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Relationship: The Principle of Priority

Watch Relationship: The Principle of Priority
July 26, 2019
27:34

Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • then can live through you.
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  • The more you enter His presence, the more that you can reckon
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  • the old man dead, and the new man can be raised
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  • to walk a new life in Christ Jesus.
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  • ROBERT: All right, so I want to begin
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  • a new series.
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  • It's called "Relationship Through God's Top Ten List".
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  • Now, I want you to know that God's the first one to have
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  • a top ten list.
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  • I know a lot of people, they have top ten lists.
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  • God came out with the first one.
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  • As a matter of fact, we call them the Ten Commandments.
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  • We call them the Ten Commandments
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  • because the Bible calls them the Ten Commandments
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  • in three different places - once in Exodus,
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  • twice in Deuteronomy.
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  • I'll show you the one in Exodus.
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  • We'll get to Chapter 20 in a minute.
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  • Exodus 34:28, "So he", speaking of Moses,
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  • "was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights.
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  • He neither ate bread nor drank water, and he wrote
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  • on the tablets the words of the covenant,
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  • the Ten Commandments."
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  • So, God calls them the Ten Commandments.
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  • And so, I began this past summer on my study break
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  • to just see the Ten Commandments in a different way
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  • than I've ever heard anyone teach or preach them.
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  • I got books on the Ten Commandments this last fall.
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  • I got some video teachings.
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  • But I actually did not complete any of them,
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  • because as I started them, none of them fit the burden
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  • that the Lord's given me.
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  • They were all good, but they just don't fit the burden
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  • God's given me, and here's what I mean by that.
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  • I don't think God was giving us a list of rules.
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  • I don't think He was giving us a list of dos and don'ts.
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  • I think He was giving us principles for living,
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  • and those principles enhance our relationship with God
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  • and other people.
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  • And I think if we'd look at the Ten Commandments...
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  • I understand they are commandments.
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  • They are commandments.
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  • But I think if we would like at them this way and say,
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  • what's the principle behind this commandment
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  • that's going to enhance my relationship with God
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  • and other people, I think we'll see some things
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  • we've never seen before.
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  • So, I literally have a principle for all ten.
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  • I've already gone through them for several months now.
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  • I have a one-word principle for all ten, and the first one
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  • I'm calling the principle of priority.
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  • So, this is what I believe that the first commandment is.
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  • I think it's teaching us the principle of priority.
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  • So, in a new series, you have to kind of introduce
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  • the series, and then kind of go into the first point.
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  • So I've got three points, but my first point is going to
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  • deal with kind of helping us understand the whole series,
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  • and then I'll have two points talking about priority.
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  • So, here's point number one.
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  • It's about relationship.
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  • The giving of the Ten Commandments
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  • is about relationship.
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  • You have to remember that God's a God of relationship.
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  • He created Adam and Eve for relationship.
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  • He redeems the children of Israel for relationship.
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  • He redeemed you for relationship.
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  • And when He starts with the Ten Commandments,
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  • He actually reminds the children of Israel
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  • that it's about relationship.
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  • I want to show you.
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  • Okay, so if you're in Exodus 20, look at Verse 1.
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  • Exodus 20:1, and by the way, the Ten Commandments are in
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  • Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.
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  • So if you want to read them in Deuteronomy,
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  • they're in Chapter 5.
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  • Exodus 20:1, "And God spoke all of these words, saying,
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  • "I am the Lord your God."
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  • I am your God.
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  • I am your God.
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  • We have a relationship.
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  • That's where He starts the Ten Commandments.
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  • "Who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
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  • out of the house of bondage."
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  • And then, He gives the first commandment in Verse 3.
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  • "You shall have no other gods before Me."
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  • But, before He gives them the Ten Commandments,
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  • here's what He does.
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  • He reminds them, I bought you back.
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  • I redeemed you out of bondage and out of slavery
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  • so we could have a relationship.
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  • Now, that's what He did for the house of Israel,
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  • but all of us know He did the exact same thing for us.
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  • He redeemed us out of slavery, out of bondage.
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  • Let me read you the Scripture.
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  • Romans 6:6, "Knowing this, that our old man was crucified
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  • with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with,
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  • that we should no longer be slaves of sin".
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  • So, we were all slaves.
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  • We were slaves of sin.
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  • God redeemed us out of slavery, out of bondage to sin.
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  • And then when we look back at the Ten Commandments,
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  • here's what we see.
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  • We see ten principles that will deepen our relationship
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  • with God.
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  • That's what I want you to see.
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  • Most people see these as a list of rules.
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  • Most people see these as things to do and things not to do.
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  • So, I don't want you to think about that anymore.
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  • It's not something to do or something not to do, okay?
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  • God redeemed us for relationship, okay?
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  • But, listen to me.
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  • You determine the depth of your relationship with God.
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  • I want to say that again, because that's very important.
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  • That's the main burden of this point that the Lord
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  • gave me.
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  • You determine the depth of your relationship with God.
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  • Okay, so we've got Exodus 20.
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  • If you're there in your Bibles, you've got 1 through 17,
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  • starting in Verse 3, really.
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  • Verse 1 and 2, "I am the Lord your God,
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  • who redeemed you".
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  • Verses 3 through 17, those are the Ten Commandments.
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  • Watch what happens immediately after He gives
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  • the Ten Commandments, in Verse 18.
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  • All right?
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  • Exodus 20:18, "Now all the people witnessed
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  • the thunderings, the lightning flashes,
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  • the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking,
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  • and when the people saw it, they trembled
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  • and stood afar off.
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  • Then they said to Moses, "You speak with us
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  • and we will hear, but let not God speak with us, lest we die".
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  • And Moses said to the people, "Do not fear,
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  • for God has come to test you", or prove you in fire,
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  • make you better, "and that His fear may be before you",
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  • his honor may be before you, "so that you may not sin."
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  • God is giving you some principles to help you get
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  • out of this bondage of sin that you're in,
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  • is what he's saying.
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  • But, watch Verse 21.
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  • "So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near
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  • the thick darkness where God was."
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  • Moses determined that he wanted to have a deeper relationship
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  • with God, and the people determined that they wanted
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  • to have a relationship with God through Moses.
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  • Watch what they said.
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  • You speak to God and come tell us what He says.
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  • What do you think about that?
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  • How similar is that to many churches today?
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  • Pastor, you meet with God during the week,
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  • you go up the mountain, you hear God,
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  • and then you come back and tell us on the weekend
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  • what God is saying.
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  • Well, we're not going to meet with God personally.
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  • Here's the reason, by the way, too.
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  • They said, "lest we die".
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  • Can I tell you something?
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  • Flesh always dies in the presence of God.
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  • It's true.
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  • You do die when you go into His presence,
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  • but that's a great thing, because Jesus then can live
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  • through you.
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  • The more you enter His presence, the more that you can reckon
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  • the old man dead, and the new man can be raised
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  • to walk a new life in Christ Jesus.
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  • But, they said we want to determine the depth
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  • of our relationship, and we want you to have
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  • a personal relationship, and we want to have
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  • a relationship with God through you.
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  • Okay, because of that, here's another Scripture
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  • to me that goes right along with this.
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  • Psalm 103:7, "He made known His ways to Moses, His acts
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  • to the children of Israel".
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  • Do you see the difference?
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  • You might even want to look at it again.
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  • "He made known His ways", His ways, "to Moses,
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  • His acts to the children of Israel."
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  • Let me say it this way.
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  • The children of Israel knew what He did.
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  • Moses knew why He did it.
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  • Moses understood the ways of God, he didn't just see
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  • the acts of God.
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  • I want to be someone who knows His ways.
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  • So, let me say it another way.
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  • Do you want to have a relationship with God based on
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  • thou shalt not, thou shalt not,
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  • thou shalt not?
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  • Or do you want to have a relationship with God
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  • based on principles that allow you to go deeper with God
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  • and get to know Him better?
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  • So, it's all about relationship.
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  • So now, we're talking about the principle and priority,
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  • so we're going to go deeper into the first commandment.
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  • So here's point number two, while I'm summing up
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  • the first commandment.
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  • Worship God only.
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  • Worship God only.
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  • Now, let's look at the first commandment, Verse 3.
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  • "You shall have no other gods before Me."
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  • "You shall have no other gods before Me."
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  • Now, remember I like grammar, so I look at this statement
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  • and I see some things grammatically in it,
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  • and then of course, I go into the original language,
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  • the Hebrew.
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  • But I need to clarify something, because it says,
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  • "You shall have no other gods before Me",
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  • it almost sounds like you can have other gods, as long
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  • as they're not in front of me.
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  • Do you see what I'm saying?
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  • "You shall have no other gods before Me."
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  • But if you have some after me, that's okay.
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  • That's not what He's saying.
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  • The word before can be a conjunction
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  • or a preposition.
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  • Now I know you say, I didn't come to church to learn grammar.
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  • I got out of school, and I hated it,
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  • and don't ever...okay.
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  • But listen to me, okay?
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  • It's important.
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  • A conjunction joins two thoughts.
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  • A preposition clarifies a thought.
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  • So, this is not a conjunction.
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  • It's not joining two thoughts, it's clarifying
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  • the first thought.
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  • A prepositional phrase...oh, please, I can already see.
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  • My wife's eyes are just glazing over right now.
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  • There he goes again, in the grammar.
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  • Okay.
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  • A prepositional phrase, listen, is not part of the main part
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  • of the sentence.
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  • It can be taken out of the sentence, and the sentence
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  • will mean the same.
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  • Here's the statement.
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  • "You shall have no other gods", period.
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  • Then He clarifies it, "before Me".
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  • Why did He clarify it?
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  • Because they had just been in Egypt, 430 years,
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  • and Egypt had more gods than any other society or culture
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  • that has ever lived.
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  • They were polytheists.
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  • In other words, poly, from the Greek word meaning many,
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  • theist, meaning god.
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  • They believed in many gods.
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  • They had 29 main gods, and 2.000 lesser gods.
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  • 29 main gods...as a matter of fact, here are the names.
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  • I decided to just show you the names.
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  • Here are the 29 names of the main gods.
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  • They're in alphabetical order, so if you look at the H's,
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  • they've got one named Hapy, but he didn't make you happy.
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  • If you go to the N's, they've got one named Nun
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  • and Nut.
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  • So, you know, they've got... so, here's what God was saying,
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  • because He had a people that came out of Egypt,
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  • and He made the statement, "You shall have no other gods."
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  • No gods.
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  • And then He was saying, none, none at all.
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  • For instance, this word before, it's in the Hebrew
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  • over a thousand times in the Old Testament.
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  • It's only translated before a few times.
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  • Let me give you some other translations of it.
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  • One of them is besides.
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  • You shall have no other gods beside Me.
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  • You shall have no other gods in front of Me.
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  • You shall have no other gods behind Me.
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  • You shall have no other gods because of Me.
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  • You shall have no other gods in my face, in front of Me,
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  • in the sight of Me.
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  • You shall have no other gods against Me.
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  • There's another way it's translated.
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  • You shall have no other gods, listen, other than Me.
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:07.060
  • And you have to take every Scripture and have it be
  • 00:13:07.090 --> 00:13:10.030
  • congruent with the rest of Scripture.
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  • Here's Isaiah 45:5.
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  • "I am the Lord and there is no other."
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  • In other words, there is no other Lord.
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  • There is no god beside Me.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, I just want to clarify.
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  • When He says, "You shall have no other gods before Me",
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  • He's not saying you can have some others,
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  • as long as I'm first.
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  • He's saying, the body of the statement is,
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  • you shall have no other gods, and since you just came out
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  • of a culture that has more gods than any other culture,
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  • I want you to know, you should have
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  • no other gods at all beside Me, other than Me.
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  • Because when you have another god in your life,
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  • it's not going to work.
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  • So, He's giving us a principle for living that enhances
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  • our relationship with Him.
  • 00:13:58.200 --> 00:14:00.030
  • You know, we're the bride of Christ.
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  • This principle of priority works in marriage as well.
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  • I want you to think about this.
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:09.150
  • Many of you know that Debbie and I had a difficult...
  • 00:14:09.180 --> 00:14:12.160
  • about the first seven years of our marriage,
  • 00:14:12.190 --> 00:14:15.060
  • because of me, because of my past and my sin.
  • 00:14:15.090 --> 00:14:19.010
  • But, when God really got ahold of my life and I decided,
  • 00:14:19.040 --> 00:14:24.180
  • you know what?
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  • I want to be a good husband, and a good father,
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  • and a good Christian.
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  • And I stepped out of ministry to get my life right
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  • with the Lord and right with my family.
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:33.080
  • One day, during my quiet time, the Lord said to me,
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  • I want you to write your priorities.
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  • So I got up and I got a piece of paper,
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  • and I wrote, number one, God.
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  • And the Lord said to me, I didn't tell you to write that.
  • 00:14:43.280 --> 00:14:47.050
  • And I said, yeah, but I knew what you were going to say,
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:53.040
  • because see, God, I've actually taught this,
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  • so I know about this.
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  • It's God, family, business.
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  • Y'all ever heard that?
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  • God, family, business.
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  • God's number one, then family, then business, all right?
  • 00:15:04.060 --> 00:15:06.250
  • So, I know what you're going to say.
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  • You're going to say number one, God.
  • 00:15:08.010 --> 00:15:09.060
  • And the Lord said, I didn't tell you to write that.
  • 00:15:09.090 --> 00:15:12.070
  • So I threw the piece of paper away, got another
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  • piece of paper out, wrote, number one.
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  • He said, I didn't tell you to write that.
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  • Got ready and He said, number one.
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  • Yeah, so?
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  • I knew you were going to say that!
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  • So, I wrote number one.
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  • And then this is what the Lord said.
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  • Debbie.
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  • And I said to Him, now Lord, that's not right.
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:44.070
  • You're supposed to be number one.
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  • And here's what He said, and it's changed my life.
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  • He said, son, when you're married,
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  • if you'll put your spouse as number one,
  • 00:15:52.070 --> 00:15:54.160
  • you are putting me number one, because if you can't
  • 00:15:54.190 --> 00:15:58.160
  • serve her, then you can't serve Me.
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  • I've never forgotten that.
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  • There's a principle of priority,
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  • and when you understand this principle, it will enhance
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  • your relationship with God and your relationship
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  • with other people.
  • 00:16:14.010 --> 00:16:15.080
  • And here's point three - another way to say the principle
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  • of priority is put God first.
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  • It's the first commandment.
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  • He's saying put Me first.
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  • Put Me in first place in your life,
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  • above everything else.
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  • So, what's really first place in your life?
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  • This principle runs all through Scripture.
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  • When they went into the Promised Land, God said,
  • 00:16:33.110 --> 00:16:35.040
  • bring all of the silver and gold from Jericho
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  • into the house of God.
  • 00:16:37.180 --> 00:16:39.050
  • Why did He say that?
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  • It's very, very simple, because Jericho
  • 00:16:40.210 --> 00:16:42.050
  • was the first city.
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  • He said when you're firstborn has an offspring,
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  • sacrifice it to Me.
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  • Give Me the firstborn.
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  • Why did He say that?
  • 00:16:51.240 --> 00:16:53.010
  • He said, the firstborn belongs to Me.
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  • It's first.
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  • It's the principle of first.
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  • Think about this.
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  • He didn't say when your sheep has ten lambs...
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  • you can wait until you have ten, and then give Me one,
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  • and you can give Me the one that you don't like, that keeps
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  • getting in your garden.
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  • He said, give Me the first one before you have
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  • the other nine.
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  • He said, when you have a harvest,
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  • give the first fruits to Me.
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  • Not the last fruits.
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  • Don't pay all of your bills first and see if you have
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:20.030
  • enough left over.
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  • Give Me the first fruits.
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  • All through Scripture.
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  • This is the reason God accepted Abel's offering
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  • and He didn't accept Cain's, and this was 2.500 years before
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  • the Ten Commandments, 2.500 years before the law was given,
  • 00:17:30.170 --> 00:17:35.140
  • 2.500 years before God even spoke about giving the tithe.
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  • There was a principle with God that the firstborn
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  • and first fruits belonged to Him, so, many people thought,
  • 00:17:43.150 --> 00:17:46.130
  • why did He accept Abel's offering
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  • and didn't accept Cain's?
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  • Let me read it to you.
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  • It's really simple.
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  • Genesis 4:3-5.
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  • "And in the process of time", those words are very important.
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  • "In the process of time, it came to pass",
  • 00:17:55.200 --> 00:17:59.040
  • it just kind of happened, "that Cain brought an offering
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  • of the fruit of the ground to the Lord."
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:04.280
  • Notice it never says first fruits, never.
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  • "Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock,
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  • and of their fat, and the Lord respected", or received,
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:14.090
  • "Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain
  • 00:18:14.120 --> 00:18:16.240
  • and his offering."
  • 00:18:16.270 --> 00:18:18.250
  • This is a principle that runs all through Scripture.
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  • God says it only works when you put Me first.
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  • And Jesus comes and reiterates the same thing.
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:28.200
  • Matthew 6, here's what He says.
  • 00:18:28.230 --> 00:18:30.250
  • You know the verse.
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  • "Seek first."
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  • "Seek first the kingdom of God."
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  • Put God first, and all of these things
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  • will be added to you.
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:40.030
  • There's a story in 1 Kings 17 where there's a famine
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  • in the land, a drought, and God is providing
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  • for Elijah beside a brook, and sending ravens
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  • to bring him food in the morning and the evening,
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  • and then the brook dries up.
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  • And He says, go to Zarephath.
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  • There's a woman there, a widow, that will provide for you.
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  • Now we pick up the story there.
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  • He goes and he asks her for some water, and then asks her
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  • for some bread, and then look what she says.
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  • "So she said, "As the Lord your God lives,
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:11.250
  • I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin,
  • 00:19:11.280 --> 00:19:15.280
  • and a little oil in a jar, and see, I am gathering
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:18.090
  • a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself
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  • and my son, that we may eat it, and die."
  • 00:19:21.170 --> 00:19:25.070
  • That's all she had left.
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  • "And Elijah said to her, "Do not fear.
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  • Go and do as you have said, but", watch what he says
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:31.150
  • to this widow, a widow!
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  • "Make me a small cake from it", what word?
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  • First.
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  • Put God's kingdom first in your life.
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:43.200
  • "First, and bring it to me, and afterward make some
  • 00:19:43.230 --> 00:19:46.280
  • for yourself and your son.
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  • For thus says the Lord God of Israel, this bin of flour
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:52.000
  • shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry,
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  • until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth."
  • 00:19:56.270 --> 00:20:00.130
  • So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah,
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:04.270
  • and she, and he, and her household,
  • 00:20:05.000 --> 00:20:07.180
  • ate for many days.
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  • The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar
  • 00:20:09.000 --> 00:20:11.090
  • of oil run dry, according to the Word of the Lord,
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  • which He spoke by Elijah."
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  • Now, listen to me.
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  • Many, many people believe, and think,
  • 00:20:17.280 --> 00:20:20.030
  • and God does dual purposes.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:22.060
  • God can be doing one thing and something else.
  • 00:20:22.090 --> 00:20:24.130
  • So, one of the purposes was He sent Elijah there and said,
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  • I have commanded a widow to provide for you.
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  • So yes, God sent him, Elijah, there for the widow
  • 00:20:29.260 --> 00:20:32.230
  • to provide for him, but listen.
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:34.200
  • Think about this.
  • 00:20:34.230 --> 00:20:35.270
  • God sent Elijah there to provide for the widow also.
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:42.060
  • She had one meal left.
  • 00:20:42.090 --> 00:20:45.020
  • She and her son were about to die.
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  • They were about to die!
  • 00:20:47.220 --> 00:20:49.060
  • And God sends a man of God and this is what he says.
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  • Do this first.
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  • Put God first, and watch what happens to your flour bin
  • 00:20:56.210 --> 00:21:00.140
  • and your jar of oil.
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  • Watch what happens when you put God first.
  • 00:21:03.280 --> 00:21:06.130
  • In Gateway Church we have a stewardship ministry
  • 00:21:06.160 --> 00:21:09.220
  • to try to help people with their finances.
  • 00:21:09.250 --> 00:21:13.120
  • We're trying to help you, I promise.
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:15.000
  • That's the whole reason we started it, is to try
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  • to help you, because many people have no understanding
  • 00:21:16.220 --> 00:21:19.130
  • of how to handle finances.
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:21.100
  • My son is one of the stewardship pastors, James,
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:25.000
  • and James told me, a couple of years ago,
  • 00:21:25.030 --> 00:21:27.250
  • a widow came to him.
  • 00:21:27.280 --> 00:21:30.070
  • She was tithing and she had made a commitment to
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:33.090
  • Heart for the Kingdom for $5 a month.
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  • I am asking every person that attends Gateway
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.140
  • to make a commitment, and I'm not asking you
  • 00:21:38.170 --> 00:21:40.130
  • to make a commitment so more funds will come in.
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.190
  • I'm asking you to make a commitment so you'll let God
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  • do something in your life.
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  • I promise you.
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  • So here she made a commitment, $5 a month, but because of debt
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  • that she had and some things, she had $2 a day for food.
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  • And she said, I want to do my finances God's way.
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  • I want to put God first in my finances.
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  • And so, my son, James, began to work with her and help her.
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  • When Christmas came, she said, I have
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  • 12 grandchildren, and I've always given them a gift,
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  • but I know I don't have the finances to give a gift
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  • to my children, my grandchildren.
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  • So, James told her the story about one Christmas when
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  • Debbie and I didn't have money to give our kids gifts,
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  • and what God spoke to me was to give them
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  • spiritual gifts.
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  • And so, I prayed over our children and imparted
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  • spiritual gifts to them.
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  • Here's the amazing thing.
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  • They're all three using those gifts today,
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  • all three of them.
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  • And it actually caused a little stir,
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  • because they were going to a Christian school,
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  • and when they went back to school,
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  • the teacher had everyone go around and tell
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  • the gifts they got.
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  • My kids told the gifts, and all of the kids got mad,
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  • went home and told their parents.
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  • Josh got the gift of leadership, and James got prophecy!
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  • But James told her that, and so she gave all of
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  • her grandchildren a spiritual gift that year, prayed about it,
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  • and prophesied, and the whole family said
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  • it's one of the best Christmases they've ever had.
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  • But God began to bless her, and then one day
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  • she gets a phone call.
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  • She had done a reverse mortgage on her house,
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  • and the guy called and said, listen, your house is worth
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  • more money than what it was when we started this,
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  • and by the contract, we don't have to give you any more,
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  • but my boss told me to call you and tell you we want to give you
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  • more money.
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  • And so, she told James about it, and James said,
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  • let me call and check this out.
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  • Let me make sure what's happening,
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  • because this is very strange.
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  • So he called the guy and said, why are you doing this?
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  • He said, I don't know, my boss told me to do it.
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  • He said, are you calling everyone?
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  • He said, no, my boss, for some reason...I love the words,
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  • for some reason.
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  • For some reason he pulled her file and he said,
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  • her house is worth more, I want to give her more money,
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  • and she's a widow.
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  • And James checked it all out to make sure it was all
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  • above board.
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  • They sent her a check for tens of thousands of dollars
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  • that paid off all of her debt and put money in her
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  • savings account, in one check, just like that.
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  • God still takes care of the widows today.
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  • He takes care of all of His kids, if you'll put Him first,
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  • if you'll put Him first.
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  • ROBERT: Isn't it amazing?
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  • When this widow, who loves God with all of her heart,
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  • she's a member of our church, when she put this principle,
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  • the principle of priority, the first commandment -
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  • when she put this principle to work in her life,
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  • God blessed her with thousands of dollars
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  • from a very unexpected source.
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  • I want you to join us for this series,
  • 00:24:53.260 --> 00:24:56.060
  • "Relationship Through God's Top Ten",
  • 00:24:56.090 --> 00:24:58.230
  • because I believe that there's a principle behind
  • 00:24:58.260 --> 00:25:01.170
  • each of the Ten Commandments, that when we look at
  • 00:25:01.200 --> 00:25:04.270
  • the top ten, these Ten Commandments,
  • 00:25:05.000 --> 00:25:07.090
  • as principles of life, God puts something
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  • into our life that brings about life.
  • 00:25:09.250 --> 00:25:12.260
  • So, I want to encourage you, tune in next time.
  • 00:25:12.290 --> 00:25:14.240
  • I want to continue this series,
  • 00:25:14.270 --> 00:25:16.270
  • "Relationship Through God's Top Ten".
  • 00:25:17.000 --> 00:25:20.020
  • ANNOUNCER: When we think of the Ten Commandments,
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  • many of us think of a list of rules telling us
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  • what not to do, but the truth is,
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  • God designed the Ten Commandments as a way for us
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  • to have a relationship with him.
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  • You are so valuable to God and his plan for your life
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  • has always been for you to thrive in your relationship
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  • with him and the relationships with the people around you.
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  • In fact, relationship with you has always been
  • 00:25:40.160 --> 00:25:43.230
  • and will always be his number one priority.
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  • He created Adam and Eve for it, He redeemed
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  • the Children of Israel for it, and He sent Jesus to ensure
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  • we would be redeemed for it.
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  • Thorough out this in depth teaching series,
  • 00:25:54.030 --> 00:25:56.170
  • Pastor Robert will walk you through the Ten Commandments
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  • and help you discover how each commandment is actually
  • 00:25:58.210 --> 00:26:02.180
  • a principle that draws us into a deeper relationship with Him.
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:05.200
  • As you find relationship through God's top ten,
  • 00:26:05.230 --> 00:26:08.070
  • your relationship with The Lord will begin to grow
  • 00:26:08.100 --> 00:26:10.260
  • to new depths and you'll learn more about His heart
  • 00:26:10.290 --> 00:26:13.230
  • and designing His principles with you in mind.
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  • For your gift of any amount today, we want to send you
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  • this teaching series on CD and for your gift of $55 or more,
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  • we'll send you The Relationship series on CD and DVD.
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  • As a special offer, for your gift of $80 or more,
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  • we'll send you this series on CD and DVD and include
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  • a customized journal, and the uplifting worship album Walls.
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  • God loves you and wants to have a closer relationship with you.
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  • Visit us online at PastorRobert.com
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  • or give us a call today and thank you again
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  • for your generous support of Pastor Robert Morris Ministries.
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  • JIMMY EVANS: You are the firstborn of God,
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  • and you have the right of the double portion,
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  • and it's time for the firstborn church of God to arise.
  • 00:27:07.180 --> 00:27:11.130
  • PASTOR ROBERT: When pride gets reversed in your life,
  • 00:27:11.160 --> 00:27:13.180
  • you immediately step into God's plan for you,
  • 00:27:13.210 --> 00:27:15.250
  • and you also step into God's provision for you.
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  • SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ: We are not those that will just survive,
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  • we're gonna change the world because we will do nothing
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  • less in the name of Jesus Christ than thrive.
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