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The Principles of Service

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February 18, 2020
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Its takes humility and dedication to serve. Serving the Lord may not always be easy; but it will be worth it.

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Oh, keep your lampstrimmed and burning ♪
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  • ♪ Keep your lampstrimmed and burning ♪
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  • ♪ Keep your lampstrimmed and burning ♪
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  • ♪ The time is drawing nigh ♪
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  • Bishop Jakes: If ever was a timewe needed to keep our lamps
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  • trimmed and burning,the time is right now.
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  • In a dark and perverse worldfull of malice and hatred
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  • and envy and strifeand confusion, if you don't do
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  • anything today but keep yourlamp trimmed and burning, you
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  • will have been what Jesuscalled you to be.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ The potter's touch ♪
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  • ♪ The potter's touch ♪
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  • Bishop Jakes: Now, Samuel isin the house of the Lord.
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  • We are clear thatHophni and Phineas
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  • do not know the Lord.
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  • And now Samuel has comeinto the house of the Lord
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  • and he has come as a servant.
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  • His mother has given himto the Lord.
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  • He has become a servantof the Lord.
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  • You're not gonna like this wordthat I'm gonna use but I'm gonna
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  • use it anyway.
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  • He was a slave to the Lord,not just for a while,
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  • not an indentured servantfor a period of time.
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  • The vow had been made that hewould serve the Lord all
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  • the days of his life.
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  • And he's standing therein the temple, and when we step
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  • into this text, it is odd thatthe writer would start
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  • the discussion witha flickering flame.
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  • A flickering, "And ere the lampof God went out."
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  • You must understand that partof Samuel's responsibility was
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  • to keep the light going.
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  • The light was representativefor the presence and the power
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  • of the Word of God.
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  • The light was illuminationthrough the Spirit and it was
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  • Samuel's job to make sure thatthat light did not go out,
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  • because that light embodiedthe very presence of the Lord.
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  • And it is an odd thingin a small book because
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  • the Bible is a very small bookfor the massive subject
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  • that it embraces.
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  • The Bible is no more thana pamphlet compared to the years
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  • of history it covers.
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  • It's just a small book.
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  • It has no time to wastewith irrelevant details.
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  • So if the Bible took the timeto mention it, there's something
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  • in it that we must lookat because the Bible doesn't
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  • waste time telling usthoughtless information.
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  • It tells us, "And ere, the Lambof God went out in the temple."
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  • The flickering light isindicative of so many things.
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  • Perhaps it embodies the factthat we have a flickering light
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  • and we also have aflickering priest.
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  • The Bible says of Eli that hiseyes had grown dim, and his
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  • vision was poor.
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  • His decisions were spasmodic.
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  • Sometimes he does the rightthing and sometimes he does
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  • the weak thing.
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  • And just as much as the light isflickering in the temple,
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  • the old man is flickering too.
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  • His season of powerand authority and clarity is
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  • winding down, and the lightis flickering and Eli
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  • is flickering too.
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  • The children of Israelare flickering.
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  • They had gotten to the pointthat they abhorred coming
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  • to worship in part becauseof Hophni and Phineas
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  • and in part becauseof the seduction of idolatry
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  • that caused them to beinconsistent in their lives.
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  • And so their conduct toward Godwas flickering
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  • like the flickering flamein the temple.
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  • And the Holy Spirit takesthe time to remind us that
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  • the light is flickering so thatwe will understand that
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  • the light flickering is justa symbol of the flickering
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  • inconsistencies in the livesof the people
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  • that we're talkin' about.
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  • If our lights in this room couldbe seen, perhaps many of them
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  • would flicker too.
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  • Before you turn up your noseand condemn the situations
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  • in the Scriptures, I just wantedto ask you, if your light were
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  • visible, would it be consistentor would you be a flickering
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  • flame, a spot of light?
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  • Would you be the kind of personthat was sometimes hot
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  • and sometimes cold,and sometimes right
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  • and sometimes wrong,and sometimes strong
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  • and sometimes weak,and sometimes wise
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  • and sometimes the fool?
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  • Let's remember the flickeringlight in the temple.
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  • It was flickering, but it wasin the temple.
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  • It was spasmodic, but it wasin the temple.
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  • It was much like many of us whocome to church today.
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  • We might be flickering,but we're in the temple.
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  • We might be spasmodic, but we'rein the temple.
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  • We might be sometimeson and sometimes off, we might
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  • be schizophrenic in the way thatwe worship the Lord, but we are
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  • still in the temple and God hasnot given up on us.
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  • And every now and then, he'llsend somebody to keep our lamps.
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  • Every now and then he'll sendsomebody.
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  • He'll send a Word.
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  • He'll send a song.
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  • He'll send a prophesy to keepyour lamp trimmed and burning.
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  • I must confess as your pastor,there has been times my light
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  • was getting dim, and it wasstarting to flicker, and I
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  • almost gave up, and I would havefainted had not I believed
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  • to see the goodness of the Lordin the land of the living.
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  • "But ere the lamp of God wentout in the temple."
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  • God always did something, sentsomebody, said something, moved
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  • something, fixed something.
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  • If I got any light at all,to God be the glory.
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  • If I possess any light at all,to God be the glory.
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  • "Ere the lamp of God wentout in the temple."
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  • This boy is learning howto serve.
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  • I don't know whathappened to us.
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  • We don't know how to serve.
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  • We came into the country asservants and now we don't know
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  • how to serve.
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  • It doesn't seem glamorousto serve.
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  • Everybody wants to be a boss.
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  • I see it on your T-shirts.
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  • I went on your Facebook siteand saw it.
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  • I saw it on your Instagram.
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  • Everybody in herewants to be a boss.
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  • For some crazy reason, theydon't understand that leadership
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  • is still servitude.
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  • Anybody who leads and doesn'tserve, they won't last
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  • very long at all.
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  • You're just servingfrom a different position,
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  • but servitude is God'sonly job that's open.
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  • It's the only job that's open.
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  • I applied.
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  • How about you?
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  • Even Christ himself, the ApostlePaul would tell us that he took
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  • on him the form of a servant.
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  • He taught his disciplesby girding himself with a towel.
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  • And Jesus, the Lord of glory whocommands the host of heaven, got
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  • down on the floor and washed hisdisciples' feet.
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  • And you require...
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  • what?
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  • Oh, I don't wantto walk too far.
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  • I don't wanna comeif it's raining.
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  • I must have a special seat.
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  • I must sit in a certain place.
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  • I must have a parking space.
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  • You require more than Jesus.
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  • Something happens to Samuelwhile he serves that is only
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  • a gift to people who serve.
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  • People who just come to church,they will get some level
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  • of blessing, but they will neverget this.
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  • There is something that you getwhen you serve that you don't
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  • get when you watch.
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  • Considering God made himselfa servant, I think there is
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  • a kinship between his servitudeand ours, that when you serve,
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  • you see more.
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  • He reveals more.
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  • He shows more.
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  • He magnifies himself.
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  • Really, this is the essenceof the text.
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  • "They that wait upon the Lordshall renew their strength.
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  • They shall mount up on wingslike eagles.
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  • They shall run and not be weary.
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  • They shall walk and not faint."
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  • See, the problem with us is thatwe misinterpret the text.
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  • We think that, "They that waitupon the Lord," means that you
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  • ought to just be sitting herewaiting on the Lord.
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  • But if that's what the textmeans, why would I run and not
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  • be weary, and walk and notfaint, and mount up on wings
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  • like eagles?
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  • Because if I'm waitingon the Lord, I should just be
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  • sitting here waitinglike grandma waits
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  • on the bus to come.
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  • But that is not the right typeof wait.
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  • It is this kind of wait: "Theythat wait upon the Lord shall
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  • renew their strength."
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  • It means the more you serve,the stronger you get.
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  • You shall mount up on wingslike eagles.
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  • You shall run and not be weary.
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  • So you go ahead and sit thereand be important, but they that
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  • wait upon the Lord shall renewtheir strength.
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  • Sometimes you get out of troublejust because you waited
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  • on the Lord.
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  • Sometimes he'll heal your bodyjust because you waited
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  • on the Lord.
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  • Sometimes he'll protect youfrom the enemy
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  • because you waited.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Bishop Jakes: If you never getin trouble, you'll never have
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  • an experience with God.
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  • How you gonna know he's a healerif you never get sick?
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  • How you gonna knowhe's a provider
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  • if you never get hungry?
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  • How you gonna knowhe's a waymaker
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  • if you never get lost?
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  • Somebody slipped, but God sentme to tell you the slip is
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  • a setup.
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  • Bishop Jakes: Listen,the world's next doctors,
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  • teachers, and pastors,presidents, rest in the hearts
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  • of our children.
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  • to reach their destiny.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Bishop Jakes: His vision.
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  • Hophni and Phinehashad never had a vision.
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  • You would be surprisedat the people that come
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  • to church every week who havenever had a real touch from God
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  • in all the time they've beenhere because they are programmed
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  • for their own agenda.
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  • And when you are programmedfor your own agenda, you can be
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  • in the presence of God and notget a touch because you're
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  • programmed, "Who am I goingto devour next?
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  • Who am I going to devour next?
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  • Who am I gonna get to next?"
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  • "And ere the lamp of God wentout in the temple."
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  • Samuel was trying his bestto rest.
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  • The problem is that God willdisturb your rest.
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  • If you believe in God, you mustunderstand that God is not
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  • a La-Z-Boy chair for you to curlup in and read a book.
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  • He is not concerned about yourcomfort.
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  • In fact, you are toocomfortable.
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  • You are too comfortable.
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  • So God doesn't say, "I won'tbother him til morning 'cause
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  • he needs his rest."
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  • No, God is not polite like you.
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  • He doesn't worry about beingpolitically correct.
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  • The moment the boy getsthe pillow up under his head
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  • and he gets in the fetalposition and prepares to really
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  • get one on, God says, "Samuel!"
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  • And Samuel leaps upout of the bed
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  • because he's a servant.
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  • And when you are a servantand you hear your name called,
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  • you jump into duty because youhave been trained to activate
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  • at a moment's notice.
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  • You will go right into it.
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  • When you're not a servant,you'll go cover your head
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  • up and ignore it, but when youhave been trained to serve, you
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  • snap into duty.
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  • He snapped into duty, and heran to Eli, and said,
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  • "You called me?"
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  • What is the Holy Spirittelling us?
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  • That when we first began to walkwith God, the voice of God will
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  • always sound like your teacher.
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  • It was not Eli that called him,it was God, but the voice of God
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  • will always sound like the onewho taught you because all
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  • of the Word that you havefrom God has come
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  • through that voice.
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  • So when you hear that voice,you think it's Eli.
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  • And he goes to Eli and says,"You called me?"
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  • And Eli says, "I called ye not.
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  • Go back to bed and lay down."
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  • He goes back and he laysdown in the temple.
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  • And God says, "Samuel!"
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  • And he leaps up again.
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  • And he runs back to Eliand says, "You called me?"
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  • He says, "I call you not."
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  • Some of us are stuck rightin this phrase.
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  • It is God that is calling you,but his flesh that you're
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  • running to.
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  • I'm gonna let that soakin for a minute.
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  • It is God that is calling you.
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  • It is God that is disturbingyour rest.
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  • It is God that is letting youknow, "I've got more for you
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  • than what you've got right now."
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  • It is God that is telling youthere's something missing
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  • out of your life.
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  • It is God that is telling you,"I have a higher purpose
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  • for your life, but you keeprunning to flesh."
  • 00:16:22.698 --> 00:16:27.102
  • Flesh can never respondto the call of God.
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  • Flesh will always send you backdisappointed because what God is
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  • about to do no flesh can handle.
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  • That's why you're disappointed,because you need help from God
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  • but you keep fallinginto the arms of flesh.
  • 00:16:47.489 --> 00:16:53.495
  • The principles of service, thereare certain things that are only
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  • revealed to those who serve.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • You're stronger thanyou think you are.
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  • But the strength doesn't comeuntil you're serving, while
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  • you're doing it, while you'regiving it.
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  • Things that you thought youcouldn't take, you can take it.
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  • Things that you thought wouldbreak you don't break you.
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  • Things you thought you couldn'tput up with, you can put
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  • up with it.
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  • But you never find out what yougot, you never know how gifted
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  • you are til you serve.
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  • You'll never know what you cando til somebody needs you.
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  • You never know what'sdown inside of you
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  • until a situation calls on it.
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  • You never know ittil you serve.
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  • So all of you who comeand watch, you miss the power
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  • of what happens when you serve.
  • 00:17:50.185 --> 00:17:53.589
  • When you serve, sometimes Godwill fix your situation just
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  • for your service.
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  • Oh, I wish I had a witness.
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  • Sometimes God will fix yoursituation just for your service.
  • 00:18:05.100 --> 00:18:11.106
  • Sometimes God will fix yoursituation just for your service.
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  • "I have need of him.
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  • I have need of her.
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  • No, devil, you can't touch her.
  • 00:18:19.915 --> 00:18:21.884
  • I can count on her."
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  • Some of you've got blessings noteven because you were talented
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  • but because you serve the Lord.
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  • Who am I preaching tothis morning?
  • 00:18:33.228 --> 00:18:39.234
  • Now watch this.
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  • Can I show you something else?
  • 00:18:43.238 --> 00:18:44.540
  • I'm going to show yousomething else.
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  • I'm gonna show yousomething else.
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  • I'm going to throw thisin for free.
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  • I'm not going to chargefor this.
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  • I'm just gonna lay this on you.
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  • Young people, hear me.
  • 00:18:53.782 --> 00:18:57.219
  • Samuel was young and strongand promising and vibrant,
  • 00:18:57.252 --> 00:19:03.258
  • and he could hear a sound thatEli could not hear.
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  • He could hear it.
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  • Glory to God, he could hear it.
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  • He could leap out of bedand say, "Let me at it."
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  • He was young.
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  • He was raring to go.
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  • He could hear a sound thatthe old folk slept through.
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  • Youth makes you sensitive.
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  • Youth makes you bright.
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  • Do you not know every majorrevolution that has happened
  • 00:19:40.629 --> 00:19:43.899
  • in this country has happenedin the mouths of young people
  • 00:19:43.932 --> 00:19:47.169
  • who said, "We are sickand tired of it,
  • 00:19:47.202 --> 00:19:49.438
  • and we are nottaking it anymore"?
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  • From women's rights, to civilrights, to every other kind
  • 00:19:52.241 --> 00:19:55.477
  • of injustice, it was a bunchof young, radical people who
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  • were willing to break rulesto bring about change and say,
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  • "Hold on!
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  • No more!
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  • You can't beat it out of us.
  • 00:20:08.457 --> 00:20:09.791
  • You can't whip it out of us.
  • 00:20:09.825 --> 00:20:11.260
  • You can't dog it out of us."
  • 00:20:11.293 --> 00:20:13.462
  • Your revolution happensto the strongest degree while
  • 00:20:13.495 --> 00:20:19.501
  • you are still able to marchand fight.
  • 00:20:21.336 --> 00:20:26.408
  • And Samuel was strongand he could hear
  • 00:20:26.441 --> 00:20:31.480
  • something calling him.
  • 00:20:31.513 --> 00:20:36.218
  • He could hear it, but only Elicould understand it.
  • 00:20:36.251 --> 00:20:42.224
  • Now, maybe, maybe, maybe Eli wasold, and maybe Eli had made some
  • 00:20:46.795 --> 00:20:52.801
  • mistakes, and maybe Eli couldn'tjump out of the bed like Samuel
  • 00:20:53.669 --> 00:20:58.573
  • did, and maybe Eli's best dayswas behind him, and maybe Eli's
  • 00:20:58.607 --> 00:21:04.012
  • ears were going just like hiseyes were going, and he could no
  • 00:21:04.046 --> 00:21:07.783
  • longer see the flickering lightnor could he hear the sound
  • 00:21:07.816 --> 00:21:12.220
  • of the voice.
  • 00:21:12.254 --> 00:21:13.555
  • He couldn't hear it, but hecould understand it.
  • 00:21:13.588 --> 00:21:16.792
  • So the Bible says on the thirdtime when Samuel came to Eli
  • 00:21:16.825 --> 00:21:22.531
  • and said, "Did you call me?"
  • 00:21:22.564 --> 00:21:24.466
  • the Bible says Eli perceived.
  • 00:21:24.499 --> 00:21:27.202
  • He didn't hear it,but he perceived.
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  • Oh, y'all don't hearwhat I'm saying.
  • 00:21:30.205 --> 00:21:31.673
  • He couldn't hear it anymore,but he had enough experience
  • 00:21:31.707 --> 00:21:35.711
  • to know there's somethingcalling that boy.
  • 00:21:35.744 --> 00:21:38.714
  • The reason he's so disruptive,the reason he's up and down,
  • 00:21:38.747 --> 00:21:42.217
  • and back and forth,and in and out, and right
  • 00:21:42.250 --> 00:21:44.553
  • and wrong, there's somethingcalling that boy.
  • 00:21:44.586 --> 00:21:47.089
  • Some of you've got boys at home,they're up and down,
  • 00:21:47.122 --> 00:21:49.424
  • and in and out, and the teachersaid they're BD and LD.
  • 00:21:49.458 --> 00:21:53.595
  • The devil is a liar.
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  • The Lord is calling your child.
  • 00:21:55.097 --> 00:21:59.101
  • You have to be old enoughto perceive.
  • 00:21:59.134 --> 00:22:02.437
  • You didn't have a bad child, youhave a called child.
  • 00:22:02.471 --> 00:22:06.241
  • The Lord is calling.
  • 00:22:06.274 --> 00:22:11.646
  • The Bible says Eli perceivedthat the Lord had called him.
  • 00:22:11.680 --> 00:22:17.686
  • "And ere the lamp of God wentout in the temple."
  • 00:22:20.522 --> 00:22:25.260
  • The old man told him what to do.
  • 00:22:25.293 --> 00:22:29.631
  • Even though he couldn't hearwhat he heard, he knew what
  • 00:22:29.664 --> 00:22:34.136
  • to do about what he heard.
  • 00:22:34.169 --> 00:22:37.472
  • So he's saying, "Boy, go back."
  • 00:22:37.506 --> 00:22:42.110
  • [speaking in tongues]
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  • Young people, you will not getthere without us.
  • 00:22:46.047 --> 00:22:49.885
  • Shake all you want to.
  • 00:22:54.456 --> 00:22:57.459
  • Drop it like it's hotif you will.
  • 00:22:57.492 --> 00:23:00.262
  • Get more degrees thana thermometer.
  • 00:23:00.295 --> 00:23:03.131
  • But you will not get therewithout us.
  • 00:23:03.165 --> 00:23:06.134
  • I know we can't even seethe remote control without our
  • 00:23:06.168 --> 00:23:08.904
  • glasses, but you will not getthere without us.
  • 00:23:08.937 --> 00:23:12.140
  • I know we don't know howto program our phones, but you
  • 00:23:12.174 --> 00:23:15.277
  • will not get there without us.
  • 00:23:15.310 --> 00:23:17.412
  • I know we don't know howto search Google, but you will
  • 00:23:17.446 --> 00:23:20.415
  • not get there without us.
  • 00:23:20.449 --> 00:23:22.484
  • You can hear what we cannothear, but we know what to do
  • 00:23:22.517 --> 00:23:27.489
  • about what you heard.
  • 00:23:27.522 --> 00:23:29.391
  • You're gonna need us for yourdestiny to come to pass, for it
  • 00:23:29.424 --> 00:23:35.530
  • is not by might nor by power,but by my spirit.
  • 00:23:35.564 --> 00:23:41.536
  • Oh my god!
  • 00:23:44.105 --> 00:23:45.707
  • I feel glory in this place.
  • 00:23:45.740 --> 00:23:51.746
  • Eli says to Samuel, "Go backand lay in the same spot you was
  • 00:23:55.650 --> 00:24:01.656
  • laying, and this time whenyou hear the sound,"
  • 00:24:02.858 --> 00:24:07.262
  • Brother Roberts, "thisis how you respond."
  • 00:24:07.295 --> 00:24:13.435
  • That's what mentoring is isteaching you how to respond.
  • 00:24:13.468 --> 00:24:18.406
  • I can't tell you what all you'regonna go through, but if you
  • 00:24:18.440 --> 00:24:22.143
  • tell me what you're goingthrough, I can tell ya how
  • 00:24:22.177 --> 00:24:25.313
  • to respond to it.
  • 00:24:25.347 --> 00:24:27.082
  • When it happens again, this timesay, "Speak, Lord.
  • 00:24:27.115 --> 00:24:33.121
  • Speak, Lord, forthy servant heareth."
  • 00:24:38.860 --> 00:24:44.866
  • You know what God wants?
  • 00:24:48.970 --> 00:24:52.874
  • He wants your attention.
  • 00:24:52.908 --> 00:24:58.914
  • The things you have been goingthrough in your life is God
  • 00:25:01.049 --> 00:25:05.487
  • trying to get your attention.
  • 00:25:05.520 --> 00:25:11.526
  • He made you for his service, notyour ambition.
  • 00:25:17.699 --> 00:25:23.705
  • He had a plan for your lifeand it may not be what you had
  • 00:25:27.108 --> 00:25:30.045
  • in mind.
  • 00:25:30.078 --> 00:25:32.614
  • And the reason you keep hittingthe road blocks and stop signs
  • 00:25:32.647 --> 00:25:35.317
  • is because he wants yourattention.
  • 00:25:35.350 --> 00:25:41.356
  • While Samuel servedin the temple,
  • 00:25:45.427 --> 00:25:51.433
  • a God he didn't know--
  • 00:25:53.635 --> 00:25:57.472
  • You gotta see that.
  • 00:25:57.505 --> 00:25:59.240
  • He did not yet know the Lord.
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