an impact on you.
  • 00:16:32.200 --> 00:16:34.080
  • And so, he said, okay, great.
  • 00:16:34.110 --> 00:16:36.090
  • And I said, well, I realized that you don't believe
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:39.160
  • in your heart that giving is a blessing for people.
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:44.210
  • And he said, really?
  • 00:16:44.240 --> 00:16:46.120
  • So, tell me why.
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:47.290
  • I said, well, when y'all were giving an offering today,
  • 00:16:48.020 --> 00:16:51.220
  • you got up and you were talking about it,
  • 00:16:51.250 --> 00:16:53.180
  • and you said, you know, it's time to give the offering.
  • 00:16:53.210 --> 00:16:55.260
  • And then you said, but this is not for guests,
  • 00:16:55.290 --> 00:16:59.070
  • this is just for members.
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:03.000
  • And I said, so that would be the exact same thing to me
  • 00:17:03.030 --> 00:17:06.140
  • as next week you'd get up and say, now we have a bunch
  • 00:17:06.170 --> 00:17:09.020
  • of 18-wheelers in the parking lot,
  • 00:17:09.050 --> 00:17:12.080
  • and they are full of new clothes from Macy's, and Neiman Marcus,
  • 00:17:12.110 --> 00:17:18.060
  • and Saks, and Nordstrom's, and they're brand new
  • 00:17:18.090 --> 00:17:21.030
  • and they're all free.
  • 00:17:21.060 --> 00:17:22.160
  • They are free!
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:24.130
  • Now, this is not for any of you guests.
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:28.120
  • This is just for our members.
  • 00:17:28.150 --> 00:17:31.220
  • I said, see, when you said that, you let me know
  • 00:17:31.250 --> 00:17:34.250
  • that you don't believe giving is a blessing,
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:38.100
  • because when I give people an opportunity to give,
  • 00:17:38.130 --> 00:17:40.070
  • I'm giving them an opportunity to be blessed
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:43.180
  • so that they could be a blessing.
  • 00:17:43.210 --> 00:17:46.000
  • So, that's why we talk about it.
  • 00:17:46.030 --> 00:17:48.200
  • And here's number three, being a blessing.
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:53.080
  • We've talked a little bit about it,
  • 00:17:53.110 --> 00:17:54.070
  • but I want to cover this a little bit more,
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:56.120
  • being a blessing.
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:17:57.080
  • Now, God blesses us for two reasons.
  • 00:17:57.110 --> 00:17:59.220
  • I don't want to leave out the first reason.
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:01.200
  • He blesses us because He loves us.
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:04.060
  • You bless your kids because you love your kids,
  • 00:18:04.090 --> 00:18:06.120
  • and God does love you, and He does want you to be blessed.
  • 00:18:06.150 --> 00:18:08.190
  • And by the way, there's nothing wrong with wanting
  • 00:18:08.220 --> 00:18:12.000
  • to live in a safe neighborhood, nothing wrong with wanting
  • 00:18:12.030 --> 00:18:15.130
  • to have a bigger home, more bedrooms so the kids
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:19.020
  • don't have to share bedrooms.
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:20.100
  • There's nothing wrong with having more bathrooms.
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:21.230
  • There's nothing wrong with wanting to be in
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:23.200
  • a better school district for your kids.
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:25.080
  • There's nothing wrong with wanting to give them braces
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:26.240
  • if they need braces, or help them with college,
  • 00:18:26.270 --> 00:18:28.280
  • or drive a dependable car.
  • 00:18:29.010 --> 00:18:30.270
  • There's nothing wrong with any of that.
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:32.130
  • And what happens is the enemy comes along and it seems like
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:35.020
  • any of those thoughts you have, the enemy says,
  • 00:18:35.050 --> 00:18:36.260
  • well, that's just materialism.
  • 00:18:36.290 --> 00:18:39.050
  • You're supposed to give up all for Christ.
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:41.150
  • And he just tries to speak condemnation to us all the time.
  • 00:18:41.180 --> 00:18:44.220
  • There's nothing wrong with wanting something nice
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:46.150
  • for your family.
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:47.050
  • That's not wrong.
  • 00:18:47.080 --> 00:18:48.210
  • So, God blesses us because He loves us,
  • 00:18:48.240 --> 00:18:51.220
  • but He also blesses us to be a blessing.
  • 00:18:51.250 --> 00:18:54.270
  • And so, when we talk about that, I want to show you.
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:19:01.060
  • There was a book a long time ago, very popular,
  • 00:19:01.090 --> 00:19:03.280
  • a great book.
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:05.040
  • I met the guy that wrote it, and we talked and shared,
  • 00:19:05.070 --> 00:19:07.040
  • and he's a great guy.
  • 00:19:07.070 --> 00:19:09.000
  • But it was a little book called, "The Prayer of Jabez."
  • 00:19:09.030 --> 00:19:12.230
  • Do you remember that book?
  • 00:19:12.260 --> 00:19:14.070
  • Okay, so it comes from two Scriptures of the Bible,
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:17.110
  • great Scriptures, and I want to show you those Scriptures,
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:19.150
  • all right?
  • 00:19:19.180 --> 00:19:20.190
  • 1 Chronicles 4:9, "Now Jabez was more honorable."
  • 00:19:20.220 --> 00:19:25.110
  • I just want you to notice that the Bible
  • 00:19:25.140 --> 00:19:26.200
  • calls him honorable, even more honorable,
  • 00:19:26.230 --> 00:19:29.110
  • but "honorable than his brothers.
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:31.250
  • And his mother called his name Jabez,
  • 00:19:31.280 --> 00:19:34.210
  • saying "Because I bore him in pain."
  • 00:19:34.240 --> 00:19:37.140
  • Now, the word "jabez" in the Hebrew means pain,
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:39.270
  • hurt, or sorrow.
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:41.150
  • Okay?
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:42.110
  • That's what his name meant, was pain.
  • 00:19:42.140 --> 00:19:44.230
  • "And Jabez called on the God of Israel,"
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:46.180
  • or prayed to God,
  • 00:19:46.210 --> 00:19:48.140
  • "O, that You would bless me,"
  • 00:19:48.170 --> 00:19:50.180
  • notice he's asking God to bless him, "and enlarge my territory,"
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:55.000
  • or increase my income, "that Your hand
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:58.020
  • would be with me, that You would keep me from evil,"
  • 00:19:58.050 --> 00:20:00.020
  • watch, "that I may not cause pain."
  • 00:20:00.050 --> 00:20:03.130
  • Can I say that another way?
  • 00:20:03.160 --> 00:20:04.190
  • That I could be a blessing to someone,
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:07.090
  • that I wouldn't cause pain but I'd cause blessing.
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  • "So God granted him what he requested."
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  • Okay.
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  • So, I just want you to notice, an honorable man prayed
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  • to be blessed and God granted him.
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  • Why?
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  • So he could be a blessing.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, is it wrong to ask God to bless you?
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  • Please hear me, I want to shout it from the rooftops!
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  • No!
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  • It is not wrong to ask God to bless you
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  • so you can be a blessing!
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  • That is not wrong!
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  • Let me give you an analogy.
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  • Let's say you live in a community.
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  • It's kind of a farming community, and there's a guy
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  • in the community that's a mechanic,
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  • and he works on people's cars for them, and he will fix
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  • single parents' cars for free, and widows' cars for free,
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  • and he even pays for the parts himself.
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  • Good guy, he helps other farmers when they bring in the harvest.
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  • He brings his whole family and helps, his kids and all,
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  • but they just kind of struggle to get by.
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  • He just doesn't make that much.
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  • And so, the dairy farmer gives him milk,
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  • and the chicken farmer gives him eggs.
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  • And let's just, for this analogy, let's say that
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  • you own an apple orchard and you give him apples.
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  • And, then one day another family moves in and you think,
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  • you know, I probably should help them, too,
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  • and so you help them, then another family,
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  • and the community grows.
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  • Pretty soon you're helping five or six families.
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  • And then you look at a piece of land that you have
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  • that you've never planted, and you think, you know,
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  • if I clear those stones out and fertilize that soil,
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  • I could probably plant some more trees
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  • and I could help more people.
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  • So, you plant the seeds and then you pray
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  • and you ask God to bless you.
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  • Is that wrong?
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • It's like the enemy has so messed us up that
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  • we should never ask God to be blessed,
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  • and that if anyone even preaches on being blessed,
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  • or even talks about finances --
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  • oh, that's that prosperity stuff.
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  • That's out of whack and that guy's materialistic.
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  • It is not wrong to be a blessing.
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  • It's not wrong to steward your finances in such a way
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  • that when you see a need and God leads you,
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  • you can meet that need.
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  • Are y'all following me?
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  • That's what I'm talking about.
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  • That's what beyond blessed is about.
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  • Beyond blessed is about being a blessing --
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  • not being blessed for selfish reasons, but being a blessing,
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  • being blessed so we can be a blessing.
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  • Let me tell you one more story that happened to me.
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  • Debbie and I have some land, you know, outside the Metroplex,
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  • and we were driving in one time and we were gonna stop
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  • and get gas on the way, and go to the bathroom and all.
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  • And I started thinking about --
  • 00:22:52.150 --> 00:22:54.070
  • now, this is gonna sound bad, but I'll explain it in a moment.
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  • I started thinking about this drink that I drink
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  • about twice a year, that someone introduced me to
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  • in high school.
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  • I told you it was gonna sound bad.
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  • [laughter]
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  • And I started thinking, when I stop,
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  • I'm gonna get that drink.
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  • So, let me go ahead and tell you what the drink is, all right?
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  • It's a Dr. Pepper with peanuts in it.
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  • [laughter]
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  • So, I went to the counter to pay for it, and there
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  • was a lady in front of me who was counting coins out --
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  • no paper money, just coins.
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  • She bought $1.32 worth of gas.
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  • So, I did what any of you would do.
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  • I know you.
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  • You'd do the same thing.
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  • I went out to the pump.
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  • She was about my age, maybe a little younger,
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  • and she had her son and daughter-in-law there,
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  • and she was buying --
  • 00:23:51.110 --> 00:23:52.160
  • that was all the cash they had.
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  • And I said, I'd like to fill your car with gas.
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  • And then, many of you know that I give $100 bills away
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  • when the Lord prompts me, and I said, and I want
  • 00:24:00.070 --> 00:24:01.210
  • to give you a $100 bill, and the reason I do this
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  • is because I used to be very messed up.
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  • I was on drugs.
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  • God saved my life, and God prompts me every now and then
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  • to give someone a $100 bill, but you have to know
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  • that this $100 bill is to remind you that God
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  • knows where you are, that He loves you,
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  • and that He wants to change your life.
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  • This mother of these two grown young people said --
  • 00:24:24.040 --> 00:24:28.070
  • she gave me a hug and she whispered in my ear,
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  • "You'll never know how much they needed this right now."
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  • That is living beyond blessed.
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  • ROBERT: Think about living like that every day.
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  • Every day, if the Holy Spirit prompts us
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  • to meet a need that someone has, we have the funds
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  • and we have the resources to do it.
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  • God wants us to live beyond blessed, again,
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  • please hear this, so that we can be a blessing.
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  • So I want to encourage you.
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  • Get the book.
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  • Get the messages.
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  • Let God take this truth and put it firmly into your heart
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  • so that we can be a people that live to bless other people.
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  • Thanks so much for watching.
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  • I'll see you next time.
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