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June 16, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • CHRISTIANS LIKE TO HEAR PASTORS TALK ABOUT LOVE
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  • OR FORGIVENESS OR THE GLORY OF HEAVEN.
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  • BUT THE MOMENT YOU START TALKING ABOUT OBEDIENCE
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  • PEOPLE GET A LITTLE DEFENSIVE!
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  • "OBEDIENCE? REALLY?
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  • DOESN'T GOD JUST WANT ME TO HAVE FAITH?
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  • HE DOESN'T REALLY EXPECT ME TO DO ANYTHING. DOES HE?"
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  • WELL, TODAY WE'LL SEE HOW MISGUIDED THAT THINKING
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  • REALLY IS BECAUSE - WITHOUT A DOUBT - OBEDIENCE IS ONE
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  • OF THE ESSENTIAL MARKS OF A TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, DEVELOPING AN OBEDIENT HEART
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • IS YOUR LIFE BECOMING TOO COMPLICATED?
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  • IT'S TIME TO CUT THROUGH THE CLUTTER AND GET TO THE
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  • HEART OF WHAT IT MEANS TO PLEASE GOD!
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  • IN CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS REVEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT
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  • WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOU...
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  • AND WHAT HE WANTS TO DO FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO HELP BROADCAST
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • WITH YOUR GIFT TODAY, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE
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  • A DVD COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS' SIGNATURE MESSAGE,
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  • AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
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  • MUSIC
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  • I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I LIKE PEOPLE WHO OBEY ME.
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  • I JUST DO, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE UNDER MY AUTHORITY.
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  • I'M NOT SAYING I'M SOME TYRANNICAL DESPOT,
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  • BUT I'D LIKE PEOPLE WHO DO WHAT I ASK THEM TO DO
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  • WITHOUT A LOT OF HASSLE.
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  • AMY AND I HIRED A PAINTER NOT LONG AGO TO DO SOME
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  • TOUCH-UP WORK AROUND THE HOUSE.
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  • I AM TELLING YOU EVERYTHING WE ASKED WAS
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  • MET WITH RESISTANCE. HE'D GIVE US A LIST OF
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  • REASONS HE COULDN'T DO THE SIMPLE THINGS
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  • WE ASKED HIM TO DO, AND AMY AND I VOWED
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  • WE WILL NEVER USE THAT PAINTER AGAIN.
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  • YOU KNOW I THINK ABOUT OUR STAFF,
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  • WE'VE GOT SUCH A GIFTED AND WONDERFUL STAFF HERE,
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  • BUT I APPRECIATE THOSE STAFF MEMBERS WHO DO WHAT
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  • I ASK THEM TO DO EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT
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  • UNDERSTAND WHY; AT LEAST THEY BELIEVE MAYBE I KNOW
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  • SOMETHING THEY DON'T KNOW ABOUT A SITUATION
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  • AND THEY COMPLY WITH MY REQUEST.
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  • THOSE ARE THE STAFF MEMBERS, ADMITTEDLY, THAT I FAVOR.
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  • THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO GET THE RAISES AND THE
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  • PROMOTIONS BECAUSE THEY DO WHAT I ASK THEM TO DO.
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  • HINT TO STAFF MEMBERS LISTENING TODAY.
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  • I THINK ABOUT MY OWN CHILDREN.
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  • YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER MANY YEARS AGO I WAS TALKING TO
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  • ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS ABOUT A PARTICULAR BEHAVIOR,
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  • AND I SAID: YOU KNOW HONEY,
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  • I LOVE YOU AND I WANT THE BEST FOR YOU,
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  • THAT'S WHY I WANT YOU TO DO THIS.
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  • I DIDN'T KNOW HOW SHE WOULD REACT.
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  • AND SHE SAID: DAD, I'LL DO WHAT YOU ASK ME TO DO.
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  • I MEAN AT THAT MOMENT SHE COULD HAVE ASKED ME FOR
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  • ANYTHING IN THE WORLD. I'M GLAD SHE DIDN'T, BUT SHE COULD HAVE
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  • AND I WOULD HAVE GIVEN IT TO HER
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  • BECAUSE I WANT TO REWARD MY CHILDREN WHEN THEY OBEY ME.
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  • NOW, WHY IS IT THAT I USE CONTRACTORS,
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  • I FAVOR EMPLOYEES, AND I REWARD CHILDREN WHO OBEY ME?
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  • IT'S BECAUSE I AM MADE IN THE IMAGE OF A GOD
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  • WHO USES FAVORS AND REWARDS THOSE WHO OBEY HIM.
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  • GOD REWARDS THOSE WHO OBEY HIM BECAUSE THEY
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  • UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO HIM,
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  • THEY TRUST HIS JUDGMENT, AND THEY TRUST HIS MOTIVES.
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  • TODAY WE'RE IN OUR SERIES ON SEVEN MARKS OF A DISCIPLE,
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER ANOTHER
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  • ONE OF THOSE MARKS OF A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST;
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  • AND THAT IS: AN OBEDIENT HEART.
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  • A TRUE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST IS ONE WHO OBEYS JESUS
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  • IN ALL THINGS THAT HE HAS COMMANDED THEM,
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  • ACCORDING TO MATTHEW CHAPTER 28. YOU KNOW, JESUS DEMANDS
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  • FROM US AN OBEDIENT HEART. JUST LISTEN TO SOME OF THE
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  • COMMANDS IN SCRIPTURE THAT HE GAVE.
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  • JOHN 14:21, "HE WHO HAS MY COMMANDMENTS AND
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  • KEEPS THEM, HE IT IS WHO LOVES ME,
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  • AND HE WHO LOVES ME SHALL BE LOVED BY MY FATHER AND
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  • I WILL LOVE HIM AND WILL DISCLOSE MYSELF TO HIM."
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  • OR JOHN 8:51, "TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU
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  • IF ANYONE KEEPS MY WORD HE SHALL NEVER SEE DEATH."
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  • OR JOHN 3:36, THIS IS A GREAT ONE TO MEMORIZE,
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  • "HE WHO BELIEVES IN THE SON HAS ETERNAL LIFE,
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  • BUT HE WHO DOES NOT OBEY THE SON SHALL NOT
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  • SEE LIFE, BUT THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDES ON HIM."
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  • YOU KNOW ONE OF THE DOWNSIDES OF THE
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  • EVANGELICAL FAITH TRADITION IS THIS IDEA
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  • THAT WE HAVE THAT SOMEHOW BELIEF IN JESUS IS ESSENTIAL FOR
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  • SALVATION, BUT OBEDIENCE TO JESUS IS OPTIONAL.
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  • WE GIVE PEOPLE THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN TRUST IN GOD
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  • TO TAKE CARE OF YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE WITHOUT TRUSTING
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  • HIM ENOUGH TO OBEY HIM IN THIS LIFE.
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  • BUT JESUS NEVER GIVES US THAT OPTION. HE NEVER
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  • GIVES US A DICHOTOMY BETWEEN TRUST IN HIM FOR SALVATION
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  • BUT DISTRUST IN HIM FOR OBEDIENCE.
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  • YOU KNOW IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT THE WORDS IN
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  • THE BIBLE, THE GREEK WORD "OBEY" AND "TRUST"
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  • ARE VERY SIMILAR. THE GREEK WORD OBEY, PEITHO,
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  • THE GREEK WORD TRUST, PISTEUO,
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  • ARE VERY SIMILAR BECAUSE THEY ARE REALLY THE SAME THING.
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  • IT WAS BONHOEFFER WHO SAID: ONLY HE WHO BELIEVES
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  • TRULY OBEYS, AND ONLY HE WHO OBEYS TRULY BELIEVES.
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  • YOU CAN'T TRULY BELIEVE CHRIST WITHOUT OBEYING CHRIST.
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  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS SAYING TO US.
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  • JESUS NOT ONLY COMMANDED OBEDIENCE BUT HE
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  • DEMONSTRATED OBEDIENCE IN HIS OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • IN JOHN 4:34 HE SAID, "MY FOOD IS TO DO THE WILL OF
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  • HIM WHO SENT ME AND TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WORK."
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  • IN JOHN 6:38 HE SAID, "FOR I HAVE COME DOWN FROM
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  • HEAVEN NOT TO DO MY OWN WILL BUT TO DO THE WILL OF
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  • HIM WHO SENT ME."
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  • AND JESUS DEMONSTRATED THAT NOT JUST IN HIS WORDS,
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  • BUT IN HIS ACTIONS. IN FACT JESUS IN HIS LIFE
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  • DEMONSTRATED THREE KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF
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  • AN OBEDIENT HEART, THE KIND OF OBEDIENCE
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  • THAT GOD DEMANDS FROM US. FIRST OF ALL, JESUS' LIFE
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  • DEMONSTRATES IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
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  • IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE TO GOD. NOW I'M NOT SUGGESTING
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  • JESUS WAS SOME DIVINE ROBOT WHO WAS PROGRAMMED
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  • TO SAY 'YES' AUTOMATICALLY TO GOD - JESUS STRUGGLED
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  • WITH DOING THE WILL OF GOD SOMETIMES.
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  • THERE WAS NO GREATER STRUGGLE HE EXPERIENCED
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  • THAN THAT OF GETHSEMANE. IN LUKE 22:42 HE SAID, "FATHER,
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  • IF THOU ART WILLING, REMOVE THIS CUP,
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  • THIS EXPERIENCE FROM ME." JESUS DID NOT WANT
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  • TO GO TO THE CROSS. NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF
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  • THE PHYSICAL TORTURE, BUT BECAUSE OF THE
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  • SPIRITUAL AGONY OF FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
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  • BEING SEPARATED FROM HIS HEAVENLY FATHER BECAUSE
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  • HE WAS BURYING THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
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  • SO HE BEGGED: FIND ANOTHER WAY, GOD;
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  • AND YET AFTER THAT SEMI-COLON HE QUICKLY ADDED,
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  • "YET NOT MY WILL, BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE."
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  • LET ME GIVE YOU A LITTLE INSIGHT HERE.
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  • WHEN WE DEVELOP AN OBEDIENT HEART,
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  • THE MORE WE OBEY GOD WE FIND THAT INTERVAL BETWEEN
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  • GOD'S COMMAND AND OUR OBEDIENCE SHORTER AND
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  • SHORTER AND SHORTER, BUT HERE'S THE FLIPSIDE TO THAT:
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  • THE LONGER THE GAP BETWEEN GOD'S COMMAND AND
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  • OUR OBEDIENCE, THE GREATER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SATAN
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  • TO GAIN A VICTORY IN OUR LIFE.
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  • WHEN GOD SPEAKS, THE LONGER WE SAY:
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  • WELL GOD, LET ME THINK ABOUT THAT AND GET BACK TO YOU ON IT -
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  • THE GREATER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SATAN TO
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  • PERSUADE US TO GO ANOTHER WAY.
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  • JESUS DEMONSTRATED IMMEDIATE OBEDIENCE.
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  • SECONDLY, JESUS DEMONSTRATED COMPLETE OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
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  • THE PURITAN WRITER THOMAS BROOKS SAID: NO MAN OBEYS
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  • GOD TRULY WHO DOES NOT ENDEAVOR TO OBEY GOD FULLY.
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  • COMPLETE OBEDIENCE.
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  • THE OBEDIENCE THAT GOD DEMANDS FROM EACH OF US IS
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  • NOT JUST A PARTIAL OBEDIENCE, IT IS COMPLETE OBEDIENCE.
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  • AND BY THE WAY, JESUS DEMONSTRATED THAT IN
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  • PHILIPPIANS 2:8 WHEN HE SAID,
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  • "AND BEING FOUND IN THE APPEARANCE OF A MAN,
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  • HE HUMBLED HIMSELF BY BECOMING OBEDIENT TO THE
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  • POINT OF DEATH, EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS."
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  • JESUS' OBEDIENCE WASN'T PARTIAL - IT WAS COMPLETE.
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  • AND THEN, FINALLY, THE KIND OF OBEDIENCE GOD
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  • DEMANDS FROM US IS A JOYFUL OBEDIENCE.
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  • DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS RIGHT NOW THERE IS A
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  • WHOLE AUDIENCE WATCHING OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD,
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  • HOW WE RESPOND TO GOD OUR FATHER?
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  • THE AUDIENCE CONSISTS OF PEOPLE HERE ON EARTH WHO
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  • ARE WATCHING WHETHER OR NOT WE OBEY GOD
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  • COMPLETELY, AND FULLY, AND JOYFULLY,
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  • BUT THERE'S ALSO AN UNSEEN AUDIENCE IN HEAVEN -
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  • THOSE WHO'VE GONE BEFORE US AND ARE IN HEAVEN,
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  • NOT TO MENTION THE INVISIBLE ANGELS AND
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  • DEMONS WHO ARE WATCHING EVERYTHING.
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  • AND WE EITHER GIVE GLORY TO GOD OR WE HURT GOD'S
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  • REPUTATION FOR HOW WE RESPOND TO THE COMMANDS OF
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  • OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
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  • IF YOU THINK THAT'S A STRETCH,
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  • CONSIDER HEBREWS CHAPTER 12 THAT COMPARES OUR LIFE
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  • TO A RACE, AN OLYMPIC STYLE RACE,
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  • AND GOD HAS A SPECIFIC COURSE HE'S LAID OUT FOR
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  • US TO RUN, AND AS WE GO AROUND THAT COURSE TO
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  • COMPLETE IT, IT TAKES PERSPIRATION AND DETERMINATION.
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  • AND WHENEVER WE'RE TEMPTED TO GIVE UP,
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  • HEBREWS 12:2 SAYS: WE NEED TO LOOK AT SOMEBODY ELSE
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  • WHO FINISHED THE COURSE THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM,
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  • "FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTER
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  • OF FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS."
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  • NO, JESUS WASN'T GIDDY OF HOW THE IDEA OF GOING TO
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  • CALVARY, BUT HE DID IT ANYWAY. WHY?
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  • BECAUSE HE WAS ABLE TO LOOK PAST THE AGONY OF
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  • CALVARY AND LOOK TO THE ECSTASY OF THE UNENDING
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  • REWARD GOD HAD PLANNED FOR HIM.
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  • AND THAT'S THE KIND OF OBEDIENCE GOD WANTS FROM US;
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  • TO OBEY WITHOUT A LOT OF ARGUMENT,
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  • OBEY BECAUSE WE TRUST GOD'S PLAN FOR OUR LIFE.
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT KEEPS US FROM THAT COMPLETE,
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  • IMMEDIATE, AND JOYFUL OBEDIENCE?
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  • LET ME MENTION SEVERAL BARRIERS TO THAT KIND OF
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  • OBEDIENCE THAT GOD COMMANDS,
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  • TWO SPECIFICALLY.
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  • ONE IS: OUR DISTANCE FROM GOD.
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  • LET'S JUST BE HONEST: IT'S HARD TO OBEY
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  • AN INVISIBLE BEING, ISN'T IT?
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  • ONE WE'VE NEVER SEEN, ONE WHO SEEMS SO FAR AWAY.
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  • OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND.
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  • I'M NOT SAYING THAT'S A RIGHT EXCUSE FOR
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  • DISOBEYING GOD, BUT IT AT LEAST HELPS US UNDERSTAND
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  • ONE REASON WE FIND IT DIFFICULT TO OBEY GOD.
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  • BUT AN EVEN MORE POTENT BARRIER TO OBEDIENCE TO
  • 00:11:59.050 --> 00:12:02.090
  • GOD IS OUR DISTRUST OF GOD.
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:05.230
  • IT'S NOT JUST OUR DISTANCE FROM GOD - AT THE HEART OF
  • 00:12:05.240 --> 00:12:09.170
  • OUR DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD IS A BASIC INNATE
  • 00:12:09.180 --> 00:12:13.050
  • DISTRUST WE HAVE OF GOD.
  • 00:12:13.060 --> 00:12:17.000
  • YOU KNOW SOMEBODY HAS SAID: ALL SIN IS BASICALLY
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:20.170
  • CONTEMPT FOR GOD.
  • 00:12:20.180 --> 00:12:23.120
  • WHENEVER WE VIOLATE GOD'S COMMAND,
  • 00:12:23.130 --> 00:12:25.250
  • WE'RE SAYING: GOD, I DON'T TRUST YOU.
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:29.220
  • YOU MAY BE MORE POWERFUL THAN I AM,
  • 00:12:29.230 --> 00:12:31.180
  • BUT I DON'T REALLY BELIEVE WHAT YOU'VE SAID
  • 00:12:31.190 --> 00:12:33.290
  • IS WHAT IS BEST FOR ME.
  • 00:12:34.000 --> 00:12:35.200
  • EVERY TIME WE SIN WE ARE BASICALLY CASTING
  • 00:12:35.210 --> 00:12:38.100
  • A NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN GOD.
  • 00:12:38.110 --> 00:12:41.230
  • THAT'S THE BARRIER TO OUR OBEDIENCE,
  • 00:12:41.240 --> 00:12:44.040
  • OUR DISTRUST OF GOD.
  • 00:12:44.050 --> 00:12:47.140
  • HOW DO WE DEVELOP AN OBEDIENT HEART,
  • 00:12:47.150 --> 00:12:50.190
  • A HEART THAT REFLEXIVELY OBEYS GOD COMPLETELY,
  • 00:12:50.200 --> 00:12:55.140
  • IMMEDIATELY, AND JOYFULLY?
  • 00:12:55.150 --> 00:12:57.140
  • IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AUTOMATICALLY.
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:13:00.020
  • WE DON'T GET ONE OF THOSE HEARTS THE MOMENT WE ARE SAVED.
  • 00:13:00.030 --> 00:13:03.170
  • THE KEY IS WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OUR HEARTS,
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:05.290
  • AND IT IS A JOINT PROJECT BETWEEN GOD AND US.
  • 00:13:06.000 --> 00:13:08.190
  • SALVATION IS GOD'S WORK ALONE,
  • 00:13:08.200 --> 00:13:10.170
  • BUT SANCTIFICATION, BECOMING MORE LIKE CHRIST
  • 00:13:10.180 --> 00:13:13.050
  • IS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN GOD AND US.
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:16.040
  • EVEN JESUS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING
  • 00:13:16.050 --> 00:13:18.080
  • VERSES IN THE BIBLE, HEBREWS 5:8 SAYS,
  • 00:13:18.090 --> 00:13:21.130
  • "THOUGH JESUS WAS A SON, HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE BY
  • 00:13:21.140 --> 00:13:27.020
  • THE THINGS THAT HE SUFFERED."
  • 00:13:27.030 --> 00:13:28.250
  • NOW THINK ABOUT THIS: IF JESUS THE PERFECT SON OF GOD
  • 00:13:28.260 --> 00:13:31.270
  • HAD TO LEARN HOW TO OBEY HIS HEAVENLY FATHER,
  • 00:13:31.280 --> 00:13:35.150
  • HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU AND I HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO OBEY GOD?
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:40.110
  • HOW DO WE DO IT? LET ME SUGGEST FOUR
  • 00:13:40.120 --> 00:13:42.070
  • PRACTICAL WAYS TO DEVELOP THIS OBEDIENT HEART.
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:45.270
  • FIRST OF ALL, DECIDE THAT OBEDIENCE
  • 00:13:45.280 --> 00:13:49.130
  • IS A PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:49.140 --> 00:13:51.280
  • DECIDE THAT OBEDIENCE IS A PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:51.290 --> 00:13:54.150
  • I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SIMPLE, BUT LET ME JUST SAY
  • 00:13:54.160 --> 00:13:56.270
  • THE REASON MOST OF US DON'T OBEY GOD REGULARLY IS
  • 00:13:56.280 --> 00:14:01.100
  • BECAUSE WE HAVE NO INTENTION
  • 00:14:01.110 --> 00:14:03.020
  • OF OBEYING GOD REGULARLY.
  • 00:14:03.030 --> 00:14:07.000
  • WE HAVE TO INTENTIONALLY DECIDE
  • 00:14:07.010 --> 00:14:10.030
  • THAT WE'RE GOING TO OBEY GOD.
  • 00:14:10.040 --> 00:14:11.080
  • WE HAVE TO COME TO THE POINT IN OUR LIFE
  • 00:14:11.090 --> 00:14:12.230
  • WHEN WE SAY: GOD, I BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY IS TRUE
  • 00:14:12.240 --> 00:14:15.240
  • AND I REALLY DO BELIEVE YOU WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR ME.
  • 00:14:15.250 --> 00:14:20.060
  • BY THE WAY, A GREAT SCRIPTURE PASSAGE TO
  • 00:14:20.070 --> 00:14:22.040
  • MEMORIZE THAT REMINDS US THAT GOD'S WILL AND GOD'S
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:26.030
  • WORD ARE PERFECT FOR US IS THE PASSAGE FROM PSALM 19.
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:31.050
  • READ THIS AND MEDITATE UPON IT REGULARLY,
  • 00:14:31.060 --> 00:14:34.050
  • "THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT,
  • 00:14:34.060 --> 00:14:36.110
  • RESTORING THE SOUL; THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD
  • 00:14:36.120 --> 00:14:39.110
  • IS SURE, MAKING WISE THE SIMPLE.
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:42.010
  • THE PRECEPTS OF THE LORD ARE RIGHT,
  • 00:14:42.020 --> 00:14:43.270
  • REJOICING THE HEART.
  • 00:14:43.280 --> 00:14:45.160
  • THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD IS PURE,
  • 00:14:45.170 --> 00:14:47.240
  • ENLIGHTENING THE EYES.
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:49.230
  • THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS CLEAN,
  • 00:14:49.240 --> 00:14:51.220
  • ENDURING FOREVER.
  • 00:14:51.230 --> 00:14:53.090
  • THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE,
  • 00:14:53.100 --> 00:14:55.060
  • THEY ARE RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER.
  • 00:14:55.070 --> 00:14:57.240
  • THEY ARE MORE DESIRABLE THAN GOLD,
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:15:00.090
  • YES, MORE THAN FINE GOLD; AND SWEETER ALSO THAN
  • 00:15:00.100 --> 00:15:04.280
  • HONEY AND THE DRIPPINGS OF THE HONEYCOMB."
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:08.260
  • GOD'S COMMANDS ARE NOT EVIL,
  • 00:15:08.270 --> 00:15:11.130
  • THEY'RE NOT BAD, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO HURT US -
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:13.240
  • THEY ARE GOOD, THEY ARE PURE,
  • 00:15:13.250 --> 00:15:15.090
  • THEY ARE DELIGHTFUL.
  • 00:15:15.100 --> 00:15:17.180
  • DEVELOP THAT INTENTION; DECIDE THAT
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:19.180
  • OBEYING GOD IS YOUR INTENTION.
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:22.190
  • SECONDLY, DEVELOP A GOD-IS-HERE MINDSET.
  • 00:15:22.200 --> 00:15:29.120
  • DEVELOP A GOD-IS-HERE MINDSET.
  • 00:15:29.130 --> 00:15:31.220
  • IF ONE REASON WE HAVE TROUBLE OBEYING GOD IS
  • 00:15:31.230 --> 00:15:34.080
  • BECAUSE OF OUR DISTANCE FROM GOD, WE'VE GOT TO DEVELOP
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:37.070
  • WHAT WE CALL THIS GOD-IS-HERE MINDSET.
  • 00:15:37.080 --> 00:15:39.170
  • WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT, PASTOR?
  • 00:15:39.180 --> 00:15:41.100
  • THINK ABOUT KING DAVID FOR A MOMENT.
  • 00:15:41.110 --> 00:15:43.050
  • NOW WHEN WE THINK ABOUT DAVID,
  • 00:15:43.060 --> 00:15:45.170
  • WHAT DO WE THINK ABOUT?
  • 00:15:45.180 --> 00:15:47.220
  • THE BIG MESS UP WITH BATHSHEBA, RIGHT?
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:51.040
  • BUT OTHER THAN THAT ONE FLUB UP,
  • 00:15:51.050 --> 00:15:52.290
  • YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE SAYS DAVID WAS,
  • 00:15:53.000 --> 00:15:55.110
  • IN FACT, A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART.
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:16:00.020
  • WHY WAS THAT? THE KEY TO DAVID'S SPIRITUAL LIFE
  • 00:16:00.030 --> 00:16:04.010
  • WAS FOUND IN PSALM 16 VERSE 8. THIS IS SO RICH.
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:08.060
  • DAVID SAID, "I HAVE SET THE LORD
  • 00:16:08.070 --> 00:16:11.100
  • CONTINUALLY BEFORE ME.
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:13.190
  • BECAUSE HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND,
  • 00:16:13.200 --> 00:16:15.210
  • I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN."
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:18.010
  • NOW DAVID WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU HAVE SET
  • 00:16:18.020 --> 00:16:20.080
  • THE LORD BEFORE YOU?
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:21.180
  • I MEAN YOU WROTE IN PSALM 139,
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:23.220
  • "WHERE CAN I GO AND ESCAPE FROM GOD'S SPIRIT?
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:25.250
  • HE IS EVERYWHERE THAT I AM."
  • 00:16:25.260 --> 00:16:27.240
  • THAT'S THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD -
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:29.110
  • YES, HE IS EVERYWHERE,
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:31.030
  • WE JUST DON'T REALIZE HE'S EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:16:31.040 --> 00:16:34.020
  • WE DON'T REALIZE HE'S THERE AND WATCHING US,
  • 00:16:34.030 --> 00:16:36.150
  • AND CLOSE TO US SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUALLY DEVELOP THE
  • 00:16:36.160 --> 00:16:39.200
  • MINDSET THAT SAYS GOD IS HERE. HE IS HERE.
  • 00:16:39.210 --> 00:16:44.060
  • HOW DID DAVID DO THAT?
  • 00:16:44.070 --> 00:16:46.000
  • ONE WAY HE DID IT, PSALM 1,
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:47.160
  • WAS BY MEDITATING ON GOD'S LAW;
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:50.040
  • DAY AND NIGHT; READING THE TORAH,
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:53.160
  • THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 00:16:53.170 --> 00:16:55.040
  • IT REMINDED HIM THAT GOD IS HERE,
  • 00:16:55.050 --> 00:16:57.210
  • AND THAT'S A KEY FOR US TO REMEMBER GOD IS HERE,
  • 00:16:57.220 --> 00:17:00.130
  • BY CONTINUALLY READING HIS WORD.
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:03.060
  • WE NEED TO WORK AT REMINDING OURSELVES
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:05.140
  • THAT GOD IS HERE.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:08.020
  • YOU SEE THERE'S AN INSEPARABLE LINK BETWEEN
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:10.100
  • THINKING ABOUT GOD AND OBEYING GOD.
  • 00:17:10.110 --> 00:17:15.240
  • A THIRD KEY TO DEVELOPING THAT OBEDIENT HEART IS:
  • 00:17:15.250 --> 00:17:20.040
  • OBEY ALL THAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE.
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:23.230
  • OBEY ALL THAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE.
  • 00:17:23.240 --> 00:17:26.290
  • DEUTERONOMY 30 VERSE 2, "AND YOU RETURN TO THE LORD
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:30.080
  • YOUR GOD AND OBEY HIM WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART AND SOUL
  • 00:17:30.090 --> 00:17:34.130
  • ACCORDING TO ALL THAT I COMMAND YOU TODAY,
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:37.230
  • YOU AND YOUR SONS."
  • 00:17:37.240 --> 00:17:39.120
  • OR DEUTERONOMY 32 VERSE 46, HE SAID TO THEM,
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:42.090
  • "TAKE TO YOUR HEART ALL THE WORDS WITH WHICH I AM
  • 00:17:42.100 --> 00:17:45.260
  • WARNING YOU TODAY, WHICH YOU SHALL COMMAND YOUR
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:48.150
  • SONS TO OBSERVE CAREFULLY, EVEN ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW."
  • 00:17:48.160 --> 00:17:55.140
  • A FOURTH ESSENTIAL FOR DEVELOPING AN OBEDIENT
  • 00:17:55.150 --> 00:17:58.080
  • HEART IS: REMEMBER THE REWARD FOR OBEDIENCE.
  • 00:17:58.090 --> 00:18:03.030
  • REMEMBER THE REWARD FOR OBEDIENCE.
  • 00:18:03.040 --> 00:18:06.090
  • LISTEN TO HEBREWS 11:6.
  • 00:18:06.100 --> 00:18:07.270
  • I WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO THIS;
  • 00:18:07.280 --> 00:18:08.260
  • LOOK AT IT CAREFULLY.
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:10.140
  • "WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM,
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:14.100
  • FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS
  • 00:18:14.110 --> 00:18:18.040
  • AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO SEEK HIM."
  • 00:18:18.050 --> 00:18:24.290
  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO OBEY GOD CONTINUALLY,
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:27.110
  • YES, YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT GOD EXISTS.
  • 00:18:27.120 --> 00:18:30.030
  • THAT'S KIND OF A NO-BRAINER, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:18:30.040 --> 00:18:32.120
  • YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT GOD IS,
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:34.090
  • BUT BELIEVING GOD IS IS NOT ENOUGH.
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:36.280
  • FOR CONSISTENTLY OBEYING GOD YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE
  • 00:18:36.290 --> 00:18:40.290
  • THAT ONE DAY THERE'S A PAY-OFF FOR YOUR OBEDIENCE,
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:44.010
  • THAT ONE DAY HE IS GOING TO REWARD YOU FOR
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:46.250
  • YOUR OBEDIENCE TO HIM.
  • 00:18:46.260 --> 00:18:49.030
  • YOU KNOW WE LOOK AT THAT KIND OF SKEPTICALLY.
  • 00:18:49.040 --> 00:18:52.210
  • FOR EXAMPLE, A PARENT WHO REWARDS HIS CHILD GIVES HIM
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:56.170
  • A QUARTER OR A DOLLAR EVERY TIME THE CHILD OBEYS
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:19:00.030
  • THE PARENT, WE THINK: OH, YOU'RE MESSED UP.
  • 00:19:00.040 --> 00:19:02.220
  • YOU OUGHT TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING
  • 00:19:02.230 --> 00:19:04.230
  • BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
  • 00:19:04.240 --> 00:19:07.000
  • OR A FIRST GRADE TEACHER WHO GIVES OUT CANDY TO THE
  • 00:19:07.010 --> 00:19:09.090
  • STUDENTS WHO DO WELL ON A TEST:
  • 00:19:09.100 --> 00:19:10.280
  • OH, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, YOU NEED TO TEACH THEM
  • 00:19:10.290 --> 00:19:13.030
  • TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL JUST FOR THE JOY OF LEARNING -
  • 00:19:13.040 --> 00:19:15.250
  • YOU DON'T NEED TO GIVE THEM A REWARD.
  • 00:19:15.260 --> 00:19:18.130
  • BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:19.120
  • GOD KNOWS US BETTER THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES.
  • 00:19:19.130 --> 00:19:22.110
  • GOD SAYS UNLESS THERE IS A PROMISED REWARD IN THE FUTURE,
  • 00:19:22.120 --> 00:19:28.160
  • YOU'RE NOT GOING TO STAY IN THAT TROUBLED MARRIAGE.
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:32.210
  • YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SAY 'NO' CONSISTENTLY TO TEMPTATIONS.
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:37.040
  • YOU'RE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE AT A DIFFICULT
  • 00:19:37.050 --> 00:19:39.270
  • MINISTRY UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THERE IS
  • 00:19:39.280 --> 00:19:43.020
  • A PAY-OFF AT THE END.
  • 00:19:43.030 --> 00:19:45.010
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A
  • 00:19:45.020 --> 00:19:47.190
  • REWARD FOR OBEDIENCE.
  • 00:19:47.200 --> 00:19:49.150
  • THINK ABOUT HEBREWS CHAPTER 11, THE GREAT ROLL-CALL OF FAITH -
  • 00:19:49.160 --> 00:19:53.100
  • WHAT WAS THEIR MOTIVATION TO OBEY GOD?
  • 00:19:53.110 --> 00:19:55.220
  • IT WAS THE PROMISE OF A FUTURE
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:58.060
  • REWARD THAT KEPT THEM GOING.
  • 00:19:58.070 --> 00:20:00.000
  • HEBREWS 11 VERSE 13 SAYS, "ALL OF THESE DIED IN FAITH
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:03.210
  • WITHOUT RECEIVING THE PROMISES."
  • 00:20:03.220 --> 00:20:06.260
  • THEY DIDN'T GET THE PAY-OFF IN THIS LIFE.
  • 00:20:06.270 --> 00:20:09.010
  • THEY DIED WITHOUT RECEIVING THE PROMISES,
  • 00:20:09.020 --> 00:20:11.020
  • "BUT HAVING SEEN THEM AND HAVING WELCOMED THEM FROM
  • 00:20:11.030 --> 00:20:14.010
  • A DISTANCE, AND HAVING CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:17.040
  • STRANGERS AND EXILES ON THE EARTH.
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:20.010
  • BUT AS IT IS, THEY DESIRE A BETTER COUNTRY,
  • 00:20:20.020 --> 00:20:23.130
  • THAT IS, A HEAVENLY ONE."
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:25.080
  • THEY OBEYED GOD IN THIS LIFE BECAUSE OF THE BELIEF
  • 00:20:25.090 --> 00:20:29.060
  • THAT THEY HAD A BETTER LIFE THAT WAS COMING.
  • 00:20:29.070 --> 00:20:32.200
  • EVEN JESUS DID THAT.
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:35.040
  • AGAIN, REMEMBER, IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE JOY THAT
  • 00:20:35.050 --> 00:20:37.290
  • WAS SET BEFORE HIM THAT JESUS ENDURED THE AGONY OF
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:42.200
  • CALVARY TO EXPERIENCE THAT ECSTASY OF HIS UNENDING
  • 00:20:42.210 --> 00:20:46.190
  • REWARDS FROM GOD.
  • 00:20:46.200 --> 00:20:49.250
  • NO ACT OF OBEDIENCE IS SMALL IN GOD'S EYES,
  • 00:20:49.260 --> 00:20:54.150
  • WHETHER IT'S SAYING 'NO' TO A TEMPTATION OR 'YES'
  • 00:20:54.160 --> 00:20:57.240
  • TO THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, WE OBEY GOD BELIEVING THAT
  • 00:20:57.250 --> 00:21:03.170
  • ONE DAY HE IS GOING TO REWARD US FOR DOING SO.
  • 00:21:03.180 --> 00:21:07.210
  • AND REMEMBER NO ACT OF OBEDIENCE
  • 00:21:07.220 --> 00:21:11.110
  • IS INCONSEQUENTIAL IN GOD'S EYES.
  • 00:21:11.120 --> 00:21:15.050
  • PHILIP YANCEY, THE GREAT CHRISTIAN WRITER,
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:17.020
  • TALKS ABOUT SEEING A DOCUMENTARY ON TELEVISION
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:21.020
  • ABOUT SOME OF THE SURVIVORS OF WORLD WAR II.
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:25.040
  • LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS.
  • 00:21:25.050 --> 00:21:26.010
  • THIS IS SO FASCINATING.
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:27.070
  • HE SAID: THE SOLDIERS RECALLED HOW THEY SPENT
  • 00:21:27.080 --> 00:21:30.190
  • A PARTICULAR DAY.
  • 00:21:30.200 --> 00:21:32.230
  • ONE SAT IN THE FOX HOLE ALL DAY.
  • 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:35.080
  • ONCE OR TWICE A GERMAN TANK DROVE BY AND HE SHOT AT IT.
  • 00:21:35.090 --> 00:21:39.040
  • OTHERS PLAYED CARDS AND FRITTERED AWAY THE TIME.
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:42.140
  • A FEW GOT INVOLVED IN A FURIOUS FIREFIGHT.
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:45.150
  • MOSTLY, THE DAY PASSED LIKE ANY OTHER DAY FOR AN
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:49.060
  • INFANTRYMAN ON THE FRONT.
  • 00:21:49.070 --> 00:21:52.020
  • LATER THESE SOLDIERS LEARNED THAT THEY HAD JUST
  • 00:21:52.030 --> 00:21:55.180
  • PARTICIPATED IN ONE OF THE LARGEST,
  • 00:21:55.190 --> 00:21:58.010
  • MOST DECISIVE ENGAGEMENTS OF THE WAR -
  • 00:21:58.020 --> 00:22:01.090
  • THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.
  • 00:22:01.100 --> 00:22:03.150
  • IT DIDN'T FEEL LIKE IT WAS DECISIVE TO ANY OF THEM AT
  • 00:22:03.160 --> 00:22:06.160
  • THE TIME BECAUSE NONE OF THEM HAD THE BIG PICTURE
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:10.270
  • OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING ELSEWHERE.
  • 00:22:10.280 --> 00:22:13.200
  • AND THEN YANCEY ADDS: GREAT VICTORIES ARE WON
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:17.260
  • WHEN ORDINARY PEOPLE EXECUTE THEIR ASSIGNED TASKS,
  • 00:22:17.270 --> 00:22:22.100
  • AND A FAITHFUL PERSON DOES NOT DEBATE
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:24.150
  • EACH DAY WHETHER HE'S IN THE MOOD TO FOLLOW THE
  • 00:22:24.160 --> 00:22:27.230
  • SERGEANT'S ORDERS OR TO SHOW UP AT A BORING JOB.
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:31.170
  • WE EXERCISE FAITH BY RESPONDING TO THE TASK
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:35.100
  • THAT LIES BEFORE US, FOR WE HAVE CONTROL ONLY OVER
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:39.240
  • OUR ACTIONS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.
  • 00:22:39.250 --> 00:22:43.250
  • WHAT IS GOD ASKING YOU TO DO TODAY?
  • 00:22:45.060 --> 00:22:50.030
  • IT MAY BE SOMETHING MONUMENTAL.
  • 00:22:50.040 --> 00:22:53.090
  • IT MAY SEEM INCONSEQUENTIAL,
  • 00:22:53.100 --> 00:22:57.010
  • BUT WHATEVER GOD IS ASKING YOU TO DO TODAY,
  • 00:22:57.020 --> 00:23:01.170
  • SAYING 'YES' IS THE FIRST STEP
  • 00:23:01.180 --> 00:23:04.150
  • IN DEVELOPING AN OBEDIENT HEART.
  • 00:23:04.160 --> 00:23:08.080
  • MUSIC
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  • SAYING "YES" TO GOD IS SUCH A SIMPLE STEP.
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  • BUT WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF DOING THAT IMMEDIATELY,
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  • COMPLETELY, AND JOYFULLY YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY TO
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  • DEVELOPING AN OBEDIENT HEART.
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  • WELL, WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO HELP YOU
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  • ON YOUR PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND TWO YEARS AGO, THAT LED US TO DEVELOP A
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  • BRAND-NEW MINISTRY RESOURCE.
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  • WE CALL IT PATHWAY MAGAZINE.
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  • TO INFORM YOU.
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  • AND IF YOU AREN'T RECEIVING OUR PUBLICATION ALREADY,
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  • I'D LIKE TO SEND YOU THREE COMPLIMENTARY COPIES.
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  • MUSIC
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  • THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WHILE MAN LOOKS ON THE
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  • OUTWARD APPEARANCE, GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART.
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  • AND IN HIS BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY, DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • HELPS US GET BACK TO THE HEART OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH.
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  • LET GOD TRANSFORM YOUR HEART AS YOU LEARN TO BE
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  • MORE LIKE CHRIST IN THE AREAS OF FORGIVENESS,
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  • OBEDIENCE, TRUST, CONTENTMENT,
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  • SERVICE, AND PRAYER.
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  • A COPY OF CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY IS YOURS WHEN
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  • YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS AN ADDED BONUS, YOU'LL RECEIVE A DVD COPY OF
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  • DR. JEFFRESS' SIGNATURE MESSAGE,
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  • AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE 7 MARKS OF A DISCIPLE
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD...
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  • FEATURING FAR MORE MESSAGES AND CONTENT
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  • THAN WE'VE HAD TIME TO AIR ON TELEVISION.
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  • AND BECAUSE OF OUR LIGHT THE DARKNESS MATCHING CHALLENGE,
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  • YOUR GENEROUS DONATION WILL BE MATCHED
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  • DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR FROM NOW UNTIL JULY 5TH!
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  • THROUGH THE FAITHFUL SUPPORT OF COMMITTED
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  • FRIENDS LIKE YOU, WE RECENTLY ACHIEVED THE MOST
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  • SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF OUR RADIO AND TELEVISION NETWORKS
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  • SINCE PATHWAY TO VICTORY WAS ESTABLISHED.
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  • AND THIS MATCHING CHALLENGE WILL HELP US
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  • CONTINUE TO EXPAND THE IMPACT OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • FOR YEARS TO COME.
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  • PLEASE STAND WITH US NOW...
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  • WITH DOUBLE THE IMPACT...
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  • TO PIECE THE DARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • TOGETHER, WE CAN HELP TRANSFORM THE WORLD WITH GOD'S TRUTH...
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  • ONE LIFE AT A TIME.
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  • SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT YOU CAN TRUST IN GOD TO TAKE
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  • CARE OF YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE,
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  • WITHOUT TRUSTING HIM ENOUGH TO OBEY HIM IN THIS LIFE.
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  • BUT YOU CAN'T TRULY BELIEVE IN CHRIST,
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  • WITHOUT ALSO OBEYING CHRIST.
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  • WELL, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR AN OBEDIENT HEART.
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  • BUT THE ONLY WAY WE CAN OBEY GOD IMMEDIATELY,
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  • COMPLETELY, AND JOYFULLY IS IF WE TRUST IN HIM.
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  • THERE'S AN INSEPARABLE LINK BETWEEN OBEDIENCE AND TRUST.
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  • WHICH IS WHY THE FOURTH MARK OF A TRUE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST
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  • IS A TRUSTING HEART.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
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  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST A COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'
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  • BESTSELLING BOOK, CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
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  • THE SEVEN MARKS OF A DISCIPLE
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • BECAUSE OF OUR LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS MATCHING CHALLENGE,
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  • YOUR GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • WILL BE DOUBLED, MAKING YOUR $100 GIFT BECOME $200
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  • OR YOUR $500 GIFT BECOME $1.000!
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  • SO, THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
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  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY!
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • IF I JUST KNEW THAT I WAS GOING THROUGH THIS TUNNEL,
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  • AND THERE WOULD BE FIVE MONSTERS I WOULD HAVE TO
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  • FIGHT, BUT AT LEAST THERE WAS LIGHT AT THE END OF
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  • THE TUNNEL, I THINK I COULD MAKE IT THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE.
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  • WELL THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
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  • THAT LIGHT IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • GOD SAYS: I WILL WALK WITH YOU THROUGH THE TUNNEL AND
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  • I'LL BE WITH YOU AT THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME FOR A MESSAGE CALLED,
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  • DEVELOPING A TRUSTING HEART.
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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