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From Valley to Victory Part 20

Watch From Valley to Victory Part 20
July 13, 2019
27:34

Leading the Way with Michael Youssef

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  • in the valley you are today, you can walk out of here
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  • on top of the mount of victory.
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  • Only when you place all of your sins and guilt
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  • under the blood of Jesus Christ will he deliver you
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  • here and now and for all of eternity.
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  • Joy instead of despair.
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  • Freedom instead of bondage.
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  • Life instead of death.
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  • Love instead of duty.
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  • Willing service instead of begrudging effort.
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  • It means that when Adam fell, Jesus rose,
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  • and the believer wins.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Now, back in the days
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  • when I used to travel to Asia a great deal,
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  • and I think back then my wife would say,
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  • "A great, great deal",
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  • I found people, particularly in India,
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  • all over Asia, they are pursuing happiness.
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  • They're pursuing fulfillment.
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  • They're looking for it in Eastern mysticism.
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  • They're looking for it in finding some guru
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  • in which he's gonna help them find themselves,
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  • and I found also that there were people there in Asia,
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  • the so-called gurus, who are really happy
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  • to release them from their money.
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  • Today, I wanna show you from the life of the Apostle Paul
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  • that when we pursue your God-given dream--
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  • and let me assure you God has a dream
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  • for every one of you.
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  • God has a vision for every one of you,
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  • but when you pursue that God-given dream in your life
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  • you're gonna overcome obstacles, you're gonna defeat any enemy,
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  • you're gonna meet every challenge,
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  • and you're gonna be victorious even in the worst
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  • of your circumstances.
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  • He shows us how to have joy in fulfilling God's purpose
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  • for your life.
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  • He shows us the motivation, which can only help us
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  • not just persevere, but thrive in life
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  • regardless of the circumstances.
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  • First of all, Paul shows us here that it is the pursuit
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  • of that dream.
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  • It is the pursuit of that vision.
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  • It is the pursuit of God's purpose for your life.
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  • It's going to be, first of all, self-sacrificing.
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  • Secondly, it's gonna be God-glorifying.
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  • Thirdly, it's gonna be forever dreaming.
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  • You never stop dreaming.
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  • And, finally, constantly kneeling.
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  • Self-sacrificing is a true secret for fulfillment.
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  • Some of you are already saying, "What are you talking about?"
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  • I mean, everything I learned in school,
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  • everything I hear in the media, everything I see in the movies,
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  • everything in our culture says that fulfillment is,
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  • get it all, and grab it all, and keep it all.
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  • In the New Testament every believer in Jesus Christ
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  • is a priest.
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  • You don't need to go to a priest for confession
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  • because every man and woman, boy and girl
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  • who surrender their life to Jesus Christ,
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  • the New Testament said, you are a priest.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • Question: what was the greatest joy
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  • in the fulfillment of a life of the Old Testament priest?
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  • Offering sacrifices to God, right?
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  • Today, we don't offer lambs or grains or stuff like that.
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  • No, no, no, no, in the New Testament we,
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  • all the priests, are offering themselves to God, amen?
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  • And because every believer is a priest in the New Testament,
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  • therefore every believer in Jesus Christ has a sacred call
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  • on his and her life.
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  • Whatever you vocation is, God is calling you
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  • to offer sacrifices to him on a daily basis.
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  • Scientists tell us that the way we perceive ourselves
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  • impacts the way we live.
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  • When I perceive myself as a member of the royal family,
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  • I'm gonna behave like it.
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  • If you perceive yourself as a child of the living God
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  • who gonna inherit the entire universe with Jesus,
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  • you're gonna live like it.
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  • When you perceive yourself as a man of God and a woman of God,
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  • then the devil has no right to come into your life
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  • and harass you.
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  • And he--when he does you can kick him out in Jesus's name.
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  • When you perceive yourself as a priest
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  • who will delight himself in living up to the calling
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  • of constantly offering oneself as a sacrifice to the Lord,
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  • you will constantly offer your time and your talent,
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  • your treasure up to the Lord as a sacrifice.
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  • When you perceive yourself as a foreign diplomat representing
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  • your home country, which is heaven,
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  • you are gonna be very anxious to represent your country,
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  • your home country well.
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  • Now, whether you know it or not, this is how God perceives you.
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  • He perceives you as a priest, as a man or woman,
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  • boy or girl with a holy calling on your life and therefore
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  • it is time for the army of the living God to see themselves
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  • as God sees them, not as they see themselves.
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  • Verses15 and 16.
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  • Paul's priestly duty was to offer God as a sacrifice
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  • with thanksgiving all of the Gentiles
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  • whom God used Paul to bring to the kingdom of God,
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  • who moved from hell to heaven, from darkness to light.
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  • And your priestly duty, I don't know what it is.
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  • Your priestly duty may be that you're gonna sacrifice some
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  • comfort zone, things in your-- places in your life
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  • and witnessing for Christ in a hostile community.
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  • Your priestly duty may be to give sacrificially
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  • to the work of God.
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  • Your priestly duty may be to give a word of encouragement
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  • to everyone you meet.
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  • Your priestly duty may be serving your family.
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  • Your priestly duty may be helping others.
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  • Whatever your priestly duty may be,
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  • it is your offering of a sacrifice to the Lord.
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  • That's the first thing.
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  • Fulfilled life is self-sacrifice life.
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  • Secondly, a fulfilled life-- look at verses 17, 18, and 19--
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  • is God-glorifying.
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  • Paul said, "Therefore," Paul said,
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  • "I'm a priest offering sacrifices to God,
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  • serving him with all my heart, bringing the offering
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  • to the Lord, which is the souls of those who have been saved.
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  • Secondly," he said, "therefore I glory
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  • in my financial net worth?"
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  • Hello?
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  • "I glory in my real estate holdings?"
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  • No.
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  • "I glory in my degrees and my accomplishments?"
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  • No.
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  • "I glory in Christ Jesus."
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  • Beloved, Paul accomplished so much.
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  • Third of the New Testament has his name, at least a third,
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  • if not more, but he doesn't glory in any of that.
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  • Instead, he said, "God did it all,
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  • although he used me and for which I'm very grateful,
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  • but he did it all."
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  • Beloved, listen to me.
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  • God must always get all of the glory.
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  • It is okay to brag about Jesus.
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  • It's okay to boast of the Lord.
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  • Don't miss what I'm gonna tell you.
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  • When you do that, you're gonna be helped
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  • over the pitfalls of life.
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  • Let me tell you I know those pitfalls that I'm talking about.
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  • It's gonna help you over being constantly complaining
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  • and murmuring and seeing every little problem
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  • as a huge thing and you can't get moving from it.
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  • It's gonna help you stop playing the martyr mentality.
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  • It's gonna help you from constantly falling
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  • into self-pity.
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  • "Oh, me. Poor me.
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  • Why is this happening to me?"
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  • Had Paul learned not to brag on the Lord,
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  • he would have said the following.
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  • Now, don't find it in your Bible.
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  • I'm making it up, okay?
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  • He would have said the following.
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  • I know human nature, 'cause I'm one of them.
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  • "Oh, let me tell you about my experience in Iconium.
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  • Do you know Iconium?
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  • I was stoned in Iconium.
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  • Man, because I stood firm, I got stoned.
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  • The truth is everywhere I go, I got stoned for Jesus."
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  • Not stoned in the way you think about it, young people.
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  • This is stoned with stone.
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  • You know what I mean?
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  • Stoned.
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  • "You know dear old Barnabas?
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  • He always managed to save his pretty face.
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  • Every time there is trouble, Barnabas is gone.
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  • Oh, but not me.
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  • I stood firm.
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  • I wouldn't flinch.
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  • In fact, one stone knocked me down completely.
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  • It would kill the average man, but not me.
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  • I'm Paul.
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  • When I got up from being beaten by these stones,
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  • I found that all of my companions,
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  • they cut and run, and I stood alone."
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  • Oh, but that's not how Paul saw it, right?
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  • That's not how he saw it.
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  • That's not how he perceived it in his life.
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  • He gave God all--how many? --of the glory.
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  • He gave God all--how many?
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  • All of the credit.
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  • In Galatians chapter 6, verse 14 he said,
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  • "May I never boast except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • And here in Romans he said, "To be sure," to be sure,
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  • "God accomplished a great deal through me,
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  • but only through his power that he gave me in order
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  • for signs and wonders and miracles take place.
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  • To be sure, it's the Holy Spirit who accomplished his purpose in
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  • my life, but it's only his power that enabled me to do this."
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  • Beloved, listen to me.
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  • I know today's many a preacher, they brag about
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  • all sorts of things.
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  • Some brag about the power of the positive thinking.
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  • God bless them.
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  • Some brag about their communication skills.
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  • There are some who brag about the fact that they have power
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  • in their tongue.
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  • Whatever they say, it happens.
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  • We need to get back on the mourner's bench and cry to God,
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  • instead of bragging about all of our abilities.
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  • For a fulfilled life,
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  • it has to be self-sacrificing.
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  • For a fulfilled life, it has to be God-glorifying.
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  • Thirdly, verses 20 to 29, it's forever dreaming.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • God has a dream for you, God has a vision for you,
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  • and if you don't know what it is you better stay on your knees
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  • until he gives it to you, because he does have
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  • one for you.
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  • You are his child.
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  • If you're his child, he has a dream for you and the moment
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  • you stop dreaming for God, you have died before dying.
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  • I want you to contrast this with the Apostle Paul.
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  • He had a clear vision.
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  • He had a dream.
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  • He had a goal, God-given dream, God-given vision,
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  • God-given goal to accomplish in his life.
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  • What was it?
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  • To preach the gospel where it's never been preached.
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  • That's a big goal.
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  • Verse 24.
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  • His ultimate destination is Spain.
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  • You say, "Why Spain?"
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  • Because back then Spain was thought of
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  • as the edge of the world.
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  • That was it.
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  • In order to fulfill this vision, this dream that God gave him,
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  • he said, "I'll first take the offerings
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  • from the Gentile churches to take it to the Jewish church
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  • in Jerusalem because they're in desperate need."
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  • And it's thanking the Jewish believers for giving us Jesus
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  • and redemption, and so he said, "I'll take that offering
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  • from the Macedonians and the Corinthians
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  • and all the other churches, and I'm gonna take it
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  • to Jerusalem, and then I'm gonna buy a ticket."
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  • That's not in your Bible.
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  • "But I'm gonna go on a trip and go to Rome and fellowship
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  • together and then you give me some financial help and help me
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  • along the way to Spain."
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  • That's the goal. That's the dream.
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  • That's the vision.
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  • I want you to listen carefully, because some of you
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  • are gonna say, "Well, wait a minute.
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  • What happened?"
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  • Well, from the book of Acts you find out
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  • things did not work out that way.
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  • It was not exactly the way he anticipated for the dream
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  • to be fulfilled, but it doesn't matter.
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  • Paul knew that God was calling him to go to Rome
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  • and from Rome he's gonna go to Spain,
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  • but it didn't happen that way.
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  • Instead of buying a ticket and going on a voyage,
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  • he ended up being the guest of the government, a prisoner,
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  • because when he went to take the money to Jerusalem
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  • some rowdy bunch of nonbelievers turned against him
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  • and wanna kill him.
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  • And then, when he stood before the king he said,
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  • "I appeal my case to Caesar."
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  • And the king said to Caesar, "You shall go,"
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  • so he ends up in Rome as a prisoner, not as a passenger.
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  • And even so, as a prisoner, the ship got wrecked,
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  • where he was floating on the driftwood in the Mediterranean
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  • for days on end and then when they landed he had a snake
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  • that bit him, a venomous snake.
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  • That literally the people there, the local people,
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  • thought he's dead, but God saved him through it all
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  • and took him to Rome.
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  • He arrived in Rome.
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  • Question: did Paul make it to Spain?
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  • The question before that: does Paul fulfill his dream,
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  • the God-given dream that he gave him?
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  • Did Paul achieve his vision for life?
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  • Actually, some people say, yes, he did go to Spain.
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  • Other people say no.
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  • We don't have it in the Scripture,
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  • so we don't know.
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  • Historically, you can go either way.
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  • Question: does it really matter whether he went to Spain or not?
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  • I wanna hear your answer.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Does it really matter?
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  • No, it doesn't matter.
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  • It doesn't matter.
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  • When God gives you a vision for life--
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  • and he has a vision for every one of you.
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  • When God gives you a dream and a purpose for living,
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  • when God directs you and says, "This is the way I want you
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  • to go," accomplishing your dream is not the issue.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • It's not the issue.
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  • Moses had a dream to go into the Promised Land.
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  • I stood where Moses stood on Mount Pisgah.
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  • I looked down there, when he saw it with his eyes,
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  • but he never made it there, and yet that was his dream.
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  • He never accomplished it.
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  • David had a dream to build a great, wonderful,
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  • fantastic temple for God, for the worship of God
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  • on the hill in Jerusalem.
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  • Did he see it?
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  • No.
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  • He gave his entire financial net worth for the building of it,
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  • he drew the plans for it, but he never saw it.
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  • It doesn't matter whether you accomplish the dream or not.
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  • You and I must understand things from God's perspective.
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  • We get into trouble when we keep it from our perspective.
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  • I do this all the time.
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  • I fail miserably.
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  • Trust me.
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  • When I go and see things from God's perspective,
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  • from the eternal perspective, and from God's perspective,
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  • it doesn't matter if you accomplish
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  • your God-given dream or not.
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  • From God's perspective the important issue is how faithful
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  • you've been in your work toward God-given vision.
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  • My beloved friend, please listen,
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  • listen, listen, listen.
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  • God is not interested in the destination as much
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  • as he's interested in your faithfulness along the journey.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • How many people give up their God-given dreams,
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  • their God-given vision the moment they face opposition?
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  • "Oh, God might not be in it."
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  • How many people live with memories of shattered dreams?
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  • Why?
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  • Because they give up halfway through the journey.
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  • They give up the moment the first obstacle raises its head.
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  • How many people are spending their lives wondering what
  • 00:17:36.190 --> 00:17:40.130
  • it would have been like had they not given up the pursuit
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  • of their God-given vision, dream in life?
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  • Paul understood the vital importance of pursuing
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  • God's dream for life, the vital importance
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  • of faithfully pursuing God's vision.
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  • The vital importance of pursuing your Spain, and your Spain,
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  • and your Spain, and your Spain, and my Spain are all different.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • The pursuing of your God-given dream
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  • in your life may endure hardships.
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  • It may encounter obstacles.
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:21.040
  • It may have--you have to cross high mountains.
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  • You may have to walk through the flood.
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  • The important thing is that you continue the journey.
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  • I am absolutely convinced that there is a desperate need
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  • in this 21st-century Christianity,
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:37.020
  • among God's people today, is having a vision for life,
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:41.020
  • is having God's dream for life, is endeavoring to accomplish
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  • great things for God.
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  • The faithful foot soldiers of the cross,
  • 00:18:47.250 --> 00:18:50.240
  • they need to invade the world, instead of allowing the world
  • 00:18:50.250 --> 00:18:54.150
  • to invade the church.
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:56.170
  • The faithful soldiers of the cross need to overcome
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:59.280
  • Satan's strongholds, instead of giving him
  • 00:18:59.290 --> 00:19:02.230
  • the opportunity to create more strongholds.
  • 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:05.050
  • The faithful soldiers of the cross,
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:07.030
  • they need to dream of turning the world upside down,
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  • but instead we sit in our comfort zones,
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:19.260
  • and we get lulled to sleep, and the devil loves it.
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  • He really does.
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  • You must understand that God is interested
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  • in your purposing in your heart.
  • 00:19:29.270 --> 00:19:32.170
  • God is interested in the process.
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  • God is interested in your faithfulness
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  • and the step that you take each day.
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  • God is interested in your commitment that you make.
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  • God is interested in the sacrifices
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  • that you offer to him.
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  • God is interested in your pursuit of his given dream
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  • and vision and purpose for your life.
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  • Fulfillment can be found in a life that is self-sacrificing.
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  • Secondly, God-glorifying.
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  • Thirdly, forever dreaming.
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  • Finally, constantly kneeling.
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  • Look at verses 30 to 33.
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  • Verse 30, "I urge you, brothers, sisters,
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:23.120
  • by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Holy Spirit,
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  • to join me in the struggle and praying to God for me."
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:34.100
  • Notice how Paul's prayer request is so specific.
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  • If you go on it says basically two things.
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  • He said that he will be delivered from the unbelievers
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  • in Jerusalem and, secondly, that he'll make it to Rome,
  • 00:20:42.130 --> 00:20:48.120
  • and God answered both prayers, because people
  • 00:20:48.130 --> 00:20:52.020
  • were taking prayer seriously.
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:55.190
  • Beloved, sometimes when I hear people talk about prayer,
  • 00:20:55.200 --> 00:20:58.100
  • particularly in the media-- they even say among Christians,
  • 00:20:58.110 --> 00:21:00.220
  • says, you know, it's just like good wishes.
  • 00:21:00.230 --> 00:21:03.140
  • Honestly, sometimes I don't understand
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  • when people talk about prayer.
  • 00:21:05.010 --> 00:21:07.200
  • Paul said, "Join me in the struggle of prayer."
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  • Prayer, my beloved friends, real prayer is often agonizing.
  • 00:21:11.230 --> 00:21:16.080
  • Real prayer is often groaning.
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:19.020
  • Real prayer sometimes is like a childbirth.
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  • I've never been through it, but I'm told it's very painful.
  • 00:21:23.260 --> 00:21:33.030
  • Real prayer, God said to Ezekiel,
  • 00:21:33.040 --> 00:21:35.030
  • like standing in the gap.
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  • Have you ever stood in the gap?
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  • Do you know how painful that is?
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  • Real prayer is spiritual, is straining.
  • 00:21:42.010 --> 00:21:46.270
  • Real prayer is self-denying, self-sacrificing.
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:52.010
  • Someone modernized what-- how today that prayer would be
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  • the Apostle Paul talks about.
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  • I'm gonna read it to you so I don't mess it up.
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  • It goes something like this, "O Lord God,
  • 00:22:00.210 --> 00:22:04.250
  • we modern Christians can be so self-absorbed.
  • 00:22:04.260 --> 00:22:12.140
  • We look with condescension and sometimes even boredom
  • 00:22:12.150 --> 00:22:18.160
  • on the missionary enterprise.
  • 00:22:18.170 --> 00:22:22.260
  • That's even when we think about it at all.
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  • Forgive us.
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  • We worship your Son in church on Sunday when we sing our choruses
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  • and our songs with euphoria, and we think that's all we need
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  • to do to honor him.
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  • But what do we know of honoring Christ when we remain contented
  • 00:22:44.260 --> 00:22:50.050
  • to let whole nations and peoples and tribes around the world live
  • 00:22:50.060 --> 00:22:57.200
  • and die without even bowing to the one whose name
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:23:03.060
  • is above every name?
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  • We have privatized our faith.
  • 00:23:06.120 --> 00:23:08.170
  • We have privatized our faith.
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  • We have trivialized faith as a mere benefit
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:17.150
  • like a favorite television show or a hobby.
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:23.150
  • We don't hear the gospel as a war cry anymore.
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:28.260
  • We don't hear the gospel summons to risk-taking,
  • 00:23:28.270 --> 00:23:35.100
  • or as a command to see the Lord Jesus Christ honored
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  • in our hearts, or as an exerted effort
  • 00:23:39.130 --> 00:23:44.190
  • toward his being honored in our lives.
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  • O Lord, give fresh vision, power for the gospel
  • 00:23:49.110 --> 00:23:54.280
  • among us today.
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  • O Lord, help us.
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  • Amen."
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  • Now, my beloved friends, get serious.
  • 00:24:01.190 --> 00:24:05.190
  • If you wanna be truly fulfilled in life get serious
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  • about self-sacrificing,
  • 00:24:08.040 --> 00:24:10.070
  • get serious about God glorifying,
  • 00:24:10.080 --> 00:24:12.260
  • get serious about forever dreaming,
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  • and get serious about constantly straining
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  • and kneeling in prayer.
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