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God's Not Finished

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October 6, 2019
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Victory with Paul Daugherty

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God's Not Finished

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  • - I'm here to tell you today
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  • that God's not finished with you yet.
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  • But until you believe it
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  • you will never step into it
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  • because your internal condition
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  • determines your external capacity.
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  • You've got to get it inside of here.
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  • Hi, I'm Paul.
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  • Almost 10 years ago my Dad, my hero,
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  • my pastor passed away unexpectedly.
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  • He built a big church
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  • and left some pretty large shoes to fill.
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  • When he died, I didn't just lose my Dad,
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  • I lost my faith, I lost my purpose and my future.
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  • But God showed up and restored my faith
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  • and he gave me a message of hope to share with you.
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  • You're here on purpose.
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  • God's not finished with you yet.
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  • Your best days are right in front of you
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  • and you have victory in your life
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  • because Jesus lives in you.
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  • Well, we are in our Victory Confession Series,
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  • it's called Best Days and this confession
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  • was written during a time in my life
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  • where I felt like God was finished.
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  • I was discouraged, I was defeated,
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  • I was depressed, this was about six years ago,
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  • our church was walking through a real test,
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  • a storm, my father had passed
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  • and I remember parking outside of our church
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  • just feeling overwhelmed with so much discouragement.
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  • I was overwhelmed with discouragement
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  • and I was literally saying, "God's done.
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  • "He's done with me, he's done with my family,
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  • "he's done with our church,"
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  • and my words were shaping my attitude.
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  • Here at Victory, we realize
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  • that our words have power.
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  • That you can't live a victorious life
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  • with a defeated mouth.
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  • You can't live a positive life
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  • with a negative mouth.
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  • You've got to change your speaking
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  • and in order to change your speaking,
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  • you've got to change your thinking.
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  • And so, God interrupted me in the middle
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  • of my pity party and said,
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  • "Change your confession."
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  • And I remember that day, I was in my car
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  • and I began to write on a napkin a confession
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  • that now we say every week.
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  • I said, "I'm here on purpose,"
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  • I didn't feel like I was here on purpose,
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  • because I have a purpose.
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  • I didn't feel like I had a purpose.
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  • And then I said, "My heart is open."
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  • My heart felt closed.
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  • My heart felt just walled up with depression,
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  • with insecurities, with fears.
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  • I didn't trust anybody.
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  • I was suspicious about everybody.
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  • My heart was broken, I felt betrayed
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  • and yet God was saying,
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  • "No, confess over your heart
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  • "that your heart is open."
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  • That you're opening your heart again
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  • for God to work, that your mind is ready
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  • to receive because God's not finished with you yet.
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  • If you have a Bible, go to Philippians 1:6.
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  • Yes!
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  • Paul the apostle wrote this scripture
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  • in the latter part of his life.
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  • He was a guy who just believed
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  • God was always gonna keep working on him.
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  • That God was always up to something,
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  • that even when he felt like he was
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  • down to nothin', God was up to something.
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  • And he wrote this, I am confident.
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  • I am confident that he who started
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  • this good work in you, in me,
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  • will be faithful to complete it
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  • until the day of Christ Jesus.
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  • I want you to get your confidence back today.
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  • Some of you, you've lost your confidence
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  • 'cause life kicked you hard
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  • and you weren't ready for it
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  • and you felt overwhelmed by whatever it is
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  • that life threw at you,
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  • God's whispering in your ear today,
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  • "The story is still being written.
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  • "I'm not finished with you yet,
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  • "this is not the final scene,
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  • "things are gonna turn around,
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  • "the breakthrough is on the way."
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  • In Genesis 11:31, Abram had a father named Terah.
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  • Now if you now Abram, and you're a Christian,
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  • you know that Abram became Abraham
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  • and we wrote a song about him
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  • and we sang it as kids.
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  • Father Abraham
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  • Had many sons
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  • And many sons had Father Abraham
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  • And I am one of them
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  • And so are you
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  • So let's just praise the Lord right
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  • Yeah yeah, okay, we won't sing the rest of it.
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  • Father Abraham went on to become
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  • this amazing giant general of the faith
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  • who had all these amazing children
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  • and he took the land that God had given him
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  • and Canaan, that became Israel,
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  • but you know, Abram's father
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  • was actually supposed to take that land.
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  • His dad was destined to be what Abram became.
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  • His dad was on the way, it says in verse 31.
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  • So Terah, the father of Abraham,
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  • took his family and they set out
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  • from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan.
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  • This was the Promised land.
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  • They were setting out to go to the Promised Land.
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  • So they're walking.
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  • God got a plan for us,
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  • God's got a plan for my family,
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  • God's got a plan for my kids,
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  • God's got a plan for my marriage,
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  • and then it says when they came to Harran
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  • they stopped and they settled there.
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  • And the next verse is so sad, it says,
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  • so Abram's father died in Harran.
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  • His father died in a settled place.
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  • His father stopped somewhere.
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  • Some of you have declared
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  • over your life that you're stuck,
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  • you're not stuck you just stopped.
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  • - [Congregant] Wow.
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  • (congregation yelling)
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  • - No, no, no, no, you're not stuck.
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  • You're not stuck in that addiction.
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  • You're not stuck.
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  • Your marriage is not stuck.
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  • God's not finished with you. - Amen!
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  • - Why did Abram's father stop?
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  • We don't know but something caused him
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  • to stop somewhere and go, "This is it.
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  • "This is as good as it gets."
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  • This is as good as it gets for my family.
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  • This is as good as it gets for my health.
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  • The doctor said this, I'm accepting this
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  • so this is how it's gonna be.
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  • I'm stuck with this bad attitude.
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  • I'm stuck with this addiction.
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  • Our marriage is stuck like this.
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  • No, no, no, it's not stuck.
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  • I'm here to tell you today
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  • that God's not finished with you yet.
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  • But until you believe it
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  • you will never step into it.
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  • Because your internal condition
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  • determines your external capacity.
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  • You've got to get it inside of here.
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  • Right, as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.
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  • This is why we say at Victory every week,
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  • my heart is open, my mind is ready to receive.
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  • 'Cause if you don't get your heart ready
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  • for what God wants for you,
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  • you can hear the greatest message in the world
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  • but not even receive it. (congregation yelling)
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  • You could have the greatest opportunities
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  • in front of you and not even accept them
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  • because you disqualify yourself
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  • because of your own small thinking.
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  • This is why Terah stopped.
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  • Something made him feel like,
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  • I'm not good enough to keep going.
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  • Some of us have stopped in a season in our life
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  • and we feel stuck and God's sayin,
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  • I know you thought marriage
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  • was gonna look different.
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  • I know you thought raisin' kids
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  • was gonna look different.
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  • I know you thought leading a ministry
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  • or business was supposed to be a certain way.
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  • But I'm telling you right now,
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  • you're not stuck, you just stopped.
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  • You've got to realize that God knows
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  • how to make a way where there seems to be no way.
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  • He said in the book of Isaiah,
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  • I will make a way in the wilderness
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  • where there seems to be no way.
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  • I will cause springs to rise up
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  • in the dry desert places.
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  • I know how to get you to places
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  • where it doesn't even feel like you could get.
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  • I'm gonna get you through this.
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  • (applauding and cheering)
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  • This is not the final scene.
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  • God's not finished with you yet.
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  • There was a man named Henry in the early 1900's
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  • who had this vision in his mind,
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  • his heart, to be an inventor.
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  • Now, he was born in a poor family
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  • and he thought, "You know God can't do much
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  • "through our family, we're poor,
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  • "we don't have much."
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  • So, he got a regular job
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  • and he was working his regular job
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  • and he moved into a small little house
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  • that had a small little shack behind the house
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  • where he kept his tools
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  • and he kept this dream alive
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  • in his heart and in his mind
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  • that he would be an inventor.
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  • That he would invent things
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  • that could help people.
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  • That whatever he invented
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  • was gonna help people in some way
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  • and he was really into travel.
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  • And so, he took a bicycle
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  • and he started thinking,
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  • how can I get people from places
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  • faster than a bicycle?
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  • And again, he was thinking of things
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  • that weren't even in the dictionary.
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  • He was imagining things
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  • that he hadn't even seen yet.
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  • He started to draw sketches
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  • of something with four wheels.
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  • What we know as a car.
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  • He called it a quadricycle
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  • 'cause he didn't know what to call it.
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  • He built something with four wheels
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  • and an engine in this small little shack
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  • that wasn't even in the dictionary.
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  • We know it as cars and trucks.
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  • You're like, it's a car, it's a truck.
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  • But he didn't know that.
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  • You know what I feel in my spirit this weekend?
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  • That God's about to drop dreams
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  • and ideas in people's hearts
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  • that aren't even in the dictionary.
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  • Some of you have settled in Harran.
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  • You've settled, you've gone,
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  • well, God's finishing with our country,
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  • he's finished with us,
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  • he's finished with our city.
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  • No he's not.
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  • God's finished giving new ideas, new dreams.
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  • This is the old oil capital of the world.
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  • God's about to do something fresh in Tulsa.
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  • Something new.
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  • God's about to do something fresh
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  • in someone who would grab hold of this message
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  • and say, "God's not finished with me yet.
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  • "God's not finished with my family.
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  • "God's not finished with my dreams.
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  • "God's not finished with my potential.
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  • "God's not finished with the gifts and the talents
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  • "that he's put on the inside of me."
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  • You might have written yourself
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  • out of God's story
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  • but God's about to write you back into the story.
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  • There's a reason you're here today.
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  • There's a reason you're watchin' online.
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  • There's a reason you've got this message.
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  • It's because God wants you to know
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  • he's not done with you yet.
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  • So Henry's building this thing
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  • and he gets it working in this small little shack,
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  • the only problem was, the thing he built
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  • was bigger than the door
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  • (laughing) of the shack.
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  • I'm a preach this story to you this morning.
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  • Some of us have trapped ourselves
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  • in our own ability, our own capacity.
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  • We've said, "This is all I can do."
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  • And what God's saying,
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  • it's time bust down some walls
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  • that you've built up around your heart
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  • and around your mind to say God can't heal you,
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  • God can't fix this, God can't deliver you,
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  • God can't do something new through you.
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  • It's time to bust down the walls.
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  • You know what Henry did?
  • 00:09:26.090 --> 00:09:27.160
  • He busted down the walls of that shack
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  • and he drove that quadricycle,
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  • the first man to drive a car,
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  • and within 10 years he built 10 million
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  • Model T Ford cars,
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  • went on to become a billionaire.
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  • He credited it to his relationship with God
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  • and believing that there's limitless opportunities,
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  • limitless potential for the man,
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  • for the woman who believes
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  • that God can do anything through a person.
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  • Can I tell you today, some of you have stopped
  • 00:09:50.270 --> 00:09:54.060
  • and you feel stuck, you feel stuck in a habit,
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  • you feel stuck in a season in your marriage,
  • 00:09:57.020 --> 00:09:59.030
  • you feel stuck in a season at your job,
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  • and you feel like this is as good as it gets
  • 00:10:01.250 --> 00:10:04.070
  • and God's saying, "No, no, this is not it.
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  • "I've got more for you.
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  • "I've got victory over that habit.
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  • "I've got victory for your marriage.
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  • "I've got healing for your son.
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  • "I'm not done with your kids yet.
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  • "I'm not finished with your family yet."
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  • God's not done. - Amen!
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  • - David said this in Psalm 139,
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  • Lord search me, oh God.
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  • You see, the beginning of believing
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  • that God's not finished,
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  • it starts in the heart.
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  • Everybody say, it starts in the heart.
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  • - [Congregation] It starts in the heart.
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  • - So, David said, "Lord, my heart is your garden.
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  • "Come and remove the weeds
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  • "so that the right things can grow.
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  • "Search me, oh God.
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  • "Examine every part of my heart
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  • "and remove anything from me
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  • "that's holding me back from you
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  • "and lead in the way everlasting."
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  • Everybody say, my heart is open.
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  • - [Congregation] My heart is open.
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  • - Have you ever met someone who's heart was closed?
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  • Just closed off to you.
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  • It's like they had a big sticker on their head
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  • that just said a mean word, like stay away?
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  • (laughing)
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  • You know what I'm talking about.
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  • Like, don't come any closer.
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  • I've been hurt by too many men.
  • 00:11:02.290 --> 00:11:04.090
  • I've been hurt by too many women.
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  • I've been hurt by too many pastors.
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  • Just keep a distance,
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  • I don't want you to come close.
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  • Just people who's hearts, and you're like,
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  • "Who hurt you, who betrayed you?
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  • "Who made you come across so cold towards people?"
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  • You know, I think about how, in Tulsa,
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  • we're around all this construction
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  • that's going on on highways
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  • and different neighborhoods
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  • and on most construction sites it says,
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  • danger construction area, keep out.
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  • Keep out, unless you got a hard hat on
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  • don't come any closer and often times,
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  • we are like this with God.
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  • We're saying, "Don't come any closer.
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  • "I'm a mess, God, I'm a mess.
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  • "Things are not right in my family.
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  • "So, I'll put on my self-projected Instagram image
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  • "when I come to church on Sunday,
  • 00:11:43.230 --> 00:11:45.140
  • "but don't come near my soul
  • 00:11:45.140 --> 00:11:47.130
  • "because it's dirty in there, it's dark.
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  • "There's things messed up.
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  • "I'd like to just keep it Instragram style.
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  • "Let's just make it pretty out here," you know.
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  • But God's not interested in saving
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  • your self-projected image,
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  • he's interesting in saving your soul.
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  • And he's the only one that can fix
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  • the problems that are going on in your life.
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  • Alcohol can't fix it, drugs can't fix it,
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  • an affair can't fix it, pornography can't fix it,
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  • TV won't fix it, all the other pills
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  • and addictions you could start to try.
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  • He's the only one that can come in with the hard hat
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  • and do the construction work
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  • that needs to be done in your life.
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  • Some of us are so focused
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  • on wanting God to do it all for us,
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  • or wanting to fix the people
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  • who are makin' us mad and God says,
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  • "Don't worry about them,
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  • "You focus on your ditches, you start diggin'.
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  • "Get your heart open,
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  • "get your mind ready to receive."
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  • If you'll focus on you
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  • watch what God will do in them.
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  • Watch what God will do in your situation.
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  • - [Announcer] Victory Christian School
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  • is pursuing families that share
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  • our vision and standard for education.
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  • Our families are here on purpose.
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  • We raise up leaders of tomorrow
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  • by preparing the heart, mind, and body.
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  • With challenging academics,
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  • a celebration of the arts,
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  • and championship level athletics,
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  • we are reaching new heights each year.
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  • Victory Christian School is more than an education.
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  • It's preparation for a calling.
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  • - Nothing changes until you change.
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  • You could change your house.
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  • You could change your spouse.
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  • You could change your hair.
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  • You could change your weight.
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  • You could change the state you live in.
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  • But, if you don't change you,
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  • nothing gets better.
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  • And in order for you to change,
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  • you gotta say, "Lord, my heart is open,
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  • "my mind is ready to receive
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  • "because God's not finished with me yet."
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  • This mindset requires humility.
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  • Three h words I want to give you,
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  • humility, hunger, and hope.
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  • Humility, hunger and hope.
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  • Everybody say humility. - Humility.
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  • - Humility is a mindset of, I've not arrived.
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  • I love how Paul the Apostle said this,
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  • he says, "I've not arrived.
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  • "I haven't reached perfection
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  • "but one thing I'm doin'
  • 00:14:17.010 --> 00:14:18.080
  • "is I'm forgetting what's behind me
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  • "and I'm pressing on towards what's ahead."
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  • That's humility, he's saying,
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  • I'm not who I want to be.
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  • I'm not who I used to be.
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  • But, who I am today is not the permanent me.
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  • God's still working on attitudes in my life.
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  • God's still growing my patience.
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  • God's still working on the fruits of the spirit.
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  • How many are thankful God's still working
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  • on that patience level in your life?
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  • The grace with people.
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  • The ability to love all your family members.
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  • The ability to forgive some people who have hurt you.
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  • The point is this,
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  • you've got to allow him to keep working.
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  • What Paul is trying to say,
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  • what Jesus was trying to say is,
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  • salvation is not just a one time thing.
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  • You have your spiritual birthday where you remember,
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  • I let Jesus be lord of my life.
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  • That was the beginning.
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  • That's where Paul says,
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  • yeah, he began that good work.
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  • But he's gonna continue it
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  • through the rest of your life if you'll allow him.
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  • It's called sanctification.
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  • It starts on the day you let Jesus
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  • be Lord of your life, but it doesn't stop.
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  • It continues, as long as you keep a humble spirit
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  • to say, "Lord, keep working in me.
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  • "I believe you're not finished with me yet."
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  • God wants to continue the sanctification
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  • in your heart, he wants to continue
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  • so it requires humility, it requires hunger.
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  • Hunger, how many are hungry for some food today?
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  • You're looking forward to going eating.
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  • I get excited when I haven't eaten all day,
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  • when I've been fasting, breakfast, lunch,
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  • I'm excited for dinner,
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  • I'm excited to eat a good meal.
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  • But, some of us have lost our hunger for God
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  • and so we're just coasting,
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  • we're just kind of sitting there.
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  • We're like Abram's father, we just have settled.
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  • This is it.
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  • I've tasted and seen that God is okay.
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  • So, I'm gonna sit back and relax.
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  • No, no, no, God's saying lean in.
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  • Lean in, like you're sitting at a Mexican restaurant
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  • and there's chips and queso right in front of you
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  • and salsa, lean in.
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  • Just get that bowl right in front of you.
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  • Lean in, come on. (applauding and cheering)
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  • Get a little bit more queso on there
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  • people are like, don't double dip.
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  • No, this is my queso bowl, I can double dip.
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  • (laughing)
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  • God wants you to get your hunger back.
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  • Just because you graduated high school
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  • or graduated something in your life,
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  • some of us have stopped growing.
  • 00:16:25.250 --> 00:16:27.120
  • We've stopped the hunger,
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  • we've lost the eye of the tiger.
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  • We've lost that zeal to say,
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  • "God, keep working in me.
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  • "I don't want to settle in this addiction.
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  • "I don't want to settle with these bad habits.
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  • "I don't want to settle
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  • "cussing in front of people and my kids."
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  • I don't know what you're doing right now
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  • that you're not proud of,
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:44.020
  • but I'm telling you today, you don't have to carry
  • 00:16:44.020 --> 00:16:46.000
  • another ounce of shame or guilt.
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  • You can choose to repent and say,
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  • "Lord, I'm under construction,
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  • "keep working on me,
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  • "keep developing areas the in my life."
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  • God's not mad at you.
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  • He's not mad at you when you sin.
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  • In fact, he's the one that's like,
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  • "Come on, let me come in.
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  • "Let me come in, let me bring some healing."
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  • Because there's something beneath the surface
  • 00:17:02.060 --> 00:17:03.250
  • of all of this outward behavior,
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:05.190
  • there's something deep, there's a hole in your soul
  • 00:17:05.190 --> 00:17:07.160
  • that needs to be healed that nothin' else can heal.
  • 00:17:07.160 --> 00:17:10.140
  • No alcohol can do it, no addiction can do it,
  • 00:17:10.140 --> 00:17:13.200
  • no person can do it, only God can do it.
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  • Everybody say God's not finished.
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  • - [Congregation] God's not finished.
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  • - So, you got to get humble,
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  • you got to get hungry and you got to get hopeful.
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  • You got to get hopeful.
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  • This is where God was challenging me
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  • when I was settling into this depression
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  • that I was carrying after my father passed,
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  • God was saying, "Paul, wake up."
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  • You have settled into a mindset
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  • about your church, about your family,
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  • about your future that is not my will for you.
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  • Have you ever met someone who's just lost hope
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  • and you're kinda, you're like, man,
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  • how do I recharge your hope?
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  • Or maybe you're that person
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  • where you feel hopeless about a situation.
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  • You feel like, I don't think
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  • that could ever happen.
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  • I don't think that will ever happen.
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  • It's time today to bust down the walls
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  • around your heart and your mind
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  • and to believe again that God's not finished.
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  • I want to end this sermon
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  • on this idea of having the hope
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  • that God's not finished with your story yet.
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  • In Second Kings, chapter three,
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  • the kings of Israel and Judah had come together.
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  • And there was three kings
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  • that were all together
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  • and they were leading God's people.
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  • And what happened was,
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  • the enemy armies had surrounded them
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  • on every side. (dramatic music)
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  • Cut off all their supply, all their provision.
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  • No water was getting in and so God's people,
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  • they were dying of thirst.
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  • And in verse 10, the king of Israel said,
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  • "We're done for!
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  • "The Lord has put us three together
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  • "at the mercy of the King of Moab."
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  • In other words, God allowed us to get here
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  • as the consequences of our sin.
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  • Sometimes God's mercy is so good
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  • that he'll let you experience the consequences
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  • of your sin so that you'll look up
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  • and realize he's the only one
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  • that can pull you out of that
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  • hole that you've gotten yourself in to.
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  • And that's good.
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  • 'Cause if he just lets you keep going
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  • sometimes you end up even more self destructing.
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  • God wasn't finished with them,
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  • he just wanted them to realize, look up,
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  • God's the only one that can get you through this.
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  • And so, King Jehoshaphat said,
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  • "Is there a prophet here
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  • "through whom we can consult God?
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  • "Is there anyone who could tell us
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  • "what God's will is for us?"
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  • And an officer said,
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  • Elisha the son of Shaphat, he's here,
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  • with Elijah's assistant.
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  • God is always willing to speak to you
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  • if you are willing to seek him.
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  • Some of you say, "Man, God doesn't talk to me.
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  • "God hasn't spoken to me in years."
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  • No, no, no, you just stopped seekin' him.
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  • You got to lean in again.
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  • You got to get hungry again.
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  • As you lean in, as you draw close,
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  • the Bible says draw close to God,
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  • he'll draw close to you, draw near.
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  • So, they draw closer, they find Elisha.
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  • Elisha comes out to them in verse 13, he says,
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  • "Why should I help you?"
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  • They had all turned their backs on God,
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  • they had all gotten into sin,
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  • all kinds of immorality.
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  • He says, "Go and consult those false prophets
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  • "that your mom and dad consulted."
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  • "No," the king replied.
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  • "It's God who has put us here together.
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  • "it's God who's brought us to this place
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  • "of the consequences of our own sin.
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  • "We need to hear from from God."
  • 00:20:10.060 --> 00:20:12.030
  • And watch what Elisha says next, he says,
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  • "All right, I swear by the living God,
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  • "that I would have nothing to do with you
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  • "if it wasn't for Jehoshaphat.
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  • "I'm helping you because
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  • "someone that's connected to you."
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  • God's about to deliver some of you in this room
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  • because you got a prayin' mom
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  • that just won't give up on you.
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  • You've got a grandma that's been on her knees
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  • every day on your behalf and God says, listen,
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  • you're connected to someone that loves you
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  • so much, God's not finished with you yet sir.
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  • He's not finished with you.
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  • Even though you feel like
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  • you're finished with God,
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  • you feel like you're finished with yourself,
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  • with your life, God says,
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  • I'm not done with you.
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  • And then Elisha says, "Get me a musician."
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  • I love that,
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  • music always makes sermons sound better.
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  • I mean, come on Mark Deluca back there.
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  • As the musician began to play,
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  • the power of the Lord came upon Elisha
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  • and Elisha prophesied.
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  • This is a prophetic word for you today.
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  • He said, "This is what God says,
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  • "dig ditches all over this city."
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  • "Dig ditches all over this dry stream bed."
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  • Why would you dig ditches
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  • when you're in a desert and there's no water?
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  • What is it for?
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  • Elisha said, "By this time tomorrow,
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  • "these ditches are gonna be filled with water.
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  • "You're gonna want to get tanks and barrels
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  • "and buckets cause God's about to bring
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  • "all the water you need."
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  • Remember, they were dying of thirst,
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  • so water, for them, equaled life.
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  • Water, for them, equaled vitality.
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  • Water, for them, gave them the strength
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  • to fight back against their enemies.
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  • Elisha said, not only is God gonna give you water,
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  • he's gonna give you victory over all the enemies
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  • that are trying to take you out.
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  • That are trying to take your marriage out.
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  • trying to take your family out.
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  • trying to take your son out.
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  • trying to take your daughter out.
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  • trying to take your dad out.
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  • trying to take your brother out.
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  • God's about to give you victory
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  • over all the enemies of fear,
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  • of shame, of suicidal thoughts,
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  • of discouragement, over all the enemies
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  • that have been staring you down.
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  • By this time tomorrow,
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  • but, he said, you gotta dig the ditches.
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  • Everybody say, dig ditches. - Dig ditches!
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:15.060
  • - In other words, he was saying, you gotta prepare.
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  • Some of us are so focused on wanting God
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  • to do it all for us
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  • or wanting to fix the people
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  • who are making us mad and God says,
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  • "Don't worry about them,
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  • "you focus on your ditches."
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  • You start digging, get your heart open,
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  • get your mind ready to receive,
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  • get your life back on track for God.
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  • Get back into a place of humility.
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  • You get back into a place of hunger.
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  • Get back into a place of hope.
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  • Let me take care of her.
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  • Let me take care of him.
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  • If you'll focus on you
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  • watch what God will do in them.
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  • Watch what God will do in your situation.
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  • Dig the ditches, and Elisha said this,
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  • he said this, he said, the next morning,
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  • watch this, he says, oh no, in verse 18 he said,
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  • this is an easy thing for God.
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  • This is an easy thing for God.
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  • And it says, that next day, on verse 20,
  • 00:22:59.140 --> 00:23:01.080
  • that next day the water filled the ditches.
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  • Everything they needed.
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  • They had victory on every side.
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  • They experienced victory that day over their enemies.
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  • Whatever you're facing right now.
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  • Heard this story about this man who had a donkey
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  • and he had worked this donkey for so long,
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  • he was thinking, this donkey's done,
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  • he has no more life left in him.
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  • So, he took the donkey,
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:21.160
  • he didn't have the guts to shoot the donkey
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  • so he said, I'm gonna put the donkey in a hole
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  • and I'm just gonna bury him alive.
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  • He had a big hole on his land.
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  • So he lowered the donkey into the hole
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  • and he began to shovel dirt
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  • on top of the donkey.
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  • Now the donkey started thinking,
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  • "Hey, I still got life left in me,
  • 00:23:35.190 --> 00:23:38.030
  • "I still I got breath in my lungs.
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  • "I still have a purpose."
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  • Come on, donkeys talk, the Bible talks about it.
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  • (congregation yelling)
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  • If God used a donkey in the Bible
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  • he's still using donkeys today, come on somebody.
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  • The donkey's sitting there
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  • and dirt's piling on top of him.
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  • I'm not done.
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  • He's done with me but I'm not done.
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  • I'm not done, I'm not finished.
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  • So what the donkey started doing
  • 00:24:01.160 --> 00:24:02.240
  • is every time a pile of dirt landed on his head
  • 00:24:02.240 --> 00:24:05.080
  • he would shake it off and step on top of it.
  • 00:24:05.080 --> 00:24:08.020
  • And the man kept shoveling the dirt,
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  • throwing it on top of the donkey,
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  • the donkey would shake it off, I'm not finished
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  • and step on top of it.
  • 00:24:12.290 --> 00:24:14.060
  • He kept putting it on top of him.
  • 00:24:14.060 --> 00:24:16.020
  • Some of you guys have had some dirt
  • 00:24:16.020 --> 00:24:17.110
  • thrown on top of you
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  • and what you need to do is shake if off
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  • and step on top of it. (applauding and cheering)
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  • Words that people have said.
  • 00:24:21.220 --> 00:24:23.130
  • Little lies the devil's whispered in your heart.
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  • Little things that have happened in your life.
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  • You feel like you're being buried but God says,
  • 00:24:27.140 --> 00:24:29.200
  • "Shake that crud off and step on top of it."
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  • God's not finished with you.
  • 00:24:33.280 --> 00:24:35.130
  • God's not finished with your life.
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  • God's not finished with your future.
  • 00:24:37.040 --> 00:24:38.270
  • That donkey ended up coming all the way
  • 00:24:38.270 --> 00:24:40.040
  • up to the top and running outta there.
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  • Hey listen, you're watching the show today
  • 00:24:42.220 --> 00:24:44.240
  • which is proof that you're still breathing
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  • and if you're still breathing, God's not done.
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  • If there's breath in your lungs
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  • God's not done.
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  • He's not done with your family.
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:55.040
  • He's not done with your finances.
  • 00:24:55.040 --> 00:24:56.180
  • He's not done with your purity.
  • 00:24:56.180 --> 00:24:58.130
  • He's not done with your testimony.
  • 00:24:58.130 --> 00:25:00.030
  • He's not done with your marriage.
  • 00:25:00.030 --> 00:25:01.180
  • He's not done with your kids.
  • 00:25:01.180 --> 00:25:03.100
  • He's not done.
  • 00:25:03.100 --> 00:25:04.270
  • The enemy would love to make us think
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  • that he's done with us,
  • 00:25:06.150 --> 00:25:07.220
  • that we're defeated, we're discouraged,
  • 00:25:07.220 --> 00:25:09.140
  • we're stuck, we'll never get outta this mess,
  • 00:25:09.140 --> 00:25:12.070
  • we'll never change our behavior,
  • 00:25:12.070 --> 00:25:14.050
  • our kids will never get better,
  • 00:25:14.050 --> 00:25:16.000
  • our marriage will never turn around.
  • 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:17.190
  • The enemy loves to get us feeling defeated,
  • 00:25:17.190 --> 00:25:19.270
  • discouraged, to steal our hope.
  • 00:25:19.270 --> 00:25:21.270
  • But today, get your hope back in God
  • 00:25:21.270 --> 00:25:24.140
  • that he's not finished with you.
  • 00:25:24.140 --> 00:25:27.040
  • And even if you feel like you blew it,
  • 00:25:27.040 --> 00:25:28.190
  • you messed up, you failed, you're not a failure.
  • 00:25:28.190 --> 00:25:31.010
  • All of us make mistakes.
  • 00:25:31.010 --> 00:25:32.130
  • All of us fumble the ball.
  • 00:25:32.130 --> 00:25:34.010
  • All of us make those moments where we go,
  • 00:25:34.010 --> 00:25:35.160
  • wish I wouldn't have done that.
  • 00:25:35.160 --> 00:25:37.230
  • But we can't live in woulda, coulda, shoulda.
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  • We've gotta start living,
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  • know today I believe God has forgiven me,
  • 00:25:41.160 --> 00:25:44.000
  • he's redeeming me, he's giving me a testimony
  • 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:47.000
  • and he's not finished with me yet.
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  • Why don't you say this prayer with me
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  • right now, say Lord, thank you,
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  • that you're not finished with me yet.
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  • God, I thank you that my past is forgiven.
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  • Lord, I thank you that I have a bright future.
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  • So Lord, today I declare,
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  • God, that my best days are right in front of me
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  • and that you're not finished with me yet.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Hey, we love you so much.
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  • We're praying for you.
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  • Remember, your best days are in front of you.
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  • Remember to get plugged into a local church.
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  • If you don't have a home church
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  • and you're near Tulsa,
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  • come and join us at Victory.
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  • We'll make you feel right at home,
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  • right as part of the family here.
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  • And listen, if you ever need encouragement,
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  • go to our website, victory.com.
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  • You can find all of the sermons,
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  • so much encouragement right there at victory.com.
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  • We love you, we're praying for you.
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  • Your best days are right in front of you.
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  • - [Announcer] Victory Christian School
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  • is pursuing families that share
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  • our vision and standard for education.
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  • Our families are here on purpose.
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  • We raise up leaders of tomorrow
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  • by preparing the heart, mind, and body.
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  • With challenging academics,
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  • a celebration of the arts,
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  • and championship level athletics,
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  • we are reaching new heights each year.
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  • Victory Christian School is more than an education.
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  • It's preparation for a calling.
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  • - [Announcer] You can listen
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  • to pastor Paul's message
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  • and experience victory anytime
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  • through our mobile victory app in the app store.
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  • When you have the app,
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  • you can listen to victory everyday.
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  • Go online from your computer
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  • or phone right now to download it.
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  • Victory app is available in the app store.
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  • (happy music)
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