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Faith in the Goodness of God

Watch Faith in the Goodness of God
July 14, 2019
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Gregory Dickow: Power to Change Today

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  • and it's faith,
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  • and it's faith, fait
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  • and it's faith, faith.
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  • Faith brings us into the grace of God.
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  • Faith brings us into the love of God.
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  • Faith causes the promises to come to pass.
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  • Faith causes our prayers to be answered.
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  • Gregory: I wanna talk to you about faith in the goodness of
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  • God, faith in the goodness of God.
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  • And it really comes down to faith.
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  • "By grace are we saved through faith."
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  • We have access into this grace in which we stand through faith.
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  • Faith is the access code to all of God's goodness and all of
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  • God's grace and all that God wants to do because there's one
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  • thing that God wants more than anything in this world,
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  • and I think it's true of any man.
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  • I think it's true of any woman too,
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  • but for most women, you know this is true about them.
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  • But what God wants more than anything in this world
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  • from us to be believed.
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  • He's not worried about your obedience.
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  • He's not focused on your obedience.
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  • He wants you to believe because if you believe his promises,
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  • obedience will flow from believing the promise of God.
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  • Let me give you an example.
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  • If I say to you--so if I take a promise from God's Word,
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  • and I'm just gonna take one for example 'cause everybody's
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  • heard this verse before, and it's about provision.
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  • It's about God's provision for our lives.
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  • So I'm just using it because it's an easy example to
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  • understand the point that I'm tryin' to make here.
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  • Philippians 4:19 says: "My God shall supply all your need
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  • according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
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  • How many have ever heard that promise in the Bible?
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  • Philippians 4:19: "My God shall supply all your need."
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  • It's a great promise, right?
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  • So, here, God wants you simply to believe that promise because
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  • if you believe that promise--let me ask you something.
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  • If you believe that God will supply all your needs,
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  • will you be more tempted or less tempted to steal?
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  • Talk to me. Now, think through it.
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  • I'll give you a minute. I'll give you a minute.
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  • Think through it.
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  • You gonna be--if you believe the promise, "My God shall supply
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  • all my needs," if you believe that promise,
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  • are you gonna be more or less tempted to steal?
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  • Less tempted to steal. Why?
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  • 'Cause you believe the promise, right?
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  • If you really believe that promise--now,
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  • if you don't believe that promise,
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  • are you gonna be more or less tempted to steal?
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  • When an opportunity to steal and get away with it is available to
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  • you, will you be more or less tempted to steal if the
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  • opportunity is available to you and you don't believe
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  • God's gonna meet your needs, you'll be more or less
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  • tempted to steal, which one?
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  • You're more tempted because you don't believe God's promise.
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  • You're less tempted because you believe God's promise.
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  • So, God's focus in our life is not to tell us,
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  • "Don't steal, don't steal, don't steal,
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  • don't steal, don't steal, don't steal, don't steal.
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  • I really want you to obey me. I really want you to obey me.
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  • I really want you to obey me.
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  • If you really loved me, you'd obey me.
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  • Obey me, obey me, obey me, obey me."
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  • No, God's focus is, "Believe my promise, and obedience will
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  • be an overflow of believing the promise."
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  • So, you see, God's desire for us, and God's greatest goal
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  • for our lives is to believe his promises.
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  • Look at 2 Peter chapter 1, verse 4.
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  • Look at what he says.
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  • "By these," 2 Peter chapter 1, verse 4: "By these he has
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  • granted to us his precious and magnificent promises, so that
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  • by them," watch what he says, "by these promises."
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  • So, now, there's 7.000 promises in the Bible that we know of.
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  • There's 7.000 promises.
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  • He says, "God has given us these magnificent and precious
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  • promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the
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  • divine nature of God, having escaped the corruption that
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  • is in this world by lust."
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  • Notice what he says.
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  • We don't escape corruption through our good works.
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  • We don't escape corruption because
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  • we say, "I'm just gonna escape corruption.
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  • I'm just gonna escape corruption.
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  • I promise you, God, I'm gonna escape corruption."
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  • We don't escape corruption and lust through the promises
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  • that we make to God.
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  • We escape the corruption and the lust through the promises
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  • that God makes to us.
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  • So, if I really believe the promise of God,
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  • it's going to persuade the way I act.
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  • It's gonna persuade the way I talk.
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  • It's gonna persuade--you see, we've had it backwards.
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  • We've been spiritually dyslexic.
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  • We see everything backwards.
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  • You know, when somebody has dyslexia, they see the word
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  • "God," the word "God" is viewed by them as the word "dog."
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  • They may read it backwards. They may see it backwards.
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  • Well, I think oftentimes we see things backwards as Christians
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  • because we have spiritual dyslexia.
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  • That means we look at it the wrong way.
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  • We think, "If I make promises to God,
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  • God'll be good to me."
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  • But the Christian life is not about
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  • the promises we make to God.
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  • The Christian life is about the promises that God makes to us.
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  • We say, "If I repent of all my sin, and if I repent, and
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  • I stop this, and I stop that, and I change this,
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  • and I change that, then God will be good to me."
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  • That's backwards, that's dyslexic.
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  • You say, "How is that backwards?
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  • Doesn't the Bible say if we repent,
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  • God'll be good to us?"
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  • No, it says, "God is good to the evil and the good,
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  • and he causes the sun and the rain
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  • to come upon the evil and the good."
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  • In other words, God is good even to evil men,
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  • the Bible says, why?
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  • Because Romans chapter 2, verse 4 says: "It is the goodness of
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  • God that leads us to repentance."
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  • It's not our repentance that leads to the goodness of God.
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  • It's the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.
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  • This is why we have to read the Bible correctly.
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  • This is why we have to understand it correctly,
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  • and we have to understand which comes first.
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  • Does God--?
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  • Like, I like to use this verse, Revelation chapter 1, verse 5.
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  • Does God cleanse us first and then love us, or does God
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  • wash us first--does God love us first and then wash us?
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  • And it says in Revelation chapter 1,
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  • verse 5 and 6, it says: "He loved us and he washed us,
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  • and he made us kings and priests."
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  • And it's really important that we understand
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  • the order of those things.
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  • He loved us first, and then he washed us.
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  • He doesn't love what is washed, he washes what he loves.
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  • He loved us first, and because he loved us,
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  • he sent his Son to die for us.
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  • You get this backwards.
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  • Look, you say, "Why is that--?
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  • Come on, you're just bein' picky, Pastor."
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  • I am picky, I will admit that, but not about this.
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  • I'm not picky about this because I'm picky, I'm picky about this
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  • because it shapes how your life is gonna go.
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  • It shapes every choice you'll ever make in life because if
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  • you--if this was written differently, if this was
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  • written backwards, "He washed us and then he
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  • loved us," then your whole--all your decision-making faculties
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  • would be surrounded by, "Okay, I gotta get washed.
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  • I gotta be clean so that God can love me."
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  • So now you have a performance-based relationship
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  • with God if you think you have to do something in order
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  • for God to love you.
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  • Now every decision you make is based on,
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  • "Okay, I gotta do this so God'll love me," or,
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  • "I gotta stop doin' that so God won't stop loving me."
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  • And we have--that's backwards, that's perverted, it's twisted.
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  • It's a perversion of the truth.
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  • So, instead of focusing on the rules,
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  • "Don't gossip, don't do this, it's backwards."
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  • If you have love, you won't do those things.
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  • If you love that person, you won't do those things.
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  • If I love him, I will obey him, not to prove my love,
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  • but I will obey him as a what?
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  • I taught you guys this.
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  • I'll obey him as a what?
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  • I'll obey him as a reflex.
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  • Obedience, obedience is a reflex.
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  • If this understanding of God's goodness lands on you the right
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  • way, if it hits you right, the reflex will be natural.
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  • You'll naturally obey God if it hits you right.
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  • If it doesn't hit you right, you won't obey him.
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  • But if it hits you--see, you can't try
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  • to manufacture a reflex.
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  • The doctor or whoever's testing your reflex has to hit you in
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  • the exact right spot.
  • 00:09:51.170 --> 00:09:53.040
  • And if they hit you in the exact right spot,
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  • poof, your leg kicks out.
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  • You don't prepare for it, you don't study, you don't go
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  • to college on how to have a reflex, right?
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  • You don't have to watch videos, you don't have to go
  • 00:10:03.050 --> 00:10:04.270
  • on YouTube and say, "How do I have a reflex?
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  • I wonder how--I gotta somehow gotta figure this out, man.
  • 00:10:06.150 --> 00:10:08.170
  • I need a reflex, I need to figure out this reflex thing."
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  • No, if it lands on you, it hits you in the right spot,
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  • the reflex is automatic, man.
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  • If this love that we're talkin' about, if this grace we're
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  • talkin' about, if these promises in the goodness of God that
  • 00:10:21.170 --> 00:10:24.260
  • we're talking about, if it lands on you,
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  • if it hits you in the right spot,
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  • obedience is the reflex of it hitting you in the right spot.
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  • Psalm 27, look at this, verse 13.
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  • Watch what believing does: "I would have despaired."
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  • "I would have despaired." Now, despair is an emotion.
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  • Despair is a feeling.
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  • Has anybody ever felt despair?
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  • You know what I'm talkin'-- Wow, finally, I got an "Amen."
  • 00:10:54.070 --> 00:10:56.180
  • I got an "Oh, yes" here.
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  • Wow, okay, now I know where we're all at.
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  • We're despairing, man.
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  • Despair, it's an emotion. It means to lose heart.
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  • It means to be discouraged.
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  • It means to feel like giving up.
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  • This idea that we're just tryin' to keep all these rules and keep
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  • all these commandments in order for God to be happy with us,
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  • oh, the misery, the despair.
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  • And how 'bout the disappointment we feel?
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  • How 'bout the people that have promised us things,
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  • and they failed to deliver?
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  • How 'bout the promises we've made and we've failed ourselves?
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  • Despair is a real emotion, and it's a real feeling.
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  • But notice where despair comes from.
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  • Despair grows in the soil of doubt.
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  • It grows in the soil of doubt.
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  • And that's why he says, "I would have
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  • despaired unless I believed."
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  • Now, here God is gonna show us something.
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  • All of our feelings are the byproduct of what we believe.
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  • All of our feelings.
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  • See, we try to stop feeling this and stop feeling that.
  • 00:12:02.150 --> 00:12:06.140
  • You can't stop feelings unless you start and stop believing
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  • something that's feeding the feeling.
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  • The despair is a result of what he believes.
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  • "I would have despaired, I would've given up, I would've
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  • lost heart, I would've been discouraged unless I believed
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  • that I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living."
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  • And by the way, the land of the living is this life right here.
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  • We're in the land of the living. We're the ones living right now.
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  • It's not when we die.
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  • Of course we know we're gonna see the goodness of God in
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:46.080
  • heaven, but God says, "We can see his goodness right here
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  • in the land of the living."
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  • And if you believe you will see the goodness of God,
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  • then you'll stop despairing.
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  • He said, "The emotion of despair is the
  • 00:12:58.020 --> 00:13:01.080
  • byproduct of what he believed."
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  • And he's not gonna despair, because of what he believes.
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  • And David, the thing that I love about David is he's so honest.
  • 00:13:10.010 --> 00:13:14.260
  • He's so raw with God.
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  • Read the--this is just one example,
  • 00:13:18.220 --> 00:13:20.230
  • but you go through the Psalms and David's like,
  • 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:23.030
  • "Man, Lord, when are you gonna show up?
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  • Have you left me? Have you forsaken me?
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  • What is the matter with this world?
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  • Why are these people after me?
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  • My mother has forsaken me. My father has forsaken me."
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  • But he always--he's honest and he's raw,
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:39.170
  • but then always finishes his sentences or finishes his
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  • Psalms with: "Yet I will trust you."
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  • "Yet I will trust you."
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  • God fulfilled his greatest promise in my life.
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  • Would you agree with me that the greatest promise for our lives
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:14:01.130
  • is the promise of salvation?
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  • And God fulfilled the greatest promise in the universe,
  • 00:14:05.220 --> 00:14:10.030
  • the promise of salvation--while I was a sinner, he
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  • loved me and he died for me.
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  • Now, I know this is fallin' on--I got some
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  • reflexes comin' from some of you.
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  • You're like, "Ooh, this is landin' on me
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:24.100
  • really funny, Pastor."
  • 00:14:24.110 --> 00:14:26.000
  • But listen, he saved me without me doing anything to earn it.
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  • What did I do to get it?
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  • What did I do to receive salvation?
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  • I believed, I confessed Jesus as Lord,
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  • believed in my heart that God raised him from the
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  • dead, and what happened?
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  • I was saved. It was a miracle.
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:48.200
  • And that's the greatest gift of God, to be saved; so now after
  • 00:14:48.210 --> 00:14:53.240
  • I get saved, all these Christians say, "Well, if you
  • 00:14:53.250 --> 00:14:55.210
  • want any more of the promises of God to come
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:57.180
  • to pass in your life, you gotta
  • 00:14:57.190 --> 00:14:59.000
  • do this and you gotta stop this."
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  • "Wait a minute, I didn't have to stop that
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:02.010
  • and stop this and start this and start that to get saved.
  • 00:15:02.020 --> 00:15:04.110
  • Why do I have to, all the sudden,
  • 00:15:04.120 --> 00:15:05.210
  • perform now for God to keep any of his other promises?
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:08.080
  • Shouldn't I do the same thing that
  • 00:15:08.090 --> 00:15:10.140
  • got me the first promise fulfilled?
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  • What did I do?
  • 00:15:11.250 --> 00:15:13.040
  • I believed, I simply believed, I get it.
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:18.030
  • I know some of you are like, "Whoa,
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:19.170
  • that's, whoa--take it easy, man.
  • 00:15:19.180 --> 00:15:21.050
  • You're steppin' out there on some water."
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  • Well, look, I realize this is hard for the religious-minded to
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:26.090
  • receive because we love to feel like we did something special to
  • 00:15:26.100 --> 00:15:31.210
  • get God to approve of us, like we did
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  • something special to earn it.
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  • I'm here to tell ya, man, I know too much about me to think
  • 00:15:35.220 --> 00:15:39.290
  • that I could've done something special enough
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  • to get God's blessing.
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  • I know too much about me.
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  • Listen, are you hearin' what I'm saying?
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  • I know too much about me to think that it's about me or to
  • 00:15:47.270 --> 00:15:51.160
  • think that I could've done it or I could've earned it
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.180
  • or I could've deserved it.
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  • I realize it's all about him.
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  • It's what he did for me.
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  • It's what he did for you.
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  • And guess what? Guess who that glorifies?
  • 00:16:00.220 --> 00:16:03.180
  • Listen, guess who it glorifies when you
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:06.120
  • realize it's all about him?
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:08.010
  • It glorifies him.
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:09.120
  • But when you think you earned it, you did it, you performed
  • 00:16:09.130 --> 00:16:12.160
  • it, you promised your way into God's blessing
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:14.270
  • and God's favor--if you have to do somethin'
  • 00:16:14.280 --> 00:16:17.030
  • to get God's favor, it ceases to be favor.
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  • Now you have to buy it.
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  • It's no longer a favor. Now it's just a trade.
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  • I'm not in a trading relationship with God.
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  • Do you see what God's tryin' to do in the world today?
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  • If he can free us from all the religion that has imprisoned us
  • 00:16:38.250 --> 00:16:46.080
  • and held us hostage to have to perform for God,
  • 00:16:46.090 --> 00:16:53.200
  • if we can get free, the world is gonna come runnin' to church.
  • 00:16:53.210 --> 00:16:59.050
  • Not because of the music.
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  • Not because of cupcakes.
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  • So, why don't we give then?
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:10.110
  • Why are we afraid to sacrifice?
  • 00:17:10.120 --> 00:17:12.070
  • 'Cause we don't believe that God will return our investment.
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:17.020
  • Why don't we plant seed?
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  • We don't believe God'll grow the harvest.
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:21.030
  • Why don't we love one another?
  • 00:17:21.040 --> 00:17:22.150
  • Why don't we forgive people?
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  • 'Cause we don't believe that we'll be setting ourselves free.
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  • If we forgive, we'll be setting ourselves free.
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  • We don't believe it.
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  • "I would have despaired," Psalm 27.
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  • "I would have despaired unless I believed that I would see the
  • 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:44.150
  • goodness of God in the land of the living."
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  • It's all about believing.
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  • Forget about the--don't focus on the emotions.
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:51.170
  • Don't focus on what it looks like.
  • 00:17:51.180 --> 00:17:53.130
  • Just make up your mind today that you're gonna believe that
  • 00:17:53.140 --> 00:17:57.110
  • you will see the goodness of God.
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  • Look at what Jesus said to Martha or Mary after Lazarus was
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:02.100
  • dead for four days in John chapter 11, verse 40.
  • 00:18:02.110 --> 00:18:07.050
  • Jesus said--she says in verse 39: "'Jesus, he's been dead four
  • 00:18:07.060 --> 00:18:12.160
  • days, why would say, 'Come forth'?
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  • His body must stink after four days he's been dead.'"
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  • Verse 40: "Jesus says," in John chapter 11, verse 40,
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:21.200
  • "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:28.030
  • will see the glory of God?"
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  • If you dance around? No.
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:37.030
  • If you make all these promises? No.
  • 00:18:37.040 --> 00:18:39.280
  • If you cross all these T's and dot all these I's?
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  • No.
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  • "If you believe, you will see the glory of God."
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  • Look at Mark 11:24.
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  • Jesus said: "'Whatever things you ask for, believe
  • 00:18:52.030 --> 00:18:59.060
  • you have received them.'"
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  • Look at the New King James, I think it says it,
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:04.020
  • or the King James says it this way: "Believe
  • 00:19:04.030 --> 00:19:06.190
  • you have received them."
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  • "Believe you have received them, and they
  • 00:19:12.020 --> 00:19:16.280
  • shall be granted to you.
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  • You'll have them."
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  • He doesn't say, "By the way, as soon as you have them,
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:23.160
  • believe you have them."
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  • He says, "When you ask, believe you have received them,
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:32.080
  • and then you'll have them."
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  • Don't believe you'll have 'em when you have 'em.
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  • Believe you have 'em when you ask.
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  • Believe you have received it.
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  • I know that--"That doesn't make sense."
  • 00:19:42.120 --> 00:19:44.120
  • Exactly, but this is God's way of moving in our lives.
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  • "Whatever things you ask, believe you have received them
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:54.210
  • and they'll be granted to you.
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  • You'll have them."
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  • Not, "As soon as I see it, I'll believe it."
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  • That's what Thomas said in John chapter 20.
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  • Jesus shows up and Thomas was like,
  • 00:20:06.090 --> 00:20:08.190
  • "No, you guys didn't see him.
  • 00:20:08.200 --> 00:20:10.150
  • You must've seen a ghost or somethin'."
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.240
  • And Thomas says, "Unless I see the nail prints in his hands and
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:17.270
  • in his side, and the spear hole in his side,
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:21.090
  • I'm not gonna believe."
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:22.290
  • So Jesus walks in after he says that.
  • 00:20:23.000 --> 00:20:26.060
  • He walks in and he says, "Thomas,
  • 00:20:26.070 --> 00:20:30.060
  • come here," remember?
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:34.140
  • And he says, "Look here at my hands,
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:37.090
  • and touch here my side.
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  • Now you believe?"
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:43.060
  • But then he says, "But blessed are those who have not
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:47.220
  • seen and yet they believe."
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  • We need to have faith.
  • 00:20:56.230 --> 00:20:59.080
  • We need to have faith in the goodness of God.
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  • We need to believe.
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  • We need to expect God to do exceeding,
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  • abundantly, above and beyond all that we can ask or think.
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  • We need to set our expectation on the goodness of God.
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  • We're gonna see his goodness. We're gonna see his goodness.
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  • We're gonna see his goodness. We're gonna see his goodness.
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  • What's gonna happen? Despair is gonna leave.
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  • Depression's gonna leave. Fear's gonna leave.
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  • Anger's gonna leave. Bitterness is gonna leave.
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  • Gregory: Well, it's so true, and you know the Bible is full
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  • of promises, almost 7.000 promises,
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  • to be almost exact, but the single greatest promise for our
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  • lives is salvation, and it all starts with God's enormous love
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  • and Jesus's obedience on the cross,
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  • which is what gives us the freedom and the power to be
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  • saved and have eternal life.
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  • He took our sin and our shame, and he gave us
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  • his grace and righteousness.
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  • All we have to do is believe.
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  • That is the greatest exchange and the greatest deal ever.
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  • Now, if you haven't believed in the promise of salvation yet,
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  • if you have not received Jesus as Savior and Lord yet,
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  • let me pray with you right now.
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  • I've got some more things to talk to everybody about.
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  • But listen, pray right now, it doesn't matter what you've done,
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  • where you've been, what you're thinkin'
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  • about doing, it's all about to change.
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  • Pray this out loud, just say, "Heavenly Father, I invite Jesus
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  • Christ as my Savior and Lord.
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  • I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead.
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  • From this moment forward, I am forgiven through
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  • the blood of Jesus, amen."
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  • Well, if you prayed that, congratulations.
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  • You are now a child of God.
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  • Welcome to the family, and please email
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  • me at the address on your screen.
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  • I will send you my free book called "The Power of a New Life"
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  • to take you through the simple steps of this
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  • new relationship with God.
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  • And God's desire for you, his greatest goal for you
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  • is to trust him, believing in his goodness.
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  • For all of us, the way out of our current situation,
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  • no matter the cause, is to believe in the goodness of God.
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  • David said, "I would have despaired unless I believed that
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  • I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
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  • Are you ready to experience the goodness of God today?
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  • Believe it.
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  • You see, when we're focused on rule keeping, we despair.
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  • We lose hope. We miss out on God's goodness.
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  • Faith is what brings us into this goodness of God,
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  • the grace of God, the love of God.
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  • We just have to understand the order in which God works.
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  • He doesn't cleanse us and then love us.
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  • No, he loves us and then he cleanses us.
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  • He doesn't love what he washes.
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  • He washes what he loves.
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  • We don't have to do anything for God to love us.
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  • We just need to get rid of the religion that says,
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  • "God will only love you when you're obedient."
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  • We gotta untwist that.
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  • Obedience is actually a reflex to trusting
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  • in the goodness of God.
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  • So, let's put our faith in the goodness of God today;
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  • and remember, what the devil sends to defeat you,
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  • God bends to complete you.
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  • And I wanna encourage you, perspective changes everything.
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  • And when you realize how good God is, he will turn
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  • around anything in your life that needs to be turned around.
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  • So, believe that today and expect it.
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  • And before I finish, I want you to know we're on a mission here
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  • to see 30 million souls saved and lives transformed over the
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  • next several years, and your sacrificial gift today will help
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  • us to do that, to reach people that can't read,
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  • people in third-world countries, people that are blind.
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  • We're giving them this incredible gift,
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  • solar-powered audio Bibles.
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  • When you support the ministry and you get the resources today,
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  • I wanna personally thank you by sending you a few key messages
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  • that will build your faith and drive home the goodness of God.
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  • Here's my announcer to tell you more.
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  • We're gonna reach the world,
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  • you're gonna help me with the gospel.
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  • Let's get this thing out, let's get these solar
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  • Bibles out into the hand of people that need it most.
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  • Be right back, watch this:
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  • announcer: With your timely gift today of $25 or more,
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  • 10 precious people will have a chance to hear the gospel
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  • in their native language.
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  • With your generous gift of $50 or more, 20 will have a
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  • chance to hear the gospel in their native language.
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  • With an extraordinary gift of $250 or more, 100 will have
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  • a chance to hear the gospel in their native language.
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  • As a special thank you for your support, Gregory Dickow
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  • wants to send you his teaching, "The Solution to Every Problem
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  • in Life: Believe in the Goodness of God."
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  • For your timely gift of $25, ask for offer 714A.
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  • Or for your generous gift of $50 or more, he will include his
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  • teaching entitled, "Your Destiny Starts Here:
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  • Thanks is a Reflex, Not a Ritual."
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  • Ask for offer 714B.
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  • With an extraordinary gift of $250 or more,
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  • we wanna send you your very own solar-powered audio Bible as a
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  • reminder of your support of helping us reach 30 million
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  • people over the next 5 years.
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  • Plus, if you call today, we will include Gregory Dickow's
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  • anointed message, "The Gift of Faith, What Do You See?"
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  • Ask for offer 714C.
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  • Please don't wait.
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  • Gregory Dickow needs to hear from you today.
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  • Live operators are standing by to take your call,
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  • or you can go online right now to GregoryDickow.TV.
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  • Gregory: Well, I wanna encourage you, inspire you,
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  • even challenge you to do something in the next few
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  • moments that will matter for eternity.
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  • Remember, our Christianity is best expressed as we share the
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  • gospel of Jesus with people around the world,
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  • but especially with those who have been
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  • persecuted, helpless, minimized.
  • 00:26:32.240 --> 00:26:35.000
  • Jesus said, "Whatever you've done to the least of
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  • these, you've done it unto me."
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  • That's why I need your urgent help today.
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  • Your gift makes it possible for me to get these powerful audio
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  • Bibles, solar Bibles, into the hands of the precious people
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  • who've been forgotten, who've been minimized,
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  • people that can't read, people in third-world
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  • countries, people that are blind.
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  • By getting this into their hands they can hear the whole Bible,
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  • and our greatest teachings that'll also be on here,
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  • and I know it'll change their lives forever.
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  • So, thank you for joining me and connecting with me.
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  • And also connect with me on Facebook,
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  • Instagram, and Twitter as well.
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  • I'll be there, I'll do my best to personally respond to
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  • each and every one of you that reaches out.
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  • Don't miss our next broadcast.
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  • Remember, set your DVR so you never have to miss one of 'em.
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  • I can't wait to see you then, God bless.
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