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June 3, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Lost and Found: The Everyday Battle

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  • Listen, you were not designed to carry,
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  • you were designed to cast.
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  • You're a sheep, sheep were not designed to carry burdens.
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  • MAN: The Lord invites us to spend time with Him just
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  • like we would spend time with a person in our life.
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  • With two way, intentional communication.
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  • We don't have to put strict regulations on our quiet time
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  • with God.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris as he encourages us
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  • that the everyday battle of spending time with God
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  • is the easiest battle to win.
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  • We have complete access to the Father as His children,
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  • we just have to do our part and show up.
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  • ROBERT: Today's message is entitled, "The Everyday Battle."
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  • The everyday battle, and let me tell you something
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  • about this battle, it's the easiest battle to win.
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  • Easiest.
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  • The only way you lose this battle is by not showing up.
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  • That's the only way -- if you just show up,
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  • you'll win this battle.
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  • And here's what I want to show you, Luke 15:31,
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  • this is the older son had just complained to the father
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  • that the father had never given him anything,
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  • and we saw that wasn't true, but here was the father's response.
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  • Luke 15:31, "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me,
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  • and all that I have is yours."
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  • You're always with me, and all that I have is yours.
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  • You might even want to memorize that verse,
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  • and just think about God saying that to you.
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  • You're always with me, I'm always with you,
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  • I'll never leave you or forsake you, He said.
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  • I'm always with you, and all that I have is yours.
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  • Okay, so, we know the older son had a bad attitude toward
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  • the younger son, we know that, we've already read that,
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  • but why?
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  • I believe it's because he failed the everyday battle,
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  • and here's what I mean by this.
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  • He was living in the house with the father,
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  • but I'm not sure he was communing with the father.
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  • He said, you're always with me, I think he was with him,
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  • but he wasn't with him.
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  • You know what I mean by that?
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  • Exodus 25:22, God talking about the tabernacles said,
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  • "And there I will meet you, and I will speak with you."
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  • Okay, here's the everyday battle, are you really meeting
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  • with God every day and speaking with God?
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  • Are you talking with God, or are you talking to God?
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  • It makes a difference.
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  • Now, the problem with this meeting with God every day,
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  • when we talk about it, is that we relate it,
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  • many times to two words that we've heard before,
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  • and those two words and conjure up all sorts of ideas
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  • and images to us.
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  • Those two words are quiet time.
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  • Back in the 80s there were a lot of manuals about how
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  • to have a quiet time, I think they should have named them,
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  • how to have a busy time.
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  • Because, I can remember getting one of those
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  • and I had to pray for a certain number of people every day,
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  • and I had to read so many scriptures a day,
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  • and this was supposed to relieve my stress.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I got behind in my prayers, I got behind
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  • in the scripture reading, and I got more and more stressed out.
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  • And yet, I was supposed to be having time with God.
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  • Now, I believe in praying and reading your Bible
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  • every day, every day.
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  • I believe it's a great discipline to have,
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  • but I want to ask you a question.
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  • I -- let me tell you a little something before
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  • I ask this, something that happened to me.
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  • I have a -- I wear a reading contact in my left eye.
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  • I wear this so I can actually see my notes
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  • without having to make the font 18.
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  • So, I can actually see my notes in one eye,
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  • the other eye, I can see you.
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  • It works out pretty well most of the time, okay.
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  • But sometimes I don't put my contacts in,
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  • and I went upstairs a while back, that's where I like
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  • to have my quiet time to this room, and I went up there
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  • to have my quiet time and I thought, "Oh, if I don't have
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  • my contacts, I have to have reading glasses.
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  • Oh I don't have my reading glasses."
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  • And the Lord said to me, "So?"
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  • He said, "I like for you to read your Bible every day,
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  • but are you telling me that if you don't have
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  • your reading glasses you and I can't just talk?"
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  • Here's what I'm talking about, are you meeting
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  • with a person every day?
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  • Not going through a regiment of what you're supposed
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  • to pray about that day and how many scriptures
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  • you're supposed to read.
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  • I'm asking you, are you meeting with a person?
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  • A person who loves you, and whom you love.
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  • Okay, or another way to say it is, the older brother,
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  • again, he was in the house.
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  • I wonder how many believers are in the house but not
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  • talking with the father.
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  • Missing it, and I want you to think about through
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  • this message, I want you to think of it as a marriage,
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  • because you're married to Jesus, we know that.
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  • But I want to say this, if you treat your earthly
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  • marriage like you treat your heavenly marriage,
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  • then you're going to have marriage problems.
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  • If you only spend as much time with your spouse,
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  • and are only as open and honest with your spouse as many people
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  • are with God, and spend as little time with your spouse
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  • as you do with God, you're gonna have marriage problems.
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  • So, I want to talk to you about a quiet time,
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  • and before I do, I actually have four sub points.
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  • Four parenthetical points, alright,
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  • and then four main points.
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  • So, let me give you my four sub points first, and here's
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  • what they are, they're under a heading,
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  • Four Myths About a Quiet Time.
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  • Four Myths About a Quiet Time, okay, here's the first one,
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  • this is a myth, your quiet time must be between 4:00 a.m.
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  • and 6:00 a.m.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Okay, this is not in the Bible.
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  • I thought okay, everyone this spiritual,
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  • they do it at 4:00 a.m. so I'm gonna have my
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  • 4:00 a.m. quiet time.
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  • I fell asleep on God.
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  • When I woke up, I felt like He was just looking at me like,
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  • "Really?
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  • I'm that boring?
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  • You fall asleep on me?"
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  • But it wasn't bad, I mean, it wasn't like, you know,
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  • you know how you get in your trouble, you know,
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  • when you fall asleep when your wife's talking.
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  • It wasn't like that.
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  • Here's what He said to me, He said, "Go back to bed."
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  • He said, "You're incoherent at this time,
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  • I can't understand you."
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  • And so I said to Him, "Lord, but will you be open later?"
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  • Because you know, you've heard this, you've heard --
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  • have you ever heard someone say, "Yes, I was spending time
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  • at 4:30 with the Lord this morning."
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  • Doesn't that just make you want to punch 'em?
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  • Okay, I know there are some early risers and you like
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  • to spend time with the Lord in the morning,
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  • but leave us alone, okay?
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  • And think about, again, think about a marriage.
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  • Your wife comes in to give you a kiss, "I'm sorry,
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  • I can't kiss, it's after 6:00 a.m.
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  • We only kiss from 4:00 to 6:00."
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  • Okay, now I believe you ought to schedule a time,
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  • and I believe for me I feel like the Lord said
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  • it's the first of your day.
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  • I think it's like tithing, when you give the first 10%
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  • to God, the rest is blessed.
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  • I think you need to give the first of your day,
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  • but for some of you, you need to get some coffee first before
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  • you try to make sentences, okay.
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  • Alright so, that's number one, here's number two.
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  • Your quiet time must last at least an hour.
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  • And there's nothing in the Bible about this,
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  • it doesn't have to last an hour.
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  • I know you've heard someone say, "Yes, I spend three hours
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  • with the Lord every day."
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  • Okay, that person is unemployed or doesn't have children.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • You agree?
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  • We don't have young children now, our kids have young
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  • children, so sometimes Debbie and I -- we just laugh
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  • you know, it's just -- "Parker don't hit your brother.
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  • Parker, get off the roof of the house, Park --"
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  • You know, it's just funny to watch our kids chase
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  • our grandkids around, but I can remember
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  • having young kids and how hectic it was.
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  • I can remember, you know, when they'd go to sleep,
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  • wasn't that a great feeling?
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  • "Are they asleep?"
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  • "Yes."
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  • "Yes!"
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  • "Yes!"
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  • "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty,
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  • I'm free at last."
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  • You know, but you don't want to do it loudly,
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  • you don't wanna say, "Yes!"
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  • you know, cause you're
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  • [yelling]
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  • You know, so.
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  • Okay, alright, that's number two, here's number three myth
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  • about a quiet time.
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  • Your quiet time journal must sound like the Bible.
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  • Many of you know, pastor Olan is one our apostolic elders,
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  • he was my pastor at Shady Grove church,
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  • and so in the elder's meetings back then he would, many times
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  • read some of his journal.
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  • His journal sounds like my utmost for his highest,
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  • that's what his journal sounds like.
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  • And so he read -- he'd say let me read y'all what I wrote
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  • in my journal this morning.
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  • He read this passage and I just thought,
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  • "Wow, that's phenomenal".
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  • I thought, "I wonder what I wrote in my journal."
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  • So I flipped over, I had it with me, here I had one entry
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  • in my journal, here's what it said.
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  • "Try not to be a jerk today."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Okay, so it doesn't have to sound like the Bible.
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  • Here's the fourth myth about a quiet time, your quiet time
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  • must be every day.
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  • Now, again, I think you should pray
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  • and read your Bible every day.
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  • I'm talking about spending time with God.
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  • What if you have an early morning flight?
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  • What if something's happened the night before and you know,
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  • you're up late doing some plans or something,
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  • or reports you had to do.
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  • Here's what I'm just simply saying, it's a marriage.
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  • Yes, it should be the first time, yes, but to really
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  • spend time, it might not be every day.
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  • So, let me give you, years ago, I told the Lord,
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  • "Lord, I don't know how to have a quiet time."
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  • So He gave me four guidelines to help me,
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  • and I use these to this day, so I'm gonna give you
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  • these guidelines.
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  • Yours might not be exactly like this, but I think
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  • the principals will help you, alright, so here's number
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  • one, quiet your mind.
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  • Quiet your mind.
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  • See, the battle's in our minds.
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  • I mean, here's what happens, you've had this.
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  • You're trying to spend time with God and your mind says,
  • 00:12:55.070 --> 00:12:58.130
  • "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, you need to pick up your
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  • suit from the cleaners.
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  • It's been there seven months.
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  • Hey, hey, hey, where are y'all going on vacation?
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  • Hey, hey, you better get some reservations.
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  • Hey, hey, hey, hey, what do you think that
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  • meeting's about today?
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  • Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!
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  • That's what it's like up here if you don't know.
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  • Sometimes in my quiet time, literally, it takes me,
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  • sometimes about three to ten minutes to try and blank
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  • my mind so I can just talk with God.
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  • Sometimes, I hate to tell you this and give you
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  • this mental image, but many times at the first of my quiet
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  • time I put my fingers in my ears like this.
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  • Now, just remember that's the way --
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  • that's what you look like right there.
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  • See, I couldn't even hear if you laughed at me, see.
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  • I just -- you have to close everything -- it takes me --
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  • I have to quiet.
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  • Psalm 62:1, David said, "Truly my soul silently
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  • waits for God."
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  • Psalm 62:5, "My soul wait silently for God alone."
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  • In the Hebrew this word silently means shut up.
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  • No, it doesn't really.
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  • Quiet your mind.
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  • Here's number two, focus your mind.
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  • Now, I put these in points that maybe we could remember,
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  • but this isn't the way the Lord first gave it to me.
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  • The Lord was telling me about quieting my soul
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  • and just trying to get to where there aren't any thoughts
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  • running through my mind as the first step, and then
  • 00:14:44.090 --> 00:14:47.030
  • the second step, I said, "What do you want me to do next",
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  • and he said, "Sing."
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  • And I said, "Have you heard me sing?"
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  • And He said, "Yeah, and I love it."
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  • The Lord showed me something about this, I was at a church
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  • years ago and they were a start up church,
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  • and the worship team was awful.
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  • It's just a fact, it's just true.
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  • They weren't sorta bad, they were like awful.
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  • And I said to the Lord during that worship service,
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  • I said, "Are you hearing this?"
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  • And He said, "Yeah, it sounds great, doesn't it?"
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  • I said, "Lord, it doesn't sound great, it sounds awful."
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  • And He said to me, "You remember that verse that man
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  • looks at the outward but God looks at the heart?"
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  • He said, "I not only look at the heart,
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  • I listen to the heart."
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  • He said, "I've heard people sing that had terrible voices,
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  • but their hearts are great and it sounds beautiful."
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  • He said, "I've heard other people sing who have great
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  • voices, but bad hearts, and it's horrible."
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  • So, I sing in my quiet time, now, I don't sing out loud,
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  • because dogs howl, babies cry, so I don't sing out loud,
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  • but I sing.
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  • Actually, when I sing in my quiet time I sound just like
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  • Thomas Miller, sound just -- I'm really good,
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  • I just want you to know.
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  • But I said to the Lord when the Lord said sing,
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  • I said to Him what some of you would ask Him then, I said,
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  • "Okay, what song do you want me to sing?"
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  • Here's what He said, "The one you wake up with."
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  • Now I want you to think about this.
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  • If you start thinking about this, there are many, many days
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  • you have a song going through your mind,
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  • is that right?
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  • Here's what the Lord said to me, He said, "Every day His
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  • mercies are new, every day."
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  • He said, "Every day, I give you the key into
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  • the Holy of Holies."
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  • It's clear, Psalm 100:2, "Come before His presence
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  • with singing."
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  • This is the Bible.
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  • Come before His presence with singing, again, not --
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  • it doesn't matter how you sing.
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  • Just think of a worship song and sing it in your mind to God.
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  • Okay, sing the song you wake up with.
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  • Let me clarify that, don't sing Hotel California
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  • in your quiet time, alright?
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  • That's -- Welcome to the --
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  • that's not a good quiet time song.
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  • But a worship song, you can put a CD on, you can put
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  • it on your phone and put your earphones on.
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  • Think about, the last two points, we're gonna get to 'em,
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:56.190
  • it's basically prayer and reading your Bible last two,
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  • but I'll say it differently.
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  • But I want you to think, I can't really do those,
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  • I can't really pray and read my Bible unless I do this first.
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  • This is how I enter His presence.
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  • I slow down for a little while, quiet myself,
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  • stop thinking about other stuff.
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  • And sometimes I'll have my phone there with the little note
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  • thing open because if there is something I think,
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  • "Oh I've got to call that guy today", I can write it down
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  • and then go on.
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  • But then when I go into worship, His presence will fill
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  • that little room and I can spend time with Him.
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  • So, focus your mind, here's number three, pray your mind.
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  • Pray your mind.
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  • This is very simple.
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  • Pray what's on your mind.
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  • Now, you have to understand, I'm talking about a quiet time
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  • right now, I'm not talking about intercessory prayer,
  • 00:18:48.130 --> 00:18:51.190
  • something totally different.
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  • If God's called you to be an intercessor, I want you to pray
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  • for all the details, I want you to cover everything
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  • in prayer, and you may spend much more time in prayer
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  • that an another person.
  • 00:19:00.250 --> 00:19:02.010
  • Now, I'm not talking about that right now, I'm talking
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  • about every believer spending time with Jesus
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  • every day.
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  • Spending time with a person, talking to a person.
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  • So, when you pray, just pray what's on your mind.
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  • You don't have to pray for world peace if world peace
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  • isn't on your mind.
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  • If it is, pray for it.
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  • Pray for your family, pray for your business, pray
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  • for whatever meetings you have that day, just pray.
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  • 1 Peter 5:7 says, "Casting all of your care upon Him,
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  • for He cares for you."
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  • This is what you do every morning.
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  • You will be shocked how it will change your day.
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  • Casting, this word casting means to throw.
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  • Throw it on God.
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  • Listen, you were not designed to carry,
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  • you were designed to cast.
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  • You're a sheep, sheep were not designed to carry burdens.
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  • You've never heard someone say, "I'm going on a safari
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:19:59.120
  • and I need to rent some pack sheep."
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  • Sheep don't carry burdens, shepherd carries the burdens.
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  • Shepherd leads them beside still waters
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  • and to green pastures.
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  • The shepherd does that.
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  • We just follow the shepherd.
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  • So, you cast it.
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  • Here's the problem.
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  • I was praying with a lady at the altar one time
  • 00:20:22.280 --> 00:20:24.260
  • and she said to me, "I've just got this huge burden,
  • 00:20:24.290 --> 00:20:28.050
  • it's just this huge burden.
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  • I've had it for months now."
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  • And I just said to her, "You need to give that to the Lord."
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  • Listen what she said "Oh I've done that many times."
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  • And here's what we do, here's what we do.
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  • We say, "Lord, I'm just laying this at your feet God,
  • 00:20:40.060 --> 00:20:46.210
  • I just can't carry it anymore, Lord.
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  • I'm just laying it at your feet.
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  • I'm just laying it at your feet, God, I'm laying
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  • it at your feet, God.
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  • I'm just laying it at your -- well, if you're just
  • 00:21:00.050 --> 00:21:03.260
  • gonna sit there.
  • 00:21:03.290 --> 00:21:05.110
  • [Laughter]
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  • Prayer is the transference of a burden.
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  • Let me say it another way, if you come out of your prayer
  • 00:21:18.150 --> 00:21:20.080
  • closet and you're still burdened, you didn't pray,
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:23.160
  • you just griped.
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  • So, pray your mind, and here's number four,
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:33.010
  • renew your mind.
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  • Renew your mind, and of course we renew
  • 00:21:36.060 --> 00:21:38.030
  • our mind by God's word.
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:40.100
  • So, read somewhere in the Bible and read a version
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:43.060
  • that you can understand.
  • 00:21:43.090 --> 00:21:45.260
  • Okay, right now I'm reading through The Message Bible.
  • 00:21:45.290 --> 00:21:50.080
  • I love The Message Bible, I'm just having a blast.
  • 00:21:50.110 --> 00:21:54.140
  • You know, you're reading these scriptures
  • 00:21:54.170 --> 00:21:55.290
  • and I'm thinking, "Now I've read something real similar
  • 00:21:56.020 --> 00:21:58.120
  • to that in the Bible."
  • 00:21:58.150 --> 00:22:03.050
  • And then I think, "Oh, this is the Bible, it's just
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:05.160
  • a different version of the Bible."
  • 00:22:05.190 --> 00:22:09.080
  • I just read through.
  • 00:22:09.110 --> 00:22:12.170
  • When the Lord convicted me, I told you several months ago
  • 00:22:12.200 --> 00:22:16.170
  • that the Lord had convicted me this summer
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:19.050
  • of drive-thru quiet times.
  • 00:22:19.080 --> 00:22:23.160
  • He said, "I'm tired of you having drive-thru quiet times.
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  • I want you to come in and have a meal with me."
  • 00:22:26.030 --> 00:22:29.290
  • And so a few weeks after that I told Debbie, I said,
  • 00:22:30.020 --> 00:22:32.060
  • "I'm gonna go upstairs to have my quiet time."
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  • I went upstairs and an hour and a half later,
  • 00:22:34.290 --> 00:22:38.080
  • I came back downstairs.
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  • Now, this is what she said, now this is telling,
  • 00:22:39.180 --> 00:22:41.070
  • this is telling on me.
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  • Here's what she said, "Did you start working
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:45.080
  • on your message?"
  • 00:22:45.110 --> 00:22:48.180
  • You see what she was saying, not in a mean way,
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:51.030
  • but she was just like, you're up there an hour and a half.
  • 00:22:51.060 --> 00:22:57.050
  • I said, "No, I was just having my quiet time."
  • 00:22:57.080 --> 00:22:59.070
  • I didn't know it had been an hour and a half.
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  • That's what I'm telling you, it's not boring when you're
  • 00:23:02.100 --> 00:23:05.060
  • actually spending time with Him, but if you're trying
  • 00:23:05.090 --> 00:23:07.180
  • to go through a list or fulfill a duty, I've had times
  • 00:23:07.210 --> 00:23:13.020
  • like that.
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  • I've made those commitments, I'm gonna pray 30 minutes a day.
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  • I'm gonna pray 30 minutes a day.
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  • I get up there and pray everything I can think
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  • of and then go, "Only seven minutes.
  • 00:23:21.270 --> 00:23:32.140
  • Twenty three more minutes, what am I gonna do?"
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  • Okay, that's not what God wants, He just wants to talk
  • 00:23:38.060 --> 00:23:44.050
  • to His kids.
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  • If I could help you in any way, if you would just
  • 00:23:48.020 --> 00:23:52.140
  • make a commitment.
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  • I'm just gonna spend some time with God every day,
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  • or every chance I can.
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  • Some days maybe I can't, but most of the time,
  • 00:23:59.260 --> 00:24:02.200
  • first of the day I'm gonna spend some time with God.
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  • Can you imagine how it would change your life?
  • 00:24:05.260 --> 00:24:12.210
  • I wonder what God wants to tell you tomorrow.
  • 00:24:12.240 --> 00:24:18.200
  • I wonder what problems in your marriage He wants
  • 00:24:18.230 --> 00:24:21.010
  • to take care of.
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:24.240
  • I wonder what problems in your business He wants
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  • to take care of.
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  • I want you to see Him in a room in your house,
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:40.060
  • sitting there, every morning, hoping that you don't walk
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  • by that room.
  • 00:24:49.170 --> 00:24:54.180
  • Just dreaming that His son, or His daughter would open
  • 00:24:54.210 --> 00:25:02.110
  • the door, and come in and sit down and say,
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  • "Good morning, dad."
  • 00:25:09.180 --> 00:25:13.010
  • And just take a few moments to talk to Him.
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  • The battle really is every day.
  • 00:25:17.160 --> 00:25:19.280
  • And I want to encourage you, even if it's just for a few
  • 00:25:20.010 --> 00:25:22.030
  • minutes, start every day with the Lord.
  • 00:25:22.060 --> 00:25:26.080
  • I also want to encourage you, if you can get this
  • 00:25:26.110 --> 00:25:27.290
  • entire series, because there are many things that I wasn't
  • 00:25:28.020 --> 00:25:30.290
  • able to put into our show that I shared with our church,
  • 00:25:31.020 --> 00:25:34.120
  • I want to encourage you to get this series,
  • 00:25:34.150 --> 00:25:36.200
  • because God really does want all of His kids to come home
  • 00:25:36.230 --> 00:25:40.160
  • and stay home.
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  • Thanks, I'll see you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: From the parable of the prodigal son, Pastor Robert
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