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Reputation Rehab Part 1

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July 8, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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Reputation Rehab Part 1

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  • - It's crazy how
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  • we have set up
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  • a false expectation,
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  • that the proof of God's favor
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  • in our life will always be,
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  • that are fights will decrease
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  • and our comfort will increase.
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  • Is it possible,
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  • just a little bit possible,
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  • that the trial
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  • that you're going through
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  • is actually a testament
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  • to the power that
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  • lives within you?
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  • God knew He could
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  • trust you with sorrow.
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  • God knew He could trust you
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  • with trial,
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  • and with tribulation.
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  • - Joshua 2:1:
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  • "Then Joshua, son of Nun
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  • secretly..."
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  • -- Shh, secretly.
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  • You don't have to tell
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  • everybody everything
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  • you're doing.
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  • "Secretly sent..."
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  • -- You don't have to post
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  • every time you pray
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  • on Instagram.
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  • You don't have to put
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  • a coffee mug post
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  • for every devotion.
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  • You know what I'm talking about?
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  • The coffee mug in the Bible
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  • is spread open,
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  • and you highlight
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  • a few extra verses
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  • before you take the picture,
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  • make it look like --
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  • "Then Joshua, son of Nun..."
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  • -- Shhh, don't tell everybody,
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  • but just "Secretly sent
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  • two spies from Shittim..."
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  • -- And that's a long "I",
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  • when you pronounce "Shittim".
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  • You want to be careful
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  • when you pronounce Shittim,
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  • if you ever preach
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  • from Joshua 2:1.
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  • "' Go look over the land, '
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  • he said, 'especially Jericho.'"
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  • Notice He didn't tell them
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  • to look at every city
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  • because you can get overwhelmed
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  • if you think about
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  • all the battles
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  • you have to fight.
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  • This is just the first one.
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  • The next one.
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  • And we get so focused
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  • on everything that
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  • we have to overcome,
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  • it saps our strength.
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  • And we can't take our next step
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  • because were thinking
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  • 14 steps ahead.
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  • And you can wreck
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  • looking at your GPS,
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  • instead of keeping
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  • your eyes on the next turn.
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  • Okay.
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  • "So they went and entered
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  • the house of a prostitute
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  • named Rahab and stayed there."
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  • Why there?
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  • There was nothing else
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  • available on AirBnB.
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  • So they stayed in the house
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  • of a prostitute named Rahab.
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  • "The king of Jericho was told,
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  • 'Look, some of the Israelites
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  • have come here tonight
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  • to spy out the land.'
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  • So the king of Jericho
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  • sent this message to Rahab:
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  • 'Bring out the men
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  • who came to you
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  • and entered your house,
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  • because they have come
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  • to spy out the whole land.'
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  • But the woman had taken
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  • the two men and hidden them."
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  • Now if there's one thing
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  • that Rahab's profession
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  • has taught her,
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  • it is discretion.
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  • I'm saying she might not have
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  • lived the most holy life,
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  • the Bible said she
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  • was a prostitute.
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  • But she knew how to hide men.
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  • And so I point that out
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  • to let you know
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  • God is going to use everything,
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  • even the stuff
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  • you're not proud of.
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  • If you offer it to Him,
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  • He'll use even the things
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  • that you want to hide.
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  • And Rahab hit the men
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  • because that's something
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  • she knew how to do.
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  • I won't say any more
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  • about that because you're
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  • looking at me so angelic.
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  • "She said, 'Yes, the men
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  • came to me, but I did not know
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  • where they had come from.
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  • At dusk, when it was time
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  • to close the city gate,
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  • they left.
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  • I don't know
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  • which way they went.'"
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  • By the way,
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  • all of this is a lie.
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  • All of this is a lie.
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  • So we've got
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  • a lying prostitute
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  • that God uses to fulfill
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  • his purpose,
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  • and demonstrate
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  • his glory on earth.
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  • Put that
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  • in your theological pipe,
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  • and toke that, vape that.
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  • [laughter]
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  • So she's lying
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  • and she's hiding the men,
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  • and then she uses
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  • misdirection.
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  • Tells the king,
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  • "' Go after them quickly.
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  • You may catch up with them.'
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  • (But she had taken them
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  • up to the roof
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  • and hidden them under
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  • the stalks of flax
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  • she had laid out on the roof.)"
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  • This was not her first time
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  • hiding a man in her house.
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  • "So the men set out
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  • in pursuit of the spies
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  • on the road that leads
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  • to the fords of the Jordan,
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  • and as soon as the pursuers
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  • had gone out,
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  • the gate was shut.
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  • Before the spies lay down
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  • for the night,
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  • she went up on the roof
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  • and said to them,
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  • 'I know that the Lord
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  • has given you this land
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  • and that a great fear of you
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  • has fallen on us,
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  • so that all who live
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  • in this country are melting
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  • in fear because of you.'"
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  • These are the same enemies
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  • that the Israelites
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  • were so afraid of
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  • 40 years earlier,
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  • that they wouldn't go in.
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  • But what they were running from
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  • was actually afraid of them.
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  • You realize sometimes
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  • you're running
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  • from a defeated foe.
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  • You realize sometimes
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  • you're running from stuff
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  • God has already dealt with
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  • if you would move forward.
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  • And so she says,
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  • we've heard about you.
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  • Verse 10: "'We have heard
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  • how the Lord dried up
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  • the water of the Red Sea.'"
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  • That was four decades ago,
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  • they're still talking about it.
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  • "'We heard how the Lord
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  • dried up the water
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  • of the Red Sea for you
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  • when you came out of Egypt,
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  • and what you did
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  • to Sihon and Og,
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  • the two kings
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  • of the Amorites
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  • east of the Jordan,
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  • whom you completely destroyed.
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  • When we heard of it,
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  • our hearts melted in fear
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  • and everyone's courage
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  • failed because of you,
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  • for the Lord your God is God
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  • in heaven above
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  • and on the earth below.'"
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  • So turn to the person
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  • next to you,
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  • and tell them
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  • what Rahab told the spies.
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  • Say, "You've got a reputation."
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  • - You've got
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  • a reputation.
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  • - The title of this message is,
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  • "Reputation Rehab".
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  • You didn't just come
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  • to church today,
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  • you came to "Reputation Rehab".
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  • How many realize that
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  • everything people called you
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  • is not something
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  • you should respond to
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  • at this stage in your life?
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  • You gotta move past some things
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  • and see yourself
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  • in a new light.
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  • At least that's what
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  • God told Joshua
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  • when He instated him
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  • as the new leader of Israel
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  • after Moses left.
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  • He said,
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  • it's a new day and you are
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  • the new leader
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  • I have chosen and appointed
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  • to lead these people
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  • into the land
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  • that I promise their ancestors.
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  • And God, in Joshua 1,
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  • reminds Joshua
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  • of His reputation.
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  • Not the reputation of Joshua,
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  • the reputation of Jehovah.
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  • He said, "'I am the God
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  • who spoke to the forefathers
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  • of this faith tradition,
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  • which you are a continuation of,
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  • but it didn't start with you.'
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  • God says,
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  • 'I have a reputation."'
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  • And when you face
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  • the resistance,
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  • when you go
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  • into this new land,
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  • that I've called you to conquer,
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  • I want you to remember
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  • my reputation."
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  • God said,
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  • I have a reputation
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  • of picking people out
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  • that are obscure and unknown,
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  • and using them
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  • to accomplish
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  • My purpose in the earth,
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  • I have a reputation.
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  • I have a reputation
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  • for calling men like Abraham,
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  • and taking him from
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  • Ur of the Chaldeans,
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  • and even though he's too old
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  • to have babies, and there's
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  • no prescriptions available
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  • to help them procreate,
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  • I have a reputation
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  • for doing what cannot be done
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  • in the flesh,
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  • for it is not by might,
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  • nor by power,
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  • but by My Spirit,
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  • says the Lord.
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  • I have a reputation.
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  • And sometimes we need
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  • to remind of God's reputation.
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  • You know, we need to be reminded
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  • every once in a while
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  • that the wind and the waves
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  • know who He is.
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  • They know that voice.
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  • Do you?
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  • My sheep know My voice.
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  • I'm the One Who
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  • dried up the Red Sea.
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  • I just want you to remember
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  • My reputation.
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  • That's why mention
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  • Bible stories in church, like,
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  • "Daniel and the Lion's Den".
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  • Because the lines knew that
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  • when God speaks,
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  • their mouths had to stay shut.
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  • They knew that voice.
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  • They knew that voice.
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  • I'm encouraged to know
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  • that God's reputation
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  • is the basis of my faith.
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  • Not mine.
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  • Not mine.
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  • I think it's really funny
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  • sometimes how much time
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  • we spend trying to build
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  • our reputation with people
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  • whose opinions
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  • don't ultimately matter.
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  • You know, when I first started
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  • the church,
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  • a well-meaning minister
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  • gave me a piece of advice.
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  • He said, protect
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  • your reputation,
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  • you only get one.
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  • I wish that were true.
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  • You know,
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  • I wish you could protect
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  • your reputation.
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  • And if you always did
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  • the right thing,
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  • people would always say
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  • the right things about you.
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  • Fact is, we live in a world
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  • that doesn't know the difference
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  • between a rumor
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  • and a reputation anymore.
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  • And to spend all of your energy
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  • trying to protect
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  • your reputation,
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  • the Lord really spoke to me
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  • and dealt with me
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  • the first time
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  • that I would defend myself
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  • against people who were
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  • critical of my ministry.
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  • And you know,
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  • you can spend so much time
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  • trying to protect
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  • your reputation,
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  • which is really ego.
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  • Wanting people to have
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  • a certain image of you,
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  • that you start preaching
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  • to the people
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  • who don't like you.
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  • And you are angry at people
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  • who are smiling at you
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  • because you're not really
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  • talking to them.
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  • It happened to me
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  • early in ministry,
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  • and the Lord spoke to me.
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  • He spoke to me
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  • very specifically.
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  • He said,
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  • why don't you worry about
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  • protecting your integrity,
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  • and let me protect
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  • your reputation?
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  • [cheering and applause]
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  • When you stop
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  • to think about it,
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  • even the premise that you
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  • only have one reputation
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  • is faulty.
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  • I mean, really,
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  • you have as many reputations
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  • as you have relationships.
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • What I mean is,
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  • some people at work
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  • think you're quiet
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  • because you are around them.
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  • Because you don't trust them?
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  • Or like them?
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  • Or have anything
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  • to say to them?
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  • But if we asked your family,
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  • like, I will never forget
  • 00:10:09.010 --> 00:10:10.210
  • when our middle child Graham
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  • first went to school,
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  • and the teacher emailed us
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  • how he talked
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  • too much in class.
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  • And it was so funny
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  • because we could not get him
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  • to talk at home.
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  • He was so quiet at home.
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  • And the teacher said
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  • he will not he will
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  • not shut up in class.
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  • He's a wonderful child,
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  • but could you just talk to him
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  • about talking out
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  • of turn in class?
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  • And I said, well could you
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  • talk to Him about
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  • talking in turn at home?
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  • Because we can get them
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  • to say anything.
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  • And now he's 11
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  • and he talks all the time.
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  • But I remember thinking
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  • how strange it was
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  • that he could be known
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  • as the talkative kid in class,
  • 00:10:45.130 --> 00:10:47.120
  • but maybe the birth order
  • 00:10:47.120 --> 00:10:49.080
  • or something at home,
  • 00:10:49.080 --> 00:10:50.100
  • maybe we won't shut up
  • 00:10:50.100 --> 00:10:51.080
  • long enough to give them
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  • a chance at home.
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  • And you know it's really true
  • 00:10:53.130 --> 00:10:54.220
  • because we only get
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  • to know church you.
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  • I wonder how big
  • 00:11:03.280 --> 00:11:04.270
  • is the gap between
  • 00:11:04.270 --> 00:11:05.260
  • your reality
  • 00:11:05.260 --> 00:11:06.240
  • and your reputation?
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  • Because it's never been easier
  • 00:11:09.220 --> 00:11:12.050
  • to develop a virtual reputation.
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  • You know, when I see
  • 00:11:15.170 --> 00:11:16.060
  • people online,
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:17.010
  • and in their profile it says,
  • 00:11:17.010 --> 00:11:19.010
  • life coach.
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  • And they're 13.
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  • I don't understand.
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  • How are you going to coach me
  • 00:11:24.220 --> 00:11:25.200
  • and you've never
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:26.030
  • been on the field?
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  • It says public figure.
  • 00:11:28.140 --> 00:11:30.070
  • And you've got a private account
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  • with 12 followers.
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  • I don't understand it,
  • 00:11:33.010 --> 00:11:34.180
  • but I do because
  • 00:11:34.180 --> 00:11:36.090
  • we are living in a world
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  • that wants -- Watch this.
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  • Reputation without repetition.
  • 00:11:39.270 --> 00:11:42.270
  • And a true reputation
  • 00:11:42.270 --> 00:11:44.090
  • is not built by
  • 00:11:44.090 --> 00:11:45.010
  • what you occasionally do,
  • 00:11:45.010 --> 00:11:46.060
  • or wish that you were.
  • 00:11:46.060 --> 00:11:47.160
  • Or want people to see you as.
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  • It's not something that
  • 00:11:48.250 --> 00:11:49.160
  • you project, or perfect.
  • 00:11:50.050 --> 00:11:53.050
  • Your real reputation
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  • comes from relationship
  • 00:11:55.130 --> 00:11:58.040
  • and repetition.
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  • And relationship
  • 00:11:59.230 --> 00:12:01.100
  • and repetition.
  • 00:12:01.100 --> 00:12:02.260
  • And I had to come
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  • to the point
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  • where I realized,
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  • it is not what people
  • 00:12:05.190 --> 00:12:07.090
  • who don't know me
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:08.200
  • think about me,
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  • or what I can convince them of
  • 00:12:09.220 --> 00:12:11.120
  • that brings me
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  • peace in my heart,
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  • and fulfills my calling.
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  • I want to focus my life
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  • on developing a reputation
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  • that is based on
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  • repetition and relationship.
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  • Then I would do
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  • the right thing
  • 00:12:28.260 --> 00:12:30.080
  • over, and over,
  • 00:12:30.080 --> 00:12:31.090
  • and over, and over,
  • 00:12:31.090 --> 00:12:32.110
  • and over again.
  • 00:12:32.110 --> 00:12:33.030
  • And when I don't,
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  • I'll apologize.
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  • And I'll get back on
  • 00:12:34.220 --> 00:12:35.270
  • and do it over, and over,
  • 00:12:35.270 --> 00:12:37.000
  • and over, and over, and over.
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  • Isn't that how God built
  • 00:12:37.230 --> 00:12:39.030
  • His reputation in your life
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:40.180
  • because He helped you
  • 00:12:40.180 --> 00:12:41.280
  • over, and over, and over,
  • 00:12:41.280 --> 00:12:43.190
  • and over, and over, again?
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:44.290
  • And He gave you mercy
  • 00:12:44.290 --> 00:12:45.250
  • over, and over, and over
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:46.220
  • and over, and over, again?
  • 00:12:46.220 --> 00:12:48.240
  • And He made ways over,
  • 00:12:48.240 --> 00:12:49.240
  • and over, and over, again?
  • 00:12:49.240 --> 00:12:52.060
  • And He heard your cry
  • 00:12:52.060 --> 00:12:53.030
  • over, and over, and over, again?
  • 00:12:53.030 --> 00:12:55.090
  • And He for gave you
  • 00:12:55.090 --> 00:12:56.000
  • for that same sin that you
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:58.020
  • committed over, and over,
  • 00:12:58.020 --> 00:12:59.020
  • and over, and over again?
  • 00:12:59.020 --> 00:13:01.030
  • But when you needed grace
  • 00:13:01.030 --> 00:13:02.090
  • you found it over, and over,
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:03.240
  • and over, and over again?
  • 00:13:03.240 --> 00:13:05.100
  • And He woke you up over,
  • 00:13:05.100 --> 00:13:06.180
  • and over, and over,
  • 00:13:06.180 --> 00:13:07.270
  • and over again?
  • 00:13:07.270 --> 00:13:08.210
  • And He let you see another
  • 00:13:08.210 --> 00:13:09.230
  • day over, and over, and over,
  • 00:13:09.230 --> 00:13:11.070
  • and over again?
  • 00:13:11.070 --> 00:13:12.230
  • So I will praise Him over,
  • 00:13:12.230 --> 00:13:14.110
  • and over, and over,
  • 00:13:14.110 --> 00:13:15.080
  • and over, again.
  • 00:13:15.080 --> 00:13:16.170
  • Because God has
  • 00:13:16.170 --> 00:13:17.170
  • a reputation with me.
  • 00:13:17.170 --> 00:13:19.110
  • I know Him as faithful.
  • 00:13:19.110 --> 00:13:22.110
  • And watch this.
  • 00:13:22.110 --> 00:13:24.130
  • I don't let anybody else
  • 00:13:24.130 --> 00:13:25.250
  • build my belief
  • 00:13:25.250 --> 00:13:27.020
  • about who God is.
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  • I don't need to believe
  • 00:13:29.040 --> 00:13:30.130
  • somebody else's report
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:32.090
  • about God.
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  • I have a personal
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:35.050
  • relationship with Him.
  • 00:13:35.050 --> 00:13:36.280
  • And God's reputation with me
  • 00:13:36.280 --> 00:13:39.110
  • is based on His faithfulness
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  • in my life.
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  • I don't go off
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  • what I've heard about.
  • 00:13:43.290 --> 00:13:45.130
  • I go off what I know.
  • 00:13:45.130 --> 00:13:47.230
  • Don't ever let somebody else
  • 00:13:47.230 --> 00:13:49.180
  • misrepresent God
  • 00:13:49.180 --> 00:13:51.000
  • and run you away from church.
  • 00:13:51.100 --> 00:13:54.100
  • You oughtta know God
  • 00:13:54.100 --> 00:13:55.010
  • for yourself.
  • 00:13:55.090 --> 00:13:58.090
  • It's a relational thing.
  • 00:13:59.060 --> 00:14:02.080
  • So we're losing that.
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:03.000
  • And we're so quick
  • 00:14:03.000 --> 00:14:03.150
  • to tear people down.
  • 00:14:03.150 --> 00:14:05.160
  • And God forgive us
  • 00:14:05.160 --> 00:14:06.090
  • for all the times where we've
  • 00:14:06.090 --> 00:14:07.070
  • believed a report about someone
  • 00:14:07.070 --> 00:14:09.080
  • that we didn't even know.
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:11.070
  • And a day where it is so easy
  • 00:14:11.070 --> 00:14:13.050
  • to project a false reputation,
  • 00:14:13.250 --> 00:14:16.250
  • and so easy to destroy
  • 00:14:16.250 --> 00:14:18.280
  • a reputation.
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:20.220
  • You can destroy your own
  • 00:14:20.220 --> 00:14:21.230
  • reputation with 280 characters.
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:26.240
  • Am I right?
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  • I don't call names
  • 00:14:29.130 --> 00:14:30.040
  • from his pulpit.
  • 00:14:30.040 --> 00:14:30.160
  • But you know what
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:31.040
  • I'm talking about.
  • 00:14:31.040 --> 00:14:33.120
  • And yet we stand between
  • 00:14:33.120 --> 00:14:35.070
  • the reality of who we are
  • 00:14:35.070 --> 00:14:38.010
  • and kind of who we think
  • 00:14:38.010 --> 00:14:38.230
  • we need to be.
  • 00:14:38.230 --> 00:14:40.090
  • And into that gap God speaks.
  • 00:14:42.260 --> 00:14:45.260
  • And it's the most amazing thing.
  • 00:14:45.260 --> 00:14:47.090
  • I can't get over this,
  • 00:14:47.090 --> 00:14:48.160
  • and it doesn't seem like
  • 00:14:48.160 --> 00:14:49.180
  • a smart strategy.
  • 00:14:49.180 --> 00:14:51.120
  • But God chooses over,
  • 00:14:51.120 --> 00:14:52.160
  • and over again.
  • 00:14:52.160 --> 00:14:54.160
  • The faithful God
  • 00:14:54.160 --> 00:14:57.120
  • entrusts His reputation
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:15:01.080
  • to faithless people.
  • 00:15:01.290 --> 00:15:04.290
  • And so for 40 years,
  • 00:15:04.290 --> 00:15:07.200
  • the Israelites will
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:09.150
  • wander in the wilderness
  • 00:15:09.150 --> 00:15:10.230
  • because they believed
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:11.080
  • a bad report,
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:13.180
  • even though they had
  • 00:15:13.180 --> 00:15:14.100
  • a history with God.
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:16.110
  • Now, Joshua does something
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:17.130
  • interesting after he calls
  • 00:15:17.130 --> 00:15:18.250
  • the people together,
  • 00:15:18.250 --> 00:15:19.200
  • and tells them prepare,
  • 00:15:19.200 --> 00:15:21.100
  • and consecrate yourselves
  • 00:15:21.100 --> 00:15:22.130
  • for what God is going to do.
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:24.030
  • And reminds them of what
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  • God has already done.
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  • He sends, back to verse 1,
  • 00:15:27.020 --> 00:15:29.010
  • two spies.
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:31.270
  • Two spies instead of 12.
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  • When Moses got ready
  • 00:15:35.090 --> 00:15:36.060
  • to check out Canaan
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:37.040
  • four decades ago,
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:37.290
  • he sent 12 spies.
  • 00:15:37.290 --> 00:15:40.170
  • And 10 came back
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:41.230
  • with a fear report.
  • 00:15:41.230 --> 00:15:44.080
  • So it's almost as if
  • 00:15:44.080 --> 00:15:45.020
  • Joshua has learned
  • 00:15:45.020 --> 00:15:46.160
  • from that exploit,
  • 00:15:46.160 --> 00:15:48.170
  • being one of
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:49.050
  • the two spies who said,
  • 00:15:49.050 --> 00:15:50.280
  • if God is with us
  • 00:15:50.280 --> 00:15:51.270
  • we can't fail.
  • 00:15:51.270 --> 00:15:53.200
  • And he made up
  • 00:15:53.200 --> 00:15:54.050
  • his mind this time,
  • 00:15:54.050 --> 00:15:55.180
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:15:55.180 --> 00:15:58.000
  • Somebody shout,
  • 00:15:58.000 --> 00:15:58.180
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:15:58.180 --> 00:15:59.190
  • - CONGREGATION: "I only
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:00.060
  • need two."
  • 00:16:00.060 --> 00:16:00.260
  • - Look at the person
  • 00:16:00.260 --> 00:16:01.140
  • on either side of you
  • 00:16:01.140 --> 00:16:02.090
  • and tell both of them,
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:03.010
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:16:03.010 --> 00:16:03.210
  • - CONGREGATION: "I only
  • 00:16:03.210 --> 00:16:04.060
  • need two."
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:05.100
  • - I don't need
  • 00:16:05.100 --> 00:16:06.150
  • too many opinions
  • 00:16:06.150 --> 00:16:07.130
  • in this stage of my life.
  • 00:16:07.130 --> 00:16:09.280
  • I'm out of middle school now.
  • 00:16:09.280 --> 00:16:12.090
  • And I can't live by
  • 00:16:12.090 --> 00:16:13.030
  • what everybody else thinks
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:14.070
  • or does, not anymore.
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:16.150
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:16:16.150 --> 00:16:17.050
  • Somebody say,
  • 00:16:17.050 --> 00:16:17.160
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:18.050
  • - CONGREGATION: "I only
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:18.200
  • need two."
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:19.160
  • - And I read in my Bible
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:20.190
  • that only surely goodness
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:21.230
  • and mercy will follow me
  • 00:16:21.230 --> 00:16:24.040
  • all the days of my life.
  • 00:16:24.040 --> 00:16:26.180
  • So I've got goodness,
  • 00:16:26.180 --> 00:16:27.210
  • and I've got mercy.
  • 00:16:27.210 --> 00:16:29.100
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:30.040
  • Say it again,
  • 00:16:30.040 --> 00:16:30.160
  • "I only need two."
  • 00:16:30.160 --> 00:16:32.190
  • And I can't afford
  • 00:16:32.190 --> 00:16:33.130
  • to consult everybody's opinion,
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:35.170
  • and every cable news channel,
  • 00:16:35.170 --> 00:16:37.140
  • I've got goodness,
  • 00:16:37.140 --> 00:16:38.040
  • and I've got mercy.
  • 00:16:38.040 --> 00:16:39.160
  • I don't need Fox.
  • 00:16:39.160 --> 00:16:40.230
  • I don't need CNN.
  • 00:16:40.230 --> 00:16:42.160
  • I don't need Twitter.
  • 00:16:42.160 --> 00:16:43.180
  • I don't need Facebook.
  • 00:16:43.180 --> 00:16:44.250
  • I don't need Instagram.
  • 00:16:44.250 --> 00:16:46.280
  • I don't need my past to consult.
  • 00:16:46.280 --> 00:16:48.250
  • I don't need to consult
  • 00:16:48.250 --> 00:16:49.230
  • too many people.
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:50.220
  • You know, we start
  • 00:16:50.220 --> 00:16:51.160
  • calling people and asking them
  • 00:16:51.160 --> 00:16:52.200
  • for advice,
  • 00:16:52.200 --> 00:16:53.150
  • you really don't want
  • 00:16:53.150 --> 00:16:54.030
  • advice anymore after you
  • 00:16:54.030 --> 00:16:55.060
  • called the third person.
  • 00:16:55.060 --> 00:16:56.110
  • You want affirmation,
  • 00:16:56.110 --> 00:16:57.030
  • and attention.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:02.250
  • I have a shortcut now
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:04.030
  • as pastor, when people say,
  • 00:17:04.030 --> 00:17:06.110
  • I'd like your advice on --
  • 00:17:07.090 --> 00:17:10.090
  • Whatever they say next
  • 00:17:10.090 --> 00:17:12.000
  • I don't respond to.
  • 00:17:12.000 --> 00:17:13.140
  • I say, what do you want?
  • 00:17:14.060 --> 00:17:17.060
  • Because I'll just say
  • 00:17:17.270 --> 00:17:20.270
  • what you want to hear,
  • 00:17:20.270 --> 00:17:22.250
  • and save you the time
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:24.270
  • from calling the next person,
  • 00:17:24.270 --> 00:17:27.120
  • and the next person,
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:28.180
  • until somebody will finally
  • 00:17:28.180 --> 00:17:29.190
  • tell you what you want to hear.
  • 00:17:29.290 --> 00:17:32.290
  • Because a lot of us --
  • 00:17:32.290 --> 00:17:34.250
  • Maybe not you.
  • 00:17:34.250 --> 00:17:36.010
  • Maybe somebody you know.
  • 00:17:36.010 --> 00:17:38.290
  • A lot of us live our whole
  • 00:17:38.290 --> 00:17:40.280
  • life consulting opinions,
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:45.090
  • and when you get
  • 00:17:45.090 --> 00:17:46.010
  • too many opinions,
  • 00:17:46.010 --> 00:17:47.160
  • it really crowds out
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:49.050
  • the voice of God.
  • 00:17:49.050 --> 00:17:50.200
  • And you know what's funny
  • 00:17:50.200 --> 00:17:51.170
  • about people?
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:52.140
  • You've got to be so careful.
  • 00:17:52.140 --> 00:17:54.220
  • Because people,
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:56.070
  • will a lot of times,
  • 00:17:56.070 --> 00:17:57.100
  • and situations,
  • 00:17:57.100 --> 00:17:58.160
  • will a lot of times,
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:17:59.240
  • they will categorize stuff.
  • 00:17:59.240 --> 00:18:02.070
  • Look.
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:02.290
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:18:02.290 --> 00:18:04.000
  • "They went into Jericho
  • 00:18:04.000 --> 00:18:05.220
  • and entered the house
  • 00:18:05.220 --> 00:18:07.170
  • of a prostitute named Rahab."
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:11.010
  • Why would you go
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:12.050
  • into the house of a prostitute
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:14.230
  • in order to discern
  • 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:16.150
  • the promise of God?
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:18.050
  • Let me tell you a little secret.
  • 00:18:18.050 --> 00:18:19.270
  • God uses who He wants to use.
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:24.250
  • I'm losing Amen's by the minute.
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:27.140
  • You must be from out of town.
  • 00:18:27.240 --> 00:18:30.240
  • God uses who He wants to use.
  • 00:18:30.240 --> 00:18:32.220
  • And so, isn't it fascinating
  • 00:18:33.260 --> 00:18:36.260
  • that the God who has
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:38.030
  • a spotless reputation,
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:40.130
  • when He gets ready
  • 00:18:40.130 --> 00:18:41.130
  • to bring His people
  • 00:18:41.130 --> 00:18:42.280
  • into the promise,
  • 00:18:42.280 --> 00:18:44.220
  • uses a woman
  • 00:18:44.220 --> 00:18:46.080
  • with a reputation?
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:48.260
  • Not a reputation
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:50.070
  • like we think God can use.
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:52.230
  • Not a reputation of perfection.
  • 00:18:52.230 --> 00:18:55.060
  • But God uses someone
  • 00:18:55.060 --> 00:18:56.280
  • with a reputation,
  • 00:18:56.280 --> 00:18:57.280
  • and; furthermore,
  • 00:18:57.280 --> 00:18:59.290
  • someone who the spies
  • 00:18:59.290 --> 00:19:01.070
  • would consider an enemy.
  • 00:19:01.070 --> 00:19:03.130
  • Technically, Rahab,
  • 00:19:03.130 --> 00:19:06.030
  • was an enemy of Israel.
  • 00:19:06.070 --> 00:19:09.070
  • And yet, God used their enemy
  • 00:19:09.140 --> 00:19:12.140
  • to show them who they were.
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:14.150
  • [cheering and applause]
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:21.090
  • She said, I know who you are.
  • 00:19:21.110 --> 00:19:24.110
  • And I know that God
  • 00:19:24.110 --> 00:19:25.080
  • has given you the victory.
  • 00:19:25.080 --> 00:19:27.260
  • Is it possible that
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:29.290
  • your enemy knows more
  • 00:19:31.270 --> 00:19:34.270
  • about who you are, than you do?
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:38.150
  • And is that why
  • 00:19:38.150 --> 00:19:39.050
  • He's been fighting you?
  • 00:19:39.050 --> 00:19:41.100
  • Like He's been fighting you?
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  • It's just a question, saints.
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:46.260
  • Is it possible,
  • 00:19:46.260 --> 00:19:47.280
  • just a little bit possible,
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:50.140
  • that the trial
  • 00:19:50.140 --> 00:19:51.170
  • that you're going through
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:53.030
  • is actually a testament
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:55.180
  • to the power that
  • 00:19:55.180 --> 00:19:56.220
  • lives within you?
  • 00:19:56.220 --> 00:19:59.010
  • The devil doesn't waste bullets.
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:02.170
  • If He's leaving you alone,
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:04.000
  • he knows you aren't anything
  • 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:05.080
  • worth fighting against.
  • 00:20:05.080 --> 00:20:07.120
  • [cheering and applause]
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:15.130
  • God used their enemy
  • 00:20:15.130 --> 00:20:17.020
  • to show them who they were.
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:20.060
  • God used their struggle
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:25.110
  • to confirm His word.
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:29.170
  • It's crazy how --
  • 00:20:29.170 --> 00:20:32.000
  • sit down, lemme teach.
  • 00:20:32.000 --> 00:20:33.200
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:36.000
  • It's crazy how
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:36.220
  • we have set up
  • 00:20:36.220 --> 00:20:37.090
  • a false expectation,
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:38.190
  • that the proof of God's favor
  • 00:20:38.190 --> 00:20:39.220
  • in our life will always be,
  • 00:20:39.220 --> 00:20:41.190
  • that are fights will decrease
  • 00:20:41.190 --> 00:20:44.180
  • and our comfort will increase.
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:53.020
  • But when God was revealing
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:56.100
  • Himself in the book of Job,
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:21:00.090
  • the devil was going
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:02.080
  • all through the earth
  • 00:21:02.170 --> 00:21:05.170
  • trying to look for somebody
  • 00:21:05.170 --> 00:21:06.270
  • that he could tamper with.
  • 00:21:06.270 --> 00:21:09.270
  • And when the Devil
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:12.180
  • presented himself
  • 00:21:12.180 --> 00:21:13.120
  • before the throne
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:15.000
  • with the Angels,
  • 00:21:15.000 --> 00:21:15.260
  • because the enemy
  • 00:21:15.260 --> 00:21:16.150
  • can't do anything
  • 00:21:16.150 --> 00:21:17.060
  • without God's permission.
  • 00:21:18.290 --> 00:21:21.290
  • I'm afraid,
  • 00:21:21.290 --> 00:21:22.110
  • and a lot of our churches,
  • 00:21:22.110 --> 00:21:23.090
  • we've given the Devil
  • 00:21:23.090 --> 00:21:24.200
  • a reputation,
  • 00:21:24.200 --> 00:21:25.280
  • that he is in equal power
  • 00:21:25.280 --> 00:21:27.010
  • with God.
  • 00:21:27.010 --> 00:21:27.170
  • He's not.
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:29.080
  • He's not.
  • 00:21:29.080 --> 00:21:31.090
  • And God asked the question
  • 00:21:31.090 --> 00:21:33.200
  • to Satan, He said,
  • 00:21:33.200 --> 00:21:34.280
  • have you considered
  • 00:21:34.280 --> 00:21:35.230
  • my servant Job?
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:37.180
  • Have you thought
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:38.060
  • about picking on him?
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:39.270
  • Because he's my guy.
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:41.190
  • Now, whatever you have to do
  • 00:21:41.190 --> 00:21:43.030
  • to get on that list,
  • 00:21:43.030 --> 00:21:44.070
  • where God tells the Devil
  • 00:21:44.070 --> 00:21:45.070
  • he can mess with you.
  • 00:21:45.070 --> 00:21:47.060
  • I don't want to be that holy.
  • 00:21:47.060 --> 00:21:50.010
  • I want to find that mark --
  • 00:21:50.010 --> 00:21:51.250
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:56.180
  • and slip right under.
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:58.240
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:58.240 --> 00:22:01.050
  • but God said,
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:01.220
  • have at his stuff.
  • 00:22:01.220 --> 00:22:03.090
  • You can touch him,
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:04.040
  • his family,
  • 00:22:04.040 --> 00:22:04.250
  • you can't touch him.
  • 00:22:04.250 --> 00:22:06.200
  • And when the Devil came back
  • 00:22:06.200 --> 00:22:07.170
  • and said, I tried it.
  • 00:22:07.170 --> 00:22:09.130
  • And you were right,
  • 00:22:09.130 --> 00:22:09.280
  • he didn't curse you.
  • 00:22:09.280 --> 00:22:11.100
  • But if you let me hurt him,
  • 00:22:11.160 --> 00:22:14.160
  • it's one thing
  • 00:22:14.160 --> 00:22:15.070
  • for everything around him
  • 00:22:15.070 --> 00:22:16.110
  • to be affected,
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:17.210
  • but if you let me
  • 00:22:17.210 --> 00:22:18.100
  • hurt his body, he'll curse you.
  • 00:22:18.160 --> 00:22:21.160
  • And God said, you can do it
  • 00:22:21.160 --> 00:22:23.140
  • but you can't kill them.
  • 00:22:23.140 --> 00:22:25.120
  • And after that period
  • 00:22:25.120 --> 00:22:26.180
  • of testing had been completed,
  • 00:22:26.240 --> 00:22:29.240
  • after Job survived
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:31.020
  • all of the rounds,
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:31.280
  • now this means
  • 00:22:31.280 --> 00:22:32.100
  • he lost not only his income,
  • 00:22:32.100 --> 00:22:34.290
  • not only does business,
  • 00:22:34.290 --> 00:22:36.070
  • not only his belongings,
  • 00:22:36.070 --> 00:22:37.170
  • but his children.
  • 00:22:37.170 --> 00:22:39.160
  • And the only person
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:40.290
  • who stayed alive
  • 00:22:40.290 --> 00:22:41.230
  • with Job was his wife.
  • 00:22:44.170 --> 00:22:47.170
  • And if you read about her,
  • 00:22:47.170 --> 00:22:50.010
  • he probably prayed
  • 00:22:50.010 --> 00:22:50.290
  • that God would go ahead
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:51.190
  • and wipe her out too,
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:52.180
  • because she wasn't
  • 00:22:52.180 --> 00:22:53.150
  • a very good wife.
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:54.090
  • She said, go ahead
  • 00:22:54.090 --> 00:22:55.010
  • and curse God and die.
  • 00:22:55.010 --> 00:22:56.190
  • Let's get it over with.
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:58.040
  • You're really gonna
  • 00:22:58.040 --> 00:22:58.170
  • put up with this
  • 00:22:58.170 --> 00:22:59.050
  • and still serve God?
  • 00:22:59.050 --> 00:23:00.160
  • But Job would not charge
  • 00:23:00.160 --> 00:23:02.060
  • God with wrongdoing.
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:03.260
  • And yes, at the end
  • 00:23:03.260 --> 00:23:04.220
  • of Job's life,
  • 00:23:04.220 --> 00:23:07.100
  • he was doubly blessed,
  • 00:23:07.100 --> 00:23:09.080
  • but I don't think
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:10.090
  • that the point of
  • 00:23:10.090 --> 00:23:11.020
  • the "Book of Job"
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:11.170
  • is that Job got double
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:12.150
  • for his trouble.
  • 00:23:12.150 --> 00:23:13.180
  • That's nice for
  • 00:23:13.180 --> 00:23:13.290
  • a bumper sticker.
  • 00:23:13.290 --> 00:23:15.010
  • But he still lost
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:15.200
  • his children.
  • 00:23:15.200 --> 00:23:16.270
  • What's the point?
  • 00:23:16.270 --> 00:23:17.220
  • The point is,
  • 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:19.020
  • that the Devil didn't
  • 00:23:19.020 --> 00:23:20.100
  • mention Job's name, God did.
  • 00:23:21.100 --> 00:23:24.100
  • Job had a reputation
  • 00:23:24.100 --> 00:23:25.260
  • with Heaven.
  • 00:23:25.260 --> 00:23:27.240
  • And Heaven a new about Job,
  • 00:23:27.240 --> 00:23:30.020
  • he could be
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:30.150
  • trusted with trouble.
  • 00:23:30.150 --> 00:23:32.280
  • He won't break beneath
  • 00:23:32.280 --> 00:23:34.120
  • the weight of a burden.
  • 00:23:34.120 --> 00:23:36.160
  • Heaven knows about you.
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:38.090
  • You can raise
  • 00:23:38.090 --> 00:23:38.290
  • those ADHD kids.
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:41.110
  • Those A-B-C-D-E-F-G
  • 00:23:41.110 --> 00:23:42.290
  • H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P kids.
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:45.180
  • God knew that He could
  • 00:23:45.180 --> 00:23:46.130
  • give you the whole alphabet,
  • 00:23:46.130 --> 00:23:48.000
  • and you wouldn't kill them.
  • 00:23:48.000 --> 00:23:49.250
  • God knew He could
  • 00:23:49.250 --> 00:23:50.230
  • trust you with sorrow.
  • 00:23:50.230 --> 00:23:52.190
  • God knew He could trust you
  • 00:23:52.190 --> 00:23:54.020
  • with trial,
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  • and with tribulation.
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  • - Well you must be important.
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  • How do you feel
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  • when you hear that?
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  • Are you like, me?
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  • Are you serious?
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  • I know that when we look
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  • in the mirror a lot of times
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  • all we see is the things
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  • that we don't like
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  • about ourselves.
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  • And a lot of times
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  • and we reflect on our lives,
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  • it doesn't feel like
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  • our day-to-day existence
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  • matters much in the broad scope
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  • of over 7 billion people
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  • on the planet.
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  • But I believe God wants you
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  • to stop seeing yourself
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  • as insignificant
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  • and realize the tremendous value
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  • that He places on your life.
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  • And today, for your gift
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  • of any amount,
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  • I wanna send you
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  • my brand-new series on DVD.
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  • It's called,
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  • "You Must Be Important".
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  • It's about the lengths
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  • that God goes to,
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  • to show His love.
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  • And it's also about
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  • finding a vision
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  • for your life
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  • through understanding
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  • your value in Christ.
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  • I know that's like
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  • a huge mouthful,
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  • 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 feel
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  • like right now,
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  • you're always going
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  • to be fluctuating.
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  • But there is a better way.
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  • And I want to show you
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  • that better way.
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  • Through God's word,
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  • we're going to 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 things
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  • 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,
  • 00:25:16.190 --> 00:25:17.250
  • 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 going to 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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  • W'ell 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,
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:50.240
  • 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
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  • crash 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 offer 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.
  • 00:26:35.090 --> 00:26:37.210
  • 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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