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July 9, 2019
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The Potter's Touch with T. D. Jakes

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  • - female announcer: Coming up,
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  • on "The Potter's Touch."
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  • - Bishop T.D. Jakes: If you
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  • lose a job, keep the faith.
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  • If you lose a spouse,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you bury your child,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to downsize,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to move in with your
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  • mama, keep the faith.
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  • If you're at your wits' end,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to catch the bus,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to thumb,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you get sick, keep the faith.
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  • If you lose your
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  • kidneys, keep the faith.
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  • If you got heart trouble,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • You might not get a new heart,
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  • but you've got to keep
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  • [music]
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  • The Potter's Touch.
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  • The Potter's Touch.
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  • - Pastor Cora Jakes-Coleman:
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  • Hey, y'all.
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  • It is Pastor Cora Jakes-Coleman,
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  • and you are watching
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  • "The Potter's Touch."
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  • Every now and again, we may go
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  • through things that feel
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  • heavyweighted and it feels like
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  • there is nobody there that can
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  • help us, nobody there that can
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  • pull us out.
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  • Well, you're in luck.
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  • Today, my father has
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  • just what you need
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  • to pull you out of that dead
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  • space, out of that dark place,
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  • out of that heavyweighted space
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  • and so I want you to sit back,
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  • I want you to buckle your
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  • seatbelt, get your notebook and
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  • take notes, and look at what God
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  • is about to do for you.
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  • is about to do for you.
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  • - Bishop Jakes: But what is
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  • important is that you learn to
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  • endure some things, to stand up
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  • to something.
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  • Think of what Paul writes
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  • to Timothy.
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  • Old man writing to the young
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  • man, says, because when young
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  • people look at stuff, they
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  • underestimate how tough it is
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  • to do it.
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  • That's why they jump up and say,
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  • "I can do this," and "I can do
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  • that," and "I can pastor that
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  • church," and "I can wreck that
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  • church," and "I can get
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  • married," and "I can do this,"
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  • and "I can buy a house."
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  • It's easy to say "I can"
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  • 'til you try it.
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  • I am shocked at the things I
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  • jumped on and underestimated,
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  • one of them being life is a
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  • whole lot tougher than I
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  • expected it to be.
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  • Now I know why my mother told
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  • me, "Don't be in a hurry
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  • to get grown.
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  • It's not as good as you
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  • think it is."
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  • I get it now.
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  • I wasn't having it then.
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  • If I couldn't be 14,
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  • I was 14 1/2
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  • When you got 16, I'm 16 1/2.
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  • Don't say I'm 16; I'm 16 1/2.
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  • You don't see anybody saying,
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  • "I'm 50 1/2."
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  • Not one person do you meet.
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  • How old are you?
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  • You drop that 1/2 and 3/4
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  • and 5/16 in a hurry.
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  • Sometimes you reduce to the
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  • lowest common denominator and
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  • just say, "I'm in my 40s.
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  • Somewhere in the range.
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  • You decide where I fit."
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  • Being a mother is a lot tougher
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  • than it looks.
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  • To all of you young girls who
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  • are who are writing to all of
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  • these stars talking about, "I
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  • want you to be my baby daddy,"
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  • take a newsflash: Being a mother
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  • is not cool or easy
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  • or convenient.
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  • It is tough, it is long.
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  • There is no retirement.
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  • And for many mothers,
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  • not many benefits.
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  • "Somebody should have went
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  • to--on that."
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  • Paul writes to Timothy and says,
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  • "I fought a good fight," letting
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  • him know being me is not easy.
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  • It's not for the faint of heart.
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  • It's not in my suits.
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  • You can get suits like me but
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  • they won't make you stand
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  • like me.
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  • I fought a good fight, baby.
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  • I fought one hell of a fight.
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  • Are there any fighters in here?
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  • Slap somebody and tell 'em,
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  • "I fought a good fight."
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  • I fought my way up.
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  • I fought to get to work.
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  • I fought to get up on my feet.
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  • I fought to stand.
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  • I fought to carry on.
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  • I fought to love.
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  • I fought to live.
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  • I fought to get out of the bed.
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  • I fought with my fears,
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  • my doubts, my anxieties,
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  • my insecurities.
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  • I fought with haters, liars,
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  • backbiters, and betrayers.
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  • I even had to fight with family
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  • and many times I laid in the bed
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  • I couldn't go to sleep 'cause
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  • I was fighting with myself.
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  • High-five somebody and tell 'em,
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  • "I fought a good fight."
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  • I mean, I fought such a good
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  • fight that when I look at what
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  • other people call a fight,
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  • what they call a fight is what
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  • I call normal.
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  • My whole perception of what a
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  • fight is, has been
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  • revolutionized.
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  • That's not a fight.
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  • I fought a good fight.
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  • The old man tells the young man,
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  • "I fought a good fight.
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  • You might not have seen it, you
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  • saw the glamour, you saw the
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  • healings.
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  • Be healed, be healed, be healed.
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  • But let me tell you what you
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  • didn't see.
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  • I fought to do that.
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  • I fought a good fight.
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  • I kept--I kept the faith.
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  • I kept it.
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  • I lost a lot of stuff.
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  • I lost a lot of friends.
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  • I lost a lot of strength.
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  • I lost a lot of courage.
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  • I lost a lot of time.
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  • I lost a lot of money, but I
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  • kept down on my knees.
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  • I was still believing.
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  • Broke, I was believing.
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  • Lonely, I was believing.
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  • I kept--touch three people
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  • and tell 'em, "Keep the faith.
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  • Keep the faith."
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  • If you lose a job,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you lose a spouse,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you bury your child,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to downsize,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to move in with your
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  • mama, keep the faith.
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  • If you're at your wits' end,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to catch the bus,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you have to thumb,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you get sick, keep the faith.
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  • If you lose your kidneys,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • If you got heart trouble,
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  • keep the faith.
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  • You might not get a new heart,
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  • but you've got to
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  • Then he says, the old man says
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  • to the young man,
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  • "I've finished my course."
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  • I am concerned because we are
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  • living in a world that has
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  • become comfortable with going
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  • to school and getting
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  • an "incomplete."
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  • The danger of living a life
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  • of incompletes.
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  • Three or four sets of families,
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  • three or four sets of kids,
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  • nobody can count on you to stay.
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  • Forget women, forget women.
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  • Just stay.
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  • You don't have to be
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  • a super-hero.
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  • Nobody can count on you to stay,
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  • to stick it out, to endure.
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  • Nobody can count on you
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  • past happy.
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  • They used to come in my office
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  • and say, "I'm leaving him
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  • because he's beaten me," or
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  • they're, "I'm leaving him
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  • because he abused my children.
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  • I'm leaving him because he's
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  • homicidal."
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  • Now, they come in my office,
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  • they say, "I'm leaving 'cause
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  • I'm not happy."
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  • You're not happy?
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  • Who told you you were gonna
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  • be happy?
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  • What does that have to do
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  • with anything?
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  • Who do you know in your life
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  • that is happy all the time?
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  • You quit because you weren't
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  • happy?
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  • "I'm leaving my church."
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  • You'd be surprised.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • Today, people joining the church
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  • means nothing.
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  • If I had 50% of the people who
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  • joined this church came any
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  • given Sunday we would have
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  • traffic backed all the way up
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  • to SMU.
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  • People are always joining and
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  • never following through.
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  • They get on committees, they get
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  • into choir, they get into
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  • usher board.
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  • They never follow through
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  • They never follow through
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  • - Cora: There is a ferocious
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  • warrior in all of us.
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  • We are created by the battles
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  • that we face every day.
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  • The beauty of your battle is
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  • birthed in a barren place.
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  • The enemy you face is the part
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  • of you that says to you,
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  • "You're defeated."
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  • The warrior tells you the power
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  • in you tells you that you are
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  • not broken, you are not damaged.
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  • You are an overcomer.
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  • You can beat whatever it is you
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  • are facing but it won't be
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  • by fear.
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  • It will be by the power of faith
  • 00:12:33.190 --> 00:12:35.010
  • and prayer.
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  • Are you ready?
  • 00:12:38.100 --> 00:12:39.260
  • It's time.
  • 00:12:39.260 --> 00:12:41.180
  • It's the moment.
  • 00:12:41.180 --> 00:12:43.090
  • Wake up, warrior.
  • 00:12:43.090 --> 00:12:44.230
  • Wake up, warrior.
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  • [music]
  • 00:12:49.110 --> 00:12:52.110
  • - Bishop Jakes: Paul says,
  • 00:12:59.260 --> 00:13:02.280
  • "I've finished my course."
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:06.050
  • I didn't finish yours, I didn't
  • 00:13:06.050 --> 00:13:07.180
  • finish yours, I didn't finish
  • 00:13:07.180 --> 00:13:09.010
  • yours, I didn't finish yours.
  • 00:13:09.010 --> 00:13:10.110
  • I'm not into your business.
  • 00:13:10.110 --> 00:13:11.270
  • I'm not trying to get in your
  • 00:13:11.270 --> 00:13:13.060
  • business.
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:13.280
  • People who are trying to finish
  • 00:13:13.280 --> 00:13:15.030
  • their course are not nosy
  • 00:13:15.190 --> 00:13:18.190
  • because they are so focused,
  • 00:13:18.190 --> 00:13:21.160
  • trying to finish what they
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:22.270
  • started, "I don't have time to
  • 00:13:22.270 --> 00:13:25.170
  • worry about what's going on in
  • 00:13:25.170 --> 00:13:28.030
  • your house.
  • 00:13:28.030 --> 00:13:29.100
  • I'm so busy trying to manage
  • 00:13:29.100 --> 00:13:31.090
  • what's going on in--
  • 00:13:33.220 --> 00:13:36.220
  • - Bishop Jakes: It's just--it's
  • 00:13:36.220 --> 00:13:38.200
  • all I can do to finish
  • 00:13:41.260 --> 00:13:44.260
  • my course.
  • 00:13:49.000 --> 00:13:52.000
  • Somebody in this room, you've
  • 00:13:52.000 --> 00:13:54.170
  • quit so many things that you've
  • 00:13:58.040 --> 00:14:01.060
  • lost respect for yourself.
  • 00:14:04.040 --> 00:14:07.040
  • Somebody say, "Give me the grace
  • 00:14:07.040 --> 00:14:09.240
  • to endure."
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:12.120
  • Don't misunderstand it.
  • 00:14:12.120 --> 00:14:13.250
  • You can't be no wimp now.
  • 00:14:13.290 --> 00:14:16.290
  • The apostle Paul got into
  • 00:14:16.290 --> 00:14:18.200
  • trouble.
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:19.230
  • "Lord, remove this thorn from
  • 00:14:19.230 --> 00:14:20.230
  • my flesh."
  • 00:14:20.230 --> 00:14:22.070
  • He had to pray.
  • 00:14:22.070 --> 00:14:23.020
  • He had to go through some
  • 00:14:23.020 --> 00:14:24.010
  • tough time.
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:24.230
  • He said, "I got so depressed,
  • 00:14:24.230 --> 00:14:25.280
  • I got so discouraged,
  • 00:14:25.280 --> 00:14:27.070
  • I wanted to die.
  • 00:14:27.070 --> 00:14:28.090
  • I prayed after seeing people get
  • 00:14:28.090 --> 00:14:30.270
  • healed and delivered.
  • 00:14:30.270 --> 00:14:32.120
  • I've raised people from the dead
  • 00:14:32.120 --> 00:14:33.280
  • and couldn't get the thorn out
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:35.290
  • of my own flesh.
  • 00:14:35.290 --> 00:14:37.290
  • The contradictions of being
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:39.230
  • powerful outwardly and
  • 00:14:39.230 --> 00:14:41.260
  • conflicted inwardly is enough to
  • 00:14:41.260 --> 00:14:44.010
  • make you quit and still he
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:47.120
  • finished the course with a God
  • 00:14:47.150 --> 00:14:50.150
  • who said, "No," to his
  • 00:14:50.150 --> 00:14:52.130
  • own prayer.
  • 00:14:52.130 --> 00:14:54.280
  • Oh, y'all don't wanna talk
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:55.190
  • to me.
  • 00:14:55.190 --> 00:14:57.200
  • What do you do when you're
  • 00:14:57.200 --> 00:14:58.220
  • better on the outside than you
  • 00:14:58.220 --> 00:15:00.270
  • are on the inside?
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:03.020
  • I can get rid of your thorn but
  • 00:15:03.020 --> 00:15:04.270
  • I gotta bear--oh my God, this is
  • 00:15:06.210 --> 00:15:09.210
  • so good, I'm gonna get my
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:10.100
  • own CD.
  • 00:15:10.100 --> 00:15:11.150
  • I'm gonna get this.
  • 00:15:11.150 --> 00:15:14.060
  • Isn't it amazing how good you
  • 00:15:14.060 --> 00:15:16.060
  • can be at fixing other
  • 00:15:16.060 --> 00:15:17.290
  • people's lives?
  • 00:15:17.290 --> 00:15:20.290
  • You know exactly what they ought
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:21.280
  • to do.
  • 00:15:25.030 --> 00:15:28.030
  • Even Jesus struggled with
  • 00:15:28.030 --> 00:15:30.280
  • finishing.
  • 00:15:30.280 --> 00:15:33.280
  • He goes to the Garden of
  • 00:15:33.280 --> 00:15:34.250
  • Gethsemane and says,
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:37.110
  • "Oh no, enough."
  • 00:15:39.010 --> 00:15:42.010
  • He says, "Daddy, this is tougher
  • 00:15:43.000 --> 00:15:46.000
  • than I thought."
  • 00:15:46.000 --> 00:15:47.110
  • He labored in prayer 'til sweat
  • 00:15:47.110 --> 00:15:49.030
  • like blood--blood like sweat
  • 00:15:49.030 --> 00:15:50.260
  • poured through his skin, saying,
  • 00:15:51.020 --> 00:15:54.020
  • "Can I get out of this?
  • 00:15:54.180 --> 00:15:57.180
  • Can I get out of this?
  • 00:15:57.190 --> 00:16:00.210
  • Can I?
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:02.070
  • Can I get on a horse
  • 00:16:03.130 --> 00:16:06.130
  • and ride away?
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:09.130
  • Can I take a camel and ride away
  • 00:16:09.220 --> 00:16:12.220
  • from a cross?"
  • 00:16:12.220 --> 00:16:15.140
  • Jesus says, "Daddy, can I quit?"
  • 00:16:22.140 --> 00:16:25.140
  • I've never seen The Potter's
  • 00:16:25.140 --> 00:16:26.220
  • House so quiet.
  • 00:16:29.270 --> 00:16:32.270
  • Three times he prayed.
  • 00:16:32.270 --> 00:16:35.250
  • "Help me to finish.
  • 00:16:35.280 --> 00:16:38.280
  • Is there a way that I can get
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:42.190
  • out of being me?"
  • 00:16:46.080 --> 00:16:49.080
  • Is there anybody in here who
  • 00:16:49.080 --> 00:16:51.160
  • have ever prayed, "Lord, is
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:54.030
  • there a way I can get out
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:58.100
  • of being me?
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:17:01.050
  • Being me is not going so good.
  • 00:17:02.080 --> 00:17:05.080
  • Being me is not what it's
  • 00:17:05.080 --> 00:17:07.080
  • cracked up to be.
  • 00:17:07.080 --> 00:17:09.140
  • Daddy, can I quit?"
  • 00:17:14.120 --> 00:17:17.120
  • And finally he says,
  • 00:17:17.120 --> 00:17:18.210
  • "Not my will."
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:23.250
  • That's where it is.
  • 00:17:23.250 --> 00:17:26.070
  • That's the whole thing.
  • 00:17:26.070 --> 00:17:27.100
  • "Not my will," means not my way,
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:32.160
  • not my preferences,
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:34.220
  • not my pleasure.
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:39.180
  • Not my style.
  • 00:17:39.180 --> 00:17:42.120
  • Not what I wanted.
  • 00:17:42.120 --> 00:17:45.000
  • Not what I liked.
  • 00:17:45.210 --> 00:17:48.210
  • "But thine be done."
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:55.200
  • "I'm gonna be a mama anyway to
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:17:59.180
  • a thankless child.
  • 00:17:59.210 --> 00:18:02.230
  • I'll be a good mama anyway."
  • 00:18:04.120 --> 00:18:07.120
  • "To a distracted husband, I'll
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:10.060
  • be a good wife anyway."
  • 00:18:10.220 --> 00:18:13.220
  • "To a cold wife, I'll still be a
  • 00:18:14.170 --> 00:18:17.170
  • protecting husband."
  • 00:18:18.150 --> 00:18:21.150
  • Ooh, it's quiet in this house
  • 00:18:21.150 --> 00:18:22.230
  • this morning.
  • 00:18:22.230 --> 00:18:25.050
  • I'll go on a job that is full of
  • 00:18:25.090 --> 00:18:28.090
  • hell and chaos and smile every
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:31.080
  • morning and do my job because it
  • 00:18:33.270 --> 00:18:36.270
  • is not about them.
  • 00:18:36.290 --> 00:18:39.290
  • It's about me defying the urge.
  • 00:18:46.290 --> 00:18:49.290
  • And oh, what an urge it is
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:53.240
  • to quit.
  • 00:18:54.020 --> 00:18:57.020
  • Quit school, quit jobs, quit
  • 00:18:59.280 --> 00:19:03.000
  • life, quit friends, quit church.
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:09.160
  • Oh, what an urge it is to quit
  • 00:19:14.020 --> 00:19:17.020
  • politics, pulpiteering,
  • 00:19:18.280 --> 00:19:21.280
  • preaching.
  • 00:19:21.280 --> 00:19:22.260
  • I don't care what it is,
  • 00:19:22.260 --> 00:19:23.280
  • dentistry, medicine, nursing,
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:27.060
  • oh, what an urge it is to quit.
  • 00:19:29.120 --> 00:19:32.120
  • Three times Jesus prayed,
  • 00:19:33.110 --> 00:19:36.110
  • "Can I get out of being me?
  • 00:19:37.090 --> 00:19:40.090
  • I don't like what is in front
  • 00:19:40.090 --> 00:19:42.110
  • of me."
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:48.070
  • "This is not Burger King and you
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:51.010
  • - Bishop Jakes: Touch
  • 00:20:01.030 --> 00:20:01.200
  • three people and say,
  • 00:20:01.200 --> 00:20:02.100
  • "Stick it out.
  • 00:20:02.100 --> 00:20:02.290
  • Stick it out."
  • 00:20:05.090 --> 00:20:08.090
  • Stick it out, stick it out,
  • 00:20:08.090 --> 00:20:10.270
  • stick it out, stick it out,
  • 00:20:10.270 --> 00:20:13.170
  • stick it out, stick it out,
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  • stick it out, stick it out.
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:19.150
  • Keep throwing what you can
  • 00:20:19.150 --> 00:20:21.030
  • at it.
  • 00:20:21.030 --> 00:20:22.120
  • You might be in debt and if you
  • 00:20:22.120 --> 00:20:24.060
  • don't get supernatural debt
  • 00:20:24.060 --> 00:20:26.160
  • cancellation, then take natural
  • 00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:28.150
  • debt cancellation and keep
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:31.210
  • throwing and throwing and
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:35.080
  • throwing and throwing and
  • 00:20:35.080 --> 00:20:38.000
  • throwing.
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:39.190
  • Ohhh, I'm almost finished.
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:44.130
  • If I'm preaching the right
  • 00:20:44.130 --> 00:20:45.090
  • message say something to me.
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:46.060
  • Let me hear you,
  • 00:20:46.060 --> 00:20:46.230
  • let me hear you.
  • 00:20:46.230 --> 00:20:47.200
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:20:50.030 --> 00:20:53.030
  • - Bishop Jakes: I wanna preach
  • 00:20:53.030 --> 00:20:54.100
  • a minute about Derek and
  • 00:20:54.100 --> 00:20:55.070
  • I'll be gone.
  • 00:20:55.070 --> 00:20:56.200
  • Derek, you know Derek.
  • 00:21:00.140 --> 00:21:03.140
  • Number 28, Derek Redmond, in the
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:11.030
  • Olympics in Barcelona with the
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:16.290
  • whole world watching him.
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:20.260
  • Trained and prepared for this
  • 00:21:21.090 --> 00:21:24.090
  • moment.
  • 00:21:24.090 --> 00:21:27.070
  • Put on them little skinny shorts
  • 00:21:27.070 --> 00:21:30.040
  • with the wind flapping in 'em.
  • 00:21:32.040 --> 00:21:35.040
  • Got down in the position and got
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:38.090
  • ready to run.
  • 00:21:38.090 --> 00:21:41.010
  • He started running.
  • 00:21:41.010 --> 00:21:43.020
  • Derek Redmond was running in
  • 00:21:43.020 --> 00:21:44.140
  • the Olympics.
  • 00:21:44.140 --> 00:21:46.000
  • Who would have ever thought that
  • 00:21:46.000 --> 00:21:48.050
  • this black boy would make it to
  • 00:21:48.050 --> 00:21:50.020
  • the Olympics?
  • 00:21:50.020 --> 00:21:51.180
  • People there from all over the
  • 00:21:51.180 --> 00:21:52.250
  • world and his daddy was cheering
  • 00:21:52.250 --> 00:21:54.250
  • him, and he was running.
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:21:56.090
  • He ran the first lap.
  • 00:21:56.090 --> 00:21:57.180
  • He did real good.
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:21:59.150
  • He was coming around ahead
  • 00:21:59.150 --> 00:22:01.050
  • all of them.
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:02.080
  • In the second lap, he was doing
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:03.290
  • real good until he pulled his
  • 00:22:03.290 --> 00:22:06.210
  • Achilles heel and he went down.
  • 00:22:08.170 --> 00:22:11.170
  • And that whole--the crowd
  • 00:22:11.170 --> 00:22:14.110
  • gasped.
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:15.230
  • He went down.
  • 00:22:15.230 --> 00:22:17.260
  • They were coming with the
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:18.270
  • stretchers to get him.
  • 00:22:18.270 --> 00:22:20.060
  • But he got up and he started
  • 00:22:20.080 --> 00:22:23.080
  • hopping.
  • 00:22:24.270 --> 00:22:27.270
  • You see, he was hopping in pain
  • 00:22:32.230 --> 00:22:35.230
  • and he was--it was kind of
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:39.190
  • stupid because he had no chance
  • 00:22:41.110 --> 00:22:44.110
  • of winning.
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:47.090
  • They had already spun past him,
  • 00:22:47.090 --> 00:22:48.210
  • and he was still hopping and
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:50.210
  • crying 'cause his daddy was
  • 00:22:51.260 --> 00:22:54.260
  • watching.
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:58.030
  • And he was trying to make it
  • 00:22:58.030 --> 00:23:01.050
  • around the turn and his daddy
  • 00:23:02.230 --> 00:23:05.230
  • came out there and he got up
  • 00:23:08.250 --> 00:23:11.250
  • under Dennis and he was hopping.
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:16.030
  • The race was over.
  • 00:23:16.190 --> 00:23:19.190
  • Everybody else had gone through
  • 00:23:19.190 --> 00:23:20.230
  • the finish line and his daddy
  • 00:23:20.230 --> 00:23:23.080
  • was pulling him along, saying,
  • 00:23:23.080 --> 00:23:25.210
  • "Leave him alone.
  • 00:23:25.210 --> 00:23:27.210
  • Leave him alone.
  • 00:23:27.210 --> 00:23:30.130
  • Don't stop him.
  • 00:23:30.130 --> 00:23:32.070
  • It's not about winning,
  • 00:23:32.070 --> 00:23:34.290
  • it's about finishing.
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:38.050
  • I taught my boy to finish and I
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:40.210
  • don't care if it takes all
  • 00:23:40.210 --> 00:23:42.120
  • night, we gon' make it across
  • 00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:44.260
  • the finish line."
  • 00:23:45.280 --> 00:23:48.280
  • And I came to tell you this
  • 00:23:48.280 --> 00:23:50.160
  • morning I don't care if it takes
  • 00:23:50.160 --> 00:23:52.250
  • all night, I don't care if I
  • 00:23:52.250 --> 00:23:54.280
  • have to cry and crawl and groan,
  • 00:23:56.230 --> 00:23:59.230
  • I'm gonna cross--
  • 00:24:00.280 --> 00:24:03.280
  • [music]
  • 00:24:10.110 --> 00:24:13.110
  • This Sunday morning you may
  • 00:24:13.230 --> 00:24:16.230
  • not come in first.
  • 00:24:17.030 --> 00:24:20.030
  • You may not get a trophy.
  • 00:24:20.030 --> 00:24:22.260
  • You may not be honored or
  • 00:24:22.260 --> 00:24:25.040
  • recognized or even appreciated,
  • 00:24:31.110 --> 00:24:34.110
  • but this is not about them.
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:37.240
  • This is about you.
  • 00:24:37.240 --> 00:24:40.240
  • This is about a God who is alpha
  • 00:24:41.080 --> 00:24:44.080
  • and omega and the beginning and
  • 00:24:45.060 --> 00:24:48.060
  • the end and you may not finish
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:50.270
  • pretty and you may not look good
  • 00:24:50.270 --> 00:24:53.000
  • and you may not make the front
  • 00:24:53.000 --> 00:24:55.190
  • page in a paper and they may all
  • 00:24:55.190 --> 00:24:57.210
  • be talking about you and they
  • 00:24:57.210 --> 00:24:59.240
  • all may be saying you're nothing
  • 00:24:59.240 --> 00:25:01.150
  • and a failure and a reject but
  • 00:25:01.230 --> 00:25:04.230
  • the Lord sent me out here this
  • 00:25:04.230 --> 00:25:07.010
  • morning to tell you keep on
  • 00:25:07.010 --> 00:25:09.200
  • hopping, keep on hopping.
  • 00:25:09.200 --> 00:25:12.070
  • If you hold out a little while
  • 00:25:12.070 --> 00:25:15.020
  • longer, you'll make it.
  • 00:25:19.090 --> 00:25:22.090
  • You'll make it if you defy
  • 00:25:29.050 --> 00:25:32.050
  • You'll make it if you defy
  • 00:25:32.050 --> 00:25:35.010
  • - Cora: See, didn't I tell you
  • 00:25:38.220 --> 00:25:41.220
  • he had a word just for you.
  • 00:25:41.220 --> 00:25:44.090
  • And so now you've got what you
  • 00:25:44.090 --> 00:25:46.020
  • need to go after the enemy and
  • 00:25:46.020 --> 00:25:48.020
  • fight with all you have.
  • 00:25:48.020 --> 00:25:49.180
  • Don't give up and know that I am
  • 00:25:49.180 --> 00:25:51.050
  • fighting for you.
  • 00:25:51.050 --> 00:25:52.200
  • I am fighting with you.
  • 00:25:52.200 --> 00:25:53.260
  • I am fighting beside you.
  • 00:25:53.260 --> 00:25:55.080
  • And at the end of all this,
  • 00:25:55.080 --> 00:25:56.180
  • we've got the victory.
  • 00:25:56.180 --> 00:25:58.070
  • I pray you know that.
  • 00:25:58.070 --> 00:25:59.150
  • I pray you walk in that.
  • 00:25:59.150 --> 00:26:00.290
  • I pray you believe that.
  • 00:26:00.290 --> 00:26:02.120
  • And I pray that you stand in
  • 00:26:02.120 --> 00:26:03.210
  • that until I see you next time.
  • 00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:05.270
  • Have a great day.
  • 00:26:05.270 --> 00:26:07.240
  • - announcer: Shred your
  • 00:26:07.240 --> 00:26:08.150
  • strongholds today with
  • 00:26:08.150 --> 00:26:10.020
  • "Forever Free."
  • 00:26:10.020 --> 00:26:11.080
  • - Bishop Jakes: The devil knows
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:12.140
  • that if you ever get loose,
  • 00:26:12.140 --> 00:26:14.000
  • everything connected to you is
  • 00:26:14.000 --> 00:26:16.040
  • gonna get loose too.
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  • - announcer: For your gift to
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  • the ministry of any amount
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  • you will receive Bishop Jakes's
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  • liberating series,
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  • "Forever Free," on four CDs and
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  • this bonus "Free Indeed"
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  • bookmark.
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  • - Bishop Jakes: How do we learn
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  • to manage what is managing us
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  • before it destroys us?
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  • - announcer: And when your gift
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  • is $110 or more,
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  • we will add this
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  • cool summer tote bag; 365-day
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  • devotional, "Healing, Blessings,
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  • and Freedom"; as well as
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  • Bishop's book, "Let It Go."
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  • - Bishop Jakes: It's not that
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  • God is getting closer to us.
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  • It's that we are coming closer
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  • to him.
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  • And the closer you get to him,
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  • you will feel a shift.
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  • - announcer: God desires for
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  • you to live "Forever Free."
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  • - Bishop Jakes: Power over your
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  • depression, power over your
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  • fear, power over your pain,
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  • power over your bondage.
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  • - announcer: If in Canada,
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  • visit us online or call to order
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  • - announcer: Feel free to reach
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  • out to us on social media and
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  • share your story of how God
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  • is impacting your life.
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  • We look forward to seeing you
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  • next time on
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  • "The Potter's Touch."
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  • The Potter's Touch.
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  • The Potter's Touch.
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  • [music]
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