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Guarding the Holy Place of Hiddenness | Ep. 11

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December 24, 2018
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Anonymous with Alicia Britt Chole

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Guarding the Holy Place of Hiddenness | Ep. 11

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  • smothered by what I'll call the uns?
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  • Unseen, unappreciated, underestimated.
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  • Has it ever seemed like something or someone
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  • pressed the pause button on your potential and dreams?
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  • Jesus understands what it's like to be hidden.
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  • His first 30 years were mostly
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  • undocumented and uncelebrated.
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  • But with his life and with ours,
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  • we dare not mistake unseen for unimportant,
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  • or unapplauded for unproductive.
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  • Join me as we discover the strength God grows
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  • in anonymous seasons.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • It seems to me that God rarely draws in straight lines.
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  • Have you ever looked at the map of your life;
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  • been confident that the best route between point A
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  • and point B was the most direct one,
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  • only to realize that God must not have gotten the memo?
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  • The best route between your education and your dreams
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  • is clearly that job, but then it goes to someone else.
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  • The best route between your giftings and your calling
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  • is obviously that open door, and then it closes
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  • right before you get there.
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  • God's routes are rarely direct, are they?
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  • Evidently, when it comes to spiritual growth,
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  • shortest isn't always best
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  • from the perspective of eternity.
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  • That's certainly the case in hidden years.
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  • Occasionally, the why of God's winding,
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  • circuitous will is clear; often, it's not
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  • and we'll have to wait for God
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  • to supply the why on the other side.
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  • Either way, we can be confident of this:
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  • God never wastes anyone's time.
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  • Hidden years are filled with his treasures
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  • if we have eyes to see them.
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  • My husband and I were married in 1990,
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  • and we celebrated our first wedding anniversary in China.
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  • We spent the month backpacking through the country
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  • with some students.
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  • At one point, we took a train to Shanghai
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  • and settled in for what we thought would be around
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  • a 20-hour trip.
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  • About halfway through the journey,
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  • the train came to an unexpected stop
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  • and had to be rerouted because of an accident in a tunnel
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  • between us and our destination.
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  • We have several great memories from that bonus 28 hours
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  • on the train, but the most memorable for us
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  • was watching our students have a life-altering series
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  • of conversations with other curious passengers on board,
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  • which has been a good lesson for me and for us.
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  • When life turns a one-day trip into a two-day trip
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  • or a six-month pause into a six-year wait,
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  • it's good for us to remember that the why
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  • isn't always just about us.
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  • Jesus's hidden years weren't just about him.
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  • God the Father certainly could have deposited Jesus
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  • at the Jordan as a 30-year old man.
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  • But instead, Jesus was born a baby,
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  • and he grew slowly into adulthood
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  • surrounded by family and culture and politics
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  • and history and challenges and temptation.
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  • As we read in Hebrews 4:15,
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  • for we do not have a high priest who is unable
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  • to sympathize with our weaknesses,
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  • but we have one who's been tempted in every way,
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  • just as we are, yet was without sin.
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  • In this series on Anonymous, we've studied Jesus's
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  • hidden years in Bethlehem and Nazareth,
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  • Jesus's baptism at the Jordan; and where we've spent
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  • the majority of our study time,
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  • Jesus's temptation in the Judean wilderness.
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  • There we saw how Satan's strategy for temptation
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  • was and still is clear and predictable.
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  • He dangles a lure that appeals to a longing.
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  • He supplies the means, the how and issues
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  • a bold invitation to sin.
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  • Temptation's camouflage is updated
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  • from generation to generation,
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  • and temptation's bait is adjusted from person to person.
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  • But all of us throughout history have been invited
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  • into the same age old trap.
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  • Ultimately for Jesus, that trap had little to do
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  • with bread or temples or kingdoms.
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  • Likewise for us, that trap has little to do
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  • with a certain habit or a specific relationship
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  • or this pain or that memory.
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  • All those things are just props
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  • in Satan's drama of temptation.
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  • For Jesus in the desert and for us in every season,
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  • there's really only one true temptation
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  • in our spiritual lives.
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  • The temptation to choose against God.
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  • Satan's sole desire is to somehow invite us
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  • and, in some way, to entice us to disobey
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  • even in the smallest degree.
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  • Our disobedience is the enemy's prize
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  • because he knows something that we're often in denial about.
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  • The enemy knows that disobedience can't be confined
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  • to one secret corner of our lives.
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  • Even if you put it in the closet, shut the door
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  • and double lock it;
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  • even if you cover it with a life-sized painting
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  • to distract anyone who comes near,
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  • disobedience will still refuse quarantine.
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  • It'll spread like a mold under that closed door
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  • and stretch its infectious fingers
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  • toward previously uncontaminated spaces
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  • in your mind, life and relationships.
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  • In his effort to entice humanity
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  • to rationalize choosing against their creator,
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  • Satan's been fishing for our souls
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  • with his skillful lures since the beginning of time.
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  • What we experience today are simply updated
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  • and repackaged forms of the same temptations
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  • Jesus faced in the wilderness and Eve faced in the garden.
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  • The lure of immediate gratification
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  • to appeal to our appetites.
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  • The lure of man's attention and awe
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  • to appeal to our longings for acceptance and applause.
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  • And the lure of the world's power and possessions
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  • to appeal to our desires for influence and authority.
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  • When we compare the parallels between the lures
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  • Satan used to tempt Jesus in the wilderness
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  • and the lures he used to tempt Eve in the garden,
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  • two facts become evident.
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  • Number one, Satan is predictable.
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  • And number two, in thousands of years,
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  • we haven't given him any reason not to be.
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  • Generation after generation,
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  • we continue to crave instant satisfaction,
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  • public admiration and worldly power and possessions.
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  • Thankfully, in word and deed, in anonymous spaces
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  • and public places, Jesus our savior modeled for us
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  • the most effective strategy against all forms of temptation:
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  • unmodified obedience.
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  • In John 14:30-31, Jesus said,
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  • I will not speak with you much longer
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  • for the prince of this world is coming.
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  • He has no hold on me, but the world must learn
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  • that I love the Father and that I do exactly
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  • what my Father has commanded me.
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  • Jesus didn't add to or subtract from
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  • what Father God asked him to do.
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  • He didn't embellish it, dilute it, tailor it
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  • or customize it to suit his personal tastes or preferences.
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  • Jesus simply and profoundly obeyed.
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  • Unmodified obedience is the faithful guardian
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  • of God's will in your life.
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  • And that's not some unrealistic call
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  • to impossible perfection or superhuman faith.
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  • It's simply a call to not wiggle your way out of obedience,
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  • to not talk yourself into compromise,
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  • especially in unseen places and unapplauded seasons.
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  • We rightly study and celebrate Jesus's obedience
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  • in his public ministry, but the obedience that we honor
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  • in his three visible years rested upon the obedience
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  • that he chose in 30 hidden years.
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  • And hidden years hold the same power for us.
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  • If we do the right thing when no one's looking,
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  • we'll have the strength to do the right thing
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  • when everyone's watching.
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  • 30 underestimated years of wholehearted obedience
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  • strengthened and safeguarded Jesus's divine calling
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  • as he journeyed from Nazareth to the Jordan,
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  • to the Judean desert and beyond.
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  • Then, as we read in Luke 4:13-15,
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  • when the devil had finished all this tempting,
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  • he left him until an opportune time.
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  • Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,
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  • and news about him spread throughout the whole countryside.
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  • He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
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  • In Father God's loving wisdom, he held back the showers
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  • of people's praise in his son's life
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  • until he was in his early 30s
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  • after three decades of obedience-inspiring,
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  • character-carving drought.
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  • When we consider Jesus's long anonymous years
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  • and the unprecedented challenges
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  • of his documented visible years, it becomes clear
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  • that God doesn't hide us to punish us.
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  • God hides us to protect us.
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  • As it was with his son, so it is with us.
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  • Being hidden by God's hand is a good and perfect gift.
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  • Though they may be unapplauded,
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  • your anonymous seasons are not
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  • remotely unproductive in them.
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  • God cultivates strengths that will stand the test of time.
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  • The anchor of God's word, self-control
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  • an unshakable identity, a disciplined imagination,
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  • submission-based authority and a few more
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  • that are found in the book.
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  • These types of strings aren't given, they're grown.
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  • They're the fruit of active participation,
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  • not passive observation.
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  • Anonymous seasons can be the most spiritually
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  • fruitful spaces of our lives
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  • if we respect their potential
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  • and cooperate with God in their development.
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  • We'll consider three practical ways
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  • to make the most of these hidden seasons
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  • in just a few minutes.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - The first time I discovered the book Anonymous
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  • was when a couple of my worship leader friends
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  • came up to visit me.
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  • And we pulled out this book that we had all heard about
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  • and started reading it out loud to each other,
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  • going, what in the world?
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  • Who is this writer who writes like this?
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  • I was going through a season,
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  • a big season of transition and change.
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  • And what this book did was kind of put to words
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  • what I was feeling, kind of gave me some lyric
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  • to put around my experience, but also gave me some lyric
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  • to help me walk out of that experience.
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  • I've had many hidden times.
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  • One of the times was when the doctor said to me
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  • you're gonna be really sick for a year.
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  • I'm like, what?
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  • I don't like being sick for a day let alone
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  • sick for a year.
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  • And so I was forced to not just be hidden
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  • but hidden and sick, hidden and flat on my back.
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  • And I don't say oh yay, I'm glad I had cancer,
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  • but I do say I thank God for the season
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  • of just having nothing else but him.
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  • The hidden seasons are
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  • not only important, they're necessary.
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  • And especially in the world we live in,
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  • we can become addicted to public seasons
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  • that will end up feeding all the wrong things in our lives.
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  • So without the anonymous seasons,
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  • we can become very two dimensional.
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  • Roots not going down deep enough so that when a storm comes
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  • nothing much to anchor you into the soil of Christ.
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  • You don't clock on ministry and clock off ministry.
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  • It's the whole of our life.
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  • The battles are won in the hiddenness,
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  • and that kind of gives you the authority or even the peace
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  • and the sense of clarity in what you're doing.
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  • That comes from the hiddenness.
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  • If it all starts coming from pleasing people
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  • or public opinion or the praises of man,
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  • it's gonna feed your soul in all of the wrong ways,
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  • and eventually your soul will fail
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  • because those things are never meant to sustain us.
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  • God is with you in your secret place,
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  • in your hidden away place.
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  • And actually, if you can learn to now
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  • rather than resent it, start to embrace
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  • that God is with me and actually there is a purpose
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  • in this season.
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  • Your job in the hidden season is just to keep
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  • your eyes on Jesus, not lose hope.
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  • Stay close to great people.
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  • Turn the worship music up loud and hard.
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  • Hold on tight because yeah,
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:49.040
  • this season will not last forever.
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  • God is good.
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:52.050
  • - [Presenter] Have you ever felt hidden or overlooked?
  • 00:14:58.000 --> 00:15:01.140
  • Your potential unseen
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:02.210
  • and your abilities unappreciated?
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:05.270
  • Jesus knew that season well.
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:09.030
  • The first three decades of his life were unrecognized
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:13.170
  • by the public eye and uncelebrated by those
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  • who knew him best.
  • 00:15:16.100 --> 00:15:18.070
  • In Dr. Alicia Chole's book, Anonymous,
  • 00:15:18.070 --> 00:15:21.050
  • you will discover how to overcome the temptation
  • 00:15:21.050 --> 00:15:24.100
  • that tries to steal your destiny.
  • 00:15:24.100 --> 00:15:26.260
  • Embrace the beauty of hidden seasons
  • 00:15:26.260 --> 00:15:29.220
  • and live a life of power and purpose.
  • 00:15:29.220 --> 00:15:32.180
  • Today, for your gift of $40 or more
  • 00:15:32.180 --> 00:15:35.080
  • to the many outreaches of TBN,
  • 00:15:35.080 --> 00:15:37.120
  • you will receive the book Anonymous
  • 00:15:37.120 --> 00:15:39.220
  • and the companion study guide so you can discover,
  • 00:15:39.220 --> 00:15:42.210
  • as so many others have, that hidden from the eyes
  • 00:15:42.210 --> 00:15:45.210
  • and accolades of man is where God does
  • 00:15:45.210 --> 00:15:48.200
  • some of his greatest work.
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:50.060
  • Go online or call now.
  • 00:15:51.020 --> 00:15:53.220
  • (uplifting music).
  • 00:15:53.220 --> 00:15:56.200
  • - Have you ever felt hidden?
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:16:00.050
  • Have you ever moved to a new place or entered
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:02.100
  • a new environment where no one knew
  • 00:16:02.100 --> 00:16:04.100
  • your past accomplishments, your present dreams
  • 00:16:04.100 --> 00:16:07.080
  • or maybe even your name?
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:09.120
  • Have you ever crossed over into a different season of life
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:12.160
  • and shifted from the court to the bench;
  • 00:16:12.160 --> 00:16:15.090
  • from standing as a leader to sitting as a learner again?
  • 00:16:15.090 --> 00:16:19.050
  • Have you ever retired from a position
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:21.160
  • and transition from being sought out to left out?
  • 00:16:21.160 --> 00:16:25.160
  • Have you ever been pursuing what you love to do
  • 00:16:25.160 --> 00:16:28.120
  • and then something unexpected happened, an injury, a crisis
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:32.220
  • or even a choice that someone else made
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:35.060
  • that put your plans on pause?
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:38.000
  • We tend to think of these hidden seasons
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:40.120
  • as a waste of time and potential.
  • 00:16:40.120 --> 00:16:43.030
  • But as we've studied throughout this series on Anonymous,
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:46.270
  • based on how the Father choreographed the life of his son,
  • 00:16:46.270 --> 00:16:50.200
  • hidden years are good gifts
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  • filled with soul-strengthening treasures.
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:56.250
  • So what can we do in between
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  • to make the most of the season?
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:01.190
  • If time is a gift from God, how do we honor it
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:04.290
  • and cultivate the treasures God is growing within us?
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:08.250
  • How can we welcome our hidden years
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  • and fully realize their potential?
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  • Allow me to offer three suggestions.
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  • First, wait because he's worthy.
  • 00:17:18.100 --> 00:17:20.190
  • And it's totally okay if you just thought,
  • 00:17:20.190 --> 00:17:22.150
  • thanks for that, Alicia, like I have a choice.
  • 00:17:22.150 --> 00:17:25.080
  • Actually, you do.
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  • Even if you don't get to choose how long you'll be waiting,
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  • you always get to choose how you'll be waiting.
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  • Only you can choose your motivations.
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:37.050
  • For example, think of two men waiting to cross a street.
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  • The first thinks that the do not walk sign is ridiculous.
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  • They're only to annoy him.
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  • If it weren't for the policemen nearby,
  • 00:17:46.000 --> 00:17:47.210
  • he'd take his chances, zigzag through the cars
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  • and get on with life.
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  • He's waiting all right, but getting angrier by the second.
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  • Why? Because he thinks he knows best,
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  • and every blink of that do not walk sign
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  • is just mocking him.
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  • The second man has somewhere to go too,
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  • but he'd like to get there in one piece.
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:08.080
  • Of course he would have liked to keep walking,
  • 00:18:08.080 --> 00:18:10.190
  • but he believes that the do not walk signal
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  • is ultimately there for everyone's good.
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:15.200
  • So while man number one is using up all his energy
  • 00:18:15.200 --> 00:18:19.010
  • fussing and fuming, man number two is free
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  • to look around and learn.
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  • Why? Because he thinks that sometimes others know best,
  • 00:18:24.060 --> 00:18:28.250
  • and every blink of the do not walk sign
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  • is keeping him and everyone near him safe.
  • 00:18:31.070 --> 00:18:34.290
  • While you're waiting, choose your motivation carefully.
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  • Your motivation will determine whether you spend the time
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:42.230
  • fussing and fuming or you invest the time
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  • looking around and learning.
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  • Wait because God is worthy of waiting on.
  • 00:18:48.180 --> 00:18:52.200
  • After Moses's failed attempt to help his oppressed people,
  • 00:18:52.200 --> 00:18:56.260
  • he waited 40 years before hearing God's voice call him
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  • to lead his people out of slavery.
  • 00:19:00.190 --> 00:19:03.040
  • After Sara's husband received a promise from God
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  • to make him into a great nation,
  • 00:19:07.120 --> 00:19:09.160
  • Sarah waited 25 years before holding Isaac in her arms.
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:14.140
  • After David was anointed king by Samuel as a ready teenager,
  • 00:19:14.140 --> 00:19:18.110
  • he waited more than a dozen difficult years
  • 00:19:18.110 --> 00:19:20.290
  • before he actually became king at the age of 30.
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:24.250
  • After Paul's stunning spiritual encounter,
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:27.200
  • he waited more than 10 years
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  • before he was officially commissioned by the church
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  • to the ministry for which we know him today.
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  • 40, 25, 12, 10 not minutes or months but years.
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:40.130
  • However, if we wait one year, let alone one decade,
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  • we begin to despair that God has abandoned us.
  • 00:19:44.280 --> 00:19:49.010
  • Like Moses, has it ever felt like your first failed attempt
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:53.080
  • to make a difference disqualified you for a second chance?
  • 00:19:53.080 --> 00:19:57.250
  • Like Sarah, has it ever seemed like God gave you a promise
  • 00:19:57.250 --> 00:20:02.120
  • and then forgot it?
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:04.120
  • Like David, has God ever poured out his kingly dreams
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:08.260
  • over you but left the crown at home?
  • 00:20:08.260 --> 00:20:12.020
  • Or like Paul, has God divinely called you
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:15.040
  • to a specific work but forgot to send
  • 00:20:15.040 --> 00:20:17.230
  • the memo to the church?
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  • We aren't the first generation to have God-given
  • 00:20:19.180 --> 00:20:23.100
  • but unfulfilled dreams simmer in our souls
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:26.170
  • during hidden years.
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:28.140
  • Spiritually, waiting is more than
  • 00:20:28.140 --> 00:20:31.000
  • tapping our feet impatiently and rolling our eyes in dismay
  • 00:20:31.000 --> 00:20:34.250
  • and resigning ourself to delayed dreams
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  • because we have no other option.
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:39.190
  • Waiting is more than enduring the passage of time.
  • 00:20:39.190 --> 00:20:43.210
  • As a spiritual discipline,
  • 00:20:43.210 --> 00:20:45.220
  • waiting captures a prayerful posture
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  • of attentiveness toward God.
  • 00:20:48.240 --> 00:20:51.210
  • We wait upon him not for what we hope to receive
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:55.160
  • but because of who he is.
  • 00:20:55.160 --> 00:20:58.080
  • God is worthy to be waited on.
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:21:01.190
  • We all have dreams hidden in our hearts.
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  • We protect them, prepare for them
  • 00:21:05.050 --> 00:21:07.100
  • and treasure them with anticipation.
  • 00:21:07.100 --> 00:21:10.050
  • But what will become of them?
  • 00:21:10.050 --> 00:21:12.000
  • I don't know.
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:14.040
  • Personally, I don't know
  • 00:21:14.040 --> 00:21:16.020
  • whether my God-given dreams will be fulfilled
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:19.060
  • in my lifetime or whether my tears and prayers
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:22.230
  • are watering them for a future generation.
  • 00:21:22.230 --> 00:21:26.030
  • I don't know if like Joshua one day God will say,
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:29.240
  • be strong and courageous and march me
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  • straight into the realization of my deepest dreams;
  • 00:21:32.120 --> 00:21:35.190
  • or if like Mary, the mother of Jesus, I'll wait,
  • 00:21:35.190 --> 00:21:39.210
  • storing up God's word in my heart
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:42.090
  • and watch my dreams be crucified before they're resurrected.
  • 00:21:42.090 --> 00:21:46.180
  • I simply don't know.
  • 00:21:46.180 --> 00:21:48.180
  • But then being all knowing isn't my job.
  • 00:21:48.180 --> 00:21:53.180
  • What then do we do in hidden years
  • 00:21:53.180 --> 00:21:56.050
  • with our unfulfilled dreams?
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:58.180
  • Try to forget them? No.
  • 00:21:58.180 --> 00:22:01.080
  • The holy place of hiddenness is where dreams
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:04.080
  • and devotion thrive.
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:06.170
  • What do we do?
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:07.260
  • We wait.
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  • The God who's worthy of waiting upon
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:11.260
  • is equally worthy of being entrusted with our dreams.
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:15.290
  • First, wait because he's worthy.
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:19.030
  • And second, keep the waters of your spirit sweet.
  • 00:22:19.030 --> 00:22:23.260
  • Unlike the milk in the fridge, hidden years often
  • 00:22:23.260 --> 00:22:26.260
  • don't come with a clear expiration date.
  • 00:22:26.260 --> 00:22:29.270
  • In the middle of them, most of us will wrestle
  • 00:22:29.270 --> 00:22:32.230
  • against a sour substance called resentment.
  • 00:22:32.230 --> 00:22:36.160
  • Resentment is a close cousin of impatience.
  • 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:39.200
  • It's sort of like mumbling dressed up in a tuxedo.
  • 00:22:39.200 --> 00:22:43.150
  • And mumbling is really an accusation
  • 00:22:43.150 --> 00:22:46.010
  • of negligence against God.
  • 00:22:46.010 --> 00:22:48.130
  • In the thick of uncelebrated, anonymous seasons,
  • 00:22:49.210 --> 00:22:53.150
  • we have to choose between one of two paths.
  • 00:22:53.150 --> 00:22:57.210
  • We can become resentful and cynical,
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:23:00.130
  • or we can become respectful and submitted.
  • 00:23:00.130 --> 00:23:04.070
  • The first road leads to bitterness.
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:06.260
  • The second to authority.
  • 00:23:06.260 --> 00:23:09.200
  • When I put it that way, the preferred choice
  • 00:23:09.200 --> 00:23:12.030
  • seems obvious, doesn't it?
  • 00:23:12.030 --> 00:23:14.120
  • But making that choice can be a sincere struggle.
  • 00:23:14.120 --> 00:23:18.260
  • When your potential seems stifled,
  • 00:23:18.260 --> 00:23:21.290
  • it's easy to believe that someone or something
  • 00:23:21.290 --> 00:23:25.050
  • is standing in your way.
  • 00:23:25.050 --> 00:23:27.250
  • Your leaders are nearsighted,
  • 00:23:27.250 --> 00:23:29.200
  • or your parents are overprotective.
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:31.240
  • That supervisor is just jealous,
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:34.060
  • or your spouse is holding you back.
  • 00:23:34.060 --> 00:23:36.140
  • The old guard has lost vision,
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.150
  • or the new board lacks experience.
  • 00:23:38.150 --> 00:23:41.020
  • The committee is obviously clueless,
  • 00:23:41.020 --> 00:23:43.160
  • or the system is seriously ingrown.
  • 00:23:43.160 --> 00:23:46.030
  • The list can go on and on.
  • 00:23:46.030 --> 00:23:49.090
  • But is God's will really that fragile?
  • 00:23:49.090 --> 00:23:53.160
  • Does he not see and foresee?
  • 00:23:53.160 --> 00:23:56.210
  • Is he ever caught off guard?
  • 00:23:56.210 --> 00:23:58.250
  • Is he ever unprepared?
  • 00:23:58.250 --> 00:24:01.160
  • Without question, we're affected by others' decisions.
  • 00:24:01.160 --> 00:24:06.040
  • However, maybe only one thing truly has the power
  • 00:24:06.040 --> 00:24:09.240
  • to jeopardize our futures: us.
  • 00:24:09.240 --> 00:24:13.230
  • And few things can sabotage our God-given potential
  • 00:24:13.230 --> 00:24:18.090
  • faster than a bitter spirit.
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:21.050
  • When graced with hidden years, wait because he's worthy,
  • 00:24:22.170 --> 00:24:26.190
  • and keep the waters of your spirit sweet.
  • 00:24:26.190 --> 00:24:30.170
  • Here are two truths I hope you can take home today
  • 00:24:30.170 --> 00:24:33.240
  • from our study of Anonymous.
  • 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:36.100
  • Number one, waiting for God is the fruit of trust in God.
  • 00:24:36.100 --> 00:24:41.100
  • And number two, a sweet spirit today
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:45.200
  • is a powerful guardian of tomorrow.
  • 00:24:45.200 --> 00:24:48.230
  • Have you ever wondered what God really wants from you?
  • 00:24:50.060 --> 00:24:53.120
  • I think he just wants to love you.
  • 00:24:54.170 --> 00:24:57.090
  • On a cross, Jesus removed the barrier sin had placed
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:25:02.180
  • between you and God.
  • 00:25:02.180 --> 00:25:04.210
  • So now God stands with open arms towards you,
  • 00:25:04.210 --> 00:25:09.010
  • wanting to draw you near.
  • 00:25:09.010 --> 00:25:11.290
  • All the strengths he's cultivating in your hidden seasons
  • 00:25:11.290 --> 00:25:16.100
  • aren't being developed so you can receive high marks one day
  • 00:25:16.100 --> 00:25:19.260
  • on some heavenly report card.
  • 00:25:19.260 --> 00:25:22.230
  • These strengths help keep your heart pure,
  • 00:25:22.230 --> 00:25:26.220
  • your mind free and your spirit focused
  • 00:25:26.220 --> 00:25:30.180
  • so you can personally walk with your holy God
  • 00:25:30.180 --> 00:25:34.080
  • and, seen or unseen, passionately pursue his will
  • 00:25:34.080 --> 00:25:38.250
  • on this earth.
  • 00:25:38.250 --> 00:25:40.170
  • So willingly wait, and keep it sweet.
  • 00:25:40.170 --> 00:25:44.000
  • Resist rushing and seize the opportunity in hidden years
  • 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:48.230
  • to look around and learn to discover how much God loves you.
  • 00:25:48.230 --> 00:25:53.230
  • Until next time.
  • 00:25:54.270 --> 00:25:56.100
  • - [Presenter] In a world consumed by becoming someone,
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:03.190
  • going somewhere and being known, it's time to stop,
  • 00:26:03.190 --> 00:26:07.200
  • take a breath and discover the beauty of being hidden.
  • 00:26:07.200 --> 00:26:11.210
  • Through Dr. Alicia Chole's book, Anonymous,
  • 00:26:12.240 --> 00:26:15.140
  • you will discover the keys to walking in your identity,
  • 00:26:15.140 --> 00:26:18.260
  • understanding your purpose and living with intentionality.
  • 00:26:18.260 --> 00:26:22.200
  • And you'll develop, as Jesus did,
  • 00:26:22.200 --> 00:26:24.240
  • the strength necessary to withstand the trials and tests
  • 00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:28.170
  • that so often come with the spotlight.
  • 00:26:28.170 --> 00:26:31.060
  • - I think that what Alicia has done
  • 00:26:31.060 --> 00:26:32.280
  • with the book Anonymous and the work that she continues
  • 00:26:32.280 --> 00:26:35.070
  • to do is really transforming lives.
  • 00:26:35.070 --> 00:26:38.000
  • - I see so many people that want to live
  • 00:26:38.000 --> 00:26:40.200
  • a deep authentic, not a striving performance,
  • 00:26:40.200 --> 00:26:44.180
  • chasing and hustling for love kind of life.
  • 00:26:44.180 --> 00:26:49.180
  • I feel like that's where Anonymous
  • 00:26:50.230 --> 00:26:51.210
  • kind of intercepted my life.
  • 00:26:51.210 --> 00:26:53.180
  • - The book Anonymous is an unbelievable book.
  • 00:26:53.180 --> 00:26:56.020
  • I mean, Alicia, great writer.
  • 00:26:56.020 --> 00:26:59.030
  • - She made the statement that 90% of Jesus's life
  • 00:26:59.030 --> 00:27:02.160
  • was anonymous and no one knew that he existed.
  • 00:27:02.160 --> 00:27:05.050
  • Reading these words just lept off the page
  • 00:27:05.050 --> 00:27:07.270
  • and really transformed my life.
  • 00:27:07.270 --> 00:27:10.040
  • - [Presenter] Today, for your gift of $40 or more
  • 00:27:10.040 --> 00:27:12.180
  • in support of the many outreaches of TBN,
  • 00:27:12.180 --> 00:27:15.080
  • we want to send you your very own book, Anonymous,
  • 00:27:15.080 --> 00:27:18.110
  • along with the companion study guide.
  • 00:27:18.110 --> 00:27:20.170
  • Discover purpose in a hidden seasons.
  • 00:27:20.170 --> 00:27:23.140
  • Call or go online to receive yours today.
  • 00:27:23.140 --> 00:27:26.100
  • (uplifting music fades)
  • 00:27:27.090 --> 00:27:30.180