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If the Foundations Are Destroyed

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June 29, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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If the Foundations Are Destroyed

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: You know
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  • that every building
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  • if it's going to stand has to
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  • have a foundation.
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  • And the better the foundation,
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  • the longer it'll last.
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  • You build a house and you don't
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  • have a good foundation, doesn't
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  • take much to make it start
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  • crumbling.
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  • A nation that does not have a
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  • solid, firm foundation also can
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • ago, we started In Touch
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  • Ministries to lead people
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  • worldwide into a growing
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • God's greatness, His love, and
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  • His blessings in such awesome
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  • ways that we just want everyone
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  • to know Him.
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  • So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch," "If the Foundations
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  • This life is a journey we
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  • walk by faith.
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  • And there'll always be a
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  • mountain in our way.
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  • But right here in this
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  • moment.
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  • May our strength be renewed.
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  • As we recall what God has
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  • done.
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  • And how we've seen Him move.
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  • If there's anybody here who.
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  • Has found Him faithful.
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  • Anybody here who knows He's
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  • able.
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  • Say Amen.
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  • If there's anybody here who
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  • has seen His power.
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  • Anybody here brought through
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  • the fire.
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  • Anybody here found joy in
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  • the midst of sorrow.
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  • Peace in the storm, hope for
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  • tomorrow.
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  • And seen it time and time
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  • again.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Sometimes through the
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  • darkness.
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  • It's hard to see.
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  • But just be brave and
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  • follow.
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  • Where He leads.
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  • Greater is the One Who's in
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  • us.
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  • Than he who is in the world.
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  • So, child of God, remember.
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  • The battle is the Lord's.
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  • If there's anybody here who.
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  • Has found Him faithful.
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  • Anybody here who knows He's
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  • able.
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  • If there's anybody here who
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  • has seen His power.
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  • Anybody here brought through
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  • the fire.
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  • Come on, say Amen.
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  • Anybody here found joy in
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  • the midst of sorrow.
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  • Peace in the storm, hope for
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  • tomorrow.
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  • And seen it time and time
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  • again.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Even in the valley of the
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  • shadow.
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  • When you feel alone out in
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  • the unknown.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Even when the storms are
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  • ragin'.
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  • Just stand and know you're
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  • not forsaken.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Say Amen.
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  • Is there anybody here?
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  • Tell me, is there anybody
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  • here?
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  • Ohh.
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  • If there's anybody here who.
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  • Has found Him faithful.
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  • Anybody here who knows He's
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  • able.
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  • Amen.
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  • If there's anybody here who
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  • has seen His power.
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  • Anybody here brought through
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  • the fire.
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  • Amen.
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  • Anybody here found joy in
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  • the midst of sorrow.
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  • Peace in the storm, hope for
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  • tomorrow.
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  • And seen it time and time
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  • again.
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  • I've seen it time and time
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  • again.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • Just say Amen.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Well,
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  • this is the Word of God,
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  • the eternal Word of God.
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  • I've been reading it
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  • for over seventy years.
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  • Now, I'll tell you something.
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  • I've never had a situation in my
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  • life, and I've been through a
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  • lot of things, any difficulty,
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  • hardship, pain or suffering.
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  • At some point in some place in
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  • the Word of God I found some
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  • comfort, strength,
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  • encouragement.
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  • Sometimes I'd cry about what I
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  • read, and sometimes I'd-a want
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  • to shout about what I read.
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  • But every time I wanted to
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  • believe what I read because
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  • that's why God gave us His Word.
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  • He gave us His Word as a
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  • stabilizer in our life.
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  • He gave us His Word that you and
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  • I could face any and every
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  • situation in life and the Word
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  • of God does what?
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  • The Word of God is there to
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  • encourage us and point us the
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  • way out.
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  • And when somebody says I don't
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  • believe it.
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  • I don't feel angry.
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  • I feel sorrow that you live in
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  • this world in this day and time
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  • with all the things we have to
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  • face, and you don't believe the
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  • Word of God?
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  • You don't believe the simple
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  • verse, "For God so loved the
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  • world, that He gave his only
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  • begotten Son, that whoever
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  • believes in Him should not
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  • perish, but have everlasting
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  • life."
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  • You don't believe that?
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  • What about you don't believe,
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  • "If we confess our sins, he is
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  • faithful and just to forgive us
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  • our sins, and to cleanse us from
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  • all unrighteousness."
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  • You don't believe that?
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  • You don't believe what He says
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  • when He says, "This is the
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  • confidence that we have in him,
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  • that, if we ask any thing
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  • according to his will, he hears
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  • us.
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  • And if we know that he hear us,
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  • we know that we have the
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  • petitions that we desired of
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  • him."
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  • You don't believe that?
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  • How are you living your life
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  • without the Word of God?
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  • You may be existing, but you're
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  • not living until you have
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  • discovered the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • who is at the heart of all of
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  • this Book, the wonderful
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  • promises that He makes to us,
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  • and the assurance that you and I
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  • have that no matter what we face
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  • in life, this we know for sure,
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  • He faces it with us.
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  • He says, "I will never leave you
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  • nor forsake you."
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  • And we're living in a time when
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  • those words are very important.
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  • Because these are some of the
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  • most difficult times that we've
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  • faced in this country.
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  • That we've had times of war and
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  • so forth, there's something
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  • about this time that's
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  • different.
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  • There's not that sense of
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  • oneness, not that sense of
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  • caring for each other, not that
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  • sense of stability and strength.
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  • Somehow there's a sense of doubt
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  • and uncertainty, and conflict
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  • and uneasiness, that permeates
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  • everything that's going on.
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  • What are you doing
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  • as a believer?
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  • You say, Well, I'm going to
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  • vote.
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  • I understand that.
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  • I certainly hope you do.
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  • But if you ask God what He
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  • thinks, do you think God's not
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  • interested in elections?
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  • Do you think He says nothing
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  • about it?
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  • Are you telling me how to vote?
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  • No, because I think you're wise
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  • enough and smart enough as a
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  • follower of Jesus to know what
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  • to do as you read the Word of
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  • God.
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  • You don't need somebody else
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  • telling you what to do.
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  • And so when I think about where
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  • we are, where we're headed, and
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  • what could happen to this
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  • nation, it is a time to cry out
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  • to God to give us wisdom, and
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  • the spirit of obedience, and the
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  • courage to do what we know is
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  • the right thing to do.
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  • So when I read the passages of
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  • Scripture God always has
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  • something to say and I want you
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  • to turn to the eleventh Psalm
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  • if you will, and I'll give you
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  • a little background
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  • of what's happening.
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  • David was confronted with
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  • Goliath to save the nation of
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  • Israel.
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  • And you remember he didn't want
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  • any armor because he had the
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  • armor of God upon him.
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  • And you recall he confronted
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  • Goliath and told him he was
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  • going to cut off his head and
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  • feed him to the birds.
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  • And so, he won that battle and
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  • every kid in Sunday school knows
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  • about a slingshot and David and
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  • Goliath.
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  • And so, what happened because
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  • he'd been serving Saul, and was
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  • serving King Saul, King Saul got
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  • angry.
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  • He got jealous.
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  • Because after David's victory,
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  • the Scripture says the women
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  • just came out of their
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  • households everywhere and
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  • singing, "King Saul has killed
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  • his thousands, but David, young
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  • David killed his ten thousands."
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  • Saul couldn't handle that and he
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  • tried to kill David.
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  • Not just once but several times,
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  • and chased him for years until
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  • finally he himself was killed.
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  • And so, when I read this passage
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  • of Scripture and knowing what
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  • David was facing, look if you
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  • will in verse one.
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  • "In the Lord I take refuge, How
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  • can you say to my soul.,
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  • speaking of those who were
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  • telling him to run, How can you
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  • say to my soul, 'Flee as a bird
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  • to your mountain.'
  • 00:11:49.080 --> 00:11:51.260
  • And then he says, 'For, behold,
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:53.230
  • the wicked bend the bow, they
  • 00:11:54.040 --> 00:11:57.040
  • make ready their arrow upon the
  • 00:11:57.040 --> 00:11:59.040
  • string to shoot in darkness at
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  • the upright at heart.'"
  • 00:12:01.220 --> 00:12:04.010
  • And then he says, "If the
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:05.140
  • foundations are destroyed, what
  • 00:12:05.140 --> 00:12:07.100
  • can the righteous do?"
  • 00:12:07.100 --> 00:12:08.260
  • He said I'm not about to run.
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:10.230
  • I'm not a coward.
  • 00:12:10.230 --> 00:12:12.010
  • I'm not fleeing.
  • 00:12:12.010 --> 00:12:13.030
  • You're suggesting that I take
  • 00:12:13.030 --> 00:12:14.260
  • refuge.
  • 00:12:14.260 --> 00:12:16.130
  • And listen to what he says.
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:18.010
  • He says I want you to know right
  • 00:12:18.010 --> 00:12:19.120
  • up front where my refuge is.
  • 00:12:19.120 --> 00:12:21.090
  • "In the Lord I take refuge."
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  • In the Lord is my safety.
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  • No matter if the king of Israel
  • 00:12:26.120 --> 00:12:28.200
  • is after me, I'm trusting the
  • 00:12:28.200 --> 00:12:30.230
  • Lord to care for me.
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:32.170
  • He knows what my need is and so
  • 00:12:32.170 --> 00:12:34.060
  • I'm trusting Him.
  • 00:12:34.060 --> 00:12:35.240
  • He says, "How can you say to my
  • 00:12:35.240 --> 00:12:37.160
  • soul, 'Flee as a bird to your
  • 00:12:37.160 --> 00:12:39.290
  • mountain.'"
  • 00:12:39.290 --> 00:12:41.030
  • That is, be safe.
  • 00:12:41.030 --> 00:12:42.120
  • And so he's simply saying this,
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:43.250
  • suppose I run?
  • 00:12:43.250 --> 00:12:45.170
  • Suppose I leave?
  • 00:12:45.170 --> 00:12:47.030
  • Then what's going to happen?
  • 00:12:47.030 --> 00:12:49.210
  • And so when he says,
  • 00:12:49.210 --> 00:12:51.230
  • "If the foundations are
  • 00:12:51.230 --> 00:12:53.270
  • destroyed, what can the
  • 00:12:53.270 --> 00:12:55.050
  • righteous do?"
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:56.150
  • And this is a question we need
  • 00:12:56.150 --> 00:12:58.100
  • to ask ourselves at this time in
  • 00:12:58.100 --> 00:13:00.060
  • the life of our nation.
  • 00:13:01.190 --> 00:13:04.190
  • "If the foundations are
  • 00:13:04.190 --> 00:13:06.060
  • destroyed, what can the
  • 00:13:06.060 --> 00:13:07.250
  • righteous do?"
  • 00:13:07.250 --> 00:13:09.020
  • This is not a time for God's
  • 00:13:09.020 --> 00:13:10.150
  • people to shrivel up and act
  • 00:13:10.150 --> 00:13:13.010
  • afraid of anything.
  • 00:13:13.010 --> 00:13:15.000
  • It's a time to stand up and
  • 00:13:15.000 --> 00:13:17.110
  • remember what we stand on.
  • 00:13:17.110 --> 00:13:19.150
  • We stand on the truth of the
  • 00:13:19.150 --> 00:13:21.040
  • Word of God.
  • 00:13:22.020 --> 00:13:25.020
  • This is our foundation.
  • 00:13:25.020 --> 00:13:26.280
  • This is our guidebook.
  • 00:13:26.280 --> 00:13:29.100
  • This is our compass.
  • 00:13:29.100 --> 00:13:31.150
  • This is our continuing reminder
  • 00:13:31.150 --> 00:13:33.200
  • that we're the children of
  • 00:13:33.200 --> 00:13:35.080
  • Almighty God, and no matter what
  • 00:13:35.080 --> 00:13:37.070
  • we face in life God will see us
  • 00:13:37.110 --> 00:13:40.110
  • through it.
  • 00:13:40.110 --> 00:13:41.190
  • That does not mean we won't
  • 00:13:41.190 --> 00:13:42.280
  • suffer.
  • 00:13:42.280 --> 00:13:44.020
  • It doesn't mean we won't hurt.
  • 00:13:44.020 --> 00:13:45.160
  • It doesn't mean we won't be
  • 00:13:45.160 --> 00:13:46.240
  • disappointed.
  • 00:13:46.240 --> 00:13:48.000
  • But one thing for certain.
  • 00:13:48.000 --> 00:13:49.170
  • Our Heavenly Father is with us
  • 00:13:49.170 --> 00:13:51.150
  • and for he says here,
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:53.070
  • "The foundations are destroyed,
  • 00:13:53.070 --> 00:13:54.280
  • what can the righteous do?"
  • 00:13:54.280 --> 00:13:56.170
  • And in essence the righteous can
  • 00:13:56.170 --> 00:13:58.190
  • turn to Almighty God.
  • 00:13:58.190 --> 00:14:00.110
  • So let me ask you a question.
  • 00:14:00.110 --> 00:14:01.290
  • When you're going through a
  • 00:14:01.290 --> 00:14:02.280
  • difficult time maybe it's
  • 00:14:02.280 --> 00:14:04.120
  • something very tragic, or
  • 00:14:04.120 --> 00:14:05.210
  • something maybe not so tragic,
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:07.240
  • but you don't know what am I
  • 00:14:07.240 --> 00:14:09.080
  • going to do?
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:11.140
  • Does it ever cross your mind
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:13.180
  • that the most immediate thing
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:15.270
  • you should do is turn to the
  • 00:14:15.270 --> 00:14:17.200
  • Word of God?
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:19.090
  • This is our guidebook.
  • 00:14:19.090 --> 00:14:21.250
  • And think about this.
  • 00:14:21.250 --> 00:14:24.040
  • You can't think of any
  • 00:14:24.040 --> 00:14:25.040
  • circumstance or situation, or
  • 00:14:25.040 --> 00:14:27.040
  • difficult or hardship or
  • 00:14:27.040 --> 00:14:28.120
  • trouble, that you face in life
  • 00:14:28.120 --> 00:14:30.090
  • for which there's not an answer
  • 00:14:30.090 --> 00:14:31.270
  • in the Word of God.
  • 00:14:31.270 --> 00:14:33.240
  • Every single, solitary
  • 00:14:33.240 --> 00:14:35.050
  • situation, circumstance,
  • 00:14:35.050 --> 00:14:37.230
  • heartache, trial, sickness,
  • 00:14:37.270 --> 00:14:40.270
  • death, He knew about every
  • 00:14:40.270 --> 00:14:42.160
  • single one of them.
  • 00:14:42.160 --> 00:14:44.040
  • So He's covered them all.
  • 00:14:44.040 --> 00:14:46.000
  • Whatever you're facing in life,
  • 00:14:46.000 --> 00:14:47.250
  • this covers it all.
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:49.190
  • You can't come up with a single
  • 00:14:49.190 --> 00:14:50.200
  • thing that God does not cover.
  • 00:14:50.240 --> 00:14:53.240
  • Nowhere will you find God
  • 00:14:53.240 --> 00:14:55.020
  • saying, Oh, I forgot.
  • 00:14:55.020 --> 00:14:57.240
  • Never with God because He penned
  • 00:14:58.050 --> 00:15:01.070
  • this Book for you and me, watch,
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:03.130
  • in order to walk through the
  • 00:15:03.130 --> 00:15:06.020
  • most difficult trying times in
  • 00:15:06.020 --> 00:15:07.140
  • life.
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:09.070
  • And so, that means that you and
  • 00:15:09.070 --> 00:15:11.080
  • I can feel adequate to face any
  • 00:15:11.090 --> 00:15:14.090
  • and every situation as long as
  • 00:15:14.090 --> 00:15:16.150
  • we follow His Words.
  • 00:15:16.150 --> 00:15:19.060
  • So when we think about all the
  • 00:15:19.060 --> 00:15:20.200
  • things that are happening today,
  • 00:15:20.200 --> 00:15:22.290
  • and trials that we are facing,
  • 00:15:22.290 --> 00:15:25.020
  • and pain, hurt.
  • 00:15:25.020 --> 00:15:27.010
  • The things that go on that we
  • 00:15:27.010 --> 00:15:29.120
  • never thought would happen to
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:30.140
  • us.
  • 00:15:30.140 --> 00:15:31.170
  • Listen to what David says.
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:35.010
  • He asks us a question.
  • 00:15:35.010 --> 00:15:37.020
  • He says if the "foundations are
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:38.260
  • destroyed, if everything you and
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:41.120
  • I believe, what can the
  • 00:15:41.120 --> 00:15:43.030
  • righteous do?"
  • 00:15:43.030 --> 00:15:44.270
  • So the question is,
  • 00:15:44.270 --> 00:15:46.070
  • "What are the foundations?
  • 00:15:46.070 --> 00:15:47.160
  • What is he referring to here?"
  • 00:15:47.160 --> 00:15:50.030
  • Well, his likening a nation
  • 00:15:50.030 --> 00:15:51.230
  • to a building.
  • 00:15:51.230 --> 00:15:54.050
  • And you know that every building
  • 00:15:54.050 --> 00:15:55.170
  • if it's going to stand has to
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:56.250
  • have a foundation.
  • 00:15:56.250 --> 00:15:58.240
  • And the better the foundation,
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:16:00.170
  • the longer it'll last.
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:02.140
  • You build a house and you don't
  • 00:16:02.140 --> 00:16:04.160
  • have a good foundation, doesn't
  • 00:16:04.160 --> 00:16:06.070
  • take much to make it start
  • 00:16:06.070 --> 00:16:07.180
  • crumbling.
  • 00:16:07.180 --> 00:16:09.140
  • A nation that does not have a
  • 00:16:09.140 --> 00:16:11.030
  • solid, firm foundation also can
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:13.290
  • crumble.
  • 00:16:13.290 --> 00:16:15.250
  • This nation was built on the
  • 00:16:16.070 --> 00:16:19.070
  • solidarity of righteousness.
  • 00:16:19.180 --> 00:16:22.180
  • The men who gave us The
  • 00:16:22.180 --> 00:16:24.010
  • Constitution, the men who were
  • 00:16:24.010 --> 00:16:26.160
  • the forefathers of this nation
  • 00:16:26.160 --> 00:16:28.280
  • built this foundation to endure
  • 00:16:30.210 --> 00:16:33.210
  • and to withstand anything and
  • 00:16:33.210 --> 00:16:35.180
  • everything.
  • 00:16:35.180 --> 00:16:37.110
  • And so from just a handful, they
  • 00:16:37.110 --> 00:16:39.040
  • built a foundation upon which we
  • 00:16:39.040 --> 00:16:41.150
  • built the greatest nation on
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:44.070
  • earth.
  • 00:16:44.070 --> 00:16:46.250
  • But notice what he says, "If the
  • 00:16:46.250 --> 00:16:49.120
  • foundations are destroyed, then
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:52.200
  • what can the righteous do?"
  • 00:16:53.160 --> 00:16:56.160
  • So what are the foundations?
  • 00:16:56.160 --> 00:16:58.150
  • Here the foundations.
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:17:00.140
  • The foundations upon which we
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:01.270
  • were built was law, and order;
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:08.100
  • things that we see crumbling
  • 00:17:08.100 --> 00:17:09.190
  • around us.
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:11.270
  • Justice and truth; what is the
  • 00:17:13.170 --> 00:17:16.170
  • truth anymore?
  • 00:17:16.170 --> 00:17:18.260
  • Morality and decency; we've
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:21.100
  • thrown that to the wind.
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:24.240
  • Integrity, faith, fairness,
  • 00:17:25.240 --> 00:17:28.240
  • trustworthiness; all of these
  • 00:17:28.240 --> 00:17:30.270
  • are part of the foundation
  • 00:17:30.270 --> 00:17:33.020
  • that's made our nation great.
  • 00:17:33.020 --> 00:17:35.080
  • When we tear down any one of
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:37.190
  • those, when we forsake those, we
  • 00:17:37.230 --> 00:17:40.230
  • decide we don't need that, don't
  • 00:17:40.230 --> 00:17:43.090
  • want that anymore in our life;
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:44.260
  • we are doomed as a nation.
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:48.180
  • And so when he says in this
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:50.170
  • passage, "If the foundations are
  • 00:17:50.170 --> 00:17:52.280
  • destroyed, what can the
  • 00:17:52.280 --> 00:17:54.220
  • righteous do?"
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:56.120
  • We can turn to Almighty God
  • 00:17:56.120 --> 00:17:58.050
  • because the foundations of our
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:00.040
  • nation are being destroyed.
  • 00:18:01.030 --> 00:18:04.030
  • Because oftentimes there's not
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:06.020
  • truth and integrity.
  • 00:18:06.020 --> 00:18:08.230
  • There's not decency and order.
  • 00:18:08.230 --> 00:18:10.260
  • There's not justice.
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:13.090
  • There is not the quality of life
  • 00:18:16.080 --> 00:18:19.080
  • that God intended for us because
  • 00:18:19.080 --> 00:18:20.250
  • there's certain things that have
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.250
  • to be part of it.
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:24.120
  • So what happens?
  • 00:18:24.120 --> 00:18:25.170
  • We have a determined, definite
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:27.140
  • attack upon what has made our
  • 00:18:27.160 --> 00:18:30.160
  • nation great.
  • 00:18:30.160 --> 00:18:32.220
  • You want to believe that people
  • 00:18:32.220 --> 00:18:34.290
  • who are representing you, you
  • 00:18:35.110 --> 00:18:38.110
  • want to believe that people who
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:40.110
  • tell you that they're telling
  • 00:18:40.110 --> 00:18:41.240
  • you the truth, but everything
  • 00:18:41.240 --> 00:18:43.090
  • about them says that's not
  • 00:18:43.090 --> 00:18:44.160
  • absolutely true.
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:46.180
  • And so it's almost like David is
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:48.200
  • about to cry.
  • 00:18:48.200 --> 00:18:50.070
  • And when he says in this
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:51.250
  • passage, "If the foundations are
  • 00:18:51.250 --> 00:18:53.180
  • destroyed, what can the
  • 00:18:53.180 --> 00:18:55.120
  • righteous do?"
  • 00:18:55.120 --> 00:18:56.150
  • We do what David did.
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:18:58.030
  • He said, you turn to the Lord.
  • 00:18:58.030 --> 00:19:00.030
  • And if we look around us and see
  • 00:19:00.030 --> 00:19:01.180
  • what's happening to many people
  • 00:19:01.180 --> 00:19:03.190
  • who've lost everything.
  • 00:19:03.190 --> 00:19:05.140
  • All the foundations of their
  • 00:19:05.140 --> 00:19:06.200
  • nations have crumbled right
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:09.050
  • before them.
  • 00:19:09.050 --> 00:19:10.250
  • Now if you think about suddenly
  • 00:19:10.250 --> 00:19:12.100
  • in a matter of weeks everything
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:13.180
  • you own, you lost.
  • 00:19:13.180 --> 00:19:16.020
  • Where you live, your house is
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:17.030
  • gone.
  • 00:19:17.030 --> 00:19:17.280
  • You have no privileges; you have
  • 00:19:17.280 --> 00:19:19.120
  • no bank, no money in the bank.
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:21.100
  • You can't get to the bank.
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:23.120
  • You don't have enough gasoline
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:24.250
  • for your auto--in other words,
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:26.040
  • all the things that happen to
  • 00:19:26.040 --> 00:19:28.030
  • people, we don't ever think that
  • 00:19:28.030 --> 00:19:29.210
  • they could happen to us.
  • 00:19:29.210 --> 00:19:32.190
  • But whatever happens to us, our
  • 00:19:32.190 --> 00:19:35.180
  • answer is the same.
  • 00:19:35.180 --> 00:19:37.120
  • I'm trusting Almighty God,
  • 00:19:37.120 --> 00:19:39.080
  • I'm not running anywhere away
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:41.080
  • from anything.
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:42.210
  • Because Almighty God is
  • 00:19:42.210 --> 00:19:43.250
  • sufficient to see us through
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:45.070
  • whatever we are facing in life.
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:48.140
  • So, you have to ask the
  • 00:19:48.140 --> 00:19:49.240
  • question, Alright, so I'm
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:51.100
  • turning to Him, what's God's
  • 00:19:51.100 --> 00:19:52.150
  • response?
  • 00:19:52.150 --> 00:19:53.290
  • Remember this.
  • 00:19:53.290 --> 00:19:54.290
  • We're to be right with Him
  • 00:19:54.290 --> 00:19:56.150
  • because God and sin do not
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:58.240
  • coexist.
  • 00:19:58.240 --> 00:20:00.250
  • I either have Him or I don't
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:01.290
  • have Him.
  • 00:20:01.290 --> 00:20:03.100
  • I'm either walking in obedience
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:04.180
  • to Him, or I'm filling my own
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:06.120
  • sinful desires.
  • 00:20:06.120 --> 00:20:07.210
  • When you and I have surrendered
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:09.220
  • our life to Almighty God, we
  • 00:20:09.220 --> 00:20:11.220
  • live under His divine
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:14.040
  • protection.
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:15.230
  • Doesn't mean I may not hurt, I
  • 00:20:15.230 --> 00:20:17.070
  • may not suffer loss, but I'm
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:18.130
  • under His divine protection.
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:19.270
  • Which means, He puts a limit to
  • 00:20:19.270 --> 00:20:21.180
  • it.
  • 00:20:21.180 --> 00:20:23.070
  • And even People who lose their
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:24.280
  • lives, what happens?
  • 00:20:24.280 --> 00:20:27.110
  • When they've trusted
  • 00:20:27.110 --> 00:20:28.180
  • Jesus Christ as their Savior,
  • 00:20:28.180 --> 00:20:30.040
  • they haven't lost.
  • 00:20:30.040 --> 00:20:31.230
  • "Absent from the body,
  • 00:20:31.230 --> 00:20:33.040
  • present with the Lord."
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:34.130
  • That's not losing.
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:35.170
  • It's, I'm not undermining in any
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:40.170
  • way the pain, the loss, the hurt
  • 00:20:40.170 --> 00:20:42.110
  • and the suffering, but the
  • 00:20:42.110 --> 00:20:44.070
  • assurance that we as believers
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:45.280
  • have when David says, "When the
  • 00:20:45.280 --> 00:20:47.230
  • foundations gone, what do we
  • 00:20:47.230 --> 00:20:49.110
  • have left?"
  • 00:20:49.110 --> 00:20:51.200
  • Then he says, "The Lord's in His
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:53.170
  • holy temple."
  • 00:20:53.170 --> 00:20:55.240
  • And what he's saying is, God is
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:20:56.280
  • available.
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:59.000
  • God is ready to listen to my
  • 00:20:59.000 --> 00:21:00.140
  • need to whatever it might be.
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:03.220
  • And so, you and I as believers,
  • 00:21:03.220 --> 00:21:05.280
  • we have assurances.
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:08.020
  • The problem is that many of us
  • 00:21:08.020 --> 00:21:09.180
  • don't realize what our
  • 00:21:09.180 --> 00:21:10.250
  • assurances are.
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  • And that's why I started off by
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:14.120
  • saying, This is the Word of God.
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  • Whatever I need, somewhere I can
  • 00:21:18.050 --> 00:21:21.050
  • open this Book and I'll find out
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  • what God wants to say to me.
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  • He may say, Well, get ready for
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:27.020
  • this or get ready for that.
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  • But listen, He will never leave
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  • us alone.
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  • No, not alone, that's a
  • 00:21:32.150 --> 00:21:33.260
  • wonderful old song.
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  • "No, never alone."
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  • He'll never leave us alone
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  • because He's God.
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  • And He's willing to help us do
  • 00:21:40.030 --> 00:21:41.240
  • everything.
  • 00:21:41.240 --> 00:21:44.010
  • He says in verse four, "The Lord
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  • is in His holy temple; the
  • 00:21:46.250 --> 00:21:48.290
  • Lord's throne is in heaven; His
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:50.220
  • eyes behold, His eyelids test
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  • the sons of men."
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  • He sees what's going on.
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  • Then he says, "The Lord tests
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  • the righteous and the wicked,
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  • And the one who loves violence
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  • His soul hates."
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  • God hates violence.
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  • He hates wickedness.
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  • And then Scriptures says, "Upon
  • 00:22:12.050 --> 00:22:14.020
  • the wicked He will rain snares;
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  • Fire and brimstone and burning
  • 00:22:17.170 --> 00:22:19.030
  • wind will be the portion of
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  • their cup."
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  • And so somebody says, well, that
  • 00:22:21.230 --> 00:22:23.100
  • was back in Sodom and Gomorrah.
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  • Well, all of history says that
  • 00:22:25.150 --> 00:22:27.200
  • God destroys the wicked.
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  • That ultimately there's
  • 00:22:30.120 --> 00:22:31.150
  • destruction, for things that are
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:33.050
  • absolutely ungodly.
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  • And so, David is simply saying,
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  • I'm not running from this
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  • because my security is in my
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  • relationship to Holy God.
  • 00:22:42.170 --> 00:22:45.170
  • And because his security was in
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:47.110
  • the relationship he had with
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  • God, he wasn't running anywhere.
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  • So, is that not the attitude
  • 00:22:51.240 --> 00:22:53.260
  • God's people should have?
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  • We don't run, we stand.
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  • We don't question, we trust.
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  • And no matter what goes on, we
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  • believe that God will see us
  • 00:23:03.130 --> 00:23:05.080
  • through it, as he says, one way
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  • or the other.
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  • And so, when he says this, it
  • 00:23:08.100 --> 00:23:10.170
  • may appear that He's inactive.
  • 00:23:10.180 --> 00:23:13.180
  • God's not inactive, is available
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  • to listen to our pains and
  • 00:23:16.060 --> 00:23:18.220
  • sorrows, and hurts and
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:20.100
  • heartaches.
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:21.170
  • And the question is: Am I living
  • 00:23:22.010 --> 00:23:25.010
  • according to the principles of
  • 00:23:25.010 --> 00:23:27.080
  • the Word?
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  • Am I living the way I want to
  • 00:23:28.170 --> 00:23:29.130
  • live?
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:31.240
  • We desperately need a revival in
  • 00:23:32.150 --> 00:23:35.150
  • this country.
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:37.070
  • Now revival is not getting a
  • 00:23:37.070 --> 00:23:38.090
  • whole bunch of people saved.
  • 00:23:38.090 --> 00:23:40.290
  • A revival is getting a whole
  • 00:23:40.290 --> 00:23:42.060
  • bunch of us clean before
  • 00:23:42.060 --> 00:23:45.050
  • Almighty God, so that our
  • 00:23:46.140 --> 00:23:49.140
  • prayers'll be answered.
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:51.200
  • And so we don't run.
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:53.090
  • We trust Him, we wait upon Him,
  • 00:23:53.260 --> 00:23:56.260
  • we ask Him to give us direction
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  • for our life.
  • 00:23:58.020 --> 00:23:59.040
  • But most of all, "we" going to
  • 00:23:59.040 --> 00:24:00.140
  • ask Him to cleanse us,
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  • and get us ready.
  • 00:24:02.110 --> 00:24:04.020
  • And so when, when I read these
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  • verses, and when He asks
  • 00:24:05.270 --> 00:24:08.160
  • the question.
  • 00:24:08.160 --> 00:24:10.120
  • When the foundations crumble,
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:14.070
  • what then?
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  • We know what's then.
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  • It's time to get ourselves,
  • 00:24:17.230 --> 00:24:19.010
  • and I've said it before.
  • 00:24:19.010 --> 00:24:20.130
  • To get ourselves cleaned up.
  • 00:24:20.130 --> 00:24:22.230
  • It's time for us to look at
  • 00:24:22.230 --> 00:24:23.280
  • ourselves, first, ask God to
  • 00:24:23.280 --> 00:24:26.190
  • show us what in our life does
  • 00:24:26.190 --> 00:24:28.040
  • not fit, and then ask Him to
  • 00:24:28.130 --> 00:24:31.130
  • forgive us of our sin.
  • 00:24:31.130 --> 00:24:33.200
  • But then to repent of our sin,
  • 00:24:33.200 --> 00:24:35.130
  • which means we make a
  • 00:24:35.130 --> 00:24:36.220
  • determined, willful decision to
  • 00:24:37.070 --> 00:24:40.070
  • turn away from sin, in order to
  • 00:24:40.150 --> 00:24:43.150
  • be used by Almighty God in
  • 00:24:43.150 --> 00:24:45.080
  • whatever ways.
  • 00:24:45.080 --> 00:24:47.170
  • And what does He do?
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  • He listens to the cries of His
  • 00:24:49.120 --> 00:24:51.070
  • children.
  • 00:24:51.070 --> 00:24:52.260
  • He hears our cries and needs.
  • 00:24:53.150 --> 00:24:56.150
  • And He's willing to respond to
  • 00:24:56.150 --> 00:24:58.160
  • what those needs are.
  • 00:24:58.200 --> 00:25:01.220
  • And so when I look at this
  • 00:25:01.220 --> 00:25:02.270
  • passage, and I look to see what
  • 00:25:02.270 --> 00:25:04.260
  • David did, and then if you'll
  • 00:25:04.260 --> 00:25:07.030
  • notice what he says, he says,
  • 00:25:07.030 --> 00:25:09.130
  • "For the Lord is righteous, He
  • 00:25:09.130 --> 00:25:11.270
  • loves righteousness; The upright
  • 00:25:11.270 --> 00:25:14.000
  • will behold His face."
  • 00:25:14.090 --> 00:25:17.090
  • That is, God will show Himself
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:19.120
  • strong to those of us who are
  • 00:25:19.120 --> 00:25:21.110
  • willing to trust Him.
  • 00:25:21.110 --> 00:25:23.180
  • So let's get back to this.
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  • Is there anything that comes to
  • 00:25:26.030 --> 00:25:28.120
  • your mind in your life that you
  • 00:25:28.120 --> 00:25:31.040
  • need to clean up?
  • 00:25:32.040 --> 00:25:35.040
  • Anything that you know, any
  • 00:25:35.040 --> 00:25:36.090
  • habit in your life, or anything
  • 00:25:36.090 --> 00:25:37.240
  • that you maybe have tolerated
  • 00:25:37.240 --> 00:25:40.030
  • that you know you shouldn't.
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:42.260
  • Anything that you need to lay
  • 00:25:42.260 --> 00:25:44.010
  • aside?
  • 00:25:44.010 --> 00:25:46.050
  • Confess and repent of?
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  • Anything that you're holding on
  • 00:25:48.080 --> 00:25:49.170
  • to that's separating you from
  • 00:25:49.170 --> 00:25:50.230
  • God?
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  • For your own sake,
  • 00:25:52.190 --> 00:25:53.140
  • for the sake of this nation,
  • 00:25:53.140 --> 00:25:55.250
  • we are on the edge.
  • 00:25:55.290 --> 00:25:58.290
  • For the sake of this nation, are
  • 00:25:58.290 --> 00:26:01.010
  • you willing to lay down sin?
  • 00:26:01.010 --> 00:26:03.190
  • Are you willing to turn away
  • 00:26:03.190 --> 00:26:04.200
  • from it?
  • 00:26:04.200 --> 00:26:05.220
  • Are willing to ask God to
  • 00:26:05.220 --> 00:26:06.180
  • forgive you?
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:07.120
  • And are you willing to repent of
  • 00:26:07.120 --> 00:26:08.030
  • it?
  • 00:26:08.030 --> 00:26:09.150
  • Today, and tell God, Lord, you
  • 00:26:09.220 --> 00:26:12.220
  • can count on me to cry out to
  • 00:26:12.220 --> 00:26:14.180
  • You with a pure heart, and I am
  • 00:26:14.180 --> 00:26:17.030
  • going to join this group of
  • 00:26:17.030 --> 00:26:18.280
  • people who going to pray for
  • 00:26:18.280 --> 00:26:20.070
  • revival.
  • 00:26:20.070 --> 00:26:21.080
  • I'm going to keep my life clean
  • 00:26:21.080 --> 00:26:22.100
  • by the grace of God, and I'm
  • 00:26:22.100 --> 00:26:24.010
  • going to expect You to work.
  • 00:26:24.010 --> 00:26:26.050
  • I'm not running God;
  • 00:26:26.050 --> 00:26:27.160
  • I'm praying, trusting,
  • 00:26:27.160 --> 00:26:29.090
  • and believing You.
  • 00:26:29.090 --> 00:26:30.120
  • Then we want to start right now.
  • 00:26:40.040 --> 00:26:42.220
  • and you know when you're dealing
  • 00:26:42.220 --> 00:26:43.220
  • with sin, it doesn't take long.
  • 00:26:43.220 --> 00:26:46.160
  • When you're confessing and
  • 00:26:46.160 --> 00:26:47.260
  • repenting, it doesn't take long,
  • 00:26:47.260 --> 00:26:49.250
  • it just takes purity of motive.
  • 00:26:52.060 --> 00:26:55.060
  • Listen carefully.
  • 00:26:55.060 --> 00:26:57.100
  • I want to challenge you to find
  • 00:26:57.100 --> 00:26:58.120
  • somebody, anybody.
  • 00:26:58.120 --> 00:26:59.240
  • Somebody you work with, somebody
  • 00:26:59.240 --> 00:27:01.020
  • in your family, whatever.
  • 00:27:01.020 --> 00:27:02.190
  • If all of us choose somebody and
  • 00:27:03.080 --> 00:27:06.080
  • agree with them that we're going
  • 00:27:06.080 --> 00:27:08.150
  • to pray together, or even if
  • 00:27:08.280 --> 00:27:11.280
  • it's just once a week, I'm going
  • 00:27:11.280 --> 00:27:13.230
  • to call you on the phone, we're
  • 00:27:13.230 --> 00:27:14.270
  • going to pray for our nation.
  • 00:27:14.270 --> 00:27:16.200
  • Or, after we get off work we're
  • 00:27:16.200 --> 00:27:17.270
  • going to pray together.
  • 00:27:17.270 --> 00:27:19.120
  • Find somebody who will agree to
  • 00:27:19.150 --> 00:27:22.150
  • pray with you for revival in
  • 00:27:22.150 --> 00:27:24.200
  • this country.
  • 00:27:24.200 --> 00:27:25.270
  • That's how it begins.
  • 00:27:25.270 --> 00:27:27.020
  • You say, l'll that's just two
  • 00:27:27.020 --> 00:27:27.250
  • people, two hundred thousand,
  • 00:27:27.250 --> 00:27:29.240
  • So I want to challenge you to do
  • 00:27:31.250 --> 00:27:33.180
  • that.
  • 00:27:33.180 --> 00:27:35.010
  • Plead with you in Jesus's name.
  • 00:27:35.010 --> 00:27:37.060
  • Find somebody.
  • 00:27:37.060 --> 00:27:39.190
  • That somebody you say,
  • 00:27:39.190 --> 00:27:41.090
  • "Well, I never have prayed
  • 00:27:41.090 --> 00:27:42.230
  • with anybody before."
  • 00:27:42.230 --> 00:27:44.130
  • That's okay.
  • 00:27:44.130 --> 00:27:45.250
  • You say, Well, I may say the
  • 00:27:45.250 --> 00:27:46.190
  • wrong thing.
  • 00:27:46.190 --> 00:27:47.100
  • You won't say the wrong thing.
  • 00:27:47.100 --> 00:27:48.210
  • If "you" confessing your sin and
  • 00:27:48.210 --> 00:27:50.020
  • repenting of sin, you're going
  • 00:27:50.020 --> 00:27:51.190
  • to say the right thing.
  • 00:27:51.190 --> 00:27:53.140
  • And then you're going to ask God
  • 00:27:53.140 --> 00:27:55.010
  • to forgive you.
  • 00:27:55.010 --> 00:27:56.100
  • And then when you step out the
  • 00:27:56.100 --> 00:27:57.130
  • next day remember: When you
  • 00:27:57.130 --> 00:27:58.280
  • start the next day, you're
  • 00:27:58.280 --> 00:28:00.210
  • starting knowing that yesterday
  • 00:28:00.210 --> 00:28:02.280
  • you dealt with sin, and Lord I
  • 00:28:02.280 --> 00:28:05.060
  • don't want to have to deal with
  • 00:28:05.060 --> 00:28:06.030
  • it again.
  • 00:28:06.030 --> 00:28:06.220
  • But if I do, God, I'm on my face
  • 00:28:06.220 --> 00:28:07.290
  • before You to for--
  • 00:28:07.290 --> 00:28:09.090
  • ask You to forgive me.
  • 00:28:09.090 --> 00:28:11.270
  • So, now I'm not to ask you to
  • 00:28:11.270 --> 00:28:13.060
  • pray with somebody beside you
  • 00:28:13.060 --> 00:28:14.170
  • right now, but I'm asking you
  • 00:28:14.170 --> 00:28:16.060
  • to--let's all of us lift up
  • 00:28:16.060 --> 00:28:18.050
  • our hearts to God.
  • 00:28:18.050 --> 00:28:19.180
  • And what we're praying for is,
  • 00:28:19.180 --> 00:28:21.030
  • God, send revival into America,
  • 00:28:21.030 --> 00:28:24.020
  • and start with me.
  • 00:28:24.020 --> 00:28:26.180
  • It doesn't take long to get
  • 00:28:26.180 --> 00:28:27.200
  • right with God, and to make
  • 00:28:27.200 --> 00:28:29.280
  • a commitment to Him, amen?
  • 00:28:29.280 --> 00:28:32.040
  • Father, thank You we don't have
  • 00:29:07.140 --> 00:29:08.230
  • to beg for forgiveness and
  • 00:29:08.230 --> 00:29:10.010
  • cleansing, but ask sincerely,
  • 00:29:10.240 --> 00:29:13.240
  • and believe that You're more
  • 00:29:13.240 --> 00:29:15.100
  • than willing to sanctify us,
  • 00:29:15.100 --> 00:29:18.030
  • to cleanse us.
  • 00:29:18.030 --> 00:29:20.110
  • And Lord we humble ourselves
  • 00:29:20.110 --> 00:29:21.270
  • again, as a people of God,
  • 00:29:22.160 --> 00:29:25.160
  • crying out to you, Oh Father,
  • 00:29:25.270 --> 00:29:28.270
  • having repented as best we know
  • 00:29:28.270 --> 00:29:30.130
  • how, we cry out to you to save
  • 00:29:30.130 --> 00:29:33.070
  • our nation.
  • 00:29:33.100 --> 00:29:36.100
  • And to save multitudes
  • 00:29:36.100 --> 00:29:38.230
  • of people.
  • 00:29:38.230 --> 00:29:41.110
  • Opening people's eyes
  • 00:29:41.110 --> 00:29:42.140
  • to their sins.
  • 00:29:42.140 --> 00:29:44.260
  • Lord, God, thank You we don't
  • 00:29:44.260 --> 00:29:47.190
  • have to beg, we can simply ask
  • 00:29:47.190 --> 00:29:50.170
  • and know in our hearts the Holy
  • 00:29:50.170 --> 00:29:53.170
  • Spirit who lives within us will
  • 00:29:53.170 --> 00:29:55.220
  • enable us to live a godly life.
  • 00:29:55.270 --> 00:29:58.270
  • And the godliness within us will
  • 00:29:58.270 --> 00:30:00.240
  • be clearly seen by others,
  • 00:30:01.180 --> 00:30:04.180
  • so that they too, will want You
  • 00:30:04.180 --> 00:30:06.010
  • as their Savior and our Lord.
  • 00:30:09.040 --> 00:30:12.040
  • Thank You, Father, thank You
  • 00:30:12.080 --> 00:30:15.080
  • Father, thank You Father,
  • 00:30:16.120 --> 00:30:19.120
  • - announcer: Coming up
  • 00:30:27.280 --> 00:30:28.130
  • in just a moment,
  • 00:30:28.130 --> 00:30:29.180
  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Listen,
  • 00:31:08.100 --> 00:31:08.290
  • it's the will of God to
  • 00:31:08.290 --> 00:31:09.150
  • set you free of anything and
  • 00:31:09.150 --> 00:31:10.280
  • everything that hinders His will
  • 00:31:10.280 --> 00:31:13.030
  • and purpose and plan for your
  • 00:31:13.030 --> 00:31:14.040
  • life.
  • 00:31:14.040 --> 00:31:15.090
  • He's willing to dig as deep into
  • 00:31:15.090 --> 00:31:16.160
  • your life and deal with things
  • 00:31:16.160 --> 00:31:17.270
  • back there that have been there
  • 00:31:17.270 --> 00:31:19.050
  • since you were a kid.
  • 00:31:19.050 --> 00:31:21.020
  • He wants everything out of our
  • 00:31:21.020 --> 00:31:22.090
  • life that hinders His awesome
  • 00:31:22.090 --> 00:31:24.130
  • will and purpose and plan for
  • 00:31:24.130 --> 00:31:26.070
  • life.
  • 00:31:26.070 --> 00:31:27.020
  • And think about, this is our
  • 00:31:27.020 --> 00:31:27.270
  • position.
  • 00:31:27.270 --> 00:31:28.270
  • We are children of God for whom
  • 00:31:28.270 --> 00:31:30.240
  • God has a will and a purpose and
  • 00:31:30.240 --> 00:31:32.170
  • - male announcer: Today on
  • 00:31:35.140 --> 00:31:36.080
  • - Dr. Stanley: Freedom:
  • 00:31:41.190 --> 00:31:44.070
  • that word is very motivating,
  • 00:31:45.000 --> 00:31:48.000
  • very reassuring.
  • 00:31:48.000 --> 00:31:50.030
  • It's a precious word.
  • 00:31:50.030 --> 00:31:52.160
  • It's a word that everyone wants
  • 00:31:52.160 --> 00:31:54.270
  • to feel deep down in their
  • 00:31:54.270 --> 00:31:56.140
  • heart, no matter who they are.
  • 00:31:56.140 --> 00:31:59.030
  • It is a word that causes
  • 00:31:59.030 --> 00:32:00.250
  • revolution.
  • 00:32:00.250 --> 00:32:03.090
  • It's a word that brings people
  • 00:32:03.090 --> 00:32:04.220
  • together in marriage, when they
  • 00:32:04.220 --> 00:32:07.200
  • really realize what true genuine
  • 00:32:07.200 --> 00:32:10.130
  • love is all about, they're free
  • 00:32:10.130 --> 00:32:12.130
  • to give themselves to one
  • 00:32:12.130 --> 00:32:13.140
  • another.
  • 00:32:13.140 --> 00:32:15.100
  • Where does freedom fit in your
  • 00:32:15.100 --> 00:32:16.160
  • life?
  • 00:32:16.160 --> 00:32:18.090
  • Do you want to be financially
  • 00:32:18.090 --> 00:32:20.020
  • free?
  • 00:32:20.020 --> 00:32:22.110
  • Do you want to be politically
  • 00:32:22.110 --> 00:32:23.190
  • free?
  • 00:32:23.230 --> 00:32:26.230
  • What kind--what does freedom
  • 00:32:26.230 --> 00:32:27.250
  • mean to you personally?
  • 00:32:27.250 --> 00:32:29.270
  • Well, there are many people who
  • 00:32:29.270 --> 00:32:31.000
  • are very wealthy, but they're
  • 00:32:31.000 --> 00:32:33.120
  • not free, who hold high
  • 00:32:33.120 --> 00:32:35.280
  • positions, but they're not free.
  • 00:32:35.280 --> 00:32:38.260
  • See, freedom isn't wrapped up in
  • 00:32:38.260 --> 00:32:40.260
  • things that you and I are able
  • 00:32:40.260 --> 00:32:42.210
  • to pursue in life and achieve.
  • 00:32:42.210 --> 00:32:45.140
  • Freedom is wrapped up in an
  • 00:32:45.140 --> 00:32:47.130
  • idea.
  • 00:32:47.130 --> 00:32:49.210
  • It says something about who we
  • 00:32:49.210 --> 00:32:51.190
  • are, what we believe, and how
  • 00:32:52.100 --> 00:32:55.100
  • far we're to go to make that
  • 00:32:55.100 --> 00:32:57.260
  • freedom available to somebody
  • 00:32:57.260 --> 00:32:59.010
  • else.
  • 00:32:59.010 --> 00:33:00.160
  • I don't know what it is in your
  • 00:33:00.160 --> 00:33:01.260
  • life that's causing you to feel
  • 00:33:01.260 --> 00:33:03.260
  • that you're not free.
  • 00:33:03.260 --> 00:33:05.190
  • But maybe in this message, if
  • 00:33:05.190 --> 00:33:07.070
  • you listen carefully, you'll
  • 00:33:07.070 --> 00:33:08.230
  • discover what that is.
  • 00:33:08.230 --> 00:33:10.240
  • Because my prayer for you is
  • 00:33:10.240 --> 00:33:12.000
  • that you'll be free; that God
  • 00:33:12.000 --> 00:33:14.260
  • will set you free to be the
  • 00:33:14.260 --> 00:33:16.260
  • person He created you to be and
  • 00:33:16.260 --> 00:33:19.190
  • achieve those things in life
  • 00:33:19.190 --> 00:33:21.000
  • that He wants you to achieve.
  • 00:33:21.000 --> 00:33:23.040
  • So, when Jesus began to talk
  • 00:33:23.040 --> 00:33:24.170
  • about freedom, believe me, their
  • 00:33:24.170 --> 00:33:27.050
  • ears were open, their eyes were
  • 00:33:27.050 --> 00:33:28.150
  • open, their hopes were open,
  • 00:33:28.150 --> 00:33:30.230
  • because that's what freedom is
  • 00:33:30.230 --> 00:33:31.280
  • all about.
  • 00:33:31.280 --> 00:33:33.070
  • It's all about hope, also.
  • 00:33:33.070 --> 00:33:35.110
  • So, I want you to turn to the
  • 00:33:35.110 --> 00:33:36.140
  • eighth chapter of John, very
  • 00:33:36.140 --> 00:33:38.170
  • familiar chapter in the
  • 00:33:38.170 --> 00:33:39.150
  • Scripture, and in his
  • 00:33:39.150 --> 00:33:40.280
  • conversation with his listeners,
  • 00:33:41.090 --> 00:33:44.090
  • he wasn't saying, "This is how
  • 00:33:44.090 --> 00:33:45.270
  • to be saved, but once you are
  • 00:33:45.270 --> 00:33:47.290
  • saved by the grace of God,
  • 00:33:47.290 --> 00:33:49.280
  • here's what you do," and that
  • 00:33:49.280 --> 00:33:51.220
  • is, listen to what he said.
  • 00:33:51.220 --> 00:33:54.090
  • In the eighth chapter beginning
  • 00:33:54.090 --> 00:33:55.110
  • in verse twenty-eight, "Jesus
  • 00:33:55.110 --> 00:33:57.050
  • said, 'When you lift up the Son
  • 00:33:57.050 --> 00:33:58.170
  • of Man, then you will know that
  • 00:33:58.170 --> 00:34:01.070
  • I am He, and I do nothing on My
  • 00:34:01.070 --> 00:34:03.210
  • own initiative, but I speak
  • 00:34:03.210 --> 00:34:05.230
  • these things as the Father
  • 00:34:05.230 --> 00:34:07.070
  • taught Me.
  • 00:34:07.070 --> 00:34:08.270
  • And He who sent Me is with Me;
  • 00:34:09.030 --> 00:34:12.030
  • He has not left Me alone, for I
  • 00:34:12.030 --> 00:34:13.190
  • always do the things that are
  • 00:34:13.190 --> 00:34:15.100
  • pleasing to Him.'"
  • 00:34:15.100 --> 00:34:16.140
  • Don't you wish
  • 00:34:16.140 --> 00:34:17.140
  • you could say that?
  • 00:34:17.140 --> 00:34:19.010
  • "I always do the things that are
  • 00:34:19.010 --> 00:34:20.180
  • pleasing to Him."
  • 00:34:20.180 --> 00:34:22.010
  • And, "As He spoke these things,
  • 00:34:22.010 --> 00:34:23.140
  • many came to believe in Him.
  • 00:34:23.140 --> 00:34:25.110
  • So, Jesus was saying to those
  • 00:34:25.110 --> 00:34:26.230
  • Jews who had believed Him, 'If
  • 00:34:26.230 --> 00:34:28.280
  • you continue in My word, then
  • 00:34:28.280 --> 00:34:31.270
  • you are truly disciples of Mine;
  • 00:34:31.270 --> 00:34:34.040
  • and you will know the truth, and
  • 00:34:34.040 --> 00:34:36.250
  • the truth will make you free.'"
  • 00:34:36.250 --> 00:34:38.280
  • Notice what He said.
  • 00:34:38.280 --> 00:34:41.180
  • He said, "If you continue in My
  • 00:34:41.180 --> 00:34:44.120
  • word," that's the Word of God,
  • 00:34:44.120 --> 00:34:47.030
  • "If you continue in My
  • 00:34:47.030 --> 00:34:48.090
  • word, then you are truly
  • 00:34:48.090 --> 00:34:50.020
  • disciples of Mine; and you will
  • 00:34:50.020 --> 00:34:52.060
  • know the truth, and the truth
  • 00:34:52.060 --> 00:34:54.120
  • will make you free."
  • 00:34:54.120 --> 00:34:55.290
  • What truth?
  • 00:34:55.290 --> 00:34:58.130
  • What is the truth that makes us
  • 00:34:58.130 --> 00:34:59.250
  • free?
  • 00:34:59.250 --> 00:35:01.020
  • And that's what I want to talk
  • 00:35:01.020 --> 00:35:01.270
  • about in this message.
  • 00:35:01.270 --> 00:35:03.160
  • Now, it's very clear in the
  • 00:35:03.160 --> 00:35:04.140
  • Scripture why Jesus came.
  • 00:35:04.140 --> 00:35:06.220
  • He tells us there are three
  • 00:35:06.220 --> 00:35:07.210
  • reasons, primarily, of why He
  • 00:35:07.210 --> 00:35:09.010
  • came.
  • 00:35:09.010 --> 00:35:09.260
  • Number one, He says He came to
  • 00:35:09.260 --> 00:35:11.190
  • seek and to save that which is
  • 00:35:11.190 --> 00:35:13.010
  • lost.
  • 00:35:13.010 --> 00:35:14.180
  • Came into the world, giving His
  • 00:35:14.180 --> 00:35:15.290
  • life on the cross and paying our
  • 00:35:15.290 --> 00:35:18.070
  • sin debt in full in order that
  • 00:35:18.070 --> 00:35:20.120
  • you and I might be saved and be
  • 00:35:20.120 --> 00:35:22.000
  • the children of God.
  • 00:35:22.000 --> 00:35:23.210
  • A second reason He came, the
  • 00:35:23.210 --> 00:35:26.000
  • Scripture says that you and I
  • 00:35:26.000 --> 00:35:28.070
  • might have life and have it
  • 00:35:28.070 --> 00:35:29.270
  • abundantly.
  • 00:35:29.270 --> 00:35:31.100
  • That is, not just enough for us
  • 00:35:31.100 --> 00:35:32.270
  • to be saved.
  • 00:35:32.270 --> 00:35:33.230
  • And I meet people all the time
  • 00:35:33.230 --> 00:35:34.250
  • who say, "Well, I'm saved," as
  • 00:35:34.250 --> 00:35:36.100
  • if that's the end of the
  • 00:35:36.100 --> 00:35:37.100
  • Christian life.
  • 00:35:37.100 --> 00:35:38.060
  • It's not.
  • 00:35:38.060 --> 00:35:39.220
  • But He came that we might have
  • 00:35:39.220 --> 00:35:41.040
  • life more abundantly; and that
  • 00:35:41.040 --> 00:35:42.280
  • is life that's full; fulfilling;
  • 00:35:42.290 --> 00:35:45.290
  • where we discover the will of
  • 00:35:45.290 --> 00:35:46.280
  • God; we discover the ways of
  • 00:35:46.280 --> 00:35:49.050
  • God; we discover God in a very
  • 00:35:49.050 --> 00:35:51.190
  • personal intimate way and
  • 00:35:51.190 --> 00:35:53.120
  • realize that He is intimately
  • 00:35:53.120 --> 00:35:54.260
  • involved in every single aspect
  • 00:35:54.260 --> 00:35:56.190
  • of our life.
  • 00:35:56.190 --> 00:35:58.020
  • And then He said He came for
  • 00:35:58.020 --> 00:35:59.040
  • another reason: To set the
  • 00:35:59.040 --> 00:36:01.030
  • captives free.
  • 00:36:01.030 --> 00:36:03.090
  • So, the part that I want us to
  • 00:36:03.090 --> 00:36:04.120
  • deal with in this message is
  • 00:36:04.120 --> 00:36:05.200
  • that whole idea of setting the
  • 00:36:05.200 --> 00:36:07.130
  • captives free.
  • 00:36:07.130 --> 00:36:09.000
  • And if I'd-a-should
  • 00:36:09.000 --> 00:36:09.150
  • ask you today:
  • 00:36:09.150 --> 00:36:11.010
  • So, what are the things that
  • 00:36:11.010 --> 00:36:12.120
  • captivate us?
  • 00:36:12.120 --> 00:36:13.160
  • What are the things that cause
  • 00:36:13.160 --> 00:36:14.150
  • us to live in captivity all of
  • 00:36:14.150 --> 00:36:16.110
  • our life?
  • 00:36:16.110 --> 00:36:17.130
  • One of those things, for
  • 00:36:17.130 --> 00:36:18.040
  • example, is error that we've
  • 00:36:18.040 --> 00:36:19.160
  • been taught.
  • 00:36:19.160 --> 00:36:20.230
  • There are many people, for
  • 00:36:20.230 --> 00:36:21.220
  • example, who do not believe that
  • 00:36:21.220 --> 00:36:23.230
  • Jesus is the only way of
  • 00:36:23.230 --> 00:36:25.100
  • salvation; and so, they're
  • 00:36:25.100 --> 00:36:26.260
  • always looking for this and
  • 00:36:26.260 --> 00:36:28.030
  • looking for that and looking for
  • 00:36:28.030 --> 00:36:29.010
  • the other and trying to figure
  • 00:36:29.010 --> 00:36:30.160
  • out what is the best way to go.
  • 00:36:30.160 --> 00:36:33.060
  • You know what they are captive
  • 00:36:33.060 --> 00:36:34.120
  • to?
  • 00:36:34.120 --> 00:36:35.100
  • The confusion of error that
  • 00:36:35.100 --> 00:36:37.200
  • they've heard somebody teach or
  • 00:36:37.200 --> 00:36:39.080
  • imply.
  • 00:36:39.080 --> 00:36:40.230
  • Likewise, there are those who
  • 00:36:40.230 --> 00:36:42.170
  • believe that they are saved by
  • 00:36:42.170 --> 00:36:44.130
  • their good works.
  • 00:36:44.130 --> 00:36:46.000
  • Well, that's a captivity, and
  • 00:36:46.000 --> 00:36:47.190
  • I'll tell you why.
  • 00:36:47.190 --> 00:36:48.270
  • How many good works?
  • 00:36:48.270 --> 00:36:50.020
  • Can't answer it.
  • 00:36:50.020 --> 00:36:51.000
  • Which good works?
  • 00:36:51.000 --> 00:36:51.240
  • Can't answer it.
  • 00:36:51.240 --> 00:36:52.260
  • Whose good works?
  • 00:36:52.260 --> 00:36:53.220
  • You can't answer it.
  • 00:36:53.220 --> 00:36:54.240
  • And so, if you're continually
  • 00:36:54.240 --> 00:36:55.260
  • grappling with those answers and
  • 00:36:55.260 --> 00:36:58.090
  • there are no answers,
  • 00:36:58.090 --> 00:36:59.200
  • you--you're not free.
  • 00:36:59.200 --> 00:37:01.120
  • For example, those who believe
  • 00:37:01.120 --> 00:37:03.070
  • that you are accepted in God's
  • 00:37:03.070 --> 00:37:05.000
  • eyes by your performance.
  • 00:37:05.000 --> 00:37:07.040
  • Well, what performance?
  • 00:37:07.040 --> 00:37:08.230
  • How good do I have to perform?
  • 00:37:08.230 --> 00:37:10.290
  • Who am I to compare myself with?
  • 00:37:10.290 --> 00:37:12.240
  • And so, they go on and on and on
  • 00:37:12.240 --> 00:37:14.190
  • living out their life trying to
  • 00:37:14.190 --> 00:37:16.150
  • perform well enough to please
  • 00:37:16.150 --> 00:37:17.240
  • God, or to get them to--to get
  • 00:37:17.240 --> 00:37:20.040
  • Him to love them.
  • 00:37:20.040 --> 00:37:22.070
  • That's not freedom.
  • 00:37:22.070 --> 00:37:23.230
  • If I'm trying to convince God to
  • 00:37:23.230 --> 00:37:25.050
  • love me by my performance, I'm
  • 00:37:25.050 --> 00:37:27.240
  • captive.
  • 00:37:27.240 --> 00:37:29.140
  • Then of course, I think about
  • 00:37:29.140 --> 00:37:30.260
  • people who are captive to evil
  • 00:37:30.260 --> 00:37:32.090
  • habits.
  • 00:37:32.090 --> 00:37:34.110
  • There are people, for example,
  • 00:37:34.110 --> 00:37:36.070
  • and some of these may hit you
  • 00:37:36.070 --> 00:37:37.270
  • that you say, "Oh, I don't
  • 00:37:37.270 --> 00:37:38.260
  • really think that's important."
  • 00:37:38.260 --> 00:37:40.150
  • But, yes, it is.
  • 00:37:40.150 --> 00:37:42.140
  • There are people who are captive
  • 00:37:42.140 --> 00:37:44.060
  • to lying and deception.
  • 00:37:44.060 --> 00:37:46.070
  • There's something in them; they
  • 00:37:46.070 --> 00:37:47.210
  • just can't be honest.
  • 00:37:47.210 --> 00:37:49.200
  • And the reason they can't be
  • 00:37:49.200 --> 00:37:50.210
  • honest is their fear of
  • 00:37:50.210 --> 00:37:51.280
  • rejection.
  • 00:37:51.280 --> 00:37:53.060
  • They just can't be honest and so
  • 00:37:53.060 --> 00:37:54.210
  • they go through life being very
  • 00:37:54.210 --> 00:37:56.040
  • deceptive, listen, it's a form
  • 00:37:56.040 --> 00:37:58.190
  • of captivity because many people
  • 00:37:58.190 --> 00:38:00.240
  • grow up doing it.
  • 00:38:00.240 --> 00:38:02.140
  • And all of their life, you can't
  • 00:38:02.140 --> 00:38:04.040
  • ever really tell whether they're
  • 00:38:04.040 --> 00:38:05.220
  • telling the truth or not.
  • 00:38:05.220 --> 00:38:07.070
  • Then of course, there's sexual
  • 00:38:07.070 --> 00:38:08.120
  • immorality.
  • 00:38:08.120 --> 00:38:09.210
  • Everywhere you turn today, it
  • 00:38:09.210 --> 00:38:11.210
  • looks like sexual immorality is
  • 00:38:11.210 --> 00:38:13.260
  • coming to the forefront.
  • 00:38:13.260 --> 00:38:15.250
  • And so, people say, "Well, I
  • 00:38:15.250 --> 00:38:17.170
  • want to be free.
  • 00:38:17.170 --> 00:38:18.200
  • I want to be sexually free."
  • 00:38:18.200 --> 00:38:20.000
  • Listen to me carefully.
  • 00:38:20.000 --> 00:38:22.020
  • What most people mean is I want
  • 00:38:22.020 --> 00:38:24.020
  • to be free to exercise my
  • 00:38:24.020 --> 00:38:26.040
  • sexuality in whatever way,
  • 00:38:26.040 --> 00:38:28.230
  • whatever means I choose to.
  • 00:38:28.230 --> 00:38:30.100
  • That's not freedom, that's
  • 00:38:30.100 --> 00:38:31.110
  • captivity.
  • 00:38:31.110 --> 00:38:33.030
  • And many, many people if they
  • 00:38:33.030 --> 00:38:34.050
  • were honest would say, "You
  • 00:38:34.050 --> 00:38:35.170
  • know, I don't really have
  • 00:38:35.170 --> 00:38:37.020
  • freedom.
  • 00:38:37.020 --> 00:38:37.270
  • I'm driven, driven, driven,
  • 00:38:37.270 --> 00:38:40.040
  • captivated by ideas, by lusts
  • 00:38:40.040 --> 00:38:42.140
  • that absolutely would destroy me
  • 00:38:42.140 --> 00:38:44.160
  • if I allowed it to."
  • 00:38:44.160 --> 00:38:46.020
  • That's not freedom, that's
  • 00:38:46.020 --> 00:38:48.090
  • captivity.
  • 00:38:48.090 --> 00:38:50.120
  • So, do any of these things
  • 00:38:50.120 --> 00:38:52.260
  • happen to be those issues that
  • 00:38:52.260 --> 00:38:54.290
  • you have to deal with in life?
  • 00:38:54.290 --> 00:38:57.070
  • Well, the most elusive one of
  • 00:38:57.070 --> 00:38:58.240
  • all is not any of these.
  • 00:38:58.240 --> 00:39:01.030
  • The most elusive of all of them
  • 00:39:01.030 --> 00:39:02.290
  • is this.
  • 00:39:02.290 --> 00:39:04.120
  • Those captivating feelings we
  • 00:39:04.160 --> 00:39:07.160
  • have; those emotions that we
  • 00:39:07.160 --> 00:39:10.000
  • have that oftentimes destroy
  • 00:39:10.000 --> 00:39:11.180
  • people.
  • 00:39:11.180 --> 00:39:12.180
  • So, think about it for a moment.
  • 00:39:12.180 --> 00:39:14.220
  • Your emotions have been with you
  • 00:39:14.220 --> 00:39:16.030
  • for a long time.
  • 00:39:16.030 --> 00:39:17.230
  • They're deep down inside of you.
  • 00:39:17.230 --> 00:39:20.010
  • They may have been there since
  • 00:39:20.010 --> 00:39:21.220
  • you were a child, for example.
  • 00:39:21.220 --> 00:39:24.120
  • They're difficult to identify.
  • 00:39:24.120 --> 00:39:26.090
  • And sometimes you can't identify
  • 00:39:26.090 --> 00:39:28.130
  • them without somebody helping
  • 00:39:28.130 --> 00:39:29.220
  • you identify them, but they're
  • 00:39:29.220 --> 00:39:31.170
  • there.
  • 00:39:31.170 --> 00:39:33.080
  • And they have captured you.
  • 00:39:33.080 --> 00:39:35.030
  • You've been captured by them all
  • 00:39:35.030 --> 00:39:36.120
  • of your life.
  • 00:39:36.120 --> 00:39:38.010
  • And you keep saying, I know I'm
  • 00:39:38.010 --> 00:39:39.100
  • free; I know I'm free; I know
  • 00:39:39.100 --> 00:39:40.190
  • I'm free.
  • 00:39:40.190 --> 00:39:42.020
  • You say, "Because I've confessed
  • 00:39:42.020 --> 00:39:43.100
  • them and I've repented of them."
  • 00:39:43.100 --> 00:39:45.070
  • Let me ask you a question.
  • 00:39:45.070 --> 00:39:47.160
  • Has there ever been a time in
  • 00:39:47.160 --> 00:39:48.120
  • your life when you recognize
  • 00:39:48.120 --> 00:39:49.280
  • that you had a major problem and
  • 00:39:49.280 --> 00:39:51.120
  • you confessed and repented of it
  • 00:39:51.120 --> 00:39:53.290
  • before God?
  • 00:39:53.290 --> 00:39:55.060
  • Yes.
  • 00:39:55.060 --> 00:39:56.110
  • How many times did you confess
  • 00:39:56.110 --> 00:39:57.130
  • and repent?
  • 00:39:57.130 --> 00:39:58.040
  • Only once?
  • 00:39:58.040 --> 00:39:58.280
  • No, you confessed over and over.
  • 00:39:59.060 --> 00:40:02.060
  • And you repented again and again
  • 00:40:02.060 --> 00:40:03.170
  • and again.
  • 00:40:03.170 --> 00:40:04.100
  • You told God and you told God
  • 00:40:04.100 --> 00:40:05.190
  • and you told God and you told
  • 00:40:05.190 --> 00:40:06.230
  • God.
  • 00:40:06.230 --> 00:40:07.200
  • And years have gone by and
  • 00:40:07.200 --> 00:40:08.210
  • what's happens?
  • 00:40:08.210 --> 00:40:09.250
  • You still aren't free.
  • 00:40:09.250 --> 00:40:12.010
  • Because you see, there are
  • 00:40:12.030 --> 00:40:15.030
  • emotions so deeply hidden
  • 00:40:15.030 --> 00:40:17.030
  • oftentimes in our lives.
  • 00:40:17.030 --> 00:40:18.130
  • Until we identify them, they
  • 00:40:18.130 --> 00:40:20.110
  • will always hold us captured.
  • 00:40:20.110 --> 00:40:23.010
  • We'll never be able to be the
  • 00:40:23.010 --> 00:40:24.110
  • full person God intends for us
  • 00:40:24.110 --> 00:40:25.270
  • to be because of false ideas we
  • 00:40:25.270 --> 00:40:28.000
  • have about ourselves.
  • 00:40:28.000 --> 00:40:29.280
  • And a lot of that of course,
  • 00:40:29.280 --> 00:40:31.130
  • somebody placed in our life,
  • 00:40:31.130 --> 00:40:33.220
  • either as parents, some friends
  • 00:40:33.220 --> 00:40:35.200
  • or circumstances did it.
  • 00:40:35.200 --> 00:40:38.060
  • So, I want us to think for just
  • 00:40:38.060 --> 00:40:39.090
  • a moment.
  • 00:40:39.090 --> 00:40:40.080
  • When you ask yourself are you
  • 00:40:40.080 --> 00:40:41.100
  • free, are you free emotionally?
  • 00:40:42.160 --> 00:40:45.160
  • If you're not, you're living in
  • 00:40:45.160 --> 00:40:46.110
  • captivity.
  • 00:40:46.110 --> 00:40:47.090
  • And this is one of the most
  • 00:40:47.090 --> 00:40:48.060
  • dangerous kinds because
  • 00:40:48.060 --> 00:40:50.060
  • oftentimes you can't see it.
  • 00:40:50.060 --> 00:40:52.250
  • It's deep down inside.
  • 00:40:52.250 --> 00:40:53.290
  • As I said, it's been there so
  • 00:40:53.290 --> 00:40:55.010
  • long you're comfortable with it.
  • 00:40:55.010 --> 00:40:57.140
  • That's who you are.
  • 00:40:57.140 --> 00:40:58.100
  • You say, "Well, that's who I am.
  • 00:40:58.100 --> 00:41:00.220
  • And this is how I've always
  • 00:41:00.220 --> 00:41:01.230
  • been."
  • 00:41:01.230 --> 00:41:02.240
  • Well, could it be that you're
  • 00:41:02.240 --> 00:41:03.270
  • living in slavery and not even
  • 00:41:03.270 --> 00:41:05.220
  • realizing it?
  • 00:41:05.220 --> 00:41:07.060
  • Emotional slavery is just as
  • 00:41:07.060 --> 00:41:09.000
  • powerful as sexual slavery or
  • 00:41:09.260 --> 00:41:12.260
  • slavery of drunkenness or
  • 00:41:12.260 --> 00:41:14.090
  • whatever it might be, just as
  • 00:41:14.090 --> 00:41:15.200
  • powerful.
  • 00:41:15.200 --> 00:41:16.260
  • So, I want you to ask yourself
  • 00:41:16.260 --> 00:41:17.270
  • the question: Could any of these
  • 00:41:17.270 --> 00:41:19.170
  • things be true of you?
  • 00:41:19.170 --> 00:41:21.250
  • And could it be that they're
  • 00:41:21.250 --> 00:41:23.020
  • holding you and binding you in
  • 00:41:23.020 --> 00:41:24.200
  • ways that maybe you don't want
  • 00:41:24.200 --> 00:41:26.070
  • to face?
  • 00:41:26.070 --> 00:41:28.010
  • And as someone said to me this
  • 00:41:28.010 --> 00:41:29.080
  • week, simply this, I don't want
  • 00:41:30.110 --> 00:41:33.110
  • to stop drinking because I don't
  • 00:41:33.200 --> 00:41:36.200
  • want to face myself.
  • 00:41:36.200 --> 00:41:38.290
  • I'm running; I know I'm running,
  • 00:41:38.290 --> 00:41:41.000
  • but I'm not ready to stop
  • 00:41:41.000 --> 00:41:42.030
  • running.
  • 00:41:42.030 --> 00:41:43.230
  • And so, he would think that he
  • 00:41:43.230 --> 00:41:46.000
  • could stop any time he pleases.
  • 00:41:46.000 --> 00:41:47.140
  • No, he can't.
  • 00:41:47.140 --> 00:41:49.180
  • He can't stop any time he
  • 00:41:49.180 --> 00:41:50.270
  • pleases till he turns to
  • 00:41:50.270 --> 00:41:52.070
  • Almighty God.
  • 00:41:52.070 --> 00:41:53.110
  • So, let's think about it for a
  • 00:41:53.110 --> 00:41:54.080
  • moment.
  • 00:41:54.080 --> 00:41:55.120
  • What are the kinds of emotional
  • 00:41:55.120 --> 00:41:56.260
  • bondage that any one of us can
  • 00:41:56.260 --> 00:41:58.250
  • have in our life that can
  • 00:41:58.250 --> 00:42:00.190
  • devastate us on the one hand or
  • 00:42:00.190 --> 00:42:01.290
  • keep us down?
  • 00:42:01.290 --> 00:42:03.160
  • There are many people who have
  • 00:42:03.160 --> 00:42:05.000
  • lots of abilities and talents
  • 00:42:05.000 --> 00:42:06.220
  • and skills and the reason they
  • 00:42:06.220 --> 00:42:08.260
  • don't move forward in life is
  • 00:42:08.260 --> 00:42:10.000
  • because they're captured.
  • 00:42:10.000 --> 00:42:12.210
  • They are imprisoned by a spirit
  • 00:42:12.210 --> 00:42:15.200
  • of fear.
  • 00:42:15.200 --> 00:42:17.000
  • I'm afraid I'll fail.
  • 00:42:17.000 --> 00:42:19.040
  • I--I'm afraid I won't do it the
  • 00:42:19.040 --> 00:42:20.290
  • right way.
  • 00:42:20.290 --> 00:42:22.120
  • I'm afraid of what people will
  • 00:42:22.120 --> 00:42:23.200
  • say.
  • 00:42:23.200 --> 00:42:24.200
  • And so, fear dominates their
  • 00:42:24.200 --> 00:42:26.030
  • life.
  • 00:42:26.030 --> 00:42:27.070
  • They will tell you they're
  • 00:42:27.070 --> 00:42:28.150
  • absolutely free, but they're not
  • 00:42:28.150 --> 00:42:30.180
  • free.
  • 00:42:30.180 --> 00:42:31.160
  • Then of course, there's false
  • 00:42:31.160 --> 00:42:32.140
  • guilt that people have.
  • 00:42:32.140 --> 00:42:34.010
  • Once you trust the Lord Jesus
  • 00:42:34.010 --> 00:42:35.100
  • Christ as your Savior, you're
  • 00:42:35.100 --> 00:42:36.180
  • free.
  • 00:42:36.180 --> 00:42:37.290
  • You're no longer guilty.
  • 00:42:37.290 --> 00:42:39.030
  • And somebody says, Well, I've
  • 00:42:39.030 --> 00:42:40.090
  • repented of that sin.
  • 00:42:40.090 --> 00:42:41.100
  • It happened long time ago.
  • 00:42:41.100 --> 00:42:42.240
  • And yet, when I get down to pray
  • 00:42:42.240 --> 00:42:44.230
  • it keeps coming up.
  • 00:42:44.230 --> 00:42:46.160
  • Somehow it just keeps popping
  • 00:42:46.160 --> 00:42:47.250
  • up.
  • 00:42:47.250 --> 00:42:48.240
  • And I know I've repented.
  • 00:42:48.240 --> 00:42:49.230
  • I know I've asked God to forgive
  • 00:42:49.230 --> 00:42:50.230
  • me, but somehow it keeps popping
  • 00:42:50.230 --> 00:42:52.030
  • up.
  • 00:42:52.030 --> 00:42:53.110
  • And oftentimes that is a false
  • 00:42:53.110 --> 00:42:55.030
  • sense of guilt.
  • 00:42:55.030 --> 00:42:56.120
  • And so, what does it have?
  • 00:42:56.120 --> 00:42:57.270
  • It has you incarcerated, that no
  • 00:42:58.000 --> 00:43:01.020
  • matter what you do, those guilty
  • 00:43:01.020 --> 00:43:03.060
  • feelings suppress your joy and
  • 00:43:03.060 --> 00:43:05.180
  • your peace and your happiness.
  • 00:43:05.180 --> 00:43:06.260
  • And you say, "Well, if I could
  • 00:43:06.260 --> 00:43:08.050
  • just get rid of that."
  • 00:43:08.050 --> 00:43:09.240
  • Then there are people who, for
  • 00:43:09.240 --> 00:43:10.260
  • example, who live continuously
  • 00:43:10.260 --> 00:43:12.170
  • in worry and anxiety.
  • 00:43:12.170 --> 00:43:13.280
  • Suppose this happens to my
  • 00:43:13.280 --> 00:43:14.290
  • children.
  • 00:43:14.290 --> 00:43:15.190
  • Suppose this happens to me.
  • 00:43:15.190 --> 00:43:16.220
  • Suppose I lose my job.
  • 00:43:16.220 --> 00:43:17.280
  • Suppose, suppose, suppose,
  • 00:43:17.280 --> 00:43:18.270
  • suppose.
  • 00:43:18.270 --> 00:43:20.000
  • And they work themselves into a
  • 00:43:20.000 --> 00:43:22.030
  • cellblock, so to speak, of what?
  • 00:43:22.210 --> 00:43:25.210
  • Uneasiness, uncertainty, and
  • 00:43:25.210 --> 00:43:28.200
  • fear, and wonder what's going to
  • 00:43:28.200 --> 00:43:30.210
  • happen in their life.
  • 00:43:30.210 --> 00:43:33.130
  • Until you're able to deal with
  • 00:43:33.130 --> 00:43:34.280
  • that, it'll keep you bound.
  • 00:43:34.290 --> 00:43:37.290
  • And many people full of anxiety,
  • 00:43:37.290 --> 00:43:40.100
  • full of fear, maybe because the
  • 00:43:40.100 --> 00:43:41.240
  • way you grew up and how you were
  • 00:43:41.240 --> 00:43:43.140
  • treated.
  • 00:43:43.140 --> 00:43:44.230
  • And so, they say, "Well,
  • 00:43:44.230 --> 00:43:46.170
  • you know what?
  • 00:43:46.170 --> 00:43:47.170
  • I've felt this way all my life."
  • 00:43:47.170 --> 00:43:49.030
  • That doesn't mean it's the will
  • 00:43:49.030 --> 00:43:50.050
  • of God.
  • 00:43:50.050 --> 00:43:51.240
  • And then, the feeling that you
  • 00:43:51.240 --> 00:43:54.000
  • never can please God.
  • 00:43:54.000 --> 00:43:55.260
  • And there are people who say,
  • 00:43:55.260 --> 00:43:56.280
  • "You know what?
  • 00:43:56.280 --> 00:43:57.250
  • I just can't please God.
  • 00:43:57.250 --> 00:43:58.230
  • I've repented and I've done this
  • 00:43:58.230 --> 00:44:00.110
  • and I've been baptized twice.
  • 00:44:00.110 --> 00:44:02.010
  • I've been to three; I've three
  • 00:44:02.010 --> 00:44:03.150
  • different denominations and I've
  • 00:44:03.150 --> 00:44:05.090
  • tried to tithe and I can't--I
  • 00:44:05.090 --> 00:44:07.080
  • don't know how to please God."
  • 00:44:07.080 --> 00:44:08.170
  • That's because you don't know
  • 00:44:08.170 --> 00:44:09.150
  • who He is.
  • 00:44:09.150 --> 00:44:10.280
  • He isn't what you run around
  • 00:44:10.280 --> 00:44:12.000
  • trying to please Him.
  • 00:44:12.000 --> 00:44:13.050
  • He wants you to let Him be in
  • 00:44:13.050 --> 00:44:14.160
  • you what He desires to be in
  • 00:44:14.160 --> 00:44:17.040
  • you.
  • 00:44:17.040 --> 00:44:18.100
  • Then, one of the worst is
  • 00:44:18.100 --> 00:44:20.170
  • unforgiveness.
  • 00:44:20.170 --> 00:44:22.100
  • That is total captivity.
  • 00:44:22.240 --> 00:44:25.240
  • When you cannot forgive someone
  • 00:44:25.240 --> 00:44:27.060
  • else for what they've done to
  • 00:44:27.060 --> 00:44:28.080
  • you, that is a form of captivity
  • 00:44:28.080 --> 00:44:30.250
  • that'll drive, listen, it'll
  • 00:44:30.250 --> 00:44:32.240
  • drive you and impact you in
  • 00:44:32.240 --> 00:44:34.280
  • every single area of your life.
  • 00:44:34.280 --> 00:44:36.170
  • You can't have an unforgiving
  • 00:44:36.170 --> 00:44:37.260
  • spirit and harbor that.
  • 00:44:37.260 --> 00:44:40.130
  • Because you see, you say, "Well,
  • 00:44:40.130 --> 00:44:42.180
  • I have this unforgiving spirit."
  • 00:44:42.180 --> 00:44:45.070
  • No, this unforgiving spirit has
  • 00:44:45.070 --> 00:44:46.210
  • you.
  • 00:44:46.210 --> 00:44:48.050
  • And you must be willing to deal
  • 00:44:48.050 --> 00:44:49.160
  • with it and you can deal with it
  • 00:44:49.160 --> 00:44:51.000
  • and you can be set free no
  • 00:44:51.000 --> 00:44:52.160
  • matter who you are.
  • 00:44:52.160 --> 00:44:55.020
  • You see, none of these things
  • 00:44:55.020 --> 00:44:56.080
  • fit who we are.
  • 00:44:56.080 --> 00:44:58.010
  • When you trusted Jesus Christ as
  • 00:44:58.010 --> 00:44:59.120
  • your Savior, I want to show you
  • 00:44:59.120 --> 00:45:01.030
  • in a few moments what He did for
  • 00:45:01.030 --> 00:45:02.210
  • you, so they don't fit.
  • 00:45:02.210 --> 00:45:04.100
  • If they don't fit, then I'm
  • 00:45:04.100 --> 00:45:05.210
  • responsible for dealing with
  • 00:45:05.210 --> 00:45:07.030
  • them.
  • 00:45:07.030 --> 00:45:07.260
  • So, let's think about that for a
  • 00:45:07.260 --> 00:45:08.210
  • moment, and that is simply this.
  • 00:45:09.260 --> 00:45:12.260
  • These things being true, what is
  • 00:45:12.260 --> 00:45:14.140
  • the truth that sets us free?
  • 00:45:14.270 --> 00:45:17.270
  • 'Cause if you don't answer this
  • 00:45:17.270 --> 00:45:18.200
  • question, we're wasting our
  • 00:45:18.200 --> 00:45:19.220
  • time.
  • 00:45:19.220 --> 00:45:20.270
  • What's the truth that sets us
  • 00:45:20.270 --> 00:45:22.070
  • free?
  • 00:45:22.070 --> 00:45:23.090
  • Well, watch this carefully.
  • 00:45:23.090 --> 00:45:24.260
  • First of all, the truth about
  • 00:45:24.260 --> 00:45:26.000
  • our salvation, that you and I
  • 00:45:26.000 --> 00:45:28.030
  • trusted Jesus Christ as our
  • 00:45:28.030 --> 00:45:29.170
  • Savior for the forgiveness of
  • 00:45:29.170 --> 00:45:32.020
  • our sins, based on one thing,
  • 00:45:32.020 --> 00:45:34.160
  • His death at Calvary, which
  • 00:45:34.160 --> 00:45:36.090
  • atoned for all of our sins,
  • 00:45:36.090 --> 00:45:37.250
  • past, present, and future.
  • 00:45:37.250 --> 00:45:39.130
  • Therefore, I'm not going to be
  • 00:45:39.130 --> 00:45:40.170
  • lost after I'm saved.
  • 00:45:40.170 --> 00:45:42.170
  • That is all of my freedom is
  • 00:45:42.170 --> 00:45:44.090
  • based on a personal relationship
  • 00:45:44.090 --> 00:45:47.070
  • with Him because, listen, He is
  • 00:45:47.070 --> 00:45:49.240
  • the freedom-maker.
  • 00:45:49.240 --> 00:45:51.110
  • He is the one who sets the
  • 00:45:51.110 --> 00:45:52.270
  • slaves free.
  • 00:45:52.270 --> 00:45:55.030
  • And the second one is this.
  • 00:45:55.030 --> 00:45:56.220
  • That is, the truth about our
  • 00:45:56.220 --> 00:45:58.000
  • position, because you hear what
  • 00:45:58.000 --> 00:46:00.060
  • I just said all the time.
  • 00:46:00.060 --> 00:46:01.270
  • What is your position now that
  • 00:46:01.270 --> 00:46:03.220
  • you've trusted Christ as your
  • 00:46:03.220 --> 00:46:04.250
  • Savior?
  • 00:46:04.250 --> 00:46:05.250
  • We're talking about our
  • 00:46:05.250 --> 00:46:06.160
  • position, scripturally.
  • 00:46:06.160 --> 00:46:09.130
  • Beforehand, you were enemies of
  • 00:46:09.130 --> 00:46:10.190
  • God.
  • 00:46:10.190 --> 00:46:11.230
  • Now, the Scripture says you're
  • 00:46:11.230 --> 00:46:12.210
  • children of God.
  • 00:46:12.210 --> 00:46:14.140
  • Once you were guilty,
  • 00:46:14.140 --> 00:46:16.040
  • but now you're forgiven,
  • 00:46:16.040 --> 00:46:17.180
  • forgiven child of God.
  • 00:46:17.180 --> 00:46:19.160
  • Once you walked in darkness, not
  • 00:46:19.160 --> 00:46:22.120
  • knowing what was going on.
  • 00:46:22.120 --> 00:46:24.010
  • Now, you walk in the living
  • 00:46:24.010 --> 00:46:25.130
  • light of the Son of God.
  • 00:46:25.130 --> 00:46:27.070
  • Once you were dead in trespasses
  • 00:46:27.070 --> 00:46:29.050
  • and sins, and now you are
  • 00:46:29.050 --> 00:46:31.000
  • spiritually alive.
  • 00:46:31.000 --> 00:46:33.000
  • All of those things God has done
  • 00:46:33.200 --> 00:46:36.200
  • in your life and does do in our
  • 00:46:36.200 --> 00:46:38.020
  • life when we come to Him as our
  • 00:46:38.020 --> 00:46:40.050
  • Savior.
  • 00:46:40.050 --> 00:46:41.190
  • And He begins to work in our
  • 00:46:41.190 --> 00:46:42.230
  • life, setting us free of
  • 00:46:42.230 --> 00:46:44.250
  • everything and anything.
  • 00:46:44.250 --> 00:46:46.020
  • Listen, it's the will of God to
  • 00:46:46.020 --> 00:46:47.160
  • set you free of anything and
  • 00:46:47.160 --> 00:46:48.290
  • everything that hinders His will
  • 00:46:48.290 --> 00:46:51.040
  • and purpose and plan for your
  • 00:46:51.040 --> 00:46:52.050
  • life.
  • 00:46:52.050 --> 00:46:53.100
  • He's willing to dig as deep into
  • 00:46:53.100 --> 00:46:54.170
  • your life and deal with things
  • 00:46:54.170 --> 00:46:55.280
  • back there that have been there
  • 00:46:55.280 --> 00:46:57.060
  • since you were a kid.
  • 00:46:57.060 --> 00:46:59.030
  • He wants everything out of our
  • 00:46:59.030 --> 00:47:00.120
  • life that hinders His awesome
  • 00:47:00.120 --> 00:47:02.160
  • will and purpose and plan for
  • 00:47:02.160 --> 00:47:04.100
  • life.
  • 00:47:04.100 --> 00:47:05.050
  • And think about, this is our
  • 00:47:05.050 --> 00:47:06.000
  • position.
  • 00:47:06.000 --> 00:47:07.000
  • We are children of God for whom
  • 00:47:07.000 --> 00:47:08.270
  • God has a will and a purpose and
  • 00:47:08.270 --> 00:47:10.200
  • a plan.
  • 00:47:10.200 --> 00:47:12.030
  • That's who He is.
  • 00:47:12.030 --> 00:47:13.050
  • And if I'm going to be set free,
  • 00:47:13.050 --> 00:47:14.210
  • I've got to understand that not
  • 00:47:14.210 --> 00:47:16.190
  • only am I saved, but this is my
  • 00:47:16.190 --> 00:47:18.280
  • genuine spiritual godly divine
  • 00:47:19.240 --> 00:47:22.240
  • position, the things we just
  • 00:47:22.240 --> 00:47:24.130
  • mentioned.
  • 00:47:24.130 --> 00:47:25.150
  • So, likewise, what are my
  • 00:47:25.150 --> 00:47:27.060
  • possessions?
  • 00:47:27.060 --> 00:47:28.180
  • Now, that I'm a child of God, I
  • 00:47:28.180 --> 00:47:30.080
  • do possess some things and so do
  • 00:47:30.080 --> 00:47:31.270
  • you.
  • 00:47:31.270 --> 00:47:32.180
  • For example, and I want to turn
  • 00:47:32.180 --> 00:47:33.190
  • to this passage.
  • 00:47:33.190 --> 00:47:34.150
  • This is one you may not know
  • 00:47:34.150 --> 00:47:36.020
  • that's easy; but in Second
  • 00:47:36.020 --> 00:47:37.220
  • Peter, listen to what he says.
  • 00:47:37.220 --> 00:47:39.180
  • And oftentimes, people will read
  • 00:47:39.180 --> 00:47:42.120
  • right over this verse.
  • 00:47:42.120 --> 00:47:44.010
  • But he says, for example, in
  • 00:47:44.010 --> 00:47:45.070
  • verse three, chapter one,
  • 00:47:45.070 --> 00:47:48.010
  • "Seeing that His divine power,"
  • 00:47:48.010 --> 00:47:49.250
  • watch this now, "seeing that His
  • 00:47:49.250 --> 00:47:52.160
  • divine power," He did it, "has
  • 00:47:53.040 --> 00:47:56.040
  • granted to you."
  • 00:47:56.040 --> 00:47:58.080
  • Not going to.
  • 00:47:58.080 --> 00:47:59.110
  • Once you're saved, He, this is
  • 00:47:59.110 --> 00:48:00.260
  • "granted to you everything
  • 00:48:00.260 --> 00:48:03.110
  • pertaining to life and
  • 00:48:03.110 --> 00:48:04.160
  • godliness, through the true
  • 00:48:04.160 --> 00:48:06.080
  • knowledge of Him who called us
  • 00:48:06.080 --> 00:48:08.050
  • by His own glory and
  • 00:48:08.050 --> 00:48:09.090
  • excellence."
  • 00:48:09.090 --> 00:48:10.030
  • Now, listen, "For by these He
  • 00:48:10.030 --> 00:48:12.260
  • has granted to us His precious
  • 00:48:12.280 --> 00:48:15.280
  • and magnificent promises, so
  • 00:48:15.280 --> 00:48:18.140
  • that by them you may become
  • 00:48:18.140 --> 00:48:20.040
  • partakers of the divine nature,
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  • having escaped the corruption
  • 00:48:22.200 --> 00:48:24.030
  • that is in the world by lust."
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  • Look at that.
  • 00:48:25.110 --> 00:48:27.040
  • Here's what happens.
  • 00:48:27.040 --> 00:48:28.220
  • This is the reason you and I can
  • 00:48:28.220 --> 00:48:29.270
  • be free.
  • 00:48:29.270 --> 00:48:31.090
  • We trust Jesus Christ as our
  • 00:48:31.090 --> 00:48:32.230
  • personal Savior, have a
  • 00:48:32.230 --> 00:48:34.080
  • different position; different
  • 00:48:34.080 --> 00:48:36.020
  • possessions in life.
  • 00:48:36.020 --> 00:48:37.180
  • And he says one of the things
  • 00:48:37.180 --> 00:48:39.110
  • He's given us, He's given us His
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  • nature.
  • 00:48:41.150 --> 00:48:42.280
  • We, listen, we have the
  • 00:48:42.280 --> 00:48:44.030
  • privilege and the power to live
  • 00:48:44.030 --> 00:48:46.100
  • godly in Christ Jesus because we
  • 00:48:46.100 --> 00:48:49.080
  • have the nature of God within
  • 00:48:49.080 --> 00:48:51.030
  • us.
  • 00:48:51.030 --> 00:48:52.070
  • And if you'll notice, he also
  • 00:48:52.070 --> 00:48:53.050
  • says He's provided everything we
  • 00:48:53.050 --> 00:48:55.150
  • need to live a godly life.
  • 00:48:56.230 --> 00:48:59.230
  • If I want to be free, it starts
  • 00:48:59.230 --> 00:49:01.130
  • with Jesus.
  • 00:49:01.130 --> 00:49:02.180
  • If I want to be a free person,
  • 00:49:02.180 --> 00:49:04.100
  • then I must begin to claim what
  • 00:49:04.100 --> 00:49:06.140
  • is mine; claim who we are in
  • 00:49:06.140 --> 00:49:09.010
  • Christ; and claim what we have
  • 00:49:09.010 --> 00:49:11.270
  • in Christ; and walk in the ways
  • 00:49:11.270 --> 00:49:14.130
  • that He would walk.
  • 00:49:14.130 --> 00:49:16.050
  • You have access to freedom in
  • 00:49:16.050 --> 00:49:18.030
  • every single solitary area of
  • 00:49:18.030 --> 00:49:20.090
  • your life if you choose to claim
  • 00:49:20.090 --> 00:49:21.200
  • it.
  • 00:49:21.200 --> 00:49:24.000
  • Now, here's the key.
  • 00:49:24.000 --> 00:49:26.160
  • That being true, of knowing who
  • 00:49:26.160 --> 00:49:28.090
  • I am in Christ and what my
  • 00:49:28.090 --> 00:49:29.180
  • possessions are and my
  • 00:49:29.180 --> 00:49:30.290
  • personhood and my privileges,
  • 00:49:30.290 --> 00:49:33.160
  • then what?
  • 00:49:33.160 --> 00:49:34.220
  • How do I exercise this freedom?
  • 00:49:36.270 --> 00:49:39.270
  • How do I become free on a daily
  • 00:49:39.270 --> 00:49:42.000
  • basis?
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  • By simply doing this, watch this
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  • carefully.
  • 00:49:44.280 --> 00:49:46.000
  • By responding to the
  • 00:49:46.000 --> 00:49:47.240
  • circumstances of my life day by
  • 00:49:47.240 --> 00:49:49.270
  • day; situation, my circumstances
  • 00:49:49.270 --> 00:49:52.150
  • and situations and situations,
  • 00:49:52.150 --> 00:49:54.120
  • whatever they may be.
  • 00:49:54.120 --> 00:49:55.180
  • I respond to them on the basis
  • 00:49:55.180 --> 00:49:57.200
  • of what?
  • 00:49:57.200 --> 00:49:59.000
  • On the basis of my salvation,
  • 00:49:59.000 --> 00:50:00.260
  • I'm a child of God.
  • 00:50:00.260 --> 00:50:02.180
  • On the basis of my position,
  • 00:50:02.180 --> 00:50:05.160
  • what I have, listen, who I am in
  • 00:50:05.160 --> 00:50:07.150
  • Christ, a child of God.
  • 00:50:07.150 --> 00:50:09.160
  • On the basis of my possessions,
  • 00:50:09.160 --> 00:50:11.240
  • he says I have every single
  • 00:50:11.240 --> 00:50:13.170
  • thing that I need.
  • 00:50:13.170 --> 00:50:14.260
  • I have the nature of God within
  • 00:50:14.260 --> 00:50:16.200
  • me and the promises of God.
  • 00:50:16.200 --> 00:50:18.170
  • And listen, I have the
  • 00:50:18.170 --> 00:50:20.120
  • personhood of a follower of
  • 00:50:20.120 --> 00:50:22.140
  • Christ.
  • 00:50:22.140 --> 00:50:24.250
  • So, you come along, and you are
  • 00:50:24.250 --> 00:50:27.020
  • tempted in some point.
  • 00:50:27.020 --> 00:50:28.220
  • How do you respond?
  • 00:50:28.220 --> 00:50:30.160
  • Who am I in Christ Jesus?
  • 00:50:30.160 --> 00:50:33.020
  • What are my possessions in
  • 00:50:33.020 --> 00:50:34.050
  • Christ?
  • 00:50:34.050 --> 00:50:35.290
  • In other words, you respond on
  • 00:50:35.290 --> 00:50:37.270
  • the basis of truth.
  • 00:50:37.270 --> 00:50:39.190
  • And when Jesus said, "The truth
  • 00:50:39.190 --> 00:50:41.080
  • shall make you free," what was
  • 00:50:41.080 --> 00:50:42.240
  • He talking about?
  • 00:50:42.240 --> 00:50:44.120
  • He wasn't talking about
  • 00:50:44.120 --> 00:50:46.000
  • something that He was going to
  • 00:50:46.000 --> 00:50:47.140
  • do at that moment.
  • 00:50:47.140 --> 00:50:48.200
  • He said, "The truth sets you
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  • free."
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  • Watch this.
  • 00:50:50.170 --> 00:50:51.170
  • You've heard the--we've talked
  • 00:50:51.170 --> 00:50:52.230
  • about what is the truth about
  • 00:50:52.230 --> 00:50:55.120
  • who you are and your possessions
  • 00:50:55.120 --> 00:50:56.270
  • and your position as a child of
  • 00:50:56.270 --> 00:50:58.120
  • God.
  • 00:50:58.120 --> 00:50:59.000
  • That's the truth.
  • 00:50:59.000 --> 00:51:00.120
  • Now, what is the truth that sets
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  • me free?
  • 00:51:01.210 --> 00:51:02.180
  • That's the truth of who He is in
  • 00:51:02.180 --> 00:51:04.050
  • us.
  • 00:51:04.050 --> 00:51:05.090
  • I become free when I face any
  • 00:51:05.090 --> 00:51:08.090
  • and every circumstance of life,
  • 00:51:08.090 --> 00:51:10.020
  • listen, based on what?
  • 00:51:10.200 --> 00:51:13.200
  • Who I am, according to Jesus;
  • 00:51:13.200 --> 00:51:15.170
  • what I have according to Jesus;
  • 00:51:15.170 --> 00:51:17.160
  • what my position is according to
  • 00:51:17.160 --> 00:51:18.250
  • Jesus.
  • 00:51:18.250 --> 00:51:19.230
  • In other words, then what
  • 00:51:19.230 --> 00:51:20.190
  • happens?
  • 00:51:20.190 --> 00:51:21.260
  • I'm going to be free.
  • 00:51:21.260 --> 00:51:23.160
  • God, this doesn't fit who I am.
  • 00:51:23.160 --> 00:51:25.020
  • Here's what You said.
  • 00:51:25.020 --> 00:51:26.230
  • You said Your divine power is
  • 00:51:26.230 --> 00:51:29.090
  • within me.
  • 00:51:29.090 --> 00:51:30.210
  • The Spirit of God would set me
  • 00:51:30.210 --> 00:51:32.060
  • free.
  • 00:51:32.060 --> 00:51:33.130
  • And I'm claiming that by faith
  • 00:51:33.130 --> 00:51:34.270
  • in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:51:34.270 --> 00:51:36.070
  • God will set us free.
  • 00:51:36.070 --> 00:51:38.260
  • But the tragedy is if you don't
  • 00:51:38.260 --> 00:51:40.020
  • know that you have captivity in
  • 00:51:40.020 --> 00:51:41.170
  • your life; if you don't know
  • 00:51:41.170 --> 00:51:43.030
  • that there are things in your
  • 00:51:43.030 --> 00:51:44.060
  • life or you have not been
  • 00:51:44.060 --> 00:51:45.050
  • willing to acknowledge it,
  • 00:51:45.050 --> 00:51:46.230
  • you're going to--listen.
  • 00:51:46.230 --> 00:51:47.230
  • You're going to live in
  • 00:51:47.230 --> 00:51:48.180
  • captivity, listen--
  • 00:51:48.180 --> 00:51:50.120
  • It's a choice we make based on
  • 00:51:50.120 --> 00:51:52.270
  • the truth.
  • 00:51:52.270 --> 00:51:54.290
  • So, all that I've said to you is
  • 00:51:54.290 --> 00:51:56.020
  • simply the truth.
  • 00:51:56.020 --> 00:51:57.150
  • It's about who He is; what He's
  • 00:51:57.150 --> 00:51:59.080
  • done in your life and what He's
  • 00:51:59.080 --> 00:52:00.140
  • done in my life; what He will
  • 00:52:00.140 --> 00:52:02.100
  • do; what He promised to do.
  • 00:52:02.100 --> 00:52:04.140
  • And He said, "Trust Me."
  • 00:52:04.140 --> 00:52:07.090
  • He says, "The truth will set you
  • 00:52:07.090 --> 00:52:08.250
  • free."
  • 00:52:08.250 --> 00:52:10.090
  • But you've got to want to be,
  • 00:52:10.090 --> 00:52:11.100
  • you gotta--you've got to know
  • 00:52:11.100 --> 00:52:12.110
  • you need to be free, you want to
  • 00:52:12.110 --> 00:52:13.120
  • be free.
  • 00:52:13.120 --> 00:52:14.150
  • You're willing to believe that
  • 00:52:14.150 --> 00:52:15.190
  • you can be free and you trust
  • 00:52:15.190 --> 00:52:17.060
  • Him.
  • 00:52:17.060 --> 00:52:18.230
  • And I know that whoever you are,
  • 00:52:18.230 --> 00:52:20.120
  • wherever you are, whatever's
  • 00:52:20.120 --> 00:52:21.270
  • going on, some of you would say,
  • 00:52:23.080 --> 00:52:26.080
  • "That's what I want.
  • 00:52:26.080 --> 00:52:27.230
  • I want freedom."
  • 00:52:27.230 --> 00:52:30.150
  • You can have it.
  • 00:52:30.150 --> 00:52:32.010
  • It starts with Jesus and the
  • 00:52:32.010 --> 00:52:34.250
  • work of the Holy Spirit in your
  • 00:52:34.250 --> 00:52:36.010
  • life.
  • 00:52:36.010 --> 00:52:37.140
  • You desiring freedom, accepting
  • 00:52:37.140 --> 00:52:40.140
  • His promise of freedom, claiming
  • 00:52:40.140 --> 00:52:42.270
  • that freedom, trusting Him to be
  • 00:52:42.270 --> 00:52:45.180
  • in you everything you need Him
  • 00:52:45.180 --> 00:52:47.050
  • to be and to do for you
  • 00:52:47.050 --> 00:52:48.150
  • everything you need Him to do
  • 00:52:48.150 --> 00:52:49.230
  • for you.
  • 00:52:49.230 --> 00:52:52.200
  • Let me just say this.
  • 00:52:52.210 --> 00:52:55.210
  • When you're in captivity, this
  • 00:52:55.210 --> 00:52:58.200
  • is the way you feel.
  • 00:52:58.200 --> 00:53:01.070
  • When you're free, there's a
  • 00:53:01.070 --> 00:53:03.090
  • feeling that you cannot
  • 00:53:03.090 --> 00:53:04.120
  • describe.
  • 00:53:04.120 --> 00:53:06.000
  • You cannot describe it
  • 00:53:06.000 --> 00:53:07.050
  • adequately, because what
  • 00:53:07.050 --> 00:53:08.160
  • happens?
  • 00:53:08.160 --> 00:53:09.130
  • The weight's gone; the guilt's
  • 00:53:09.130 --> 00:53:11.190
  • gone.
  • 00:53:11.190 --> 00:53:12.290
  • All that junky stuff that you
  • 00:53:12.290 --> 00:53:14.070
  • thought was important in your
  • 00:53:14.070 --> 00:53:15.110
  • life, that's all gone.
  • 00:53:15.110 --> 00:53:17.040
  • And now what's important is
  • 00:53:17.040 --> 00:53:18.080
  • this, just pleasing Him and
  • 00:53:18.080 --> 00:53:19.280
  • loving Him.
  • 00:53:19.280 --> 00:53:20.290
  • Not pleasing Him because of
  • 00:53:20.290 --> 00:53:22.130
  • what's going to happen, but
  • 00:53:22.130 --> 00:53:23.220
  • pleasing Him because I want to
  • 00:53:23.220 --> 00:53:25.030
  • and because you want to.
  • 00:53:25.030 --> 00:53:27.240
  • It's a freedom that only comes
  • 00:53:27.290 --> 00:53:30.290
  • in the person of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:53:32.020 --> 00:53:35.020
  • So, think about all the people
  • 00:53:35.020 --> 00:53:37.000
  • who've never trusted Christ as
  • 00:53:37.000 --> 00:53:38.120
  • their Savior, they're living in
  • 00:53:38.120 --> 00:53:39.260
  • captivity.
  • 00:53:39.260 --> 00:53:42.000
  • It is not my responsibility or
  • 00:53:42.000 --> 00:53:43.180
  • yours to walk up to somebody and
  • 00:53:43.180 --> 00:53:44.220
  • say, "You're a slave!"
  • 00:53:44.220 --> 00:53:47.090
  • You know why you don't have to
  • 00:53:47.090 --> 00:53:48.020
  • do that?
  • 00:53:48.020 --> 00:53:50.060
  • Many of them are already aware
  • 00:53:50.060 --> 00:53:51.140
  • of it, but not why.
  • 00:53:51.140 --> 00:53:54.030
  • And my message is simply this.
  • 00:53:54.030 --> 00:53:56.230
  • You don't have to keep living
  • 00:53:56.230 --> 00:53:57.190
  • the way you're living.
  • 00:53:57.190 --> 00:53:59.110
  • It's a choice you make.
  • 00:53:59.110 --> 00:54:01.070
  • And God's made it so simple, you
  • 00:54:01.070 --> 00:54:02.210
  • stumble all over it.
  • 00:54:03.020 --> 00:54:06.020
  • Receiving Him as your personal
  • 00:54:06.020 --> 00:54:07.060
  • Savior, trusting Him to be
  • 00:54:07.070 --> 00:54:10.070
  • everything you need because He
  • 00:54:10.070 --> 00:54:12.010
  • promises it.
  • 00:54:12.010 --> 00:54:13.250
  • Trusting Him to work this out in
  • 00:54:13.250 --> 00:54:15.210
  • your life because only He can do
  • 00:54:15.210 --> 00:54:17.010
  • it, and watch Him work.
  • 00:54:19.030 --> 00:54:22.030
  • Trust the Lord and watch Him
  • 00:54:22.030 --> 00:54:24.020
  • work.
  • 00:54:24.020 --> 00:54:25.220
  • He'll set you free.
  • 00:54:25.220 --> 00:54:27.060
  • Then here's what you'll do.
  • 00:54:27.060 --> 00:54:28.190
  • You'll say, "Thank God I left
  • 00:54:29.250 --> 00:54:32.250
  • that way behind," because you
  • 00:54:32.250 --> 00:54:35.130
  • don't want that in your life.
  • 00:54:35.130 --> 00:54:37.240
  • Father, how grateful we are that
  • 00:54:37.240 --> 00:54:40.160
  • You made it simple and clear;
  • 00:54:40.160 --> 00:54:42.190
  • that anyone of us could
  • 00:54:42.190 --> 00:54:43.140
  • understand, Lord, what You want
  • 00:54:43.140 --> 00:54:45.050
  • to do in our lives; what You're
  • 00:54:45.050 --> 00:54:47.020
  • willing to do and all the
  • 00:54:47.020 --> 00:54:48.030
  • provision You've made to make us
  • 00:54:48.130 --> 00:54:51.130
  • your liberated children.
  • 00:54:51.130 --> 00:54:54.120
  • I pray this message will stick,
  • 00:54:54.120 --> 00:54:56.070
  • God, some portion of it will
  • 00:54:56.130 --> 00:54:59.130
  • grab the life of every single
  • 00:54:59.130 --> 00:55:01.160
  • person who watches or listens.
  • 00:55:02.080 --> 00:55:05.080
  • You want us to be free because
  • 00:55:05.080 --> 00:55:06.230
  • You died that we might be free.
  • 00:55:06.230 --> 00:55:09.190
  • And I pray that as people listen
  • 00:55:09.190 --> 00:55:11.290
  • and look at themselves, they'll
  • 00:55:11.290 --> 00:55:13.290
  • be honest to say, "Oh God, I
  • 00:55:15.140 --> 00:55:18.140
  • haven't been free.
  • 00:55:18.140 --> 00:55:20.280
  • Oh God, I'm captive.
  • 00:55:20.280 --> 00:55:23.130
  • I want to be free.
  • 00:55:23.130 --> 00:55:25.070
  • I'm going to trust You to set me
  • 00:55:25.070 --> 00:55:26.110
  • free."
  • 00:55:26.110 --> 00:55:28.020
  • Thank You, Father, for Your
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  • - announcer: If you've been
  • 00:55:34.100 --> 00:55:34.280
  • blessed by today's program,
  • 00:55:34.280 --> 00:55:36.150
  • - boy: I am a citizen of the
  • 00:55:42.280 --> 00:55:43.230
  • United States of America.
  • 00:55:44.020 --> 00:55:47.020
  • I love my country.
  • 00:55:48.150 --> 00:55:51.150
  • A tide is rising that threatens
  • 00:55:51.150 --> 00:55:53.010
  • to destroy this land.
  • 00:55:53.260 --> 00:55:56.260
  • Some believe it is impossible
  • 00:55:56.260 --> 00:55:58.100
  • for change.
  • 00:55:58.100 --> 00:56:00.170
  • I believe we can stand up for
  • 00:56:00.170 --> 00:56:02.010
  • freedom, for liberty.
  • 00:56:03.000 --> 00:56:06.000
  • We have no time to hesitate.
  • 00:56:06.000 --> 00:56:08.210
  • - female announcer: Sometimes
  • 00:56:17.150 --> 00:56:19.020
  • it feels as if all is lost.
  • 00:56:19.020 --> 00:56:21.200
  • Life seems broken, beyond
  • 00:56:21.200 --> 00:56:24.000
  • repair.
  • 00:56:24.000 --> 00:56:25.200
  • But during those moments, we can
  • 00:56:25.200 --> 00:56:27.160
  • have faith God will heal.
  • 00:56:29.200 --> 00:56:32.200
  • He will redeem our brokenness.
  • 00:56:34.130 --> 00:56:37.130
  • "Finding God's Blessings in
  • 00:56:37.130 --> 00:56:38.190
  • Brokenness,"
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  • - male: Kick it over this way.
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  • - male announcer: You don't
  • 00:56:43.220 --> 00:56:44.090
  • need to be perfect;
  • 00:56:44.090 --> 00:56:46.060
  • but with just a little
  • 00:56:46.060 --> 00:56:47.010
  • encouragement,
  • 00:56:47.160 --> 00:56:50.160
  • a lot of laughter,
  • 00:56:51.000 --> 00:56:54.000
  • some time and attention,
  • 00:56:54.020 --> 00:56:57.020
  • and a bit of patience,
  • 00:56:57.020 --> 00:57:00.040
  • you'll pass along confidence
  • 00:57:01.140 --> 00:57:04.140
  • and a firm connection with God
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
  • 00:57:12.220 --> 00:57:13.280
  • leading people worldwide into a
  • 00:57:13.280 --> 00:57:15.210
  • growing relationship with Jesus
  • 00:57:15.210 --> 00:57:17.140
  • Christ and strengthening the
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  • local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by In
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  • Touch Ministries, and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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