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July 17, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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Measuring More Part 1

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  • - I wanna encourage you
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  • that you are,
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  • as a child of God,
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  • blessed beyond measure.
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  • So don't measure me
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  • by what you can see.
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  • Because there's more to me
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  • than what you see.
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  • I am a child of God.
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  • I'm completely and perfectly
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  • designed for the calling
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  • I have received.
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  • I know I can rise
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  • to the occasion because
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  • my Maker and Builder is God.
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  • On every side,
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  • you wanna judge me
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  • I'm just like I ought to be
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  • - Ephesians 3:16.
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  • The great Apostle Paul
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  • is praying for a church
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  • that he spent
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  • three and a half years with.
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  • He has some instructions
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  • to give them about
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  • how they should
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  • He says, "I'm praying for you",
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  • "that out of
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  • His glorious riches...
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  • that God
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  • ...may strengthen you with power
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  • through his Spirit
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  • in your inner being,
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  • so that Christ may dwell
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  • in your hearts through faith.
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  • And I pray that you,
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  • being rooted
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  • and established in love,
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  • may have power, together with
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  • all the Lord's holy people,
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  • to grasp how wide and long
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  • and high and deep
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  • is the love of Christ,
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  • and to know this love
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  • that surpasses knowledge --
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  • that you may be filled
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  • to the measure
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  • of all the fullness of God."
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  • Everybody say, "That's deep."
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  • Verse 20 says,
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  • "Now to him who is able
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  • to do immeasurably more..."
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  • That's my verse, right there.
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  • When I sign a book for somebody
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  • I always put Ephesians 3:20
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  • in hopes that they look it up
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  • because I believe
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  • our God is a more God,
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  • He's bigger than
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  • whatever you're facing.
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  • He's bigger than
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  • your doubts.
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  • He's bigger than
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  • your insecurities.
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  • He's bigger than
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  • your inabilities.
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  • He's bigger than
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  • your deficiency.
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  • He's bigger than even
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  • your ability to believe
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  • in how big He is.
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  • That's how great God is.
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  • He fills the Earth.
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  • The Earth is the Lord's
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  • He is able to do immeasurably
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  • more than you ask
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  • or even know to imagine.
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  • You can't even make-believe
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  • in your mind, how big God is.
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  • are coming to pass in your life.
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  • "Now to Him who is able to do
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  • immeasurably more
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  • [Indiscernible]
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  • than all we ask or imagine..."
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  • Beyond your wildest thoughts.
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  • Beyond your secret desires.
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  • God is bigger.
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  • You need to super-size your God
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  • in your mind, today.
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  • You need to pull up
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  • to the window and tell life,
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  • "According to His power
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  • that is at work within us,
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  • to him be glory in the church
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  • and in Christ Jesus throughout
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  • all generations,
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  • for ever and ever!"
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  • Somebody say, "Amen."
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  • I wanna key in on that verse
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  • "He is able to do
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  • immeasurably more..."
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  • I wanna talk to you today
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  • about "Measuring More".
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  • "Measuring More".
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  • This sermon is for everyone
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  • who has ever felt like
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  • you don't quite --
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  • Bring me my stick, Buck --
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  • Like you don't quite measure up.
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  • This sermon is only
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  • for the short people.
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  • I remember telling
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  • Sarah [indiscernible],
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  • my sixth-grade crush, one time,
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  • "I like being tall for my age."
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  • She said, "Oh you're not tall."
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  • It was the first time
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  • that I ever really
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  • thought about it.
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  • I was taller than
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  • my little brother.
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  • My standard of comparison
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  • was shorter than me.
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  • But she said, "No honey,
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  • I know tall.
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  • You're not tall."
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  • You have moments like that
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  • in your life where you think,
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  • you know, I'm doing pretty good.
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  • Then you get around
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  • somebody else.
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  • Like when I thought I was
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  • getting good at tennis.
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  • to play tennis in middle school
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  • and hasn't played much since.
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  • So I thought, you know,
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  • I've been taking lessons.
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  • I'd go play [indiscernible].
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  • I'll beat him.
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  • He didn't play since
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  • middle school.
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  • [laughter]
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  • Let's just say I fell short.
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  • for another year.
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  • I'm driven by measurement.
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  • If we ever have a conversation
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  • I'll probably ask you a question
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  • about like this:
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  • On a scale of one to ten?
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  • So if someone says
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  • I really like the restaurant.
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  • On a scale of one to ten?
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  • That sermon was good.
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  • On a scale of one to ten?
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  • That's just how I'm wired.
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  • I just measure.
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  • I've always enjoyed measuring.
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  • I used to go fishing
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  • with my father.
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  • I remember that I would actually
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  • keep score of
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  • the fish versus us.
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  • Because the idea of just fishing
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  • for relaxation
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  • held absolutely no allure
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  • for my competitive mindset.
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  • So I developed
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  • this sophisticated
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  • scoring system to see
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  • whether we were winning
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  • against the fish.
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  • Touch somebody, say,
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  • "That's sick."
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  • So that's kind of followed me
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  • through life honestly.
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  • Even in pastoring, you know?
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  • To measure ministry
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  • is difficult.
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  • Paul tells us as much.
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  • He says, "I want you,
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  • Ephesians," and I think
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  • he would say it to us, as well,
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  • "to spend some time in your life
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  • measuring what's actually
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  • immeasurable."
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  • Often I wish there were
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  • a scoreboard for
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  • "How good was my sermon?"
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  • You know it's like good to know,
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  • Did you win?
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  • Did you lose?
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  • It'd be good to know.
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  • I mean, would be good to know.
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  • But how do you measure
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  • the difference
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  • that a sermon made?
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  • Think about it.
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  • Do you measure it by the volume
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  • of the applause
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  • how much you made people laugh?
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  • What are you measuring?
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  • Are you measuring entertainment
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  • or empowerment?
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  • Because if you're
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  • measuring empowerment
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  • there may be times
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  • of what God is speaking
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  • is hitting them so deep,
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  • they feel naked.
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  • Trying to cover themselves
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  • a little bit 'cause
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  • they feel like you've been
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  • spying on them that week.
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  • Is it by how many people come?
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  • Now that I'm on TV,
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  • they tell me that
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  • our reach is millions
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  • and millions of households.
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  • That's a reach,
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  • but that's not necessarily
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  • our impact.
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  • How many people are
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  • actually tuning in?
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  • Of the people
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  • that are tuning in,
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  • how many just have it on
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  • for background noise?
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  • It's very difficult
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  • to measure this.
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  • So what we resort to
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  • often in our lives is
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  • rather than measuring
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  • as Paul suggests
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  • the height, the depth,
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  • the width, the length
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  • of God's love
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  • which is so intangible
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  • and so difficult to measure,
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  • we begin to measure the things
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  • that we can see.
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  • Ephesus was an important city
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  • so it's no mistake that
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  • Paul would write to them
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  • in this way.
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  • He knew the temptation
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  • for them to measure
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  • their success based on
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  • the standard of commerce.
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  • Ephesus was not only
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  • a port city,
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  • but also a very influential city
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  • in its day.
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  • If you measured the city by
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  • how much activity there was
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  • in the economy
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  • by those standards
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  • it would have been
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  • a successful city.
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  • But Paul says,
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  • "I'm praying for those of you
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  • who are a part of
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  • the church at Ephesus."
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  • But he gives us,
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  • I guess you could say,
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  • a hard improvement project.
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  • He says, "I know that
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  • you're measuring your waist size
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  • and I know that you're measuring
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  • your bank account.
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  • I know that you're measuring
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  • how quickly you climb
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  • in different
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  • spheres of influence
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  • that you wanna have
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  • and what you perceive
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  • as wins and loses..."
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  • But, "I pray that out of
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  • His glorious riches..."
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  • Those invisible riches.
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  • Because everybody
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  • who has stuff, isn't rich.
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  • Everyone who doesn't have stuff,
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  • isn't poor.
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  • Some of the people
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  • that you feel sorry for,
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  • feel sorry for you.
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  • Because you have what you want,
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  • but they have what you need
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  • which is real joy
  • 00:08:13.240 --> 00:08:15.140
  • that goes beyond stuff.
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  • Some of the people that
  • 00:08:16.240 --> 00:08:17.260
  • you're jealous of
  • 00:08:17.260 --> 00:08:18.230
  • are miserable.
  • 00:08:18.230 --> 00:08:21.010
  • But, if you measure --
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  • If you're all the time
  • 00:08:24.060 --> 00:08:25.140
  • just measuring stuff
  • 00:08:25.140 --> 00:08:26.240
  • you can see --
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  • If your whole life is about
  • 00:08:28.120 --> 00:08:31.120
  • like do I measure up?
  • 00:08:31.120 --> 00:08:32.190
  • I know everybody
  • 00:08:32.190 --> 00:08:33.140
  • asks this question
  • 00:08:33.140 --> 00:08:34.150
  • and I know it's not the same
  • 00:08:34.150 --> 00:08:35.190
  • for everybody
  • 00:08:35.190 --> 00:08:36.260
  • as to exactly what
  • 00:08:36.260 --> 00:08:38.060
  • metric system we use,
  • 00:08:38.060 --> 00:08:39.290
  • but I will say that Heaven
  • 00:08:39.290 --> 00:08:42.180
  • has a different metric system
  • 00:08:42.180 --> 00:08:45.010
  • than humans do.
  • 00:08:45.010 --> 00:08:47.130
  • Paul said how high, how wide,
  • 00:08:47.130 --> 00:08:49.230
  • how deep, how long
  • 00:08:49.230 --> 00:08:51.210
  • is the love of Christ?
  • 00:08:51.210 --> 00:08:53.100
  • How high?
  • 00:08:53.100 --> 00:08:54.130
  • watching over you.
  • 00:08:55.180 --> 00:08:56.240
  • How long?
  • 00:08:56.240 --> 00:08:57.190
  • He'll never stop.
  • 00:08:57.190 --> 00:08:58.250
  • How wide?
  • 00:08:58.250 --> 00:08:59.240
  • You got a good base.
  • 00:08:59.240 --> 00:09:01.020
  • How deep?
  • 00:09:01.020 --> 00:09:01.250
  • You got roots in this thing.
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:03.130
  • I want you to know
  • 00:09:03.130 --> 00:09:04.080
  • the multidimensional
  • 00:09:04.080 --> 00:09:05.140
  • love of God for your life.
  • 00:09:06.160 --> 00:09:09.160
  • I don't want you to size up
  • 00:09:09.160 --> 00:09:10.170
  • everything on the outside
  • 00:09:10.170 --> 00:09:11.240
  • and forget to size up
  • 00:09:11.240 --> 00:09:13.020
  • what matters on the inside.
  • 00:09:13.020 --> 00:09:15.180
  • This is such a challenge to me.
  • 00:09:15.180 --> 00:09:18.020
  • I wanna speak a few words.
  • 00:09:20.000 --> 00:09:22.160
  • I wanna encourage you
  • 00:09:22.160 --> 00:09:24.040
  • that you are,
  • 00:09:24.040 --> 00:09:25.030
  • as a child of God,
  • 00:09:25.030 --> 00:09:26.290
  • blessed beyond measure.
  • 00:09:28.050 --> 00:09:31.050
  • Make that declaration.
  • 00:09:31.050 --> 00:09:32.080
  • Say I'm blessed beyond measure.
  • 00:09:35.010 --> 00:09:38.010
  • So don't measure me
  • 00:09:38.010 --> 00:09:38.210
  • Because there's more to me
  • 00:09:41.110 --> 00:09:42.240
  • than what you see.
  • 00:09:42.240 --> 00:09:44.250
  • I am a child of God.
  • 00:09:44.270 --> 00:09:47.270
  • I wanna know how high?
  • 00:09:47.270 --> 00:09:50.170
  • How wide?
  • 00:09:50.170 --> 00:09:52.270
  • Not how wide are my hips.
  • 00:09:52.270 --> 00:09:55.040
  • I wanna know how wide
  • 00:09:55.040 --> 00:09:57.010
  • is His love for me?
  • 00:09:57.010 --> 00:09:58.100
  • How long?
  • 00:09:58.100 --> 00:09:59.100
  • How deep?
  • 00:09:59.100 --> 00:10:00.160
  • was in the book of Revelation
  • 00:10:02.080 --> 00:10:04.070
  • seeing a vision
  • 00:10:04.070 --> 00:10:05.150
  • of the new Jerusalem.
  • 00:10:05.150 --> 00:10:06.190
  • Look at this in Revelation 21.
  • 00:10:06.190 --> 00:10:08.080
  • Look at this.
  • 00:10:09.020 --> 00:10:09.160
  • Look at this.
  • 00:10:09.160 --> 00:10:11.000
  • He's seeing this vision
  • 00:10:11.000 --> 00:10:12.110
  • of a city
  • 00:10:12.110 --> 00:10:14.070
  • that's Maker and Builder is God
  • 00:10:14.070 --> 00:10:16.050
  • and the angel starts
  • 00:10:16.050 --> 00:10:17.110
  • talking with them.
  • 00:10:17.110 --> 00:10:18.150
  • He said the angel
  • 00:10:18.150 --> 00:10:19.140
  • had a measuring rod.
  • 00:10:19.140 --> 00:10:20.200
  • Take this for me, Keith.
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:21.290
  • He had a measuring rod of gold.
  • 00:10:21.290 --> 00:10:24.010
  • So it's fancier than
  • 00:10:24.010 --> 00:10:24.200
  • but I'm trying to be responsible
  • 00:10:25.150 --> 00:10:26.190
  • with the church finances.
  • 00:10:26.190 --> 00:10:27.200
  • I didn't think a golden ruler
  • 00:10:27.200 --> 00:10:29.020
  • would be a worthwhile
  • 00:10:29.020 --> 00:10:31.090
  • investment of church funds.
  • 00:10:31.090 --> 00:10:32.290
  • He said, he handed me
  • 00:10:34.140 --> 00:10:35.040
  • "a measuring rod of gold
  • 00:10:35.040 --> 00:10:37.100
  • to measure the city,
  • 00:10:37.100 --> 00:10:38.250
  • its gates, and its walls."
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:41.120
  • I don't preach
  • 00:10:41.120 --> 00:10:41.270
  • on Revelation much,
  • 00:10:41.270 --> 00:10:42.230
  • 'cause it scares me.
  • 00:10:43.020 --> 00:10:46.020
  • to preach this stuff.
  • 00:10:47.090 --> 00:10:47.280
  • But I do understand
  • 00:10:47.280 --> 00:10:49.140
  • how to interpret
  • 00:10:49.140 --> 00:10:50.080
  • the symbolism of what John
  • 00:10:50.080 --> 00:10:52.050
  • He said "The city was laid out
  • 00:10:53.050 --> 00:10:55.090
  • like a square,
  • 00:10:55.090 --> 00:10:56.270
  • as long as it was wide."
  • 00:10:58.010 --> 00:11:01.030
  • As long as it was wide
  • 00:11:01.030 --> 00:11:02.280
  • "he measured the city
  • 00:11:02.280 --> 00:11:03.260
  • with the rod and found it to be
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:05.170
  • 12.000 stadia in length..."
  • 00:11:05.200 --> 00:11:08.200
  • That's a number
  • 00:11:08.200 --> 00:11:09.040
  • and government.
  • 00:11:13.280 --> 00:11:15.160
  • "12.000 stadia in length
  • 00:11:15.160 --> 00:11:17.230
  • as wide and high
  • 00:11:17.230 --> 00:11:20.180
  • as it is long."
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:22.040
  • I love that.
  • 00:11:22.040 --> 00:11:22.270
  • As wide and high
  • 00:11:23.120 --> 00:11:26.120
  • You need to understand
  • 00:11:28.070 --> 00:11:29.080
  • that everything
  • 00:11:29.080 --> 00:11:30.020
  • that God creates
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:31.260
  • is made to measure.
  • 00:11:32.090 --> 00:11:35.090
  • Holy Spirit,
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:35.270
  • help me preach this.
  • 00:11:35.270 --> 00:11:37.120
  • Because he said,
  • 00:11:37.120 --> 00:11:37.290
  • "on every side,
  • 00:11:37.290 --> 00:11:39.220
  • it was perfect
  • 00:11:39.220 --> 00:11:40.140
  • 'cause God made it.
  • 00:11:40.140 --> 00:11:42.020
  • On every side,
  • 00:11:42.020 --> 00:11:43.170
  • no matter how you measure it,
  • 00:11:43.170 --> 00:11:45.090
  • it was perfect"
  • 00:11:45.090 --> 00:11:46.070
  • because God knows
  • 00:11:46.070 --> 00:11:47.120
  • how to measure out
  • 00:11:47.120 --> 00:11:48.180
  • what He builds in your life.
  • 00:11:48.180 --> 00:11:50.140
  • He knows how much
  • 00:11:50.140 --> 00:11:51.060
  • of this you need,
  • 00:11:51.060 --> 00:11:52.090
  • how much of that you need,
  • 00:11:52.090 --> 00:11:53.270
  • how much of that you need,
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:55.160
  • how high you need to go,
  • 00:11:55.160 --> 00:11:57.050
  • how talented you need to be,
  • 00:11:57.050 --> 00:11:59.000
  • what abilities you need to have.
  • 00:11:59.000 --> 00:12:01.030
  • Touch somebody next to you,
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:02.060
  • say, "I'm made to measure."
  • 00:12:02.060 --> 00:12:04.250
  • You need to understand that
  • 00:12:04.250 --> 00:12:06.010
  • I'm fit for this life
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:07.150
  • that God called me to live.
  • 00:12:07.150 --> 00:12:09.040
  • I'm completely and perfectly
  • 00:12:09.040 --> 00:12:10.210
  • designed for the calling
  • 00:12:10.210 --> 00:12:12.110
  • I have received
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:13.180
  • on every side God's got me.
  • 00:12:13.180 --> 00:12:15.280
  • There's not one thing
  • 00:12:15.280 --> 00:12:16.260
  • He left out.
  • 00:12:16.260 --> 00:12:17.290
  • There's not anything I needed
  • 00:12:17.290 --> 00:12:19.150
  • to be taller that's not.
  • 00:12:19.150 --> 00:12:22.040
  • [applause]
  • 00:12:22.040 --> 00:12:23.150
  • So I know I can rise
  • 00:12:23.150 --> 00:12:24.210
  • to the occasion because
  • 00:12:24.210 --> 00:12:25.260
  • my Maker and Builder is God.
  • 00:12:25.260 --> 00:12:28.180
  • On every side,
  • 00:12:28.180 --> 00:12:29.190
  • you wanna judge me
  • 00:12:29.190 --> 00:12:30.210
  • I'm just like I ought to be
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:32.130
  • Then, "The angel
  • 00:12:36.110 --> 00:12:36.280
  • measured the wall using..."
  • 00:12:36.280 --> 00:12:38.230
  • Check this term out.
  • 00:12:38.230 --> 00:12:39.160
  • "...using human measurement..."
  • 00:12:39.170 --> 00:12:42.170
  • They used human measurement.
  • 00:12:42.170 --> 00:12:44.190
  • Human measurement
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:46.050
  • can tell you how wide it is,
  • 00:12:47.020 --> 00:12:50.020
  • how long it is,
  • 00:12:50.020 --> 00:12:52.020
  • how high it goes,
  • 00:12:52.020 --> 00:12:54.030
  • how much they have,
  • 00:12:54.030 --> 00:12:55.290
  • how much they do,
  • 00:12:55.290 --> 00:12:58.190
  • where they went to school.
  • 00:12:58.190 --> 00:12:59.210
  • I think we ask questions
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:00.270
  • sometimes and what
  • 00:13:00.270 --> 00:13:02.080
  • we're secretly doing
  • 00:13:02.080 --> 00:13:03.220
  • and often innocently enough
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:06.020
  • is we're sizing people up.
  • 00:13:06.140 --> 00:13:09.140
  • So where'd you go to school?
  • 00:13:10.140 --> 00:13:13.140
  • Here's your question
  • 00:13:18.120 --> 00:13:18.260
  • you ask somebody
  • 00:13:18.260 --> 00:13:19.160
  • when you meet 'em:
  • 00:13:19.160 --> 00:13:20.120
  • What do you do?
  • 00:13:20.120 --> 00:13:22.040
  • What am I doing?
  • 00:13:22.040 --> 00:13:23.150
  • I'm gon' size you up.
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:27.100
  • See if we have
  • 00:13:27.100 --> 00:13:27.270
  • anything in common.
  • 00:13:27.270 --> 00:13:29.140
  • See what team you like.
  • 00:13:29.140 --> 00:13:30.130
  • Sizing you up.
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:31.020
  • Seeing if I would like
  • 00:13:31.020 --> 00:13:31.220
  • being around you.
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:32.290
  • Who are you voting for?
  • 00:13:32.290 --> 00:13:34.000
  • Sizing you up.
  • 00:13:34.000 --> 00:13:35.110
  • Trying to size up your values.
  • 00:13:35.110 --> 00:13:37.090
  • Sizing you up.
  • 00:13:37.090 --> 00:13:39.010
  • Where do you guys live?
  • 00:13:39.010 --> 00:13:40.110
  • Sizing you up.
  • 00:13:40.110 --> 00:13:42.000
  • What kind of neighborhood?
  • 00:13:42.000 --> 00:13:43.000
  • I'm sizing you up.
  • 00:13:44.100 --> 00:13:45.150
  • I'm just trying to be friendly,
  • 00:13:45.150 --> 00:13:46.260
  • but I do it in ways
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:48.160
  • that involve a stick.
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:51.050
  • If there were a way for me
  • 00:13:51.050 --> 00:13:52.020
  • to look inside of you
  • 00:13:52.020 --> 00:13:52.220
  • maybe I wouldn't have
  • 00:13:52.220 --> 00:13:53.090
  • to use my stick,
  • 00:13:53.090 --> 00:13:54.010
  • but that's all I've got
  • 00:13:54.010 --> 00:13:54.250
  • is human measurement.
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.000
  • So the angel is showing
  • 00:13:56.000 --> 00:13:57.100
  • John this city.
  • 00:13:57.100 --> 00:13:58.100
  • He's measuring it
  • 00:13:58.100 --> 00:13:59.120
  • according to human measurement.
  • 00:13:59.120 --> 00:14:01.100
  • That's not a bad thing,
  • 00:14:01.100 --> 00:14:02.160
  • but it's limited.
  • 00:14:02.160 --> 00:14:05.090
  • It's limited.
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:06.240
  • It's not bad to count
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:07.220
  • how many people come to church,
  • 00:14:07.220 --> 00:14:09.020
  • but if that's all you count,
  • 00:14:09.020 --> 00:14:10.150
  • it's limited.
  • 00:14:10.150 --> 00:14:12.220
  • It's not bad to count
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:13.200
  • how many people
  • 00:14:13.200 --> 00:14:14.060
  • raised their hand
  • 00:14:14.060 --> 00:14:15.110
  • when we invite people
  • 00:14:15.110 --> 00:14:16.050
  • to receive Christ
  • 00:14:16.050 --> 00:14:17.120
  • at the end of a sermon,
  • 00:14:17.120 --> 00:14:18.140
  • but if that's all we measure,
  • 00:14:18.140 --> 00:14:19.230
  • it's a limited measurement
  • 00:14:19.230 --> 00:14:21.080
  • because it measures a moment.
  • 00:14:21.080 --> 00:14:22.260
  • It doesn't measure
  • 00:14:22.260 --> 00:14:23.210
  • the next step that
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:24.190
  • took place after that.
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:28.120
  • It's good to measure
  • 00:14:28.120 --> 00:14:29.080
  • how much you read the Bible,
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:30.180
  • but that's a human measurement.
  • 00:14:30.180 --> 00:14:32.020
  • That can't tell me whether
  • 00:14:32.020 --> 00:14:32.240
  • your heart is growing.
  • 00:14:32.240 --> 00:14:35.200
  • Pharisees read the Bible
  • 00:14:35.200 --> 00:14:36.230
  • more than anybody
  • 00:14:36.230 --> 00:14:37.200
  • and Jesus called 'em snakes.
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.040
  • That's a human measurement.
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:40.120
  • How many verses
  • 00:14:40.120 --> 00:14:41.030
  • you have memorized,
  • 00:14:41.030 --> 00:14:42.040
  • that's a human measurement.
  • 00:14:42.040 --> 00:14:43.120
  • How long you pray?
  • 00:14:43.120 --> 00:14:44.080
  • That's a human measurement.
  • 00:14:44.080 --> 00:14:45.190
  • Sometimes you do that stuff
  • 00:14:45.190 --> 00:14:46.280
  • just to feel superior
  • 00:14:46.280 --> 00:14:47.260
  • to other people who don't.
  • 00:14:47.260 --> 00:14:49.010
  • It's not that
  • 00:14:49.010 --> 00:14:49.130
  • you're getting bigger
  • 00:14:49.130 --> 00:14:50.080
  • in your faith,
  • 00:14:50.080 --> 00:14:50.280
  • it's that you're trying
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:51.150
  • to downsize people
  • 00:14:51.150 --> 00:14:52.230
  • by gaining some kind --
  • 00:14:52.230 --> 00:14:54.000
  • Anyway.
  • 00:14:54.030 --> 00:14:57.030
  • It's a human measurement.
  • 00:14:57.030 --> 00:14:58.130
  • So he measures the city
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:14:59.290
  • and so he says,
  • 00:14:59.290 --> 00:15:00.260
  • I wanna measure this
  • 00:15:00.260 --> 00:15:01.180
  • in terms you can understand.
  • 00:15:01.180 --> 00:15:04.010
  • He measures the thickness
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:05.250
  • But then he says in verse 18,
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:10.040
  • "The wall was..."
  • 00:15:10.040 --> 00:15:11.000
  • Check this next phrase out.
  • 00:15:11.000 --> 00:15:12.080
  • "...made of..."
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:14.150
  • It was "made of jasper..."
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:18.150
  • Jasper in the Bible
  • 00:15:18.150 --> 00:15:19.270
  • is always used, Reuben,
  • 00:15:19.270 --> 00:15:21.130
  • to represent glory.
  • 00:15:21.130 --> 00:15:24.080
  • Gold is representative
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:25.210
  • of purity.
  • 00:15:25.210 --> 00:15:26.110
  • It was a pure measurement.
  • 00:15:26.110 --> 00:15:27.280
  • Jasper represents glory.
  • 00:15:28.120 --> 00:15:31.120
  • You missed it.
  • 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:32.250
  • Humans measure how far it goes
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:37.250
  • and how much it is.
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:39.230
  • God measures what it's made of.
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:43.000
  • [applause]
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:46.220
  • So it wouldn't matter
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:48.220
  • how high it went
  • 00:15:48.220 --> 00:15:50.080
  • if it wasn't made
  • 00:15:50.080 --> 00:15:51.040
  • of something solid enough.
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:53.060
  • That's what made it
  • 00:15:53.060 --> 00:15:55.070
  • the new Jerusalem,
  • 00:15:55.070 --> 00:15:56.090
  • the City of God.
  • 00:15:56.090 --> 00:15:57.170
  • It wasn't how high it was.
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:58.260
  • It wasn't how long it was.
  • 00:15:58.260 --> 00:16:00.100
  • It wasn't how wide it was.
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:02.150
  • Wasn't what king of jewels
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:05.080
  • hung from --
  • 00:16:05.080 --> 00:16:06.090
  • It was what the walls
  • 00:16:06.090 --> 00:16:07.260
  • were made of.
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:08.250
  • I know how high your walls are,
  • 00:16:08.250 --> 00:16:10.260
  • but what are they made of?
  • 00:16:10.260 --> 00:16:13.220
  • I know what brands you wear,
  • 00:16:13.220 --> 00:16:15.110
  • but what are you made of?
  • 00:16:16.020 --> 00:16:19.020
  • Humans measure with sticks.
  • 00:16:19.020 --> 00:16:20.260
  • I feel a teaching flow today.
  • 00:16:20.260 --> 00:16:22.130
  • I don't really plan
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:23.040
  • to preach very much.
  • 00:16:23.040 --> 00:16:24.010
  • Just wanna teach
  • 00:16:24.010 --> 00:16:24.160
  • a little bit today.
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  • I preached last week.
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  • I'll preach other weeks.
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  • But this week,
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  • I just wanna ask you,
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  • are you measuring
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:30.260
  • what it looks like,
  • 00:16:31.150 --> 00:16:34.150
  • or what it's made of?
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  • The people of God
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  • got in the worst trouble
  • 00:16:38.190 --> 00:16:40.080
  • of their life
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  • trying to measure with a stick.
  • 00:16:42.270 --> 00:16:45.270
  • Because see,
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  • the nation of Israel one day
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  • they came to Samuel
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  • their prophet and they said
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  • "We want a king!"
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:53.070
  • 'Cause all the other nations
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:54.000
  • have a king, you know?
  • 00:16:54.000 --> 00:16:55.030
  • "Wanna be like everybody else!"
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  • Her mom never makes her.
  • 00:16:57.230 --> 00:16:59.040
  • I wanna be like all my other --
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  • We wanna be like
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  • the other nations.
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  • We want a king.
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  • We want a human king.
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  • We want a king we can see.
  • 00:17:05.040 --> 00:17:06.160
  • We don't wanna invisible king.
  • 00:17:06.160 --> 00:17:08.010
  • you can have a king."
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  • Guess who they picked?
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  • They picked this guy named Saul.
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  • One thing I wanna tell you
  • 00:17:13.180 --> 00:17:14.130
  • about Saul --
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  • Because I could tell you know
  • 00:17:15.080 --> 00:17:16.140
  • he ended up being
  • 00:17:16.140 --> 00:17:16.290
  • very disobedient to God
  • 00:17:16.290 --> 00:17:18.190
  • and how he ended up becoming
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:20.040
  • very impatient
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:21.030
  • and how he ultimately
  • 00:17:21.030 --> 00:17:22.040
  • brought trouble upon himself
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:23.110
  • and the nation.
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:24.200
  • But what I wanted to tell you
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:25.170
  • about Saul in the context
  • 00:17:25.170 --> 00:17:26.190
  • of this sermon was
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:28.040
  • He measured up.
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  • In fact, you know what
  • 00:17:33.080 --> 00:17:33.260
  • It says that,
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:36.160
  • "He was a head taller
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  • than everybody else."
  • 00:17:38.200 --> 00:17:40.280
  • So they said,
  • 00:17:40.280 --> 00:17:42.090
  • "We want that one."
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:45.040
  • Saul was tall,
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  • but the problem with Saul was,
  • 00:17:50.190 --> 00:17:52.020
  • he wasn't true.
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:55.120
  • He was tall,
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:17:57.090
  • but he wasn't true.
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  • When you measure people
  • 00:18:00.080 --> 00:18:03.080
  • and when you measure problems
  • 00:18:03.080 --> 00:18:05.120
  • and when you measure things
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  • in your life with a stick,
  • 00:18:06.110 --> 00:18:08.240
  • you'll only see
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:10.160
  • what's at the surface level.
  • 00:18:10.220 --> 00:18:13.220
  • That's why some of you
  • 00:18:13.220 --> 00:18:14.150
  • made so many dumb mistakes
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:16.000
  • in your dating life.
  • 00:18:16.000 --> 00:18:18.290
  • Because all you had was a stick.
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:22.110
  • Many years later,
  • 00:18:22.110 --> 00:18:23.090
  • God wanted to replace Saul
  • 00:18:23.090 --> 00:18:25.060
  • because he was tall,
  • 00:18:25.060 --> 00:18:26.240
  • but he wasn't true.
  • 00:18:26.240 --> 00:18:28.140
  • When Samuel came to town
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  • to anoint a king,
  • 00:18:30.060 --> 00:18:31.040
  • he was looking at
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  • one of Jessie's sons
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  • named Eliab.
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:34.070
  • Eliab was tall
  • 00:18:34.070 --> 00:18:35.210
  • so you know Samuel
  • 00:18:35.210 --> 00:18:37.000
  • had a flashback because
  • 00:18:37.000 --> 00:18:38.020
  • the first king he anointed
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:39.080
  • was kind of tall.
  • 00:18:39.080 --> 00:18:40.050
  • So Eliab was tall
  • 00:18:40.050 --> 00:18:41.230
  • kinda like Saul.
  • 00:18:41.230 --> 00:18:42.170
  • So he thought to himself
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  • "Surely, the Lord's anointed
  • 00:18:44.190 --> 00:18:46.200
  • stands before me."
  • 00:18:46.200 --> 00:18:48.030
  • So he's looking at his standing.
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:50.100
  • He's looking at his status,
  • 00:18:50.100 --> 00:18:52.040
  • but God said something
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:53.030
  • that we would do well
  • 00:18:53.030 --> 00:18:54.050
  • He said 1 Samuel 16:7,
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:57.020
  • "Do not consider his appearance
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:19:00.070
  • or his height..."
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:06.190
  • How many times have you
  • 00:19:06.190 --> 00:19:07.100
  • looking at something
  • 00:19:08.290 --> 00:19:09.280
  • according to its appearance
  • 00:19:09.280 --> 00:19:12.140
  • or its height?
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:13.040
  • How much trouble has your
  • 00:19:13.040 --> 00:19:14.290
  • measuring stick
  • 00:19:14.290 --> 00:19:16.180
  • created in your life?
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:19.030
  • Because you are looking at it
  • 00:19:19.030 --> 00:19:20.230
  • with human measurement,
  • 00:19:20.230 --> 00:19:23.100
  • but we came today
  • 00:19:23.100 --> 00:19:25.020
  • to get Heaven's measurement.
  • 00:19:25.020 --> 00:19:27.210
  • Heaven's measurement
  • 00:19:27.210 --> 00:19:29.140
  • isn't like human measurement.
  • 00:19:29.140 --> 00:19:31.110
  • It's very different.
  • 00:19:31.110 --> 00:19:32.160
  • "Don't look at what
  • 00:19:34.150 --> 00:19:36.090
  • you're inclined to look at
  • 00:19:36.090 --> 00:19:37.280
  • for people look at
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:40.120
  • how tall it is."
  • 00:19:40.120 --> 00:19:41.240
  • People will look at your boots.
  • 00:19:41.240 --> 00:19:43.250
  • People will look at your purse.
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:45.280
  • People will look at your wallet.
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:49.140
  • People will look at how much.
  • 00:19:49.140 --> 00:19:51.150
  • People will look at how many.
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:53.090
  • But God doesn't measure
  • 00:19:53.090 --> 00:19:54.160
  • like people measure.
  • 00:19:54.160 --> 00:19:57.000
  • The Lord doesn't look
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:19:58.000
  • at the height.
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:19:58.220
  • The Lord looks at the heart.
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:03.210
  • Paul said, "I want you
  • 00:20:03.210 --> 00:20:04.200
  • to know how high and how wide
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:08.180
  • and how long and how deep."
  • 00:20:08.240 --> 00:20:11.240
  • Not the stuff around you.
  • 00:20:11.240 --> 00:20:13.250
  • You measure that enough.
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:15.190
  • I want you to take a good look
  • 00:20:15.190 --> 00:20:17.060
  • at what's happening within you.
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:19.260
  • People measure height.
  • 00:20:19.260 --> 00:20:21.140
  • God measures heart.
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:23.070
  • Are you measuring your life
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:24.160
  • by the height of it
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:25.220
  • or the heart of it?
  • 00:20:25.220 --> 00:20:26.290
  • 'Cause if you measure
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:27.210
  • by the height,
  • 00:20:27.210 --> 00:20:28.240
  • because you might not
  • 00:20:30.040 --> 00:20:30.180
  • have what they have.
  • 00:20:30.180 --> 00:20:32.090
  • But if you measure by the heart,
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:34.020
  • you can say,
  • 00:20:34.020 --> 00:20:34.220
  • "God is working in me.
  • 00:20:34.220 --> 00:20:36.130
  • He's strengthening me with power
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:38.140
  • in my inner man.
  • 00:20:38.140 --> 00:20:40.140
  • I've got a power that goes
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:41.190
  • beyond my performance.
  • 00:20:42.270 --> 00:20:45.270
  • So tell the person
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:46.140
  • next to you, say,
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:47.200
  • "You're looking at me wrong;
  • 00:20:47.230 --> 00:20:50.230
  • you're measuring me with a stick
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:53.190
  • when you should be using
  • 00:20:53.190 --> 00:20:56.010
  • a scale."
  • 00:20:57.210 --> 00:21:00.230
  • Yeah.
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:03.050
  • I know you've been
  • 00:21:03.050 --> 00:21:04.000
  • avoiding it for months.
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:07.260
  • But today we need
  • 00:21:07.260 --> 00:21:09.090
  • to step on the scale.
  • 00:21:09.090 --> 00:21:12.090
  • Touch your neighbor, say
  • 00:21:12.090 --> 00:21:13.020
  • "Step on the scale."
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:15.190
  • Step on the scale.
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  • Come on.
  • 00:21:16.230 --> 00:21:17.080
  • It's better than December.
  • 00:21:17.080 --> 00:21:18.200
  • It's a good time now.
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:20.110
  • You might as well do it.
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:21.070
  • This is as good
  • 00:21:21.070 --> 00:21:21.270
  • as it's gonna get
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:23.020
  • to step on the scale.
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:25.170
  • How much different
  • 00:21:25.170 --> 00:21:27.020
  • would the decisions
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:27.260
  • that you make be
  • 00:21:27.260 --> 00:21:29.050
  • if you put down the stick
  • 00:21:29.050 --> 00:21:31.140
  • and stepped on the scale?
  • 00:21:32.290 --> 00:21:35.290
  • How man of you wanna know
  • 00:21:35.290 --> 00:21:36.220
  • what the scale says right now?
  • 00:21:36.220 --> 00:21:38.140
  • I'm not telling you.
  • 00:21:40.220 --> 00:21:43.220
  • See that's the thing
  • 00:21:43.220 --> 00:21:46.040
  • about the heart.
  • 00:21:46.040 --> 00:21:49.040
  • You can't see that like this.
  • 00:21:52.130 --> 00:21:55.130
  • You can only see it when
  • 00:21:55.130 --> 00:21:56.080
  • you get honest and say,
  • 00:21:56.080 --> 00:21:58.220
  • "God what's really in me?"
  • 00:22:00.040 --> 00:22:03.040
  • Question:
  • 00:22:03.040 --> 00:22:03.210
  • How do you measure yourself?
  • 00:22:03.210 --> 00:22:05.140
  • That's my first question.
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:07.010
  • How do I measure myself?
  • 00:22:07.010 --> 00:22:08.150
  • I feel like preaching
  • 00:22:08.150 --> 00:22:09.010
  • to students for a moment
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:10.100
  • just to break away
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:11.010
  • from all the adults,
  • 00:22:11.010 --> 00:22:12.020
  • it's too late for you anyway,
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:13.070
  • and talk to the students.
  • 00:22:13.070 --> 00:22:14.060
  • You're already screwed up.
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:15.080
  • But to the students,
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:17.250
  • if you can weigh it
  • 00:22:17.250 --> 00:22:18.130
  • on a scale high school,
  • 00:22:18.130 --> 00:22:19.210
  • middle school, college,
  • 00:22:19.210 --> 00:22:20.240
  • if you can weigh it on a scale
  • 00:22:20.240 --> 00:22:22.010
  • not just a stick,
  • 00:22:22.010 --> 00:22:23.280
  • some of the people
  • 00:22:23.280 --> 00:22:25.130
  • who are the most popular now
  • 00:22:25.130 --> 00:22:27.090
  • aren't preparing
  • 00:22:27.090 --> 00:22:27.270
  • for their purpose.
  • 00:22:27.270 --> 00:22:29.160
  • [applause]
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:32.190
  • So what they're doing
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:35.080
  • might be high, might be wide,
  • 00:22:35.080 --> 00:22:36.190
  • might be long,
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:37.150
  • but it's not made of glory.
  • 00:22:37.150 --> 00:22:39.190
  • You know what the Hebrew
  • 00:22:39.190 --> 00:22:40.110
  • word for glory is?
  • 00:22:40.110 --> 00:22:42.090
  • "Kavod".
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:42.270
  • You know what Kavod also means?
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:44.090
  • Weight.
  • 00:22:44.090 --> 00:22:45.180
  • Oh, how good is that
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:46.090
  • for my sermon?
  • 00:22:46.090 --> 00:22:48.210
  • God says, "I measure glory,
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:50.220
  • I measure weight,
  • 00:22:50.220 --> 00:22:52.060
  • I measure the potential
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:53.170
  • that I put in you.
  • 00:22:53.170 --> 00:22:55.050
  • If you let people
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:55.240
  • size you up with a stick,
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:22:57.150
  • you will compromise the essence
  • 00:22:57.150 --> 00:22:59.080
  • of who you are
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:00.110
  • in order to get a measurement
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:01.230
  • that's not even accurate."
  • 00:23:01.230 --> 00:23:03.240
  • [applause]
  • 00:23:05.080 --> 00:23:08.080
  • I would rather
  • 00:23:08.080 --> 00:23:09.090
  • sacrifice popularity
  • 00:23:09.090 --> 00:23:11.130
  • on the altar of purpose
  • 00:23:11.130 --> 00:23:13.290
  • than sacrifice purpose
  • 00:23:13.290 --> 00:23:15.200
  • on the altar of popularity.
  • 00:23:15.200 --> 00:23:17.190
  • Every time.
  • 00:23:17.190 --> 00:23:18.190
  • Joseph wasn't popular at 17.
  • 00:23:18.190 --> 00:23:20.260
  • Everybody hated that cat.
  • 00:23:20.260 --> 00:23:22.200
  • His brothers didn't like him.
  • 00:23:22.200 --> 00:23:24.080
  • His brothers tried to kill him.
  • 00:23:24.080 --> 00:23:25.280
  • Not only could he not sit
  • 00:23:25.280 --> 00:23:27.040
  • at the cool kids' table,
  • 00:23:27.040 --> 00:23:28.150
  • he was thrown in a pit to die.
  • 00:23:28.150 --> 00:23:31.070
  • But God was preparing him
  • 00:23:31.070 --> 00:23:32.140
  • for purpose
  • 00:23:32.140 --> 00:23:33.240
  • 'cause God doesn't look at
  • 00:23:33.240 --> 00:23:34.240
  • how much people like you.
  • 00:23:34.240 --> 00:23:36.120
  • God doesn't look at
  • 00:23:36.120 --> 00:23:37.080
  • how many people
  • 00:23:37.080 --> 00:23:38.050
  • are on Snapchat.
  • 00:23:38.060 --> 00:23:41.060
  • I don't even know
  • 00:23:41.060 --> 00:23:41.210
  • how to use Snapchat.
  • 00:23:41.210 --> 00:23:42.240
  • That's how uncool I am.
  • 00:23:42.240 --> 00:23:44.100
  • But I'm not trying to be cool.
  • 00:23:44.100 --> 00:23:45.220
  • I'm trying to have purpose.
  • 00:23:45.220 --> 00:23:47.070
  • God doesn't look at
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:47.240
  • how many followers
  • 00:23:47.240 --> 00:23:49.030
  • or how many friends.
  • 00:23:49.030 --> 00:23:50.140
  • God looks at faith.
  • 00:23:50.140 --> 00:23:52.030
  • God wants to know what is
  • 00:23:52.030 --> 00:23:53.090
  • the measure of your faith.
  • 00:23:53.090 --> 00:23:55.110
  • Your faith.
  • 00:23:55.110 --> 00:23:56.090
  • - Well, you must be important.
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:01.070
  • How do you feel
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:01.230
  • when you hear that?
  • 00:24:01.230 --> 00:24:02.210
  • Are you like, "Me?
  • 00:24:02.210 --> 00:24:04.240
  • Are you serious?"
  • 00:24:04.240 --> 00:24:06.020
  • I know, when we look
  • 00:24:06.020 --> 00:24:06.240
  • in the mirror,
  • 00:24:06.240 --> 00:24:07.150
  • a lot of times, all we see is
  • 00:24:07.150 --> 00:24:09.140
  • the things we don't like
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:10.200
  • about ourselves,
  • 00:24:10.200 --> 00:24:11.070
  • and, alotta times,
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:12.170
  • when we reflect on our lives,
  • 00:24:12.170 --> 00:24:14.160
  • it doesn't feel like
  • 00:24:14.160 --> 00:24:15.120
  • our day-to-day existence matters
  • 00:24:15.120 --> 00:24:17.040
  • much in the broad scope
  • 00:24:17.040 --> 00:24:18.140
  • of over seven billion people
  • 00:24:18.140 --> 00:24:19.290
  • on the planet.
  • 00:24:19.290 --> 00:24:21.120
  • But I believe God wants you
  • 00:24:21.120 --> 00:24:22.140
  • to stop seeing yourself
  • 00:24:22.140 --> 00:24:23.290
  • as insignificant,
  • 00:24:23.290 --> 00:24:25.100
  • and realize the tremendous value
  • 00:24:25.100 --> 00:24:27.080
  • that He places on your life.
  • 00:24:27.080 --> 00:24:29.120
  • And today, for your gift
  • 00:24:29.120 --> 00:24:30.210
  • I wanna send you
  • 00:24:31.160 --> 00:24:32.150
  • my brand-new series on DVD.
  • 00:24:32.150 --> 00:24:34.040
  • It's called,
  • 00:24:34.040 --> 00:24:34.240
  • "You Must Be Important".
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:36.040
  • It's about the lengths
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:37.060
  • that God goes to
  • 00:24:37.060 --> 00:24:38.110
  • to show His love.
  • 00:24:38.110 --> 00:24:39.160
  • And it's also about
  • 00:24:39.160 --> 00:24:40.220
  • finding a vision
  • 00:24:40.220 --> 00:24:41.280
  • for your life
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:42.210
  • through understanding
  • 00:24:42.210 --> 00:24:44.070
  • your value in Christ.
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  • I know that's, like,
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  • a huge mouthful,
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  • it's a tongue twister.
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  • But I want you to get it,
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  • because, when you understand
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  • your value through other people,
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  • or even through accomplishments,
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  • or try to figure out
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  • what your life is worth
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  • through what you
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  • feel like right now,
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  • you're always gonna
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  • be fluctuating.
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  • But there is a better way.
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  • And I wanna show you
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  • that better way.
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  • Through God's word,
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  • we're gonna discover
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  • what God says about
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  • how to walk in purpose.
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  • Maybe you've lost
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  • your focus, lately?
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  • Maybe you let some
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  • things distract you,
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  • get you off track.
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  • Or maybe, even right now
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  • you've been asking God,
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  • "Show me what I'm on earth for.
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  • I don't even know
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  • what I'm doing here."
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  • I believe this message series
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  • is gonna inspire you,
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  • equip you, instruct you,
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  • and move you forward.
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  • Go online, right now,
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  • or you can call the number
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  • on your screen,
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  • and request your copy of,
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  • "You Must Be Important".
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  • We'll send it to you
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  • with your gift of any amount
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  • to the ministry.
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  • I don't want you to wait,
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  • it's too important.
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  • You're too important.
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  • - ANNOUNCER: Amidst
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  • an immeasurable universe,
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  • billions of people
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  • spanning across the globe,
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  • all staring up
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  • into a boundless night sky.
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  • Countless waves crash
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  • with a thundering roar.
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  • Majestic trees and mountains
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  • tower above us.
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  • [fire crackling]
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  • But what about you?
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  • How could you be important?
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  • That the God of the vast,
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  • would look through
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  • all of creation
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  • and handcraft you?
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  • [waves crashing]
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  • The Author of creation
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  • doesn't just focus
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  • on the vast.
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  • He is precise in His work
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  • because the smallest detail
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  • is what completes
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  • the whole picture.
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  • And you are
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  • the important detail.
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  • He created you.
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  • You were put together
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  • piece by piece
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  • for a purpose.
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  • There is value placed
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  • on every cell
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  • The lengths that God went to,
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  • to make sure
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  • you could see His love,
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  • His grace...
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  • It's all around you,
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