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December 16, 2016
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Steven Furtick: Unqualified

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  • If you've ever wondered if you've got what it takes
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  • to live the life God's called you to,
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  • I want to share with you why I believe you do.
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  • The "(Un)qualified" series is for every person
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  • who's tired of dealing with the frustration and insecurity
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  • of feeling inadequate, and ready to discover
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  • that God still uses broken people to do big things.
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  • (female announcer) They are the heroes of the Bible.
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  • They are immortalized, sanctified, revered.
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  • They were God's chosen people, the founders of the church.
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  • What were their qualifications?
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  • A speech impediment, a denial of faith, an affair.
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  • Who were these heroes?
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  • A murderer, a prostitute, a liar and a schemer.
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  • In the eyes of the world, they were unqualified.
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  • But God has a history of using broken people to do big things.
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  • And he still does it today.
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  • Been having the best time teaching
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  • in this "(Un)qualified" series.
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  • And in our final episode today,
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  • I want to give you just a challenge,
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  • a really simple challenge, a practical challenge,
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  • hopefully an inspiring challenge that will bring
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  • some of the concepts that we've been learning together.
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  • Hopefully, if you've missed some of the episodes,
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  • you can go back and watch them.
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  • But even if you didn't,
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  • I know this is going to speak to you
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  • because my challenge very simply to all of you today
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  • is to take the words that you've heard,
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  • take the things that God has taught you,
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  • take the faith that God has put inside of your heart,
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  • the gift that God has given you, and put it to work.
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  • That's my title for this final session, "Put it to Work."
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  • Put it to work.
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  • It's not thinking about it more, or even praying about it more,
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  • or waiting until the right time.
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  • You know, Ecclesiastes says,
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  • "If you want for the right conditions,
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  • "you'll never get anything done.
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  • You've got to sow when you can sow, and go when you can go,
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  • and put it to work
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  • even when you don't understand where you're going.
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  • You've got to make movement, forward progress,
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  • and put it to work.
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  • Now, I'm somebody who doesn't mind working hard
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  • if I have a reason to work hard.
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  • I'm somebody who doesn't mind expending effort
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  • if I know that the outcome is going to justify the labor.
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  • What I don't like is working at something that's worthless.
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  • I don't mind paying a cost
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  • if what I'm doing is going to count.
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  • So, I want to know that my work is worthwhile.
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  • I love to know that I'm making a difference.
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  • I love to know that it matters.
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  • It motivates me to know that what I did matters
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  • because I get frustrated when stuff doesn't work.
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  • If anything doesn't work,
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  • like I was teaching a session in this series,
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  • and I was trying to pull up my material on my iPad.
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  • This thing is great most of the time,
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  • but sometimes it doesn't work right.
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  • And the only problem with the times when it doesn't work is,
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  • well, since I don't know how it works--I mean, to me,
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  • this is magical that stuff is just supposed to appear.
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  • I'm supposed to be able to put my notes in my computer,
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  • and hit a button,
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  • and it shows up on my iPad like presents under the tree
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  • when I'm 8 years old.
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  • So, when that doesn't happen, I know that it didn't work,
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  • but I don't know why it didn't work.
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  • That's the most frustrating thing in the world.
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  • We have a staff member at our church
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  • that helps me sometimes with issues like this.
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  • He oversees our technology, and his name is Nick.
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  • And some of our audience knows Nick.
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  • Nick is somebody we call on at church when things break.
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  • And since I'm the boss, I just call Nick all the time
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  • when stuff isn't working.
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  • And one day, he was working on something,
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  • and he was helping me with an issue that I had,
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  • some technology issue I'm sure.
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  • I am technologically challenged.
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  • And so, he came in, and he was doing his thing,
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  • and I was so impressed.
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  • And I was kind of watching him work.
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  • You know, just watching him work his magic.
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  • And I was wondering how he got good
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  • at just fixing stuff generally because I can't fix anything.
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  • And I asked him the question,
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  • "When did you realize that you're a genius?
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  • "When did you have the revelation
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  • "that you had this brilliant ability to fix anything at all,
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  • "mechanically, technically?
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  • When did you realize that?"
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  • And he answered really humbly,
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  • but what he said was actually--
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  • there was a lesson in it.
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  • He said, "From the time I'm a little boy,
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  • "I remember always being curious about how things work.
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  • "I don't remember a time when I wasn't taking something apart,
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  • "putting it back together just to see how it worked.
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  • "Whatever it was, a toy, a tool,
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  • "even cars when I got a little older,
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  • I'd want to take it apart and put it back together."
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  • And that's when I realized I am nothing like Nick.
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  • I don't remember a single time in my life
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  • that I have ever voluntarily taken something apart
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  • to see how it worked.
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  • Now, I might have thrown something against a wall,
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  • and made it fall apart when it didn't work,
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  • but I don't care how it works, I just want it to.
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  • I just want it to work.
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  • I think a lot of us have this approach
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  • to our lives and our faith.
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  • I mean, like, I just want it to work, God.
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  • Just fix it, God.
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  • Nick, God, fix it.
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  • And then, when things aren't working in our lives,
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  • we resort to prayer,
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  • and read a Bible verse, or maybe hit church,
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  • or catch an inspirational program on TV.
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  • And it's like, "I hope this works."
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  • You know, it's kind of a wishful spirituality.
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  • But God is a God of process.
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  • That's what we've been learning is that he'll often
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  • take your life apart,
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  • and it'll feel like it's broken down into pieces
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  • when something's not working.
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  • We see in John chapter 5
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  • a picture of this kind of ministry,
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  • a picture of this kind of mindset.
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  • There's a colonnade where sick people are gathered together,
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  • and all of them are trying to get healed.
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  • Maybe there's a blind guy, he can't see,
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  • his eyes don't work correctly.
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  • Maybe there's someone whose hand doesn't work properly.
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  • Maybe there's somebody who has an internal issue,
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  • and nobody can see it,
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  • but there's something on the inside that's not working.
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  • All of these characters are gathered around this pool,
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  • the pool of Bethesda it was called.
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  • And they're gathered there because, well,
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  • the way it works is when an angel
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  • would trouble the waters at the pool,
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  • the first one who got into the water,
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  • according to the urban legend, could get healed.
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  • Whatever wasn't working would function again.
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  • Whoever was first, whoever got there,
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  • that's the way it worked until Jesus showed up.
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  • The Bible says in John chapter 5, verse 1,
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  • "Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem
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  • "for one of the Jewish festivals.
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  • Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool."
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  • How many of you would like to be at a pool near the Sheep Gate?
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  • Let's not get a vacation there.
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  • "In Aramaic it's called Bethesda,
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  • and it's surrounded by five covered colonnades."
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  • I already told you that, but remember that in the Scriptures,
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  • five is always symbolic of grace.
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  • So, there's going to be a contrast here between works,
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  • the system of the law, and grace,
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  • which is what Jesus embodies in perfect form.
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  • So, grace shows up on the scene, and it says in verse 3 that,
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  • "Here a great number of disabled people used to lie,"
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  • we just mentioned some,
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  • "the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed."
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  • Hold on to that phrase "paralyzed"
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  • because that describe you at some level.
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  • There is something in your life right now that's not working.
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  • I wish I knew exactly what it was, I would speak to it.
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  • Something that's not working.
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  • I could guess.
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  • It could be in your life, your prayer life isn't working.
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  • It could be in your life, your self-control isn't working,
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  • in your eating and your exercise.
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  • It could be that your patience isn't working,
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  • just irritable all the time, exploding over everybody.
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  • You might even be out of a job.
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  • You might not be working.
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  • You might not be providing for your family.
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  • But everybody has something that isn't working.
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  • Some are easier to spot than others.
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  • Everybody has something in their life that isn't working.
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  • When I teach a series on how God uses broken people
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  • to do big things,
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  • I could really leave out the first part.
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  • I mean, who else is God going to use but broken people?
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  • What else does he have to work with?
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  • Aren't you glad that God works with you where you are,
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  • with your preexisting conditions?
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  • That he doesn't boot you off the policy of salvation
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  • like an insurance company?
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  • So, he shows up into a situation full of preexisting conditions,
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  • paralyzed people.
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  • And it says that, "One was there who had been an invalid
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  • for thirty-eight years."
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  • He was broken, a broken person.
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  • "And when Jesus saw him lying there
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  • "and learned that he'd been in this condition
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  • for a long time--"
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  • this isn't when your iPad stops working for a minute.
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  • This isn't when you have a bad night with your husband.
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  • This isn't when you have a rough day at work.
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  • This is something broken that you don't know how to fix.
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  • This is when you can't get it to work.
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  • You've prayed, and it just won't work, it won't--
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  • this isn't working.
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  • That's the situation that's represented here.
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  • And when Jesus found out, he asked a question.
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  • The question on the surface seems rude to me
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  • and a little bit obvious, "Do you want to get well?"
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  • There is only one correct answer to this question, by the way.
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  • "Yes, please. How? Just tell me what to do."
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  • Yet the man doesn't respond that way.
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  • And the reason he doesn't respond that way
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  • is because he doesn't yet know who he's talking to.
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  • See, God can be involved in your life,
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  • and you don't even know it's him.
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  • The man didn't know much about Jesus.
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  • Had he heard about him? Well, no.
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  • Had he seen a picture? Probably not.
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  • He was standing face to face with the one who had healing
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  • in his wings, and he didn't know it yet.
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  • So, he starts making excuses.
  • 00:10:46.120 --> 00:10:48.280
  • You know, he starts giving valid excuses.
  • 00:10:48.290 --> 00:10:51.080
  • Hey, these are real reasons.
  • 00:10:51.090 --> 00:10:52.250
  • This man has a real problem, a real paralysis.
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  • He's not making this up.
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  • "Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool
  • 00:10:57.020 --> 00:10:59.210
  • "when the water is stirred.
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  • "While I am trying to get in,
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  • someone else goes down ahead of me."
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  • I'm in a system that isn't working.
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  • Now, here's what happens when you have an area of your life
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  • that isn't working.
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  • You surround yourself with people that comfort you
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  • about what's not working in your life.
  • 00:11:12.210 --> 00:11:15.050
  • Instead of getting around people that challenge you,
  • 00:11:15.060 --> 00:11:17.250
  • you hang out with people who can comfort you.
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  • And now you're with him, and his eyes don't work.
  • 00:11:19.290 --> 00:11:22.030
  • And you're with her, and her feet don't work.
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  • And so, now you start feeling better
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  • about what doesn't work on you.
  • 00:11:25.170 --> 00:11:29.110
  • But you can get trapped in your own excuses.
  • 00:11:29.120 --> 00:11:31.130
  • Now, here comes empowerment.
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  • Jesus said to him, verse 8, "Get up!
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  • Pick up your mat and walk."
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  • I don't know how he said it,
  • 00:11:36.250 --> 00:11:38.040
  • I'd like to imagine a couple different ways,
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  • one's a whisper, "Get up. Pick up your mat."
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  • He slaps him on the butt, "Walk. Get out there.
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  • Go get them, tiger. You got this."
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:52.210
  • The other one, he's hollering at the man, you know,
  • 00:11:52.220 --> 00:11:54.170
  • "Get up. Pick up your mat. Walk."
  • 00:11:54.180 --> 00:11:58.190
  • I don't know how he said it, I don't know.
  • 00:11:58.200 --> 00:12:00.090
  • I don't know how he spoke to him.
  • 00:12:00.100 --> 00:12:01.190
  • I know whatever tone he used, it was enough to get the job done.
  • 00:12:01.200 --> 00:12:07.190
  • You know, God can speak to you in a lot of different ways.
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  • But if you will take action on his Word
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  • and put his Word to work, it will work in your life.
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  • It's not going to work if you don't work it.
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  • I can teach you the truth, and you can learn the truth
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  • from the Pope himself,
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  • but it's going to require your response.
  • 00:12:28.200 --> 00:12:32.110
  • One guy said that God's Word is like a can of paint.
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  • The value is in the application.
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  • It's what you do with the Word of God that makes it work.
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  • And the Bible says, "At once the man was cured;
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  • and he picked up his mat and walked."
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  • I think I'll stop there
  • 00:12:56.280 --> 00:12:58.290
  • because I like the picture that the man got cured.
  • 00:12:59.000 --> 00:13:03.070
  • He met up with the one who had--
  • 00:13:03.080 --> 00:13:09.060
  • shoot, I can't stop right there in the middle of a verse.
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  • Well, we just may as well read the rest.
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  • It says, "At once the man was cured;
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  • he picked up his mat and walked."
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  • This doesn't seem important, but I'll read it
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  • because it's in the same verse.
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  • "The day on which this took place was a Sabbath."
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  • Maybe there's--maybe there's something to that, Sabbath.
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  • That's the day when the Jewish people
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  • weren't supposed to do any work.
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:44.200
  • Now, God gave them that command for their own good,
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  • but they turned it into something different.
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  • They made it so stringent and so strict that, well,
  • 00:13:51.100 --> 00:13:54.050
  • they had actual laws about how heavy something could be
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  • before it would be counted as work
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  • when you lifted it on the Sabbath.
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  • Like, if it were a certain number of ounces,
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  • you almost had to put it on the scale
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  • before you picked it up because if it weighed too much
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  • and you picked it up, that was counting as work, work, work.
  • 00:14:13.230 --> 00:14:21.260
  • And I wonder why Jesus would call that man
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  • not only to get up, but to take with him a mat
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  • that he no longer needed.
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  • our flaws.
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  • The system was broken.
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  • The people were sitting around a pool that couldn't heal them.
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  • They were married to a religious system
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  • that was devoid of power to save them.
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  • So, Jesus took the opportunity on the Sabbath--
  • 00:15:16.160 --> 00:15:19.030
  • realize he could have healed this man any day.
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  • What was Jesus doing going to the pool at Bethesda
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  • around sick people on the Sabbath day?
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  • He wanted to start something.
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  • He wanted to go to a place
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  • where he wasn't supposed to heal people,
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  • and heal somebody just to see what would happen when he did.
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  • Now, watch what happened when he did.
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  • You would think everybody at the pool would throw a party.
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  • "Hey, pool party."
  • 00:15:38.170 --> 00:15:40.200
  • You would think everybody would start rocking.
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  • But instead, they started accusing and pointing.
  • 00:15:42.290 --> 00:15:46.130
  • Look what they did in verse 10.
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  • "The Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed,
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  • "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:53.000
  • Really?
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  • We're talking about a mat?
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  • And God just healed a man?
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  • You're more worried about the mat than the man?
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  • That's religion, more worried about your brokenness
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  • and your crippled condition than your calling.
  • 00:16:10.290 --> 00:16:13.190
  • Always pointing to your problems,
  • 00:16:13.200 --> 00:16:15.100
  • never seeing your potential.
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:17.000
  • That's the accuser, that's the adversary,
  • 00:16:17.010 --> 00:16:19.220
  • always showing you your broken places.
  • 00:16:19.230 --> 00:16:23.140
  • But Jesus, being intentional, had set this man up,
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  • and sent this man away knowing full well
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  • that the religious leaders were going to see him
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  • walking away from the pool with his mat,
  • 00:16:36.240 --> 00:16:41.220
  • obviously calling attention to the fact that the man
  • 00:16:41.230 --> 00:16:45.120
  • was working on the Sabbath.
  • 00:16:45.130 --> 00:16:49.040
  • Why did he do it?
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  • Well, one theory is that he wanted the man to do some work
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  • on the Sabbath so that the people would see
  • 00:16:56.020 --> 00:16:59.020
  • that what wasn't working before Jesus showed up
  • 00:16:59.030 --> 00:17:02.100
  • was working now that the man had received his touch.
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  • If the man hadn't carried the mat,
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:08.000
  • perhaps he would have slipped away from the pool unnoticed,
  • 00:17:08.010 --> 00:17:10.220
  • but it was the mat that got the attention of the people
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  • to see the miracle so that they could know that the Messiah
  • 00:17:14.110 --> 00:17:17.250
  • was on the scene, and the message was in full effect.
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  • I want to let you know that God desires to put whatever
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:25.070
  • was paralyzing you to work in your life.
  • 00:17:25.080 --> 00:17:28.100
  • Once grace showed up, I found a God who would work my paralysis
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:34.040
  • toward my potential, turn my paralysis into purpose.
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  • Don't you understand that the man with the mat was serving
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:43.000
  • a purpose, and even the thing that he had lied on for 38 years
  • 00:17:43.010 --> 00:17:46.190
  • was now pointing to the one who came to fulfill the law?
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  • What's your mat?
  • 00:17:51.210 --> 00:17:54.130
  • What's your weakness?
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  • What's the thing in your life that wouldn't work?
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:18:01.170
  • Would you offer that to God too?
  • 00:18:01.180 --> 00:18:04.250
  • Would you say, "God, if I have to carry my mat
  • 00:18:04.260 --> 00:18:08.210
  • "the rest of my life, even if it's 38 more years,
  • 00:18:08.220 --> 00:18:14.180
  • "I'll use not only my blessings, but my brokenness
  • 00:18:14.190 --> 00:18:21.270
  • so people can see who you are"?
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  • (announcer) Paul was a murderer.
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  • Rahab was a prostitute.
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  • And Jonah was fish food.
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  • By any standard, these guys were unqualified.
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  • And yet, God entrusted them with some of the most
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  • important tasks in human history.
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  • Just like these Bible greats,
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  • we struggle in the space between our weaknesses
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  • and our dreams, between who we think we are
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  • and who God says we're meant to be.
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  • In fact, you'll be encouraged as you find out that God
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  • My oldest son decided he wanted to play soccer.
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:09.130
  • What a blessing.
  • 00:20:09.140 --> 00:20:12.200
  • I've been out there on the soccer field,
  • 00:20:12.210 --> 00:20:15.040
  • trying to cheer him on.
  • 00:20:15.050 --> 00:20:16.280
  • It's tough.
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:19.090
  • It's tough because I don't-- I don't know how soccer works.
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:25.030
  • I really don't understand the basics of it.
  • 00:20:25.040 --> 00:20:27.250
  • I know I can scream, "Goal."
  • 00:20:27.260 --> 00:20:30.260
  • That only happens like once every four games.
  • 00:20:30.270 --> 00:20:33.270
  • Just in the meantime, I don't know what to do.
  • 00:20:33.280 --> 00:20:37.110
  • And Elijah came to me the other day, and he said--he said,
  • 00:20:37.120 --> 00:20:41.170
  • "Daddy, do you think I can be good at soccer?"
  • 00:20:41.180 --> 00:20:44.170
  • And of course I want him to, I want him to be--
  • 00:20:44.180 --> 00:20:47.070
  • I want him to be good at soccer.
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:50.140
  • But you're going to need somebody
  • 00:20:50.150 --> 00:20:52.270
  • that knows how it works.
  • 00:20:52.280 --> 00:20:55.250
  • I don't--I'll take you to the games.
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:58.270
  • That's as far as I can get you.
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:01.130
  • I'll be there cheering for you, that's all I can do for you.
  • 00:21:01.140 --> 00:21:05.220
  • But you're going to need somebody
  • 00:21:05.230 --> 00:21:08.120
  • who knows how the sport works.
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:11.070
  • I don't know the mechanics of soccer.
  • 00:21:11.080 --> 00:21:12.250
  • Run faster, get open, pass the ball, shoot.
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:21.190
  • I don't know, I'm out of knowledge here.
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  • Religion can only take you so far.
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  • It doesn't work.
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  • It doesn't--don't you see the picture of John chapter 5 is not
  • 00:21:30.170 --> 00:21:34.150
  • of a paralyzed man as much as it is of a broken system?
  • 00:21:34.160 --> 00:21:42.270
  • And what the law is powerless to do,
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:44.130
  • and that it was weakened by the sinful nature,
  • 00:21:44.140 --> 00:21:46.030
  • God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man
  • 00:21:46.040 --> 00:21:48.120
  • to be a sin offering.
  • 00:21:48.130 --> 00:21:51.010
  • That's the gospel.
  • 00:21:51.020 --> 00:21:53.010
  • That's the five covered colonnades of grace.
  • 00:21:53.020 --> 00:21:56.200
  • That's the God who turns your brokenness into blessings.
  • 00:21:56.210 --> 00:22:02.200
  • And perhaps he's calling you today to get up and walk.
  • 00:22:02.210 --> 00:22:09.080
  • I mean, that's pretty simple, right?
  • 00:22:09.090 --> 00:22:12.090
  • He didn't tell the man to get up and run the 40-yard dash.
  • 00:22:12.100 --> 00:22:17.110
  • He didn't tell the man even where to do.
  • 00:22:17.120 --> 00:22:20.220
  • He just told him, "Get up on your feet, and take your mat,
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:24.140
  • and come out and--"
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:26.020
  • You know what I'm praying that you'll do?
  • 00:22:26.030 --> 00:22:28.050
  • I'm praying that you would hold your mat high
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:31.140
  • as a testimony of what God is delivering you from.
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:37.080
  • Don't be ashamed of your mat.
  • 00:22:37.090 --> 00:22:39.080
  • You know, your mat doesn't hold you anymore, you hold it.
  • 00:22:39.090 --> 00:22:43.220
  • I've still got a mat, I've still got issues,
  • 00:22:43.230 --> 00:22:46.080
  • I've still got things to work out in my life,
  • 00:22:46.090 --> 00:22:48.140
  • but now because of this encounter with Christ,
  • 00:22:48.150 --> 00:22:53.050
  • because I realize that his grace is operative in my life,
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:56.120
  • because I realize that he's the God of Jacob too,
  • 00:22:56.130 --> 00:22:59.170
  • not just the God of my victories,
  • 00:22:59.180 --> 00:23:01.080
  • but the God of my defeats,
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:02.190
  • because I realize that my words are defined
  • 00:23:02.200 --> 00:23:05.110
  • not by what I see in myself in the mirror,
  • 00:23:05.120 --> 00:23:06.280
  • but what God has spoken about me from eternity past,
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:09.240
  • where he's made mention of my name
  • 00:23:09.250 --> 00:23:11.130
  • before the foundations of the earth,
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  • and I'm like an arrow concealed in his hand,
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  • because I realize now who I am,
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  • and I'm accepting myself,
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  • and I realize that God embraces me,
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  • not the me that I long to be,
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  • not the me that I'm going to be,
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  • not the me that they wanted me to be,
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  • but the me that I am,
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  • and he is changing me from glory to glory,
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  • from strength to strength.
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  • He's working in my life, he's working in my life.
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  • I am a construction site.
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  • I am a work in progress.
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  • My life might be in pieces right now,
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  • but God is piecing together all the fragments of my life.
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  • Every experience, every disappointment, every success,
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  • and every failure.
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  • Every strength and every struggle,
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  • all things are working together
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  • for the good of those who love God,
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  • and are called according to his purpose.
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  • Even my paralysis serves a purpose.
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  • Even my problem serves a purpose.
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  • Even my proclivities towards sin serve a purpose
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  • because they lead me to the grace of God.
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  • And I believe that in your life, there is a new grace
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  • coming upon you this day in Jesus' name
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  • to take up your mat and walk, and put it to work.
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  • Put your weakness to work.
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  • His grace is sufficient for you.
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  • What comes to your mind when you hear the name Steven Furtick?
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  • That's what the interviewer asked the theologian
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  • at the beginning of our series,
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  • and the theologian responded with an insult.
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  • Unqualified.
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  • Well, that made a pretty good book title.
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  • I could have let that paralyze me, or I can put it to work.
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  • You know, you have the same decision to make today
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  • about every hard thing that's happened in your life,
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  • about every hurt that's been handed to you,
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  • about every limitation that's in your life,
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  • about every disappointment and frustration that you faced.
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  • Are you going to lie down on it?
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  • Are you going to die here, and wait for somebody else
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  • to put you in the pool?
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  • Or are you going to get up in the presence of grace,
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  • and take up your mat, and walk?
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  • I pray that you would walk forward
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  • into the future that God has for you.
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  • And I pray that you would know now the love of God,
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  • and the plans that he has for you.
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  • Plans to prosper you, not to harm you.
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  • Plans to give you a hope and a future.
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  • And now, unto him who is able to do and measurably more
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  • than we could ask or imagine,
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  • to him be glory through Christ Jesus in the church
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  • now and forever, amen.
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  • (announcer) We hope you've been enjoying the "(Un)qualified" special
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  • with Pastor Steven Furtick.
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  • Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor
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  • of Elevation Church based out of Charlotte, North Carolina,
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  • as well as a New York Times bestselling author.
  • 00:26:09.290 --> 00:26:12.190
  • His ministry focuses on equipping people
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  • for a life of faith,
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  • and bringing the hope of the gospel
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  • to people around the world
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  • in an authentic and creative way.
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  • We'd love for you to visit StevenFurtick.com,
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  • as well as join our Facebook page
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  • to explore a wide range of inspirational resources.
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  • (announcer) Jacob, Esther, Mary, and David,
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  • Their spiritual resumes didn't match up with their
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  • earthly assignments, and yet, God promoted these
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  • unqualified people to positions
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  • they never dreamed they would fulfill.
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  • The Bible is filled with unlikely heroes.
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  • If you've ever felt like you aren't right for the job
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  • God has called you to, then you're in good company.
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  • In his encouraging book "[Un]Qualified," Steven Furtick
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  • reveals the inspiring truth, that being unqualified is
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  • God's favorite qualification.
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  • I believe that as you read it,
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  • you'll discover that God has a way of using our weaknesses.
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  • In fact, you'll be encouraged as you find out that God really
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  • loves and uses unqualified people like you and me.
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  • (announcer) As our thank you for your gift of any amount
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  • in support of TBN, we'll rush you your own copy
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  • of Steven's empowering book.
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